St James brush aside Irwin in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:St James High defeated Irwin High 4-1 at Jarrett Park yesterday to join Cornwall College on three points in Group A of the 2015 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition, setting up a tantalising clash this Saturday between the teams.The two are highly fancied to advance from the group that also features Green Pond High.Irwin offered little by way of attacking thrust and fell behind in the 20th minute via a tap-in from Akeem Campbell at the far post for a 1-0 lead.Coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, St James – champions in 2008 – started brightly and should have doubled the lead two minutes later, but Oshane Powell missed the target with Irwin’s second-string goalkeeper out of position.With Cornwall College setting the standard early in this group, it was up to St James to stamp their class on this Irwin side, and they upped the tempo to double the lead in the 44th minute through Powell’s strike.They went up 3-0 at the 65th minute when substitute Roderick ‘Chicken’ Haughton scrambled the ball over the goal line.St James’ fourth was a beauty. Ronaldo McLeish danced his way past a defender then struck a low shot past the keeper at the near post in the 72nd minute.As in their match against Cornwall on Saturday, Irwin grabbed a consolation goal, when Sachin Wilmot scored from just inside the area.no clean execution”It is good to have started with a win, which puts us in a share of the lead in the group,” Whitmore said.”It wasn’t a clean execution from my players, but it’s our first game, and now we must shift focus to Saturday’s clash with Cornwall College. We will be preparing for that match with a purpose,” Whitmore added.In the lone Group I game yesterday, Daniel Green and Alain Black netted to give Marcus Garvey Technical a 2-0 win over Browns Town – their second victory in a row. They now lead the group on six points, following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Ocho Rios. Marcus Garvey next tackle York Castle on Saturday.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 venues ‘fantastic’ as Olympic committees get a peek

first_imgTokyo’s use of existing venues will delight the International Olympic Committee, which has been criticized when cities have built “white elephant” sports venues.The most recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro left behind a half-dozen venues that are not being adequately utilized.Rio built a cycling velodrome that has caught fire twice since the Olympics ended two years ago. Several arenas in the Olympic Park are largely vacant, and a newly built golf course has struggled to find players.“It was obviously more challenging for Brazil because it was the first (Olympics) in South America, so they didn’t have that history, tradition of hosting games,” England said. “The games were very different in Rio de Janeiro. The two are not comparable. The state of readiness if very, very well advanced in Tokyo.”In addition to Britain, nations on the venue tour included: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Guatemala, Serbia, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Monaco and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT “We haven’t had many questions to ask the organizing committee because the venues have been absolutely fantastic,” England said.The tour Tuesday marked the committees’ first visit to Tokyo since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTokyo’s Metropolitan Gymnasium was among the venues. It was built in 1954 and hosted gymnastics for the 1964 Olympics. It will be the venue for table tennis in two years and sits next to the new Olympic stadium, which is under construction.“In this venue here today — historical and traditional though it is — we can see that it is in absolutely superb condition,” England said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “National Olympic committees feed off of each other when we’re talking and asking questions,” England said. “Some of us go back a number of games, so we know each other well. And you can see this is a terrific opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery No perms next? Chinese football fans slam tattoo ‘ban’ National Olympic Committee members from a dozen countries inspect a Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics venue at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — A dozen national Olympic committees have been given a quick look at Tokyo’s venue preparations for the 2020 Summer Games.Mark England of the British Olympic Association says they were impressed.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

first_imgMillions of boxing fans across the Philippines erupted in cheers and tears of joy on Sunday after national icon Manny Pacquiao beat Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a world title bout.ADVERTISEMENT 8 years since PBA title, Simpson’s task to carry Aces ‘more challenging’ now In the run-up to the fight 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be able to best the big-punching Matthysse, who is four years his junior.But when Pacquiao’s victory was sealed in the seventh round by technical knockout, fans around the nation of 100 million jumped to their feet and roared with joy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I was confident he could do it. It’s not about his age,” Christopher Lasala, 39, told AFP. “I was so happy when he knocked out Matthysse, I kept clapping. I said I knew Pacquiao would win.”Filipino fans react as they watch Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout in Kuala Lumpur, at a basketball court in Manila on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISFlora dela Paz, a life-long boxing fan, had tears streaming down her face as she watched Pacquiao raise his arms in victory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I am just so happy. I got goosebumps,” the 68-year-old retired shoemaker told AFP. “He won, he won!”Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story, from high school dropout to millionaire world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, is a huge source of pride in the Philippines.In keeping with tradition, many Filipinos stopped what they were doing to watch Pacquiao’s fight, which took place around midday on Sunday in the Philippine time zone.A Filipino fan holds a rosary as he watches Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout in Kuala Lumpur, at a basketball court in Manila on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISPresident Rodrigo Duterte, who attended the bout at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, flashed a thumbs up after Pacquiao’s win.The boxer, who has a glittering 23-year career in the sport, is also a lawmaker in the nation’s Senate and a staunch ally of the president.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “This win will surely cement, yet again, your position and legacy in boxing’s Hall of Fame,” Duterte said in a statement. “May you continue to inspire Filipinos.”Following the fight, #PacquiaoMatthysse was the top trending topic on Twitter in the social media-obsessed Philippines, along with the hashtags “Manny” and “Fight of the Champions”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READlast_img read more

