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Wednesday February 6th “The Midday Report”

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City League roundup

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier As the month of December comes to a close, Carrick is on top of things with a league-high four wins. With powerful Allderdice and Perry right behind, the Raiders are hoping to become one of the teams that will hang around until the end of the season. EASY TWO— Bruce Grover of Perry lays in two of his 12 points in the Commodore’s 72-43 win over Brashear Dec. 20. (Courier Photo/William McBride) As for the girls, Westinghouse is currently on top of the City League standings. Allderdice and Brashear are right in the mix; in a tie for second place– with Langley close behind in the fourth spot. The defending champs Perry only have one victory on the season. They are in fifth.Here are the notable happenings from around the league.BOYS1. Carrick (4-1, 3-0)—defeated Peabody, 64-53, on 12/20… They don’t play again until Dec. 30 against Ellwood City (3-3, 1-1) in nonconference action.2. Allderdice (3-0, 2-0)—hasn’t played since a 44-43 close win over Beaver Falls at the PBC Holiday Festival at Ambridge. 3. Perry (3-1, 2-0)—Beat Brashear, 72-43, on 12/20.4. Schenley (3-2, 2-1)—Knocked off Westinghouse, 89-63 on 12/20*Honorable mention: Oliver got its first win of the season by knocking off Langley, 58-48, on 12/20. –Remaining Standings–5. Peabody (2-3, 1-2) 6. Brashear (1-5, 1-2)7. Oliver (1-5, 1-2) 8. Langley (0-5, 0-2)9. Westinghouse (0-4, 0-3)GIRLS1.Westinghouse (3-2, 3-0)—defeated Schenley, 59-18, on 12/20.  2.Allderdice (3-2, 2-0)—Picked up a nonconference loss to Woodland Hills, 56-51, on 12/21. 3.Brashear (3-2, 2-1)—Knocked off the defending champs, Perry 51-37 on 12/20.4.Langley (3-1, 1-1)—beat Oliver, 34-27, on 12/20. –Remaining standings—5. Perry (1-4, 1-1)6. Carrick (1-4, 1-2)7. Peabody (1-4, 1-2)8. Schenley (1-4, 1-2)9. Oliver (0-5, 0-3)(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at read more

Guyana is a democracy, not a theocracy

first_imgDear Editor,“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” Deuteronomy 30:19Life is about the choices we make. A citizen has a right or some may say a privilege to vote and elect their leaders in a democratic society. That process which is enshrined with constitutional protection that allows freedom of expression, association, conscience and assembly should be considered as a foundation on which one stands when he/she participates in the democratic process.Guyana’s system of Government is a democracy, it is not a theocracy. God does not elect and protect Governments, people do. Christians, in particular, must not be cajoled by enticing statements and subliminal messages using biblical undertones.Justice, righteousness and equity should be guiding principles. Guyana’s National Assembly voted on December 21, 2018, that it had no confidence in the Granger-led coalition Government. Judas, Satan or Lucifer are not members of the National Assembly, it was 33 honourable men and women, elected representatives of the people who exercised their rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana that rendered such a defeat. It was not a battle between God and Satan, it was about policies, programmes, actions and measures that were inimical to the interests of the Guyanese people. Those actions were rejected by the legitimately and constitutionally positioned representatives of the people.The deposing of that cabal who squandered every opportunity that was given to them to govern Guyana can be described as an act of righteousness. It was done to protect families of sugar workers who were vindictively and politically ostracised. The closure of these estates was done without any feasibility study or any socio-economic impact assessment and even against the recommendations contained in the Commission of Inquiry (COI) that was mandated by this very coalition Government.It was done to protect the country’s wealth from a kleptocratic Government; we must remember the collecting of the US$18 million signing bonus, not placing it in the Consolidated Fund and the constant denial of its existence by senior members of this now defeated Administration.Thirdly, it was to further protect Guyanese from the perverse measures that saw the increase in over 200 taxes in licenses, fines and fees, taking away a further G$85 billion of disposable income annually from citizens.It was about the disappointment of the people, the rice farmers who were promised $9000 per bag for their paddy, the public servants who were promised significant increases in wages and salaries, the men and women in uniform who were promised better remunerations but instead lost their annual one month tax-free bonus which was later described by this Government as a bribe the PPP/C Government gave. It was about the $10,000 per child cash grant that parents lost, the removal of the subsidies on water and electricity from our seniors, and the imposition of 14 per cent VAT on the latter, all of which was done after giving themselves a 50 per cent increase on their salaries which they lied consistently about until it was found out. While a small cabal of cronies is enjoying the “good life”, 30,000 jobs have been lost since May 2015 and many families are experiencing grave hopelessness.The speed and brazen manner in which corrupt deals were struck with “political investors” such as the Jubilee D’Urban Park, the Sussex Street Drug Bond, the sole sourcing of $605 million of pharmaceuticals for GPHC, the fuel smuggling racket, the fertilizer deal, HDMS Labs fiasco, the infamous trip to China, the undisclosed visit by the famous 5 to Houston Texas, the feasibility study of the New Demerara Harbour Bridge imbroglio, the awards of scholarships to Ministers of Government and families and friends of senior Government officials, the poorly negotiated PSA with ExxonMobil and the list goes on. This stench of corruption was so obnoxious that even staunch supporters of the coalition Government sought relief. The way forward was to purge the society of this incompetent, useless, tone-deaf Administration.A vote of no-confidence in the National Assembly should have led to elections in 90 days which would have seen a change of Government. The indecent and shameless clinging on to power by way of spurious and incredible arguments is certainly not Godly or an act of righteousness. It is desperation, an abuse of the legal process, an abuse on the Constitution, a transparent display of the undemocratic nature of these modern day Pharisees. If you talk about God, you must be Godly. It is not by your talks that you are defined, it is by your actions. The fruits of unrighteousness are already bearing after just four short years.The journey through the courts, both locally and at the CCJ, and the arguments that were proffered exposed the depth of depravity that this APNU/AFC Government is prepared to take us. Elections 2019 that is before us will give every Guyanese an opportunity to intelligently compare, analyse and then choose the team that is best for the leadership, securing the interest and protecting the patrimony of Guyana. It is my considered view that the PPP/C, even with its admission of human limitations, is still the best tried and tested team that will take Guyana into a prosperous and progressive future.We will right the wrongs, open new frontiers, restore hope and restore dignity.Yours sincerely,Bishop Juan EdghillPPP/C MPlast_img read more


