Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards In swatting aside the 34-year-old, in their first meeting since 1998, Serena, 35, stayed on track for a seventh Australian title which would take her past Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major wins.She has refused to talk about the possibility of finally surpassing the German, but now has a golden chance of further cementing her place in history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWinning the title would also mean the world number one ranking would be hers again, after Angelique Kerber snatched deposed her late last year.Only Venus stands in the way after the elder Williams rolled back the years to beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 in the other semi-final. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town It ensured another chapter in their eventful family history as they meet for their ninth Grand Slam final on Saturday, eight years after the last. Serena holds a 6-2 advantage.“I didn’t watch (Venus). Obviously I was really proud, she’s an inspiration, my big sister,” said Serena. “She’s my world, my life, she means everything to me. I couldn’t be happier for us both to be in the final. It’s the biggest dream come true for us.”She also paid tribute to Lucic-Baroni, a former teenage prodigy when the Williams sisters were emerging in the 1990s before her career was derailed by personal problems.“Mirjana is an inspiration, she deserves all the credit today. To get this far, after everything she has gone through, that just inspires me.”ADVERTISEMENT – One-way traffic –Despite her serve not being up to scratch in Melbourne until now, Williams has so many other weapons in her armoury that her opponents have been unable to cope.Lucic-Baroni was no different.Her left thigh was again heavily strapped and the problem put her at an immediate disadvantage, restricting her movement against a player known for her pounding forehand winners.They both held serve comfortably to shake off any early nerves but Williams was looking sharp, capitalising on an unforced error to get the first break and go 2-1 ahead.She consolidated her lead by holding serve again, and a Lucic-Baroni double fault handed her a 4-1 lead.It was one-way traffic as the second seed asserted her authority, unloading some powerful groundstrokes to unsettle the Croat and easily take the first set in 25 minutes.The pair were playing each other for the first time since Wimbledon 19 years ago, a match the American won. Since then their careers have taken very different turns.While Williams went on to win 22 Grand Slams, the Croat dropped out of top-level tennis for most of the 2003-2010 period after fleeing an abusive and controlling father and suffering money and injury problems.Her return to the big time in Melbourne has been the feel-good story of the tournament, winning her legions of new fans with her emotional progression to her first Grand Slam semi-final since Wimbledon in 1999. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But it was only ever going to come to an end against the dominant Williams, who after seeing Venus make the final was never going to throw away the chance to meet her once again.The second set went the way of the first, with Williams crushing Lucic-Baroni’s serve to again break in the third game.She was broken again in game five as her magnificent run drew to a close and Williams moved into her 29th Grand Slam final. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next United States’ Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings’ dream came true.The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose fairytale tournament was finally ended in a crushing 6-2, 6-1 defeat in just 50 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Age-defying Venus ends major final drought Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
All-Star but no superstarThe 58-year-old’s latest statement is not the first time he threw shade at the former UCLA Bruin. During last year’s first-round playoff matchup between the Thunder and the Mavericks, Cuban boldy proclaimed that the do-it-all point guard was not a superstar.Mark Cuban says Kevin Durant is the Thunder’s only superstar. What about Russell Westbrook? “He’s an All-Star but not a superstar.”— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 25, 2016 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES MOST READ Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NBA: Curry, Thompson lead Warriors over Knicks The 28-year-old Westbrook, meanwhile, is on the midst of his best season as a professional, and is widely believed by fans and pundits alike as the front runner for the MVP race, alongside Harden, James and Kahwi Leonard. Khristian Ibarrola/JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban once again fired shots against Russell Westbrook, claiming the OKC superstar is not an MVP candidate this season. APWith unearthly averages of 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game this season, many believe that Russell Westbrook is a shoe-in for the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award this year.But if Mark Cuban is to be asked, the MVP award front runners are James Harden and LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Despite being on track as the first player in 55 years to average a triple double, and leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to its current 7th place in the Western Conference, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner says he doesn’t believe Westbrook is a legitimate MVP candidate.Mark Cuban says MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James. Where is Russell Westbrook in that mix? “He’s not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) March 6, 2017Just moments after Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle told reporters he’s in awe of the OKC superstar’s spectacular season, Cuban once again ignited the fire between the two with his controversial comments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Speaking during Cleveland’s shootaround ahead of their Game 2 against Indiana on Monday, James expressed sympathy for Thomas’s situation. “My deepest sympathy and prayers goes up to him and his mother, his father, whoever is in his life,” James told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Had to be a tough situation for him, just going out and playing a game and obviously who cares about the game? That’s so silly to even think about basketball when something like that tragic happens.“He obviously is a strong-willed guy. I got to know him the last couple years. It’s unfortunate something like that has happened at a time like this. Obviously our world is kind of revolved around basketball, but like I said, who cares about basketball when something like that happens?” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics during the final seconds second half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 29, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 124-118. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James paid tribute to Isaiah Thomas on Monday, offering his condolences to the grieving Boston Celtics star following the death of his sister in a car crash at the weekend.Thomas fought through tears to score 33 points in Boston’s opening playoff defeat to Chicago on Sunday, just a day after his sister Chyna’s death.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town James said Thomas’s performance under the circumstances was “unbelievable.”“It’s a sick feeling. I don’t have any siblings, but I have some very, very close people in my life and I can only imagine how that would take your heart away,” James said. “Especially at a time like this. He was unbelievable in the game, too, by the way.”Meanwhile, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday he expects Thomas to remain with the team for Tuesday’s Game 2 in the series before returning to be with his family in the Seattle area.“His plan, as of right now — and, again, subject to him changing if he wants — is that he’ll be here (Tuesday) night and then will go either after the game (Tuesday) night or Wednesday morning,” Stevens said.“He’s trying his best to compartmentalize when he’s here to work on what he needs to work on, but I’m sure that’s difficult,” Stevens added. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “This is going to be a very crucial event as it serves as the basis of our coaches in choosing the 18 members of the team who would be sent to foreign training next month in Japan and probably in Korea,” said Peter Cayco during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel.Cayco, the acting president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc., said national coaches Sammy Acaylar of the men’s squad and Francis Vicente of the women’s would delegate the chores to their assistant coaches during the exhibition matches for them to focus on the performances of their players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAmong the stars expected to suit up are Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes, Rachel Daquis, Kim Dy, Kim Fajardo, Jaja Santiago, Myla Pablo and Grethcel Soltones.“This is our way to present the team to the public. They are no longer carrying their university or club teams, they’re now representing our country,” said Cayco. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ FEU and UST need a surprise Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Members of the men’s and women’s national volleyball pool fight for their slots to the final squads for the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur—and they will do it via an exhibition match.The event is dubbed “Clash of Heroes” and it will be held on April 28 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments
As much as he’d like to squeak in a short training, there’s nothing Austria can do now but to bank on the sheer talent and familiarity of his wards as they try to give a youthful national team side all that it could handle.“I think with their talents, we can compete in tomorrow’s game because I believe that these players want to help Gilas by playing seriously,” he said. “I’m just trying to communicate with the players and I want to preserve their energy. Then maybe tomorrow, we’ll go to the venue early and tackle our gameplan.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGilas pool members Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, and Japeth Aguilar will be with the Luzon All-Stars, together with former national team campaigners Paul Lee, LA Tenorio, Ranidel de Ocampo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Caguioa, and Jay Washington.Alex Cabagnot and Stanley Pringle complete the stars from up north. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Despite the lack of preparations of his star-studded squad, Austria said that the Luzon All-Stars are coming to the Quezon Convention Center with one goal in mind.“We want to win,” he said. “I want to give the players the freedom to expose their talents because that’s what’s All-Star is all about. At the same time, it’s the only way we could help Gilas in their preparation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palaro’s fastest man wins another gold Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach Leo Austria poses with Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, and their wives during the 2017 PBA All-Star Week in Lucena. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Despite having a loaded Luzon All-Stars roster, coach Leo Austria’s side is taking on Gilas Pilipinas without any formal practice sessions.“Since the other day, I’m trying to have a schedule of practice but the players are too busy and there’s a lot in their schedule, especially with the outreach programs and their rehearsal for the dance number because they really want to please the crowd,” he bared on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments
LATEST STORIES The video images came from dash-cam footage that Jupiter police released Wednesday night, and they show Woods with little capacity to stand still without swaying, repeat simple instruction or put one foot in front of the other.The footage came from his arrest Monday in the dark of early morning when Jupiter police noticed his Mercedes parked on the side of a six-lane road, part of it in the road and part of it in the bicycle lane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundREAD: Golfer Tiger Woods sorry for arrest, says no alcohol involved Police found the Woods sound asleep behind the wheel, according to an incident report. The engine was running, the brake lights were on and the right turn signal was blinking. Police also released photos of his car that showed both tires flat with minor damage around the bumpers. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle When the officer asks Woods where he had been, the 14-time major champion says, “LA.” He says he was headed down to Orange County.The 1 hour, 39-minute video starts with the Jupiter police approaching Woods’ car and ends with the cruiser pulling into the Palm Beach County jail, with Woods in handcuffs behind his back and sitting in the back seat.READ: Tiger Woods arrested on suspicion of drunk drivingWoods told the officers he had not been drinking, and two breath tests at the jail registered a 0.0. Woods issued a statement nearly 10 hours after he was released from jail on Monday that alcohol was not involved.“What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications,” Woods said in his statement. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View comments More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April JUPITER, Fla.— His speech slow and slurred, Tiger Woods couldn’t follow simple instructions or keep his balance during a dazed and disoriented encounter with police before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead He told police he was taking prescription medicine. When asked what kind, his answer was redacted from the video tape. The arrest affidavit listed four medications, including Vicodin, that Woods reported taking.READ: Column: Woods may have stumbled onto his Kryptonite Woods is to be arraigned July 5 in Palm Beach County court.The video brings to life the troubling images contained in an incident report from the four Jupiter police officers who were at the scene.His speech is slurred from his first words. When the officer points out that Woods shoe is untied, Woods places his right foot on the front of the police car and starts to fiddle with the laces.“It’s your other shoe that’s untied,” the officer says as Woods unties the laces.READ: Tiger Woods counts it a success that he’s playing golf again “Now that one is, too,” the officer adds.When Woods is unable to tie the left shoe, the officer tells him he can take them off. Woods then tells the officer he doesn’t remember what happened or being asleep in his car when police approached.The field sobriety test was a failure from the start. MOST READ Woods struggled to simply put his feet together. When he did, he leaned forward after losing his balance.He couldn’t follow a red light the officer moved from side to side. When asked to walk a straight line by going heel-to-toe nine times, Woods staggered from the starting position. He never connected heel-to-toe. He often strayed outside the white line and occasionally lost his balance.Woods couldn’t raise one leg 6 inches off the round.On his third try of understanding the alphabet instructions, he made it from A to Z.The next instruction from the officer was to place his hands behind his back as they cuffed him and told him he was being arrested.Woods, who had his fourth back surgery in three years on April 20, has not played since Feb. 2 in Dubai when he withdrew after the first round because of back spasms. The surgery means he is out for the rest of the PGA Tour season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Screen Grab from SCP Auctions websiteBefore Michael Jordan set the world ablaze with his signature line of Air Jordans, the G.O.A.T. actually wore Converse sneakers on the hardwood.An old pair worn by his “Airness” during the 1984 Olympic gold-medal-winning game against Spain has fetched for a whopping $190,373 (over P9 million). ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jordan scored 20 points in the 96-65 win over Spain on August 10, 1984 and officially signed with the Chicago Bulls the following month. His deal with Nike came in October.This is not the first time Jordan’s game-worn shoes sold for a ridiculous amount, as the sneakers he wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA finals sold for $104,765 (over P5 million) in 2013. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ The game-used sneakers was signed by Jordan and was given to a then 11-year-old ball boy, who just happened to be the son of retired NBA player Gail Goodridge.The bid, which opened at $10,000 (almost P500,000), quickly rose to become the highest price on record for a pair of game-used sneakers, according to SCP auctions and relayed by ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundScreen Grab from SCP Auctions website“The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia,” Dan Imler, SCP vice president was quoted as saying in the report.Aside from bearing the legend’s handwriting, the shoes also featured some orthotic inserts and is considered the last Converse pair Jordan wore as an amateur. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Banal keeps Flying V unbeaten in D-League View comments
MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Accuracy is more important than speed, has become the mantra in Russia.Neither were in evidence Sunday in Sochi as Cameroon defender Ernest Mabouka eventually left the field around three minutes after his boot connected with Emre Can of Germany.Mabouka’s teammate Sebastien Siani had sarcastically applauded the referee when he was wrongly sent from the field. Eventually Siani’s slate was wiped clean and he completed the match.Still, the image of a top referee being openly disrespected will not please FIFA.Roldan arrived at the Confederations Cup trying to rebuild a reputation that was damaged at the 2014 World Cup. There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals. FIFA did not pick him for another refereeing duty in Brazil.To further damage Roldan’s standing, Germany coach Joachim Loew said neither he nor Can believed the tackle merited even a yellow card.“I didn’t have the impression that it was a mean foul with the intent to hurt the opponent. It was not intentional,” Loew said through a translator at the post-match news conference.Loew, whose Germany team will defend its World Cup title next year, still thinks video review can benefit the game — with one condition.“I think it can be fine-tuned over time so that decisions can be made more quickly,” the German coach said. “That would be great.” Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Wangs stuns Racal, improves to 3-2 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Portugal had most to complain about one week ago when a potential opening goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico was ruled out by an offside judged in an earlier phase of play.FIFA stressed last week that all decisions proved ultimately correct, and the controversies were simply inevitable overreactions as world football gets used to a new system being put to its highest-profile tests.Indeed, FIFA President Gianni Infantino felt confident to proclaim video review was “the future of football” and still on track to be approved by the guardians of the game’s laws before the 2018 World Cup.Human error by Roldan seemed the biggest problem Sunday though it added to the perception that video review is capable of causing as much controversy as it solves.FIFA has certainly pulled back from its prediction last year that game-changing decisions — goals scored, penalty kicks awarded, red cards, mistaken identity — could be reviewed and resolved in as few as six seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Wilmar Roldan sent off a Cameroon defender more than three minutes after a high tackle on a German opponent and only after his own case of mistaken identity.The Colombian official arrived at what was arguably the correct decision following two visits to the touchline to consult video replays and first showing only a yellow card, then a red card, to the wrong Cameroon player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I think everyone is confused, including me,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said of referee Roldan after a 3-1 loss in Sochi that eliminated his team. “He and he alone can explain what happened there in that moment.”Cameroon was also involved in two video decisions last Sunday, when possible Chile goals were reviewed for offside rulings. The first goal was disallowed, the second counted in Chile’s 2-0 victory. 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cameroon players protest against referee Wilmar Roldan during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)SOCHI, Russia — FIFA’s new video review system is bringing turmoil to the Confederations Cup, with technology designed to deliver quick, clear decisions agitating players and leaving coaches and fans confused.Perhaps even worse for FIFA, the latest controversy on Sunday — exactly one week after four goal reviews in that day’s two matches — made one of the world’s highest-rated referees look hesitant and wrong.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A dream fulfilled for Christian View comments
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Defending champions Melbourne CC and Westmoreland CA hold the upper hand in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup semi-final clashes against Kingston and Jamaica Defence Force respectively heading into today’s second and final day. Led by centuries from Jamaica Scorpions opener, Guyanese-born Trevon Griffith, and former national youth batsman Tarique White, Melbourne, after winning the toss, posted a challenging 415 for eight declared at Chedwin Park. The Brandon King-led Kingston, in reply, closed nine for two. The competition’s leading run-scorer, Garth Garvey, made three. Newly-drafted Scorpions four-day opener Steven Taylor, 81, and Andre McCarthy, 24, also got among the runs for Melbourne against fast bowler Marquino Mindley, two for 46, Derval Green two for 59 and left-arm spinner, Fabian Allen, two for 81. Meanwhile, over at Sabina Park, Westmoreland made a modest 213 after being sent in and at close of play had JDF reeling at 139 for six. Former national under-19 representatives Thavi Spencer, Shahid Crooks and Javoy Spence made 30, 27 and 24, respectively. for Westmoreland. The JDF’s leg-spinner Garland Palmer, took five for 53, and Shamari Brown, four for 48. Recent Guyana Jaguars four-day draftee, off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, three for 44, has so far taken most wickets for Westmoreland.
Western Bureau: St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) qualified for the second round of the ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup competition with a 1-0 victory over Magotty yesterday at the STETHS Sports Complex. They continued their strong performance in rural schoolboy football, and Principal Keith Wellington believes their investment in the programme – most recently the installation of floodlights at the sports complex – is key to their successful performances. “I think you can only do well if you have the requisite resources, as well as the facility that enhances your skill, and we think that if we are going to continue to do well, we need to improve on what we have from year to year. This is just another step in ensuring that what is available to our student-athletes help to enhance their ability to do well,” Wellington said. STETHS’ head coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn told The Gleaner in a pregame interview that even though the three points are important, they are focused on getting in good overall team performances going into the next round. Their defence lead by Clifton Woodbine certainly showed their mettle in the game as they held a one-goal lead from the 27th minute to the end of the game. Damani Henderson scored the lone goal of the contest, outsmarting Maggotty’s goalkeeper by heading the ball around him before going on to kick the ball in the empty net. Today’s Games: PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE Renario Downswell, assistant coach of STETHS said they have been working on the defence going into the next round and expressed he was pleased with their backline’s performance. There were question marks over their offence by fans after a 1-0 win over the team they gave 8-0 in their opening match. Downswell, who is happy for the three points, explained that they didn’t start their usual 11 as they wanted to take a look at some of their other players going into the second round. “The defence is one of the things we are actually working on going into the Inter-Zone because if you don’t give up a goal, you stand more [of a] chance of winning,” said Downswell “We have to take into consideration the second round coming up, so we wanted to take a look at the players and evaluate them so we just put them out there to give us a good performance and then take it from there. Munro College 1-0 Lacovia High Steer Town 1-0 Ocho Rios Edwin Allen 0-1 Lennon High Newell 0-2 B.B. Coke Petersfield 1-0 Grange Hill Little London 2-2 Manning’s Godfrey Stewart 3-0 Black River Irwin 0-5 St James Green Pond 1-5 Cornwall College Other Results Troy High vs Spalding Knox College vs Christiana Alston vs Holmwood Muschett vs Spot Valley Cedric Titus vs William Knibb Holland vs Herbert Morrison Maldon vs Anchovy St Mary High vs Iona High Brimmervale vs Oracabessa St Mary Tech vs Carron Hall High McGrath vs Guy’s Hill Dinthill vs Bog Walk Ewarton vs Charlemont
…the water boyWe live in interesting times. And your Eyewitness isn’t even thinking of all those interesting Haitians trying to blend in with the locals; their giveaway, however, is their being quite religious folks who just have to practise their “Voudou” — which we call “Voodoo”, and which some folks are VERY leery about, and have reported them to Khemraj Ramjattan, who’s supposed to be in charge of Public Security, but not Immigration, of which he was stripped!No, that’s grist for another mill. What your Eyewitness wants to talk about is the Opposition Leader’s telling it like it is about Moses Nagamootoo.Seems the PNC government’s been peddling a canard to the international community that the PPP doesn’t want to negotiate with them on several nettlesome matters. Now, everyone in Guyana — and their uncle — knows the reason for the PPP not sitting across the table from the PNC. And it ain’t that they don’t like Moses Nagamootoo, whom the PNC selected as their lead negotiator. Heck, back in the day, Jagdeo negotiated with Desmond Hoyte – and there was no love lost between them!! And Jagdeo was then just cutting his (presidential) teeth!!!Mouth open and story jump out when Jagdeo recently revealed he got a call from US former President Jimmy Carter – who, of course, brought back free and fair elections to Guyana in 1992. The stillborn negotiations had nothing to do with Nagamootoo being disliked, abhorred, scorned, loathed, detested, despised, or abhorred by the PPP. Of course, folks in the PPP feel that way about Nagamootoo – take your pick!! Who wouldn’t?? In fact, that’s the one thing that unites both PPP factions right now!!Jagdeo revealed that, in essence, they wouldn’t waste their time negotiating with a fella who’s been so neutered by the PNC he can’t even negotiate an appointment to see President Granger in six months!! About his own neutering!! But Nagamootoo should understand these things – the water boy in cricket just passes on messages from the captain, he has absolutely no authority to answer questions from the fellas in the middle!! To change the analogy, as a man who’s tippled in rumshops from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek, Nagamootoo knows that “lil bottle and big bottle don’t be on the same shelf”!!If the truth be told, his erstwhile comrades in the PPP are actually quite embarrassed about his treatment at the hands of the PNC. And they’re even more embarrassed at how he’s been forced to become a sycophantic, “toothless poodle” (in the words of Cheddi Jagan) to a party he cussed out for 50 years! At his age, accepting being just a columnist for the Chronicle!!Ah… how low has the mighty (in his mind!!) fallen!!…the military build-upThe economy might be sputtering because of the novice the PNC placed to head Finance. Agriculture might be ruined because of the nonentity the AFC (?) is represented by at the helm. Oil might be gifted away because of the “Man from Nassau’s” perfidy. But if one thing’s growing quite nicely, thank you, it’s the Disciplined Forces!!Recruitment for the GDF is up…recruitment for the GPF is up…the Cadet Corps (which gave us Brigadier Granger!) is up and running, and we’re even getting photographs of newly-recruited Prison Service Officers in the papers!! And now we’ve just been told that 1608 persons have already been inducted into People’s Militia!! Imagine that!! And 2020’s still two years away!! What’s the connection, you ask, dear reader? Well cast your mind back to the good ole days of PNC-run elections, if you can. Or read up on it, if you can’t.The Disciplined Forces are an integral aspect of elections under the PNC.Think why the largest number of People’s Militia are in Region Six!!…Spewed gasAs your Eyewitness has said again and again, and again….this fella Patterson is full of that stuff; and of course gas, which is its precursor!He’s spinning tales about gas-fired generators, but hasn’t tied down Exxon to providing any gas as yet!!
