Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Wall scored 10 points and Beal had only four as the pair combined to miss 20 of its 26 shots.“You’re not going to expect that type of performance from them,” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. “They are who they are for a reason. They’re great players, All-Stars obviously. Just good preparation and we obviously got lucky a little bit, too.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Caris LeVert scored 17 points, while DeMarre Carroll, Dinwiddie and Nik Stauskas added 15 apiece to help Brooklyn snap its four-game losing streak.Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 points for the Wizards. “It was terrible,” Beal said. “We couldn’t make shots, get around or defend anybody. It was bad. It was really bad. It’s really one of those games you want to forget about and move on to the next one.”The Nets never trailed in the game, taking an early 10-point lead before settling for a 26-23 advantage after the first quarter.A layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 2:36 left in the second quarter gave the Nets an 11-point lead, and they went into halftime ahead 53-43.Hollis-Jefferson finished the first half with 15 points and eight rebounds.“You want to come out, you want to compete. You want to be fierce. You want to be someone that the guys look to as far as energy and competitive spirit,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “I feel this is the start of something new.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Washington Wizards’ Markieff Morris, right, competes for the ball with Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — One of the NBA’s best backcourts sure didn’t play that way.And with John Wall and Bradley Beal shut down, the Brooklyn Nets led the Washington Wizards by as many as 40 points in a 119-84 victory on Friday (Saturday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dinwiddie, who did not score in the first half, scored 11 straight to give the Nets a 64-47 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter. That was followed by a three-point play by Carroll as Brooklyn went up by 20.Later in the quarter, Jarrett Allen put together a six-point streak to put the Nets up by 30 points and they went on to an 88-61 lead heading into the final quarter.Dinwiddie scored all of his points in that decisive third quarter.The lead continued to grow, this time with Stauskas taking the lead role. He made three consecutive 3-pointers, added a free throw and hit a driving layup with 3:32 remaining to give the Nets a 116-76 bulge.“We got our butts kicked, myself included,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We just seemed a step slow all the way. We’ve got to show more resolve and we didn’t do that tonight.”Allen finished with 10 points.Wall only played 16 minutes. He missed nine games (Nov. 25-Dec. 12) with a sore left knee and Washington went 4-5 during that span.“I was going to play him just eight minutes in the first half and get him most of his minutes in the second, but we didn’t keep the game close,” Brooks said.Overall, Washington shot 36.6 percent, while Brooklyn connected on half its shots. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
January 15, 2020
Now that the National Legislature has demonstrated significant progress in the passage of the Anti-Drug Law, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anthony Souh, has acknowledged that the fight against narcotics and other harmful substances has become legal and enforceable.Expressing his delight with the passage of the Anti-Drug Law at an occasion commemorating International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 at the William V.S. Tubman High School, Mr. Souh said, “Today, we are extremely glad to inform you that the much desired or expected laws on drug have been passed by the Legislature. We are glad that a legal instrument has been carved to deal with the situation like in other countries.”Furthermore, Mr. Souh indicated, “We are glad that laws that will narrow the existence of drug trafficking and make the society safer and healthier have been passed.”According to the DEA Director, the Drug Enforcement Agency considers the development a “Dream come true,” noting that in the absence of a decisive legal weapon, no society can fight and defeat drug culture.He also indicated that the narcotics trade remains the worst enemy of any given place in the world, a breeding ground of so many crimes which are detrimental to human survival, and that the fight against it amounts to the fight against assorted crimes.In this regard, Mr. Souh stressed, “It takes strong legal weapon to overcome the fight.”He asserted that as the law has spoken, everyone is obliged to comply with every term expressed therein, noting, “Compliance means breaking partnership with drug traffickers; exposing drug users, and protecting the law that it may be able to protect us all.”Commending the National Legislature and the Executive on the passage of the law, the DEA boss said, “We believe that passage of the anti-drug law has carved a good image of our nation, which has been vulnerable for so long. The law is certainly the shield and garment for the entire nation, and as nation and people, we should ensure that the law sees its intended purpose.