The West Indies’ second- highest Test-scoring batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has expressed delight at being formally recognised by the Jamaica Cricket Association JCA, for his contribution to West Indies cricket. The recognition, which came via a commemorative plaque, as well as tributes from officials of the JCA, was made on Monday following the conclusion of the WICB regional four-day tournament contest between Jamaica Scorpions and Guyana Jaguars at Sabina Park. The plaque, which had an image of Chanderpaul enshrined on it, as well as a citation, was presented by JCA president Wilford ‘Billy” Heaven in the presence of the players and officials of both teams. JCA Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Francis, read the citation. ”I am very, very happy about it and very thankful that the JCA has seen it fit to recognise me,” said Chanderpaul, who is second on the list of West Indies leading run-getters behind Brian Lara. ”It really feels special when it is at the back end of your career that people recognise you for the work that you have done, having played cricket in the Caribbean for over 20 years,” he declared. Chanderpaul, 42, who recently negotiated a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England, played 164 matches for the West Indies, an outstanding average of 51.37, while scoring 11,867 runs. Lara scored 11,953 runs from 131 matches at an average of 52.88. Heaven, who said his association could not have allowed an outstanding player like Chanderpaul, who is likely to have played his final match at Sabina Park to go unrecognised, described the Guyanese as an icon. “Chanderpaul has had a fulfilling and illustrious career, not only for the West Indies, but also for Guyana and the several clubs and counties that he would have played for throughout his career,” stated Heaven. He brought to the game not only his cricketing skill and prowess, but a high level of dedication, commitment and resilience, and throughout has played with such levels of maturity and professionalism. ”These are attributes of a high order, admirable, and what all of our current young cricketers, and others, should look to aspire to.” Thankful
The first vice president and chairman of the program committee for Ade Beda Omega Chapter, Clarine Simpson Vaughn, over the weekend organized its first Green Agents consisting of children under the age of 14 and adults to help clean the Monrovia Central Park.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Eda Beda Omega Chapter, the first international chapter started here in Liberia came together on Saturday May 23 and picked up trash, water sacs, dirt, and swept garbage that had managed to find its way in between the gates of the Monrovia Central Park. Little children who were invited to the park to learn about environmentally friendly cleaning habits participated in the initiative with the help of their parents and the organizers.“We’re in the park cleaning it up and making the area environmentally suitable and restoring the playground. Our hope with cleaning it up and working with MCC is that MCC will begin to open it to the children in the community. If they see that there are volunteers in Monrovia that are taking ownership of keeping the playground area clean, clear of dirt and liter, they will start to open it up for the children to use, “ Clarine added.The little helpers wore t-shirts logoed ‘Green Agents’ as they happily placed leaves and other out of place items into garbage plastics.“This is mental health month and green symbolizes support for mental illness. It is also one of our colors, the other being pink. By giving them the name Green Agents, it means they are being agents of change by making sure that we are keeping our environment clean and green. We want them to come out and play and also see that it is there responsibility as well as the adults’ responsibility to pick up trash in order to keep the area clean and reduce the amount of dirt around,” Clarine added.It is the responsibility of all Liberians to keep their areas clean and Clarine believes that the unsanitary conditions of Liberia led to the spread of Ebola.“If each of us can make it our responsibility to clean our areas, it will make Liberia a better place to live and for our children to play,” she maintained.Meanwhile, the Sorority on the day of their event also donated an advanced reading room that consists of books, both educational and leisure, chairs, couches, tables, toys and baskets.“We have a reading room that Alpha Kappa Alpha donated in the park to make sure that the kids can use this facility that we know they are not used to. Maybe after playing, they can come into the room and relax while reading very interesting books,” Clarine added.Also, Clarine states that Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) has not opened the park to the public for many reasons, but one reason that is clear to Clarine is that there is no proper management of the park.