18 Jan

Vice President Boakai Praises Motorcyclists for Cooperating with Police

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai is commending motorcyclists around the country for the demonstrated cooperation with the Police following the issuance of recent regulations.  Vice President Boakai described the response of the cyclists and their Union thus far as mature and responsible, urging them to continue to constructively engage the Police, Transport Ministry Officials and other stakeholders to address their concerns. He said motorcyclists owe it to their riders and themselves to operate in a safe manner while the Police have a responsibility to ensure public safety.Vice President Boakai acknowledged that the motorcyclists were rendering a crucial service by providing alternative means of transport to a large segment of the populace, but said there was a dire need to ensure public safety.  He called on civil society organizations, the cyclists’ Union and the Ministry of Transport to provide essential public safety training programs and conduct public awareness campaigns for both cyclists and the general public.The Vice President was speaking today at his Capitol Building office when he addressed issues of national concern.  VP Boakai also called on the Ministries of Commerce and Transport as well as the Liberian National Police to take appropriate steps to ensure that other commercial transport drivers do not exploit citizens by hiking their fares thereby imposing additional hardship on the population.Expressing optimism that the recent regulations will ultimately create “win-win” opportunities for all involved, the Vice President also hailed the resolve of the Police in this effort to save lives, protect property, and maintain stability.The Vice President concluded that this exercise should be given all the support so that it results in significantly raising the public safety climate in the country to as greatly improved level for all.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17 Jan

Young people and crime

first_imgDear Editor,The constant rise of crime in Guyana is a perpetual phenomenon, and a very frightening situation among our young women of late and young men. As I watched the news and read the papers, I am flabbergasted at the vast number of young women who are into the drug trafficking business, and are being sentenced and fined heavily by our courts.These are very young women who are involved in these drug crimes. Also, young men we see daily involved in robbery-under-arms, murder, rape, drug trafficking; and the long dismal list of crime daily goes on. This does not mean that older drug dealers are not involved by using these young people as their ‘’scapegoats’’ to carry out their insidious acts. We also saw on the news that different types of drugs are infiltrating our school system, and we are told the drug pushers are the students. We will now need more school security, before guns infiltrate our schools.Most young people who are involved in crime have a desire to ‘’get rich quick,’’ and many of them are very educated but they don’t want to work or seek a job, they have decided to keep the wrong company, thus their being pushed into a life of crime by peer pressure — to get easy money to wear brand name clothes, drive expensive cars, and wear millions in jewellery.In poor economies like Guyana’s, where unemployment is on the increase, closing down of the sugar industry is another broad road to crime. Young people are frustrated because they have no jobs to gain even if they are qualified from university, and most seek to migrate on the ten-year visa, never to return.I read in the papers that we will get US$1 million a day from 2020 as remuneration for oil and gas. Those are words from President Granger. He did not say for how many years we will get the one million US dollars a day, but that is a lot of money. Professor Clive Thomas wanted to give one million Guyana dollars to every family here, which is not a lot of money here.We will not be extracting oil for the next 23 years in Guyana, so it will be wise if this administration and the incoming administrations have a strategic economic plan to invest this money by opening up more job opportunities for our Guyanese people; by creating more industries, and not more ‘’debts’’. This money can also be used to modernise the sugar industries, so that workers can get more jobs. If we can invest wisely in modern technology and create more payable jobs, also raise teachers’ pay to three hundred thousand dollars per month, we will have more Guyanese coming back to live here than the massive migration we have seen for the past fifty years.A close look at our markets and in Georgetown tells me clearly that we have more sellers than buyers, so if everybody wants to be a businessman or woman, then who will buy? This administration need to invest in our security system, pay the police and soldiers better wages and salaries, so they won’t take bribe, but work for their money. We have to stamp out this drug trade before it gets out of control.Too many guns are on the streets. Too many young men are getting easy access to guns, to just walk into businesses in broad daylight and rob people; and they can outgun the Police, so they are not caught.Life is about hard work; that is what God requires of us.Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

