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first_imgThe 15th edition of the annual tournament started on Friday and has 54 teams doing battle at Kone Tigers and Kaugere Oval.“We’ve had no hiccups and things are going well. No trouble and people are coming out in numbers to watch every day.“Thank you again to the NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, for continuing to support this. It’s a great way to keep the youths out of trouble during the festive period.”Mote said the total prize money for the tournament will be confirmed by next week.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor, The gold mining industry has been the subject of many articles recently. I have been paying keen attention to the call of GGDMA to small miners to protest against the new tax measures imposed by the Government.It is so funny to me that GGDMA will call on the miners that they have never supported. It is a known fact that the members of GGDMA are the “Big Boys” in mining and are all guilty of criminal acts towards small miners, known contributors of their lands. The trend is that these claim holders would give you oral permission to work a land, most small miners accept that because of desperation, with promise of permission to operate. As soon as a significant gold is discovered they will remove you with brute force and ignorance.Over the past two years I have heard countless stories of this happening. Our dredge was shot up with 36 gunshots and caught on camera by the claim holder as we had an injunction from the high court giving us permission to work. The gunmen who were security personnel attached to the claim holders mining firm came with their uniform and was heard saying on camera that they don’t care about paperwork they get orders from the said claim holder to shoot up.These men were basically treated like celebrities by the now retired commander of F Division. Who told us the men would turn themselves in because they cannot leave their work ground. These men are free as birds today. Instead of the DPP laying attempted murder charges because my husband was seen on camera jumping in front of a shotgun to save his workers, they were slapped with malicious damage to property. The excavator operator who was shot in his head has since appeared in court and withdrew the charges . We have since found out that he is now employed with the said claim holder. Again we see the claim holders influence all around. Until now nothing has come out of this and we are forced to fight in the courts for damages. We now have to find a way to recoup our losses and start over. We then started hearing all these horror stories coming out of the same area committed by the same said claim holder. Further, we hear stories of this happening to small miners working on lands belonging to current executive members of the GGDMA.The GGDMA has done nothing over the past two years to help us. As members we approached them first after the shooting to help us and offer support, we were told abruptly by the founder that he cannot get involved. He then referred us to someone Mr. Woolford who advised that I had a strong case but never offered any further help. We quickly realized that the said claim holder had a lot of friends in that association and it was a lost cause.There are so many families that are in ruins right now contemplating their next move , some trying to find the will to live after losing it all. Some still have debts to repay which in turn have them fearful for their lives.We would like to thank Minister Trotman, Minister Broomes and the newly appointed closed area committee for hearing our cries and doing their best to help us small miners. We have since been able to secure our own gold bearing land of which we are still awaiting paperwork. This gives us hope that we are not at the mercy of claim holders.The call by GGDMA for small miners to join in solidarity with them to protest is totally insane. This confirms to me that the GGDMA is in their “own world” and really out of touch with the reality of the small miner. I would like the GGDMA to state one instance recently where they assisted a small miner. They even insulted the newly started Konawaruk small miners association who attended a meeting with them and the government recently. Why does GGDMA think they are the only ones with rights to represent miners, who gives them the right to insult and demean this group of hard working miners.Has the GGDMA ever given back to the communities have they done any outreach programmes. Have they ever represented a miner that was not a ” OLD BOY ” in mining. We all know who these ” Big Dogs” in mining are and we are watching them closely. It is a fact they have so much money combined it’s hard for us to even fathom and pointless to fight. So small miners feel it’s either put up or shut up.However, we have new representation now in the form of the Ministry of Natural Resources and we will not be treated like second class citizens.I say the time has come for small miners to rise up. They cannot call themselves the representative of the entire mining body in Guyana when their interest is only for a few. Small miners please do not play into the political ploy of the GGDMA, they do not represent the real gold miners. Visit our Facebook page Justice for Figaro Mining and let us know if you need help.Sincerely ,Alisha FigueiraFigaro Mininglast_img read more

