Helpers loot P473K worth of jewelry

first_imgBACOLOD City – Jewelry worth P473,500 were allegedly stolen by two persons in a house in Barangay 9, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.Bernadine Genova complained of having been robbed to police around 5 p.m. on May 7. Police identified the suspects as Albert Vicente, 20, of Barangay San Antonio, Himamaylan City and Analyn Masola, 20, of Barangay Tan-awan, Kabankalan City – both helpers of Genova.Recovered from the suspects’ possession were a diamond ring, two pairs of pearl earrings, a necklace, and six watches. They allegedly took them around 8 a.m. the same day.Vicente and Masola were brought to the Kabankalan City police station./PNlast_img read more

Misbah and Younis did more than serve Pakistan; they served cricket

first_imgBy Andy Bull‘A fine journey with him in the middle’SOME retirements leave you feeling older all of a sudden, as if time has just moved on in a leap. There were two such on Sunday night.Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan played their final games, a Test against West Indies at Windsor Park in Dominica.Younis is the last great batsman of his generation to go. Thirty men scored 4 000 runs in Test cricket in the 2000s. Among the other 29, you can still catch Chris Gayle swishing sixes in franchise cricket, see Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene on the county circuit.The rest are retired, have become coaches, commentators, administrators. Younis, who made his debut in 2000, was the only one still playing Tests. We are not on the brink of the new era anymore but so far into it the one just gone is a business only for historians.Of course they finished together. Younis and Misbah were one of the great partnerships. They started late, because Misbah became a regular member of the team only in 2009 when he was 34 but still scored more runs together than any other pair of Pakistan batsmen.In the long history of Test cricket, only two pairs scored as many runs in partnership at such a high average. Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe were one, Justin Langer and Ricky Ponting the other.Then it is Misbah and Younis, 3 213 altogether, at 68.36. After Allah, his wife and his children, Younis was the one Misbah wanted to thank in his farewell speech. “It was a very fine journey with him in the middle,” he said. “My name will come with his and be remembered in history.”Younis was one of the finest players Pakistan have had, the first to score 10 000 Test runs, the first to score more than 30 Test centuries, his batting characterised by his bloody-minded determination to be “the last man standing” as he once put it, the one who “comes in and takes everything on his chest” when things get hard for the team. Younis was as tough as they come.He scored five centuries in the fourth innings, more than any other player in history. Since he started, Pakistan have won 28 Tests away from home, outside of the UAE. And in the 24 of those matches he played in, Younis scored 2 826 runs at 94.20, with 10 centuries. Steve Waugh is the only player with an away record anything like it.Then there is Misbah, a player who was pretty much the Pakistan Cricket Board’s last choice to be captain, who has led the team to so many firsts, mosts and onlys. Misbah, who won more Tests than any other Pakistan captain. Misbah, who never lost a home series. Misbah, who became the only captain in history whose team whitewashed England and Australia.Misbah yoked himself so tightly to the needs of the team his career seemed to become one long exercise in self-abnegation. He batted so slow they called him “Tuk Tuk” but who also scored, one carefree day, the fastest 50 in Test cricket and tied Viv Richards’ record for the fastest ton.If it had not been for Younis, Misbah would not have become captain. And if it had not been for Misbah, Younis would not have become Pakistan’s greatest batsman. The captaincy was meant to be Younis’s. He was groomed for it by the PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan. He picked Younis to be Inzamam-ul-Haq’s deputy early in 2005.When the time came for him to take over, before the Champions Trophy in 2006, he refused to do it. He said he did not want to be a “dummy captain” and, though he never said it in public, the problem was that the selectors had insisted on picking Faisal Iqbal when Younis wanted Misbah instead. In 2007, when Inzamam stepped down, Younis refused the job again, because he was so upset by the fallout from the World Cup.“I am still hurt and upset at the sort of hostile reception we have got on our return,” Younis said. “When your family gets threatening calls and our effigies are burnt and our pictures put on donkeys, I can’t lead the team in such circumstances.”He finally took on the job in 2009 and won the World T20 that same year. He quit again after he was falsely accused of fixing by a Pakistani politician and his own players turned against him.He even began to suspect they were deliberately losing matches out of spite. In 2010 he was banned for life, part of a cack-handed effort by the PCB to clean up its team. It meant he missed their infamous tour of England that summer.(The Guardian).last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse at Marquette breakdown

