Hampshire’s coach, Dale Benkenstein, said the injury came about in a freak accident during a game of football before the start of play. “We were only 45 seconds away from the end of the game when Fidel went to kick the ball,” the South African said. “I was just about to get the mitts on for fielding practice when his foot got stuck in the turf and all his weight went over on it. There was no one near him. It was a really freakish fall, and there was a loud crack. “It was clear it was bad when he started calling out for T (Hampshire physio Thihan Chandromohan).” Edwards was Hampshire’s leading wicket-taker last season, with 45 wickets from just eight games, and was rewarded with a contract for the new season. He has played 55 Tests for West Indies, taking 165 wickets. LONDON (CMC): Former West Indies and Barbados speedster Fidel Edwards is facing a long spell on the sidelines after fracturing his ankle during warm-ups on the final day of Hampshire’s County Championship game against Yorkshire on Wednesday. Hampshire confirmed the injury on Thursday and said Edwards would undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage and his recuperation period. “Hampshire Cricket can confirm that fast-bowler Fidel Edwards has suffered a fractured right ankle, which was sustained during the warm-up on day four of the Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley,” the club said in a statement. “Fidel will see a specialist (Thursday), which will help determine the predicted length of time that he will be out of action for.” The loss of the 34-year-old Edwards will be huge for Hampshire, who are already stricken with an injury crisis that has claimed Reece Topley, Ryan Stevenson, Gareth Berg, Liam Dawson, Chris Wood, and Sean Ervine. Edwards has played both Hampshire games this season, taking three wickets against Warwickshire in the opening game earlier this month. He went wicketless from 23 overs in the first innings against Yorkshire but was ruled out of action in the second innings. FREAK ACCIDENT
The way Barca lost their shape and composure was completely unbecoming of such a proud club. Luis Enrique’s side was destroyed by a PSG side playing with feverish determination, desperate to prove it belongs among Europe’s elite after falling at the quarter-finals in the last four seasons. This time it looks like the mighty Barcelona won’t even reach the last eight, after equalling their worst-ever Champions League defeat. In the day’s other match, Benfica clipped Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in Portugal to take a slim advantage into the return leg. Real Madrid will host Napoli and Arsenal will play away to Bayern Munich in today’s Round of 16 first-leg action. FEVERISH DETERMINATION PARIS (AP): Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) battered Barcelona from start to finish yesterday, hammering the five-time European champion 4-0 to take a huge advantage into the second leg of their Champions League knockout match. The Argentina winger, totally out of form for much of the season, celebrated his 29th birthday in style, rifling in an 18th-minute free kick and then skipping past two weak challenges before curling in a superb second from 25 metres out, 10 minutes after the break. Germany winger Julian Draxler continued his rich form since joining from Wolfsburg, smacking in the second goal late in the first half. Top-scorer Edinson Cavani, also celebrating his birthday, emphatically drilled home the fourth in the 72nd minute – his 34th goal of a rampant season. He is no longer second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and is playing like a free spirit. The noise level at Parc des Princes reached deafening proportions as the home fans watched in almost stunned disbelief as Barcelona cracked under waves of incessant pressure. Barcelona were supposed to be the favourite in the Round of 16 match, but the night turned into a damage-limitation exercise, the way it does when weak sides are totally outclassed.
