Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points

first_imgCindy Resultay of Perlas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas needed only the first few minutes of the game to put Myanmar away en route to a 123-33 win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games women’s basketball tournament Tuesday at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos, who raced to a 33-8 lead at the end of the opening period, had six players in double-digit scoring with Clare Castro leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The 6-foot-4 Castro out of Far Eastern University posted a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks to boot.Cindy Resultay and Raiza Palmera-Dy added 16 points each for the Philippines, which got back on track after bowing to Indonesia, 78-68, Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTS Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Perlas padded on to its lead as the game progressed as it widened the gap to 50, 64-14, by halftime.The Philippines, which is eyeing its first-ever gold medal in women’s hoops after finishing fourth in the 2015 SEA Games, improved to 2-1. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img Tough routine wins Capellan another gymnastics gold Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Lincoln Lewis’ talk of “ludicrousness” is rather unfortunate

first_imgDear Editor,The GAWU cannot fail to address the several contentions raised by Mr Lincoln Lewis in his letters on September 6 titled “I remain steadfast in my commitment, regardless of political season or leadership”, “Accountability must not be selective”, and “It was the Jagdeo Gov’t that initiated the closure of Diamond, LBI sugar fields” as he sought to offer a response to our letter which appeared in several sections of the media on September 5, 2019.Mr Lewis begins by charging that we are engaged in deception. We wonder how such a charge can be levelled in the first place. All we have done is merely point the relevant facts in order to bring clarity to issues raised by Mr Lewis in the first place. The apparent admonishment, in our view, is misplaced and certainly has no basis.We are told by the letter writer that the closure of the Diamond factory in 1985 did not, as a consequence, mean that the estate was closed. It appears to us, however, that Mr Lewis did not carefully consider our letter. We evidently pointed out that, apart from the factory closure, a significant section of the then Diamond Estate cultivation was abandoned as all the canes could not have been processed at the next closest factory located at LBI. What essentially remained in the post-1985 period was a shell of the former Diamond Estate. The GAWU hastens to point out too that we did not say we endorsed the decision to close the remaining section of Diamond Estate.Turning to LBI, the GAWU shared in its letter the circumstances which led to the decision to close the LBI factory. If we, or anyone for that matter, are to go by Mr Lewis’ logic, the closure of the factory ought not to be indicative of the closure of the estate. Recall, the letter writer posited that the estate is comprised of several elements of which the factory is one. In the instance of LBI, this was indeed the case. The former GuySuCo Human Resources Director, Jairam Petam, who was a central figure in the process, in a letter appearing in the April 27, 2016, issue of Kaieteur News pointed out that “…discussions with the Unions [GAWU and NAACIE] was restricted to the mergers of the LBI and Enmore factories”. Mr Petam went on to say “…meetings… focused on the redeployment of workers from LBI to Enmore, criteria for early retirement, payment of holiday with pay for LBI workers and the interviewing process with each employee”. Clearly, as Mr Petam pointed out, the intention was solely regarding the closure of the LBI factory.Thus, the argument that closure of the factory was the precursor to the closure of the LBI Estate holds little water and credence for that matter. It is clear as day that the sole and only intention in 2011 regarded the factory. As Mr Petam said in his letter, the Union was assured “…that only the [LBI] factory will be affected by the merger…” Moreover, the cultivation and other operations at LBI remained intact until 2016 when the Corporation decided that it needed to “consolidate” LBI and Enmore’s operations. Of course the so-called ‘consolidation’ was short-lived as Enmore Estate was closed just a year later and thousands put on the breadline.Again, Mr Lewis contended that if the Union had engaged Minister Ramjattan, as a consequence, it was the workers engaging the erstwhile gentleman as well. However, the reality is that Minister Ramjattan was not engaged by the GAWU; it was Senior Counsel Ashton Chase who acted on the Union and workers’ behalf. It would have been hypocritical, if not asinine, for the Union to engage the now Minister. At that time, the GAWU had taken the now Minister before the courts regarding untrue statements he made about the Union while on television. Minister Ramjattan’s involvement was rather stoked by what we deemed his rank opportunism. While he did commit to some workers of Diamond that he would represent their case, he did not fulfil that commitment. As we pointed out previously, he confessed to us that he couldn’t have seen the relevant section in the law to buttress the workers’ right to severance. Mr Lewis’ talk of ludicrousness is rather unfortunate.We did not, at any time, fail to acknowledge Mr Lewis’ support to the recent struggles of the sugar workers. We and the workers are very appreciative for his stance and support as we, like him, seek to build workers and union solidarity. GAWU, as the writer well knows, has been steadfastly calling for and support of all efforts regarding closer worker/union collaboration and co-operation. At the same time, we cannot ignore the reality that different approaches to the sugar workers’ plight have been taken. We too cannot fail to point out that our Union and the workers together with their families went to great lengths and suffered great pains to ensure that their lawful rights were respected and to ensure that justice was served. In calling for accountability we must be fearless in calling a spade a spade and reading the obvious tea leaves.Mr Lewis, who seems to describe himself as a man for all seasons, has charged us of seeking to absolve our so-called “masters”. As he well knows, we serve no master and we have stood and are standing with the workers, whose interest we must protect and advance. Certainly, in defence of their interest, we cannot idly stand by nor meekly countenance any wrong notwithstanding the perpetrator. It is, undoubtedly, our bounden duty to speak up and speak out regarding decisions or actions which violate the meaning and spirit of our Constitution or any other law for that matter as they affect the well-being and welfare of the Guyanese people, who are largely comprised of the working people and their families. Finally, Mr Lewis is also well aware of our stance regarding exploitation of workers, protection of the environment and exploitation of our natural resources. We have not changed, our commitment to workers remains firm.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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Cece United U17 Joins Last Eight in Mont. Community Playoffs

