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first_imgClub faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt ISTANBUL (AP): European football’s governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing. Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League. Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: “The most polite president.” UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17. Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month. Herath hadn’t played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final. The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week. The tournament begins in India on March 8. The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.last_img read more

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Impressive Man City thrash West Brom 3-0 in EPL

first_imgWEST BROMWICH, England (AP):Yaya TourÈ scored twice in the first half yesterday as Manchester City began their English Premier League campaign with an impressive 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.TourÈ scored with two shots from just outside the area in the ninth and 24th minutes as the visitors dominated the match from the start. Captain Vincent Kompany headed in the third in the 59th in a fluid team performance that signalled that Manuel Pellegrini’s side will again be serious contenders for the league title after relinquishing the crown to Chelsea last season.New signing Raheem Sterling also looked lively for City, but fluffed his best chance to score with a weak effort when through on goal in the 41st minute.The margin of victory puts City atop the standings after the opening weekend. And with Chelsea held to a draw, Arsenal losing and Manchester United and Liverpool both earning unconvincing 1-0 wins, this was by far the best performance of the first round. Even more worrying for their rivals is that City did it largely without star striker Sergio Ag¸ero, who only came on as a substitute for the last 25 minutes. He’s likely to be back in the starting line-up for a tougher test next weekend, when City hosts Chelsea in an eagerly anticipated matchup.”We came here today knowing we had a point to prove,” Kompany said. “Me more than anyone else probably. … I just want to get back to my best level.”last_img read more

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Unfamiliarity

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) recognised from a letter which appeared in the March 24, 2019, Guyana Chronicle from Dr Joey Jagan, certain accusations were levelled, apparently aimed to tarnish our Union’s reputation and character. Our Union could not help but notice that Dr Joey’s letter appeared in close proximity to the 101st birth anniversary of his father, the indefatigable Dr Cheddi Jagan who was very much associated with the work and victories of our Union during his lifetime.Also, the letter comes on the eve of Janet Jagan’s memorial activity at Babu Jaan – another outstanding GAWU supporter. Of course, this truism should not be unknown to Dr Joey Jagan. The innuendos contained in his letter, we contend, are baseless, and serve only to demonstrate his clear unfamiliarity with the workings of the sugar industry, though this is surprising considering that both Cheddi and Janet Jagan were closely associated with many of the struggles of the industry’s workers.Contrary to Dr Joey Jagan’s seemingly, warped thinking the GAWU has never shirked from its responsibility to advance the conditions of workers under its representation. In fact, the Union is committed to ensuring that the well-being of all workers is improved.This has been reflected by the Union’s activism, not only at the bargaining table, which has brought many benefits and gains to our members. In the letter he charged that “…sugar workers were treated with contempt…”. But we wonder if Dr Joey doesn’t find the treatment by the current Government of workers most contemptuous.He must know, as it is widely known, that some 7000 sugar workers have lost their jobs during the tenure of the coalition. He should know too that sugar workers remain the only group of workers in the State sector not to have gotten even a dollar as pay increase while those on the top echelons of the Administration approved obscenely humongous increases in their pay and perks.He would know that the GAWU, a Union Dr Cheddi Jagan served as honorary president for many years, has seen its members being denied paid-release to attend their Union’s congress but such facility has not been denied to other unions and workers. Even Forbes Burnham didn’t treat sugar workers as the inheritors of his party are treating them now-a-days.Apart from successes scored in our consistent representation with the industry’s overlords we have also, on our own or together with our unions in FITUG raised our voices to advocate policies and programmes to help our working-people generally. Such a stance is inherited from Cheddi Jagan, among others, and continues to guide our efforts today.Dr Joey continues to show his unfamiliarity with the workings of our Union with the assertion that our Union’s leadership was part of the Government. Contrary to those preposterous lamentations, the GAWU, as it said before, has members who are supportive of all the political groupings in Guyana. We respect and uphold our members right in this regard.We cannot say with any certainty what has motivated such remarks about GAWU in the letter by Dr Joey. Maybe, it’s an attempt to be relevant at this time. If so, he really has a long, long way to go.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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Labourer charged for killing drinking buddy

