NBA: Zach LaVine declines 2017 slam dunk contest invite—report The Couriers took charge early and established a 21-point lead, 49-28, before the end of the first half behind the efforts of Von Tambeling and Allen Enriquez.Robbie Herndon willed Victoria Sports within five, 72-67, with 7:12 left in the fourth, but Wangs recovered just in time and held off the newcomers.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 returnTambeling finished with 17 points, 12 coming in the first half, to go with seven rebounds, while Marlon Gomez got a double-double in tune of 17 markers and 13 boards, to go with three assists in the win.Rey Publico also chipped in 14 points and six rebounds. 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Wangs Basketball set the tone early and held on to a 92-83 triumph over Victoria Sports-MLQU for its first victory in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The win is because of our early preparation. We had communication both on offense and defense and maganda kasi nakapag-execute kami,” said coach Pablo Lucas.Herndon topped Victoria Sports with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while John Ragasa got 16 markers in the loss.The Scores:WANGS 92 – M. Gomez 17, Tambeling 17, Publico 14, Enriquez 10, Acosta 6, Tayongtong 5, Brana 4, Labing-isa 4, Montuano 4, Salcedo 4, Regalado 3, C. Gomez 2, King 2.VICTORIA SPORTS 83 – Herndon 19, Ragasa 16, Koga 9, Nicholls 8, Plata 8, Grimaldo 7, Dionisio 6, Bitoon 4, Lao 4, Ayonayon 2, Mag-isa 0.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’
“We have done well so far with four wins and two losses on the road, and coming home, we would like to improve on that,” states Sangakkara. “St Lucia may be struggling and are facing early elimination, but in their line-up are a number of world-class players. This means that they can come to the party at any time.” The Tallawahs, who are aiming to become the first team to cop consecutive titles in the five-year-old tournament, will enter the contest in somewhat of a confident mood, having played well in their four wins. In fact, in their two defeats, firstly to the Barbados Tridents and to St Kitts in their last match, they were never outplayed. Against Barbados, the Tallawahs made 130 for six in response to 142 for seven, while, against the Chris Gayle-captained Patriots, they scored 171 for seven in reply to 208 for three. “We have been playing some good cricket, and once we continue to do that, we should be okay,” Sangakkara said. The Tallawahs will again rely on their frontline batsmen Lendl Simmons, Sangakarra and recent recruit, 20-year-old South African opener Glenn Phillips, as well as the in-form Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell. Their bowling will centre around seamers Mohammad Sami of Pakistan, Vincentian Keswick Williams and hometown boy Krishmar Santokie, as well as spinner Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Stars skipper, Australian Shane Watson, will be hoping for explosive batting from Marlon Samuels, who knows Sabina Park very well, New Zealander Jesse Ryder, and openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles. Pacer Jerome Taylor and off-spinners Shane Shillingford and Rahkeem Cornwall are set to lead the bowling. The clash will represent the return-leg fixture between both teams with the first encounter in St Lucia ending with the Tallawahs scoring a five-wicket win. The Hero Motorcorp Caribbean Premier League party is on at Sabina Park tonight with Jamaica Tallawahs facing the lowly St Lucia Stars. Set for an 8 p.m. start, the match-up will see the Tallawahs, third in the six-team standings on eight points, looking to secure their fifth win of the season from seven encounters, and with it book a ticket to the play-off and elimination stages. St Lucia, meanwhile, are in sixth position and yet to register a single victory from eight outings with a no-result due to rain providing their only point to date. Trinbago Knight Riders, 14 points, and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 11, are both first and second, and have already booked their passage to round two. Tallawahs captain, the experienced Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, knows a lot about the unpredictability of T20 cricket, however, and says his team will not take the Stars lightly. DONE WELL SO FAR
Domestic violence has been described as “… behaviour which causes one partner in a relationship to be afraid of the other. Domestic violence can take the form of physical or sexual abuse and forced social isolation away from friends and family members.” However, domestic violence has many victims besides spousal partners.The laws of Guyana prescribe one’s rights regarding this issue, which are laid out in the Domestic Violence Act (1996) as “recognised under the law and law enforcement agencies, such as the courts,” and stipulates that the Guyana Police Force must help to enforce the rights of, and offer protection to, any man, woman, or child who may be experiencing domestic violence.Some signs of domestic violence are described as persistent verbal abuse such as quarelling and cursing (one can add to that derogating one’s character and making unjustifiable insulting remarks about one’s self and one’s loved ones); threatening the person with physical violence (threatening to hit the person with hands or objects) as well as actually hitting the person; damaging the