English Premier League Reviews

first_imgLEICESTER CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0GOAL:-LEICESTER: ULLOA 89th.Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th-minute goal means Leicester remain two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League and deny Norwich a deserved draw. Ulloa slid in at the far post to convert Marc Albrighton’s cross at the end of an otherwise poor Foxes display. Norwich had the better chances, Cameron Jerome heading wide and Nathan Redmond off target from distance.SOUTHAMPTON 1 CHELSEA 2GOALS:- LONG 42nd. CHELSEA: FABREGAS 75th; IVANOVIC 89th.Chelsea came from behind to beat Southampton with a late Branislav Ivanovic header. Shane Long pounced on a Baba Rahman error before clipping a shot over keeper Thibaut Courtois. Diego Costa volleyed wide for Chelsea, but the visitors equalised when a Cesc Fabregas cross crept in. Chelsea finished strongly and Ivanovic headed in from a Willian corner.STOKE CITY 2 ASTON VILLA 1GOALS:- STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC PEN 51st, 56th. VILLA: BACUNA 79th.Marko Arnautovic’s double gave Stoke a deserved victory as Aston Villa’s slim hopes of avoiding relegation suffered another blow. The Austrian opened the scoring with a penalty after Ashley Westwood brought down Phil Bardsley. He set up his second with a looping header, which he then chested in. Leandro Bacuna’s late goal gave Villa hope of an unlikely point, but the Barclays Premier League’s bottom club remain eight points from safety.WATFORD 0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0Watford and Bournemouth both missed good chances as their contest at Vicarage Road finished goalless. Hornets’ striker Odion Ighalo had the best of those opportunities when his header from eight yards sailed over the bar. He also fired over the bar from 12 yards from a quick free kick and forced Artur Boruc into an early save. The Cherries went close through Max Gradel, who made his first appearance since a ligament injury in August.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3CRYSTAL PALACE 2GOALS:- WBA: GARDNER 12th; DAWSON 20th; BERAHINO 31st. PALACE: WICKHAM 48th, 80th.Saido Berahino scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since October as West Bromwich Albion held on to win against Crystal Palace. The Baggies forward scored a cushioned volley from Stephane Sessegnon’s pass. That put the hosts in charge after Craig Gardner tucked in a rebound and Craig Dawson’s header. Connor Wickham scored twice to make it a nervy ending, but Palace’s winless league run now stretches to 10 games.WEST HAM UNITED 1 SUNDERLAND 0GOAL:- ANTONIO 30th.Michail Antonio allowed West Ham to extend their unbeaten home run to 13 games with a win over Sunderland, who missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone. Michail Antonio’s first-half goal, his fifth in 15 starts for the club, proved the difference. The forward wove into the box and struck low into the bottom corner of Vito Mannone’s goal.last_img read more

Ruimveldt man admits to breaking into aunt’s store

first_imgA 33-year-old labourer who admitted to breaking into his aunt’s boutique and carting off a quantity of clothing, was on Monday remanded to prison.Orlando Rickett of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus. He admitted that on December 20, 2019, at South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he broke and entered the boutique of Asha Gray and stole a quantity of luxury brand clothing valued $315,000 and $100,000.The court heard that the Virtual Complainant secured her boutique at about 13:00h and went out but upon her return, she noticed that the door was open.According to the prosecutor, upon entering the boutique the woman noticed several articles missing and reviewed the CCTV footage. It was then she realised that it was her nephew who went in and exited with the items. As such, she reported the matter to the police. He was remanded to prison and will be sentenced on January 20, 2020.last_img read more

