Luminaries to be honoured at Wint/McKenley Classic

first_imgOlympians Arthur Wint, Herb McKenley and Dennis Johnson, as well stand-out coach Michael Clarke, will be among six luminaries to be honoured at the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic that will christen the new synthetic track at Calabar High School on January 23.Calabar High benefactors Ray Goldbourne and Dr. Don Philbert, who have both made significant contributions to the continued development of the Red Hills Road-based educational institution, will also be honoured during the meet that will feature Olympic Development races in the 400 and 800 metres and special 100-metre race for primary school athletes.Wint won Jamaica’s first ever gold medal in the 400 metres at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. He was also a member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that won gold in world record time at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.McKenley, the first Jamaican schoolboy to win a track scholarship, was a silver medallist in the 400m in 1948 and was a also member of Jamaica’s mile relay team that dramatically defeated the previously invincible Americans at the 1952 Games. He was also a successful track coach at Calabar High for more than a decade.Johnson, the first ever director of sports at the College of Arts, Science and Technology, was among the fastest men in the world over the 100-yard dash between the mid 1950s and early 1960s. He once equalled the world record four times within a one month span.Clarke has had tremendous success as a track coach and has led Calabar High to the last four titles at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.All six gentlemen will be honoured during the opening ceremony at the meet. “We will be presenting citations for each of them and will be handing over plaques of those citations,” said Andrea Hardware, a member of the organising committee.”We wanted this meet to be a development meet because both Mr. McKenley and Dr. Wint had been significant contributors to track and field, especially at the junior level, moreso Herb because he has been our coach for like the last 100 years before he retired, he was just there with us pushing and developing our programme in general and producing some outstanding athletes for us and for Jamaica.”So it is a meet honouring these two greats that have contributed so much to us as a nation,” Hardware stated.last_img read more

TTJ, JPA sign MOU

first_imgWith ambitions of successful representation and bringing home medals as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, a memorandum of understanding between Table Tennis Jamaica (TTJ) and the Jamaica Paralympic Association (JPA) was signed yesterday at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre, located at Elleston Flats, St Andrew.A new chapter was written between local governing body for table tennis and the Paralympic community and signed by Godfrey Lothian and Christopher Samuda, the respective presidents.It will see TTJ provide coaching and training for Paralympic athletes with a view to seeing them transition to the international stage and, hopefully, win medals at the Paralympics in table tennis.Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell recalled that the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, while hosting the Pan American Games in 2007, was the first host to introduce the ParaPan Games.”Tokyo 2020, which I think you have set as one of your benchmarks, will be another important benchmark,” said Fennell, who warned that while the Games are four years away, planning is needed.FORMAL AGREEMENT”We are here to celebrate the signing and formalising of the agreement between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Paralympic Association, and for this to have the meaning from this formal document it requires participation,” Fennell urged.Meanwhile, this summer, Brazil will showcase the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September.”I am sure it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes Olympics and Paralympics for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country,” said Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog.The JPA president, Samuda, said: “It is a partnership, ladies and gentlemen, that will, under the Road to Tokyo campaign, create a pathway for Paralympians to realise potential, fulfil their ambitions, and fuel their aspirations.”Samuda described the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre-based programme as a “centre of excellence”.The TTJ’s, president, Godfrey Lothian, said that “table tennis should be played anywhere and everywhere,” adding that “everybody should play table tennis”.”We will be putting some of our best coaches here because whenever you see people coming off the plane, it’s not just going to be our able-bodied athletes coming in with medals from athletics, but you’re going to see our Paralympians and others who will be mobilised across the country with table tennis medals,” he stated.last_img read more

Jamaicans ready to light up Carifta Games

first_imgSEVENTY Eight of the country’s top junior athletes will vie for regional glory over the next three days starting today, as the 45th staging of the Carifta Games for Under-18 and Under-20 athletes will begin this morning at the newly built Queen’s Park National Stadium in St Georges, Grenada.Jamaica will be hoping to better last year’s performance in Nevis, St Kitts, where the country’s athletes garnered some 86 medals, which included 42 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze.Today’s opening day will see some 20 finals being contested with 12 on the track and eight in the field. The morning session will get under way at 9:00 a.m. (8:00a.m. Jamaican time) and will see some three finals being contested Under-18 girls’ high jump, javelin and discus.Zinedine Russell, who was the silver medallist a year ago in the girls’ heptathlon behind teammate, Ayesha Champaigne, will be the first Jamaican to feature today when she competes in the first of seven events the 100m hurdles at 9:00 a.m. (8:00 a.m Jamaica time).Morant Bay High’s Marcus Brown, who, like Russell, was a late addition to the team, and who was victorious at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in the Boy’s open decathlon, will also be in action some 10 minutes after Russell as he will be competing in the first event of the boy’s octathlon, the 100m.PRELIMACTIONThe morning session will also see preliminary-round action in the 100m and 400m, where the likes of Kimone Shaw, Dejour Russell, Jhevaughn Matherson, Nigel Ellis, Raheem Chambers, Sanique Walker, Tiffany James, Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield are down to compete.Today’s second session, which will get underway at 5:30p.m. (4:30 pm Jamaica time) with the finals of the girls’ 1500m should be a very good day for Jamaica.There will also be the finals of the 100m and 400 metres later in the evening. Both Taylor in the Under-18 boys’ 400m, and Bloomfield, who won the boys’ Under 20 event, are expected to defend their titles successfully.last_img read more

Dom Rep join Jamaica atop Hoerman Cup leader board

first_img The other Jamaicans, Owen Samuda, had a tough day out on the links, firing an 81 to be tied for thirteenth on 15 over par, while Ian Facey (78) and Sean Morris (73) lost ground to the leaders. Fellow Jamaican William Knibbs carded another 77 in round three to be down the leader board on 19 over par and in 21st position The leaders among countries are Jamaica (+37), tied with the Dominican Republic (+37), Puerto Rico (+56), Barbados (+64), with Trinidad and Tobago at (+65), Cayman Islands (+77), Bahamas (+91) and the US Virgin Islands at 160 over par. Jamaica remain fifth in the George Teale Trophy for women on a 52 over par score, trailing leaders Puerto Rico (32 over par) by some distance. Madelyn Piccininni is the best-placed Jamaican among the women. She did admirably better than her 81 and 85 in the two previous rounds after carding a 78 on Wednesday. The field is being led by Dominican Republic’s Karina Sanchez, who was the best on the day on the women’s side. Trinidadian pair of Carlos Baynes and Richard Camacho had a combined 70 to increase their lead in the Higgs and Higgs trophy to five under par, with Robert Piggot and Michael Haynes of Barbados at minus 2 and in second place. The Jamaican pair of Keith Stein and Radcliff Knibbs are holding on to third, after firing a combined 71 to be at Even Par, through three rounds at the Half Moon Golf Club. Western Bureau: Jamaica’s Jonathan Newham equalled his second-round 71 to lead the individual race in the Caribbean Golf Championship Hoerman Cup at the Half Moon Golf Course in Montego Bay yesterday. Newham’s score puts him one under par for the day and an equal minus one through three rounds, giving host Jamaica a share of the lead with the Dominican Republic, who rallied on the third day through the pair of Redhames Pena and Lino Guerrero. The stakes remain high with only today’s final round remaining to separate the teams. Newham started well from tee-off, and although he had a few setbacks on the front nine, he used the quick fairway and solid greens to maintain his lead. Devaughn Robinson of The Bahamas carded the best score of the round, a minus two under par 70 score. It was the best round of any player in all three days, bettering his opening round 76 on Monday and the 75 he fired on Tuesday. It took him up the leader board where he joined Newham, with Pena in third overall after his 71. He is at six over par through three rounds. Newham again used the conditions to his advantage as the wind, though not as heavy as Tuesday’s, made play tricky for some players. OTHERJAMAICANSlast_img read more

Sunshine Girl Griffiths the ‘silent killer’ ready for Netball World Cup

first_imgJamaica Sunshine Girls have two of the most talented and highly rated goal shooters on the planet in Romelda Aiken and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. But no matter how excellent a team’s goal shooters are, they need players to complement them in order for the team to become successful.In goal attack Anna-Kay Griffiths, the Sunshine Girls have that player.Griffiths is expected to be the main supply line to the shooters, as well as provide backup shooting, but the Sunshine Girls, who has already played at the World Cup, is ready to play her part in the quest for gold Down Under.”I am very much ready, as ready as I can be. This year is different, the focus and the team bonding has helped us to gel together and it’s a beautiful feeling,” she told The Gleaner before the team’s departure on Thursday. “I am quite comfortable with the girls and I don’t have much to focus on more than to go out there and execute.”I gained some experience from my first World Cup, so my experience from the first one I will be applying it to this one,” she stated.Stronger, more confident”My game has improved a lot and I am stronger mentally and physically and I am more confident,” she added.The St Catherine Racers player, who took a two-year hiatus from international netball before returning to the squad last year, says, at first look, an opponent or spectator might underestimate her ability. However, she said, after seeing her on the court, one normally gets a total different impression, and she insists upon being ready to play her best in her supporting role to Aiken and Fowler-Reid.”I am a silent killer. People will look at me and say that I cannot do that, but when they see me do it they don’t believe. So I am a conservative person, but when I go out on the court I give it my best,” Griffiths remarked.”We have been training together and we have been doing a lot of passing (combination plays) in to Romelda and Jahniele and we seem to understand each other inside the circle, so that part of it is good.”The environment that we are in has been perfect, so that has been a plus for us. It’s for us to go out and execute. I am just focused and I know I will get the support from my coaches and my teammates, I’ve just got to go out and do my best,” she said.last_img read more

‘Teddy’ says sorry

first_imgFormer national midfielder, Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, says he is sorry for the unsavoury behaviour he displayed in Tivoli’s 1-1 draw with Boys’ Town in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Complex on Sunday.”Firstly, I want to apologise to the Jamaican fans, the Tivoli fans, the coaching staff and the players, I really apologise,” he told The Gleaner prior to Tivoli’s training on Tuesday.”I have to blame myself, as I have no one else to blame,” he continued. “The reaction from me was totally wrong and it shouldn’t happen from a player like me. But sometimes you lose focus and I am wrong for participating in that incident.”Johnson, explaining his version of the events which led to his red card, said it was a misunderstanding.”What happened with the ref was a misunderstanding. The ref thought it was him that I was talking (verbal abuse), but it was the goalkeeper ‘Duppy Man’ (Kirk Porter).”It has really been emotional what has taken place, but it’s now gone and done so I just need to focus and learn from it and be better.”I will just try to lead the group in a better way, a better manner and try to show the people that I am really sorry,” he said.last_img read more

Edwin Allen looking good for Champs

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Edwin Allen High School’s girls continue to impress ahead of next month’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium after dominating the high school categories at Saturday’s Milo Western Relays.They won five of six relay gold on offer, sweeping all the classes and establishing a new meet record 47.60 seconds to win the Class Four 4x100m. They finished in front of rivals Hydel High (49.26) and Holmwood Technical (50.67) seconds.The new record eclipsed their old standard of 48.35 seconds, which they ran in 2014, and signalled that their depth this year will make them hard to beat at Champs.Edwin Allen’s girls also won the Class One 4x100m relay in 46.34 seconds, with Hydel, once again, playing second fiddle with a time of 46.51, and Herbert Morrison taking third place in 47.56 seconds.In Class Three, they were equally impressive, winning in 45.98 seconds. Hydel, who finished second at Champs last year, looked good. They were timed at 46.84 seconds, with Manchester third in 48.25.Big surpriseCornwall College surprised everyone to win the Class One boys’ 4x100m ahead of powerhouse Kingston College in one of the races of the meet.Cornwall clocked 41.02 seconds in a driving finish from KC, 41.16, and Garvey Maceo, 41.21.That blip aside, the purple and white clad team from North Street was, at least, near their best.They ran a record 43.99 seconds to win the boys’ Class Three 4x100m event. Herbert Morrison took second spot at 44.84 and William Knibb third in 45.38.Munro won the Class Two 4x100m relay in a time of 42.31 seconds. KC’s time of 42.81 was god enough for second place, while fast-finishing Green Island High were third in 42.84.The Class Four title went to KC in 45.46 seconds. Herbert Morrison were second in 50.08 ahead of Munro, 50.86 seconds.St Elizabeth Technical High School were superb in the boys’ 4x800m relay, taking top spot in a new record 7:41.44 seconds, beating Spalding High’s old mark of 7:45.08, which they had set in 2014.Kingston College ran 7:47.57 for second place, and Holmwood Boys third in a time of 7:49.17 seconds.STETHS was again atop the podium, when their girls, led by the super-impressive Junelle Bromfield, made it look easy to win the Girls Class 4x400m relay Open event.Timed at 3:40.67 seconds, the STETHS quartet of Sethania Wright, Kenesha Chambers, Stacey Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield won ahead of Edwin Allen, 3:41.36, with Holmwood taking third in 3:42.44.last_img read more

Record-breakers rack up over $1.6m in scholarships

first_imgATHLETICS: Digicel Grand Prix Championships KINGSTON: Student-athletes broke 83 records, earning $1,660,000 in scholarships over the course of the six-meet 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which ended with the Grand Prix Finals at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport last Saturday. Any athlete who broke a meet record, Grand Prix record, or national junior record, earned $20,000 in scholarships to offset school expenses, which will be paid directly to the school he or she will attend in September 2016. Kingston College’s Class Two athlete, Zico Campbell, was a big winner, earning $100,000 in scholarships, after breaking five records over the course of the six meets. Excelsior High’s Shanice Love, the girls Under-20 discus Grand Prix champion, earned $60,000 for breaking three records, including a new Grand Prix final record in the Class One discus, in which she threw 50.39 metres to win. Athletes who won $40,000 each for breaking two records were St. Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield, Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown, Calabar High’s Kevroy Venson, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, Fiona Richards (Edwin Allen), St. Jago’s Keenan Lawrence, STETHS’ Sahjay Stevens, Shevan Parks of Bellefield, Sanjae Lawrence of Petersfield, and Sanique Walker of Vere Technical, and Ashley Williams of St. Jago. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship began on February 6 with the Youngster Goldsmith National Classic and the Western Championships. The other meets in the series were the Central Athletics Championships, Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, Camperdown Classic, and the G.C. Foster Classics. Edwin Allen and St. Jago High Schools emerged champion girl and boy school, respectively. Edwin Allen earned 237.6 points to be the leading girls’ school, finishing ahead of Holmwood Technical with 153, Excelsior High137.3, St. Jago 114, and St. Elizabeth Technical 111, rounding out the top five. St. Jago boys earned 252 points to finish ahead of Calabar 184, St. Elizabeth Technical High 136, Kingston College 131, and Munro College 88, rounding out the top five.last_img read more

In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Wayne Cuff Charity Cricket match Jamaica Domino Federation host pairs KO Favourites Cedar Grove and Braeton United were sensationally sent packing after defeats to Cumberland and Racing United, respectively, in semi-final action in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two knockout football competition at Cedar Grove Sports Complex. Cumberland defeated Cedar Grove 2-1, while Racing’s win over Braeton United was a no-contest as the Gregory Park based club ran out 4-1 winners over Braeton, the side that took home the midseason title. The final will be played between Cumberland and Racing United on Sunday, March 6. Meanwhile, the league semi-final will take place tomorrow at the Cedar Grove, playing field. Fourth ranked Cumberland tackle top seeds Braeton United at 1 p.m., while at 3 p.m. Edgewater oppose Cedar Grove. The Jamaica Domino Federation (JDF), under the leadership of Gerald Stephens, will host a pairs knockout domino competition tomorrow at the Garveymeade Sports Club. Registration is from 11 a.m. and entry fee is $1000 per pair. The winning pair will take home $20,000; second place, $15,000; and third place $10,000. This is a fundraising initiative by the JDF. Right Stuff scolded by Correctional Servicescenter_img Right Stuff suffered their first defeat of the season after they were beaten 300-297 in sudden-death countdown to Correctional Services in a shock result in the City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union Portmore Domino League last Sunday. Despite the loss, Right Stuff (29 points) maintained the number one position in the league, on points average, over Spit Fyah (29 points), which defeated Highlight Strikers 300-266. In other games, Spring Village thumped Chedwin Strikers 300-259, Ken’s Wildflower beat Garveymeade 300-262, Soursop Tree cut down Memory Lane 300-267, Eradication rushed past Unity Strikers 300-275. The league will take a one-week break and returns on Sunday, March 6. Cedar Grove, Braeton sent packing All roads lead to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) playing field, Up Park Camp, for the Wayne Cuff Charity Cricket match tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. Come and see past West Indies and Jamaica cricketers in action such as Delroy Morgan, Wavell Hinds, Robert Hayes, O’Neil Cruickshank, Courtney Francis, Milton Thomas, Wayne Cuff, Nehemiah Perry, Andrew Richardson, Jamaica Masters champion Domtar Sports Club, Mico Masters, Kensington Masters and May Pen Lion Masters.last_img read more

Bird Catcher for Titania Trophy

first_imgBIRD CATCHER, who figured prominently in both the1000 Guineas and the Oaks, looks the one to beat in today’s Caymanas Park restricted allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy, for native bred three-year-old fillies.The 14-strong field promises keen competition from leading lights BIRD CATCHER, POISON GAS, BLUE MOON, LIKE ALADY and BABY P. But the Fitzroy Glispie-trained BIRD CATCHER has the best credentials on past performances, especially having worked well in preparation for this trophy.BIRD CATCHER finished three lengths fifth to A THOUSAND STARS in the recent Caribbean Choice Oaks, this after disputing the lead at the half mile. And prior to that she finished fourth to NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the Post To Post 1000 Guineas, racing prominently into the straight as well.FAIRLY GOOD TIMEIt is interesting to recall that BIRD CATCHER won her only race over this trip in December of last year, slamming GLOBAL by five lengths in the fairly good time of 1:07.0.The chestnut filly by Burning Marque out of Bye Bye Birdie has moved impressively at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping six furlongs in a fast 1:13.1 on May 13.Having secured a good draw on the outside, BIRD CATCHER, with only 52.5kg and former champion apprentice O’Brien White aboard, should race in close touch of the expected leaders – POISON GAS and MISS MYRTLE – before coming through approaching the distance. She should win from the Wayne DaCosta-trained BLUE MOON and POISON GAS.Other firm fancies on the card are last Saturday’s fast-timer winner, FLYING MIRACLE, in the third; DI COBRE to go one better in the fifth race over the straight; as well as LUCKY NINE in the sixth; and down in class ZACKONTHEATTACK to score an overdue win in the ninth race.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgPakistan beat West Indies for T20 series win DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies suffered their second batting meltdown in the space of 48 hours as they slumped to a 16-run defeat to Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday to meekly surrender the three-match series. Scores: Pakistan 160 for four off 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 46 not out, Khalid Latif 40, Shoaib Malik 37; Samuel Badree 1-24). West Indies 144 for nine off 20 overs (Sunil Narine 39, Andre Fletcher 29; Sohail Tanvir 3-13, Hasan Ali 3-49). Cuba clip Under-17s Jamaica Under-17 footballers were clipped 1-0 by Cuba in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union’s championship on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. Brian Savigne netted the game’s only goal in the 59th minute. The Cubans and Haiti will meet in the decider today. The Haitians turned back Curacao 3-1 in the other semi-final. Jamaica and Curacao will clash in a third-place play-off. All four semi-finalists, along with best third-place finisher Suriname, qualified for next year’s CONCACAF final round.last_img read more

Why no Wes? – Fennell explains Morgan snub

first_imgChairman of the RJR Sports Foundation Selection Committee, Mike Fennell, explained that Wes Morgan’s achievement of captaining Leicester City to the English Premier League title was not enough to satisfy the criteria for selection for the annual RJR National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year award. Football fans were hoping Morgan’s unlikely Premier League success with Leicester City would have brought him consideration for the nation’s most recognised individual sports award and end a 19-year wait for a win by a footballer. The only footballer to win the national sports award was Deon Burton, who did so in 1997, after his goals helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France. However, Fennell noted quite simply that Morgan, who captains both Jamaica’s national senior team and Leicester City, simply did not meet the requirements for a nomination. “The criteria is simple, he has to perform for Jamaica,” Fennell told The Gleaner. “He did not perform for Jamaica, although he is a Jamaican and he acknowledges Jamaica. He performed for an English Premier League club in a club competition. It was not an international tournament, it was the Premier League. But he must be performing for Jamaica or on the behalf of Jamaica, so it’s just a Jamaican performing well, so he did not fit the criteria.” Despite its popularity in Jamaica, football players are hardly able to meet the foundation’s criteria, which states that nominees must have represented Jamaica in an internationally recognised sporting competition, with achievements at the Olympic Games or any recognised World Championships and competitors, who achieve a record world standard in their sport, satisfying the top level of qualification. Level Two speaks to Commonwealth and Pan American level achievements, with Level Three pointing to honours achieved in regional competition. Level Four recognises local performances. Fennell added that the rules for selection have worked without any issue over the years and he does not see the need to change it now. “The selection has to follow the criteria. It would be a policy decision (to change the criteria). If we hadn’t followed that (criteria) then people like Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey could have been considered in their day, because they are Jamaicans, and certainly Bailey from Canada when he won the Olympics,” he noted. Track and field athletes dominate at the yearly awards, but Fennell believes other sports can make it more competitive by improving their level and performing more consistently on the international circuit. “Being in a team sport makes it very difficult to excel as an individual … in the past, we have had Deon Burton. But every sport has their level of competition; we have just been excelling in athletics at the international level. But every sport has their competitions, and it’s for those athletes to reach those levels,” he said. Micheal Binns is the only footballer included in the award this year. He has been nominated for the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award for his 35-yard strike in the local Premier League final. The RJR Sports Foundational National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award ceremony will take place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 13. HONOURS ACHIEVEDlast_img read more

Windies need to stay disciplined, urges Coley

first_img “I think we got almost 70 overs in, two wickets down … I think we probably ideally would have wanted to have them four wickets down but we’ll come back tomorrow [and work hard],” Coley told reporters here. “We’ve seen it in two previous games where they have been very well positioned and then pretty much [collapsed] so we just need to be disciplined in our approach.” He added: “We need to follow our processes and as the day goes on we’ll be able to assess and reassess … but the key to tomorrow is that we remain disciplined and bowl in the areas that we know we need to.” Prolific opener Azhar Ali was in sight of another hundred on 85 not out and was partnered by the outstanding Younis Khan on 10. Azhar was joined by the 22-year-old rookie Babar Azam who chipped in with 55. Rain further frustrated West Indies’ progress in the post-lunch session was only two overs were possible, and Coley commended the bowlers for staying focused in spite of the interruptions. “We’re happy we were able to get on the park and play. We’ve been here before and we figured it was going to be one of those days [going] on and off so we’re happy were actually able to get the amount of cricket in that we did get,” the Jamaican explained. “Tomorrow (Thursday) gives us another opportunity to actually be better than we were today but I just want to give the bowlers a lot of credit. They stuck to it. It’s not easy to be on and off the field, focus, refocus and they stuck to their tasks so very well done by our bowlers.” ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC): Assistant coach Andre Coley has urged a disciplined effort from West Indies bowlers on Thursday’s second day in an attempt to prevent Pakistan piling up a huge first innings score in their first innings of the decisive third Test here. The Caribbean side toiled without much success on a rain-hit day at Windsor Park as Pakistan, sent in on a slowish pitch, battled their way to on 169 for two at the close.last_img read more

Acaylar gets help from Korean coaches in honing PH men’s volleyball team

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The men’s national volleyball team is in Suwon City, Korea for its training camp in preparation for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and Acaylar used the time in the East Asian country to subject his team to rigorous exercises to get ready for the regional games.The Filipinos had its best tune-up game when it exchanged blows against the Korean Under-19 team for five sets, 24-26, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11, in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I’m happy that we are able to identify and address our weakness in service reception, blocking, and floor coverage,” said Acaylar, who was also the head coach of the 1991 bronze medalists in the SEA Games, in Filipino.Acaylar said he’s impressed with the maturity his players have shown in tune-up games despite grueling conditioning exercises in the morning. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur PH men’s volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaNational team head coach Sammy Acaylar has been impressed with the development of the men’s volleyball team and they’ve also received some much-needed help from the Korean coaches they’ve played against.“My players can see their flaws, and they know how to improve themselves,” said Acaylar. “And the Korean coaches have also helped us because they teach us how to be better.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Star extends Alaska’s misery “The important thing here is that every time we play in tune-up games, my players continue to improve. Our team is improving,” said Acaylar. “I can see that even though they just came off conditioning training in the morning, they will work and push themselves to improve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener

first_imgView comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semis LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25,  but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture.last_img read more

Elite complete quarterfinals cast

first_imgThe Aces will be clashing with Rain or Shine on Wednesday with the game carrying a lot of weight for the Elasto Painters who, like the Elite, would want to avoid clashing with the top seed in the quarterfinals.As things stand, Rain or Shine has Alaska and then Blackwater to close out its elimination round schedule. That match happens Saturday with the loser dropping toNo. 8 and having the unenviable task of beating No. 1 two straight times.“We need (to win) to improve our standings,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn the nightcap, TNT KaTropa outlasted Star, 104-99, to improve to 7-3 and tie idle NLEX in third place.Star and Rain or Shine share 5-4 marks.Isaac’s entire starting unit finished with twin digits in scoring and Dave Marcelo, another new recruit acquired from Barangay Ginebra, came off the bench to scatter 13 for the Elite, who led by as much as 21 points in the third period. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Blackwater import Henry Walker collides with GlobalPort’s Sean Anthony in Sunday’s PBA Governors’ Cup game at Ynares Center in Antipolo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—Allein Maliksi had an impressive debut and Henry Walker held Blackwater together yet again as the Elite tripped GlobalPort on Sunday night, hastening the completion of the quarterfinal cast of the PBA Governors’ Cup.Acquired from Star just a few days back, Maliksi scored 22 points and Walker flirted with a triple double as the Elite led early before holding on for a 118-107 decision of the Batang Pier at Ynares Center here that left the rest of the elimination round as games for qualifiers to improve on their current rankings.In rising to 5-5, the Elite not only shut the door on the Batang Pier but also on the idle Alaska Aces, both with 3-7 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Melindo retains jr fly title by split decision “We were lucky to withstand that GlobalPort rally,” Isaac said, before paying tribute to Walker for his leadership on the floor. “He was doing everything he can in being a leader for us on the floor.”Blackwater also caught a break in the second period when Terrence Romeo was ejected for throwing the ball at Walker.“That was a big thing for us,” Isaac admitted. “We had our [defensive] radar on Terrence for this game because we know he can really explode. When he was thrown out, he already had 13 points. Imagine what he could have done [to us] if he was able to finish the game.”Murhphey Holloway scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brownlee, Balkman lead Alab to back to back wins

