Football fans in western Jamaica could be in for a treat this afternoon when Red Stripe Premier League leaders FC Reno of Westmoreland and defending champions Montego Bay United go head to head at the Frome Complex at 3:30 p.m. Having struggled to stay in the league the past two seasons, Reno’s position at the top of the table may come as a surprise to many, but for Coach Wendell Downswell, his group is a team on the rise. “We are building a team to last, and part of succeeding is being dominant at home. We want to be dominant at home and, so far, we have started that trend and want to continue in that vein,” Downswell said, making reference to their home win over Humble Lion. Reno’s strength appear to be their backline as they are yet to concede a goal, the only team in the league with that record, but Downswell said their success so far is a result of team effort. “It has been a collective effort from the team more than anything else and this is the approach that we will continue to take. “This game is a good matchup. We are looking forward to it. MoBay are a tough assignment and we are looking forward to it with great expectations,” added Downswell, who will be looking to the likes of Afiba Chambers, Renario Downswell, Lynval Wilson and captain Jahshane Foster to carry the fight to Montego Bay United. Like FC Reno, Montego Bay United have won their last two matches and are confident going in this game “We are looking forward to facing Reno. We want to show off the good football from western Jamaica, and both teams should be up to the task,” club executive Sandra Christie told the Sunday Gleaner. Christie added that while Reno should be given respect, her club has the measure of them. Today’s games: “We are ready for them and we know what they have and we know what it takes to get the better of them. We stopped them on every occasion we met last year,” she added, making reference to their 2-1, 2-0 and 2-0 victories last season. “The team is taking shape now. Our fitness is getting better and the injured players are returning to the team. Dino Williams and Allan Ottey will lead the charge for us, but look out also for Johan Weatherly and Cory Hylton,” she explained. READY FOR RENO – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town FC vs Portmore United – Barbican Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Reno FC vs Montego Bay United – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Maverley-Hughenden vs Jamalco – Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Harbour View – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI FC – Edward Seaga Complex
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MMA fighter Geje Eustaquio seeks redemption against Thai tormentor Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead GlobalPort is currently at ninth place with its 2-6 card, and is hoping to break out of its struggles when it plays Meralco on Friday.Harper will make his debut together with new acquisitions Sean Anthony, Bradwyn Guinto, and rookie Jonathan Grey. IDLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Globalport coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDesperate to make one last run to the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, GlobalPort is bringing in 27-year-old big man Justin Harper for its final three games in the eliminations.Coach Franz Pumaren bared the news as the Batang Pier will parade its third import this conference after Sean Williams and Malcolm White.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR “We needed somebody that can give us additional scoring,” the mentor said.BACKSTORY: Lack of aggressiveness, defensive struggles weigh down GlobalPortFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 6-foot-10 Harper is no stranger in international competition, playing previously in France, Israel, and Italy.He recently suited up for the Los Angeles D-Fenders and even got signed to a 10-day contract by the Philadephia 76ers, where he averaged 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.0 minutes in the three games he played this past year. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments read more
Dear Editor,The commemoration of Arrival Day on May 5, 2018 has arrived again, and the wrecked monument site at Palmyra is a stark reminder and symbolic of what Indians and Guyanese as a whole have been relegated to by this coalition Government in just three years.On March 15, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingum unveiled the site for the Indian Arrival monument at Palmyra Village. The structure to be built was supposed to display six bronze figures of three men, two women and a child illustrating Indians in theirThe collapsed structure at Palmyra Villagedaily lives.However, from the inception the construction of this monument was shrouded in secrecy, even the Regional Democratic Council was not given the bills of quantities or informed about the name of the contractor so that the region can be an oversight body during the construction. In addition, it was long after the collapse that it was then revealed that Alternative Contracting Enterprises was given the contract even though he was not the lowest bidder. This also tells the corrupt nature of the award itself.It must also be recalled that the designers had warned the contractor that the base of the monument was built too high and that it cannot accommodate the plans and designs and the placement of the figures among other things. Their warnings went unheeded.After the collapse of the unfinished monument, an engineer confirmed that the contractor did substandard work. He said that, ‘They were backfilling the inside of the building, but they did not tie the structure to avoid what happened. The concrete is still not yet fully cured, and they should have used steel to tie the walls from the insides to keep the structure in place. The other option would have been to secure it from the outside.’Even workers on site had complained that they were not being paid and that they hardly saw the contractor. This alone would suggest gross negligence by the contractor. It is alleged that some of these workers are still to be paid.But what has become of this contractor? Was he blacklisted? Was he paid for the substandard work?This contractor continues to get contracts by the Government and at the RDC Statutory meeting on Thursday, it was revealed by the Vice Chairman that the contractor was already paid $80 million for the collapsed structure! The total contract sum was $97 