Champions Savannah held in opener

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: The 2015-16 Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League season got cracking on the weekend with six matches, including a less-than-auspicious start for defending champions Savannah Sports Club, who were held to a scoreless draw by Lucea FC at Frome Sports Complex on Sunday. This year’s staging has the 12 teams aligned in two groups of six based on how they ended the last campaign, with Savannah, Granville, Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club (MBBGC), Salt Marsh, Petersfield, and Lucea in Group One. Group Two comprises Wadadah, Sandals Whitehouse, Beaches Negril, Village United, newcomers Reggae Youths and Clarks Town, the St James and Trelawny champions, respectively. Another new development of note is that Livingston Berley has taken the hot seat as coach of the defending champions. RONIEL WHYTE ON TARGET While his team failed to shine against Lucea, Roniel Whyte was on target in the 19th and 36th minutes in leading Petersfield FC to a 2-0 victory over Montego Bay Boys and Girls’ Club. Former St James Premier League kingpins, Wadadah FC, were also in the winners’ corner as forward Javier Peak struck twice in Saturday’s 3-1 win over newly promoted Clarks Town of Trelawny. Ajai Black also found the net in that match for Wadadah, while Dwayne Brown netted the consolation for Clarks Town. Also on Saturday, Reggae Youths and Beaches Negril ended 1-1, with Oshane Russell getting a late equaliser for Reggae Youths in the 81st minute to cancel out Ashley Forrest’s 18th-minute strike. In another game on Saturday, Salt Marsh edged Granville 1-0 as Marvin Reynolds scored in the 20th minute to give them three points and a share of the early lead in Group One with Petersfield. Wadadah are early leaders in Group Two on three points. The league continues on Sunday with four matches, the pick of which should be the Granville-Petersfield FC clash, starting 3 p.m. at Granville Community Centre.last_img read more

Whitmore in wait and see

first_imgNational senior football team coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore says he does not know where his future lies with the team, as he was only selected to oversee the team through their two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup qualifiers against Guyana and Suriname. Whitmore guided the team to a 4-2 extra-time win away to Guyana before wrapping up the group with a 1-0 victory against Suriname at the National Stadium on Sunday. As a result the team secured their place in the 2017 CFU Caribbean Cup semi-final as well as the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, but despite his good work with the group of locally bred players, the two-goal 1998 World Cup hero told The Gleaner his future still hangs in the balance. However, he says he learned a lot from his last time in charge and believes he still has much to give. “I was appointed to be the coach for these two games. I don’t know what the future holds or what the plans are going forward, so I am waiting to see what the federation does after this,” he said. “But I have to thank the JFF for giving me a second chance. We all live and we learn and I still have lot to offer to the country, but for now I will just have to wait and see. I am and will always be available to serve the country,” Whitmore stated. The former midfielder thought the contingent of locally bred players applied themselves well over the two matches and he would love the opportunity to continue building this new team for the future. “Rosario Harriot and Ewan Grandison, I was very pleased with their performances as two local (based) players and this shows that if you guide local players and give them the chance they can offer a lot to the country. These are a set of players I would love to work with going forward with additional players. “We played this (Suriname) game without Je-vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence and others, so we have (overseas-based) players who can do the job and contribute, but we have to get them and get them hungry again,” said Whitmore. “We are not short of talent in this country but we need to find the players, get these players and start building so we can have successful national teams.”last_img read more

TNT also tried to arrange trade for Kia draft pick, says Narvasa

first_imgAlibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ BOCAUE — It turns out, San Miguel wasn’t alone in chasing the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Ultimately, they settled for the final deal which saw San Miguel receive the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder.The inclusion of Tubid, Narvasa said, was the clincher for the trade to progress.READ: Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade“I told them JayR will pass because he’ll be able to guard (June Mar) Fajardo. McCarthy also gets an ok because they need a point guard who can defend Chris Ross. Next, they wanted (Keith) Agovida, but I told them that can’t be because it came from them that they need veterans,” he said.“I told (Kia governor Bobby) Rosales that they need to get a shooter so I added Tubid in the deal. San Miguel will have to find someone in their rotation to replace (Marcio) Lassiter, and if San Miguel adds Tubid to the trade, I think this will pass. But if you don’t give Tubid within one hour, the deal is off and forget the deal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I was wondering why (Membrere) was the one to submit, but I just let it fly,” he said.Already sensing that a deal was in the works between Standhardinger and TNT, Narvasa was shocked when it was Kia and San Miguel agreed on a trade which was submitted to his office.READ: Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie“I was wondering why the pick will go to San Miguel,” he pondered, assuming that the talks with the KaTropa slowly fizzled out.The SMB-Kia transaction loomed over the league for the past week. During that time, Narvasa talked to parties from the Beermen and the Picanto as they tried to find a valid trade between the two teams.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ After announcing the approval of the trade on Friday, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa shared that TNT also tried to strike a deal with Kia for the coveted draft pick.“Kia has talked to several prospects, other teams, and how they arrived with San Miguel, I guess it’s between them. The proposal just came to me,” the league executive said. “But if (Magnum) Membrere came here, (Kia) must have talked with TNT also. I don’t know who the others are or were.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel trade Narvasa said that Standhardinger bared his intention to join the draft three weeks prior to the September 4 deadline for Fil-foreign aspirants with the Fil-German forward’s agent processed his papers. But to his surprise, KaTropa assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted another application for Standhardinger, duplicating the 28-year-old’s papers. View commentslast_img read more

