Beau Belga not slowing down despite trade rumors

first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBeau Belga maintained that he has no say on whether Rain or Shine decides to trade him or any other player away.“Those things are already beyond our control,” he said in Filipino after the Elasto Painters’ 90-84 victory over Meralco on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “If they want to trade me, I can’t do anything about it, but as of now, I’m with Rain or Shine and I need to play well for them.”Belga, along with Jericho Cruz and Raymond Almazan, are in the middle of trade rumors supposedly stemming from their disconnect over how coach Caloy Garcia is running the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut amid all talks, Belga was at his usual self, finishing with a double-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists in the victory.It was the Sorsogon native’s way of staying professional knowing that as long as he’s wearing a Rain or Shine jersey, he has a responsibility to meet for the tea. MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Garcia addresses trade rumors, says he’s good terms with his players “I’m with Rain or Shine as of now and I need to play because the bosses in Rain or Shine are the ones who are providing food for my family,” he said.Belga was the lone player involved in those trade talks who was willing to speak to the media. Jericho Cruz excused himself from the press, while Raymond Almazan quickly left the venue after the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency02:14Carpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Is it crime fighting, or a reaction to the USA advisory?

first_imgDear Editor,First, it was the killing of three bandits on the Corentyne, then there was a follow-up with three more killings in Norton Street, Lodge, yet crime continues unabated.Since last Thursday night’s shooting, there have been several other armed robberies, many of which were conducted in broad daylight, so what have we here in Guyana? The point is we are having a lot of piecemeal, double talking, political posturing, on crime with the real crime situation certainly getting out of control. So, let us take a candid look at crime in Guyana.First, it was the Director General, Harmon, speaking for the Government, stating in one voice that Guyana is a beautiful place, one where crime is down and persons should want to visit. Then in the same tone, he confirmed that crime is hurting the economy and foreign investment would shy away from this country.Then, the Police Commissioner came on board shortly after, stating that crime is down, quoting statistical figures from who knows where to support his argument.I guess he was referring to the recent killings of criminals by the Force, hailing this as a success. Be that as it may, crime continues to be a bugbear and nothing seems to stop it.The point I am making here is that the State, speaking through its representatives, the Director General and Commissioner is telling you one thing when the actual reality of the situation is totally different. Crime is a problem, a real big problem and if a comprehensive plan is not put in place things will – as they already have – become really ugly for locals and foreigners alike.The recent killings and the strident statements by the Government have nothing to do with crime fighting, rather, it is a stop-gap reactionary move by the State as a result of the United States Advisory on Guyana. This PNC-led coalition is hard-pressed to stem the harsh criticism levelled against it by the US Government that they were forced to take those drastic measures, otherwise, it was business as usual where crime is concerned.I told myself that I would not bring politics into my discussion on crime but the situation warrants me revealing the facts as it presents itself. This Government has to face the fact that they were and still is too cosy with criminals while in opposition as well as in Government, and as such they have only themselves to blame. One just has to look into the not so distant past and see their political manoeuvres and you would get the picture. This Government appears to only be concerned when the situation becomes sour and dire as the USA Government has indicated.The Americans have been in and out of Guyana since the oil discovery and the superpower is ensuring that its citizens get the maximum-security doing business here. Hence, they have told the Guyana Government that they are not prepared to accept this armed robbery nonsense as normal behaviour. In this regard, we are now faced with these brutal put-downs.But like I said, a piecemeal haphazard approach will get us nowhere, we have to get down to a long term concrete approach on crime to get this scourge under control. That long-term approach has been done in the last Administration and is on some shelf gathering dust. We must take a good look again at our crime plan and work that plan, it is the only way to bring crime down to a minuscule level.Respectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Jodi Clark Walks Out of a Terrible Accident with Minor Bruises

first_imgJodi Clark, a Liberian hit song maker and the angelic voice behind the popular hit single, “Baygeeo,” has a testimony, one that brings chills to his skin when he thinks about how God spared his life and left him praising His Name.According to the “Plenty Money” and “Baby I Do” songster, he walked out of a serious car accident that unbelievably mangled the hood of his car. Onlookers thought that the driver of the car had to be badly injured because of the look of things. Jodi, who thinks he should have died, walked out of the catastrophe with a leg injury and pain in his neck, because, “God was watching over me.”Jodi said on the day of the accident, he awoke from bed literally not knowing what the end of the day would bring, just like any normal day. “I believe God gave me a second chance at life and a reason to reevaluate things in life, especially my relationship with Him,” he added.The accident occurred at 5:00 p.m. Alone and on his way home from the studio in Miami, Florida, and trying to beat the traffic, a multi-vehicle collision occurred. No word yet as to who hit who, because according to his manager, SB Taylor, “it happened in the blink of an eye.” He said although he believes in God, he has not been close to Him, nor has he prayed as often as he should.“I’ll forever be faithful that God gave me another chance at life.”Meanwhile, Jodi is expected to continue his ventures into his Vision tour that could mean landing down in Liberia next year, a home he hasn’t seen in a very long time. With his new single, produced by a Kenyan producer, giving the song a distinct uniqueness and a budge into being one of the greatest songs on air right now, Jodi has been reborn. His career, attitude and love for God have been heightened.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Your Creation is Your Asset

