Reno start with win, MBU lose to Portmore at first hurdle

first_imgWestern Bureau:FC Reno, boasting some new faces and a new coach in charge, defeated Humble Lion 1-0 at the Frome Sports Complex to begin the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League season in fine style. The win came thanks to an 81st-minute headed goal from Kevar Walker.However, it was the other way around for Montego Bay United (MBU), who suffered a 2-0 loss to the returning Portmore United.MBU were undone by their former attacking midfielder, Ricardo Morris, who fired the visiting Portmore ahead in the 63rd minute before putting the icing on the cake with a sublime effort that took Jacomino Barrett in the MBU goal by surprise.That goal came in the 77th, and it left their coach, Tim Hankinson, an angry man, as it was their third-straight loss spanning the Scotia Bank CONCACAF Champions League, and now the first match of the Red Stripe Premier League season.MBU has so far given up eight goals, scoring none; cause for major concern, according to Hankinson.poor performance”Our performance is not good enough at this level. We lack quality out there, and it’s something we will have to fix in training before our next game on Sunday,” he said.”I am angry that we are just not doing well, and it’s frustrating because we have a couple of national players here, and still we look shabby all over the field,” Hankinson said.But it was joy for coach Junior Francis after the full-time whistle at Frome, as Reno began their campaign with a bang in a game which had its first half spoilt by rain. Francis underlined that he is, however, already looking forward to Sunday’s clash with former team Waterhouse FC.”I spent three seasons there (Waterhouse), so I am expecting a real tough match. But we have players at Reno who are coachable, and that is good. The win gives us a good vibe, and we hope to carry through from here,” he said.last_img read more

GuySuCo prepared to pay workers severance – Holder

first_imgWhile 99 of 105 sugar workers remain without employment at the Wales Sugar Estate as a result of a courtThe 11 workers who voiced their concerns on Wednesday were Dyanand Sham, Wilbert Daymon, Azeez Khan, Safraz Alli, Sherla Leitch, Lloyd Benjamin, Cyril Joseph, Shafeek Khan, Prem Kumar Lakhan, Mohammed Haniff and Bridgnananbattle between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and trade unions, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Wednesday heard the concerns of 11 workers.At the meeting, it was noted that GuySuCo is prepared to pay workers the severance packages as long as the court order is lifted.According to a press statement, a delegation of Wales Estate sugar workers met with the Prime Minister to “listen to their concerns regarding the payment of their severance packages.” This comes months after the workers were given letters to the effect that they would have been paid their severance in May.During the meeting at the office of the Prime Minister on Monday, the workers explained that GuySuCo officials met with them and explained the plans to merge the Wales and Uitvlugt estates, and that they would be offered continued employment at the Uitvlugt estate.As the workers opted against being transferred and instead accepted the severance packages, an agreement was made to commence payment of said packages.“The workers explained that shortly before the date on which the severance was to have been paid, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) sought and received an order from the court which stopped GuySuCo from making the payments… [They] expressed frustration that several months have now passed and GuySuCo continues to be prevented from effecting the payments by order of the court,” the statement noted.It was also stated that Prime Minister Nagamootoo told the 11 workers that he had been advised that GuySuCo is prepared to pay the severance and monies have been set aside for same, but the company could not act in violation of an injunction that was granted in the High Court.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, who was also present at the meeting, was said to have confirmed that GuySuCo is “prepared to effect the payment with immediate effect should the order of the court be lifted.” The Wales sugar workers were promised their severance payments on May 4.Before May, the workers were given letters on March 22 stating that they would have been paid their termination benefits, but GuySuCo has however maintained that the injunction barred the payments to workers. GAWU in response had noted that the agreement between the workers and GuySuCo was reached before the May 6, 2016 injunction was granted and as such, this cannot prevent GuySuCo from paying the workers.The court action was first brought on after GuySuCo began discussions with individual employees of the Wales Estate to negotiate severance packages, without informing or involving the unions. At one point, the workers were given a three-day ultimatum to make their decisions, but GuySuCo later folded those plans. It was in January that it was announced that sugar operations at Wales would come to an end.last_img read more

