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NU stays immaculate, FEU enters Final Four in UAAP women’s basketball

first_imgNational University maintained the league’s longest winning streak across any sport after ripping University of the East apart, 89-59, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The victory extended the Lady Bulldogs’ unbeaten run to 76 and 12 for the current season.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors own a 2-10 slate while the Lady Maroons are at an even more deplorable state of 0-12. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kaye Pingol had 17 points while Ria Nabalan added 16 points of her own for the defending champions.Reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam had a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double to add to the Lady Bulldogs’ cause.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 ChrissIn the other game, Far Eastern University gored University of the Philippines, 80-66, to advance to the Final Four.Clare Castro had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Tamaraws who improved to a 9-3 card. 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? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ONE: Kevin Belingon willing to face Bibiano Fernandes again LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Dharmic Sabha unveils calendar of events

first_img…as 180th Indian Arrival Anniversary commencesThe Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha on Friday revealed a list of activities that will be hosted in celebration of the arrival of Indians to Guyana.As the list of activities kick off on May 1, Atif Aslam is said to perform alongside other Guyanese artistes, drummers and dancers in concert at the National Stadium.Atif AslamDuring the month-long celebration, a special Ramayan Festival will be held at the Oceanview Mandir Compound, West Coast Demerara, on May 5, celebrating the Ramayan traditions brought by foreparents to Guyana.In addition, there will be cultural events featuring outstanding Guyanese artistes at the Tain Campus, Berbice, and Bath Community Centre Ground, West Berbice, on May 4; and at the Anna Regina Mandir, Essequibo and Better Hope Mandir, ECD on May 5.In mid-May, the East Berbice Praant of the Sabha will host a special lecture and evening of Taan.All proceeds from the concert will go towards the Dharmic Rama Krishna School Expansion project which will involve the construction of a new secondary school and additional primary facilities.last_img read more

Allegations do not deem Singh, Brassington ‘public officers’ – Nandlall tells CJ

first_imgSOCU chargesActing Chief Justice Roxane George, SC heard further arguments from attorneys representing former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, as the challenge to their misconduct in public office charges continued at the High Court on Monday.Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Ronald Burch-Smith appeared on behalf of the defendants, who were released on $6 million each.During Monday’s proceedings, Nandlall disputed the application of the British common law principle to Guyana’s laws, having cited conflicts with this country’s Constitution with the definition of a public officer. With several legal citations, the former Attorney General noted that the particulars of the offence for which the duo is charged has “no reference” that Singh and Brassington are public officers.“This is a fundamental defect, as the offence is misconduct in public office. They have made no allegation that the two men were public officers, so an important ingredient is missing in the charge, on the face of it,” Nandall outlined to JusticeDr Ashni Singh and Winston BrassingtonGeorge.He held to his position that the charge only has two elements; namely, ‘misconduct’ and ‘public office’. He outlined further that for misconduct to be occasioned, evidence would be needed to show high degree of recklessness or great dishonesty.“There must be an element of culpability,” the lawyer stressed.He stated that his legal team intends to exhibit an advertisement for the lands under question, to which the Judge responded that it should have already been done. Nevertheless, Nandall told the acting Chief Justice that it would be a worrying development for citizens to face charges for having accepted a lower valuation ($6 million against $12 million) where the lower valuation was calculated by Government’s own Chief Valuation Officer.“Our criminal law can never be so subjective, so unpredictable, so dysfunctional…If there’s another Executive Government that starts to review this Government’s Executive Policies and starts to pursue charges, where will it end?” Nandlall questioned.His colleague Burch-Smith observed that the former NICIL Head, Brassington, “never signed” the agreement.He referred the Queens Atlantic deal, where “a midpoint was chosen”, though reiterating that his client never signed the document. Burch-Smith stressed that the entire South Georgetown (including East, West, North and South Ruimveldt) and areas beyond Sherriff Street, Georgetown were all developed by Government. On these grounds, the lawyer stated, he could not understand how these actions with reference to the current case could be deemed misconduct.Justice George, however, reminded both attorneys to stick to evidence presented at the bar table.Singh, 45, of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, 50, of Florida, USA, are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued. These charges have to do with the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; the sale of land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc. at a cost of $185 million. Bruch-Smith on Monday that he has not seen the documents relating to Scady Business Corporation.These charges were filed by Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at the Magistrates’ Court following advice obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP), but the two former Government officials denied the allegations. Their lawyers subsequently secured stays of execution to halt the lower court proceedings while they challenge the misconduct charges in the High Court.But then another set of charges were filed against Singh and Brassington, this time over the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII). This, like other charges, was also challenged in the High Court, and back in July, acting Chief Justice Roxane George consolidated the four ‘misconduct in public office’ charges into one substantive challenge.It was alleged that between October 26 and December 20, 2010, the duo acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion. However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government valuation as Guyana Times had reported. The case continues on October 23.last_img read more

