UP blanks Adamson to start UAAP volleyball bid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines started things off on a positive note and grounded Adamson University, 25-11,25-18, 25-11, in its opening game in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Marian Buitre scored the Lady Maroons’ winner with a simple drop ball that landed on the Lady Falcon’s left side of the field.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons also enjoyed a well-distributed offense with Kathy Bersola and Diana Carlos scoring game-highs of 11 points apiece and Isa Molde finishing with 10.Team captain Nicol Tiamzon finished with nine points, four coming from the service line.Bernadette Flora led Adamson with nine points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGcenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Despite winning convincingly in straight sets, Lady Maroons head coach Jerry Yee said his team still has much to improve on especially in closing games quicker.UP was at match point but allowed the Lady Falcons to score two more points before Buitre made the final play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We still had lapses and in this case was we relaxed and that can’t happen against veteran teams,” said Yee. “We still have miscues.”UP practically dominated Adamson in every major scoring category with distinct advantages in spikes, 27-20, blocks, 8-4, and service aces, 15-5. NBA: Another milestone for James as Cavs down Knicks Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

Asian Winter Games offer athletes ideal prep for Olympics

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan and China have traditionally been the dominant countries at the games but with Pyeongchang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022 hosting the next two Winter Olympics, athletes in the region are making a major push to be more competitive in global terms.“China is expecting to introduce 300 million people to winter sports during this period, so the next few years are pivotal in establishing a vast, new winter sports scene outside of the traditional markets of North America and Europe,” Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Sapporo Games will also feature athletes from Australia and New Zealand competing, bringing an Oceania element to event.At the request of the Australian Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and the Sapporo 2017 organizing committee agreed to allow athletes from the two countries to take part as guest athletes in individual sports only. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot studycenter_img They won’t be eligible to win medals, but will gain experience by competing against world-class winter sports athletes from the region an in the time zone that will be the same as the Olympics.“Their participation will add value to the Games and further expand the footprint of Asia,” Sheikh Ahmad said.South Korea, the next Olympic host, will have 142 athletes taking part and has set an ambitious goal of 15 gold medals and second place in the medals standings.Many of South Korea’s golds are expected to come in speed skating, a sport the country has excelled at over the years.Lee Seung-hoon, the 2010 Olympic champion in the men’s 10,000 meters, is currently the world No. 1 in mass start. Kim Bo-reum, an emerging star on the women’s side, leads all female skaters in mass start this season.ADVERTISEMENT Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties South Korea’s men’s ice hockey team, meanwhile, is coached by former NHL defenseman Jim Paek. With an automatic berth in the Pyeongchang Games, Paek’s team is in Japan aiming to boost its competitiveness.Chinese short track speed skaters, who captured six gold medals at the last two Winter Olympics, will be strong medal contenders in Sapporo.Among them are Han Tianyu, who won the men’s 1,500 meters at the 2016 world championships, and Wu Dajing, who claimed the men’s 500 meter title at the 2016 World Cup in Shanghai. World champion Fan Kexin will be among the goal medal contenders in the women’s 500 meters.Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Shoma Uno is among the favorites.Australia’s delegation features a number of experienced athletes, including three-time Olympic snowboarder Holly Crawford, short track skater Deanna Lockett and Ben Sim, a Vancouver Olympian in cross country skiing.The games have not been without controversy stemming from recent and older geopolitical tensions. Organizers were forced to ensure a book denying the 1937 Nanjing Massacre will be removed from guest rooms at a hotel to be used as a dormitory in the Athletes’ Village.APA Group, the operator of the hotel chain, has been under fire after it was revealed it had distributed the book, which was written by Chief Executive Toshio Motoya, in its hotel rooms. The book claims the Nanjing Massacre never happened. China says the massacre resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 people.The Japanese government decided to allow North Korean athletes and officials to enter the country to take part in the Games despite Japan’s entry ban on North Korean citizens.Tokyo will treat the athletes as an exception to its punitive measure taken as part of its sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear tests and rocket launches. FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 file photo, Uno Shoma of Japan skates his free program to take the silver at the Rostelekom Cup ISU Grand Prix of figure skating event in Moscow, Russia. With the Winter Olympics just a year away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018. The eighth Asian Winter Games will open in Sapporo on Sunday, Feb. 19 and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events. Japan is targeting medals in events including ski jumping, speed skating and figure skating, although Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu is sitting out the Games. In his place, Japan national champion Uno is among the favorites. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)With the Winter Olympics just a year and a short distance away, the Asian Winter Games will be the ideal stage for the continent’s leading winter athletes to fine tune for Pyeongchang 2018.The eighth Asian Winter Games will open Sunday in Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, and run through Feb. 26, with more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines and 64 events.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ginebra rips Star

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ginebra coach Tim Cone knows he raised more than a few eyebrows by insisting on fielding an undersized yet familiar reinforcement in Justin Brownlee for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The 6-foot-5 Brownlee did help the Gin Kings end an eight-year title drought last season, but it came in the Governors’ Cup featuring smaller imports.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Color Manila goes to Cebu, Alabang MOST READ On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Ginebra improved to 2-1 and pinned a first loss in five starts on Star.Earlier, TNT KaTropa slipped past Mahindra, 86-84, for their fourth straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test But three games into their campaign in the midseason tournament, the gamble is paying off dividends as Brownlee exploded for 21 of his 30 points in the second half to power Ginebra past the Star Hotshots, 113-98, on Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“Justin is playing the way we envisioned him to be when we got him,” said Cone of Brownlee, who outplayed his bigger Star counterpart Tony Mitchell. “He can play inside and outside and he can make great passes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMitchell, the 6-foot-8 Star import, had 21 points and nine boards in the featured game of the league’s 42nd anniversary.Brownlee, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, joined forces with Scottie Thompson in turning a 12-point deficit in the third period into a seven-point cushion heading into the final quarter, before Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio put the finishing touches with eight points apiece in the fourth.last_img read more

Belasco apologizes for scuffle with Taggart

first_imgGinebra resumes training Maundy Thursday, Good Friday as penance SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Phoenix assistant coach Nic Belasco being pacified after an incident with Shawn Taggart. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA scuffle ensued following Rain or Shine’s comeback win over Phoenix involving Elasto Painters import Shawn Taggart and Fuel Masters deputy Nic Belasco.As members from both teams were heading towards their respective dugouts at Araneta Coliseum, Belasco and Taggart traded barbs and the exchange escalated quickly.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos He also said the game got really competitive and the emotions got the better of him.“It was a really competitive basketball game, so there’s a lot of competition, tempers flaring, and you know, it was a man’s game,” Belasco said.“Rain or Shine outplayed us and things happened. It’s unfortunate. I apologize for being part of that. I don’t want to do anything bad to hurt the league or Phoenix or Rain or Shine. That’s the only thing I really regret about – shedding bad light on the PBA.”“I’m not going to put blame on anybody. They came back and won a really competitive game. We were up by seventeen, so everything that happened after the game, it’s on video. Everyone can make their own opinions about it, but I’m not going to blame anyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Belasco shoved Taggart in the face and the American reinforcement retaliated by hitting the former PBA veteran back in the face.READ: Chan carries Rain or Shine to thrilling comeback win FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe scene was eventually contained with Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood restraining Belasco and Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia pulling him away from Taggart.Belasco was quick to regret his actions when he spoke to the media. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View commentslast_img read more

Filipino fighter Yabo looks for redemption in ONE Championship

first_img7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province LATEST STORIES Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer A dream fulfilled for Christian Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One punch or one takedown can change a fight, I have to be the clear winner, I am prepared for this fight but I need to execute my game plan suitably on fight night to go home with the win,” said Yabo. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Batangas grabs solo 2nd Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJimmy Yabo has had a disastrous stretch under the ONE Championship promotion, losing four of his last five matches.That record, however, hasn’t detered Yabo from making 2017 his personal redemption year as he takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist Bruno Pucci (4-2 MMA, 2-2 ONE) in the undercard of ONE: Light of a Nation in Myanmar on June 30.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:40Filipinos 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Yabo remains positive he can turn things around in the Singapore-based promotion.“It’s tough because my back is against the wall, but I keep myself optimistic as fight day approaches,” said Yabo in a statement. “I am looking to make a statement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“It’s my first fight in ONE Championship this year and a big win will spark a momentum in my journey in this great organization.”Yabo’s (5-4 MMA, 1-4 ONE) last two fights both ended via technical knockout but the Cebuano striker aims to change his fortunes in his fight against Pucci.last_img read more

Henry hopeful for the future

first_imgJamaica’s top badminton men’s singles player, Gareth Henry, says he is excited by the younger prospects in the sport and has also praised the impact of promotion efforts in inner-city communities. “I’m excited about the junior players coming up,” Henry said. “When I was 15, I was challenging the seniors, so I want to see who is in under-17 and under-19 that can actually come up and go a third set with me possibly,” added Henry. Henry believes that encouraging players to compete in higher age categories than the ones that they are designated will help their development. “One of the things we’ve been pushing for is for the younger juniors to enter into the top divisions,” Henry stated. The Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) has been promoting badminton in some inner-city communities and Henry, was also quick to highlight that some of the brightest prospects in the sport have emerged from this project. “We have some really good junior players such as Nicardo Reid. he’s actually from Haile Selassie, and Ashane Newman, also from Haile Selassie. We have a lot of good junior players in the inner city, so that’s really a programme we’re looking at,” said Henry. Henry says he is looking forward to playing with some of the younger players to assist their development when he competes in a series of tournaments being hosted by the JBA over the next few weeks. “I can help them by playing against them and showing them the correct things to do. “Really, I’m looking forward to playing with some of them in the doubles tournament. You have Mathew Yee-Grant, he’s a very good under-17 player and a very good doubles player, so I’m actually looking forward to playing with him in the A men’s doubles in order to get his game to the level where my game was at when I was in under-17,” Henry said. – Lanze Whitelast_img read more

Chong : We are still not playing at full potential

first_imgCoach of Jamaica’s senior women’s volleyball team Dr Ricardo Chong said the team was still not playing at full potential after they pulled off their second straight win in the CAZOVA Championships. Jamaica comfortably defeated Curacao 25-20, 25-20, 25-21 for a 3-0 result in a late game on Thursday night at the National Indoor Sports Centre. In other results on the night, defending champions and favourites Trinidad and Tobago beat Bahamas 3-0; Martinique also easily defeated Guadeloupe 3-0; and Suriname beat US Virgin Islands 3-0. “We are still not playing to full potential. The team (Curacao) we played last night is better than the US Virgin Islands,” Chong told The Gleaner. “We have to take it one step at a time. We want to top the group in order to get a day off,” he shared. The participating teams have been placed into two groups during the preliminary stage. In Group D are Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Martinique, and Guadeloupe. In Group E are hosts Jamaica, Suriname, CuraÁao and US Virgin Islands. At the end of the preliminary round, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. The six-day championships will end on Monday, July 31. The championships will continue today, starting at 3 p.m. The main sponsors are the Ministry of Sports, the Sports Development Foundation, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Hi-Lite, and Lifespan Water.last_img read more

STATHS overtake JC in Manning Cup Group B

first_imgFormer champions St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) have taken over sole leadership Group B in the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition, following their 3-0 victory over Papine yesterday. STATHS were led to victory courtesy of a brace from Jevany Johnson. Mark Chambers was their other scorer. In the group’s other game, defending champions Jamaica College (JC) were held to an exciting 2-2 draw at home by Bridgeport. STATHS leads the group with 18 points, two ahead of JC while Bridgeport are third on 13 points. JC led 2-0 at half time, through goals from Tevin Rochester in the ninth minute, and Tyreek Magee 42nd minute. However, Bridgeport fought their way back into the match in the second half, courtesy of goals from Shahiam Edmonson in the 70th minute and captain Kyle Ming in the 78th minute. JC ended the match with 10 players after captain Malik Howell was sent off after picking up a second yellow card in the 56th minute. Miguel Coley, JC’s head coach, said he was very dissatisfied with his team’s performance. “It is always disappointing when you are leading 2-0 and you allow the other team back into the game,” said Coley. “But it is always tough playing with 10 men because we are not defending the set pieces properly, and we gave up two goals by the way of set pieces,” he said. Meanwhile, Bridgeport head coach Garnet Lawrence said he was pleased with his team’s performance. “The draw was good enough for us because it is a point away from home,” said Lawrence. “Playing away to JC was always going to be a tough game, but my players stuck to the game plan, especially in the second half, so we were able to get a draw,” Lawrence said. [email protected]last_img read more

Windies ‘A’ in command

first_img Early struggle BECKENHAM, England, (CMC): Captain Shamarh Brooks struck an unbeaten half-century to ram home the advantage his fast bowlers had established as West Indies ‘A’ dominated India ‘A’ on the opening day of the first four-day ‘Test’ yesterday. Opting to bat first at Kent County Ground, India ‘A’ were bundled out cheaply for 133, with Hanuma Vihari top-scoring with 37, Vijay Shankar getting 34 and captain Karun Nair, 20. However, the Asian side failed to cope with the Windies ‘A’ pace attack as Sherman Lewis (4-35) and Chemar Holder (4-57) picked up four wickets apiece, and left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-20) added a brace. In reply, Windies ‘A’ were struggling on 28 for two in the seventh over before Brooks arrived to play a skipper’s knock of 51 not out, anchoring two key stands to see his side to the close on 148 for three. Left-handed opener John Campbell was lbw to speedster Ankit Rajpoot in the first over of the innings for two, and Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood followed for 18 in the seventh, caught at the wicket off the same bowler. But Brooks steadied the innings, adding 54 for the third wicket with the left-handed Hemraj, who made 42 off 63 balls in nearly two hours at the crease, striking six fours. When Hemraj departed, Brooks found an ally in Sunil Ambris, whose unbeaten 24 has consumed 49 balls, just an over an hour and included three fours. The right-handed Brooks has struck 10 fours in an innings spanning 103 balls.last_img read more

Past The Finishing Post

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: Fine Race 1 1000 M (S) (Purse $650,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) 1. #2 MOON WALK PParchment 55.0 $180.00 *2. #8 BUCK CALL DCardenas 56.0 2L 3. #7 JON MARSHALL JPatterson* 53.0 Neck 4. #4 PRINCESS CAULA OMullings 54.0 1/2L Final Time : 1:02.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.4 Winner : 5yo ch gelding – RISING MOON – EQUAL RIGHTS Trainer : FITZNAHUM WILLIAMS Owner : BREADNUT FARM Bred by EARL PINNOCK Qu: $147.00 Ex: $365.00 Tri: $883.00 Race 2 1000 M (S) (Purse $800,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($850,0-$750,0)/NB3YO&UP(NW4) *1. #7 POLLY B DCardenas 54.0 $107.00 $58.00 2. #5 SMOKEY TOPAZ OnBeckford2 52.5 2-3/4L $173.00 3. #6 LITTLE BIG HORN DDawkins* 54.0 Head $113.00 4. #3 ICTUS OWalker 54.0 1-1/2L Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.0 Winner : 6yo b gelding – STORM CRAFT – DUSTY MILLY Trainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : ROWAN MATHIE Bred by PHILIP SMITH & MURIEL CHAMBERS Qu: $771.00 Ex: $1,460.00 D/E: $339.00 Tri: $570.00 Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $930,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES 1. #5 PEKING CRUZ DCardenas 52.0 $275.00 $50.00 *2. #7 ANOTHER VIGOROUS JPatterson* 50.0 5-1/2L $50.00 3. #2 OUTRAGEOUS TAJ OMullings 50.0 2-3/4L $50.00 4. #1 MY SISTER DDawkins* 50.5 1/2L Final Time : 0:59.0 Splits : 22.3, 45.3 Winner : 3yo ch gelding – TRADITIONAL – PATTY GIRL Trainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : MILADE & RICHARD AZAN Bred by HAM STABLES LTD. Qu: $172.00 Ex: $568.00 D/E: $571.00 Tri: $266.00 Rolling Triple: $2,894.00 Race 4 1820 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW3) 1. #1 MINNIFFIA JPatterson* 53.0 $143.00 $80.00 2. #2 PARTY PRINCESS DAThomas 54.0 9L $75.00 3. #6 VISION OF GOLD OWalker 54.0 5-1/2L $115.00 *4. #7 BURLIN NBerger3 54.0 4L Late scratch : #3 BRAVE PROSPECT Final Time : 2:01.4 Splits : 28.4, 54.2, 1:20.0, 1:46.1 Winner : 8yo ch mare – EMMANUEL – HOLE IN THE HEART Trainer : PATRICK CHANG Owner: MARCIA HEMSLEY Bred by DENNIS WILLIAMS Qu: $344.00 Ex: $519.00 D/E: $714.00 (5-3) $165.00 Tri: $465.00 Superfecta: $989.00 Rolling Triple: $4,834.00 Race 5 1300 M (Purse $600,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3) *1. #8 ALSO CORRECT OScott2 53.0 $115.00 $53.00 2. #9 CLEARLY OURS JPatterson* 51.0 2-1/4L $57.00 3. #5 SHADE OF BEAUTY PParchment 55.0 6-1/2L $54.00 4. #4 LAMBANA HPottinger* 57.0 1-1/2L Late scratch : #2 FLASHAWAY Final Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 24.2, 49.3, 1:16.0 Winner : 7yo b mare – REGION OF MERIT – ROYAL PIZZAZ Trainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : WILFRED CHIN Bred by MARK & SUSAN WATES Qu: $251.00 Ex: $332.00 D/E: $413.00 (1-2) $357.00 Tri: $181.00 Superfecta: $2,303.00 Rolling Triple: $4,028.00 Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $620,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2) 1. #1 STRIKINGLYGORGEOUS NBerger3 50.0 $313.00 $110.00 2. #5 MIRABILIS LSteadman* 54.5 4-1/2L $97.00 3. #6 CLOUDY GREYT AChatrie 52.0 Neck $81.00 4. #3 AHUAGAIN DAThomas 52.0 Sh.Head Final Time : 1:03.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.1 Winner : 4yo ch filly – STRIKEWHILEITSHOT – DOWNSTOWN JANICE Trainer : RAY PHILLIPS Owner : NEW BLUE LTD. Bred by NEW BLUE LTD. Qu: $736.00 Ex: $1,534.00 D/E: $1,237.00 Tri: $1,373.00 Superfecta: $7,855.00 Rolling Triple: $2,295.00 Pick-4: $17,856.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $231,631.79 Race 7 1100 M (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE *1. #10 CLASSY VISHALA NBerger3 52.0 $104.00 $54.00 2. #3 RUNDAZZLE OWalker 55.0 3-1/2L $56.00 3. #7 PRINCE MALIK PParchment 55.0 4-1/2L $78.00 4. #1 THUNDER PIN PHolder 55.0 2-1/4L 5. #9 TRADITIONALMEDICIN ODonegal 52.0 Neck Final Time : 1:10.2 Splits : 24.1, 48.2 Winner : 4yo ch filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – FLYING FIRETAIL Trainer : DELROY WISDOM Owner : WARRINGTON MCLEAN Bred by VAUGHN SMITH Qu: $111.00 Ex: $240.00 D/E: $625.00 Tri: $136.00 Superfecta: $805.00 Hi-5: $3,493.00 Rolling Triple: $3,306.00 Super-6: $43,958.00 (6/6) Race 8 1000 M (S) (Purse $1,150,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE 1. #3 CAMPESINO ISpence 57.0 $334.00 $201.00 2. #1 ARMAGEDDON OEdwards 51.0 Head $168.00 3. #2 ORPHEUS LSteadman* 54.5 Sh.Head $156.00 4. #5 ANOTHER BULLET DCardenas 56.0 Neck Final Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.2, 45.1 Winner : 8yo b gelding – COMPADRE – YAELLA Trainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner: HAMARK FARMS Bred by LORENZO ROBINSON Qu: $1,580.00 Ex: $4,464.00 D/E: $717.00 Tri: $3,243.00 Superfecta: $9,587.00 Rolling Triple: $7,676.00 Race 9 1000 M (R) (Purse $870,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE (RESTRICTED) 1. #3 PINDERS VALLEY DDawkins* 50.0 $771.00 $254.00 2. #2 BULA OScott2 51.5 2-1/2L $120.00 3. #12 STORMY LADY RDuhaney 51.0 3L $119.00 4. #13 WHITE BEAUTY NBerger3 47.0 Head 5. #1 NATURALLY MYSTICAL RLahoe 53.0 3-1/2L Final Time : 1:03.2 Splits : 24.1, 48.4 Winner : 3yo b filly – NASHEET – SOUFFLER Trainer : FITZGERALD RICHARDS Owner : GOOD HEART Bred by DACOSTA FARMS LIMITED Qu: $2,970.00 Ex: $10,171.00 D/E: $6,699.00 Tri: $13,949.00 Superfecta: $92,565.00 Hi-5 carry-over : $87,379.50 Rolling Triple: $14,287.00 Pick-4: $78,484.00 (4/4) Single Winner Bonus: $329,737.59 Pick-5: $65,356.00 (5/5) Single Winner Bonus : $386,210.50 Super-6: $1,706,354.00 (6/6) Pick-9 : carry-over: $1,199,599.70 Single Winner Bonus : $94,538.86 Placepot 8: $116,055.00 (8/8)last_img read more

Paul Wright | Godspeed, ‘Jolly’

first_img As the horse approached the winner’s enclosure, which is adjacent to the chute, where horses enter the racetrack proper after being saddled, the barrier that is closed after all the horses in the race enter the track was removed, and an individual bravely stepped on to the racetrack in an effort to direct the galloping horse off the course and down the same chute that the horses used to get on the track before the race. The now-terrified galloping horses did indeed turn into the chute, but instead of galloping down the chute to the parade ring, where it could be caught and restrained, PERFECT ASSET, unfortunately, did not go down the chute to the saddling area, but swerved to the right and entered a concrete walkway that allows patrons to enter the area leading to the winners’ enclosure. There is a closed gate at the end of the concrete walkway and upon encountering the block, the terrified horse retreated, only to be confronted by Jolly, who bravely tried to stop the galloping animal. Seconds later, Jolly was on the ground, hit by the horse, with his head coming into contact with the concrete floor of the walkway. He appeared to lose consciousness immediately, and nearby eyewitnesses tried desperately to alert the authorities that a major incident had occurred. The medical team on duty at the track was informed, and in minutes was seen attending to the fallen Najair. PERFECT ESCAPE The race was started, as the information relayed to the starter was that the loose horse was no longer a threat to the safety of the others due to race. On completion of the race, the ambulance that is mandated to follow the horses in a race in case of any mishap, was signalled by frantic bystanders and alerted to the incident. The driver quickly reversed the ambulance into an area as close to the medical team and the unconscious horseman, in order to facilitate transfer of the injured man to the ambulance via a stretcher. Inexplicably, the ambulance and crew were advised to move from the area in order to enable the horses that had just completed the race to go down the same chute to be unsaddled. Once all the horses had passed, the unconscious patient was successfully transferred to the ambulance, taken to the medical post, before being transported to the Spanish Town Hospital. Information now available confirms that that hospital had no modern equipment necessary for a conformed diagnosis and subsequent important treatment. Thus, later on, Jolly was transferred to a fully equipped trauma centre and treatment continued. The latest news available is that on Saturday last, he had surgery designed to relieve pressure on the brain and was still unconscious. I am sure that the necessary enquiry into the near tragedy will investigate whether anyone was at fault in allowing the horse to escape the attempts to load it into the starting gate. If the area between the stands and the winners enclosure is sterile and available ONLY to specific individuals easily identifiable by identification and authorised to be in that area. It will also examine whether there should be a barrier between the concrete walkway and the area leading to the winner’s enclosure. Such an investigation will also find out if it’s correct to instruct the ambulance (and crew) to be removed from the chute and await the passage of all the horse that had just completed the race, whether there could there be another way to the unsaddling enclosure, or if the horses could have waited on the racetrack until the injured person was transferred to the ambulance. In serious traumatic incidents, every second counts. Another serious question to ask in such an enquiry is what is the policy regarding the transfer of injured jockeys to hospital? Is there an agreement with any tertiary institution with the necessary equipment to facilitate successful treatment of the injured person? All our thoughts and prayers are with Jolly and it is hoped that upon conclusion of the investigation, changes will be implemented to correct any deficiencies identified during the investigation. That is all we ask. – Dr Paul Wright is a noted sports medicine specialist and media personality. For feedback, email: [email protected] Vassel Najair, a veteran jockey and horseman, was injured before the running of the sixth race on Wednesday, September 26. As ‘Jolly,’ as he is called, battles for life at one of the island’s leading trauma centres, every fan of the sport of racing is hoping for a complete recovery. But, as with every accident that results in injury to horse or human at a racetrack, there has to be an investigation on how it occurred, whether it could have been avoided, and how we can ensure that this never happens again. The sixth race last Wednesday was over six furlongs long, restricted to five-year-old (and up), non-winners of four races. While the horses were being loaded into the starting gates, horse seven, PERFECT ASSET, ridden by J. Innis, got loose from the starting gate crew, who were at the time trying to encourage the horse to enter the starting gate. PERFECT ASSET bolted, in a counterclockwise direction, heading home, as horsemen were wont to say. WHO IS TO BLAME? AMBULANCE SERVICElast_img read more

