KC to take early lead at Champs

first_img TABLES TURNED 1. Kingston College 30 2. Calabar 15 3. Jamaica College 9 Kingston College (KC) will be hoping to break their drought when competition at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships gets under way on Tuesday. The team with the most wins at these Championships, with 31, will be hoping to score their first win since 2009 and will be out to upstage the defending champions, Calabar High, as the Red Hills Road team will be hoping to make it six wins in a row. With Tuesday, the opening day of the championships, having just preliminary round action, it will be the second day, Wednesday, when the hunt for points begins. There will be two finals, the Class 2 long jump at 5:05 p.m, and the Class 1 equivalent at 5:50 p.m. Following both finals, it should be a 15-point lead for the North Street team over Calabar after the completion of both finals, as they are expected to dominate both events. In Class 2, it should be 16 vital points here for the Neil Harrison-coached team, as it should be a quinella here. They are the two most dominant so far in the event this season, with Wayne Pinnock the leader with 7.25m done at the Carifta Trials, when winning the Under-18 event, where Shaquille Lowe had to settle for third. Predicted point standings after 2 finals At the Digicel G.C. Foster Classics, it was Lowe who turned the tables here by winning with 7.09m, just ahead of Pinnock, with 7.05m. He is expected to get the better of Pinnock once again, with Jamaica College’s Safin Willis getting the bronze. The unbeaten and impressive jumper all season, team co-captain, Carey McLeod will give KC its second win of the day in the Class 1 event. With a best of 7.79m, while winning the Under-20 event at the Carifta Trials, it is no stopping McLeod as he has 8m on his mind here. Damion Creary, who spent a year at Kingston College last year, before going back to Wolmer’s Boys’ in September, should take silver, while Calabar High’s Gabriel Allen is favoured to take the bronze over Kingston College’s Shakwon Coke.last_img read more

NDC calls for closer partnership with Region 2 administration

first_imgChairpersons who were recently sworn in to serve at five Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling for closer collaboration with the regional administration in 2018. Five persons from the People’s Progressive Party were sworn in on Thursday by Deputy Regional Executive Officer, Roop Kumar Persaud.These five elected individuals will be executing their duties as NDC officers in theNewly sworn in Councillors and other NDC officialscoming New Year.During the swearing in ceremony held in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Anna Regina, the Councillors pledged to execute their duties with all fairness but explained they can only do so with cooperation from the regional administration.According to Arnold Adams, a Councillor from the Pomona/Good Hope NDC, often times the NDC’s role in decision-making is undermined, explaining that numerous times essential infrastructure projects are executed and bills of quantities are not sent to the NDC. This, he said, is affecting effective monitoring.“Often time the RDC will be executing projects within our municipality and we would have no clue as to what’s going on. Sometimes the projects are half way done and only then we are made aware that something is happening in the community, this must stop in 2018,” another Chairperson explained.Other Councillors from the various NDCs said that apart from subvention, there are more works that need to be done within the NDC’s where emphasis should be placed on necessary infrastructure, such as roads and bridges as well as improved drainage systems.“We need more assistance from the regional administration. They must inform us. When we have our programmes we have to reschedule, works can be monitored if we have the bills of quantities.”Some of the projects that are outstanding include sea defence work at Good Hope/Pomona, the cleaning of road shoulders and the clearing of several drains within various communities.last_img read more

