PNCR accuses GMSA of plotting protest against President

first_img…AFC disagreesThe People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) has accused the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) of orchestrating the protest against President David Granger during his feature address on Thursday.PNCR Executive Gary BestThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) staged a massive protest in front of the Pegasus Hotel during the GMSA business luncheon at which President David Granger was scheduled to address the gathering.As he was about to deliver his speech, several members of the PPP/C held placards and reiterated calls for elections to be held soon.During a press conference on Friday, Executive Member Gary Best accused the private sector body of playing an integral role in a ploy to ‘embarrass’ the President.Persons protesting against the caretaker President“The party’s position is that the President was invited to the GMSA’s event and the outcomes suggest to us in the clearest of terms that this was something orchestrated by the GMSA to embarrass the President. The proof is in the evidence of what occurred. If the GMSA is holding an event where the President will be attending, one would think that the GMSA would also contact the security services and security forces…In our opinion, the GMSA foisted this event upon the President so that he can be embarrassed,” Best claimed.On the other hand, the Alliance for Change (AFC) differed in their reasoning of the GMSA’s involvement. During its press conference, Executive Member and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said he was present at the event.As such, he asserted, “I don’t think the GMSA was involved…It wasn’t unexpected but it is a democracy. I indicated to the GMSA early that these guys are going to do that”.ProtestDuring the protest–led by Presidential candidate Irfaan Ali – citizens flocked outside the Kingston hotel.The protest came after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, (retired) Justice Claudette Singh, advised the Head of State that the Commission will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020 – more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion.Although the protest was peaceful, scores of Police officers and members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) were deployed to the scene with protective shields, placing barricades at strategic points to block off and guard the entrance of the hotel, where several high-profile officials and Government ministers were in attendance.This, however, did not deter the protesters, who used microphones to highlight the fact that the Government is illegal and in breach of the Constitution of Guyana.Nevertheless, the protesters were adamant that they will continue these protest actions to highlight the transgressions of the coalition administration.Also braving the weather to stand strong with his party, General Secretary of the PPP/C Bharrat Jagdeo informed that his party and supporters intend to protest President Granger at every public forum he attends until he complies with the Constitution as is mandated.Inside the event, invitees greeted the President with protest actions and the situation was later brought under control when senior ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) escorted the group of persons from the room.Moments after the incident, GMSA Executive Ramesh Dookhoo told media operatives that they were unaware that such an incident would occur.last_img read more

Arsenal fans on the ‘joke’ team selection for ‘crucial’ UCL clash

first_img Petr Cech may be rested against Olympiakos Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may gamble on David Ospina and select him in goal against Olympiakos at the expense of Petr Cech.Man United visit the Emirates on Sunday, so the boss is reportedly also ready to bench Aaron Ramsey for the Champions League clash, which they need to win considering Bayern Munich are their next opponents in Group F.WENGER: WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DROP ANY POINTS AT HOMEArsenal lost their opening match against Dinamo Zagreb and here, some fans can’t quite believe Wenger is considering playing Ospina instead of Cech.The manager has claimed he needs to give the 27-year-old Colombian some games, though.‘OSPINA HAS NOT LET ARSENAL DOWN THIS SEASON’“It’s not that I’ve decided Ospina plays in the Champions League. It will be game by game and there can be a different decision,” he said, adding he was fortunate to have “two keepers of this quality.” 1last_img read more

