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Pac-May bets out

first_imgRead Next Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOFloyd Mayweather Jr. managed to get the sports world’s attention when he announced he will face Manny Pacquiao this year.But whether the highly sensational announcement, posted with an accompanying video via Instagram on Saturday while attending a music festival in Tokyo, will eventually gain ground remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. One day after the Mayweather antic that somehow stole some luster from the Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin world title fight in Las Vegas, Pacquiao chose to keep his cards close to his chest.Insiders said the 39-year-old senator will make an official statement when he arrives back in Manila this week.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 ChrissPacquiao’s former handler, Top Rank Boxing, quickly downplayed the sequel to what was the richest megafight in history in 2015, where it will almost certainly won’t have any part of as both fighters already have their own promotional outfits.“Listen to me, I will not be involved in that fight, period,” said Top Rank boss Bob Arum in a CBS Sports interview. “Let other people do it. God loves them, let them make money. It’s not for me. I want to devote my time and effort to guys who are in the prime of their careers.” 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Davao Aguilas, Japan FC strike partnership Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Arum’s son-in-law, TRB president Todd duBoef, even compared the supposed Mayweather-Pacquiao II to the 2013 comedy film Grudge Match, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Robert de Niro as overaged boxers milking whatever’s left in their careers.But the bout, if it pushes through, won’t be a laughing matter considering that the 2015 fight garnered 4.6 million pay-per-view buys worth $410 million.Already, betting lines have been opened for the bout, with bets on the fight pushing through this December having the slight edge (-150 against +120).There are bets, too, on total PPV buys, total rounds and eventual winner.Venue is also being discussed online as Pacquiao is not likely to fight in the United States because of his tax problems. Mayweather, on the other hand, has Las Vegas as his favorite site.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

‘Fake’ Academic Credentials Chain Busted

first_imgHubs of several individuals claiming to be holders of terminal degrees from creditable foreign-based institutions have been discovered in Monrovia.Most of those in the web have reportedly been transitioning from one institution of higher learning in the country to other entities of substance.Those masquerading (cloaking, passing themselves off) with fake academic credentials were recently discovered to be mainly based in Monrovia, gainfully employed with various ministries, agencies and institutions of higher learning.Among the reported intellectual fraudsters were those destined for Gbarnga, Bong County, where the Cuttington University (CU) is said to be ripe for employment.Following the recent discovery of the ring of academic ‘fraudsters,’ it is being reported that among those involved are some highly placed officials, who should soon face investigation. The pending investigation is expected to be led by authorities at the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) and other stakeholders to include personnel from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).According to documents in possession of the Daily Observer, some of the suspected academic ‘fraudsters’ have for many years, been misleading the public about their so-called academic achievements.Copies of some of the fake credentials in possession of this paper contain information highly inconsistent, contestable and debatable. For example, photo-copies of the ‘To Whom It May Concern,’ terminal degree of one of the academic fraudsters carries a different metric number against a purported transcript with a conflicting metric number.In another case, the date of graduation on one set of documents dating back to 2008 differs from the document’s transcript, dated 2005. Most of the documents involved are from ‘universities’ in Nigeria.  “These are some of the most sharp contrasts in the academic industry especially with intellectual property that must be well-arranged and structured,” one highly placed source in the country’s education sector observed.Additionally, one of the fakers, now gainfully employed with a Liberian-based entity, made his getaway after he reportedly submitted ‘fake credentials’ with misspelt words and poor grammar on the purported degree.Apparently, the board of interviewers missed a gross misspelling of ‘Columbia,’ printed on the submitted terminal degree; or did the Board decide to turn a blind eye?Our investigation discovered that one fraudster claimed that his documents had been issued by Columbia University, based in the Washington District of the United States of America. Columbia University is actually based in New York.The documents of another fraudster  contained two different spellings of the name of the same ‘graduate’ who claimed to be in possession of a terminal degree in education.Our investigation has further discovered that most of those involved with such academic fraud are acquainted with each other.The universities from which some of the individuals claimed to have graduated cannot be found online; when found, their names are never on the listing of any of the graduating classes.With this latest development in the educational sector of the country, both the Ministry of Education (MOE) and NCHE have promised to conduct separate investigations into the alleged academic scams.MOE’s director of communications, J. Maxime Bleetahn, confirmed the information on the fraudulent activities in the sector.He told this paper via mobile phone over the weekend that the Ministry will not take the allegations lightly because those acts are some of the academic frauds that have besmeared the country’s educational system.The discovery of people with false intellectual credentials was made recently following the discovery of one Ndien Peters with false credentials while serving as vice president for academic affairs at the St. Clements University. This situation compelled the NCHE to order the institution closed on grounds that it had employed an academic fraudster.Another incident included the recent exposure of a ‘fake’ degree granting institution—CUSWORTH International Business School— based somewhere in Fiama, Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CT scanner not operable at NA hospital

