PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are wary of a dangerous spin attack when they meet Guyana Jaguars in the first semi-final of the NAGICO Super50 Tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval here today, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).Captain Jason Mohammed has admitted that his batsmen will have to step up if they are to defeat the persistent Jaguars and remain on course to retain their title.”I think the batting department is going to be the most difficult part of it. We see that the pitch is spinning a lot, and they have some quality spinners, but in saying that we have some quality batters in our team as well,” said Mohammed.”So I think we have the ammunition to counteract the Guyana bowlers, and hopefully we will come out on top tomorrow in terms of the batting, and the bowling will take care of itself.”In the preliminary phase of the tournament, Guyana posted four wins and suffered two defeats, while Trinidad and Tobago registered four wins and one loss.”It’s going to be a tough game; at the end of the day, we have to enjoy it as cricketers. This is the moment we cherish, when we beat the best team and we come up good against the best team and the best bowlers.”The match will be a repeat of last year’s grand final when the Red Force – inspired by a hundred from current captain Jason Mohammed and spell-binding bowling from champion spinner Sunil Narine – completed a comprehensive 135-run victory to take the title.”I don’t think the guys will be thinking a lot about it (revenge),” declared Leon Johnson, the captain of the Guyana Jaguars.”I think it will be a negative … us losing last year in the finals to Red Force … but we will probably have it a little bit in the back of our minds.”We just have to go out and play the game hard,” he said. “They will have a lot of crowd support obviously, and we normally get good support here in Trinidad as well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”
Raisman added, “For too long we were ignored. It could have been avoided. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar.”The audience gave the group a prolonged standing ovation and remained on its feet while the women spoke.“What a powerful stage up here,” host Danica Patrick said before signing off.Ovechkin joined Roger Federer and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White as double winners. Ovechkin was in Russia with his wife, Nastya, who is 8½ months pregnant.Newly retired racecar driver Patrick became the first woman to host the show at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Her opening monologue mostly fell flat, with athletes sitting stone-faced or wincing at many of the jokes.ADVERTISEMENT With Leonard gone, a new look for Popovich and the Spurs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz earned breakthrough athlete honors.Quarterback Nick Foles received the championship performance trophy for leading the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title.The Minnesota Vikings earned best moment honors for beating the New Orleans Saints on the last play of the NFL championship game.The best coach award was given posthumously to Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon, all of whom died in the mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Former quarterback Jim Kelly received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance for his struggle with jaw cancer. Fellow NFL Hall of Famers Dan Marino and John Elway presented Kelly with the honor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Former gymnast Sarah Klein, former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Aly Raisman, from left in front, and others who suffered sexual abuse accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES — More than 140 survivors of sexual abuse by a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University joined hands on stage to be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs.The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year’s top athletes and moments in sports.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kim took female athlete honors over Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin, WNBA player Sylvia Fowles and soccer player Julie Ertz.“This year has been filled with so many incredible memories I will hold onto the rest of my life,” Kim said as she held the silver trophy. “I really want to thank my family. They’ve sacrificed so much for me.”Kim also claimed trophies for best female Olympian and female action sports athlete. At the Pyeongchang Games in February, she became the youngest to win a snowboarding medal when the then-17-year-old claimed gold in halfpipe.Ovechkin, who led the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship, also won for best NHL player. He beat out Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and fellow first-time nominees Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for male athlete.Federer’s five-set victory at the Australian Open in January for his 20th Grand Slam singles title earned honors for record-breaking performance and he also received best male tennis player.White won best Olympic moment with his final-run performance in South Korea featuring back-to-back 1440s to take gold, and best male Olympian.The Astros were honored as best team for winning the franchise’s first World Series.LeBron James, soon to be starring across the street at Staples Center with the Los Angeles Lakers, won best NBA player for the third straight year on his 14th consecutive nomination in the category.Brady claimed best NFL player, while Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won MLB player.On a big night for Olympians, the U.S. women’s hockey team earned best game honors for their shootout victory over Canada in the gold-medal game in South Korea. 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Klein chided the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for placing “money and medals above the safety of child athletes.”Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.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’Kim had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Arthur Ashe recipients.“We must start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations,” Klein said. “If we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it.”