As he appointed the new Commissioner of Police, President David Granger declared, “The Police Force has to be reformed, and you can’t build a new house with old wood. You have to select new materials; people with a new vision; people with a new commitment to break from the old bad habits and to return to the principles of good policing.”It would appear he forgot to mention – or deliberately chose not to mention – that a new house also needs a new plan, or else the old house would simply be recreated with all its defects, since form affects function so profoundly.Such a new plan was crafted back in 2003-04 by a Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC) on which then Brigadier (retd) David Granger sat, and which held extensive hearings from a wide cross-section of the Guyanese populace. The hearings were conducted during the heat of the crime wave, during which the 2002 Prison Outbreak Five held off the Guyana Police Force and the Army from their redoubt in Buxton. One of their main targets was policemen, and before the gang was defeated, more policemen had been murdered than in any other period of the history of the GPF.David Granger, when discussing “Police reform”, has — for good reason — referred many times to the DFC Report, which had been laid in Parliament in 2004 but only finally approved in 2010; since, of the 164 recommendations, 71 concerned the GPF. But he has studiously avoided the one that addressed the vexed issue of “ethnic imbalance”, which had been brought up even before Guyana received independence from Britain. In 1965, the year David Granger entered the armed forces as a 2nd Lieutenant, an ICJ Commission (invited by the British as a condition for awarding Guyana Independence) suggested a programme of accelerated recruitment of Indians into the Police and Armed Force until their numbers were roughly in proportion to those in the population. Nothing came of that recommendation.During the hearings on constitutional changes in 1999 – precipitated by PNC riots in the streets after 1997 — one of the constitutional recommendations unanimously adopted in 2000 was for the President to establish a commission to investigate and recommend resolving the ethnic imbalance in the Disciplined Forces. During the aforementioned “troubles” — as since labelled by Granger — intriguingly, it was the Opposition PNC under Robert Corbin that called upon the PPP Government to establish the Disciplined Forces Commission. ROAR supported that call.On the matter of ethnic representativeness, the DFC declared: “The Commission…is of the view that the allaying of ethnic security fears which stem from the predominance of Afro-Guyanese presence in the GPF must be addressed…but to ensure, in so doing, that no similar insecurity fears are caused in the Afro-Guyanese community.”More specifically, it recommended: “It should be an aim (of the GPF) to achieve a Force representative of the ethnic diversity of the nation without employing a quota system.” To achieve this, ethnically-diverse recruitment teams should be employed as openly and extensively as possible. The report also suggested that a study be conducted on how to address the ethnic make-up imperative.While in Opposition, both the PNC – including the one led by David Granger — and the AFC trenchantly criticised the PPP for burying the DFC Report for seven years in Committee. In 2010, when it was finally passed (unanimously) by the house, AFC leader Trotman said dramatically, “We shudder to think that if it took seven years to consider the recommendations, how many centuries will it take to implement them?”When as an MP I made my submission to the DFC in 2003, I remember David Granger asking whether I favoured a fixed quota in the recruitment of Indians to rectify the imbalance in the armed forces. Using the terminology made popular by the US Supreme Court in that country’s affirmative action programme, I told him I preferred “targets rather than quotas”. Especially with the armed forces, one must insist its members are “fit and proper” to perform their duties.Today, I once again remind David Granger, who is now President of Guyana, to insist that targets be established for Indian Guyanese in those armed forces, and teams fan out to sensitise the community about the importance of serving their country in these institutions.Much is rightly being done by the Government for African Guyanese to enter businesses, as we have long also advocated.
In Guyana, several people have their own brands of Trumpism. Trumpism is the exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations and, frankly, outright lies pushed by unprincipled showmen parading as economic czars. Minister Jordan, last week, in a response to an October 9 editorial in Stabroek News displayed his flair for Trumpism. He disgraced himself and heaped further disgust by the citizens for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) which, day by day, is becoming more a Government of the few, by the few and for the few.One of the main speaking points of the President and his Ministers is that all the things wrong in Guyana is the fault of someone else, other than the Government. In their best Shaggy mode – “it wasn’t me”. In addition to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Jordan, like all of his colleagues in the APNU/AFC Cabinet, cast blame and castigated the Private Sector, Stabroek News and the media generally for the failures of APNU/AFC. He claimed that the PPP ruined the economy and that the Private Sector and the media, represented by the Stabroek News, is shielding the PPP and sabotaging progress by APNU/AFC on behalf of the PPP. But Jordan also claimed that the country’s economy and social welfare of its people have never been better.The fact is the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since 2015 to present has been spiralling downwards, compared to the GDP between 2006 and 2015. The PPP left an economy that was stable and robust, APNU/AFC is squandering that trajectory since 2015. Between 2010 and 2015, the economy grew about five per cent, with growth nine years in a row, one of the better-performing economies in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Americas. Since 2015, however, GDP has stagnated. Last year, Jordan projected 3.9 per cent growth and only achieved 2.1 per cent, just about half of what APNU/AFC had predicted. Jordan’s Trumpism boasts that “Guyana is increasingly seen as a stable, well-managed country with bright prospects for sustainable development”. By whom? The truth dispels Jordan’s claims.Jordan admits that non-performing loans (NPL) has dramatically increased, but then ingeniously blamed the PPP for the worsening NPL. In 2014, NPL was seven per cent of all loans and at the end of 2017, it was more than 13 per cent of all loans. Since 2014, banks have lost more than $7.1 billion in NPL by businesses and more than $3.1 billion in household loans. People are simply no longer able to repay their loans. NPL is the major reason why the commercial banks have seen the return on their equity (profits) dramatically falling from 22.3 per cent in 2014 to a miserly 2.9 per cent in 2017. So why were people paying back their loans under the PPP and not able to do so now?It is because their ability to spend has reduced significantly. The talk is “business slow bad”. Spending by businesses and the public (private consumption) has fallen by almost $200 billion since the end of 2014. In 2015, private consumption fell by $79 billion, in 2016 by $85 billion and the latest measure indicates that it fell by $32 billion in 2017. People are spending about $30,000 per month less, in each household. In part, this is because of the 200 new or increased taxes. Each citizen has paid more than $64,000 in additional taxes between 2015 and 2017. The Guyana Revenue Authority and APNU/AFC have boasted they are collecting record amount of revenues, confirming that people’s ability for spending have been eroded by increased taxes.This dismal picture is only the beginning of the story. Private loans (business and household) have virtually grounded to a halt, with decreased manufacturing loans leading the way. In the meanwhile, Government is borrowing more, Government public investment spending (infrastructure and the social sector) is like the Burnham years, dependent on loans from overseas and local banks again. Increased tax collection, squeezing blood from the Guyanese people and businesses, are totally consumed by the increased interest on debt to overseas and local banks. While the national debt is increasing, the GDP is faltering and the ratio of debt to GDP is again reaching unsustainable heights. The PPP had reduced it from over 950 per cent of GDP to less than 45 per cent and now it is approaching the unsustainable mark of 60 per cent again.They are borrowing more, taxing people more, but the deficit (spending more than they have) is increasing by $9.3 billion in 2015, $34 billion in 2017 and will be more than $43 billion in 2018. As part of this picture, revenues from Government-owned businesses have moved from a surplus of $8 billion in 2015 to a loss of almost $23 billion in 2018. In the meanwhile, more than 10,000 people have lost their jobs. Jordan’s Trumpism really stinks.
Last Saturday at Farm, East Bank Essequibo, a man was hacked to death, reportedly in the presence of his seven-year-old son. A few years ago, in Number 77 Village, Corentyne, two teenagers witnessed the gruesome act of their mother being chopped to death by their father. On June 1 this year, many saw the horrific accident in which a seven-year-old child was crushed to death by a truck at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Those three incidents have in common ensuing trauma for those who witnessed them and serve as a microcosm of such scenarios in society. More specifically, over time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many women were brutally killed.Unfortunately, this continues despite awareness efforts. There is also the much-touted training of law enforcement officers, who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem appears much larger as reflected in the news, as many cases go unreported. This speaks to the reality being underestimated.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abuse victim to not seek the intervention of the law. Among them are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the absence of confidence in law enforcement precipitated from the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.That said, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults. Those ghastly images, especially when life was snuffed out, are not only lasting but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that it is erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated thereby aiding to better shape lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms, not just for cases of domestic violence but other scenarios, including accidents.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for all to know the extent of what is available and offered. While expectations would be for what obtains in the developed nations, realistically, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities, and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorising, the high rate made news internationally prompting a local call for suicide to be made a national priority given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives. It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide, but effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary, and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in accurately quoting figures, based on extensive research if available on the number of people lost, injured, disfigured or scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration for declaring domestic violence a national priority. This is an apolitical issue, and is not confined to any one group thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. Its mitigation has to uncompromisingly be immediate, holistic, effective, and sustained.
Dear Editor,The social, economic and political situation has been steadily deteriorating since the PNC-led APNU regime took power. Almost all sections of the population have been complaining bitterly about the rapid decline in economic activities and the fall in standards of social services.Moreover, there has been noticeable decline in our politics, as the regime has reverted to the use of old, undemocratic methods that the PNC used while in government up to 1992.The atmosphere of great freedom that existed under the PPP/C Administration has almost disappeared. More and more people are expressing fear of the loss of freedom, and a feeling of trepidation is gripping the population. Even some of the civilian members of this regime caution some of their friends to be careful how they speak on the phone.The institution that was established to fight organized crime – the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – is now being used to harass political opponents of the regime. The arrest of former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, has been the most recent in a long list of political and racial witch-hunting.The sharp deterioration is so glaring that it is impossible to deny. As a result, the defenders of the regime, government spokespersons, have changed their tactics.While being forced to admit that things are tough due to the regime’s poor performance – like the rampant corruption taking place, etc – the apologists are now saying, “Yes, this is true, but it was worse under the PPP/C Government”.This is a desperate attempt to manipulate the views and distort our most recent history.On Sunday, April 30, 2017, Adam Harris spoke about corruption. To prove his point, he alluded to the more than forty forensic audits done, and went on to say about how it unearthed mammoth corruption.No massive corruption was found. Indeed, the audits have actually exposed the APNU and AFC’s lies and their exaggeration of massive corruption. It is that embarrassment that is now fuelling the regime’s attack by using the arms of the state and their propaganda machine to attack the officials of the PPP/C Government.As an example, let me point out that they sensationally made public via the media that former Permanent Secretary at the Office of the President, Omar Shariff, had billions in the bank. Yet the worst they could do was charge his wife with the frivolous offence of not submitting several documents to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).Harris also spoke about crime, and pointed out that the rate is falling. Well, that is very debatable. Most people on the Corentyne and West Demerara feel that crime is escalating.Harris, in pointing to the crime wave that occurred in 2002, studiously avoided to say that the criminal gangs were given direct support by the PNC/APNU leaders, and several others in the AFC. Indeed, it was only those leaders of the PNC/APNU who could have moved freely in Buxton after the 2002 jail break, when five murderers were politically protected by the PNC/APNU clique. We must not forget that one of the candidates on the PNC/R list for 2001 elections had joined the gang as well.How can we forget that PNC helped to organize the funerals of those criminals?In one case, they even draped the coffin with the Guyana flag – a clear act of desecration of our national flag.To prove the direct links with the PNC/APNU, let me refer you to the infamous conversation between Winston Felix, then Commissioner of Police and now Minister of Citizenship, and Basil Williams, now Attorney General, immediately after the ‘Fine Man’ gang had killed eight persons on the East Bank of Demerara and created terror in the Agricola/Eccles area. In the exposed conversation, Williams was thanking Felix for diverting attention from the PNC, which is a clear indication of the political links. No one can now harbour any doubt about the political links to criminal gangs.It should also be noted that while the PNC (now APNU) gave full support to the gangs, they were at the same time merciless in their attacks on the police. When Leon Fraser was brutally murdered, they wore red and were rejoicing at his funeral.Harris also tried to belittle and distort the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, a PPP/C-initiated project. In so doing, he is hiding the fact that this regime has changed what was a turn-key project to facilitate the contractor.Now we will get an inferior product than what was originally contracted for.Maybe a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is needed to find out why a turn-key contract was broken to facilitate the contractor, and not the country.It is not just sad, but downright dangerous for such distortions to be taking place. This behaviour will accelerate the drift towards authoritarian rule. And the Kaieteur News will eventually regret this dangerous role that they are playing.Already we see the Police Force being de-professionalized and being used as a political tool of the APNU. We are also witnessing attempts to undermine the independence of the Judiciary, as the regime constantly attacks the courts.There has not been a word said in the Kaieteur News about all the innocent public servants who have been dismissed only because of their race. Instead, the Government media and the Kaieteur News are being used to pursue personal vendettas — throw mud at people; provide no proof of corruption and wrong-doings. In the process, they are destroying lives, but they seem to get a maniacal delight in committing these nasty acts.This behaviour, while in the immediate and short runs may give the authors and owners some satisfaction, in the long run, it would do us no good. It is facilitating the abuse of power and fuelling massive corruption, which — under this regime as it was in an earlier PNC regime — is becoming a way of life.We know where this is heading. We have seen it all before. It is history repeating itself. It spells a falling economy, dwindling social services, and a growing dictatorship with fear as a tool of rule. This is my view. What is yours?Sincerely,Donald Ramotar
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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK— Dwyane Wade was hurting, sitting on the training table trying to get enough treatment to get him on the floor one last time.A couple hours later, he looked like a guy capable of playing well beyond what was the final night of his career.ADVERTISEMENT But that was secondary to a final chance to celebrate Wade, the three-time NBA champion who was ending his 16th and final NBA season.He was loudly cheered from the moment he emerged alone from the tunnel for pregame layups. Fans — egged on at one point by Paul and Anthony — chanted “We want Wade! We want Wade!” when he was on the bench, even though the 37-year-old guard had played a season-high 35 minutes Tuesday and coach Erik Spoelstra warned before the game that it probably wouldn’t be that way again.But there was no keeping Wade down for long. It took him a little bit to get going, as Jarrett Allen added Wade to the list of stars whose shots he’s blocked this season — a list that included James.“I loved seeing CP and Melo over there getting the crowd going to get Dwyane back in there and Dwyane comes from the old-school NBA,” Spoelstra said. “That was pre-load management, so we were not load managing him tonight and I was not talking to my sports scientist whether he could go, even though I walked in and saw him on that training table an hour before the game and he did not look fit to go, at all. But he’s cut from a different cloth.”The Heat hoped the final game would matter, but the Nets and Orlando Magic had clinched spots over the weekend to leave only one spot left coming into the last week. Miami was eliminated from contention for it despite its victory Tuesday.“For me, I’m happy with this season,” Wade said. “Unfortunately for our organization and our team we weren’t able to put ourselves in a position to win enough games to be in the playoffs, but for what I wanted for this season, I’m happy to say that I completed that.”TIP-INSHeat: Haslem finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Wade passed Elgin Baylor (23,149 points) to move into 29th place on the NBA’s career list. He finished with 23,165.Nets: Starters Joe Harris (toe) and DeMarre Carroll (right wrist) sat out, though Atkinson said they would be ready for the playoff opener. … Shabazz Napier scored 20 points off the bench.THE LAST JERSEY LATEST STORIES Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Wade has been exchanging jerseys with players after games this season, but there was one missing. Anthony, who helped persuade Wade to return this season, didn’t play long this season before parting ways with Houston, so Wade gave his final one to him.“I didn’t get an opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him,” Wade said. “That was a missing piece out of this whole season, so everything worked out great for him being here, for me having an opportunity to give him my jersey.”___UP NEXTHeat: The offseason.Nets: A first-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Wade had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his last NBA game, which the Brooklyn Nets won by beating the Miami Heat 113-94 on Wednesday night to finish 42-40 and clinch the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.With close friends LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony leading the cheers from their courtside seats, Wade had his fifth career triple-double in three quarters. He fittingly secured it with a pass to Udonis Haslem, his teammate of 15 years who plays sparingly now and made his only start of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I was like, I don’t know why, but everybody feels like now you’ve got to go out and score 60 in your last game because Kobe did it,” Wade said, wearing a sparkling gold jacket and gold sneakers. “So hopefully I took the bar all the way back down and say let’s go get a triple-double, that’s easier.”A night after scoring 30 points in his final game in Miami, Wade showed one more time that he’s walking away with his skills intact. Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart He played 36 minutes, dribbling out the shot clock the final time he had the ball before checking out with 10 seconds remaining. Then it was time for a lengthy postgame celebration on the court with teammates and friends.“The man went out with a triple-double. Don’t let that go unnoticed. He had a triple-double,” All-Star D’Angelo Russell said. “He is a guy that paved the way for a lot of us. He’s been with that franchise for that long period of time. He’s Mr. Miami.”Russell had 21 points on seven 3-pointers for the Nets, who will face the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers beginning this weekend in their first postseason appearance since 2015, one that seemed unlikely when they were 8-18 in December. But they went 34-22 from there for their first winning record since going 44-38 in 2013-14 — when they were knocked out by Wade’s Heat in the second round.“Special night,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “Pretty amazing season so far.”The game mattered only to the Nets, who quickly ended any fears of finishing seventh and having to face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments
MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Celtics pull away in Game 3, close in on sweep of Pacers ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Damian Lillard scored 32 points, but he had just three in the fourth quarter after scoring 25 in the third. C.J. McCollum had 21 and Enes Kanter added 19.Oklahoma City closed the second quarter on a 10-1 run to take a 49-39 lead. Lillard was held to four points on 2 -or-6 shooting and the Trail Blazers shot 37.5% in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGeorge hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw in the opening minutes of the second half to push Oklahoma City’s lead to 55-43. Westbrook backed down Lillard, hit a bank shot and was fouled. Westbrook brought out his “rock the baby” celebration, then made the free throw to put Oklahoma City up by 15.Lillard scored 23 points the rest of the quarter to help cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 86-82 at the end of the period. McCollum hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 89 early in the fourth. Oklahoma City regained control, with Westbrook’s jumper with just over two minutes remaining putting the Thunder up 10. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates with Paul George (13) after a basket during the second half of Game 3 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, April 19, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 11 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-108 on Friday night to cut their series deficit to 2-1.Paul George added 22 points, Jerami Grant had 18 and Dennis Schroder 17 for the Thunder. They will host Game 4 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Full strength NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California—Kyle Lowry has 15 points, Pascal Siakam has 14 and the Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors 60-52 at halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.All five Raptors starters have at least eight points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao LATEST STORIES Only one Warriors starter has scored that many. That would be Stephen Curry, who leads everybody with 25 points. That ties his playoff career first-half high, and is the most he’s ever had in a single half of a finals game.The Raptors led by as many as 14. Lowry has three fouls, picking up his third with a half-minute remaining in the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKlay Thompson is out, and Kevin Durant is missing yet again for Golden State. Stephen Curry has more than tried to pick up the scoring slack, and he has 17 points on 6 for 11 shooting so far. The 11 shots are the most he’s ever taken in a single quarter of a finals game.With Thompson sidelined with a strained hamstring, the Warriors used their 10th different starting lineup of the playoffs. That’s the most that any team has ever used in a single postseason, at least since such things started being tracked in 1971. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Leonard is playing at Oracle for the first time since the game in May 2017 when Zaza Pachulia closed out on him, got a foot in his landing space and caused Leonard to turn his ankle.That knocked him out of that season’s West finals with San Antonio, and the Warriors went on to win the NBA title.Wednesday night’s winner will take a 2-1 lead in the title series.ADVERTISEMENT
MOST READ Making things worse for Pasig was they figured in two confrontations that resulted to Statham being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Joshua Munzon with a technical foul.Fired up, the duo of Statham and Munzon carried Pasig on their backs. Despite Miezis heating up from distance, Munzon used his speed to slash through the lane and slowly chip into the Riga lead.Munzon had seven points to pace Pasig.A dunk by Čavars sent Riga to just two points away from sealing the game but Munzon countered with a deuce. A layup by Lasmanis, however, sent Riga at match point with 3:08 left.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Pasig was sent into an early exit after going winless in Pool C. The Philippine side also dropped its first game, 21-14, against Belgium’s Antwerp earlier in the day.But despite the pair of setbacks, they gave their highly-touted opponents a run for their money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTaylor Statham and Dylan Ababou gave Pasig a strong start with a 4-0 spurt.The battle-tested Latvians though, showed patience as the troika of Nauris Miezis, Kārlis Lasmanis, and Agnis Čavars scored nine unanswered points to put the Doha Masters winners on top. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Ababou and Nikola Pavlovic continued to fight on, cutting the lead to just three. However, Statham was slapped with a technical foul for not properly inbounding the ball that led to a game-sealing free throw by Lasmanis.Statham and Ababou had five and four points, respectively.Pasig Chooks-to-Go have now lost their last four Challenger games dating back to Kunshan back in May.Just like in Doha that saw Riga come out on top 15-21, Čavars and Miezis proved to be the bane for Pasig, scoring eight and seven points respectively.The scores:Riga 21 – Čavars 8, Miezis 7, Lasmanis 4, Krumins 2.Pasig 17 – Munzon 7, Statham 5, Ababou 4, Pavlovic 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Merlion Cup: PH U-22 side falls to Singapore CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Things got heated between Pasig Chooks-to-Go and Latvian club Riga Ghetto in their second meeting in a span of two months, The emotions though, got the best of Pasig as it succumbed to the world No. 3 squad, 17-21 with 2:06 left in the game, to bow out of the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger early Saturday morning (Manila time) in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao
Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Platini’s winning penalty shot in the final against Liverpool is largely forgotten, overshadowed by the death of 39 people — mostly Juventus fans — in a crush at the start of the game at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.He was the top scorer in the Italian league for three consecutive seasons, an astonishing feat for a midfielder, before retiring in 1987 at just 32.INTERNATIONAL CAREERFor the French national team, Platini’s finest hour came at the European Championship in 1984, when the country won its first major international soccer title.He scored a tournament-high nine goals in five matches, a haul that included two hat tricks, and was the heartbeat of a famous midfield that also comprised Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez.Platini was awarded the Ballon d’Or as Europe’s footballer of the year. He also won the award in 1983 and 1985.One of his biggest regrets was never winning the World Cup with France, which lost semifinals against West Germany in 1982 and 1986. He scored 41 goals in 72 games for France.COACHINGPlatini’s sole coaching stint was with France’s national team, and it didn’t go well.He took charge in 1988, and the team failed to qualify for the World Cup in 1990, despite having the talents of Jean-Pierre Papin and a young Eric Cantona. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – In this Feb.22, 2014 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini arrives at a press conference, one day prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice, southeastern France. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested Tuesday June 18, 2019 over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)Affectionately nicknamed Le Roi, or The King, Michel Platini bestrode the soccer field with inimitable elegance as the world’s best player of the early 1980s, helping to bridge the gap between the eras of Pele and Diego Maradona.Repeatedly voted Europe’s best player, the Frenchman instantly recognizable for his unruly mop of hair and his often grumpy demeanor in his later years went on to become European soccer’s able top administrator as president of the UEFA.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The latest investigation centers on Platini’s decision to vote for Qatar as 2022 World Cup host. Blatter has accused Platini of backing out of a secret “gentleman’s agreement” to support the United State’ bid to be the host country.Platini changed his mind after meeting then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his official residence in Paris with Qatar’s crown prince, now emir.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ___CLUB CAREERBorn in 1955 into a family of Italian immigrants living in northeastern France, Platini played the first 10 years of his professional career in his native country, first for nearby Nancy (1972-79) and then for Saint-Etienne (1979-82), with whom he won the French league title in 1981.He later joined the Italian giant Juventus, where he became a global star in the iconic black-and-white jersey between 1982 and 1987.With his graceful technique, peerless passing, pinpoint set-pieces and unhurried style of play, Platini led Juventus to two Italian league titles, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1984 and the European Cup in 1985.ADVERTISEMENT Athletics, aquatics facilities for PH’s 2019 Sea Games hosting finished by August Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Now his lofty reputation in the so-called beautiful game has been tainted by corruption scandals.Banned from the sport four years ago for financial misconduct, the 63-year-old Platini was questioned by police Tuesday as part of an unconnected corruption probe into the vote that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini denied any wrongdoing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt is just the latest in a torrent of scandals that have brought down dozens of soccer officials, particularly from world governing body FIFA, in recent years.“Of all those that have been either arrested, indicted etc, Michel Platini is the saddest and most depressing,” former England captain Gary Lineker tweeted. “He was a footballer, one of us.” Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN After France was eliminated from the European Championship in 1992 in the first round, Platini stepped down.He would enjoy more success with the national team as an administrator.ADMINISTRATORHis first big off-the-field role was as joint president of the organizing committee for the 1998 World Cup, which was held in France and became a nation-affirming success. France’s multicultural team won the biggest prize in soccer for the first time.Platini then became part of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, first as a member of its executive committee and then as its leader after defeating incumbent Lennart Johansson in a presidential vote in 2007. He was the first former player to become UEFA president.While overseeing the continued growth of the behemoth that was the Champions League — formerly the European Cup — Platini tried to curb spending and opposed the introduction of technology in soccer. Under his watch, from 2007 to 2015, more teams were added to the European Championship, and a minimum 10-game ban for racist abuse by players was introduced.DOWNFALLWhile organizing the 1998 World Cup, Platini worked closely with FIFA’s CEO-like top administrator, Sepp Blatter. He helped Blatter become FIFA president in an eve-of-tournament election dogged by claims of vote-buying by other campaign supporters.Platini served as Blatter’s adviser from 1998 to 2002, and those ties that bound the mentor and his protege would bring them both down in 2015 .In 2011, Blatter signed off paying Platini $2 million, a salary Blatter had no authority to approve. cq?) Swiss authorities opened a criminal investigation, and FIFA’s ethics committee banned them both, just as Platini seemed to be about to achieve his ambition of succeeding Blatter as president. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing
United Nation Women (UN Women) yesterday donated a vehicle to the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection under the joint program on accelerating progress.The program gears toward the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.At the turnover ceremony in the office of Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative to Liberia, Awa Ndiaye Seck, said the UN Women remains committed in working with the ministry to ensure that the joint program secures rural women’s livelihood and rights in the context of sustainable development.She explained that the need for technical assistance and logistical support is highly prioritized for UN Women as a lead UN agency in collaboration with the participating UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).In the next three years, she said the joint program will focus on strengthening rural women’s economic rights and livelihood with support for government efforts in addressing the socio-economic impact of the deadly Ebola virus on women and girls in targeted counties, including Montserrado. She said that the UN Women is grateful to the people and the Government of Norway for the initial financial support to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women. She added that government’s monitoring of the joint program in collaboration with civil society is crucial for a successful implementation of the exercise.Earlier, Gender Minister Cassell said her ministry remains strategically positioned in responding to the needs of rural women and girls.“The (JP RWEE) comes at a time when our country has been gravely affected by the Ebola virus disease. It is expected that this JP will effectively support current national efforts in responding to the socio-economic impact of the EVD on rural women and girls,” she explained. Madam Cassell reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment for strong monitoring and supervision of JP’s activities.The joint program is being simultaneously implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda where it is expected to generate synergies that will capitalize on more lasting and wider scale improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rachel Dolezal is, after this week, a symbol to many African Americans of the separation of blackness from black people; to me, she is an example of how American society simultaneously devalues the individuality of black women and us as a community to the point that the performance of black womanhood is preferred over the people. If blackness can simply be worn or performed, then every white woman with a weave and a cause, every white girl with a snap and a little attitude, can supplant the lived experiences of what it is to become a black woman: the journey of discrimination, the camaraderie of sisterhood, discovering the deep sense of responsibility and weight of the world, and ultimately finding the inner strength and acceptance that can only be built through struggle.Rachel Dolezal may have perfected her performance of black womanhood, and she may be connected to black communities and feel an affinity with the styles and cultural innovations of black people. But the black identity cannot be put on like a pair of shoes. Our external differences from the white majority might be how others categorize us as black, but it’s the thread of our diverse lived experiences that make us black women.Dolezal’s specious claims to black ancestry and faux black identity could not have been sustained and she would not have been able to pass if black womanhood were seen and understood as more than skin – or weave – deep. Wearing black womanhood was apparently even enough for Dolezal’s “fellow” black leaders in Spokane, Washington, who turned a blind eye to what the wider world now recognizes as her all-but laughable claims of racial identity, whether out of fear of rocking the boat or plain Northwestern niceness. Her charade could have only been maintained in a town (and within a society) with simplistic, stereotypical conceptions of blackness – that blackness is a shade on the range on olive to dark chocolate, a set of idioms delivered in a cadence from which American English derives its slang, and any number of bodily characteristics or mannerisms familiar across the globe, among others. And yet, while black Americans have long embraced a diverse array of lineages as kin, simply looking the part and faking the rest doesn’t cut it. I was born in the middle of Spokane’s first (and only) black mayor’s tenure: a celebrated leader who black people worked hard to elect, and example of “acceptable” black leadership, Mayor Jim Chase once told the local paper that he “never knew much discrimination in Spokane.” While that was perhaps true for him, it was not my family’s experience, nor the experience of the black people who lived through segregation through the 1970s in Spokane. Though segregation was no longer enshrined in law in the 1980s when I was growing up, black folks still lived almost exclusively on the east side of town and in the historical neighborhoods built for railroad laborers. My Midwestern white mother and black Puerto Rican father had moved to Spokane for college and defied the unspoken segregation by starting their family in a working class north side neighborhood away from the black enclave, but hoping for the best. My father left the picture shortly after I was born and my mother navigated the discrimination we faced in school and throughout town – I became familiar with the meaning of “nigger” quite early in life.But when I was 14, I gave up the relaxers and transitioned into rocking my natural kinky-ish afro. It instilled a new kind of confidence in me: I could not hang my head and wear this beautiful crown. My mother had not raised me to be an invisible, go-along-to-get-along gal, and, though I still harbored jealousy of my white peers with their incessant hair flipping, I decided to stand out instead of try and fail to fit in. I wore bright, creative clothing; I embraced my love of dance, of song, of sports, of speaking truthfully about race with little care for whether people attributed any of it to my blackness or to me. To be able to get to a place where I could be myself, I felt powerful: I wanted to do and be everything and, as I learned more about the history of the Atlantic slave trade, African Diaspora, and white privilege, I wanted to tell these white people about themselves.In Spokane in general, I rarely saw black men coupled with black women; more than a few men in our small black community had white wives and girlfriends, while the black women always seemed to be single. Naive, I imagined that, on the tightly-knit east side, there were churches full of black women who were coupled with and loved by black men. But on the streets of Spokane, in the public spaces at festivals, in restaurants, and wherever else I looked, black and white men alike were always more interested in white women than women who looked like me; what I took from those years were that black women were far from desirable partners.To be a black young woman in Spokane was, for me, to be rejected, isolated and left to find my own way. Becoming the black woman I am today was not about learning a performance, it was not about certain clothing or my hair texture; it came from first being a black girl, from the trauma of rejection and isolation and its transformation into a kind of self-taught solitary pride, from learning to preserve my own sense of true self.Dolezal managed to put on an identity – that of a black woman – in a way that renders invisible the experiences that actually forged for us our identities as black women. She presented to the world the trappings of black womanhood without the burden of having to have lived them for most of her life. She represented us and gained status in both black and white communities as one of us, even though she could have worn her whiteness and talked to white people about their racism – something sorely needed in a town like Spokane.Had she really understood the history of black women in America, Dolezal would have recognized that she is perpetuating a fetish for black women’s bodies that devalues actual black women while celebrating our parts when attached to the right (white) form. But she was not alone in this act of playing black and benefiting from it. Since black womanhood is apparently all in the look, our society would rather have white, former Disney pop stars twerk, talentless celebrities with enlarged backsides and their equally talentless siblings with swollen lips than celebrate the black woman’s form with the person who carries it. Black women learn that we are not desirable, that we are invisible, and yet we are imitated by the world’s Dolezals and in our popular culture. Little black girls like me could never have passed for white – and would’ve been ridiculed if we tried – but anyone with the right accessories can now seemingly claim to be black women when it suits them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
View comments China in line to host 2021 Club World Cup “AS Roma would like to apologise to Ronaldo Vieira for the racist boos he was subjected to,” Roma tweeted. “Roma does not tolerate racism of any kind and the club will support the authorities in identifying and subsequently banning any individuals found guilty of racially abusing the midfielder.”The match ended 0-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees LATEST STORIES The referee and Vieira walked off the field together at the interval but no announcement was made inside the stadium.“Football has a responsibility to punish and educate the idiots in the stadium today,” Vieira said on Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Offensive chants have also been aimed at Romelu Lukaku, Franck Kessie, Dalbert Henrique and Miralem Pjanic in Serie A this season.Vieira, who was born in Guinea Bissau and is black, plays for England’s Under-21 squad. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sampdoria’s Ronaldo Vieira, left, and Roma’s Jordan Veretout vie for the ball during a Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Roma at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (Simone Arveda/ANSA via AP)ROME — Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira was subjected to racist chants by Roma fans during a Serie A soccer match on Sunday — the latest incident involving offensive behavior inside Italian stadiums this season.Referee Fabio Maresca heard the chants near the end of the first half of the game at Sampdoria’s Luigi Ferraris stadium and let Vieira know about it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust ‘People evacuated on their own’ ‘Gago’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Monique Del Carmen lit up early from the field, scoring seven first quarter points to help NU to a 25-8 start to take control from the get go.“So happy with everything,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino. “I didn’t imagine we will have six tiles in six years with no losses. We are so happy for the schools and the players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4UST tried to fight back in the fourth and got to as close as eight points, 46-38, but NU brandished its might with an 18-2 run to take a 64-40 lead and put the game beyond reach with 4:35 to play.The graduating Del Carmen finished with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Finals MVP plum while center Rhena Itesi had 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Neymar returns as PSG warms up for Madrid by beating Lille MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Forward Kelli Hayes will also graduate NU and she tallied nine points, three boards, two assists, and two steals.Kaye Pingol also had 15 points with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals, but wasn’t able to finish the game after hurting her right shoulder.The Bulldogs dedicated the title to power forward Jack Animam, who is still in Auckland, New Zealand, after suffering an orbital fracture on her right eye.Tantoy Ferrer led the Growling Tigresses with 16 points, six rebounds, and three steals while Season MVP Grace Irebu put up 11 points and 10 boards.Ruby Portillo, Lon Rivera, Kikay Gandalla, Shen Callanga, Carolina Sangalang, Karla Manuel, and Josalyn Casiano all played their final game for UST.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees NU Lady Bulldogs are champions once more. UAAP PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—National University captured title no. six after stringing an incredible winning streak of 96 games.The Lady Bulldogs capped off another perfect season with a sweep of University of Santo Tomas, clinching the crown with a 66-54 victory in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Mariano “Nonong” Araneta promised improvements in running the affairs of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) as well as more corporate support for youth tournaments, following his reelection as the country’s top football official on Friday during the 16th PFF Congress in Manila.Araneta, who ran unopposed in 2011 and 2015, survived a challenging campaign period and beat Negros Occidental Football Association (Nofa) president Ricky Yanson, 23-12, for the post.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ Another key to Araneta’s reelection was the support of three Philippines Football League (PFL) clubs in Ceres-Negros FC, Kaya-Iloilo and Stallion Laguna, which were able to secure voting rights after their membership to the PFF was approved earlier during the Congress.“I’m happy that most of the members here believe in my ability as they trusted me for another four-year term,” said Araneta, who also sits in the Fifa executive committee as well as the AFC finance committee.Araneta said his four-year plan for the federation will include more infrastructure with the impending completion of the National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal PLAY LIST 01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee As Games open, CDM exhorts country to back PH athletes Immediately extending his hand in reconciliation to Yanson, Araneta had lamented what he termed as “vicious attacks” on his character in the lead up to the elections.But Araneta said his final term will be better than ever as he plans to see through key projects that will boost the development of the game in the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Rest assured, we will do better and we will move on as one,” Araneta said. “I enjoin everyone to unite for the good of Philippine football. I am extending my hand to my opponent so we can bring football further in the country.”Araneta reportedly had huge support from the vote-rich Mindanao bloc, led by his running mate M’lang Cotabato mayor Joselito Piñol, who was also reelected as vice president. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 6-foot-8 Tautuaa led the Filipinos in scoring with seven points while also protecting the paint.Gilas started slow as it trailed Malaysia, 5-8, early before responding with a 13-1 blast to take total control of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Chris Newsome sealed the Philippines’ fifth victory with a lefty layup off a nifty crossover.The Nationals showed no letup despite already clinching a semifinals slot after going 4-0 in day one of the competitions. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday LATEST STORIES Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Gilas Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 21-13 drubbing of Malaysia in 3×3 basketball of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mo Tautuaa caused major problems for the Malaysians with his sheer size and strength.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist SEA Games: Filipinos score gold, silver medals in men’s downhill ‘People evacuated on their own’
On July 12, 2019, the CCJ announced the consequential orders, which supplemented their decisions issued on June 18, 2019. What is clear is that the Court has deemed that the vote of no-confidence was properly passed on December 21, 2018, in the National Assembly, and that the clock on Article 106 restarted on June 18, 2019.What does this mean? The CCJ stated in clause 8 of their consequential orders that “the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President, after this defeat is on a different footing from that which existed prior to the vote of no-confidence”. The CCJ then went on in this same clause to endorse the position of a Canadian constitutional expert who stated that the “Government continues in office as a caretaker government or an interim government until the next elections ensue and a President is appointed”. However, the CCJ clarified this statement by offering in the same clause that it is “this caretaker or interim role that explains the three (3) months deadline” for the holding of fresh elections.The CCJ further elucidated that by convention, the caretaker or interim government is expected to behave with “restraint in the exercise of its legal authority”. That is no accident. As the AFC Sunday Column did point out, there is a constitutional convention obligating the Government to exercise “restraint” in the making of significant appointments, major policy decisions and entering into major contracts or undertakings while it is functioning in a caretaker/interim role.Though the scope of the convention may be disputed, the weight of historical precedent, and the spirit and intent of the Constitution, all suggest that it applies to how this interim/caretaker Government operates. In this essay, I want to consider the caretaker convention and what it has to say about Mr David Granger’s actions since the issuance of the consequential orders. My central aim is not to assess the constitutionality of his actions specifically, that I leave to the constitutional lawyers. However, I plan to use this piece as a springboard to reflect on the caretaker convention and its application after these three months have expired on September 18, 2019.Constitutional conventions, as defined by Marshall and Moodie, are “rules of constitutional behaviour which are considered to be binding by and upon those who operate the Constitution”. As this definition suggests, conventions are distinct from the ordinary “law of the constitution”. Therefore, while reading the letter of the Constitution, constitutional lawyers and advisors must pay attention to the conventions in order to grasp the full intent of the written law. It is simply not possible to grasp any constitutional system of arrangements within the British Commonwealth of Nations (a system that Guyana is anchored to) by looking to the written law in isolation, a grave mistake that Team Granger continues to make.As Ginsburg told us, “written constitutions serve a valuable coordination function”. But as we have seen over the last six months, they leave a great deal unsaid. Left to their own devices, most written constitutions of the world do not say enough and that is why the framework on their interpretation has always included the historical evolution of the written law. In this time of a caretaker/interim government in Guyana, the minimum expectation is that Mr Granger will act within clear boundaries that do not classify his operations as business as usual. He must demonstrate the integrity to incorporate the principle by which we as a people operate and do all within his powers not to compromise the intent of the December 2018 vote. Thus, as a principled start, the onus is on him to swiftly conclude the appointment of the GECOM Chairman. That is a one-day affair.In the exercise of this restraint associated with a caretaker / interim government, the worst thing any caretaker President can do is impose himself on the nation after September 18, 2019, without the two-thirds endorsement from the National Assembly. The centres of power, like civil society and the army, must let him know the constitutional parameters within which his caretaker / interim Government exists, in compliance with the global norms.In the current dispensation, the life of this caretaker/interim Government comes to an end on the midnight hour of September 18, 2019, and in its place, we would be having an illegitimate government, unless there are free and fair elections. An illegitimate government does not have the power to make any appointments, any policy decisions, and enter into any contracts on behalf of the people of Guyana.The law will empower any new government to surcharge any public official especially Permanent Secretaries, Regional Executive Officers or any other Accounting Officers for any expenses incurred during the life of an illegitimate government. It is from this perspective that I must also forewarn every domestic and international investor who chooses to sign any contracts with this caretaker/ interim Government to understand the risks. A new administration can very well deem all signed contracts with this caretaker / interim Government as illegal and unenforceable. It is hoped that good sense will prevail.
