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Fajardo. —DENISON DALUPANGOne person stands in the way of an unprecedented fifth Most Valuable Player honors for June Mar Fajardo in the Philippine Basketball Association.But the San Miguel Beer star center is the least bothered about it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments “I toiled for it. I’ve always wanted to improve every game, every conference. I try not to be stagnant. I want to continue improving,” said Fajardo.“Who would’ve thought I’d ever snare five, right? I was the butt of jokes back then, now I’m on the cusp of having the most [MVP trophies].”Votes from players, the league and members of the press will determine the winner.Pringle, despite limited games due to a stint with the national team, is also the scoring king with a 21 points average. The MVP will be bared on Jan. 13 during the Season 44 opening.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Resurgent Lady Maroons out to surprise UAAP volley field Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “Whoever wins deserves it,” the 29-year-old Fajardo told reporters in Filipino shortly after San Miguel Beer’s first practice for the year at Acropolis in Libis on Wednesday.NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle leads the statistical points race with 35.5 while Fajardo, the Best Player in the first two conferences until a shin injury prior to the Governors’ Cup limited him to just three games, has 33.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s actually nice that he’s leading,” Fajardo said of Pringle. “But of course, if ever I get it, I’ll still consider it as a blessing.”If he wins, Fajardo will get past mentor Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, both with four MVP trophies, too, but were not consecutive winners like the Cebuano. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief
The house of the personnel officer attached to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was over the weekend burglarised, with several items taken including groceries.The house with several pieces of clothes scattered aroundBased on information received, Tageanindra Kishore retired to bed on Friday evening and when she woke up the following morning he observed that his house was ransacked.The woman told Guyana Times that she and her 10-year-old daughter looked at television late on Friday night after which they both retired to bed. The next morning, she first noticed that a chair was moved from its original position and upon closer inspection, she saw clothes on the floor.The vegetables and fruits from the refrigerator were missing as well as other groceries and other items from the kitchen. Her wristwatches and a small amount of cash that she kept in her purse were also missing.The ransacked cupboardHer home was previously broken into while she and her daughter were on vacation in Florida last August. As such, she does not keep much money or jewellery at home. At this time, she does not have a suspect in mind, but is of the view that the high unemployment rate might be a contributing factor for the increase in home invasions of late.The Police were contacted, and an investigation was launched. No arrests were made.
Rose Hall Town 48th Anniversary– Committee moves aheadThe Rose Hall Town Council was not granted permission to carry out its planned list of activities as the town prepares for its 48th anniversary. This is due to a court injunction.Acting Town Clerk Natasha Griffith related that the injunction to halt the celebrations was sent August 23, 2018.However, the Rose Hall Town Anniversary and Development Organisation (RHTADO) commenced the celebratory events.Public Relations Officer and RHTADO founder Andrew Griffith highlighted the list of activities planned for youths within the town and the theme for this year’s celebration, “Working together to achieve prosperity”.According to Griffith, the 14th Annual Spelling B Competition for Grade SixSecurity hut donated by the RHTADO Lucky Dollar Manager, Ineze Murry distributing hamper to 86-years-old Anna Lesterstudents commenced at the Rose Hall Town Primary School and will see several primary schools vying for top honours.On September 27, another spelling bee was launched at the Lower Corentyne Comprehensive School and will involve four secondary schools from Region Six. ‘The PRO also stated that a five-a-side football tournament commenced on September 29 at the Rose Hall Town Primary School’s compound.In addition, a new security hut was donated by the RHTADO.The town of Rose Hall is located on the Corentyne Highway, 29 kilometres from New Amsterdam and was formerly a village district. Rose Hall is a community found in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The town was once owned by Dutch planters and later purchased by field slaves. In 1908, Rose Hall acquired village status and it was not until 1970 that it became a town.The Rose Hall is an economic hub in the Berbice region. It has a population of about 8000 people in an area of some 13 km. Rose Hall is divided into three wards – Middle Rose Hall, East Rose Hall and Williamsburg.
