Captain of West Indies Women Stafanie Taylor says emulating the feat of four years ago of their male counterparts remains the focus ahead of next month’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in India.Describing the triumph by the men in 2012 as a signature accomplishment, Taylor said the victory by the team brought pride and joy to the Caribbean, and they would like to do likewise.”For us women, it would be great, as the men actually won a Twenty20 World Cup, and we have been so close (semi-finals) to winning it,” remarked Taylor.”For the Caribbean, it would be fantastic, as a lot of people are behind us and know that we have the potential to go out there and do the job.”The Jamaican all-rounder, who will be captain of the side for the first time at a global event, has, however, cautioned that the job should be difficult.She explained that other teams like defending champions Australia and perennial title challengers England are expected to be strong, while developing teams are getting better.This, she further noted, is evidenced by hosts India, who, in light of being a traditional lightweight in the female version of the sport, defeated the Australians recently.TOUGH TEAMS AHEAD”I think all the team’s are going to be tough. As such, we will not take any team for granted,” highlighted Taylor.”We are (therefore) going to have to be on our P’s and Q’s to be right up there.”Meanwhile, as it relates to preparation, Taylor said it has been good so far, with the team looking to do well on their tour of South Africa.”In the few games that we have been in at the camp, the team really looks good,” she said.”It’s just for us to now prepare ourselves for South Africa and then take it from there.”The West Indians are scheduled to play three Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in South Africa.The Women’s World Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held between March 15 and April 9, will see the West Indies at the preliminary stage contesting Group B alongside England, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
A carpenter from Paradise Village, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) was sentenced to two weeks imprisonment after he was found guilty of threatening behaviour.Andeshwar Boodha, 52, appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court charged with threatening behaviour towards his wife. He and his wife share a relationship of 31 years.According to Prosecution’s case on 19 April, 2016 at Paradise, he made used of threatening behaviour towards Linda Singh thereby breaching the peace. He however denied he threatened his wife and a not guilty plea was recorded.The court heard that on the day of questioned, the defendant went home and told his wife that that night was the last night for her to live. He then picked up a cutlass and ran her and threatened to burn the house down. The wife in fear ran to her room and locked herself in. She then called her daughter, who sent the police to the house.The defendant was arrested and charged. On Wednesday Boodha was found guilty of the offence and jailed.
Guyanese swimmer Andrew Fowler departed Guyana on Wednesday for the Barbados Invitational in his bid to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. Fowler who is competing for an Olympic wild card qualification spot will look to trim some time off his personal best of 25:65 in the 50 meter freestyle.The 20 year old who hails from the rural village of Farm, is very confident of bettering his personal best due to his excellent preparations ahead of the meet. The Agri- Machinery student of the Guyana Technical Institute who will be in Barbados for the first time revealed that his best accomplishment in the pool thus far is winning his heat at the World Championships in Russia last year.Fowler can directly qualify for the Olympics if he meets the Olympics Qualifying Time (OQT) of 22:27 seconds. He can also potentially qualify if he reaches the Olympic Selection Time (OST) of 23:05.The qualifying time standards must be obtained in World Championships, Continental Championships, Continental Qualification Events, National Championships and Trials, or International Competitions approved by FINA in the period between March 1, 2015 to July 3, 2016.
