Dear Editor,The freeing of Dr Jennifer Westford and Ms Margaret Cummings is another failure in the latest witch-hunting expedition of this Government, as well as another nail in the Coalition’s coffin. They had instituted trumped-up charges, and were further embarrassed by a no-case conviction statement from a magistrate.I do not know how many more trumped-up charges this Coalition must pursue for them to hear those embarrassing words, “You have no case”; but such is the sorry situation of this bunch we have for a Government, where they would not accept the fact that their incompetence is the real problem, and not the PPP/C, who ran a successful Government, one based on sound economic principles and one that had as its benchmark above board management.So, to earn a conviction of any kind on any one of the PPP/C administrators is a definite no-no. The prudent management of state funds during the PPP/C era dictated that they follow the straight and narrow, so I am convinced that all of these witch-hunts would turn up empty.The Coalition, when in Opposition, represented a conglomeration of parties whose sole aim and purpose was to get the PPP/C out of office. So they embarked on a vicious campaign call of “corruption! The PPP/C is corrupt.” This followed a mass appeal that there would be mass incarceration of “all” PPP/C personnel. So, at the inauguration of that very same coalition, a financial audit was set up to check on the books to unearth all financial improprieties, then round-up all PPP/C so-called fraudsters and put them in jail. To date, that has not taken place, so what we are witnessing here with this last dismissal case is a mad scramble to get a conviction somewhere somehow. Jaipaul Sharma is hard pressed to bring in someone guilty. This is the million-dollar question he is faced with: How can he get a conviction?So, he, in his desperation, is calling for a reinstitution of charges against the two former PPP/C officers. What an oddity!But let me remind Sharma of a few things: it was this very same Junior Finance Minister who, after being paid millions to conduct audits into the former Government’s accounts, said there was no evidence of misconduct or embezzlement of public funds. I am sure folks are familiar with those statements. So how can Sharma now expect Westford and Cummings to be guilty of anything when he was the one in the first place who cleared them of wrongdoing? It just does not make any sense.In the same vein, it does not make any sense to re-institute charges against the two, because the same result would prevail. If anyone should face the heat, it should be Sharma; because to so brazenly drag these two fine ladies to court, and after wasting millions of taxpayers’ money he cannot get a conviction, Sharma is the one who is plain guilty, and should be thrown in jail for peddling lies.But as the situation unfolds, the Government is not giving up. It is prepared to waste taxpayers’ millions in another shot in the air with this political manifesto of massive corruption under the PPP/C Government, without a shred of evidence to support their claim.Finally, Sharma is digging in his heels, seeing time is running out on him and his Government to prove that “corruption” fairytale story true. Sharma, for his own part, is also at his wits’ end to earn his keep as “a minister” in the Coalition. He must show some degree of “relevance” in that coalition of sorts, but what he has to understand is that a lie is a lie, and no amount of talk can change it. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Rehabilitation and construction of the Itaballi to Puruni Road should commence within the coming weeks, according to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A section of the roadway from the Mahdia airstripAccording to the Department of Public Information, responsibility for this specific road falls under the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC); however, the Public Infrastructure Ministry says it recognises the urgency for repairs.This is being agreed to by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who visited Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) on February 7. During the visit, the issue of derelict “roads” was raised by miners and other residents of the Mahdia community.“We are reminded that come hell or high water, night or day, we do have a responsibility to get them (roads) fixed,” declared Minister Trotman.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman walks along a paved section of the Mahdia Main Road during his visit to Region EightHe said the height of the rainy season was usually the worst period for hinterland roads, adding that the Government is working quickly to get them repaired.The Minister said he would expect that the very complainers who also use the roads would assist in ensuring that they were not further damaged.“Trucks are being overloaded with too much fuel and even when the roads start to go bad, instead of easing back on its use, some truck drivers are proceeding without any regard” … “We have a dual responsibility, both the users – the miners, the loggers – as well as the Government, to ensure that the roads are kept open.”According to the Minister, the Government through the Natural Resources Ministry will work along with the Road Services Division of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the GGMC to get the roads ready in a short time.The Public Infrastructure Ministry via a press release also reiterated its commitment to lending its assistance and working with the GGMC to have the roadways, especially the Itaballi to Puruni Road fixed as a matter of priority.