first_imgThe story published on page 12 of the Daily Observer’s Thursday, September 10 edition (Vol. 16, No. 469), bearing the headline: ‘LIMU Lambasts Gov’t Over Lack of Tangible Gift attributes a number of remarks to the president of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), Martha E. Akorsah. Said remarks were taken from a LIMU press release delivered on Friday, September 4 by Mr. Henry Johnson, LIMU’s vice president for administration.When asked, Mr. Johnson informed our reporter that the remarks were made by Ms. Akorsah. However, Ms. Akorsah has since come up to refute claims that she made any such statements as published in the press release. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At long Last Dahnsaw Travels to Nigeria This Friday

first_imgAfter missing last year’s edition of Next Movies Star competition in Nigeria due to financial constraint, at long last actor E. Owusu Dahnsaw is flying this Friday to represent Liberia at the prestigious competition.A communication sent to Dahnsaw confirming his nomination said: “Dear Mr.Dahnsaw, congratulations for being the lone representative of Liberia in this year’s Next Movie Star Competition.”But the communication said further “You are to arrive in Nigeria on or before 9th November 2015 on a one-way ticket purchased by your team. The Management of the Next Movie Star Competition will cover the expense of your return ticket as and when due.”The letter also said, “Due to the 24/7 television airing of the competition, you are to come to Nigeria with some basic items that you will need throughout the duration of the show. These items include traditional attire from Liberia, traditional wrappers, aerobics shoes (canvas/sneakers) and many more.”Cautioning Dahnsaw the communication said: “Owing to the recent Ebola virus, all the above items must be brand new and it is expedient for you to have a successful stay in Nigeria during competition.”The communication noted that apart from these items, he is expected to design an Ankara fabric that will depict where he is coming from. Because of the close-knitted timing of the competition, from the airport, he will be taken strictly by agents of the organizers to his hotel and will be provided no time for shopping.“So buy all you need before boarding your flight to Nigeria. Congratulations once again, as we look forward to your arrival,” said the letter.Liberia hasn’t claimed the competition since 2008, when Queen V represented Liberia and won with flying colors. Dahnsaw said: “I believe Liberia can win this competition again with me as its representative. Going to Nigeria to represent the country of my birth is a dream come true and I must appreciate God for such an opportunity.”“I’m going to win this year’s edition. I have practiced a lot to make sure that success become compulsory. I can’t win without the direct support of all Liberians, though, especially when the voting time reaches for both SMS and online.”He added that even though he missed the previous competition due to some difficulties, he has never lost the courage to represent Liberia, and has promised to make Liberia pride.Dahnsaw came to spotlight in the movie Dugbormar and has since attracted fans from all walks of life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preparatory works commence – WSG Head

