Gilas pool member Edu commits to NCAA D1 school University of Toledo

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re thrilled to have AJ become a member of our program,” said Kowalczyk as per UTRockets.com. “He’s a very long, athletic, skilled individual who has an unbelievable upside to his game.”“AJ wants to learn and be in a position that he gets better every year. I told him that this is the place for him to do that. I think he has a chance to be a really special player,” added Kowalczyk who will coach the Rockets until the 2022-2023 season.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 crownEdu also announced on his Twitter account of the news that he would be suiting up for the Rockets for the 2018-2019 Mid-American Conference season.I am Blessed, honoured and excited to commit to the University of Toledo 🙏🚀🚀 #gorockets pic.twitter.com/mCHyP0aUYS— AJ Edu (@ArielJohnEdu) April 12, 2018“I am very honored and blessed to announce that I am achieving my dream of playing Division 1 Basketball and committing to the University of Toledo,” said Edu on his post. “This is a decision that my family and I took our time and prayed over and believe is the perfect place for me to further both my basketball career and my academics.”ADVERTISEMENT Edu is part of the Gilas Pilipinas 23 for 2023 pool, the group of players the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas are training in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup, and donned the tricolor in the 2017 Fiba Under 18 3×3 World Cup.“I want to thank the SBP for giving me the opportunity to represent and play for my country at the 3×3 U18 World Cup,” said Edu. “It definitely won’t be the last time I put on the Filipino jersey.”Edu averaged 18.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game for South Gloucestershire & Stroud College where he earned first team All-Elite Academy Basketball League West Conference honors and was named the West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFil-Nigerian Gilas prospect AJ Edu announced that he is set to join NCAA Division-1 School University of Toledo after his stellar high school career with South Gloucestershire & Stroud College in Bristol in the United Kingdom.The school’s athletics website posted news of Edu’s commitment to the Rockets with head coach Tod Kowalczyk announcing that the 6’10” forward has signed his National Letter of Intent on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast UP ends UAAP volleyball Season 80 on high note, trips UE Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Gruesome, senseless death of father, daughter

first_imgDear Editor,I was at the Mosque when I received a phone call that Mr Aaron Latchman and his daughter, Ms Arianna Latchman, were robbed and killed by bandits. I couldn’t hold my composure, I had to sit, I became speechless for a few minutes as anger and outrage overtook me. The breadwinner of another family has been taken away! My mind raced to many events and conversations I have had with the gentleman.This is a dirt-poor lad who left the shores of Essequibo to seek a better life in Georgetown. He worked hard, he took risks to improve his life and the life of his family and his relations back home in Essequibo. The same day of his demise he did a transaction with my cambio. Mr Aaron is well known to everyone in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market and the surrounding environs. Everyone had high praises and respect for him. They all classified him as a man with high integrity.This gruesome, senseless death of Aaron and his young daughter will create tremendous hardship on his bereaved wife and daughter and the extended family. The surviving wife and daughter need counselling, security and social support from everyone.I, like so many others, echo the call on the police department to work assiduously to bring the perpetrators to justice. I have lost a good friend and an ambitious young lady.May their souls rest in peace as I extend my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Latchman and her daughter and the entire family. May the mercy of God Almighty be with you at this overwhelming, testing time.Yours truly,Nazar MohamedMohamed’s Enterpriselast_img read more

Labourer fined $45,000 for wounding father, threatening mother

first_imgGanesh Ramanand, also known as “Tractor”, a labourer from Queenstown Village, Essequibo Coast, was on Tuesday slapped with a wounding and threatening language charge.Ramanand made his first court appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court where he was charged for threatening his mother, Dhanpat Pitam and wounding his father Ramanand Pirtam. He pleaded guilty to both charges.It is alleged that on April 16, 2016, at Queenstown Village, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Ramanand Pirtam. Pirtam is 80 years old.The Prosecution’s case stated that the labourer took a piece of wood and hit his father to his right hand causing injuries to his finger.He pleaded guilty to the offence and was fined $30,000 or an alternative of six weeks imprisonment. The second charge alleged that on May 21, he threatened to kill his mother, Dhanpat Pitam.He has previous convictions where he was jailed in the past for similar offences against his parents.For the threatening language charge, he was fined $15,000 or an alternative of two weeks imprisonment.last_img read more

