Nimba Defeat Gbarpolu to top Group “A”

first_imgNimba Boys celebrate in their blue and red color jersey.As Sinoe lose to defending champions Montserrado 1 – 0The National County Meet Group “A” host has taken a lead in the ongoing National County Meet, after defeating Gbarpolu 2–0 in their second game since the league started a few days ago.The game started in high spirit for both teams, making all efforts to hit the net in the first half, but the two teams put up strong defenses, leaving the first half to end 0–0.The second half began also with high spirit, with both teams making several attempts to take the lead, but this could not materialize until the 70th minute when Nimba managed to score their first goal from striker Kulah Gonleyor.The goal brought some zeal in Gbarpolu, whose players made several efforts to make a comeback but, unfortunately, with more pressure from the mountainous boys and from the spectators, Kulah Gonleyor was on target again. His 89th minute strike penetrated the Gbarpolu defense to hit the back of the net, putting Nimba ahead with 2-0. By the result, Nimba now has 4 points.In the first match, defending champion Montserrado defeated Sinoe County 1–0 to put them in the second place with 3 points, followed by Gbarpolu with 3 points from the first game against Montserrado, while Sinoe trailed with 1 point obtained from their 2–2 against Nimba in the first game.In kickball, the girls of Nimba defeated Gbarpolu 3–2, while Sinoe defeated Montserrado 4–0.Nimba’s last game brought more vim to their cheering squad as well as the county’s steering committee headed by Adonis Menlor.The remaining two matches have been classified as ‘do or die’ where the teams are expected to put up their best for victory in order to reach the quarter-final stage, which will be held in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt lacks political will to address conflicts of interest – economist

first_img…Guyana has numerous gaps in procurement system – GCCI PresidentWith allegations of conflicts of interest and corruption besetting the Government over the past few months, questions are being asked over whether Government just lacks the political will to meaningfully address these issues.During an appearance on the Globespan24x7 Town Hall panel discussion on Saturday, Economist Sasenarine Singh referred to some of the recent scandals, including the case of Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and her company, Videomega Productions, receiving Government contracts.According to Singh, who is a former member of the Alliance For Change, the fact that a Minister’s company can get Government contracts and there is no action taken against her by her Government or even an investigation, shows there is no commitment and political will to genuinely clean up conflicts of interest at the top.“Obviously Guyana is a far way off from the (anti-corruption) standards of the United States. But if you look at the laws Guyana has, Guyana has a fair amount of laws covering a wide angle of things. The problem in Guyana is enforcement of the laws.”“And it’s because the regulators are always fearful that the political people will come for them. So everyone walks on eggshells, so to speak. We saw the other day some low level officer in the Ministry of Finance was going in after six into the safe room, tampering with documents. It has become a culture within the public procurement system, that everything is a hustle.”At his last press conference, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also addressed Minister Hughes’ matter and had compared it with former Housing Minister Valarie Patterson-Yearwood, who was transferred to another Ministry after revelations that her husband was getting contracts from the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).“We have a Minister who got a contract in her own Ministry,” Jagdeo had said. “So if you move one in the public interest because her husband got a contract from her Ministry, what about the Minister who got a contract in her Ministry?”GapsGeorgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Nicholas Boyer was also a part of the Globespan panel discussion. He made it clear that while there is a Public Procurement Commission (PPC) and laws governing procurement, there are still gaps and issues with enforcing the law.“I think the public procurement system has a number of gaps. We have to give some credit to the Government, that they implemented the Procurement Commission. But there are still gaps,” he said.“Contract splitting has been an issue. You have the direct conflict of interest where you have people who are in public positions holding private interests in companies. And when they’re going up for work, it is either felt that the work was not publicly tendered. Or if the work was publicly tendered, the companies did not report who were the direct owners.”“In the oil industry, they are very beholden to the US foreign corrupt practices Act. And when you go into their procurement systems, they require you to declare the ultimate beneficiaries and politically exposed persons.”As a consequence, Boyer noted that foreign companies cannot do business with local suppliers who have any connections whatsoever to corrupt practices or conflicts of interest with politicians. Such connections, he said, have to be publicly declared.“Secondly, there must be no pay to play kind of thing going on. So these are things we need to inculcate in our Government procurement. The gaps in our procurement are allowing these situations to coming about. And as long as these gaps are there, no matter who is in power they will exist.”last_img read more

