first_imgJoyce made this statement before presenting a K400,000 sponsorship from SP Brewery to the running of this year’s Digicel Cup.He said SP is not new to rugby league having been the major sponsor of the SP Intercity Cup as it was known back in the early 1990s.“Your teams will be playing every weekend and what happens during or after the game is a reflection of your province.“So rally behind your teams and their opponents and give them all your support and respect,” said Joyce.Joyce went on to say that spectator violence will not be tolerated this season.“There is no going back to the old days of intimidation and unacceptable social behaviour.“If there is anything I can do to make sure that people who perpetrate that type of behaviour   are kicked of rugby league, I will because then that’s a good thing.“ It’s our game. It’s a game we all enjoy. It’s a game to unite communities and not disunite communities,” said Joyce.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Toshaos Council (NTC) and Conservational International-Guyana (CI-Guyana) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, in the presence of Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock, Executives of the Toshaos Council, and representatives of CI.Alluding to aspects of the MoU, Toshao Lennox Shuman of St Cuthbert’s Mission, explained that CI-Guyana’s role in the partnership was to assist in shaping policy and institutional change at all levels, for a healthyHead of the National Toshao Council, Joel Fredericks and Executive Director and Vice President of the Conservational International-Guyana, Dr David Singh, signing the MoU in the presence of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicocksustainable Guyanese economy that incorporates a national long-term sustainable development model, which fully incorporates the value and benefits of the well being of the Indigenous People.The contract signed by both parties is valid for an initial two years, after which the option to have the agreement renewed would be available.Speaking at the signing, Minister Allicock expressed appreciation for the agreement and encouraged the entities to move forward in their venture for betterment.The audience was reminded that the NTC is a “body corporate established under the Amerindian Act of 2006 with an elected executive committee of Toshaos and with a vision to establish dynamic leadership comprising all Toshaos, diligently pursuing and protecting the spiritual, cultural, economic and traditional rights and well-being of the Amerindian People of Guyana.”In accordance with the MoU, CI-Guyana “is a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) registered and working in Guyana for over 22 years and as a subsidiary of Conservation International Foundation, CI-Guyana builds upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.”last_img read more

first_img…after President dubs him not “fit or proper” for GECOM ChairBy Jarryl BryanJust days after the controversial appointment of a Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman by the President, one of the main nominees for the post, Major General (retired) Joe Singh, has resigned as a Presidential Adviser.Resigned: Major General (Ret’d) Joe SinghSingh, a former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), had at the time been serving as a Special Adviser to President David Granger. But on Tuesday, the retired Major General officially tendered his resignation to the Ministry of the Presidency.In a brief interview with Guyana Times, Singh declined to detail the exact reasons behind his resignation, but noted that he did not wish to continue in the position. Singh stated that he wanted enough time to efficiently hand over his portfolio.“I submitted my request to the Ministry of the Presidency. I told them that I do not wish to continue my contract beyond the one-month mandatory notice that I have to give,” he related, when contacted.“So I’ve given that notice, that one-month notice, during which time I will ensure my portfolio responsibilities are properly handed over,” Singh, also a former Chairman of GECOM and the Guyana Geology and Mines (GGMC), said.Since the resignation of Dr Steve Surujbally last year, there has been an intense search for the next GECOM Chairman. As per the Constitution, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had submitted three lists of six nominees each to the President.The first list, submitted in December of last year, had contained the following nominees: governance and conflict resolution specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh; Attorney-at-Law and outspoken anti-corruption advocate, Christopher Ram; Retired Major General Norman Mc Lean; business executive Ramesh Dookhoo; businesswoman Rhyaan Shah and History Professor James Rose.The second list, submitted in May of 2017, read as follows: Retired Justice of Appeal, BS Roy; Retired Justice William Ramlall; former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar; and Captain Gerry Gouveia.Major General Singh, who has held several positions over the years, including Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Chief Executive Officer (CEO), was included on the third list of nominees submitted on August 25. The other nominees were Attorneys Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin, vocal conservationist Annette Arjune-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.But that list was ultimately rejected by President Granger and on Thursday, October 19, retired Justice James Patterson was sworn in as GECOM Chairman. Patterson was not nominated on any of the three lists and since his unilateral appointment, there has been a crescendo of criticism.A number of individuals