…says int’l reserves could drop to US0M by 2019 if action not takenBy Samuel SukhnandanThe Guyanese economy has been faced with a number of issues over the past two years and the current David Granger-led Administration has been blamed for the economic slowdown in the country, but more than that, the international reserves have declined significantly. The Half-Year Bank of Guyana (BoG) Report clearly supports the position that capital flight is in progress in Guyana.Financial analyst Sasenarine SinghGuyana-born US-based financial analyst Sasenarine Singh believes that this issue calls for the intervention of President David Granger, as he opines that Finance Minister Winston Jordan is incompetent and is lost on the new ideas to turn around this financial meltdown currently happening under his watch.“It is very easy to destroy an economy, but difficult to build one and this is exactly what Jordan is doing by his uninspired management of the finance portfolio. Where are the sound plans to stimulate growth and develop the local economy? If this issue is not attended to soon, it could cause greater economic hardship for all the people of Guyana,” the financial analyst opined.Singh continued, “The situation requires political intervention at the highest level, backed by an advisory presidential economic commission that can charter a new course for the nation. Jordan has had enough time and his performance clearly illustrates that he does not have the ability to solve this economic crisis. Because of his poor leadership, the current financial climate in 2017 in Guyana is now very disconnected from the reality in the world’s economy.”The financial analyst told <<
The Kings played without rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body strain in practice this week and is considered questionable for Saturday’s game against Nashville. “The playoffs are out of reach so it’s more about pride,” Kings forward Dustin Brown said. “The worst thing we can do is just roll over and die.” NOTES: London called, and the Kings and Ducks answered. The Southern California rivals will open the 2007-08 season in a newly refurbished arena in downtown London on Sept. 29-30 as the NHL attempts to expand interest in the game beyond the North American shores. News of the games leaked out several weeks ago, but the dates were formally announced before the Kings and Ducks faced off Thursday night at Staples Center. These will be the NHL’s first regular-season games abroad since the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames played two games in Tokyo to start the 1998-99 season. – Elliott Teaford 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have a lot of respect for (the Ducks),” Cammalleri said. “We have to play well against them or we’re not going to look good. We have a lot of pride and fans who want to see us develop.” Cammalleri’s goal, 3:17 into overtime with Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in the penalty box, capped a rally. The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit, just as they did Saturday against Colorado. LOS ANGELES – The Ducks are in second place in the Western Conference and the Kings are in last place. The gap between them is 31 points, but that’s not discernible when the teams meet on the ice. The crosstown rivals have played seven times this season, and every game has been decided by one goal. The Ducks have prevailed four times to the Kings’ three, but the Kings pulled one out Thursday when Michael Cammalleri’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory before 17,620 at Staples Center. The Ducks, who won their last two games despite blowing a two-goal lead in each, couldn’t pull it out this time. Niedermayer’s interference penalty led to Cammalleri’s 4-on-3 overtime goal. Niedermayer also took an interference penalty on Sunday against Colorado that led to a game-tying goal, but Niedermayer responded with the game-winning goal. There would be no redemption on Thursday. “Everybody has the physical ability here,” Niedermayer said. “It’s our mental focus. Tonight we had it off and on. We didn’t play a consistent game all night.” The team captain echoed his coach, who was disappointed with the Ducks’ effort in a game in which they outshot the Kings 30-21. Kings goalie Sean Burke held up well and Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss, as the Ducks chose to save No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for tonight’s showdown against San Jose. “We didn’t play with the necessary urgency that the situation asked for,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We turned the puck over too many times and it cost us. It’s mental, that’s all it is. Our mental preparation has got to be better.”
