Short road back … Boys’ Town, Sandals plot swift Prem return

first_imgRelegated teams Sandals South Coast and Boys’ Town are planning a quick return to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) competition next season. Both teams were demoted from the RSPL last season after finishing 11th and 12th , respectively. Andrew Price, coach of Boys’ Town, said despite losing several top players, he is confident that they will return to playing top- flight football next season. “The plan is to see how quickly we can come back to the Premier League,” said Price. “We feel that we should be able to navigate the Super League competition and put ourselves into the play-offs and give ourselves a shot at qualifying for the Premier League,” Price said. “We started our preparations last week because normally, the Super League starts the first week in November, and so we decided to start our preparations early,” Price said. Among the keys players to have left the club is midfielder Jamiel Hardware, who is now on loan at Arnett Gardens. However, they have retained the services of veteran players Michael Campbell, Wayne Ellis and Xavian Virgo. “We have a couple of other players that have moved to other Premier League teams, but we continue our development because we have a lot of players that play Under-20 and Under-17 that we will be giving some exposure,” Price said. Meanwhile, Aaron Lawrence, head coach of Sandals South Coast, said they know what is required to get to the Premier League, and his team is very focused ahead of the Western Confederation Super League, which starts next month. “The plan for us is to get back in the Premier League re-energised and refocused because we know what it takes to get there,” said Lawrence. “We have been to the Super League final twice and we have been to the semi-finals, a so we know what it is required to get there,” he said. “We started our training last week, and we are looking forward to the start of the season.” Sandals South Coast will be without the services of playmaker Leonardo Rankine, who has left the club for Premier League outfit Cavalier. robert.bailey@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Chutney Monarch Competition for Sunday at Anna Regina

first_imgFor the first time, the Chutney Monarch Competition will be held simultaneously with a duck curry competition. This double-fun event is billed for the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, Essequibo Coast on Sunday.The duck curry competition is expected to be done earlier in the day and as night falls, the Chutney competition will take centre state.The first place winner in the duck curry competition will walk away with $200,000 while the second place winner will cart off $100,000 and the third place winner will take home $50,000. As usual, the meat will me marinated at home and the cooking will be done at the ground. The judging will take place after.However, while the duck curry is being cooked, the stage will be set for the showdown of the chutney artistes. Those who made it the final are Chandrapaul Nathoo; Steven Ramphal; Chris Ramphall; Amrita; Nishal B; Prince HTN; Arijit; Entertainer V; Pooran Seeraj and the reigning Chutney Monarch, Bunty Singh.The artistes would have impressed the judges at the Rosignol Stelling Road on Sunday evening last as the semifinal was held. After the semis, the finalists were announced. It is expected that the artistes will come with their ‘A Game’ but at the same time, the reigning Chutney King will do what it takes to defend his title.last_img read more