first_img Comments Beat writer predictionsTony OliveroMarquette 73, Syracuse 69Everything that could have gone wrong for this Syracuse team since its 18-0 start has gone wrong. It’s a true time of reflection, and against maybe the most overachieving team in the conference, the team that may be underachieving the most won’t have the mental fortitude on the road.Andrew L. JohnMarquette 76, Syracuse 73Seton Hall may have been the wake-up call Syracuse needed, but Marquette sees blood in the water.Brett LoGiuratoMarquette 81, Syracuse 72Panic. Spelled B-O-E-H-E-I-M. Point GuardScoop Jardine6-2, 190, JR.12.9 PPG, 5.6 APGDwight BuycksAdvertisementThis is placeholder text6-3, 190, SR.10.7 PPG, 3.9 APGBuycks is a steady senior point guard who has a 1.82 assist-to-turnover ratio. That doesn’t best Jardine’s 2.0 ratio, but heading into this game, Jardine has looked like anything but a seasoned point guard.Shooting GuardBrandon Triche6-4, 205, SO.10.3 PPG, 3.1 APGDarius Johnson-Odom6-2, 215, JR.16.5 PPG, 2.7 APGIt doesn’t get any easier for the top of the Orange’s 2-3 zone after Jeremy Hazell shredded it Tuesday. Johnson-Odom is perhaps the most underrated guard in the conference, and his slashing will test Triche and Scoop Jardine’s defensive will early.Small ForwardKris Joseph6-7, 210, JR.15.1 PPG, 4.9 RPGJimmy Butler6-7, 220, JR.15.5 PPG, 6.4 RPGButler led the Golden Eagles with 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 100 percent shooting from the line in the tough loss to Connecticut Tuesday. He is the do-everything player who will log 33 to 38 minutes.Power ForwardRick Jackson6-9, 240, SR.13.1 PPG, 11.8 RPGJae Crowder6-6, 225, JR.13.0 PPG, 6.9 RPGCrowder could be the Golden Eagles’ X-factor against the SU zone, finding seams everywhere from the 3-point line to the block. He is a jack-of-all-trades who shoots 41 percent from 3, yet he hauls in seven rebounds per game.CenterFab Melo7-0, 44, FR.2.1 PPG, 1.9 RPGChris Otule6-11, 260, SO.4.8 PPG, 2.5 RPGOtule is one of the Big East’s young starting centers who most closely resemble Melo. He only plays about 14 minutes per game, but in those minutes the sophomore does much more than Melo, averaging close to five points per game on 60 percent shooting.CoachJim Boeheim848-296, 34 seasonsBuzz Williams74-45, 3 seasonsWilliams is 0-2 vs. Boeheim, but he has found a way of holding his own during his time in the Big East. He’s 27-17 in the conference since taking over prior to the 2008-09 season and has had success against some of the top teams in the league.Free throws• Saturday’s game will be played on National Marquette Day, a day designated for fans to show off their Marquette pride.• Marquette is 0-5 vs. Syracuse since joining the Big East prior to the 2005 season. Since then, the Golden Eagles have beaten Big East powers Connecticut, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, West Virginia and Villanova.• Marquette’s four leading scorers have shot 108-of-269 (40 percent) from 3-point range this season. Syracuse has struggled to stop shooters during its current losing streak.Stat to know: 2006The last year Syracuse lost four consecutive games. SU will try to break its three-game losing skid against Marquette.Big number: 22The margin by which Marquette beat then-No. 11 Notre Dame inside the Bradley Center on Jan. 10. Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

School of Pharmacy adds new degree

first_imgPhoto from USC School of Pharmacy websiteThe USC School of Pharmacy launched a new bachelor’s of science degree in pharmacology and drug development starting this semester.The major primarily focuses on clinical pharmacology and will teach students about the basic receptor targets in the human body, how pharmaceutical drugs act on those targets and how one should think about a patient.The major was developed by Daryl Davies, a professor at the School of Pharmacy, and will make USC one of only five universities nationwide to offer an undergraduate program in pharmacology.Davies says that although many students are thoroughly prepared in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, they do not understand how to utilize all of these sciences when considering a patient.“We didn’t have a solid major that trained students how drugs worked in the body, why we need prescription drugs, why a particular dose works well in one person, but not well in another, why we have side effects and why is it that thousands of people die every year from drug-drug interactions and improperly prescribed drugs,” Davies said.The pharmacology degree intends to arm its students with the necessary skills for a future in their desired field.“The new major is designed to prepare USC undergraduates for advanced clinical training in health-related fields including pharmacy, medicine and dentistry,” said Michele Keller, the director of communications for the School of Pharmacy, in an e-mail to the Daily Trojan. “It will also lead to new opportunities for students who are considering careers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.”Some undergraduates students have already taken the opportunity to switch into the new major. Annie Xie, a sophomore who recently switched into the pharmacology program from biology, believes that the program is suitable for students with a wide variety of aspirations.“I think USC students might be interested to know that the pharmacology and drug development major is not exclusive to pre-pharmacy students,” Xie said. “I think that all future clinicians — doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists — could benefit from the classes offered in this major.”After graduation, Xie hopes to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy at USC, and she believes her major will thoroughly prepare her for the next step in her career.The new program also offers a number of new courses designed specifically for non-science majors, such as “Pharmacology and Sociology of Drug Abuse” and “21st Century Medical Issues and the Law.”last_img read more

