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Orchids were determined to win – Guy

first_imgJanet Guy, coach of newly crowned Berger Elite League champions, the St Ann Orchids, said it took a lot of hard work and determination from her team to win this year’s title. Orchids recorded a 49-37 victory over the Kingston Hummingbirds in the deciding game of the best-of-three finals to win the series 2-1 at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology on Saturday. It was the Orchids’ first hold on the island’s premier netball trophy. However, they had to do it the hard way after coming from behind to win the series. The Orchids lost the opening game, 57-43, before returning to level the series with a 58-39 victory in Game Two. “It was a good team effort and I think everybody on the team understood what it takes to be a champion,” said Guy. “They train really hard when they do train and they listen and follow instructions and I really think they played hard for the entire season and so they deserved to win here,” said Guy. “We really bounced back well in the second game to force a game three, which was very good for netball, because a lot of people came out to support, and that was very good and I hope that this will continue into the club leagues,” Guy said. Sabrina Spence, who is the competition’s leading scorer, netted 39 goals from 44 attempts as the Orchids jumped out to a 26-15 lead at half-time. Former national captain Simone Forbes was also brilliant for the Orchids as she had her way with national defenders Shareema Sterling and Stacian Facey in scoring 10 goals from 12 attempts. National player Adean Thomas and former national representative Althea Byfield also turned in a good shift in defence for the Orchid as they outmuscled the Hummingbirds shooters, Thristina Hardwood and Kera Christie, throughout the match. BRILLIANT DEFENCE In fact, Thomas and Byfield were especially brilliant in the second quarter, where they limited the Hummingbirds to just seven goals. Harwood was the leading scorer for the Hummingbirds with 31 goals from 41 attempts, while Christie chipped in with five goals from ten tries. Kerry Brown, captain of the Hummingbirds, said they tried their best, but were very disappointed with the result. “I think we did fight because the scoreline was not that bad, but we played in patches and that was what really cost us the game,” said Brown. “We are very disappointed because after winning in the first game, we didn’t play (as well) in the other games, hence we lost the series.”last_img read more

Son jailed for threatening to kill father

first_imgPooran Deonarine JrA man, who laughed throughout Court proceedings, was sentenced to six months imprisonment for threatening to kill father over money to purchase cigarettes.Twenty-five-year-old Pooran Deonarine Jr, of Lot 63 Brutus Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he denied the three charges.The first charge stated that on July 5, 2019 at Lot 63 Brutus Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara, he used threatening language towards his father, Pooran Deonarine.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he damaged six windowpanes valued $20,000, property of his father.Deonarine Jr, in his explanation to the Court, stated, “I am unemployed, and yes, I threatened to kill him because I wanted the money to buy cigarettes. The only reason I pelt stones through the window was to get his attention”.Police Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell told the Court that on the day in question, the victim was at home when Deonarine Jr showed up and demanded $1, 000 from his father to buy cigarettes in which he refused. The Court heard that Deonarine Jr then became annoyed and began to threaten to kill his father.The elderly man, who became fearful for his life, locked himself inside his home when his son picked up several stones from the yard and threw them through the window causing damages. The matter was then reported and Deonarine Jr was arrested and charged.The Prosecutor pointed out to the Court that defendant was laughing throughout the Court proceeding and the fact that the charge is a serious one.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced the man to six months for the threatening language and fined him $20,000, or in default, one month imprisonment for the damage to property.last_img read more

