The Jamaicans lost momentum, surrendering 21-4 in the second set. The experienced men’s doubles pair of Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer overcame a 21-16 first set loss to Craig Allison and Dwayne Watson, to triumph 21-13 and 21-17. In the morning session, Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich of Canada beat Garron Palmer and Christine Leyow 21-9 and 21-11 in mixed doubles action. Siblings Gareth and Geordine Henry eased past Anthony Mcnee and Mikaylia Haldane 21-16 and 21-14, while Craig Allison and Alana Bailey beat compatriots Che Beckford and Tahlia Richardson 21-10, 21-16. All Jamaica men’s champion, Dennis Coke teamed up with Katherine Wynter to get the better of Kemar Valentine and Tania Dailey 21-13 and 21-13 in their contest. Top ranked player Gareth Henry was slated to play the Czech Republic’s Jan Frohlich, who is seeded at number two late yesterday. National Coach Neil Lewis told The Gleaner yesterday that he was proud of his charges’ performances, noting they showed good tactics and technique, but suffered some unforced errors. “The overseas opponents are ranked up to top 70 in the world, and some of our guys are not ranked yet,” Lewis stressed, while tipping six national players to make it to the respective finals. TRIUMPH Hosts Jamaica remain poised to have strong representation in today’s semi-final round of the third annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, currently underway, at the National Indoor Sports Centre. The Jamaicans put in a strong showing in front of a small, but vocal home crowd, yesterday. Semi-final action will continue today in all categories. In yesterday’s afternoon session, the women’s doubles team of Alana Bailey and Geordine Henry dispatched Christine Leyow and Esther Reynolds 21-12 and 21-17 in one all-Jamaica quarter-final match-up. In a similar contest, top ranked national women’s player, Katherine Wynter and Mikaylia Haldane stormed to a 21-8 and 21-10 win.over Stefani Brown and Tahlia Richardson. Taina Daley and Shezelle McTyson stopped local rivals Shawnett Davis and Christina Petri 21-15 and 21-10. In men’s action, Jamaica’s Kenneth Anglin and Matthew Lee took on Slovakia’s Milan Dratva and Matej Hlinican, who are seeded number one, in a closely fought first set 21-19.
“We deeply regret the events that took place during the game,” the statement read. “The actions displayed have no place on any basketball court. We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.“We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents. We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”The statement was signed by SBP president Al Panlilio and BA counter part Ned Coten.Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas were jected from the game on disqualifying fouls while four Aussies were also tossed after the melee, which was triggered by a blind-side elbow from Daniel Kickert to Roger Pogoy.Late Wednesday night, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao came to Gilas Pilipinas’ defense and blasted Kickert for the attack, which he described as potentially fatal.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Kickert started it all and he didn’t even apologize. All he said was it’s regrettable and all he said was it was unfortunate,” Guiao told reporters after the Road Warriors’ loss to the Magnolia Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena.“He almost killed somebody and he did not apologize.”Guiao said the Aussies, who flew to the country on the heels of a stunning defeat to Japan, came to the Philippines “looking for trouble.” “The tone was set the day before when they were already ripping the decals without any permission. I coached the national team, I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say,” said Guiao, who coached the national team in 2008.POC secretary general Pato Gregorio admitted that there were jitters that the brawl would affect the World Cup 2023, which the Philippines is co-hosting with Japan and Indonesia.“Indonesia is also worried with what happened,” said Gregorio, who was also present during the meeting at the PBA Offices in Libis, Quezon City.Panlilio had earlier allayed fears that the brawl would cause a frayed relationship with Fiba and affect the country’s hosting of the World Cup.Panlilio doubled down on his assertion in Wednesday’s meeting, describing the brawl as a “standalone event” that had nothing to do with the SBP’s standing with Fiba and its hosting of the World Cup. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Philippine Basketball Association will appeal any sanction by Fiba on Gilas Pilipinas players if it involves their stint in the professional league, commissioner Willie Marcial said Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Two Koreas hold first unification basketball match in 15 years Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We will wait for Fiba’s decision,” Marcial told reporters after meeting members of the team that came to blows with Australia during their World Cup Qualifying match at Philippine Arena Monday night.“If the players are suspended from Fiba tournaments, we will abide by that decision,” Marcial added. “But if they are suspended even in the PBA, we will appeal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe PBA has deferred action on the erring players until after the Fiba decision comes out.Earlier in the day, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia came up with a joint statement expressing regret over the brawl, which happened in the third period of what was officially logged as an 89-53 win by the Aussies when the Filipinos did not have anymore players to continue on. MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments
Dear Editor,It is no coincidence, accident or unfortunate circumstance that caused Georgetown, our capital and once “Garden City”, to become one of the least livable cities in the world. It is as a result of deliberate, willful, wanton and uncharitable actions by a few persons.Since January of this year, the substantive Town Clerk was fired by the Local Government Commission after a Commission of Inquiry found him guilty of gross misconduct. The person placed to act in his stead has since been sent on administrative leave in the midst of financial documents not being produced to the Audit Office of Guyana for a forensic audit into City Hall, yet up to now neither the municipality, the Local Government Commission nor the Ministry of Communities has found it necessary to appoint a new competent and substantive Town Clerk.In Georgetown, which still follows an archaic colonial system, the Mayor is the leader of the city council but has no greater official authority than any other council member, in fact, the Mayor’s responsibilities are primarily to preside at council meetings and to act as Head of the city for ceremonial purposes, so, therefore, the role and functions of the Town Clerk are very important as that person is responsible for managing the municipality’s budget, overseeing city personnel, making recommendations to the Mayor and other city leaders on a variety of issues, etc and as a consequence, should be filled at all times with urgency.Of course one would expect that it would be filled by someone not only with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, but with good writing and public speaking skills, knowledge of municipal and administrative laws and procedures and an understanding of management theory and practices as well as dispute resolution procedures. The officeholder must also be someone who is trustworthy, respectful, ethical, and who has an approachable character with the utmost integrity.But what do the authorities do? They go in-house and select someone way down the food chain of junior rank, someone who does not have the experience, the capacity, the temperament and the wherewithal and stick them in the position temporarily. It seems as though gone are the days when the position of Town Clerk was considered to be one of prestige, authority, respect and influence.One can only hope that the Local Government Commission would look to fill the position of Town Clerk of Georgetown urgently with a proper candidate substantively.Sincerely,Kishore Das
A Chapel Street, Lodge, Georgetown resident was placed on $50,000 bail on Friday when he appeared before the court of law to answer to a charge of fraud.It is alleged that Colin Hodge stated that he obtained money with intent to defraud the creditor but he denied the charge.The prosecution is contending that on October 5, 2018, in Georgetown, he obtained an advance in the sum of $300,000 from Okeisha Douglas by falsely pretending that he was selling his Toyota Hilux Surf bearing registration number PJJ 2905.The court heard that the defendant and the Virtual Complainant are associates and had an oral agreement for the woman to purchase the vehicle.Douglas kept her part of the agreement and paid the advance payment of $300,000 to Hodge. However, a few weeks elapsed and the woman indicated that she could no longer afford to pay for the van.As such, the defendant was asked to return the advance money, which he promised to do. However, according to the prosecution, he failed to return the money and the VC made a report to the police. Hodge was placed on $50,000 bail and the case will continue on February 15, 2019.
BEIJING – The United States and North Korea have resolved a dispute about $25million in frozen North Korean funds in a Macau bank that had threatened to hold up nuclear disarmament negotiations, a top U.S. official said today. Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Daniel Glaser said the funds would be transferred to a Bank of China account in Beijing to be used for education and humanitarian purposes in North Korea. The North Korean deposits have been frozen in the Banco Delta Asia since Washington blacklisted the tiny, privately run Macau-based bank 19 months ago on suspicion the funds were connected to money-laundering or counterfeiting. Washington promised to resolve the issue by mid-March as part of an agreement last month on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament. On Saturday, North Korea’s nuclear envoy said Pyongyang would not shut down its main nuclear reactor until the funds were released. “We believe this resolves the issue of the DPRK-related frozen funds,” Glaser said, using the acronym for North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “North Korea has pledged … that these funds will be used solely for the betterment of the North Korean people,” he added. The U.S. nuclear envoy, Christopher Hill, said the six-party talks – which are scheduled to resume today – could now “move on to the next problem of which there are many.”
