CASTRIES, St Lucia, (CMC):Caribbean Premier League organisers believe the upcoming season will be most successful yet, especially with the new move to host matches in the United States expected to reap dividends.For the first time in the three-year-old tournament, games have been scheduled outside of the Caribbean with six being played at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.And as tickets went on sale for the first time yesterday, CPL chief executive Damien O’Donohoe said organisers were expecting a strong response.”We are really excited about the forthcoming CPL season and look forward to welcoming even more supporters to our matches for the season ahead,” he said.”We at CPL are acutely aware of our responsibilities to promote West Indies cricket and the tickets are competitively priced for single tickets and families across the Caribbean and Fort Lauderdale.SUCCESSFUL SEASON AHEAD”As we now all know, the West Indies is the home of the ICC World T20 champions, and with a number of hugely talented emerging local players from the Under-19 squad and regionally, as well as our most talented roster to date of international talent, we’re shaping up for our most successful season yet.”The tournament will this year run from June 29 to August 7, and will again feature six franchises – Barbados Tridents, Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks.Fixtures have only been released for two venues – Warner Park in St Kitts and Central Broward Stadium – with the remaining dates expected to be announced in coming days.Warner Park hosts four games starting June 30, while Central Broward will feature six games, starting July 28.O’Donohoe said he expected the Florida games to provide a major boost to the tournament.”This year we will also be playing six matches in Fort Lauderdale which is a new and exciting departure for CPL, and I would urge all supporters to book their tickets early because we’re expecting huge numbers to attend again this year.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES SYDNEY — Billy Dib of Australia quit boxing after a unanimous points loss to American Tevin Farmer in an IBF super featherweight title fight Friday.Farmer sent Dib to the canvas with a left hook in the ninth round, but the bout went the distance, with the judges calling it 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107 on their scorecards.ADVERTISEMENT Another rout 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Billy Dib is a hell of a fighter,” Farmer said. “He’s had a hell of a career. A great fighter to win the belt against. He definitely tried to bully me.”The 32-year-old Dib, coached by three-time world champion Jeff Fenech, called time on his career with a 43-5 record.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’“This is officially the last time I’ll step into this great circle,” he said. “You (Farmer) are a great champion, I know you’re going to be a champion for a very, very long time.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I just had a chance to have the ball at that stage so I just shot it and it went in. That’s the game of basketball.”Yap finished with 19 points, on 6-of-9 shooting from deep, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals as the Elasto Painters improved to a second-best 5-1 record behind undefeated Phoenix, which holds a 5-0 card.The 15-time All-Star is also Rain or Shine’s leading scorer averaging 16.3 points a game but he said that it’s not just him who’s solely responsible for his offensive ourburst.“All I can say is I fit right in with the system, my game really just fell into our system,” said Yap. “Of course I have huge thanks to coach Caloy [Garcia] because of the trust he’s given me. Even before the start of the conference he’s told me that I should be ready and it’s a good thing I was able to produce.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES At 36, Yap once again displayed that he’s still one of the best shooting guards in the league, drilling a clutch triple in Rain or Shine’s 107-100 win against NorthPort in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Down 100-99 in the final minutes of the fourth, Yap came off a curl in the right win and calmly drained a three-pointer in the face of Batang Pier guard Paolo Taha that gave the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead with 2:50 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsYap joked that his big shot was simply just another normal basket for him.“That’s normal for me,” said Yap laughing. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rey Nambatac grateful for chance to showcase late-game guts for Rain or Shine Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Vintage performance from James Yap saves Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—James Yap is called Big Game James for reasons.The charismatic shooting guard is a two-time league MVP, four-time Finals MVP, and seven-time champion and these are thanks to no small part to his gutsy self in late-game situations.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments
Steel taxesThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is denying that there have been any increases in the applicable taxes paid on steel imports into the country, but rather it is simply looking to charge the ‘appropriate’ rates.The matter was first reported by Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Irfaan Ali, who was at the time addressing a public gathering at the Sleepin Hotel. Ali indicated that there had been an increase in the applicable rates to be charged. He told that gathering that this was circulated by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.The Finance Minister subsequently denied that he had made any such order, since it was in fact an initiative of the GRA.The revenue collection agency has since attempted to explain its actions by saying it was looking to fix some anomalies that had been discovered.According to a public missive issued by the tax body, “Recently some anomalies were identified in relation to classification of some of the steel and steel products imported by several businesses in Guyana.”The GRA’s statement said, “These anomalies led to the request for Mill Test Certificates from additional suppliers to confirm the chemical composition of the imported steel and steel products, and thereafter charge the appropriate rate of either five per cent or 10 per cent depending on that composition.”According to the GRA, “This exercise is presently being done by the Harmonised System Classification Committee of the Guyana Revenue Authority in accordance with the provisions and established guidelines of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), after which the affected parties will be so notified.”The tax collection agency has since sought to assure that, in the interim, all steel and steel products imported will be released to importers with the right retained by the GRA to collect duties at the correct rate for the said steel and steel products.