first_img… denies receiving letter from Prime MinisterEmbattled trade unionist Carvil Duncan is insisting that he never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo asking him to justify why a tribunal should not be established to address his removal from his post as Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC). This removal would automatically mean his resignation from other constitutional service commissions.In a statement to the media on Saturday, Duncan said a senior Government official working out of the Ministry of the Presidency contacted him in February, purportedly under the instructions of the President, to discuss his resignation from the PSC, which would, by design, result in his resignation from the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.He claimed that during his meeting with the official, he was asked to consider a financial package that would accompany his resignation.“My answer to him was that I had preferred to speak with the President on this matter and I then exited his office,” Duncan stated.He detailed that shortly after, he received another call requesting his attendance at a meeting with the President that very day. The official was once again present, along with the President and another individual.Duncan said the President insisted he tender his resignation from the constitutional service commissions.“He then said to me as much as three times that “he does not want any blood on his carpet” forcing me to move in the direction of resigning by the deadline of March 15, 2016,” he recollected.He said the President also offered him the financial package as was offered by the senior official if he succumbed to their desires for him to resign.Duncan said he left the meeting with an understanding that he would return a call confirming his agreement to resign but attempts to contact the official a few days later proved futile.“I made numerous telephone calls and left several messages with his Secretary without any response to date,” he said.Duncan said he subsequently read a shocking report which stated that he failed to respond to a letter dispatched by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo wrote Duncan asking him to show cause why a tribunal should not be established to address the question of his removal from constitutional office.“I had checked with both of my offices which were never in receipt of any letter sent by the Prime Minister. I also checked at the Post Office in my area which informed me that it had no outstanding mail for me. It may be opportune to note that I was also never contacted by the Prime Minister or any of his agents,” he stated.With charges of fraud against him and a tribunal underway to determine his fate, Duncan maintained that he will not be stepping down from his posts.“I will not resign! Because I hold a constitutional office and my term in office is set out in my mandate, the instrument given to me,” he told reporters some two weeks after a three-member tribunal was sworn-in by President Granger to investigate and recommend whether Duncan should be removed from his offices for his inability to discharge his function and/or misbehaviour.The Commissioners comprise Chairperson Justice Roxanne George, Justice Winston Patterson and Attorney Robert Ramcharran.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over an alleged theft of monies from the Guyana Power and Light. He was placed on $1 million bail in February last, after he had appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with larceny after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.Police alleged that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is alleged that he conspired with GPL’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal $984,900, property of the power company and that he conspired with Deonarine to commit a felony, namely he conspired to steal $27,757,500, property of the utility company.last_img read more

first_imgThe final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the discovery of the foreign aircraft at Yupukari, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), which was due on November 16 will now be handed over to President David Granger on November 25.The foreign aircraft that was found at Yupukari, Region NineThe Head of State granted the approval of the extension following a request by head of the commission Brigadier retired Edward Collins.Collins was commissioned to investigate, examine, advise and report on the circumstances under which the foreign aircraft, discovered on September 13, 2016, entered the country.Concurrent to the CoI, a Joint Services team, headed by Superintendent Hugh Denheart of the Guyana Police Force, is conducting investigations and will pursue and probe the areas beyond the scope of the Terms of Reference of the Commission.The aircraft bearing registration number N767Z, was first brought to the attention of officials on Tuesday, September 13, by a resident of the area.The following day, a joint Army, CANU, and Police team was dispatched to the location to conduct investigations. One week later, the government announced that a CoI would be set up to probe the discovery of the aircraft in Guyana’s territory.Meanwhile, investigators had discovered during interviews with nearby residents that the aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions in the past.Additionally, a number of residents shared information they deemed as “suspicious activity”, including the presence of motorcycles or ATVs frequenting the area at midnight.It was later revealed that the plane originated from Colombia and may have been in Guyana a month prior to its discovery.Colombia is known as a major producer of cocaine, with Guyana being a trans-shipment point to the US and Europe.It was further reported that a leak was discovered in the fuel tank thus investigators believed that this may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.The aircraft was repaired and flown to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, and is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar, Air Station London.last_img read more