UNMIL Bangladeshi Diffuse Unexploded Bomb in Ganta

first_imgOn  24 April the UNMIL Bangladeshi Multirole Engineer contingent safely destroyed an unexploded bomb in the vicinity of the United Methodist Hospital in Ganta in line with its peace keeping activities geared toward making Liberia safe for its citizens after the long civil crisis came to an end over 10 years ago.The unexploded bomb was posing a great threat to the civilians, especially where medical activities are focused.It was discovered buried, a result of the fighting between warring factions over the city of Ganta in 2003, which left almost the entire city destroyed.Upon the discovery of the bomb by the hospital’s gardeners, they immediately called upon the Bangladeshi who confirmed it to be a mortar shell.Lt. Col. Mohammed Anwar Uddin, Contingent Commander of the Engineering Battalion, told this reporter that so far the Bangladesh Engineer Contingent in Ganta has disposed of 12 such unexploded bombs.During the Liberian uprising in 2003, Ganta was heavily contested by warring factions loyal to former President Charles Taylor and that of the LURD forces, leaving several unexploded bombs across Ganta.Since the war, people had been coming across these bombs in their localities, although no one has ever been harmed. Whenever it is discovered, the UNMIL Bangladeshi are called to dispose of them.The UNMIL Bangladeshi Engineering Battalion is involved in a multi-role peace keeping duty which includes the rehabilitation of roads, repair of bridges and other engineering works as well as disposing of unexploded bombs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supplies needed for Venezuelan refugees – Region 1 Chairman

first_imgVenezuelan migrants who have taken up residency in the Region One (Barima-Waini) are in desperate need of food supplies.Region One Chairman Brentol Ashley told Guyana Times that assistance is needed to support those who would have escaped the harsh conditions in their country.“These persons are in need of food supplies in the varying areas and so we’re saddled with the responsibility of trying to find ways to provide food items for them,” said Ashley.The Chairman could not give a definite number of persons that are in need of support, since a survey is currently in progress to tally the persons that are scattered in the various communities. “We’re right now carrying out a survey to ascertain the numbers that we have in the various communities that are currently accommodating them so I cannot be able to say a direct number because the numbers that are being provided over the last few weeks is seemingly inaccurate.”He is certain that this will enable a better understanding of the number of individuals that should be catered for. Moreover, the types of persons will be determined.“We would like to have a better understanding of how many Warrau Venezuelans we have and it’s also putting a challenge on us to find out how many Venezuelans of other ethnicities are here within the region.”He noted that the supplies needed are any items that can be “cooked eventually”.“Well, it’s food items that can be cooked eventually whether rice, flour [and] sugar. Those are mostly what we’re looking for.” The rainy season which is gradually stepping in will be of some effect to the migrants and the camps that were constructed for their stay and as such, concerns are mounting.“We’re currently having rain now. We haven’t had reports from villages of flooding and so forth but of course it is going to be a factor that is going to affect the migrants because of the kind of makeshift camps that they have. We’re trying our best to see how they can remain dry and be looked after day after day”, the Chairman added.It was reported that an initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry to send medical personnel at key areas so that the refugees can access basic healthcare facilities. This is done on a 24-hour basis.Government had also established a multi-sectorial committee to coordinate the national response and assistance to the Venezuelans. Local public officers also underwent a one-day training workshop on the international best practices to prepare them in assisting migrants and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.last_img read more

