Montague pleased with first-day execution

first_imgChairman of the organising committee for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Colleen Montague, says she was pleased with the execution of the first day of the five-day championships, currently taking place inside the National Stadium. Montague admitted some disappointment that spectators continue to shun the opening day of the championships despite the free admittance, but believes there are some positive signs as she looks forward to another successful staging of the event. “Things are going very well, everyone has carried out their part, it was an amazing effort on everyone’s part to ensure that everything was in place for today (yesterday),” Montague told The Gleaner. “We had some very minor hiccups, but we are pleased with where we are. “We know that each day is different. Tomorrow (today) brings another complexion because all the schools will be out, and by Friday, the spectators will all be out, so every day brings a different aspect to Champs, and we just take it day by day,” Montague added. “We take it year by year, and what we have been seeing on all of the days is a vast improvement over a few years ago. We are taking it step by step, and we are working with all of our stakeholders. In a few years we will see even more improvements on these days,” she said. The Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal was also disappointed that the demand for grandstand tickets could not be met, but reminded fans that there will be an opportunity to watch the event on big screen outside the National Stadium’s main gate on Saturday. “We are very unhappy that we are unable to satisfy the demands of so many persons who want to be here with us,” Montague said. “We will be having a screen outside for persons who come and aren’t able to get inside, they will be able to view it and experience it there.”last_img read more

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2020-01-20

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UAAP volleyball: Ateneo dooms UST in 5 sets to clinch Final Four spot

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Romeo gets best shot at elusive title as he pairs up with Castro at TNT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo kept its composure  and overcame University of Santo Tomas, 25-22, 20-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-9 to clinch  a Final Four slot the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Tolentino powered through another kill for Ateneo’s 13-9 lead then she stripped the stripes of the Golden Tigresses with a smooth ace for the match winner.“We’re speechless and we’re really happy that our hard work paid off,” said Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag of their ninth straight trip to the big dance. “Everyone knows we trained during the Holy Week so it’s really fulfilling that our hard work and sacrifice paid off.”Tolentino was dominant against the Golden Tigresses, finishing with 21 points while Jhoana Maraguinot and Madayag had 19 and 11 points, respectively.Cherry Rondina led the Golden Tigresses with Milena Alessandrini and Tin Francisco putting up 10 points apiece.RELATED STORYADVERTISEMENT 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 The Lady Eagles, who are headed to the next round for the ninth year straight, bumped their win streak to five games an improved to 9-3 while leaving Golden Tigresses’ with only a mathematical chance to make it to the Final Four.UST, which dropped to 4-8, will now rely on University of the Philippines, 3-8 record, to defeat National University, 6-5, to get a chance of entering the semifinals.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 crownAteneo immediately ran through the gates in the fifth set, establishing an 8-3 lead after Kat Tolentino’s thundering kill.UST tried to hang on in the fifth after Caitlin Viray’s service cut the deficit to three, 12-9, but Tolentino once more proved too great of a deal for the Golden Tigresses. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

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2020-01-19

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Commencement order yet to be issued for Juvenile Justice Bill

first_img5 months laterIt was hailed as a landmark move, but almost five months after it was passed in the National Assembly, the failure of Government to bring the Juvenile Justice Bill into commencement through a Ministerial order is cause for concern among sections of society.According to the clause, two of the preliminary sections of the Bill state, “This Act shall come into force on the date the Minister may, by order, appoint.” The Bill was laid in the National Assembly by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, making him the responsible Minister.However, checks with the official Gazette’s website revealed that a commencement order has not been issued for the law. According to sources familiar with operationalising laws, a commencement order has to be issued when referenced in the Bill; otherwise all it takes is the President’s assent to bring the law into operation.The Bill would repeal the ancient 1931 Juvenile Offenders Act and the Training Schools Act, abolishing offences like truancy and wandering. The draft bill was conceived in 2004 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration, with the support and input from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).According to the criminal capacity aspect of the Act, “no child shall be capable of or guilty of committing an offence unless the presumption is rebutted pursuant to an evaluation done in accordance with subsection.”In addition to other factors, it was also stated that “where a child is charged, the Director of Public Prosecutions or the prosecutor or the attorney representing the child shall request of the court and the court shall order an evaluation of the child by a suitably qualified person to be conducted at the expense of the State.”If a teenager has been found guilty of a crime, it was plainly stated that the Juvenile Justice System will be separate from that for adults, and place emphasis on the rehabilitation, education and reintegration of youths.As such, it seeks to ensure that a juvenile is subject to meaningful consequences proportionate to the offence and circumstances, recognising his or her greater dependency and reduced level of maturity, while providing procedural protection to ensure that adolescents are treated fairly and humanely and their rights are protected.RehabilitationIt has been touted that the Bill will provide timely intervention that reinforces the link between the offending behaviour and its consequences; inform and involve parents of juveniles of and in measures or proceedings, and ensure that victims are provided with information about the proceedings and are given an opportunity to participate and be heard and wherever possible contribute to the rehabilitation and reintegration of the juveniles.Moreover, in accordance to the Act, the application of measures taken against juveniles who commit offences will reinforce respect for societal values; ensure fair and proportionate accountability; encourage the repair of harm done to victims and the community; and where appropriate, involve the parents, the extended family, the community and social or other agencies in the juvenile’s rehabilitation, education and reintegration, and 12 criminal capacity be prompt given a juvenile’s perception of time.Depending on the nature of the offence, the Juvenile Justice Bill 2018 provides “Diversions” which is considered to “often [be] the most appropriate and effective way to address juvenile crime and it allows “for effective and timely interventions focused on correcting offending behaviour.Diversion measures shall not be exploitative, harmful or hazardous to the physical or mental health of the juvenile; shall be appropriate to the age and maturity of the juvenile; and shall not interfere with the education of the juvenile.Some of the examples of “Diversion measures” provided by the Bill may include “an oral or written apology to a specified person or institution”, “placement by the court under the supervision and guidance of the Chief Probation Officer” or “referral by the court to counselling or therapy for a specified period” among others.last_img read more

