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O’Shaun Connection making waves at the track

first_imgPopular owner Oneil Hinds (O’Shaun Connection) has hit the ground running at the start of the new season, thanks to four winners including the grey ITALIANO who romped the opening James B. Dawes Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Hinds and trainer Neive Graham teamed up for a second winner on the nine-race card when highly fancied PERSIAN BELLE (2-1) made all in the fourth race for $250,000 – $210,000) claimers over 1820 metres, winning by six lengths from PERFECT FLYER (5-2) who chased him relentlessly. The seven-year-old gelding, ITALIANO, running as the 1-4 favourite with former champion Omar Walker again in the saddle, shot past early leader AGAKHAN (2-1) leaving the half mile and breezed home by five lengths from 2-1 chance GOLDEN BULLET in a field of seven $450,000 $400,000 claiming horses. PERSIAN BELLE, on the other hand was ridden by Kerry-Gayle Robinson. Significantly, both horses were claimed, but Hinds was not perturbed. “That ‘s the nature of game, you would like to keep horses when they win and do well for the most part, but there are others out there in the claiming marketplace with an eye for an Italiano or Persian Belle and as the owner, it’s best you lose them as winners,” said Hinds who finished sixth on the list of top owners last year with 18 winners and $81 million in stakes. “I can’t complain about my numbers in 2015, but the plan is to finish higher in the standings this season even though most of my earnings will come through claimers,” added Hinds ,who owns the O&S Tack Room (horse supplies and accessories provider) located on the Caymanas Park compound.last_img read more

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KC’s Rodgers, Edwin Allen’s Davis impress at JC meet

first_img BOYS Class 3 100m Hurdles 1. Simon Roberts JC 15.15 secs. 2. Robert Graham JC 15.29 3. Nicholas Blossom JC 15.30 Class 2 110m hurdles 1. Trezequet James JC 14.60 secs 2. Tajimar Miller JC 15.20 3. Qwayne Johnson JC 15.66 Class 1 800m 1. Damon Boyd KC 1:59.12 2. Colin Rowe KC 1:59.80 3. Davarine Eauchope JC 2:00.00 Class 2 800m 1. Tarese Rhoden KC 2:02.39 2. Jaharie Taylor Wol 2:06.65 3. Christopher Humphrey EdA 2:08.18 GIRLS Class 1 discus 1. Gabrielle Bailey St Jago 44.25m 2. Avery Pryce Vere 43.97m 3. Shakera Stennett St Jago 41.70m KINGSTON College’s Aryamana Rodgers and Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High produced the outstanding results on the track at yesterday’s 24th staging of the JC-Danny Williams Purewater Development meet at Jamaica College. Running in the second track event of the day, the boys’ open 5000 metres, Rodgers won in a very fast 15 minutes 25.96 seconds. His teammate, Shane Buchanan, clocked 15:33.04 for second while Jamaica College’s Dethroy Stewart was third in 17:06.72. Davis who took the sprint double in Class Three at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, gave an early indication that she would be the one to beat once again with a fast 11.84 seconds to win her 100 metres heat. It was, overall, a good day for Edwin Allen’s girls. Tiana Clayton topped the Class Four 100m in 12.12 ahead of St Jago High’s Brianna Lyston, 12.27. Clayton’s teammate, Serena Cole, was third overall in 12.40. Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald had a double victory in Class One. She was fastest in the 100m in 11.78 and also topped the 100m hurdles with 14.37 seconds. Holmwood Technical’s Shaunette Allison, Michae Harriott, and Britney Campbell also had good wins. Allison won the Class Two 100m hurdles in an impressive 13.83 seconds. Harriot was best in Class Two 100m in 11.79, and Campbell led the way in the Class Two 800m in 2:18.60. Selected resultslast_img read more