and organisations spanning a wide cross-section of society have soundly criticised and condemned the President’s unilateral decision, including the Guyana Bar Association; the Berbice Bar Association; the Private Sector Commission (PSC); the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).Criticism has also come from the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and members of the Diaspora. In addition, the political Opposition filed a legal challenge in the courts on Monday, seeking to revoke Patterson’s appointment.Major General Singh’s experience includes serving as Director General of the Guyana National Service from 1981 to 1990, Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force from 1990 to 2000, Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission for the 2001 Elections, Executive Director of Conservation International from 2001 to 2005, GTT CEO from 2005 to 2010, and GGMC Chairman from 2010 to 2012.Singh also served as Chairman of the Government of Guyana and the Private Sector Commission’s National Working Group for the Millennium Development Goals from 2005 to 2010, and Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee for the European Union-funded Guiana Shield Initiative from 2005 to 2009.He is also a Fellow of the UK Chartered Management Institute; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; and an Officer of the Order of the Golden Ark. His commendations include the Military Service Star and national and military awards from Brazil, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Cuba and the Netherlands.Further, as an author, he has contributed articles on a wide range of topics for local, regional and international publications. Singh’s contract with the Ministry of the Presidency will end in December of 2017.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and his team, Team Tardi, will be in Vernon this weekend to compete in the Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic.Starting on Friday, Team Tardi will face Team Wenzek in their first game of the Classic at 4:30 p.m., followed another game at 8:00 p.m. as they take on Team Geall.Then on Saturday, Tardi will face Team Longworth at 12:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Team Tardi will then find out who they will be facing in the Saturday night game at 8:00 p.m.If Tardi performs well in all games, they will then move on to the Sunday playoffs for a chance to claim the title and win cash.The Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic runs October 3 to the 6 at the Vernon Curling Club.Advertisement You can watch the games live by visiting the Curl B.C. YouTube channel.Here is the Live Stream schedule:last_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Supervisors voted in August to create the new facilities for women at Pitchess and Sybil Brand. While the female inmates at Pitchess will be medium-security, Sybil Brand will get both high-security and medium-security female inmates, plus those who are mentally ill, said Victor Rampulla, division director of administrative services for the Sheriff’s Department. The design of the Pitchess barracks facility will be done in six months, and construction will start after that. Rather than expand the jail complex outward, the new facility for women will be built on a site where an old medical facility was torn down. “We have the land there, the availability, that we felt the introduction of the female population there would be appropriate and the building of the compound fits very well into the overall jail environment that we have up there,” Rampulla said. (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Sybil Brand Institute was closed in 1997 and its inmates were transferred to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility because Sybil Brand had fallen into disrepair and the county lacked the money to fix it. It is now used for filming. The Twin Towers Correctional Facility, a state-of-the-art jail in downtown Los Angeles, is better suited for dangerous male inmates, Pembedjian said. Its female inmates were all transferred to Century a year ago. “Some of what’s happened is we’ve had to evaluate how well we are using the facilities we have,” Pembedjian said. “It’s not just an overcrowded jail (system) but it’s a jail that has safety and security issues, so in relocating the women out of Twin Towers or when we relocate them out of Century, that will give us some additional beds. It will also make our jail safer by housing high-security inmates in high-security facilities.” The county jail system has more than 19,500 inmates, officials said. CASTAIC – Pitchess Detention Center will be expanded to house 1,000 female inmates under a plan approved Tuesday by Los Angeles County supervisors. The $136 million expansion at the medium-security Castaic facility will be in addition to the $113 million renovation of the Sybil Brand Institute in Monterey Park, which will be reopened to house another 1,000 female inmates. Officials hope to have both projects completed before 2010. Currently, the county’s only jail for women is at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, which has more than 2,100 female inmates. But Anna Pembedjian, justice deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said that is a maximum-security facility that could be better used to house men in the crowded county jail system. The supervisors’ unanimous vote authorized spending $2.3 million for architectural and engineering design on the Pitchess expansion. The new facility will be medium-security barracks, located behind the ranch-style administration offices at Pitchess. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The Catalan giants said the 33-year-old would be given an official farewell on Wednesday and say goodbye to fans at Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg against Espanyol.BARCELONA, Spain, Jan 23 – Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday that defender Javier Mascherano will leave the club this month, with Spanish media reporting the Argentinian is heading to Hebei China Fortune.The Catalan giants said the 33-year-old would be given an official farewell on Wednesday and say goodbye to fans at Thursday’s Copa del Rey quarter-final, second leg against Espanyol. “Javier Mascherano is leaving FC Barcelona after seven and a half seasons,” the club said on their website.The five-time European champions did not specify where Mascherano was going, but Barcelona sports paper El Mundo Deportivo reported that he will “this Friday become part of the squad of his new club Hebei China Fortune who are doing their pre-season in Marbella (in southern Spain)”.In December, Sport, another Catalan daily, said that Hebei had reached a deal to sign the Argentina international from Barca for 10 million euros ($12.2 million), conditional on the Spanish club plugging the gap, which they did by signing Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina.Mascherano arrived from Liverpool in August 2010 and won four La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey, two Champions Leagues and two Club World Cups and only scored a single goal from 334 appearances, when his team-mates pushed him to take a penalty during a 7-1 rout of Osasuna in April 2017.Only two non-Spaniards, Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, have played more games for Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgStuart Pearce has leapt to the defence of under-fire Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The 26-year-old’s current injury situation has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with former Reds midfielder Didi Hamann suggesting on talkSPORT that there is not ‘too much wrong with the player’.Pearce worked with the forward whilst he was in charge of Manchester City, England’s Under-21s and Great Britain’s Olympic team. He knows the player well and he was keen to emphasise how he finds it ‘hard to believe’ that Sturridge has fallen out of love with football.“I honestly don’t believe there’s a player out there that doesn’t want to play football,” Pearce told Adrian Durham when he was the co-host on Drive.  “I find it hard to believe, I really do.“This is a profession I absolutely love to bits. I love playing football and it’s been my life. So I find it difficult to believe that there is a player out there.“Especially a player I know quite well and have been alongside him on three different occasions.“I don’t see that with him.“I would not turn around and say Daniel Sturridge is a player that doesn’t like football – in any way, shape or form. “He loves the game, he’s enjoyed it and I think the one thing that puts Daniel Sturridge at the forefront of people’s mind because of this injury is the fact he is so important to Liverpool.”The Merseysiders have been extremely short of firepower this season, as Christian Benteke has failed to live up to his £32.5milion price tag, and Danny Ings was ruled out for the season.  The inconsistency and failure to see off games has seen Jurgen Klopp’s Reds sit ninth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Spurs.Pearce commented: “I’m looking at [Sturridge’s] stats here at Liverpool – 77 games, 44 goals. More than a one in two ratio, that is outstanding.“That is probably why he is in the forefront of people’s mind.“There’s a frustration because Benteke has not hit it off.“If Benteke hit it off there wouldn’t be so much talk about Daniel Sturridge.“Because Benteke’s been on the bench, they are suggesting he has not had a good time at Liverpool. At the forefront of your mind then is Daniel Sturridge. “You only have to go back a couple of years to see Luis Suarez and Sturridge up front – they were unstoppable!“I am sure there are some players who have had similar types of injuries – Jon Flanagan has come back after a year-and-a-half. Are we suggesting he doesn’t like football? Of course not.“I think it’s a bit tough on Daniel. You’ve got to put yourself in the physio room, they’ll be scratching their heads on this one.“From Sturridge’s point of view he’s come back at Southampton and won 6-1 – people think ‘wow, that’s with Sturridge in the team’.“The only people who are quantified to turn around and say he is not injured is Daniel Sturridge and the physio department at Liverpool Football Club.“last_img read more

first_imgThe Féile Peile na nÓg St Eunan’s U-14 squadTHE ST Eunan’s U-14 girls team is set to take part in the Féile Peile na nÓg 2013 which is being hosted in Derry and in Donegal from June 28-30.Féile Peile na nÓg is a national festival of football for boys and girls under 14 years of age and is based on the GAA club unit.Clubs from across Ireland will be hosted in the North West, with teams also travelling from Britain and the USA. The three-day event will start with a match at O’Donnell Park on Friday June 28 when St Eunan’s play against the club they are hosting – West Clare Gaels.Girls from the Clare club will be staying with the families of the St Eunan’s players in a festival of gaelic sport and culture which involves 25,000 young people every year.A massive parade around Derry, from Celtic Park, will take place on Friday evening, followed by games on Saturday and is helping to sponsor the St Eunan’s U-14 girls team jerseys for the tournament but more sponsors are needed. If you can help in any way, contact Alma Kavanagh at the club. ST EUNAN’S U-14 GIRLS TEAM TO HOST COUNTY CLARE SIDE FOR FÉILE PEILE NA nÓG was last modified: May 14th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ST EUNAN’S U-14 GIRLS TEAM TO HOST COUNTY CLARE SIDE FOR FÉILE PEILE NA NÓGlast_img read more

