Four NSL teams confirmed for national titles

first_imgThey’re Rapatona FC and undefeated Hekari United from the Southern Conference and premiers Lae City Dwellers and newcomer Welgris Morobe United from Northern Conference.These are the top two teams out of six clubs from each conference who have qualified for the championship or NSL semifinals following this weekend’s round 10 games.Hekari continued its winning streak defeating PS Huawei FC 6-2.Koriak Upaiga maintained top form scoring three goals for Hekari while Emmanuel Simon scored two goals and Tommy Semmy scored one goal. Huawei’s goals came from Iamo Maneka and Francis Tulem.In other results, Gigira Laitepo United lost to Rapatona 2-1 and Erema FC beat FC Port Moresby 2-1 in the southern conference.The northern conference saw Welgris Morobe thrash Goroka FC 3-0, Besta PNG United drew with Admiralty Palaiau nil all and despite the loss to Madang FC 2-1, Dwellers qualify for the semis after leading the score board.The championship will commence next weekend followed by the grand final to determine the winner of the season.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.last_img read more

Big guns for Alex’s Imports Gold Cup

first_imgThe big guns of racing will hold centre stage in the 44th running of the Alex’s Imports Gold Cup feature over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Eleven entries were received for the popular grade-one race that dates back to 1967, when the legendary KILOWATT won the inaugural running. The star-studded field includes last year’s winner, POTCHEEN, the reigning champion sprinter; Horse of the Year TYPEWRITER; the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR; the bang- in-form imported horses UPPA TUNE and FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, UNCLE TAF as well as PETE’SWILDONE; and this year’s St Leger winner, SUPERLUMINAL. CTL’s racing secretary, Denzil Miller Jr, said “with the very best on show, it’s a race worth going miles to see”. He was quick to add: “The Gold Cup, for a purse of $1.6 million, kick-starts what promises to be a fantastic last quarter of racing on the calendar, what with the $10.55m Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series commencing on Monday (Heroes Day), followed by the prestigious Superstakes on Saturday, November 14, and the inaugural running of the Diamond Mile, with a record purse of $13.5 million on Saturday, December 5. “No other period in the history of racing at Caymanas Park has seen so many major races in the offing and coming at the back end of the season. It will provide a feast for racing fans,” he added. Veteran trainer Harry Parsard, whose top horses POTCHEEN and UPPA TUNE have won a number of grade-one trophy races this season, says neither can be taken lightly despite the strength of the opposition. “Potcheen ran on strongly to win the race with a light impost last year ahead of stable companions UPPA TUNE and PETE’SWILDONE in a memorable sweep, and although set to carry topweight of 57.0kg on Saturday, this will not deter him,” said Parsard. “Uppa Tune, on the other hand, is versatile and consistent as they come and being a better horse this year, should enter the reckoning in a big way,” added Parsard, who will have two other runners in SUPERLUMINAL and PETE’SWILDONE. Two-time Superstakes winner TYPEWRITER could only manage fifth as the 2-1 favourite under topweight of 57.0kg last year, but is coming to run, with 56.0kg this time around, for trainer Spencer Chung. Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will saddle two strong contenders in recent Governor General’s Stakes winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR (55.0kg) and the speedy American colt, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, who will have to be caught. Both are coming off recent wins and should make the race all the more interesting. Strong performerslast_img read more

Phone thief jailed for 3 months

first_imgA man who was found guilty of stealing a Samsung Galaxy phone was jailed for three months when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Sheik Majid of Georgetown pleaded not guilty to the allegation when it was read to him by Magistrate Annette Singh.It is alleged that on August 16, 2016 at the Route 42 Minibus Park, he stole one Samsung Galaxy phone valued $140,000, property of Leon Curt.The prosecution contended that on the day in question, the virtual complainant (VC), Curt, was sitting in a bus when he took out his phone, used it and then returned it to his shirt pocket. The defendant passing in another bus snatched the phone from his shirt pocket while the bus drove away.Majid was later arrested and charged for simple larceny.last_img

