Reflection of society The massive and intense media attention schoolboy football has garnered recently has highlighted many aspiring young, talented players and has turned many into overnight stars. However, these regularly televised schoolboy football matches have highlighted another fact: that the phenomenon of bleaching has engulfed our secondary institutions and their sports figures. Its popularity with young people, especially those involved in sports, is a growing sensation, and The Gleaner sought the insight of a few high school principals on how widespread the phenomenon is in their schools among student athletes. Holy Trinity and Cornwall College’s principals, Margaret Brissett-Bolt and Dr Lennox Rowe, respectively, as well as Wolmer’s vice-principal, Osagdoro Asayimwese, all declared a no-tolerance stance on bleaching and that student-athletes found bleaching were not allowed to represent these schools. All three principals admitted that the phenomenon had infested their schools and they had to find ways to discourage it. “My sportsmen and women wouldn’t even think of it. They wouldn’t be selected for rugby, football, netball – none. That is definitely a no-no, ” Brissett-Bolt insisted. Cornwall College’s Rowe held a similar position. “My view is zero tolerance. We do not support it. We do not condone any type of chemical to alter the skin,” he said. “We had students (bleaching) on various teams, and I outlined my stance that if they do it, they are not going to represent the school.” Wolmer’s Asayimwese said they, too, have implemented rules to discourage the behaviour. “At the start of the school year, the principal dictated to and informed the school community that there would be no tolerance for bleaching and where boys were found bleaching, steps were taken to have them have it corrected,” he said. The consensus is that it’s a reflection of the society and students are influenced into the bad habits by their immediate surrounding. But it is said to be generally practised by weaker academic students. Brissett-Bolt believes that the schools can only do so much. “First we had the girls doing it, then the boys. I have seen improvement, but during the holidays, they will bleach again and try to fix it before they come to school,” she said. Brissett-Bolt insists that the phenomenon is not irreversible but that it is now fully engraved on the minds of our young people. And although the authorities are doing everything to keep it out of the schools, it’s not an easy challenge because of its acceptance in the general society.
P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC National team tryouts keep Lady Spikers in top shape ahead of Final 4 match Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The much-awaited Philippine Golf Fair Summer Edition will open at the Blue Leaf Filipinas Convention Center in Macapagal Avenue, Paranaque beginning April 20, 2018.Participated in by leading global golf brands, the event will feature the latest models of premium golf equipment, bags, apparel, footwear, headwear and accessories.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Visitors to the event will be treated to special choice deals including value-for-money product bundles and packages. For bargain hunters, clearance sections are set up offering earlier models of golf equipment, apparel, shoes, and other merchandise. The latest golf shoes by Adidas, Asics, FootJoy, and Nike will be on display. Each golfer who purchases a pair of the new Adidas Tour360 EQT BOA Boost will receive an exquisite Adidas shoe bag. This Adidas golf shoe utilizes climaproof technology that promotes cooling by allowing heat and perspiration to escape through evaporation.Deals will be available for the Nike Tour Premiere golf shoes that combine waterproof and synthetic leather upper with an innovative closure system for comfort and dynamic effect. FootJoy Superlites XP, a proven favorite among golfers, is among the several FootJoy shoe models that will be offered at special prices.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor golfers who have the passion for exquisitely styled golf clubs, leading Japanese brands Honma, Beres, XXIO, Yamaha, and Bridgestone will be showcased. The Beres S-06 metal wood series appeal to players looking for master craftsmanship and premium performance. These feature carbon fiber layered shafts. The Beres S-06 irons are designed with larger sweet spot combined with advanced head technology and lighter yet stronger ARMRQ X-shafts with weight distributed across the shafts. These provide consistent swing weight ratio from short to long irons. Exclusive discounted deals for Beres OS series will be on hand. Golfers who desire extra distance will have the chance to access Yamaha’s popular UD+2 woods and irons will be offered at promotional bundle terms. Srixon and XXIO expand the Japanese brands at the event.TaylorMade’s most technologically advanced driver ever, the M3 model, features a radical departure from traditional driver-face design engineered to perform farther and straighter. It has the revolutionary Twist Face curvature design with a corrective face angle to reduce sidespin. It also features the new Y-Track that offers two seamlessly movable weights, allowing golfers to adjust their loft and weight settings for optimal trajectory and maximum forgiveness. The popular TaylorMade M4 driver has the new hammerhead slot which creates a massive sweet spot that pushes the limits of ball speed to produce distance and forgives across the entire face. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 3-day event will have in-door hitting areas conveniently designed to productively utilize top-notch ball flight monitors. Golfers will be able to productively experience and evaluate their choices of equipment brands and models. The proven Trackman4 ball flight launch monitor will be in full operation and will assist serious golfers to evaluate and analyze swing and club performance. Golf club fitting specialists will provide expert guidance utilizing these powerful ball flight launch monitors.Recently and successfully introduced globally, PING’s game improvement G700 irons will be launched at the event. Giving high priority on power and forgiveness, PING claims that these irons are its longest, highest-flying irons ever with added benefits of playability, dispersion, sound, and aesthetics. PING’s new G400 MAX driver will be available for testing with several choices of leading Japanese after-market shafts like Graphite Design, Fujikura, Mitsubishi, and Mamiya. This driver was rated by US-based blog MyGolfSpy as the “Most Wanted Driver of 2018” because of its stability, dispersion, distance, and sound.The popular, tour leading Titleist 917D2 driver series and 917F2 fairway woods will also be promoted at the event. These golf clubs are designed to give faster ball speed even on off-center shots, afford adjustability, tour-inspired sound that afford players to feel the faster ball speed, and give optimized trajectory and shot shape.The event brings the latest models of golf clubs and merchandise in one convenient air-conditioned location at the Blue Leaf Convention Center near the City of Dreams along Macapagal Avenue in Paranaque City. A one-time entrance fee of P100, valid for all three days of the event, will be charged. It will entitle the visitor to win raffle prizes through out each day. Seniors’ discount will be given while children, 12 years old and below, have free entrance. Event hours are 10am to 8pm. The event’s last day is April 22, 2018. – Contributed articleADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dear Editor,Recently, the media carried an article on the operations of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) arising from a bi-partisan Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services meeting with the senior officials of the NIS. Having read the following: “NIS recorded successive deficits since 2015-GM “(General Manager),” “the current fund stands at $31.9 billion,” “this year, NIS is expected to pay out $23.6 billion with contributions projected to reach $23.2 billion.” As a financial analyst, what was reported was basically confusing to me. Hence, I will enlighten our citizens on my assessment of the operations and future viability of the NIS. 1. I have neither in recent times seen an audited nor unaudited Financial Statements (FSs) in the news media. As a public entity, I am appalled that FSs are not published. Certainly, citizens like myself will be interested in calculating and analysing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in order to assess among others, NIS’ financial position, its performance, its liquidity balance, and its future viability. Some KPIs which an analyst will need in order to determine the viability of this scheme are: its net loss/income margin, its return on investment, its debt to equity ratio, its accumulated surplus, its investment portfolio and income (if any) accruing from those investments, and last but by no means least, its funding of the asset deficit to meet future obligations. 2. I am of the view that since the NIS commenced its operations in September 1969, the composition of its Board of Directors leaves much to be desired. Based on published information over the years, this Board is and continues to lack the appointment of a director(s) with experience on Actuarial Valuation of pension schemes. 3. What should have been discussed at length at that meeting (not reported by the news media) is/are the Report(s) of the Actuary. If the Actuary is Bacon Woodrow and de Souza Limited from Trinidad, that firm is known to be doing high quality work on evaluating pension schemes in Guyana. What has been disclosed by the GM and I quote “based on the last actuarial report, the life of the scheme should come to an end in 2021/22. I am worried and confused by that revelation by the GM. It seems to me that NIS may not exist after 2022, which is most unlikely. Surely the Actuarial Reports (normally every five years) over the past two decades have been repeating the same issues, and no serious action is apparently being taken on those pertinent issues. 4. What is an actuarial valuation? It is a type of appraisal of the NIS’ assets and liabilities of which investment, economic and demographic assumptions are used in order to determine the funded status of this pension scheme. Mention has been made of GuySuCo owing in excess of $1.5 billion as well as other businesses. The management at that parliamentary meeting had indicated that it has been taking action to recover contributions owing which is a positive effort. However, as mentioned above, it is imperative that the authorities need to determine the required contributions needed to fund future benefits over time and in so doing will eventually eliminate the Scheme’s deficit. Persistent underfunding, as it appears to be, will ultimately jeopardise NIS’ sustainability. 5. Besides the actuarially valuation the efficiency level of the staff needs to be address and be improved. For example, why the payment of a benefit has to take two, three, four months to be made after the documentation has been accepted. Yours truly and I know of many others, who have had this experience. That being said, the financial position, performance and the ability to pay future benefits are cause of major concern of NIS’ current operations. Our emphasis, among others, has to be on the Actuarial Reports which information is indeed complex and can be difficult to understand for those who are not accustomed to working with this kind of information. It is my view that the authorities have to reveal financial information such as the extent of the Scheme’s asset deficit, the required contributions percent to clear this deficit, the period of time it will take to clear this deficit, who are to make these contributions, will it be the employers, the employees, the Government or all three parties. These are not easy decisions to make, hence it is imperative that the decision makers have a full understanding of the schemes’ operations and its implications in both the short-and long-term. I do not see the life of NIS ending in 2021/22. Let’s address the pertinent issues in a prompt and efficient manner, and we will need the involvement of the actuarial firm, and perhaps other financial specialists on the way forward towards this scheme’s viability.Yours sincerely,John Seeram
