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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgEradication humble Fort in exciting matchEradication sent shock waves through the domino world as they humbled defending champion Fort International 300-297 in a exciting count-down in the eighth round of the City of Kingston Cooperative Union/Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/St Catherine League last Sunday.With the win, Eradication (32 points), along with Waterhouse United who thumped Garveymeade 300-233, remain the only unbeaten teams in the competition. Fort are now third on 29 points, and are joined by Right Stuff also on 29. In other games, Correctional Services downed Naggo Head 300-296; Passagefort United beat Chedwin Strikers 300-270; Links United whipped Exceptional International 300-249; fifth place Spring Village (28 points) outlasted Felluchi Strikers 300-298 in a count-down; Mechanical Strikers clipped Ken’s Wildflower 300-299. The competition continues tomorrow with matches scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start.Portals whip Benbow United 4-1East Portmore Portals turned on the heat on Benbow United and whipped their openents 4-1 in a recent fixture in the St Catherine FA Division One League. In other games, Naggo Head clipped their Portmore rivals Rodwood 2-1; Travellers also had a similar 2-1 win over Beacon Hill United and Albion defeated Marcus Garvey United 3-1.Massive come back by Spring VillageThere were wild celebrations at the Spring Village Community Centre last Sunday after the community domino club, Spring Village, who are fifth in the league on 32 points, did the unthinkable. They came back from 35 points down at half time to second place Waterhouse United (33 points) and won by two points (300-298) in the City of Kingston Cooperative Union/ Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/ St Catherine League. In other games, leaders Eradication, with maximum 36 points, got by Passagefort United 300-281; defending champs Fort International (32 points), currently joint second cut down Soursop Tree 300-273; Felluchi Strikers clipped Mechanical Strikers 300-299 in a pulsating showdown and Frazsiers Whip thrashed Garveymeade 300-265 after a dramatic come back as the victors trailed by 17 points, entering the final hundred games as Garveymeade faded badly. Meanwhile, Links United thumped Memory Lane 300-268; Right Stuff disciplined Braeton All Stars 300-280; and Correctional Services scolded Chedwin Strikers 300-296.last_img read more

