Boys’ Town coach Andrew Price believes 19 year-old players Shamar Nicholson and Jourdaine Fletcher, will benefit from heightened confidence after their recent Reggae Boyz debuts.Price, who warned that both players should see this as a stepping stone and not a point of arrival, is expecting their appearance in Jamaica’s friendly against the USA last Friday to greatly help their progress.Fletcher was the star of the 2016 schoolboy football season, netting 34 goals in leading Cornwall College to the daCosta Cup title and to the FLOW Super Cup final.Nicholson, who plays for bottom-of-the-table Boys’ Town, is currently the Red Stripe Premier League’s top scorer with 10 goals in 18 matches.Both players joined the action with five minutes left in regular time in Jamaica’s 0-1 loss.LAUNCHING PAD”It was a good opportunity for them to get some exposure in adverse conditions. I know that for the first time in his (Nicholson) life, he was playing on an astro surface and in temperatures at that level overseas. But I believe the minutes were just a launching pad for them and will do their confidence well as they continue to progress as youngsters,” Price said.”They showed the part when they came on, they showed energy even though it was the last ten minutes, and the mere fact they were included shows that the coach has confidence in both of them,” he added.Although many local fans thought they pair should have got more than the eight minutes they received (including added time), Price says more time will come with more games.”It is always up to the coaching staff; they make their decision. The fact that as youngsters they got an opportunity to take the field, it will do their confidence a world of good. I expect that as they progress and improve, they will get more playing time,” Price said. “It will happen over time so, they have to be patient, wait for their opportunity, and make use of it.”
Coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite, said that he is anticipating a tough match-up against regular season champions Humble Lion when the teams meet in their upcoming Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) two-leg semifinal tie later this month.Arnett Gardens advanced to the last four stages of the nation’s top-flight league following a 3-2 aggregate victory against last season’s champions Montego Bay United after taking the second leg in Montego Bay 2-1 on Monday night, after the first game ended 1-1 a week earlier at the Anthony Spaulding Complex.”It will always be a good game,” Waite said about facing Humble Lion. “One thing we know is that Humble Lion is the best defensive team, while Arnett is the best offensive team, so it could be a tactical contest.”During the preliminary stage, Humble Lion won twice and lost the other fixture against Arnett Gardens.DIFFERENTLINE-UPHowever, Waite warned that this time around, Humble Lion will face a different Arnett line-up. “The team is different as the senior players are back and fitting in the system,” he disclosed.Looking back at the quarter-final victory against a MoBay team that was previously unbeaten against Arnett Gardens this season, Waite said his team was ready when it mattered most.”I want you to remember that in 2014-15, we did not beat them until in the final. The fact that a team continue to beat you is always added motivation when it comes to the knockout stage,” Waite said.”All we had to do is step up our intensity. It was a fair result. We missed four clear chances to put away the game in the first half. Then MoBay improved in the second half,” he recounted.Fabian Reid netted for Arnett in the 17th and 76th minute, while former Reggae Boyz striker Dino Williams scored in the 63rd minute for Montego Bay.”Our goalkeeper Omarley Francis came up with some big saves, captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson was outstanding in defence and striker Fabian Reid, who scored all three goals during the tie, did well,” Waite reasoned.Arnett will tackle Humble Lion in one semi-final, while the University of the West Indies will face-off against Portmore United in the other semi-final. The Premier League Clubs Association is yet to determine the playing dates as Portmore will be involved in the Caribbean Football Union Clubs Championship this month.
