Michigan beats Purdue to win 2nd straight Big Ten Tournament

first_img“He had a couple of drives that didn’t go down for him, and he had a couple of 3s where he could never get back-to-back pullups or back-to-back pull-up 3s to get into that rhythm,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said.This Michigan team has been coach John Beilein’s best on the defensive side since he took over in Ann Arbor in 2007. It starts with the sophomore Simpson harassing opponents’ best ball-handlers.The Wolverines seemed content to let Haas have room inside as long as they were able limit Purdue’s 3s. Purdue entered the game shooting 42 percent from 3. The Boilermakers finished 4 for 17 from behind the arc.On consecutive possessions early in the second half, the Wolverines forced turnovers by Purdue and turned them in transition 3s — one by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and one by Simpson. That put Michigan up 11 with 15:06 left, prompted Painter to call a timeout and had Wolverines fans screaming “Go Blue!”“He’s a pit bull,” Beilein said of Simpson. “We have a picture of a big, mean pit bull in our locker room for every game. And he’s that guy. He’s the one that loves to play defense.”Michigan, playing its fourth game, showed no signs of wear. The Wolverines shot 50 percent and committed five turnovers.Last season’s unlikely run to the tournament championship by Michigan was as an eighth seed and it started with a harrowing plane accident near Ann Arbor, Michigan. No one was hurt, but everyone was shaken. Still, the team got to Washington and ripped off four straight wins to grab an NCAA bid.This one was less dramatic — though surely the Wolverines did not mind.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines will enter the NCAA Tournament on a nine-game winning streak. Fifth-seeded Michigan (28-7) became the first team to repeat as Big Ten Tournament champs since Ohio State in 2010 and ’11.Simpson finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. Moe Wagner led Michigan with 17 points and was named most outstanding player of the tournament, despite playing only 17 minutes against Purdue because of foul trouble — which plagued him all 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 folkThat’s where Teske stepped in. The 7-foot-1 sophomore came in averaging 3.3 points, but scored 12 in the first half and picked up the slack guarding Purdue’s 7-2 center Isaac Haas.Simpson and Teske put an exclamation point on Michigan’s four-day Garden party with 6:02 left in the second half. Simpson drove and dished to Teske cutting to the basket. “Big Bad Jon,” as the guys call him, finished over Haas and let out a roar while chest bumping teammates on his way to the bench. Michigan players celebrate after beating Purdue 75-66 to win the NCAA Big Ten Conference tournament championship college basketball game, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — The tenacious point guard his coach calls a “pit bull” drove to the basket, but instead of putting up his go-to hook shot Zavier Simpson whipped a pass to the backup big man who became a Michigan folk hero at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.Jon Teske’s two-handed slam brought down the house and pretty much finished off No. 8 Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. With Simpson playing catalyst on both ends of the floor — running Michigan’s efficient offense and leading its lock-down defense — and Teske scoring a surprising 14 points, the 15th-ranked Wolverines beat the Boilermakers 75-66.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Unable to complete a three-game sweep, they probably watched any chance of grabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament go away.“A national championship is going to feel a whole lot better than winning the Big Ten,” Haas said.UP NEXTBoth teams will wait a week to find out where they are headed for the NCAA Tournament, along with Michigan State and Ohio State out of the Big Ten. Penn State and Nebraska will cross fingers and hope for a bid. “I was so happy when he popped off after that dunk,” Wagner said. “I got so excited. He got emotional. Yeah, I know how good he is. That was long overdue.”The dunk made it 66-48 and brought chants of “Tes-key!” from the Michigan fans — who showed up in droves for the first Big Ten Tournament played in New York.“That was a blast, especially being here in New York City with all those Michigan fans that traveled from great distances or whoever lived here,” Teske said.Purdue (28-6) chipped away in the final minutes with Michigan missing free throws but it was way too late.Haas led Purdue with 23 points, but Purdue’s top-two scorers, Carsen Edwards and Vincent Edwards, combined for 16 points on 6-of-22 shooting. Carsen Edwards scored 53 points in the first two games here, but just 12 against Michigan, shooting 4 for 16.ADVERTISEMENT Mickelson ends longest drought with playoff win in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