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Beyond the Words

first_imgDear Editor,On Sunday, September 16, 2018, I heard Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan saying that the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo had publicly stated his non-support for David Ramnarine’s candidacy as Police Commissioner.Ramjattan went on to say that Clement Rohee, who he claimed is the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) spokesperson on the security sector, had expressed his opposition to the appointment of David Ramnarine as Police Commissioner. When asked why his recommendation for Ramnarine to be appointed as Commissioner was not accepted by President David Granger, Ramjattan said his was only a recommendation and that the President’s decision is final.He asserted that the President had the benefit of insights from the Police Service Commission, the Slowe Commission of Inquiry (CoI), and an interview panel to assess the capability and professionalism of the eight Assistant Police Commissioners, including Ramnarine. The President chose Leslie James as Commissioner and four others as Deputy Commissioners and did not even consider Ramnarine for one of the Deputy Commissioner positions. Granger said: “I think this is the best outcome and they are all fit and proper persons to lead the Police Force.”Notwithstanding his recommendation of Ramnarine to be appointed as Police Commissioner was rejected, Ramjattan said he accepted the decision of President Granger, who he claimed is a man who adheres to the provisions of the Guyana Constitution. Really! What a startling statement! How would Ramjattan explain Granger’s unilateral appointment of retired Judge, James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) chair? Granger defied the time-tested Carter-Price Formula for the appointment of the GECOM chair that has also been enshrined in the Guyana Constitution, and to state that he (Granger) sticks to the Constitution is bewildering! There are other instances of constitutional violations.Let’s put the other records straight. Jagdeo never made any public statement that he did not support Ramnarine as Police Commissioner. At the consultation meeting with the President, he had asked why Ramnarine was not considered for that appointment and Granger said he had a number of “specific reasons,” but did not elaborate. “Opposition Leader Jagdeo revealed that he questioned the President as to why Ramnarine was not considered for the post (Commissioner) and was told by Granger that there are specific reasons. Those reasons, were however, not revealed.” (Guyana Times: August 31, 2018).The assertion that Clement Rohee was against Ramnarine’s appointment is correct, but that position of Rohee was personal and did not necessarily reflect the views of the PPP. It’s the PPP General Secretary or the PPP Executive Secretary who speaks on the behalf of the party in such matters. And it was the PPP General Secretary (who is also the Leader of the Opposition) who met with President Granger for consultations and not Clement Rohee. Ramjattan has made a splurge to cast the blame for the Government’s bypassing of David Ramnarine as Police Commissioner, onto the PPP. But Ramjattan should know that the Guyanese public is smarter than that. Hardly anyone believed what he said.Another worrisome thing is Granger said he had “specific concerns” about Ramnarine’s candidacy. I believe that the “specific concerns” were born primarily out of Slowe’s one-man CoI that drove a deep wedge into the careers of both the former Commissioner Seelall Persaud and acting Commissioner David Ramnarine.Notwithstanding, it does not seem that Ramjattan had any such “concerns” nor was he aware of them since he (Ramjattan) recommended Ramnarine for the position of Police Commissioner, knowing that Granger had made it clear that he wanted someone with integrity and who is also unbribable. Taking these requirements into consideration Ramjattan placed Ramnarine ahead of Leslie James and the four Deputy Commissioners. My question is simple. How can the subject Minister Ramjattan not have “concerns” with Ramnarine when the President had quite a few? Were they reading from the same book? Something does not add up here.Also, when Ramjattan was asked why he was not around when the appointments were made, he said that he was overseas on family business. It seems that the appointment and investiture of the Police Commissioner and the 4 Deputy Commissioners were not important enough for the Minister of Public Security to be there!Shifting gear onto another level, Ramjattan boldly proclaimed that the eight American Congressmen who recently visited Guyana were there to get a first-hand look at the situation.He said the delegation was pleased with the coalition Government’s performance and then unrestrainedly expressed his (Government’s) unconditional love for America. In his rhetorical flourish on this matter, he failed to tell the listeners that the visit was part of a broader effort to cover not only Guyana but two other countries. And how could a one-day visit, shrouded in secrecy (where the press and the Opposition were excluded), achieve anything substantial relative to governance and the social conditions?Finally, the interviewer failed to ask Ramjattan the hard questions, like “why is there so much difficulty in paying the sugar workers’ severance, to which they are entitled by law?” Remember it was Ramjattan and his cohorts who said sugar was too big to fail and that, if elected, they would pay sugar workers a 20 per cent pay rise. Furthermore, “why did President Granger say that the sugar workers’ severance pay is sucking the Treasury?” In fact, “isn’t the payment of $14 million a month for a grossly under-utilised drug bond (if one could call it that) at Sussex Street, Albouystown sucking the Treasury?” Why wasn’t Ramjattan asked about the real fears that Guyanese have about electoral rigging, and what measures, if any, is the Government taking to ensure the integrity of the electoral process? “Why wasn’t Ramjattan asked about the widespread practice of racism by the Government?”Politicians should understand that Guyanese, whether local-based or oversea-based, are much smarter than they are often given credit for by them (politicians). In this age of social media in particular, politicians have to do a better job of communicating their views and position on issues. People are also looking for evidence-based information. Speculations, emotionalism, lies and deception had worked well for many but these do not have staying power and will soon dissipate. Evidence-based information and the pursuit of truth should eventually lead to a new political culture in Guyana.Sincerely,Dr Tara Singhlast_img read more

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AFL Completes Community Roads, Begins West Point Reconciliation

