Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Japanese MMA was once led by the internationally popular Pride promotion, but it was purchased and essentially absorbed by the UFC in 2007. The UFC has staged occasional second-tier events in Japan, most recently in September 2017.After starting in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, ONE debuted in China in late 2014 and moved into Thailand in 2016. Sityodtong has said he aspires to hold shows eventually in India, along with every significant market in Asia.ONE will debut in Vietnam on Sept. 6, 2019, with a show in Ho Chi Minh City. The promotion’s first show in South Korea is scheduled for Seoul on Dec. 20, 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal TOKYO — ONE Championship will stage its first live event in Japan next year, extending the Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion’s reach into one of the sport’s ancestral homes.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Run for the Troops’ in full swing The debut show will be held March 31, 2019, in Tokyo, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Thursday.Sityodtong also unveiled dates and locations of 24 of the 30 events on ONE’s 2019 schedule. The promotion will hold two events in Japan, along with its debut events in South Korea and Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ONE has gradually expanded its reach across Asia over the past seven years from its base in Singapore. Its 21-event schedule in 2018 stretches from Myanmar to China.Sityodtong has been eager to get ONE’s shows into Japan, where several major MMA organizations have risen and fallen in recent years in the nation’s crowded sports marketplace. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Madam Li Li and Inspector General Coleman.The Government of China through its Ministry of Public Security has pledged to continue assisting the Liberia National Police (LNP) to provide professional police service to people in Liberia, and wants the police to continue to protect Chinese investments and citizens in the country.China’s Deputy Inspector-General for International Cooperation at the country’s Ministry of Public Security, Li Li, informed Gregory Coleman – LNP Inspector General, that the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will continue training the LNP.Madam Li then promised international training opportunities for some of the LNP’s officers in China.She said when the Chinese Form Police Unit (FPU) assigned with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) departs early next year, the PRC will send a special team of trainers to Liberia to continue training the Liberian Form Police Unit.Madam Li expressed delight over the level of cooperation between the LNP and the Chinese FPU, and said her government will remain engaged in building the capacity of the LNP.Recently, the PRC through its Ministry of Public Security, donated several items, including sets of uniforms, three vehicles and several motorbikes, to the LNP.In response, LNP Inspector General Gregory Coleman expressed gratitude to the Government and People of China for the contributions they continue to make to the LNP, while describing China as a ‘reliable partner.’IGP Coleman assured the delegation of full protection for all foreign nationals, including Chinese, in Liberia.Coleman lauded the Chinese Ministry of Public Security for identifying with the LNP.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) has ordered the recall of Ramipril, a drug for hypertension or congestive heart failure that was found to be unregistered and circulating on the local market.GA-FDD Director Marlon Cole told Guyana Times at the sidelines of a workshop on Tuesday, that the move was taken following a complaint the Department received on Sunday.Cole claimed that an immediate investigation was launched following the complaint and it was later found that the drug, which is highly used, was unregistered.GA-FDD Director Marlon Cole“The reason for registration is to ensure that the drugs were assessed either by a competent and serious reference authority or by the Caribbean registration. So, immediately as we recognised that the drug was not registered or no marketing authorisation was given to it to be sold on our local market, we made a decision to have it recalled from circulation with immediate effect,” he explained.Ramipril is used to treat mainly hypertension (high blood pressure). It is also used to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or death.The Director said the owner of the unregistered drug is cooperating with the Department and had indicated that it would conduct a recall with immediate effect.Given this recent discovery, Cole told this newspaper that the department would take stringent steps to ensure that other similar situations were reported and addressed.“We will examine pharmaceuticals and specifically look for prescription drugs and ensure that they are on our list as registered drugs. If that is not the case, and they are in circulation and have not been subjected to regulatory oversight, chances are that drug may be posing a public health risk,” he said.The Director explained that in any regulatory system, there was always a need for a balance to be maintained between the availability of drugs that were safe and filtering out substandard drugs.The assessment of these drugs looks at whether the bio-availability is sound, the active pharmaceuticals are indeed included, and the patient information is accurate, among other things.“We also need to check if the drugs could be sold in our climate because it is possible that a drug could be marketed in a temperate climate and when it comes to a tropical zone, it loses its efficacy. So, those are some of the things that our officers have to be vigilant about,” he added.Cole said that his team continued to work hard daily to ensure that everyone was compliant and that unregistered drugs did not reach consumers.The GA-FDD Head addressed a workshop on Tuesday for drug importers which focused on strengthening function and regulatory capacity, with special emphasis on the Caribbean regulatory system in Guyana.
