Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home New England Patriots’ James White scores the winning touchdown during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)The Atlanta Falcons have confirmed a clear-out of the team’s defensive coaching staff in the wake of the franchise’s historic Super Bowl collapse, it was reported Wednesday.Defensive co-ordinator Richard Smith and line coach Bryan Cox have both been sacked following Sunday’s epic defeat to the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The paper said the team denied that the shake-up was linked to the disastrous second-half performance in the Super Bowl, when the Falcons leaked 31 unanswered points as the Patriots secured a dramatic victory.Smith, 61, was appointed defensive co-ordinator two years ago following a stint with the Denver Broncos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCox, 48, had been the defensive line coach since 2014.The Falcons have also started rebuilding their offensive coaching department after co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan confirmed his move to the San Francisco 49ers. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Shanahan is to be replaced by Alabama college offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend D-League: Racal survives tough Wangs to stay unbeaten LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments
Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely However, the bout was not without its share of controversy, as De Randamie landed three punches—two after the second round and one after the third—shortly after the bell rang.The allegedly illegal punches clearly dazed Holm and might have even affected her performance for the rest of the fight.Still, Holm’s camp said they have accepted the commission’s decision and will be moving on from the incident.“We respect their decision and will not seek anything further, except a rematch from Germaine,” Holm’s agent, Lenny Fresquez, said, according to the report.For her part, the former Women’s Bantamweight champion shared the same sentiments regarding NYSAC’s decision, but couldn’t help but throw shade toward De Randamie’s actions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm’s motion was denied by the the New York State Athletic Commission. File photoUFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie will keep her title after a formal protest filed by her previous adversary Holly Holm was dismissed.The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), as per MMAFighting, has denied Holm’s motion regarding her controversial defeat against the newly crowned champion at UFC 208 last month.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook brings up 30th triple double of season Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m not trying to be like a wuss about it and whine,” Holm said. “That’s definitely not what I’m trying to do. I think that’s a hard spot for me. A lot of people keep saying, well, she hit you after the bell, how do you feel? Well, I’m a fighter. I’m not going to sit here and whine about it and complain. There’s a lot of things I could have done.“At least own it. She knows she did it on purpose and one of them definitely rocked me,” she said.A possible rematch between the two has yet to be confirmed by the promotion, but De Randamie was adamant on fighting Holm once more. The champion, however, broke her hand during the fight and it remained unclear how long it would keep her sidelined. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident The boxer-turned-MMA pro filed a complaint against the match’s referee Todd Anderson for “failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine De Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.“After a review of the video footage of the bout, the New York State Athletic Commission determined that there was no clear error or violation of statute or rule by Referee Todd Anderson,” an NYSAC official said. “Therefore, the scoring and outcome of the bout will not be modified.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlmost three weeks ago, the two combatants slugged it out in a highly contested back-and-forth affair, where the Dutch fighter managed to get her hand raised after five grueling rounds of action.READ: UFC 208: De Randamie becomes 1st women’s featherweight champ, beats Holm Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments
Fajardo says San Miguel needs better starts Viktor Troicki, the world 39, then made it 2-0 by seeing off 19th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.Victory for Djokovic was a major confidence boost for the former world number one who has lost his Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles in the last year and surrendered the top ranking spot to Andy Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have lost my best game in the last few months,” Djokovic, whose French Open win in June last year allowed him to complete the career Grand Slam, told reporters after securing a 12th successive Davis Cup singles win.“It was hard for me to accept after being on top for the last six years but today’s match shows that I can get back to winning ways. “I am very happy with my performance today which is very encouraging because I now know I am on the right path to discovering my best form.”Five-time Davis Cup winners Spain are without Nadal in Belgrade after the 14-time Grand Slam champion opted to stay at home to prepare for the clay-court season.Team captain Nenad Zimonjic and Troicki will face Marc Lopez and Jaume Munar in Saturday’s doubles where a win will give Serbia a semi-final date against either France or Britain.On a perfect day for all four of the quarter-final hosts, Australia were 2-0 up on the United States in Brisbane, closing in on a semi-final date against Belgium who were 2-0 ahead of Italy in Charleroi.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals single match between Serbia and Spain at the “Aleksandar Nikolic” sports hall in Belgrade, on April 7, 2017. AFPNovak Djokovic put Serbia on course for the Davis Cup semi-finals Friday before admitting that seeing his career plunge into freefall since his history-making French Open triumph had been “hard to accept”.The world number two shrugged off his recent elbow injury — and his mediocre record of just seven wins in 2017 — to give 2010 Davis Cup champions Serbia a winning start in their quarter-final against Spain in Belgrade with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 24th-ranked Albert Ramos Vinolas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
