MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Middle-order batsman Darren Bravo says the series of defeats suffered by the West Indies in recent times is as a result of the batsmen’s lack of confidence.Bravo scored a century in the West Indies innings and 212-run loss to the Aussies in the first Test on the heels of a crushing defeat at the hands of a Rookie Cricket Australia 11.In October, the Caribbean cricketers were beaten two-nil by Sri Lanka in a Test series, where Bravo was one of only two batsmen to score 50s.”It’s just a matter of confidence,” Bravo said.”Coming in to this series, most of our batsmen didn’t really have that confidence. We lost the series in Sri Lanka; we lost the practice game as well in Brisbane. It’s a matter of confidence.”West Indies were bowled out for 223 and 148 in the first Test against Australia in Hobart, with the second-innings highlight being Kraigg Brathwaite’s 94.In their drawn warm-up match against Victoria X1, Brathwaite followed up his Test performance with a score of 78; Jermaine Blackwood rebounded from failing to get off the mark twice with a score of 69; while Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin scored 45 and 38, respectively.NEED TO STAY AT CREASEBravo is confident that the West Indies can accumulate runs against Australia once their batsmen occupy the crease.”It’s important that whenever we go to bat we spend some time out in the middle. If we spend time, we’re definitely going to score runs,” said Bravo.”Naturally, we play aggressive cricket, where batting is concerned. It’s just a matter of us spending time out in the middle and putting up a very good fight.”West Indies kicked off their training at the MCG with a session yesterday ahead of the second Test, which begins on Boxing Day.The Aussies are due to start their training today.In the meantime, Australia have added fast bowler Scott Boland to their squad as a replacement for the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.”The Australian bowlers, they have a plan [on] exactly how they want to get us out,” he said. “You respect the good balls and put away the bad balls. Yes, they are a very good team, but at the end of the day, they are still humans,” said Bravo.”I believe the guys have that sort of resilience in them. Most of us have scored international hundreds. We have proven that we are definitely capable of playing at this level. It is just a matter of going out there and spending some time.”
Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ The Tamaraws’ 6-foot-7 center has been out of the team’s roster after suffering a high ankle sprain on his left leg in the early part of their 82-62 loss to Ateneo.Since then, FEU’s slide has continued until FEU, once in the top 3, dropped the fifth seed with a 5-6 record with just a few games left in the elimination round.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 ChrissOrizu, though, is eager to put a stop to his team’s misery as he plans to return to action on Sunday when the Tamaraws take on University of the East.“The doctors said I’m doing pretty well, my recovery’s pretty fast, I just hope I can recover fast enough so by next game I’m there,” said Orizu who admitted he frustrated with how opposing big men bullied the FEU defense. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Angelo Kouame pounded FEU’s interior to the tune of 33 points and 27 rebounds right after Orizu went down with the injury, and the Tamaraws’ troubles underneath the basket continued for the next two games.Bright Akhuetie had his way against the Tamaraws finishing with 20 points and 11 rebounds in UP’s 95-82 win while Santi Santillan and Justine Baltazar combined for 27 points and 20 rebounds in La Salle’s 65-57 victory.“If I was there it would be a lot different,” said Orizu. “If I’m there these guys won’t make those easy baskets, they’re going to bleed for it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Far Eastern University is in the midst of a disappointing four-game losing streak in the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament and a large reason for that was the absence of the injured Prince Orizu.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Downward spiral leaves FEU Tamaraws fighting for survival Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Dear Editor,In a section of the media on May 1, 2005, Mr Raphael Trotman was quoted as saying “I would like to be part of a movement for change and I reject the current form of politics being practiced in Guyana.” In that same article, Mr Trotman reaffirmed his commitment to an independent Parliament. Let us reflect on this commitment to an independent Parliament. Has the Speaker Dr Barton Scotland not acknowledged that the motion had been affirmed and ruled upon to allow for the official notification of the decision to be dispatched to the mover of the motion – the Opposition Leader? Has the Opposition Leader received the notification? Yes! So proper Parliamentary procedures were followed, and the process should have been deemed as complete.But not so in the books of these people who are on a far-fetched journey to blatantly sabotage the Constitution. Has the Speaker lost all his constitutional powers because the APNU/AFC – PNC-led de facto regime says so? Isn’t the house regulated from the Speaker’s chair? Has the Speaker not ruled? They should seek proper guidance, and there is no better source than the book called the ‘Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings, and Usage of Parliament’ written by the father of Parliamentary procedures in the British Commonwealth, Mr Erskine May.Much of the Parliamentary procedures in practice today were developed over centuries across the British Commonwealth. Guyana’s Constitution was derived from such a system and there is a precedent that supports the position that the Speaker acted correctly on December 21, 2018. In Mr May’s most informed authoritative book on Parliamentary procedures it clearly states that “when the measure or policy of Ministers is condemned by Parliament, a change of administration restores agreement…” Mr