On the other hand, the Hummingbirds’ top shooter, Thristina Harwood, who netted 38 goals from 48 attempts in game one, said they are very determined to close out the series today. “I know that the St Ann Orchids are going to come out very strong for the second game but come Thursday, I will be ready,” said Harwood. “I know for sure that there won’t be a game three because I am going to play my all out and so Kingston Hummingbirds will come out victorious at the end,” she said. Harwood is expected to receive support from national representatives Stacian Facey, Shamera Sterling, Mellissa Wright and Tracey-Ann Robinson. The Marvette Anderson-coached Hummingbirds, who won the title in 2014, are seeking their second hold on the island’s premier netball trophy. The game is set to start at 7:30 pm. Determined Janet Guy, coach of the St Ann Orchids, says that her team must execute in all four quarters in order to level their best-of-three finals in the Berger Elite League against the Kingston Hummingbirds, this evening at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology. The Orchids trail one-nil in the series after they were beaten 57-43 by the Hummingbirds in game one at the same venue last Thursday. Guy said they have made some adjustments in training and are very determined to win tonight’s game. “It must be a win for the Orchids,” she said. “We have to step up to the game, and we will try to look at how we can get the centre pass into the goal circle convert them. We also have to find a way to steal their centre pass and capitalise on them,” Guy added. The veteran coach added that she is expecting what she describes as a very tough game from the Hummingbirds, but she is confident that they will come out on top. “It is up to the girls now to go out there and execute, but I am looking forward to a competitive game because it is game two,” Guy said. “Adean (Thomas) is back with us after her eye poke, and I am also hoping that our shooting team executes for us,” she said. Along with Thomas, the Orchids will be depending heavily on the likes of Sabrina Spence, who is the competition’s leading scorer, former national captain Simone Forbes, Shanice Beckford and Althea Byfield, to lead their charge to victory.
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Baldwin commends Ateneo’s effort, but ‘we just didn’t make shots’ PBA IMAGESMagnolia pulled away early to cruise to a 133-99 whipping of Blackwater for their fourth consecutive win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.Romeo Travis notched 22 points and 12 rebounds while Jio Jalalon recorded his first career triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists with only one turnover in close to 24 minutes off the bench as the Hotshots rose to solo second with a 6-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Before this game, we were worried about Blackwater. We know they’re playing at a high level and we had to match if not surpass their effort and desire,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero in Filipino.“I’m happy and proud of my players because they always respond to my challenges. Our game plan against their import and locals were executed and we dictated the tempo of the game from the start.”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 Hotshots went on a 23-7 tear in the last seven minutes of the opening period and never let up.Paul Lee added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for Magnolia, which shot 56 percent from the field and led by as much as 38. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 “I’m happy with our record but we can’t be contented,” said Victolero, who is bracing for another streaking team in Alaska next.Elite import Henry Walker had 27 points and 18 rebounds before getting tossed after picking up two technical fouls with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter.Blackwater slid into a tie in fourth place with Phoenix at 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT
Following a robbery spree carried out in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, an Albouystown man was slapped with multiple charges as he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Adrian Daily, 37, of Lot 30 King Edward Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that on June 24, at Aubrey Barker Road, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Elizabeth Barclay of 0,000; Tiffany Blanhum of one cellphone valued ,000; Temika Wells of one Samsung Galaxy cellphone valued ,000 and one gold chain valued ,000; and Shem Kai Rum of 30 GTT and 30 Digicel phone cards. On the same day, he is accused of robbing Lui Hui Jum and Iana Daniels; however, what was taken from them was not stated in court.The Prosecutor objected to bail due to the gravity of the offence and the penalty attached. The Prosecutor also informed the court that additional charges are to be laid against the defendant. He was remanded to prison and will return to court on July 18.
