With the team spirit still on fire after the OFC nations Cup final last weekend, the Kapuls outdid Malaysia with a stunning victory with two goals from PNG’s utility Tommy Semmy.PNG bagged the first goals with a set play from Raymond Gunemba and Tommy Semmy.Gunemba placed a left footy through for Semmy to easily slide the ball to the back of the net in the early minutes.Minutes later, Semmy scored his second with a header that slipped off the goalkeeper’s hand before he made a second attempt with a touch from the tip of his boots to find the net.PNG took the lead in the first half and finished off in the second with 2-0.
Teams Tanzania (boys) and Brazil (girls) lifted the 2014 Street Child World Cup (SCWC) trophies; but on an incredible day at Fluminense stadium last Sunday, all of the players were crowned champions.Team Liberia joined with all of the other countries, including the USA, Pakistan and Indonesia, to celebrate what has been an amazing experience at the SCWC in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”Football is what brought everyone together,” said a blog post at the team’s web site. “It is a universal language understood by all corners of the globe, and it helped deliver the message…… ‘I am Somebody’.”The tournament was a vehicle to gain the world’s attention and make the hundreds of street children taking part realize that they are important and that they do have a voice. The closing ceremony provided just such an opportunity when every team dressed in the cultural outfits and performed different forms of entertainment including singing and dancing.In a full day at the Estádio das Laranjeiras. Under the gaze of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) four games were played to determine the final standings from first place to fourth.Boy’s 3rd and 4th place play off- Pakistan 1-1 USA (Pakistan wins 3-2 on penalties)Girls 3rd and 4th place play off – El Salvador 1-1 Mozambique (El Salvador wins 2-1 on penalties)Boys Final – Tanzania 3-1 Burundi; Girls Final – Brazil 1-0 PhilippinesAfter the games, all of the players received a medal and special awards to recognise their contribution to the event.Team Liberia was praised for the team’s positive spirit, and Coach Sam Burnette was hailed as Coach of the tournament.”Throughout the trip, everyone involved has made Liberia and Street Child of Liberia extremely proud; and upon their return people will see them not as street children, but as champions,” organizers said.Meanwhile, Team Liberia’s Public Relations Officer in Monrovia, Tarsha M. Jackson, told the Daily Observer yesterday that the team will be arriving home on Thursday, and arrangements are being made with the media to give them a heroes’ welcome. Team Liberia outran South Africa and Egypt and many thought they would wrestle the trophy, but lost to Burundi in the quarter-finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police Officers must bear the responsibilities of their children and be good fathers, if not; they should be reported to the authorities. This is according to former Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Amsterdam.He says the Police have a role to play in ensuring that fathers play their role in society.Speaking at a rally on the Corentyne recently to emphasise the role fathers play in society and as part of a series of programmes in Berbice, Amsterdam said because some Police Officers have to relocate frequently, they become ‘sperm donors’.According to him, on many occasions, single mothers approach him stating that they have affiliation warrants, adding that the mothers frequently speak of the challenges they are forced to endure as a result of the absence of the fathers of their children.Former Assistant Police Commissioner Ian Amsterdam“That is the warrant when the men go away and they don’t mind the children, and the Police are not executing those warrants…,” he noted.“We know what happens when the parent or the father in not in the home, lots of time the children go the other way and they end up in the hands of the law. I don’t want our ranks planting seeds all around this country and then they disappear and nobody knows where to find them and they don’t support their children. If you have a child father who is a Policeman and he does not support or look after his children, come to us, don’t encourage it. We will ensure that they take care of their children even if we have to help them. Because we know what it is when there is no father figure around,” Amsterdam said.The rally, which was organised by the Guyana Police Force and its collaborating partners, was aimed at reminding fathers of their roles and responsibilities in moulding a nation.Also addressing the rally was Region Six Chairman David Armogan who noted that in today’s society, there are many social ills that could be attributed to the diminishing role of parents in the home.He said the less attention parents pay to their children, the more the children will depend on other agencies and groups within society.“And so the role of fathers in our home cannot be overemphasised because traditionally, fathers have been seen as people who are the authority in the home, the breadwinner in the home, who is the person that a child can look up to for advice and turn to for attention whenever there is need for that,” he said.Armogan warned against criticising fathers because they are seldom at home. Because of economic situations, some fathers may have to leave home in search of jobs to ensure that the economics of the home is taken care of, Armogan stated. “It is not always the fault of the fathers who we always seem to be beating up on. Some fathers have to leave home to make a living and ensuring that you can provide materially for your home,” the Regional Chairman added. (Andrew Carmichael)
