Barbados beat Jamaica in thriller

first_imgSPANISH TOWN, Jamaica: Defending champions Barbados got their defence off to a winning start at the 2015 CAZOVA Under-19 Boys’ Volleyball Championships with a hard fought 3-1 victory over host country Jamaica at the G.C. Foster College in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Thursday. Barbados won 25-22, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22 in a close game against hosts Jamaica. Offensive hitter Brandon Callender with 15 spikes was among the standouts for the defending champions, who were marginally more consistent than the home team, winning 92 points overall to Jamaica’s 89. For Jamaica, middle blocker Javarie James and Jovan Thomas each with eight spikes and Shavar James helped keep Jamaica close, but were unable to get their team over the hump. In the day’s opening encounter, Trinidad and Tobago withstood a stern challenge from newcomers Haiti to prevail 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-19. Tyrique Nicolas racked up 15 spikes from 30 attempts, while Rashaun White chipped in with eight as the Trinidadians won a see-saw battle against the Haitians. “We took a little too long to adjust to Haiti’s style and the size of the court,” said winning coach Gideon Dickson, who explained that his team prepared in a much smaller venue to the expansive auditorium, which took some getting used to. Dickson added: “It was good to get the win. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we are thankful nonetheless.” He also lauded a number of his players. “Our captain Rashaun had an outstanding game. Our opposite player Tyrique Nicolas had a good game, but he could have done a little more. The setter, who is really the engine of the team, made too many unforced errors in the first part of the game. He was setting good balls at times, but some of the balls were too tight. So it didn’t give our attackers an opportunity to really go at them.” He believes the team will improve as the tournament progresses. Haitian coach Adolphe Rudolph said the team had problems receiving and attacking, declaring that he had already identified the problems and will make the necessary adjustments for the next game. He said he will also try to motivate the team by reminding the players that they are doing this for their country.last_img read more