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Hans Williams’ Lawyer Seeks Reparations

first_imgCllr. Musah Dean, the lawyer who legally fought for the Supreme Court to acquit Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou of murder charge, is seeking for compensation for the prolonged detention of his clients.Hans and Mardea were arrested in January 2008 and convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for raping and strangulating a 13-year old girl, Angel Togba, on March 19, 2010.Fortunately, they were set free by the Supreme Court on August 15, 2014 on ground that there was no evidence to convict and sentence them to death by hanging.But, addressing journalists at his Carey Street office on Friday, August 22, Cllr. Dean disclosed that “We are considering pursuing legal claim against government to compensate our clients.”He added, “Our clients were wrongfully detained for over six years and six months. They need to be compensated for the harm and damages done to their reputation and character.”According to him, it is provided in the Constitution that anyone who is affected by government‘s action should seek redress in a Claim Court, which should be set-up by the National Legislature.He went on to say that the Legislature continue to delay in setting up said court, which according to him, would address injustices committed by government against innocent people.“In the absence of this court, government should take step to remedy the wrongs and compensate our clients,” he further contended.“Their reputations are destroyed, they are out of job, and they have lost everything they worked for in their lives.  They suffered tremendous incarceration in an uncomfortable environment.  So, they should be compensated,” Cllr. Dean maintained.In addition, Hans and Mardea lawyer said he was considering another alternative, either with some international institution like the ECOWAS Court, where people had gone and they have sought redressed for injustice committed against them by their respective governments and they have been compensated.“Look, they need to do so, because to prove our clients innocent, we invited the expertise of a team of American pathologists from Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences in the United States of America (USA) that conducted autopsy on the remains of Angel Togba,” Cllr. Dean stressed. “The American team, after their autopsy, concluded that Angel died of suicide. Dr. Thomas L. Bennett, a member of the team, who testified to his findings, told the court that Angel died by non-total suspension,” he added.Hans Williams and Mardea Paykue were arrested in January 2008 by the Liberia National Police (LNP), after the death of 13-year-old Angel Togba.According to defendants Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou, they discovered the body of Angel hanging from the curtain rail in their guest bathroom in November of 2007 in the Old Road Community.They tried all they could to save her and at the same time rushed her to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, but Angel was pronounced dead on Arrival.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Airport check-in system up and running – official

first_img… passengers complain of delaysFollowing an Internet disruption that caused several flights to be delayed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the system is now up and running, officials have confirmed.It was reported on Monday that Guyana Telephone Telegraph’s (GTT) Americas II cable near the shores of Martinique had collapsed, causing hundreds of passengers departing Guyana to experience flight delays and cancellations after airlines were forced to perform the manual check-in of passengers.Nevertheless, Guyana Times understands that by Tuesday afternoon, operations at the country’s main port of entry returned to normal.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CJIA, Ramesh Ghir, related to this newspaper that late on Tuesday, technicians managed to implement a back-up server to correct the check-in system disruption, while signalling too that flight delays would likely decrease.However, a statement issued by the Airport on Tuesday outlined that some airlines “are experiencing cancellations” due to crew rotation and other operational issues, especially since it is the peak season.Meanwhile, later on Tuesday, GTT in a brief statement said it provided a solution to the airline reservation system, SITA, and as such, service was restored at 14:30h. Guyana Times had contacted the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Justin Nedd earlier in the day and he assured that the phone company’s technicians were working feverishly to fix the connection.This publication was reliably informed that earlier in the day, the system was up for some time but went back down moments later. Reports also indicated that mobile phone company, Digicel, dispatched a team to assist in correcting the disruption at the Airport’s check-in system.While the technical aspect of the issue seems to be on the mend, the hundreds of passengers who were stranded at the local airport have been complaining bitterly over the experience. In fact, this newspaper received several calls from frustrated passengers.Most of them complained about the way in which the entire situation was and is being handled, explaining that they understood the fault was with the airport systems. Nevertheless, they vented their anger over the treatment they received at the hands of staffers attached to Dynamic Airlines.“We saw in the papers that we can go check in at the airport (Tuesday) but when we called the airline people, they said they don’t know anything about that and hang up the phone… Every time we called the office, someone answers and hanging up the phone and when we do finally get onto them, these people don’t even know how to talk to you; we paid our money for tickets and this is the treatment we get,” vented one passenger, who give his name as Chetram.Meanwhile, several passengers related that when they contacted the airline’s office, they are told that they won’t be able to get any departing flights and will have to wait until two, and is some cases three, weeks after.“People have jobs and planned their vacations from months before and now they telling us we have to wait until three weeks to travel. How can I go then when I already applied for and was granted leave now; it is almost time for school to reopen, I can’t take my children then,” another woman complained.Nevertheless, Captain Gerry Gouveia told Guyana Times that a Dynamic Airways flight was scheduled to leave sometime Tuesday night. He also confirmed that an InselAir flight took off Monday evening following a cancellation earlier that day.On Monday, it was reported that hundreds of passengers departing Guyana experienced major flight delays, while others had their flights cancelled following the disruption with the Internet cables. GTT had noted that the company has redundant infrastructure and was working with SITA to migrate to redundant routes.last_img read more

