And the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View comments
…urges to accept assistance from those without hidden agendaWhile a lot has been said about the need to develop local content in the nascent oil and gas sector, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana Lillian Chatterjee said the country does not have enough capacity and would need foreign help in this regard.Chatterjee said it is important for Guyanese to develop the skills to eventually be able to manage the oil and gas sector themselves, but noted that “the hard reality is, they don’t have the skills now” and it may take years before that is fully developed.The Canadian envoy therefore believes that while it may be the political correct thing to preach local content, she noted that Guyana will have to learn from others. She noted that at one point, Canada sought expertise of other oil producingCanadian High Commissioner to Guyana Lillian Chatterjeenations for their sector.“So, you have to welcome others who have that expertise, who are willing to share it with you to learn from them. And once you learn from them, then you are in a position to manage your own industry,” she told Guyana Times in a recent interview.The second review of the local content policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has said.Government recently completed a terms of reference for a consultancy to complete the local content policy based on consultations and a draft, also an implementation plan.Gaskin said it was important for the new legislation to be ‘balanced’, since a ‘too strongly national’ local content policy can jeopardise the efficiency or the viability of the company being relied on to harness the resource.“There seems to be a reticent to accept foreign expertise and Guyana sorely needs it. I hope the citizens of Guyana understand that you accept it from those who are well meaning, who don’t have a hidden agenda,” Chatterjee added.Further, she said Canada is not asking Guyana for a special deals in oil, but rather, the country is here to share its expertise with the Government. “Why? Because Guyana has always been a good solid partner of Canada. We have accompanied Guyana from its independence and we have this good strong history,” she noted.The Guyana government and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador will be signing a technical cooperation agreement on oil and gas in the coming week. Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady will be signing a MoU on behalf of her province with the Government of Guyana for technical cooperation on oil and gas.OwnershipIn recent times, there have been concerns, particularly by the private sector about whether foreign countries and their companies will be allowed to dominate the sector. The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) had expressed worry over the Energy Agreement that the Government signed with Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).According to the GCCI Head Deodat Indaar, Guyanese businesses are already being sidestepped and instead contracts have been awarded to foreign-based companies to benefit from the local oil sector. But the GCCI wants the local Private Sector to get its “piece of the pie” and the Government to create a level playing field for all.As such, the GCCI has put together its own draft local content legislation which was sent to Government and the Opposition. As part of that proposal, it said Guyanese companies must have 51 per cent ownership, the holding of board meetings must be in Guyana, 70 per cent of the staff must be Guyanese and its head office must be located in Guyana.The Chamber lamented over the fact that several of GCCI members had submitted expressions of interest and most of them to date have not received a response. The GCCI, he said, hopes that the Government accepts the document in good faith and puts mechanisms in place so that foreign companies are legally obligated to purchase locally.Meanwhile, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has also come out stating that it is not against a T&T business presence here but believes that before oil agreements are signed with other countries, Guyana should have an established local content policy.Minister Gaskin has however, warned that Guyanese would not be able to benefit from the local content policy if they were unable to meet the capacity of the oil and gas sector. According to him, capacity development costs should be borne by the industry.He advised that Guyanese should be willing to carry the burden of oil expenditure and not only seek to benefit from oil revenue. Gaskin said despite the fact that oil and gas will provide growth opportunities, persons should not only depend on job opportunities in the sector, but seek to make investments to be part of the industry.The primary aim of the policy is ensuring the education, inclusion, and advancement of as many Guyanese as possible in the industry.The draft local content policy has been criticised in recent months for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies, especially since there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies being favoured. The document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
For anyone who’s been following Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s style, it’s an open secret that blue is one hue that always works in her favour.Also read:What Kate wore: The sartorial style of the future queen of Britain on her India tourNot only did the gorgeous Princess wear a blue Issa dress during the announcement of her engagement to Prince William, within the past week itself, we have seen the Princess wear three blue dresses during her various appearances.And we cannot seem to pick a favourite among them!Also read:Kate Middleton goes from ravishing in red in Bhutan to wow in white at the Taj MahalIt all started with the Royal wearing a stunning gown from Roland Mouret–featuring cutouts on the shoulders–for SportAid’s 40th anniversary dinner at Kensington Palace. Since the colour really brought out her beauty, the Duchess kept the finishing touches simple, sticking to a pair of Cartier earrings, a Prada clutch and a pair of heels by Gianvito Rossi. The look’s actually very simple, but it has such a strong impact. Definitely the most eye-catching among the three.She looks radiant! Picture courtesy: Instagram/@hrhduchessofcambridge_With the weekend, rolled in the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday, so the next we saw of Kate was at a thanksgiving service in celebration of the Queen’s milestone year at the St Paul’s Cathedral. Switching to a baby blue, the Duchess cut an elegant picture in a custom Catherine Walker wool crepe coat dress paired with a Jane Taylor hat, an LK Bennett clutch, drop earrings and a G Collins and Sons necklace. That hat’s the same Kate had worn during Princess Charlotte’s christening and it looks so graceful on her.advertisementThe Catherine Walker coat dress was the perfect choice for the Duchess. Picture courtesy: Instagram/@hrhduchessofcambridge_Attending the Patron’s Lunch to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Duchess again opted for a blue dress, this time taking a casual route. Her Roksanda Ilincic wool crepe dress was finished with a pendant set from Mappin and Webb and her favourite LK Bennett clutch and shoes. The colour-blocked dress is a really fun addition to the Princess’ closet and we would love to see it on her again!The Duchess sports a Roksanda Ilincic dress. Picture courtesy: Instagramfirstname.lastname@example.orgSo, have you finally managed to decide a look you are veering towards?