WI legends back Windies Women for T20 title

first_img Fighting spirit Lloyd, who moulded West Indies men into one of the great units of the 1970s and 80s, said he has been especially impressed with the spirit of the players. “I’m sure they will be able to defend the crown and I wish them the best and I hope they reach the zenith,” he added. “I like their professionalism … when they were down they defended well … we saw that against South Africa. They have brought back that spirit of the 70s and the 80s and have been a credit to the West Indies.” Two of the greatest players in the game’s history have thrown their full support behind West Indies women, in their bid to win the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup on home soil. Sir Viv Richards, who is listed among the top five greatest cricketers of all time and Clive Lloyd, regarded worldwide as one of the best captains of all time, have given their backing to Stafanie Taylor’s team as they go in search of their second global title. “Congrats to captain and members of the team for reaching the semis and wishing them all the best in pursuit of a second consecutive World T20 title. So far, they have shown great skill and professionalism. Even when they were in tight situations they fought well and battled back,” said Lloyd, who oversaw West Indies’ capture of the 1975 and 1978 50-overs World Cup in England. Sir Viv, who was on hand for the team’s training session at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Tuesday, backed the defending champs to repeat their 2016 performance, which saw them beat Australia in the final in India. West Indies will face three-time champions Australia in the first match at 3:00 pm at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, while England meet India at 7:00 pm in a repeat of last year’s 50-Over World Cup final, which was played at Lord’s.last_img read more

Taylor unbeaten 24 not enough for Thunder

first_imgPERTH, Australia, CMC – West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor had little impact as her Sydney Thunder lost their second match of the Women’s Big Bash League, with a six-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday. Sent in at Lilac Hill Park, the visitors rallied to 179 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Rachael Haynes top-scoring with 50 off 40 balls and Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur getting 45 from 29 balls, with a four and four sixes. Haynes helped give the innings a rousing start, putting on 77 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket with Rachel Priest whose 43 came from 23 deliveries and included eight fours and a six. When four wickets tumbled for 40 runs to leave Sydney on 117 for four in the 14th over, Kaur combined with Taylor, who cracked an unbeaten 24 off 17 balls, to add 49 for the fifth wicket and give the innings a late push. In reply, however, Scorchers raced to their target with a ball to spare, courtesy of half-centuries from captain Meg Lanning (76) and Elyse Villani (66 not out). The pair 93 off 56 balls with Lanning the more audacious of the two with 12 fours and a six in a 40-ball knock. It was Villani who saw her side home, however, adding a further 46 for the second wicket with Amy Jones (13), before helping garner the six runs required off the final over, bowled by off-spinner Taylor. Thunder lie second in the eight-team standings on 12 points, two points behind crosstown rivals, Sydney Sixers.last_img read more

Delegates for Miss Earth Guyana 2019 pageant unveiled

first_imgDelegates for Miss Earth Guyana 2019 Pageant unveiledNine intelligent and beautiful young ladies are expected to clash head on for the title of Miss Earth Guyana 2019. The delegates were last weekend sashed at a simple ceremony at the Theatre Guild, where they were first introduced to the public.The young contestants all had an impressive night and are committed to having a grand time during the preliminaries, which have already kicked off.Leading up to the grand coronation on June 15, the nine delegates will be participating in a number of events.On Saturday, the delegates will participate in the Georgetown Seawalls Clean-up followed by a meet-and-greet event on Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Georgetown. The delegates will then head to the Ancient County of Berbice between April 20 and 22 to be introduced to the public.Meet the delegates:last_img read more

What ought to be done to improve Indian indentured Caribbean historiography?

first_imgThis is my final column on indentured immigration to Guyana. I do hope my write-ups on the topic over the preceding months have been informative and inspiring to readers. My larger hope is that the various symposiums planned during early March on addressing 100 years of indentured emancipation as well as how Indians have evolved since this time will be well-supported, well-attended and beneficial to Guyanese society at a time when ethnic divisiveness is at the deepest.I am pleased to announce that there have been some determinations or new developing trends in Indian indentured historiography in the Caribbean. Most notable is a peasant rebellion and resistance discourse against plantation power and dominance, which has essentially analysed indenture from the position of the labourers or from a non-elite perspective. This is an achievement we should be proud of since it underscores the urge of regaining the reins of our history.The general argument of the developing historiographical trends is that while Indians were abused by their overlords, they also used various forms of resistance techniques to improve their lives. They possessed the adaptive and adaxial capacity to deal with the throes of indenture, to speak back to the power holders of indenture, to look out for their unfortunate brothers and sisters of indenture, and to plan a better life beyond the institutionalisation of indenture.Likewise, Devi Hardeen argues that there are significant studies on the Black Atlantic, White Atlantic, and other Atlantic Studies but practically nothing on the Brown Atlantic, or brown people from India in the Caribbean. Hardeen asks for more macro-level analyses of Indian indenture. Do I agree? Absolutely! But when this will happen appears to be, in my judgment, an exercise in waiting.While the above new approaches are encouraging, the study of Indian indenture in the Caribbean must be supported by scholars and institutions in the field. One priority should be to tackle the problems of insularity and inconsistency not only within the discipline but also among writers of indentureship. The lack of comparative analyses of indenture, a concept common to other disciplines, should also be addressed. The spirit of community and cooperation in the study of indenture should be preferred rather than the preference for insular objectives.Academic institutions within the Caribbean, especially in Guyana, Trinidad, and Suriname with large Indian populations, must go beyond their current support and participation in the study of indenture. More young individuals should be encouraged through promotion, advisement, and financial assistance to study indenture. They should be encouraged to take field trips to various plantations as well as gravesites in these countries to reconstruct memories of indenture rather than relying solely on archival records. To be fair, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, and to a lesser extent, the University of Suriname, has made some significant strides in the study of indenture under the leadership of most well-learned scholars in the field. The same cannot be said of the University of Guyana where the study of indenture has practically ceased.I argue that a revised and forward-looking programme for the study of Indian indenture can only be practical when actions match declared intentions and when policies match realities. So in this regard, a journal on indenture should be developed to go beyond the current scattered attention given to indenture in a few journals. Few individuals would argue against the thought that a journal of indenture based in the Caribbean would likely resolve the problems of indentured studies dispersed in various journals around the globe, which has become a nightmare for researchers and doctoral students to access even in the age of globalisation. Additionally, a clear focus of the journal will potentially relieve the burden of journal editors to reject submissions of articles on indenture on the basis that they are unsuitable for their journals. Moreover, it might also reduce the disappointment among writers on indenture who are unable to find a suitable place for their work.By any measurement, until there is a journal for indenture studies in the Caribbean, the field of indenture studies will most likely remain loose and uncoordinated, searching for a home. But more importantly, a journal of indenture studies will serve as a platform for rigorous debates, international engagement, openness, the introduction of new modes and models of thoughts and ideas, among other things. It might attract financial assistance through various international agencies and advertisements, which in turn can be used to set up an indenture fund for emerging students and scholars in the field. Of course, all of what has been discussed so far will not materialise without financial support. There must be first and foremost a radical approach of investigating what happened to the unclaimed remittances submitted to the colonial banks by deceased Indians during indenture. Retraction from this prerogative would reveal a shameful display, particularly from the perspective of our deceased ancestors, how little we have achieved and how far we still have to go. So far, the silence on this matter is frightening. These funds, if reclaimed, should be used wisely to study indentured servitude in the Caribbean, and hopefully, iron out some of the deficiencies in Indian indentured historiography.([email protected]).last_img read more

Guyanese must guard against disunity – AFC

first_imgAugust 1 in Guyana marks a day of celebration of the attainment of freedom and the end of slavery. It is also imperative that we spend time reflecting on the life of tribulation and servitude that our foreparents were forced to endure for centuries under brutish colonial rule.Even as we engage in the festivities of Emancipation Day 2017, the Alliance For Change urges the nation to reflect on the oppression and brutality of slavery and bondage, in all its forms, including its modern incarnations, and renew our national commitment never to return to the dark days of oppression, servitude and submission when basic individual freedoms were deprived and a ‘Massa’ mentality pervaded.As we engage in prayer, culinary delicacies, socialising and fraternising, we must never forget the sacrifices of our forefathers who suffered and paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we now enjoy. As the heirs of Emancipation fought for by Cuffy, Accra, Damon and other heroes, we have a sacred duty to ensure that their struggles and sacrifices are never forgotten or eroded. It is our duty to celebrate their lives and sacrifices and recognise their contribution to the human and social upliftment of our beloved nation.The beat of the drums in celebration should forever remind us that we are called upon to ensure the protection of those rights and freedoms which were fought for and won at Emancipation time.Order and individual freedoms have been restored in Guyana as have been the rights of freedom of speech, expression and association and the access to information, which continues to expand each day. Guyanese must guard against the forces who wish to return our nation to a state in which Guyanese are treated as property for political, economic and other purposes. This is the solemn duty of every citizen. Happy Emancipation to all Guyanese.last_img read more

To whom should we look for guidance?

first_imgParliament ought to be the purest materialisation of democracy in a country, Guyana included. It is the national forum in which the electorate is represented in political diversity, where laws are deliberated and the country’s future is planned. Because of the central role and importance Parliament occupies in shaping our country’s future, one would expect that it provides for educated and intelligent debate and exchanges, crafted by women and men who respect the diversities represented through the polities on both sides of the House. In Guyana, this seems to be a far-fetched ideal, questioning the very honour attached to parliamentarians’ titles.We were recently forced to watch Minister Simona Broomes use Parliament as a stage to broadcast a national insult to the Opposition Leader and by extent the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s electorate, before Minister Keith Scott stood before the House and unapologetically accused Guyana’s First Peoples of being “avaricious”. Last week, it was Minister Volda Lawrence’s turn to disgrace the House as she publicly offered a bag of grass to an Opposition MP, Cornel Damon, to “snack” on. One can deduct that Lawrence thought Damon was no better than an animal and had no qualms reinforcing that belief irrespective of the fact that she was affronting the electorate who he was representing.As Parliament continued to set the pace for a dance of the grotesque, Minister Nicolette Henry took to the podium to put on a show. Minister Henry indicated that she was not a “chatree” (she meant of the Kshatriya caste native to India and not Guyana) and therefore was not obliged to distinguish between Phagwah and Diwali. The backlash she triggered from the Indian and Hindu communities, and from those who actually believe in a socially cohesive and united nation, is not without merit. While most were willing to forgive her for her inability to distinguish between two of the longstanding national holidays in Guyana – something we’ve learnt throughout our primary school years and from living in a culturally diverse society – her arrogance left them dumbfounded before stirring anger and incomprehension. Understandably so.Several conclusions can be drawn from Minister Henry’s reckless utterance; the first being that she lacks the cultural sensitivity required of a Minister or anyone holding seat in the House, tasked with the responsibility of governing a country. Then, considering that there is little correlation between being of the Kshatriya caste and being unable to tell the difference between Phagwah and Diwali, her statement can be interpreted as ethnically insensitive to Guyanese of Indian ancestry, and more so Hindus. Interestingly, Minister Henry currently benefits from a GY$3 million scholarship funded by tax dollars. One would therefore expect that she would have been more knowledgeable than a Grade Two pupil when it comes to national holidays and their meanings, but also more sensitive towards and protection of Guyana’s rich cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities.As if the Parliament hadn’t suffered enough humiliation in the span of a week, a troubling security breach – potentially life threatening – left the nation gasping in shock. We are all waiting for clarity as to how a Minister’s secretary disguised as Santa Claus, got past what ought to be staunch security, penetrated the chamber and proceeded to address the House while delivering a hostile message to the Opposition Leader. If the Government of Guyana has any respect for the people it serves and the House which represents their interests, then the secretary in question must be removed and judged by the law for threatening the safety of elected representatives. Her subject Minister must be made publicly accountable and provide a much due apology to the people, the Opposition and the House. Just as important, those responsible for guaranteeing the security of elected leaders and representatives on the premises must account for this security breach, and security measures and protocols must be reinforced henceforth and kept up to standard.Government Ministers and parliamentarians are today guilty of having stripped the House of its dignity and credibility. If a democracy cannot rely on its Parliament to set a non-partisan example and on its parliamentarians to lead by example, then to whom should it look for guidance?last_img read more

Socialist utopia

first_imgGuyana has just finished celebrating the 50th Jubilee Anniversary of its independence and quite a number of citizens, while appreciating the symbols of national sovereignty, seriously questioned what was there to “celebrate” about the experience. At a minimum, they were perturbed by the aenemic material progress achieved in those 50 years in the face of the converse promised by the “independence leaders”.While there can be no monocausal explanation for any social phenomena, much less one so complex as “economic development”, the economic model chosen by the leaders have to be given great weight. If for no other reason that such models are based on fundamental premises of human “nature”, behaviours and motivations while launching institutions based on those premises to deliver the good life on a foundation of economic security.At the time of our independence, there were two competing macro models of development in front of our leaders – capitalism and socialism, in the parlance of the times. There were several variances of these models that purported to address critiques of the ideological and particular implementation contradictions. In Guyana, Cheddi Jagan was enamoured of the socialist model exemplified by the Soviet Union, and as a matter of fact, this was the proximate cause for his removal from office by the US. The latter promoted the capitalist model, as exemplified by WW Rostow’s “Stages of Economic Growth”.While Forbes Burnham, tactically accepted the latter path, this was quickly seen and a tactical feint on his part so as to gain American help to oust the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government. In 1974, in his “Declaration of Sophia”, Burnham announced that he and the People’s National Congress (PNC) had always been, and remained, “socialist” and that henceforth the model of development would be “cooperative socialism”. Within a decade, the country had become an economic and social disaster plummeting by all UN indicators of development to just above Haiti in this hemisphere.While the economy imploded, the PPP insisted that the particular model of socialism of the PNC, not socialism itself, was responsible for the disaster and offered “critical support” to the PNC in several of its socialist thrust including nationalisation of “the commanding heights (80 per cent) of the economy”. This defence of the failure of socialism (“it’s the application of the ideology, not the ideology itself that is at fault”) has been a constant feature of leftist hagiography even though it has been totally rejected by the empirical evidence from each of the five continents.So it was somewhat disconcerting that as the socialist experiment in Venezuela, launched by Hugo Chávez and continued by his successor Nicolás Maduro, collapsing in a remarkable resemblance to the PNC’s version of three decades earlier here, the argument would be regurgitated in Guyana. Until recently, Hydar Ally was an Executive of the PPP and the Permanent Secretary to the public service. Responding to a criticism in the press of the failure of socialist model as exemplified by Venezuela, he had this to say:“There is a fundamental difference between capitalism and socialism as models of economic development. Capitalism is essentially based on the exploitation of the majority for the benefit of the few. By contrast, socialism, as a theoretical construct, is a system of production and distribution in which the fruits of human labour are intended to be distributed in a fair and equitable manner and where there is no exploitation of man by man. It is clear from the above that socialism as a mode of production and distribution is inherently superior to that of capitalism, or for that matter any other socio-economic system which existed hitherto.”Note the disingenuousness of Ally in describing capitalism categorically, but “socialism, as a theoretical construct.” While he is not a PPP Executive any longer, it might be useful in the lead up to their Congress scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, for other PPP leaders to give their take on their model for Guyana’s economic growth.last_img read more

International community should look at Jordan’s bullying of AG

first_imgDear Editor,Let me first indicate that I shall not attempt any of those reckless generalisations about the purpose and intent of the Contingency Fund which have now been popularised by a very misinformed Minister of Finance, Mr Winston Jordan. As he unshackles his comments from the more measured versions the nation was accustomed to under Mr Carl Greenidge (the last PNC Minister of Finance), Jordan continues to put the PNC’s chances of winning the 2020 elections at great risk. His open acts of incompetence continue to actively contribute to the mal-administration of the economy. But on top of such incompetence, we are now seeing public acts of intimidation against anyone who questions his strategically bankrupt public actions. The latest victim is the Office of the Auditor General.If we are to follow his logic, then the innocent taxpayers who are toiling to fill the treasury are at the mercy of the Minister who claims he has sole rights to do what he wants with the people’s money because of a clause in Section 41 of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, Act 20 of 2003 (FMA). But what the Minister is not telling the people is that those “sole rights” are not automatically bequeathed to him by some monarchical edicts, unless all of a sudden we have a King in Guyana since May 2015. Those rights have to be earned after following due process.The Office of the Auditor General quite correctly pointed out that the Minister has not followed due process on the expenditure totalling a hefty sum of $604 million and thus he violated the spirit and intent of the law. But only a financial dunce and an impetuous bully will not recognise such violations.That same FMA clearly establishes the criteria for tapping the Contingency Fund and it is as basic as this – the expenses charged to the Contingency Fund must be urgent, unavoidable and unforeseen and only if injury to the public interest is a direct consequence, can we proceed to make those expenses. But all four criteria must be met. On $604 million in expenses, the Minister has failed to meet all four criteria.The Minister has violated the spirit of the law and the Office of the Auditor General is correct to write him up. The Minister’s action in 2015 (which continues in 2016) is nothing but reckless financial abuse. Therefore, this act of bullying the Auditor General is uncalled for and by right, President Granger has to step in.At all times, the Government of Guyana must be seen to be giving all constitutional offices the necessary latitude to do their job. I am calling upon the British diplomats, who have a history of good governance, in particular to pay keen attention to what is going on in Guyana.Whatever was published in the 2015 Auditor General Report was put there after consulting the Accountant General and other technicians in the Finance Ministry. Therefore, this was a collaborative and collective effort, not personal attack on the Minister.Rather the Minister will do very well to focus on his job and save the Guyanese economy from “flat-lining”.We might not have to wait on 2020, since this tragic performance of Jordan has already started to infect the output from the Minister of the Presidency and the Office of President Granger directly. President Granger has to bite the bullet and do the right thing and appoint the best finance brain in his Cabinet to the post – Carl Barrington Greenidge.The resources in the Treasury do not belong to Mama Jordan or Papa Jordan, they belong to the people of Guyana and these acts of continued financial abuse and disrespect for the spirit and intent of the laws that govern financial accountability in the land are indefensible and must be rejected today, tomorrow and in 2020.Sincerely,Jai (Harry) Lallast_img read more

Immediate inspections needed in business districts

first_imgDear Editor,A fire on Robb Street, Georgetown this past week has really brought home a number of many important and dangerous issues which need to be addressed immediately by the authorities.I have operated a business in Regent Street, Georgetown for the past 15 years and I could recall that there were three frightening major fires within the last few years in the area between Camp and Alexander Streets, with all of them being in relatively close proximity to each other: the former Kissoon facility at Camp and Robb Streets; the Chinese store on Regent Street where four or five buildings were destroyed; and now the four-storey building on Robb Street.One would wonder if the relevant authorities make periodic inspections at these business places to ensure that fire prevention rules, electrical regulations, business licences and other required compliance issues are in order, since the overwhelming public perception is that many of the business owners try to do “their own thing” regardless of what the law specifies.Fires are terrifying for residents and businesses where the loss of property, businesses and lives are always of major concern, and citizens must voice those concerns to get authorities to take remedial actions.The Guyana Fire Service seems to be in need of an overhaul, which must include training and testing for rapid deployment and suppression of fires.As a business owner with friends who have suffered losses due to fire, I feel that the authorities are not doing their jobs to prevent fires.Case in point is a busy welding shop located under an old, dilapidated and unpainted wooden house, located behind an old and unpainted wooden building in Robb Street, a few doors from the last fire. The welding shop uses welding torches with open flames and other tools that generate sparks. There are many other welding shops, cook shops, mechanic shops and other such businesses that use open flames which are not licenced for those activities, nor were they ever inspected by the Fire Service or other Government agencies. Why should others have to suffer because of these illegal businesses and the failure of the Fire Service and other Government Officers to inspect them?Where any business operation, legal or illegal, has the potential to cause destruction to property and lives, they must be regulated as permissible by law or shutdown forthwith, if they are not in compliance with the law and pose a threat to the community. The seat-warmers at the Fire Service and other Government Offices need to walk around the city and locate all such businesses and ensure they are complying with the laws before we have another spreading fire in the city.With so many high-rise buildings in the city today, authorities should plan for emergencies, especially in the event of a fire. The Fire Service and the Police should have coordinated training activities to deal with high-rise building emergencies. Tow trucks should be on hand to tow away any vehicles blocking the deployment of the Fire Trucks.The Guyana Police Force should be commended for their control of the area around the Robb Street fire which prevented a repeat of the mass looting that occurred at the Regent and Camp Streets fire. It was a welcoming sight to see Police reinforcements arrive, but while the situation was already under control on the street, more work still needs to be done in crime prevention at building fires. While citizens should be thankful for the services offered by the Fire and Police Services, we know that they can do a much better job with more training and practice of their skills.I am hoping that the authorities will take immediate action to inspect all businesses to ensure they are in compliance with fire and other regulations.Yours faithfully,Clayton R Harrislast_img read more

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Peace Council (GPC) joins with the rest of the international community to salute the Palestinian people on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is being observed on November 29.This is an opportune time for the international community to intensify efforts to bring an end to this decades-old problem of a Palestinian State.The Guyana Peace Council is convinced that unless and until this matter is resolved, there can be no lasting peace in the Middle East.The Guyana Peace Council takes this opportunity to call on the Guyana Government to stand up and be counted on the side of the Palestinian people, who for decades have been denied by Israel a place that they could call a home, in full defiance of the United Nations Resolutions which unequivocally called for the establishment of a Palestinian State.The time is long overdue for the people of Palestine to enjoy a life of freedom and dignity.It is a shame that this issue has been allowed to fester for such a long time. The United States, in particular, and the world, in general, cannot continue to ignore the cries of the people of Palestine for a homeland.Sincerely,Guyana PeaceCouncillast_img read more

Bartica benefits from clean-up campaign, others to also benefit

first_imgClean-up efforts have commenced in an effort to have the newly established town of Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) smoothly transition into township status.Four more communities are soon to benefit from the clean-up initiative themed “A Clean Environment”. The town of Bartica was selected to be the first of the new towns to benefit from the initiative which is designed to support the communities as they transition into townships.Persons bagging garbage and debris from the beach front area in BarticaThe Natural Resources Ministry provided the requisite support for the project. The new Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, conveyed his gratitude for the support from the Natural Resources Ministry.“We communicated with the Ministry of Natural Resources and we are very happy that they are on board to assist us in cleaning up our beach area. This particular area is one of the views you will see as you come into Bartica and it is time that we keep this area free of garbage” Marshall noted.The “A Clean Environment” project was launched on April 15 and aims to pilot initiatives across the country to promote the enhancement of the environment.Dr Latchmin Punalall, the Coordinator of environment awareness and enhancement at the Natural Resources Ministry, was given the responsibility of overseeing the project.He reinforced the Ministry’s commitment to being in support to the people of Bartica as the campaign is being carried out and encouraged all to support the initiative to keep the environment clean.The clean-up of the Bartica beach front is ongoing and will be completed before the declaration of township on May 7. Other areas earmarked to receive support in their efforts to enhance their surroundings include Kwakwani, Mabaruma, Port Kaituma and Lethem.The first of the initiative themed “Best Kept School Competition” was recently tested in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). The public will be kept informed as the project continues.last_img read more

Wakenaam farmer remanded for narcotics trafficking

first_imgA cash crop farmer from “Beturf”, Wakenaam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), was on Wednesday remanded to prison for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Rishi Ramnarine, 40, made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Police alleged that on May 1, 2016, Ramnarine was discovered with 25 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession during a search exercise.The defendant’s Attorney, Latchmi Dindyal told the Court that the illicit substance was not found on her client and pleaded for bail to be granted since Ramnarine had a permanent place of abode.Police Prosecutor Rambhague objected to bail, stating that no special reason was given. According to the prosecution, Police carried out a search on the defendant and the drug was found in his right front pants pocket. He was arrested and when questioned, he admitted that he usually smoked the cannabis.Magistrate Scarce remanded Ramnarine until May 25, 2016.last_img read more