Given the recent controversy surrounding outgoing Police Chief Seelall Persaud issuing himself a gun licence, the Government is now actively reviewing the current regulations governing the issuance of these licences.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told the media at a press conference on Monday that serious consideration was being given to the matter, but saidPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattancertain steps would have to be followed first.“We are giving that serious consideration as we speak. It has been a situational problematic that have caused of recent times.”Ramjattan said, “I had really thought that there were regulations already made that it has to come to the Ministry (of Public Security)”, as he explained that he did not have a recent edition of the regulations.Nevertheless, the Minister promised to check on it. He said if the conditions were set out there, he would seek the advice of Attorney General Basil Williams on the matter.“…then we will have to go back to the Parliament,” he said, further explaining that most likely, whatever amendments that have to be made would be done to the regulations and not the Police Act.The authority to grant firearm licences and licences for gun dealers falls under the remit of the Police Commissioner, who, upon receiving an application, forwards it to the relevant Policing Division for an investigation into the background and character of the applicant.Based on the findings of the probe, the Commissioner makes a recommendation to the Minister, who then forwards it to the Firearms Licensing Approval Board forOutgoing Police Commissioner Seelall Persaudreview.The Board will then make its own recommendations to the Minister, and based on that or his own deliberate judgement, the Minister grants the licence.But Ramjattan had claimed that Persaud did not follow the procedures; hence, his reason for revoking the approval of a firearm dealer licence, which Persaud granted himself last month.It was reported in the State’s newspaper that Persaud on January 29, 2018 responded to an application previously made in his name, approving his business – Professional Outdoors Supplies – as a registered firearms dealer.Reports revealed that the outgoing Top Cop three days earlier granted himself approval for two gun licences for a 9mm Pistol and a 12, 16 or 20-Gauge Pump Action Shotgun.However, it was reported that the matter reached and engaged Cabinet’s attention and Persaud was since instructed by Vice President and Minister Ramjattan to revoke the dealership licence.However, Persaud said there was nothing wrong with him applying to himself and then approving his own licence. In fact, he noted that this was done before.“In the 1980s, there was a Commissioner who granted himself dealership licence … There is precedence for it … something is wrong with this Commissioner that they tell the public that it was wrong,” he said.Asked whether it was ethical for him to make this move just a few weeks before his retirement, he pointed out that the business would have only become operationalised in May, after his retirement.Persaud went on to point out that almost all past Commissioners of Police applied for and grant gun licences to themselves.“If you look historically over the past 25 years, all the past Commissioners, maybe with the exception of one, granted themselves firearm licences. So it’s not anything new, but you know we live in a society today where one set of circumstances is good for one person, but not good for the other,” he posited.Nonetheless, Persaud said he would not be challenging the decision to revoke his licence, as he has since become discouraged with the idea of opening his own firearms dealership. (Samuel Sukhnandan)
Plans are in place for the legendary International Cricket Commentator and outstanding Sports Administrator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira to successfully visit the Ancient County of Berbice during the period Thursday July 19th to Sunday July 22nd, 2018.NAGLICO Chairman, Imran McSood AmjadPerreira will be a guest of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) during his visit, which is being specially organised by BCB President Hilbert Foster and the Angela Haniff-led Special Events Committee.The visit is being sponsored and co-sponsored respectively by two overseas based Guyanese: Imran Mc Sood Amjad, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAGLICO, and Vernon Thorne.The main objectives of the historic visit are to get club officials to understand their roles as administrators, to strengthen club structures, to inspire young cricketers, and to establish a working relationship between the BCB and all clubs across the Ancient County.Perreira will arrive at the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle on July 19 at 14:00 hours, before leaving to meet with junior cricketers from the West Berbice area at the Blairmont Cricket Ground at 16:30 hours. Later in the evening, he is scheduled to have dinner and discussion with the BCB President and some of his executives.On Friday 20th July, he will visit the historic Port Mourant Cricket Ground, before paying courtesy calls on the Chairman of Region Six and mayors of the towns thereof.At 13:00 hours, he will be involved in the presentation ceremony of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club’s 28th Annual Cricket Academy, before visit the Albion Cricket Club, where he will speak to dozens of members.Later in the evening, he would be the Guest of Honour at a Cocktail Reception.Saturday 21st July, 2018 will be a hectic day, with meetings scheduled with BCB executives and Umpires’ Associations; while, from 13:00 hours to 16:00 hours, he will spearhead the hosting of an Administrative Seminar with all Clubs in Berbice at the St. Francis Training Centre.On Sunday, July 22nd, Perreira will officially declare open the BCB 2018 Cricket Academy at 09:00 hours, before hosting a special educational session. A total of seventy Berbice Under-15 to Under-19 players will be part of the Academy, which will be sponsored by overseas-based Guyanese Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh.During Perreira’s visit, both the BCB and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS will honour him for his outstanding contribution to Cricket in Guyana and the West Indies.The BCB hereby expresses gratitude to Imran Mc Sood Amjad of NAGLICO and to Vernon Thorne, for their sponsorship of the venture. The BCB would also like to remind all cricket clubs in Berbice that it is compulsory for them to send two representatives to the Seminar on Saturday 21st July. Failure to do so would result in them being unable to play in any BCB tournament.