Bar Association bashes SARA’s Deputy Director over “threats” to judiciary

first_imgState Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-Retemyer continues to face a backlash for comments he recently made, this time with the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) condemning him for saying that members of the Judiciary needed training so that the Agency’s work could get done.SARA Deputy Director Aubrey Heath-RetemyerIn an interview with a national newspaper that was published on Sunday, Heath-Retemyer lamented an apparent resistance by judicial officers to access information from commercials banks, something which is key to the work of the anti-corruption agencies, including the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).However, the Bar Council of the GBA in a statement on Tuesday bashed the Deputy Director of SARA, saying that his comments could be construed as a “threat” to members of the Judiciary as well as an attempt to direct the work and functioning of the country’s legal system – something he should avoid.Apart from the situation being alarming and of grave concern, it was also against Article 122 (a) (1) of the Constitution, which states that the Judiciary exercise its functions independently, and free from political, executive or any other form of direction and control.“In Guyana, as Heath-Retemyer should be aware, justice is done when the Judiciary applies principles of law to evidence proved in court. Since the Judiciary does not exist to do the bidding of the Executive, the rights of Guyanese citizens and the application of the rule of law take precedence over the granting of remedies in a speedy manner to the liking of the Executive,” the Association posited.The Bar Council went on to contend that “any insinuation that the Judiciary is somehow lacking in knowledge is unjustified, without merit and could dangerously shake the confidence of the public in the ability of the Judiciary. Guyana is a democracy where the law is applied by an independent and impartial Judiciary whose function includes restraining unlawful excesses by the Executive, including Mr Heath-Retemyer and SARA/SOCU. If that agency is not satisfied with the legal requirements in discharge of its functions, then the Bar Association assures the public that the fault does not lie with the Judiciary and/or its training.”The GBA further posited that there was no place for comments like those made by SARA’s Deputy Director, while adding his action should equally be condemned by the Government for not being its view of the Judiciary and by the citizens of Guyana as being an unjustified attack by an agent of the Executive on the independence of the Judiciary and in violation of the principle of separation of powers.Stating its confidence in the ability of the Judiciary and its commitment to at all times stand guard and rebuff such attacks, the Bar Council is also calling for Heath-Retemyer to retract his comments and apologise, while also further refraining from making any similar comments in the future.On Sunday last, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had also condemned the remarks made by Heath-Retemyer and blamed the situation of banks being reluctant to act in supplying the information requested on the fact that several pieces of legislation are clashing.“Some [legislation] require the bank to maintain clients’ confidentiality and, therefore, prohibit them from disclosing the information requested, while some require the bank to make the disclosures,” Nandlall had pointed out. He noted that the issue was brought to the attention of his successor, current Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, who he said, “is incapable of taking advice”.Moreover, the former AG posited that both Heath-Retemyer and SARA’s Director, Dr Clive Thomas, are unlawfully occupying their offices. He explained that the SARA Act provides very clearly that the Director and Deputy Director of the Agency be appointed through a parliamentary process and while transitioning provisions were made for those heading the Agency to continue to act for a limited period, that time has “long expired”.last_img read more

Kaneville youth stabbed to death during row over money

first_imgA fight between two young friends on Sunday ended in the death of one when the other whipped out a knife and an ice pick and stabbed him twice to his chest.Dead is Mervin Squires, 21, of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara.Dead: Mervin SquiresReports are that a group of men were gambling at 3rd Street Grove, EBD at about 11:30h when the deceased and one of the young men had an argument over money. This turned into an alternation that led to the stabbing.Squires reportedly died while being taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.When Guyana Times visited the area, a passerby related that he had noticed the scuffle from a far distance; but when he arrived closer, he realised that Squires had been stabbed.“From a distance walking coming, I see the fight, right. But I say is young men, man, they may be joking around; until I reach close and see the blood and people running with him to a car then I realise it was serious and they were taking him to the hospital. It’s so sad. It’s like life means nothing to this young generation,” the man said.Family members gathered to get a glimpse of Squires’ body at the Diamond HospitalAt the Diamond Hospital, Squires’ inconsolable family members gathered to get a glimpse of his body, which was lying on a stretcher. Hospital officials confirmed that he was stabbed once to his chest and once to his left side rib cage.His mother, Molika Fernandes, a teacher, told Guyana Times that she was at church when she received the tragic news. She explained that her son and the suspect had been friends, and usually sat at the corner and chatted on a regular basis.“They were good friends. They would usually hang out and lime and so on the corner. They would be there gaffing and so on,” she said.The distraught woman added that Sunday morning was no different, as they were at the said corner. However, she was told that the duo had an altercation over $500, and a fight ensued.“He got two stab wounds. The guy stabbed him once with the ice pick and once with the knife. I’m still shocked and in disbelief,” she stated.Squires leaves to mourn his parents, with whom he resided, and two sisters. The suspect has been arrested and is in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Stakes get higher in grocery labor talks