Herstelling family attacked, robbed by gunmen

first_imgThe house where the robbery occuredBy Kizzy ColemanA Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) family is now terrified after they were beaten and robbed when gunmen invaded their home on Tuesday evening, carting off with close to $2 million in cash and jewellery.Fifty-eight-year-old, Bibi Shaneeza Alli along with her son, 32-year-old Mohammed Alli, her daughter-in-law, 29-year-old Ameena Hassan and grandson, 13-year-old Saliman Alli were all at home when the incident occurred.According to reports, the three gunmen carried out their attack by pretending to be customers. The family operates a grocery shop at their home.Guyana Times was told that Hassan was in the shop, which is located in front of the house when a man entered and requested a pack of cigarettes.However, another voice was heard coming from the side of the shop saying “they don’t sell cigarettes”.An alerted Hassan reportedly decided to lock the shop door, however, in doing so, she was immediately confronted by another man who had already entered the yard.Hassan and her 13-year-old son, who was also in the shop at the time, were both accosted and taken into their house. It was at that time that Mohammed Alli and Bibi Alli were held at gunpoint.Mohammed Alli told this publication that he was laying on a bed in the living room when he was attacked and his phone was taken away.Startled, the man relayed that he was then instructed to lay on the ground and Saliman Alli, who was at the time screaming, was placed next to him.He recounted that he had some cash next to him which one the men took but later asked for more.“They ask me for the rest which I give them because I does sell plantain chips so I had put some money to dry because it got wet in the rain so I give them all” the man disclosed.The child was at this time reportedly screaming as the differently-abled teen could not understand what was occurring.The father of the child, Mohammed Alli, revealed that after hitting the teen to his mouth, one of the gunmen placed a cloth over his face which they tied to muffle his screams.After doing this, Hassan was escorted to the back of the house by another gunman who went in search of Bibi Shaneeza Alli.According to the 58-year-old woman, she heard sounds and upon looking up, she saw one of the men with a gun pointed to her daughter-in-law’s head. In tears, the woman told this publication that she was extremely terrified.“I pee up! The man then come and collect me and said if I scream, he will kill me so he took me into my daughter-in-law’s bedroom and he brought she in to” the woman revealed.While inside the room, the woman revealed that the gunmen demanded valuables which she refused to hand over. As such, she was severely beaten about her face and body which caused her to fall semi-unconscious.“I started to see blur, because the licks was too much and after that, even though me tell them that I will cooperate, them still beat me…my daughter-in-law end up handing over plenty money after they threatened to kill the Bia (Saliman Alli)” the woman recalled.One of the perpetrators reportedly went into another room where he found close to $1 million and a large quantity of jewellery including eight gold chains and rings, a cricket band, twelve gold rings and several other electronic items.“The money I was saving for long because my son gave me permission to build behind his house and now all gone…I don’t know what I will do, I have to start all over” the woman cried.After gaining access to the cash, the three gunmen reportedly quickly escaped the scene of the crime.The police were called and the women were escorted to the hospital where Bibi Alli received several stitches above her left eye.The traumatised family is calling on the police to carry out proper investigations since up to press time the family was awaiting their return to dust for fingerprints.“The police them aint really helping we, they came into the yard joking and laughing and up to now we waiting on them to come back for fingerprints like they promised”.last_img read more

Senior Flyers keep rolling with 5-2 win over Manning

first_imgThe Flyers got off to a great start in the first period as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the frame was half old. Manning found their way onto the scoreboard with 9:30 left in the period.Fort St. John continued to build their lead in the second as they made the game 4-1. They controlled the play throughout as well as they had a large advantage in the shots at 20-12.Both teams traded goals in the third period to close out the scoring. The Flyers also held the edge in shots at 46-36.- Advertisement -Scoring in order for the Flyers were Kyle Leahy, Adam Horst, Kyle Leahy, Rick Cleaver, and Adam Horst.Dillion Maier got the start between the pipes.Fort St. John’s next game will come on home ice on Friday night as they take on the Spirit River Rangers at 8:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Second L.A. gang list suspect nabbed in Baja