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone PLDT returns to PVL after two-year absence Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Alab Pilipinas is starting to move on from its  horrible start in the ASEAN Basketball League after tallying its second straight win at the expense of Westports Malaysia, 90-79, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Filipinos mounted a 20-3 run across the third and fourth quarters to build an 81-66 lead with import Renaldo Balkman capping off the spurt with a breakaway two-hand flush.Alab’s win was even more impressive as new imports Justin Brownlee and Balkman, who replaced Ivan Johnson and Regie Okosa, only arrived with the team the day of the game.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 folk“I’m really thankful that Justin’s playing with Alab, and Renaldo was someone we wanted who can replace Ivan’s versatility,” said head coach Jimmy Alapag who had a lot of history with his new players when he was still playing for club and country.“Also the local guys withstood the adversity, their focus and commitment to what we’re trying to do as a team. They deserve the win tonight.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brownlee put up a game-high 29 points with seven rebounds and eight assists to lead Alab to a 2-3 record after a 0-3 start while Balkman recorded a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double.Josh Urbiztondo orchestrated Alab’s offense finishing with 13 points and nine assists while Robby Celiz also finished in double figures with 10 points.Joshua Munzon led the 1-3 Dragons with 21 points and nine boards while Allen West finished with 16 points and 22 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The Sixers can wrap up the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a home victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, which could pay big dividends in the postseason.Finishing No. 3 could possibly lead to a second-round meeting with the Boston Celtics, who have lost four of five and are limping into the playoffs without Kyrie Irving, who is out for the season. If the 76ers slip to fourth behind Cleveland in the East, they could get top-seeded Toronto in the second round, a potentially much tougher matchup considering the Raptors have won 25 of their last 31 games.“We have a real opportunity that we don’t want to let slip,” Brown said. “We can control our own destiny. We’re not a prisoner to other people’s events. That, in and of itself, is rare and not to be taken for granted.”Of course, the way the Sixers are playing , they have no reason to fear anyone. They’re the only team in the East hotter than the Raptors, having won 26 of their last 31 games.What makes it even more amazing: Philadelphia kept right on winning after losing young All-Star Joel Embiid , who is expected to miss at least the first couple of weeks of the playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone around his left eye.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 awardcenter_img A franchise with a long, proud history just added another chapter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick (17) motions toward referee Jason Phillips, right, after getting a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — The Philadelphia 76ers have a long, proud history.They’ve been around since the NBA’s very first season, starting out as the Syracuse Nationals. Their resume includes three championships. The list of franchise greats runs from Dolph Schayes to Wilt Chamberlain, from Julius Erving to Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 10 years in G-League, Ingram makes NBA debut for Lakers They’ve never done anything like this.As if to put an emphatic stamp on their staggering turnaround from a 10-72 debacle just two seasons ago , the Sixers set a team record with their 15th consecutive victory, holding off the Atlanta Hawks 121-113 on Tuesday night in the penultimate game of the regular season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCoach Brett Brown marveled at the accomplishment.“It’s not like we’re a young club,” he said. “We are an old club, with a tremendous amount of culture and a tremendous amount of history. Taking that type of momentum into the playoffs, it’s important. It doesn’t guarantee anything, but it certainly lets you feel like you’ve been doing the right things. The team has been fantastic.” Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ He leads the team in scoring (22.9 points per game) and rebounding (11.0).“The strength of this team is so deep,” Robert Covington said. “We’re doing it without Joel, so imagine once we get the head honcho back. He’s definitely going to be ecstatic. There wasn’t really much of a drop-off. We just played a little bit differently. We’ll be glad once he gets back. We just have to hold it down until he gets back.”The Sixers showed off their depth against the Hawks — including a couple of guys who began the season in Atlanta. Ersan Ilyasova scored 26 points off the bench. Marco Belinelli added 20. Together, they hit nine 3-pointers.JJ Redick led the way with 28 points, knocking down 6 of 9 beyond the arc . That allowed Philadelphia to extend its winning streak even on a day when rookie star Ben Simmons missed the morning shootaround because of a stomach bug, and looked a bit out of sorts during the game. He did finish with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists before fouling out in the closing seconds.Simmons can’t wait for the regular-season finale against the Bucks, a possible preview of the opening-round playoff series.“It’s going to be a packed house against a great team in the East,” he said. “I think the way we’re playing right now, we have a little momentum.”That’s a bit of an understatement.For a few hours, at least, the Sixers could savor something this team has never done.Win 15 games in a row.“I think it’s very significant,” Redick said, “if you look at the history of the franchise.” View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Warriors’ Stephen Curry questionable for Game 1

first_imgFILE – This March 6, 2018 file photo shows Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif. Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday, April 23, that it has struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors All-Star guard to produce television, film and possibly gaming projects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is impatient and eager to get back in a game for the Golden State Warriors, yet he knows it’s not worth risking re-injuring his left knee by pushing his return too soon.The two-time MVP on Friday went through his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury but coach Steve Kerr wasn’t ready to proclaim Curry a go for Saturday night — that might not be decided until after the morning shootaround. Kerr listed Curry’s status as questionable for a second straight day ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments There was still no date for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series, though Curry was hoping if he couldn’t play Saturday that the game would be at least Tuesday — not Monday — to give him a better chance.He nearly feels like himself again, moving the way he’s used to during a game. Curry isn’t sure what kind of minutes to expect initially when he does return but figures he will discuss that with Kerr ahead of time.“I’m getting there,” he said. “My knee feels pretty good. I don’t have any pain with doing things I’ve been doing.”Curry wore compression leggings Friday to protect his sprained knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23. It was bad luck given that’s the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.He was happy to not need a brace he tried out Thursday. The Warriors eliminated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the first-round series with a 99-91 win Tuesday night and Curry wants to make sure he doesn’t disrupt any flow or momentum with the team on a roll.ADVERTISEMENT “The priority for us is to be the best team we can be,” he said. “When I’m 100 percent healthy and doing what I need to do I obviously try to lead that charge but right now the conversations become how can you manage those minutes and still be productive and still have a cohesive lineup and flow to the game and all that type of stuff. That’s what Coach has to think through.”Curry said he wasn’t trying to persuade Kerr or Lane to let him play Saturday.“There’s no real politicking at all, it’s not that serious. It’s a matter of how you feel, can you do this, can you do that and check off all the boxes along the way,” he said. “Once I get through all those checkpoints and have confidence in myself and my body I’ll be out there, whether that’s tomorrow night or Monday or Tuesday, whenever Game 2 is, that’s the process that I’m all too familiar with.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “Still to be determined,” Curry said. “They come up with those snazzy words for a reason — doubtful, questionable, probable. I’ve learned a lot about what those words mean this year. Just trying to work my way up, do what I need to do, do whatever Chelsea (Lane) and the rest of the athletic training staff and coach needs to see to get me back out there. That’s the only thing I can really focus on right now. It is good to be back actually playing basketball and doing basketball things.”Curry, Kerr and Lane spoke in depth after Friday’s scrimmage, which wasn’t visible to media members with a curtain blocking one court at team headquarters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Thursday, Curry resumed full practice with contact but Kerr wanted to see how Curry responded after consecutive intense days of on-court work before he and the training staff decided when to let Curry return.“A big part of this is how he turns up tomorrow after a night’s rest,” Kerr said. “It’s the first time he’s scrimmaged in six weeks, five weeks, whatever it is. It’s not as simple as he feels good, throw him out there. It’s more about give him a few days, see how he responds from there.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injurylast_img read more

Jeron Teng recovers from stab wounds, time frame for hardcourt return ‘uncertain’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The Teng family is bent on filing charges against the suspects.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “Last June 3, I suffered from multiple stabs wounds and deep lacerations which could have been fatal,” Teng wrote. “As of present I am now recovering at home and being closely monitored by my family and doctors.”A photo of him being treated by doctors with fresh blood stains seen on the sheets of the hospital bed was also posted on his Twitter account.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown First of all, I would like to thank my family, friends and supporters for all the prayers. Last June 3, I suffered from multiple stabs wounds and deep lacerations which could have been fatal. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/mpRRpi9xTV— Jeron Teng (@jeronteng) June 8, 2018center_img Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska cager Jeron Teng is now resting at home after enduring three deep stab wounds following a brawl outside a bar in Bonifacio Global City last Sunday, but because of the severity of his injury, the time frame for his return to the hard court is still “uncertain.”In his tweet, Teng thanked his family and supporters who have all shown love to him throughout this ordeal.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Kevin Durant wins back-to-back Finals MVP MOST READ Teng, who is on his rookie year in the PBA, is expected to miss a chunk if not the entire Aces’ campaign in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup. The night of the stabbing, Teng was fresh off Alaska’s 109-103 win over GlobalPort.“The time that I’m going to be back inside the court is still uncertain. For now, I am focusing on my recovery with the help of my family and friends. Thank you Lord,” he added.According to reports, Teng, along with his former La Salle teammates, figured in a brawl that resulted in the stabbing incident. Teng’s older brother Jeric, who plays for GlobalPort, said in interviews that Jeron and his companions were just picked on.Two suspects identified as Edmar Lacanlale and Willard Basili were arrested by the Taguig Police while Teng and Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres were rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center for treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Painters tie series

first_imgImport Reggie Johnson and James Yap delivered the crucial jumpers at the crunch in a whirlwind finish that saw the Ginebra offensive machine conking out in the end.Yap again summoned his Most Valuable Player form, pumping in 18 points capped by a long triple with less than a minute left that practically foiled the Gin Kings’ bid to gain a commanding 2-0 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Everybody has written us off. Now it’s 1-1 and we have time to regroup,” said Johnson, highly efficient throughout with his team-high 25 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists.“We’re a confident bunch. We’re down 0-1 at the start, but we didn’t panic,” added the burly Rain or Shine enforcer. View comments MOST READ Game 3 is on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer will aim to sweep Alaska on Friday night at Ynares Center in Antipolo.SMB coach Leo Austria is already looking at the Finals, which he said would be against sister team Ginebra.“It will be a good series against Ginebra because they are the hottest team in the league right now,” Austria said.The six-time PBA champion coach has picked up enough confidence to declare the Beermen’s passage to the championship after taking a 2-0 lead on Monday following a come-from-behind 105-94 win.Austria also observed the upgrade Ginebra made with the acquisition of gunner Jeff Chan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t count out Rain or Shine yet.The Elasto Painters sent this message on Thursday night, gutting out a come-from-behind 109-100 win to level their best-of-five semifinal clash with fan-favorites Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Picking up the pieces Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Electing to take it from afar instead of piercing the Rain or Shine defense in the middle, successive misses by Joe De Vance, Jeff Chan and Justin Brownlee from the arc accelerated their defeat to the disappointment of the pro-Ginebra crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“All I can say is we played great defense in the last three minutes of the game,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.While the spotlight trained on Johnson and Yap for that awesome finishing kick, Garcia credited Rey Nambatac for a masterful job off the bench.The rookie from Letran buried back-to-back three-pointers midway in the fourth that ignited the Elasto Painters’ end-game onslaught.“He (Nambatac) provided the spark and changed the complexion of the game while James and Reggie hit those big shots,” Garcia said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Asian Games: Something for everybody – even contract bridge

first_imgTop Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Esports will also get a look as a demonstration sport, and jet ski is on the scheduleThe games, which open Saturday and run through Sept. 2, also showcase sports climbing and skateboarding, two events being added to the schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And — get ready for this — there’s competition in contract bridge, which should attract a slightly older demographic than gymnastics or swimming. The oldest card player is reported to be 81.“We have really worked hard to prepare this,” Eris Herryanto, the secretary general of the local organizing committee, told The Associated Press. “I think we are ready.” Columbian import Wright on PBA debut: ‘I could’ve been better’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jakarta has had less than the normal amount of time to prepare. It was selected four years ago after Vietnam, the original host, pulled out because of financial problems. There are sure to be problems as Indonesia tries to show it could hold even larger events. But there’s also gratitude from the Olympic Council of Asia — which oversees sports in the region — for stepping in.Jakarta is famous for some of the world’s worst traffic jams, with a river of swerving motorbikes trying to beat the congestion. Getting athletes to venues on time is sure to be challenging. Some schools along transportation routes have been closed, and the city is also using an odd-even license plate scheme to reduce traffic.But no one is being asked to stay home. Just the opposite.“We are asking that people come to see the Asian Games, but please come to see them using public transportation,” Herryanto said, calling this a chance to change habits and a possible “legacy” of the quadrennial event.Security will be heavy. Organizers say 100,000 police and military will be on guard with another 100,000 in reserve.ADVERTISEMENT Indonesia is certainly large enough to think of itself as an Olympic country. With 260 million people, it’s the world’s fourth-most populous nation after China, India and the United States. It’s comprised of about 13,500 islands — the government says 922 are permanently occupied — that stretch about 5,100 kilometers (3,200 miles), which is greater than the distance from east to west in the continental United States.Despite its quirky qualities, the Asian Games are also a serious proving ground for powerful teams from China, Japan and South Korea, and a chance for smaller nations to win medals that are out of reach at the Olympics.Forty-five nations are entered from Afghanistan, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.Singapore, one of the smallest nations, has one of the biggest names in swimmer Joseph Schooling, an Olympic gold medalist who defeated Michael Phelps in the 100 butterfly two years ago in Rio de Janeiro.China has the largest delegation with 845 athletes. But it’s a young team. It includes only 214 who have been in previous Olympics or Asian Games, and only 19 Olympic gold medalists. The most famous is three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Sun Yang.South Korea and Japan are not far behind.South Korea has 807 athletes, a number that includes 38 North Korean athletes. The Koreas are entering several combined teams, following up on a combined team in women’s hockey at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Japan has traveled with 768 athletes, which is more than double the size of the team it sent to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. That reflects the size of the Asian Games, and Japan’s push to win 30 gold medals in two years in Tokyo. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Combined Koreas Ro Suk Yong, left, and Taiwan’s Hsile Bao jump for ball possession during their women’s basketball match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)JAKARTA, Indonesia — For size, the Asian Games are enormous. They feature about 11,500 athletes, which is about 1,000 more than a typical Summer Olympics.For diversity, they offer many sports that are unseen at the Olympics but native to Asia. How about the Indian sport of kabaddi, or kurash, a traditional martial art from Uzbekistan, or pencak silat, an Indonesian martial art?ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Playoff bonus race heats up

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And that could change when the Fuel Masters battle San Miguel Beer in a Petron Saturday Special Game slated in Panabo, where Phoenix can tab the top ranking with a win in the 5 p.m. contest.Phoenix can clinch the top spot with a victory while a defeat opens the possibility of a five-team tie at 8-3, which will necessitate the quotient—and even knockout games—to determine which two teams will own twice-to-beat advantages in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT stayed in the hunt for that 8-3 record when it notched its sixth win in nine games earlier in the day, crushing Alaska, 92-78.“Our worry is our [own] game,” TNT coach Bong Ravena said after catching the Beermen at 6-3. “Our target is to win our remaining [two] games and then we’ll see.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying TNT’s Yousef Taha stretches for a layup. —PBA IMAGESRain or Shine’s veterans hit the free throws that made the difference inside the final 7.6 seconds and keyed an 88-85 victory over Meralco on Friday night that gave the Elasto Painters at least a tie for the second quarterfinal bonus in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The Painters blew several double-digit leads in the third quarter and needed three free throws from Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga in the dying seconds to pull out the win and rise to 8-3, with only Phoenix Pulse having a better record going into the homestretch of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Norwood broke the game’s last tie at 85 with a split, before Belga went 2-for-4 in the next two Rain or Shine offensives that doomed the Bolts to their sixth loss in nine games.Meralco needs a sweep of its remaining two games to have a shot at a playoff for the last quarterfinal slot.Alaska, meanwhile, needs a sweep of its remaining games for a complication-free entry to the quarterfinals after taking its fifth loss in eight games.Ravena knows that victories in their last two games could set them up for a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege.“What’s important right now is [for us] to win our last two games,” he said after RR Pogoy scattered 24 points in just over 20 minutes at Cuneta Astrodome for their fourth straight win. “We know we have a chance, but we first have to win our last two [games].”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Freddie Roach likes Spence for Pacquiao Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Maintaining Minster Tah Undermines the Law

first_imgCllr. Tiawon Gongloe on Tuesday, January 28, expressed concerns that the decision made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to maintain Cllr. Christiana P. Tah as Justice Minister and Attorney General could undermine the rule of law in the country.“Since the High Court’s suspension of Minister Tah, the President should have acted immediately by declaring that coinciding with the judgment the Minister is hereby suspended,” Cllr. Gongloe suggested.“If that had been done maybe her suspension would have been for a shorter period,” Cllr. Gongloe added.Minster Tah, who is Dean of the Supreme Court, was suspended on January 10 by that High Court from practicing law in the country for six months.She was suspended after the High Court held her in contempt for her role played in releasing FrontPage Africa Managing Editor Rodney Sieh, on “compassionate leave” from detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.  According to the leading human rights activist, the Court’s action was to defend the integrity of the rule of law.“If somebody in authority acts in clear violation of the rule of law, then the High Court is under obligation to take strong action.”“If the Supreme Court can take such an action against the Minister of Justice, then it is protecting the independence of the Court,” Cllr. Gongloe maintained.“In my mind the honorable thing for Minister Tah to do is resign; because the law is the source of the Ministry and if you are Attorney General, you are the nation’s head lawyer,” the rights activist explained.“And if that is taken away from you what can you do as a Minster of Justice?” he wondered.“She is not truly Minister of Justice in my opinion,” said Cllr. Gongloe, “because the functions of that Ministry is to prosecute and defend all actions against the government and to give it general counsel.”“You are to review and authenticate all contracts and give opinions about what the law is to the executive; and to monitor the action of the executive to make sure it is in compliance with the law.”He continued “The only Minister under the law who disagrees with the President on the basis of the law and keeps his/her job is the Minister of Justice.  No other minister can do that and maintain their position.”Commenting further on President Sirleaf’s reluctance to suspend Minister Tah, Cllr. Gongloe maintained that “People— especially those holding high office in government— would have said since the President acted, we will be careful with the High Court.”But, according to the leading human rights activist, President Sirleaf has chosen to remain silent on the issue.“If the President does not obey the High Court’s ruling who you think in the other two branches of government will do that?” Cllr. Gongloe wondered, “It means gradually the court will become irrelevant.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Don’t Lose Hope in the Fight against Ebola’

first_imgAs the death rate of the deadly Ebola is increasing in the country, a prominent citizen of Bomi County has called on her kinsmen not to lose hope in the face of the spread of the disease.“Don’t lose hope in the face of this Ebola crisis which is claiming the lives of our people in the country.  What we need to do now as citizens is to follow the Ministry of Health preventive measures and put aside the traditional practices of burying dead bodies,” Cllr.  Frances Johnson Allison, who is also former head of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) advised her people.She made the call over the weekend when she visited the McDonald Street office of the Daily Observer, after she identified with several quarantined family members in the county.   Cllr. Allison is also a senatorial aspirant of Bomi County. She said her donation followed after she learnt that there is growing number of Ebola death cases in her native homeland.“As a prominent citizen of this county, it’s important to identify with my people in this difficult period in the history of the country, we don’t need to sit down and allow government alone to fight the Ebola disease,” she added.As part of her visit in the county, Cllr. Allison also donated several items, including bags of rice, oil, buckets detergent soap, and some sanitary materials to Ebola survivals, marketers, Motorcyclists among others.She put the value of the items to a little over US$500.According to her, if Liberians were to unite themselves and exercise hope, they would shortly defeat the deadly virus from their country.“We can use this crisis to stand and work together for the betterment of our dearly country, Liberia that is bleeding from this ugly disease,” she admonished.“You are aware that we have suffered from the prolonged civil war that has plunged our country into total mess. It is now time for us to hold together to fight and defend it from falling deeply into destruction,” Cllr. Allison further added.Although not a political campaign period for now as election is suspended, Cllr. Allison’s picture was on every package she presented to people of Bomi to get people perhaps remember her when the senatorial election which she intends to contest comes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bong Massacre Survivors Get US$11,000 Resource Center

first_imgA groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a US$11,000 Peace Palava Resource Center (PPRC) in Kpolokpala Town, Bong County, has been launched.The PPRC’s initiative is been implemented under the auspices of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) with generous donations from support partners around the world.The main person behind the construction of the resource center in Bong County is Ambassador Beverly Goll Yekeson.Regrettably, Kpolokpala Town is the notorious venue where the Liberia Peace Council (LPC) allegedly massacred more than 500 Liberian citizens in 1994.LPC was one of the warring factions in Liberia’s 15-year civil war.Speaking at the groundbreaking recently in the Bong town, Nimba County lawmaker Ricks Y. Toweh urged all Liberians irrespective of political and socio-economic backgrounds to cultivate the virtue of forgiveness.Lawmaker Toweh also urged everyone, including the massacre survivors that they should “swallow” the bitterness of the past and embrace the cardinal virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation.“Consider and accept the PPRC project as symbol that would end the tears from eyes and minds for the overall development, growth and progress of Kpolokpala Town in Bong County,” Rep. Toweh admonished the survivors.He also explained that UPF Ambassador Yekeson, support partners and team of workers have come through the grace God to assist the citizens and residents of Kpolokpala to move on with their lives in peace, harmony, forgiveness and reconciliation.In recognition of the PPRC’s vitality to residents of the town, he donated five bundles of zinc as an initial contribution and promised to support the completion of the project in Kpolokpala Town.In remarks, survivors Reverend John K. Kennedy and Joseph Katama narrated the gruesome murder of their kinsmen, including women and children at the hands of the LPC fighters during the 1994 famous Gbarnga fall.“We took all the bodies of those who were killed that fateful morning, with machetes and axes to the bush. This flat rock is where our brothers and sisters were murdered in 1994 by the LPC fighters; it is the symbol of their graves,” Kennedy and Katama narrated.For her part, survivor Betty Katama, with tears rolling down her cheeks pointed out that her 14-year-old daughter was among the more than 500 persons murdered during the onslaught of the LPC forces on Kpolokpala Town in Bong County.“I personally want the leaders of LPC to appear before us and openly apologize and seek our total forgiveness and reconciliation,” Madam Katama pleaded.Earlier two elders and town chief of Kpolokpala welcomed Amb. Beverly Yekeson and co-workers and pledged to work and cooperate in the implementation of the peace palava resource center.The town’s elders extended thanks and appreciation to Mr. Yekeson and team for thinking about them during these critical times in the country.“We will ever remember and cherish this gesture of this peace symbol that will serve as fond memories in our hearts and minds,” citizens and residents said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police, NSA Directors Defy Criminal Court to Release 2 Men

first_imgThe Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) have refused to turn over two men allegedly being held in their custody.IG Chris Massaquoi and NSA Director Fomba Sirleaf say that they have already transferred Jefferson Sanoe and Alfred Cruwu from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County despite numerous orders from the Court to turn the prisoners over to Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice.Sanoe and Cruwu are believed to have been arrested based on diamond smuggling allegations.They were arrested on October 21, by joint security assigned in Gbarpolu County. State security is yet to account for the prisoners.Besides, their families are yet to have access to them.At last Friday’s hearing on the government’s request, Judge Johannes Zogbah Zlahn of Criminal Court ‘A’ denied the appeal seeking for the two men to be transferred from Monrovia to Gbarpolu County.After denying the request, the Criminal Court Judge immediately issued a compulsory writ of “Habeas Corpus” against them. A writ of habeas corpus is a judicial mandate to a prison official ordering that an inmate be brought to the court so it can be determined whether or not that person is imprisoned lawfully and whether or not he should be released from custody.It is also a petition filed with a court by a person who objects to his own or another’s detention or imprisonment.The LNP and NSA directors are expected to appear before the court today, to give reason, why they should not be held in contempt of court for their failure to produce the men.Enforcing the court’s decision, Judge Zlahn declared that “LNP is under an obligation to have produced the living bodies of the prisoners to this court as demanded by the writ of habeas corpus.”He further declared that the “alleged transfer of the prisoners from Montserrado County to Gbarpolu County by the LNP, after they were served with a writ of habeas corpus was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and statutory laws of Liberia.”Judge Zlahn continued the “compulsory writ of habeas corpus served on the LNP, the NSA and the Minister of Justice shall remain in full force,” adding “This court demand the respondents to produce the living bodies of the prisoners into their custody to the sheriff.”Concluding, the Criminal Court Judge ordered that, “Their failure to comply with this ruling, the court shall issue an arrest warrant against them.”Prior to the Court’s decision, one of the state lawyers, Atty. David Woah said, “As a matter of law, this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a compulsory writ of habeas corpus.” Atty. Woah argued “that a habeas corpus for the said plaintiffs must and should be filed in Gbarpolu County, the 15th Judicial Circuit, which is presided over by a Circuit Judge.”In a counter argument, the Heritage Partners and Associates that is representing the two men, insisted that the “state lawyer over jurisdiction does not hold water in the instant case.”They added that “because the court has jurisdiction over writs of habeas corpus and, as such the issuance of the writ against the defendants is proper and legal.”They further argued that there is no evidence to establish that their clients have been transferred to Gbarpolu County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Putu Mining Pumps US$3M to Support 2015 Social Programs