More than one month after bus fares increased by $20 in 10 different zones across the country, United Minibus Union (UMU) President Eon Andrews is yet to meet with Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to discuss a possible $40 increase for longer minibus routes.UMU President Eon AndrewsAccording to Andrews, during an invited comment on Saturday, he hopes to meet with the Minister during the coming week to discuss the increases for those routes where fares have not been hiked.A few of those routes include 94 (Lethem to Georgetown); 63 (Moleson Creek to Georgetown); 72 (Mahdia) and 73 (Bartica).“Those are long zones – 60, 63, Linden, Mahdia and those things we’re still looking at because remember those are very long routes, so $20 increase may not be appropriate for an increase, so we are looking at that,” he explained.Andrews added, “Initially, I had said in my proposal probably $40 more (for the longer routes), but that was just something I put forward. It doesn’t mean that is what it will be. It could be $60, you know, but I thought that the shorter routes should get $20, because we have to take the commuters into consideration because that is my most important concern although I represent minibuses.”The new fare structure for 10 different minibus zones was announced, following the recent report of a $20 increase across the board that took effect from September 1, 2018.Among the zones with new fare structures were 31 (Georgetown to Patentia); 32 (Georgetown to Parika); 40, 41, 45, 46 (Georgetown to Kitty/Campbellville, South/North Ruimveldt/Guyhoc, Main Street/ Lamaha/Albert and Lodge); 44 (Georgetown to Mahaica); 47, 48 (Georgetown to Back Road, East and West Sophia); and 42 (Georgetown to Timehri).Plans were first announced by the Business Ministry on August 20 for a $20 increase.Andrews, during previous interviews with Guyana Times, had said he was satisfied with the Ministry’s decision to implement a $20 increase.In June, the UMU President submitted a proposal for not only a fare increase, but for several other requests to ease the pressure on minibus drivers.Although the call for a fare increase came at a time when fuel prices were constantly rising, Andrews had noted that the call for the additional money was not only due to the fuel prices but several other issues. Because of this, the Union President said even if the fuel prices were to drop, he would not be willing to reduce the fare.“We are saying that, yes, there are increases in many other things. We are not basing our argument on fuel, because we don’t control that in this country,” he said.Guyana Times understands that the Union had initially requested $20 for short drop bus drivers and $40 for drivers who traverse the longer routes.
The former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, on Wednesday lamented that foreign companies, particularly those from the Caribbean region, are coming to Guyana and “mopping up” all of the opportunities springing from the budding oil and gas industry.A section of the gathering at Wednesday’s panel discussion on Local Content PolicyFormer GCCI PresidentDeodat Indar“Guyanese always behave like we gotta do the Treaty of Chaguaramas to the ‘T’ or else we gon go to hell; but damn with that, I’m sorry to say that, because if I go to Trinidad, I can’t go and set up my business, and I can’t do what they coming [here and do]. If I go to Barbados, or the U.S., or any other country, you can’t go and do the things we see happening here. Somebody needs to stand up and move out the politics and move back all the grand standing and call a spade a spade. It is just not right!” Indar contended.At the time delivering a presentation at a public panel discussion at Duke Lodge on Wednesday, on the third draft of the Local Content Policy (LCP) which was recently released by the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy, Indar noted that while this third draft is a “step up” from the previous two, there are still several issues with the document.He explained that one of the issues has to do with the ‘test of locality’ and the definition of local companies. According to the former GCCI President, a local company cannot be one that is recently established, which is the case with many of what he referred to as ‘shop fronts’; that is, small companies being established with the ‘big guns’ behind them.Indar noted that before the LOC was in the pipeline, the GCCI had drafted a policy of its own, which outlined the four ‘test of locality’ components to determine a local company.“A Guyanese company can’t be somebody just off the radar, who go and register something at the High Court,” he noted.Indar advanced that the residency requirement of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Income Tax Act is ‘183 days in Guyana’. That, he noted, is archaic.“It only deals with individuals, not institutions; so what you have are laws in Guyana that are draconian, and the oil and gas activity and level development is 100 years up. How you gonna work like that? Those things have to change, and (you have to) deal with what you have in the country,” he stressed.He posited that local content needs to be looked at in the context of now, and not in the future.“I’m not anti-foreign business, but you have a lot of foreign businesses that are here and are mopping up every single thing, and Guyanese are left to watch it happen and can’t do anything,” he posited.Private sector bodies have been in the forefront of local stakeholders pushing for a Local Content Policy, especially since oil production is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year. In fact, earlier this week, the GCCI lamented the sloth attending preparation to regulate the oil and gas industry.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for the awarding of contracts and services in preference for foreign companies and workers.Transparent investmentOver the past weeks, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also raised concerns about foreign investors coming here and striking underhand deals with the caretaker coalition Government.Two week ago, Jagdeo had disclosed that ‘carpetbagger’ investors, including some from Trinidad, are entering into secret deals with Government and are cleaning up prime real estate in Guyana.But his statement did not sit well with some foreigners looking to come and invest here, particularly those within the Caribbean region. In fact, days later, a spokesperson from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the comments made by the Guyanese politician is “currently being discussed.”However, the Opposition Leader last week defended his remarks by saying that there is nothing wrong with foreign investors coming here, but he insisted they should be transparent in their transactions.“(We don’t want) carpetbaggers flowing through here and, before we know it, there are no opportunities for our people; and that is what is being done. Not that I have anything against Trinidadians or anyone else coming here as investors, but what I have problems with is when this Government — in this period of illegality and (in)a caretaker role — went to an Investors’ Conference in Trinidad paid by taxpayers, and after the investors conference, was working out private deals,” Jagdeo stated.According to the Opposition Leader, investors were giving money to Government officials who went to the Investors’ Conference in Trinidad last month, and in exchange they were being given tracts of lands in prime locations across Guyana, including at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, Wales on the West Bank of Demerara, and even along the alignment of the East Bank to East Coast bypass road.He noted, too, that negotiations for the land that was earmarked for the now cancelled Specialty Hospital are ongoing, or the land has already been reallocated.Jagdeo had previously disclosed that many ‘carpetbagger’ investors are coming here to take advantage of underhand deals, and are benefiting from land giveaways at a time when the Government should be in a caretaker mode.The Opposition Leader noted that this situation is particularly worrying especially in the absence of a Local Content Policy to protect Guyanese interests.“Let me tell you something about local content: Before the Government changes, almost all of the opportunities that are gonna be available for our people are gonna be gone… There is no Local Content Policy. We will become second class citizens in this country because this Government doesn’t care, and is not looking out for Guyanese, and is part of these deals,” he stressed.The Opposition Leader noted thus, “We have to have a Local Content Policy — within the month of a new PPP government — that emphasises Guyanese benefitting from these things.”
