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Netball Jamaica denies media lockout

first_imgPresident of Netball Jamaica Paula Daley-Morris said the Sunshine Girls will be staging a number of closed-door training sessions in coming weeks as they prepare for their three-test series against Barbados later this month. Daley-Morris made the announcement after the media was locked out of the team’s training session at the National Arena last Friday afternoon. This after the sending home three players last Wednesday for what the association describes as inappropriate behaviour. However, Daley-Morris said the move was not unusual, and the team had a close-door training session. “They had a closed-door training. It was not locked out,” said Daley-Morris. “They have a series coming up and she (Coach Jermaine Allison-McCracken) was working on her system. She’s a new coach and she’s trying to put her system in place. If the media had told us before, we would have let them in. It’s a closed-door training. She doesn’t need any spectators at this minute,” Daley-Morris said. COACHES FREE TO DO AS THEY WISH She added that coaches are at liberty to have closed-door sessions whenever they want. “If they (the media) went and they said we are working on systems and we don’t want anyone in there right now, coaches can do that. The media just popped up like that. It’s mischief. It’s total mischief someone is making, and it needs to stop,” she added. However, Allison-McCracken said she was very surprised by the move. “I don’t know anything about it, and if that’s the decision, it’s not necessarily my decision. I am led by Mr (Wayne) Lewis, and if they made the decision that they don’t want the press there, then that is their prerogative,” said Allison-McCracken. “This is my not area; my area is preparing the girls for competition,” she said. Lewis, who is Netball Jamaica’s communications director, said he was also surprised when told of what transpired. “I will investigate it and I will speak to the powers that be and find out exactly what transpired why that decision was made,” said Lewis. “We have no intentions of doing this because it must be a one-off situation, and I will find out exactly what transpired and motivate them to make that decision,” he said.last_img read more

LRA Boss Urges Real Property Owners To Be Tax Compliant

first_imgLiberia Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Thomas Doe Nah, addressing the press Thursday at MICAT.Liberia Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Thomas Doe Nah, on Thursday, December 5 called on real property owners in the country to pay their property taxes or be made to pay in line with the law.Commissioner General Nah said it was unfair for people to acquire real properties and deliberately fail to pay taxes on them, while others are complying with the law.“People should pay their real property taxes, and if they fail to pay their taxes as required by law, we will sell those properties and take out the taxes…,” CG Nah stated when he addressed the Ministry of Information weekly press conference in Monrovia on Capitol Hill.Real Property taxes are paid annually (mostly between January 1 and June 30) and are calculated based on the value of the property. The tax rate for residential property is one-fourth percent of the value, while the commercial property rate is 1.5% of the value.Section 2008 of the Liberia Revenue Code of 2000 as Amended 2011 authorizes the LRA, through a legal process, to sell real properties to recover tax arrears on them.The CG said there is no exception to the payments of real property tax and called specifically on government officials to take the lead in being compliant. “No government official is off the hook, everyone will be affected by the law,” the Chief Tax Collector noted.He said it was wrong for people to be working in government and benefiting from taxes paid by a few groups of businesses and people, while others are not complying. “People cannot be in government or be government officials and can’t pay taxes that they enjoy,” he said.The CG explained that the LRA will not just move into communities to sell properties, as putting liens on properties will be the last resort. “Our relationship officers will come and interact with you, to help you to be compliant. And after all efforts fail, then, we will exercise the next course of action. We will sell the property.”The LRA, he disclosed, has collected US$153.5 million (or 29%) of the projected revenue of US$525.9 million for fiscal year 2019/2020, and indicated that frantic efforts are being made to collect the remainder.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPSU calls meeting with aggrieved members today