National 800 metres ace Natoya Goule has set her sights on a personal best time at this weekend’s JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.A year ago, Goule defeated many-time national champion Kenia Sinclair to win the event, but in addition to retaining her title at the weekend, she wants to make a really big run.”My preparation has been going on great so far this season, as I have been running good despite not starting off well. A week ago, I ran a season’s best of 2:00.56 and I am here to defend my title. I am not putting down anyone, but that is my aim and desire,” Goule said on Monday at the Stadium East field where she is putting in her final preparations for this weekend’s meet.Sinclair is not expected to face the start this year, but Goule anticipates some competition from a United States-based runner who will be competing here for the first time.”We have a new girl coming in by the name of Jazmine Fray. I saw her indoors and she told me that she has some Jamaican roots and I encouraged her to come to the trials because we do not have many 800m athletes locally, and in the United States, there are a lot of them, so I told her to come here and compete, as I think she can make the team,” Goule said. Fray, earlier this year, clocked a collegiate indoor record of 2:00.69 over 800 metres.Goule is aiming to run sub. 1:59 this year.”I know I can do it, as my training has improved and it will come at the right time,” said the former Manchester High athlete. Her personal best outdoors is 1:59.38.Goule thinks middle- and long-distance runners are not being given enough respect from the local governors of the sport, and this could be one of the reasons why these athletes are not doing well after leaving high school.”The only person who is trying to uplift this area in Jamaica is Alfred Francis as he goes about and does a lot of road races, and I think if other people try and do something in this area, then we would get better results.”There are many athletes out there running 400m, and I know they can do the 800m, but they do not because they are not getting enough respect here,” Goule said.
Tracy, who was the Jamaican champion in the event last year but who finished second this time around, said her main plan at the National Senior Championships was to get a top-three spot. “My aim was to make the team and then fix any issues I have before the World Championships, as going into trials, I was not race sharp,” she said. “I got a season’s best there and my training partner (Rhonda Whyte) won and I was happy for her because this will definitely help her mentally, and both of us are going to London,” she said. Tracy, who, several years ago, looked the most gifted Jamaican in the event coming out of high school but had a couple of years of below-par performances, stated that a change of clubs has made a big difference. “The change has really done wonders for me, as at Sprintec, I am getting more individual attention, especially in my weak areas, and I think I am now getting back a little feel of the high-school training I am used to, and also working out with a good training partner in Rhonda, as we push each other in training,” Tracy said. TOP THREE SPOT LAUSANNE, Switzerland: Ristananna Tracy, the only Jamaican who will face the starter at tomorrow’s Lausanne Diamond League, will be aiming to better her 54.49 seconds season’s best for the 400 metres hurdles. The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 400m hurdles finalist will be up against a crack field in the event, the first Diamond League race of the meet, which is set to get under way at 1:03 p.m. Jamaican time. Tracy will face two athletes who have gone sub-53 seconds so far this season, while only one in the field has gone slower than the Jamaican’s best for 2017. Speaking a few minutes after a workout on the main stadium track here in Lausanne, Tracy said she wanted to run a good race. “My aim is to go out and execute a good race and hopefully, in the end, I can get a season’s best,” said Tracy. “I am not intimidated by the strong line-up, as I will just follow my race plan and see what happens,” she added.
Scores of people flocked the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground for Red Square Vodka’s “A Night to Remember” last evening.Patrons were well-entertained by several artistes, including Guyana’s Baboo, Terry Gajraj and singing sensation Devindra Pooran alongside with veteran Guyanese singer Celia Samaroo and rising stars Vicadi Singh and Steven Ramphal.The action continues on Saturday evening at the University of Guyana, Tain Campus, Berbice and on Sunday, March 4 at the Aracari Resort, Versailles, West Bank Demerara.However, Terry Gajraj as well as the Shakti Strings Orchestra will not be performing at the Aracari Resort due to other engagements.Apart from the renowned artistes mentioned above, the Shakti Strings Orchestra featuring Yoland Nedd, Aamir Khan and Avinash Roopchand on keyboard will definitely set the tone for the evening.The emcee for the evening will be popular radio personality Seegobin. Tickets for the events will be $1000 and will be available at regular ticketing agents.
