Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Things came to head with 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter and the game already decided. While Kevin Alas was at the charity stripe, Guiao and Ross traded barbs that triggered a commotion among the players as they tried to come between the two.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX 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 folkRoss was ejected after he was attested with his second technical foul and refused to entertain questions from the media after the game.Coach Leo Austria shed light on the exchange between Ross and Guiao, as relayed to him by the Defensive Player of the Year. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Ravena says staredown not intended to shame Pessumal Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s one thing that San Miguel guard Chris Ross and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao have in common, it’s that both of them don’t want to lose.But the similarities end there as both figures  find themselves always at war, much like on Friday when Guiao and Ross butt heads anew late in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team, especially in the endgame. According to Chris, he was called a n****r,” said the Beermen mentor. “That’s a word that he doesn’t want to hear from any people and that flared him up.”READ: PBA: RoS coach Guiao fined P20K for actions towards SMB’s RossGuiao, meanwhile, said that he just gave in to what Ross, who was talking trash him in front of the Road Warriors bench, wanted.“He was there in front of us and he wouldn’t stop trash talking. For me, you should be respectful at that point and be the one to distance yourself given that you’re already winning. The game was a foregone conclusion at that time, so maybe he should have been more respectful. He should just shut up,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying and what he was talking about so I trash-talked him too.”Guiao, however, denied that he dropped the racial slur on Ross.ADVERTISEMENT “No, I did not say the N-word. I don’t know if anyone heard, but I didn’t,” he said.The fiery mentor admitted, though, that he gave Ross the middle finger as a part of his “psychological warfare,” but there’s nothing more to it.“He likes to mock, not just against us, everytime there are skirmishes like that. He also knows what he’s capable of,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas for Adrien Broner fight

first_imgLouie Alas: We have to beat teams we are supposed to beat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The eight-division champion sparred for one last time two days ago at Wild Card Gym as he tapers off from his usual rigid workouts with the fight just around the corner.The 40-year-old Pacquiao eyes to continue his impressive showing against Broner after coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse in his previous fight last July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Manny Pacquiao and members of his training team jog amid inclement weather along Los Feliz Blvd. in Los Angeles Monday morning. This is the last training day for Pacquiao’s Los Angeles training camp. The team is scheduled to leave for Las Vegas after the gym workout this afternoon. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsManny Pacquiao has arrived in Las Vegas for fight week ahead of his title defense against Adrien Broner on Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight champion, wrapped up his training in Los Angeles with an early morning jog despite the rainy weather before heading to Sin City.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Poor governance at Guyoil