Adolescent Health DocumentFirst Lady Sandra Granger, for her noteworthy work with youth in Guyana, was paid a courtesy call by representatives of the Public Health Ministry and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to discuss the Ministry’s Adolescent Health Strategy Document, which is currently in development. The meeting took place at the Office of the First Lady at State House, Georgetown.First Lady Sandra Granger poses with representatives from the Public Health Ministry and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). From left: Dr Travis Freeman, Dr Janice Woolford, Cilandell Glen, Dr Beryl Irons, and PAHO Representative in Guyana, Dr William Adu-KrowPublic Health Ministry Sexual Reproductive Health Coordinator at the Adolescent Health Unit, Cilandell Glen said that the First Lady’s far-reaching work with youth across Guyana made her an ideal candidate for consultation. “It was important to get our First Lady on board in the development of this document because it’s … not only guiding our young people in Region Four [Demerara-Mahaica], but it’s guiding our adolescents, our young people, throughout Guyana and as a First Lady she could actually have significant influence on the implementation of our document and ensure that it reaches the wide cross-section of Guyana,” she is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.The Adolescent Health Strategy Document is being developed with support from UNICEF; the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and PAHO and will focus on reducing teen pregnancies, while boosting reproductive and mental health. Public Health Ministry Adolescent Health Services Officer, Dr Travis Freeman; PAHO Consultant for Strategy Development, Dr Beryl Irons; Specialist in Children, Adolescent and Women’s Health, Dr Janice Woolford, and PAHO Representative in Guyana, Dr William Adu-Krow also attended the meeting.
…as local stakeholders introduced to exponential technologiesGovernment has brought in a technology expert to sensitise local Private and Public Sector stakeholders on the importance of technology in developing a small economy like Guyana.Addressing the gathering of Information, Communication and Technology (ITC) stakeholders at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes said that the Administration was committed towards building a government, which is heavily based on using technology.Government partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to host technology expert, Dr Nicholas Haan, to deliver a presentation on exponential technology.According to Minister Hughes, the more ICT is included in the way in which business is transacted, services are provided, and citizens are served, then the better and faster Guyana is going to be transformed. She went on to mention howDr Nicholas Haan delivering his presentation on exponential technologies“extremely exhausting” it can be to access the various services provided by the State on conducting businesses.Access to the Internet and broadband connectivity is considered a human right today. In this regard, Minister Hughes posited that Guyana was making headway, having already provided 157 secondary and primary schools with Internet access as well as establishing 119 ICT hubs across the country.There is no doubt that Guyana is behind in technological advancement and at Wednesday’s forum, stakeholders from both the Private and Public Sectors were introduced to the concept of exponential technologies (ET) and its importance in developing small economies like Guyana.Dr Haan is Track Chair and Vice President of Impact at Singularity University (SU), which is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programmes and serves as a business incubator.During his presentation, he pointed out that in recent years, there have been major technological transformations, which have created opportunities for agencies to rethink the way they serve people.“Humanity is currently witnessing, at this very time, a major transformation never, ever seen before; a transformation into a digital era where every single one of our social systems – our food system, our energy system, our health system, our government system, etc – every single one of those is being transformed by technology and other global trends. This creates incredible opportunities if you’re leading a corporation or if you’re an entrepreneur, and it creates incredible opportunities for Governments around the world to rethink the way to best serve the populace,” Dr Haan posited.He went on to talk about how exponential technology has advanced and developed over recent years to create new concepts such as artificial intelligence programmes that operate in real time with no human control and 3D printing.IDB’s Senior Specialist on State Modernisation, Mariko Russell, said the idea behind hosting this presentation was to highlight how accessible and beneficial exponential technologies can be for local enterprises.
