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Reggae Boyz stumble again in 3-0 CONCACAF WCQ loss to Costa Rica

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC):United States-based forward Trevin Caesar (86th, 89th) netted a second-half brace as Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) crushed St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) 6-0 in the return leg of their fourth round CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tie in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday night.There was no such enterprise for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Costa Rica away in San JosÈ in Group B.At the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San JosÈ, Jamaica were behind through Celso Borges’ seventh-minute strike, while veteran Bryan Ruiz added the hosts’ second eight minutes before half-time.Jamaica failed to find a response and Major League Soccer star Johan Venegas put the finishing touches on Costa Rica’s win with a 76th minute strike.In the same group, Haiti’s misery continued when they lost 1-0 to Panama in Panama City.The Reggae Boyz are third with four points in Group B, with Costa Rica top with 10 and Panama second on seven points. Haiti lie bottom with a single point.Trinidad and Tobago’s emphatic victory put them firmly at the top of Group C with 10 points, with the United States second on seven and Guatemala third on six. SVG, without a point from four games, have been eliminated.Sheldon Bateau (36th), Joevin Jones (49th), Kenwyne Jones (60th) and Kevin Molino (66th) were T&T’s other scorers.last_img read more

Heroes in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe tiny edifice of the Christ Kingdom Harvest Church located in the New Georgia Community was a scene of sober reflection and the revelation of heroism yesterday when church and community members along with government officials and members of the diplomatic corps gathered to add another dimension to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease.The occasion was the “Ebola Must Go” campaign, which was launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The edifice and community were chosen for the occasion for a more significant reason — their exemplary role play in the fight against the Ebola scourge.The church congregation sang and danced to the famous choruses, “We are more than conquerors. Greater is he that is in me and victory is my name,” etc.  One might wonder what might have prompted the original authors to pen these songs, but the community and Liberians in general, have reasons to sing as EVD is now receding after several calamitous months.  Victory is indeed their name as they are yet to report new cases in the past three months.Though Ebola is yet to be finally eradicated from the country, success stories have begun to emerge and the New Georgia community stands out amongst many, owing to the early measures its leadership put in place when the area was initially hit by the virus.When the first few cases were reported, the entire community was in disarray, but the community in collaboration with the church quickly formed a strong partnership to better manage the crisis.A community taskforce was formed; people began to move from house to house with the message and identifying and getting out the sick, consoling and caring the infected. These things (community residents) did with their own resources and efforts.The community chairman, J. B. Walker Dennis, said the community was hard hit in August with 12 persons dying, though five were actually confirmed Ebola cases. It was predicated upon this that the community decided to take action to ensure its safety.He said since the formation of the taskforce and the rigorous exercises of awareness and identifying the sick, when the family of 17 was also quarantined, the infection rate began to decline. Mr. Dennis said presently the community has eight survivors. Though the community lost about 12 persons to the virus, it could have been more if they had not stood up as a united force to combat the virus.The government and international partners, specifically United Nations Mission Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) have hailed the community and church’s significant contribution to the fight.These were specifically hailed for their heroic efforts for putting in place their own stringent measures that have led to the safety of the area for the past three months without new cases.They have also been lauded for embracing the Ebola survivors, caring for families in quarantine homes and finding a home for six children who lost their parents to Ebola, with the church at the forefront of these initiatives.President Sirleaf lauded the community for its heroism, and noted that Liberians need to take responsibilities in their communities if Ebola is to be eradicated from Liberia, as this community has done. “Follow all of the preventive measures; keep sick people away from others. Speak out if you know that someone is sick.”She said Liberians have made great progress in stopping Ebola, but “we know that the disease is still in our country.  We all have to intensify our efforts to travel that difficult, very difficult last mile.”“I heard someone say to go from hundred to ninety is hard, but to go from ten to zero is even harder. Through our efforts, the disease has retreated into places that are hard to reach.”“This is why I’m joining this community that has been such a strong group in fighting Ebola. We are launching it in a place that has made the difference. So the banner says stopping Ebola is everybody’s business.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Familiar name wins second last BBC race

first_imgOn Oct. 23, the bike club raced in its five-lap, Cyclo cross, which took place at the high school loop.Kevin Shaw won the Cyclo cross with a time of 48 minutes and 3 seconds. Roughly two minutes later, Pat Ferris and Roger St. Jean were neck-and-neck as they approached the finish line, with Ferris holding off St. Jean for the second place finish.The Blizzard Bike Club also has two upcoming events. On Saturday, Oct. 29, the club will be holding its Award Banquet at the Quality Inn.- Advertisement -Sunday, Oct. 30 will be the club’s final race of the 2011 season. Sunday, racers will take part in the Club Championship Cyclo Cross, being held at the High School circuit and beginning at 2 p.m.For more information on the upcoming events, or to purchase tickets for the banquet in advance, please contact Ferris Fast Cycles at 250-785-3711.last_img read more

