Coach Broderick calls for Vauxhall focus

first_imgVauxhall High school’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup football coach, Keon Broderick remains buoyed by the East Kingston school’s gutsy performances so far this season, and believes that with focus and discipline a second-round berth is certain. The Vauxhall team has been no pushover so far, with their latest, and biggest win over Spanish Town High on Saturday (4-0), at the Vauxhall field, satisfying their loud supporters. “I am feeling very good. We base our team off getting clean sheets and being well organised defensively, and they did just that. Once the boys remain disciplined tactically, and also off the field, I am sure we will get enough points to reach the second round,” he told The Gleaner. The win took Vauxhall to a table-topping 16 points from seven games, while Jonathan Grant is a close 15 from their six matches. UNDERESTIMATING US “We feel very good. One thing for sure, that is what we want, we want people to underestimate us because we know exactly what we have and once you underestimate us you are going to come out sorry for us and, then they will see exactly what we have,” he outlined Saturday when asked if his team is a football minnow. Former champions Excelsior High also fell 2-0 to the current Group F front runners, in a game played at Vauxhall. Admitting his team is Group F underdogs, Broderick notes they will be looking to remain disciplined and try to peak at the right time. “We can get much better, because in the preparation phase of the season we lost about two weeks and so we are not at 100 per cent like we wanted to be. Definitely as the season goes along I am sure we will get better, ” he stressed.last_img read more

Johnson favoured to lift Liguanea title

first_img AMATEUR COMPETITION In the amateur competition, Jermaine Case beat Orville Mattherson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. The open competition continued last evening with Johnson taking on Gregory Spencer, Miller matching skills against Stefan Wilson and Migoko up against Phillpots. In amateur action, Leighton Burton played Pawan Bhushan, Stephen Todd went head to head with Marlon Hosang and Scott Jones battled Sproul. The 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament will run straight through until Friday. In addition to Total and UHY Dawgen, tournament sponsors include Avis, Lifespan, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Technologies and Cari-Med. KINGSTON: Jamaica’s top-ranked tennis players are challenging for top honours in the 2016 Liguanea Club Tennis Tournament, which kicked off on Monday night at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Reigning national men’s champion and number one seed Damion Johnson is favoured to win the competition, in which 32 players are battling for top honours. However, the number two seed, Dwayne Pagon, also has a good chance of taking the title. Jeremy Miller and Yussuf Migoko, who are seeded third and fourth, respectively, are also in contention and either player could upset the pecking order. In the amateur competition, reigning national class two champion Leighton Burton, is tipped for the win, but Stephen Todd, Scott Jones and Rafael Romero are also strong contenders. For this year’s tournament, leading petroleum products dealers Total and UHY Dawgen Chartered Accountants have come on board as headline sponsors. “We have strong sponsorship support and very competitive draws in both the open and the amateur competitions, so we expect to have an excellent tournament and a week of exciting tennis,” said tournament director Llockett McGregor. In early-round action in the open draw on Monday night, Carlos Phillpots beat Myles Harrison 6-2, 6-3, Mivkel Riley defeated Alric Sproul 6-2, 6-1 and John Azar stopped Daniel Hill 6-3, 6-2.last_img read more

Taylor shines with half-century at Big Bash

first_imgWest Indies captain Stafanie Taylor ended an otherwise disappointing Women’s Big Bash campaign on a high note when she stroked a half-century to see defending champions Sydney Thunder to a consolation five-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers yesterday.Entering the contest at Lilac Hill Park on a run of two consecutive ‘ducks’, the right-handed Taylor turned around her form with an enterprising 62 that anchored a Thunder run chase to overhaul a tricky target of 132.She lost opening partner Rachael Haynes for 22 off 17 balls at 27 for one in the fifth over, but then put on 57 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell (26) and a further 36 for the third wicket with Indian star Harmanpreet Kaur (16 not out) as the visitors got home off the first ball of the final over.Jamaican Taylor faced 54 balls and counted seven fours and a six before perishing in the 18th over with Thunder in sight of victory.Earlier, Scorchers finished on 131 for four off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Opener Nicole Bolton struck 53 and captain Suzie Bates got 28, the pair posting 63 for the second wicket to keep the innings alive.Thunder finished three from bottom of the eight-team standings on 12 points to miss out on the play-offs while Scorchers finished second on 16 points to qualify.At Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Taylor’s Windies teammate Hayley Matthews played a crucial role in helping Hobart Hurricanes defeat Melbourne Stars by four wickets, and reach the final four of the tournament.Set 136 for victory, Hobart got home with a ball to spare, after gathering the 12 runs required off the final over.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 35 off 26 deliveries, Amy Satterthwaite weighed in with 26 while the teenaged Matthews got 24, as they propelled Hobart’s run chase.Batting at number five, Matthews played a crucial role in adding 38 for the fourth wicket with Satterthwaite before going bowled by leg-spinner Kristen Beams (3-11).Earlier, Matthews grabbed two for 23 with from three overs of off-spin as Stars, opting to bat first, finished on 135 for eight off their 20 overs.- CMClast_img read more

McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The comments, which can be found online, are likely to be remembered — and possibly imitated — by children who see them, said Dorothy Espelage, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and an expert on bullying.“He has to recognize that these kids look up to him, that they will imitate him, and he needs to check himself,” she said, referring to McGregor. “He was a wonderful opportunity to deliver a message, but he can’t be speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Wizards’ Wall inks 4-year, $170 m extension OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Conor McGregor gestures during a news conference at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAS VEGAS — UFC star Conor McGregor has completed the 25 hours of community service imposed by Nevada officials following a profanity-laced, bottle-throwing fracas with a rival during a pre-fight news conference last year in Las Vegas.A document obtained by The Associated Press shows McGregor talked with children and teenagers in Dublin about physical, verbal and online bullying. But anti-bullying experts say his efforts may have been canceled out by the profanities he recently exchanged with his next opponent, Floyd Mayweather Jr., for which neither will be disciplined.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “He has been showing up earlier to our kids and teens classes, to interact with them and instill values of loyalty, commitment and camaraderie,” according to a letter dated Thursday and signed by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh. “… He is undoubtedly the greatest role model for the kids in our gym, and for the people of Ireland of all ages.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission disciplined McGregor and Nate Diaz after the men and members of their groups yelled at each other and eventually hurled water bottles at an Aug. 17 press conference ahead of UFC 202. McGregor’s original penalties consisted of a $150,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. That was reduced in March to 25 hours and a $25,000 fine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Last week, however, neither McGregor nor Mayweather held back on profanities and exchanged racially insensitive and homophobic remarks during a four-city promotional tour for their upcoming fight in Las Vegas.Mayweather at one point used a homophobic slur during a tirade against McGregor. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor twice told Mayweather “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during the news conferences. That’s an insult to black men that dates back to slavery.Per regulations, the athletic commission may fine or discipline an individual licensed to fight in the state of Nevada if the person behaves “at any time or place in a manner which is deemed by the Commission to reflect discredit to unarmed combat.”Executive director Bob Bennett told The Associated Press on Friday that the athletic commission “in no way, shape or form condones homophobic, racist or inappropriate sexual comments,” but the board does not plan to take disciplinary action against Mayweather and McGregor “at this point.”He said the board would investigate and consider appropriate action if unsportsmanlike conduct that could physically hurt someone took place in Las Vegas, such as when bottles were thrown during the McGregor-Diaz press event.The remarks from Mayweather and McGregor were condemned on social media last week, including by LGBT activists and organizations.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

CONSOC member organisations not receiving funding from the IDB

first_imgDear Editor,I am writing in response to a letter in your publication of July 31 captioned “APA clearly playing politics”. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) would like to take the opportunity to inform the public that the IDB’s financing instruments (loans and technical assistance) are intended to fund public sector projects following a programming dialogue with the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, and both parties are mutually in agreement with decisions.The IDB Group also supports large-scale investment programmes that promote sustainable development of Guyana and its people. Through IDBInvest, we support the private sector to bolster competitiveness and growth while ensuring sustainability. IDBInvest provides financial products and advisory services to large companies, financial intermediaries, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and partially or wholly-owned state enterprises.The IDB supports the democratic processes of its member countries, and engages with civil society in these countries through its civil society consulting (CONSOC) mechanism. In the case of Guyana, the CONSOC is comprised of a wide range of civil society groups, including academia and other research institutions , the private sector, environmental groups, community groups and associations, including indigenous associations like NTC and APA. CONSOC member organisations and affiliated individuals are not receiving funding from the IDB.Sophie MakonnenCountryRepresentative,Guyanalast_img read more