APNU/AFC Government must resign now

first_imgDear Editor,As Guyana heralds 2019, the cries of citizens through the passage of the Opposition Leader’s No-Confidence Motion and the ‘Charrandas Persaud effect’ in the National Assembly, has finally gotten the attention of the haughty ‘bring it on’ Ministers in this failed and fallen President Granger-led coalition Government.The reverberating effects of the carried motion, has, and is now further woefully exposing the high level of unpreparedness and lack of intent of the APNU/AFC regime to operate in a manner that would truly improve the lives of our citizens. Evidence to the foregoing is the coalition Government’s subversion attempts since 2016 of Councils in Local Authority Areas (LAAs) won by the PPP/C which has been widely publicised through various media.Importantly, the Communities Ministry notified, based on the results of the November 12, 2018 elections that the life of new Councils would become effective January 01, 2019. Accordingly, the overseers of Neighboring Democratic Councils (NDCs) the Ministry’s Administrative Officer is expected to facilitate and ensure the proper arrangements including handover and takeover of all resources and responsibilities. This would give the authority to Councillors filling seats on the Councils and allow a smooth and effective roll off. Unfortunately, this did not happen in many instances.Information received from the elected representatives in many of the PPP/C won LAA’s, indicates that the start-off was characteristically unimaginative. On Wednesday January 02, 2019, the chaotic and very disrespectful disposition certainly continued as a bad omen, as sworn Councillors who were asked to report to the NDC Offices for a meeting at 8am, were told on arrival that the overseers are not ready and they should return at 3.30 pm.The situation obviously agitated scars and wounds inflicted by the callous attitude of the Communities Ministry representatives, over the past Local Government term. It leads one to contemplate whether the recent related ‘no more good guy threats’ signaled by a prominent Minister in the highest echelons of the coalition, is being advanced from the very first day.The proper establishment of the new Councils must not be frustrated nor stymied, as the required and improved service to the residents is most critical. Obviously, the Councillors should hold their first meeting as early as possible since they have to align responsibilities to the members of Finance, Works and other Committees; identify their signatories to their Bank Accounts, and also fix their date, and time for statutory meetings. In other words, they must hit the road running without these internally imposed obstacles.The elected Councillors must approach their work with passion, to exercise achieving the essentials of the clearer vision regarding what needs to be done in their respective communities. The Chairpersons must be able to get the unflinching support of the elected Councillors and have regular discussions with the residents of the communities. There must be full accountability and development works must be carried out in an acceptable manner so that the entire Local Authority Area benefits.It is imperative that the leadership of the Councils in the LAAs level be vigilant, inclusive and effective. Today, the challenges facing our people are getting more unbearable. Cost of living is going sky-high and there is no work for thousands of our people, particularly our youths. Significantly, increased crime is now the order of the day and the Government is doing very little to address the causes and arrest the trend. The NDCs must also support the development and maintenance of playgrounds, while advancing effective cooperation programs that would help to engage our youths constructively.It is quite significant but not without notice, that the fallen APNU/AFC coalition Government is now grasping at straws. The now undemocratic efforts, new sinister and delaying guise of this fraudulent regime, is about holding on to power at any cost. The extreme self-enriching maladministration and unsympathetic disposition, which characterises this Government, has brought them to a self-instituted crossroad that comes full circle with their 2015 No-Confidence Motion.The difference, however, is that while in Opposition, the APNU/AFC took actions to derail the PPP/C Government, and they did so in such a wicked vindictive manner, that their Administration and Ministers had no idea how to recover when in Government. It is constitutionally instructive for the resignation of President Granger and his Cabinet, and for the holding of National and Regional Elections within 90 day from December 21, 2018.There is no denial that Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland has taken a stand in upholding his Constitutional mandate as the world watched. He must be applauded by all and sundry. This column also agrees with the decision of the Opposition not to attend the Parliamentary Session of January 03, 2019, which was in clear violation of the Constitution, in the absence of the required resignations.Given its failure as a Government, the coalition’s signal of going to Courts creates a looming crisis through it now public intent to abuse the judicial system. Such decision in an evaluation whether 33 votes is more than 32, will quickly evolve into a crisis that parallels the Venezuelan threat. It is volatile, flammable, lacks basis, and serves to erode the foundations of cohesion required for future national development. It also establishes the reasons why the orchestrators of this incompetent regime should not be trusted. The APNU/AFC cabal must do the right thing by resigning in keeping with the Constitution and face our citizens.It is significant that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has indicated its readiness to proceed with the required General and Regional Elections. Importantly, GECOM can proceed with the List of Electors used at the November 12, 2018 Local Government Elections, since it is Valid until the end of April 2019.Guyanese at home and in the diaspora are watching, while the International Community is witnessing the exercise of a flagrant violation of our Constitution and our people have definitively made it clear regarding the lost trust in this farcical and now illegal regime. This column therefore affirms the call for the immediate resignation of on the APNU/AFC Government.Notably, the PNCR cabal of the APNU/AFC regime through an Aubrey Norton-led press conference, has made it clear that they are willing to face the people of Guyana at any time in General Election. To the PNCR we say why the delay? Bring it on!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Hiding Ebola

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Fire Destroys 14-Bedroom House in Redlight

first_imgA midday fire disaster, which struck the Bassa Town Block ‘A’ Community, Redlight, Paynesville, yesterday destroyed a 14-bedroom house. The incident has made several occupants homeless and scattered or totally destroyed personal belongings.No human casualty was reported, but the fire burnt almost everything, including money kept by occupants.The cause of yesterday’s fire up to press time has not been established.Thanks to the quick intervention of fire fighters from the Liberian National Fire Service (LNFS), who arrived on the scene quick enough to quench the fire before it began to spread to other makeshift structures nearby.Alongside the firefighters was a handful of Police officers (LNP), who, too, were with their counterparts from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). They were seen taking notes.“Even though the firefighters arrived very late when the house was already burnt to ashes, they poured enough water that quenched the remaining blaze,” a victim of yesterday’s disaster, Massa Kromah, said as she searched through the charred rubble  for whatever was left of her belongings.Most of the victims are Guineans, who because of their trading activities, were out selling at various market sites in the Paynesville, Redlight Community when the incident occurred.Manyamu Kamara, a mother of four, remembered the exact amount of US$1,000 and L$8,000 that the fire had consumed in her dwelling when she was out selling her market.“I prepare morning ‘kalama’ (a local breakfast produced by most Mandingo women) (to sell) all around the communities, because this is how I earned the money that was burned including my other things,” lamented Ms. Kamara.She had just returned from selling when she saw the house on fire.Two of the house owner’s, brothers John and Alphanso Sarffo, told the Daily Observer that they individually received calls informing them that the house of their brother (not named) was on fire.“We came rushing here to see for ourselves what has happened. For now, we cannot say how much damage the fire has cost, because most of the renters are people who are not accustomed to banking, but rather kept their money in the house,” they said in two separate interviews with this newspaper.Although this paper gathered that the fire was caused by pieces of unquenched charcoal in a coal pot left unattended by a renter who had cooked in the hallway, the police and firefighters are yet to confirm the information as their investigation was ongoing.Several of the renters, mainly the women had video and TV sets in their rooms, but they lost everything in the fire.Meanwhile, the victims have appealed to the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and the government or any of the humanitarian organizations operating in the country to come to their aide in the shortest possible time to restore their ‘lost hope.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Buckeyes clinch title

