The improving quality of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) is set to continue in that vein with five enticing matches on today and one tomorrow.Former champions Tivoli Gardens, who had a change of coach recently, will test their chances of survival when they host the promoted UWI FC at the Edward Seaga Complex. Tenth place Tivoli Gardens, with a match in hand against Rivoli, are reeling, having lost their past three matches and four of their last five, with the fifth being a draw.The UWI FC team, on the other hand, have looked more stable, recording only one loss in the last five games, with the other results being two wins and two draws. Based on their record, UWI FC should be fancied to get the better of Tivoli Gardens, but with their league pedigree and the possible effects of the change, the home team could come out on top. two lossesNinth-placed Reno have an identical record to Tivoli Gardens for the last five games, losing four and drawing one. This has seen them slide steadily down the table. Eighth-placed Boys’ Town have won two in their last five, but interestingly, have two losses and one draw in their last three games, suggesting that they have not been boosted by the opening of the transfer window.Anything but a win for either team could see them lose even more confidence and get drawn deeper into the battle for survival, which is becoming more real for teams in the bottom half of the table.Third-placed Montego Bay United were looking pretty until they ran into defending champions Arnett Gardens away from home on Sunday last. That encounter gave them their only loss in their last five games. That result was followed by a 0-0 draw with the bottom-of-the-table but improving Waterhouse. Today, they have the opportunity to turn that around when they host 11th-placed Rivoli United at Wespow Park.Home support should lift Montego Bay United, but the fighting spirit of Rivoli cannot be ruled out despite their lowly position. The Spanish Town-based team has been nothing but consistent in their last five games, registering all draws. In their last game, they took the lead against Arnett Gardens and held on for a 1-1 scoreline even though they had a player.The battle of the east between Harbour View and the rejuvenated Cavalier should be interesting.”I am really looking forward to the game. Cavalier are in good form and, based on the performance that I saw from my team in the week, I am hopeful that we will get a good performance from my team,” Harbour View coach Ludlow Bernard said ahead of this evening’s clash.very optimistic”Jorginho James and Kevaughn Frater are available for the game and, with the squad bolstered by their presence, we are very optimistic about our chances against a good Cavalier team,” he added, expecting the duo to add quality to the work of John-Ross Edwards, Nicholas Beckett, Montrose Phinn and Rosario Harriott.David Laylor, a member of the Cavalier coaching staff, is similarly optimistic about his team’s chances.”We are expecting it to be a hard one. Harbour View have championship quality. They play good football and we expect it to be a good game, but we have been scoring freely of late and this scoring form definitely gives an edge. It is a plus,” said Laylor.Laylor’s optimism could be based on the fact that only leaders Portmore United have a better win record than his team over the last four games. Portmore have won their last four while Cavalier won their last three, with the other being a draw.”The guys are confident coming off a few wins and scoring, which we were not doing a lot of before, but Cleon Price, Jason Watson and Sulae McCalla have come in and done well,” Laylor further explained.Today’s games:n 6:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier – Harbour View Stadiumn 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centren 3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Rivoli United – Wespow Parkn 3 p.m: Reno vs Boys’ Town – Frome Complexn 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI FC – Edward Seaga ComplexTomorrow’s game:n 8:40 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Portmore United – Anthony Spaulding ComplexPoints standing P W D L GF GA GD PtsPortmore 21 13 4 4 26 15 11 43Arnett 21 12 3 6 32 18 14 39MoBay U 21 10 8 3 32 13 19 38H’Lion 21 8 8 5 18 15 3 32H.View 21 6 9 6 20 21 -1 27Cavalier SC 21 7 6 8 17 18 -1 27UWI FC 21 7 6 8 23 29 -6 27Boys’ Town 21 7 5 9 22 29 -7 26Reno 21 5 8 8 19 29 -10 23Tivoli 20 5 4 11 23 29 -6 19Rivoli 20 4 7 9 20 26 -6 19W’house 21 3 8 10 18 28 -10 17
Dear Editor,The Women’s Progressive Organisation condemns the recent physical and verbal onslaught on the Vice-Chairwoman of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Ms Nandranie Coojah and calls on the Government to stop the harassment and victimization of political elected women and professional women in Guyana.Since 2015, several women have suffered emotionally, financially and in this case, verbally and physically by the Granger’s Caretaker government and in this specific case at the hands of the REO of Region Two. While this matter was reported to the police station at Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast and is under investigation, the WPO will be paying keen interest to how the Guyana Police Force will be handling this issue of harassment, physical and verbal abuse.Women in Guyana is more than 50% of our population, and in the last three decades, women’s empowerment and gender equality have been gradually