‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “I am twice motivated in this upcoming fight. I want my daughter to see in the future that I didn’t just win the title, but I defended it successfully,” Folayang said on Tuesday. “When I look at her, it’s like I have an antidote for all the fatigue from training.”READ: Folayang to defend ONE title vs Ting in ManilaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Baguio-based Folayang won the lightweight title against Shinya Aoki last November in Singapore, and wants nothing but to show his compatriots that his conquest is not one-off as he makes his first defense against Kiwi-Malaysian Ev Ting.“Winning the belt is one of the highlights of my career, and maintaining it is one of the bigger challenges. I treat this fight as a very important one,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely However, Folayang knows that he’s up for a tough challenge against Ting, who has beaten his fellow Team Lakay stablemates Honorio Banario and Edward Kelly. And he has closely studied those previous fights as to not make the same mistakes.”READ: Folayang: Fightingest“Edward had a strong start when he fought Ev Ting. Honorio, meanwhile, changed his gameplan quickly. So for me, I want to stick to my gameplan and not make any rush decisions. Those are the mistakes I don’t want to commit. I also don’t want to feel overconfident because I know how hungry a fighter is if they want to be a champion,” he said.“He has already beaten a lot of Filipinos before. But I know for myself, I’ll approach him differently and not make the same mistake the others did before.”ADVERTISEMENT Mangahas upbeat about Racal’s chances in finals Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Eduard Folayang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFighting in the country for the first time since December 2014, ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang is more than excited to hit the cage in front of his countrymen in ONE: Kings of Destiny on April 21 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old striker has a more personal motivation to emerge as the victor with the birth of his first child Yeshuareigns.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ View comments
Satiricus was astounded. He’d been in Georgetown on Sunday and his editor had asked him to take in the flavour of what was happening as the Camp Street jail went up in flames. Imagine being in the middle of a city, with over a thousand inmates sending streaks of flames into the sky like a huge funeral pyre, and hundreds of folks in the streets screaming, “Whe’ de fire reel deh???”! “But dah right in tong. Yuh mean dem nah gat fire reel?” asked Bungi curiously, as he put down the beer he’d been gurgling. “Wha’ happen to dem fire reel fram near Big Ma’ket?” “All I saw were two fire engines – and they couldn’t even get water!” said Satiricus. “I saw the whole thing on TV,” said Hari. “I was wondering what happened to the Police. There were ten times more Police when Parliament was sitting.” “Police?” asked Bungi before Satiricus could answer. “Wha’ happen to de SWAT team yuh leadah Rum Jhaat bin ah tell abee about??” “Don’t start with me Bungi!” said Satiricus firmly. “This is not the time for politics!” “Dis na palatics, Bai,” said Bungi. “Dah ah Rum Jhaat jaab!” “Bungi’s right you know,” said Hari. “With all those convicts killing wardens and burning down the place, this was what a SWAT team is supposed to handle.” “Well don’t criticise the man,” replied Satiricus in a huff. “He did attend the news conference the same night, you know.” “Budday! Volga rush ah Big hospital w’en dem tek all dem warden who get chap-up deh,” said Bungi with a smirk. “How come Rum Jhaat guh pan TV an’ na de jail?” “Well he had to explain why he didn’t do anything since the last fire,” said Satiricus. “Ha! Suga’ suck up all de guvment money!” snorted Bungi, “Suh how come dem still buil’ da big stad-yam and na wan new jail?”