Readers keep me in my place, even when it’s my birthday

first_imgI probably shouldn’t write about birthdays, especially my own. “So you’re 58,” wrote Steve Chelton of Torrance. “All I can think is how I’m 62. That means that I’m still the high school senior who can kick your butt! Happy birthday, freshman.” That and one from Daniel Kopti, who wrote: “You’re too hard on yourself. How many other 58-year-olds have their photograph in the newspaper? By the way, happy birthday!” And Anna, who, because she is married, asks that I not use her last name: “You are the sexiest 58-year-old man I have ever seen. My girlfriends and I (we’re nurses) saw you at the sandwich shop next to the newspaper two weeks ago and couldn’t get over how nice you looked. Happy birthday.” Yes, Anna. Everyone says that to me. Actually, nobody has ever said that to me, so thank you very much. Now back to reality and how in last Monday’s column I mentioned the e-mail-of-the-moment, the one where some patriotic, unnamed individual calls for a boycott of the new presidential gold-tone (not gold, but gold tone) dollars because they lack the words, “In God We Trust.” Hey, they also lack the words, “All Others Pay Cash,” but you don’t see me getting upset. Anyway, to check on this I went to the U.S. Mint Web site, where it indeed looked like the none-too-elegant coins indeed did not carry the inscription first used on American coins during the Civil War and designated as our national motto in 1956. But like so many hallowed American symbols, the earthly and recent origins of these words have been ignored in favor of a die-for mythology. Thus, the outrage in the widely circulating plea to refuse the coins in change, which is silly because we will immediately take all these coins out of circulation just as we did the last round of ugly gold-tone coins. In any event, I was wrong. Either that or the Mint site didn’t make things obvious enough for me. Luckily there are many sharp-eyed coin collectors out there, all of whom wrote me immediately. And for this I offer my thanks. Steve Petrich wrote: “I guess you’ve heard it from a thousand people by now (Do you think you have that many readers?) that the new dollar coins featuring the presidents have the `In God we Trust,’ `E Pluribus Unum,’ date and Mint mark displayed along the edge of each coin. Why the government didn’t reserve that unique space for advertising is beyond me.” Actually, I do have thousands of readers and they all collect coins and they all wrote me. By the way, Steve, that advertising idea is good. Chris Dreike of Torrance wrote, “It was interesting to note that your paper’s Today In History column stated that the words `In God We Trust’ first appeared on our paper currency on Oct. 1, 1957, 50 years to the date that your column ran. Was this on purpose?” Chris, that’s a common question often asked by people who actually think that we actually know what we are doing and are organized enough to put two such stories together intentionally. The answer to your question then is, yes, we did it on purpose. George in San Pedro wrote: “If you look on the edge of the new gold-like coins, you will find engraved `In God We Trust.’ I do like reading your column, but you do have a tendency to go off half-cocked.” George, seriously, I thought that I was completely cocked. Marlene Olive of Palos Verdes Estates wrote: “You’re wrong on the `In God We Trust’ issue. But your point is well taken. Where do such e-mails originate and why are they so full of misplaced passion? If the words were not on our coinage would we no longer trust in God? So we trust in God? For what? Guidance? If so, where has he been lately when the powers that be needed so much guidance?” Ron Koskela adds yet more intrigue to the non-issue, “`In God We Trust’ is indeed on the new coins. But due to an error, approximately 50,000 of the coins were minted without the edge inscriptions. The Mint and collectors are working at removing the erroneous coins from circulation.” On another subject. Erica Ferro of San Pedro wrote, “I agree with you. I was embarrassed by the behavior of Columbia’s president. Ahmadinejad was invited to speak. Wouldn’t it have been polite to let him speak without introducing him in such insulting terms? Did he not think the students and others attending had enough intelligence to figure out for themselves what he was? I don’t think it reflected favorably on Columbia’s president. “In addition, two commentaries I read reported that the rude treatment made Ahmadinejad a hero in Iran. I know you will be deluged with hate mail after your column, but put me on the plus side.” Actually, I did get some hate mail but I didn’t want to ruin the nice effect created by the letter from Anna. Now write on any subject you like. I need company. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to John Bogert/Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Police offer hefty reward to catch killer