first_imgCece United brace scorer Prince Sannah (blue jersey) being marked by an opponent After advancing to the knockout of the Montserrado County Community playoffs on Thursday, September 7, the U-17 Cece United Football Academy over the weekend booked their slot in the semi-finals of the playoffs after demolishing Villa FC 6-0 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.The team narrowly reached the last 16 on a goal advantage after a disappointing goalless draw with SYP FC, but Saturday’s knockout match was easy to ride for the Academy side.United recovered from its disappointing draw in its final group stage match after midfielder Prince Sannah netted a brace followed by Barent Karr in the first half to send the Saye Town based team for the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead.Villa FC tried to reduce their goal deficit in the second half by making several attempts on target but was unable to recover from the three goals.However, United put out one of their best performances so far after slotting home additional three goals in the second half to finally demolish Villa FC 6-0.James Toure extended the Academy side’s lead to four before teammates Tony Shilley and Christian Dugbeh who was making his debut closed the goal scoring chart.The Academy club will find out who they will face in the last eight of the community league playoffs draw expected to be out on Wednesday.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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Ronaldo refused special treatment for Madrid tax fraud hearing

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo had asked to be allowed to drive into the court car park to avoid photographers © AFP/File / GIUSEPPE CACACEMADRID, Spain, Jan 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo will have to enter a Madrid courthouse on foot on Tuesday after he was refused special treatment, officials at the court where he will appear for tax fraud said.According to a court document dated January 18 and unveiled on Monday, the 33-year-old Juventus forward and former Real Madrid player was denied special security measures that would have allowed him to avoid walking past journalists and curious onlookers. The court session will start at 9:50 am time (0850 GMT) and a spokesman said Ronaldo could be sentenced on the same day or in coming days.Ronaldo is expected to be given a hefty fine after Spanish tax authorities and the player’s advisors made a deal to settle claims he hid income generated from image rights when he played for Real Madrid.The five-time world player of the year spent nine trophy-laden years at Madrid.The president of the court in northern Madrid, Juan Pablo Gonzalez-Herrero, said in the court document that he had refused Ronaldo the special measures because despite his “great fame,” he won’t “compromise security” when he walks up the stairs to the courthouse.That means Ronaldo will not be able to drive into a court car park away from the cameras, as he had requested.His request to appear via videoconference was also denied.The deal reached between Ronaldo’s lawyers and Spanish tax authorities mean the player will be fined 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million) and given a 23-month prison sentence which he will not have to serve.Sentences of up to two years are generally not enforced in Spain for first-time offenders in non-violent crimes.The judge at the hearing will pass the final sentence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri vows to ensure Premier League title favourites Leicester are not one-season wonders

