Windies to begin preparation for Pakistan series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):West Indies players will assemble in Barbados today as they begin preparation for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday.The 16-man squad, headed by captain Carlos Brathwaite, will undergo training sessions tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, before being whittled down to 13 for the opening encounter at Kensington Oval.The training group includes newcomers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul, but missing is superstar opener Chris Gayle, along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.Russell is serving a one-year suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation, while no explanation has been given by selectors for the exclusion of Gayle and Bravo.Trinidadian Bravo recently underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash, but there has been no indication about the status of his recovery.West Indies will be looking to rebound after suffering a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-day series against England in the Caribbean.They will also be looking to make amends for a similar whitewash to Pakistan when the two teams last met in the United Arab Emirates last September.The remaining T20s will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, and April 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Rehab of Moco Moco Hydro Project to commence soon – Harmon

first_imgEven as the Amaila Falls Hydro Project is being reviewed for its viability, Government is looking to develop small hydro systems to generate electricity in the hinterland region.This steel pipe at the Moco Moco Hydro site was moved from its original place after the 2003 landslideIn this vain, Minister of State Joseph Harmon disclosed that Cabinet on Tuesday gave its no objection for the commencement of works on the Moco Moco Hydro Project which is located in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).“Cabinet deliberated extensively on those matters and did in fact give its no objection to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure proceeding on the Moco Moco Hydro Project for which there is international funding so that we expect within a short space of time that that project will be done. In fact, work has already started on the design and so on,” Harmon noted.According to the Minister, this project will see residents in Lethem and surrounding areas benefiting from higher quality and more reliable electricity supply.He also pointed out that it will also pave the way for industrial development in the region.“We expect that the incentives which will be given, in so far as providing electricity to those areas, will spur a different type of development and encourage more Guyanese to migrate to some of these areas. We believe that the beauty of Guyana resides in some of those hinterland locations where many of us who live on the caost sometimes deny ourselves that opportunity of seeing what Guyana really is,” the Minister outlined.The rehabilitation of the Moco Moco Hydro Project is estimated to cost $200 million.The 500 kW Moco Moco Hydropower station was built in 1999 but became inoperable in 2003 following a landslide in the area. However, with Government’s new drive to have hydropower generation facilities located throughout the hinterland, steps were taken last year to have the Moco Moco Hydropower plant, along with several others, up and running.Back in April, some five foreign-based companies submitted bids for the rehabilitation and operation of the facility after the Public Infrastructure Ministry had asked for Expressions of Interest (EoI) in keeping with Government’s plans to develop a ‘Green Economy’.Under a Build, Own, Operate, Transfer (BOOT) structure, power will be supplied to the Lethem Power Company grid under a negotiated and agreed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).The EoI was initially published in January 2016 and the submissions were opened on March 31, 2016 at the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) Head Office.Among the five submissions were CHEA – Centrias Hidreletricas da Amazonia LTDA – ME (Brazil); NCGET (Russia); Torque – EPCM (Barbados) and two from McVantage Products out of the USA.Government had declared the rehabilitation of the station to be a priority project in order to strengthen the Lethem Power Company, which supplies electricity in the vicinity of Lethem, and to substitute the diesel consumption with renewable energy with the aim of improving performance of the company through cost-effective solutions and the maximum possible annual energy production.The rehabilitation of the Moco Moco Hydropower station is touted as another initiative of the Government of Guyana as part of a holistic approach to sustainable economic growth which demonstrates its commitment to creating a climate resilient economy and the establishing of a green economy.Meanwhile, in addition to the rehabilitation of the Moco Moco Hydro Project, Cabinet also approved the construction of the Kato Hydro Electricity Project. However, Minister Harmon did not elaborate on this except to say that the Kato development will see electricity going as far as Paramakatoi. He added that this project will cater for the installation of an electricity facility as well as transmission lines to be run to developing communities.Additionally, Cabinet also had discussions on the Tumatumari Hydro Electricity Project.last_img read more