first_imgA Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) labourer was on Tuesday hauled before the court of law after he was slapped with a charge of murder.Phillip Solomon is accused of killing his “drinking buddy”, Vernon Cummings during an argument last week.It is alleged that the 41-year-old man murdered Cummings, also known as “Ervil”, on October 24, 2018 at Timehri.According to the prosecution’s case, the two men, who were both labourers, were at a wharf at Timehri, where they would normally consume alcohol together. However, on October 24, 2018, while they were imbibing, an argument ensued between the two. Based on reports, the now deceased man armed himself with a piece of iron and attacked the accused, who then armed himself with a piece of wood and the two began lashing each other about the body.Solomon’s brother was alerted and went to the scene. He took away the piece of iron from Cummings, but his brother dealt Cummings a blow to his head causing him to fall to the ground.He was then rushed to the Diamond hospital where he died while receiving treatment. The case will continue on November 12, 2018.last_img read more

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Ramjattan plans to eliminate drug trafficking “big guns” by “reducing profit margins”

first_imgGovernment will be pumping more funds into the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) with the expectation that there will be more interdictions and successful prosecutions being made by that agency.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThis is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who made this disclosure to the media at a ceremony to commission the spanking new $42 million building constructed for CANU recently.“(We expect) more and more successful prosecutions of especially those at the very upper level (who are) involved in this trade. That is where we want the prosecutions to come from…We have to realise that it is important that our monies be spent on personnel and infrastructure and all the other things to get the big gunners targeted and prosecuted successfully,” Ramjattan explained.He further explained that the thrust should be to have the kingpins arrested and charged for their drug-related crimes. He said that while there have been prosecutions against drug mules, more needs to be done to nab the persons who recruit them.“The little guy on the street there, I am very concerned about him going to spend a year, or three years, in jail for a spliff. We have a legislation or a bill in Parliament to deal with that. But the big gunners…those are the ones we are after. What it also helps with — when they are prosecuted successfully and so on, and you knock down their little empires — is that you drive the profit motive out of the trade. This drug-(trafficking) trade has as its primary motivation profit,” the Public Security Minister posited.Ramjattan has noted that it is necessary that more resources be put into the goal of minimising and eventually eliminating the profit motivation related to narco-trafficking in Guyana.“And if we can do the necessary things to cut the profit out of the trade: catching them, destroying the cultivation field, eradicating where they are planting the marijuana – all those kind of things will then break (the trade) down,” he stated.A United States (US) State Department report had earlier this year declared that while Guyana has a comprehensive drug demand reduction strategy, the use of drugs like marijuana, and even cocaine, is still a growing problem.This information is contained in the 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, which contains a section on Guyana’s profile.Notwithstanding the trafficking, the report notes, actual consumption of these drugs is a growing problem. According to the report, marijuana is the most commonly used drug.The document has also noted reported seizures of synthetic drugs like Methylene-Dioxyamphetamine (MDMA), most commonly known as “ecstasy”, and detailed Government’s response to the scourge.“The Government of Guyana’s National Drug Abuse Control Unit trains public health officers, teachers, social workers, and civil society groups as part of the Government’s supply reduction strategy,” the report states.It went on to outline that, “The Guyanese Government has a drug enforcement presence at its international airports, post offices, and to a lesser extent at seaports and land-border entry points. Control agencies reported several interdiction efforts and drug-related seizures and convictions during the first nine months of 2018.”Further, the report detailed that, during the first nine months of 2018, authorities here seized 164.9 kilograms (kg) of cocaine and 889kg of cannabis. It also stated that local authorities had initiated 358 prosecutions and convicted 24 individuals for drug trafficking.last_img read more