Ramadan Goodwill: 8 Mosques Get L$310,000 Food Items

first_imgEight congregational Mosques (also called Friday Mosques) in five communities in Montserrado County Electoral District #14 benefited from “free food” items, worth over L$310,000 donated by Kerkulah M. Kamara.The Jami Mosque (or Congregational Mosque) include Vai Town Field Mosque (Vai Town), Corneh Yard Mosque (Vai Town), Gibraltar Central Mosque (Gibraltar Community), Fanimah Mosque (Clara Town), Clara Town Central Mosque (Clara town), Sheriff Yard Mosque (Doe Community), Cow Factory Mosque (Doe Community) and Freeport Central Centre Mosque (Freeport).The Jomeh Mosque, also known as Jama Masjid (refers to the main mosque of a town, city or village, and is usually the place of gathering for Eid prayers and Friday prayers.The free distribution of the food items was held yesterday at the Movement for Intellectual Exchange Center (dubbed Mini Youth Intellectual Center) in Clara Town, Bushrod Island.Mr. Kerkulah M. Kamara, an aspirant for the Montserrado County District # 14 Representative seat, said the donation is to support the faithful Muslims in the last days of Ramadan, which is considered as compulsory all prayer nights.Muslims belive that, though all parts of the fast and prayer Month of Ramadan – June 18 to July 16 — are full of blessings and rewards, the last ten days, according to the Qu’ran, which include compulsory all night prayer by a family, holds a special status reflected in the recommendations and practices of Islam.Mr. Kamara advised Muslims to remember the country in prayers.“This donation is my widow’s mite and, as we all fast and pray in the Month of Ramadan, it is intended for Allah to give us the strength to go through,” the Montserrado District # 14 aspirant said.The food items are 64 bags of rice (25k), 144 Kettles, 240 boxes of ata-yee, seven cartoons of Evita evaporated filled Milk and four large bags of sugar.Muslims observe Ramadan worldwide as a month of fasting and prayer to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.A Muslim Youth, Haji Massaquoi, who served at Coordinator for the distribution of the food items, said the donation of food items form Mr. Kamara, popularly known as Muka, is in two-fold; the second aspect to be presented and distributed next week before the end of Ramadan.“Those congregation Mosques which are not part of first distribution would benefit from the second distribution – and may Allah continue to bless Muka,” Mr. Massaquoi said.Imam Alhassan Kromah, on behalf of beneficiaries offered a special prayer and gave thanks for Mr. Kamara for the gifts in the last ten days of the fast.“May Allah always be with you, carry you and protect and may you live long,” Imam Kromah said. The Youth Chairman of Clara Town, Robert J. Jasper expressed his thanks and appreciation to Mr. Kamara for the donation and to those Muslims who are fasting. “Hats- off to Mr. Kamara, we highly appreciate your gesture including the erection of the Youth Center where most of the come to discussion community, national and international issues,” Jasper said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defense Lawyer Twists Tongue