Govt racks up $175M in expenses on CoIs

first_imgThe numerous Commissions of Inquiries (CoIs) launched by President David Granger have come at a hefty price of 5 million. Since 2015, Government has spent the sum on CoIs, including costs associated with paying members and Chairmen.This was revealed as a result of questions brought to the National Assembly by theNewly appointed GECOM Chairman, James Patterson was paid $500,000 as Chairman of the CoI into the prison disturbancespolitical Opposition. In his written responses to Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, Minister of State Joseph Harmon provided the costs for 11 CoIs.In the case of the 2015 CoI into the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), it was disclosed that $51.8 million was expended. This included a payment of $1.9 million to the Chairman and $2.4 million to all members except Professor Clive Thomas.The CoI into the public service cost taxpayers $40.1 million, with the Chairman and member being paid approximately $500,000 each. The 2016 CoI into the education sector cost $26.7 million, with the Chairman receiving $4.8 million and members receiving $2.4 million.The CoI into the 2016 prison disturbances cost $12.2 million, with Chairman James Patterson being paid $500,000. The other members were paid $350,000.Chairman of the GuySuCo CoI, Vibert Parvatan, was paid $1.9 millionThe CoI into last year’s fire at the Drop-in Centre cost $1.3 million, with the Chairman being paid $350,000. Inquiries into conditions of veterans and the discovery of a foreign aircraft at Yapukari cost $14.8 million and $8.3 million respectively; while the Chairman of the former pocketed $750,000, and no individual payment for the second.The inquiry into allegations made against the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unity by Barry Dataram cost $1 million, with $500,000 being paid to the Chairman. Harmon also detailed in his response that the CoI into the October 2016 collapse of a mining pit that killed Keon Wilson cost $5.1 million. The Chairman was paid $750,000.In the case of the inquiry into the release of a private vessel in Guyana’s waters, a total of $8.2 million was spent. The Chairman was paid $550,000, while the members were paid $500,000.Harmon also revealed that $5.4 million was spent on the CoI into the presidentialChairman of the Education CoI, Ed Caesar, pocketed $4.8 millionassassination plot, with the Chairman pocketing $500,000.Value for moneyGovernment has for some time faced accusations that it ignored recommendations made in some of these very CoIs; such as the inquiry into the state of GuySuCo.Among other things, this CoI had produced recommendations that no estate be closed. Government has in fact already stated it will forge ahead with closing all estates except Blairmont, Uitvlugt and Albion, thus rendering this piece of advice redundant.In the CoI into the 2016 prison disturbances, which saw 17 inmates losing their lives in a fire, it was found that the combination of overcrowding, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement were all ideal conditions for epidemics for gangs to prosper and to propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels isRetired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Slowe, pocketed $500,000 to chair the CoI into the assassination plot against President Grangerthe single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayers’ dollars but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”In order to effect a reduction in the prison population, the report had been specific in explaining what needed to be done. For one, it had recommended Government move to abolish mandatory minimum sentences and decriminalise possession of minimum amounts of marijuana for personal use.There were also recommendations for avoiding remand in the case of low-level, non-violent offenders; for the Judiciary to employ non-custodial sentences in all cases of possession – such as treatment, educational opportunities or community service – that are available to those involved in other types of offences. But despite the emphasis in the CoI report on reducing numbers, it was revealed at the time of the disastrous fire earlier this year – which gutted the prison – that over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison, with a contingent out on labour duty. The Camp Street Prison was originally built to house half that number. When Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels was asked about the progress made in implementing the recommendations from last year, he said money just was not there to implement the major recommendations.last_img read more

