Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAVAO CITY—The volume of Filipino boxers has dwindled over the years due to the costly medical requirements needed to secure a license from the Games and Amusements Board.Department of Health secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial ended the plight of Pinoy professional fighters on Friday after she guaranteed to waive the medical fees for the annual physical testing and CT scan procedures.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “The biggest hindrance to the increase of pro boxers licensing is the strict and sometimes prohibitive medical requirements,” said GAB chair Abraham Kahlil Mitra during the Philippine Boxing Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel here.From at least 1,000 licensed boxers in 2014, that figure plummeted to just a little over 600 fighters the past two years. Boxing promotions have also gone down by 50 percent, according to GAB commissioner Eduard Trinidad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe regulatory and supervisory body for professional sports found out that several boxers have opted to jump out of the ring and look for other jobs elsewhere while promoters have not been as aggressive in putting together an attractive fight card.Ubial, who graced the two-day convention as guest speaker, pledged that boxers can avail of the free annual physical and medical checkup, a requirement for GAB licensing, in the regional facilities of the DOH. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Likewise, the DOH will render CT scan and MRI procedures free of charge.A CT scan costs as much as P4,500 to P6,500 while managers and boxers could spend at least P6,500 on an MRI procedure depending on the extent.Mitra said GAB lawyers are in the process of drafting the Memorandum of Agreement between the GAB and the DOH for its implementation, which includes Philhealth coverage to all boxers and their families.GAB commissioner Fritz Gaston said they would provide the list of boxers to the DOH, which will turn over the names to its regional offices, allowing boxers living in the provinces to have free services in their localities.“This is a development that the boxing industry has been asking for and we’re so thankful for this historic announcement that will change the landscape of Philippine professional boxing,” said Mitra.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Manila to host 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup
Except for the country’s First Nations, we are all here because of sugar. Our fore parents’ arrival on May 5, 1838 was the first of many voyages across the kalapani that brought 239,909 indentured labourers from South and Northeast India by the time the indentureship programme was ended by an Act of Parliament in India on March 12, 1917.This year marks the centenary of that abolition and the date will be commemorated by Indian diaspora communities around the world. Guyana’s Indian community will be part of the global events that will include religious observances, cultural shows, conferences and symposiums.Our families, wherever they are today, all stand on the shoulders of the earliest labourers, that immigrant generation who worked on the sugar plantations for a pittance of a wage.They lived in the logies and worked in the fields doing the backbreaking work and, like the African slaves before them, rose up in revolt for various reasons. These included wage disputes, disagreements over task work, the sexual exploitation of Indian women, and the overbearing behaviour of the overseers.The idea of Indian docility is belied by the strikes and disturbances that numbered over 100 during the indentureship period and which resulted in the death of some 41 labourers and injuries to many more.The first recorded disturbance occurred at Plantation Leonora in July 1869 when the shovel gang complained that wages were being withheld because they could not complete a job on waterlogged soil. A confrontation between armed Police and the labourers was avoided, but the ringleaders were arrested, convicted and imprisoned at the Mazaruni penal settlement.The following year, violence erupted at Plantations Hague, Zeelugt, Vergenoegen, Uitvlugt, Success and Nonpareil, and in 1872, a major disturbance occurred at Plantation Devonshire Castle.This time, the colonial Police opened fire. Five were killed and several seriously injured. The dead were: Maxidally, Beccaroo, Kaulica, Baldeo and Ackloo. They were the first Indian labourers to lose their lives in the fight for workers’ rights.In October 1896, another five were killed and several wounded by Police during a strike at Nonpareil. In 1903, six were killed and seven wounded at Plantation Friends, and in 1912, at the same plantation, one worker was killed. He was shot by the manager, RE Brassington, who was charged, but subsequently acquitted of the murder.A year later, and just four years before the Abolition Act was passed, on March 13, 1913, resistance by Indian labourers at Plantation Rose Hall ended in carnage when the Colonial Police killed 15 and injured 39 in what was perhaps the deadliest outcome of any indenture-era revolt in the Caribbean.The dead were: Badri, Bholay, Durga, Gafur, Jugai, Juggoo, Hulas, Lalji, Motey Khan, Nibur, Roopan, Sadulla, Sarjoo, Sohan, and