Ramires leaves Chelsea for China; Pato arrivesLONDON (AP):Brazil midfielder Ramires left Chelsea yesterday as compatriot Alexandre Pato arrived in London to join with the Premier League champions.After more than five years at Chelsea, Ramires signed for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The transfer fee, reported by China’s official Xinhua News Agency to be around £25 million ($36 million), is a record for Chinese football.Chelsea are set to add Pato to their squad until the end of the season. The forward flew in from Brazil to complete an expected loan move from Corinthians.Durant hits 44 points for ThunderNEW YORK (AP):Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points, including the basket that tied the game in regulation time, and the Thunder went on to win 128-122 in overtime at the New York Knicks on Tuesday.The Knicks put up a gallant showing without injured leading scorer Carmelo Anthony but the Thunder won to maintain a 13-game lead atop the NBA’s Northwest Division, ahead of Portland, which had a home win against Sacramento.Among other results, the Los Angeles Clippers held on to win narrowly at Indiana, and Toronto tied a franchise record with its ninth straight win, defeating Washington.Oklahoma City’s Durant hit the tying jumper with 16.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored seven points in overtime.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Manchester United, tying him to the Premier League club until at least 2020. United announced the new deal for its manager on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)Jose Mourinho believes he is laying the foundations for a sustained period of success at Manchester United, and he now plans to stay even longer.The manager, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in 2016 on a three-year deal, signed a new contract on Thursday through 2020.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Although United is second in the standings, Manchester City is 12 points in front. United has not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering a record-extending 20th English title.“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Mourinho is a two-time Champions League winner, with FC Porto and Inter Milan. He has won eight league titles since 2002 across four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), three of them coming in the Premier League with Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future,” said Mourinho, who also has an option to stay for a further year under the terms of the new contract.In his first season in charge, the Portuguese coach won the League Cup, the Europa League and Community Shield.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season— but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for,” Mourinho said. “We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”United is still in realistic contention for two trophies this campaign — the FA Cup and Champions League — but the next task is to mount a credible Premier League title challenge. Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copa
The Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier has warned that the commission would not give up investigating acts of corruption at the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).“They are a government institution and we will be looking at what they are doing, especially about any suspicion of corruption, we will immediately go there to investigate it. We are going to look at your financial system and accountability,” Cllr. Verdier warned.He gave the forewarning last Friday when he addressed a two –day retreat in Bensonville city, organized by the BIN.Interestingly, the LACC Chairman did not clearly say whether corruption was on the increase at the bureau. Instead, he told the gathering that the BIN was a government institution that is responsible for several basic security activities in the country.“The BIN is a government institution that is under our microscope and we are encouraging them to examine themselves basically because of the kinds of work they do. We are going to look at their financial processes and examine their work,” Cllr. Verdier maintained.“I warn you to look at your assessment capacity; your behavior determines that you have a professional duty. Look at your integrity, look at your financial policy and your system of accountability, look at your professional behavior because we are going to watch you seriously, I am coming to you very soon,” he warned.He also concluded by warning the BIN authority, “Make sure that you are complying with all of the Public Procurement and Concession and Commission (PPCC) procedures.”Before his warning, Cllr. Verdier told the gathering that “I know many of you people were wondering what the LACC boss was doing at the retreat. I believe some of you may have said he has come here to investigate us,” explaining, “I am here to see the BIN progression and growth and to know the challenges and how we can solve them, because I worked with the Justice and Security Sector that was responsible for your sector, BIN.”Surprisingly after Cllr. Verdier’s warning, the BIN Commissioner, Col. Lemuel Reeves publicly confessed: “I must admit that Verdier is my good friend, but I have been praying not to appear before him in a negative manner and I know that I will not do that either.