…leads to sole sourcing skyrocketing by 850%… demands for tender box keys lead to requestfor dismissalManaging Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Inc, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, has dismantled not only the morale of the senior staff of the utility company, but has also begun employing several unsavoury practices previously utilised by several ousted executives.Dr Richard Van West-CharlesGuyana Times is in possession of a series of internal correspondences between executives of GWI documenting the litany of infractions by Dr Van West-Charles.These include the dismantling of the entity’s procurement department, which has led to sole sourcing being ordered more and more by the Managing Director – skyrocketing by as much as 850 per cent during his tenure.Guyana Times understands that the mounting concerns have since led to a motion being taken before the entity’s board of directors, calling for his immediate removal in order to make way for a comprehensive audit of his actions.Sole sourcingOn the matter of the dismantling of the Procurement Department, one such internal correspondence seen by Guyana Times was prepared by the department’s former director.In that correspondence, it was pointed out that while the GWI financial regulations make provisions for sole sourcing in cases of emergency or national disaster, among other considerations, the correct procedure, “has been skipped in recent times since suppliers and service providers are being engaged by persons outside of the procurement department and at times without a firm price being agreed.”It was pointed out to the GWI Board that when the invoices are issued, procurement then seeks the Management Tender Board’s approval to prepare a contract or Purchase Order (PO) by the direct contracting method, since it would be unfair to seek quotes for works already completed or in process.“You would recall that these cases grew sharply from one or two per month to as many as seventeen in July 2016… This approach is very demotivating for the procurement team as they are aware that at some time, questions will be raised about these practices by stakeholders and even suppliers who may be seeing works in progress that they were not given an opportunity to bid for,” a correspondence seen stated.Procurement mergerGuyana Times understands that in July last, when the then procurement director returned from leave, it was found that the department had in fact been restructured and merged with the Finance Department, a situation which inherently brings with it a new reporting and supervisory structure.This was brought to the attention of the GWI board of directors, since the operational changes will create significant challenges to GWI and its capital programme which includes dozens of procurement activities including the re-tendering of the three Water Treatment Plants funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The GWI Board was also informed that “some purchase decisions are being made without the opportunity for requests for multiple quotes and public tender where the threshold requires same due to the emergency nature of the requests…There is less planning of activities to allow time for the procurement of services or works using the correct procedures.”According to the internal correspondences, extra budgetary expenditures have been conducted which creates delay in payment since the expenditure was not planned.“These include new departments, offices, furniture, staff, safety gears, consultants, meals, water delivery, etc.”It was also pointed out that there have been several annulments of tenders for the office extension, well construction, building repairs and vehicle purchases at the end of the procurement process which “demotivates the staff and signals to supplier that we are not serious.”Guyana Times understands that GWI’s board of directors recently voted to reinstate the Procurement Department.According to the complaint lodged with the GWI Board, the merger with the finance department “is a return to a period that had many pitfalls which resulted in the dismissal of the entire purchasing team in 2005.”It was pointed out too that the entity’s managing director, “Dr Richard Van West-Charles has on many occasions authorised provision of goods and services to GWI without competitive quotes and by officers outside of procurement.”These include the procurement of health and safety gears from VSH United for electricians based on a verbal request and without a Purchase Order; the