Dear Editor,Just over a month ago, I wrote a letter to the press, questioning the enigmatic direction of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). I stated that the $30 billion syndicated loan was supposed to be utilised for capital injection, infrastructure maintenance, and other upgrades; and it was clear that this did not materialise. And I further questioned how the SPU would make the Industry viable when even impassable dams were not fixed to enable the starting of the second crop.It is common sense that, to be in a viable state, GuySuCo needs to achieve its target for starters, and the fact that the loan was not used to facilitate this, but was instead being used to pay off debts, shows the ineptitude and incompetence to transform GuySuCo; not to mention the deceit and dishonesty involved. The purpose of the loan should have been strictly adhered to, and applied accordingly. Therefore, apart from failing to invest on capital projects, this action puts the lenders at a high risk, since their returns may be negatively affected.If the borrowed sums had been used for the intended purposes, I am sure that improvements in the productive capacity would have already been evidenced, and sugar workers would have been assured of an improvement in their standard of living. Even those made redundant would have had some hope of re-employment.The GuySuCo enigma is made worse when the proposed privatisation process of Skeldon, Rose Hall, Wales and Enmore estates is kept in a state of abeyance. As long as this process is not finalised, the downward slide of the economy along with the devastated lives of the 7,000 dismissed sugar workers will continue unabatedly. It jars one’s sensibility as to why this privatisation process is being dragged into a frustrating snail-like pace while at the same time $30 billion dollars borrowed is being misused and squandered.At the beginning of July, it was stated by the SPU that “90 percent of the preliminary valuation works of several estates that have been earmarked for privatisation and diversification were completed (at) month end”. Three months have elapsed, and yet no bid has been finalised. It must be borne in mind that this contract with PwC was signed since December 2017. However, I am positive that 2018 will not see the privatisation process being completed. It may well go far into 2019.It should be noted that the SPU had promised that the closed estates would be brought back into operation so that they can be sold at a more profitable price. Enmore had started to produce molasses for DDL, and Rose Hall and Skeldon were supposed to follow.That quota to DDL is still to be realised, and to date nothing has been done at Rose Hall or at Skeldon. In fact, the co-generation plant at Skeldon is at a standstill.Nothing that was planned by the SPU has come to fruition. It’s saying one thing and doing another. It’s just empty rhetoric!It must also be recalled that the SPU had blasted Opposition Leader Dr Jagdeo, saying that “as a former President and former Finance Minister, he should know that the Gy$30 billion bond for the sugar industry at 4.75 percent interest rate was a good deal”.It now behooves us to ponder on whether borrowing $30 billion at 4.75 percent interest and not utilising it for the intended purpose is a ‘good deal’ or a ‘bad deal’. We are simply piling up interest without any income being generated! Is this a wise move by the SPU? It is a bad deal gone worse!In conclusion, the proceeds from privatisation would have been enough to satisfy the capital needs of the three operational estates and at the same time do away with the need to borrow.This slow pace of privatisation would only seem to create the necessity and justification to borrow $30 billion. The fact that no capital expenditure has been done to date will serve to further validate this assumption.I will restate what I had said in one of my letters: the $30 billion loan is just another victim of the gross mismanagement and squandermania we have witnessed during the past 3 years by this Coalition Government!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6
US$200,000 intended for lawmakers’ vehicle insurance is creating serious concern among members of the House of Representatives, sources close to the Capitol Building have hinted.The amount was placed in the 2014/15 Fiscal Budget with the aim of providing vehicle insurance for 71 representatives excluding House Speaker Alex Tyler and Deputy Hans Barchue.For the Speaker and Deputy, national government is responsible to purchase vehicles for both officials, and as such, they are not covered under the insurance scheme.The money was captured in last year’s Budget for insurance purposes, but lawmakers have protested that the “amount was not expended during the period, and as such, the Ways, Means and Finance Committee must account for it,” our sources said.This position taken by many lawmakers forced the House leadership to hold session late Tuesday evening in an effort to resolve the situation.Even though the burial of the late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh may have had an impact on the lawmakers’ gathering Tuesday, sources said the insurance matter was cardinal and a majority of the members trooped in to have a say in the conversation.The late session lasted for hours behind closed doors, but the matter still could not be resolved, forcing an abrupt adjournment.Lawmakers were seen walking out in a very unhappy mood, while several pockets of discussions were spotted in the corridors, involving some representatives and members of the House leadership.Some lawmakers are now tightlipped probably because of the players involved with expenditure, our sources observed. “Many lawmakers are of the conviction that the committees on Ways, Means and Finance including the Rules, Order and Administration must provide details of the public resources.”What is unclear, our sources asserted, is that, “it has not been established that the money was misused, diverted or that it is in the House of Representatives’ account.”Meanwhile, since Tuesday’s session did not meet the required objective, the House called an extraordinary session yesterday to highlight the passage of the 2015/2016 National Budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Suicide preventionFifty-two participants have benefited from a training workshop in mental health recently held by the Guyana Foundation in collaboration with the William James College, a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals through its Counselling and Psychology graduate and undergraduate programmes.Sessions were held at the Sunrise Centre on the Essequibo Coast in Region Two; and entities represented at the workshop included the Public Health and Social Protection ministries, the New Opportunity Corps, Hope For All, Child Care and Protection Agency, the three major religious organisations in Guyana, the RichardA section of the participants at the workshop held on the Essequibo CoastFickal Police College, The Caribbean Voice, the newly formed Sunrise Support Group in Wakenaam and the Guyana Foundation. Besides representatives of the abovenamed entities, the workshop was attended by leaders of the Region Two community.The William James College is located in Newton, Massachusetts, USA. The Guyana Service Learning and Cultural Immersion Programme of the university is headed by Guyanese Dr Natalie Cort, who is an Assistant Professor there.The 3-day Suicide Gatekeepers Training focused on increasing the community leaders’ ability to effectively respond to, intervene, and give support to individuals who are suicidal. the workshop was conducted by six (6) Psychology and Mental Health Counselling graduate students, who provided the participants with extensive knowledge on suicide and major depression, which would enable them to intervene in situations where persons are at risk of committing suicide.In addition, the workshop did practical and effective problem-solving and engaged in stress management methods, which came from interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and from music therapy.The workshop also included mini-lectures, facilitated discussions, group work and expression arts’ activities, which boosted the level of interaction and participation among its members.At the end of the workshop, the participants expressed gratitude and appreciation in songs and speeches as they take their knowledge gained back to their communities and practice same in their personal lives.
