OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Muguruza, Radwanska advance to Sydney International QFs Saigon’s Michael Williams. Photo from Asean Basketball LeagueFilipino-American Michael Williams lit up for Saigon as the Vietnamese club pulled off a 121-115 upset over league-leader Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League Tuesday at Southorn Stadium.Williams, a Filipino who resides in the United States, finished with almost a triple-double with 39 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, and two steals as he led the Heat to a 3-2 record and their second straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Saigon is the first team in the league to hand Hong Kong a loss with the Eastern Basketball Team dropping to 7-1.Williams, who made the game-tying triple with 31 seconds left in regulation, went on a personal 8-0 run in the final 1:08 of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, 106-106.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith the scores tied at 113-113 with 1:26 left in overtime, Williams then scored on six straight points in the extra period to effectively finish off Hong Kong.Fil-German Christian Standhardinger’s 37-point and 19-rebound night went to naught as he struggled from the free throw line going 5-of-17. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 View comments
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year For now, the Canadians and Americans know millions will be watching a game scheduled for just after noon in South Korea to allow North Americans the chance to watch some late night hockey on Valentine’s Day.Canada forward Jillian Saulnier said they try to represent the best of women’s hockey anytime they step on the ice. The Olympics only raises the stakes.“The world is watching, so for us it’s just a time to showcase our talents and skills so to be able to play against some of the best players in the world,” Saulnier said. “And some of those are on the U.S. as well, so it’s an exciting time for us.”These teams know each other very well thanks to a pre-Olympic exhibition schedule of eight games that included the Four Nations Cup. The United States won three of the first four, including two to win the Four Nations Cup title. But Canada won the final four games in December with two each in Canada and in the United States.Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game in Sochi, noted they haven’t played since Canada finalized its Olympic roster.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener PLAY LIST 01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending 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 View comments Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenix Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “So obviously it’s going to be a big change for both of the teams,” Poulin said. “So excited to play. It doesn’t matter what happened before.”Even though the United States won the inaugural gold at the 1998 Nagano Games when women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics, Canada has won each of the past four, and the Canadians are in South Korea looking to add the only medal their country expects when playing the sport they created.United States defenseman Kacey Bellamy is playing in her third Olympics and called U.S.-Canada a “great rivalry.”“Honestly, it’s exciting anytime we play them,” Bellamy said. “We’re going to give 100 percent. We have a lot of respect for each other. Once we hit the ice, it’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be fast, and we’re excited.”Canada stands at the top of Group A, despite both teams being 2-0, thanks to having scored one more goal (nine) than the Americans (eight). Both teams have allowed one goal apiece — both to Finland. Canada beat Finland by 4-1 compared to the Americans’ 3-1 win to open preliminary play.The Americans canceled practice Wednesday after beating the Russians 5-0 late Tuesday night. The Canadians practiced after their win over Finland.U.S. coach Robb Stauber has tried to keep his players focused on only one opponent at a time, trying to ignore the inevitable game with Canada until a day away.“We know we have the next game,” Stauber said. “We know that opponent very well.” Only gold will do for the United States at the Pyeongchang Games with the Americans mired in a 20-year title drought. And this will be the first time the Americans have played their biggest rival in the Olympics since Canada stunned the United States by rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win gold at the 2014 Sochi Games with a 3-2 overtime victory.Yes, the Americans have been waiting for this moment since the final horn blew in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’ve been preparing for this tournament for four years,” said Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a three-time Olympian. “The first two games we’re pretty happy with how they went. Definitely some things we can continue to get better at, but hopefully build on each and every game and be at our best when it matters.”That game is Feb. 22 when the gold medal will be up for grabs. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Players from Canada celebrate after the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Canada won 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Much more than bragging rights are on the line anytime the Americans and Canadians meet, and the Olympics offers the opportunity to showcase just how good the best in women’s hockey really are these days.No medal will be on the line Thursday. Just the top spot in the best group in pool play along with the choice of jersey color and benches for the next time they play — ideally the gold medal game.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases
Former pro Harold Arboleda dished out one of the finest individual performances in MPBL history to propel Parañaque-F2 Logistics past Cebu City-Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 81-73, on Tuesday night in the Datu Cup at Olivarez College Gym.Turning his game up a notch following the suspension of Jemal Vizcarra and the absence of injured Mac Montilla, Arboleda made all his shots on the way to a career-high 26 points, on top of 11 rebounds and six assists,,as the Patriots gained a share of top spot in the South Division with Muntinlupa and Davao Occidental.ADVERTISEMENT Arboleda, who briefly played for NLEX, knocked in five treys, two jumpshots and seven free throws for the Patriots, who rallied from an early 15-point deficit to deal the Sharks their second straight defeat of the season.The former Perpetual Help forward also helped slow down the debuting Patrick Cabahug in the middle quarters when the Patriots made headway. Cabahug still finished with 29 points, most of it coming when the outcome was already settled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think we played with a lot of energy because of the home crowd,” said Arboleda. “The team really worked hard to get the win.”Ryusei Koga, Ivan Villanueva and Robin Rono also played key roles in the victory for the Patriots, who led by 14 in the second half before the Sharks mounted a late surge that ultimately fell short. Meanwhile, Juneric Baloria fired 24 points as Pampanga notched its first win at the expense of Bacoor, 81-80.The Lanterns pulled off the feat without ex-PBA players Jimbo Aquino and Mike Juico. Aquino suffered a pulled leg muscle while Juico served a one game suspension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Ube and queso for LeBron Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 19: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz controls the ball in a NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — It’s something special when Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Dallas’ DeAndre Jordan face each other.Centers Gobert and Jordan recorded their sixth straight double-doubles in six games this season, but it was the Jazz who emerged with the win, defeating the Mavericks 113-104 in a sloppy game Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re not about our starters, we are not about our bench and we are not about any one player,” he said.Examples were second-year man Georges Niang and rookie Grayson Allen, who exceeded or equaled their NBA high point totals.Dennis Smith Jr. kept Dallas in the game with strong second-half shooting, going 9 for 12 from the field, including 7 for 7 with two 3-pointers for 16 points in the third quarter. He had 21 of his game-high and career-high-tying 27 points in the second half.Wesley Matthews scored 22, Luka Doncic added 14 and Maxi Kleber had 11 for Dallas.Jordan explained how he could have three more assists than his previous high total.“I’m up there at the top of the key a lot trying to make plays. Wes and Dennis and Harrison (Barnes) do a great job of cutting and it was easier to find those guys today.”The first quarter ended with Utah leading 26-19. Dallas shot 26 percent (6 for 23) from the field in the period.In contrast, the Jazz were 11 for 16 (69 percent) from the field in the second quarter. Nine Utah turnovers in the quarter helped Dallas stay within 50-46 at halftime.Despite Smith’s 16 points in the third quarter, the Jazz outscored Dallas 32-31.TIP-INS Dombrowski adds Red Sox title to 1997 Marlins championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Jazz: F Derrick Favors did not play because of a sore left knee. … Jae Crowder left the game after rolling an ankle. X rays were negative. … Second-year F Georges Niang had a career-high 13 points. Rookie Grayson Allen tied his NBA high with 11.Mavericks: PG Dennis Smith Jr. returned after missing a game with a sprained right ankle. … G Devin Harris missed his fifth straight game because of a strained left hamstring. Coach Rick Carlisle said Harris could return to play on Wednesday against the Lakers.TALKING A GOOD GAMEJordan, a career 45-percent free throw shooter, made all four attempts against. Utah, and is 26 for 30 (87 percent) this season. When he goes to the line now, he talks to the player lined up to his left, and then to his right, before shooting as a technique to relax and improve his concentration.BALANCEEight players tied for the scoring lead in the first quarter. Five Utah players and three Mavericks each scored four. At halftime, Jazz G Donovan Mitchell was the only player in double figures.UP NEXTJazz: Complete a four-game trip on Wednesday at MinnesotaMavericks: Begin a two-game trip at San Antonio on Monday. Gobert has had his way with the Mavericks in the past but noticed a difference since Jordan arrived in Dallas this season from the Clippers.“It makes a big difference when you have a guy that can rebound, that can protect the basket,” Gobert said. “He brings a lot of attention when he runs to the basket, so I think it changes the team for sure.”The Jazz overcame 18 turnovers and won going away after taking a five-point lead, 82-77, into the fourth quarter.Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points for Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 points and Joe Ingles had 12.Jazz coach Quin Snyder said his team doesn’t rely on any one player.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gobert finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Jordan added 12 points, 4 for 4 from the line, 19 rebounds and a career-high nine assists.“Any time you play against another top center in the league, I’m sure it’s going to be a challenge,” Jordan said. “But it’s fun, I’m a competitor and I’m sure he is too.”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 ChrissAny rivalry between them is not bitter.“It’s friendly,” Jordan said. “We’re always going to talk smack, but you know it’s just part of the game.