Las Vegas Aces waiting to hear WNBA decision on canceled game

first_imgThe New York Liberty had a similar situation a few years ago, when their flights were canceled for a trip to Indiana, so the league allowed them to take owner James Dolan’s plane to avoid postponing the game.The Washington Mystics weren’t happy the game was canceled. The players tried to make the best of the situation for fans that were already in the arena, giving them an autograph session with the Mystics players. All fans who had a ticket to the game will receive a complimentary ticket to a future Mystics game.“I’m really disappointed that the Las Vegas players and organization didn’t come to compete,” Mystics coach Mike Thibault said in a phone interview Friday night. “If you’re there and in the city and can play, you should show up and play.”Swords hoped that a productive discussion can come out of this situation for the next CBA so that it doesn’t happen again.“The NBA has in their CBA a provision that no team should be required to play if they have to cross two time zones except for unusual circumstances,” she said. “Hopefully we can discuss protocol and have some revisions in the scheduling. Add some wiggle room days. If this happens the players will be protected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It took the team nearly 26 hours to travel to Washington from Las Vegas after flight delays and cancellations. By the time the Aces reached their hotel in D.C. it was 3:45 p.m. — roughly 4 hours before the scheduled tip.“We had a discussion about what was going on and how we were feeling when we got to the hotel,” Aces union representative Carolyn Swords told The Associated Press on the phone Saturday. “We had hopes of rescheduling. … We are competitors and value every opportunity to play. Every game is critically important with the new playoff format, but we couldn’t put our health and safety on the line.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Swords said that the team met, talked by phone to the union on Friday and then called the league to express their decision not to play Friday night.“We requested the game be postponed and rescheduled and understood there may be consequences for this,” she said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing Saturday wasn’t an option as Washington was flying to Dallas that morning for a game Sunday. Las Vegas flew to Connecticut — without issue — on Saturday for its game Sunday.The two teams play virtually every other day over the next two weeks, making rescheduling it before the season ends on Aug. 19 nearly impossible. A lot of teams are tightly bunched in the playoff race and the Aces currently sit in ninth place in the standings, 1 1/2 games behind Dallas for the final playoff spot. Washington at 15-11 and in fourth place, 1 ½ games out of second place, which would get them a bye to the semifinals.The Aces players released a statement through the union Friday night after the game had been canceled explaining their decision. Swords reiterated the team felt badly for fans who had bought tickets for the game.“That was certainly a part of our discussion, we value fans across the league,” she said. “Families and young kids that come to our games. We couldn’t risk the players’ health and are very sorry and disappointed for them.”The Aces got to the Las Vegas airport Thursday afternoon and their flight kept getting delayed. They were in constant contact with the league and the union about their travel issues. According to the team, the league even approved letting them take a charter plane from Las Vegas to Washington, but none were available. WNBA teams aren’t allowed to fly charter because of the cost and the competitive advantage it could give some teams willing to spend the money.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal FILE – In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Las Vegas Aces guard Kayla McBride drives against Minnesota Lynx forward Cecilia Zandalasini (9) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Minneapolis. The Aces had an adventure getting to Washington for their game against the Mystics on Friday night. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)NEW YORK — The Las Vegas Aces are still waiting to hear what the WNBA will do about the game the team decided not to play after a long travel day.The Aces’ contest in Washington was canceled Friday night about 1 1/2 hours before the expected tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alvarez KOs Kovalev to win WBO light heavyweight titlelast_img read more

Asian Games: PH boxers Paalam, Marcial enter quarterfinals

first_imgCarlo Paalam of the Philippines (in blue) fights tags Taiwan’s Tu Powei (in red) with a right in their men’s light fly (49kg) round of 16 boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOFilipino fighters Carlo Paalam and Eumir Felix Marcial breathed life into the Philippines’ flat-lining medal bid in boxing in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Paalam and Marcial both scored emphatic victories to advance to the quarterfinals in their respective divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img MOST READ SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal on schedule as US Open begins Marcial forced a referee stoppage in the second round to beat Kuok Kun Ng of Macao in the men’s 75-kg while Paalam dominated Powei Tu of Chinese Taipei, 5-0, in their light flyweight duel.Three Filipinos are now in the quarters after flyweight Rogen Ladon also booked his slot on Sunday that stopped Philippine boxing’s string of setbacks in the continental showcase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Nesthy Petecio, Joel Bacho, James Palicte, Irish Magno and Mario Fernandez, who got knocked out by his Iraqi foe, have all faltered early. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Montalbo on another La Salle loss: We need to learn

