Tokyo station maps to be standardized for 2020 Games

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Draws that help both teams may become more common 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 Under the ministry’s timetable, the standardized maps will be used at Tokyo Station and seven other main stations in the capital in fiscal 2018, followed by other stations near Olympic venues from fiscal 2019.Station maps indicate the location of ticket counters, elevators, toilets for wheelchair users and other facilities. As well as being installed at stations, maps can also usually be found on the websites of rail and subway operators.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHowever, the designs of the maps differ among operators, which can make it difficult for train users to find their way between a station and adjacent buildings, among other problems.Therefore, the ministry has decided to standardize the maps following the format the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan uses for indoor facility maps, adding information from operators indicating the locations and sizes of elevators, toilets and other station facilities. TOKYO — The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is planning to standardize station maps at train and subway stations in Tokyo in preparation for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The designs of such maps currently vary among railway and subway operators. The ministry intends to make them easier to understand and use for everyone, including tourists from overseas and wheelchair users.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The eight stations that will get the new maps in fiscal 2018 include Tokyo, Otemachi, Ginza and Shinjuku stations. East Japan Railway Co., Tokyo Metro Co., Toei Transportation and other railway and subway operators plan to cooperate.The ministry is considering including expenses for the project in the budgetary request for its fiscal 2019 budget so that maps at stations, especially ones near the Olympic and Paralympic venues, can be replaced ahead of the Games.The ministry will provide smartphone application developers and others with the new maps, which will be treated as open data that can be used for free, in a bid to encourage them to create useful apps that combine the map data with other information, such as service delays, congestion and weather forecasts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Dwight Howard aims for career-finishing run with Wizards

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lakers add veteran Michael Beasley to revamped roster Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Read Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Frustration is nothing new to the 6-foot-11 Howard. He’s gone from taking the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals to joining six teams since leaving Orlando in 2012.Washington and Howard agreed this month to a two-year, $11 million contract with a player option for the 2019-20 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Howard became available after the Nets bought out his contract following a trade with the Hornets this offseason for a return of Timofey Mozgov’s contract and a pair of second-round picks. Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.3 rebounds last season for Charlotte, averaging a double-double during each of his 14 NBA seasons.The move came one year after the Hawks foisted Howard’s contract on the Hornets in a similarly structured trade, which followed three uninspiring seasons with the Rockets and a tumultuous campaign with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.center_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards recently acquired center Dwight Howard poses for a photo with his father Dwight Howard, Sr., during a news conference in Washington, Monday, July 23, 2018. Howard, an eight-time All-Star, averaged 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds last season with the Charlotte Hornets. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — Dwight Howard brought the charm to his introductory news conference with the Wizards on Monday. The eight-time All-Star has lots of experience in such situations. The center now playing for his fourth team in four seasons said Washington would be his last stop.The three-time defensive player of the year is joining a Wizards team that includes All-Star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, but he is coming off a frustrating season that ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Actually, I was joking with one of my trainers earlier today,” Howard said Monday at Capital One Arena. “I thought it would be fitting. We were talking about how I started with the Magic, learned Magic for eight years. Traveled to La-La land. Learned how to work the Rockets. Went to learn how to fly with some Hawks. Got stung by the Hornets. Throughout all of that, it taught me how to be a Wizard.”So many moves naturally lead to a negative perception of Howard’s impact on team chemistry.“(Based on) the conversations I’ve had with him, the conversations that I’ve had with some coaches, we’re not going to have problems,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “I know a lot of times things are out there. Some are true, some are not. You have to focus on what (Dwight) and I have talked about going forward. He’s excited, our team is excited, our coaching staff is excited.”The Wizards, who ranked in the middle of the league last season in opponent scoring and field goal percentage defense, decided to pursue a player they believe can help them shore up several areas.“Someone who could be a force on the defensive end and the offensive end. Someone who is proven in this league already and someone who can be a real physical presence, which we felt like we were lacking,” team president Ernie Grunfeld said.ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old Howard said he could imagine playing for eight more seasons, saying “I plan to be here until I retire.”He later added a plan for winning:“Whatever happens throughout the year, the only way we’re going to get through it is together. It takes a lot for that to happen. You really have to put your ego to the side and focus on one thing and that’s winning. . I was once told to put the ego in the back pocket and focus on the front, focus on the chest, which is the team. I think that’s what we have to do. We do that, we’ll be very successful.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Swimming bad boy Sun just a big softie, says coach

