Nelson cleared by JRC

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson was on Tuesday cleared by the stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission for his riding of highly-fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race for overnight allowance horses at Caymanas Park on Saturday, March 19. Nelson rode the veteran campaigner to finish fifth to HOVER CRAFT over 1500 metres, but the stewards were not satisfied with his riding and summoned him to an inquiry. After hearing submissions from Nelson as well as his representative Ed Barnes, the stewards accepted the jockey’s submission that he had suffered an injury on the track on Friday, March 18 and had received medication from the doctor. They also accepted the argument that COMMANDING CHIEF displayed symptoms of breathing problems during the race, which affected his performance. Additionally, Nelson apologised to the stewards for his disrespectful behaviour in the scales area and in the vicinity of the Stewards’ Room. He was also cautioned regarding his conduct and what is expected of him as a professional jockey. Nelson, the leading rider with 22 wins so far this season, was second time lucky yesterday, when he successfully appealed the decision by the stewards to disqualify his mount, PAPER N LACE after winning division one of the McKay Security Trophy over 1820m on New Year’s Day. The horse was disqualified for causing interference to OH MY GRANDPA in the early stages of the event and the race was awarded  to GRAN CORAZON. PAPER N LACE was reinstated to first by the full Commission.last_img read more

Heaven retains JCA presidency

first_imgProminent business executive, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, has been re-elected as president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).The CHASE Fund chief executive officer will head the association for a second two-year term, after turning back the challenge of incumbent secretary, Fritz Harris, 52 to 47, during the association’s annual general meeting at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday.”It feels good to be returned as president, as over the past two years, the JCA has made several strides,” said Heaven.”It is a good victory for cricket, I believe, as the association is moving in the right direction generally, and the hope is that over the next term things will get even better.”Harris, who prior to the election had served as secretary for the past two years, expressed disappointment at the result, but, in the meantime, congratulated Heaven.HARRIS DISAPPOINTED”I am naturally disappointed with the result, but it’s a membership association with the right to elect the president, and I have to respect that,” Harris said. “I must also commend the president on retaining his position.”Heaven, who prior to his ascension to the post two years ago, had promised to serve for two terms, will also have at least six of his seven executive committee nominees to work with.This is after the they won their respective contests.These include: Dr Donovan Bennett (first vice-president), Mark Neita (second vice-president), Diann Campbell (honorary secretary, Clinton Clarke (assistant secretary) and Hopeton Morrison (treasurer).At press time, the seventh executive position, that of assistant treasurer, was undecided.Kerry Scott, representing Team Heaven, and Errol Moodie, representing Team Harris, were the assistant treasurer nominees.Heaven, during his campaign, noted that several measures had been instituted during his tenure.These, he said, included: the enhancement of commitment to transparency and good governance by the filing of the first annual income tax returns in 16 years, the appointment of a chief executive officer, the implementation of lights at Sabina Park, and improvement practice facilities as well as provision of a new gymnasium and wellness centre. He also pointed to the restoration of local women’s cricket competition to the cricket calendar.Harris, in the meanwhile, a director of the JCA for over 15 years, had campaigned on a promise of change for a betterment of the game.last_img read more

