ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: Barbadian left-hander Anthony Alleyne and Antiguan off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall have dominated the aggregates, following the third round of the Regional Four-Day Championship. The 23-year-old Alleyne, who plays for Barbados Pride, has amassed 443 runs from five innings so far, with an average of 88.60. He has reeled off scores of 19, 84, 88, 186 and 66 to enter the first break of the season on a run of four successive scores of over fifty. Alleyne, a former West Indies Under-19 player who has played just 12 first-class matches, gathered his maiden first-class hundred against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Queen’s Park Oval in the second round of matches. He leads the run-getters list ahead of Jamaica Scorpions opener John Campbell, who has 278 with Barbadian Kyle Hope, who turns out for Red Force, third, with 255 runs. Cornwall, meanwhile, has already tallied 19 wickets for Leeward Islands Hurricanes at an average of 23.68 to extend his fine form following on from the West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka recently. The right-armer has already picked up two five-wicket hauls this season, including a best of six for 82 against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguar at Warner Park in the second round. Jaguar left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has 14 wickets while Scorpions captain Nikita Miller, also a left-arm spinner, has taken 13.
LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Pacquiao: Bob Arum hasn’t paid me and Freddie Roach 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine Air Force dispatched University of the Philippines in straight sets, 29-27, 25-16, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Jet Spikers improved to 2-1 and stayed at the fourth spot of the while the Lady Maroons toil at the drudge of the league with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Dell Palomata and skipper Joy Cases stopped Diana Carlos’ final attempt to ensure Air Force’s second win in three games.Despite winning in three sets, Air Force wasn’t exactly in autopilot in the third period as UP managed to trim a 16-11 lead and even tied the set at 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I think our position on the floor left us vulnerable to UP’s attacks,” said Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez. “Palomata wasn’t in front of the net and UP’s players got confident and we weren’t able to really play defense.”“Good thing we were able to recover and we were able to overcome that part.” View comments Palomata, who stands at around 6’4,” was the main blocker for Air Force and her absence upfront allowed UP to bring the fight to the Lady Jet Spikers.Iari Yongco led the Lady Jet Spikers with 15 points while getting ample support from her teammates.Jocemer Tapic put up 12 points to play second fiddle to Yongco while Mary Pantino and Cases added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Carlos had a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde added 15.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer
Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Both teams have exchanged haymakers like two slugging heavyweights and won their respective games by at least 25 points.Ginebra was the first to land the solid blow with a 127-99 Game 1 but the Beermen retaliated with a 134-109 Game 2 and a 132-94 clobbering in Game 3.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’And although the Gin Kings were able to tie the series at 2-2 after their 130-100 win in Game 4, point guard LA Tenorio knows San Miguel is just waiting to sneak in another counterpunch.“Next game we’ll be expecting that San Miguel will come out really strong,” said Tenorio Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I think we had a chance in this game, and I know beating San Miguel is not that easy.” The finals series between defending champion San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra in PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been nothing short of explosive.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “It’s nice to have a second win against San Miguel and we’re now tied. I think the pressure’s on them to probably get the next two wins.”Tenorio, who finished with 17 points and six assists, said it was their strong start to the game that helped them establish their presence against the Beermen.Ginebra waxed hot in the first quarter going on a meteoric 31-11 run in the first eight minutes that Best Import Justin Brownlee capped with a three-pointer.“The start really set the tone, and the way we look at the games we always expect it to be close and we didn’t expect it to end this way,” said Tenorio in Filipino. “We just need a one-point win, but the important thing is we get the W.”ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo quick to move on from career night as Beermen enter crucial stretch Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Dimeh, a town twenty minutes away from Duala, is not that big. Anyone can tour the entire town in about fifteen minutes. But it is a haven of amazing secrets that have lasted for more than a century – secrets whose veracity is left with hearers to determine. Some may not believe; yet Dimeh’s citizens claim these secrets have worked for them very well, and for generations. Located on the outskirts of Bomi County highway, the town is built on both sides of the road is the perfect weekend destination to hear fascinating cultural stories. But remember – there is no supermarket or hotel.Nonetheless, there are certain amazing aspects of the town that render it enchanted. It has an amazing history, and its people hold on to its cultural values and age-old traditions that are still being practiced. 