Dear Editor,Over the past two decades the Government – both past and present – has been taking active steps to recognise and preserve the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana.The passage of the Amerindian Act 2006, the land titling process and community development plans are all examples of the Administrations’ quest to recognise and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana as well as to ensure that resources are made available to the Amerindian as the first peoples of this land.The APNU/AFC Administration not withstanding its slow pace of implementation of the land titling process has good intentions of seeing it through. As we are about to celebrate our 50th Independence anniversary – a time when all Guyanese are happy and proud, a time of reflection and a time to celebrate, the indigenous peoples’ rights are being trampled upon, being marginalised, stifled and suppressed by the operations of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) local office.I wish to draw attention to resources that were supposed to be made available to indigenous peoples through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) – approximately US0,000. Over two years have elapsed since the signing of the agreement and the IDB is still sorting out implementation modalities.This delay and withholding of benefits to the Amerindian peoples of this country, I am afraid, is unacceptable to Guyana’s indigenous peoples and more so in breach of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) of which Guyana is a signatory. I am, therefore, appealing to the United Nations’ human rights bodies to investigate this clear breach of indigenous peoples’ rights in Guyana by the IDB by withholding and delaying benefits due to us by way of REDD+ preparation activities.My fellow Amerindians, there is no independence celebration for us. The IDB still thinks of us as being primitive people not worthy of priority while they enjoy the good life (air conditioned office and highly paid salaries), we are being made to beg for the next meal for our own survival.My fellow Amerindians, let us join forces together in unity. If the IDB cannot give us what is due for us, they must go. We cannot and must not tolerate injustice and suppression of our rights. United Nations (UN) and the Government of Guyana (GOG), please do something about this, since as Amerindians we want our independence. Best wishes to President Granger and the people of Guyana on our 50th Independence anniversary.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaud
Dear Editor,The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), now under the astute leadership of Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum and the Investigative team must be complimented for the crime solving strategy which has so far been very successful. What is needed now is a more proactive approach to minimise the commission of crime. This can only be made possible by effective, well-trained intelligence unit capable of: Infiltrating criminal gangs; recruiting and managing informants; and having undercover agents operating in every Police division who are not known to the Police in the division and who use the cover of barbershops, bars, newspaper vendors, insurance salesmen, fishermen, beggars, prostitutes and establishment of a store that buys items with the aim of recovering stolen items.The major responsibilities of the unit should be to elicit, process and supply information on criminal matters, advise the Police on issues involving strategic decisions and advise them on issues relevant to tactical decisions. The Intel Unit should also endeavour to expand and reorganise the unit’s base on crime so that it can be manipulated in a variety of ways. First and foremost this will mean the setting up of functional files on businesses, city sectors, travel patterns of known hoodlums and cross-referencing them to existing biographic files.Employ such specialists as economist, accountants, attorneys and even system analysts. An improvement in analytic potential is not something easily measurable, particularly in a field such as organised crime. Intel agents should not be recruited from among serving ranks, but from the civilian population.I recommend that the present Government be approached with the aim of having the MOSAD, the world’s finest intelligence agency to train Intel operatives.The modus operandi of the criminal underworld is to outfox and outgun the Police with the aim of causing terror and possibly destabilising the new Government who they see as a threat to their existence.Intel suggests that the criminal underworld has successfully infiltrated the lower echelon of the law enforcement agencies and through our borders, has managed to smuggle in high powered rifles from Venezuela unchallenged. It is also common knowledge that the criminal underworld has in their ranks highly trained former members of the GDF Special Forces, Intel and Police ranks, which makes the current situation reasonable and warrants urgent and decisive action in order to eliminate this imminent threat.Yours respectfully,Allan Robert Gates
Dear Editor,Numerous residents of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are frustrated and disappointed with the performance of the NIS in the Region. After working for decades, during which they contributed to the scheme, they are disillusioned and grieving due to the fact that they are not being paid a due pension by NIS, as expected.NIS is a mandatory insurance scheme for employees that collect contributions until a worker is qualified to receive benefits, usually after 60. However, while some get their due benefits, others experience a nightmare through no fault of theirs. In most cases, it is due to bungling and improper/inaccurate record keeping by NIS. Many retired persons are being taken advantage of and are helpless when it comes to getting redress. Officers at NIS know this and they just give these people a run around—form regional NIS office to Georgetown headquarters, and back over and over. Some think that they will die before any justice is served. Many complaints have been received from short-changed retirees who cannot afford a lawyer to represent them. A few will suffice here as examples:A widow from Anna Regina (name and documents supplied) worked continuously for 21 years as a security guard and made over 926 NIS contributions. However, she was given a grant of 6,868 for only 386 contributions in March 2011. This was because 540 contributions were not located by NIS. Subsequently, when NIS discovered the 540 additional contributions she was offered another grant.This procedure was wrong and should be redressed. One cannot be given two separate grants for over 750 contributions because NIS could not find a part of the contributions.Instead of two separate grants the contributions of 386 and 540 (926 in total) should be combined and she should be given a monthly pension by NIS. NIS refused to combine the contributions and the matter is in the hands of a top lawyer.Another person worked for over 20 years at Guyana Rice Board (GRB), all the time contributing to NIS, and has been given a pittance, a one-time grant of 8. He was told by an NIS inspector to get two persons who can testify that he worked for that time. This is hearsay evidence that NIS wants, but ignores Records of Service from past employers, saying that they have to further investigate.There are others who receive grants of 00 and similar amounts, people who have worked over 15 years and contributed to the scheme. When they object, they are told to take the grant, which tantamount to acceptance, then appeal.In my own case they have contributions for before I started to work, when I was in high school and after I stopped contributing in 2015. In between the contributions fluctuate drastically, even though I taught full-time over the years.The NIS needs to be better equipped. At the Anna Regina Branch, people are sent back to make copies of documents because they do not have a photocopier which costs less than ,000.So, one wonders, where are the contributions going?NIS also needs to be revamped and upgraded with new transformational leaders with best practices. This nightmare does not exist in other countries where employees contribute to Social Security. People need to be better served by NIS and received what is due to them, without hassle, in their golden years when they deserve a good quality of life and peace of mind.Regards,Karan Chand
Dear Editor,The cultivation of sugar in Guyana commenced between the 1630 and 1658 under the Dutch rule. The Africans arrived here in the 1700s. Hence, it would have been the Amerindians and later the lower class of Europeans who would have worked on these plantations. After the abolition of slavery in 1834, labour was sought by way of the immigration system, with the arrival of the Portuguese and later from the East Indians who arrived in 1838 who worked under the system of indentureship. The Chinese arrived in 1853 after the suspension of the Indian immigration system.Guyana’s unique ethnic composition is one that we brag about. Hence it is noteworthy that our country’s first official product saw the participation of every ethnic group.All six races played a pivotal role the establishment, cultivation, expansion and sustenance of Guyana’s sugar industry over the centuries. Three hundred and fifty-nine years later, the industry has acquired the track record of positive growth and unparallel contribution to the economy with a decline only on two occasions, the first being in 1980s with a revival after 1992 and again in 2005 after the flood. However, recent events have revealed that the Government is somewhat unaware of these facts or they are vehemently bent on throwing out the baby with the bath water.Social Studies teach us from an early age that sugar is one of the five natural resources of Guyana and then there is the local expression that “sugar is king.”What we have not been taught is that because of the blood, sweat, tears and suffering of our foreparents, sugar by way of its contribution to our economy for 359 years “Have made us free.”Yet today, as we witness and experience the rapid decline of our country’s economy, there are those who are unashamedly refusing to recognise the first official product and the oldest and largest single economic sector in Guyana.The Government talk of “Greening the economy” but it is hell bent on discarding the industry that can be a major contributor to this initiative by way of by products which are used in the production of food, beverages, confectionery, medicines, paper and ethanol gas. The Government complained of having to bail out the sugar industry in a manner that makes it seem as a burden on the economy yet it willing to provide subsidy to other areas.Calypsonian “Red Plastic Bag” in his calypso “Sugar Made Us Free” urged that “we need to stop and consider the consequences that we will suffer later.” The closure of the industry will have a ripple effect on individuals and the economy. Bias and visionless thinking will result in workers being placed on the breadline and the disruption of family and community life.What sins have the workers in this aged old industry committed? Can it be that they are being made to suffer unduly based on the premise that the workforce is made largely of Indo-Guyanese, that they are ardent supporters of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), that they are represented by the Unions GAWU and NAACIE which are air marked as affiliates of the PPP or that they were the first sector that was organised by the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, Founder of the PPP.If this is so, then it is a violation of their rights as is stated under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Act Convention No 87 and United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Article 19-23 – Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise.The latest vendetta is the late payment of wages and salaries to sugar workers which was overdue by two weeks without any explanation. This is a violation of ILO’s Convention, 1949 (No 95)The final chapter on the story of sugar in Guyana is about to end on a sad note and the APNU/AFC Administration has designed its tombstone which reads “Here Rests The Sugar Industry of Guyana, 1630’s – 2017. May Its Soul Rest In Peace.”Sincerely,Gillian BurtonPersaud MP
Dear Editor,I have observed what seems to be a change of uniform of constables attached to the City Constabulary of Georgetown, from their traditional dark blue uniforms to light blue tops and dark bottoms. These persons moving around the markets and around the city with these new outfits look more like security guards than Policemen.I would like to know if the Georgetown City Constabulary has changed its uniform just like that, without properly sensitising the public. Police departments all over the world are very strongly traditional, and they want their officers to look like Police officers. In other words, what the public associates with “Police officer”.Most people can identify a Police officer by the official Police uniform. When citizens on a busy street are in need of help, they scan the crowds of pedestrians looking for the distinctive uniform of a Police officer. Drivers who come to an intersection occupied by a person in a Police uniform usually willingly submit to that person’s hand directions. Criminals usually curb their unlawful behaviours when they spot a uniformed Police officer in the area. Many parents teach their children to respect and trust a person in Police uniform. How can the Council just whimsically change the uniforms of their Constables like that?Everyone knows that their uniforms were made of cheap polyester, and were poorly tailored, resulting in their wearers being hot and uncomfortable, and that they faded and turned purple after being laundered a few times, but that does not give them the right to just arbitrarily change them? They just needed to purchase high quality and properly tailored apparel.The traditional dark blue crisp uniforms of the City Constabulary conveyed power and authority. Even the slightest alterations to the style of this uniform will change how citizens will perceive these constables. The City Constabulary uniform is a tradition as old as the Constabulary itself, patterned after the London Metropolitan Police, who developed the first standard Police apparel.These first Police officers, the famous “Bobbies” of London, were issued a dark blue, paramilitary-style uniform. The colour blue was chosen to distinguish the Police from the British military, who wore red and white uniforms at the time.Darker colours may have been preferred for their ease in cleaning and their ability to help conceal the wearer in tactical situations. Dark colours help cover up stains and keep the officer from being easily spotted by lawbreakers, especially at night.Is this change of uniform another hare-brained idea by City Hall officials?With thanks,Riley Matthews
Dear Editor,I was utterly bemused at the statements made by David Patterson at the AFC’s Candidates Expo at their headquarters at the Kitty Railway Embankment, Georgetown. He clearly extolled the ‘accomplishments’ of the Coalition Government in the Public Telecommunications Ministry and the Public Infrastructure Ministry as belonging solely to the AFC Ministers, but failed to recount the dismal failures.In his uncharacteristic vitriolic and egocentric speech, he said, “People complaining that the AFC ministers are going into regions and saying that the community projects that Government done, we are claiming (them) as our contribution.Any road I build, you tell them is David Patterson from AFC build it, and we have to walk the walk. We are too modest to take our credit.”I wish to draw Patterson’s attention to the fact that, on more than one occasion, it was highlighted at the RDC meeting that an AFC Executive member is going around promising residents in various communities the installation of street lights, building and repairing of roads, and taking credit for the works done by the RDC.This is to garner votes at the upcoming LGE. I must remind him also that residents were asked to place their signatures to request these infrastructures, which were later used to support the AFC candidates on the backers’ form.Moreover, I want to ask him to also take full credit for the numerous instances of reported cases of corruption and substandard works on ‘his roads’. The East Bank Berbice Road is a prime example.This road’s foundation is in constant digging, refilling and re-digging, and each time the expensive road filling stuff is removed it is transported by the MoPI lorry to fill the yards of AFC members.Please check opposite the Albion Police Station, your executive member has his yard filled with the stuff and the yard of the other AFC TV star in Canje. This faulty area is from Edinburgh to Glasgow Village.In addition to this, the MoPI is using a defective asphalt spreader, which was purchased to do this East Bank Road, which is leaving more waves on the road than the nearby Berbice River.This road should have been done at a cost of $1.2 billion, according to the engineering design of the IDB, but it is now clear that this design was not followed, and, from all indications, this allocation will not be enough to bring that road to completion, since the corruption is galloping in all directions.Can the Minister say what sums have already been spent, and when this project will be completed? This Minister should also take full credit for the breach of the Procurement Act in the award of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge Project study. He illegally gave contractors $148 million dollars to do that study.The Minister of Public Security could not have bragged about his achievements in that sector, so he directed his full focus on the PPP. He went further than what he said on a TV station in Berbice. He advised his gathering of AFC candidates that if they are ‘harassed’ by the PPP members, they should call him on his cell phone and he would get the Police to deal with them. It seems that this minister is now in charge of the operations of the GPF, and not only the formulation of policies.Should this minister then not give each and every citizen his personal number, so that they can call him when their homes and businesses are pillaged by bandits? Already, in four days of this week, Berbice has been assaulted by four daring and brutal robberies. In addition, should he not also call on the GPF to investigate the numerous instances of electoral fraud perpetrated by his Party?The ‘Champion’ of the sugar workers and the subject minister also failed to take credit for the AFC’s handiwork in the sugar industry and the corruption and retrogression of the rice industry. The Panama rice fiasco is threatening that lucrative market.We are now importing rice to keep our foreign markets alive. The drastic reduction of the contribution of agriculture to the GDP was spared the agony of being mentioned at this ‘fit and proppa’ gathering.Lastly, Patterson’s advice to his membership should be heeded with some concern. He vehemently told his membership, “If war break, defend yourself at all times.I don’t believe in turning the next cheek”. Is this his version of ‘slow fyah mo fyah’? Is this the speech of a responsible minister of Government, a campaign manager and the general secretary of his party?The AFC’s ghost sure knows how to scare. The AFC’s campaign is so ‘fit and proppa’ that they have now withdrawn from contesting over 10 NDC areas!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Dear Editor,By any major measure, APNU has been a failure. Here are a few instances:1. Drained disposable income of the populace by extracting a 50 per cent increase in taxation over the 2015 to 2018 period. The implementation of over 200 tax measures has seen annual tax revenue at $200 billion in 2018, vs $135 billion in 2014, a whopping 65 billion increase on the backs of the populace. Small wonder the average man is feeling the squeeze.2. Stifled and scared-away investment. With almost four years since the coalition came to power, not a single major private or public investment project has materialised. Instead, the APNU is simply reaping the benefits of investment projects and financing arranged by the PPP Government. From Exxon to the Cheddi Jagan airport, to the new gold mines, manganese mines, bauxite mines – all of these were arranged by the PPP. All new investment has stalled due to the bureaucracy and ineptitude of this APNU/AFC Government. Had APNU not scuttled the Amaila Falls project, a total of US$850 million would have been invested in Guyana and 165 Megawatts of power would have been available this year into the grid at 10 cents per kilowatts. Instead, the country faces blackouts. Nationalisation of the Berbice Bridge is yet another example and, of course, the derailing of the speciality hospital by awarding the contract to a client of an AFC Government Minister.3. Abandoned, ignored of reneged on every major promise made in the APNU/AFC manifesto. Instead of inclusionary policies, measures to improve prosperity, good governance, improving accountability and transparency and zero corruption, the APNU/AFC has ignored each of these. Their performance has been the exact opposite. No wonder the populace is fed-up.4. Draining of foreign reserves and gold reserves by over US$400 million and incurring an overdraft with the Central Bank (illegal) of over US$250 million. As if increased taxation was not enough.5. The populace has lost confidence. Just look at the Local Government Elections (LGE) results. A whopping landslide win for PPP with 61 per cent of the votes vs 34 per cent for APNU and 4 per cent for the AFC.6. Loss of no-confidence vote in Parliament following Charrandas Singh voting with the Opposition in protest of closing the sugar estates and ignoring the plight of the sugar workers.The evidence of the abysmal failure of APNU/AFC is clear. The Parliament and the public have lost confidence in the APNU/AFC coalition Government. Elections must be held in accordance with the Constitution. Elections must be held now.Sincerely,A Grant
Dear Editor,It breaks my heart to know that paedophilia, trafficking and other child sex offences have become a scourge and industry in Guyana and around the world. In Guyana, we have seen many instances where mothers are prostituting their own underage children, where fathers are sexually molesting their own daughters, and in some cases, even their own sons. I recall a case, in the Vreed-en-Hoop area, where a Corporal from the Guyana Defence Force, molested his two-year-old stepson. Some stepfathers are also known to take advantage of their stepchildren. Girls are being threatened that if they “tell anyone, they will be killed along with their mother”. There are even many uncles who are involved in paedophile activities with their nieces and nephews. Children are being sold every day on the dark web around the world to some of the most prominent people in society.Victims of this kind of abuse usually undergo a series of psychological damage and destruction as they age. Poor self-esteem, eating disorders, intense fear, horror, helplessness and depression are just some of the many issues our youths are bombarded with. Higher incidences of suicidal attempts, dysfunctional relationships, violence and self-destructive behaviours are becoming even more apparent in these victims.It is evident that we are in a drastic situation when it comes to paedophilia and child sex abuse, and, therefore, we need drastic action. I am, therefore, supporting chemical castration for good – that is not reversible. If we don’t have the facilities for chemical castration, then we do surgical castration, where there will be no pain or chopping of the organ.Chemical castration is a method used to suppress sexual urges. It is already available to some sex offenders, both in prisons and communities worldwide, except Guyana as far as I know. Countries such as Poland, Australia, India, Indonesia and a host of other countries have already implemented this system. A May 2016 issue of The New York Times, reported that a number of US States already use chemical castration, as part of a range of measures to reduce reoffending. In June 2019, Will Stewart of The Mirror reported that officials in Ukraine approved the law for the use of chemical castration on convicted paedophiles and rapists.Unlike Indonesia, where chemical castration is a non-optional punishment, Guyana should impose it as an alternative to life imprisonment or the death penalty. The opportunity of going through counselling and guidance may be given to paedophiles and rapists, with the understanding that they will be castrated.It has been found by many countries that have already implemented this system that imprisonment and behavioural therapy are not particularly effective, as offenders usually repeat their crimes when released into society. Chemical castration is championed as an effective tool for achieving this. Therefore, I plead with our Government to implement this system so that we can save our youths. Help us save our children.Sincerely,Roshan Khan
Fifty-six per cent of youths in Guyana who are sexually active have contracted a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) at some point in their lives, a Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA) study revealed, stating that over a quarter are not using condoms.The study “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A snapshot of sexual knowledge, attitudes, and practices among Guyanese youths age 14-25” examined the sexual activities of youths in eight Administrative Regions, with 44 per cent of the respondents from Region Four.The majority of the youths who contributed to the study were still attending school while a third was out-of- school youths. The report was completed by Sherlina Nageer, of the Ministry of Public Health and commissioned by the GRPA.The report indicated that most youths conflated sexually transmitted diseases with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), meaning that most of their knowledge about sexually transmitted infections centred around HIV only and they were generally unaware of the other STIs.It stated that while 69 per cent of sexually active youths did report using condoms during their sexual encounter, a distressing 29 per cent were not using condoms while having sex. A fifth of these youths, the report added, said their reason for not using condoms was because they and/or their partner did not have any.On the other hand a quarter of those who were not using condoms said that was because they “trusted their partner and/or were in a committed relationship” while six per cent said they did not like it.More than half of these youths, 51 per cent, reported not using birth controls with only 15 per cent revealed knowledge of the specific birth control methods.“Worries about cancer and other side-effects and believing that it was ‘wrong’ and a sin were also cited as reasons for not using birth control,” the study revealed, adding that 36 per cent of these youths have either been pregnant or had gotten someone pregnant.The study expounded that most of the youths are learning about sex from the internet or their peers. Thus, the study recommended that a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health rights education be implemented in all public schools in Guyana.“Youths need and want more information about sex and related topics. There is a clear need for additional unbiased and non-judgmental sources of information about sex, sexual health, and wellness for the young people of Guyana,” the report stated, adding that the educational sector, predominantly, remains an under-exploited avenue for providing such crucial information.Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud had outlined that there is a need to re-examine the National HIV/AIDS campaign since there is a growing number of new HIV cases, particularly in youths.Dr Persaud stated that statistics explained that it is mostly the younger population that has been engaging in unprotected sexual activities, declaring that nearly 60% of youths begin having sex at an early age, while most of them have little to no knowledge on how HIV/AIDS is contracted or know how to protect themselves.
…in light of public servants wage standoffThe establishment of an industrial court to hear matters on workers’ grievances and other labour issues is necessary, Attorney Nigel Hughes told Guyana Times in a recent interview.Similar views were expressed by Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who also made the call during an interview with this newspaper.Attorney Nigel HughesFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallBoth Attorneys pointed out that there were many cases of ongoing grievances and work-related issues plaguing employees, who sometimes received no justice. The most recent is the deadlock between the Government and the Guyana Public Servants Union (GPSU), who had proposed a “living wage” for workers.Hughes stated that it would be good to have the specialised court established because cases would be dealt with in a timely manner with little to no backlog. However, he proposed that before the court was built, the Administration needed to bring the existing judicial institutions up to an acceptable level, whereby there was no backlog of cases.Also, he said it was important for the Administration to consider if the country had the capacity to build another court.“Although adding another layer to the system is good, it might create more frustration for us,” he said.The People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) had circulated a letter to the media, requesting the coalition Government and the Opposition to move to Parliament to establish an Industrial Court, with the status of the High Court, to hear and determine disputes relating to employment and labour relations.The Union stated that it was pushing the parties for consent since both of them, in power and on the campaign trail, as well as at Labour Day rallies and marches, promised the working class and their trade unions a good and strong labour sector.In the letter, the Union stated, “Due to the number of unsolved and unsettled cases, lack of enforcement of existing labour laws, failure of Guyana signing on to more international labour laws and International Labour Organisation (ILO) and International Maritime Organisation labour conventions/laws and lack of addressing ongoing grievances and general work-related issues affecting the working class, the People United and General Workers Union (PU&GWU) strongly believes that the way to address these matters and to establish a strong, effective and improved labour sector in Guyana, and also to address workers, their trade unions, and their general grievances in a timely manner, thus the Government of Guyana needs to urgently establish an Industrial Court.”Currently, labour matters are handled by the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department and, in some cases, these matters would be taken to the High Court – under the previous Administration, there was a dedicated Labour Ministry.Nandlall stated that an Industrial Court would prevent this from occurring, since in some cases, employees would not have the money to hire a lawyer to represent them. He said that an established court would have specialised lawyers and judges to deliver a better quality of justice in a faster manner.“The concept of a specialised court to deal with these matters is a good one,” he opined, recalling that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, specialised courts were established to deal with particular issues which would have otherwise fallen into the hands of the High Court or the Magistrates’ Courts.He stated that the formation of such an institution would have its advantages, particularly in the hearing of cases immediately rather than having to join the “long backlog of unrelated cases”.However, he indicated that the establishment of an Industrial Court would be dependent on whether there were a significant number of disputes to engage a tribunal.Presently, the Government and the GPSU are at a standstill on salary increase negotiations. While Government maintains that it will not budge from its 10 per cent offer, the GPSU has been holding out and has even suggested that the two parties meet again for more talks. President David Granger has, however, said that there was nothing more that could be offered at this time.
The body of a Corentyne man was on Thursday afternoon found in a trench at Topu, a village in close proximity to Albion.The dead man has been identified as Mohan Ball, 49, of Lot 74 Hampshire South, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne). This publication understands that several villagers witnessed the alleged murder.The dead man’s sister, Raywattie Fraser, explained that a little boy claimed to have seen what happened: “The lil bai come and say a ‘Rocky’ and ‘Andy’ kill Uncle Ball and throw him in the trench.” She further explained that she rushed to the scene with her husband after receiving the information.“When we go the street was full with people, me husband go across at the trench and check he, and say he dead and come back”.The body bore several marks of violence on it. Fraser described the marks as being large ‘black and blue’ spots, and there were also spots of what appeared to be blood. The sister claimed he could not swim. A piece of wood was also seen a short distance from the body.Villagers say the man was seen earlier in the day drinking with two villagers and that the three were later seen fighting.One of the two suspects was allegedly seen in wet clothes in the vicinity of where the body was found. The suspect was riding a bicycle at the time.Some villagers referred to the deceased as a ’junkie’. His sister did not have a photograph of him and could not locate one.“All he get is he clothes, he never deh to take pictures. He lives here and there, he does stay with people in the village, who he a work with,” his sister said.He was considered a funny person. “He always like make joke, he na like fight and suh, he never deh in problem,” the grieving sister said.Police are investigating and up to press time, no arrest had been made. (Andrew Carmichael)
Guyana on Sunday joined the rest of the world in observing World Leprosy Day.To raise awareness, a talk to formally launch a month of activities was held at the Palms Geriatric Home on Brickdam.Delivering the feature address at the launch was Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings. Dr Cummings noted that the stigma attached to the disease forced infected persons to isolate themselves and not seek the available medical treatment, which was free of cost in Guyana.“We must be responsible citizens and do whatever we can to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with leprosy,” Minister Cummings stated.Several trainees were coached in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with leprosy. Also, the Minister noted that the Public Health Ministry was for the first time able to visit Regions One (Barima-Waini); Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni); Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) to follow up, monitor and evaluate the competence of the trainees who were dealing with leprosy, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.Minister Cummings stated that “the Ministry of Public Health, through its infectious disease programme, will continue to work tirelessly to improve and ensure the reduction of the prevalence of leprosy in Guyana through coordinated efforts of health promotions, surveillance and prompt access to treatment.”Minister Cummings also stressed that there was great need for peer counsellors within the leprosy programme at the Ministry. She pointed out that currently measures were being put in place to recruit peer counsellors. This is being done through a collaborative effort with the Social Protection Ministry. “Peer counsellors we believe will provide essential assistance in the area of patient follow-up to ensure patient remain on treatment and do not become defaulters,” the Minister explained.Country Representative from the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr William Adu-Krow said that his organisation was pleased to have supported the Public Health Ministry last year on its Leprosy Control Programme.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, addressing stakeholders at the launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric HomePAHO/WHO representative, Dr William Adu-Krow at the launching ceremony of World Leprosy Day at the Palms Geriatric HomeHe said, “This year 2017, we are committed to continue our support to the Ministry of Public Health in its efforts towards achieving the ultimate goal of leprosy elimination at the national level in Guyana.”Leprosy control has improved significantly throughout the world owing to national and sub-national campaigns in endemic countries. Integration of basic leprosy services and inter-general health services has made diagnosis and treatment of the disease more accessible.In 2002, leprosy was thought to have been eliminated. This was due to the disease detection being fewer than 1 case per 10,000 persons. In 2014, none of the endemic 122 countries had recorded more than 1 case per 10,000 persons. However, in 2016, Guyana diagnosed 52 new cases, with Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) being deemed the most affected region.The Public Health Ministry throughout the month of February will be conducting a number of awareness exercises across the country. The exercises include visits and educational talks at both primary and secondary schools, with 10 schools on the East Bank targeted. There will also be an awareness booth set up at the Giftland Mall on February 18 and 19, followed by a health walk on Brickdam on February 25.Leprosy is an infectious disease that causes severe, disfiguring skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs. The disease has been around since ancient times, often surrounded by terrifying, negative stigmas and tales of leprosy patients being shunned as outcasts. However, the disease is completely curable. Persons with the disease are urged to seek early treatment as this can prevent disfiguring disability related to the advanced stages of leprosy.
