With the rest of the Beermen clicking on all cylinders, the defending champions pounced on a battle-weary Barangay Ginebra for an emphatic 102-90 victory Friday night to grab the headstart in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen turned the duel into a one-sided affair as Arwind Santos led a balanced assault for coach Leo Austria’s charges, who turned up the heat early on a Ginebra team that was playing its fourth game in a week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think its very important to win the first game in a series,” said Austria. “We’ll have a better chance (of winning the series), but we cannot rest on our laurels because we all know that Ginebra was playing well before this game.”Santos had 23 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, while sophomore Von Pessumal delivered a breakout performance with a career-best 18 points, including four treys, as the Beermen dished out a conference-high 34 assists. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Fajardo took just five shots and finished with nine points in just 30 minutes as he made the Gin Kings pay for sagging the paint by constantly finding the Beermen’s gunners, who found their range and combined for 16-of-34 from beyond the arc.“They were sagging on June Mar and it was a good thing he became a facilitator,” said Austria. “The players deserved a lot of credit because they’ve been focused. They’re very determined.”The Gin Kings, who needed to beat Rain or Shine three times in the past week to reach the semifinals, trailed by as many as 19 points, the last at 64-45 on Santos’ triple in the third period. They never got closer than 12 the rest of the way as the Beermen found a response with each uprising.Ginebra coach Tim Cone thinks his team can still play better as the series goes along. Game 2 is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I think physically we were there but mentally we were a step slow,” said Cone, whose squad had 25 turnovers. “We weren’t reacting quickly. We had three gruelling games against ROS and I think that it just caught up with us tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Can Cobb lead La Salle past NU? Cone said 7-foot center Greg Slaughter’s status remains day-to-day as he recovers from an ankle injury.Slaughter has missed Ginebra’s last four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel Beer did not need a big game from June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments
… but Public Health Minister acted in good faith – Granger The Cabinet Council of Ministers, Chaired by President David Granger, has not met in two weeks; as such, no decision has been made with regards to the Sub-Committee’s recommendations to renegotiate a contract between the Public Health Ministry and Linden Holdings Inc for the storage of Government’s drugs and medical supplies.The Head of State made this pronouncement on Thursday, when quizzed by Guyana Times for an update on any decisions made.The President said he did not want to pre-empt the collective decision of the Cabinet, save to say that, “we know there was an error of judgment.”According to President Granger, “we believe that the Minister operated in good faith… He received information which quite possibly was inaccurate.”Pressed on any decisions by Cabinet, Granger explained that over the past two weeks, there have been no meetings of the highest decision-making forum of the Executive, since “the Cabinet Secretary and other people had to do work in other places.”Government is still functioning, according to the Head of State, who sought to assure that despite not meeting, “Cabinet is still functioning and the matter (drug bond brouhaha) will come up again when we meet on the (September) 6th.”He told Guyana Times however that, “As far as we are concerned the investigative process is at an end and we want to make sure there is no re-occurrence…that’s just all I can say at this stage.”The Cabinet Sub-Committee that was appointed by the President has completed their report following their investigations, which have since been handed over.That body was chaired by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and included Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.That Cabinet Sub-Committee report has recommended that the agreement to pay Linden Holdings Inc in excess of $12.5 million to rent its Sussex Street property to be used to store Government’s drugs and medical supplies, be re-negotiated.The matter came to the fore on August 8, when the National Assembly considered advances made from the Contingencies Fund in addition to a request to access the coffers for more money.It was during the consideration of the papers that it was discovered that Government had in fact already paid over $25 million to Linden Holdings Inc – the exact amount the company paid for the Sussex Street property just days before.Linden Holdings Inc has as its principal shareholder Larry Singh – a prominent supporter of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR); the party making up the largest bloc of the coalition the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Linden Holding’s Inc has its registered office in Middle Street, Georgetown, in the same building that housed the Sidewalk Café and owned by Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes. Its bond is located at 69 Sussex Street, Albouystown.The agreement has come in for increased scrutiny with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo recently labelling the entire affair as a “corrupt act” which is only being covered up by the Granger appointed sub-committee.Among the recommendations made by the sub-committee is the renegotiating of the contract in order to secure a lower price for the facility, since it was found that a similar facility could be obtained at a cheaper rate.The sub-committee had also recommended that Cabinet terminate the contract should Singh’s Linden Holdings Inc refuse but this will require one year notice being issued to Singh.Another of the recommendations made was for the Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton to issue a public apology, which he has since done.Dr Norton met with media operatives on Friday last, and apologised for telling the National Assembly that New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (NEW GPC INC) had been paid in excess of $19 million for the rental of its drug bond and that drugs had already been stored at the controversial Sussex Street property.According to Dr Norton, ever since August 8, 2016, “I have come to the firm position that the answer given to the questions related to NEW GPC and the storage of drugs at the bond at 29 Sussex Street, were not accurate and these were based on information provided to me; in the circumstances, I wish to express my sincere and profound regret to his Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Honourable Dr Barton Scotland, Speaker of the National Assembly; Prime Minister Mr Moses Nagamootoo and my parliamentary colleagues of the APNU/AFC; members of the parliamentary Opposition and all others who were present or were able to observe the process of the consideration of the estimates.”According to Dr Norton, “as Minister of Public Health I know that the high standard of duty and care is expected of me and the staff of the Ministry of Public Health, so I take full responsibility for this unfortunate episode and give my full commitment that it will not re-occur.”
Vishal Masedas, 21, of Endeavour, Leguan Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) was on Wednesday remanded to prison for the possession of narcotic for the purpose of trafficking.He made his appearance before magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate Court. The man initially pleaded guilty but due to his explanation a not guilty plea was recorded.Masedas was arrested on September 11 at Enterprise, Leguan for being in possession of 48.2 grams of cannabis.Acting on information police from Leguan visited Enterprise and spotted a speed boat from where the defendant threw a black bag into the river. Police retrieved the bag and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis was discovered. He was told of the offence and arrested.The unrepresented Masedas was remanded to prison until September 27, 2016.
D’Urban Street killingAnthony Morrison, the man who was accused of murdering his common-law wife, Donna Thomas between May 25 and 26 2012, is expected to soon know his fate as the defence and prosecution concluded their closing arguments on Wednesday.On Monday, a 12-member jury was empanelled at the Demerara High Court before Justice Sandhill Kissoon to hear the retrial of Morrison’s case.Anthony MorrisonAt Wednesday’s hearing, the accused led his own defence via an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock, which meant that he could not be questioned, or cross-examined. He however told the 12-member jury that on May 25, 2012, Donna woke him up and told him she was going out sometime in the day. He however admitted that sometime before she left, they argued.Morrison further informed the jury that sometime after 16:00h, he left home to go to the market and when he supposedly returned the following morning, he heard about the woman’s murder. The accused man did not call any witnesses in his defence. The State is being represented by Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore while Attorney Maxwell McKay is defending Morrison.Donna Thomas’ body was found in a pool of blood with several stab wounds at the Lot 65 Cross and D’Urban Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown apartment she shared with Morrison. Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh had given the cause of Thomas’ death as asphyxiation due to compression to the neck, compounded by blunt force trauma to the head.According to Dr Singh, the deceased had 16 incised wounds to one hand, while the other hand had six. These, he said, were considered to be defensive wounds, which were not fatal but contributed to significant bleeding. Thomas died as a result of being deprived of oxygen and the heart stopping, Singh had explained.The matter is scheduled for 10:00h today when Justice Kissoon is expected to sum up the case. After this, the matter will be put to the jury which will deliberate for at least two hours and make a determination of innocence or guilt.
Four months after it was torched during a foiled robbery, repairs have commenced on the burnt-out Wismar Post Office in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).This comes on the heels of the inking of a contract funded by Government and facilitated by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC). According to Regional Chairman Renis Morian, the repairs will be executed in phases and is expected to be completed within the next four weeks.Morian said he was happy that things are moving apace, citing that he was not pleased with the inconvenience and discomfort currently being experienced by the community’s senior citizens who depend on the services offered at the location.Pensioners were forced to utilise services at the Mackenzie Post Office in Linden following the incident, which has since been plagued by overcrowding and otherThe Wismar Post Officeissues.Since then, the RDC has lobbied for the swift repair of the Wismar Post Office and has since made calls for it to become an agency to be budgeted for in light of difficulties in securing funds to conduct the repairs.The interior of the building was reportedly set ablaze in the wee hours of August 2, 2018, after bandits forced their way into the building. They reportedly encountered difficulties in accessing monies from a safe which was believed to contain monies to pay old age pension.The bandits retaliated by setting the building alight. Pensioners who turned up to receive their Old age Pension the next morning were unable to access payments since the Post Office had remained closed.The incident has led to calls by residents and officials for the need for more security at the Wismar Post Office, which has been hit several times by bandits. No arrests have been made in relation to the most recent incident.