first_imgThe Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has completed several community roads in the country.Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Deputy Information Minister Robert Kpadeh disclosed that the AFL has completed the Bardnersville to Kebba, Chicken Soup Factory, LPRC and Naiclay Town roads.The AFL initiative speaks to its vision as a civil-oriented institution and must be commended by all Liberians, Kpadeh said.The Swaggai Island and St. Francis Roads are near completion as well, he noted.The Deputy Minister pointed out that that the new AFL does not believe in totting guns, but rather it is strategically involved in civil works.“In the next five years, AFL officers will be performing surgeries and teaching at different universities, among other professional contributions for the rebuilding of Liberia,” he said.   Two AFL officers are in Nigeria undergoing training as aviation pilots to boost the AFL capacity in air transportation.AFL West Point ReconciliationMinister Kpadeh explained that former Public Works Minister, Samuel K. Woods is leading reconciliation efforts between the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and residents of West Point Township in Monrovia to resolve amicably the issues arising from the August 20, 2014 shooting incident in the township.He said the meeting with the two parties last Saturday, was intended to improve ties between the AFL and residents of West Point, considering last year’s sad incident.According to the Minister, the relationship between the two parties got bitter when during a protest a stray bullet shot by an AFL soldier killed little Shaki Kamara, a resident of West Point, while residents were resisting a government quarantine order.Woods in his recent Armed Forces Day oration at the Barclay Training Center called for a reconciliation process to heal the wounds created by the incident and suggested that the national army consider civil engagements in the West Point Township. “Both sides agreed at the recent meeting to form a joint committee comprising representatives of the Township and the AFL to discuss some of the proposals and agree on a work plan for implementation,” Minister Kpadeh added.“They also agreed that the AFL send a team of engineers to join the current renovation of the M.V. Massaquoi School in the township,” he said.National Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has also lauded the people of West Point for their cooperation in working with the AFL in the ongoing reconciliation meetings.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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7 Opposition Parties Rally for Margibi Rep. Fofana

first_imgRep. Ben Fofana – Advertisement – By Joe FineboySeveral representatives of opposition political parties have endorsed Margibi County District #4 candidate for representative, Ben A. Fofana, to contest in the October 10 elections.Those parties, whose representatives affixed their signatures to the endorsement of the Unity Party lawmaker, are from the Congress for Democratic Change, ­ the All Liberian Party, Liberty Party, the United People Party, Liberia Restoration Party, Union of Liberian Democrats and the True Whig Party TWP.In their petition statement, they said that the decision to endorse the re-election of Rep. Fofana comes as a result of his enormous efforts in the interest of Liberians, beginning with residents of the district he represents in the legislature.“Hon. Fofana has been a lawmaker who the citizens will forever remember in the history of this our beloved county,” said a resident during the endorsement ceremony in Kakata.Liberty Party Margibi County chairperson Albert Sandy said the party is in solidarity with the Unity Party lawmaker, and the interest of the residents.In response to the petition, Rep. Fofana expressed gratitude “for the action taken by the citizens and representatives of the various political parties.”He said even though there are many challenges in the district, taking into consideration the overriding need for development, he promised to do due diligence that will meet the needs of the district and its people.He said for the past six years since he was elected by the people, he along with his team has “worked to mitigate some of those challenges,” but said there was lot more to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Robbery charges against teenager dropped

first_imgA teenager who was recently charged and remanded to prison for robbing a man of his mobile phone with an ice pick is now a free man after the charges brought against him were dropped when he reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Upon the commencement of the case, the victim, Fabayon Persaud told Magistrate Dylon Bess that he did not wish to proceed with the matter since he was a Christian and has since forgiven the teen for his sin.The victim further stated, “I understand that at time of the crime, he was frustrated and wanted money.”Magistrate Bess told the defendant: “Consider this man your angel, because he saved you from going to jail for five years.”Anthony Edwards, 18, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared in court last month and pleaded not guilty to the charges which stated that on August 1, 2019 at the Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown, while being in the company of others, armed himself with an ice pick and robbed Persaud of the phone and $26,000 in cash.The facts of the matter stated that on the day in question, Persaud was walking along the Avenue of the Republic, when he was confronted by Edwards and others.It was then Edwards placed the weapon to the victim’s side and relieved him of his phone before he and his accomplices made good their escape.The matter was reported, and the defendant was arrested and charged.last_img read more

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$100,000 in tools taken from Wellsite

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP is reporting that a number of tools were taken from a wellsite.The tools were taken from a Conoco Phillips wellsite between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. The tools were stored in secured work trailers, which were broken into overnight.Approximately $100,000 in tools were taken from the site.  If you have any information on the theft of tools, please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700- Advertisement –last_img