12 Jan

Attempted murder of La Penitence Market elderly couple

first_img…Police Lance Corporal expected to testifyA Lance Corporal attached to the Ruimveldt Police Station will today take the stand before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to give evidence in an alleged attempted murder case involving an elderly couple, which occurred at the La Penitence Market earlier this year.The accused, Dason Jupiter, who has been arraigned on one count of robbery-under-arms and two counts of discharging a loaded firearm, was on Thursday further remanded to prison after the rank failed to make an appearance.It has been reported that on April 2, 2018, while at Saffron Street, Georgetown, Jupiter discharged a loaded firearm at Dodnauth Danasri with intent to cause him actual bodily harm.It is further alleged that on April 2, 2018, he robbed Hardai Danasri of $150,000 cash before making good his escape on a bicycle.The victim and his wife, residents of Windsor Forest, West Coast Demerara, were attacked and robbed while they were plying their trade at the La Penitence Market.According to reports, after carting off the cash, Jupiter and three other men fired shots at the couple, which resulted in Doodnauth being hit to his head.The gunmen had managed to escape after the ordeal, but Jupiter was later apprehended by Police officers.Reports are that on the day in question, Doodnauth Danasri, 62, had just finished packing goods on the stall when Jupiter pounced on him while two other bandits were on the lookout. Jupiter demanded that Danasri hand over cash.The bandits then turned their attention to the man’s wife, after noticing that she was wearing an apron containing cash. In an attempt to defend his wife, Doodnauth Danasri whipped out a knife to confront the men, but they in turn shot him to the head before snatching the woman’s apron.Ranks from the Ruimveldt Police Station arrived on scene shortly after the shooting, and transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital the injured Doodnauth Danasri, bleeding profusely from the head.last_img read more

6 Jan

Real Madrid’s Khedira dilemma: Chelsea, Arsenal or Bayern to benefit?

first_img Sami Khedira’s exit from Real Madrid now looks even more likely. Could Chelsea, Arsenal or Bayern benefit? 1 Sami Khedira’s departure from Real Madrid is back on the agenda this week after stories in Spain emerged suggesting Los Blancos won’t allow him to leave for free next summer.The Madrid media had previously claimed that Khedira rejected an offer to renew his contract with the Champions League holders, hoping to run down the remaining twelve months of his current deal to claim a bigger signing-on fee next summer.Madrid won’t play ball with Khedira however, and instead are likely to try and offload him before the end of the current transfer market, but as a natural consequence they may be forced to accept a lower fee than they had previously hoped to gain.talkSPORT takes a look at some of the clubs that could benefit from Madrid’s Khedira dilemma…ChelseaKhedira was one of Jose Mourinho’s most trusted players at Real Madrid, so it’s no surprise that the Portuguese coach is keen to reunite with the German. There’s more than sentiment at the heart of the interest however: Chelsea still lack quality defensive cover in the deep midfield positions. Should Nemanja Matic get injured or pick up a lengthy suspension, then as things stand the Blues would be forced to look to either John Obi Mikel, youngster Nathan Ake or even Ramires, and none of those players have the combination of quality and physicality that Khedira brings to the role. Along with his defensive strengths, Khedira also excels as a ‘box-to-box’ player, so using him in a midfield three alongside Matic and Cesc Fabregas could be a further option for Jose Mourinho.Bayern MunichKhedira was tentatively linked with a return to his homeland earlier this summer, and a move is now more likely than ever following an unfortunate cruciate ligament injury picked up by Javi Martinez in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 DFL-Supercup loss to Borussia Dortmund. With Martinez out for the foreseeable future, Thiago Alcantara yet to recover from his own lengthy lay-off, and Toni Kroos now at Real Madrid, Bayern suddenly look pretty light in midfield, so Khedira could be a decent emergency option for the Bavarians in less than ideal circumstances.ArsenalArsene Wenger’s desire to sign Khedira is well known, and the Gunners came close to tying up a move for the midfielder earlier this summer only to turn cold following excessive wage demands. Recent events could play into their hands in however, as Madrid’s need to sell means they are in a weaker position regarding Khedira’s transfer fee, and that in turn could free up more cash for Arsenal to pay his wages. Whether the Gunners are happy to pay the player more is a different question, however.Other contendersAlong with the three clubs mentioned above, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see several other high profile sides move in for the German. Liverpool, for example, have been heavily linked with Alex Song over the last few weeks, but if Khedira is available for a decent price the Madrid man would be a major upgrade on the Cameroon midfielder. Manchester United’s own fruitless quest to sign another midfielder this summer could even lead to the Red Devils joining the race, meanwhile. Expect more teams to be linked with Khedira in the coming days.Where do you think Sami Khedira will play his football this season? Let us know below…last_img read more