May further stated that “Ministers are responsible to the Parliament and so long as they are able to retain confidence from the Parliament, the harmonious actions of the several estates of the realm are secured.” Then Mr May went on to state that the “necessity of refusing to assent is removed by the strict observance of the constitutional principle that the (head of state) has no will but that of its Ministers who only continue to serve in that capacity so long as they retain the confidence of Parliament”.This de facto Granger regime, that has lost the confidence of the majority of the House (Article 106 of the Constitution), ought to have resigned by now and submit themselves to this 90 day period as a caretaker Government. But instead they have taken the decision to migrate from the realm of legitimacy to illegitimacy and from their now bastardised seats, are choosing to engage in mathematical fantasy.The glorious art of mathematics guides us on this matter. By way of a paper authored by the William D Hacker Professor of Economics and Political Science, Professor Charles R Plott, he clearly put to rest what is a majority.Professor Plott asked an important question – What is the constraint to achieving a majority? In Guyana’s case, the constitution said “all the elected members” can vote. That number is 65 and it is an odd number, these are the constraints. On that fateful night, all 65 elected members were present and voted, so one of the constraints was fulfilled. On the second one, Professor Plott instructs that in the case of an odd number, the majority must be derived from the formula as follows:MAJORITY = (m+1)/2where m is the number of eligible voters (in Guyana’s case 65).MAJORITY = (65+1)/2 = 66/2 = 33.Following Professor Plott’s guidelines, a majority in the Guyanese Parliament is 33.But I did not need the wisdom of the esteemed and celebrated Professor from Caltech, a world-renowned educational institution that is ranked No 5 in the world to tell me this. I learned this elementary stuff in high school in Guyana from a Sri Lankan who taught me three types of Mathematics during my Bishops High and Queens College days – Pure Maths, Additional Maths, Further Maths. So why are the PNC and AFC political parties behaving in this manner and trying to sell me and the rest of the Guyanese nation an untruth?I am hoping Mr Trotman remembers his words and reject this sort of politics as he alluded to 13 years ago. He might be the last hope as it appears that elementary common sense has now departed the minds of all the other lawyers with allegiance to the PNC and AFC. I am hoping that good sense prevails.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singh,MSc – Finance, ACCA
The Guyana Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) has received 27 complaints from customers whose vehicles were repossessed by their respective auto dealer.In addressing this concern, its Chairman, Ronald Burch-Smith is in support of the move by auto dealers since the customers were unable to meet their payment deadlines but in some cases, the customers were half way through their payments. Guyana Times understands that auto dealers generally take it upon themselves to have vehicles seized from the customer who fails to meet an instalment date. Some persons argued that this method was unfair since the customer is left with nothing in their wallets, even after making most of the payments required for the vehicle.It is understood that while it might be fair for the auto dealers to repossess the vehicle, it leaves the customer out at sea, since all their payments are generally flushed away.This move was however supported by the Chairman of the CCAC, who noted that the process is legal. He explained, “The short answer is yes, but the long answer is that it depends on the terms of the contract so the way a hire purchase agreement works is that you are really renting and when you (are) finished paying for it, that is when you own it”. He made reference to the fact that there is a need for a standardised contract between the two parties which is likely to address these issues.It was however on that note that the Chairman pointed out that customers often brush aside the fine print in contracts and would place their signatures, not realising what they are signing to.“People don’t actually read the contract to understand their obligations which they frequently rely on the form of assurances from employees who work at the auto dealer so (if) they are running short on their payments, if they have had an accident, (if) they are late frequently (and say) I’ll come next week, I’ll come next month but the terms say if you don’t pay, they can repossess the vehicles,” he explained.Burch-Smith added that concerns were also brought to the attention of the CCAC as it relates to vehicular insurance. He pointed out, “There have been issues in the past about insurance, persons who are paying dealers for insurance were complaining that they pay expecting comprehensive insurance and when they actually checked it, they found that it’s part insurance”.He noted the importance of customers making their own insurance arrangements so as to prevent such cases.Standardised contractAmong the things that are likely to bring order in this sector, the Chairman noted, was a standardised contract for all auto dealers or a revised hire purchase agreement.“One of the things about the auto industry is that many of the dealers offer payment terms (and) the contracts aren’t standard and they are sometimes unfair…I think one of the things that would make a big difference is a revised hire purchase agreement that gives clearer provisions and maybe set standard terms so that everyone is regulated by the same terms,” the lawyer stated.This is likely to bring order in that all auto dealers will be required to offer the same Terms of Reference to customers, which most would be familiar with.Guyana Times was informed that while some dealers would be lenient with its customers who are unable to meet their due dates for instalments, others would anxiously await the opportunity to repossess the vehicles.