2.1% growth rate…commends PSC for presenting economic recommendationsWith Guyana’s growth rate regressing, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has stepped up to the plate by compiling a report detailing several recommendations to put the country on a path to greater economic growth.PSC Vice Chairman Desmond Sears hands over the report to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. Also in photo is PSC Executive Director Elizabeth AlleyneThat PSC “Action plan for the sustainable development of Guyana” report was formally presented on Monday by representatives from several PSC member organisations to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who saluted the gesture. According to the former President, Guyana is presently adrift when it comes to economic strategies from the Government. This renders the PSC’s input timely.“I believe that we’re adrift now policy-wise, as a country. Predictability and clarity (of policy) are very important for the future and for investments. So, any role we can play in helping to create that environment, (we will play).”He noted that he was happy that the Private Sector has taken “this bold step of trying to put things on paper, so then you’d have a specific response from Government about those measures”.“Personally, I’m not hopeful that that would happen in the Government, due to the deficit of understanding of what makes an economy tick…,” he continued.Jagdeo reminded that the PSC has played critical roles in the past to help previous Governments strategically plan their economic policies. He pointed to its role as job creators in an economy where recent reports indicate there was a large number of the unemployed.“I think it’s great that the Private Sector bodies of Guyana, they’re taking a leadership role in helping to define a future Guyana. We do have challenges now, and I think we have to work to overcome these challenges.“Nevertheless, I remain optimistic. The Private Sector is a critical stakeholder in wealth creation and by extension jobs and well-being. They must be listened to and be part of a process of contribution to the creation of that vision,” Jagdeo stated, adding that he and his team would take time to study the report before making comments on its contents.UnemploymentAn Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)-funded quarterly Labour Force Survey done during the period July to September 2017 had revealed that the unemployment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 12 per cent. In addition, the situation for women was found to be substantially worse than that for men.The survey was done from a total population of 550,831 persons aged 15 years and above, with some 72.2 per cent living in urban areas. Given these figures, only 271,068 persons comprised the total employed population during the time of the quarterly survey – 166,873 males and 104,195 females. Urban workers totalled 188,774, while their rural counterparts numbered 82,294.The labour force participation rate for all persons aged 15 and above is 56 per cent, roughly equal to the corresponding 2012 value of 55.7 per cent. All other data gathered were compared to information contained in the 2012 census.According to the findings of the survey, unemployment among women was 15.3 per cent and among men 9.9 per cent. The youth unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds was almost twice that of adults, with 21.6 per cent. Young women continued to face severe hardship, with 28 per cent of them being unemployed.Meanwhile, the employment rate for persons aged 15 and above was 49.2 per cent, with 62.1 per cent being males and 36.9 per cent being females. It was noted that the percentage of employed people in time-related underemployment was 4.2 per cent, with 72.2 per cent of the underemployed based in urban areas. The survey also found that 28.4 per cent of the labour force is underutilised, while between 48.3 per cent and 52.6 per cent of the persons employed hold informal jobs.“The percentage of male workers holding informal jobs is higher than that of female workers (57.6 per cent for males as against 44.6 per cent for females),” the survey detailed.Further, it was found during the surveyed quarter that the average salary per month for employed workers is $82,636 while the figure decreases to $67,064 for self-employed workers.Guyana’s unemployment rate is coupled with 2017’s growth rate of just 2.1 per cent. Previously, Government had said the economy was expected to grow by 2.9 per cent, failing to meet the revised growth projection of 3.1 per cent for 2017.The initial projected growth of the economy was 3.8 per cent. This was, however, revised by midyear to 3.1 per cent after the economy only grew by 2.2 per cent by July.
