‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Good thing Jamela Suyat, Coleen Bravo and Jowie Albert Versoza came through with clutch performances by firing 19, 13 and 11 points, respectively, to power the Lady Altas to their fourth win against three defeats.“I have faith in all my players that they will deliver if given a chance,” said Acaylar, who was recently appointed as national men’s team coach seeing action in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games this August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFor the the Lady Altas ti stay in Final Four contention, it would need to beat Jose Rizal on Jan. 18 and Arellano on Jan. 25.“We know in our hearts that we’re still in it, we just have to believe,” said Acaylar. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The Lady Pirates skidded to 5-2.Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo downed Mapua, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24, in a battle of win-less squads.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GlobalPort nails back-to-back wins behind Romeo’s 32 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Others players stepped up when starters Cindy Imbo and Ma. Lourdes Clemente struggled and Perpetual Help drubbed Lyceum, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23, Friday to keep its Final Four hopes alive in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at Arena in San Juan.Imbo, the team captain, and Clemente couldn’t find their rhythm at the start, forcing Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar to dig deep from his bench.ADVERTISEMENT
$15 shirt man Evans hoping for new kit deal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic manages her hair on a windy morning during a press conference following last night victory in the women’s single final match against Alize Cornet of France at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 8, 2017. AFP File photoFifth seed Karolina Pliskova continued her impressive march through the Australian Open Thursday, and is beginning to believe she could be on track for a Grand Slam to remember.The towering Czech star dished out a 6-0, 6-2 lesson to hapless Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova in the second round and has only dropped four games so far in two matches.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims It was her first match against a top 10 opponent and she was out of her depth, struggling with her first serve and her returning.Power server Pliskova gave no ground and raced through the first set in just 25 minutes, with Blinkova winning only 12 points.Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old was in no mood to give an inch and romped 4-0 in front in the second set before Blinkova finally held serve.She raised her arm in the air and got huge cheers from the crowd, and then held serve for a second time before Pliskova wrapped up a routine victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ She hasn’t lost this year, lifting the trophy in this month’s Brisbane International, and her confidence is running high.“I’m feeling pretty good on the court, confident. I have some matches already that I won this year. I didn’t lose yet, which is also a good thing,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think I’m playing good, even though the opponents were not that high level, I would say.“Third round is going to definitely be more tough than the first two. Also people are saying I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but we are just in third round, so let’s see.” Awaiting her next is Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who upset 31st seed Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.If she beats Ostapenko, as form suggests she will, a potential quarter-final against third seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be within Pliskova’s sights.But the Czech star, who broke through last year in making the US Open final, losing to Angelique Kerber, is taking nothing for granted.“I’m expecting a tough match, but hopefully I can still improve my level and play it a bit better,” she said of Ostapenko. “Hopefully it’s going to be enough.”Blinkova, in her Grand Slam debut aged only 18 and ranked 189 in the world, never stood a chance in warm sunshine on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Heat stay alive with overtime win over Cavs Warriors coach Steve Kerr, his team already assured of home court advantage throughout the playoffs, was careful with the playing time of his stars.Klay Thompson had the night off and Stephen Curry’s strong night ended after three quarters during which he scored 28 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Steph, I just wanted to give him his usual run, but I didn’t want him to finish the game,” Kerr said. “He played the whole third quarter, had a great run, shot the ball well… you know with the playoffs starting Saturday or Sunday, no point in bringing him back in this game.”Kevin Durant added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his second game back from a knee injury. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government After a quiet first half, Durant scored eight points in the third quarter, including an explosive move past Jazz guard Dante Exum for a dunk.The win kept the Jazz tied for fourth seed in the West with the Clippers, who routed the Houston Rockets 125-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz’ Joe Johnson (6) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 10, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Utah Jazz, fighting for a playoff position in the Western Conference, up-ended league-leading Golden State 105-99 on Monday, snapping the Warriors’ 14-game NBA winning streak.With 20 points from George Hill and 17 points and 18 rebounds from French big man Rudy Gobert, the Jazz kept pace with the Los Angeles Clippers in the battle for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, despite the injury absences of top-scorer Gordon Hayward, forward Derrick Favors, guard Rodney Hood and guard Raul Neto.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will not face the starter in the men’s 100m at Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco due to a right groin injury. Speaking from the official meet hotel, the Amphitrite Palace hotel in the north African city, Blake’s manager Cubie Seegobin confirmed to The Gleaner on Saturday afternoon (Morocco time) that the 2011 world 100 champion suffered the injury during a training session on Friday. Blake was reportedly executing a number of 30m stride outs when the discomfort was experienced. The sprinter will leave Rabat early Sunday morning and travel to Germany for treatment. Blake, who returned to action last season and made the 100m final at the Rio Olympics Games after missing two years of competition due to injury, has been showing good form all season. He won the sprint double at the National Senior Championships in Jamaica and with three sub-10 seconds 100m times under his belt this season, had presented himself as a major medal favourite at next month’s World Championships in London. Meet organisers are expected to make an announcement shortly.
