Lazza set to release maiden tag

first_imgTomorrow’s Jamaica’s Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) 10-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a Pick-9 carryover of $2.7 million from race two to 10 and a $1.2 million carryover in the first Super-6 from race one to six.The second Super-6, which starts anew with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000 will embrace races five to 10, including the JRTA feature over 1200 metres to be contested by the maximum 16 starters, the final race on the card.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres (restricted stakes) for native and imported two-year-olds. Seven starters have been declared, and from all indications, the unbeaten BLUE DIXIE, with former champion jockey Omar Walker riding for trainer Gary Subratie, should repeat.The bay filly by Sky Mesa out of Dixieland Bull made a smashing debut over this trip on September 27, making all to win by nine lengths from BIG AL in 1:14.4. Having looked sharp at exercise since, BLUE DIXIE should win from RALLY BABY, an easy winner over the straight on November 18.The recent winner BATIDOR DE MUNDO from the stables of Clifford Atkinson Jr holds the key to the second race (claiming $350,000-$300,000) over 1820 metres, despite the presence of PERSIAN BELLE, ABOVE THE RADAR, and GO GO TRAIN, all of whom have won over this trip in the past year.BATIDOR DE MUNDO, however, has won three races over the distance lifetime and with the useful 4.0kg claiming apprentice AndrÈ Powell securing the ride, will prove hard to beat. Prior to his recent win over PERSIAN BELLE at a mile, BATIDOR DE MUNDO beat MISS BOSS LADY over this trip on a $350,000 claiming tag August 15 and back in action from the convenient mark of 53.0kg, should win from PERSIAN BELLE (Dane Nelson up) and GO GO TRAIN (Wesley Henry).GOODFORMLAZZA, who has been knocking at the door, looks best of a moderate field of maiden three-year-olds in the third race over 1500 metres with Shamaree Muir aboard. There is not much good form present among the eight starters, hence LAZZA, who finished third to WELL BLESSED over 1200 metres last Saturday, has most appeal, ahead of MINY LEE, who is steadily coming along.Bang in form FORCE DE JOUR won his seventh race from his last eight starts last Saturday, and despite running from a different barn (claimed), is definitely one to follow with competent Harleston Lewis aboard. The 4-y-o colt from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle has most to fear from old rival SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, both having finished first and second, respectively, over the straight on October 19 in the good time of 59.1. They should form the quinella.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BIGDADDYKOOL (Shane Ellis up) and NATSHADONTPLAY (apprentice Linton Steadman), who caught the eye last Saturday when a fast-finishing fourth to TOUCH DE ROAD over 1300 metres.Their respective dangers are THE PROMISE LAND in the 2-y-o race and GENUINE FRIEND, who was second to TOUCH DE ROAD recently.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) BLUE DIXIE(2) BATIDOR DE MUNDO/PERSIAN BELLE(3) LAZZA/MINY LEE(4) FORCE DE JOUR/SUNLIGHT EXPRESS(5) BIGDADDYKOOL/THE PROMISE LAND(6) NATASHADONTPLAY/GENUINE FRIENDlast_img read more

Waterhouse in crucial clash

first_imgWaterhouse FC’s survival in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could hinge on the result of today’s match against Tivoli Gardens FC at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.Having struggled in the nation’s top flight league for more than two-thirds of the preliminary stage this season, Waterhouse face a crucial encounter in Match Day 25. With nine sets of games remaining before the top four battle for the title, Waterhouse are in last place on 21 points in the 12-team league.Waterhouse’s top forward, 23 year-old Kenroy Howell, is confident that the club will survive.”Well, every game is like a final for us. We are aware of the situation and the goal is to stay in the league and take it from there next season. We are not used to this, but we will stay up,” Howell said.easy taskThe Drewsland club is a point behind Rivoli (22) and five points behind 10th-place Tivoli Gardens (26) as the relegation battle gets intense.It means that today’s game is a must-win for Waterhouse in order to move up the points standings. Although playing at home, it won’t be an easy task for the home side.Since the return of Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey as technical director/coach, Tivoli Gardens have been unbeaten in their last three games, with two wins and a draw. On the other hand, Waterhouse have only one win in their past five games.Waterhouse, under the guidance of coach Paul Young, will rely on their leading marksman Kenroy Howell, with eight goals, as well as veterans such as Kevin Lamey, Devon Hodges, and Nicholy Finlayson for a victory at home.Tivoli Gardens’ leading scorer is Junior Flemmings on nine goals, and he is expected to get support from former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Anderson and captain Andre Morgan.In the other games, RSPL leaders Montego Bay United hope to maintain their good form against Boys’ Town at the Barbican field.Portmore, coming off three straight defeats, could get back to winning ways against the lowly Rivoli United. Humble Lion face UWI FC in another interesting clash. Humble Lion are currently in fourth position on 35 points, while new boys UWI FC are only two points off the Clarendon outfit.Defending champions Arnett Gardens are expected to get the better of Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Today’s games• 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex• 3 p.m: Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Prison Oval• 5 p.m: Humble Lion vs UWI FC at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon• 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs FC Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Complex• 6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens at Waterhouse StadiumTomorrow night’s game 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier SC at Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

Spinner Narine cleared by ICC

first_imgLONDON, CMC:West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to bowl again in international cricket.The 27-year-old successfully underwent tests at the Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai on March 28 after spending months remodelling his action.He was banned last November after the ICC ruled his action to be illegal, exceeding the 15 degrees tolerance allowed under its regulations.Earlier yesterday, Kolkata Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis had reported that the franchise was yet to hear from the ICC on whether Narine had been cleared to play in the Indian Premier League starting on the weekend.”He has done a lot of work. We have not got the official verdict from the ICC yet, but I am sure they will come out positive,” Kallis told reporters here.While in India training, Narine’s father passed away, forcing the player to return to Port-of-Spain. However, Kallis said the player would be under no pressure to return quickly.Knight Riders are set to play their opening match of the new Indian Premier League season at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.last_img read more

Vox Pop | Coaches react to ISSA rule change ahead of Champs 2017

first_imgMichael Clarke (Calabar) The decision is a retrograde one and I hope it is a move in the right direction. On the other hand, they could see it as a progressive step as they are thinking about the future for these athletes and they are thinking of the participation of more students at these Championships. Danny Hawthorne (Wolmer’s Boys’ School) From a health-wise perspective, I think this is a good decision as the principals are thinking about the protection of the athletes. This will not affect our team as we are in the building process and with this it will help in maximising the efforts of more students. David Riley (Excelsior High) The principals have made their decision and we just have to work with it. This will not affect my team adversely as we are always working on developing athletes, especially in hurdling. The timing could have been better but we will just have to proceed and do what we have to do by producing good athletes. John Mair (Vere Technical) The timing is bad to implement these changes in the middle of the season and will definitely affect my team especially in the sprints. If you can’t beat them you have to join them and I am not surprised with the decision as coaches have no say on what goes on and are not given any respect. Michael Dyke (Edwin Allen High) I think more time should have been given to sensitise the coaches. However, a decision has been made and we have to work with it. This will definitely help bigger teams like mine and it will also help with more participation and more athletes will be given a chance to compete. This is difficult for the smaller teams which usually have limited athletes to maximise with and I am hoping this decision will not affect the quality of performances going forward.last_img read more

Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT “We did a good job at sustaining our effort from start to finish. We executed on both ends very well,” Meralco head coach Norman Black told reporters.“Total team effort. Everybody stepped up led by AD (Durham) and JD (Dillinger) also hit some big shots,” Black said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFive players scored in double-digits with Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo tallying 18 points each.Durham, the reigning Best Import, also hauled down 25 rebounds while Dillinger and de Ocampo combined for nine triples. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Dillinger went 6-of-8 from downtown as he and de Ocampo teamed up with Durham to create a lethal inside and out game that had the Hotshots’ defense guessing.The Bolts go for the sweep on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We gave to play our best basketball to beat them.”Mark Barroca had 16 points for Star, which blew a big lead late in Game 1.The Hotshots shot just 32% from the field while the Bolts displayed a potent offense, hitting 53% of their attempts with 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up How to help the Taal evacuees Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Archers, Tams go at it anew

first_imgCarpio 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 The Archers have looked vulnerable for most of the first round despite dominant performances from Ben Mbala, who has averaged 30 points in his first five games of the season.La Salle forward Ricci Rivero feels its about time the rest of the Archers step up to ease the burden on Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We don’t have to rely on Ben every time, that’s why we have to play as a team because with our lineup, we have players who are capable of doing everything,” said Rivero.Aljun Melecio is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to dengue fever. LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines faces winless University of Santo Tomas at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Will group seeking reforms get worthwhile results? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStung by tough defeats at the end of the first round, defending champion La Salle and Far Eastern U seek to get their campaigns back on track when they mix it up on Wednesday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Beaten by fierce rival Ateneo, 75-76, on Sunday, the Green Archers hope to turn their fortunes around against the Tamaraws in the 4 p.m. clash that could serve as a preview of the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference

first_imgCarpio 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 Foton will defend its title against eight other teams in the biggest Grand Prix to date.This season’s Grand Prix will feature nine teams—Foton, Petron, Cocolife, F2 Logistics, Generika, Sta. Lucia, Iriga, Cignal, and guest team University of Santo Tomas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships.Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a move which Branislav respects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We respect all players, and thanks to Lindsay because she played very hard last year for Foton.”Helping Branislav in his quest for a third straight Grand Prix title are Dragana Perunicnic, Sara Klisura, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic. Coaches Ramil de Jesus of F2 Logistics, Francis Vicente of Generika-Ayala, Parley Tupaz of Iriga City, George Pascua of Cignal, Moro Branislav of Foton, Shaq Delos Santos of Petron, John Paul Dolorias of UST, Kungfu Reyes of Cocolife and Macky Carino of Sta. Lucia declare readiness to compete in the Chooks To Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix starting Saturday at Filoil Flying CentreFoton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference and head coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017.“My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference,” said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. “I’ve been preparing my team and we’ll see how we’ll finish so good luck to all the other coaches.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Warriors erase double-digit deficit to beat Pelicans

first_imgDavis’ shot put the Pelicans up 39-26, and New Orleans led by as many as 15 when Cousins’ free throw made it 57-42 half way through the second quarter.Golden State then closed out the half with a 19-7 flourish, capped by Durant’s 3 that made it 64-61 at halftime. That turned out to be the beginning of a 26-7 run that gave the Warriors their first lead in the third quarter.TIP INSWarriors: Curry reached 3,927 assists during the game, passing Tim Hardaway for second place on the franchise’s assists list. … Durant scored two points and blocked two shots by Tony Allen during a short stretch in which he played with only one shoe after the other had fallen off right before he hit a layup. … Green finished with 10 points and was assessed a technical foul by official Karl Lane after shoving Cousins in the second quarter. … Golden State turned it over 11 times in the first half. … David West, who was New Orleans’ first-round draft choice in 2003 and spent his first eight NBA seasons with the franchise, received polite applause after scoring his first points on a mid-range jumper. He followed that up with a 3-pointer shortly after and finished with 11 points.Pelicans: G Ian Clarke had 14 points, while Jrue Holiday and Jordan Crawford each added 13 from the back court. … Coach Alvin Gentry was assessed a technical foul by official Ed Malloy in the second quarter, shortly after Green’s technical. … The Pelicans announced that C Alexis Ajinca would miss four to six weeks following successful bilateral knee injections to treat patellar tendonitis. … New Orleans shot 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half, hitting 11 of 22, but only 42.9 percent (3 of 7) on free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, while fellow big man DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and 14 rebounds.The teams combined for 34 3-pointers, with the Warriors hitting 18. Thompson was 7 of 12 from deep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter trailing by double digits much of the fourth quarter, the Pelicans pulled as close as five points on Cousins’ 3 with about three minutes to go. But Thompson responded immediately with a 3, and Golden State remained comfortably in control from there.New Orleans stormed in front early, thanks to eight 3-pointers in the first quarter. The period closed with a long 3 by each team. Draymond Green hit from 31 feet as the shot clock ran down, then Davis beat the horn from 30 feet, turning after the shot to face the crowd and pound the palm of his right hand into his chest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTWarriors: At Memphis on Saturday night.Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) blocks a shot by New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Klay Thomspon scored 31 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State Warriors easily erased a 15-point first-half deficit en route to a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.Kevin Durant added 22 points and a career-high seven blocked shots for the Warriors, who won for the first time this young season after dropping their opener to Houston. New Orleans is still looking for its first victory after two games, shooting well early in both games before fading in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Ball flirts with triple-double, Lakers hold on to beat Sunslast_img read more

IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, Russia’s relay team from left, Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina, celebrate winning the silver for the women’s biathlon 4x6k relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina have tested positive for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, their silver medals are forfeit and according to an IOC statement issued Monday Nov. 27, 2017, they are among five Russian athletes now banned from all future Olympics. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)GENEVA — In a blow to the credibility of Russia’s denials that it operated state-backed Olympic doping, an IOC judging panel has endorsed a key whistleblower and the investigator who exposed the plot.Orchestrated cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was “a conspiracy which infected and subverted the Olympic Games in the worst possible manner,” an International Olympic Committee commission prosecuting a slew of Russian cases said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Still, this was a “sophisticated” system in place and was compared to a Swiss watch by the three-man panel, comprising two from Switzerland and one from Spain.“(I)t was a very fine mechanism where many people had a role to play,” the verdict in Legkov’s case stated.A final IOC judgment on whether the Russian state ultimately corrupted the Winter Games that cost $51 billion to prepare for and stage should come next week.A separate commission chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, will give the IOC board its findings ahead of the Dec. 5 meeting to decide on punishing Russia.The latest guilty verdicts announced on Monday involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.The Russian Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement the decisions were “the height of injustice” that lacked legal basis, and promised to contest them.The appeals route for Russian athletes is the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the IOC’s home city of Lausanne, Switzerland.Trunenkov was already serving a four-year ban, backdated to April 2016, for a separate doping offense just before he retired.Another member of the four-man team, Alexander Zubkov, was disqualified on Friday and stripped of his golds in the two-man and four-man. That meant Alexey Voyevoda, who won both golds with Zubkov, was also stripped of the medals. His case was considered by the IOC panel last Thursday.A third member of the women’s biathlon relay, Olga Zaitseva, had her hearing last week. 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 Medals in biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, speedskating and skeleton have been stripped by the IOC, and Russia was knocked off the top of the medals table last week in a previous round of disqualifications.The first athlete disqualified four weeks ago was Alexander Legkov, a cross-country skier who won the men’s 50-kilometer gold and 4×10-kilometer relay silver.The full verdict in his Oct. 30 case was published on Monday to reveal how strongly a judging panel of three IOC members believed the evidence first outlined last year of urine sample swaps and tampered bottles in the Sochi laboratory.A 46-page document confirmed the panel “is more than comfortably satisfied that the evidence establishes that a scheme of sample-swapping as described in the McLaren Report and the affidavit of Dr. Rodchenkov was indeed in place and implemented in Sochi.”The ruling stopped short of joining the two men in accusing Russian government agencies, including the sports ministry and FSB security service, of complicity.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Former Moscow and Sochi laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov was a “truthful witness,” the panel said in publishing its first detailed verdict on the same day it sanctioned five more Russian athletes to bring the total to 19.Rodchenkov is living in the United States under FBI protection as a cooperating witness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe IOC panel, chaired by Denis Oswald, agreed that investigator Richard McLaren — appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency to verify Rodchenkov’s claims to American media in May 2016 — proved the existence of a doping conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt.The public vindication of Rodchenkov and McLaren, each repeatedly denounced by state authorities in Russia, will fuel speculation that the IOC executive board meeting next Tuesday should ban Russia’s team from the Pyeongchang Olympics. MOST READ Tiger Woods getting strong reviews in return to golf OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ All disqualified athletes are also banned from the Olympics for life.If the 2014 medals are reallocated, the four-man bobsled gold could go to Latvia. The United States could improve to silver, and a fourth-placed Russian team could receive the bronze.In women’s biathlon, Vilukhina’s silver could pass to Vita Semerenko of Ukraine, and Karin Oberhofer of Italy could be promoted to bronze. The women’s relay could see Norway could move up to silver and the Czech Republic get bronze.Legkov was among athletes on the “Duchess List” — named for a fast-acting cocktail of steroids dissolved in alcohol and used as a mouthwash — who were protected by the doping system. Their clean urine was stored to be swapped in for tainted samples during the games.Rodchenkov alleged swaps were done through a mouse hole in a lab room with FSB officers who worked out how to break into tamper-proof bottles. Scratches and marks on the glass were crucial evidence in Legkov’s case.“Whatever his motivation may be and whichever wrongdoing he may have committed in the past,” the IOC panel said, “Dr. Rodchenkov was telling the truth when he provided explanations of the cover-up scheme that he managed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Top-seeded Muruguza retires with cramps, out of Brisbane

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Garbine Muguruza of Spain is treated by medical staff after she suffered cramps in her match against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Muguruza fell to the court behind the baseline in the third set before retiring from her opening match. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza fell to the court behind the baseline in the third set before retiring from her opening match at the Brisbane International because of leg cramps.The Wimbledon champion was up a set and a break on Tuesday but couldn’t close it out in straight sets as Aleksandra Krunic rallied from 5-2 down in the second, winning it in a tiebreaker to force the match into a third set.ADVERTISEMENT The Brisbane International had been Muguruza’s only scheduled tuneup event before the Australian Open, the first major of the season starting Jan. 15.“I’m going to evaluate what options do I have now … maybe just go right away to Melbourne,” Muguruza said. “I didn’t expect to, you know, to not continue here.”Muguruza never got a chance to relax against Krunic’s counter-punching, needing a 16-minute game that went to deuce 10 times to clinch the first set. She had the break in the second and was potentially two points from victory before Krunic went on a roll, leveling the match after Muguruza gave her three set points with a double-fault.“It’s definitely not a nice feeling, first of all for me as an athlete, to see my colleague walking out of the court not being able to finish the match,” Krunic said in an on-court TV interview. “I want to wish Garbine a fast recovery and I hope she gets better for the Slam.”The result leaves defending champion Karolina Pliskova, who reached the No. 1 ranking last July before finishing 2017 at No. 4, as the highest-ranked woman in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Muguruza, who held the No. 1 ranking for four weeks last year, lasted three games in the third before being stopped by the cramps after almost 2 ½ hours in humid conditions on Pat Rafter Arena, giving Krunic a 5-7, 7-6 (3), 1-2 retired, victory.“I don’t really cramp a lot, so I’m actually surprised that today my body was like that,” Muguruza said, adding that her calf muscles started to cramp early in the second set. “It’s a shame because I always come here excited about the first tournament, and this one was bad luck, I guess.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKrunic advanced to a quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1.Alize Cornet reached the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In men’s first-round matches, U.S. qualifier Michael Mmoh beat Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4, Chung Hyeon upset fifth-seeded Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6 (1) and Kyle Edmund rallied for a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES McCollum scores 32, leads Blazers over Bulls in OTlast_img read more

Raymond Aguilar, Cruz fill Slaughter’s big shoes

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the Gin Kings’ “never-say-die” mantra showed and it all started when Cone reached deep in his bag of tricks and found gems in Jervy Cruz and Raymond Aguilar.The two made up for Slaughter’s absence and gave Fajardo all he could handle as Ginebra made a second half rally to take a thrilling 100-96 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the payoff period, while also hauling down seven rebounds, while the seldom-used Aguilar notched 16 markers.The pair knew how important the victory with the Gin Kings snapping their three-game losing slide. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Ross blames refs for free throw confusion: ‘They didn’t intervene’ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina And with Slaughter set to return on Saturday against NLEX, they are confident that Ginebra can once again go back to its old winning ways.“We’re just ready. Whether we get in the game or not, we’re used to it,” said Aguilar.“Raymond and I are ready whenever coach Tim gives us a break. He just told us to just play and stay positive. Now that we’re going to have Greg back, we’re more confident,” Cruz said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 “Coach Tim was frustrated on us because we’ve already lost three straight games. So we knew we really had to bounce back,” said Cruz.And after that lackluster showing in the first half, Cone no longer needed to say a word for the players to get his message across as the pair stepped up to the plate.“We just worked because we don’t have Greg and we don’t have Joe (Devance), so we have to step up because we’ve already lost three straight. It’s going to hurt more if we still lose to San Miguel,” said Cruz.Aguilar added: “Coach told us next man up. So it was a total team effort from us. We reserves stepped up and we’re lucky that we got the win. We needed this so that we won’t go down the standings and we’re fortunate that we had a good effort on our defense and our shots went in.”Playing stupendously in slaying the reigning three-time Philippine Cup champions, it’s almost a certainty that Aguilar and Cruz will be raring to go whenever Cone calls their numbers.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESWithout Greg Slaughter in Ginebra’s collossal duel against San Miguel on Sunday, coach Tim Cone feared for the worst with June Mar Fajardo primed to dominate his squad’s frontline.That was the case in the first quarter as the Beermen leapt to a 16-point lead, 33-17.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ancajas impresses in US debut, stops Gonzalez to retain IBF title

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines lands a left straight to the face of Israel Gonzalez of Mexico during their junior bantamweight fight at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Ancajas retained his IBF title after scoring a TKO victory in the 10th round. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)The much-anticipated US debut by Jerwin Ancajas was worth the wait.Ancajas retained his IBF junior bantamweight title after stopping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in the 10 round at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was a lopsided bout with Ancajas dominating from the opening bell, setting up his power shots with crisp jabs that left Gonzalez searching for answers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 26-year-old Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KOs), who successfully defended his belt in TKO fashion for the fourth straight time, dropped Gonzalez (20-2, 8 KOs) three times.A well-timed left hook by Ancajas decked Gonzalez a minute into the first round before a couple more left blows, resulting into a pair of knock downs, prompted the referee to stop the fight at the 1:50 mark of the 10th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJerwin Ancajas of the Philippines watches after dropping Israel Gonzalez of Mexico in their junior bantamweight fight Sunday (Manila time) at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Photo taken from Top Rank Boxing’s Twitter account (@trboxing)Ancajas has been drawing comparisons to Manny Pacquiao and he showed flashes of the eight-division champion with his crushing left straight, movement and footwork.But unlike Pacquiao, who is known for his relentlessness inside the ring, Ancajas was more of a scientific fighter like former Filipino champion Gerry Peñalosa.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors ‘mentally fried’; seek All-Star break respite – Kerr Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino charges late, downs Go for Gold for 4th straight win

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings GO FOR GOLD 80 — Gaco 16, Salem 14, Alejandro 11, Gutang 9, Naboa 8, Dixon 7, Haruna 7, Casiño 4, Leutcheu 2, Pili 2, Domingo 0.Quarters: 22-20, 37-43, 62-66, 86-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The starters kept the Skippers above water before a telling 13-4 blast in the fourth quarter turned a 62-66 deficit into a commanding 75-70 lead.Jerwin Gaco kept the Scratchers within the game late as his three-point play made it an 84-80 affair in the last 1:23, but Robles split his freebies and blocked Yankie Haruna on the other end to secure the win.Gaco led Go for Gold (4-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Matt Salem had 14 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 86 — Robles 18, Subido 16, Pasaol 13, Banal 12, Ayonayon 9, Toth 6, Tratter 5, Babilonia 2, Lopez 2, Tolentino 2, Terso 1, Iñigo 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano He also hauled down 13 rebounds, dished out five assists, and got two steals and two blocks off the bench.Renzo Subido also had 16 markers, six coming in the final frame, three boards, and two assists, while Alvin Pasaol had 13 points, three rebounds, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGab Banal collected 12 markers, eight boards, four assists, and four steals, and Rian Ayonayon got nine for Marinerong Pilipino, which grabbed a share of the second spot at 5-2.“We could not get our rhythm in the first half, but I’m happy that we stepped ip on the defensive end,” said coach Koy Banal. Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino fought back from 10-points down in the second half and frustrated Go for Gold, 86-80, for its fourth straight win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Billy Robles came alive in the fourth period, firing six of his 18 points in the final 5:06 of the game as the Skippers recovered from a 49-39 deficit early in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NU’s Jaja Santiago ends UAAP career with MVP award

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Ateneo star Marck Espejo wins 5th straight UAAP MVP Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The other awardees for this season are La Salle’s Desiree Cheng (Best Server), University of the East’s Kath Arado (Best Digger, Best Receiver), Far Eastern University’s Celine Domingo (Best Blocker) and Ateneo’s Deanna Wong (Best Setter).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Despite the disappointing finish, Santiago still racked up the numbers to win the plum.Cherry Rondina’s brilliance also didn’t go unnoticed after the explosive University of Santo Tomas spiker bagged the Best Scorer award.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRondina single-handedly won games for the Golden Tigresses, who dealt with injuries to key players that hampered their chances to make the Final Four.The future, though, looks promising for UST after Fil-Italian hitter Milena Alessandrini was named Rookie of the Year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago may have failed to lead National University to the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball Finals, but the towering spiker was able to win the MVP award as consolation.The 6-foot-5 Santiago, who was also named Best Spiker, led the Lady Bulldogs to a 5-0 start, making their case as the favorites to win the title but the team faltered and went on to drop eight of their last 10 games including a Final Four loss to defending champion De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

After quiet debut, Standhardinger insists role in San Miguel not to be ‘main scorer’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Import likes what she saw in Iriga-Navy’s PVL opening win “I shot five shots and I’m just trying to facilitate, get the guys open, and put the guys in a right situation. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out today,” he said.Coach Leo Austria had a chance to experiment with an array of lineups, pairing Standhardinger at times with fellow big men June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, and import Troy Gillenwater.Though that resulted in varying success, the 28-year-old slotman knows that he still needs time to better blend in with his new teammates.“I think the chemistry was good but obviously, the team’s still adjusting to that,” he said. “I’m looking forward to further exploring what we can do. I’m looking forward to getting a victory and get us on the right track again.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES The Fil-German big man got his first shot down — his patented baseline jumper — on his way to four points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. He posted the best plus-minus for the Beermen with his plus-eight in his 20 minutes of play.The Beermen’s efforts weren’t enough to hold off Baser Amer and Meralco as they absorbed a 93-85 defeat in their first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Everybody saw the game, we lost. That’s unfortunate, that was not good. But you know, I think I’m OK,” he said.Though a lot expected from a player of such talent, Standhardinger insisted that he won’t have the same numbers as he did in the ABL, but would be doing a lot more than just score for San Miguel. Christian Standhardinger made his awaited debut in the PBA on Wednesday.It may not have been the debut he was hoping for, but Christian Standhardinger wasn’t exactly looking for an eye-popping statline on Wednesday night.“That’s what I’ve told guys I’m gonna do. I’m not gonna go out here like in the ABL where I’m like the main scorer of the team and try to aggressively get my points,” said Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Ray Parks joining Mandaluyong team in MPBL

