PH U-16 books World Cup slot

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comBatang Gilas booked a spot in the Fiba World Under-17 championships after surviving Japan, 72-70, in the quarterfinals of the Fiba Asia U-16 qualifying on Friday in Foshan, China.The top four teams in the Asian qualifiers will advance to the World Cup slated in June in Argentina.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew RC Calimag scored the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left to give the Philippines a return trip to the world stage after 2014.In the semifinals, the Philippines will tackle the winner of the China-Lebanon quarterfinal match.Chikara Tanaka, who scored 11 straight points for Japan in the last 3:24, missed a jumper that could’ve sent the game into overtime. —BONG LOZADA, INQIURER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img View comments MOST READ Crucial tiff for Ateneo, UP LATEST STORIES 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

FDA Wants ‘Elephant Killers’ Prosecuted

first_imgFDA wildlife team in conference with local chiefs and other residents.Forestry Development Authority (FDA) said it will prosecute anyone, specifically elephant hunters, suspected of killing endangered species.The entity made the pronouncement shortly after a five-man wildlife experts, headed by Benjamin Tennessee Plewon, deputy managing director for Administration/Finance, returned to Monrovia from a fact-finding mission in Grand Cape Mount County where it had gone to conduct an on-the-spot investigation into the cause of death of an elephant.During its investigation, according to a release, it was observed that one out of three hunters got killed by the wounded elephant in “retaliation” before the animal’s death.According to the release, it is estimated by wildlife experts that the animal retaliated on the basis of the first rule of nature, including self-preservation.Elephants, like all other animals living in the wild, hate to be hampered, provoked and threatened, wildlife officials at FDA say.The two accused surviving hunters, Moses Dennis and Larmine Selman, reportedly accompanied their colleague in the forest to set traps, at which time they heard their colleague yelling and calling for help as he was being attacked by an elephant.According to them, they immediately hid themselves. Later, they went to the victim’s rescue and took him to the varguaye Town Clinic. He was later referred to the Bomi County Hospital, where he died.The other hunters were arrested by Rangers and officers in collaboration with officers of the Liberia National police (LNP).Following investigation, the accused were turned over to the Magisterial Court in Lofa Bridge for prosecution.Meanwhile, Mr. Plewon has promised that the FDA will prosecute those arrested and make sure that they face the full weight of the law.He added: “The law has been passed and awareness carried out that anyone who harms or kills protected species such as elephants, chimpanzee, etc. will face a 15-year jail sentence or pay a fine of US$5,000.Mr. Plewon said that FDA will not relent to prosecute any killer that “tempers with our endanger animals.”He said that those arrested will be transferred to Monrovia for prosecution to serve as deterrence to other hunters, who might have harbored similar sentiment.“Elephants don’t easily harm humans, except where it is harmed,” Plewon said.He therefore advised the hunters and citizens to observe and respect wildlife laws that govern and protect animals. He however, did not say how the elephant carcass was disposed of neither did he provide any information on the tusks of the dead elephant. According to informed sources, some Monrovia based former politicians are engaged in the illegal poaching of elephants for their tusks.Further according to the source a leopard was killed recently in the Gola forest and its skin was dried and sent to Monrovia to a certain high profiled individual. An FDA official (name withheld) when contacted claimed that his agency did not have such information.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Happened to the Teaching of Civics in our Schools?

