“I’m just focused on doing my job. Like what coach is doing, I’m giving myself a lot of confidence,” said Salado in Filipino.But that isn’t always the case.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 returnSeeing limited minutes through the first three quarters of Racal’s game against Wangs Basketball on Thursday, Salado had limited success to the basket.“I didn’t know what to do because when I made a shot, I got benched,” he said. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments “A lot of people say that our team is hard to beat because the first and second five are both strong. But for me, it’s really a big help. Whatever I can do, I do it here. It will also be valuable for me when the NCAA comes.” Army ace threatens Navy boys Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBackstopping a team made up of amateur standouts, Kent Salado has surprisingly emerged as a cornerstone for Racal early in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.5 steals in the Tile Masters’ last two victories, the speedy guard’s confidence is at an all-time high, thanks largely to the trust coach Jerry Codinera is giving him.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte MOST READ 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 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Eventually, Salado got his looks and made the most out of it, unleashing 10 of his 14 points in the payoff period as he anchored the Tile Masters’ 89-84 victory over the Couriers.Eight of those 10 fourth quarter points came in the last five minutes, where the Cagayan de Oro-native helped Racal break off and cruise to its fourth win in as many games.“Fortunately, I got 10 points in the fourth quarter because coach opted to play me more,” he said.Salado knows that he has to share minutes among equally talented players in Racal’s loaded roster, but the Arellano product is just taking advantage of the chance to grow in the PBA D-League.It also helps that he gets to play alongside collegiate stars like Rey Nambatac and Sidney Onwubere, whom he usually plays against in the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
…in oil stance?Our old people say, “do fuh do na obeah” – meaning there’s nothing wrong is doing something to a party that they did to you. Minister of Business Gaskin (any relation to that fella Rambo Gaskin?) had claimed there was nothing wrong with that giant oil company flying five of them up to Texas and paying all their other expenses (shopping?). They were merely being “briefed” on our oil (NOT oily!) developments.Well, some of the oil company’s executives just flew down (away from Harvey?) to huddle with our Government — including Pressie – and your Eyewitness wonders whether the favour was reciprocated. After all, if the giant oil company will be charging us eventually for the trips up north (There will be more, no?) why can’t we include their flights and accommodations at the Marriott when we bill them for our oil?But your (anxious) Eyewitness is happy Pressie directed his ministers to keep us, the Guyanese public, “abreast” of “oil progress”. Pressie was very clear: “We have got to keep the public informed, to ensure that civil society does not feel that there is some underhand relationship which is injurious to the country.”Now civil society has made very clear why it feels something “underhand” is going on — the refusal of Trotman and the Government of Guyana to make the contract with Exxon public. Just like what occurred when City Hall’s Gang of Four were flown up to Panama City by the aptly named Smart City Solutions and brought back that (infamous) contract for Parking Meters. Civil Society was concerned the Feckless Foursome hadn’t only given away the store – but the entire city! And lo and behold, so feared and so confirmed – when the contract finally saw the light of day!Fool Civil Society once, shame on the slick businessmen; shame Civil Society twice, shame on Civil Society!! As this jaded Eyewitness has said time and again, the oil company Executives, through the years, have shown their fidelity to THEIR cause — increasing their shareholders’ net worth. While Pressie may be correct to say there may be some “aligned interests” between Guyana and the oil company, there are also “unaligned interests”.And among these are that not-so-inconsequential matter of sharing the profits – and the rule in this matter is: “caveat emptor – Buyer beware”!! Here, Guyana’s the buyer, and we can’t afford to buy a pig in a poke.Even though we know the oil company will be putting lipstick on the pig, for its benefit, Civil Society must get a look at the pig!This has to be the starting point for “staying abreast”.…in the proposed new Demerara Harbour BridgeAnd here it was your (normally placid) Eyewitness thought because the Demerara Harbour Bridge was falling down (and apart), the opportunity was being used to construct another one that would cater for the future development of Region 3 and $ which the bridge connects. The pre-feasibility study done back in 2013 by engineers of the Bridge proposed a four-lane, fixed, high concrete structure that could accommodate ships passing under its span.They even had pics of the Jules Wijdenbosch Bridge Suriname had built back in the 1990s across their comparable river. But the feasibility study for the bridge was just released, and guess what? Let the Government’s report speak for itself: “It was further noted that the bridge should be a low-level one with a movable part and three-lanes.”Imagine that!! In other words, the bridge will continue to be retractable!! The daily rush hour congestion — sure to increase as Guyana’s rate of importing 10,000 cars annually keeps heading skyward — will continue!And at what cost?…in the world order?With the US reeling from Trumpism and his isolationism, China and India have resolved their border stand-off just in time for the BRICS meeting this week to fill the power vacuum.A brave new world?