…the verdictYour Eyewitness still hasn’t gotten over the decision handed down by the divided Court of Appeal on the Government’s contention that the Chief Justice had erred in the High Court when she ruled that 33 was the majority in the 65-member Assembly!Imagine that!! But to reach that verdict the Chancellor and Justice Gregory-Barnes had to twist themselves into legal pretzels by dividing folks into halves, “rounding” them back “whole”, and then throwing in “one more” for good measure!! God knows where that “one” would come from!!Your Eyewitness was reminded about those complicated contraptions that were conjured up by Rube Goldberg to perform the simplest of tasks. For example, there was that “self-operating napkin machine” with at least twelve moving parts that included a spoon, a piece of bread, a bird, a scale, a hook…etc just to wipe one’s lip!It’s not surprising that, since yesterday, the judges have been ridiculed by writers and caricatured by cartoonists – not to mention being hooted at by even those who didn’t get past “lil ABC”!! After all, how difficult would it have been for even two fishermen divvying up their catch of 65 fishes to figure out who gets the “majority”? All they’d have to do would be to put one fish alternately into their respective “quakes”, and then the last fish left would be added to the quake that now has the majority of fishes!! No need to cut up the fishes into halves and then join them up again!! Their pals who might’ve gone on to do first form “sets” in “maths” would’ve informed them that the 65 fishes were the “universal set”, and that the divvying up would form two subsets, let’s call them “yes” and “No”, and the one that gets the last fish would be the majority!!The point which the Justices refused to consider is that there are different mathematical operations to handle different realities, and not just one that has no bearing on the reality. People can’t be divided into halves, unless you’re the Texas Chainsaw Murderer. They are discrete units, and you have to use the appropriate mathematical operation when “dividing” them. Things like temperature and height are continuous variables, and you can divide to your heart’s content to compare them.But what the two Judges did was to exceed their remit – which is to INTERPRET the Constitution, not to ADD to it by adding the word “ABSOLUTE” to the word “majority” in Art 106 (7). Sure, there’s a thing called “judge made law”, when the law is tweaked in a certain direction, but not this massive insertion into the Constitution – the highest law in the land. That violates the separation of powers!…the applicationThe AG’s in seventh heaven after the Appellate Court upheld his plea to save the Government from the ignominy of being ousted because of his faux pas. He claimed he’d known of the “cutting up bodies in halves” doctrine, when Nagamootoo and Volda were throwing in the towel, but he didn’t bring it up at the time — for reasons he still hasn’t disclosed!!Anyhow, who’s your Eyewitness to begrudge his moment of glory after his loooong string of failures?But surely he went overboard when he announced the Appellate decision meant “business as usual” for the Government. And your Eyewitness isn’t even thinking about the CCJ hurdle that lies ahead. More about the swathes of disenchantment exposed in their traditional constituency during their frenetic campaign, when they tried to fill with dew what rain didn’t full!! Their previous neglect has been noted.All the appellate Court has given the PNC-led Government is more time for their weak underbelly to be exposed.Between now and election time, the PPP will be just raking in the disaffected.…the unanimous verdictWhile there was disagreement between the High Court and the Appellate Court on what’s a “majority”, there was unanimity that dual citizens have to be expelled from the Assembly.Let the casting out begin!!
… will shorten lifespan of 5B’s school bus – CDC ChairmanBy Utamu BelleResidents and community leaders of Coomacka Mines area, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have bemoaned the deplorable state of the community’s main access road, as well as numerous internal road networks.A section of the Coomacka access roadThe state of an internal road at CoomackaDuring an interview with Guyana Times, Chairman of the Coomacka Development Council (CDC) and Regional Councillor, Dexter Harding, registered his concern over the deplorable state of the road, more so against the backdrop of the recently gifted 15-seat minibus under President Granger’s ‘Five Bs’ initiative which is used to transport students within the small farming community.Harding noted that the state of the roads may have damaging effects on the longevity of the school bus, while urging that necessary attention must be given. He said while he is in full support of the school bus to assist school children, he cannot run away from the fact that the Coomacka Mines access road is presently in a deplorable state.He remarked that it was even more appalling that the President, at the time of the handing over of the bus, had to be re-routed to an access road used by Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) to gain access into the community, given the state of the access road. Not only are residents of Coomacka affected as a result but Harding noted that nearby communities, such as Three Friends and Old England as well.“… As it relates to the discomfort, [of residents] months after months for the three villages [Coomacka, Three Friends, Old England] I would not agree with the region for leaving it in that state. I would call on the Mayor and the Region [Regional Democratic Council] to have immediate attention be placed on the road. The Public Infrastructure Ministry and the relevant authorities should place immediate emphasis on the road because the longevity, the sustainability of the bus would not last,” Harding said.He added that there are also issues with the bridge at Coomacka, since the contractor did “faulty” works and it is in the process of being repaired. Harding said over at the Three Friends area, the bridge had collapsed, adding that it is a route that the newly commissioned bus would have to take.“I’m asking the region to intervene in this situation because this bus would be traversing to pick up the children,” he said.Residents have complained that they are finding it difficult to gain access to their homes, as minibuses are abandoning the route, due to the state of the main access thoroughfare. Meanwhile, the issue of the bridge was discussed at a recent statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), where Councillor Sandra Adams had indicated that it should be fixed to accommodate students who will be utilising the bus.