I am pleased to note that you have responded with such alacrity to my correspondence of April 16, 2018. Having read statements made by you and others yesterday at the symbolic march organised by SARA, l am now compelled to respond to both.My correspondence pointed out glaring instances of some of the grossest violations of the constitutional and statutory provisions regarding financial probity, transparency and accountability which you as a self-proclaimed anti-corruption campaigner would, l would have thought, be profoundly concerned about.The examples l raised were not necessarily exclusive to the powers you hold as Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency but as a citizen who spoke out so often publicly and authoritatively accusing successive People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Governments of massive corruption, and have continued to do so, I therefore thought that now that you head such a powerful body with a hefty legislative clout and have access to the inner camera of the political directorate that you would want to do something to expose, investigate and protect the citizens from any acts of corruption and violations of the Constitution and laws of our country regardless of who was involved.Sadly, your response only confirms what most people believe; that the SARU now SARA, is a body created for one purpose and with one target alone on their radar – the PPP/C leaders and supporters!.This view is bolstered by official statements such as the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU)’s response to the Private Sector Commission’s comments on the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill, February 15, 2017:-“In some areas of corruption, the size of loss speaks for itself. Before the change of Government, the nation was losing $28-$35 billion each year through procurement fraud. With regard to illicit capital flight, the nation was losing $90 billion every year. Furthermore, the underground economy caused the nation to lose $188 billion per year. This adds up to a grand total of $306-$313 billion per year, which is a conservative figure as according to several international agencies, this amount is grossly understated.Given the purposes of the bill and the damaging losses to the economy as stated above, it is imperative that the bill be passed immediately. The scale of corruption discovered by SARU, to date, is astounding. The Guyanese population is eager to see the country’s assets recovered and appropriate action taken against the perpetrators of corruption. The SARA Bill is geared toward these purposes.”After the great haste to pass the bill in April 2017, supported by such screaming assertions, aimed at recovering these assets, a year has passed. You now say that “SARA does not and cannot initiate investigations without first receiving a complaint such as yours.”So can you say who made the complaints about the $28-35 billion lost each year in procurement fraud or the $306-313 billion per year being lost due to corruption? Strange to say, these are the same figures you used prior to the 2015 elections? Are you, sir, the Complainant? And where is your evidence? If you declared such losses were real and then used your position in the SARU/SARA without evidence and mere mathematical speculation, then this is a case of reckless irresponsibility of enormous proportions. Such disinformation fed to the Guyanese electorate for several years leading up to the 2015 elections as well as friendly governments and international organisations clearly has been now exposed as a concerted political campaign to get the PPP/C out of office.If your allegations are the source of these investigations, why then are the complaints and exposures made by civic-minded individuals and the media about corruption by members of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government not worthy of investigation?In terms of your defence as to why no action has been taken with regard to the numerous cases of corruption l raised in my previous correspondence, l wish to remind you of statements made during an Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Seminar (Demerara-Mahaica), by your Deputy Director, Aubrey Heath-Retemyer and reported in the media on November 9, 2017, that “Guyana’s State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has 25 “solid cases” of officials of the previous Government having properties that they acquired unlawfully using their then privileged positions”. It is now over a year later and no action has been taken.This number of “solid cases” has now dropped to 10 cases to be brought in the last quarter of this year external to Guyana as declared by you. Why wait to the end of the year, what are the reasons for the delay? Is it because you are having trouble finding “cogent evidence to satisfy the court that the property is the proceeds of unlawful conduct of a public official” as required in civil recovery under the SARA Act. Or is it you wish to keep massaging the lie against the PPP/C leaders leading up to the 2020 elections? Therefore you are guilty, as are others, of the worse fraud perpetrated on the hearts and minds of the Guyanese people in the nation’s history.Whilst no case has been brought to substantiate these outrageous claims you and the Government have besmirched people’s characters and lives and tried people in the public eye with no proof to uphold any of the claims.I have noted your proclivity to drop names with regards to experts from international agencies including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the United Nations who you claimed helped to develop and widely reviewed the bill as to the powers of the Head of the SARA. Nevertheless, the constitutionality of the SARA Act and the Director’s powers which override the independence of constitutional post holders such as the Director of Public Prosecutions will be determined by our courts and not any unnamed international experts.And you continue to drop names with regard to “documents received from External Law Enforcement Agencies such as Interpol, Homeland Security and CFTAF have shown the massive scale of corruption and money laundering during the late 2000s to the mid 2010s”. After spending over $150 million expended on forensic audits to undercover the corruption of the PPP/C