climbing to the fore of the national agenda. On March 8, 2016, the Caretaker President, Mr. Granger, at the International Women’s Day celebrations at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, committed his government to achieve women’s equality in governance of 50/50 by 2030 as recommended in the SDGs. In contravention to this commitment, the APNU/AFC politically appointed and directed official continues to indiscriminately violate the rights of this elected women to political office.Reports received during the past 4 years suggest that the REO and his predecessors have used the powers of their office to discriminate, victimize and harass Ms. Coonjah, who is an elected member and Vice-Chairwoman of the Regional Democratic Council, Region #2. It was said that the REOs have deliberately sabotaged the Vice-Chairwoman from effectively performing her duties by not providing her office with the necessary entitled amenities, which includes a vehicle and a driver. The Minister of Communities was written regarding the REOs blatant disregard for the rule of law, gender equality and gender equity.WPO is concerned about the continuous harassment at the place of work and remind those in authority that Guyana is a signatory to the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW), the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that speaks to gender equality of 50/50 by 2030 and several other conventions that speaks to women’s empowerment and gender equality.Nandranie Coonjah is a member of the Central Committee, Secretariat and is the Assistant General Secretary of the WPO. Further, Ms Coonjah is a Commissioner on the Women and Gender Equality Commission with responsibility for Regions Two, Five and Six.WPO Calls on all women’s organisations, including the Women and Gender Equality Commission to condemn the actions of the REO of Region Two, and for his resignation with immediate effect.Further, the WPO calls on the Minister of Communities, with responsibility for RDCs, and Minister of Social Protection with responsibility for Gender Affairs to launch an immediate investigation into this matter.Sincerely,Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO)
Germaway Jabaru GermawayTribute to The Late Dr. Jabaru CarlonBy Togba-Nah TipotehGermaway Jabaru germawayKamba eh ku ma feh wayAs you make your transition into gloryWe are in the position to pass on your storyA story of a Liberian so patrioticBuilding a society so democraticWith heart and handMaking no demandYou serve the people through your intellectSeeking the people’s interest to protectPromoting the people’s governanceStruggling to end elitist deterrenceWith people’s governance in the hall of primacyAnd elitist deterrence in the dull of historyYou march on in historic transitionYou march on in democratic positionSo, march on to victory JabaruSo, march on into history JabaruGermaway Jabaru germawayKamba eh ku ma feh wayA Tree That Refuses to Bear FruitsBy Eric G. GbanlonCell #: 0886220513A tree that refuses to bear fruit,Stands in a place of needWith nutrients passing through the tips of its roots,It is pregnant, but does not deliver a seed.A tree that refuses to bear fruits,Produces fine flowers on which no bird sat to feed.It dresses like a general, wearing combat and boots,But in times of war, finds pleasure witnessing its men die on the field.The tree that refuses to bear fruits,Is the tree that no farmer would need.Like a tree that refuses to bear fruits,Is a leader that possesses the spirit of greed.When Ebola leavesBy Lekpele NyamalonI can feel the dayFar within my soulWhen we can shake hands againAnd embrace without fearWhen boys and girls can walk to schoolAnd play like birds soaring on skiesI can see the smiles roaring on the faces of teachersTo hug their students and make them learnI can smell the palm butter and smoked fishPouring from the cookshops and restaurantsHappy that the war is overI can hear the horns of the pen pen boysScreaming like bats on top of the worldI can feel the breadth of the preacher manThanking God that his prayers are answeredI can see the sun smiling at usGreeting with hope from aboveWhen Eebola leavesWe would all be merryBut keep those little buckets manning the doorsLike a baby left by EbolaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia football champions Barrack Young Controllers have been ousted from the 2015 CAF Club Champions League on Saturday on a 2-1 aggregate, in Banjul, The Gambia.Real de Banjul pinned FC BYC 1-0 and progressed to the first round of the CAF Club Champions league qualifiers.Real de Banjul imposingly could have raised the curtain in the 15th minute but was booked an offside on a Ablie Jallow’s strike through a Famara Jarju’s pass, according to reports.Fifteen minutes later, Real de Banjul hitman, Yankuba Jarju netted the lone goal to upset the Blues.