first_img“I hope he didn’t get a chance to finish that ice cream,” Police Chief William Bratton said Tuesday at a City Hall news conference with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announcing the arrest. A member of the San Fers gang from San Fernando, Garcia, 43, also known as “Loco Steve,” was wanted in the 2001 shooting death of fellow gang member Kenneth Landon in Sylmar. His arrest marks the second in a week of a suspect included on the Los Angeles Police Department’s new Most Wanted list. Last week, Angel Zevallos, 22, was captured in Guatemala City. Bratton and Villaraigosa said they were unsure whether the $50,000 reward now being offered for those on the Most Wanted list played a role in the arrests. “We don’t know what the reason was, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we arrested two people on our Most Wanted list once the rewards were offered,” the mayor said. Under a gang crackdown announced in February, the LAPD for the first time began identifying members and their gang affiliations by name. Bratton said the move has led to more tips even though gang experts say giving gangsters notoriety is a bad idea. Garcia’s relatives said they were surprised to hear of his capture. Though he had a criminal record dating back two decades and police say he was a known gang member, family members described him as a “teddy bear” who never managed to gain control of his life. He dropped out of high school, worked odd construction jobs, moved around often. He had two children, now 11 and 13. “He wasn’t heavy into gangs. He was painted out to be a big gangster,” said Tony Vargas, his 31-year-old nephew. “He is just from San Fernando, and when you are from San Fernando you are a homeboy for life.” Garcia had no family in Mexico and did not grow up speaking Spanish, though police said he learned it living south of the border. Garcia is accused of shooting Landon about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 12, 2001, after a dispute at a Motel 6 in the 12700 block of Encinitas Avenue, police said. For 17 months – long before Villaraigosa named him to the top 10 list – federal and local officials had been searching for Garcia. Last week, their four-day surveillance operation in Rosarito ended when they spotted him along Avenida Benito Juarez, the city’s main street. They had been watching a market he was said to patronize when they finally nabbed him at the ice-cream stand. Garcia, also wanted for parole violations for discharging a firearm, was deported to the U.S. and taken to Chino State Prison. With the arrest, police added a new suspect to the Most Wanted list: Arash Semerome Safaie, 32, a member of the Hardtimes street gang, suspected in the 2001 shooting of a 17-year-old girl. Safaei is also suspected in two other shootings, police said. Zevallos, the suspect arrested last week, was captured in Guatemala City, where police were investigating an unrelated kidnapping and received a tip that a tattooed man was bragging about a shooting in L.A. Zevallos, a Peruvian national, is suspected of wounding a security guard at the Buddha Bar in Hollywood on Feb. 9, 2006. Police said the guard survived but never fully recovered. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the feds finally caught up to him, “Big Steve” wasn’t so big anymore. Licking an ice cream cone in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Steve Alex Garcia – the San Fernando Valley parolee listed as one of L.A.’s Most Wanted gang members – was 50 pounds lighter than in his gangbanging days. He was working on a fishing boat and renting a room in the Baja resort city, just a 30-minute drive from San Diego, said John Clark, head of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. But last Friday, his days on the run from a murder charge ended when the task force nabbed him. last_img read more

Klitschko defends IBF heavyweight crown with knockout

first_imgWladimir Klitschko successfully defended his International Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday, dropping Ray Austin with a flurry of left hooks and stopping the American challenger in the second round in Mannheim, Germany. The Ukrainian knocked down Austin 87 seconds into the round, causing referee Eddie Cotton to stop the fight. SWIMMING: Stanford coach Skip Kenney was suspended indefinitely by the school after admitting he intentionally erased the performances of several athletes who had clashed with him from the team’s media guide. The suspension means Kenney won’t coach at the NCAA Championships. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Neither Austin nor King, both of whom called Klitschko heartless before the bout, showed up at the postfight news conference. Omar Narvaes retained his World Boxing Organization flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Brahim Asloum in Le Cannet, France. Souleymane MBaye retained his World Boxing Association light-welterweight title by fighting to a draw with Andreas Kotelnik in Liverpool, England. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Clemson running back Ray Ray McElrathbey, who made national headlines last fall when he took custody of his 12-year-old brother because of their mother’s drug addiction, was suspended from the team for at least four practices because of academic concerns. SOCCER: Cristiano Ronaldo converted a second-half penalty to give Manchester United a 2-2 tie at Middlesbrough in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. The replay is scheduled for March 19. center_img “I was surprised he got back up, but he wasn’t clear in the head,” Klitschko said. “I was motivated by the talk from Austin and his promoter, Don King, before the fight.” Klitschko improved to 48-3 with his 43rd knockout in the mandatory defense. last_img read more