Battle for places on Tipp team

first_imgTipp supporters can look forward to seeing a fresh, re-energised Tipperary team to face Westmeath tomorrow evening.The Leinster side travel to Semple stadium to face the Premier in the first round of the hurling qualifiers.Following in the wake of the disappointing 1-26 to 2-27 defeat suffered at the hands of Cork in a Munster quarter-final five weeks ago, Tipp have given championship debuts to goalkeeper Daragh Mooney and defenders Tomás Hamill and Joe O’Dwyer. Former Tipp hurling manager and Tipp FM analyst Ken Hogan says the starting 15 will be hoping to hold on to their jerseys for the rest of the championship.Throw-in is at 5 o’clock tomorrow evening at Semple and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Spar Express, Maxol Filling Station, Turtulla. Thurles.last_img read more

Robin van Persie feeling terrible after Holland lose to Turkey

first_imgTurkey dealt a hammer blow to already faint Dutch chances of qualifying for Euro 2016 with a 3-0 home victory on Sunday which left the Netherlands in fourth place in Group A.First-half goals by Oguzhan Ozyakup and Arda Turan put the hosts in charge and 85th minute effort by Burak Yilmaz sealed the points for Turkey who moved two points above the Dutch into third spot.Last week’s shock loss at home to Iceland had already left the Netherlands in real danger of missing their first European Championship for three decades, but if manager Danny Blind was hoping for an immediate response from his players he would have been disappointed.It was another desperately laboured performance and they rarely looked like dragging themselves themselves back into the game after falling behind.With the Czech Republic winning to move ahead of Iceland, who play Kazakhstan later, the Netherlands can no longer finish in the top two and will have to win both of their last two games to have any chance of a playoff spot.Holland striker Robin van Persie admitted to feeling terrible after Sunday’s 3-0 Group A defeat to Turkey, but vowed to ensure victory in their final two games. Realistically, Holland not only need to win their games against bottom-side Kazakhstan and table-toppers the Czech Republic, they also hope that other results go their way.Overall, their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign has not at all gone to plan – four defeats in eight – with new coach Danny Blind’s first game resulting in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland last Thursday.On Sunday, Arda Turan inspired the Turks in his 57-minute spell on the field. A first-half blitz saw him set up a goal for Oguzhan Ozyakup and score one himself.A disappointed Van Persie, speaking to Dutch outlet NOS after the game, said qualification was no longer in the team’s hands and added: “It’s terrible. I think that’s really awful. “This whole qualification scenario looks very difficult, but we still have opportunities. We need to continue until the end anyway and win the last two games.”Burak Yilmaz rounded off the victory for Turkey with the third goal five minutes from time, with Van Persie, who had linked up well with the likes of Memphis Depay and Wesley Sneijder, saying: “Does this hurt? I guess you could say so, yes.”In the first half we had control despite the two unfortunate moments. We were good on the ball and created chances.”Daley Blind was the guilty man for Turkey’s second goal, as he had failed to control a throw-in before Arda managed to muscle himself through and slot past Jasper Cillessen.The Manchester United player’s father and coach Danny said: “We sell ourselves short by giving goals away so easily. “At the wrong times, in the early stages, we made mistakes. I had hoped that we would be better on the day.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Hawks beat Celtics, Spurs crush Grizzlies