6 Jan

Stima’s Babu wins coach of the month gong

first_img0Shares0000Fidelity Insurance Regional Manager Sammy Chirchir presents September Coach of the Month gong to Western Stima tactician Salim Babu at Moi stadium Kisumu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1 – Western Stima tactician has beaten Bandari’s Bernard Mwalala and Tusker’s Robert Matano to clinch the season opening Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK)/Fidelity insurance coach of the month award for August/September.Babu led Stima to pick eight points off a possible 12 from four matches and he notches his second coach of the month award having picked the same silverware during his stint as Sony Sugar head coach “I am elated with the recognition from SJAK and their partner Fidelity Insurance.T he award is a motivation to me as I seek to finish the season unbeaten. I am hopeful that we can finish within the top eight in the first leg even though we are not title favorite. I have the required depth to navigate through the season,” he said after receiving his award in Kisumu on Friday.Western Stima players join their coach Salim Babu after he was named the KPL/SJAK Fidelity Insurance cooach of the month for August/September 2019“The boys have been working hard in the past seven rounds and we are looking to carry the fighting spirit for our next match against Bandari,” Babu further stated.In a poll conducted by the SJAK football commission, Babu narrowly floored the trio of Mwalala, Matano and AFC Leopards’ Andre Cassa Mbungo who all tied on seven points.Stima started off the campaign with back to back draws, picking a point in a 2-2 draw away to Kariobangi Sharks in Machakos before squaring it barren against Wazito in Kisumu.They however responded to the two points with a 1-0 victory over Posta Rangers away in Machakos and a 2-1 victory over local rivals and league newcomers Kisumu All Stars.0Shares0000(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

30 Dec

Manchester United fans express their delight as Martial starts in Champions League

first_img Anthony Martial 1 Anthony Martial will make his full debut for Manchester United tonight after he was included in an attacking starting line-up to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League. The French teenager scored on his first apperance for the Red Devils against Liverpool on Saturday and United fans seem pretty excited to get another glimpse of their new star.last_img

24 Dec

Registration for 10th Annual Grand Blue Mile Opens with $10 Flash Sale

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (Feb. 12, 2019) — Registration for the 10th annual Grand Blue Mile on April 23 opened today with a $10, two-day flash sale. This deeply discounted price is available for all ages now through Feb. 13. Join thousands of runners and walkers in downtown Des Moines for America’s third largest one-mile race. Registration is now open at grandbluemile.com. The $10 flash sales ends at 11:59 p.m., on Feb. 13, after which regularly priced registration is $15 for youth and $20 for adults. As part of Wellmark’s commitment to improving the health of Iowans, all proceeds benefit Iowa Kidstrong school fitness programs and the historic Drake Relays. “Since its founding in 2010, Grand Blue Mile has had a tremendous impact on central Iowa communities,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®’s senior brand marketing manager and Grand Blue Mile co-race director. “We’ve hosted approximately 34,000 participants of all fitness levels and encouraged Iowans to build healthy habits to empower positive change. Grand Blue Mile has also awarded nearly $70,000 to Iowa Kidstrong, an organization that promotes healthy and active lifestyles among central Iowa youth.”  To enroll your organization at no cost, email drakeroadraces@drake.edu or call 515-271-1957. Print Friendly Version Join the Relays Wellness ChallengeNew for 2019 is the Relays Wellness Challenge. This is an employer-based team competition to promote a healthier Iowa. Points will be awarded based on participation in the Drake Road Races on April 20 and Grand Blue Mile. Participating companies will compete in three categories: small (5 to 50 full-time employees), medium (51 to 500 full-time employees), and large (more than 500 full-time employees).center_img Points will be awarded based on participation and completion of events. Employees of enrolled companies will also receive one point for volunteering at either event or at the Relays Health & Fitness packet pick-up expo on April 19. Finishers will receive: two points for the mile, two points for the 5K, three points for the 10K and four points for the half-marathon. The winning team in each division will be formally recognized in a Business Record advertisement celebrating the achievement and receive a traveling trophy for display. “We’re excited to celebrate this important milestone in Grand Blue Mile history and look forward to seeing a record number of finishers in 2019,” said Blake Boldon, Director of the Drake Relays. “From the beginning of our partnership, Wellmark and the Drake Relays committed to making this event accessible to Iowans of all abilitiesand we’re proud to continue that tradition into our 10th running.”  To date, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Drake University, Des Moines University, EMC Insurance Companies, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Hy-Vee, Meredith Corporation, and YMCA of Greater Des Moines have all pledged to support the inaugural challenge, with many more employers primed to enroll in the coming weeks.last_img read more

22 Dec

HARPS HELD IN FRUSTRATING DRAW BY BOTTOM CLUB WATERFORD

first_imgAction from tonight’s clash at Finn Park. Pic Joe Boland/NorthWest NewsPixFINN HARPS were held to a scoreless draw by Waterford at Finn Park this evening.And the home side will be kicking themselves as they had a number of opportunities to take all the points against the side at the bottom of the First Division.Damien McNulty did have the ball in the back of the next with a quarter of an hour to go, but celebrations on the pitch and off it were short-lived as his header was ruled off-side. Having missed three glorious opportunities in the first half, Harps pressed for a winner on the second, but it never came.In fact it was the visitors who went closest, Corey Galvin’s 56th minute strike coming back off the Harps goal-post.Ciaran Coll and Nathan Boyle however both had chances to win for Harps, but neither could convert their chances on a frustrating night in Ballybofey.   HARPS HELD IN FRUSTRATING DRAW BY BOTTOM CLUB WATERFORD was last modified: September 5th, 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:Division Onefinn harpsLeague of IrelandWATERFORD UNITEDlast_img read more

