Recovering Pooran eyeing new PCL season

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Promising Trinidad and Tobago wicket-keeper/batsman Nicholas Pooran says he is nearly fully recovered from a leg injury sustained in a car crash earlier this year”I’m almost fully recovered,” talented 19-year-old cricketer declared.”The worst of the injury is over since I took out the screws from my knees two weeks ago and some stitches out today.”The injury forced Pooran to miss the Red Force Super50 triumph earlier this year and CPL 2015 with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.Pooran says that dealing with the injury which affected his playing career has been difficult.”It has been very tough because I wanted to play cricket,” he said.”I thought I had a good chance of playing in the CPL, but physio (Oba Gulston) told me it would have been too much of a risk.”Pooran’s talent turned heads during the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013 when he struck 54 off 24 balls for the TT Red Steel against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.His 143 not out for young West Indies against Australia in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup was another indication of his immense ability.Pooran plans to participate in the trials in a bid to return to the Red Force squad for the 2015/16 WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) season which begins November 6.”I am not contracted for the PCL, so right now I hoping to get back on the field by mid-September to get involved in some of the national team trial matches in order to make the team,” explained Pooran.last_img read more

Parks explodes for 30 as Alab moves on brink of ABL crown

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Brownlee joined forces with Parks, Josh Urbiztondo and Pamboy Raymundo as Alab closed out the third quarter with a 15-2 run to turn a 60-65 deficit to a 75-67 lead heading into the final period. Balkman looked to have taken the fight out of Mono by extending Alab’s lead to 87-78 with 3:28 left, but Mike Singletary willed the home squad back into the game with seven points in a 12-6 counter. Parks hit two back-to-back treys to quell the fightback, before nailing a tough fadeaway over Paul Zamar with 55 seconds left to put away Mono, 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ BANGKOK – Ray Parks made the biggest shots down the stretch as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas turned back Mono Vampire, 99-93, last Saturday night to regain the lead in the ASEAN Basketball League finals series at Stadium 29 here. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast La Salle nears 3-peat, pounces on error-prone FEU in Game 1 Three days after being named the league’s local Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, Parks scattered 30 points, including eight of Alab’s last 12 points, as the Filipino club kept its poise in front of a lively Mono home crowd to grab a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five series. Parks made six treys with his last two helping Alab weather a late surge by Mono. 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 crownAlab can become the third Filipino club to wrest the ABL crown with another win in Game 4 on Monday here. Justin Brownlee caught fire in the second half to pump in 27 points, helping Alab build enough cushion to weather a late surge by Mono. Renaldo Balkman kept the Filipinos afloat with 18 of his 24 points in the first half, before Brownlee took charge in the third period. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Mr Granger failed to focus on human development