“A one-two link-up play between Ebou Sanyang and Famara Jarju inside the BYC box saw the ball laid off to Yankuba who nicely notched the ball over and into the net for his third consecutive goal for the club after scoring a pair of goals against Serrekunda United and Wallidan respectively in the league,” the Liberiansoccer.com said.The return leg in Banjul, the Gambia is owing to the late withdrawal of the Malian Football Association (MFA) to serve as neutral ground for Liberia’s BYC, after FC Fassell had already played in Bamako, Mali.The Gambia’s venue was recommended by CAF and subsequently endorsed by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in consonance with BYC.In the first leg, Real de Banjul forced BYC to a 1-1 home draw, nearly three weeks ago.BYC’s striker Lamin Jabateh could not find his scoring boots, having kicked widely twice, while goalie Nathaniel Sherman was at his toes heartening his side.Real de Banjul is expected for the first time since 2001 to face African champions Entente Sportive de Sétif in the Algerian town of Sétif in the weekend of 13-15 March.Meanwhile, some Liberians are accusing Coach Robert Lartey for the defeat for dropping three dependable players.Top scorers Blamo Nimely, George Dauda and Karleo Anderson were dropped for alleged “misconduct.”FC Fassell was the first Liberian side to be thrown out from the CAF competition, on 4-3 aggregate by Guinean outfit Horoya AC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says new Board not competent enough to turn industry aroundLocal economist and outspoken commentator Ramon Gaskin has called for the Government to utilize the lands of the closed sugar estates to create new industrial jobs, which can boost the country’s overall development while improving the economic situation in the surrounding estates.Economist Ramon GaskinHe said this can be done, even as he opined that the current GuySuCo Board, headed by Colvin Heath-London, cannot solve any the problems facing the industry because most, if not all, of the members of the new board do not possess the capacity to develop strategic interventions for something as technical as sugar.“First and foremost, they don’t have any idea what to do with those peoples (sugar workers). They are just trying to sell the assets of that place. They don’t know what to do with people, and how to create alternative employment or economic activity for those communities,” he opined.Gaskin, who has been privy to the names of members of the new GuySuCo Board, told Guyana Times on Sunday, “This new board doesn’t have a single new idea of what could be done with those people. They don’t have the background, the training, the skills, the intellect, the ability to come up with ideas and solutions.”The economist claimed that the subsidy of $1billion to help bail out GuySuCo each month could have been better utilized in such a way that alternative jobs were created two to three years before the downsizing was implemented.“Over $40 billion was wasted. A lot could have been done to employ those people. And not a single idea has come from the Government, the Opposition or the Union,” he added.Government’s decision to downsize the sugar industry has not gone down well with a majority of the Guyanese population, especially those who are directly, or in some way or the other, linked to the industry.“Government is now in the process is getting rid of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as a state- owned company that is costing the treasury a lot of money. That is what is happening,” Gaskin opined.From an economic standpoint, he told Guyana Times, while it was wasteful to pump subsidies of $1 billion into the sugar industry, one of the biggest blunders made by the coalition Government is the manner in which they went about closing the industry.“There are so many workers involved, so many communities, families; there had to have been greater planning and alternative jobs for those people,” he stated.Gaskin continued, “And that has not been done. The decision has been taken to get rid of GuySuCo, but no plan has been made so far to deal with the workers and the communities and their families. That’s the big problem we are faced with now as a country. It is my opinion that some estates can’t make it, but this does not mean that alternative things cannot be done to keep the workers gainfully employed.”ForgottenThe Government, according to him, has failed in that regard. In Berbice, there is a reasonable chance that the estate could break even because of the sale of the energy to the power grid, he said.Gaskin is of the firm view that people have been abandoned by the Government and all those involved in the sugar industry.Asked what approach he would have taken had he any influence on decision-making, the economist said he would have started with working to make each estate an industrialized company.“My own approach would be to start with one estate at a time, start with Wales and then go down. Wales cannot produce sugar, but there is nothing preventing Wales from becoming an industrial estate the way we have Ruimveldt. We can do small things like furniture making and other industrial jobs,” he stated.While the Government is looking to provide lands for these fired workers, Gaskin is of the view that while this may be a good move to some extent, this is yet another idea that hasn’t been well thought out.He said, “There is nothing stopping sugar workers from operating in an industrial company. And there is this idea that we give farmers land and they should automatically become a farmer. All of this is unnecessary. They have to do aquaculture and give them other industrial-related jobs and opportunities.”As the downsizing of the sugar industry continues to take a grip on communities in the sugar belt, there are now more cries about fired sugar workers finding it hard to get employment. Many men are also finding it hard to provide for their families, especially for their school-age children.Last year, GuySuCo dismissed thousands of workers. So far, some 4000-plus workers have been sent home. The downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.