Incomplete, under-renovation smaller airport

first_imgDear EditorOur ancestors, many moons ago, voyaged across the Atlantic on the likes of the Elisabeth, Louisa Baillie, Whitby, Hesperus and Glentanner among other vessels. With the advent of technology, we now have air travel, allowing us to access distant lands in a matter of hours.The Cheddi Jagan International Airport previously known as the Timehri International airport is well known to all Guyanese. Editor this facility was opened to commercial traffic since 1946. Over the years changes and developmental works were done to modernise this airport. The PPP/C, with a vision for the future of Guyana with new and developing sectors such as tourism and hospitality with our specific brand of eco-tourism; oil and gas; Guyana being a gateway to South America and the bridge that connects South America to the Caribbean understood the necessity for this transformational project. This was not a stand-alone project, it was accompanied by investments in an international brand hotel like the Marriot; the provision of cheap electricity with the Amalia hydro-electric scheme which with the significant reduction in the cost of electricity would have stimulated agro-processing and manufacturing; the need to accommodate larger aircraft to lower the cost of freight and to have access to wider markets for our many non-traditional exports. This interconnected group of projects was totally misunderstood and incompetently handled by the APNU/AFC Administration when they came to office in May 2015. This has left us as a country with a situation where we are getting less and paying more. This design and build fixed-priced contract had envisioned eight boarding gates (air bridges), a significantly extended runaway, new terminal buildings, state of the art check-in and communication facilities, adequate conveyor belts to accommodate simultaneous multi arrivals and concession areas to facilitate transit and other global travellers.This incompetent group renegotiated the contract, giving us two air bridges and has now found extra money from the national purse to buy another two at a higher price, in a most questionable manner. The PPP/C has already indicated that we intend to call for a “value for money” audit on this project. Are the Guyanese people getting the right value for their monies spent?Regardless of all these questions, the biggest question I have today, Editor, is the real completion date. On the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s website, they have a lovely description of the project and I quote; “The Cheddi Jagan International Airport Expansion Project will be a behemoth in infrastructural development. With a new scheduled completion timeline of December 2018…”The shock of December 21 may still be upon Minister Patterson and he may not have changed his calendar, but we are in 2019 now sir. The project, as of December 31, 2017 had spent US $111.79 million (81 per cent) of the US$150 million allocated to the total project cost. When is the project really expected to be completed since another deadline has been missed? What will be the final price? Will they be attempting to appropriate further funding? These are all questions the already burdened taxpayers of this country need answers to, someone please help.Editor, I call on the people of Guyana to pay close attention to this cabal during their lame duck period of governance. Where their caretaker status must be emphasised. This must not be a case of taking a transformational project and turning it into a cash cow to facilitate campaign funding. At the time of the PPP/C Government, they said the project was overpriced and unnecessary. The APNU/AFC, with their visionless approach, took it over and the world is now a witness to their mal-administration and incompetence. We have an incomplete, under-renovation smaller airport with fewer facilities at the time of penning this letter.Yours truly,Bishop Juan A Edghilllast_img read more

Congested Monrovia Slums Vulnerable to Ebola

first_imgHealth workers and residents are contending that the slum communities of Monrovia and other parts of Liberia where they live and work are highly vulnerable to the spread of the Ebola virus and should be urgently decongested.In several interviews with the Daily Observer in Monrovia Tuesday, health workers and residents expressed fear and apprehension about the grave danger posed by over crowdedness and congestion in the slums particularly during the prevailing Ebola crisis, pointing out that physical contact is one of the surest ways for people to be infected by the deadly Ebola virus.Practical strategies should be designed to begin decongesting slum communities they urged, adding that urban planners, health authorities, environmental experts, residents and other stake holders should begin holding discussions on how and where to relocate populations from overcrowded slums.“Prioritizing on the national development agenda the relocation of slum dwellers to environmentally friendly areas in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia should no longer be delayed, they emphasized adding that the construction of sustained medical facilities within slum communities should also  be included. “Our people are living in dehumanizing conditions that should claim the immediate attention of all Liberians in and out of the country,” health worker Samson Doelue declared.Another health worker, Martha B. Roberts, pointed out that the vulnerable slum dwellers also face other serious threats such as sea erosion and the lack of public sanitation facilities.Slum dwellers have over the years pleaded for basic but critical benefits such as better equipped health facilities, water and electricity, but their cries have for the most part, fallen on deaf ears.“I believe that their relocation to environmentally friendly areas is one of the best alternatives that would ease our vulnerability to water and air-borne diseases,” Madam Roberts maintained.When contacted in the largest slum community of West Point in central Monrovia, residents told the Daily Observer that the proposal advanced by some to relocate slum dwellers is indeed realistic and sustainable.“We are willing to relocate but, the initiative must be designed to suit the current housing conditions in Monrovia and its environs,” West Pointer Blamo Sonpon stressed.New locations for residents should be environmentally friendly, crime free and contain basic necessities that would enhance our livelihoods including  quality water systems, schools, healthcare facilities among others, said Mr. Sonpon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US$1.2M Beverage Company Brings Innovation to Water, Juice Manufacturing

