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January 20, 2020
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Molynes United oust champs in JN Open League

first_imgA new champion will be crowned this Saturday when the final of the JN Open League netball competition is contested at the Leila Robinson Courts, as defending champions Mico ‘B’ were beaten 20-17 by in-form Molynes United ‘A’ in their quarter-final encounter on Tuesday.The winners booked a spot in today’s semi-finals, where they will face Mico ‘A’ at 7:15 p.m. Other winners UWI Pelicans ‘A’ and Waulgrovians ‘A’ will also play for a spot in the final, beginning at 6:45 p.m.Molynes United ‘A’, rated second in attack and defence, started off on fire and raced to a 7-0 lead as goalshooter Shantal Slater was bang on target, with goalkeeper Kadian Dehaney making it hard for the Mico ‘B’ shooters at the other end.MISSED CHANCEMolynes ‘A’ finished with a 9-1 first-quarter lead, but Mico fought back gallantly to tie the score at 9-9. They got opportunities to take the lead, but two missed attempts by Daniel Masters and Shauna Jones let the chance slip.Their opponents capitalised to lead 14-10 at half-time and the Roy Price-coached team kept their title ambitions on track, as they will face another Mico team, which had an easy 28-17 win over Cablepro.Despite the absence of ace goalshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, who jetted off to New Zealand for the ANZ Championships, the Annette Daley-coached Mico ‘A’ remained unbeaten in this season with a fine all-round display. They led 8-4, 17-15 and 23-13, respectively, at the end of the first three quarters.Goalshooter Taniele Roberts, who took Fowler-Reid’s position, scored 27 goals from 38 attempts, while Petal Smith top-scored for Cablepro with nine goals from 15 tries.There was no luck for Cablepro’s sister team, Jamalco.After a big setback, which saw ace goalshooter Marsha Murphy having to leave the game early in the first quarter after twisting her knee, the Winston Nevers-coached Jamalco lost by two goals, as UWI scored a 25-23 win to book their semi-final place.SMOOTH SAILINGAnother former many-time champion, Walgrovians ‘A’, also booked their semi-final spot, but in a one-sided affair, as they turned back Police ‘A’ 32-16.Having racked up a big 10-1 first-quarter lead, it was smooth sailing for the rest of the way as Waulgrovians ‘A’ led 16-6 after the second quarter and 24-10 at the end of the third stanza, before cruising the rest of the way to set up a clash with UWI ‘A’ in today’s semi-final.The matches will be preceded by the Open League ‘B’ Group semis, with Speg ‘A’ vs Molynes United ‘B’ at 5:45 p.m., followed by Tivoli Gardens vs UTech Knights at 6:15 p.m.- R. G.last_img read more

January 20, 2020
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Englishman leads the way at Ja Golf Open

first_imgWestern Bureau: Englishman Paul Eales holds the early lead at the 2017 Jamaica Open Golf Championship, taming the field at the picturesque Half Moon Course with a superb 4 under-par 68 to sit atop the leaderboard after day one in Montego Bay. His score was one stroke better than James Hazen of the United States, who fired a 3 under-par 69 to complete the round in second position, while three-time champion Johnny Bloomfield and Kenny Goodykoontz are tied for third after stroking 71. Eales, Hazen, Bloomfield and Goodykoontz were the only golfers to break par on a challenging opening day. Eales had three birdies on the front nine and added three more on the back nine for the one-stroke lead. Four others were tied for fifth, including Barbadian Alex Sandeman at Even-par 72, while Orville Christie ended the day as the best-placed Jamaican with a two over-par 74. Two other Jamaicans, Michael Rowe and Wesley Brown, are tied in fourth place on 4 over-par 76 heading into today’s second day. But on another windy day, it was Eales who found his touch early to move away from the field on the front nine before making three birdies on the last six holes to post best score of the round. “The course is in great shape … and I realised that after I birdied the first three holes and although the wind was making it really difficult. I managed to putt well on the green and finish well,” said Eales. “And, of course, the last six holes were something special, and to have round things off with three birdies was just dream stuff,” the 1991 Audi Open winner said. Eales made his move early with two quick birdies and never relinquished the lead. The course record at Half Moon is 7 under-par 65 by two-time Open winner Ross Cochran. Cochran won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Not concerned about the record, Eales told The Gleaner that he hopes to carry his fine putting form through the championship, while hoping for another fine day on today’s penultimate day. Meanwhile, in the amateur section, Jamaican Owen Samuda had a difficult time on the greens to finish the day with 3 over par 75, holding a three-stroke lead over compatriot Oshae Haye at six over for 78, the same as Canadian Robert Sterling. The championship continues today with the first tee-off time set for 7:30 a.m. Eales will be among the last to tee-off at 11 a.m.last_img read more