first_imgA dramatic change of heart by the defense team of four of the seven persons accused of duping the John F. Kennedy Medical Center of hundreds of thousands of United States dollars was enough yesterday for Judge Emery Paye to immediately suspend the jury selection exercise.The parties, prosecutors and defense team had earlier agreed for Judge Paye to communicate with Chief Justice Francis Korkpor to make available funding and other facilities, so that, if they were successful in selecting the panel of jurors yesterday, they would have been immediately sequestrated in the basement of the Temple of Justice.To the dismay of Judge Paye yesterday when the jurors were seated to commence their selection process, a member of the defense team, Cllr. Thompson Jargba, rejected the exercise.Resisting the process, Cllr. Jargba who represents co-defendant Patrick Konuwah, the hospital’s accounts officer believed to be the master planner of the scheme, explained that if the panel were to be sequestrated, they would have been placed under the full control of the Ministry of Justice that is the prosecuting arm of government.Each of the four defendants that challenged the allegation brought against them by the government hired a separate lawyer.The remaining three defendants had earlier admitted their involvement into the act and also asked for forgiveness, which prosecutors and the court have already accepted.Further to that Cllr. Jargba argued that “The sheriff that is assigned in this court is an employee of the ministry who takes instructions from his bosses. Even the police that would be entrusted to protect the jury are also employees of the ministry.”As a result, Konuwah’s lawyers claimed that the jury would be tampered with to bring down what he considered as “dictated verdict,” against his client, arguing, “We would not have the time at night to check places where the police would be minding the sequestrated jury.”Concluding his contention, Cllr. Jargba asked Judge Paye to rescind or withdraw his initial ruling to which he granted sequestration of the trial jury and order the selection of the panel.In counter argument, prosecutors said that Cllr. Jargba had earlier waived his rights and cannot come back to cry foul and his action is a further violation of the law and therefore his request should be denied.They further argued that sequestration of the jury is a legal requirement under the law, because the jurors should be kept together to afford them opportunity as the trial’s facts have unhindered deliberation about the matter.Immediately after listening to the arguments, Judge Paye said, “The selection of the trial jury would be tabled.” He did not state when the selection process would resume.However, Judge Paye assured the defense that there should be no fear as to whether or not the sequestrated jurors would be tampered with.“The jury would be under the watchful eyes of the sheriff being guided by the court. As such, there should be no fear on each side regarding the jury sequestration during the hearing,” the Criminal Court judge said.Judge Paye warned lawyers not to interfere with the trial jury and anyone caught would face the full weight of the court. “We are going to do everything in our power to promote the image of this court.”The Court has been at the center of jury tampering allegations in recent times.The most recent was during the trial of former National Port Authority Managing director Matilda Parker, when a piece of paper was intercepted from two bailiffs by police officers assigned with the jury panel.The paper, the police said was addressed to the jury by Madam Parker’s lawyers, an allegation that was supported by two of the bailiffs directly assigned with the jury panel.But the bailiffs, when they were interrogated by the court, accused the jury management team that is responsible to recruit jurors for possible selection, of issuing the letter to have it delivered to the jurors, an allegation which a member of the jury management team denied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt initiates delaying tactics ahead of CCJ’s ruling

first_imgNo-confidence motion case…new evidence against Charrandas desperate – DatadinAttorney-at-law Sanjeev Datadin has accused the APNU+AFC Coalition of misleading the public with the recent application it made to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the pending appeals on the no-confidence motion.In an apparent move to further delay the court’s rulings on the appeals, the Government is now seeking to have introduced new evidence relating to former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, he said.However, in a statement late Friday night, Persaud’s attorney in the proceedings, Datadin, sought to clear the air on the application being sought by the Government.“The application filed by the Attorney General is desperate. It is another ‘red herring’ designed to mislead the nation. The AG has deliberately and mischievously not disclosed the whole truth of the statement made by our client, Charrandas Persaud. The statement is sadly taken wholly out of context,” the attorney said in the statement.According to Datadin, he would be filing a response with the CCJ immediately.In an application filed by Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay on behalf of Attorney General Basil Williams on Friday, the Trinidad-based regional court is being asked to, among other things, grant permission for the submission of new evidence that has recently become available to the AG.According to the court application, the evidence “will probably have an important influence on the outcome of this appeal, and… is credible,” and as such, Government is seeking permission to make submissions on whether the new evidence should be admitted; and if admitted, the relevance of the new evidence to the outcome of the appeal.The “new evidence” has to do with comments made by the former AFC MP Charrandas Persaud, who crossed over to vote in favour of the Opposition’s no confidence motion against the Coalition Government.The application was filed on the grounds that, among other things, there was no direct evidence of whether Persaud knew that he was unqualified to be candidate and disqualified from sitting in the National Assembly.Having heard oral submissions from the various parties in the consolidated appeals in two marathon sessions on May 9 and 10, the CCJ panel of judges is expected to deliver their ruling within the coming days. However, with this move by the Government, this process can further be delayed.Much is hinging on whatever decision the court delivers, but the most crucial decision would be on the calculation of what constitutes a “majority” to give effect to Art 106 (6): “The President and the Cabinet shall resign if the Government is defeated by a vote of majority of all elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Following the December 21, 2018 passage of the no confidence motion against the Government, the Coalition Government challenged the validity of the motion; and after failing to get the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, to reverse it, Government approached the High Court.However, acting Chief Justice Roxane George in January upheld the passage of the motion, ruling that it was validly passed with the 33 majority. This decision was then appealed by Government at the Appeal Court, which in March ruled via a 2-1 majority that an absolute majority of 34 votes is needed to successfully pass the motion.As a last resort, the CCJ is being asked to finally determine these matters.last_img read more