…says Govt doing more harm than goodAs the People’s Progressive Party continues to roll out its manifesto ahead of next year’s General and Regional Elections, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has revealed a “three primary objective” strategy for the country’s education sector.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo said at his weekly press conference that these three objectives are: to have universal access at every level from nursery to university; to improve quality at every level, and preparing young people for the labour market.The intention, he noted, is to reorient the programmes at the tertiary and technical vocational level so that Guyanese will be fully prepared when they venture out into the job market.Jagdeo, who is also the PPP’s General Secretary, said that the party believes that these should not be the only changes in the education sector.“We have to improve facilities across Guyana, we have to offer incentives to teachers and opportunities for training and skill development,” he asserted.Further, the Opposition Leader reminded of PPP’s intention of offering 20,000 online scholarships. He noted that this project is intended to significantly expand across Guyana, also benefiting hinterland students.Jagdeo said that education should also be affordable for everyone. On the note of supporting affordable education, the party also believes that no child should have to purchase textbooks.The Opposition Leader stressed that the State should be tasked with the responsibility of purchasing textbooks for children.Concerning the private education sector, he indicated that corporate taxes would be removed from those institutions.“For private education at all levels, from nursery to university, the plan is to remove the corporate taxes so that they would not have to pay corporate tax,” he noted, reminding that it was the APNU/AFC Government that imposed a 14 per cent Valued Added Tax (VAT) on education.He recalled that it was only after mounting pressure that the tax, which trickled down to parents, was removed.To this end, Jagdeo contended that the coalition has been doing more harm than good.“They started off by, you would recall, removing the [$10,000 ‘Because We Care’] grants from the school kids, which by now, would have put eight billion dollars in the pockets of the parents or these children,” he noted.In fact, the Opposition Leader related that President David Granger has replaced the grant with his “Five Bs” initiative (boats, buses, bicycles, breakfast, and books), which has resulted in them spending more for the maintenance of buses than the actual cost of the buses.“Look at the Auditor General’s report, we have spent $20 million on maintenance of one of these buses, and more than the cost of the bus, millions of dollars”, he stated, adding “That could never replace the eight billion dollars that you took away from the school kids”.Moreover, he indicated that President Granger has also failed in fulfilling the promise to provide jobs for students one year after graduating from the University of Guyana (UG).“He failed on the fees of university education that increased by 35 per cent. The nutrition programme has not been extended; in fact, it has been cut back in many areas. The school uniform [vouchers] for students, many hinterland people didn’t get it,” Jagdeo pointed out.Against this backdrop, the Opposition Leader noted that President Granger’s touted position that the education sector has improved under his Administration is far-fetched.“It has contradicted this view that he still believes, he is the only one who believes it, that he is pushing education, or education is a priority of his Government,” Jagdeo said.