Liberia Joins Global Community on Zero Discrimination

first_imgUNAIDS staff exhibit signs of what constitutes discrimination. The National AIDS Commission of Liberia, in collaboration with civil society and human rights organizations in the country, on March 1 joined the United Nations, partners and the world at large to commemorate “Zero Discrimination Day.”“Discriminating against people on the basis of race, gender, among others, causes individuals to suffer and weakens social cohesion,” said Mitchel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS.  “Discrimination limits girls’ and young women’s access to education, and not only harms individuals, but prevents societies from benefiting from a deeper pool of talent.”According to him, discrimination is a violation of human rights and must not go unchallenged, noting that “Everyone has the right to live with respect and dignity.”He maintains that everyone can take action to counter discrimination and encourage acceptance.“Stand up and speak up when something is wrong or [when] someone is treated unfairly; raise awareness, support people who have been discriminated against and promote the benefits of diversity,” Sidibé added.He further challenged the world to “make some noise” to challenge discrimination, wherever it happens on this year’s Zero Discrimination Day.In Liberia, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, Chairman of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia, pointed out that discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world, and people living with HIV and AIDS are of no exception.“HIV related stigma and discrimination is pervasive and exists in almost every part of the world including our Liberia,” Dr. Camanor told the Anti-AIDS Media Network of Liberia.Stigma and or discrimination is an unfair way of treating someone or acting toward someone because one thinks he or she is different in some way.“Myths and misconceptions; lack of adequate knowledge about HIV and AIDS; fear of transmission; fear of death and illnesses; fear of being stigmatized and or discriminated; moral judgments; and negative perceptions about people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) are some of the many causes of stigma and discrimination,” Mr. Stephen McGill, Executive Director of Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL), told the Anti-AIDS Media Network in Monrovia.Research has showed that HIV positive individuals, especially women and children, face many acute challenges including stigma and discrimination, violation of their human rights, distant and limited health services, food insecurity, lack of shelter, lack of vocational and agricultural skills, and migration or indebtedness occasioned by high medical expenses.Mrs. Josephine Godoe, President of the Network of People Living with HIV, said that discrimination continues to undermine efforts to achieve a more just and equitable world and causes pain and suffering for many persons living with HIV worldwide and in Liberia.She called on Liberians throughout the republic to focus more attention on stopping stigma and discrimination by standing up against them.Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to join together against discrimination and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity.No one should be subjected to discrimination on the basis of their gender, gender identity, race, age, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion or language, health status or for any other reason.For this year’s Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS, National AIDS Commission and civil society organizations, including the Liberia Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS, Stop AIDS in Liberia and others, will draw attention to the importance of eliminating discrimination in healthcare settings as a key step to ending AIDS by 2030.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MMP Foundation for Excellence assists Albion fire victims

first_imgThe MMP Foundation for Excellence handed over $50,000 worth of groceries and a cheque for $100,000 to the children of Shennisa Willie, whose house went up in flames on Tuesday last at High Reef Albion, Corentyne, Berbice.Willie, who is a teacher, attached to the rehabilitation centre at the Port Mourant Primary School, along with her family, lost all of their household and personal items as a result of the devastating fire which ripped through the rented wooden structure the family occupied.Members of the Foundation during the handing over ceremony on FridayHowever, the teacher, who is expecting her sixth child, was unable to accept the generous donation due to her hospitalisation from a fall. Her children received the donation on her behalf at a simple ceremony at the Port Mourant Primary School on Friday. From her hospital bed, she expressed gratitude to the MMP Foundation for Excellence on the timely donation while stressing that it will go a long way. At the handing over ceremony, members of the Foundation expressed their commitment to continue assisting persons in need and those who have suffered as a result of disasters.Treasurer of the non-governmental organisation, David Brigbhukan, said the Foundation thought about the initiative after learning about the fire.Secretary of the Foundation, La Donna Ann Nero said the donation is timely and expressed confidence that the family will stand on its feet once again. On this note, she stated that the MMP Foundation will continue to assist people in need despite race, colour or creed.The initiative was the brainchild of the founder and Chairman of the Foundation, Mohabir Persaud.He further stated that MMP Foundation for Excellence will continue its humanitarian mission to assist underprivileged children and families with the basic necessities required for livelihood and the completion of a sound secondary education.The MMP Foundation for Excellence will host a floodlight cricket competition and after party on April 28, as a fundraiser.Funds garnered from this event will envision the successful completion of the Foundation’s work programme for 2018, as well as the contribution to the payment of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) fees for 100 students who will be selected from less fortunate families.last_img read more