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To those who know him best, nothing could be further from the truth. Sun’s part-time coach believes the Chinese superstar is a gentle giant.“He’s actually a very sensitive guy,” said Denis Cotterell. “He’s very emotional and he gets upset by a lot of the things that are said and written about him because a lot of it just isn’t true.”Australian Cotterell has worked with Sun for years and describes him not only as the most dedicated swimmer he’s trained, but also one of the most respectful.‘Nice, sensitive side’As China’s greatest swimmer, Sun is under constant pressure to win every time he dives into the pool.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES He’s been labelled a drug cheat after serving a three-month suspension in 2014 for using a prescribed medication to treat a heart condition, saying he was unaware it had been added to the banned list.Sun triggered a diplomatic row with Japan at the last Asian Games four years ago when he petulantly branded their national anthem “ugly”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He has also irked Chinese officials with his sponsorship deals and once spent a week in a detention centre for a driving offence.But Sun carries on, unfazed by all the kerfuffle and seemingly revelling in his reputation as swimming’s bad boy. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil China’s swimmer Sun Yang leaves the swimming pool after a training session at the Aquatics center during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 16, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUChinese giant Sun Yang has all the tools to be the perfect swimmer — the predatory instinct and a two-metre physique that can intimidate before a race has even started.But the triple Olympic champion and nine-time world title holder is also one of the most divisive competitors in the pool, a magnet for controversy who seems to upset officials and rivals wherever he goes.ADVERTISEMENT “I get cheesed off when people bring up cheap shots because they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Cotterell said.“He’s got a really nice, sensitive side and he respects people in the sport much better that the picture that is painted of him.”Sun considered quitting swimming after the Rio Olympics when he was taunted by some of his rivals over the doping ban, which he insists was nothing more than an innocent mistake.After winning the 400m and 1,500m freestyle golds at London in 2012, he showed his incredible versatility by taking out the 200m in Brazil.With nothing to prove and a long list of sponsors ensuring his financial security, he could have walked away from the sport.But the 26-year-old decided to refocus his efforts on long-distance events despite finding success in sprints, meaning a lot of extra hours churning through the laps.At the Asian Games, he has entered the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1,500m as well as the 4x200m relay — part of a process building towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“He was under so much pressure at Rio but he doesn’t want to let anyone down,” said Cotterell.“He’s a very proud man and he treats his position of being the number one sports star in a country that size very seriously.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READlast_img read more

Ronaldo ‘furious’ at losing to Modric for UEFA player of year

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is not the winner, he’s (Modric) the best player in the world in his position,” said Mendes.Ronaldo had won the UEFA award three times in the previous four years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Ronaldo, 33, had the consolation of being awarded the prize for best striker chosen by journalists and Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season.Modric’s success, after he was named the best player at the World Cup, means that the 32-year-old should be among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or, a prize dominated by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the last decade.Ronaldo, a five-time winner of the world player of the year award, signed for Italian champions Juventus this summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($116.5 million).The Portuguese superstar’s agent Jorge Mendes slammed the decision as “simply ridiculous”.“He scored 15 goals, carrying Real Madrid to the Champions League win once again,” Mendes told Portuguese daily Record. ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo hangs on to the post after missing a shot during the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Lazio on August 25, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTECristiano Ronaldo was hopping mad at losing out to Croatia star Luka Modric for the UEFA Player of the Year, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri revealed on Friday.Real Madrid and Croatia midfield star Modric beat his former teammate Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to the prize which was awarded on Thursday in Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippines dominates Syria for 5th place in Asian Games basketball View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Yesterday he (Ronaldo) was very angry, and it’s only normal,” said Allegri. “He scored 15 goals in the Champions League and won the trophy with his teammates. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The attitude of Ronaldo shows how much he continues to strive and work to be still the best. This is an advantage for us.”Allegri added that the choice of Modric was “a personal choice” of those who voted “and, as such, must be respected.”last_img read more