“Let’s firmly hold our victory and our legal rod and chase out drugs from our land. Let me acknowledge the efforts our partners in the premier achievement. The battle has begun and we will count on them to help us in the fight, and will need more logistics and required drug fighting materials in the fight,” Mr. Souh said.Giving the keynote address during the occasion, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor expressed delight that after some attempts to rid the nation of the menace of drugs, the National Legislature has finally amended and passed the new provisions.Senator Taylor said, “These new provisions finally institute a framework which provides offenses, penalties, and punishment for illegal drug use, sale and trafficking.”The Bong County Senator pledged Government’s commitment to allotting the required funds, equipment and personnel that will make the Drug Enforcement Agency and other related Security Agencies fully functional in order to implement a more robust plan of action which will drastically reduce the alarming rate of drug use, abuse and trafficking.Meanwhile, at the end of the observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, some quantities of drugs were publicly burnt.The drugs were previously arrested from traffickers and stored to be burnt on this day as is customarily done almost every year.Narcotics disposed of included 724.71kg marijuana worth US$89,523, heroin in the amount of 743.685 gram with an estimated worth of US$223,105 and 208 grams of Cocaine valued at US$104,000.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 12, 2020
… in response to calls for agreement to be adopted for other companiesBy Vahnu ManikchandChairman of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rawle Lucas, has stated that cases of delinquentGRA Chairman Rawle Lucastaxpayers will have to be looked at individually before any determination can be made on whether it should be settled.He was at the time commenting on recent calls by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) for a similar procedure – used to resolve the longstanding legal battle on consumption taxes between Demerara Distillers Limited and GRA – to be adopted in dealing with other delinquent companies.“From the point of view of the Private Sector Commission, we wish to urge that the Guyana Revenue Authority now engage other aggrieved companies to apply similar formulae to correct the distortions in the market place resulting from this action,” the Commission said in a statement on Friday.However, in an invited comment, Lucas explained to Guyana Times that in its calls, the PSC is assuming that all delinquent companies have the same problems.“They are assuming that but I don’t know that everybody has the same problems… Was the DDL story the same, I don’t know. I have no idea as to what the cases are but all the cases can’t be the same, I know that for sure,” he stated.According to the GRA Chairman, the cases will have to be looked at individually before any decision can be made for a similar settlement, as was done with DDL. “One has got to look at every case by itself, take the matters case by case. It’s not something where you can just apply a rule,” he noted.Moreover, Lucas pointed out that persons have to also take into consideration that the GRA might have decided to settle the $5 billion debt with DDL because the matter probably constructed badly. “I have no idea if they have the same problem and remember the people who constructed the DDL problem, might have constructed it badly in the first instance. I don’t know if people are taking that into consideration,” he noted.When further probed whether the Consumption Tax assessment that was levied against the local beverage giant was indeed “badly constructed”, the Chairman declined to say, noting that he will not disclose information on any taxpayer’s case.“I don’t and I don’t expect the GRA to be discussing tax payers’ matters in the public. Notwithstanding the fact that DDL might have put a statement on the settlement, the details of that matter still remains private and we do not intend to disclose details of the matter,” Lucas remarked.Last week, DDL announced that it has reached an “amicable” settlement with the GRA thus resolving the longstanding legal battle between the two, which arose out of a Consumption Tax assessment levied against DDL by former Commissioner General Khurshid Sattuar in January 2009 to the tune of $5,392,020,753.However, the legal battle dated back to 2002, when the local beverage giant raised a legal challenge against the GRA on the methodology adopted by the latter for the assessment of Consumption Tax. In February 2005, the High Court found in favour of DDL. The GRA subsequently appealed that decision and on July 31, 2008, the Guyana Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the GRA’s appeal.But the following month, GRA commenced a new assessment, this time, issuing a new claim billing the company a crippling $5.392 billion. This was again challenged by DDL in 2009 and the High Court had issued an Order Nisi pending the hearing of the matter.However, there has since been much speculation and condemnation of the transactions. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had strongly condemned the transaction, calling it a “scandalous out of court settlement” that has cost the State billions of dollars in revenue.“The settlement sends the wrong message to the business community; that a company can unilaterally decide to stop paying taxes, while other companies comply with the law, take the matter to court and drag it out until a sympathetic Government comes to power and settles its debts to the State,” the former Guyanese President stated.Jagdeo further outlined that the settlement has opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid. “There have already been reports in the Private Sector of other major companies consulting lawyers about this possibility. Management officials from a major local alcohol and beverage producing company have made it clear, in the past when I was President, that the company would be seeking a refund depending on the outcome of the DDL matter,” he noted.