first_imgAt the start of this administration, authorities at the Ministry of Education announced that it would be introducing civics or citizenship education in our schools within a year. This announcement was greeted with applause throughout the society. Every national policy document on reconciliation and healing, and on building national cohesion — including the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development — has stressed the importance of introducing the teaching of civics in the Liberian school system. This is important for any development initiative as well as for building unity among Liberians.Liberians do not have a strong sense of citizenship with the proper understanding of the rights and responsibilities that should come with it. We fight each other viciously, we often think it is the responsibility of other countries to develop our country, so we are always appealing to donors while we squander our own resources. We lack a sense of patriotism. All of this can be traced to the fact that we do not see ourselves as one people, and we do not emphasize the fact that as Liberians, we have responsibility to develop ourselves and our country.Recently the Ministry of Education announced that significant progress has been made by students, who took the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, a type of standardized test. The Ministry of Education must be applauded for this initial achievement. However, this achievement is just the beginning. It has not turned our educational system around but it is a step in the right direction. Even when students succeed in passing the WASSCE, they do not automatically become good citizens.They have to be taught to love, value and contribute to their country. They need to know about their government, their local communities and the richness of their culture. They have to have instilled within them the values of accountability, the importance of participation and respect for each other and their country. They must be taught to own their country, believe in it and work tirelessly to make it better.Our airwaves are filled with hate speech being spewed out by government officials and others. We seem ready to do anything to bring each other down. Our streets are littered with garbage. Both government and citizens need to develop a sense of civic duty and civic pride, to know that we can disagree without cursing out each other and engaging in violence. We need to know that the development of the country is the responsibility of government and citizens and that we must keep each other accountable. We need to determine together what are our national responsibilities and obligations.There is an irony in that fact that Liberians are now debating the question of dual citizenship when the majority of our people may not even know what it means to be a citizen. So what has happened to civic education? We urge the Ministry of Education not to renege or delay any further in introducing civics in all of our schools.Scenes captured on Tuesday, October 15, showing protesting public students engaged in stone throwing battles with the Police and also attacking their own facilities, as well as learning institutions, should be considered instructive for the immediate introduction of civics in all schools to be declared a national exigency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PSC urges stakeholders to work towards lifting ban

first_imgUS ban on fish imports…decision a “big blow” to local industry – Public Health DirectorA recent ban imposed on the export of all Siluriformes fish and fish products (catfish species) from Guyana could have a significant impact on local fishers, but the Private Sector Commission (PSC) believes this matter could be addressed if companies work along with Government to ensure that the ban is lifted.PSC President Eddie Boyer claimed that there was some discussion on the issue when it was brought to his attention that some containers of fish were rejected by the United States authority. He said the failure of these exporters to meet the requirements may have triggered the imposition of this ban. “I would imagine that the exporters would try to resolve this as early as possible, bearing the fact thatPSC Chairman Eddie Boyerthese bans happen from time to time. And we have to work quickly to resolve it – Government, private companies that are exporting because it is not something that has not happened before,” he stated. However, a private fishing company owner told Guyana Times that the issue that must be looked into was what caused the ban to be imposed. According to the businessperson who asked not to be named, the Agriculture Ministry, which has responsibility for the fisheries sector, should have ensured quality assurance. Chief Fisheries Officer Denzil Roberts told sections of the media that the ban was imposed after it was found that the local Siluriformes fish and fish products’ inspection system was not equivalent to the US inspection system. Roberts was also able to confirm that the Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry was not able to satisfy the requirements demanded by the US.Guyana was unable to comply with several US conditions mainly due to factors such as modification of inspection procedures and outdated regulations, including those governing fisheries products, which Guyana is in the process of revising. The Health and Agriculture Ministries have general oversight and responsibility forVeterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodsonthe sector and monitor and verify the quality of products.The businessman contended that the Government should have known long before that these systems needed to be updated and improved, because compliance was a major issue when it came to exports to the US. He maintained that the Government erred in a major way by not preparing these companies to comply with the standards set out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).Roberts told the media that the Ministry was now working on “trying to fix these deficiencies”, by modifying the Inspection Procedures manual and the regulations among other things. The Fisheries Department and the Veterinary Public Health Unit are working together on this.Although describing the ban as a “big blow,” Veterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodson has said that the imposition from the US export market was just a temporary technical barrier to trade. Dr Dodson said the move by the USDA was a “protectionist measure” by that country’s public health system lobbied for by theChief Fisheries Officer Denzil Robertscatfish farmers who have invested heavily to develop the industry there.Guyana’s Veterinary Public Health Unit has been mandated under the 2002 Fisheries Act and the Fish and Fishery Product Regulations of 2003 with guidance of the inspections manual to monitor, inspect and certify vessels, landing sites, fish processing establishments and fishery products for the local and export markets.Dr Dodson said there were daily inspections and certification of the catfish products to guarantee their “wholesomeness for human consumption”.The US Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) asked Guyana to provide the relevant documentation to verify this country’s inspection system equivalence to the US standards or its equivalent public health system. Dr Dodson claimed that Guyana complied with the request.However, the country fell short of the US standards in three areas: firstly, on the issue of the presence of inspectors; secondly, there was insufficient documentation detailing verification of each step in the sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process and thirdly, there was insufficient documentation specifying how the industry manages adulterated catfish products.New US standards for import of catfish species demand the presence of inspectors at plants for one hour during an eight-hour shift. Dr Dodson explained that Guyana’s inspection system utilised a “risk-based approach”, which is a European Union (EU) standard.Guyana was among several countries banned recently from the US catfish export sector. The other countries were Bangladesh, Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, and Pakistan.last_img read more