In light of a recent report which shows that there is no significant decline in maternal mortality, shadow Public Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony said the high incidence of maternal deaths is an indication that the system is broken.According to Dr Anthony, it is evident that the whole system is not working as it should since many of the deaths occur from preventable situations.“Many of the maternal deaths would somehow relate to hypertension and bleeding but they are preventable,” he said, adding that if Guyana had a strong system of surveillance where pregnant women visit the clinic regularly, they would be able to monitor those pregnancies considered as high risk.He explained, “We need to isolate those high risk people and pay special attention to them; I don’t think we are aggressive enough in curbing maternal mortality.”Dr Anthony further opined that there is a weakness in the mother to child healthcare system and there is room for improvement.According to a recently released report, Maternal Mortality Estimates, which presently stands at 229/100,000 live births, has not shown any significant decline since the year 2000. There are two factors which cause maternal mortality; first, those that are directly related to obstetric complications during pregnancy and the second are related to indirect obstetric deaths.It has been reported that 73 per cent of the maternal deaths in 2012 were direct deaths, ie, those resulting from obstetric difficulties of the pregnant state (pregnancy, delivery and postpartum), interventions, omissions, incorrect treatment, or a chain of events resulting from any of these.On the other hand, indirect obstetric deaths occurs due to either previously existing conditions or from complications arising in pregnancy, which are not related to direct obstetric causes but may be aggravated by the physiological effects of pregnancy, which accounted for 27 per cent of the deaths in 2012.Dr Anthony stated that many deaths could be avoided if the quality of healthcare services for pregnant women were available.He maintained that antenatal care is crucial to preventing complications during pregnancy and at births, and thus advocated for a primary healthcare system.“There is a need for a better primary healthcare system, with more trained personnel so that they can identify the high risks cases quickly before they go into labour… what we need is aggressive monitoring,” he emphasised.Antenatal care is available in Guyana at different levels of the healthcare system. Although differences still exist between the coastal and hinterland regions in Guyana, the national antenatal coverage rate has been above 90 per cent since the year 2000.However, Dr Anthony indicated that in order for healthcare services to be improved, health centres need to be adequately equipped. “How else can they have accurate analysis if ultrasound machines are not available and the mothers have to search elsewhere,” he said.The Shadow Public Health Minister said the capacity of district hospitals, regional hospitals and clinics needs to be improved. Notably, some of the causes of maternal mortality are directly and/or indirectly associated to personal characteristics of the mother – their nutritional status; their health situation; to the quality of the environment of where they live (including access to proper water and sanitation); and to the access to government supplies, among others, a UNICEF report said.
But, two weekends on from their collision on the second lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, neither Hamilton nor Rosberg was prepared to give vent to his feelings in the wake of a tense contest of outright pace at one of the sport’s ancient temples of speed.“I’m very proud of my guys on my side of the garage,” said Hamilton. “They have been through the difficult times with me. They’ve done a remarkable job bouncing back, so we’ve done this as a team and it’s great to have another 1-2 for the team.”Two days on from Rosberg’s public apology and 24 hours after the team’s final warning that more misbehaviour might cost them their jobs, it was time for the team ethic and corporate considerations even if the duo were battling for advantage in a bitterly-contested title race that has simmered and exploded this year.“In the race anything can happen and we need to work towards the race and get a good strategy and have a good race,” said a clearly crestfallen Rosberg.“For the team again, even at a track like Monza, even coming here and being so dominant…. There’s still the race tomorrow, but it’s still really awesome for the team.”Hamilton clocked a best lap of one minute and 24.109 seconds to take pole by more than two-tenths of a second ahead of the German, a gulf that endorsed the theory that it is the Briton who has the greater capacity for natural speed.The battling duo, once allegedly good friends, but hardly good team-mates, barely acknowledged one another as they climbed from their cars. There was no handshake and no genuine eye contact.It was Hamilton’s first pole in four months, his fifth this season and the 36th pole of his career – a signal that their rivalry motivated him to produce his best.Asked about any team instructions for the 53-laps race, Hamilton said: “Free to race, that’s the decision so it continues as usual. I hope tomorrow will be good. It would be really good to get another 1-2 for the team.“I hope we have some competition with these guys (Williams), too. I think that would be great for the fans. I feel excited for tomorrow.”Finn Valtteri Bottas was third fastest ahead of his Williams team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa, the British team leapfrogging ahead of the rest with a much improved performance that revived their vintage days.Like Mercedes’ factory outfit, on row one, and McLaren who filled row three, Williams are a team powered by Mercedes, the German company thus supplying the engines that took the top six grid positions.Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen was fifth and Briton Jenson Button sixth for McLaren ahead of the leading Ferrari driven by two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso. His team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to make the top ten shootout after qualifying 12th.Defending four time world champion German Sebastian Vettel was eighth for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who on Sunday will bid for a third consecutive victory. Mexican Sergio Perez was 10th for Force India.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MONZA, September 7- Britain’s 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton showed little emotion when on Saturday he finally ended championship leader and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s supremacy in qualifying by taking pole position for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.It was the 29-year-old’s first pole in eight races dating back to the Spanish Grand Prix on May 10 and one that enhanced his hopes of trimming the German’s 29-points lead in the title race, with seven races remaining.