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,It’s alarming to see the negative attention Guyoil has been attracting during the past months. This company, one of the most profitable state-owned organizations, can’t seem to get its act together.Quick recap: April 12th, 2018; Kaieteur News reported that “GuyOil lets go of its Marketing and Sales Manager”. This termination was somewhat surprising, since Mr. Eric Whaul was not issued any warning letter/s, nor was he spoken to in relation to his performance.In fact he was often praised by the past Board for his performance, and was sent on several overseas outings to represent the company.A point to note is that the new Board of Directors still consists of four (4) of the seven (7) members from the previous Board, including two (2) Directors who have been on GuyOil’s Board for over twenty-five (25) and fifteen (15) years respectively.Moving forward to May 28th, 2018, Kaieteur News reported, “Guyoil’s Finance Manager resigns amid mult-millions wire transfer probe.”It’s anyone’s guess that the Board of Directors played a part in Mrs. Uma Joseph-Daniels tendering her resignation. It’s not my place to pronounce on Mrs. Daniels’s innocence or guilt, but this is not the first instance when GuyOil was targeted by cyber hackers.There was an unreported incident prior to this, when GuyOil paid monies into a hacker’s account. However, the company had managed to recover some of the monies, but the Finance Manager at the time was never reprimanded by previous management, or the Board. In fact, he was asked to stay on for an additional year after his retirement.In addition to the departure of the Marketing and Sales Manager and the Finance Manager, GuyOil has seen the resignation of at least five (5) senior managers within the last year (August, 2017 – present), and has had about three (3) acting CEOs during the past two (2) years. Further, the company has also seen one of its former directors ascending to the position of Corporate Services Manager, a position created only after a directive had been issued by the Board for a restructuring to be done.It is important to state that this director was still a functioning member of the Board when she was interviewed by her colleagues from the said Board and was offered this position. Where is the transparency in that?Additionally, the conditions set out in the job description for the post of Corporate Services Manager require that the incumbent must have “a post-graduate Degree in Management or Administration plus…….,” which this past director does not have. One needs to ask the question: Are positions being created for Board Directors at GuyOil, and were Eric Whaul and Uma Daniels sent home so as to make space for another director, or……?I would also like to bring to the attention of the readers that GuyOil has only recently undergone a multi-million-dollar restructuring exercise, which saw S.V. Jones and Associates being offered a contract to restructure the entire company.This restructuring came to an end after quite some time, and new job descriptions were created and approved by the Board. However, GuyOil continues to deviate from specific academic requirements outlined in these job descriptions. Presently, there are at least five (5) officers who are acting in senior managerial positions, and none has either the relevant academic requirements or experience as outlined in these job descriptions.Sad to say, but these officers don’t even have a two-(2)-year diploma, which is alarming, since there are hundreds of students graduating from the nation’s primer tertiary institution (University of Guyana) who can’t find suitable jobs, or are made to do odd jobs which are in no way connected to their academic backgrounds.How, then, is Guyana going to develop its skilled human resources if the leaders continue to put square pegs in round holes?Mr. Editor, I would like to state that the issues facing GuyOil extend far beyond what I’ve stated, and were birthed under the previous board, where certain directors were bent on meddling in the daily operations of the company. One director in particular would go around gossiping about managers with junior staff. She would also make it very clear that she is a politician, and she has connections with the “big ones”.Mr. Editor, I am still dumfounded as to how this particular individual was selected to sit on a state board, and how she continues to be a member of that board when — in my opinion and I’m sure in the opinion of others, including, but not limited to, her other colleagues — she is not “fit and proper” to be a director. How then can GuyOil progress with this lack of strategic thinking from the board and the appointment of individuals such as this director?It’s my firm belief that some rogue elements who have been on GuyOil’s Board for decades, along with this director, who knows “big ones,” are the real problem that’s facing the company. With that said, I would advise the Honourable Minister of Finance to quickly replace these detractors, who sit on GuyOil’s Board waiting to collect their next I-Pad. Yes I-Pads; GuyOil, has twice purchased I-Pads for directors over the past two (2) years. Now, how many I-Pads does a director need to do his/her job?I learnt recently that a new Chief Executive Officer has been hired, and from all indications, she is a highly qualified and smart individual. I do hope that the rogue elements on the Board don’t try to stifle her and pollute her with their outdated strategies and ways of thinking.Regards,Ronley Kendalllast_img read more

Baker Tilly-Liberia Ex-Administrator Charged with US$42K Theft

first_imgPrecious K. Randolph, 31, a former administrative assistant and audit associate of Baker Tilly-Liberia, formerly (VOSCON), a provider of professional accountancy services, yesterday appeared before the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice for theft of US$42, 465.Madam Randolph was arrested on March 24, in relation to an investigation linking her to an illegal withdrawal of   US$42,465 from Ecobank-Liberia account number 0011014700160904 belonging to an international company identified as GIP Esther of Paris, France.At yesterday’s hearing, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody sent defendant Randolph to the Monrovia Central Prison to wait trial, apparently based on her legal team’s delay in securing her bail.She has been charged with two counts of theft of property and misapplication of entrusted property, which is a bailable offence.Madam Randolph was assigned to manage GIP’s account at Ecobank –Liberia, according to court documents.The court documents allege that Baker Tilly also has an agreement with GIP Esther of Paris, France to manage and supervise that company’s funds at the bank.The defendant was arrested, after police received a complaint from Baker Tilly-Liberia manager, Theo Dekonty Joseph, alleging that from December 2012 to 2014, the defendant fraudulently withdrew money from the bank.The police alleged that during their preliminary investigations, defendant Randolph admitted to the commission of the crime, contending, however, that the amount of US$42,458 was overstated by her former employer.Police quoted defendant Randolph as saying “the actual amount withdrawn without authorization and converted to my personal use is US$39, 015. 53.”The court document also quoted police claiming that Madam Randolph said the amount in question was withdrawn by her when she served as administrative assistant and audit associate of Baker Tilly-Liberia.The police also claimed that the defendant was represented by one of her legal counsels, Cllr. Albert Sim, during the investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Modern Cassava processing Hub Commissioned in Bensonville City