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ECOWAS Single Currency: Ghana’s Interest Payment Eats Up 24% Of Its Cash

first_imgBy J. Yanqui ZazaAs the year 2020 comes closer for the fifteen-countries of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) to form a single currency (ECO), proponents and pessimists are expressing their views.From Liberians, I have yet to read any serious debate. Or if they are debating ECO, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), our monetary institution, has limited information. On page # 70 of the CBL’s 2018 Annual Report, officials stated that “…the bank remains committed to the full implementation of the ECOWAS Single Currency Roadmap.” What would be the exchange rate between the Liberian currency and ECOWAS single currency, for example?Also, the administration should outline benefits and/or costs, if any. For instance, will Liberians lose if they use ECO and not the United States currency to import goods and services? Liberians import only 7% of their goods and services from Africa, while they import 93% from outside Africa. More so, is it realistic for Liberia to cut deficit spending from 41% (US $222 million deficit divided by US $530 million projected revenue) to 4%, ECOWAS deficit spending rate? The CBL reported that Liberia’s deficit spending of US $222 million in 2018, or a rate at 41% (deficit of $222 million/$530 million total revenue), was unprecedented.Here are the four primary requirements, according to ECOWAS:.• A single-digit inflation rate at the end of each year• A fiscal deficit of no more than 4% of the GDP• A central bank deficit-financing of no more than 10% of the previous year’s tax revenues• Gross external reserves that can provide import cover for a minimum of three months.The six secondary criteria to be achieved by each member country are:[3]• Prohibition of new domestic default payments and liquidation of existing ones.• Tax revenue should be equal to or greater than 20 percent of the GDP.• Wage bill to tax revenue equal to or less than 35 percent.• Public investment to tax revenue equal to or greater than 20 percent.• A stable real exchange rate.• A positive real interest rateIf the administration can’t provide reliable revenue and expenditure projections, how will it fight to reduce its 27% inflationary rate to the 4% rate set by ECOWAS? If the administration is deficient in publishing annual reports, how would it encourage stakeholders such as the Liberian Electricity Company, National Port Authority, cell phone companies (Lone Star and Orange) to publish needed financial statements as required? The stability and soundness of any currency require trust, which is based on transparency and accountability of stakeholders.If Liberian stakeholders are far from being transparent and accountable, is the picture in other members of ECOWAS better? And, if negative economic conditions indicate that it is premature for these countries to adopt a single currency, what factors are encouraging authorities of ECOWAS to believe that their 385 million people will be better off when they adopt the single currency?Proponents hope that a single currency might reduce the impact of exchange rate fluctuation, impact of currency devaluations, might reduce the possibility of civil and religious conflicts, terrorism and could address the root cause of structural unemployment problems.The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) “…is a regional group of fifteen countries founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters…”Why is the management of “natural resources” not the focus of ECOWAS’ economic policy? Would a reasonable revenue intake generated from natural resources not help to reduce the budgetary shortfalls that West African countries face every year? Many African countries generate about 3% to 7% from natural resources, while monies collected from their citizens and businesses (i.e., excise tax, custom tax, import tax, real estate tax, income tax, value-added tax, etc.) represent about 60% of government revenue. (See IMF Reports of Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea). It is only Nigeria that generates about 40% of government revenue from oil and gas. (See IMF Report).Aside from generating minuscule revenue from natural resources, they also are unwisely spending money collected from the pockets of their poor citizens. For example, the June 22, 2019 Economist Magazine reported that the number of Ghanaian government ministers has soared by 42% to 125, each with a car, guards and a taxpayer-funded home since Nana Akufo-Addo took office as President in January 2017.If true, this is the type of unnecessary spending that is now forcing Ghana to spend about 24% of government revenue on interest payment.On page # 30 of the IMF Report on Ghana, average interest payment from 2017 through 2021, was $5.7 paid from an average revenue of $18.2. Interest payment increased because debt increased. Ironically, Ghana has increased its debt from US$5 billion in 2005 to US$30 billion in 2018 even after it benefited from the Debt Cancellation Program called the “Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).Note, 33 countries including Ghana met HIPC item #3 and item #4, because they had established sound financial reform and promised to spend a significant portion of their revenue on reducing poverty.If the numbers provided by the IMF Reports are correct, African governments will continue to pay high interest on debt because governments continue to generate low revenue from natural resources and continue to spend unwisely.Therefore, whether ECO is adopted now or in the future, none of these countries will meet and/or sustain ECO since the governments are relying on monies from pockets of their citizens. Implicitly, IMF reports indicate that total revenue will be less than total expenditure, and authorities will continue to cut social spending (i.e., for example, salary harmonization, downsize, right-size).Anytime a country or countries fail to obtain adequate cash because they are using, for example, 24% of their government revenue, to pay for the cost of borrowing, the currency rate becomes unstable, and citizens, investors, and third parties loose trust in the economy, a recipe for chaos, demonstrations or violence, etc.Yes, I welcome ECO. In addition, African countries should unite and generate reasonable/adequate revenue from their natural resources.Criteria to join the ECO (ECOWAS Single Currency)Sierra Leone 2019 National Budget IMF Report on Ghana National BudgetIMF Report on Cote d’Ivoire National BudgetNigeria: Selected Issues; IMF Country Report No. 19/93IMF Report on Guinea National BudgetThe Economist MagazineShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Breaking: Irfaan Ali elected as PPP’s presidential candidate