APNU got what it wanted from AFC – political analyst

first_img…says decision to go solo will test AFC’s electoral worthBy Samuel SukhnandanPolitical Analyst Dr David Hinds feels the Alliance for Change (AFC) had little, if any, option but to go solo at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), and this decision will prove more than ever how the party stands in the view of citizens across communities countrywide.Dr David HindsDr Hinds told Guyana Times on Tuesday that he was not surprised by the AFC’s decision to enter the elections on its own. According to him, the only other choice the AFC had was to not contest the LGE at all; and that, to him, would have been an admission of defeat by the party.“In effect, the APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) got what it wanted. It forced the AFC to go out and prove its electoral worth in circumstances that are not favourable to the latter. The not-so-veiled message to the AFC was clear: ‘Contest on your own, or contest with us on APNU terms’,” he opined.The outspoken political analyst said he feels it all came down to leverage, where the AFC did not have any bargaining power. Unlike in 2015, when the AFC was able to use its performance at the 2011 election to strike a hard bargain in the Cummingsburg Accord, this time around, it did not have that asset, Dr Hinds opined.Dr Hinds said the votes at the 2015 election were combined, so the AFC couldn’t accurately pinpoint its share. Further, he said if it is true that the AFC wanted 40 percent of the seat allocation, that was not the smartest demand to make, especially since it badly wanted to go into the election as a Coalition.He said this present situation gives the APNU the chance to say, “We tried to accommodate you, but your demands were unreasonable.” Perhaps a 20 percent request, Dr. Hinds reasoned, would have swayed the APNU.“But 40 percent demand was dead on arrival simply because the AFC could not demonstrate that it has that amount of electoral support, particularly in the Indian Guyanese community,” he told Guyana Times.He explained that had the AFC, from 2015 onwards, cultivated and consolidated its Indian Guyanese support base, it would have been in a stronger position to make the demands it sought.ExposedDr Hinds went further, stating that the AFC’s decision to go alone leaves that party in an exposed position. He said the party must now prove whether its electoral support is intact or has vanished. And it has to do so in an election in which the turnout is likely to be very low. He reminded that this is the first time since 2011 that the AFC would be facing the electorate on its own.“My sense is that the PPP (People’s Progressive Party) would make it extremely difficult for the AFC to even campaign in the Indian Guyanese communities. This would leave the party with having to compete with the APNU for African Guyanese votes. The optics of the latter scenario will be interesting to watch: two coalition partners fighting each other for votes,” he said.In the final analysis, Dr Hinds thinks this LGE will tell Guyana two things about the AFC. First, it will tell the people whether the party is still a significant electoral force; and secondly, how well the AFC does will tell people what bargaining power it will have when the Cummingsburg Accord comes up for renewal.“I think the voter turnout among those who voted for the Coalition in 2015 will be very low, and this would hurt the AFC’s chances of doing well. Those who bother to vote will most likely vote for the APNU, which has the machinery to bring out some voters. So my sense is that the AFC would come out of this much weaker than (it) was in 2015. But as the say, political behaviour is unpredictable. I may be proven wrong,” Dr Hinds declared.Finally, the political analyst noted that despite all the positive spin and talks being peddled by the AFC and President David Granger about the good health of the Coalition relative to the 2020 election, the fact that they could not reach an understanding on the LGE suggests the total opposite.“Despite the positive rhetoric, the entrenched culture of party hegemony, particularly from the big partner, continues to trump the letter and spirit of coalition-building. Coalition-building requires enlightened leadership; constant meaningful consultation and mutual respect among partners; democratic decision-making and the willingness of the big partner to concede ground in the interest of the collective. I think the coalition has come up short in that regard,” he added.last_img read more

CVS acquisition gets nod

first_img“The shareholders spoke. We’re gratified they realized the value of this combination as we go forward,” said Mac Crawford, chairman, chief executive and president of Caremark. “I think we have got a very good outcome for our shareholders.” Caremark announced after a 15-minute shareholder meeting in Nashville that more than 50 percent of the shares voted were cast in favor of the deal. Company officials said they will not have an exact breakdown on the votes until the tally is certified by an independent accounting firm sometime next week. But they said a “substantial majority” of outstanding shares voted for the deal. There were no stockholder comments at the meeting, held in the city where the company is based. About 200 people attended, including several analysts, as well as officials from Caremark and Express Scripts. The deal would create a $75 billion drug distribution powerhouse that could compete more effectively for customers and drive a harder bargain with drug makers, officials with the companies said. The combined company will be called CVS/Caremark Corp. and will be based in Woonsocket, R.I., where CVS is headquartered. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Caremark shareholders approved a $26.5 billion acquisition by CVS on Friday, creating one of the largest competitors in the prescription drug industry, the company said. The combined forces of the second-largest U.S. pharmacy benefits manager and the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain are expected to increase their bargaining power with drug makers and edge out competitors like Walgreens, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and also Medco Health Solutions Inc., the largest benefits manager. Express Scripts Inc. and CVS Corp. have been in a bidding war for months to acquire Caremark Rx Inc. But increased antitrust scrutiny of the Express Scripts’ proposal and the decision earlier this week not to increase its offer turned the bidding war in CVS’ favor, some analysts said. last_img read more

Early morning fire in Charlie Lake

first_imgUpon arrival a trailer was engulfed in flames and was eventually consumed by the fire. No other trailers were damaged. The trailer was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.As we get more information we will update this story. If you have any pictures of the fire, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com- Advertisement –last_img