2 Govt Ministers facing misconduct, corruption charges

first_img….ordered to appear in court within 2 weeksBy Yanalla DalrympleTwo senior People’s National Congress officials and A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change Government Ministers serving on President David Granger’s Cabinet are now facing financial misconduct and corruption charges which were filed privately on Thursday, by sitting Opposition legislators.Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), Bishop Juan EdghillThe Ministers facing the private action are Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, who also served as Guyana’s Health Minister after Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs), Juan Edghill and Vickram Bharrat on Thursday morning filed a criminal case at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The matter which was heard before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan saw former Attorney General Anil Nandlall representing the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) parliamentarians.The two Ministers are being accused of “misconduct in public office” by parliamentarians Vickram Bharrat and Juan Edghill.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe court heard that Minister Volda Lawrence, while being and performing the duties of Public Health Minister of the Government of Guyana, between January 16, 2017 and February 16, 2017, wilfully misconducted herself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification.Moreover, Lawrence is accused of authorising the unapproved single sourcing and purchase of drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation from ANSA McAL Trading Limited, for the excessive sum of $605,962,200.Norton, on the other hand, is also accused of wilfully misconducting himself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, when he authorised or caused the rental, of the property known as and situated at 29 Sussex Street Albouystown, in the city of Georgetown from Linden Holdings Incorporated, a Limited Liability Company, for the sum of $12,500,000, exclusive of VAT, per month, by way of a written Agreement of Tenancy at an excessive rate of rental.”Chief Magistrate McLennan has since granted two summonses for the respective Ministers, ordering them to appear before the court on April 24.On April 12, Government instituted legal proceedings against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington for what it says is “misconduct in public office: contrary to common law” as it pertains to the sale of three plots of State land.However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has since labelled the charges “frivolous,” while defending his party’s members who he claims are men of integrity.last_img read more

Local dealer slams GRDB for “slackness” when assessing rice before export

first_img…as 70 tonnes of Guyana rice rejected by Jamaica…GRDB claims no White Cinderella rice shipped in 2019Guyana’s rice has been placed in the glare of scrutiny again, less than three months after several containers of rice were rejected by Panama for failing to meet stipulated requirements.This time Jamaica’s Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry has confiscated 70 metric tonnes of White Cinderella rice because of high microbial content after reaching the country’s shores.Turhane DoergaAccording to reports by Jamaica Observer, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division of the Ministry impounded some 1575 bags of rice. Jamaica Observer reported that the grains, which were exported by a local distributor, were inspected and was found to have signs of mould, clumping discolouration and wetting and as such, detained by a food storage inspector.These alarming discoveries ensured that a statutory detention notice was fixed, and samples were submitted to the division’s microbiology lab for testing. Jamaica Observer noted that the results from the tests demonstrated that the rice contained microbial levels which are beyond the accepted limits, thus making it inapt for human consumption.General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam HassanIn keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), provisions were made for the rice to be disposed of after discussions with the importer, who is said to be a large-scale distributor from the island.This seizure is first for the year but an epidemic of poor quality rice exiting Guyana was seen in the recent months when Panama rejected some 20 containers of rice from Guyana back in September.This comes after the collapse of the lucrative PetroCaribe agreement between Guyana and Venezuela. The PetroCaribe deal was set to expire in November 2015, but Venezuela axed the rice deal months before the official due date. The agreement was sealed by the previous administration and was considered a profitable arrangement where oil could have been obtained through rice.The Spanish-speaking country has been reportedly importing rice from neighbouring Suriname.Downward spiralFormer Chief Executive Officer of Alesie Group, Turhane Doerga spoke to Guyana Times on Saturday about this new ordeal in the rice sector, where he expounded on loopholes within the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), the medium between farmers and exporters, resulting in these unfortunate events.According to him, the Board is mandated to keep tabs and conduct quality checks on all rice leaving the country. However, this is not abided by and the consequences are now being faced, as Guyana is given a “bad name” in a sector in which it once excelled.“It is very simple. The GRDB is an insult to all law-abiding rice people in this country. The rice was shipped from Guyana. Where was GRDB? The rice millers are everybody pay them so it is corruption. Bad rice is passing and it gives Guyana a bad name. This is my concern that again, Guyana is getting a bad name because the people who are paid to make sure that quality is shipped are not doing their jobs,” Doerga said.The miller made it clear that the international rice market is aware of these infringements in quality and chastised the rice Body for improper management, which has affected farmers significantly, especially since they now receive less for rice. The Rice Producer Association was also called out for not addressing these issues from the inception.“It’s in the international rice news and it’s sad because the country is getting a bad name. With the management that we have in the rice industry at this moment, farmers are getting far less for their paddy. The RPA which is supposed to be taking care of farmers interests is dead and the GRDB is an ongoing saga of corruption and the Minister is fast asleep.”He recalled the previous infringements in rice exportation and reminded that quality is not being taken as a priority. According to Doerga, Guyanese rice is superior in quality but this is not what is depicted in the exported goods due to slackness at all levels.The rice expert also highlighted the poor marketing strategy which the country has adapted, thus resulting in the evident “downward spiral”.“We had the Panama thing and then the Venezuela thing and it was all about quality. We have absolute top quality rice in this country so why are these things happening? To me, Guyana rice is being sold for whatever they can get so there is no proper marketing being done and it’s simply because the RPA which had to protect the farmers and fight for their rights is doing nothing. We’re in a downward spiral and this is really and truly bad. The farmers are the ones on the back end,” he explained.No shipmentWhen contacted, General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan stated that he learnt of the confiscation through media reports. According to him, efforts were made to contact the agency responsible for the shipment and the Board is yet to receive an answer.However, he maintained that no shipment was made from the said miller for this year. “There has been no shipment from that miller that uses that brand for 2019,” Hassan said.last_img read more