Public servants living in abject poverty – GPSU

first_imgThe Guyana Public Service Commission (GPSU) on Wednesday facilitated its 23rd biennial conference at State House, which was declared open by caretaker President David Granger.In the presence of stakeholders from the public sector, GPSU President Patrick Yarde highlighted the current situation of public servants, explaining that some of them are living on small wages. This, he noted, is grossly inadequate.GPSU President Patrick Yarde“The reality is that many public servants are living in abject poverty…Whoever is responsible for advising the Government about the adequacy of pay is not merely only out of touch with the needs of workers, but I would say, unconscionable…I have often wondered why is there a lack of addressing the human needs of life and living that are grossly inadequate,” Yarde asserted.The conference was organised to address topical issues which have affected public servants in Guyana. In the past, there have been many calls for increased wages and other benefits.Meanwhile, the Granger sought to recognise the evolution of public service during his address, noting that it has become more competitive and complex. The prevalence of unemployment among youths was also acknowledged.“The Public Service has changed since those slow, sluggish days. It has become a more complex network of agencies, departments and Ministries offering a variety of services to wider urban, rural, hinterland and even international communities in terms of the Foreign Service. It has also become more competitive and the people who acquire new skills can perform better than their colleagues, will move further, faster… It is a fact that too many young people, between the ages of 15-24, are not in education, employment or training”.Changes in the public sector, he said, have resulted in their survival for many decades. But public servants must be educated and trained to meet the demands of other sectors which will come in the future.“A study of trade unionism in Guyana over the past century will indicate how many have disappeared because they failed to change with the times. Change, also, is taking place at a rapid pace and is transforming the nature of the workplace. Workers who are not prepared for the continuous changes in the field and office could find their careers retarded and their service redundant,” Granger insisted.He stated that if persons are not educated, they will lose opportunities and employment. As such, the Head of State encouraged partnerships between trade unions and other agencies.“Workers will be unable to adapt to this new workplace environment unless they receive constant training. Education is essential to preparing employees to enter the labour market and once in the labour market, to adapt continuously to the changing nature of work. It means that education must be continuous”.Granger added that workers require better training to be able to adapt to this environment. “Unions, particularly the Public Service Union, must play a part in helping its members to adapt to these changes and to ensure that the workforce is better educated in order to play a meaningful role in the delivery of these services”.last_img read more

NBA notes: McGrady might say no to N.O.

first_imgMarion Superior Court Judge Patricia Gifford sentenced the 23-year-old Deon Willford to four years, with two years suspended. He also was sentenced to a year for a misdemeanor , which would be served at the same time, and to two years probation. of felony battery charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident Celtics news: Boston Celtics radio analyst Cedric Maxwell apologized on the air for saying that a female referee should “go back to the kitchen” after he disagreed with one of her calls. Maxwell made the comment during the Celtics’ 77-72 victory over Houston on Monday. He subsequently said “Go in there and make me some bacon and eggs, would you?” in reference to referee Violet Palmer. “If I said anything that might have been insensitive or sexist in any way, then I apologize because she worked extremely hard to get where she is now, end of quote,” Maxwell said before the Celtics’ game against the New York Knicks. Also, Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak will have season-ending ankle surgery next week. Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady said Wednesday he would consider skipping next year’s All-Star game if he felt he wouldn’t be safe in New Orleans. “I don’t think it’s the right city to have this type of event right now. I know the city is in need of trying to get back on their feet, in need of money. Safety comes first. I’m sure they have to do a lot of research and look into before they really make this decision.” McGrady said. McGrady’s comments came two days after union director Billy Hunter raised his concerns over New Orleans’ ability to host the weekend’s events. Jackson assailant sentenced: A man who hit former Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with a car during a fight outside a strip club last fall was sentenced in Indianapolis to two years in prison. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Prince George Fire Centre personnel helping in Yukon

