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C’down, Wolmer’s in Manning Cup last eight

first_imgChristopher Bender, coach of Camperdown High and Wolmer’s Boys coach, Alex Thomas, both expressed delight after their teams booked berths in the quarterfinals of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition, following contrasting second round results at the Stadium East field yesterday. Camperdown, who last won the competition in 1982, secured their place in the next round of the competition, after a thrilling 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Excelsior. This after both teams ended 1-1 on aggregate after the two legs of the round of 16 tie. Camperdown won the first leg 1-0 but they were beaten 1-0 by Excelsior in full time, which resulted in game going to a penalty shoot-out. Camperdown held their nerves in the shoot-out with Shaquille Bradford, Altiman Gordon, Jeovanni Laing and Basil Trelevan converting from the spot. Rohan Beadle and Kareem Williams were on target for Excelsior but Javone Francis and Tajhay Williams missed their spot kicks. Bender said the victory means a lot to his team because they have been moving from strength to strength this season. Resilient “We showed a lot of resilience as we dug deep because we were never at our best in this game,” said Bender. “This (getting past the second round) has been eluding us over the years and so I am happy that we are over it now,” he said. “This is a young team and so this a good lesson for them going forward in the competition,” Bender said. In the second match of the double-header, Wolmer’s, who last won the competition in 1994, secured their spot in the quarterfinals after an easy 3-1 victory. The Heroes Circle-based institution won the tie 4-1 on aggregate. Rivaldo Mitchell (17th) Dwayne Allen (51st) and Nickache Murray (79th) were the scorers for Wolmer’s Boys. Jermaine Lyons scored for Denham Town in the 45th minute. Thomas said he is happy that they are now in the quarterfinals because they have been improving with each game. “I am feeling tremendously proud of the boys because we are taking it one step at a time and this is just another step for us,” said Thomas. He added: “Each game that we play, we are getting better and after each game we look at the mistakes and try and correct them on the training field.” Today’s games – 1 p.m: JC vs Calabar at Stadium East – 3 p.m: KC vs Cumberland at Stadium East – 1 p.m: Holy Trinity vs St Jago at Calabar – 3 p.m: Hydel vs STATHS at Calabar – 1 p.m: St George’s vs Mona at Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m: St Catherine vs Charlie Smith at Spanish Town Prison Oval.last_img read more

Minister Ramjattan should investigate

first_imgDear Editor,The Police in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) – which stretches from Charity to Supenaam – are creating undue inconvenience and hardship for the residents in the district by not confining their operations within the ambit of the law.While there is no provision in the law for settlements to be made at the station level, the on-going illegal practice is taking place with detrimental effects on the community.To the best of knowledge and belief as a layman, the only person vested with the authority not to prosecute any criminal matter is the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) with the proper and rightful forum to make settlements being at the courts.With court sittings in the district being held on a regular basis, a difficulty can never exist by the parties so involved in a criminal matter at any time to effect a settlement there.But here it is in yet another incident of the kind; a female villager of mine from Suddie lodged ,000 as bail at the Suddie Police Station on May 24, 2017, for the release of her son who was incarcerated for being involved in a fight with a man.On the receipt issued and shown to me, specific mention was made of the money being lodged for the appearance of her son at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court on June 1, 2017.After more than one month, a charge is yet to be filed against her son with the poor woman expressing her eagerness to get a refund of her bail money.The woman expressed a more worrying situation when she was advised by a rank to get out of a Court Agreement of Settlement from Justice of Peace to settle the matter at the station rather than for it to engage the attention of the Court.This move was however rejected by the woman with a given reason that she did not have money to pay the JP.It is clear as daylight that settlements made at the station will never help to suppress criminal activities with court action being better to serve as a deterrent from monetary or custodial penalties. A fine will see the Government benefiting from revenue collection.Many impecunious residents have had to suffer the loss of their bail money in this hard guava season through no fault of their own when it eventually ends up at the Police Finance Office in the city to become ever so costly to redeem.The National Security Minister who is a qualified lawyer is being urged to exterminate this malpractice once and for all having regard to the fact that this responsibility falls under his portfolio.Yours faithfully,Baliram Persaudlast_img read more