first_imgBattle with credit union continuesThe back and forth between the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) managing the Guyana Public Service Co-operative Credit Union Limited (GPSCCUL) is continuing with the GPSU saying that some its members are having to wait several days just to make withdrawals from their accounts with the credit union.In June 2018 the High Court issued an order that re-instated the Government-installed IMC. GPSU First Vice-President Dawn Gardner revealed that the union received numerous complaints from credit union members who are also members of GPSU.“The GPSU considers the complaints to be serious given that the challenges faced by members affect them economically because of the onerous measures imposedGPSU executives at a press conference at the Union’s Georgetown headquarters. In the centre of the photo is GPSU First Vice President Dawn Gardner. To her right, President Patrick Yarde and left, Executive Assistant Indira Thakudin, along with other officialsby them an IMC installed by the purported Chief Cooperative Development Officer (CCDO) of the Ministry of Social Protection,” the executive explained.Gardener told reporters at GPSU’s press conference that some GPSCCUL members have to wait around three days to receive their withdrawals from special savings, while members out of Georgetown have to make several trips to the city when applying for and accessing loans. She observed that some in the end are denied those very loans.“These experiences have resulted from backward actions taken, which apart from being unenlightened are also insensitive to the circumstances of members,” she stressed.The union’s head, Patrick Yarde, will this afternoon lead a meeting at GPSU’s headquarters in Georgetown to address the complaints its members made. The GPSU reaching out to credit union members comes months after the old management at the credit union called in to police to prevent the interim committee taking over. It has been reported that the credit union had an undue payment of more than $49 million to the Audit and Supervision Fund for the years 2002-2013.Many of the issues that surrounded the GPSCCUL stemmed from allegations of financial improprieties whereby officials were accused of excessive spending for bonuses and travel which were tuned to the sum of $32 million. Some even alleged that a senior official at the Guyana Public Service Union (GSPU) paid out some $700,000 in bonuses to himself. There were numerous picketing exercises earlier this year by shareholders, who had called for greater transparency at the body as one member had claimed that he received no dividends for the five years which he contributed to the credit union.last_img read more

Taxi driver arrested for murder of Guyana Goldfields employee

first_imgAs investigations continue into the murder of Neil Whyte who was found dead with at least seven stab wounds to his neck, a taxi driver was on Thursday arrested and is being grilled in connection with the murder.The suspect has been identified as a 28-year-old man of La Penitence, Georgetown. He was arrested based on several leads that were available to detectives.Guyana Times was told that the lawmen are also working with circumstantial evidence since no one has confessed to the heinous crime.Hours after Whyte’s body was found in an apartment owned by Guyana Goldfields Inc at Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, a Berbice resident was arrested and remains in custody.This publication understands that the security officer who made the discovery remains in an unconscious state after suffering cardiac arrest. Before the arrest,Murdered, Neil Whytehe spoke with the Police and would have divulged some critical information.However, information reaching Guyana Times also suggested that there might have been someone else in the building on the night the company’s Supply Chain Manager was found dead.The dead man’s laptop which was reportedly missing from his bedroom was found in the compound of the head office. However, the Police are still to locate the man’s other personal belonging including his debit and credit cards, as well as his passport.Relatives of the now dead man are hoping for some answers from the Police since marks on his hands proved he had put up a fight. “No one person can hold down Neil, much less to tie his hand and feet… there had to be an accomplice and we want to get down to the bottom of this issue,” a relative told this newspaper.The relative also related that Whyte’s recent promotion came with lots of enemies. “We know who Neil is… we don’t want people to be dragging the family members in the mud… we want the killers to be brought to justice,” a cousin explained.The cousin who was expected arrive in the country on Thursday evening stated that the Guyanese media has already painted a “bad picture” of his cousin and feels that the public is more interested in his cousin’s lifestyle rather than assisting the Police in solving the murder.The nude and bloodied body of Whyte was found on his bed between 22:22h and 23:45h on Monday evening. At the time of the discovery, his hand and feet were bound and several stab wounds were seen on his neck and other parts of the body.Prior to the discovery, the security guard for the apartment confirmed that Whyte escorted a friend into the apartment. At the gate, the friend’s name was given as Arif Alli who is former employee of the Guyana Goldfields.Shortly after, Alli was seen leaving with a haversack claiming that he was going to collect an item. Instead, he joined a taxi at the corners of Thomas and Middle Streets. Following protocol, the guard went to check on Whyte and it was then the gruesome discovery was made.Whyte’s body was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination today. Whyte was expected to leave the country with his parents for Canada on Thursday evening.last_img read more

