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first_imgMonmouth University goalie Melissa Katz stopped all but one for the Hawks field hockey team (0- 4) as they lost an overtime match, 1-0, with the West Chester Rams (2-1) on Sunday afternoon at So Sweet A Cat Field.Katz stayed strong between the pipes in just over 75 minutes before Kristen Foore put away a mini breakaway flick shot to the far post for the visiting Rams to seal the victory for West Chester. Just before regulation, Katz made a sliding save with her right leg with 3:50 left in the second half to push the game into overtime.Katz wasn’t alone on the defense effort for the Hawks, though. The Blue and White’s defenders stuck together to stop 17 Rams corners on the afternoon.”It’s a disappointing loss after we played a very strong first half,” said Hawks head coach Carli Figlio. “We have to learn how to play a full game and finish in the attacking zone.”Despite being outshot 8-0 and losing the corner advantage 17-4, the Hawks’ defense stepped up to prove that the Blue and White’s team defense is remaining solid through each game. Junior defender Sarah Keppel made her first career stick defensive save in the second half to anchor another solid effort by the young defense.With the loss, the Hawks drop to 0-4 on the season, having lost three out of four games by one goal.The Blue and White will be looking to put a notch in the win category this Saturday as they travel to Vermont to take on Maine University in the Catamount Classic Tournament at 2 p.m.last_img read more

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EBD Diwali motorcade set for October 22 at National Stadium

first_imgAs Guyanese prepare to celebrate the festival of lights, preparations are underway for the hosting of several motorcades in various parts of the country. For the past few years, the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) motorcade is held a week before celebrations in Georgetown.This year, the Guyana Divya Jyoti Association in collaboration with HUG, will host its motorcade on Saturday, October 22, at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, EBD. So far, nine Mandirs and businesses have indicated their interest in participating.The well illuminated floats will travel along the East Bank Highway and into the Guyana National Stadium for the grand display and final judging. It is expected the lone float from Timehri, EBD, will join the others at Soesdyke which will then proceed to Diamond where several floats will join the motorcade. After leaving Diamond, the entourage will make a stop at Farm Mandir where the final floats will join.However, at the Stadium, there will be a packed cultural extravaganza featuring skits, poems, songs, dances and most importantly, the distribution of prizes. Those set to entertain the audience will be the Ishara Dance Troupe, the Indian Cultural Centre Dance Troupe, Cummings Lodge Dance Troup and others.In addition, members of the Shakti Sting Orchestra will take the stage by storm. Several of its members will perform live, including Pooran Seeraj, Steven Ramphal and others.Apart from the cultural presentation, there will be sweetmeats in galore along with seven-curry and other Indian delicacies. Admission to the event cost $300.last_img read more