Police on the West Bank of Demerara are investigating the death of a woman of unsound mind whose lifeless body was found at her home on Friday.The woman, Merle Anthony Lee, who lived at Lot 130 Unity Street La Grange, West Bank Demerara, is said to be about 56 years old.The discovery was made around 10:00h by her nephew, Samuel Lee, a lecturer at the University of Guyana who resides nearby.According to the woman’s nephew, he did not see his aunt on Friday morning and as such went to check on her. It was at that time, he discovered that the woman’s clothing was scattered in the house and yard.It was after a continuous search that the man found his aunt’s lifeless body lying naked in a concrete drain.However, Jermin Kendall, the woman’s cousin, said that he last saw Lee alive, sitting at her front step.Police were summoned to the scene where they discovered the woman’s body with bruises on the legs. The body is presently at Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.
SARA’s anti-corruption walk…walk politically motivated, will not change status quoGuyanese are demanding more action to root out, and in other instances, significantly reduce Government and systemic corruption in order to boost public morale and confidence, while at the same time strengthening law enforcement agencies and the Judiciary to prosecute those who are guilty regardless of their rank and file or political affiliation. They do not need more politically coated rhetoric or walks as these will have no impact on changing Guyana’s current status quo or intensifying the fight against corruption.Those are the sentiments being expressed by several prominent independent commentators and heads of various agencies that have doubts about the Anti-Corruption walk being put on by the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) tomorrow.Social activist and Attorney, Christopher Ram told Guyana Times on Wednesday that he can’t see what possible change that specific march could bring to help in the fight against corruption. “I will be pleasantly surprised if it did,” he said. The popular activist feels the activity is merely a public relations stunt being put on by SARA and it is a total waste of time and money.Asked whether he would be critical of persons who will participate in this and similar marches given the fact that there are still many unresolved issues in relation to corruption, Ram said it should be an exercise of choice. “I think it would be interesting to find out from them why is it they have chosen to take part.”Outspoken economist and commentator Ramon Gaskin told this newspaper that he finds the march as being extremely odd that a law enforcement agency would get involved in such an event. “No law enforcement agency will do a march to tell you what a criminal offence is. Corruption in this country is a criminal offence. Normally marches are associated with other human and civil rights issue,” he said.Gaskin said he nevertheless finds the idea “entirely ridiculous” and also a waste of time and energy. “SARA should get down to the business of tackling corruption rather than marching on the road,” he added. Questioned as to whether he thinks it is politically motivated, the commentator said it demonstrates “pure ignorance and stupidity on the part of all those who came up with this brilliant idea.”Meanwhile, in providing his views on the march, Head of the Transparency Institute of Guyana, Troy Thomas told Guyana Times that he sees it as an avenue to raise awareness about corruption. While Thomas was not too confident about whether it will indeed yield any specific results to end corruption, he said the initiative could be seen as an avenue to bring people up to date with what’s happening.He said, “I think in order to have an impact on the state of affairs in the country, you need sustained effort to address those matters. You don’t only need a march, you need to tackle it from several different angles. So, the march is good to bring awareness, but that in itself will not change anything.”While the Transparency Institute was one of the organisations that has received an invitation to attend the march, Thomas said he is not aware if the march is being organised by SARA or the Government. However, he is not under the impression that Government is involved and it would be better that way.The march comes at a time when two former senior Government officials that worked under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration were charged in relation to the sale of three State lands. Thomas said he doesn’t know how long before this event was planned. “If this march is somehow being used to bring attention to those issues that would be the wrong purpose. I didn’t get the sense that that was what it was, but if it is then TIGI will have a big problem with it,” the official added.While TIGI supports State assets recovery, Thomas did mention that he is aware of the concerns regarding how the agency was organised and potentially how it went about its operation. As such, he noted that SARA should be careful when it comes to issues because there may have some issues within the organisation with persons making certain public statements, which he does not support.“And that sort of behaviour, in my view, affects the perception that that they are an impartial agency. And I would strongly recommend that SARA addresses that and form up their image. They can’t be seen to be partisan in any way, given the purpose that they are serving,” he asserted.Contact was also made with President of the Guyana Bar Association, Kamal Ramkarran, who told this publication that he hasn’t seen any reference to the march anywhere and doesn’t have a position on it, simply because it was not brought up for discussion by the Association’s executive.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has declined an invitation extended to him by Head of the Agency, Dr Clive Thomas to participate in a march. In declining the invitation, the Opposition Leader said he viewed the walk as it is – a mere “smokescreen” to detract from the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency, and accountability.Furthermore, he added that he would not participate in such a walk while members of successive People’s PPP Governments and other public officials have been discriminated against, victimised, and targeted by a State-sponsored witch-hunt on frivolous manufactured charges.