– several others owe $M in royalties One day after reports in State media suggested that quarry operators owed over $8million in royalties to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) for last year, Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes openly criticised elected Local Government officials in the Bartica Town Council for their handling of the sector in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to a Department of Public Information (DPI) missive, the minister called for greater compliance in the quarrying sector. However, in the same vein, she ordered Acting Mines Manager Krishna Ramdass to issue a cease order to the Durban Quarries company.According to reports, the company showed the “most glaring instances of non-compliance” in safety practices, where the company “failed to correct unsafe mining practices despite notices by the GGMC a month ago to do so”.The cease work order followed Minister Broomes and a GGMC team conducting impromptu inspections at quarry operations in Region Seven.Durban Quarries operated a stone quarry in the Mazaruni River. Manager of the quarry, Ravie (only name given), was quoted by the State media body as noting that efforts were being made to comply with the order, but efforts had been stalled by inclement weather. It was, however, disclosed by DPI that there were signs that mining is occurring despite rocks being precariously perched on the facing.“This is safety… Is it because he [GGMC officer] was not forceful that there was no regard shown?” Minister Broomes asked the quarry manager.Broomes, meanwhile, called on Acting Mines Manager Ramdass to ensure that the GGMC follows due process to enforce compliance. The Minister and GGMC staff also visited BK International Quarry, Baracara Quarries Incorporated, Durban Quarries, Toolsie Persaud Limited’s St Mary Quarry in the Essequibo River, and a sand pit in Five Miles, Potaro Road, Bartica.It was observed that the Minister also recommended that a sand pit be closed at Five Miles, Bartica following “dangerous safety infraction” that was said to have occurred there.“Men were shovelling sand from a sheer drop wall into the back of a truck despite signs of an unstable overburden. Minister Broomes and the GGMC officers immediately ordered the men to stop working, and the truck left the pit,” the DPI missive highlighted.A credible source in the Region Seven district confirmed that the sand pit is managed by the Bartica Town Council.“They have a system where people pay them for the removal of sand and loam,” the source pointed out.However, DPI reported Broomes saying that operators at the sand pit previously ignored cease work orders issued by the GGMC over the last three years, She has declared that the authorities would have to correct things. The State Newspaper, Guyana Chronicle, reported that as it stands, only $19,563,528 in royalties for sand pits had been collected by GGMC even though $25,995,525 had been generated. This accompanied revelations that quarry operators’ royalties stood at 6,424,900 although $14,723,400 had been generated.Minister Broomes said the Ministry and the GGMC will be engaging the Town Council to address their concerns.“The GGMC (was) even recently trying to engage and meet with them, to have engineers working with the Council so as to give guidance in terms of how you develop and continue to mine the sand that you are mining, and also the loam,” Minister Broomes noted.
As the time counts down to the constitutionally mandated General and Regional Elections in Guyana, the United States (US) has re-reiterated the need for free and fair polls.New US Ambassador, Sarah-Ann LynchThis call was made by the newly accredited US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch.In brief remarks after handing over her credentials to President David Granger on Wednesday morning at the Ministry of the Presidency, Ambassador Lynch lauded Guyana for the significant progress made particularly in the political sphere.Without making mention of the current political impasse, the newly accredited US envoy did, however, point to the need for free and fair elections.“We have seen the strengthening of democratic processes and political institutions along with broader political participation and citizens’ representation. Moving forward, we will continue to encourage genuinely free and fair elections, freedom of speech and assembly, multiparty representation and a constitutional judiciary process…,” the new US Ambassador said.On the other hand, President Granger, in his remarks, reminded that among the areas Guyana and the US enjoy strong bi-lateral relations is non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.“Our relations are founded on mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, respect for treaties and international law and the maintenance of regional peace and security,” the Head of State posited.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Government to abide and respect the Constitution and set a date for elections.The foreign missions here have been paying keen attention to the developments in Guyana since the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed the No-confidence Motion against the Government.Only on Monday, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times said the clock is ticking on the constitutional three-month deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires in eight days.“The Constitution is the supreme law… There is the three-month clock, which is still ticking, it hasn’t been stayed yet…,” the United Kingdom envoy told this newspaper on Monday.Moreover, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have also echoed similar calls for the Guyana Government to adhere to the constitution.In February, the EU’s local mission warned of the need for constitutional compliance, urging in a statement that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld. The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote.Days before, however, United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the State to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.“Recent political developments triggered by the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly are a test for Guyana’s strength and integrity with regard to the effectiveness of the rule of law and governance,” Tanaka said.She further lauded acting Chief Justice Roxane George for demonstrating the independence and integrity of the Judiciary when it comes to protecting the Constitution of Guyana.The acting Chief Justice had ruled on January 31, 2019, that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed 33-32 in the National Assembly and the Cabinet has to resign in keeping with constitutional provisions of Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) respectively.Consequent to the declaration that the 33-majority meant that the motion was carried, Justice George observed that the President and the Ministers could not, therefore, remain in Government in accordance with Article 106 (6) and 106 (7) of the Constitution after three months.However, the Granger-led Administration has insisted that there is no role for a “caretaker” Government and that they will continue to be in office until a new President is sworn in. In fact, the coalition has appealed the High Court’s rulings and those matters are currently being heard in the Court of Appeal.But even as the coalition continues with its ‘business as usual’ approach, political commentator and Attorney Christopher Ram last week asked the High Court to stop the award and payments of contracts over $15 million.Section 54 (1) of the Procurement Act gives Cabinet the right to review and approve all procurements (contracts) in excess of $15 million. Government spokesperson, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had disclosed that the President and Ministers have been meeting as a “ministerial plenary” and not as a Cabinet in compliance with the Chief Justice’s ruling.