“We told MCC that we wanted to launch our organization here at the central park and they arranged for the gates to be opened so the park could be cleaned. The gates are not opened to the public. The first time they opened it there was some unruly behavior by the people who came into the park. If they can make sure that they can handle the flow of people coming in, train the kids on how to use the equipment and leave it the way they found it, I’m sure that the park will one day be opened,” she assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sen. Jewel Howard TaylorThe naming of a street in honor of Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor in the provincial capital of Gbarnga has created intense confusion as some eminent citizens are now distancing themselves from the decision, which they said was not reached by consensus. The move to honor Sen. Taylor has backfired with council members differing with former Mayor Melvin Cole.In a mobile phone interview with the Daily Observer, one of the council members, Ansu Sesay, said he was a member of the council when Cole was serving as mayor, “but I don’t know how the renaming of the street in honor of Mrs. Taylor came about.” Cole is now Representative-elect of Bong County Electoral District #3.Sesay said the decision to name the street did not come from the council, but was a unilateral decision by Cole, “because I heard about the development only in the media.”He said there are a lot of streets in Gbarnga that bear names dating back to the beginning of the existence of the city, which were neither given by current Mayor Viola Cooper, nor then mayor, Cole.“There was no meeting held among the stakeholders to arrive at a consensus to name or rename any street in honor of anyone,” he said.Sesay said if Rep. Cole confirmed that the naming of the street in Sen. Taylor’s honor met the agreement of the council, “then he will have to provide evidence, because they have a secretary that can take down minutes of every meeting.”He accused Cole of misleading the public that they all agreed to name the street in honor of Sen. Taylor, “because during a recent meeting with Sen. Taylor she only told the body of her intention to bring sign posts for streets in Gbarnga that will be placed at the various intersections to direct visitors.”Sesay said in that meeting, Sen. Taylor informed them that funding for the project was provided by authorities of the Liberian Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), “so we all agreed to her suggestion not to name the street in her honor.”In his reaction, Cole said Sen. Taylor did not name the street in her own honor, but the decision was through an agreement reached by the Gbarnga City Council.“We always made mistakes to put people who don’t know how to read and write to a position of trust in this country,” the former mayor, now Representative-elect, said.Cole said it was based on an agreement between the city council and administration that they named the street in honor of Sen. Taylor for her “immense contributions to the county,” and to demonstrate to that the county respects her for the level of development she spearheaded in the county.He said it was through Sen. Taylor’s effort that the streets in Gbarnga were named, “so they decided to name one of the streets in her honor.” Most of the streets in Gbarnga did not have names, he said, “but with the intervention of Sen. Taylor with financial aid, the naming of the streets took effect.”Cole said they named other streets in honor of people that have been actively working for the growth and development of the county. If Mayor Cooper removes the sign posts to the street, she will be resisted, he added, “because we are not going to take it from her.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Newly-promoted senior Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officers on Monday received their new badges of rank at a simpColonel Raul Jerrick being decorated by his wife and Army Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Patrick Westle ceremony held at the Officers Club at Base Camp Ayanganna, Georgetown.Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Patrick West issued Colonel Raul Jerrick with his new badge of rank and was ably assisted by the Colonel’s wife. The remaining officers’ badges were handed over by commanding officers and branch heads of the GDF.Brigadier West congratulated the officers and encouraged them to continue their good works. He pointed out that the demands of the Force on the officers tended to make for some difficulties from time to time. Brigadier West also thanked the officers’ spouses, and family members for their support, which he indicated was essential to the delivery of their duties to the nation.Army Chief-of-Staff Patrick West and the newly-promoted officersMeanwhile, Colonel Jerrick, the most senior officer in the line-up, said that their achievement of this milestone could not have blossomed without the support of their families, the Force, and its leadership. He further pledged that they (the recipients of the promotions) would continue to be professional, serving with integrity and a honed focus on the Force’s future development.
