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first_imgPune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.last_img read more

Saying ‘no’ happens only when the empowerment tools are provided

first_imgDear Editor,A letter writer recently called upon Guyanese to ‘say yes to life, not suicide’. We know that this person means well but if it were that easy then there would be no suicide deaths at all. The simple fact is that people must be armed with tools that would empower them to be able to not see suicide as an option.A case in point is the recent suicide death of that 15-year-old student. One tool would have been the training of students and teachers to identify suicide warning signs and act immediately to get help. Another tool would have been availability of a counsellor on the staff. In lieu of that, a third tool would have been quick and easy access to a counsellor by the school. The most important tool would have been the capacity of the school to be proactive and save a life since being reactive does not bring back the dead.Indeed, all we’re left with is a death that was eminently avoidable, embracing circles of agony and pain and finger pointing and fault finding. Media reports indicate that ‘the motive for taking her own life remains a mystery’. But the warning sign was clear and evident – the student threatened to take her life!Over the years, there have been numerous cases of suicide survivors claiming that they thought the suicide victim was joking when he or she talked about wanting to die by suicide. The fact is that when it comes to someone’s life, any and all warning signs should catalyse immediate action. It is always better to say sorry for being wrong than to beat the breast and pull the hair in grief and agony.Meanwhile, this tragedy once again puts the issue of school counsellors front and centre. The reality is that mobile counselling units cannot service schools with the speed, urgency, regularity and adequacy required. So once again we call on the Government to reach out to the psychology undergrads of the last few years and set up a pool of trained counsellors who can service batches of neighbouring schools. And with UG now offering a psychology programme, current teachers can be facilitated to take the psychology programme so each school can have its own counsellor within a few years.As well, teachers and students should be provided with ongoing training in mental health and teachers should be tasked with becoming mandated reporters of suicide ideation (and abuse). The Caribbean Voice does have a workshop for students that has already been taken to a number of schools and youth groups, most recently last month at a school on the East Coast of Demerara.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Gifty Hanson Can’t Wait for Next Liberia Marathon

first_imgA young Liberian long distance runner, Gifty Hanson cannot wait to run another marathon and hopes the Liberia Marathon Trust will shake the community with the 2015 edition.Ms. Hanson, former student of the Harriet E. Barley United Methodist High School in Duazon on the Robertsfield Highway, wants to be in action.“With the end of Ebola,” Ms. Hanson said in an interview yesterday in Monrovia, “I’m hoping that the Liberia Marathon Trust can get us into action with the next edition.”The Liberia Marathon Trust is the body responsible for the yearly organization of the 10km and the 26km runs, since their inception in 2011.Ms. Hanson ran in the maiden edition and surprisingly came second in the 26km otherwise known as ‘Around the World.’Her happiest moment, she said, was when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented to her the second place medal she earned at the 2011 marathon.The 2013 edition came with much expectation for Ms. Hanson, diminutive but with a big heart when she took the challenge with thousands of Liberians and others for the race.“I was prepared for the race like before,” Ms. Hanson said with a smile. “And in the end I earned the second place like the first one.”Coming second in two marathon runs demonstrates the young woman’s ability to keep her focus to pursue her dream.Ms. Hanson is from the family of eleven children and the daughter of the late Aisher Hanson, a member of the Armed Forces of Liberia (he was killed in 1990) and Corporal Linda Nimely also of the AFL. She began to run when she was 13 years.Presently, her support comes from her mother. “I’m trying my best to squeeze personal resources to let my daughter enjoy her passion and will appreciate assistance from well meaning and humanitarian groups,” Madam Nimely said.Among her previous sponsors is the former president of Mighty Barrolle Sports Association, Mr. Garmodeh Kangar. “Ms. Hanson has impressive talent as a track and field athlete who deserves every support available,” Mr. Kangar said in a telephone conversation.Ms. Hanson was the star performer when she won gold medal for Grand Bassa County at the annual County Meet track and field competition in 2011.“It was a big achievement to win gold at the County Meet,” she said, “which at the time earned me lots of admirers.” Ms. Hanson has developed a personal training schedule to ensure that she is always in shape and ready to run.“I train three times a week,” she told the Daily Observer, “on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays near my community in Duazon.”She said her dream is to gain sponsorship to get better doing track and field. “Track and field is my love,” Ms. Hanson said.With the end of Ebola virus disease in Liberia, “I’m hoping that there will some opportunities for athletes to participate in continental competitions to win medals for our country.”She said “I can a brighter future for athletes only if we can get sponsorship in Liberia or abroad.” Her mother has been in contact with officials at the Liberia National Olympic Committee, and Liberia Track & Field Federation officials are keeping their eyes on her.Ms. Hanson’s brother Sam, 21 is a footballer and her younger sister Bernice Nimely, 13, who is a basketball player and also loves to play soccer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bantam Flyers go 2-2 at Williams Lake hockey tournament