Shanette Allison captured Jamaica’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas yesterday. The Holmwood Technical High student clocked 13.26 seconds to win the women’s 100m hurdles event. Allison was comfortably ahead of Australia Lateisha Willis, who was second in 13.55, while third went to Katarina Vlahovic of Canada in 13.58. Tarjmar Miller finished a fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.00. The race was won by England’s Samuel Bennett in 13.71. Tarees Rhoden ended sixth in the men’s 800m final in 1:56.41. Alex Botterill of England won the event in 1.52:22. Kevon Stone will compete in today’s final of the men’s 200m after finishing second in his heat in 21.71 yesterday. The event was won by Joel Johnson of The Bahamas in 21.70. Jamaica are currently 11th on the medal standings with one gold, one silver, and two bronze.
Court dates have been set for the case involving the Jamaica Cricket Association, Kensington Cricket Club and St Thomas Cricket Association in relation to the staging of this year’s national two-day Senior Cup cricket competition. The dates, which were agreed to by the parties following a preliminary hearing at the Supreme Court yesterday, are February 21 and 22, 2018. St Thomas and Kensington, who filed the court action through their respective president and vice-president, Dennis Gordon and Wavell Hinds, are contending that the format used to stage the Senior Cup, which was recently completed, was unconstitutional. Their claims, according to court documents, are based on a cricket meeting that was held last year between participating cricket clubs and parish associations, who agreed to change the format of this year’s Senior Cup. The format, it is argued, that was agreed on was a two-tiered divisional tournament of eight and 15 teams, respectively. The existing format features a one division tournament of 23 teams. However, according to the JCA, while a cricket meeting was held, it was not an extraordinary general meeting, and after reviewing the two-tier proposal, it was decided, largely based on financial considerations, to stick with the existing format. St Thomas and Kensington, however, are claiming that the meeting was an extraordinary general meeting, and as such the agreements made should have been binding. Also, as part of the lawsuit, Kensington and St Thomas are also claiming loss of revenue totalling one million due their non-participation in this year’s Senior Cup. The Jamaica Defence Force defeated Melbourne CC by four wickets in the final of the competition last weekend.
The Phoenix All Stars Football Academy will be among the teams at the fourth annual Cayman Airways Under-13 Football Tournament in The Cayman Islands.Action starts next Monday. The Phoenix All Stars Football Academy Under-13 squad will be led by coaches Andre Davis and Raylon Paisley, who are also part of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy Elites.According to a release from Phoenix, this carefully selected, dynamic, talented, and powerful team was decided on by the president of the academy, Craig Butler. The players include Joel Tai, Alexander Bicknell, Skyler McFarlane, Daniel Scarlett, Sean Leighton, Jahmani Bell, Tristan Forsyth, Gianni Sellars, Zabir Taylor, Movado Morgan, Zane Byron, Dante Peralto, Jahiel Robinson, Dyllan John, Jordy Bawuah, Demario Dailey, Noah Clarke, Dujuan Richards, Dejuan Thomas, and Chandler Young.