Shooting in Gbarnga: A Most Alarming and Dangerous Incident

first_imgThere was already a lot of bickering going on within the hall at last weekend’s Unity Party convention in Gbarnga. But outside, too, gunfire between the people who were supposed to have been there to protect the President and her guests? What in the world is going on within our security forces? Daily Observer Assistant Editor C.Y. Kwanue, who was on the scene, reported that the incident occurred “a stone’s throw from the President’s convoy.” Some also say it was late in the evening and the President was about to depart for her residence. How more dangerous could it have gotten?You mean security officers assigned to protect our President cannot behave themselves? Why were they part of the detail to Gbarnga—to protect the President of Liberia, or to look for liquor and women? It is said that the officer who discharged his weapon and the target of his discharge were quarreling over a prostitute. How disgraceful and, worse yet, treacherous can security officers get, totally unaware of their responsibility of protecting the Head of State of the Republic, a very serious assignment indeed!This comes scarcely a week following the departure of UNMIL. Liberians have always been wary of the preparedness of our security forces to take over from UNMIL. A terrifying incident like this only indicates that our people are simply not ready. But UNMIL has been here since 2003, 13 years now; and during that period, our security forces—the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Executive Protective Service (EPS) itself have undergone scores of training exercises in preparation for the takeover. Yet, some of these people fail to exercise the simple matter of personal discipline on the job. What do alcohol and woman palava have to do with an assignment to protect the President of Liberia? You mean people deployed on so critical and sensitive an assignment have absolutely no idea of why they employed by the EPS? The two officers involved should be thoroughly investigated and dismissed from the service. The shooter, of course, should also be prosecuted and when found guilty of crime, made to spend time in prison and permanently removed from the EPS.We conjecture that each of these security organizations within the Liberian government has its own set of rules and regulations and strict protocols of behavior on or off the job. All employees and officers in these organizations need to be drilled in these procedures. But even before people are employed in these highly sensitive systems, they should be most thoroughly screened to determine their level of personal discipline, their attitude toward work, their individual sense of responsibility and their mental and emotional stability. But we realize that this is definitely one of the general problems with us Liberians—it is the absence of work ethic in our individual selves. What is work ethic?Work ethic is the principle that hard work is essentially virtuous (good) and worthy of reward. Work ethic comes from what is known as the Protestant ethic—a concept in theology, economics and history which emphasizes that hard work, discipline and frugality (thrift, economizing, saving) are a result of a person’s embracing of the values espoused by the Protestant faith.There are five principles that demonstrate a strong work ethic:• Integrity—honesty, high moral standards• Sense of responsibility—showing up for work on time; putting forward one’s best efforts to complete the job to the best of one’s ability• Emphasis on quality—caring about the quality of one’s work; doing one’s best to produce a great work; commitment to quality• Discipline – staying focused on the goal; determined to complete the assignment; demonstrating a high level of dedication to duty and• Sense of team work—working together with others to meet the organization’s objectives; helping the team to meet its goals and deliver quality work; striving along with others to make the job smoother and more successful. Teamwork is underpinned by the notion that no one person can be successful all by themselves; people need people. How many of us Liberians have this kind of approach to our work? Even many of us in the media lack work ethic. How many of us have integrity and a passion for quality in the work we do? How many of us know time; how many have a high sense of responsibility? How many of us know how to stay focused on the goals, determined to complete the assignment to the best of our ability?We urge all our security forces—AFL, LNP, BIN and EPS—to make it a point to teach the work ethic to all of their officers and employees. It will definitely go a long way in helping them to take their work much more seriously. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$20M in tractors presented to local municipalities

first_imgThe Communities Ministry presented three tractors to local municipalities within various regions which were sourced for some $20 million to assist with effective sanitation management.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan (fifth from left) with recipients of the donation and employees of Genequip during the handing over ceremonyThe tractors, which were procured by General Equipment Guyana Limited (Genequip), included attachments and standard tool kits. Regional bodies that are expected to benefit include the Linden Town Council, the Lethem Town Council and the Aranaputa Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).Speaking to media operatives during the ceremony, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan emphasised on the role that the machinery would play in the sanitation management process at the various municipalities. He noted that on many occasions, local bodies have been faced with difficulties when carrying out their waste disposal duties. As such, the tractors in addition to the attachments will be able to provide relief.Additionally, the Managing Director of Genequip Renger Van Dijk highlighted some of the uses of the tractor including land clearing and preparation and transportation of bulk items.last_img read more