Pastor Caleb W. Askie, who shocked the nation last week with what he said was a divine message instructing the Liberian head of state to step down, has delivered another message.At his Saturday night service in the GSA Road community, Askie said God is instructing the Government of Liberia to release the 18 southeasterners accused of mercenary activity across the border with Ivory Coast.“This case has lingered for some time,” Askie told the congregation. “And God is saying that in order to save the state, the Government of Liberia must release these men because their brethren are coming for them, and they are not coming to appeal. They are coming with force.”In a vision, Askie said, he saw men coming in the night.“Like a SWAT team, they were stepping over our security forces, who were fast asleep.“I said ‘Lord, who are these men?!’” he explained. The Lord said to me, ‘they are coming for their brethren.”Asked whether this implied that the men are innocent, Askie said no. By same token, however, the young pastor told the Daily Observer in an interview after the service that God’s revelations have to be taken in context.“Obviously, God would not condone rebel activity,” he said. “But this is not about whether they are innocent or not; this is about what is expedient in order to save the State. If the men are innocent, then let the State free them; but they must not keep this case lingering on without telling the men their fate.“We run a spiritual intelligence ministry,” Askie told the Daily Observer. “We are helping the State. If the southeasterners come for their brethren, they will turn this place upside down.”Last year an unauthenticated document surfaced, claiming that southeasterners based in the United States were funding a plan to break into the Monrovia Central Prison, where the men are being held, in order to free them. Government spokesmen for the Ministries of Defense and Information, however, seemed split over whether or not the information was accurate.On December 31, 2013, the 18 men vandalized criminal Court ‘D’ after presiding Judge Yussif Kaba postponed the selection of jurors ahead of the Monday, January 6 scheduled trial.Judge Kaba, who presided over the trial last year, had suspended the hearing on legal grounds.His suspension of the case was influenced by a report from one of the then 15 jurors, Jeremy Neufville, which stated that the jury had been bribed to rule in the State’s favor.Some of the defendants were quoted by our reporter as saying, “We were informed by some of our ‘big’ people that we were to have been released today from this prolonged detention. But, after what the Judge said, we find ourselves prepared to die here today.”The men were re-arrested in the courtroom by security forces, and no casualties were reported.Then just over a week ago, on April 25, 2014, one of the 18 men, who had unexpectedly become a State witness, failed to show up in court to testify against his colleagues.Prince Barclay had been exonerated and freed after he reportedly agreed to turn state witness.In court on Friday, April 25, state witness Barclay was expected to appear and testify against the other 17 defendants; but when the appointed time came, Barclay could not be found anywhere in the courtroom.Barclay’s absence prompted a request to the court to suspend hearing on that day, (Friday) stating that the prosecution’s witness had suffered a severe bout of diarrhea. They did not say which hospital had treated him, or show any medical reports related to Barclay’s sudden illness.One of the lawyers for the defense prayed that the court deny the suspension request, arguing that it was an attempt to delay the case, and prolong his clients’ detention.Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that prosecution’s failure to produce its witness’ medical records, clearly demonstrated the prosecution’s un-readiness to continue the trial.After arguments, however, Judge Emery Paye granted the prosecution’s request to suspend the hearing until Monday, April 28.All 18 of the men on trial were alleged members of a defunct rebel faction, blamed for going on a violent, murderous rampage around the country, between 1990 and 2003.They were also accused of launching cross-border raids into neighboring Côte d’Ivoire during 2010 to 2011. Several human rights violations were attributed to them, including the killing of seven Nigerian members of a United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNOCL) in the same neighboring country.The human rights violations were linked to clashes between the Defense and Security Forces (FFS) militias and mercenaries of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo, on one hand, and the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) and traditional hunters loyal to President Alassane Ouattara, on the other.They were arrested between 2010 and 2012, in Grand Gedeh County by a joint-security team. Grand Gedeh is a bordering county with La Côte d’Ivoire.The accused denied the charges when the case was first heard earlier last year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rec Hockey League playoffs came to an end this week with a familiar name emerging as champion. The Continental Kings were victorious over MRC Midfield 8-3 and in the process claimed back to back league championships.Repeating as league champions got off to a tricky start for the team with a number of players missing games due to work commitments and bumps and bruises. Once the semi final and final took place the Kings were able to take to the ice with a full squad.“We had some injuries and some guys in camp throughout the playoff run,” Kings goalie Sheldon Gibb said. “We managed to get a couple of wins and got our team back for the semis and the finals. We all came together at the right time and got it done again.”- Advertisement -Gibb added that the team were thankful of owners Theo Klassen and Scott Pomeroy’s generous sponsorship for the season.Almost everyone from last year’s championship squad returned for another year with the exception of a couple of players.The Kings will be looking to add some more hardware to close out the season with the year end rec tournament this weekend at the North Peace Arena. The group is also the defending champions for the event. 12 teams will be taking part with the first game getting underway at 6:45 p.m.Advertisement