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911 system receives over 200 prank calls in 2 days – Commander

first_img…Police to go after prankstersThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is reporting that operators of the newly-relaunched 911 emergency system received more than 200 prank calls in just 48 hours.A Division Commander Marlon ChapmanHowever, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman has since vowed to go after the pranksters and make an example out of them.On Friday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan recommissioned the system, and at the ceremony, he sounded a stern warning to pranksters revealing that the new system has the capability to trace calls and pinpoint locations so that the Police could go after the perpetrators.Speaking with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Commander Chapman said that the Police were in the process of getting the names and numbers of those who are making the prank calls.“We have received over 200 prank calls since we launched the system and this is affecting the real emergencies, because we have to determine the pranks. But we are investigating the callers and investigations are ongoing. Very soon we will determine who those persons are and then actions would be taken against them,” Chapman said.The GPF commissioned the 911 Emergency System at the Brickdam Police Station in Georgetown, with plans to take the new system to 52 other locations within the country to promote better Police response while enhancing crime-fighting efforts.Some 46 officers have been trained to operate the system, which has been commissioned to respond to calls from citizens across Guyana and prompt Police response. In addition, citizens can send text messages to 911 instead of calling and the operators can render assistance. The system has been reintroduced, and would be supported, with the assistance of local phone companies GTT and Digicel, after several years of non-operation.Ramjattan had stated that a holistic approach was taken towards ensuring that the new 911 emergency system did not repeat the poor service that was provided in the past.last_img read more

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‘We need to be better!’ Rodgers admits Liverpool were second best in FA Cup semi-final defeat

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepted the best side won as Aston Villa stunned the Reds to reach the FA Cup final with a 2-1 victory at Wembley.Philippe Coutinho had put the Reds ahead on the half hour mark, but goals from Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph completed the turnaround for Villa to end Steven Gerrard’s dream of finishing his Liverpool career in style.The Reds appeared despondent and off the pace throughout as Villa combined energy and desire, and Rodgers recognised the poverty of his side’s performance.“I thought we were second best today in all honesty,” said the Liverpool boss. “We were nowhere near the energy we normally associate with the team.“The overall flow and rhythm of the game – we were nowhere near the level we have been in the last few years.”Liverpool are perennial underachievers under Rodgers, having thrown away the Premier League title last season and now losing two cup semi-finals this campaign, and the Reds’ boss believes the burden of expectation may have again got the better of his players.“You play or work for Liverpool and there is a huge expectancy here. Sometimes you can want to win something too much,” said the Northern Irishman.“We wanted to win a trophy this year but we came up short today. We need to be better in these types of games.”Liverpool pushed for an equaliser and were incorrectly denied one when Mario Balotelli was ruled offside in the final minutes, and Rodgers bemoaned the linesman’s decision.He said: “It was very clear, it was a very poor decision by the official because he’s looking right across the line.“He should be able to see that the full-back’s keeping him at least a yard onside.”last_img read more