January 17, 2020
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Barabina gets new road

first_img— residents calling for dam, bridges to be fixedResidents of Barabina, Region One (Barima/Waini), are now benefitting from a rehabilitated road in their community.According to information reaching Guyana Times the road was in a deplorable condition for a long time and was rebuilt by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.In keeping with government’s policy to facilitate greater connectivity between coastland and hinterland regions, the infrastructure ministry rebuilt the road.Currently, government has embarked on habilitating hinterland roads.The collapsed bridge in Port KaitumaCurrently villages, not only Barabina but also other surrounding areas are being flooded because of sinking dams in the region.Approximately $3 million was spent on dam repairs in the region but as soon as the high tide came, those dams were overtopped and the place flooded.According to information from the region’s Vice Chairman Sarah Browne, the $3 million allotted was not sufficient for the job that had to be done: “That was a waste of money; they have to now carry out work on the entire revetments that sunk.”According to Browne, since the Public Infrastructure Ministry has refused to acknowledge the many letters sent to them and other ministries, the Regional Democratic Council is exploring other means at a regional level by which the dams can be rebuilt.“In Barabina we are exploring to cut a new road through Khan’s Hill (nearby area in Barabina). It would be cheaper and the soil type can hold more, so we are looking to work something out that way” she disclosed.According to the vice chairman, the RDC is at its wits end as there are not sufficient resources available in the budget for the works to be carried out.“We do not have money in the RDC budget so we cannot really do anything. The Public Infrastructure Ministry is not responding to the many articles that are being published regarding our plight so I am now thinking that it is useless to write them. We have also sent dozens of letters to various ministries but nothing was ever acknowledged or replied to” she remarked.She relayed that the dams were budgeted by the region but the money was not granted.In the meanwhile, in Port Kaituma money was granted for roads to be rebuilt but was not granted for bridges to be redone.Recently a bridge in the region collapsed and has not been fixed since.According to Browne, the RDC is collaborating with the NDC for the bridge to be repaired, and calling on government “is useless”, she said.A picture of the collapsed bridge surfaced on Facebook and frustrated residents were seen venting their frustration.According to some of the comments, the residents are in fear that an intervention will only come after something horrible happens.This publication made numerous attempts to get a response from the Public Infrastructure Ministry but was unsuccessful.last_img read more

January 17, 2020
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Govt to assist Guyanese law students with HWLS fees

first_imgGovernment has pledged some .5 million to cover 25 per cent of the total tuition fees for Guyanese students entering the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS) in Trinidad and Tobago. Parliament recently approved the payment by Government for academic years 2016-2018.The sum to be paid for the law students is $17.9 million or US$85,000 per-annum.Parliament’s approval has come, even as the University of Guyana (UG) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) remain in consultation over the automatic entry of the 25 Guyanese Bachelor of Law (LLB) graduates.Last year, the 25 students were denied automatic entry to HWLS by the Council of Legal Education (CLE), which cited overcrowding of the facility. Following this, the calls for the establishment of a local law school took on new urgency.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams blamed the previous Administration for cancelling the subsidy contributions to HWLS and CLE, but said when the matter was first discussed in Cabinet, there was no funding for that exercise.In fact, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had said that the contribution each territory made was used to subsidise the tuition fees which students were required to pay. He said the practice was halted by Guyana 15 years ago and never affected the admission of Guyanese students into the Law School. All that meant was that Guyanese students no longer benefited from a subsidised tuition fee and have been paying the full tuition fee since.Nandlall had said further that the previous Administration was able to facilitate a 10-year agreement towards the automatic entry of local law students to the HWLS following negotiations with that body, but noted that they exited office in 2015, before the agreement could be signed.“In the end, not only did we succeed in retaining the quota of 25 for Guyanese national graduates, but were able to secure an additional 10 places for non-Guyanese national graduates of the said law programme… I explained to him (Williams) that the hard work is finished and that all he needs to do is to ensure that the agreement, which was being drafted by UG and UWI, is signed and taken to the CLE for their signature because it is a tripartite agreement,” Nandlall further stated.“That’s the issue. Why after one year, the negotiated agreement has not been signed?” Nandlall queried.last_img read more

