Sunday night’s Ed Sheeran concert at Mt Smart prevented Warriors staff from gaining access to the club’s headquarters to store playing gear and other equipment, including GPS trackers and game jerseys, after returning from Canberra.They were forced to temporarily stash it away in an unmarked van outside a staff member’s home on Auckland’s North Shore, where it was pillaged overnight.Warriors CEO Cameron George said they were “devastated” by the turn of events.”All the playing jerseys from our historic win over the Raiders have been stolen and they obviously hold special significance for the guys,” George said on the team’s website.The New Zealand side went to the top of the NRL ladder with their scintillating last-gasp win over the Raiders on Saturday, marking the first time in club history they’ve opened a season with three consecutive wins.”It’s taken the gloss off what was an incredible weekend, but it’s just another challenge and one we are certainly not going to let distract us from making our fans even prouder in the coming weeks.”George is reaching out to the public for help in tracking down their stolen goods.”We think someone might have followed the van all the way home,” he said.”But we’ve got a massive fanbase and we are hoping our supporters can keep their eyes peeled in case any of this special gear ends up for sale.”The police have been notified and we are confident that we will be able to get our gear back.”The Warriors travel to Sydney next Saturday to take on the Roosters.
Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks has been summoned by the Senate to answer to “contempt” charge brought against her by two Senators, H. Dan Morais of Maryland County and George T. Tengbeh of Lofa County.The Senate Plenary took the decision Thursday, May 29, based on complaints from both senators relating to the “poor state” of road networks in the country.In a communication addressed to plenary, Maryland County Senator Morais expressed concern over the “inability of Madam Weeks to expedite the pavement of Harper-Fishtown Highway, which the Senate ratified since September 2, 2013 and the image of Liberia in the British Parliament bordering on alleged bribery that the Minister was asked to investigate since August 1, 2013.” The Fishtown-Harper Highway project is a loan agreement between African Development Bank (AfDB) and Liberia, intended to connect the Southeastern counties with the rest of the country and as well provide jobs for hundreds of Liberians in various disciplines.According to Senator Morais, he communicated the plight of the region to Minister Weeks in early March 2014, but every attempt to personally meet her proved futile.Relative to bribery allegation, Senator Morais disclosed that he was confronted with the matter during one of his diplomatic shuttles to the United Kingdom (UK) involving Ministry of Public Works for signing of certificates for works completed by a British company. Sen. Morais: “The matter was referred to me by Mr. Robert Curzon-Jones in the presence of two members of the British Parliament. I, however, demanded documentation in support of the allegation, and upon receipt of same, I wrote the Minister on August 1, 2013. I received a response on September 12, 2013 from Christian G. Herbert—the then acting minister acknowledging the Ministry’s indebtedness to GAP International, Inc. owned by Curzon-Jones, but with explanations which, in my mind, supported the alleged request for bribes as indicated by Curzon-Jones.I wrote Minister Weeks on March 18, 2014 because of the negative image it has on Liberia. Again, I received no reply and therefore communicated to Senator Oscar Cooper, Chairman on Public Works requesting his intervention.He later informed me that he had done exactly as I requested and was awaiting response from Minister Weeks. To date, I am yet to receive any such response on both counts as mentioned.”The Maryland County Senator added, “It is against this backdrop that I herein request the summoning of Madam Antoinette Weeks, Minister of public Works to appear before full plenary of the Senate to answer to the insolence to me as Chairman on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the entire Senate.”Lofa County Senator George T. Tengbeh also expressed similar concerns about roads connecting the Northern part of Liberia and maintained that Madam Weeks had been unwelcoming to most of their inquiries.In the wisdom of the Senate, it is pivotal for Madam Weeks to answer to these questions on next Tuesday in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Dear Editor,When one analyses what is currently taking place in Region Six, one cannot help but conclude that Berbicians are being totally neglected by this Coalition Government; and some would say it is intentional.In 2016, the closure of the estates began; with Wales being the first to go, followed by Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates. When the death knell was sounded for Rose Hall and Skeldon estates, Berbicians knew that this region would never be the same again.A sharp economic decline was the result, with nearly four thousand workers being proverbially thrown under the bus, an atrocity disguised as ‘resizing and restructuring’. The ripple effect was devastating, with businesses following suit — retrenching hundreds of workers, since they had to ‘resize and restructure’ as well. The Region Six economy began to crumble, and this resulted in a multitude of unemployed and impoverished persons scavenging for menial work and being paid pittances by some unscrupulous businessmen, not to mention the personal abuse, expletives and disparaging statements meted out to them by employers who demanded long hours of work.Our children became aware of what poverty is for the first time, since many could not have afforded to go to school, and those who went had to forego many things they had taken for granted under the previous PPP/C Government.But alas! Just before this tsunami inundated Region 6, our President was making bold, politicising statements across Berbice, such as, “You are the sugar bowl of the country, the rice pot of the country, the fish market of the country…we look to East Berbice-Corentyne to lead the economic recovery of the whole country…Berbice has the potential…”(February, 2016). It is now clear to all and sundry that he never meant those words he uttered; they were just empty rhetoric.We have now seen that the ‘rice pot’ is getting smaller, and farmers are poised to make huge losses this crop due to paddy bugs’ infestation, a phenomenon which has had devastating effects over the past years, but which has been denied and masked due to the fact that rice farmers continue to produce at a high level. In 2017-18, the rice output was higher than expected, up 18 per cent when compared to 2016-17, but these statistics failed to reveal the losses sustained from damaged paddy crops. Many small rice farmers were thrown out of business, and many cannot service loans obtained