1.) A Creek that Gives Life: The creek and its secret date as far back as 1898 when the town was founded. The area possesses a natural, aesthetic serenity; but the most enchanted part is that the creek is said to possess a supernatural power, which answers prayers for people who want children, as well as many other heart-strung desires, without any ritual sacrifice. For this reason, although it is shallow and clear, its water is not used for drinking or any other domestic purposes.During a visit to the town, Ma Jenneh Rogers, who is the women’s chairlady, once told us that: “Women from this town and other people from different areas visit the creek when they cannot give birth. It is our tradition and has been working for us from the days of our ancestors. You do not need to make any ritual sacrifice, but just offer a prayer.”2.) A Tree in Dimeh ‘Heals Broken Love’: Another strange secret that many will find difficult to believe, but which town dwellers say has worked for them. The tree offers a sweet story, but also sober reflection from the sagely pages of Liberia’s cultural heritage – and a place to heal broken romances.The tree is not pretty and flowery, flaunting its branches like a peacock. In fact the Love Tree stands tall but unassuming among a number of imposing reed bushes in a very quiet corner of the town. It begets its name from stories told of many couples whose relationships had gone through severe tests and trials and, through the prayers of at least one person in each relationship, found healing.In an interview a few months ago, the Town Chief of Dimeh, Ansumana Varney, told the LIB Life crew on a travel tour that the Love Tree “does not work for simple boyfriend and girlfriend disputes”. It only works for couples who have made a tangible commitment to each other; “either engaged or married,” he said. The protocol would be to go to the Love Tree accompanied by a citizen of Dimeh, and say a prayer for the rekindling of the strained or broken relationship. In due time, the prayer would be answered. Ma Jenneh Rogers, niece of the late Bai T. Moore, recounted her firsthand experience. “I can remember at one point when my husband left me for years. Even though he had gone to another woman, I still loved him and wanted him to come home. So my parents took me to the Love Tree and I offered a prayer. That same year my husband returned. “We have now spent forty seven years together and our love has grown stronger since that prayer was offered. You don’t have to necessarily come with your partner if you people are in dispute.”Offering the second lesson from the Love Tree, Ma Jenneh says, “Just come with a clear heart and good intentions, and your problem will be solved.”3.) Culture values, history and home to two Liberian cultural icons: Dimeh is not only the haven of amazing secrets, but it is an area where the women preserve and uphold their cultural practices in a modern and fast changing Liberia. Women in that area believe that it is their responsibility to make sure their ancestors’ cultural practices are not forgotten. Culture, the life of the people, is expressed through dancing and the passing down of the ways of life and cultural values to their children before they reach adulthood. In the center of the town lies one of the cannons used by Matilda Newport during the war between indigenous and the settlers.Atop the hill on the left coming from Monrovia, is the grave of Bai T. Moore himself, Liberia’s late-great literary icon, who wrote many novels, the most famous of them being “Murder in the Cassava Patch”. And then one might hear the name, Peter Ballah, another great practitioner of Liberian culture – an actor, comedian and a protégé of the late Moore. Both are buried side by side, in majestically designed tombs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A man who was caught driving in the presidential convoy last evening at the ELWA Junction told police officers he did it because he was trying to get to his daughter who is seriously ill and admitted at a local hospital.The unidentified man, according to eyewitnesses, was driving in the ‘3rd Lane’ when the presidential convoy drove by, and officers apprehended him.Later, the officers claimed that the pickup did not have a license plate and therefore would be impounded. Police officers called Paynesville City Police who upon their arrival were happy to deflate the man’s tires because they did not believe his explanation. They also took his truck to the city’s impound.According to eyewitnesses, the driver pleaded with police officers, including deputy director for operations Abraham Kromah that his daughter was seriously ill and they should have mercy on him and let him go, but to no avail.Eyewitnesses said the officers were not interested in the man’s plea that he took advantage of the fast moving presidential convoy “to get to his daughter.” He was made to suffer the consequences of his action.“The officers claimed that the man was drunk and therefore the police should impound his pickup. When Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) officers responded to the LNP’s call, they went into action and deflated the man’s pickup tires,” eyewitnesses said.The man further told police officers that he is an employee of Rep. Saah Joseph of Monsterrado District #13 and because of the situation he was faced with, he felt it was necessary to drive along with the speeding convoy to be able to get to his daughter at the hospital, which he did not identify.The officers still refused to consider his plea for mercy.As PCC police officers went into action, the Daily Observer learned that the man ran to the Liberia Broadcasting System, claiming that he was going to invite radio journalists to report on what was happening to him. But the PCC officers appeared unconcerned.The man had not returned when the Daily Observer reporter arrived on the scene.Eyewitnesses described the police action as “pure intimidation” that should not be experienced by any Liberian citizen.PCC officers contacted refused to comment on the case. However, one said, “All we know is we got his pickup impounded.