“We didn’t do a good job of defending the 3-point line,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said after Boston was 9 of 18 behind the arc in the second half.“We allowed them to shoot 44 percent from the 3-point line (for the game), and that was the difference.”Marcus Morris scored 22 points for Boston, and Gordon Hayward had 14 off the bench.Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points, while Dillon Brooks added 19. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points apiece.“We couldn’t get stops,” Gasol said. “Normally, the way you stop the bleeding is by getting stops, and we couldn’t get stops. .And it felt like they made every shot down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors beat Blazers to avenge earlier loss this week Grizzlies: Visit Houston on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TIP-INSCeltics: Rookie F Robert Williams missed his second straight game with a left groin strain. … Horford’s five 3-pointers matched his career high set against Houston on Dec. 29, 2015. . Irving’s 13 assists matched his season best and was one short of his career high.Grizzlies: Gasol has made a 3-pointer in 12 straight games, one short of his career-best 13 in December 2017. … Brooks was 4 of 5 from outside the arc. … Gasol had 10 assists, marking the center’s 13th double-double of the season. . Memphis was 24 for 37 in the first half (64.9 percent), a season-best shooting percentage for a half.DEFENDING CONLEYBickerstaff doesn’t think Conley gets the respect from officials that his point guard deserves. Bickerstaff pointed to a play where he believed Conley was slapped on the arm on a drive to the basket. Bickerstaff said it was a game-changer, calling it a “huge missed call.”“I think it’s been a running theme in the conversations that we’ve had about the fouls that Mike Conley gets that aren’t blown. Mike Conley is one of the class acts in the NBA. He serves the respect of the officials. Time and time again, he drives to the basket, there’s contact made, but there’s no whistle. . He doesn’t get the respect that I feel that some of these other guys at his level do.”FATIGUE SETS INCeltics second-year forward Guerschon Yabusele played a season-high 16 minutes, including significant minutes in the fourth before Horford returned with 4:47 left in the game. “I’m not going to lie, I’m really, really tired,” he said.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit San Antonio on Monday. 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 “At the half, Kyrie just challenged all of us to be better,” Horford said of the difference after Boston trailed 64-47 at intermission. “The coach as well. I felt like we came out with better energy, played much harder.”Irving’s halftime talk had to deal with his own game as well. He was limited to four shots in the first half and four points. That approach changed in the second half as Irving became more aggressive and got to the basket more often.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 Chriss“Offensively, I felt like they were trying to take the ball out of my hands,” Irving said, adding the Celtics were more active off the ball in the second half. “You don’t have to touch the basketball every single play down to be effective. You can be effective doing the little things. That’s what we did in the second half.”But there still was the matter of overcoming the 19-point deficit in the third quarter. Boston started it with an 11-2 run in the closing minutes of the third. Then, Memphis opened the fourth missing 15 of its first 16 shots. By that point, Boston had overtaken the Grizzlies. Memphis would hold a 97-96 lead before the Celtics rattled off a 12-4 rally that included a pair of 3-pointers from Horford to collect the win. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Memphis Grizzlies guards Shelvin Mack, left, and Garrett Temple, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tennesee — Kyrie Irving didn’t get off to a very good start, so he and the Boston Celtics made sure to finish with a flurry.Irving scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Al Horford converted a pair of late 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and the Celtics erased a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-103 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Dear Editor,Well folks, at last we managed to have a meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission after last Tuesday’s statutory meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum. Commissioners Alexander and Corbin were both unavailable, so the Chairman invoked Article 226 (5) of the Constitution, which provides for the meeting to be held on the Thursday following the adjourned Tuesday meeting, and for decisions to be made with or without a quorum.This week, however, there was a quorum, with only Commissioner Alexander being absent, so the meeting was finally held after a hiatus of two weeks, during which there was D-day and E-day, a very packed two weeks for GECOM.One would then expect that there would be full reports of the activities of the last two weeks, but with GECOM, expectations are not always, in fact, met.What we were able to get after much to-ing and fro-ing, was, what the CEO calls the Preliminary results of the Local Government Elections, for all 80 Local Authority Areas. The CEO admitted that all 80 Returning Officers had made their declarations of the results of all the individual elections, and these were put on a broadsheet by the secretariat. My argument, was that the results having been declared by the Returning Officers had to be final, not preliminary, but that was still not admitted by the CEO. Nevertheless, each Commissioner was given a hard copy of the ‘preliminary’ results as compiled by GECOM’s secretariat. I