Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more

100-bed ETU Earmarked for Ganta

first_imgIf everything goes well, a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit is expected to be built in Ganta City toward curbing the spread of Ebola, an official of the visiting US Army disclosed.Leading an 11-man assessment team to Ganta, US Army Col. Moldrem Lewton said they had come to ascertain the condition of the area where the construction of the ETU will be and, if everything goes well, they will come back to construct the 100 bed ETU.“This is a potential site, upon completing our assessment; we will go back make our report to our bosses for final decision to be taken,” he said.The US soldiers, accompanied by two captains of from Liberian Army, touched down in their large military helicopters at about 2pm local time at the Methodist Airstrip in Ganta. They reportedly had just arrived from Voinjama, Lofa County. Hundreds of residents of Ganta crowded the airstrip to receive them with happiness and singing, saying, “Ebola must go, we tire hearing about Ebola, Ebola must go!”This is the US soldiers’ second visit to Nimba since their arrival in Liberia to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus.Earlier this month, the first assessment team, which traveled by road, arrived in Ganta where several locations for the construction of ETU were shown to them by the Administrator of the Ganta Hospital.The first team extended their trip to Tappita where another area was shown to them for possible Ebola Treatment Unit construction.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEW GPC refutes outrageous lie on pharma supply

first_imgThe NEW GPC has refuted the new flurry of lies generated by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence regarding the supply of drugs to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. In reference to a Stabroek News article published on May 9 captioned “$1.3B spent on drugs for GPHC in first two months of 2017”, NEW GPC said the statements attributed to Lawrence during her presentation in the National Assembly on May 8 were erroneous and false.In fact, the NEW GPC is calling on the authorities to engage in more principled ways to defend the record of the health sector rather than seeking to tarnish the reputation of the most advanced pharmaceutical company in Guyana and the Caribbean.According to a statement from the manufacturing firm, it has never, under any circumstances, delivered expired or “nearly expired” goods to the Georgetown Hospital or the Public Health Ministry.With regard to the Georgetown Hospital contracts, the company said it was prepared to furnish copies of delivery notes and invoices to Parliament, which show the batch number and expiry date for each and every line item supplied.“It should be noted that recording expiry dates and batch numbers on delivery documentation is standard practice for traceability of the products,” NEW GPC stated.The company further explained that under the current delivery system, the NEW GPC was required to furnish a delivery notification showing all pending deliveries, including expiry dates and batch numbers, several days prior to actual delivery.“This is to enable the Hospital staff to scrutinise same and plan for space to accommodate delivered items, etc,” the firm explained.Regarding the alleged “non-delivery” of $381 million in products, the NEW GPC said such an allegation was “outrageous”.It explained that it received only $146,046,657 ($146 million) in contracts from the Hospital in 2016, so it was not mathematically possible for it to “under-deliver $381 million”.The company expanded that from the $146,046,657 in contracts, $140,055,325 was delivered.“The Hospital refused to take the outstanding balance of $$5,991,332 initially because of claimed “stocktaking”. They subsequently alleged that the time for delivery had elapsed when it was clearly not NEW GPC’s fault,” the company said.The manufacturing firm said the Georgetown Hospital later accepted delivery on one of the same items it had earlier refused on a purchase order.It further noted that all contracts for earlier years have been fulfilled 100 per cent.Moreover, the company also highlighted that it has not received any business from its bids despite participating in several public tenders.“The last public tender/bid was submitted on February 14, 2017 and nearly three months later it is still being “evaluated” by the Tender Board while the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation has now revealed they have already spent $1.3 billion in procuring medical supplies,” it stated.According to the company, “it is now obvious that the tender process  is just a smokescreen and the Hospital has already frittered away its budget by secretly gifting G$1.3 billion in business to their preferred supplier, all neatly sole-sourced and contrary to the public tender procedures.”In relation to the Georgetown Hospital being out of insulin, the NEW GPC said it had the product in stock and had notified the Hospital, but yet it has not requested a quotation.“Insulin is used by diabetic patients and it is such a critical cold chain item that it really should never be out of stock…This goes to show that the Hospital management is willing to risk the health and lives of patients just to justify its sole sourcing from a specific company,” the NEW GPC pointed out.Furthermore, the company reiterated that it had supplied Soda Lime to another (private) hospital, which had no issues with the product, as was claimed by the Georgetown Hospital.The NEW GPC said it has also tested the paracetamol tablets and found no issues as was reported by the Hospital directly to the certain media houses with a known bias against the company.“NEW GPC is now clearly being targeted,” the company expressed.Meanwhile, it also noted that it was still owed in excess of millions for various goods and services supplied to the Government.last_img read more