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senate Pro Tempore Albert Tugbe Chie— And Other Issues of Great ImportancePresident George M. Weah is paying a rare visit today (Tuesday, May 7) on Capitol Hill to discuss the economy with the Senate including a suggested “salary cut” of members of the Legislature and other issues of great importance.The Daily Observer has reliably gathered that the President will meet the Leadership and Members of the Senate in their Chambers in a closed-door (secret) meeting, which will mark his first visit to the chamber of either House, apart from his two annual addresses to the Legislature.The President is expected to discuss similar issues with the House of Representatives, as announced in a communication to the Lower House, on Thursday, May 2.Some of the issues will include the “rapid depreciation in value of the Liberian dollar and global economic factors” after the economic growth was projected 3.2 percent for 2018 and 4.7 percent for 2019; while the percentage change in general price level (inflation) was projected at 11.7 percent for 2018 and 10.5 percent for 2019.Also, the decline of the economy resulted to a revise downward of Liberia’s GDP from 3.2 percent to 1.6 percent for 2018 and from 4.7 percent to 0.4 percent for 2019. And because of the downward trend of the economy, inflation at the end of December 2018 stood at 28.5 percent and the inflation is now at 24.5 for 2019.In the President’s communication, the downward revision of the growth rates has rendered the October 2018 resource envelope projected “unattainable” and the year-end forecast has been downward significantly.“Given these developments, we have embarked on the process of deriving reasonable and attainable FY2019/2020 revenue estimates based on the current underlying macroeconomic fundamentals. This process requires time and resulting challenges in reaching a credible fiscal position has impacted our ability to have the draft budget submitted on time as per law,” the President said.“Our revised preliminary estimate for the FY2019/2020 National Budget is a total resource envelope of US$497m. in line with prudent forecasting, the FY2019/2020 revenue forecast driving the budget preparation is based off the forecasted outturn of the US$476m, actual performance for FY 2018/2019 rather than the approved budget of US$570m.”In a rather poignant tone, the President said that in consideration of the current (bad) economic and policy environment, it is forecast that the tax base will experience a slight increase so that the core domestic revenue forecast for FY2019/2020 is US$458 million, compared to the US$446 million as revised for FY2018/2019. External resources, grants and borrowing for budget support, are projected at US$39.2 million.”The President added: “The environment has made the formulation of a balanced National Budget for FY2019/2020 exceptionally challenging. In addition to decrease in viable revenue collection, there are increasing expenditure demands. This budget is being prepared under a framework focused on addressing key critical activities necessary to begin the implementation of the PAPD, conduct the National Census and Mid-term Legislative Elections, continue our critical work improving road infrastructure and honor legal obligations of the Government.”“In response to these challenges in the fiscal space, we have conducted deep, across the board, cuts to goods and services and non-essential grants and subsidies in order to make space available to honor the Road Fund Act and undertake essential Public Sector Investment Programs (PSIP) that are critical to delivery of the PAPD. These austerity measures have resulted in over US$30 million reduction in recurrent costs. Even with those measures in place, we currently have an overall expenditure of US$543 million and a gap of US$46.6 million.”The President in his communication said in order to close the gap, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning is analyzing several options on the revenue side, more in-depth engagement are being sought from State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and ongoing analysis is being done on the key first steps for successful implementation of the Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) strategy in the context of the challenging economic environment.In addition to the challenges, the President said that a deficit financed budget provides to the overall economic environment, any additional use of Bridge Financing from the Central Bank as was done in the FY2018/2019 budget will result in a strong risk that most of, if not all, the US$39 million predicted in Budget Support will not materialize.“On the expenditure side, in addition to the deep cuts in recurrent cost to spending entities already embedded in the preliminary draft budget, MFDP along with the Civil Service Agency are hereby directed to begin a wage bill analysis and rationalization exercise. The result of that work will substantially inform the structure of the FY2019/2020 budget,” the President asserted.“Each of these measures will take time to assess and with few weeks left to present the draft of FY2019/2020 National Budget for Legislative deliberations, it is our considered view that more time is required to ensure the inputs of key stakeholders, including yourselves (members of the Legislature) and completion of the evidence based analysis of the projection.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… Audit Office, GECOM, procurement commission on chopping blockSixteen constitutional agencies submitted requests for monies out of the upcoming 2019 Budget, amounting to $13.2 billion. However, by the time the Finance Ministry was finished cutting them, only $11.4 billion remained from the sum.Among the agencies on the chopping block was the Audit Office of Guyana, which fulfils the vital purpose of oversight on Government spending. It requested $894.2 million, including $876.8 million for current expenditure and $17.3 million for capital spending.Instead, the Finance Ministry amended the total figure to $872 million. While it left the capital sum requested by the audit office intact, it reduced the current expenditure figure that would cater for operational expenses, to $854.6 million.In similar fashion, the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) had requested $276.7 million. This includes $22.2 million for capital funding and $254.4 million for current spending. But noting in the financial paper that the PPC got $62.1 