million. It is an insult to one’s sensibilities that 82 per cent of the contact sum would have been gifted to this contractor when a casual inspection by any engineer would have unearthed the grossly substandard work that was being done! Who certified the work at various stages to facilitate payments to this errant contractor?However, this collapsed monument probably was foretelling what lies ahead since we saw the descendants of these Indentured servants being treated with such rancor and disdain by this Government to the extent that their livelihoods are at stake, their children are starving and cannot afford the basic necessities of life while those in Government are enjoying the ‘good life’ including the ‘arkatis’ (professional recruiter of indentured servants) Indians who ‘sold’ them.On this day there is need to do serious introspection as to whither are we going as a nation when there no longer exists equal employment opportunities and corruption is engulfing every facet of our lives. Our leaders must respect our people and give some relevance and credence to our motto: ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION ONE DESTINY! Guyana belongs to all of us!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, Region Six read more
Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ He also recently posted a 10-second video of himself in a Barcelona shirt and a quote from the Bible: “No weapon turned against you will prosper.”It has been a troubled summer for Neymar.He missed Brazil’s triumphant Copa America campaign on home soil due to an ankle injury and was also questioned by Brazilian police over allegations he raped a woman — accusations he denies.PSG referenced the ankle injury in its statement naming the squad on Tuesday, saying that “daily physical work will continue and complete recovery and integration with the group is scheduled for training in China”.It added that x-rays of the fracture showed “completely normal progress and a very good improvement”.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division The club threatened to take “appropriate action” against the world’s most expensive player, who said he had stayed in Brazil to attend a charity five-a-side football tournament run by his foundation.Neymar, who joined PSG in 2017 for 222 million euros ($264 million at the time), rejoined the team a week later on July 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe also didn’t help the strained relationship by controversially saying that his best football memory was beating PSG when he played for Barcelona.Just days before rejoining PSG, he cited as his favorite football memory his role in the 2017 Barcelona team that overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. PSG land in Shenzhen, China on Wednesday, and will play friendlies against Inter Milan in Macau on Saturday and Sydney FC in Suzhou on July 30.Their first competitive match of the season will be against Rennes in Shenzhen on August 3 in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the French campaign.PSG also announced on Tuesday that 16-year-old Dutch midfielder Xavi Simons would join the club from Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian LATEST STORIES MOST READ MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Brazilian football star Neymar runs during a five-a-side football tournament for his charity Neymar Junior Project Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 13, 2019. (Photo by Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP)Neymar will travel on an upcoming tour of China with Paris-Saint Germain, the club said Tuesday, as the troubled Brazilian superstar’s future remains up in the air amid mounting signs he is unhappy at the French champions.The 27-year-old, who has been repeatedly linked to a move to Barcelona, failed to show up to PSG’s pre-season training on July 8, with his camp maintaining he had a prior agreement to stay away.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living View comments read more
In the previous week’s article, it was contended that the Bank of Guyana (BoG) net foreign assets will continue to deplete to stabilise the international foreign reserve which in turn is the most important determinant of the macroeconomic stability framework. Today’s article extends on the last week’s analysis in which the author sought to highlight the assumptions which underpin the analyses and projections made herein.See table below with projected forecast of anticipated losses in FX based on historic trends and analysis:Readers might recall that in a previous article, it was shown that Guyana has lost about US$3 billion in foreign exchange (FX) in four years from the traditional export commodities except for gold and other exports. This means that Guyana has lost an average US$750 million per annum over the last four years or approximately G$160 billion, which works out to about 17 per cent per annum. At the same time, the BoG net foreign assets or international reserve has been depleted over the years by an average of 6 per cent per annum in order to fund the continuously deteriorating balance of payment deficit to pay for the huge increases in the import bill.In the above table, using the rate at which total imports increased for the first half of 2019 relative to the previous half- year period in 2018, that increase was about 32%. These are the basic assumptions in the projections in the above table which gave rise to a negative net effect of US$324 million, in2020 and -US$393 million by 2023. Bear in mind that total imports may well increase by more than 100% when Guyana starts to produce oil, thus, the assumptions used for these computations are nothing but conservative.One can only hope, therefore, with cautious optimism, that with the foreign exchange earned from gold exports, which is not included in the projections for obvious reasons, may or may not be sufficient to offset the negative outturn that even oil revenues may not be able to achieve in terms of ensuring a sound level of net foreign assets by the Bank of Guyana to ensure a sound and stable macroeconomic environment.Extending on the above analysis on an even broader spectrum, the second table shows that RBL, GBTI, & DBL increased their investment portfolio (Guyana Govt securities and investment in securities out of Guyana), by 112%, 47%, and 16% respectively, while their loan portfolios changed by 14.6%, -3% and 5% respectively.Interestingly, of the total investment portfolio of these three institutions, more than 80% represents investments outside of the Guyana economy. These statistics therefore tell a damning story of the domestic economy to the extent that they validate the notion that there is limited lending opportunities in the Guyana economy, thus, triggering the banks to ramp up their foreign and domestic investments in government debt instruments, in order maintain the high level of profitability achieved by these institutions. Important to note, is that the level of profitability of the banks is not necessarily attributed from increased lending activities in the domestic economy, but largely through investments out of the economy.This discussion and analysis shall be continued next week wherein the interpretation of these numbers will be further simplified.(For comments, questions and responses on articles featured in this column, readers can reach the author at email@example.com). read more