– to newly-constructed Lusignan holding facilityThe acting Director of Prisons, Mr Gladwin Samuels, on Monday gave the media an update on the new accommodation arrangements for prisoners relocated from the Georgetown Prisons to the Lusignan Prisons following events that transpiredActing Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, at the new holding facility on Mondayat the Georgetown Prisons on July 9 last. He was speaking specifically in relation to the availability of the newly tarmacked holding area at the Lusignan Prison Complex. This new facility will ease the present situation of congestion at that penitentiary, brought on after hundreds of inmates from the Camp Street Prison had been relocated there following a fire — deliberately set on July 9 – that had reduced the Georgetown facility to rubble. Those transferees were forced to live under atrocious conditions at the Lusignan penitentiary, and their irate and frustrated relatives had decried the conditions under which they were being held at the Lusignan penitentiary. On Monday, Samuels announced measures which could alleviate the untenable conditions obtaining at the Lusignan Prisons. He explained that most of the prisoners evacuated from Camp Street are still being housed at Lusignan, and that the holding area would house 450 prisoners.“After many days of hard work, we have finally come to a stage where this new holding area can be occupied. Our intention today (Monday) is to sanitise those prisoners in the walled area, as described by the minister, who will be transferred to this area (tarmac),” Samuels detailed.He explained that the Guyana Prison Service would seek alternative arrangements to house the remaining prisoners; and assured that the tarmacked area, which has three sheds, will offer more security and improved sleeping conditions. “When they’re relocated here, the sleeping arrangements will be much enhanced from what they have right now. We purchased mattresses and other sleeping materials during the period, (and those) will be issued to them,” he highlighted. He added that the area would allow for a “more controlled environment”, in that it would segregate prisoners and facilitate a smooth process for court appearances, which were disrupted after the inferno.He also said the Prison Service recognises the concerns of relatives who want to see their incarcerated loved ones, but disclosed that family visits would recommence at a later date.Family members were incensed principally because their relatives were staying in a pasture, an area meant for animals. One day after the fire, work commenced on the holding area, but several angry prisoners, upset at staying in unfavourable conditions in the walled area, had attempted to torch sections of the Lusignan facility.On Monday also, reports surfaced that teenage inmate Allan Basdeo had been stabbed by two fellow prisoners at Lusignan. Samuels has, however, indicated that the new holding sections would be able to better cater to the needs of prisoners classified as vulnerable.“It is our hope that this [facility] will provide a better environment, especially for those prisoners who are deemed to be a bit more vulnerable than those hardcore offenders who have, in various ways, taken advantage of those prisoners,” Samuels pointed out. He, however, clarified that despite the use of the words “taken advantage of”, there were no reports of any sexual assault having been committed in the walled area, which was cramped with hundreds of inmates. Following the transfer of prisoners from Georgetown to Lusignan, the conditions at Lusignan were condemned by both inmates and their family members, who lamented that prisoners had been sleeping under tents, and were exposed to the elements. In March 2016, a fire at the Camp Street Prisons had claimed the lives of 17 inmates. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Seventy-five students were the recipients of back-to-school hampers on Saturday, when the Give Another Chance Foundation (GACF) in collaboration with V Net, Island Style, Atlantic Mining Inc and Cerulean Inc gave back to the community.Recipients pose with their back-to-school gear at the Island Style Café, Brickdam, Georgetown on SaturdayTop performers at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment and exceptional performers at various levels from JE Burhnam Primary, Sophia Primary, Paradise Primary, Ketley Primary School and Hopetown Primary school among others in the Georgetown area received backpacks, tablets and laptops to facilitate learning during the new school year.In addition, students from St Rose’s High School, Bishops High, Christ Church, and Brickdam Secondary School were among the recipients of these hampers while one third-year student of the University of Guyana was awarded a cash token.“Your life has a value, your education is even more valuable and for the greater future… education is very, very important,” a representative of the Foundation urged.As such, the Foundation saw it most fitting to start with those who are in the second stage of their education; from primary to secondary education.The GACF was established to provide basic comforts and financial aid leading to the development and improving the lives of children throughout Guyana. Over the past seven years, the trustees and members of the Foundation have continuously strived to motivate and support children from less fortunate circumstances.
Parking meter sagaThe Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has further delayed discussions of the Parking Meter Project. At the Council’s statutory meeting late Monday afternoon, Councillors heard that September 7 is the new date when the matter will be discussed. The announcement was disclosed by Mayor Patricia Chase Green, who told Councillors that come next week Thursday; they must be fully prepared to discuss the project.Mayor Patricia Chase-GreenThe Parking Meter Project attracted much controversy since its introduction in May 2016. However, it was when it officially rolled out in the latter part of January 2017, that citizens formed large protests where hundreds of people from various cross-sections of society gathered in front of City Hall for several weeks, calling for a rescinding of the parking meter contract. These sustained protests resulted in Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan ordering that the paid parking initiative be suspended and a committee be formed to have the contract revised.At Monday’s meeting, the Mayor clarified that it was the elected Council which agreed to suspend the project. At the last meeting held on August 17, 2017, recommendations were compiled by the Parking Meter Negotiation Committee, headed by Councillor Malcom Ferreira, where it was suggested that the Council could discontinue the metered parking system with Smart City Solutions (SCS). Other recommendations had included continuing the metered parking system in accordance to law – relating to a legal and transparent process as outlined in Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, and to continue the metered parking system independently or await the outcome of pending court proceedings on the subject matter.Other concerns in the report included the transparency of the process, whether due diligence was observed – especially since the Legal Advisor of the Council indicated that he was not a part of the initial process of the formation of the contract; the termination clause; the dispute resolution/jurisdiction since the contract in its present state calls for arbitration to be conducted in a foreign court, the seize and sell clause, harsh penalties and booting.Other issues that the Committee had noted highlighted that the contract include rates for residential parking, rates for commercial parking, group rates for taxis and minibuses, the revenue split of 80-20 per cent – with SCS holding majority – duration of the contract, tax concessions, monopoly on parking and location of meters. Additionally, transfer of time on cards, impact on income, parking spaces for parking not in good conditions, size of parking space, wages, exemptions, traffic congestion in city, car park issues, attitude of SCS staff, economic report, designated areas for schools/differently abled, distance of parking meters from spaces, placement of meters, and the fact that the main partner was a foreign company were all matters that received attention. According to the report, the Council can choose to continue the Metered Parking System with Smart City Solutions. However, to move forward under that option, the Committee must be mandated to renegotiate on Council’s behalf so as to address and resolve all of the points/findings listed in this report [concerns].The original parking meter contract, which has to date not been publicly released, has a duration of 20 years, upon which the Council has the option to renew. Furthermore, it obligates parkers to pay $200 per hour of parking. Failure to do so will result in the respective vehicle being clamped, or possibly seized.
In Paramakatoi, Kato…millions of dollars unaccounted forState auditors who embarked on an investigation targeting the National School Feeding Programme have bared major “spending” inconsistencies plaguing the programme in two remote villages in Region Eight during the period 2016/2017. Millions of dollars continue to be injected into the initiative ($1.3 billion and $1.9 billion in the years 2016 and 2017 respectively) which was implemented in the ten administrative regions following its relaunch in 2010 by former Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo.Notwithstanding the original aim of the programme, coordinators in the cited region have reportedly been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them.Particular scrutiny into the expenditures for each meal revealed outrageous costs attached to same, raising further queries as to whether right procurement procedures were adhered to in the contract-awarding stage, among other issues.According to media reports, funds allocated to the feeding programme for newly constructed Kato Secondary School was diverted to the other areas and utilised as such.The state auditors report was recently handed over to the Administration but it is yet unclear whether auditors have recommended further investigations by police, and even the preferring of criminal charges.The present Administration has vowed a zero tolerance for non-performance and corruption against public servants. In fact, former Region Eight Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rafel Downes was sacked earlier this year following issues surrounding overpayment of salaries and deductions. (Paula Gomes)
A man who threatened to kill a woman after finding out that the child he thought he fathered with her turned out not to be his, was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Augustus Liken admitted to Magistrate Leron Daly that he used threatening language towards Kewana Barker on October 12, 2017 in Georgetown.According to the man, the Virtual Complainant (VC) bore a child who he thought he fathered.However, only recently was the truth revealed to him which caused him to become enraged.As such, he and the VC were involved in a bitter argument and he threatened to kill her. The matter was reported to the Police and the accused was charged.Magistrate Daly fined him ,000 or a default of two weeks imprisonment.
Attack on teacherInvestigators are still questioning the four suspects taken into custody for the gruesome murder of 22-year-old Kescia Branche, who was found exactly one week ago in a battered and unconscious state.Dead: Kescia BrancheOn Friday, detectives arrested an “associate” of the young woman. “The deceased was in contact with a male on several occasions via cellphone in the early hours of that morning. This person has been identified and is in custody assisting investigators,” Police said in a statement on Friday.Guyana Times understands that upon examining the cellular phone of the deceased, detectives came across the number, and as such, tracked down and arrested the associate.Investigators also hauled in Branche’s former partner, the father of her son, for questioning on Thursday. He, too, remains in custody.Even as these two civilians are being questioned, the two Police Constables with whom the young woman was seen leaving a city night club also remain under close arrest.Additionally, two other ranks are being questioned after phone records show they were in constant contact with one of the Constables after he left the night club in company of the now dead young woman.Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination conducted on Friday morning revealed that Branche died as a result of brain haemorrhage and blunt trauma to the head.The unconscious Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher was found in the vicinity of Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown last Sunday sometime around 05:00h.She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she remained in an unconscious state hooked up to life support machines until last Tuesday, when she succumbed to her injuries at some time around 17:00h.Branche, who had resided in Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, was last seen on Saturday, November 4, 2017, when she left for a night out with her friends. The Police are seeking the public’s assistance to determine what may have transpired that resulted in the inhumane beating the young woman received.
0Shares0000SAN FRANCISCO, USA, June 15- Tiger Woods made his best start to a US Open in a decade on Thursday, firing a one-under 69 on San Francisco’s brutal Olympic Club course to send out a stark warning to the rest of the field.That early morning broadside put the 36-year-old former world No.1 into equal second place, three strokes behind surprise first round leader, 27-year-old US qualifier Michael Thompson. The confident manner Woods opened the tournament will boost his hopes of winning a record-equalling fourth US Open title on Sunday, four years after he won the last of his 14 majors at nearby Pebble Beach.“I had a good game plan going in and I executed all the way through and ended up with a score under par. Which was nice,” Woods said.“I felt very pleased with every facet of my game and I stayed very patient out there.”Level with Woods on 69 was 2001 USPGA champion David Toms, a veteran of 45 who has won just one tournament in the last six years as he battled a succession of injuries, US outsider Nick Watney and former European No.1 Justin Rose of England.There then followed an international mix of players on level-par 70 — 17-year-old US amateur Beau Hossler, US qualifier Jason Bohn, J.B. Park of South Korea, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson and Alistair Presnell of Australia.But it was a crushing day for two of the top American hopes – Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson – who were in the day’s glamour grouping alongside Woods.Five-time US Open runner-up Mickelson struggled badly, losing a ball in the gnarled Monterey Cypress trees with his opening drive and never really settling into his game after that as he limped along to a six-over 76.Masters champion Bubba Watson fared even worse as he sprayed the ball off the tee with his distinctive pink driver en route to a horrendous 78.English hopes were left bruised and battered also as world No 1 Luke Donald had a day to forget with nine bogeys in a demoralising 79 that will once again raise question-marks over whether he can one day win a major title.Countryman and playing partner Lee Westwood battled back from a poor start for a creditable 73, while the third member of the afternoon’s top grouping — defending champion Rory McIlroy — also struggled.The 23-year-old Ulsterman produced none of the fireworks we saw from him last year at Congressional in Washington as he stumbled along to a 77 and a battle on his hands just to make the cut.With only a few groupings left out on the course, only five players had managed to complete their rounds under par, testimony to the toughness of the rolling par-70 Lake Course, which is hosting the US Open for the fifth time.Woods was coming off a win in his last tournament, The Memorial, but has struggled for consistency of late, best illustrated by a tie for 40th in the Masters in April – the worst performance of his professional career in the year’s first major.But, starting from the ninth hole, he was immediately into his stride splitting the first four fairways as he opened with five straight pars.A bogey on the 14th was cancelled by a birdie on the par-five 17th where he holed from four feet as he went out in level par 36.Woods then stayed steady through the Lake Course’s feared opening six holes highlighted by back-to-back bidies at the fourth and fifth — where he sunk putts from 10 feet and then 30 feet.He dropped one though at the next after failing to get up and down from a bunker having pushed his approach shot, and parred his way in from there.The unheralded Thompson, a runner-up in the US Amateur Championship here in 2007, had seven birdies against three bogeys in his round of 66.“This is one of my favorite golf courses. So I’ve got good feelings coming in here. I just got the putter hot today,” he said.Toms said that on such a demanding course, total concentration was the key.“You really just have to concentrate, give it your all on every shot and never give in to the golf course because it will punish you if your attitude is not good, if your concentration is not good,” he said.Watney owed his presence so high up the leaderboard to an albatross two on the par-five 17th – just the third double-eagle in US Open history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000The US confirms the first eight members of the Ryder Cup team to play Europe in September but four places are still up for grabs and Tiger Woods could still be selectedPARAMUS, United States, Aug 21 – Tiger Woods is aiming to cement his claim to a place in the USA’s Ryder Cup team as he prepares for this week’s Northern Trust Open in New Jersey.The former world number one said Tuesday securing a place in Jim Furyk’s Ryder Cup squad had been one of his goals at the start of his comeback season after nearly two years out with injury. Woods heads into this week’s opening leg of the lucrative FedEx Cup Play-Off Series after a thrilling diplay at the PGA Championship, where he came up just short to finish second.Woods is ranked 11th on the USA Ryder Cup points table but must wait until September 5 to learn whether he has earned one of captain Furyk’s wildcard selections.Either way, Woods is assured to travel to France as one of Furyk’s vice-captains.The 14-time major winner however is determined to travel as a player.“I want to be picked and I want to be part of the team,” said Woods on Tuesday.“The interesting role here is that I’m a vice captain, so we’re talking about myself in the third person a lot. So, that’s one of the more interesting conversations we were having.“We were having a lot of fun with it but yeah I’m one of the guys on the short list and sometimes I’ve got to pull myself out of there and talk about myself in the third person, which is a little odd.”Asked by an AFP reporter if he dreamed of playing on the USA team he replied: “Yes, I do.”“I started at the very beginning of the year, I told Jim I wanted to be a part of the team, not just as a vice captain but as a player. I’m very close to making that happen.– ‘A long year’ –Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion, has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and hasn’t won any event since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational“It’s been a long year and one that was one of my goals was to make that team, because to be part of that team, you’ve got to be one of the 12 best players and I’m kind of trending towards that.”Though foremost on Woods’ mind is committing himself to all four ‘Play-Off’ events including being among the leading 30 and thus qualify for the FedEx Cup deciding Tour Championship that commences on September 20th in Atlanta.“I’m playing the first three right now and that should get me into Atlanta and on the back side is obviously The Ryder Cup,” said Woods who is currently ranked 20th on the FedEx Cup standings.“That is a lot of golf and as I was explaining to you guys back in Akron, it’s about pacing myself and making sure I don’t practice too much, don’t overdo it, and make sure my training schedule goes well.“That’s one of the hard things this year is trying to find the right balance, and as the summer has gone on, I’ve gotten better and felt better, and this is a pretty important stretch.”Woods meanwhile reflected on his failure to make more birdies in his PGA Championship performance.“It was exciting to make a run but I lost by two at the end,” Woods said. “I did make a push on Sunday which was nice.“I shot a low round but it just wasn’t enough, on a golf course that soft, we needed to make a few more birdies.”Woods will contest the opening two rounds of this week’s tournament in the company of Australia’s Marc Leishman and current European No.1 Tommy Fleetwood.Strangely, the trio were grouped together earlier this year for the first two days of the Masters but with Woods struggling with scores of 73 and 75.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 31 – Kenya 7s squad returns Tuesday from their tours of Japan and Hong Kong with only the Shield to show from the latter as once again the Main Cup dream proved to be a barrier too far.Despite the dross, vice-captain Collins Injera, marked a personal milestone in Hong Kong when he cemented his position as the third all time leading try scorer in the World Series when he notched his 183rd career touch down. Paul Treu’s side ended their Hong Kong 7s charge with three points in what ranks as his worst performance since he took charge of the squad following a 17-10 victory over Portugal on Sunday.Scotland beat Shujaa 26-12 in the Bowl quarters to force the South African to line-up his charges for the Shield competition for the first time this season.A 10-7 loss to Wales and 43-5 mauling to defending champions Fiji in Pool A on Saturday was enough to end Kenya’s dream of making it a fifth Cup quarters this season.Speaking to Capital Sport from Hong Kong, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) boss, Mwangi Muthee said the team would fire next season when the players get more used to Treu’s methods.However, the highest paid coach in the country is yet to lead the team to the Main Cup semis this season with the Scotland and London legs left to complete the HSBC World Series.“His mission is to build a team for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and that is well on track and we expect the side to do well next season. This one was a learning process for Treu and the team,” Muthee enthused.Against Portugal, Oscar Ouma opened the scores after breaking through the backs tackle to stretch his hands and pound the ball down over the try line.Vice captain Collins Injera who provided, the opener was rewarded for his industrious work soon after beating the Portugese defence to scrum down for his 182nd World Series career try.However, Portugal hit back on the stroke of half-time as Duarte Moreira ignited the burners and sprinted up field for a solo try as Kenya led 10-5 at the interval.On resumption Injera powered a tackle on the half-way line in the fourth minute for his 183rd try, consolidating his place in third on the all-time leading scorers’ list.A late burst from Aderito Estevez reduced the deficit to seven but it was not enough as Injera accurately booted the ball into touch on the hooter to seal Kenya’s 17-10 victory and the Shield.In the semis, Spain broke the deadlock after racking up 14 passes on their way to the opening try through Pablo Fontes that Francisco Hernandez converted for a 7-0 lead.Injera could have levelled after touching down but he went ahead to miss his conversion as they trailed 7-5 to the break.It took substitute Daniel Sikuta to liven up Kenya’s chances of progressing to the finals when he ran outside to skip over a Spanish tackle to put his side in front as Injera this time round made sure his kick went through the post to advance to the final with a 12-7 score line.In the Bowl last four, Scotland kicked-off with a try that saw Mark Bennett finish off after three-pass move to cross the line for Scott Wight to convert before Oscar Ayodi sprinted through on the left flank to pull one back as Injera missed the kick.Bennett notched his brace to extend the lead before Scott Riddell intercepted from a Kenyan missed tackle to give Scotland 19-5 lead at the breather.Injera recorded his 180th career try as Kenya showed their class but speedster Andrew Turnbull broke Treu dreams of a fifth Cup last four to finish with a fine move and send Scotland to the semis with an emphatic 26-12 victory.After seven HSBC Sevens World Series rounds, Kenya has dropped to ninth on the log with 60 points ahead of the closing legs in May at Glasgow and London 7s.Series defending champions New Zealand were crowned Main Cup winners after defeating England 26-7 while South Africa beat Wales 19-14 to lift the Plate as Scotland settled for Bowl after a 31-5 victory over France.All Blacks are back at the log summit with 136 points; seven ahead of Treu’s former employers, Blitzbokke who are second while Tokyo 7s champions Fiji are third with 112 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Head coach Charles Cardovillis has said the changes are testament enough of his side’s ambition after missing out on the Main Cup in the season opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa last weekend, finishing the leg fifth.“We are in it to win it and the players we have sent out to do duty tells the story. They bring in loads of experience and firepower and it is good to have them in the team. We looked at some of the weaknesses we had in Mombasa and we strengthened,” Cardovillis noted.“We had some problems with our half-line which was missing a bit of firepower and the players who are coming in will give us that plus a bit of dynamism,” the tactician further explained.Kabras RFC in action at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 2 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKabras are in what on paper looks like an easy pool with Mombasa surprise package Mean Machine, Strathmore and newly promoted Makueni RFC.He is however, cautious on his approach and has warned his players to take each game with the same measure of seriousness, his target being a minimum of the Main Cup semis.“We saw what machine did last week and it shows you that you can’t take any team for granted. The pool is very unpredictable and everyone there can show up and surprise,” the former Kenya Harlequin director of rugby added.The coach is pleased with how his team has performed so far, acknowledging they played attractive rugby in the opening leg except for a few gremlins.He has urged his players to ensure they perform well on game ones, something he says let them down in Mombasa.“How we start each day is very important. Our first games in Mombasa on both days were not good. If we can be able to wake up well and get straight into it, then we have a good chance,” the coach offered.Kabras who have never won the circuit begin their campaign against Makueni before taking on Strathmore and Mean Machine later in the day.Kabras Sugar team for Kabeberi:Brian Tanga, Habil Malika, Dan Sikuta, Brian Juma, Johnston Mung’au, David Amboso, Timothy Mmasi, Felix Ayange, Philip Wokorach, Fabian Olando, Jacob Okumba, Dominic Osino, Aluda Beda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kabras Sugar head coach Charles Cardovillis.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Kabras Sugar has made a statement of intent ahead of the Kabeberi Sevens, the second leg of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend by throwing into the fray three experienced faces.National team players Dan Sikuta and Felix Tanga make the cut with Sikuta having been with the team in Mombasa while Fabian Olando returns to action for the first time after missing a whole calendar year with injury.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, England, August 29 – Arsene Wenger has vowed to end Arsenal’s miserable start to the season by splashing the cash in the aftermath of his side’s humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United.Wenger saw his makeshift team put to the sword as a Wayne Rooney-inspired United inflicted one of the heaviest defeats in Arsenal’s history at Old Trafford on Sunday. The woeful Gunners conceded eight goals for the first time since 1896 in a craven capitulation that served to highlight Wenger’s need to bolster a side that has been ravaged by injuries, suspensions and departures since the start of the season.Arsenal have failed to win any of their first three Premier League matches, losing to United and Liverpool, in a disastrous start which has confirmed the worst fears of Gunners fans.However, Wenger, who insists he has no intention of resigning, has money to spend and is poised to act by signing Monaco’s South Korean striker Park Chu-Young, with more deals in the pipeline before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday.“We are working hard to sign players. If we find the right players, we sign them. We have the money to sign them if they strengthen our team,” Wenger said.“We have 20 people to work on that. We have as well plenty of players out at the moment.“At the moment we have not found the solutions to our problems. It’s difficult to find excuses after a game like that, but wages-wise of course we are behind the other teams.“We are close to signing a striker, but we still look for a defender or a midfielder as well.“I have to make the right decision for the club and I will continue to that.“The defeat at Manchester United was under special circumstances given the amount of players we had out. But we have played just three games. I think you should give me more time to say I have completely done it wrong.”Wenger hasn’t been helped by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, but even he will have been surprised by the gulf in class that threatens to separate them from their rivals at the top of the table.However, Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, backed his old foe to come through the toughest spell of his 15-year Arsenal reign.“I think the criticism is unfair. I think the job he has done for Arsenal over the years, by keeping his philosophy, has given the team some fantastic players,” Ferguson said.“He has sold well which has always helped the Arsenal coffers. Maybe people forget that. He deserves respect.“But we live in a terrible, cynical world now and when you lose a few games the judge is out and you see managers going early in the season many, many times over the past few seasons – unfairly. But it keeps on happening.”While Wenger contemplates a dispiriting start, United head into international break at the top of the Premier League, just ahead of neighbours Manchester City.Arsenal had no anwer to Ferguson’s side as Rooney claimed a hat-trick, Ashley Young scored twice while goals from Nani, Ji Sung-Park and Danny Welbeck completed the rout.It was a day Rooney won’t forget in a hurry. After scoring two free-kicks and a penalty to complete his treble, the England striker has now netted 152 Premier League goals for United.“I was aware of the statistics before the game and many of my milestones have come against Arsenal,” Rooney said.“My first ever goal for Everton was against them and so was my first Premier League goal for Manchester United and now the 150th has come against them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Goals from Pepe – with a superb header – and Helder Postiga, with his 20th goal for his country, had given the Portuguese a perfect start.However, a series of terrible misses by their star player Cristiano Ronaldo had threatened to prove very costly until Varela stepped up to save them just three minutes after coming on.The win puts Portugal level on points with Denmark, who beat the Dutch in their opening game, while Germany top the table and take on Holland later on Wednesday.The Danes had the first chance in the fifth minute as the ball deflected to highly-rated youngster Christian Eriksen inside the area but Pepe did well to block his goalbound shot.The Portuguese managed to put very little together in the opening 20 minutes save once when Ronaldo drifted in from the wing into the centre and played the ball to Raul Meireles.Meireles found the Real Madrid star – just five goals in 15 tournament matches – in space but he produced a woeful shot and tried to blame the pitch as he looked ruefully down at it afterwards.However, he was not found wanting when he delivered his corner in the 24th minute as Pepe came steaming in to head home, the ball flying in over Danish midfielder William Kvist’s head at the near post.Ronaldo appeared to take heart out of that and he was unfortunate to see an on-target freekick take a deflection off a Danish defender in the 32nd minute.But he did not have to wait long for his side to double their lead.His former Manchester United team-mate Nani was the creator, passing the ball into the box where Postiga got a yard on his marker Simon Kjaer and put the ball away with a sharp finish.The Danes, though, got themselves back in the match four minutes before half-time as a smart header across the goal from Michael Krohn-Dehli found Bendtner unmarked and he made no mistake with a close range header to make it five successive games with the Portuguese that he has found the net.Ronaldo, though, should have restored the two goal advantage soon after the start of the second-half as put clear he was one on one with Danish ‘keeper Stephan Andersen, but the latter blocked his shot with his legs.The Danes still found plenty of fight with Kvist going close with a rasping shot.Bendtner was in lively form and worked himself some space in the 72nd minute to set himself up nicely but he sent his shot well wide of the goal.Ronaldo’s woes in front of goal continued as Nani’s superb through ball found him in acres of space and from about eight yards out and with just Andersen to beat he put it wide – provoking jeers and whistles in the stands.That miss looked to have been extremely costly as Bendtner rose superbly to head home Lars Jacobsen’s excellent cross from the right.However, the drama was not over as Fabio Coentrao hared down the left flank and crossed into the box. Varela swung at the ball with his left foot and miskicked but showing remarkable composure connected with his favoured right foot and lashed home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LVIV, Ukraine, June 13 – Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 in a thrilling Euro 2012 Group B clash here on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.A stunning goal by substitute Silvestre Varela three minutes from time saw the 2004 finalists take the points after they had let slip a 2-0 lead as Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner drew the Danes level with two headers.