first_imgThe Green Archers were still within distance of the Soaring Falcons with less than a minute remaining but they couldn’t hold possession in the two chances they had in the final minute of the game.Adamson held on to win, 57-50, but La Salle captain Kib Montalbo believes the loss has given them vital lessons moving forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We need to learn, we’re a young team,” said Montalbo Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as his team stayed at the fourth spot with a 5-4 record while the Soaring Falcons moved up to a league-best 7-2 slate.La Salle trailed 55-50 with 1:05 left after its press collapsed allowing Papi Sarr to score on an open layup. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Salle had an opportune chance of creating chaos in the upper half of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, if only it completed its botched comeback attempt against Adamson University.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Texas could be Ferrari’s last stand in 2018 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal What followed were two bone-headed plays that happened right after Louie Gonzalez called consecutive timeouts.The Green Archers have five rookies and one sophomore and Montalbo said they have to fight especially with the season coming down to its final few game days.“We’re a rebuilding team but still when you’re in La Salle there’s no rebuilding,” said Montalbo who had four points and three assists. “We got to fight and we just need to improve.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell dominates as Jazz thrash Lakers

first_imgMOST READ The Jazz also got a solid performance from Royce O’Neale, who went 5 for 12 from 3-point range on his to a season-high 17 points.Michael Beasley scored 17 points for the Lakers. Brandon Ingram added 15 points and Kyle Kuzma had 11 points and eight rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLos Angeles (23-20) lost for the sixth time in nine games without LeBron James in the lineup. James is out with a groin injury.All three Jazz point guards — Ricky Rubio, Dante Exum and Raul Neto — were sidelined with injuries. But Mitchell helped make up for his missing teammates. Lakers: James did not travel to Utah. … Kuzma went 0 of 8 from the field in the first half and shot just 4 of 18 (.222) from the floor overall. … Ingram scored just three points over the final three quarters.Jazz: Favors now has 3,986 career rebounds with Utah and passed Greg Ostertag (3,978) for fourth place on the Jazz rebounding list. … Mitchell scored 25-plus points for the fourth consecutive game. … O’Neale’s five 3-pointers equaled the team total for the Lakers.UP NEXTLakers: Host the Cavaliers on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Bulls on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history James Harden, Rockets overwhelm lowly Cavaliers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell had 33 points and a career-high nine assists, helping the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-95 on Friday night.Utah (22-21) made 15 3-pointers in its fourth win in five games. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Joe Ingles had 14 points and a career-high 12 boards, and Derrick Favors finished with 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Utah broke the game open in the second quarter by holding Los Angeles without a field goal for nearly seven minutes. The Lakers trailed 41-34 after Ivica Zubac scored back-to-back baskets with 7:35 left. They did not get another basket until Javale McGee hit a short jumper with 55.1 seconds left in the half.Utah took advantage of the drought. The Jazz used an 18-4 run to open a 59-38 lead. Mitchell fueled much of the run with his play on both ends of the court. He drove for a pair of baskets, blocked a layup attempt by Kyle Kuzma, and fed a no-look pass to Ingles in the corner to set up his first 3-pointer of the night.Los Angeles trimmed Utah’s lead to 76-66 in the third quarter after Beasley made back-to-back baskets and hit a pair of free throws as part of a 10-0 run. The Lakers couldn’t cut it to single digits.Utah used a 14-5 run, capped by a layup from Gobert, to put it out of reach again and take a 95-73 lead with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ex-Presidential Convoy Boss Loses Appeal