GCCI’s proposed local content legislation stalled

first_imgIn a move to safeguard the rights of Guyanese businesses, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) had submitted a model local content legislation to the Government of Guyana for consideration.But according to President of the GCCI, Deodat Indar, having met with several top Government officials to discuss this, the Chamber is convinced that this process will be delayed.“We did not get a definite word to Government’s response to the legislation. So, right now we are unsure of where Government is going,” he told Guyana Times on Tuesday.Indar has expressed GCCI’s disappointment that there is no legislative framework since 2015 when the first oil discovery was made in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana.The GCCI President said Government has proposed finalising the Local Content Policy first before consideration is given to tabling legislation. However, the secondGCCI President Deodat Indaarreview of the local content policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.“I said to them in that meeting that I’m not in agreement with that approach. I said that you can pass legislation to fix hitches in the business community that we believe that Guyanese company are not getting their share of the pie for various reasons,” he added.Indar argued that the legislation should not be delayed, explaining that the draft that was sent to Government is a simple one. Therefore, he feels that serious consideration should be given to it, not at the detriment of waiting for a policy to be implemented first.He said the main objective is to give Guyanese businesses first consideration, unlike the contract that Government signed with United States oil-giant ExxonMobil where it stipulates that first preference will be given to that particular company.He said, “We are not asking for preference, we are asking for consideration… I am saying that the legislation should be looked at. And the one we proposed is simple, flexible and it does not constrain the scheduling of the operators in terms of execution of their job.”The model legislation presented to Government by the Chamber defines Guyanese companies as companies that are registered in Guyana where 51 per cent of the share capital are owned by citizens of Guyana.In addition to that, it stipulates that the board meetings of the said companiesHead of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoeshould be held in Guyana; the head office of the company is located in Guyana and; 70 per cent of the workforce of the company follows suit with the definition of a citizen of Guyana.Another section of the bill also stipulates that an operator or contractor must ensure that first consideration is given to Guyanese companies in the provision of goods and or services directly related to the oil industry.The GCCI have been actively pushing to have Government place more emphasis on ensuring local content remains a critical area of focus for the oil and gas sector. The Chamber said Guyanese businesses should cash in on the opportunities from this new and emerging sector. It said local businesses can provide a whole host of services related to the sector.As ExxonMobil prepares to officially commence production in 2020, there is much preparatory work currently ongoing, which requires services tailored to the specific needs of the industry.The draft local content policy has been criticised in recent months for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies, especially since there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services.The document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others.According to the draft local content framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.When Guyana Times contacted Head of the Energy Department in the Ministry of the Presidency, Dr Mark Bynoe for a comment he declined to speak on the matter. Rather, he said all the issues related to oil and gas will be discussed whenever a decision is made to hold a press conference. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

New schools’ curriculum to include oil education

first_imgThe Education Ministry is seeking to have learning in classrooms across the country be in keeping with the 21st century, and as such, a new curriculum is being developed for schools, which will seek to incorporate information on the oil sector as well as Guyana’s “unique experiences.”This was related by a Senior Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Brushell Blackman following the opening of a three-day workshop for teachers and other Ministry officials at Regency Hotel, Hadfield Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.He said that new curriculum will include a number of broad areas, which he acknowledged the ministry previously overlooked.According to him, the syllabus will be for nursery, primary and secondary schools, up to Grade Nine, as classes from there on utilise the Caribbean curriculum to prepare for the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC).Although Blackman was unable to say when the new curriculum would be ready, he noted that the Ministry is working on the framework. He added that the Ministry promised not to drag their feet on the paperwork, as they are fully aware of its importance and vitality at this time.Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson during the opening ceremony of the workshop also pointed out how critical it is for the curriculum to be updated.“We are here today (Wednesday) to commemorate the writing of the curriculum which I think is very critical in terms of us moving forward. I think we have been showing good signs of moving forward but again I think a curriculum is essential to this process,” he said.“This process cannot be a long and drawn out process. I know curriculum writing take time, but it cannot be forever. We don’t have all the time in the world,” he told the teachers, University of Guyana students and other education officials at the session.Meanwhile, Canadian Consultant, Joanne Thompkins who is working along with the Ministry to create the new paperwork said she was quite excited about the stage the curriculum is at.Another Education Ministry official noted the importance of updating the syllabus. According to him, “We are here because the curriculum, as we agreed from day one, is in dire need of renewal… this renewal will not be a matter of tinkering but it will be a matter of really making some fundamental shifts”.The last update to the curricula was done back in 1990. Education Minister Nicolette Henry first revealed plans to review the syllabus in 2017.Back in June, discussions were held with nine Canadian consultants from the Saint Francis Xavier University and the Mindbloom School, who have been collecting information from educators and schools from various regions across Guyana in a bid to update the system.Talks held at the National Centre for Education Research Development featured three consultants – Paula Mackinnon, Joanne Thompkins and Jeffery Orr – and administrators from various specials schools where the concerns that surround the education of these children were raised.While there, several teachers related that the standard school curriculum was used to teach children with disabilities while others informed that the current curriculum is too packed to reach the needs of every student. Additionally, it was noted that Guyana depends heavily on the assistance of outsiders, which is not as effective as an internal guide. To modify this, the curriculum will be modified to suit the needs of Guyana’s children.One of the consultants, Paula Mackinnon, gave an insight on the expertise of the consultants that were directed to enhance Guyana’s current syllabus.“We bring with us, expertise in curriculum development and curriculum reengineering and reform. And then some specific expertise in inclusive pedagogy [and] in subject areas to help explore views of how the curriculum might be enhanced in that regard,” Mackinnon informed.last_img read more