first_imgThe Buckeyes likely will climb to the top spot in The Associated Press rankings for the first time since Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and a sub named Bob Knight were ranked No. 1 throughout the 1962 season. “I hope it motivates us,” coach Thad Matta said. “I hope it continues to pour gas on our fire.” Alando Tucker, Wisconsin’s candidate for conference player of the year, had given the Badgers the lead with just under a minute left when he scored inside off Jason Chappell’s pass. Chappell then blocked a shot by Ron Lewis before Wisconsin’s Kammron Taylor was sent to the line in the bonus situation with 20.3 seconds left. Taylor’s first attempt spun off the rim. After a timeout, the Buckeyes (26-3, 14-1) passed around the perimeter before Conley, a freshman who has spent his career in the shadow of 7-foot high school and college teammate Oden, went through the lane and tossed up a soft shot that balanced on the rim before falling. The Badgers (26-4, 12-3), who lost both games this week after becoming No. 1 for the first time ever, inbounded to Taylor who drove the length of the floor and tried an off-balance 15-footer at the buzzer. Oden got a piece of it before Lewis, a senior playing his final home game, swatted it away. At Maryland 89, No. 5 North Carolina 87 D.J. Strawberry scored a career-high 27 points, and the Terrapins rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to extend their winning streak to five games. At No. 7 Memphis 77, Houston 64 Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 19 points to lead the Tigers and stretch the nation’s longest winning streak to 17. Joey Dorsey added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Memphis (25-3, 14-0 Conference USA). At No. 17 Vanderbilt 67, Kentucky 65 Derrick Byars grabbed a rebound off his own missed foul shot and scored to give the Commodores their first lead with 25.5 seconds left, and Vanderbilt held on for the win. Byars finished with 26 points, and Shan Foster added 21 for the Commodores (19-9, 9-5 Southeastern Conference). No. 18 Duke 67, at St. John’s 50 Greg Paulus scored 19 points, DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and seven rebounds and the Blue Devils won their fourth game in a row. No. 20 Louisville 76, at Connecticut 69 Terrence Williams scored 17 points, freshman Derrick Caracter came off the bench to score 16 and the Cardinals won their fifth consecutive game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBUS, Ohio – Mike Conley Jr. stepped out of Greg Oden’s lengthy shadow at just the right time. Conley drove the lane and made a runner with four seconds left to give No. 2 Ohio State a 49-48 win over top-ranked Wisconsin on Sunday and clinch the Buckeyes’ second Big Ten title in a row. center_img The game marked the first time Big Ten teams have met in a 1 vs. 2 game. “I had a feeling I was going to get the ball,” said Conley, son of the 1992 Olympic triple-jump gold medalist. “I just went to the hole and it worked out for us.” last_img read more