4 Regions to benefit from US$30.9M sea defence project

first_imgSome 20 communities in four Administrative Regions have been identified for works to be done on sea andCDB Portfolio Manager William Ashbyriver defence via a third loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).The CDB made the announcement when it launched the US$30.9 million Sea and River Defence Resilience Project, in collaboration with the Government, on Wednesday at the Pegasus Hotel, Georgetown.Attending the launch were representatives of the CDB, Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, and the Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary, Hector Butts.Giving an overview of the project, Minister Patterson explained that it covered the rehabilitation of some six kilometres of sea defence in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).He said, however, that these four Regions’ combined six km of sea defence work represents a mere two per cent of the foreshores that have to be protected countrywide.“So for $30 million, we are only looking into six km of sea defence. If one were to take into account the entire country, it would amount to some 425km.” He said this project was important to Guyana.According to Patterson, Guyana’s sea and river defence form part of an integrated system which plays a vital role in the protection of people, assets and environment on the coastal belt. This system contributes to sustainable and economic growth and future socioeconomic development opportunities through the minimisation of and the prevention of flooding and river and sea water infusion into the low-lying coastal region.“To this end, the sea and river defence sector policy was developed and updated last year to better reflect an integrated approach to the delivering of sustainable sea defence along the coast. This improved integration of the many overlapping multisectoral functions and aspects of coastal zone management will aid in efficient and effective flood risks preparation, planning and implementation, while fostering better harmonisation and other relevant national initiatives,” Patterson relayed.At the end of 2013, the CDB had approved long-term loans totalling about US$255 million to Guyana. This figure will increase with the addition of the current loan. The first sea defence project was approved in 2002 at a cost of $1.8 billion. That catered for 2.1 km of sea defence in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). In 2006, the second loan of 1.9 billion was approved covering a total of 2.4km. This third loan, he said, has several components.“It will focus on flood protection infrastructure and will focus on civil works and upgrading of 5.6 km of sea and river defence. The project sites are located in 20 communities between Region Two, Three, Four, Six along with the coastline and Demerara and Essequibo,” Patterson noted.In his remarks, CDB Portfolio Manager William Ashby said Guyana remained well-known for its rich and natural environment; however, most of its population lived in close proximity to the 430km of coastline, an area threatened by coastal flooding and sea level rise.He said Government had identified the protection of the people and productive land through climate change adaptation measures as a priority.“It has long included efforts to manage the natural sea defence as well as extending and upgrading and maintain the system of sea and river defence infrastructure.”Ashby said the importance of mitigating the impact of flooding on the economy has also been highlighted and improved risk management capabilities identified as essential to the achievement of the country’s developmental objectives.The CDB, he said, has been fortunate to have the opportunity to support Guyana’s work in this sector, through a series of projects which started 25 years ago.“Supporting inclusive and sustainable growth and development is one of the Bank’s main strategic objectives over the 2015-2019 planning period and the promotion and environmental sustainability through climate change resilience, environmental management and disaster risk management are a key corporate priority,” the CDB official said.He added that a key element of the CDB’s climate resilience strategy was providing borrowing member countries with access to concessionary resources to finance climate resilience investments for some of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. Ashby said following its accreditation of a regional implementation facility, the CDB now has better access and more funds to address climate change and help mitigate the impact in borrowing member countries.He said the project would benefit some 45,000 persons in about 9000 households. It will also include a capacity building workshop for Public Infrastructure Ministry staff.last_img read more

IMF lauds Guyana’s efforts following reviewing visit

first_imgFATF monitoring listFollowing a recent visit to assess Guyana’s economic development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission has lauded the country’s efforts in being removed from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) monitoring list.This is according to the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Friday. The Commission said that this was related in the Staff Statement from IMF, with which the Commission met on March 16, 2017 as part of the Fund’s Article IV Consultations.PSC officials meeting with the visiting IMF Mission“The Private Sector Commission fully endorses the IMF’s commendation of the Government of Guyana’s sterling efforts, which resulted in the country being released from the monitoring list of the international Financial Action Task Force,” the entity said.It noted that the PSC worked closely with Government’s legal team to finalise the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill. The passage of this Bill, the PSC noted, was a major factor considered in the release from FATF monitoring, and the efforts of the Attorney General’s Chambers should be applauded.Nevertheless, the Commission noted that much remains to be done to strengthen Guyana’s AML/CFT framework and bring it in line with global standards. The achievement of being released from the FATF’s monitoring list is a very significant accomplishment, which has taken other countries years to achieve.“The entire private sector has benefited from this, with a reduction of the stringent controls which stymied their ability to conduct international transactions, and generally to conduct their business,” the PSC stated in the release.The Private Sector added that the IMF Staff Statement was, on the whole, quite encouraging in its assessment of Guyana’s financial oversight framework, as evidenced by the Bank of Guyana’s supervisory framework and guidelines which contribute to the health of our financial system.During its meeting with the IMF mission, the PSC raised a broad spectrum of issues which currently engage its attention, and expressed satisfaction with the current Government’s operationalising of the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and facilitation of Local Government Elections (LGE), which had not been held for many years. However, at the same time, concerns were expressed over instances of sole sourcing of contracts, which have occurred despite the existence of the Procurement Commission.Additionally, the decline in the value of the Guyana dollar was also discussed, with the IMF representatives suggesting that a flexible exchange rate was ideal because it would allow the currency to revalue itself in response to market forces.Moreover, in response to questions from the Mission as to the cause of a loss of investor confidence, the Private Sector Commission pointed to increased taxation and a degree of uncertainty in regard to the direction in which the economy is moving.Nevertheless, the representatives of the Private Sector Commission indicated their willingness to cooperate with Government in the national interest, and to assist in helping to right the economy.During the meeting, with the PSC officials, the IMF team observed that the private sector is indeed the catalyst for growth, and plays a crucial role in job creation.last_img read more

