MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations 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) Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Knott, who will try to become the region’s fastest woman on Sunday when she guns for a double in the centerpiece 100-meters, clocked 23.01 seconds in the final, eclipsing the new mark of 23.07 she set in the heats in the morning, before Obiena vaulted to a height of 5.45 meters that now stands as a new Games mark. The old record in the men’s pole vault was 5.35 held by Thailand’s Porranot Purahong established in the 2017 edition in Malaysia.“I see my prayers being answered,” the 24-year-old Knott said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Paddlers also chipped in their share to the growing Philippine medal haul, which was 84-62-62 (gold-silver-bronze) as of 7:27 p.m. on Saturday, with Cris Nievarez winning the lightweight single sculls for men, Joanie Delgaco and Melcah Jen Caballero ruling the lightweight doubles sculls and Hermie Macaranas triumphing in the 200-meter men’s singles of canoeing at Malawaan Park in Subic.Taekwondo jins harvested four poomsae gold medals, with Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla sweeping the men’s and women’s individual recognized events, respectively, and Jeodan Dominguez annexing the individual freestyle class. Reyes later teamed up with Dustin Mella and Raphael Mella for the team recognized gold medal. AX KICK. The Philippines’ men’s poomsae squad, made up of Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Rafael Mella and Dustin Mella, show off their gold-medal winning form. —LEO SABANGAN IIPhilippine athletics bets delivered, its warriors on the mat dominated and Margielyn Didal was unstoppable on the skateboarding course — and afterwards during her victory presscon — as they highlighted the country’s second most productive day that practically put away the overall title with still five days of play left in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.Kristina Knott reset the 200-meter dash record twice on Saturday at New Clark City stadium with Olympic medal hopeful EJ Obiena refusing to be outdone as he also established a new pole vault mark for two of the Philippines’ 15 golds on Day 8 that put the Filipinos out of reach by anyone even with still 200 or so events left to be decided before the curtains fall on the 30th edition of this region’s Games on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Steps, skips, sacrifices behind PH dancesports prowess
Readers might recall that in March 2019, this column featured an article that was dedicated towards dissecting the 4.1% GDP growth of 2018. In that article, it was contended that the 4.1% growth for 2018 was attained largely because of the dramatic increases in Government expenditure in comparison to the corresponding period for 2017. It is important to note that while in theory – increases in Government expenditure are usually intended to stimulate growth in the economy. The key understanding that ought to be established in this regard is where these expenditure are allocated. If the expenditure is largely concentrated on unproductive activities such as national events, dietary, other operating expenses, local travel and subsistence, vehicle spare parts and service, and rental of buildings and things like that, then increases in Government spending like these will simply not translate to real developmental growth.This article therefore builds on that previous analysis to further corroborate the arguments put forward therein. Further, it was noted that a NASDAQ report carried an ambitious projection of Guyana’s future trajectory largely on account of oil and gas where that report posited that Guyana is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. While some persons, including the politicians on the Government side, seem to have gotten excited with such report and is using it to help politicise their campaign agenda, one ought to understand that the context of that report was merely to highlight the potential that Guyana has – with oil wealth in the equation. Take oil out of the equation – the ordinary Guyanese knows that Guyana has always had huge potential – yet, it has never been able to achieve its full potential after more than 50 years of gaining Independence from British rule. Therefore, it is not to politicise and take such report out of the depths of reality, the true potential of Guyana can only be achieved vis-a-vis, the political will and leadership, the economic policies we pursue and prudent economic governance – which are lacking. Turning now to the argument that the GDP was achieved on account of massive increases in Government spending, the Bank of Guyana report for 2018 actually noted that this outturn was driven largely by increases in the construction sector, manufacturing, bauxite, livestock, forestry and other crops. In scrutinizing the 2018 national budget to ascertain where the increases in construction came from, the data in the table above shows that the total Government expenditure for 2018 was $255 billion, 4 per cent less than the projections in the 2018 budget.In the 2018 budget, it was found that 46.3 per cent or $123.9 billion was allocated to infrastructure and construction driven initiatives such as the rehabilitation, maintenance and construction of roads, bridges, stellings, education infrastructure, health and security infrastructure as well as hinterland roads and other infrastructure. In comparing similar allocations in the 2017 national budget, it was found that only 31 per cent of the total budget was allocated to such like projects which was about $77.7 billion, thereby resulting in an increase in 2018 of $46.2 billion or by 60 per cent relative to the 2017 budget.Further, the Bank of Guyana report noted that total consumption expenditure decreased by 4.3 per cent or by a whopping $27 billion – compared to the previous year. Breaking this down into public and private consumption, private consumption decreased by $44.4 billion from $498.5 billion the previous year, while public consumption increased by $17.5 billion from $126.2 billion the previous year. If we are to examine where that loss of consumption expenditure went, the numbers show that it went in the form of taxes which is reflected in the increases in Government revenue. Government revenue for 2018 increased by $22 billion from $195 billion in 2017. This therefore corroborates the arguments that consumption spending decreased on account of increased tax collections coupled with massive increases in Government expenditure in largely infrastructure rehabilitation and maintenance – with no substantive new infrastructure development such as new road networks for example.