January 14, 2020
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‘Democracy Meaningless When The People Are Hungry’

first_imgDr. Jones surrounded by his entourage and CLC officials at the summitThe political leader of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. J. Mills Jones has said that democracy as a form of government does not have meaning when those who are governed are hungry.As a result he said Liberians must not choose their leaders out of fear in October elections because they now have the capacity to select new leaders with track record to be able to build a new nation for the betterment of the country and the people.Speaking at the Christian Literature Crusader Church Leaders Summit at the Trumpet Baptist Central Church in Ganta, Nimba County recently, he said Liberians should not be complacent with the decisions they will make to ensure that the capacity to build a new nation is not undermined.Dr. Jones, defending his party’s theme of hope, said Liberia is still a land of possibilities that can only be realized if the people vote into office the right leadership to break away from the past.He made reference to the theme of the summit, ‘Leading in a time of transition,’ and said for the church, transition is a constant challenge, growing out of humanity’s continuous march on the highway of modernity.“One could argue that the day the church settles down in the sea of stability will be the beginning of an existential stretch to the church as an institution and more importantly as a place of hope to sound the gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples,” Dr. Jones said.He said the same is true for the state because the leadership of a nation must not only be prepared to deal with the challenges of change but must also be agents of change.Dr. Jones quoted the late reggae king Bob Marley and challenged Liberians to emancipate their minds from mental slavery, because “no one would do it for us.” He said it is about time Liberians break with the past and do things that would reflect how long Liberia has been an independent country.“By July this year,” he said, “Liberia will be 170 years old as a sovereign nation,” adding that he regrets that Liberia’s age does not positively reflect on the country’s development, because it is a historical fact that the country lacks visionary leaders, which has held it back.“This is one of the enduring lessons of history and it is a lesson that the people of Liberia must accept and acknowledge because it is the scarcity of visionary leadership over the long period of our history that has led to the sorry state of our country today,” he said.Speaking to the Christian community, Dr. Jones took consolation in the Bible, and though he did not give the specific quotation, he said a nation without vision is a recipe for the destruction of that nation.Probing the conscience of his listeners on why Liberians have become so immune to development as compared to neighboring countries, Dr. Jones said: “it is good leadership that gives vision to a nation and this is why I continue to say and to make the argument that leadership matters.”He explained MOVEE’s determination to make a difference and to ensure social cohesion, economic development and the enjoyment of peace and stability, if elected.Dr. Jones returned to the subject of tribal politics and admitted to his audience that he came from a humble background, and said MOVEE understands that “our people in the towns, cities, and villages are interested in a ‘countryman’ but want to get out of poverty, and poverty has no tribe. Therefore, we offer not divisive politics but vibrant and visionary leadership with a track record.”“I hear people say that this is a time for the so-called ‘countryman’ to become president, but only a dull man can come up with such for a change. This is a talk that will lead us down the road to nowhere,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Jones warned Liberians about those politicians who show up at every election “not because they want to change the conditions of Liberians but to change their own conditions. They are the politicians who have started to sell the future of Liberia to outsiders. MOVEE has been constantly empowering the businesspeople, farmers and others, because democracy doesn’t mean much when the people are hungry.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020
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Govt has lost appetite to enact whistle-blower legislation – TIGI