Coach: L.B. Poly ‘in for a shock’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Lancaster, which advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs last season, will play host to Long Beach Poly (16-10, 8-4) – the third-place finisher in the intensely competitive Moore League – tonight at 7:30 in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Lancaster coach David Humphreys believes the Eagles, who have won seven consecutive games, are playing well enough to knock off Poly and make a deep postseason run. “Long Beach is in for a shock,” Humphreys said. “Some teams take us lightly because they don’t think too highly of (the Golden League), but we’re playing very well right now. “I’ve talked to four or five coaches about Long Beach. They’re a good team. They’re big, quick, they shoot well, and they can really crash the boards.” Although Arnold’s perimeter presence gives Lancaster an edge in the backcourt, Poly outsizes the Eagles in the post. If there was a film documenting Robert Arnold’s senior boys’ basketball season at Lancaster High, a highlight would be his game-changing sequence Friday at Highland. Lancaster led 41-33 with 4:32 remaining when the 6-foot-4 guard blocked a shot, drove the length of the court and finished with his left hand as he was fouled. “M-V-P, M-V-P,” Lancaster’s student section chanted with Arnold at the free-throw line. “Reggie, Reggie,” they chanted moments later, serenading the Reggie Miller look-alike. Arnold finished with 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Eagles (18-9 overall, 10-2 Golden) to a 52-38 victory and its third Golden League title in four years. The Jackrabbits are led by 6-5, 210-pound forward Chris Brown (11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game) and 6-7, 215-pound forward David Chlebowski (9.7 points and six rebounds). Javaughn Espiritt, a 6-5, 185-pound forward averaging 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, is Lancaster’s best post player. Highland (16-11, 8-4), which finished second in the Golden League, is the only other Antelope Valley team reamining in the postseason. The Bulldogs figure to be underdogs tonight when they visit Millikan of Long Beach (16-10, 10-2), the Moore League’s second-place team. Senior Darnell Porter averages 20.3 points per game for Millikan, and junior Deno Anderson leads Highland with averages of 15.2 points and seven rebounds. Highland is without senior forward Chris Hill, who was suspended from school for five days and removed from the team after throwing a punch at Lancaster’s Tielden McKissic in Friday’s game. Hill, a role player for the Bulldogs, averaged 5.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Without Hill, Highland coach Jeff Smith said his Bulldogs have to play a near-perfect game to contend with Millikan. “They’re the favorite,” Smith acknowledged . “We need to execute nearly every time down the court to win. We played poorly against Lancaster in our last game, but thank goodness these kids are 15, 16 and 17 years old and can rebound from games like that.” Kevin Connelly, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal tourism received a huge shot in the arm with a 12-page supplement in today’s Irish Independent which promotes Donegal as a golfing and tourism destination.The supplement has been described as a “useful marketing tool” for the county by local TD Deputy Joe McHugh.The supplement, which has been produced by Fáilte Ireland, gives major promotion to Donegal golf courses and many of the county’s other tourism attractions. Ballyliffin, Rosapenna, Portsalon, Bundoran, Narin & Portnoo golf courses are the subjects of major features in the supplement which is called Tee Time in Donegal.The supplement will circulate to the Irish Independent’s 477,000 daily readers and will also promote other Donegal tourism attractions, including Glenveagh National Park, the Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly ferries, the Sliabh Liag cliffs and Donegal Good Food Taverns.Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar requested Fáilte Ireland to produce the supplement, following discussions with Deputy Joe McHugh and Donegal tourism representatives at the Colmcille Winter School in Gartan last February.Deputy McHugh had first raised the idea with Minister Varadkar at a meeting last winter. “The 12-page supplement in today’s edition of the Irish Independent, gives major promotion to Donegal as a golfing and tourism destination.“The supplement, entitled Tee Time in Donegal, is ideal exposure for some of our county’s leading golf courses. The supplement also promotes a range of our county’s other tourism features, and the quality of our county’s hospitality sector is highlighted through references and advertisements for a range of hostelries and hotels across the county. It will hopefully prove to be a useful marketing tool for Donegal tourism this summer.“The supplement is a direct pitch to Irish golfing enthusiasts who will attend the Irish Open at the Royal Portrush course in June. The Irish Open has particular significance this year because of the participation of Major winners Darren Clarke, Rory Mcllroy and Graeme McDowell. Portrush is 20 miles from McGilligan, which is a 15-minute ferry journey from Greencastle. The Irish Open is on Donegal’s doorstep, and this supplement encourages golf fans to stay in Donegal when attending the Open.“I am grateful to Minister Varadkar for coming to Gartan on the last weekend of February to address the Colmcille Winter School, and for visiting Rosapenna Golf Club that weekend to meet with Fáilte Ireland and Donegal golf representatives. Minister Varadkar played a crucial role in getting this initiative off the ground.“I compliment Fáilte Ireland and particularly Ms Joan Crawford of Fáilte Ireland Donegal, for that organisation’s work on producing the supplement,” he said. Letterkenny Town Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has also welcomed the supplementDONEGAL TOURISM GETS INTO THE SWING OF THINGS WITH GOLF SUPPLEMENT was last modified: April 18th, 2012 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:golfIrish IndependentJoe McHughlast_img read more