first_imgAFC employees operating the bottling assembly lineOffers a unique mixture of career growth opportunitiesA 100 percent Liberian owned beverage company, Atlantic Foods Company, with an initial investment of US$1.2 million, has been launched to bring about innovation to the Liberian fruit juice and mineral water manufacturing sector.The company will produce bottled water, orange juice, ginger, and citrus ginger beverages.Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, who cut the ribbon at the launch in Marshall, Margibi County on Friday, thanked the chief executive officer, Amin Modad, for the investment.“When I think about your investment, it says a lot to me because you took your time, resources and everything for it; and these mean a lot to me,” Veep Boakai said. “Amin, I know this is the just the beginning.”Ambassador Boakai said Modad has a good business and investment plan for the country, and called on other citizens to emulate his good example.Vice president Boakai cuts the ribbon to the building as Mrs. Modad and other looks onThe Deputy Minister for Industry (DMI) at the Ministry of Commerce, Roland S. Carey, also congratulated Modad for the investment.“What we are launching here today is my shop; I will take care of my shop. So, Mr. Modad, thank you for the venture, you have our support. We are particularly proud of Amin because he came from the Ministry of Commerce and we must do everything to support you,” he said.The chairperson of the National Investment Commission (NIC), Etmonia Tarpeh, thanked Modad and encouraged other young Liberians who want to do business in Liberia not to give up.Earlier, the chief executive officer of AFC, Amin Modad, said the company hopes to revolutionize the food processing industry in the country. He said the company uses the latest technologies to ensure that no part of the natural fruit goes to waste.Modad noted with delight the birth of the AFC fruit juice, saying that its primary objective is to add value to domestic growth with the initial focus on producing and exporting quality beverages.“As a solely Liberian owned company, we aim to empower and develop the professional capacity of our people. AFC intends to employ Liberians at every level of the corporate structure.“The beverage industry offers a unique mixture of career growth opportunities in mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology, sales and marketing, finance and accounting, logistics and distribution and presently we have 41 Liberians in our employ,” he said.Explaining the company’s vision, Modad said AFC will support self-sufficiency and reduce Liberia’s dependency on importation by ensuring adequate and consistent supply of locally produced food and beverage products.According to him, clean healthy drinkable water is essential to healthy living and a key requirement for socio-economic growth.“Our strategy includes ensuring the empowerment as well as creating market access and opportunities for local produce by establishing produce purchasing stations (for agricultural inputs) and wholesale distribution centers (for processed goods) in various populated and accessible urban and rural communities,” said Modad.Mr. Modad explains the process of the plant to Vice President Boakai during the tour of the facility.Speaking to Modad in an interview, he said coming from a trade development background, he believes that Liberia’s comparative advantage is its natural resources and assets, “thus, sustainable economic growth rests on how Liberia trades its natural resources.” He said: “This must begin with encouraging Liberian participation and dominance in the supply and value chains of critical growth sectors such as agriculture and agro-processing.”He said the production of beverages and packaged foods “will impact poverty reduction and foster community development by creating jobs, providing market access to local farmers and out-growers, positively impacting Liberia’s balance of trade through import substitution, reduce mortality rate, improving health, and creating a new value chain that other Liberian enterprises could benefit such as traders, transportation companies, professional service providers.”“AFC will be involved in the manufacturing and trading of food products. The company will offer a wide variety of packaged products including beverages, edible oils, fruits, vegetables, processed snacks, and traditional ready to eat Liberian cuisines.”He said Liberians love their traditional red palm-oil, “in fact, it is preferred over the processed and imported oils. However, there has never been any form of mechanized processing or bottling of edible oils in Liberia. Thus, this provides an untapped potential for the domestic consumption as well as exports to Diaspora markets.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miner charged for child rape

first_img…also charged for firearm possessionRonaldo Persaud, a miner of 19 Miles, Rockstone, Essequibo River, on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse for the offences of engaging in sexual activity with a child family member, possession of firearm, and two break and entry and larceny charges.The 19-year-old appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charges. It is alleged that he engaged in sexual activity with a child family memberRonaldo Persaudbetween October 25 and 26, 2016, at 20 Miles Anarika, Essequibo River. It is also alleged that he had a firearm in his possession without licence and that he broke and entered the dwelling house of Ameer Bacchus as well as the Hururu Forest Station. Persaud pleaded guilty to the firearm possession and break and enter and larceny charges, but denied engaging in sexual activity with a child family member.A probation report was ordered by the Magistrate, and the matter was adjourned until May 18, 2018. He was remanded to prison. The other matters were transferred to the Kwakwani Magistrate’s Court and adjourned to May 20, 2018 for sentencing.last_img read more