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Education Officers, teachers must take up riverine posts – Region 10 RDC

first_imgThe Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) have unanimously voted that education officers, teachers and other functionaries within the education system, who are posted to work in riverine areas, must take up their posts.This decision came following concerns raised by the RDC and the Region’s Department of Education over the failure of designated officials to assume their riverine posts. As a result, a position was taken by the Region to cut payments of non-cooperating officials who do not take up their posts by December 31, 2016.During the hosting of the Council’s final statutory meeting last Thursday, councillors voiced their concerns over a number of issues pertaining to education, which came to light during a recent visit to areas such as Kwakwani, Ibini and Kalcuni.Addressing the said it appears as though the sub-Region is being taken for granted as it relates to education, as several flaws were discovered.He explained: “For example, we know that there is an education officer who is supposed to be there and she’s not there. It is my view that if the education officer is posted to sub-Region 2, then that education officer should take up her position. We found that education delivery in the River, certain things are lacking. We found problems in schools, with supplies, problems with administration of the schools and we know that we’re supposed to have people on the ground to address these problems.”More so, he said the RDC should insist that in future, the principles surrounding assigning officers to riverine posts are adhered to.“If you are posted to a sub-Region and there are difficulties with you getting in there, then those difficulties should be addressed,” Sampson added.Regional Chairman, Renis Morian, identified the education officer who failed to take up the post and confirmed that if the post is not taken up by December 31, then the Officer’s salary will be cut.He stated that the decision does not only apply to education officers, but teachers as well.Recently, Regional Education Officer (REDO) of Region 10, Marcia Paddy-Andrews, announced that teachers in the Region who were assigned posts along the Berbice River will be replaced if they do not occupy those posts by January next year.She said a meeting had been held with the ‘no show’ teachers where they were informed of this development. The REDO pointed to instances where teachers in Linden refused to go to remote areas to teach; many of them used medical conditions as excuses.last_img read more

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$400M+ still owed to NICIL by Guyana Stores

first_img… workers, shareholders never received a penny in dividends… as interest mounts to over US$200MThe Government-owned National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Guyana Stores Limited; owned primarily by Tony Yassin and Glenn Lall, publisher of the Kaieteur News.Kaieteur News publisher Glenn LallNICIL currently has several court actions against Guyana Stores Ltd for millions in outstanding monies owed to the Government. Lall and Yassin, now Directors of Guyana Stores, owe US$2 million of the US$6 million the property was sold for back in 2000 by the Government via NICIL. In the meantime, the property has been allowed to deteriorate into an eyesore in downtown Georgetown.Past due interest on the outstanding balance would amount almost to another US$2 million or even more. The matter is sub judice, as the Government owned corporation moved to the courts to recover its monies. In the meantime, the profits of the company are collected by the two owners and shareholders have complained of never receiving any dividends since the company was privatised back in 2000.When contacted, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NICIL, Dr Maurice Odle, declined to comment on the matter and advised Guyana Times to contact the entity’s Officer in Charge, Horace James.All efforts to contact NICIL’s Officer in Charge proved futile as all calls to his number went unanswered.Several years ago, one shareholder had expressed concerns regarding whether GSL was being used as a source of funding for the various business interests of some shareholders. The shareholder added that the lack of disclosure of the true state of affairs of GSL raises considerable concerns about what will be left to the minority shareholders and the chances of dividends. The shareholder also raised questions on whether the company’s affairs are being managed in the interest of all shareholders or for the benefit of a few directors.“Governance is totally out of the window and no one seems to care about it,” a minority shareholder who asked to remain anonymous had stated. Another concern was whether GSL had paid its taxes.Interestingly, with the change in Government in 2015, NICIL had paid over some $40 million in taxes to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on behalf of the Glenn Lall-owned entity.Meanwhile, the legal proceeding which is before Justice Roxanne George at the High Court in Georgetown is as a result of a lawsuit filed by NICIL.NICIL is suing Royal Investments, the entity which owns and operates Guyana Stores Limited, for failing to pay the balance of US$2 million for the 70 million shares in the company which was acquired for US$6 million.GSL is a public company with over 1000 shareholders. Shareholders have lamented the fact that GSL has failed to have a shareholders meeting since privatisation. Shareholders have also not seen the audited accounts for the company since 1999.last_img read more