procurement of AC units without a PO; procurement of office furniture for several offices without a PO; construction of car park and repairs to the drainage and road shoulders without a contract and water delivery to affected areas without a contract, amounting to several millions of dollars.One supplier was reportedly providing four trucks and that supplier was not pre-qualified prior for providing the transportation service to GWI.Guyana Times was told that the department was subsequently requested to make contracts and POs, after the works were completed, using the direct contracting method and that this practice is a deviation from protocol.Tender box keysThis publication was also told, and have since corroborated that the GWI managing director has also been in the habit of demanding the keys to the tender boxes, which houses bids from suppliers, in contravention of the entity’s procurement rules.One such correspondence was penned by a senior officer, and documents instances where Dr Van West-Charles has repeatedly made demands for the keys to access the tender box despite being told that he had no authority to be in possession of those keys.This unsavoury practice, Guyana Times was told did not sit well with senior executives of GWI who have since called for his dismissal
Several weeks after being found guilty of two counts of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl on May 30 and June 2, 2014 at a West Coast Demerara (WCD) village, Abdool Jamil, a 67-year-old pensioner, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail.On Monday, he was ordered to serve two life sentences by Sexual Offences Court Judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who said that the offender must serve at least 45 years before he was eligible for parole.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry noted that a strong signal needed to be sent to society owing to the prevalent nature of the crime. A probation report was presented to the court. The convicted man’s lawyer, Clyde Forde described him as a community activist, having been recognised by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) for his contribution to health services. However, persons in the community where he lived described him as a “bad man” whomJailed for life: Convicted child rapist Abdool Jamilthey feared, according to the probation officer’s report.When he was allowed to have his say, the pensioner, a father of six, told the Judge that he never raped the child – lamenting several times, via vivid description, that he was impotent. However, it was disclosed that he had been sharing an intimate relationship with an adult female relative of the young girl. That relationship ended after the child complained of what happened to her.“I never had sex with a young person, much less this person,” Jamil told the court.According to the facts of the case, the child’s mother travelled to attend a funeral in Linden and had left her young child in the care of a female relative. Jamil, however, dishonestly informed this female relative that the child’s mother had instructed that the child be left in his care and she was relinquished to his care and it was then that he raped the child on two separate occasions.The child, through an impact statement read by child counsellor Celeste Mullen, said that she could not concentrate or perform well in school. She said that she could not forget what happened to her.“I felt really bad and upset. My life has not been the same and my grades started to drop. I trusted him, he was nice to me, but I don’t want to see him again. I want him to be punished,” the now teenaged girl expressed.In her determination, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry found Jamil to be unremorseful. She said that the then 10-year-old girl would have loved and respected the offender. Furthermore, the Judge said that the girl was scarred tremendously and was even blaming herself. State Counsel Lisa Cave who prosecuted the case requested a stiff penalty to be imposed. (Shemuel Fanfair)