1 Manuel Pellegrini with the Premier League trophy Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the club’s stated target of winning five trophies in five years is “not important” to him.City chief executive Ferran Soriano underlined the ambition from the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium in May 2013 when he said about the next five seasons: “On average, I want one trophy or title a year.“That is the Champions League, the Premier League or the FA Cup.”Pellegrini was announced as successor to the sacked Roberto Mancini shortly after and in the campaign that followed, City won the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup.That looks like a decent start in terms of working towards Soriano’s goal, but when asked ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal about the chief executive’s comments, Pellegrini said: “I don’t have a target to win five titles.“Every time I play a competition, I want to win it.“But that thing that we have to win five titles in five years – for me it is not important.”However, Pellegrini was keen to emphasise the point that his side will be doing their utmost to claim silverware at every opportunity.“For this year, our target is exactly the same as last year.“We will play in the four competitions we must play in and we will try to continue in all competitions as far as we can. Exactly the same as last year.“We continue trying to win the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Champions League, and we will see during the season what we can do.”Asked if the players he has are capable of winning the Champions League in 2014/15, he said: “I don’t know. It is impossible for me to know the future.“The only target of our squad is the same as last year – to try to win the four competitions that we are going to play.”
There could be two Dohertys running for Sinn FeinSinn Féin Deputies Pádraig MacLochlainn and Pearse Doherty have welcomed colleague Cllr Gary Doherty’s announcement that he is to seek party approval to contest the forthcoming general election.Speaking following an official statement released on Monday from Cllr Gary Doherty in which the Councillor confirmed his intention to contest party convention for his name to be added to the Sinn Féin ticket, both Deputies MacLochlainn and Doherty said that they would welcome Gary Doherty’s inclusion as Sinn Féin’s third candidate and have stated that they fully support his decision to contest the election.Deputies Doherty and MacLochlainn said in a joint statement: “Following this week’s announcement from our party colleague Cllr Gary Doherty that he is to go before party convention requesting that his name be added to the party ticket for the general election, subject to Ard Chomhairle approval, we are delighted to confirm that it is our intention to support Gary and to pledge our full support for his inclusion to the ballot as Sinn Féin’s third candidate here in the Donegal constituency.” “We both have known and have worked closely alongside Gary for many years and, throughout this time, he has proven himself to be an outstanding and unquestionably capable public representative.“There is no doubt that employing a three candidate strategy in Donegal- something which has yet to be approved by Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle – will be incredibly challenging to successfully accomplish. However, our members across Donegal are energised and up for the challenge of getting three Sinn Féin TDs elected here in the Donegal constituency.“Therefore, we are proud to pledge our full backing for Gary’s candidacy and – as we eagerly await the decision of our national executive – we want to make it perfectly clear that Gary can depend on our full and unwavering support.” DONEGAL TDs BACK THIRD CANDIDATE STRATEGY FOR ELECTION was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalGary DohertySinn FeinTDs
Denis Cheryshev scored two brilliant goals for Russia Yury Gazinsky heads home the first goal for Russia against Saudi Arabia 4 4 4 Yury Gazinsky celebrates scoring the opener for Russia NEXT GROUP A FIXTURESFriday, June 15: Egypt v Uruguay – Ekaterinburg, 1pm kick-offTuesday, June 19: Russia v Egypt – St Petersburg – 7pm, kick-offWednesday, June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia – Rostov-on-Don, 4pm kick-offMonday, June 25: Uruguay v Russia – Samara, 3pm kick-offMonday, June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt – Volgograd, 3pm kick-offGROUP A TABLE 4 Russia thrashed Saudi Arabia to kick off the 2018 World Cup in fine style.The hosts entered the tournament as the lowest-ranked team of all the 32 nations, having failed to win any of their seven build-up games.But they certainly didn’t appear like a team short on quality or confidence as they started their Group