K100,000 for WNB rugby team

first_imgThe governor was happy for the provincial government to throw support towards the franchise team board as it makes preparation for its bid to field in a provincial team for the Digicel Cup competition.The presentation was made at the Kimbe Rugby League ground in the presence of the board members, Kimbe Rugby League Association executives, teams and the public.Muthuvel, delivering a short speech, says this is a very good initiative to have a team in a bigger competition given the province’s capacity in good sporting facilities it now has.The governor says the power of choice lies with each individual athlete, whether to choose to become a good sporting citizen or otherwise.He has encouraged players to participate fully in games for this may be a door opener to represent the country like the province’s super hero, Marcus Bai.Thanking the governor for this financial support, board member Jeffrey Osa said this demonstrates inspirational plans and programs the provincial government has to embrace people’s desires to effectively participate in sports.The K100,000 as seed capital for preparation shows the government’s commitment to bring WNB to a higher level in the sporting arena and by also building one of the best sporting facilities in the country, he said.Assurance has been given by the board to provide financial reports to the provincial government as required under the Financial Management Act.last_img read more

Ronaldo fined 3.2m euro in tax evasion case

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo will be fined 3.2 million euros and sentenced to 24 months in prison, a sentence he is unlikely to serve, after settling a tax evasion case with Spanish tax authorities, the prosecutor said on Friday.The 33-year-old is accused of evading 5.7 million euros in taxes. He has denied the allegations.Ronaldo is unlikely to go to prison as Spanish law states a sentence of under two years for a first offence can be served on probation.The football star will be required to pay the 3.2-million euro fine plus the 5.7 million euros in back taxes, one million euros in accrued interest and 250 euros-per-day for the 48 months covering the prison sentence.This amount is likely to be only part of the striker’s fines over the case, which are expected to rise to around 19 million euros in total.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay | Sustaining Windies momentum

first_img Better options In an uncharacteristic, amazingly brilliant display of tenacious fifth day batsmanship at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, the Windies cricket team turned the sword on England, who had battered and humiliated them, severely bruising their ego in the Edgbaston, Birmingham encounter. It happened after being set a victory target of 322 runs late on the previous day. Historically, it would be a mountain too steep to climb and was a challenge to the visitors by the England captain, deeply rooted (pun intended) in the belief that these boys from the Caribbean were simply not good enough. Coming from the depths of a devastating and demoralising defeat, Jason Holder’s men, on the back of old-time Barbadian batting brilliance, seemed to have had a metamorphosis. It resulted in the captain’s countrymen, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, being the bulwarks against all that England hurled at them. As is traditionally the case, the call-in shows are inundated with messages hailing this new and hopefully sustainable image of Windies Test cricket. Given the rarity of quality triumphs at Test cricket level, some are convinced that last Tuesday was a dream. This is not the Windies to which they have become accustomed. Following this breathtaking blowout of England, skipper Holder is enjoying a special moment by bringing to reality his constant optimistic thoughts in the face of being rolled over time after time. The homesters’ captain, Joe Root, is being pilloried from some quarters for what turned out to be a miscalculation. The body language of the England team, as they slid to the inevitable loss, told a big story. They will not take it lightly. The Windies can expect a response at cricket’s headquarters, Lords Cricket Ground, come Thursday of this week. Just think of a vicious snake, recoiled and backed in a corner with the only way to go but straight at you. The Windies, despite their current ‘feeling good’, may well be the victim of the England serpent’s sting. They will need to re-engage all their resources to ensure that this will not happen. The West Indies, for their part, need to keep their foot on the pedal. It is also essential that they look beyond Lords. West Indies has suffered over the years by the absence of many of its best players, who seem to find coloured-clothes cricket a better option. It is to the credit of this lot that they appear to harbour contrary thoughts. If the team is to have a fair chance of future success, it is crucial that this leaning to the red ball cricket be encouraged. Board President Dave Cameron has received an avalanche of criticism for the handling of his portfolio. He has been required to defend himself against a plethora of allegations, including an inability to successfully resolve player issues, which are, to say the least, distracting. Separate conflicts with the Bravo brothers are just two. The present euphoria with the recent team accomplishment could provide an opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He should seek to find a way to keep this unit together. There are gaps in this team, but there should be no haste to introduce new faces. In the view of this columnist, no harm will be done in allowing a few more chances to those who have not yet stepped up to the plate. The reference here is to opener Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope. Darren Bravo should be a consideration to slot himself into a middle-order batting position, but, he too, has problems to be sorted out. Based on the advances since that contentious tweet, he should have been on that flight to England. It is in Cameron’s best interest to play the lead role in making sure that the Trinidadian is a passenger next time around. Given the egos at play, it seems apparent that the impasse could be prolonged if that does not happen. With the uncontrolled joy in the Windies camp, the words of a not-that-popular gospel song from the year 1969 spring to mind. Done by Harold Smith’s Majestic Choir, it is titled, We can all walk a little bit prouder. One hopes that this walk can be sustained. – Send feedback to lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Granger’s deliberate delaying tactics