first_imgPutu Iron Ore Mining (PIOM) on Monday disclosed that it has contributed about US$3 million into government coffers, as part of its annual responsibility to implement social programs in three counties in the Southeastern part of the country beginning 2015.The chief executive officer (CEO) of PIOM, Christian Messurenko, named Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and RiverGee as the counties that would benefit from his company’s annual social responsibility to government.“In September 2014, PIOM’s annual social contribution in the amount of US$3 million was paid into government coffers through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Messurenko further disclosed.Explaining further about his company’s settlement of its financial obligation with government, Messurenko disclosed that “We can confirm payment of all our financial obligations to government for fiscal year 2014/2015 in the tune of US$5 million and we look forward to resuming full activity within the new year of 2015.”He made the disclosure on Monday, when he presented an Earth Lab equipment valued as US$50,000 to the  mining, engineering and geology departments of the University of Liberia (UL) in a short presentation ceremony held at the university’s Fendell Campus, outside of Monrovia.Presenting the lab, the PIOM boss added that it was in fulfillment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by his company and the university in 2013, to support mining, engineering and geology studies at the university.He said, procurement and installation of the earth lab is fully funded by his company.“Putu has consistently demonstrated commitment to honoring its corporate social responsibility and all other obligations under the MOU,” he emphasized.Commenting further on his company’s contribution in the country’s education sector, Messurenko noted that they also contributed an amount of US$200,000 into a General Education Fund as was provided for in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) also singed between his company and the government.“This education fund which is launched today,” he added” will be used to provide scholarship  and vocational training to students from the South East Counties of Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee, in order to equip them with marketable skills in the areas of construction and to prepare them for careers in mining, engineering and geology.”Messurenko assured his company’s commitment to carry out mining project in Liberia, admitting “We have been experiencing difficulties since we obtained our mining license from government in July 2014.”He made specific reference to the escalation of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“While the company was about to begin its construction phase of its project, we were faced with the prevailing health situation, which has caused some of our major foreign contractors to suspend their activities,” he stated. “As a consequence,” he continued, “the company has been constrained to slow down its operations and as a result, we would regrettably begin reducing staff from November through December 2014.“We want to use the opportunity to assure government and its international partners that we will continue to remain with you people combat the deadly virus,” he said, promising his company’s commitment in the Ebola virus fight.He added that they have demonstrated, over the past months, by providing material and financial support to the Ebola Task Force in Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties respectively.“We have equally supported the efforts of Medicines Sans Frontieres by providing five (5) mobile offices for use at the ELWA medical facility,” he said.He continued, “We want to reassure partners that the constructions phase of the project, which was to have started in 2014 to 2017, we are anticipating starting next year.”Receiving the equipment on behalf of the university, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL lauded the company for the assistance that would help to improve leaning activities especially for engineering students in his university.Commenting on the scholarship assistance, Dr. Dennis said that only deserving students would benefit from it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mixed Martial Artist Campaigns to Knockout Ebola

first_imgUnited States based Liberian mixed martial artist Dwight Jaytee Joseph has identified with the plight of Liberians by setting up a fund raising website: www.knockoutebola.comThere is a medley of news, insightful pieces of information, pictorials and animation on the Ebola response in Liberia to be gleaned on the site. Its mission is to raise funds for awareness to fight the Ebola.Joseph said funds and donations are being made through the website while the proceeds are automatically directed to the accounts of Samaritan Purse, an American humanitarian outfit working in Liberia.“Like most people, I wanted to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. So I talked to my sponsors and got them on board to help me start this Knockout Ebola campaign,” he said.The site has a link for donations and in addition to that as a celebrity of no mean stature in the entertainment industry and he has produced specially designed Knockout Ebola T- shirts with is image imprinted on it for sale online.The site is widely visited because of the mixed martial art champion’s fan base.Making a case for Liberia on the site he said: “Liberia has a significantly higher amount of cases and a higher death toll due to this crisis. This virus can have up to a 90% fatality rate. In August, a state of emergency was imposed, closing most of its borders, putting restrictions on public gatherings and implementing a curfew. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world and lacks the healthcare system we have here in the United States to deal with the spread of this virus…”Even as there is current declining level of the virus in Liberia Dwight Joseph’s gesture, is a cog in a wheel of efforts to roll back Ebola.It may be recalled that Dwight Joseph was treated to a heroic welcome when he visited Liberia early this year. The unassuming Dwight Joseph was quoted as saying he came to share the glory of professional exploit with compatriots and formally presented a won belt to Chief Patron of Sports President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.He told newsmen that showcasing the prowess of Liberia has always been an added impetus as he participated in competitions, donning the country’s flag, a press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We must root out corruption in order to save the AFC

first_imgDear Editor,The AFC, from all indications, is operating as a separate dictatorship faction within the coalition Government. This gets into the realm of promoting corruption when the current situation is analyzed.The reinstatement of NCN Berbice branch manager is a glowing tribute to cronyism and corruption of the AFC and its intolerance of transparency and accountability. This person was sent on administrative leave for 10 months, during which she was paid her full salary with all benefits. Now she is back on the job, despite evidence surfacing during the investigations to warrant her dismissal.According to statements given by the staff who were dismissed, the NCN manager instructed them to prepare ‘fake invoices’ and to make ‘fake log entries’. The reason for her reinstatement would have been because of her ‘good relationship’ with the same AFC minister who is in charge of NCN. The CEO of NCN was apparently instructed by this high ranking minister to reinstate her.The recent firing of Chronicle columnists Dr David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis was done at the behest of this high ranking AFC minister. In a letter to the press, Hinds stated that, “a Senior AFC Minister has, over time, been raising at the Cabinet level the issue of Hinds’ and Lewis’ columns. It was that same minister who gave instructions to the Editor-in-Chief to axe the columnists”. He added that “the Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector”. Even two top AFC members who are members of the Board ‘rubber-stamped the decision to fire the columnists, according to Hinds’s letter.It can be seen from the two examples that the same senior minister gave instructions to reinstate the NCN manager and to fire the reputable and independent columnists.These two actions will not improve the already poor image of the AFC and its disappearing supporters; since, apart from being silent on many important issues, what is clearly manifested is its promotion of corruption and its dictatorial tendencies.I also have compelling evidence to support the allegation that AFC’s most prominent and well-respected member in Berbice, Gobin Harbhajan, is extremely disgruntled and disappointed with some of his AFC colleagues. This gentleman has been the only face of the AFC in Berbice, and has been doing a fantastic job in the resolution of many problems facing Berbicians.Berbice is vitally important for the survival of the AFC, but it seems that the AFC leaders are quite content with their ‘good life’, and no longer care about continued existence of the AFC.At this point, there is only one person who is keeping the AFC alive in Region 6, and that is Gobin Harbhajan, a man who is not corrupt, and is dedicating his energies to assist persons in various communities. I am sure he has a large following, and should he decide to walk away from the AFC, a lot of supporters will follow him.Mr Harbhajan should seriously think about his political future, and the need to be of continued service to his fellowmen.Yours sincerely,Doodnauth Jagmohanlast_img read more

The MoE dealt with the matter professionally

first_imgDear Editor,Recently we have seen the education sector coming under increased scrutiny with a number of unfortunate incidents involving both students and a teacher. Editor, I also noticed that on Sunday, December 1, 2019, in the four daily newspapers, the Ministry of Education published two notices. One dealt with the fight involving a male and female student and the other addressed an altercation between a teacher and a parent.Editor, the MoE’s statements are both instructive and informative. As an educator and a parent, let me say that I believe the Ministry dealt with both matters appropriately. Reading the contributions in relation to these issues on social and contemporary media, it is clear that although some of us mean well with our contributions, like the MoE’s statement points out, we have not placed the matter in its right context.Editor, and here is where I will give a few reasons why I believe the Education Ministry dealt with the matter properly. Firstly, we must understand that in the case of the incident involving the male and female student, the Ministry is constrained by what it can say. This is due to the fact that these are minors they are dealing with and so the children’s privacy and that of their families cannot be compromised.Analysing the language the Ministry used in its statements, one gets the impression that there is a whole lot more going on that meets the eye in the case of the fight between the two students, but obviously, the Ministry cannot state those. The Richard Ishmael Secondary School matter is a clear case of bullying, also abuse and other concerns. But the Ministry of Education is not allowed to take sides. As a responsible body, it has to listen to both sides and then make a determination as it identifies the causes and effects of the issue.So while some sections of society may wish to see quick action against one of the parties, the MoE has to ensure it follows due process and be guided by what is outlined in the school policy regarding these matters.The Ministry has taken a similar approach with the Winfer Gardens Primary incident involving the parent and teacher. The Ministry in no uncertain term branded the actions of the parent as criminal and rightfully so in my view. But as citizens, we should be aware that if a matter is engaging the attention of the police there is only so much that can be said on the issue or one runs the risk of prejudicing the police investigations.Finally, Editor, this nation has a responsibility to our school children and young people. We have to play our parts in ensuring that these children, who are the future of tomorrow, inculcate good values, attitudes, morals etc. This cannot be the work of the MoE alone, these children spend quite a lot of time in the home so the home has to play its role. The family cannot abdicate its duties and then expect the Ministry of Education to fix a problem that those in the home helped to create. We have to continue to speak to our children.Editor, it begs the question, what message is that parent sending to those children? Children model behaviours from their parents, is that the type of behaviour that mother wants her children to embrace and showcase? I firmly believe that the parent should publicly apologise to this nation and more importantly to her children.Yours truly,Leon Persaudlast_img read more

Granger resurrected constitutionally dead National Assembly and dissolved it

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger resurrected the constitutionally dead (since September 18, 2019) National Assembly, and dissolved it. How can the dead Assembly be dissolved? This is another move to claim constitutional legitimacy, notwithstanding the blatant violation of the Constitution, and the rule of law by this caretaker Granger Government.The incumbent APNU/AFC Government came into office since 2015 with a promise of the good life, and to do better than its predecessor, the PPP/C, and to wipe out what it claimed to be much corruption under that regime. The parties in Government must defend and establish their record of promises of their manifestos achievements, as a Government, for all the people of Guyana. On the campaign trail, each speaker of the APNU/AFC is called upon, among other matters, to defend and justify to the population the following:-* All the contracts in relations to emerging oil and gas sector;* All the contracts on land “give away” during its caretakership since September 18, 2019;* The decision to abandon the Amaila Falls, and usher in another period of “blackouts” reminiscent of the 1970 and 1980 period of PNC rule;* Defend the abandonment of the Speciality Hospital which would have been equipped to provide the relevant medical services and care. It is recalled that senior politicians of the Government, at taxpayers’ expense, chose to seek medical attention in New York and Cuba, and to cover the cost for accompanying persons;* The rental of the “drug bond” in South Georgetown for exorbitant and excessive rental to a known party supporter of a “wind power” of proposal.* The modification of the original contract and design for a new CJIA (airport) with eight gates instead of four, and at substantial additional cost. Forensic audit needed.* The excessive cost for the D’Urban Park stadium facilities through a thorough forensic audit.* The cost incurred for the proposal of a new Demerara Harbour Bridge with no positive outcome.* Public money deposited in a Minister’s private bank account.* The financial management of the University of Guyana under the stewardship of VC Ivelaw Griffith, by forensic audit.* The state of drainage and irrigation in the country,* The state of the city of Georgetown under PNC control and management, continuously for more than fifty years.* Deteriorating public security and health services.* The massive bureaucracy with a bloated number of political advisers.* The non-implementation of the recommendations of its own Commission of Inquiry into the public service.* The declining state of agricultural industries.* The non-implementation of the recommendations of its own Commission of Inquiry into the sugar industry.* The closure of four sugar estates and putting some 7000 workers on the bread line, and negatively impacting the lives of family members and economies of small businesses around these closed estates.And the list goes on.With thanks,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

Jubilee babies delivered at GPH

first_img–ANSA McAL gifted “Bundles of Joy” hampersBy Ramona LuthiBabies are hope of new beginnings for parents. With their coos, squeals, giggles and wails these bundles of joyNew mother Natalia Francis with Brand Representaive Joel Lee, Nurse Tamella Heywood, Sister Prescott and Nurse Charmine Pearsonbrightens any room with their presence. All expectant parents want the birth of a healthy, happy baby but to those 12 mothers who had their babies arrive on the historic day of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence, it was beyond a special moment.According to Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Mitzy Campbell, 12 beautiful babies were delivered within the 24-hour time span of the country’s Independence Day anniversary, noting they were an equal share of six boys and six girls. Meanwhile, as part of their contribution to the 50th Independence Jubilee Anniversary to the new mothers, Ansa McAl Trading Limited distributed “Bundle of Joy” hampers and congratulations expressed by brand representative Joel Lee.last_img read more

Police hunt other suspects in KN grenade attack

first_imgAlthough six persons remain in custody for hurling a grenade at a vehicle belonging to Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall, the Police are tracking several others in relation to the incident which occurred last Saturday evening.Acting Crime Chief, Hugh Jessamy told Guyana Times that investigators were up to late Wednesday evening interrogating those who were arrested on Tuesday evening at several locations. They were arrested following the discovery of the motorcar that was allegedly used by the perpetrators.The car that was allegedly used by the perpetrators during the grenade attackJessamy added that the Police are working on several leads but cannot divulge any information with respect to the investigation. He further stated that before the Police institute charges against the men, there needs to be sufficient evidence, hence, an early court appearance might not be possible.The acting Crime Chief added that investigators are yet to verify whether or not the motorcar that was found abandoned was the one actually used in the commissioning of the crime.Guyana Times understands that the men in custody are from the Sophia area including the driver, who claimed that he was hijacked but after further interrogation, he told investigators that the car was lent to a friend.Initially, the driver claimed that he was driving along Albert Street, Alberttown when two men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside him, pulled out a weapon and ordered him to stop the vehicle. Without hesitation, he told ranks that he complied.Based on information gathered from the driver, the others were taken into police custody. On Saturday night, as Kaieteur News held its first night of wake to pay respect to the late Assistant Editor, Dale Andrews who passed away on Friday, the live grenade was hurled at Lall’s vehicle.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed it was shattering glass. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right front tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off while bomb experts deactivate the device. They noted it was a miracle that the live grenade did not explode. On Monday, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the grenade was detonated at the seawalls and that it was too early to determine the motive for the attack.This attack was condemned by several groups including the Government, the Opposition, the Guyana Public Service Union, the Private Sector Commission and several other news outfits. In addition, they have all called for a speeding investigation into the incident, referring to the attack as domestic terrorism.last_img read more

Amerindians feel discriminated against, neglected by Govt – NTC Vice Chairman

first_imgVice Chairman of the National Toshao Council Lenox Shuman said that the Indigenous peoples areA section of National Toshaos Conference on Wednesdaycontinuously being faced with discrimination and neglect, and called on the Government to urgently address the situation.He stated that Indigenous people have the right to be protected by the State, noting that there are indications of letdown.“Under Article 149, it states that the State has an obligation to protect the Indigenous Peoples and their cultural way of life. If any Government truly looks at Indigenous peoples and how the article applies…they would see that we are still not being taught in our own language,” he emphasised.He opined that Guyana has to move from a “paternalistic model” that currently exists into something that gives the Indigenous peoples more autonomy.The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has lambasted the government for what it said is its blatant neglect of the Indigenous peoples of Guyana.The party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had stated that while the PPP/C Government cannot boast of reducing poverty to zero during its tenure, it was able to do appreciably enough to advance the lives of persons living in the hinterland.She declared when the Party left office in 2015, there was water; lights; and every village had a nursery and primary school.She said the PPP would be willing to fully support any venture the Government would take to improve the lives of Amerindians.However, Member of Parliament and former Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai said since the coalition government took office 2015, there has been little progress in the lives of Amerindians, particularly for the youth.She spoke of the termination and cessation of several beneficial projects for Indigenous students and questioned the reason behind government’s move to do this.Her comments come on the heels of probes from the media on whether the PPP was pleased with the way it left the Indigenous peoples before the elections, and if it should be criticising the current Administration for its move to distribute shoes to Amerindian students.However, she contended that the Indigenous people did not escape the discrimination and “witch-hunting” after Government took office.“We could point to the dismantling of the land titling unit and the dismissal of the Project Coordinator, Associate, and the CDP Project Coordinator… We saw the discrimination against the youth, the dismantling of the Young Entrepreneurship Programme which was replaced with a less effective programme, HEYS.”Shuman stated that land titling programme is a vital step toward Indigenous peoples’ development: “If we cannot get land then we cannot get security. We have to remember that these people existed for centuries. According to international laws we are the owners of these lands yet the State fails to recognise the land titling programme even though it is drafted within the legal framework of Guyana (and) needs to be addressed in how we define ownership.”He further indicated that the law needs to be re-examined in how they define ownership.The Amerindian Land Titling (ALT) Project seeks to enable Amerindians to secure their lands and natural resources with a view towards sustainable social and economic development. It is expected that titling of communities will strengthen land tenure security and the expansion of the asset base, enabling improved long-term planning for their future development.Shuman also stated that the Toshaos and councillors are given a meagre stipend of $30,000 to look after the affairs of their communities. However, he stated that the money is small and does not help in assisting them to provide for their families. He explained that their post requires spending sometimes all day tending to the affairs of the communities, leaving them with no time to provide for their families.Thus he stated that the ministry cannot demand accountability if the leaders are suffering. “If you cannot pay someone anything just having them volunteer all the time then what kind of accountability do you expect from them. They could simply walk away the job.”He stated that many councillors would quit their jobs because they want to “go and earn for their families.” Therefore the discrimination and neglect of the people are one of the reasons why the Amerindians are eagerly anticipating the revision of the Act:“That is why we are looking forward to the revision of the Amerindian Act as a very vital part of addressing Indigenous people’s rights and moving forward if we cannot address it then we would see the continuous destruction of Amerindians and eventually lead to extinction. We are being dispossessed of our lands and eventually it would be our culture.”last_img read more

CDC Team Commends RIA Ebola Response Measures

first_imgThe Management of the Roberts International Airport (RIA) has received commendation the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team, which has been helping to build the airport’s capacity in response to the Ebola situation.The team comprising, Dr. Douglas H. Esposito, a Medical Epidemiologist and Vanessa C. Jew, an Epidemiology Quarantine Public Health Officer of the CDC pointed out that the Management of RIA has embraced every effort aimed at keeping the airport safe in the on-going fight against the Ebola Virus Disease and as such, this was commendable.They said the various safety measures currently in place including a regular temperature check for employees and primary and secondary screening procedure which are mandatory for passengers are ways the airport has complied to recommendations of health experts on the control and prevention of Ebola.These remarks were made during the presentation of certificates to 11 staff of the Roberts International Airport following a training series on measures to combat Ebola.Those certified are: Abraham T. Simmons, General Manager, Robert F. Morris, Deputy General Manager-Administration and Regina Ajavon-Benson, Human Resource Manager while nurses who received certificates include Kou Slawon, Diana Dahn, Patience Collins and Loleyah Kollie. Others are Hawa Morris, Bendu Kekeh, Christine Kollie and Dorothy Naplica all of the RIA.The training covered key areas including the usage of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Implementation of Primary and Secondary Exit Screening and the complementation of the Ebola Recognize, Isolate, Notify, Give, Support (RING) Model Training.In response to the commendation and certification, RIA General Manager Abraham T. Simmons said the airport welcomes the training as it strives to stop the Ebola virus from spreading to the entity. He said the airport since the outbreak has gone great lengths with the institution of several safety measures on Ebola as recommended by health experts.He added that RIA will use the training acquired from the CDC to maximize its potential to contain and stop the spread of the disease. Mr. Simmons then commended the CDC for the continuous capacity strengthening initiatives to keep the airport safe for travel. RIA has remained robust in the fight against Ebola since the outbreak and has extended its outreach to nearby communities while at the same time funding sensitization messages on community radio stations around the airport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grand Kru Youth Commend Mary Broh for Successful July 26th

first_imgThe Forpoh Youth Development Association in Liberia (FOYDAL) Inc, of Grand Kru County has commended Madam Mary T. Broh for her excellent work that ensured the successful co-hosting of the 2015 national independence celebration in the county.A press release signed by its president Hanson T. Doe said, “We are satisfied and deeply appreciate Madam Mary T. Broh, for her excellent work which introduced the success story for the Independence Day Celebration in the southeastern region especially in Grand Kru County.”FOYDAL said development initiatives completed in the wake of the 2015 celebrations have brought a measure of relief to the people of Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties.The organization commented on the abortive 2014 preparation for the country’s independence in which several projects could not be completed due to unfavorable official position in the county.In 2014, there were countless meetings held in Monrovia amongst Grand Kru County citizens and from these meetings, a technical committee was set up, which Mr. Francis F. Wreh was appointed as technical chairman and Mr. James Torh as co-chairman, the release said.FOYDAL also recounted the lack of transparency in financial management that went on in the county that ensured that the 2014 celebration in the two counties was cancelled.The longtime preparation, which later resulted in the cancellation of the 2014 celebration through a communication addressed to the President of Liberia by the both counties’ legislatures, was blamed on bad road condition.While regretting the events that made the 2014 attempt unrealized, FOYDAL expressed gratitude to Madam Mary Broh and her corps of officers for an exceptional role carried in Grand Kru and Sinoe that ensured a measure of progress that has delighted citizens of the two counties.FOYPAL called on the government to ensure the proper use of funds to the county to complete projects, including a youth center, 150 bedroom guest house, a mini sports stadium, the chief compound and other important areas in the district.The organization commended Madam Broh for the completion of the Barclayville City Hall and other projects that were dedicated, including the Presidential Palace and the Court House.FOYDAL called on Grand Kru Superintendent Elizabeth Dempster to lead a campaign to ensure that better infrastructures are created for the benefit of the people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MOJ Ordered to Return Defendant’s Passport

first_imgAfter several days’ deliberations, Judge Yussif Kaba of the Civil Law Court, Temple of Justice, on Wednesday described the Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) action not to return Prasie Lawal’s passport to him as a “grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed to all citizens.”“The court, this time would not consider itself to be a party to said unjust action,” the Civil Law Court Judge declared in his ruling on the writ of Habeas Corpus filed against the MOJ by Lawal’s counsel Arthur Johnson.Judge Kaba further declared that “the act of the MOJ and agencies operating thereof, by depriving this man of his freedom of movement, without due process of law, constitutes a grave violation of the constitutional rights guaranteed all citizens. Therefore, this court considers same as illegal and unwarranted.”Lawal, General Manager of Paelet Construction Company, had his passport seized immediately after he was released on June 28, in connection with the charge of assassination attempt on the life of Samuel Cooper, General Manager of Westwood Construction Company.Lawal was arrested June 25 and subsequently detained for two days at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and was later released following but his passport was held by the LNP.Judge Kaba ordered the MOJ to turn over said passport to the Sheriff of the court, for onward transmission to Mr. Lawal within 24 hours.According to Judge Kaba, Liberia has undergone tremendous turmoil that grew out of people being deprived of their rights, liberty and arbitrary arrests and must therefore learn to live within the confines of the law.He said the deprivation of Lawal’s right to travel constitutes a restrain of his liberty, which no institution of government has the right to do.Government lawyers argued that they were unable to produce the passport because the document was with the Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, who has been out of the country.Based on that excuse, Judge Kaba said, “What is of relevance here is whether or not the MOJ has adopted the proper procedures in law to ensure that those who commit crimes in the country are brought before the law and are accorded the due process rights as provided for by the Constitution.”Prior to his ruling, Lawal’s lead defense counsel, Arthur Johnson complained to the court that on June 25, his client, who is a citizen of Liberia, was arrested by the LNP and detained for two days.He alleged that his client was later turned over to him but unfortunately, there has been no action by the police to have his traveling documents returned to him, in spite of the many communications they have written to the police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Sendolo, Comptroller Escape Detention