Legal sports betting coming soon to several US states

first_imgCharts show states with laws on the books or laws under consideration. APWASHINGTON — A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games.Five states have the edge in the race to legalize sports betting because they already passed laws contingent on the Supreme Court striking down the 1992 federal ban on such gambling, which the court did on Monday. And that doesn’t include Delaware, which could move quickly to expand the limited legal gambling it has already.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Several other states are likely to follow them in the coming months or years as they seek to capitalize on the economic growth and tax revenue that legal gambling can bring. Including the four states where some form of sports gambling was already legal, 24 states have at least considered getting into business with sports book operators.Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of where things stand: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 crownDELAWAREParlay bets on NFL games are already available in Delaware because it was one of the four states with pre-existing laws authorizing sports betting that were not affected by the federal ban. Delaware tried to legalize bets on individual games in 2009, but that ran afoul of the federal law. With the ban lifted, Delaware has the infrastructure in place through its lottery and casinos to quickly begin expanding its wagering options. State finance secretary Rick Geisenberger told The Associated Press on Monday that full-scale sports gambling could be available at Delaware’s three casinos by the end of June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Voters in 2013 approved a constitutional amendment authorizing commercial casinos, and that amendment authorized the casinos to open sports books if the ban were lifted. However, further legislation is needed before any bets can be taken, and the legislature is considering several bills that would shape the sports gambling industry in the state. Major League Baseball, the NBA and casino interests have done intense lobbying in Albany in recent months.PENNSYLVANIADemocratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill last year that authorized sports books at the state’s casinos along with mobile and online sports betting. But gambling industry leaders are skeptical that sports books will flourish in Pennsylvania because of the bill’s tax provisions: a 36 percent tax on gambling revenue and a $10 million licensing fee for sports book operators.WEST VIRGINIALawmakers this year approved sports betting at the state’s five casinos and on approved mobile apps in the event of a Supreme Court decision repealing the ban. Republican Gov. Jim Justice allowed the bill to become law without his signature and later announced that he’d reached a deal for casinos to pay a fee to professional sports leagues to help them protect the integrity of their games. Casino operators, however, said the meeting with Justice ended without a deal and that casinos continue to oppose the fee. The leagues had lobbied unsuccessfully for such language to be part of the law.OTHER STATESNevada is the only state that currently allows wagers on individual games. In addition to Delaware, Montana and Oregon were already allowed to have sports betting in a limited form through their state lotteries because of laws that predated the federal ban. Montana only offers fantasy football and fantasy racing bets, and Oregon’s lottery discontinued its only sports betting product years ago. Both could now revisit those decisions.Seven states have active legislation to legalize sports betting: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Rhode Island and South Carolina. Eight others have considered legalization in recent months or years: Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and Oklahoma. 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Gillenwater fined P20k for ‘physically contacting’ ref Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MISSISSIPPIA bill authorizing sports betting at the state’s casinos was approved last year. Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association deputy director Michael Bruffey said Monday that the state’s 28 casinos could welcome bettors by the time football season begins. Bruffey said casinos have been in talks with state regulators about draft rules allowing sports betting, and that regulators could vote quickly.NEW JERSEYThe Garden State spent years fighting the sports betting ban in court, culminating in its victory on Monday. The legislature has twice passed laws legalizing sports betting, and operators of the Monmouth Park horse racing track said Monday they’d start taking bets within two weeks “unless someone stops us.” The track has the capability of taking bets almost immediately, but lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy would prefer to pass a bill to regulate sports betting before any sports books open. Deputy Assembly Speaker John Burzichelli said it will probably be several weeks before a revised bill is enacted.NEW YORKADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Don Trollano has no problem giving way to Jordan Clarkson

