Ginebra shuts down Meralco

first_imgPBA IMAGESILOILO—Barangay Ginebra held Meralco to two points in the first 6:30 of the third, and to just 10 in the period, to break away from the Bolts and pull out an 83-72 victory that got the Gin Kings back on the winning track in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at University of San Agustin gym here.The Kings were dragged into another low-scoring contest but came out on top this time, rising back to .500 with a 4-4 card to stay mathematically in the hunt for a top two finish while virtually sealing Meralco’s doom in the season-opening conference.’ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ It was the sixth straight loss in a 2-7 card for the Bolts, who fell in danger of bringing up the tail here for the second season in a row.Meralco had a 23-14 lead at the end of the first and clung to a 40-39 edge at halftime before the Kings shut down the Bolts in the third to ease out front and never look back.Joe Devance scored 19 points, LA Tenorio chipped in with 18 and Japeth Aguilar completed a double-double with 17 and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who could sweep their remaining three games and hope that they fall into a tie for No. 2 and forge a playoff.FEATURED 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 returnAs things stand, San Miguel Beer, the two-time defending champion, more or less sealed No. 1—and the first twice-to-beat privilege—after a 106-101 overtime win over Rain or Shine on Friday, leaving the Elasto Painters and GlobalPort tied for second with 5-3 records.For the Kings to have a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege, they must win over Blackwater, Phoenix Petroleum and NLEX and hope that the Batang Pier, the Elasto Painters as well as Alaska and TNT KaTropa don’t win more than seven games to forge a tie. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taalcenter_img Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ SCORESGINEBRA 83 – MERALCO 72GINEBRA 83—Devance 19, Tenorio 18, Aguilar 17, Mercado 9, Thompson 7, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 4, Ellis 3, Marcelo 2, Cruz 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0.MERALCO 72—Hugnatan 18, Newsome 14, Amer 11, Caram 6, Yeo 6, Bono 5, Hodge 5, Faundo 4, Daquioag 3, Grey 0, Nabong 0.Quarters: 14-23, 39-40, 56-50, 83-72Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Rio girls charged for overstaying, forgery

first_imgFour Spanish-speaking women made their appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Courts on Wednesday, to answer to a series of immigration charges.The women were arrested on January 20, during a raid conducted at the Rio NightThe four women who appeared before the court on WednesdayClub.It is alleged that the first accused, Valine Ferreira of the Dominican Republic, with intent to defraud, conspired with persons between November 12, 2016 and January 20, 2017 to forge a Guyana immigration arrival stamp and a tourist visa in her passport, purporting to show that they were issued by the Guyanese immigration department.It is also alleged that on November 12, 2016, the accused, at Springlands, Corentyne, made her entry into the country and did not present herself to Guyanese immigration officials. The defendant pleaded guilty to both charges and was fined $30,000 for the latter and $50, 000, with an alternative of six weeks’ imprisonment for the conspiracy charge.Next, Yasmin Baeza,29 , of Havana, Cuba, pleaded guilty to the charge which read that between November 29, 2016 and January 20, 2017, she overstayed her time in this country. The second charge stated that between December 30, 2016 and January 20, 2017, she conspired with persons to forge an immigration arrival and departure stamp in her passport purporting to show that it had been issued by Guyanese immigration authorities. She also pleaded guilty to this charge and was fined $30,000, with an alternative of four weeks in prison for overstaying and $50, 000, or six weeks’ imprisonment, for the charge of conspiracy.Carmen Martano, the third defendant, a national of the Dominican Republic, allegedly conspired with persons to forge an arrival and departure stamp. She had also overstayed her time in the jurisdiction and was fined $30,000, with an alternative of four weeks imprisonment, and $50,000 or six weeks in prison for the former charge after she entered a guilty plea.Finally, another Dominican national,33, was fined $30,000, with an alternative of four weeks in prison after she pleaded guilty to a charge which stated that between November 12, 2016 and January 20, 2017, she overstayed her time. She also allegedly conspired to forge arrival and departure immigration stamps on her passport and was required to pay a fine of $50,000 or with an alternative of six weeks’ imprisonment after entering a guilty plea.According to the prosecution, these matters came to light after the women presented their documents and checks were made with the Guyana immigration authorities, subsequent to the Police raid at the city nightclub.The defence counsel for the women argued that his clients, none of whom spoke English , had legitimate expectations when they had presented themselves to persons dressed as immigration officials to stamp their documents and in no way could have known or suspected that the said stamps were not genuine. He further stated that the women were willing to pay the fines imposed and requested to return to their countries of origin, as soon as possible.After considering the prosecution’s evidence and the defence’s case, Chief Magistrate McLennan ruled that defendants would be escorted to the nearest port of exit after they comply with the imposed fines, or they will serve their time.last_img read more

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Finance Minister supports fight against Banks DIH

first_imgB lawsuitFinance Minister Winston Jordan will also be supporting all efforts against beverage giant Banks DIH Limited, which recently slapped the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming overpayment in taxes and calling for equitable treatment, as was given to its competitor, the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).“We will litigate it to its depth,” the Minister stated.The Finance Minister declined to comment further on this striking development, noting that the matter is currently engaging the attention of the court.Just a few days ago, Attorney General Basil Williams declared that Banks DIH will be fighting a lost cause against the country’s tax authority, guaranteed that all efforts will be exhausted to ensure not a dime comes out of the public purse to refund the beverage giant, which has filed a $28 billion lawsuit against the GRA to be given the same preferential treatment as DDL.DDL, last year, benefited from a whopping $3.8 billion tax write-off, following over 15 years of litigation with the GRA over its tax payments.In 2002, a legal challenge was launched by DDL against the GRA over its assessment by the Commissioner General of consumption taxes owed by that company in a sum exceeding $1 billion, for the period January 2001 to September 2002.It was eventually quashed by the High Court on February 1, 2005. The GRA appealed that decision in the Court of Appeal.On July 31, 2008, the Court of Appeal dismissed this appeal on the ground that the Commissioner General had used a wrong formula for the calculation of the consumption taxes.The Court prescribed a formula to be used.In 2009, the Commissioner General, utilising the court-recommended formula, assessed DDL’s consumption tax liabilities for the period 2001-2007 (since after 2007 Consumption Tax was abolished with the introduction of Value Added Tax). The newly assessed liability of DDL for that period was some $5.3 billion.Again, DDL filed legal proceedings challenging this assessment.According to the records, the GRA then retained an external Senior Counsel and was steadfastly defending this challenge when the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition assumed office.Instead of continuing to defend Government’s case against DDL, the beverage company was granted a $3.8 billion tax write-off, having only to pay $1.5 billion.Therefore, after about 15 years of litigation, with DDL having the use of several billion dollars of State funds, interest-free, the APNU/AFC Government settled for $1.5 billion.Banks DIH, in December 2016, filed legal proceedings against the Attorney General and the GRA, claiming over $28 billion in repayments in light of the $3.8 billion tax write-off granted to its competitor, DDL.DIH paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But in light of the DDL tax write-off last year, the beverage giant calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion.The company argued that the Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained approximately $9 billion (the difference between the paid amount in taxes and the net figure Banks DIH estimated it should have paid).In this regard, Banks DIH claims that it is entitled to some $9 billion, plus 10 per cent interest compounded over the period 2001 to 2006, resulting in a total of some $28 billion after taking into account the settlement figure payable by DDL of $1.5 billion.The GRA, in a statement on Wednesday, said it will respect the court’s jurisdiction by not litigating issues of law in the public domain.last_img read more

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Fergie wants his United record broken

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, April 26- Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson insists he wants another boss to surpass his astonishing haul of silverware at Old Trafford.The Scot oversaw the arrival of 38 trophies in his 27 years in charge of United before retiring in 2013 and, having also won 11 more competitions during his preceding career in Scotland, Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football history. But Ferguson insisted he wanted to see his United record eclipsed, telling the Sunday People: “We had a wonderful run of success when I was here and we won a lot of trophies.“But I really hope someone comes along and breaks my record here, I really do.“I’d like to see another United manager come in and win 45 trophies in 25 years. Nothing would make me happier.“Why? Because it’s a food chain at this club. First there was the great Sir Matt Busby (who rebuilt United in the years after the Second World War and led the club to its first European Cup triumph in 1968) and then there was me.“Now I’d love someone else to come in and establish a long run of success because that’s what this club is all about.”United, now under manager Louis van Gaal, are away to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.This season is unlikely to yield a first Old Trafford trophy for the Dutch boss given that in the race for the English title, now the only prize on offer to United in 2014/15, van Gaal’s men are currently 11 points behind leaders Chelsea with five games to play.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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OGC issues new requirements for fracking operators near Farmington