first_img“A good kid, minding his own business, walking home from buying diapers for his sister’s baby – it’s unconscionable,” Cárdenas said. “There’s a lot of people who are afraid, but we’ve got to prove that what’s right will prevail. Hopefully, someone will come forward so we can nail this guy.” Losing Johnny proved so painful the family has since left Van Nuys and moved to Phoenix to leave bad memories behind. His mother, Maria Terrazas, looked at the oversized snapshot police brought to the news conference and touched her late son’s face. He never gave her a hard time, she said. He dreamed of going to college to become an architect so he could build her a house one day. He left behind sketches. Tears rolled down her face as she choked back sobs. “I only ask: If there’s a person who saw something, any detail, anything, please call,” Terrazas said. “Call, so there won’t be more kids like my son, struggling in the streets.” 818-713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe suspected shooter, described only as a teenage Latino wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and white shorts, killed Johnny shortly after noon with several shots from a revolver at Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman Way. The shooter dashed to a waiting white car driven by a second Latino and disappeared down Sherman Way. That was all the police knew in January and all they know now, they said. At the time, detectives suspected it might have simply been a case of mistaken identity over the way Johnny was dressed. Eleven months of investigation have brought them no closer to solving the case. “We’re in the same place we were a year ago,” said Los Angeles police Capt. Jim Miller, commanding officer of the Van Nuys Division. “At 12 noon on a Saturday, at one of the busiest intersections in all of Los Angeles and no one saw anything. This is very, very frustrating for our detectives.” And so he asked the council for what he views as a weapon of last resort: a reward for information leading to the suspects’ capture. While the money generally brings in more tips, he said, they’re often not accurate. But anything would be better than what witnesses have offered so far, said Councilman Tony Cárdenas, who represents the area. VAN NUYS – Johnny Cano was just walking home, bringing his nephew diapers, when two gangsters killed him in broad daylight – and no one knows why. Johnny, who turned 15 just four days before the unidentified killers shot him in the chest and head Jan. 6, was a good kid and a dedicated student. He died not because he said something, did something or claimed a neighborhood. He didn’t run with a gang, police said. After nearly a year of dead ends from witnesses, the Los Angeles City Council offered a $50,000 reward Monday, hoping the money will loosen silent tongues. “Someone had to see something,” said a tearful Roxana Cano, the victim’s 21-year-old sister. “Someone has to know something.” last_img read more

