Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano NBA’s biggest stars set for All-Star Saturday competitions Far Eastern University snagged a spot in the top four early after fending off University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-12, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “This is a big morale-booster for us because this got the players to get their confidence back.”FEU’s surge, however, didn’t start in the third nor second set but in the very first period when the Lady Tamaraws were down 23-19.The Lady Tamaraws used a 6-0 run to close out the first set, the only time this season that they took the opening period.Heather Guino-o led FEU with 11 points while Toni Rose Basas and Bernadeth Pons had 10 and nine points, respectively.Carlos had 15 points to lead the Lady Maroons’ charge.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments The Lady Tamaraws steadied their record to 2-2 and joined Ateneo at no. 4 while the Lady Maroons dropped their third straight game and are now at seventh with a 1-3 card. From a 9-9 deadlock in the third set, FEU ramped up the ante and went on a 7-0 run that UP ironically capped off with an error as the Lady Tamaraws took a 16-9 lead.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 folkAlthough UP managed to cut the deficit to 22-19, Celine Domingo came up big in the clutch and blocked Diana Carlos for FEU’s 24-19 lead before Jeanette Villareal ended the Lady Maroons with a service ace.“We somehow managed to find a way to redeem ourselves because if we lose three straight it will be hard for us to come back,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino.
… says rice farmers need to be given more attentionBy Indrawattie NatramWith the troubles the rice industry is currently experiencing in the agricultural region of Pomeroon-Supenaam,The rice cereal factory in Region TwoRegion Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt is calling on Government to put the rice cereal factory, located at Anna Regina, in operation. Ramdatt made this request at the Flag Raising Ceremony held on May 25, 2016, in the region to mark Guyana’s 50th Anniversary.During his address, Ramdatt noted that unemployment is the major challenge affecting the region, coupled with the low prices offered for paddy. He therefore urged the government to put the factory in operation at the shortest possible time, adding that it will create employment for over 200 persons, and positively impact the rice industry.Ramdatt said he is clueless as to why such a beneficial project has not yet materialized even though the facility was constructed under the previous administration. The chairman said even as Guyana celebrated its 50th Jubilee Anniversary it must be recognized that the economy is struggling and Region Two must not be forgotten.He explained that a careful assessment of the rice industry and timely interventions by government of subsidies on fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, timely payment, rescheduling of loans should be given attention. He told attendees that rice farmers are crying out daily; and pointed to the over 80 per cent of Region Two population who rely on the rice industry one way or the other.“Give priority to our farmers, do not invest in parks without meaningful consultations with our people. If we cannot maintain play grounds, how are we going to sustain these parks? Evidence of deterioration at these Parks is already here with us, farmers need help” Ramdatt reiterated.The chairman further said the region over the years demonstrated to the rest of Guyana that it is a model region; a region where the people are at peace, civility and harmony. He called on government to give positive recognition to the region of 50,000 people.He noted even as Guyana attained 50 years of Independence much more needs to be done for continued progress and positive transformations such as better drainage and irrigation and improvement of roads.He also requested the establishment of a branch of the University of Guyana, a Regional Cultural Centre, implementation of a strategic and integrated approach to address social ills, child sexual abuse and suicide in particular, upgrading of sport facilities and a regional gymnasium, improved telecommunication services, expansion of the region’s tourism sector; and for the establishment of an agro/processing facility to be given priority.
Chemical plant construction…as US-based company hosts consultationGeared at answering questions and concerns of residents of Houston, Greater Georgetown who were outraged when United States-based company, Nalco Champion Inc, had commenced the construction of a chemical warehousing facility at John Fernandes Ltd, Inland Terminal at 4055 Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, the company on Tuesday held consultations with the residents.A section of the gathering at the consultationThe consultation is part of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) being carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure the safety of the project, where residents were given an opportunity to make submission of questions that they would like addressed.Nalco Champion Guyana’s Country Manager, Keith Hicks, and Project Manager, Willy Miller, held a 20-minute visual discourse where they attempted to alleviate concerns of the residents.The residents were shown videos of several other similar plants constructed in residential areas— one of such being in Houston, Texas. Some 12 similar chemical plants of the company are said to have been constructed in areas where people reside.“My point for sharing this information with you is because this is one of the major manufacturing facilities that we have that we blend and truly mix chemicals and then we ship ‘em to different areas in the US… there will be no blending, there will be no reactions, there will be no storage tanks as far as the permanent storage tanks, no barrel tanks, no breakers, no fumes, no reactions, no heat, no vapors, no emissions, so if there is one point I want to make clear, our intent for what we would be doing here is not like what we are doing in Sugarland (Houston, Texas facility),” Hicks shared.According to Hicks, other sites were inspected beside the John Fernandez property; however, the Ruimveldt location was the only one that met the criteria for safety.Representative from John Fernandes, Phillip Fernandes, who was present at the consultations, and who concurred with the Nalco rep, stated “we think that it is a safe enough activity, it is far away from everyone, but it is not our decision to make, we are awaiting the response from the relevant authority because we don’t want to endanger anyone, we all want the something”.Residents, however, still questioned the legality and management of the project and further questioned about risks and compensation plans should there be a chemical leak or spill.In answering the questions of legality, a Central Planning and Housing Authority (CH&PA) representative revealed that the said land was zoned in 2014 and an application was since approved for the construction of such a facility. Concerns regarding compensation was however left unanswered.Construction activities were halted at the facility amid the concerns raised by the residents.Residents have over the past week expressed fears about the project, including possible contamination of surrounding water sources.Guyana Times published a previous report where residents claimed that they were not consulted before the decision was made to set up the facility.“We are aware that Nalco has an interest in putting up a chemical facility at the John Fernandes inland terminal. We have a number of issues with respect to having a chemical facility in an area where you have residents”.“There are a number of chemicals that will be housed at that facility. You have Xylene, emulsion breaker, asphalt inhibitors among others. We don’t know the severity of these chemicals. Furthermore, they said they will have a lab there. Williams questioned what could be the purpose of a lab at the location and whether the United States-based company planned to start mixing chemicals. In addition, Williams claimed that Nalco does not have a comprehensive emergency plan. As a consequence, she said, the community at large is in danger”.The residents emphasised that not only is the plant hazardous to them, but can have a ripple effect on the whole city. Beside the danger to residents, Private Sector Commission (PSC) Executive and resident Ramesh Dookhoo noted the danger a chemical spill could pose to other businesses.The facility would service ExxonMobil’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel during oil production.