Bottle throwing at Arnett under probe

first_imgIndiscipline reared it’s ugly head among spectators once again at Arnett Gardens Football Club’s Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday night, after the team’s 2-2 draw and 4-3 aggregate defeat to Montego Bay United in their second-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final.The scene was reminiscent of Arnett Gardens’ loss to Waterhouse in the 2013-14 semi-final, when after battling to a 3-3 draw in the first-leg, Arnett Gardens lost the second-leg at home 1-0, following which supporters took out their frustration on the away team and match officials.Kashief Brown’s extra-time winner spurred some patrons into throwing bottles and other objects in the vicinity the MoBay United team and officials, as well as match officials.However, Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) general manager, Andrew Price, says an investigation will to be carried out into the incident and the facts ascertained before any action, if any, will be taken against Arnett Gardens Football Club. He noted that this is a serious offence and if found guilty Arnett could face heavy sanctions.In the 2013-14 season, RSPL semi-final elimination did not go down well with the Arnett home fans, who took out their anger and disappointment on the match officials by throwing missiles and verbal threats. Officials and other important figures had to be escorted from the venue under heavy security. Gun shots were also heard during the melee.SIX-MATCH PROBATIONFor that incident, the Trench Town-based club was fined $200.000 and placed on a six-match probation.If found guilty again, Price warned Arnett could face great punishment, but insists that the facts will determine their next move.”We will have to get the report. The referee and the match coordinator will have to submit their reports. But like in any Premier League we will have to get the facts and deal with the situation after. Action (for missile throwing) would be taken against any club. But you are innocent until proven guilty and the facts will have to come to the committee and be proven. It wouldn’t be prudent of me to make any comment at this time,” he explained.”It’s a situation where you expect certain level of maturity. We will wait until we get documents from the match official, commissary and coordinator. Anything else we will deal with it as the facts are presented and it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner,” he said.last_img read more

Mexican baller overpowered kidnappers

first_imgCIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP):About 24 hours after he was kidnapped, Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido found himself alone with one of his captors and saw his chance. He wrestled away the man’s pistol and his cellphone and dialled Mexico’s emergency number.Within minutes, he was free.An official summary report of three calls to an emergency operator obtained by the Associated Press shows that the 25-year-old forward for Olympiakos in the Greek league threatened and beat his captor while on the phone, demanding to be told where they were.The dramatic account of derring-do shows that Pulido listed at 5-foot-9 (176 centimetres) and about 150 pounds (68 kilograms), was the main actor in his own liberation a contrast with initial official accounts of his rescue by police.On a first call, with the kidnapper overpowered, Pulido peered out of a window and described the white two-story house with two cars, grey and red, parked in front.In the next call, Pulido told the operator that state police had arrived outside. The operator told him to fire the pistol so they would know they were in the right spot, but Pulido said he had no bullets. He said police themselves were starting to shoot and described his shorts and tank top so they wouldn’t confuse him with the now-unconscious captor.CARELESS ACTOnce police arrived, he made a third call to confirm with the operator that they were trustworthy.Tamaulipas state Attorney General, Ismael Quintanilla, told a news conference that emergency services had received the call after midnight Sunday due to “a careless act by his captors”.In a later interview with Imagen Radio, he confirmed that Pulido had forcibly seized the phone from his captor.”There was an exchange of punches between them,” Quintanilla said, though he did not mention the pistol.Quintanilla said Pulido cut his wrist when he broke a window trying to escape.Pulido was nabbed by four armed people on a highway while returning from a party at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. His girlfriend, who was not taken, alerted others.”Everyone began to activate to look for him, especially when we knew who he was, because we knew it was going to make a big ruckus and was going to be affecting us a lot in the press,” Quintanilla said.Quintanilla said the army, federal and state police participated, including three helicopters.Pulido’s family received the first ransom call around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and a second one a short time later, Quintanilla said.The suspect was 38-year-old from the Gulf coast state of Veracruz who Quintanilla said was a member of one of the criminal organisations operating in the city. He said three other suspects were identified and a search is under way.last_img read more