Councillors at the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council statutory meetingRegion 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) officials are currently seeking to have all sweeper/cleaners attached to public schools in the region paid the minimum wage across the board.The issue was, for the second time in recent months, raised at the Regional Democratic Council’s (RDC’s) statutory meeting, where it was highlighted that some workers are yet to be paid the minimum wage of $64,200.Sweeper/cleaners in Region 10 had just last year welcomed a decision by Government to have their positions regularised consequent to a review of their hours of work. Following this, approval had been granted for them to be paid the then minimum rate of $312 per hour, which has since been increased to $370.4 per hour, the present minimum wage.It was, however, noted that in some cases the hours of work varied between the nursery, primary and secondary workers, and some were yet to be brought up to standard. It was noted that while some workers are being paid the minimum wage, others are yet to receive same.During the statutory meeting, Councillor Charles Sampson noted that he was informed that the sweeper/cleaners were given a new work schedule which would see them working for nine hours (from 07:00-16:00) with an hour set aside for lunch, which would result in eight hours of work. He accordingly sought to ascertain if the workers were receiving the appropriate minimum wage of $64,200 monthly.Responding, Regional Chairman Renis Morian noted that he had received from one of the agencies a package stating that the RDC is supposed to do a number of things in relation to the payment of the workers. Morian said there needs to be correlation between the ministries to effect movement for the payments to be made. He then questioned Deputy Regional Education Officer (DREO) Maylene Stephen, who noted that the Council is currently paying according to the prescribed rate of $312 per hour.Stephen noted that more money would definitely be needed to move in the direction of increasing remuneration.“I know the Personnel Department engaged the cleaners and the sweepers in relation to this, but they are not getting the $64,200,” she noted.Morian stressed that the matter needs to engage the attention of the Chief Executive Officer of the Education Ministry, the Education Minister and the Financial Secretary of the Finance Ministry, in moving forward. He said a letter to effect change would be prepared and copied to these persons.According to Councillor Sampson, the $312 per hour which some cleaners are receiving is equivalent to $54,000 monthly, which he said is totally wrong if the workers are working for eight hours. He argued that the rate should be $370.4 per hour, to bring the workers up to the minimum wage.He added that the issue was raised since the previous statutory meeting, and needs to be fixed. Sampson pointed out that when the workers worked for six hours, their payments were accurate according to calculations. However, if they are not paid accordingly now, it would constitute a violation of the Government’s minimum wage.Meanwhile, Councillor Douglas Gittens said temporary workers attached to nursery schools had complained of receiving far less pay, but he noted that they were expected to increase their hours to normal working hours, to be regularised and receive the payment.“We want this thing fixed like yesterday, so a number of things got to happen. When that letter is written, the money got to be released… If the money is not released, you can say, ‘Pay them whatever’, they won’t be paid…and it’s easy for somebody to say, ‘Yes, I okayed the payment’. That is one Ministry, but it’s that same Ministry our budget does go to, and if you ain’t make a strong recommendation for that money to increase, the people ain’t gon get paid,” Gittens said.Prior to the regularisation of sweeper/cleaners, there had been countrywide protests by the workers. Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Regional Representative Maurice Butters had also made several calls for all of the Region’s sweeper/cleaners to be brought up to scratch and paid the public service minimum wage.