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Parks is joining Mandaluyong El Tigre, as confirmed by head coach Mac Cuan on Thursday giving the league newcomer a boost in their entry in the second MPBL conference.The two-time ASEAN Basketball League Local MVP reunites with Cuan who was his coach in Alab Pilipinas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe former NU Bulldog averaged 15.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists this past season as he led the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the championship of the regional league.Aside from Parks, also joining the El Tigre are fellow Alab teammates Lawrence Domingo, Oping Sumalinog, and JR Alabanza. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is taking his talents to the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT The second conference of the MPBL tips off on June 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets View commentslast_img read more

Olympic champ Biles focused on future, not legacy in return

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Then last fall she headed back into the gym her family owns in suburban Houston with no firm plans and no timetable other than to see what she and new coaches Laurent and Cecile Landi could cook up. At 21, she’s taken more ownership of her routines. The weight of expectations she carried during the buildup to Rio de Janeiro is gone. No matter what happens during the rest of her career, she will always have those five Olympic — oh, and 14 world championship — medals.They aren’t going anywhere. Neither is she. Let her get one thing out of the way: She didn’t have to come back. She wanted to. The difference isn’t semantic. It’s one of the reasons she believes her best gymnastics is still to come.“I feel like I have a stronger mindset and I’m not as nervous,” Biles said. “Not for this particular competition. I still have a lot of nerves I need to get out in the trainings that we have to come, but I feel like I’m in a better place. I trust my body more. I trust my gymnastics more. So overall I’m in a better place.”Even if the organization she is returning to following her hiatus is not.While Biles returned to the United States to newfound stardom, USA Gymnastics returned to questions about how it handled complaints of sexual misconduct by member coaches raised by an Indianapolis Star investigation. The story mushroomed in the fall of 2016, eventually leading to accusations that former Olympic team trainer Larry Nassar sexually abused gymnasts.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Biles is ready to take aim at the 2020 Olympics. The gymnastics star and 2016 Olympic champion returns to competition for the first time in two years on Saturday at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio — Simone Biles wasn’t bragging. That’s never really been her thing. Her tone was confident but not cocky. Sincere without the swagger.Yes, the defending Olympic champion — who returns to competition for the first time since the 2016 Games when she competes in the U.S. Classic on Saturday night — really does believe she’s better now than she was when she stepped off the podium in Rio de Janeiro two years ago with a record-tying fourth gold medal around her neck.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nassar, a longtime sports doctor at Michigan State who also volunteered as the team physician for USA Gymnastics, is serving decades in prison for child pornography and other crimes after hundreds of women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical care. Biles revealed she was one of Nassar’s victims in January.She has declined to get into specifics, preferring to move forward instead of looking back. Yet she also understands how having the Olympic champion on the competition floor can turn the spotlight — at least briefly — back to the sport itself and not the scandal.“I hope so because gymnastics has been a big part of my life, the coaches’ lives, the gymnasts’ lives, everyone’s lives out here,” she said. “So I hope looking from the outside in they’ll want to put their kids in gymnastics and find the love and joy that we have for it.”A joy that Biles insists remains. The proof can be found in the way she’s embraced the chance not to reclaim what she once had but instead turned her focus into pushing herself — and gymnastics — further. She’s upped her difficulty on both bars and floor. She’s likely going to ditch the Amanar as her primary vault for the Cheng, which offers the promise of a higher score if done correctly.“That’s amazing because usually, they’re holding on to what they had and she’s eclipsed that and doing far more,” said Tom Forster, named the new high-performance coordinator for the national team earlier this month. “I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen that before, so that’s exciting. She’s amazing.”Biles has an opponent none of the other women in the field have to face: her legacy. She hasn’t lost a meet in five years. Yet as great as she’s felt in practice, even she’s a little curious about how she’ll respond when the lights come on and the scores count.Maybe it’ll be the same as it ever was. Or maybe the nerves that got to her at the 2013 U.S. Classic, when she was removed from the all-around just before the vault after an iffy warm-up, will return, even if only for a minute.“This competition is for her to test herself,” Laurent Landi said. “I don’t care about the score. I don’t care about the result. I want her to have that feeling, the adrenaline to compete, how to deal with pressure, the holding for the TV on the bars and stuff like that. I want that again.” Lowry mum on Raptors, speaks only about USA Basketball Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Asked on Friday how her gymnastics in 2018 stack up against the form she showed in Brazil — when Biles cemented her status as one of her sport’s all-time greats with 10 days of breathtaking performances that left her peers grasping for superlatives — Biles didn’t hesitate. She giggled a bit. But she didn’t hesitate.“I would probably beat her, yeah,” Biles said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And it only took eight months.Biles took a lengthy post-Olympic breather to enjoy the perks of her newfound fame. She did “Dancing With The Stars.” She cut commercials. Made the talk show rounds. She moved into her own apartment. She found time for romance. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award

first_imgCarpio 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 Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP, averaged 19.6 points on 59 percent shooting from the field, 11.4 rebounds and 0.9 blocks a game in the elimination round.The Cebuano center upped the ante in the semifinals where he normed 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds as the Beermen needed only four games to dispatch the Alaska Aces and their main man Vic Manuel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Meanwhile, Justin Brownlee was named Best Import, beating Renaldo Balkman of San Miguel, Reggie Johnson of Rain or Shine and Diamon Simpson of Alaska.READ: Brownlee named Commissioner’s Cup Best Import Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Justin Brownlee named PBA Commissioner’s Cup Best Import View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The 28-year-old Fajardo is showing no signs of slowing down. It was just four months ago in the 2018 Philippine Cup where he set the mark for the most number of BPC awards with six.His mentor and former teammate Danny Ildefonso previously held the record with five.Fajardo edged Manuel, who once had an 11-game stretch this conference where he scored at least 20 points, for the award. Fajardo garnered a total of 1153 points taken from stats and votes from media, players and the PBA.Manuel was brilliant but he still finished in far second with 766 total points while GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, who highlighted his campaign with a 50-point outing, came in third while his teammate Sean Anthony and Meralco’s Chris Newsome wound up in fourth and fifth place, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar Fajardo rewrote the PBA records anew after bagging the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference award, his seventh BPC overall.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fajardo quick to move on from career night as Beermen enter crucial stretch

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ He won his seventh Best Player of the Conference award, the most in PBA history, and reached 5,000 career points on during Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo, however, readily looked past the accomplishments after San Miguel got embarrassed at the hands of Barangay Ginebra, 130-100, and saw the series get tied at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award “I have not thought about it,” said Fajardo in Filipino about his newly won trophy and career milestone. “But it’s been a blessing for me that I won the BPC and I’m thankful to God, to my teammates, to the coaching staff, and credit goes to all of them.” Fajardo pertained to Games 2 and 3 when the Beermen annihilated the Gin Kings 135-109 and 132-94, respectively, with the third game’s margin tying the league record for the biggest win in a finals game.“We have to work hard if we want to win the next game because Ginebra won’t give up,” said Fajardo who had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. “This loss was a lesson for us, we have to rest and bounce back in the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump hits back at LeBron James over racial division comments “I won’t be able to do any of this if it weren’t for them. But that’s all history since we lost this game so we have to regroup and we have to bounce back in the next game.”Fajardo entered the 5,000-point club in the 7:49 mark of the fourth quarter but it looked like a meaningless basket in the grander scheme of Game 4 as the Beermen were trailing 111-85 at that point.READ: PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San MiguelThe PBA’s reigning four-time MVP said the championship is the more important thing for him.“We have to win the next game because this series just became a best-of-three and getting that next one isn’t that easy,” said Fajardo, who reached his scoring milestone in 287 games. “Although we were able to blow Ginebra out twice in a row it won’t mean we’ll be able to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs June Mar Fajardo is a man of many awards and achievements.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Go, Olaivar, Torres lead qualifying rounds in 22nd Sletba Open

first_imgKings’ best yet to come Participants in the 22nd Sletba Open play their games in this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Qualifying rounds are ongoing at the Sta. Lucia Grand Mall in Cainta, Rizal, and will end on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. INQUIRER.NET / ABEL S. ULANDAYNikko Go of SCTBA-Prima is showing the way in the Open Master division as the qualifying rounds of the 22nd Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association (Sletba) Open Championships go on at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Results as of Monday night showed Go with a total of 1309 pinfalls in six games, followed by national player Nicco Olaivar of PBA with 1304 and Papio de Dios of Sletba with 1255.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Youth — Norel Nuevo of PBA-Nobeland, 1259; Anton Marquez of PBA, 1235; and Bill Yambao of TBAM-Prima, 1224.15 & Under — Kassie Yap of Sletba, 1107; Paulene Sta. Ana of TBAM-Prima, 1104; and Charlize Calamba of Sletba, 867.The annual event, sanctioned by the Philippine Bowling Federation, rolled off last Saturday. Qualifying rounds are ongoing until Friday, Oct. 12. Cash prizes and trophies await the winners.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Danny Torres of Sletba paces the Classified Master field with 1322, trailed by Mark Legurpa of PTBA with 1302 and John Paul Go of SCTBA-Prima with 1282.Torres also leads in the Seniors category with 1400, with Jun de Guzman of Sletba-GMTBC posting 1330 and Dads Calonge of PBA with 1314.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLeading in the other categories are:Ladies — Lovella Catalan of PTBDA, 1209; Emem Atienza of Sletba, 1200; and Christine Camota of Sletba, 1187. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

As UL Trouble Breeds Again

first_imgA group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LEADERSHIP CRISIS SPLITS CDC BONG CHAPTER

first_imgThe leadership crisis between Victor Wesseh on one hand and Delano Kollie on the other, is said to be deepening by the day as both are claiming the chairmanship of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Bong County.Delano Kollie is claiming that he is the legitimate chairman of the party in the county on grounds that he was appointed by George Solo. George Solo has been suspended by the party’s National Executive Committee for acts which the Party termed as violation of its constitution.Victor Wesseh, on the other hand, said he is the rightful choice of the partisans because, according to him, he was elected by supporters of the CDC at the party’s local convention in Gbarnga early this year.As a result of the alarming leadership crisis between the two, partisans of the CDC are said to be divided, something political pundits say may diminish the chances of the party in the forthcoming senatorial election in the county.Since the conduct of the party’s primary, Delano Kollie has been using a license plate on his car with the inscription” CDC Bong 1”.“I started using this license plate since we ended the convention because I am the lawful chairman of the party in the county” Mr. Delano Kollie emphasized.According to information gathered by this newspaper, it is established that the Delano Kollie’s faction is protesting the Victor Wesseh’s leadership on grounds that the local convention was marred by deception and irregularities.  The information revealed that the Delano’s group does not endorse the candidacy of Mr. Augustus J. Flomo as the party senatorial candidate of the impending midterm election,  who was elected at the party’s local convention in Gbarnga early this year.Unconfirmed information gathered by this reporter indicated that the Delano Kollie’s faction is likely to throw weight behind independent candidate Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa president of Cuttington University, who has considered a run for the senatorial position of the county. At the same time, CDC national vice chairman for operations,  Mulbah Morlu, said the action exhibited Mr. Delano Kollie and his group is in contravention of the Party’s Constitution and it has the inclination to further split the party. Mulbah Morlu, in a strongly worded statement, said the CDC is contemplating issuing law suit against Delano Kollie if he does not abide by the constitution of the party and discontinue masquerading as a legitimate chairman of the party in the county.Mulbah Morlu, at the head of a four-man CDC delegation in Gbarnga last Monday,  informed CDC partisans that he was in the county to conduct investigation into a complaint filed against Mr. Kollie and his followers for  impersonating as CDC officials of the county. But Delano and his supporters did not attend the Mulbah Morlu’s investigation committee meeting.  The reason for the conspicuous absence of the fugitive CDC members was not explained by the Morlu’s committee. Morlu described Delano and his disciples as troublemakers and advised CDC partisans in the county not to pay attention to them.  Morlu  warned the public not to do business with Delano Kollie and his followers in the name of the party.Meanwhile, Mr. Mulbah Morlu has instituted a three-man independent committee headed by human rights activist George Philip Mulbah,  to conduct a self-determining investigation into the complaint against the renegades CDC and submit findings to the National Executive Committee of the party. He was quick to inform this newspaper that the committee members are not members of the CDC.At the same time, CDC has strongly warned Mr. Delano Kollie to remove the “CDC Bong 1” license plate from his vehicle or face court act, but Mr. Kollie is said to be assuming a defiant posture, as his car is still plying the “CDC Bong 1” license plate in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

TMASCO Seeks US$175,000 Loan

first_imgThe president of the commercial Tricycles and Motorcycles Association (TMASCO), Kollie Koiyan is calling on the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and investors to empower the union with US$175,000 loan to purchase 50 tricycles.He made the appeal on Saturday at a one day workshop organized by the union to educate its members on defensive driving by ensuring that tricycle operators minimize accidents in the country.According to the TMASCO president, commercial tricycles will empower the unemployed to gain employment.“These tricycles are very expensive and ordinary Liberians cannot afford to buy them and that’s why we are calling on Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor Mills Jones to help us with the microfinance program. One of these tricycles costs US$3,500.”He said tricycles have helped to create jobs and improve the livelihood of Liberians as well as provide commuters easy and cheaper fares to their destinations. “To succeed in the transport business, you must first be ready to invest your time and effort to make it work. Proper regulation is also very important especially if you are going to employ a driver to manage it for you,” he cautioned tricycle owners and operators.He stressed the need for Liberians to get involved in business activities and thereby contribute to the growth of the country’s economy.Mr. Koiyan observed that foreigners can help in promoting Liberia’s economy, but it is Liberians who must take over the business sector.Business plays a major role in society by creating job opportunities for young people that leads to poverty reduction, Koiyan pointed out.He suggested that “If we want Liberians to become big business people, the government must provide loans to support Liberian businesses.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AG Williams desecrates Parliament

first_imgDear Editor,The Parliament of this nation is a most sacrosanct, constitutional creation, which houses our nation’s legislative branch of Government. The nature of its work and its constitutional role under the doctrine of Separation of Powers, mandate that it must not be contaminated by petty party politics neither should its facilities be used to accommodate the activities of political parties.Against this backdrop, we must condemn in the strongest terms, the use of Parliament Building and the hallowed halls of the Chambers of the National Assembly to host an event, which, from all indications was a People’s National Congress (PNC) activity, where a grouping calling themselves “Patriots”, gathered in the National Assembly, seating themselves in its chairs, where the Chairman of the PNC, Basil Williams, addressed them about the importance of Parliament. Alarmingly, the news report says the Clerk of the National Assembly facilitated this exercise and the Clerk and staff of the National Assembly made presentations, as well.It is public knowledge that the Chairman of the PNC may be incapable of appreciating the transgressions, which he committed. However, I wish to register my deep dismay that the Speaker would permit such a pantomime to take place in the sacred halls of the National Assembly and that the Clerk has allowed himself to be used in the process. These officers are responsible for the preservation of the sanctity of our Parliament. Or is it that they have now become full-fledged creatures of the PNC.Is it that party paramountcy is now fully with us and that we should next expect that the Chairman of the PNC will soon take another party group, ensconced them in the Court of Appeal of Guyana and then lecture them on how the Judiciary works?Sincerely,Anil Nandlall, MPlast_img read more

Getting the right picture, or getting the picture right?

first_imgDear Editor,Getting the right picture, or getting the picture right? In response to WPA’s criticisms of the high-handed manner in which WPA Executive Member David Hinds was booted out of the pages of the State-owned Guyana Chronicle as a fifth columnist, a picture of President David Granger and WPA’s co-leader Rupert Roopnaraine embracing each other graced the pages of the Chronicle, along with a plea by Roopnaraine for the WPA to remain within the APNU. It was obvious that the Chronicle’s picture was worth a thousand words.The article featured Roopnaraine’s appeal to the WPA not to break away from the APNU and the governing coalition of the APNU/AFC. The WPA is an integral part of the APNU. It is interesting to note that presidential candidate Granger, in the 2015 elections, campaigned with a picture of Moses Nagamootoo and himself as a symbol of racial unity. What exactly was the picture of the President and Roopnaraine projecting in the current situation?After running with David Granger in the 2011 elections, Roopnaraine and the WPA cleared the way for Moses Nagamootoo to become the Prime Minister in 2015. At the press conference announcing the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord, when asked by a reporter if the WPA was not concerned that it had lost its place and was now a junior partner, Tacuma Ogunseye responded that, for the WPA, the national interest was more important than the party’s interest, and that was a price that the WPA was willing to pay to advance the country.As was pointed out in Ogunseye’s account of events in relation to the 2011 elections, the PNCR wanted an Indian prime ministerial candidate to run with presidential candidate Granger. This was to symbolize racial outreach within the APNU platform.The abrupt termination of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (WRCOI) posed a serious challenge to the WPA very early in the life of the new Government. Roopnaraine’s silence on this matter exposed the WPA to ridicule both at home and abroad. At the same time, it proved to President Granger that he could rely on Roopnaraine to subvert the will of the WPA.The manner in which Roopnaraine was assigned the Ministry of Education without any consultations whatsoever with the WPA revealed a single-mindedness of President Granger in party politics. Roopnaraine’s assignment as Education Minister was arbitrarily decided. His subsequent removal from the ministry and reassignment to another ministry in the most bizarre of manner displayed a contempt for both Roopnaraine and the WPA that would have made the Mona Lisa weep.The debate surrounding the posturing of Roopnaraine is now a source of great concern for the WPA. There is an obvious and glaring problem when Tacuma Ogunseye put the possibility of the WPA withdrawing from the APNU coalition if it is not treated with some respect, only to be contradicted by Roopnaraine. There was no explanation whatsoever on the part of Dr Roopnaraine on why the WPA must be treated in such a disgraceful manner and remain within APNU.The Chronicle picture portrays a message of racial unity, disregarding three years of non-consultation with the WPA on serious matters of Government policies, placing it in a delicate position were it to attempt to discipline Roopnaraine.Any attempt by the WPA to deal with Roopnaraine’s misguided role as it affects the well-being of the WPA may be open to exploitation by opponents of the WPA. These opponents will seek to portray it as an attempt by the African members of the party to rid itself of one of its Indian leaders, a possibility that has forced the WPA to tread carefully on this matter. But failure to resolve this issue will only continue to do more damage to the WPA. The party will have to trust the public’s opinion as to whether it has acted correctly on this matter, and will have to deal with it in a transparent manner, so that the right image can be projected.Sincerely,Rohit KanhaiMember of Working People’s Alliance Overseas Associates (WPAOA)last_img read more

We need to focus on growing Guyana’s economy

first_imgDear Editor,After Guyana’s 50-plus year history, the politics of the nation has an opportunity to move from politics based on race to politics focused on economic development. There are a number of reasons why the state of the economy and economic development will be more of a prominent feature as we continue to develop as a nation. The principal one is the nation’s opportunity to experience an accelerated increase in growth in coming decades, if properly handled. Hence it now becomes more important to go beyond who benefits economically while a particular party is in office, to an orientation which asks and addresses whether the party that will be voted into power is capable of maximizing the economic benefits for the nation as a whole. This orientation becomes vital as our population continues to remain small and the personal development of each successive generation progresses. Government’s role is to provide the correct BALANCE of investment in both the productive sectors that generate income for the nation and the non-productive support & enabling sectors of the economy, such as health care, infrastructure, schooling and the legal system. Poor governance and corruption will hinder the nation’s ability to achieve this developmental balance efficiently, as determined by debt levels, transparency in fiscal governance, and the strength of economic growth.In addition, the social indicators of criminal activity and citizen satisfaction will be leading indicators as to where the nation will place internationally in its progress towards First World performance, as measured by various international organizations. Good economic management is the order of the day, as Guyana continues to compete on the international stage for resources and foreign direct investment. We must ensure that each citizen has a promising outlook for the future, and the limited capital resources we have must bring clear returns that allow for long-term sustainable development that can capitalize on our limited human resource capabilities. In the productive sectors, some of the key considerations going forward are the following:1. Will sugar rebound and reduce unemployment while fostering growth in the economy?2. Will the nation choose and develop with international business partners who provide healthy and stable levels of return on our investments? This is a question that impacts the oil, rice and bauxite industries directly in the near and medium terms.3. Will regulatory strength be added to the fishing, mining and forestry sectors that allow for long term sustainable investment and the continued development of the sectors? This is also another immediate concern.4. How well diversified is each revenue stream, and how much risk has been reduced during the nation’s development?Our nation’s ability to access international financial markets at low rates will help clarify progress made in this area, and will reflect the perception of the level of country risk associated with Guyana.In 2020, a national debate among presidential candidates covering such key economic areas of development (both productive and enabling non-productive sectors) should be required, thus allowing the nation’s citizens to better understand the ability of each candidate and their team to govern effectively. Also, it will make clear what each candidate’s approach to these pressing issues has been and will be going forward. Candidates should also have the opportunity to address new special circumstances such as national security in such a public debate. This will allow the country as a whole to hold each subsequent administration clearly accountable for their actions and performance while in office. The vote of the nation in 2020 should grab the opportunity to transition to a clear, competitive structure wherein each political party will be judged not only on their historical performance, but also on what they plan to do and how they plan to responsibly accomplish their goals while eliminating corruption.Measuring an administration’s performance while in office using such unbiased economic and social measures will show clearly what they have and how they have accomplished the nation’s development. By using such an open and transparent forum, citizens will also be able to better determine the strength of new political parties and those parties’ ability to set a clear vision for how they will govern. This is becoming more important as more citizens become independent voters with less traditional party bias. This would shift the historical norm in our political system, and make the electoral process more competitive going forward. With such an increased electoral competitive landscape, the citizens of Guyana would benefit from improved governance and improved economic development.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Trifling with trivia

first_imgDear Editor,Recent media reports indicate that our Local Government authorities are concerned about ‘renaming of regions, villages, boundaries and flags’.Isn’t it time we get serious about more substantive issues of economic and social development, rather than pursuing such trivialities?There is a plethora of painful matters that cry out for attention: water supply, garbage collection, drainage & irrigation, repairs to roads and bridges, maintenance of playgrounds and community services like burial grounds, while our leaders worry about our names and sizes etc. which is akin to parents worrying about the ‘looks’ of their children while they suffer a multitude of heath maladies and poor basic education.Please, Mr Minister, Chairmen, Councillors and all Local Government leaders, can we get more serious about the substantive issues at hand?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

UK will recover – British High Commissioner on state of economy

first_imgIn light of mounting uncertainty over the future of the United Kingdom following last week’s majority vote on a referendum to exit the European Union, British High Commissioner to Guyana Greg Quinn is resolute that his home country will overcome the challenges it is currently facing.Analysts and researchers have predicted that the UK’s decision to leave the EU might be just about enough to push the country’s economy into a recession.However, speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, High Commissioner Quinn is optimistic that the UK will emerge from this in a better state than it was before the vote. He further pointed out that those countries hoping that the UK’s global influence and impact will diminish following Brexit, are deluded and will be in for some major disappointments.Quinn explained that the UK remains the third largest economy in the World and still a member of the Commonwealth and one of only five countries on the United Nations Security Council that is a permanent member. He noted too that the British country is the only one that spends two per cent of its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) on defence and a mere 0.7 per cent on development.“So if people think that the UK is going anywhere, then I’m quite happy to say they are off on the wrong track. We are here to stay and we certainly intend to stay,” he declared optimistically.According to the British High Commissioner, the UK had indeed experienced some economic turbulence over the past few days following the Brexit vote but the country’s economy has since stabilised and may even get to a better state.“I will note that the UK stock exchange is now back at about the same level as it was before the results was known. Yes, Sterling dropped and if you want to buy anything from the UK, things are now significantly cheaper than they were this time last week,” he stated.Quinn went on to say that this was expected, noting: “There will be a period of correction in which the markets get used to this but historically, the markets always end up above where they started from. I am sure the course of whatever period of time it might take, we will end up back where we started or above.”On Thursday 23 June, 51.9 per cent of UK voted on a referendum to leave the economic bloc. This was despite a 48.1 per cent vote from London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, which were backing the stay within the EU.Since then, there have been many uncertainties about the future relation among the UK, Guyana and the EU. However, both UK and EU officials here have assured that this will not affect relations with Guyana or the Caribbean region.In fact, earlier this week, EU’s Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videti?, had recommitted the EU’s support to Guyana even after the exit of the UK, which was a major link between Guyana and EU.Meanwhile, the UK Diplomat in an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday guaranteed that whatever consequences will follow, the relationship between Guyana and Great Britain will remain undefiled.“Looking to the longer term, I don’t see any change in the UK’s approach to Guyana. I don’t see any less a commitment and I don’t see any less support coming here,” he said.He explained that the United Kingdom is awaiting a new prime minister to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty since David Cameron has resigned and refused to lead this process.Until Article 50 is invoked, the process of leaving the EU will not commence.“The rights and responsibilities and obligations that the UK has as a member of the EU and that the EU has to the UK remain exactly the same. And even when that process is launched, it is going to take at least probably two years. We are talking about a long and complicated process,” he outlined.last_img read more