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Power means…

first_img…never having to say “sorry”our Eyewitness still can’t get over what’s going down in Guyana: “Cry, our beloved country”. It’s become so overused that it’s become trite, but that doesn’t make Marx’ observation that history – and its players – repeating itself any less true. First as “tragedy” but then as “farce”. Not a “farce” because it’s “ha ha” funny, but because it’s clear that most of us never learn. We keep on doing the same thing over and over again – and think we’ll get a different result.Between 1964 and 1985, what we had was a constitutional dictatorship. But it wasn’t erected overnight, was it? And it wasn’t erected at night when we were all asleep, was it? So why are we allowing it to be repeated today in bright daylight?? The UF hated the PPP more than anything and decided to team up with the PNC to throw out those “wicked communists”.They were supposed to keep the PNC on the straight and narrow, but before they knew what hit them, Burnham had bought out several of D’Aguiar’s MP’s and could do as he wanted, when he wanted and how he wanted!! What’s different now with the AFC?? How many of the “AFC MP’s” can Moses Nagamootoo and Ramjattan count on?? We don’t even have to read between the lines??By the time D’Aguiar decided to walk out on Burnham when he saw the preparations for rigging – “too late!!” was the cry. Your Eyewitness is positive that the two cuckolded AFC big-wigs won’t even walk out like D’Aguiar did. These are fellas who’ve succumbed to the morass of hate and greed and can’t even see straight.But worse that the political betrayal – which wasn’t in any way unexpected, since that is the nature of THAT beast! – is what’s playing out in the Judicial realm. Your Eyewitness might be going on like a broken record about the need for the Judiciary to stand firm – but trust him, he knows of what he speaks. Man’s long crawl from the jungle where might was right and the strong ruled the weak, was basically the institutions we invented to ensure that no one person would have sole control of power.In governance, the Americans gave us “separation of powers” which meant that the Legislature and the Judiciary would act as “checks and balances” against the always potentially dictatorial Executive! But in Guyana, the Executive already controls the Legislature and the Judiciary is that last barrier to dictatorship.So, when the President sides with his AG to disrespect the Judiciary, it means we’re on a very slippery slope. We all have to stand behind our young Judiciary!!…embarrassing the Opposition at willOK…A whole lotta people thought the PPP Government played fast and loose with their fiduciary responsibility to the people of Guyana. But this happens with every government, doesn’t it?? We don’t even have to go to other jurisdictions – look what’s happened in only two years of the PNC-led APNU/AFC Government!! And they KNEW folks were looking at them!! But that doesn’t excuse the PPP, does it? Even the two former PPP Presidents acknowledged wrongdoing HAD to’ve occurred (it wasn’t a government of “angels”!) and called for justice to be done.And that’s the point, isn’t it? Justice demands a fella be assumed innocent until PROVEN guilty. But what we’re seeing is a naked exercise of power where the Government is charging ex-PPP personnel knowing fully well, there will be no conviction! It all about embarrassing the “enemy”. Take the law books charges against the former AG? Was that really necessary?And now the GRDB Board. Sheesh!!…taking them for all they gotThe Muckraker spilled the beans on some “Pandits” from India who were bilking (and milking) the gullible natives dry.What about those Pastors over at the old Strand Cinema?? If they’re for real, we don’t need those billion-dollar pharma contracts from ANSA, do we??!!last_img read more

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A test for GECOM

first_imgOn Thursday, Guyanese both at home and in the Diaspora, followed closely the Chief Justice’s landmark rulings on cases which stemmed from the No-confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, which saw the toppling of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government after almost three and a half years in office.The Judge made several determinations based on her constitutional interpretations following three cases filed at the High Court. She addressed the cases filed by Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams who contended that 34 votes were needed to have the no-confidence vote validly passed, while Government supporter Compton Reid was challenging the citizenship status and validity of Charrandas Persaud’s vote. The third action filed by Attorney and Charted Accountant Christopher Ram petitioned to have the Administration resign with all convenient speed and have President David Granger call elections within 90 days.Among her decisions, Justice Roxane George, SC, ruled that the December 21, 2018 vote of no-confidence against the APNU/AFC Administration was validly passed and the Cabinet ought to have resigned and call fresh elections within 90 days, counting from the time the motion was passed.In spite of the decisions not being in its favour, in its quest to hold onto power, the APNU/AFC Government has remained defiant and has not given any indication if and when the Cabinet will resign. In an official release to the press following the ruling of the acting CJ, the Government stated the Government notes and respects the rulings of Justice George but stated in the same breath that until the matter is concluded at the highest court of appeal, “the status quo remains and the business of Government continues as usual”.Certainly, the status quo cannot remain as per normal and the business of the Government cannot continue as if nothing happened. The fact remains that the Government was defeated in a confidence vote and therefore does not have the same powers it enjoyed prior to the vote being passed. In addition to taking care of national security and public service matters, the Government’s main focus should be planning and offering the necessary budgetary support to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to run off the next elections which are due by March 19.So far, the nation has witness several attempts by the Government to delay the process. The APNU/AFC had stated on numerous occasions before that they are proud of their accomplishments over the past three years. They had provided a long list of ‘achievements’ and boasted about not being afraid to face the electorate again. However, based on their recent actions, it is clear that the coalition Government is using all avenues; including the courts to stall the process and to buy time. In their latest pronouncement, the coalition indicated that they are ready to go “all the way to the [Caribbean Court of Justice] CCJ” to present their case to remain in office.Any Government that is confident of the way it has performed would call elections to get a renewed mandate from the electorate; more so considering the fact that one of their own members had expressed a loss of confidence in the way the Administration governs.Now that the decisions were delivered by the CJ, it is hoped that GECOM will get on with the business of preparing for the elections and indicate its readiness to run off the polls as it is mandated by the Constitution to do.We have also taken note of the Government-nominated Commissioners advancing their case for there to be house-to-house registration in order to arrive at a new voters list. This, we believe, is unnecessary at this point in time as the current voters list is valid up to April 30. It could be recalled that the list was used for the last Local Government Elections and there were no concerns raised then by the electorate or any other stakeholder. Even if the list has a few deceased persons on it, there are checks and balances at polling stations to address this.Certainly, in the coming days the professionalism and integrity of GECOM will be tested. The electoral body which has a constitutional mandate to hold free, fair and credible elections must not be caught up in any attempts to delay or derail the process. There must be no room left for citizens to accuse the organisation of being politically biased.Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, must be commended for the swiftness in which the matters were heard and her thorough manner in delivering her decision.last_img read more