House Names ‘Special Investigative Taskforce’

first_imgSpeaker J. Alex Tyler Sr., in consultation with the House’s Leadership, has named a 7-man Special Investigative Committee to form part of the ‘Special Legislative Joint Committee’ to probe the Global Witness Report on alleged bribery of former and current legislative officials to amend the PPCC Law in favor of Sable Mining Company for the Wologizi Mountain iron ore concession in northern Liberia. Maryland County District # 1 Rep. James P. Biney is the Chairman of the House’s Special Investigative Committee. He is also the Chairman on the House’s Committee of Foreign Affairs and an immediate Former Chairman on Public Account and Expenditure.Members of the Committee include: Bong County District # 4 Rep. Lester M. Paye (Chairman on Committee of Youth and Sports); Nimba County District # 9 Rep. R. Matenokay Tingban (Chairman on Resettlement, Repatriation, Relief and Re-adjustment); Lofa County District Rep. Mariamu B. Fofana (Co-Chair on Rules, Order & Administration); and River Gee County District # 2 Rep. Christian S. Chea Sr. (Chairman on Labor).Others are Maryland County District # 2 Rep. Dr. Bhofal Chambers (Chairman on National Defense) and Montserrado County District # 16 Rep. Dr. Edward S. Forh (Chairman of Public Works and Rural Development).In a letter to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Jallah, the House’s Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, said: “I present compliments and have the honor, by directive of the House of Representatives (IN SESSION), to officially inform you that it has today, May 26, 2016 constituted its Committee to form part of the Special Legislative Joint Committee to investigate the Global Witness Report on alleged bribery by the Sable Mining Africa/Liberia.”Hopefully, the Senate is expected today to also constitute its Committee, to be known as a ‘Joint Special Committee,’ with the mandate to only investigate present and current members of the Legislature involved in the alleged US$950,000 bribe.It may be recalled that on Wednesday, the Legislature in a joint statement, announced the establishment of a joint committee of both the House and the Senate to thoroughly investigate the alleged bribery, commencing with a public hearing, and a subsequent public debate before an ultimate decision is made by the Legislature. Pro Tempore Sen. Armah Jallah said the Legislature has seized itself to investigate for several reasons, and would appoint a joint committee of both houses.He said the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of both Houses of the Legislature.The Senator also urged the President to instruct the Special Task Force, headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature.“The Joint Committee will also be charged with the responsibility to establish whether or not the Executive exceeded its constitutional mandate through its recent actions,” Sen. Jallah said.According to the Global Witness report, those who are expected to be subjected to the Special Joint Committee include: Speaker J. Alex Tyler Sr. (US$75,000 for consulting fees); Sen. Morris Saytumah (US$50,000 Consulting Fees); and Rep. Henry B. Fahnbulleh (US$25,000 Inducement Fees).Others include former President Pro Tempore Cletus Wotorson (US$5,000 Consulting Fees); and former Senator Sumo Kupee (US$5,000 Consulting Fees).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More than 6 million Guyana Stockfeeds shares placed on local stock market

first_img– Placement adds depth and diversity to local stock exchangeThe National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on Tuesday announced that 6,099,927 of its equity shares in Guyana Stockfeeds Incorporated are on the local stock market.The placement of the shares on the stock market comes after previous attempts to dispose of the shares failed. The current majority shareholder, Robert Badal, was the only person to make an offer for the shares held by NICIL when they were advertised for sale.The placement on the local stock exchange also signals a shift in strategy by NICIL, and an effort to widen shareholding by providing more opportunities for theGuyana Stockfeeds LimitedGuyanese public to participate in investments in public companies.In a release to the media, NICIL said that it believes the placement of these shares on the local market will greatly contribute to the depth; diversification and enrichment of the local stock market coupled with the copious potential investments gains to the general public which is likely to ensue.Acting CEO of NICIL, Colvin Heath-London, was quoted as saying “NICIL is enthusiastic about public participation in the local stock market and intends to give every Guyanese an opportunity to grow their money, maximise their returns and have a legitimate chance to acquire state assets that are being diversified.”For decades, families have owned shares in companies like Demerara Distillers Limited and Banks DIH for generations after parents or grandparents bought shares. However, the opportunities were not provided for the same type of stock ownership and transfer of wealth from one generation to the other at that time.As many developed societies are beginning to teach entrepreneurship to children, this is an opportunity as well for parents to set up stock accounts with their children.Heath-London added that “we at NICIL would also like to invigorate the local stock market by giving it depth and robustness that will be attractive to global companies. One of the benefits of the boom in oil and gas should be that global companies that come here to operate see a vibrant market for stocks and get listed on our exchange. Such cross-listing with our local exchange would open up opportunities for Guyanese to invest in these companies and benefit from their profitability.”Since the NICIL shares in Guyana Stockfeeds Limited surfaced in the public domain recently there has been vigorous discussion of the value of the shares versus the value of the offer made by the majority shareholder.NICIL is of the view that ultimately, now that the shares have been placed on the stock exchange, the market will eventually determine the true value of the shares.last_img read more