first_imgLawyers representing Perry Dolo, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf‘s ex-convoy chief, along with three others, have suffered a major setback after their request for separate trials was denied on Wednesday, June 4.Counsels for the defense had prayed the court to have each of the accused tried separately, contending that there was disparity in the indictmentx against some of the defendants, and that there is no substantial and independent evidence of their involvements in the crime.They further argued that the defense is “contradictory and antagonistic” and would result in an unfair trial for each were they to be tried together.However, Judge Yussif Kaba in his ruling, declared that the “Court does not see how all defense of defendants under the indictment will be contradictory or antagonistic. None of the defendants up to this point has confessed judgment and, or adjusted his position that will affect any of the other defendants.”Judge Kaba further declared, “It is possible and that is normally stated, that the defenses of defendants collectively charged with a commission of a crime may be different depending on the allegation specifically against them, and the particular role each is alleged to have played in the commission of a crime. But this difference is not a ground to claim prejudice.”The indictment charges the defendants with the commission of two acts: “Unlawful possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell and criminal facilitation.”Judge Kaba noted that the burden of proof is on the State to produce evidence in support of those accusations.“In the absence of trial, this court cannot pre-determine the nature, facts or evidence available to the court or the defense,” he stated in his ruling.“Therefore, the Court hereby orders denial of the motion for Severance,” he concluded.In November 2013, Dolo together with Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewon and Mohammed Bah were jointly indicted by the Government of Liberia with the commission of multiple crimes including unlawful possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell, and criminal facilitation.In the indictment, government alleged that defendants Dolo, Rogers and Saah were arrested with a huge quantity of marijuana weighing 315 kilograms and valued at LD$330,750.The prosecution alleged that it was transported on a Police Nissan Patrol jeep marked GSA-LNP-104, a decommissioned presidential escort vehicle.The document drawn by the grand jury of Grand Cape Mount County further alleged that co-defendants Slewon and Bah were personal friends of Dolo, one being a driver.According to the prosecution, the two were instructed by Dolo to go to Cape Mount to negotiate the release of the police vehicle.It further alleged that co-defendant Bah brought a plastic bag containing clothes which he gave to Dolo. Dolo then took off his police uniform and put on civilian clothes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNMIL Staff Testifies in Tears

first_imgBonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan UNMIL staff on May 27, took the witness stand to testify for prosecution in the murder case of his fiancée, Antoinette Nettie Peters. Adidee’s testimony comes against his private security guard, Jefferson Dahn, he had hired before the murder of Nettie. Dahn is accused of allegedly murdering Nettie.The UNMIL civilian staff was seen crying with tears rolling down his cheeks as he testified at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice, where the murder case is on trial.Defendant Dahn, who is alleged to have killed Nettie, said it was Adidee, who did the killing and promised to give him US$600, a laptop and two phones for him to cover-up by throwing her dead body away at night.Adidee stated that in nearly five months between Nettie’s death and his security guard’s arrest, he had repeatedly insisted that he didn’t do it.He added: “I have cooperated with the Liberia National Police (LNP) during their investigation and proved my innocence.”Adidee testified after he was summoned by the Court to do so, following prosecution’s request to the court to order him to testify.He testified that the last time he spoke with his girlfriend was an hour prior to her homicide, when he called to cancel his lunch due to one of his colleagues’ health issue.  “She told me that everything was okay during that conversation,” Adidee said in open court.According to him, he had left defendant Dahn and Nettie in the compound by 7 a.m. on the day that she was murdered“I left her alive in the morning and to come back and see her dead is still shocking to me,” Adidee wept as he testified.  Adidee described the relationship between him and his deceased girlfriend as very good. Though tears were constant throughout his emotional testimony, he wonders “I can’t described the feeling the security officers hired to protect me could be the killer of my fiancée.”The witness told the court that Nettie and his security guard had had a heated argument over her broken bowl that Dahn had allegedly earlier taken away from the house. According to him, Nettie had threatened to cut US$50 from his pay for her bowl. “That could not be the reason for him to stab her to death,” he added.He said, it was Nettie who recruited defendant Dahn and three other security guards to protect him and his property.“She brought Dahn and some other persons for me to hire them when I first met her at the Great Wall Hotel, where she was working as a security guard, because I was looking for trusted people to protect me and my compound, when I arrived in the country in 2011,” Adidee alleged.Nettie was stabbed to death in Adidee’s 12 Street, Sinkor home on November 3, 2013.The case has been postponed until June 3, following the Liberia National Bar Association convention in River Gee County. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No Mass Dismissal Plan at LPRC’