Prince Brown, spokesperson for the protesting ArcelorMittal mine workers, is reportedly missing in Yekepa.30 others suspendedThe spokesperson of the recent mine workers at mounts Tokadeh and Gangra has reportedly gone missing in Yekepa, following the end of workers strike action last week.Although ArcelorMittal Liberia has confirmed suspending from work 33 employees engaged in an “illegal strike action,” management has denied knowledge of Brown’s whereabouts.According to the company’s reaction note sent to this newspaper, “about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, Prince Nah Brown, was served a suspension letter among others for his alleged involvement in two separate illegal strike actions against the company that put a complete halt to mining activities.”Management said upon receiving and signing for his suspension letter, Mr. Brown was asked to leave the mine, from where he requested a lift from a company security vehicle to the Tokadeh security entrance/junction gate.“Brown boarded the company security lead investigator vehicle with the lead investigator himself driving, accompanied by two officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU), and was dropped off at the Tokadeh security entrance/junction. Mr. Brown was released in the presence of the entire Liberian National Police and Human Resource Team along with a Henderson Risk consultant,” the company said.ArcelorMittal has meanwhile confirmed information from the LNP/CSD investigator (Officer Michael Ballah) that he saw Brown at aroun 3 p.m. in Camp-4, where he resides, on the same Saturday that he was suspended.However, in the wake of the release, information reaching the Daily Observer says Mr. Prince Brown reportedly went missing on July 31, while on duty at Mount Tokadeh, where he was assigned prior to the recent strike.Brown was allegedly arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned with the Emergency Response Unit that are stationed at the concession area.Concern is said to be rising in the concession area, with residents mounting search to establish the whereabouts of Mr. Brown. He was reportedly arrested by LNP officers assigned in the area, but the motive for his arrest and subsequent disappearance has remained unclear up to press time last night.One account gathered by this newspaper suggests that Mr. Brown was among 33 employees that ArcelorMittal-Liberia management suspended for reportedly taking part in the recent strike actions.On a local radio phone-in morning show in Sanniquellie on Monday, August 13, the chief detective of LNP Nimba County Crime Services Department, James Q. Kartoe, confirmed the disappearance of Prince Brown, and said that the LNP was still conducting an investigation as to his whereabouts.Kartoe said everything surrounding the arrest and the subsequent disappearance of Mr. Brown, “whether it was LNP or private security officers responsible, is still under investigation, and therefore, I cannot jump to any conclusion until the officers are through with their investigation.”None of the employees have spoken of the whereabouts of Mr. Brown, because of fear for their job security.But Detective Kartoe has also confirmed the suspension of about 32 other workers, something he quoted the management as saying that the affected employees reportedly went against the “company’s policy.”It can be recalled that normal mining activities in Yekepa came to a standstill on July 20, after mine workers protested in demand of a good working environment void of bad labor practices.At the time, the aggrieved mine workers accused the management of carelessly addressing their plight while continuing to suppress them.They therefore wanted management to annul the “Zero Week” in their working hours, make improvements in their food allowance, housing facilities and healthcare.The workers were forced to resume work after the company threatened to dismiss anyone who refuses to return to work, following the intervention of the county’s leadership.But few days later, the company allegedly suspended a number of employees, especially those who were suspected of taking part in the strike action, which subsequently led to the disappearance of their spokesperson.Detective Kartoe quoted ArcelorMittal management as requesting the LNP to launch an investigation and/or relocate Mr. Brown.Personnel of the Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), a private security firm guarding the concession, have denied ever detaining Mr. Brown prior to news that he had gone missing.It was earlier speculated that Brown was being detained by SEGAL, while he was working at Mount Tokadeh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A foreigner is left counting his losses after he was robbed on Sunday on South Road, Georgetown in front of the South Road Nursery School.The suspects escaping following the robberyThe robbery occurred just after midday as the man had finished shopping on Regent Street, Georgetown.According to reports, the man was standing on South Road when he was accosted from behind by a male. While the victim was struggling to break free, two other perpetrators quickly relieved the man of a suitcase he was carrying and other valuables.The bandits – one clad in a white shirt and the others in black T-shirts and three-quarter pants – were then captured on camera escaping West along South Road before turning North into Bourda Street.The matter has since been reported to the Police.
