Turning Blackwater’s fortunes around takes time, says Ramos

first_imgPBA IMAGESBong Ramos never expected anything easy when he got the Blackwater head coaching job.That’s why even after the Elite sank to a 0-5 record in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he cut his team some slack and knew that the squad is still in a transition period.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan, Rain or Shine earn morale-boosting win over San Miguel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s never going to be easy. I’m trying to instill my system little by little because you can’t shock them,” he said.“This is a process, so slowly, we’re integrating my system. We know this isn’t going to be an overnight change so what we could do is to stay optimistic.”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 crownBlackwater’s playoff chances have gone slimmer after its 91-105 defeat to Ginebra on Friday, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be better soon with a tussle against TNT coming up this Friday.Only the top eight teams will progress to the playoffs. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But despite the tall order, Ramos believes the Elite have what it takes to cut the league  giants down to size and it’s only a matter of outworking the competition.“We know how strong the opponent is, and even for us, we know we have a lot to work on,” he said. “But what we need is more work. They might be stronger, but if we can outwork them, I believe we’ll eventually get the win.”And that’s exactly what Ramos’ goal is, which is to develop a no nonsense attitude from his players as the Elite focus on creating a brighter future for the franchise.“What’s important for me is we’re investing. We’ll never know if later on, we can get something from this core. Slowly, we’re undergoing this process and we’ll see in the long run where we’ll end up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Comprehensive strategy needed to boost economy – GCCI President

first_imgNewly elected President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Vishnu Doerga, believes that a comprehensive strategy is needed to further boost economic activities in Guyana.GCCI President Vishnu DoergaSpeaking with reporters recently, the GCCI President noted that for Guyana to become a global player, its needs to operate with efficiency, both in good economic times as well as bad ones.Doerga explained that Guyana needs to formulate a strategic plan that will see it capitalising on the various economically viable industries. “There needs to be a more comprehensive plan,” he stated.The GCCI President urges a renewed focus on diversification within the Guyana economy as well as emphasis on up and coming industries, such as the Information Technology (IT) sector.“Call centres have sapped up some level of unemployment and many people are now able to find jobs in those industries – it might be stepping stone jobs but nevertheless employment and that’s going to feed in back into the economy,” he stressed.Doerga further highlighted the agro-processing industry, pointing out that the country has fertile soil in abundance, something which many countries in the world do not even have access to.He went on to say that Guyana needs to look at how it can add more value to all its raw materials so that the country can then start controlling the prices. The businessman noted that the country has to start branding itself in order for it to be recognised and sold on the international market.“It’s not just another product, we have to seek out what is special about Guyana and how can we get paid for the Guyana brand,” he said.According to the GCCI President, the current low global commodity price may increase in the future, bringing cash flow into the country. However, he noted that one way Guyana can generate its own cash flow is by finding appropriate and “right size” markets for its exports rather than competing with those giant producers.“Us trying to go off to the extremely large markets, where there are large players who can easily compete with us on those markets, is always going to be a strategy that is doom to put us to compete on pricing,” he pointed out.The businessman further explained that if Guyana is to look at markets that it can actually tailor its products to, then the country can actually get higher prices as it will be competing with producers on a level playing field. This way, he noted, the countrywill still have some amount of stability.Doerga added too that the Private Sector needs to be a part of whatever strategy is undertaken to boost the country’s economy so that they can also take the necessary steps in order to generate the desired results.last_img read more

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Johnsonville, Mount Barclay Others To Be Electrified

