Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s a little bummed out but I think the MRI was basically good news,” Kerr said of Curry’s state of mind. “He’s disappointed, but it could have been a lot worse.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry walks on the court during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Golden State Warriors won’t take any chances with star Stephen Curry, who will be sidelined for at least a few days with a groin strain, coach Steve Kerr said Friday.“The MRI looked good in terms of not being too serious, but he’s not going to play tomorrow,” Kerr said at Warriors practice on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT “It’s something that we’re going to evaluate over the next few days. He’s still sore.”“It’s a strained groin, basically, is the injury, but the MRI was encouraging. So it will be kind of a day-to-day thing. Obviously, we won’t do anything crazy. He’s going to be out until he’s healthy and ready to go.”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 ChrissThe two-time defending NBA champion Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, and that game is followed by back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks on Monday and Tuesday.Curry was injured in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night — Golden State’s first home loss of the season. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ronaldo puts positive spin on Juventus’ 1st loss of season
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Students attending the technical and vocational training centres at Mahaicony, Leonora and Upper Corentyne will begin receiving a monthly stipend, Government announced on Friday.Cabinet, at its most recent meeting, agreed to a proposal for the Education Ministry to pay stipends to students at technical and vocational training centres at Mahaicony, Leonora and the Upper Corentyne. The centres were said to have been established to provide “second opportunities” for youth to develop skills that would enable them to obtain gainful employment.According to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, it was observed over the past three years that only approximately 46 per cent of the students enrolled managed to graduate.“The major reason for this was cited as the high cost of transportation. It was also noted that the completion rate for courses given in collaboration with other institutions, such as the board of industrial training where stipends were given, was much higher.”The stipends approved with effect from September 1, 2016, will be paid to students of the centres as follows – Mahaicony 00, Upper Corentyne 00 and Leonora 00 per month.Meanwhile, Cabinet has also approved the appointment of members of the National Accreditation Council (NAC) for a period of two years. The members appointed are Vincent Alexander as Chairman; Winifred James Kippins, Member (Association of Caribbean, tertiary institutions (acting); Archibald Clifton, Member (Council of Technical Vocational Education and Training – (CTVET); Sophia Hunte, Member (Teaching Service Commission (TSC), Clem Duncan, Member (Private Sector Commission (PSC); Dr Dawn Fox, Member (Minister’s Representative); Andrew Grant, Member (Department of the Public Service (MOP); Camille Robertson, Member (University of Guyana); Jennifer Cummerbatch, Member (Education Ministry); and Samantha Alleyne, Member (Guyana Teachers’ Union).The Council has as its mission statement; “to develop a coherent and integrated quality assured tertiary education sector” is the external quality assurance agency for higher education in Guyana and is legally mandated to register all post-secondary and tertiary institutions operating in Guyana.The Council also ensures that institutions and programmes accredited and permitted to operate meet or exceed stated educational quality criteria that include appropriately designed course programme structures, adequate resources and learning outcomes, and assessment strategies that are at an appropriate level for qualifications awarded.
By Shemuel FanfairThe National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICL) has officially taken over the divested sugar estates – namely Skeldon, East Demerara and Wales.NICL’s takeover was made official by a publication contained in an extra-ordinary issue of the Official Gazette dated December 30, 2017.The deal was guided under the Public Corporations Act, Chapter 19:05, by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who made the order on December 29, the very day that many sugar workers were expected to lose their jobs. The takeover does not include any assets, lands or property for the Berbice estates of Albion and Blairmont and the Uitvlugt Estate on the West Coast of Demerara, as those entities will remain under GuySuCo for the foreseeable future.According to the Finance Minister’s order, the property was transferred to, and vested in, NICL “absolutely free and clear from all claims and liabilities.”The order gives NICIL authority over “all the moveable and immovable property owned, used, leased or licensed by GuySuCo or the State, save and except for Albion Estate, Blairmont Estate, and Utivlugt Estate”.Included in the takeover are all properties owned by, or leased to, the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore estates, and other properties in the Demerara and Berbice counties.This transfer means that NICIL has authority over four thousand, seven hundred (4700) acres of State lands, some of which were surveyed since the 19th century. Additionally, all machinery, plant and equipment, motor and agricultural vehicles, and other items owned by GuySuCo or the divested estates now fall under NICL. It was also revealed that all shares issued by GuySuCo and being owned or held by the sugar corporation now belong to the state company.This official move did not come unexpectedly, as the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) was established under NICIL in 2017 to oversee the divestment of the sugar corporation’s assets. The SPU has since selected London-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to value the assets of the heavily indebted and cash-strapped corporation. Guyana Times understands that when the SPU was established, it had requested interested parties to submit Expressions of Interest (EoIs) to Government for the potential purchase of one of the sugar estates.One such company expressing interest has been Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which had publically voiced its concerns over the threat to its supply of molasses – a key ingredient in making its world class rum.