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LeBron James’ Ohio school gets $1M grant to build gymnasium

first_imgThe gym will be built at I Promise School, a partnership between James’ family foundation and the Akron Public Schools. It opened last year with an enrollment of around 240 third- and fourth-graders designed to help at-risk children with a curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.James says the new gymnasium will provide children with “an opportunity to play and learn in a safe place.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs AKRON, OH – JULY 30: The Goodyear blimp flies over the I Promise School prior to the arrival of LeBron James on July 30, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is designed to serve Akron’s most challenged students. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPAKRON, Ohio — An Ohio school that receives funding from basketball star LeBron James’ foundation is getting $1 million from the foundation of a sporting goods retailer to build a new gymnasium.The Akron Beacon Journal reports James, currently with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, announced the Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation grant Thursday at his alma mater, St. Vincent St. Mary High school in Akron.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw PLAY LIST 00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Double trouble: Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2 Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBNcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Christmas and Budget

first_imgDecember, by Guyanese tradition, is a time when everyone thinks of Christmas and an atmosphere of expectancy envelops the society. This was so even in the troublous years of the 1960s and 1970s.But this December a strange phenomenon has occurred. People are thinking more about the Budget than about Christmas and this is manifested among the business community which has always treated December and the holidays as the best time of the year for business.This year, as if to express the business community’s budgetary worries, the stores are not as decorated as in former years. The ubiquitous Christmas trees, holly, images of Father Christmas or Santa Claus, and the colourful hangings are absent in many shops, and they are rather thin in others.Business folks are hoping for a surge of bustling activity within the next few days; even though many believe that this would not compensate for the many months of downturn in business.But why this worry about the Budget? Our leaders, meaning the President and members of his Cabinet, have all said that the 2017 Budget is a good one and is good for Guyana, present and future. And the State media have wasted no time in pointing out all the good things in the Budget. These good things are of the nature of promises and imagination as many citizens are not too optimistic that they would actually happen. The two best practical budgetary measures are the income tax threshold being increased by $5000 to $60,000 and the Old Age Pension being increased by $800 to $19,000 per month.But there are unfortunately many more negatives than positives. There are many proposals in the Budget which militate against society. For example, putting on VAT on electricity and water supplies may indeed not affect very small families directly; but will certainly affect them indirectly since the small shops from which they buy will have to increase their prices to cover the increased electricity bill. And as to water, one has to be afraid that small restaurants and food shops will be forced to economise on consumption which in turn can affect the hygiene of the service they offer.Another very important negative of the Budget is that it has done nothing to stimulate the positive generation of wealth. Areas of wealth–generation have been completely neglected or forgotten. For example, agriculture, both small-scale garden farmers and producers of cash crops as well the nationally important economic sugar and rice industries have been literally ignored. This is a serious deficiency in national budgetary considerations.To diminish or not to stimulate these industries would cause unemployment, less money in circulation and the lessening of a source of foreign exchange. The makers of governmental policies in respect of agriculture are literally shooting themselves in the foot.In other areas of wealth generation for society, especially mining and commerce, the same trend has occurred.One of the greatest disincentives to wealth generation is massive taxation. This is a fact well-known in all societies, irrespective of the political doctrine they follow. In the 2017 Budget there are dozens of new taxes imposed and many are fearful of the heavy burden this will add to both citizens and businesses.Against this background, the main stakeholders – the business community, trade unions, political opposition; who in parliament are equal to the government except for one parliamentary vote, and the international community – must step up pressure on the Administration to have a serious rethink about the Budget.The Budget Debates have ended and the consideration of the Estimates are about to begin. At this late hour it may be in the nation’s interest for the Government and the Opposition to agree to suspend Parliament for a short while. The Government should then take the initiative of calling a meeting of the Opposition and other stakeholders and try to have agreed positions on the various controversial issues, including the many new taxes being imposed on citizens.From the way it looks, citizens are expected to face extremely tough times. Will the Government compromise in the nation’s interest?last_img read more