A campaign in blistering fashion with a 5-0 victory. Cheryshev then added his first and Russia’s second two minutes before half-time, showing coolness in the box by lifting the ball over one challenge, stepping inside another and drilling the ball past Abdullah Al-Mayouf.The third goal was another header from a deep cross, finished by Artem Dzyuba in the 71st minute, before Cheryshev popped up with his second moment of class in the first minute of stoppage time – a beautiful, dipping effort with the outside of his left foot from 20 yards out.The impressive Golovin – a reported Arsenal transfer target – added to Saudi Arabia’s misery moments later when he curled in a free-kick with almost the last kick of the game to round off a brilliant victory for Russia.MOMENT OF THE MATCHHaving already netted Russia’s second goal in impressive style, Cheryshev was full of confidence and his second strike to make it 4-0 was the pick of all the goals. Collecting the ball outside the Saudi Arabia box, he took one touch before curling the ball with the outside of his left foot over the Saudi goalkeeper’s head and into the top corner. Pure class. CSKA Moscow playmaker Aleksandr Golovin was outstanding for Russia, while Denis Cheryshev, the Villarreal left-midfielder who was once on Real Madrid’s books, scored two sublime goals.Cheryshev’s display was all the more impressive considering he started the game on the bench, only entering the fray midway through the first-half following an injury to Alan Dzagoev.It is the biggest win by a host nation since Italy beat USA since 7-1 in 1934.Roared on by a raucous crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium – which included president Vladimir Putin – Russia were dominant from the start and took just 12 minutes to open the scoring.Yury Gazinsky was the man to make the breakthrough, heading home Roman Zobnin’s cross having been given far too much space by the Saudi defence. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this years 2018 FIFA World Cup with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
The new Raphoe Playground will open later today.After four years of planning and fundraising, Raphoe will finally open its new community playground today.The opening, which takes place at 2pm, will be a hugely proud moment for organisers Jean Laird and the rest of the hardworking committee.The new state-of-the-art playground is located beside the community’s local boxing club after Donegal County Council donated the land. After the land was donated, the hard-working committee set about fundraising for all the playground equipment.Last night former Mayor of Donegal and local councillor Frank McBrearty paid tribute to all those involved in the project.Cllr McBrearty will officially open the new playground later today.He said “I would like to congratulate the hard working committee that have made this project possible and to the community of Raphoe and further afield for their help in supporting all the fund raising events. It was an honour for me to be part of this and its great to see what can be achieved when a community comes together.” IT’S CHILD’S PLAY FOR RAPHOE AS RIBBON TO BE CUT ON SUPERB NEW FACILITY was last modified: April 19th, 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:donegalFrank McBreartyplaygroundRaphoe
“Look, everyone knows we have Sumler, Camarena and Casey; that’s not a secret,” Koffler said. “And we’ve got a competitive group around them that can do great things, but other teams are gunning for us because of those reasons. And if you don’t match that intensity, you’re going to be in trouble.” Last year, the Panthers relied mostly on Sumler to carry the offense. Koffler said fans can expect a more balanced offense this season. “We ran the ball all the time last year, and we were effective. But to take that next step, you have to be balanced, so we’ve improved our passing game,” Koffler said. “We won’t throw every down, but if we can complete eight or nine passes a game along with Sumler’s running, we can keep defenses off-balance. “We have some wrinkles on the offensive side that teams haven’t seen yet, and that’s exciting. We’ve got a bunch of skilled guys that we’re ready to utilize.” San Marino (0-0) at Gabrielino (0-0), 7 p.m. The Eagles make their home debut on their state-of-the-art synthetic surface at a newly constructed football stadium. The Eagles lost a number of offensive weapons, but they have a tough linebacking crew of Ricky Pokorny, Kevin Heinrich, Joel Steinkraus and Anthony McIntosh ready to pick up where the rest left off. The Titans are outsized, which was evident in last year’s 37-0 loss to the Eagles. Second-year Titans coach D.R. Moreland has a returning QB in Chris Yortsos, so protecting him is top priority. — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “They’ve played a real game, and they looked great in that game,” Koffler said. “They learned how to react in live situations. They got to use their special teams. They were able to interchange personnel. Those are all things we haven’t done yet, and you never know what to fully expect until you get out there and do it.” The Gladiators will at least test the Panthers’ sizable defensive front. In last week’s win over Ganesha, Gladiators running back Philip Nemcek rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns, and Willie Guzman turned in 101 yards and a TD. “They’re a very well coached team,” Koffler said of Gladstone. “I see an offense with two good runners in the backfield, an athletic offensive line, quarterback, and a team that plays solid defense. They just do everything right, so we’re going to have to work awfully hard to get this done.” The Panthers took care of the Gladiators last season, winning, 31-13. So, despite Koffler’s concerns, he knows on paper his team has the edge. Expectations are fine, but then comes living up to them. That’s what concerns Rosemead High School coach Matt Koffler heading into tonight’s season opener against Gladstone at Duarte High School beginning at 7. The defending Montview League champion Gladiators, ranked No. 5 in Division X, already have a game under their belt, having easily disposed of Ganesha, 50-7, last week. The Panthers, meanwhile, are ranked No. 7 in Division VII, and return one of the area’s most explosive two-way players in RB/DB Deon Sumler, along with quarterback Jose Camarena and OL/DL Josh Casey. The Panthers, 8-3 last season, looked impressive last week in a scrimmage against Pasadena, but as far as Koffler is concerned, the edge goes to Gladstone.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Angel Gabriel Flores, who was born in Hawaii eight days earlier, never set eyes on his father. The child lives in Hawaii with his mother, who serves in the same Army unit as her deceased husband. “Ricky” Flores’ sister, Rosie Flores, 19, is moved by the outpouring from people who never met her brother. “Don’t worry about anything; we will take care of him,” company officials reassured her about her nephew last year. Angel and his mother, Laura, visited the company’s Santa Clarita offices recently. “The workers, the look in their eyes, they were family to Angel,” said Rosie Flores, a student at the University of California, San Diego. “When Angel grows up he’ll never be able to feel the warmth of my brother Ricky, but he’ll feel the warmth of them. It’s like a warmth only family can give.” Blue Barrel established the trust fund days after Flores died. Many employees have reached deep into their pockets to help out. SANTA CLARITA – Day after day, Santa Clarita’s trash collectors return to their office and empty pocket change into a donation can, building a college fund for the young son of a local soldier who died a year ago today in Iraq. So far they’ve collected more than $10,000, spurred by five co-workers at Blue Barrel Disposal who are family members of the fallen soldier, Army Pfc. Jose Ricardo Flores. “We wanted to make sure this young man would have something for his future,” said Dave Hall, route manager for Blue Barrel. Flores, 21, who lived in Newhall and attended Hart High School, was killed Nov. 16, 2004, in Mosul when explosives hit his convoy. Waste Management has matched the donations, which also have come from employees of haulers with Burrtec Waste Industries and Consolidated Disposal Service and community members. “These are blue-collar workers giving not just what they can – their generosity is beyond belief,” said Chris Fall, public sector services manager for Waste Management, Blue Barrel’s parent company. Co-workers banded around Flores’ uncles, drivers Saul Mejia, Hector Carillo, Antonio Carillo and Luis Flores, and his cousin, mechanic Rene Flores. Collectively, the family members have racked up more than 60 years of service to the hauler. The family’s sadness was compounded when Eva Carillo, Flores’ grandmother, died in a collision in Mexico en route to the young man’s funeral. She was the mother of two of the drivers. Many people take for granted the big trucks guided by agile men in uniforms who whisk away their discards. “These are the guys who have picked up your trash, green waste and recycling for years,” Fall said. “Many people don’t realize the size of the hearts they have.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 email@example.com HOW TO HELP Donations for 1-year-old Angel Gabriel Flores may be made to the “Angel Fund,” account number 2427806413, at any Bank of America. Checks should be made payable to Dave Hall in Trust for Angel Gabriel Flores.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!