Conductor reappears in court on rape charges

first_imgA 37-year-old Route 42 minibus conductor on Thursday reappeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and the prosecution was given time to file statements on the matter.Thandikuma Bakker was charged with two counts of rape of a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old girl.Bakker made his third appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, and was ordered to return to court on February 21, 2019.The prosecution is contending that during May 2018 at High Street, Georgetown, he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.It was further alleged that during June 2018, at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potato-Siparuni), he engaged in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.Bakker was released on $300,000 bail on the condition that he stays away from the victims.It was alleged that Bakker would take the 13-year-old girl on trips and take her shopping.However, the teen’s parents found out about the excursions and reported the matter to the Police.last_img read more

Rotary Club distributes back-to-school supplies

first_imgThe Rotary Club of Georgetown on Saturday donated school supplies to 30 children of the Sophia Literacy Programme as part of their back-to-school drive. This distribution exercise was definitely a timely one, given that the new academic year commences early September.Children striking a pose with their new school supplies with members of Rotary Club GeorgetownPresident of the Club, Peter Peroune stated that this activity was coordinated through a partnership with the Rotaract Club.“It is a pleasure on behalf of the members of the Rotary Club of Georgetown in collaboration with the Rotaract Club, which is our sister club. We’re happy that we’ve been able to provide these backpacks to the kids of the Sophia Literacy Programme,” Peroune expressed.While thanking the sponsors and volunteers, he also emphasised the importance of education for the younger generation. The Club and its counterparts are known for their many donations towards the health and education sectors through various fundraising activities.“This programme has been ongoing for the past 20 years now and it forms one of the areas of focus for Rotary International, which is basic education and literacy. Education is very important and with these kids, they are the future of our country and the future leaders.”This exercise will be extended to the National Library on Church Street later this week where backpacks will be provided to some additional children.last_img read more

‘War’ on gangs readied

first_imgFueled by a growing perception that the Antelope Valley is being overrun by criminal street gangs, two prominent community leaders have started a grass-roots organization whose controversial name appears to be all but an unofficial call to arms. “Antelope Valley War on Gangs and Crime” is headed by attorney R. Rex Parris and Lancaster Baptist Church Pastor Paul Chappell. The group will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at Chappell’s church, and the pair expects to draw more than 1,000 residents. Parris said the meeting will be attended by a “who’s-who” of civic and community leaders including Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Lancaster City Manager Bob LaSala and Palmdale City Manager Steve Williams, among others. Parris said he and Chappell developed the idea for the group over breakfast about six months ago. He said it’s become apparent to him and others that the Antelope Valley’s gang problem has reached “crisis proportions,” and that an energized citizenry might be the area’s only hope of turning the tide. “I think we’ve reached the point where we can’t rely on public officials to take care of it, because obviously they’re not,” Parris said. Parris said the meeting will be an opportunity to develop ideas that extend beyond traditional crime-fighting plans such as increasing law enforcement and Neighborhood Watch groups. He said the group will seek to draw on the Antelope Valley’s best minds for more imaginative solutions, noting that the Feb. 26 meeting will give local residents an opportunity to brainstorm in a public forum. “We’re not saying we have all the answers,” Parris said. “What we’re saying is that this problem has reached an intolerable level, and that if we don’t do something it will only get worse.” Some local residents who say they share the group’s concern about gangs are worried its name could produce unintended consequences that would only exacerbate the problem, such as provoking a violent response from gangs, and possibly even encouraging vigilantism. “I’m obviously against gangs, but I just feel like this could do more bad than good,” Lancaster resident Kathy Branning said. “If somebody’s hostile to a hostile group, that’s just going to make them more hostile.” Branning said she finds the group’s association with a Christian institution especially troublesome. “It’s like they’re trying to make this thing about revenge, and that’s not really our place, especially in the church,” she said. “It says in the Bible that we’re supposed to leave that to God.” Another Lancaster resident said the group’s name suggests that its leadership is out of touch with kids who ultimately join gangs because they feel neglected by society. “I think the fact that they’re calling it `the war on gangs’ just shows it’s something they can’t really relate to,” Lancaster resident Jimmy Freeman said. Even the group’s most ardent supporters, such as Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns, are uncomfortable with it’s name. “I wouldn’t have used that language, but I’m going to support them 100 percent,” Hearns said. “I think what they’re doing is absolutely wonderful.” Reactions from several other local residents queried varied. A Lancaster man who wished not to be identified said the Antelope Valley’s crime problem is so bad “I don’t go to sleep without a shotgun under my bed” and that it “makes me want to be a vigilante.” A Palmdale woman said she supports the group’s idealism but said personal experience has led her to doubt it will be effective in engaging the citizenry. She said most of her neighbors are fearful of gangs and mistrustful of law enforcement. The woman, who identified herself as Nancy, said a close friend’s husband was a shooting death victim in a case that remains unsolved. She believes neighbors have information that would be helpful to law enforcement in solving the case but are unwilling to come forward. “I’ll do my part and call the police if I know anything, but if nobody else does, how’s it going to work?” she said. Lancaster resident Josh Blackman said he supports the group, but doubts it will make much of a difference. He said the Antelope Valley’s problem has compelled most of his friends and relatives to leave the state. He said he plans to move to Boise, Idaho, once he sells his home. “It’s done,” Blackman said. “They’ve already lost.” Parris said he’s concerned about the Antelope Valley becoming a “dumping ground” for violent criminals and parolees as the city of Los Angeles seeks to ship its problems elsewhere amid its own gang crackdown. He said his concerns about Antelope Valley crime are shared by those in law enforcement circles, noting that some local sheriff’s deputies have printed T-shirts that say “Compton North.” Parris said there is still hope that the problem can be eradicated. He said that unlike Los Angeles, where gangs have existed for more than 100 years, the culture of acceptance does not yet exist in the Antelope Valley. He acknowledged, however, that it soon could be. “This is something that’s literally a plague that’s killing people, and we’re not going to give up until we’ve exhausted all our resources,” Parris said. “If we have to drive on dirt roads, then we will.” (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Sturridge saves Liverpool the blushes