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PNCR Executive should resign as Chairman – former Minister

first_imgLocal Govt Commission…cites conflict of interestThe election of Chairman of the Local Government Commission (LGC), Mortimer Mingo, to the executive of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) last week, is not sitting well with Opposition members, who see this move as a conflict of interest.Local Government Commission Chairman and PNC executive, Mortimer MingoIn an interview with Guyana Times, former Local Government Minister Ganga Persaud pointed out the importance of the Chairman being as unbiased towards a particular party as possible.“It is clear now that as a central committee member of the PNC, he’s in the decision-making body of that party and obviously when the issue of Local Government comes up on that agenda of that party’s deliberation at the central level, then he will have opinions and views influenced by information to which he was privileged, being Chairman of the Local Government Commission,” Persaud said.“So I think, right away, that the information resources at the Local Government Commission will be compromised by the chair being an executive member of PNC. Because that is not like being a party member… party member is different from being in the leadership of your party.”Former Local Government Minister Ganga PersaudPersaud expressed concerns that because of this conflict of interest, the Commission’s interests may be subsumed with those of the PNC party. Considering the scope of the Commission’s power, including disciplining local politicians, Ganga noted the need for Mingo to choose.“It will have serious conflict of interest and it can cause the Commission to act on the direction of the PNC and the PNC council. I think that the decent thing for him to do would be to give up on one, because they conflict.”“The Commission is not just any other organisation. The Commission requires you to act impartially, without influence or bias. And I’m not sure, being in the executive of the PNC that will help his quest to be fair and transparent.”The Commission is charged with, among other things, control over who gets appointed as officials in the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and other local authorities. In addition, it would have to approve budgets for the NDCs.By law, the Commission is to be made up of eight members. The members of the Commission include four nominated from the Government, one from the unions and three nominees from the Leader of the Opposition.The Commission was sworn in last year October, after a lengthy delay. The parliamentary Opposition had named its nominees to the Local Government Commission since 2016. However, since the Government did not submit its nominees, this resulted in a deadlock.The Commission’s members are Chairman, Mortimer Mingo; Clement Corlette; Marlon Williams; Jo Ann Romascindo; Andrew Garnett; former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore; and former Georgetown Town Clerk, Carol Sooba.There are a number of controversies in the Local Government system, which have been in the public domain for some time. One such issue includes previous reports that in some Local Authority Areas, officials are being appointed without any vacancy being advertised. In addition, there have been reports that young, qualified applicants are being overlooked in favour of others.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Former Liverpool boss slams Rodgers sack talk and demands players step up

first_imgRoy Evans has labelled talk of Liverpool sacking Brendan Rodgers as ‘ridiculous’ – and claims his players must take their fair share of the blame.The Reds have struggled to replicate their superb form of last season, and are currently languishing 12th in the Premier League table, having lost their previous three league fixtures.Rodgers has admitted he is under pressure at Anfield but Evans believes his underperforming side must step up and get the Northern Irishman out of trouble.“This season has been massively disappointing for everybody,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It will be disappointing for Brendan as well.“In management you go from being the messiah to everyone wanting you to get the sack. For Liverpool to do that, at this stage, would be ridiculous.“You’ve got to give Brendan time. Everything at the moment seems to go back onto the manager, but what about the players?“Somewhere along the line Brendan has got to go back to basics, pick his best team and let them show us they have the passion and pride to play for a top team.“The others then have to fight for those places. All this chopping and changing, and messing it around, just blurs the vision you might have.”last_img read more