Brand had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Clippers beat the Trail Blazers 100-94. Brand, who is in his fifth season with Los Angeles, was more immediately concerned with the future than his team’s past in Portland. PORTLAND, Ore. – Elton Brand was slightly taken aback when told he had never won before at Portland’s Rose Garden as a Clipper. In fact, the Clippers hadn’t won up north since 1999. That streak ended Sunday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We’re 1-0 for the new year and we’re not looking back,” he said. “We won tonight so that’s all we’re looking at.” The Clippers led by as many as 16 points in the first half, then withstood two spirited second-half Portland rallies. The Blazers’ final effort narrowed the gap to 89-87 on Theo Ratliff’s dunk with 2:15 left. After the teams traded baskets, Cuttino Mobley hit two free throws to make it 93-89 for the Clippers. Juan Dixon’s 13-foot jumper closed the Blazers in again, but Sam Cassell hit an 18-foot jumper with 30 seconds left and Mobley added a free throw. Dixon hit a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to make it 96-94 and put the crowd on its feet, before Chris Kaman made four straight free throws for the final margin. The Clippers had lost 12 straight in Portland since an 89-83 win on April 11, 1999, and 26 of 29 since the start of the 1991-92 season. After getting off to a 10-5 start this November, the Clippers went 6-7 in December, wrapping up the month with a 111-92 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Cassell had 24 points against Boston before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle. He returned to start Sunday for the Clippers, scoring 22 points. Mobley had 23 points. “I’ve taken it up a notch, but having Cuttino and Sam have to be defended opens it up for me. When they hit like this it’s like, pick your poison,” Brand said. Dixon had 24 points for the Blazers, who were coming off Friday’s 93-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, which snapped a season-high three-game winning streak. The Blazers were 3 for 10 from the free-throw line, a franchise low. The previous low was four, which has happened on three previous occasions. “We’ve got to play better defense,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. “We can’t keep digging holes for ourselves early in the game then try to fight our way out of it.” The Trail Blazers remained without point guard Sebastian Telfair, who has been out the past nine games with a right thumb sprain. Telfair was practicing with the team but did not play Sunday. Portland center Joel Przybilla returned to the team after missing two games with a sore right knee. The Clippers took off on a 16-2 run in the second quarter, going up 44-28 on Shaun Livingston’s reverse layup. The Clippers led 55-46 at halftime, but the Blazers opened the second half with a 12-4 run to narrow it to 59-58. Portland couldn’t sustain the rally to take over, and the Clippers rebuilt their lead to 82-68 early in the final quarter. “When it’s tough like that you’ve got to crack down on defense,” Blazers forward Ruben Patterson said. “We didn’t and they got some easy shots.” Randolph finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A young man could not have been saved unless he had a George Best-style liver transplant after his drinking went out of control, a Donegal coroner’s court has been told.Coroner John CanonGrzegorz Skalacki, 31, began to drink heavily following the death of his mother in 2006. His condition reached crisis point in August, 2011 he was rushed to hospital after be began vomiting blood in front of his wife and only son at his home in Ardara.Less than 24 hours later he was pronounced dead at Letterkenny General Hospital.The court was told today that Grzegorz Poitr Skalacki of 2 Drumbarron Park, Ardara had moved to Ireland four years ago. He worked in Gallagher’s bakery in Ardara.The court heard evidence from Grzegorz’ wife, Marzena. He had been drinking heavily for a few days before his death on Sunday August 28, 2011. He had stomach pain and was vomiting blood.Mrs. Skalacki called an ambulance to take Grzegorz to Letterkenny General Hospital, while she stayed at home with their 8-year-old son.He died the next morning at 7.24am.Mrs. Skalacki wiped away tears as her evidence was read out to the court. She told Coroner Cannon that Grzegorz began drinking everyday after his mother died five years ago.Dr. Gerry O’Dowd gave evidence from the autopsy that showed Grzegorz had chronic liver problems, high blood pressure and fluid retention.Dr. O’Dowd said that any recovery for his condition would have only been possible through complete abstinence from alcohol. He referred to the footballer George Best.“George Best would have been a classic example of that. The only treatment would have been a liver transplant.” Dr O’Dowd said.Coroner John Cannon told the court that he found it unusual that Grzegorz did not take his prescribed medication after he had been to hospital the previous year, and he refused to get counselling for his alcohol problem.In his verdict, Coroner Cannon said “It’s a sad state of affairs that this man should be clasped in the grip of alcohol and did not seek refuge that was there.”The cause of death was ruled as shock from hepatic cirrhosis, secondary to haemorrhaging of oesophageal varices.ONLY A GEORGE BEST-STYLE LIVER TRANSPLANT COULD HAVE SAVED MAN, COURT TOLD was last modified: September 5th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Coroner John CannondrinkGeorge Bestletterkennyliver