Even before big upset, Virginia has history of NCAA flops

first_imgComelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Virginia guard Ty Jerome (11) celebrates a score against Gardner-Webb during a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 22, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. Virginia defeated Gardner-Webb 71-56. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)COLUMBIA, S.C. — Last year Virginia became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. But the Cavaliers’ recent history, even when they make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament, isn’t all that good.Coach Tony Bennett has made the tournament six straight years while averaging six losses a season. He has been a top seed four times and a No. 2 seed once. He has not made a Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT Michigan State also eliminated the top-seeded Cavaliers the year before. The No. 4 seed Spartans got a 3-pointer and a dunk on back-to-back possessions in a game that was tied at 51 in the final 91 seconds to win it, 61-59.“That will always be part of our story. I understand that,” Bennett said.Junior guard Kyle Guy said the players know the pressure of their tournament struggles and are trying to keep from putting more pressure on themselves.“Just trying to focus on what’s important,” Guy said. “We got out of the first round my freshman year. Last year we weren’t as fortunate. This year we got the job done.”Virginia hasn’t been to the Final Four since 1984, when a plucky seven seed in what was then a tournament with just 12 teams in a region made it to the national semifinals the year after Ralph Sampson headed to the NBA.Bennett said he doesn’t measure his own success by how far his team gets or whether he ever makes a Final Four. Instead, as he reminded his players often after the huge upset last year, defeats don’t define who you are; instead, it is how you respond to adversity and how hard you try.“It’s a worthy goal to go after,” Bennett said of the national championship, “but only one gets it.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far View comments Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart The Cavaliers have been bounced out of the tournament in just about every way possible, outside of a buzzer-beater.UMBC dominated Virginia last year, turning a game tied at halftime into a 20-point win.The No. 5 seed Cavaliers went scoreless for nearly eight minutes in a second-round game against No. 4 Florida in 2017, losing 65-39 in their most lopsided loss in the past five seasons.The No. 1 Cavaliers led No. 10 seed Syracuse 54-39 and were 9:30 from the Final Four in 2016 when the Orange scored 25 of the next 29 points.In 2015, the No. 2 seed Cavaliers led just once, 2-0, in the second round against No. 7 seed Michigan State. The Spartans could never pull away but also were never really challenged in the 60-54 upset.ADVERTISEMENT But perhaps it was a turning point when the top-seeded Cavaliers found themselves trailing by 14 points in the first half against No. 16 Gardner-Webb on Saturday, with the crowd turning on them and the memories of last year’s upset by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County stirring, before they rallied back to win.“You can come unraveled in that, and we have at times, and we fought through some of that stuff and came out on the positive end,” Bennett said. “So I think that was important for sure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOr maybe it was just another sign that a Virginia squad that rolled through the regular season would hit some kind of stumbling block, often against a lower seed, at the end of March.The next test comes Sunday against No. 9 seed Oklahoma, which had one of the most impressive victories in the first round, beating Mississippi 95-72 . 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Duke’s Zion Williamson wins AP men’s college player of the year

first_imgTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 award Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Philippines bows to Thailand anew in Davis Cup ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US “It’s been remarkable what he’s done,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who recruited Williamson. “There hasn’t been many guys like that to come down the road. So the attention he’s gotten, I think he’d deserved. … He’s driven a different ship.”That February shoe blowout illustrated just how different.Williamson missed nearly six full games after injuring his knee in the fall, which had his left foot sticking through the side of his Paul George signature shoe from Nike. The bizarre image wounded Nike’s day-after stock price and had some arguing that he shouldn’t return to protect his pro stock.That was never an option for Williamson. He returned in the ACC Tournament sporting a reinforced pair of Kyrie Irving Nikes, which followed Nike representatives visiting Duke’s campus to sort out what went wrong.The unusual moments of stardom didn’t stop there, either.“Cars will be driving by (on campus) and I mean, they’ll just stop,” Williamson said with a chuckle. “In the middle of the road. And people will jump out of the car and get pictures. I’m looking at my watch, I have two minutes to get to class and my class is a five-minute walk. … I’ll look at them and they’ll be so high, I’m like, ’Yeah, I got you, I’ll take the picture.”He also frequently encountered Duke fans waiting near the practice gym for autographs.“You’ve got 20 minutes before that clock starts for practice, you’ve got like 20 people outside,” Williamson said. “You’re like, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ So then it comes down to: do I say no? Or do I tell them to wait?“I’ve been in a lot of situations. Sometimes they understood, other times they weren’t so accepting of it. But I guess that’s part of life.” Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Duke freshman Zion Williamson answers questions at a news conference where he was awarded the Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year award at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.The soaring dunks.ADVERTISEMENT The open-court moves more nimble than his 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame should allow.Even the freak occurrence of one of his feet tearing through its shoe in a fall to the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHandling all that attention became maybe the biggest lesson for the freshman, who quickly became the face of college basketball and the game’s biggest star in years — then fittingly finished as The Associated Press men’s player of the year.“I was comfortable with it because you don’t really have a choice,” Williamson said in an interview with the AP earlier this week. “I think if you try to force it out, then it’s going to bother you. … My mom just told me to look at it as a lot of kids would wish to be in my position, so if it does bother me, I just think about it like that.” There was the charisma, too. He projected a self-assured ease amid the crush of postgame interviews, even routinely having walk-on Mike Buckmire join him as a wingman as though bringing his teammate into his unique orbit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Williamson claimed 59 of 64 votes from AP Top 25 voters before the NCAA Tournament in results released Friday. Freshman teammate RJ Barrett earned two votes as a fellow AP first-team All-American, while Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter, Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Murray State’s Ja Morant each earned one vote.Williamson had hoped to be in Minneapolis preparing for Saturday’s national semifinals like Hunter and Winston. But the Blue Devils fell to Winston’s Spartans in the Elite Eight as the top overall seed.“I was just telling (teammates) don’t let nobody tell you this season was a disappointment, because people have got to understand it’s March Madness,” he said, adding: “I mean, winning the championship is not a cakewalk.”In a likely one-year college stop for a possible top overall NBA draft pick, the 18-year-old Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while ranking second nationally by shooting 68%. He also ranked among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders in steals (2.12) and blocks (1.79).Williamson’s play was marked by breathtaking athleticism to go by, through and over anyone to get the ball (look at his personal-favorite 360-degree dunk against Clemson or his rapid-closeout swat of Hunter’s shot at Virginia for proof).ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Williamson said there’s “obviously a high possibility” he enters the draft but he’s not ready to make anything official as he enjoys being a college student a little longer with plans on taking summer classes toward a degree.Williamson said he has no regrets, calling the season “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.”“My mom would tell me, ‘College is something you don’t want to miss out on’ because not only have I enjoyed the basketball side of coming to Duke, I’ve enjoyed being a student here just as much,” Williamson said. “The relationships I’ve built with the students here — like talking to kids I guess people wouldn’t picture me talking to, hanging out with them — it’s bigger than basketball.”VOTING BREAKDOWNZion Williamson, Duke — 59R.J. Barrett, Duke — 2De’Andre Hunter, Virginia — 1Ja Morant, Murray State — 1Cassius Winston, Michigan State — 1 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Miami trading Hassan Whiteside to Portland

first_imgHeavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES But with Portland, he figures to have a chance at starting right away.For his career, Whiteside has averaged 13.4 points and 11.4 rebounds over parts of seven seasons with Miami and Sacramento. He led the NBA in blocks per game in the 2015-16 season, then led the league in rebounds per game the following season.Harkless averaged 7.7 points last season for the Blazers.Leonard had a 30-point game in Portland’s final game last season, the one where the Trail Blazers were swept out of the Western Conference finals by the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 5.9 points last season, and has spent each of his first seven NBA seasons in Portland.All three of the players involved in the Miami-Portland trade have expiring contracts this season.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors owner: No other player will wear Kevin Durant’s No. 35 Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanaocenter_img Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MOST READ Whiteside is entering the final season of a four-year, $98 million contract. He lost his starting spot to Bam Adebayo in the second half of last season, but figures to offer frontline depth to a Trail Blazers team that lost center Jusuf Nurkic to a broken leg late last season.ESPN first reported the details of the agreement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMiami made the deal a day after agreeing to the framework of a move that will also bring Jimmy Butler to the Heat via trade with Philadelphia. The particulars of that trade were still being worked on Monday.Whiteside averaged 12.3 points and a team-best 11.3 rebounds last season, appearing in 72 games and starting 53 of those. He also averaged only 23 minutes per game, and at times expressed his displeasure about not having a larger role. Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is heading to the Portland Trail Blazers, as the Miami Heat continue reshaping their roster.A person with knowledge of the situation said Monday that the Heat have agreed to trade Whiteside to the Trail Blazers for Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending NBA approval.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings publishedlast_img read more

UNESCO Holds Research Methodology Training for University Lecturers

first_imgThe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week held a three-day training in research methodology for university lecturers. The training focused on sharpening the skills and techniques of university instructors in the methods of research in order to enhance their classroom presentations.“It is important as a lecturer to engage in research (of the subject matter) before making presentations and that helps to equip the students also.”Making the remark yesterday at the UL main campus during the opening session, the Deputy Secretary General of Liberian National Commission for UNESCO, representing the Ministry of Education (MOE), said the workshop was part of UNESCO’s commitment to contribute to the education sector of Liberia.He explained that UNESCO, the intellectual arm of the United Nations, is engaged in building the capacity of educators and strengthening university lecturers is part of that goal.The initiative came about when several UL professors wrote a proposal requesting the training through the Ministry of Education to UNESCO’s head office. UNESCO accepted the proposal and organized the workshop, aimed at sharpening the research skills of over 45 lecturers from leading universities in the country.We hope that they can take advantage of the research methodology program and build their interests in the area of research in preparing their classroom presentations, said Mr.  Harris, adding that at the end of the workshop, the instructors are expected to be more confident in delivering their classroom lectures and other teaching activities.“One of the functions of UNESCO is human capacity building and we will continue to support teachers to be well equipped in presenting their lessons,” said Mr. Harris.Also speaking, the executive secretary of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) and lead facilitator, Dr. Saaim Wisseh Naame, said the workshop would focus on qualitative research.  He hoped that all the participants will leave the workshop with the necessary expertise in research.Stressing the need for knowledge in quantities research and teaching methodology, he said many university lecturers are performing below the requisite capacity to teach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What Ellen Should Tell Obama

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is due to meet United States President Barrack Obama on Friday.  She had been scheduled to attend Obama’s Africa Summit several months ago, but the devastating spread of Ebola in Liberia at the time prevented her.  Vice President Joseph N. Boakai represented her at that meeting.Now that she is scheduled to meet the U.S. leader this Friday, the first thing she should tell him is a BIG Thank You for the great help he gave in boldly deploying over 3000 troops to Liberia to build Ebola Treatment Units throughout the country and undertake other initiatives to help us fight Ebola.  The American troops, along with the efforts of the Chinese, the European Union, Germans, Norwegians, Nigerians and many other partners, made a great impact and soon the virus was effectively contained.The President will then brief her US counterpart on how she gallantly led Liberians in the combat against this most terrible health crisis in our history.  We are positive that President Obama will highly commend her on this heroic feat and pledge further assistance in dealing a final blow to the pandemic.There are two other most important items on the President’s agenda at the White House.  The first is post-Ebola recovery.  She should have no difficulty raising this highly critical issue, because the Americans have already pledged to help us rebuild our healthcare delivery system.  This newspaper has been urging the President and her government to develop a roadmap that will present a comprehensive plan about the nation’s most important health and medical needs.  The first among these is to rehabilitate all of the existing medical institutions around the country, beginning with the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.  There are hospitals in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Kakata, Margibi  County, Suacoco and Gbarnga, Bong County, Ganta, Sanniquellie and Tappita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Harper, Maryland County, Greenville, Sinoe County, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Zorzor, Voinjama, Kolahun and Foya, Lofa County.  All of these hospitals need to be rehabilitated and reequipped. But there are other counties where no hospitals exist.  These include River Gee, Grand Kru and River Cess.  They, too, need hospitals.In addition to hospitals, there is an urgent need for health centers within all our counties, since many people in the nation’s interior heartland have to walk for miles to the capital seeking medical attention.  These journeys could be drastically shortened with the establishing of health centers spread over each county.  Such an initiative would drastically cut pre and postnatal casualties and raise Liberia’s health index.Then there is the whole business of training, beginning with the University of Liberia’s Faculty of Health Sciences that includes the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA), the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and the West African Post-Graduate College that aims at training medical specialists of all kinds.          We were surprised to learn that no one from the Ministry of Health accompanied the President to Washington.We did discover later that Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah had traveled to Brussels for Ellen’s March 3 meeting with the European Union. But surely before the President reaches Brussels, she must get the firm commitment of President Obama, the American government and people to help us rebuild our healthcare delivery system.There is, finally, the burning issue of Liberia’s post-Ebola economic recovery.  The pandemic hit the Liberian economy very hard, reducing our growth rate from nearly six percent to 0.4 percent.  America is the world’s biggest economy and richest country.  Liberia is also America’s oldest and most reliable African friend.Here is an excellent opportunity to give Liberia a Marshall Plan-like initiative that will set this beleaguered nation on the path to real development and prosperity.  America will benefit from it, for it will assure other African nations that the USA is a partner on which they can truly depend.  If they can do it for Liberia, Africans will say, “they can do it for us.”It will once again confirm the ancient dictum (truism): “Charity begins at home.”  There is no place in the entire African continent where Americans feel more at home than in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Liberia Must Celebrate Atty. Allison‘s Death’

first_imgFollowing what many in the public have described as the late Atty. Michael Allison’s brave actions that led to a full-scale investigation of the National Legislature’s handling of the oil consultation process by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) the deceased deserves to be celebrated, his family and friends have recommended.Allison who was hired as legal petroleum consultant by the National Legislature was discovered dead on February 13, at a local beach in Monrovia, days after he raised an alarm over his pay check.But, a statement released by the family and friends of the late Atty. Allison, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, noted that he “was a whistle blower who exposed attempts by some individuals in high places to deny and deprive the Liberian people of their just benefits in the exploration of oil.“We believe that the act of bravery and courage by this one individual must be celebrated and his subsequent death as the result of this act must claim the attention, interest and action of all Liberians.”Defending their recommendation, the group further noted that his whistle blowing should serve as a platform for the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and audit all procurements, sales and proceeds of oil blocks and their benefits.Given the level of disagreement and revelation associated with the Legislature, the family and friends recommended “an audit of various budgetary, income and expenditures of the national legislature and its various committees.”Though, “we want him to be celebrated, we will not rush into judgment, we will continue to remain patient and await the findings of government. Our patience must not be construed as indifference and neglect.”According to them, “We are expecting that a befitting honor will be the collective determination of this nation to bring closure to the questions and mysteries surrounding his death.”“We are also awaiting the autopsy report being fully aware that the uniqueness of this matter will draw the attention of government, the international community and the conclusion of the matter will epitomize government’s commitment to the fight against corruption,” they said.The group added, “We are equally shocked that this government has failed to address the absence of a pathologist (s) in our country.”Expressing special thanks to Atty. Samuel K. Woods, the family and friends of the deceased said, “This matter cannot be ignored …it is a national duty to account for every drop of Michael’s blood.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Consulate Praised for Role in ACBC Donation

first_imgThe Liberia Acting Consular General in New York has been praised for his role in securing several containers of medical supplies to buttress the nation’s health sector.Acting Consul General Rudolph E. Sherman was praised for his tireless efforts, by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC) and other donors, to get their donations to Liberia.The ACBC on Monday turned over six 40-foot containers of assorted medical items valued at US$1.5 million to the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs.Included in the containers are 2.5 million syringes and 2800 plus pallets of gloves, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other items.Members of ACBC, a Pennsylvania State non-profit corporation, headquartered in Philadelphia, said the donation was also made possible with the help of the State of Arkansas Department of Health. Briefing journalists after presenting two of the containers, Mrs. Christine Maycole, a US-based Liberian and a staff of ACBC, said it was part of her responsibility and duty to help rebuild the country’s broken health and education sectors.Mrs. Maycole, Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo and Consul General Sherman were among the promoters behind the medical supplies being sent to Liberia, as the nation continues to repel the deadly Ebola virus. They also thanked International ECO Fuel Savers, Inc and Ecowayz Liberia, Inc for their help in getting the items here.Mrs. Maycole had reinforced earlier statements made by ACBC’s president, Dr. Azuka Anyiam, concerning the negotiations for the successful arrival of the containers in Liberia.“I am passionate about my country that is why I cannot just sit abroad and do nothing when my country is in need,” she added.She stated that she was in Liberia when the Ebola broke out. “I came back in December with my team and I am back again. Our company wants to uplift the lives of the Liberian people. We are looking at educational opportunity, rebuilding the health sector and looking for ways to bring the next generation to another level.”Mrs. Maycole said the items will be used in the ongoing Ebola fight, but they are essentials in the health sector and in combating other diseases.Liberia currently has only one case of confirmed Ebola virus disease and that person is being treated at the “best” Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in the country.Speaking earlier, the Acting Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Elias Shoninyan, said the donation would still be needed in health facilities even after the Ebola crisis.It is yet unknown when Liberia will be declared Ebola-free. But three days before the donated items were turned over, the country had gone more than 21 days without a confirmed, recorded Ebola virus disease (EVD) case. The country was counting to 42 days to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).“I just want to say to the African & Caribbean Business Council that the Government of Liberia truly appreciates the gesture,” Acting Min. Shoninyan said.Mr. Matthew Flomo, Deputy Health Minister for Administration stated that the Ministry was “overjoyed” to receive the containers. “We know that ACBC is here to help us.”Dep. Min. Flomo assured the donors that as Liberia turns towards the restoration of basic health services, the items would be used to help strengthen the health sector.Also speaking, Dr. Saye D. Bawo, Acting Chief Medical Officer, stated that there was no better time for the donation to come to Liberia than now.“The donation is timely. We need syringes and gloves even more. We want to make sure that no health worker dies again in any of our health facilities,” declared Dr. Bawo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MOL Encourages Human Development to Ease Unemployment

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour has emphasized the need to focus on human development as part of an effort to ease unemployment.Speaking to newsmen on Thursday at a one day validation of the Decent Work Country Program held in Thinkers Village, outside Monrovia, the Deputy Minister for Planning and Human Resource Development, J. Levi Demmah, said the validation of the document would support the meeting of major challenges facing the country.According to him, the document, which focuses on the Decent Work Country Program, was developed by former Labor Minister Samuel Kofi Woods and the current administration decided to re-introduce it because it is essential for the entire work force of Liberia.“Today, from our survey conducted in 2010, we realize that most of the people we consider as having jobs are within the informal sector, amounting to 68%. People riding bikes, washing cars and others are not considered part of the work force,” he said.“Firstly, we are looking at the social dialogue and protection at the work place. As a country I will say that currently we are at the middle and there are many issues that are confronting the work force and we are working on them now through the framework,” he said.He added “We need to help some of them by taking them out of the informal sector and bringing them into the formal sector.”Mr. Demmah said issues of health and safety at the work place are also important, including, pension and injury compensation.He, however, attributed the large number of people in the informal sector to limited education and said it is one of the reasons a framework is important. The Ministry of Labor, he said, is also looking forward to the Decent Work Bill currently before the Legislature.   “But Labor needs to have a framework that is supported by the International Labor Organization (ILO), to buttress the Ministry’s efforts in protecting the Liberian workforce,” he noted.He explained that Liberia could only benefit from the ILO if there was a framework that would support ideas to strengthen both employers and employees.Mr. Demmah said many people contend that jobs have been given to foreigners; and they also complain of capital flight.  But, he explained, “There is the issue of capacity, which is also a serious problem for Liberia.”   Mr. Demmah explained that it is difficult to find certain professionals for both the public and private sectors.He continued, “What we need to do is to make sure that people are prepared to take over some of the jobs foreigners are holding. And I can say that the framework is supporting the empowerment of the people.” Liberia, he said will be a middle income country according to Vision 2030, but noted, “We have to create the platform for those that will make it work.”He explained that since the document was developed in 2009 the Ministry did not validate or executed 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

Mayweather Ahead of his $300m Mega-fight Saturday

first_imgIt may not be from rags to riches like Manny Pacquiao, but Floyd Mayweather was not always the brash, flash, world-renowned boxer he is today. This Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two titans will sort things out.The unbeaten pound-for-pound king is preparing for his 48th fight, which sees him face a warrior who beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Chris Algieri, and Juan Manuel Marquez (twice).Mayweather, a man who brags about his wealth on social media frequently, had to work for his bulging bank balance. As these photographs of the Money Man posing in front of a white sheet background in the nineties show, there was a time when his shorts weren’t quite worth £1.5million.Pacquiao’s story goes from being born into poverty in the Philippines on December 17, 1978, to the grandest stage of them all at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2 for a half-billion-dollar fight. Mayweather went about it a different way. He was born in Michigan on February 24, 1977 – into a family of boxers – and his career was never going to go any other way. The fight by numbers$300m – The estimated purse split 60 per cent for Mayweather and 40 per cent to Pacquiao$321.43 – The amount Mayweather’s personal chef spent on junk food weeks before the fight2-1 – The best odds available on Pacquiao to win the fight; Mayweather is 6/11 $2 – The amount Pacquiao was paid per fight when he was growing up in the Philippines$250,000 – The amount wagered between rapper Diddy and actor Mark Wahlberg on the fight$600m – Mayweather’s career earnings after his fight against PacquiaoShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Banchero clutch show saves Aces, but no time to celebrate as tougher task looms

first_imgChris Banchero helps send the Aces into the quarterfinals with a clutch performance against Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska was two possessions away from kissing its playoffs hopes goodbye and handing the last quarterfinals berth to Meralco.With 20 seconds left, all the Bolts needed to do was hold their ground and the Aces would be sent to the bleachers, but point guard Chris Banchero had other plans.ADVERTISEMENT Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Banchero caught fire in the clutch and gave Alaska a new lease on life, tying the game at 96 and sending into overtime where his inspiring run sparked the Aces to the 108-103 clincher.“Sometimes those are the games you have got to breakthrough. You know, we’ve been in a lot of tough games this conference and when that happens, then teams begin to play well,” said Banchero Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska trailed 95-91 with 20.7 seconds remaining after Chris Newsome’s free throws, and Banchero’s three-pointer in the ensuing possession nearly collapsed what ounce of hope the Aces had up to that point.Luckily for Alaska, JVee Casio happened to grab the offensive rebound and kicked the ball back to Banchero who drilled the three-pointer from the left wing to cut the Aces’ deficit to one, 95-94, with 10.4 seconds left. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Raptors’ Kyle Lowry undergoes surgery on thumb injured in playoffs Benefits of township living Simon Enciso then sent Newsome to the line with 9.5 seconds remaining, but Meralco’s forward managed to just score a split, leaving the door wide open for Alaska.Banchero was given the green light to operate and he pounced on it with a fade-away jumper against Cliff Hodge that sent the game to overtime.“It started with JVee, he got a big rebound on the first three that I missed, and when he kicked it out to me I know I had to knock it down for us to be in that game, luckily it went down,” said Banchero who finished with 15 points, nine in the fourth quarter, and nine assists.But there’s hardly room to celebrate for Alaska, which faces an even bigger challenge in the playoffs as it faces top seed TNT.The KaTropa own a twice-to-beat advantage, thanks to their phenomenal import Terrence Jones, who is averaging 33.7 points, 16.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 3.1 blocks so far.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to stationcenter_img Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LATEST STORIES LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer “I told the guys not to be too happy, we’re still in the playoffs but at the end of the day we got a lot of work to do,” said Banchero. “TNT is a very good team and we’re not looking at it as a twice-to-beat but we’ll take it one game at a time.”“Terrence Jones is obviously a very good basketball player, but at the end of the day they’re [the KaTropa] just another basketball team. They played really well this conference but I know we’re not scared of them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Gilas opens pocket stint against Congo

first_img‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Ivory Coast, which the Filipinos also beat, 94-83 on Thursday, will be slugging it out with the Spaniards in the other match, with the winners of both matches advancing to the title game.The Filipinos are making do with a 10-man roster in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs PH girls make quarterfinal exit MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas will head into the Torneo de Malaga, a four-team pocket tournament in Spain in high spirits and unbeaten in two friendlies as the Nationals step up preparations for the Fiba World Cup set to start at the end of the month in China.The Nationals will play Congo at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday (Manila time) at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, hoping to duplicate a 102-80 win in Guadalajara just a couple of days back to make the title game, which would most likely be against the host Spaniards.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon View commentslast_img read more

Alibaba co-founder unanimously approved as new owner of Brooklyn Nets

first_imgTaiwanese/Canadian businessman Joe Tsai (R), his wife Clara Wu (L) and children Dash Tsai, Jacob Tsai and Alex Tsai arrive for the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by LISA O’CONNOR / AFP)Alibaba Group co-founder and executive vice-chairman Joe Tsai, a Canadian-Taiwanese billionaire, has been unanimously approved by NBA owners as the new owner of the Brooklyn Nets.Backing of the NBA’s board of governors was the final step to complete the deal, worth a reported $3.5 billion, for Tsai to buy the club and its arena, the Barclays Center.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Durant will miss the upcoming 2019-20 campaign after suffering a torn right Achilles tendon but the forward could combine with Irving, a former standout at Cleveland and Boston, to produce a formidable inside-outside tandem.The Nets lost to Philadelphia in the first round of last season’s NBA playoffs after a 42-40 regular season. They had not reached the playoffs since 2015. The club has won only one playoff series since 2007.Silver thanked Prokhorov and former Nets executive Dmitry Razumov for contributions to the team and community, adding, “they leave a thriving team well-positioned for the future.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Tsai had invested in the Nets in October 2017 when he purchased a 49 percent stake in the club from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov for $2.3 billion with an option to buy the rest of the franchise no later than 2021.Tsai exercised that option last month and will now oversee a revitalized club that made the first major off-season player deal this year by landing two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and star guard Kyrie Irving.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We are thrilled that Joe Tsai is becoming the principal owner and governor of the Brooklyn Nets,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.“In addition to being a passionate basketball fan, Joe is one of China’s preeminent internet, media and e-commerce pioneers and his expertise will be invaluable in the league’s efforts to grow the game in China and other global markets.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ PH bet Eumir Marcial barges into World Boxing championship semifinals MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Taking a set from Thais fans hope of PH volleybelles

first_imgHuge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China “When we won the set we were jumping for joy like we won the match. Because it was the key players of Thailand out there and not the bench players,” said the 24-year-old Baron.“That means that with a longer preparation, we can make it,” added Baron, who was with Laure on the floor during the set win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The big crowd at Terminal 21 Mall fell silent as the Philippines took control of the third set.“We really practiced [for this game],” said Laure, who is the youngest team member at 20. “We worked on our service receives and blocking.” LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiefer fuels NLEX victory LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption But the most important thing that Laure saw was “we now have teamwork. Our training camp in Bangkok is paying off.”The Philippines suffered its second straight loss after dropping a five-setter to Indonesia. It will gun for a victory against Vietnam on Sunday.Thai coach Danai Sriwacharamaytakul was seen berating the players on the bench after losing a set to the Filipino squad.ADVERTISEMENT NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Philippine team standouts Majoy Baron and Eya Laure said winning a set against Thailand is like winning the match already.But both players, who were two of the bright spots in Saturday’s 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to Thailand in the Asean Volleyball Grand Prix here, agreed that the team has a lot to build on after taking a set from the regional powerhouse, which played their top standouts.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View comments Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacueeslast_img read more