Dear Editor,Please publish this letter on the public employment issues addressed by the Commission of Inquiry in the Public Service.The Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service (CoI 2016) addresses employment and related issues in the Public Service. The many recommendations from the CoI aim at fostering and developing a professional and neutral Public Service, one that is based on merit and non-partisanship. Inherent in the report are the principles of fairness and non-discrimination in employment practices, in keeping with our Constitution and labour laws.The CoI Report noted the progressive decline of professionalism in the Public Service, which for decades now has been subservient to the political directorate in the management of public administration services to the public.The Report also refers to important statements by past Heads of Government, and quoted the then Prime Minister, Forbes Burnham, on a statement he had made in 1966 on the role and functions of the Public Servants as follows:“Governments, and their Ministers, come and go at the will of the electorate; but under the present system, there needs to continue in being an experienced civil service which can carry on the routine of administration and constitute the skilled instrument for implementing the policy of the Government of the day. To bring appointments to public office under the aegis of ministers would create the danger of such appointments being subject to political considerations, with serious disruption of the administration with each change of the elected Government. The Constitution seeks therefore to ensure that a newly appointed Government finds at its disposal an efficient, impartial and experienced permanent staff, owing particular allegiance to neither the outgoing nor the incoming administration, and imbued solely with the aim of using its abilities in the service of the Government.”The statement made in 1989 by the then President, Desmond Hoyte, on the roles of the Permanent Secretary and the Minister, affirmed as follows:“While the Minister exercises general direction and control over his Ministry, it is the Permanent Secretary who is charged with the responsibility for supervising the Ministry (in that connection, his reference was to Article 115 of the Constitution).Therefore, “the Permanent Secretary is accountable for the actual day-to-day management of the Ministry”. He is not a clerk, but has a three-fold responsibility: (1) to manage his Ministry; (2) to advise his Minister; (3) to help the Minister in the formulation of policy.”Further, President Hoyte stated:“No Minister has the authority to direct a Permanent Secretary to ignore or break the law, or to breach regulations and directives governing the administration of finances, the use of government property, etc. Indeed, no Minister has the power to direct a Permanent Secretary to commit any other act that is unlawful or otherwise irregular.”On 14 March 2016, President Donald Ramotar was quoted as follows:“Modern democratic societies are based on the independence of three major institutions in society – The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the government. These institutions are all very important because they act as checks and balance in the system, and are a safeguard against excessiveness….”The foregoing are fundamental statements of principles in public administration for a professional and politically neutral Public Service. However, progressively, over the years, many Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments, to the neglect of their constitutional and statutory duties, demonstrate professional weakness and allow political alignments to influence their actions and decisions. This points to their general incapacity and unsuitability for such positions of high trust. Many Heads of Departments and Permanent Secretaries function as “clerks,” and allow Ministers to get into day-to-day public administration and operational management of Ministries and Departments, and micro manage. Ministers must — in the spirit and intent of the Constitution and the applicable laws — learn, understand, and discharge their constitutional and other statutory duties with prudence.Some Ministers throw their weight around, essentially on account of their positional power, rather than demonstrating the capacity and skills required in their ministerial responsibilities. The constitutional stipulation of “fit and proper persons” to hold high public office should include ministerial office holders.President David Granger may wish to rein in those ministers who want to function, or function also, as Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments to hide their inability to discharge the higher duties of their portfolios. This must be a source of embarrassment to the President.With the forgoing background, reality, and the need to restore public trust and confidence in the Public Service, the CoI accordingly recommended:The enactment, as in other Commonwealth countries, of a Public Service Law, with related regulations which could promote the effective management and administration of the Public Service, and insulate and protect it from irregular and undesirable influences, to enhance its status and productive capacity (R 1)That the Constitution and other applicable laws be appropriately amended to empower the Public Service Commission (PSC) to appoint Permanent Secretaries and Regional Executive Officers.