Govt’s propaganda cannot erase sugar workers’ pains and trials

first_imgDear Editor,The Government in Action column titled “GuySuCo and Sugar creating a viable future” which appeared in the December 30, 2018 Guyana Chronicle spent an inordinate amount of time in seeking to convince readers that the Administration’s actions regarding the sugar industry were correct. For the thousands of Guyanese who have been affected by the callous, immoral actions of the Administration, no amount of placating can really erase the pain, trials and tribulations that they have to now face up to.The column begins by invoking the industry’s indebtedness. It seems the Government has employed the trick whereby it seeks to repeat a fallacy with the hope that it be accepted as reality. Our Union, on several occasions, has pointed out that, using figures at our disposal, that industry’s immediately payable debt is really around $13B, and if sums owing to the GRA are written off – as has been done for other enterprises – debt would decline to just over $7B.The Government points to the opportunity cost of its investment in sugar, lamenting more monies could have been invested in other areas of the State. While the Government seems to decry its support to the industry, it seems not to recall that it was sugar that provided billions to the Treasury by way of levy that supported the nation in perilous times; that billions more were earned by taxes (direct and indirect); that scores of low-lying coastal villages benefit from its drainage and irrigation services; that thousands of Guyanese have a skill through the GuySuCo Training Centre; that the nation’s health care was augmented by the industry’s dispensaries, and that many Guyanese enjoy the industry’s recreational facilities that saw some rising to the highest ranks of international cricket. We recall Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, speaking at the GAWU Conference on September 04, 2018, where he shared that he himself benefitted from sugar’s contribution to his community.Today, what is the opportunity cost of not investing in sugar? Thousands of unemployed Guyanese, depressed communities, higher incidences of criminality and other anti-social behavior, more broken homes and families being split-up, among so many other challenges. While not wanting to invest in sugar, the Administration is now forced to spend just for drainage in the closed estate areas, a billion dollars more apart from monies that will have to be found to address the other difficulties that will arise.The column also says that Guyana received from the European Union (EU) $348.5B to support to the local industry. This is yet another falsehood.The public is told that GuySuCo had estimated that it would have required $17B per year for an unnamed four-year period to keep the industry fully operable. This is again, in our view, another attempt to fudge the truth. The Corporation had told GAWU, NAACIE and the GLU at a meeting on September 29, 2016, that it required $10B and not $17B as the column, obviously incorrectly, conveys. But, according to the column, the Government could not use 3 per cent of the 2019 Budget to keep thousands of Guyanese gainfully employed. Moreover, through the consumption of workers and their families, as GAWU pointed out previously, some $100B in economic activity would have been generated. In other words, the Government, through taxes, would have recouped its investment and the economy would have been even more robust.The Administration then praises itself for the consultations which it held with the sugar unions and the political opposition. On this matter, the GAWU wishes to point out that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) opined that “[i]n a matter of such national importance impacting such large number of workers the process could have been more extensive and more responsive to the concerns of the Applicants [GAWU and NAACIE]”. The Justices opined that “[n]otwithstading the absence of a statutory obligation the Respondents ought to have given a considered response (whether written or oral) to the GAWU’s proposals explaining why they were not adopted”. It is hardly something that the Government should pat itself on the back for.The column next speaks about the January, 2018 engagement between the Government, GAWU and NAACIE. While the unions, in good faith, committed to working in the interest of the industry and more so the workers, since the inaugural meeting, now nearly a year ago, we have not heard from the Granger Government. Undoubtedly, it allows a little doubt as to the Administration’s ‘concern’ about the now jobless sugar workers.The Administration also takes, perplexingly, kudos for providing monies to offset severance payments to the workers making it seem that the process was smooth and without difficulty. But as the public well knows, it was anything but that. The Administration, in the first place, did not budget for the severance payments and then, contrary to the law, proceeded to withhold half of the payments to some workers. This forced our Union to approach the Courts which agreed the workers were wronged and awarded interests to them. Similarly, at Wales, the Government and GuySuCo denied severance pay to some 350 cane cutters in spite of the clarity of the law. It required again the Judiciary to intervene and right the wrong being committed against the beleaguered ex-workers.The column also speaks about training opportunities and loans available through Government schemes. On this score, we hasten to ask how many redundant workers have really benefitted? How many with their training have been able to get a job? How many have opened businesses? While indeed there may be a few, the reality is, however, that a large number of workers remain right there on the breadline, looking for the soft landing the President promised. Today, they remain caught between a rock and a hard place not knowing where next to turn, what new challenges tomorrow will bring and how they will put food on their tables or to send their children to school, among life’s other basic needs. Today, no amount of propaganda can give the Government the positive spin it so desperately wants. Thousands have been indelibly scarred and entire communities have been thrown into disarray.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Redeemed Church Donates Ebola Materials…… As Pastor Olatunde Olugbenga Admonishes fellow Prelates