first_imgThe tournament began as negatively as a tournament can for any sports team, with a loss, as well as an injury. The Bantam Flyers unfortunately lost to Salmon Arm in their opening game. The Flyers also lost the services of team veteran Ricky Bateman, who suffered a broken arm in the first period.However, a positive taken from this game was the debut of Aiden Harris for Fort St. John. Harris suffered an off-ice injury back in August, and made his presence felt over the weekend, scoring one of the two goals the Flyers scored in the game.Saturday morning, the Flyers got their first win of the tournament as they tangled with the Prince George Cougars. Fort St. John defeated Prince George 9-4, with Bryson Eklund and Alex Hartman each netting a pair of goals for the Flyers. Hartman was named the game’s MVP and Lane Delfs earned the win in net.- Advertisement -Just a few hours later, the Flyers took part in a barn-burner with Williams Lake, pulling out a come from behind 8-7 win. After a back and forth game, the teams found themselves tied at fives, and it would be three consecutive goals by Eklund, Logan and Adam Krueger that would secure the 8-7 win for Fort St. John. Josh Robinson earned the game’s MVP honours and Seth Hanna got the well earned win in net.Early Sunday morning, the Bantam Boys found themselves in another back and forth tilt, this time though, finishing on the losing side. The Flyers lost 7-6 to the Quesnel Thunder, with the thunder scoring the game winning goal with only 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation. The loss hurt twice as much for the Flyers, as it prevented them from appearing in the tournament finals. Hartman scored a hat trick for the Flyers, and Legace picked up MVP honours with his two assists and hard working performance.The Knights of Columbus Bantam Flyers will next hit the ice on Saturday Nov. 12 and Sunday Nov. 13 at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sport Centre.Advertisementlast_img read more

Knife-toting youths rob security guard

first_imgA thirty-one-year-old security guard was pounced on by two youths on Saturday morning at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, Georgetown. He was held at knifepoint and relieved of his belongings, but one of the suspects was arrested shortly afterwards by an off-duty Police rank.Based on reports received, the incident occurred at about 10:15h. The victim explained that he was walking along the Industrial Site road when he noticed two suspects trailing him.“When I was walking in, two guys was behind me, and I observe they was moving suspicious. They was coming out [the street] and I was going in. One of them signal the guy that he was with, and they circle back,” the distraught man explained.He said the two suspects attacked him with what he described as a “long” knife that one of the suspects had, and he was relieved of his bag and two phones valued at $25,000.“They attack me, choke me, take everything that I had, and start running. One of them had a knife…a long black knife. They take my bag and my two phones,” the victim explained.The security guard said he started to scream, and an off-duty Policeman who was nearby arrested one of the suspects, who is a 17-year-old resident of Sophia, Greater Georgetown.“I start yelling, ‘Thief!’ This guy (the Police officer) charged towards the two of them.Realizing that they were being chased, the teen threw the bag and the phones on the ground as they ran away. The Constable called for backup, and ranks on a patrol subsequently arrived and took the teen into custody,” he detailed.last_img read more

