Dear Editor,I Sherry Cassandra Fyffe James, hereby write this letter to thank my General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo; Dr Roger Luncheon; and campaign manager Juan Edghill, who took time out from their busy schedules to be with us day and night. Also my local leaders; Mr Adams, Orin Wilson, Jem Narine, Cheryl Adams, Mr Singh, Dexter Harding and other comrades.Working with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic in Linden is not always easy, but our message stands out. Thanks to our 80 plus scrutinisers who boldly worked our stations with us, whether members or not. We are grateful for your cooperation.Let me share this; I speak for myself and some of our comrades who walked with me. We in Linden always share the sweet of the PPP/C in and out of office; we never had to make an appointment to see any of our leaders – be it comrade Jagdeo, Ramotar, Luncheon, Kumar, Manickchand and Westford, the late Satyadeow Sawh and Janet Jagan in times of trouble or just to stop and say hello. The name of Freedom House was free indeed to us.Yours truly,Sherry Fyffe JamesLinden Councillor
Murder/sodomy of 2-year-oldThe teen who was accused of sodomising his two-year-old niece and murdering her in the process on Tuesday was freed by a 12-member jury at the High Court.Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry dismissed the charge against Kevin Rankin after the jury unanimously agreed that he was not guilty of the act.As the jury foreman read the not-guilty verdict, Rankin threw both arms into the air and shouted “yes” before running out of the courtroom, pursued by several relatives of the dead toddler.Rankin was accused of committing the act on October 21, 2013 at Haslington Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD) when the toddler was left in his care.At that time, Rankin was only 15 years old and had been at a relative’s home with the toddler while the child’s mother left to conduct some errands. When the mother returned home, she was allegedly informed that something had been wrong with the child and she had died.The woman then rushed the two-year-old to the CC Nicholson Health Centre at Nabaclis, ECD, before the child was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was pronounced dead.During the trial, Defence Attorney Sandil Kissoon had argued that the prosecution’s case against his client was flawed since there were no photographs produced to the Court that had been taken of the scene where the crime allegedly occurred or even the house in which the alleged crime had taken place. He had posited that the investigations did not take any statement from any neighbour or eyewitness.Meanwhile, State witness, Pathologist Nehaul Singh testified that an autopsy, which was performed on the body of the toddler, indicated that she had been sodomised. He told the jury that the two-year-old suffered abdominal trauma, including bleeding of her liver and spleen. Dr Singh revealed that the child had also suffered from concussions to both her head and neck which were consistent with a blow or fall.Under cross-examination by defence counsel, Dr Singh acknowledged that the injury to the toddler’s chest cavity could have been also caused during the administration of CPR by someone who did not have experience in administering the life-saving technique.It should be noted that Rankin had initially told the Court that he did not harm his niece on the day in question, but had taken her to a relative’s home for her “to play”. He said that was when she became sick, complained about chest pains, and subsequently became unresponsive. Given that the child was not breathing, his cousin tried to administer CPR, Rankin had said.
In the men’s event, finishing in second was Len Holland with 150, while the women’s runner up was Linda Harvey with 183.In the flight events, Brendan Corrigan was the first flight winner with 167. The runner up was Terry Giesbrecht who was just behind with 168. Bud Palfy finished first in the second flight event with 181, and Blackie Anderson took second place with 183.In the third flight, taking first place was Glenn Harvey with 178, and second went to Robbie Hiebert with 186, while the fourth flight winner was Russ Wilkinson with 198, and Tony Jefferies finished second with 211.- Advertisement -The staff at Fort St. John Links would like to thank Pomeroy Inn and Suites for once again sponsoring the tournament.