Never let me go: Solskjaer wants to stay as United boss

first_imgIn United’s history, only the legendary and iconic Busby has matched that achievement and Solskjaer celebrated enthusiastically with his club’s travelling supporters after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured the win.“I don’t want to (leave),” said Solskjaer when asked about his future beyond this season.“It is such a great bunch of players, a fantastic atmosphere. But it is the next game, the next game and I am doing my job for as long as I am here.”United will now move on to much tougher challenges, starting with the Premier League visit to Tottenham a week on Sunday.But, given the manner of Wednesday’s victory, Solskjaer has the look of a manager at the top of his game after his decision to throw on Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, two of the biggest under-achievers under former manager Jose Mourinho, after 63 minutes.Instantly, Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka fumbled a 25-yard Rashford free-kick and Lukaku, with his first touch of the game, tapped the rebound home from five yards.The game hung in the balance until the 79th minute when Newcastle, pushing upfield for an equaliser, were caught on the counter-attack.Lukaku found Sanchez whose astute pass reached Rashford in space and the England forward showed great poise to curl the ball past Dubravka.“It was a tough test,” said Solskjaer of Rashford’s performance.– ‘He will be top number 9’ –“He gets kicked, and he gets tackled, he goes for headers, he wins, he challenges, he runs“He is going to be a top, top number nine, definitely but then we’ve got Rom (Lukaku), so sometimes he’ll play on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes through the middle. He’ll get enough games.“But I felt it was time to put Rom and Alexis on and, of course, it was a great shot by Marcus and Romelu does his job as a striker to be following in on the rebound. If you do that you’ll get five or six goals every season for free, really.”United’s victory could have been even more emphatic after Paul Pogba raced clear in injury-time and rounded the keeper only to roll the ball into the side-netting.But that hardly mattered on an evening when Solskjaer pulled to within one victory of the record five that Busby won in his first season in charge of the club in 1946-47.“That will be in the books but it’s nothing I’m thinking of,” said Solskjaer of his record-equalling fourth win.“I’m just thinking about the next game, because if you win four you can win another four with this club, that’s the challenge, that’s the standard we’re used to.”“The ‘gaffer’ (Alex Ferguson) used to challenge us on them and when we’ve won four you can go onto the next four and think about them.”The only slight concern for Solskjaer was an injury suffered by Pogba who was caught by an appalling late foul by Newcastle substitute Jonjo Shelvey which went unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.There were also some anxious first half moments for Solskjaer thanks to some moments of poor defending although United eventually emerged with just their third clean sheet of the season and the first under their interim boss.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Never let me go: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates victory at Newcastle on Wednesday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Matt Busby in the Manchester United record books in his team’s 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday and admitted he does not want to leave the club in the summer.The United interim manager, in charge until the end of the season when he is scheduled to return to his Norwegian club Molde, has now won his first four games in charge.last_img read more

Little out as Dodgers manager

first_imgThe Dodgers have scheduled a conference call for 4 p.m., at which time they are expected to announce the resignation of manager Grady Little after two seasons at the helm. Little guided the club to an 88-74 mark and the National League wild card in 2006, after which the Dodgers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Mets, but the Dodgers fell off to 82-80 this season and finished fourth in the National League West. Both owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti said on the final day of the regular season that Little would return in 2008. It isn’t clear what happened in the interim to change their minds. The Dodgers are believed to have actually offered Little’s job last week to former Florida manager Joe Girardi and at one point even believed Girardi was on the verge of accepting the position. But Girardi was formally introduced earlier today as the new manager of the New York Yankees, replacing Joe Torre, who turned down a one-year, $5 million offer earlier this month to remain with the club. Torre now becomes the leading candidate to replace Little with the Dodgers. Numerous media reports over the past 24 hours have indicated the Dodgers might already have a deal in place with Torre, but that has yet to be confirmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says he is extremely concerned by a wave of new family home repossession cases lodged in the courts in Letterkenny in the first half of the year. Figures released to Fianna Fáil show there were 35 repossession orders granted in Donegal in the first months of the year, 30 of which relate specifically to the primary home.However court proceedings have been initiated in a further 132 cases over the same period, 110 of these are tied to the family home. Deputy McConalogue said “These figures are quite alarming. Dozens of families are being dragged through the courts by the banks while many have already lost their home. This is only adding to the housing crisis facing Donegal and many other parts of the country. The repossessions we’re witnessing here and in other regions are undermining the social fabric of our communities.“Repossession should be the last possible resort a financial institution turns to. But this government’s strategy has been to leave the banks in the driving seat and stack the deck against families who have fallen into arrears but want a sustainable way to keep their home and enter into process to resolve their situation.“Just one case in the 132 Civil Bills lodged in Letterkenny in the first six months of the year relates to a buy-to-let mortgage. The overwhelming majority are primary residents, which means dozens more families could soon be added to the social housing list in Donegal.“A record 2,472 households are now on the social housing waiting list in Donegal. This is an astounding 48% increase since 2013 and the list is growing by the day. It is a clear indication of the drastic state of the housing need in Donegal. The total number of people on the list, including families with dependents, is at least 4,300. This is a historical high and represents a serious crisis.” He added that the Department of Environment persists in drastically underestimating the Social Housing Needs assessment in Donegal, and as a result, its allocations for new housing construction are very wide off the mark and completely inadequate.“The combination of rising repossession cases and the stagnation of the social housing problem has created a significant crisis in Donegal, and one in which the Government has allowed spiral out of control with its policy of inaction.“Not only has Fianna Fáil put forward a fully costed housing policy, “Supporting Home Ownership – A National Housing Roadmap”, the party has been extremely proactive in area of mortgage distress. Until such time as these issues are seriously addressed, dozens more families in Donegal will continue to struggle to secure a home, while those in mortgage arrears live in fear of losing theirs”.ALARM AT NEW WAVE OF HOME REPOSSESSIONS IN DONEGAL COURTS was last modified: August 20th, 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:courtsdonegalRepossessionslast_img read more