“Boat gone a wata”…

first_img…on T&T refining Guyana’s crudeWe’ve been assured by President Granger that “there’s no sellout” to T&T on the Energy MoU he signed with them…before releasing the details! Your Eyewitness is sure Guyanese have now breathed a sigh of relief. After all, the last time the President gave such an assurance was on the Exxon contract negotiated by Trotman!!The President’s obviously either very, very naïve, or he’s jerking our chain! As your Eyewitness has taken pains to point out, when dealing with businesses or other countries trying to get a piece of your action, you’ve got to work on the premise that whatever they propose is intended to promote THEIR interests. So it was with the Exxon contract, and so it is with the T&T Energy MoU. No matter how you slice it, dice it, or puree it, Rowley’s looking out for Number 1 – which sure ain’t Guyana!!The question your Eyewitness has is: How the heck does Granger know the MoU isn’t a “sellout”? Is this his personal surmise? Or was he advised by his Energy Czar? Ooops!! He couldn’t have received any advice from THAT quarter, since the fella he unilaterally appointed has absolutely NO EXPERTISE in the area!!! He and the President both assure us he’ll be hiring “experts” to advise him!! And, presumably, after that, he’ll advise the President.So, when the President vows there’s “no sellout”, like the captain of the Titanic, he’s basically whistling in the dark on a wing and a prayer! And the analogy’s quite apropos, since, like icebergs, the real import of these MoU’s is always under the water, under the table, and under the radar. The second question your Eyewitness has is: What need is there for the MoU, in the first place? The “Objective”, according to Art 1 of the MoU, is “promoting joint projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain”.Now, since Exxon will be giving us our measly 12.5 percent share of profits and the 2 percent royalty in CRUDE oil, “projects throughout the hydrocarbon value chain” basically means we’ve agreed to refine that crude (or portions thereof) in T&T. How else do you “add value” to crude oil?? But when Rowley shut down T&T’s oil refinery, Petrotrin, he confessed that one of the reasons was because of the company’s high cost and inefficiencies! In light of that, why even discuss “adding value” to our crude with T&T?Was it the reminder Rowley slyly gave Granger about “Trinidad” – under Basdeo Panday in 1996! – writing off US$300 million of debt? Is it now time to pay back?? But that would make T&T an “Indian giver”! Is it because Panday’s an Indian??After all, Rowley did say then: “Guyana picked T&T’s pocket”!…on T&T controlling ancillary activitiesSo we move to Article 2 of the MoU: “Areas of Cooperation”. T&T’s gonna cooperate with us in “technical assistance in…exploration and production of hydrocarbon resources”. So let’s get this straight: This Government intends to start competing with Exxon and the other multinationals to “explore and produce oil and gas”?? We can’t even cap a gas leak at Diamond, and we’re going to be drilling 1 mile under the sea and another 1 mile under the continental shelf? And it’s not even Carnival or Mash time!!Then we’ve agreed to work with T&T on “the development of policies relating to local content”. We have the thousands of T&T companies now made redundant with the collapse of their oil industry, and we’ll have the T&T Government assisting in defining what’s “local content”?? So what will be different? Exxon’s definition of the cane juice vendor as supplying local content will now be changes to using T&T’s “expertise”??At least the cane juice vendor was sourcing his sugar cane locally and spending his profits at the local rum shop!!…on Executing CommitteeT&T’s and Guyana’s Energy Ministers will be implementing the MoU as the “Executing Committee”.As a petroleum geologist with 20 years’ experience, TT’s Franklyn Khan will eat Granger’s inexperienced appointee alive!!last_img read more

Thieves will drive a Suddie farmer out of business

first_imgDear Editor,Rearing poultry and growing a variety of fruit crops in a well fenced two-acre plot of roadside land at Suddie with myself and family domiciled there, helps me financially as a pensioner, but now thieves are depriving me of my full benefits.During one night, my well secured pen just aback of my house with nine drakes and five roosters was broken into; the biggest one ranging between 8 to 10 pounds was stolen. The padlock was not disturbed and after observing from where entry was gained, there was a shocking discovery of only the heads from each one of the birds was left inside the pen, with all 14 of their bodies missing. In which case, the birds were beheaded by the robber before they were stolen.There was evidence to suggest that during a heavy rainfall that night the slaughtering was done right in the pen from the remains of the blood on the ground. Who could have been the culprit(s)? They remain unknown to me and the Police, but it would seem that a market had to be secured at some business place that uses this type of meat. It had to purchase the stolen property.The poultry business will eventually dwindle as it is no longer encouraging to continue after this bitter experience. In broad daylight, a 16-year-old school girl who could well be described as a barefaced thief was caught “red handed” at the top of a tree by my door step picking ripe oranges.It was only by chance I was able to see her, but she showed no remorse with the Police and when brought before the court. Stealing seems to be a culture nowadays in this district with me suffering too huge losses from the regular stealing of my fruit crops with the perpetrators remaining unknown.From my own knowledge, there are many thieves who have never been caught but they should try to keep out of trouble which is easy to get into but hard to come out of. As the saying goes “prevention is always better than cure”.Sincerely,A concernedsmall farmerlast_img read more

Nagamootoo’s “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey-cart economy”

first_imgDear Editor,Mere hours after Nagamootoo lambasted the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for salary increases during their tenure in Government, headlines revealed yet another atrocity on the nation’s purse by Nagamootoo and the coalition regime.He has been granted tax exemptions on unlimited vehicles, in addition to the duty-free vehicle in his possession as a Member of Parliament (MP) and the multiplicity of benefits he receives as erstwhile Prime Minister and Vice President: So much for his pre-elections assurances to the electorate that his Government would not indulge in a “Cadillac lifestyle in a donkey-cart economy”.When the PPP/C accessed administrative office, the former People’s National Congress (PNC) Government had depleted the nation’s Treasury to zilch, run up internal and external debts that this and coming generations would have been paying to infinity if it had not been for former President, late Dr Cheddi Jagan and former Finance Minister and subsequent President, Bharrat Jagdeo’s unrelenting struggle for debt relief and prudent and astute management of the nation’s finances.For years the President and Ministers of successive PPP/C Aadministrations received what was tantamount to a mere stipend – a pittance much lower than that of the PNC-inherited. In 1995, President Jagan acceded to his Ministers’ requests for an increase in salary, bearing in mind that their duties engendered great expenses, including travel and related costs to effectively manage their respective mandates.The salary scale of PPP/C Ministers was then increased to one dollar above that of Permanent Secretaries.Desmond Hoyte, who is being praised for reversing the PNC’s draconian management practices during its governance of Guyana, had been forced by the International Financial Institutions (IFIs), in particular the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to re-institute a plethora of changes – including holding free-and-fair elections after decades of rigging, or face sanctions, which included, among others, withholding of financial assistance to a poverty-stricken nation bankrupted by the PNC regime. He had no choice but to assent to all the IMF punitive conditionalities, among which was the imposition of the much-touted Economic Recovery Programme (ERP).Now being lauded as a feather in Hoyte’s cap, the ERP was, in effect, a punitive menu of measures that created much suffering to the nation’s working-class, which dubbed the punitive fiscal regime of the ERP as ‘Empty Rice Pots’. One of the impositions of the ERP was freezing the wages of public servants at 00, to which Hoyte had acceded. All during the PNC’s dictatorial tenure the trade unions, except for the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU), had become toothless poodles that could not even yap.Upon accessing office, even as vulnerable as his government was to external financial forces, Dr Jagan figuratively told the IMF to put their conditionalities where the sun does not shine and immediately restored bargaining powers to the trade unions.Ever since then, to the date that the party demitted office, the PPP/C has ensured, depending on the dictates of the nation’s economic strength, that public servants received an annual increase in salary retroactive to the first month of the year, an annual bonus at year-end, and enhanced benefits.For someone who is benefiting from the fruits of the hard work and prudent management of the nation’s finances by PPP/C Presidents and Ministers, as Nagamootoo is, to begrudge the salary increases of PPP/C Presidents and Ministers is tantamount to spiteful vindictiveness and is absolute ingratitude because he, not the PPP/C Presidents and Ministers, started living a Cadillac lifestyle and became a ‘fat cat’ without lifting a finger to work for the Guyanese people.Nagamootoo’s tirade against the PPP/C anent salary increases was an attempt to deflect attention from the excesses that he and his confederates in the Granger-led Government are bestowing on themselves, relatives, friends and financiers – living the good life at the expense of the Guyanese working-class.More so, his figures were laughable and deliberately misrepresentative of Finance Minister Winston Jordan’s figures that he presented to Parliament.Unless one is mentally deficient, or deliberately obtuse the difference in governance by the PPP/C Administration and the coalition regime can be discerned by merely comparing the salary and simple lifestyle of PPP/C’s Prime Minister, the really honourable Samuel Hinds, to that of the coalition’s Prime Minister, whose excesses are unconscionable and utterly disgraceful because, as the PPP contends, the salary that Moses Nagamootoo is condemning the PPP Presidents and Ministers for was not enough for him and the members of the coalition Cabinet; hence their hefty pay increases immediately upon accessing office.Sincerely,Attiya Amanda Bakshlast_img read more

Distorting, obfuscating CCJ’s recent rulings

first_imgDear Editor,Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, is now the latest member of the Government’s orchestra synchronizing to distort and obfuscate the Caribbean Court of Justice’s recent rulings, in their desperate quest to delay elections, avoid the electorate like a plague and continue to squat in Government.Not being satisfied with his comical and clumsy attempt broadcast on National Television, a few weeks ago, to explain and justify that 33 is not a majority of 65, the Prime Minister was at it again in his weekly column, ‘My Turn’, published last Sunday in the Chronicle Newspaper. In that article, Prime Minister Nagamootoo abysmally failed in his attempt to make out a case for house-to-house registration as a sine qua non for Regional and General Elections, which he so frantically set out to do. Clearly unfamiliar with the relevant statutory provisions that govern Registration and which mandate a cyclical form of continuous registration as opposed to house-to-house registration, Mr. Nagamootoo deliberately makes no reference to the law but instead premised his arguments on certain statements attributed to Dr. Steve Surujbally, allegedly, made on the eve of the 2015 elections.Conspicuously, Prime Minister Nagamootoo deliberately omitted to recall that there was no house-to-house registration immediately preceding the 2011 elections, which the APNU and AFC won the majority in the National Assembly, nor the 2015 General and Regional elections, in which APNU+AFC won Government as a coalition, nor the 2016, nor the 2018 Local Government elections, both of which were held under the Coalition Government.The nation is unaware of any criticisms, whatsoever, from the Prime Minister, or his Government, regarding the integrity of any of those elections or the lists used in respect thereof. Unsurprisingly, the Prime Minister glaringly neglected to allude to the new and emerging circumstances and factors that precipitated his sudden clamour for house-to-house registration. Unfortunately, for the Prime Minister, to the initiated, the reason is clear: it is nothing but a recent and senseless fabricated charade to delay the elections with which the Government Commissioners at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and its erstwhile Chairman are willing co-conspirators.I am of the considered view that the article was intended to make an unethical and unsavoury pitch to the President of the CCJ, whom the Prime Minister knew was in Georgetown, to participate in a judicial colloquium.The Prime Minister, however, did not end his perversity there. He went on to prophesied that the CCJ “would make orders that are advisory and not coercive”. In my considered view, this is another malevolent attempt at influencing the Court. Thankfully, most law student would know that Court Orders are declaratory, coercive or prohibitory.In any event, none of the parties in the cases have approached the CCJ for “advice”. Hence, the Court has adjourned the matter to hear the parties via written submissions, in respect of “consequential orders”, not “consequential advice”.Yours faithfully,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Lawlast_img read more

Cane harvester remanded for armed robbery

first_imgA cane harvester of Blairmont Sugar Factory was on Wednesday remanded to prison on an armed robbery charge when he appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Rhondell Weaver.Bharat Madray, 26, of Benet Street, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (West Berbice/Mahaica), was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on April 1, 2016  at the Rosignol Market while armed with a dangerous weapon, a gun, he robbed Ramdat Singh of a quantity of gold jewellery valued at .2 million.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, at around 06:30h Singh and his son, 16, of Bush Lot, WCB, were in the process of opening their jewellery shop at the Rosignol Market when two unmasked gunmen held them up demanding their assets.One of the perpetrators discharged a round which struck Ramdat Jr to his jaw.Police Prosecutor Sergeant Althea Solomon objected to bail due to the nature and gravity of the offence. She also noted that there are other charged pending, stemming from the same offence.However Attorney Horatio Edmondson mitigating for bail told the Court that the accused has not been proven guilty and should be allowed pretrial liberty. He argued that Madray has a stable job and a fixed place of abode.The Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submissions and remanded Madray. He will next appear in court on April 21, 2016.last_img read more

Harmon to present written statement to Cabinet – President

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon will today present a written statement to Cabinet on all the accusationsPresident David Granger speaking to the media on Wednesdaybeing levelled against him, when Ministers convene for a meeting, President David Granger has assured.The President, responding to questions posed by Journalists on Wednesday, said Minister Harmon already offered an oral explanation to Cabinet members on Tuesday for being in a photograph with officials of BaiShanLin.According to President Granger, the explanation given to Cabinet by Harmon related that he had to visit a number of places in China, with little time to do so.“As you know the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China was in China at that time, he had to go to three or four different cities and the Ambassador arranged the executive transport because of the distance between the cities, and the amount of time he had at his disposal. So it was arranged by the Chinese Government to enable him to travel to different cities… to conduct the business that he was there to conduct,” President Granger said, before reiterating that the trip was funded by the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.last_img read more


first_img 1/20/2018 Track and Field vs Fred Foot Classic Athletic Centre Field House TBD The University of Toronto Varsity Blues continues their 11th annual Think Pink #BleedBlue campaign, January this week, capped off with a bang on Saturday! 1/20/2018 Women’s Volleyball vs Nipissing University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 2:00 p.m. Live Video 1/21/2018 Nordic Skiing vs Ontario Cup #2 Sudbury, Ontario 9:00 a.m. AT HOME THIS WEEKEND Women’s basketball caps off the campaign hosting the Queen’s Gaels at 6 p.m. Junior Blues gymnastics will be on hand for their annual Think Pink halftime performance – you won’t want to miss it! 1/20/2018 Fencing at Canada Cup Quebec City, Quebec 9:00 a.m. 1/20/2018 Swimming vs Winter Invitational Varsity Pool 6:00 p.m. 1/19/2018 Swimming vs Grand Prix Varsity Pool 3:30 p.m. 1/20/2018 Women’s Ice Hockey at Ryerson University Toronto, Ontario 7:15 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/21/2018 Swimming vs Winter Invitational Varsity Pool 12:00 p.m. 1/19/2018 Men’s Ice Hockey vs University of Windsor Varsity Arena 7:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats DATE SPORT OPPONENT LOCATION TIME MEDIA 1/21/2018 Wrestling at Guelph Open Guelph, Ontario 10:00 a.m. 1/20/2018 Men’s Volleyball vs Nipissing University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 12:00 p.m. Live Video 1/20/2018 Swimming vs Grand Prix Varsity Pool 10:30 a.m. Over at the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport, women’s volleyball hosts the Nipissing Lakers at 2 p.m.  First-year basketball forward Elise Holt will be on hand to cut her hair in support of the cause between the first and second set breaks. 1/21/2018 Women’s Volleyball vs York University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 3:00 p.m. Live Video 1/19/2018 Men’s Basketball vs York University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 8:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/20/2018 Men’s Basketball vs Queen’s University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 8:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/19/2018 Fencing at Canada Cup Quebec City, Quebec 9:00 a.m. 1/20/2018 Women’s Basketball vs Queen’s University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 6:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/21/2018 Men’s Volleyball vs York University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 1:00 p.m. Live Video DATE SPORT OPPONENT LOCATION TIME MEDIA Story Links 1/17/2018 Women’s Ice Hockey at University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario 7:30 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/21/2018 Fencing at Canada Cup Quebec City, Quebec 9:00 a.m. Junior Blues Gymnastics kicks off a busy Saturday (Jan. 20) as they host their annual bake sale in the Athletic Centre lobby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick up a tasty treat on your way to watching the Blues swimming teams at the Grand Prix and Winter Invitational at Varsity Pool and the track and field teams at the Fred Foot Classic in the Field House at the Athletic Centre.  Both teams will also be set up at their “Cancer Sucks” lollipop table. 1/20/2018 Nordic Skiing vs Ontario Cup #2 Sudbury, Ontario 9:00 a.m. 1/19/2018 Women’s Basketball vs York University Goldring Centre Kimel Field House 6:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/20/2018 Men’s Ice Hockey vs Ryerson University Varsity Arena 7:00 p.m. Live Video Live Stats 1/20/2018 Curling at Brock Invitational Bonspiel St. Catharines Golf & Country Club TBD Get your limited edition ‘Varsity Blues vs Breast Cancer’ Think Pink t-shirt today! Shirts are $15 and can be purchased on Thursday (Jan. 18) in the Athletic Centre lobby from 12-3 p.m., or at any of the basketball, hockey and volleyball games this weekend. Think Pink, #BleedBlue Homepage ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Infant mortality rate slashed – Dr Norton

first_imgGuyana’s infant mortality rate has plummeted to a record low within the past six months, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton said on Monday.Public Health Dr George Norton Minister (at centre) listens to a doctor inside the refurbished Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (Government Information Agency photo)Dr Norton announced a whopping average of 24 deaths for the first half of the year, stating that the rate was at its lowest in the last two years. He said there has been increased consciousness of infant deaths, improved training and more neonatal units installed at public health facilities to help reduce the rate.The Public Health Ministry has collected data, which has revealed that there was an average of four deaths per month – a considerable drop.Dr Norton reiterated that the infant mortality rate had become a priority for the Ministry, thus it has taken stringent measures to reduce it.In 2015, that rate stood at 23.1 per 1000, while child mortality rate under five years of age, which was supposed to be 16, stuck out at 24.2 for 2014.According to a multi-indicator cluster survey carried out in Guyana, Dr Norton stated, the probability of a baby dying within the first month of life was 22.9 per 1000 live births and between birth and its first birthday, 31.8.He opined that most infant deaths recorded were caused by infections or the negligence of medical practitioners.Significant dropMeanwhile, Dr Norton stated that there have been six cases of maternal death for the past six months, which is also a considerable decline in maternal mortality given the ratio for the previous years.Recently, a United Nations report disclosed that Guyana was among five countries in the Region with the highest maternal mortality rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.As of December 30, 2015, Guyana had recorded 17 cases of maternal deaths.This is the cause of the country missing its goal to reduce maternal deaths by three-quarters between the years 1990 and 2015. The maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 270 per cent in 1990 to 86 per cent in 2012. Therefore, in order to achieve its target, Guyana would have had to reduce its maternal mortality rate to 67.5 per cent by the end of 2015.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had stated that an acute shortage of obstetricians was one of the reasons for the high mortality rate, along with teenage pregnancy.Dr Norton, on the other hand, had laid some of the blame at the feet of the health practitioners, stating that some of them had displayed objectionable behaviour when it came to treating pregnant patients.Nevertheless, he stated that they have managed to control the situation and have employed more doctors to work in the maternity ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital – where most of the country’s population would go to have their babies delivered.“We have a far way to go, but we are taking every maternal death as one too many and are doing everything in our power to prevent it,” he said, adding that they have employed more specialists to work in the maternal unit and the neonatal unit in public health facilities.Earlier in the year, the Opposition’s Shadow Health Minister, Dr Frank Anthony had stated that the deteriorating primary health care referral system was the root cause of the high maternal mortality rate. He had stated that Guyana would continue to struggle with the problem if the Public Health Ministry did not address the issue of its faltering referral system, particularly in health centres across the country.He stated that there were many instances when a mother would be experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and health centres would drag their feet to refer patients to a tertiary medical institution.He suggested that if there was early detection of high-risk pregnancy, many lives would be saved.last_img read more

GRA officers benefit from UN workshop of nuclear trafficking

first_imgGiven the probability of actors to obtain materials with the potential to generate nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, customs officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) are being encouraged to be tactical in their scrutiny of movements of such materials in and out of Guyana.According to the Resolution 1540 of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, “the propagation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of release constitute a threat to international peace and security.”A workshop held on Thursday, July 21, for customs officers of the GRA, to focus on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, saw the participation of the UN Security Council’s Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamilton, who is currently on tour of duty.“The time has come when we have to realise that the movement of weapons of mass destruction are often shipped through different locations. Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons are constituent parts that are fundamental to the creation of that device. These weapons are made up of different elements, they are not created as a whole entity by themselves overnight,” Hamilton relayed.The UN Security Council Resolution 1540 of 2004, which Guyana adheres to, outlines that adopting countries must “refrain from supporting by any means, non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or usingUN Security Council Terrorism Executive, O’Neil Hamiltonnuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems.”A probable indicator of this movement is the tendency of terrorists and supporters of terrorism to ship dual use materials periodically, through different locations.The UN Security Council Terrorism Executive made mention of the radioactive isotope Cobalt 60, which is used in cancer treatment centres, but can also be used to make a “dirty bomb.”In addition to urging customs officers to become accustomed to the new actuality, while at the same time ensuring that the trade regulations that govern the movement of particular products are applied, Hamilton said “looking at that end user dynamic, applying trade intelligence etc, are fundamental in this new era where the movement of commodities is exponentially more fluid than they were years ago.”Hamilton spoke in the presence of the GRA’s new Deputy Commissioner General, Hema Khan; and Deputy Commissioner of Customs Excise and Trade Operation, Lancelot Wills – both of whom highlighted Guyana’s efforts at ensuring compliance and strengthening existing measures in line with obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 1540.A seminar was held earlier this year in tandem with an evaluation visit in Guyana.Under the UN Security Council Resolution 1540, UN member states must disallow support to non-state actors seeking weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.States are also required to adopt and enforce effective laws prohibiting activities and impose successful procedures to reduce susceptibility.last_img read more

Police awaiting autopsy report in Tuschen accident

first_imgAs investigations continue into the fatal accident in which a four-year-old was killed, Police in D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) are awaiting the post-mortem examination (PME) report.Dead: Little Ramkaran MohanThis is according to Divisional Commander Leslie James who told Guyana Times on Thursday evening that the PM report is expected to be available sometime today and then the Police will move forward with instituting charges against the female driver.Ramkaran Mohan, called “Ram” of Lot 1088 Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, died on Tuesday afternoon at the West Demerara Regional Hospital after he was hit and hauled under a moving car a short distance from his house.Guyana Times was told that the former Tuschen Nursery School pupil was returning home with his five-year-old brother and teenaged uncle after they went to a shop obliquely oppose their home to purchase a ball.The lad’s grandmother, Bibi Nazmoon Khan, related that her adopted son, the teenager who accompanied the brothers to the shop, related to them that he was standing at the corner of the road with each of the boys holding his hands, waiting to cross when the silver Toyota Primo, bearing registration number PVV 5084, struck the child.“The boy was waiting to cross with the two lil boys because he see the car coming so he was waiting for it to pass before they cross but then she (the car driver) swerve into the grass corner and hook the child. She run over the child and she drag him, she didn’t stop. The boy (teenager) had to run behind the car and stop the car, and then she know that she had the child under the car,” the grandmother explained in tears.Khan added that the woman removed the child from under the vehicle and had someone nearby drive them to the Leonora Cottage Hospital; however, due to his severe condition, he was transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he subsequently succumbed.The distraught woman related that her grandson suffered severe damage to his skull and brain and experienced difficulty breathing on his own. She added that while doctors were trying to insert a tube to aid in his breathing, he died.Meanwhile, the post-mortem examination was conducted on the body of four-year-old Mohan on Thursday and it was found that he died as a result of a fractured skull and brain damage.last_img read more

Minibus driver jailed for 56 months on causing death charge

first_imgCity Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday jailed route 42 minibus driver Travis David, 28, of Caesar Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, for 56 months after finding him guilty of causing the death of female passenger Lynette Joseph by dangerous driving.It is alleged that on January 6, 2016, at Little Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara, David drove minibus BSS 9471 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of the security guard who had been attached to National Hardware Limited.The prosecution’s case was that, at about 17:45 hours on the day in question, the minibus was proceeding north along the western carriageway of the Little Diamond Public Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle as he was about to make a turn. The vehicle reportedly skidded for about 26 feet before slamming into a lamp post, causing the now deceased Joseph, who was seated in the third seat behind the driver, to sustain serious injuries, and seven other persons to be injured in the accident. Joseph was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.In handing down her ruling on the matter, Magistrate Latchman said the prosecution’s evidence had established that David was driving at an “extraordinary” rate of speed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.She added that the driving skills of the accused had fallen way below those of a competent driver, and he had neglected to exercise care, caution, consideration and courtesy while using the roadway.Having considered all the evidence, Magistrate Latchman said, her conclusion was that the injuries Joseph had received were consistent with a motor vehicle accident, in accordance with the testimony of Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh. As such, she found David guilty as charged.last_img read more