first_imgDear Editor,We need big structural changes in Guyana that create new value and we need a grassroots movement to get it done. This is what Team Granger does not understand – they are economically destructive rather than value creative. What Team Granger did to the sugar belt was a failure to do three vital things: improve operations; effectively tap the potential value of the human beings in the industry, and finally, unleash the potential of the assets.The sugar industry in Guyana is a “country within a country” and cannot be treated as if it is some standalone company. So when the bean counters rush forward using the cash flows as a means to analyse an outcome, it highlighted clearly how they have missed the entire point. Financial feasibility is not the same as economic feasibility. Mr Bharrat Jagdeo seems to be one of the few that get it; Guysuco is not financially profitable in local currency but is economically viable from a human development perspective and a key source of foreign exchange inflows into the Central Bank. This and only this is the crux of the matter.There is more to GuySuCo than quantitative metrics. There is a bigger economic issue as to what GuySuCo does for rural Demerara and rural Berbice. Regional areas like the East Coast of Demerara and Corentyne were devastated after Mr Granger and his team closed four (4) sugar estates in a most uncompassionate manner.The facts will show that the West Bank of Demerara went into an economic tailspin and is now a social and economic mess, so much so that places like Wales and Patentia are depressed communities these days when they once were thriving economic hubs where people lived in dignity and had jobs. Jobs matter!What Mr Granger failed to do was to focus on human development. Rather, he fell for the trap set by his bean counters and got mesmerised by the cash flows, clearly unaware of the fact that cash in fungible when it comes to running a nation. Mr Granger clearly is not someone who understands the big picture of human empowerment and how it is tied to national development.What was done on the sugar belt was the following:Team Granger failed to treat the fired employees with dignity, fairness, and respect. Today there are massive levels of human mental illness across these former estates, which culminate in the expansion of social ills, poverty, and human inefficiency. Many of these people have lost their purpose in life and are struggling to reinvent themselves.So if Dr Ali and the PPP/C can immediately re-open two (2) of the factories it will add value immediately to the nation, unlike the wasted resources lost on the failed billion-dollar projects like the D’Urban Park Parade Ground and the two (2) GDF aircraft that remain unserviceable.Guyana has failed to honour its commitment to the sugar workers who kept the country economically alive during the turbulent 1970s and 1980s. No one is reflecting on the sugar levy that was drained from the workers to feed the nation. That is why the comments from Mr Robert Badal is uninformed and disappointing. Mr Badal is happy to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in tax holidays for his personal business but is unprepared to offer the same sort of comparable and equitable financial benefits to thousands of ordinary sugar workers.Until Mr Badal can put himself in the shoes of the fired sugar workers, he has placed himself in the unenviable position of being unfit to speak of their plight of the sugar industry. The manner in which this sugar industry was closed lost more value for the nation than it gained and this is reflected in the head office cost, which moved from 20 per cent of the operating cost before the closures to approximately 35 per cent today. That is not progress, Mr Badal.In the final analysis, Dr Mohammed Irfan Ali and the PPP/C have placed their focus on human development. The focus of the PPP/C and Dr Ali, as I am reading in the “summary version” of their manifesto, is to ensure that the tangible and intangible assets of the industry can be best leveraged.As a turnaround specialist who did this for a living as a former banker in the UK, the loss of value created by the decisions from Team Granger may never ever be recovered but re-opening at least Enmore and Rose Hall on Day One of the PPP/C taking office will roll back some of the lost value and half of a bread is certainly better than no bread at all.Think about this. Can some of the Wales Estate sugar workers be relocated to Canje to power the Rose Hall factory?Sincerely,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Eyewitness places accused soldier at the scene – Police Superintendent testifies

first_imgKilling of ex-boyfriend’s motherDays after Marcelle Collymore, the daughter of murdered housewife Donna Taylor testified that the accused Abiola Jacobs and her mother had a fight on the day of her mother’s demise, Police Superintendent Joel David confirmed that the accused informed him that she spoke with Taylor on the day of her death. The Policeman gave this evidence as he testified at the High Court before Justice James Bovell-Drakes on Tuesday where he also noted that the survivor of the attack; Samantha Sabbatt placed Jacobs at the scene of the January 31, 2014 ordeal at Agricola, Greater Georgetown.Murder accused: Abiola JacobsFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Private Abiola Jacobs is currently on trial for allegedly murdering 55-year-old Taylor, who was the mother of her estranged boyfriend, Bertum Taylor Jr. The murdered housewife was found lying on her back with her hands behind her and her shirt wrapped around her neck.During Superintendent David’s testimony on Tuesday, he recalled that he charged Jacobs, who told him that after speaking with Donna Taylor earlier in the day, she went home at about 18:00h where she was with her mother and son. David added that Jacobs informed him it was her friend “Boogie” who told her that something had happened to Taylor, claiming that she later was accompanied by her mother to Taylor’s home where she learnt the woman was murdered.The Police witness added that he noticed injuries on Samantha Sabbatt, Taylor’s overseas-based friend who was staying in the upper flat. David added that a confrontation was held between Sabbatt and Jacobs in his presence, where Sabbatt recalled hearing a banging on the bedroom door. The 12-member jury heard that a male voice then called out “Open, open!” and that she witnessed the defendant, Jacobs peeping through the lattice work. As a result, Sabbatt escaped through a bedroom window into the verandah, where she fell to the ground, according to the recollection of the senior Police rank.Also testifying on Tuesday was Police Corporal Melanie Hale, who told the court that on February 1, 2014, at 06:50h, she went to Taylor’s addresswhere she arrested Jacobs and escorted her to the Ruimveldt Police Station. She noted that on February 4, 2014, Jacobs was charged with the murder and was arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on the following day.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Adrian Thompson, Corporal Hale denied suggestions that several persons were present at the time she arrested Jacobs at the Taylors’ residence. The Policewoman maintained that she never met Jacobs’ mother at the Taylors. The lawyer suggested that the witness was fabricating her entire story which the Police Corporal outright denied.Later on, the jury was excused, and proceedings were held in voir dire (trial within a trial) after Thompson raised certain objections to prosecution’s line of questioning. State Counsels Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are presenting with the prosecution’s case which continues before Justice Bovell-Drakes.last_img read more

