Dear Editor,Earlier this month, Berbicians and the rest of Guyana woke up to the announcement that tolls for the Berbice Bridge would be hiked by almost 400 per cent and the effective date of the increases would be Election Day, November 12, 2018. The announcement came from the AFC-aligned Chairman of the Berbice Bridge Corporation Incorporated Board of Directors, Surrendra Persaud. Why did the AFC supporter announce such toll increases and decide that it would be effective on Election Day? Clearly this was designed to cause worry and trepidation among Berbicians, since the Bridge has become so vital for their economic and social increase in tolls well-being. How could the announced not be seen as an election gimmick?Fast forward to a few weeks later, Guyanese woke up to the announcement by Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, about the Government taking temporary control over the operations of the Berbice River Bridge in the interest of public safety. This is the perpetuation of the election gimmick on the Guyanese people.Editor, what is interesting, is that the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) had said that this is election gimmickry and predicted that it was intended to offer Minister David Patterson/the AFC a chance to come in like a ‘knight in shining armour’ to ‘save’ Guyanese. True to prediction, this is exactly what happened.What is also interesting, is that six days before the Local Government Elections, we have this announcement by Minister David Patterson – despite the admission that the matter is still to be dealt with at Cabinet level.I must note that Minister David Patterson had also said that he would seek legal advice, but the law is already clear- There can be no toll increases unless he, the Minister of Public Infrastructure, signs off on it. Why then, did Minister David Patterson choose to drag the issue about seeking legal advice and what-not, when the law was already clear? Even the Attorney General, Basil Williams, agreed that the law passed by the former People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) on the issue is clear and the company will be in breach of the concession agreement if it increases the toll.That said, I want to reiterate the position of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic. The Party has said it is opposed to any toll increases because the financial model does not support any increase of this magnitude and such increases were not provided for in the agreement – as some in government quarters would have Guyanese believe.For three and a half years the issue of the Bridge could have been addressed – a promise made by the Coalition Government. In the pre-2015 election period, Most Berbicians remember another AFC Executive, Moses Nagamootoo, being in Berbice touting a reduction of the toll by half and the takeover of the Bridge by Government. The almost $400M paid to Larry Singh, the tenant of another AFC Executive, Cathy Hughes, for a bottom house touted as a drug bond to the Guyanese people was enough to pay for all of the common shares in the Bridge, and the $1.5B spent on D’Urban Park was enough to buy out about half of the investment made by the National Insurance Scheme in the bonds used to finance the Bridge.We have seen the desperation of the AFC, clutching for any issue with which it could return to Berbice. Because of the string of broken promises made to Berbicians and the mass rejection of the AFC in Berbice, the Party has had to bring up this matter and even go to the extent of compiling fraudulent Nominators’ Lists (Backers’ Lists) in several areas in Berbice, including the hometown of AFC’s Nagamootoo.The people of Berbice will not be victims of the AFC’s election gimmickry.Regards,Zulfikar MustphaMember of Parliament
A Guyanese woman and her 10-year-old daughter were on Tuesday last found dead in their apartment in Nieuw Amsterdam, a village in District Commewijne, Suriname.The duo hailed from Sparta Village, Essequibo Coast, Guyana. Dead are 37-year-old Leelawattie Sookhoo and her daughter, Tisha Ahiram. According to reports, the discovery was made on May 24 after Police in Suriname received a report that the woman’s boyfriend who was supposed to be at work did not show up.When the Police arrived at the house to check for the man, they found that the front door of the building was locked with a padlock and thought that something was amiss.They subsequently broke the padlock and entered only to find the woman lying on the ground with a cord around her neck, while the child was on the bed in a semi nude state.Surinamese law enforcement officers have launched an investigation into the double homicide.The house in which the mother and daughter were found deadGuyana Times understands that the area where the woman lived with her children is known as a fishing area where many Guyanese reside. Nandranie Ahiram, a former mother-in-law of the dead woman, told Guyana Times that they received the dreadful news on Tuesday morning.She noted that the now dead woman was married to her son, but they separated a few years ago after she befriended the man she lived with up to the time of her demise.The former mother-in-law added that the mother of five returned to Guyana last December with her daughter, but despite the fact that one of her four sons begged her to reconcile the relationship with his father, she refused. She went back in January with her daughter, but her four sons remained with their father. She has no other relatives in Suriname, the former mother-in-law related.She noted that her son was devastated by the death of his 10-year-old daughter. Arrangements are being made for a member of the family to travel to Suriname to attend the funeral. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Broadcast Amendment Billone day after private broadcast companies came out to criticise the Government over the proposed Broadcast Amendment Bill and asked for the deferral of the debate and passage of a recently-tabled bill, the Guyana Press Association (GPA)President of the GPA, Neil Markshas come out in support of these companies.“We stand in solidarity with local broadcasters on this issue and will be seeking further legal advice to convince the Government of the need to halt or reverse this process given the severe consequences these amendments pose to freedom of the press in Guyana and the commercial viability of private radio and television stations,” the GPA said in a strongly worded statement.The press body claimed that the amendments being sought will essentially introduce an unwarranted “programme manager” position by the State in the daily schedules of radio and television stations. It said, “The overall provision for the allocation of 60 minutes for public service programmes will disrupt and violate contractual obligations that stations will have with advertisers and programme sponsors.”While recognising that private broadcasters have an important role to play in cases of emergencies and disasters, including matters of public health, the GPA said it out-rightly opposed the actual allocation of times or the need to inform the authority about this or for the authority to dictate time slots if it does not agree with those allocated by the stations.“The GPA strongly objects to the Guyana Government seeking to redefine what constitutes “public service programmes” as this is in direct contradiction and a violation of the letter and spirit of the definition of public service broadcasting as laid down by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) of which Guyana is a member,” it explained.In referring to one of UNESCO’s factors in determining public service broadcasting is independent and free from State and political control, the Press Association asserted that public broadcasting is a forum where ideas should be expressed freely, where information, opinions and criticisms can circulate.This is, according to the body, possible only if the broadcaster is independent, thereby allowing the freedom of public broadcasting to be maintained against commercial or political influence.“If the information provided by the public broadcaster was influenced by the Government, people are less likely to believe the content. Likewise, if the public broadcaster’s programming were designed for commercial ends, people would not understand why they are being asked to finance a service providing programming that is not substantially different from those provided by commercial broadcasters.”The GPA also thinks President David Granger and the rest of the Cabinet may have been ill-advised by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo of what constitutes “public service programmes.” Nagamootoo holds the portfolio of Broadcasting and Information Minister.Further legal advice from local and international experts is being sought by the GPA. The Association also plans on raising this matter with its affiliates such as the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) and the International Press Institute (IPI), and other global press freedom bodies.Several private media owners and operators have expressed several concerns about the Bill. Most of them have said that this Bill could negatively impact their operations, particularly as it relates to the licensing fee structure, the imposition on property and infringement to determine broadcast content. They also claimed that they were not consulted on the amendments.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said that the Bill in its current form is a direct attack on press freedom while urging broadcasters not to sit idly by and allow the Government, through its one-seat majority, to get its way with the passage of the Bill; but rather seek recourse through the courts.Part two of the Bill sets out that broadcast agencies will be mandated to broadcast public service programmes for a total of up to one hour daily. Broadcast agencies will be airing these public service programmes free of cost and as requested by the Government between 06:00h and 22:00h.It is also states that the GNBA reserves the right to direct a broadcasting agency to broadcast emergency notices or disaster warnings for any length of time, and regularly during peak or prime advertising time periods, depending on the nature of the emergency and having regard to public safety.Revoking the 2014 broadcasting regulations, the Act also puts those broadcasters who are already licensed at the mercy of the Authority. It mandates that any licensed entity carrying out broadcast services immediately before the act went into effect will have no choice but to reapply within 30 days for a licence in accordance with the amended law, and plethora of other restrictions.