first_imgThe main LEC lineMonrovia-Kakata Electrification Project Gets UnderwayAuthorities at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) say the second phase of the World Bank-funded Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) — of the Monrovia-Kakata corridor electrification project — has resumed.According to the LEC, the project aims to connect 10,300 new users to the national electricity grid. LACEEP also aims to advance Liberia’s national Agenda for Transformation to achieve a more prosperous and inclusive society.Authorities indicated that Customers’ recruitment is underway in Soul Clinic, FDA Community, Mt. Barclay, and Johnsonville.Households, small businesses, institutions as well as large commercial and institutional users are among the targeted beneficiaries of the ongoing project, authorities have said.The LEC authorities said phase one of the project saw the construction of a 66 kilovolts (KV) transmission line from Paynesville to Kakata, the rehabilitation of the Paynesville substation, and the construction of a 66/33KV substation in the city of Kakata.“A new 66/33KV substation has also been constructed in Kakata and expansion work is being concluded on the existing 66/22KV substation in Paynesville. The project also entails the construction of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) tanks and pipelines,” they said.The phase of the project which entails the electrification of communities in the economic corridor of Paynesville-Kakata is underway.“This will pave the way for meter installation, which is expected to begin over the coming weeks. The project is also expected to connect customers in the city of Kakata and Wheala pending the full completion of the Kakata sub-station and construction of 66KV transmission line between Paynesville and Kakata,” the LEC authorities said.The LEC meanwhile over the weekend informed residents of the mentioned communities to properly wire their homes in preparation for connections. Residents were warned against individuals requesting money to mark their structures.Brendan O’Connor, Network and Installation Supervisor, cautioned residents of the danger of theft of electricity that would be posed to the transformers and other installations that have been installed to provide electricity to their communities.He further encouraged residents to prevent criminals from making illegal connections to the installations when the lines are energized.Mr. O’Connor explained the effect power theft continued to have on LEC’s expansion projects, which also undermines revenue generation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man gets 20 years for raping ‘granny’

first_imgA 39-year-old resident of Kumuni Creek, Demerara River, West Bank Demerara, was on Thursday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after he admitted to raping a 76-year-old woman.Delon BlakeDelon Blake appeared before Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall on Tuesday and admitted that in July 2017, he engaged in sexual penetration with a 76-year-old woman.However, in Court on Thursday, Justice Morris-Ramlall handed down the sentence after listening to a probation report.The convicted rapist was represented by Defence Attorney Robindra Mohabir, while the State’s case was led by Prosecutor Sarah Martin.In October 2017, Blake had managed to escape from prison but was later recaptured.last_img read more

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Repeat winner for Blizzards

first_imgBlaine “Cannonball’ Richter of Grande Prairie, was the repeat Rocky Road Race winner in Taylor, Sunday. He out sprinted Colter Young for the win in the 36 km., 2 lap event with a time of 1:07:00 hours. Pat Ferris was third at 1:17:19. Gary Hilderman was 4th at 1:22:31, Peter King 5th at 1:22:37 and Roger St. Jean 6th at 1:24:00.    Kendra Young won the 18 km 1 lap event with a time of 41:47 minutes. Barb Polehoykie came in 10 seconds later. Bob Andrews was third at 42:55. Jolea Bilodeau was 4th at 42:59 and Rod Lewis 5th at 46:34.    The Rocky Road Trophy Race was held on the gravely and muddy Peace View road. Eleven riders started out going through the muddy and snowy lower road section, progressed to the 2 km 10 percent gravel hill and then the gentle climb to the tee in the road. From then on it was a swift decent to the bottom.- Advertisement –    Colter Young and Blaine Richter left Pat Ferris on the lower half of the uphill. Colter Young pulled away from Blaine on the hill on lap 2, gaining about a 30 second lead. Richter pulled back up to Young on the gentle climb to the tee. The two then descended the hill and headed to the finish with Blaine Richter holding off Colter Young’s late charge. Ferris rode the race virtually by himself with Peter King chasing. Gary Hilderman eventually caught King and the two rode together to the finish with Roger St. Jean chasing.    Despite being covered with mud and grit from head to toe, all riders enjoyed the event.    Coming up:The Spring Stage race and first 2 races of the 2009 challenge Cup Series.-Race #1 – Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 6:15 pm.-Race #2 – Friday Beatton River hill climb at 10 am (Challenge Cup 1)-Race #3 – Friday Beatton park – Alaska Highway – Gun range loop at 1 pm(Challenge Cup 1)-Race #4 – Saturday Beatton Park – to Mile 62 and return – 1 pm-Race #5 – Sunday Humpty’s and around the Beatton – Montney Store loop – 1 PMAdvertisementlast_img read more