“At the moment, we are looking at all options. Until the SPU comes back to those who have expressed interest and say, ‘These are the soft structures that we’re looking at’, and that kind of thing, then we would be unable to make a formal proposal for one or a combination of the options available,” Public Relations Representative for DDL, Alex Graham, told Guyana Times on Wednesday last.DDL has observed that its distillery production for 2017 increased by some 30 per cent over 2016, surpassing projections last year. The company has also noted that production for 2018 is projected to increase by a further 25 per cent over 2017. It was against this backdrop that the company stated its concerns over the impact that the downsizing of the sugar industry would have on it meeting its projections for this year.DDL has also pointed out that, based on production demand for local and international customers, its molasses requirement for 2018 is 70,000 tons. In contrast, GuySuCo has set a sugar production target of 115,000 tons at the three estates currently earmarked to remain in operation, and molasses production has been pegged at 52,000 tons.“In light of this shortfall, DDL has been actively exploring its potential role in the future of the sugarcane industry, and has executed a high-level technical and economic feasibility study on innovative approaches to use the existing sugar assets to meet the current and future needs for molasses for an expanding distilling industry,” the company has stated.Meanwhile, President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, has observed that the interest shown by DLL to potentially purchase a sugar estate proves, in his view, that the industry is still viable and is worth keeping alive. Whether or not there are economic benefits or drawbacks from the divestment plans, the recently retrenched employees from the Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon Estates have reiterated their displeasure at the estates’ closures, with some accusing Government of taking an easy route out in response to the many challenges that face the industry.
– Govt explores alternative sentencingA study conducted on a group of prisoners locally has revealed drug-related offences were found to be the second leading cause for incarcerations.This was revealed at a high-level meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts on exploring alternatives to incarceration, including the establishment of drug treatment courts in Guyana.During the opening ceremony on Wednesday at the Marriott Hotel, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Michael Atherly, explained that the study conducted by the Centre of Latin American Studies of Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the Guyana Government, assessesA section of the participants at the meeting between local stakeholders and a team of international experts at the Marriott on Wednesdaythe role drug use plays in the execution of crimes leading to imprisonment, among other things.Atherly noted that the study produced data from 900 inmates, who responded to more than 250 questions.“The findings revealed that drug-related offences were the second leading cause for incarceration, with 21.3 per cent of inmates overall being imprisoned for drug possession or dealing. The findings… awakened us to the realisation that the mechanism of incarceration for dealing with our youth, poor and underprivileged drug-hooked offenders was providing little or no opportunity for breaking the revolving cycle of drugs, crime and incarceration,” he noted.According to the CANU boss, this study clearly highlights the need to act now in implementing alternative sentencing.On this note, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan pointed to the need to shut this revolving door by not only finding alternatives to incarceration but also rehabilitation for drug offenders, whom he said, are clogging the streets, courts and prisons.“I can immediately see drug users coming out of the habit, through what I now understand the court will order as their treatment, detoxification and stabilisation periods of treatment and so on. I could also see that, with treated people, recidivism rates will also fall and not only with drug offences but other offence because drug-users support their bad habits by often stealing [and committing other crimes]… So indeed, this court can have that consequential positive effect that crimes, other than drug-related ones, will be reduced,” Minister Ramjattan asserted.He went on to note, however, that Guyana needed support to establish a drug treatment court, which was one of the alternative programmes identified in the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 under the policy to reduce incarceration.To this end, he expressed his gratitude to the international partners who are here to share their expertise and experience, and to walk local stakeholders through the challenges as they prepare to set up a drug treatment court here.Wednesday’s high-level meeting was a collaboration between the Public Security Ministry and the Organisation of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD).OAS Country Representative, Jean Ricot Dormeus, lauded Guyana for taking a step in this direction.