IDB to Govt: Do more competitive bidding, less single sourcing

first_imgA key Inter-American Development report (IDB) has recommended that countries in the region, including Guyana, implement a number of measures aimed at improving public procurement.The report, titled ‘Better spending for better lives: How Latin America and the Caribbean can do more with less’, has identified poor procurement practices as a contributor to wasted public funds.The feasibility study for the new Demerara River bridge was a sole sourced contractAmong its recommendations for countries in the region are for governments to avoid single sourced contracts and concentrate on competitive bidding. In fact, it was advised that open tendering be the default method of procurement.“Use competitive and efficient tendering and limit the use of exceptions and single source procurement,” the report states. “Use open tendering as the default method and modern tools (such as) framework agreements, electronic catalogues and reverse auctions for standardised products.”In addition, the report advises that governments in the region publish annual procurement plans, as part of a comprehensive framework that would set out the Government’s goals and priority areas.“Publishing annual procurement plans increases accountability of contracting authorities, as they need to justify diverging from the plan,” the report points out, attributing this piece of advice to the European Commission.The report also advises that all stages of public procurement, including all Government personnel involved in the process, be brought under a centralised procurement agency. And while Guyana does have a National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the report also advises that this agency oversee and promote training of personnel.Single sourcingOver the past few years, Guyana has been plagued with instances of single sourced contracts. One instance in particular is a contract for which Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson sought permission from Cabinet to single source. That transaction is now engaging the attention of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company, LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara Rver bridge. The parliamentary Opposition had requested that the Public Procurement Commission investigate the award of the $148 million sole sourced contract.In its report on the matter, the Commission flagged Minister Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole sourced… instead of being processed through the Procurement Board, as stipulated by law.Then there is the sole sourced Sussex Street bond. Earlier this year, questions on notice from the parliamentary Opposition in the National Assembly revealed that the State has paid out over $264 million in rental fees for the Sussex Street drug bond. In the response tabled by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, it was stated that this sum was paid from July 2016 to March 2018 to Linden Holdings Incorporated.When it comes to action being taken to end the arrangement, Lawrence revealed that a Notice of Quit dated October 31, 2016, was sent by the then Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Trevor Thomas. Further, current Permanent Secretary Colette Adams had sent a reminder dated October 3, 2017.The transaction first came to light in 2016 during consideration of Financial Papers, when it was discovered that Government had in fact entered a contract to pay a VAT-excluded $12.5 million monthly rental to Linden Holdings Inc for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.It was also discovered that $25 million was already spent as a security deposit, in addition to $12.5 million, representing monthly rentals from August to December 2016. Government has since announced that the rental arrangement has ended.last_img read more

Fort St. John to host national speed skating events next February

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will once again be hosting a major speed skating competition next year.Fresh after hosting the 2017 Masters Allround Games last winter, Speed Skating Canada has announced that Fort St. John will host a pair of national-level competitions. Both the Canadian Junior Long Track Championships and the Canada Cup #3 event will be held simultaneously at the Pomeroy Sport Centre February 2nd – 4th, 2018. Fort St. John previously hosted the Canada Cup in 2014.Speed Skating Canada also unveiled its national competitions calendar for the 2017-18 season in short and long track. Fort St. John is one of two B.C. cities announced that will be hosting a national speed skating competition next season.- Advertisement -The Abbotsford Centre will be the host venue for the Canada West Short Track Championships, March 17th – 18th.last_img read more