first_imgATLANTA (AP):Atlanta and San Antonio took imposing 2-0 leads in their opening-round playoff series with emphatic victories over Boston and Memphis on Tuesday night.The Hawks held the Celtics to the lowest-scoring first quarter in the playoffs since the NBA went to the shot clock, building a 21-point lead and holding on despite an ugly shooting performance of their own for an 89-72 victory and a strong hold on their Eastern Conference series.Al Horford and Kyle Korver led Atlanta with 17 points apiece, but this game was essentially decided in the first 12 minutes.The Hawks started nine of 13 from the field, knocking down six from beyond the three-point arc. Korver made four from long range, a big turnaround from a one-of-10 performance in Game One that didn’t include any threes. Atlanta led 24-3 just 6 1/2 minutes into the game.Even after failing to score the rest of the period, the Hawks still led 24-7 heading to the second.Shaking off a dismal performance in the playoff opener, Korver swished four three-pointers in the opening minutes to propel Atlanta to a stunning 21-point lead before many fans had settled into their seats. There wasn’t much doubt after that.MISSED SHOTS”We all have pride, right?” said Korver, who went one of 10 on Saturday and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. “I wanted to come out and play better the second game.”As good as Korver and the Hawks were in the early going, this one will be remembered more for the Celtics’ grisly start.”I don’t know what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder, looking a bit shell-shocked after scoring just two points on one-of-nine shooting. “But we’ve got to change something.”Crowder had plenty of company in his shooting misery.Boston star Isaiah Thomas was held to 16 points on four-of-15 shooting, going one of six beyond the arc. Marcus Smart stepped in for the injured Avery Bradley and went one of 11, also making just one of six from three-point range. The Celtics finished at 32 per cent overall (28 of 88), five of 28 from long range.Game Three is tomorrow night in Boston.San Antonio were even more impressive than the Hawks in beating the Grizzlies 94-68. Patty Mills had 16 points, Kawhi Leonard added 13 and San Antonio never trailed in sweeping the first two games.last_img read more

E-Government and Open Government: The Path toward E-Democracy

first_imgver the years, Liberia has made strides in every sector especially in ICT sector. As a result these strides, we have adopted comprehensive e-government and open government programs that involve the use of the internet and its technologies to enable traditional government processes and practices for enhancement of democracy. Many people argue that both e-government and open government are the same. But this is not entirely so. There is a fundamental difference between both of them: e-government gravitates toward service delivery while open government gravitates toward information sharing in a more participative and collaborative way. In this article I discuss e-government and open government. I provide some insight on their origin in the USA and then on move on to discuss Liberia’s involvement with both initiatives. First, let’s provide a definition of both e-government and open government. Electronic Government or E-Government is defined by the World Bank as “the use by government agencies of information technologies that have the ability to transform relations with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government. These technologies can serve a variety of different ends: better delivery of government services to citizens, improved interactions with business and industry, citizen empowerment through access to information, or more efficient government management. The resulting benefits can be less corruption, increased transparency, greater convenience, revenue growth, and/or cost reductions.E-Government offers the potential of increased convenience to the public by making such services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, coupled with the advantages of improved accuracy and also reduced cost to the government, deriving from its requiring little or no direct interaction with a government employee.Open Government is defined by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) as “the transparency of government actions, the accessibility of government services and information, and the responsiveness of government to new ideas, demands and needs.” Open Government is a result of President Barack Obama’s use of the Internet and Social Media technologies during his 2008 Presidential bid. Referred to as the first Internet Presidency, Obama and his transition team immediately sought to translate the features of the “Internet Campaign” to the day-to-day administration of the executive branch. Thus on January 21, 2009 President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government giving directive to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to promulgate an Open Government Directive within 120 days. The Open Government Initiative strives to create an unprecedented level of openness in U.S. Government. The Open Government memorandum, released in 2009, mandated that Federal Agencies will “be transparent in their work, will be participatory in seeking the ideas and expertise of citizens, and will be collaborative in how they use new technology and processes for developing Government policies. The Open Government Initiatives required Agencies to change the processes, mechanisms, and the underlying technology that were used to communicate with the public, and opened up decision-making processes that had previously been internal to public participation and collaboration.Open Government can be seen as an evolution of E-government because it (open government) would not be possible without the outcomes created by E-government and the advances made in technology, policies and cultures over the last decade.The idea of e-government began years ago. In the United States, it began with Senator Joseph Lieberman and then ended up with the e-Government Act of 2002. E-government initiatives began over a decade ago while the new Open Government began after the Obama elections. Both initiatives share many similar goals and characteristics, the largest being that they both strive to make the government more transparent. Yet, they are not synonymous. They are different efforts that are overlapping phases in an incremental growth towards E-democracy. A significant difference between the United States e-Government and Open Government initiatives are the “tools” that strengthen them. E-government efforts in the United States and many other countries are directly enabled by law (United States E-Government Act of 2002). The United States Open Government initiative is not enabled by law although supported by the Freedom of Information Act. Another difference between e-Government and Open Government is that e-Government places focus mostly on the use of technology within the routine activities undertaken by public organizations. This includes the provision of public services, the quality and cost-effectiveness of basic government operations, citizens’ engagement and consultation, the statutes and legislative mandates required to effect these processes, and the administrative and institutional reforms undertaken in pursuit of innovation. Open Government has a goal of making information and decision making processes in government accessible to citizen examination and input, and in so doing, create democratic structures that facilitate citizens’ social and political judgement about the outcomes of government work.Prior to E-Government and Open Government in the United States, other programs were instituted by President Bill Clinton. The National Performance Review and The Partnership for Re-inventing Government existed before e-Government and Open Government Programs. Figure 1Liberia’s e-Government initiative is being championed by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the Chief Information Office and Project Management Office, while its Open Government initiative (Open Government Partnership) is being championed by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Both initiatives have achieved a lot since their conception although there are several other aspects as far as maturity levels are concerned that remain to be completed. Unlike the United States and other countries e-government programs, Liberia’s e-government program is not supported by any law even though it is enshrined in the National ICT and Telecommunications Policy 2010-2015. In addition, the e-government initiative has been facing several challenges in achieving a “Whole of Government” approach to using ICT for the delivery of services to the public. As a result, each Ministry, Agency, and Commission (MAC) operate “siloed” ICT platforms that is very costly for the Liberian Government. As far as where Liberia is in terms of e-Government implementation, using the E-Government Maturity Model from the Gartner Group 2002 research, it is safe to say that Liberia is between stages 1 and 2. Figure 2 illustrates Liberia’s current position in e-Government.Figure 2The Open Government Partnership on the other hand, has made substantial progress in a very short time, through the leadership of Hon. Andrew Temeh, Deputy Minister of Information for Administration. Hon. Temeh’s good leadership and organizational skills have gotten the Open Government Partnership endorsed by the Liberian Government. What is lacking in the Open Government Partnership initiative is a national portal that allows citizens to play a more participate, collaborative role. In every democratic nation, engaged citizens often seek clear and credible information from the government about how it carries on its business. They want government information, services, and communication to be forthcoming and swift. The E-Government and Open Government initiatives fill the need of connecting citizens with their governments and each other to foster a more open, collaborative, and efficient public sector through the use of new technology and public data.The idea of using new technologies to support and enhance, expand or re-invigorate democratic practices is not novel. What new technologies have done in this regard is to amplify the political voice of the ordinary citizen. E-government was a first and crucial step towards E-democracy. However, the Open Government initiative is not the end-state solution. It is the most recent maturation of the governments’ growth towards E-democracy. There will likely be an initiative that follows Open Government as a new future administrations enter the political spectrum. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Body of missing engineer found at Land of Canaan