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins But instead of sulking over a failed chance to become a national team player for the Philippines, Trollano is taking it in stride.“Who would you rather pick? Me or Jordan Clarkson?” a laughing Trollano said in Filipino after the team’s practice Friday at Meralco Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Guiao reserves slot for Clarkson in Asian Games Final 12“All I’m thinking is at least I helped the team prepare and Clarkson would be of greater help than I will be. He’s from the NBA, while I’m just me, I’m sure he’ll make the team more competitive.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don Trollano had to give up his slot in the Asian Games squad for the possibility of NBA guard Jordan Clarkson joining the team.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Nadal stays on track in Toronto with win over Cilic Peza offers relief to ecozone firms As of posting, there is still no confirmation on whether Clarkson has secured the clearances to join Gilas in Jakarta for the continental meet which starts next week.Nonetheless, Trollano has no hard feelings over being sacrificed for an NBA player.“I’m okay being cut, Jordan is a very good player and what do I have against him,” said Trollano. “I have no hard feelings.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aside from Trollano, who already played under fiery coach Guiao in Rain or Shine, amateur stars Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero also didn’t make it to the Final 12.The TNT backup forward, though, has shown that he has the makings of what a player under Guiao should be and that definitely didn’t go unnoticed.READ: Lee, Yap lead Asian Games lineup as team awaits Clarkson green light“Coach Yeng told me that I was originally the one put in the 12th slot but they had to reserve a slot for Clarkson so I was cut.”Initially, Trollano’s mother club TNT was tasked to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games before the brawl between Philippines and Australia ended up suspending for members of the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

UP Manila suspends classes for Ateneo-UP Game 2

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:14Carpio 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 Taal Classes will be suspended at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, it said.  /mufFEATURED 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 Chriss The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila suspended its afternoon classes on Wednesday, December 5, to allow the community to watch Game 2 of the UAAP men’s basketball finals between the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons.According to a post on UP Manila’s official Facebook page late Monday, it said that the suspension is” to give the community a chance to watch Game 2.” The game starts at 3:30 p.m at the Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIEScenter_img Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear

first_imgWith ONE title defense coming up, Joshua Pacio not taking a holiday breather Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 35-year-old Baguio City native is making a conscious effort to don locally-made garments to show that he is proud to be Filipino.“I represent the Philippines and my ethnicity by wearing a Barong. I am proud to wear it each and every time. I also use a Barong for awardings and speaking engagements,” said the Team Lakay bet.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 Chriss“I think it sends a message that you do not have to imitate other nation’s style to look good. We have to be proud of your own identity.”Folayang, who ended his year in a bang by recapturing the lightweight crown with a unanimous decision over Amir Khan last November, gets his Barong Tagalog from Easter Weaving, a store in Baguio City which sells products that highlight Philippine heritage and contemporary culture. Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo from ONE ChampionshipONE lightweight world Champion Eduard Folayang has been representing the Philippines in any way that he can.Aside from his exploits in mixed martial arts that have brought pride to the country, Folayang has also showcased Filipino culture by wearing a traditional Barong Tagalog with  Igorot weaving patterns for festivities outside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our Barong is unique, which is why I like wearing it so much. I want to show how unique Filipinos are. I am very proud of where I came from,” he said.Folayang’s proud representation of his heritage has managed to catch the attention of spectators, including ONE CEO International Victor Cui, who also has Filipino roots.“Victor Cui likes my formal attire so much,” Folayang recalled with a smile. “In fact he likes it so much, I had to buy one for him. He was very happy when he got it.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LET Gives US$30,000 to 267 Disadvantaged Females