first_imgThe General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God International, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, based in Nigeria and in partnership with the African Mission, has donated several relief supplies to countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The countries benefitting from the Pastoral gesture include Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.The items, including Ebola medical kits, sanitary items, rice and Ebola preventive tips, are all geared towards empowering congregational members of the church and affected communities to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged the West African Sub-region, with Liberia being the country most highly affected.Making the presentation on behalf of Pastor Adeboye, the Redeemed Christian Church of God Liberia National Pastor, Olatunde Olugbenga, explained that the church General Overseer envisaged the suffering of the people of Liberia amidst the Ebola epidemic and decided to bring smile on their faces. Pastor Olugbenga said the church has begun distribution of relief supplies to its 14,000 members across Liberia, with affiliates receiving 5kg bags of rice each, a set of Ebola medical kits, sanitation materials and Ebola preventive tips. Although the cost attached to the relief supplies was not disclosed, it is believed to have cost thousands of United States Dollars.He said Pastor E.A. Adeboye donation was in line with his work for God, stressing that “the children of God need to live healthy and stay safe from the evil disease”. The Nigerian prelate said Pastor Adeboye is deeply concerned about the condition of Liberians in the wake of the Ebola virus that has taken the lives of many in the country, including nurses and doctors.When quizzed by journalists with regards to the timeliness of the donation, given the reduction of confirmed and suspected Ebola cases in Liberia, Pastor Olugbenga noted that the church had several consultations before making the donation and that reaching out to the people of Liberia is the sole desired of the General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye.He then called on congregational members to continue the preventive measures as put in place by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and also World Health Organization (WHO); adding that they should shun physical contact with sick people and to also avoid touching people while casting out demons during prayers.He disclosed that the Ebola virus is devilish and is meant to destroy the people of God, but it was time for God’s people to wake up and defeat the virus.  “This virus is devilish because God cannot use such a virus to kill his own people; as children of God we must rise up to overcome this disease,” Pastor Olugbenga concluded.E:\DCIM\103_PANA\P1030350.JPGCongregational members lauded the church General Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, for the donation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thomas Kojo: “We Need to Invest in Local Based Players”

first_imgCoach Kojo (L) chats with Sports reporter Moses Garzeawu shortly the game ended in a goalless draw.National team (The Lone Star) interim coach Thomas Kojo, says government and the Liberia Football Association (LFA) need to invest more in local based players because many of them are talented.Coach Kojo spoke of his impression with his team’s performance over the weekend when it settled to a goalless draw against Sierra Leone in an international friendly at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Both Liberia and Sierra Leone failed to find the back of the net in Sunday’s encounter with the Lone Star dominating. With youthful players on either side, Lone Star had an impressive start with their dominance in ball possession. BYC forward Fallah Sheriff, midfielder Allen Nije and forward Edward Ledlum, who was introduced in the second half, were some of the top Lone Star performers as they kept creating trouble for the Leone Stars’ defense.On the other hand, the Leone Stars also came prepared, and were able to prevent the host from scoring against them, while the visitors, too, created several chances in both halves, but were unlucky in the finishing form.According to coach Kojo, the national team stands a better chance to make marks in international competitions if the government and the LFA provide more financial and logistical supports to them.“We will have a better national team in the future if those needed supports are provided to the team. Such support will enable the team to undergo better training with better facilities,” he said.Kojo affirmed his commitment to building a strong youthful team to prioritize the inclusion of committed foreign-based players in his squad.“Right now, we have data for all the young players (both home-based and foreign-based) that we are monitoring to build a strong national team,” coach Kojo said.The weekend match, which was part of activities marking Liberia’s 171st Independence Anniversary celebration, was Kojo’s first test since he was appointed as the Lone Star team’s interim coach.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RCMP find Quad

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP have found a quad on the North Beatton Road.If you own this quad or have any information about the owner of this quad you are asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP 250-787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.- Advertisement –last_img

CASSIDY – ‘IT’S TIME FOR GAA PLAYERS TO STOP HIDING’