Guyana to get help from South Africa to develop natural resources sector

first_imgGuyana’s mining and natural resources sector is expected to be enhanced following discussions with its South African counterpart on ways to develop the sector and eliminate challenges faced in obtaining resources.South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant, would have met with Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, during a meeting on Monday, which also featured officials from the Guyana Gold Board, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Guyana Forestry Commission.The two countries are looking at ways to strengthen their bilateral relationship, especially in the area of mining and during the five-day visit, Oliphant is slated to interact with various officials to come up with ways through which both countries can deepen their relationship through the mining industry.Both Ministers were briefed on how resources are extracted in each other’s country. This exchange of information was considered vital, given the fact that South Africa was once the largest gold producer in the world.After initial discussions with his South African counterpart, Minister Trotman told media operatives that there are many ways in which Guyana can benefit from this relationship. First, the country can provide information on how to tackle some challenges which it faced. Additionally, the possibility looms for persons associated with this sector to be exposed to “first world” training.“There are three areas which we wish to benefit from it. South Africa is a very large, complex and exciting place but it brings experiences of how they have overcome some of the challenges we’re facing so we hope to expose our staff at the GGMC, the Gold Board and at the policy level to experience first world training.”He also noted that the mindset is to strengthen overall ties between the nations whereby agencies can strike a relationship to assist each other and investments can surface.“We hope to deepen the exchanges between the two countries at a Government to Government level, and at the institutional level, the counterpart in the GGMC would be able to relate to its counterpart in South Africa. Thirdly, we would want to invite investments from South Africa to Guyana. We believe that financially, South Africa has experience in mining gold and diamonds in particular,” said Trotman.Apart from the mining industry, the Minister is of the belief that assistance can be provided in a number of other areas, including education.“A number of areas are being looked at in terms of education, culture, industry. I know that those will be pursued.”Throughout the engagement, ideas surfaced for the possibility of offshore diamond mining and other advanced techniques for mining resources.While one of Guyana’s challenges is illegal mining, the African country is being faced with a significantly high depth of its resources, sometimes kilometres deep.Guyana and South Africa established diplomatic relations on November 4, 1994.last_img read more

Businessman shot during row over pool game

first_imgA businessman was in the wee hours of Thursday morning shot and injured during an argument over a game of pool at Adventure, Essequibo Coast.The injured man has been identified as Wilfred Tennyson, also called Lawrie, 32, of 37 Adventure, Essequibo Coast.Based on reports received, a Supernumerary Constable attached to a Security Service was armed with a handgun belonging to the security firm to which he is employed. He left his place of duty and ventured into the victim’s shop, and they engaged in a game of pool.However, an argument erupted after the victim won a game, and the suspect allegedly whipped out his firearm and shot Tennyson to his right side abdomen.The victim was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital, where he was treated and admitted. He is said to be in a stable condition. The 20-year-old suspect from Adventure, Essequibo Coast has since been taken into custody, and his firearm has been lodged.But speaking with the Guyana Times at the Suddie Hospital, the injured man refuted claims which suggest that the incident stemmed from an argument, but said rather that the suspect’s firearm accidently went off while he playing pools.“I genuinely feel it was an accident, there was no argument; and besides, we are friends…the shot just went off by accident,” the victim claimed. Tennyson has undergone emergency surgery to remove the bullet from his abdomen. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Traditional sectors suffer decline