Block maker slapped with attempted murder charge

first_imgAn Albouystown, Georgetown block maker was on Tuesday remanded to prison after he was slapped with an attempted murder charge and placed before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Twenty-seven-year-old Malcolm Culley, of Lot 154 Cooper Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, had the charge read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The court heard that on May 18, 2018 at Albouystown with intent to commit murder, Culley wounded Rawle Khan.On Tuesday, the court was informed that the injured man was still hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital suffering from a punctured lung.In a bail application, Culley’s Attorney, George Thomas, told the court that his client, a father of one, was soon to be a parent again.He highlighted that Culley had no previous matters in the courts and did not pose a flight risk.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail and revealed that Khan was not out of danger. The Prosecutor added that the Virtual Complainant was nursing a punctured lung, broken ribs, and multiple lacerations about his body.The prosecution’s submission was upheld, and bail was denied. The case will continue on June 11, 2018.last_img read more

One-stop registration this Saturday

first_imgBy staff Blueberry Ministry Centre + Bible CampFort St. John Soccer ClubAdvertisement New Totem Archery ClubFort St. John Womens SoccerRed Dragon TaeKwondoFort St. John Minor BallMobile Optimist Sailing SchoolAdvertisement Fort St. John’s community one-stop registration is set for Saturday, April 10th, at the North Peace Secondary School.A legion of sports and arts clubs, as well as community and health groups will be on hand, to allow residents to register and find more information on all the community has to offer in the upcoming season.- Advertisement -The event runs from 10-2, and groups that will be in attendance include: Fort St. John Literacy SocietyNorth Peace GymnasticsNorth Peace Little League BaseballNorth Peace Cheer ExplosionAdvertisement Soul n StringsFort St. John Minor LacrosseNENASMinistry of Children and Family DevelopmentSimply MusicAdvertisement City of Fort St. JohnMusic Nation DirectCamp SagitawaNorth Peace Cultural Centrelast_img read more

Can’t we just keep it reel?

first_imgIt was something No. 1 Lakers fan Jack Nicholson once screamed at Tom Cruise in a moment of movie-quote lore. But don’t believe it. We can handle the truth. “World’s Fastest Indian” (“Based on One Hell of a True Story.”) Based on all that, no wonder we should be conditioned once we commit ourselves to a darkened theater that anything close to this thing being considered a documentary is purely coincidental. The mind game becomes going scene to scene trying to figure out what really occurred. Really, if the movie was good enough to make in the first place because of a real series of events, why not keep it real? Or are we too na ve to think that some things are too trite to be true? “It’s a tough call, but I think I understand what the filmmakers are up against,” said Randy Williams, the Santa Monica-based author of the recently released “Sports Cinema: 100 Movies, The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths and Misfits” (448 pages, Limelight Editions, $24.95). The first issue, thankfully, seems to be making things look as authentic as possible. No more Tony Perkins as Jimmy Piersall, or we’ll all go insane. After that, time is of the essence. “Film will always have a time problem because it can’t explore a story like a novel,” Williams said. “A sports movie could easily be a miniseries if they don’t condense characters.” Tell that to Sandy Bianchini. She’s the ex-wife of Vince Papale. Not the one who threw him out of the house early in the movie “Invincible.” That would be his first ex-wife. Bianchini was his spouse from `77 to `83 who already had a 9-year-old son and supported Papale through his Philadelphia Eagles tryout, short playing career and afterward. But she’s the wife you don’t see in the movie. Janet Cantrell, the barmaid played by Elizabeth Banks who ends up marrying him, is actually Papale’s third (and current) wife. “How can a movie be made, a true story about Vince’s climb, without his family being acknowledged?” Bianchini asked in a letter sent to various media outlets when the movie came out last August. “I have no control over the creative liberties taken in making the film,” Papale replied when reporters asked about her complaint. This is the same Papale, a former World Football League receiver who had actually been invited to the open tryout instead of just walking off the street, who won’t even cop to the fact that he never really returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown as shown in the film’s glorious climax (it was called back because the punt returner muffed it). In “Gridiron Gang,” do you ever recall seeing a story about a shooting at a Camp Kilpatrick football game that nearly forced the team to bow out of the CIF playoffs? Maybe because it didn’t happen. In “Glory Road,” don’t officials at Texas A&M University-Commerce have a right to ask the Disney corporation and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer to apologize for inaccurately linking their school to some of the film’s most racially charged scenes involving the 1966 Texas Western basketball team’s run to the NCAA title? Maybe this issue funnels into the fact that to us, it was the group of excellent sports docs that stood out as the heroes of the silver screen in ’06. “Heart Of The Game” made us care about a real girl, Darneila Russell. “Once In A Lifetime” made us mesmerized about how the NewYork Cosmos were put together for the greater good of American soccer. “In The Crease” made us understand youth hockey. All for real. No rewrites. “To be honest, when someone tells me about a sports movie, I don’t ask who the filmmakers are or the actors in it – just tell me the story,” says Williams, a UCLA grad that once was a researcher at Fox Sports. “If that interests me, and the story was entertaining, I may go back after watching the movie and ask, `Did that really happen?”‘ In some cases, no. Honestly, maybe the best policy in this case would be to take every screenwriter’s sports dramatic license and revoke it. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Consider these top sports flicks from a year ago, along with the fine print that was included somewhere on each movie poster: “Glory Road” (“Based on a true story.”) “Gridiron Gang” (“Based on a true story.”) “We Are Marshall” (“A true story.”) “Invincible” (“Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale.”) center_img And truth be told, we’re not sure we got the clich “110 percent” of it with the lot of best sports films from 2006. On the night when Ellen DeGeneres generously tosses around Oscar statues like Roger The Peanut Man slinging Goobers at Dodger Stadium, the thing that has really been making us nuts lately is how more scriptwriters for sports-themed movies have decided they’ve got something better in their heads, and they aren’t held more accountable for the revisionist history and fact twisting that violates the trust of the public. last_img