140 local companies sign up with ExxonMobil’s supplier database

first_imgMore than one hundred (100) Guyanese businesses have signed up with ExxonMobil’s local Business Centre, to access opportunities in the oil and gas industry.Exxon’s Public and Government Director, Kimberly Brasington, has said the company has compiled a database of local businesses that are interested in opportunities available in the oil and gas industry.“Back in January, in the interim before we could get this (Centre) going, we launched a supplier database registration portal, and so we already have 140 Guyanese companies registered in our database,” Brasington was quoted as saying in an interview with GINA.This database is currently being transferred to the local Business Centre which was officially opened last week.  The Business Centre will, among other things, provide key linkages to local businesses for joint-venture opportunities in the industry.ExxonMobil’s Director of Public and Government Affairs,Kimberly Brasington“It’s really a robust research centre of Guyanese companies that third parties could come in to form potential (joint ventures) with,” Brasington explained.The Business Centre is already providing information on upcoming tenders and contract bids; information critical to creating these joint venture opportunities.last_img read more

Nappi residents urged to properly manage catchment area

first_imgMaintaining Nappi’s natural environment is key to the village becoming a hub for eco-tourism in Central Rupunini, Region Nine. This was the view of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Minister, Sydney Allicock.The water reservoir located on Nappi lands in central Rupununi, Region Nine, will bring relief to indigenous communities during the dry seasonNappi has a huge water reservoir which was recently completed through a public-private partnership. The lake is buttressed by a 450m dam and can store 4.5m cubic meters of water at its maximum.The water reservoir located on Nappi lands in central Rupununi, Region Nine, will bring relief to indigenous communities during the dry season.Following reports that persons were planning to build their houses close to the lake in an inconsistent manner, Minister Allicock told residents that they need to create a plan that will see them properly managing the area while generating income.During a ministerial outreach, he urged the Village Council to explore the option of creating a ‘uniform community’ close to the catchment area. This area, he said, can include a solar farm, internet hub, supermarkets, community centres, schools and recreational facilities.“You cannot just go and live as you like, there needs to be proper management of the area… You should be bringing a plan to us, one that creates employment and generate income for the village. Come with recommendations, creativity and then we will take the next step”, Allicock is quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information.The minister advised the residents to take advantage of the funding and assistance through the ministries of Business, Agriculture, and Indigenous Peoples Affairs. He noted they can develop a tourism package that will attract tourist since there is potential for hiking, biking, horse riding, boating, and sport fishing.Minister Allicock emphasised that the Indigenous People need to move away from the “dependency syndrome” where they wait for the government to hand them everything.“It is time you come with your plans and ideas to generate your own income… The community is not very far from Lethem, and the population is growing, what plans do you have for your economic growth…We have to begin to manage our own affairs. Stop complaining and get up and get,” the Minister reiterated.The catchment area is a natural depression in the land in a section not utilised by the community, for either farming or cattle rearing. The project began earlier this year to bring relief to the communities during the dry season.last_img read more

Alonso gives McLaren chance to make him a winner

first_imgAlonso’s car has failed to complete six races this season, and his best finish so far is sixth. He said he had “many options” both inside and outside of Formula One, but added that “very good news is coming”.“Whatever I do next year is because I want to win. I will not be around in any series to be fighting for top 10 or top 15,” he told reporters ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.“There are many options out there that I’m looking at. Formula One is my first and only priority so I will wait to make a decision on that before making decisions on other series.“At the same time I want to give time to my team. After the last three years, the struggles we went through together, to have time for them to make decisions, to see the future, next year’s car. And after they take decisions I will take mine.”Alonso’s comments appear to hint that he will stay at McLaren next year if they axe Honda, which is strongly rumoured to happen before Sunday’s race.Alonso, 36, is one of the oldest drivers on the grid, and he also hankers after becoming only the second man after Graham Hill to complete motorsport’s Triple Crown — winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans.– ‘Game of chess’ –Alonso last year skipped Monaco to race the Indy 500 but he seemed hopeful that he would contest the famous street grand prix next season.“If I remain in Formula One it is because I can believe that I can win next year. So that will make the decision a lot easier because I will be in Monaco because I won’t want to lose any points,” he said.Singapore’s night street circuit has proved particularly popular with fans and drivers since making its debut in 2008 © AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN“The priority is Formula One… and the Triple Crown is in the background. I’m waiting for my current team to make their decisions and after that, to negotiate.”He added: “For my fans and for motorsport lovers, they will have a fantastic 2018 season. The plan is ongoing and very good news is coming.”Alonso last month denied telling McLaren he’d quit if they don’t ditch Honda. Multiple reports say Honda will open a partnership with Toro Rosso, whose driver Carlos Sainz is tipped to join Renault as part of the deal.Sainz said he couldn’t comment on the rumours but he added: “My ambition is to try and be a world champion one day. Whatever path there is, I will take the shortest path.”World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who has won two of his three drivers’ titles since leaving McLaren for Mercedes in 2013, said: “Formula One is like a game of chess.“It’s really about picking your moves at the right time and hopefully you have enough options.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fernando Alonso has been making noises all season about quitting McLaren, who are widely expected to dump their misfiring Honda engines and go with Renault instead © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANASINGAPORE, Singapore, Sep 14 – Fernando Alonso on Thursday said he’d give McLaren a chance to settle their plans before making a decision about his future — but warned that he wouldn’t stick around in a losing car.The frustrated two-time world champion has been making noises all season about quitting the British team, who are widely expected to dump their misfiring Honda engines and go with Renault instead.last_img read more

Woods wins AT&T, passes Nicklaus for 2nd place

first_img0Shares0000BETHESDA, Maryland USA July 2nd – Tiger Woods won the storm-hit AT&T National for his 74th career title to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place all-time on the PGA Tour list.Woods won for the third time this year by outlasting fellow American Bo Van Pelt in a back-nine duel that went down to the final hole. “What an incredible week,” Woods said.“I remember there was a time when people were saying I could never win again.”Woods closed with a two-under 69, giving him a two-shot victory and moving him into second place on the tour’s career list, one ahead of Nicklaus. He needs eight more to equal Sam Snead.Woods, who finished at eight-under 276, took the lead on 17 where Van Pelt made bogey after his ball sailed over the green.All Woods had to do was maintain the lead on the final hole.He sealed the victory with a superb nine-iron approach that landed and rolled onto the flat part of the green on 18.“It was downhill, the wind was hot and the ball was flying,” said Woods, who also won at Muirfield Village and Bay Hill this year. “It fit my eye for some reason. I just saw it and hit it.”His win capped a bizarre week of golf at the Congressional Country Club course. A violent heat-fueled storm wreaked havoc on the course, blowing down trees and forcing organizers to shut the course to spectators on Saturday, making for a peculiar scene as the golfers teed off without galleries.“Yesterday was a silent day, but I think everyone saved it up for today,” Woods said after the spectators were allowed back on the course on Sunday.The clean-up operation was extensive and the players still had to navigate some small piles of debris, just off some of the fairways, that didn’t get cleared in time for the final round.“The staff, the maintenance crew and everybody. Yesterday was a very difficult situation. They worked their tails off to get it done,” Woods said.“Everybody, thank you for being patient with us.”Van Pelt made it easy for him by finishing with three consecutive bogeys, beginning with No. 16. Van Pelt closed with an even-par 71.“All in all, I’m proud of how I played. You have to give it to Tiger, he played well,” said Van Pelt. “It was fun to be in that environment the last 36 holes.”Woods moved to the top of the PGA Tour money list and the FedEx Cup standings for the first time since 2009.He sank a 22-foot putt for birdie at 15 to take the lead for a moment, but Van Pelt answered with a birdie of his own.Both players struggled on the par-five 16th, where they each two-putted for bogey to drop to eight-under.Woods parred 17 by hitting his third shot to six feet of the cup to grab the slim lead.“I just controlled the pace and moved on about my business,” Woods said.Van Pelt said Woods is the top player on the PGA Tour right now.“I think he’s the only guy to win three tournaments on tour this year… on three different golf courses,” Van Pelt said. “And he was leading the US Open after two days. So I’d say that he’s playing the best golf in the world right now.”Australia’s Adam Scott finished in third place at five-under-par 279. He matched the low round of the day with a four-under par 67.Robert Garrigus (70), Jhonattan Vegas (71), Billy Hurley (72) and Noh Seung-yul (73) tied for fourth place at minus-four.Third-round leader Brendon de Jonge, of Zimbabwe, stumbled to a six-over 77 and tied for 11th at one-under-par 283.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fiji win 2015-16 series and guarantee top seeding for Rio

first_img0Shares0000Fiji claim back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London.LONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Fiji claimed back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London. By reaching the Cup quarter-finals at the HSBC London Sevens, Fiji confirmed their status as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions. Despite losing to England in their opening match, victories over Wales and Australia ensured Ben Ryan’s men could not be caught at the top of the series standings to win a second successive, and only third ever, series title and guarantee top seeding heading into the Olympic Games in August.“It’s the first team in Fijian sevens history to win back-to-back world titles,” said Ryan.“We have had an up and down day, sevens can be like that. That performance against Australia was unbelievable and it was like last year against South Africa, our defence was just fantastic.”I said to the boys those tackles weren’t just tackles, they were tackles from the heart. It was a brilliant 14 minutes of rugby from the boys,” he added.Having won the opening round in Dubai, Fiji went on to win in Las Vegas and in Hong Kong, and despite falling short in the last two finals in Singapore (against Kenya) and in Paris (against Samoa) they still held a 14-point lead heading into the last round.“It was a tough start for the boys in the first game against England, but I am happy and the boys are happy that we managed to finish our plan,” added Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau.“We came into the series with a plan to defend it and we were just able to attack all series and attack today. Before the game against Australia, I had a chat with Ben as I was little bit anxious, but the boys delivered when it mattered most.“That shows the character of the team. When it mattered most this season, the boys kept stepping up and it’s all down to teamwork throughout this year.”Fiji failed to reach the Cup semi-finals on just one occasion, in Cape Town where they went on to win the Plate, and reached five of the finals before London.The question now will be can they go on to win the Cup title in London, which they failed to do when securing the series title 12 months ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kimanzi re-appointed Stars coach

first_img“Yes, I have accepted the position and the first test will be Seychelles game where I will evaluate the side before charting a way forward. For now, I will not abandon my club but my position with them will become clearer in time,” Kimanzi said.He added: “I will also take time to appoint my technical bench because I want to operate with people I can work together with for the good of the team.”His re-appointment to the post he was acrimoniously fired from in February 2009 was the culmination of a whirlwind day in Kenyan football as Nyamweya, who was elected to the country’s top post on Saturday, moved expeditiously to assert his authority.The process to reinstate the Sofapaka FC coach was set in motion soon after Nyamweya chaired his first National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday morning.According to FKA media liaison officer, Robin Toskin, Kimanzi was approached to take over the position in tri-partite meeting involving Nyamweya and KPL at the latter’s secretariat in the afternoon.Following the discussions, the deal that will see Kimanzi handle the national team as well as his club side simultaneously was thrashed and his appointment made public.Kimanzi steered Stars to the final group phase qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa before being shown the door with German national, Antoine Hey replacing him.He fell foul with Football Kenya Limited (FKL), the governing body that will be dissolved following Saturday’s unified elections who dismissed him under charges of insubordination after the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.This season, the tactician who holds a UEFA A licence, the highest qualification among his local peers, led his side to the fourth round of the second tier continental club competition, the CAF Confederations Cup.Sofapaka beat Angola’s Aviacao on penalties, thrashed Egyptian giants Ismaily 4-2 on aggregate, topped D R Congo’s St Eloi Lupopo 1-0 before bowing out to Tunisia’s Club Africain 4-3 after two legs.It was their second foray in continental competition following their promotion to the KPL in 2009 which they crowned by winning the league on their debut before crashing out at the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.Kimanzi led former KPL employers, Mathare United to the 2008 KPL title while still in charge of the national team, further underlining his credentials.Otieno, who is the head coach of Sofapaka’s KPL, rivals Gor Mahia, has been in interim charge of the national team since February, leading them to third place in the qualifiers for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup.He is currently preparing the side to face Seychelles in a two-legged 2014 World Cup pre-qualifier where victory for the side will see the team will join the group containing Nigeria, Malawi and either Djibouti and Namibia who will face off in a similar knockout fixture.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 1- Francis Kimanzi has been re-appointed as national team Harambee Stars head coach by the new Sam Nyamweya regime.Kimanzi, the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Sofapaka FC coach confirmed he had taken the post that was until Tuesday was held by his Gor Mahia FC equivalent, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who was relieved of his duties by the Football Kenya Association (FKA).last_img read more

Walcott seeks more gas ahead of Hammers test

first_imgThe Gunners, languishing in sixth spot, trail fourth placed Tottenham by seven points and sit 11 points adrift of third placed Chelsea.Failure to book a place in Europe’s elite competition would be a devastating blow to a club already in decline after over seven years without a trophy and victory over West Ham is essential to keep that bid alive and, just as importantly, restore a little belief among disillusioned fans and anxious players.Walcott, who scored in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Chelsea, agrees with Wenger that Arsenal have played too timidly in recent weeks and he called on the players to show more aggression and desire.“There are a lot of teams that have got stronger this year, so we need to step on the gas. We don’t want to be playing catch-up. We want to get points on the board,” Walcott said.“We have a tough game at home against West Ham so we need to be ready. It is a massive game, we have home support and we need to start clocking up points there.“We have been hot and cold at home of late so we must be very positive and if we show the commitment that we did in the second half against Chelsea we should be fine.“We need to show that character to win from the start, not when we concede a goal.”If Arsenal are to win their game in hand on Tottenham, they need a big performance from England international Walcott, who last week ended months of speculation about his future by agreeing a new contract.Walcott was linked with several clubs as the end of his contract approached, but Arsenal’s desire to hold onto the winger after a host of star sales over the last 18 months forced the Gunners to give him a three and a half year deal, pushing his wages close to £100,000.The 23-year-old, who was back on the wing against Chelsea after playing in his preferred central striker role for several weeks, revealed it was difficult to concentrate while his future remained in doubt.“For the last three games before Chelsea the contract was sort of done, but it was on my mind and had been for a long time because it was so close,” Walcott said.“It is difficult to play and block out that side of it, but I tried to do the best I could and hopefully everyone was happy with what I did.“I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the club have come to an agreement.“There has been so much speculation and I am very pleased my future is sorted. It is all about the present now.”The main threat to Arsenal’s hopes of a much-needed win is likely to come from West Ham playmaker Joe Cole.The former Chelsea and Liverpool star is in his second spell with the Hammers and scored his first goal for the club in 10 years on Saturday to earn a 1-1 draw against QPR.West Ham will be without Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh, who is ineligible to play as he is on loan from Arsenal, but Cole still believes they can end a disappointing run of one win in seven league games.“You can have difficult moments in the season and if you can pick up points in the difficult moments you do all right,” he said.“Let’s focus on the next game at Arsenal. We want to take something from that, then you go from there.“We’ve just got to go there and stifle Arsenal a little bit and then maybe we can do something.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 23 – Theo Walcott has warned his Arsenal team-mates they are in danger of losing the battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four unless they play with more urgency.Arsene Wenger’s side head into Wednesday’s London derby against West Ham on the back of successive league defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea which have left their bid to qualify for the Champions League in crisis.last_img read more

Eymael pledges the rise of ‘Ingwelona’

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8- If all goes according to plan, then the term ‘Ingwelona’ could soon take pride and place in Kenyan football lingo as AFC Leopards start life under their new Belgian coach, Luc Eymael.The man brought to steady the storm at Leopards’ Den is promising to ensure the team churns out the mesmerising brand of football associated with La Liga leaders FC Barcelona and a collection of honours to match. “I like the way Barcelona play, keeping the ball on the ground, moving it fast with a lot of skill and punishing the opponent. This is how I want to see Leopards playing in the long term and winning trophies,” Luc Eymael (pronounced ‘Eeh-maa’) outlined as his chief mission at his new club.The Belgian who was among the final short-listed candidates for the Harambee Stars job only to see Frenchman, Henri Michel and compatriot Adel Amrouche given the nod is also on the task to prove what the national team will be missing.“I talked to the federation and told them of my vision but they first hire Michel and when he resigned, the chairman came back but they settled for Adel. “These things happen in football but when Leopards came, I listened to them and what they wanted to achieve and I resisted offers from other clubs in the continent to come here since I share the same vision,” he added.The 54-year old coach holds a UEFA A Pro Licence from the Federal School of Trainers in Belgium and has previously coached Congolese side Vita Club, Missiles FC from Gabon and recently Algerian side MC Oran. “Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns are some of the clubs who were interested but I came here because Leopards are a big club in Kenya with many fans. At Vita, I used to see as many as 90,000 come for the game and that is the challenge I like, where I have to make many fans happy,” the charismatic Belgian said.On Saturday, he got a first hand feeling of what it means to be an Ingwe coach after hundreds of Leopard’s faithful braved torrential downpour to watch their side take on league leaders KCB at Mumias Sports Complex.The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate against the backdrop of dubious officiating but after recording a win in five prior to their 3-0 midweek win over Kakamega Homeboyz, the point was appreciated.“I saw the boys play with a lot of spirit and they gave their all. Even though we missed chances through Noah Wafula, Allan Wanga and Paul Were, the team will only improve from here,” Eymael said of the deadlock.“The fans are fantastic, I understand some travelled all the way from Nairobi and this is the passion we need to take this club. I told the players there are the same group that came within three points of winning the title last season.“So, nothing has changed much except the mentality and this is what I want to work on. I’m a winner and did not take any job not to win so my aim is to win a trophy, I will not say which one, at the end of the season,” the Belgian who replaced temporally man Tom Olaba who was relieved of his duties on Monday, underscored.“We had a problem with communicating with the former coach but since he came here, our new coach has given us the motivation to believe with ourselves and I can only see us going forward and challenging other teams.“We are pleased he is an experienced coach who will take us places in future and my first impression of him is he is the coach we needed,” Martin Imbalambala, the Ingwe captain said of the new boss after the 0-0 draw.Walter Onyino, the Leopards vice-chairman, revealed talks with the Belgian set-off in December last year and he was among their shortlist but they instead, settled Portuguese national Vitor Trinidad Salvado.“Harambee Stars were interested and we decided on Vitor but when we contacted the Portuguese federation for a back ground check, we discovered some of the details in his CV were not true.“We got back in touch again with Luc and we were in the process of gradually appointing him but when results did not go our way, we had to fast-track the process that is why we moved so fast in one week,” Onyino said.“We have brought him to win us the title we lost last year. As management, we will not put him under pressure but within a month, we desire to see changes and the team performing better. He is suited for the long term vision we have on the club,” the vice-chair explained.According to him, Eymael’s biggest task will be to lay the structures that will see Leopards become a consistent side in the league without heavy reliance on the administrative office holders.“Some of the roles at the club will be re-defined, others introduced and others done away with but I want to assure everyone involved in the club that their jobs are safe,” he added.“By failing to be hired by Harambee Stars is a gain for us but also the country will gain from him if our players are considered good enough for the national team since we want to have as many of them as possible selected. The whole country will benefit from his services,” the administrator stated.In addition to chasing honours, Eymael also has the duty to steer Ingwe past their traditional rivals Gor Mahia who have Croat Zradvko Logarusic in charge.“I know how important it is for Leopards to beat Gor but they also have a European coach who has made them strong. However, to be a winner, you must perform well game after game and that is the first thing I want to give Leopards, consistency.“My wish is to see them compete on the continental level, the Champions League or Confederations Cup. At the moment, Kenyan clubs are not doing well in Africa but I believe there is talent and technical ability,” the coach who won the Congolese title with Vita expressed.Four points in their last two outings have lifted Ingwe to sixth on the Tusker Premier League log on nine points as belief runs through a side that were threatening to implode under Olaba.“We have not fired Olaba formally since we are yet to give him a dismissal letter. We have invited him to give us his side of the story and our contract with him was as an assistant coach.“We decided to act when we saw the team was in danger of falling off and we needed to do something,” Onyino said of the decision to relieve the former Harambee Stars coach of his role.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eritrean duo still missing from Cecafa

first_img“Nobody has reported the matter to us but I will follow it up from the tournament organisers,” the Police boss added.When quizzed on the progress, Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, declined to comment.On his part, Eritrea head coach Omar Ahmed, said he is not concerned with the deserters who are yet to be formally identified.“I am not a politician, so I don’t care about the players who vanished, I have the best that will represent the nation in the remaining matches,” the coach added after losing 3-0 to defending champions Uganda Cranes on Monday.Eritrean players have forged a reputation of abandoning their team at Cecafa tournaments with a number vanishing in Kampala, Uganda last year and a dozen out a squad of 25 going missing in 2009 when Kenya last hosted the regional football showpiece.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, December 4 – Two Eritrean national team players that went missing from camp in the ongoing GOtv Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, are still at large with organisers and Kenya Police at a loss to explain the progress in apprehending them.Nairobi County Police boss, Benson Kibui, told Capital Sport on Wednesday that no one has brought the matter before them for action meaning that investigations to the matter cannot commence since there is no official complaint.last_img read more

Official KPL match ball unveiled

first_imgPuma and KPL entered into a deal in 2012 with the current contract expiring next year.The ball, which depicts logos of the KPL and Tusker, is constructed from 32 panels with equal surface areas for reduced seam stress and near perfect round shape. The PU panel with under-glass design provides soft touch and high abrasion resistance. Panels are strengthened with multi-layered polyester; viscose and blended backing for enhanced stability, with the backing laminated with a layer of natural latex for increased water repellence. Panels are hand stitched using heavy gauge thread; which is pre-stretched and waxed. The seams allow an even flow of air for a perfect aerodynamic performance, a six-wing latex bladder for superior touch and Puma Air Lock valve for air retention. The FIFA Approved mark guarantees the highest level of performance and excellent size and shape retention, game after game.Speaking during the unveiling, KPL and Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier, said the agreement with the firm had saved clubs the prohibitive cost of procuring balls.“One of the greatest challenges in KPL clubs is financial constraints we experience every day so any enterprise that saves us a coin must be welcome and that’s why I thank Puma for coming to our aid and reducing the cost of acquisition of balls.“As experienced over the last two years the Puma match ball has helped in increasing the pace of the game and competitiveness in the league,” Rachier stated.“We have seen the competitiveness gone up and using the PUMA balls has ensured that our players enjoy the game with the standard ball in the entire season,” KPL CEO, Jack Oguda, added.Puma Head of Marketing for Middle East Africa, Abdelhamid Oraibi, represented the firm at the launch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 25 – This year’s official match ball for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was unveiled Tuesday by German firm Puma in Nairobi.The ball branded ‘Puma KBL match’ will be use starting this weekend with each of the 16 clubs in the competition supplied with 20 to see them through the season.last_img read more

Lamouchi resigns after heartbreak

first_img0Shares0000FORTALEZA, June 25- Sabri Lamouchi resigned as Ivory Coast coach minutes after his side’s hopes of reaching the World Cup second round were dashed by a late penalty giving Greece a 2-1 victory in Fortleza on Tuesday.Greece took a place in the last 16 and Lamouchi said he had to draw the consequences of that failure. “My contract comes to an end at this World Cup and there will be no epilogue and you can understand well as to why,” said the 42-year-old Frenchman.“It is logical as we did not do well at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations or at the World Cup finals.”The former France international, whose side started with a 2-1 win over Japan before losing by that scoreline to group winners Colombia, said a lot of hard work had gone into securing the Elephants first ever appearance in the second round.“I have put a lot of time and effort into the past two years but unfortunately my story with Ivory Coast ends this evening,” he said.“The outcome is a cruel one but the Greeks did not steal this victory.“I am very disappointed and sad and also for the players and the Ivorian people.“However, my career carries on and there will be other defeats but I would have liked this adventure to finish in a different fashion,” declared Lamouchi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No chance for Ramsey, Arteta in derby draw

first_imgTwice he kept out efforts from Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker, and he was also in the right place when team-mate Per Mertesacker sent an attempted headed clearance towards his own goal.Arteta and Ramsey’s exits will have concerned Wenger greatly.Arteta was the first to go, limping off in the 28th minute to be replaced by Mathieu Flamini, and Ramsey went down in first-half stoppage time, immediately indicating that he could not continue.Arsenal began the second half strongly, but Tottenham held out and took the lead against the run of play after 11 minutes.Flamini was at fault, losing the ball to Christian Eriksen. Lamela picking up the ball and found Chadli in space on the right of the box for a simple finish across Szczesny.Arsenal thought they had equalised soon afterwards through Mertesacker’s downward header, but Lloris just managed to stop the ball crossing the line, as goal-line technology replays confirmed.On came Sanchez for Wilshere while Tottenham replaced Eriksen with Aaron Lennon in the 62nd minute.Arsenal piled on the pressure and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 74th minute from Oxlade-Chamberlain.The over-worked Tottenham defence failed to clear a simple ball into the box from Santi Cazorla and although Welbeck missed his kick in front of goal, his England colleague did not, firing high into the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Arsenal host Galatasaray in their second Champions League Group D game on Wednesday and Wenger was not optimistic when asked about the pair’s chances of featuring against the Turkish giants.“No chance,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports. “If it is a muscular problem, I don’t see how they can be fit in five or six days’ time.”A late equaliser from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain denied Tottenham in the first north London derby of the Premier League season.Having gone ahead through Nacer Chadli in the 56th minute, Tottenham were disappointed not to have recorded only their third Premier League victory at the home of their neighbours.Wenger raised a few eyebrows before the game by leaving Alexis Sanchez, the big-money close-season signing from Barcelona, on the bench, with Danny Welbeck starting up front.Tottenham had been keen on signing England striker Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day, but he became an Arsenal player instead in a £16 million ($26.6 million, 20.2 million euros) deal.The one surprise in the Tottenham starting line-up was the inclusion of Ryan Mason in midfield.The 23-year-old was a scoring substitute in Wednesday night’s 3-1 League Cup victory over Nottingham Forest, but this was his first taste of Premier League action.The first 45 minutes were goalless, but not short of incident, as referee Michael Oliver booked Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere as well as Tottenham’s Erik Lamela in the opening half hour.Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham goalkeeper, was busy, making saves from Wilshere, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey, but the man at the other end, Wojchiech Szczesny, was also required to make significant stops. 0Shares0000LONDON, September 28- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta had “no chance” of facing Galatasaray in the Champions League after injuring themselves in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.The two midfielders were both forced to leave the fray during the first half of the Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium after apparently sustaining muscular injuries.center_img – Arteta, Ramsey hobble off –last_img read more