Dear Editor,It is a final order coming from the Chairwoman herself that voters are no longer required to physically verify their registration to vote. It is the final order coming from the pen of Madam Justice Claudette Singh herself. In doing so, she is now asserting herself as the Head of GECOM and not the tail.Hitherto this time, she was being led and not doing the legal, right and authoritative thing to lead, or in other words, being in control of the GECOM Secretariat, she was allowing her good name to be used in the nefarious activities of the Government officials there. So, as we say in creole, “The GECOM Chair has finally come to her senses”.There is still much ground to cover as the PNC plays another stratagem in this artful trick of “using” GECOM as a tool for the rigging of elections. This means that Madam Justice Claudette Singh has to be ever vigilant as to what comes out of the Secretariat as a communique.The Opposition officials will do their work, that’s for sure, however, an astute and impartial Chair should be there to enhance that process. We the people need a leader who will stand out and stand up for the people’s cause.Madam Chair, you were placed in that position to safeguard democracy and to oversee the rights of the people. Just do it faithfully and honestly. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Princes Street Petrol station service disruption Operations at the Infinity Service Station at Princes and High Streets is slated for full resumption as Georgetown Mayor & City Council (M&CC) workers on Friday replaced several concrete slabs that were removed to facilitate cleaning of drains.Workmen replacing concrete slabsGuyana Times was told that the drains around the gas station are about three meters deep so the slabs had to be moved. Additionally, it was posited that cleaning of drains is done in connection with the flow of tides and as such cannot be completed within a short timeframe.Earlier this week this publication reported that city workers on Tuesday left the area in a muddied state, much to the anger of manager Keshan Persaud.The proprietor had alleged that workmen advised that they would not put the concrete slabs back as they were only responsible for removing it. Persaud had further stated that his business was affected as only a very limited number of vehicles could enter to obtain gas.Guyana Times was informed Monday that a female worker without proper identification informed management of the gas station that these works would commence.When managers of the service station attempted to make inquiries of the works, the female worker reportedly asked them if they were attempting to tell them how to do their job.This publication made contact with City Council’s Public Relations Officer Debra Lewis who related that she was aware of the issue and explained that she spoke to someone who looked into the matter to have it rectified.The cleaning works are part of the overall preparations for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in May. In 2015, the National Budget included the allocation of $300 million towards restoration of the capital city.
Meanwhile Everton confirmed a fee had been agreed with Scottish giants Rangers for Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic.The 26-year-old international was seen at Everton’s Finch Farm training complex where he was reportedly discussing personal terms and undergoing a medical following agreement of an £8 million fee.“Everton can confirm a fee has been agreed with Rangers for the transfer of Croatian international Nikica Jelavic,” Everton confirmed on their website ahead of the Toffees clash with Manchester City later Tuesday.Jelavic has scored 36 goals in 55 matches for Rangers since joining from Rapid Vienna in 2010 but had been keen to pursue a career in English football.Meanwhile Manchester United were set to finally part company with youngster Ravel Morrison, the highly rated 18-year-old youth player who has failed to establish himself at Old Trafford.Morrison is regarded as one of the most promising youth players ever to pass through the Manchester United ranks but the club has reportedly lost patience amid ongoing problems in his private life.Morrison was undergoing a medical with Championship side West Ham with a deal set to be concluded later tuesday.“The deal is not quite done yet but we are hopeful it will be completed,” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce told the London Evening Standard.“Ravel is a talented lad and if he really wants to be a player then we will help him as much as we can along the way.“Perhaps a change of environment will be beneficial to him and help him make that step up to first team football quicker than perhaps would have been the case at Manchester United. There is no doubt he has exceptional talent.”Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill meanwhile said he hoped the capture of Bridge would solve the club’s long-running vacancy at left-back.The 31-year-old has played only 58 times for City since joining from Chelsea in 2009, and has appeared for the club just once this season.“I’m hoping that with Wayne’s undoubted experience and ability he can be a big help to the team until the end of the season,” Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill told the club’s official website.Accounting giants Deloitte meanwhile reported in an initial analysis of the January window that transfer spending had reached £35 million as of 0945 GMT on Tuesday, compared to £90 million at the same stage last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 31 – A flurry of last-minute transfers were being brokered across English football on Tuesday as clubs moved to bolster their squads in the final few hours of the January window.Premier League side Sunderland completed a loan deal for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge while struggling Queens Park Rangers were set to confirm the signing of French striker Djibril Cisse.Cisse, who currently plays for Lazio, was undergoing a medical at QPR, who were also linked with a £5 million move for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, according to Sky Sports.
Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign ex-Chelsea target Andrej Kramaric from HNK Rijeka, subject to a work permit, the club have confirmed.Croatia international Kramaric has put pen to paper on a three and a half year deal at the King Power Stadium but will have to wait to make his debut as he waits for the paperwork to clear.The 23-year-old has been prolific in his homeland, scoring 28 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions so far this season, and he will now switch to the Premier League for an undisclosed fee. Andrej Kramaric 1
The son of a top-ranking Los Angeles County executive was twice disciplined for associating with suspected criminals while employed by the Sheriff’s Department but was given a new county job instead of being fired. Christopher A. Bunn Jr. was disciplined in 2004 for inappropriately visiting two friends in sheriff’s custody and again this year for riding in a car with a suspected gang member. Some department officials determined his actions were serious enough that he should be fired. But instead, sheriff’s and county officials transferred him to the Department of Public Health, where he works as a purchasing assistant at an annual salary of $41,700, nearly the same as he had been earning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bunn’s mother, Sharon Harper, is a top assistant to William T Fujioka, the county’s chief executive, and helps manage the county’s 100,000 employees and $21 billion budget, of which $2.3 billion is devoted to the Sheriff’s Department. Her husband, Jerry Harper, served as the No. 2 executive under former Sheriff Sherman Block in the 1990s. Sheriff’s Department officials declined to discuss Bunn’s transfer and would not say whether his mother’s position or his stepfather’s career played a role in it. But Sharon Harper said she played no role in her son’s transfer and insisted she never discussed the matter with anyone from the Sheriff’s Department or the Department of Public Health. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
Hart High of Newhall looks to make history tonight when it plays top-seeded Lynwood at Lynwood in a Southern California Div. I regional girls’ basketball semifinal. Hart (28-4), coming off a thrilling 61-59 upset victory Tuesday over No. 4 San Diego, can become the first Santa Clarita Valley school – boys or girls – to advance to a regional championship game when it faces top-seeded Lynwood. The winner of tonight’s Hart/Lynwood game will play the winner tonight’s Long Beach Poly/Narbonne of Harbor City semifinal in a Southern California regional final Saturday at Sports Arena. Northern California and Southern California regional champions play for the state title March 18 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Hart two years ago shocked a Lynwood team ranked seventh in the nation by USA Today and No. 1 by in the state Cal-Hi Sports, pulling out a 73-61 victory in a first-round regional playoff. The Indians lost to San Diego in the second round that year. “I’m sure (Lynwood) wants us in the worst way,” Hart coach Dave Munroe said. Hart is led by 3-point shooting sensation Taylor Lilley, who scored 28 points against San Diego hitting six 3-pointers. Lilley has 116 3-pointers this season and is the Southern Section’s second all-time most productive perimeter shooter, with 272 career 3-pointers. Lynwood is coming off an 88-35 first-round trouncing of Stockdale of Bakersfield. The Knights are led by Lenita Sanford, a 6-foot-3 junior center. Lynwood is known for employing fierce full-court pressure. The Knights field a 15-player roster and typically make five-for-five player substitutions. “They just keep bringing the pressure,” Munroe said. “They’re relentless.” In 2004, then-junior guard Ashlee Trebilcock was able to beat the pressure for Hart. With Trebilcock no longer in the mix, the Indians will count on junior point guard Kortney Uchiyama and senior guards Lilley and Amanda Sreden to counter Lynwood’s press. “We have to take care of the ball, and we have to be aggressive,” Munroe said. “We have to attack their pressure.” Light work: Hart senior forward Kalana Inemer experienced knee swelling after falling late in Tuesday’s game. Inemer was among several players who suffered minor injuries against a physical San Diego team. Munroe said Wednesday’s practice would consist of light work so his players can rest up for the Lynwood game after an exhausting day Tuesday. Biggest event? Saturday’s Southern Section Div. I-A championship game between Hart and Canyon was arguably the most significant event in Santa Clarita girls’ basketball history. “To have two Santa Clarita teams in the finals in a tough division was a great accomplishment,” Canyon coach Stan Delus said. “I think it lets people know that there’s some really good basketball going on out here.” Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Axed Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp claims his successor will take over a squad capable of challenging for promotion to the Premier League.The 70-year-old was sacked on Saturday evening after the Blues were beaten 3-1 at home by Preston North End – their fifth successive defeat in the Championship.Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT on Monday, Redknapp said he was disappointed to lose his job one month into the new season and insisted he would have brought success to the club if given time.“Birmingham City going forward will have a much, much better team than what they had last year,” he said.“I still think there is every chance they can put a run together and make the play-offs. It is a long season.“You can go on a run and suddenly you find yourselves on the verge of the play-offs and I think this squad is good enough.“This is a great job for someone because it is a good club with great support. They have got a good opportunity.“I was really excited about it this year. I went in for the last three games of last season, we managed to stay up, and I was really looking forward to this season.“I thought I was going to put a team together here that was going up, I really believed I could do it.”Redknapp insists he has no hard feelings towards anyone at Birmingham but believes he was hampered by the club’s failure to do business early in the transfer market, as well as injury problems.While there were 14 new arrivals at St Andrews over the summer, a number of the deals were done late in the window.“The club needed changing,” said Redknapp. “I had the same group that stayed up on the last day of the season. We needed some new players.“The owners were no problem. They were willing to bring people in – they were as good as gold in that respect – but the people in charge of getting the deals done couldn’t get the deals done.“In the last week of the window we suddenly bring players in and within three or four days Saturday comes against Norwich and we have six people making their debut. It is very difficult. A lot went as well. It wasn’t just a lot players coming in – we let 14 go.“I couldn’t get the people I wanted. For whatever reason, we couldn’t get them.”Listen to the full interview with Harry Redknapp on the Jim White show above
latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 3 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Images – Getty stalemate Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 3 Getty – Pool FinancesBayern agreed to pay £7.78m to take the forward on loan, as well as covering all of his wages for the season.That amounts to a total outlay of more than £21m, which Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards believed to be excessive. Leeds vs Brentford (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSwansea vs Birmingham (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Dean Saunders thinks Naby Keita could be one of the Premier League’s best playersPhilosophyFinally, the philosophy has changed since Coutinho left the club.Liverpool prioritise work-rate and energy in their midfield engine, while pace is crucial in attack to suit their direct style of play.In this system, Coutinho could be seen as a luxury player who doesn’t really fit the model. LATEST on target Coutinho is the new no.10 at Bayern Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool rejected the chance to re-sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, with the Brazilian instead joining Bayern Munich on loan.And if all goes to plan, that’s where he’ll stay, as the German champions have an option to buy him for £109.8million. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LIVE on talkSPORT FAREWELL Philippe Coutinho has completed a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich The 27-year-old playmaker could not replicate his Anfield success at the Nou Camp following a mega-money move in January 2018, and there were rumours of a potential return.Earlier in the summer, talkSPORT revealed Coutinho would have considered going back to Liverpool on loan, after rejecting a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham.But the Reds remained unmoved, and here’s why, according to James Pearce, writing for The Athletic. 3 OFF Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman deals Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 17.99%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool could not justify the asking price for Coutinho Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Selection issuesThe last thing Liverpool need is another elite forward, given the form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino.Coutinho would struggle to displace the current front three, who start every Premier League game when fit.The Brazilian was deployed in a deeper ‘no. 8’ role towards the end of his Reds career, but Klopp reportedly chose to keep faith with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. AFP or licensors