Guyana, Russia to meet on allegation of military base

first_img– as talks to resolve issue ongoing between 2 sidesWeeks after the Russians issued a claim that Guyana was collaborating with the British to construct a military base to use against the Venezuelan Government – a claim quickly rubbished by the Government – a meeting between Guyana and Russian representatives is being set up.Foreign Secretary Carl GreenidgeThis was revealed by Foreign Secretary within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Carl Greenidge, during a press conference on Wednesday. Greenidge explained that although Russia was yet to offer a retraction for its statement, talks were ongoing between the two sides.According to the former Foreign Affairs Minister, the Russians responded recently to correspondence from the Ministry that had effectively debunked the claims, made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.“The story is utterly and unambiguously false,” Greenidge told the media. “I’ve written to the Russian Foreign Minister and although they have not responded publicly, they have within the last few weeks sent a message via the Ambassador on this matter. It’s clear it’s untrue.Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova“The person that spoke can’t be separated from the Russian Administration, because she’s the official spokesperson. We have been bilaterally close since Independence. I have not seen anything like this from Russia or from fraternal bilateral States, so I am surprised. In the coming weeks, we expect to resolve this matter.”Further stressing the impossibility of claims that the United Kingdom, through Guyana, was constructing a military base from which to aid Venezuelan dissidents, Greenidge noted the complete lack of evidence.“The world knows that this is a very open society. Very few secrets exist that are not shared. Furthermore, both the Russian Embassy and other Embassies are free to travel in Guyana,” Greenidge further said.“If they in fact unearthed the establishment of the base, then just as you see photographs of Russian aircraft appearing in Venezuela, I’m sure that would have been all over the globe. No such thing exists. The UK High Commissioner has indicated that no such plan is afoot. And we have also done the same.”According to Greenidge, the two sides have since agreed to a process of resolving the issue, which includes a meeting with the Russians. The statement in question was made in August in Russia.In the statement, Zakharova claimed that a military base was being constructed on an island in the Essequibo River. Immediately after, Guyana had called on the Russians to withdraw the allegation, with British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn also dismissing the claim.Thousands of Venezuelan migrants fleeing political upheaval and social and economic collapse of their homeland have been receiving humanitarian assistance in Guyana. The situation has attracted international attention, with multilateral partners like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) providing assistance to the Government.last_img read more