The Leonora Stadium will come alive on Saturday evening as Royalty Vybez Entertainment presents “Pimp My Ride-Guyana Edition”. Closing date for registration is today and based on information gathered, there are 25 different categories to be contested with millions in prizes and trophies to be won.Some of the categories are Cleanest Bike, Cleanest Vehicle, Cleanest Engine, Most Unique Vehicle, Vehicle with the best graphics, Best Rims, Cleanest and Loudest working bus, Extreme Car, Extreme SUV, Vehicle with the loudest sound and many more.However, competitors cannot enter in more than three categories and vehicles registered for the show have to be at the venue before 18:00h.It will be one grand event as vehicle owners showcase their prized possessions with the aim of winning big. Gates will be opened at 17:00h but the action starts at 19:00h. Apart from the vehicle parading the arena, there will be entertainment by Royalti Vybez.Admission to the event is easy.
“Diwali- A festival full of sweet memories, sky full of fireworks, mouth full of sweets, house full of diyas and heart full of enjoyment.”Divali has always been one of my favourite festivals. And I guess what has always been its most attractive feature has been the air of tranquillity that lingers in my memories as I remember my mom and I spending most of the day, puttering about the kitchen cooking up a multitude of dishes – both “sweet and salt”. My personal favourites were the samosas and “aloo balls”.But before the actual day of Diwali, the house would have been given a thorough cleaning- both inside and out. I haven’t been able to be home for Divali during these last two years – but to be honest I didn’t miss the cleaning part! Most Hindus – and this includes my Mom – literally don’t even leave a stone unturned when cleaning up for Diwali because we are symbolically welcoming God into our house and who would want to welcome God into a house that’s less than spic-and-span?By six o’clock, we would be in our pooja rooms, offering prayers to the deities, Mother Lakshmi in particular. Mother Lakshmi is the Goddess of Light so we pray to her on Diwali, which is the darkest night of the year (Amaawas night). Families praying together and singing bhajans to Mother Lakshmi is one of the many wonderful ways that Diwali strengthens the family bond.We would then carefully place a Diya in every room of the house – especially the ledges of the verandas – and then proceed outside where the passageways, fences and bridges would be outlined with Diyas. Because we live so close to the Ocean, the wind is invariably very strong and it’s always a challenge to keep the Diya’s going. You evolve strategies like placing them where two wicks touch and keep each other lit!Divali is a harvest festival and the underlying message – like with most Hindu festivals – is the triumph of light over darkness (good over evil). Poverty is seen as one of the greatest obstacles to living a virtuous life, so from this perspective, banishing it through a bountiful harvest is a powerful message.The lighting of the millions of Diyas every Diwali is significant- it means we are battling the odds and lighting up the world on the darkest night of the year. Though the moon isn’t out, we’re making our own light. We’re forging our own paths in this life. And that’s important- you can only build up good Karma if YOU take action, not if someone else does it for you. And Karma is an integral part of Hinduism – we believe that we can only achieve moksha (liberation) based on our actions in life.Sure, lighting up fireworks and cooking are really, really fun but the whole essence of Diwali is that every Diya that you light, you are making a conscious decision to end the darkness. The darkness doesn’t just mean external ‘demons’ like drugs, bad friends, poverty, sickness, etc, it also means tackling your own internal conflicts, like trying to fix that bad aspect of your personality or cultivating better discipline.On Diwali, family members across the globe reconnect- whether they just call or even visit for the holiday is up to them, but the important thing is that the bond is being maintained. This Divali, I will be shuttling between north and south Trinidad, but I still hope, as I did last year, I will be in the Pooja room with my family, singing our favourite Divali Bhajans – via the magic of Skype!!So go out there this Diwali, light a Diya, keep on burning bright, and keep on shining.
