ADVANTAGE UWI – 5:30 p.m. – Boys’ Town vs Humble Lion at National Stadium – 8 p.m. – Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View at National Stadium Tomorrow’s games Today’s games – 3:30 p.m. – Maverley-Hughenden vs Montego Bay United at Constant Spring Complex – 3:30 p.m. – Reno vs Arnett Gardens at STETHS Complex – 3 p.m. – Jamalco vs Portmore United at Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon – 3:30 p.m. – Waterhouse vs UWI FC at Drewsland Stadium The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC will look to continue their surprising run in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season when they tackle Waterhouse FC in the third-round preliminary stage at the Drewsland Stadium today at 3:30 p.m. Both teams are at different ends of the 12-team elite league and are coming off victories in last week’s round. UWI clipped Tivoli Gardens 3-2 at Edward Seaga Complex, while Waterhouse edged Maverley-Hughenden 2-1 in a fierce Boulevard derby at Drewsland. UWI are on 42 points alongside Tivoli and reigning champions Montego Bay United (MBU) in the race for top-six qualification. However, Tivoli enjoy a better goal difference ahead of UWI and MBU. UWI FC hold the advantage heading to the game. They defeated Waterouse 1-0 in the first round and 1-0 in the second round, and are highly favoured to come away with three points again. Coach of UWI FC, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, is a former Waterhouse assistant coach and has used his knowledge of the opponents to good effect. Waterhouse will look for a win in order to remain in the hunt for a top-two finish that will give them automatic semi-final places. They will rely on key players such as captain Rochane Smith, Girvon Brown, who netted in his return to the club following a stint in El Salvador, Keammar Daley and big defender Patrick Brown. Meanwhile, Waterhouse moved out of the relegation zone after the win against Maverley-Hughenden and are unbeaten in the last three games. They will enter the game full of confidence. With that scenario, the game could be a treat for spectators. Waterhouse’s main players include veteran Irvino English, Rodave Murray, Neicko Williams and captain Romario Campbell. In another game, Reno will entertain Arnett Gardens in a crucial encounter at the St Elizabeth Technical High School playing field. Reno are coming off a good win against MBU in St Elizabeth and will be on the hunt for another three points at their new home.
Dear Editor,I believe Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma deliberately missed the point and put a political spin on a non-political issue when he recently attempted to justify the President’s decision to keep the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil a secret.I say so because, according to media reports, Sharma tried to whitewash the two most controversial aspects of the signing bonus saga and deflected legitimate criticism by throwing up a smokescreen of rhetoric about perceived misdeeds of the past Administration.Let me deal with the uncomfortable truths Minister Sharma tried to brush aside. First, the act was unlawful, because the law required the bonus to be put in the Consolidated Fund. Second, the act was a secret kept by the President and a small band of insiders leaving most Cabinet Ministers and parliamentarians in the dark.On this issue, Minister Sharma reportedly acknowledged the law requiring Government to place such funds in the State’s account, but said there were “real” national security issues, alluding to problems with the Consolidated Fund in terms of converting US dollars to local currency and back again at a higher rate, etcetera.Is the Minister saying that the Constitution does not provide ways of dealing with national security issues without violating the law? Is he saying that a president has discretionary power to define national security issues and to break any law, or all laws, to deal with them? I do not accept that the President needed to break the law to protect the nation.Mr Sharma also sidestepped the issue of the unusual secrecy of the deal. Why put the money in a secret account and why keep this from most members of Cabinet and Parliament? The funds should have been put in an escrow account with Cabinet approval and parliamentary scrutiny.Guyana’s need to put funds aside to pay for the best legal representation possible in its controversy with Venezuela is quite obvious. Indeed, Venezuela would be foolish not to expect Guyana to do so. So why treat such an obvious and necessary provision as a national security issue requiring great secrecy? I do not buy Sharma’s take on it at all.To me, a government that was elected on a platform of honesty, accountability, and transparency has no business getting involved in secret accounts that are only accessible to the President and a small group of confidantes. A law-abiding government’s actions must be above suspicion; this is not.The signing bonus rightfully belongs to the people of Guyana. The rightful owners and their elected representatives in Cabinet and Parliament had a right to know about it up front: how much it is, where it is deposited, what it is to be used for, how it will be accessed and who is authorised to access it.No law should have been violated in the handling of the signing bonus and its availability and proposed purpose should have been disclosed to Cabinet and Parliament. At least, it should have been disclosed that funds have been earmarked for a national security purpose to be disclosed at an appropriate time.Minister Sharma had an opportunity to offer the nation an apology and give citizens the assurance that this deception will not be repeated. Instead, he opted to do damage control by shifting the focus of his remarks to the transgressions of the past Administration.But note that the past Administration had committed transgressions and the people, the official bosses of this country, fired them. In the same way, if transgressions are being committed again, the people will fire the transgressors.I find it strange that the President of Guyana, His Excellency, David Arthur Granger, a man I have respect for, would take so long to acknowledge that he was responsible for the clandestinely entombed account. Being a man of honour, he must realise that people have a high regard for him. Is it possible that he did not know about the entombed account and only claimed responsibility for politically expedient reasons?Sincerely,Roshan Khan Sr