first_imgErrigal Scout County Commissioner, Dessie Taylor with some of the newly Invested leaders from the recently formed Gweedore Scout Group at their Investirue evening. Included are Fiona O’Reilly, Ray Fallon, Grainne Hoolway, Pearse Doherty, Roisin Doherty (Group Leader), David Holloway, Garth Doherty and Amanda Doherty.He’s more used to political jousting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny across the floor of Dail Eireann.But Sinn Fein Deputy Pearse Doherty equipped himself with more skills this week when he was made a leader with Ireland’s newest Scout Group.The well-known politician was among a group of adults and young people who took part in the investiture of the 22nd Donegal (Ghaoth Dobhair) scout group. 22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Group Leader Roisin Doherty with sons Padraig and Colm and husband Pearse at the newly formed groups inaugeral Investiture evening.The group is the first all Irish-speaking group to be formed in a Gaeltach area since the formation of Scouting Ireland in 2004.Pearse revealed it was his wife Roisin and another parent who first came up with the idea of Ghaoth Dobhair’s scouting group.“Roisin and another parent David Holloway were putting up flags on lampposts in the area before Donegal were playing in the All-Ireland GAA final in 2012.“Roisin remarked that it would be great to have some scouts in the area who could help put up the flags. “The next day they had a meeting and they spent the next year getting the group of the ground,” revealed Pearse.This week 64 young people and up to 20 adults took part in the investiture of the group at Ghaoth Dobhair GAA club.Pearse, who is an associate scout leader, says his only gripe is that he didn’t get involved with the scouts earlier.22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Beaver Scouts with their leaders including Group Leader Roisin Doherty and Dinny McGinley TD, at their inaugeral Investiture evening.“I was never into football and I wasn’t very athletic. I just wish there had have ben a scout group in the area at the time.“I would encourage any young person to get involved in the scouting movement. IT is non-competitive and it brings out the best in young people. “Not only does it equip them with so many life-skills, but it also helps them meet other people and it develops their character.“I would certainly recommend it to any young person or adult for that matter,” he said.22nd Donegal (Gweedore) Cub Scouts with their leaders including Group Leader Roisin Doherty at their inaugeral Investiture evening.PEARSE IS SCOUTING ABOUT AS DONEGAL’S NEWEST GROUP LAUNCHED was last modified: February 12th, 2014 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:22nd Donegal (Ghaoth Dobhair)Pearse DohertyScoutslast_img read more