Photo Gallery: 4-car crash on Colima HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Three people were injured Thursday morning after a Ford Focus crossed into opposing traffic and triggered a 4-vehicle crash that closed down part of Colima Road for four hours. One of the drivers was trapped and firefighters cut the top of her car to free her. She sustained critical injuries and was flown to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. Two other drivers suffered minor injuries. The 7:55 a.m. collision occurred at Colima Road and Casino Drive. “Firefighters had to cut her out of the car,” Stage said. A helicopter took Lee to the hospital. She was still in in critical but stable condition, said CHP Sgt. Charlie Sampson. He said the 17-year-old Whittier boy driving the Focus wasn’t injured. The Endeavor’s driver, Clementina Zabayle, 57, of Hacienda Heights, and the Dodge pickup’s driver, Stephen Bibayoff, 46, of Whittier, suffered minor injuries in the crash. Only Zabayle was taken to a Whittier hospital. No one was cited or arrested. Sampson said the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined and the investigation is ongoing. The CHP closed down the southbound lanes of Colima Road at Camino Del Sur and just after Casino Drive. A section of one northbound lane of Colima Road at Casino Drive was also shut down. Drivers heading to Whittier on Colima Road had to find alternate routes. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’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! CHP Officer Raquel Stage said the Focus was traveling north on Colima Road when for some unknown reason, the 17-year-old driver veered to the right then to the left, went across the left turn pocket, the median and hit a Mitsubishi Galant heading southbound. “After the Focus hits the Galant, it spins out of control. (The Galant) and the sport utility vehicle collide,” Stage said. The impact sent the SUV, which is the Endeavor, over the side of the road. It hit a wooden picnic table. The out-of-control Focus then struck the Dodge pickup truck which ended up partly on the median. The Galant’s driver, identified as 23-year-old Victoria Lee of Hacienda Heights, was trapped in her smashed car.