NA Prison…President expresses concern…as IAC calls for Ramjattan, Samuels’ resignationsNew video evidence of prisoners at the New Amsterdam Prison, who are on remanded for serious offences surfaced on Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quality of supervision and security within the facility.Prisoners displaying drugs, money and cellphonesOn Wednesday, Head of State David Granger expressed worry about the recent Mother’s Day ‘bash’ that featured prisoners sporting high-priced liquor and narcotics.The video, which was secured and seen by Guyana Times, shows some of the same prisoners featured in photos shared on social media not only drinking alcoholic beverages but smoking marijuana and costing a significant amount of cash.In one clip, a prisoner is filmed counting at least 12 single $5000 bills as he places them on a plate that was filled with what appeared to be cannabis and other prohibited substances.Another clip showed the prisoners boasting about the “sweet life” that they are enjoying despite the fact that many of these very men were awaiting trial for grave breaches of the law, including rape, murder, robbery under arms, simply larceny and gun-related offences.When contacted on Wednesday, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels denied any knowledge of the new video, stating expressly that he was only aware of the photos which had surfaced via Facebook.He said he was at the time on a visit to the Mazaruni Prison but explained that contact could be made with the Public Security Ministry and its Public Relations Department for any update on the ongoing probe.Despite this, Samuels told Guyana Times that he had already submitted an updated report to the Ministry based upon preliminary investigations, following the most recent prison fiasco. He said the probe was ongoing but so far no “substantial or sufficient evidence” to implicate other persons in the controversy which occurred over the Mother’s Day weekend was found.He said no arrests were made to date but anyone found culpable would be disciplined accordingly before requesting that if this newspaper was inclined it could share the videos with him so that an assessment could be made and action taken.Guyana Times also managed to confirm that at least one prisoner who owned the cellphone that took the first set of photographs featured on social media has accepted responsibility for his actions. His phone was seized.ResignationThis newspaper was told that the alcohol and other illicit substances as well as the drugs were smuggled into the prison via a tractor owned by the Town Council.Meanwhile, President David Granger would only say that he is concerned over the security situation at the facility and the state of security in the country, given a number of other matters that would have been reported to him with respect to the conduct on law enforcement officials.But the Indian Action Arrival Committee demanded much more from the President than just him expressing worry and concern.The IAC said it is of the strongest opinion that this lawlessness must be brought to an end immediately as it called on President David Granger to ensure that all those persons responsible for permitting this egregious lawlessness must either be called upon to resign or be dismissed.“…Minister of Public Security and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan has proved himself to be incapable, inept and incompetent to carry out the political responsibility for the prison service given the spate of unfortunate events which have taken place under his leadership of the sector,” the IAC stated.The IAC also called on President David Granger to immediately request Minister Ramjattan’s resignation, failing which he should be dismissed.“The IAC is also is of the belief that the Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels is also incapable, inept and incompetent to administer the prison system of Guyana and the organisation is calling on President Granger to request his resignation or failing which to dismiss him.” (Michael Younge)
Scoring the lone goal for the Flyers in the contest was Nathan Brownlee. Assists went to Kurtis Lee, and Brophy Dunne. Saturday afternoon’s game saw the Flyers get off to a great start. They opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game, and added another two as the period progressed. Unfortunately for them they allowed the Barons to score in the final minutes of the frame which set the tone or the best of the game.The Barons got themselves within one with 13:49 to go in the second, and they would tie the game less than four minutes later. They netted the go ahead goal with less than two minutes to play in the period.Fort McMurray added two more goals in the third to round out the scoring.- Advertisement -Finding the back of the net for the Flyers in the tilt were Tyler Musgrove, John Herrington, and Quinn Disher.In Sunday’s tilt the Barons picked up where they left off against the Flyers. The opened the scoring in the first and the score held going into the second period. The Barons went up 2-0 late in the third, however the Flyers cut the lead in half with a goal of their own with 1:48 remaining.The Barons wrapped the game up with an empty net goal in the third period.Advertisement