…“this is a slap in the face to all private-public partnerships – BBCI Vice Chair… no respect for rule of law, constitutional rights of citizenry – former AGThe Government of Guyana has snatched control of the Berbice River Bridge on Monday in an apparent effort to nationalise the structure, which was financed mainly by private investors.In a surprise move on Monday, the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led Government said that in accordance with the powers conferred upon Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson by Sections 4 (1) and 11 of the Berbice River Bridge Act, “in the interests of public safety, the Minister issued an order declaring that the functions of the Concessionaire to maintain and operate the Bridge shall be exercised by the Government of Guyana as of 5th November 2018 until the date the Minister specifies by notice on the cessation of the threat to public safety.”According to the Government, there will be no change to the staffing complement, contractors and suppliers, as they transition into what they described as “this new and hopefully temporary arrangement”.However, the Government’s unilateral decision did not go down well with Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) Vice Chairman Paul Cheong, who on Monday told Guyana Times such an arbitrary move was a slap in the face of all public-private partnerships.Speaking with this publication on Monday, a very livid Cheong said, “The decision came as a shock to us and, so we are working with our lawyers to weigh our legal options. I have a meeting with our lawyers tomorrow (Tuesday). This is a slap on the whole Private Sector … this is something bigger than toll increases … it is a slap to all public-private partnerships … it was a model project for private-public partnership and so the Government will have to be responsible in its actions.”Only on Sunday, the BBCI offered Government a chance to extend the life of the contract to spare commuters toll increases.In correspondence to Minister Patterson, BBCI Finance Controller Stephen Rambajan requested a meeting with the Minister on the Board’s behalf and in the public interest to discuss the terms of this offer.The BBCI proposed to extend the contract period to 40 years. This extension, according to Rambajan, will make it unnecessary to implement the toll increases the company announced on October 16, 2018.“We believe that such an extension, with full Government support, will provide BBCI the opportunity to approach its lenders to re-negotiate terms and conditions of the various debts. If these negotiations with the lenders are successful, it will provide much-needed relief to the cash requirement burden and, therefore, the need for toll increases at present and in the future.“We are convinced that this proposal will allow the tolls to remain as is and provides opportunities for toll reduction in the near future, removing the need for Government subsidy to the tolls and maintenance of pontoons,” Rambajan stated, adding that the BBCI would withdraw the toll hikes once a mutual agreement is reached.But on Monday, several members of the Private Sector were on edge, as, according to a leading businessman, the move by Government did not augur well for investors in Guyana.State compulsorilyacquiring private propertyFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall, in weighing in on the issue, said the move by Government to take possession of the Bridge under the guise that it was acting “in the interest of public safety” must have shocked the conscience of every law-abiding citizen of this land.“This is nothing short of the State compulsorily acquiring private property without any expressed intention to pay adequate compensation at market value as is required by Article 142 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. Article 142 is designed to protect private property against the State expropriating the same without compensation,” the Attorney-at-Law said.In the 1970s and 1980s, numerous private properties were compulsorily acquired by the then PNC Administration. These properties include what is now Citizens Bank, Hope Estate Limited, a huge tract of land at Liliendaal, Takuba Lodge, Echilibar Villas and dozens more. In many instances, no monies were paid to the owners of these properties and in the cases where there were payments, the price was pegged to a 1939 valuation as was the law during that period.According to Nandlall, “this atrocity was obviously inspired by an ideology that has no respect for the rule of law, the constitutional rights of the citizenry and driven by the unbridled arrogance of those in Government then who felt that this entire country was their private property.