GWI launches 16th anniversary promotion in time for Guyana Carnival

first_imgAs the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) celebrates its 16th anniversary, the utility company has launched a special promotion to coincide with the Guyana Carnival which is billed for May 18 to May 27.Members of GWI and the Guyana Carnival CommitteeDuring the promotion, which runs from May 7 to May 23, 30 customers who pay their utility bills will be rewarded with tickets to the various concerts and events that will be held during the Guyana Carnival season.GWI Commercial Relations Officer Andrea Khan was elated about the collaboration with the Guyana Carnival Committee, especially as the company celebrated 16 years.She further stated that GWI has so far made significant improvements to its system this year. “It’s definitely a year to remember, which will see GWI improving its services even more to its valued customers as well as the firsts such as the first-time access to potable water in many communities across the country,” Khan related.Meanwhile, GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles noted that this was the first time that the utility company was collaborating with Hits and Jams Entertainment.“It’s an opportunity for us to put things right and encourage people to pay what you owe and we’re giving back also as people pay us,” he said.The promotion drawings will be held prior to the events and will encompass every region of Guyana where domestic customers will benefit.last_img read more

University of Victoria soccer team working with local soccer players

first_imgThe camp has been running all week and will conclude tomorrow. Bruce Wilson is in his entering his 27th year of coaching with the Vikings and notes that there is a lot of talented players taking part in soccer in Fort St. John.“We like coming up here. The kids up here are very, very good. They’re very well behaved and soccer wise they’re very good as well. It’s nice to deal with soccer people specifically. It’s a great opportunity for our coaches who are UVic [University of Victoria] athletes and teachers down the road to get the experience working with kids,” he said.He adds that the coaches now expect to see talented players from Fort St. John and that the children like to be coached and learn how to improve their game.- Advertisement -“It’s not a surprise anymore. I have never had a problem getting coaches to come up here. It’s a day and a half drive coming up which we don’t have a problem with. Our coaches like working with the kids up here. They’re different. They’re very workable and they love to be out here,” he explainedAlong with wanting to give back to grassroots soccer, the program also gives UVic staff a chance to do some early recruiting for those that have potential to play soccer at the university level.“Eventually we’d like to see one or two players end up on the Vikes team. There’s no question about that. There’s certainly one or two girls in the older group that may come down to Victoria for school for grade 11 and 12 which would be a huge bonus,” he admitted.Advertisementlast_img read more