…reserves fall short of int’l standard of 3 months’ import coverAs a rule of thumb, economists recommend that Governments keep enough foreign reserves to be able to cover three months of imports. In Guyana’s case, however, our reserves are enough to cover little over a month’s worth of imports.The International Monetary FundThis was a finding of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during its recent article IV consultations in Guyana where it consulted with various stakeholders and analysed data to come up with economic projections and data on Guyana.The report pointed out that gross reserve coverage declined to 2.1 months of imports, mainly owing to higher imports. According to the IMF, the balance of weaker exports and higher imports because of oil-related investments was such that the external current account deficit rose to 17.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).According to the report, Guyana has projected 2019 official reserves of US$643 million— with this figure projected to rise to US$857.8 million by 2020. In terms of 2018, the figure was US$528.4 million.However, there was good news when it came to public finance. According to the IMF, this improved in 2018, with the central government deficit being recorded as 3.5 per cent of GDP, lower than the budgeted 5.4 per cent of GDP.Moving forward, the Fund recommended certain measures be taken to safeguard Guyana’s foreign reserves. It noted the role that maintaining exchange rate flexibility, which is a monetary policy determined by supply and demand, could play in this regard. The Fund also alluded to providing technical assistance.“Exchange rate flexibility could play a greater role as part of the monetary policy framework for managing large and potentially volatile foreign inflows from oil production,” the IMF said in its report.“Over the medium-term, developing the necessary infrastructure, supported by IMF Technical Assistance, for a suitable monetary policy framework with increased exchange rate flexibility would facilitate economic expansion and adjustment to oil price shocks while maintaining price stability and safeguarding foreign reserves”.It was recorded last year that Guyana’s net foreign reserves, held by the central bank in foreign currency notes, had fallen to its lowest point since 2008, a recent report from the bank has highlighted.In March of 2018, the foreign reserves stood at US$498.5M. In contrast, the reserves in 2012 stood at US$825M.A perusal of the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract shows that from the lows of US$298.8 million ten years ago, Guyana’s foreign reserves were built up to 2012’s sum and then it started dropping— going to US$751.2 million in 2013 and US$652.2 million in 2014.The slide continued with the foreign reserves being recorded at US$594.7 million at the end of 2015, before picking up in January of 2016 and being recorded at US$621.1 million. While the year 2016 saw the reserves fluctuate, it never strayed below the US$500 million mark until the end of the year.In 2017, the reserves plunged well into the US$500 million range. By November of last year, the reserves were recorded at US$562 million and as of March 2018, for the first time since 2008, the net foreign reserves fell below the US$500 million benchmark.As of this year, the Ministry of Finance’s mid-year report had found that total reserves at the Bank of Guyana were $75.3 billion.
Information about the “General Hospital” event is available at ghkidsevent.tripod.com. That Web site has information specifically on Hailey under the heading “Meet Hailey.” She needs blood donors now, said Amber McCarty, a campaign manager in Ventura County for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donors who have O-negative blood can contribute to Hailey directly at Childrens Hospital. “She can’t receive a marrow transplant until she gets into remission,” McCarty said. “We need blood to keep her healthy now. But in the bigger picture it’s the marrow match that’s going to save her life.” “To get tested for marrow, it’s simply a cheek swab.” firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602 Get involved A bone marrow donor drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ralphs supermarket, 2726 E. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley. The child actor’s luau to raise money for leukemia patients will be held May 12 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12825 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. It will include a blood drive and marrow screening from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Amber McCarty, the campaign manager for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, at (805) 201-7150, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at (323) 660-2450, or Holly Collier of the National Marrow Donor Program at (714) 800-1612. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Hailey Joy Kent and her brother Ryan are twins and child actors. But while one is healthy and thriving, the other is fighting for her life. The twins were born June 6, but at just 4 months old, Hailey developed a low-grade fever and began vomiting. A few tests later, doctors gave her parents the bad news – acute lymphocytic leukemia. She has been undergoing chemotherapy off and on for months at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is helping organize two drives in Simi Valley through the National Marrow Donor Program to help her and others who need transplants. “We thought that she had the flu or something,” said Hailey’s father, Rick, who along with his wife, Maria, has been spending as much time as possible with Hailey at the hospital. “The staff here at Childrens Hospital is just amazing,” he said. “The nurses go the extra distance. Maria is pretty much here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They really are great people here.” Hailey and Ryan have been getting calls to appear on television shows, but Hailey has been unable to do so. And since they play the same character as twins, they always work together. “She’s been sick and losing weight,” her mother said. “We need to get her back into remission so we can start the bone marrow.” Her father said the nurses at Childrens Hospital gathered around the television set to watch her when she and her brother appeared on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” They’ve also had parts in “Medium” and “Standoff.” Hailey’s agent also represents child actors on the television series “General Hospital,” so in addition to the Simi Valley marrow donor events, a July 13 luau to raise money for leukemia patients and to screen potential marrow donors will be held at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City with some of the “General Hospital” child actors.