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh of FC Fassill would be dismissed today if he loses to Aries FC at the Blue Field in the ongoing Coca-Cola tournament.The 34-year-old has been warned of losing his job along with his deputy, physical and goalkeeper trainer and team manager if he failed to win the highly-contested tournament over a dishonorable 4-0 defeat by NPA ‘Ruthless’ Anchors on Saturday.NPA Anchor sits at the top of Group B with three-goal lead, followed by the Invincible Eleven (IE), having pinned Aries, 1-0.If Coach Abraham Sesay’s boys had converted all their close-up shots, FC Fassell would have conceived 8-0 in a tournament which was bargained by their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cassell A. Kuoh.Anchor’s winger Jimmy Taylue netted the first goal through a penalty in the 14th minute which led to the break. Striker Emmanuel Call increased the tally in 64th minute, and substitutes Bill Hiah and Kelvin Dixon sealed their victory, in the 85th and 86th minutes respectively.Howbeit, in a letter dated May 2, which was immediately after the terrible loss, FC Fassell President Reginald K. Nagbe said their performance against NPA was very discouraging and humiliating despite early preparation.Coach Matthew Saygba Julutweh could not be contacted for his reaction.A source said Coach Julutweh isn’t surprise of the “unprofessional warning from FC Fassell” issued immediately after the inexcusable 4-0 defeat and is considering resigning at an appropriate time to avoid the continuous discomfited and unethical manner from FC Fassell. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Phagwah season draws near, persons participating are being reminded to take necessary health precautions.It has been observed that people would use water from nearby trenches, drains and gutters to play Phagwah instead of water from the taps.The Public Health Ministry, through its Environmental Health Department, is asking persons to desist from such acts.Principal Environmental Health Officer Abigail Liverpool, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), disclosed that using dirty water could result in serious illnesses and skin infections.“We have to be very careful because the trench water is often times contaminated from effluent that is coming from pit latrines and septic tanks, and they contain bacteria and micro-organisms which can make people sick.”She added that in some areas throughout Guyana, the use of ‘trench water’ and mud was common. She said that if a person came into contact with dirty water while observing Phagwah, there were immediate actions that must be taken to prevent illnesses/infections.“In the event, should anyone ingest dirty water, you should try to consume a lot of water, pure water so that it helps to flush it out…same thing when it comes to the dirty water getting on their skin or the trench water getting on their skin. Wash it off properly, with clean water and soap.”The health official reminded that the Ministry upheld the mandate of good health and wellness for Guyanese; whether through work, play or otherwise, healthy habits must be adopted, resulting in the achievement of a healthier nation.
ANSA McAL emergency sole sourcingTwo local companies are confident they could have supplied “emergency drugs” to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation for less than half of the total $606 million paid to Trinidadian firm ANSA McAL. After analysing the quotation involved in that transaction, the companies have said the Georgetown Hospital could have saved more than $300 million on this transaction alone, and there would have been added benefits to the economy from having some of the products manufactured right here in Guyana.One local supplier also questioned how is it that ANSA McAL knew there was a shortage of these specific drugs, to be able to bring them in. Further, the supplier emphasised that ANSA McAL does not stock those specific drugs.Management of the Georgetown Hospital has been accused of deliberating creating an emergency situation in order to sole source drugs from its preferred supplier. It has cancelled and delayed four out of its five public tenders within the last four months, thereby creating a situation wherein there was a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals.When contacted, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Georgetown Hospital, Allan Johnson, refused to speak on the matter, and questions asked were repeatedly met with this answer: “No, thank you”.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who had a role in approving the awarding of the $606 million contract to the Trinidadian firm, also refused to speak to reporters on the issue. On the sidelines of a parliamentary sitting on Thursday, Lawrence told media operatives, “I am not for sale, and neither is my integrity.” The Minister has, however, promised to release a statement on the matter.In a letter dated February 28, 2017, Johnson thanked the Minister for authorising the procurement of medical supplies from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200, even though local firms could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at better prices.Cheaper pricesQuestions are now being raised regarding why local firms which could have supplied the pharmaceuticals at cheaper prices had been sidelined. It raises the issue of motive and possible corruption, which is reminiscent of the earlier decision to rent a non-existent pharma