Peace Region road restrictions take effect Saturday

first_imgThe following paved and gravel roads are restricted to 75% of LEGAL AXLE LOADINGAdvertisement The Ministry of Transportation has issued load restrictions on numerous roads in the Peace Region.Load restrictions will be imposed in the Peace River Regional District, starting Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. The restriction is in effect 24 hours a day, until further notice. – Advertisement -Meanwhile, the Sierra Yo-yo Desan Road will be restricted to 100% legal axle loading between 10:00am and 10:00pm, until further notice. Overweight axle loads, even where permits have previously been issued, will not be permitted onto the road. For further information on load restrictions, call the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at 787-3237 or local weigh scales. Updates will also be available on NORTH PEACE – 75% OF LEGAL AXLE LOADING * Road 105 Tank Farm Rd from Baldonnel Road to intersection with 238U Cassidy Rd. * 106 Schalwm Rd from intersection with 238U Cassidy Road to end. * Rose Prairie Road from Road 260 north to Prespatou Road. * Road 184 Siphon Creek Rd * Road 117 Upper Halfway Rd, from km 54 to the end * Road 123 Graham River Road * Road 187 Cypress Creek Rd * Road 265A (100th St.) from 85th Ave. south to Mason Road 240SOUTH PEACE – 75% OF LEGAL AXLE LOADING * Road 12 Jackfish Lake Rd, from Burbee Rd to termination of road * Briar Ridge Road 4, from Hwy 2 to Hwy 49 * Road 215 Pederson Road from intersection with Hwy 2 to intersection with Road 206M Backroad * Road 206M Backroad from intersection with Road 215 Paderson Road east to termination of Road. * Road 213A from intersection with Road 206M to intersection with Road 206D. NORTH PEACE – 100% OF LEGAL AXLE LOADING *Alaska Highway 97N from Dawson Creek weigh scales to km 968 (including Arterial portion of Hwy 97N through Taylor, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson) * Highway 29N from Peace River Bridge at Hudson’s Hope to junction with Alaska Highway 97N (including 854R through Hudson’s Hope) * Liard Highway #77 * Road 255 North Underpass Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Road 103A * Road 103A Airport Rd, from City of Fort St. John to Road 255 junction * Cecil Lake Rd from junction of Rose Prairie Road to Alberta Border * Clayhurst Road 111 from Cecil Lake Road south 15.8 km to end of pavement. * Rose Prairie Road from Fort St. John City limits to junction with Road 260 * Montney South Road 121 from Rose Prairie Road west and north to Road 271. * Road 242 Grandhaven Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Road 269 * Road 269 Riverview Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Fort St. John Garbage Dump * Road 520R Canyon Drive, from Highway 29N to W.A.C. Bennett Dam * Road 145 West Bypass Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Rose Prairie Road * Road 146 East Bypass Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Fort St. John city limits and from Road 103A to Fort St. John city limits * Road 148 Old Fort Road from Alaska Highway 97N south to Crossover Road #240T * Road 259 Swanson Lumber Rd, from Alaska Highway 97N to Road 103A * Road 151Beatton River Airport Rd, from Highway 97N to end at km 74 * Road 517 Sikanni Chief Rd * Road 271 Beatton / Montney Rd, from Highway 97N north to Road 256 (Montney Hwy.) * Road 256 ( Montney Hwy) from Rose Prairie Road west to Road 281 * Road 281 from Road 256 south to Road 254 * Road 254 from Road 281 west to Alaska Highway 97N * Prespatou Road, from Road 256 (Montney Hwy) north to Triad 169A/ Mile 30 Road 169 * Milligan Creek Rd, from Road 259 to Peejay * Road 260, from Rose Prairie Road to Road 259 * Road 259, from Road 260 to Milligan Creek Road * Road 117 Upper Halfway Rd, from Alaska Hwy 97N to km 54 * Fort Nelson Airport Connector Road 504A * Andy Bailey Road 513 from Alaska Highway 97N to Park entrance * Jackfish Road 514 * Doig Road 188 * Takama Drive Road 734 * Gasoline Alley Road 732 * Barber Way Road 733 * Dawson Drive Road 728 * 108 Cutoff Road 246A * Clayhurst Ferry Road 108 from Cutoff Road 246A south east for 6.4 km (end of pavement) * 85th Avenue (Holloway Road # 240A) from Old Fort Road to 100th Street * Road 115, Farrell Creek Road, from intersection with Hwy 29N to the end of pavement. * Road 253T, Baldonnel North Road from the intersection with the Baldonnel 107 Road north 3.2 km to the intersection with 242C road. SOUTH PEACE – 100% OF LEGAL AXLE LOADINGAdvertisement The following paved and gravel roads are restricted to 100% OF LEGAL AXLE LOADING: Advertisementcenter_img By staff 4. Triad Road 169A is restricted to 50% LEGAL AXLE LOADING 3. All other paved and gravel roads in the Peace District, except those noted above are restricted to 70% LEGAL AXLE LOADING. * Alaska Highway 97N from Dawson Creek weigh scales to km 968 (including Arterial portion of Hwy 97N through Taylor, Fort St. John, and Fort Nelson) * Highway 97S from Mackenzie Junction to Dawson Creek weigh scales (including Arterial portion of Hwy 97S through Chetwynd) * Highway 2 from Dawson Creek to the Alberta Border (including Arterial portion through Pouce Coupe) * Road 94 Dangerous Goods Rte * Highway 49 Spirit River Road, from Dawson Creek to the Alberta border * Arterial highways in Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope and Tumbler Ridge * Road 26 Hasler Rd * Highway 29N from Chetwynd north to the Peace River Bridge * Road 1A Pulp Mill Rd, from Highway 97S to Westcoast Pipeline * Highway 29S, Don Phillips Way, from Tumbler Ridge to Chetwynd * Road 208C Pumphouse Access Rd * Highway 52N and 52E, Heritage Hwy, Boundary and Feller’s Heights sections, to Tumbler Ridge * Road 3, Rolla Rd * Road 200L Lowe Road * Road 213C Cosins Rd from Highway 49N for 400m * Road 221 Washington Rd, from Highway 97 to Imperial Access Rd 210 * Road 210 Imperial Access Rd, from Washington Rd 221 east to North Rolla Road * Road 210 McQueens Rd. from North Rolla Road east to Rolla Road #3 * Road 33 Ranson Rd * Road 245W Magusin Rd From Hwy 97N south to Parkland Road #7 * Road 12 Jackfish Lake Rd from Highway 29N to Burbee Rd * Road 64 Old Alaska Highway from 97N (North End) to Road 25 Triangle Road and From Intersection with 97N (South End) to kilometer 3.7 * Road 25 Triangle Road, from Road 64 to Road 235 West Coast Road * Bessborough Road # 212 from Hwy 97N west to Mason/Semple Road # 237 * Mason/Semple Road # 237 * Road 230T Sheardale Cemetery Road from Rolla Road 3 west for 0.8 kms * Road 232C Johnson Road from Hwy 97N east for 1.8 km. * Road 6 Sweetwater Road from Road 219 North Rolla Road to Road 3 * Road 18, One Island Lake Road from intersection with Hwy 52E to kilometer 20.8, Suncor Road.last_img read more