first_img“It’s the only way we can have a big impact anymore on an employer that is so large,” said United Food and Commercial Workers spokeswoman Amber Sparks. “We’re not negotiating with small regional companies anymore.” Grocery workers across the country are putting pressure on their employers by demanding good wages and health benefits in e-mails and at press conferences, Sparks said. In Southern California, the grocery contract originally expired March 5 and now is renewed daily with an option for either side to cancel it with 72-hours’ notice. Progress has been slow and major issues like health care and wages remain unresolved. Grocery locals here worked with Teamsters to leaflet the chains and enlisted the backing of elected officials. Stalling until other contracts expire may help the union get what they want and avoid a strike like the 139-day ordeal three years ago. Adena Tessler, a spokeswoman for Vons, Ralphs, and Albertson’s in Southern California, said open contracts in various regions will not affect discussions here. Grocery executives bogged down in negotiations with unions in Southern California face more contract talks in the months ahead. In the next six months, a number of contracts covering 50,000 United Food and Commercial Workers up and down the West Coast are set to expire, adding to the 70,000 UFCW workers demanding a new contract here. Contracts for an additional 280,000 grocery workers across the nation will expire this calendar year. Many of the union locals are negotiating with Safeway, which operates Vons, Ralphs’ parent company Kroger, and Albertson’s, which is owned by Supervalu. The timing, which the union says gives them an edge, is not a coincidence. “These companies are used to these negotiations being ongoing,” Tessler said. “Through the years they always have multiple negotiations going on across the country at all times.” A contract covering some 20,000 grocery workers in Seattle is set to expire June 1. In September and October, contracts covering an additional 30,000 grocery workers expire. Contracts in Houston, Ohio, Oregon, and Montana are also up for renewal. Having so many contracts come up at the same time could speed up talks or bring them to a standstill. Employers may rush one deal to avoid overlapping negotiations, or they could hit the brakes as their calendar fills up with bargaining sessions across the country. For the grocery unions to be successful, they will have to coordinate what each local will accept at the bargaining table and be able to unleash mass boycotts, said Ken Jacobs, chairman of the Center for Labor Research and Education at University of California at Berkeley. “The companies draw on their national resources and its important that the workers can do that as well,” Jacobs said. On the other hand, more open contracts could translate into disaster for the unions, said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “I don’t know if it has much of an impact on Southern California,” Kyser said, “but it definitely shows that the union has an awful lot of people at potential risk.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: Forget Neuer! Buffon proves he’s still one of the best

first_imgGermany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is being spoken about in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo right now.But Gianluigi Buffon’s brilliance should not be forgotten and the Juventus shot-stopper was at his brilliant best once again at the weekend.In the Old Lady’s 1-1 draw with Sampdoria, the Italian produced an outstanding save to tip Manolo Gabbiadini’s deflected effort over the bar.You can see the wonder save above…last_img

WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT DONEGAL’S SANTA HOTEL WITH DONEGAL CREAMERIES

first_imgWin an overnight stay at Donegal’s Santa’s Hotel courtesy of Donegal Creameries!Donegal Creameries are giving 20 lucky consumers the chance of a magical stay at Donegal’s exclusive Santa’s Hotel. The prize includes an overnight B&B stay for 2 adults and 2 children, an exclusive audience with Santa, his elves and much more!The Competition runs from November 21st until Dec 15th, with winners being announced each weekday on Highland Radio and Ocean FM. Santa’s Hotel is located at Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey and the overnight stay is for Friday December 16th.How do you enter?Simply collect 20 tokens from any promotional Donegal Creameries dairy product, fill out an entry leaflet & send to Donegal Creameries for your chance to win!Entry leaflets available in stores throughout Donegal now, or to download from www.daisi.ie For more information on the competition see www.daisi.ie or www.facebook.com/DC.DaisiWIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT DONEGAL’S SANTA HOTEL WITH DONEGAL CREAMERIES was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal Creameriesdonegaldaily.comWin an overnight stay at Donegal’s Santa’s Hotel courtesy of Donegal Creameries!last_img read more