Arsenal thwart Man Utd as De Gea departs

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring from a deflection during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.MANCHESTER, May 17- Tyler Blackett’s late own goal compromised Manchester United’s hopes of automatic Champions League qualification as Arsenal drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.The hosts took the lead when Ashley Young crossed for Ander Herrera to volley home, but Arsene Wenger’s side earned a point in the 82nd minute when Theo Walcott’s shot nicked off Blackett and looped over United substitute goalkeeper Victor Valdes. The result kept Arsenal two points above United in third place in the table and the FA Cup finalists can secure a Champions League group-stage berth by winning at home to Sunderland in their game in hand on Wednesday.Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday meant that United were already guaranteed at least a place in the Champions League play-off round, which was the minimum requirement when Louis van Gaal took up his post as manager last year.But of more pressing concern is the future of goalkeeper David de Gea, heavily linked with Real Madrid and who may have already made his final United appearance after being forced off by injury in the second half.Arsenal were unchanged for the sixth game running — the first time that has happened since January 1994 — and as has been their approach in recent major showdowns, they were content to let their opponents attack them.It led to a number of half-chances for United, with Young, Radamel Falcao, Chris Smalling — captain in Wayne Rooney’s absence — and Juan Mata all threatening.A slip at the other end by Phil Jones gave Arsenal a sight of goal, but despite being flat on his front, the United centre-back improvised brilliantly by swiping the ball away from Olivier Giroud with his head.It was United, though, who were making the running, and they took the lead on the half hour.Young stood up a cross from the left flank and with two defenders drawn to the giant Marouane Fellaini, Herrera met the ball flush on the volley at the back post to claim his eighth goal of the season.– Exit Falcao – Arsenal failed to muster a single shot on target in the first half and when Giroud’s knock-down fell kindly for Alexis Sanchez early in the second, the Chilean shanked a shot high into the East Stand.The game was a last chance for Falcao to impress the United fans after a frustrating loan spell from Monaco, but he spent much of the first half on his backside, the victim of a slippery pitch, and gave way for former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie on the hour.The apologetic wave Falcao gave as he left the pitch suggested he will not be seen at Old Trafford again in a United shirt.Giroud, Van Persie’s successor as Arsenal’s attacking figurehead, belatedly got in behind the United defence moments later, but after neatly beating Marcos Rojo to Mesut Ozil’s cross, he was thwarted by De Gea.“David de Gea, we want you to stay!” chorused the Stretford End, betraying their fear that the Spain international is destined for Madrid.When Arsenal did find a way past De Gea, Aaron Ramsey lobbing a shot over him from Sanchez’s pass, Rojo was on hand to hook clear.De Gea had to depart the fray moments later after an awkward landing, enabling the shaven-headed former Barcelona goalkeeper Valdes to come on for his United debut, four months after joining the club.Valdes had not played a first-team game for over a year and his first task was to pick the ball out of the net after Walcott’s shot nicked off fellow substitute Blackett and looped over him.Both sides had chances to win it, but Giroud could only shoot into the side-netting and Van Persie then ballooned over from Fellaini’s knock-down.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

2011 in review – Top stories from July, August & September

first_imgManhunt for child abductor Randall Hopley comes to the Peace RegionThe abduction of a three-year-old boy from his bedroom in Sparwood, BC sparked a massive manhunt across B.C. and Alberta for the child and his abductor, 46-year old Randall Hopley. The search turned briefly to the Peace Region after a hitchhiker with a young boy was seen between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. The reported sighting turned out not to be the suspect, however not before several roadblocks were setup around the Peace Region. The boy was returned home a few days later unharmed and Hopley was caught the next day near the Alberta border.Flash Floods become an annual event- Advertisement -For the second year in a row, Fort St. John experienced a flash flood in July. A massive rainstorm in 2011 soaked the already wet ground to the max and caused several streets and even more basements to be flooded around town. Around the same time in 2010, a record rainstorm in a short amount of time caused even worse flooding.Province announces long-term goal to four-lane the highway between Fort St. John & the Alberta BorderThe Ministry of Transportation announced a long term goal to twin the main highways servicing the lucrative energy industry of Northeastern BC. While the complete four-laning will take many years to complete, and the Government has not announced a timeline or budget figures required for the full project, construction will start in 2012 with improvements to the following areas:Advertisement Highway 2 – widening the highway to four lanes for 3.3 kilometres between Tupper Creek and Rusheinski Rd. Highway 2 – Widening the Tupper Creek Bridge and 4-mile culvert to four lanes. Highway 2 – Widening a three km stretch of highway from Rolla Rd. to 1st St. Highway 2 – Blockline southbound passing lane and intersection improvements Highway 97 – Widening a two km stretch of highway at the bottom of the South Taylor Hill Highway 97 – Constructing a northbound passing lane at Farmington Fairwayslast_img read more

Three candidates for Peace River North as writ drops

first_imgDon Irwin, B.C. Conservative Regional Director for Peace River, has confirmed the Tories will not be entering a North Peace candidate this election, after its potential candidate withdrew from the race last minute. That means Peace River North residents will have a choice of incumbent Liberal Pat Pimm, Independent Arthur Handland and the NDP’s Judy Fox-McGuire, who is expected to file her papers today.An All Candidates Debate for Peace River North will be held in Fort Nelson on April 23 at the Phoenix Theatre at 7 p.m. as well as in Fort St. John on May 1 at the Lido Theatre also at 7 p.m.In the South Peace there is no incumbent as Blair Lekstrom has decided not to seek re-election, leaving the Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier as the Liberal standard-bearer. Tumbler Ridge mayor Darwin Wren is the New Democrats candidate, while Tyrel Pohl is running as an Independent and former mountie Kurt Peats for the Conservatives.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bayern stars sweat over Guardiola future

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Guardiola has stayed tight-lipped, giving no indication either way as to what he will decide, but Spanish sports daily Marca reported on Wednesday that Guardiola has already told the Bayern directors that he will leave at the end of the season.According to the Madrid-based paper, Guardiola believes both he and the club would benefit from a change of scenery due to his intense work ethic that can wear players down.Last month, Barcelona daily Sport claimed Guardiola had already given his word to former Barca colleagues Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, now Manchester City’s chief executive and director of football respectively, that he will join them at the Etihad next season.Bayern laboured to a 1-0 German Cup win over Darmstadt on Tuesday, thanks to a spectacular Xabi Alonso volley, to book their place in the quarter-finals and keep alive their dreams of winning the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and cup titles this season.The Bavarian giants hold a five-point lead in the German league ahead of their final game of 2015 at Hanover 96 on Saturday, but the sense of anticipation is building in the Bayern squad over Guardiola’s impending announcement.“I can’t look inside his head and I’m excited about the decision,” said Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he will do all he can to keep the Spaniard in Munich.On behalf of the squad, Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has already told Guardiola, who has won 19 titles as coach of either Barcelona or Bayern, he should extend his stay.“I have already said all there is to say. What I believe or think doesn’t really matter now,” said Lahm.Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster says he hopes Guardiola, 44, remains in Germany’s top flight, for the sake of the league.“He’s a world-class coach and it does the Bundesliga good having him here,” said Schuster.Having laboured to a 2-0 league win over Ingolstadt on Saturday, Bayern again struggled on Tuesday with several players out injured.“That wasn’t a gala performance, but we can live with that,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.He said the squad is looking forward to the winter break which starts on Sunday and lasts until Friday January 22, when Bayern are at Hamburg.“The state of the players isn’t particularly good and we were able to rotate in the last few weeks, which has shown in the team performance,” he added.“Of course, we’re looking forward to the winter break and we’re finding it a bit hard at the moment.” 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s head coach Pep Guardiola, pictured on December 8, 2015, current three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave. PHOTO.AFPBERLIN, December 17- Bayern Munich’s flagging stars admit they are relishing the chance to rest during the forthcoming winter break when they discover whether Pep Guardiola will stay or go at the end of the season.Guardiola’s current three-year contract expires next June and Bayern’s head coach has said he will announce “before Christmas” whether he will extend his stay or leave, having been linked to a host of English clubs.last_img read more

Wenger: Klopp has cash to cope with demands

first_imgBut Klopp made 11 changes for the Reds’ 2-2 FA Cup third round draw at Exeter on Friday.The former Borussia Dortmund chief says the biggest difference between managing in England rather than Germany is the number of games.But Wenger, now in his 20th season at Arsenal, insisted Klopp should be able to adapt to the English game, especially with the financial resources available at Anfield.“I must say you get that from everybody who comes to England at the start because you have to adapt to the English style,” Wenger told reporters on Monday.“I was like that, and I’m still in favour of a winter break, but without losing the traditions of English football. That is play over Christmas, and maybe have a break in January.“But I believe as well that we go a little bit overboard because today the English clubs are in a financial situation to have a squad of 25 top, top level players.“It’s not like it was 25 years ago, so we cannot always complain that we play too much because we have players who can rotate, players who want to play.“In every club now, when I look at the bench I am quite impressed with the players who are there and can play, so I don’t believe that it’s like we have 13 players who have to play every single game.”Klopp has introduced his successful ‘gegenpressing’ style at Anfield after it helped him to five major honours during his time in charge of Dortmund.But the physical exertion required to succeed with such a method of play has been highlighted by some as a reason for the number of injuries accumulating at Liverpool.Wenger dismissed that theory, saying: “I don’t think you can explain the injuries of the players by the intensity of the game.“First of all it’s difficult for me to assess this situation because I don’t know exactly what’s happening. Every injury is an individual case.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s head coach Arsene Wenger addresses a press conference in Munich, southern Germany on November 3, 2015 (AFP Photo/Christof Stache)LONDON, January 12 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no reason to complain about his team’s fixture pile-up because of the vast wealth enjoyed by top Premier League clubs.Wenger’s league leaders face Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday as Klopp struggles with a severe injury list, and to make matters worse Liverpool face a run of six games in 18 days.last_img read more

Terry ruled out of PSG clash

first_imgAnd Hiddink revealed it was too “difficult” for Terry to make the journey to France and says the 35-year-old is also a doubt for Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Manchester City.“It was a decision made by me because he was having too much trouble to travel, even to try tomorrow, we had a test this morning and it didn’t work out well so the decision was made to leave him at home,” said Hiddink.“He was himself convinced he could not be of worth for the team at the moment.“He has a little problem with his hamstring and a tendon in the hamstring area, that’s why we made the ultimate test this morning and decided not to participate.“[It is] difficult [for the weekend], that’s why we prefer to have him in Cobham training centre to have daily treatment and see how his level will be for the weekend.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s John Terry applauds the fans after winning the Chamions league group stage match against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on November 4, 2015. PHOTO FILE/AFPLONDON, February 16 – Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has ruled skipper John Terry out of Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain.The defender was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Newcastle with a hamstring injury and stayed behind as the rest of the squad travelled to the French capital.last_img read more

Alli extends Tottenham stay until 2022

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli joined Spurs from lower league side MK Dons in February 2015 © AFP/File / Lindsey ParnabyLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new six-year contract that is set to see him stay with the north London side until 2022, the English Premiership club announced Monday.England international Alli joined Spurs from lower league side MK Dons in February 2015 and the 20-year-old has since scored 11 goals and managed nine assists in his 38 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane team. Alli has followed in the footsteps of Spurs team-mates Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Tom Carroll and Harry Winks, who have all extended their contracts in recent weeks.“I’m happy to be here and playing at Tottenham,” Alli told the club’s official Twitter account.“Personally I can’t think of anywhere better, with the fans, the manager we’ve got here and the young team. It’s a great place to be.”Alli had a dramatic breakthrough campaign last season after making his Tottenham debut against Manchester United in August.He went on to score 10 goals in 46 appearances, playing a key role as Spurs finished third in the Premier League and qualified for European football’s elite Champions League competition.Alli finished the season being named the Young Player of the Year for 2015/16 by England’s Professional Footballers’ Association and was included in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year.He won his first England cap in November last year and has so far scored one goal — an impressive long-range shot against France in a Wembley friendly in November.Alli was included in England’s squad for this year’s European Championships but, in common with many members of Roy Hodgson’s squad, he was well below his best in France as the team were knocked out of the tournament by football minnows Iceland.This season has seen Alli feature in all five of Tottenham’s opening Premier League matches, with the midfielder scoring once, in a 4-0 win away to Stoke City earlier this month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chapecoense officially awarded Copa Sudamericana title

first_imgClub officials had said on Saturday that the title and Sh200mn ($2 mn) prize money would be bestowed upon the Brazilian side after a plane carrying the team crashed en route to the Copa final last Monday in Colombia, taking the lives of 71 people on board — including 19 players.On Monday, the news was made official, with CONMEBOL also announcing that rival club Atletico Nacional would be given an award for fair play consisting of Sh100mn ($1 mn).“For CONMEBOL there is no greater example of the ‘spirit of peace, understanding and fair play’ set forth as an objective of our institution than the solidarity, consideration and respect shown by Atletico National towards its brothers from Chapecoense,” a CONMEBOL statement said.The Colombian side, who would have been Chapecoense’s opponents in the two-legged final, campaigned for the title to be given to the Brazilian club earlier this week.Speaking after a memorial in Chapeco on Saturday, Chapecoense interim president Ivan Tozzo said that the title — complete with the winners’ prize money — will be awarded by the South American football confederation to the club.“CONMEBOL have testified that they will crown Chapecoense as champions of the Copa Sudamericana,” Tozzo told Globo. “We are receiving support from all federations. The CBF, CONMEBOL, FIFA, and especially the people of Chapeco.“Right now we are beginning to rebuild the team. People want football, people love football in Chapeco. Therefore, we must continue this. Let’s talk and do well, let the dust settle and rebuild the team for next year.”As the winners, Chapecoense qualify automatically for next season’s Copa Libertadores, the continent’s top tournament.It also means that Chapecoense will face Atletico Nacional — the defending Copa Libertadores champions — in an emotion-charged two-game Supercopa Sul-Americana next year between the continent’s two club champions.Brazil’s leading clubs have pledged to loan players to Chapecoense for free and asked for them to be safeguarded from relegation from the top flight for the next three seasons.Just three players — defender Alan Luciano Ruschel, reserve goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and centre-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto — were among the six survivors of the crash. Only Neto has a hope of resuming his career, reports have said.Meanwhile, the Brazilian Football Confedation (CBF) confirmed that the Brazil national team will play Colombia in a friendly at the end of January to help victims of the crash.A spokesman said the venue will be decided by Chapecoense directors and that all the ticket office revenues will go to the families of the victims.Chapecoense’s director of communications says the match could happen at the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro or in Chapecoense’s 22,000-seater Arena Conda.Later on Monday, Chapecoense confirmed they will not face Atletico Mineiro on Sunday in the last round of the domestic Brazilian league, though other games will go on. Atletico agreed with that decision as the result won’t impact the position of either team in the tournament.-By ESPN-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000As the winners, Chapecoense qualify automatically for next season’s Copa Libertadores, the continent’s top tournament.SAO PAULO, Brazil, Dec 6- The South American Football Association CONMEBOL officially awarded Brazilian side Chapecoense Real with the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title.In a statement, the South American governing body said it awarded the title — the continent’s secondary international club tournament — “as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning.”last_img read more

NPSS student combating mental illness one step at a time

first_imgPeever has a personal connection to mental illness. She then had the opportunity to work with one of the representatives that works with the Ministry of Health down in Vancouver. That is how she became involved in going to Vancouver twice a year.She says the past year they have focused on changing the fact that many kids don’t have someone that they can trust which in turn leads to them bottling everything inside.“We changed that by adding more support workers so that we have more people that kids can go to that they can trust because our school counsellors are more career related over psychiatric related. They aren’t there to talk about your issues, they are just there to talk about what courses you need so we are focusing on improving that in schools.”Peever says in the North Peace there is only 1 teacher for every 25 kids approximately, making it hard for them to have support.Advertisement “Even one teacher connecting with 25 kids is still a lot for that one teacher.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local student was in the spotlight provincially recently for her efforts to combat mental illness.Morgan Peever is a North Peace Secondary School leadership student and B.C. Student Voice participant for the Peace Region. She recently went down to the Lower Mainland to talk about the topics of mental health and suicide.NPSS says she brought information back from the trip and will be working on ideas to face the issues of mental health and suicide head on.- Advertisement -Peever went down to the Lower Mainland on November 3rd to launch a health and well being report and to discuss what they are doing Mental Health wise in the North Peace.She is part of a student group called “B.C. Student Voice”. The group goes down to Vancouver twice a year to talk about things that need to be changed. Peever says at one of the meetings, the Minister of Health was in attendance and discussed health indicators.“Our region had really low statistics for how many kids had adults they could trust. So we brought that back into the school and added more support workers.”Advertisementlast_img read more

A safe and cost effective approach for babies: Baby boxes are now in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Baby Box tradition started close to 75 years ago and now they are in Fort St. John.For years, mothers in Finland have been given a Baby Box as a ‘starter kit’ for their baby. The boxes also contain clothes, blankets and other items for newborns. The box is even lined with a mattress so the baby can use the box as their first bed.With this, Finland has one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.- Advertisement -The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre decided to participate in the initiative.Lise Klassen, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Centre says that they partnered with the United Way to be able to offer the program to mothers here in Fort St. John.“There was a lot of people who were just plain interested in it and they wanted to know ‘where can I get a box?’ and some people suggested to us that we should be a distributor but the United Way decided to do that. We partnered with Baby’s Best Chance and we are the place people can come and pick up a Baby Box.”Advertisement In order to receive a box, you do have to complete a course called ‘Baby Box University’.“You do have to take a little course and it is called “Baby Box University’. It is a video series of learning. From there, you come to the Pregnancy Care Centre, show us the certificate and provide email (this way we can verify you took the course) and they walk away with a beautiful Baby Box.”The cost of a Baby Box? $0. Klassen explains that they are currently building more boxes as the demand has been high.For more information, call the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre at (250) 787-5584.Advertisementlast_img read more

Provincial government extends livestock fencing program

first_imgApplications from livestock owners are received by the BCCA, at: http://www.cattlemen.bc.ca/fencing.htm. KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The provincial government announced last week that it is extending the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program for five more years.The government says that the program extension is part of $46 million in safety improvements approved in this year’s provincial budget. The program, which is a partnership between the provincial government and BC Cattlemen’s Association, will receive $1 million per year over the next five years. Since the program launched in 2010, the government has spent $16 million to help get more than 900 kilometres of livestock fencing erected along B.C. highways.According to information provided by the Cattleman’s Association, fatalities involving cattle on roads and railways have declined from 92 in 2011 to 21 last year.“The success of the Provincial Livestock Fencing Program in reducing livestock-related collisions on our highways makes extending it for five more years an easy decision,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena. “There are two major benefits of the fencing program: Keeping people safe while driving, and helping ranchers protect their investment.”- Advertisement -The BC Cattlemen’s Association will continue to administer the popular, taking applications from livestock owners who are seeking assistance to build fences adjacent to the highway. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and projects are selected based on several factors, including current fence condition, livestock headcount, and highway designation.“There is no doubt in my mind that the fencing program is responsible for the drastic reduction in the number of cattle lost to ranchers and farmers,” said Kevin Boon, general manager, BC Cattlemen’s Association. “This partnership with the Province for five more years will allow us to keep more of our livestock out of harm’s way, but more importantly, it helps keep the travelling public safe.”Advertisementlast_img read more

ATCO Two Rivers and Home Hardware Building Centre giving discounts to residents of Old Fort

first_imgFor further information on this initiative, you can contact Home Hardware at 250-787-0371, or stop by the store to speak to them in person.The offer is available until December 1, 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ATCO Two Rivers and Home Hardware Building Centre have joined forces to assist Old Fort Residents in replacing fridges and freezers damaged during the recent slide.Doug Gallinger, co-owner of Home Hardware Fort St. John, says they will be offering discounts to Old Fort residents.“What we are doing is taking 25-percent off the manufacturer suggested retail price and they (ATCO) are providing $500 of a rebate to the customers,” said Gallinger.- Advertisement -To get the rebate, residents must follow these steps:Step 1: Stop by St John Advertising and Promotion to register your household and receive your gift pack of gift certificates if you haven’t already done so. SJA Promo will provide you with a registration form, and a number from their map to take to Home Hardware. In addition to the gift certificates in your gift packs, there is a 15% Save-On-More coupon which is intended to be used when you are ready to do a significant shop to re-stock your fridge and freezer!Step 2: Bring SJA Promo registration form along with supportive ID showing Old Fort residency to Home Hardware and talk to the Kitchen Design Team to order your fridge and/or freezer.In stock items will be available immediately. Otherwise, the Kitchen Design Team will assist you with your order, working with appliance reps to ensure your personal needs are met.Advertisementlast_img read more

Indy jinx touches Andrettis – and Kanaan – again

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Tony Kanaan’s best driving of the day may have saved him from an ugly wreck. Marco Andretti wasn’t quite so lucky. At the end of the day, though, both were in the same spot: Watching somebody else celebrate in Victory Lane. Kanaan had the strongest car all afternoon, leading half of the rain-shortened 166-lap race. But he spun out following someone else’s crash on lap 157, effectively ending his chances when rain moved in for a second time 10 laps later. It was yet another disappointment for Kanaan, who seems to be able to win anywhere but Indianapolis. Which sounds a lot like what the Andretti drivers have been saying for almost four decades now. “It is the Indianapolis 500. There is life beyond that,” said Kanaan, whose wife is expecting their first child. “My day will come if it’s meant to be.” At least the winner was Dario Franchitti, Kanaan’s teammate with Andretti Green Racing and his best friend. “We’re so close. He’s one of the biggest reasons I signed with this team,” Kanaan said. “Hey, it was a good day for him. Let’s move on.” It was the second win in three years for team owner Michael Andretti, some consolation for his family’s star-crossed history at this most famous of tracks. Since patriarch Mario Andretti won the 500 in 1969, the family has been shut out. Mario and Michael each have had wins slip from their grasp several times, their chances often done in by the failure of a $2 part. An Andretti has started Indy 58 times, with four seconds and 13 top 10s. For years, the most famous phrase at the Brickyard after “Gentlemen, start your engines,” was “Mario Andretti is slowing down.” Michael has led more laps without winning at Indy than anyone, including one lap Sunday. “Obviously it wasn’t meant to be to win it as a driver. But we won it as an owner,” said Michael Andretti, who finished 13th Sunday. “Maybe I’m just meant to win 15 of these things – as an owner.” And Kanaan might have inherited his team owner’s jinx. Though he may not get the attention like Sam Hornish or Helio Castroneves, Kanaan is one of the best drivers in IndyCar. He was the 2005 league champion, and his win in Japan last month was the eighth of his career. He’s won at least one race each of the last five seasons. When it comes to the Brickyard, though, Kanaan can’t catch a break. He won the pole in 2005 and led for 54 laps, only to wind up eighth. He was leading with seven laps to go last year, but had to pit and dropped to fifth. In 2004, the last rain-shortened race, Kanaan finished second to Buddy Rice. His 12th-place finish snapped a four-year streak of top 10 finishes – and doesn’t come close to showing how dominant he was. “A bad day for me became a good day for Dario,” Kanaan said. “If I could pick anybody but me and for Michael, he was the guy.” Kanaan was in front for 83 laps, and led Hornish, the defending champ, by four seconds when a caution came out on lap 151. Kanaan ducked into the pits – and off the lead – for fuel and four new tires on lap 155. With rain threatening, that looked like it might be enough to carry him to the end. But as the race went back to green on lap 157, Jaques Lazier hit the wall at Turn 4. Kanaan, running behind, ducked down to avoid him. But he lost control and started spinning and skidding across the track, heading straight for the pit wall. Most drivers wouldn’t have been able to avoid a wreck. But Kanaan somehow managed to right the car and went back into the pits, where his flattened right rear tire was quickly replaced. “I don’t know what happened. I think we got caught. I don’t even know who crashed,” Kanaan said. “I managed to keep it on the track, but after that I knew the day was over.” At least Kanaan was still running at the end. Marco Andretti is the third generation of the illustrious family and, though only 20, the best hope to end their Brickyard heartbreak. As a rookie last year, he got beaten when Hornish passed him on the final straightaway. He led for 13 laps Sunday but faded to the pack after the three-hour rain delay. Trying to work his way back to the front, he tried to pass in traffic on lap 163 and rubbed tires with 2005 champion Dan Wheldon. “Both mirrors were loose. I could see that on the pit stop,” Mario Andretti said. “So he had no mirror, and that’s how he pinched the other guy on his right.” Marco Andretti’s car veered hard into the outside wall, slid back across the track in traffic and flipped upside down after it hit the infield grass. It finally came to rest on its wheels. “I was upside down; I was just praying to God,” he said. He stayed in the car for several minutes but finally climbed out under his own power, shaken but OK. “I’m one lucky guy,” Marco Andretti said. “It was definitely a big one.” Lucky in some ways. Not in others. 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