Bouquet Canyon residents wary of lines proposal

first_img“When people fight wildland fires, they usually attempt to make their stand on a ridge top,” she said. The existing transmission towers along the ridge are up to 60 feet tall, while the new towers to be installed in the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project would stand up to 178 feet. In arguing against the proposed midslope line, Bouquet Canyon residents point to an environmental report done for the project that gauges risk from a wildfire. They prefer the new lines run the same path as the existing ones. “If the wildfire were burning east … there would be no ground suppression tactic between the mid-slope fire and the structures (cabins) located in Bouquet Canyon,” the report states. Because smoke from a wildfire can cause electricity to arc from a high-power transmission line, it would have to be shut off before firefighters could move in. But parts of the proposed transmission line are less than a half-mile from Bouquet Canyon Road, where there are more than 100 cabins. The report states that in high winds, a fast-moving fire could reach the road before the line could be shut off. Kadota said a fire is unlikely to start in the remote mid-slope area where the transmission line would go, unless lightning struck. But cabin owners are still worried by the proposed alignment. “It would devalue the cabins, devalue the private property,” said cabin owner Linda Love. “The safety risk is significant.” Because it is within the forest, Love is restricted to living in her 80-year-old recreational cabin part-time, like other cabin residents in the canyon. She shares a quiet dirt lane with other cabin owners, amid oak trees and fallen leaves, with a bubbling creek as her front yard. Cabin owners feel that they have been overlooked in the planning for the power corridor, and they point to a planning map that failed to show their presence, even though it showed other things such as an old campground. The power project is a Southern California Edison initiative. The wind-generated power that the 500-kilovolt line would carry will come from the Tehachapi Mountains, and the project will increase Southern California’s share of renewable energy. Residents of Agua Dulce and Leona Valley opposed an alignment that would have put the transmission lines through their communities, instead of through the forest. Earlier this year, the California Public Unities Commission voted to put the line through the sparsely populated forest, instead of the two neighboring communities. Authorities have studied whether putting the transmission lines on the east side of the reservoir would get in the way of firefighting aircraft, coming in low to land in the water and tank up. In a letter to Southern California Edison, the county Fire Department said the lines would not get in the way of aircraft. But the Fire Department asked that big spheres be placed on the lines so that pilots could clearly see them. Howell, who works in advertising, said he does not like that, as he looked down at the reservoir from a ridge on his ranch. “It’s going to span both roads over to this knoll on the right,” he said. “They’re going to go right across there and put up their towers and their lines and their big orange balls.” After the Forest Service makes its decision next month on the transmission line alignment, the project could start in the late fall. Barring an appeal of the Forest Service decision, construction could take 14 months. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – At the edge of a water reservoir dotted with tiny islands, the canyon floor is green and natural – while in the distance transmission lines run along a high ridge. The view is pristine from Ron Howell’s 250-acre ranch in the Angeles National Forest. At least the view to the west is, because to the north he has a power transmission line with an audible buzz. Now, a new transmission line is proposed for the picturesque western edge of his property, on his side of the reservoir instead of on the other side, where a transmission line now runs. Howell is worried about being nearly penned in by transmission lines at his ranch home. Just southwest in Bouquet Canyon, cabin owners fear that the line would run too close to their own properties, and could expose them to fire risk. The transmission line is one segment of a $1.8 billion project to bring wind power into Southern California. For Howell, the project is too close to home. “It’s horrible,” he said. “We’ve put our life savings into restoring this ranch.” The U.S. Forest Service next month is expected to make a decision on the alignment of the transmission line – called the Antelope-Pardee Transmission Project – in the Angeles National Forest. One factor the agency is considering is that if it puts the new power corridor midslope, nearer the cabins and on Howell’s side of the reservoir, it could tear down the existing transmission lines along the ridge above the cabins, said Marian Kadota, project manager for the Forest Service. Eliminating the ridge-line power lines, which are a dangerous obstruction when flames are lapping nearby, could help firefighters suppress wildfires, Kadota said. last_img read more