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Mascherano close to China move: reports

first_img“FC Barcelona and Hebei Fortune have reached an agreement for Javier Mascherano to move to the Chinese Super League for 10 million euros,” Sport reported.“However, the transfer will not be completed until Samuel Umtiti (currently injured) is back on the pitch or a new central defender is signed.”Colombian international Yerry Mina of Palmeiras and out-of-favour Manchester United defender Daley Blind are targets to relace the experienced Argentine, according to Sport.French international Umtiti is expected to be out until the end of January with a torn hamstring suffered against Celta Vigo earlier this month.Mascherano joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010 and has won a total of 17 trophies with the Catalan giants, including four La Liga titles, four Copas del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, pictured in November 2017, has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this season © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 19 – Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano is set to move to Chinese side Hebei China Fortune in January for Sh1.2bn ($11.8 million), Barcelona-based daily Sport reported on Tuesday.Mascherano, 33, has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this season as he has fallen down the pecking order under new coach Ernesto Valverde and been sidelined by a hamstring injury.last_img read more

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Solicitor issues warning to public after driver fined for being uninsured 90 minutes before policy started

first_imgA woman has been fined for driving without insurance after being stopped by Gardai an hour and a half before her policy came into effect.Shauna Hunter of 19 Emmet Park, Castlefin was detected by Garda Heaney at Foxes Glen, Milford at 7.30pm on January 26th 2017. However, her insurance was not in place until after 9pm on the same day. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Ms Hunter (aged 36) had applied for insurance prior to driving the car and was told it was in place, but the certification said 9.15pm.Ms Hunter, a full-time mother who also works part-time, believed genuinely to have the insurance in question, Mr Gallagher said.Mr Gallagher said it was a lesson to all drivers to check exactly what time their policy kicked in at on the day in question.“The interesting part in this is the cert starts on 9.15pm on 26th January and runs until 23.59 on 25th January 2018 so she is not getting a full year” Mr Gallagher said.Judge Paul Kelly said it didn’t matter that Ms Hunter had applied for the insurance, as confirmation was required before driving.Judge Kelly issued a fine of €200 for driving without insurance.Solicitor issues warning to public after driver fined for being uninsured 90 minutes before policy started was last modified: October 24th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:courtdonegalinsurancesolicitorWarninglast_img read more

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DONEGAL BREEZE PAST UUJ AT BALLYBOFEY

first_imgDONEGAL beat the students of the University of Ulster at Jordanstown in wet and windy conditions in Ballybofey tonight.It was a good work-out for Jim McGuinness’s men as they ran out 0-14 to 0-10 in front of just a few hundred supporters.The county side were just too strong in most areas of the park for the students and the final scoreline probably flattered the visitors. There was a poignant moment before the game as players and supporters observed a minute’s silence in memory of Michaela McAreavey.Mattie Donnelly opened the scoring for Jordanstown but Donegal’s Ryan Bradley quickly equalised.Donegal opened up a 0-7 to 0-4 lead at half-time, and there were concerns among the home fans when Donnelly got the first score of the second half to reduce the deficit to just two points.They needn’t have worried however as Molloy scored twice to take the gap to five points ten minutes into the half. Both sides exchanged more scores but Donegal held out for a deserved win.FULL RESULTSBarrett McKenna CupSection ADonegal 0-14 0-10 UUJ Section BMonaghan 0-9 0-13 Queen’sCavan 1-10 1-12 DerrySection C Down 3-11 2-15 ArmaghAntrim 2-12 0-09 St Mary’sDONEGAL BREEZE PAST UUJ AT BALLYBOFEY was last modified: January 16th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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HARPS MATCH TO GO AHEAD

first_imgFINN HARPS clash with Cobh Ramblers will go ahead at 8pm after the pitch was passed a short time ago by the referee. HARPS MATCH TO GO AHEAD was last modified: March 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)last_img read more

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