John S. M. Yormie, officer-in-charge of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute and author, Liberia In The Colorful World of DiplomacyJohn Yormie, an emerging Liberian diplomat’s debut book, Liberia In The Colorful World of Diplomacy, is set to be released in about weeks.The book by Yormie, officer-in-charge of the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explores Liberia’s roles in the formation of major international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU).The rest of the book explores local policies and how they could be tied into a larger foreign policy framework that works for the improvement of the country.Mr. Yomie said the book is intended to ignite the desire in scholars to research the most significant roles Liberia played and questions why that narrative is all but forgotten or a sad footnote in history.“This book seeks to ignite a desire amongst Liberians, especially the youth, to develop an interest in the glorious history of Liberia,” Mr. Yormie said. “Cognizant of the challenges we faced as a nation and people, I still believe that Liberia’s role on the larger stage in the international community must be told, retold and enshrined for posterity.”Liberia in the Colorful World of Diplomacy is expected to be released on March 15. Subsequently, at least a thousand physical copies should have hit all the major local book vendors and the rest of the literary network.Mr. Yormie, who is also a the Executive Director of the Liberia Research and Development Network, says the importance of the upcoming book can’t be overemphasized, as most of the country’s youthful population does not have a full understanding or appreciation of Liberia’s place within the sub-regional, continental and international scenes.“It is important the youth of this country be taught the critical roles Liberia has played in the formation of several international bodies, including the MRU, ECOWAS, OAU (now AU) and League of Nations and now the United Nations. They need to be proud of the successes of their ancestors,” Mr. Yormie added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that notorious criminal Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, who was recaptured on Monday, was planning to skip the country.Williams, also known as Mark Royden Durant, was travelling in a public minibusRoyden Williams, called “Smallie”when Police stopped the vehicle and conducted a search at Weldaad, West Coast Berbice.Members of the media were told on Wednesday during a press conference at the Public Security Ministry that the Police had gathered intelligence that assisted with the recapture of Williams.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine revealed that Williams was becoming increasingly desperate a few weeks before his recapture and Police had to dismantle his support base.“In pretty quick time, he was virtually left alone. But he was still in contact with someone from his support base, which we had destroyed. And the indications were the move to exit,” he explained.The acting Top Cop also revealed that those who happened to have provided assistance to Williams, including members of his family, were charged accordingly. He said no one was spared.“I remember from some of the calls I received from the corporate community, expressing concerns about the fact that these guys were still out there and we were taking a bit long to apprehend them. But it has paid off and thankfully by the grace of God … due to our hard efforts, we have not had such an experience,” the acting Top Cop said.Ramnarine believes the mere fact that the Police were not keen on providing detailed information on the investigation and operation to recapture the prison escapees also contributed to the success. “It was an absolute need, for security reasons not to disclose some of the things we were doing,” he added.Asked by the media whether any reward would be given to those that have assisted the Police in finding Williams and other prisoners who formed part of the escapee list, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said that the matter would be looked into and compensation would be given where due.The Police have said that Williams would be charged for escaping prison and since his recapture, he has been placed in solitary confinement. They have given all assurances that the notorious criminal would not be allowed the slightest opportunity to escape prison for a second time.Williams escaped from the Camp Street Prison on July 9, 2017. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the prison riot and fire that facilitated the escape. He was last spotted on August 31, 2017, in Linden.Williams was in the company of Uree Varswyck, another prison escapee, who was shot dead during a Joint Services intelligence-led operation at Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden. According to a Police statement, Williams managed to escape on foot.Williams was on death row for the Bartica Massacre. read more
The Huskies come into the game in third place, but losses in five of their last seven has resulted in the Fairview Flyers closing the gap in the standings as they trail Fort St. John by only two points.SlaveLake continues to struggle with their record of 3-11-4. Two points separate the bottom three teams in the league, with SlaveLake currently sitting in seventh.Both games can be heard live on Moose FM with the pregame show on Saturday starting at 7:45 p.m., and Sunday’s pregame beginning at 1:45.- Advertisement -After the weekend set, the Huskies are off until January 3 when they take on the Beaverlodge Blades.