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SHAMED DOCTOR GOT REFERENCE FROM LETTERKENNY CONSULTANT

first_imgA doctor who was found guilty of professional misconduct received a reference from a consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital.A three-day inquiry into the doctor revealed he tried to read an X-ray upside down and used a scalpel in an attempt to insert a tube into a patient.Dr Vincent Osunkwo was described as “a threat to patient safety” and “lacking in basic medical knowledge that could be expected of a medical student”. He was found guilty of six allegations of professional misconduct and four of the lesser charge of poor professional performance arising out of his time in Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise between March 9 and April 12, 2009.Dr Osunkwo, who had previously worked in Crumlin Children’s Hospital, had successfully obtained references from this hospital and from a consultant in Letterkenny hospital, the inquiry was told.He was employed as a senior house officer in Portlaoise hospital after emerging as the sole applicant for the job.The inquiry heard from a nurse who worked with Dr Osunkwo of how she had to snatch a scalpel from his hand moments before he was about to cut into an elderly patient’s vein in order to take a blood sample. The nurse told how she cried “Jesus, what are you doing?” to Dr Osunkwo. She said that she honestly did not believe he was a proper doctor.Another nurse said she saw Dr Osunkwo trying to insert a cannula, or tube, into a young man with a total of six puncture wounds in his arms.“I noticed there was blood running down the patient’s arm. I pulled the curtains and asked the doctor what he was doing,” she said. The nurse said the patient was “quite alarmed” and looked relieved when she came.Among the allegations found to have been proven against Dr Osunkwo were that he told members of his medical team that a patient was “fine” when that patient was in fact receiving oxygen in intensive care, and that he asked a nurse if a patient’s pulse rate of 165 beats per minute was high.The fitness-to-practise inquiry’s decision on Dr Osunkwo will now be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council, which will decide what penalty should be imposed upon him. He could face being struck off the register under medical council guidelines.SHAMED DOCTOR GOT REFERENCE FROM LETTERKENNY CONSULTANT was last modified: December 17th, 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:consultantLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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Prep soccer

first_img BOYS Sylmar at San Fernando, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. San Fernando has defeated some quality teams, but this is the game that will tell Tigers just how good they really are. Sylmar and San Fernando have dominated recent Valley Mission League races – the Tigers won last year’s title – and the winner has the advantage in this year’s race. GIRLS Saugus at Hart, Friday, 3:15 p.m. The Centurins and Indians split their two meetings last year, with Saugus winning on the final day of the regular season to knock Hart of Newhall out of the playoffs. In the first showdown this season, first place in the Foothill League is at stake. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THEY SAID IT “She’s the best high school soccer player I’ve ever seen.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card POTENTIAL HERO After missing last season with a broken leg, Saugus junior Kyle Ernsberger leads the Centurions’ boys’ team in goals this season. His offensive spark could carry Saugus on Friday in a showdown for first place in the Foothill League against Hart of Newhall and area scoring leader Matt Valaika. POTENTIAL UPSET As long as Jessica Gordon is on the field, Village Christian of Sun Valley’s girls’ team is a dangerous foe. Gordon and the Crusaders can take another step toward a Southern Section Div. V playoff berth Friday by knocking off defending Olympic League champion Valley Christian of Cerritos. GAMES OF THE WEEK center_img – Taft of Woodland Hills girls’ coach Greg Venger on El Camino Real of Woodland Hills senior Katie Oakes, who had a goal and two assists in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Taft. SEVEN-DAY FORECAST last_img read more

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Pensioner caused €1,500 to taxi after pleasant chat about farming

first_imgA pensioner attacked a taxi-driver causing more than €1,500 to his car just moments after enjoying a pleasant chat about farming on his journey home.William McFadden, aged, 72 was charged with criminal damage and a breach of the peace when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court. The elderly man had been collected by taxi-driver Paul McClean at Stranorlar to take him to his home at Dooballagh, Letterkenny on February 13th last.The pair had enjoyed a pleasant journey and had been talking about farming.However, when the driver turned off for Mr McFadden’s home, he began a tirade of abuse against Mr McClean.Gardai were called and Mr McFadden, who was intoxicated lashed out at the taxi-driver’s car.He attacked the windscreen and dashboard causing a total of €1,500 of damage before being arrested.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Kieran O’Gorman said his client’s family were very concerned about his behaviour.He said that McFadden, who has 28 previous convictions, had €2,000 in court to offer as compensation.Having heard the facts, Judge Paul Kelly said he would give McFadden the benefit of the Probation Act on the criminal damage charge and fined him €200 for causing a breach of the peace.Pensioner caused €1,500 to taxi after pleasant chat about farming was last modified: April 13th, 2018 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:DoobalaghfarmingfinedletterkennyPENSIONERStranorlartax-driverWilliam McFaddenlast_img read more

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