Ecuadorian jailed in Guyana for cocaine possession, fraud

first_imgAn Ecuadorian was slapped with two charges and taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Julio Harreira stood before acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and admitted to both charges, which stated that on May 23 at Charlotte Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 0.6 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Jailed: Julio HarreiraThe second charge stated that between May 1 and May 23, 2019 in Georgetown, he conspired with person(s) unknown to commit forgery.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that on May 23, ranks of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters were conducting an operation at a shipping company in Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, when a search was carried out on eight persons.According to the Prosecutor, two passports with forged US visas were found in the persons’ possession. After the items were found, a further search was conducted, and the cocaine was found in a cigarette pack.The defendant was arrested and was taken to the CID headquarters, where he admitted to both offences. However, the file was sent to the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice, and immediate deportation was advised.Harreira told the court that he had no intention of scamming anyone in Guyana, adding that he was sorry for the offence committed. He further begged the Magistrate for a lenient sentence, and urged the Magistrate to take into consideration the fact that he has no family in Guyana.As a result, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus sentenced Harreira to one year’s imprisonment for possession of cocaine and a $20,000 fine, along with four years’ imprisonment for the forgery. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.last_img read more

Guardiola has vote of confidence for Wenger

first_imgWenger, who has long been under pressure from fans and critics alike, who feel the long-serving manager has overstayed at Arsenal, is suffering a fresh bout of pressure following a run of five defeats from their last seven games in all competitions.Speaking after his side comprehensively won at the Emirates, Guardiola voiced his support for the beleaguered Wenger.He said: “We play, we fight many, many times in Barcelona, a lot of times in Bayern Munich, a lot of times here in Premier League. A lot of times.“I can understand the situation. I know all the managers can be in that situation. He knows, he handles that situation. He has a lot of experience.“He knows the club, he knows the Premier League, he knows his players. And I’m sure he’s going to take the right decision, for the club, for him, for the players, for everybody.”Arsenal are currently sixth in the Premier League standings, ten points off a top-four spot.They are, however, in with a shout at Europa League success, but must overcome AC Milan over two legs in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guardiola believes the way managers are treated by the media and former players is disrespectful, and used Wenger as an example of this unacceptable behaviour.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 2 – Pep Guardiola has backed an experienced Arsene Wenger to ‘take the right decision’ for Arsenal.Manchester City recorded a second successive 3-0 win over the Gunners on Thursday night, following their League Cup success on Sunday.last_img read more

Tottenham likely to do this again, say Arsenal fans after NLD win – goading continues

first_img Arsenal fans mocked Tottenham and Harry Kane for this effort 1 The game may have ended on Wednesday, but Arsenal fans are still taking pleasure in winding up their bitter rivals Tottenham.Spurs have been the subject of jokes from Gooners over the years, who laughed when the club released a DVD of the 4-4 derby drew in 2008 where Spurs fought back from 4-2 down.And now, with Harry Kane coming close to putting the Lilywhites ahead in the League Cup clash, one Arsenal account have poked fun at the club once again by suggesting they are likely to release a DVD of the striker’s attempted scissor kick in the 2-1 defeat.PICTURES: ARSENAL FANS AT WHITE HART LANE RIPPING ADVERTISING HOARDINGSlast_img

