National University secured a double championship in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo, dominating the three-day competition.The Bulldogs bagged their first men’s title after going undefeated in all their six outings including an identical 6-1 wins over University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern U Friday at Blue Eagle Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Foton faces stern test vs F2 Logistics Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny University of the Philippines took the second spot after finishing the tournament with a 4-2 win-loss slate while UST salvaged the bronze medal.NU also clinched back-to-back in the the women’s division with a 6-0 sweep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneNU’s Arven Alcantara and Rheza Aragon were named the men’s and women’s MVP, respectively. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
New Demerara River bridge feasibility study– PPP/C calls for investigation, lodges complaint over breach of procurement lawsThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has lodged a formal complaint with the Public Procurement Commission (PPC), calling for an investigation into the selection and award of a $146 million contract to Dutch firm LievenseCSO, for the feasibility study on the new Demerara River crossing/bridge.Opposition Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraIn a letter to PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira outlined that the company did not tender for the project, but yet it was awarded the multimillion-dollar contract.“I, therefore, call on the Public Procurement Commission under Article 212 AA (1) (a), (c), (d), (g), (i), and (j) of the Guyana Constitution to immediately investigate the process and procedures used for the bidding, selection and the Award of Tender to a company, LievenseCSO, that did not tender for the consultancy of the feasibility study and designs of a new Demerara River crossing,” Teixeira said in her letter to the PPC head, which was dated September 18, 2017.An artist’s impression of what the new ‘curved’ bridge across the Demerara River will look likeThe Opposition Chief Whip detailed that back in January last year, it was reported that some 22 companies responded to a public advertisement and submitted Expressions of Interest for a Consultancy for the Feasibility Study and Designs of a new Demerara River Crossing.She cited media reports saying that the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Chief Works Officer, Geoffrey Vaughn, disclosed that the Ministry had already evaluated the tenders and handed over the list to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for processing.Teixeira went on to outline that it was also reported “on December 8, the National Procurement Tender Administration opened the bids from seven European and four Chinese companies which signalled their interests. Several other overseas companies have applied for the contract, some in partnership with local firms”.The 22 companies were listed as: Politechnica Ingeneria Architecture (Italy) in association with Marcelle Gaskin and Associates of Guyana; Hewson Consulting Engineers of the United Kingdom; COWI of Denmark; IPRO Consulting from Germany; Egis of France; Mott Mc Donald of the United Kingdom in association with SRK Engineering and Consulting; Netherlands-based Ballast Nedam; China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC); China Railway First Group; Zhejiang Provincial Institute of Communications, Planning, Design and Research; China Shandong International Economic and Technology Competition Group Limited; Rites Limited India; VIKAB Enterprises of Trinidad and Tobago; CFE in association with NV Rustwijk and Rustwijk of Suriname; WSP Caribbean Limited from Trinidad; MMM Group of Canada in association with CEMCO of Guyana; SENER of South Africa; Stantec (Japan) in association with Pedelta; Proficenter from Brazil; Stuart Consulting Group along with Rahmad and Associates from the United States; CBCL Ltd from Nova Scotia, Canada; and Guyana-based Stunning Nisi Inc.According to the Opposition Chief Whip, the media reported back in November that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had announced that LievenseCSO was selected by the NPTAB to do the feasibility study for the new Demerara River crossing.“However, you will note that this company, LievenseCSO, was not listed as one of the 22 companies which submitted Expressions of Interest in December 2015 as reported by the media,” she stated.On this note, Teixeira reminded the Commission that part of Guyana’s international obligations under the Inter-American Convention against Corruption was to ensure that there were transparency and accountability in order to enhance public trust and confidence, particularly in respect to the public procurement process.Therefore, she continued, access to information, and the availability and accessibility of information, with regard to Government procurement is critical to this objective; hence, PART 11 Section 4 (1) (3)-(6) of the Regulations 2004 (as amended in 2010), provides for the posting on the National Procurement Tender Administration (NPTA) website (www.npta.gov.gy) information and minutes of the opening of the bids, the awards of tenders, protests, etc.However, the Opposition Chief Whip pointed out that there were no records with regard to this bid opening on either the NPTA or the Finance Ministry websites. She added that there was also no record on the NPTAB website with regard to the Award of Tender to LievenseCSO in November 2016 or any other date as announced by Minister Harmon on November 24, 2016.“There is no evidence that the original tender was terminated and a new one introduced nor any evidence that the tender had been amended and new Expressions of Interest sought. The fact that as of April 26, 2016, one company seemed to be in the running and then seven months later another company that never tendered is awarded the contract is highly suspect. Therefore, there has been no transparency with regard to this bid, the selection and award of the Consultancy for the Feasibility Study and Designs for the new Demerara River crossing to LievenseCSO,” she stated.According to the Opposition Chief Whip, the lack of transparency on this award, its contents and costs are not only “alarming and a travesty”, but are in violation of the Procurement Act, in particular Section 11 (1) and (2), and its Regulations. The recent announcement by the Government of the findings of the feasibility study in August 2017 has brought attention to these violations.Teixeira went on to say that the fact that the Public Infrastructure Ministry was going ahead with the tender for the Prequalification of Contractors to Finance, Design, Build and Maintain the new Demerara River bridge further compounds and continues these violations.As such, the Opposition Chief Whip urges that, “…the PPC should also immediately examine the new tender posted for the Prequalification of Contractors for the Finance, Design, Build and Maintain [of] the new Demerara River bridge and monitor the entire process of bidding, evaluation and selection of the contractor(s) to ensure that the Procurement Act and Regulations are strictly adhered to.