0Shares0000Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was unhappy with Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal for Tottenham © AFP / Anthony DevlinMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 18 – Pep Guardiola bemoaned VAR’s failure to rule out Fernando Llorente’s decisive goal for Tottenham as Manchester City’s quadruple bid was shattered by a “cruel” Champions League quarter-final exit on Wednesday.Guardiola’s side were closing in on a place in the semi-finals after staging a thrilling comeback to lead 4-2 in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium. But Tottenham striker Llorente bundled home in the 73rd minute via a combination of his arm and hip, with VAR allowing the goal on review despite City’s appeals for handball.Guardiola could be seen gesturing for handball while the VAR check was made, but his protest was in vain.Adding to the City manager’s frustration, Raheem Sterling appeared to have scored what would have been the winner in the final seconds of stoppage-time, only for the goal to be ruled out by VAR for offside against Sergio Aguero.“I support VAR but maybe from one angle Fernando Llorente’s goal is handball, maybe from the referee’s angle it is not,” Guardiola said.“I watched the action and the people from above decided it (City’s disallowed goal) was offside.“In the moment we celebrated and we were so close to the semi-finals.“It is cruel but it is what it is and we have to accept it.Despite the painful end to City’s attempt to win all four major trophies this season, Guardiola insisted he was proud of the effort put in by his team and their supporters.“We missed a penalty in the first leg but I am so proud of the players and the fans,” he said.“I have never heard noise like that since I have been in Manchester, but football is unpredictable.”– ‘Unbelievable’ –City now have to focus on retaining the title, with Tottenham their next opponents in the Premier League on Saturday.“We have a lot of games from the league and FA Cup final. Today is tough and tomorrow will be tough too but the day after we will be ready,” Guardiola said.Mauricio Pochettino’s men will return to Manchester this weekend on a high after one of the greatest results in the club’s history.Tottenham’s only other semi-final appearance in Europe’s elite club competition came in its previous guise as the European Cup in 1961-62.Their semi-final date with Ajax will be Tottenham’s first European semi-final since the 1984 UEFA Cup.It is a personal triumph for Pochettino, who hasn’t signed a single player in the last two transfer windows, yet managed to knock out one of the richest clubs in the world.Saluting his side, who went through without injured striker Harry Kane following his injury in the first leg, Pochettino said: “It was unbelievable — the way it finished. I am so happy, so proud.“My players are heroes to be here. I am so happy for them, so happy for the fans.”Admitting he was bewildered by the astonishing finale with Sterling’s disallowed goal, Pochettino, who ended the night dancing on the pitch with his jacket off, added: “In a moment many things happened in your head, the disappointment was massive but they changed the decision.“That is why we love football. Today we showed great character and great personality it was an unbelievable game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
CALABASAS – For smokers in Calabasas, the drag begins Friday. Smokers may raise a pint on Saint Patrick’s Day but not light up in public after the launch of the toughest secondhand smoke ban in the nation. “We just don’t want anyone blowing smoke in someone’s face,” said Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Washburn, a city founder who assumes his fourth term as mayor on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, what smokers do is harmful to everybody else. “People should have the right to breathe clean air.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The city’s secondhand smoke law is the first in the nation to ban smoking in any public area where others can whiff cigarette or cigar smoke – including sidewalks, parks, outdoor businesses, restaurant patios and condo commons. Those waiting to exhale must do so in designated smoking areas at shopping malls, or at work, or smoke 20 feet from a beaten path. If a nonsmoker asks a smoker to butt it, he or she must snuff it or face a fine. “We salute Calabasas for raising the bar,” said Jim Knox, a legislative advocate for the American Cancer Society in Sacramento. “Smoke regulations can play a very important role in reducing public exposure to harmful secondhand smoke.” Last month, California air-quality regulators declared secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant. The Calabasas ordinance cited 52,000 non-smokers killed each year by secondhand smoke, including 3,000 from lung cancer. On Monday, however, a cloud hung over businesses across this upscale northwest San Fernando Valley city. Four days before the secondhand smoke control ordinance goes into effect, not one business had applied for its designated smoking area, according to Calabasas Planner Tom Bartlett. Restaurant managers shook their heads at the loss of potential business to neighboring cities. While nonsmokers eagerly awaited the citywide smoke-free