first_imgDear Editor,In the 3.5 years following the 2015 General Election, the callous Granger-led cabal has absolutely reversed the upward positive trajectory Guyana achieved under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic. The APNU/AFC coalition essentially torpedoed one of the most dynamic and progressive regional economies, through unbelievable levels of incompetence, selfish and fraudulent maladministration.Unashamed by their consistent endemic failures, their pursuit of individual aggrandisement and enrichment of the selected few in Government continues to overwhelm unchartered. They have inflicted massive burdens on the majority of citizens, while syphoning off for individual gains at the expenses of our current and future generations.The Guyanese people at home and abroad have objected and rejected the pretence of this diabolical Granger Clan, whose falsehood has been ruthlessly exposed. Now, even as the world watches, there is no longer any attempt to camouflage their true colours and unenviable tainted character. Their openly undemocratic power-grabbing behaviours now drive a constitutional crisis which threatens the earned freedoms of citizens and international de-recognition.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali and the PPP/C team, have rolled out a necessary, timely and master-strategic intervention in the interest of all Guyanese. The justified debated and carried No-Confidence motion certainly caught the haughty leaders of the fallen coalition Government with their pants down engaging in shameless, fraudulent and dirty games. They are now playing for time while showing flagrant disregard for the Constitution, as they attempt to buy citizens’ loyalty.The daily portions of reversals on pronouncements by key members in the highest echelons of this Granger-led regime emphasises their characteristic untrustworthiness. As the promised “Good Life” remains evasive for the majority of citizens, there has been a 99 per cent constitutionally opposite position on every major public commitment of the clan. Evidence of these gully positions include:1. The public acceptance of the ruling of Speaker Dr Barton Scotland on the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) by both Mr Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and the subsequent actions to reverse the position.2. The indication that the Government will be accepting the rule of the Court; a hearing of the challenge brought by them on the NCM, and the subsequent appeal after the ruling.3. The failure of Mr Granger to give due diligence to the necessary constitutional actions following the legitimate process being followed.The APNU/AFC has been clutching at straws after 3 years of exercising vendetta, wrath and political persecution of citizens and persons opposed to their whimsical charade and fantasy world. The Opposition has justifiably taken decisive actions in an effort to salvage the sinking ship and secure the future of our nation which has been effectively deflowered by the team of schemers in the fallen Government.It is imperative that David Granger announce the date for National and Regional Elections now, targeting the intent of the Constitution. Contemplation of leaving a legacy of a true leader must inform a sober thinking rationalisation of the negative impacts that the current approach of his cabal will have on the future of the nation. These actions must be taken, given that the Speaker of the National Assembly announced that the NCM was passed, as well as the fact that Chief Justice Roxanne George ruled that the Cabinet automatically resign on the passing of the No-confidence Motion.Mr Granger is acutely aware that it is not business as usual since the eminent Chief Justice neither granted a stay of execution nor a conservatory order which would have preserved the status quo ante. Most worrying is the fact that agents of this APNU/AFC coalition, are behaving like ‘bullies’ as they attempt to stymie the democratic process. True to an invoked cultured behaviour, they are using all the delaying tactics to stay in power illegally.Mr Granger’s silence so far on an election date, fuels a passive and worrisome Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) susceptibility of manipulation on this critical issue. The announcement of an earliest practical date for elections in the context of the Constitution will surely force GECOM to begin urgent preparations for the elections. The Chief Election Officer needs to stop playing games and prepare a thorough work program which would ensure elections in the shortest possible time.These delaying tactics seem to be deliberate in creating a platform for ensuring that the necessary procurement procedures can be manipulated so as to enhance opportunities for seriously questionable financial transactions. Expediency must not be allowed to replace principles when there is sufficient time.There are serious allegations about corruption at GECOM and the Auditor General must take note since free and fair elections are our priority.David Granger must respect the Constitution and stop talking about business as usual. Presently, there is no Cabinet and spending by the Government is limited by law. All the public servants who are authorising and spending must not allow this callous and ‘power-hungry’ Government to mislead them.Already, it was brought to the attention of this column that the scores of buses that were used to fetch people to the PNC/R public meeting at Vreed-en-Hoop, were allowed to cross the Demerara Harbor Bridge without paying the necessary fees.This is a serious indictment and questions regarding the approval for the tolls to be exempted for all those vehicles will have to be answered. It is clear that Ministries also paid the private buses and again this is a matter of serious concern in regard to the abusive and fraudulent use of taxpayers’ monies.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