first_imgThe Liberian Education Trust (LET), an education-related organization, has presented a check for US$30,000 to 267 disadvantaged females as a way of contributing to the educational system of the country. Liberian Education Trust (LET) was established to support the restoration of basic education in Liberia.Making the presentation yesterday, LET Program Manager, Mr. Jerome Digler, said the  Government of Liberia through the Ministry of State provided a grant of $30.000.00 USD, which is being directed to providing scholarships for six LET implementing partners that would be used to pay tuition and fees for them.According to him, LET currently has fifteen partners, nine of these partners had already received US$48,000.00.He said the remaining of the disbursed checks of the totaling USD $28,500.00 where given to six partners with the intention of providing scholarships for the 267 disadvantaged girls in four counties.Mr. Digler added these amounts will cover the first and second semester tuition/fees of the school year.He noted that the six partners received US$5,000.00 each for their disadvantaged beneficiaries.Those six partners who received the US$ 5,000.00 include: COHDA from Bong County with 64 beneficiaries; BUCCOBAC from Grand Bassa with 30; AWANGA from Nimba County with 65; and Maummar Gadhafi from Montserrado County with 48.Others are Measuagoon of Montserrado with 30 beneficiaries while the Christian Foundation Mission, also in Montserrado, has 30.He further detailed that his organization intends to use the amount of US$1,500.00 for 20 partners for monitoring and supervision totaling USD $30,000.At the same time, LET and IBI international awarded three laptops to deserving female students from their respective institutions of higher learning through a scholarships grant.Those awarded are Louise Tarnue and Seiena Tarnue from the University of Liberia and Watta Browne from Cuttington University College. They are currently reading Accounting, Management and Economics respectrively.He said the award was a promise made to the studentsIt can be recalled that in 2013, LET disbursed a total of $2,335 USD to the three students as two full semesters’ tuition and other fees.“The three laptops are in fulfillment of the earlier grant agreement signed between the LET and IBI International,” said Mr. Digler.Mr. Digler disclosed that since the inception of the program the three students have maintained the B average that was set as the standard requirement for honoring the scholarship.“We do appreciate them and hope that they will prove themselves up to the end of the program,” he added.For his part, IBI International Representative, Mohammed Jawara, promised that his institution would do all it could to promote the education of women in Liberia.He, however, urged recipients to use the laptops wisely stating that it would help them maintain their grades.The students thanked LET and IBI International for their support and promised that they would maintain their three-point-plus grade averages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USAID-IWASH Program Delivers Materials to Prevent Potential Ebola Spread

first_imgAlong the Liberia-Guinea border, where six suspected Ebola cases have occurred, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) Program is delivering materials to prevent potential spread of the disease. Materials have been distributed to health facilities that are on the “front line” in responding to the Ebola outbreak in the Foya District border region in Lofa County.The IWASH team, with staff from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Lofa County Health Team) and the Ministry of Public Works, visited 3 clinics and the District Hospital in Foya, delivering gloves, face masks, and disinfectant, soap.Clinics visited were the Porluma, Sulormba, and Mendikorma clinics in the Foya District.Materials were delivered for launching a Hygiene Promotion Campaign in the clinics and surrounding communities to promote healthy behaviors to prevent disease transmission.Mr. Piet Devries, the Chief of Party of the IWASH Program, said “We met with the WHO surveillance team and the District Health Officer to discuss the priorities and then began supplying facilities closest to the border”.The work has continued with the Community-based Hygiene Promotion with Community Health Volunteers.The focus of the IWASH-GoL intervention is to create awareness among communities about basic health and hygiene practices such as hand washing with soap, limited human contacts, avoiding direct contacts with and eating of raw bush meat, and the treatment of water with WaterGuard or other treatment products before drinking.The intervention is also geared towards supporting health workers in the area with protective working materials such as gloves, and nose masks.A total of over 500 pairs of hand gloves, 4,000 posters on hand washing messages, 300 bars of soap, 160 cartons of WaterGuard and other assorted materials such as chlorine, jerry cans, t-shirts with health messages have been mobilized and distribution started.IWASH has been working with Government of Liberia partners in Lofa, Nimba and Bong counties for 4 years. It is implemented by Global Communities – Partners for Good (formerly CHF International) and Population Services International (PSI). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Varbah Gayflor, Others Booked