“You will recall also the blatant attempt by Attorney General Basil Williams, to confiscate two pieces of private property adjacent to the Attorney General Chambers on Carmichael Street. Every week, dozens of leases for State/Government lands are being revoked by various agencies of State. As a matter of policy, the Central Housing and Planning Authority is cancelling Transports and Certificates of Title of persons who are unable to construct buildings on house lots sold to them under the previous Administration,” he noted.He added that with the Berbice Bridge, “we see the naked authoritarian nature of this Government being displayed. Rather than negotiate from a position that recognises and respects private property, this Government has chosen the big-stick method of bullyism and the virtual stealing of private property.”According to Nandlall, this act of the Government will certainly cause irreversible damage to Guyana’s image as an investment destination.“No prudent investor would pump scarce finance resources into a nation where the Government’s first resort is confiscation of their investments.”Dip in confidenceLast week, the World Bank’s 2018 Report signalled a dip in investors’ confidence in Guyana. This year, Guyana placed 126th in the global rankings. Last year, Guyana ranked 124th, while in 2015, the nation ranked 140th.The Ease of Doing Business Index is one of the most comprehensive studies done by the World Bank.In determining ease of doing business, the World Bank looks at key indicators such as registering, compliance, taxation, obtaining loans and similar factors such as administrative procedures. It also looks at legal measures, such as protection and settlements.
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A win against their ‘big brothers’ Western Stima on Wednesday will make for a mouth-watering tie against second placed KCB on Sunday with three points separating the two sides in the standings, if the bankers beat Coast Stima on Wednesday.Assistant coach Fred Ambani, a former Kenyan international admits they have their work cut out but says they are under no pressure only noting they will give their best on the pitch.“It is a very tough path for us because both teams we are facing are very tough. But we are ready for it. For us, we just need to put our effort on the pitch and hope results favor us,” Ambani who assists another former Kenyan international Ibrahim Shikanda at the team said.Nairobi Stima in action during their National Super League match against Administration Police at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.Nairobi Stima are four points ahead of Ushuru and if the taxmen drop points when they face GFE 105 in midweek, then the Nairobi based power-men will be assured of a chance at qualification with the play-off against the 16th placed team from the KPL.“We are ready for anything, but it is our wish that we get the automatic slot. Western Stima will be a very tough game because despite the fact that they have already qualified for the Premier League, they want to finish number one,”“We beat them in the first leg and they will come in for revenge. For us, we are prepared for that game and the players are hungry to get results, from the way they have been playing,” Ambani further noted.Ambani’s charges warmed up for the Stima Derby with a 2-0 victory over Administration Police while the visitors were 1-0 winners over Coast Stima on Friday, a victory that earned them a confirmed slot in next season’s KPL.KCB players line up before their National Super League match against Green Commandos at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Elsewhere, KCB might confirm for themselves a slot in top flight on Wednesday if they pick up maximum points against Coast Stima and Nairobi Stima drop points against Western Stima.Three points separate the two sides at second and third spot and if both win on Wednesday, the bankers will only need a point in the season ending match to pip them to the second automatic promotion slot.Head coach Elvis Ayany has however said they are under no pressure, calling on his players to maintain calm and approach each game with 100 percent effort.“It is step by step for us. Yes, we see the finish line in sight but nothing is done yet until we confirm that we have the automatic qualification ticket. The last two seasons, we have suffered because we won games even before playing them but now, we can’t underrate anyone. We will fight till the end,” Ayany told Capital Sport.Ushuru FC players hurdle together before their National Super League match against St. Joseph Youth at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on September 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.Though not admitting it, Ushuru seemed to have already resigned to the fact that promotion might be a foregone venture for them this season. Four points away from third place and motivation nowhere near close to fight, the taxmen might do with another season in the second tier.Ushuru wasted chances on Friday before being held to a 1-1 draw by St. Joseph Youth, a result that with Nairobi Stima winning the next day meant their ambition was all going up in smoke.“This was the match that I was really relying on to get three points and push, but it did not happen. That’s how football is. We must accept the results; win, draw or loss. The hopes are now minimal but we will see how things go before the season ends,” the experienced and long serving Kenyatta said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nairobi Stima players line up before a past National Super League match at the Karuturi Complex in Naivasha.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – Promotion-chasing Nairobi Stima find themselves engulfed in a huge battle in their journey to next year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as they face the division’s top two sides in their final two games of the National Super League (NSL) season.Nairobi face leaders and already promoted Western Stima on Wednesday at the Karuturi Grounds in Naivasha before concluding the season against second placed KCB in Nairobi on Sunday. Both matches will be key in their bid for a first ever top-flight promotion.