first_imgDiamond-Ogle bypass roadThe much-anticipated bypass road linking the East Bank Demerara corridor to its East Coast counterpart is well underway.Civil works have commenced, according to Head of the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Works Services Group (WSG), Geoffrey Vaughn, who has said engineers from the India-based consultancy firm RITES Limited have already started preparatory works.In an interview with Guyana Times, Vaughn explained that consultants from the company arrived in Guyana about two weeks ago, and have since been holding meetings with stakeholders and looking at the alignment before redesigning the project.“Remember, this project was initially a (Ministry of) Housing project and they would have done (the design) based on the housing sector. You’re now looking at it as a major carriageway, so it’s obvious that the consultants would have to review all of that. The design criteria will be different, so that’s what the Indian contractors would be doing, as well as re-looking at the alignment which we have done,” he noted.Vaughn said the Indian consultants and the MPI engineering team have commenced surveying works, and have done a walk-through of the area (backlands) through which the road will be cut.Vaughn noted that there is a buzz of excitement about this project since it would provide a much-needed alternative than travelling through the usually congested Georgetown.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson revealed early last week, during a local radio programme, that the bypass road would also be connected to key communities in Georgetown and along the East Bank of Demerara.“We (will) have connections, starting at South Ruimveldt and North Ruimveldt; the next one would be at Houston, the third would be at Mocha, and then all the way up to Diamond. So those five villages or wards will connect directly to (the bypass road) and the first phase will carry you all the way up to Diamond/Grove. So therefore persons can have an alternative coming in,” Patterson noted.The Public Infrastructure Minister went on to say that Government is also looking at extending the bypass road from Diamond all the way up to the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, but that would be at some time in the future. He said preparations to have a feasibility study done have already started.Back in 2016, Finance Minister Winston Jordan signed a US$50 million loan with the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India for the construction of a 20 kilometre road from Ogle, on the East Coast of Demerara, to Diamond, on the East Bank of Demerara.Since the Indian Government is funding the project, it is required that the contracts be awarded to companies from that country. As such, RITES Limited was selected to conduct the study and design the bypass road.The feasibility study is expected to last for a period of between 10 months and one year, after which works will commence on hiring a contractor for the construction phase.However, during an interview earlier this year, Minister Jordan had told Guyana Times that he does not foresee this project being fully completed before 2020.In an effort to reduce traffic congestion for commuters on the East Bank of Demerara, which leads to the country’s main port of entry – the Cheddi Jagan International Airport — the previous People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) regime had been working on constructing an ‘East Coast to East Bank’ bypass road, and had sought funding from the Indian Government in 2015.The following year, after there was change in the administration of Government, Minister Jordan had signed off on the loan.last_img read more

Farmer fined $70,000 for ganja trafficking

first_imgA 60-year-old farmer of Kairuni, Soesdyke Linden Highway, who found himself before the courts during last week, was fined by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was slapped with a charge of narcotics trafficking.Edward Bacchus admitted to the charge which stated that on December 5, 2018, at Kairuni, Soesdyke Linden Highway, he had in his possession 35 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, on December 5, ranks from the Mackenzie Police Station were on patrol in the area and acting on information received, went to the home of the farmer. Bacchus, on seeing the ranks, started running and dropped a black plastic bag which was later retrieved. He was subsequently apprehended. He later told ranks “officer I does use the weed for my personal use” as he was arrested and later charged.The unrepresented Bacchus in a plea of mitigation told the Magistrate, “Ma’am I use the weed to make medicine for cold, I would take a smoke from time to time”.The Chief Magistrate fined Bacchus $70,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving four months in jail.last_img read more

Watford transfer boost? Striker target COULD leave Juventus on loan in January

first_img1 Simone Zaza The agent of Watford target Simone Zaza has revealed his client could leave on loan in January.The striker has been struggling for action this season after joining Juventus from Sassuolo in the summer.Watford, along with other Premier League sides, have been tracking the 24-year-old and now Zaza’s agent, Christian Maifredi, has admitted that the Italian could leave the club on loan in January in search of more regular first-team football.“We haven’t had certain discussions with Juve,” Maifredi said to Fantagazzetta.“The hypothesis of a loan is possible, but Simone will decide. We’re not ruling anything out, but after the Coppa Italia we’ll meet the club. We are open to everything.”last_img read more


first_imgCaiden McLaughlin, 17 months old from Moville in the Sam Maguire Cup with his Mum Leanne McHugh, Dad Conor McLaughlin and “The Legend” Jim McGuiness.WE’RE now totally convinced there’s more than one Jim McGuinness.For there’s no way any man could have clocked all those miles with a big cup in the same week!Here’s some snaps from Moville. With thanks to Leanne Cumming for the pix.MOVILLE GOES MAD FOR SAMHE’LL CRACK A SMILE WHEN HE’S STANDING NEXT TO YOU SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN SAM WENT TO MOVILLE was last modified: September 28th, 2012 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – WHEN SAM WENT TO MOVILLElast_img read more