U.S. Court Declares Tom Woewiyu ‘Flight Risk’

first_imgJucontee Thomas WoewiyuThe U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, who arrested Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu last week described the former Liberian Minister of National Defense a ‘flight risk,’ meaning he would escape to Liberia if the bail was accepted.This latest development followed a decision by a U.S. judge to deny him (Woewiyu) bail. This also means that Woewiyu will remain in detention until a new motion is file by a reputable lawyer on his behalf; but no date was set for any motion, this paper has learnt.The former spokesman of the disbanded rebel National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) was arrested last week at Newark Airport upon his return from Liberia.He was subsequently charged with ‘perjury’—lying on his citizenship application by failing to disclose his alleged affiliation with a “violent political group in Liberia” during the height of the country’s civil crisis, which lasted over a decade. Woewiyu served as Defense Minister in Charles Taylor’s former rebel NPFL, during Liberia’s civil war. Upon his arrest, his immigration lawyer, Raymond Basso, said his client amended his citizenship application to include his participation in the Taylor regime.  But Linwood C. Wright, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, said Judge Judith Faith Angell denied bail, “because she believed Woewiyu might try to leave (runaway) from the U.S. should he be bailed.“There was a detention hearing and Woewiyu was ordered detained by a U.S. Magistrate.  The magistrate found that he (Woewiyu) was a ‘flight risk,’ and so she ordered him detained pending his trial,” Wright said.Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s immigration lawyer, told VOA last week the case against his client was purely an immigration matter, and that it was a “misconception” (mistaken belief) to suggest that he was being charged with war crimes.Basso said he was confident his client would be exonerated because, although he made a misrepresentation in his first citizenship application, it was later modified to include Woewiyu’s participation in the Taylor regime.Wright said the case is an immigration issue based on Woewiyu’s misrepresentations and non-disclosures under oath regarding his background.“For instance, one of the requirements was that he names all the organizations that he’s been in, political organizations, and he did not report that he was a member of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia,” Wright said.According to him, Woewiyu also checked “No” when asked in his application whether he had ever advocated, either directly or indirectly, the overthrow of a government by force or violence.“Another question was whether he had either directly or indirectly persecuted any group for a number of reasons, including political opinion and social affiliation and he said “No” to that. Of course, the grand jury determined that he was the minister of defense for the NPFL. There was a question with regards to persecution of groups that supported former President (Samuel) Doe when Doe was in power in Liberia,” Wright said.Woewiyu pleaded not guilty at his detention hearing to all counts against him, including perjury and four counts of fraudulent misrepresentation in immigration applications.As the case stands, a barrister in Liberia has told the Daily Observer that Woewiyu would eventually be charged with ‘war crimes’ and be prosecuted accordingly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police secure extension to hold RK guards

first_imgCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed the Police Force can lawfully detain RK’s security guards, Damion Pearce and Cleveland Pyle in connection with the robbery committed at an East Coast Demerara bank on Monday evening.According to the Crime Chief the Police are expected to wrap up their investigations over the weekend and once legal advice is had, the men will make a court appearance in the new week.He also stated that based on information, they are hunting two others who were also part of the staged robbery.The two men reportedly confessed to the robbery during interrogation by police while at the same time implicating two others.On Monday last, Pearce and Pyle who are attached to the RK Security Service were taking cash to the ECD bank to be deposited when they claimed they were relieved of the money and the firearms they were carrying.During the well-orchestrated robbery, one of the men shot himself to the leg to make it look as if they were attacked by armed gunmen.Following their confession, the duo led police to an A Field Sophia, Georgetown, house where they dug up the $3 million from the back yard. The guns which they claimed were taken by the bandits were also unearthed at the same location. The occupant of the house at the time who is the girlfriend of Pearce was taken into police custody.Attempts to contact the owner of RK Security for a comment proved futile. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

West Pointers Attack Ebola Treatment Center

first_imgAll hell broke loose on Saturday night when several residents of the densely populated slum community of West Point in Monrovia, broke into a quarantined center for suspected Ebola patients in the community. The protestors looted every item they could lay their hands on at the center. Eyewitnesses accounts say, the protestors looted items such as clothes belonging to the nurses, patients’ mattresses, beddings, cooking utensils and as well as the medications and other essential health facilities. According to reports, at least 20 patients, who were being monitored for symptoms of the deadly Ebola disease, fled the center, and health personnel are yet to locate them up to the present. Other narrations confirmed that blood-stained beddings looted from the center posed a serious infection risk to members of the community and all those who may come in contact with such looted items.The protesters were reportedly unhappy that suspected Ebola patients were being brought in from other parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs to the center for treatment. This action by Liberia health authorities reportedly prompted the rampage by the protestors, a community member told this paper late Sunday, August 17, in the township when our reporter visited the affected area.Other reports suggested that the protesters believed the Ebola virus was a hoax (trick), and had wanted to force the quarantine center to close or be relocated out of the township of West Point.The now vandalized center was set up recently to observe suspected Ebola patients and then transfer them to a main treatment facility if they should prove positive, an official from the Ministry of Health ans Social Welfare told the Daily Observer via mobile phone late Sunday.It is not known if those at the center were infected with the virus. However, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told a news conference Sunday that everyone at that center were all suspected and none had proven to positive, despite unconfirmed reports at least two had proven positive.Other residents say the Saturday night raid and looting spree by aggrieved community dwellers could spread the virus to the whole of West Point.Notably, West Point is Liberia’s most populated slum community, estimated to contain well over 50,000 inhabitants, among them, some aliens and foreign nationals that engage in business ventures. The current outbreak of the Ebola in Liberia is said to be the deadliest since the disease was discovered in 1976 in East Africa. This present epidemic began in Guinea in February this year, and has since spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.On Friday, the death toll rose to 1,145 after the WHO said 76 new deaths had been reported in the two days to 13 August. There have been 2,127 cases reported in total.The attack at the health facility in West Point is seen as a major setback in the government efforts to curb the outbreak. A few days ago, Representative Solomon George of Montserrado County electoral district #7, threatened to transport four corpses of people believed to be infected with the disease in the area to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where the Office of the President is located. Political actors are therefore attributing Saturday’s looting of the center to something that might have been sanctioned by the lawmaker.  Meanwhile, other residents of the Township have in the strongest terms condemned the action which resulted in the facility being vandalized. In a statement issued Sunday, a copy of which is in the possession of this paper, the residents termed the protestors’ action as an act of ‘misguided individuals.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother Mary Jackson Laid to Rest

first_imgThe late Mother Mary Toe Gmasonnoh Jackson, who died on Sunday November 8, 2015, has been laid to rest at the Neezoe Cemetery in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Mother Jackson, popularly known as “MEME’’ or “Sis Mary’’ was born in Monrovia on April 12, 1936 to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson, who predeceased her. She was 79.In his tribute, W. Nippy Toe Jackson, brother of the deceased, stated that Mother Mary was a woman of prayer, very disciplined and influential as well as loving, kind and faithful in the house of God.Mother Mary counselled the downhearted, made peace where there was strife and misunderstanding and graciously opened her home to people, Mr. Jackson said. She served with dedication, selflessness and humility and spent her entire life on Clay Street. “We looked up to her as our mother and took refuge in knowing that she was always our solid shield of armor, not because she had the whole world, but simply because of her unconditional love,’’ Jackson said in tears.She was an active, dedicated and long-time member of the A.P. Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Clara Town, Mr. Jackson stated. “I want everyone here to know that I am so heartbroken, but I trust in God, so I know in my heart that it is not this mortal remains of Sister Mary being placed into the earth that matters now, but the immortality of her soul residing with our Lord that is significant,’’ he said. Preaching the funeral discourse, Rev. Dr. Julius Sarwolo Nelson encouraged friends and family members not to let the tragedy of Mother Jackson’s death cast a shadow over all she worked to achieve. “We’ve seen too many victories to let defeat have the last word,” he said.Rev. Sarwolo, who is also the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Liberia (UL), told the family that the lifespan of a human being is three score, and ten and if it is fourscore years, it is the strength and labor which “our dear one has fulfilled.”Mother Mary Jackson is survived by two biological children, Mrs. Clara Brooklyn Sumo and Mr. Solomon G. Brooklyn, and many children whom she raised including Mr. George Kennedy, former senior business reporter of the Daily Observer newspaper.\She was the oldest of three siblings, including Cecelia Jackson Duncan and W. Nippy Toe Jackson. She was also blessed with many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lone Star in a Crunch Match against Tunisia on Sunday

first_imgOn Sunday September 4, Liberia’s Lone Star will take on their Tunisian counterparts in the final decider that would give either one an edge.The match comes on at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Tunis with South African referee Daniel Bennett at the center.While Liberia would be deciding her strength against the Tunisians, Togo will also welcome Djibout at the Stade de Kegue in Lome with Nigerien referee Gomno Daouda at the center. Togo has 8 points and a win will give her 11 points.Lone Star’s last encounter against Togo ended 2-2 after Liberia ran ahead with a 2-0 comfortable lead, but failed to protect their lead, allowing the Togolese to intimidate them to a draw.That lackluster performance has affected her teeming fans and they are not 100% sure to hope for victory over Tunisia.The confusion that resulted after the game in Monrovia caused FA President Musa Bility to admit that Togo was a better side of the two. Please recall that the Togolese had beaten Liberia 2-1 in their first leg encounter at home, after Liberia took a 1-0 lead. It was clear that Lone Star’s technical staff did not learn any lesson from the first leg loss in Lome.Now, the attention is on Tunisia and playing in their backyard, many knowledgeable soccer fans have concluded that it would be too dangerous to assert that Liberia would collect the maximum three points.True, Liberia needs the maximum three points to run their points from 10 to 13, while Tunisia also needs the points to climb from 10 to 13 and many people are asking if Liberia has good players enough to play differently this time, to ensure that they maintain their winning record over Tunisia.Tunisia, it must be stated, cannot be a mere push over, and playing at home in a match that should decide their current status in Group A, it is tempting to say that they will do as much as they can to ensure what Liberia could not do against Togo at home.Another problem is the poor away record of the Lone Star. Soccer fans could have some hope if Liberia has a history of doing well away. Some years ago, Lone Star managed a 3-1 victory over Black Stars of Ghana in Accra but fumbled the return leg at home.And of course the team that won in Accra has already retired. It may be recalled that Liberia defeated Guinea Bissau 3-0 away and also defeated Djibouti, away. However, both Guinea Bissau and Djibouti are not countries to measure any team’s strength, when the next target is Tunisia. As the alarming bells would begin to ring on Sept. 4, expectation is high with cautious optimism that the Lone Star may rise and shine in Tunis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Women Raise Money to Support Haiti

first_imgIn early October, many countries were hit by Hurricane Matthew. Of the countries ravaged by the hurricane, Haiti recorded the highest number of deaths and loss of property.Haiti is no stranger to disaster. In 2008, the country was rocked by an earthquake, and while still recovering from its devastating effects, the country was again swept by an outbreak of cholera, which caused the deaths of hundreds of Haitians.Haiti, which means “mountainous country,” is located in the Caribbean. With a population that is mostly black, many elements of Haitian culture originate from Africa, the continent from which many Haitians trace their roots.In many historical accounting, Haiti is considered the first Black Republic. The country gained its independence after successfully revolting against their slave masters. Although Liberia did not gain independence from slave masters, I could not help but observe some similarities between the two black nations of Liberia and Haiti, with Haiti being the first free Black Republic to gain their independence from slave masters, and Liberia being the first African Country to become a Republic. Both nations have also been plagued with mismanagement and poor governance by their leaders, with both countries still being considered among “the poorest countries in the world.” Dismal health care, low education, lack of basic infrastructures and social services, to name but a few, stand out as unwanted features of the two nations.So here is Haiti once again, devastated by another natural disaster, and the world either shrugs with indifference, or move into action to support.In 2014 when Liberia was hit by the deadly Ebola Virus disease, Haiti, a “poor” country like Liberia, looked to her sister country and came to our aid albeit in a small way. Still, they came.In solidarity with Liberia, Haiti joined ActionAid member counties to raise funds in support of ActionAid-Liberia’s Ebola Response, which was mainly focused on support to vulnerable women and children in affected areas. This money was timely and needed. Along with its local partners, ActionAid-Liberia was prompt in providing support to several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), quarantined families, and provided several needy communities with support “kits.” Again, the support from Haiti (and other ActionAid Federation countries) proved to be timely, needed and impactful.Today, Haiti has recorded over 800 deaths, with of course, women and children being most affected. Thousands have lost their homes, leaving them homeless and their livelihood affected.Liberia can never forget. We remembered that in our time of need, Haiti, also a “poor nation,” responded as best as they could. They answered our call for help. True to the nation’s character of never abandoning a friend, a number of national organizations that participated in ActionAid-Liberia’s Ebola Response efforts which Haiti supported have decided to join ActionAid-Liberia in fundraising efforts to support women and children recently affected by the deadly Hurricane Matthew.AAL sounded the urgent call to action! It was a call to raise funds to assist and support Haiti. Mrs. Naomi Tulay-Solanke, founder of the Community Health Initiative (CHI), decided to lead the initiative on behalf of AAL’s local partner organizations. The organizations included CHI, COSEO, NEP and KEEP along with some ActionAid Liberia staff and other well-meaning Liberian women who also heard and responded to the call for action. They, too, decided to support. The women organized 3 days of car wash at various traffic lights around Monrovia and offered to wash the windscreens of cars and serve passengers and passersby hot tea to raise funds. For 2 days the women set aside personal pride and made time for up to 4 hours in the early hours of the morning to undertake the exercise. They washed cars. They served tea, often to passengers andpassersby, who took them because the women insisted. Some of the women explained that at the beginning, passersby were curious to know why they were doing what they were doing. Once explained, they would receive small additional donations. For these Liberians, it seems to be the right thing to do. And yet, it was not to be unexpected that a few passersby were rude and abrasive while others were very supportive expressing how sad they felt for what was happening to the people of Haiti. Many of these people would donate whatever little cash they had to support Haiti.The women noted that a majority of the contributions came from taxi drivers and passengers in commercial vehicles while drivers of private vehicles mostly refused to support and threw out insulting words. The fundraising team also went into the local markets where they got a lot of support from the market women who willingly give L$10-20 each. Each woman in the market contacted said they could relate to having lost everything in a heartbeat during the civil war and knew what the mothers of Haiti were experiencing. On the third day of their fundraising activity, the women went to various offices of private companies, government ministries and agencies. At the end of the exercise, they were able to raise US$1,425 and L$62,000 (Liberian currency). The takeover of sorts of this activity by local organizations led by women is profound and admirable. It also reinforces a campaign championed earlier this year by many organizations calling for more localization of aid and the empowerment of local/national organizations as well as the recognition of women as capable First Responders in times of crisis and natural disasters.Naomi of CHI explained “When I saw what was happening in Haiti, my heart broke for the suffering and it reminded me of the various trials we have faced here in Liberia. I was pondering what we as Liberians could do to help, and just in that time, I saw an email from ActionAid-Liberia reaching out to its local implementing partners to contribute to funds being raised to support the people ofHaiti. Recognizing what my organization – CHI- had started doing to raise funds in Liberia to support our work during Ebola, I thought it would be a good strategy to use to support the cause for Haiti.”The initiative was led by women who currently run local charity organizations in Liberia. Many worked as First Responders during the Ebola Virus outbreak in areas ranging from community awareness on Ebola preventive measures, providing psychosocial counseling support, or ensuring that thousands of Liberian school children remained engaged academically during the compulsory closure of schools. Other Liberian women who heard about the work on social media also volunteered their time during the car wash fundraising drive to help support the effort. Mrs. Souriah Haider Dennis, a young mother and entrepreneur, said: “As a concerned Liberian, I saw this as an extremely important initiative and I immediately cleared my schedule to assist. This fundraising act of good will and kindness felt like the right thing to do. While it is true that our challenges as a nation seem to never end, it doesn’t mean we can’t help others in their time of need especially when they did the same for Liberia. The fundraising effort was a very fulfilling experience for me personally and I would like to extend my gratitude to the people of Liberia who contributed to this cause, especially the market women and commercial drivers. As a Liberian, it felt good to see the reaction of fellow Liberians when they were told about the devastation in Haiti as a result of the hurricane” For me, as a “young” Liberian woman who is personally committed to seeing positive changes in Liberia, this collective support from a cross range of Liberians – old, young, male, female, the haves and the have-nots – has warmed my heart and shown me that Liberians are caring people, and will continue to give to humanitarian causes. This is contrary to the common belief that Liberians do not give or care about what is happening globally. I am even more motivated and touched to see Liberian women stepping up and moving into unchartered territories proving that women can indeed be First Responders – that we can lead and show the efficacy of localization even in times of crisis. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ESLRF Lauded for Progress with Farmers

first_imgESLRF CEO Ms. Smith traditionally welcomes Dieng to the Orphan Grain Farm During his recent visit to Liberia, the Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the World Food Program (WFP), Abdou Dieng, praised the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation for its enormous work with farmers in the country, specifically Montserrado County.This was after Dieng had also lauded WFP-Liberia and some of its beneficiaries for the level of work done by the foundation and its partners.Mr. Dieng, chatting with several farmers during a show case visit of some WFP-sponsored projects at the Orphan Grain Farm in Lower Johnsonville in Montserrado County, said he is impressed with the level of commitment local farmers have invested to grow more food in the country.He made the statement when he climaxed his visit on Wednesday, April 19 with a tour of WFP and Government of Liberia-supported projects in Montserrado County.He arrived in Liberia to hold bilateral discussions with development partners, including representatives of the European Union, USAID, and the World Bank, officials of the Embassies of Sweden and Germany, among others.Ms. Smith, the Executive Director of the Emma Smith Life Recovery Foundation (ESLRF), said the WFP executive’s visit to the country is a big boost, adding that it has reawakened Liberian farmers to redouble their efforts toward food production.She added that her foundation with support from WFP and other partners will continue to buttress the efforts of Liberians farmers.The foundation with support from WFP-Japanese grant pilot project is currently working with over 7,000 famers in Montserrado County, she said.She named food items such as rice, beans, and oil; and various tools including shovels and cutlasses as some of the materials her organization provided to the beneficiaries with support from WFP.She called on WFP and the Ministry of Agriculture to continuously empower farmers, if agriculture must enhance food security.Meanwhile, several farmers from the Orphan Grain Farm including other surrounding farm members within Montserrado County have hailed the WFP and the ESLRF for supporting them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Indian Businessman, Accomplice Found Guilty of US$124K Theft

first_imgAfter months of intensive legal battle in the US$124,730 theft case involving an Indian National, Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice yesterday brought down a guilty verdict against Sanju Jose Thayakeril, an Indian businessman and his female conspirator, Lorena Reeves.Thayakeril and Reeves, Judge Yusif Kaba said, actually duped their partner, Emmanuel Togba of the US$124,730, who they had earlier convinced to be a shareholder in their self-established MAXX Rental Incorporated, a car rental services company.Judge Kaba also said his justification was the evidences both oral and documentary the defense team and prosecution presented during the hearing of the matter.At Yesterday’s hearing, Judge Kaba did not announce any prison terms for the defendants, but recommended Thayakeril and Reeves to the Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to conduct a week of pre-sentence arrangement, which will establish as to whether or not, the defendants have had previous criminal records before sentencing them.In 2015, the court records alleges, Thayakeril and Reeves established MAXX Rental Incorporated, but getting loan from a bank was very difficult.Because of the difficulties to secure bank loan, the defendants organized the syndicate, where they managed to convince Togba, who owned lots of properties, including a seven bedroom house, to acquire share in the business, which they were successful to doing so.Based on that arrangement, Togba loaned his building to the Guaranty Trust Bank (GT, Bank) in exchange for US$150,000, which the bank issued to them.The syndicate was discovered when Togba decided to check the company’s account at the bank.To protect Togba’s interest, the defendants cleverly issued him 35 percent share and he was subsequently appointed as chief executive officer (CEO), the document claimed.Thayakeril and Reeves also appointed themselves as shareholder and accountant respectively.Using their respective positions and with criminal motive, the defendants convinced Togba, who trusted Thayakeril and Reeves, agreed and opened an account in the name of the so-called MAXX Rental Incorporated at the GT. Bank.The account also allowed for any two of the three to withdraw from the bank.Thayakeril and Reeves took the opportunity of two of three signing before a withdrawal made out of the company’s account, they then engaged themselves into preparing ‘fictitious’ vehicle rental requests.One of the rental requests, the defendants claimed, were made by the World Food Program, which the UN agency denied making any rental business with the defendants.Thayakeril and Reeves used the WFP name to raise a payment voucher and subsequently withdrew the US$124,730 out of the MAXX Rental account with the knowledge of their CEO, Togba, the record alleged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Joe Ragland Leads Lokomotive on Winning Streak

first_imgAmerican -Liberian Joe Ragland (in red jersey) who obtained his Liberian citizenship in 2012 in in action for Lokomotive Kuban in the EuroCup (photo credit: Lokomotive Kuban) Liberia-born Joe Ragland of the United States on Wednesday led Lokomotive Kuban to their fifth unbeaten match in Group C of the ongoing EuroCup Basketball competition after defeating Partizan NIS Belgrade 93-83.Ragland led the Lokomotive by scoring 23 points and 5 assists after they won their fifth unbeaten match in the European basketball tournament. Before the match against Partizan, Lokomotive defeated Retabet Bilbao Basket 102-86 where Ragland scored 12 points and 4 assists.Wednesday’s match was the 27-year-old fifth’s appearance for Lokomotive in the EuroCup since joining the basketball club in July and his 21st appearance in the European tournament.The 23 points scored by Ragland on Wednesday means he has so far scored 93 points, 26 assists, and 6 steals for Lokomotive out of  five games in the EuroCup.Prior to his move to Locomotive Kuban, Ragland played 16 games in the EuroCup for Italian side FoxTown Cantu and recorded 235 points, 83 assists and 15 steals.Lokomotiv Kuban is seated top of Group C after securing five wins out of five games. They will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run on November 15 when they take on Limoges CSP.The Russian club last won the EuroCup in 2013 after defeating Uxúe Bilbao of Spain 75-64.In the domestic league in Russia, Ragland also led the team in their second home match by scoring a game point of 16 and 3 assist after Lokomotive won Nizhny Novgorod 94-64. He has so far scored 46 points out of 4 games in the VTB United League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ganta Breaks Ground for US$500K Multi-Purpose City Hall

first_imgMin Varney Sirleaf, maeks remarks after cutting the ribbon, symbolizing the ground-breaking for the Ganta City Hall project.Ganta City authorities in Nimba County on Saturday, May 4, 2019, broke ground to construct a multi-purpose city hall at the estimated cost of US$500,000.The project, according to Ganta City Mayor Amos N. Suah, will be completed in one year’s time to contain offices, guest rooms, conference halls, along with other modern facilities.“We will ensure that the building is completed in time so that our kids can have a place to celebrate any big event including Christmas,” the Mayor said.Construction work is already taking place as far as planting the pillars, to be followed by the first floor casting.In the wake of the construction work, the city authorities are soliciting funding from the residents, while at the same time, appealing to the government for support to meet up with the one year deadline of completion.The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by high profiled individuals headed by Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf and former Nimba Senator Hilary Gbomblee.Minister Sirleaf provided US$10,000 as President George Weah’s initial contribution to the construction and pledged government’s support to complete the project.“We are happy for this project, because it will host most of our workshops to cut down some of the expenses on renting private places for workshops,” he said.The Internal Affairs Minister praised Mayor Suah and his officials for undertaking such a huge project, but called on them to be accountable to every cent they will collect from the residents so as to get their continuous full support.With that caution, Mayor Suah promised to be very transparent with the citizens concerning the use of the money raised for the project. He said a committee will be set up to manage every cent collected, and give a periodic account to the public regarding expenditures.“We are calling on all the citizens, especially those residing in Ganta, to make meaningful contribution to speed up with the project,” Suah said. Ganta is one of the growing cities in Liberia. Yet the lack of city hall, pipe-borne water and access to the existing streets remain obstacles to the speedy development of the city.James V. Mulbah contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Speaker Chambers Attends IPU

first_imgSpeaker Bhofal Chambers heads delegation to IPU.House Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers left the country on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and arrived in the Qatari Capitol Doha, as Head of the Liberia Legislative Delegation to 140th Session of the Inter Parliamentarian Union (IPU), a release has said.According to the release, whilst in Doha, Speaker Chambers will be received by his Qatari counterpart, Speaker of the Qatari Parliament and Head of the Qatari Advisory Council Ahmed bin Zaid al-Mahmou.Other members from the House of Representatives traveling with Speaker Chambers as part of the delegation are Representatives Ben Fofana of Margibi County, Papa Kolleh of Bong County and Roger Domah of Nimba County.The Inter-Parliamentarian Union is the global organization of national parliaments. Over 1600 parliamentarians, UN partners and experts from around the world will meet in Doha, Qatar, for the 140th IPU Assembly from 6 to 10 April. Under the overarching theme of education for peace, the Assembly will also consider ways in which parliaments can boost gender equality, take measures to counter terrorism, promote human rights and invest in renewable energy.The Qatar Shura Council will host delegates from around 160 countries including 80 Speakers of Parliaments, 40 Deputy Speakers, and over 800 MPs, of which 30 per cent are women and 19 per cent are young member of parliament (MP) under 45. Qatar joined the IPU in 2006 and is hosting its first IPU Assembly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Flogging of 2 Naked Women in Sinoe County Condemned

first_imgRep. Jay Nagbe Sloh expressed his disappointment over delays by the PUL and LEGISPOL to place media blackout on the House of Representatives to avenge the illegal revocations.Women were accused of kidnapping a baby and of ‘witchcraft’In recent days, a video clip, showing two women stripped completely nude and publicly flogged by a band of men trying to coerce them into confessing to being witches, has gone viral on social media.Before the video emerged, the Daily Observer originally reported the story in its January 15, 2019 edition. According eyewitnesses, the two women along with a third, identified as Willean Nywallah, were sexually assaulted, with some of their abusers inserting sticks into their private parts.This led to the death of Willean, who had also suffered severe beating and was reportedly buried overnight. The grave was discovered by some community members who reported the case to officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in the district, and the decomposed corpse was ordered exhumed and photographed.The incident took place on December 13, 2018, a day after one Sayetta Samuel reported that her child had gone missing after she left the child with the father to perform some domestic chores.After hours of fruitless search, a witch doctor, who was consulted, reportedly named Willean Nywallah and the two other women as being responsible for the missing child.  The witch doctor further alleged that the women were “witches” and were responsible for several other deaths in the community, reports said.Sinoe County District #2 Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh, has condemned the reported humiliation of two women in Numopoh, Sinoe County by some men, who accused the victims of being witches. The women were recently stripped naked, flogged and paraded through the town, while being photographed by onlookers.Rep. Sloh said the action and its attending video have both embarrassed all civilized people, especially Sinoe citizens around the world.In a release issued on Monday, February 25, 2019, Sloh apologized to the victims, their families, and all women around the world for the disgrace the barbaric action has imposed upon the women. Rep. Sloh chairs the House Committee on Information, Broadcasting and Tourism and Cultural Affairs.He said his initial investigation has confirmed that the incident occurred in Numopoh, Greenville District, Sinoe County.According to Amnesty International, public flogging “is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which is banned by international human rights law. The practice is humiliating and leads to psychological as well as physical scars for those subjected to it for years. [It is] a form of torture.”Rep. Sloh added, “in these civilized days only persons suffering from chronic insanity and irreversible mental derangement can even think of meting out such abnormal and violent social behavior against any human being, let alone women.”While refuting media reports that the incident took place in his district, Sloh said, “no matter where this ugly incident occurred, it must be condemned by all civilized human beings.”He also regretted what he called the “very poor judgment” employed by those who published the video. He said the publication further violated the privacy rights of the victims and exacerbated an already ugly situation.The two women accused of kidnapping and witchcraft in Sinoe were stripped naked and paraded through the streets. A third woman was mobbed to death.In a related development, Sloh has condemned the reported mob violence in the Grigsby Farm Community, within the same Greenville District, where law enforcement officers were reportedly brutalized over the weekend by angry citizens. He is also secretary-general of the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus.He said nothing justifies violent actions against law enforcement personnel.He assured that the Sinoe Legislative Caucus will ensure that all perpetrators of both crimes “will face the full weight of the law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remembering Counsellor Charles Walker Brumskine

