Russell looking to put on a show at Penns

first_imgJanieve Russell remains confident of excelling again at the upcoming Penn Relays, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”They (fans) are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again,” said Russell.Russell, a University of Technology (UTech) student, competed at Penns for eight years – five for her alma mater Holmwood Technical and three years for UTech.”I have a lot of experience. Penn Relays is very cold and thing, and a lot of athletes are not used to the climate because they are always in the tropical area, and to know that I have been travelling to Penn Relays for eight years, I know the feeling, the crowd and the atmosphere that we are going into,” Russell observed.While clocking a personal best in the 2015 World Championships last year, Russell not only reached the final, but placed fifth with a lifetime best of 54.64 seconds.”Yes, I am ready. There is a lot of expectation from other athletes and your fans and people who are looking out there and saying she is a World Championship finalist and she is representing her school,” said Russell.”They are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again.”She added: “The 4×400 will help with my endurance and the 4x200m will help with my speed. I am just going out there confident and just ready to perform.”So it’s a good feeling to know that I am well prepared and just going out there to showcase,” she told The Gleaner in an interview after FLOW Foundation gave a 16 per cent increase of $4 million and 30 thousand to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event, at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.OTHER ATHLETESThere were a number of other outstanding athletes present.Calabar High’s sensation, Christopher Taylor, who will compete at his first Penn Relays, said: “I feel very excited. I am gonna go out there and do the best for my school.”Also, the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) Zinedine Russell, who finished second overall in the girls Open heptathlon at Champs, said: “I am looking forward to getting the plaque for my school.”She will compete in the 400m.last_img read more

Government brings cybercrime legislation to Parliament

first_imgThe Guyana Government has laid in the National Assembly for debate and consideration legislation aimed at tackling the 21st century phenomenon of cybercrime.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, on Thursday presented the Bill to the House for a first reading, before requesting that the Bill be sent to a Special Select Committee for special consideration and further consultations, if needed, ahead of a debate and vote on the matter.Williams in presenting the Bill to the House said, the legislation treats with the creation of offences of cybercrimes and provides provisions for penalties, investigations and prosecution of such offences.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeria welcomed the move on the part of the Government to have the Bill sent to a Special Select Committee – the first such accommodation in the 15 months since the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) has been in office and in control of the Legislature.She did however query why a physical copy of the legislation had not been made available to the Members of Parliament.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, informed the House however that in keeping with the evolution of technology, the Bill would be circulated to the members electronically.The Cyber Crimes Bill caters for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer related forgery; computer related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity related offences; child pornography; child luring and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.last_img read more

Armed bandits rob Good Hope family

first_imgA couple is now traumatised after armed bandits stormed their Good Hope, East Coast Demerara home Saturday morning. The incident occurred sometime around 08:30h.The couple’s room which the gunmen ransackedGuyana Times understands that the woman, Sanata Boodhoo, 53, was at home with her 4-year-old grandson at her Lot 11 Phase Three, Good Hope, ECD, house when two armed bandits confronted her.The woman related to this newspaper that she had just opened the backdoor of her home when the bandits forced their way into the house with the gun pointing at her head.“When we reach inside, they ask where all the money, where the gold deh,” she recalled. Boodhoo noted that the men then took her to the bedroom where they tied her up on the bed and stuffed her mouth with cloth.She said they began ransacking the house, collecting cash and the other valuables they got their hands on, and even raided the shop.“Them even carry away my wedding ring and tell me them gon shoot me grandson if me nah give them money and gold; but me nah get money and gold, what meh get me give them,” she recounted.The woman said that by this time her husband, Seelall Etwaroo, arrived home and he too was confronted by the gunmen.Etwaroo related to this newspaper that when he went home he called for his grandson but got no response, which was strange.“Me normally come and open the door from the outside so when me push open the door now, two guns pointing at me. All two ah them get one gun then them carry me in the room and me see me wife on the bed tie up; then them put me on the bed and tie me up too,” the man stated.The ordeal lasted for some 30 minutes during which the gunmen held the four-year-old child frighteningly at gunpoint.According to the couple, the bandits took away about $220,000 cash, $40,000 in phone cards, cigarettes and two cell phones valued $130,000 before making good their escape in a blue and white Allion car.However, as they were leaving the village, another villager, Abdol Mohamed, was passing by in a car and Etwaroo alerted him of what transpired, as such the man gave chase after the bandits.Mohamed told Guyana Times that after he was told about the robbery, he drove after the car which had no number plate. He stated that as he approached the vehicle, the gunmen opened fire on him. He said the men discharged three rounds in his direction, two of which hit his car.The bandits made good their escape.This newspaper was told that a report was made to the Police who took an hour to respond.last_img read more