APNU/AFC is now openly and brazenly affirming its dictatorial credentials

first_imgDeep in the imbroglio caused by the President’s unilateral, unconstitutional appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman and facing widespread protest and consternation, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is unflinching in its dictatorial posture. It has increasingly become more brazen and daring in proclaiming its dictatorial credentials. It has the DNA credentials already, having been born out of the belly of the People’s National Congress (PNC) and inspired by Forbes Burnham. Since its assumption of Government in May 2015, the APNU/AFC has deliberately and daringly emblazoned its dictatorial credentials in a way to leave no doubt. Like a centipede, its dictatorial feet keep increasing.This week, the AFC-Canada group delinked itself from the AFC over its total immersion into the PNC, with its latest capitulation being the unilateral appointment of GECOM’s chair. The AFC’s response to AFC-Canada is “drop dead” – the AFC made it clear there is no reconsideration of its support to President Granger’s constitutional malpractice. Only dictators behave this way.Last week, the Business Minister chastised the Private Sector, warning them to desist from political discourse in Guyana. Gaskin edict is that political discourse is not the business of the Private Sector. He warned them to “shut up”. Gaskin told the Private Sector they must invest in the economy, without the right to question. This is not just ridiculous, not just obscene, it is frightening. It is an open threat that the Private Sector will be blacklisted unless they jump on the train. For Gaskin and APNU/AFC, it is politically correct to criticise the People’s Progressive Party, but when it comes to APNU/AFC and how it runs the Government, the Private Sector must be silent, or else.Politics is the Private Sector’s business, since a politically unstable country is a threat to the investment of the Private Sector. Business growth is directly related to the political milieu of a country. The Private Sector cannot afford to be silent in the face of dictatorship, non-transparency and non-accountability. It is for this reason that in every country in the world, there is an organised Private Sector, organisations that represent the interest and welfare of the people who invest in the development of their country. The Private Sector of Guyana has seen or knows of the debilitating consequences of dictatorship. The Private Sector was virtually hobbled and almost disappeared in the period 1964 to 1992 because of the dictatorial rule of the PNC years, during which they were expected to be silent.The Private Sector has grown by many magnitudes since 1992. It has actually kept Guyana’s economy from drowning in the incompetence, visionless, corrupt governance since May 2015. It is the Private Sector that continues to invest and sustain the service, rice, manufacturing, mining, constructing and other industries. Almost all of Guyana’s import earnings are because of the investment of the Private Sector. They have earned the right to speak out and to be engaged in the political discourse of the country. Indeed, they have a right and an obligation to join in the coalition of stakeholders holding the Government transparent and accountable. This is what a democracy is. Minister Gaskin’s admonition of the Private Sector is eerily chilling, in the image and spirit of Forbes Burnham when the Private Sector permitted their co-option in the complete usurpation of the political rights of all citizens.The co-option of stakeholders in the evil expansion of authoritarianism is a classic strategy of all dictators. Guyana is no stranger to this phenomenon. We sadly experienced this between 1968 and 1992. We have been there, done that and we know the consequences. In that period, the public service, trade unions, the business community, religious entities, sports organisations, the media, were expected to stay in line and “follow the leader”. Speaking out then meant you were risking discrimination, intimidation and even death.The political co-option is in full swing in Guyana today. It is either you are with APNU/AFC or you are against them. It is sad to see the Working People’s Alliance fully co-opted and fully integrated into the PNC today. It is depressing to see how the AFC and its leaders, like Trotman, Nagamootoo, Ramjattan and Patterson have completely fallen in line. It is chilling to see a free media hobbling, some of them becoming mouth pieces of APNU/AFC. This is what dictators do. The fight for a free Guyana is in full swing because a dictatorship is fully in place.last_img read more

Minister Felix has failed to provide any reliable information

first_imgDear Editor,I have written twice on the subject of Haitians’ arrival in Guyana asking that the Minister of Citizenship, Mr Winston Felix, explain the fact that, according to him, over 8000 Haitians recently arrived in our country and less than 2000 are recorded as having departed. I asked a simple question: “where are the 7000 odd unaccounted-for Haitians?”I am not the only citizen who has expressed this concern, but instead of providing an answer to the nation, the Minister singled me out for attack and called me “xenophobic”. He also failed to provide any reliable information. Mr Felix, instead of holding a press conference and facing the media on a subject of major public interest and concern, stages an ” interview” with the Public Information and Press Services of the Ministry of the Presidency to feed him rehearsed questions.Acknowledging that the Haitians cleared customs and immigration into the country, unbelievably, he has to rely on Brazilian immigration records to tell us that just under 7000 Haitians have arrived in that country but can offer no evidence that they have legally departed Guyana. In other words, the Haitians who arrived, under our immigration laws, are still in Guyana.Winston Felix should know better than to call me, of all people, “xenophobic”.Let me remind him that I have served my country longer than he ever will, in and out of the Cabinet under two Presidents, the founder of the party he now represents, Forbes Burnham, and later former President Desmond Hoyte.When Guyana was beset by the horrors of Jonestown, I was assigned a diplomatic mission by President Burnham, in the USA, to defend our country’s name and reputation, appearing in over 20 television programmes, including NBC and CBS, yet Felix has the gumption to call me “xenophobic”. If anyone needs to apologise, it’s you, Mr Felix. Do your job Mister Minister. Hold a press conference, tell us the truth.Sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