A ‘Strange Sunrise’ in Politics

first_img“A Strange Sunrise in Eden” was the theme which the Rev. Toimu A. Reeves, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, the nation’s oldest church, chose for his sermon on the Sunday following a Rice Riots on April 14, 1979.It was a captivating theme that many who listened to that powerful, prophetic preacher’s sermon remembered.The celebrated Liberian footballer, James Salinsa Debbah’s decision to switch from Liberty Party (LP) to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has nothing to do with April 14.  But his sudden switch was, like that fateful date in Liberian history, most certainly surprising–and strange. Remember that during the 2005 presidential campaign Salinsa courageously, and to the surprise of many, spoke out against the presidential bid of his football colleague, George Weah, declaring, as eventually did the majority of  Liberians,  that Weah was “unfit” for the presidency.Debbah threw his weight behind Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, though he later joined Liberty Party, whose standard bearer was his fellow Bassonian, Charles Walker Brumskine.  During the 2005 campaign, however, Debbah, due to his football popularity, swayed many youth to Ellen’ side.  It is possible that he may have remained with Ellen’s Unity Party (UP) had she offered him a good position in government, such as Minister of Youth and Sports.As one began reading  Observer Roving  Correspondent Leroy Sonpon’s Tuesday story announcing Debbah’s sudden switch to the CDC, one could not help but guess that it was all pure politics, and that something grand was afoot (going on).  For these things don’t just happen for nothing.Surely enough, later on in the story came the bombshell: Debbah has senatorial ambitions and became angry with his party, (LP), for sidelining him in favor of House of Representatives Member Jeh ByronBrown to be the senatorial candidate in the forthcoming legislative elections!Debbah has now developed confidence in the mass appeal of Weah’s CDC, believing that it can help him win the Bassa senatorial seat currently being held by the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbezohngar Findley.Herein then lies another definitive affirmation of the historic political dictum, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” Weah, whom Debbah rejected in 2005, has now become Debbah’s political ally in his bid for the senate seat.Can Debbah or Jeh Byron Brown win the incumbent, who has become the most powerful person in the Senate? That is for people of Grand Bassa to decide.  In this forthcoming election, they must determine   who would better and more effectively serve their interests–a senatorial novice, who will now be Junior Senator to the newly elected Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence or Findley, who has been in the Senate since 2006, rising in seniority to assume the most powerful position of leader of the whole place?  Bassonians will have to decide whether to settle for a beginner, who will now become the county’s new Junior Senator, or whether they will vote to hold on to their overwhelming Senate seniority, which Grand Bassa has not enjoyed since Charles Walker Brumskine during the Taylor administration and Edwin A. Morgan during the Tubman era.The people of Grand Bassa will also have to decide whether Senator Findley has been good for them or whether the time has come to try someone else.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

East Coast four lanes for year-end completion

first_imgThe ongoing expansion works on the Public Road along the East Coast of Demerara are progressing well, and it is expected that the four-lane upgrade will be completed by the end of 2018.MPI’s Technical Services Manager, Nigel ErskineThis is according to Technical Services Manager attached to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Nigel Erskine, who is overseeing the project.The US$50.2 million project has two components. One features a four-lane expansion from Better Hope to Annandale, and then an upgrade to the existing two-lane from Annandale to Belfield.Erksine told Guyana Times during a telephone interview that the works on the entire project are about 14.1% completed, with focus on the first phase.According to Erskine, while the two-year project is scheduled to be completed in September 2019, the aim is to wrap up works on the four-lane highway by this year end, and then commence work on the two-lane next year.The first phase of the project includes the construction of seven bridges and the extension of 14 culverts. A median along with streetlights will be placed in the centre of four lanes.“We have started works on two of the seven bridges. Works have started also on some of the culverts, and extensive drain works have been completed. I would say about five kilometres (have been) completed within the four-lane section. We have also done a significant amount of the sub-base and lower base work… All of the work so far is concentrated within the four-lane section, because we’re programming to try to complete the four-lane section before the end of December this year,” Erskine explained.However, he noted there are some issues that would have to be to be sorted out in order for the works to progress unhindered.“There are some challenges, and once we are able to address the challenges, such as the relocation of the utilities, we have relocate vendors at two of the markets, and the other issue (tackled) would be encumbrances on the reserves. So if those things are sorted out in a timely manner, we should be able to complete (the works by) next year September. But we’re working to try to have those issues resolved, so that we could bring the project in on time,” Erskine explained.Works on the second phase of the project include widening and upgrading of the two- lane from Annandale to Belfield, implementation of sidewalks, and installation of street lights.According to Erskine, while some days’ work has been lost as a result of the inclement weather, work is generally on schedule to meet the deadline.Guyana received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project in an agreement signed in January last year. Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to secure financing for the entire road expansion project, but the money was not readily available; hence the administration had decided to use local funds for preliminary works while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works.Preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project has been divided into seven lots, and awarded to different local contractors.However, with the China EXIM Bank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, the contract for the actual road construction was awarded to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994.The PPP/C administration had said it was saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group.Upon completing the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion.Apart from the road expansion, the residents are also going to benefit from improved drainage, since the East Coast is usually susceptible to floods.last_img read more

