26 May

Costigan’s performance superb

first_imgPNG Kumuls captain and Hull Kingston Rovers player Neville Costigan this week put on another all-action performance to help his team secure a draw with Salford Red Devils in the English super league.Costigan was at the heart of another strong forward effort and crossed the line for a well-deserved second-half try which at one point looked to have won the game for Rovers, until Salford drew level late in the game.Costigan’s efforts have helped to keep Hull KR firmly in the hunt for a play-off with arch-rivals Hull FC in the next game.In other English super league news, former Kumul now turned coach, Stanley Gene helped his team Gateshead Thunder to another victory over London Skolars 24-16 yesterday.Gene’s team, the Gateshead Thunder , play in the semi-professional third tier of the English rugby league competition.Gene is also an assistant coach with the Hull Kingston Rovers where he assists head coach Craig Sandercock.last_img read more

14 May

Barcelona is proclaimed winter champion

first_imgThe Barcelona has the title in its pocket after the fourteen days played (missing the match that was suspended by the strike). The azulgrana has seven points advantage over Atlético and eleven on the Levant, which is third. But those of Lluís Cortés not only dominate the classification. The whole of Barcelona has become a steamroller in the domestic championship and, for now, no one has been able to shade him. To the Athletic, Current league champion, he scored six goals and remains undefeated after finishing the first round. The Lightning (eighth with 21 points) is the single team of all the competition he has achieved add to the azulgrana after scratching a tie in Vallecas (1-1). Second is a Athletic in low hours. He has only lost one game, against the Barça team, but he has already left tbeef draws, against Betis, Athletic and Rayo, what complicates and a lot revalidate the league title. And you can not mislead because just four points stalks the Champions League a Levante that has gone from less to more.Below, the Spanish follow without knowing the victory and he has only added three points so far and has salvation to nine. Betis accompanies him in the red zone with eight points five from Madrid CFF, That marks the descent.Jenni Beautiful, with fifteen goals in fourteen matches, it’s the top scorer of the championship followed by Altuve (Rayo), Jade (Logroño) and Oshoala (Barça) all with ten. While his partner Hansen is the maximum assistant with seven goal passes. The First Iberdrola arrived at the equator of the competition with the Barcelona how clear dominator in virtually every facet. The azulgrana, which are the only undefeated team of the highest category, has in its ranks with the top scorer and the maximum assistant of the championship, in addition to having the title in his hand, with seven points of advantage over Atlético. On the opposite pole is the Espanyol, colist, who still doesn’t know victory in this course.last_img read more

20 Jan

‘The blip in the tournament’

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC):West Indies captain Darren Sammy has expressed disappointment with his team’s three-wicket loss to Afghanistan, but says he is pleased that their goal of advancing to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup was achieved.West Indies crashed to a sobering defeat against spirited Afghanistan in a low scoring thriller at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium yesterday, but had already qualified for the semi-finals on the basis of scoring three straight wins before their first loss in the tournament.”We are very disappointed that we lost the game. Whatever happened today does not affect how we are going to play in the semis,” vowed Sammy.”We wanted to come out of this group winning four out of four, but looking at the history of the tournament, no team has done it undefeated. So we will leave this game here and see it as the blip in the tournament. Now we have two knockouts to play. Two more steps.”Samuel Badree destroyed the top order with three wickets, while Andre Russell picked-up two as West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 127 for seven. But Mohamad Nabi and Rashin Khan with two wickets each contained the Windies big hitters with spin and forced them to squander an easy run chase.”It is a total we should have got. I think we just kept losing wickets. One partnership of 50 plus would have won us the game. But we just did not bat well throughout the innings,” said Sammy.”We did not take it lightly. They are a side we are supposed to beat and we just did not do it today. But the main objective in coming out of the Super 10 was to qualify for the semis and that we did.”Dwayne Bravo was the top scorer with 28, Johnson Charles scored 22, while Andre Fletcher was forced to retire on 10 with a hamstring injury.”At the end of the day we just did not play smart enough. The games we have won somebody took responsibility to bat through,” he said. “This time nobody did it. Nobody took responsibility. They just left it for the next man to come. Like I said to the guys tonight, we will just leave this game here in Nagpur. It’s a new focus now .We just have to be ready.”last_img read more