Fun In the Sun chili cookoff at Pitchess Detention Center

first_imgCASTAIC — With the ominous warning “Our day begins when your day ends” emblazoned on a black enamel coffin, sheriff’s homicide detectives served up a killer blend of chili at the first-ever Fun In the Sun chili cookoff at Pitchess Detention Center. Held in jail’s Jack Bones Equestrian Center, the fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Special Olumpics drew some two dozen cooks, some award-winning, some first-timers. “We’re hoping to clear about $10,000 today,” said Stephanie Wilke, who with India Inez organized the event. “We wanted to do something more family-oriented than just Tip-A-Cop and we’re hoping for bigger crowds next year. We have 23 booths with chili cooks and I’m sure the word’s going to get around so this event grows next year.” While most of the cooks carry badges, the elaborate booths showed that the participants included some skilled carpenters, decorators and, um, recyclers. A homemade stove fashioned from a metal commode and sheltered by a two-story outhouse was operated by Pitchess assistant facilities director Ken West, who handed out samples of “FSB Outhouse Chili.” A middle-of-the-road taste was what cook Wilson Lee from Sheriff’s Headquartets Bureau was looking for. The popular booth sported a military Meal-Ready-to-Eat package hanging from the sun shade. “I could have made mine hotter, but I want it to move. I want people to enjoy it,” Lee said. Tasters in the mood for spicy and hot didn’t have to look farther than the Hotter Than the Serengeti booth. Decorated with camoflage netting and finger puppets of wild animals, the booth served chili containing antelope meat, courtesy of chef Sgt. Michael Bailey’s aunt in Montana. “There’s three or four really good chilis out there,” he said, settling into the cool of the shaded booth. “I’m glad they did this. It’s such a good event and to raise money for the Special Olympics.” “I have two children who are healthy and I really feel I should be thankful and give back,” Bailey said. “We raise money for a good cause and we get to interact positively with the public. “When we see someone in a restaurant or here at something like this, it’s much better than the encounter they’re used to. This is such a positive thing, it’s a no-lose situation.” Doing their best to attract tasters with their bright floral sarongs, Danielle Caples and Dori McCoy danced in front of the Chili Chicks, where Cari Carlson stirred a sweet red mixture for sampling. The real intimidators were next door, where firefighters Philip Lourito and Mauriello Velasquez cranked a siren to bring attention to their collection of chili trophies. Traffic investigator Dennis Campbell of the Lancaster sheriff’s station was behind the cauldron of “Pepe’s Mystical Chili,” an homage to Deputy Pierre Bain. a motorcycle deputy killed in a crash in March. “This is my first competition,” Campbell said, “It’s a basic recipe, but I took my time cooking the tri-tip real slow and tender. No beans in this one.” Homicide detectives Larry Brandenberg and Tom Harris, the latter a retired investigator who came back to work cold cases, shared the credit for their spicy brew. “I’ve been cooking with this recipe for 16 years,” Brandenberg said, recalling a 1991 win at a previous sheriff’s chili event. “And Tom let us use his finger to stir it. Guess that’s our secret ingredient.” Four judges, armed with clipboards and serious expressions, went from booth to booth to judge appearance, performance and taste, escorted by Capt. Joaquin Herran and Lt. Chris Cahhal. “We wanted to make sure nobody tried to unduly influence them,” Herran said with a smile. — Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

Man dragged partner along ground of local shopping centre

first_imgA Letterkenny man who dragged his partner along the ground in a local shopping centre in front of children has escaped with a warning.John Joyce pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge Paul Kelly arising from an incident at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on March 15. Sgt Jim Collins Letterkenny District Court that gardai received reports of a male “roaring and shouting abuse” shortly after 6pm.He said that the defendant was dragging the female along the ground and was shouting obscenities.He added that there were a number of people present while this was happening, including young children.The court also heard that Joyce did not appear to be under the influence of any substance or alcohol. He said that the female did not wish to give a statement.Barrister, Ms Laura Byrne, representing the defendant, told the court that her client was aged eighteen and wished to apologise to the gardai, the security staff and patrons of Letterkenny Shopping Centre.She added: “This should never have happened. He went down the wrong path and has no excuse for his behaviour. He has indicated his remorse and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”Ms Byrne also told the court that Joyce had just become a father and has a one-month-old baby and “wants to be a good parent”.Judge Kelly asked if the young woman involved in the shopping centre incident was the mother of the defendant’s baby and he was told that she was.“This is not the sort of example you want to be setting for your child,” Judge Kelly told the defendant.He concluded by giving the defendant the benefit of the Probation Act, meaning a conviction will not be recorded against him and stated: “Hopefully he’s as good as his word”.Man dragged partner along ground of local shopping centre was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdragJohn Joyceletterkennypartnerlast_img read more