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Kevin Cassidy has said it’s time for GAA players to stop hiding behind ‘buzzwords’ and start taking responsibility for their own performances.Cassidy has taken aim at what he feels is now the current trend in the GAA. Cassidy said that nowadays players hide behind ‘buzzwords’ rather than accept responsibility for their performance on the pitch.Rather than reflect honestly on their own performance and analyse it – Cassidy says players now use excuses and buzzwords to deflect criticism from themselves.In his weekly column with Gaelic Life, Cassidy said, “I feel nowadays players and teams hide behind buzzwords.“How many times have you heard players complain that their manager had no system or no game plan, or that they didn’t get a gym programme? “Nowadays if club managers do not have a backroom team consisting of a strength and conditioning coach, video analysts and dietician then they are doomed before they even begin.“Have we as players become dependent on this safety net? If a team suffer a defeat and concede a goal or two then there will be a players’ meeting called to discuss the lack of system or game plan.“Teams do benefit from having all of the above in place but it’s the extent to which we as players depend on it that I can’t get my head around.“Players must go back to taking responsibility for their own corner, by that I mean that when you cross that line if you are a defender then your are responsible for your man and if you are a forward then it’s up to you to create something.“I feel that it has now become the norm to blame the system or lack of one if we cannot do these things of our own accord.”What are you thoughts? Do you agree with Cassidy? CASSIDY – ‘IT’S TIME FOR GAA PLAYERS TO STOP HIDING’ was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAgaelic lifeKevin CassidynewsSportlast_img read more

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE MISSING DOGS?

first_imgTwo much loved family pets went missing in the Letterkenny area at about 11am today.One black and white dog answers to ‘Rex’ and the another is a young red setter, ‘holly’ and she has a white star on her chest.The dogs are not wearing any collars and may not be together. If you could reunite them with their owner call Diane 0861500532. HAVE YOU SEEN THESE MISSING DOGS? was last modified: August 23rd, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyMissing Dogslast_img read more

Important records of Lough Veagh House donated to county archives

first_imgDonegal County Archives has received a gift of five legal deeds relating to Lough Veagh House and two photographs of Lough Veagh House, Churchill.The archives have been hailed as invaluable additions for the study of local and family history in this part of Donegal.Niamh Brennan, County Archivist thanked Mr. Charlie Callaghan, who is the owner of the archives and a relative of the Johnston family, for his kind and generous donation which she described as “unique and invaluable additions to the Estate Papers Collection in the County Archives”.  She also thanked Mr. Ray McDermott for his work in making this important deposit happen. Photo of Lough Veagh House against the backdrop of the old landed estate, now Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.She explained that these records can be viewed at County Archives in Lifford by prior appointment by calling 074 74 9172490 or emailing archivist@donegalcoco.ie .The documents deposited include Conveyance: Land at Lough Veagh conveyed to John Stewart by Daniel Chambers and Elizabeth Chambers 1845; administration of the Will of John Stewart of Lough Veagh house, Churchill, who died on 24 April 1881, in which he bequeathed ‘all his real and personal estate’ to his ‘beloved wife Bridget Stewart absolutely’ and appointing George Forbes Fallon of Letterkenny as sole executor, revoking all other Wills’; Probate of Will of Edward Daniel Hewetson who died 10 May 1906. The Will was made on 30 November 1901. He grants an annuity of £180 to his wife, and the remainder of the property to his sister Catherine E Johnstone. (Johnston); probate of Will of Elizabeth Hamilton Johnston(e), nee Hewetson, died 8 October 1950. Date of Will: 23 July 1947; and two colour photos of Lough Veagh House.Pictured at the handover of the archives at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre, site of Lough Veagh House and grounds are: Niamh Brennan, Donegal County Archives; Ray McDermott, Charlie Callaghan and Cllr Michael McBride.Note books and admission registers can be accessed at the Find My Past website, for a fee if you register online.Also the website can be accessed for FREE (but please book public computer in advance) if using your local library in Co. Donegal. There were workhouses in Ballyshannon, Donegal town, Carndonagh (Inishowen Workhouse), Milford, Letterkenny, Glenties, Stranorlar and Dunfanaghy. Survivals for registers vary with each workhouse. For a list of what has survived, see http://www.donegalcoco.ie/…/archi…/countyarchivescollection/Niamh Brennan noted that Donegal County Archives has been collecting archives relevant to the county’s history, culture and society for the last 20 years and has built  up an impressive collection of archives of both public and private origin.Important records of Lough Veagh House donated to county archives was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal County Archiveslough veaghlast_img read more

San Jose Sharks 2019-2020 season preview: Stepping forward without Capt. Joe Pavelski

first_imgThe Sharks enter the 2019–2020 season with much the same bunch that reached Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals last spring. Although some core players have departed — a final salute to Capt. Joe Pavelski — most of the core remains.In this three-part series, we will analyze the various aspects of the team, exploring whether  GM Doug Wilson did enough to address issues in each area.Today’s focus: The Forwards.Logan Couture — The new captain has been the best center on the Sharks for a …last_img