first_imgJack Patton.Letterkenny Golf News:JACK IS THE LAD AT BARNHILL!Having cleared their driveways of snow and ice following the frosty weather of late, the “die-hards” could not wait to get swinging again at Barnhill over the weekend. With the sunshine beckoning through the low temperatures and the greens in as good a shape as any, it was the irrepressible Hugh Tinney [18] who managed his way around the course with due diligence that awarded him with birdies at 5th & 13th, the two hardest par 3’s on the course, helping him take the turn with 19pts and return an overall winning score of level par 36pts. Following in “dead heat” with Hugh was cat 2 member Brian Cullen [12] also on 36pts but losing out due to a double bogey at 17th. JACK’S DAY!Sunday 25th confined competition will be one long remembered by one of our most exciting junior prospects, Jack Patton. At the relative young age of sixteen and playing of a 4 handicap, Jack returned a fantastic two under par gross 70! Considering the miserable conditions endured, with wind and rain blowing to all points of the compass, this was indeed a truly magnificent round of golf. With birdies at 7th, 14th, 16th & 18th wiping out unfortunate bogeys at 6th & 12th, Jack showed his potential for reaching scratch handicap very soon, and posted his intent to become Letterkenny’s leading golfer for many a year. With “nines” of 20pts and 22pts, Jack’s registered score of 42pts in such inclement conditions will be hard to surpass in 2015. Second placed Tim O’ Farrell [18] also deserves a mention due to his 38pt finish on the day, and showing his steely resolve by recording a birdie par five final hole.With the “back-to-golf” syndrome kicking in again, competitors are reminded that the Wednesday & Saturday Opens and Sunday confined competitions have returned to normal with members entry fee €7. “Mats” are still in operation until St. Patrick’s Day at the earliest.CAPTAINS’ DRIVE-IN::Club Captain Gerard Duffy, Lady Captain Margo Birmingham and club President Anne Condon are pleased to announce the annual DRIVE-IN will take place on Sunday 22nd February 2015! [weather permitting]Competition format will be a SCRAMBLE. Sign-in from 10am—tea, coffee, scones, meet & greet: Shotgun start @ 12noon:KIDS’ GOLF CLASSESStarting week of Monday, 16th February: Classes & Leagues: [with club PGA Professional Seamus Clinton] One hour-long class each week for 8 weeks: Each class includes lessons & “fun golf” games earning team points: Team competitions, open to all levels of kids/junior golfers: Trophies & Medals for winning teams:Updates on club notes and FB every week: Book asap for preferred class times: contact PGA Professional Seamus Clinton on 086 8674201. Congratulations to the Ladies Club committee, under the leadership of Lady Captain Margo Birmingham, on their most successful Quiz Night which was held on Friday last, 23rd Jan. With over twenty teams of four taking part under the stewardship of Letterkenny’s own “Brain of Barnhill”, quizmaster Hugh Mc Clafferty, and a large number of spectators enjoying the banter and the craic, the club has once again proved to have an actively growing social club.Dates for the Diary:Wednesdays, 25 Cards; Friday 30th Jan: all new Book Club night, everyone welcome.FREE MEMBERSHIP DRAW: All members are asked to forward membership subscriptions asap. Any member who has paid subs. or signed for DD before end of January 2015 will be entered into the FREE subs draw for 2016 which will be held on Saturday next, 31st Jan. Subs must be paid before St. Patrick’s Day Open.WE NEED YOUR OLD MOBILE PHONES—- to get a second defibrillator that will be housed on the course, making it more accessible should something occur during play on the front 11 holes. There is a box provided in the club foyer for all of your old unwanted mobile phones—-please donate NOW!!HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?Letterkenny Golf Club’s newly launched Online Lotto’s draw took place on Wednesday 21st and, although there was no Jackpot winner, two lotto members who smiled happily were PJ Mc Grath & Eimear Mc Clafferty, winners of the “lucky dip” prizes of €50 each. Congratulations to you both! Numbers drawn were 6,8,11,26: The Lotto draw takes place every Wednesday evening, closing time for entries is 6pm Wednesday, and entry page can be found on club website, and follow the prompts. Join from as little as €20! [€2 per week] Next week’s LOTTO JACKPOT will be €1,600. Thank you for playing and please continue to encourage your fellow members, friends & family to play our Club Lotto.GOLF NEWS: JACK’S THE LAD AT BARNHILL was last modified: January 26th, 2015 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:BarnhillgolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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