Government and assuming the above-mentioned documents are available, after three years, you have been unable to find the $30 billion per annum you and others publicly claimed for years was stolen by the PPP/C Government.At the April 20 march, you now admit that “We can’t recover State property in this country….without fighting in the courts outside of Guyana…. It’s a global fight! The wealth has left Guyana. It is deposited into accounts in places outside of Guyana… we need to get to those accounts to place the charges against the persons who hold Guyanese assets through some initial unlawful conduct and to try to recover it for Guyana.”A day after writing me, you now publicly admit that documents you referred to receiving from those external law enforcement “did not contain hard evidence to make out strong court cases.” You now admit that “there is a difference between information and evidence”.I hope you have taken to heart the statement by the British High Commissioner, as you do not seem to want to take the word or information of a Guyanese such as myself, or any other Guyanese, that “There can be no escape and no impunity for those who are corrupt. Regardless of where you are, regardless of who you are, everyone must act within and be subject to the laws of the land.”Your sudden insertion in your letter referring to a criminal case against a former Permanent Secretary having $20 billion in his bank accounts is interesting as this case has been in the courts for over a year and seems to be going nowhere. Or are the sources of this money too close to home?Since SARA seems to be having a problem with the cases l raised, let me make a complaint to you about the following cases that fall squarely in your remit:-1. The acquisition of a house and land in Bel Air Gardens, then State owned, below market value at that time and with no recourse to any procurement process by the former Finance Minister of the People’s National Congress (PNC) Government and now 2nd Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge of the APNU/AFC coalition.2. The PPP/C Government responded to the Burnham family’s request for land and issued five acres of prime land in Georgetown at no costs to former Vice President and First Lady Viola Burnham and widow of President Forbes Burnham in D’Urban Backlands.3. The acquisition of a huge tract of land to the PNC for their party headquarters, Congress Place, in Sophia, at no cost and where sections have been sold over the years at market value and for profit, the most recent sale took place after the 2015 General and Regional Elections.All of these cases are easily investigated as all the records are publicly available. And remember the SARA Act provided for retroactivity, probably one of the first statutes that did so.As such, l am now formally laying my complaint with reference to the cases regarding corruption, abuse in public office and violation of the Constitution, Procurement Act, and financial laws listed in my letter dated April 16, 2018 and those listed above and call on SARA to investigate them.The most egregious case relates to the sale of our national patrimony in oil and natural gas well below what is observed internationally and “relatively favourable to investors by international standards,” as stated in the IMF report prepared for Guyanese officials. Follow the trail Dr Thomas, you will find the answers and the accounts of those who benefitted.Again your letter refers to the US International Narcotic Control Strategy Report and other reports which “depicted Guyana as one of the most corrupt countries in the world”. How do you now address the most recent 2018 US State Department report which stated that“Narcotics trafficking and Government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds. However, other illicit activities, such as human trafficking, illicit gold mining, contraband, and tax evasion, are also sources. “( pg 111, Volume 11) ?You must admit that the phrase “Government corruption” was never used before to depict a “primary source of laundered funds.”Your view of the PPP/C Administrations is so jaundiced that you stated that “little if anything was done institutionally between 2008- and mid 2010s to ensure “corruption is everybody’s business”. Unfortunately you have failed to acknowledge that the fundamental anti-corruption legislative framework was established under successive PPP/C Governments. To name a few:-– constitutional reform that insulated the Auditor General from executive interference;– many new laws – the Procurement Act; Financial Management and Accountability Act; the AMLCFT Act 2009; Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act; Access to Information Act;– the removal of power to appoint Judges from the President including the appointment of the Chancellor and the Chief Justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions;– the appointment of the three service commissions through a consensual parliamentary mechanism instead of appointment by the President.Backed with administrative measures to enhance transparency such as the public opening of tenders, the posting of the minutes of the opening of bids and awards by the NPTAB on its website, all of these are no longer available and the website is devoid of information. Guyana was the only country in the Region that introduced such scrutiny with the procurement process.In other words, the framework to prevent and reduce corruption in Government and by public officials through the separation of powers of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary based on rule of law was put in place by the PPP/C Government. All of these measures guarded by the Constitution, law and administrative mechanisms are unravelling in the APNU/AFC coalition Government.As the former Guyana Expert between 2008-2015 on the MESICIC, the mechanism that monitored the implementation of the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption between 2008-2015, l wish to suggest that you familiarise yourself with the reports submitted by Guyana in the four rounds of review between 2006-2014 to see what progress was being made and the review reports of the MESICIC. All are available on the OAS MESICIC website.In closing, l note your statement that “the goal is to repel procurement fraud, stolen State assets, corruption so that Guyanese of all walks of life can be assured their roads, national patrimony, gold and other State assets are used for the betterment of all Guyanese”. In other words all the cases l brought to your attention in my first letter and this follow up fall into that stated goal.So l return, sir, having read your response now even more convinced that you will do nothing but play “smoke and mirrors” and continue on your and the APNU/AFC mission to do nothing about corruption in this Government’s circles but continue to mislead the people and target the PPP/C leaders.I therefore return to my earlier letter and reiterate that “the APNU/AFC Government can easily be classified as the most corrupt Government in the post-independence English speaking Caribbean,” costing the Guyanese people billions of dollars with greater hardships and deepening poverty.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MPChief Whip for the parliamentary Opposition