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Hamilton seeks to stretch Mercedes unbeaten run, unaided

first_imgIf he, or team-mate Valtteri Bottas, succeeds, it will mean the Silver Arrows have won all eight contests this year after finishing last season with two triumphs.But after a testing weekend in Montreal, where four-time champion Vettel claimed pole position and finished the race first ‘on the road’, Hamilton and Mercedes are wary of any signs of complacency.Team chief Toto Wolff admitted: “Canada was something of a wake-up call for us.“After a run of very good reliability over the opening six races, we experienced a number of problems almost all of which were of our own making.”He said the team would learn from their problems and thanked Mercedes mechanics for their excellent work.“We expect another tough fight in France,” he added. “The circuit features some similarities to Montreal and the long straights will present a challenge for us.“But unlike Canada, the corner characteristics are spread across a range of speeds, which should play to our advantage. We’re looking forward to the chance to put a few things right again.”Hamilton won from pole last year and is driving with more assurance and maturity than at any time in his career, leaving even a revitalised Bottas, in the same machinery, struggling to keep pace. The Finn has won twice this year.Ferrari showed clear signs of their own awakening in Montreal where the power-hungry nature of the circuit suited their engine power, but Mercedes hope to match them and draw level with McLaren’s run of 11 successive triumphs in 1988.– Improved Ferrari –The Italian team claimed victory and lodged notice of an appeal against the outcome following the race in which a five-seconds penalty, for the manner in which Vettel rejoined after running off across a grass strip.They later withdrew that appeal notice, but have subsequently sought a review of the stewards’ decision, citing new evidence to follow.Hamilton goes into the race with a 29-points lead over Bottas and 62 on Vettel who is due to arrive in France with an improved Ferrari.“We will have a few small evolutions,” said team chief Mattia Binotto. “It won’t be a solution to our problems, but the feedback will be important for the future.”Max Verstappen will aim to make sure his Red Bull is in the mix at the front after finishing second last year, following a collision involving Bottas and Vettel at the start. “I’m hoping we can be challenging them,” he said.After last year’s traffic debacle around the circuit, which left thousands of fans grid-locked for more than five hours, the organisers have said they have a “good plan” to avoid any repeat.Former McLaren team chief Eric Boullier, an ambassador and adviser to the French event, said they had partnered with Swiss experts Citec to find a solution.“They looked after the Ryder Cup in France last year, the 2016 UEFA European Championship and they are working with the Olympics for the 2024 Games in Paris“We have to fix the issues we had last year – that’s a given. And if we solve those problems and if we pass the second edition without mobility issues it will be forgotten.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton out to continue his sparkling start to the season in France © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOULE CASTELLET, France, Jun 20 – Lewis Hamilton will seek to stretch his lead and extend Mercedes unbeaten run to 10 races with a victory unaided by fortune at this weekend’s French Grand Prix.The defending five-time drivers’ champion, a lucky winner in Canada two weeks ago when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was controversially penalised, won at the remote sun-baked Le Castellet track last year and is hunting his sixth win this year and the 79th of his career.last_img read more