a lone woman, Gobindei.In 1939, at Plantation Leonora, a weeder named Sumintra, identified as a ringleader, was among three labourers who were shot dead during a protest for better wages and lighter tasks for pregnant field workers.The next deadly confrontation occurred at Enmore on June 16, 1948 when five labourers were killed while demonstrating for better working conditions, fair wages, and for the recognition of a trade union of their choice.The dead were: Lallabagee Kissoon, Pooran, Rambarran, Dookhie, and Hari. This tragedy has become better known because this was the brutal injustice that brought the young Dr Cheddi Jagan into politics as a champion for workers’ rights.The colonial carnage continued even until 1964 when on March 6 at Leonora Estate, Kowsilla was mowed down by a tractor during a strike. The tractor driven by a scab was ordered to clear the bridge blocked by the strikers.Kowsilla bravely stood her ground. She was crushed to death and 14 other women were seriously injured.African slaves and Indian labourers fought valiantly for justice. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in the struggle. They are our heroes.Sugar has been our country’s lifeblood for centuries. It has shaped us like no other industry and is the very reason for the birth of this country we all call home.Yet the Granger Government seems able to casually toss it aside along with the thousands of mainly Indian Guyanese sugar workers still on the estates today.This shows a clear disregard and heartlessness for an industry that, more than any other, contributed to our country’s development.Even if it faces a natural demise, there must be honour and dignity in its dismantling and in the treatment of the workers for history’s sake and for the sake of our heroes and their legacy of courage.
Dear Editor,It is important to the wellbeing of our society that the media highlights social issues, such as child sexual exploitation and abuse. Increased awareness of this scourge may prompt those responsible to do more and possibly effectuate change for the better. However, it is equally important that those involved in the rescue, investigations and reporting of child sexual exploitation and abuse cases do the right thing in the right way. Whatever actions are taken, the best interest of the child should be paramount.On June 22, 2017, one media house reported the story of two teenage girls who were removed from a “sex camp” along the Amaila Falls access road, Kuribrong mining district, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). The 15-year-old is below the age of consent so any adult who engaged in sexual activities with her is guilty of statutory rape. The 17-year-old may be above the age of consent but the investigation could possibly reveal that she was coerced or forced into sexual activities while she was a minor.On the surface, the fact that this story was highlighted in the media is commendable. Additionally, the swift action by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officers and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) ranks, rescuing the teenagers from the “sex camp” is commendable. More similar actions of this nature are needed to protect children, especially those in remote locations and should be coming from others in these communities and their leaders. It is not clear why there was a reporter at the scene, directly asking the teenagers questions. Here is where a trained counsellor should have been present as clearly this was a planned rescue mission. While this matter needs to be reported to the public, the rights of these teenagers and their dignity is important and garnering details from the girls should be done in a sensitive and ethical manner and by someone who is trained to address the issues of child sexual exploitation and abuse that will bring no further harm to the children.Children should not be exposed to the questioning of a reporter in these rescue missions. What they need is the support of a counsellor. We encourage the officers to ensure that a trained counsellor from the relevant agency accompany them on future exercises and the press to act with greater care.The ChildLinK and our partners in the Child Rights Alliance (CRA) commend the act of removing these girls by the GGMC and the GPF ranks from an environment where they were possibly abused. We commend the media for their interest in social issues and support their right to bring these matters to the public’s attention. We do, however, encourage these important stakeholders to act with more sensitivity and in the best interest of children in the future.Yours faithfully,Hasani Tinnie