THE DAY of my execution arrived and I was ready for the journey. Alone I had rehearsed the four most beautiful hymns that I needed before the end of my life and it had given me so much hope that anyone seeing me would not believe that I was a condemned man. The four songs were ‘Farther Along (By and By), Be Still My Soul, How Tedious And Tasteless The Hours Is, and the fourth one was Lord Give Me A New Day. The first stanza of the lyrics of Be Still My Soul went like this:Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.Leave to thy God to order and provide;In every change, He faithful will remain.Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly FriendThrough thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Outside the Monrovia press had been making brisk business about my final execution. Some of the newspapers ran large banner headlines that screamed my last journey. Some said: CONVICTED KILLER BOWARD TO DIE; THE END OF A KILLER; and KILLER’S DAUGHTERS BEG FOR MERCY. One of the paper’s that delighted in sensationalism, with a bid of scorn, ran an editorial that went like this: Deserving Last Day‘In the end we are thrilled that James Boward will see the end of the journey he began. Ending his own life on a ladder must serve him a lesson, if after he is gone, he could learn from the pain that a woman who loved him went through.‘It is not often times when a woman has done all she can for the comfort of a man that the fool in him would turn against the very breast that provided him milk.‘For all we know, James Boward has been a wanderer, moving from place to place and country to country only to be rescued by the good heart of a woman, whose only crime was living him. Though we feel it would be a worthy lesson to keep the convicted murderer in jail for the rest of his life, but knowing that there could be a possible chance for some leaders in the future to set him free, and for him to enjoy the life that the woman who had loved him, could not enjoy, because of his cowardice, the idea he was to be hanged is an encouraging reprieve for us. ‘We know Mrs. Boward would not come back. We know her absence has created a huge vacuum and we also know that her two children, by the end of the hanging would become orphans. ‘It may seem cruel for justice to demand the life of the only parent available but the children would not appreciate in the end the news that it was their father who denied the love of the mother they once loved. ‘We are in sympathy with the children but we cannot share any tear for James Boward, for having had his days in court before his peers, we can only wish him adios, Jimmy.’ It was evident that I had no sympathy in the media. Murder was a serious business and anyone found involved was condemned to be taken out of the living. I contented myself with what had happened in the last couple of weeks and was convinced that even if I was put to death, as a retribution for my former wife’s murder, there could be justice somewhere for me, and my wife in the great beyond. I was not particularly fond of the idea that I had to die, for I exhausted the little effort and finances at my disposal. What I had left was the future of my children that cried out to the president of Liberia to have mercy on me. That cry, as far as I was concerned, had come and gone and it was time for me to go. Five special police officers came to me and rushed me into a waiting police jeep and it sped towards the famous South Beach where several government officials were executed by a military junta in the 1980s. I had come to this particular area since the famous Barrack Young Controllers had built a mini-football stadium there. The officers did not utter a word as the jeep raced to my destination. I could not see outside as the jeep’s sped windows were all rolled up and locked. In about three minutes we arrived at the destination and my heart leaped in my mouth, meaning fear of death began to take me captive. Upon arrival, Pastor Weagba was waiting for me, and he rushed to my side, as soon he saw me. However, one of the police officers violently pushed the old man away, and he lost his balance and went down. I screamed but I could do nothing else. Another police officer hurriedly went to the old man’s rescue and later lifted his Holy Bible, after it had fallen, and was open in the middle. With some difficulty the old man rose, and moved towards me, and grinning, said, “My son, today the Lord shall show you His love.” His voice was cool and reassuring and it sent a smile across my face. I knew it was too late, but then I realized that with God all things were possible. But questions flooded my mind: What did the old pastor mean? Had he seen some vision about my release? If yes, how could that be? True, it was not for me to doubt what God had revealed to His servant and therefore I kept my posture and followed the instructions of the officer nearest to me. Of course, there was a large gathering of people that did not want to be left out of the drama and therefore I swept my eyes across the multitude to at least take a glance at my children but it was no avail. Remembering the old pastor’s reassuring message, I began to sing the song, Lord Give Me A New Day, because yesterday brought me lots of problems. By now the time was up and the chief warder walked me directly under the machine that was supposed to kill me. That moment was tense and I began to lose my grip on any hope of being physically saved. I began to sing the first two stanzas of the hymn ‘How Tedious And Tasteless The Hour Is.’ I sang the first and second stanzas: How tedious and tasteless the hoursWhen Jesus I no longer see;Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flowers,Have all lost their sweetness to me;The midsummer sun shines but dim,The fields strive in vain to look gay.But when I am happy in Him,December’s as pleasant as May.His Name yields the richest perfume,And sweeter than music His voice;His presence disperses my gloom,And makes all within me rejoice.I should, were He always thus nigh,Have nothing to wish or to fear;No mortal as happy as I,My summer would last all the year. I waited for the time. My hands were already bound behind me and all the formalities had been concluded but then I saw Pastor Weagba making his way through the officers and coming towards my position. I was confused because he had completed his prayers and had called on the Lord to show His mightiness. My mind was still in such a confused state, when the pastor, smiling reached me with his two hands to embrace me. “The Lord has done it,” the pastor said, “you are free my son the president has announced your pardon.” I fainted.The EndShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…seems to be “technically sound” – Jagdeo…raises concerns about structure of deptPresident David Granger has confirmed that Environmental Economist Dr Mark Bynoe’s appointment to Head the Department of Energy came into effect from this month. On Thursday, the President said Dr Bynoe’s appointment was gazetted as of August 1, 2018.He has defended making this appointment by saying that the new appointee’s intelligence and experience would be assets as Guyana gets ready to capitalise on the oil industry.He made these comments on the sidelines of an event at State House on Thursday.This follows the announcement this past January that the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP) is taking over responsibility for the petroleum sector from theDr Mark BynoeNatural Resources Ministry, headed by subject minister Raphael Trotman.However, Dr Bynoe’s nomination to the post did not come without criticisms, as concerns were raised that he was not experienced in the oil and gas sector, nor was the position advertised.The Head of State was questioned on these matters, but he brushed aside such criticisms. “We decided on a person who is experienced, not necessarily in petroleum, but who has the intelligence and the experience to find people who are experienced and who can administer that important industry. We know he doesn’t know everything, but he know where to find people who know enough to make that sector function, and we believe he is the fit and proper person to do that,” the President outlined.The President explained that under a 4-phase programme, Dr Bynoe will find and manage experts to oversee the sector, which includes granting oil concessions and licences.Dr. Byone’s experience includes managing the Project Development and Management Unit of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre that was based in the Central American Caricom member State of Belize. His qualifications include a doctorate in Environmental Economics from England’s University of East Anglia, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Resource Management from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.President Granger noted that the department is currently under the first phase, which will deal with administration. He added that Government will now look at financing and legislation, as the department’s set up moves towards functionality and “rationalization,” as some Government departments will be transferred under the Energy Department.The President has said he is working with a September timeframe to start implementation.“We have to advertise for experts all over the world,” he noted.Opposition positionOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday commented on the issue as well. Speaking to reporters from his Church Street, Georgetown office during his weekly press conference, Jagdeo said the Opposition has not been privy to Dr Bynoe’s curriculum vitae (CV). He, however, posited that from his brief interactions with the official, Dr Bynoe seems to be “technically sound”.“I have not studied his CV; we’re not required to. They didn’t ask us about it, so I don’t know if he has the skill set to manage the department… If he does not have the skill set, then we will have a problem,” Jagdeo opined.Jagdeo indicated that his present concern is that very little is known about the structure of the department, especially as it relates to the Petroleum Commission Bill, which is pending in Parliament.“We know very little about the structure of the department…its mandate, and how it will conflict with, or compliment, the Petroleum Commission… What will be the responsibility of this department… What will be the responsibility of the Petroleum Commission, because that is supposed to be a part of the technical body…How much political involvement (will be involved)?” he questioned.Earlier this year, when Minister Trotman handed over the oil-and-gas sector via Cabinet’s decision to establish the new department, Government was adamant that he was not stripped of his responsibilities in the oil and gas sector. Trotman at that time was appointed head of the task force which was responsible for submitting to Cabinet a proposal on how the Department of Energy would be structured and staffed.However, the changes followed calls to have the subject minister removed from his post as minister after the discovery that Government initially deposited US$18 million in a private account in the Central Bank, which it received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus. That money was later transferred overseas, which saw it accumulating interest. Trotman had also been criticised for his handling of the oil contract.
Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Friday said there is hope for people living with disabilities, as they, too, have the ability to shape their own future, especially if the opportunities are made available to them.She was delivering feature remarks at the closing ceremony of a two-week capacity building programme for orthotic and prosthetic technicians at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre. The workshop was organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), and the Public Health Ministry, and was facilitated by United States-based non-profit organisation Prosthetika.Over the past two weeks, 25 transtibial, transfemoral, congenital and bilateral amputees were evaluated and fitted with the prosthesis; a move that brought life-changing experiences to the recipients. The prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices were all made by the technicians at the centre. The recipients range from age 18 to age 65.“For far too long, this section of persons with disabilities have been stigmatised, to the point that persons themselves with disabilities deem themselves worthless and failures of society,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying. She added that the mindset of persons must change.“We in society have to first accept that these people are not stowaways; that they are humans too, and they still can make a contribution to society. So kudos to all of you who have been fitted!” she declared.Chairperson of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, Col. Randolph Storm, said the capacity training was very much needed at the organisation. Local technicians are now capable of providing improved services to the communities they serve. The workshop, he said, played an integral role in the institute’s mission of providing specialised rehabilitative care for persons throughout Guyana.“Because we are aware of our impact on the lives of these persons, we constantly strive to meet the needs of our clients and patients with the acquisition of new technology.”The rehabilitation centre hopes that a similar training will be held in 2019.
…as traditional pillars return horrendous performancesGuyana’s mining sector continues to be the boon for the economy as the traditional pillars of the economy continue to perform disastrously with under-performance by as much as 30 per cent of what was projected in certain sectors.This is outlined in the 2016 Mid-Year Report presented to the National Assembly on Monday by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.Gold has since recorded its highest production ever in Guyana’s history, returning a whopping 322,493 ounces for the first half of the year. This has since prompted the Ministry to revise it 2016 projections for gold to an anticipated 650,000 ounces.The mining and quarrying sector grew by 65.7 per cent during the first half of 2016 which Minister Jordan said was, “buoyed by significant growth in the gold industry and improved performance in the bauxite industry.”In fact, gold as an isolated activity saw an increase in production of 94.3 per cent over the corresponding period last year.The performance of the sector was credited to improved oversight of the industry and granting of concessions.The bauxite industry as an isolated sector delivered a creditable performance, with a 3 per cent growth. The ‘other mining and quarrying sector,’ grew by 13.9 per cent, “mainly driven by a 16.7 per cent growth in the diamond industry.This was the extent of the positive news in the Finance Minister’s 2016 mid-year report on the performance of Guyana’s economy during the course of the year.The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has once again recorded a dismal performance during the first half of the year.According to the Finance Minister’s report, the Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry sectors collectively, declined by 10 per cent over the previous year.Minister Jordan has since reported that sugar recorded a disappointing 56,645 tonnes which is 30 per cent below what was projected for 2016.The Finance Ministry has since blamed the significant shortfall as being mainly due to the severe El Niño dry spell.“This combined with the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s inability to irrigate the fields coupled with delays in the acquisition of fertilizer and fertilizer application further compromised the quality of canes harvested,” Jordan reported.The industry has since had to revise its projections downwards to 218,188 tonnes, as against the original projection of 231,145 for the year.The rice sector also continues to return less than desired results. According to the Finance Minister, this sector also declined by a whopping 26 per cent compared with the same period last year. Rice production for the first half of the year was recorded at 265,818 tonnes.The Finance Ministry has also identified the culprit for the dismal performance of the rice sector as the EL Niño dry spell. Early rains were also said to be due in part, for further losses which was also compounded by delayed payments by millers.Production for 2016 has since been revised downwards from 687,784 to 600,000. The loss of the Venezuelan rice market continues to have a nagative impact on the industry since, according to Minister Jordan, “the industry is emerging from a price structure that was artificially inflated by the Venezuelan market.”Minister Jordan in his report documents a 0.8 per cent growth in the livestock sector while the fisheries sector grew by 2.1 per cent and the ‘other crops sector’ also grew by 2.0 per cent.A dismal performance were recorded in manufacturing which, according to Minister Jordan, contracted by 14.1 per cent during the first half of this year, largely as a result of the decline in the output of rice and sugar.The finance minister reported that the financial and insurance industries grew by 5.9 per cent.“Noteworthy performances occurred in the other services category due to the Jubilee celebrations. This resulted in an increase of 102 per cent in visitor arrivals in May 2016.”The minister has since estimated that the spending stimulated over the period by the additional visitors resulted in increased activity in the hospitality sector including hotels, restaurants and craft markets, to name a few.He noted however that that wholesale and retail trade, and construction, which amounts for approximately a third of the sector contacted by 11.3 and 7.5 per cent, respectively.The minister in his report have since conceded that the positive growth in the mining sector and some subsectors served to partially offset the below par performances of the agriculture, construction, and wholesale and retail sectors.The ministry has since revised downwards Guyana’s overall growth rate for the year to 4.0 per cent from the anticipated 4.4 per cent at the beginning of the year.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A new support program for people living with chronic pain is coming to Fort St. John.Pain B.C. is launching a new, free program to help people living with chronic pain in Fort St. John.According to Pain B.C., one in five British Columbians experience a severe form of chronic pain.- Advertisement -Executive Director of Pain B.C., Maria Hudspith, says there is a huge need for pain care and support in B.C. and hopes that these support groups provide the resources needed to manage pain.“There is a huge need for accessible pain care and support in B.C. We hope these groups will give British Columbians with pain the hope, support, and resources they need to manage their pain.”The Fort St. John Pain Support and Wellness Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Advertisement Funding for this program has been provided by ICBC’s Community Grants program.For more information, you can visit painbc.ca/supportgroups.