first_imgThe Ministry of Forests explains that current conditions in the province mean it is able to share resources, and is happy to do so. “We’re glad we can assist our neighbours to the north without compromising our ability to respond here in B.C.,” says Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. The resources can remain for up to 19 days, but could be recalled if they’re needed in B.C. The cost of deploying them is borne by the receiving jurisdiction, as dictated under the Mutual Aid Resources Sharing Agreement.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Where to party in Fort St. John for Halloween 2013

first_img“It’s always a fun event,” says Executive Director Danielle Armstrong. “A lot of our events are focused on kids, and this one’s kind of unique because it’s an adult-only party and it provides a different kind of fun opportunity for all of us.” There’s also a $1,000 costume contest, door prizes, and games like trick-or-treating and mummy wrapping. Party goers will also get a midnight lunch and free rides home, with doors opening at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30, or $35 for reserved seating for  six of 10 people, by calling call 250-787-9674. This year is the 9th annual SPCA Halloween Howl, which Branch Manager Rosolynn Kalb says is one of its largest fundraisers, and goes towards day-to-day operations. They’re also working hard to identify and reduce colonies of feral cats in Fort St. John. “One of our biggest costs this year, particularly, are spays and neuters of our animals, and spaying and neutering the feral cats that are out in the community,” she says. “We’ve got a huge problem with feral cats, which are really not the kinds of cats that people adopt because they’re wild.” Not only is it one of the largest fundraisers, it’s also one of the most fun events the SPCA holds each year. There is $1,000 in costume prizes to be won, as well as a flight for two people to Vancouver, donated by Marlin Travel, along with a DJ, midnight lunch and a photo booth. – Advertisement -Tickets are available at the shelter Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., as well as at Investors Group Financial Services for $40. Doors open at 8:30 at the Pomeroy Hotel, and the event is 19+. At the same time, the Nightmare on 100th will be taking place at the Lido Theatre. The 5th annual event is put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters Fort St. John and features live music by local band the Montney Coulees, as well as a DJ. Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP search for suspect after robbery at Casey’s Liquor Store

first_imgHe demanded the money they had on the premises and exited out the front door again. The suspect then went around to the back of the business and left down the alley towards 81st Street. RCMP Police Dog Services tracked the suspect a short distance but then lost the trail. It appears he may have left the area in a vehicle. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 5’8” with a medium build. He was wearing a shiny black jacket over a zip-up red hoodie, dark blue jeans that are faded over the thigh and knee area and black runners. He was also wearing a light coloured scarf or bandana over his face and mismatched gloves, one dark and one light coloured. – Advertisement -As a precautionary measure, because of their close proximity to Casey’s, the RCMP asked Robert Ogilvie School and North Peace Secondary School to keep their students inside for a few hours after the robbery occurred. The area is now safe. The employees at Casey’s Liquor Store were not injured in the robbery. The RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen the suspect or a vehicle leaving the area of Casey’s Liquor Store between 9:15 and 9:20 am to contact them at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more

Annual Old Fashion Christmas Tea at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum

first_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Annual Old Fashion Christmas Tea is approaching, being held at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. On Wednesday, December 4th, 2019, come down to the Museum between 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM to enjoy the festive display of the Museum that has been decorated in the Christmas Spirit. To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE Advertisement Entry into the Museum and a selection of baked goods, sandwiches, tea and coffee costs $8.00. For more information, Call 250-787-0430 – Advertisement -The staff of the Museum share, this is the perfect time to catch up with friends and start your Christmas shopping in the gift shop. There is 10% off most gift shop items (excluding sale items) for North Peace Historical Society members. last_img read more