Zlatan out for a month, confirms Mourinho

first_imgHe had suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League and while he was expected to be out for at least a year, the Swede surprised many by returning a few months early.However, he will now be back in the treatment room having been taken off at half-time during the midweek 2-2 draw with Burnley, and wasn’t involved in the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday.After the Saints stalemate, Jose Mourinho said: “It is the same, a massive problem. He is a 37-year-old with a bad knee. Zlatan is one month out.”With Romelu Lukaku also out for some time after being stretchered off on Saturday, United have limited striking options ahead of facing Everton on New Year’s Day.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured during the club’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium in Brussels on April 13, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 31 – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be sidelined for a month with a knee injury, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.The 36-year-old only just recently returned to action after seven months out.last_img read more

Ings future ‘up in the air’ as Liverpool and Tottenham prepare for transfer fight

first_imgDanny Ings claims he does not know where he will be playing his football next season.The 22-year-old, who struck 12 goals for relegated Burnley in his debut Premier League season, will leave Turf Moor once his contract expires in June.The Clarets will be due compensation for their star man, which is likely to be in the region of £5million.Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the England Under-21 international, while Tottenham are understood to have registered their interest in the player.But Ings insists he has yet to decide on his next move, telling the Lancashire Telegraph: “My holiday’s the first thing on my mind. I’m looking forward to a bit of downtime and after that it’s going to be hard work again.“It’s going to be a short summer for me this year but I love football so I’d play it every day if I could. After that I’ll sit down with my agent and discuss my future then.“At the moment it’s all up in the air. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” 1 Danny Ings last_img read more

DOUBLE DELIGHT AS JIM AND YVONNE McGUINNESS HAVE TWIN GIRLS

first_imgHe may not have captured back-to-back All-Irelands but Jim McGuinness is celebrating on the double.The McGuinness family has grown bigger.The Donegal GAA boss was relieved after wife Yvonne gave birth to two bouncing baby girls.The girls arrived at Letterkenny General Hospital on Friday evening. Both new-born babies are said to be doing fine as is their solicitor mum Yvonne.It is not known yet what the couple have decided to call their new arrivals although it is understood they are considering naming them Bonnie and Aoibh.A friend said “Everyone is doing fine. There’s always a worry with a new baby arriving and that is doubled when you are expecting twins.“Thankfully everything went to plan and they now have two new lovely girls to add to their family.” The new arrivals means the young couple now have five young children – two boys and three girls.It’s certainly promises to be a busy household at the couples’ home in Portnoo.It will especially be busy for Yvonne with husband Jim working with Glasgow Celtic FC in Scotland up to four days a week.He has spoken before about how the couple could not have coped without the help of their family.McGuinness, from Glenties, has still to confirm if he is to continue on as Donegal boss after they were beaten by Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter final. The Donegal manager, who lost two brothers, Charles and Mark, says the loss puts family into perspective over sport.“I think it does make you stronger on one level – it also leaves you slightly vulnerable for the rest of your life.“The one positive I would say would be that it gives you a really, really strong perspective on your own life.“For me there’s nothing more important in my life than my family and my children. “That in many respects comes from the fact that I know what loss is and how much it can impact a family so every moment with my wife and children is very precious to me ” he said.EndsDOUBLE DELIGHT AS JIM AND YVONNE McGUINNESS HAVE TWIN GIRLS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:Jim McGuinnesstwinsYvonne McGuinnesslast_img read more