…former President’s family received 5 acres of prime land…as SOCU to interview Pradoville 2 residents this weekSeveral persons who purchased property at the Sparendaam seawall area commonly known as “Pradoville 2” are to be interviewed by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in connection with its investigation into the purchase of those lands.Guyana Times was told that among the persons to be questioned are opposition members former Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon and members of Parliament Clement Rohee, PriyaManickchand, Dr Jennifer Westford and Irfaan Ali and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. However other persons who have property in the area includes, former Army Chief Gary Bess, former President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Compton Bourne, Former Natural ResourcesMinister, Robert Persaud among others. It is not clear however if these persons will also be interviewed.Additionally, former President Donald Ramotar’s daughter Lisaveta Ramotar, as well as Guyana’s lead negotiator to the UNFCCC, Andrew Bishop, would also be subjected to questioning sometime this week.SOCU has invited those persons to visit its office at Camp Street at specified times during this week, to be interviewed as a part of the ongoing inquiry into Pradoville 2.Attorney Anil Nandlall, who is providing legal representation for Luncheon, Rohee, Manickchand, Westford, Ali and Jagdeo, has dispatched a letter to the Head of SOCU, Sydney James, reminding him that the Pradoville 2 case is currently the subject of a constitutional challenge which is pending before the Constitutional/Administrative Division of the High Court. “As a result of this and a multitude of other factors, which advisedly I will not disclose at this stage, I have deep reservations regarding the propriety, legality and constitutionality of the process upon which you and your officers have embarked, and I have so advised my clients,” he said in the letter.Nonetheless, Nandlall said his clients will cooperate, even though it is not incumbent upon them to do so.“Notwithstanding, without prejudice to the foregoing, and to demonstrate a willingness to cooperate, though not obligated to (cooperate), I have advised my clients to, at this stage, make themselves available for the requested interview,” he stated.Nandlall informed the SOCU Director that his clients, who are Parliamentarians, along with Dr. Luncheon, will make themselves available at the Office of the Opposition Leader at Church Street for the requested interview from Tuesday to Friday.He also advised that Ramotar and Bishop will be available to do the interview at his Chambers on South Road at a time and date convenient to the officers during the course of the week.The APNU/AFC coalition Government has argued that the Pradoville 2 lands and their transactions were tainted with illegality on the basis that the lands were obtained below their market value. But Nandlall had contended that, when applying the same logic, the current Cabinet acted unlawfully when its members approved a 50 per cent increase in their salaries.He was adamant that the price for which the land was sold was similar to, or comparable with, the price at which the Government sold lands under its housing programme to individuals as well as developers at that point in time.Nandlall had also argued that, applying the same logic, criminal charges should be instituted against the Forbes Burnham family, who received 5 acres of prime land east of Sheriff Street, in the vicinity of the Botanical Gardens, given to them by transport by former President Jagdeo.Nonetheless, Jagdeo has already signalled his intention to file private criminal charges against Government officials on certain matters, including the 50 per cent salary increase situation.Meanwhile, Nandlall had objected to assertions that the then government had in fact paid to have remove a National Communications Network (NCN) transmission tower in order to use the lands to develop it into a high-end residential locale.He pointed out that the tower was removed long before any work had begun at Pradoville 2.He highlighted that the tower was removed to facilitate the expansion of the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, ECD.
Duvernay Oil Corp. has agreed to be taken over by Shell Canada Ltd. The deal is worth $5.9 billion including assumed debt. Duvernay has significant land holdings in the Montney natural gas play north of Fort St. John – a region that has drawn a great deal of attention from major Canadian and U.S. energy companies.Shell, one of Canada’s biggest natural gas producers, has already teamed up with EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) to develop the emerging Haynesville shale play in Louisiana and Texas, so the Duvernay takeover will serve to deepen its unconventional gas business.In May of this year, the B.C.Government announced it had made a record $441 million in land sales, with a large parcel next to Duvernay’s Montney position garnering the biggest price.Advertisement – Advertisement -While the buyer of that land was not revealed at the time, there had been a lot of speculation that it was Shell, said BMO Capital Markets analyst Mark Leggett. “The market’s love for the Montney Northeast B.C. natural gas play is so strong that the possibility of Duvernay becoming a target was speculated upon by investors,” Leggett said, adding that the takeover price was in line with his expectations. The Duvernay takeover is likely a harbinger of more consolidation in the Montney play, Leggett said.The Boards of Duvernay and Shell have unanimously endorsed the deal, which requires approval from shareholders and regulators.Duvernay was founded in 2001 and has 1,800 square kilometres of land holdings in the sedimentary basin in Western Canada. It produces 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and is aiming to increase output to 70,000 boe/d by 2012.