22 Dec

Crested Cranes to depart Tuesday morning ahead of Olympics qualifier

first_imgThe Crested Cranes take on Ethiopia on Wednesday (file photos)Tokyo 2020 CAF Women Olympics QualifierFirst Round1st Leg 3rd April 2019: Ethiopia vs Uganda @National Stadium, Addis Ababa2nd Leg 6th April 2019: Uganda vs Ethiopia @StarTimes Stadium Lugogo, KampalaKAMPALA – The Uganda National Women’s football team, the Crested Cranes will depart for Ethiopia on Tuesday morning at 2am ahead of their clash Olympics qualifier.The team is preparing to face their Ethiopian counterparts in the first leg of their Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifiers on Wednesday afternoon in Addis Ababa.They are currently still at Njeru Technical Center where they have been camping for more than a week.Before departure to Addis Ababa, they will first converge at FUFA House in Mengo where they are expected to have a meal in the evening and also interact with the media.The Crested Cranes have been in Camp since the 22nd of March, where they have had several training sessions.They were last week, boosted by the arrival of three professionals including Kazakhstan based Fazila Ikwaput who arrived on Monday and the US based duo of Sandra Nabweteme and Yudaya Nakayenza who joined camp on Thursday night.Nabweteme joined camp on ThursdayAfter Wednesday’s game in Addis Ababa, the Crested Cranes will host Ethiopia at Lugogo in the return leg of the clash.The winner from the two legs will meet Cameroon in yet another double legged showdown to battle for the slot at the Tokyo Games in 2020.The Crested Cranes squad that has been in Camp at Njeru:Goal keepers:Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Diasy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Vannessa Kalungi (She Cooperates) Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Moslem).Defenders:Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Vola Namuddu (She MAK-Makerere), Phaobe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals), Margret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal University), Wilmer Nantumbwe (She Corporates), Yudaya Nakayenze (Seminole Sate College, USA), Gladys Nakitto (Lady Doves), Grace Aluka (Kawempe SS Muslim Ladies FC), Marion Amangat (Olila High School).Midfeilders:Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Moslem), Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cradinals), Shamilah Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fausia Najjemba (Isra), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Anitah Namata (Kawempe SS Muslm Ladies), Susan Atim (Olila High School), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).Strikers:Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Moslem), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (SW Oklahoma University, USA) and Fazira Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan).Comments Tags: crested cranesTokyo 2020 CAF Women Qualifierstoplast_img read more

21 Dec

Daniel reveals how he overcame near-death experience on US Road Trip

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed that he ‘nearly died’ while jet skiing in America for his new RTE series.The world-famous Donegal singer was filming an adventure for Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip when he tumbled into the water of a vast Wisconsin lake.Daniel, who has an extreme fear of water, thought that he was going to pass out from the fall. He told the RTE Guide: “I nearly died in the water.“I thought I was going to pass out. I can swim but when I’m out of my depth in the water I have a wild fear of it, when I don’t know what I’m dealing with. I thought I wasn’t going to manage it.”His wife Majella overcame her own struggles for this sports feature on the show, which premieres on Sunday 10th March.Majella had to deal with her bad balance from a perforated eardum and her arthritis to climb on the shoulders of a Mad-City Ski Team member and cruise 10ft in the air. “Yes, I was absolutely terrified of the waterskiing. It felt high,” she admitted.“There was also the problem that I’m not that agile and when I was on his shoulders, I had to wrap my legs around his back to grip on, but I’m very stiff like that as I have a bit of arthritis.”Daniel and Majella’s USA Road TripThis high-action segment is just one of the unusual experiences that Daniel and Majella will take on in the new series of Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip. The go-getting couple has always dreamed of going on a road trip across America, and when an invitation to play in North Dakota came up, the opportunity was too good to pass.Deciding to take a less direct route to the concert, Daniel and Majella landed in Chicago a few weeks before and took a unique road trip deep through the Mid-West of America in an RV.In the first instalment of Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip, we see the couple being introduced to their new RV for the first time. However, viewers will find that the romance of hitting the open road in an RV is very different to the reality.The scenery of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South and North Dakota is breathtaking, and the rolling plains of The Badlands are stunning, but life in an RV would test any couple.Majella revealed how the O’Donnell’s came to love their cosy RV, but by the time the trip was over it was definitely “time to go home”.Lots of laughs, some tears and tons of surprises are in store for Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip. Fans of Daniel and Majella are all looking forward to following their journey of a lifetime this Sunday at 9.30pm on RTE One. Daniel reveals how he overcame near-death experience on US Road Trip was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Daniel and Majella’s USA Road TripRTETVUSAlast_img read more