first_imgDear Editor,The Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was delivering her speech on Budget 2019 to justify that the Health Sector is good for Guyanese. What the Minister failed to inform the Guyanese people, is that despite having a good Health Sector the Government does not use the local health facilities, they access their healthcare overseas. What was even more disturbing is that the Minister held two photographs to justify that the CT scan machine is in working order at the New Amsterdam Hospital, but the truth is that the CT scan machine is not working, the machine is still installing and is not operable as yet.The Minister should ensure that information provided is accurate before it is presented to the National Assembly and the people of Guyana.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Soesdyke man slapped with murder charge

first_imgA man from Soesdyke was on Friday brought before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the capital offence of murder.Orel ColeOrel Cole, 26, of Lot 70 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, is accused of killing John Knight on August 1.His attorney Mark Conway told the court that the accused is a father of two who has no prior convictions. He also said that others are yet to be arrested in connection with the murder.The Prosecution file was incomplete as such information surrounding the murder remains sketchy.He was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on August 30.last_img read more

ICT Forecast For 2015: A Year of Progress!

first_imgThe year 2015 is expected to be a stimulating and defining year for our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector; it is expected to be a year of progress and new developments. We will hear about things like Digital Migration, a national web portal for Government to digitally deliver services and information to citizens, residents, businesses, et al,   the discontinuation of the use of Internet email systems such as Yahoo! And GMAIL for OFFICIAL Government communications, a strong CIO regime, and a robust e-government program that has already begun. But what is more important is the improvements we expect to see the players of our ICT sector bring in the 2015. In the following paragraphs I provide a forecast of the initiatives that we will see our players of our ICT sector embark on in 2015.  We will see the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, the head of the ICT sector and a ministry with immense authority but often greatly underrated, emerge with more policies and standards that will improve and turn the sector into one that epitomizes modernity.We will see the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) play an even aggressive role in implementing its national mandate of regulating the sector. Already, we are hearing about Digital Migration and measures being taken to eradicate “grey routing.”LIBTELCO has been criticized for its inability to fully roll out the African Coast to Europe (ACE) fiber-optic cable since its advent several years ago. But these criticisms do not subsume the challenges that the entity continues to face. Hopefully though, with the recent changes in management and governance, we may see a shift in paradigm and a new energy as LIBTELCO takes on its national mandate. We may see a National Operator (LIBTELCO) that adopts an agile/responsive approach to service and product delivery as well as competition.We will see our operators (Lonestar, Cellcom, Novafone, West African Telecom, et al) provide more and better services and products to satisfy customers’ demand and respond to the changes of time. Prices will decrease, there will be more innovative products and quality of service will be optimal.We will see ICT firms especially those in Software or Web development take a paradigm shift in their delivery of solutions to businesses, government and individuals. The use of Open Source Software will encourage Software firms to adapt new business models and strategies (new to Liberia); models and business strategies that are currently being used by companies (RedHat, Zimbra, et al) engaged in the commercial open source software business. This is a result of the Ebola Crisis which brought in a blitzkrieg of open source software enabling the collection, dissemination, communication of information and collaboration between crisis responders.ICT professionals and business strategists will emerge with a new type of strategy. This strategy will involve a trichotomy or what I call the “Nexus of Forces” — Mobile Technology, Social Media and Open Source) and they will create new opportunities for innovative business models. This new type of strategy will force our businesses, government and individuals to look to technology to create new products and services, not just enable them. We are already familiar with the impact of the “Nexus of forces”; we saw this during the response against Ebola.We will see ICT professionals divorcing themselves from old-school ICT approaches (techie), to a more business-focused, customer-centric and service-centric role; the amalgam of these three components would be the result of a parallel between business strategy and technology. This “parallel” involves aligning strategy with technology to achieve goals and competitive