MONITORING: System should ease San Diego and Century freeway connections. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER The South Bay’s system for managing traffic is creeping into the 21st century, with a few dozen intersections being monitored from a county facility in Alhambra. At a control room equipped with giant screens, engineers can watch traffic flow in real time, adjust signal patterns and dispatch maintenance crews to fix malfunctioning traffic lights. Such a system has been in place for years in high-traffic areas of Los Angeles. Now, with more than $13 million in grant funding, the county has built its own traffic center to handle congestion throughout the region. In recent weeks, the first 51 intersections came online. They are clustered around the San Diego (405) and Century (105) freeways on major streets in El Segundo, Hawthorne, Gardena and South Los Angeles. “The cities worked for a long time to make this happen,” said Kim Fuentes, deputy executive director of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. “You have to do this jointly. There was a lot of coordination.” Several county and city officials gathered Monday at the headquarters of the Los Angeles County Public Works Department in Alhambra to celebrate a major step forward in county traffic operations. “We all have the nightmare of traffic in our daily commutes,” said Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. “This is an important day for the South Bay.” But much work remains to be done. The county plans to eventually bring another 900 intersections into the system, about 300 of which will be in the South Bay. In Torrance, the city has plans to build its own traffic management center. Jane White, the manager of the county’s center, called Torrance’s existing system “rudimentary.” Engineers there are able to set up synchronized patterns for traffic lights, but cannot adjust those patterns based on traffic conditions. If a signal malfunctions, the city has to learn about it from motorists or city workers, and then has to dispatch a crew to drive out and fix it. “We don’t have an overall system that allows us to go look or make modifications,” said Robert Beste, the city’s public works director. Torrance has selected a contractor to build its traffic center, which will be a radically scaled down version of the county’s center in Alhambra. Once it is online, Torrance will be able to share information with the county, but will retain control over its own intersections. The county spent about $2 million to remodel its facility, and another $10 million on a wireless communication system that links up each signal. The computer system cost about $1.5 million, White said. Often engineers can fix a problem using the wireless system. If not, a crew can be dispatched immediately, without waiting for a commuter to call in and complain. A signal that might take four to five hours to repair with the old system now might take one or two hours, said Phil Phan, an associate civil engineer with county public works. Another advantage is that roads controlled by state and local jurisdictions can all be coordinated in one place. The signals brought online recently are along Normandie Avenue, Aviation Boulevard, Rosecrans Avenue, El Segundo Boulevard and Imperial Highway. Fuentes said additional intersections in Lawndale, Carson, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Gardena, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance and Lomita will eventually be linked to the county system. In Carson, the high-tech signals will be on the major east-west corridors – Carson Street, Torrance Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard, 223rd Street and Victoria Street – according to city traffic engineer Richard Garland. The goal is a smoother ride through often clogged South Bay streets. “We need to have this intergovernmental cooperation,” Redondo Beach Councilman Steve Diels said. “If just Redondo Beach had its signals synchronized, and then you get into another city and – bam – you’re stopped, that doesn’t make any sense.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester United are considering a January swoop for Valencia full-back Jose Luis Gaya.Louis van Gaal is on the hunt for reinforcements at left-back after Luke Shaw broke his leg against PSV.The England international is expected to be out for over six months and United are keen to strengthen their defence.That, according to fichajes.net, has led to United weighing up a move for Gaya during the January transfer window.The 20-year-old has been tipped for a big future and has previously been scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid.However, United are hoping to pip everyone to the Spaniard’s signature and can secure him if they pay his £36m release-clause. 1 Jose Luis Gaya
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe local Red Cross has been in chaos since September, when it was discovered that then-CEO Angie Turner had hired a convicted embezzler as her top fundraising officer. The ensuing personnel fallout resulted in the resignation or dismissal of multiple executives, and numerous lawsuits against the chapter and Turner. Questions about Turner’s leadership dredged up her conviction and imprisonment from the 1980s for her involvement in an international heroin ring, which was unknown to all but two board members. Turner resigned in early February, and French becomes the fifth person to hold the interim CEO position. Red Cross officials and community leaders say he is an excellent choice for the six to eight months it will take to find a permanent CEO. “He’s the kind of person that an important organization like the Red Cross needs to come back from the experiences they’ve had to deal with the past several months,” said Darryl Dunn, general manager of the Rose Bowl and a former Red Cross board member. Don McIntyre, the former Pasadena city manager who led a blue ribbon committee that assessed the chapter’s management problems, said French was “probably the most logical appointment, from my perspective.” French is taking the helm of a chapter where donations have dropped about 30 percent in the current fiscal year. It faces operating deficits in the next year, too. French is not in a “caretaker” position, said board Chairman Michael Zoeller, and will have his “hands full with putting the Red Cross back on track.” But he has the Red Cross experience and the respect of the community to make that happen, Zoeller said. French said there is a perception in the community – partially deserved, he said – that the Red Cross has used bad judgment with employment issues and Hurricane Katrina fundraising. Trust is the most important aspect of any relationship, French said, and the community must trust the Red Cross enough to support it. He said he’ll earn it back by calling for greater relevance to the community, efficiency, accountability and transparency. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Jack French, the former longtime head of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, said he hopes to restore the community’s trust and confidence in the American Red Cross when he becomes its interim CEO today. French, 68, is coming out of retirement to assist the troubled San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the Red Cross. French is also returning to an organization he led from 1976 to 1981 before serving for 19 years as CEO of the Tournament. French said there are many challenges facing the Red Cross, but that taking the job was the “right thing to do.” He said he has skills to “reinvent” the organization and to “try to restore the confidence of the community, and the trust and support and morale of the staff and volunteers.”