first_imgTo chants of “three-peat” from the capacity home crowd of 18,000, the most successful side in the 24-year history of the southern hemisphere club championship led 10-3 at half-time after Taylor’s try against a Jaguares side contesting their first final.The Crusaders extended their run to three back-to-back titles. They remain unbeaten in their last 31 games on home soil and have won all 24 of their home play-off games since the competition’s inception in 1996.In a clash of Test-match proportions, with most of the players either All Blacks or Pumas, the Jaguares put up a gallant showing but could not break the Crusaders defence and their forwards melted as the game wore on.The Jaguares produced their own rock-solid defensive effort to withstand a powerful opening attack by the Crusaders over the first 10 minutes.A subtle break by Matais Moroni then put the Jaguares on attack where Joaquin Diaz Bonilla opened the scoring with a 40-metre penalty.Both sides produced enterprising and attacking rugby, but the game was marred by multiple handling errors with the ball made slippery from the combined effects of heavy rain during the day and dew in the evening.The only try came in the 25th minutes when Matt Todd stole the ball and lock Sam Whitelock stormed 20 metres before passing inside for Taylor to score.Mo’unga landed the conversion and a penalty on half-time for the defending champions to turn around with a seven point advantage.Moroni, the standout right wing for the Jaguares, was denied a try at the start of the second half from a kick-and-chase effort that was shut down by Jack Goodhue on the line.From there the Crusaders went up several gears and their forwards took control.They destroyed a Jaguares scrum, Todd was driven over the line but couldn’t ground the ball. However, Mo’unga turned another scrum penalty into points.A further Mo’unga penalty stretched the margin to 13 points and he followed with his fourth successful kick from another dominant scrum.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Codie Taylor escaped a tackle from Matias Orlando to score the only try of the Super Rugby final © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLECHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Jul 6 – Richie Mo’unga kicked the Canterbury Crusaders to a record 10th Super Rugby title, and their third in a row, as they rolled over the Jaguares 19-3 in Christchurch on Saturday.In a match complicated by a slippery ball, the Crusaders scored the only try through Codie Taylor and Mo’unga landed four penalties for the defending champions as they beat the Argentines.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, September 17- Champions Tusker FC shot back to the top of the league standings on Monday evening courtesy of a 2-0 raid on KCB’s vault at City Stadium.The Brewers sparked to life in the second half after winger Patrick Kagogo was sent off for a professional foul as Obadiah Ndege and Jockins Atudo netted to end their barren spell in front of goal that had lasted for over 340 minutes of football. “We prepared well and all my players were ready for this tie. I kept the best strikers and introduced them in the second half to kill the game.“The league is like a marathon, you don’t give up till the end but this win is good for us, we will now take each game as they come,” Tusker coach, Robert Matano, who won his first match in charge of the titleholders stated post match.The victory took the champions to the summit on 45 points on goal difference ahead of AFC Leopards who are scheduled to play bitter rivals, Gor Mahia on Sunday in another crunch fixture that could portend the destination of the crown.The Bankers who had beaten Leopards 2-0 in their previous encounter in their battle against relegation went into the match keen on another giant slaying act as they set off to a bright start.Edwin Mwaura, Mungai Kiongera and Clifford Aluanga probed Tusker’s backline at every opportunity on the counter attack as the champions bossed early possession.Mwaura heated the palms of custodian Boniface Oluoch in the third minute and it was not until the tenth when Kagogo shot straight at Caleb Adola in the KCB goal to register their first effort on target.Tusker continued to threaten the Bankers with attacks from the flanks as the game picked up but could not capitalise with Nigerian striker Joseph Emeka failing to profit from a spill from the shaky Adola in the 25th as they went in deadlocked at 0-0 at the breather. Few minutes after the restart, the red mist descended on Kagogo who went in for a crude foul on Bethwell Mwarambo leaving referee Amos Inchingwa no option but to send him to an early shower.The sending off ticked Matano into making a triple substitution after Ezekiel Odera almost gave KCB the lead immediately after his side went down to ten men.Off came Dennis Mukaisi, Joshua Oyoo and the ineffectual Emeka who were replaced by Kenneth Wendo, Ndege and Fred Ojwang.It took only four minutes for the changes to alter the arithmetic of the match when Ndege slotted in the opener in the 57th after being put on goal by fellow sub Ojwang.The first goal in three matches for the champions was the tonic they needed to swat the Bankers who attempted to stem the onslaught by introducing pacey forward Jacob Keli in place of Mwaura.But the momentum was with Tusker who extended their lead on 63 minutes aided largely by a clanger in goal from Adola who flapped a harmless ball to the path of Atudo who gobbled up the chance.From that point, the stoic Brewers, content in raiding KCB’s safe and escaping with two goals, held on effortlessly for the win that piles further pressure on deposed leaders Leopards and challengers Gor ahead of their crucial derby at Kasarani.“We were depending on counter attacks but it was difficult to come back after the keeper’s blunder.