Africa needs more local coaches: Cisse

first_img0Shares0000Senegal coach Aliou Cisse talks to the press in Moscow © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said more African coaches are needed to take football on the continent to the next level and develop teams capable of challenging for the World Cup.Brazilian great Pele predicted in 1977 that an African team would win the tournament by 2000 but returns have been disappointing, with only three quarter-final appearances by African teams in the event’s history. Cisse’s 2002 Senegal side were one of those, along with Cameroon in 1990 and Ghana in 2010.The dreadlocked 42-year-old said players from those teams were now turning to coaching and could provide a crucial boost to African football.“I represent a new generation that would like to have its place among African football and world football,” he said.“We’re good players with pasts as professional football players and are very good tactically. We have the right to be among the top international coaches.”Cisse, whose Senegal side open their World Cup campaign in Russia with a Group H clash against Poland on Tuesday, said African teams would eventually be as successful as the European and South American giants.“I am certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” he said.But he said it would take time, adding: “It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We face realities that are not there in other continents.”“But Africa is full of quality and we’re on the way,” he said. “We fully trust our football, we have no complexes.“You see lots of African players in European clubs, now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead.”Senegal are one of five African teams at the tournament in Russia but they are the only one coached by an African.Cisse was reluctant to attribute the lack of African mentors to prejudice, instead focusing on football’s power to unite.“I’m the only black coach at this World Cup, it’s true,” he said. “But really this debate disturbs me. I think football is a universal sport and the colour of your skin is of very little importance.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Salesperson sought for well-established furniture business

first_imgJob Vacancy: Patterson’s are now recruiting for an experienced Salesperson to join their expanding business.Pattersons has gained an excellent reputation over the past 20 years for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Furniture. Due to continued expansion at their Lifford base an additional Salesperson is now required. Based in the showroom the successful person will help customers select designs that match their requirements.The ideal candidate will: Have experience selling, preferably in the home/building sectorBe computer literate with experience of design packages a distinct advantageBe a self starter who is motivated to succeedBe available to work Monday – Saturday, 5 days per weekBe able to work as part of a team advising customers on all aspects of purchases for their homesHave experience of social media and implementing marketing ideasBe ambitious to grow with the company as it expands furtherTo Apply: Please send your CV to stephanpatterson@live.com before 5pm on 3rd August 2018.PattersonsThe Haw, Lifford, Co Donegalwww.pattersonskitchens.ie074 9141985Patterson’s at The Haw, LiffordJob Vacancy: Salesperson sought for well-established furniture business was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rangers were buoyed by Celtic slip-up, Steven Gerrard admits

first_imgSteven Gerrard admits Rangers were keen to capitalise on Celtic’s shock defeat to Kilmarnock when they battered St Johnstone 5-1.It was Gers’ biggest home victory in the league since May 2012 and moved the club into second place, with their Old Firm rivals in sixth after a worst start for 20 years. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED MONEY 2 REVEALED “When I took over I knew it would take time.“But at times today we looked really dangerous going forward and could have scored a couple more goals.“We rattled the woodwork a few times but that’s the way we’ve got to be at home. When teams come here we’ve got to give them a difficult 90 minutes.“Out of possession, we were good too – we weren’t lazy with everyone buying into the fact we had to match St Johnstone early on. The Rangers boss said: “The results over the weekend – not just Celtic, but Hearts as well – gave us a bit of a spring in our step.“When we are presented with opportunities like that we have to make sure we’re ready to pounce. That’s especially if we’re off the top.“Any time someone above us drops points we have to capitalise on that and I thought we did. We were very strong and played some really good stuff. Gerrard has hit the ground running at Rangers REVEALED “We had to fight and battle and once we won that we knew our quality would take over.“I thought we were very good, especially on the back of a tough night last week in Spain.“It was the exact performance I was looking for.“I thought we were ruthless at times and played some stunning football, scoring five very, very good goals.“The only fault is with the penalty ay the end where I think we got a little bit sloppy in the last ten minutes.“But all in all I’m very happy.” BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Celtic have suffered their worst start for 20 years silverware last_img read more

FERRY’S IN BID TO SAVE BUSINESS AS COURT DATE LOOMS

first_imgFerrys – has lost its waste collection licenseFERRY’S Refuse has won a reprieve in its battle to stay in business – for a month at least.The company has had its waste collection permit revoked following multiple convictions for illegal dumping.However the company has been allowed to continue to collect bins in Donegal until September 22 when Ferry’s will argue before a District Court judge in a bid to have the decision overturned. The National Waste Collection Permit Office (NWCPO) wants Ferry’s banned from waste collection because of its pollution and criminal record.The office is based in Co Offaly and Ferry’s must travel to Tullamore District Court in a bid to have the NWCPO decision overturned. The organisation will oppose the application.Jim Ferry, who runs Ferry’s Refuse at Manorcunningham and covers most of the county, was fined €12,000, ordered to pay costs of €30,000 to Donegal County Council and given a six month suspended jail sentence after his latest conviction for illegal dumping in Falcarragh.The 56-year-old father of six, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham had contested 12 charges but was found guilty at Letterkenny District Court a trial. It was his fourth suspended prison sentence for breaches of the law in the past 15 years. FERRY’S IN BID TO SAVE BUSINESS AS COURT DATE LOOMS was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:FalcarraghFerrysillegal dumpersletterkennywaste collectionlast_img read more