This measure will go a long way towards helping local forestry workers but it’s not exclusive to their industry. A long-tenured worker is someone who has contributed to the EI program (paid at least 30% of the annual maximum EI premiums) for at least seven out of ten calendar years AND has received regular EI benefits for no more than 35 weeks in the last five years.It’s estimated that approximately 190,000 long-tenured workers in Canada will benefit from this temporary measure, which will be phased out gradually as the economy improves. This initiative builds upon the creation by our Conservative Government earlier this year of the Career Transition Assistance program to provide earlier or extended EI regular benefits to long-tenured workers participating in training so that they can transition to a new industry or occupation.Also as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we further responded to the needs of long-tenured workers in vulnerable sectors by extending and increasing access to EI Work-sharing agreements (WSA’s) so that more employees can continue to work while companies experience a temporary shut-down. These extended WSA’s have been particularly helpful to local mills and workers. We have made many other reforms to the EI system, some permanent and some temporary in light of the current global economic downturn. Out-of-work Canadians now have easier access to EI, they’re receiving EI benefits sooner and they’re eligible for EI benefits for a longer period of time. We are doing all of this without increasing the payroll tax burden on workers and businesses through a two-year temporary freeze on EI premiums. Advertisement To ensure the long-term prosperity of unemployed workers, our additional investments to expand the training available to EI recipients totals more than $1-Billion over the next two years. While there has recently been a “light at the end of the tunnel” for Canada’s economic recovery, our Conservative Government wants to ensure that when we finally do emerge from this challenge that our industries, businesses AND our workers are prepared “better-than-ever” to compete and succeed! MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P. “Conservative Government Extends EI Benefits for Long-tenured Workers” The global economic recession has brought about job losses around the world. Some industries have been hit harder than others. – Advertisement -Here in Prince George-Peace River for example we’ve seen how especially difficult it has been for many forestry workers who’ve been employed in the same industry or company or even the same mill, over many years, without ever needing Employment Insurance (EI).Now, as the forest sector struggles to recover, they face the challenge of transitioning to a completely different industry before their EI benefits run out. Our Conservative Government knows that these long-tenured workers need even more time to weather the economic downturn and find suitable employment. Throughout the summer we were busy listening to Canadians’ ideas about how to help long-tenured workers with the intent to table a bill as soon as Parliament resumed sitting.And so this week, Bill C-50 was tabled to help long-tenured workers who have lost their jobs because of the global economic downturn, by temporarily providing an additional 5 to 20 weeks of EI regular benefits, depending upon how long they have been working and paying EI premiums.Advertisement
A motorcyclist was killed on Thursday, while his daughter-in-law is battling for her life after the motorcycle on which they were riding collided with a motorcar at Clifton Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.Dead: Ramdat YadramThe dead man has been identified as 47-year-old Ramdat Yadram of Lot 165 Block 14, Tain Settlement, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). His 20-year-old daughter-in-law, Nicola Mangar, remains a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital.Based on information received, on the day in question at about 21:15h, Yadram and Mangar were riding along the roadway when they came into contact with a motorcar bearing registration number HC 5547 that was being driven by a 61-year-old resident of Canefield, East Canje, Berbice.Initial investigations by the Police revealed that Yadram failed to stop at an intersection before making his way onto the main access road. It was at that time he came into contact with the motorcar, which was travelling along the roadway, allegedly at a fast rate.Injured: Nicola MangarAs a result of the collision, both Yadram and Mangar fell on the roadway and sustained injuries. They were picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where Yadram succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment. Mangar, on the other hand, was treated and later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she was admitted as a patient in a critical condition.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, eyewitnesses related that after the accident, the driver of the motorcar brought the car to a halt and fled the scene. Reports are that he refused to render assistance to the two injured people.He was later arrested and is in Police custody assisting with investigations. According to Vehram, son of the dead man, his father and wife were heading home when the accident occurred. He claimed he was riding behind them on his pedal cycle.He described his father as a loving and kind individual who always takes care of the family. His body is at the Port Mourant Hospital Mortuary awaiting a Post-Mortem.