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Oil and Gas Commission has issued a Special Project Order requiring permit holders of any well in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area to undertake a number of precautions before initiating hydraulic fracturing operations in the area.OGC spokesperson Phil Rygg says that operators will be required to submit a seismic monitoring and mitigation plan with any notice of operation that includes fracking. The plan must include a pre-assessment of seismic hazard, as well as a seismic monitoring and mitigation outline. Operators must also give the OGC between 24 and 72 hours’ notice before fracking operations begin on a common drilling pad.During hydraulic fracturing operations, the permit holder will need to deploy an accelerometer within three kilometres of the drilling pad and to have access to a seismic array that provides real-time seismicity readings. Those readings would need to be immediately provided to the OGC upon request.- Advertisement -Rygg said that if a well is identified by the permit holder or the Commission as being responsible for a seismic event with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater, the well permit holder must immediately suspend fracturing operations. Those operations will not be able to continue without the written consent of the Commission. The minimum level at which the well permit holder must take action and initiate their mitigation plan is if a magnitude 2.0 event occurs. The permit holder must also communicate all magnitude 1.5 and greater events to the OGC immediately. If a common drilling pad is identified as being responsible for a cluster of seismic events, the Commission may require the suspension of fracturing activities.The Order comes less than a month after seismologists confirmed a number of earthquakes that were likely caused by human activity occurred in the Peace. One of those occurred near Farmington.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gonzaga staves off LMU

first_imgHumboldt State 3, CS Dominguez Hills 1: Sophia Lopes had 19 kills and 20 digs as the visiting Toros (2-17, 1-7 CCAA) lost, 30-25, 30-32, 30-27, 30-26. In a men’s soccer game … Khadim Diouf scored in the 85th minute to lead host San Diego State (5-2-2, 1-0-0 Pacific-10) to a 1-0 victory over UCLA (4-5-1, 0-1-0). In a men’s water polo game … Tommy Corcoran and Jordan Thompson each scored two goals as top-ranked USC (8-0, 3-0 MPSF) cruised to a 7-2 home win over No. 3 Stanford (5-3, 1-1). From news services Heather Hughes had a career-high 32 kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Loyola Marymount women’s volleyball team lost to host Gonzaga, 33-31, 33-31, 28-30, 30-24, on Saturday. Emily Day (West Torrance High) added 22 kills for the Lions (9-7, 1-2 WCC). Long Beach State 3, Cal State Northridge 0: Alexis Crimes had 15 kills to lead the host 49ers (10-5, 4-1 Big West) to a 30-12, 30-22, 31-29 win. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Civil – Structural CAD Technician sought in Ballybofey

first_imgJob Vacancy: Civil – Structural CAD Technician – Ballybofey, Co. DonegalDSM Engineers are based in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal and provide consulting engineering services in the fields of Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Fire Safety Engineering and Environmental Engineering.Due to the increased volume of work DSM Consulting Engineers are currently seeking a Civil – Structural Cad Technician to join our team. The role will involve:Production of detailed high-quality CAD drawings / 3D Models and documentation for building projects.Co-ordination/liaison with other team members both internally and externally.Working on projects including Industrial / Commercial, Private Developments and Public Sector work. Qualifications, Skills and ExperienceA relevant qualification in Engineering or Construction related discipline.Be proficient in the use of AutocadWorking knowledge of 3D modelling software is preferred but training can be providedA good understanding of construction techniques, sequences of work, Building Regulations and knowledge of products.Flexible and Enthusiastic.Able to prioritise with good organisational skills.Attention to detail.The candidate will have the opportunity to gain experience working closely with senior Engineers and to progress your career through further learning/CPD. Working hours are flexible and some site visits will be requiredPlease forward your C.V. to info@dsmengineers.ie before Friday 12th July. For queries please contact DSM Engineers on 074-9175603 Job Vacancy: Civil – Structural CAD Technician sought in Ballybofey was last modified: June 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

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Andy Goldstein Sports Bar Best Bits – December 30

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and friends for the highlights of another brilliant week of Sports Bar shows.The boys debated a host of sporting topics, were joined by some brilliant guests, listeners, and much, much more!Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes – as well as previous editions.last_img