Thierry Henry has taken the first step towards becoming a future Arsenal manager by coaching the club’s youth team.The Gunners legend is currently doing his coaching badges and has been given the opportunity by manager Arsene Wenger to work with the club’s academy.Henry has been tipped as a long-term replacement for his fellow Frenchman and Wenger believes working with the youngsters will play an integral part in his development. Wenger said: “Thierry Henry has been working with the under-18s. He discovers what the job is about and you have to go through that process if you want to one day coach or manage a football team.“You have to learn the job first and he is doing his license now. That’s the best way to do it.“The job of a player is centred on you and the job of a coach is centred on others. You forget about you and focus on how you can help people.“It demands a psychological and mental transformation,” Wenger added, speaking in the club’s matchday programme. “It also demands thinking about how you can get what you know available to other people in the most simplistic way.” Thierry Henry 1
Sam Allardyce would be the ideal choice as England’s next boss, according to his former assistant Phil Brown.The experienced 61-year-old is the current favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who quit after the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Allardyce’s perceived negative style of management means he wouldn’t be a universally popular choice to lead the national team.But Brown insists the Sunderland manager, who missed out on the England job to Steve McClaren a decade ago, is just what is needed right now as he would restore much-needed passion to the side.“We lost our identity at the Euros,” Southend United boss Brown, who spent six years as Allardyce’s number two at Bolton, told talkSPORT.“Passion – that’s what was missing. We witnessed a great tournament by Wales and we witnessed great games from Ireland and Northern Ireland.“The one thing you associate with English supporters and the one thing you would normally associate with England players, would be the passion.“But we let ourselves down from a passion point of view, especially in the game against Iceland, and that’s unforgivable.“Sam wouldn’t allow that. If it happens once, it would never happen again with him.“These players need to understand that they represent their country.“Bring your quality and your little bits of magic, that’s what these players can do, but it’s the understanding of what playing for the badge is all about – that’s what Sam would bring.“He also just brings the common man to the game again. He was brought up in Bolton and spent the majority of his time in Lancashire.“It’s the common man who supports the game and it’s who you need to relate to, and I think that’s what Sam would bring as well.“I think he’s a prime candidate.”Asked if he believes Allardyce would take the job if approached by the Football Association, Brown added: “I think he would talk to the FA, yes. He’d be a foolish man not to because it’s been one of his personal ambitions for years.“When he got to the last two with Steve McClaren last time he was bitterly disappointed he didn’t get the job.“He has had a lot of criticism over the years and a lot of people questioning what his methods are but, as far as I am concerned, they are successful. The key factor to it all is being able to man-manage.“I think the job is his if he wants it, if you ask me. There aren’t many prime English candidates about.“The pinnacle of any manager’s career is at an international level. If your country comes calling, it’s a no-brainer.”