SlowPlaceLikeHome to play Electric PicnicDonegal musical outfit SlowPlaceLikeHome have been chosen to play at the Electric Picnic. The outfit will play Donal Dineen’s ‘Radio Activity’ stage on Friday, August 30th.The band recently had a hugely successful appearance at the Body and Soul festival in June. The outfit say they are honoured to have been asked by Dineen to play at the event.SlowPlaceLikeHome have also signed to Bluestack RecordsIt’s an honour to be personally asked, by the legendary music pioneer, to perform on his stage.“After being offered some amazing deals from abroad, I decided on them, as I felt we were a good match. Together, we are trying something slightly different in the North-West,” said frontman Keith M. DONEGAL BAND CHOSEN TO PLAY ELECTRIC PICNIC! was last modified: August 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Electric PicnicSlowPlaceLikeHome
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe nationwide average for regular unleaded is now $2.78 per gallon, or 55 cents higher than last year, according to the Energy Department. Despite the high price of motor fuel, demand continues to rise, albeit at a slower rate. Still, economists say the country’s financial engine remains strong, in large part because consumer spending, which accounts for two-thirds of total economic growth, has so far remained strong. Low interest rates have helped, by making it easy to borrow money. But, experts said there is another important reason why the high price of energy has not devastated the economy: On an inflation-adjusted basis, oil prices would have to rise above $90 to exceed the all-time highs set a quarter century ago when supplies became tight in the aftermath of a revolution in Iran and a war between Iraq and Iran. In 2005 dollars, the average price of crude in 1980 was just under $77 a barrel. Even that is somewhat misleading, though, because the economy is much more energy-efficient these days, analysts said. On Monday, light sweet crude for May delivery settled at $70.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, an increase of $1.08. It was the highest closing price since Aug. 30, when oil prices briefly climbed to $70.85, before settling at $69.81. WASHINGTON – Oil prices settled at a record high above $70 a barrel Monday, rising more than $1 on concerns about supply disruptions in Nigeria and diplomatic tensions between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. So long as these and other geopolitical issues persist, analysts said, it will be difficult for prices to fall too far – unless there is a significant drop-off in demand, which has not materialized. In the short term, oil prices could climb above $75, they said. “Where the top is is pretty hard to say at this point,” said New York-based oil broker Tom Bentz. Crude futures first surpassed $70 a barrel in late August in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The storm tore a wide path of destruction across the U.S. Gulf Coast’s oil drilling and refining industry, and caused prices at the pump to surge past $3 a gallon. More than 300,000 barrels a day of Gulf of Mexico output remains shut because of hurricane-related damage. The gasoline market was also delivered a jolt Monday, with Nymex gasoline futures jumping 6.18 cents to settle at $2.1697 a gallon – the highest level since late September. ABN Amro broker Lee Fader said the trigger for Monday’s rally was “heightened fear about military action” against Iran, which has said it would go ahead with plans to enrich uranium, defying the United States, Europe and United Nations nuclear experts. Iran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful, but the West fears that the country is intent on arming itself with nuclear weapons. “If somehow this got resolved diplomatically,” Fader said, “that would definitely take a few dollars off” the price of crude oil. The market was also driven by the disruption of crude supplies in Nigeria, where more than half a million barrels a day of crude production capacity is being blocked due to militant violence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Finn Harps collected all three points against Salthill Devon on Saturday night thanks to two goals from Stephen O’Donnell.O’Donnell took responsibility following the withdrawal of Kevin McHugh at half-time to head the only goal of the game on 49 minutes.He added a second two minutes from time when he drove home after a nice move that involved Kevin Devaney, Conor O’Grady and Gary Curran. The home team had a number of decent opportunities in the opening half in front of the sporadic attendees, which ranged around the 300-mark.McHugh missed a decent chance on six minutes, before Devaney cut outside of left-back Emmet Shaw and having got to the by-line pulled back to the incoming