A Brazilian national who operated a shop in Dukwarie, Cuyuni River, was shot and killed during a scuffle with a member of a private security firm, who intervened in an argument between the deceased and his wife on Tuesday. The dead man has only been identified as Nemar. Based on reports received, the now deceased man and his wife were involved in a heated argument when the security officer intervened as peacemaker, but instead, he was attacked by the now dead man who was reportedly armed with a cutlass.As the man reportedly advance towards the security officer, he discharged a round, fatally wounding the businessman. The gun was confiscated and the security officer was arrested. He is now assisting with the investigation.
The first of three days of Canada Winter Games speed skating at the Pomeroy Sport Centre has come and gone. The highlight of day one was Dawson Creek’s Jacob Graham winning a gold medal in the men’s 500 metre race.“I came into the 500 metre ranked first but I woke up this morning feeling a little bit sick. I was a little bit worried I wasn’t going to be able to perform in front of the home crowd but it’s a huge relief. I feel really good about it,” he said.Skaters took part in two heats for the event. In his first skate Graham clocked in at 37.28. He said he was capable of doing better and he did just that in his second effort at 37.00.- Advertisement -“The first race wasn’t that great for me I don’t think. I was definitely looking for some improvement in the second one and I was really excited about that.”Below is the schedule for tomorrow’s events at the Pomeroy Sport Centre:09:30 Speed Skating Long Track – 1000 m Female Final – Final10:45 Speed Skating Long Track – 1500 m Male Final – Final13:00 Speed Skating Long Track – Mass Start Female Final – Final14:00 Speed Skating Long Track – Mass Start Male Final – FinalAdvertisement
1 Kalidou Koulibaly in action for Napoli Arsenal and Chelsea have been told to forget about signing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The centre-back shone in Serie A last season and a number of clubs would love to snap him up this summer.Both Arsenal and Chelsea are tracking the 24-year-old and it was thought he could be on the move if someone forked out over £23m.But, according to Il Mattino, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told interested clubs that Koulibaly is not for sale.The Senegal international still has three years to run on his contract in Naples and the club believe there is no need to sell.
West Virginia (11-1) stunned all those red-clad fans at the Georgia Dome by jumping to a 28-0 lead by the opening minute of the second quarter. The Bulldogs (10-3) rallied, twice closing within a field goal in the second half, but they couldn’t finish one of the greatest comebacks in bowl history. “I think we took to heart some of the criticism of our league and the fact that no one was predicting us to win,” West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. “Basically, we were playing in their home environment, their home state.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Give most of the credit to Slaton, who wasn’t even the Mountaineers’ best freshman runner in fall camp and didn’t crack the starting lineup until the sixth game of the season. Georgia certainly had no answer for the speedy back, who squirted through big holes and left defenders such as All-American safety Greg Blue in the dust on a pair of 52-yard touchdown runs. Slaton eclipsed the previous Sugar Bowl rushing record, a 202-yard performance by Pitt’s Tony Dorsett in a national championship-clinching victory over Georgia in 1977. “It was just our speed,” Slaton said. “They couldn’t match up with us.” The Mountaineers saved their biggest surprise for the end. Georgia was poised to get the ball back when West Virginia dropped back to punt on fourth-and-6 at the Bulldogs 48. Phil Brady hauled in the long snap but took off running, gaining 10 yards on the fake and a game-clinching first down. ATLANTA – Enough with those jokes about the Big East. West Virginia clearly deserved its place in the Bowl Championship Series. Steve Slaton rushed for a record 204 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 11 Mountaineers to a 38-35 victory over eighth-ranked Georgia, which couldn’t take advantage of the home-field edge Monday night in the first Sugar Bowl played outside of New Orleans. “We were definitely playing for a return,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “We didn’t think they would do that. Give them a lot of credit. It takes a lot of nerve to do that.” The last of Slaton’s