Witness details secret payments in college hoops recruiting

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The case has cast a harsh light on an underground economy where middlemen used money from Adidas and other big athletic wear companies competed with one another to ply the families of hot prospects with money and gear, sometimes called “shoe wars.” In return, the young players were expected to attend programs sponsored by the companies and, if they went pro, hire the middlemen as agents or financial managers.The defense hasn’t challenged the government’s claim that the payments violated NCAA rules protecting players’ amateur status. But they have disputed claims that major universities were defrauded, since the effort to steer blue-chip prospects translated into big money for their programs.In a secretly recorded hotel room meeting from 2017 that the jury heard on Wednesday, Code could be heard explaining that the payments, which reach $100,000 or more, ran risks, since the middlemen have no recourse if the young players wash out or simply walk away from an agreement to go to a particular school.“We’re not supposed to be giving them $100,000 anyway,” he said on tape.Sood, 46, testified that after he met Dawkins, he agreed to use money from his business to front money that would be doled out to recruits’ families. In return, he hoped, he would win enough favor that the players would hire him to manage fortunes from signing NBA contracts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Munish Sood took the witness stand at the federal trial of three men charged in an alleged scheme to funnel secret payments to the family of Louisville recruit Brian Bowen Jr. and other hot prospects. As he testified in federal court in Manhattan, prosecutors played a wiretap of him telling his business partner, aspiring sports agent Christopher Dawkins, about his misgivings over the money drop he was making at an office building parking lot.This “makes me nervous,” Sood said, using profanity. “I just don’t to want this to be a habit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSood, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and agreed to cooperate, testified that the payment was made in cash rather than check because “it was clean.”The testimony came on the third day of the conspiracy trial of Dawkins, former amateur basketball director Merl Code and former Adidas executive James. All three men have pleaded not guilty in the scandal that drove Bowen out of college basketball and resulted in the firing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who wasn’t charged and denies any wrongdoing. MOST READ 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 NEW YORK — A New Jersey financial adviser-turned-bag man in a college basketball corruption scandal testified Wednesday about a clandestine mission last year to deliver an envelope with $19,400 in cash to the father of a highly sought-after prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Despite the guilty plea, Sood said he’s still running a financial firm in Princeton, New Jersey, while he awaits sentencing. He also said he still advises pro-athlete clients, including Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers.On cross-examination, defense attorney Steven Haney peppered Sood about the plea deal, expected to help him avoid a prison sentence of up to 35 years behind bars.“You would say anything to stay out of prison for 35 years, wouldn’t you?” the lawyer asked.“No,” Sood responded, “I’d tell the truth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape ‘abominable’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Pistons end Boston’s 8-game run, beat Celtics

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives between Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway (9) and Bruce Brown (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat Boston 113-104 on Saturday night, snapping the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak.Detroit also ended its own six-game skid with a solid 48-minute effort. The Pistons took control with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and played well at the start of the fourth as well.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92 TIP-INSCeltics: Marcus Smart was called for three fouls in the first 7:37. He did play a bit more before halftime and finished the game with 21 points and five fouls. … The Celtics were without Jabari Bird (personal reasons), Al Horford (left knee) and Guerschon Yabusele (right ankle).Pistons: Detroit was without Henry Ellenson (left ankle), Zaza Pachulia (illness), Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) and Ish Smith (right adductor). … Reggie Bullock was back in the starting lineup after missing five games with a left ankle sprain. He scored 15 points.STREAKOne streak that did stay intact was Griffin’s run of 20-point games. He has at least 20 points in nine straight, the first Detroit player to do that since Richard Hamilton in 2008-09.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Griffin also surpassed the 12,000-point mark for his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kyrie Irving led Boston with 26 points.Both teams shot over 60 percent from the field in the first quarter, and the game was still tight at halftime, with Detroit up 57-56. Drummond punctuated his team’s 13-point run in the third with a dunk that put the Pistons ahead 78-68.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBoston closed the quarter strong and trailed by just seven after three, but a 10-1 run to start the fourth put Detroit up 95-79.The Celtics missed their first seven shots from the floor in the final quarter and went over seven minutes before making a field goal. Drummond fired up the crowd late in the fourth when he blocked Jayson Tatum’s attempt at a one-handed dunk. MOST READ LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 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 awardlast_img read more

Team Lakay bros Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang determined to get out of Japan victorious

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Qatar rocket up world rankings after Asian Cup triumph Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – Team Lakay holding their ONE belts. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—If going into a rematch with Shinya Aoki wasn’t enough to motivate Eduard Folayang, having stablemate and best friend Kevin Belingon just added to his desire to defend his ONE World lightweight title.Folayang (21-6) will headline ONE Championship’s first Japan card in ONE: A New Era against Aoki whom he beat to a pulp to begin his first championship reign back in November of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’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 View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Myanmar’s Aung La N Sang, the reigning ONE World middleweight and light heavyweight champion, will defend his 205-lb belt against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa in a rematch of their 2018 Match of the Year.Former UFC World champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson would also make their ONE Championship debut in the card that will take place on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan.Team Lakay also hasn’t had the best of starts in 2019 after Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio lost the strawweight and flyweight belts to Yosuke Saruta and Adriano Moraes, respectively.These bitter losses have lit a fire in Folayang and he vowed that he and Belingon would do their stable good and bring back the glory to Team Lakay.“The goal is to successfully defend both our titles on March 31, it’s so easy to think and say that but it will be very hard to do,” said Folayang. “We shall do our best to bring back the World titles back home to the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also in the card is Belingon defending his ONE World bantamweight title against Bibiano Fernandes, and this fight is what gave Folayang that extra determination to hold on to his prized belt.“I am very happy to be the main event at ONE: A New Era, any athlete would want to headline this card so I am grateful to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills in the main event,” said Folayang.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Kevin’s addition to the card gave me an added motivation. We can share thoughts with each other on how we can successfully defend our belts in Japan. It will be a night full of fireworks.”The Filipino fighting icon will headline a stacked card that would feature a champion vs. champion bout between Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan for the latter’s ONE Women’s World strawweight title.last_img read more