first_imgCassava Hub equipped with various processing equipmentPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently commissioned a modern cassava processing hub in Dee Town, Bensonville City, Montserrado County that is equipped with various processing equipment.The cassava processing hub which is being operated by the Destiny Women Inc is part of the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC) project under the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) that is focused on accelerating food production through value addition to ensure domestic food security, better livelihoods of rural citizens and boost foreign exchange earnings.Cassava is one of the agricultural commodities, including rice that contributes to about 50% of the country’s agriculture GDP.The processing hub commissioned by the Liberian leader on November 27 is valued at about US$197,000.00 and has the capacity of producing 1 ton per hour, according to the project coordinator of SEPEC, William Kawalawu.Kawalawu, stated that his institution has completed the construction seven cassava processing hubs in Bomi, Montserrado, Bong, Sinoe and Grand Bassa counties.Speaking at the official commissioning ceremony, President Sirleaf expressed excitement about the level of involvement by Liberian women in the agricultural sector.She noted that with the step, the group of women has taken in food production; it is of no doubt that women contributions can help transform the agricultural sector.“Today as we commission this machine with the help of our partners, especially World Bank, we want to say a big thank you to the Women of Destiny for their effort. We hope this will help you intensify your production,” she said.President Sirleaf reiterated her government’s commitment to empowering women in the agriculture sector of the country and lauded her international partners for the high level of support to the women group.“It is important to note that women’s participation in the agricultural sector of Liberia is another boost to Liberia in food production”, she added.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf cuts ribbon on a modern cassava processing Hub in Bensonville CityThe chief executive officer (CEO) of the Destiny Women Inc, Comfort Jallah, said that they were happy for the construction of the processing center as it will enable the beneficiaries to generate income and create market access for smallholder cassava farmers.‘‘We the “Destiny Women” are highly excited, and would like to assure the Government and our partners that this facility will help reduce the huge importation of flour in the local market”, she said.Comfort disclosed that her organization will create employment opportunity for more residents in the community.We are currently supplying the local market as well as the international market with various cassava products.Jallah further mentioned that they are working with two hundred and fifty cassava farmers in Montserrado County to supply raw cassava tubers to the facility.“The group is involved in the processing of a high quality gari, dipper, fufu for the market”, she added.For her part, the cassava value chain consultant at SAPEC, Toyin Adetueji, said the cassava hub will serve as an opportunity for cassava farmers to increase production as it create access to market.She said that SAPEC has three areas of focus, including cassava, rice and other vegetables, adding that her institution is creating processing opportunity to improve smallholder farmers’ income.“Liberia will only be on par with other countries in terms of agriculture if farmers’ capacities are buttressed through food production,” she noted.Adetueji disclosed that the processing hub will have a cross section of farmers in and around Bensenville to supply the processing hub.“We are using the value chain approach; meaning, from production to processing to market, until it gets to the table of individuals,” she added.She, however, revealed that an additional six processing hubs in the targeted counties are shortly expected to be commissioned through other partners in other parts of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Body of former estate worker found in canal

first_imgThe lifeless body of a 23-year-old former estate worker was on Monday morning discovered floating in a trench at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara.Dead: Sunil MangraThe dead man has been identified as Sunil Mangra, of Lot 176 Leonora, West Coast Demerara.According to information received, the body was found about 06:30h, and it is suspected that the young man might have drowned.Police stated that there were no marks of violence about the body when it was discovered. The now dead man had last been seen at his mother’s home on Saturday.He was reportedly described as an alcoholic. A post-mortem is expected to be performed on Wednesday to determine the cause of death.last_img