touchdowns gave the Mountaineers a seemingly comfortable 38-28 lead with 8? minutes to go. D.J. Shockley brought Georgia back with his third touchdown pass, a 34-yarder to Bryan McClendon with 5:33 left, but never got his hands on the ball again. The teams combined for 1,003 yards, much of it coming in a wild first half that ended with the Mountaineers holding a 31-21 lead. “West Virginia did a heck of a job jumping on us,” Richt said. “The only consolation is we didn’t lay down and die.” The 72nd Sugar Bowl was shifted to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, flooding the Big Easy and leaving the Superdome in no shape to host a Pop Warner game, much less a major bowl. While poignant, the Sugar was the least heralded of the BCS bowls, a distant fourth to the Fiesta matchup between Notre Dame and Ohio State, the Joe Paterno-vs.-Bobby Bowden showdown at the Orange and, of course, the national championship game between No. 1 USC and No. 2 Texas at the Rose Bowl. But the Fiesta a 34-20 romp for Ohio State didn’t come close on the excitement meter. And both the Orange and Rose will be hard-pressed to produce a game this thrilling. West Virginia also did its part to stymie criticism of the Big East. OK, so the league isn’t as strong since Miami and Virginia Tech bolted to the Atlantic Coast Conference, but the Mountaineers proved they’re one of the best teams in the country. They certainly came out with a chip on their shoulder, facing the champion of the powerful Southeastern Conference just 75 miles from its Athens campus. West Virginia, which had lost 11 of its last 12 bowl games, was up 28-0 by the opening minute of the second quarter, with Slaton and Darius Reynaud scoring two touchdowns apiece. Slaton showed his speed on the first of his 52-yard runs, which capped West Virginia’s opening possession. His other first-half score came on an 18-yard burst through a tiny hole, the freshman prancing across the goal line in front of Blue. Reynaud caught a 3-yard pass from Pat White, then caught the Bulldogs off guard on a 13-yard reverse that left all but a couple of defenders running the wrong way. But Georgia didn’t fold. Kregg Lumpkin got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with a 34-yard touchdown run, sparking a little life in the mostly Georgia crowd. They were roaring by the time the teams trotted to the locker room, having cut the deficit to a more manageable 10 points. Thomas Brown had a 52-yard touchdown run for the Bulldogs, getting loose after appearing stuffed at the line by the Mountaineers. West Virginia kept the big plays rolling when fullback Owen Schmitt, a transfer from Division III Wisconsin-River Falls, rumbled for 54 yards on a third-and-1 play. But the Georgia defense finally arrived, stuffing Slaton for a 3-yard loss on another short-yardage play at the 7 and forcing the Mountaineers to settle for Pat McAfee’s 27-yard field goal. Georgia reclaimed the momentum before halftime with an 11-play, 80-yard drive. The Bulldogs converted on fourth-and-1 at their own 42, then Shockley bailed them out on third-and-10 by scrambling away from pressure and delivering a 32-yard pass to Mario Raley. Shockley followed with a 15-yard run, then connected with Leonard Pope on a 4-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds left in the wild half. With 62 points by halftime, the teams set both Sugar Bowl and BCS records for one half. Running up and down the field with little resistance, Georgia piled up 311 yards and West Virginia had 200 of its 294 yards on the ground. The only thing separating the teams was turnovers. Shockley and Danny Ware both fumbled the ball away, and the Mountaineers capitalized each time with TDs. Late in the third quarter, Shockley tossed a 34-yard touchdown to A.J. Bryant, pulling the Bulldogs to 31-28. They never got any closer. Shockley completed 20-of-33 passes for 277 yards and also rushed for 71 yards on eight carries. But it wasn’t enough against West Virginia, which ripped through the Bulldogs for 382 yards rushing. Schmitt had 82 yards on the ground and White rushed for 77. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Portsalon Golf NewsSpecial Offer New MembersA special opportunity for new members to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy three months free golf . All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2014 and get October, November and December 2013 free. Alternatively you can sign up and pay by installments of €160 per month for October, November and December. For further information please contact 074 9159459. Mulroy Winter LinksTime is running out if you wish to be included in one of the most popular winter golfing events in the North West . Rosapenna and Portsalon Golf Clubs have teamed up to stage the Mulroy Winter Links competition. The competition will be staged on alternative dates on either Rosapenna and Portsalon courses. The Mulroy Links is an open competition with the usual prizes on offer. The event will tee off on Saturday 28th September at Portsalon Golf Club. As this event will attract a large turnout from members and visitors a time sheet will be in operation on each course for each event. The Mulroy Links will tee off on Saturday 28th September at Portsalon Golf Ccorse, Saturday 12th October Portsalon Golf Club, Saturday 26th October 2013: Portsalon Golf Club, Sauturday 9th November 2013: Old Tom Morris Links 23rd November 2013: Rosapenna Golf Resort Old Tom Morris Links, Saturday 18th January 2014: Portsalon Golf Club, Saturday 8th February 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Sandy Hills Links, Saturday 22nd February 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Sandy Hills Links, Saturday 15th March 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Old Tom Morris Links. The competitions conclude with the Mulroy Links Captains Day on Saturday 29th March 2014: Portsalon Golf Club. Entry fee into this premier event will be a joining fee of €15 and on the day of competitions €10 for members of both Rosapenna and Portsalon golf clubs and €20 for visitors. Both members of Rosapenna, Portsalon and visitors should note that if you unable to play on the day please ensure that your name is removed for the time sheet, thus allowing someone else a place in this prestigious event. Due to demand a reserve list will be in operation So make sure that you do not miss out on this new and exciting golfing event over the winter months for further details contact Rosapenna Golf Club at 0749155000 or Portsalon Golf Club 07491 59459Team News. What was to be a big week end for Portsalon teams it turned out the very opposite. The over 50’s travelled to Rosapenna on Sunday for the return leg semi-final. The match teed off as planned and was soon abandoned due the weather conditions The match will now take place on Sunday next 22nd September with a 9.30 tee off time. In the Donegal Minor League the return leg of this year’s final against Buncrana Municipal was again due to be played on Sunday last and this match was cancelled due to the heavy winds which prevailed on Sunday last.PlacingMembers and visitors should note that 6 inch placing on fairways only has been introduced a bit earlier than usual in order to allow the green staff carry out repairs to some of the fairways.ResultsThe winner of the open competition played on Wednesday 11th was Ray Kennedy (27) 35 points,runner up Donal Mc Cafferty (12) 33 points, The CSS was 34 points. On Saturday the winner of the open competition was Airian Dailiagh (27) 41 points, runner up Tim Browne (5) 36 points gross Eamon mc Dermott (4) 31 points third Davey Deeney (13) 35 points . The CSS was 34 points. Due the stormy conditions on Sunday the members competition was cancelled.Last Man Standing Portsalon Golf Club have arranged a last man standing fund raising event. Full details of this fun event is available in the clubhouse. Entry into the last man event will be €10Captains OutingOne of the onerous tasks bestowed on the vice captain is to organise the captains outing. The vice captain Dermot Boyce has this year arrange a remarkable golfing feast with golf to take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013. The event will be staged at our twinned partner Headford Golf Course Kells Co Meath .With hotel accommodation arranged at the Headford Arms Hotel one night bed & breakfast and one evening meal and lunch on Sunday. Golf has been arranged on the Old course on Saturday and on the new course on Sunday. The all in price for accommodation and golf is €100. As places are limited and the list is filling up for further details contact the clubhouse on 0749259459 or contact the vice captain Dermot Boyce. Please forward your name and deposit of €50 to either Dermot Boyce or to the office staff. Remember if no deposit is paid there will be no reservation made.Events On Saturday 14th September there is an open gents stableford competition and on Sunday 15th September it’s a members competition. On Wednesday18th September an 18 hole open gents competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS – PORTSALON HAS SPECIAL OFFERS FOR NEW MEMBERS was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:Portsalon Golf Club Notes