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2020-01-12

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Govt to move against businesses hoarding foreign currency – Jordan

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan has warned of attempts to lower the value of domestic currency by exporters, who he said, are hoarding foreign currency. According to Jordan, these practices have the potential to destabilise Guyana’s economy.Minister Jordan, who made these remarks during the commissioning of the new Citizen’s Bank headquarters last Friday, said some exporters have been withholding sales of foreign currency from the system. He noted the possibility that this was being done to provoke depreciation in domestic currency.Jordan also noted that some exporters and importers are conducting mutual foreign exchange transactions, outside of the exchange market structure.“Some companies have been seeking to pay for export and repatriate profits earlier than required in the business cycle, thus creating a demand for foreign currency. Aggravating this untenable situation is the action of some net foreign exchange earners, who are demanding foreign currency from the market, while hoarding their foreign currency holdings,” the Minister stated.“Some companies are even purchasing foreign exchange to facilitate trade for their counterparts outside of Guyana, while a few exporters and importers are conducting foreign exchange transactions bilaterally, outside of the foreign exchange market.”Jordan went on to assure the public that foreign exchange demands can currently be met with what is in the system. He was adamant that this was the case, despite the reduction in export earnings from sugar, rice and timber.According to the Minister, the foreign reserves of commercial banks totalled US$315 million at the end of 2016. This is roughly the same level as in 2015. Jordan noted that in 2016, the Bank of Guyana had sold approximately US$30 million to commercial banks to smooth out spikes during seasonal demand.“Indeed, for the period November to December 2016, the Central Bank sold some US$12 million to the bank cambios to ensure adequate flows of foreign exchange to the market. The Bank of Guyana will continue its interventions in the market as warranted.”Jordan also called on those involved in the practice; exporters, importers and cambios, to be responsible and heed the entreaties of the Government. He also had an ominous warning; failure to do so would result in the Government taking decisive action.Recently, there have been reports that there is a shortage of foreign currency in Guyana. The report had cited complaints from those in the business sector. This, however, has consistently been denied by Jordan and Central Bank Governor Gobind Ganga.last_img read more

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2020-01-12

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Beating of teacher sparks protest in Berbice