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday in a packed Monrovia City courtroom when a swift intervention by the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, prevented Henry Sambullah, Comptroller at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), from spending a night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison. Mr. Sambullah and Minister Patrick Sendolo were both ordered by the court to appear before it yesterday to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service” from a complaint filed against them by Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, Manager of Pan African Travel Agency.In her complaint, Madam Wolokollie alleged that in March 2013, Minister Sendolo obtained her agency’s services to provide him and others airline tickets to the tune of US$7,268 – to allow them to attend a conference in Guinea – which the Ministry has not paid up to present.But when Sambullah arrived in court yesterday, he did not come along with Minister Sendolo as was requested by the court’s document, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer.Upon entering the courtroom, Sambullah was immediately placed on a bench with other accused individuals, some of whom were identified as “hardcore criminals.”Dressed in a blue long sleeved shirt, Mr. Sambullah sat on the bench for over two hours as officers awaited a directive from Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take Sambullah to jail, though the crime qualifies for bail.The most surprising event unfolded when Sambullah noticed that there was no lawyer in the courtroom to plead on his behalf as he sat on the prisoners’ bench.“Does the Ministry have an in-house legal team like other government agencies? I don’t think so,” a judicial expert was heard rhetorically asking after Sambullah was left alone in the courtroom.Being a senior official of the Ministry, maybe Sambullah did not expect to be treated in the manner he was. He, however, chose to fight his own battle by making calls from the bench.One of those calls attracted the attention of Cllr. Daku, who intervened for Sambullah to be allowed to leave the bench to complete the call.Routinely, if a person remains on the bench without a lawyer to file his bond for an offence that qualifies for bail, that individual is sent to jail until he/she can make bail.Later, Cllr. Mulbah, Sambullah and Madam Wolokollie were seen leaving the courtroom for what appeared to be a closed door discussion with Magistrate Peabody.Following the closed door discussion, the Daily Observer reliably learnt that Cllr. Mulbah promised to repay the US$7,268 by Friday.“Cllr. Mulbah pleaded with Madam Wolokollie to wait until Friday to repay the money and he vowed that he was not prepared to commit government to any legal expenses of such nature,” a source quoted Cllr. Mulbah to have said at the closed door discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mineke Graduates Laud Organization

first_imgStudents who graduated from the Mineke Foundation over the weekend have lauded the organization for initiating career development programs, including soap and pastry making – with emphasis on business management – that will shape their lives for the better.The students said Mineke has proven to care about women’s empowerment, and they are grateful for their help.“In the time of our struggle, you were a real friend that came to our aid. You stood by us in the time of difficulty and came to our aid when we needed you most,” the graduates said in a joint statement.“We promise to utilize the skills acquired to help us become decision makers in the economy.” The 75 graduates, who were predominantly women, pleaded with the organization to extend its services across the Gardnersville Township to help empower more women.“We know that the organization is having some financial difficulties, but extending its services to grassroots women, who do not have the opportunity to build their economic sustainability, will be of great help,” they said.The graduates completed two programs, three months for soap making and nine months for pastry, aimed at building their capacities for economic participation.The founder of Mineke Foundation, Tonia Dabwe, challenged the women to apply their acquired skills to help their families and the society at large.“We want you to serve as the light for upcoming students and wish you the best in your future endeavors, Dabwe said to the students.She revealed that the graduates were between the ages of 18 and 68, adding that those who never attended school before received theory verbally. These students, she said, aced their exams.Dabwe said that the organization has embarked on soliciting assistance from individuals, businesses and local and international organizations to fund its agriculture projects.“We have planned to reintroduce the agriculture program for our next set of students, but we are fighting to get funding for that project,” she added.The Mineke Foundation was established in 2009 for the socioeconomic development of Dabwe Town and other communities in Liberia.The foundation’s activities include vocational training, entrepreneurship training and business support, kids clubs established to provide after-school activities for children, and a women’s club, which addresses issues of gender based violence, women’s rights and health among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Dimeh: A ‘Creek of Life’

first_imgDimeh, twenty minutes away from Duala, Monrovia, is small, but big in its own right. One can walk through the town in about fifteen minutes. However, a tour of the same town, through the lenses of history, cultural heritage and age-old tradition, could take the better part of two hours. No doubt, the town has fought hard to maintain its claim to fame over they years, in spite of not being officially recognized by any statutory power (i.e. Government of Liberia) as a ‘cultural destination’. Gradually, the town leadership, its people and friends of the town are working to ensure that Dimeh becomes a model of what a cultural destination should be. When you hear about Dimeh, usually in the same sentence one would hear the name, Bai T. Moore, Liberia’s late-great literary icon, who wrote many novels, the most famous of them, “Murder in the Cassava Patch. And then one might hear the name, Peter Ballah, another great practitioner ofLiberian culture, an actor, comedian and a protégé of the late Moore. Both are buried side by side, in majestically designed tombs atop a hill on the side of the town. But that is not all; there are certain amazing aspects of the town that render it somehow enchanted, which many do not know. One of them is a creek ‘that gives life,’ we are told. The creek and its secret go far back to when the town was founded more than a century ago (1898 or thereabout) and its ancestors built a strong tie with the creek. From the story narrated to LIB Life by Dimeh Town Chief Ansumana Varney and Jenneh Rogers, Chairlady of the Women of the town, the shallow, clear-water creek not only provides water for drinking and other domestic use, it posses a natural, aesthetic serenity. But what many do not know about the creek is the supernatural effect it is said to have in the town. It is believed that the creek answers prayers for people who want children, as well as many other heart-strung desires when the prayer is offered, without any ritual sacrifice. “Women from this town and other people from different areas visit the creek when they cannot give birth. It is our tradition and has been working for us from the days of our ancestors. You do not need to make any ritual sacrifice, but just offer a prayer,” Ma Jenneh Rogers said.Narrating her personal experience, Ma Jenneh, who is also a niece of the late Bai T. Moore, noted that when she got married it was difficult for her to give birth, but her parents took her to the creek and offered prayers she was able to conceive. “My first child I had was from the creek and she is now living abroad. My daughter now works as a doctor and I’m very grateful to the creek,” she said.LIB Life asked Ma Jenneh if there was another side to the creek apart from giving life and granting the heart’s desires. Her reply was a very encouraging, “Yes, there is!” “This one may be hard to believe but it happened for real. When the Charles Taylor war drove us from this town, we ran away into the bush and left our property. The spirit came from the creek and drove the rebels from the town. “After the town had been cleared, there was a medicine man who came from Buutuo, Nimba County and met a boy alone in the town and asked the boy to inform the townspeople to return.“I was the first to return. That day, I met the medicine man and he told me that it was our ancestors had chased the rebels away and wanted us to return. “Before I returned to the bush to inform the others, I visited the creek and offered some prayer asking that the spirit should stop coming to town because we are coming back. Before I could take my leave, I drank the water, washed my face and bathed my grandson, who is now in England,” she added emphatically.Another side to this account is that no one is allowed to fish in the creek and even when washing, if a soap slips and falls between a split rock, nobody should dare put their hands in there to retrieve it.Joining us, Ansumana Varney, Town Chief of Dimeh, said it is the elderly people’s responsibility to take any one who wishes to go there and offer a word of prayer to the creek and the prayer will be answered, although “not immediately.”Moreover there is a rule: No one is allowed to place a baby on his or her back to carry it to the creek; otherwise, when that individual returns to the town the child will not live.Interestingly, as LIB Life moved about the creek, Town Chief Varney said if a man wishes to offer a prayer he will have to wash his face four times; for women, it is three times. “But remember it during the washing of the face that the prayer is offered.”“From the day we were born, we have been going by this tradition and no one can challenge it. It is very true,” Chief Varney added.According to him, during festivals there are special times for people to go to the creek to offer prayers. “However, when the women go to offer prayers, the men are not allowed there,” and vice versa. “If you challenge it, it will be your end.“I have seen it,” elder Varney said. “There was time when the women were in session and a few men from the town went to see, but they did not live after they returned.”Dimeh is a tiny town probably with 250 inhabitants, no store, a two-room school building and a women’s social and business club.Despite the perennial dry season in Liberia, the creek remains clean and clear and never runs dry. And no matter how blazing the sun is in the surrounding area, the creek remains cool.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PCC, LNP Officers Accused of Random Seizure of Petty Traders’ Goods

first_imgSeveral street vendors have accused officers of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned at the ELWA Junction of arbitrarily seizing their goods, causing them to lose thousands of Liberian dollars every day. In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, a young street seller explained that three PCC and four LNP officers stopped him while he was on his way home with his wheelbarrow filled with goods.The total value of the goods in the wheelbarrow was about L$53,000. The items included women’s body sprays, pampers, soaps of all kinds, and other toiletries, said the seller.He said it was around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, when the seven officers rushed on him to seize his wheelbarrow.“They came with a pickup truck and forcibly took my wheelbarrow, put it in the truck and took it away,” the young man said. He explained that as it is usually the case, he headed to the Paynesville City Hall with the hope that he could retrieve his wheelbarrow and the goods.“When I went there I only saw the empty wheelbarrow and no one there could give account of what happened to my goods,” the man, who identified himself only as Eric, said.He said since the incident he has been going to the PCC headquarters for his goods to no avail and no one has told him anything about what happened to his goods.Eric said the situation has rendered him penniless and he is now helping friends to sell their goods to get “something” for his daily bread. He said he dropped out of school in the 8th grade and has been managing funds at his disposal doing petty trading.“Now I only depend on friends to survive,” Eric said. He is meanwhile calling on PCC and LNP authorities to ensure that years of efforts are not wasted simply because the officers are instructed to seize goods from street sellers.Eric told this newspaper that he wants Paynesville City Mayor Ceyvette Gibson to ensure that PCC and LNP officers stop harassing ordinary Liberians who are simply working for themselves through petty trading.He said at times PCC officers pepper spray marketers while chasing them to seize their goods. Meanwhile, when contacted a PCC officer at the Paynvesville City Hall refused to discuss the incident involving Eric, saying it was a job he and his colleagues have to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tribute to the Late Commissioner of West Point Township: 1982-2017

first_imgThe late Sampson Jeh Nyan – Advertisement – By Samuel G. Dweh Gone too soon!Ay, Sampson!Friday, April 28, 2017 will always be indelible in my heart and in my memory for a situation I never wished for.Jeh Nyan (being your native Wedabo name), the fallen Commissioner of the Township of West Point.The youngest male commissioner of the ‘Key’ (a characteristic name for West Point) since the creation of the community in the 1960s!Highly educated product of the Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County! Your educational records—BSc in Economics at the University of Liberia and Master’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Accounting at the University of Liberia (2016-2017)—has nullified some persons’ claim that Wedabo people can’t perform with academic distinction.And your top posts at EcoBank (Liberia), the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demystified people’s opinion that educated Wedabo people do not go above ‘Office Assistant’ position in organizations established by other people.Your appointment as the Commissioner of the Township of West Point by President Ellen Sirleaf in 2015 (replacing Madam Miatta Flowers) is a testament that Wedabo people in the ruling party are not restricted to “document dispatching” for the party.Sampson, I was told death passed through ‘Cold’ (Pneumonia) you contracted in China where you were on a three-month study of the Great Wall of China. Is that true? Is it natural cold or diabolical cold?I know our community too well on the diabolical cold—the type of chill from one of the witches or wizards that were plenty in our good community—and still are. Why is it that God—the Giver and Respecter of life—spared and showed mercy to these kinds of persons by saving them from hunger, cholera or armed persons’ weapons that sniffed out the lives of thousands during the civil war?God will tell me or any of your other living friends one day—not in the distant future—what kind of ‘cold’ death crept through to reach you.My childhood friend Sampson! I imagine our growing up together in the Township of West Point in the late 80s—playing marble or football in the ‘gika’-controlled sand. Our playground was on ‘Battle Field’ (West Point’s only sports pitch then) opposite the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School. Or in front of Bible Way Church, which elementary school I graduated from.During the marble or football contests we sometimes fought—which is common with kids. But, minutes later, we would soon forget the altercation and begin ‘stiming’ or ‘rolling,’ and start defending each other against another person picking a fight with you or me.My kinsman (Wedabo ethnic group) Sampson! I remember us always speaking our dialect (Wedabo) to each other whenever we met in our office in the West Point Township Hall. Speaking the dialect connected us to our ancestral home (Wedabo Chiefdom)—far away from Monrovia and Montserrado County. Many of your office staff members or your visitors listening to us ‘ringing’ Wedabo would often marvel at our ‘ancestral-home-going’ through the vernacular.Sampson, couldn’t you overpower death for at least a year so that you and I complete our common project—transformation of minds of West Point’s youth against social vices? What we planned was to turn the young people’s mind from terrifying survival methods (robberies) to honourable methods (using their God-given talents).This is the project we discussed at the launch of my Liberian educational problems-and-solutions fictional book, titled Grade Sin, in West Point on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The photo I used for this tribute is you making Welcome Remarks at the launch of Grade Sin. The photo is to remind you about your interest in any of my intellectual projects aimed at drawing the attention of outsiders who often proclaim, “Nothing good can come from West Point.”Sampson, majority of these currently-bad youth used to love you and often expressed their willingness to change. This love was shown in their release to you the mobile phone of the book launch program’s Master of Ceremony (Ms. Ade Kekula) that was snatched on the launching day. You went to their hideout in the community to get the phone.Sampson, another project you and I talked about is to carry out educational projects in our part of Grand Kru County, which is the most educationally disadvantaged place for the Government of Liberia’s education programs to the entire Grand Kru County. You suggested we should start first with free writing and reading materials to the Wedabo settlement.But, you’re gone!Please be with me on my search for your physical replacement for these two projects: West Point’s Attitudinal Change and Wedabo Education Revival.Sampson, I was told you would be buried on the 13th day of May (Saturday). I will be there to bid you safe journey to the great beyond.Farewell, my brother. May He who giveth and taketh accept you in His abode.Sampson, will we meet again?About the author: Samuel G. Dweh, author (of fiction and non-fiction), is an indigene of ‘educationally backward’ Wedabo ethnic group of Grand Kru County; a product of ‘demonized’ West Point Township in Montserrado County; and a member of Liberia’s two national writers’ groups—Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW). He can be reached via: +231 886 618 906/ +231 776 583 266 E-mail: samuelosophy@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Youth Transforms Plastic Waste to Floor Tiles

first_imgSamples of Walee’s tiles made from plastic waste, on display in SanniquellieYoung entrepreneur exploring the answer to plastic wasteA young Liberian entrepreneur involved in transforming the waste plastic product into tiles has appealed to the general public for assistance to enable him effectively exercise his skill in his trade.Williamson S. Walee told the Daily Observer that he has the required skills to turn waste plastic products into floor tiles with any design one could think of.Williamson S Walee, the young entrepreneur“We are producing pavement out of waste plastic materials,” Young Walee said.As to how he acquired the skill, Walee said it was a Cameroonian who taught him. The Cameroonian (not named) is said to have visited Liberia last year as a guest of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Saniquellie, Nimba County.Some of the plastic waste materials used for producing the tiles“This idea is very strange in the country because it has taught us to remove waste plastics from the streets by keeping the environment clean,” Walee said.Showing samples of his self-made tiles, he said, “We just need support, because we are able to produce any quantity the public would want.”Walee-made tiles have been used in some residential homes in Sanniquellie, and are found to be durable, a resident said.Although he did not say exactly what kind of assistance he would want, Walee needs support that would empower him to create jobs and also clean the environment of waste plastic products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman alleges beating at hands of ex-husband

first_imgAn East Bank Demerara (EBD) woman was over the weekend allegedly severely beaten by her ex-husband and his common-law wife when she turned up at their home to collect their children. Following the allegation, a report was made to the Police and the couple, along with the ex-wife, appeared at the Providence Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, all charged with assault. They were each released on $10,000 bail.Reports are 32-year-old Sally Khan went to pick up her children aged 5 and 11 from their father at his Peters Hall, EBD home.After the mother of two arrived, an argument ensued which resulted in a scuffle between herself and her ex-husband.She alleged that the man tied her to a chair and he, along with his common-law wife, beat her.The case is expected to continue on January 17.last_img read more

Economist calls for Jordan’s resignation

first_imgBungled sugar estates’ write-off“Imagine coming into an inheritance of a profitable business. This business is the umbrella corporation for a range of successful companies. When you took over this umbrella corporation, you decided you didn’t like a bunch of employees from one of the larger companies under your control, so you fire them and decide to sell out the company. You then realise that you made a bad decision despite everyone’s warnings that it was a bad decision from the beginning. You now have to borrow money to get back to some semblance of square one.”Economic Advisor to the Opposition, Peter Ramsaroop on Wednesday said that this was the predicament Government now found itself in as a result of the asinine decision-making that was embarked on by Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who, he noted, has clearly misled the President into thinking he was the man for the job.Ramsaroop gave what he called a layman’s breakdown of the dangerous developments taking place at the highest levels of Government – decisions that will leave countless Guyanese in debt.He was at the time speaking to the most recent pronouncement by Minister Jordan that Government would now have to borrow $15 billion to reopen the Skeldon and Enmore Sugar Factories that were fully functional at the time the coalition took office.Ramsaroop spoke to Guyana Times following the protests by sugar workers at the closed Wales Estate and sought to again warn of the coming financial crisis that the Administration has set the nation on course for.According to Ramsaroop, while the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) did have its problems, it earned much-needed foreign currency for the country in addition to providing jobs for thousands of Guyanese – sugar workers on whom untold thousands depend for their livelihoods.“Jordan’s financial card tricks as he calls them have real consequences for real people….the Minister cannot be making blunder after blunder only to come change them subsequently to be forgiven.”The economist, in speaking to the mismanagement of the industry at a macro level, questioned, “How is it the Minister only realised after shutting the factories down that it would be more profitable to sell them as working facilities?”Ramsaroop added: “Recall the Minister had introduced VAT on education, thinking that was a bright idea and he had to backpedal on that; recall the Minister had increased the taxes for miners, he had to backpedal on that too.”He said for each year the coalition has been in office and sought to tinker with a complex taxation system it has backfired, but the real consequences were lost on those in high office.“I am honestly wondering now if we can survive to 2020 as a viable economy…Billions of foreign currency earnings will be lost with the closure of the factories, not to mention the societal and other economic pressures that are still to be brought to the fore as the impact begins to sink in.“This is February…people are going to celebrate this week a festival after hard work, but for thousands of sugar workers, while Minister [George] Norton and his acolytes palance on the front pages with skimpily clad models, sugar workers are now coming to grips with the fact that the part payment of a severance will soon be used up and the reality of another paycheque not forthcoming will eventually begin to boil even more uncontrollably.”According to Ramsaroop, “had President Granger heeded the advice of those that had been in office and do the right thing in ensuring there was a continuity of fiscal policies that had been yielding fruits, Guyana’s economy would not have been faltering as it is now because of the ill-advised and downright illogical policies that are being presented by the Finance Minister.”He told this publication that the Finance Minister should do the honourable thing and resign or the President should quickly dismiss him.last_img read more

Eyewitness surfaces, gives different account of Kingston Seawall shooting

first_imgBy Bisham MohammedMore than two weeks after three suspected bandits were shot and killed along the Kingston Seawall, an eyewitness has come forward accusing the Police of murder.Devon Lyte, a construction worker of Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown, who was working on the roof of the Guyana Softball Association on Carifesta Avenue on the day of the shooting, is holding out that he witnessed the alleged murder of Dextroy Cordis, Kwame Assanah and Errol Adams.Not taking any chances, the young man contacted prominent attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes and sought advice; and during a press conference on Monday, the revelations were made.The eyewitness, in a written statement, claimed that as he was on the roof, he noticed a black car being pursued by a silver motorcar.Soon after, the black car came to a halt and a man exited. Similarly, the silver vehicle stopped and a man exited, and walked towards the parked black car.“In fact, the driver of the black car was on the ground being physically assaulted for more than ten minutes before the gunfire erupted and three occupants, as you all know, were all dead…there were no motorcycle which disappeared with any pillion rider or any mysterious rider,” Hughes told media operatives at his office.Lyte, in the statement, posited that the roads leading to the seawalls were all blocked to vehicular traffic prior to the shooting.“Perhaps the most disturbing to me was that this was not just a group of Police officers who appeared to be involved, but this had to have some coordination; because if the seawall road was blocked prior to the eruption of the gunfire, prior to the car being stopped and one of the occupants exiting the car, then it seems to have required (a) lot more coordination …”.During interrogation at the press conference, the eyewitness claimed that on the day in question he saw the Police, the bodies were lying on the ground and someone was standing over one of the men.“About 15 minutes after, camera people show up on the scene; Police show up on the scene, lock down everything; and after then was that…the silver car was the Police car… the car from behind, start opening fire”, Lyte alleged.He also alleged that the occupants of the black car first exited their vehicle, and there was no exchange of gunfire. He also stated that there were no other vehicles on the seawall at the time of the shooting.Hughes, however, questioned the rationale behind someone withdrawing $9.2 million from a bank and wanting to go to the seawall, while pointing out that the facts that were obtained from Lyte seems highly likely that the men were executed.In light of the sudden disclosures, Hughes noted that his client is deeply concerned for his safety, especially considering that Guyana does not have the best history when it comes to witness protection.Nonetheless, he noted that one of the reasons why the press conference was held before taking the eyewitness to the Police was because he wanted what Lyte had to say out in the public. “So you don’t get the Police version of what he is alleged to have said to the Police… Clearly, there are people whose interests are going to be threatened by what he has to say,” Hughes predicted.Hughes stated that he had also spoken to the two other men who were working at the site with Lyte at the time, but refused to comment on the findings, which he promised will be release in due course.The relatives of Dextroy Cordis of Grove, East Bank Demerara are calling for justice. They, too, feel their brother was murdered, and have urged that the Police officers who pulled the trigger be charged with murder.Hours after the shooting deaths of the three men, the Police, in a statement, related that the men were followed by an unmarked Police vehicle after they were seen trailing a customer who had left the Scotia Bank on Robb Street, Georgetown.The Police claimed that in the vicinity of the seawalls, the men in the black Toyota car opened fired on them, and in retaliation they returned fire, fatally wounding the men. The post mortem revealed that the men were shot between six and ten times, a revelation that comes as a shock to many.In fact, a private firm is being contracted to review the autopsy reports and to determine what really took place on the day in question. It was also reported that the Police vehicle bore two gunshot holes to the front windscreen but there were none on the vehicle that was used by the alleged bandits, thus leaving unanswered the question: was there indeed a shootout?Nevertheless, the Police commissioner in the past week, has thrown his support behind his ranks, claiming that the killings were justified.Meanwhile, the Police, in a release on Monday, confirmed that Devon Lyte visited the Criminal Investigations Department in the company of lawyer Nigel Hughes, and submitted a statement to Crime Chief Paul Williams.He was asked to return today (Tuesday) to be interview by senior detectives.last_img read more

NA prisoners graduate from anger management course

first_imgThirty-three inmates of the New Amsterdam Prison were on Thursday recognised after successfully completing a three-month anger management and re-entry programme.Among those who completed the course is a woman who was recently sentenced to a 98-year-jail term for poisoning her two children.Participants were chosen based on their age and length of their prison term, and the programme was conducted by Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services.Among those who graced the stage all decked out in their gowns were high profile and special watch inmates. Both remand and convicted prisoners, including the recently sentenced mother who poisoned her children, were given opportunity to participate in the programme, which focused on imparting skills to prepare inmates to reintegrate into society capable of dealing with issues which would confront them, so that they would not have to be placed in such a facility again.Officer-in-charge of the New Amsterdam Prisons, Superintendent Deoraj Gyandat, explained that the programme included such areas as self-worth, how to deal with emotions, and conflict resolution. He noted that although this is only the second batch graduating from the course, he has seen a change in the prison population.“I can see the impact it is having on the location. I can say (that), for this year, we have not had any major incidents at the New Amsterdam Prisons.”Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services, Wil Campbell, said there were noticeable changes in the attitudes of those who participated in the twelve-week programme. He noted that males and females were accommodated in separate sessions because some of the issues relating to male anger are different from those relating to female anger.In reflecting on the anger management programme, one inmate, Randy Mars, urged parents to spend more time with their male children.Meanwhile, Valentine’s Day murder accused Mandy Sukhdeo said the programme allowed her to identify and be in touch with her emotions. According to the dentist, after completing the programme, she no longer considers herself an outcast.“A lot of people see us as outcasts, lawbreakers, and say we have no future and are no-good elements in society. I have learnt a lot being in prison. I am from Parika, and many nights I would sit at my bed and I would cry and I will ask, ‘Lord, why me?’ But today I no longer have to ask ‘Lord, why me?’, rather I have the answer to my question.“From being in this programme, it has given me the power and the analytical skills to focus on what it is that I want, and not what persons might think of me. Ladies and gentlemen, I tell you it is time to stand up for yourself,” she told the graduation class, while urging all to be ambassadors of peace.“If there is peace, then we can conquer any situation. I stand as an inmate of this institution, and now I am not ashamed to say that I am an inmate of this institution…”Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services, Wil Campbell, said the programme which he taught would have posed many challenges did not seek any difficulties. He noted that the inmates were all happy and willing to participate in the anger management programme.According to him, there were noticeable changes in the attitudes of those who participated in the twelve-week programme.In the past, anger management programmes have been conducted in the prisons over the years. However, Campbell feels this one is different. “I think that ours is a bit different, in that we used a therapy approach rather that  teaching approach; so what we help the participations do is to understand themselves, understand the source of their anger, and thereby learn how to deal with it,” Campbell told <>.“Because it is not just about giving information about anger and how to deal with it, but helping them understand their own unique situation, their own circumstances, and to learn techniques that they can use that are specifically adapted to the individual.”The programme was part of two pilot skills training programmes being undertaken by the Guyana Prison Service. The other was a similar program held for inmates of the Timehri Prison.Meanwhile, a similar graduation took place at the Timehri Prison on Wednesday.During the three-month programme, participants were helped to understand the nature of anger, and to appreciate that it is something normal and okay to be angry. “We looked at some of the causes of anger, things like communication blocks, irrational thinking, the feeling that you must get respect from everyone, and this whole idea that respect must be earned or demanded. We also looked at the importance of forgiveness,” Campbell said.He noted that many persons are angry because they are holding on to past hurts, and as a result their anger is misdirected to random people, or others who are not the real source of the anger.“So we taught them how to let go of past hurts, how to forgive, and also how to apologize and how to accept apologies,” Campbell explained.According to Campbell, who is also a Psychologist and University of Guyana lecturer in Psychology, next year, it is being hoped that the programme will be run again and be extended to other facilities.last_img read more

Police granted permission to further detain CPG member

first_imgSoesdyke fatal stabbingSeveral days after 15-year-old Ricardo Singh of Diamond, East Bank Demerara was fatally stabbed at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, a member of a community policing group, who was arrested in connection with the murder, remains in custody.Based on reports received, the 72-hour detention period has elapsed, but the Police were granted court approval to further detain the young rural constable (RC). Guyana Times understands that the teen’s friend, who had also been taken into custody, has been released as Police continue their investigations.Information reaching this publication revealed that on the night of the fatal stabbing, the rural constable was reportedly seen using excessive force on the now dead teen after the teen had resisted arrest. Guyana Times was told that the young man had had an altercation with another young man at a wedding house in Soesdyke, EBD, and the Police were consequently summoned.It is unclear whether the deceased young man was wounded during the scuffle at the wedding house or during his arrest by the rural constable who is now in PoliceDead: Ricardo Singhcustody.When contacted, ‘A’ Division Commander, Leslie James, confirmed that investigations into the teen’s murder are continuing, while noting that, before charges are instituted, the Police have to make sure that the matter had been properly investigated. The deceased teenager, who also used to be referred to as “Cardo”, of Lot 63 Avenues A & B, Diamond New Housing Scheme, EBD, was stabbed several times, including once to his abdomen.The former Diamond Secondary School student and his friends had left their respective homes on Sunday last with the intention of “taking a lime” at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway Junction, but had instead gone to the wedding house, which was close by.The initial report is that, while there, a gang of men allegedly attempted to relieve one of the teen’s friends of his gold chain and cash, and the deceased teen intervened. His friend whom he was helping reportedly ran away, leaving him behind.The deceased young man, who would have been celebrating his 16th birthday on Thursday last, was subsequently found in a nearby trench with his intestines protruding. He was picked up and taken to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Conversely, it was reported that the young man had been misbehaving at the wedding house and the Police were called in to intervene. However, at the time, members of the Community Policing Group (CPG) were patrolling the area, and they reportedly arrested the young man. He was placed in the back of their motor vehicle, and as it took off for the Timehri Police Station, he reportedly jumped out, but instead of stopping to check on the young man, the vehicle sped away.It is expected that the teen would be cremated on Sunday.last_img read more