One of the young minds behind the most impressive graphic designs on motor vehicles is no other than 17-year-old Kishan Kumar Rameshwar of Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara (WCD). This talented young man is the second of three children born to Dharamdeo and Lorraine Rameshwar. He was born at the Georgetown Public Hospital and grew up with his two siblings at Ruimzeight, WCD.In an interview with Guyana Times Entertainment, he described his childhood as “amazing”. He was born and raised in an extended Hindu family. His father, a rice farmer, and his mother, a homemaker, made sure he and his siblings attended school regularly without any complaints. He enjoyed attending school and loved interacting with friends.He attended the Winsor Forest Primary School where he wrote the National Grade Six Assessment and secured a place at Zeeburg Seconday School – an educational institution he dreamt of attending.After school, he worked as a graphic designer at Epiq Arts Signs and Supplies but he is presently at KD Designs. The talented 17-year-old got his interest piqued in graphic designing back in 2011 while at home, when he played around with CorelDRAW X4. At that time, he had limited computer knowledge.However, as time went by, he became determined to learn the trade and began learning various techniques one step at a time. He then started to create logos, flyers and banners and it was from this point that he became the creator of some of the most impressive designs.In June 2012, he created a Facebook page – KD Designs – where he posted his designs and gradually moved from several versions of CorelDRAW to Adobe Photoshop CS3.In 2014, his interest was drawn to the vehicle graphics/wrapping industry. At first, he was amazed at the graphics done on vehicles particularly cars and minibuses and it was this that inspired him to get involved. Ever since, designing has been in his blood.His started with small projects – designing vehicle visors and stickers but quickly elevated himself to vehicle graphics within a short space of time.Rameshwar sees himself becoming a successful, professional graphic designer in Guyana with an established company of his own. He also envisions having state-of-the-art machinery and skilled staff. He intends also to create jobs for young minds willing to learn the trade.As a young man with lots in store in the future, he advises his peers to never give up on their dreams, saying “Do what you love and love what you do”. He also encouraged them to stay positive, determined and “go after your goals”.On a lighter note, he described himself as a humble young man who enjoys interacting with people and spending time with his loved ones. He spends most of his spare time by practising his designing skills.He does not give up easily and goes after his dreams no matter the stumbling blocks he encounters. “I live up to one thing… What’s for me is for me”.
Miss India Guyana, 25-year-old Canada-based Guyanese Sangeeta Bahadur was on Sunday last crowned second runner-up at the Miss India Worldwide Pageant, when it was held in New Jersey.Copping the international title was Miss India USA, Madu Valli and taking the first runner-up spot was Miss India France, Stephanie Madavane.Initially, 27 beauties from around the world were slated to participate in the pageant but due to unforeseen circumstances, including VISA issues and the hurricanes that devastated several Caribbean islands, only 17 delegates took part. The 17 delegates were the cream of the crop and would have competed with dignity and perseverance.However, at the finishing line, it was Valli, Madavane and Bahadur who wowed the judges with their beauty, charm and intelligence. In the 2016 pageant, Guyana’s delegate at the international pageant, Brittany Singh, was placed in the top 10.This year, however, Bahadur was also awarded the prize for Miss Congeniality. Miss India USA won the prize for best talent with her melodious voice.Franchise holder of the pageant, Uma Devi Bux, who travelled to the USA with the Guyanese beauty told Guyana Times Entertainment she was extremely pleased with the performance of the local representative at the international pageant this year.She noted that she kept her fingers crossed and hoped for Guyana to be placed in the top five but with a lot of emotion, Bux was delighted that Bahadur placed in the top three.The franchise holder contended that it was a very competitive pageant since all the contestants were gorgeous, intelligent and very talented.However, she explained that the 2017 format for international pageant was very different from previous years, especially with the newly introduced mandates which definitely took the national directors by surprise.“I can profoundly say we did not fall short in anyway. We were fully equipped to make a positive impact, which we did. Given the feedback we received from patrons and supporters at the event, one may even say Guyana unofficially won the title,” she noted.Meanwhile, Bahadur announced her retirement from pageantry but will continue her reign as Miss India Guyana until the new queen is crowned in 2018. Although she resides in Canada, she intends to visit Guyana and more importantly to continue her charity outreaches.She also hopes to teach dance across rural areas of Guyana. The quest for Miss India Guyana will commence in the new year.