“Despite Tusker been ten men, their double marking was hard to deal with but still our two midfielders’ did not click well,” assistant coach Cliff Ambesta rued after the match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Sebastian Larsson was dismissed after a tackle on Ander Herrera 1 Sunderland intend to appeal against the red card shown to Sebastian Larsson in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United, it is understood.The Sweden international was dismissed just before half-time at the Stadium of Light for a challenge of United midfielder Ander Herrera.Referee Craig Pawson produced a straight red but replays suggested only minimal contact and the Black Cats have decided to contest the decision.David Moyes’ side, who were 1-0 down at the time, went on to lose 3-0 and remain adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.Speaking after the match, Moyes indicated both his frustration with the red card and the prospect of appeal.”We’ll have a look at it,” he said.“I don’t want to make you think it’s the referee’s fault, it’s not that. But he (Larsson) gets the ball, he touches the ball. There’s no contact at all, so it’s not even a booking. I didn’t think it was a good decision.”Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe had an even better view of the incident and drew the same conclusion, saying: “At the time, I was right there and I didn’t think it was a sending-off. I think it was more Herrera’s scream that made it a lot worse than it was.“But these things happen in games. Decisions go against you and at the moment, these decisions are going against us. That seems to be what happens when you are not doing so well.”Sunday’s defeat was merely the latest disappointment in a season of them on Wearside, but Anichebe is attempting to stay positive as the battle against relegation edges towards make-or-break time.That moment is almost at hand with the club 10 points adrift of safety with just seven games remaining and their 10-year stay in the top flight in real jeopardy.“It’s difficult, but that’s life, that’s football,” said Anichebe.“We need to improve together as a team and we need to keep fighting. We will improve. It can’t get any worse.“I need to just keep going, the team need to just keep going and we need to just grind out results however we can for the fans who are here.“They come in their thousands to support us every single week, even though times are really difficult. As much as it’s difficult for them, it’s difficult for us as well, it’s difficult for everybody.”last_img read more

first_imgGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli commandos on Saturday carried out the first arrest raid in the Gaza Strip since Israel’s withdrawal from the coastal area last year, seizing two Hamas militants in a swift overnight operation. The raid, completed in one hour under the cover of darkness, came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in Gaza trying to work out final details on a power-sharing agreement with the Hamas-led government. Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas met for about two hours late Saturday but failed to reach a deal. Participants said the talks were positive, and more meetings were scheduled for today. “The dialogue is moving in the right direction,” said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a top aide to Abbas. He said both sides need to “convince the world that we have a government they can deal with.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The two factions have been locked in a power struggle since Hamas defeated Abbas’ Fatah party in January legislative elections. Abbas, a moderate, was elected separately last year. Abbas has been pressing the Islamic militants of Hamas to accept a proposal drafted by senior prisoners held by Israel that calls for the implicit recognition of the Jewish state. If Hamas doesn’t accept the document, Abbas has said he will move ahead with a July 26 referendum on the proposal. Opinion polls indicate Palestinian voters back Abbas. Abbas believes a united political front would end weeks of bloody Palestinian infighting, help lift international financial sanctions against Hamas and allow him to restart peace talks with Israel. Israel and Western donors, which provide most of the funds for the Palestinian budget, have boycotted the Hamas government until the group renounces violence and recognizes Israel. Hamas, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction, has so far refused to endorse the deal with Abbas. But with the economic situation in the Palestinian areas worsening, pressure has mounted on the militants to strike a deal. Government spokesman Ghazi Hamad said Hamas has agreed to compromise on “very important issues.” Contentious points in the prisoners’ document include tacitly accepting Israel by endorsing a Palestinian state alongside it, ending Palestinian attacks inside Israel and forming a national unity government. Officials said the remaining area of disagreement focused on a proposal calling for formation of a coalition government. Hamas currently controls the Palestinian legislature and Cabinet. The Palestinian talks have been complicated both by factional violence and fighting with Israel. In the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis late Saturday, a Hamas activist and a Fatah security man were wounded in separate shootings. While there were no claims of responsibility, the violence appeared to be related to recent tensions between the sides. In a separate incident, Palestinian militants fired five rockets toward the Israeli border town of Sderot late Saturday, the army said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The rocket fire has caused few casualties but severely disrupted life in Sderot, drawing Israeli reprisals. Israeli airstrikes aimed at rocket-launching militants have killed 13 Palestinian civilians in recent weeks. Abu Rdeneh said there was a “consensus” in Saturday’s talks to halt the rocket attacks to take away any “Israeli pretext” to attack. However, spokesmen for Hamas and the radical Islamic Jihad group said there were no immediate plans to