first_imgThe Liberian art scene has expended greatly in the last few years – from more exhibitions to Liberian artists gaining international recognition and prominence for their work.However, despite this success story, it seems that Liberian artists are nowadays deliberately refusing to copyright their works, according to a damaging report from the Liberia Intellectual Property (LIP) Office (formerly Liberia Copyright Office and the Liberia Industrial Property Office).The report said from the over hundred creative Liberians only three were able to copyright their works – meaning all of this year’s literary works, from paintings to architecture, sculptures and engravings, among others, are not registered.Frustratingly, this is the third year in a row that the LIP had not been able to record copyrights for more than five works of art.Worst of all, authors, painters, architects, sculptors, engravers, lithographers, just to name a few, are the biggest delinquents, as they have not copyrighted their works for years.This definitely means that a vast majority of artistic works on the market has been greatly exposed to piracy or copyright infringements, knowingly or unknowingly by the artists themselves.By virtue of fact, when a work is copyrighted by law, it gives the creator the power to make long term profit – like royalties – the sole and exclusive right for reproduction, as well as controlling the public display of his/her work.Yes, it is true that copyright is automatic by international conventions, but local law demands that a work be registered in order for the creator to have the legal right or jurisdiction over said work. And without registration, the artist will find it very difficult to win any case emanating from piracy or copyright infringement.Also, artists who refuse or fail to copyright their work are missing out on opportunities such as upfront payment of royalties from marketers or distributors for such works, as well as not having the protection of the hologram security stamp, which makes said work extremely difficult to duplicate. The holographic stamp protects and distinguishes the authentic work of an artist from pirated ones, therefore helping artists to benefit more from their work.However, artists cannot be totally blamed for the drastic decline in copyright registration because the LIP office has over the years failed to enforce and protect the rights of artists.Secondly, the lack of protection from the copyright office for those who have copyrighted their work years back proves that the copyright office is not active; and this undermines the work of the entity.No matter their grievances, artists need to understand that their creativity is their asset, and once it is protected, they have the power to enjoy all the benefits that come with it. Remembering the words of veteran musician Abraham Kallon, “Copyrighting gives creators the legal rights to pursue anyone who infringes on their work, either by making them pay for any monetary loss incurred or taking them to court. I think it is advisable that everyLiberian creator copyrights his or her work. No matter the problem, they need to remember that their creation is their asset.”Note: The hologram stamp and royalty payment artists receive upfront were introduced late this year. The Liberian artists referred to in this regard are those based in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana to donate lumber to hurricane-devastated islands

first_imgIn addition to food, medical suppliesGuyana, through the Ministerial Task Force overseeing the provision of aid to the recent hurricane-ravaged islands, is expected to donate 300 tons of lumber to countries in the region.According to the Department of Public Information, this disclosure was made byPrime Minister Moses NagamootooPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo during the launch of Agriculture Month 2017 on Sunday.He was at the time remarking on Guyana’s good fortune to have a number of natural resources, and to not have been affected directly by the hurricanes. He shared his view that the disasters came as a result of the destruction of the ozone layer, due to the poor habits of mankind.The Prime Minister said the Ministerial Task Force is soliciting assistance from the private sector, the Government, and the community at large to respond to Caribbean countries affected by the hurricanes.“We have dispatched foods and medicines and soon some 300 tons of lumber and other hardware to help in the rebuilding effort in some of these islands,” he said.He added, “We have to be the reservoir of hope in Guyana. The reservoir that tells our Caribbean people that when you are in need, we will be there to help you. Agriculture Month gives us an opportunity to reflect on our potential.”Over the past few months, islands in the Caribbean — including Barbuda, Dominica, St Maarten, Tortola and Puerto Rico — were devastated by hurricanes Maria and Irma, and are currently trying to recover.last_img read more

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Court clerk found dead in bathtub

first_imgThe body of a Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) woman was early on Tuesday morning discovered in her bathtub in her home.Dead: Olita Shondel MendeDead is 24-year-old Olita Shondel Mendez, a clerk at the Court of Appeal. Reports are Mendez’s body was found by a relative who went to check on her after she had been in the bath for a considerably long time.Guyana Times was told that the relative pulled Mendez from the tub and attempted to revive her to no avail.The police were called but no marks of violence were found on the woman’s body. An investigation was launched.last_img

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MacKenzie Valley Gas Pipeline Update