17 Jan

“Our relationship will not be affected” – LaRocque on Brexit

first_imgAs the eyes of the world continue to be fixed on the United Kingdom (UK) following its recent vote in aCaricom SG Irwin LaRocquereferendum to exit the European Union (EU), the Caribbean Community (Caricom) believes that its relationship with either will not be affected by that move.Speaking at a roundtable discussion with the media on Saturday, ahead of the 37th Heads of Government Summit here in Guyana, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRoque pointed out that while the situation on the ground in the UK is evolving rapidly, he does not foresee anything happening overnight that will have a drastic impact on relations with Caribbean States.He noted that there is definitely an anxiety over the UK’s exit and with the UK being a significant contributor to the European Development Fund (EDF), from which Caricom benefits, the community will be closely monitoring the situation as it evolves.“I don’t anticipate that our relationship in terms of Europe to be directly affected… We don’t anticipate any diminishing of relationship of the EU and certainly not the UK, our relations are very strong,” he remarked.Meanwhile, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge reiterated that the Brexit situation is complex and problematic. He noted that there is spectrum of things explained that EDF aid is a legal commitment from the UK and this arrangement cannot be altered until Cotonou expires in four years’ time.Greenidge had explained to reporters on Friday at a media conference that Guyana is a party to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean and EU, as well as the Cotonou Agreement between ACP and EU. These agreements, he asserted, are legally binding commitments to member States:“There is not likely to be any short-term adverse consequences by way of a curtailing of resource or resource flows or curtailment of access of, let us say sugar or any other commodity into the European Union, whatever may be the case in relation to Britain,”Three days ago, 51.9 per cent of UK voted in a referendum to leave the EU trade bloc. This was despite 48.1 per cent vote from London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing ‘stay’ in EU.Moreover, Greenidge had stressed that the future of market access for Guyana’s products will depend on new trade negotiations by the UK.“For specific products, you may have some hiccups but that may depend on exactly what Britain itself negotiates in relation to the European Union,” he explained.According to the EU, the 11th EDF, which spans 2014 to 2020, has a budget of €30.5 billion. This is an increase from the €22.7 billion in the 10th EDF, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.last_img read more

