first_imgAn investigation into the fire which destroyed a section of the Diamond Secondary School last Monday has concluded that the building was deliberately set on fire.Fire Prevention Officer of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Andrew Holder told this publication on Saturday that arson was confirmed after inspecting the crime scene and evidence.On Thursday, it was confirmed that the GFS have wrapped up their investigation and are awaiting confirmation from the Government Electrical Inspector so as to determine the cause of the fire.“The fire was deliberately set at the Diamond school,” said Holder when contacted.Reports are that the guard stationed at the school noticed flames emanating from the front building within the compound at about 02:00h on Monday last and raised an alarm. With the assistance of public-spirited citizens, the fire was contained before firefighters arrived at the scene.The Education Ministry stated that the fire began in the administrative building, which housed the head teacher and deputy head teacher’s offices along with the computer laboratory and library.According to the Ministry, checks were made by the GFS to ascertain whether there was a power surge affecting that area at the time of the blaze. It was later found that there was no fault in the electrical supply.Regional officials were then engaged to cater for the smooth operations of the school when it reopens. All public schools are expected to open on January 7, 2019.In November, several persons working at the school were under investigation after a large sum of money, which was collected from students for the school’s graduation ceremony, reportedly disappeared.Guyana Times understands that the money was stored in a secured safe and only a few individuals were granted access, causing speculation as to where the monies disappeared to.During the probe of that incident, four teachers were taken into custody and questioned at the Golden Grove Police Station. They were subsequently released on station bail.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