first_imgCounsellor Charles Walker Brumskine and erstwhile political leader of the Liberty Party has finally succumbed to a protracted illness and has left the political scene of Liberia but, leaving behind a vibrant political institution with a capable female, Grand Bassa Senator, Nyonblee Karnga in charge.Prior to the outbreak of the civil war, Counsellor Charles Brumskine was fully engaged in legal practice in Monrovia, never ever having ventured into local politics. But that was to change following the outbreak of civil war in 1990.The civil war pitted Liberians against Liberians and led many to take sides in the conflict. From information available, Counsellor Brumskine cast his lot with the Charles Taylor led National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) although, he is reported to never have taken up residence in Gbarnga.However, it was during the transitional period in 1994 that he rose to the limelight as an ardent campaigner for a “Status of Forces Agreement” between the West African Peace Keeping Force, ECOMOG and the Liberian government which was a stance strongly supported by then rebel leader of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL). Leading proponents of this stance, aside from Charles Brumskine included then Counsellor Varney Sherman and the late former Associate Supreme Court Justice, Clarence L. Simpson Jr.Supporters of the NPFL had coined the phrase: “Every Car Or Moving Object Gone” in derisive reference to the ECOWAS Peace Keeping Force, ECOMOG. They used this as a major strong point of their argument to drive home the point that the country was being looted by the Peace Keeping troops.When Charles Taylor finally became President following elections in 1997 under a proportional representation formula, one of his first acts was to get the Peace Keepers to leave, although it had a mandate from ECOWAS to restructure and retrain the national security forces. However barely two years later, in 1999, the nation had once again become engulfed with violent conflict.But prior to then and right after the 1997 elections that brought Taylor to power, Charles Brumskine was named as Senator representing Grand Bassa County and President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate. There, in the Senate, Brumskine began to flex his muscles. His first casualty was the tough talking Deputy Minister of Information Milton Teahjay, now Senator of Sinoe County, whose appearance before the senate he commanded to answer questions about some incident involving Teahjay and his boss, the late Joe Mulbah.Apart from tendering a verbal apology, Brumskine insisted on a written apology to be published in several leading newspapers. That development appeared to have raised Taylor’s antenna of suspicion about Brumskine’s possible presidential ambitions. After all, Teahjay, according to sources close to the presidency, was Taylor’s handpicked propagandist and Brumskine’s grilling of Teahjay was considered a personal affront to him (Charles Taylor).Taylor’s suspicions apparently heightened following the spat between House Speaker Nyudueh Monorkomna and Senate President Pro Tempore Charles Brumskine over the question of who the head of the Legislature was. Charles Brumskine had argued that each House was separate and had their own rules of procedure and, more besides, a senator represented an entire country as opposed to a representative who had a much smaller constituency. By then, conspiracy theories were all in the air and Taylor, faced with a growing insurgency in northwest Lofa County decided he had had enough.Before long, security vehicles including that of Taylor’s dreaded SSS Director Benjamin Yeaten began shadowing Brumskine’s Hotel Africa residence on a nightly basis. Fearing for his life and safety, Brumskine decided to leave the country but he was turned back at the Roberts International Airport and his passport seized by security authorities. After several days his passport was returned, and he was allowed to leave the country.But the insurgency intensified as LURD rebels began advancing on the nation’s capital. With elections due in 2003, a besieged Taylor, desperate for relief declared that elections will go ahead even if there was fighting on Broad Street.But the question was with nearly every opposition leader out of the country in exile, was whether such elections would be credible.Answer to that question was not long in coming with a surprise announcement by Charles Brumskine that he was returning to the country to challenge Taylor at the Polls.But Brumskine confounded and silenced his critics who had doubted that he would have returned to what was a virtual war zone. But Brumskine did return to a triumphant welcome by a teeming crowd. And surprisingly, not even a strand of his hair was touched by Taylor.By all accounts, at the time, it was to be a two-horse race with Brumskine clearly tipped to win.  But fate and the onslaught of the rebel advance on two fronts was to intervene and put paid to the elections for Taylor was forced to abdicate.Charles Brumskine was among those who gathered in Accra at the peace meeting brokered by ECOWAS. A peace formula calling for disarmament of the factions, the setting up of an interim government followed by elections two years later, was agreed. Charles Brumskine contested the elections in 2005 but lost, placing third. He contested again in 2011 but lost also.He was riled by the public on two separate occasions for not encouraging his supporters to support Ellen Sirleaf in the 2005 and 2011 run-off elections and Joseph Boakai in the 2017 runoff elections.But more than anything, it was the 2017 elections and its aftermath of legal challenges in the face of visible and gripping tension during which he made his mark, stepping forward fearlessly and brilliantly challenging at the Supreme Court, the integrity of those results while urging his supporters to remain calm, which undoubtedly earned him a place in history.At the time, the nation was on edge, poised on the brink of renewed civil conflict but he pulled back from the brink.Charles Brumskine’s sojourn on this terrestrial sphere has now ended but the tasks of building and strengthening Liberia’s democracy has not ended. This is the challenge to the Liberty Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Foreign Affairs Ministry yet to receive report of incident

first_imgStranded IndonesiansGuyana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it was yet to receive an official report on the incident involving 26 Indonesian nationals, who have been stranded in Guyana for the past five days. The men were brought to Guyana to work with a popular fishing establishment, but were relieved of their duties after raising objection to their remuneration package.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will like to state that while it has seen references to the issue in the media, the matter hasn’t been brought to the attention of the Ministry and, therefore, as of now the Ministry has no role in relation to the matter,” the Public Relations Department of the Ministry said in a statement to Guyana Times.The stranded IndonesiansThe men reported that they were offered US$400 (5,367,200 Indonesian Rupiah) per month to come and work with the popular fishing establishment, but they were being paid in Guyanese dollars, which did not translate into the promised amount. They objected to this, but got no satisfaction and were ordered out of the fishing establishment’s Providence branch and have been seeking refuge at the Providence Sunnatul Masjid ever since.When this publication reached out to the company, via telephone, the representatives refused to given any information relating to the incident and subsequently disconnected the call.A female member of the Masjid told this newspaper that the brothers at the mosque made contact with the Indonesian Embassy in neighbouring Suriname and a representative was expected in Guyana on Monday to address the men’s situation, but it was unclear if the representative did arrive.last_img read more

Coalition Councillors threaten to shut down Region 5 RDC again

first_imgCoalition Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have threatened to shut down the RDC for the rest of the year. The threat came as the Council met on Thursday.The residents of Region Five were given a holiday present in December when the RDC met on December 21, 2017.  The coalition side of the Council promised they would be put first in 2018 and as such, they will participate in the RDC meetings but that promise might have only been short-lived for one meeting.Argument broke out at conclusion at Region Five RDC meetingThe threat was made at the end of the meeting and the Chairman was asked to reconvene the meeting. After stating that it had ended, some of the Councillors stated that he will not have a chance to close another meeting with them again and reminded him of what was done in 2016 and 2017.Prior to that, the meeting could have been considered fruitful with several recommendations being made and the REO being instructed to implement them while several issues were debated.The coalition claimed that the Chairman, Vickchand Ramphal, concluded the meeting abruptly and without giving some Councillors a chance to address an issue.In both 2016 and 2017, the coalition refused to sit in most of the meetings.Between January and July 2016, the coalition Councillors refused to sit at the meetings demanding an apology from the Chairman for not attending a function in the region at which President Granger was the guest of honour. In was until the President addressed the issue in August of that year stating that he did not want an apology that the coalition Councillors returned to the table.In May 2017, they walked out after the Regional Executive Officer, Ovid Morrison, demanded an apology from the Chairman saying his creditability was at stake when Ramphal called for an investigation into allegations that two NDC officials had used an NDIA machine to carry out personal work. Morrison said he saw the machine being used and is of the opinion that since he stated that he saw the machine carrying out personal work, no investigation is needed and to call for an investigation is an insult to his integrity.However, in December last, the Council assured residents that in 2018, the Council would put the development of the region first.Meanwhile, during Thursday’s meeting, Councillor Gloria Wolf noted that in 2017, Ramphal did not attend the function when President Granger visited the region to commission two David ‘G’ busses in December of 2016. She said last week the President was in the region again to commission another bus and the Regional Chairman did not attend the function. In fact, he picketed the President. The Councillor asked for an explanation.According to Ramphal, he was not officially informed of the President’s visit. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Region 2 still battling to find relocation spot

first_img…as facility continues to sinkThe regional administration of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is battling against time to find a suitable relocation spot for vendors as the Charity Market Centre Wharf continues to rapidly deteriorate, posing danger to life and limb.When contacted, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson related that they were still in consultation with the vendors to decide on a suitable relocation spot. Additionally, he explained that an engineer has been contracted to assess what needed to be done and how fast they should act.“We have someone we are working with and all I can say is that nothing has changed. We are still looking for a spot for the vendors and working with them so that we come to an agreeable conclusion,” Hopkinson told Guyana Times.Regional Councillors at the last RDC meeting discussing the condition of the Wharf among other businessMeanwhile, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt related that the Regional Democratic Council has instructed the REO to ensure that a solution is arrived at to prevent possible injuries.Reports are that the Wharf continues to sink and the cracks are getting bigger.The Charity Market Wharf, according to engineers, has sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, but the vendors utilising the area are refusing to relocate until the Public Infrastructure Ministry mobilises a team to execute urgent repairs.In an earlier interview, Regional Vice Chairman Nandranie Coonjah said that the Market Centre Wharf at Charity has been engaging the attention of the Region’s Works Committee since August of 2017 and that was the reason for the initial study on the Wharf. She explained that they engaged the regional engineer who ventured below the Wharf and discovered the rapid deterioration.The engineer observed large cracks in the floor with several rotting boards. Further, most of the piles beneath the Wharf were determined to be no longer able to support the structure. The solid concrete wharf is thus sitting precariously on a few remaining piles, and the prognosis is that it is likely collapse.The vendors reported that they were aware of the danger posed by the sinking Wharf, but they needed a solid plan before they could relocate their businesses. They are also waiting on the Ministry to officially commence work and remove them.The structure is 32 years old, and requires urgent attention since over 30 persons utilise it for vending and countless others for other purposes. It is also a parking area for many persons using their boats to traverse the Pomeroon River. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Potaro Backdam man slapped with wounding charge

first_imgGiddeo Daniels, called “Dido”, of Potaro Backdam in Region Eight, was on Monday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on a charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Donald Shariff with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause him grievous bodily harm.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objection to the 22-year-old father of one being placed on bail, as the virtual complainant, Shariff, was reportedly treated and sent away for the injuries he had sustained at the hands of Daniels. However, Prosecutor Mansfield requested that the defendant report to the Mahdia Police Station weekly until the completion of the trial.Daniels was placed on bail in the sum of $80,000 and was ordered to return to court on July 16.last_img read more

Jordan, Edghill clash over $200M ‘malicious prosecution’ lawsuit

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill have clashed over the $200 million lawsuit that Jordan has filed for the “Malicious Prosecution of the Offence of Misconduct in Public Office,” and for other damages.Edghill, in responding to a request for comment in regard to the recent lawsuit filed against him by Winston Jordan, has maintained that the $200 million lawsuit does not have any bearing, and he will not be intimidated, nor is he fearful of the action.“It is clear that the Government is running out of headlines and they badly needed a distraction over the weekend; so Edghill became the target,” he told media operatives at the sidelines of Monday’s sitting at the National Assembly. Edghill also said he is yet to be served with the lawsuit.The Opposition MP has argued that he cannot be sued for malicious persecution on the basis of filing a private criminal charge against Jordan.Minister Jordan has responded to Edghill’s comments by stating that the courts would decide whether or not the case is just about grabbing newspaper headlines.“I don’t make joke with my integrity at all! So he (Edghill) could spin how much he wants now, he will have to spin in court eventually,” Jordan added.Responding to Edghill’s statements that there is no basis for the lawsuit, Minister Jordan said a determination will be made by the court in that respect. He said, “It’s for the court to decide…This is not a matter for the court of public opinion, but (for) a judicial court.”On April 23, Edghill initiated private criminal charges against Minister Jordan and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson jointly, as well as against Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, alleging a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has been a contentious issue for some time now.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment; while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister.However, those charges were subsequently discontinued by the DDP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, who said that in the interest of good governance, such allegations against serving ministers ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.Despite the charges being dismissed, Jordan, in his application to the court, said the private criminal charge filed by the Opposition Parliamentarian was intended to embarrass, humiliate, and cause him to suffer public odium and contempt.The Finance Minister explained in his application that the $906 million was approved by the National Assembly, and thereafter made available to the Public Infrastructure Ministry from the Consolidated Fund.He noted that, as a Member of Parliament, Edghill could not honestly believe that he acted without reasonable excuse or justification in respect of issuing a warrant to effect disbursements and allocation of the money to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“…the respondent was therefore aware, or ought to have been reasonably aware, that the sum of $906,000,000… was approved by the National Assembly“And as Minister of Finance, I was obligated by law to issue the necessary warrant to ensure that the said approved sum of money was available to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure; and, as such, there could be no honest belief that I willfully misconducted myself, as alleged by the respondent,” Jordan argued.Jordan pointed out that as Finance Minister he did not, and could not, have paid or authorise the payment of the $906 million to Homestretch Development Inc., as alleged by Opposition Parliamentarian.“…notwithstanding that the Respondent was… a former Minister of Finance within the Ministry of Finance…even an ordinary prudent and cautious citizen placed as a Complainant in the said Criminal Proceedings of Misconduct in Public Office against me could not have reasonably concluded that I was guilty of the offence, or even draw an inference that I was guilty of the offence of Misconduct in Public Office as alleged…,” Jordan stated.Those private charges that Edghill had initiated were the second set of charges filed by the Opposition, they were thrown out by the DPP, citing the same reasons.Two days before dismissing the charges against Ministers Jordan and Patterson, the DPP had also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton.Those charges were previously filed over the sole-sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12M monthly respectively.last_img read more

Training recommended for sandpit operators

first_imgSandpit operators could, for the first time ever, receive formal training in regard to setting up safe operations and calculating quantities of material extracted, among other things.Sandpit operators and licence holders meeting with Minister Simona Broomes and Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) officialsThis training would come from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) as part of reforming quarrying operations.Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, has said she would be speaking with the GGMC Commissioner to facilitate the training.This training was among the issues discussed on Tuesday at the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Duke Street offices between the minister, sandpit operators, holders of licences, and officials of the GGMC.“I’m going to recommend that when we go on site at these pits, the [GGMC] officers talk to the persons on the ground, (explaining) what we are measuring and doing; so, even practically, on the ground, they can start to have some training in that regard,” Minister Broomes is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The meeting is a follow-up to visits the minister made to sandpits along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. She is leading efforts to ensure greater compliance with professional standards in the quarrying sector, and is also seeking to have paid all outstanding royalties which are owed to the GGMC.The GGMC is mulling reintroducing a monthly payment system, according to Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass.Ramdass explained that the GGMC sold payment books to operators, “and they would use slips… What that really did was to, at the end of the month, redeem that book to GGMC and pay off that royalty”.Many of the quarry operators the minister met with agreed to work with the Natural Resources Ministry (MNRE) to ensure greater compliance with regulations in their operations. There is also a proposal for the MNRE and GGMC to meet with operators on a regular basis.Inspections done to sand and loam pits are to gather a “comprehensive overlook” of the sector as part of efforts towards ensuring the GGMC is better equipped to monitor, enforce, and recover costs in the quarrying sector, it was explained.last_img read more

Chinoweng Village gets boat, engine to transport children to school

first_imgThe “Five Bs” Initiative began some three years ago, and President David Granger has since donated 27 buses and 14 boats to aid the transportation of school children across Guyana.President David Granger handing over the key to Toshao Roger Ronald of Chinoweng VillageAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), these donations were all made possible through contributions from private and business persons, but President Granger said last Sunday that the objective of allowing every child to go to school remains the same.The Head of State has handed over to the Village of Chinoweng, in Region Seven, (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) a new boat and engine worth $1.3 million.Giving remarks before the presentation was made to Toshao Roger Ronald, President Granger recalled the road which led to the initiative back in 2015.“Three years ago, when I entered office after a very long campaign, I went into many rivers, and one of the important things I noticed was that many children were not going to school because they didn’t have transportation. And we started in 2015 what we called “Three Bs”,” the president told villagers.He said the programme has so far acquired 27 buses and 14 boats, which he noted will help children attend school free of charge. He reminded that in communities with roads, children are given bicycles.Just last week, while celebrating Emancipation with villagers at Number 53 Village on the Corentyne, the Head of State donated another 25 bicycles to children along the Corentyne Coast.“The most important thing about this boat — and I am reminding Chinoweng — is that children must go to school; children must not be kept away from school. I am proud of this presentation,” the Head of State told Chinoweng residents.The donation was made possible through Beverly Tapp of B & J Civil Works, in observance of her company’s 25th anniversary. Tapp said, “I decided that we are going to donate a boat (and engine). I just want you to use it safely and care it.” She noted that the business community is “here to support the people”.The contribution came at a time when the village is participating in the annual Upper Mazaruni District Games in Waramadong.last_img read more

New Year brings no assurances of owed payments – Puran

first_imgGarbage collectors deadlockThe decision of Central Government to bail out City Hall from debts owed to two main solid waste collectors in the new year remains unfulfilled and there has been no contact between the two parties on the way forward.The two major solid waste collectorsSpeaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, General Manager of Puran Brother’s Disposal Services, Khalesh Puran explained that no payments were made on behalf of the Government for services to resume.“There is still no payment from them or any date that these payments will be made,” said Puran.Without a date, collectors are questioning if they will be paid within the first week of January as was promised. Business Development Supervisor of Cevon Waste Management, Morris Archer had informed this media outlet that this was the assurance given.At that time, high hopes were beaming as expectations suggested that they would receive owed payments.On November 25, 2018, the collectors withdrew their services after examining the feasibility of operating without payments and being owed for over six months. Immediately after, services were provided by five agencies; namely Granderson, Trash Tech, Tri Star, C&S Services and Garbage Eaters.By the first week in December, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan met with the collectors and officials of City Hall, where it was declared that Central Government would stand the outstanding $160 million by the ending of 2018.“It yielded what we believe to be credible assurances that settlement of the outstanding debt will commence very shortly. Our understanding is that the first payment will be made before the end of 2018. We have, without prejudice, accepted those assurances,” the service providers jointly announced.Meanwhile, buildups of waste across business enterprises and residential communities proved that the contractors were essential and further, that the smaller contractors were unable to service the entire city.For this, the contractor proposed to resume operations immediately with confirmation from the M&CC. This did not materialise to which they issued another statement, affirming that services would not be provided without credible assurances.“Timely payment under the terms of our contract with the Georgetown City Council is a fundamental issue.  We cannot, we submit, be expected to provide services without reasonable assurances of timely payment. Where there is slippage we are prepared, as we have, over time, to exercise some measure of understanding to an extent that is reasonable.”last_img read more

Bartica Mayor accused of raping make-up artist

first_imgA Bartician make-up artist, Arian Dahlia Richmond, has taken to social media to highlight an alleged rape incident, which she claims took place when she was a teenager contesting in a beauty pageant.The young woman took to her Facebook page and detailed the alleged rape and named Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall as her rapist.In the post, which has since gone viral, the makeup artist states, “On the night Gifford Marshall raped me, he told me of an instance he stepped into the Bartica’s Police Station and aiding the release of (name withheld) after he was accused of beating and raping a girl who decided to leave the relationship”.In her social media post, the young woman accused the Mayor of being “a strategic politician so he said this to ensure I knew the extent of his power”.“I wasn’t surprised when he posted he’ll launch an investigation knowing fully well he is one of the perpetrators,” the young woman posted on her Facebook account on Friday morning.She went on to say that during August 2018, the Bartica Town Council offered a space to facilitate 60+ students at Bartica’s Youth Camp and a part-time job for her to “uplift the image of the council”.“Here I was stripped of my self-worth by the constant sexual and verbal abuse meted. Power drunk men will do anything to maintain their image and they do this by manipulation.Bartica Mayor Gifford MarshallMany are under the guise that I’m the only person that was harmed but the other girls and boys have been strategically stripped of their confidence so how can they speak their truth?” the young lady posted.In a previous post on her Facebook page, Richmond also pointed out why she did not make a police report at the time of the alleged rape and other forms of harassment.“I have not highlighted names, made a report, nor accepted interviews because I fear for my safety. Albeit, it is not an easy task to bear your truth especially in a small country and even smaller town where there is a constant fight between good and evil, may integrity prevail.”Meanwhile, Commander of F Division (Interior locations), Kevin Adonis when contacted told this publication that there is no report of Richmond’s alleged rape.He confirmed that he personally contacted Crime Chief and Deputy Police Commissioner, Lyndon Alves to enquire whether the said allegation of rape was reported to any other police station in the country.However, Commander Adonis stated that after multiple checks, it was clear that Richmond is yet to make an official report to the police.“Social media can be good and it can be bad but if you were raped, it does not matter how long ago it occurred, you can still make a report. In fact, you don’t have to go to a police station near you, you can go to any police station and make that report there, it’s your right. It will be investigated,” the Commander said.On Saturday, the Crime Chief told this publication that the Police Force is yet to receive a report from the alleged rape victim about her allegation.Independent probeMeanwhile, former Deputy Mayor of Bartica, Kamal Persaud, who worked directly with Mayor Marshall, told this newspaper that an independent investigation into such an allegation needs to be done immediately.“I am calling for a full investigation into this matter because it is not a light allegation being made, it is an allegation of rape, and, therefore, it is only fair to have an independent investigation to bring closure and justice in this situation.I also support Dahlia for coming forward since doing so, and even going to social media as her medium to publicise it, takes courage. This is unfortunate and I understand how the Mayor would feel as well, but only an independent probe can ascertain what really transpired and if the story is true or false,” the former Deputy Mayor said.DenialMeanwhile, Mayor Marshall took to his Facebook page on Saturday morning acknowledging the rape allegation made against him that has gone viral on social media.“I have since brought this allegation to the attention of my attorney and the police, it is now engaging their attention. I categorically deny any such allegation. Many thanks to all of you for your prayers and support,” Marshall’s post read.last_img read more

$6.5M HEYS grant for Region 9 youths

first_imgSome 130 youths from 19 villages and communities in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) who participated in the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Programme received an additional financial boost to their respective businesses established under the youth programme.Youths from 11 villages in South Central, Rupununi, and eight in Karasabai with existing businesses received their grants on Wednesday last in Shulinab and Karasabai.Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Minister Valerie Garrido-Lowe, in her remarks to the youths said she is pleased with the overwhelming response the programme has received from villages and youths and is extremely proud of the success stories seen and heard from across the hinterland. She urged the youths to fully capitalise on the opportunity which will ensure they receive an improved standard of living.Also present at the exercise were the Coordinator of the HEYS Programme, Junior Williams; Region Nine HEYS Monitor, Rohan Bishop; and the respective village Toshaos’ and senior Councillors.Meanwhile, the Ministry has been evaluating the programme and from all indications the success stories are compelling and already villages have been lobbying to have a third cohort.The Hinterland Employment and Youth Service, provided one year of training to 3795 youths in 222 villages over the last two years. This training allows for capacity building, strengthening of life skills, bolstering literacy and numeracy skills, creating self-awareness and building esteem, strengthening individual vocational interests and entrepreneurial aptitudes.”Businesses range from cattle rearing, poultry rearing (broilers, layers and ducks), crops and vegetable farming, nursery (grafting of fruit trees), fishing, fish farming, sheep, goat and pig rearing, cassava bread/quinches/cassareep production, honey production, hardware stores, and a floating grocery store.last_img read more

Jury finds taxi driver guilty of 2017 rape charge

first_imgAnother convicted rapist is expected to remain on remand for the next month until his sentencing date, which is scheduled for August 26, 2019 at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court.Remanded: Morris JohnsonAfter almost two hours of deliberation at the High Court on Tuesday, a 12-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Morris Johnson, who was accused of the offence of rape.The charge against the taxi driver stated that between August 12 and August 13, 2017 in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16.Johnson was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Burch-Smith, who, in an address to Justice Brassington Reynolds, requested that a probation report be prepared before the sentence is handed down. The application was granted. In addition, a victim impact statement was also ordered prepared, and is expected to be presented on August 26 when Johnson will be sentenced. Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Seeta Bishundial represented the State.last_img read more

Parika family robbed by knife-wielding bandit

first_imgA Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) family were in the wee hours of Tuesday morning attacked in their home by a knife-wielding bandit, who carted off with a sum of cash and jewellery.The Singh family was robbed at about 03:00h. Reports are the family were awakened by a noise emanating from a section of the lower flat of their two-storey home.According to 45-year-old Babita Singh, she was asleep when she heard a noise and got out of bed to investigate. She told Guyana Times that as she was about to exit her bedroom, which is located on the lower flat, she was attacked by a lone bandit.The woman recounted that frightened, she screamed for her husband, but had a knife placed to her neck by the perpetrator.As her husband ran to her rescue, the woman relayed that he was told to hand over valuables or his wife would be killed.“The man had a mask on, he hold me up and he press the knife to my neck so my husband couldn’t have done anything because he tell he if he aint listen that he gone kill me,” the woman related.Singh told this publication that scared, her husband handed over a sum of cash and jewellery to the man who quickly fled through a window.“After he run out, my husband run out behind he to see where he going but me holler and call he back inside because I didn’t want he get hurt and then we went to check on the kids that were asleep upstairs,” the woman recalled.The family then sounded an alarm alerting neighbours to the incident and the Police were notified.Singh was later taken to the hospital where she was treated for a wound which she sustained to her neck. The Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