Victoria Cup: Simbas seal double over Zambia

first_img0Shares0000Kenya Left Flanker Brian Amaitsa is tackled by Zambia opponent. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 24 – The Kenya Simbas picked a win in the Victoria Cup hosted at the Nairobi’s RFUEA Ground, following their 30-16 victory over visitors Zambia on Saturday.The Kenya 15s side grounded four tries and added penalties while Zambia only managed a try to add on tries. The Paul Odera side will now turn attention to inviting Zimbabwe Sables in a match that they will be out to avenge the 30-29 defeat suffered in Harare.The Saturday wins means the Simbas complete a double over Zambia having taken down the same foes 43-23 at the Nkana West Rugby Field, Kitwe in late July.A penalty by Isaac Njoroge started it all before skipper of the day Curtis Lilako landed a try that Njoroge was sure with the extra for a 10-0 lead by the Simbas.Kenya Simbas’ Malcolm Onsando is tackled by Zambia opponent. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAA Laston Mukosa penalty for Zambia reduced the scores to 10-3 but a try by Elkeans Musonye, after a dash from the base of the scrum, had Kenya up 15-3.Zambia then came dangerously close with a penalty and conversion from the boots of Mukosa, the two in between Outside center Edward Mumba’s try to come to within two points; 15-13. Njoroge’s boot had Kenya stretch to 18-13 heading to the break.Simbas Head Cach Paul Odera. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAJust as he did at the start, Njoroge activated the second half with a penalty paving was for two unconverted tries Oscar Simiyu and Brian Amaitsa. A long range penalty by Mukosa wrapped the game at 31-16.-By Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LISTEN: ‘Getting rid of Tim Sherwood was a massive mistake,’ talkSPORT told

first_imgAston Villa firing Tim Sherwood was a ‘massive mistake’, Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT.The Villans made the latest move in a series of questionable decisions on Monday, firing manager Roberto Di Matteo after just 124 days in charge.Despite Di Matteo spending £34 million on players over the summer, the Italian left his job with Villa just two points clear of the relegation zone after 12 games.The Championship side have now gone through more managers – six – than wins recorded – four – since the start of last season, and it appears there are serious problems behind the scenes at Villa Park.And Redknapp believes the first problem was firing Tim Sherwood, who was dismissed at the start of last season despite keeping Villa in the Premier League and sending them to the FA Cup final the season before.“Getting rid of Tim Sherwood was a massive mistake,” Redknapp told Danny Kelly on Drivetime.“I think they need someone in there given time. They can’t keep changing managers every six months or so, and that’s the way it’s gone at the moment.“It’s sad, because they’ve got great support. Every week they’re there, the fans. They follow the team away, and they deserve better.”READ MORE: Tim Sherwood tells talkSPORT he would consider Aston Villa return after ‘disappointing’ Roberto Di Matteo departurelast_img read more

Manchester United to make stunning £51m move for Inter Milan star – REPORTS

first_imgManchester United are prepared to splash out £51million on Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to reports in Italy.The Croatia international has produced some impressive performances in Italy this season and he is a wanted man ahead of the summer transfer window.Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all chasing the 28-year-old and a bidding war looks set to take place.Manchester United, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, are ready to kick off that transfer battle by making an offer of £51m for Perisic.Inter are still hoping to keep the flying winger and they have asked him to sit down for contract talks before the season ends.But Perisic has stalled on those negotiations and it has forced Inter to consider selling him if the right offer is made.Originally it had been reported the Italian club wanted to bank around £42.5m from the Croatian’s departure, but the combined interest of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United has led to the asking price increasing. Ivan Perisic in action for Inter Milan 1last_img read more

Gordon: I’d be lying if I said derby was not a big match

first_img“It’s not. For the players it’s not. I’d be lying if I told you any different. It’s a big game, everybody knows it’s a big game.“It’s a game you never get tired of playing in. The atmosphere, everything that goes with it in the week leading up to it.”He added: “Now that it’s here we’re looking forward to it. You’re always going to look for where these games are and where they are in the calendar. “Everyone looks forward to them. The stadiums are packed out, the atmospheres are fantastic and as a player there’s nothing bigger than that.” Craig Gordon believes the Old Firm derby is like no other game in Scottish football and would be lying if he said Saturday’s fixture was not a big game. The sides meet at Celtic Park for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off in the Scottish Premiership with the Hoops 11 points clear at the top of the table. The keeper says it is the fixture the players most look forward to because they do not come any bigger.Speaking ahead of the Glasgow showdown, Gordon said:”It’s a big game. You can try to say it’s like any other game, it’s three points, but no one’s going to believe that. last_img read more