first_imgRolling hills, wooded shoreline, lapping water, sunlight glinting off the distant chapel – Gartan lake is an idyllic spot tucked away behind Churchill – it’s also a great place to swim.Five local swimmers who swim together regularly at Gartan have arranged a new swim challenge on Saturday 15 August – and it’s for everyone!There are 3 distances to choose from: 750m, 1500m or 3800m. The Gartan Swim Challenge adds to the open water swimming events that take place throughout the County – and hopes to attract those who want to try open water swimming for the first time, as well as the more seasoned swimmers.The swim is open to anyone from 14 years of age.Gartan lake is very sheltered and the event will be run in conjunction with Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.Safety of course is paramount and there will be boats, kayaks and paddlers on the water during the swims. There will be specially commissioned medals for everyone who takes part, prizes for each distance, hats and t-shirts and refreshments for all swimmers.You can get more information and find out how to enter by visiting ‘The Gartan Swim Challenge’ on Facebook. Or call Karen Crawford on 087 2214988 for more information.This could be you on Gartan!ARE YOU READY FOR DONEGAL’S LATEST SPORTING CHALLENGE? was last modified: August 5th, 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:donegalgartanswimlast_img read more

Bournemouth goalkeeper completes move to Stoke

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Federici featured very little at Bournemouth Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST moving on Stoke boss Gary Rowett said: “He’s a player with bags of experience, with Reading notably and Bournemouth as well.“He’s an excellent professional, great trainer and a very good goalkeeper who we see as one of three senior keepers who need to be pushing each other.”The Australian started out at Wolves before moving to Reading where he spent 10 years and made more than 200 league appearances.He went on to join Bournemouth in 2015 and made eight Premier League appearances for the Cherries. LATEST TRANSFER NEWS RANKED Stoke City have completed the signing of Adam Federici from Premier League side Bournemouth.The 33-year-old joins the Potters on a two-year contract and comes in after Lee Grant joined Manchester United.last_img read more

Redwoods baseball opens season at Mendo

first_imgThe College of the Redwoods baseball team opens up their 2018 season on the road at Mendocino today, at 1:00 p.m. Redwoods will look to extend the moment from their 2017 season; their winningest in a decade. Redwoods, despite finishing with a sub .500 record (14-22), won more games in 2017 than the previous two seasons combined. Redwoods has not finished a season with an above .500 record since 1997. Head Coach Brad Morgan said he believes his team is primed to keep trending upward in 2018. …last_img read more

South Africa, UK to double trade

first_img18 July 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron, kicking off his first working visit to sub-Saharan Africa in Pretoria on Monday, committed to doubling bilateral trade with South Africa by 2015. Speaking after a meeting with President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings, Cameron also pledged an additional €52-million aid package for refugees in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. With trade between South Africa and the UK valued at around R60-billion, Cameron noted that engagements between Britain and South Africa were more critical than ever. He described the relationship between the two countries as “cordial and strong”, saying there was room to make it even stronger through increased trade and investment.‘We are seeing a booming Africa’ “There is a huge opportunity for trade between Africa, South Africa and the United Kingdom … we are seeing a booming Africa, and I want Britain to play a crucial role in that development,” Cameron said. “Our engagements are more important than ever before.” Zuma said that while trade between Britain and South Africa continued to grow, there was room for improvement. “I want to say our relations are strong,” Zuma said. “We are happy to take our relations forward, and we will improve as we go forward.” Zuma said that, apart from trade matters, his discussion with Cameron also dwelt on the leadership crisis in Libya and the political situation in Zimbabwe.Different stances on Libya Although the two countries agree that a solution is needed to resolve the Libyan crisis, they have different approaches, with Cameron standing firm on British support for the Nato air strikes while Pretoria emphasises a negotiated settlement. “I think all of us feel we need to resolve the Libyan question. The people of Libya have to decide how they go about ensuring democracy in their country,” Zuma said, adding that the African Union was willing to engage further with the European Union on an appropriate solution to the crisis. “The Prime Minister and I agree that a solution is needed, but we differ on how to go about that,” Zuma said. “What is important to us from the African Union perspective is that any product in Libya should be preceded by negotiations and an end to the violence and the killing of civilians – that is our position.” Cameron is set to visit Nigeria next. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Pro/Con: Does Passivhaus Make Sense Over Here?