…in agro-processing There was a news item about Baron Foods shipping its first container of food products to Cuba – after years of cultivating new markets for its goods. Now, Baron Foods is a company owned by a Guyanese family from Berbice named “Ramjattan”. And yes; they’re related to the Minister of “Dead Meat” fame. Now, that’s very good news, but not necessarily for Guyana. The Baron Foods’ factory is in St Lucia, and the container is, of course, being shipped out of that island. Good for them! But what about us? Why hadn’t the Ramjattans opened their food factories in Guyana? Truth of the matter is: any investor who wants to process foods in Guyana will have to have a hole in his head!!Nowadays, factories are mechanized, and you can’t can, flash-freeze, pasteurize, or do any of the myriad processes that fall under ‘agro-processing’ without a stable supply of electricity. And GPL just hasn’t been delivering the “juice” reliably in Guyana. And the price of the wattage it does deliver is at least double that of anywhere else! Why?? As usual, the PNC, during its looong 28 years, hadn’t only run down the physical plant of GPL, but stocked it with party-card holders “fuh so”! “Jobs for the boys”!!When the PPP took over in 1992, it wasn’t just a matter of replacing and upping the generating capacity; there was the question of importing skills and rationalising the workforce. While the present capacity was boosted, the workforce remains a major problem because of politics. But nobody wants to call a spade a spade. Most of the line loss from GPL’s operations is done with the connivance of GPL’s employees.Now, none of this is any secret; and, in fact, the APNU and AFC made a big fuss about fixing GPL when they were in the Opposition. Today what’s changed? Not a darned thing! And that’s why even though Ramjattan’s relatives have announced they’ll be expanding their operations soon, it’ll be to Trinidad, and not Guyana.All of this should be a reality check on the fancy rhetoric the Government’s spouting about leasing lands to the thousands of workers fired – and will be fired – from GUYSUCO for “diversifying” into new agro crops. You can’t just PRODUCE agro crops, unless you’ll sell it immediately. And we just don’t have the markets locally. This means the crops would have to be processed.And processing needs ELECTRICITY – which GPL can’t produce reliably. So we’re back to square one. Another reason you have to wonder why the Government is so adamant against Amaila Hydro.Cutting their nose to spite the PPP support base??…on pharma suppliesIf there were any justice in Guyana, somebody – or bodies – ought to be facing a firing squad for what’s happening to our pharma supplies to the public hospitals and clinics — the places where our ordinary Guyanese HAVE to go to deal with their illnesses and diseases. The more well-off folks can go to private pharmacies. After more than a year of denial, the Government HAD to admit there are massive shortages of even basic medicines in the system. And why did they have to admit? Sadly, it wasn’t because of the evidence that had piled up like so many dead bodies; it was because they had to explain why a contract for $600M was given to ANSA McAL without following any of the procedures for sourcing drugs!! “Sole sourcing” was the least of the sins exposed. Think of the drugs costing more than TWICE the normal price. But it’s now revealed that the $600M contract was only the tip of the iceberg! Giving their friends a cut and spiting sick Guyanese?? That’s sickness of the soul!…on law books Your Eyewitness hopes that when the “Case of the Law Books Subscription” is finished, there will be a forensic audit of the costs incurred — versus the cost of the books.
Dear Diary,Dis a Mook Lall again. Me know me only write yuh yestaday, but me come fuh tell yuh me na get none Award, an’ me blasted vex! Dem Bais bin tell me how me guh get waan a de Award Grain-Ja ah gi’e people who do somet’ing fuh de country. And YOU know how much me do; right, Dear Diary?? Me know me na do fuh de country – but me do damn plenty fuh APANU and KFC, right? An’ dem a rule de country now. Wha’ mek dem cyaan gi’e me wan award??Me na farm dat FUCOP group fuh gi’e big money to dem campaign? Da na count? Me cuss Jagdesh and PPCEE till wata na deh fuh wash dem. Da na count? But soon as APANU an’ KFC get into guvment dem fuhget all abee who help dem.Look who dem gi’e Award!! Baddam!! Wha Baddam do?? He only get fuh praise up Pee an See because me Muckrakah gi’e he wan jab. If he na had Muckraker wha’ he woulda do? Me na count? Goat bite me??Wha’ Griffin do? ‘E na even bin deh in Guyana!! Me na know half a dem pan de list; an’ me know everybody in Guyana!Dear Diary, yuh know wha’ mek me want de Award suh bad, right? Me na qualify fuh nothin’, suh me cyaan put nothin’ in front me name. People only respect people wid lettah in front ah dem name. Like “Dactah dis an’ Dactah dat!If me bin get wan award, me could put some letta AFTAH me name: Mook Lall, AA or BB or CC. Sound good, right Dear diary? Now every-bady guh seh me a wan REAL Mook.Me woulda teach dem wan lesson, but me too shame.