Rosemead lags in getting the word out

first_imgLimited financial resources, cluttered and inefficient archives and a past disinterest in technology are some of reasons why the city is behind the times in providing public information via the Internet, officials said. Rosemead also has difficulty in responding timely to public information requests or acknowledging that the requests will be filled late. “It is unlawful and inexcusable,” said Terry Francke, counsel for Californians Aware, an open-government advocacy group. “They do it because no one has seriously called them out on it.” Rosemead council members did not respond to calls seeking comment. Resident Jim Flournoy, who has several pending lawsuits against the city, thinks Rosemead is “terrible” at responding to public records requests. “We don’t think they answer the requests at all,” he said. “We put in a request in November, and we didn’t get a response until March or April.” City Clerk Nina Castruita said that she tries to let people know how their request is coming along, although responding to requests is difficult with only one full-time employee in the clerk’s office and an antiquated records system. According to the California Public Records Act, agencies are required promptly, and in no case more than 10 days from the date of the request, to determine and inform the applicant in writing as to whether the request will be granted. In some cases, agencies can take an additional 14 days to make a determination. Lazzaretto thinks the city will eventually join the ranks of Monterey Park, West Covina, Diamond Bar and Azusa, who provide either staff reports online, broadcast their council meetings on television, or streamline the meetings online. “I’m kind of envious of these cities, where you could go on their Web site and get all kinds of slick information,” Lazzaretto said. “I think we are moving in that direction.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – The city is behind the times in providing public information. As other cities offer reports online, Rosemead residents can only view paper documents for city business at three locations. Copies will cost 15 cents a page. West Covina broadcasts its City Council meetings on television and on the Web, and Diamond Bar’s meetings can also be seen online. Not in Rosemead – its meetings are only audio video taped. “I think we got a late start,” said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto, adding that the city’s Web site was introduced a year ago. Meeting agendas are posted on the site. “And I can guarantee that a lot of the systems and records are in disarray.” last_img read more

Hull youngster extends loan spell

first_img1 Hull’s promising goalkeeper Rory Watson has extended his loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity.The highly rated 19-year-old joined the Conference North side in February and has become an instant hit, picking up two man of the match awards in his first four appearancesNow his Premier League employers have agreed to let Watson stay with Trinity until the summer as he continues his football education. Hull City’s KC Stadium last_img

‘His performance was great!’ Tottenham boss praises hat-trick hero Harry Kane

first_imgHarry Kane was the star of the show for the Tottenham once again after his hat-trick helped settle a frantic 4-3 victory over Leicester City at White Hart Lane.The striker’s double handed Spurs an early two-goal lead but the Foxes hit back with a goal either side of the break to pull level.Kane then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot while an own-goal from Jeff Schlupp restored Tottenham’s two-goal cushion before David Nugent set up a nervy finale with a late third for Leicester.The hosts managed to hold on, however, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on star-man Kane, who is now the top flight’s leading goalscoring having taken his tally to 19 for the season.The Argentinean said: “It was a very good thing for him to score three goals.It’s always important for the striker and it was his first Premier League hat-trick, so I’m very happy for him. His performance was great.”The 21-year-old was rewarded for his fine form with a debut England senior call-up this week, and Pochettino believes Kane has earned his international chance.Asked whether the striker should start for the Three Lions in upcoming friendlies with Lithuania and Italy, the Tottenham boss said: “Its Roy Hodgson’s decision, not mine, but I think Harry deserves to be in the national team.”Despite the positives, there was concern over his side’s defensive performance after conceding three goals against Leicester, who sit rock-bottom of the Premier League.Pochettino said: “I’m a little bit worried because you are never happy when you concede three goals at home. We need to analyse the game and we need to improve. I think that we are a team that wants to play in the opposition’s half and to always score, but we need to be more consistent in our defensive game.”last_img read more