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Dear Editor,It seems to me that our luck just keeps getting better. Exxon’s increased estimate of Guyana’s oil reserves raised the total figure by 25 per cent. That puts us at a remarkable reserve amount of more than four billion barrels of oil.Exxon’s explanation of the breakdown of activities is even more promising. Liza Phase 1 is in the process of development and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. Liza Phase 2 will be even larger, up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day, and is expected to start up in 2022. Exxon also conducted a well test on Liza-5 to explore the northern part of the field.Then there’s the Payara discovery, just above the Liza field, which has given Exxon a reason to start a third development phase, which could be brought forward some time next year. Additionally, there have been other discoveries in the Turbot and Longtail areas which could yield a fourth development.This means that in addition to huge reserves, our assets are diversified. Guyana could potentially have a total of five active developments in the near future, and with that amount of production will come a broad mix of field operators and providers bringing jobs, investment, and infrastructure. Which brings us to the real question: what does this announcement mean for Guyana and how will this benefit Guyanese?We all know that there are many ways in which Guyana could benefit from revenues and investment. Obviously, the increased reserve estimates mean even higher revenues for Guyana. Energy analysts estimate that Guyana’s Government take could reach US$15 billion annually by around 2030. This figure could be even higher if more discoveries are made. A more immediate effect, though, is Guyana going to see a massive uptick in foreign direct investment, benefiting numerous industries across all of Guyana.The urgent question is how will we use this blessing? We will have enough money to finally start critical infrastructure projects. We could improve healthcare access for many citizens. We can focus on education and ensure that Guyanese are getting the skills necessary to turn oil revenues into a lasting foundation for a diverse and sustainable economy. We can also implement the Green State Development Plan, bringing renewable energy production to all regions of Guyana.What we need now, with oil and elections looming, is a clear course of action. We have the potential to make an immediate improvement for Guyanese today. But more than that, we have an opportunity to provide a very bright future for our children. We cannot let that pass by.Sincerely,Clement Smith
PharmagateFormer Attorney GeneralAnil Nandlall… says review a futile exerciseImmediate steps must be taken to terminate the controversial drug bond contract unless both parties involved pledge their consent for modifications to be made, a review of the controversial drug bond contract, as was recommended by a Cabinet Sub-Committee, would be a pointless exercise.Former Attorney General and Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall explained that the matter is a done deal and therefore a review of the contract would be futile since there can be no alterations or modifications to the existing legally binding agreement without the consent of both the tenant (Government) and the landlord – Linden Holdings Inc, whose majority shareholder is listed as Larry Singh.Moving forward, he said nothing short of a revocation would suffice.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, when drilled by media operatives during a news briefing on Friday about the issue, was adamant that there is no need for the contract to be retendered.Critics say the announcement that a review of the contract was recommended was all but a window-dressing exercise, as was the apology.In fact, Nandlall alluded to the absurdity in establishing a Cabinet Sub-Committee to review a decision Cabinet itself had taken.“When the astonishing information regarding this rental contract was made public and the pressure began to build, Cabinet made another egregious blunder. It appointed a sub-committee of Cabinet to investigate a decision of Cabinet. It is as if Cabinet fell into a state of comatose,” he stated.Nandlall, in a statement to the media, also pointed out that the contract was in complete violation of the Procurement Act.“This contract was simply handed to the landlord in complete disregard and in violation of the Procurement Act,” he noted as he continued to expose corruption within the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration.He pointed out that the nation was told that Cabinet examined, discussed and deliberated on the contract, but found nothing wrong with its contents and thus gave its approval.However, the contract points to a number of red flags including that fact that the building owned by Linden Holdings Inc was to be used as a professional office as opposed to a warehouse for storing drugs.The contract reveals that Government might have undervalued, whether deliberately or unintentionally, the expenses it will incur in renting the bond.In addition to the $12.5 million monthly rent which will be paid to Linden Holdings Inc for usage of the building, the contract outlines that Government will pay the required Value Added Tax (VAT) to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Inclusive of VAT the rent would total $14.5 million instead of the $12.5 million that Govt was touting.The contract stipulates also that Government would be responsible for paying utility bills to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and Guyana Water Inc (GWI).While it was reported that Government made an upfront payment of $25 million to the company, it was demanded in the contract an advance of $37.5 million – representing two months rent in advance and one month’s rent as a security deposit.The Government also agreed to stand the expenses to maintain the building, including cleaning, regular and emergency repairs, the servicing of the air conditioning units, etc.The contract stipulates that if the Government fails to execute the functions within a stipulated timeframe, the landlord will take up the responsibility and all costs incurred will be recoverable from the Government as if it were rent in arrears.Moreover, it is suspected that the security deposit of $25 million paid by the Government as an advance payment for rental of the building, was used by the landlord to purchase the property.According to the contract, the landlord enjoys three secured years with a 12-month notice of termination.Nandlall noted that an investment of $25 million yielding a return of $12.5 million monthly, equivalent to $450 million in three years, makes this transaction one of the most lucrative ever conducted in the history of the country.