Liberia Remains Vulnerable to Climate Change

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah speaking at th NPRS launch-Finance Minister declares at launch of National Policy and Response Strategy on Climate ChangeThe Minister of Finance and Development Planning has said that the threats posed by the impact of climate change are overwhelming and as the country remains vulnerable, every effort that will ensure that these threats are mitigated must be welcomed.Minister Samuel D. Tweah indicated, “Climate change poses a significant threat to people all over the world, particular to livelihoods in least developed countries like Liberia, where climate related impact can have dire consequences for the most vulnerable and deprived societies like ours.”Speaking at the launch of the National Policy and Response Strategy (NPRS) on Climate Change in Monrovia on Wednesday, Minister Tweah said the country continues to experience recurring instances of such impact of climate change.He said the unprecedented flooding being experienced across the country imposes disruptions in terms of energy supply, road transport, agriculture production with consequences extending to the domain of education, health, water and sanitation, gender and social protection.Minister Tweah said climate change has the potential to reverse gains of the past decades and stymie progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Liberia was not able to meet any of the millennium development goals partly owing to similar erosion of gains emanating from macroeconomic volatility  and the recent Ebola epidemic.”Cognizant of the impacts of this global menace and the dire need for adequate national response, the EPA and its partners, especially the UNDP developed the (NPRS) to guide national response measures, he said.The strategy further provides guidance on integrating climate change issue into national development planning processes at national, county, district and local level for effective coordination.With an estimated seventy percent of the economically active population engaged in agricultural activities, the Minister said any severity or worsening of climate impact could have serious economic implications.EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama said the impact of climate change requires the widest cooperation and participation in an effective and appropriate national response comprising mitigation and adaptation measures in addressing the menace.He said government’s commitment to develop a climate-resilient economy has also been demonstrated by many strategic short and medium term initiatives and the implementation of key activities.NPRS, Mr. Blama noted, articulates government’s vision and aspiration for establishing a framework through which concrete are actions taken.“Considering the huge challenge that climate change poses to national growth and human development, it is my ardent hope that it will lead to the building of a firm foundation for mainstreaming Climate Change action into all key socio-economic programs in order to bring about an integrated response.Gov’t Gradually Complies with Paris AgreementWith the launch of the NPRS, the government is gradually coming in full compliance with the Paris Agreement.The Agreement is an international treaty that seeks to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Led by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and went into effect November 4, 2016. It seeks to limit temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius and encourage initiatives that bring the increase down to 1.5 degrees Celsius or lower.Stakeholders in a group photo after the ceremonyDespite contributing little to climate change, Liberia is especially vulnerable to its impact. Sea-level rise, soaring temperatures and increased rainfall threaten economic and social gains. The agricultural sector is vulnerable, with flooding, erosion and changing rainfall patterns putting lives at risk the EPA Executive Director averred.The ratification of the agreement by the national Legislature in June and subsequent signing into law by President Weah coupled with the launch of the latest instrument, signify that Liberia is getting closer to reaching its goals for low-carbon, climate-resilient development.The policy provides further impetus to ongoing effort with which Liberia is engaged, including the NAP and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC), submitted prior to the signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015.The NPRS initiative is supported by UNDP through the National Adaptation Plans (NAP) project funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).The policy was developed with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa beginning September 2016.While the EPA has confirmed that Liberia’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions is insignificant, the effects of global warming are having dire consequences on national development effort, and could increase the current challenges in alleviating poverty.The NPRS will ensure that  qualitative, effective and coherent climate change adaptation processes take place. It will serve as the pillar for comprehensive sectoral strategies, and seeks to enable better coordination of climate change work in the country, providing opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the government and stakeholders.At the launch, EPA, UNDP and University of Liberia (UL) signed an agreement for support toward the setting up of a graduate program in environmental science through the NAP project with funding from the GCF.This is meant to prepare students to address the social and biophysical complexities of environmental problems.The event was graced by high level policymakers and representatives from government entities, partners, and representatives of the donor community, NGOs, women and youth groups, and research and academic institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MMA illegally takes 2000 acres of land from cattle ranchers – Chairman