was assured that the RO of the Municipality of Mabaruma had made his declaration of the results, contrary to what was reported in the press.I also raised the issue that a person named Gavin Sparman of the APNU, had been declared the winner of a constituency in the La Grange-Nismes NDC, and that I had been given information that the said Gavin Sparman was closely related to Andrea Sparman, who was GECOM’s Supervisor for the said LAA. I asked the CEO if he was aware, and pointed out that if the information was true, the Supervisor should have been re-assigned to another district. The CEO did not admit or deny knowledge of such a relationship, but Commissioner Desmond Corbin was of the opinion that the supervisor had nothing to do with the actual running of the elections, and since the RO was the person in charge, there was no conflict to be avoided! I asked that his comments be put in full and kept for future reference, for an occasion when the shoe is on another foot!Commissioner Trotman’s remarks were centered around an issue with tally sheets, which was resolved by the Operations Sub-committee, of which he is a member but seems to want a Commission of Inquiry into the work of the IT department and its Manager. I myself, like Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Charles Corbin and Robeson Benn, agreed that an investigation should be carried out on that as well as many other issues, by the Secretariat and Operations Sub- committee then brought to the full Commission with their recommendations, for discussions and decisions which would help in future conduct of future elections. Commissioner Trotman grudgingly acquiesced, although I got the distinct impression, which I voiced, that he had his heart set on a full-scale Commission of Inquiry, not unlike so many we have had recently, with recommendations for some punitive actions against certain staff members.The chairman disallowed Commissioner Benn from making any remarks during that agenda item, and again disallowed him from raising his issues under ‘any other business’! The Chairman seems bent on shutting Commissioner Benn up completely!Sincerely,Bibi S. ShadickCommissioner –GECOM
Artificial Intelligence and algorithms– can lower electricity consumption; increase globally competitivenessA study emanating from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) indicates that improving Gross Domestic Production (GDP) in Caribbean countries may be given a timely boost through incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) in the various sectors.The report, which was prepared by the IDB’s Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL), received input from dozens of experts in artificial intelligence. It predicts that with the use of AI, the GDP of countries in the region can be significantly boosted and countries made more competitive on theFinance Minister Winston Jordanworld stage.According to the report, this increase primarily comes from improvements in productivity; that is better and more strategic work plans for workers.“Artificial intelligence is much more than a new technological fad,” Director of INTAL, Gustavo Beliz stated in an IDB release. “It is a unique hybrid of work and capital. It is an entirely new productive force, capable of teaching itself. These new technologies need to be inserted into our productive processes and in our exports. Failure to do so means falling behind more developed economies.”According to the report, complex trade negotiations and government investments can be improved through the use of algorithms that analyse the data relating to tariffs, rules of origin and sanitary regulations.When it comes to navigating the finance and capital markets, algorithms can be as much as 95 per cent more effective in predicting investor risk. And it doesn’t stop there, as the report states that using smart networks can better match supply with demand.When it comes to health, the report found that diagnosing illness with image recognition has a 96 per cent accuracy rate and as such, could boost health services. And the ability to personalise education plans using AI, the report states, can reduce the cost of remedial work for slow learners.At the same time, the report warns that AI can also bring political and ethical challenges, foremost among which is the risk of job losses. It notes that countriesAI, the innovation needed to boost productive sectorswith lower GDP per capita and more inequality are at a greater risk of this.Production in GuyanaIn Guyana, various sectors have taken a beating over the past few years as production numbers have dropped. Despite the economy growing by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018, traditional sectors like sugar and rice, contracted by 30.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively. This was revealed in the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report 2018,When he addressed the National Assembly about the country’s economic performance, Finance Minister Winston Jordan admitted that the gold sector also suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent. This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 per cent shortfall.The Minister in his report also noted that there are a number of downside economic and fiscal risks to the economy, both domestic and external, which can frustrate the achievement of the various revised targets.In relation to sugar production, the report stated that this continued to be impacted negatively by a sub-optimal mix of factors, which also include deficient cash flow alignment and the undue absence of a Board to oversee the management of the remaining sugar estates. Already, struggles in lowering production costs for the sugar industry has seen sugar from other countries take precedence over locally produced sugar.