0Shares0000‘I hope that over time things change’ – HamiltonLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 9 – Leweis Hamilton has responded to the Monza boo-boys, saying he hopes to see the situation change over time and “no longer see booing in such a beautiful country”.Charles Leclerc saw off Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to claim his first victory at Ferrari’s home race – it was also their first win on home soil since 2010. In home territory the Tifosi support Ferrari with a passion and any shortcomings likewise receive a fierce reaction, making for a hostile environment.As the main man to deny the Scuderia since the turbo-hybrid era began, Hamilton has become public enemy number one at the Monza circuit.The cheers were deafening when he was squeezed off-track by leader Leclerc during the race, and the boos even more so in the post-race celebrations.Despite the reaction, Hamilton took to Instagram to describe Italy as a “beautiful country” and hopes that one day the boos aimed at him will stop.“Italy, wow, your energy today could be heard across the world and for that I admire you so much,” he wrote in his story.“The passion you show is really special. The booing isn’t so pleasant but it’s ok, I can take it.“I hope that over time things change and we no longer see booing in such a beautiful country.“No matter what, I wish all of you positivity and only good things in your lives.”0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)
The 31-year-old on Thursday put to bed speculation regarding his future for the rest of the campaign Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has a chance of starting the EFL Cup final but Jose Mourinho insists sentiment will not play any part in his decision.The 31-year-old on Thursday put to bed speculation regarding his future for the rest of the campaign, confirming he was staying at Old Trafford in a statement.Mourinho was pleased by the content and timing of the statement from Rooney, who will be in the squad for Sunday’s final against Southampton despite a recent hamstring injury and dropping down the pecking order.United’s all-time top scorer may even start at Wembley after in-form Henrikh Mkhitaryan sustained a hamstring issue of his own.“I have to make a decision,” manager Mourinho said.“You know that we normally play two different systems – sometimes we play with two midfield players and a number 10 if you want to call it (that).“Sometimes we play with a number six and two midfield players in front.“Without Mkhitaryan, if we want to play with a number 10, obviously Wayne, it’s his position, it’s where he was playing with us many matches, so he is an option for me.“A final is a special match and he is an option for me.”Asked if sentiment comes into his team selection, Mourinho said: “It’s the best 11 players. We win all together, it doesn’t matter if you don’t play much. I go for the best possible team.”Michael Carrick is available to the United boss and Phil Jones could return from a foot injury at Wembley, where Southampton are looking to win just their second ever major trophy.Saints upset the odds against United by winning the 1976 FA Cup and Mourinho has warned a similar outcome will be on the cards unless the current crop match the desire of Claude Puel’s men.“If they want it more than us, they win,” he said. “If they want it more than us, they win, so we have to be sure that they don’t want it more than us.“That’s the point. They want a lot, of course they want a lot. Of course they want a lot, but I don’t think that they want it more than us.“So I think the best team on the pitch will win and it will not depend on motivations because I don’t think that they are more motivated than us.”Mourinho was not interested in talking about matching Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough’s record of four wins in the competition, but pointed to the fact that United already have a trophy in the shape of the Community Shield.This, though, is a far more important trophy and one that can help cultivate a winning mentality.“I think when you have a taste of good things, you want to repeat,” Mourinho said.“I think when you get used to winning, when you don’t win, you miss it. You miss it.“You don’t accept it and you are always chasing for more success, so I think it’s a good thing for them if we manage to win another trophy and keep fighting for me because we have chances in other competitions this season.“We all know the history of this club, that football is changing, that it’s much harder than it was before.“But last season was a very difficult season for the club and players, they all together with their manager, they managed to win a trophy, it was a good taste for them, so we have to try.