City Hall urgently needs other revenue streams – treasurer

first_imgOfficials of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) were on Monday given the opportunity to share constraints faced in their daily operations, where City Treasurer John Douglas highlighted the financial strain of depending solely on rates and taxes to garner revenue.City Treasurer John DouglasA Trinidad-based delegation along with representatives of the Communities Ministry were involved in talks to develop the operational procedures of the Council. For some time, the Council has been battling with financial burdens.As he emphasised the importance of financial stability, the City Treasurer insisted that the Council is involved in activities which bear no financial benefits to the Council. On the other hand, they are heavily dependent on rates and taxes to subsidise their operational costs. For this, the municipality needs to implement other revenue streams.“We need to be more diverse in our revenue streams. We’re too dependent on rates and tax which has shown over the years that rates and tax cannot carry this organisation for that is required. You look at solid waste. We pick up the waste, it costs us hundreds of millions per year. We don’t get no revenue stream from solid waste,” Douglas said.Other highlighted areas where the Council does not benefit include waterfront activities and increased security presence.“The population in the city is growing. Street vending is growing. Hence, the need for more security…We don’t get no earning from those vehicles traversing the city. You have boats, ships using our waterfront. We don’t generate any revenue from any such activities.”Defined responsibilitiesDouglas also called for defined responsibilities between Central and Local Governments, so as to determine where money should be allocated. Presently, the Council utilises a majority of its earnings to pay staffers and to pay for solid waste collection.“We need clearly defined roles and responsibilities, especially between what’s required of the local organ and the central organ. Both Local Government and Central Government deals with roads. Are we then identifying which ones are to be dealt with by the Central Government and which ones by the Local Government organs?” Douglas questioned.While the M&CC is solely dependent on their rates generation, there have been constant issues with defaulting taxpayers.In May, it was announced that some $8.4 billion, excluding interest rates, was owed by taxpayers within the perimeter of Georgetown and as such, a committee was established to retrieve these monies.Douglas had told media operatives that after a final computation, numbers showed that the $8.4 billion was owed from both residential and commercial taxpayers combined. Some records show that persons had not been paying taxes for as long as 28 years.“One of the approach we have decided to do is to carry out a rate recovery drive. It will be made up of six to seven individuals who would go about to a certain area and we’re looking to start off with Lacytown. We’re trying to target all areas that are closest to Council first and then we would go out,” the City Treasurer stated.It was identified that while that there is a difference in rates for commercial and residential taxpayers, some commercial enterprises have been paying the residential fee, which is significantly lower.last_img read more