warehouse.In a Kaieteur News report, ANSA McAL claimed it had submitted a bid for the $606 million contract; but according to information received, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, six companies, including ANSA McAL, had each submitted a bid in response to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s public tender for pharmaceuticals. In fact, the list of participating companies and their respective bid totals were published in KN on February 15. Moreover, on the same day, Georgetown Public Hospital also requested quotations, not bids, for emergency supplies based on availability, after it had belatedly cancelled yet another tender for emergency supplies. There was therefore no bidding process for the emergency supplies, as is being alleged.Given the magnitude of this transaction with ANSA McAL, there is a strong possibility that it would impact the public tender/quantities which are still under consideration, and that must be of concern to the five other bidders.Meanwhile another local company, NEW GPC, pointed out on Wednesday that it could have supplied many of the items instantaneously, since there is usually inventory on hand. In a worst-case scenario, the company said, the delay would have been less than a few days to get the products manufactured right here in Guyana.“NEW GPC has surveyed some of the items it manufactures locally and some imported against ANSA McAL, and the company’s prices are significantly cheaper. NEW GPC’s prices could be independently confirmed by reviewing recent bid submissions to the Tender Board in 2016 and 2017,” the firm stated.Additionally, NEW GPC has said that by utilising its established and reliable supply chain, it could have quicker supplied even the items to be imported; for instance, a Clindamycin injection, for which ANSA McAL’s price was 12 times that of the NEW GPC’s. For Diclofenac tablets, the NEW GPC has said, ANSA McAL’s price was 15 times its price; and for Clotrimazole cream, which is made locally, ANSA McAL’s price was as much as 23 times the New GPC’s price. From merely 16 of the 118 items surveyed, the Georgetown Hospital would have saved over G$100 million of taxpayers’ money had it purchased those items from the NEW GPC.The local manufacturing giant strongly believes its quotations are being deliberately excluded, or timed in such a manner as to facilitate ANSA McAL. “Case in point is the Georgetown Hospital’s recent purchase of Oxytocin (Item# 114) from ANSA McAL when NEW GPC had inventory on hand and offered it at what is now confirmed at a fraction of the price. In any case, what reason could there be for an emergency purchase from ANSA McAL if NEW GPC was offering stock on hand at a better price? And what about other local suppliers?” NEW GPC questioned.NEW GPC also noted that in recent meetings with suppliers, Georgetown Public Hospital’s senior management insisted that they would seek out the lowest price to determine tender awards.“Choosing to do business with ANSA McAL with these exorbitant prices is contrary to that publicly stated position and is tantamount to misleading the other bidders who were present,” NEW GPC said.The company also highlighted that the Georgetown Public Hospital’s previous preference for cheapest prices created the opportunity for some importers to supply inferior products at the exclusion of locally manufactured items, and this most certainly had adverse consequences on patients.NEW GPC also noted, with concern, the Georgetown Hospital’s recent removal of the 10 per cent preferential treatment.“Which Guyanese company could realistically secure a contract from the Trinidad Government for US$3 million in pharmaceuticals; and moreover do this outside of public tender – and for the supply of products from extra regional sources, since ANSA McAL is not a manufacturer?” NEW GPC has asked.
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Red Diadem beat Belle Fleur by 2 lengths Friday in the $52,300 feature race for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita in Arcadia. Red Diadem, ridden by Victor Espinoza, ran 6 furlongs on the turf course in 1:12.61 and paid $18.60, $7.20 and $4. The 4-year-old British-bred daughter of Pivotal earned $30,000 for her second victory in 10 starts to push her career total to $71,454. Belle Fleur returned $4.40 and $3.20, and Darkness Night paid $2.80 to show. Mayan King rules at Aqueduct: Mayan King fought off a strong stretch challenge from Monopoly Pricing for a half-length victory in the $58,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct in New York. Mayan King, a 5-year-old, won for the fifth time in 10 career starts. The winner set the pace in the 1 1/16-mile race until Monopoly Pricing poked a head in front in midstretch. Ridden by Mike Luzzi and trained by Gary Contessa, Mayan King was timed in 1:43.38 on a fast track. Mayan King, coupled in the betting with fourth-place finisher Malibu Moonshine, paid $5.70, $3 and $2.40. Monopoly Pricing returned $4.20 and $3.40. Evening Attire showed at $4.50. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“They’re here whether there is a shelter or not,” he said. “The majority of people I’ve dealt with (at past shelters) are willing and ready to work.” Paul Novak, an Antonovich aide, said he plans report back the results “before any decisions are made.” The Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation has operated the shelter for the past eight years under contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. But before the agency could grant SCCDC this year’s contract, the nonprofit organization must have a shelter site – currently the county’s responsibility. “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Andy Pattantyus, an SCCDC board member, said Thursday. “We’re saddened and disappointed by the reaction. We came purely to answer questions and be factual.” Some believe fear mongering has made any discussion of the issue difficult. Prior to the meeting, a second anonymous flier circulated prior in Castaic tied the proposed shelter to a “major crime increase” and urged residents to attend the Town Council meeting to protect the community from “sex offenders, panhandling, loitering, drug abuse … and a decrease in your quality of life.” “It is not conducive to a healthy discussion when there are anonymous fliers circulating misinformation,” said Jana Cooley, Antonovich’s children’s services deputy. Shelter security searches each person, and anyone found possessing weapons, drugs or alcohol would be arrested, organizers said. Speakers – many identified themselves as law enforcement professionals – claimed the shelter would encourage homeless to linger and bring crime to this unincorporated community of of more than 22,000 northwest of Santa Clarita. One offered a petition of more than 600 signatures against the shelter plan. Another presented statistics showing crime increases near the Via Princessa Metrolink station in Canyon Country, where the shelter was staged for two years. Resident Chuck Kovach compared chronic homelessness to a cancer. “You don’t transplant it to another part and hope for immunity,” he said. “You cannot provide help for people who don’t want to help themselves.” Sheriff’s officials acknowledged that crime has trended up in that community, but it bares no direct link with the shelter. “There is an increase to begin with, which is related to residential growth,” said Sgt. Roger Wallace, who oversees the unincorporated communities west of Interstate 5. “But there isn’t an increase in reported crime in the area due to the shelter. (Crime statistics) are very subjective. It takes an in-depth investigation.” “We heard a lot of information tonight,” Lewis said. “Some of that is speculation; some of it a lot of fear. There are genuine people in the community that need our help.” He added he was skeptical an active criminal would go to a shelter sitting behind the gates of the county lockup. Still, some town council members were not swayed “With the homeless shelter in Castaic, I do not see a community benefit with it,” Kelly said. Fancett said the community already has to deal with occasional jail escapes: “I feel we’ve done our fair share.” Lewis supports the shelter, but faulted officials with failing to offer a strong case before the public. He said the lack of a location next year doesn’t inspire confidence. “I don’t think the city or the county has come up with valid, solid answers,” he said. “There has not been enough information. … I think everybody is doing a horrible job. I don’t think this will be resolved in the period of time you want it opened.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The visitor’s parking lot at the Pitchess jail – separated from the nearest residential street by an eight-lane Interstate 5 – was suggested as this winter’s county shelter site. It would offer warm cots and a hot meal for up to 40 people from Dec. 1 to March 15, then reopen at a yet-undetermined city site in December 2006. Town council members John Kunak, Bart Davidson, Paul Fancett and Robert Kelly voted in support of a resolution against locating the shelter at the jail or anywhere else in Castaic. Councilmen Lloyd Carder, Phil Hof and Bob Lewis dissented. Council members Bruce Van Wetter abstained, while Joanne Carras and Patti Gustafsson were absent during voting. “I’m still not convinced that this couldn’t work,” said Kunak, president of the local policy advisory council organized by Antonovich. “But if it’s going to cause the community to be on edge in these winter months, I’m not sure if I can support it.” Hof said there was nothing to fear from local homeless, and urged residents to open their community to those less fortunate. CASTAIC – The Castaic Town Council rejected a county proposal to operate a seasonal homeless shelter on the grounds of the Pitchess Detention Center, a decision that has forced officials to reassess what they thought would be a longterm solution in staging the embattled relief program. The narrow 4-3 vote Wednesday night came in the second of two contentious meetings on the issue as more than a dozen angry residents faulted local and county officials for even considering a plan they believe would increase crime and damage their quality of life, even though sheriff’s officials assured it wasn’t the case at past shelter sites. “I’m a little bit more concerned about the children in the neighborhood,” resident Starlet Derby said before than 100 at the standing-room only crowd. “A lot of homeless people – they should be heavily medicated. … I don’t think it’s the wisest choice.” Under the proposal from 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, a Santa Clarita Valley-based emergency winter shelter would be staged at four to six sites in the unincorporated areas and the city of Santa Clarita, with each jurisdiction hosting on alternate years.