Publicist Jessalyn Aitken says this year was “a fantastic turnout” as the local skaters dressed in Who-like costumes in the spirit of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. “The props and decorations were stunning,” writes Aitken. “Kelly Basisty joined the club as a guest skater which provided many thrills for the audience – even including a light show with one of his programs.”Basisty is a Fort St. John local who has been skating since he was 8-years-old and currently competes on a national level.- Advertisement -This year’s ice show marked the last for two skaters gearing up for high school graduation – Halla Aitken and Amy Utz.“Both of the girls performed beautifully in spite of the emotion of this fact.”The club thanking is thanking their many sponsors and the attendees who came out to support the show.Advertisement
The Bruins’ run lasted 221 weeks, from the 1966-67 preseason poll to Jan. 8, 1980. North Carolina is third all-time with 172 straight weeks from the 1990-91 preseason poll to Jan. 17, 2000. “If you do it for a long period of time, it means you’ve been good that long,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of his team’s streak that began in the 1996-97 preseason poll. “We never bring it up. It’s a nice stat thing.” UCLA and Memphis are now tied for the longest active streak at 34 straight weeks in the Top 25. Duke was No. 8 two weeks ago before losing in the final seconds to Virginia and Florida State. The Blue Devils lost to then-No. 5 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday and fell 72-60 at Maryland on Sunday for their first four-game losing since Jan. 3-13, 1996. “We travel a narrow road between winning and losing,” Krzyzewski said. “We were in a position to win, you have to make sure the kids know that. They are doing a lot of things to put themselves in a position to win.” Duke received 150 points, falling just eight short of No. 25 Alabama. The Blue Devils will try to end their slide Wednesday against Atlantic Coast Conference leader Boston College. The Eagles (18-6, 9-2) are finally back in the poll at No. 21 after falling out in week 3. Duke’s Top 25 streak is over. Saddled by its first four-game losing skid in 11 years, Duke fell out of The Associated Press poll Monday for the first time since the end of the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils had been in the media poll for 200 straight weeks – the second longest streak behind UCLA. Florida remained a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week, garnering all 72 first place votes. Florida beat Georgia 71-61 on Wednesday and won at then-No. 20 Kentucky 64-61 on Saturday in front of a raucous record crowd of 24,465. It was the Gators’ fifth straight victory over their rivals. It had been 20 years since the Wildcats, college basketball’s winningest program, lost five straight games to an opponent. Tennessee was the last to do it from 1975-77. UCLA fell to fifth after splitting games this past week. The Bruins beat then-No. 19 Southern California 70-65 on Wednesday, but lost to West Virginia by the same score Saturday. The Bruins had to fly across the country and play an early afternoon game. UCLA found itself down by 19 early in the second half before clawing back. “I was really pleased with the way we fought back,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Obviously it’s a long way to come to get beat.” With UCLA’s loss, Ohio State moved up to No. 2 – its highest ranking since 1991. Wisconsin and North Carolina also gained a spot, moving up to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Texas A&M was No. 6, followed by Pittsburgh, Kansas, Memphis and Washington State. The Cougars (21-4, 10-3 Pac-10) moved up four spots after beating then-No. 25 Stanford and California. Washington State is only a half-game behind first-place UCLA as the Cougars chase their first league title. Nevada was No. 11, followed by Marquette, Butler, Georgetown, Oregon, Southern Illinois, Air Force, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Kentucky. Georgetown made the biggest jump, moving up eight spots to No. 14 after convincing wins over Louisville and then-No. 11 Marquette. The Hoyas have won seven straight. “We’re getting better, and our guys definitely have a comfort level with how we want to skin the cat, so to say,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III after Saturday’s win over Marquette. “We’re more poised. A lot of times early in the season teams would make a run, and we’d stand around looking starry eyed.” Oregon fell two spots after splitting games with Arizona State and then-No. 24 Arizona. Southern Illinois moved up five spots to No. 16. Boston College was followed by Southern California, West Virginia, Indiana and Alabama. Besides Duke, Vanderbilt and Stanford also dropped out of the rankings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Aaron Ramsey scored one of the best goals of the season on Tuesday night in the Champions League.His 29-yard left-foot volley, struck with both venom and grace, left Galatasaray goalkeeper Sinan Bolat flapping hopelessly at thin air in front of his own fans and, on second look, appeared to give Yaya Sanogo an existential crisis.And Gunners fans, amongst others, took to Twitter to register the various states of delirium which the strike had left them in… 1 Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates
1 PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle United have landed PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on a five-year deal.The Dutch World Cup star is the Magpies’ first signing of the summer and, according to Newcastle, is the club’s third highest transfer fee behind Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.“I’m delighted to be a Newcastle United player,” said Wijnaldum. “I felt the time was right for me to move and the club have shown they really want me, so I’m very happy to be here.“There’s a few players here who are from Holland – I know them well and they will help me feel at home in Newcastle.“I know the club has a great stadium with great fans. I want to play here as soon as possible – I want to feel the atmosphere and hear the crowd. I cannot wait to get started.”Steve McClaren added: “This signing is a real statement for the club. It is a big transfer for a very good player and I am delighted to have Gini here at the club.“He has lots of energy and a great tempo to his game. He is very skillful but is also capable of playing box-to-box, and – importantly – he can score goals.“He is at the right age and the right fit for Newcastle. He is a leader as well and you will see that. He is someone who always wants the ball, can deal with it, and we need that kind of character in the team.”