Essequibo Chamber calls for Govt to desilt Pomeroon River

first_img…says this will facilitate more tradeThe Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) is calling on Government to desilt the Pomeroon River; one of the deepest rivers in the Caribbean, to accommodate trade.ECCI PresidentSuean SeewnarayanAccording to the Chamber President, Suean Seewnarayan, due to the heavy siltation of the Pomeroon River mouth, large vessels cannot enter nor leave port and this is adding to the cost the regions bears for importation and exportation of goods.Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is mainly an agricultural region which has the potential to produce enough food for local and export markets. However, according to the Chamber, farmers need to have the necessary infrastructure and security in place before investing.Additionally, the Chamber President noted that the garbage piled up and congestion at Charity needs to be addressed in the commercial zone as this will be a hazard for development.Charity was one of the main ports on the Essequibo Coast and is ideal for big ships due to the depths of the Pomeroon River, but the heavy siltation of the river mouth has impeded larger ships from traversing the channel, resulting in the entire waterfront being left to deteriorate further.According to a resident living in the area, he can remember the days when the steamer used to come to the Pomeroon and residents used the service to transport all their produce to markets in Georgetown. Presently, the coconut industry is doing well and the Pomeroon can be the gateway once again to the Caribbean and the rest of the world if the river mouth is dredged and the waterfront rehabilitated, the resident said.With the coming of the Pomeroon Oil Mill Inc, which is the brainchild of businessman Alfro Alphonso, it will significantly assist the struggling industry, which has seen farmers giving up, owing to the lack of markets.The oil mill which sits on the Pomeroon River was designed to use the river as a gateway for export markets, but due to the siltation of the river mouth, the mill will have to do all its exporting through Georgetown which is time consuming and costly.The only means to transport goods for local and export markets out of the region is by ferry service, which is some distance away from Charity. This therefore adds to transportation cost.last_img read more

CANU seeking ECD businesswoman for cocaine bust in Canada

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) businesswoman is wanted for questioning by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) in relation to last month’s cocaine bust in Canada on a bauxite ship that departed Guyana.Wanted is Rosemary Singh, called “Rose” of Lot 123 Ramsingh Street, Annandale, ECD, and Lot 153 South Annandale. She is the proprietress of Rose Bar, located in Section C Enterprise, ECD.CANU is asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to make contact with its headquarters on telephone numbers 227-3507 and 226-0431.The cocaine that was seized by Canadian authorities last monthOn September 15, 2018, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) carried out a major drug enforcement exercise during which they seized 81 kilograms of cocaine at the Port of Valleyfield.The drug was found concealed in the hold of a vessel – Jacqueline C – carrying bauxite from Linden, Guyana, where the ship departed.“After an initial search of the vessel, signs led us to concentrate on the front of the boat. And after a vigorous search, the cocaine was found concealed in bags in the hold of the vessel,” CBSA Deputy Director, Alain Surprenant was quoted saying in subsequent reports.Nevertheless, four people were arrested, two of whom – 48-year-old Nazir Ahmad Hussain and 36-year-old Roldan De Gorio TITO – were charged with conspiracy to import drugs for the purpose of trafficking.According to a statement on the RCMP’s website, investigations revealed that the seized drug was heading for Toronto and Vancouver markets.last_img read more

Construction company makes donation to GPF

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force, on Monday, was the recipient of 100 traffic cones following a donation by Retesh Singh of Bardon Construction Services.The donation was received by Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Maxine Graham and Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles at the Forces’ Transport Department, Police Headquarters, Eve-Leary.Retesh Singh of Bardon Construction Services makes the donation of cones to Deputy Commissioner (Operations) Maxine Graham and Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden IslesSingh, who is an ardent supporter of law enforcement initiatives, recently donated 50 traffic cones to D Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper who has since been using same in front of several schools to avoid traffic congestion.The businessman stated that in light of the upcoming Christmas holiday, he thought it best of donate the cones to assist in deceasing the traffic congestion.Both Graham and Isles applauded the businessman’s kind gesture while thanking him for the donation of the much-needed equipment.last_img read more

“Annoyed” Baramita man chops 4 persons

first_imgA Baramita village, Region One (Barima-Waini), man was on Tuesday remanded to prison on four counts of attempted murder when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Eddie Williams was not required to plea to the indictable charges as they were read to him by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. It is alleged that between April 1 and 12, 2019, at Baramita, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Selicia Jacobs, Devon Scott, Rawle Campbell and Bergil Thomas with intent to commit murder.The court heard that the 21-year-old man dealt the victims several chops after he claimed that they “annoyed” him. It was also reported that Williams dealt Thomas several chops about the body when he asked him for a “Bamboo” and Thomas did not comply.Williams, who is known to the police, was arrested and charged. The case will continue on May 7, 2019.last_img read more

Father begs for help after daughter left incapacitated

first_imgMunaf Yakub and Parbattie Persaud with their daughter, Farida Yakub…says hospital staff responsible for child’s injuriesMunaf Yakub and Parbattie Persaud, the parents of eight-year-old Farida Yakub, also called “Afrida”, of Supenaam Creek, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are doing everything to give their daughter a chance to return to normalcy – even if it means to beg.The father of the ill child explained that his daughter was a healthy girl, adding that she attended nursery school and while at her primary school, she became ill. He told Guyana Times that in January 2016, the child started crying out for abdominal pain and was taken to the Suddie Hospital where she was admitted and treated for gas.On the third day in hospital, she started to bleed from her mouth and ears and was immediately transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where it was discovered that the drug used by medical staff at the Suddie Hospital caused her brain to swell. This has left her incapacitated.Some months later, her father without giving up, visited the then Health Minister, Dr George Norton, who reportedly told him that an operation was necessary for his daughter to return to normalcy.He further told the parents that the surgery will have to be done overseas and that the chances of her surviving are very slim. In addition, it would cost the family GY$10 million. The man said he informed the then Minister that it was the Suddie Hospital that was responsible for his daughter’s condition and that the Government should assist in offsetting some of the expenses.Speaking with Guyana Times, the Munaf Yakub explained that he was arrested and charged for disorderly behaviour after he got emotional about his daughter’s condition at the medical facility. He said the Police took him to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he pleaded guilty with explanation and informed the court of his plight. The Magistrate then dismissed the case against him.He told this publication that the family’s only hope is for their daughter to get medical assistance.However, the child’s story was told to Pandit Sugrim Singh of the Richmond Housing Scheme Vishnu Mandir and without hesitation, he immediately paid for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to be done. Now the parents are hoping to get the medical assistance in evaluating the extent of damage to her brain and ultimately improve her health. They are still calling for help from the Government as they maintain that the child’s injuries occurred at the hands of the medical staff at the Suddie Hospital. (Mohanlall Suelall)last_img read more

Essequibo Coast residents call for more investment

first_imgAs residents, especially the younger generation of the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) continue to move away from the region due to the lack of employment, residents are calling for more investments into the county.During a visit Guyana Times spoke with a number of residents, who expressed their dissatisfaction over the lack of investments being made in the region.An aerial view of a section of the Essequibo CoastAccording to the residents, the Essequibo Coast has the potential for growth, however, genuine efforts are not being undertaken to ensure that the county further develops.“Essequibo have land, plenty land, we have space and we need so much, but no one is investing and the young people them keep moving away because of that,” one resident said.One young teacher is calling for a University of Guyana campus to be built in the region, pointing to the fact that both Demerara and Berbice have campuses.According to the young woman, the lack of a university in Region Two is chief among the reasons why the young residents are moving away.“It’s hard because most of us want to further our education but we cannot do it from here. So that’s the only option left, to move somewhere where you can pursue your studies. And when you end up moving and see that there is a better life elsewhere then usually you don’t return, that’s how its been going for the longest,” the teacher shared.She further revealed that the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) in the county only offers training in nursery and primary but not in secondary.“So if you want to become a secondary school teacher, then you gotta move and go to pursue that at the colleges” she explained.The residents are also calling for more business investments which will boost tourism in the county.“We have the potential to be big, and there is so much that we need here. Business owners and investors can do well if they invest in businesses here but for some reason, no one is doing that. We have a few bars and so on but if you wanna go to a nice restaurant for a special occasion then you can’t even do that, you gotta travel out of Essequibo for stuff like that. If you want the movie theatre experience, you can’t even have that, you gotta travel out of the county for that, there is so much that we need, if only people would invest,” a shop owner asserted.Just recently, Regional Chairman, Davanand Ramdatt had emphasised the need for growth and development in the county.Ramdatt had noted that though agriculture is important and will remain important to Essequibo, the county is looking to build tourism.The Chairman has expressed that business investments will not only add to the development in Essequibo but will see jobs being created.“This business is coming at a crucial time. The economy is not as it once was but I know for sure that there is tremendous potential for growth and development. We strongly believe that this business will add to the competitiveness and will provide job creation,” Ramdatt had stated at the opening of a Diamond Insurance branch.last_img read more

Body of pensioner who went to perform ritual pulled from Atlantic Ocean

first_imgThe lifeless body of a man was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of Windsor Forest Seawall, West Coast Demerara (WCD) on Tuesday afternoon after he was suspected to have drowned.Dead: Pitamber Budhu, called “Moti”The dead man has been identified as 70-year-old Pitamber Budhu, called “Moti”, of Lot 97 Fourth Street, Windsor Forest.Police Commander of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Simon McBean when contacted told Guyana Times that persons in the area observed the body floating in the ocean and quickly mobilised a team to retrieve it.Following the discovery, Sharmila Sewnarayan, a niece of the dead man, explained that her uncle had left home around 15:30h to perform a religious ritual at the seawall. However, they received a phone call shortly after informing them of a body being pulled from the water.“This afternoon he left to go to the seawall to throw out the old jhandi flag in the sea and a few minutes after, people called us saying somebody died at the seawall, and we were waiting for him to come home to tell us who it is,” she stated.Sewnarayan added that after the phone call, she informed other relatives, but they did not expect the deceased person would have been Budhu.“I told my aunt same time that how somebody die, and she told me that he (Mito) gone and he gon come home just now to tell us, not knowing that it was him,” the niece related.The pensioner leaves to mourn his wife, two children, and grandchildren.last_img read more

PPP condemns Govt’s “callous decisions” on sugar industry

first_imgWales closure fallout… says Wales workers right in demanding severance package… GAWU slams Govt for misinformation over severanceThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has again come to the defence of the hundreds of displaced cane harvesters of the Wales Sugar Estate, who over the past week have been clamouring for what they said are their well-deserved severance packages.The party, in a statement issued on Tuesday, condemned the “high-handed approach of Government in its dealings with the sugar industry” and pointed to the rigorous economic toll it is taking on the country.Alluding to the situation at the West Bank Demerara sugar factory, the PPP stressed that it does not support Government’s callous decisions.GAWU President Komal Chand“The cruelty of the Government is demonstrated by the treatment meted to the workers of Wales Estate. Having closed the industry without any consultations with the workers or their union, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had refused to comply with the Severance Pay Act. This forced the union to approach the courts for an order compelling [Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo to negotiate with the union”.The parliamentary Opposition said even after obtaining the order of the court, and following negotiations with the union, GuySuCo still refuses to pay the agreed severance packages to the workers, causing the current protest action.“The PPP strongly supports the workers in their just demand that their severance package be paid immediately and accordance with the law,” the Party said in a release on Wednesday.MisinformationMeanwhile, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) has also lashed out at the Agriculture Ministry which on Monday stated that all redundant workers from Wales Estate were paid their severance payments.“The Ministry’s assertion is plainly misleading and our Union wonders whether the Ministry is intently misinforming the public. So far, less than a hundred workers, who are GAWU members, have received their severance pay. Those payments were settled belatedly last September rather than, as was expected, in late April 2016.As it regards the demand by the cane cutters and cane transport operators for their severance, GAWU is urging the Ministry and its advisers to acquaint themselves with the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA). There, it said they will quickly see that the workers’ entitlement for severance is upheld.“Moreover, we must reiterate that GuySuCo, in our Union’s presence, last December communicated to a number of workers that their jobs were redundant and they were entitled to severance, if they chose not to go to Uitvlugt. Here, we must point out that those workers who were already severed declined GuySuCo’s offer of going to Uitvlugt and demanded their severance which the company rightly obliged. We ask then why is a different ‘yardstick’ being applied to the current contingent of workers?” the Union questioned.GAWU said the Ministry and GuySuCo have also assured of the availability of company transportation for the workers. It said this is not a new idea since for decades now, sugar workers have been transported to work. Such a benefit, like others, came into being due to the struggles by workers in the past.The Union said its workers are labelled as disingenuous; however, that label best fits GuySuCo and, seemingly, the Agriculture Ministry.“There is no merger of Wales and Uitvlugt factory operations as asserted in the statement. The fact is that cane cultivation and sugar processing have ended at Wales and the estate is now sadly closed. No amount of semantics can wish away this depressing fact,” GAWU said.The Union said workers were concerned about their job security, and expressly called for Wales not to be closed in order to save their main source of livelihood.“They, at no time, promoted the transfer of their jobs some 22 miles away to Uitvlugt. Their call unfortunately fell on deaf ears and did not find favour with the Administration. Now, GuySuCo is seeking to rub salt in the deep wounds it inflicted by trampling on their right to severance pay and seeking to cover its insensitivity by resorting to hackneyed and old claim of ‘politically instigated”.“The Ministry’s statement also exclaims that there is no option than for the workers to accept employment at Uitvlugt”. GAWU said it was clear that the Ministry and those in charge are at “sea” or they have been receiving bad advice from the Sugar Corporation.“We urge that those in authority to note that Section 21(4) (b) of TESPA requires an employer to provide workers with their severance payments if the employer is unable to provide a similar job “at the same place of employment or within a radius of ten (10) miles therefrom under no less favourable conditions than those such employee enjoyed immediately prior to the termination”. The Sugar Corporation, by its actions, and the Ministry, by its insistence, are promoting positions that are contrary to law, apart from being unsympathetic to the workers’ welfare.GAWU, at this time, stands solidly with the workers and is supportive of their just demand”.last_img read more

Small Business Bureau’s operations under review – Harmon

first_img… says Govt looking at injecting local fundsGovernment is reviewing the operations of the Small Business Bureau (SBB) with the aim of simplifying the process in order to enable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access money.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThere are also plans to provide local funding for the bureau.Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who made this disclosure during a visit to the community of Wales last Friday, explained that President David Granger called a high level meeting on Friday with the relevant Ministers present, and the bureau was among the issues that were examined.“The President called a meeting with some Ministers, including the Minister of Business (Dominic Gaskin), to examine ways in which we can provide financing. And we were looking at the Small Business Bureau (with a view to) change the way in which it is structured.“The funds of the Small Business Bureau are funds from the Norwegians. So then, for you to get that money, you have to go through (a process) a training programme; and then when you’re finished, you have to satisfy the requirements of the bank.”Minister of Business,Dominic GaskinHarmon revealed there are plans to review that arrangement, and for Government to inject some additional local funds into the programme.  He said this would benefit small scale farmers and other startup businesses.“Minister Gaskin has been asked to look at that. Review it so that we can put some additional local funds into it, to make it easier for our farmers and individual business people to have access to small sums of money… maybe one, two or five million to kick you off,” Harmon said.“Apart from that, the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) would have announced in the budget that there is something for small businesses and starting up businesses – some $50million for youth entrepreneurship,” Harmon disclosed.Minister Jordan had in fact stated during his 2017 budget speech that the SBB would be extending its operations into educational institutes – to train students in entrepreneurship. He had also mentioned a competitive system being set up to have 10 students receive grants to start their own businesses.Besides that, Jordan had stated that the Micro and Small Enterprise Development (MSED) would continue its role in financing and training SMEs. He had also spoken of the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) programme.According to Harmon, Government is looking at the most effective ways to get any allocations in the budget to the communities for entrepreneurship.“I want to give you the assurance that at the level of the central government, it is attracting the attention of the Government and the President is concerned about this matter. And we are putting things in place so that the people can access these funds and create employment for themselves,” Harmon explained.The Small Business Bureau (SBB) is a semi-autonomous Government agency which was created to complement the Small Business Act No. 2 of 2004. It coordinates programmes for small business development, in addition to facilitating training for aspiring entrepreneurs.But there are issues about how effective the SBB really is. According to one Wales resident, he was sent by the bureau to a local bank in order to get a loan, only to ultimately be denied.Following the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (GCCI) Annual General Meeting (AGM), outgoing President Vishnu Doerga had expressed worry about allocations to SMEs. According to Doerga, there is also need for legislation to be created, where absent; or amended where present, in order to improve opportunities for investment.Last year, Guyana was ranked at 124 out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings. Jamaica, at 67, was the highest ranked Caribbean country. Economies were ranked based on their regulatory environments.last_img read more

Granny jailed, fined $21M for cocaine in cylinder

first_imgCocaine stashed in gas cylinder… charge against teen grandson withdrawnNaiomi Persaud, the 51-year-old woman who admitted ownership of some 20 pounds of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks stashed in a cooking gas cylinder in her home, was on Wednesday jailed when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The woman pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The well wrapped rectangular blocks of cocaine found at the Delph Avenue homeThat charge alleged that on August 7, 2017, she was found to be in possession of the cocaine at her Campbellville, Georgetown house. CANU ranks had swooped down on the house and conducted a search of the premises, unearthing nine well wrapped rectangular packages hidden in a cooking gas cylinder that had a false bottom.Persaud was also fined $21 million which is the calculated street value of the drugs.Originally, the woman’s 17-year-old grandson who is an Under-19 Guyanese cricketer and his girlfriend were arrested for the crime as they were present when the drugs were unearthed.However, the young woman was questioned and released following the disclosure by Persaud that she was the owner of the prohibited substance.Her grandson had the charges against him dropped following the woman’s guilty plea in court on Wednesday.A wanted bulletin was issued for the owner of the house, Andre Gomes, called “Zipper” in which the drugs were reportedly discovered.The man is said to have had previous brushes with the law and it is alleged that Persaud and Gomes share a relationship.The US Embassy is also said to have now revoked the visitor’s visa of Persaud.On the day of the discovery, the cocaine was unearthed concealed in nine packages which were hidden in the gas cylinder which had a false bottom.last_img read more

NTC granted land for Georgetown Secretariat

first_imgAmerindian Heritage Month 2017Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 opened on Friday with much flare at the Indigenous Heritage Village at Sophia; and the rich culture, food and music of Guyana’s Amerindians were on full display.However, neither President David Granger nor Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo was present at the Friday launch, having sent in excuses stating that they were ‘busy’.A section of the gathering at the launching of Amerindian Heritage MonthIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has, however, reiterated Government’s support for the Indigenous peoples. During his feature address, he pointed out that the President had consented to the National Toshaos Conference (NTC) request for a plot of land. The request for a Secretariat for the NTC was made to President Granger by Indigenous leaders last year at the National Toshaos Conference. It is understood that the Secretariat will be constructed in the Compound of the Sophia Exhibition Centre.NTC Chairman, Joel Fredericks, had said the Secretariat would be “a place where we (NTC) can have our headquarters functioning; a place where the Indigenous peoples can come and lay their issues, they can find some help and support there”.Fredericks had expressed expectations that construction of the NTC Secretariat would commence shortly. He said the President had committed to supporting the venture. “We have some resources at hand, what we can start with; and his Excellency (has) also (committed) to giving some support,” Fredericks stated.“It is expected that that building, which will be known as the Secretariat, will help the communities to realise their dreams. It will be a place of action. No longer complaints and gyaff, but action. And Government is committed to give its support,” Allicock said.Allicock also paid tribute to renowned artist and archaeologist George Simon. Widely regarded as one of the leading artists of his generation and the founder of the Lokono Artists Group, Simon was present at the launch.Heritage festivalAt Friday’s ceremony, a number of Indigenous organisations took to the podium to reflect on the significance of Heritage Month. Representatives came from groups such as the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), The Amerindian Action Movement of Guyana (TAAMOG), Guyana Organisation of Indigenous Peoples (GOIP), and National Amerindian Development Foundation (NADF).The St Cuthbert’s Cultural Group was in action, thrilling crowds with their cultural presentation. The Surama Culture Group, from whence Minister Allicock hails, also joined in on the action.Trailing this opening ceremony will be the art/craft and food exhibitions, the Heritage sports, reflection on the life and work of the first Indigenous Parliamentarian, Steven Campbell; the Heritage dinner at Lions Club; and the much anticipated Miss Indigenous Heritage Pageant, showcasing elegance, beauty and culture.The Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry launched the annual Heritage Festival at the Umana Yana earlier last month under the theme “Guyana’s first peoples; sustaining a rich cultural environment”. The launch was done in the spirit of International Day of World Indigenous Peoples.Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, had highlighted the struggles of Indigenous peoples in their fight for equal rights, not confined to Guyana but rather on an international scale.“In many countries, (including) in our South American continent, many Indigenous peoples still suffer injustices simply because they are the first peoples, and they want to be recognised as such. Many are advocating and literally fighting for their lives, for their lands; and some of the most outspoken; some of the bravest, have died for this cause,” the Minister lamented.She had also reflected on her 2016 visit to Ecuador, where Indigenous women had gathered to discuss the concerns of Indigenous peoples and the way forward, and said she was amazed at the indignities that fellow Indigenous peoples had to suffer in this modern day and age.“I realised then how far advanced Guyana was as a nation in the treatment of Indigenous peoples,” she noted.Amerindian Heritage Month 2017 is geared at celebrating Guyana’s first peoples by reflecting on their contributions; and to protect, pursue and promote Indigenous heritage while trying to recapture lost traditions.This year’s calendar of activities was also unveiled at the launch, showing that it will kick-start with a ceremonial launch and cultural extravaganza on September 1, 2017 at the Sophia Exhibition Centre in Georgetown.Ovid Williams had presented an overview of the cultural aspect of the month’s celebrations.last_img read more

Shoddy upgrade, malfunctioning parts responsible – source

first_imgBlackout woes… as GPL blames tripped transformer for latest blackoutsThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Demerara Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS) shut down on Tuesday without notice, causing those connected to the grid to be without power again, an increasing phenomenon in recent weeks.While the power company has blamed a tripped transformer for Tuesday’s widespread blackout, sources close to the utility company’s operations are in fact blaming the shoddy works of the contractors that ‘upgraded’ the grid recently at a cost of US$42 million, coupled with inferior infrastructure and the displaced Wärtsilä managers as among the key reasons for the now incessant shutdowns.The power company in a subsequent public missive said “At approximately 08:30h this morning (Tuesday), a transformer trip at our Kingston power station caused the DBIS to experience a shutdown. Restoration efforts commenced immediately and most areas were repowered at approximately 09:45h with the exception of Sophia, La Penitence, East Ruimveldt, West Ruimveldt and a section of the East Bank, between Herstelling and Craig. These areas were re-powered at 13:00h.”Guyana Times has since learnt that the transformers referred to by GPL are not those seen installed on utility poles but instead are used to step up the power generated at the Kingston plant.It was explained that the generating sets in fact produce 13.8V which is then fed through the transformer and stepped up to 69KV which is then transferred to the Sophia distribution centre.There are several recent incidents according to Guyana Times source, where the power company experienced outages but are unsure as to the cause.It was explained too that in many instances, Rural Cut Offs (ROC) which have been installed across the grid failed to effectively work which causes complications for the entire grid.This publication was told that the ROCs are meant to act as fuses that would trip in case of surges or other malfunctions, hence isolating that section of the grid.This does not obtain however, since the installed ROCs are in many instances not functioning, resulting in the surges not being contained. As such, it affects the entire grid. They have been described as defective which prevents them from functioning effectively.Electricity woes being experienced on the West Bank of Demerara are also being blamed on not only the inferior infrastructure in place but the actual design and location of the Vreed-en-Hoop plant.It was explained that a recent explosion at the Craig, East Bank Demerara feeder which supplies electricity to sections of the West Bank of Demerara laid this bare since electricity could not have been diverted; the feeders in place could not accommodate the load.Speaking with sources familiar with the operations of the utility company, the lengthy scheduled delays have also been pinpointed as a result of the removal of the Wärtsilä managers.It was explained that there are currently two generating sets down at the recently rehabilitated Kingston Plant and while it is common for such systems to undergo scheduled repairs, under the Wärtsilä Management the procurement of and installation of the critical components were completed within two weeks.The two generating sets current down for repairs are not expected to be back up and running within weeks but rather months.The lengthy scheduled delays have led in part to the load shedding phenomenon since the utility company at times does not have the generation capacity to meet the demands, especially during peak hours.Ever since the change in management, the scheduled outages have now begun to take months at a time since the procurement of the components are often times delayed.Tuesday’s unscheduled outage comes less than two weeks after the power company’s Public Relations Officer had promised an end to the chronic black outs currently besieging those connected to the national grid.Social media has in recent weeks and months been abuzz with sometimes profanity laced statements by Guyanese voicing their displeasure at the incessant spate of blackouts being experienced.The power company’s PRO, Shevion Sears had told members of the local media corps, when the Skeldon Wärtsilä units and the Co-Generator plant are fully functional, the available generating capacity is 137 megawatts. She noted that the total generating capacity in the DBIS is currently 106 megawatts.“Which means we are operating with a generation shortfall of approximately three megawatts during the day peak, and six megawatts during the night peak,” she explained.Giving a breakdown of the planned and unplanned maintenance work at the time, Sears said three engines at Garden of Eden were down for maintenance overhaul work.One of these engines constitutes 5.5 megawatts, while the other two are 6.9 megawatts.last_img read more