Kobe Bryant reconsiders trade demand

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kobe Bryant had two messages for the Lakers on a wacky Wednesday: call me and show me. Mere hours after Bryant demanded a trade and said he would rather “go play on Pluto” than remain with the Lakers, Bryant executed a verbal crossover and said he wanted nothing more than to stick around. Bryant still has some issues. He wants management to make bold moves to prove to him that the Lakers are committed to winning and he wants a phone call, and a clear-the-air conversation, with Dr. Jerry Buss. “A statement would be, call me,” Bryant said on 570-AM. “I don’t have (Buss’) number. Call me.” The Lakers’ troubling month reached a surreal apex Wednesday when Bryant asked to be traded in the morning then, after a phone call from coach Phil Jackson, seemed open to a reconciliation in the afternoon. “I can only hope that they do something, because I don’t want to go no place else,” Bryant told 570-AM. “I don’t want to. I want to stay here, so I hope they do something. … This is my team. I love it here.” Laker sources indicated that Buss will reach out to Bryant soon. Magic Johnson, part owner and team icon, attempted to get in touch and by the end of the day, it seemed that Bryant’s anxiety had waned. It’s been a difficult week for the Lakers and Bryant, who lashed out Tuesday and said that the Lakers lied to him about their long-term rebuilding plans and cast blame on him for their trade of Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant wrote on his official website Tuesday that despite his considerable consternation, he had no desire to be traded. That changed Wednesday morning, when a despondent-sounding Bryant talked to ESPN radio. Bryant said he wanted to be traded and that nothing could change his mind about leaving the Lakers. “Yeah, I would like to be traded, yeah,” Bryant said. “As tough as it is to say that and as tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there’s no other alternative. … It’s rough, man, but I don’t see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don’t see how you can move forward from that type of situation.” Bryant repeatedly said that the Lakers could not convince him to stay – even if Jerry West returned – and when asked if he had any destinations in mind, said, “Not really. At this point, I’ll go play on Pluto.” Soon after, the Lakers released a statement from Buss that read, “We are aware of the media reports. However, Kobe has not told us directly that he wants to be traded. We have made it very clear that we are building our team around Kobe and that we intend for him to be a Laker his entire career. We will speak directly to Kobe and until we do that, we will not comment publicly about this.” Bryant said he had his agent, Rob Pelinka, call Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and make the trade request official. Then, just as speculative trade rumors began to fly, Bryant did two more radio interviews, in which he backtracked from his previous trade-me-no-matter-what comments and softened his stance. What changed? A phone call from Jackson, who attempted to convince Bryant to give the Lakers another chance and that the team would rededicate itself to an improved roster and not long-term rebuilding. “He stayed optimistic,” Bryant said. “He said, ‘You know what, I can’t blame you for feeling this way. I can’t blame you.’ But I just have to try to stay optimistic and we have to try to figure something out. “(Phil) said, ‘They are now determined to do something.’ They’re determined to get something done and they’re off this long-term plan thing. They want to go ahead and get something done. For me, the frustration would have been alleviated if they had told me about a long-term plan.” Asked directly if he wanted to stay with the Lakers, “Man, more than anything. That’s why I hope they can do something. Figure something out. When Phil and I talked, it was an emotional conversation and he said, ‘You know what, Kobe, just let us try to figure this thing out.’ That gave me some hope.” Through SFX Basketball, the agency that represents Bryant, Bryant declined further comment. If the trade demand sticks, finding a team with enough available talent to make a worthwhile trade wouldn’t be easy. Bryant, 28, would waive the no-trade clause in his contract, a deal that has four years and $88.6 million remaining. Any team that acquired Bryant would also be forced to pay him a $9.5 million bonus. Part of Bryant’s consternation came after a local columnist quoted an anonymous “Laker insider” as saying that Bryant’s input provided the impetus for the 2004 trade that sent O’Neal to Miami. Bryant vehemently defended himself and said Buss had informed him during that 2003-04 season that O’Neal would be traded because Buss did not want to give an aging O’Neal another big contract. That led to an unlikely alliance this week between Bryant and O’Neal, against Lakers management. “I believe Kobe 100 percent,” O’Neal told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Absolutely. There’s no doubt in my mind Kobe is telling the truth. I believe him a thousand percent. I would have respected Dr. Buss more as a man if he would have told me that himself, because I know he said it. But he didn’t (tell me). He never said a damn word to me.” Bryant said the next time he saw O’Neal, he would “give him a big … hug,” said that past differences were behind them and said the Lakers caused part of the problem by blaming Bryant for the trade. “We were both young,” Bryant told ESPN radio. “As you get older, you learn how to deal with things. You become a parent and you learn patience and understanding. I think if we could go back I would, and I’m sure he would too, just communicate better. Just he and I, directly.” — Rich Hammond, (818) [email protected]last_img read more

Iraq War vet who protested finds ally

first_imgKurpius said even an implied threat to lower the discharge rating could threaten educational and other benefits Kokesh is eligible to receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs. “We all know that people give up some individual rights when they join the military,” Kurpius said. “But these Marines went to war, did their duty, and were honorably discharged from the active roles. I may disagree with their message, but I will always defend their right to say it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The nation’s largest combat veterans group Friday urged the military to “exercise a little common sense” and call off its investigation of a group of Iraq War veterans who wore their uniforms during anti-war protests. “Trying to hush up and punish fellow Americans for exercising the same democratic right we’re trying to instill in Iraq is not what we’re all about,” said Gary Kurpius, national commander of the 2.4 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars. “Someone in the Marine Corps needs to exercise a little common sense and put an end to this matter before it turns into a circus,” Kurpius said. A military panel in Kansas City, Mo., will hold a hearing Monday to decide whether Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh’s discharge status should be changed from honorable to “other than honorable.” The action came after he was photographed wearing fatigues – with military insignia removed – during a mock patrol with other veterans at a protest rally in April. Kokesh was a reservist in an artillery unit assigned to the November Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Regiment of the 4th Division based out of Pico Rivera. The Marine Corps is investigating whether Kokesh might have violated a rule prohibiting troops from wearing uniforms without authorization. Kokesh was honorably discharged following a combat tour in Iraq, but he remains part of the Individual Ready Reserve, a pool of former active-duty service members in unpaid, non-drill status. Kokesh also was cited for making a disrespectful comment to a military officer investigating the incident. His attorney, Michael Lebowitz, called the case an effort to stifle critics of the Bush administration’s war policy. last_img read more

Suspects in gun thefts fatally shot

first_imgA San Bernardino police cruiser drove by as the suspects squealed away in their getaway car, a black Acura Legend, starting an eight-minute car chase that surpassed 90 mph. The cars careened through the streets of San Bernardino until the suspects trapped themselves in a cul-de-sac on Third Street in Highland. One police car T-boned the Acura as it rounded the cul-de-sac. The suspects bailed out of the car, pointing guns at the officers while one tried to hide in a large bin. An officer yelled “Shots fired!” before San Bernardino police fired their weapons, striking three of the men and shattering all four side windows of the Acura. The incident happened less than 10 hours after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is sending a team of federal agents to San Bernardino to combat violent crime and take illegal firearms off the streets. Susan Raichel, ATF spokeswoman, said it is crimes like these that highlight the importance of the Violent Crime Impact Team initiative. “It keeps guns out of the hands of the wrong types of people that commit violent crime resulting in an unnecessary loss of life,” she said. “We’re taking away their tools of terrors.” Police said they do not know why the men wanted the weapons. San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were still investigating the scene at 1 p.m. Saturday. They customarily handle officer-involved shootings and also provide police service to Highland. The suspects might be responsible for several other Inland Empire robberies, said Lt. Rick Moyer. Officials suspect the men who robbed Turner’s in San Bernardino might also be responsible for the robbery of Turner’s in Riverside last month. ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the Riverside case. Three masked men stormed into the store just before closing time May 10 and stole 20 handguns in a minute and a half. Those guns have yet to be recovered. Police believe they recovered all of the stolen weapons in San Bernardino, but an ATF agent will inventory all guns at Turner’s to ensure none were lost in the chase. “We recovered 75 guns and you think, `Holy moley, did we just prevent 75 homicides?”‘ Raichel said. [email protected] (909) 386-3887160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two of the four men suspected of stealing an arsenal of handguns from a San Bernardino gun shop were shot dead by police Friday during a shootout that followed a high-speed chase. Tobari Barnes, 26, of West Covina died at the scene. The other three suspects were arrested and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where 20-year-old Isaiah Henderson of Diamond Bar died after surgery. Police refused to identify the other two suspects. No officers were wounded during the gunfight. Four men burst into Turner’s Outdoorsman on West Orange Show Road at 8:40 p.m. Friday – just before quitting time – and held at least two clerks at gunpoint while stuffing 75 rifles, shotguns and handguns into black duffel bags. last_img

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United can forget about winning the title this season, says Burley

first_imgEx-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley joined The Sports Bar to look ahead to the new Premier League season.Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United fans may think differently, but Burley believes it will be a straight fight for the title between his former club Chelsea and Manchester City.The ex-Scotland international said: “Arsenal won’t win the league, unless he [Arsene Wenger] goes out and buys more players. They will be strong again, but I don’t think they will win it.“It will clearly be between Manchester City and Chelsea. Liverpool have spent well but you can’t quantify the loss of Luis Suarez.“When you are in the tunnel and see Suarez, you know he is capable of winning the game out of nothing. They have lost that. They are going to have a good season, Liverpool, but it is a building process for them.“Manchester United need five, six, or even seven new players. There will have to be some sort of movement before now and the close of the window. The best United can hope for is top four, unless something dramatic happens.”last_img read more

Mourinho accuses referee Taylor of making ‘huge mistake’ to deny Chelsea victory at Southampton

first_imgJose Mourinho accused referee Anthony Taylor of making a ‘huge mistake’ that cost Chelsea the chance of victory at St Mary’s.The leaders had to settle for a point on the south-coast as Southampton held them to a 1-1 draw, but Mourinho felt they were denied the opportunity to win the game from the penalty spot.Cesc Fabregas was booked for simulation after going down under a penalty box challenge from Matt Targett, but the Blues’ boss insists his side should have had a spot-kick.“The referee made a huge mistake that decided the game,” he said. “I had the chance to see it on the TV by the tunnel, and I was shocked. From a distance it looked a penalty, but the screen is the screen and the referee was in the screen [picture]. He is there, he is ten metres away so, for me, it is difficult to understand.“Referees are being put under pressure [to book players] and I’m not sure if the FA and Premier League should do something about that. Other managers speak about diving and this and that, and I’m not sure if they do anything about that because clearly there is huge pressure on the referees.“A bad referee decision has decided the result of the match. I’m not saying my player would have scored but, if we had gone 2-1 up, the game would have had to change because they [Southampton] would have had to change the way they played.”last_img read more

Exclusive – Wenger to blame for Arsenal’s lack of title challenge, claims Robson

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes Arsene Wenger is the only man to blame for the club’s poor season so far in the Premier League.A title challenge appears a distant dream as they sit sixth, 13 points behind co-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City.And the Gunners’ defensive frailties were once again exposed as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton on New Year’s Day.But rather than casting aspersions on the Arsenal players, Robson believes their Frenchman is holding them back due to his lack of tactical nous.He told talkSPORT: “You can go and buy the best four defenders in the world but if you don’t do enough work on the training field and you’re not well organised they are still going to have problems. The problem is not with the players. The problem is still with the manager.“Nobody wins the title or wins the Champions League if they don’t get the balance right between defending when they don’t have the ball and attacking well when they have the ball.“I would say, 50 per cent of the time, Arsenal don’t defend well enough when they don’t have the ball and that’s not because they haven’t go players who can do that, it’s because they haven’t got a structure or an understanding of what they’re trying to do.“If you haven’t got a structure it’s then difficult to identify where the problems are.“If you pinned some of the ex-players down who have been at Arsenal and back Arsene Wenger to the hilt and you say to them, ‘what did you learn tactically and defensively about the game?’, they will all say, ‘well, nothing really, he didn’t really teach us anything, what he did teach us about was diets and looking after ourselves’.“The game has gone on from there, you need to be a good coach as well as a good man manager and sports scientist. Arsene Wenger, in my view, still doesn’t do enough work on the training field and doesn’t understand the tactical side of the game.“I think they’ll just about squeeze into the top four and a lot of people will say there is not too much wrong with that but Arsenal, with the amount of money they’re paying their players, the amount of money they’re paying their manager and the amount of people they get inside the stadium, should be challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. They should be challenging the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for the Champions League and there is only one man, in my view, that is stopping them and that’s the manager.“If Jose Mourinho was manager of the same Arsenal players they would be right up at the top of the table.”last_img read more

Sign them up! Seven stars who want to move in January

first_img 6. Winston Reid – West Ham – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – It will be a huge blow to West Ham’s defence when Winston Reid departs the club. The New Zealand international has refused a new deal and sees his future elsewhere, with Arsenal and Tottenham just two of the clubs linked with a move. Given his desire to move, there is every chance that the Hammers could facilitate that in January. 7 7 3. Jermain Defoe – Toronto FC – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – It’s pretty well documented that the former Spurs striker is seeking a move back to England after a difficult 12 months in Major League Soccer. Defoe’s strike rate at Toronto was reasonably good – 12 goals in 17 games – but his failure to fire the Canadians into the play-offs saw him face a tongue-lashing from the club’s hierarchy. A return to England seems likely, although Toronto want to ensure it’s permanent. 5. Shinji Okazaki – Mainz – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – The Japanese striker is once again enjoying a fruitful season with Mainz, having bagged 10 goals in 17 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. Having spent nearly five years in Germany, Okazaki looks to be seeking a new challenge and has recently talked up a move to the Premier League, describing a switch to England as a ‘dream’. Leicester are strongly linked with him. 2. Xherdan Shaqiri – Bayern Munich – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – It seems only a matter of time before Shaqiri secures a move away from Bayern Munich, with Liverpool his likeliest destination. The Swiss star has grown frustrated at his lack of regular game time at the Allianz Arena and has openly confirmed his desire to play more often. 7 7. Thiago Motta – Paris Saint-Germain – Click the arrow to see more players who look like being on the move soon… – According to reports in France, PSG’s defensive midfielder Thaigo Motta has grown disillusioned with life in the French capital and is seeking to bring an end to his three-year spell with the club. The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Italy, with Inter Milan thought to be interested, but in England it is Manchester United and Tottenham who are believed to be monitoring his situation. 4. Morgan Schneiderlin – Southampton – Click the arrow to see more players who want to leave in January – While there can be no questioning Morgan Schneiderlin’s commitment to the Southampton cause this season, it is pretty obvious that the Frenchman sees his future elsewhere. Heavily linked with a move during the summer, Southampton managed to keep hold of the midfielder – reportedly against his will – and while he seems to be enjoying a strong campaign, there’s an inevitability that he will move on. Perhaps in January? The January transfer window is the perfect opportunity for clubs to refresh their ranks with the second half of the season starting to unfold, but for players it also presents a huge opportunity.The winter period allows frustrated and disillusioned stars the chance to give their careers a new lease of life by finding a new club.Here are just some of the players seeking a move in January.Click the arrow to see who features. 7 7 7 7 1. Wilfried Bony – Swansea… for how long? – It seems to be a matter of when, rather than if Wilfried Bony will secure his estimated £30m switch from Swansea to Man City. The Ivory Coast international is believed to be aiming to conclude everything prior to heading off to the play in the African Cup of Nations.last_img read more

Anti-terror team seeks more cops

first_imgAfter sharply questioning the impact on Los Angeles Police Department operations, a city panel on Monday reluctantly recommended adding 44 police officers to a counterterrorism task force. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and FBI Deputy Director Steve Tidwell appealed to the City Council Public Safety Committee for the additional officers, saying the growing terrorist threat must be addressed. “The threat is always going to be high here,” Tidwell said. “Historically, terrorists have said they will hit here, and they always complete the loop. It becomes almost a matter of honor. ” Tidwell said intelligence sources have warned about another attack on the United States, including the threat from domestic terrorists who have taken up ideological causes. “In a perfect world, I wouldn’t even be asking these questions, but it’s not a perfect world; this is the LAPD,” Smith said. “You are talking about taking our most experienced officers out of the field. We don’t have enough field-training officers now to handle all the recruits coming out of the academy. And when I go out to the Valley stations, all I see are probationary officers that we have thrown out there without the proper training.” Councilman Dennis Zine, a retired LAPD sergeant who also represents the Valley and works as a reserve officer, added his concerns about the plan. “We have gang crime continuing to grow in the Valley, and I don’t see the department responding to it,” Zine said. “We have officers out there who have no backup.” Smith added he believes the department is becoming too specialized. “I’m afraid we’re coming to the day when people will call 911 and get a recorded message saying, `Push 1 to report a terrorist threat, push 2 for a gang crime, and push Operator for all other crimes,”‘ Smith said. The proposal now goes to the full City Council for consideration. It also includes a provision to fund the assignment of the new officers – estimated at $1.8 million for a full year – by delaying the purchase of 9,000 new Tasers for officers. Deputy Chief Mike Downing, who heads the LAPD’s counterterrorism effort, argued the work was a top priority for all officials who are worried about a repeat of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “Nothing about policing this city is simplistic,” Downing said, noting the number of terrorist threats investigated has soared from 17 last year to 48 this year, and is expected to grow. Downing said the investigations have resulted in more than 200 arrests, and have averted more serious threats. Downing and the other officials noted the anti-terrorism task force also deals with crimes such as those involving street gangs and drug trafficking. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “In my 24 years in the bureau and eight years as a police officer, I have never seen such a huge potential threat,” Tidwell said. Baca said the additional officers – who will be part of a 276-member task force of federal, county and local law enforcement personnel – is critical to maintaining the flow of information and developing expertise within individual departments. “If you pull resources from this effort, it will weaken our resolve and our capability to investigate threats,” Baca said. “Very simply, we need people to make sure we can deal with the threats.” But the panel questioned the impact of the assignment on basic services provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, particularly in the sprawling San Fernando Valley. “I went out to stations last week and found the Valley stations were operating with only 50 or 60 percent of the staffing,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the Northwest Valley and also volunteers as a reserve police officer. last_img

Golf tourney to help students

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 16th Annual “Tee Off For Kids” Golf Tournament will be held at 8 a.m. June 18 at the Rancho Vista Golf Course. The daylong tournament is a fundraiser for Mobility Opportunities Via Education (M.O.V.E.), which provides disabled students with specialized equipment. Tournament, sponsor and ad applications are available online at www.palmdalechamber.org and at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce office, 817 E. Avenue Q-9, Palmdale. For more information, please contact Bonnie Barnard at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce at (661) 273-3232 or call Vernita Scott-Flanton at (661) 202-9598 or e-mail at [email protected] A representative of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce posted this story May 5 to the Antelope Valley hub on valleynews.com.last_img read more

La Puente’s aging sewers to receive big overhaul

first_imgConstruction on areas of the sewer system in most need are planned over the next four years. In the fifth year, engineers would begin design plans for the remainder of the project, Cowley said. City officials said the city will use revenue from increased sewer fees to pay back the bonds. The city is using a fee structure plan based on strength factors and tacked on to existing sewer rates. It was implemented last fiscal year. “For instance, a single family residence has a strength factor of 1 … One strength factor is $84 a year,” Cowley said, adding that the factors for businesses are larger. That fee structure will likely increase in the coming years based on consumer price index figures, Mousavi said. “To be honest, I do believe residents will be strained … however we must, as a community, realize that unless we are going to invest in the infrastructure of our aging sewer we are going to be facing some serious problems in the future,” Councilman Louie Lujan said. City officials hope to have the bonds issued and the funds received in about two months. After the initial five-year plan is completed, it could take up to another 10 years – based on the extent of repairs – to complete improvements to the entire system, Cowley said. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The system is inadequate for a growing need in La Puente, said Sid Mousavi, a contracted city engineer. “Not only is it an old system, but also in some areas it is undersized,” he said. The 333,000 feet of pipeline is facing a combination of capacity problems and deterioration issues, Mousavi said. In some areas, larger-diameter pipes are needed to deal with increased sewer usage; and in other areas, cracked pipes need to be repaired to keep raw sewage from seeping into the city’s water table, he said. “When there are cracks in them, tree roots can get in and enlarge the cracks,” Mousavi said. “Sometimes rain water can get in and that also compounds the problems with capacity.” As laid out in the five-year plan, officials want to complete a video analysis – first started in 2004 – of the entire sewer system in the next year, Cowley said. LA PUENTE – The city is undertaking the largest capital improvement project in La Puente’s history – a sewer system upgrade that will address an estimated $55 million in repairs and improvements to the aging infrastructure. Officials are trying to get $15.9 million in bonds issued for the first phase of the project, City Manager Carol Cowley said. Council members unanimously approved a five-year plan last week outlining the nearly $16 million in repairs. “Well this is really important especially at this time because we have had nothing done to our sewers up until now,” said Councilwoman Lola Storing. “The city is over 50 years old so the sooner we get out to take care of it the better it will be.” last_img read more

Medicaid physicians need new pads for prescriptions

first_imgPharmacists have asked lawmakers and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the law. “Millions of Medicaid beneficiaries may not be able to obtain their medications after Oct. 1,” wrote an organization representative in in a recent letter to lawmakers. “This could lead to higher Medicaid costs for emergency room visits, hospitalizations and physician office visits if medication cannot be obtained in a timely manner.” Steve Hahn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the agency, for now, has no plans to change the Oct. 1 start. In the interim, he said, agency officials are consulting with health care providers and preparing guidance on how to comply with the law. Several states already require tamper-proof prescription pads, Hahn noted. But health care providers in those states often had more than a year to prepare, Kelly said. New York, for example, allowed 18 months. In this instance, many doctors aren’t even aware of the law. WASHINGTON – Millions of Medicaid patients and their pharmacists could be in for a nasty surprise Oct. 1. A provision tucked within an emergency spending bill for Iraq requires that prescriptions for Medicaid patients be written on “tamper-resistant” pads. Problem is, most doctors don’t use such pads. The law is designed to make it harder for patients to obtain controlled drugs illegally and easier for the government to save money. But the quick startup date leaves little time to educate doctors and pharmacists. “Our members are absolutely flabbergasted that they’re going to be put on the hook for denying prescriptions if something is not on a tamper-proof pad,” said Paul Kelly, vice president of government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Medicaid is the federal-state partnership that provides health coverage to about 55 million poor Americans. President George W. Bush had recommended the requirement for tamper-proof prescription pads in his 2008 budget. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the requirement would save taxpayers $355 million over the coming decade, mainly through preventing fraudulent prescriptions. Some lawmakers say they are starting to hear concerns from pharmacists back home. Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio, and Reps. Marion Berry and Mike Ross, both Democrats from Arkansas, circulated a letter to colleagues Wednesday that urged them to contact Medicaid officials.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