Unattended mosquito coil causes fire

first_imgThe Berbician pensioner’s house on fire…Berbice pensioner’s home guttedA pensioner is now homeless after her Rose Hall Town, Berbice home was flattened by fire on Wednesday evening.Datrin Desika lived alone in the two-bedroom wooden house situated on Middle Street, Rose Hall Town, Corentyne.When this newspaper visited the scene, Desika said that she lit a mosquito coil and shortly after she left home to visit a neighbour’s house to get some water. The woman related that as she was returning home, she saw the house on fire.Initial reports indicate that the fire was threatening a second building, which is situated next to a lemonade factory.Quick response from members of the Rose Hall Fire Service prevented the fire from spreading. The shaken pensioner is being supported by neighbours.Over the past week, there were three other fires in Berbice which left a total of six persons homeless.last_img read more

Gor hit Tusker to move seven clear in KPL

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Samuel Onyango attempts to go past Tusker FC’s Hillary Wandera and Clyde Senaji during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timtohy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – Gor Mahia moved closer to their 18th Kenyan Premier League title after a 2-0 victory over Tusker FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday evening pulled them seven points clear on top of the standings pending the matches lined up on Sunday.First half goals from Jacques Tuyisenge and Samuel Onyango saw Gor take control of the game and not even a spirited second half performance from the brewers could change the result. With the victory, Gor who rest on Sunday before playing Ulinzi Stars in Nakuru on Monday have gone to 55 points, seven ahead of second placed Sofapaka who have played a match more.Batoto ba Mungu can reduce the gap on Sunday with victory against Mathare United at the same venue.Meanwhile in other fixtures, Edwin Lavatsa stepped off the bench to score an 87th minute equalizer as Kakamega Homeboyz held KCB to a 1-1 draw while Nzoia Sugar picked up vital points to guarantee their survival winning 2-1 away to Chemelil Sugar.Sony Sugar meanwhile beat Western Stima 2-0 in Kisumu while Kariobangi Sharks went for the ninth match without victory following a 1-1 draw with Posta Rangers.But it was the late kick off in Machakos which had everyone glued, especially with the implications it had as much as the title chase is concerned.Gor got into the steering wheel as early as the 16th minute when Tuyisenge broke the deadlock with a simple tap in from a Kenneth Muguna cross.He had shown early signs of his goal poaching nature when within the opening two minutes, he tried out a volley from inside the box which was well collected by Tusker keeper Robert Mboya.Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge goes past Tusker FC’s Justin Omary during their Kenyan Premier League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 27, 2019. PHOTO/Timtohy OlobuluOnyango then made it 2-0 in the 31st minute when he hit the ball home on the second bite of the cherry after his initial shot off a Muguna cross from point blank was saved by Mboya, but he reacted well to pounce to the rebound and score.Tusker had their chances and the closest fell on Boniface Muchiri whose stinging freekick from range was turned behind for a corner by Shabaan Odhoji with a one handed save.In the second half, Tusker coach Robert Matano made changes to seal the holes used by Gor in the opening half. David Naftali and Noah Wafula came off in midfield and their places were taken up by Clyde Ssenaji and Peter Nzuki.The changes seemed to have brought Tusker into some good playing sphere and they began to command the game better with good passing and movement, but the cutting edge when it mattered most, infront of goal, always lacked.Two minutes after the restart, Muchiri was sent throygh by Jackson Macharia but his shot was always rising. Ten minutes later, Macharia who was pulling the strings in midfield put Sydney Ochieng through, but Odhoji was faster off his line to block the effort.They had an even better chance on the hour mark when Muchiri delivered a good corner at the back post, but Justin Omary’s header unmarked sailed straight to Odhoji’s arms.They thought they had a goal a minute later when Otieno controlled a shot from Macharia before nodding it over Odhoji but the ref whistled for offside. However replays showed the forward was well onside.Tusker threw in everything at Gor, but couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net and Ochieng should have scored at least a consolation at the stroke of 90 minutes but he missed a sister off Hillary Wandera’s cross.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Magnitude-3.9 temblor rocks Lake Elsinore

first_imgThere were no immediate reports of damages or injuries, a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesman said. Lake Elsinore is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. By The Associated Press LAKE ELSINORE – A minor earthquake rattled part of Southern California on Tuesday. The magnitude-3.9 temblor was centered in Riverside County about 8 miles northwest of Lake Elsinore at 3:38 p.m., according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was the latest of more than a dozen aftershocks recorded since a magnitude-4.7 jolt hit the area on Sept. 2, said California Institute of Technology spokeswoman Jill Perry. 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