Finance Minister Winston JordanDIPCON US$2M judgement…Court cannot enforce order against Finance Minister – AG…claims Jordan protected from coercive judgementsIn the wake of the Court throwing out Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s application to stay a Court order that he either pay or go to jail, Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams believes that the minister cannot be touched because of his status as a minister.In a brief interview with this publication, AG Williams – who defended Jordan in Court along with Roysdale Forde— remained adamant that the judicial arm of Government cannot force the minister to pay Dipcon Engineering Services the money it won in a Court judgement since 2015.“We’re looking at it. We think the Court has overreached,” Williams told this publication. “There’s a clear rule that says that you can’t go against a minister with a coercive order, nor can you levy against the (Government)”.“So we’ll see those things,” Williams added after being asked what will happen on Monday— the deadline given by the Court order handed down for the minister to pay Dipcon US$2 million or be jailed.Last month, High Court Judge Justice Sewnarine-Beharry had ordered Minister Jordan to pay DIPCON the US$2.2 Million award or face jail time. The Trinidad-based construction company had taken the Finance Minister to Court for failing to honour the payment of millions of dollars, which was awarded to DIPCON by Justice Rishi Persaud in 2015.After DIPCON took the Government to Court back in 2009 to recover monies owed for road works done, Justice Rishi Persaud had ordered Government to pay the company US$665,032.17 as payment for the works done, along with US$1,563,368.50 for costs it incurred for those works, together with interest on both amounts, at a rate of six per cent annum from February 10, 2009, to October 21, 2015 and thereafter at the rate of four per cent per annum until fully paid.However, since none of the payments that were owed were made, DIPCON had successfully approached the High Courts for an administrative order to compel the minister to make the payment.The Government has previously claimed that the previous Government had outsourced the case and that when the coalition got into office, it was taken by surprise with the matter. But former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has repeatedly explained that when he left office, he briefed his successor on all outstanding matters.According to Nandlall, the AG failed to file an appeal of the High Court’s judgement in time, but rather, filed an application several months late asking for an extension of time. This application was denied by the Court.AppealMinister Jordan had then approached the Appellate Court in a bid to get the higher Court to set aside, reserve and/or vary the judgement handed down by Justice Sewnarine-Beharry in the High court.Chief among the grounds in the Notice of Appeal was that the trial judge erred and misdirected herself when she proceeded to hear the application for contempt against Minister Jordan in his personal capacity for monies alleged to be owed by the State and Government of Guyana.It was outlined that there was no action, proceeding, judgement or order made against the Finance Minister in his private capacity, hence the application was bad in law. It further stated, among other things, that the High Court judge erred when she failed to set aside the entire proceedings which were misconceived.Additionally, the legal document had outlined that the trial judge erred when she refused to grant the stay of the order for contempt to permit the State and Government of Guyana to pure the process of Appeal, and that she further misdirected herself on the evidence as a whole.On Friday, Justices Diana Insanally and Simone Morris-Ramlall threw out Jordan’s application, while expressing their view that his application had no merit.Respecting JudiciaryThe issue of the APNU/AFC’s respect for the Judiciary has been under the microscope of recent with political analysts and commentators calling out the Government for its behaviour.In June, Minister of State Dawn Hastings-Williams publicly rejected the Caribbean Court of Justice’s appellate jurisdiction in relation to the validity of the No-Confidence Motion, passed in the National Assembly in December 2018.The minister’s lack of respect for the Judiciary was displayed during a bizarre protest staged by several Government ministers and a few A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) supporters outside the Guyana Elections Commission(GECOM) headquarters where they were calling for House-to-House registration before elections are held, when Hastings-Williams voiced her blatant disregard for the CCJ as Guyana’s final Court of Appeal by saying that that Court has no authority to issue any consequential orders, since Guyana is an independent state with its own laws.This led to one senior civil society commentator saying that the minister would have been inclined to make such statements given the posture of the party with its history of cavalier dismissal of the Judiciary in the recent past.In one instance, the commentator noted that President David Granger himself brushed aside the Chief Justice’s ruling in relation to the interpretation of the Constitution of Guyana with respect to the appointment of a Chairman at GECOM saying that “her perception” was not his “perception”.