Pictured are Students from Loreto CS Milford who took part in Positive Mental Health week with their teachers Roisin Bn. Ní Riain, Anita Sweeney, Noel Scott, Lisa Fitzsimmons and Jacintha Edwards with facilitators Karen Duggan, Michaela McDaid and Aoife Valley.Loreto Community School in Milford are extending their teaching beyond the curriculum this week as staff and students investigate the building blocks of positive mental health.The corridors of the school are filled with a general feeling of goodwill and positivity as students are encouraged to press the pause button on their busy lives and take the time to examine the ingredients of positive mental health and happiness. Each morning the students of Loreto are given a class on a five building blocks of mental health…. give, connect, take notice, keep learning and be active.Accompanying these classes are various workshops that provide students with the necessary tools to work on improving their own positivity and mental health. Senior students have received a talk on “Time to Start Talking” presented by Karen Duggan from Jigsaw Letterkenny. Michaela McDaid from Salins Project has presented a workshop on “Provoking Thoughts” to all Junior Students. All the fifth year students of the school have been part of meditation sessions facilitated by Aoife Valley. Parents are encouraged to get involved in the school’s Positive Mental Health week. Each morning, parents receive a text on the lesson of the day and are asked to discuss this theme with their child at home. A Parents’ Talk has also been organised to highlight the key issues impacting on the mental health and well being of young people.In the midst of exam preparation, study and teenage pressures, Loreto CS is offering it’s students a valuable opportunity to examine their mental health and encouraging them to adopt attitudes and habits that could ensure a more positive outlook on life and overall greater happiness. It is quite possible that this week, the students of Loreto will be taught the most valuable lessons of their lives. LORETO MILFORD TEACHERS AND STUDENTS GET BEHIND POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH WEEK was last modified: October 16th, 2014 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:Loreto Community School MilfordPositive mental Health week
ANAHEIM – Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon is out with a strained muscle in his right shoulder, and now has another problem with which to deal. He’s come down with a case of the blues. Colon is not on the American League Championship Series roster and won’t be on the World Series roster if the Angels get there. He suffered the injury Monday in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against the Yankees. “He’s definitely bummed,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Colon, who has refused all interview requests since hurting his shoulder. “He realizes our need for him to do what he can do. He knows the needs of the team with him being the lead dog the whole year. He’s down he can’t help us but he also knows we wouldn’t be here without him.” The club said Friday that Colon would have a contrast MRI exam performed on his shoulder sometime in the next few days, but Scioscia said Saturday no further tests have been scheduled. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Colon went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA this season and is a leading candidate to win the AL Cy Young Award. However, Colon has been mediocre in the playoffs throughout his career, going 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA in nine career starts. In his two postseason starts this year, he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Iguchi impresses: He doesn’t get nearly the attention paid to Hideki Matsui or Ichiro Suzuki, but White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi has impressed those who have seen him every day in his first season since coming from the Japanese league. “I keep saying he’s my MVP and people make fun of me,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This kid can do it all: run, squeeze, hit a home run when you need it, make the plays when you need it, steal a base, give you good at-bats. “It’s not easy when you come from Japan your first year. Every day is a learning process, new