– says “good faith”, “handshaking” not enough to ensure compliance– calls for setting up of Local Content Dialogue CommissionAfter perusing and holding discussions on the third draft Local Content Policy, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has identified a number of weaknesses within the policy, including the most obvious one – the lack of penalties for delinquent operators.GCCI wants penalties for oil companies who flout the Local Content PolicyThe policy is intended to hold operators accountable to their commitments and international principles of providing employment and business opportunities for Guyanese. But with no penalties to ensure operators follow through, GCCI noted that “handshakes” and good faith are not enough.“The Local Content Policy does not speak to anything regarding penalties for companies which fail to report or follow the commitment to Local Content. Good faith and handshaking cannot suffice.”“Whilst there does not need to be the inclusion of details of penalties in the Local Content Policy, there ought to be some mention of what the penalty in a general sense will look like should there be violation.”One of the GCCI’s recommendations is for a fine to be imposed on such operators who fail to comply with the order. This fine, according to GCCI, should be a percentage of an identified indicator.“In addition, there should be a general policy on dealing with foreign companies which will affront Guyanese partners simply to obtain local content treatment in situations where the company is not materially a Guyanese. The Local Content Policy is the document which needs to set out a general guiding principle as to how these situations will be dealt with.”The GCCI also noted that the essential role of the policy is to create value for the local business sector and Guyanese in general. But with the responsibility of monitoring this placed under the Ministry of Business, the Chamber called for the creation of a separate agency.According to GCCI, the agency, the Local Content Dialogue Commission, should have responsibility for overseeing the policy’s implementation. It recommended that the Commission be made up of Government, operators, civil society, academia and the Private Sector.“Guyana’s Natural Resources are the national patrimony and whilst the State has the function to advance the welfare of the Guyanese people, there are other extremely important stakeholders in the petroleum sector and national development process. These include the aforementioned, who should be included on the Commission.”Another issue with the policy which the GCCI highlighted is allowing the subject Minister to grant approvals automatically if reviews of applications are not completed in the requisite timeframe. The GCCI urged a review of this section.“This equates to a company being given an automatic approval until and unless some serious objection is raised by the Minister. This fundamentally distorts the power which the Sovereign has. There needs to be a comprehensive review of this language in this section as no approval should be automatically granted.”In addition, the Chamber noted that despite alluding to local content legislation, there is some uncertainty as to when this will be done. According to GCCI, the policy should set out timelines for the completion of legislation.“There is the allusion of the introduction of legislation into the framework of local content governing Guyana. The introduction of legislation into the framework is impeding,” GCCI said in its assessment.“To ensure that credible signals are sent to the local and foreign Private Sector, an estimated timeline of the introduction from local content legislation should be made pellucid in the Local Content Policy at this juncture.”Already, concern has been expressed about the number of foreign companies coming into Guyana and outmanoeuvring local companies. Whether it is using their increased access to capital or setting up shell offices, this concern has led some to criticise the Government for the delay in setting up a local content framework.
The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has been lambasted by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in regards to its 2019 sugar production and its plans for 2020.Comparison with 2019 production with what the three currently operable estates realized in 2015The Union related that the statement issued by GuySuCo has confirmed the initial position that production would not surpass the 100,000 tonnes.“The proof is now in the pudding and sugar production that the industry’s two largest and most efficient units have fallen drastically since 2015. The GuySuCo may well argue that the un-harvested canes could have resulted in higher production. This explanation we treat with a pinch of salt. That reality is that even if all the canes were harvested, production in 2019 would still have been lower than what was produced by the three estates in 2015,” GAWU stated.The industry, according to its 2019 first crop production report, revealed would produce 107,023 tonnes of sugar as against 110,273 tonnes of sugar produced in 2015, but it was noted that a total of 92,246 tonnes of sugar was sold in the local, regional and international markets.The sugar company said that the Second Crop production was closed on December 21, 2019, with 1981 hectares that could not be harvested and will be carried over to the First Crop of 2020.As a result of this, a further shortfall was recorded with in excess of 80,000 tonnes of cane from Albion, 60,000 tonnes of cane from Blairmont and 11,000 tonnes of cane from Uitvlugt were not harvested, but GAWU is of the strong belief that if it was harvested, the company still would not meet its targeted amount.“Uitvlugt is the only estate that has moved forward, at the same time, we contend, that production at that estate ought to have been higher. Just a few weeks ago, we disclosed that the estate was not having all canes harvested sent to the factory for processing. Images and reports from workers informed that tonnes of canes were left in fields which were mechanically loaded,” GAWU further added.GuySuCo has repeatedly cried about lack of financing for its operations. However, the GAWU has stated that the $30 billion bond it received in 2018 should have been utilised to safeguard sugar production and the jobs of the remaining thousands of sugar workers.In fact, SPU’s Head Colvin Heath-London had accused GuySuCo of not being forthcoming with information on how the $7.420 billion disbursement from the bond was used, something which he said is proving problematic for bondholders.Nevertheless, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder on August 21, 2015, boasted that the sugar industry will be able to recover.“GuySuCo will recover and 2015 will mark a turning point in the performance of GuySuCo,” Holder had stated. But with that being said, the sugar industry has continued to struggle with over 7000 sugar workers being sent home.