Xavi won’t play for Catalonia against Venezuela

first_img0Shares0000Al-Sadd won’t release Xavi to play for Catalunya © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFARBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 24 – Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez said on Sunday that his Qatari club would not release him to play for Catalonia against Venezuela.The match in Girona on Monday is politically fraught, with the status of autonomous community Catalonia a subject of ferocious political conflict within Spain. “I regret to announce that finally I will not be able to be in Montilivi for tomorrow’s Catalonia-Venezuela,” Xavi wrote on Instagram.“My commitments with my club did not allow it. I hope next time I can be there with you. In Qatar you will have the first of your fans cheering our team.”The game was expected to be the 39-year-old Xavi’s last for Catalonia and the organisers had reportedly planned to honour him at half time.“The over-riding commitments of his team, the Al Sadd Club of Qatar, in the last stages of the league have made it impossible,” the Catalan Football Federation.While Xavi’s former Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique is expected to play, several Spanish clubs have refused to release players for a friendly that is not a recognised international.“I put myself in the shoes of their coaches and I have no problem in understanding,” said coach Gerard Lopez. “They play a lot.”Venezuela are preparing in Spain for the Copa America. On Friday, they beat Argentina in Madrid.After the victory, coach Rafael Dudamel offered to resign after accusing Antonio Ecarri, representative in Madrid of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, of using a meeting with the team for political purposes by tweeting photos.Dudamel said he would lead Venezuela on Monday and then discuss his future with the president of the country’s football federation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Woman facing litany of insurance charges gets four year driving ban

first_imgA woman, who is facing ‘a litany’ of no insurance charges, has been banned from driving for four years. Winifred Hegarty, 33, with an address at Hillview Court Lower, Gransha Road, Buncrana, and Dundrain, Burnfoot, appeared before Buncrana District Court where she faced a number of motoring offences. The court heard that Hegarty was charged with two counts of holding a mobile phone while driving, no tax, failing to restrain a child, no NCT, three counts of no insurance and failing to produce her documents. All offences, which Ms. Hegarty pleaded guilty to, occurred between January and June this year.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that on January 10, Garda Kenny was called to attend a disturbance in Heather Park, Buncrana at 11.55pm. While there he stopped a vehicle being driven by Winifred Hegarty. He noted that there was no tax displayed so he issued her with a fixed penalty notice, however it went unpaid.On February 9 while on mobile patrol in Buncrana, Garda McLaughlin saw her driving whilst holding a mobile phone at 1.21pm. He stopped Ms. Hegarty, who gave no valid reason for holding the mobile phone. Another fixed penalty notice was issued, however this went unpaid also.Similarly on February 29, Garda Tully was on duty at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot when he saw Ms. Hegarty driving a blue Vauxhall car while holding a mobile phone.Insp. Murphy said Gda. Tully made a demand for insurance and Ms. Hegarty nominated Buncrana Garda station however it was not produced. A fixed penalty notice for the mobile phone offence was also unpaid.The court also heard that on April 9, Garda Duggan, who was off duty at the time, saw a car drive past him on the Millbrae in Buncrana at speed. Insp. Murphy said Gda. Duggan saw a young child standing in the middle of the car between the front seats.At Lidl car park he approached the vehicle, where the young child got out through the front passenger door. He spoke with Ms. Hegarty and made a demand for her insurance. He also noted there was no NCT displayed and he issued a fixed penalty notice for not having the child restrained, however this was not paid.Furthermore the court heard that Gda. Duggan also stopped Hegarty at McCarter’s Road Buncrana on June 17 for having no insurance.Defence solicitor Rory O’Brien said he learned that there was a ‘litany of no insurance’ coming down the line against his client. It was heard that it could be six months before Ms. Hegarty will face these charges in court so Mr. O’Brien asked Judge Paul Kelly to adjourn sentencing until the other charges came up. He asked the judge to group them together.He said the guilty pleas still stood and added the picture that was ‘painted was quite serious’.Mr. O’Brien said she had no history of road traffic offences but he said by the end of the cases she would have a ‘serious amount’.He said his client was not driving at the moment.Judge Kelly agreed to adjourn sentencing in some of the charges but for the charges relating to April 9 he fined her €250 and banned her from driving for four years. He adjourned all the remaining matters until March 9.Woman facing litany of insurance charges gets four year driving ban was last modified: December 12th, 2016 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:Burnfootdonegaldriving baninsurancelast_img read more