(R 9)That all recruitments and appointments to positions in the Public Service be undertaken through open internal and external competition, to obtain the best from the labour market (R 10) That all appointments by the PSC be on the basis of merit, and be free from political influences and meet the essential qualifications and requirements for the jobs to be performed (R 11)That contract workers on all grades holding Public Service positions be absorbed into the pensionable Public Service establishment, provided that they are suitably qualified to fill established positions (R 13)That contracted employees/workers should be restricted to high level professional skills not available in the Public Service, and should be recruited and selected through open competition, to obtain the best available candidates from the job market (14)There is widespread support for these and other recommendations proffered by the CoI. The public waits anxiously for the acceptance and implementation of the recommendations of the CoI, which can contribute to the transformation of the Public Service.Yours sincerely,Joshua Singh
Story Links The Varsity Blues women’s squash team participated in the Jester’s Crossover #2 at Mayfair Clubs over the weekend (January 19-20). On Saturday, the women went 2-0 by defeating both the University of Ottawa and McGill University 7-0. Similarly, on Sunday, the team defeated the Guelph Gryphons 7-0.All players were pleased with the results of the weekend and are greatly anticipating the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) tournament, the last tournament of the season for the Blues.The OUA championships will take place February 8-10 at the White Oaks Resort in Niagara-on-the-Lake.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
But with Tuesday’s Champions League clash against French champions Montpellier swiftly followed by showdowns against Manchester City and Chelsea, Wenger isn’t getting carried away.“We have two interesting weeks coming up now with Montpellier in the Champions League and then the matches against Man City and Chelsea. We should know much more about the team after them,” he said.“But there is a positive energy in this team and a desire to play well together so it’s very exciting for us. We showed a good combination of pace and speed in our passing.“We were a bit lucky because Southampton conceded two own goals but overall I think it was a level of continuity after what we showed against Liverpool.”Arsenal went into the match on the back of their worst-ever run of home results for 17 years having failed to win any of their last four in the league.Yet from the moment Saints defender Joos Hooiveld scored an own goal in the 11th minute there was no stopping the hosts.Lukas Podolski’s brilliant free kick doubled the lead, with Gervinho adding a third and a deflection off the unfortunate Nathaniel Clyne making it 4-0 in only the 38th minute.Wojceich Szczesny’s blunder gifted Daniel Fox a goal just before the break, but Gervinho’s second and a strike from substitute Theo Walcott on the stroke of full-time made it a day to forget for Saints boss Adkins.“We just played a very good team and got punished for losing the ball. They were ruthless today,” Adkins said.“It just highlights the standard in the Premier League that we have to aspire to. We’ll try to keep positive because we believe in what we’re doing.“We’ve demonstrated that we can score goals so what we’ll do is keep working very hard. But we have to start picking points up.”Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was left on the bench after failing to break his duck during his first three appearances since arriving from Montpellier.Instead, Gervinho was entrusted with leading the line and he combined superbly with attacking midfield trio Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.And Wenger admitted he had been in two minds whether to start with the Ivory Coast star but was delighted with his performance.“You know that we transform all our wingers into central strikers,” he joked in reference to record scorer Thierry Henry.“I decided to play Gervinho in that position against Manchester City in pre-season and I liked what he did.“He is such a great player and is so quick that it is difficult to stop him when he gets going.”Wenger also paid tribute to the performance of Podolski, who followed up his debut goal in the 2-0 win over Liverpool last time around with a brilliant all-round display.“He’s physically very strong and a fantastic finsher,” Wenger said. “Lukas has more than 100 caps for Germany so he is every experienced. He gives us a balance on the left.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 16 – Arsene Wenger has warned his new-look Arsenal team that the real tests are still to come after their 6-1 demolition of Southampton at the Emirates Stadium.A breathtaking display of attacking football in the first-half comprehensively destroyed Nigel Adkins’ side, who are still looking for their first point since being promoted to the Premier League.