Slight improvement in grads’ scores

first_imgAmong other LAUSD subgroups, the pass rate for Asians rose from 95 percent to 96 percent; African-Americans, 71 percent to 75 percent; Latinos, 80 percent to 83 percent; and disabled students, 27 percent to 32 percent. Students with disabilities can be exempted from the CAHSEE requirement if they meet seven criteria, including trying to take the test and doing remedial work. The results released Monday also include students in the Class of 2006 who retook the exam. About 2,000 students in the Class of 2006 failed the test despite taking summer school, and 1,800 re-enrolled in the LAUSD system, Wong said. About 22 percent of the 1,800 have passed the test so far. Superintendent David L. Brewer said he was encouraged by the results. “I am also pleased to see a trend in students re-enrolling to retake the exam again,” he said. “It shows that they understand the importance of earning a high school diploma and it represents an achievement in academics that will carry them toward the next chapter of their lives.” Last year, the LAUSD spent about $8 million and the state allocated $70 million on academic “boot camps” and test-preparation courses. And Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2007-08 budget provides $5 million for materials and $72.4 million for instruction to help students pass the exam. (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Roughly 84 percent of L.A. Unified’s seniors and 52 percent of English-learners have passed mandatory English and math tests and can graduate in June, results released Monday show. While the figures show improvements over last year’s seniors – when 82 percent and 50 percent, respectively, had passed – some 4,500 of the 29,000 students in the Class of 2007 have yet to pass the California High School Exit Exam. The results reflect tests given through February. They were also administered in March and will be released in May. About 91 percent of seniors statewide have passed the exam. About 29 percent of LAUSD high school students are English-learners, compared with 17 percent statewide. “The remediation we have to offer English-learners is much more challenging as we have to help them acquire the language, plus the challenge of passing the High School Exit Exam,” Assistant Superintendent Esther Wong said. “They are the greatest challenge, but our focus is all students because we want to make sure they will all graduate in June.” The English portion of the CAHSEE covers material and skills through 10th grade, and the math covers sixth- and seventh-grade material, as well as some algebra. Students need to correctly answer 55 percent of math questions and about 60 percent of the English questions to pass. last_img read more


first_imgShaun Kelly appearing at a previous court sitting. Pic copyright Northwest Newspix.A man who killed eight people in Ireland’s worst ever road smash will discover today if his sentence is to be increased.Buncrana man Shaun Kelly had pleaded guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of eight men on a road between Clonmany and Buncrana on July 11, 2010. Last December he was sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final two suspended by Judge John O’Hagan in December last and also disqualified from driving for ten years.However, earlier this year the Director of Public Prosecutions moved to appeal Kelly’s sentence today on grounds that it was “unduly lenient”.Some family members of the driver’s eight victims had pleaded with Judge O’Hagan not to jail Kelly, 26, of Ballymagan, Buncrana.However others refused to comment on the sentence.Family members of those killed in the crash between Clonmany and Buncrana in July 2010, were contacted by the DPP last week and told a decision has been made by the Court of Appeal and will be delivered today.It is understood that some family members of the eight people killed in the horrific crash will be in court for today’s decision.Counsel for DPP, Úna Ní Raifeartaigh SC, previously said the sentence of four years imprisonment with two suspended did not reflect the gravity of Kelly’s culpability and the harm that was actually caused.She said there was a prolonged period of “deliberate” dangerous driving and, driving the way he had on that night, it was “emanently forseeable” that there would be multiple fatalities.However, Eoin McGonigal SC, Counsel for Kelly said his client’s sentence should not be interfered with.He said Judge O’Hagan was in the best place to decide the case on its facts because it happened in his district.He added the sentencing judge took on board the points made in relation to Kelly’s culpability, his remorse, brain injury and the nature of the deaths in the community and there was nothing missing from his consideration as to what the appropriate sentence should be.Mr Justice George Birmingham, along with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice John Edwards, reserve judgment and give it as soon as possible.Mr Justice Birmingham said the court was conscious that a good deal of time had passed and people were seeking finality.Those killed in the two car crash were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; Eamon McDaid (22), Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin (21), Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciarán Sweeney (19), Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), Meenaduff, Clonmany, and Damien McLaughlin (21), Umricam, Buncrana.INISHOWEN DEATH CRASH DRIVER TO HEAR IF SENTENCED INCREASED TODAY was last modified: November 15th, 2015 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) Tags:buncranaCourt of AppealcrashDEATHSdonegalSentenceShaun Kellylast_img read more