first_imgOne day after an engineer attached to the JSB Investment Stone Yard and Wharf at Block R Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was reported missing, his body was retrieved from the Demerara River.Dead: Neil SookramDead is 34-year-old Neil Sookram, also called “Doujohn”, of Lot 18 Caines Street, Meadow Bank, Greater Georgetown. He was last seen at the work site about 00:30h on Monday last.Guyana Times understands that he was last seen entering the boat, “Christopher B”, reportedly under the influence of alcohol. At the time, the boat was docked at the said location.Preliminary investigations revealed that a colleague, Marcini Grosvenor of New Amsterdam, told investigators that the victim went onto the boat and requested that they go and have two more bottles of beer, but he refused.As such, Sookram reportedly left the cabin and was not seen until his body was discovered on Tuesday morning at Land of Canaan, EBD. The body was examined by detectives, but there were no visible marks of violence seen on the body. Attempts to contact his aunt, Annette Sookram, proved futile.His body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post-mortem examination. The Police are conducting their investigations.last_img read more

Local Site C opposition serves second review application

first_imgThe twice-shelved Site C project received federal and provincial environmental approval in October, but last week, the association launched a judicial review of the Provincial Environmental Assessment Certificate granted to B.C. Hydro.In this new application it again contends that despite federal environmental approval the dam is not yet justified, and, “Landowners in the Peace Valley, B.C. ratepayers, and B.C. taxpayers cannot be expected to bear the substantial cost and adverse environmental impacts of the project.”The association argues justification must rest on an unambiguous need for the power, but that need has not been established.- Advertisement -It also believes justification must rest on analysis showing the financial costs being sufficiently attractive to make tolerable the bearing of substantial environmental, social and other costs, and that has not been sufficiently established.Among other things, it also notes the federal/provincial Joint Review Panel found that when additional power is eventually needed in B.C., alternative power sources may be available, which are less environmentally damaging, and/or economically costly than the Site C Dam.The B.C. Cabinet is currently meeting in camera to decide whether to give the Site C dam project its final approval but that decision is now not expected until sometime next month.Advertisementlast_img read more