Govt trying to polarise Guyana – Opposition Leader

first_img…as diplomats briefed on “inflammatory language” following CCJ rulingPresident David Granger, along with ministers of the Government, is trying to polarise Guyana to suit self-serving agendas; but the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has been notifying and updating the international community, and will continue to do so in regard to the actions and utterances of the administration, which are in direct defiance of democracy and the country’s Constitution.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThis is according to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who told reporters that since the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday — that the APNU/AFC Government was defeated by the Opposition’s no-confidence motion last year December — he has been meeting with ambassadors and other representatives of the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union, besides the Commonwealth Secretary General; and is scheduled to meet with the Caricom Secretary General sometime next week.“With the diplomatic community, we are briefing them on our position on the issue, going forward. Secondly, we are pointing out to them about the threats to democracy that seem to be emanating now from the Government, and the use of inflammatory language to polarise the country once again. So we are putting the diplomatic community on notice on those two issues particularly,” Jagdeo said.He emphasised that, despite their public declarations, the response by the APNU/AFC coalition Government and the President’s defiance show that they are unwilling to act in accordance with the country’s laws.According to the Opposition Leader, the excuses made by the President and other Government officials about the current voters’ list not being applicable are simply excuses put forward to delay the hosting of national elections, as stipulated by Guyana’s Constitution.One of the main excuses being touted by the Government is that the names of dead individuals are on the present list, but Jagdeo noted that this can easily be remedied.“GECOM has the authority to remove (from the list the names of) people who have passed away, once they get a death certificate from the General Registrar’s Office (GRO). So why not get (the names of) all the people who have passed away for the last 10 years? Send for (the information) from GRO! Publish their names! Send the list to the two parties, and then remove every one (name). It is (as) simple as that! GECOM is empowered to do this without having to go to house-to-house registration, and people can get on the list without house-to-house registration…so nobody would be disenfranchised,” Jagdeo declared.The Opposition Leader posited that the APNU/AFC coalition administration is using weak arguments and excuses in order to prevent free and fair elections from taking place in the country, and he said this is an act which stifles the democratic rights of every Guyanese.“That is what they are hoping to work on. This house-to-house registration is a ploy to delay elections…that is what they are aiming for. Thankfully, now the Constitution has spoken, the CCJ has spoken, elections (should be held) in three months.”The Opposition Leader is adamant that house-to-house registration is not necessary to facilitate elections during the constitutionally mandated timeframe of three months, and he said GECOM can be ready to host elections by that date.Delaying tacticsHowever, the Government has been peddling misinformation about the Official List of Electors in what the Opposition has since said is an effort to further delay the hosting of elections, which were due since March.In fact, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had called out President David Granger earlier this week for deliberately peddling falsehoods about the voters’ list.Contrary to President Granger’s declaration: that the current voters’ list will not include the names of youths and young adults who have attained the age of 18 years since 2015, there have occurred at least three cycles of continuous registration, and those were done to update the National Register of Registrants; and once those persons attain the age of 18, their names are transferred to the Official List of Electors, commonly called the voters’ list.Given the three cycles of continuous registration that have occurred since 2015, Jagdeo said, the current voters’ list is not flawed, and can be used to facilitate elections in Guyana within the constitutionally stipulated time frame.“So this falsehood, this falsehood that he perpetuates: that people are not on (the list) since the last elections in 2015, the people who are not on the list is a total lie. It is beneath the President to so flagrantly lie to the people of our country. It is a flagrant lie!” the Opposition Leader said.He explained that, in light of the recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice: that the no-confidence motion was validly passed in December 2018, elections can be held within three months from the date that this momentous decision was made, which is June 18, 2019.Jagdeo reminded that the list in question is the same list that Government Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the GECOM Chairman had deemed valid up to April 30 last.He added that there have been several cycles of continuous registration, giving Guyanese an opportunity to register since the last house-to-house registration exercise was undertaken. Therefore, he said, house-to-house registration is not necessary to facilitate elections during the constitutionally-mandated timeframe of three months, and GECOM could be ready to host elections by the time stipulated.Jagdeo emphasised that the Public Relations Officer of GECOM had earlier this year stated that the Commission could be ready to hold elections within a three-month period, and even the Chief Elections Officer appointed at GECOM had confirmed that the current voters’ list is “clean”.It was only on Tuesday that the CCJ ruled that Government was defeated by the Opposition’s no-confidence motion last December.Article 106 of Guyana’s Constitution states that, following the passage of the no-confidence motion, the President and Cabinet must resign, and elections must be held within three months of the motion. That deadline elapsed since March 21, 2019, with Government having spent much of the time in court, seeking to overturn the motion rather than ensuring elections were held.last_img read more