The Northern B.C. Truckers Association is providing money for a second endowment fund for students at Northern Lights College.The $22,000 donation is being combined with $10,000 from the NLC Foundation Board as part of the endowment development program.The money will go towards helping students in the Foundation Trades at the College.- Advertisement -The new endowment, combined with the first from the Association- given in 1999 – allows for the creation of two annual awards of $860 each.The two awards will go to one graduate of the Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport Technician Foundation program at each of the Fort St. John and Dawson Creek campuses.
But Russell Martin’s handball on 89 minutes gave Toure the chance from the spot, and the Ivory Coast international made it nine successful penalties out of nine in the Premier League to put City ahead.Martin was sent off by referee Bobby Madley for the offence – the Canaries defender deflected Raheem Sterling’s goal-bound effort wide with his elbow after a mistake from John Ruddy.Manuel Pellegrini side’s still had time to win, and miss, another penalty as Aleksandar Kolarov fired wide following Robbie Brady’s trip on Sterling in the last minute of stoppage time.The victory keeps Manchester City top of the table with 25 points from 11 games ahead of a trip to Sevilla in the Champions League next week.As for Norwich, the defeat makes it four straight in the Premier League, and they remain winless in the top flight since their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in mid-September.Alex Neil sprang a surprise with his tactics from the start, choosing the operate a back three of Sebastian Bassong, Russel Martin and Ryan Bennett, with Brady and Martin Olsson as wing-backs, and the system worked well.Having lost 7-0 on their previous visit to the Etihad Stadium, the plan was clearly to keep it tight, and Manchester City were left frustrated by a disciplined Norwich display in a first-half that yielded just two clear cut chances – one to either side.Bony miscued badly when set through by striker partner Kelechi Iheanacho, who was making his first Premier League start, while Matt Jarvis forced an excellent save from Joe Hart after a quick counter-attack from the Canaries.Cameron Jerome occupied Kompany and Otamendi as Norwich retained a threat on the break, while Alexander Tettey and Youssouf Mulumbu did an effective job screening Kevin de Bruyne.Bony twice fired wide of Ruddy’s left hand post, with his first chance a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. Iheanacho nut-megged Martin in the build-up, and fed Bony, who cut inside onto his right foot before blazing wide.A mazy run from Brady down the right-hand side led to Norwich’s best opening – Jarvis latched on to the Ireland international’s through ball and took it first time after splitting Vincent Kompany and Bacary Sagna, but Hart tipped it over.The game remained finely poised until Otamendi, La Liga’s top scoring defender in his final season at Valencia, gave City the lead with a fantastic header mid-way through the second half.Having defended so well, Norwich went to sleep from a corner and allowed the Argentina international to power past Ruddy from 12 yards.The Canaries had grown in confidence prior to Otamendi’s opener, and equalised after a calamitous mistake from Hart.The England international misjudged Brady’s deep cross, and dropped the ball at the feet of Jerome, leaving the Norwich striker the simplest of chances to level the score.But the Premier League leaders struck back six minutes later, capitalising on a Ruddy error to make it three straight Premier League wins.The Norwich keeper was left stranded after rushing out to clear his lines, and Fernando shifted the ball to Sterling, who swept towards an empty net, only for Martin to intervene with his elbow.Referee Madley pointed to the spot and sent the Norwich captain off, allowing Toure to put City back in front.Martin Olsson’s deflected striker tested Hart in the final minutes of stoppage time as the Canaries pushed for a leveller, before Sterling won a penalty following a foul by Brady.But Kolarov missed the target with the final kick of the game.-Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi puts Man City 1-0 up against Norwich.LONDON, October 31 – Yaya Toure’s late penalty bailed out Joe Hart and secured three points for Manchester City in a narrow 2-1 win over Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium.Nicolas Otamendi opened the scoring for City in the 67th minute, before Hart’s error allowed Cameron Jerome to tap home with seven minutes to play. read more