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TAYLOR, B.C. — A teenaged boy is confirmed to have died in Friday morning’s fatal crash on the Taylor Bridge.Sgt. Tim Paulmert with North Peace Traffic Services said that the crash happened just after 2:00 a.m. A Ford pickup truck was travelling northbound over the Taylor Bridge when it crossed the centre line, striking the guardrail on the southbound side of the bridge before flipping onto its roof and coming to rest in the northbound lane. The driver and lone occupant, a male youth under the age of 18, was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. Their identity is not being released.Sgt. Paulmert said that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He added that collision analysts are still investigating, and that speed relative to conditions and mechanical defects are considered possible factors at this time.- Advertisement -Sgt. Paulmert added that the RCMP wish to remind motorists to drive according to road conditions, especially with the recent changing weather patterns. “Road conditions can change dramatically in a very short distance,” said Sgt. Paulmert. “Also, please remember to wear your seatbelts. Seatbelts are designed to keep you in the engineered life space of the vehicle. Modern vehicles are designed to crumble around the passengers to keep them as safe as possible in the event of a collision.”
Daniel O’Donnell is to take a break from his singing career to do all the things he and wife Majella ever wanted to do together.Daniel and MajellaThe singer revealed that after 2015 he is taking an extended break.But the Donegal star stressed that he is NOT retiring but is not sure when he will play any concerts after that. Danie said that Majella’s recent cancer battle has made them realise how short life is and now they want to make the most of it.“Through all of this we have a lot of time to reflect and take stock of things and it makes us realise that life is short.“I want to let you know at this point that I have decided to take an extended break from touring after the Gertrude Byrne Caribbean cruise finishes next February 2015.“I can’t really say how long the break will be, but there will be no shows until at least the middle of 2016. “For me this was a very big decision but there are a number of things that Majella and I want to do and even if we live to be 90 (which I hope we do) I don’t want to have to say “I wish we took the time to do such and such……” .“I would like to thank you at this point also for supporting my career over the last 30 years and I hope when we get back to doing shows that I will see all of you again.”But the Kincasslagh star added “I want to stress that “This is not retirement, it’s just a sabbatical” DANIEL TO TAKE A BREAK FROM CAREER TO SPEND TIME WITH MAJELLA was last modified: February 21st, 2014 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:breakcancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnell
7 7 7 7 7 =4. Arsenal 2007/08 season – 21 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (13xPL, 6xCL, 2xLC) – As mentioned previously, the Invincibles did not start the season that well, as they actually lost their seventh game in all competitions. However, one Arsenal side did record a superb start to the campaign. The 2007/08 Gunners had played 21 matches in all competitions before losing their first match of the season to Sevilla on November 27. However, this Arsenal side did not go unbeaten for the entire Premier League campaign, with their three defeats meaning they could only finish third. 7 7 1. Preston North End 1888/89 season – 27 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (22xFL, 5xFA) – The longest unbeaten run in all competitions from the start of the season belongs to the original and some would say the only team that can truly lay claim to the name ‘Invincibles’. Preston’s 1888/89 team won the first ever Football League title without losing a single game and added the only other trophy on offer, to claim the first ever League and FA Cup double. In those days, the Football League consisted of 12 teams, so Preston’s league campaign was 22 matches long, 18 of which they won with four draws. They won five FA Cup matches without conceding a goal to complete an unbeaten season in all competitions. While Chelsea could yet eclipse the number of games Preston went unbeaten from the start of the season, it is unlikely any club will ever again complete a campaign without a single loss. 2. Nottingham Forest 1978/79 season – 25 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (16xFL, 4xEC, 4xLC, 1xCS) – One of the greatest teams in English football history, Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest team of the late 1970s went toe-to-toe with Bob Paisley’s equally brilliant Liverpool team of that era for club football’s greatest prizes. Fresh from winning the title in 1977/78, Forest knocked Liverpool’s back-to-back European champions out of the European Cup near the start of the 1978/79 season. Clough’s team went 25 games unbeaten from the start of that campaign in all competitions, suffering their first loss of the season to Liverpool in the First Division on 9 December 1978, which also ended a then English record 42-game unbeaten run in league football. That Anfield defeat also ended the longest unbeaten run in all competitions in English football, but Forest bounced back to win the European Cup and League Cup that season. They added another European Cup a year later. 