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More power outages in Fort St. John

first_img1,538 were affected by an outage north of Highway 29 , southeast of the Alaska Highway and west of 86th Street which appears to have been restored.1,287 are affected east of the Old Fort LP and north of the Johnson 232 Road with power expected back on by 11 p.m.953 are still without power in Fort St. John and Charlie Lake with it expected to be restored by 8 p.m. , and another 53 east of the 255 Road with power expected by 11 p.m.- Advertisement -A wind warning remains in effect for the region with winds gusting from 60 to 90 kilometres an hour.Updates on outages can be found at www.byhydro.com/outages.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Evra’s switch to Juventus could be off after departure of manager Conte

first_img1 Patrice Evra Manchester United defender Patrice Evra might renege on his move to Juventus after manager Antonio Conte walked out on the club.Conte has just won three Scudettos on the bounce but announced his resignation on Tuesday after falling out with the club’s hierarchy over their transfer plans for the coming season.The Evra deal looked to be tied up, with the France international not willing to play second fiddle and mentor to United’s £30m new boy Luke Shaw, but, according to reports in Italy, the left-back could now pull out of the deal.The 33-year-old will at least see who the club plans to replace Conte with – former AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri is high on the agenda – before he makes his decision.Evra signed a one-year extension to stay at United back in May but he is now open to offers as he seeks a guaranteed first-team place.last_img read more

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Mourinho lining up Higuain at United, AFC man wants out, plus a new Leeds boss?

first_imgA feast of Sunday gossip for you…Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is reportedly considering ANOTHER managerial change, with the Italian said to be lining up Fabio Cannavaro to replace Steve Evans. (Mail)Jose Mourinho is confident he will be Man United manager next season and has lined up a £70m move for Napoli goal machine Gonzalo Higuain. (Sunday People)Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, is in talks with Manchester United over a £600,000-a-week deal. (Corriere dello Sport)Theo Walcott wants to leave Arsenal having started just once in the Premier League since the end of January. (Sunday Mirror)Sam Allardyce has told friends he will resign as Sunderland manager if the club are relegated this season and could even announce his retirement. (Sunday Mirror)The scout who recommended Belgium forward Kevin De Bruyne to Chelsea says he told owner Roman Abramovich the 24-year-old would one day be worth £70m. (Star on Sunday)England boss Roy Hodgson has told West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 27, he will not be taking him to Euro 2016. (Sunday Mirror)PFA Players’ Player of the Year nominee N’Golo Kante, 25, almost signed for West Ham before moving to Leicester City, according to Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. (Standard)Man United and Chelsea target Mauro Icardi, 23, will not leave Inter next season, with manager Roberto Mancini also set to stay at the San Siro. (Sunday Express)Watford will pay £2m to sign Liverpool’s Jerome Sinclair, but Crystal Palace and West Brom are also keen on the 19-year-old forward. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal are close to signing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, though a fee has yet to be negotiated for the 23-year-old. The German club want £30m but the Gunners are willing to pay £20m. (Mail on Sunday)Good news for Tottenham fans, as the club are close to renewing the contracts of key trio Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen. (Star on Sunday)Former Brighton and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet – currently in charge at Greek side AEK Athens but out of contract in the summer – is in the frame to take over at Forest. (Sunday People)BEST FROM TALKSPORT.COMSTAN COLLYMORE’S INCREDIBLE RANT AGAINST VILLA PLAYERSWATCH: ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC DOUBLE AGAINST CAENBENITEZ: MY NEWCASTLE BOYS ARE STARTING TO BELIEVEVAN GAAL CRITICAL OF UNITED PERFORMANCE V ASTON VILLA Read on for the transfer rumours on Sunday 1last_img read more