first_img Play begins today, with a few games Sunday, then continues Wednesday. At the end of that stretch, 27 berths will be decided – and some big-name teams are sure to be out. Already in: host Germany, the U.S. and Mexico from CONCACAF, five-time champion Brazil and two-time winner Argentina from South America, first-time European qualifier Ukraine, and Asian powers Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Things are most complicated in Europe, where eight group winners and the best two second-place teams advance. The other six runners-up advance to playoffs for three berths. Nine more European berths will be decided with today’s 21 games and Wednesday’s 23. Three-time winner Italy, 1998 titlist France, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden are on the verge of advancing, and Poland had the upper hand in its group. Teams that could be forced into playoffs, or eliminated, include powers England, Spain, Russia and the Czech Republic. All five African berths will be determined today. Perennial underachiever Ghana appears a sure bet, and Togo also can claim its first berth. Cameroon needs to beat Egypt to clinch its sixth berth, and Angola can deny powerful Nigeria with a win at Rwanda, the last-place team in its group. The other African spot will go to Morocco or Tunisia, who meet near Tunis. Tunisia needs only a tie to advance. Ecuador and Paraguay can clinch berths today, and the fifth-place team in South America – likely Uruguay, Colombia, Chile or Venezuela – will play Oceania champion Australia in a playoff for another spot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The outlook for next year’s World Cup in Germany remains hazy. Only 10 nations have qualified for the 32-team field. The picture will become clearer in the next few days, with 76 qualifying games scheduled from Cameroon to Croatia and Portugal to Paraguay. last_img read more

first_imgDeputy Joe McHughFine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has acknowledged Donegal has suffered in the financial crisis – but is now bouncing back.Mr McHugh was speaking as Ireland exits the bailout today, saying it will help to build confidence in Ireland, boost our growth potential and get the country back on a sustainable economic path. “The Irish people deserve huge credit for getting the country to where it is today, after five very difficult years of economic adjustments. When the failed economic policies of Fianna Fáil led us into a bailout at the end of 2010, our public finances were in disarray, the international markets had deserted us, and Ireland reputation in Europe was in tatters,” said Deputy McHugh. “Now, the economy is recovering, the public finances are under control, the banking sector has been restructured and, most importantly, jobs are being created.“In Donegal, we continue to face challenges such as the development of the A5 road and with it the journey time from Dublin city.“However, it’s important to acknowledge that there have been some positive achievements for the county, whether it’s the investment of €19 million in a sewerage scheme or today’s announcement that Donegal will receive the highest General Purpose Grants in 2014, a total of €22,720,760.“We continue to deal with both the economic legacy issues due to partition and also historical lack of investment by previous Governments in the North West, particularly when money was readily available in the last two decades. “For the last three years, the Fine Gael-led Government has been working towards exiting the bailout, which is an important milestone on our path to economic recovery.“This doesn’t mean that all of our problems are solved overnight, but it does mean that Ireland can return to being a normal Eurozone country, putting the boom bust policies of the past behind us.“Every step that has been taken by the Government in the last three years has had a jobs focus. This approach is paying dividends.“When this Government took office, 1,600 jobs were being lost every week, now we are in a situation where more than 1,000 net new jobs are being created every week. Over the last year, employment has increased by 58,000, and unemployment has dropped for the last 17 months in a row.“It is now essential that we build on this economic progress and continue on a sustainable growth path. We are ahead of target in terms of reducing the deficit, and our debt will begin to fall from next year. The economy is expected to grow for the fourth year in a row in 2014, and consumer sentiment is at a six year high and property prices are starting to recover. “The Government is determined to pursue post-bailout policies that will safeguard the stability of our public finances and boost economic growth. Next week, the Government will publish the Mid-Term Economic Strategy, which will set out how we plan to build on the recovery and enhance job creation in the years ahead.“I know the people of Donegal have had a difficult few years, but I am encountering a renewed confidence and sense of optimism in our ability as a country and a society to get back on our feet. Our economic recovery is down to the resilience and sacrifices of the Irish people, and I am confident that their efforts will be rewarded as we continue to create jobs and prosperity returns.”RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGH was last modified: December 13th, 2013 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:donegalJoe McHughRENEWED CONFIDENCE IN DONEGAL AFTER BAILOUT EXIT – McHUGHlast_img read more