property of a person (such as breaking a person’s cellphone, tearing or burning a person’s clothing, among other things); following a person from place to place, even though that person does not want to be followed; hiding clothing or property used by the person (for example, hiding a person’s cellphone, their clothing, their identification card, their passport, and even their money); making persistent and/or unwelcome contact with the person (such as calling the person on their cellphone or home phone many times per day, watching the person’s house, waiting for the person to leave work or place of study, following the person from home or work, even though that person does not want to be followed or watched); and using abusive language to a person, or behaving towards a person in such a way that could result in that person being ill-treated. For example, cursing and quarrelling with a person in front of others, and then encouraging others to do the same.An initiative by the former Administration to deal with the scourge of domestic violence suggested actions one should take to protect oneself (and possibly others) from domestic violence, and to provide a descriptive analysis of a Protection Order. One of the suggestions made is to make a report to the nearest Police station, and therein lies a conundrum.Those whom are supposed “To Protect and Serve” most often have provided the catalyst for a tragedy to occur by their attitude, attention – or lack thereof, and plain don’t-give-a-damn behaviour when a complainant drums up the requisite courage (most often with great difficulty) and lodges a complaint.Many victims of continuous abuse are killed because of the complacency of a few members of the Police Force who refuse to investigate complaints and lay charges, or take the actions necessary to protect the victim from further abuse.Guyanese have stopped being our brother’s (and sister’s) keepers because, in many communities, neighbours witnessing a continuum of, and escalating instances of abuse refuse to become involved. They prefer to enjoy the enfolding tragedy, even adding to it with malicious rumour-mongering and strife-making, because the titillation of feuds and wars within families find a corresponding resonance in the dark nuances resident in every soul, and the average person refuses to rise above their more decadent equivalencies to achieve a higher plane of thoughts and actions, enough to maybe intercede – and probably save, a family from ultimate destruction. And one wonders what part the church bodies and religious leaders play in melding communities into units cohesive enough to fashion strategies for interventions within families and the general society in efforts to divert energies into more productive and peaceful approaches to conflict resolution – even to the point of empowerment.The acceleration in violence-prone conflicts within families and societies is spiralling out of control, to the extent where many lives have been lost, with many more dislocated, and there seems to be no end in sight.Unless there is a holistic, proactive approach, where all stakeholders in the nation are made aware that this cause and this fight is a national one, every effort made – valiant and committed as they may be, will prove woefully inadequate, because domestic violence is a national tradition entrenched in the Guyanese psyche.Persons within communities most often do not think it is their business to report instances of abuse, and many women and children have suffered violations, and even been murdered, when a timely intervention could have saved someone’s life.Evil can only perpetuate if good people think it is not their business; so unless we return to the era when each of us was our sister’s or brother’s keepers there will be many more victims who would suffer even more tragic outcomes to their lives.
Drug Enforcement Unit unearths large ganja stash at wharfDrug Enforcement Unit unearths large ganja stash at wharf
Alarge amount of compressed marijuana was on Saturday morning unearthed in a container at John Fernandes Wharf at Water Street, Georgetown. The container originated from Jamaica.The drug was discovered during a joint operation between the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit.Based on reports received, the drug was hidden among a quantity of perishable goods. The container had recently arrived in Georgetown and was being processed. It is believed that the container might have been tampered with while in Jamaica.Guyana Times could not confirm the weight of the illegal substance. However, this newspaper was told the illegal substance was neatly wrapped in blocks and placed in several black travelling bags. An investigation has been launched, but no arrests have been made. Attempts to contact Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Godfrey Statia, proved futile.Last June, 1276 pounds of marijuana were found in a container at this same wharf, and as in this case, the container in which the drugs were found originated from Jamaica.It has been reported that agents from the Guyana Revenue Authority’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and the Container Control Programme (CCP) were inspecting the container, which was said to be carrying heavy-duty machinery when the marijuana was found in several packets. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) was called in and several persons were arrested and charged.