Drop-in Centre fire was a tragedy waiting to happen – CoI report

first_imgThe deadly fire at the Hadfield Street Drop-in Centre on July 8, which claimed the lives of siblings, Antonio and Joshua George, was a tragedy waiting to happen.The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the incident found it was a tragedy waiting to happen and that there was a collective responsibility for the tragic event, which claimed the lives of the George brothers. The report found the system to protect the children failed and therefore all players are collectively responsible.  Six-year-old Antonio and his two-year-old brother, Joshua George, along with three other siblings were taken into the care at the Centre two days prior to their demise.Siblings Antonio and Joshua George perished in the fire on July 8The findings of the inquiry conducted by Retired Colonel Windee Algernon found that the children/staffer ratio was not adhered to and that on the morning of the fire, there were not enough staff members on duty to meet the needs of children. Additionally, the house service supervisor, while she had the authority to call out more staff, failed to do so.The CoI also found that there were written guidelines for the management of crisis situations, including fires; however, the house manager and other senior staff seemed unfamiliar with them. And so when the fire occurred, there was confusion and panic resulting in the tragedy.It also found that the staff on duty at the time cannot be entirely absolved, the two children died in her care. It pointed out that the administration of the Drop-in Centre in collaboration with the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) failed to ensure that she possessed the skill set to perform her responsibilities adequately.  The CoI found that the fire was caused by a defective electrical point fitted with exposed wires on the eastern wall of the girl’s dormitory. This, the report said, played a role in the ignition of the fire by subsequent heat transfer.Along with the findings, the CoI made some recommendations, including that the Social Protection Ministry and the CPA continue to focus on overhauling child protection, cutting red tape and improving the skills and knowledge of social workers so that they could adequately protect children in the State’s care.It also recommends that the emergency evacuation plans be developed and practiced at all child care facilities, and that in house training, including rehearsals, be conducted for staff in crises management and child care centres. Recommendations were also made for an inspector to the homes and this appointment should be done immediately to ensure compliance with the Social Protection Ministry. It also recommended that the childcare workers be given additional time away from the working environment to allow them to relax after a period of work or tension and also that suitably satisfied staff be recruited to meet the increasing demands of child care responsibilities.  Revealing the scope of the inquiry, the CoI report said it visited the Sophia Care Centre where children of the Drop-in Centre are now housed. Some 26 persons from the CPA, the Drop-in Centre, civilians and Red Thread were interviewed.The CoI was required to ascertain the causes, condition and surrounding circumstances which led to the deaths of the brothers, whilst in the care, control and custody of the State and to report on whether there was failure on the part of State officials to deal appropriately or adequately with matters which gave rise to the loss of lives and whether there were any unsafe or improper arrangements for the care, custody and welfare of the children.last_img read more

28 year old pregnant woman missing from Fort St. John

first_imgA Facebook group has been setup for a 28 year old pregnant woman missing since Wednesday, April 7th from Fort St. John. According to posts on the group, Abigail Andrews was last seen heading to a friend’s place on Wednesday evening. – Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP have yet to release any information. Abigail is described as:6ft tallapprox 200 lbsDark Brown HairHazel/green eyesFair SkinTattoo of tribal art on lower backPregnant but not yet showing To see the Facebook group, click here.  If you have information on Abigail contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Troubles threaten Children’s Museum in Valley