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staffImperial Oil Limited now says it will be 2018 at the earliest, before natural gas could start flowing, from the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline Project. – Advertisement -The National Energy Board is set to decide in September, whether the project should go ahead.However, after that the backers would need to secure hundreds more permits, before they can begin work.The Calgary-based company says, it and other firms working on the long-delayed project will likely decide whether to proceed in late 2013.There is no update on the project’s 2007 cost estimate, of 16 point two billion dollars.Advertisement However, an updated market analysis filed with the National Energy Board shows, there will be a long-term need for Arctic gas despite the emergence of prolific shale gas plays across North America.last_img read more

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Prep basketball roundup: Buckley makes history in win

first_imgThe duo of Richie Polan and Hussein Habibi have given the Buckley of Sherman Oaks a season it has never seen in the duration of the program. Friday’s 71-52 win over second-seeded St. Anthony of Long Beach in the Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs at Harvard-Westlake in Studio City further solidified Polan’s and Habibi’s contributions. Polan scored 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and Habibi had 23 points, 10rebounds and five assists to lead the Griffins (24-6) to its first final in the history of the program. Andrew Farhardi added 12points for the Griffins (24-6) and Howard Douglas scored a team-high 20 points for St.Anthony’s (25-4). OTHER SOUTHERN SECTION GAMES: DIV. II-AA Murrietta Valley 64, Burroughs 54: After another long bus ride inland, Southern Section Division II-AA quarfinal playoff, wild-card winner Burroughs of Burbank boys’ basketball team found itself tied going into the fourth quarter against host Murrieta Valley. But, the Bulldogs, who defeated inland team’s Diamond Ranch and sixth-seeded Temecula Valley in its playoff run, fell to Nighthawks 64-54, after being outscored 20-10 in the final quarter. Jordan Lopez scored a game-high 19 points for the Indians (18-12). center_img Vincent Quick scored 17points for Murrieta Valley (20-10) and teammate Cody Phillips added 16 points. DIV. III-AA Campbell Hall 78, Savanna 30: Jrue Holiday scored 36 points to lead host Campbell Hall of North Hollywood to a victory against Savanna of Anaheim. Justin Holiday added 14points and Robert Ford had 12 for the Vikings (27-1), who will play Oak Park in the semifinals Tuesday. Dominic Williams scored a team-high 15 points for Savanna (20-8). DIV. III-A Renaissance Academy 63, Perris 54: Justin Cook scored a game-high to lead second-seeded Renaissance Academy of La Canada to a semifinal victory against visiting Perris (18-9). Joah Thomas added 16points and Hector Harold scored 12 for the Wildcats (27-1). GIRLS’ BASKETBALL CITY SECTION PLAYOFFS: INVITATIONAL SEMIFINALS Roosevelt 59, El Camino Real 48: Monika Fernandez scored a game-high 19 points, but visiting El Camino Real of Woodland Hills lost to Roosevelt of Los Angeles in the semifinals of the City Invitational tournament. Sarah Rebibo added 10points for the Conquistadores (8-19) and Diana Barrios led the Rough Riders (17-8) with 13 points. 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

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Yellow Cabs presents to Council ahead of public hearing