Kamarang’s new Toshaos– to seek redress on legal breachesThe National Toshaos Council (NTC) is at a loss as to why a convicted child molester was elected to the office of Toshao in the village of Kamarang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and the Council is contemplating its options to correct what it deems a legal breach.The body’s stance on the matter was confirmed by its Chairman, Joel Fredericks, who told Guyana Timeson Wednesday that the NTC will be officially writing Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Alicock on the matter as it seeks a joint investigation to address the issue.“The NTC’s position is that it’s breaking the law. No one who has a criminal record should be elected as a Toshao and that is something we need to investigate because how [could] the residents allow that to happen? The Returning Officer should have also looked at it,” Fredericks told this publication.He confirmed having received an official complaint from a resident in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni district. Fredericks indicated that the representative body cannot support Luther Krammer, who is the embattled Toshao that was recently elected.“The National Toshaos Council condemns that; it’s not right. We would have to seek some legal advice,” he stressed.Meanwhile, Minister within the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry, Valarie Garrido-Lowe confirmed to Guyana Times that the matter is under investigation. She however declined on giving a time frame, having only received a letter of complaint in recent days. She indicated that the Ministry will make public disclosure once the matter is concluded.“We can’t say how long the investigation will last; we only received the letter two days ago. We have to work on that, it’s a serious allegation. When we are in a position, we certainly will issue a statement,” she told this newspaper.Meantime, Amerindian People’s Association (APA) Executive Director, Jean La Rose has also expressed her displeasure over Krammer’s election, saying any person with a serious criminal record should not be elected as Toshaos or Councillor.Guyana Times first reported that residents were shocked when the Returning Officer declared victory in favour of Luther Krammer. It was related that he was accused of and found guilty of molesting a nine-year-old a few years ago and was sentenced to 18 months in jail for the offence. The newly elected Toshao was only released from prison last year.As per the Amerindian Act of 2006, nominations were held for the Office of Toshao where a fellow villager nominated Krammer who accepted the nomination. Following the nomination, several villagers approached the Returning Officer and questioned the nomination, only to be met with silence.This publication understands Krammer has been living in Kamarang for most of his life and prior to his sexual molestation conviction, he was a teacher at the Kamarang Primary School. Having been dismissed as a teacher, Krammer now works in the mining industry. The villagers are meanwhile calling for another election since they feel Krammer would be an inappropriate person to represent their interests.Some of the functions of the Village Council includes providing planning and development of the village; managing and regulating the use and occupation of village lands; and provide strategic direction and advice to the village.During the 2016 Local Government Elections, a similar controversy erupted when it was revealed that A Partnership for National Unity-approved candidate for Constituency 13 (East and West Ruimveldt Georgetown), Winston Harding, was charged at least two times with child molestation, though he was never convicted for the offence.Harding was elected as representative of the Constituency and currently holds the post of Councillor in the Georgetown Municipality. Following the allegations, Harding’s party withdrew its support.
Guiana Holdings Inc, marketed under the name Superbet, made a monetary donation to 58-year-old Alvin Spencer, who lost his home to an early morning fire December 29, 2019.Sonia Charran handing over the monetary donation to Alvin SpencerAccording to reports, the fire razed Spencer’s three-bedroom house at D’Edward Village, West Bank Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) which he shared with his 16-year-old son Osborne Spencer.As a result of the blaze, the teen, who was completing his School-Based Assessment (SBA) projects, has lost his textbooks, notebooks and a laptop among other school items.Spencer had told this publication that the fire was first spotted at about 03:00h and recalled that he was asleep when his son alerted him of the fire. More frustration was added as the painter by profession recently returned to Guyana from Barbados to assist his son with his Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations preparations.Spencer has indicated that he will be rebuilding his home as soon as possible and would be grateful for the public’s assistance. He can be contacted via phone on 671-5476.He also expressed his thanks for the company’s generosity upon receiving the donation at Superbet’s Head Office on Barrack Street, Kingston, Georgetown.The General Manager, Shrikant Kisoensingh, conveyed that the company is always looking for means of giving back to the communities and this is their way of ending the year on a good note.