Hopes for peace

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE triumph of Ehud Olmert in Israel’s election is an encouraging sign that the obstacles to peace in the Middle East can be overcome. The centrist politician, following a path set down by his predecessor, Ariel Sharon, has taken a carrot-and-stick approach to the Palestinian Authority’s new Hamas leadership. Olmert has outlined his openness to peace talks if the new Hamas government renounces terrorism. And if Hamas continues to refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist, Olmert has promised to pull out of the West Bank unilaterally, and draw his own boundaries in a way that clearly would advantage Israel. Israelis have shown they are tired of the bloodshed and wish, as Olmert said, “to live in a state in peace and quiet.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event This is a truly hopeful time in the history of a region that has been at war for generations. Olmert’s challenge – and the world community’s as well – is to do all that is humanly possible to get Hamas to see that a healthy Palestinian nation is within reach. Peace won’t come to the Middle East overnight; nor will it be easy to stabilize a region that has been torn by violence for so long. But no issue is more important. Peace between the Israelis and Palestinians would undercut the whole Islamist movement and open the way to creating a safer world for everyone.last_img read more

Inter Milan fail to land Tottenham star Mousa Dembele

first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland 1 LATEST Inter were on the midfielder’s trail for several weeks but it seems the 31-year-old will not be moving to the Italian club as he seeks the final bib-club transfer of his career.Chinese club Beijing Guoan made an approach for Dembele earlier this summer, but the former Fulham player decided it is too soon to move to the Far East.Dembele featured at the World Cup finals for the Red Devils, including in both of their wins over England as Belgium achieved a best-ever third.Since he moved to Spurs from Craven Cottage in 2012, Dembele has played 232 games for the north London club – scoring ten goals. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED LIVING THE DREAM targets Latest Transfer News Dembele will be available on a free transfer should he stay at Spurs for another year and not sign a new deal Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Wantaway Tottenham star Mousa Dembele has rejected the chance to join Inter Milan.The Belgian has been linked with a move to the San Siro all summer as his contract with Spurs runs out next year. IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

‘His worst display in years’ – Chelsea flop blasted as Blues players rated vs Spurs

first_imgChelsea’s Premier League undefeated run came to an end on Saturday evening as they were beaten 3-1 by London rivals Tottenham at Wembley.The Blues started slowly and were made to pay as goals from Dele Alli and Harry Kane put Spurs 2-0 up after 16 minutes, before Heung-min Son’s second-half strike sealed the deal. David Luiz’s performance angered Chelsea supporters N’Golo Kante has had to adapt to a new position in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield so far this season Olivier Giroud’s late consolation made the scoreline more respectable for Maurizio Sarri’s men, however the truth is that they were simply outclassed by Spurs.Alvaro Morata and David Luiz came in for particular criticism for their sub-par displays, however nobody in the Chelsea team truly emerged with any semblance of glory from the game.You can see’s player ratings below. Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6Was partially at fault for the first two goals, but also spared his teammates’ blushes with several saves which prevented the game from becoming a serious thrashing.Cesar Azpilicueta – 5The entire Chelsea defence collapsed at Wembley, and Azpilicueta was far below his usual standards. Provided an impressive assist for Giroud’s goal in a sole redeeming moment.Antonio Rudiger – 4Arguably the club’s most improved player so far this season, but looked well out of his depth against the pace of Tottenham’s attack.David Luiz – 2Carelessly gave away the free kick for the first goal, jumped out of the way for the second and made a shambolic attempt at a challenge which failed to prevent the third. His worst display in several years. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Mateo Kovacic – 5Started ahead of Barkley, but underwhelmed when given the vote of confidence. Lacked authority in defence or attack after what has been a bright start to his time at Stamford Bridge.Willian – 4Continued to test fans’ patience with another lacklustre performance. Wasn’t helped by the lack of attacking service.Alvaro Morata – 3Caught offside at an alarming consistency, spoiling several Chelsea attacks. Another disappointing showing, how many more can he afford?Eden Hazard – 5Limited by his teammates’ bad day, but could produce no individual brilliance to turn the game around regardless. Aurier kept Hazard quiet at Wembley Latest Chelsea News Maurizio Sarri was frustrated by his team’s display targets gameday cracker REVEALED shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 4 4 JIBE 4 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Marcos Alonso – 4A long way away from his two-goal ‘man of the match’ display away at Tottenham last season. Capitulated along with the rest.Jorginho – 4Was neutralised throughout and looked bemused when tasked with defending against Spurs relentless attack early on. Left for dead by Son in the build-up to the third goal.N’Golo Kante – 6Badly needed in Jorginho’s defensive position. Struggled to impact on the game from right midfield. REAL DEAL OFF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ tense 4 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star punished SUB: Pedro – 6A bright spark when he came on, but couldn’t impact the result.SUB: Ross Barkley – 6Made very little difference after entering the fray.SUB: Olivier Giroud – 7Did well to net the consolation, but ultimately was faced with a monumental task, coming on at 3-0 down.last_img read more