Mating Turtles Fossilized Instantly

first_imgEvolutionary paleontologists have a mystery on their hands: how did turtles in the act of mating become fossilized?Most of the news media are amusing themselves with prurient attention on turtle sex, using double entendres and French or Latin expressions to remind themselves that “turtles do it,” too: “Palaeontologists catch turtles in flagrante,” PhysOrg headlined, while Live Science put up in bold type, “Coitus Interruptus: Ancient Turtle Sex Fossilized” (we’ll spare our readers further titillating examples of sexting as news).A more obvious question reporters seem to be skipping over is, how quickly would an animal have to be buried to be preserved in the sex act?  The BBC News article showed a photograph of the exquisite preservation of one of the pairs of fossils claimed to be 47 million years old.  About nine pairs have been found at the Messel Pit in Germany, most of them apparently in mating positions.Evolutionary paleontologists were not without a turtle tale to tell.  The BBC News article told it this way:Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.Notwithstanding the romantic visions in this tale, wouldn’t turtles drifting downward in a toxic lake have become separated?  Wouldn’t their bodies have decayed on the bottom before enough sediments could bury them?  Only Nature News mentioned reasons why this explanation makes little sense:Edwin Cadena, a doctoral student in palaeontology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, agrees that the study shows “strong evidence to consider this the first case of coupling captured in the fossil record of vertebrates”. More controversial, he says, is the interpretation of what the Messel lake was like. The notion of a stratified lake works as an explanation for the turtles’ fate, Cadena says, “but not so well for other fossils found at Messel, for example bats or birds or even other small mammals”. If the upper layers of the lake were inhabitable, Cadena asks, then what caused the death of airborne and terrestrial animals? The turtles are just part of an ongoing fossil mystery.That was the last sentence: they left it as a mystery.These specimens add to a long list of fossils showing nearly instantaneous burial: ichthyosaurs trapped while giving birth, fish caught while swallowing other fish, fish with undigested small fish in their stomachs.  How many seconds does turtle sex take?  Are we to believe they remained in mating posture long enough to sink to the bottom of a lake and wait to be buried, even if poisons in the water killed them on the way down? Wouldn’t Tom Turtle shout, “Gasp! I can’t breathe!” and disengage from Myrtle Turtle?  We can’t assume turtles would have the same priorities as humans.Rapid burial with exquisite preservation as found in this and so many other fossils speaks of catastrophic conditions.  Since the evolutionists can only offer made-up stories and mysteries, let their explanations be ruled out in favor of explanations that can account for the observations.  Remember that “geological time” is a moyboy* phrase that locks away evolutionary mysteries out of sight, out of mind.*A moyboy is someone who thinks that “millions of years, billions of years” solves every problem in evolutionary theory. (Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SCI congratulates yield contest winners

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants would like to congratulate the winners of our 2015 Yield Contest. 2015 Project 300 Corn Yield ContestRankCustomerVarietyYieldCityState1Terry VissingSCS 1125AMX™270.74MarysvilleIN2Tim BishopSCS 1085AM™263.77QueenstownMD3David FisherSCS 10HR43™253.55LondonOH2015 Project 100 Soybean Yield ContestRankCustomerVarietyYieldCityState1Terry VissingSCS 9385RR™84.60MarysvilleIN2Tim BishopSCS 9434RR™82.10QueenstownMD3John NoltSCS 9314RR™77.23PlymouthOHlast_img

3 killed in fire at Reliance Industries rubber plant in Gujarat

first_imgThree people were killed in a fire that broke out in the polybutadiene rubber section of the Reliance Industries’ rubber plant in Gujarat on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the company said.“The fire was restricted to one section of the plant and timely action by Reliance firefighting team helped in quickly extinguishing the fire,” the company said. According to the statement, three contractual workers, who were injured in the accident, later succumbed to their injuries despite the best efforts of the medical team. “Our prayers and sympathies are with their families in their time of grief and we will support the families to overcome their personal tragedy,” the company added.An investigation is to be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire, the statement added, adding that the rest of the complex continued with their normal operations.last_img read more