“The Chief Justice [CJ] gave an interpretation based on her perception of the law and I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution; that is to say, I will not appoint somebody who I do not consider fit and proper,” the President had said on July 19, 2017 as he dismissed the judge’s interpretation of the Constitution as to the qualification of who was “fit and proper” to be appointed as the Chair of GECOM.The civil society commentator recalled the incident with Attorney General Basil Williams and Justice Franklin Holder to highlight the party’s disrespect towards the Judiciary.In 2017, Trade Unionist Carvil Duncan had moved to the Court to block the work of a Presidential Tribunal that was set up to determine whether he should be removed from his post as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in light of criminal charges proffered against him, which have since been dismissed at the Magistrate’s Court.Justice Holder had complained to acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards that during the March 23, 2017 hearing of the case, he abruptly walked out of the Courtroom as a result of statements made by the Attorney General.He quoted the AG as saying, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it, I have always been like that…The last magistrate who (told me what to do) was later found dead”.Justice Holder had said in his complaint that he felt disrespected by the Attorney General’s behaviour. He had called for an apology to be proffered him in open Court before he would proceed with the case. The judge eventually recused himself from the case.According to the commentator, it is this display by the PNC senior officials that led to members of the party to have disregard for the Judiciary in general. In fact, the commentator noted that the President himself defied the CCJ when he called for House-to-House registration following the CCJ ruling before the Court issued its consequential orders.“If the senior members are doing it, obviously the junior members will automatically take the same position and posture,” the commentator said.Attorney General Basil Williams
NEW YORK – Media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit slipped 18 percent, but beat Wall Street expectations as growth in its cable segment helped lift revenue by 9 percent. Net income slipped to $1.20 billion, or 31 cents per share, from $1.46 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year ago. Excluding one-time gains, profit from continuing operations totaled 22 cents per share in the latest period, ahead of the 20 cents per share that analysts polled by Thomson Financial had been expecting and also above the 20 cents per share the company earned on a comparable basis in the same period a year ago. Revenue grew to $11.18 billion from $10.24 billion, led by growth in cable television. Time Warner also raised its full-year profit outlook, saying it now expected to earn $1.05 per share, including 10 cents per share of gains from asset sales such as the sale of AOL’s Internet access business in Germany and some sales of cable systems. In January, Time Warner said it expected to earn $1.00 per share in 2007. The company’s shares rose 35 cents, to $20.94, in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. AOL continued its transition from a subscription business to one focused on advertising, and reported a 27 percent gain in profit despite lower revenues as network expenses for marketing costs fell. AOL is now giving away many of its services such as e-mail for free in hopes of attracting more online traffic and ad dollars. Revenues at AOL fell 25 percent on a 43 percent decrease in subscription revenues, offset partly by 40 percent growth in advertising. AOL had 12 million U.S. Internet-access subscribers at the end of the quarter, down 1.2 million from the previous quarter and 6.6 million below the year-ago level. Revenue from cable TV jumped 61 percent and profit rose 54 percent as the company added systems from Adelphia Communications. That business also benefited from signing up more customers for premium services such as digital video. Revenue at systems that Time Warner owned both before and after the addition of the Adelphia customers and other related transactions rose 12 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
With the Evolve Menswear WINTER SUIT SALE in full swing, the experts at Evolve are sharing a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your suit.The ShoulderA well-fitted shoulder should lie flat. The seam on top of the shoulder should meet the sleeve of the suit right where your arm meets your shoulder. Wrinkles on the sleeve and on the top of the jacket means that the jacket is either too bit or too small.Trouser BreakThe “break” is the small wrinkle caused when the top of your shoe stops your trouser cuff from falling to its full length.The cuff should rest on top of your shoe, with the trouser falling a touch longer at the back than at the front but must be above the heel of the shoe. Jacket CollarYour jacket collar should rest against your shirt collar, which should in turn rest against the back of your neck.A tight collar will create bunching and folds just beneath it, and often wrinkles the shirt collar underneath it.Make sure you get the right advice when choosing your suit. The Evolve Menswear Massive Winter Suit Sale is on right now. EVOLVE SHOWS YOU THE THREE PROVEN TECHNIQUES TO LOOK BETTER IN A SUIT was last modified: November 11th, 2014 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:Businessevolve menswearFeaturesnews
An appeal has been launched to find the owner of a stray peacock.He has been wandering the Gortlee area since early this morning.The woman who found the peacock says that he is very friendly, and seems to be someone’s pet. If you know who owns this peacock you can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Facebook.Appeal launched to find owner of stray peacock was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:foundGortleeletterkennymissingpeacock