0Shares0000Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez hurt his ankle during a friendly against Bayern Munich in Miami © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Michael ReavesLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 30 – Manchester City’s record signing Riyad Mahrez could play in Sunday’s Community Shield against Chelsea after a scan showed he had suffered no significant damage to his left ankle in a friendly with Bayern Munich.The 27-year-old Algerian international forward — for whom City paid Leicester £60 million ($79 million) earlier this month — had to leave the pitch in Miami on Saturday after being fouled by Bayern’s Chris Richards. However, City said in a statement on Monday that a scan had showed nothing alarming.“Riyad Mahrez has been given the all-clear to return to training later this week after picking up an ankle knock,” read the statement.“City’s new signing was withdrawn from the action after being fouled by Bayern Munich’s Chris Richards during the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.“Subsequent pictures emerged showing Mahrez wearing a protective boot on his left foot upon his return to Manchester.“However, a scan today (Monday) has revealed no significant damage, and he could be available for selection for this weekend’s Community Shield against Chelsea.”Mahrez’s replacement Bernardo Silva went on to score a double as City beat the German champions 3-2.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Two innings later, Ethier pulled another single to almost the same spot to score Garciaparra with the backbreaker. Garciaparra, in the starting lineup for the first time since Tuesday because his tender left calf doesn’t allow him to play in the field every day, went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. The Diamondbacks, who came to town having won seven of their previous eight games and having played at a .632 clip since the All-Star break, probably aren’t going to blow the three-game lead they have methodically built atop the division. But if Drew’s untimely fielding gaffe doesn’t bring calamity upon his own team, for one night at least, it brought an amazing sense of renewal to the Dodgers, who are finally seeing some tangible results from having won 12 of their last 18 games. They also dealt successfully with what probably was the toughest of the three Diamondbacks starters they will face in this weekend series. Davis has been one of the league’s hottest pitchers over the second half, going 8-1 with a 3.84 ERA before taking the mound in this one. But while his teammates staked him to leads of 1-0 in the top of the first, 2-1 in the top of the fourth and 4-2 in the top of the fifth, Davis gave all three of them back in the bottom halves of those same innings. Thanks to Drew’s error, he gave back more than that in the bottom of the sixth, an inning Davis (13-12) didn’t survive. The third-place Dodgers moved to within 4
With sunshine, clear skies and calm seas promised for the weekend, dozens of Rock n Roamers are heading to Tory Island for an unforgettable cultural adventure designed and hosted by local tourism enterprise mng.ie.And there is still time to book…..You’ve heard all the stories but now it’s time to experience this very special island for yourself. This very special weekend package will ensure you get to experience the very best of Tory.Starting with a guided star gazing night walk tonight followed by a very special gathering of musicians for an Irish Traditional seisúin like no other.Tomorrow, Saturday, learn about the legendary Colmcille with a guided walk to the many archaeological sites as well as workshops in Sean Nós and set dancing.That night, there will be an unforgettable Ceilí Mór – what Tory is famous for and on Sunday winkle picking with the King himself. There was never a better time to visit this magical island, immerse yourself in the culture and practise your “cupla focal”. It promises to be an unforgettable experience, with plenty of free time to relax and take it all in.“A dance with the king is best described as a fair ground ride, you just follow his lead and he makes you feel like you can really dance, amazing feeling” (Moira, mng.ie)The weekend package includes two nights shared B&B in Tory Hostel return boat trip, all the activities, guides and entertainment.You just never know who you’ll meet on Tory.Leaving Magheraroarty pier on the 12th September and returning on the 14th at 4.30pm. Please note the 7.30pm boat is full. 5pm available. Places are limited, early booking is advised. Book here http://mng.ie/blog/2014/8/25/rock-agus-roam-oilen-thoraigh-book-now or contact Moira@mng.ie or 083 123 0529WHY NOT REACH FOR THE STARS ON TORY ISLAND TONIGHT? was last modified: September 12th, 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:donegalRock agus RoamTory Island
One of Ireland’s tidiest towns has been left devastated after TWO stolen buses were driven through the centre of the town destroying plant and flowers beds.Malin has enjoyed a huge tradition in the Tidy Towns competition and won the competition in 1970.The organising committee are this week awaiting the arrival of the judging panel for this year’s competition. But villagers have been left devastated after one of the buses did a “dounghnut” on the village’s central green.John McLaughlin of the Tidy Towns committee told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio that people are just shocked by what has happened.“It is just devastating. This looks like a planned exercise but hopefully it’s not deliberate to damage Malin’s chances in the tidy town’s competition.“I have been told that two buses were involved but there was certainly one,” he said. It is believed the attack happened around 4am this morning.Organsiers estimate it will take a full week to get the green fixed up and may even have to set down false grass.Mr McLaughlin has also appealed to anyone who can help to assist them.“We need to knuckle down and get the green back in the shape it was.“For the past fifty years the judging panel of the Tidy Town’s committee has commented on how well the green looked. “In fact they told us never to change the green and now these thugs come along and change it overnight,” he said.A Garda spokesman confirmed a full investigation into the incident is underway.CCTV is also being viewed in an attempt to identify the culprits.SHOCK AS STOLEN BUS GOES ON RAMPAGE THROUGH DONEGAL VILLAGE was last modified: June 14th, 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:GardaiJohn McLaughlinMalinstolen bus