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Hemraj’s mighty triple humbles Windies ‘B’

first_imgChanderpaul Hemraj celebrated his selection to the Windies’ One-Day Squad for the Tour of India with his maiden Windies Super50 Cup hundred in a tidy, all-round performance to lead Guyana Jaguars past Windies “B” by nine wickets on Sunday last.Hemraj hit an undefeated 103, and grabbed a pair of wickets as 10 times champions Jaguars clinched their first victory of the 2018-19 Tournament.Nicholas Pooran hit his third straight half-century, and Kyle Hope supported with an even 50 as Trinidad & Tobago Red Force survived a scare from Canada to log a two-wicket victory.Playing at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and chasing 193 for victory, Hemraj and fellow opener Trevor Griffith got the Jaguars off to a brisk start.But Griffith was caught behind off Windies’ Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer Chemar Holder for 14 in the seventh over, to leave the Jags 40 for one.It was the only success for the Windies “B” bowlers, as Christopher Barnwell came to the crease and shared a 153-run unbroken second-wicket stand with Hemraj to take the Jaguars over the finish line.Hemraj ended with 12 fours and two sixes from 80 balls, and Barnwell collected one four and three sixes in an unbeaten 61 from 71 balls as the Jaguars reached their target with 130 balls remaining.Earlier, T&T-born pair of Keagan Simmons and Kirstan Kallicharran both made 44 to lead the Windies “B” batting, before the composite side was bowled out for 192 in 47.1 overs after they were put in to bat.Hemraj bagged 2-28 from six overs, Windies left-arm fast-medium bowler Raymon Reifer snared 2-30 from 7.1 overs, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul took 2-47 from 10 overs.Meanwhile, at the Queen’s Park Oval, Pooran followed up scores of 89 and 75 in the first two matches with 66 from 45 balls, and Hope made 50 from 84 balls, as Red Force limped over the line with 56 balls remaining.Pooran and Hope put on 104 for the fourth wicket to put Red Force on course for victory, but Sukhdeep Brar snatched 3-39 in six overs to transform the complexion of the match.Red Force tumbled from 161 for three in the 33rd over to 192 for eight in the 39th over before Rayad Emrit and Khary Pierre got them over the line.Earlier, several batsmen got starts without carrying on, as Canada reached 207 for seven from 50 overs, after they chose to bat.David Jacobs led the way with 37, Navneet Dhaliwal and Bhavindu Adhihetty made 32 apiece, Harsh Thaker scored 25, Nikhil Dutta added 23, and Brar got 21 for the Canadians.Emrit was the most successful Red Force bowler with 3-58 from 10 overs, Pierre collected 2-30 from 10 overs, and Ravi Rampaul took 2-41 from 10 overs.last_img read more

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Rain leaves slick roads, muddy trail and toxic goop

first_imgRain, an almost-forgotten commodity for the past year, brought with it at least two traffic fatalities, a mudslide, flooded streets and toxic goop when it briefly returned to the Southland on Saturday. According to Accuweather.com, the quick-hit storm dropped more than 1.76 inches of rain in Woodland Hills and Van Nuys by 7 p.m. on Saturday, along with 1.65 inches in Burbank, 0.32 inches in Santa Clarita and 0.42 inches in Palmdale. Though slight in magnitude, the storm left plenty of problems in its wake as it departed Saturday afternoon. A mudslide along Forest Lawn Drive left up to a dozen cars and a semi truck stuck in the mud around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The mudslide occurred at about 12:45 p.m. along a 100-yard stretch of the roadway, between Zoo Drive and Barham Boulevard. Investigators arrived shortly thereafter and pronounced her dead at the scene, according to Coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. Driver Denise Le of Fremont, Ca. and the driver of the other car suffered minor injuries. The Ventura County Coroner’s office also identified Jorge Luis Avalos, a 32-year-old Oxnard resident, on Saturday as the victim of a single-vehicle rollover accident the previous night. Avalos was driving his Infiniti west on La Loma Avenue near Walnut Avenue around 5 p.m. He was traveling at an unknown speed when he drifted off the road and down a dirt ravine, CHP officials said. He struck a drainage pipe and bounced back onto La Loma, Avalos was partially ejected, killing him. The rain also brought problems for swimmers. Due to the runoff from local hills, Los Angeles County health officials advised beach-goers to stay on the sand until 6 p.m. on Tuesday. “It’s a good idea for surfers, swimmers, and other recreational water users to avoid getting into ocean water for at least 72 hours after a rainstorm, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the County’s Director of Public Health and Health Officer, in a statement. “These areas of water may carry debris and run-off from urban and wilderness areas, which could contain high levels of bacteria.” Health officials encouraged would-be hangers-ten to check the beach closure hotline at 800-525-5662 or go online at www.lapublichealth.org/beach. As of 6 p.m., 12,392 of the 27,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers who lost power during the storm were still affected by power outages, mostly caused by underground vault flooding and wires down due to wind, rain and lightning. A transformer caused a new outage in Pacoima, said DWP spokeswoman Kimberley Hughes. With more than 50 crews performing continuous repairs, service was expected to be restored to all customers within 12 hours, she said. City News Service contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Traffic was closed in both directions because of the mudslide, and by 3:20 p.m., fire crews reported mud had cascaded down into the hallways of the Oakwood Garden Apartments at 3700 Barham Blvd. Though the muck required a fire department bulldozer and three from the Department of Recreation and Parks to clear, it left no serious injuries. “It would be proper to characterize this as an annoyance,” Humphrey said. “Thankfully, it was merely inconvenient.” Tragically, that was not the case for a pair of drivers killed in separate crashes on Friday night. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified Phuong Chau-Richer, a 52-year-old San Jose resident as the victim of a three-car crash near Chatsworth. Around 10:45 p.m., she was riding in a car that clipped a disabled vehicle on the rain-slicked Ronald Reagan Freeway near Iverson Road in the Santa Susana Pass. She was not wearing a seatbelt and the force of the crash ejected her from the car. last_img read more