Jagdeo blasts Govt’s secret deal with T&T firm

first_imgSkeldon Estate takeoverGovernment is facing severe criticism over its secretive deal with a Trinidadian company for a possible takeover of the lucrative Skeldon Estate, which belongs to the State and is currently under the management of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo strongly criticised the Government for entering into this deal without any consultations with stakeholders beforehand.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAgriculture Minister Noel HolderThe US$200 million Skeldon Sugar Factory“They claim that this is without prejudice to privatisation. But if you have a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with someone to assess the entity, then you are already giving one person an advantage over any person who may be interested if you decide to privatise.  So they are busy working these quiet deals and one day we may wake up and find that one of the prized estates in Guyana is gone to a group that knows nothing about sugar or is on middle land without any public valuation of the land, no public tendering but has acquired a deal by the Government,” he told media operatives on Wednesday. The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the Estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions.Jagdeo contended that this was one of the many actions of the Government which he considered “totally reprehensible”.“You do not speak with the parliamentary Opposition. You know, just recently, they called us in December, after everything else and told us they want to talk to us about it, but the secret MoU was already signed, now the story is in the news,” he outlined.Guyana Times broke the story on Tuesday that Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) was likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate, after the MoU was inked in December for the undertaking of a feasibility study.The MoU was signed without full disclosure to the Guyanese public and without any public notice or public tender. The company has no experience with any agricultural enterprise, and provides engineering services to the automotive and oil industries in T&T.Notably, however, as witness to the signing was Noel Rupie Shewjattan, the owner of Auto Fashion Store on Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. Auto Fashion Store also has no experience in the agricultural sector.Government denialContacted on the matter, however, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder contends that there is no secret arrangement.“There was a meeting when we met with the Opposition and the unions …to try to get them on board for the way forward for GuySuCo. At that meeting, the question of the MoU came up and it was provided to the Opposition to look at. The Opposition is well aware of it because it was given to them by the Government. So I don’t know what is the secret deal, they have the MoU,” Holder explained.The Minister conceded that the company was currently assessing the Skeldon Estate lands to determine if it would be favourable for it to make a proposal to Government for the diversification of the estate, including the production of ethanol.“There is no commitment on either side, (they will) come down here to take a look and if (they) want to make a suggestion to us, then fine, we’ll take a look at it…They are just coming to look, the best I can call it is a familiarisation, They will look to see what Skeldon has to see if it make sense for them to even do a feasibility study,” Holder explained.Massive concessionsHowever, the MoU seen by Guyana Times outlines that the company will be conducting a feasibility study, which is proposed to commence on April 3.DRCL is slated to benefit tremendously if its project proposal is approved by the current coalition Administration. From the size of DRCL’s operations in Trinidad, it appears doubtful it would be able to finance a project of the magnitude proposed.According to the MoU, some expectations in the event a definitive agreement is entered into would include access to key infrastructure, favourable combination of tax incentives, and land for sugarcane cultivation and infrastructure.The company is also set to receive reasonable approval cycles, guarantees on minimum product take-off by the Government with respect to electric power and fuel ethanol, guaranteed pricing formulae and power export provisions.This means that while the company will convert sugar cane into ethanol and electricity from bagasse, the Government will assume the responsibility of purchasing the products at some yet undisclosed price. For ethanol to be used as fuel by motor vehicles, their engines would have to be modified. It was not disclosed if the Guyana Government or DRCL would bear the cost of the engine modification.The integrated sugarcane processing facility will include developing an integrated sugar-to-ethanol and electric power project. While sugar will not be produced, the Skeldon factory will still have to process the sugar cane all the way to the molasses stage, but the diffuser for extracting the sugar will become redundant.Basically, the feasibility study will examine the cultivation and harvesting of sugar cane and sugarcane processing.It will also look at the production of fuel-grade ethanol, and the production of bulk rum for local, regional and international markets.The feasibility study will also focus on power production from bagasse, production of high-test molasses, the construction of a liquid bulk terminal and the development of a solar power generation facility. The findings of the feasibility study will provide critical information and set the platform to make a definitive project proposal to the Government of Guyana.The Agriculture Minister said the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) would deal with the matter if the company makes such a proposal.last_img read more