pitching, new hitters, new cities, new ballclubs, new ballparks, so many things this kid has to deal with.” Iguchi is hitting .231 (6 for 26) with a home run and four RBI in the playoffs while playing flawless in the field. “It’s amazing the way he plays,” Guillen said. “Because of the language barrier, communication, this kid has to put a lot of things in his mind just to go out and play. To me, that’s good enough, what he’s done on the field so far because this kid is so smart, he plays basic baseball, doesn’t make that many mistakes, and he’s a pretty good baseball man.” Contingency plans: In Arizona, starting pitchers Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver are pitching in the Fall League. On Saturday in Anaheim, Jason Christiansen, who is not on the ALCS roster, threw two innings of a simulated game. “You have to look forward in some aspects,” Scioscia said. “If we’re fortunate enough to get through this series, we might have to realign things. You don’t know what your needs are going to be.” Kotchman starts: Casey Kotchman got his first postseason start Saturday in Game 4 as the designated hitter. “Casey gives us a left-handed bat,” Scioscia said. “They’ve got a terrific bullpen with good lefties, but we’ve got to attack their starting pitching.” Kotchman went 2 for 4, getting an infield single in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth. Not lacking:If there is a Game 6, the Angels could go with John Lackey on three days’ rest, though Scioscia would not commit. “We’ll see,” Scioscia said. “Let’s get there first.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Oisin Crawford who tragicallty died during a 21st celebrations in St Johnston, Co. Donegal. (North wEst Newspix)THERE is widespread heartache and disbelief at the death of one young Donegal man and the illness of his friend after a house party in St. Johnston earlier this morning.Oisin Crawford was just 22. Tearful relatives and friends are trying to come to terms with his tragic passing.At the same time they are saying prayers for friend Simon Lynch, another very popular young man in east Donegal who is critically ill at Letterkenny General Hospital. Both young men are believed to have taken pills from a dangerous batch of ecstasy tablets which have been at the centre of a national warning from Gardai.The HSE said it believed the drugs were known as Double Cross or Double Black.Health authorities have issued an urgent warning to other young people NOT to take the drugs. Three other people – including an 18-year-old girl – were also treated in hospital.Ambulances sped to Main Street in St Johnston just after 4.30am, with Gardai arriving later. The close-knit and quiet village of St.Johnston has been rocked by today’s devastating news.Tributes from heartbroken friends and relatives, have been pouring in on Oisin’s Facebook account.Emma Browne posted, “Can’t believe ur gone buddy! Such a shock! Wee toon won’t be the same! Rest in peace pet! XxxDebra McGinley posted, “RIP Oisín Crawford so hard to believe terrible news, Thoughts and prayers with you family and friends xDominic Lynch posted, “RIP lad cant believe ur gone lad ule be sadly missed!! Sarah Lafferty posted a picture of herself along with Oisin, and wrote under the picture, “Such sad news , thinking on your friends & family. Rest in peace.Alisha McLaughlin posted, “Cant believe it audi! No more takin the hand outy me for bein crabbit! God truly only takes the best:( sleep tight up there xFamily member Evin Devenney posted, “RIP Oisín, your gonna be missed by many cousins! I know Granny Rose will look after you and that both of you will look after all the Duddy clan. Still waiting for someone to wake us up from this bad dream. Sleep tight lad xxTamera McDevitt posted, “All them times when I left school early and came down to you at work and I would persuade you that you were hungry and you’d eventually take an early lunch and get food for us in the castle I’m Gona miss you sorely sleep tight big cuz! x Lisa Wilson posted, “Cant stop cryin all morning buddy miss ya so much …its not fair hi …wish dis was all a bad dream :(:(:( ….love ya buddy ull never be forgotten xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxForensic experts from the Gardai, carried out a search of the house earlier this morning, and investigations are on-going.It is hoped that two of those taken to hospital, may be released later this evening, while the other is expected to be released tomorrow.However, one man is still in a critical condition, and is battling to save his life.One friend told Simon on his Facebook page: “Pull through buddy. We need you to pull through.”HEARTBREAK IN DONEGAL: TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR TRAGIC OISIN AS PRAYERS SAID FOR PAL SIMON was last modified: May 27th, 2014 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:22Facebookhouse partyOisin CrawfordSimon Lynchsocial mediaSt Johnstontragedytributes