Governor says Nelles won’t house inmates

first_img George Kostyrko. After Schwarzenegger signed a $7.3 billion prison reform plan into law May 3, city officials were worried that Nelles could be targeted to reopen as a prison site. The reform plan aims at adding more beds in the prison system and improving rehabilitation programs. For a while, the administration considered using Nelles as a re-entry facility, where parole violators would receive intensive rehabilitation services. In return for Calderon’s support on his prison reform bill, however, Schwarzenegger agreed not to utilize Nelles for any corrections-related purposes without the community’s consent, Calderon said Tuesday. The corrections department closed Nelles in 2004. Days before the facility was supposed to be sold to a private party in July 2006, state officials stopped the purchase, saying the state might need the property to ease prison overcrowding. The value of the property is estimated at at least $107 million. It could potentially generate millions more in home sales or from commercial development, officials said. “Right now this \ is a run-down, dilapidated facility that is a blight on our community,” said Whittier Councilman Joe Vinatieri. “We strongly suggest \ sell the property.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: 6/12: Nelles Youth Correctional Facility WHITTIER – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has assured Whittier-area state Sen. Ron Calderon that the former Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility will never reopen as a prison facility without the consent of the community, Calderon said Tuesday. In response, Whittier City Council members Tuesday night adopted a resolution officially declaring their opposition to any use of the 73.5-acre site by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. At a news conference outside the former youth prison, Calderon told city officials that a correctional facility “won’t be shoved down Whittier’s throat.” “We want to send a message to the governor that we won’t ever agree to use this center as a lockup for criminals,” said Calderon, D-Montebello. “Criminals should not even come here – not even Paris Hilton.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer said although the property is not yet up for sale, the agreement by Schwarzenegger means it cannot be used as any type of state facility without the city’s approval. “We’ve had it as a prison for 114 years and it served the community’s needs for many of them, but no longer,” Newcomer said. “It’s an old facility that’s no longer economically viable. We can use it for commercial uses or housing and use the money on other \ sites.” The property is currently under the control of the Department of General Services, which is charged with maintaining and selling off state-owned surplus property, among other things, said corrections department spokesman last_img read more

France World Cup heading to Russia after talks fail with QPR and West Ham

first_imgMathieu Valbuena’s move to Dynamo Moscow is back on after the French midfielder failed to agree a deal at either QPR or West Ham.The 29-year-old had looked set to move to Russia earlier this month after Dynamo and his club Marseille agreed terms – only for Valbuena to change his mind at the last minute.It was reported that he had done so after hearing about interest from the Premier League with London rivals QPR and West Ham both said to be interested in striking a deal.But now L’Equipe claim that the Frenchman will move to Russia after all having failed to secure a move to English football.The offer of a three-year deal, worth £8m in salary, remains on the table from Dynamo and neither of his English admirers appear to have offered similar terms.Valbuena also spoke to France manager Didier Deschamps to ensure that a move to Russia would not impact his hopes of selection for the national side.And after some words of encouragement from Deschamps, Valbuena could be finally ready to move to Moscow, and the deal could be completed this week. 1 Mathieu Valbuena last_img read more

Angel Di Maria set to join Manchester United tour

first_imgArgentina international Angel di Maria has agreed to join Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States.The 27-year-old appears to be edging closer to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with reports on Friday suggesting the Red Devils have accepted a £45m from the French champions.Di Maria endured a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his British transfer record £59.7million move from Real Madrid and he has struggled to settle in the Manchester area following an attempted burglary at his Cheshire home in February.Manager Louis van Gaal gave Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Javier Hernandez an extended period of leave this summer following their international commitments at the Copa America and Gold Cup.But they were all due to report for duty on July 25 and that still remains the case despite speculation a deal for Di Maria is almost done.“I expect them (Di Maria, Rojo and Hernandez) here tomorrow,” the United manager said at a press conference in San Jose on Friday.“We have communicated (with them) and they have responded to that.”Van Gaal refused to discuss whether Di Maria is leaving for PSG.“I am not answering questions about transfers or the process in transfers,” the Dutchman added.Di Maria will not be considered for United’s third pre-season game against Barcelona on Saturday, but interestingly, United’s fourth and final game of the tour is against PSG in Chicago on Thursday morning. Angel Di Maria 1last_img read more