More details in the Tuesday, March 19, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times. Some twenty juveniles are still on the run after two dozen of them escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) at Onderneeming on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). Reports are that around 19:30h on Saturday the discovery was made that 17 males and seven females made good their escape even with three security officers and their dorm mothers and fathers in the building. So far two males have been recaptured by the Police while another two voluntarily returned.
SURF’S Up this weekend for a Girls Only weekend on the waves – with an Irish Champion on hand for tips!Adventure One Surf School is behind the ‘Women’s Surf Weekend’ on Sept 15/16 at Ballyheirnan Bay, Fanad.With one off taster sessions or a 3 lesson beginner’s course, you don’t have to be Hawaiin to have a go. “We are also running in conjunction with Girls Go Surfing’s Nicole Morgan, a three times Irish Ladies Champion, an improvers course,” said the school’s Iain Gilmour.“Forecasts are for a good swell and wind for this weekend’s events.”See the link below for more info:http://www.adventureone.net/surfschool.php IRISH SURF CHAMP SET TO RIDE DONEGAL WAVES IN GIRLS ONLY WEEKEND! was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:FanadIRISH SURF CHAMP SET TO RIDE DONEGAL WAVES IN GIRLS ONLY WEEKEND!
Mícheál Kelly takes the clock from the wall in the drop-in studio as he gets set to call time on Kil’n Time in Letterkenny and prepare for a new direction in 2016.Much-loved Letterkenny business Kil’n Time will pull the doors closed for the very last time this Christmas as owner Mícheál Kelly gets ready to set out in a new direction in 2016.It was not a decision made easily, says Mícheál, but he adds, it is one that was made with sound business advice in mind.“It had got to a stage where there was too much work for one person to cope with, but not enough income generated to employ a second person on a full-time basis and having sought advice this was the best option for me and my family,” he says. Mícheál’s plans for the new year includes keeping on the ‘Imprints” service that had been offered at his Kil’n Time shop, and says he can do this from his home studio going forward.“Before I opened the drop-in studio I had worked in my studio at home and had a mobile business where I was doing parties and other events with the pottery and painting.I will still offer the pottery painting service, but on a very limited basis. Instead I will focus on the Imprints service and I will be able to work on that aspect of the business from home.”As he prepares to wind up his time in the shop at Kil’n Time, Mícheál recently put the shop fittings from the store on sale, but he says he is also very anxious to ensure that customers who have gift vouchers are not left in the lurch. “I made the announcement via the Kil’n Time Facebook Page last week and I explained that anyone with gift vouchers for pottery painting should come to the store before December 12th so that they can have their items ready for Christmas.Anyone who has vouchers for the Imprints service need not rush though as that will continue in the New Year and all those vouchers will remain valid after Christmas. However, as it takes time to fire and glaze the pottery items in the kiln after they’ve been painted, I’d urge anyone who has gift vouchers for that service to make sure they get in before December 12th,” he said.Since making the announcement last week, Mícheál says he has been innundated with messages of good will and he acknowledges that pulling the door behind him at Christmas will not come easy.“I had a vision for the drop-in studio and to a large extent it worked out really well. Our customers really loved the experience and we’ve had some terrific times here, but from a purely business sense it was not working out the way I had hoped. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and all who have worked in the studio as well. We’re going to maintain the Kil’n Time presence on Social Media and hopefully I’ll get to see some of my old customers again going forward as I adjust the sails to take a new course over the months ahead.” SADNESS AS TIME CALLED ON POPULAR CRAFT SHOP ‘KIL’N TIME’ was last modified: December 6th, 2015 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) Tags:BusinessclosuredonegalKIL’N TIME
A RAPHOE man will be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to the theft of a tractor.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard Nelson McConnell, Ballymoley, Raphoe plead guilty to one charge of theft of a Massey Ferguson tractor.The offence took place on November 13, 2010. Sentencing in the case was adjourned until July when the full facts of the case will be presented by counsel for the DPP.RAPHOE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF TRACTOR was last modified: February 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:BallymoleyMassey FergusonNelson McConnellRaphoetractor thief