from the financial institutions and from rice millers who advanced finances to them.This group of sufferers is not highlighted, and the Government prefers to ignore their plight. They are expendables in the scheme of things!Since this Coalition Government took office, no economic transformational projects were undertaken in Region 6. Can you imagine the entire Region 6 is transformed into ground zero with the sugar fallout, but nothing was done to alleviate the socio-economic plight of Berbicians? One enterprising entrepreneur, Mr Mohindra Persaud of Nand Persaud Group of Companies, took it upon himself to save the entire rice industry from suffering a fate similar to sugar. He experimented with aerial spraying and the productive gains were tremendous. He then applied for permission to build an airstrip to do crop dusting, and received favourable responses from the Government; however, after spending more than $25 million, he was given the ‘royal run around’ from one Ministry to the next, from one Government official to the next, and from one excuse to the next!Can you imagine that all that was needed was some legal formality by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure? The Minister has the power to approve such an airstrip (Civil Aviation Act, Section 17), but we all know why businessmen are normally given the ‘royal run around’! Nand Persaud is not in the corruption business! This one project would not have cost the Government a dollar, but the economic benefits would have been tremendous when a 25 per cent recovery from pest damage is brought into the equation.However, the ‘Coalition circus’ is coming to Berbice, and I do hope the President can revisit his words and allow the Nand Persaud crop dusting airstrip to come to fruition. It is only then that the ‘rice pot’ would be bigger and overflow!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Six read more
Dear Editor,To many Guyanese reading this article, Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac is just a name; or, to stretch it a little further for those of us who are familiar with Caribbean history and politics, he is the Governor-General of St Lucia.But of even greater importance is the fact that this very same gentleman was someone who crossed the floor to join another party in the House of Parliament here.Before I delve into my main point today, I shall endeavour to give you a brief overview into that crossing-of-the-floor event. Sir Neville Cenac was a member of the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP), and Sir John Compton was a member of the United Workers Party (UWP). In that election, sometime in the 1980s, Sir John’s UWP won the election in a one-seat majority with 9 UWP seats versus 8 SLP seats. Now, Sir Compton was not comfortable with such a narrow win, and in his own words, he “wanted a more decisive win, so that when certain major decisions are to be made in the house, he would not be impeded by an unpatriotic opposition.”In this regard, Sir Compton called another election that same month, which yielded the very same result: 9 UWP seats to 8 SLP seats. At this juncture, the name Neville Cenac came to the forefront. He crossed the floor, giving Sir John the majority he badly needed, which now amounted to a 10-7 win.Before I move on, I would like to make two very important points. The first point is: The St Lucian Parliament, which holds 17 seats, is founded on a winner or “majority” being 9 seats of that number. A similar situation exists in the Guyana Parliament, which is made up of 65 seats, wherein a winner or “majority” is 33.In the St Lucia situation, there was no mumbo-jumbo disgraceful fiddling around of the figures, like what obtained in Guyana. The constituted majority was a foregone conclusion, which is an accepted fact here.The second point is: as one side of the house is increased by the crossover, the other side decreases very similar to the Guyana scene when Charrandas voted with the Opposition in that no-confidence vote.Now I turn our attention to the main facts of my case: When Mr Cenac made that bold step out from his party and into the fold of another, he was not issued any death threats like had obtained in the Charrandas case. No punches were thrown at him, or anything of that sort. Sir Neville was free to move about in his native St Lucia as a normal person would. He was hailed as a patriot for crossing the floor, and lives to tell the tale, even to the point of being conferred with the post of governor-general of that country.Rightfully so, there was some disgruntlement shown by party comrades and the constituency which he represented: that he has betrayed them; but no threat or harm was meted out to the gentleman. Disgruntlement also never boiled over into death threats, or him having to run for his life into another country. None of those shameful deeds was ever contemplated. It shows the maturity and civilised thinking of the political parties and the electorate in that country — something that is alien to the PNC and their supporters in Guyana.Sir Neville was never put on a party’s lynch list, nor was he under investigation for bribery, nor was a call made for his immediate arrest for making that decision.The point I want to bring to you is: PNC members have to look themselves in the mirror and come to the realization of how indecently disgraceful they appear in the eyes of the civilised world when it comes to their behaviour in the face of a validly passed no-confidence vote. The threats and violence that are intricately bound up with that grouping speak volumes of that party in or out of power.Respectfully,Neil Adams read more
Budget 2019…Jordan says Govt not responsible for low export earnings Taking the Government to task for its failings, ranging from lopsided agreements with oil companies to worrying economic indicators to corruption, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday lambasted Government during his contribution to the 2019 Budget Debate; a debate also characterised by walk outs.As Jagdeo rose to address the chambers, all Government members, save for Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, walked out of the chambers. They too subsequently left as the Opposition Leader began dissecting the budget.Balance of PaymentsJagdeo, an economist by profession, observed that there were no measures announced in the 2019 Budget for lowering the Balance of Payments deficit or dealing with other worrying economic indices. <<<
In a matter of weeks, Tottenham will face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup Final, a repeat of the famous 2008 clash between the two in the same competition.That day Spurs ran out 2-1 winners, with Lillywhites’ fans particularly enjoying the efforts of Teemu Tainio, who couldn’t help but remind a furious Didier Drogba of the scoreline as the clock ticked down in extra time.Well, that same player has today called time on his career, so we’ve decided to remember one of his best moments above.