Ubaka, who is averaging 14points per game, was 0 for 8 against the Bruins. He missed several open shots, and even when he was near the basket he shied away from contact. After UCLA’s 62-46 win, Cal coach Ben Braun said Ubaka was ill, which contributed to his poor play. The outing was certainly different from the 18 points Ubaka scored in Cal’s 68-61 win at Pauley Pavilion last season. “I have great respect for Ubaka,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “He killed us here a year ago. He had 18 here a year ago. He was sick when we played them up there, and did not play well. I know he’ll want to come back and really take it at us.” So when Cal visits No. 4 UCLA tonight, Afflalo knows he needs to be ready. “I’m sure he’s looking forward to it,” Afflalo said. “I’ll guard him and try to get the same result, but he’s a competitive player and I’m sure he’s more upset about the loss than his own personal performance.” Aboya time: Howland used reserve center/power forward Alfred Aboya much more the past six weeks than the first two months of the season, particularly because of the energy the sophomore big man brings. In UCLA’s first 15 games, Aboya averaged 13.5 minutes, 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In the Bruins’ past 11games, Aboya is playing 21.3 minutes, scoring 4.5 points and grabbing six rebounds. “His rebounds per minute, especially on the offensive end, are far better than anybody, including Luc (Richard Mbah a Moute), on the team,” Howland said. “He doesn’t get as many rebounds on the defensive end because he’s our best guy blocking out. Sometimes when you’re so good at laying your body on another guy, that even though he doesn’t get the rebound, he’s making it easier for others to rebound.” Aboya is tied with Mbah a Moute with 36 offensive rebounds in Pacific-10 Conference play, although Mbah a Moute played 146 more minutes. Signing day: Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and one of his former stars, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), will autograph copies of Abdul-Jabbar’s new book, “On the Shoulders of Giants – My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance,” before Saturday’s game against Stanford. They will be at the student bookstore in Ackerman Union from 1-2:30 p.m. During halftime of the game, UCLA will celebrate the 40thanniversary of the 1967 NCAA title team, which finished 30-0. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Arron Afflalo usually gets the attention of his opponents for his scoring ability, but UCLA’s junior wing said he believes he will be the focus of California’s Ayinde Ubaka for another reason. When UCLA beat the Bears last month in Berkeley, Ubaka was shut down. At the time he led Cal in scoring, but was shut out by Afflalo.
Mickey Thomas has hailed Charlie Austin as a ‘goal machine’ as reports continue to gather pace that the Queens Park Rangers striker could move to Manchester United.Having already seen Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave Old Trafford this summer, United’s attacking resources were further depleted on Sunday night when Javier Hernandez left to sign for Bayer Leverkusen.That leaves Wayne Rooney as the only senior striker at the club, with youngster James Wilson as back-up, and fans are urging Louis van Gaal to go into the transfer market to sign a proven goalscorer.Monaco’s teenage forward Anthony Martial is being linked with a move, but Thomas believes Austin could provide the solution to the problem.The former Manchester United winger told Extra Time: “If Rooney gets injured, that’s a major problem [for United]. I’m sure he [Van Gaal] is on the look-out for another striker.“And Charlie Austin is an out-and-out striker. He’s a goal machine. Would he fit into Manchester United’s way of playing? I’m not so sure about that, but if he’s available why not get him on board?“It’s important they strengthen in that department with the Champions League to consider as well. Going into that with a thin squad is going to mean it will be very difficult to go far in that competition.“I’m sure Austin, if he’s on the radar and available, and maybe with no else being available, it might not be a bad decision to get him on board.“In terms of stature and name he doesn’t have that reputation [of someone like Falcao]. He’s not played at one of the biggest clubs. But everyone deserves an opportunity. He knows where the net is and, with the supply line at United, he might score the goals they need.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By City News Service A pipe bomb exploded Saturday night in a parking structure next to a restaurant in Long Beach, police said. The explosion occurred in the 100 block of W. Ocean Boulevard, near the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery on Pine Avenue, about 7:45 p.m., said spokesperson Nancy Pratt of the Long Beach Police Department. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to any vehicles, Pratt said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The area around the explosion was evacuated and a bomb squad was called to search for other explosives, she said. Police also closed a Metro station about a half block away, she said. A witness told KTTV Channel 11 he initially thought the explosion was an earthquake.
A man is to appear in court again charged with assault during which the victim was allegedly struck with a hurley stick.Lafferty will appear again in court to face a number of chargesMatthew Lafferty is already in custody in connection with a number of other alleged offences. Lafferty, 20, of Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Lafferty had been involved in an incident during which the victim sustained a broken collarbone as well as cuts and bruises.It was claimed that a hurley stick was used by Lafferty during the incident.He also faces charges in connection with an incident during which a 69 year old pensioner was robbed at her home in Kilmacrennan recently.Lafferty had been on bail but his bail was revoked when he broke the bail conditions.He has been on remand in jail for a number of weeks.He will appear again in court on April 22nd.ALL COMMENTS ARE CLOSED ON THIS ARTICLE AS THE COURT-CASE IS STILL ONGOING.MAN WHO ‘ATTACKED VICTIM WITH HURLEY STICK’ REMANDED IN CUSTODY was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)