first_imgThe executive of the People’s Progressive Party has elected Irfaan Ali as its presidential candidate for the upcoming Regional and General Elections.This has been confirmed by a Freedom House source. Ali was among five candidates contesting for the position. These were Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira; former Attorney General Anil Nandlall; former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony and Member of Parliament, Dr Vindhya Persaud.Ali served as Housing, Tourism, Industry and Commerce minister under the PPP administration. More details in Sunday, January 20th edition of the Guyana Times.Irfaan Alilast_img

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Santa Comes to Lomita and Eastview section of RPV

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Santa Claus is coming to Lomita and the Eastview section of Rancho Palos Verdes (weather permitting) on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13 and 14 and Dec. 16. The visit is sponsored by local businesses and coordinated through the Lomita sheriff’s station. A sheriff’s patrol car will precede Santa’s sleigh to announce its arrival. Rainouts will be made up on the following Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Here’s Santa’s schedule: Dec. 6: Dodson area north of Toscanini Drive in Eastview. Dec. 7: South of Toscanini Drive and Strathmore area in Eastview.Dec. 8: Caddington and Crestwood areas in Eastview.Dec. 9: South of Lomita Boulevard between Pennsylvania Avenue (Torrance border) and Narbonne Avenue in Lomita.Dec. 13: South of Pacific Coast Highway from Torrance border to Western Avenue to Palos Verdes Drive north in Lomita.Dec. 14: South of Lomita Boulevard and west of Western Avenue in the areas of Narbonne, Eshelman and Walnut avenues in Lomita.Dec. 16: North of Lomita Boulevard from Torrance border to Western Avenue in Lomita. For information, call Sgt. David Rozas at 310-891-3227 or 310-539-1661, Ext. 2230. . 160Want 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