Investments to support sugar not a handout

first_imgDear Editor,My blood boils with wrath and rage right now. Sugar workers, whose jobs were mercilessly ripped from them by APNU/AFC, are legally entitled to their severance payments, having earned it by sweat and blood; none of them is asking for a handout, only what they are legally entitled to. The Government, through GuySuCo, was required by law to make those payments immediately after they ripped away the jobs from sugar workers. There are no “ands, ifs, buts”; there is no room for ambivalence; no room for excuses; pay the sugar workers their severance with interest now.Instead of telling the sugar workers when they will be paid their overdue severance, behind their backs, President Granger tells his supporters that paying sugar workers is “haemorrhaging” the treasury. In so doing, he abrogates his responsibility to uphold the laws of Guyana. Instead of sitting with his Finance Minister and his Cabinet to determine a way to meet this legal expense, he makes another arrogant excuse. Clearly, paying the sugar workers their legally entitled severance is too painful for President Granger.In fact, when the decision was made to close four sugar estates, he was obligated to find a way to make severance payment with immediate effect. Failure to do so then, and failure to still do so now, is reckless, unlawful, and is misconduct in office. As pointed out by a Canadian union leader, the ministers responsible for the non-payment would have been jailed in countries like America, Canada, Europe.The President did not have the decency to meet with sugar workers and tell them that they are “haemorrhaging” the treasury. He has steadfastly and egregiously refused to meet the sugar workers. In more than three years, in spite of all the efforts of sugar workers, since the estates were closed, the President, his prime minister and other cabinet ministers never once showed any inclination to meet the sugar workers. Yet, behind the backs of sugar workers and in front of his own supporters, the President constantly bemoans the fact that his Government must pay sugar workers their severance.Clearly, he considers the payments unfair and undeserving.The President could think what he wants; it does not change the fact that sugar workers earned severance, and there is no room for prevarication.As President Granger, his prime minister, and their Cabinet continuously complain of the money the Government has to invest in sugar, they conveniently ignore that sugar pumped close to $100 billion into the treasury to support Government expenditures during the 1980s, including expenses to subsidise bauxite, pay public servants etc. Even now, sugar pays billions for non-sugar drainage and irrigation.Investments to support SUGAR are not handouts or subsidies, as this Government wants people to believe — a lie they deliberately have promoted to their supporters. They have demonised sugar and the sugar workers. The President leads in this awful charade, characterising sugar workers as parasites. This plain political discrimination is the kind of behaviour that forces the UN to include Guyana in a “shame list” that now includes 38 countries.Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Draft Code of Conduct handed over to Prime Minister