Police awaiting DPP’s advice before instituting charges

first_imgTuschen robberyThe Police is awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before moving forward with charges in connection with Friday’s night robbery on the Five Star Chinese Restaurant, Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Mark Prince who was shot and killedOne bandit was killed during the robbery.When contacted on Tuesday, Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara) Police Commander Simon McBean said that three persons remained in custody even as Police were hunting a female who was also involved in the robbery.“We are still looking for the female who have, based on our evidence, is outstanding. We don’t have a name; we are searching based on description,” McBean stated.The regional commander further added that the Police have sought legal advice on the matter.“From yesterday (Tuesday) we would have still had the three persons arrested – one hospitalised, two in Police custody. We are preparing to seek advice in the matter,” he explained.The suspects in custody are a Police Constable attached to the Special Branch at Eve Leary, Georgetown; a 20-year-old Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident and a Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident.Following the robbery, Mark Prince, called “Fine Man”, was shot dead.Speaking with Guyana Times, Prince’s reputed wife, Onika Thompson claimed that she was unaware that her partner had brushes with the law and was involved in the robbery.However, even as she claimed no knowledge of her partner’s criminal activities, in 2016, Police had issued a wanted bulletin for him. In 2017, Prince was charged jointly with Regan Singh, for trailing a businessman from a city bank and robbing him. In 2018, Prince was among six men who were nabbed at a Police roadblock on the Grove Public Road, EBD. The men, while on bail for various criminal offences, had attempted to commit armed robbery on poultry farmer Michael Chang Yuen.On Friday, Prince was among the bandits who pounced on Guang Hong Wang, 43, proprietor of the Five Star Chinese Restaurant and her husband who operate the food establishment in the lower flat of their premises. A customer, Navindra Lakahalall, 37, of Zeelugt New Housing, Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), was also robbed when the bandits invaded the premises. Reports are Lakahalall was in the restaurant when one of the male suspects and a female entered and purchased two beverages. Police reports stated that as soon as they consumed the beverages, they ordered a case of beer and in the process of Wang delivering the same, the male suspect whipped out a handgun and relieved her of two cellphones and an undisclosed sum of cash.He then turned his attention to Lakahalall, and relieved him of one silver chain and an undisclosed sum of cash. At the height of the robbery, the three other suspects entered.However, a neighbour, who is a licensed firearm holder, heard the commotion and immediately went to investigate and was attacked by the armed suspect and another with a cutlass. He then discharged several rounds in their direction after which the suspects fled the premises in a motor car with license plate PTT 8606 that had been parked nearby, leaving their accomplice Prince, who had been shot, at the scene.The Police were contacted and the vehicle was intercepted at a roadblock on the public road in front of the Den Amstel Police Station.At the time, the car had three occupants – one was in the back seat with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was questioned, arrested, and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.An unlicensed pistol with an empty magazine was found in the vehicle along with an undisclosed sum of cash and cellular phones.It was later revealed that Prince who had been left behind with a gunshot wound to the neck died on the spot. A cutlass was in his right hand and a haversack was on his back.His body was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Some $130,000 was found in his possession.last_img read more

NIS gets $5.6B ‘lifeline’ as Govt pays off CLICO debt

first_img…a sad day for taxpayers but no use crying over spilt milk – JordanThe cash-strapped National Insurance Scheme (NIS) was on Friday handed a 20-year ‘lifeline’ when Government inked an agreement to hand over almost $6 billion, monies NIS would have invested in the Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited (CLICO) – an investment that became impaired when CLICO (Guyana) was ordered liquidated back in 2009.Finance Minister Winston Jordan presents the Debenture agreement to NIS General Manager, Doreen NelsonFinance Minister, Winston Jordan inked the Debenture agreement in the presence of NIS General Manager, Doreen Nelson, CLICO Liquidator, Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobin Ganga and the Finance Ministry’s Debt Management Director Donna Yearwood, among a host of other stakeholders.The ceremony was held at the Finance Ministry, Main Street, Georgetown and would see the impaired monies being repaid to NIS over a 20-year period, with the first tranche of just over $317 million to be made payable in January 2017.Approval was granted for government to make payments to the NIS through the issuance of 20 Non-negotiable Debentures, to be redeemed annually over 20 years, at a fixed interest rate of 1.5 per cent.Timely interventionNIS General Manager Doreen Nelson in welcoming the intervention by the administration, pointed to the cash-strapped nature of NIS:“(It is) certainly good to finally have this matter out of suspension and a decision taken in terms of the guarantee made some years ago…I am sure that you are aware of where we are financially.”She was at the time referencing a Parliamentary resolution, in tandem with a commitment by the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration under former President Bharrat Jagdeo, that all of the CLICO liabilities will be paid off.NIS over the years would have also been experiencing a situation where its annual expenses began outstripping its revenue – a situation compounded by the billions it had impaired in CLICO for a number of years.Nelson told those in attendance, including the media, “we find that this is a timely intervention” and pointed to the company’s upcoming actuarial review which is expected to make further recommendations on restructuring the company.Speaking on behalf of Government, Finance Minister Jordan said the impaired investment has had a traumatic effect on the operations of NIS.He denied that Government was giving NIS a loan, as had been reported in other sections of the media.In seeking to offer clarity, Jordan said, “what we are seeking to do is to give NIS, as most as possible, what they invested in CLICO over a period (to now be re-paid over a period of 20 years).”According to Minister Jordan were government in future to recover anything from CLICO with regards the NIS investments, those monies would be placed in the Consolidated Fund.Sad dayJordan quipped too that while it was a happy day for NIS, it is indeed “a sad for the taxpayer of Guyana because it is the taxpayer who have to bear these sets of payments over the next 20 years…In excess of $5.89 billion is gonna be diverted to meet these payments, so just consider what that kind of money could have done for other areas, be it wages or infrastructure or other running costs of the government.”Nonetheless, Minister Jordan is of the opinion that it’s “no use crying over spilt milk at the moment.”Meanwhile, CLICO liquidator Dr Ganga in providing an update on the payments being made to its policyholders, said while a significant amount has been recovered and paid over, the company still had weighty liabilities to honour – almost $6 billion.According to Dr Ganga, as of the end of July last, CLICO would have made total payments to the tune of $6.7 billion to a number of policy holders, related parties and organisations.He did seek to point out that while 8882 cheques would have been uplifted and processed to the tune of $6.7 billion, there are still 2881 cheques for persons yet to uplift. This outstanding amount, according to Dr Ganga, amounts to in excess of $130 million.According to the CLICO liquidator, the company still has debts to repay including to NIS to the tune of $5.9 billion.Speaking directly to the NIS repayments and an outstanding $4.9 billion, Dr Ganga was quick to point out that this will not be taken off the books, since CLICO is still exploring options to recover its monies.He said too that another Government organisation – the Guyana Forestry Commission – is also owed another $240 million, “so we are hoping that we will have enough assets for sale to pay the “organisations, related parties and others, fully what is owed to them, except NIS.”last_img read more

Wanted man nabbed in Eccles

first_imgA wanted man and a “suspicious” accomplice were nabbed in Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday after a high-speed chase.Nineteen-year-old Godfrey Lynch in the back of a Police vehicle after being nabbed Reports are 19-year-old Godfrey Lynch, of Agricola, Greater Georgetown, was nabbed after residents in Republic Park, EBD informed Police of suspicious persons at an abandoned house in the community.Lynch’s accomplice, Mark Mosely, of Castello Housing Scheme, West La Penitence, Georgetown, who was wanted for questioning relating to gas station robberies in Georgetown and Eccles, was nabbed a short while after Police combed the area.According to A (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Division Deputy Commander Calvin Brutus, about 13:00h, Police responded to calls made by the Republic Park residents about suspicious activities in their community.However, after becoming aware that the Police were in the vicinity, the wanted man and an accomplice fled the house. Police gave chase and caught up with Lynch in Eccles.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene of their capture, the Police were seen prowling the area for the other suspect.This publication was told that Lynch was arrested by Police on charges of robbery under arms.Just last month, Lynch skipped his court hearing after being granted bail for allegedly robbing an elderly caretaker, Yvonne Moe, of over $13 million in goods during an attack at her Republic Park home. He was then found guilty by Magistrate Judy Latchman, and sentenced in absentia to 56 months in prison.Moe, in her testimony during the trial, had told the court that Lynch and an accomplice were seen lurking outside her house. She said after seeing the strange men, she proceeded to run back into the house, but was caught by one of them, who then dragged her into the home. They subsequently proceeded to rob her, and make good their escape.last_img read more

Tattoo artist stabbed to death

first_img… minibus conductor arrestedA tattoo artist was on Friday evening stabbed to death during an alleged robbery in the vicinity of Demico House, Stabroek Market, Georgetown. Raul Rodrigues, 40, also called “Tattoo Man” of Lot 64 Leopold Street, Georgetown, was attacked and stabbed once to his chest by two men during the robbery.Dead tattoo artist: Raul RodriguesReports are Rodrigues, who is also a mason, was consuming alcohol in Leopold Street, Georgetown earlier in the day but reportedly left to collect his child’s mother, who was getting off from work at 20:00h.However, Guyana Times understands that while walking in the vicinity of Dairy Bus Park, he was attacked by two males where he was stabbed. In an attempt to escape from his assailants, he collapsed in front of Demico House. The perpetrators reportedly relieved him of an iPhone he was carrying at the time.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he reportedly died while receiving medical attention.Annastacia Rodrigues, a sister of the dead man told Guyana Times that she was at home in Campbell Street, Albouystown, when she received a telephone call informing her that her brother was stabbed. As she was hurrying out, another friend told her that he was dead and that the family must rush to the hospital.Upon arriving at the medical facility, she was restricted from seeing her brother although she pleaded with the security guards to be allowed to see him.“About an hour and a half later, they come out and tell us that he was dead,” she related. Again, she requested to see her bother but that request was denied. However, she returned to the Police Station on Saturday morning where she was told that someone was arrested for the murder.“The Police tell me that they arrested a man, but they could not say if he was the one who stabbed my brother, but they tell me that investigations are continuing,” she noted.Nevertheless, she recalled that her sister was also stabbed and killed six years ago but no one was ever charged for the murder. She however, vowed to seek justice for her brother this time around.While at Rodrigues’ house, her mother fainted several times as she cried out “they kill him… they kill him… no body nah do nothing to save he life.”Meanwhile, the mother of the dead man’s child reportedly told Police that she left work and was heading to the minibus park when she saw someone lying on the ground and upon checking, she realised that it was Rodrigues. She noted that from all indications, he was already dead.The Police in a release stated that Rodrigues was involved in an altercation with two men when one of them armed himself with an object and dealt him one blow to the region of his heart. Guyana Times understands that a 28-year-old minibus conductor was arrested and is being questioned in relation to the murder.Rodrigues leaves to mourn his mother, siblings and three daughters.last_img read more

NAACIE’s Kenneth Joseph dies after suffering stroke

first_imgTrade Unionist and General Secretary of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), Kenneth Joseph, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday, some three weeks after suffering a stroke.Joseph’s death was confirmed to Guyana Times by his wife, who said that he had suffered a stroke on February 1. He was 66 years old.President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) KomalNAACIE’S Kenneth JosephChand, said he received news of Joseph’s death at around midday on Thursday. He said he is saddened to hear of his passing, as he was still young and had a lot to contribute to the workers.According to Chand, the two unions have worked closely together over the years, championing the cause of workers.“He was cooperative and concerned about workers’ welfare and was not afraid to share solidarity. Even when we got disagreements, he opened himself to criticisms.”Chand said while he was aware Joseph was sick, he did not expect him to die. “He still had a lot to offer, he was still young. I will miss him and a lot of people will be surprised and shocked at his passing,” Chand told this publication.Joseph, who has been at the forefront with GAWU, fighting for the rights of workers, was only late last year representing workers of the Guyana Power and Light, who were clamouring for improved wages and salaries and working conditions.Prior to that, he had also been in solidarity with sugar workers, especially those attached to the Wales Sugar Estate.last_img read more

Govt makes U-turn on imposition

first_imgDoctors’ gratuity to pensionMedical doctors currently employed in the public health system on contracts will not be forced under the pension system, but will have the option of switching if they so desire.This was the outcome of a consultation held at the National Cultural Centre on Monday that saw a large group of doctors in attendance.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, who was present for that meeting, assured the medical doctors that the transition would not affect their current plans.The Minister said while her portfolio was new, it was no excuse for her to not ensure that matters arising from the health sector were resolved amicably.Lawrence also vowed to continue dialogue with doctors to ensure that their concerns were taken into consideration before any decision was made in the future.She claimed that there were certain misconceptions about the pension plan for doctors, and blamed poor communication for the issue.“I will have a meeting with the heads to ascertain how can you not share information of such important nature which affects people’s lives? I mean it’s unacceptable and so, as the Minister, the buck stops with me,” Lawrence said.Doctors were initially told that their contracts would automatically end and they would be switched over to the permanent public service employment package, which also includes a pension scheme.Leading most of the discussions was Permanent Secretary in the Public Health Ministry, Reginald Brotherson, who was criticised for most of his responses to the many questions he was asked.The doctors believed that Brotherson was not clear and one doctor even labelled his response “political”.However, he told the concerned medical practitioners that they would be able to decide whether they wanted to join the public service and the pension’s scheme at the end of their five-year contract.He also took the opportunity to clarify with the doctors some of the advantages of joining the public service.The Permanent Secretary admitted that several circulars detailing the changes were dispatched to all heads of department. But it was only realised after their release that the time frame was too limited.While some of the doctors present at the meeting saw the circulars, others did not, but heard from their colleagues about the change and decided to raise their concerns with their seniors.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThey spoke about the last circular which was issued on February 7, 2017, which indicated that they would have been placed in the pension scheme within a month.One of the doctors who spoke out against the policy, Dr Adoni Benjamin told officials that he felt disrespected by the Government, because the change in his working arrangements would ultimately affect his family too.“First of all, as human beings, some courtesy should have been extended to us,” he stated.Another doctor, who spoke with Guyana Times on the sidelines of the meeting, expressed deep concern over the move, claiming that a proper explanation was not provided.The young Cuba-trained doctor who requested anonymity claimed that when the first circular was issued, some of his colleagues decided to sign contracts to join the public service.“They did so out of fear that their salary will be withheld, or they would have been sent home. Some of them were tricked to go over, because some of them did sign.”The doctor said while he was happy that the Government has backpedalled on its decision, this issue could have been avoided if consultations were held first.The affected doctors also raised concerns about the measly $1800 which they are paid for on-call duties, with no overtime or benefits such as time-and-a-half pay.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that forcing doctors to accept the unpopular pension scheme meant the physicians would exit the public service.The Government had made a commitment to meet with the doctors at another date, to discuss the finer details of the arrangement to have them transitioned to the public sector pension scheme.last_img read more

UPDATE: Prisoners dug hole to escape

first_img…President, NSC briefedAs investigation into the prison break at the Lusignan penitentiary continues, reports revealed that the inmates executed their escape by digging a hole in the ground of the holding compound.Meanwhile Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels along with other officials of the joint service this morning briefed President David Granger on reports of the prison break during a meeting with the National Security Committee (NSC).Details will follow in the July 25, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img read more

Head of Police Narcotics branch transferred

first_imgIn light of the disappearance of close to two kilograms of cocaine from the Property Room of the Police Narcotics Unit, its head, Superintendent Wayne De Harte, has been transferred to Berbice with effect from Monday, October 2.Guyana Times was told that transfer of the senior officer is to facilitate a probe into the disappearance of the cocaine, which was directly under his control.The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is looking at the fact that the Property Room is accessible through De Harte’s office, and it is open to all ranks within the unit.Head of Police Narcotics Branch, Wayne De HarteWhile in Berbice, De Harte will work under the supervision of Commander Lyndon Alves. Guyana Times could not verify the duration of the transfe,r but from information received, it might be a permanent move.However, following the disappearance of the cocaine on September 26, several members of the unit were questioned.The cocaine was tendered as evidence against 31-year-old Travis Mendonca, who was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge.After the news broke of the missing cocaine, acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine confirmed that an investigation was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).It was reported that while the state won the case against Mendonca, investigators had issued a wanted bulletin for 27-year-old Delvor Bunbury of Lot 37 Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara as the alleged mastermind in the incident. He has since been charged.Two Mondays ago, Police intercepted Mendonca, who was travelling to the United States. Police stated that during a search of the suitcase belonging to Mendonca, 1828 grams of cocaine were earthed.During interrogation, Bunbury’s name was called. He along with another was charged for narco-possession in March of this year. A police officer, Louie Dublin, was also charged in connection with the matter.last_img read more

Gunman invades South Ruimveldt home

first_img…robs family, sexually assaults womanA customer service representative is now in a distraught state after she was forced to perform oral sex when a lone gunman invaded her South Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.The 22-year-old victim was attacked at about midnight as she was opening the door for her reputed husband.Guyana Times understands that the young woman was called by her husband, who was being held at gunpoint to open the door. Unaware of what was happening, she opened the door and was attacked by the lone gunman.After entering the house, her reputed husband was ordered to lie on the ground after which he was dealt several cuffs and kicks.He was then picked up and escorted into his bedroom. The gunman then ransacked the room in his bid for valuables and found a gold ring, earrings and two cellphones.The man then ordered the woman’s reputed husband to go under the bed and the young woman was escorted into the living room where she was instructed by the bandit to perform oral sex on him or he would shoot her daughter.The scared woman complied and was later instructed to unplug her television, which the lone bandit took with him.The man then made good his escape through a western door in the house. The matter was reported and the Police are investigating.last_img read more

Guyana prisons, Police lock-ups life threatening – US report

first_imgGuyana has recently been flagged, in a human rights report prepared by the United States Department of State, over the conditions of its prison and lock-up facilities, which have been deemed “life threatening”. This is even as local authorities continue to grapple with issues regarding Guyana’s penal system.The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices compiled by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor was released on Friday. It leads US’ efforts to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labour rights globally.The Camp Street penitentiaryIn its profile on Guyana, the report cited that among the country’s most significant human rights issues are the “harsh and potentially life-threatening” prison conditions.However, it noted that Government officials do not enjoy impunity from human rights abuses, and there are independent and transparent procedures for handling allegations of abuse by security forces.Under the ‘Prison and Detention Center Conditions’, the state’s “Prison and jail conditions, particularly in police holding cells, were reportedly harsh and potentially life threatening due to gross overcrowding, physical abuse, and inadequate sanitary conditions and medical care”, the report outlined.It outlined that the Guyana Prison Service had reported back in September that there were 2,004 prisoners in five facilities with a combined design capacity of 1,179. As at July, a total of 1,018 prisoners were in Georgetown’s Camp Street Prison, a facility designed to hold only 550 inmates.“Overcrowding was in large part due to a backlog of pretrial detainees, who constituted approximately 30 percent of the total prison population.“In July, inmates at the Camp Street Prison were moved to Lusignan Prison after they rioted and started multiple fires that destroyed the prison. Prisoners reported unsanitary conditions and a lack of potable water. Prisoners also complained of lengthy confinement in their cells with limited opportunities for sunlight,” the report stated.It was recognised that while offenders 16 years and older were placed with the adult prison population, younger offenders were held in a juvenile correctional centre that offered primary education, vocational training, and basic medical care.The US report further highlighted that prisoners often circumvent procedures for submitting complaints of inhuman conditions or mistreatment by passing letters addressed to Government officials through family members. It added that authorities investigated and monitored prison and detention centre conditions, and committees prepared monthly reports on their visits.While Government has permitted outside groups to monitor prison conditions independently, there were no requests for such visits during last year.Further, the report went on to note that while authorities generally do not hold suspects in custody past the 72 hours’ detention period, except in capital offences and narcotics trafficking, they occasionally do not respect persons’ rights to “prompt access to a lawyer of their choice and to family members” which the law provides for criminal detainees.Another issue that the report highlighted was the long period of detention that defendants and accused face awaiting trial.“Lengthy pretrial detention remained a problem, due primarily to judicial inefficiency, staff shortages, and cumbersome legal procedures. The average length of pretrial detention was three years for those awaiting trial at a magistrate’s court or in the High Court. This was often beyond the maximum possible sentence for the crime for which they were charged.With regard to ‘Denial of Fair Public Trial’, the report found that “Delays and inefficiencies undermined judicial due process. Shortages of trained court personnel, postponements at the request of the defence or prosecution, occasional allegations of bribery, poor tracking of cases, and Police sluggishness in preparing cases for trial caused delays.”The report also revealed that there were allegations of mistreatment of inmates by prison officials, as well as claims that Police abused suspects and detainees.Under the ‘Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’ sub-heading, the report cited the Winston Carlos Haynes case, a former soldier of the Guyana Defence Force, who was accused of raping a minor in March last year. Haynes was fired and prosecuted in a civilian court for the offence. He was committed to stand trial in the High Court, but is out on bail.Moreover, there were no reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. However, the report did mention the July 2017 fatal Police shooting of Charles Peters, a mentally ill man, whom they said was acting in a suspicious manner, and that he was killed as he reportedly attempted to escape custody. The August 2016 killing of Winston Hinds by Police was also mentioned. Police officials had claimed the measure was warranted within the circumstances, and no further action was taken, the report stated.last_img read more

Jagdeo in favour of non-custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana

first_img– says APNU and AFC divided on issue; accuses AFC of being ‘opportunistic’Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has thrown his support for custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana to be removed from the law books in its entirety, but maintained that he is not in favour of the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes.Jagdeo made this announcement on Thursday during his weekly press conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office. He reminded that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made a commitment to support a ‘conscience vote’ should the matter come up for a vote in the National Assembly.“To send somebody, a young person or even an older person…to jail for less than a quarter ounce of marijuana for three years, when we have people who are traffickers, and we have people growing large quantities of marijuana, becauseOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothey have money they get off from the system,” he explained.The former President said he is not opposed to having them face some penalty, but he would recommend alternative or non-custodial sentencing such as: community work and rehabilitation. “Sentence them to community work, sentence them to rehabilitation… you don’t want them locked away,” he added.Jagdeo noted that it was not a contentious issue as that of the death penalty and could be resolved.Further, the PPP General Secretary noted that it is clear that the Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is divided on the issue. Also, the AFC he said, has used the recent sentencing of a father to three years to speak about it, describing the party as opportunistic.For almost three years, the AFC has still not managed to find support from the APNU to support the motion in the name of AFC parliamentarian, Michael Carrington, to move the first reading of the Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Bill. The motion to have the first reading of the Bill was tabled since December 10, 2015. The Bill itself has not been made public.Former AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, with the help of Attorney Mark Waldron, had drafted the bill, which seeks to soften the penalties for marijuana possession. That draft bill stipulates that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use would be required to pay a fine of $10,000, or perform community service for a period of time, something that is being widely supported.But Jagdeo also explained that calls for public consultation on this very issue by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, is just an attempt to delay the issue. He said AFC members in Government are also being pressured by its party members to push for the changes to the marijuana laws. “Their best way to deal with it (division) is to push it off via a call for public consultation,” Jagdeo observed.He said, “This public consultation, I think is to solve the contradiction that they have among themselves.” When questioned as to whether he would support looking into the economic benefits of marijuana, Jagdeo said, “I am not supporting the legalisation of marijuana, growing marijuana, trading marijuana, selling marijuana in Guyana, you go to jail for that sort of thing, that’s our law I am not supporting that.”Minister of State Joseph Harmon has also affirmed that decriminalising the use of this substance is not on its immediate radar. He instead has laid that responsibility at the feet of the Judiciary, stating that the matter of sentencing lies within the purview of the Judiciary.“With respect to decriminalisation of marijuana, that is not a matter that is engaging our immediate attention. What we have (is) a motion in the National Assembly by one of our members about the sentencing policy with regard to marijuana,” he explained.Carrington’s draft legislation intended to reduce the penalties attached to possession of small amounts of marijuana intended for personal use has been pending for a year now in Parliament.While a number of developed countries have acted to decriminalise marijuana, and the movement is gaining momentum worldwide, President David Granger has instead cautioned against buying into practices being embarked upon by developed countries that have the requisite framework in place to support such legislative reforms.The President has made it clear that such reforms are currently not a concern of the Government; and, on a more personal note, has declared that he would not subscribe to the usage of marijuana.According to Guyana’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act, once someone has summarily been convicted of possession of any narcotic, that person is liable to be imprisoned – for at least three years and at most five. There is also a fine attached to such conviction.last_img read more

Ramjattan’s “more charges” utterance validates PPP’s claims of political witch-hunting – Nandlall

first_imgOne day after Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said the coalition Administration will continue to prosecute more former Government officials under the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime, even if it is perceived as political witch-hunting, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall posited that the Minister’s utterance has reaffirmed his party’s position all along.“Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has emphatically confirmed what we have been saying all along, that is, that the criminal charges that are being filed against former Ministers and officials of the PPP Government, are politically inspired and driven,” Nandlall asserted.At a press conference on Friday, Ramjattan admitted he is well aware of the perception that Government was victimising political opponents but he insisted that they will continue along that path.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“I am aware that the prosecution of a predecessor who belongs to a competing political party, is likely to be perceived as politically motivated… We have evidence, it’s warranted and so it will move on,” he said, adding that “otherwise members of this Government may feel the need to practice selling State properties without the lawful procedures. We cannot allow that.”Last year, several former Government officials including former President and current Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were hauled in for questioning over the acquisition of lands on the East Coast of Demerara. Moreover, last month charges were brought against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chief Executive Officer Winston Brassington by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in relation to the sale of three plots of lands to investors.However, Nandlall, who is among the battery of lawyers representing the two former Government officials, pointed out that in a normal democracy, which is governed by the rule of law, the Executive Government and Ministers have no business whatsoever, in the institution and of criminal charges. These matters, he posited, fall within the exclusive remit of the constitutional agencies, that is, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Guyana Police Force, which are functionally autonomous and independent agencies that are strongly insulated in law from any type of political and ministerial influence or interference.“So how does Minister Ramjattan know that there are more charges to be filed against former Ministers? Does he also know if and what charges are going to be filed by Police against every Guyanese? I am sure he does not. But he knows that charges will be filed against former Ministers because he is part of a political directorate that is instructing behind the scenes, that these charges be filed,” the former Attorney General insisted.Nandlall went on to remind that Ramjattan had admitted publicly of knocking glasses with British Advisor to SOCU, Dr Sam Sittlington; Head of SOCU, Sydney James; and a diplomat at city nightspot on the evening one day after when Jagdeo along with former Head of Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and other leaders of the PPP/C were arrested and taken to SOCU.“When Sittlington’s contract ended, Ramjattan boasted in the press that he will bring him back because he has a lot of work to do. Indeed, Sittlington is now back. Mr Ramjattan is an experienced lawyer. As a result, I know that he knows that what he is doing is wrong. However, hatred, political vengeance and his desire for revenge, have destroyed his objectivity and his sense of reason. But I wish to remind him of an old saying that every rope, no matter how long, has an end,” Nandlall said.last_img read more