To curtail money laundering in Liberia, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will have to enforce four major regulations in the country.Alex Cuffy, Director and Chief Executive Officer of FIU, made the disclosure on Tuesday during the regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill, Monrovia. Financial Intelligence Unit-Liberia (FIU) is a member of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorists Financing in West Africa (GIABA), a specialized institution of ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of CFT (Counter Terrorist Financing) measures in West Africa. Regulation 1 includes dealing with cross-border transaction of currency and bearer negotiable instruments issued by FIU and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA). According to Director Cuffy, this regulation requires that all persons entering or leaving Liberia by air, land or sea must to declare currency or instruments above the threshold of US$10,000 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars. Under the regulation, he said, “All persons are obligated to provide customs officers with all relevant information or documentation to determine whether resources above the threshold being transported across the border are legitimate in origin or method of acquisition.”Regulation 2 seeks to implement United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1267 and 1373, specifically as it relates to the further distribution of and action on the United Nations list of terrorists and terrorist groups.He said it requires reporting, regulation and other entities to inform the FIU upon receipt of any customer or potential customer on the list.“Financial institutions and other entities must also screen new and potential customers and inform the FIU about any transaction or attempted transaction by a name identified on the list,” he said.Regulation 3 regards Currency Transaction Reporting (CTR) for financial institutions, while Regulation 4 is about Suspicious Transaction Reporting (STR), also for financial institutions that were issued by the FIU.Director Cuffy said the regulations on CTR and STR are to be implemented by financial institutions located throughout Liberia, and regulated by the Central Bank of Liberia.The regulation on Currency Transaction Reporting for Financial Institutions requires the mandatory filing of Cash Transactions Reports (CTRs) by financial institutions to FIU, based on the threshold of US$5,000 and above for individuals, or US$10,000 and above for businesses and institutions.He said in order to fully implement these regulations that were published on March 18 the FIU requests the general public’s fullest cooperation respecting the enforcement of these regulations.“The FIU is committed in ensuring the full implementation of these regulations as it strives to protect Liberia’s financial system from abuse of financial crimes for the enhancement of national, regional and global peace and economic stability,” he added. The FIU was created by the FIU Act of 2013, to serve as the central national agency for receiving, requesting, conducting preliminary investigation, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds from crime and properties of terrorists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 35-year-old labourer, who allegedly beat his wife mercilessly with a piece of wood on the public road last month, made his first court appearance at the Albion Magistrates’ Court, Berbice, on Friday after he was slapped with an attempted murder charge.Sunil Rajpaul, also called “Catsuit”, of the Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, was remanded to prison. He was not required to plea since the charge was an indictable charge which stated that on July 6, he attempted to murder Oma Devi Lochan.Reports are that the duo were walking along a street in Number 65 Village when an argument ensured.The prosecution is contending that it was during that confrontation that Rajpaul picked up a heavy piece of wood and began to beat Lochan. Most of the wounds inflicted upon the woman were severe and were dealt to her head.After beating his wife in public, the man then left the injured woman there and ran away from the scene. Lochan was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital by public-spirited persons, but was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital for emergency treatment.However, because of the extent of her injuries, Lochan was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further treatment.A Police report was made, but Rajpaul had gone into hiding. However, he was spotted onAugust 6 by a Police rank in New Amsterdam, Berbice, and was immediately arrested.The case will continue on September 4.
The Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club (RHTY&SC) on Friday last provided bicycles to 20 youths as part of an effort to assist them to stay in school and obtain an education.Some of the students posed with officials of the RHTY&SC and VNet CommunicationsThe donation was done under its Patron’s Fund as part of President David Granger’s 73rd birthday celebration.Sponsoring the gesture were VNet Communications Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sharaz Sherrifudeen and the 10 cricket teams of RHTY&SC.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, in his remarks at the presentation, stated that last year the Club assisted students and sports organisations with millions worth of bicycles, exercise books, cricket balls, sports gear and school bags for the RHTY&SC Patron’s 72nd birthday.The highly-successful edition of the Green Economy Cricket Tournament was also hosted with $1 million in prizes being shared out to the top winners.This year, the Berbice Cricket Board will host the second edition of the Green Economy Trophy while the RHTY&SC assist youths with school bags, cycles and cricket bats as part of its countrywide “Say Yes to Education and Sports” Campaign.President Granger, the RHTY&SC long-serving Secretary/CEO stated, has been a remarkable and inspirational Honorary Patron to every member of Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation and as such, the Club was delighted to assist youths to fulfil their potential in sports and the classroom. The RHTY&SC’s main objective, Foster stated, is to make God’s world a better place for youths, the elderly and less fortunate to live in.The students, drawn mainly from Rose Hall Town, Port Mourant, Hampshire and Williamsburg, expressed gratitude to the Club, VNet Communications and all persons and entities who joined in to assist.Meanwhile, Sherrifudeen stated that his company was quite pleased to be associated with the RHTY&SC, its cricket teams, and most importantly, to assist youths to get to school.Most of the student beneficiaries were selected by the Cricket Coaches of the RHTY&SC after attending the Club’s 28th Annual Cricket Academy while the others were nominated by schools in the township. The RHTY&SC cricket teams will next distribute cricket bats to Under-15 cricketers based on recommendations from clubs around Berbice. Persons who want to nominate youth cricketers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on 337-4562.
Bill Hughes is not about to apologize for reaching the CIF-Southern Section title game, even if tonight’s DivisionIV-AA championship between his Kaiser boys basketball team and Ontario Christian is a little bizarre. “I wasn’t involved with moving from one division to another, but I guess there was a reason why that was done,” he said. “We’re going to make the best of it.” “In the playoffs, it doesn’t matter who’s favored and who’s the underdog,” OCHS coach Scott Brummel said. “It’s just one game. You could play 10 times, but it just takes that one time.” Brummel said the Knights were aware of the small school vs. big school storyline when playing Jurupa Valley, but at this point the team is just worried about winning the first boys basketball title in school history. Kaiser is led by senior guard Hakeem Nance (17 points per game) and Daniel Sosa, who leads the team in rebounds and is second in scoring. The Knights counter with seniors Justus Jones (17 points, 10 rebounds per game) and Tyler Vanderzee (14 ppg), who have led the playoff push. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Kaiser’s Sunkist League had exhibited such poor performance in the CIF playoffs during recent years that it fell from Division 1A to 4AA under the CIF’s redivisioning plan. That new plan emphasizes league performance as opposed to school size. As a result, the big Fontana public school will face the little Ontario private school that could. Kaiser (18-12) finished second in its league and was given the No. 10 seed. Once in the playoffs, the Cats’ road to the finals was paved with four small private schools. Hughes said playing against D1 and D2 competition in the preseason helped prepare the Cats for a playoff run. Ontario Christian (23-5) won the Christian League and earned the No. 2 seed. The Knights already have beaten a school larger than Kaiser – Jurupa Valley – by 14 points en route to the title game. This title game (8:15 p.m. at Colony HS) has been a local curiosity thanks to the unusual pairing. Kaiser has 2,605 students – nearly six times Ontario Christian’s 440-student enrollment. As a general rule in high school athletics, the bigger schools usually win out because they have a larger talent pool from which to draw.