Striker Paolo Guerrero scored three goals and set up another as Peru defeated Venezuela 4-1 to finish third in the Copa America.Guerrero set up William Chiroque’s goal in the 42nd minute, before getting his hattrick with goals in the 64th, 89th and two minutes into stoppage time.Venezuela pulled one back through Juan Fernando Arango in the 77th, but it could not overcome going a man down in the 58th when midfielder Tomas Rincon was sent off for a hard sliding tackle.Uruguay and Paraguay will play the final on Sunday.Host Argentina and defending champion Brazil were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the South American competition.The fourth-place finish remains Venezuela’s best result in the Copa America.Their surprising run ended with a loss on penalties to Paraguay in the semi-finals. The defeat marked the team’s only loss in regulation in the tournament.Peru, one of the worst team in South American World Cup qualifying just a year ago, was the other surprise of the South American championship.They finished third despite the absence of their top two forwards, Jefferson Farfan and Claudio Pizarro.Venezuela created some of the most dangerous scoring opportunities throughout the match but Peru capitalised on their chances on counterattacks.With inputs from Agencies
“I’m feeling all right. This is playoff basketball,” Leonard said. “Everybody’s hurting so I’ve just got to keep fighting.”George Hill scored 24 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 20 for the Bucks, who lost for the first time in five road games this postseason. Milwaukee is 10-2 overall in the playoffs.The Raptors led 103-99 with 1:26 to go in the first overtime but Hill tied it at 103 by making a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left. Toronto used its final timeout to draw up a play for Leonard, who let the clock run down to 3 seconds before driving for a jumper that missed, sending it to a second extra period.Hill’s tiebreaking basket to begin the second overtime put Milwaukee up 105-103, its first lead since the opening basket of the game.Gasol answered with a 3 and Leonard finished a fast break with a left-handed dunk, putting Toronto up 108-105 with 3:13 left.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 23 rebounds before fouling out with 4:24 to go in the second overtime. Antetokounmpo shot 5 for 16.Toronto won despite guards Kyle Lowry and Powell both fouling out in the fourth quarter. Siakam also missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left in regulation that could have iced the game for the Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores past Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) during the second overtime period of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night to cut the Bucks’ lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc Gasol had 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors will try to draw even when they host Game 4 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTGame 4 is Tuesday night in Toronto. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Perfect start MOST READ Khris Middleton shot 3 for 16, but one of his baskets tied the score with 2.2 seconds to go in regulation. He finished with nine points.After suggesting Saturday that he might change his lineup, Raptors coach Nick Nurse stuck with his normal starters, but gave Powell 30 minutes, the most he’s played in any game this postseason.Toronto fell behind 9-0 early in a blowout loss in Game 2, but turned that around in Game 3. After Antetokounmpo made a layup for the opening basket of the game, Siakam replied with a hook shot, Gasol followed with a 3 and the Raptors didn’t trail again in regulation.Powell scored 10 points on five shots in the first, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Toronto led 30-21 after one. Gasol, who had eight points in Games 1 and 2 combined, also made a two from long range and scored eight in the first.The Bucks shot 7 for 21 in the opening quarter. Five of their made baskets were 3-pointers.Leonard scored 11 points in the second and Lowry added eight, but Pat Connaughton made two of Milwaukee’s five 3-pointers as the Bucks closed the gap. The Raptors led 58-51 at halftime.Siakam scored eight points in the third but the Raptors made six turnovers, leading to nine points for the Bucks. Toronto took a narrow 77-75 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee made six turnovers in the first quarter, leading to 10 points for the Raptors. They finished with 20, leading to 21 points for Toronto. … Antetokounmpo and Lopez each made five field goals, but no other Bucks starter had more than three.Raptors: Toronto’s Danny Green missed his first eight shots before hitting a tiebreaking 3 to open the scoring in the first overtime. … The Raptors recorded an assist on 17 of their first 18 baskets. … Gasol had four assists in the first quarter. He finished with seven. …. Leonard entered having made 20 consecutive free throws. He made his first of the game but missed the second. Lowry holds the Raptors playoff record for consecutive free throws, making 25 straight in 2014. … Comedian Mike Myers attended the game. 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Siakam redeemed himself by blocking a potential tying shot by Brook Lopez with 43 seconds to go in the second overtime, leading to a layup for Leonard that put Toronto up 114-110 with just over 30 seconds to play.Leonard made 11 of 25 shots and went 12 for 13 at the free throw line. He had nine rebounds and five assists despite appearing to be bothered by some leg pain.