“The coach was selected from the list of applicants who had applied for the vacant post and after consultations he was picked due to his impressive credentials and track record and will be unveiled next week on August 28 after introducing him to our major stakeholders in football as well the ministry of sports and sponsors,” the communiqué added.SuperSport.com reported Frenchman Henri Michel was the man set to take over the job vacated by Francis Kimanzi in May from the final shortlist of four who included Adel Amrouche, Tom Saintfiet and former France coach Raymond Domenech.“Those are just unconfirmed reports and we did not want to announce the successful candidate until he established when he was due to travel to the country so that we send his ticket,” John Kariuki, the FKF media officer told Capital Sport on inquiry.Michel, a former French footballer, reportedly got the nod for his long-standing experience in managing African sides having led Ivory Coast (2006), Tunisia (2002) and Morocco (1998) to the World Cup.He was also instrumental in the preparations of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts, Equatorial Guinea before falling out with the country’s federation chiefs over the sides’ final team selection.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, August 21- The new Harambee Stars foreign coach will be unveiled on Tuesday week, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has announced.“FKF in its efforts of ensuring that Harambee Stars regains its glory as one of the top teams in the world has finally enlisted a professional coach who will take over our national team soon,” a statement signed by federation chairman, Sam Nyamweya said Tuesday.
In a statement signed by chief executive, Jack Oguda, the league management body affirmed they would not tow the line a day after FKF ‘promoted’ Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt FC to their proposed expanded 18-team KPL “as per recommendation of the FKF/KPL technical committee.”“The federation National Executive Committee (NEC), which made the decision to increase the number of teams to 18, was not properly constituted as the members of Division One and KPL representatives have never been invited to the meetings as required by the Constitution and has on several occasions made decisions outside the Judicial Process contrary to its own Constitution,” Oguda writing on behalf of the KPL Executive Committee stressed.“On Friday November 14, 2014 the KPL Governing Council met and opposed the 18-Team League and reconfirmed that the 2015 Season will be a 16-Team League.“The sporting integrity dictates that the relegation and promotion is decided at the beginning of the season by all participating clubs and the relegation and promotion is bottom two clubs are relegated and the top two in the lower division promoted,” he added.Federation president, Sam Nyamweya, is quoted in a local daily Tuesday saying “The committee did not want to interfere with the relegation process that is why Nairobi City Stars have to go down,” having earlier announced the Nairobi Kawangware based side that finished 14th last season would stay up.KPL now deny such a meeting took place explaining their reasons to resist an expanded top flight starting with the call to their FKF rivals to remedy the plummeting form of national team Harambee Stars.“Harambee Stars requires more time for friendly matches and for FIFA/CAF competitions in order to increase our FIFA Ranking and this cannot happen with expanding the league and the congestion of fixtures.“The health of our players is also put into consideration whereby if the League is congested there is an increase in injuries and very few clubs have insurance medical cover to take care of the medical, recuperation and rehabilitation of the injured players which also affects and undermines the performance of the National teams,” Oguda’s statement underscored.“In 2008 when the League assisted the Federation in running the National Team Harambee Stars the team managed to get to the best position ever in the FIFA Ranking of No.68 and the clubs had to sacrifice their grants that year. It is unfortunate that right now our National Team is at No.116 indicating that we are moving backwards.”-Misappropriation claims-Responding to claims KPL were misappropriating money that would be better channelled to clubs, Oguda charged in a thinly veiled barb at the federation.“The Kenyan Premier League is a Private Limited Company and is transparent and accountable and the audited financial statements of the Kenyan Premier League can be found on the KPL website www.kpl.co.ke. Despite being Private Limited Company and have published the audited financial statements, the Law requires all public entities such as the Federation to publish their audited financial statements to its members and public.”The league management body also distanced itself in allegations published by FKF in a newspaper advert on Monday asserting the 18-team league was agreed upon by the two bodies stating; “The Draft Strategic Plan was presented by a consultant and was commented on by delegates but was not “adopted” as falsely claimed.“The members agreed that all branches must also adopt the format of the draft Strategic Plan presented and resolved that a final Strategic Plan would be discussed at a later date to be adopted by the members.” 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 25- The gloves have finally come off and a full-fledged battle for local football supremacy is on the cards after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) declared it will not accept an 18-team competition next season.Tuesday’s announcement is indication all efforts to amicably resolve the simmering impasse with their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that has moved to constitute their line-up for next season’s domestic top-flight with two extra teams have failed.
0Shares0000Louis van Gaal has told his predecessor Alex Ferguson he is still far from happy with Manchester United’s performances despite an impressive run that has catapulted them into the Premier League top three.At least the United manager looks set to have record signing Angel di Maria available for the busy holiday schedule of games after his recovery from a hamstring tear. But, despite visiting Aston Villa at the weekend with six consecutive victories behind him, van Gaal insists he is still waiting for his team to put together the “perfect” performance.“I’m not only focused on results although of course that is the main, important thing,” he said on Friday. “When I speak with Sir Alex, he says, ‘No problem, you have won!’“But for me, it is is also the performance that is very important because when you perform well, you shall win more.“That’s what I want to show the fans, the players want to show the fans. The guarantee of wins is much bigger when you perform better.“For example, the game against Hull City was a good game because we dominated for 90 minutes. I want to see more games like that.“Now there are too few games that we are dominating for 90 minutes. Of course, when you win six times in a row, confidence is rising, but I’m still looking for a game that is more close to the perfect game.”Di Maria, who suffered a slight hamstring tear in the 3-0 victory against Hull three games ago, has made a speedy recovery from the injury although van Gaal wants him to regain match fitness before throwing the £59.7 million forward back into first team action.“He trained with us this week so it now depends on how he compares with other players,” said van Gaal.“He is not match fit after one week so he has to follow a procedure. It was the same with (Robin) van Persie or (Radamel) Falcao, it’s a procedure.”Falcao is still far from convincing his manager that he has found his full match fitness. The Colombian forward, who is on a season-long loan at Old Trafford, has not started a game since the first week in October and has scored just one goal in three starts all season.His lack of fitness has led to speculation that his stay at United will not be permanent and van Gaal admits that it has been impossible to make a decision so far.“He didn’t play so much then you cannot see too much of a player and he didn’t train so much because he was a lot of time he has been injured, so first you have to be fit,” said van Gaal.“I have said that three weeks or a month ago, the first demand is fitness of a player. And okay, we wait for the fitness of a player. Now he shows fitness on the training sessions so maybe I shall select him, maybe for the bench or the line up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000LONDON, March 15- Diego Costa ended his seven-game drought but the Chelsea striker’s 18th Premier League goal of the season was not enough to secure victory as the leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Jose Mourinho’s side were desperate to bounce back from their midweek Champions League exit against Paris Saint Germain and take advantage of Manchester City’s surprise defeat against Burnley on Saturday. But Dusan Tadic’s 19th penalty cancelled out Costa’s 11th minute opener and denied the Blues the chance to establish an even more commanding lead over the chasing pack.While a point extended Chelsea’s lead at the head of the table to six points, having played a game less than second-placed City, it was a disappointing end to a frustrating week for Mourinho and company.The draw also frustrated Southampton who were unable to make bigger inroads in their efforts to force their way back into contention for a top four finish.Mourinho had responded to the Champions League exit by rounding on his team’s critics – Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, the former Liverpool players turned TV pundits, came in for particular attention for their comments about the Chelsea players behaviour towards the referee – and bullishly insisting his team would make up for that set-back by winning the title.The Chelsea manager’s decision to retain 10 of the starting line-up that failed to beat PSG, Willian came in for Ramires, reinforced the view that Mourinho had faith in his players’ resilience.And the opening moments of the game suggested the Portuguese’s confidence was not misplaced with his side capping a bright start with a much-needed goal from Costa.The move that led to Chelsea taking the lead offered a reminder of the qualities they have shown for much of the season with Eden Hazard exchanging passes with Costa outside the Southampton area before working the ball out to Branislav Ivanovic on the right.Costa, meanwhile, spotted a gap in the visitors’ defences and darted into the area where he met Ivanovic’s well-flighted cross with a powerful header from just six yards out. – Wounded morale – The pain of Wednesday evening had been eased, but Southampton responded immediately, confirming they had no intention of simply playing a supporting role as Mourinho’s team repaired their wounded morale.Ronald Koeman’s side had enjoyed a 12-day break since the victory over Crystal Palace that had revived their top-four challenge.Presented with the opportunity to take his players for a mid-season break, Koeman broke with tradition, opting to head for the snow of Switzerland instead of the more traditional warm weather training trip.The move appeared to have had the desired effect with Southampton looking sharp and refreshed as they quickly recovered and were back on level terms thanks to a contentious penalty decision.Referee Mike Dean decided the excellent Sadio Mane was brought down after the Southampton forward found himself sandwiched between Nemanja Matic and Ivanovic.The Chelsea players were clearly unhappy at the decision but, having being accused of surrounding referee Bjorn Kuipers and contributing to the Dutchman’s decision to dismiss Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday, the reaction this time was muted.There was another potential flashpoint shortly afterwards when Ivanovic’s appeals for a penalty were dismissed, but the home side’s main concern was how to stifle Koeman’s side.Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama were dominating the midfield while Tadic and Mane repeatedly threatened Thibaut Courtois’ goal.By contrast, Chelsea appeared ponderous and were fortunate to reach half-time on level terms.The second half brought an improvement from Mourinho’s side with Costa becoming more prominent, particularly when the forward diverted Willian’s shot against the upright.The momentum of the game continued to favour Chelsea and it took two excellent saves from Saints keeper Fraser Forster to keep out a Hazard header and an Oscar shot before John Terry blazed wide in a frantic finale.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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– Advertisement – The TV/Video Production competition is back again for the Secondary divison, which will take place at Dawson Creek Secondary School along with Architectural CAD, Cabinetmaking, and 2D Computer Animation. Secondary students will also be competing in Automotive Service, and Cosmetology/Hairdressing at North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John, as well as Baking, Carpentry, and Welding at NLC’s Dawson Creek Campus. In the Post-Secondary division, students will battle it out in Aircraft Maintenance, Baking, Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology/Hairdressing, and Welding at both of NLC’s Dawson Creek and South Peace campuses. There are several different divisions of competition, including activities to introduce grade seven students to the trades. The gravity vehicle race, which was introduced last year, will be returning to the Junior division, along with the always popular Spaghetti Bridge event, held in the gym at NLC’s Dawson Creek campus. Volunteers will also be introducing the grade seven students to various trades through Discover Trades events in the gym and Energy House at NLC’s Dawson Creek Campus. Competition starts at 9 a.m. daily, and awards for each competition will be handed out at 4 p.m. each day. Gold medallists in each division will take part in the Provincial Skills competition in Abbotsford in April.
Campus officials, who maintain their project is seismically safe and is a big improvement over the current situation, said they are considering appealing the injunction. If a trial is held, which attorneys on both sides said could be this summer, they expect to win. “We consider this only a temporary setback,” said Nathan Brostrom, campus vice chancellor, adding that the planning process will continue. “Our goal and our top priority must be the safety of our staff and student athletes.” But at a news conference held beneath the sun-dappled branches of the oak grove, tree-sitters smiled and waved from above, while their supporters on the ground said the ruling was good for trees and humans. “This is an extremely dangerous site,” said attorney Stephan Volker of the California Oaks Foundation. “Furthermore, this is a grand old stand of ancient oak trees. It symbolizes much of what we cherish about California’s ecological legacy and I think it ill befits this university to chop down its cathedrals in order to promote a student gym.” Spectators at the grove Monday included three Berkeley political stalwarts who briefly took to the trees last week to demonstrate their opposition – former Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean, 71; City Councilwoman Betty Olds, 86; and conservationist Sylvia McLaughlin, 91. BERKELEY – Score one for the trees. Citing environmental and seismic concerns, a judge blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California that would mean felling an old oak grove. The plan to renovate Memorial Stadium and build a new training center and parking garage has been challenged by neighbors and city officials on several fronts. They say the project is environmentally flawed and it’s too dangerous to build so close to the Hayward fault, which runs through the stadium. Plans to cut down about three dozen oaks to make way for the center stirred the most visible protest, with activists taking to the trees last month and remaining at their perch through December rains and even some minor earthquakes. In issuing a preliminary injunction, made public Monday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller said opponents’ environmental and seismic-related arguments were strong enough to justify a preliminary injunction until a trial can be held. Dean, a Berkeley graduate (Class of ’56) who met her husband on campus, said she hopes administrators will take a serious look at alternative sites. Campus officials say they’ve looked and there’s no adequate substitute. “I’m a big football fan,” said Dean. “We want this to be safe for our residents as well as for football fans.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
• Photo Gallery: San Marino vs. South Pasadena SOUTH PASADENA – The South Pasadena girls soccer team quietly is climbing back into the Rio Hondo League race. The Tigers stretched their unbeaten streak to six on Wednesday with a 2-1 victory over visiting San Marino to stay within striking distance of league leaders La Ca?ada and Monrovia. La Ca ada (11-4-3, 5-0-2, 12 points) and Monrovia (9-4-4, 4-0-3, 11 points) are first and second, respectively, but the Tigers (8-6-7, 4-1-2, 10 points) are within a game of first with a match against La Ca ada next week. La Ca ada and Monrovia still have to play each other in the league finale. It was the difference-maker because Alison Chang answered for San Marino (4-8-4, 1-4-2) in the 51st minute to cut the Tigers’ lead to 2-1. “It’s always nice to score in your last game against San Marino,” the Navy-bound McKenzie said. “It was a big win for us. We started (the year) slow because we have so many new players, but our chemistry is getting better.” In a league filled with solid defensive teams, Cassidy said McKenzie has been their rock. “I’ll put her on anyone’s best player and she’ll shut them down,” Cassidy said. “To get a goal from her is a plus, but without the things she does on defense, we wouldn’t be in the position we are now.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This was a huge win we had to have against our rival,” Tigers coach Terry Cassidy said. “San Marino has been hit with the injury bug, but they always play us tough and you know you have to earn goals when you’re going against (Titans goalkeeper) Sarah Morgan.” Morgan, the Titans’ Michigan-bound goalkeeper, made the Tigers earn both of their goals. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on a beautiful combination that started from Erin Eastwood along the side. Eastwood slid a ball in front to Aubree Gorman, who one-touched it to Aubrey Thurman. That gave Morgan little time to react as Thurman punched it home in the 18th minute for her seventh league goal. The Tigers doubled their lead in the 50th minute when sweeper Ashley McKenzie found a loose ball rolling directly toward her. McKenzie didn’t waste any time and quickly re-directed a beautiful right-footed shot to the upper corner of the net for a 2-0 lead. It was her first goal of the season.
It now appears the 39-year-old, who is the third son of King Hussein of Jordan, may be plotting a fresh campaign to run against Platini and make a second bid for the high-powered post.“Platini is not good for FIFA. Football’s fans and players deserve better,” he said in a statement.“FIFA is engulfed in scandal. We must stop doing business as usual. The practice of back-room, under-the-table deals must end.“I believe that the voices of the individual Football Federations must be heard. In the coming week, I will be consulting with them about what is in the best interests of football.“What is clear is that FIFA needs new, independent leadership, untainted by the practices of the past”. added Prince Ali.– Power struggle-Platini confirmed he would run for the February, 2016 elections earlier on Wednesday which ended weeks of speculation over whether the 60-year-old Frenchman would stand in the election to find a successor to the beleaguered Blatter.Ironically Platini backed Prince Ali when he ran alone against Blatter in May but pulled out after the first round of voting after he garnered 73 votes, 60 less than the Swiss.Blatter decided to stand down shortly after being re-elected as president in June with scandal-hit FIFA’s reputation in tatters. He announced last week that the election for his successor would be held on February 26, 2016.Platini officially announced his candidature in a letter to the presidents and general secretaries of the 209 FIFA member countries, and made public by UEFA.“This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future,” he said.“I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me.”He promised to work tirelessly “in the interests of football”.“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” he said.“I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA.”He added: “During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents. This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change.“However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance.”The former Juventus and France star also has the verbal support of four of the six confederations that make up FIFA, with the Confederation of African Football and that of Oceania the only exceptions.Prince Ali received much of his support from UEFA members and was expected to give his backing to Platini rather than stand against him.However after launching his attack on Platini in the wake of the Frenchman’s announcement, it may appear that Prince Ali is preparing a fresh campaign to run for football’s most powerful post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, July 29- Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein said on Wednesday that he thought Michel Platini, who confirmed he will run for FIFA president next year, is “not good for football and football’s fans and players deserve better”.The Jordanian prince, who was beaten to the post at the head of world football’s governing body by long-standing chief Sepp Blatter in May, turned on the Frenchman and said Platini, who is seen as a strong candidate, is not the man to run the sport’s global affairs.