Oil and gas giant ExxonMobil, which is currently engaged in oil exploration in Guyana, was recently greetedNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin in talks with ExxonMobil officialsat its headquarters in the United States by a three-member delegation comprising Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin.The Natural Resources Ministry on Friday reported that the delegation had extensive engagements with company executives over a two-day visit between April 28 and 30 last.They were updated on ongoing and planned exploratory activities following the significant discovery of hydrocarbons in the Liza 1 well, and engaged in interactive sessions which covered important topics such as an exploration update, development of the well for production, and capacity building to ensure Guyanese involvement and ownership in the various stages of development of the industry.The visiting delegation was also taken on a tour of ExxonMobil’s new campus and ultramodern headquarters, which included its state-of-the-art laboratories where samples of hydrocarbons from all over the world are analysed and processed. The level of attention to detail, impressive facilities for workers, and the work ethic were outstanding features that were evident during the visit.The visit ended with both Government and ExxonMobil hailing it as highly successful and pledging to deepen relations to enhance cooperation to ensure the smooth, expeditious and mutually beneficial development of Guyana’s oil and gas industry.The Ministers were accompanied to Houston, Texas by ExxonMobil officials Jeff Simons, Country Manager (Guyana), and Kimberly Brasington, Senior Director of Public & Government Affairs (Guyana). They were joined in Houston for the duration of the visit by Dr Erik Oswald, Vice President (Americas).Following the historic discovery of significant deposits of hydrocarbons off the coast of Guyana by ExxonMobil in 2015, Government has had several engagements with ExxonMobil officials. Additionally, Government, and in particular, the Ministries of Natural Resources and Finance, “have been working assiduously to enhance capacities to develop policies, identify and apply the appropriate legal mechanisms to manage and regulate the industry, and to ensure that the national patrimony is managed and preserved so that all Guyanese now, and well into the future, can benefit equally”.President David Granger has already committed to the establishment of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), a pool of money derived from a country’s reserves, which is set aside for investment purposes that will benefit the country’s economy and citizens.Back in May of 2015, ExxonMobil announced a startling discovery of some 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well is the first on the 6.6-million acre Stabroek Block. At the time of the discovery, then Natural Resources and Environment Minister Robert Persaud had said the oil find would be a significant boost to the country’s economy.
0Shares0000Leclerc had five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton rleegated to second rowMANAMA, Bahrain, Apr 1 – A victorious Lewis Hamilton moved to defend his rival Sebastian Vettel as the four-time champion’s recent form came under scrutiny following another costly spin in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton, who was gifted the 74th win of his career when Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc’s engine lost power in the final 10 laps, said Vettel’s achievements dwarfed his disappointments. As Ferrari packed up to travel home after a bitter-sweet weekend in which they demonstrated dominant pace and the arrival on the grand prix podium of their new star Leclerc, Vettel faced another Italian inquest over his failings.His spin at the Bahrain International Circuit, where Hamilton led his team-mate Valtteri Bottas home for a second straight season-opening Mercedes one-two, was his fourth in 10 races.“I looked at the replay and we didn’t touch,” said five-times champion Hamilton, reflecting on the incident in which Vettel spun while the pair battled for second place. “It was really windy there…”Sunday’s incident reminded observers of a similar spin at last year’s Italian Grand Prix where Hamilton barged past Vettel on his way to a decisive victory that underpinned his late-season title charge.In nine races since, he spun in Japan and the United States, drawing fire from Italian critics heralding the arrival of Leclerc, who finished third in the race after becoming the youngest pole-sitter in Ferrari’s history.“There’s too few of them really to look into it too much,” said Hamilton. “It happens to us all. Just because you are a multiple world champion doesn’t mean you’re not going to have ‘off’ weekends.“It’s more cumulative. Look at his career. He’s had stunning performances that far outweigh the weaker races.”— speed and race-craft —Vettel has won 52 Grands Prix and four world titles, but has struggled to master Hamilton’s speed and race-craft in the last two seasons despite spells during which he and Ferrari appeared to have a faster car.At 31, he faces a new challenge with the arrival of new team-mate Leclerc, 21, in place of 39-year-old Kimi Raikkonen, now at Alfa Romeo.The Monegasque tyro, in only his second race and in his second season in F1, was outstanding in qualifying and the race until his engine failed.Hamilton, however, suggested his old rival was suffering with set-up problems.“There are always times when you just happen not to get the right car set-up, which you guys don’t get to see,” he told reporters.“All these little things that we’re doing, it just doesn’t happen to work that weekend and the differences are so small yet they look so big.“I don’t know why their car was so different in pace, but I’ve had races (like that)… I remember me and Nico (Rosberg) in Barcelona.“We were quick in testing and then there were massive differences in the car in the race and you’re just driving with you hand behind your back. You’ve got no grip. And then, another race, and it’s the other way.