first_img Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri is determined to prevent Leicester’s successful season from being a one-off despite saying the Foxes are ‘having a strange year’.Leicester have been installed as Premier League title favourites after opening up a five-point gap at the top following last weekend’s 3-1 victory at Manchester City.Ranieri’s side face another huge test of their title credentials at third-placed Arsenal on Sunday, but the veteran Italian says his aims have not changed since his summer appointment at the King Power Stadium.“When I signed, our objective was clear – to build this team, gradually bringing it to the top spots,” Ranieri told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.“We know we’re having a strange year, we’re doing well because the big teams haven’t found their rhythm, but our plans won’t change next year beyond what happens at the end of this season.“We must continue to build to target, in the next three or four years, the top spots in the Premier League and fighting for the Europa League.“If we do all this in advance in one year we mustn’t applaud ourselves, next year we’ll start again from scratch.”Asked about comparisons with the success of smaller clubs in Italy, Ranieri replied: “Are we like Foggia, Chievo and Empoli?“It’s a similar story for the feelings it provokes, but there isn’t much of a comparison with the three Italian teams from a strictly football point of view.“Foggia, Chievo and Empoli were built over time, while we were born immediately.”Leicester only just survived relegation last season after an incredible finish in which they won seven of their closing nine matches under previous manager Nigel Pearson.The 64-year-old Ranieri was a surprise choice to succeed Pearson following his ill-fated short spell in charge of the Greece national team.But Leicester have lost only twice in the Premier League and in Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, who have scored 32 Premier League goals between them, possess two of the players of the season.“This year Mahrez has given us incredible magic,” Ranieri said.“Technically I don’t know who he resembles, he has immense quality and is our reference point: when we need to create, we give the ball to him.“Vardy on the other hand has a unique characteristic, he runs at 1,000 miles an hour and always at the same speed.”Ranieri, the former Chelsea, Juventus and Roma boss, also praised goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who has been ever-present in the Leicester defence.“Schmeichel has a big personality, he gives security to the team,” Ranieri said.“He has incredible feet, he plays the ball 50 metres as if he was a trequartista (playmaker).“Because of this the defenders play the ball to him too, knowing they can trust him with the ball as if he was a normal player.” 1last_img read more

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The lure of Diamonds

first_imgLooking for an investment that offers a little more pizzazz than the traditional mutual fund? More investors are trying exchange-traded funds investment tools that have been around for more than a decade but have recently taken off. Not only do ETFs sound racier than mutual funds with names like Diamonds and Spiders versus New Perspectives and Core Bonds these index tracking funds behave more like a stock. While structured like a mutual fund, ETFs are bought and sold like stocks, cost less to manage than mutual funds and allow investors to partake in quick swings in the market. But that’s why some financial advisers throw up a yellow flag to potential ETF investors. For one, ETFs can be just as volatile as common stock and they can also carry heavy commission fees. And while they’ve been around since 1993, they have not made significant inroads into the market. As of March 2005, ETF assets totaled $228.72 billion, compared with the $8.0 trillion in mutual funds, according to Investment Company Institute. “For some investors, ETFs are a better option than a vast majority of traditional mutual funds because they offer trading flexibility,” said Dan Culloton, senior mutual fund analyst with MorningStar in Chicago. “They are not the lead pipe-cinch over traditional mutual funds.” Since their creation, investment companies have been looking for creative ways to make ETFs appealing to investors. They’ve come up with sexy names such as Diamonds, ETFs that track the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Spiders, which track the S&P 500. Now their efforts are paying off. In the last year, ETF assets increased $91.5 billion, or 41 percent, the Investment Company Institute reported. One risk associated with ETFs is that they pose an enticing prospect for day traders because they can be bought and sold in large volumes during a rally. But also puzzling some investors is whether they should invest in an ETF if they already own a similar index-tracking mutual fund. The answer: It depends on the investor’s goals. J.D. Steinhilber, founder of AgileInvesting.com, said some investors use ETFs as a hedge against other investments, including mutual funds. “They (ETFs) help mitigate the downside of exposure,” said Steinhilber, noting that the diversification of an ETF can help keep it afloat when other investments in a portfolio are foundering. Of the portfolios Steinhilber manages, 75 percent of his clients’ investments are ETFs, some of which track energy markets, foreign markets and real estate. There are mutual funds that do the same, but Steinhilber said ETFs are cheaper to buy than other investments. The difference in cost is explained by the percentage amount (expense ratio) a brokerage firm or fund company charges to manage an ETF versus a mutual fund. For example, Vanguard’s Total Stock Market (VIPERs) ETF has an expense ratio of 0.13 percent, while its mutual fund equivalent has a ratio of 0.19 percent. But Culloton said expense ratios aren’t always enough incentive to invest in ETFs. “Smaller investors have to consider that they will have to pay brokerage commissions to buy and sell an ETF. And paying brokerage commissions can add up and erode the low cost advantage of the product,” Culloton said. “There are a lot of traditional mutual funds that do just as good a job and you don’t have to deal with commissions.” Capital gains tax is another reason why investors should use caution when investing in ETFs. If an investor decides to sell his or her holdings in an ETF, they are on the hook for capital gains tax. “Some people don’t realize that as they are trading ETFs they are realizing capital gains,” Culloton said. Of course, keeping up with the myriad ETFs on the marketplace is another challenge for investors. Tom Lydon, owner of ETFTrends.com, said that just like stocks, ETFs can have emotional appeal. A new batch of exchange-traded funds are focusing on companies involved with the fight against cancer. “A worry of mine … is investors will act on emotion, and not know what they are doing as far as the financial aspect of it is concerned,” said Lydon on his blog. “It might be wise to wait around and see what happens to make sure there are no surprises before investing in these ETFs.” Precious metal ETFs are also drawing attention. With gold recently hitting a 25-year high, two ETFs that invest in gold have caught Lydon’s eye: StreetTracks Gold Trust and iShares Comex Gold Trust. Lydon said he likes ETFs, whether investing in commodities or indexes, because of their purity. “They come in all different shapes and sizes, but you also know exactly what you are buying,” he said. Not from Steinhilber’s perspective. Because ETFs are relatively new, there isn’t as much information tracking their progress relative to mutual funds. For that reason, Steinhilber recommends understanding how an ETF is managed and rebalanced. “I tell investors they must get to know the underlying index before getting into an ETF,” he said. “Bottom line, dig into the details.” evan.pondel@dailynews.com (818) 713-3682 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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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WHAT A DEAL AT KELLY’S CENTRA! FREE WATER WITH ANY PURCHASE YOU MAKE!