MULROY COLLEGE STUDENT GETS TO ROOT OF NATURE TO SCOOP TOP SCIENCE AWARD

first_imgA Mulroy College student has branched out into nature to help her receive a Science Foundation Ireland Award at BT young Scientist 2014.Chloe with teacher Declan Docherty and her award!Fifth year student Chloe Bradley investigated the nutritive value of gorse and heather as a food source for mountain sheep.Chloe took on this project last summer with a hands-on approach where she fed 27 sheep over a period of 5 weeks on gorse, heather and hay. Through this project she wanted to investigate if this combination could be used as a food source for mountain sheep and her conclusions proved positive.Her interest in this area comes from the fact that Chloe is from a farming background and helps her family run the suckler cow and sheep farm at home.She is hoping to pursue a career in agriculture and has a great interest in becoming a vet.Chloe represented Mulroy College in Milford and Principal Ms Fiona Temple stated: “We are very proud of Chloe. She put an enormous amount of work into this project. Her success is very well deserved and with the very high standard of projects at the BT young Scientist we are delighted for her that her hard work has paid off. “I have no doubt that Chloe will receive many more successes in her career. A big thanks most also be given to Mr Declan Docherty the teacher who helped her with the project over the summer.”Chloe also added “I would like to thank Mulroy College for the support given to me throughout the project. In particular I would like to thank Mr Docherty and all those who gave advice and support along the way.“It was a great experience from start to finish and last Friday was the icing on the cake. I would encourage other students to get involved in this event as I gained so much from it.” MULROY COLLEGE STUDENT GETS TO ROOT OF NATURE TO SCOOP TOP SCIENCE AWARD was last modified: January 16th, 2014 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:BT Young ScientistChloe BradleyFiona TempleMulroy Collegeteacher Declan Dochertylast_img read more

DIABETES CARE IN DONEGAL MUST BE PROPERLY MANAGED – DOHERTY

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has this week called on the Health Minister to urgently provide additional resources to improve Diabetes Care at Letterkenny General Hospital.Pearse Doherty TDDeputy Doherty, who this week tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions in the Dáil on the issue of Diabetes Care at Letterkenny General, has called on the Minister to appoint an additional Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist to improve existing services for children living with the condition.HE said “After being contacted by support groups asking that I raise this issue on their behalf, this week I decided to ask the Health Minister if he has any plans to address current understaffing issues and the lack of adequate supports available to patients with regards to Diabetes care in Letterkenny General Hospital.” “Campaigners have voiced their concerns that current staffing arrangements are inadequate and have asked that an additional Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist be appointed to meet the needs of children in the county living with Type 1 Diabetes.”“At present, I understand from having listened to campaigners that there is only one such clinical nurse specifically for children at the hospital and should this nurse be unavailable to work due to illness or for whatever reason, then support groups have very real concerns about how this may impact on the service with many fearing that it would put increased pressure on already over stretched personnel at the hospital to fill the void.”“It’s for this reason that these groups and campaigners have demanded that the Minister recruits a second PDCNS – who is fully trained in Pump Therapy – to assist with the work of the existing team at LGH and to ensure that a backup is in place should other key members of staff be unavailable.”“Naturally, this is something which I very much support given the fact that equity in access to high quality diabetes care is crucial in order to maximise the quality of life for sufferers of Type 1 Diabetes through the early detection and treatment of all possible complications associated with the condition.” DIABETES CARE IN DONEGAL MUST BE PROPERLY MANAGED – DOHERTY was last modified: October 2nd, 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:Deputy Pearse Dohertydiabetesdonegallast_img read more

Former Uganda Cranes coach appointed by Egyptian giants

first_img Tags: CAF Champions LeagueMichoMortada MansourOrlando PiratesUganda CranesZamalek Micho was Cranes’s coach for 4 years. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Former Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has been named the new head coach of Egyptian side Zamalek FC.The appointment came a few hours after Micho stepped down from his role at South African giants Orlando Pirates on Friday.Zamalek who are the current holders of the CAF Confederations Cup have been searching for a new coach since Khaled Galal was fired last month.Galal was appointed as the Whites’ head coach in May, succeeding Christian Gross, who the club opted against extending his contract due to his high wage demands.Micho’s appointment was confirmed by Zamalek President Mortada Mansour.“We are glad to announce Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic as our new head coach. Micho was our first choice. Tarek Yehia (current interim manager) will be his assistant, Ayman Abdelaziz will be appointed as team coordinator, and Amir Mortada will continue in his role as director of football.” Said Mansour.Mansour also has also revealed that Sredojevi? will arrive in Egypt on Sunday to sign his contracts, before leading the team in the CAF Champions League and the Egypt Cup.Micho is expected to arrive in Egypt on Sunday to sign his contracts, before leading the team in the CAF Champions League and the Egypt Cup.The 49-year-old Serbian has previously managed at SC Villa, Sudan’s Al Hilal, Tanzania’s Yanga Africans, Saint George of Ethiopia, the Rwanda national team and Yugoslavia U20 head coach.He was the head coach of the Cranes from 2013 to 2017, leading Uganda to a first AFCON appearance in 39 years, in 2017.Comments last_img read more