first_img– hopes to include it in Integrity Commission legislationGovernment is hoping to have the long awaited Ministerial Code of Conduct drafted into the existing Integrity Commission legislation, but will await the advice of the Chief Parliamentary Council before taking this route.The announcement was made on Monday, when Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo received the revised draft Code of Conduct from Minster of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman at Office of the Prime Minister.Trotman, along with a small committee, was tasked with reviewing the draft code of conduct. The team which comprised two representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, along with two lawyers from the Guyana Bar Association, met several times during May, examining best practices in places such as Tanzania and other African countries and several Caribbean countries, seeking toPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo receives the revised Ministerial Code of Conduct from Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanascertain their applicability to the Guyana scenario.The Prime Minister, speaking to the media following the handing over, said Government felt the subject matter was critically important to the public and therefore moved to have a special committee set up by Minister Trotman.“We are aware that all over the commonwealth where we belong, there is a great need for emphasis on persons in public life… The committee was set up to have the matter reopened for recommendation”, he said.He said since the Integrity Commission Act provides for the declaration and justification of assets of persons who hold public offices, along with their spouses and children, the recommendation was made that the integrity legislation include the prescription for the Code of Conduct.“So if you ask me a question about what will be done with this document, the answer will be that it will be sent to the parliamentary council for legal advice on whether these recommendations or draft code should be included in the integrity legislation that should be enforced as far as any infraction of the law is done”, the PM said.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, the purpose of the Code of Conduct is to assist Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) and public office holders in the discharge of their obligations to their constituents and the public at large.It provides guidance on the values – the moral qualities – that should govern the conduct of Ministers and MPs in discharging their parliamentary and public duties. It is also meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Ministers, by virtue of the Oath or Affirmation of allegiance taken when they are elected, have a duty to be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, according to law.The Code states that public office holders also have a duty to uphold the law, including the general law against discrimination and sexual harassment, and to act with propriety on all occasions in accordance with the public trust and confidence placed in them. They also have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole and owe a special duty of care to their constituents, and citizens.The Code of Conduct says that the acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards worth more than $10,000 by Ministers, MPs and other public office holders in their official capacity shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, MPs and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an effect on their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.It also states that Ministers, MPs and public office holders should also avoid using their official position or transmitting any information made available to them in the course of their duties to benefit themselves, their relations or any other individuals with whom they are associated. They should avoid compromising themselves or their office and any action which may lead to an actual or perceived conflict of interest.Failure to avoid or declare any conflict of interest may give rise to criticism of favouritism, abuse of authority or even allegations of corruption.Furthermore it is meant to reinforce public confidence in the way in which Ministers and public office holders perform those duties.Asked about the timeframe for the code to be incorporated into existing law, Nagamootoo said he could not say. However, he noted that all such information will become available following the review by the Chief Parliamentary Council.Nagamootoo stressed that he was not very concerned about the timeframe, but rather the quality of the work.“All these things dealing with law, is not only about timeframe, it has to do with the quality of what is put out. Step by step procedure must be followed to ensure credibility. In so doing, there will not be any accusations of nonconsultation of the draft. It has to go through another cycle of evaluation. So it is not so much dealing with timeline and deadline, but that people in the end will say that there is something that is both enforceable and has certain provisions by which leaders in public life are accountable”, Nagamootoo said.Minister Trotman, who once held the responsibility for governance said the President and Prime Minister, hold all responsibility to set sanctions against Ministers.The Code of Conduct is based on 10 principles – Accountability, Dignity, Diligence, Duty, Honour, Integrity, Loyalty, Objectivity, Responsibility, and Transparency – and is a Coalition Government manifesto promise.last_img read more

Business Minister receptive to hemp industry in Guyana

first_imgBy Rennella BourneMinister of Business Dominic Gaskin has lauded the initiative of Guyana Hemp Association, which is aimed at creating employment and eradicating poverty.Business Minister Dominic GaskinHead of the Guyana Hemp Association Turhane Doerga said he is confident the production of hemp can eradicate poverty and create “5,000 jobs, the least in Guyana.”Co-founder of Neurvana, Vijay Doerga speaking with Guyana Times said that with hemp many industries can be opened since the plant serves as a raw material to numerous finished products. “Hemp can make several things from clothing to upholstery and several things.”Hemp is closely related to marijuana and despite the group’s effort to sensitise the nation of this plant many are still sceptical of it.Minister Gaskin speaking with Guyana Times, said: “The plant hemp is cannabis related. It contains the active ingredients that are illegal under our laws and in order for that industry to even start in Guyana we would have to do some amending to our laws, that’s one issue. ”Gaskin added: “It is feasible from what we are looking at and it is legitimate in many other countries but it will have to be properly monitored to ensure that it is not used for other purposes. It will present some challenges but we will have to look at some of the other countries where it has been successful to see how they manage to do it without gaining any harmful spinoffs.“I am supportive generally of any industry that has intentions of bringing any investment here, which will create jobs.”As it relates to legislation, Gaskin disclosed that he cannot say how soon the plant will be able to make it on the market but he noted: “If it were to make the approval of the cabinet it will depend on the complexity of the legal amendments.”According to Turhane Doerga, Hemp has an income earning capacity that is five times more than rice. It is believed that half an acre of hemp could allow for a cultivator to earn a middle-class income.Just recently, over 250 persons passed a resolution and signed a petition calling on government to amend the relevant laws of Guyana and give its no objections to the cultivation of industrial hemp locally.This was done at the Guyana Hemp Association (GHA) national consultation, held at Critchlow Labour College on Saturday 12 June, to discuss the production of hemp in Guyana. The association’s objective of producing this hemp is to eradicate poverty which will vastly increase employment and build Guyana’s economy.The GHA is advocating for hemp to have a legitimate place in the agriculture sector. Essentially, it is supposed to be a non-drug variety of the cannabis plant with many uses ranging from medicinal to construction.last_img read more