…says takeover of Berbice Bridge does not augur wellUnderscoring the importance of investments in Guyana, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar has criticised Government’s recent takeover of the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BCCI). Speaking at the GCCI’s 129th Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening at the Marriott Hotel, the GCCI President noted that Government should ensure that the appropriate environment is created to facilitate investments in Guyana.“Investments are also driven by the environment which it is executed in and the recent Government takeover of the Berbice Bridge doesn’t augur well for public-private partnership,” Indar asserted, adding that such actions by Government should only be a last resort, having explored all other options.“Investments ought to be protected in Guyana in order for us to become a regional leader economically,” he noted.Nevertheless, Indar posited that while the impending oil and gas sector is going to be bigger and more transformational than anything Guyana has ever experienced, he highlighted the importance of attracting investments in other fields.“Before oil and gas in 2015, we had an economy, and when oil leaves, we should have an economy,” he asserted.According to the GCCI President, Government should look to foster investments in areas such as medicine, infrastructure, security, education and development, and social systems.Still, he recognised the drastic change Guyana is about to undergo after first oil.Guyana is now home to the world’s biggest new deep water oil discovery and with principle explorer ExxonMobil pushing for the development of the oil reserves, production is scheduled to begin in early 2020 or perhaps late 2019.In fact, only last week, the US oil giant announced its 10th discovery, reinforcing the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025.With this in mind, however, the GCCI President is calling for the necessary frameworks to be put in place for an oil and gas industry. Among those he mentioned was for Government to fast-track the local content policy.“We would like to see a signature on the second draft. Even if it’s not a perfect document… we can put a revision period to it so meanwhile, we will have a framework to go along with,” he stated.On the other hand, referencing the economic projections for 2019 as outlined by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his budget presentation last month, Indar posited that the 4.6 per cent economic growth is looking good for the economy.However, he reminded his fellow Private Sector stakeholders that these rates usually fluctuate. “So there are some good news [in Budget 2019] and some not so good news,” he stated.While he welcomed the Income and Corporate Tax rate reductions, the GCCI President went on to say, however, that the Private Sector would like to see reduction of commercial tax rates.Furthermore, Indar also voiced concerns over the 9.9 per cent increase in taxation when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expanding by some four per cent.“The Maths do not add up to me… You all will feel it when you write your cheques to the GRA (Guyana Revenue Authority) that you’re paying more,” he stated.
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Chuck Green, director of public safety at the University of Iowa, said school officials were discussing a new outdoor warning system just a day before the Blacksburg shootings. The technology would allow for live voice as well as prerecorded messaging. “We’d like the option to hit one button to reach large numbers of people at one time,” he said. Virginia Tech officials did not send an e-mail warning about a gunman on campus until two hours after the first slayings, drawing criticism that they waited too long and relied on e-mail accounts that students often ignore. “Would a blast e-mail have been the most effective tool in notifying people of Monday’s events?” asked John Holden, a spokesman for DePaul University in Chicago. “Some of the coverage I’m seeing suggests that old-fashioned emergency alarms or broadcast announcements would probably have been more effective.” At many schools, officials want to send text messages to cell phones and digital devices as a faster, more reliable alternative to e-mail. “We have to find a way to get to students,” said Terry Robb, who is overseeing security changes at the University of Missouri. The University of Memphis plans to build a system that will act as a schoolwide intercom. Scheduled to be in place by this fall, the system will consist of speakers mounted on three or four tall poles. At Johns Hopkins University, officials installed more than 100 “smart” cameras after two off-campus slayings. The cameras are linked to computers that detect suspicious situations, such as someone climbing a fence or falling down, and alert not only campus security but also Baltimore city police. Using text messages would require students to provide personal cell phone numbers – an intrusion that many colleges and universities have until now been reluctant to pursue, said Howard Udell, chief executive officer of Saf-T-Net AlertNow, a Raleigh, N.C., company that specializes in campus security. Cell phone numbers “have to be as vital as your Social Security number,” he said. “I don’t think it’s been a priority.” The Virginia Tech massacre could bring about widespread safety reforms at colleges and universities, much as the Columbine shootings in Colorado led to security improvements at primary and secondary schools, Udell said. “We’re going to use lessons learned from Virginia Tech’s tragedy as much as we can,” said Auburn University spokeswoman Deedie Dowdle. Text-message alert systems are already in place at some schools, including Penn State University, which started its program in the fall. The system has transmitted 20 emergency messages since its start, ranging from traffic closures to weather-related cancellations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBIA, Mo. – Cell phone text messages. Loudspeakers on towers. Cameras that detect suspicious activity. Colleges and universities are considering these and other measures in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, seeking to improve how they get the word out about emergencies to thousands of students across sprawling campuses. The University of Washington in Seattle is weighing whether to use warning sirens. Clemson University in South Carolina recently installed a similar system for weather-related emergencies and now may expand its use. “You’re going to see a nationwide re-evaluation of how to respond to incidents like this,” said Jeff Newton, police chief at the University of Toledo.