He’s improved each year and increased his height more than two feet from what he was leaping as a freshman. Cadwalader attributes that growth to Garcia. “I can’t say enough about coach Nick Garcia,” Cadwalader said. “He’s really trained all of us. “I can’t explain my improvement, other than I go to a lot of camps. I’ve been to Mt. SAC, Cal State Fullerton and some others. My coach has connections with a lot of (track) people, and a place like Mt. SAC, which has a lot of great vaulters … they’ve helped us out. It’s a lot of fun.” It’s also a lot of work, which Cadwalader doesn’t mind because he knows the end justifies the means. He also attributes part of his success to being a wide receiver on the football team. “It helps with my speed, which you need when you go down the runway,” he said. “It takes a lot of practice, because you have to try and remain consistent with all your jumps. “There’s different ways to run in track. This way, you have to stay tall, no matter what. The taller you are, the more likely you will get up and over the bar. There’s a lot of different mechanics and a lot of different things we do to get it down. It’s a lot of hard work.” The payoff comes at the end of the season. Last year, Brown and Cadwalader placed in the top five at the CIF-SS Division IV finals and cleared 12-6. Cadwalader placed third, with Brown tying for fifth. The ties in field events are determined by the number of misses. “I was just very consistent (last year),” Cadwalader said. “I really didn’t have any expectations. I just kept on working and was able to stay very consistent throughout the whole season. “That’s the goal this season, and hopefully it will all work out.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m expecting big things this year. I’m expecting big things from all of us,” said Cadwalader, also referring to fellow St. Paul pole vaulters De Dios and Dusty Brown. “I think we all can go 13 feet, and I want to set a personal record (13-6).” No one is doubting Cadwalader can do it. But there also is no doubt the keys to his success go back to De Dios’ meeting with Garcia in 2005. Cadwalader remembers it vividly. “It’s all because of my good friend Eddie,” he said. “His older brother was a pole vaulter (at St. Paul). He graduated and I came with Eddie during our freshman year to talk to the coach. “The pole vault coach was talking with him about pole vaulting, and I was right there with him, listening. (De Dios) asked me to pole vault with him, and three (seasons) later, here I am. I was vaulting 11 feet my freshman year, so it was definitely something I thought I could do.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s hard to imagine what Ryan Cadwalader would be doing at St. Paul High School if he hadn’t accompanied friend Eddie De Dios two years ago to a meeting with Swordsmen pole vault coach Nick Garcia. The junior most likely wouldn’t be a member of the Swordsmen’s boys track and field team, let alone one of the top pole vaulters in the CIF-Southern Section. But after two years honing his craft, that’s exactly where Cadwalader finds himself. The junior, after a top-five finish at last season’s CIF-SS divisional track and field championships, is expecting bigger and greater things this spring.
https://www.youtube.com/audio?video_referrer=watch&v=qRkSMgjtoaIDONEGAL’S U14 girls footballers go into an All-Ireland final this afternoon – against all the odds.Favourites Tipperary are the opposition on a bumpy pitch at Ballymahon, Co Longford, at 4pm. But Greg Harkin’s girls are expected to come out fighting in a bid for all-Ireland glory.A short video of the last six months is above.Click play to watch and enjoy.Said Greg: “We’ve had a great year; but it’s not about today. It’s about the past six months and the effort put in by everyone, particularly the girls and their parents and super coaches including Liam Skelly, Gabrielle Gallagher, Sean Connaughton, Maura McCrudden and Aine Reilly. “We have a wonderful group of players and we’re ready for anything.“We’ve had the most amazing back-up from clubs and parents; we’ll give our all and see what happens. The video probably sums it up.”As someone once said in 2012……Believe DDTV: DONEGAL GIRLS GET READY FOR ALL-IRELAND FINAL BID was last modified: July 4th, 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:ChairmandonegalFootballGirlsU14’s
And with one mighty swing, Pujols saved St. Louis by hitting a stunning three-run homer off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning as the Cardinals rallied for a 5-4 victory Monday night in Game 5 of the NL championship series. “I just couldn’t believe I did it,” Pujols said. “Couldn’t be better than this.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Pujols’ shot over the train tracks high above the left-field wall sent the series back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Wednesday night, with Mark Mulder set to face Houston’s Roy Oswalt. The Cardinals also staved off the wrecking ball at Busch Stadium, scheduled for demolition as soon as their season is over. One strike from ecstasy before David Eckstein’s ninth-inning single, the Astros dropped to an agonizing 0-5 with a chance to clinch the NLCS. One moment, Minute Maid Park was buzzing. The next, it was silent. “It was devastating. We thought we were going to the World Series. We were there,” Lance Berkman said. “Obviously, it was a high to a low, and it wasn’t much fun.” After winning pitcher Jason Isringhausen closed it with two innings of scoreless relief, shocked fans filed quietly out of the ballpark. HOUSTON — They were perched atop the dugout steps, ready to race onto the field for a wild celebration. Only one out to go for the Houston Astros to reach their first World Series. Only one problem — it was Albert Pujols. They came to see something they had never seen before, their hometown heroes advancing to the World Series. Instead, they saw another kind of history. It was only the second time in postseason history that a team facing elimination and trailing in the ninth inning hit a go-ahead home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other was Dave Henderson’s homer for Boston off the Angels’ Donnie Moore in Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. Berkman’s three-run homer in the seventh off Chris Carpenter gave Houston a 4-2 lead, sending the crowd into a deafening roar, and the Astros appeared ready to wrap up this NLCS rematch. They put their fate in Lidge’s normally sure hands. But, trying for his fourth straight save in the series, he couldn’t come through. “This is a bump in the road, but there’s no way this is going to get anybody down,” Lidge said. “This will sting a lot tonight, but when I wake up tomorrow I’ll be ready to go.” After Lidge retired his first two batters in the ninth, the pesky Eckstein grounded a single to left on a 1-2 pitch. Jim Edmonds worked out a walk and Pujols, who had failed to deliver with runners on all night, drove an 0-1 pitch over the limestone facade. Astros starter Andy Pettitte, in the dugout and ready to celebrate with his teammates, mouthed the words “Oh, my” as the ball left the park. Pujols tossed his bat and took a moment to watch it sail while Lidge sank into a crouch on the mound. When Pujols got back to the dugout, manager Tony La Russa grabbed him for a huge hug. “He just told me, The Great Pujols,”‘ the slugger said. “They’re going to be ready in St. Louis. We just need to win two before we lose one.” It was a crushing loss for the Astros and their “Killer B’s.” Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell are still trying to reach the World Series for the first time after 15 years as teammates. “It’s terrible. You’re high as a kite one minute,” manager Phil Garner said. “We were feeling pretty good, but you have to play every out.” With a chance to reach the World Series for the first time in their 44-season history, the wild-card Astros drew a revved-up crowd that was ready to party. Some wore those bright, old rainbow jerseys, and even owner Drayton McLane was jumping out of his box seat now and then. When the Astros went ahead late, a nice touch of symmetry seemed to be in store: Exactly 45 years ago Monday, Houston was awarded an expansion franchise at an NL meeting in Chicago. That’s where the winner of this series will go — to face the White Sox — but it’s not over yet, thanks to Pujols. “It’s the biggest hit I’ve ever seen,” Carpenter said. Biggio’s broken-bat RBI single with two outs gave Houston a lead in the second. Drawing on all his postseason experience, Pettitte pitched out of trouble in the first two innings –but couldn’t escape in the third. Eckstein singled, stole second and moved to third on Edmonds’ single. After Pujols and Reggie Sanders struck out, the left-hander walked Larry Walker, loading the bases. Mark Grudzielanek, batting .138 in the postseason when he stepped to the plate, looped a soft single to right, driving in two runs for a 2-1 lead. Peering over his glove in familiar fashion, Pettitte gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He was tagged for five runs in a Game 1 loss, when he pitched with a swollen right knee after getting struck with a sharply hit ball while running the bases during batting practice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The men’s team had two other runners finish in the top 20 with Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Ill.) coming in 18th in 25:47.7 followed by Matt Cozine (Mt. Prospect, Ill.) in 19th in 25:49.5. Men’s Results SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams turned in solid team and individual performances at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, Saturday morning in Springfield, Mo. 2017 MVC Cross Country ChampionshipOct. 28 – Springfield, Mo. The women’s squad finished eighth in the team race with senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) completing the 5-kilometer course in 17:59.4 to finish 15th and earn All-MVC honorable mention honors. Women’s Team Results1. Bradley, 342. UNI, 553. Loyola, 914. Indiana State, 1145. Illinois State, 1216. Missouri State, 1277. SIU, 1948. Drake, 1979. Valparaiso, 28410. Evansville, 297 The Bulldogs continue their season Nov. 10 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Ames, Iowa. Story Links Women’s Results The young women’s team had the majority of its runners finish in the middle of the pack with Morgan Garcia (Marion, Iowa), Olivia Rogers (Centennial, Colo) and Elizabeth Aho (Grayslake, Ill.) finishing in 39th, 46th and 51st, respectively. Bradley won both men’s and women’s team titles while Loyola’s Lindsey Brewis won the women’s race and Bradley’s Jake Hoffert took top honors in the men’s race. Photo Gallery Men’s Team Results1. Bradley, 492. Indiana State, 493. Illinois State, 884. Loyola, 935. Drake, 1036. SIU, 1367. UNI, 1618. Valparaiso, 2479. Evansville, 276 The men’s team recorded a fifth-place finish in the team standings behind a fifth-place performance from freshman Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria). In his first MVC Championship, Fridrich completed the 8-kilometer course in 25:00.09 to finish fifth in the 70-runner field and earn All-MVC and MVC Freshman of the Year honors. The Bulldogs’ fifth-place finish was the team’s best finish since the 2012 MVC Championship. Print Friendly Version Drake Individual Women’s Results5k – 78 runners15. Bailee Cofer, 17:59.439. Morgan Garcia, 18:50.146. Olivia Rogers, 19:07.251. Elizabeth Aho, 19:13.952. Millie Bretl, 19:14.558. Mykaela Cole, 19:29.360. Rachel Selva, 19:33.563. Meghan Kearney, 19:54.9 Drake Individual Men’s Results8k – 70 runners5. Maximilian Fridrich, 25:00.918. Kyle Brandt, 25:47.719. Matt Cozine, 25:49.526. Kyle Cass, 25:57.135. Josh Yeager, 26:24.945. Chris Kaminski, 26:43.059. Joe Romain