million back in 2017 as supplementary funding, the Ministry cut almost $45 million from the current sum requested and $12.8 million from its capital request.The constitutional agencies budget estimates detail what these entities sought the monies to do. For instance, the PPC requested the capital allocation to buy a $9.4 million pick-up truck that, according to the Commission, would have been used by staff to carry out investigations and monitoring of procurement agencies throughout the 10 administrative regions.A sum of $8 million was also being sought by the PPC to acquire procurement monitoring software. The PPC, which notably did a report recently implicating Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson in breaches of procurement law, wanted the software to facilitate electronic submission of information from procuring entities.Meanwhile, the Police and Public Service Commissions were not spared. The Commissions had sought $155.5 million, which included a current sum of $134.7 million and $20.8 million in capital funding. The Ministry left the current sum untouched, but then cut $9.2 million from the capital sum.The Commissions had sought the capital sum to purchase critical office supplies that included a photocopying machine, printers, a quantity of furniture and an off-road land cruiser worth $17 million that Commission said would have been used to transport Commission members and staff into Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Demerara-Mahaica), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to conduct their duties. GECOMThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) also came under the big chop, with its request for a total of $6.3 billion being amended to $5.3 billion. Its current sum request of $5.3 billion was cut by $500 million, while the capital request of $975 billion was cut by almost the same amount.Under its capital estimates, a number of construction projects were on the agenda. This includes the construction of registration offices at Crane, Region Three ($25 million); Diamond, East Bank Demerara ($30 million); and Kamarang, Region Seven ($25 million). In each of these cases, GECOM was previously renting a building.Besides these and other construction projects across the country, GECOM also had plans for acquiring cameras, fingerprint readers and pads, computers, a $4.2 million satellite dish and carrying out upgrades to the hardware and software for the ID production systems, estimated to cost $315 million.Meanwhile, funding requests from the Supreme Court and the Parliament Office were also cut. In its comments when making these cuts, the Finance Ministry noted that “the recommended allocation takes into account the economic outlook for 2019 for revenue, expenditure, growth in the economy, consideration of the agency’s request within national development priorities and annualisation of salaries.”Last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan was soundly criticised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for cuts to constitutional agency budgets. The parliamentary Opposition had argued that to deny these agencies part of their funding is to compromise their independence.Article 222 (A) of the Constitution of Guyana states; “In order to assure the independence of entities listed in the Third Schedule… (a) The expenditure of each of these entities shall be financed as a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, determined as a lump sum by way of an annual subvention approved by the National Assembly after review and approval of the entity’s annual budget as a part of the process of the determination of the national budget.”These entities are the Ethnic Relations Commission; the Human Rights Commission; the Women and Gender Equality Commission; the Indigenous Peoples’ Commission; the Rights and Child Commission; the Judiciary; and the Office of the Auditor General.Amendments were later brought to include the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judicial Service Commission, the Public Service Commission, the Police Service Commission, the Teaching Service Commission, the Public Service Appellate Tribunal, the Public Procurement Commission, Office of the Ombudsman and the Guyana Elections Commission in this list of entities.
In the evening hours of July 2, 2009, Grande Prairie RCMP Drug Section executed a search warrant on a South side residence. A marijuana grow operation was located and police seized 70 marijuana plants.A 24 year old male, 19 year old male and a 21 year old female, all of Grande Prairie, were charged with Production and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking marijuana. The female will appear in court on August 5 and the two males will appear in court on August 10, 2009.When harvested, 70 marijuana plants would yield approximately 9800 grams or 49,000 joints. To consume the amount of marijuana seized would take a heavy user approximately 27 years to smoke.- Advertisement -Police encourage the public to contact the detachment, the Report-A-Drug House program or Crime Stoppers with information about drug activity. Police and community continue to work together to promote safe homes, safe communities.
OAKLAND — What would you have Kevin Durant do?Would you have him shoot the ball 30 times per game against a sell-out defense that is double- and triple-teaming him on every possession, or would you prefer that he continues to buy into a system that has won the Warriors three titles and put them in the NBA Finals for four-straight seasons?Durant agrees that he can play better ahead of Game 3 of the Warriors’ first-round series against the Clippers on Thursday. He knows that he can’t turn the …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PORTLAND — Steve Kerr’s Damian Jones experiment exploded in his face.Jones had played just three minutes and 12 seconds since Dec. 1, when he tore his left pectoral against the Pistons. He returned in Game 1 of these Western Conference Finals after more than five months sidelined and played a minute and 42 seconds of garbage time before playing a mere minute and a half in the third quarter of Game 2.Kerr started …