Juventus have put their bid to wrap up an eighth consecutive Serie A title on the back burner as they focus on their European ambitions.Massimiliano Allegri lined out with a young squad against lowly SPAL on Saturday and the champions fell to a 2-1 defeat when a point would have sufficed for another Scudetto.“The Scudetto will come sooner or later,” said Allegri, whose side hold a 17-point lead on second-placed Napoli with six games left.“If we had put all our starters in, it would have been easier to win it, but there is the goal to obtain on Tuesday.”Juventus have won the Champions League twice, most recently in 1996 when they beat Ajax in the final.Four-time winners Ajax won their third consecutive title in 1973 at the expense of Juventus, last lifting the trophy in 1995.Allegri said he was prepared for “a difficult match against a very impressive team”.Ronaldo was rested at the weekend along with regulars Leonardo Bonucci, Blaise Matuidi, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic and Miralem Pjanic.Teenager Moise Kean’s fine form continued with the 19-year-old scoring his sixth goal in as many games.Captain Giorgio Chiellini, however, remains a doubt with the 34-year-old defender recovering from a calf injury, with Daniele Rugani a possible replacement.But Ronaldo remains Juve’s key weapon.The 34-year-old was signed for 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer, and pocketed an annual 31 million-euro salary to help Juventus win a competition they have finished runners-up in a record seven times, most recently in 2015 and 2017.Ronaldo has played a leading role in all of his five previous European triumphs, including with the tie-clinching, 97th-minute penalty for Real Madrid against Juventus last season in the quarters.He has scored five goals this campaign, one against Manchester United and a hat-trick which rescued Juventus in the last 16, second leg against Atletico, before returning from injury to score against Ajax.– De Jong doubt –The financial clout of Dutch league leaders Ajax is significantly less than Juventus.The club, who are captained by 19-year-old defender Matthijs de Ligt, spent a reported club-record 45 million euros last summer on new signings to bolster their Champions League hopes.Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong (C) is a doubt after going off injured during a Dutch league game at the weekend © ANP/AFP/File / Olaf KRAAKDefensive midfielder Daley Blind arrived from Manchester United, and forward Dusan Tadic from Southampton, to provide leadership for a young squad where the average age is 24 years.Ajax’s strike-force of 22-year-old Neres, Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech have proven effective this season.Veteran Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 35, also hit form with a hat-trick in a 6-2 win over Excelsior in the Dutch league at the weekend.But midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, is uncertain to start after going off clutching his hamstring.Neres stole the limelight with his seventh goal in eight games against Juventus in Amsterdam, but Barcelona-bound De Jong was outstanding in midfield.Both teams produced memorable second-leg comebacks in the round of 16.Ajax overturned a 2-1 home defeat by Real Madrid to oust the three-time holders with a stunning 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu to reach their first quarter-final since 2003.Ronaldo’s hat-trick rescued Juventus, who lost 2-0 against Atletico Madrid in Spain.While Juve are looking to reach a third semi-final in five seasons, Ajax have not made it to the last four since 1997.The winners would go through to a semi-final against the winners of the all-English tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Five-time Champions League winner Ronaldo has scored 125 goals in the European competition © AFP/File / John THYSTURIN, Italy, Apr 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead Juventus’ old guard as they look to finish the job on Tuesday against Ajax’s impressive young guns in a quarter-final clash between two sides desperate to end years of Champions League heartbreak.Juventus have the edge on away goals thanks to Ronaldo’s 125th Champions League goal in a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam, but Ajax’s David Neres ensured the teams will start on a knife-edge in Turin in a repeat of the 1973 and 1996 finals.