first_img… says decision should be revokedBy Lakhram BhagiratChairman of the Abary Cattle Ranch Company Limited (ACRCL), Hemraj Kissoon, told the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into ancestral land ownership that the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary-Agriculture Development Association (MMA) illegally took possession of some 2000 acres of land that belonged to the company without any reason or explanation. He added that the decision should be revoked and the land should be transported and returned to the company.The Commissioner at start of the public hearing part of the CoIProviding a background of the ACRCL, Kissoon said the company is a limited liability company which has been in existence since 1909 with the responsibility for fattening animals in the Abary area. He said that they have over 3000 heads of cattle, utilising approximately 7784 acres of land. However, he noted that this amount of land is not sufficient with each head of cattle, requiring at least four acres of land to graze since sections of the land is swampy and grass does not grow in some parts.He explained that the lands owned are leased, free to hold, titled, DHMP (During Her Majesty Pleasure now During His Excellency Pleasure) and land under permission and that the ACRCL have documentation for all of the land it owns. He tendered a number of those documents to the CoI as evidence to support his claim. However, in 2015 following a survey, the MMA, without any explanation or reasoning, took possession of over 2000 acres of DHMP and leased land from the company. Kissoon added that when the lands were taken they wrote to the MMA objecting the decision but they are yet to receive any response. Detailing the work and history of the ACRCL, Kissoon explained that prior to the MMA, the company had its own drainage network to irrigate their lands. “The canal and conservancy was built on it (the ACRCL land). The conservancy took away some of it. The main canal divides the land in two because it runs from North to South into the conservancy. It is written down from the MMA to the farmers that any problems come about they would resolve all of it. If you lose land they will give you alternative land, they will pay you for it or they give you compensation one way or the other. All of this was decided with the MMA and farmers before they started the (MMA) scheme,” Kissoon related.He further related that although their lands have been surveyed and properly demarcated, they were asked by the MMA to have the land surveyed and had to pay some $3 million to have that done. He related that after the ACRCL made the payment the land was surveyed and the combined 2000 acres were taken from them. He proposed that the land be given back to them and transported so that they can continue their rearing.A representative from the Paradise Multi-Purpose Co-op told the CoI that they would like to have back their farmlands in Enmore, Hope, Foulis and Bachelors Adventure on the East Coast of Demerara. He related that the lands are ancestral lands taken up by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and later abandoned. He is also seeking reparations from GuySuCo.President David Granger in March of this year established the CoI under the Commission of Inquiry Act, to examine and make recommendations to resolve all issues and uncertainties surrounding the claims of Amerindian land titling; the individual, joint or communal ownership of lands acquired by freed Africans, and any matters relating to land titling in Guyana.The Commission is headed by Reverend Oswald Peter Chuck-A-Sang, and includes Paulette Henry, David James, Carol Khan-James, Professor Rudolph James, Lennox Caleb and Berlinda Persaud. The public hearings are being conducted at the GL&SC Secretariat in D’Urban Backlands.last_img read more

Alaska Highway has been re-opened

first_imgThe Alaska Highway has been re-opened at Mile 111 of the Alaska Highway.  We will have more information shortly.Click Here for more details- Advertisement –last_img