Leitrim GAA Fixtures May 2-7

first_imgGlencar Comm.PitchU13(13)7Glen Gaels v Drumkeerin7 00 Fixtures 1st – 7th Bealtaine  2017 FenaghU13(13)7Fenagh-St.Caillins v St.Marys7 00 LeitrimU15(15)6Leitrim Gaels v GlencarManorhamilton7 00 ManorhamiltonACLD24GlencarManorhamilton v Ballinaglera12 00 Domhnach 7th Bealtaine 2017 KiltubridACLD24Kiltubrid v Aughavas5 45 Mairt 2nd Bealtaine 2017 Pairc SeanU17(15)FinalFenagh-St.Caillins v St.Marys6 30 AnnaduffU15(13)Play OffAnnaduff v Dromahair7 00 Satharn 6th Bealtaine 2017 Pairc SeanU17(13)FinalMohill v Rinn Gaels5 00 MohillACLD14Mohill v Gortletteragh12 00 St.MarysU13(15)7St.Marys v GlencarManorhamilton7 00 Aoine 5th Bealtaine 2017 BallinamoreU13(15)7Ballinamore v Melvin Gaels7 00 AnnaduffACLD24Annaduff v Leitrim Gaels12 00 DromahairU13(13)7Dromahair v Leitrim Gaels7 00 AughawillanACLD14Aughawillan v Allen Gaels7 00 DrumreillyACLD24Drumreilly v Cloone7 00 AughnasheelinU13(15)7St.Brigids v Mohill7 00 Deardaoin 4th Bealtaine 2017 BallinamoreU17(15)ShieldBallinamore-SOH v St.Brigids6 00 GlenfarneACLD34Glenfarne/Kilty v Eslin12 00 Pairc SeanCJFCS/FLeitrim v Galway7 00 DrumshanboU15(15)6Allen Gaels v Mohill7 00 ManorhamiltonACLD14GlencarManorhamilton v Drumkeerin7 00 DrumkeerinU17(13)PlateDrumkeerin v Dromahair6 00 CarrigallenU17(15)PlateSt.Josephs v Melvin Gaels6 00 CarrigallenACLD24Carrigallen v Bornacoola7 00 DromodACLD410Bornacoola v St.Osnatts Glencar12 00 BallinamoreCeltic Chall.1Leitrim v Cavan7 30 E.T. if Necessary BallinamoreACLD14Ballinamore-SOH v Melvin Gaels7 00 Pairc SeanLory Meagher3Leitrim v Lancashire2 00 CarrigallenU13(15)7St.Josephs v Gortletteragh7 00 St.MarysACLD24St.Marys v Ballinamore-SOH3 45 AnnaduffU13(13)7Annaduff v Kiltubrid7 00 CarrigallenU15(15)6St.Josephs v Cill Mhoir Gaels7 00 Coiste Chontae Liatroma CLG Ceadaoin 3rd Bealtaine 2017 FenaghU15(15)6Fenagh-St.Caillins v St.Marys7 00 VenueGradeRoundFixtureTime Mairt 9th Bealtaine 2017 DromahairACLD14Dromahair v St.Marys12 30 FenaghACLD14Fenagh-St.Caillins v Aughnasheelin12 30 DrumshanboU17(13)ShieldAllen Gaels v Leitrim Gaels6 00 ManorhamiltonU13(15)2GlencarManorhamilton v Gortletteragh7 00 St.MarysU13(15)4St.Marys v Ballinamore-SOH7 00last_img read more

Medical Shows Like “Grey’s Anatomy” Are Giving You False Expectations About Your Medical Care

first_imgFor the study, doctors watched all 269 episodes of the show, focusing on the 290 trauma patients.  And they found that their experiences didn’t necessarily mirror those of REAL trauma patients. If you watch “Grey’s Anatomy” to see who’s sleeping with who, or for the intermittent shots of blood and guts, cool.  But you probably shouldn’t go any deeper than that. For example, the cases on the show tended to be more severe, and progress more quickly from the ER to the OR.  Also, their conclusions were more cut-and-dried.  On the show, patients tended to either die or get sent home pretty quickly. A new study says that medical dramas . . . particularly “Grey’s” . . . can give you false expectations when it comes to the realities of medical care, treatment, and recovery.center_img In reality, trauma patients tend to take a lot longer before they’re ready to go home. Also, 22% of trauma patients on “Grey’s Anatomy” DIED . . . compared with 7% in the real world.last_img read more