West Dem man faces jury on rape charge

first_imgA 12-member jury was on Monday empanelled to hear the case against Royden Rankin, who is standing trial at the Demerara High Court accused of ‘sexual activity with a child abusing a position of trust’. The victim was said to have been 15 years old at the time of the incident.The trial, which commenced moments after the jury’s empanelment on Monday morning, is being heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow. Three witnesses took to the stand and testified.In April 2013, Rankin was charged for the offence and has spent several years incarcerated awaiting trial. The State Prosecutors are Shawnette Austin and Siand Dhurjon. The trial continues at the High Court today.last_img

Evacuations to be completed by weekend – Harmon

first_img…as affected Guyanese begin returning homeThe first batch of evacuated Guyanese from the hurricane-hit British Virgin Islands (BVI) returned home on Monday aboard a Trans Guyana Airways flight and were welcomed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, Civil Defence Commission head Chabilall Ramsarup and representatives of Trans Guyana Airways.As the Trans Guyana Airways flight landed at the Eugene F Correia International Airport on Monday and brought with it three adults and seven children, tears of joy began to flow coupled with sighs of relief from relatives.State Minister Joseph Harmon and Citizenship Minister Winston Felix welcoming those who have been evacuatedThose evacuated from the hurricane-ravaged island are Randy Ragnauth, Avril De Santos, Nanshalee Foxe, Brianna Foxe, Nia Ashanti Gill, Rhondalisa Flatts-Gill, Jared Newman, Janice Callwood, Coran Penn and Cameron Foxe.Minister Harmon was there to welcome them home and noted that it was the second flight that brought Guyanese home. He said in the coming days, there will be more flights facilitated by Trans Guyana Airways and Jags Aviation to bring Guyanese home. He said Government is working to have the flights returning Guyanese home completed by this weekend.Additionally, Harmon indicated that returning citizens who do not have any relatives or place to stay would be given accommodation at the Hugo Chávez Centre in West Berbice.“Once the news got around that we are bringing people home the number of persons in St Martin moved from 43 to 116. We understand that will happen and people now have a clear understanding that the Government of Guyana is working with the Private Sector and we are going to do everything in our power to ensure that our citizens are cared for,” Harmon told reporters. Meanwhile, Minister Felix explained that the Ministry is focused on assisting citizens who lost their personal documents while adding that they are also focused on getting the right documents for children who need to attend school. “We will be assessing the documentation needs for those who lost their passports and birth certificates and generally for information purposes to have an idea of all who return. There are children whose schooling must be addressed and that information would be collected tonight and tomorrow. We will continue interviewing them and do all that are necessary,” Felix said.During the hurricane, Guyanese businessman Derek Ragnauth lost his life. His son, Randy, was one of the evacuees and told reporters that he experienced storms before but the hurricane was beyond his imagination.He said during the storm, he was at this sister’s home and that although the house was protected, the force of the winds destroyed the building. He added that his father had stayed behind at his business and the following morning they learnt of his death.Several of the relatives of the evacuees said that they are thankful for the assistance rendered and are now putting into place systems to make them more comfortable.Another group of persons arrived in Guyana on Tuesday evening.last_img read more