first_img…after abusive student allowed back at facilityBy Andrew CarmichaelParents of students attending the Number 8 Secondary School on the West Coast of Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) on Thursday picketed the school in protest over the return of a violent male student, who was allowed to reenter the school after a mere five-day suspension for beating a teacher. The student had beaten a female teacher last week in the school’s compound.The teacher was allegedly put in a vice and dragged around the school compound before two male teachers came to her rescue. The teacher was at the time attempting to protect a second form student from the physical advances of a male Fifth Form boy, whom she had identified as the person who had removed money from the teacher’s bag.Alexis Melville, who operates a canteen at the school and who also joined the picketers, said she witnessed the entire incident. According to her, as the female student was being questioned by the teacher, the Fifth Form boy turned his attention on the girl, who is three years his junior.In an attempt to protect the female student, the teacher stepped between the girl and the advancing fifth former. According to Melville, the teacher was then punched and then put in a vice where she was gagged on the ground.She explained that it took two male teachers to release the female teacher from the male student’s vice.“When I look at the teacher she was scared and shaking. You could see the marks on her ear from where she was dragged and the marks on her noise you could see. The two male teachers were trying to get him out of the compound and he went by the gate and picked up two lemonade bottles and pelt one to hit the teacher and it hit another and caused her to bleed.”The student then broke the second bottle and threatened the teachers by saying, “I gone done you dance.”Reports are the two male teachers were successful in getting the student out of the compound. However, he later reappeared with a piece of wood in his hand and continued his tirade with obscene language.Guyana Times understands that shortly after the male student left the school compound, his mother came to the school in a rage accusing the teacher of beating her son.The matter has since been reported to the Police and the Schools Welfare Department which took disciplinary action against the student and suspended him for five days. The suspension expired on Wednesday and the student showed up at school on Thursday morning. Head of the Number 8 Secondary Parents’ Teachers Association, Shivanie Devi Poone, told this publication that the student walked into the school unaccompanied by his parents as is required for a student returning from suspension.“He did not even go to the head teacher nor went to apologise to the teacher.”He was later approached by the school’s headmistress and asked about his parents but responded by saying that the welfare officials were coming to the school.After the conversation with the head teacher, the boy was seen leaving the school compound. Poone added that stronger disciplinary action is needed in the matter.Meanwhile, the injured teacher told this publication that she is scared of the student and has asked to be transferred to another school. The school has 35 females and three male teachers, who had threatened to walk out had the student remained in school.Poone added the parents will continue their protest until the teachers at the Number 8 Secondary feel safe and proper disciplinary action is taken.Guyana Times was told that when the student returned to school on Thursday, he was bragging that the head teacher could not expel him since he is the great nephew of a senior Education Ministry official.last_img read more

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2020-01-12

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Chrysler speculation revs up

first_imgIn contrast, Daimler-Benz AG paid $36 billion for the American icon in 1998. The Times of London reported on its Web site Monday that U.S. investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. would start a 7 billion pound ($13.7 billion) auction for Chrysler and planned to send out memorandums to likely suitors. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But a failure to discern American consumers’ changing tastes for more fuel-efficient models instead of light trucks led the German-American automaker to announce plans to eliminate 13,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, or about 16 percent of its work force, and shutter a plant in Delaware in a bid to shave costs. DaimlerChrysler’s fourth-quarter earnings plunged 40 percent on weaker demand at the Chrysler unit, where sales fell 7 percent. Chrysler lost about $162.8 million (124 million euros) in the fourth quarter and had an operating loss of 1.12 billion euros ($1.46 billion) for the year, compared with a profit of 1.53 billion euros in 2005. Amid the flurry of reports, a spokeswoman in Stuttgart reiterated Monday that the company was examining all of its choices. “All we have to say at this point in time was what was said last week,” Silke Walters told the AP. How much the company might ask for Chrysler is not even certain, with estimates ranging from $5 billion to $13.7 billion, depending on factors that include pension liabilities, health care obligations and fair value for plants and material. FRANKFURT, Germany – With DaimlerChrysler AG putting all options on the table for its struggling U.S. unit, the auto industry is pondering the fate of Chrysler and whether its parent will jettison a brand that critics say has dulled the sheen of the legendary Mercedes marquee. Speculation about potential partners, or even a buyer, jumping in to use Chrysler’s expansive parts and dealership network to gain entry to the U.S. market has ranged from a tie-up with Nissan and Renault to talk of a link with Hyundai to a homegrown deal with General Motors. The possibilities have driven DaimlerChrysler shares up by 12 percent since it first said it was mulling all options for the Chrysler Group. DaimlerChrysler has kept mum since announcing last week that it had not ruled out any options for Chrysler – which, until a year ago, had kept the world’s fifth-largest automaker profitable amid quality issues at the Mercedes Car Group. read more

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2020-01-11

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State employment down 4,500 jobs

first_imgA separate household survey suggested an additional 2 million people were employed in some fashion last month. Payroll employment totals are drawn from a survey of employers and don’t include farm workers or the self-employed. The January payroll decline follows a revised gain of 24,200 jobs in December, an increase of 7,000 jobs from the previously reported total. The leisure and hospitality industry shed 8,000 jobs in January. Three other sectors posted smaller declines: manufacturing, information and professional and business services. The job losses were partly offset by gains in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which added 5,000 jobs. Six other sectors registered smaller gains: natural resources and mining, construction, financial activities, education and health services, other services and government. Over the 12-month period ended in January, California employers added 251,400 jobs, a 1.7 percent increase, the EDD said. Professional and business services added the largest number of jobs – 63,600 – over the previous 12 months. The largest percentage gainer was natural resources and mining, which grew 7.8 percent. Manufacturing jobs fell by 3,700 over the previous 12 months, a drop of 0.2 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – California employers cut payrolls by 4,500 jobs in January, led by declines in the leisure and hospitality industry, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The state’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, unchanged from December and down from 5.1 percent in January 2006. The number of Californians looking for work in January rose to 877,000 in January from 871,000 in December. In all, 15.2 million people held payroll jobs in California in January. last_img read more