No National Assembly sitting today – clerk

first_img…as parliament comes out of recessAs Parliament comes out of recess today, no sitting has been fixed according to the clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoHe told Guyana Times on Wednesday that there is no indication as to when the sitting will be held.As it is, President David Granger and his caretaker coalition government is under pressure to dissolve Parliament since an elections date has already been announced.However, during a recent address to the nation on September 25, 2019, the Head of State had said, “The Government of Guyana must, as a consequence, return to the National Assembly to request an extension. The National Assembly reconvenes on 10th October, 2019. The President is required to both dissolve Parliament, as provided for in the Constitution at Article 70 (2), and the ten Regional Democratic Councils, as provided for in the Constitution at Article 73 (2)”.National Assembly Clerk Sherlock IsaacsSince announcing March 2, 2020 as Elections Day weeks ago, and subsequent issuance of the elections proclamations, calls have been mounting for President Granger to now dissolve the 11th Parliament.But Attorney General Basil Williams last week said the coalition is still hopeful that the parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party/C (PPP/C) – will return to the National Assembly to extend its life; otherwise, he foresees a “crisis” situation in Guyana.Williams had indicated that Government was supposed to make a decision on its return to Parliament at its Cabinet (which, according to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), stands resigned) meeting on Tuesday.Cold waterHowever, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had long thrown cold water on any expectation that his party will return to Parliament. In fact, the Opposition had not attended any parliamentary sitting since January when House Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, had refused to overturn the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion as requested by Government and directed them to seek redress in the courts.The CCJ – Guyana’s highest appellate court – has since validated the passage of the Opposition-tabled motion, which it said activated Article 106 of the Constitution. This provides for Cabinet, including the President, to resign and call elections in three months unless there is a two-thirds majority vote of all sitting members of the National Assembly to extend that timeline.Jagdeo, a former President, had clarified that an extension of Government’s life is unnecessary since it is not linked to any decisions that should be taken to facilitate the polls.Moreover, the CCJ would have bestowed the coalition administration with a caretaker status, indicating that its main function is to host elections.“He sought to link the date with the return of the parliamentary Opposition to Parliament to extend the life of his Government…Therein are several fallacies. One, there is no link to the extension of his Government, which has been illegal since March 21. He never sought that extension before,” Jagdeo had pointed out.The Opposition Leader further added, “Secondly, the extension is wholly unnecessary for him to discharge the caretaker responsibility that had been accorded to him by the CCJ. Because a caretaker Government is only vested with one responsibility, that is, holding elections and having the authority to do all the things necessary with the holding of elections. By virtue of being caretaker, he can proclaim the date and he can dissolve the Parliament”.According to Jagdeo, Government is looking at the extension as a legal footing for activities which are not authorised under a caretaker administration.“We believe the real reason for all of this [is] they want legal coverage for all the criminal acts of theft and transfers of resources that they have committed because they believe if we extend the life of the Government, there will be no prosecution. There can’t be prosecution,” he signalled.In this regard, he reaffirmed that there is a zero per cent chance of them returning to the National Assembly.“We have no intention of going to Parliament to extend the life of his Government. Absolutely none. No intention whatsoever,” Jagdeo positioned.last_img read more