Sporting world mourns death of ‘true legend’ Niki Lauda

first_img0Shares0000Former Formula One Champion Niki Lauda who has died at the age of 70 © AFP/File / ANDREJ ISAKOVICVienna, Austria, May 21 – Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, his family said on Tuesday, triggering an outpouring of praise for a man whose track victories and comeback from a horrific crash enthralled race fans worldwide. Lauda died at the University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland on Monday night surrounded by his closest family members, a spokesperson told AFP. His death comes eight months after he underwent a lung transplant. An Austrian news report said Lauda — who also had kidney transplants — was hospitalised for a dialysis earlier this month in Switzerland.Walter Klepetko, who performed the lung transplant at Vienna’s general hospital last year, said there was no specific cause of death.“It was a long process, and the patient reached his end. Niki Lauda fought. He was a great man. But it has been clear for some time that we cannot bring him back to the ‘race track’,” he was quoted by the Austrian news agency APA as saying.The family said in a statement that Lauda died peacefully, highlighting his “unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur… his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage.“A role model and a benchmark for all of us, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather away from the public, and he will be missed.”– ‘Forever in our hearts’ –Lauda won the Formula One drivers’ world championship three times, in 1975 and 1977 for Ferrari and in 1984 with McLaren, despite a terrible race crash in 1976.“Everyone at Ferrari is deeply saddened at the news of the death of our dear friend Niki Lauda,” Ferrari said on its Twitter account as social media exploded with the news of his death.Lauda was born as Andreas Nikolaus on February 22, 1949, in Vienna into an upper middle-class family, who did not share his passion for car © AFP/File“Niki will forever be in our hearts and enshrined in our history. #RIPNiki,” his former team McLaren tweeted on their account.Lauda had been non-executive chairman at Mercedes F1 since 2012 and he was instrumental in bringing in British driver Lewis Hamilton to spark a run of success that has brought five consecutive world drivers’ and constructors’ championships.Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Lauda was “irreplaceable” and that the team had lost “a guiding light”.“Forever carried in our hearts, forever immortalised in our history. The motorsport community today mourns the devastating loss of a true legend,” Formula 1 said on Twitter.– ‘Very, very special man’ –Lauda was born as Andreas Nikolaus on February 22, 1949, in Vienna into an upper middle-class family, who did not share his passion for cars.In 1968, without telling his parents, Lauda won his first race with a Mini Racer he had bought with his grandmother’s help.During his driving career, Lauda suffered horrific injuries on August 1, 1976 when, having already won five races that season, his vehicle burst into flames on the Nuerburgring in Germany.He had severe burns to his face and hands, and inhaled toxic fumes which damaged his lungs.Despite being given the last rites in hospital he made an almost miraculous recovery to race again just six weeks later still bandaged and in intense pain.World champion Niki Lauda (C) celebrated his victory in the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort in 1985 with McLaren teammate Alain Prost (L), second, and Ayrton Senna, third © AFP/File / Dominique FAGETHe missed only two races that season but was unable to hold off the challenge of Britain’s James Hunt, who went on to claim his only world title.The rivalry between the two men — which demonstrated the Austrian’s extraordinary courage and fighting spirit — was portrayed in the 2013 film “Rush” by American director Ron Howard.The next season, in 1977, Lauda went on to win his second Formula One world championship with Ferrari.Lauda quit Formula One at the end of 1979 to pursue his second passion, civil aviation.But he came back to the race circuit in 1982, this time with McLaren, and won his last world championship with them in 1984.Former motorcycling world champion Casey Stoner said on Twitter: “RIP Niki Lauda, a true Icon and Motorsport legend.”Former F1 driver Johnny Herbert, describing Lauda as “courageous, chatty, and extremely funny”, added on Twitter: “I am going to miss you being around the @F1 paddock but the legend of Niki Lauda will live on, because you were a very very special man.”– One of Austria’s greatest –Niki Lauda timeline © AFP / Janis LATVELSAustrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country had lost “one of its greatest personalities… a role model for courage, discipline and directness.”Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said Lauda “was, is and will always be an inspiration for all of us”.Off the racetrack, Lauda — recognised by his trademark red cap hiding scars from his 1976 accident — founded and then sold several airlines with his latest, Laudamotion, going to Ryanair in 2018.He could also be seen occasionally flying commercial jets himself.Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said Lauda “will remain in our heart and our memory as a visionary leader, a legend of Formula 1 and an aviation pioneer.”Tragedy hit in 1991 when a Boeing 767 of his Lauda Air fleet crashed in Thailand on its way from Bangkok to Vienna, killing all 223 people aboard.In 2008, Lauda married Birgit Wetzinger, a former flight attendant, who had donated a kidney after one of his transplants failed.Besides their twins, a boy and a girl born in 2009, Lauda also had three other sons from previous relationships.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Pat Pimm arraignment hearing pushed back once more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Pat Pimm was not present in court this morning and once more, his arraignment hearing was pushed back.Pimm is facing 1 charge of assault in relation to an alleged incident that occurred in Dawson Creek on August 13th. Pimm was scheduled to be arraigned on October 4th, but that date ended up being pushed back 2 other times as his lawyer waited to receive and review files that involve his client.The new arraignment date is November 22, 2016 at 9:00 am.- Advertisement –last_img