WHITTIER – Turn in a tagger, collect $500. That could be the catch phrase of Whittier’s new reward system for residents who tip cops off to taggers. Instead of having to wait until the tagger is convicted, tipstsers will receive a $500 at the time of arrest. That means you might be able to claim your reward money the next day, said Nancy Mendez, assistant city manager for Whittier. “That would be our goal. It should encourage people to call when they see graffiti in progress and that will only help enforcement,” she said. City Council members must still sign off on the new policy, but that is expected to happen at the council’s meeting June 12. But at a recent budget study session, council members gave the olicy an unofficial nod. Nordbak said he isn’t worried that the new policy might cost the city a lot of money. “I want them caught,” he said. “It costs us more money to have to clean (the damage) up than it does to arrest these people.” Nordbak suggested a cottage industry might spring up as a result of the new reward policy. “In today’s world, with a cell phone camera, you could make a pretty good living catching taggers at $500 a pop,” he said.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As it is now, a resident who turns in a tagger must wait until the person is convicted before they receive the reward. “It’s not a streamlined process,” Mendez said. “You can wait for 12 months for a conviction in court.” Also, courts don’t automatically inform the police about convictions, forcing detectives to keep track of case numbers and names, she said. That’s what happened when Councilman Greg Nordbak’s friend turned in a suspected tagger, he said. “I went down and delivered the check to his brother,” Nordbak said. “He had forgotten about it.”
Zigic re-joins Birmingham City until the end of the seasonZigic re-joins Birmingham City until the end of the season
Nikola Zigic in action for Birmingham 1 Serbian forward Nikola Zigic has re-joined Birmingham City on a deal until the end of the season.The 34-year-old former Valencia striker left the Blues last summer but has decided to return to St Andrew’s following a successful first stint at the club.Zigic, who is known for his aerial prowess and height – he stands at just under 7ft, is unlikely to be available for Saturday’s away trip to Blackpool as his visa application is still being processed.“We are delighted to have agreed a deal with Nikola and secured a work permit,” club director Panos Pavlakis said in a statement.“With Nikola’s signing, following those of Michael Morrison and Guy Moussi, our fans can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to support Gary and strengthen the team even more. That has to be the focus.”
Legislation pending in the House would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote cast in national elections beginning with the November 2008 ballot. It also would require random audits in federal elections and specifies that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits. Public confidence in the voting process is at an all-time low, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the bill’s chief sponsor. “I shudder to think what would happen with another election where millions of Americans don’t believe the results,” Holt said. But his bill has been hit by a barrage of criticism from state and local election officials and election machine makers who contend the timelines are unrealistic, the audit process is overly cumbersome, the reliance on paper is too restrictive and the money allotted to replace existing systems, $1billion, is insufficient. “The ramifications of hasty action on this ill-conceived piece of legislation are immense and far-reaching,” Donna Stone, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, wrote to House leaders Wednesday. R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center of the National Association of Election Officials, said the bill was so objectionable that, if passed, he would recommend that state and local election officials refuse to run future federal elections. A planned vote on the House floor Thursday was put off after the legislation met resistance in the Democratic-controlled Rules Committee, which sets rules for floor debate. “I really am scared we’re waltzing off a cliff here,” said Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., citing the need for more comprehensive election reform. It could come up on Monday. Few were arguing against the need for Congress to restore integrity to the election system. In 2002, Congress passed an election reform act approving nearly $4 billion aimed at correcting some of the technology and registration problems epitomized by the “hanging chad” dispute in Florida that left the outcome of the 2000 presidential election to a Supreme Court decision. A 2006 study by the Election Data Services predicted 80percent of registered voters would use optical scan or electronic voting equipment in that year’s election. About 13 percent would use lever or punch card devices, it said. But Holt argued that with the headlong rush to buy new voting systems, as many as 50 million voters in the 2004 election cast ballots on electronic voting machines that lacked a voter-verified paper audit trail. He said that included up to 1 million in the 10 largest counties of Ohio, where Democrats claimed that voting irregularities were pivotal to President Bush’s re-election. There was trouble again in Florida in 2006 after Democrats blamed touch-screen voting machine malfunctions for 18,000 “undervotes” in a House race won by the Republican candidate by 369 votes. The Florida secretary of state said an audit found no problems with the machines. Holt argued that under his bill only six states – Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee – which had no voter-verified paper ballot in 2006, would have to upgrade all their voting machines by 2008. Another 14 states would need partial changes. The bill also would mandate that only durable, scannable, accessible paper ballots be used by 2012. Ballot-marking machines must be able to deposit the ballots automatically into a secure container for later access. Direct recording machines must allow disabled voters to privately and independently verify the contents of the paper ballot printed out. Voters would be able to look at the actual printed record of their vote but would not get a printed copy, as with an ATM machine. The measure also requires that random audits be conducted by hand count in 3 percent of precincts in all federal elections and would ban wireless devices, Internet connections and uncertified software in voting and tabulating machines. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a lead sponsor, said late changes had been made to the bill to meet some criticisms from states about funding and from machine manufacturers about providing outside investigators access to proprietary computer software. “I believe we have addressed as well as possible all reasonable concerns,” she said. But David Beirne, executive director of the Election Technology Council, which represents voting equipment manufacturers, said it normally takes 54 months to develop, install and train people in new machines, and, even with quick passage, meeting the 2012 deadline would be “a tall order.” He also urged caution on making paper the “official ballot of record,” saying that, just as electronic machines can malfunction, paper is subject to printer jams and improper handling by poll workers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSE: Lawmakers’ push for backup records frustrates some state election officials. By Jim Abrams THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Lawmakers have come full circle after devoting more money to high-tech voting machines following the 2000 election debacle in Florida. They now say a return to the paper trails of old is the key to an honest vote, exasperating state election officials.