first_imgTransparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) is putting the Government on blast for its sloth in bringing forward legislation to protect whistle-blowers.The anti-corruption advocate also criticised the Government’s actions against a particular whistle-blower – Nurse Sherilyn Marks – for revealing a People’s National Congress Councillor’s abuse of pain medication. Marks has been repaid by being transferred and subjected to a probe by the Public Service Commission (PSC).Councillor Carol Joseph“In a very corrupt society and one in which the will of the people has been side-lined as politicians pursue narrow interests, whistle-blowing is an important avenue through which corruption can be uncovered,” the group said in a statement.“Unless whistle-blower legislation is ratified and supported by a will to implement, whistle-blowing will remain costly to whistle-blowers. It is not altogether surprising that the coalition Government appears to have lost its appetite for implementation though it had drafted an act and held consultations after taking office.”TIGI noted that such law is yet to be enacted. According to the group, a comparison with other laws the Government has pushed through within the two years of Government makes it easy to deduce the order of priorities.“Without whistle-blower legislation, retaliation by the politically connected and the powerful can mean dire consequences for those who attempt to expose wrongdoing. Such retaliation can range from public labelling and ridiculing to loss of employment, other employment hardships and even worse.”Consequences may also extend beyond the person directly drawing awareness, to family, friends and loved ones, the TIGI said, adding that awareness of the potential for such retaliation can instil fear and serve as a warning to those who might contemplate exposing corruption.TIGI referenced the case of Marks, who it noted was bludgeoned into oblivion or worse, “for exposing the abuse of power by [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU Councillor, Carol Joseph.”“In this case, Marks who was a nurse at the Fort Wellington Hospital revealed that Joseph, while a sitting APNU Councillor in the Local Government Council of Region Five, abused her power to leverage prescription painkiller injections.”This revelation by the nurse was made following two complaints to her superiors in Region Five and to the Public Health Minister.“Marks was in a position where she considered herself exposed to eventually being held accountable for administering the prescription narcotic, Pethidine, more frequently and in a larger amount than usual to Joseph, but her cries for help went unanswered by her superiors at the level of the region and by the Minister of Health.”TIGI noted that the failure of the Public Health Ministry and the officials in the region to act was amplified and encouraged by the absence of a functional Integrity Commission to which Marks could have complained.“Exposing the situation was the correct thing to do given that the system and the individuals in authority failed her. If all that the Ministry had done was ignore Marks, this would be better than that which has occurred and that which has been set in motion. Instead, it retaliated. Condoning retaliation against whistle-blowers is a backward step in the fight against corruption.”The first bit of retaliation was the transferring of Marks to another facility without her having requested it, the TIGI pointed out. It added that Marks’ move to address the matter publicly after two attempts to urge the responsible officers to act appears to have embarrassed people of power who condoned Joseph’s actions.Calling the transfer a pathetic response, TIGI noted that the transfer was done without consideration of any hardships or other changes in Marks’s circumstances. The group noted that the nurse was therefore treated like an expendable pawn for going public.“The response is now being taken further to the stage of attempting to institute charges against Marks for breach of confidentiality. A disproportionate and public response has a long history of setting the stage for control and the message to be gleaned is that vicious retaliation by those with connections and power towards those who dare to expose wrongdoing is alive and well in Guyana.”The TIGI stated that it does not support breaking the law, however, when those who have abused their power and those who have ignored their responsibility as public officials do so with impunity while those who dare to expose wrongdoings are made to feel the consequence, it is mere lip service to the idea for those in authority to proclaim support for whistle-blowers.last_img read more

December 26, 2019
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Barnsley appoint former Hannover manager Daniel Stendel on two-year deal

first_img Stendel in action with Hannover in 2016 1 Barnsley have appointed former Hannover manager Daniel Stendel as their new head coach on a two-year contract.Stendel, 44, will begin work on July 1 as he looks to guide the club out of Sky Bet League One following their relegation from the Championship.“I am very happy to join Barnsley Football Club and I am happy with the faith, trust and belief shown to me from everyone here in advance of me starting the role,” Stendel told the club’s website.“I’m fully motivated and excited to get going, I am ready to meet the players and fans during pre-season.”Barnsley chief executive Gauthier Ganaye believes Stendel will implement the style of play which Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has helped to popularise.“We’ve identified that the counter-press has been used by the most successful teams in the world and Daniel is one of the best coaches at doing that,” Ganaye said.“The whole board of directors at the club were involved during the process of appointing Daniel in the role of head coach.“We identified him as a candidate as he’s a coach that has a style of play that matches the mentality of club and town, it’s attacking with flair and high intensity designed to press the opposition.“As well as the style, Daniel has the philosophy of using and developing younger players which fits perfectly in our model too.”last_img read more

