Sir Viv calls for return of Hawksbill

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards said his homeland could benefit from a return of the Antigua & Barbuda Hawksbills to the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Hawksbills were replaced by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the CPL last year following a lack of government support, as well as failure, to find a buyer for the franchise, which played its matches at the international venue that bears the name of the former West Indies captain. “The last couple of games we had here, I think we had something that was spectacular enough that, in my opinion, could be classified and classed with any that was held in the region, so yeah there is a purpose for that,” said Sir Viv. “With all the other huge tournaments around the world, our guys can be showcased where they are in a reasonable enough position for them to highlight their skills and maybe draw attention to other franchises around the world because that, I think, is a huge outlet.” At the time of its removal, Pete Russell, chief operating officer of the CPL, said the Hawksbills franchise had not been terminated, but was left out as the format and the tournament window could not accommodate seven teams.last_img read more

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Mullings books Ghana date

first_imgWray and Nephew 2014 Welterweight Contender champion, 34-year-old Sakima Mullings, is scheduled to fight Ghanian welterweight Fred Lawson at the Bukom Boxing Centre in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, March 11, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver International Welterweight title.This will be the first time that Mullings will be fighting for an international title. He did, however, fight Clive Atwell of Guyana for the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation super lightweight title in 2015. He lost by split decision.Willie Yap, who is an adviser to Mullings, told The Gleaner yesterday that the WBC had been looking for a suitable opponent to go up against Lawson for the title, and he had recommended Mullings. After reviewing his 19-2 record, they approved the fight.FIRST DEFEATLawson, who is 27 years-old and lives in Chicago, has a 24-1 record with 20 knockouts. He has not, however, fought since November 7, 2015 when he suffered his first defeat at the hands of Keith Bizier in Miami.In that fight, he was knocked down in the fifth round and eventually retired in round 10 of a fight scheduled for 12 rounds. It is suspected he sustained a broken jaw. He had to take some time out after that fight to recuperate.Reports are that Lawson is a rugged fighter who likes to keep the action at close range. With 20 knockouts in his 24 victories, his record speaks for itself. Mullings also likes to keep the action close, and his 14 knockouts in 19 victories attest to his punching power.His last fight was here in Jamaica on November 5, 2016, against fringe opponent Courtney McCleave, with whom he toyed for a few rounds before stopping him with body blows in the fourth round of a fight scheduled for six rounds.last_img read more

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CPGs play integral role in crime-fighting – Commander

first_imgThe Community Policing Group (CPG) of the Public Security Ministry on Saturday continued its series of events to commemorate 43 years since the establishment of the division, which was created to eradicate crime and other misconducts.The activities were taken to the West Coast of Demerara during a route march with officers of the Guyana Police Force and members of the various CPGs.Commander of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo), Edmond Cooper stated that these policing groups have become an integral part of assisting the Force with criminal elements in the various communities.Members of the CPGs at the beginning of the march“In this Division, we are very much supportive of the CPG and their efforts in ensuring that crime and traffic lawlessness is being addressed appropriately. We’re working assiduously to ensure that the Community Policing Groups along with the administration of D Division work collaboratively in ensuring that we provide the best level of service to members of the community,” said Cooper.The march culminated at the Leonora Athletics Track, where Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan related that they are looking at providing a stipend to these groups should the resources be made available.“As best as our resources could provide, we are going to make the argument that certain stipends come your way when those resources become necessary. It is not as if we’re having the best of time now with resources and that is why we try as best as possible to get the assets like the vehicles, uniform and other paraphernalia that goes with the community policing,” Ramjattan said.The Minister reiterated the importance of strengthening these groups by providing additional human resources and establishing new groups in other areas.“We must do our patrols. We must increase our organisational strength and I noticed that we’ve been doing that because all across Region Seven, Region One and a couple of other places in Region Nine, we have moved to have groups set up there,” Ramjattan relayed.It was recently announced that the CPGs have increased their presence in border villages in order to amplify security in remote locations where access to a law enforcement agency is absent.Mechanisms were put in place to establish more Community Policing Groups as well as police stations in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Moving forward, the Ministry stated that it will seek to increase the number of such groups in the interior regions since these groups have provided some level of security to communities that are subjected to criminal activities.To date, there are 16 divisions and 210 policing groups consisting of 4255 members. There was an increase in the number of patrols from 5765 in 2017 to 9182 in 2018. These were carried out by foot, vehicles and vessels.Community policing in Guyana commenced in the year 1976 with the aim of harnessing the energy of willing members of communities across Guyana in support of the work of the police.After taking office in 2015, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government had taken away the vehicles from the CPGs and handed them over to the Guyana Police Force.In 2017, realising the importance of CPGs, Ramjattan announced that several of those resources have since been returned to the CPGs.last_img read more

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Businessman shot during botched robbery

first_imgA 33-year-old businessman is battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after he was shot several times during an attempted robbery at a house at North East La Penitence, Georgetown.Peter Chow of Kitty, Georgetown, had reportedly accompanied his wife, Rayana Jaundoo on Thursday to a salon in the area to get her hair done in order to attend her nephew’s funeral today (Friday).The couple arrived at the hairdresser’s house at about 10:45h but the shooting incident took place at about 13:30h when a young man turned up at the salon andThe house in which Chow was shotinitially demanded that the two ladies hand over their jewellery.However, as he entered the house, he saw Chow asleep on the couch and as such, turned his attention on the businessman, who was wearing several gold chains and finger rings. The gunman reportedly placed the gun to Chow’s head with the intention of waking him up.In a frantic state, the businessman jumped out of his sleep and pushed the gunman, who retaliated by discharging several rounds.After realising that the man was shot, the young bandit fled the scene leaving the injured Chow in a pool of blood.Chow was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he underwent surgery. Jaundoo when contacted told Guyana Times she telephoned the hairdresser and rescheduled her appointment, due to the funeral today. Her initial appointment was set for Saturday.While there, she explained that her husband fell asleep on the couch as he waited on her.“My hair was almost done when the young man came up and told us not to move and to hand over all our personal belongings…but as he entered, he realised my husband was sleeping and without hesitation carried out the attack,” she explained.She further stated that after shooting her husband, the gunman ran away without anything. “He did not get to take any jewellery… he just panic and did not take anything,” Jaundoo noted.Guyana Times understands that earlier this year, Chow was shot during another attempted robbery. In that instance, he was shot several times by a lone gunman. No one was arrested for that shooting incident.Nevertheless, the Police have launched an investigation into Thursday’s shooting incident.last_img read more

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Local Doctor given award

first_imgA total of Sixty-two physicians from across the province are receiving acknowledgment for their dedication and commitment to improving primary health care. Fort St. John Doctor Paul MacKey is one of the physicians to receive the award.  Dr. MacKey received the award was selected by the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) for his contributions to the committee’s practice support program. GPSC provides B.C. physicians with the opportunity to participate in a number of incentive programs that support patients with chronic disease, train physicians for the uptake of obstetric and maternity care and aim to increase the number of medical graduates entering general practice.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Three things we learned from the Premier League

first_imgTottenham are up to fifth as they ride the wave of Jose Mourinho’s arrival, but Manchester United and Arsenal dropped more points in 2-2 draws with Aston Villa and Norwich respectively.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Liverpool battle, City bucklePep Guardiola’s Manchester City are now 11 points behind Liverpool © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyThe only Premier League match Liverpool have won by more than a single goal since mid-September was against City last month and even after Virgil van Dijk’s early double at home to Brighton on Saturday they had to endure a nervy finale.Goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s red card and Lewis Dunk’s clever free-kick made the European champions sweat in the final stages, but they dug in and held on in a manner that has characterised their charge towards a first title in 30 years.“The boys threw everything on the pitch,” said a delighted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “It’s unbelievable how much they want to win.”By contrast, when the going has got tough, City have not got going.Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle was the fifth time Pep Guardiola’s men have conceded two or more goals this season and on each occasion they have dropped points.Worse could even be still to be come. After a tricky trip to Burnley on Tuesday, City face five of the top nine before the new year.Top four back on for TottenhamDele doubles up: Dele Alli scored twice in Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth © AFP / Adrian DENNISWhat a difference a week makes for Tottenham. Three games into Mourinho’s reign and three wins have booked Spurs’ place in the last 16 of the Champions League and enlivened their chase of Chelsea to make it back into the competition next season.Mourinho’s men are now within six points of his old side after a 3-2 victory over Bournemouth that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggests.“When I arrived we were 12 points behind the Champions League positions and I said ‘I don’t want to think about it, I just want to play matches.’” said Mourinho. “If we think too much about it we are going to be depressed because we want to play European football next season.”Now the Portuguese smells blood and has two of his former employers in his sights.Spurs travel to Manchester United, who sacked Mourinho 11 months ago, on Wednesday and host Chelsea in three weeks’ time.“We play Chelsea by the end of December. If we play them tomorrow, it is with six points difference, it would be a fantastic situation to play them. But we play them in the end of December and we have to keep as close as possible.”Sack race in full swingDown and out: Watford sacked Quique Sanchez Flores on Sunday © AFP/File / GEOFF CADDICKJust over a week after Mourinho replaced the fired Mauricio Pochettino, there was also change across north London as Arsenal sacked Unai Emery on Friday.Less than 48 hours later, Quique Sanchez Flores became the latest Premier League manager to lose his job after Watford fell to the bottom of the table with a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Southampton.Marco Silva could soon follow as Everton were undone by Kelechi Iheanacho’s stoppage-time winner for Leicester to slip just two points above the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.However, the Toffees may take note of West Ham’s decision to give Manuel Pellegrini an extra week to turn around his side’s fortunes.The Hammers travelled to Stamford Bridge on an eight-game winless run, but were the perfect blend of disciplined in defence and dangerous on the counter-attack to hold Chelsea scoreless in the Premier League for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Double Dutch: Virgil van Dijk (right) scored Liverpool’s two goals in a 2-1 win over Brighton © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 2 – Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham were the big winners of the Premier League weekend as the only three sides in the top half to win.The gap between Liverpool and Leicester at the top remains eight points, but the Foxes are now three points clear of Manchester City in second and six ahead of Chelsea, who suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by West Ham.last_img read more

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For the record

first_imgFOR THE RECORD A story Monday about the Million Trees Los Angeles program incorrectly reported the cost of watering public trees. It costs the city $5.50 per week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Less tobacco is being sold to minors

first_imgKansas had the highest violation rate, 19.2 percent. Massachusetts had a violation rate of 18.2percent, and Oregon’s was 17.8percent. “States have done an extraordinary job over the last 10 years in helping us stem illegal tobacco sales to minors,” said Terry Cline, the agency’s director.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REPORT: A 1992 law has had a positive effect on number of cigarettes being sold to youths. By Kevin Freking THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – The percentage of retailers selling tobacco to underage youth during unannounced inspections dropped to 10.9 percent last year, the government reports. That is the lowest rate since states started conducting the stings a decade ago, according to figures being released today. A 1992 youth smoking law requires states to ban tobacco sales to anyone under 18. It calls for aggressive enforcement including random inspections using decoy buyers at grocery stores and other retailers. States have to report the results, including penalties that were assessed, to the Health and Human Services Department. States that failed to reduce violation rates to 20 percent or less are subject to losing money from block grants. For the first time in the program’s history, every state had a violation rate of less than 20 percent for the budget year that ended Sept. 30, 2006, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which oversees the program. Arkansas had the lowest violation rate, 2.2 percent, followed by Mississippi at 3.2 percent and Delaware at 3.5 percent. last_img read more

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Adam Johnson latest: Sunderland decide NOT to suspend winger

first_img1 Adam Johnson Adam Johnson will remain available for selection for Sunderland this season despite being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming.The England international was arrested at his Castle Eden home in County Durham on March 2 and was initially suspended by the club as police investigated the allegations against him.The club suspension was later lifted and he has played brief roles in each of new head coach Dick Advocaat’s games to date, the defeats at West Ham and at home to Crystal Palace either side of a derby victory over Newcastle.Johnson was charged on Thursday after answering bail at Peterlee Police Station, and is due to appear at the County Durham town’s Magistrates’ Court on May 20, the day Sunderland are due to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.But he is set to play a part for the struggling Black Cats, as they look to steer clear of relegation danger, ahead of his court date.A club statement said: “Following yesterday’s statement from Durham Constabulary, the club recognises that the formal legal process must take its course and whilst our position remains unchanged, we will keep the matter under review.“The club will not be making any further comment.”last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE LOCAL NOTES

first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 9th March 2012SOCIAL CLUBThe Family Resource Centre has recently established a social club for people with physical, sensory or learning disability. The club, which meets in the Family Resource Centre on every second Thursday evening from 6.15-7.15pm, is a joint initiative with the Community Group Home, Ballyduff Park, Lifford. Activities include bocce, curling, pool, table- tennis, air-hockey, Wii-fit and badminton. The Family Resource Centre would like to thank Raphoe Curling Club for the use of its equipment and John Hunter for facilitating the badminton workshops. For further information please contact 074-9145796. CHILD PROTECTION TRAININGThe Family Resource Centre is hosting accredited Child Protection Training facilitated by Donegal Youth Service on Tuesday evening 13th March from 7-11pm. The training is free and anyone interested can contact 074 9145796.HEALTHY WALKSIf you’re in or around Raphoe and would like to keep fit, join us on a Healthy Walk every Thursday, meeting at Raphoe Family Resource Centre at 9.30a.m. Everyone Welcome!!WEEKLY EMPLOYMENT LISTRaphoe Family Resource Centre receives an updated weekly employment list and if you are interested in receiving this list please contact 074 9145796 or call into the Centre for more details.RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES /PROGRAMMESTuesday: 3rd & 4th Classes from 3.15 – 4.00pm; and for 5th & 6th Classes from 4.00 – 5.00 p.m.Wednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00 – 3.00pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.15 – 4.45 p.m. Teen Club for 1st – 3rd year, Secondary Students 7.15 – 9.00 p.m.Thursday: Junior & Senior Infants from 2.00 – 3.00pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3.15 – 4.45 p.m. Teen Club for Transition, 4th and 5th years from 7pm – 9pm.Registration forms are now available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes. COUNSELLING SERVICESRaphoe Family Resource Centre offers a free and confidential weekly counselling service to the general public. This person-centred service is for those experiencing Bereavement/Loss, Separation, Abuse, Mental Health Difficulties and issues around sexuality. The service operates on an appointment basis only.Please contact 086 3601718 after 7.00 p.m.LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.THE SPRING SALE AND AUCTIONThe Spring Sale and Auction will be held in Carnone Hall on Wednesday 21st March commencing at 7.30pm. Usual stalls, teas available. Everyone welcome.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBOn Friday 23rd March the Raphoe boxing club will proudly present a major boxing tournament in memory of their late great friend the former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Billy “Spider” Kelly and Raphoe club coaches Brendan & Danny Ryan and Tommy Stewart hope to have 14 quality contests down for decision in the plush surrounding of the Cathedral Hall with the action starting at 8.30pm sharp. A very special thanks goes to the main sponsor of the tournament Mike Kelly (Building & Scaffolding Contractor) to all the generous business people of Raphoe and further afield for their financial support, to Ronnie Goudie of the Cathedral Hall for all his help and to anyone who has helped us with the tournament annually.RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome. CHORAL FESTIVALRaphoe Reconciliation Project present a Choral Festival of Local Choirs in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe on Wednesday 14th March at 8.00pm. Charitable donations welcome.Relay For Life LK PETS DOG SHOWLK Pets Dog Show, Relay for Life takes place on Sunday 1st April at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. All proceeds in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. Entries taken from 1pm on the day, first class starts at 2pm sharp. Please note: €3.00 for each entry for each class, responsible owners should carry Poop scoop & bags, dogs on the dangerous dog list will be muzzled (except in the ring), any dog showing aggression will be asked to leave, the organisers have the right to refuse entry or to ask anyone to leave.Relay For Life REWIND TO THE 80s DISCO NITEIn Friel’s Raphoe, on Saturday 24th March 2012 dancing 9.30-1pmMusic by Strabane Radio DJ Sean MAC (80s Dress optional)All proceeds in aid of Irish Cancer Society.Please come along & enjoy a night that promises to take you down memory lane while you boogie the night away to your old time favorites.Tickets are now on sale at €5.00 each.Your support will be much appreciated.RAPHOE PEOPLE NEWSLETTERCommunity News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at volthouse@eircom.net or to Lisa atraphoetidy@eircom.net Thank You.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline. LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE LOCAL NOTES was last modified: March 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESlast_img read more

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