Barbados-based Shell to sell Guyana’s first 3 oil lifts

first_imgIn keeping with the Department of Energy’s previously announced intentions, it has concluded a deal to sell Guyana’s first three oil lifts to a regional branch of Shell, though there is no word on what price was agreed with them.Shell’s Barbados branch, of which very little information exists online compared to its competitors for the oil, will get the first liftsThe announcement was made by the Energy Department on Tuesday, just days after the start of first oil. The Department said that Shell Western Supply and Trading, which is Barbados’ branch for Shell International, will be selling the crude.According to the Department, Shell was one of the nine international oil companies it invited to bid for Guyana’s crude. It was explained that the companies had face-to-face meetings with the Energy Department to pitch their proposals and answer questions.“The companies participating in the phase 1 process included the 3 partners in the Stabroek field. All other participating companies were also International Oil Companies (IOCs) with integrated upstream, midstream and downstream value chains, global refining footprints and experience in the introduction of new crude grades from and into multiple geographies.”“The interested parties submitted their proposals in writing and were subjected to a face-to-face meeting with the DE in order to present the full scale of their capabilities. Companies were also required to lay out the details of their proposals. The face-to-face presentations allowed for robust interrogation and lengthy clarifications and questions.”No informationThe Department explained that this was an important part of the selection process, especially in the context of Guyana’s inexperience with the crude market. Moreover, they pointed to the fact that first oil was only announced on Friday.The Department defended the decision to choose Shell by saying that at the end of the process, Shell had the most competitive yet secure pricing. Despite this, however, the Department did not include any information on what price Shell would be offering for the crude.They also claimed that Shell’s global trading reach, Latin America interests and willingness to share refinery info were factors in the decision. They also claimed that Shell was ready to support the Energy Department in operating the cargoes.“The decision was based on the following criteria: A competitive pricing that limits the Government’s exposure to market uncertainty, the size, scale and global reach of the Shell trading operations’, the company’s high level of integration between Upstream, Trading and Downstream.The Department also cited Shell’s “strong foothold in the Latin American markets and the size and scale of their shipping and storage operations in the region, allowing for multiple options on the Liza crude commercialisation. The range of new grades Shell has recently introduced into the market and their willingness to share critical refinery information with the DE which Guyana needs in order to understand Liza crude behaviour.”First liftMeanwhile, it was explained that Guyana is entitled to its first crude lift in February, while Shell’s three-cargo agreement should end mid-2020. Furthermore, the Department noted that the next phase is an open market request for proposals. According to the Department, this will be launched early in 2020 and will see a marketing agent marketing Guyana’s crude on a term basis.“Phase 1 of the Department of Energy’s announced two-step crude marketing process is close to completion. The Department of Energy had previously announced a two-phased approach to lifting and marketing of Guyana’s crude,” the Energy Department explained in their press statement.“The first phase being a direct sale process in December 2019 and the second an open market Request for Proposals (RFP) to be launched in early 2020 for a marketing agent to market Guyana’s crude entitlements from the Liza 1 field on a term basis. This was necessary to allow, amongst other things, for adequate preparation in structuring and completing the RFP for marketing in early 2020.”The fact that Shell has decided to sell its first three crude lifts on the spot market has raised a lot of eyebrows. After the news first broke courtesy of Bloomberg, the Department had confirmed that it approached a number of IOCs with a view of having them vie to sell Guyana’s crude. These companies include Exxon, CNOOC, Hess, BP (British Petroleum), Chevron, Shell, Total, E&I.This news was immediately criticised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who has also said that companies participating in this process could be barred from doing business in Guyana should his party be elected next year. In addition, Auditor General Deodat Sharma had said in sections of the media that his department would look into the transaction.It was only on Friday that first oil officially started in the Liza field, which has the capacity to produce 120,000 barrels of oil per day. In addition, Exxon announced its 15th oil find on Monday at the Mako-1 well.last_img read more

Amgen faces case of anemic drug sales

first_imgThe FDA is scheduled to decide later this week whether to give preliminary approval to Mircera, which like other anemia drugs uses a genetically engineered protein to boost red-blood-cell production. Anemia, a blood disorder that causes weakness and shortness of breath, often develops in patients who are receiving chemotherapy for cancer or who have chronic kidney disease. Analysts are divided on the chances for Mircera’s approval, given the safety issues raised last week. Citigroup analyst Paul Heldman put Mircera’s chances for approval at 35 percent, down from his prediction of 65 percent before last week’s meeting. Thomas Weisel Partners analyst M. Ian Somaiya, however, says the FDA’s decision on the Roche drug might not be impacted by last week’s FDA meeting since the experts only looked at anemia drug use in cancer patients. Roche is seeking approval to use Mircera in patients with chronic kidney disease. Roche says clinical trials show Mircera has a similar safety profile as existing anemia drugs. Still, preliminary approval for Mircera could further pressure Amgen shares, Somaiya said. Johnson & Johnson might also feel a pinch since it sold nearly $3.5 billion of Procit, its anemia drug, last year. But the impact would be lessened because the drug maker is far more diversified than Amgen. If approved, Mircera would have one major advantage over competitors: it is given in longer-lasting monthly doses compared with weekly doses for Amgen’s Aranesp and Epogen. Dialysis center operators, such as DaVita Inc., which operates nearly 1,300 clinics in the U.S., could reduce costs if kidney disease patients only needed monthly rather weekly anemia drug infusions. Shares of Amgen rose 32 cents Wednesday, to $54.33, in trading.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Besieged investors in biotech giant Amgen Inc. could be dealt another blow this week if federal regulators approve a rival anemia drug. Amgen shares have dropped 15 percent, to just over $54, since Thursday, when a panel of government advisers recommended that additional warning labels be added to the company’s blockbuster anemia drugs. The Food and Drug Administration typically follows such recommendations and had already asked Amgen and Johnson & Johnson in March to add label warnings about the increased risk of blood clots, heart attack and death when their anemia drugs are used at higher-than-recommended doses. Since nearly half of Amgen’s annual revenue of $13.9 billion last year came from anemia drug sales, federal approval of Mircera, a rival drug made by Swiss drug company Roche, could make things tougher for Amgen investors. The stock is already 30 percent below its 52-week high of $77 hit in late October. Wall Street analysts slashed stock ratings for Thousand Oaks-based Amgen last week after the expert panel told the FDA that the company’s anemia drugs need a comprehensive study to verify their safety. More analyst downgrades came after the government said it might stop paying for Medicare patients to receive the drugs if they have certain types of cancer. last_img read more