Judge refuses to strike out alleged drink-driving cases over delays

first_imgA local Judge has refused to strike out approximately 45 cases of alleged drink-driving because of an ongoing delay in hearing them.The cases were due to be mentioned at Letterkenny District Court. The cases have been delayed for a number of months following a challenge being heard in the Supreme Court.The legal challenge was taken by a Romanian man Mihai Avadanei over his 2014 prosecution for alleged drink-driving in Dublin.The case is being taken on claims that the print-out from the intoxilyser machine operated by Gardai should be in both English and Irish, as written in the Road Traffic Act, 2010.Up to 30 similar cases were struck out last week in Dungarvan after Judge Terence Finn said a considerable amount of time had passed since the legal matter was before the courts and it would be unsafe to now hear the cases.Solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn raised the issue on behalf of one client and asked Judge Paul Kelly to strike out the case because of the delay in hearing it.More than 45 separate cases of alleged drink-driving were due to be mentioned today.However, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison, who is also head of the Donegal Traffic Corps, said that in most of the cases, justice has not been delayed.He added that the decision by the Supreme Court is a matter of public interest.Solicitor Mr Mac Lochlainn said there was the issue that the delays were costing clients money in dealing with their solicitors on the matter.However, Judge Paul Kelly said that was an issue between defendants and their solicitors.Judge Kelly said he was not acceding to Mr Mac Lochlainn’s application and he adjourned all cases until December 21st.He added “These adjournments have been facilitated by the courts and it would be unfair to simply strike them all out at this stage.”Gardai did strike out one pending case after it was found that the accused had since passed away.Judge refuses to strike out alleged drink-driving cases over delays was last modified: October 21st, 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:appealcasescourtdrinkdrivingInspector Michael HarrisonJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

SHOCK AS DUFFY FORCED TO CANCEL UFC BOUT AFTER CONCUSSION

first_imgDonegal’s Joseph Duffy has suffered concussion.Donegal’s UFC fighter Joseph Duffy has been forced to cancel his main event this Saturday night in Dublin.The Burtonportman was due to fight Dustin Poirier in the headline bout at the 3Arena, but the 27-year-old has suffered a mild concussion.Hundreds of Donegal fight fans were planning to attend the bout. But a statement released by the UFC tonight reads “Due to a medical issue involving UFC lightweight Joe Duffy, the new main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT in Ireland on Saturday will be a three-round bout featuring hometown hero Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka.“Having learned that Duffy received a strike to the head during training earlier this week, UFC sent him for medical tests in Ireland for precautionary purposes. The results determined that Duffy suffered a mild concussion and due to the proximity of the fight this Saturday UFC will not permit him to compete.“The health and safety of UFC athletes will continue to be the top priority for the organization. As such, UFC has respected standard athletic commission regulations, which recommend a medical suspension from competition as a result of the concussion.“Duffy’s original opponent, Dustin Poirier, will be rescheduled for another event. Fans seeking ticket refunds as a result of the main event changes can do so through Ticketmaster at the point of purchase.” The cancellation will be a huge blow for Duffy who was already being lined up to eventually go head-to-head with Conor McGregor at some stage down the line.SHOCK AS DUFFY FORCED TO CANCEL UFC BOUT AFTER CONCUSSION was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 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:3ArenacancelleddonegalFightJoe DuffyUFClast_img read more