Hundreds of Donegal athletes have taken part in the Dublin City Marathon.Maria McCambridge was the second woman home.And a number have put in terrific performances to smash personal bests while others fulfilled the ultimate dream of completing their very first marathon.Runners from across the county including Inishowen AC, Finn Valley, Letterkenny, Milford Ac and the Rosses AC all had athletes in the race which attracted a record field 14,600 people. One man not doing his first marathon (or his one hundredth for that matter!) is Peter McGlynn.The Letterkenny man is in Dublin along with another well-known Donegal man Roy Hunter.One of the performances of the day must go to well-known Donegal Democrat man Ciaran O’Donnell who smashed his personal best to cross the line in an amazing time of 3 hours and 12 minutes.Another man who posted a fantastic time was Milford AC runner Damien McBride in a time of 3 hours and 11 minutes. Photographer and Finn Valley man Conor McGonagle also ran his heart out and posted a superb time of 3hours and 47 minutes.Darren Price and Ciaran O’Donnell who both did amazing times of 3.12 in the Dublin Marathon today.Well-known Dublin athlete Maria McCambridge, who is married to Letterkenny man Gary Crossan, was the second fastest woman home in a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes – just four seconds behind the winner of the women’s race Wanjiru Macharia from Kenya.Runners from Finn Valley and Castlefin after successful runs in today’s Dublin Marathon. Word has it that the lads enjoyed a pint of Guinness or several after all their hard work. Congrats all ’round!Former Finn harps player Martin McGinley also posted an excellent run of 3 hours and 32 minutes. DONEGAL RUNNERS TAKE ON THE DUBLIN CITY MARATHON CHALLENGE was last modified: October 27th, 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:Donegal runnersDUBLIN MARATHON
The team at Kelly’s Toyota hosted a launch at their showroom on Port Rd., Letterkenny on Monday evening for the launch of the upcoming 2017 Calendar of events and competitions for the Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme. At the launch Brendan Kelly from Kelly’s Toyota presented the coaches with their new branded tracksuits.This programme was launched over 5 years ago with only a handful of schools participating and today, five years on, they have over 6,000 children taking part in the programme right across Donegal.The Finn Harps Schools Programme’s aim is to continue to develop a programme that supports and encourages children at Primary School level, in the development of positive life skills through soccer coaching & nutritional programmes. In the last 12 months the programme has increased from having boys and girls from primary schools participating & completing the programmes to having at the end of 2016, nearly 6,000 children.The support that this programme has received from schools across the county has been amazing and with the schools working together with the Finn Harps Schools Programme they have developed a unique and innovative project which is bringing educational, social and sporting benefits to school children in Donegal, especially in remoter areas where these schools would not have had previous access to such programmes.Donegal Sports Partnership have been working closely with the Finn Harps Schools Programme’s coaches, providing training in coaching and nutritional programmes, which has without doubt been the backbone of the success. A huge credit has to go to all the Coaches who provide their skills and positive attitudes towards sport through personal development to these kids.Speaking on behalf of Kelly’s Toyota, Brendan Kelly commented: “We have been associated with the Finn harps Schools Programme for two years and as a brand it is a perfect fit for our Toyota brand, we see this programme encouraging, developing and providing life long learning to boys and girls at Primary School level through sport and nutrition. “This is the only programme of it’s kind in Ireland and we are delighted to be associated. Our young children are the future of our county and country and to see them all being given a chance to participate and grow in such a positive environment is something the entire programme should be proud of”.Paddy Harte, Chairman of the Programme, spoke at the event & he encouraged the children attending to continue to take part on soccer and sport. He commented on behalf of the programme: “It is just great to see so many schools participating in the programme and it is a testament to the coaches that are delivering the programme, and without their dedication and sharing their skills, the programme would not be as successful, a huge thank you has to go to our coaches for all their hard work”.The Finn Harps Schools Programme, would like also to thank their main sponsors Kelly’s Toyota and their project partners Donegal County Council, Donegal Road Safety, Donegal Sports Partnership, Finn Harps, Anti Racism Ireland, the FAI, The participating schools and the Finn Harps Academy. A special thank you to the coaches, who deliver the schools programme and to the committee who also give their time voluntarily John Campbell, Secretary Finn Harps, Paddy Harte, Chairman, Myles Sweeney, Donegal Sports Partnership, Ann Marie Meehan, Principal St. Baithins NS, Packie Maily, Finn Harps Player and Grace Ann McGarvey, Grace Ann Consultancy, Marketing & PR.Pictures below by Clive Wasson: Picture special: Kelly’s Toyota Finn Harps Schools Programme launch their 2017 schedule was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)