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams II, has categorically denied rumors that his corporation was contemplating dismissing several employees, among them those who were sent home as non-essential staff in wake of the Ebola epidemic.Appearing before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Mineral Resources and Environment yesterday, Mr. Williams disclosed that on the contrary, the employees were sent home as a means of helping to decongest and ensure the health, safety and clean environment of the LPRC facilities during the Ebola epidemic.He described the layoff reports as rumors, saying there is no intention of senior management or the Board of Trustees of the LPRC to down-size.Said Mr. Williams, “Our employees are at home resting because we decided to decongest the Terminal because of the Ebola epidemic. At no time did we insinuate or disseminate information that we were terminating or down-sizing people at the LPRC.”  He further informed the Committee chaired by Grand Kru County Senior Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson, that with Ebola retreating from the country, leading to Liberia being declared Ebola-free sometime soon, the Corporation is looking forward to having its employees return, post-Ebola.He said management was in constant communication with those on leave, making sure that they are well and that they continue to adhere to the preventive measures and respond to awareness in their communities.“We are hoping that they will be returning not later than January.  Meanwhile, they are still taking pay. The only people that will be leaving permanently in January are six of our employees who will be honorably retired after 25 years of service and having reached the age of 65 years. The additional 175 employees will be returning; there will be no mass dismissal at LPRC,” MD Williams declared. The LPRC boss informed the Committee that his corporation has a total workforce of 283 employees, and a contract staff of 200.  He explained that most of the people currently at home are contract staff.Responding to questions on the national fuel security and progress on the expansion work at the LPRC, Mr. Williams said that at this point, the facilities of LPRC are 100 percent full and that there are also vessels enroute. He emphasized that there have been no gaps in supply of petroleum products into the country.“In our plan B, we have contacts with Offshore Lome, just in case there is an issue in Ivory Coast.  By this arrangement, we will continue to receive supplies from other parts of the world. I think we are fine for this year; and going into 2015, we do have fuel security.”   On the expansion work at the LPRC, Mr. Williams said the expansion project for the Kru Storage Terminal, which is located at the Freeport of Monrovia, is about 85 percent completed, and will be finished by the end of December. He said the facility will be used to import heavy fuel oil (HFO), and that by the first quarter of 2015 the new facility will allow those in the business of using heavy fuel oil for their operations to import.The major clients for the usage of that oil is the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). This oil is about 50 percent the cost in diesel fuel, and will also cut the cost of tariff for customers that use LEC and will bring relief for the end users of LEC current.Mr. Williams further indicated that the number of Liberian importers of petroleum products into the country will reach 73 percent by 2016 from the current 58, recalling that when he took over at LPRC, Liberian importers accounted for only 30 percent.The only reason why the LPRC has not increased the number of Liberian importers is because the corporation does not have the capacity.Also appearing yesterday was the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sendolo who briefed the committee on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the Hydro Project, and the electricity distribution and situation report on the southeast.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Slothfulness, unprofessionalism at Govt Valuation Office

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to bring to the attention of the general public and the relevant authorities the unprofessionalism and slothfulness of the Government Valuation Office when it comes to completing a valuation of a property. Since last month I have been following up a request for a valuation to be completed on a property that I am about to sell. I have been given the royal run-around and there appears to be no end in sight.In March 2018, the GRA issued a statement indicating that it “wishes to announce that with immediate effect, a valuation is not required when applying for a Certificate of Compliance to transfer land or property by way of sale, gift or tender. This intervention is intended to relieve the procedural strain and burden on the taxpayers”. This information can be corroborated from the GRA’s website via the link:https://www.gra.gov.gy/publications/press-releases/797-valuation-not-required-for-land-property-certificate-of-compliance.Nevertheless, there is still a need for a Valuation Certificate to be done since it is required by the banks when they are being requested to finance a property acquisition. In this case, this is exactly what has happened; the proposed buyer needs a loan from the bank and has requested a valuation before an agreement of sale and purchase is signed, which is of course, very reasonable.I first contacted the Valuation Office in the last week of January and was told that the valuation would take “a couple days”. It has now been over two weeks and I am still without a valuation after several frustrating follow-up calls and visits to the Valuation Office.After several frustrating attempts to follow-up with Mr Paul (the Valuator), last week I attempted to speak with Mr Barrington, who oversees the Valuation Office, however, this has proven futile since he is always “busy” or “out of office”.Last week, I was told by Mr Paul to come on Friday at 13:30h to collect the valuation. When I arrived, I was told that Mr Barrington had to sign the document and he would not be in office until Monday. I was requested to visit the office once again on Monday morning. I visited again, as requested, at 10h and was once again told that Mr Barrington “has not come in as yet” and I should visit in the afternoon at 14:00h. I complied and visited at 14:00h, but still, Mr Barrington had not signed the valuation as he was “busy and only came in for a few minutes and then left”.Editor, I am an understanding person and know that at times these officials can be busy but what is so difficult in having an alternate sign off a document in your absence. I have already paid the fees for the valuation and I am currently at the mercy of the Valuation Office.I can only hope and pray that when I do eventually get the document the potential buyer is still interested. I have turned away other enquires about the property since I already committed to selling to an individual, however, she and I cannot go ahead with the agreement until a valuation is done and the bank gives its approval of the financing. I have, thus far, expended significant time and finances in this process and I am frustrated and fed up.Yours Sincerely,Name and addressprovidedlast_img read more