Nkima Clan are the defending champions of the Bika bya Buganda football tournament. (Agency Photo)2019 Bika Bya Baganda Football – Official opening matchMusu Vs Mutima Muyanja St Nazareth S.S Kavulu, Mawokota Saturday, 11-05-2019 @4:30pm MENGO – The Bika Bya Buganda organizing committee has confirmed the change of venue for the opening game of this year’s championship between Musu and Mutima Muyanja will not be played at Kitende.Earlier, the committee had communicated that the opener will be played at Vipers SC’s St. Mary’s Stadium but due to unknown circumstances, the game cannot be played there.The new venue is St Nazareth Secondary School in Mawokota Ssaza with the date remaining as earlier stated, Saturday, 11th May 2019.The King of Buganda Kingdom, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will as usual grace the opening match.The change was confirmed to the media and the other stakeholders during a press conference held at Bulange Cabinet room on Tuesday in Mengo, Kampala on Tuesday, 30th April 2019.In the other first-round games, Nkejje will battle Ngabi Nsamba, Ngo locks horns with Kibe, Nsuma against Ngonga, the mighty Balangira will battle Nte and Njobe against Mamba Kakoboza.Ndiga will face Ngaali, Mutima Musaji will come up against Nvuma, Nkula with Nakinsige, Nvuuvbu with Lugave and Butiko against Nyonyi Ndisa.Kobe is lined up against Mazzi gakisasi, Nkusu with Mpeewo and Mpologoma against Kayoozi.Some of the teams that will be starting off from the second round are; Kasimba, Nyonyi Ngeye, Ffumbe, Ntalaganya, Kinyomo, Mbwa, Nsenene, Kiwere, Mbogo, Mamba Namakaka, Nkerebwe and Ngabi Nyunga.The venues and times for the respective first and second round matches will be confirmed by the organizing committee.The first round, second round, stage of 16 and quarterfinal matches are played on a knock out basis.The semi-finals are played on a home and away format over two legs with one grand final.The defending champions NKima kick off from the round of 16 stage.Like it has been the norm over the years, the King of Buganda, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II always graces the opening and closing matches, normally associated with massive crowds.The Bika football tournament is played only by the Baganda tribe people and it has been played since 1950 with Mbogo the initial winners.Mmamba Gabunga has won the record number of titles (10).First Round Fixtures:-Musu Vs Mutima Muyanja-Nkejje Vs Ngabi Nsamba-Ngo Vs Kibe-Nsuma Vs Ngonge-Balangira Vs Nte-Njobe Vs Mamba Kakoboza-Ndiga Vs Ngaali-Mutima Musaji Vs Nvuma-Nkula Vs Nakinsige-Nvuubu Vs Lugave-Butiko Vs Nyonyi Ndisa-Kobe Vs Mazzi gakisasi-Nkusu Vs Mpeewo-Mpologoma Vs KayooziSecond Round Fixtures:-Winner Njovu & Mpeewo Vs Kasimba-Nyonyi Vs Ngeye-Fumbe Vs Ntalaganya-Kinyomo Vs Winner Ndiga & Ngaali-Mbwa Vs Winner Balangira & Nte-Nsenene Vs Winner Mpologoma & Kayoozi-Kiwere Vs Mbogo-Mamba Namakaka Vs Winner Nkusu & Njaza-Winner Butiko & Nyonyi Ndisa Vs Winner Kobe & Mazzi Gakisasi-Winner Ngo & Kibe Vs Nkerebwe-Winner Njobe & Mamba Kakoboza Vs Winner Nkejje & Ngabi Nsamba-Winner Nsuma & Ngonge Vs Ngabi Nyunga-Winner Musu & Mutima Muyanja Vs Winner Nvuubu & Lugave-Winner Mutima Musaji Vs Winner Nkula & NakinsigeBIKA FOOTBALL PAST WINNERS:1950:Mbogo1951:Ngabi Nsamba1952:Mmamba Gabunga1953: Not Held1954:Not Held1955:Kkobe1956:Mmamba Gabunga1957: Nyonyi Nyange1958: Ngeye1959: Mmamba Gabunga1960: Ffumbe1961: Bbalangira and Kkobe1962: Nkima1963: Not Held1964: Mmamba Gabunga1965: Mmamba Gabunga1987: Ngabi Nsamba1988: Lugave1989: Mmamba Gabunga1990: Lugave1991: Ngeye1992: Ngeye1993: Nkima1994: Mmamba Gabunga1995: Lugave1996: Mpindi1997: Nnyonyi1998: Lugave1999: Lugave2000: Mpologoma2001: Ngo2002: Mpologoma2003: Mmamba Gabunga2004:Lugave2005: Ffumbe2006: Mpindi2007: Ngabi Nsamba2008: Kkobe2009: Ffumbe2010: Nte2011: Mmamba Gabunga2012: Ngeye2013: Ngabi Nsamba2014: Mmamba Gabunga2015: Mbogo2016: Nte2017: Nte2018: NkimaComments Tags: Bika bya Buganda 2019
Jayden Thayer had 17 points and the Loggers outscores the Panthers 19-7 in the fourth-quarter as Eureka High downed McKinleyville Panthers 69-49 in the second-round of the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, punching a ticket to the consolation championship Friday afternoon at Arcata High.The Loggers (3-3) jumped out to an early lead behind the hot-hand of Thayer. The senior recorded nine of Eureka’s 18 first-quarter points –more than the entire Panthers roster mustered — as the …
Prayers and messages wishing formerPresident Nelson Mandela a speedyrecovery continue to flood in fromaround the world.(Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)MEDIA CONTACTS• Zizi KodwaSpecial Advisor on CommunicationsThe Presidency+27 82 330 4910• Sello HatangInformation communications managerNelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela’s legacy• SA families give back on Mandela Day• World leaders praise Mandela• World celebrates Mandela DayNosimilo RamelaChurchgoers across the country joined thousands of people from all over the world wishing former South African President Nelson Mandela a quick recovery. Over the weekend churches around South Africa held vigils and said special prayers for the ailing Nobel Peace Prize laureate.“Let us light a candle and pray for the health of former president uTata Nelson Mandela,” said Pastor Joseph Kubheka of the Methodist church in Johannesburg’s Braamfontein suburb, at the morning service on Sunday.Many other churches in the country included similar prayers in their Sunday services. Over the past week, messages of support wishing Mandela a speedy recovery have poured in from all over the world.The elder statesman was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Wednesday 26 January, suffering with an acute respiratory infection. He was discharged two days later to recuperate at his Houghton, Johannesburg, home, where he continues to receive specialist care.“Let us now unite in prayer and wish him a speedy recovery,” said African National Congress treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who attended the prayer service organised by the ruling party and the Eastern Cape Council of Churches for Mandela at the Regent Hotel in East London on Sunday.A candle of hopeGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane joined the congregation at Soweto’s famous Regina Mundi Catholic Church, praying for Mandela’s fast recuperation. As part of the Candle of Hope campaign, which encourages people to show their support for Mandela by lighting a candle of hope for his recovery, Mokonyane lit a candle bearing an image of the South African flag as prayers were said.At the Faith Mission Church of Christ in Vosloosrus, east of Johannesburg, the congregation sang songs and clapped in celebration of the anti-apartheid icon. “We want to wish uTata well, we hope he recovers soon,” said Ntate Jacob Motlana, one of the elders in the church.“There has been such a gloomy air surrounding our great hero’s hospitalisation, so by celebrating his life in our service today we are hoping to send some positive energy that will put uTata in good spirits. We hope he is not in pain and recovers soon.”Well-wishers congregated at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, northern Johannesburg, on 29 January to light candles and pray for Mandela. The candle lighting ceremony was also aimed at sending prayers and positive energy to the veteran.“Light represents life and ignites warmth and good energy, so that is why we have lit candles,” said Gordan Dehl, who attended the ceremony. “We hope that as the candles burn they blow some positive energy that helps Mr Mandela heal soon.”World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, have also sent their best wishes to Mandela.“We truly appreciate the support and good wishes we received,” said South African President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday, Zuma also wished the statesman a full recovery.“We wish him a long life and good health, as he continues to age with dignity and inspire all of us to strive to be better people each day.”