Cassini’s camera last month imaged a large, irregular feature stretching 680 miles long with a surface area similar to the landlocked Caspian Sea. Its radar instrument swept over the feature’s northern tip and determined it likely contains liquid methane or ethane because of its smooth appearance. However, scientists don’t know whether the entire area is filled with liquid. The spacecraft also discerned another body one-fifth the size of Titan’s “Caspian Sea.” With a surface area of about 46,000 square miles, it is larger than Lakes Superior and Ontario combined, scientists said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Scientists for the first time have discovered what appear to be sea-size bodies of liquid on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, including one about as big as the Caspian Sea on Earth. The discovery by the international Cassini spacecraft was welcomed by researchers, who have long theorized that Titan possessed hydrocarbon seas because of methane and other organic compounds in its thick, largely nitrogen atmosphere. Until now, Cassini had only spotted clusters of small lakes on the planet-size moon. “They’re very obvious. There’s nothing subtle about them,” said Cassini scientist Jonathan Lunine of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Researchers using visual and radar imaging uncovered evidence of at least two seas on Titan’s hazy north pole.
Store Manager Ben Harrack says the name change will allow the store to run more promotions and offer better savings to customers.“This morning we transitioned 11 of the 16 PriceSmart food stores to Save-on-Foods and the reason we made the transformation to Save-on-Foods is to offer our customers more value, more specials and more reward items every week,” he says. “We’re running a larger flyer format that we have before.”Harrack adds that while the name has changed, the company has not been sold or bought out.- Advertisement -“The one thing that’s very important that I want the community of Fort St. John to know is that we’re the same store, the same company. We haven’t been bought out. We’re just going to be operating under the Save-on-Foods banner which will give us a little more leverage to offer our consumers more in store. Save-on-Foods is located at 10345 100 Street and is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Chelsea will relaunch their £40million bid to sign Everton defender John Stones as soon as the transfer window opens in January as manager Jose Mourinho bids to kick-start his side’s Premier League title defence. (Daily Express)Chelsea have been warned Alex Teixeira could cost them at least £7million more if they fail to strike a January deal with Shakhtar Donetsk. Brazilian Teixeira, 25, has revealed Chelsea are in talks with his Ukrainian club about signing him. But Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu says his value will rocket to €50m at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Juventus are not giving up on Oscar at Chelsea. The Italian champions remain keen to add further creativity behind their strikers and see Brazilian Oscar as ideal for the role. They are prepared to sign Juan Cuadrado on a permanent deal also but talks are unlikely to kick on until the summer when budgets are clearer. (Daily Mail)Marcelo Bielsa is the latest contender to enter the frame for the Swansea job as chairman Huw Jenkins begins to narrow down the list of contenders to succeed Garry Monk. Former Argentina and Chile boss Bielsa has become the odds-on favourite to take over at the Liberty Stadium, with his price having been cut from 40-1 over the course of the weekend. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to make ANY signings in the January window – despite being offered funds to bring in new players by his American owners. (Daily Mirror)Simon Mignolet is close to signing a new contract at Liverpool, with negotiations over extending his Anfield career set to be concluded before the end of the month. (Guardian)West Brom will consider handing Kerim Frei a Premier League return if they miss out on QPR’s Matt Phillips. Baggies boss Tony Pulis is keen to revive a £7million deal to sign Scotland international Phillips next month. But QPR may deny him a move and former Fulham man Frei is seen as a possible alternative for West Brom. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Napoli plot January move for out-of-favour Manchester United defender Guillermo VarelaChelsea transfer report: Galatasaray target Blues midfielder John Obi MikelCarlo Ancelotti offered mega £11m-a-year deal to replace Andre Villas-Boas as Zenit bossChelsea and Man City send scouts to watch £10m-rated Ligue 1 star Cheikh N’DoyeJuan Cuadrado: Juventus stalling on permanent £14m deal for Chelsea flopLiverpool and Tottenham striker target Stefan Kiessling hints at Bayer Leverkusen exitReal Madrid target Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez as replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo