Spurs, Arsenal, Man City all lose

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP):Leicester strengthened their place atop the Premier League without even playing yesterday after their three main title rivals all lost to cap another unpredictable round in England’s top division.Tottenham could have climbed above Leicester into first place with a win at West Ham, but lost 1-0 through Michail Antonio’s early goal.Third-place Arsenal couldn’t take advantage, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea despite taking the lead against the relegation contenders.Manchester City completed a miserable evening for the title hopefuls by getting beaten 3-0 at Liverpool, where City have now only won once in 35 years. Liverpool avenged their defeat on a penalty shoot-out to City in the League Cup final on Sunday.It left Leicester still with a three-point lead over Tottenham, with Arsenal a further two points back. City are 10 points off the lead and now looking over their shoulder at teams fighting to make it into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.Manchester United are tied on points with City after beating Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to Juan Mata’s free kick in the 83rd minute.West Ham are a point behind the Manchester clubs and even Stoke, which beat Newcastle 1-0 in yesterday’s other game, isn’t out of the top-four race in seventh place.Leicester drew 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, which now looks a decent result given the troubles of their title rivals.last_img read more

Driver fined for drunk driving

first_imgAs Police amp up their presence on the roadways ahead of the holiday season, ranks in West Demerara were able to intercept Dellon Williams operating a motorcar whilst being under the influence of alcohol.Williams appeared before Wales Magistrate Rushell Liverpool and admitted that during November 7, on the Public Road at La Grange, WBD, he drove motorcar PWW 803 while exceeding the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption.He was fined ,500.last_img

Business community feels “backlash” of no-confidence motion cases – GCCI

first_img…investors want stability – PSC Guyana has been placed under the spotlight once again with regard to the legal battle over the validly of the No-Confidence Motion passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. However, as these legal battles continue, the business community is impacted as the uncertainty of the cases have had adverse effects on this section of society.This is according to President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer, who during a live broadcast on Globespan 24×7 on Saturday said that the arguments put forward at the Caribbean Court of Justice over the past few days also give the impression that “things are being stymied” in the country.“All of this back and forth and fighting is without kind of coming to a firm, settled position where you have a Government in place that is legitimate and there, not one that is well may be legitimate, may not be legitimate, depending on how this case goes, has affected business.The Chamber had done a survey and had shown almost two-thirds of businesses are feeling some effect since this No-Confidence Motion case has been brought so you clearly have that impacting the business climate. So that’s the thing that is being affected the most by this case and we want to come to some sort of finality,” he explained.PSC President Desmond SearsAccording to Boyer, presently, small contractors who are doing work for the Government of the day may feel threatened with regard to job security if he/she feels that the Opposition party, if it is reinstated as the ruling party, will not issue payments or continue with his/her services if the coalition Administration is booted out of office.Likewise, he pointed out that there are consequences in relation to potential international investors and even the ones who are presently doing business with or in Guyana.“It has real consequences…and if you are an international investor you are going to say that I made treaties with this Government but if it changes will it be recognised? Or will there be change to these agreements? We have an unnecessary kind of speed bump in the business community,” the GCCI President said.He added that the entire situation with the validity of the vote has escalated to the point that the country’s business community is facing the backlash and progress has been halted.“I think what it has done is put us in the spotlight for almost a comical case. I mean going back to the fact of the matter is clearly everybody with common sense understands what we felt should have happened. And it seems to be that you have a Government running from an election process.So what they are doing, I don’t know who is advising them or who their strategists are but they are spending political capital to, almost minute by minute, ‘cause it would have been a stronger move to go back to the polls,” Boyer said as he lashed out over the matter.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, President of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond Sears said that the PSC shares the same sentiments as the GCCI with regard to local businesses being negatively impacted due to the court case at the CCJ.“A few businesses are waiting on the response to know which direction they should go in. I don’t think businesses would disappear but it is definitely causing a slowdown in the business economy.Investors who want to invest in something here are taking into consideration the business climate, political situations, etc because they want to know that when they invest their monies it is in a good environment etc,” Sears explained.He added that the PSC is awaiting the CCJ’s ruling and hopes that it is done expediently.On December 21, the No-confidence Motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) against the Government succeeded when former AFC Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.President David Granger had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, 2018, however, Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes, husband of sitting Government Minister, Cathy Hughes, sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote had already been certified.He claimed that 34 votes were needed to validly pass the motion. Since then, the Government has held onto this explanation and moved to the court.Last week, the Caribbean Court of Justice heard arguments on the matter and is expected to rule soon on the slew of cases filed.last_img read more

$60M Water Quality Laboratory to be commissioned

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry has announced the completion of a state-of-the-art Water Quality Laboratory, which will be commissioned as soon as it is fully functional.Stationed at the Hydromet Department at Brickdam, Georgetown, the project was listed at $60 million and is expected to boost the capacity to acquire and process data that is necessary to evaluate the quality of Guyana’s water resources.Chief Hydromet Officer, Dr Garvin CummingsAccording to Chief Hydromet Officer, Dr Garvin Cummings, the laboratory would further enhance the hydrometeorology services and carry out extensive duties as it relates to water resource management. This is one the areas where significant development is required.“This laboratory is a very important and significant addition to the hydrological monitoring framework within the service. It adds to the existing resources that the service has for the monitoring of water quantity and places the Hydromet Department in a position to undertake its broader responsibilities for water resources management in Guyana,” he said.The project commenced in 2018 and fulfils the mandate for national monitoring of water systems, which is clearly specified under the Water and Sewerage Act of 2002. Some of the other services will include testing water samples from surface and ground water and establishing a database for national water quality.“Among the services to be performed, the Hydromet Department would possess the ability to facilitate the testing of water samples gathered from both ground and surface water sources to determine their quality, in addition to establishing a database for Guyana’s baseline national water quality. Such a database would support and inform environmental protection, infrastructural development and agriculture,” the Ministry stated.Meanwhile, Junior Agriculture Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood, has dubbed this initiative as a medium for persons to access safe water that meets international standards.“Essentially, water quality testing ensures that water is safe and meets local and international standards. This facility will offer internationally recognised testing procedures through detailed water sampling techniques and other technology to ensure water is safe for the purposes intended,” Minister Patterson-Yearwood said.She mentioned that the facility will be commissioned in the near future, allowing for these services to be initiated. The Ministry has also announced early notices on water borne diseases and the link between water patterns to the quality.“Among the services to be offered, the facility will also allow the Hydromet Department to issue early detection bulletins for water borne diseases, provide insight into the effects of water patterns on water quality and influence future policies in relation to the management of the country’s water resources.”last_img read more

Ecole Central School Online Valentine’s Auction

first_imgThe approximate retail value of this package is $1200.00 Valentine’s Package #2 $75.00 in gift certificates to On The RocksAdvertisement 2 wine glasses from Your Dollar Store with MoreBotticelli heart shaped box of chocolates from SafewayGift bag with Carmel corn, Be my valentines mints, flower seeds, 2 packages of hot cocoa, chocolate pizza,and a  box of truffles from The Original Basket Botique Over 50 students from Ecole Central School in Fort St. John will be headed to Quebec this spring.  With the cost over $2,500 per student, some families need help to send their children on this trip.  You can help by placing a bid on one of the three following Valentine’s Packages.  Treat your sweetheart to one of these packages.The auction is now open and will close at 3pm on Friday February 12th.  Please check this page to see if you’ve been out bid over the next week.  If you have any questions about this auction please e-mail areaburn@moosefm.ca or call 250-787-7100.Valentine’s Package #1 Winning Bid $525Micheal Fitzgerald The approximate retail value of this package is $700.00 2 wine glasses from Your Dollar Store with MoreBotticelli heart shaped box of chocolates from SafewayGift bag with Carmel corn, chocolate pizza, 2 packages of hot cocoa, and a box of truffles from The Original Basket Botique Gift bag of product from The Love Goddess Adult Store$40.00 gift certificate to JD FitzgeraldsArrangement of flowers from Flowers by Tamee$20.00 gift certificate and product from Bella Luna Spa2 tickets to see The Arrogant Worms at the Cultural CentreBottle of Beviam Cabernet Sauvingnon and corkscrew2 wine glasses from Your Dollar Store with MoreBotticelli heart shaped box of chocolates from SafewayGift Bag with Carmel corn, chocolate pizza, 2 packages of hot cocoa, and a box of truffles from The Original Baket Botiquecenter_img Gift Basket from Phoenix North Salon Containing:  B for men 3 pack, 3 CHI products, Dream Drops 75ml, Hairbody Spritz 6oz, and Anti-fungal FormulaDozen long stem roses from Deb’s Flower Hut ( Pick up on Feb. 13, 2010)Samsung pay and talk Cellphone from Petron CommunicationsBox seats for 10 people to see Dylan Mandlsohn on Feb. 27,2010 at the Lido TheatreBottle of Gran Hacienda Merlot/Shiraz and corkscrewAdvertisement Winning Bid $310Nicole Goeson The approximate retail value of this package is $400.00 Valentine’s Package #3 Manicure and Pedicure from Becky’s Hair Artists2 gift certificates for a specialty coffee at Cosmic GroundsBox seats for 10 people to see Dylan Mandlsohn on Feb. 26, 2010 at the Lido TheatreBottle of Black Swan Merlot and corkscrewAdvertisement – Advertisement -One nights accommodations in a themed room from  Pomeroy Inn & Suites (9320 Alaska Rd) by SubwayWeekend full size car rental from Enterprise Car Rental FSJ$100.00 in gift cards for Mr. MikesDozen Roses arrangement from Copper Moon (pick up on Feb. 13, 2010)Advertisement Winning Bid $255Laura Beamishlast_img read more

Reagan Library to host first GOP presidential hopefuls’ debate today

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Ten top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are slated to meet tonight at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in the first major Republican presidential campaign debate of the year. The event includes Sam Brownback, Jim Gilmore, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Tom Tancredo and Tommy Thompson and is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The moderator will be Chris Matthews, and the debate will be televised on MSNBC cable, with coverage also on www.MSNBC.com. The Politico will stream the debate live on www.politico.com, providing the opportunity for viewers to question the candidates. The debate in the Air Force One Pavilion is closed to the public because of limited seating. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In preparation for the debate, the entire library and museum will be closed to the public today.last_img read more

Spurs stand between Allegri and Champions League grail

first_imgA surprise replacement for Antonio Conte in July 2014, the former AC Milan boss has won seven consecutive trophies with the Turin giants including the last three Serie A titles.Italy’s national side are in disarray after the four-time winners’ humiliating World Cup exit, but Juventus are in fine form under Allegri.So much so that his name has not only been among those touted as the future Italy boss but as a potential manager of English giants Chelsea and Arsenal.The six-time defending champions are currently engaged in a gripping battle at the top of the Serie A table with Napoli for the Scudetto.Juventus have won 11 matches in a row in all competitions, conceding just one goal in 16 games -– an all-time club record © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEJuventus have won 11 matches in a row in all competitions, conceding just one goal in 16 games -– an all-time club record.But two Champions League final defeats in the past three editions have dented Allegri’s standing.A 3-1 loss to Barcelona in 2015 was followed by another crushing 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid last year after which Allegri revealed he almost quit.“I wondered if I should write the final chapter to my story at Juventus,” said Allegri at the time, saying that his “love of teaching” had encouraged him to continue.“It is truly the joy of my life. I like making players better and smarter. I know I still have a lot to prove. And I know I still have a lot to teach.”– Ageing squad –Instead he signed a new contract until 2020 and his Champions League quest continues with a last 16, first leg meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham.Taking over from Conte — who went on to coach Italy and Chelsea — could have been a hard act to follow, but Allegri has managed to stamp his mark on the Turin side with even greater success than his predecessor.Conte took Juve to three Serie A titles and oversaw the team’s return to the summit of Italian football after the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal of 2006.Allegri’s 200 games in charge may be dwarfed by Giovanni Trapattoni’s record 596 but his percentage of wins are in a class of their own — 142 in total — a success rate of more than 70 percent.Juventus’ domination of the Serie A is largely down to the side’s formidable defence, commanded by goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon © AFP/File / CARLO HERMANNAllegri has accumulated a 238-point haul in Serie A to overtake the previous records of 234 by Conte and Carlo Carcano back in the 1930s.He plays down the coach’s role, insisting “the players win, I try to do the least damage possible”.But an ageing squad could hamper Allegri’s quest for the European title Juventus won in 1985 and 1996.The team’s domination of the Serie A is largely down to the side’s formidable defence, commanded by goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon, 40, who reached a milestone 500 league games on Friday.Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are 33 and 36 years old respectively, with star striker Gonzalo Higuain a sprightly 30.Injuries are also a concern with Barzagli and Paulo Dybala in a race against time to be fit, and Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi and Benedikt Howedes out of action.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coach Massimiliano Allegri marked his 200th game in the Juventus dugout with a 2-0 win in Florence, capping a record breaking three-and-a-half years in Turin © AFP/File / Tiziana FABITURIN, Italy, Feb 12 – Massimiliano Allegri may be breaking records in Italy but the Juventus coach’s quest for the elusive Champions League grail continues on Tuesday against English side Tottenham Hotspur.The 50-year-old marked his 200th game in the Juventus dugout with a 2-0 win in Florence on Friday, capping a record breaking three-and-a-half years in Turin.last_img read more

Groundwater stores to be protected

first_img“Something’s out of balance,” said Mark Mackowski, a court-appointed water master overseeing the San Fernando groundwater basin. “We’re pumping more water than we’re recharging over the long term. We need to study that to find out what’s happening and figure out how to reverse that trend.” The eastern San Fernando Valley sits atop an underground reservoir that could hold 3.2 million acre-feet of water – enough to supply the entire city for five years. But since 1944, the groundwater supply has dropped dramatically. The region has been developed, cities began pumping groundwater and previously open spaces are now paved over, preventing rain and storm water from seeping into the aquifer. To reverse the trend, the Department of Water & Power has budgeted $30 million for projects to capture storm water and infiltrate it into the ground. Concerned that the region is slowly using up a vast reserve of water stored beneath the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank have agreed to limit the amount of groundwater they pump so the basin can refill. Under the proposed agreement approved Tuesday by the L.A. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, the cities can still pump their annual allotment of groundwater – which is the cheapest water available. But they won’t use most credits that would allow the cities to draw extra water during dry years and save millions of dollars spent on purchased water. The goal is to prevent the cities from drawing down the groundwater to historic lows while L.A. tries to develop new ways to get more water into the aquifer. State bond money also is being sought for a $78 million project to enlarge the Big Tujunga Dam to catch more winter-water runoff that now flows to the ocean. The two projects could add 12,000 acre-feet of water each year – enough for 12,000 families. Until then, however, the water master has persuaded the cities to hold off extra pumping for 10 years. Historically, water rights make for nasty fights in California. The lawsuit over water rights in the San Fernando Basin took 24 years before it was resolved in 1979. Tuesday’s proposed agreement is the biggest change to the judgment since then, and the cities agreed to voluntarily limit their water rights rather than face the prospect of a Los Angeles Superior Court judge doing it for them. “Trying to work these issues out is always difficult because nobody wants to be seen giving up some water rights,” said Bill Mace, assistant general manager of the Burbank Department of Water and Power. “We’re avoiding a lot of motions by attorneys and trying to come to a reasonable understanding of the current situation.” Under the agreement, Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank will each deduct 1 percent of their stored water credit each year. The cities earn credits when they don’t use all of their annual allotments of water. The cities also will support a new study of the groundwater basin to see how much the cities can withdraw from the aquifer each year without drawing down the long-term supply. There is a chance the study will recommend lower annual allotments, which could mean the cities would have to buy more expensive imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The Glendale City Council has already approved the agreement and the Burbank City Council is expected to consider it this month. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHE Donegal Coroner and family GP Dr Denis McCauley says the people of Donegal need to start talking about suicide and work together to prevent more tragedies.It has been another tragic week in this county.More lives have been lost to suicide – and people speak about it in hushed tones. It follows a number of absolutely heart-wrenching deaths in recent weeks. The people who advise news organisations like this one say we should be careful about what we say and how we say it. Often we don’t report cases at all – because families rightly want time to grieve.But Dr McCauley told an inquest into a teenage suicide this week that more needs to be done to save lives here in Donegal.And we need to start talking more about it, he said.Dr McCauley told the family and friends of the teenager: “I know there is a reluctance to talk about this subject. Information at an inquest like this may be used to prevent deaths like this in the future.“Here in County Donegal the level of suicides is very high, especially among young people and this has been highlighted in two recent studies which were published.“It is important for us to be honest in cases like this one. Suicide is a terribly significant problem in County Donegal. This is another terrible tragedy, one which is extremely sad for all those involved.”Officially 16 people died by suicide in Donegal last year, but those who counsel families and deal with the cases believe the actual figure is twice that – and the real figure rarely emerges for up to two years later when inquests have been held.Supt David Kelly made an emotional statement to relatives and witnesses at the inquest, telling them that they never expected that one day they would be dealing with the emergency services and a garda asking them questions about a loved one.“I hope that some day you can move on with your lives. I know it is very hard for you to sit here today to listen to this evidence. It is a terrible place to be and a terribly sad place to be,” said Supt Kelly.“You never expected the State through the Garda to be involved in your lives and then this happens. I do hope that this can bring some sort of closure, and I know it will never bring complete closure to you.”A number of people left the inquest sobbing.Another life lost.If you need help or need to talk to someone, help is available from people who are there to listen. Check out these websites. You’re Irreplaceable.www.pieta.iewww.suicideprevention.iewww.yspi.euwww.samaritans.org or call 116123 for free.PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON SOCIAL MEDIACORONER: “IT’S TIME FOR THE PEOPLE OF DONEGAL TO START TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE” was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalSUICIDEsuicide preventionlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness.Manager Jim McGuinness has refused to blame keeper Paul Durcan for Donegal’s All-Ireland Senior Football Final defeat by Kerry at Croke Park today.Donegal lost out by three points on a scoreline of 0-12 to 2-09,  a mistake by the normally reliable Durcan gifting Kerry a decisive goal.Speaking after the game, McGuinness said: “We did not perform to level we were hoping to perform to and that is the reason we lost the game. “Over the 70 minutes we did not deliver what we are capable of delivering.”Describing Donegal’s performance as “flat” and “lacking energy, he added:  “I would not  go down the road of individual errors –  our collective was just not good enough today and that is very disappointing.”   DONEGAL PERFORMANCE “FLAT” AND LACKED ENERGY – JIM MCGUINNESS was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:donegalEnergyfinalFootballIrelandJIMKerrylackedmcguinness allSeniorlast_img read more