Search for homegrown pastor pays off for local church

first_imgCarlson, retired from a banking career, has been happily surprised that Smith has raised the bar on Christian learning. “There are a lot of us who have never learned some of the things he’s brought up, even me, after 65 years as a Presbyterian,” Carlson said. One of the goals for the congregation is to attract younger members and families. St. James Presbyterian was founded in 1952 and enjoyed the golden age of church membership in the San Fernando Valley through the 1960s. But nowadays, could the denomination’s name be a drawback? “Presbyterian comes from the root of a Greek word meaning elder and elder, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean old,” said Smith. “The word refers to people who are elected to govern and make the critical decisions at the church. We are a representative democracy. “Traditionally, also, Presbyterians value education. For generations, you would have encountered pastors who were particularly well-read and informed on issues of the day.” The “frozen chosen” is a mocking term for Presbyterians that longtime member and elder Marianne Willard thinks is funny but not accurate – at least in her case. “People have said to me, `You go to church? You’re so much fun!’ My personal evangelism is to teach Sunday school and tell a joke at the same time,” said Willard, a special-education assistant at Fullbright Avenue Elementary School. “We are a very traditional church but if I want to raise my arm up to praise the Lord – and I usually sit up in front – I do it even if someone’s jaw might be dropping behind me.” Fellowship runs a close second to prayer at St. James Presbyterian Church. “What gets me to church every Sunday? It’s the fellowship. To be with fellow Christians is very important to me,” Carlson said. “If we miss a Sunday, there’s a hole in the week. I don’t know if I could ever do without going.” The fellowship and Christian learning that goes on in small groups is one of the goals Smith is encouraging because it creates a sense of community. The men’s ministry at St. James Presbyterian Church, for example, is very strong. Carlson has been attending for more than a decade, and now leads the 6:15 a.m. Wednesday men’s Bible study meeting. There is also a monthly breakfast fellowship where men gather to cook, eat and talk. “My challenge as a pastor is helping people to recognize that there is something more to what they would expect at church,” Smith said. “I think many people are looking for a power beyond themselves. I think they want to live their lives with satisfaction, fulfillment and purpose. I’d like people to learn that Jesus is it. Jesus is the key to life.” The congregation at St. James Presbyterian Church is proud of its longevity and stability. Both have been tested over the years but especially when the 1994 Northridge Earthquake resulted in Sunday service tent meetings until a new building was completed in 1998. “If you come on a Sunday, maybe you are thinking that you don’t know much about being a Christian. But actually, we’re all searching and growing toward that,” said Willard. “The best way to get to know St. James is to come three Sundays in a row. Just come, eat, listen and pray. Join in for the search for a better life.” The Rev. Steven R. Smith will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Dial-a-prayer, (818) 345-1953. Call (818) 345-2057. [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Meanwhile, the Rev. Steven Smith was with a church in Illinois and not pushing his resume. And the St. James Presbyterian Church’s pastor search committee was seeking a candidate living in Southern California – mainly so there wouldn’t be housing sticker shock. “God was in the thing. It wasn’t supposed to happen. My goodness, they were praying for me. I found that impressive,” said Smith, a native Californian who accepted the post in July 2006. “What attracted me to them was they’re serious about prayer. Prayer is the engine that drives this church.” Smith’s dry humor and intellectual style of sermon delivery is a perfect match for the congregation that includes many who are in, or retired from, white-collar professions. TARZANA – They pray before and after church committee meetings. They pray that people have a good vacation. They pray for people’s safety. They especially prayed for a new pastor. “We prayed our legs off to find someone. We are very prayer-based,” said Paul Carlson, a member of last year’s pastor search committee at St. James Presbyterian Church in Tarzana. “We wanted a Bible-based preacher whose sermons were based on Bible verses, not current events. We prayed for a teacher-administrator and a confidante for the congregation.” last_img

Obesity ratings and rankings

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is a state-by-state breakdown of obesity rates and rankings. State Obesity rate, Ranking Ala. 29.4 3 Alaska 25.8 16 Ariz. 21.7 43 Ark. 27.0 8 Calif. 22.7 36 Colo. 17.6 51 Conn. 20.1 47 Del. 23.6 29 D.C. 22.2 40 Fla. 22.9 34 Ga. 26.1 14 Hawaii 20.1 47 Idaho 23.2 31 Ill. 24.4 25 Ind. 26.8 9 Iowa 24.9 20 Kan. 24.3 27 Ky. 27.5 7 La. 28.2 4 Maine 23.0 33 Md. 24.4 25 Mass. 19.8 50 Mich. 26.8 9 Minn. 23.7 28 Miss. 30.6 1 Mo. 26.3 12 Mont. 20.7 45 Neb. 25.4 18 Nev. 22.5 37 N.H. 22.4 38 N.J. 22.2 40 N.M. 22.0 42 N.Y. 22.4 38 N.C. 25.6 17 N.D. 25.1 19 Ohio 26.0 15 Okla. 26.8 9 Ore. 23.3 30 Pa. 24.5 23 R.I. 20.5 46 S.C. 27.8 5 S.D. 24.9 20 Tenn. 27.8 5 Texas 26.3 12 Utah 21.1 44 Vt. 20.0 49 Va. 24.5 23 Wash. 23.2 31 W.Va. 29.8 2 Wis. 24.8 22 Wyo. 22.8 35 Source: Trust for America’s Health.last_img read more

Actor Owen Wilson distraught over blowup with friend

first_imgOwen Wilson’s reported suicide attempt came after a bitter blowup with a close pal. The 38-year-old comedic actor, who is regarded in Hollywood as a financial success, was in good condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, from where he issued a statement through his publicist yesterday asking “that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time.” He was hospitalized Sunday, first at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, then at Cedars-Sinai, after reportedly overdosing and slicing one of his wrists. There has been speculation that Wilson was depressed over his recent breakup with Kate Hudson, but sources told the New York Post that it did not contribute to his emotional turmoil. Instead, the incident occurred shortly after a vicious quarrel with an unidentified friend, the Post reported. Wilson likely will remain under the close watch of doctors for at least the next several days, one source told The Post. One Wilson neighbor told the newspaper that that when she heard the ambulance Sunday, she was surprised because the actor never causes any trouble. “All the neighbors like him, he’s a friendly guy. He never has any crazy parties or does anything wrong,” Betty Miller 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 read more

Accused Blythe Street gangster arrested in 2006 nail clipper stabbing

first_img ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Martinez said Alma Alvarez was violating a gang code by fighting with someone who was with child. “The gang code is that you don’t fight with anyone when they are with their kids,” he said. “It’s not considered manly. With girls, they’re supposed to follow the same guidelines.” Police arrested Alvarez on Blythe Street near her home. She was being held at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood with bail set at $540,000. Detectives connected Alvarez with an October 2006 nail clipper stabbing after hearing that “Flaca” was involved. Detectives re-interviewed the victim, who has since recovered from cuts to her face and arm, and she identified Alvarez in a photo array as the suspect in the attack, Martinez said. The suspect apparently extended the nail file on the clipper to use as a knife, Martinez said. Her cousin, Catalina was held on narcotics related charges. A man identified as Jorge Larios, 31, also an accused Blythe Street gangster, was arrested on a misdemeanor gang injunction violation. Blythe Street was the first gang to be targeted by the Los Angeles City Attorney in an injunction barring members from associating with each other, among other things, in the 90s. PANORAMA CITY – An accused female member of the Blythe Street gang has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a 2006 nail clipper stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in a beef over a boy, police said this morning. The woman, identified as Alma “Flaca” Alvarez, 19, was arrested on Labor Day, after she had been fighting with a former schoolmate who was three months pregnant and was shopping for clothes for her baby at a store in the 9800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez. The fight started inside the store and spilled outside, Martinez said. Alvarez’s cousin, Catalina, also 19, noticed the woman was pregnant and tried to stop Alma from fighting with her. But Alma got mad and punched Catalina to try to prevent her from interfering, police said. There were no serious injuries. The baby and the mother, who suffered bruises, were fine, said Martinez.last_img read more

Rain fouls local beaches with toxic goop

first_imgMuch-needed rain also brought with it muck, trash and bacteria for local beaches, Los Angeles County health officials warned today. The elevated levels of toxic goop in the water could be sickening, so officials warned Beach-goers to stay on the sand until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “It’s a good idea for surfers, swimmers, and other recreational water users to avoid getting into ocean water for at least 72 hours after a rainstorm, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “These areas of water may carry debris and run-off from urban and wilderness areas, which could contain high levels of bacteria.” Recorded information on beach conditions is available around-the-clock on the County’s beach closure hotline at 800-525-5662 and online at www.lapublichealth.org/beach. 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

St. Louis will be without Jackson for Dallas game

first_img“We’ll find a way to spread the ball around.” The 0-3 Rams learned they lost Jackson a day after guard Mark Setterstrom was lost for the season with a torn left knee ligament and cartilage damage. Setterstrom is the second lineman the Rams have lost this season, after seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in the opener. Leinart keeps his job Matt Leinart still is the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. Kurt Warner still will be waiting in the wings as the team’s “no-huddle” specialist after nearly leading the team to a comeback victory at Baltimore on Sunday. “We’re going to try to find ways to keep Kurt playing based on how he played yesterday,” Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “But I don’t feel like Matt has done anything to lose the job.” How the former USC standout feels about this unusual two-quarterback approach is a mystery. As reporters crowded around Warner in the locker room, Leinart walked past with a towel over his head, grabbed the playbook out of his locker, and left. Russell joins Raiders The Oakland quarterback situation just got a little more muddled when top pick JaMarcus Russell was added to the roster and starter Josh McCown’s status was in doubt due to a sore foot. Those factors have put third-stringer Andrew Walter in limbo. The Raiders have talked to teams about trading Walter, who started eight games last season, but don’t want to make a move until they know if McCown is healthy. After starting the offseason as the only quarterback on the roster, Walter has watched as the Raiders traded for McCown, drafted Russell and signed Daunte Culpepper. Expecting to get a chance with a new team after Russell had to be added to the roster, Walter instead found out he would have to wait longer. Around the league Bills: Tight end Kevin Everett made more significant strides over the weekend in his recovery from a life-threatening spinal cord injury. Everett lifted his right arm for the first time Sunday, a day after sitting up in bed for four hours, Dr. Teodoro Castillo, his attending physician, said. … Rookie linebacker Paul Posluszny’s season is over due to a broken left forearm, and quarterback Craig Nall is back with the team after signing a one-year contract, three weeks after Buffalo cut him. Broncos: The team sent safety John Lynch and quarterback Jay Cutler for MRIs. Lynch has a strained groin and Cutler a sprained ankle. Lynch’s injury appeared more serious, although Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t reveal much. Browns: Tight end Kellen Winslow injured his left shoulder during Cleveland’s loss Sunday at Oakland. He had the shoulder wrapped and declined comment. Eagles: Running back Brian Westbrook has an abdominal strain and his availability for practice and Sunday’s game against the Giants will be determined later this week. Falcons: DeAngelo Hall, a cornerback, faces “substantial discipline” that may include a suspension following his meltdown on the field and on the sideline against Carolina. 49ers: Just when Vernon Davis finally became a key part of the offense, the tight end has been sidelined by a sprained ligament in his right knee. Lions: Rookie receiver Calvin Johnson is unsure if a back injury will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Bears. Panthers: With both arms flailing and nothing protecting his strained right elbow, quarterback Jake Delhomme was happy after an MRI determined he won’t need surgery. But Delhomme was unsure if he or backup David Carr will start on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Seahawks: Running back Shaun Alexander has a broken left wrist, but will continue to play with a protective cast, Coach Mike Holmgren said. Steelers: Wide receiver Hines Ward said an MRI exam on his bruised knee revealed no damage. Texans: Defensive tackle Cedric Killings was able to stand in the hospital and doctors are confident he’ll soon be walking despite a broken vertebra in his neck. Killings left the field on a stretcher after a headfirst collision with Indianapolis receiver Roy Hall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson will miss at least one week with a partial tear of his left groin, an injury sustained in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-3 loss at Tampa Bay. Rookie Brian Leonard, a second-round pick from Rutgers, will get his first start Sunday at Dallas. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson was hopeful Jackson would be out only one game. “He’s one of our best players, if not the best player,” Olson said. “As we tell our players, anytime someone gets injured the rest of us have to pick up the slack. last_img read more

The Ongoing Fight

first_imgShe has been trained in guerilla warfare. Juliana was a first lieutenant in the Philippine resistance during World War II. She was part of an all-female unit, the Daughters of Tandang Sora, named for a female revolutionary hero. She harbored guerilla leaders and passed targeting information to American troops. “I risked my life,” she said. “That was my life, and I was so afraid.” For most veterans of World War II, the memories of that time are warmed by the spirit of collective sacrifice and triumph. But for Juliana and other Filipino veterans, they are also tinged with bitterness and betrayal. Juliana is among the dwindling ranks of Filipinos who are still fighting for veterans benefits from the U.S. government, 62 years after the Philippine Islands were liberated from the Japanese. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Juliana Baldoza is 83 years old. She is small, energetic and hospitable, and welcomes visitors to her tidy Carson apartment with baked chicken and cantaloupe. But do not be fooled. Now they are closer than they have ever been. For the first time, a bill to grant pensions to Filipino veterans of World War II has passed the veterans affairs committees in the Senate and the House, and President Bush has promised to sign it. “We’re 95 percent there,” said Eric Lachiga, the executive director of the American Coalition of Filipino Veterans, and a longtime lobbyist for the Filipino Veterans Equity Act. “We’re very optimistic, but cautious. All the factors are in our favor.” Juliana was 18 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and invaded the Philippines. Her family lived in a coastal village called Barceloneta, where they sold corn, bananas and sugar out of their home. Juliana had been sent away to school in nearby Naga City. When the invasion came, she took the last bus home. Her parents packed the family’s belongings into three sleds drawn by pack animals and fled. Soon they encountered Japanese soldiers on the road, sweeping through the Bicol region from Legazpi City toward the capital of Manila. “We had to go away from the roadside and move down where we could not be seen,” Juliana said. “The Japanese might take advantage of us.” The occupation introduced her to the constant threat of such brutalities. The Japanese compelled the villagers to witness executions, sometimes by pistols and other times by swords. The soldiers captured a few farmers during a raid and executed them for the charge of disobeying the occupying forces, Juliana said. Three of her uncles were captured in a rice field and tortured. The mayor and two town councilmen intervened with the Japanese authorities, and the men were released. They were taken into Juliana’s home. “They could not even eat because their hands were very swollen,” she said. “I had to help them and wash them and feed them chicken broth.” Life got worse when Filipino guerillas assassinated a makapili – a collaborator – on the seashore. In response, the Japanese declared Barceloneta a “war zone.” Its residents were forced to resettle in Sipocot, a larger town a few miles away, where Japanese forces were concentrated and could keep watch on the local population. It was there that a friend of Juliana’s, Evangeline, was forced into marriage with the Japanese captain, Kodama. “He was in love with Evangeline,” Juliana said. “She was very strongheaded. She said, `Do not rape the girls or the women here. We will entertain you with folk dances and songs.’ That is how we helped, so the people there would not be molested.” The family was visited by a tall mestizo man, who was the cousin of Juliana’s mother. He was a guerilla who was there to coordinate with the village’s vice mayor. “They had an underground world,” she said. Another guerilla leader was nearly discovered by a Japanese officer at the family house. Harboring a guerilla could have carried a severe punishment, but the officer was distracted by a prize fighting cock, Juliana said. Ultimately, the guerilla said the family should leave Sipocot. “We were told to go out of this place so you will not be affected by the air raid which will be done by the American Air Force,” she said. “We moved out, little by little, out of town.” Juliana and her family moved to the guerilla stronghold in the hills above the town. From there, they were thrilled to see American bombers attacking the Japanese positions. Juliana was drafted into the guerilla forces and given the rank of lieutenant. She and 30 other women were formed into the Daughters of Tandang Sora. She was taught how to handle a pistol and a rifle – though she never had to use either one. Recalling it now, she assumes a military posture, holding a phantom rifle in her right arm. “I can still use it,” she said. She took minutes of guerilla meetings and cared for an American pilot who had crashed in a nearby town and was brought to the guerilla headquarters. (The pilot, she said, was later captured and killed.) Juliana was involved in gathering intelligence and passing it to American forces. She remembers the Americans were told of a secret cache of Japanese ammunition in a lumber yard near the family’s former home. After a bombing raid, she saw that the spot had become a crater filled with rainwater. In 1945, American troops and Filipino guerillas swept through the region just as the Japanese invaders had three years before. Capt. Kodama left Evangeline behind as the Japanese retreated. In Sipocot, there was a victory parade with a liberty float and a ball. There was dancing. “That was how we celebrated our victory during World War II when we were liberated by the Americans,” Juliana said. One of the Filipino guerillas was Jose Amor Baldoza, her future husband. He later became a Philippine Scout and was ordered by the Americans to Okinawa, where he was part of the occupation force. Her father warned her against marrying a soldier because he would always be away from the family. Her father preferred a teacher who was interested, but Juliana did not like him. During a 15-day leave, Jose brought his entire family to Barceloneta, and Juliana’s father relented. They were married the next day, and then Jose returned to duty. At the time, the Philippines was an American commonwealth. Its soldiers could be called into service by the American military. When they were drafted into duty by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941, they were promised full veterans benefits and American citizenship. But in 1946, the same year the Philippines was granted independence, the U.S. Congress reneged on the deal, declaring that the Filipino soldiers who fought the Japanese had not been on “active” duty. “Nothing was given to us,” Juliana said. “Nothing.” The campaign to restore pensions and health benefits for Filipino veterans has been going on for nearly 20 years. Citizenship was granted to Filipino veterans in 1990. Medical and death benefits were granted in 2003. The only remaining issue is pension benefits. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, has a bill to give Filipino veterans living in the United States a military pension of $911 per month. Veterans still in the Philippines would get $500 a month. (The Senate version is slightly different, calling for $300 per month.) Filner estimated the cost of the bill at several hundred million dollars. “We promised these veterans 62 years ago that they would get benefits,” he said. “We have not lived up to our promises.” Though the bill has several Republican co-sponsors, including South Bay Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, it passed the House Committee on Veterans Affairs on a strict party-line vote. (Local Democrats Reps. Jane Harman and Maxine Waters are also co-sponsors.) A spokesman for the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Steve Buyer, said the Republicans wanted the funds to go to elderly and disabled American veterans. “We very much noted their service,” the spokesman, Brian Lawrence, said. “But they were fighting for their home country. We had Montagnards and South Vietnamese fighting with us in the Vietnamese conflict. We’ve got Iraqis fighting with us now to gain control of their country. Are we supposed to pay them benefits as well? It doesn’t make any sense.” Filner called that argument “ridiculous.” The Philippines was not a foreign country during World War II. “They just don’t want to do it,” Filner said. “They don’t understand the moral or historical necessity of doing it.” Time is growing short. Ten years ago, there were an estimated 75,000 Filipino veterans living in the Philippines and the United States. Now there are about 12,000 in the Philippines and 6,000 in the United States. “There are four or five deaths every day,” said Peping Baclig, an 85-year-old Filipino veteran who survived the Bataan Death March and fought the Japanese as a guerilla. “Slowly but surely our group is vanishing from this Earth.” Filner, who chairs the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said he hoped the bill would be approved by the full House by the end of the session in November. That would go a long way toward easing the pain and frustration for Filipino veterans and their descendents. “I hope and pray they will give it to us because we really did our service,” Juliana said. “When the war broke out, I tried to serve.” After the war, she finished school and became a teacher. She had 10 children, and now has 33 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband worked as a barber. He died in 1998, at the age of 74. Though he never received veterans’ benefits, she would still qualify as his widow. “It’s not so much the money, although we need the money,” Baclig said. “The most important aspect of my life is to transmit to my grandchildren that we have fought. We have done our role. We have done it right, and we did it with honor.” [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, March 11

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal will be given a £150million-plus transfer war chest to complete his overhaul of the Manchester United squad this summer. Southampton right back Nathaniel Clyne, Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels, Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, West Brom striker Saido Berahino and Burnley free agent Danny Ings are all on his radar. (Daily Express)Liverpool are scouting Lazio’s Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is rated at more than £20million. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle are chasing Levante’s Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa and plotting a £5million summer move. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea look set to miss out on Jese Rodriguez in the summer with Real Madrid ready to push him up the pecking order at the Bernabeu. (Daily Express)Middlesbrough have made a £12m offer for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. They want the 25-year-old on loan to help fire them into the Premier League before turning it into a permanent deal in the summer. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Inter Milan to launch Toure bid? Mancini hints at summer approach for Man City starReal Madrid starlet reveals Chelsea star told him to join Atletico MadridWolfsburg boss rubbishes playmaker’s link to Manchester UnitedJust like Ruud Van Nistelrooy! PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay can become a Manchester United heroReports – Liverpool still hot on the trail of Roma starLokomotiv Moscow chief reveals talks with Tottenham duoTottenham reignite interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielderReports – PSG failed in summer move for Chelsea defenderLiverpool target admits it would be ‘difficult’ to turn down Inter MilanReports – Atletico Madrid lead race for Tottenham and Manchester City targetInter Milan offer starlet £2m-a-year contract to ward off Arsenal and Man CityMan United and Arsenal to miss out on PSG star as striker eyes Napoli return?last_img read more

Arsenal star tells Arsene Wenger: I want more football

first_img1 Theo Walcott Arsenal star Theo Walcott is desperate for more first-team football after smashing in a hat-trick on the final day of the season.The Gunners beat West Brom 4-1 on Sunday, with a treble from the England star who has spent too much time on the subs’ bench for his liking this season.After overcoming a serious knee injury last term, Walcott has not been first choice, especially in the centre-forward role he covets and manager Arsene Wenger has backed him to eventually fill.Liverpool are reportedly interested in the former Southampton man but Wenger says he is in talks about keeping the 26-year-old at the Emirates for the long-term.“I just want to play football,” Walcott told Arsenal Player.“Getting a hat-trick on the last day of the season after having limited opportunities – it was just nice to go out there to show what I can do.“Hopefully the fans were very happy with that.”last_img read more

TRANSFER REPORT: Liverpool to make Barca star their EIGHTH summer signing?

first_imgLiverpool are refusing to give up on their pursuit of Barcelona winger Pedro.talkSPORT told you on Wednesday how Manchester United were leading the race for the Spaniard, who has a buyout clause of £21m.However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool are desperately trying to keep a deal for the 27-year-old alive.Despite spending big on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Brazil star Roberto Firmino, the Reds have money to spend after selling Raheem Sterling.The England winger moved to Manchester City for £49m and Brendan Rodgers, who has made seven signings in total this summer, is keen to reinvest some of the cash on another winger.Pedro is top of the Liverpool boss’ wanted list and a bid for the Spain international is expected in the coming week. Pedro 1last_img read more

This definitely wasn’t in Mourinho’s plan – Chelsea held at the Bridge

first_img Thibaut Courtois is sent off against Swansea Swansea twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season.Thibaut Courtois was sent off in a thrilling match where both teams did not stop attacking until referee Michael Oliver blew for full-time.Chelsea were boosted ahead of the game when Diego Costa started, but it was Swansea striker Befetimbi Gomis who made the bigger impression, scoring the club’s second after a debut goal from Andre Ayew.Oscar opened the scoring and the Blues had a huge slice of luck when Willian’s cross deflected in off Federico Fernandez, but Swansea will feel unlucky not to have gone ahead.Gomis’ header in the first ten minutes tested Courtois and he was threatening again shortly afterwards but John Terry was there to block the Frenchman’s shot.Moments later Ki Sung-yueng’s shot from the edge of the area was saved and Chelsea immediately broke and were appealing for a penalty when Costa was tackled by Federico Fernandez, but replays showed it was a finely timed challenge.However, it was Chelsea who struck first, courtesy of Oscar on 22 minutes as his free-kick on the right hand side of the penalty area flew past everyone and beat Lukasz Fabianski in the visitors’ goal.Swansea hit back when Ayew pounced to score on his debut after Courtois kept Gomis’ powerful header out, but 90 seconds later, the Blues were back in front thanks to Fernandez’s own goal.And it took Swansea just ten minutes of the second half to drag themselves level again and this time Gomis finally got his goal when he beat Asmir Begovic from the spot.Controlling Jonjo Shelvey’s fantastic pass, he was then brought down by the onrushing Courtois.It was a rash challenge and Michael Oliver deemed it worthy of a red card, though the Chelsea players did not agree, with captain John Terry arguing he was able to cover Courtois if Gomis had broken clear.The striker was finally allowed to take his spot-kick after Begovic had replaced Oscar and Terry booked for fiercely protesting his team-mates’ sending off.Chelsea were forced to defend for their lives as Swansea mounted an onslaught and Gomis actually had the ball in the back of the net, but was ruled out for offside.Then Jose Mourinho decided to throw Radamel Falcao on in the final five minutes bringing cheers from the home support, but the Colombian could not break Swansea’s defence.It was a point well earned and Garry Monk’s men can count themselves unlucky not to win and the players rightly took the acclaim of their travelling fans at the end. 1last_img read more

Top 10 most expensive defenders in the world – John Stones to feature in this list soon?

first_img 5. Dani Alves (Sevilla to Barcelona) – £28.5m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 7. Marquinhos (Roma to Paris Saint-Germain) – £27m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 10. Mehdi Benatia – £23.9m. To find out which defenders make up the top 10 most expensive of all time, click the arrow above – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… Chelsea remain on the trail of centre-back John Stones, no matter what Everton and Roberto Martinez say.The Toffees are reluctant to sell their promising defensive star, who is already an England international.Jose Mourinho has already seen bids of £20million, £25million and £30million rebuffed as they but shows now sign of giving up.It is believed the Blues might get their man if they offer £40million, which would make Stones one of the most expensive defenders ever.But which heroes will he join? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to scroll through… 8. Fabio Coentrao (Benfica to Real Madrid) – £27m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 10 10 10 1.David Luiz (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain) – £40m 9. Pepe (Porto to Real Madrid) – £25m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 4. Luke Shaw (Southampton to Manchester United) – £30m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 3. Eliaquim Mangala (Porto to Manchester City) – £32m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 6. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds to Manchester United) – £27.55m* – *Ferdinand was initially signed for £29.3m, with Man United paying Leeds the majority of the fee up front, but the Yorkshire club accepted accepted a reduced amount of £1.5m in one lump sum, to help with debt problems, rather than receive the remaining £3.25m in instalments. Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 2. Thiago Silva (AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain) – £35m – Click the right arrow to find out who the most expensive defenders ever are… 10 10last_img read more