14 Jan

Five Counties ‘Red Zones’ for Land Conflicts in Liberia

first_imgLLA officials pose for a photo at the kick-off of the retreat. The Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has said Liberia continues to experience huge land conflicts in Montserrado, Margibi, Nimba, Bong, and Grand Bassa counties as these are the “red zones” of land conflicts in the country. This assertion comes against the current backdrop of a spate of land-related conflicts which appear to be on the increase.Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, chairman of the Liberia Land Authority, made the assertion on Monday at the kickoff of the LLA’s week-long retreat held under the theme: “From Transition to Full Operation.” The week-long conference is bringing together over 40 participants, including heads of departments.Dr. Brandy said Liberia is overwhelmed with land cases, indicating that the rural communities are also experiencing the problem, especially those involving boundary disputes between clans.“Margibi is seriously overwhelmed with land cases, including Duazohn community. It’s considered as the corridor of land problems in Liberia. Marshall and Todee have many land cases ranging from double sales to fake ownership. Bong, Nimba, and Montserrado continue to have more cases,” he said.The retreat, according to Dr. Brandy, will also focus on laying procedures in handling or addressing land conflicts, stating, “Nothing about the land issue is small as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) layout procedures are now in place to resolve land conflicts.”ADR includes dispute resolution processes and techniques that serve to bring disagreeing parties together, short of litigation. It is a collective term for the ways that parties can settle disputes, with the help of a third party. This involves handling land cases outside of the court, which is less expensive and works for contending parties.“Counties in the southeast continue to report low land disputes, with some recording three to four in a year. We will concentrate on those counties that continue to report more land cases. Today, we have land coordinating centers in some counties due to the continuous land disputes,” he said.Dr. Brandy said the LLA also plans to train more surveyors across the country, a situation that will assist in properly surveying land across Liberia.“We never had surveying regulations in the past. We have developed the new regulations and agreed on procedures on surveying the land. This resulted into overlap and encroaching on people’s property,” he said.According to Dr. Brandy, Liberia also needs deeds with security features, “this is something that we are currently working on and other issues, including certified copies.”“This requires us to transition where staffers will be given or assigned new responsibilities, functions, and assets. The ongoing transition activities will create new structures, including offices in the various counties, to allow the LLA to properly perform or handle land issues and conflicts,” Dr. Brandy said.Dr. Brandy also described the land rights law as one of the most important pieces of legislation, which has changed everything, especially the ownership of land in the country.“This Act gives ownership rights to the rural and indigenous communities. It also protects private ownership rights and strengthens land rights for all Liberians. It’s now important for us to reach out to rural communities to educate people. They need to know their rights regarding land ownership,” he said.According to Dr. Brandy, the act calls for transitioning, which includes staffers from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Land Commission, Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) and Ministry of Mines & Energy.Stanley N. Toe, executive director of LLA, said he was delighted that the LLA was heading to full implementation of the Act. He said the objective of the retreat is intended to allow employees of the LLA to retrospect on things that were done in the past and what is pending.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Police question Opposition Leader

first_img…about “chase them out”, alleged “jackass” statements…recording reveals Jagdeo said “Judas” not “jackass”Police ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters on Wednesday turned up at the Office of the Opposition Leader, after Bharrat Jagdeo returned from his overseas trip.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being questioned by two CID ranks in the presence of his lawyers at his Church Street, Georgetown office on WednesdayWhile he was not arrested, he was questioned about statements allegedly delivered at Babu Jaan and directed to President Granger and PM Nagamootoo. This would presumably mean that the two high officials had to have filed a complaint against Jagdeo, thus giving credibility to claims that Police action against the opposition leader was politically directed.During an annual memorial service March 10, 2019 at Babu Jaan for former President and founding member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Cheddi Jagan in Port Mourant, Corentyne, Jagdeo called upon all Guyanese to reject the coalition Government, including President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo after March 21, 2019, “by chasing them out” since that was the time according to the Constitution that they would have been illegally occupying office if an election was not held.A complaint was subsequently filed against the Opposition Leader and as such, the two CID ranks turned up at this Church Street, Georgetown office to question him about his utterances.A snapshot of the story published in 2015“Basically I’m here to solicit from you any reply… as it relates to [your] March 10th visit to Port Mourant,” former Deputy Crime Chief, Hugh Jessemy informed Jagdeo during the highly publicised visit.Jessemy had previously retired from the Force back in 2017, but a few months later, in 2018, was rehired to head the Cold Case Unit within the CID headquarters.Nevertheless, during Wednesday’s visit to the Opposition Leader, Jessemy, who was accompanied by Assistant Superintendent of Police Cameron, informed Jagdeo that on the day and at the location in question, he told persons gathered there that “…if the President, Mr Granger, and Mr Nagamootoo; if they come to chase them ‘cause they illegal, that’s one. And two, you called the President and Mr Moses Nagamootoo and one, Mr (Sydney) Allicock, jackasses. So it’s fair enough if you want to explain; these are the two things I actually (came) here about”.Jessemy indicated to Jagdeo that he can reply in whatever means he chooses, that is, oral or written.Jagdeo, who is also the General Secretary of the PPP, informed the ranks that he had strong justification for the statements made and offered to submit his explanations in a written statement.“I’m tempted to give you an explanation because I do believe that there are strong justifications for everything that I said. But I will prefer to just give you a written statement,” Jagdeo said, while adding “…Had it not been a legal matter, I would have justified every single word that I uttered there at Babu Jaan”.At the time of Wednesday’s brief questioning, Jagdeo was accompanied by his lawyers, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Attorney Sanjeev Datadin along with other party members including Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, former President and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and Priya Manickchand, among others.On Tuesday, the PPP accused the Guyana Police Force of taking political instruction from the Government to arrest the Opposition Leader upon his return from the United States.In a statement, the party said that the police has been instructed by Congress Place and the Office of the President to arrest, detain and charge the Opposition Leader with criminal offence(s) under the Racial Hostility Act, Chapter 23:01, Laws of Guyana, for wilfully inciting or attempting to incite racial hostility in relation his speech at Babu Jaan last month.However, in a subsequent statement, the Police Force denied taking “political instruction”. Moreover, the Ministry of Presidency also said that no such instruction was issued by the Head of State, any Minister of Government or any Government official to instruct the Guyana Police Force to arrest the Opposition Leader.But even as the police are probing the complaint filed by APNU Member of Parliament (MP), Barbara Pilgrim, who replaced former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud, a review of Jagdeo’s remarks at Babu Jaan last month revealed that he did mention the President, Prime Minister and Minister Allicock but did not call them “jackasses” as is being alleged. In fact, he called them “Judases”.“Government, in the guise of Nagamootoo, on a day when they were celebrating the Rose Hall Martyr’s Day, they sent him to bring the sad news to that community that they were gonna close the Estate as they did elsewhere. Who is the Judas? Who are the bigger Judases in Guyana? They’ve betrayed all of the people of the country,” Jagdeo had stated.He further noted “It’s a Government of Judases because they promise the Amerindians to accelerate land titles and they failed them. So Sydney Allicock is a Judas too. And they promised to bring jobs in Linden and many parts of the country so Granger is a Judas too. All of them are Judases”.On the contrary, however, Inews had reported in 2015 of President Granger, when he was the Opposition Leader, saying “Guyana is a nation of jaguars led by jackasses”.The article which was published by Inews on March 17, 2015, stated that Granger made the comment while delivering the feature address at the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA) luncheon at the Pegasus International Hotel.last_img read more