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Ahead of the public hearing for Yellow Cabs, a cab company based out of Grande Prairie looking to enter the market in Fort St. John, an in-depth presentation was shown to Mayor and Council in Monday’s regular meeting.Assistant Manager of the company Navi Thundal said the application process began in May 2015. And, it could take even longer for another company to enter the market if Yellow Cabs is rejected.“Considering the economy here, we feel that, evidently, if we were to get rejected, the residents of Fort St. John are the ones who will eventually suffer,” she told council.- Advertisement -“They will have to wait another two or three years in order for another taxi company — another applicant interested — to get to this point.”Thundal says, despite facing 12 other competitors in the Grande Prairie market, her company serves over 75 per cent of the city’s residential and commercial business.She drew a parallel comparison between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John’s cab markets — claiming that the 13,000 residents of Dawson Creek are served by 29 plates, while the 23,000 citizens of Fort St. John are served by 21. When the math is done, Thundal says thats 448 residents to one taxi in Dawson Creek, and 1095 to one taxi in Fort St. John.Advertisement “If they don’t want to pick option A, they should go to option B. They should have a choice.”And with that kind of choice, Thundal asserts, would come benefits for the community and its residents.According to her presentation, Yellow Cab’s drivers wouldn’t work based on commission — and therefore would be bringing home 30 to 55 per cent more than what they make currently with a fixed lease system.She says the company would also offer discounts for seniors and students and lowered flat rates.Following the end of the presentation, Mayor Lori Ackerman told the applicant that they had made it clear to the Passenger Transportation Board their stance on Yellow Cabs application.Advertisement Teco Taxi Manager Tag Gill said in his presentation that their company has seen a downward turn in business, and cited the economy as a reason for this.Thundal says the economy in Fort St. John isn’t an isolated case of a downturn — nor is it a reason for her company to back off on entering the market.“It’s a nation-wide level,” she said. “It’s something we’re all going through. We personally feel its not a reason why there shouldn’t be another business allowed to open up. Especially in the taxi industry, where its a service.”While Thundal said residents have voiced their desire to see a new choice in the market, she made clear that Yellow Cabs isn’t looking to drive anyone out of the market, either.“We are in favour of healthy competition, we don’t wish to move anyone out of business. We just want to have a fair service and make sure everyone is doing their part,” she said.Advertisement If Yellow Cabs entered Fort St. John’s market, the city would have 41 taxi plates altogether serving the population of that size — lowering the ratio to 560 people to one vehicle.“We do feel, personally, it is time to welcome another taxi service here in town.”Teco Taxi made a presentation to council in February, showing statistics that indicate their wait times have improved and they have provided more vehicles on the road.However, Thundal says Yellow Cabs has received many complaints and concerns to the contrary about the existing taxi service. Some of the complaints cite long wait times, rude customer service, no dispatch answer, condition of taxi cabs, drivers smoking in units, expensive flat rates, and lack of taxis as some of the drivers behind support for Yellow Cabs.Advertisement “I’ve spoken to the chair there about the issues the city is having, and I think they’re fairly aware of the concerns over the years we’ve had,” she said.The City Council has agreed previously to send correspondence to the Board stating that the City is in need of more taxis, but declined to support any particular company on this front.Councillors continued to ask a few more questions for more details. Councillor Byron Stewart asked about the screening process Yellow Cabs uses to hire drivers, and Thundal confirmed that they have a national safety certificate from B.C. — and intend to follow all applicable bylaws.“There will not only be criminal record checks done, but there will be face-to-face interviews done to make sure we pick the right employee to give safe rights,” she replied to his question.Councillor Bruce Christensen inquired about the number of drivers the company intends to see driving their number of plates. She said the company would typically deploy 10 drivers during the day, and 10 during the night, with more or less on the road depending on slow periods and peak hours.Yellow Cabs is the first cab company to make it to the public hearing round in Fort St. John’s market, and only the second B.C. applicant in six years to do so.The public hearing of Yellow Cabs application started on Monday, March 21 at the Pomeroy Hotel. 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Frank Girardot: Coroner’s duties turn to dilemma of compassion

first_imgThe coroner’s job is to determine a cause of death. There was a movie released in the 1980s with the title “8 Million Ways to Die.” Truth is there’s only four. They are categorized as homicide, suicide, accident and natural. Fairly self-explanatory. Once a body is picked up by coroner’s investigators, he or she is brought in to the office for an examination – an autopsy. The place where this happens is just east of downtown, actually on Mission Road, near Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. It’s not much to look at actually. A pair of brown stucco county buildings put together by a low bidder. Inside the place is not much better. Stainless steel elevators smell like sewing machine oil. Narrow corridors wind through a haphazard maze of offices. An old-time coroner’s investigator recalled an afternoon when he was faced with an interesting dilemma. A hooker had called police to let them know a client had died in her arms and she didn’t know what to do. The police showed up and sure enough there was this very dead elderly man on the floor of the apartment. Next step for the cops: put in a call to the coroner. And they did. The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner is charged with investigating all deaths in the county that occur outside a doctor’s care. Clearly, this poor old man was nowhere near a physician. Among other rooms, files have been stacked on metal shelves. Throughout, a county telephone system that probably dates from the 1970s connects the offices and acts as the lifeline to the outside world. In the back building, there’s a mezzanine floor where autopsies are conducted by a host of county doctors. These are doctors who somewhere along the line decided to specialize in forensic pathology instead of pediatrics or heart surgery. On busy days, the bodies that don’t fit into a cooler designed to hold 80 persons line the corridor outside the examination room. That fate awaited the old man in the apartment. At death scenes coroner’s investigators take responsibility for the property of the victim. The old man had some money, a nice watch and a wallet. Inside the wallet were several pictures encased in plastic. His wife, children and grandchildren were all represented. There was even a group shot of them all together and smiling beneath a Christmas tree. The investigator showed the pictures to the cop, and they decided on a plan of action. Essentially the plan was write their reports in such a way as to make it seem that the old man had been on a walk in the neighborhood when he was stricken. They would say he fell to the sidewalk and died. Their plan was all about compassion for the loved ones left behind. There would be one last duty for the investigator to perform. Notification. So, he goes to the new widow’s home, knocks on the door, and says, “I’m very sorry to inform you that your husband has died.” “What were the circumstances,” the widow asked. He gave her the agreed-upon story. Her reply? “Oh, thank God. I always thought he would die in the arms of some prostitute.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want 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

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