PPP Govt solved price hikes with one phone call – Jagdeo

first_img…urges Cabinet to make timely interventionFormer President Bharrat Jagdeo has said he wants a timely and effective intervention from the Government on the issue of hikes in the prices of fuels, and has recalled that his Administration would have dealt with increases in fuel prices on the world market in a particular manner.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoWith the rise in fuel prices having spawned protests from several sections of society, Government has announced that Cabinet would deliberate on this issue.Jagdeo is, however, unimpressed with this approach to the issue. During a recent press conference, the former president recalled that when he was in office, issues of this sort used to be solved by one phone call.“Cabinet (is) to explore options of what they will do about fuel prices? (Back then, former Finance Minister) Ashni Singh would call me and say, ‘The prices have gone up, and here is the room’; because we moved up the prices when the prices were low, and we dropped them when the prices were high, as a stabiliser. And I (would) say, ‘Okay, go ahead’, as president.“And I’m sure he did the same thing with (former President Donald) Ramotar…The prices have moved, that’s what you do!” Jagdeo said.“They now need a whole Cabinet to explore this about what they do with the fuel. Is this not total incompetence?” he asked rhetorically.When the announcement of Cabinet considering the issue was made, it was noted that times are different. In defending the Government’s caution, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had specifically alluded to considerations about Guyana’s Balance of Payments’ situation.Minibus and hire car operators have already protested the hike in fuel prices. Some have called for the Government to look into the situation urgently, as they are practically on the breadline.It has been related that because the rice industry is failing, many farmers have turned to the transportation sector for their survival. These drivers have also contended that if Government does not intervene, there is likely to be a hike in crime.FrustrationsOnly last week, President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, had cause to vent his frustration over Government’s slow approach to a proposal submitted to the Business Ministry over a week ago.Andrews expressed dissatisfaction over Government’s seemingly careless attitude towards tackling the woes of the minibus and transportation sector at large.Andrews’s proposal had not only been for a fare increase, but several other requests in regard to the transportation sector, with the hope of having several issues plaguing that sector addressed.He had contended that, instead of leaving the union proverbially at sea, the Business Ministry should have informed the Union that several other Ministries would have to be consulted on the matter before a determination is made.“I noticed in (Guyana Times where he (Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin) had indicated that he got to — because of the nature of the thing (proposal) — he has to consult the other relevant ministers. But he had not indicted that to me, and that would have been good if he had said that to us, so that we would have known we would have had to wait a little bit. I don’t know why the Government is wasting our time,” Andrews had declared.He added that, under the previous administration, such matters were given more urgency, especially since it is one which has a chain effect on not only drivers, but commuters as well.“They (the previous administration) would have dealt with it, even if we had to just talk. They would have called us in already, we would have been talking…they always would have called us in quickly,” he said.The Union head has said he is concerned that minibus operators might take certain actions which may very well affect commuters, if the Government does not deal with the issue in a timely manner.According to him, it is not the UMU’s vision to exploit commuters, but to set fares which are “fair to everyone”. Andrews has said he is aware of cases in which passengers are being made to pay increases in transportation fares as high as $60, when all that the UMU has requested is a $20 increase for short drop drivers, and $40 increase for drivers who travel longer distances.“We are concerned because, if they (minibus drivers) take action, it means that especially the travelling public, they will punish. There may be persons who may react to those increases; and, you know, there might be some violence and Police story and these kinds of things. So I don’t think that’s the way anybody wants us to go. So I think that the Government ought to do something quickly,” the UMU president had posited.last_img read more

Timehri brawl ends in murder

first_imgAn 18-year-old was fatally stabbed while his father and stepmother were injured during a brawl with a group of men at the Timehri Docks, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead is David Toney of Lot 76 Alliance Road, Timehri, EBD. Meanwhile, the injured are identified as Mark Toney and Judieth Hosea.The elder Toney was reportedly stabbed once to his abdomen and once to his back while Hosea received stab wounds to her hip and left side shoulder.According to information reaching Guyana Times, the now dead teen and his stepmother intervened in a fight between his father and a group of men, who were reportedly drunk, during which they were all injured.Speaking with this newspaper, Hosea related that the fight stemmed from an argument over who will pack their truck with cabbages. She said after the argument broke out, one of the men attacked her husband and a scuffle ensued.It was then, Hosea added, that her and her now dead stepson intervened to make peace but they too were attacked by the group of drunk men.The woman recalled feeling a sharp object inserted to her left shoulder followed by another on her left hip. She then retreated but saw the men hitting the teenager about his body.According to Hosea, she did not know David Toney was being stabbed until he ran a short distance away from the attackers and collapsed. He was stabbed at least three times, twice to his abdomen and once to the chest.Meanwhile, after Mark Toney was injured, he ran to the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Base in Timehri, where he was given first aid treatment and subsequently taken along with his injured wife to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.Guyana Times was told that David Toney was deported from Barbados, where he lived with his mother and other siblings.According to residents in the area, the teenager was allegedly involved in a number of thefts in the area. Only recently he was accused of stabbing a man on the Timehri wharf.A cousin, with whom David Toney lived, said he was awakened at about 04:30h by the dead teen’s father, who related that his son was stabbed and that he must run to the wharf fast.According to the cousin, when he arrived at the wharf, his cousin was already dead.Meanwhile, the Police have since arrested five persons for questioning into the fatal stabbing while they are on the hunt for two others.last_img read more

Wanted man dies after slamming into minibus

first_img– pillion rider in critical conditionAn East Coast Demerara resident who was wanted by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) was on Friday afternoon killed after the motorcycle he was riding slammed into a minibus in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.Dead: Mark Marcus SauersThe dead man has been identified as 26-year-old Mark Sauers formerly of Success, East Coast Demerara and of Paradise, ECD, while the pillion rider is 42-year-old Eon Howard. Howard is said to be in a serious condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Based on reports received, the route 40 minibus was turning onto Regent Street from Vlissengen Road when the dirt bike slammed into it.Upon collision, Sauers’ body was split in two and one of his arms was completely severed and left in the minibus.At the time of the collision, there were reportedly four passengers along with the driver and conductor in the minibus. From reports received, none of them sustained any injuries. Nevertheless, they were all left traumatised due to the gruesome images.The motorbike that Sauers was ridingHowever, the driver of the bus, at the scene, told media operatives that the motorcycle was probably going at 100 miles per hour. After he slammed into the side of the bus, he crashed through the window and came out of the back windscreen.The driver of the bus, Mark Pancham, explained that he will have to carry the image for the rest of his life. He noted that since driving, he has never been in an accident. He further said that this was the first time he witnessed such a gruesome accident.“It was a gruesome sight… imagine he went through the side window and come through the back windscreen… that tell you the speed he was travelling at”, an eyewitness told Guyana Times.Moments after the accident, friends of the dead man took to social media extending condolences to his family.The bus that Sauers crashed intoBased on information gathered, the now dead man only collected the new bike on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Sauers was no stranger to Police and drug enforcement bodies. In 2015, he was charged with the offence of conspiracy to traffic narcotics.It is alleged that Sauers, between January 1 and 17, 2014, at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, conspired with Jermaine Lowe to traffic 15.308 kg cocaine. In 2018, he was listed as wanted by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit for allegedly recruiting 19-year-old Anisha Hardy as a cocaine mule.She was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with 119 cocaine pellets in her stomach. She was subsequently sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and a $1.4 million fine. Since then, CANU had issued wanted bulletins for Sauers and his cousin.last_img read more

FSJWSL tournament raises carload of food for Women’s Resource Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Womens Soccer League held their first indoor tournament of the season over the weekend.A total of 12 teams were in competition: seven in the recreational pool, and five in the competitive pool. On the recreational side, it was Fort Motors taking the win over Highmark by the score of 2-1. After winning, Fort Motors donated their prize money back to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.On the competitive side, KBRD Mean Green ended up in 1st spot ahead of Team D&D. While KBRD won the final game of the tournament 3-0, D&D had only lost that final game so far in the double-elimination tourney, the top two teams elected to split the prize money instead of playing another game.- Advertisement – Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak Photo by Kristen Danczak During the tournament, the teams collected food donations for the Women’s Resource Centre, in addition to a raffle and 50/50 draw. The food drive was organized by recreational team Shattered Wings, who managed to raise a carload of food along with $541.44 cash.last_img read more

Flyers playing last home game before Christmas tomorrow night

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers are back on home ice tomorrow night for their final home game of the 2016 calendar year.The Flyers are coming off two straight losses, although they still hold a comfortable lead in the NPHL West standings after going undefeated in their first nine games. The Flyers will be hosting the Spirit River Rangers tomorrow night. Fort St. John previously needed a shootout to beat Spirit River on home ice back on November 24th.The puck drops at the North Peace Arena at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ranchers and Weather

first_imgThe President of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association says prices for yearlings may jump by about 10% next month. However, given this summer’s weather in the American Midwest, Roland Bauman fears it could be a short term spike… [asset|aid=120|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Bauman-BC ranchers_1_Pub.mp3] He says the increases in feed prices could then more than offset any improvement in the yearling market.Meanwhile, ranchers and farmers in the Peace are again in need of moisture. Fort St. John received only 37% of its normal amount of precipitation in June and has recorded only about 22% of the July average.June and July are normally the area’s highest months for precipitation averaging a combined total of 155 mm from 1971 to 2000.- Advertisement -However, this year the total is less than 45mm, with only 11 days left in July and no precipitation forecast for the first 5 days of that period.last_img read more

Update: Major Power outage in Fort St. John

first_imgPower has been restored after an outage caused 2,200 customers to lose power for about one hour.BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer says the outage was caused by a crow. He says the crow spread out its wings and touched two power lines. The power went through the crows body and caused a phase to phase fault. This resulted in the two wires burning and a power outage. ‘- Advertisement –  The area affected was South of the 246 Road, North of the 269 Road, West of 79th street and East of the 275 road.last_img read more

Alta. Energy Royalties

first_img– Advertisement – By Energeticcity.ca staffThe president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the Alberta government has taken a major step in the right direction. Dave Collyer was commenting on plans announced by the Stelmach government, to reduce royalty rates for conventional oil and natural gas next year. However, not everybody is happy with the decision, and most of the opposition is coming from the left of the political spectrum.N-D-P Leader Brian Mason is trashing the Tory government over the move, claiming it has caved in, to energy industry pressure. In defending the initiative, Energy Minister Ron Liepert says the province was lagging behind other jurisdictions in terms of competitiveness.It remains to be seen what impact the move might have on those other jurisditions…but, we could get our first assessment in this area next week, when 77 parcels covering more than 25,000 hecatres are offered in the March Sale of Natural Gas and Petroleum rights.last_img read more

Kiwanis Band and Majorettes perform in Ireland

first_imgA group of about 70 people – 33 musicians from the concert and jazz ensembles of the band, 10 members of the Majorettes dance group and about 30 associated “groupies” – left Dawson Creek on Sunday for a two-week stay on the Emerald Isle. The group will be performing in about a dozen different concerts and two music festivals, as well as visiting many different historical sites along the way.The group will be staying at a lodge in Tipperary, a town in southern Ireland, and will use two buses to tour around the southern part of the country. For example, they have been billeted (permitted to stay with local residents) in Mitchelstown, where they will take part in a parade and perform in a local church the next morning.”They have a community band there too, so we’ll be playing with their band and we will be playing songs like ‘It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary’ with them,” said Mary Beaulne, a trumpet player in both the concert and jazz ensembles and a member of the band for nearly 20 years.- Advertisement -The performers will take part in the internationally-renowned Galway Arts Festival in Ireland’s “cultural heart” – the City of Galway – and perform at the country’s largest traditional music summer school, the Willie Clancy Festival, in Milltown Malbay.They will travel to Dublin, Waterford and Wexford, to name a few stops, and visit landmarks like the Rock of Cashel (St. Patrick’s Rock) and the port city of Cobh, where the RMS Titanic launched from on its ill-fated maiden voyage across the Atlantic.Beaulne said she visited Ireland in 2002 on a personal trip, and remembers a vibrant country with some wonderful scenery – rolling hills, awesome cliffs, and lots of green fields lined with stone fences and dotted with sheep, donkeys and other animals.Advertisement “One of the the groups there is trying to raise money for some facility – maybe like what were doing for the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts – and so they’re raising money with the concert we’re playing.”As a city councilor, Shuman said she is an eager ambassador for Dawson Creek, adding the group is bringing lots of Dawson Creek pins and anniversary books to hand out while in Ireland.She said she joined the band several years ago as a busy parent looking for something she could enjoy for herself, and remembering enjoying being in a band as a young person.”It’s fun to play the music, but also to be part of a multi-generational organization. Our youngest member is nine and our oldest member is 80, so you have this whole breadth of experience and differences. I think it’s one of the most amazing groups I’ve ever belonged to.” “You think of Ireland being green, and yes, I do remember it being very green and very scenic,” she said.”Of course, in the pubs there is lots of good music, and a lot of time they will have local people playing in the pubs,” she added.She said she is looking forward to meeting other musicians, adding some friends they’ve made on other trips abroad are coming from elsewhere in British Columbia, and from other countries in Europe, to join them in Ireland.”I would say what I’m probably looking forward to more than anything is meeting other people and being involved in their way of life,” said Beaulne.Advertisementcenter_img She said she and her husband, who also plays in the band, both recently retired and really enjoy the lifestyle they have now.”This is a nice change, and I enjoy the music and the band …not the marching quite so much!”Cheryl Shuman, a flutist and president of the community band, said she has never been to Ireland and has purposefully not done any research on the country so that the experience will be completely new and fresh. However, she said she has been told she must kiss the Blarney Stone, located at Blarney Castle near Cork, as it is legend that the stone endows the kisser with the gift of eloquent speech.”If you think I talk a lot now, just wait until I get back from Ireland after I kiss the Blarney Stone!” she joked.She said she is also excited to meet and perform with the local community bands, and to immerse herself in the local cultures and cuisines. She added one of their performances in Ireland will be for a charitable cause.Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP present semi-annual report on crime in Fort St. John

first_imgOverall crime rates in Fort St. John appear to have decreased in the first six months of 2011.RCMP Inspector Patrick Egan gave a presentation on crime rates and service calls for the first half of 2011 to Fort St. John City Council, Monday evening.The 2011 rates and calls were compared to the same time period for 2010 and 2009.According to the report, the number of calls for service has decreased over the three-year period from 6,993 in the first half of 2009 to 6,551 in 2010 to 6,511 in 2011.Advertisement There were a handful of more serious crimes that saw an increase in the first six months of 2011. Residential break and enter’s increased from 51 to 63 and business break and enters increased from 22 to 24. Inspector Egan says the residential break and enter increase is a cyclical problem, as the RCMP arrest those responsible, they go to jail and are then released after a period of time and offend again. This year the RCMP have put more resources into solving residents and business break and enters.When it comes to the drug trade in Fort St. John, a few area’s saw an increase. The number of people arrested for cannabis possession jumped from 33 to 50 in 2011 and the number of people arrested for cannabis trafficking went from four to seven. Cocaine possession dropped from 13 to 10 and cocaine trafficking dropped from 25 to 20 in 2011. Inspector Egan believes the drug trade is alive and well in Fort St. John on a regular basis and says any spike in arrests normally happen after investigations that can take up to 12 months to complete.With impaired drivers, the stats are not complete because of the new laws that came into effect in September of 2010. For the first six months of 2011, the RCMP issued a 117 – 90 day immediate roadside prohibitions, 31 – 3 day suspensions and 2 – 7 day suspensions.Councilor Bolin asked Inspector Egan about statistics released by Stats Canada last week that showed Fort St. John had an increase in serious crimes. Egan says those numbers focused on the severity of crime and not the overall crime rate.For a complete look at all the statistics presented to Council, view the entire report at the bottom of this story, or the video from Fort St. John Council Cast. – Advertisement – Get Microsoft Silverlight  The above video shows the entire presentation taken from the Fort St. John Council Castcenter_img Egan also says criminal code cases have decreased approximately six per cent and the number of people in custody is down by around 18 per cent from 2010.Criminal Code offences have also reportedly decreased in the first half of 2011, with crimes against people down from 568 calls in 2010 to 512 calls in 2011 and property crimes dropped from 872 cases in 2010 to 796 in 2011.Violent crimes had a slight increase from last year; with robberies remaining steady at five, police officer assaults went from four to five in 2011 and sex offences went from 23 to 24 in 2011.A number of other types of crime saw a decrease. Common assaults dropped from 233 to 195 in the first half of 2011. Thefts from vehicles dropped from 138 in 2010 to 93 2011 and shoplifting had a dramatic drop from 99 to 29.Advertisementlast_img read more

Palmdale district seeking school-name suggestions

first_imgPALMDALE – The Palmdale School District is seeking the public’s help in naming three future schools, one on the east side of town and two in central Palmdale. A citizens advisory committee has been created to consider names sent in by residents. The form to submit names is available at the district’s Web site, www.psd.k12.ca.us, at the district office at 39139 10th St. E., or at district schools. The deadline to submit names is 4 p.m. March 2. For information, call the office of the deputy superintendent at (661) 947-7191. 160Want 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

Bad choice of areas

first_img– Monica Harmon Los Angeles Think like Americans Your March 1 headline reads “Valley commuters score victory,” and Monday’s editorial is headlined “Victory for 405.” It sounds like a simple car-pool lane is a major accomplishment for mankind. Such braggadocio over a 10-mile traffic lane to serve 10 percent of commuters – and not to be completed for another six years – is absurd. This is America, the country that built the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam and the interstate freeway system and that sent man to the moon in about the same time to be taken to design and pour this pad of concrete. Let’s start thinking like Americans again and build it overnight for one-fourth the proposed cost and open it to all motorists alike. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Cardenas responds Re “`Fair’ politics” (Our Opinions, March 2): I represent Woodley Park and the many families surrounding the park who oppose having the four-day San Fernando Valley Fair in their backyards – and for good reason. Bottom line: While fair organizers were vying for the new Woodley Park location, they failed to mention to the community that alcohol would be served for four days straight, music would be playing until midnight, and the main traffic thoroughfares would be closed off. Not a good game plan in an area highly concentrated with families and children. Secondly, the fair board already has an existing contract with the city to host the event at Hansen Dam, a more appropriate location, this year as well as next year. In fact, the city put $70,000 into plumbing and electrical infrastructure there to accommodate the fair’s animals. We even waived fees and found additional parking for the event. Fair officials made the decision to leave. Maybe they thought making a buck was more important than considering community impacts. It shouldn’t only be about making money; it should be about how the San Fernando Valley Fair best serves the people of the San Fernando Valley. – Tony Cardenas Councilman, Los Angeles Thanks for nothing Re “`Fair’ politics” (Our Opinions, March 2): Your recent editorial supporting keeping the San Fernando Valley Fair in the Valley should have noted that the previous Hansen Dam site is actually located within Council District 7, whose seat is now vacant but possibly to be reclaimed by its former occupant, newly elected Assemblyman Richard Alarcón. Neither Alarcón nor Councilman Tony Cardenas did anything to retain the fair within the Valley. Quite the contrary, it was Cardenas’ political power play more than two months after the city signed the agreement to use Woodley Park that forced the fair to leave the Valley entirely. Thanks for nothing, guys. – Glenn Bailey Encino Anti-troop? There is proposed legislation to give troops proper equipment and training – for the first time during this war – that is being called anti-troop. How can this be? As the cousin of a man who led the first wave into Baghdad and survived a 14-month tour without proper body armor, I feel this has gone beyond all acceptable bounds. How can it be bad to give troops proper equipment and training? I can’t think of a single reason how this could be, and I am left baffled and horrified. We need to send a message to our politicians that this is unacceptable. – Alex Manugian Sherman Oaks Seems like a cop-out It would have been more realistic if President Bush had gone to the less-affluent parts of New Orleans that are still in shambles. Instead, he went to some rich person’s house that was rebuilt to talk about what has been accomplished. His remark that “if the rest of the city is having problems with the rebuilding, they should have the state contact the federal government” seemed a cop-out to me. – Donald Jolliff Van Nuys Needs a rewrite Re “Levine wants to put teeth in pet population control” (March 2): Lloyd Levine needs a new light bulb if he thinks his spay/neuter bill is going to reduce pet overpopulation while guaranteeing that any purebred dog or cat can remain intact. There is certainly no evidence that purebreds are healthier than mixed-breed pets, as verified by reports on puppy-mill puppies or by reviewing the genetic health defects rampant in purebred dog or cat bloodlines. This is nonsensical legislation, which proposes funding spay/neuter service for millions of dogs and cats statewide from $500 fines paid by lawbreakers who refuse – or perhaps can’t afford – to alter nonpapered pets within 30 days. Spaying and neutering pets, both mixed and purebreds, is a good thing. Levine needs to have the strength of his convictions, call it what it is, and write it so it works. – Denise A. Justin Los Angeles Marathons Re “New course a site to see” (March 5): I once lived in the San Fernando Valley, and as a former resident I was glad that the course of the marathon has begun a new era with the starting line moved to Universal City. I am also glad that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to use extra trains to bus the runners and walkers from downtown L.A. to Universal City. Boy, what a sight to see! On that same day, I competed in the fifth running of the Little Rock Marathon in Little Rock, Ark. Let’s hope that they are held next year with both events running on the same day. – John Huerta Warren, Ark. Marathon head start I must say it came as a shock to me when I found out that women get a 20-minute head start in the L.A. Marathon. I find this somewhat sexist in an age of gender equality. Is Los Angeles guilty of admitting that females are the physically weaker sex and need special considerations? Does Los Angeles follow this policy when hiring females in physically demanding jobs, such as jobs of firefighters and police officers? – Jeff Shirey Woodland Hills Palmdale airport Re “Flight plan is taking shape” (March 3): Finally, after a very long time, something is being done to utilize Palmdale Regional Airport. Even though it may have a modest beginning, the potential for growth is wonderful. Good luck. – Cliff Hall Chatsworth160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Valley sites to house homeless” (March 6): I have a question for Mayor Villaraigosa: Are you not aware that those sites where you want to build housing for the homeless are in gang-infested areas? By building those housing units in those areas, you are putting the citizens in jeopardy – by putting them in the middle of drive-by shootings and other violent crimes. In my opinion, there is a lack of common sense in building these units in the area that the mayor has indicated before cleaning up the gang problem. – Mort Sherman Woodland Hills Financial disclosure Re “Officials soft-pedal cop threat” (March 3): Councilman Bernard Parks states, “It was put into place to instill public confidence that we have an honest police force.” Because of Parks’ poor leadership and lack of management skills, the Rampart corruption scandal occurred right under his nose when he was chief, and the consent decree was implemented. The Los Angeles Police Department also lost 1,000 officers during Parks’ tenure. Now our LAPD officers are dealing with the consequences of Parks’ failure, and our city is at risk to lose more than 600 LAPD anti-gang and narcotics officers if asked to disclose their financial records. I wonder how our politicians would be reacting if they were asked to disclose their financial records. last_img

Brown stays on airport board

first_imgThe judge said Brown’s comments brought balance to an emotional case related to a gang accused in the slaying of Burbank police Officer Matthew Pavelka. “I find the comments very offensive and upsetting,” said Burbank police Detective Michael Pavelka, Matthew Pavelka’s father. “In light of what happened, I can’t conceive how Mr. Brown could say anything positive on behalf of Mr. Schaffer. It’s something I live with every day – the loss of my son.” The rookie officer was killed in a 2003 shootout with suspected Vineland Boys members. Brown, a 41-year veteran of the department who was appointed in 2001 to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board, said he returned a phone call from a probation officer regarding Schaffer’s sentencing. In a March 2 letter to the council, he said he didn’t ask for leniency for Schaffer, but rather answered questions about how he knew Schaffer and for how long, including his past involvement in local charities. “I told what I knew of him,” wrote Brown, whose term will expire in June. “I told the truth.” Ramos said that, as a public figure, Brown should have watched his words more carefully. “I know, as appointed or elected officials, all of our words, private and personal, are subject to scrutiny,” she said. Still, Councilmen Jef Vander Borght and David Golonski said Brown shouldn’t be dismissed for voicing an opinion that might be unpopular. “I think he said what he believed was truthful, and has a right to do that, no matter how much we don’t like it,” Golonski said. Brown knew Schaffer, a Glendale businessman who served on the Glendale Water and Power Commission, for at least five years. He had ties with former Burbank Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, Schaffer’s then-girlfriend, who was convicted in the Vineland Boys probe on drug and child-endangerment charges. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Bob Hope Airport Commissioner Don Brown has won a reprieve from potential dismissal after speaking on behalf of a friend convicted in the Vineland Boys probe. Brown, a retired Burbank Police Department lieutenant, made comments to a probation officer that helped secure a reduced sentence for Scott Schaffer, a former City Hall insider convicted of trading guns for cocaine with members of the Sun Valley-based gang. The police rank and file and City Councilwoman Marsha Ramos have pressed for Brown’s removal for weeks, but after testimony Tuesday night from both critics and supporters, several council members declined calls for a formal dismissal hearing. Instead, the panel ordered the city attorney to try to obtain Schaffer’s pre-sentencing report, which is under seal. Mayor Todd Campbell said he had hoped to question Brown, who did not appear at Tuesday’s meeting. “I would like to have a hearing that actually gets to the bottom of this,” he said. But Lt. Pat Lynch of the Burbank Police Officers Association said he was disappointed by the decision. While the pre-sentencing report may end speculation over what Brown actually said, it won’t change Schaffer’s sentence, and it leaves the commissioner overseeing an airport near Vineland Boys territory. Schaffer, 53, was sentenced Feb. 12 to 13 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to a charge of using a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Prosecutors had sought a 21-month sentence. Calls for Brown’s ouster came after U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter said he gave Schaffer a lighter sentence in part because of a “glowing recommendation” from the airport commissioner. last_img read more