The incident was reasonably fresh in my mind at noon Monday when I heard a woman’s heart-stopping shriek. There in a crosswalk just a few blocks east on Valencia, a woman driving a black Dodge Durango came within inches of a pedestrian headed back to work in City Hall. The Durango driver, a family of stick people pictured in her rear window, was nearly as frightened as the poor woman who had just cheated death in the crosswalk. Several moments later, the pedestrian was still shaking, unable to compose herself. Hopefully, the driver will think twice before zipping through a crosswalk – the trick might be to think of every pedestrian as someone with a few stick people of his or her own at home. I’m not saying I’d ever make driving-school valedictorian, but there’s something wrong with a driver who can’t check to see what’s ahead and sit long enough to let pedestrians pass. It’s basic civility. And yes, it goes two ways. Able-bodied walkers holding up traffic should put a little spring in their step, even if the law is on their side. That’s basic civility, too. Sad that this is a town where the City Hall has to spend money on a campaign to get drivers to pull over when a firetruck, with lights and siren, makes its way past. It’s a place where the only way to get people to stop for red lights is to snag their photos and fine them hundreds of dollars; a place where you take your life in your hands crossing the street with your baby or walking back to work after lunch. Poised at a green light Sunday afternoon to turn right, I waited for a few pedestrians to cross McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard. The guy on my tail in the giant pickup might not have seen them, and assumed I was engrossed on the phone or maybe fixing my makeup, so he blew his horn and waved his arms at me. In our path was a young mom and dad pushing a double stroller. I never got the sheepish “Sorry-I’m-an-idiot smile” from the pickup truck guy, who sped by me on screaming tires, only to end up my next-door neighbor at a red light a block later. I fought the urge to smirk … Can’t say I won that battle, but hey, just another day on the road in Santa Clarita, where drivers have got to be among the rudest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manager Nigel Clough insists Sheffield United did not rush into their decision to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to train with the club.The Blades announced on Tuesday evening that the 25-year-old would train at his old club after a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association to allow him the opportunity to rebuild his fitness.Clough, who takes his team to Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Wednesday night, said on Sky Sports News: “I think everything has been deliberated properly, nobody has rushed into any decisions at the club.“Everybody realises the gravity of the situation and seriousness of everything and that’s why it has taken so long to even get to this stage.“It has been prompted by the PFA and that’s as far as it goes now.“We deliberated as a club for some weeks and came to this decision. According to the law of the land he is entitled an opportunity to resume his career.”United’s statement made it clear the club were “not prepared at this time” to make a decision on whether to re-sign Evans as a player.And on whether allowing Evans to train at the club would lead to a potential deal at Bramall Lane, Clough added: “That’s a long way from being true. The statement said that he is purely down to train with us and we will take it from there.” Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United
HUNDREDS OF workers across the county fear wage cuts tomorrow as the new minimum wage comes into force.Donegal Family Resource Centre has launched a scathing attack on the cut.Jim Mclaughlin says the reduction in the minimum wage from €8.65 to €7.65 per hour will devastate on families and individuals who are already suffering from financial strain. He is urging businesses not to hit the worst paid workers in the county.He says the cut is another blow to people whose wages have already been reduced since January due to the implementation of the universal social charge.Mr McLaughlin is encouraging anyone experiencing difficulties to contact voluntary organisations for help.* Have you been affected? Email email@example.com DONEGAL WORKERS FEARS GROW AS MINIMUM WAGE CUT HIT LOOMS was last modified: January 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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)
A young Co Donegal lad has kicked his way to the top of his sport across the world.World champ Damian!Damian Duddy, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, has been crowned ISKA World Junior Kickboxing Champion.Damian, who fights in the welterweight category, is no stranger to success, winning Irish and European titles in recent years. The 15 year old, who fights out of the PT kickboxing gym in Carrigans is a 5th year student in Deele College and is obviously delighted with his latest success.Nick-named ‘Kid Dynamite’ for his explosive speed and agility, Damian enthralled the crowd in the Millennium Forum with a brilliant display of technique, speed and strength last Saturday night.He overcame his Spanish opponent, winning all three rounds in convincing fashion.Damien celebrates his historic win with his family. From left, his brother William, father Cathal and mother ArleneMore than 2,000 people were in attendance in the walled city and it was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever seen in Ireland. His success will have delighted his hard working trainers, Paddy Toland and his father Cathal Duddy who have put so much into Damian’s success.Principal Mr PJ McGowan and Vice Principal Mr Danny McFadden congratulate Damien on his magnificent winDeele College Principal, PJ McGowan commended Damian on his big win, saying it was great for the school to have representatives like Damian, competing at the top level in his chosen sport.Damian follows in a long line of sporting heroes who have passed through the door at Deele College, not least four time world champion, Natalie McCarron, who defended her titles successfully on Saturday night.Mr McGowan also wished 3rd year student Brett McGinty the best of luck in his upcoming European Boxing Tournament in Russia, where he will be looking to emulate his recent success in Eastern Europe and bring back a medal.Damien celebrates his World Title with his classmates DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP! was last modified: November 14th, 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:Damian Duddydeele collegekick-boxingRaphoe