DirectTV CEO gets $6.5 million

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — DirecTV Group Inc. paid Chief Executive Officer Chase Carey compensation valued at $6.5 million in 2006, the satellite TV broadcaster disclosed Friday in its proxy statement. Carey was paid salary of $2,149,590 and a bonus of $4 million, according to the filing by DirecTV, which is slated to undergo a major shift in ownership between media titans, from Rupert Murdoch to John Malone. He also received perquisites that DirecTV valued at $325,256, including $204,303 for company contributions to an executive savings plans. The perks also included $54,479 for personal use of company aircraft and $3,562 for reimbursement for taxes on that usage, as well as $35,071 in company contributions to medical plans, and $11,473 in matching contributions for Carey’s donations to charity. The Associated Press calculates total pay based on salary, bonuses, incentives, perquisites, above-market returns on deferred compensation and the value of stock options and other awards granted during the year. This figure might differ from the total compensation reported under a new formula dictated by the SEC. 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

Teachers and Government reach tentative deal to end strike

first_imgIt remains unclear when school will start, more specific information about that aspect of the strike should be released later today.Negotiations resumed last week under increasing pressure from the public and suggestions by the government that legislating an end to the dispute was an option.Last Wednesday, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation voted overwhelmingly to end their dispute if the government agreed to binding arbitration, something the government firmly rejected.- Advertisement -Teachers launched full-scale job action two weeks before the summer break and students have missed more than two weeks of their new school year.The federation and B.C. governments, no matter what political affiliation, have a decades-long history of animosity and difficult labour disputes.last_img

Son of ex-Liverpool and Spurs star leaves Bournemouth on loan

first_img1 Paul Walsh Bournemouth youngster Mason Walsh, the son of former Liverpool and Tottenham forward Paul, has joined Dorchester Town on loan for a month.The highly rated midfielder signed his first professional contract earlier this year and joined Dorchester on loan in August.However that loan spell was cut short when he picked up an injury on his debut for the club and then returned to Bournemouth.But now he has been allowed to rejoin the Southern League Premier side for an initial one-month stint.last_img

World’s 1st fair for divorce fails to draw crowds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives were ready to catch a spouse in the act, mediators to help ease the pain of separation, a laboratory to conduct paternity tests, and, of course, lawyers to do everything else. So where were all those in struggling marriages? The Austrian capital would seem a good venue for the event, with its 66-percent divorce rate, near the top for European cities. The country itself has a rate of more than 50 percent. In the United States, the rate is thought to be between 40 and 45percent. But only a few dozen clients meandered through the two conference rooms of a downtown luxury hotel in the space of an hour, and bemused exhibitors were kept busy mostly by TV crews lining up to interview them. “It doesn’t matter,” said real estate agent Christian Novotny, there to offer advice on how to sell homes for splitting couples – or to buy ones for new singles. “Tomorrow’s another day.” “Too many cameras,” said Berhard Spernern, one of the few at the event hoping for a divorce. “I think that’s part of the problem – a lot of people don’t want to be seen or be photographed here.” Spernern said he was happy to have come nonetheless, saying a talk with a lawyer was helpful in letting him know that he has an automatic right to divorce after a three-year separation. And he said he would suggest to his spouse – who he said does not want to end their marriage – to join him in mediating their dispute with one of the experts he made contact with here. Most of the 16 firms with stands at the fair offered standard divorce fare – legal services, private investigations, mediation and conflict management. But some catered to more unusual needs. “Many people come to us when they are already in the middle of divorce proceedings,” said Susanna Haas, whose $600 DNA analysis promises to end bickering about why the little one does not look like daddy. “Proof of parenthood can play an important role in divorces.” In the next room, Isabella Stozek, whose “Hairdreams” offered hair extensions, volume treatments, highlights and other regimens, said such makeovers were important to women looking for a new look to accompany their new start. “They want to leave their old lives behind, and how better to do that than with these?” she says, sweeping her hand over a display of wigs, ponytails and braids. At a stand close by, brochures for “MyDates” promised those interested a chance to “meet 25 singles in two hours.” Even the Roman Catholic Church got into the mix, with a stand to offer advice for newly single parents, and social workers from the city of Vienna were ready to counsel women in sudden need. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By George Jahn THE ASSOCIATED PRESS VIENNA, Austria – In a city where “I do” often turns into “I want out,” a fair for those wanting to untie the knot seemed a sure hit. But journalists easily outnumbered those looking for advice on how to end their marriages on Saturday, the first day of what was billed as the world’s first divorce fair. last_img read more