Recidivism falls to 27-year low

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe department’s goal is to reduce the rate an additional 10 percent by 2010, Woodford said. Felons are considered recidivists when they return to prison for any reason, including committing a new crime or violating parole. Corrections officials could not pinpoint exactly why recidivism rates were dropping. Ryken Grattet, assistant secretary for the department’s research office, speculated that expanded parolee programs, changes in the law and local community activities all played a role. Two-year recidivism rates also are declining, officials said. Of the inmates who were paroled in 2003, 51 percent were back in custody after two years. The last time the two-year recidivism rate was that low was in 1991 at 50 percent. The rate has dropped about a percentage point a year from 56 percent in 1999 to 51 percent in 2003, the department said. SAN FRANCISCO – Fewer than 40 percent of parolees reoffended during their first year out of prison, the lowest rate in more than a quarter century, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday. Just over 38 percent of all felons who were released from prison in 2003 landed back behind bars by the end of the following year, the lowest rate since 1979. “While it is still early, this kind of information shows we are heading in the right direction, and the thing to remember is every drop in the recidivism rate means fewer victims in our neighborhoods,” said acting department Secretary Jeanne Woodford. The one-year recidivism rate peaked in 1988 at about 54 percent and has been on the decline since 1997 when it was just under 45 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL PLANNING TO GET THE ‘POINT’ OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL!

first_imgHarvey’s Point is inviting hikers from all over the world to its special ‘Gathering’ event which tracks the Irish leg of the famous Appalachian Trail from Donegal to Antrim.Sliabh League is among the reasons why tourists visit Donegal.The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) traditionally stretched from Georgia to Maine and welcomes an estimated 2.5 million hikers each year.Last year, this trail was extended to include the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League through to the stunning Antrim coast, finishing in Ballycastle. This exciting and educational event runs from the 23rd to the 27th September 2013, featuring Harvey’s Point as the base.Our aim is to help position Ireland in the USA and Canada as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to promote Donegal & Northern Ireland with a cross-border trail.​All walks are between 4- 5 hours , 3 of the 4 walks will contain some off road walking so a good pair of waterproof boots are essential as is water proof jackets and over trousers. Day 1Disert to Harvey’s Point: The most scenic section of the Bluestack way, taking in the Eglish valley and the rugged splendour of the Bluestacks.Day 2Slieve League: Where the International Appalachian Trail starts in Europe. Starting in Bunglas and taking in the highest sea cliff sin Europe, an early Christian site on the slopes of slieve league and finishing in the sleepy fishing village of Teelin.Day 3Loughal to Leghowney , starting at ruins of an hunting lodge at Loughall, crossing the border at Kelly’s bridge and winding our way through mountain farms and forestry, finishing at a rural Ballroom of Romance” Day 4Glencolmcille past the deserted area of Port through the foothills of Slievetooey to the golden strands at MagheraFor further details please contact our Sales Team on 00353 749722208 or email heide@harveyspoint.comDONEGAL PLANNING TO GET THE ‘POINT’ OF THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL! was last modified: August 1st, 2013 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:Appalachian Wayharvey’s pointThe Gatheringlast_img read more

Woman hit in drive-by shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A 51-year-old Whittier woman was listed in guarded condition Saturday after being struck at least once in what police say was a drive-by shooting. The woman was inside a home in the 10700 block of West Orange Grove Avenue when a bullet fired from a passing car struck her in the head. The shooting occurred at 6:28 p.m. She was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment. Authorities said it was not known if she would survive. No arrests had been made as of late Saturday. Police could provide little information about a motive behind the shooting or whether the woman was the intended target. “Was this a gang-related incident or was it a domestic incident? We don’t know,” said city spokesman Allan dela Pena. Police said a “dark-colored vehicle” had been seen heading west on Orange Grove at the time of the shooting. There was no information about the type of gun that was used or how many people might have been in the car. “Several shots fired; we don’t know specifically how many,” Pena said. Pena said gang violence is rare in Whittier, but investigators were asking potential witnesses if they heard anyone yell anything at the time of the shooting that might indicate a motive. No one else was believed to have been injured in the shooting, Pena said. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4458last_img read more