As they had in the schools’ first meeting this season, the Bruins rallied from 10 points down and pulled out a tight one, making everybody realize how close a year really is. It was UCLA 70, USC 65, the last go-ahead points coming with 4 minutes to go in the middle of a five-point play produced by Josh Shipp’s offensive-rebounding hustle, Shipp’s tip-in basket and a Lodrick Stewart foul and technical. Next year? “It can be better than this?” Bruins coach Ben Howland said. “It’s pretty intense right now.” The second-ranked Bruins found a way to win. The 19th-ranked Trojans found a way to lose. Why wait till next year? If USC and the UCLA-USC basketball rivalry are a season away, waiting for O.J. Mayo to step out of a limo at the Galen Center, you could have fooled the sellout crowd Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. Everybody tried to overhype this as the greatest indoor Bruins-Trojans game since Richard Nixon was president. And it darned near lived up to the billing. On razor-thin margins of one point in January and fivethis time, the Bruins hold first place in the Pac-10 by 1 games. The Trojans just fell from a tie for second with Washington State into fourth, two games out with six to play. With the conference lead on the line, this game went up on the marquee as the most important L.A. showdown since 1971. Now it goes up as the most important until 2008, when Mayo will be in cardinal and gold and Kevin Love will be in powder blue and gold. Of course, a big-time UCLA-USC basketball game is a rarity only to those who aren’t old enough to know their Dan Anderson from their Dwight “Lightning” Anderson, their Wayne Carlander from their Bruins car scandal, and their Kenny Fields from their Nell & John Wooden Court. It happens every few years, and every time it’s dressed up as the birth of a serious L.A. hoops rivalry. Starting with Wooden’s national championship run, there have been 26 games between the schools in a season when both were good (loosely defined here as meaning both made the NCAA Tournament, were nationally ranked, or won 20games). Since the 1970s, when the Bruins won all 10 of those meetings, they had gone 9-7 before Wednesday, so it’s not as if these things haven’t been competitive. For benchmarks, there’s the year the most was at stake – 1971, when the Trojans’ only two losses were to UCLA, costing them the tournament trip that went only to the conference champion. Surely the Trojans were on the verge of big things. I’ll save you looking it up: The ’70s turned out not to belong to them after all. And there’s the year the rivalry appeared the most fierce and promising – 1985, when the Trojans won in two overtimes at the Sports Arena and in four OTs at Pauley, on their way to a Pac-10 co-title and a first-round tournament loss while UCLA finished strong and won the NIT. The Trojans were on the verge again. It was six more years before their next winning season. Anyway, this game, played in front of a Pauley sellout, including old rivals named Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, marked perhaps the latest in the calendar that the Trojans played the Bruins with any kind of prize on the line. So Westwood girded for intracity battle, and students camped outside Pauley 48hours before tip-off, according to the Daily Bruin. The campus papers put it all in context by harkening all the way back to the Jan.13 game, in which the Bruins rallied to win on Arron Afflalo’s jumper with four seconds on the clock. The Daily Bruin called it an “epic finish,” and the Daily Trojan quoted Nick Young as saying Afflalo “took the life out of me.” Life is for the living. Epic finishes are in the eye of the student section. They went a little quiet in the kids’ seats across from the benches when the Bruins gave the ball away four times in the first four minutes against the league’s No. 1 shooting defense, the Trojans made nine of their first 11 shots against the No. 4 shooting defense, and USC led 20-10. The Bruins didn’t get ahead until it was 50-48 with under six minutes to play, after a Darren Collison steal led to an Afflalo breakaway dunk. Dwight Lewis’ bank shot put the Trojans back in front under with five minutes left. Then Shipp followed his own misses, scored and made a free throw, and Afflalo made the two shots for the technical. The five-point sequence made it 55-52. Fivepoints also was the winning margin. “This is the type of game you’d expect,” Afflalo said after the Bruins used a 31-5foul-shot advantage to overcome the Trojans’ 53.8-44.9 percent edge from the floor. “In past years, maybe you’d expect us to pull away. Not this year, with the weapons they have, the leadership they have.” Next year? It’s closer than you think. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Job Vacancy: The award-winning Tobin’s Circle K/Spar Service Station in Letterkenny is currently recruiting for a Deli Assistant to join their team.Job title: Deli AssistantPrevious experience in food service is desirable. Min. 32 hours per week.Deli opening hours are Mon-Sat 7.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Closed Sundays & Bank HolidaysApplicants must be reliable with a mature attitude and demonstrate:A passion for the delivery of excellent customer serviceEnjoy working as part of a high-performance teamAn ability to learn quicklyAn ability to work under pressure in a fast-moving environmentA flexible attitude to working hours.Applicants MUST be over 18 years of age. Applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Please forward an up to date CV and cover letter to: Deli ManagerTobin’s Service Station,Port Road, LetterkennyOr email email@example.comClosing date for applications is 5.30pm Tuesday 20th August 2019.Job Vacancy: Tobin’s service station seeks Deli Assistant was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Fighter! GeraldineCOUNTY football star Geraldine McLaughlin is among a group of club players taking to the ring tomorrow night – for a fight night!Geraldine, of course, is an equally talented soccer player.But she’s looking forward to her one-on-one duel with Termon’s Laura Gallagher at the Lagoon on Saturday night. Fights on the night are as follows:Paddy McDaid -V- Brian TreartyMaureen O’Donnell -V- Roisin FrielLaura Gallagher -V- Geraldine McLaughlin Therese McCafferty -V- Grainne McDaidDaryl Orr -V- Frankie McElweePaddy O’Connor -V- Connell McGrenraChuck McDaid -V- Damian CairnsFiontann O’Flynn -V- Sean Gallagher “It’s going to be a great night’s boxing and entertainment guaranteed,” said Geraldine.Tickets are on sale from any of the boxers or in The Lagoon – €20 for adults, €10 for children.Doors open at 7pm – first fight is at 7.30pm. COUNTY FOOTBALL STAR GERALDINE TAKES TO THE RING! was last modified: March 7th, 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:FIGHT NIGHTMarch 8Termon GAAThe Lagoon Bar
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Drake University softball team opens the month of March with five games at the Easton Crimson Classic hosted by No. 9 Alabama, March 3-5. Tournament Central Page Drake freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors following her performance in La. Maddox went 8-18 at the plate with three home runs, three walks, five runs scored, 10 runs batted in as well as compiling a .524 on-base percentage and slugging .944. Her home run (six) and RBI (18) totals lead the MVC so this season. Drake faces a Top-25 team for the third consecutive tournament this season with two games against No. 9 Alabama. Alabama went 5-0 at the Easton Bama Bash before winning an eight-inning game against UAB on Tuesday. Stanford and Jacksonville are each 10-5 this season. Jacksonville went 4-0 at the Dolphin Invitational while Stanford had a 3-2 performance at the Mary Nutter Invitational last weekend. Last weekend, Drake (12-5) went 5-1 at the Mardi Gras Classic in Lafayette, La., picking up two wins against Bowling Green as well as wins over Maryland, Dartmouth and Mississippi Valley State. The Bulldogs’ sole loss came against then No. 16 Louisiana. Drake has eight victories in the past 10 games. Story Links Drake opens the classic Friday with games against Stanford and Alabama at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST, respectively. Drake once again takes on Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by a game against Jacksonville at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs close out the Classic with a second matchup against Stanford Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Drake’s pair of games against Alabama will be broadcast on the SEC Network + and will have an audio broadcast online through Praise 93.3. All live stats for each game and the links for the Alabama games are available at the tournament central page. The Bulldogs junior pitching duo, Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) led the Bulldogs to their 5-1 finish. Smith, now 4-2 this season, went 2-0 collectingwins against Bowling Green and Mississippi Valley State and one save in the Maryland victory. Smith pitched 22.0 innings in four appearances allowing 12 runs with 17 strikeouts. Newman compiled a 2-1 record, picking up wins over Dartmouth and Maryland as well as one save against Bowling Green. In 12.0 innings, she gave up six runs while striking out 25 batters. After the Easton Crimson Classic, the Bulldogs close out their non-conference schedule at the Jayhawk Invitational hosted by Kansas. Drake will play five games in Lawrence, Kan. from March 10-12, opening the invitational against UMKC on March 10 at 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version