zone, smokers cringed at the thought of citizen smoke police. “It sucks,” said Arman Hovanesyan, fleet sales manager for Calabasas Volvo, unaware of the pending ordinance as he cupped a Marlboro Light outside. “By the time a deputy comes, I’ll be gone.” Ashtrays ringed the Commons at Calabasas, where no special smoking area had been designated. A security guard said he will not enforce the ban. Outside Barnes & Noble, booksellers took their final drags, skeptical of an ordinance that protects not only common breezeways, but bans smoking near oaks and other protected trees. “What surprises me is the people that bitch about your smoking – after coming over to sit next to you,” said Jeff, a clerk, as he sucked on a Parliament. “It’s like, c’mon dude, smoke disappears in the outdoors. “You’re not going to get cancer outdoors. I just think (the ban) is ridiculous.” Berge Apardian, a 25-year-old hospital worker outside a Starbucks, praised the smokers area as a worthwhile idea. “I wouldn’t want to be sitting next to somebody smoking,” he said. Silvia Favela, strolling with her 5-month-old daughter Natalia, said the public ban on smoking will be a boon for public health. “At Starbucks, all these people are smoking and they don’t even care there’s a child there,” said Favela, 33, of Calabasas. “You don’t want to feel you’re in a nightclub – you want to enjoy your surroundings, the birds, the fish, the fresh air.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that new initiatives are urgently needed to regenerate the inshore fishery sector if it is to have a sustainable future.Mac Giolla Easbuig told Donegal Daily, “The fishing community have suffered irreparable damage since the closure of the driftnet fishery for salmon seven years agoIndependent TD Thomas Pringle and county council election candidate Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig met with fishermen in Burtonport on Monday.“Coupled with the unworkable fishing constraints on Area VIa which date back to 2009 with the introduction of the Cod Recovery Plan and it’s easy to see why the small scale fishermen operating in Donegal’s inshore waters are suffering so badly. “New initiatives for the inshore sector are badly needed and some of the recommendations of the Report on Sustainable Rural Coastal and Island Communities from an Oireachtas fisheries sub-committee, could if implemented help regenerate the inshore sector.According to Mac Giolla Easbuig the announcement of a National Inshore Fisheries Forum, may have the potential to assist the inshore sector but only if it is wholly representative and run by those fishermen who are actively engaged in and dependant on it.Mac Giolla Easbuig added, “Having talked with fishermen, many have spoken of their frustration at unlicensed and recreational fishermen being allowed to fish on the same grounds with as much gear as fully licensed commercial fishermen, who rely on these stocks to make a living.“In my view there is nothing wrong with people taking to the sea to fish for their own table and I would defend it, so long as their catch is kept for their own consumption. “But I agree that a balance needs to be struck which safeguards the sustainability of the lobster, brown crab and shrimp stocks and that a review of the licensing system is needed which should take this into account.”Mac Giolla Easbuig admits he won’t pretend to understand the full implications as to what fishermen go through on a day to day basis, what legislation they have to adhere to or what is the best way for their fisheries to move forward and make it a brighter future for them, their families and their communities.“But I can tell you that what I lack in my own personal knowledge of the fishing industry is duly compensated in listening to and seeking advice from others who have an extensive knowledge of what drives the fishing industry.“Thankfully many of whom I can say are also part of my team.“I am more than willing to sit with fishermen and their representatives and listen to how and what I can do to assist them in breathing much needed life back into our coastal communities. ELECTION 2014: MAC GIOLLA EASBUIG CALLS FOR NEW INITIATIVES TO HELP INSHORE FISHING was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Election 2014: Michael Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuignewsPolitics
Letterkenny Peace Commissioner Peter Cutliffe has again called for polling clerk positions to be advertised locally.Peter CutliffeMr Cutliffe said that with local & European elections scheduled for May next, action has to be taken on the issue.“I believe that these public positions should be advertised so that our young and unemployed people get the opportunity to avail of these positions,” he said. ” I would recommend that a panel of suitable people be formed that would last for 2 years. This panel would serve not only the elections in May but also the next General election , scheduled for February 2016 & also a few scheduled referenda”, Mr Cutliffe suggested.In conclusion, he again called on the County Registrar to advertise these positions as soon as possible. POLLING CLERK POSITIONS MUST BE ADVERTISED BEFORE UPCOMING ELECTIONS – CUTLIFFE was last modified: January 12th, 2014 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:advertisedPeter Cutliffepolling clerks