Daniels will try to play for Broncos today

first_imgAfter injuring his toe against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24, Daniels had little physical activity last week and didn’t play in a win over Cal State Los Angeles and a loss to Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. He has been able to test it out this week. “He’s going to give it a shot,” Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky said. “Obviously, he’ll be very limited.” Kamansky said he wasn’t planning on having Daniels start, and his playing time would be dependent on how much pain he feels. Daniels has been a key part of the Broncos’ success this season. He is third on the team with 11.5 points per game, and tied for second in rebounding with 4.7. Daniels also leads the team in field goal percentage. Starting junior center Kaelen Daniels, out last weekend after jamming his toe, will try to play today in the opener of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Humboldt State’s East Gym. Third-seeded Cal Poly (20-7) plays sixth-seeded Seattle (19-8) in the first quarterfinal today at noon. A win would advance the Broncos to Saturday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal against either second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino or seventh-seeded BYU-Hawaii. The question for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team this week is: Will he or won’t he? And the answer is, he’ll try. center_img “I don’t want to think we have to have him, but he’s always a good asset to have,” senior guard Billy Hofman said earlier in the week. In Daniels’ absence last week, junior Kevin Neveu started in his place and both he and sophomore Kyle Krause played more minutes. Neveu is averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 14.5 minutes, while Krause is averaging 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds and 7.4 minutes. Last weekend, they both had a tendency to pick up fouls. Neveu averaged 5.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 18.5 minutes in the two games, while Krause’s numbers were 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 16.0 minutes. “Kevin and Kyle are very capable. They just have to go out and do it,” Kamansky said. Cal Poly is led by first-team all California Collegiate Athletic Association players senior Dion Cook (17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and sophomore Larry Gordon (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg). The Broncos also have CCAA freshman of the year Donnelle Booker (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Cook is capable of carrying a team. He scored 31 of his career-high 39 points in the second half of a 70-69 overtime victory against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24. Cal Poly hasn’t played Seattle since losing to the Redhawks in the second game of the 2005-06 season, 79-72 at Seattle. This is the Broncos’ fourth postseason trip in the last five years and Seattle’s first as a Division II school. Seattle, which won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, has won seven straight games. Despite winning the conference, Seattle had no first-team all-conference players. Starting senior guards Ryan Webb (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.6 apg) and Sam Kirby (13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) both made the second team. Seattle does have more size than Cal Poly. Senior David White, a GNAC honorable mention, is 6-foot-11, and averages 9.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Cal Poly has no player taller than the 6-8 Krause. “They’ve got a 6-11 guy, and their guards Kirby and Webb are very good,” Kamansky said. “We will have to play very well to win this game.” 160Want 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

Matthews focused on playing

first_imgMeanwhile, the Angels declined comment on a published report that said they haven’t ruled out disciplining Matthews if didn’t provide answers about his alleged purchase of HGH. “I am not aware of the story and even if I was, that’s not something I would comment on,” general manager Bill Stoneman said. Lackey impressive John Lackey was impressive in his first start of the spring, retiring the first seven batters he faced and collecting five strikeouts in three innings in a 10-7 loss to the Diamondbacks. Lackey gave up just two hits and one earned run, and left with a 4-1 lead. “The fact that it was his first start, he was very, very impressive,” Stoneman said. Howie Kendrick hit his first homer of the spring, and finished 2 for 3 with two RBI. Chris Resop, who gave up six runs on five hits in the fourth inning, took the loss. Roster moves The Angels Thursday reassigned the following three players to minor league camp, C Brenton Del Chiaro, RHP Tommy Mendoza and RHP Robert Mosebach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPE, Ariz. – Gary Matthews Jr. prefers to focus on the games he will play and not the ones he potentially will be forced to miss. If a suspension or discipline of some kind is on its way then so be it. Matthews knows that no matter what happens, he will be playing baseball this season and he’s going to have to learn how to play with his new teammates. Matthews is undergoing a crash course this spring on how much ground he will have to cover while playing between Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero. The Angels’ two veteran corner outfielders have had their share of speed-slowing injuries in recent seasons. center_img Earlier this week Matthews and Guerrero both were hesitant on a fly ball to shallow right-center by Oakland’s Mike Piazza. Matthews took over at the last second, hanging on for the out as the ball nearly squirted out of his glove. “That’s one of those learning plays, just figuring out where (Guerrero’s) range is and him learning where mine is and where to expect me to be,” said Matthews, seemingly overjoyed to get a question about baseball. “He’s always positioned really well and moves his feet well. “Between him and Garret I really don’t have to say a whole lot to them. Depending on the situation, it’s just making sure they’re in the right place. I’ll talk, but for the most part there hasn’t been a whole lot of talking out there.” Matthews expects the learning process to continue all summer as Anderson plays a limited Cactus League schedule. At least the former Texas Rangers outfielder is equipped to deal with this kind of scenario. “For me, plating at Texas without the same guys in the corner, I was really forced to be aggressive and let guys know that there are balls I’m going to get,” Matthews said. “When I call it you have to let me get after it.” last_img read more

Taps played for the city’s fallen in Iraq

first_imgAs the strains of taps reverberated through Los Angeles City Council Chambers, city officials wearing black arm bands paid homage Tuesday to nearly three dozen Los Angeles residents who have died in Iraq. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, wearing his American Legion cap, read aloud a list of those who have died in the war. It was Rosendahl’s first public denunciation of the war. “I have been silent on it all these years,” Rosendahl told his fellow council members. “I was a journalist when the war broke out, and I had (Rep.) Dennis Kucinich on my show, and he said the war was based on lies. He turned out to be right.” With the war entering its fifth year and more than 3,200 American deaths, Rosendahl said he felt it was appropriate for the city to remember those from Los Angeles who were victims. Taps was played by Iraq war veteran Jeff Key. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390last_img read more

Datebook

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY Health Fair, 9 a.m.-noon, ONEgeneration Center, 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda. Call (818) 419-2513. Palmdale Airport Open House, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 41000 N. 20th St. E. Call (909) 975-5360. Stunt Road to Saddle Peak hike, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cold Creek Preserve. Bring water and food. Meet at Lower Stunt High Trail. Enter park on Stunt Road past Mulholland Highway. Call (310) 822-8648. Las Virgenes Unified School District board meeting, 6 p.m., school district headquarters, 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 800-4000. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Pedestrian killed by sheared lightpole in chain-reaction crash

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – A 40-year-old pedestrian waiting to cross a street was killed after being hit by a lightpole that sheared off when a pickup truck smashed into it in a chain-reaction collision, police said today. Arsen Gevorgyan, 40, of North Hollywood was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred just before noon Sunday at Victory Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue, police said. A 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck caromed off a 1992 Honda Civic trying to make a left turn from Victory to Whitsett. The crash caused the truck to lose control and shear a light pole at the northwest corner of the intersection where Gevorgyan was waiting to cross the street, police said. Paramedics pronounced Gevorgyan dead at the scene. No one else was injured, but a dog riding in the pickup truck was thrown from the vehicle. The dog suffered leg injuries. Neither alcohol nor drugs was a factor in the crash, said Los Angeles Police Detective Dave Millan, of the Valley Traffic Division, who was investigating the cause of the crash. Millan said there have been other serious crashes at that intersection, which does not have a northbound left-hand turn signal, something he was going to look into. “It seems right now its a tragic accident,” Millan said. “We need a left-hand turning arrow here and these are the reasons why.”last_img read more

Poll: Pessimism felt around U.S.

first_imgWomen and minorities are less content than men and whites, which has been true for years. But all four groups are at or near record lows for the AP-Ipsos poll, and at unusually low levels for older surveys, as well. Ann Bailey, 69, a retired school secretary in Broken Arrow, Okla., is a conservative who believes the country is on the wrong track. That sentiment should raise alarms for Republicans hoping to hold the White House and recapture Congress next year. She cites a widespread lack of honesty plus immigration, gasoline prices and Iraq – where a son and grandson are serving. “As much as I hate it, I think they need to finish up what they’re doing and get out of there,” said Bailey. “I think we should step out and say, `OK, now you solve your problem. We’ve done the best we can do.”‘ Larry Ward, a moderate Republican from Pocomoke, Md., also senses the U.S. is heading the wrong way. WASHINGTON – It’s gloomy out there. Men and women, whites and minorities – all are feeling a war-weary pessimism about the country seldom shared by so many people. Only 25 percent of those surveyed say things in the U.S. are going in the right direction, according to an AP-Ipsos poll this month. That is about the lowest level of satisfaction detected since the survey started in December 2003. Rarely have longer-running polls found such a rate since the even gloomier days of 1992 ahead of the first President Bush’s re-election loss to Democrat Bill Clinton. The current glumness is widely blamed on public discontent with the war in Iraq and with President Bush. It is striking for how widespread the mood is among different groups of people. “We’re still fighting a war we can’t win,” said Ward, 47, who operates a tree service. “That’s a real big thing for me.” Three in 10 men and two in 10 women said this month they think the country is on the right track, down from nearly half of each who felt that way at the end of 2003. By race, 28 percent of whites and 18 percent of minorities said the same – just over half their rates of optimism from late 2003. Asked in April why they felt things were veering in the wrong direction, one-third overall volunteered the war and one-fourth blamed poor leadership. Nine percent faulted the economy, 8 percent a loss of moral values and 5 percent gasoline prices. “We need to get out of war, get our economy back up, quit spending money outside of America and bring it here,” said Democrat Lisa Pollard, 45, an insurance company analyst in Arlington, Texas. “It all starts at the White House.” When voter optimism hits such low levels, “It’s not being driven by any specific group. It’s a general kind of malaise that’s across the board,” Republican pollster Neil Newhouse said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Motorcycle reported stolen in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe theft was reported earlier today from the 1700 block of 86th Avenue. Anyone with information on its location is asked to contact police at 250-784-3700.- Advertisement –last_img

January sees big jump in value of construction

first_imgJust as impressive is the year-over-year monthly revenue increase for the city. It also went up more than six fold to $28,300 from $4,400. However, these early 2014 numbers come on the heels, of a very solid performance in 2013. – Advertisement -The twelve month construction value last year was $135,600,000 and that was more than double the 2012 total of $63,600,000.last_img

West Moberly First Nations in court this week to challenge proposed coal mine

first_imgThe Gething Project site is located about 30 kilometres from the reserve and 50 metres from a culture camp where members of the First Nation fish, hunt, and teach traditions to children.In a release West Moberly Chief Roland Wilson says, “The Crown doesn’t seem to understand how important this location is to us, and they didn’t give us the chance to tell them. The government allowed the company to prepare the studies it needed, but wouldn’t wait for the detailed report we produced on the impacts to our culture.”The hearing is expected to last until Friday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

One person is dead following a collision on 89th ave in Fort St. John

first_imgThe 32 year-old male from Fort St. John died as a result of the injuries received in the collision.The RCMP are still investigating the cause of the collision but alcohol is suspected.As a result of the collision, 89th avenue was closed for approximately 4 hours, but is now open.- Advertisement –last_img

Snowfall Warning issued for the Peace Region

first_imgIssued at 2014-10-26 04:47 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall, with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected. A low pressure system moving to the south of the area will give 10 cm of snow tonight and a further 5 cm tomorrow. The snow will end by late afternoon Sunday as the low moves to the east.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected. Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan visiting north east communities

first_imgMay 21: Tumbler Ridge SecondaryFarmingtonMay 22: Parkland ElementaryGroundbirchMay 25: McLeod ElementaryAdvertisement May 17: Chetwynd  & District Recreation CentreMay 19: Windrem ElementaryTumbler RidgeMay 20: Tumbler Ridge ElementaryAdvertisement Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan will be making stops in various north east B.C. communities over the next two weeks. The van packs activities, artifacts, and some marine life such as sea stars on its trips.Coming on this trip is a brown box crab. The crab has the ability to fold its legs and abdomen together and pull itself tightly so it looks like a box, or a ball.The travelling schedule for the AquaVan is as follows:- Advertisement -ChetwyndMay 13-14: Chetwynd Secondary SchoolMay 15: Don Titus MontessoriAdvertisementcenter_img Dawson CreekMay 26: Tremblay ElementaryFort St. JohnMay 27: Robert Ogilvie ElementaryMay 28: Duncan Cran ElementaryAdvertisementlast_img read more

Unemployment rate increases in Northeast B.C.

first_imgThe unemployment rate jumped .07 per cent in October in Northeast B.C.The rate moved up to 6.2 per cent from 5.5 per cent in September and August. According to B.C. stats, approximately 39,400 people were employed in the region this October.  In October 2014, the unemployment rate was to low to measure with 38,600 working.- Advertisement -Across the country, the economy added 44,000 net new jobs in October.  That increase pushed the unemployment rate down to 7.0 per cent from 7.1 in September.In B.C., the rate decreased slightly to 6.2 per cent from 6.3 per cent in September.last_img read more

Everton without ill Rooney against Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney has scored six goals in his last five league games for Everton © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – In-form forward Wayne Rooney was left out of the Everton squad for their Premier League home game with defending champions Chelsea on Saturday, reportedly due to illness.Rooney, 32, has scored six goals in his last five league games as Everton have climbed to ninth place in the table under new manager Sam Allardyce. Democratic Republic of Congo winger Yannick Bolasie was named on Everton’s bench for the first time since sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury in December 2016.With striker Alvaro Morata missing through suspension, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte named Eden Hazard as his centre forward.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Van Dijk can get even better after dream start – Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk at the end of an FA Cup third round match against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk will get even better after he scored the winning goal against Everton in a “fairytale” Merseyside derby debut.Van Dijk headed home six minutes from full-time to give Liverpool a 2-1 victory in their FA Cup third-round tie with the Toffees after Gylfi Sigurdsson had cancelled out James Milner’s opener from the penalty spot. The Dutchman became the most expensive defender in the world when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($102 million, 85 million euros) this month and Klopp could not be happier with his contribution in his first match for the Reds.“Fairytale in a world with not a lot of fairy tales anymore, so I think something like that is quite special,” said the Liverpool boss.“It was a difficult decision to make to be honest because, to be 100 percent honest, the first plan was not to start him but then Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan played a lot of games in the last few weeks, so I changed my mind .“It was a big fight, it was not brilliant football, it was not the most beauty — it was how cup games should be. It is not about who is the better side, who can do this or that. Things like this can happen sometimes, but it is pretty rare.”Van Dijk was a commanding presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, although Klopp thinks the centre-back has only given a glimpse of his qualities as he predicted the best is yet to come from the Netherlands international.“He showed a lot of things we want him to show in the future very often,” Klopp added.“Heading of course, football-wise his first touch was good, good under pressure and then around set pieces a proper threat,” he added, praising Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for his corner.“I think first of all we should help him just to be as good as he is already because that’s why we took him. You don’t pay that amount of money for a player and think ‘OK, we can get another 80 per cent’, but of course there is room for improvement.“But the first improvement will be to adapt really to the team, how we deal in different situations. But as I said, since he is in, we spoke more about it and we did it actually on the pitch.”Everton manager Sam Allardyce felt his side had done enough at Anfield to earn a replay after a battling display.“I’m very disappointed we’re not going back to Goodison and trying to get through to the next round,” he said.“We may have saved it late on and I think it was a brilliant effort from the players, even though we’re disappointed.“The performance deserved us to be able to take them back to our place, but that’s not to be.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Beckham set to launch long-sought Miami MLS club

first_imgThe team is expected to begin MLS play in 2020 at a 25,000-seat stadium to be built in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.Just over 11 years after announcing he would leave Real Madrid for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in a deal that included the chance to purchase an expansion team at a reduced rate, Beckham will make good on plans he first announced in February 2014.Several failed stadium sites delayed his consortium’s efforts, other MLS teams making their debuts while Beckham struggled to get his off the ground, unable to find an agreeable place for a specially built venue.The group edged closer to success last year after securing a land deal for a proposed stadium project, waterfront sites and others near the Miami Marlins baseball stadium and NBA Miami Heat arena having earlier fallen though.MLS Commissioner Don Garber said last month the Miami franchise project was “the most complicated situation in any market that we’ve experienced” because of the Miami area political structure and fast-changing real estate environment.Launch of the new Beckham-backed team will mark the second attempt to start a Miami-based MLS franchise.The Miami Fusion, which made their debut in the 1998 MLS season, played for four seasons before being cut from the league after the 2001 campaign amid low ticket sales and the lowest revenues of any team in the competition.Beckham, 42, retired in 2013 after a 20-year career that saw him win league crowns with Manchester United in England, Real Madrid in Spain, the Galaxy in North America and Paris Saint-Germain in his farewell matches.He also played for England from 1996 to 2009, winning 115 caps.His five-year stint in MLS with the Galaxy boosted football’s profile in North America and contributed to the steady growth in attendances across the MLS.When Beckham arrived in 2007, average attendances through the league were 16,770; when he ended his five-year stint they had increased to 18,807 per game. By 2017, that number had increased to 22,113.Beckham’s move to MLS was also followed by several high-profile European stars nearing the end of their careers.England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard both later moved to MLS, along with Italy’s Andrea Pirlo and Spanish striker David Villa.Announcing plans for his Miami team four years ago, Beckham said he had already identified players who he hoped to lure to Florida.“It would be disrespectful for me to say what players I want in the team. But we have a list of players,” Beckham said in 2014.“I’ve been fortunate to play with some of the best players in the world and some of them are calling me up to ask me when Miami is happening.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Beckham, pictured in 2017, will make good on plans for an expansion team that he announced in February 2014 © AFP/File / Toru YAMANAKAMIAMI, United States, Jan 28 – Former England captain David Beckham will unveil his long-sought Major League Soccer expansion team at a Monday news conference in Miami, bringing a conclusion to a turmoil-filled four-year quest.MLS announced Friday it will “make a major announcement regarding the future of soccer in Miami” on Monday, inviting ticketed members of the public to what is expected to be the announcement of a 25th league club.last_img read more

Greek football club owner banned for 3 years over pitch invasion with gun

first_img0Shares0000PAOK’s Greek-Russian owner Ivan Savvidis has been banned for three years for storming onto the pitch with a gun in its holster © AFP/File / stringerATHENS, Greece, Mar 29 – The owner of Greek club PAOK has been banned for three years after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun on his belt, league organisers said.PAOK were also docked three points and fined for Ivan Savvidis’ actions at the end of a match against AEK Athens, meaning they drop to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos. The ruling also includes a 100,000-euro ($123,000) fine for Greek-Russian businessman Savvidis and a separate 63,000-euro fine for PAOK.PAOK, based in the northern port of Thessaloniki, said they will appeal.Also Thursday, the monitoring committee of global football body FIFA recommended the immediate suspension of Greece’s football federation, according to a letter leaked to Greek media.The Greek league will resume on Saturday after being suspended on March 12 in the wake of the Savvidis incident. Athens-based AEK now have a commanding lead at the top with 57 points followed by Olympiakos with 50 and PAOK with 49 points.The clubs have agreed to a list of government demands, including point deductions and automatic relegation for clubs responsible for violence.Savvidis, a 58-year-old tobacco industrialist and a former lawmaker with the party of Russian president Vladimir Putin, stormed onto the pitch to confront the referee in protest at a 90th-minute disallowed goal in what was then a top-of-the-table clash against AEK Athens.His club said: “The penalty is harsh and (was made) under the pressure of a targeted communication storm against PAOK. We are appealing and expect to be judged on the basis of actual facts.”It said Savvidis had the support of “the entire family of PAOK, stronger and more determined than ever”.The Greek Super League docked PAOK three points from this season and two from next season, and ordered them to play the next three home matches without spectators.The league banned the club’s football director Lubos Michel for three months and fined him 15,000 euros for threatening the referee in the AEK match.There was little sympathy for PAOK from their Athens-based rivals.“We expected PAOK to be punished and that we would be on the top. I think we deserve to be at the top as we have played the best football,” AEK forward Tasos Bakasetas told Nova TV.Greek football has perennially been plagued by violence and match-fixing.The head of a FIFA committee set up last July to monitor the Greek football federation, Herbert Hubel, recommended in his report to FIFA’s leadership that Greece, the 2004 European champions, be excluded from international competition.Hubel mentioned the pitch invasion by Savvidis, as well as the suspension of the league, the suspension of PAOK from the European Club Association and continuous delays in court decisions about match outcomes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

UPDATE: Amber Alert issued for three children taken in Fox Creek

first_imgUPDATE – The Amber Alert has been cancelled and the children have been located.FOX CREEK, A.B. – Alberta RCMP have issued an Amber Alert for three children that were taken early Saturday morning in Fox Creek.At 1:30 am this morning, 4-year-old Isabella Darnel, 3-year-old Elijah Darnel, 9-month-old Arlo Darnel, are believed to be abducted from their home in Fox Creek.- Advertisement -All three children have blonde hair and blue eyes. Isabella Darnel is wearing a purple nighty with peach pyjama pants. It is believed that the three children were abducted by their mother Charmaine Darnel.Charmaine Darnel is five feet, 8 inches tall, 230 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. They were last seen leaving a residence in Fox Creek driving a 2014, medium grey Dodge Ram pickup truck, Alberta licence plate B W Z 8 6 4 5. The vehicle was last seen leaving Fox Creek, heading south towards Edmonton.Photos have yet to be releasedAdvertisement Please contact the RCMP at Fox Creek at 780-622-3740 or 9 1 1 if you have any information.last_img read more

Khedira latest: Arsenal and Chelsea consider moves, but will Bayern Munich beat them to the punch?

first_img Sami Khedira has been linked with a switch to Arsenal 1 The Premier League season is just a fortnight away, and while Arsene Wenger has conducted some excellent business over the summer, even he concedes that Arsenal could bring in more players.“There could still be one signing, maximum of two. If a good opportunity comes up we might still do it, but at the moment we are not close to signing anybody,” Wenger is quoted as saying.One such player linked with a move is Sami Khedira, but how close is a potential deal? Here’s the latest…Replacement lined-upSpanish publication AS say that Real Madrid are preparing for Khedira’s departure by making a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazilian was one of the few members of the Selecao to emerge from the World Cup with any credit. The publication claim that negotiations between the two clubs are advancing, and while Real boss Carlo Ancelotti will be pained to losing Khedira, he will allow him to leave once a replacement is secured.WaitingThe Express say that Arsenal and rivals Chelsea are the two English clubs in the running for Khedira, and while the London duo are keen on landing him ahead of the new season, they are biding their time before making a serious move. The 27-year-old is set to join up with his Madrid teammates tomorrow, and a decision will be made in the coming weeks.Chelsea-boundThe Daily Star have dealt a blow to Arsenal fans, reporting that while the Gunners are deliberating over whether to make a £24m move for Khedira, it may amount to little, with the German international ready to run down the final year of his contract at Madrid in order to join Chelsea for free next summer. Khedira is believed to have a good relationship with Jose Mourinho following the latter’s time as boss at the Bernabeu and is keen on working with him again.Bayern Munich showing an interestAs talkSPORT’s German football expert commented, Arsenal and Chelsea aren’t the only sides in the running to land Khedira. Following the loss of Toni Kross to Real Madrid this summer, it looks as though Pep Guardiola is keen on exacting some sort of revenge by luring Khedira to the Allianz Arena. However, unlike Arsenal, Bayern look likely to wait until the summer of 2015 in order to land him on a free transfer.Arsenal fans, do you think you need Sami Khedira? Comment below…last_img read more

Pochettino: Tottenham’s attacking talent deserve spotlight

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side’s attacking talent deserve praise after a rampant display saw Spurs seal a 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.The Argentine was poached from Southampton in the summer to fulfil the club’s attacking philosophy, and his impact was evident as his side dazzled fans with one of their best performances in a long time.Last season’s forgotten man Erik Lamela, who looks rejuvenated playing under his compatriot, shone brightly on the wing while Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor all proved far too strong for Harry Redknapp’s men on the ex-Tottenham boss’ first return to White Hart Lane.Chadli scored twice in the first half, either side of a second goal in as many Premier League appearances for Eric Dier, while Adebayor added a fourth after the break to take Spurs temporarily top of table.And Pochettino was full of praise for his wealth of attacking talent, insisting he is keen to allow his players to roam free of their shackles.“Lamela, Adebayor, Chadli and Eriksen create the movement and rotate – they are free,” he said.“For me, it is important that the team show they are a team. We played like a team all together and we can achieve something.“We work a lot on the training ground but it is important that the players are free in their minds because they are creative players.“You can not put the players like that in the shade, you need to provide the organisation but after that they are free.“It is true that Lamela can improve a lot. He is still young and when a young player arrives in a different country it is hard to adapt.“We all know his skills and we are very pleased for him and for all of the squad – today was a very good day.”Together with the side’s creative talent, another of the outstanding performers was 20-year-old defender Dier.Born in England but raised in Portugal, the centre-back has proved a steal at £4million this summer having netted a goal apiece in his first two games in a Spurs shirt.But Pochettino has warned against putting too much pressure on the youngster, with many already calling for his call-up for international duty.The Argentine coach added: “To score is great for his confidence, but it’s important to be careful because he is only a young player.“At the moment he is showing great maturity and skill as a centre-back, but we need to take it step by step, we have a long season ahead and we have to be patient.”last_img read more

New deal for PSG star puts end to Arsenal and Man United transfer talk

first_img1 Marco Verratti Arsenal and Manchester United target Marco Verratti has put an end to speculation linking him with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain by signing a new contract.The Italian’s current deal was due to end in 2018, but he has now signed a year’s extension with the French champions.Verratti was linked with several of European football’s top clubs during the summer, with Real Madrid reportedly failing in a deadline day bid for the midfielder.And given the interest surrounding Verrratti, PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is understandably delighted to have tied the 21-year-old down.“All of Europe wants Marco Verratti and each year he shows his desire to be a long term part of the Paris Saint-Germain project,” Al-Khelaifi told the PSG website.? “Marco is one of the most talented players of his generation. His presence in the squad shows the club’s desire to prepare for the future and build one of the biggest clubs in Europe.”last_img read more