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Auburndale boys basketball rallies past Pittsville

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — The Auburndale boys basketball team needed a big run to save itself from a home loss.The Apaches outscored Pittsville 13-2 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 39-31 victory in a Marawood Conference South Division game Thursday night at Auburndale High School.Pittsville led 19-17 at halftime and 29-26 after three quarters before the Apaches held the Panthers to just one basket in the final 8 minutes.Matt Nikolay had 17 points, nine rebounds, and six steals for Auburndale (11-5, 6-3 Marawood South).Auburndale made just nine field goals but was 18 of 21 on free throws while Pittsville was just 3 of 4.Matthew Carlson topped Pittsville (6-11, 3-7 Marawood South) with 15 points and nine rebounds.Auburndale plays at first-place and undefeated Marathon on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 39, Panthers 31Pittsville 5 14 10 2 – 31Auburndale 9 8 9 13 – 39PITTSVILLE (31): Aron Masanz 1-2 0-0 3, Jake Allind 1-8 2-2 4, Jacob Schulz 2-6 0-0 6, Paul Downs 0-4 0-0 0, Aidan Masanz 1-6 0-0 3, Matthew Carlson 7-12 1-2 15. FG: 12-38. FT: 3-4. 3-pointers: 4-13 (Schulz 2-6, Ar. Masanz 1-2, Ai. Masanz 1-2, Downs 0-1, Carlson 0-2). Rebounds: 21 (Carlson 9). Assists: 8. Record: 6-11, 3-7 Marawood South.AUBURNDALE (39): Jake Lewis 2-5 4-4 9, Matt Nikolay 4-11 7-8 17, Caleb Weinfurter 0-1 0-0 0, Bryan Gehrke 0-1 0-0 0, Cooper Krings 1-5 0-1 2, Tyler Weber 0-2 0-0 0, Alex Marth 1-3 5-6 7, Matt Lang 0-1 0-0 0, Josh VanSchoick 1-3 2-2 4. FG: 9-32. FT: 18-21. 3-pointers: 3-14 (Nikolay 2-3, lewis 1-4, Weinfurter 0-1, Gehrke 0-1, Weber 0-1, Krings 0-4). Rebounds: 23 (Nikolay 9). Assists: 6. Record: 11-5, 6-3 Marawood South.last_img read more

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Cape Town hotel voted world’s trendiest

first_img24 January 2012The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel in the Cape Town suburb of Greenpoint has been voted the trendiest hotel in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2012 Best Hotels Awards.The Travellers’ Choice awards honour the top hotels, beaches and travel destinations worldwide based on millions of “real and unbiased” opinions from TripAdvisor travellers.The Villa Zest Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation and is ideally located just a kilometre away from the Cape Town CBD. It is also within walking distance of the world-renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.Table Mountain, the Cape Town International Conference Centre and the popular beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are all in close proximity.“An oasis of calm centrally located in Cape Town, the Villa Zest luxury accommodation in the Green Point suburb is perfectly placed to bring you everything the city has to offer,” the hotel’s website reads: “Palm-lined beaches, the vibrant business district, Table Mountain, and a variety of upmarket restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs ensuring guests an unforgettable experience.”The hotel offers a lounge that opens up into a balcony offering views of the V&A Waterfront, a quiet garden and pool area, a rooftop terrace offering 360° views of Cape Town, an object art gallery, and a media house that offers high-end technology and communications solutions to business travellers.“The rooms at this Cape Town Boutique Hotel represent the ultimate fusion of style, luxury and comfort,” says the website. “Each room is unique and has been individually decorated, with the greatest attention to detail, using only the finest furnishings and fittings.”The hotel is rated as “excellent” by 125 reviewers on the website, with 13 “good” and three “average” ratings. The majority of the reviews cite the hotel’s good service and helpful staff as the reasons for the high ratings.Comments include: “Excellent and great stay in Villa Zest”, “Awesome little hotel”, “This place is GREAT”, “Oasis in the heart of the city”, “outstanding customer service,” “Modern design hotel and very helpful staff,” “Fantastic hospitality and beautifully designed boutique hotel,” “THE one & only in Cape Town,” “Almost faultless. Staff were amazing,” and “Best boutique hotel ever.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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