Trackers weather the storm against Thunder

first_imgIt didn’t take very much time for the Trackers to get the offensive ball rolling, as Ricky Bateman scored the team’s first goal of the regular season only 3:44 into the opening frame.Just under 4 minutes later, Kody McManus doubled the Trackers’ lead, scoring on the power-play for a 2-0 lead.The second period opened with the Trackers leading 2-1, and unfolded much like the first.- Advertisement -The Trackers outscored the Thunder 2-1, thanks to back-to-back goals off the stick of Brandon Howard, which was his second scored with the man-advantage.The B.C. & Yukon Trackers owned the third period, which began with the Trackers leading 4-2 and ended with the scoreboard reading 6-2 in favour of the visiting team.The two goals in the third came courtesy of McManus, who with his third goal, opened his season by scoring a hat-trick.Advertisement The NE B.C. & Yukon Tracker Flyers will have some time to enjoy their season opening victory, as they next play Friday, October 12 in Strathcona against the Warriors.The team will make its home debut Saturday, October 20 in Dawson Creek, then in Fort St. John the following day, for back-to-back games against the very same Slake Lake Thunder. With his three goal performance, McManus has jumped to an early lead in the league’s goal scoring race.To go along with a six goal performance, the Trackers also showed they could play tight defensively, allowing only 12 shots on net throughout the entire game.Even more impressive was their penalty kill, which was put to the test a total of nine times Sunday and allowed only one goal.With a ten save performance in net, Trackers goaltender Michael Chute earned his first victory of the season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Formula Powell Flyers win final regular season home game

first_imgThe Fort St. John Formula Powell Midget tier three team was on the ice yesterday looking to wrap up their home schedule on a high note yesterday. They did just that with a 5-4 victory over Grande Cache.Ryan Young opened the scoring for the Flyers 11 minutes into the first period. Lane DeRose scored for the Flyers in the second period to tie the game at two a piece heading into the final 20 minutes.In the final frame Liam Harris, and Nicholas Dragojevich each scored, and Lane DeRose tallied his second of the game to round out the scoring for Fort St. John with just 45 seconds left in regulation.- Advertisement -Between the pipes Flyers goaltender Zakeri Larson was solid throughout the game.last_img read more

Fort St John Flyers fall to Grande Prairie in game three of playoffs

first_imgThen with 43 seconds left in the period, the Athletics would score another goal making it a 3-1 lead over the Flyers as they headed into the third.The third period would prove to be tough as both teams had a difficult time scoring a goal.The Athletics would score their fourth and final goal at 1:27 left in the game.With time running out, the Athletics would win this game 4-1 over the Flyers.Advertisement Currently, in the playoff standings, the Flyers have won only one game out of three.Up next, the Flyers are home on Tuesday, February 12, as they host the Athletics for game four of the playoff series. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John Flyers were in Grande Prairie on Saturday night as they took on the Athletics for game three of the playoffs.This was not the game the Flyers were expecting to see.At 7:13 into the game, the Athletics would score a goal making the score 1-0 over the Flyers.- Advertisement -Then at 9:30 left in the period, Adam Horst would score a goal with assists by Ryan Carter and James Walsh making the score tied at one apiece.In the second period, both teams battled to score a goal throughout most of the frame.It wasn’t until 2:29 remaining when the Athletics would score a goal on the Flyers making the game 2-1.Advertisementlast_img read more

Huskies win wild one in Beaverlodge

first_imgThe Huskies had to work for it, but dug out of a hole, and won a wild one on Friday night.Playing in the tight confines of the Beaverlodge Arena, the Huskies took an early lead, on a Dylan Apsassin goal just 20 seconds in.  Aaron Dumas scored with Beaverlodge on a two man advantage 6 minutes later, before Robbie Sidhu regained the Huskies lead with 3 minutes remaining in the first.The second period was when the drama really began.  It started with a Nick Fitzpatrick marker seven minutes in. 15 minutes into the second, Cody Anderson added a controversial goal, when Huskies starter Ty Gullickson was knocked down.  Anderson slid the puck into the net from the side boards, and after a brief discussion, the officials decided the goal would stand, despite protests from the Huskies bench. – Advertisement -The Huskies were reeling, and the Blades capitalized.  Tyrell Jones soon added another Beaverlodge goal to make it 4-2, on another scramble in front.  The Huskies added a greasy goal of their own, when Jesse Disher knocked in a loose puck on a goal-mouth pile-up.  But before the period was out, Damien Kappo again beat Gullickson, to make it 5-3 Blades after 40 minutes.The game was still within reach, but the Huskies were behind, and to make matters worse, Ty Gullickson was unable to continue, diagnosed with a minor concussion on the Cody Anderson goal.  Payden Wongstedt was also lost for the night, after he blocked a shot with the outside of his foot, and left the game.  The second period had seen a number of wild scrambles and dogpiles in both creases.  “That’s the game in Beaverlodge” said coach Bob Kalb after the game, referring to the small ice rink, and game plan of the Blades.  “They play a scrambly game.”  Kalb says his team is a puck possession and speed team, but on this night, they were able to adjust, and fight back in the third.The final period didn’t start well, with Taylor Jones beating Garrett Muir short-side just 1:20 in.  It was the first shot Muir had faced, but he seldom saw the puck for the remainder of the period, as the Huskies began to pressure the Blades, and fight their way back in. Advertisement Brighton Campbell got the ball rolling, when he finished off a passing play that saw the puck move from Darcy Bell to Dylan Apsassin to Cody Kalb to Campbell in a matter of seconds.  Campbell beat Beaverlodge goaltender Brett Hommy with a snap-shot to the top corner.  “I’d had a few shots before that, and kept hitting their goalie in the chest,” Campbell said afterwards. “I pictured my Grandpa telling me to go to the top corner … so I thought about it, shot it, and it got through,” he said.Cam MacKinnon got the Huskies within one with six minutes remaining, and less than two minutes later, Campbell scored his second, when he knocked rebound past Brett Hommy while being knocked down in front, and the Huskies had tied the game.  And finally, with less then 90 seconds remaining, Cam MacKinnon’s second of the game gave the Huskies the lead. The Blades seemed defeated, and after losing the lead, were unable to muster any offence, and the Huskies escaped with a 7-6 win.Brighton Campbell earned player of the game honours, while Cam MacKinnon also scored two third period goals, including the winner.  Also impressive in the third was Darcy Bell, playing his first regular game for the Huskies.  Bell assisted on all four third period goals, and on a night where the small ice surface seemed clogged all night, found room to make some key breakout passes that allowed the Huskies to attack the goal.  “He’s really calm with the puck, and he sees the ice really well” said coach Kalb said of Bell after the game.  Kalb also spoke highly of Campbell – who is playing for the Huskies at just 17 years old.  “Brighton has impressed me since the first week of training camp” Kalb said, suggesting the rookie could move on to play Junior ‘A’ hockey. Advertisement After a mediocre performance from his team last weekend, Kalb was also much happier with his team’s effort on the night.  “Even when we were down, it wasn’t because we were playing terribly” he said, adding “it was a good character win for us.”Click here to listen to a highlights package from Friday’s game: [asset|aid=1946|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f451c4f6f864c97bfebc4b1786339cab-Huskies win 7-6 over Beaverlodge Blades_1_Pub.mp3]The Huskies will hope to keep their momentum going when they play in Grande Prairie on Saturday night. The game starts at 8:30 (7:30 PST), and will be broadcast live on MooseFM.last_img read more

A step back

first_imgThe thing is, when you play hockey in Fort St. John, second place often isn’t good enough. The Huskies set their goals high. They want to win the championship. They want to beat Whitecourt. They want to play in provincials.  – Advertisement – So just what is it the Huskies are doing, or aren’t doing, to deserve this criticism? They’ve lowered their goals against substantially, averaging two goals against per game, including the five surrendered in Grande Prairie on Sunday. They’ve been getting top-notch goaltending. Their scoring prowess has stalled a little, but I don’t think that’s too big a concern for anyone. While I’m at it, I should point out how much the absence of Dylan Apsassin has slowed them down. Here’s a guy who was the NWJHL rookie of the year two years ago, and has consistently been atop the league in scoring, yet is never talked about for his point production. Here’s a guy who has the deadly combination of speed and quickness (acceleration and pure pace), yet he’s never talked about for his skating. Here’s a guy who protects the puck like no-one, and steals it from everyone, yet he’s never talked about for his physical play. Dylan Apsassin is irreplaceable. I’ve been there plenty of times when the bus is waiting for him to arrive, but the Huskies need to do something to get him in the lineup. Earlier this season, we were talking about the Huskies as a team that could play outstanding hockey for stretches, but never seemed able to do it for a full 60 minutes. And suddenly, the opposite is true. Now, the pups are playing consistent, 60-minute games, but not to the best of their ability. Sure, they had a 6-game winning streak, but not one of those wins came against a team with a better-than-.500 record.  Now, the absence of Payden Wongstedt on Sunday really hurt the team. The breakout seems like it was their biggest issue, and that’s somewhere Wongstedt really shines. But, much as we’ve all talked about how important Payden is, it may have been good for them. As JC said, Wongstedt plays on the edge, and that means there will be times he can’t be there. The pups need to be able to move the puck up ice without #27, and the loss to GP may have taught them that.  Jon Zacks But, Sunday’s loss in Grande Prairie has illustrated some problems and weaknesses the Huskies need to address. center_img Though Friday night’s 4-1 win over Peace River was a good performance from the pups, the consensus is, they haven’t deserved the results they’ve been getting. After Wednesday night’s 2-1 win in Dawson Creek, Coach BK said “We’ve got a good record right now, but we’re not a very good hockey club – we seem to be really struggling.” After the loss in Grande Prairie put an end to a six-game winning streak, assistant coach Jeremy Clothier said “We’ve been playing like this for the last little while, we’ve been squeaking out some wins, but this was bound to happen.” When you play in that environment, even the smallest setback can seem disastrous. But, such is the nature of playing for the Huskies, and the pups know they can do better. So, look for the Huskies to spend the week working on their breakout. The two areas they’ve clearly improved in – team defence and the powerplay – will continue to be a focus until the day the season ends.  A lot of teams out there would be pretty content to be the Huskies position. After a 2-1 week, the pups remain comfortably in second place in the league, with a seven-point gap over Peace River (see http://www.northwestjr.hockeyleaguestats.com/?go=standings&order=pts&did=11&sid=11 for full standings). Now, the ball is in the FSJ court, and we’re waiting to see what improvements the Huskies will make.  My sense, is that it’s not external changes that need to be made. Rather, it’s change from within. We’ve seen snippets of that in recent days – some big shot blocks, great forechecking shifts, etc. But, that’ll need to continue, or the Huskies reign as the second-best team in the league will come to an end. Which seems like the wrong direction to be heading.  At the end of the day, it may be that the rest of the teams are just getting better. When the Huskies visited DC in the preseason, their Defence couldn’t handle simple crossing patterns, and now they’ve held FSJ to one goal. Grande Prairie was excellent on Sunday, and they’ve been consistently been playing with short-benches and without some of their best players. Peace River has gotten better, and with Jr ‘B’ provincials in the Navigators’ back yard, everyone knows they’ll continue to improve. But, two players do not a team make. The Huskies are still loaded with talent, and they should be able to compete every night with or without numbers 10 and 27. last_img read more

Art Community’s Request for Grant Denied

first_imgPhoto:  Margaret Cavers May, Aleisha Hendry and Sonja Butts requested more money for the Arts Council Monday – Sean Assor/Energeticcity.ca  [asset|aid=3348|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=13bffad486faf070a8434b7d54bbf031-Arts Council_1_Pub.mp3] It was evident that City Council cared deeply with regards to this issue. They often expressed great appreciation for the local arts community and discussed this issue meticulously, going over all possible situations in which the request could be granted.Unfortunately, the request for the grant had to be denied; as such a grant was not in the city’s budget. Another major factor in this decision was the issue of fairness. City Council receives multiple requests for grants, totaling the sum of money requested to over $1,000,000. If the Arts Council was awarded their requested amount, Council would feel obliged to reward all groups who request monetary grants with their desired amount.Rather, City Council thought a more productive solution is to work together with the Arts Council, in order to help improve their monetary situation in order to preserve the beloved arts community of Fort St. John.Advertisement – Advertisement – A $12,000 grant has been denied to the local arts community.On Monday, City Council held a council meeting discussing local issues and concerns. One such issue was the granting of an additional $12,000 in support of the Fort St. Johns local arts community.Standing before the city council, was Sonja Butts, a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Margaret Cavers May, Chair of Peace River North Festival Association and Aleisha Hendry, Director of the Fort St. John Arts Council.The women explained in a thorough, well organized manner, the reason behind this specific request. Some issues addressed included government cuts, the increase of commercial rental rates, the poor economic climate and a lack of results with regards to fundraising.As a non-profit organization, the Arts Council relies heavily on volunteers and fundraising. Unfortunately, these methods of monetary income are unreliable and the council is suffering heavily.Advertisementlast_img read more

Toddler dies after being stung by scorpion

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the death of 2-year-old Romero Lucian, who died while receiving medical attention for a scorpion bite. The lad was reportedly bitten by the scorpion on Wednesday last at his home located at Kobarimo Hill, Mabaruma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).Dead: Romero LucianThe child’s grandmother reportedly told health workers that on the day in question, the child’s mother heard him crying and upon checking, she noticed a scorpion in his pants.As a remedy, the grandmother killed the scorpion and took some of its remains to rub on the wound.This, she stated, did not help and as such, the child was taken to the Mabaruma Hospital. Whilst there, the relatives were told that there was no treatment for the bite and that the child would have to be air-dashed to Georgetown.Further, the relatives were told that a plane was expected to arrive and the necessary arrangements would be made for the child to be transported. The grandmother told the media that the aircraft arrived several hours later.Nevertheless, the child was transported to Ogle Airport but there was yet another delay since they had to wait on an ambulance. Eventually, the child was admitted and the treatment commenced but soon after, the relatives were given the devastating news.It is on this note that the grandmother lashed out at the manner in which her grandson’s case was handled. The incident was brought to the attention of Regional Chairman, Brentnol Ashely, who promised a full investigation.He has since requested a report from the health authorities at Mabaruma since the medical facility should have been equipped with the necessary medication to treat snake and scorpion bites.Meanwhile, a post-mortem performed on the body of the toddler proved that he died due to the collapse of his respiratory system, which was a direct result of the scorpion bite.last_img read more

Montreal Tigers finally roar to victory

first_imgMontreal Tigers finally secured a victory in the first edition of the 2018 Global T20 Canada tournament on Wednesday against Edmonton Royals at Maple Leaf King City, Toronto.The Tigers featured in their fourth match, humbled Royals by 15 runs in a low-scoring affairs as nine matches were completed since the commencement of the competition last Thursday.Tigers were invited to bat first on a friendly pitch and tallied up a moderate 129-6 off the 20-overs while; Royals were dismissed for 114 in the 20th over.Montreal Tigers will play their last game in this preliminary stage on Sunday against Toronto Nationals before they start off their second-round segment where first-place will meet sixth-place. Additionally, second-place side will clash with the fifth-place victor and third and fourth-place teams will compete as well.The Tigers’ win was orchestrated by Australia fast-bowler Peter Siddle who snagged a four-wicket haul, yielding only 13 runs from 3.1 probing overs.Siddle was also on a hat-trick during his devastated spell extracting appreciative bounces on a responsive pitch. He bowled at both ends and was admirably supported by his skipper and another speedster Lasith Malinga who finished with 2-29 from four overs. Medium-pacer Kevin Cooper also took two wickets to assist Siddle.Luke Ronchi opened the batting and scored a top-score of 30 for Royals. He was there when his other opening partner Andre Fletcher was comprehensively bowled by 17-year-old Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichane for 9. Agha Salman (10) and Farhaan Behardien (00) felt off successive balls to leave Royals lads reeling at 35-3.Shaiman Anwar offered some resistance to make 24 while Kevin O’Brien made 15 to be the other principal scorers.When proceedings began on a scorching hot-sunny day, Montreal Tigers lost badly out-of-form and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith for 8, while Sunil Narine, whose reputation as an opener has grown tremendously, followed Smith back to the pavilion soon for 9. The innings never got momentum as three left-arm pacers captain Sohail Tanvir, his Pakistani compatriot Mohammed Irfan and South African Wayne Parnell bowled with consistency. However, Moses Henriques once again came to the fore by hitting a responsible 50 while Najibullah Zadran and Sikandar Raza weighed in with 22 not out and 20 respectively. Parnell captured three wickets for 23 runs in his four overs to be the best bowler for the losers.Edmonton Royals will be in action on Friday at the same the venue against Vancouver Knights. Royals have so far appeared in three matches but only came out triumphant on a solitary occasion. Knights currently have two wins from three matches as well.The other two participating teams, Winnipeg Hawks are leading on the points table because of a better net-run-rate. They have two victories from three matches while West Indies “B” team is sitting comfortably at second position with two wins from as many matches. West Indies “B” will be colliding with Hawks on Thursday from 11:00h when the competition continues.Meanwhile, at the presentation ceremony, Siddle was named player-of-the-match. He also stated in a press conference that he was delighted with his performance and also seeing his team capping off a good win. He indicated that he was confident they would have won and is very optimistic the guys will bounce back hard from here to lift the trophy and pocket a cash prize on July 15.last_img read more

Work pays off big

first_imgCampos, who began taking swimming lessons at 2 and was competing in races at 5, says she switched to water polo when she was about 7. Last summer, she was named to the U.S. Youth National Water Polo Team. Schneider says Campos is the most experienced player on the Cardinals’ roster, and it has paid off handsomely. “Her calmness, her maturity, her knowledge of the game has been huge for us,” Schneider said. “She always steps up biggest in big games, like last year’s final.” When Whittier competed in the Irvine Southern California championships over the weekend, Campos earned all-tournament honors as the Cardinals posted a 2-3 record. All of their opponents were Division I teams, including losses to Corona del Mar (No. 2), Newport Harbor (No. 4) and Coronado (No. 1 in the San Diego Section). In Monday’s Del Rio League makeup game against El Rancho, the only other team unbeaten in league, she scored two goals and had an assist despite drawing intense defensive pressure. For now, her sights are set on a second CIF title. The Cardinals’ chances for success are good, and Campos is one of the reasons why. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cardinals coach Chris Schneider says that means “she’s a driver, a 2-meter set, a 2-meter defender, pretty much anywhere we need her.” He acknowledged she probably would be a standout in goal, too, saying, “That’s true, she is that versatile.” Campos has been an important part of Whittier’s program since she transferred from Montebello after her freshman season. She promptly helped the Cardinals win the CIF-Southern Section Division III championship in her sophomore year. Last season, when Whittier finished as runner-up to Ayala, she scored six goals in the championship game. This season, she has scored a team-leading 84 goals and Whittier has been ranked No. 1 in the division from the start. WHITTIER – Watching Whittier High School water polo standout Mary Ann Campos struggle to reach a ball while an opponent seems intent on pushing her underwater, it is easy to understand why she says playing the hole set position can be difficult. Actually, it could be a gross understatement. center_img “It’s just the way the game is,” said Campos, a 5-foot-6 senior who is spending most of her time as the Cardinals’ 2-meter hole set this season. “Holding my position (in the water) is difficult because I’m smaller than most of the (2-meter defenders). I have to work harder. Yes, it’s frustrating, but I just have to turn away, shake it off.” Campos has played every position except goalkeeper during her three seasons with the Cardinals, fulfilling a utility role for the team. last_img read more

Whittier uses its head to beat Cal

first_imgWHITTIER – Whittier High School probably won’t be playing in next week’s CIF-Southern Section boys soccer playoffs. But the Cardinals weren’t exactly complaining Wednesday afternoon. Whittier, using a commitment to defense, instead was all smiles after scoring a 1-0 victory over host California in a Del Rio League game. The Cardinals, who scored the only goal on a header by Pablo Duarte, finished 7-8-2 overall and tied La Serna for fourth place, both with 4-4-2 league marks. California (11-8-1, 5-5), despite the loss, is the league’s No. 3 playoff representative by virtue of its five league wins. Whittier and La Serna, which tied Santa Fe on Wednesday, can receive at-large bids. “I’m very proud of my kids. They are very happy to beat Cal High,” said Whittier co-head coach Sal Mendoza, whose team swept the Condors in the season series. “This game was not big just because we had a shot at CIF, but we wanted to end the season with a win and beat a team like Cal High.” The Cardinals did it with defense. They held California to eight shots and constantly frustrated the Condors by controlling the middle of the field. “It was a hard day,” California coach Dave Rolfe said. “They shut the door on us. Once they got that goal (in the second half), they just packed it in.” The score in question came early in the second half. Mario Equer started the run by sending in a deep pass down the right sideline to Heder Guillen. center_img The senior forward then dribbled in before launching a crossing pass to Duarte, who was in perfect position to head the ball to the left of goalie Johann Harich in the 42nd minute. Cal’s best chance came in the 66th minute on a throw-in by Michael Paz. The ball first bounced off goalie Gustavo Anaya, but Freddy Limon’s rebound shot was wide. “I did drop everybody back,” Mendoza said. “But I shifted over to Paz because I knew he could decide the game.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 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

Bulldogs record a record-setting night

first_imgNo. 8 Memphis 70, at UAB 56: Jeremy Hunt scored a career-high 30 points and Memphis limited UAB to 31 percent shooting. The Tigers (20-3, 10-0 Conference USA) blew the game open by going on a 24-5 run starting late in the first half for their 12th consecutive victory. Pete Campbell made eight 3-pointers – six in the first half – and finished with 28 points, and No. 10 Butler showed off its outside touch by making a school record 20 3s in a 92-50 blowout of Cleveland State on Thursday night. Ranked higher in the AP’s poll than at any time in school history, the Bulldogs (23-2, 11-1 Horizon League) extended their winning streak to nine in a row with an eye-popping display of offensive efficiency and marksmanship. No. 12 Nevada 81, at Fresno State 68: Nick Fazekas had a season-high 33 points, 15 rebounds and keyed a big run to open the second half that carried Nevada to a victory over Fresno State. At No. 13 Oregon 55, Arizona St. 51: Tajuan Porter scored 24 points and Oregon held on to beat Arizona State. Porter was 8-for-12 from the field with six 3-pointers for Oregon (20-4, 8-4 Pac-10), which scored its fewest points of the season. At No. 14 Washington State 58, No. 25 Stanford 45: Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver each scored 12 points and Washington State used smothering defense to beat Stanford to reach 20 wins for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Ivory Clark scored 11 points and Robbie Cowgill 10 as Washington State (20-4, 9-3 Pac-10) remained second in the conference. center_img No. 24 Arizona 72, at Oregon State 66: Marcus Williams scored 23 points in another big performance for Arizona against Oregon State. Ivan Radenovic had 19 points, making 13 of 16 free throws, and Jordan Hill added 12 points and 11 rebounds in his fourth start for the Wildcats (16-7, 7-5 Pac-10). 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

Boys’ basketball: Q&A with Bort Escoto

first_imgIn his 14th year as coach at Sylmar, Escoto has arguably one of his best teams ever heading into City Section postseason play. Guy Landry is an emerging force, Victor Rudd is developing into a star, Antonio Biglow is a heady floor leader, and Dwight Jones and Tyler Honeycutt have proven reliable from the perimeter, all while standout Mat Hankins has been out dealing with numerous injuries for the majority of the season. The Spartans (16-9) are one of the few area teams with a chance to make some noise in the Championship playoffs. It won’t be easy, though. Sylmar received the ninth seed amid some minor controversy and now must face one of the more difficult routes to the title game, beginning with Thursday’s first round game at home against perennial power Crenshaw (17-7). DN: Talk to me about your team’s chances. Crenshaw first, and if you manage to win, top-seeded Fairfax is going to be waiting for you guys in the second round. Do you feel like the City Section selection committee gave you guys a fair shot? BE: We got screwed. I told my assistant Charles White beforehand that we were going to get cheated. We were disappointed and angry when we learned where we ended up in the bracket. BE: Of course. How could you not? I’d be the answer to a pretty good trivia question if we win. Seriously, I’ve always admired Willie. I’ve patterned my program after his. I’d be rooting for him to win a title in his final year if we weren’t playing his team in the first round. DN: So the plan is, take out Willie and company, upset Fairfax and go on to win the championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 3rd … Are you going to guarantee that this group of yours is going to bring back a title to the San Fernando Valley? BE: I wouldn’t go that far. I can tell you this, we’re not the same team we were at the beginning of the season. We have all the pieces in place. We have the bodies. We have the horses and they’re ready to run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DN: What type of feedback have you gotten from your players, and are they overly discouraged? BE: No. Not really. I told them that there’s always going to be some bias when it comes to these things, so they were prepared. DN: Now what? Where do you go from here and how do you motivate the kids for the big-time challenge ahead? BE: We’re not going to cry about the situation. We’re men. We don’t care about being snubbed anymore. It is what it is. This is a hungry group, ready to show everyone what we’re about. Crenshaw is always good, so we can’t afford to look past them. And in order to win the City title, you have to beat Fairfax at some point. DN: Let’s talk a little more about Crenshaw, specifically coach Willie West. He’s a legend and plans on retiring after 39 years as the Cougars’ coach. Have you given much thought about his illustrious career – which includes eight Div. I state titles, 16 City Section championships since 1980 and more than 800 wins – ending with a loss in your gym? last_img read more

Mom, son to stand trial in burglary

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A man and his mother were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in a case in which investigators said the son was shot by a homeowner while the mother waited outside in the getaway car. Michael Lugo, 29, of Palmdale and his mother, Cynthia Brandon, 51, of Pacoima were ordered to return to court March 13 for a pretrial hearing in San Fernando. The duo was arrested Oct. 18 after Brandon flagged down sheriff’s deputies after her son was shot three times by the woman inside the Canyon Country house Lugo had entered without permission, sheriff’s deputies said. Brandon is out of jail on $50,000 bail and Lugo is jailed in lieu of $210,000 in bond. Brandon, according to police reports and testimony, was driving Lugo in a red Dodge Intrepid when he asked her to stop at a house in the 16900 block of Canvas Street. According to the report Lugo knocked on the front door of the home and after getting no response jumped the fence of the residence. There he was confronted by the resident, who, according to reports, shot him in self defense. Lugo’s attorney, county public defender Todd Montrose, argued in court that all counts against Lugo should be dismissed since their was insufficient evidence to prove intent. Brandon’s attorney also moved to dismiss all charges against his client since he said there was no evidence that the woman had ever gotten out of the car or had any knowledge of her son’s intentions. Judge Craig Richman, however, did not agree. “As far as this court is concerned there is sufficient evidence that both defendants were acting together as residential burglars,” Richman said. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Troops to drink the blend of patriots

first_imgVALENCIA – Newhall Coffee Roasting Co. is donating 12,000 pounds of its Patriot Blend to troops in Iraq and Afganistan, said co-founder Mitch McMullen. The donation coincides with the launch of the blend, which is sold at Ralphs grocery stores and at select Sam’s Clubs. The Patriot Blend, which combines beans from Sumatra and Costa Rica, quickly became popular with customers after Newhall introduced it in 2003, McMullen said. “If they can buy a cup of coffee and enjoy it at home and know there’s a soldier or Marine over there that’s enjoying the same thing, it’s just a feel-good cup of coffee,” McMullen said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It decided to donate 10 cups of coffee for every pound of Patriot Blend sold. The company is shipping the coffee Wednesday from its Santa Clarita roasting plant to Virginia, where the USO will ship it abroad. Newhall donated 1,000 pounds of the blend in 2003 shortly after the Iraq war started.last_img read more