curb the rocket fire. “The problem is the Israeli occupation, not our people,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. In Saturday’s raid, a small force of Israeli commandos swept into southern Gaza, seized two brothers affiliated with Hamas and quickly withdrew, the army said. It was the third time ground forces had entered Gaza since Israel completed its unilateral withdrawal last September, but the first time troops arrested militants. Capt. Tal Levram, a spokesman for Israel’s southern command, described the raid as an isolated incident and said it did not signal a new tactic in Israel’s war with the militants. “They were involved in something that was supposed to happen very soon,” he said of the arrested men, declining to elaborate. Abu Zuhri denied that the two militants were members of the group. But local Hamas activists said the pair were sons of a prominent local Hamas leader and known members.160Want 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

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “In isolation, this incident probably doesn’t warrant front page,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “I think the reason it is on the front page is because of who it is and because, with Wayne, there’s been a catalogue of events which are generally linked to alcohol.“I think sometimes we look at stories and think there’s someone behaving badly, but if you take away that structure of 20 years being told what to wear, what to eat, where to be – the football keeps you alive.“When you’re playing football the biggest problem is when you’re not playing, you’re out of the team, or you’re injured. REVEALED REVEALED no dice getty ADVICE Rooney’s mugshot provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office from his arrest in December BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Rooney made a one-off appearance for England in a friendly in November “When you get to the end of your career, you’re in the big bad world.”“You take away that structure of 20 years of being told what to do.”After Wayne Rooney’s arrest, Danny Murphy says players need more help when they stop playing football. pic.twitter.com/FunTO1x6kE— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 7, 2019“Everything else is manageable because you’ve got the finance and the club support, but when you get to the end, you’re in the big, bad world.”Rooney is still banned from driving in the UK after he was caught drink-driving a woman’s Volkswagen Beetle when nearly three times over the legal limit in September 2017.The former Manchester United star, who now plays for MLS side DC United, triggered a door alarm at Washington’s Dulles airport before he was arrested on December 16. 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED In a statement released on Sunday evening, his spokesman said the footballer was apprehended after a lengthy flight from Saudi Arabia where he was on a one-day business trip.“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge,” the spokesman said. Danny Murphy believes Wayne Rooney’s arrest emphasises the issues facing footballers at the tail-end of their playing careers.England’s record goalscorer was taken into custody last month for public intoxication following an incident at an airport in Virginia.Rooney, 33, paid a small fine and claimed the arrest was the result of feeling ‘disorientated’ after combining sleeping tablets with alcohol.However, Murphy points out this isn’t the striker’s first alcohol-related scandal. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.“Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.”last_img read more

first_imgAs students across the state prepare to go back to school soon, their home state isn’t on the honor roll in a state-by-state analysis of workplace policies with regard to family support.The National Partnership for Women and Families gave North Carolina a D grade because the state has not expanded on federal rights or protections for new and expecting parents.Ana Pardo, campaign and outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Justice Center’s Workers’ Rights Project, says state lawmakers’ lack of action is impacting Tar Heel parents every day.“In North Carolina, we just haven’t been able to convince decision makers that these are worthwhile things,” she states. “Meanwhile, not to have this leave is really harming families, particularly families with single parents.”North Carolina did receive recognition for its family and pregnancy leave for state workers, which extend benefits beyond the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.In addition to this state, 25 others have also done little or nothing to encourage paid family and medical leave and paid sick days. California is the only state that earned an A.Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy and senior counsel with the National Partnership for Women and Families, says supportive policies can go a long way in predicting future success in the lives of children.“We know that new children coming into the world thrive when parents can take time off after the birth or adoption of that child to bond and to provide the important care that kids need,” she stresses. “For women to get important prenatal and postnatal care that they need. For fathers to be able to bond and spend time with new children.”Pardo says improving access to paid leave for all North Carolina workers will benefit the entire state.“This is not only making our state’s people less healthy, but also our economy,” she points out. “We’re less competitive as a state when employers are looking at where to locate a new facility and they look at North Carolina and they see that we haven’t leveled the playing field. ”Most all of North Carolina’s border states also received a D grade, with the exception of South Carolina and Georgia. They both got an F.last_img read more