first_img“That’s the pity. We’re on the one-foot line of completing the building.” Museum and city officials said the biggest failure has been a lack of support from private donors, especially from the Valley. Of the $36 million raised to design and complete the museum, 70 percent has come from public funds. But some museum officials accused Councilman Richard Alarcón of diverting nearly $1 million in city energy sales dedicated to the museum by his predecessor, now-state Sen. Alex Padilla. The Cambria Energy Fund, which now contains $982,000 generated from methane gas sales from the former Lopez Canyon Landfill, was supposed to act as seed money for a $1 million allocation from the county. “Padilla didn’t have any problem with it,” said museum board member Richard Katz, “but Alarcón has said, `No how, no way.”‘ Alarcón, who assumed Padilla’s Northeast Valley district in January, said neighborhood councils and homeowner groups have demanded the dump funds be spent on the community at large, not on a private museum. “I’m a very strong supporter of the Children’s Museum,” he said. “But the (energy funds) should be used in concert with whatever the community intends. The bottom line is they’ve got themselves in a pickle because they haven’t been able to raise enough private money, and the city shouldn’t bail them out.” In March, the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council opposed spending dump gas money originally earmarked for a Hansen Dam Environmental Awareness Center Fund to benefit the museum. Better, they said, to spend the money on a future Hansen Dam Wildlife Reserve or other community service. Mary Benson, treasurer for the neighborhood council, said it set a bad precedent for the city to spend city dump funds on a nonprofit museum foundation. “Once (City Council) members can direct public money to nonprofit foundation favorites, that violates the City Charter and directs taxpayer dollars into private hands,” Benson said. “And that’s wrong. It is illegal.” Other museum funds have fallen through, including $774,000 in state Proposition 12 money, when museum officials couldn’t ensure the facility could open by June 2008. That leaves only $800,000 borrowed by the museum board to pay $3.3 million owed to the contractor. On May 2, the contractor asked for a statement of sufficient funds. “We’re within the last week to demonstrate our ability to pay … (or) shut down construction,” said Cecilia Aguilera Glassman, the museum’s chief executive officer, hired in March with the understanding the museum had enough money to complete its building. “The consequence for the museum is it would be extremely difficult to start up construction again.” The $58.5 million museum was supposed to have opened last year on a wedge-shaped site overlooking the lake at Hansen Dam. Designed by architect Sarah Graham as an environmentally “green” showcase, it would be sheathed in walls of real and synthetic grass. Exhibits designed by Edwin Schlossberg, husband of Caroline Kennedy, were designed to capture the imagination of children. After construction, the museum would still have to raise an additional $11 million for the exhibits. Downtown, the original Children’s Museum of Los Angeles, designed in 1979 by renowned architect Frank Gehry, closed in 2000 when plans were in the works to build sister facilities in Little Tokyo and at Hansen Dam. The Little Tokyo plan was scrapped for a shortage of funds. If construction on the new museum continues, a temporary certificate of occupancy is expected in early August. Padilla, a strong proponent of the museum before he left for Sacramento, did not respond to a request for comment. While Alarcón pledged to help find other sources of funding, Corwin is working well-heeled Angelenos for short- and long-term funds. “I’m running around town, seeing everybody who will see me, to help us get there,” he said. “We haven’t done our homework in the Valley. We haven’t been to the Rotary, the Kiwanis. We haven’t done the groundwork for support. The important thing is, we’ve got to stay positive.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE VIEW TERRACE – Construction on the much-anticipated new Children’s Museum of Los Angeles could grind to a halt next week because of a lack of money. Museum backers need either to raise $2.5 million to pay its contractor by Monday or stop work on the San Fernando Valley’s first and only museum. If workers pack up their tools, officials say it could cost $1.5 million more just to resume construction. And some say it could even spell the end of the museum. “It would be so sad to see it close. … In the end of the day, it’s all about the kids,” said Bruce Corwin, co-chairman of the museum board, who was scrambling Tuesday to raise money from sources around the city. last_img

Washington’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ character in limbo

first_imgIsaiah Washington’s Dr. Preston Burke packed his bags on the season finale of “Grey’s Anatomy” but that doesn’t mean the actor is being dumped by the show, his publicist said Friday. “We fully expect to be back in the fall,” spokesman Howard Bragman said. “The deal’s not done but we have no reason to believe he won’t be putting on the scrubs.” A furor over Washington’s use of an anti-gay slur had provoked speculation that his job might be in jeopardy. Thursday’s finale seemed to open the door for the departure of Washington’s character. Burke was on the verge of marrying Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), but her doubts at first delayed and then derailed their splashy wedding. ABC declined comment Friday. 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

AFC will rise from derby blues, says Mbungo

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mnungo watches on during the Mashemeji Derby against rivals Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on February 9, 2019NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – AFC Leopards tactician Cassa Mbungo is upbeat the club will recover from the current slump, their derby day 2-0 loss to arch rivals Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on Saturday afternoon seeing them slump only one point away from the relegation zone.AFC have lost five of their last six games and the Rwandese tactician only brought on board last week after the departure of Serb Marko Vasiljevic is confident he can turn around fortunes at the den. “We will do well, I have faith. We will work on our weak areas and especially now that we are almost going for the international break, I will have more time to work with the team and rectify the mistakes we made,” Mbungo said after his side’s loss to Gor on Saturday.He added; “Tactically we did some things right and we were okay, but we still have work to do. We conceded goals from set pieces and our defending was a bit naïve from them. But we will work in training and I will show them what to do in certain instances.”AFC have a tough run of fixtures awaiting them as Mbungo tries to lift the limping giants off the doldrums of relegation.They play Ulinzi Stars next weekend before facing Mathare United and Sony Sugar prior to the international break.AFC Leopards players hurdle together before the Mashemeji Derby against rivals Gor Mahia at the Kasarani Stadium on February 9, 2019With the transfer window also set to open, Mbungo has hinted that he might work on a few transfers though he says he believes in the squad currently at his disposal.“We need to strengthen the team and if I have an opportunity to do so then I will bring in some players. But first, we have to work with those we have because I think they are good enough and if we can work to improve them, we will have a good team,” he stated.He picked out the defense as a key area he needs to work on saying he is appalled by the number of goals his side is conceding.“In four games we have conceded nine goals and that is an area that we have to really work on. Also, we are not creating chances to score on the other end and this is also a concern. There’s a lot we need to work on,” the tactician stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more