Judge backs death penalty charge in guard’s slaying

first_imgRANCHO CUCAMONGA – A judge again refused to dismiss a potential death penalty charge Thursday against a prison inmate accused of fatally stabbing a guard. Lawyers for Jon Christopher Blaylock argued the count of assault by a life prisoner is unconstitutional because it elevates the otherwise routine crime of assault to a capital offense. Judge Ingrid Uhler disagreed, however, and summarily denied Blaylock’s request to toss the charge during a brief hearing in West Valley Superior Court. “I believe the statute is constitutional,” the judge said. Blaylock is charged with assault by a life prisoner and murder in connection with the Jan. 10, 2005, stabbing of Correctional Officer Manuel Gonzalez. A conviction on either charge could bring him the death penalty. Prosecutors say Blaylock stabbed the 44-year-old Whittier man with a makeshift weapon as the two were on a tier in one of the reception centers at the California Institution for Men in Chino. Blaylock was serving a life prison sentence at the time for the 2002 attempted murder of a police officer in Los Angeles County. California law elevates fatal assaults by inmates serving life prison sentences to capital crimes as a means of deterring violence by inmates who would otherwise have nothing to lose. Blaylock’s lawyers argued California is the only state with such a law in place. They claimed it is unconstitutional, in part, because it seeks to excessively punish an inmate based upon his status as a “lifer.” It seemed going in to Thursday’s hearing that Blaylock’s lawyers had little chance for success. They had already raised the exact same issue in November 2005, and the same judge denied it then. They renewed the request after Blaylock’s preliminary hearing largely to preserve Blaylock’s right to appeal the issue if he is convicted. There was no additional argument in court Thursday, and Uhler issued her ruling with little explanation. Immediately afterward, the judge cleared the courtroom and held a secret hearing with the attorneys that seemed to involve a pair of handwritten letters recently sent by Blaylock to the judge and the California attorney general. It was unclear Thursday what Blaylock said in the letters or why a secret hearing was needed to discuss them. Uhler ordered her copy of the letter sealed. In order to close an otherwise public court hearing, a judge must make specific, on-the-record findings that an open hearing on the issue at-hand would jeopardize a defendant’s fair trial rights and explain why no alternative to a closed hearing is feasible. Uhler made no such findings before ejecting the public from Thursday’s hearing. Blaylock will return to court for a status conference Oct. 19. r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want 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

Paris Hilton drops her probation-violation appeal

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton won’t appeal the 45-day jail term she was sentenced to earlier this month, according to court documents filed Thursday. A lawyer for the 26-year-old socialite notified Los Angeles County Superior Court that she is abandoning her appeal, said court spokeswoman Katherine Roberts. Hilton was ordered to report to jail by June 5 for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. She initially called the sentence unfair, and lawyers representing her filed a notice to appeal. She has since changed legal teams and is now represented by Richard Hutton, a lawyer specializing in defending drunken driving cases. Hutton and a spokesman for Hilton did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday. The hotel heiress is likely to spend about 23 days in a “special needs housing unit” at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore. The shorter sentence reflects an expectation that she is well behaved behind bars. “All inmates get credit for good behavior,” Whitmore said. “The inmate knows that if they behave and follow the rules that’s something to shoot for.” Hilton will be separated from the general inmate population in a unit that contains 12 two-person cells reserved for police officers, public officials, celebrities and other high-profile inmates, he said. She could have a cellmate. Like everyone else in the 2,200-inmate facility, Hilton would get at least an hour outside her cell each day to shower, watch television, participate in outdoor recreation or talk on the telephone, he 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

Blaze blackens acreage near I-5

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Scores of Los Angeles County firefighters fought a fast-moving brush fire Saturday south of Gorman. Fanned by winds up to 40 mph, the blaze scorched more than 2,000 acres within four hours as it quickly spread over the rugged, unpopulated terrain. “Fire has been burning in inaccessible areas; we’re using helicopters to get into (there),” said Mike Brown, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “Hand crews are fighting from the ground.” Flames were spotted just before 2 p.m. on the southbound side of the Golden State Freeway, north of state Route 138, but winds quickly spread the blaze. The freeway was not closed and traffic was moving normally, he said. Hand crews who hiked into the remote area planned to work through the night, hoping to cut a containment line around the flames. Authorities said the cause of the blaze is unknown but an investigation is under way. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Late Saturday, crews were still struggling to contain the fire near the unincorporated community of Gorman in northwestern Los Angeles County about 30 miles north of Santa Clarita. No structures were immediately threatened, but officials warned that if the wind changed direction, homes south of Quail Lake Road in Hungry Valley could be in danger. Record low rainfall has left the region parched and created critical fire conditions. On Friday, Caltrans announced plans to expedite brush-clearing projects on its land in areas of high fire danger. At least 30 county engines, eight hand crews and three water-dropping helicopters responded to Saturday’s fire. The city of Los Angeles also deployed a helicopter. The flames scorched acreage in the Angeles and Los Padres national forests, where a fire warning was issued earlier this week. U.S. Forest Service strike crews from both areas responded, Brown said. last_img read more

District gives OK for online charter school

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Online High School is proposed by a firm affiliated with the University of Phoenix. The school is set to start in August. The school missed the district’s November deadline to submit a charter petition, but the board in early May voted 3-2 to change the district’s charter-school policy to allow consideration of late applications under “special circumstances.” Trustee Al Beattie said the charter school will give certain students another educational option and that students will have to comply with all of the district’s graduation requirements, including completing a senior project. “I think this is an opportunity to provide a choice for students in the valley that are currently not participating in the conventional school system,” Beattie said. “There are a number of students who are in some form of home study, possibly supported by a charter school but not one overseen by our district.” Had the district not approved the charter school, Beattie said, it would have been approved by another district with the potential of taking away Antelope Valley students. LANCASTER – Overruling opposition from teachers, Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have approved an online charter school. The 3-2 vote came on the condition that a suitable memorandum of understanding is developed that will detail how the school will be operated, trustees said. “If the MOU does not hold up, then the board can vote to revoke the approval,” said trustee Ira Simonds, who along with trustee Donita Winn, voted against the charter petition. The split vote came during a special meeting Wednesday, a week after a public hearing in which teachers voiced their opposition to the school. Simonds, a retired district teacher, said he voted against the school because he didn’t feel it would provide a quality education. “Students need to have that one-on-one (teacher connection),” Simonds said. He also noted that the charter school was up against a state deadline Wednesday to qualify for advanced funding from the state. “We voted so they could get state funding,” Simonds said. Winn said going to a regular high school, with its socialization and students working in groups, is part of a complete education. “There are things you get when you learn with other people,” Winn said. “We need to be teaching kids morals and ethics. How do you do that online? I do not feel it’s a full education process.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Celebrate Canada Day in Fort St. John

first_imgCalling all pie lovers – the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s annual pie sale is back. Enhance your Canada Day celebrations with homemade pie from 12 pm to 4 pm at the museum. Delicious homemade fruit pies, ice cream,…More Info » Canada Day CelebrationsTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmCelebrations in the Park, Inflatables, farmers market, face painting, cowboy town, crafts for children, live entertainment with local performances, food vendors, games and more family fun! For more information on Canada Day please contact the Recreation Programmer at 250-794-3262 If you are…More Info » Canada Day Chili Cook OffTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 1:00pmCanada Day Chili Cook off at The Fort St. John Masonic Hall! Calling all chili lovers and experts! Come by on Canada Day for some cook off fun! Enjoy live music and soak up some sun! Enter your special chili…Advertisement Canada Day Pie SaleTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmAdvertisement Canada Day ParadeTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 11:00amCanada Day Parade Please be advised of the Annual Canada Day Parade starting at 11:00am. Intersections on the route will be temporarily closed until the parade passes. The route is as follows: leaving the North Peace Arena and heading North on…More Info » Energize Downtown Public Drop-inTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 12:00pmAn integrated team of planning and design professionals will collaborate with local stakeholders to develop design concepts for downtown. Results will be shared at our Design Workshop Drop-In on June 26 from 6-8 pm. Please attend the drop-in to provide feedback…More Info »Advertisementcenter_img Art in the Park- Advertisement -Tuesday, July 1, 2014 – 9:00amFor more information please contact the FSJ Arts Council at 250-787-2781. Event details to come as they become available…More Info »Advertisement More Info » Fort St John Classic Cruisers Canada Day Show and ShineTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 8:00amShine up your ride and bring it down town on July 1st, Canada Day for a chance at trophy’s and Door Prizes. Registration from 8 to 11 am. The parade starts at 11 am for those who want to do…More Info » Canada Day FireworksTuesday, July 1, 2014 – 11:00pmCanada Fireworks at Surrerus Fields. For more information on Canada Day please contact the Recreation Programmer at 250-794-3262 If you are interested in volunteering or participating in the Canada Day Celebrations, please contact the Leisure Services Department at recreation@fortstjohn.ca….More Info »last_img read more

City updates status of buildings and services relating to strike action

first_imgUtilities and public works will be open and operational with reduced staffing. The City of Fort St. John has updated buildings that are open and closed as a result of the strike by local members of the BCGEU, as well as affected programs. Today marks day two of the job action.Recreation facilities that are closed are the Kids Arena Fieldhouse, North Peace Leisure Pool, and North Peace Arena. Both the pool and arena are closed due to damage from Saturday evening’s fire. The arena will remain closed until the job action ends, and the pool will re-open next week at the earliest.The Pomeroy Sport Centre and visitor centre are remaining open.- Advertisement -As far as recreation programs are concerned next week’s kids camp has been cancelled due to low registration numbers but camps from August 17-21, and August 24-31 are expected to go on as planned.A number of development services are being impacted. Building inspections will not be performed during job action. Builders can continue projects but should do so in a manner so that they can comply with future inspections.GIS services will not be available, planning and engineering services will be reduced, and payment services will be available at a reduced capacity. Approving officer services will be available.Advertisementlast_img read more

Council applies for grant to fund Canada 150 Mosaic

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John hasn’t applied for this particular grant before. City Council have approved a request for the Mayor and the Director of Legislative and Administrative Services to apply for $20,000 towards the Canada 150 Mosaic project, to Heritage Canada.$12,500 has already been committed in the 2016 budget to fund physically producing the mural — the additional grant funds would be used for event venues, marketing and promotions, and celebrations throughout the project.The goal of the project is to produce a community mural mosaic in support of Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017.- Advertisement -Mayor Lori Ackerman said it’s a ‘remarkable opportunity,’ as Fort St. John is one of 15 communities in the province participating.This mural will be developed and constructed all throughout next year, and ultimately unveiled early in 2017.Staff have reached out to community stakeholders, including Tourism FSJ, Arts Council, Schools and other interested groups and individuals, who may wish to become involved with the project.Advertisementlast_img read more

Campaign raises money for new motorized wheelchair

first_imgKelly, who his mother described as a ‘very outgoing young man,’ has had multiple operations, including almost a days worth of surgery on his back, to straighten his spine from scoliosis.Kathy could not be reached for an additional comment. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A GoFundMe campaign is looking to help afford a new motorized wheelchair for a young man with cerebral palsy.The fundraiser has $150 of its $90,000 goal, as of Monday.Kathy Kruk Fuller, who started the campaign, says the motor in the wheelchair her son Kelly uses has been quitting in the last few months, leaving him stranded wherever he is.- Advertisement -“This stops Kelly from being able to go outside and do the things he enjoys doing,” she wrote in the description of the campaign. “He cannot go anywhere especially by himself just in case his chair quits.”She says she hopes she will be able to get a new wheelchair with a better seat system and can allow Kelly to stand up in it, as well.“He needs a reliable chair to get him around and help him to be more independent again,” she said.Advertisementlast_img read more

SportPesa set to expand operations in Uganda

first_imgKiyingi has extended an invitation to SportPesa to go to Uganda on July 26 for talks on how to set up their business in Kampala.Kiyingi went to Dar es Salaam,Tanzania to watch Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia take on English Premier League club Everton FC in an international friendly match organised by Sportpesa.She also went to personally extend an invitation to Sportpesa to set up camp in Kampala like they have done in Nairobi and Dar Es Saalam.“We are here to start up the dialogue between Sportpesa and Uganda football to ensure that we participate in the East African League (The Sportpesa Super Cup) and also to ensure that SportPesa comes to Uganda to invest in the Uganda league,” Kiyingi, who is the chairperson of the Ugandan Premier League giants Express FC said.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.PHOTO/courtesyJust like in Kenya, the Uganda parliament recently passed a bill of 35% tax on the profit that is awaiting consent by President Yoeri Kaguta Museveni.Kiyingi outlined that the law if implemented is not to raise money for the Uganda government, but to demotivate people from going into irresponsible gambling and will not affect all players in the industry.“So we are reversing the trend as the ministry responsible for young people. I have made it a point to look for people to invest in sports, give the youth employment. We can achieve and reduce the interest in tax (for those investing in sports) so as to promote sports in general.”“To me I take SportPesa to be an investor and not really a business person. So we want them to come down to Uganda and together we look at the regulation further,”she added.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affair, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi is the chairperson of Uganda Premier League side Express FC.PHOTO/courtesyThis looks like a blow to the gaming industry in Uganda as well because of the 35% tax on the profits of the gaming companies. But in the case of SportPesa and anyone investing in Uganda sports, there is an exemption.“We are going to look at SportPesa in isolation because it is coming with a heavy weight of promoting football; investing in academies, investing in young people, giving them employment. It is beyond betting, it is beyond gaming. So we are looking at the other side of investment and then we shall make sure that we sit down and dialogue,” Kiyingi revealed.Kiyingi says if Sportpesa was to put the same amount of investment in football like in Kenya and Tanzania, then Uganda football will grow in leaps and bounds because what Uganda lacks now is adequate sponsors in sports.“The talent is there, the morale is there, the demand is overwhelming but what is missing is the capital injection in football in general and branding.”If Sportpesa land in Uganda it will take nine months before they start operations as per the regulations. All that might change as a delegation from SportPesa head to Uganda for discussions with the Uganda government and if successful, they will meet with President Yoweri Museveni to fast track the process.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri during a past event. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 19 – Kenya’s leading sports betting firm SportPesa is set to expand its operations to Uganda, just two months after opening office in Tanzania if talks between the Uganda government and the company are concluded successfully.Uganda Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Florence Kiyingi is leading a Ugandan government delegation that arrived in Kenya on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Chelsea wanted to sign Van Dijk, says Conte

first_img“This is football, this is life,” Conte said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. “For sure he was our target but as you know, this is football.“We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets. The transfer market is not simple for any club.“Liverpool bought Van Dijk to reinforce their defensive line – and I think Van Dijk is a top defender. And they spent €85million for this player.”Van Dijk lined up alongside Joel Matip in the heart of the Liverpool defence for their 2-1 victory over Everton in the FA Cup on Friday and also announced his arrival by scoring the winning goal in the 84th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge at Stamford BridgeLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits new Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk was a transfer target for his side but that they couldn’t match the Reds’ bid.Jurgen Klopp’s team shelled out £75m to prise the highly-rated centre-back away from Southampton, and Conte has revealed that the Blues were also interested in the Dutchman’s talents.last_img read more

Tusker sends entire technical bench packing

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe consults with assistant coach Francis Baraza during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Eleven-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC have sent their entire technical bench packing, led by head coach Sam Timbe, after just 11 matches into the new season with immediate former AFC Leopards boss Robert Matano poised for a return to Ruaraka.Though the Tusker FC officials remained coy on the issue, Capital Sport has established that the coaches were informed of the board’s decision on Sunday morning, barely 24 hours after they surprisingly lost 3-1 to Zoo Kericho on Saturday. “It is true that we have all lost our jobs. We were informed of the decision this morning and we have no choice but to oblige. It is how football is sometimes but we will move on and hopefully other opportunities present themselves,” a member of the technical bench who sought anonymity told Capital Sport.Tusker FC Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny could not confirm nor deny the development.Tusker FC unveiled 10 new signings for the 2018 KPL season.“We will release a comprehensive statement tomorrow morning on that matter,” Obiny said in a brief response.Timbe joined Tusker at the beginning of the season with the heavy task of building up a new team with most of the first team regulars leaving in a massive clear-out at the end of the 2017 season which also claimed coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe.It wasn’t to be a ride worth remembering as Tusker struggled for results and out of 11 outings managed to celebrate victory only twice, a statistic that didn’t go in good taste with the bosses at Tusker’s headquarters in Ruaraka.A troubled season it was as assistant coach Francis Baraza was at one point asked to step aside after being accused of sabotage, but the bridges were finally bridged with the former Chemelil Sugar man reinstated in the team.However, the results didn’t change and just last week, Timbe asked for patience from the Tusker board and fans as he sought to stabilize a ship that was almost wrecking barely halfway through the season.The team will now move in fast to secure a bench ready for Wednesday’s match against Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.AFC Leopards head coach Robert matano shouts instructions to his players during their GOtv Shield semi-final match against Vihiga United on September 24, 2017 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Matano had been approached early on in the season when it looked certain that Timbe will not last. They have more or less agreed that he will take over at the club,” a source privy to the ongoings at the club informed Capital Sport.Matano was at the club in 2012 and 2013, guiding them to their league title in his first half season in charge. The tactician was sacked at Ingwe a month ago.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mourinho wants to coach for as long as Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (2nd L)MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 29-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can emulate Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by coaching into his late 60s.Mourinho will face his old rival Wenger for the last time in an Arsenal match when the Gunners visit Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho’s longest managerial stint at any club was his first spell at Chelsea, which lasted for three years and three months.He spent three years at Real Madrid and two years each at Porto, Inter Milan and in a second spell at Stamford Bridge.Wenger is 68 and will step down at the end of the season after almost 22 years with the Gunners.Asked if he could emulate the Frenchman’s longevity, Mourinho said: “For sure. I will have to change clubs because you (media) don’t allow me to stay here!“I would see myself doing it but the new concept of media, social media, the pundit industry, the way people can express and influence the opinion, it is too much pressure – not just for the manager – but also for the club.“It is impossible for someone to resist for a long time, especially without any kind of success. “To stay a manager, to have four or five years to try to get a trophy and to improve the team, I don’t think you allow that any more.”But the Portuguese reckons he can stay at United longer than his other clubs after confessing his days of itchy feet are over.“I think so. At other clubs, I was already thinking ‘what next?’” he admitted.“I had things I really wanted to do – I had to go to Italy, I had to go to Spain.“At this moment, there isn’t anything around the corner and I don’t want to do anything different to what I am doing now.”Mourinho has won trophies since his time at Porto, but he is convinced he is a better manager now than ever.– More mature –“Yes, until the point you lose your motivation, you keep improving,” he added.“So yes, in every way. My passion for the job is the same and my sense of responsibility and emotional control (is better). I am much more mature too.“At every level – training, matches, relationships with players – it feels like everything is deja vu.“It is very rare now there is something in my professional life that I am surprised with or I don’t know how to react to. So, the more experience, the better you are.”Mourinho points to the example of Jupp Heynckes to back up his theory.At 72, Heynckes returned to manage Bayern Munich last October for a third spell in charge after being retired for four years following 32 years in management.“You have the example now of Mr Heynckes. He was retired, playing with his grandchildren, and suddenly he comes back and he is even better than before,” said Mourinho.As for Wenger, Mourinho has had many confrontations with the Frenchman but admitted his rival’s “Invincibles” team from 2003-04, who were undefeated as they romped to the Premier League title, made him a better coach.“I am going to remember him as a big opponent, as the manager of the Invincibles – the Invincibles I met when I arrived in the country in 2004, the Invincibles that made me a better coach. That is the way I would remember him,” he added.Mourinho is also convinced Wenger will continue in management.“I don’t think he will end his career. Until I have different information, he is only going to end his career as Arsenal manager,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ghana football chief resigns after corruption suspension

first_img0Shares0000Kwesi Nyantakyi accused “scammers” of tricking him after stepping down as Ghanaian Football Association president © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZAACCRA, Ghana, Jun 8 – Ghanian Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned on Friday just hours after world football governing body FIFA hit him with a 90-day suspension over corruption claims.In a statement carried on the GFA website, Nyantakyi apologised “unreservedly” for “a series of errors of indiscretion” after FIFA launched an ethics investigation into his activities. Nyantakyi was accused in an explosive documentary called ‘Number 12’, aired on Wednesday by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, of soliciting bribes amounting to several million dollars.The football chief said “scammers” had “deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country”.In the documentary he was accused of requesting $11 million (9.3 million euros) from reporters posing as investors to secure government contracts.He also allegedly tried to profit personally from a $5 million-a-year, five-year sponsorship deal with the GFA.Hidden camera footage also purportedly showed referees taking as little as $100 each to rig matches.Ghana’s government on Thursday said the documentary had exposed “gross malfunctioning… characterised by widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the GFA.Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said the government would dissolve the GFA because of the “widespread nature of the apparent rot”.FIFA responded earlier on Friday by banning Nyantakyi from “all football-related activity” for 90 days pending an investigation with a possible further suspension of up to 45 days.Football is Ghana’s national sport and the revelations have sent shockwaves through the country, just under a week before the start of the World Cup finals in Russia, for which they failed to qualify.Before the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Nyantakyi was accused of signing a $170,000-deal for Ghana to play in a friendly organised by match fixers. He denied the accusations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chaotic but still on course, Spain seek major World Cup improvement

first_img“Long live VAR! But like this we won’t win the World Cup,” declared the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday.A last minute solution to patch up the errors of a miserable start is the story of Spain’s World Cup so far.Coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before their tournament opener against Portugal, with Fernando Hierro rushed into the role despite his lack of previous managerial experience.Hierro has been unable to match the heights of La Roja’s brilliant qualifying campaign under Lopetegui, although he was praised for the impact of his substitutions against Morocco as Aspas and Rodrigo came off the bench to save the day.By winning the group Spain face hosts Russia in Moscow on Sunday and find themselves on the more favourable side of the draw, as is reflected by their new status as tournament favourites by bookmakers.However, a series of defensive lapses need to be eradicated if they are to go any further.“We like to be clear and honest,” said captain Sergio Ramos, who was at fault for both Moroccan goals. “This is not the way forward.“The group stages always allow you a margin for error, these errors from now on send you home.”– ‘Transparent’ De Gea –Dropped? David de Gea could be left out for Spain’s World Cup last 16 tie with Russia © AFP / Jewel SAMADRamos and Gerard Pique have at times endured a frosty off-field relationship due to their roles as figureheads for the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry.On the field, though, they have rarely been questioned with multiple Champions League medals for their clubs and World Cup and European Championship winners for Spain.Both have been error-strewn so far in Russia with Pique also lucky to escape an early red card against Morocco.Behind them David de Gea looks a different goalkeeper to the one who has won Manchester United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons.De Gea let a simple Cristiano Ronaldo effort through his hands in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal and has made just one save in three games.“Goalkeepers have moments where they lose their confidence and become transparent because they don’t make any saves. That is what is happening right now to De Gea,” former Spanish international ‘keeper Santi Canizares told radio station Cadena SER.De Gea’s understudy, Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, has never even started a competitive international. But there are increasing calls for the 23-year-old to be thrown into the intimidating atmosphere of 80,000 home fans baying for an upset at the Luzhniki Stadium this weekend.“From now the games of life and death begin and we can’t continue gifting goals away,” said Isco, Spain’s best performer in Russia to date.Heroes of Spain’s three successive tournament wins between 2008 and 2012, Andres Iniesta and David Silva’s places in the team are also under threat from the more youthful Koke, Saul Niguez and Marco Asensio.Hierro promised to make “as few changes as possible” when hired less than two weeks ago. Now he is under pressure to revolutionise his team to ensure Spain remain in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR to the rescue: Iago Aspas celebrates his equaliser against Morocco © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – In a chaotic World Cup, Spain have lost a coach and won just one game, but remain ultimately where they want to be after winning Group B in dramatic fashion with the help of VAR.Iago Aspas’s injury time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against already eliminated Morocco had initially been ruled out by an errant offside flag before the video assistant referee intervened.last_img read more

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world’s best

first_imgHe beat Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah to the prize.Modric’s success means Ronaldo remains tied with Messi having won FIFA’s award in different guises five times each.At 33, Croatia’s run to the final was the culmination of a brilliant career for Modric that had often been overshadowed by Ronaldo’s goalscoring in their time together in the Spanish capital, before the Portuguese left for Juventus in July.Luka Modric, who reached the World Cup final with Croatia in the summer, was named the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the YearModric scored twice and also netted in penalty shootout wins over Denmark and Russia, but it was his playmaking ability that caught the eye in winning the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup.“It was an unbelievable season, the best season in my life,” said Modric.“I’m still not realising how good a year I had collectively, individually, and I’m very proud for everything I achieved this year and it will be remembered forever.”For a sixth straight season, Ronaldo was the Champions League’s top scorer with 15 goals and also scored four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain in a thrilling 3-3 draw to open Portugal’s campaign.However, Portugal’s last 16 exit to Uruguay in Russia and Ronaldo’s failure to score in the semi-finals or final of the Champions League opened the door for Modric.– Messi, Ronaldo no show –Modric (left) poses with his Best FIFA Men’s Player Award alongside Marta with her Best FIFA Women’s Player AwardNeither Ronaldo or Messi attended the glitzy ceremony in London with both in action for Juventus and Barcelona respectively on Wednesday.For the first time in 12 years, Messi was not among the finalists with third place going to Salah for his incredible 44-goal debut season with Liverpool that carried the Reds to the Champions League final.However, a shoulder injury suffered early on in the final robbed Salah of the chance to help Liverpool lift the trophy and also meant he was far from peak condition as he led Egypt’s World Cup bid.Despite scoring in each of his two appearances in Russia, he bowed out with the Pharaohs bowed at the group stage with three defeats.Salah did not go away empty handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.Modric was joined by Real team-mates Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo in the FIFPro team of the year, also featuring David De Gea, Dani Alves, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Ronaldo.Didier Deschamps has won the World Cup as a coach and player© AFP Ben STANSALLFrance’s World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps won the best coach of the year prize in recognition for his work in leading Les Bleus to success in Russia.Deschamps, who became just the third man to win the World Cup as a player and coach, beat off competition from Dalic and his former France team-mate Zinedine Zidane, who won a third consecutive Champions League title with Real Madrid before resigning in June.Thibaut Courtois won the best goalkeeper award for helping Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals as well as the FA Cup with Chelsea before a summer move to Madrid.Brazil’s Marta was crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women’s coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 24 – Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday.The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.last_img read more