“We’re on the right path,” Scaloni said after his side secured their third victory in five games under his command as they eye next year’s Copa America in Brazil.Mexico could have opened the scoring when Raul Gimenez’s header hit the crossbar early in the game, but Argentina went ahead when Dybala’s free kick was headed in by Mexican defender Ramiro Funes Mori moments before half-time.Loudly applauded by the home fans, Dybala supplied the creative spark throughout and could have doubled the score but his second-half lob narrowly missed the target.Argentina’s second goal came when Mexican defender Isaac Brizuela put into his own net under pressure from substitute Mauro Icardi.Mexico have a chance for revenge when the same countries meeting again in Mendoza on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paulo Dybala was Argentina’s creative force against Mexico © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHCORDOBA, Argentina, Nov 17 – Juventus forward Paulo Dybala shone as Argentina comfortably beat Mexico in a friendly on Friday despite the absence of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.In cruising to a 2-0 victory in Cordoba, Argentina showed more signs of a newfound unity under interim coach Lionel Scaloni as they rebuild following a fraught World Cup in Russia. read more
1 Aaron Ramsey wants Wales to recapture the Wembley spirit in Lens and party like it is 1999.Ramsey was eight when the Wales rugby team memorably beat England at their temporary Wembley home in April 1999, with the Millennium Stadium being built in time for the World Cup that year.Memories of that game came flooding back for rugby fan Ramsey when he received messages of support before Thursday’s Euro 2016 showdown between England and Wales.“I’ve had a few messages off the rugby players,” said Ramsey.“Scott Quinnell sent quite a funny one.”Quinnell, like Ramsey now, had bleached blond hair that day and it was his pass which set Scott Gibbs away for the match-winning try.“Hopefully we can win like them,” said Ramsey.“It’s been a long time since we beat them. It’s about time we changed that.“We’ve ticked off a few things along the way and we’ve closed the gap, and hopefully we can show that on the big stage.“We want to match them, then go on and better them.”Whereas England and Wales are regular rugby foes – playing each other three times in nine months – games between the two countries in football are a lot rarer.The two countries have only played each other four times since the British Home Championship was abolished in 1984, England winning all four games.Wales’ last victory in the fixture came in the final British Home Championship meeting in 1984.Mark Hughes was on target in a 1-0 win at Wrexham, the last time Wales managed to score against England.Ramsey captained Wales when they lost twice to England in Euro 2012 qualifying, 2-0 in Cardiff and 1-0 at Wembley.“The first game against England was my first as captain, it was a nice moment, a proud moment.“We were on the wrong end of the scoreline, but it was quite early on in the changes that Gary Speed was making.“You could see the way we wanted to go about things. That was the start of something.“The other one we played well at Wembley and showed the progression we’d made in a short space of time.“We were quite unlucky not to get something out of that game and there were encouraging signs.”The pressure is on England to win the game after they conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 1-1 with Russia in Marseille.But Wales have appeared confident and relaxed at their Brittany base, knowing victory would secure qualification to the last 16 after their opening 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Bordeaux.“We are the first British team to get off to a winning start (at the European Championship) so I don’t know what all the fuss is about!” said Ramsey.“I believe we can grow into the tournament, hopefully we can continue improving.“The Slovakia result puts us in a good position and we will have even more belief now.“They always seem to do well in the qualifying campaign and then there is a lot of pressure when they get to the finals.“That is something they experience, but we don’t because we did so well in the qualification campaign in getting here.“There have been some down points but that has helped us grow as a team, and now we are seeing the rewards of what was put in place over the last few years.” Aaron Ramsey played a key role in Wales’ win v Slovakia read more
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