3. Manchester United 2010/11 season – 23 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (15xPL, 5xCL, 2xLC, 1xCS) – While the 1998/99 treble winners embarked on a remarkable 33-game unbeaten run in all competitions that culminated in unprecedented success, that celebrated United team lost 3-0 in the Charity Shield to Arsenal at the outset of the Red Devils’ miraculous campaign, and were beaten by the Gunners again in their fifth Premier League game of the season. By contrast, the 2010/11 team beat Chelsea 3-1 in the Community Shield and didn’t taste defeat until West Ham shocked them 4-0 in the League Cup on 30 November 2010. They didn’t lose in the league until 5 February 2011 and won the title at a canter. Only a magnificent Barcelona team stopped them adding the Champions League with a 3-1 win in the Wembley final. 6. Liverpool 1949/50 season – 19 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (all 19 games played in the league) – Liverpool were the first post-Second World War champions when they clinched the First Division in 1946/47 and looked set to win another title three years later when they stormed clear by early December, thanks to an unblemished 19-game start to the league campaign. The Reds whose side contained a young Bob Paisley finally tasted defeat on 10 December 1949, losing 3-2 at Huddersfield. They lost their next game at Sunderland and, from being so difficult to beat, ended up losing another nine matches in the league, finishing seventh. In those days there were only two competitions for clubs to compete in, and Liverpool reached their first FA Cup final for 36 years, only to lose 2-0 to Arsenal. A season that began with so much promise ended in crushing disappointment, but this remains the longest Liverpool have gone unbeaten from the start of a season. Even the great 1987/88 title-winning team, which went 29 games unbeaten in the league, was beaten in a League Cup fixture 12 games in. 7. Manchester City 2017/18 seasons – 16 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (10xPL, 5xCL, 2xLC) – click the right arrow to see the longest unbeaten runs from the start of the season in all competitions – Manchester City have been putting in the kind of performances that have people suggesting they could be the greatest team to have ever played in the Premier League, and given they have won all but one match this season the suggestion rings true. The only game in all competitions that City have dropped points in was against Everton on the second matchday of the league season, and considering the respective form of both teams since then it certainly seems an anomaly. If City keep this up, the title of greatest ever Premier League team is surely theirs. =4. Chelsea 2014/15 season – 21 games unbeaten from the start of the season in all competitions (14xPL, 5xUCL, 2xLC) – Chelsea had played 14 Premier League games without losing in 2014/15, and people were starting to ask whether they could emulate the Arsenal Invincibles and go the entire campaign without a defeat. They ultimately lost their next league match, against Newcastle, but still went on to win Englands top flight. However, Chelsea actually enjoyed a better undefeated start to the season than Arsenal did in 2003/04. The Gunners lost their seventh game of the campaign, against Inter Milan in the Champions League, but Chelsea managed to go 21 matches before tasting defeat in all competitions. That defeat to Newcastle on December 6 was their first across the Premier League, Champions League and the League Cup. Are Manchester City on course to become the greatest ever Premier League team?That is what some people are saying following the excellent start to the season enjoyed by Pep Guardiola’s side. They sit top of the league table with 28 points from 10 games, having scored 35 goals and conceded only six.But their brilliant form also extends to the other competitions they are involved in.City have also won all their games in both the Champions League and the EFL Cup, meaning their 1-1 draw with Everton on Premier League matchday two is the only time Guardiola’s side have dropped points in 2017/18.They are currently on a run of 16 games unbeaten from the start of the season, but what is the current record in England for the longest undefeated start to a campaign?Click the right arrow, above, to find out!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER — While most cities with senior centers have senior citizen clubs — some even have more than one –Mayberry Park’s senior center is just now getting its first one. To celebrate the milestone, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be on hand Friday morning to install the club’s new officers. “This is a pretty big deal for the community,” Angie Castro, Molina’s aide said. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.