Everyone agrees that strategic execution is important, but the disconnect between strategy-making and strategy-execution continues to plague this People’s National Congress (PNC)-dominated Government across all sectors.Irrespective that this 2018 Budget is the biggest ever, what is sorely missing from this document are the ideas that can competently secure optimal value for money. Thus, billions are wasted every year on expenses that have negligible impact on the people: such an overseas travel and accommodation by Ministers to useless trips, like a mercury conference, which the President attended in Switzerland. On many occasions, it appears that the intended beneficiary of the 2017 spending programme in the Public Sector was not the ordinary people, but a PNC/Alliance For Change (AFC) elite political cabal, their friends, and their families, as this small group of under-100 PNC/AFC folks enjoy a good life.In the real world, a nation’s leadership typically drives strategy-making; but from his performance over the last 30 months, we must not expect much from President Granger. Like his predecessor, former President Ramotar, they unfortunately are both unfit and under-skilled for the job at hand.There is now enough evidence to prove that he is incapable of setting the required strategic direction for the nation, and that is why we are seeing so many pageants in the presidential function today; it is all a diversionary tactics to hide Granger’s incompetence.If one were to ask Granger the hard question on the goals and developmental metrics of his Government, it is clear as day he would float. If one were to ask him to define his strategy as a President, he may say, “Taking the Guyanese to the good life”. But what is the good life? And how does he plan to take the people there?You see, unless you can define the mission and lay out the “HOW”, you are nothing but a loser as a CEO; and clearly, this is the role Granger seems to have acquired a “legal transport” over – a political loser. An economy must be project managed; and like him or hate him, this is where Bharrat Jagdeo shone.It is clear as day that President Granger is unaware of the details of the workings of the Public Sector Implementation Programme (PSIP), and this is his fundamental failing. Rather, he has outsourced it to two other gentlemen; Harmon (a lawyer) and Jordan (who calls himself an economist). But clearly, in their competition for power, they have collectively bungled the entire project management process. So, in the final analysis, there is little alignment between the strategy and the required project-based work; and thus the strategy is difficult for the ordinary public servant to understand.If the public servants who have to do the day-to-day detailed implementation are struggling to understand the strategy of the Government, then they are not adequately enabled to proceed appropriately at delivering value and results.The bottom line remains that Granger does not offer adequate clarity to connect the dots between the works the implementers are responsible for executing, and how those relate to the desired strategic outcome. Thus, unless Granger learns his job quickly, this economy is doomed.Today, all we are observing is the prioritisation of the pageantry projects, like repainting State House rather than fixing the productive sectors, like the sugar industry. The praxis for the entire decision-making process under Granger is extremely flawed, because he is spending billions of dollars on projects that will not be generating money, but would be sucking even more money from the economy.My grandmother left me with an elementary skill many moons ago – you must always invest in real estate, and never in fancy, expensive cars. At the London Business School, this principle was confirmed by real evidence, with the professor clarifying why this strategy is important to expand wealth.If one observes this 2018 Budget, it has just under a billion dollars in travel, hotels, and food for the big boys. But what is startling is if one observes the Ramotar years vs the Granger years, one would see exposed the backward mentality of Granger (shine clothes and nice dresses while the ordinary people are put on the breadline on the sugar estate). There is no better explanation of this backward pageantry mentality of Granger than by exposing that he would have spent three and a half times as much as Ramotar on State House over a three-year period, as the table below extracted from the 2018 Budget exposes.It is clear that Granger does not get the fact that “pageantries” do not feed and house the nation. Even Burnham knew better on how to serve the people. Wither Guyana under Granger?