Wendell Wins 10th Career MVC Player Of The Week Honor

first_imgWendell’s big game extended her impressive double-figure scoring streak to 79-straight games, a streak that started during her freshman campaign. This is her 10th career MVC Player of the Week award. Drake visits former MVC-rival Creighton on Thursday at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team was selected the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Nov. 11-13, the league office announced Monday afternoon.center_img Wendell poured in 34 points in Drake’s 99-91 season-opening win at North Dakota on Nov. 11. Wendell, the MVC Preseason Player of the Year, made 14-of-23 shots against the Fighting Hawks including knocking down a pair of three-pointers on the way to her eighth-career 30-plus scoring game. She just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added two assists in 32 minutes.last_img read more

Donegal ‘gears’ up for county’s first Pieta 100 Cycle challenge on World Suicide Prevention Day

first_imgThe route is set and entries are streaming in for the annual charity cycle that raises much-needed funds for Pieta House. Taking place on September 10th to align with World Suicide Prevention Day the event will be in six key locations across Ireland.Following the opening of the charity’s new Letterkenny centre, local cyclists will be able to take on the 50 or 100km challenge for the first time this year. Since 2015, over 2,800 participants have saddled up to take on the Pieta 100 Cycle challenge, riding 50 or 100km to help raise vital funds for the life-saving services of Pieta House.This year, every kilometre cycled will also be added to the International Association of Suicide Prevention’s “Cycle Around The Globe” to raise awareness of the problem of suicide. This year’s event will take place in six locations across Ireland: Cork, Dublin/Kildare, Galway, Limerick, Tipperary/Offaly, and, for the first time, Donegal.The charity cycle comes as Pieta House announces it is to add two more therapists to its core staff in the Letterkenny centre to cope with growing demand for its services in the county, and funds raised by the cycle will help the charity keep these services free of charge for all who need them. The centre provides free therapy for people in suicidal crisis, those who are self-harmong, and people who have been bereaved by suicide.Those signing up for the Donegal challenge will take in some of the breathtaking scenery on the Wild Atlantic Way, leaving from Letterkenny IT and heading toward Ramelton and Rathmullan before going up beautiful Knockalla and into Fanad, then taking in Picturesque Ballymastocker Bay, which has been voted one of the world’s most scenic beaches.The route will then come up through Kerrykeel on the banks of beautiful Mulroy Bay into Milford, before weaving through the village of Kilmacrennan and back into Letterkenny via Trentagh and Glenswilly.Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins is no stranger to cycling long distances, having celebrated Pieta House’s 10th anniversary by travelling 1,000km on a rickshaw, as well as doing the Ring of Kerry cycle in the past. He explains that the Pieta 100 is a unique, welcoming event which is open to individuals and teams of all abilities.“One of the key things is how the team spirit outshines the competitive spirit,” he said, “It’s about starting and finishing a journey in a time that suits you. That’s actually a reflection of how our work at Pieta House is done. It’s about engaging with people and sitting alongside them on a journey which can take as long as it needs to for that person. We will travel alongside them, supporting them.”He added, “In the same way that someone out on a cycle can put a supportive hand on your back to help push you up a hill, that’s really the job of Pieta House too.” Pieta House is encouraging would-be challengers to sign up online as soon as possible as places on the cycle are strictly limited, and the CEO stressed the importance of the event for the charity: “I know just how much commitment and effort goes into a big cycle. There’s a personal achievement that comes out of it, there’s the achievement of meeting new people and having a good day’s craic. There’s also the achievement of having raised money to keep our services free for anyone who needs them.”For more information and to register for the Pieta 100 Cycle, visit www.pieta100cycle.com, or call Pieta House in Letterkenny on 074 91 26594Donegal ‘gears’ up for county’s first Pieta 100 Cycle challenge on World Suicide Prevention Day was last modified: August 25th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:letterkennyPieta 100 Cycle challengePIeta Houseworld suicide prevention daylast_img read more

Watch | Police rescues toddler who went missing from Secunderabad Railway station

first_imgRailway Police successfully rescued a two-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Secunderabad railway station on October 14. The police were able to trace the toddler by inspecting CCTV footage. Elaborating on the case, Railway Police inspector Adi Reddy said, “We had received a complaint from a man D Suresh that his daughter was missing. The girl was found from a nearby area and we are now working towards tracing the accused.” Woman abducting 8-month-old seeping near mother at bus stand caught on CCTVVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:4301:43 Watch | Woman abducts 8-month-old sleeping near mother at bus stand last_img read more