Ex Barca boss Rosell faces February trial for money laundering

first_img0Shares0000Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, pictured July 2014, his wife and four others are accused of “large-scale money laundering” since 2006 relating to television rights and sponsorship in Brazil © AFP/File / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will go on trial for money laundering in February, Spanish judicial sources revealed on Wednesday.Rosell, his wife and four others are accused of “large-scale money laundering” of at least 19.9 million euros ($23 million) since 2006 relating to television rights and sponsorship in Brazil. Prosecutors at the Madrid-based National Court have called for the ex Barca boss to be jailed for 11 years and fined 59 million euros.Rosell and his wife are accused of hiding money illegally obtained by Ricardo Teixeira, the former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation.Rosell had previously lived and worked in Brazil, where he forged numerous business links.The case centres on a deal signed by Teixeira in 2006 with a company based in the Cayman Islands for the television rights to 24 Brazil friendly matches.Altogether, Rosell and his wife allegedly received close to 15 million euros in their accounts as part of the deal.They pocketed 6.6 million euros with 8.4 million destined for Teixeira, prosecutors say.The trial will open on February 25, and run until March 27.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

District of Taylor to draft Open Air Burning By-law

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, District of Taylor Council looked at the Draft Open Air Burning By-law.With open burning being a significant contributing factor in the amount of brush and forest fires, District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, is recommending that Council, with support from the Protection Committee, approves the proposed Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019.The proposed by-law is to regulate Open Air Burning in the District of Taylor andwithin the Taylor Rural Fire Protection Area.- Advertisement -The main purpose of the by-law would be to educate the public on safe burning practices and to give District Fire Officials the authority to assess burn and property conditions within the District’s Fire Protection Area before a burn is permitted.Similar by-laws are also being considered by the Peace River Regional District in an effort to prevent wildfires.The By-law is still under review with the Protection Committee.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Addams Family presented by Stage North Theatre Society

first_imgTo view the FB Event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North Theatre Society is presenting the Addams family at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The upbeat, comedy about family, love and the dangers of keeping secrets will have six showtimes at the Cultural Centre.The classic Addams Family is known as the creepy and kooky, and altogether spooky family. For this show visit the family crypt for an annual gathering of family members (living, dead, and undecided) to celebrate what it is to be an Addams.- Advertisement -Stage North shares, Adult Wednesday Addams reveals a secret to her father Gomez on the same night that she brings home a normal boy and his family for dinner. Between the “normal” acting Addams Family and a normal family trying to be polite, hi-jinx ensue in hilarious scenes and musical numbers.Showtimes run from October 25th to November 2nd, 2019;Friday, October 25th, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMSaturday, October 26th, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMThursday, October 31st, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMFriday, November 1st, 2019 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PMSaturday, November 2nd, 2019 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM / 7:30 PM – 9:30 pmFor tickets to the show; CLICK HEREAdvertisementlast_img read more

Fort St. John Public Library’s Annual Food for Fines Event

first_imgFor more information, contact the Library at (250) 785-3731 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This November, the Public Library is offering Food for Fines, the opportunity to pay off your book fines with food donations.During November, you can pay off your library fines with an exchange of non-perishable donations.  The library will accept a minimum of one donation for every five dollar fine you would like to pay off. This incentive also works for lost books.With the donations collected going to the FSJ Woman’s Resource Food Bank, the Library will accept non-perishable food items, new hygiene products and new baby items.- Advertisement -The one restriction to the Food for Fines program is interlibrary loans, as these books belong to another library.The librarians want people to know this is a great time to come back into the library, make a new with a good cause as this is a win-win situation, by clearing your debt while helping a great cause.Librarians would like to see you using their programs and services, so now is the time to come back.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Man United can’t expect instant success under Van Gaal, says former Old Trafford coach

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has warned Red Devils fans they can’t expect instant success with new manager Louis van Gaal at the helm.The Dutch mastermind was appointed as successor to David Moyes ahead of the summer’s World Cup, following the Scot’s car crash of a ten months in charge of the 20-time league champions.The Old Trafford faithful have seen a glimpse of Van Gaal’s technical nous during the Netherlands’ World Cup campaign, which saw the Oranje narrowly miss out on a place in the final and eventually finish in third place.But Meulensteen believes his Dutch compatriot has a tough task ahead of him in the Premier League after what he believes is the “end of an era” for the Red Devils.“I think what fans need to consider is that this season will be a new start for Man United,” he told Kick Off.“It’s almost like it’s the end of an era at the club, with Ryan Giggs hanging up his boots and players like Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra all leaving – it’s a big change for the team.“Nobody expected what would happen under David Moyes last season and obviously United will want to leave that behind them as quickly as they can.“In that respect, Louis van Gaal is a man with a very strong personality and a very strong philosophy, so he will try to implement that process right away.“But not only will the players will have to buy into his philosophy, people must realise the process will take time.“At this moment he has to build a new team because United are still a team that can be beaten, unless proven otherwise at the start of the new Premier League season.”last_img read more

Barcelona move to tie down starlet amid Arsenal interest

first_img1 Munir El Haddadi Barcelona are set to offer a new contract to wonderkid Munir El Haddadi to ward off Premier League interest.The youngster scored on his debut for the club against Elche on Sunday and is tipped to be the next superstar to emerge from Barca’s fabled ‘La Masia’ academy.Munir signed a new deal in January but this was reported to have a release clause of under £10m.That alerted a number of clubs to his availability, including Arsenal, and Barca have reacted swiftly, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta telling the 18-year-old they will offer him a substantial pay-rise.His release clause will then automatically be raised to £27.82m, a sum which should ensure he continues to develop at the Nou Camp rather than be lured elsewhere.last_img read more

Wilson to START for Man United against Palace? Red Devils’ training in pictures

first_img Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 6 6 Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session Click the arrow for more behind the scenes images as Man United prepare for Palace at home Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal described the Red Devils’ dismal start to the season as making him feel ‘lousy’, before suggesting it could take THREE YEARS before they reach a level he is happy with.“I feel, myself, very lousy for the fans firstly, but also for the board because they have a great belief in me and my players and my staff and when you have 13 points out of 10 matches you are not doing well,” he said during his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash against Crystal Palace.The Dutchman has been hindered by injuries and loss of form throughout his squad, but he could opt for a new approach when the Eagles visit Old Trafford on Saturday by handing youngster James Wilson a huge opportunity to impress.With Robin van Persie struggling to consistently find the net, the 18-year-old has been tipped to play some sort of role, with suggestions that Van Gaal could even go as far as starting him.The United boss spent time during the club’s latest training session with the youngster, but was he giving him instructions ahead of his big chance?Click the arrow on the right to see more shots from United’s session. Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 Click the arrow for more images of Man United’s latest session 6 6last_img read more

Napoli capitalise on Inter Milan’s slip to move top

first_img“It’s very pleasing to score 115 goals as a midfielder. That’s a good number,” Slovakian international Hamsik told Sky Sport Italia.Napoli’s win came after a 1-0 home defeat by Juventus a fortnight ago that saw them relinquish top spot to Inter and a poor goalless draw with Fiorentina last week that saw them fail to take advantage of Inter’s own 0-0 draw at Juve.“We are really happy with the performance,” added Hamsik.“I don’t know if it’s an advantage to be top of the table, but it can help us remember how strong we are.”The loss for Luciano Spalletti’s team also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves four points behind Napoli, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday.“We will probably need of something (in the winter transfer window) if we’re going to make that step forward,” admitted Spalletti.Fourth-placed Roma moved level on points with Juve as Argentinian centre-back Federico Fazio’s 94th-minute goal grabbed a 1-0 win over Cagliari, after Diego Perotti had earlier missed a penalty.The capital club are well in the title race, just four points adrift of Napoli with a game in hand, as they bid for a first Scudetto since 2001.– Koulibaly strikes early –Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli on their way in the fourth minute when he headed home Allan’s flick-on from a corner, and the away side looked out of sight with just 25 minutes gone when Piotr Zielinski collected Jorginho’s precise through ball and slotted home their second.Hamsik effectively ended the match as a contest with 30 minutes gone when he swept home Dries Merten’s pass first time past Salvatore Sirigu, scoring his first goal since the start of October and finally equalling Maradona’s record.Torino striker Andrea Belotti pulled one back in the 63rd minute, ending an eight-game goal drought that stretched back nearly two months, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.“My players knew what Inter had done and that can either help or hinder you,” said Napoli coach Sarri.“They can give you the hunger to retake the top spot, but can also pile extra pressure on. Today the lads did well to make something positive from the result at the San Siro.”Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Mauro Icardi levelled the scores with his 18th goal of the season, a smart volley just 71 seconds after Kevin Lasagna’s 14th-minute opener.But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark.Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widmer’s cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which Rodrigo De Paul gave the away side the lead.Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva’s cross off the bar, but were punished when Antonin Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Udinese’s players celebrate after their Serie A victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLIMilan, Italy, Dec 16 – Marek Hamsik equalled Diego Maradona’s record as Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer as they took advantage of Inter Milan’s first defeat of the season and moved top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Saturday.Inter went down 3-1 to Udinese at the San Siro earlier in the day and Hamsik, who now has 115 Napoli goals in all competitions, led the way as Maurizio Sarri’s side made the most of Inter’s loss with a three-goal blitz in the first half-hour that saw off Torino and moved them top on 42 points, two ahead of Inter, who drop back to second.last_img read more

Referee who kicked player has ban doubled after failed appeal

first_imgThe referee, who had already announced plans to retire this summer, appealed in an attempt to return before the end of the season.The move backfired on Friday however as the French Football Federation appeals commission doubled the punishment to six months.The verdict means that Chapron, who is 45, may never again officiate a French league match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Referee Tony Chapron showing a red card to Nantes’ Diego Carlos after tackling the player, for which he has been banned for six months © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Mar 23 – French referee Tony Chapron’s ban for tackling a player in a Ligue 1 game was doubled on Friday as he lost his appeal, according to sources close to the disciplinary process.Chapron was banned for three months for kicking Diego Carlos, a Nantes player, during a game against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-January.last_img read more

Vetttel claims 50th win, goes top in title race

first_imgVettel’s third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion’s hopes of a record-equalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years.It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years. It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races.Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium with his trophy after winning the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve © GETTY/AFP / Mark ThompsonGerman Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.“Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable.“After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.”He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.– Hartley run off the road –The race began in near-perfect conditions with an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the track at 45 as the lights went out.Vettel, from his fourth Canadian pole, made a clean start while behind him Bottas had to scrap to resist a robust attack from Verstappen.Hamilton stayed fourth ahead of Ricciardo who made quick work of passing Raikkonen before, after only half a lap, a heavy collision between Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso and local hero Lance Stroll’s Williams.Sebastian Vettel during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix – Mark Thompson/Getty Images/AFP © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonThe New Zealander appeared to be squeezed into the barriers as Stroll, with a puncture, moved sideways ahead of him at Turn Five and the Toro Rosso was lifted off the ground before both flew off the track.Both men were unhurt. “He just ran me out of road,” said the luckless Hartley.Hamilton’s early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.This left Vettel and Bottas out in front, 24 seconds ahead of Verstappen, but still running on their original ultra-softs. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.All this left Vettel in command after 40 laps, 5.7 seconds clear of Bottas with Verstappen third ahead of Ricciardo, Hamilton and Raikkonen.After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso’s 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire. “No power, no gears,” said the Spaniard. “Sorry mate, gutted,” said his McLaren engineer.With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel’s lead to 3.8 seconds.A grandstand finish looked possible until Bottas ran off at Turn One and took to the grass before recovering. He had lost two seconds and Vettel, turning the screw, responded with a fastest lap before cruising to a crushing victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 10 – Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix.The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull.last_img read more

Henry has ‘everything’ to become good coach – Deschamps

first_img0Shares0000Thierry Henry has “everything” to become a good manager, France coach and former international teammate Didier Deschamps said of the newly-named Monaco coach © AFP/File / Valery HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 14 – Thierry Henry has “everything” needed to become a good manager, France coach and former international teammate Didier Deschamps said of the newly-named Monaco coach.“Thierry’s ready,” Deschamps told TF1. “He has everything” to be a good coach. “He’s throwing himself into an exciting, exhilarating project where he’ll have to take responsibility. It’ll be up to him to take the reins.”Former Arsenal star Henry was named Monaco coach on Saturday, his first job in club management after leaving his position with the Belgian national team.The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, returns to the club where he began his professional career.Henry replaces Leonardo Jardim, who in 2017 guided Monaco to their first Ligue 1 title since 2000. He was sacked on Thursday after a string of poor results left Monaco in the relegation places.Deschamps, who captained the France team featuring Henry that won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, also started his coaching career at Monaco, back in 2001.“The first season was very complicated,” he said, wishing Henry “lots of courage and big success”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Last-gasp Biraghi goal gives Mancini first competitive win

first_img0Shares0000Defender Cristiano Biraghi (L) scored his first goal for Italy. © AFP / Janek SKARZYNSKICHORZOW, Poland, Oct 15 – Cristiano Biraghi snatched a late victory to give new Italy coach Roberto Mancini his first competitive victory and keep the Azzurri’s Nations League hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Poland in their League A Group 3 clash in Chorzow on Sunday.Defender Biraghi, 26, slid in the winner two minutes into injury time for his first goal for Italy in a game his team had dominated. The defeat ensured Poland were relegated to League B. It gives Mancini his first competitive victory since taking over as Italy coach last May, after the four-time world champions failure to qualify for the World Cup.“A new cycle has already begun,” said Mancini“We dominated the game, we had to score the first goal, it would have been unfair to finish 0-0.“All the lads are trying to do their best. It’s a good win in a very good game.”Fiorentina defender Biraghi made the sign ’13’ with his hands when he scored, as he dedicated his first goal to former Italy and Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died of a heart attack last March.“I owe everything to him. I’m here thanks to Davide who was a mentor for me,” said Biraghi, who was called up to Italy for the first time last month at the age of 26.European champions Portugal lead the three-team group with six points from two games with Italy on four points after three games with Poland relegated to League B with one point.Mancini stuck with the same eleven he started with in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Ukraine with Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa leading the attack.Nicolo Barella, 21, was chosen to start over Lorenzo Pellegrini in midfield after making his international debut in Genoa.Poland opted for the strike partnership of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik over Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored 14 goals in ten competitive games for club and country.Italy had the best of the first half but once again demonstrated their difficulty finishing off.Jorginho rattled the bar within the first minute, with Federico Chiesa also hitting the woodwork after half an hour in the Silesian Stadium.Poland could thank Wojciech Szczesny for keeping them in the game with the under-pressure goalkeeper denying Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho, Federico Bernardeschi and Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini in the first half.Italy had a goal disallowed after 65 minutes following a well-worked pass between Bernardeschi and Marco Verratti with Insigne offside in the box.Poland also had a couple of chances in the second half with Kamil Grosicki denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Arkadiusz Milik curling over.– ‘Never say die attitude’ –Roberto Mancini got his first competitive win as Italy coach. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOJust when it looked as if both sides would settle for a draw, off the last corner, substitute Kevin Lasagna, who made his international debut, steered in for the Biraghi to finish off.“It had looked as if the match was jinxed,” said Biraghi.“The minutes were going by and the ball wouldn’t go in.“When you create a lot and the ball doesn’t go in you start to get nervous, even risk losing.“Instead we stayed calm and believed until the end. This victory is thanks to the group’s never say die attitude.”The result ensures Italy stayed in the tier ahead of December’s Euro 2020 qualifying draw.Italy next host Portugal on November 17 with Poland playing in Portugal three days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo rocket gives Juventus scrappy win at Empoli

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo netted both goals as Juventus extended their unbeaten start in Italy © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMilan, Italy, Oct 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah. But Juventus turned to their 100-million-euro man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory.“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video.Empoli goalkeeper Ivan Provedel pulled off two spectacular saves in quick succession to thwart Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic early in the second half, as Juventus — who beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in midweek — saw their unbeaten record come under threat.Provedel flung himself in front of a firmly-hit effort by Sandro from close range, and then sprang acrobatically to his right to touch a Pjanic drive onto the crossbar as Empoli failed to clear after the initial attack.– ‘Moment of magic’ –But Juve hit back when Paulo Dybala pinched the ball off a dallying Ismael Bennacer in the Empoli box, drawing a penalty as the Algeria midfielder proceeded to bundle over the Argentine.Ronaldo sent Provedel the wrong way from the spot to score for the third league game running and bring Juve level on 54 minutes, as the turmoil of rape allegations do not appear to be unsettling the Portuguese forward on the pitch.After last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Genoa, Ronaldo completed a much more successful week for Juve as he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner 20 minutes from time.“I told the lads, this was a game we had to win, it didn’t matter how well or badly we played,” said Allegri. “The goal was a moment of magic from an extraordinary player and it’s something kids will try to copy in the schoolyard.”An own goal by Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont allowed Torino to make it five games without defeat following a 1-1 draw, while Atalanta collected a second win on the trot as they beat promoted Parma 3-0.Second-place Napoli can return to within four points of Juve on Sunday when they host Roma, and Inter Milan will bid for a sixth straight league victory at Lazio on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

5 things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgThe top five are now eight points clear of the chasing pack, with Manchester United, in seventh, looking increasingly unlikely to join the party after being held to a 2-2 draw by lowly Southampton.Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:– Liverpool show champion grit –Winning ugly is a tired cliche but Liverpool are showing the mindset of champions as they refuse to let Premier League pacesetters Manchester City out of their sight.Liverpool celebrate their late win against Everton at Anfield © AFP / Oli SCARFFJurgen Klopp’s side are not playing with the same free-flowing verve as they did last season but just look at the numbers.Liverpool pulled back to within two points of City with a 1-0 win against Everton after Divock Origi was in the right place to punish an astonishing error from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Liverpool have scored 16 goals fewer than City but have the meanest defence in the league — with just five goals conceded in 14 matches.– All Guns blazing –After the toxic atmosphere that characterised Arsenal home matches in the miserable final years of Arsene Wenger’s reign, it was hard to imagine the Emirates Stadium ever again becoming a raucous cauldron of emotion.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 © AFP / Adrian DENNISGunners fans had become used to their team choking on the big occasion but in just a few short months Unai Emery has got the fans of the north London club back on their feet.A pulsating 4-2 win over arch-rivals Tottenham, which saw the Gunners recover from 2-1 down thanks to a second-half blitz, was a major statement of intent from Arsenal.– City tough it out –Bournemouth must hate the sight of Raheem Sterling after the England forward put champions Manchester City back into the lead with his eighth goal in six Premier League matches against the Cherries.Raheem Sterling celebrates his goal against Bournemouth © AFP / Oli SCARFFIlkay Gundogan added a third for a 3-1 victory in what looks on paper like a comfortable eighth successive home Premier League win this season but that hid the truth of a hard-earned win.Bournemouth made it an uncomfortable afternoon for City and Pep Guardiola was delighted his team were able to dig deep.“A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough,” said Guardiola. “People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth so I like to win in this way.”– Rashford offers hope for Mourinho –Frustrated by Manchester United’s lack of killer instinct during their three-match winless run in the league, Jose Mourinho can take consolation from Marcus Rashford’s encouraging display in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Southampton.Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford set up both of his side’s goals in the 2-2 draw at Southampton © AFP / Glyn KIRKTrailing 2-0 after a dismal opening at St Mary’s, United escaped an embarrassing defeat against Mark Hughes’s struggling side thanks to large part to Rashford’s contributions.The 21-year-old has scored only twice for his club this season but he showed his value to United lies in more than his goal tally as the England forward provided assists for Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera as Mourinho’s men drew level before half-time.“I have to say that I’m super happy with Marcus Rashford’s performance and he didn’t score a goal. So sometimes goals are not everything,” Mourinho said.– Kante earns good report –N’Golo Kante came in for some unexpected criticism from Maurizio Sarri after Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham last week but he is back in his manager’s good books.Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante in action against Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKThe French World Cup winner set up Pedro’s opening goal in a 2-0 win against Fulham by winning the ball back in midfield.“I think he played very well,” said Sarri. “He defended very well. He needs to improve a little more tactically but that’s natural.“For the national team he usually plays with two midfielders. Last season sometimes with a two and sometimes with three, but in a central position, so it’s normal that he needs to improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Arsenal against TottenhamLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Manchester City won their sixth Premier League match on the spin to underline their status as firm favourites but Liverpool clung on to their coat-tails after a dramatic late win against Everton.Elsewhere on a Premier League weekend dominated by derbies, Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 and Chelsea overcame Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham 2-0.last_img read more

Players not sabotaging my efforts – Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho does not believe his criticism of players is leading them to deliberately play badly © AFP / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Jose Mourinho insists his Manchester United players are giving their maximum effort despite repeated criticism by him of their performances.The 55-year-old United manager claimed any accusation his players were underperforming because they did not like him would be “dishonest”. Mourinho has been withering in his assessment of United’s performances in their past two league matches, saying his players lacked “heart” after they were held 0-0 at home by Crystal Palace on November 24.He then suggested there were not enough “mad dogs” in his team following last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.None of United’s players spoke to the media after the match at St Mary’s Stadium.Yet there have been reports of dressing room disharmony, with Mourinho reportedly comparing France midfielder Paul Pogba to a “virus” in an angry rant at Southampton.Mourinho has declined to comment on the latest reports of a fall-out with Pogba, and would not even by drawn on whether he thought the midfielder had played poorly at Southampton.“Are you asking or saying? I am not going to analyse the performance individually,” he said.“The names I gave at Southampton were the names that I chose in a positive way who showed that desire, that fighting spirit, that anger, that pride.”– ‘Calling the player dishonest’ –Mourinho, though, would not accept his players were underperforming deliberately.“I am not agreeing with you or saying that some players don’t want to give the maximum,” he said.“I don’t share that view.”Speaking more generally, he suggested players are professional enough to continue to give their best even if they do not get on with the manager.“If you think a player only plays when, in your words, he is behind the manager, what I have to call these players -– or, in this case, what you are calling them –- is dishonest,” said Mourinho.“A football player is paid -– and very well paid -– to be a football professional.“What is that? It is to train every day to his limits, to play every game to his limits, is to behave socially according to the nature of his job, is to respect the millions of fans around the world and to respect the club.“One thing is to perform well and not so well, another thing is to be a football professional.“If you say that a player plays well or bad because of how good a manager is, you are calling the player dishonest.”He also criticised pundits such as former United star Rio Ferdinand who have suggested this season that there may be a player mutiny at Old Trafford.“When pundits, who were professional players, say that this player is not playing for the manager, did they do that when they were players? Were they dishonest players?” said Mourinho.“If they were, they shouldn’t be in front of a camera speaking to millions of people.“You analyse a player by asking: ‘Is he performing, yes or no?’ You shouldn’t go in that direction because you are calling the players dishonest.“Do you believe a player scores in his own goal and then runs and celebrates, saying: ‘I scored in my own goal because I don’t like the manager’? Do you believe in that? I don’t believe in that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Group sets out to bring back LB’s lost waves

first_imgThe breakwater reduced the famed 10-foot-high breakers into grayish brown, listless ripples that crawl up the sand and retreat just as pitifully. Only on rare days can a swell sneak through a small opening in the breakwater to create rideable waves. The enclosure has also trapped urban debris that floats down the Los Angeles River and dumps into Long Beach harbor. The first time Robert Palmer took his 7-year-old daughter to the beach, she emerged from the murky water with plastic bags wrapped around her legs. “You can walk out to the water here, be knee deep and you can’t see your toes,” Palmer said. Over time Long Beach went from seaside resort to thriving port town. The silhouette of giant cranes and cargo containers are now fixtures in its skyline. In the mid-1990s, the Navy moved to San Diego but left the breakwater behind. Changing any part of the federally owned rock wall, however, will be tough. It helps protect one of the country’s busiest ports, as well as housing and businesses that have grown up near the beach. Orange garabaldi fish thrive near the breakwater along with lobster, birds, sea lions and other animals. “The biggest concern for us is if it created all these waves in here and made it difficult to move cargo all the time – it would be a disaster for us,” said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach, which reported annual revenue of $400million to $450 million. The initial $100,000 study is expected to begin within the next few months to determine, among other things, if changing the breakwater would restore the ecosystem and improve water quality by opening up the flow of water. More in-depth studies could eventually determine the cost and whether parts of the breakwater could be removed or partly knocked down. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican who represents part of Long Beach and bills himself as the surfing congressman, is doubtful the breakwater will ever be changed unless it would dramatically improve the water. “I don’t think it will because the expense of it is enormous – we’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. And even if they are successful, Tracy Egoscue, a Long Beach resident who heads a nonprofit group working to ensure clean water in Santa Monica Bay, said it would be unrealistic to expect a quick fix to “the toxic soup we’ve all created.” Egoscue, the executive director of the Santa Monica BayKeeper, believes the focus should be cleaning up the Los Angeles River upstream. “Dilution is not the solution,” she said. “If you open up the ocean and push the problems out, you’re just pushing the problem out.” On a recent summer day the city’s beaches and parking lots were largely empty in stark contrast to other Southern California beach cities famous for their bluish-green waters and classic curls. Just south, in the self-dubbed “Surf City” of Huntington Beach, idling cars waited for coveted spaces. Members of the Long Beach chapter of the Surfrider Foundation realize 10-foot waves will never roll back into town, but bringing cleaner waters and an occasional set of breakers would be just fine. “Best case scenario another 10 years,” said the octogenarian Hendricks. “At least I’d be able to be here to watch it. I might not be able to walk, but they could roll me into the ocean and away I’d go.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t like to go down there because I can see what it was,” said Hendricks, 82, who learned to ride the waves there in the 1930s. The world’s biggest breakwater wiped out the “Waikiki of California” more than 50 years ago and replaced it with a stagnant pond that rarely kicks up any surf – something Hendricks and the Surfrider Foundation have been working to change. The decadelong effort got an unexpected boost this year when the city gained the dubious distinction of having the state’s most bacteria-polluted beaches, prompting embarrassed city officials to fund a study that could be the first step in reconfiguring the breakwater to let in some surf. “Some action needs to be taken to restore our shore,” said Councilman Patrick O’Donnell, who promoted the study. “I was down at the beach at 11 a.m., and it was just me and the lifeguard.” In better days, Long Beach hosted the first national board surfing contest in 1938 but has seen only sporadic surf since Harry Truman was president. In 1949, the federal government completed a 60-foot-tall, eight-mile wall of sand and granite boulders to protect a Navy base. By Noaki Schwartz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Over seven decades of body surfing, Ed Hendricks has mastered the art of catching the perfect wave: kick as fast as possible, get a deep gulp of air and make like a bullet as the wave arches up and thrusts you along its face toward shore. Most important, don’t look for your wave in Long Beach. last_img read more