December 26, 2019
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Leicester open book of condolence for fans to pay respects to chairman

first_img BEST OF Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and pilot Eric Swaffer were the others who lost their lives.The Premier League club have postponed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game at home to Southampton, but the book will be available in a marquee outside the club shop from 8am until 10pm “for the foreseeable future”.An online book will be available via the club’s website for those who cannot make it in person.“The club would like to thank supporters for their overwhelming support and kind wishes since the tragic events of Saturday evening,” a Leicester statement said.On Monday, son and vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha was joined by his mother, Aimon at the ground as they laid a wreath during an emotional morning. MONEY Leicester City will open a book of condolence on Tuesday so fans can pay tribute to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his death.City Hall and County Hall will also light up in blue this week to honour the 60-year-old Thai billionaire, who was among five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the King Power Stadium on Saturday night. RANKED ADVICE 4 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “One time, soon after my birthday, he arrived in the dressing room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday’. He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.“Now it’s up to his son (Aiyawatt), who has always been in love with football, to carry on in his father’s footsteps.” Claudio Ranieri, who led the Foxes to the Premier League title in 2016, said he was “terribly shaken” by the news.He told Sky in Italy: “He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see.“He came into the dressing room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you. People sign the book of condolence at the King Power Aimon and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha laid a wreath outside the King Power Stadium Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REPLY center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ranieri was the coach who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016 Vardy, the club’s striker, makes his way around the perimeter at the King Power Most popular football news 4 4 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Club officials, including director of football Jon Rudkin and chief executive Susan Whelan, also attended as they viewed the floral tributes.The president of the Thai FA Somyot Poompanmoung and his wife, Potjaman Poompamoung, were among the group.The first-team squad, along with manager Claude Puel, then spent 10 minutes looking at the tributes on Monday afternoon.New Ipswich boss Paul Lambert, who lives locally, also came to the stadium to pay his respects.Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “The outpouring of grief we are seeing at the King Power stadium demonstrates just how much the people of Leicester have taken Vichai and his family to their hearts.” REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

December 22, 2019
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Sadness at passing of Eileen Blake

first_imgThe death has occurred ​at​ Altnagelvin Hospital , Derry​ ​ of Eileen Blake ​,​1 Carleton Court , Ballymagroarty , Derry​ ​ and formerly of 16 Mc Mahon Villas​,​ Letterkenny​.​ Remains reposing at her home from 5 pm today Wednesday ​16th November​.Funeral from there on Friday 18th November at 11 am for ​b​urial at City Cemetery​,​ Derry at 12 pm​.​ Flowers welcome or donations ​in lieu ​ to Foyle Women’s Aid or People before Profit c/o Paschal Blake, Funeral Director , Stoney Arch , New Line Road​,​ Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Deeply regretted by her daughters , Saoirse Blake, Sophie Blake-Gallagher ​ ​ Alison Blake-Gallagher​,​ also Hilary and grandson Laochas​,​ ​ ​brother​s ​ Harry , Liam , Eunan [ Busty]​,​​Letterkenny, s​isters​,Rosie Oates​,​ Sligo​,​ Mary Greene, Letterkenny, nephews​,​ ​n​ieces​,​ relatives and friends.Sadness at passing of Eileen Blake was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Lotto funding process ‘too slow’: Davies

first_img21 June 2011 Complicated compliance requirements were also contributing towards backlogs. Davies said these requirements should be matched with the size of the grant and the risk involved. The process should be simplified for those applying for smaller grants. It takes too long to process applications for funding from South Africa’s National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Monday. He said it was not fair that applicants had to sometimes wait up to a year to hear the outcome of their application for funding. This was one of three major problems the department had identified in lottery funding. Sapa He dispelled rumours that there was R6-billion sitting unspent in the lottery account: “I can assure you there is no R6-billion sitting idle.” The minister said when he took office in 2009 he received “a barrage of complaints” about unspent lottery funds. He called for a more flexible approach, which would allow for rapid response to requests after emergencies and disasters. There was R1.5-billion available in this financial year, he said, and R3.2-billion had already been approved and allocated.center_img In the beginning of 2009, 11% of funding was paid out within three months of adjudication. Now 90% of applications are paid out within three months of adjudication, he said. Provincial meetings were held late last year to get input on what needed to be done to improve the lotto funding model. The third issue that needed to be dealt with was conflict of interests between those granting the funding and those requesting money. Davies said the Department of Trade and Industry was working with the board to prevent irregularities in this regard. “The board has made significant progress… and there had been major improvements in the time between adjudication and payment,” Davies said. “We are aware that the time taken from application to adjudication is [too long],” he told a NLDTF indaba in Johannesburg. Major improvements since 2009 The two-day indaba at Gallagher Estate in Midrand would review the current funding model and make proposals for a new model to best suit South Africa’s development needs.last_img read more