Pedro strikes on debut to clinch Chelsea’s first win of the season

first_img Pedro Pedro scored 20 minutes into his Chelsea debut to help the ten-man Blues earn their first win of the season in a barnstorming encounter at West Brom.Thibaut Courtois saved James Morrison’s penalty before the Spaniard opened the scoring with the aid of a deflection.Diego Costa capped a flowing counter attack to double the visitors’ lead before Morrison’s half volley pulled a goal back for the Baggies.Cesar Azpilicueta notched his first Chelsea goal to restore the Blues’ two-goal lead and, despite captain John Terry’s dismissal and Morrison’s second after the break, Jose Mourinho’s side hung on to claim a morale-boosting victory.The high intensity of the game was set in the early stages, and the Baggies should have gone ahead after the lively Callum McManaman was tripped inside the box by Nemanja Matic.Morrison went for power from the spot, duly sacrificing placement and making it easy for Courtois to save with his legs on his return from a one-match ban.With Morrison smarting from his miss, Chelsea delivered a sucker punch through Pedro’s first goal in English football after a fine interchange with Eden Hazard.The Blues then doubled their lead after a brilliant breakaway involving Azpilicueta and Willian before Pedro turned provider for Costa to slide in at the back post.Morrison halved the arrears and made up for his poor penalty with a sweetly struck volley but Azpilicueta was on hand to restore the two-goal lead just seven minutes later with a cool finish.After the break, the rollercoaster game took another twist when Terry, following a difficult week in which his selection came under scrutiny, was shown a straight red card for clumsily felling Salomon Rondon when the Venezuelan was through on goal.The sending off tipped the momentum firmly in the favour of the hosts, and Morrison was on hand again to grab a goal back with a clever header from McManaman’s perfect cross.Costa and substitute Radamel Falcao were both wasteful as the visitors looked to guarantee the three points, while Rondon and McManaman went close at the other end.Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal, looked bright in a brief cameo for the Baggies but they couldn’t make the numerical advantage count as Mourinho’s men held out. 1last_img read more

Cappry Rovers: Donna Quinn wins new Skoda Octavia in Mega Draw!

first_imgCappry Rovers ran a very successful Mega Draw with the draw taking place on 29th December in Jackson’s Hotel.Here is a list of the winnersIreland Season Tickets: Don BrowneI-Pad: Darragh O’Sullivan€500 : Rosie McGlinchey500 Litres Heating Oil: Grace Ward€500 : Patton O’Malley40″ Colour TV: Lauren McGill€1000: Charlene KellyWeekend for 2 in Manchester + 2 Tickets to Manchester United game: James ShanleySliderobes from Cherrymore: Geraldine DrummNew Skoda Octavia Ambition: Donna QuinnAll proceeds from the night were donated to the Caolan Melaugh Fund. The donation made came to €4100.Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who supported the draw. A big thanks to all our ticket sellers especially those from outside the club.The numbers drawn in last weeks Cappry lotto were 7, 15, 19, 20. There was no jackpot winner. The winner of the lucky €50 ticket was Harry Long, Barnes Rd, Ballybofey. The winner of the Christmas Bonus €50 ticket was Kathleen McGlynn Browne, Cappry. Next week’s jackpot is €6750.The committee at Cappry Rovers would like to wish all our players and their families the very best of luck for the year ahead and thanks for all the support in the year gone by. Cappry Rovers: Donna Quinn wins new Skoda Octavia in Mega Draw! was last modified: January 3rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

Red Sox, Astros fill out ’05 playoff field

first_img “We are playing against the best. They are the champions and they know how to play in the playoffs,’ White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We didn’t face them during the season when we were pitching well. Now, we are. That’s a difference.’ The New York Yankees, who clinched their eighth straight AL East title on Saturday at Fenway Park, travel to Anaheim to play the AL West champion Angels beginning Tuesday night. The Angels beat the Yankees in the 2002 division series en route to their only World Series championship. The Angels earned home-field advantage in the series by virtue of a 7-4 victory in Texas on Sunday and New York’s 10-1 loss in Boston. The Angels and New York both finished 95-67, and the Angels won the season series between the teams. “I think we accomplished what we wanted to by getting guys rested and getting home field,’ Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Everything had to fall in place perfectly, and it looks like it did.’ All first-round series are best-of-5. After Boston’s win over the Yankees at Fenway, the outfield scoreboards posted matching messages, one congratulating the Yankees and one congratulating the Red Sox. Turned out, there was no need for a tiebreaker or two, for that matter. Just a day before, the AL pennant race was so jumbled that it looked as though the first double tiebreaker playoff in major league history might be necessary. “I think it’s what a lot of people expected at the beginning of the season, us and Boston back in the playoffs,’ Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Phillies did all they could to force a tiebreaker playoff, beating Washington, 9-3, for a weekend sweep, but still fell short. Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez and the Red Sox earned the AL wild-card berth for the third consecutive season, the same spot that started them toward their first World Series championship in 86 years. In fact, a wild-card team has won the past three titles. The defending champs clinched when Cleveland, the only other team that had a shot at the wild card, lost 3-1 at home to the White Sox, who swept the three-game series. The defeat concluded a crushing final week for the young Indians (93-69), who dropped six of their last seven games. “We ended like we started,’ closer Bob Wickman said in a somber Cleveland clubhouse. “We came up one game short. But the guys should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished.’ Boston’s first-round series against the AL Central champion White Sox starts Tuesday in Chicago. They finished with the best record in the league at 99-63 and will be trying to win their first postseason series since the 1917 World Series. Just when it looked as though the playoff picture might remain muddled for days, everything was settled on the final afternoon of the regular season. The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros wrapped up the wild cards Sunday, clinching the final two major league playoff spots. All the matchups were set for the 2005 postseason, starting Tuesday with the NL West champion San Diego Padres playing in St. Louis. center_img Houston will open Wednesday in Atlanta against the NL East champion Braves, coming off their 14th consecutive division title. It’s a rematch of their first-round series last year, won by Roger Clemens and the Astros in five games. “I’m very thankful. It was some rocky roads, roller-coaster rides throughout the season,’ pitcher Andy Pettitte said after a 6-4 victory over the Cubs allowed Houston to finish one game ahead of Philadelphia. last_img read more

Window closes on amnesty policy

first_img Evidence can be school or medical records, rent receipts and tax returns. Groups against illegal immigration say lawmakers only need to look at complications surrounding that 1986 program for evidence that such initiatives don’t work. “It took more than 20 years to deal with 3 million people,” said Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minuteman Project, a civilian patrol group that opposes illegal immigration. “How long would it take today to bring 10 to 15 million people out of the shadows?” But proponents of broad immigration reform, which includes regularizing the status of illegals, say granting residency gives immigrants incentives to get educated and contribute to society. “When people live as marginalized temporary workers, they act like marginalized temporary workers,” said Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. “When they get residency, they invest in themselves, get educated and learn English.” Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would build more fences along the U.S.-Mexico border, make illegal entry a felony and enlist military and local police to stop illegal migrants. But President George W. Bush, and a number of Democrat and Republican senators, have called for a guest worker program to be implemented along with any increase in border security. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Congress gears up to consider legislation that could resolve the status of millions of undocumented immigrants, as many as 100,000 have until Saturday to apply for green cards under the last amnesty program. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act set out to grant residency to some 3 million undocumented immigrants, but it had a caveat: People who had left the United States between 1982 and 1987, even for a brief trip, were disqualified. Immigration experts say many of the 250,000 who had their applications rejected stayed in the United States. Two class-action lawsuits successfully challenged the disqualification and, after many government appeals, the cases were settled last year. Beginning in May 2004, those immigrants were allowed to apply for residency. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “The window is still open, but closes Saturday,” said Chris Bentley, spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Bentley said it was impossible to know how many may be eligible and declined to say how many had applied. Some of those who had their applications rejected in the 1980s have died, while others have applied for residency under the Legal Immigration and Family Act of 2000. That law made it easier for immigrants to get residency through relatives who are already legal U.S. residents. But immigration lawyers estimate as many as 100,000 people from the 1980s may still be eligible. To apply, immigrants must submit proof that they lived in the United States from 1982 through 1987, that they never traveled out of the country at any point during that time and originally applied for amnesty. last_img read more