12 Jan

Harris and McDonald win five-race Duathlon series

first_imgRoger St. Jean came in second at 39:09 with Terra Strachan rounding out third place with a time of 39:18.Following the final race of the series was a trophy presentation declaring the winner the Duathlon series. Sandy McDonald was first in the female division earning a perfect score of 25 points.Second place went to Norma Webster, earning 17 points throughout the five race series.- Advertisement -In the men’s division, the series winner was Gord Harris, winning with 15 points. Second place went to Irvin Tang, who earned 13 points despite missing two of the five races.For more information on the local Bike Club or any of its upcoming events, visit its official website.last_img read more

10 Jan

Arsenal agree Sh8.6bn to sign Aubameyang

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal are edging closer to completing the signing of Pierre-Emerick AubameyangLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Arsenal have reached a Sh8.6bn (£60m) agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.Sky Sports News understands completion of the transfer is subject to Dortmund securing a replacement. The Gunners had a bid in excess of Sh7.1bn (£50m) rejected last week, with Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc stating they would only let the 28-year-old go if their demands were met.The Gabon international did not testify as planned in the trial over the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on Monday because of illness.Aubameyang was booed by a section of Dortmund fans at the Westfalenstadion during their 2-2 draw with Freiburg on Saturday and a banner in the crowd read: ‘No player is bigger than our club’.Should he arrive at the Emirates before Wednesday’s deadline, Sky Sports News understands Arsenal will be willing to let Olivier Giroud leave the club, with Chelsea very interested in the France striker.But one source told Sky Sports News on Sunday night that Giroud may yet be involved in the deal to bring Aubameyang to the Emirates by switching to Dortmund.Widespread reports on Monday claimed Dortmund were considering a move for Michy Batshuayi, who has been told he can leave Chelsea on loan if they sign a new centre-forward.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 Jan