Newcastle target QPR flop Adel Taarabt to boost attacking force

first_imgNewcastle could make a January swoop for former Premier League flop Adel Taarabt.The controversial winger has yet to feature for Benfica since joining them from QPR on a five-year deal last summer and now could be on his way back to England.According to O Jogo, Benfica are keen to get Taarabt off their wage bill in January and Newcastle have expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.The Magpies are also enduring a torrid season and are desperate to add attacking reinforcements to avoid relegation from the Premier League. 1 Former QPR attacker Adel Taarabt last_img read more

DONEGAL TO HOST FOUR STAGES OF TOP RAS CYCLING EVENT

first_imgSports fans from across Donegal will have the chance to see some of the top cyclists in Europe later this summer.The county hosts no less than four stages of the RAS race which gets underway on May 20th next.The following is a map of the route and details of the launch. The 2012 An Post Rás route was revealed at the GPO on January 26th and looks certain to provide a challenging test. This year’s Rás covers 1168 kilometres over eight stages with 28 categorised climbs, three of which are category one ascents.The 2012 Rás is the 60th in its history, and this year’s route was planned by cyclist, Stephen O’Sullivan. Stephen is a former stage winner and seventeen year veteran of the event. The action gets underway on Sunday May 20th in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Kilkenny, Gort, Westport, Bundoran, Buncranna, Killybeggs, Coothill and finishing in Skerries.Route details• Stage 1, Sunday 20th May, DUNBOYNE – KILKENNY 147 Kms.• Stage 2, Monday 21st May, KILKENNY – GORT 158 Kms.• Stage 3, Tuesday 22nd May, GORT – WESTPORT 145 Kms.• Stage 4, Wednesday 23rd May, WESTPORT – BUNDORAN 135 Kms.• Stage 5, Thursday 24th May, BUNDORAN – BUNCRANA 149 Kms. • Stage 6, Friday 25th May, BUNCRANA – KILLYBEGS 134 Kms.• Stage 7, Saturday 26th May, DONEGAL – COOTEHILL 161 Kms.• Stage 8, Sunday 27th May, COOTEHILL – SKERRIES 139 Kms.DONEGAL TO HOST FOUR STAGES OF TOP RAS CYCLING EVENT was last modified: January 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYCLINGRASlast_img read more

DELIGHT AS DONEGAL MAN WINS SECOND GOLD MEDAL AT TRANSPLANT GAMES

first_imgA Donegal man has won another medal at the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland today.Kieran Murray from Ramelton, won his second gold medal at the 8th European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Krakow.Kieran, a kidney transplant recipient, won a Gold medal in the Golf singles event. Earlier in the week he also secured a Gold in the 5km mini marathon.Kieran said after his win today, “It was absolutely brilliant, I am delighted with the result and proud of my two Gold medals at my first ever Transplant Games. I thank my donor for giving me the chance to compete here in Krakow.” DELIGHT AS DONEGAL MAN WINS SECOND GOLD MEDAL AT TRANSPLANT GAMES was last modified: August 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalKieran MUrrayPOLANDRameltonTransplant Gameslast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs host first fan fest tonight

first_imgGrab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks because Humboldt Crabs baseball season opens Friday.This year instead of the usual opening dinner at the Arcata Community Center the Crabs have something else cooked up for their fans who have been waiting for more baseball since last summer — the Crabs fan fest from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.“We are excited,” Humboldt Crabs Board of Directors member Tracy McCormack said. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done a fan fest at the ballpark.”Organizers of the event …last_img read more