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Arsenal are united, affirms Koscielny

first_img0Shares0000Laurent Koscielny celebrating Arsenal equaliser.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 15 – Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his teammates are united in their pursuit to clinch a positive result at Bayern Munich on Wednesday.The Gunners have been knocked out at the last-16 stage of the Champions League by Die Roten on three occasions, and will be hoping to claim a quarter-final spot for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign. Koscielny admitted that Arsenal have gone through some difficult times this season, but believes everyone at the club have pulled together for the trip to Germany.“We are united, the dressing-room plays well together,” Koscielny told the press, according to ESPN. “You have good and bad moments during a season, but that is when you see how you respond.“We had bad moments against Watford and Chelsea, but it was very important to come back with a win against Hull on Saturday.“We know we are capable to win here, though, because we have done it in the past. We know the first game here is very important because we have the second game at home.“But the first game is really important and we must have a good result tomorrow.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Troops may be in it for long haul

first_imgPresidential spokesman Tony Snow said Bush has cited the long-term Korea analogy in looking at the U.S. role in Iraq, where American forces are in the fifth year of an unpopular war. Bush’s goal is for Iraqi forces to take over the chief security responsibilities, relieving U.S. forces of frontline combat duty, Snow said. “I think the point he’s trying to make is that the situation in Iraq, and indeed, the larger war on terror, are things that are going to take a long time,” Snow said. “But it is not always going to require an up-front combat presence.” The comparison with South Korea paints a picture of a lengthy U.S. commitment at a time when Americans have grown weary of the Iraq war and want U.S. troops to start coming home. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush envisions a long-term U.S. troop presence in Iraq similar to the one in South Korea where American forces have helped keep an uneasy peace for more than 50 years, the White House said Wednesday. The comparison was offered as the Pentagon announced the completion of the troop buildup ordered by Bush in January. The last of about 21,500 combat troops to arrive were an Army brigade in Baghdad and a Marine unit heading into the Anbar province in western Iraq. Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins, deputy director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there are now 20 combat brigades in Iraq, up from 15 when the buildup began. A brigade is roughly 3,500 troops. Overall, the Pentagon said there are 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. That number may still climb as more support troops move in. The administration warns that the buildup will result in more U.S. casualties as more American soldiers come into contact with enemy forces. May already is the third bloodiest month since the war began in March 2003. As of late Tuesday, there were 116 U.S. deaths in Iraq so far in May. Overall, more than 3,460 U.S. service members have died. last_img read more

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Exclusive – Former Red Devils star: Van Gaal should NOT be sacked if Man United fail to make the top four

first_imgFormer Manchester United captain Gary Neville has told talkSPORT Louis van Gaal should not be sacked – even if his side fail to finish in the top four this season.The Red Devils have played no part in any European competition this year, after finishing seventh last season, and the Dutchman has been given the target of a third place finish.But Neville, who was a member of the United side who won the competition in 1999, does NOT believe Van Gaal should be ditched should they miss out again.“Louis van Gaal should not be sacked [if Manchester United fail to make the top four],” he told Drivetime.“It would be a terrible season for Man United and Louis van Gaal. He would probably say it was a big failure because he knows his job this season.“He has to get in the Champions League but, on the other hand, if he didn’t, no, you can’t just sack a manager one year and then sack another manager the year after. Where do you go from there?“There has to be a level of continuity. I absolutely believe this time there will be continuity at Man United and they will stand by him even if he doesn’t finish in the top four and that’s the right thing to do.”Neville remains positive his former club can achieve their target this season, although he concedes they must improve their displays in the coming weeks.“I still think Manchester United will finish in the top four, he added. “I think they will scrape in.“At the start of the season I thought they’d finish third.“There is a period in March where they have Arsenal in an FA Cup quarter-final, then they have Spurs the Sunday after and Liverpool after that. There is an international break and then they have got Aston Villa, Man City and Chelsea.“That will be a big period but, actually, Van Gaal and Man United started the season really poorly and these big games came along and they seemed to grow.“I’d like to think these games will inspire some of the bigger players at Man United. They need to step up their performances. There is no doubt about that.”last_img read more

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