Technically, a no-contest plea does not admit guilt but means the accused does not contest the charges. But in a criminal court, a no-contest plea is treated as a guilty plea, Glaudini said. Pence is on compulsory leave without pay from Bonita Unified School District, Superintendent Robert Otto said. “When we have been notified by the court that the proceedings are concluded and the disposition of those proceedings, we will take appropriate action under the law,” Otto said. Pence has worked for Bonita Unified since 1997. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It was a very difficult situation for everybody involved,” said Pence’s attorney, Marcie Lynn Gardner. Gardner declined to comment further about the case. She said it was Pence’s choice to plead no contest. “We will just take the next steps with respect to that,” Gardner said. The victim was 15 when the molestation happened between April 1 and July 1, 2005, in the unincorporated county area of La Verne, according to Glaudini. Pence was arrested March 2. Sheriff’s detectives said the boy was a former student of Pence’s but didn’t say which school he attended. She tutored him later. Pence was deemed a family acquaintance, investigators said. POMONA – An elementary school teacher pleaded no contest Thursday to having sex with a teenage boy who was her former student. Debra Lynn Pence, 47, of La Verne got five years probation and must register as a sex offender, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Glaudini. In exchange for the plea on the molestation charge, a count of committing a lewd act upon a child was dismissed. Pence must also complete six weeks in a lockdown treatment hospital for sex offenders and will then serve 45 days either in jail, working with Caltrans, or in a tree-planting program. Pence, a resource specialist teacher who works with special education students at Allen Avenue Elementary School in San Dimas, will be back in Pomona Superior Court for a progress report in six months.
Nile Ranger dropped from Southend United squad over ‘disciplinary issue’Nile Ranger dropped from Southend United squad over ‘disciplinary issue’
Nile Ranger 1 Southend striker Nile Ranger has found himself in more hot water after being left out of his side’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons due to a “disciplinary procedure”.The 26-year-old, who spent ten weeks in prison over the summer, was not selected at Stadium MK on Tuesday, with boss Phil Brown refusing to divulge the nature of Ranger’s latest misdemeanour.Brown told the Southend Echo: “Nile isn’t involved because of a disciplinary procedure yesterday.“It’s not for public consumption what’s happened but it’s just down to discipline and we’ll leave it at that.”Nile has a lengthy rap sheet during a career that has taken in spells at Newcastle, Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon and Blackpool.He has played 14 times for the Shrimpers this season, having missed the start of the campaign due to a stint in Pentonville Prison for online fraud.He was also suspended for a month last season following another breach of club discipline.
Bayer Leverkusen coach fined $12,000 for dive during game – Watch the dive here!Bayer Leverkusen coach fined $12,000 for dive during game – Watch the dive here!
1 Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich has been hit with a $12,000 fine for diving during a German Cup match. Herrlich collapsed to the floor after Borussia Monchengladbach player Denis Zakaria tried to retreive the ball that strayed into the Leverkusen manager’s technical area. Zakaria brushed Herrlich which sent him flying, somehow! Leverkusen are still in the German Cup having got past Monchengladbach and next face Werder Bremen in the quarter-finals so this may soften the blow of the fine for the 46-year-old. Watch the spectacular dive below! https://twitter.com/vale_flet/status/951075481348124672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Herrlich was immediately apologetic for his “stupid” dive after the game