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No free lunch

first_imgIt’s hard to know what’s worse – that hundreds of thousands of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches don’t get them, or that tens of thousands who do get them shouldn’t. While 74 percent of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s 700,000 students could be eligible for subsidized meals for low-income students, only 37percent of those in middle schools and high schools participate. The district receives between $2.07 and $2.47 for each subsidized meal served. But since only about half of the 500,000 students who qualify participate, that amounts to a loss of $100 million a year – funds that could be staving off hunger and providing the basic nutrition that schooling demands. Meanwhile, a recent federal report finds that slightly more than one in five students who received a subsidized lunch last year weren’t, in fact, eligible for the benefit. Nationwide, that fraud amounts to a $935million hit, at least. Compounding the problem is that the federal government uses the number of students receiving subsidized meals to determine how much special funding districts can get for everything from books to teachers. That gives schools little incentive to crack down on fraud. So when school districts such as the LAUSD have needy kids not getting their aid, the districts themselves will lose valuable funding. Meanwhile, wealthier districts stand to get more than they deserve through fraud. The problem is double-edged: To qualify for the meals, parents must fill out forms documenting their income. Some eligible families are too proud, or too uninformed, to do so, and don’t. And some shameless families that don’t need the help take advantage of loopholes and lax enforcement to get a “free” lunch. Under federal law, school districts must verify income levels for only 3percent of the program’s enrollees. For the LAUSD, that means checking up on some 8,000 students – out of roughly a quarter-million each year. Even when families are caught taking advantage of the system, there is no serious consequence. In the LAUSD, they’re no longer allowed to keep getting free or reduced-price meals, but that’s all. There are no easy answers to this problem. The LAUSD is looking at ways to protect the identity of kids getting subsidized meals, so as to reduce the social stigma and encourage more to participate. But it’s hard to know whether that would make a difference – other districts don’t seem to have the same problem with getting their kids to participate. Meanwhile, tougher enforcement measures could help deter fraud, but can also have the effect of deterring eligible families from applying. Still, the amount of money wasted – and the vast extent of needs left unmet – bespeak a compelling need for reform.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pressure mounts to deal with health deficit

first_imgWith Los Angeles County’s public health system expected to hit a $66 million shortfall on July 1, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed the department’s new acting director to come up with a deficit management plan by March 21. The health department’s deficit is expected to grow to $1.1 billion by fiscal 2009-10. “With a pending $1.1 billion dollar shortfall, it is fiscally irresponsible to delay restructuring programs and services within the department,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “Only through proactive reform can this department prevent having to employ a slash-and-burn approach. The department has struggled with a mounting deficit since 1995, and the ‘soft landing’ plan touted at that time has turned into a free fall.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Dr. Bruce Chernof, who took over the Department of Health Services when Dr. Thomas Garthwaite resigned in November, said he needs a few months to develop plans on how to reduce expenses and balance his $5.5 billion budget. “We are committed to coming forward with a balanced budget,” Chernof said. “An important element is to revisit work the department did in 2002, looking at strategic efficiencies, programic consolidations and other programic opportunities to make us more efficient with the resources we have.” In the next few months, officials plan to review the extensive list of medical procedures the department performs at its various hospitals and determine which ones can be consolidated to reduce costs. But Antonovich said the department has had years to cut services and is now threatening once again to bankrupt the entire county. “To put this board in the position of a slash-and-burn approach is not responsible and represents the failure of the department to do its job,” Antonovich said. The county’s health system nearly pushed the entire county into bankruptcy in 1995 when it faced a similar deficit. At the time, the federal government stepped in with a $1.2 billion bailout that required the county to shift its focus from inpatient hospital care to a system that emphasized community-based, outpatient primary and preventive care. As a result, the health department funded a network of more than 100 health clinics. In 2000, the federal government provided an additional $900 million, which ran out June 30. In 2003, the county proposed closing Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey and cutting 100 beds at County/USC Medical Center, but was blocked by the settlement of two lawsuits. As a result of pending deficits, health experts say the supervisors will be forced to reduce services or close hospitals and clinics if the deficit cannot be mitigated – actions that would have a ripple effect throughout the private health care system and would significantly compromise care to the uninsured. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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