first_imgEURO 2016: Today, Ireland kick off their great euro adventure and Kelly’s Centra are showing their support for the Boys in Green! Kelly’s Centra are renowned for their first-class customer service, and they’ve reiterated that stance with their EURO 2016 offer. Owner Mairtin Kelly told Donegal Daily, “To celebrate Kellys Centra will give away a free bottle of water with any purchase when you show your support for the green shirt.“At Kellys Centra we always give back to their customers and today shows again our commitment to a healthy approach.“Come on you Boys in Green.”  WHAT A DEAL AT KELLY’S CENTRA! FREE WATER WITH ANY PURCHASE YOU MAKE! was last modified: June 13th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEuro 2016FeaturesKelly’s Centranewslast_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES

first_imgWRITING GROUP: If you have an interest in staring stories or jokes, then you or someone you know may be interested in coming along to our classes. This is not an accredited course but participants come along to meet new people and just have a laugh. If you would like to find out more, please contact reception on 07491 41773. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Resource Centre will are hoping to run a class in photography in the near future. If you have an interest in the above, would like to take up a new hobby or just get out and meet new people then call reception on 07491 41773.  BASIC/CONVERSATIONAL IRISH: We are hoping to run classes in the Irish Language. This may be of benefit to people wishing to refresh their memory of the language, help their children with schoolwork or someone who just wishes to find out more about our native language. Please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for further information. BLOSSOMS: The New 2 U shop has now re-opened after the Christmas Holidays. We are still appealing to the public for donations of unwanted, quality items. However, we are also appealing for volunteers to help out in the shop. Please contact us on 07491 41773 if you would like to volunteer. Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays: 10.00a.m -4.00p.m.  LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES was last modified: January 10th, 2013 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:LIfford/Clonleigh noteslast_img read more

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DONEGAL CATCH! BRENDAN LANDS FIRST SALMON OF THE SEASON ON IRELAND’S BEST RIVER

first_imgA CO DONEGAL man is the toast of anglers on the country’s top salmon river.The River Moy in Co Mayo attracts fishermen from all over the world, drawn to its beauty and its bounty.But it was Donegal man Brendan McMenamin who landed the first salmon of the new 2013 fishing season. His fish weighed in at just over 5lbs.Do you have any angling news? Then email info@donegaldaily.com   DONEGAL CATCH! BRENDAN LANDS FIRST SALMON OF THE SEASON ON IRELAND’S BEST RIVER was last modified: February 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL CATCH! BRENDAN LANDS FIRST SALMON OF THE SEASON ON IRELAND’S BEST RIVERlast_img read more

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