The victims’ bodies were taken to the Jefferson County coroner’s office in Golden, 30 miles east of here. Clear Creek County Coroner Don Allan did not return a message on when the autopsies will be conducted. The men, whose bodies were found scattered along a 200-foot length of the 12-foot-wide pipe, didn’t have any burn marks, indicating that they probably died from the smoke and fumes from the chemical fire, Undersheriff Stu Nay said. Nay said the blaze erupted while they were coating the tunnel with a mixture of paint and epoxy. The mixture is kept in a hopper to warm it up so will flow through a sprayer. Nay said the workers were having problems spraying it so they added a solvent to the hopper and the hopper’s heating element inadvertently turned on, igniting the vapors. When the fire broke out Tuesday, the five workers scrambled past a bulkhead used to keep their work area dry. They radioed to their co-workers that they were OK, except for minor injuries, but fire blocked their downhill escape route. The steep 55-degree incline of the tunnel above them kept them trapped more than 1,500 feet below the ground. Then the radio went dead. GEORGETOWN, Colo. – Authorities believe smoke and fumes from a chemical fire likely killed five California workers trapped in an underground pipeline at a hydroelectric plant, and they expect it will take months to investigate the cause. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board were focusing Thursday on conditions inside the confined space and what type of protection and safety training the maintenance crew had, among other things, OSHA spokesman Rich Kulczewski said. Donald Dejaynes, 43, Dupree Holt, 37, James St. Peters, 52, Gary Foster, 48, and Anthony Aguirre, 18, died Tuesday at Xcel Corp.’s Cabin Creek power plant in the Rockies near Georgetown. All of the men were from California. Family members arrived in Georgetown on Thursday; they declined to comment when approached by reporters in a hotel lobby. Hopeful that it was an equipment malfunction, officials lowered breathing masks and air tanks to the men while they planned to attack the fire from the bottom end of the tunnel. Nay said Wednesday he wasn’t sure if the men would have seen the masks and tanks because of the smoke. By the time emergency crews reached the workers, about a half-mile from the tunnel’s bottom exit six hours later, they were dead. “It’s the degree of the climb and it was probably slick and there wasn’t any way they could make it past (the bulkhead) that much,” Nay said. Authorities defended their rescue efforts, saying smoke, the complexities of the 4,000-foot tunnel’s design and uncertainties about the dangers delayed their entrance into the tunnel after the men for more than 3 hours after the blaze broke out. Nay said one crew did go in about 1 hours after the fire broke out but had to turn back because of the thick smoke. Large fans were turned at the bottom of the tunnel to draw out smoke. “We didn’t know what was causing the fire, what was feeding the fire,” Nay said. Nine employees of RPI Coating of Santa Fe Springs, had been sealing the inside of the pipe to prevent corrosion, a routine procedure that followed an annual inspection. Two others were working outside. Four workers escaped from the tunnel, which delivers water from a reservoir to turbines that generate electricity at the plant 30 miles west of Denver. Xcel Energy is coordinating its own investigation into the fire with OSHA, spokeswoman Ethnie Groves said. It wasn’t known how long plant operations might be affected. Maintenance originally had been scheduled to last until mid-November. — On the Net: http://www.xcelenergy.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!