‘Barcelona are clear – if Man United pay £30m they can have Pedro’, talkSPORT told

first_imgGuillem Balague has told talkSPORT Barcelona will sell Pedro to Manchester United if they meet their €30m valuation.Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is keen to take the Spanish star to the north-west and has reportedly bid £22m as he seeks a replacement for Angel Di Maria.Barcelona are not interested in a deal at that fee, however, but Balague insists they will let him go if the price is right.The Spanish football expert told the Sports Bar: “Barcelona are very, very, very clear. Give us €30m and you can take him.“Of course, Manchester United and Pedro have reached an agreement so it’s just a matter for United to pay the €30m and I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.”last_img

A WEEK BEFORE THE FINAL, SAM MAGUIRE IS REMEMBERED IN COUNTY CORK

first_imgFROM CORK GAA: Today, on the Sunday before the All-Ireland Senior Football Final, Doheny’s GAA Club held their annual commemoration of the late Sam Maguire, native of Dunmanway.The event took the form of a service at the local Church of Ireland, St. Mary’s, followed by the laying of a wreath at Sam Maguire’s grave in the churchyard by County PRO Tracey Kennedy.Sam Maguire’s extensive work for the GAA in London, both as a player and as an administrator, led to his former colleagues collecting money to purchase the Sam Maguire Cup, which is presented each year to the winners of the All-Ireland Football Final. There is no doubt that for these roles alone, he deserves the huge honour of having the most important football trophy in the GAA world named in his memory. However, along with captaining London Hibernians to a number of All-Ireland Finals, and becoming Chairman of the London County Board, Sam Maguire also played an important role in the foundation of our state, which is detailed so well on the Doheny GAA website, www.dohenygaa.com. He worked with Michael Collins, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General of the I.R.B. and Director of Intelligence in Britain. His illness and death at the age of just 48 certainly robbed our state and our Association of a great man.Despite all his achievements, Sam Maguire died in poverty and obscurity at his farm outside Dunmanway, and if it wasn’t for the local people and his GAA colleagues in Dublin and London, his name might never have been heard again.  He is now commemorated not only by the beautiful cup that bears his name, but also by the Doheny GAA ground, Sam Maguire Park, and by the juvenile club in Dunmanway that plays under his name.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.  A WEEK BEFORE THE FINAL, SAM MAGUIRE IS REMEMBERED IN COUNTY CORK was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A WEEK BEFORE THE FINALSAM MAGUIRE IS REMEMBERED IN COUNTY CORKlast_img read more

Gerrard set for STUNNING return, United and City in fight for Real Madrid star

first_img Transfer Rumours and Paper Review Here are the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could be set for a STUNNING return to English football next month when his LA Galaxy contract expires. The former England captain is yet to decide to continue his playing career or hang up his boots, but has suggested he could take up a coaching role. (Sunday Mirror)The Reds are plotting a move for 22-year-old Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, according to reports in Spain. (Don Balon)Manchester United manager boss Jose Mourinho has been told he must sell one of his players before launching a raid for Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte in January. (Sun of Sunday)The Red Devils are set to fight local rivals Manchester City for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos in the upcoming transfer window. (El Chiringuito)Inter Milan are closing in on the signing of United defender Matteo Darmian. (Gazzetta dello Sport)Man City forward Samir Nasri, currently on loan at Sevilla, has said he would like to join the Blues’ sister club New York City FC. (Daily Star Sunday)Swansea are considering giving manager Francesco Guidolin the boot following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool – the Swans’ fourth loss in a row. The Italian has reportedly told close friends that he expects to lose his job within the next few days. (Sunday Telegraph)Meanwhile, West Ham are also considering sacking Slaven Bilic and replacing the Croatian coach with former Roma boss Rudi Garcia. (Sunday Express)Nigel Pearson is on the verge of being sacked by Derby County manager after an argument with owner Mel Morris, who apparently used a drone to watch training sessions. (Sunday Mirror) 1last_img read more