Crystal Palace land versatile Liverpool defender in £1.5m deal

first_imgCrystal Palace have signed Liverpool defender Martin Kelly for a fee understood to be in the region of £1.5million.The 24-year-old made his Reds debut in 2009, but injuries have restricted his appearances and the arrival of Alberto Moreno at Anfield has pushed him out the door.Kelly, who has one England cap to his name, has joined Palace on a three-year deal and is Tony Pulis’ fourth signing following the acquisitions of Chris Kettings, Fraizer Campbell and Brede Hangeland.The south London club confirmed the move on their official website, writing: “Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm the signing of versatile defender Martin Kelly from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.“The once capped England international, 24, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Selhurst Park after passing a medical last night.“He will wear the number 34 shirt for the Eagles and could make his debut for the club on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season at Arsenal this weekend.”Kelly, a lifelong Liverpool fan, took to Twitter to thank his former club and claimed he could not wait to get started at Selhurst Park.“I would like to thank all the managers at LFC for making my wish from the age of 7 come true – playing for 1 of the biggest clubs in the world,” he tweeted.“Most of all would like to thank the fans for supporting me since my home debut against Lyon in Oct 2009 even through injuries always by my side.“Now to start a new chapter of my football career at Crystal Palace a great club with unbelievable fans – excited already for the weekend.” 1 New Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly last_img read more

Insider Trading: Spurs enter race for West Ham star, plus latest on Man United’s Strootman pursuit

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He gives us the latest information surrounding Winston Reid’s future at West Ham, with Tottenham the latest club to be linked with the New Zealander.There’s an update on Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, who Brendan Rodgers claims will NOT be moving in the Januray transfer window.Meanwhile, Haughton tells Paul and Andy about Manchester United’s move for Roma star Kevin Strootman, which the talkSPORT reporter believes may take place during the summer.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:Blow for Chelsea and Man City! Barcelona president rubbishes Messi exit rumoursLigue 1 transfer update! Latest on Rabiot to Spurs, Marquinhos to Man United and Lavezzi to LiverpoolReports – La Liga side close in on Manchester City midfielderReports – Roma set to hijack Parma’s move for Tottenham strikerPortsmouth swoop for West Ham strikerWarri Wolves confirm West Ham bid for Nigeria starCeltic chief confirms talks over deal for Dundee United aceWest Ham and Sunderland target snubs interest to complete loan moveBojan warns Barcelona over Messi as Chelsea and Man City on standbylast_img read more