advantage.As I mentioned above Ebola has kindled a new focus on software development in Liberia. This will drive ICT Schools and Training firms to reconfigure or redesign their curricula to meet the demands of the changes that we now have to deal with. We will see more technology integration in our schools and there will be much talk and work on integrating robust Science, Technology, Environmental Ed/Engineering, and Math programs in schools.We may see a National ICT Certification program that will help produce more skilled ICT professionals and we will ultimately see a robust Open Source Software initiative that will enhance our software ecosystem.In the area of Agriculture we will hear much about Agro-technology. Our health sector which I believe, has ignited the need to make radical changes in many areas of our country (Education, Health, Agriculture, etc), will see major improvements and this will be driven by modern technologies.We will continue to work aggressively with our leaders to persuade them about the impact of ICT and what the opportunities could be to our country; that is if EBOLA has not brought the much needed “ICT Epiphany”. We will continue to build a strong culture around our ICT initiatives, governance, human resource development and a vibrant local entrepreneurship. In simple terms, this is about ensuring that we are doing the right things, that we are building the right skills and that we are taking the steps necessary to ensure sustainability.  There is no doubt new skill sets will be required and the acquisition and retention of people with these skills is already a competitive differentiator for many organizations, especially government.We (ICT professionals) will work with businesses, other organizations and government to reinvent things. We will see more business processes become automated, standardized and simplified. People will realize that working smarter is better than working harder.We will see an e-government initiative that will kindle a new paradigm in the way citizens and businesses interact with government. Those responsible for Government’s ICT strategy and programs will continue to refine their ICT strategies based upon a solid understanding of what we refer to in Enterprise Architecture as the “business architecture.”We will see a standardized and well controlled government web presence that will lead to the development of a national web portal; a medium that will provide a one-stop shop for Government’s delivery of services and information to its citizens, residents, businesses and other stakeholders. Through this one-stop shop medium, Government will realize significant cost savings, and citizens will not only experience the convenience of Government’s services being delivered “digitally”, but they will also realize a reduction in the cost of services that were previously done via the traditional brick-n-mortal environment (government office).The issue of the secondary domain name will be resolved and control of this domain name shall be placed in the hands Chief Information Office (CIO) through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.We will see progress in Open Source Software and Open Standards within the context of a national policy and action plan. Being able to have standards that allow innovation is critical to economic development, thus the push for open standards and open source software.Our focus will shift toward a new paradigm which is about using technology to create value and new revenue streams, new business models, and products and services and digital experiences around existing products.These are just a few of the developments that we foresee in 2015. But we expect to see more development in our ICT sector. This year, is indeed a year of progress.Until next week, CARPE DIEM!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bartica resident remanded on attempted murder charge

first_imgA 29-year-old man of Lot 3079 Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) was slapped with an attempted murder charge and appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.John Wray is accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Devon Sheppard on October 9, 2017 at Hollie Camp, Madewini, Essequibo, with intent to commit murder.The prosecution’s case stated the men are known to each other and had a misunderstanding which escalated into a scuffle. ThePolice are contending that later in the evening, October 9, 2017, the accused who weeds yards for a living, reportedly saw Shepard and allegedly armed himself with a cutlass and attacked the Virtual Complainant.Shepard was dealt several chops to his head and other parts of his body. He was picked up by public spirited persons and rushed for medical assistance. The prosecution’s case contended that Wray fled the scene and went into hiding.He was spotted by the VC on February 16, 2019, who alerted the Police which led to his arrest.In court on Tuesday, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty that the charge attracts. The prosecutor also informed the court that Wray deliberately avoiding apprehension by the Police.The prosecution’s submissions were upheld and the 29-year-old man was remanded to prison. The case will continue on February 28 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