first_imgTHE organisation representing Catholic priests has hit back at how innocent clergy have been treated – and accused some bishops of being more interested in media perception.The Association of Catholic Priests said it welcomed audits of six dioceses – including Raphoe and Derry – from the National Board for Safeguarding Children.But the organisation went on: “We would like to draw attention to one statistic that has been revealed by the report. In all, allegations were made against 85 priests. Eight of those were convicted of a criminal offence. In some other cases a settlement was made with the alleged victim. “But that still leaves a substantial number of priests against whom no inappropriate behaviour was criminally or civilly established. But what we can say for certain is that each of these was immediately removed from ministry, most in a public way that brought shame and disgrace on them and on their families, and often caused great upset in their parish communities.“Many of them have remained in a limbo situation for years, asserting their innocence but having no way of clearing their name. To quote one expert legal opinion, the way they have been treated “offends the very basic and fundamental principles of natural justice and fair procedures”.“We believe that many bishops, in their great desire to implement the child protection guidelines, and to be seen by the media to be doing so, have lost sight of the rights and entitlements of priests to their good name and reputation.”The organisation added: “We would wish to balance this debate by asserting this right, and stating that in attempting to make right the wrong done to victims of abuse another group of people – innocent priests whose reputations, character and lives have become collaterally and often permanently damaged without any possibility of redress – may be victimised in a different way. “This concern, we believe, should be a constituent part of the ongoing debate.”© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comPRIESTS LAUNCH SCATHING ATTACK OVER ABUSE AUDITS was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:abuse auditassociation of catholic priestsDerryRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgA man who head-butted another man in a bingo hall in a row over a €50 payout has been jailed for four months.Liam Peoples was jailed for four months for the attack on a bingo worker. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Liam Peoples, 41, attacked another man during a bingo session at St Mary’s GAA Hall in Convoy, on December 17th, 2013. Letterkenny District Court heard how Peoples had attended the bingo with his mother.However a row developed over a €50 payment when there was a mix-up between the calling of two numbers.Peoples attacked volunteer David McConalogue, who was working on the floor of the GAA hall.Mr McConalogue was head-butted and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital for his injuries.Among his injuries was a damaged nose for which he had to receive four stitches.Solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said there had been an incident at the bingo hall and his client now regretted getting involved.He said Peoples, of 347 Calhame, Letterkenny, who admitted the charges, had been on medication at the time of the incident.People, 40, was charged with both assault causing harm and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in a pubic place.The court heard that Peoples had a number of previous convictions including assault.Judge Paul Kelly said it was a very serious matter saying that two years ago h got a community service sentence for a similar offence.He sentenced Peoples to four months in jail for the assault charge and took the Section 6 charge into account.He refused a application by Peoples’ solicitor to have the jail sentence suspended.NUMBERS ARE UP FOR MAN WHO HEADBUTTED BINGO WORKER IN ROW OVER PAYMENT was last modified: May 19th, 2015 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:attackbingoconvoyGardaihead-buttJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLiam Peopleslast_img read more