first_imgThe Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has booked former Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor for “financial malpractices” and wants her restitute monies allegedly mismanaged.Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, PAC announced that Madams Gayflor, Parleh D. Harrison, Director of Women Division and Stephen Forkpah, Comptroller, all from the Gender Ministry, should jointly restitute US$75,000 and deposit said amount into an escrow account for government purpose.PAC also wants Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie jointly restitutes US$25,279.55 that remains unaccounted for as a result of bank and cash reconciliation.According to the PAC, recommendations to restitute these monies are based on the fact that the issue of non-approval of budgets presents a challenge for governance of affected entities.“The Committee believes that the expenditure of funds without an approved budget will continue in the future if no action is taken. The committee considers such actions systemic across sectors line ministries and agencies, and hereby recommends that henceforth the Legislature must approve the budgets for these entities along with the annual budget of the government of Liberia,” the PAC declared.In further recommendations, the Committee intoned that Madam Gayflor and Forkpah must be made to payback US$23,901.71 and L$31,180 allegedly mismanaged for fees collected from the Ministry’s Conference Hall rental, which were not accounted for during the period of the audit.Relative to monies intended for women’s organizations and unaccounted for allowances, Madam Gayflor and Forkpah again were booked for the alleged misappropriation of US$143,459 and US$35,576 respectively.Payments made to third parties instead of service providers, PAC believes that Edwin Borbor and Mrs. Moses S. Kelleh should jointly restitute US$355,367.60 and deposits the amount into escrow account.The PAC also wants Matthew Bundo, Personnel Director to restitute L$235,629 from monies accounted for as a result of payroll irregularities.The Auditor General during the audit of the Ministry of Gender and Development analyzed the bank statements of the Ministry and observed that there existed a variance of US$25,279.55 for which the AG did not receive any substantive explanation or documentation, according to the PAC.During the public hearing, the chief witness in person of Varbah K. Gayflor and the financial controller at the time argued that the money was a donor fund, as such, the reconciled reports were sent to the donors, so the ministry was unable to give the AG a report on such donor fund.During the cross examination, the committee was emphatic that all monies that flows into any government agency from central government or partners belongs to the people of Liberia and are subject to the AG’s commissioned audit under the laws of Liberia. Thus, the Committee recommends that Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie should restitute US$25,279.55.Meanwhile, other line ministries and agencies captured under this report are to be published in our subsequent publications.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tax-fatigued student population

first_imgDear Editor,As the PNC-led Coalition tighten their grip on society, they have finally landed their silliness at our national tertiary institution — the University of Guyana. I make mention of the imposition of restricted zones for parking, as well as the new clamping of students’ vehicle laws. This latest vendetta on academia is another crude taxation measure on an already tax-fatigued student population.Even before that, students were saddled with a steep hike in fees and other burdensome costs, which adds to the misery of gaining a decent and affordable higher education; while the promised improvement in the infrastructure and other dire necessities is still a way-off aspiration waiting to be fulfilled. So these new moves, like the clamping of students’ vehicles, come as a surprise.Amidst all of these goings-on is the sudden silence of the unions and other representatives of the student body. Where are those who are duly constituted to protect and further students’ rights at UG? Where are they? Is something radically wrong with the whole unionized psyche at UG?To begin with, an increased vehicular traffic at UG is welcome, because it shows that the university is growing. Those in administration ought to be delighted and appreciative of this fact, hence adequate facilities should have been put in place for parking. Instead, we hear of this retrogression of the putting up of barriers as well as clamping of vehicles just adding to students’ frustration.This is a retrograde move with a clear aim.Where is Patsy Francis? Where is Melissa Ifill? Are they asleep? What has gone wrong with them? Why the sudden silence? Wake up!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Revamping GPF