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has praised the influence of Leo McLoone on this current Donegal side ahead of their All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry.Harte believes the Glenties man doesn’t receive enough recognition for how important he is to the Donegal system.Harte told Charlie Collins at the Donegal Daily ‘Up For The Match’ that McLoone was a vital cog in Donegal’s system, and feels he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Harte said, “Leo McLoone is brilliant player, he gets through a mountain of work, and is vitally important to Donegal.“He’s so important to their system, he works so hard, he picks up breaks, he starts attacks, he stops attacks, he’s a super player and doesn’t get the recognition he deserves.Harte pointed to the goals McLoone netted in the earlier rounds of the Ulster Championship.“He took his goals so well against Derry and Antrim, and scored them at crucial stages. “The Derry goal was a huge one and he stepped up to the plate, when they needed it.“They’ll be a lot of speculation on who will start and who won’t start, but he’ll certainly be in the starting line-up on Sunday.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: MICKEY HARTE -“LEO MCLOONE IS THE UNSUNG HERO OF DONEGAL” was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalLeo McLoonemickey hartenewsSport
By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sept 22 (PTI) For the first time, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has managed to procure services of a coach from Asian powerhouse Iran with Hossein Karimi set to join as one of the three foreign coaches along with Andrew Cook of USA and Georgia’s Temo Kazarashvili on a one-year contract. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday approved the appointment of Hossein to coach men’s freestyle grapplers. Cook will guide the women’s wrestlers while controversial Kazarashvili will coach the men’s Greco Roman wrestlers. The WFI was keen to rope in Russia’s Farniev Irbek Valentinovich as women’s coach but by the time bureaucratic hurdles were cleared, he got another assignment. The first assignment for the three foreign coaches would be the Under-23 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bucharest from November 12-18. “It is first time that we have coaches from Iran and USA. Iran was never interested in providing coaches to India but of late, the relations between the two federations have improved, so we managed to rope in Karimi,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI. Karimi was involved with Iran’s team as an assistant coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the country won five medals including a gold in men’s free style through Hassan Yazdani. “Keeping in mind the demand and requirement of India’s top wrestlers, we have hired foreign coaches. They want personal attention during training. We are hoping that along with the Indian coaches, these foreign coaches will be able to help our wrestlers in a big way,” Tomar added.advertisement Asked about the appointment of Kazarashvili, who was suspended for favouring an Uzbekistan wrestler during the Rio Games, Tomar said, “He says he never did that and it was just an allegation. And it’s mistake in past. We are hopeful that he can produce good results. He is a good coach and a former world champion. We did not have a better option.”Kazarashvili had won both junior (1979) and senior (1982) world championship titles. “The women’s grapplers have improved a lot in the US. Getting Cook on board is not a bad deal at all.” India’s current national coaches — Jagmander Singh (men’s freestyle), Kuldeep Singh Malik (women’s) and Kuldeep Singh (Greco Roman) will continue to work with the wrestlers at national camps. PTI AT AT KHSKHS
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Urban Meyer sat down with 10TV to discuss his retirement plans. Meyer revealed he’s teaching a class on character and leadership at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business after he leads the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl against Washington.During the segment, Meyer also revealed what would have kept him at Ohio State. The Buckeyes destroyed Michigan in The Game, but if Meyer’s team lost he’s not sure he would have been able to walk away from the team.In the interview, Meyer said the following about his future if Ohio State lost to Michigan.“Well, I looked up at the scoreboard when we beat the team up north, and the way we beat them…To be honest with you, if we didn’t win that game, I’m not sure I could leave losing that game.”Meyer went on to say that win gave him confidence that Ryan Day was the right choice as the team’s next head coach. “When our team played the way that they did, and I knew coach (Ryan) Day was right there. I’m so confident in what he’s going to do here,” Meyer said.You can see the full interview here.