Political parties should refrain from “jingoistic” approaches to governance

first_imgDear Editor,Over the past few days, I have attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, with its expansive display by hundreds of companies and countries, including Guyana, as well as conference sessions and collateral events.Guyana is well represented at this conference, and it must be a fascinating reality check for many of us, I would think.I have always been aware that our oil and gas industry would be a boost to our economy, but must admit that what I have learnt during this conference has really opened my eyes to the enormity of the positive impact this sector can have on the quality of life of the Guyanese people; if we manage it well and confront some of the challenges, including social ills such as human trafficking, which are likely to intensify as our level of prosperity is heightened.I really hope that all Guyanese, especially our politicians, can come to grips with the reality that if they do what is right they could chart a course that would provide for every Guyanese to enjoy a quality of life about which they never dreamt.On Wednesday there was a session on Guyana, which focused on sustainable development of Guyana’s oil and gas industry. It was a good panel discussion. While much of the information was not new, what made it useful were the perspectives offered about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (swot) which the sector must analyse and address.One panellist spoke of the “complex political structure” in Guyana, which I interpreted to be among the challenges which must be addressed if the sector is to realise its full potential to be of benefit to each and every Guyanese.I would hope that, in quick time, the political structure of Guyana would change via constitutional reform. In the meantime, however, it is my fervent wish that the political culture in Guyana would change even sooner, thereby providing for heightened collaboration among the major political parties, and drastic reduction in the real and/or perceived animosity which exists among them.Guyana has to have a predictable environment to facilitate investment, private sector and economic development, and job creation. This requires consultation and collaboration among the parties, which would provide for continuity of policies whenever there is a change in Government.In short, what I am proposing is that the major political parties refrain from their “jingoistic” approaches to governance, and work toward some form of unified governance which would not negate a reasonable plurality of outlook, but presuppose it.Seeking to eschew corruption in all its forms and at every level must be the pillar of their collaborative efforts, along with putting an end to political favouritism/loyalty in the appointments to key positions. Perhaps it is time that the major political parties seek to attract to their ranks and leadership persons with a greater commitment to ‘Putting Guyana First’. Failure to so do could torpedo the good life, of which the country is now positioned on its cusp.Some time ago, I attended a business meeting in Curacao at which Paul Keens Douglas was the keynote speaker at one of the luncheon sessions. In referring to “group think” of regional politicians, he said these guys “feel their countries are at the precipice of great developments, and all they have to do is take one great step forward.” Let’s hope this is not the current thinking of our Guyanese politicians.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more

Guyana to host CPL 2016 finals

first_imgAfter months of speculation as to where the final of the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament will take place, it has been confirmed that Guyana will host the August 7, 2016 showpiece after outbidding Jamaica and two-time hosts Trinidad and Tobago.Guyana’s Education Minister, who has responsibility for Sport, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine confirmed this to Guyana Times on Tuesday evening, but did not elaborate.“Yes, we have the finals,” said Dr Roopnaraine, who explained that he was in a meeting, but promised to provide further details to this publication today.Reports are that the Guyana Government had outdone the Governments of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in a three-way bid to host the final.Guyana will also host both semi-finals which will take place at the Providence Stadium as well.It will be the first time that the final will be hosted in Guyana, having been hosted by T&T twice and once by St Kitts/Nevis.While the games will not be played in the month of May, they are expected to be used as part of the activities to celebrate the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary which will climax on May 26, the date Guyana gained independence from Britain.CPL 2016 is slated for June-July, and apart from the on-field action, the country’s economy is set to receive a massive boost, given the business and tourism potential that CPL has been able to realise in three short years.Guyana Amazon Warriors have been among the success stories of CPL, having made it to the first two finals, narrowly losing to Jamaica Tallawahs in 2013 and suffering a controversial defeat to Barbados a year later.In 2015, Guyana Amazon Warriors made it to the semi-finals, losing out to eventual champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.The CPL since its creation in 2013 has created thousands of jobs across the Caribbean and generated millions of US dollars for the Region’s economy.The tournament attracts some of the biggest names in T20 cricket around the world.last_img read more