Germany v France: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img1 Every Goal, Every Game, Every DayIt’s the penultimate game of Euro 2016 on Thursday evening, as Germany take on France in Marseille looking to book a place in the final.Portugal beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday to become the first team in the showpiece clash, and whoever wins at the Stade Velodrome will take on A Selecao on Sunday at the Stade de France.Germany have so far beaten Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Italy on the way to the semi-final, whilst hosts France overcame Romania and Albania in the group stage and Ireland and Iceland in consecutive knockout rounds.LIVE on talkSPORT: Germany v France at Euro 2016 – click here for live commentary from the Stade Velodrome in Marseille at 8pm (BST) on July 7, 2016.Confirmed team news:Germany XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Howedes, Hector, Can, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Kroos, Draxler, MullerSubstitutes: Leno, Mustafi, Khedira, Schurrle, Podolski, Weigl, Tah, Gotze, Sane, Gomez, ter StegenFrance XI: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Pogba, Matuidi, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet, GiroudSubstitutes: Mandanda, Jallet, Rami, Kante, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Coman, Costi Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day last_img read more

BUSINESS FOCUS: AN ‘EGGS-TRAORDINARY’ CAREER AT RANDOX TEORANTA FOR THE FIRST #DUNGLOE2020

first_imgAs Easter arrives, global biotech firm Randox, is celebrating the success of its first recruitment drive, as part of its planned expansion under the #Dungloe2020 programme.Lisa and Darren who are working at Randox.In October 2014, the company laid out its vision for Randox Teoranta, a leading life science and engineering centre, which includes a major investment of €25m in the site. This significant investment will see employment figures at Randox Teoranta rise to 540 by 2020.Recruitment began in earnest in the New Year and for the last few weeks, the first of the #Dungloe2020 life scientists, engineers and software specialists have been getting to grips with their new roles at the frontline of improving healthcare; pioneering research and building technology to make a real difference in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as Alzheimer’s and diseases of the kidneys and liver. One of the new recruits, Dr Lisa Staunton, a PhD in Protein Biochemistry, has been with Randox for two months.Lisa said “I’m passionate about what Randox is doing and pleased that I am using my experience to bring scientific breakthroughs in health care directly to the patient. I’m originally from Ballyshannon and was working at the Conway Institute at UCD, but now I can be at the cutting edge of research at home!“Randox has a progressive way of making the most of your skills, I’m learning new skills from the team and they are learning from me, it is about how we can best fit each other to achieve our goals and not a lot of big companies have that flexibility. It is brilliant being able to put in a good, productive day in at the laboratory and then go for a run on Rossnowlagh beach.”23 year old Mechanical Design Engineer, Darren McGeever is also among the first of the #Dungloe2020. Darren graduated in 2014, with an Honours in Mechanical Engineering from Letterkenny Institute of Technology and was concerned that he might have to emigrate: “I’m heavily involved in the local GAA and Soccer teams and was worried that I would be joining a long list of former players who have had to emigrate for jobs; so I applied as soon as I heard about #Dungloe2020. It is just fantastic I could get a job like this right on my doorstep.“I learn something new every day, the technology being developed here is truly ground-breaking and it is great to be part of that, so early on in my career. As well as studying at Letterkenny I.T., I also studied at Galway I.T., back then I used to go home to a cold house – now when I finish work I go to a warm house and my mum’s dinners!”Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox MD said harnessing the skills of the community is the key to success of the #Dungloe2020 campaign:“The interest we’ve had to date is wonderful – we are attracting high calibre life scientists, engineers and software developers from within Donegal, the rest of Ireland and abroad. I’d like to congratulate and indeed welcome the first of our #Dungloe2020 staff, who will each play an important role as we strive to improve health across the globe.”Steve Ó Cualáin, CEO at Údarás na Gaeltachta, is supporting the #Dungloe2020 recruitment drive. “Údarás na Gaeltachta, are very pleased with the success of the first wave of recruitment for #Dungloe2020. We would like to support Randox Teoranta in their continued recruitment drive over the Easter period and we wish the company continued success with the campaign. We are confident that Randox will achieve its ambitious recruitment targets.”For more information on the #Dungloe2020 positions available please visit randox.com or email recruitment@randoxteoranta.comBUSINESS FOCUS: AN ‘EGGS-TRAORDINARY’ CAREER AT RANDOX TEORANTA FOR THE FIRST #DUNGLOE2020 was last modified: March 27th, 2015 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:donegaldungloerandoxlast_img read more