$250,000 bail for conspiracy accused

first_imgCurwin Estwick, also known as Timothy Estwick, on Wednesday denied a charge of conspiracy to commit a felony in the torching of a car at Linden.It is alleged that the 25-year-old man conspired with others to torch the car belonging to ex-cop Teon Allen, also known as “Spoil Child”. Allen himself has had several charges instituted against him and is currently before the court for various offences. Estwick, of Peter’s Hall, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was charged in connection with the incident which occurred on September 10, 2019. It is alleged that he conspired along with other unknown persons to unlawfully and maliciously damage the ex- cop’s car, PXX4598, at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden. The car is valued $ 2.4 million. Estwick, who appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Dylon Bess, was previously granted $300,000 bail by Magistrate Wanda Fortune on December 3, 2019. The sum was reduced to $250,000 by Magistrate Bess on Wednesday following a request for a reduction. Estwick, who, on his appearances, is assisted by crutches due to injuries he allegedly sustained from being shot, was ordered to report to the Mackenzie Police Station Criminal Investigations Department (CID) every Friday until the competition of his trial. Also, as a condition for bail, Estwick is also required to lodge his passport with the court. The accused was previously not required to plead to the indictable charge. The case will continue on January 21.last_img read more

Trackers close to within three points of first place with win over Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers got 2016 off to a great start as they were on the ice with the Grande Prairie Storm on Sunday. The team came away with a 3-1 road win which also pulled them to within three points of the Storm for the division lead.The Trackers scored once in the first and the score held going into the third. After increasing their lead to two, Grande Prairie eventually got on the board as they trailed 2-1 with 6:15 left in regulation.The Trackers put the game on ice with an empty netter with eight seconds left to play.- Advertisement -Scoring for the team were Tanner Hansen, Robert Young, and Dustin Bahm.Next on the Trackers schedule is a game on Sunday in Dawson Creek against Peace River at 12:15.last_img read more

Stetsons and peat moss face masks propel students to National Gaeltacht Entrepreneurial Final

first_imgStart-up companies established by students in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir were the joint winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Donegal Regional Final and will now represent the Ulster Gaeltacht at the National Final in Galway.5 schools and 15 companies took part in the Regional Final and the companies ‘Stetsons & Steps’ from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh and ‘Boue’ from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair will represent County Donegal at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí National Final on the 15 March 2018.Clár na gComhlachtaí is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions. Three of the participating schools were also presented with special awards at the regional final. Coláiste na Carraige, received the judges special recognition award, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair triumphed in the ‘Innovation’ award category, while Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada won the ‘Sales and Marketing’ award.Over 180 students and 5 schools took part in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí programme in County Donegal this year. The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.While the winning enterprises will progress to the National Final, the judges Aisling Ní Fhearraigh, Christopher MacSuibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Ailís Bairéad from Donegal Airport were thoroughly impressed with the innovative products and services on display and the entrepreneurial skills which were evident in all the teams.Micheál Mac Giolla Easpaig, Regional Manager Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “The Clár na gComhlachtaí Programme has been in operation in the Donegal Gaeltacht for the past 6 or 7 years and has proven both popular and beneficial for students. We are very grateful to the teachers, principals and of course the students themselves who assist us in promoting the programme which is very important for Údarás na Gaeltachta in inspiring the future entrepreneurs and business leaders of the Gaeltacht areas.” On behalf of Junior Achievement Ireland, Patricia Friel commented: “The Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages students to maximize their potential and provides them with both business skills and life skills for their future. Thank you to the participating students, their teachers and business mentors for their dedication in showcasing the students’ entrepreneurial talent and also to Údarás na Gaeltachta for ensuring these students had this exciting real-to-life opportunity to set up their own business.”Representatives from the Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Munster Gaeltacht areas will compete in the national finals which will be held in the Connemara Coast Hotel, Na Forbacha on the 15 March 2018.Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Donegal Regional Final Winners:Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir – ‘Stetson agus Steps Ltd.’Business: Produced a DVD to teach people how to JivePobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair – ‘Boue’Business: Produced face masks made from peat moss Stetsons and peat moss face masks propel students to National Gaeltacht Entrepreneurial Final was last modified: March 13th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Panthers fall to 0-3 in Big 5

first_imgThe Del Norte boys basketball team came out hot and never let up against McKinleyville on Thursday in Thunen Gymnasium in Crescent City. The Warriors jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and continued to build onto their advantage throughout the final three quarter en route to a 68-39 victory over the Panthers.“I thought that was the best that we have played all year, for a complete game, hands down — on both ends of the floor,” said Del Norte head coach Blaine Lopez. “We …last_img read more