first_imgCeltic took all three points in their first Scottish Premier League game of the new season solid by beating Hibernian 2-0 at a Easter Road.Anthony Stokes capitalised on an error by Hibs goalkeeper Graham Stack to fire Celtic in front after 14 minutes. Ki Sung-Yueng’s low left-foot strike doubled the visitors’ advantage after the break.Stack atoned for his earlier mistake when he saved Gary Hooper’s penalty but Hibs were rarely in the match.Watch video highlights by clicking play.DDTV: CELTIC BEAT HIBS IN FIRST GAME OF SPL was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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:2-0CelticDDTVhibernianlast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI have launched a county-wide blitz on drink drivers – targeting motorists driving the morning after a night out.A number of checkpoints were operated close to pubs today as officers implement new stricter drink drive laws.New lower drink-driving limits came into force on Friday, reducing the maximum blood-alcohol level to 20mg per 100ml of blood in some cases. The changes, which bring Irish law into line with European levels, will see the current limit of 80mg drop to 50mg for most drivers.Under the regime, professional drivers, learner drivers and those who are newly qualified will be subject to the lower 20mg limit, as will other categories such as those driving tractors or cars with trailers.One reader was stopped this morning outside a pub in the north of the county.He told us: “I had left my car overnight, but thankfully I only had two pints so I was under the limit when I was stopped this morning.” Publicans have reacted with scorn to new drink and driving legislation, saying they will close half of all rural pubs.HOW IT WORKS:THE REDUCTION in the alcohol limit can be implemented following the enactment of the Road Traffic No 2 Act 2011. Fixed-charge penalties under the system will apply as follows:* For a blood-alcohol level of 50mg-80mg, the driver will be arrested, brought to a Garda station and required to provide breath or blood or urine specimens.* In all cases where the level is between 50mg and 80mg and the driver is not a “specified” person (eg, a learner or a professional driver) and has not had a fixed penalty for drink-driving in the previous three years, a fine of €200 and three penalty points will apply.* Points will remain on the driving licence record for a period of three years. * Any driver accumulating 12 points in three years will be disqualified from driving for six months.* For a blood-alcohol level of 80mg-100mg, the arrested driver will be required to provide breath, urine or blood samples after arrest. The applicable fine will be €400 and the person will be disqualified for six months.* For a blood-alcohol level of 20mg-80mg, the arrested driver will be required to provide breath, urine or blood samples. The applicable fine (provided the person has not received a fixed penalty in the previous three years under the scheme) will be €200 and the person will be disqualified for three months.* District Court penalties will apply where the blood-alcohol level is above 100mg or above 80mg for those classed as “specified” persons, where the person is not eligible to be served with a fixed penalty notice or where a fixed penalty has not been paid. * A sliding scale also applies to convictions with a consequent driving ban of between six months and six years, depending on the blood-alcohol limit applying to the driver concerned.* The maximum fine remains at €5,000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.GARDAI IN COUNTY-WIDE ‘MORNING AFTER’ DRINK-DRIVE BLITZ was last modified: October 30th, 2011 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:donegaldrink drivinglast_img read more