‘I’m happy to stay at Liverpool for as long as possible’ – Sterling quashes Real Madrid talk

first_imgRaheem Sterling has handed Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers a huge boost by insisting he is happy to commit his long-term future to the club.The 19-year-old, whose current contract expires at Anfield in 2017, was said to be stalling over a new deal amid interest from European champions Real Madrid.But he has now moved to quash the speculation over his future by confirming he is ready to put pen-to-paper on an extension.That news will come as a huge relief to Reds supporters and boss Rodgers, under pressure after a less than impressive start to the season.Quoted in several national newspapers, Sterling said: “I am happy to be here for as long as possible. Hopefully I can achieve the goals I want to achieve here at Liverpool in years to come.“I am just happy to play football at this club for many years to come. The club has spoken to my representatives and hopefully something can be done soon.”Sterling found himself in the spotlight off the pitch recently after England boss Roy Hodgson revealed the player had told him he was tired ahead of the final training session in the build-up to last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia in Tallinn.That led to accusations the teenager had said he did not want to play, but Sterling insists nothing could be further from the truth – and says he has learned from the experience.“It was pretty difficult,” he said. “I tried to not really watch TV much or listen to things.“If I saw a conversation about me on TV, I would just turn over. It was the first time I’d had to deal with anything like that. It was different but I felt I dealt with it really well. I didn’t read too much into it.“The main thing I’ve learned is to just shut off. I was always on my phone and Instagram – things would pop up and you could not go past it without having a look. But now I’ve learned to block it all out and not read what is said.“I just love playing football for club or country. If anything I said got taken the wrong way, I’m sorry about that, but I am always happy to play football.” 1 Raheem Sterling last_img read more

Koeman confident of retaining Southampton stars

first_img Ronald Koeman Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has pledged the club will retain all of their players in January, suggesting the club may look to strengthen in the transfer window.Midfield maestro Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s stadium while Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane will be involved in international duty.“We will sell nobody in January,” said an adamant Koeman.“Morgan’s [Schneiderlin] attitude is fantastic – everybody knows that he had a difficult time in the summer, but finally he accepted his situation and he’s doing his best and looking forward to returning to playing.”The Dutchman added: “If everybody’s available we don’t need somebody.“But we will lose two players in January to different tournaments: Mane will go to the African [Nations] Cup and Yoshida will go to the Asian tournament.“That means two players less – maybe for that we need some players, but we have to talk about that inside and make decisions.“But I think we need one or two players.”And the 51-year-old admitted his side’s targets for the season have been adjusted after three straight Premier League defeats.“Okay we’re always trying for the maximum, but we have to understand our situation,” he added.“We have to be realistic, and maybe that’s the target for this season.“The way of playing is everything .We must keep believing in that, but maybe that’s [the Europa League] the realistic situation for our team.“We can play good, attractive football, but only winning games brings confidence.” 1last_img read more

Arsenal transfer update! Wenger claims Gunners ARE looking at new signings

first_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal fans to be patient as he looks to strengthen the squad in January and says he will be doing everything to make a new signing before the end of the month.The Arsenal manager has been strongly linked with moves for West Ham defender Winston Reid, Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.Wenger has been plagued with injury problems this season, especially to his defence and suffered another major setback on Sunday when Mathieu Debuchy dislocated his shoulder.But he is not prepared to make a panic buy and says he could wait until the end of January before making his move in the transfer window.Wenger said: “We are active, but not conclusive. That sums it up. We are out there – we look at all the different options.“We know that it’s not an easy market because other clubs are out as well.“You can imagine that the best players are not walking out there looking for clubs.“We have to be patient but creative. If something interesting comes up, it is something we can do.”last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, January 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are ready to be patient in their pursuit of David de Gea and plan to sign the Manchester United goalkeeper for nothing when his contract expires in 2016. (Daily Telegraph)But United are ready to make De Gea the best-paid goalkeeper in the Premier League to ensure he stays at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell could be handed a chance to revive his career by Hull’s Steve Bruce. Boss Bruce is planning to land the troubled 20-year-old on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are weighing up a £29m bid for Porto wonderkid Ruben Neves. The 17-year-old has already broken into the first team at the Lisbon club and been compared to Barcelona star Sergio Busquets. (Daily Express)Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also plotting a DOUBLE raid on Bundesliga side Hannover. The Reds are eyeing summer moves for midfielders Lars Stindl and Leonardo Bittencourt. (Daily Star)Jackson Martinez’s agent claims the striker will reject Tottenham and Liverpool to join a Serie A club next summer. (Daily Express)Swansea City are considering a move for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede. The 26-year-old is valued at £6m by the Championship side and Crystal Palace and West Brom have had bids knocked back for the Benin international. (Daily Mail)Hull and Aston Villa have joined the race to bring Demba Ba back to the Premier League. New West Brom boss Tony Pulis is also interested in a move for the former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have put in a shock £8million bid for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.  And Chelsea are hovering around Hammers duo Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.  (The Sun)West Ham will finalise a pre-contract agreement with Hamilton left-back Stephen Hendrie on Thursday. The 20-year-old will spend the rest of season at Hamilton before moving to London ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Chelsea star backs Costa after Liverpool controversy and insists: He won’t change!Exclusive – Former Liverpool star issues trophy warning to Rodgers after Chelsea defeatExclusive – No complaints over Chelsea axe for Liverpool clash, insists CahillShock Man United transfer claim! Red Devils ready to hijack Chelsea deal for CuadradoInsider Trading: Chelsea MUST pay World Cup star’s buy-out clause, plus Adebayor latestLiverpool and Tottenham target considering options before sealing moveLiverpool keeping tabs in Bundesliga starletSociedad star would welcome return of Arsenal targetArsenal transfer blow: Real Madrid ready to trump Gunners with £17m deal for defenderMan City transfer news: Star to decide future in the summerItaly move off limits for Tottenham starTransfer setback for Swansea as Saint-Etienne chief rules out midfielder saleAston Villa back in the running to sign Man City misfitlast_img read more

Liverpool to monitor Salah knock

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah, pictured in November 2017, is the Premier League’s top scorer with 13 goalsLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 31- Liverpool will assess a knock sustained by star played Mohamed Salah ahead of Monday’s New Years Day clash with Burnley.Salah scored both goals as the Reds came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 at Anfield on Saturday, but the Egyptian was forced off on 83 minutes. Salah limped slightly as he left the pitch, and won’t be risked against the Clarets if he doesn’t recover sufficiently.Klopp said: “I don’t know in this moment exactly [what it is], but he was limping. That’s never a good sign, to be honest.“We have to see what his problem was. We will see what he can do for the next game.”On whether Salah will be able to maintain his current form all season, having scored his 22nd and 23rd goals for the season, against the Foxes, Klopp added: “Yes, he can keep that standard, for sure. He is still a young player, he can improve.“It’s not about scoring only, it’s about other situations as well. He’s so important for us. But he knows and I know that he couldn’t score if he didn’t have the fantastic support of all the other boys.”He added: “Yes, I think he can keep the standard but that’s normal, all the boys can keep the standard they have in the moment.“It’s not that it’s only a run. The boys show their quality. We did that already a few times, the thing is more to get the results.“That’s what we did tonight. To get this result, the most important thing was the defensive performance, so I’m really happy about the concentration level in all defending moments.“It only showed the desire of the boys to turn this game. I was not happy about the yellow cards but the reaction was cool. It was a good team performance tonight.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Paul Lambert appointed Stoke manager

first_imgThe Stoke owners, who had persisted with Hughes until the club was knocked out of the FA Cup by lower-division Coventry City, said they were impressed by Lambert’s pedigree as a Champions League-winning player for German giants Borussia Dortmund.“Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results,” said chairman Peter Coates.“He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.”Stoke are third from bottom of the Premier League after taking just 20 points from 22 games.Derby County’s Gary Rowett, Espanyol’s Quique Sanchez Flores — who managed Watford in 2015-16 — and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill were all considered targets but the former signed a new contract last week and the other two ruled themselves out of contention.Lambert, who played under O’Neill during an eight-year spell at Celtic and has also managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.“We stated that we were looking to make an appointment as soon as possible, particularly given our position in the league and the overriding priority being retaining our place in the Premier League,” said a Stoke statement.It added the club “reviewed a number of people”.Coates said it was essential the new manager had Premier League experience — and Lambert fitted the bill.“We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football,” he said.“Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership — the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers.”Hughes had famously asked “who else is going to do it?” when interviewers questioned him about his job before he was sacked after five years at the club in central England.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lambert, who played under O’Neill during an eight-year spell at Celtic and has also managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, emerged as the preferred candidate and the club have acted swiftly to appoint him.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 15- Struggling Stoke City appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager on Monday after the Scot signed a two-and-half-year contract to replace the sacked Mark Hughes.The club face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Monday, but the 48-year-old former Aston Villa and Norwich City manager will take charge on Tuesday.last_img read more

Premier League votes against using VAR next season

first_imgThe decision was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 top-flight clubs voted.“Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout season 2018/19,” said a league statement.“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere.“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) managing director Mike Riley and his team.”One of the major concerns regarding VAR as currently deployed is the length of time it takes to reach a decision. It is also not always obvious to spectators inside the stadium when the match referee is calling upon the system or indeed what exactly is the incident he wants reviewed.It was a point highlighted in the EPL’s statement, which said: “The clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018/19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.“The Premier League will also be asking for VAR to be used more extensively in the FA Cup and Carabao (League) Cup in season 2018/19.”Another problem flagged up by trials worldwide is the vexed question of when VAR should be called upon to overturn a “clear and obvious” error.– ‘Not perfect’ –Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who experienced VAR during an FA Cup game with West Bromwich Albion, agreed improvement was needed before VAR could be used in the Premier League.“The only experience I have with VAR is the West Brom game and I really think that was very interesting,” said Klopp. “We are all agreed it took a little long for all decisions… It’s not perfect in the moment.”There was controversy when England were denied a World Cup warm-up win when VAR helped Italy salvage a 1-1 draw at Wembley last month, after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to award a spot-kick when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski five minutes from time.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot and afterwards England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day… I prefer the referee’s decision is final.”But FIFA president Gianni Infantino, explaining why VAR will be used at the World Cup, said in March: “What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions.“It cannot be possible that in 2018 everybody, in the stadium or at home, knows in a few seconds if the referee has made a mistake but not the referee himself — not because he doesn’t want to know about it but because we forbid him to know.”Germany’s Bundesliga will, however, continue to use VAR next season despite World Cup winner Sami Khedira, who plays for Serie A club Juventus, branding it a “disaster” during this season’s trials.UEFA, European football’s governing body, has still to be convinced, however.“Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work. There is already a lot of confusion,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who insists that VAR will not be used in next season’s Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German referee Deniz Aytekin studies the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) screen to see if Italy deserve a penalty against England © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – The Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) will not be used during the 2018/19 English Premier League season, officials announced Friday.Trials of VAR in English cup competitions this season have proved controversial and even though the technology is set to be used during this year’s World Cup in Russia, Premier League chiefs believe further tests are needed.last_img read more

Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss

first_img0Shares0000Badelj (left) put his side ahead after Ivan Perisic’s first-time cross from the left was deflected into his path. Photo ReutersROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, June 26 – Croatia secured first place in Group D on Tuesday after a hard-fought 2-1 win over gallant Iceland in Rostov, setting up a last-16 tie with Denmark.While most eyes were on Argentina and their do-or-die match with Nigeria in Saint Petersburg, Croatia wrapped up top spot in Group D in Rostov-on-Don thanks to a slick second-half volley by Milan Badelj and a late strike by Ivan Perisic, sandwiching a penalty equaliser by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Croatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places.Needing a point to make certain of top spot, Croatia dominated early on, with Real Madrid pair Modric and Mateo Kovacic dictating the tempo without creating clear chances.Midway through the period it was the Nordic side, who had beaten Croatia in qualifying for Russia, who took control, threatening from set-pieces and interceptions.On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson.Everton’s Sigurdsson tested Lovre Kalinic from a free-kick, while Birkir Bjarnason, who suffered a nosebleed early on, had shots blocked in quick succession.Just before the break, a drive by Alfred Finnbogasson whistled past the post. Then on the stroke of half-time Gunnarsson forced an acrobatic save from Kalinic.Ten minutes into the second period the match turned when Fiorentina striker Milan Badelj first clipped the bar with a long-range drive, then made no mistake a minute later.The 29-year-old got his right foot over a deflected cross and fired a superb volley wide of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to give Croatia the lead.Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, almost equalised within minutes.First, a flick-on from another Gunnarsson long throw found Sverrir Ingason whose header was tipped over by Kalinic.Moments later Ingason, who plays for Rostov, went even closer but his header hit the crossbar.On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland’s lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area.Sigurdsson had ballooned a penalty over the bar against Nigeria, but this time dispatched his shot into the roof of the net with Kalinic diving the wrong way.But as Iceland strained for the winner and a berth in the last 16 it was Croatia who threatened, free-kicks by Perisic and Rakitic worrying Halldorsson.Then on 90 minutes, Perisic delivered the final blow.Sent into space on the left of the area the Inter Milan winger blasted a shot that ended both the game and Iceland’s World Cup and put Croatia through to a match against the Danes in Nizhny Novogrod on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bayern beat Man United in final pre-season test

first_img0Shares0000Javi Martinez grabbed the only goal as Bayern edged Man United in a pre-season friendly © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Aug 5 – Javi Martinez’s second-half header earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at the Allianz Arena on Sunday in a final pre-season test for both sides ahead of the new campaign.Spain international Martinez nodded in from a corner on 59 minutes as the German champions overcame a lacklustre display from Jose Mourinho’s side, who kick off the Premier League at home to Leicester City on Friday. Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof returned for United after their post-World Cup break, although the visitors lost Eric Bailly to injury after the interval following a collision with Serge Gnabry.Mourinho remains hopeful of strengthening his side in the transfer window before the August 9 deadline, with Brazil international midfielder Fred the club’s top signing this summer.“My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time,” Mourinho told German TV ahead of the game. “I know he tries to do the best for me, and I still have a few days to wait and see what is going to happen.”Bayern, under new coach Niko Kovac, will head back to their training camp in Tegernsee ahead of next weekend’s German Super Cup against Eintracht Frankfurt.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vieira bemoans bad luck after defeat in first Nice game

first_imgMoussa Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in just the second minute of his Ligue 1 debut after joining Reims from Russian side Rostov.The Malian midfielder cut inside two defenders before beating Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale at his near post with a low shot from long range.Nice dominated the rest of the match — enjoying 71 percent of possession — but only one of their 19 shots on goal was on target as they missed the injured Mario Balotelli.“The goal made things much more difficult. A goal at the start like that is disappointing,” said Vieira.“I was surprised. We ran out of luck. We created opportunities, especially in the second half.”Visiting ‘keeper Edouard Mendy was equal to a low effort from Allan Saint-Maximin, but Nice created little else as Reims clung on to mark their return to the top flight after winning the Ligue 2 title with an unlikely win.Italy striker Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 games for Nice last season, but Vieira refused to confirm that the 27-year-old’s future still lies at the Allianz Riviera.“Balotelli? It’s useless to talk about him because he’s not here,” said the Frenchman. “I want to focus on the players who are here and want to be here.”Vieira, who had been briefly linked with the manager’s job at Arsenal during the close-season, will take his new team to Caen next Saturday, as the 42-year-old looks for his first win since leaving New York City.– Falcao helps Monaco to winning start –Falcao starred as a substitute as Monaco saw off Nantes © AFP / LOIC VENANCERadamel Falcao came off the bench to score and set up another goal as Monaco brushed aside Nantes 3-1 to get their Ligue 1 campaign off to a strong start.With Falcao left out of the starting XI following his World Cup exertions with Colombia and big summer signing Aleksandr Golovin out injured, Monaco struggled for long periods.But the game changed when Falcao was introduced in the 66th minute, and Rony Lopes continued his excellent form from last season by stooping to nod in the opening goal just three minutes later.Falcao set Stevan Jovetic free with 10 minutes to go, and the Montenegrin coolly slotted home.Samuel Grandsir, who also came on with Falcao to make his Ligue 1 debut for the club, crossed low for the Colombian to tap into an empty net in the 83rd minute, as Monaco cruised to victory despite Emiliano Sala’s injury-time consolation.“We still have a lot to improve, but this victory is good to start the season well,” Portuguese youngster Lopes told Canal+.“Last week (4-0 Champions Trophy loss to Paris Saint-Germain) was difficult, but here, first game of the championship, a win, we’re happy.”Elsewhere, Nimes scored three goals in the last 14 minutes to grab a thrilling 4-3 victory at Angers in their first top-flight match since 1993.Whabi Khazri scored on his debut as Saint-Etienne beat Dijon 2-1, while Lille came from behind to win 3-1 against Rennes and Montpellier lost at home to Dijon.Reigning champions PSG get their title defence underway on Sunday when they host Caen.Marseille opened the season in style on Friday night as Dimitri Payet scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Patrick Vieira saw his Nice side beaten 1-0 at home by Reims © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 12 – Patrick Vieira said that his Nice side “ran out of luck” as he tasted defeat in his first league match as a coach in Europe with a 1-0 loss at home to newly-promoted Reims on Saturday.The former Arsenal and France midfielder was brought in to replace Lucien Favre after his departure for Borussia Dortmund, but his reign got off to a miserable start.last_img read more

CSKA Moscow stun Real Madrid at the Bernabeu

first_img0Shares0000CSKA Moscow stunned Real Madrid but still finished bottom of their Champions League groupPARIS, France, Dec 12 – CSKA Moscow stunned a much-changed Real Madrid with a 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, but still finished bottom of Champions League Group G as Viktoria Plzen beat Roma.The Russian side, who also downed Real 1-0 in the reverse fixture, had to better Plzen’s result to finish third and qualify for the Europa League. But Plzen edged out Roma 2-1 in the Czech Republic to render CSKA’s famous victory ultimately meaningless, despite inflicting the heaviest ever European home loss on the record 13-time champions.“It’s sad to say the least to beat Real Madrid, earn seven points, but finish bottom and get eliminated from Europe,” said CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko.“But we only have ourselves to blame. In any case, we’ve made sure we’ll spend the holidays in a great mood after tonight’s win.”Holders Real had already progressed to the last 16 as group winners, with Roma through in second place.Home coach Santiago Solari boosted CSKA’s hopes before kick-off by making seven changes to the starting XI which beat Huesca 1-0 in La Liga at the weekend, leaving Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Toni Kroos on the bench.Real’s youngsters started brightly, with Vinicius Junior forcing visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into a fine-one handed save, and Marco Asensio then curling the ball against the crossbar.But Goncharenko’s CSKA claimed a shock lead in the 37th minute, as Fedor Chalov danced through the makeshift Madrid defence and bent a left-footed shot into the corner.Georgiy Schennikov volleyed home shortly before the interval after an excellent team move to leave Real facing an embarrassing loss.At half-time Solari sent on Bale, the two-goal hero of last season’s final triumph over Liverpool, with Kroos following soon after.But it was CSKA who extended their advantage, as Arnor Sigurdsson fired low past Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal with 17 minutes to play.It mattered little though, as Plzen secured a place in the Europa League last 32 thanks to Tomas Chory’s 72nd-minute winner against Roma.Midfielder Jan Kovarik tapped in to break the deadlock in the 62nd minute, only for Turkish youngster Cengiz Under to level for Roma midway through the second half.But Plzen extended their European campaign when Chory headed in after Kovarik’s volley was pushed out by Antonio Mirante.Teenage midfielder Luca Pellegrini was sent off in injury-time after picking up two bookings in quick succession, as Roma’s winless run in all competitions stretched to five games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mourinho ruled out of China job with Cannavaro poised

first_imgOne role he will not be taking is with China’s national team, who have been without a coach since Marcello Lippi left at the end of January.Moving to quash any rumours, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter: “News that the CFA invited the famous coach Mourinho to serve as head coach of the national side is not true. For media and fans, please don’t believe this.”The CFA made no mention of the 45-year-old Cannavaro, who has been strongly linked in Chinese media with the post.The Italian, who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2006, will stay in charge of Chinese Super League (CSL) giants Guangzhou Evergrande and take charge of both teams at the same time, reports said.Chinese media said that Lippi, Cannavaro’s mentor and Italy’s coach when they lifted the World Cup, will have an advisory role in the new set-up.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December and the Portuguese has been linked with a number of coaching jobs © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / KEVORK DJANSEZIANSHANGHAI, China, Mar 8 – Jose Mourinho will not be China’s new coach, its football association said on Friday, amid widespread reports that Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is instead poised to take the job.Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December and the 56-year-old has been linked with a number of coaching jobs, the latest being his former club Real Madrid.last_img read more

Amunike relishing East Africa derby in Cairo

first_img0Shares0000Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike before a past presser. PHOTO/ESPNCAIRO, Egypt, Apr 13 – Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike says he is looking forward with bated breath for the East African derby at the 2019 African Cup of Nations when the Taifa Stars clash with Kenya in their Group C match on June 27 in Cairo.The two sets of stars were pooled together during Friday night’s draw in Giza and Amunike is relishing the prospect of facing his brothers from across the border. “Kenya and Tanzania we are like brothers. There’s only a short one hour flight separating us. There is a lot of mutual respect between Kenya and Tanzania and I know we will play some good football and showcase East African football to the rest of the world,” Amunike told Capital Sport in Cairo.He added; “This is the first time that four nations from East Africa have qualified for the Cup of Nations and it shows that football in the region is growing. I am hoping we all can do well. We are in the same group with Kenya unfortunately, but we have to play.”Amunike who helped Tanzania qualify for the Cup of Nations for the first time in 39 years believes the team has a good chance to progress to the knockout stages despite also having to deal with heavyweights Algeria and Senegal.-ConfidentTanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike (left) with Tanzanian Football Federation boss Wallace Karia and Team manager Danny Msangi during the 2019 African Cup of Nations draw in Cairo on April 12, 2019“I am confident in what I am doing and all we have to do now is to work to achieve our targets,” the Nigerian tactician stated.He added; “It’s a good draw. We have to be realistic. All teams who made it here are all good and noe team came here without fighting. If you are here, you must be ready to play anyone. You can’t wish for an easy pool. All 24 teams are tough.”The tactician now says the hard work begins as he goes back to Dar es Salaam to draft a plan for the team’s training ahead of the tournament.Amunike who played in Egypt for Zamalek in the mid-90s is hopeful that the fans who still remember his name and adore him hugely will come out and support him and his Taifa Stars as they look to perform well.“Egyptians will definitely come to support me but our objective is to prepare well because even if they support you but we don’t do the right thing on the pitch it will have no meaning. But it will be good to enjoy the support from the local fans,” the AFCON winner with Nigeria’s Super Eagles in 1994 stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ferrari’s Leclerc crashes in Baku qualifying

first_img0Shares0000Charles Leclerc’s stricken Ferrari is lifted from the track © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVBAKU, Azerbaijan, Apr 27 – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc smashed his car into the same wall as Robert Kubica to force a second delay to qualifying for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Saturday.Leclerc came to grief at Turn Eight in Q2 where Kubica had also crashed his Williams in Q1. The Monegasque driver, running on the harder compound ‘medium’ tyres despite falling temperatures, was angry with himself for pushing too hard in tricky conditions at the castle turn.“I am stupid, I am stupid,” said Leclerc.The session was halted again to allow for a clean up of debris on and damage to the circuit.Earlier Kubica’s accident was further bad news for the luckless Williams team.On Friday their British rookie driver George Russell escaped unhurt when his car was wrecked after running over a loose drain cover at high speed in opening practice, which was abandoned and cancelled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Do fans in Baku not deserve it?’ – UEFA chief Ceferin defends Europa final

first_img0Shares0000UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku © AFP / FERENC ISZABERLIN, Germany, May 24 – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has defended the decision to host the Europa League final in Baku in an interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel set to be published on Saturday.Chelsea and Arsenal are set to play in Baku on May 29, and UEFA has faced heavy criticism, both for the distance of the venue from London and over Azerbaijan’s record on human rights. Ceferin, 51, told Der Spiegel that the final would be played in Baku because “there are people who live there who love football”.“The human rights situation is a problem, but it is also a problem in other European states. Does that mean the fans in Baku do not deserve live football?”The controversy over Baku increased this week, when Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided not travel to the final amid concerns for his safety.The UEFA president said that the decision was Mkhitaryan’s to make, and said that Azerbaijan had given guarantees about the player’s safety.“If football allows itself to be stopped by such tensions, then we will not be able to organise anything in future,” said Ceferin.“We managed to organise a safe European Championships in France when the country was a target of terrorist attacks.”Ceferin also said that he was in no rush to reform the UEFA Champions League.“If you ask me, there is no need to change anything,” he said.The 51-year-old said that UEFA were in a “consultation phase” over reforms proposed earlier this year by the European Club Association.The proposals envisaged a restructuring of all European club competitions into a three-tiered system with internal relegation and promotion from 2024.Ceferin said that UEFA had already vetoed a suggestion to hold Champions League games at the weekend, saying that “this will not happen”.– ‘The Chinese are nice people’ –Yet he also called for a more measured approach to the reform proposals, and argued that UEFA had to respond to its global market.“Football is the only European product which is the best in the world in its field by some distance.”“The Champions League is a global product, it is getting bigger in China and the USA. Why should Chinese fans not be treated well? They are nice people.“Everything is dramatised. The usual suspects start shouting about the death of football and demand more solidarity.“I think that the five big leagues should give money to the federations in smaller countries when they sell TV rights there. Because if you show the top leagues on TV, you weaken the football in the smaller markets.”Ceferin said he was not afraid that the top clubs would attempt to break away from UEFA to form a separate European super league.“That will never happen. The clubs know that it would be a pretty boring competition.”“The national leagues are also important for the clubs to keep the link to their fans.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more