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ATHLETICS: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR LETTERKENNY AC

first_imgIt’s going to be a busy weekend for Letterkenny AC. On Friday night, the club will hold a table quiz in the Old Orchard Inn at 9 pm. A good night’s fun is on the cards and all members are asked to come along and support the event.On Sunday, the club will be stage its annual St Patrick’s Day 5K road race in association with The Pulse Nightclub at 11.30 am. Registrations will be taken at the Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. The race will start close to Gallagher’s Hotel and will finish at the Market Square, with the loop of the town being done twice. Refreshments and presentation of prizes at Aura afterwards.There were plenty of black and amber vests among the large field of runners in Saturday’s Bundoran 10 mile road race which was won by Richard Gorman in 55:48 in extremely windy conditions. Barry Meehan was the first LAC runner home when posting a time of 60:26 to finish 20th overall. He was followed by Neil Faulkner (24th in 60:44), Brian Ferry (33rd in 62:24), Raymond Birch (42nd in 64:14), Paul McMonagle (68th in 67:05), John Conlon (71st in 67:13), Sean McEwen (88th in 69:08), Paul Cosgrove (94th in 69:33), Marie Boyle (117th in 71:55), Gerard Mullen (122nd in 72:29), Monica McGranaghan (137th in 73:42), Gabriel McCrossan (76:34) and Noel Lynch (272nd in 79:40). Meanwhile, Ciaran Crawford was the club’s best performer when finished seventh in a time of 18:18 in the Finn Valley 5k which was won by Finn Valley’s Dean Toland in 16:35 on Sunday morning. Other LAC runners in action in what was the third race in the series were Irene McFadden (50th in 21:00) and Jimmy Gildea (155th in 26:54).There was no winner of the club’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn at the weekend were 2, 7, 14 and 21. The two match three winners, Aoife McGonigle and Paul McConnell each win 40 euro. This weekend’s jackpot will be 740 euro.   ATHLETICS: BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR LETTERKENNY AC was last modified: March 12th, 2013 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) Tags:Letterkenny Athletic Club noteslast_img read more

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Mansfield striker Ryan Evans dies, aged 18

first_img1 Mansfield Town striker Ryan Evans has died, aged just 18.The League Two club confirmed the news on Friday morning, with an official statement confirming he died at home.Evans was the captain of Mansfield’s Under-18 performance group, and he had recently accepted a place in the club’s Under-21 squad ahead of next season.Jamie McGuire, Evans’ coach at academy level, said: “We are all desperately sorry to learn of this news and our thoughts and prayers are sent to Ryan’s family at this sad time.“As a player, Ryan was a fantastic leader, always willing to learn and had a never-ending enthusiasm to do the best he could. It was for these reasons, amongst others, that I made him my captain last season.“We’ll remember him as a smiling young man, with a great energy and charm.”Stags’ chief executive officer Carolyn Radford said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Ryan’s passing; a young and talented footballer who was looking forward to U21s football with us next season.“To lose someone so young is heartbreaking for Ryan’s family and as a club we will support them in every way we can.“Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ryan’s loved ones, whist we will remember Ryan and his family in our prayers.”last_img read more

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