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SOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division / Watson Hire Division OnePromotion /Relegation Play-OffCRANFORD DO ENOUGH TO GET PROMOTED Dunkineely Celtic 2 Cranford United 3Having taken the lead in this Premier Division / First Division play-off Dunkineely Celtic remained in the driving seat until the half time interval. Paul Mc Fadden opened the scoring in favour of the Darney Park men. Despite Philip Buchannan scoring from the penalty spot to level the game Dermott Gallier struck to reinstate Dunkineely’s advantage.Having enjoyed the lion’s share of possession during this match it was Cranford United who would triumph. Buchannan got his second when he headed to the net after Shaun Mc Elwaine had flicked on a corner kick at the near post. With time running out Cranford were awarded a second penalty. Up stepped Buchannan to complete his hat-trick and in doing so sending Cranford United up to the Premier Division for the 2013/’14 season. Dunkineely meanwhile will contest the Watson Hire Division One next season.Man Of The Match: Philip BuchannanDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division / Watson Hire Division OnePromotion /Relegation Play-Off Dunkineely Celtic 2 v 3 Cranford UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 18-5-2013 K.O. 2p.m. Downtown Cup FinalErne Wanderers v Fintown Harps AFCSUNDAY 19-5-2013 K.O. 2p.mBrian Mc Cormick Cup FinalGlenea United v Rathmullan CelticSOCCER: DONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: May 12th, 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

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GALLAGHER: ‘RORY KAVANAGH WELCOME BACK ANY TIME TO DONEGAL TEAM’

first_imgRory with John Haran and Michael Murphy at the launch of WinningST EUNAN’S stalwart Rory Kavanagh may make a dramatic return to the Donegal team, it was confirmed tonight.Kavanagh was speaking at the launch of his book in front of more than 500 people at Letterkenny’s Mount Errigal Hotel.His book ‘Winning’ details his journey as a player with club and county. And many of his team-mates from Donegal and St Eunan’s were there – with Michael Murphy and John Haran his special guests.When asked if would consider a return to Donegal, Kavanagh responded: “Never say never.”And Rory Gallagher told Charlie Collins the door was always open to a return for the Letterkenny man.The night however was all about Kavanagh’s career so far. He paid tribute to Naomh Conaill for winning against his St Eunan’s team in the county final last Sunday, before going on to praise coaches and mentors at club and county for their contribution to his success – with special mentions for Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher.“This book is a tribute to Jim, Rory, all the players and every single person in the back room team,” said Kavanagh.He later admitted of his Donegal team-mates: “I miss all the craic and I miss all the banter.”Leading tributes to Rory was Donegal captain Michael Murphy who spoke of how he always looked up to the St Eunan’s man who was one of the great leaders of the Donegal team.Eamon McGee, Neil Gallagher and Karl Lacey also spoke of their bond with Kavanagh during their run to three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland in the golden age of the last few years. The book – Winning – was ghost-written by journalist and Meath GAA legend Liam Hayes with assistance from Donegal sports writer Alan Foley.Published by Hero Books, it’s on sale now for €17.99 and is described as an honest account through the eyes of a player of the world of gaelic football.Next Thursday we get the manager’s view when Jim McGuinness launches his book at the Highlands Hotel in Glenties.Rory pictured with his family at the book launchRory with county colleagues including Maxi Curran and Rory Gallagher this eveningSt Eunan’s club stalwarts Charlie McAteer and Anne  Russell Forde enjoy the craic at the book launchGALLAGHER: ‘RORY KAVANAGH WELCOME BACK ANY TIME TO DONEGAL TEAM’ was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 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:donegalJim McGuinnessMichael MurphyRory GallagherRory Kavanaghlast_img read more

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Donegal Olympian Chloe jets off to Rio

first_imgChloe McGee pictured here with the Badminton Ireland team as they depart for Rio from Dublin airport this afternoon.The three time Olympian from Raphoe will no doubt be a star at Rio 2016.The Olympic games has been over shadowed with the Zika and doping scandals but Magee has no concerns heading to the games. “I think it is something everybody has been talking about but we have been well briefed by the doctors.” “I fully trust them that they have given us the information and I believe what they are telling us is right. They won’t let us go if it is too dangerous.” – said Magee.We wish Chloe, badminton Ireland – all the Donegal Olympians, and all representing Ireland at the summer games the very best of luck.Donegal Olympian Chloe jets off to Rio was last modified: August 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsOlympic GamesRio 2016Sportzika viruslast_img read more

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