first_imgMid-Year Report 2018…growth projections still below original figureDespite the economy growing by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018, the traditional sectors, such as sugar and rice, have seen decline in their performances, with contractions of 30.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively.This was revealed in the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report 2018, which was laid in Parliament on Wednesday and which focuses on the state of the economy and performances of various sectors.Finance Minister Winston JordanFinance Minister Winston Jordan, in addressing the National Assembly about the country’s economic performance, admitted that the gold sector also suffered a decline of 9.1 per cent.This is equivalent to a decrease of 288,114 ounces in gold declaration. The report also revealed that this represented a 19.4 percent shortfall (below the original projection set by Government).The minister in his report also noted that there are a number of downside economic and fiscal risks to the economy, both domestic and external, which can frustrate the achievement of the various revised targets.In relation to sugar production, the report stated that this continued to be impacted negatively by a sub-optimal mix of factors, which also include deficient cash flow alignment and the undue absence of a board to oversee the management of the remaining sugar estates.“The SPU (Special Purpose Unit) will need to accelerate efforts to divest/diversify the closed estates in order to provide a much-needed injection of cash to facilitate retooling and the continued operations of the restructured Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) under the soon-to-be-named board,” it stated.Importantly also, the report added that if this does not materialise quickly, there is a real danger of GuySuCo renewing its reliance on the treasury beyond the sum budgeted in 2018. Government recently named a new Chief Executive Officer for the company, and has promised to name a new board soon.Higher-than-expected levels of rainfall and the impact of climate change were also cited as economic and fiscal risks. The report noted that this continues to threaten economic activity across several sectors within the economy, particularly sugar, rice, forestry, mining and construction.Another issue listed in the report is the pace of implementation of the Public-Sector Investment Programme (PSIP). It improved from 23.6 percent on average to 31.8 percent at the first half of the year, with several constraining factors continuing to stymie further progress.Inadequate leadership, it said, is further complicated by a limited pool of evaluators and qualified contractors; the absence of procurement by a limited pool of qualified contractors; the absence of procurement planning; and the inability to attract qualified engineering and procurement specialists.“Cabinet is in the process of addressing the weak management across budget agencies undertaken the PIMA, an action plan has been drafted and implementation of project appraisal systems is anticipated to improve the pace of implementation in future years,” it also noted.GrowthHowever, despite these issues, the report indicated that growth in the economy was more broad-based than in 2017, with robust performances in the agriculture, fishing and forestry sectors of 3.4 percent. Other crops, fishing, livestock and forestry industries all experienced growth over the same period, with the latter two growing by a commendable 29.1 percent and 18.1 percent respectively.Growth of 8.2 percent was also recorded in the services sector, and 13.4 per cent in the construction sector. This significant increase in the construction sector is attributed to higher building imports by 24.7 per cent.Meanwhile, production in the bauxite industry reached its highest level since 2013, surpassing 2017 by 21.1 per cent. This has led to a revision of the forecast growth of the industry upward from 23.3 per cent to 29.9 per cent. There was also growth in other mining of 31.2 percent, driven by the production of diamonds and other stones, which increased by 13.3 per cent and 45.5 per cent respectively.In addition to that, the Government has also revised its growth rate for 2018 to 3.7 per cent, which is close to the initial rate of 3.8 percent. Government has subsequently revised the economic growth rate for 2018 to 3.4 percent. This figure was touted a few months ago after several revisions were made.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent, recorded in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rates as follows: in 2014, it was 3.8 per cent; in 2015, it was 3.2 per cent; and in 2016, it was 3.3 per cent. For 2017, initial projections of 3.8 per cent were revised to 3.1 per cent. This figure then went to 2.9 per cent before the final figure of 2.1 per cent was determined.last_img read more