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Mainella has not always been popular with members of Congress, many of whom denounced a draft management proposal that would have expanded the use of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on federal land. A new draft of the plan that Kempthorne released last month retreated from that proposal, winning praise from environmentalists, including the National Parks Conservation Association. That group’s president, Tom Kiernan, said Wednesday that the policy rewrite “protects the national parks for future generations,” and he praised Mainella for being a “passionate, enthusiastic advocate for our parks.” In 2004, Congress questioned Mainella about travel costs. Lawmakers who oversaw the Park Service budget called her to Capitol Hill after records showed she and other agency employees had spent $94 million on travel in the previous two years. In one case, an official took a $9,315 trip to Africa. Agency officials later said they had reduced travel costs. They also defended Mainella’s domestic travel, saying she was the first director ever to visit many smaller and lesser-known national parks. Mainella also guided the agency through controversy over the use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. For years, snowmobile access to park roads was largely unrestricted. That ended before the 2003-04 winter, when the Park Service moved from a Clinton-era plan that called for phasing out snowmobiles in favor of mass-transit snowcoaches to one that limited the number and types of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Legal challenges led to confusion about rules that winter, and business owners in park gateway towns complained it kept tourists away. The Park Service then developed temporary rules that would allow 720 snowmobiles per day to enter Yellowstone and 140 per day to enter Grand Teton. The agency also was criticized, starting well before Mainella’s tenure, for a growing maintenance backlog. Library of Congress researchers estimated in March 2005 that clearing up the backlog would cost between $4.5 billion and $9.7 billion. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., one of several Western senators to express concern about the emphasis the Park Service put on recreation over conservation, said he had disagreed with Mainella on the agency’s direction but believes much of it was directed by administration officials “at a pay grade higher than Fran Mainella.” When it came to reworking the management plans, he said, “I think Fran was a positive agent in terms of helping us move to a positive conclusion.” Wyoming Sen. Craig Thomas, the Republican chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on national parks, criticized Mainella on the original draft of management policies and the persistent maintenance backlog. But he praised her efforts to work with state and local officials on park problems. “By encouraging partnerships with friends groups and gateway communities, she was able to further the goals of the Park Service,” he said. Washington Rep. Norm Dicks, the top Democrat on the appropriations committee that oversees the Park Service, said he hopes her successor can work better with the administration to pay for parks. “They have to put in more money or we’re going to continue to see deterioration of services,” Dicks said. Mainella did not say when she will be leaving her post. An agency release said she will serve through the completion of the management policy overhaul.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Fran Mainella, head of the National Park Service since 2001, said Wednesday that she will resign from the agency that has often been at odds with environmentalists and Western U.S. residents. Critics have said the agency put too much emphasis on recreation, shifting its focus from conservation. Mainella recently oversaw a controversial rewrite of management policies for national parks. A Park Service news release said Mainella is leaving her position to devote more time to her family. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne told Mainella that perhaps her most important contribution was her “effort to foster a culture of partnership within the National Park Service,” according to a letter released by the Interior Department.
LANCASTER – In the wake of the death of an Antelope Valley teen from hantavirus, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will hold educational meetings about avoiding infection from the rodent-borne microorganism. The meetings will be Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Ave., and 7-9 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Last week, county public health officials confirmed that a boy who died Aug. 6 had been infected with hantavirus, which in the Western United States is spread by deer mice. Officials are investigating how the boy became infected, because he had been outside Los Angeles County before becoming ill. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesA 52-year-old Los Angeles County man died in July from hantavirus after staying in a trailer park in Mono County, where hantavirus is known to exist. Evidence of hantavirus in deer mice has been detected previously in some parts of the Antelope Valley, health officials said. The virus is not spread by the common house mouse, experts say. People catch the disease by breathing the virus through activities such as dusting or sweeping areas contaminated by deer mouse droppings or urine. There is no specific cure. The usual treatment is to put the patient on an artificial respirator while the body’s immune system fights the virus. For more information, contact public health nurse Martha Collins at (661) 723-4648.