Saito stopped running for four weeks, then tried again last week in Los Angeles. But when he did so, he felt a recurrence of the pain. Although it was less severe this time, Saito felt compelled to report the injury to the Dodgers’ medical staff. Until further notice, Saito will be held out of any spring-training drills involving running. But that is merely a precautionary measure. He is still cleared to throw off a mound, something half the team’s pitchers will do for the first time today. VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Dodgers’ first injury this year occurred on the other side of the globe. A few weeks after signing a one-year, $1 million contract to remain with the club, closer Takashi Saito was jogging in his native Japan on Jan. 15 when his right calf gave out. But out of a sense of fairness to a player who had been a four-time all-star during his 14 seasons in Japan, the Dodgers did give Saito a deal that could pay him up to $1.3 million if he maxes out his performance bonuses by finishing 60 games. “I never thought about retiring,” said Saito, who would have been prohibited from pitching for a professional club if he had returned to Japan. “From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to re-sign with the Dodgers. I told my agent to get me a fair deal, but at no point did I ever even think about what I would do if I didn’t sign a contract. I wanted to sign here, and I never thought about the alternative.” Andy LaRoche, one of the organization’s top position prospects, reported early because he is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. But LaRoche says he is fully recovered, and club officials will spend the spring evaluating whether he is ready to play third base every day in the majors. LaRoche, 23, believes he already knows the answer. “In my own head, obviously, I am ready,” he said. “I think every player believes that.” LaRoche has a chance to beat out incumbent Wilson Betemit for the job. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout of the spring this morning, but the routine will change slightly with the arrival of new trainer Stan Conte. Following the usual team meeting each morning, players will go to the Holman Stadium outfield close by the clubhouse for a stretching-and-warmup routine. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When it happened a second time, I really wanted to make sure I took care of it so I didn’t have to worry about it,” Saito said through translator Scott Akasaki, the club’s traveling secretary. “That’s why I told the trainers. They don’t want me to cover bases or take part in any (drill) that has to do with running. “With anything else, I can go full speed.” The injury is believed to be so minor that Saito won’t have any trouble being ready for the April 2 season opener in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Saito laid to rest any rumors that he was considering retirement last winter after posting 24 saves in what was officially his rookie season. Saito made it clear after last year that he wanted a contract that paid him well in excess of the going rate for a second-year player, something the Dodgers were under no obligation to do.
Alex Telles [left] in action for Galatasaray against Arsenal 1 Chelsea target Alex Telles has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal.The Galatasaray defender is admited by Jose Mourinho and despite late interest from the Blues, the Brazilian has opted to move to Serie A.The 22-year-old left-back also attracted interest from Real Madrid in recent weeks but he will now ply his trade with Roberto Mancini’s men for the rest of the season.Telles, who joined Galatasaray last year from Brazilian club Gremio, could sign for Inter permanently at the end of the current campaign if the spell is deemed a success.