Fort St. John RCMP shows support for Walk for Mental Health

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Committee sponsored a ‘Walk for Mental Health’, Tuesday, May 7th, on the Northern Vac Track located at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.In attendance to the walk was Constable Neustater of the FSJ RCMP Detachment and he shares that he and Corporal Francouer are apart of the Comunity policing unit and they regularly sit on the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council.The RCMP often come together with the Advisory Council to talk about mental health, how it influences people and how the RCMP can help in their role. Cst. Neustater shares he works specifically with youth and is able to communicate directly the services available and what mental health means to this age group.- Advertisement -The Mental Health Advisory Committee can help make things better in the community, for first responders, as well as users of the system.Cst. Neustater said,” Today I came here as I knew this was happening and to show support.” During his visit, he did two laps of the Northern Vac Track in full uniform.One of the members of the board shares, it is good to see the police come out and join in the walk, its good to put ourselves out in the public and to be more visible, making the public more aware that part of the community is mental health which is part of us to keep us all mentally healthy and walking is a good way to do that.Advertisement The Advisory Council meets the first Thursday of the month at the Healing place, for more information you can contact Cynthia; 250-793-0178last_img read more

30 Dec

Man United confident of beating Chelsea to Ronaldo deal, Real step up Hazard chase – latest gossip

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Manchester United are confident that Cristiano Ronaldo would snub Chelsea to return to Old Trafford. The Red Devils have been alerted by reports that Stamford Bridge owner Roman Abramovich has made Ronaldo his No1 target for next summer. But United are convinced that the pull of an emotional return would win the day and they can match any transfer fee and wage if Ronaldo is allowed to leave Real Madrid. (The Sun)Manchester United have made an initial approach for Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli. Feghouli, 25, is in the final year of his contract at Valencia and would be eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January. (Metro)Zinedine Zidane has stepped up Real Madrid’s bid to crowbar yet another player out of the Premier League by revealing his admiration for Eden Hazard. Zidane’s overtures to Gareth Bale ended up luring the Welshman away from Spurs two years ago and he looks to have ramped up Real’s attempts to lure Hazard to the Bernabeu with his praise of the Chelsea playmaker. (Daily Mirror)Seydou Doumbia is being tracked by West Ham and Watford. The Premier League pair are keeping an eye on the Ivorian striker, 27, with the January transfer window fast approaching. (The Sun)Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has confirmed he is interested in signing Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong in the January transfer window. The on-loan hitman, 18, has struck 12 goals in 14 games for Coventry in League One and Jackett will pull out all the stops to bring Armstrong to Molineux when his Sky Blues loan expires. (The Sun)Tottenham face a fight with Stoke and Charlton to sign Ebbsfleet winger Shilow Tracey. The 17-year-old has already undergone a trial at Tottenham. But Mark Hughes’ Potters have been tracking him while the Addicks are also aware of his talents. (The Sun)Newcastle United’s forgotten man Yoan Gouffran could be moved on before the November 25 emergency loan deadline, with Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers among a clutch of Championship clubs showing interest in him. (Newcastle Chronicle)Brighton are heading a queue of Championship clubs eyeing a January move for Australia’s latest star James Meredith. The Bradford defender, 27, made his Socceroos debut against Kyrgyzstan yesterday and Wolves and Reading are also hot on the heels of the ex-Derby kid. (The Sun)Blackburn Rovers are aiming to name Paul Lambert as their new manager by the end of the weekend after holding positive talks with the former Villa boss. (Lancashire Telegraph)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Jose Mourinho could make Real Madrid return next summer, ex-president Ramon Calderon tells talkSPORTMarseille slap £35m price tag on Arsenal and Chelsea targetRoma eye contingency plan if Wojciech Szczesny returns to ArsenalEverton target not heading to Goodison Park…but good enough for BarcelonaUdinese preparing January bid for Watford flop Alessandro DiamantiManchester City transfer news: Juventus and Inter Milan renew interest in Samir NasriInter Milan join Arsenal and West Ham in eyeing move for £8m Turkey star Oguzhan Ozyakup Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more