first_imgWe recently read John Straube’s paper comparing the Passive House (PH) standard with the Building Science Corporation (BSC) cold-climate approach. After a careful reading we find that the conclusions reached are based on some significant misunderstandings about the Passive House standard. Read more… John Straube, a prominent building science professor and a principal of the Building Science Corporation in Westford, Mass., asserts that applying the German Passivhaus standard to North American houses often results in expensive details that yield few energy-saving benefits.In response, two prominent energy consultants, Marc Rosenbaum of Energysmiths and David White of Right Environments, challenge some of Straube’s conclusions and defend the goals and methods of the Passivhaus standard.Click the links below to read more. The Passivhaus (PH) standard is a set of voluntary criteria for an ultra-low energy use home. Originally developed in Germany for houses and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings, the standard has been applied to houses in a range of other countries and to commercial buildings as well. Read more…In Defense of the Passive House Standardby Marc Rosenbaum and David Whitecenter_img Comparing Passivhaus Standard Homes to Other Low-Energy Homesby John Straubelast_img read more

BJD wins Patkura poll

first_imgOdisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal on Wednesday won the Patkura Assembly constituency by defeating the BJP by a margin of over 17,000 votes. The Congress finished third in the election held on July 20.BJD nominee Sabitri Agarwalla bagged 96,017 votes, while BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra secured 78,097 and lost yet another battle to enter the State Assembly. Jayanta Mohanty of the Congress secured only 2,104 votes and lost his deposit. Mohapatra’s lossMr. Mohapatra, who won from Patkura four times — 1980, 1985, 1990 and 1995 — was a member of late Biju Patnaik’s Council of Ministers in his last term as Chief Minister. Although he was a founder-member of the BJD, Mr. Mohapatra failed to contest the 2000 Assembly polls when the party cancelled his ticket at the last minute. He lost all elections in the subsequent years.In 2001, he formed the Odisha Gana Parishad, which he later merged with the Nationalist Congress Party. He joined the BJP when the NCP turned an ally of the BJD before the 2009 polls. Mr. Mohapatra quit the BJP in November last, but returned to the party again before this year’s general election.Polling in Patkura, which was initially scheduled for April 29 as part of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State, was first adjourned due to the death of the BJD nominee and former Minister Bed Prakash Agarwalla, the husband of Ms. Agarwalla.The Election Commission had fixed May 19 as the next date of polling, but it was postponed again due to Cyclone Fani that hit the State’s coast on May 3.The seat witnessed high-voltage campaigning, with senior leaders from the three major parties holding meetings to woo voters. BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik campaigned for Ms. Agarwalla for a day, apart from engaging a majority of his Ministers and party MLAs to ensure the defeat of Mr. Mohapatra, often referred to as his bête noire.Ms. Agarwalla thanked the people of Patkura for electing her. BJD leaders and workers celebrated the victory by taking out a procession from the BJD headquarters in Bhubaneswar to Naveen Niwas, the residence of their party president.Mr. Patnaik expressed his gratitude to the people of Patkura for electing the BJD nominee and assured that development of the constituency will be given priority.last_img read more