Founder: Play-With-A-PurposeWhy is Robyn a Trailblazer?We all know how important education is, but how many of us have actually taken the time to research the toys and stimulation devices used to aid the development of our children from an early age? Not many.The fact is that 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are four years old, which is why Robyn is so passionate about enabling our children to “Play-With-A-Purpose.”Having started the project in her lounge with her own children, Robyn went on to develop a fully-fledged early childhood development programme which uses biological and behavioural based theories to address the needs of children so that they can fulfil their potential as adults.The model is very different to the traditional models of pre-school teaching, because it looks at the needs of the individual, instead of simply trying to get through a curriculum. The model offers teacher training, a “nursery school in a box” and pre-school franchise opportunities.In her own words .“Eighty percent of a child’s brain is developed by the time they are four years old. Their lives are in our hands, but if we don’t do anything they’re going to be in charge of our futures.”Fast FactsRobyn developed “Nursery School in a Box”, a tool which educates and enables parents and teachers to develop their children by using cutting-edge toys and games which are vital for the development of appropriate skills and abilities in children.Many of the toys offered by Play-With-A-Purpose have been designed and developed by an occupational therapist.Robyn was previously an HR manager.Robyn started Play-With-A-Purpose in her lounge, with her own children.Where can I learn more?To find out more, visit Play-With-A-Purpose.Story published on SAinfo on 19 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
Section 377 of the penal code, a relic from 1860s British legislation, bans gay acts as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and allows for jail terms of up to life, although prosecutions are rare.In 2009 the Delhi High Court effectively decriminalised gay sex, saying a ban violated fundamental rights, but the Supreme Court reinstated it in 2013 after religious groups successfully appealed.Read it at Dawn Related Items
What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ The PH kickboxing team is trained by two-time Olympian Donald Geisler and Mark Sangiao of the famed Team Lakay, which has produced wushu and mixed martial arts champions.Expected to give the Filipinos a run for the gold are regional power Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.The national team held its training camp in the high mountains of La Trinidad, Benguet, while also getting foreign exposures in Taiwan and Cambodia, where it just recently arrived.The team is expected to travel back to Baguio for its final weight training before going back to Manila in time for the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT NFL invites teams to Colin Kaepernick workout MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “As much as we want to be confident, we also want to be modest. Our assessment for the SEA Games is that everyone would be a medalist,” Chan said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday at Amelie Hotel Manila.“We hope and pray each and every athlete would be successful in their respective categories. Let’s just focus more on promoting the sport as well as giving these athletes the break [they needed].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceApart from Chan, among the members of the PH kickboxing team present in the session were Ruel Catalan (57 kg), Karol Maguide (51 kg), Jerry Olsim (69 kg), and Rex De Lara (60 kg) along with boxing coach Glenn Mondol.Completing the squad that will compete in full contact, low kick, and kick light are Jomar Balaguid (54 kg), Jean Claude Saclag (63 kg), and the women duo of Renz Daquel (48 kg) and Gina Iniong (55 kg). Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Members of the Philippine kickboxing team at the PSA Forum. PSA PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine kickboxing team is letting its performance do the talking when it makes its debut in the coming Southeast Asian Games next month.Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas secretary-general Atty. Wharton Chan is managing his expectations but is confident enough that the eight-man Filipino squad competing from Dec. 6 to 10 have what it takes to deliver.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments
Disappointed with the ongoing preparations for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has given May 15 as the deadline for all facilities to be ready at the six venues across the country.The World Cup, which will played in Delhi, Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Kochi and Guwahati from October 6 to 28 later this year, is one of the biggest sporting events to be organised in the country this year.Sports Ministry said that there were reports that at some venues, the preparation were ‘not up to the mark’, following which Goyal visited Kochi in Kerala recently.After meeting the organisers at the venue, the Minister directed that no more extension of time for completion of works would be given after May 15. Goel also met the Kerala Chief Minister and will be visiting Kolkata later this week to take stock of the situation there.During his Kolkata visit, Goel, besides meeting the West Bengal CM, will also check the facilities at the competition and practice venues of the Under-17 World Cup.