On Sunday, David Ouma’s charges who have gone through a trouble-riddled campaign, will take a step closer to featuring at the largest sporting carnival on earth for the first time when they play their return-leg qualifier against the giants from South Africa, Banyana Banyana.After troubled travel to South Africa for the first leg of their third round qualifier, many expected Starlets to be steamrolled by the might of Banyana but try as they might, the hosts only managed to edge them out by a single goal deep into the second half.Now, Starlets stand on the throes of history in their biggest game so far in Machakos; bearing a healthy chance of turning over the first-leg deficit to progress to the final round where titans Nigeria or Equatorial Guinea await for the final two-tie knockout battle for the coveted Olympics ticket.Ouma’s girls have not stoked the kind of feverish interest accorded to their male counterparts but that has not impeded their resolve; especially after the Ministry of Devolution, under the youth empowerment programme, took off the huge burden of cost from cash-strapped Football Kenya Federation (FKF).Before the ministry’s intervention, Starlets hit the headlines when they were forced to sleep in the men’s changing rooms at Safaricom Stadium in an incident, perhaps mindful of his bosses, Ouma downplayed as an act of ‘motivation.’Chaotic travel plans following a visa hitch saw the team arrive in South Africa on match-day and had to take to the field before they could catch breath, let alone get a feel of the venue or acclimatise to the conditions.In an interview with FKF Media on Wednesday, Ouma says the girls who have continued build-up without the glare that accompanies Stars are ready to complete the slaying of the visiting ‘Goliath’ in the form of Banyana.“We are focused on victory on Sunday and determined to cancel the one-goal deficit, we are studying the clips of our first leg match and know which areas to improve upon,” the head coach who is also a CAF instructor is quoted.On the visa problems that delayed their departure, the national governing body’s media mouthpiece opted to dismiss any idea of complacency by reporting the coach “attributed their hiccups to visa hitches, which is now a thing of the past.”Ouma encouraged “Kenyans to turn out in large numbers at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, to cheer their team to victory.”-Optimism abounds-As optimism pumps through Starlets’ veins, the enormity of Sunday’s challenge cannot be discharged since Banyana boast wealth of experience, facilities and resources Kenya can only dream of.Their head coach, Vera Pauw, has added more fire power by making two changes to the squad that will settle for nothing less than completing the job.A sizeable number of the team that arrives in Nairobi on Thursday have played for their nation over 70 times with the most-capped Kenyan featuring in only nine international matches besides Starlets having no foreign based talent in their squad.Iceland-based Roxanne Barker makes her return after being released by her club, together with Busisiwe Ndimeni of Mamelodi Sundowns who has recovered from her injury in the potent changes in Banyana’s ranks for Sunday.“We have no time to waste, this is a very crucial match and we know that it is going to be more difficult than the first leg considering how the two teams played in Dobsonville. But we are confident we will return home victorious,” Pauw told SuperSport.com after they reported to camp to plot a way past the stubborn Starlets.Kenya tied 2-2 with Botswana on goal aggregate but progressed on the away goal rule in the second round after Starlets lost 1-2 in Gaborone before they overcame the Southern African side 1-0 in Machakos via a dramatic stoppage time strike.On their way to the third round South Africa beat Gabon 3-2 and 5-0 in the first and second legs to complete a resounding 8-2 aggregate victory in a show of their undoubted power.Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea are locked at 1-1 after the first leg of their encounter with the winner of the fourth round qualifier between Cameroon and Ghana meeting Ivory Coast.The two top teams in the fourth round will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.Starlets’ match will kick-off at 3:30pm local time (+3GMT) with the team who have given an entire nation the audacity of hope out to face their date with destiny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets in a previous trainings session. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, July 29- The national men’s football team Harambee Stars are long gone. Rugby sevens boys are struggling to put their act together before their qualifiers in November, incidentally, in South Africa.That leaves Harambee Starlets as the biggest hope Kenya has at the moment of sending a team sport to next year’s Rio 2016 Olympics.
0Shares0000Arsenal’s Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech warms up before the start of their English Premier League football match against West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 9, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 15- Arsene Wenger expects Arsenal to produce a strong response after their dismal opening day defeat when they return to action at Crystal Palace on Sunday.Wenger’s side make the short trip to south London with the embarrassment of last weekend’s shock 2-0 home loss against West Ham still fresh in their minds. Heading into the new Premier League campaign, Wenger’s squad were widely tipped as genuine title contenders after winning the FA Cup and defeating champions Chelsea in the Community Shield.But a miserable debut from Petr Cech, the veteran goalkeeper signed from Chelsea and hailed as the last piece in Wenger’s title jigsaw, and lacklustre displays from the majority of his new team-mates, allowed West Ham to shatter the optimism surrounding the Gunners.Faced with a tricky clash against a Palace side who started with a 3-1 win at Norwich and have caused numerous problems for the top teams at Selhurst Park in recent years, Wenger acknowledges Arsenal could suffer another blow to their title bid unless they raise their performance levels significantly.Yet the Arsenal manager is sure that belief among his squad remains intact and he has backed them to rebound with a win that will set the tone for the rest of the season.“Every defeat makes you a bit smaller, but it is our job to take it in perspective with 37 games to go,” Wenger said.“We have the history behind us from the second half of the campaign last year which shows we have the quality to always respond and to be consistent, so let’s focus on our quality.“Defeat is part of the season and of course that was not planned, but we know it is how we respond to these kind of things that will make our season.”– Fragile –Following Sunday’s loss, Wenger found himself in the familiar position of having to defend his football philosophy as angry fans questioned the way their physically fragile players were bullied by West Ham.But the Frenchman, whose club last won the title in 2004, said: “We have a big following and disappointed people are emotional, that is understandable and it hurts us as well to disappoint people who have a high level of expectation.“We have analysed what happened to us, but we don’t have to go overboard with what happened. It is a defeat and it hurts, but that shouldn’t take our belief in our potential away.“A strong season is down to the way that you respond to disappointment so we will focus on our next game. We will prepare for that.”Wenger is boosted by the return of right-back Hector Bellerin after a thigh strain ruled him out last weekend.Chile forward Alexis Sanchez could start having stepped up his training this week after an extended break following the Copa America.Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Yohan Cabaye would have slotted straight into Arsenal’s starting line-up if the France midfielder had signed for the Gunners.Cabaye made a surprise move to Palace from Paris Saint Germain in July but was close to joining Arsenal two years ago when he was at Newcastle.The playmaker has already made a good impression at Palace, scoring in last week’s win at Norwich, and Pardew says he could easily hold his own in a squad of Arsenal’s quality.“Two years ago Yohan wouldn’t play (for Newcastle) at Manchester City because he thought he was going to Arsenal so it’s quite ironic he’s now here with us at Crystal Palace,” Pardew said.“He’s a fantastic player, we’re honoured to have him and he’s definitely the level of Arsenal players.“I don’t think Arsene Wenger or anyone at Arsenal would disagree with that.“We have a player who could definitely play in their team and that’s a nice feeling for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique watches the end of their Spanish La Liga match against Celta Vigo, at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, on September 23, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, September 24- Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the quality displayed by his former club Celta Vigo as they thrashed the European champions 4-1 on Wednesday.Enrique’s men had arrived in Galicia with a 100 percent record in La Liga, but were well beaten as goals from Nolito and John Guidetti either side of a double from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas sealed a famous night for Celta. “When a team has been better than you there is no more to add,” said Enrique, who took charge of Celta during the 2013-14 season before joining Barca.“I prefer to be beaten by a team that plays like Celta, without any traps and purely on football grounds.“I congratulate them and urge them to continue playing like that.”Barca have now conceded four goals in a game three times in just nine matches this season.However, Javier Mascherano claimed it was being outplayed that concerned him more than last season’s treble winners’ defensive woes.“It always hurts to lose at Barca. We have a thick skin and all we can do now is think about Saturday and remember what happened last season,” said the Argentine.“There can be a day when the opponent is better and beats you to every ball. Part of it is our fault and part of it is to their credit.“We don’t have any excuses. They beat us soundly and we have to keep working. The most worrying thing is that we feel outplayed.”Celta also stunned Barca 1-0 at the Camp Nou last season and their coach Eduardo Berizzo believes the fearlessness of their performance was worthy of such a sensational result.“There were special circumstances and a bit of luck that went our way,” he said.“Our idea is to play the way we did tonight, trying to take the game to the opponent no matter who we are playing.“The players have delighted the fans. Football and the people present tonight were the winners.“I congratulate the players because they were perfect.”Barca’s defeat allowed Real Madrid to go top of the table for the first time this season as they were 2-1 victors at Athletic Bilbao thanks to Karim Benzema’s double.The Frenchman scored either side of Sabin Merino’s second-half equaliser to take his tally to six goals in his last five games.“We knew how difficult it would be because we knew how much the fans would drive Athletic forward,” said Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.“We showed our quality in the first-half and then our character and intensity in the second.“To win like this reinforces the confidence in the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in action with Stoke’s Glenn Whelan Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith LivepicLONDON, January 17 – Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League but their Britannia Stadium hoodoo was extended with a goalless draw against Stoke City on Sunday.A point was enough to take Arsene Wenger’s side clear of Leicester City on goal difference but it was another afternoon of frustration in the Potteries for the veteran French manager. His side have now failed to win at Stoke’s home ground in six attempts — a sequence that dates back to a 3-1 success in February 2010.That victory became infamous for the sickening broken leg suffered by Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was again singled out for some unsavoury abuse by Stoke fans during his 250th Arsenal appearance.The bad blood from the injury and Ramsey’s refusal to accept Ryan Shawcross’s apology for the challenge that caused it remains for Stoke fans, who taunted Ramsey throughout on Sunday with boos and a chant about the damage caused to his leg.Arsenal could not silence the home crowd as Stoke held their own, with both Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland and Arsenal counterpart Petr Cech in good form.After a scrappy opening littered with fouls and poor passes, it was Stoke who carved out the first chance through Marko Arnautovic.The Austrian wandered in off the left flank to collect possession in a central area 30 yards from goal, but his ambitious effort flew high into the Arsenal fans behind Cech’s goal.The game finally came to a semblance of life in the 20th minute when Glen Johnson and Jonathan Walters found space on the Stoke right to pick out Joselu on the edge of the area.His deft flick teed up Ibrahim Afellay, whose long-range effort flew a yard wide of the target.Arsenal immediately broke and created an opening of their own thanks to a fine pass by Joel Campbell and an equally clever run by Olivier Giroud.The Frenchman found himself one on one with Butland but the England international spread himself well to make an important stop.– Superb save –The game remained disjointed but, when Stoke failed to clear their lines in the 28th minute, Ramsey had a goal-bound shot deflected wide for a corner which was dealt with easily by the Potters.Ten minutes before half-time Arsenal failed to deal with Erik Pieters’s dangerous cross but Joselu headed straight at Cech.The Gunners then handed cheap possession to Stoke, for whom Bojan fired just wide.Just over a minute into the second half, Butland denied Arsenal what looked like a certain goal.The goalkeeper reacted superbly to dive low to his left and turn away a free header from Giroud, who had been left unmarked to meet Ramsey’s corner.Then Stoke were denied as the tempo of the game was raised a notch.Arnautovic advanced and fed Joselu, whose shot was clawed away superbly by Cech.The former Chelsea star then reacted well to scramble Bojan’s follow-up around the post.Arsenal needed Cech again in the 66th minute as he turned a shot from Joselu around the post.The game became scrappy once more but it was Arsenal who made most of the running in the closing stages and Campbell tried his luck from a tight angle with five minutes remaining.But his effort flew well wide to sum up an error-strewn contest.And in the dying moments Stoke had further chances when Ramsey cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble before Cech blocked a follow-up from Joselu.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Hammer time: Iwobi has revealed he could’ve joined West Ham. PHOTO/MIRRORArsenal forward Alex Iwobi nearly joined Premier League rivals West Ham as a youth, the Nigerian international has revealed.The 20-year-old nephew of former Super Eagles star Jay-Jay Okocha broke into Arsenal’s first team last season and has become a valued member of the squad so far this term. Although Iwobi has been on the books of Arsenal since he was nine years old, during his primary school days he did have the opportunity to sign for the Irons.“There were a lot of good players at my school, like my Arsenal team-mate Chuba Akpom,” Iwobi told Match of the Day magazine.“Everyone loved football at my first primary school.“[But I was scouted] playing for my local Sunday league team, Rippleway.“My dad heard that a scout was there to watch me and Chuba – we were just playing and didn’t think anything of it.“Arsenal and West Ham were interested in me and Chuba [Akpom], so we were training with both clubs for three years, because we were scouted at six and you can’t sign until you ’re nine.“I decided to sign for Arsenal because I supported them back then and I always saw them as the bigger club – no disrespect to West Ham.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
UPDATE: Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that police got the call about the incident this morning at 7:38. He explained that there was one commercial vehicle involved that slid into the ditch. The second driver of a pickup truck headed the other way noticed the trailer of the commercial vehicle sliding into his lane and drove his vehicle into the ditch on the other side of the road to avoid a collision. Tyreman added that there were no injuries sustained in either collision.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are a number of reports of a collision this morning that is continuing to cause slow-downs on the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John.According to an eyewitness account this morning shortly after 7:30, a logging truck went into the ditch near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. Other eyewitnesses sent in photos of the accident scene shortly before 9:00, saying that three vehicles were involved in the collision.- Advertisement -A third eyewitness report shortly after 1:00 p.m. stated that conditions near the scene of the accident were not good, with reports of slick roads and heavy fog. Neither Drive BC nor YRB North Peace Ltd. have provided any updates on the collision. Energeticcity.ca is also still waiting word from the RCMP on whether the road is still open, or what caused the collision. If you have any information, send a tip to [email protected] to come.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Home2 Suites recognized that FSJ Woman’s Resource Society needed access to more non-perishable items and has received a grant to build vegetable gardens.For the past two years, Home2 Suites has been challenging businesses in the community with their ‘One Bag Challenge’ in which a business purchases a bag of non-perishable food to be donated to the FSJWRS and then nominates five more businesses or persons to do the same.During this time Nadya Mclean, Director of Operations of Home2 Suites noticed the lack of available fresh produce for the FSJWRS. Recognizing there was an open parking lot on the property of the Home2 Suites facility, Mclean submitted the plans to Hilton for a grant through the ‘Travel with purpose Action Grant’ program.- Advertisement -Hilton accepted the plans and Mclean and staff are ready to put their garden in action, converting the space into vegetable gardens to grow fresh produce that is easy to grow and will have a shelf life can then be donated to the FSJWRS starting this Spring.In response to the received grant and plan of Home2 Suites, FSJWRS is excited as this is an opportunity for a lot of people assessing the centre who don’t often get fresh produce. It’s a great way to share with neighbours and a healthy way to increase food security.With the FSJWRS client base demand growing the staff are grateful for the amazing things Home2 Suites has done for them and helping with food security.Advertisement
1 Zdravko Kuzmanovic Leicester and Crystal Palace are both plotting to bring Inter Milan misfit Zdravko Kuzmanovic to the Premier League.According to sources in Italy, the English duo have identified the 26-year-old Serb as a potential recruit and both have made offers for him.Kuzmanovic, who joined Inter from Stuttgart in January 2013, has started just 21 Serie A games in the past 18 months and looks set to leave.It has been reported the 26-year-old midfielder will arrange a meeting with Inter chiefs this week to discuss his future before deciding on his next move.Both Leicester and Palace are expected to remain busy in the transfer market right up until the close of the window.
Each week a star from the world of music takes out special talkSPORT Q&A. In the hot-seat this week, is Newcastle United-loving Smoove, from Smoove and Turrell…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?When I get the chance I always try to catch Colin Murray, he comes across as a true supporter of football and generally has a pretty balanced view. It always sounds like he’s really enjoying the show and it never comes across like his craic is forced, even though he’s a Liverpool supporter. talkSPORT give you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?As long as I could play some tunes I would love to do ‘Songs of the Terraces’. The outline of the show would be a snapshot look around all the teams from the Conference to the Premier League, looking at what one song is affiliated with that club and what makes it special to their fans. By doing it this way I would be guaranteed a show that goes on for years and have a valuable bit of income on the side, apart from my singing. Followed up by the same show format looking at all non league teams. GOAL!Who are the greatest football team in the land?There is no better team at the moment than Chelsea. It pains me to say it as a Newcastle fan and if I was going to choose my favourite team in London it would be Arsenal, but Jose has the Premier League wrapped up. He gets under the skin of all other managers; not only does he have the talk, he has the brains and man management to get the best out of a Chelsea side he has turned round fantastically in such a short space of time. Who is the most rock n roll player playing the beautiful game right now?It’s got to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has the same swagger and impulsive attitude as Eric Cantona, but as a forward has just about everything to be a pure nightmare for any defence. His words of wisdom are always worth a laugh as well. The game needs players like him. If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?You’re asking the wrong lad, I’d start with our national anthem, sung by the wonderful John Turrell and then of course bring on the Smoove and Turrell boys for the pre-match party. I whole heartedly think we could even get a cracking atmosphere going at the new Wembley. Other than that plan coming to fruitio,n I would probably ask the gods of rock Led Zeppelin to come down, as long as I could transport them from the past – I’m not really a lover of old bands getting back on the road. Ask me the same question in 40 years time.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?It’s got to be the Stone Roses’ ‘This Is The One’. If that doesn’t get the lads pumped, there’s no hope!What track are the players walking down the tunnel and on to the pitch to?I’d probably have the unabridged Alan Partridge audio book on, as nothing brings people together more than a good laugh. Steve Coogan is the don, just before going into the tunnel to listen to the Roses I’d probably get the lads chanting, ‘liquid football!’ and ‘eat my goal!’ to get their heads totally in the right place.You build your own rock ‘n’ five-a-side team. Who’s in it?I would probably have Rod Stewart in my team as he loves a good game of five-a-side, I’d bring back Kenny Everett to go in goal as no one would get past him with those big hands. Then Shakin’ Stevens, as he was a great player in the Viz ‘Billy the Fish’ comic strips. Let’s see, John Bishop to add some teeth to the team and finally as a substitute, none other than my very own Mike Porter the keyboardist from Smoove and Turrell. Just because he has fantastic hair.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?I’d probably have big Duncan Ferguson as a bloke that can lift heavy things and protect the lads at all times, with his calm, almost Patrick Swayze demeanour. What’s going on with the band at the moment?We have just returned from the USA and Russia, now we are building up to our European tour, which kicks off in mid-October. The album ‘Broken Toys’ has just been released this year and our new single ‘Will You be Mine’ is due for release this month with remixes from Ashley Beedle and Opolopo, to name a few. It’s been great since we first hit the scene and you couldn’t wish to have a better job than knocking around with your mates and doing something you really love. Geordies Smoove & Turrell release new single ‘Will You Be Mine?’ on 20 October 2014. Check out smooveandturrell.com 1
Liam Ridgewell claims West Brom must keep hold of wantaway striker Saido Berahino if they’re to stay in the Premier League.The youngster has been linked with a move to Tottenham and Liverpool in recent weeks, as his stock continues to grow in the game.The 21-year-old has scored 14 goals in 25 appearances for Tony Pulis’ side this season, and Ridgewell, who played at the Hawthorns between 2012-14, believes the Midlanders need Berahino if they are to survive.“Saido Berahino is an integral player for West Brom,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“”They need to keep him if they’re to stay in the Premier League this season.“He’s the one scoring the goals. They can’t let go of him. I’m sure Tony [Pulis] will have spelt that out to the board.”
Former Everton star Tony Cottee has admitted he is concerned about Ross Barkley’s recent form and fears he may have lost his way at Goodison Park.Barkley, 21, had a sensational breakthrough campaign last year, scoring six Premier League goals in 34 games.An injury before the current season began meant he didn’t play until October this time out and the youngster still appears to be finding his feet again, which has worried Cottee.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “I think Ross [Barkley] has lost his way a little bit over the last few weeks and months.“He’s almost been trying too hard to make things happen.”But after a promising cameo against Liverpool, Cottee insists Roberto Martinez must mould his tactics to suit the talented midfielder.He added: “[Barkley is] the player Everton have got to build their team around – without a doubt. You have to find a formation to fit around Ross Barkley.”