Fort St. John Council Debates Registering An Official Coat Of Arms

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Last Monday afternoon’s city council saw a lengthy debate over whether to officially register a coat of arms.A motion was tabled by staff asking Council to request a ‘Grant of Arms’ for the City of Fort St. John from the Canadian Heraldic Authority, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, so that a proper coat of arms could be created and registered. City staff would draft up an application including a description of the community and its history, which would be followed by an official artist’s draft. The estimated cost of the draft artwork and registry was approximately $2,400.The city has unofficially had a Coat of Arms since the 1970’s, a copy of which is mounted on the wall above the Mayor’s chair in the council chambers. According to city staff after questions regarding the ownership of the arms were asked, the city does not own either the trademark or copyright over the symbol. Since the arms are also not registered with the Governor General’s office, they are currently not protected.- Advertisement -After a lengthy debate over whether it would be worth spending $2,400 dollars for an official coat of arms, Councillors Dan Davies and Gord Klassen voted against the motion, saying that the city’s current logo is adequate. The fate of the city’s current unofficial coat of arms mounted to the council chamber wall is currently unknown, although several ideas were floated including auctioning off the copy to recoup the cost of registry, or donating it to a museum.last_img read more

‘It’s going to be one messy afternoon and night in Newcastle’ – Fan reaction

first_imgNewcastle United are OFFICIALLY champions!The Magpies sealed their return to the Premier League with a dramatic Championship title win after Brighton conceded a late equaliser against Aston Villa.Jack Grealish denied the Seagulls a party of their own on the south coast as Rafael Benitez’s men pipped their rivals to the biggest prize in the second-tier of English football.And celebrations are already under way up on Tyneside.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… Rafael Benitez gets his hands on the trophy 1last_img

Man jailed for holding up Letterkenny petrol station with pellet gun

first_imgA young man who was part of a three-man gang who held up a Letterkenny service station has been jailed for 18 months.Dean Kelly, aged 21, was sitting at his house in Glenwood Park in Letterkenny when two friends called to hatch a plan to rob the Glencar Filling Station – less than 500 yards from his home. Kelly was arrested after Gardai viewed CCTV footage as well as going through clothing including shoes lost by the gang as they ran through a muddy field making their getaway.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told the men rushed into the petrol station on Circular Road at around 9.40pm on November 2nd, 2014.The men had their faces covered, had a gun and shouted at shop assistant Niamh McLaughlin to open the cash register.She managed to press the panic alarm but the gang managed to snatch the cash till which contained €1,141 in cash.The men ran from the scene and Gardai were on the scene quickly.Detective Garda Tom Kilcoyne told how an investigation led them to Dean Kelly who admitted his part in the robbery but refused to name his two accomplices.Kelly said that he had been on all types of drugs including cannabis, cocaine and heroin or “nearly any drugs I could get my hands on.”Barrister Ms Fiona Crawford said Kelly was from a family of 12 and his mother had died when he was young.However, she said that he had tried to turn his life around since this incident, was off drink and drugs, and had put on two stone in recent months.“When I met him this morning, I genuinely did not recognise him,” said Ms Crawford.A victim impact statement was handed into court on behalf of shop assistant Ms McLaughlin in which it revealed she suffered nightmares and panic attacks as a result of being held up.Kelly said he was glad that he did not have to face Ms McLaughlin in court after what had happened.But he said “If she was here I would apologise to her and I am very remorseful and sorry for what that woman went through. I’m just very, very sorry.”Judge Terence O’Sullivan said robbery was a very serious matter and that’s why it carried a possible sentence of life imprisonment.He said Kelly had pleaded guilty at an early stage and also took into account his young age.He sentenced him to two years in prison but suspended the last six months.Man jailed for holding up Letterkenny petrol station with pellet gun was last modified: April 28th, 2017 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:courtDean KellyGardaiGlencar Service Stationgunrobberylast_img read more