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As he made his way out through a media scrum after giving his statement to police, the star striker expressed gratitude to his fans for their support.“I felt very loved,” he said.The injury to the world’s most expensive player is a huge blow to host nation Brazil’s preparations for the South American continental championship, which begins on June 14.Neymar hobbled off the field in the 20th minute of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Qatar in Brasilia on Wednesday. A large ice pack had been strapped to his lower right leg.Neymar’s club, Paris Saint-Germain, tweeted Thursday that the player “suffered a severe sprain of the outer lateral ligament of his right ankle,” and will be “reassessed by the club’s medical department within the next 72 hours.”Brazil’s Neymar leaves the pitch injured during a friendly football match against Qatar at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia ahead of the Copa America © AFP / EVARISTO SAThe injury caps a troubled season on and off the field for Neymar, who faces accusations that he raped Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza, in a Paris hotel in May.“We have testified to clear up everything we needed to. We have full confidence that we will prove my client is innocent,” his lawyer Maira Freita said.Neymar denies the claims. In an attempt to defend himself, he published intimate WhatsApp messages and images of his encounter with Trindade on social media — without her consent, possibly breaking Brazilian law.Such an offense carries a maximum five-year jail term.– ‘Difficult moment’ –Just before the late Wednesday game the SBT TV network aired an interview with Trindade in which she described suffering “aggression together with rape” at the hands of the player.Brazil’s Neymar leaves the pitch injured during a friendly football match against Qatar at the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia on June 5, 2019, ahead of Brazil 2019 Copa America. © AFP / EVARISTO SATrindade, who works as a model, acknowledged she initially liked Neymar and wanted to have sex with him.The player paid for her plane ticket from Brazil and put her up in a Paris hotel.Things changed dramatically at their first encounter, Trindade said. “He was aggressive, totally different than the boy that I got to know on the messages.“Since I really wanted to be with him I said, OK, I’m going to try to handle this,” she said.After some kissing and caressing “he started to hit me … then he began to hurt me a lot, and I asked him to stop because it hurt.”According to Trindade, Neymar apologized, but then continued to hurt her while they had intercourse.A video circulating on social media showed Trindade hitting Neymar in a hotel room and accusing him of assaulting her the day before.Trindade’s lawyer Danilo Garcia Andrade said Thursday his client has received threats, adding: “It is very difficult for her to take on board that what she lived through was in fact rape.”Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza told SBT television that she suffered ‘aggression together with rape’ in Neymar’s hands © SBT/AFP / HOIn a sign of how significant a figure Neymar remains in Brazilian life, President Jair Bolsonaro offered his public backing for the player ahead of the match with Qatar, and later visited him at the hospital.“I wish you a good and fast recovery,” Bolsonaro said on Instagram beneath a photo of him and Neymar.Neymar posted a photo of his swollen ankle on Instagram with a message: “After the storm comes the calm.”Sponsors however are not calm. Mastercard canceled a Neymar-themed ad campaign that was to be broadcast during the Copa America, Spanish media reported, while Nike expressed its “deep concern” on Monday.Neymar’s injury also leaves a question mark over the future career of a player who cost Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($248 million) when he moved from Barcelona in 2017.Ankle problems ruled him out of the second half of the just-completed Ligue 1 season in France. When Neymar did finally return to the team, he played as PSG suffered a shock defeat to Rennes in the French Cup final — and afterward lashed out at a supporter in the stands.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 2 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar thanked his fans after he gave a statement at a Rio de Janeiro police station in a case involving a woman who says he raped her © AFP / Mauro PimentelRio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 6 – Brazil’s Neymar gave a statement at a Rio de Janeiro police station Thursday in a probe into whether he broke the law by posting intimate pictures of a woman who accused him of rape.The football megastar — full name Neymar da Silva Santos Junior — went to the station in an attempt to defend himself, sitting in a wheelchair after spraining his ankle the night before in a pre-Copa America friendly that has ruled him out of the tournament.