WASHINGTON – Applications for home loans grew last week even though mortgage rates are rising, an industry group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its weekly mortgage index, which measures the volume of applications for loans to buy or refinance homes, rose to 666.5, a seasonally adjusted 6.6 percent gain for the week ending June 8. Applications were up for home purchases and for refinancing mortgages. Meanwhile, the nationwide average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 6.61 percent from 6.35 percent for the week ending June 1, the MBA said. Many adjustable-rate mortgages on which rates are reset in later years use changes in the 10-year note to determine what the new mortgage rate will be. Bond yields, whose advance caused a pullback in stocks last week and again Tuesday, spiked early Wednesday. However, they reversed course after the release of economic data. At the close, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was 5.21 percent compared with a close of 5.295 percent Tuesday. The mortgage application index, which stood at 100 in March 1990, measures the number of home loan applications in a given week and is derived from a survey of major mortgage lenders, representing about half of the U.S. market. It does not include loans originated by nonbank lenders. The index sank to its lowest level last summer since 2002 and has fluctuated this year. For example, the index fell the previous two weeks. Mortgage lenders have been tightening lending criteria in recent months after a surge in defaults and foreclosures. Lenders catering to homebuyers with weak, or subprime, credit, have seen a spike in loan defaults, and many have gone bankrupt or sold off their subprime businesses. As of the first quarter, Citigroup Inc. was the top subprime lender nationwide, followed by Countrywide Financial Corp., HSBC Holdings PLC, H&R Block Inc. subsidiary Option One Mortgage and First Franklin Financial Corp., according to statistics compiled by trade publication Inside B&C Lending.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Davis, of Lake Township near Canton, was reported missing after her mother found Davis’ 2-year-old son, Blake, home alone, with bedroom furniture toppled and bleach spilled on the floor. Thousands of volunteers searched for Davis for several days, while investigators questioned Bobby Cutts Jr., 30, a police officer who is Davis’ boyfriend and has an estranged wife. He is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of murdering Davis and her fetus. Davis’ relatives have said they believed Cutts, of North Canton, was the father of both Blake and the fetus Davis was carrying. Justin Lindstrom, 27, an upstairs neighbor of Ferrell’s, said officers spent two hours searching the woman’s apartment Saturday night before leaving with several full, brown paper bags and bottles of bleach from the basement. Wilson would not describe what the deputies seized or say how Ferrell might have been involved. CANTON, Ohio – A former classmate of a man suspected of killing a pregnant woman was arrested Sunday on a related obstruction of justice charge, the FBI said. Myisha Ferrell was arrested hours after the body of 26-year-old Jessie Davis was found in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, still carrying her dead, nearly full-term fetus. The Summit County medical examiner on Sunday confirmed the body was Davis’. Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents arrested Ferrell after breaking down the door of her apartment and searching the home, agent Scott Wilson said. The Stark County Sheriff’s Department refused to discuss the arrest, saying any information made public would hurt their case. Ferrell was to be arraigned today, Wilson said. Lindstrom said he had not seen the downstairs tenant over the weekend and rarely spoke to the woman, except to ask her to turn her music down. He said he didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary around the time Davis disappeared. “I heard loud noises in the middle of the night, every night,” he said. There was no immediate response to messages seeking comment Sunday from Davis’ family members and Cutts’ lawyer. Cutts’ pastor, the Rev. C.A. Richmond, declined to comment as he entered services in Canton on Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Negotiators for port terminal operators and union clerical workers were set to resume talks Sunday afternoon after a marathon session failed to produce much progress on the most important outstanding issues. Talks broke off about 3:30 a.m. Sunday over a contract that would avert a strike hampering the nation’s two largest seaports. About 750 members of the clerical union at the ports of Los Angeles and Long BeachZZPT voted unanimously Friday night to authorize their leadership to call a strike if a new three-year contract was not crafted before the old one expired, said John Fageaux Jr., president of the Office Clerical Unit, Local 63, of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Longshore workers have pledged to honor picket lines at the twin ports, which together rank as the fifth-largest port complex in the world. Fageaux said Sunday that union members would continue to work without a contract while talks were ongoing. But he said the two sides were still “pretty far apart” on the key issues of pension and health benefits, technology and jurisdiction. “Both sides are committed to making some meaningful progress today, so we will continue to work hard in that direction,” Fageaux said. “We’re prepared to work late into the evening and the early morning hours if necessary.” One sticking point is a clause sought by employers that would allow the shifting of some jobs to other U.S. cities and to China. The terminal operators’ lead negotiator countered that job outsourcing is not an issue. “We’ve proposed nothing that would allow that,” said Stephen Berry, who is negotiating for 14 terminals and steamship company agencies. Instead, employers recently made a generous proposal that increases wages and benefits, he said. Los Angeles port spokeswoman Theresa Adams-Lopez said the ports are not part of the talks. “All we can do is have the port police ready to make sure everything goes smoothly,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
George Kitaoka, a longtime resident on Cameta Drive, said he is upset that his home could be annexed. Others at a recent community meeting said they did not want to be part of Rosemead and that existing services were adequate. “Just because one council member has an idea, it takes a majority to decide whether that is the right thing to do,” Low said this week. On Wednesday, Molina’s office tried to put those residents at ease. “Rosemead City officials have had informal discussions with my staff about the process of annexation, and how I would view proposals,” Molina said in a letter to the residents. “If an annexation proposal is submitted, you will be informed, and your opinion will be vital to me.” While some area residents said they were against annexation, High Pine Street resident Paul Benavidez said he supports it. “It would help us and give us lights on our street,” Benavidez said. “I don’t see what’s the problem in incorporating.” Field Deputy Marcia Guzman said the supervisor would not support a plan if residents objected. “There is no formal proposal,” Guzman said. She added that annexation is a public process. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – County Supervisor Gloria Molina is trying to allay concerns by South San Gabriel residents after annexation plans surfaced recently. A suggestion by Rosemead Councilman John Nu ez to annex several streets in the unincorporated area sparked dozens of complaints in the community of nearly 8,000. Nu ez said last week that it was only an idea and that residents blew it out of proportion. But even after reassurances from Mayor John Tran and Councilwoman Polly Low that such an idea did not have council support, some residents were not convinced that the annexation talks were over.
By contrast, 435 completed projects worth $501 million had been transferred between April 23, 2006, and June 30, 2006, according to the report. U.S. officials have, however, formally handed 1,576 projects worth $2.6 billion to local officials despite concerns they may not be able to properly finish and run the projects. The Washington-based agency warned that delays in transferring the projects meant less collateral for the Iraqi government in seeking loans “and could result in additional sustainment expenses for the U.S. governmental agencies that completed the projects.” The report singled out Finance Minister Bayan Jabr, who it said had changed government conditions for the transfers, effectively halting the process at the national level in July 2006. Jabr and other Finance Ministry representatives could not be reached for comment, and al-Maliki’s spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said he had no information about the report. A senior adviser at the Iraqi Planning Ministry, which is responsible for overseeing reconstruction programs, said the government was willing to take over completed projects unless they had immediate budget implications that would need to be addressed. “We are in need of these projects,” said the adviser, Faik Abdul-Rasool. “If it is completed, we would be very happy to receive that project and start running it unless it has a financial implication on the budget, then this would be delayed.” The assessment was the latest piece of bad news for a U.S.-led war and rebuilding effort that has already cost nearly $400 billion. Investigators said in an audit three months ago that U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon. Where U.S.-funded projects are built and handed over to the Iraqis, they “are not being adequately maintained,” according to the April audit by the inspector general’s office. Sustainability is an important factor in explaining the slow progress in a sectors such as oil, gas, water and electricity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government has refused to take control of more than 2,000 U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, a move that could jeopardize the country’s credit line and cost American taxpayers, according to a report by an American watchdog agency. The special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction said the government here initially agreed to take over the projects but the transfers stalled about a month after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took office in May 2006. That forced U.S. officials to turn the reconstruction to local officials or to commit more money to keep them running. The report, which was dated Wednesday, found that no completed projects had been transferred to the national government since June 30, 2006. It said 2,362 completed projects valued at $5.3 billion were pending as of May 31.
The fuel the B-52 is using is being produced by an Oklahoma company called Syntroleum Corp., which has a plant that produces 70 barrels a day of Fischer-Tropsch fuels. Although the Air Force conducted the B-52 flight tests with a fuel derived from natural gas, Syntroleum officials say they think the fuel can also be produced from coal – of which the United States has tremendous amounts. [email protected] (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Air Force officials said they recently ordered 281,000 gallons of synthetic fuel for further testing on the C-17 and B-1 engines in the coming year. NASA is also interested in synthetic fuels and will receive 9,000 gallons of synthetic fuel from the Air Force so it can begin evaluating its use in various engines and systems. The Pentagon effort, started in 2001, is called the Assured Fuel Initiative. The idea is to ensure an energy supply regardless of uncertainty in oil-producing countries or problems spurred by natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina’s damage to Gulf Coast oil refineries. The Air Force alone consumes 3.2 billion gallons of fuel annually, accounting for about 80 percent of the federal government’s fuel usage. The fuel used in the testing with the B-52 is called Fischer-Tropsch fuel, named for the two German researchers who developed the process for making the fuel. Testing was done with a 50-50 blend of the synthetic fuel and regular jet fuel. Tests showed that the synthetic fuel’s performance was comparable to regular jet fuel. The synthetic fuel also produced less pollution because it contains less sulfur than regular fuels. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – In a step toward weaning the military from foreign oil, the Air Force will certify the B-52H bomber to fly using synthetic fuel. Secretary of the Air Force Michael M. Wynne is scheduled to visit Edwards on Wednesday to announce the completion of the certification process for the B-52H. Flight testing for the effort started at Edwards last September. The Air Force wants to certify its entire fleet to use domestically produced synthetic fuel-blend by early 2011. The Air Force wants to have half of its aviation-fuel supply coming from alternative fuel sources by 2016. “This synthetic fuel initiative to certify the fuel for military aviation is being accomplished in close cooperation with our partners in the commercial aviation industry,” said Bill Anderson, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. “By working together, we can expand the market for synthetic jet fuel and make it more economical to produce by greatly increasing demand.”
LA PUENTE – Two local politicians said they allocated a combined $300,000 to help pay for a nature center in La Puente, completing all the funding needed to move forward with plans for the one-acre park. The city has received written confirmation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and verbal confirmation from Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, for $150,000 each, city Finance Director Young Kim said. “We’re anxious because we want to get this project started,” Mayor Lou Perez said. “We’ve got some money already but it hasn’t been enough, so we are very happy \ have joined us to help fund this.” The proposed Puente Creek Nature Education Center, estimated at $1.9 million, is planned for Nelson Avenue between Nelson Elementary School and the Puente Creek Channel. Officials have long argued that the area, which is home to several sports leagues, is often crowded. “The whole thing is that we need more places where people here who can’t afford to take their kids to the ocean or to the mountains or wherever else can utilize,” Perez said. The city has retained San Diego-based Schmidt Design Group Inc. to design the project. While the money from Napolitano and Molina has not yet been received, officials are confident at the prospects. Napolitano’s legislative director Joseph Sheehy said Tuesday he was hopeful her end of the bargain would come through. It is earmarked in the Transportation Housing and Urban Development Bill, which has passed the House of Representatives and is now being reviewed by the Senate, he said. “These people usually don’t tell you this unless it’s almost a sure thing,” Perez said. Once funding has been secured and a contractor hired, it could take six to nine months to build the center, Cowley said. Perez hopes to have the project completed next year. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city has already been awarded a series of grants, including $750,000 from the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and $400,00 from a 2002 bond act for the project. Plans peg the center as an educational and recreational hub with a climbing wall, trails, educational exhibits and decorative boulders. Officials also hope to coordinate docent-led tours for school children. “Students can know what the different aspects of the park are for, how to conserve water, how water seeps in the ground,” City Manager Carol Cowley said. “I think this is going to be very valuable to the city.” La Puente currently has one park – the 22-acre La Puente Park – to serve the more than 40,000 residents living within the city’s 3.5-square-mile radius.
By David Saunders STAFF WRITER Following back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the Western State Conference, the offseason philosophy for Harbor football coach Andrew Alvillar was simple – more recruiting means more depth, more depth means more wins. Harbor broke camp with 79 players, nearly 20 more than it had at this time last season. “That (depth) is a big difference. It has helped with practice and it has helped with competition,” Alvillar said. “I expect this to be a playoff team and I think it’s realistic with the recruiting we did this year. The guys we’ve brought in are the type of players who can take us to that next level along with the guys we have returning.” Five of those nine returning starters are on defense, which was a sore spot for Harbor last season when the Seahawks allowed more than 30 points per game. Among the returning starters on defense are a pair of 5-foot-9 cornerbacks, Billy McClellan and Jeramy Bryant. McClellan led the team in passes defended and was named to the all-conference team after Bryant tore his right anterior cruciate ligament midway through the 2006 campaign. Mt. SAC transfer Travis Terry and freshman Genesis Fonoimoana will start at the safety spots to round out a slightly undersized but quick secondary. “Our (defensive backs) are the core of our defense right now,” said all-conference sophomore defensive end Josh Luapo. “If we’re not getting pressure, I have confidence in the (defensive backs). There isn’t going to be anyone open because the coverage is going to be good.” While Harbor’s secondary should fare well when it comes to holding other teams’ receivers in check, its pass catchers should be among the conference’s best for the second straight season. All-state wideout Deryn Bowser was second in the conference in touchdowns (10), and in yards per game (101.3). Bowser also has all-conference wide receiver Kevin Avery, plus freshman Chris Matthews and tight end Tony DiMarco to take some of the pressure off him in the team’s spread offense. “Daryn is by far the best guy, but all the guys behind him are getting just as much attention,” Alvillar said. “Everyone who we play is going to focus on Daryn then realize the other guys are going to be just as dangerous. For us, it’s a good problem to have.” Freshman wide receivers Anthony Stamps, Frankie Jones and Dwayne Frampton should also see significant minutes. “The depth at the skill positions, I think, is really good,” Alvillar said. “It’s one of the better skill position groups that we’ve had in a long time.” All of Harbor’s offensive weapons should provide freshman quarterback Andrew Trudnowski (Palos Verdes High) plenty of options, assuming the team’s young offensive line holds up. Center Chris Doukakis is the team’s only returning starter and El Camino transfer Vahn Katchadourian is the only other sophomore starting on the line. “The offensive line is going to be the spot that has to come together,” Alvillar said. “If the big guys are going good then we’re going to go. If the bigs aren’t going good, I don’t care who we have.” Perhaps no position defines the team’s commitment to bring in depth and young talent like its all-freshmen backfield. Keith Allen will start and Earl Ford (Morningside) will also carry a heavy amount of the load. J’Vone Hibbler (San Pedro) has missed practices due to injury, but should work his way back into the mix during Harbor’s first few games. “Last year, we were short at some positions, but now we’ve got more depth out here at every spot,” Bowser said. “We’re more focused, more disciplined. We’re going to do some big things this year.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I saw a lot of cars and wrecks and a lot of things that happened and I knew it was pretty close,” Harvick said. “I saw (Earnhardt) running third, and in my head I knew where we were and kind of turned it up a little bit.” This “regular-season” finale has been full of excitement since NASCAR implemented the Chase for the championship in 2004. It sent several bubble drivers into the race needing miracles to keep their title hopes intact. But NASCAR changed the format this year, widening the Chase field from 10 to 12 drivers and implementing a seeding system that awarded 10 bonus points for every regular-season victory. It diluted the drama of this particular race and made it almost impossible for Earnhardt to race his way in. He knew it long before he arrived in Richmond, and he seemed almost resigned to his fate from the start. It means Earnhardt won’t win a championship with DEI, his late father’s company. Although he won two Busch Series championships while his father was still alive, he’s never been higher than third in the Cup standings. Earnhardt was solid at times this season, but the motor failures derailed his efforts. “We deserved to be in the Chase,” he said. “We ran top-five almost every week.” Although the drama was gone, the new format put a premium on wins and drivers went hard for them every week. Although Jeff Gordon dominated the standings all season long, his points lead is gone because Johnson, his teammate, won two more races than he did. Johnson surged into the top seed by winning last week at Fontana and Saturday night in Richmond to give him a season sweep on the Virginia short track. He said that momentum will be key to winning a second championship. “Momentum means a lot, it really does,” he said. “We’ve seen that time and time again with different race teams. We’re happy to be hitting our stride now and we had a great 26. Now it’s about these last 10 and we’ll see what we can do.” Gordon, the four-time series champion, will be seeded second – just 20 points behind Johnson. Tony Stewart, the two-time series champion, will be 30 points back in third. He missed the Chase last season. Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 Dario Franchitti, hoping to wrap up his first open-wheel championship in the IRL IndyCar Series season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, got the weekend off to a great start by winning his third pole of the year. The Scotsman, who goes into today’s race in Joliet, Ill., with a three-point lead over Scott Dixon, turned a fast lap of 214.646 mph. Dixon was sixth at 214.217. Franchitti, the third of 22 drivers to make qualifying attempts on the 1.5-mile oval, said he slowed down from practice earlier in the day and was uncertain where his speed would place him in the final running order. “I was shocked when I heard my (qualifying) time. I wasn’t sure if we got the most out of the track, but it turns out the track slowed down,” Franchitti said. “But qualifying is only a small part of what goes into the race.” ETC.: Franchitti will become the latest open-wheel star to make the jump to NASCAR. A source close to the negotiations said Franchitti will sign with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 40 Dodge beginning in 2008. David Stremme, the current driver of the No. 40, has already been told he will not have the ride next year. He will join Juan Pablo Montoya, another former open-wheel star, a heralded rookie with Ganassi’s Nextel Cup team this season. Italian Grand Prix McLaren driver Fernando Alonso clinched the pole position in qualifying for today’s Formula One race in Monza, Italy. Alonso circled the 3.6-mile circuit in 1 minute, 21.997 seconds for his second pole of the season. Alonso’s rookie teammate Lewis Hamilton, who leads the Spaniard by five points atop the drivers’ standings, was second at 1:22.360. ETC.: Alonso, the two-time defending world champion, has reportedly submitted evidence relating to the Ferrari spy scandal to Formula One’s governing body, following its request that McLaren’s drivers cooperate in the inquiry. “I did only what had to be done,” Alonso was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of Italian news daily La Repubblica. “The highest body made a request of me.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Jimmie Johnson locked up his spot as the favorite for the Nextel Cup title, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. was locked out of NASCAR’s showcase event. Johnson easily raced to his series-best sixth victory of the season, winning Saturday night at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway to shore up the top seed in the Chase for the championship. The defending Nextel Cup champion will start the 10-race title hunt on top of the standings and with the momentum of two consecutive wins to help him hold off 11 other challengers. But NASCAR’s most popular driver won’t be one of them. Earnhardt will watch the Chase from the sidelines for the second time in three years, failing to race his way into the event. He ran in the top three late in the race, but his fifth motor failure with just a few laps to go sealed his fate. He finished 30th and was clearly dejected as he shared a brief hug with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. The two are leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and will join Hendrick Motorsports. “We’ve run good every week. We just can’t finish races,” he said. “We love racing. We’ll be all right. This is disappointing, these dang motors.” Earnhardt started the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 as the only driver mathematically eligible to race into the Chase, but the odds were stacked against him. Kevin Harvick, the driver on the bubble, had to finish 33rd or worse, combined with a flawless Earnhardt run, for Junior to make it. Harvick avoided two different accidents and coasted to a seventh-place finish to end any suspense.
Leavitt, speaking at a news conference with the Port of Los Angeles as a backdrop, said most of the country’s imports are safe despite fears over the recall of unsafe toys, tires and pet food items in the past year. This year, the United States will import more than $2 trillion worth of foreign products. “Let’s not make any mistake, the recent dangers that have been found in imported products ? are warning signs,” Leavitt said. “They are warning signs that our present system is not keeping pace. They are warning signs that we have to continually adapt to the rapidly growing import level and also the changing global economy. “The American people have a reasonable expectation of safety in the food and products that they buy, and we can and must keep that trust.” Just before speaking with reporters, Leavitt hopped aboard a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of the neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where more than 40percent of the nation’s goods are processed. “The federal government cannot and should not attempt to physically inspect every product that enters the United States. That becomes evident when you see a port like this,” Leavitt said. “Doing so would bring international trade to a standstill, and it would distract the limited resources that we have. ? Instead, we have to be smarter about what we do.” Some of those “smarter” points include new technologies and better inter-agency collaboration, according to a report released Monday by a task force composed of a dozen federal agencies that oversee U.S. imports. Leavitt called for a single, integrated computer system that allows federal agencies to more easily monitor goods as they enter the United States, rather than the scattered computer systems currently in use. Leavitt also suggested that federal authorities focus on a three-pronged approach to import safety: prevention, intervention and response. Rather than focusing on products as they enter the United States, Leavitt suggested that authorities use technologies that allow them to monitor the “life cycle” of goods, from the time they are manufactured until they are delivered. “We want to change our strategy to be more like a video all the way across, so we see the entire process of building quality in,” Leavitt said. Although the early report stated that new programs and more federal employees would be needed to fulfill the recommendations, Leavitt said it is unclear where the funding would come from. A final list of short- and long-term recommendations for import safety will be released in November, Leavitt said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN PEDRO: Health and Human Services leader calls for changes, saying “present system” falls short. By Art Marroquin STAFF WRITER Amid widespread concern over the safety of imported goods, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Tuesday that authorities need to better monitor the quality of goods coming into the United States.
All this blight on a trail that is only one year old. The L.A. stretch of the Chandler Boulevard bike path is old beyond its time, deteriorating before it’s even been fully completed. To what do we owe the discrepancy in the two stretches’ conditions? The answer, simply, is that one city (Burbank) is well-managed and serious about improving its inhabitants’ quality of life. The other (L.A.) is a bureaucratic mess that cares only about improving the fortunes of its well-connected elite. So in Burbank, there is one city agency charged with maintaining the bike path, and it does its job well. In Los Angeles, there are three, yet none really does its job at all. Each just offer excuses. The difference extends beyond the bike path. One need only cross the line between Burbank and NoHo to notice the change – from a city that’s responsive to the public’s needs, to a city that’s contemptuous of them. Somehow, we suspect it will take more than an emergency call to a handful of gardeners to save the L.A. portion of the bike path. In truth, City Hall will never be able to clean up the evidence of its neglect – in North Hollywood or anywhere else – until it starts by cleaning up its own priorities. That, as Frost might say, would make all the difference.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. AH, but what a bigger difference would have been made if, in his 1920 poem “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost had to choose not between two roads, but between two stretches of the same bike path – one in Los Angeles, and one in Burbank. For all his enthusiasm for conquering the unconquered trail, we suspect even Frost would have opted for Burbank. And why not? Three of the Chandler Boulevard bike path’s four miles travel within the city of Burbank. They are neatly kept, well-preserved, and a delight to those who traverse them. The remaining mile, however, is in North Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. That mile is not so nicely preserved – weeds line the path, graffiti mars the warehouses and murals, and discarded bulk-trash items dot the landscape.
West Bromwich Albion’s Gareth McAuley is shown the red card by referee Neil Swarbrick 1 Neil Swarbrick has become the latest Premier League referee to send off the wrong player.Swarbrick dismissed Gareth McAuley just two minutes into West Brom’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime for a challenge on Wilfried Bony which was actually made by his defensive partner Craig Dawson.It is the third case of mistaken identity in two seasons and will further heap pressure on referees’ chief Mike Riley, who has faced growing criticism over the standard of top-flight officials.Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs was wrongly shown a red card last season at Chelsea by Andre Marriner despite team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handling an Eden Hazard shot on the line, while Wes Brown was sent off by Roger East during Sunderland’s defeat at Manchester United three weeks ago for a foul made by John O’Shea.