“I don’t know why that happens, but this was one of those for him. He’s a world champion and he is a great athlete. He will recover and keep pushing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to email@example.com or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another snowfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada.If the snow over the last few days wasn’t enough, expect another 10 cm by Wednesday afternoon. According to a weather warning issued Tuesday, Environment Canada says a cold front will move into the Peace region Tuesday night and bring with it up to 10 cm.There is also another snowfall warning in place for Grande Prairie. That region could see another 10 to 15 cm of snow by the end of the day Wednesday.- Advertisement -Read the full warning below.Issued at 2017-11-14 22:46 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:An approaching cold front will track inland tonight and across the BC interior on Wednesday. Snow is expected to begin tonight across the BC Peace and intensify on Wednesday with 10 cm expected during the day. The snow will taper to flurries Wednesday evening in the wake of the front.Advertisement
Diego Costa found the net during his first ever Chelsea match to ensure that his time in a blue shirt got off to a flying start.Despite enduring a massively underwhelming World Cup, the former Atletico Madrid man swapped life in Spain for Stamford Bridge this summer in a deal thought to be worth £32m.And he looked worth every penny, linking up with compatriot and fellow new-boy Cesc Fabregas as the Blues came from behind to beat NJ Olimpija 2-1 in their latest pre-season friendly.Take a look at Costa’s strike above.
Two Donegal TDs are lined up for a face-to-face “Cook Off” on Friday 9thMarch to help promote The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative.The evening will begin with Community Chef Brian McDermott demonstrating a classic fish dish using Greencastle fish and other Donegal produce.Next up will be TDs Pádraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConalogue goinghead-to-head to cook a main course using local ingredients from a mysterybasket of produce. The Dáil deputies will be assisted by two students from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Tourism School.It isn’t the first time the TDs have met in a competitive cooking event, withCharlie McConologue coming out on top on the previous occasion when hecooked an omelette in under 42 seconds.The event is being organized by the Donegal County Enterprise Board food initiative “The Food Coast” and will take place in Redcastle Hotel at 7pm as part of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012. The evening will finish with a tasting of local produce.“It should be great fun” says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of DonegalCounty Enterprise Board. “Brian McDermott always provides superbdemonstrations that showcase local produce and we’re expecting greatthings from Charlie and Pádraig”. Brian McDermott has achieved national recognition as the Community Chefworking with community and sports groups to raise awareness of healthyfood made from fresh local ingredients.Cooking professionally for 20 years, Brian has worked in product development with Kerry Group before setting up his own award-winning restaurant “Finnegan’s”.He has also cooked in the award winning “Harry’s” in Bridgend and “Kealy’s Seafood Bar” in Greencastle and more recently with Raymond Blanc at theMichelin-starred Le Manoir.He launched his first book, “Reunite with Food”, in October 2011 and he has a weekly radio slot with BBC Radio. The common theme of his work is using fresh local ingredients that help keep us all healthy and that support the local economy at the same time.‘The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative’ is a campaign toestablish Donegal as a county with a vibrant food culture and foodeconomy. The initiative has four main goals – to encourage new foodbusinesses, support existing food businesses, promote the sourcing oflocal produce and drive awareness locally and nationally of the fantasticfood we have on our doorstep in Donegal.The initiative is open to anyone with an interest in the County’s food sector, from start-up businesses to part-time food producers, from on-farm artisan food producers to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.To attend the free ‘cook off’ and demonstration or for further informationabout Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012, contact Celine Carroll,Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can visit the DonegalCounty Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie and registeronline.OVEN GLOVES OFF! McCONALOGUE V MacLOCHLAINN IN COOK-OFF was last modified: February 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:OVEN GLOVES OFF! McCONALOGUE V MacLOCHLAINN IN COOK-OFF
Santa’s Mailbox is back in Orleans.The special “Santa Mailbox” is set up in front of the Chamber of Commerce office on the north side of the town square for all area children to mail their “Postcards for Santa.”Special postcards are now available FREE at a number of Orleans businesses. All cards collected will be forwarded on to the big guy at the North Pole.