This season, which started July 1, has been fairly arid, with 2.03 inches so far. But that’s a huge improvement over last year, when only a half-inch of rain had fallen by this time. A normal amount by now is 2.13 inches, Seto said. While there’s been more rainfall in Los Angeles this year than in the past two years, Seto said the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting a 50percent chance that rainfall will be below normal for the months of December, January and February. “But with this rainfall we’re looking good,” he said. “So hopefully (the prediction center) will be wrong.” Seto said the county set a record last season for the least rainfall since 1877. Only 3.21 inches fell. A normal amount in a year for the L.A. area is 15.14 inches, Seto said. And only about 4 inches fell two years ago. That’s a sharp contrast to the 2004-05 season, when almost 37inches poured over the county, more than doubling the area’s normal amount. The especially wet and especially dry seasons have made overall rainfall averages in L.A. County about normal, Seto said. When added up, the total amount of rain from July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2007, averaged about 15 inches a year. Temperatures over the weekend will hover near 60 degrees, dropping to lows in the middle to upper 40s. There will be a 20 percent chance of showers. This morning and early afternoon, winds coming from the southeast will blow at 15 to 25mph. They will shift in the afternoon, coming from the west at 15 to 25 mph. In Orange County, sheriff’s patrol cars broadcast warnings through loudspeakers to residents of Modjeska, Williams and Silverado canyons, which were burned bare of slope-protecting trees and brush by wildfires earlier this year. The evacuations were expected to become mandatory later in the day as the storm approached, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said. However, he urged people not to wait until deputies went door to door ordering residents out. “It’s much better to do it early than wait for the slides to start,” he said. “The canyons are narrow, the roads are narrow. Sometimes if you wait too long, it’s potentially dangerous.” About 200 homes in the canyons were evacuated for most of the day Nov. 30 because of flooding concerns as another storm approached. However, the slopes held. email@example.com The Associated Press contributed to this article 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rainfall in the South Bay may dampen some plans this weekend, but the showers are a bright spot in what threatens to be the area’s third-straight dry season. But for those living in fire-ravaged areas of Southern California, the rain brings the possibility of floods and landslides. Authorities urged a couple thousand people to get out of three Orange County canyons and residents in Los Angeles County worked to build sandbag barriers in areas that burned earlier. Steady rain is expected all day today, with a 40 percent chance of showers tonight, according to the National Weather Service. The storm coming from the Gulf of Alaska will drop one-half to 1 inch of water, a welcome amount in the otherwise parched region. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The last two years have been very dry, and I mean extremely,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service. A chance of showers is also forecast through Saturday morning. Areas denuded by fires were a special concern. “It doesn’t take much to set off those mud and debris flows,” Seto said. Wildfires this year have stripped vegetation from thousands of acres of land. That land is now susceptible to excessive runoff and erosion. In Los Angeles County, work crews sandbagged hillsides in Griffith Park, where about 1,200 acres were scorched in May. Other work was under way in Malibu, where a wildfire destroyed 53 homes in November.
Kelly’s American Roadside Diner at Mountain Top, Letterkenny has added yet another award to its already impressive list of accolades.The multi-award winning restaurant has just won the title of Best Family Restaurant 2017 at the Families First Annual Awards – retaining the title for the second year running!Restaurant Manager Leah McNulty said she and her team “are extremely proud and honoured” to be awarded the prestigious award of “Best Family Restaurant 2017” at the Families First Annual Awards Ceremony held on Saturday night in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. Diner supervisors Tracy Rodgers and Regina Bonner with Kelly’s American Roadside Diner’s Best Family Restaurant Award for 2017Families First is a thriving home grown company that literally puts families to the forefront of everything they do and their annual event gives parents and families their say in recognising the brands, restaurants, activity centres, educational facilities and products all the family love and feel deserves recognition.The Diner’s valued customers had nominated the restaurant for this award in early Spring this year, followed by a judging from mystery auditors and online votes collectively ranked Kelly’s American Diner the Best Family Restaurant in the North and North West of Ireland.The award presented on Saturday night is a celebration of the exceptional service and unbeatable value the restaurant demonstrates and is recognised throughout Northern Ireland and right along the west coast to Galway.Kelly’s American Roadside Diner’s ‘Best Family Restaurant Award’ Leah told Donegal Daily, “Kelly’s American Diner caters for every budget and boasts an extensive menu including the famous Steak Saturday’s and ever-popular daily Early Bird Breakfast. Our massive menu of Milkshakes and Slushes offering over 25 different flavours, the introduction of the Healthy Heavenly Zone menu, the first destination of Jake’s Famous Burgers to Ireland, along with complimentary colouring packs, unlimited juice and ice cream with all kids meal deals, our new range of Super Sides and the recent phenomenon of pancakes sets the restaurant apart as an exceptional experience for the whole family.“We are extremely honoured to have retained the title of “Best Family Restaurant” this year again and to have competed with such high contenders in the North and North West of Ireland indeed makes us very proud and to be recognised as the best is just so humbling.”This award is yet another to add to the impressive collection the Diner now have picked up in recent years. The award is testament to the team’s dedication to excellence where they ensure customer service and delicious food is placed at the forefront of their proposition. This award is a fitting tribute to their hard work and commitment to excellence.Visit Kelly’s American Roadside Diner on Facebook for more incredible offers and to plan your visit now: www.facebook.com/mountaintoprestaurant/Popular diner celebrates another year as ‘Best Family Restaurant’ was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:awardBest Family Restaurant 2017BusinessKelly’s American Roadside Diner