WASHINGTON – The CIA videotaped its interrogations of two top terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners, the director of the agency told employees Thursday. The disclosure brought immediate condemnation from Capitol Hill and from a human rights group that charged the spy agency’s action amounted to criminal destruction of evidence. The Senate Intelligence Committee promised a full review of the situation. CIA Director Michael Hayden said the CIA began taping the interrogations as an internal check on the program after President Bush authorized the use of harsh questioning methods. The methods included waterboarding, which simulates drowning, government officials said. “I told the CIA that destroying videotapes of interrogations was a bad idea and urged them in writing not to do it,” Harman said. While key lawmakers were briefed on the CIA’s intention to destroy the tapes, they were not notified two years later when the spy agency went through with the plan. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said the committee only learned of the tapes’ destruction in November 2006. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., who was chairman of the House Intelligence Committee from August 2004 until the end of 2006, said through a spokesman that he doesn’t remember being informed of the videotaping program. “Congressman Hoekstra does not recall ever being told of the existence or destruction of these tapes,” said Jamal D. Ware, senior adviser to the committee. “He believes that Director Hayden is being generous in his claim that the committee was informed. He believes the committee should have been fully briefed and consulted on how this was handled.” Jennifer Daskal, senior counsel with Human Rights Watch, said destroying the tapes was illegal. “Basically this is destruction of evidence,” she said, calling Hayden’s explanation that the tapes were destroyed to protect CIA identities “disingenuous.” The CIA only taped the interrogation of the first two terror suspects the agency held, one of whom was Abu Zubaydah. Zubaydah, under harsh questioning, told CIA interrogators about alleged 9/11 accomplice Ramzi Binalshibh, Bush said in 2006. Binalshibh was captured and interrogated and, with Zubaydah’s information, led to the capture in 2003 of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the purported mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Hayden said a secondary reason for the taped interrogations was to have backup documentation of the information gathered. “The Agency soon determined that its documentary reporting was full and exacting, removing any need for tapes. Indeed, videotaping stopped in 2002,” Hayden said. The CIA is known to have waterboarded three prisoners since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but not since 2003. Hayden banned the use of the procedure in 2006, according to knowledgeable officials. The disclosure of the tapes’ destruction came on the same day the House and Senate intelligence committees agreed to legislation prohibiting the CIA from using “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The White House on Thursday threatened to veto the bill.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The Agency was determined that it proceed in accord with established legal and policy guidelines. So, on its own, CIA began to videotape interrogations,” Hayden said in a written message to CIA employees, obtained by The Associated Press. The CIA decided to destroy the tapes in “the absence of any legal or internal reason to keep them,” Hayden wrote. He said the tapes were destroyed only after it was determined “they were no longer of intelligence value and not relevant to any internal, legislative or judicial inquiries.” “The tapes posed a serious security risk,” Hayden wrote. “Were they ever to leak, they would permit identification of your CIA colleagues who had served in the program, exposing them and their families to retaliation from al-Qaida and its sympathizers.” Hayden said House and Senate intelligence committee leaders were informed of the existence of the tapes and the CIA’s intention to destroy them. He also said the CIA’s internal watchdog watched the tapes in 2003 and verified that the interrogation practices were legal. Rep. Jane Harman of El Segundo, then the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was one of only four members of Congress in 2003 informed of the tapes’ existence and the CIA’s intention to ultimately destroy them.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsUntil partisan bickering sidetracked legislation in the Senate in early April, the chamber was working on a package that offered opportunities for eventual citizenship, a guest-worker program for some immigrants and measures to enhance border security. The tougher House bill focuses on border security and would crack down on illegal immigrants and those who employ them. Given the deep differences between Senate and House, negotiations could be long and heated. Frist said 14 Republicans and 12 Democrats would negotiate with House members should the Senate pass an immigration bill. Seven of the Republicans and five of the Democrats will come from the Judiciary Committee, with the rest picked by Frist and Reid. WASHINGTON – Senate leaders said on Thursday that they had broken a political stalemate and would bring to the floor next week an immigration bill that could put millions of illegal immigrants on the road to eventual U.S. citizenship. An agreement reached Thursday by Sens. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the Republican majority leader, and Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic minority leader, ends an impasse that has stalled action in the Senate for weeks while immigrants and their advocates have staged huge demonstrations across the country. The deal does not mean a bill will emerge from Congress soon. But it is significant that the Senate leaders agreed to proceed, because the chamber operates under peculiar rules and traditions that can bury legislation indefinitely. Frist and Reid said they hoped to schedule a vote before Memorial Day. Even if the Senate passes an immigration bill, it would have to be reconciled with a bill passed in December by the House. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!