A mother of two is now left with more questions than answers after the body of her 26-year-old reputed husband was brought back from sea on Saturday last.The dead man was identified as Sherwin Wilson of Lot 8 Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown. From information gathered, the father of two left his home two Sundays ago with four other men on a fishing boat with the aim of raising money to properly take care of his family.However, the boat returned to Georgetown on Saturday last with Wilson’s body wrapped in a sheet without any proper explanation given to the family about the circumstances surrounding his death.Reports reaching Guyana Times suggested that the young fisherman might have fallen overboard but this is yet to be confirmed.Nevertheless, at the house of the dead man, his reputed wife, Fay Torres explained that he left two Sundays ago in good spirits and told her that when he returned, he would get money to look after their children and to fix the kitchen area.She noted that while he was in Georgetown, he hardly worked on “anything” substantial to properly finance the family; hence, the decision to go into fishing. That was the second time he went to sea.The woman further stated that on Saturday, she received news that the boat in which her husband left had returned. “I deh cooking so I say ‘oh God, I got to hurry up, because he must be hungry… so as I continue to cook, a neighbour call out to me and ask me if I hear the boat come out… she ask me if I hear anything else and is then, she tell me that my husband dead.”She noted she responded with a disbelieving giggle, but was convinced to check at the Ruimveldt wharf. She said when she arrived at the wharf, she was told by the guards that everyone who went on the trip had returned.According to Torres, as she and another relative were about to leave, she saw the owner of the boat and questioned him about the rumour – which turned out to be reality.“He tell me that he hear someone dead and that is why he come to check… is when I see a friend who went on the boat with Sherwin, he start cry and tell me that Sherwin dead,” the woman stated.By this time, a hearse had arrived and her reputed husband’s body was taken away. She noted that she had the opportunity to see the body, and confirmed that it bore no marks of violence.Agnes Johnson, the mother of the dead man, told Guyana Times that the post-mortem performed on her son’s body proved that he died as a result of drowning. She, however, noted that the captain of the boat explained that her son “catch cramp” and fell overboard. That is all he tell me… he nah tell me who saved meh son nothing, but meh son skin full ah mud,” the woman added.She too is of the opinion that something “fishy” went on while her son was at sea. Guyana Times understands that the crew was arrested and questioned by the Police in connection with the man’s death.The reputed wife, Fay Torres and children of the now dead man
The infant’s body was found March 12 south of Mission Road near Fremont Avenue, wrapped in plastic shopping bags with the umbilical cord attached. She had been thrown over a 6-foot chain-link fence and landed 40 feet below near the train tracks, Alhambra police officials have said. The baby, who weighed about 5 pounds, was born alive. The cause of her death was determined to be blunt force trauma. St. Therese Catholic Church in Alhambra held a funeral in the baby’s honor, and church members gave her the name Therese Rose. In court Friday, Jos Olvera, the defendant’s boyfriend in July 2005 and the father of the baby, testified that he did not know Schaefer was pregnant. Schaefer’s mother, Geraldine, who lived with her daughter at the time of the incident, also said she was unaware of the defendant’s pregnancy. “This was a tragic incident, and I’m confident justice will be served,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian of the Family Violence Division after Friday’s hearing. Schaefer will be arraigned May 14 in Pasadena Superior Court, 300 E. Walnut St., Department E. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALHAMBRA – A 42-year-old woman will stand trial in the death of her newborn baby girl, who was found near the railroad tracks in Alhambra in March 2006, a judge decided Friday. Tonya Mae Schaefer of Alhambra appeared in front of Alhambra Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench for a preliminary hearing, meant to determine whether the prosecution had a definitive case against her. Lench decided Schaefer should be held to answer on charges of murder and assault on a child causing death. She is being held in lieu of $1,035,000 bail.
talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man in the know claims Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy will have a straight choice between Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, after both teams activated his release clause.There’s also the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Arturo Vidal and William Carvalho, who have been linked with the Red Devils this summer.Listen to all the action from transfer deadline day on talkSPORT
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists Mauricio Pochettino – one of his successors at White Hart Lane – would not be tempted to leave Spurs for Manchester United.Tottenham are flying this season having lost just one league game since the opening day, while United in contrast are stuttering and languish three points behind Pochettino’s charges.Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils manager, has subsequently seen his job come under intense scrutiny, with reports this week emerging that Pochettino had been identified as a potential replacement.But Redknapp, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, can’t envisage those circumstances unfolding.“I wouldn’t think he would want to leave,” he said.“Spurs is a good club, they have a fantastic training ground. It’s one of the big clubs in the country so I don’t think he’d want to be leaving.”United have won just once in their last seven league games, scoring just five goals in that period, and also crashed out of the Champions League and League Cup prematurely this season.As a result, discontent has been rife amongst the Old Trafford faithful who have grown frustrated at their side’s lack of attacking verve, and Redknapp believes the current squad is a far cry from previous years.He added: “I don’t generally think they’ve got players that can get you off your seat at the moment. There’s no spark at the end of it.“It hasn’t been exciting but they haven’t got that many exciting players. Over the years they had nothing but exciting players.“You knew you were going to get battered from the first minute but at the moment they haven’t got those players.”
Manchester United have declined to comment on reports that the club have held talks with representatives of Jose Mourinho.On Friday evening it was reported by the BBC and the Manchester Evening News that discussions have taken place.Mourinho, who left Chelsea in December, is widely expected to be considered a contender for the role of United manager should Louis van Gaal depart Old Trafford in the summer.United offered no response to the report, the latest to link Mourinho with Van Gaal’s job.Van Gaal has a year remaining on his contract after this season, in which he has attracted considerable criticism for the defensive, slow and possession-based style he has brought to United.Rivals Manchester City announced on Monday that Bayern Munich’s former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will become their manager in the summer, and United will not want to lose ground on their neighbours. Jose Mourinho 1