first_imgMohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had efforts cleared off the line and Xherdan Shaqiri sliced wide a great chance as Liverpool were headed for defeat.But Sturridge’s late intervention means they move level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table ahead of a huge clash between the two at Anfield next weekend.Chelsea are just two points back in third and showed their own title credentials by continuing an unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri with an impressive defensive display complemented by Hazard’s class at the other end of the field.Both sides were back to full strength after Sarri and Klopp made eight changes for the League Cup between the pair.Salah was back for Liverpool after being crowned the third best player in the world for the past year by FIFA on Monday.But the dead eye for goal shown by the Egyptian last season to earn that accolade ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Hazard was missing as Liverpool paid for a wasteful start.Twice Salah wriggled into clear shooting positions on his favoured left foot on the edge of the box inside the first 10 minutes, but his first tame effort was easily saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga before he blazed his second high and wide.– Moment of magic –Eden Hazard scored the winning goal for Chelsea against Liverpool for the second time in four days © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASJust as in midweek when Hazard came off the bench to win the game with a stunning individual run and finish, Liverpool were undone by a moment of magic from Chelsea’s number 10.Hazard was picked out by a fine through ball from Mateo Kovacic and forced onto his weaker left foot he still managed to drill the ball low past Alisson Becker for his seventh goal of the season.Chelsea have dominated possession since Sarri took charge, but the hosts seemed happy to sit on their lead and not expose themselves to Liverpool’s rapid counter-attack after going in front.Salah should have levelled against his old club just after the half hour mark when he outmuscled Marcos Alonso and rounded Kepa, but his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Antonio Rudiger.The world’s two most expensive goalkeepers were on show and both Kepa and Alisson showed why they cost a combined £140 million with big saves on the hour mark.Firstly, the Spaniard got down quickly to his right to turn Mane’s shot behind for a corner.Moments later a quick Chelsea free-kick caught Liverpool napping and Alisson produced a brilliant block to deny Hazard his second.Salah paid for his profligacy before the break when he was replaced by Shaqiri 24 minutes from time.But that decision from Klopp looked costly when the Swiss international sliced wide from point-blank range with just Kepa to beat from Andy Robertson’s teasing cross.David Luiz then hacked clear Firmino’s header off the line as Liverpool seemed set to be held scoreless for the first time since they last visited Chelsea in May.However, Sturridge succeeded where Liverpool’s first-choice front three had failed with a spectacular dipping effort from 25 yards against his old club to again prove his worth in Klopp’s bid to end a 29-year wait to win the title.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Super sub: Daniel Sturridge rescued a point for Liverpool in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 29 – Substitute Daniel Sturridge’s sensational strike a minute from time preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Jurgen Klopp’s men salvaged a 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday.For the second time in four days Eden Hazard seemed set to haunt Liverpool as after deciding a League Cup tie between the pair on Wednesday, the Belgian fired Chelsea in front on 25 minutes.last_img read more