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2020-01-11

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Voluntary evacuation alert issued for Clear Prairie

first_imgAt last report the Siphon Creek Fire was 24,000 hectares and moving to the east into Alberta.  We hope to receive a further update on the fire Saturday night.Click here for a map of the area under a voluntary evacuation alert.- Advertisement – CLEAR PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Siphon Creek fire has caused the Alberta Government to issue a voluntary evacuation alert for part of Clear Hills County.Due to the forecast for high winds Saturday night, the Province issued a voluntary evacuation alert for the Clear Prairie area west of Range Road 100.  The evacuation preparedness alert remains in effect for other areas north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 726.If you evacuate contact 780-835 8097 by text or phone.If you require lodging contact the same number 780-835-8097.Any persons having trouble breathing due to smoke should seek immediate medical assistance.last_img read more

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2020-01-11

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Aboud Omar joins top Belgian side Brugge

first_img0Shares0000Aboud Omar was announced as a new Cercle Brugge player by the club on June 17, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- After seeing his contract terminated at Bulgarian top tier side Slavia Sofia, Harambee Stars left back Aboud Omar has opened a new chapter in his career joining newly promoted Belgian top tier side Cercle Brugge ahead of the new season.Omar’s move to Brugge was announced by the club on Saturday evening and he is set to join his fellow Kenyan Johannah Omollo who joined the club at the start of last season helping them to gain promotion to the top tier after winning the promotion play-off. “We are happy to announce the arrival of Omar. He is a player with many qualities, who will certainly make progress and will show himself this season in the Jupiler Pro League,” Brugge Sports director François Vitali is quoted as saying on the official club website.The left back who has formerly played for Kenyan Premier League sides Tusker FC and Bandari FC had been scouted by various clubs in the Belgian top tier, but eventually made the decision to move to Brugge.Cercle have played in the Belgian Pro League since the 2003–04 season, having previously spent several years in the Belgian Second Division following relegation in 1997.Omar was sacked by Sofia two months ago after personal differences with the team which accused him of lacking respect for the club, teammates and the country, seeing his contract cut short.But in response, Omar accused the club of high handedness saying problems started as soon as he expressed interest to leave the club with his contract almost lapsing.The move will be a huge plus for the left back as he seeks to catch the eye of new Harambee Stars boss Sebastien Migne with Belgium offering him a better chance to grow in a competitive environment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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2020-01-06

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The goalkeeper stats that have a host of Prem clubs willing to spend around £20m

first_img1 Jordan Pickford is likely to leave Sunderland in the summer Sunderland have not even finished their doomed Premier League season and already clubs are circling the Black Cats in the hope of buying Jordan Pickford.The 23-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly being looked at by a number of big clubs and it seems like he has his pick. Arsenal were heavily linked with him in January, while Man City, Man United, Everton and Liverpool are just a few Premier League teams currently said to be chasing him.It is likely Sunderland will want at least £20m for their academy graduate and cashing in on Pickford will definitely help fund the changes manager David Moyes will want to make in the Championship next season. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at the player’s stats this season.Highest save percentages this seasonHugo Lloris: 77%Tom Heaton: 75%Jordan Pickford: 75%Petr Cech: 73%David De Gea: 73%Most saves this seasonTom Heaton: 135 saves in 33 games = 4.09 saves per gameJordan Pickford: 120 saves in 26 games = 4.61 saves per gameLukasz Fabianski: 113 saves in 36 games = 3.13 saves per gameArtur Boruc: 112 saves in 34 games = 3.29 saves per gameBen Foster: 105 saves in 35 games = 3 saves per gameMost saves inside the boxTom Heaton: 81Artur Boruc: 65Petr Cech: 63Jordan Pickford: 62Lukasz Fabianski: 62Most punchesHeurelho Gomes: 34 punchesLee Grant: 21Artur Boruc: 20Jordan Pickford: 19Simon Mignolet: 18All stats are from the 2016/17 Premier League seasonlast_img read more

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2019-12-27

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