Job data tracked to lure companies

first_imgUsing data from the state Employment Development Department and looking at non-government jobs, GAVEA’s preliminary study determined there are 61,556 employed residents in the Antelope Valley. Of that total, about 54 percent of those residents head to jobs in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. An additional 6 percent head off to work in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. About 2,800 residents head off for jobs in Santa Clarita and 10,000 work in the San Fernando Valley. “That’ll allow us to do targeted marketing for companies that already have workers here,” said Vern Lawson Jr., economic development director for the city of Lancaster. “We’re happy to have the numbers.” The one area of the study that calls out for more research, Layne said, was in the area of reverse commuting. The study showed there are just over 41,000 people working at jobs in the Antelope Valley and about 49 percent are from outside of the region. LANCASTER – The Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance is looking to track where the thousands of area residents head off to each morning for work in hopes of finding companies it can lure to the High Desert. GAVEA is hoping for more success stories such as Delta Scientific, a company that makes security devices that are used around the world. The company, originally based in Santa Clarita, first expanded to the Antelope Valley and then opted to move its headquarters to Palmdale. “In my opinion, the businesses most likely to move to the Antelope Valley are the ones who already have employees here,” said Mel Layne, president of GAVEA. “We wanted to map out where those employees are going to. We want to target companies that need to expand, but can’t do it where they are at.” GAVEA also plans to take a look at the surprisingly large number, more than 20,000, of reverse commuters – people driving into the Antelope Valley for jobs. Tapping into those reverse commuters, who are spending their paychecks outside of the region, could be a great economic boost to the region. Antelope Valley residents could be trained to take over those jobs as the reverse commuters retire or move on to other jobs, Layne said. “They have to be highly skilled, highly educated, and well-paid workers,” Layne said. “We want to identify those workers and find out what skills they have.” Layne speculates that many of those jobs are probably aerospace-related. They could involve workers who did not want to uproot their families when their jobs were relocated to the High Desert. Antelope Valley College, a member of GAVEA, has the study, but hasn’t had an opportunity to examine it in depth. “Once we get a chance to take a breath, we’ll look at that data,” said AVC President Jackie Fisher. “We would like a complete picture of the jobs involved and the levels of training involved.” The college has at least four full-time faculty who are reverse commuters. Three of those four are married and have spouses with jobs closer to where they live, said AVC spokesman Steve Standerfer. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v Newcastle: Midfielder out but who will Mourinho select?

first_imgPremier League leaders Chelsea kept up their momentum with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Tottenham in midweek and next up for the Blues is a lunchtime showdown with Newcaslte United.Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy were all on the scoresheet last time out to extend Chelsea’s unbeaten league run to 14 games, but this weekend will provide a new challenge for boss Jose Mourinho, who is yet to win at St. James’ Park in his managerial career.Chelsea can set a new club record of 24 unbeaten games with victory, but the only accolade the Blues’ boss is interested in is a third Premier League title.During his pre-match press conference, Mourinho also reported no new injury concerns, with the Portuguese welcoming back striker Diego Costa back into the first team, following his suspension, although defender Nathan Ake remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. Nemanja Matic’s fifth booking of the season means he missed out though.Below is how Chelsea could line up: 1 Chelsea face Newcastle on Saturday 1 GoalkeeperWill Thibaut Courtois, who added two more clean sheets against Sunderland and Spurs to his lengthy list, start his fifth match in two weeks? Probably, so expect the Belgian youngster to feature on Saturday, while Petr Cech will likely get the nod for Chelsea’s final Champions League Group game against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.DefenceChelsea survived Tottenham’s early onslaught in impressive fashion to underline why they have have conceded just 11 goals this season, the second lowest in the league. However, there are question marks over Gary Cahill’s fitness after the England International clashed heads with Jan Vertonghen in midweek. His replacement Kevin Zouma partnered John Terry well and a back four with Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta looks a formidible quartet.MidfieldChelsea’s midfield rediscovered their collective scoring boots during the week, as Eden Hazard netted his seventh goal of the season to sink Spurs. Matic’s fifth booking of the campaign means he is suspended, so it will be interesting to see how Cesc Fabregas fares without his partner in crime. John Obi Mikel is expected to slot in and do all the heavy lifting, with Hazard, Oscar and William unchanged just in front.StrikerMourinho confirmed Costa will start against the Magpies but in truth, any of his strikers could feature such has been their collective good form. Drogba is back to his battling best and scored a cracker against Spurs, before former Magpie Remy came off the bench to add another to his tally. Costa has scored 11 league goals so far, but Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is getting all the plaudits and the lethal Spaniard will certainly be looking to redress the balance this weekend.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Newcaslte? Comment below…last_img read more