first_imgDear Editor,Much praises are going out the Guyana Police Force for their ongoing operation against the touts at various bus parks. Whilst there’s a scarcity of jobs, it should be noted that touts are consider good to some and bad to others. They are humans and help lots of people in some sort of way whilst they are touting but over the years, lapse within the system cause them to stray away from their illegal duties and are now consider menace. Apart from that, rouge elements infiltrate their groups and stir up misery for them and some naturally cause them to stray away from duties thus they are being deem menace and everyone gets the blame. I hope that they would not be penalized harshly because they were working for an honest dollar but because some of their attitudes and pressure from others, the complaints keeps increasing on them. If there is another legal way for them to earn a living, I hope that they are assisted but the way things are in Guyana, they will definitely be back to that job. The Guyana Police Force have to explore method to eradicate that seemingly lawlessness and one of the main reason touts exists is that there’s many buses that does not want to join the line, instead they choose to load in front of others immediately upon arrival at the various parks. They should definitely find a method to stop that but there might be hurdles to cross before they could arrest that situation properly. Mainly, there’s members of the Guyana Police Force that owns minibuses, have relatives or friends who owns minibuses and when appropriate actions are being taken against them, just one phone call and to the dismay of other minibus operators, they are free to continue with their lawlessness. Added to that, there’s many Policemen that drives minibus when they are not on duty and when stop, they are allowed to continue once they are recognize, if not, a flash of their ID Card and they are free to go along lawlessly. There are stipulated parks for minibuses, but some rogue operators park at various places ahead of the bus parks and load with the assistance of the touts, and other touts are then employed by the buses in the line to hassle with the other touts and buses. They should address these issues, not go behind the touts alone.Editor, like previous Heads of the Guyana Police Force, I am not surprised to hear our new Commissioner of Police issuing threats towards those who choose to bribe the members of the Guyana Police Force. Echoing words used by his processors does not impress me. I am tired of hearing the same thing over and over. We all knows that there’s charges for those who offer and those who collect bribes. Instead of tooting his horns, he should just address these issues. It’s not nice to go against John Public and you having your members committing the most crime and you not dealing with that. Look after your house first, but then again, he might be wary of that after seeing what happen to the previous Acting Commissioner. There are instances where the person is being hold without any reasonable cause and they are forced by members of the Guyana Police Force to ‘give something’ before they could be allowed to go. Cases exists where they could be charged and release on bail or just allow to go but if you don’t have money to give they, they create excuses and put you into the lockup and in cases, make you call your relatives to bring money to bribe them before you could go. In other words, members of the Guyana Police Force create an environment where you have to pay bribe to members of the Guyana Police Force.Finally, Editor, after reading about one media consultant being robbed and his claims of calling the 911 repeatedly for over one hour and not getting an answer, based on my personal experience using that number, I posted a defense citing my experience and a few others on the social media agrees with me. Over a number of times there’s cases where I had to call the 911 and on the first calling between two to five rings, my calls are always being answered and upon explaining my reason for calling, I am always transfer towards the closest station within the vicinity I am calling from. I must admit and others agrees me, the 911 service is very active and whilst that is worthy of praises, some of the operators are very cooperative, some would exercise some serious attitudes and more than once I had to question them and most cases, when asking their names, the phone would be disconnected. I am presuming that they take their domestic problem to work with them. Added to that, when your calls are transferred, after listing your problem, sometimes you would be fortunate to hear the operator trying to get the patrol unit using the vehicle and in most cases the radio calls would go unanswered and the operator would inform you that they would try to get the mobile patrol and let them visit your area or invite you to the station. If you choose to go to the station, the police would inquire your reason, provide you with few options to choose from and request that you hire a taxi or provide transportation to traverse to and fro.Whilst all of that occurring, there’s the threat of going after vehicle with lights deem as menace to other motorists and the public. I am in agreement with that but I would remind all that to date, majority of members from the Guyana Police Force have the most heavily tinted vehicles and some with the illegal lights but despite calls over the years, no proper action is being taken against them. I should remind the Commissioner that if he wanted to see changes from society, the members of the Guyana Police Force should set an example first. It is unjustifiable to penalized one set for something that is illegal and another set is allowed to abuse it because they are the enforcer.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more