Mark McGoldrick. However, the striker leant too far back upon connection and the ball was directed wide. O’Donnell also showed a glimpse of quality when he cut in from the left flank but his stinging drive was just over Adrian Faherty’s crossbar.A reasonably enterprising opening, though, faded a little towards the conclusion of the first 45 minutes when whatever positive play there was became scrappy as the half fizzled out.The side managed by Peter Hutton have been more resilient of late, especially at the back, but with Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin, Martin Redmond and Blaine Curtis all suspended a few square pins had to be squeezed into round holes. Salthill, for their part under the management of Harps 1974 FAI Cup winner Paul McGee, were minus the services of Paul Smyth following his sending off against Waterford United last week.The withdrawal of McHugh at half-time, having received treatment having stretched for a ball just before the interval, seemed to lessen the chance of a goal for the hosts.After all, it was McHugh who grabbed a hat-trick in the previous meeting of the teams this season.Four minutes into the second half, after renewed impetus from the home team, O’Donnell headed the opening goal when the former Sligo Rovers midfielder was unmarked from Devaney’s floated delivery. On 53 minutes, O’Donnell should’ve added a second but after a lovely first touch to control, shot over when played into space by Marc Brolly.O’Grady made his first appearance in almost six months having undertaken an operation on an ankle injury but Salthill had their best spell of the match midway through the second half. As their few half chances came to nothing, though, and while Ciaran Gallagher was a virtual spectator, Harps were comfortable as the contest wound to an end and O’Donnell’s second goal confirmed the win. Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; Aaron O’Hagan, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll; Thomas Bonner, Kevin Devaney, Stephen O’Donnell, Barry O’Mahony (Conor O’Grady 72), Marc Brolly; Kevin McHugh (Gary Curran 46), Mark McGoldrick (Mark Forker 82).Salthill Devon: Adrian Faherty; Colm Morgan, Paddy Guinlan, Cian Fadden, Emmet Shaw; Eugene Greaney, Luke McConnell, Robert Porter, Gerry Dolan (Paul Convet 85), Ronan Conlon (Ope Owaru 64); James Whelan (Brian Geraghty 64).O’DONNELL INSPIRES HARPS TO 2-0 WIN OVER SALTHILL was last modified: September 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:finn harpsSalthill DevonSTEPHEN O’DONNELL
Missing Edward Hugh Mario BoyleINTERPOL have joined the hunt for a Scottish man who went missing in Donegal almost two years ago.Edward Hugh Mario Boyle was last seen in Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair, in February 2012 but has since vanished without trace.The 33-year-old, from Glasgow, has family connections to Donegal. His father is James Boyle and his mother’s maiden name is Annie Sweeney.The missing man is described as 1.76 metres in height, with brown hair, blue eyes.Like the children of many migrants who moved to Scotland James speaks Irish.Anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Mr Boyle is asked to contact their local Garda station. “We are very concerned for him,” said a senior officer.“He has disappeared without trace and we are hoping that someone in Co Donegal may know where he is now or know more about what happened to him.” INTERPOL AND GARDAÍ HUNT FOR MISSING SCOTS MAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:annie sweeneyEdward Hugh Mario BoyleGardaiINTERPOL HUNT FOR MISSING SCOTS MAN IN DONEGALjames boyle
Former Donegal star and pundit Martin McHugh has hailed Jim McGuinness as Donegal’s best-ever manager.Martin McHughThe Kilcar man, who has gone for Dublin to beat Donegal before the game, said the Glenties man got everything right against the Dubs at Croke Park yesterday.“You have to gibe McGuinness enormous credit. He is the best manager Donegal have ever had, and one of the best in any county in the modern era. “After being beaten out of the game last year by Mayo, many thought it was all over for McGuinness and for Donegal.“Instead, he got them promoted, won another Ulster title and took Dublin’s scalp against all the odds yesterday,” said McHugh.McHugh paid a special tribute to his own son Ryan who was magnificent with a personal tally of 2-2.“Ryan is my son, so I’m a bit biased, but he was class for his second goal early in the second half. “If he caught the ball, Stephen Cluxton would have been out on him and smothered him.“But he did the right thing, palming the ball away from Cluxton and into the corner,” he said. McGUINNESS IS DONEGAL’S BEST-EVER MANAGER – McHUGH was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:best managerdonegalGAAJim McGuinnessMartin McHugh