No overconfidence, says JC’s manager

first_imgManaging one of the country’s most successful schoolboy football teams might seem easy but Jamaica College’s (JC) team manager, Ian Forbes, says their past achievements mean nothing coming in to today’s ISSA-FLOW Olivier Shield play-off final against St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS).The ‘dark blues’ of Old Hope Road will be seeking a third Olivier Shield title in the past three years, but Forbes still expects a close battle today.”What has happened before is history; we are dealing with the here and now. We are pretty much fully prepared, just a couple niggling injuries, but we will not get complacent or take STETHS for granted,” Forbes told The Gleaner.Though Forbes’ JC are unbeaten since 2012 in the Olivier Shield, he says there will be no overconfidence or underestimating his rural-based opponents who won the daCosta Cup in 2010, 2013 and this year while dominating the rural area Ben Francis KO competition for six seasons in a row, from 2010 to this year.”I think we can win once we go out and have a good match … we are ready,” Forbes said. “We have been preparing well and we are confident of a win even though they (STETHS) are a good team,” he stressed ahead of today’s rural versus urban match at the Stadium East Field. Kick-off time is 2:30 p.m.Wedderburn, STETHS focus on triple … B2last_img read more

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Meteor sighting in Canal No. 1

first_imgBy: Devina SamarooAstrange sphere of light flashed in the early morning sky, startling a group of men on their way to work.The peculiar light streaking across the early morning skyIs it an unidentified flying object? A Meteor? An extraterrestrial visitor?Residents from Canal Number One and nearby villages, who were outside on Wednesday around 04:30h might have witnessed the glowing ball of fire blazing through the lightening sky.Kishal Bessoondiyar, 27, one of the dazed observers, was quick to post photos of the intergalactic object to Facebook under the caption “UFO seen right in Canal Number One”.The album soon went viral, with over 400 shares and individuals from all across Guyana expressing bewilderment over the sighting.Many believed the peculiar glow to be a UFO, judging from the online comments. Others believed the image was photoshopped or sourced from another country while others pronounced it a comet.During an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Bessoondiyar said he was definitely taken aback when he spotted the illumination in the sky. “It was a tiny glow moving at a regular pace and then it started to go faster and it got bigger. You started to see the smoke trails getting thicker and then it disappeared,” he related.He said the experience lasted roughly two minutes.“It was an amazing sight,” he exclaimed.After doing some research, Bessoondiyar posted a video of a similar object spotted over the Miami Airport in Florida in September last.Onlookers initially thought it to be a UFO, however news agencies reported that it was actually a rocket launch.According to CBS Miami, the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station around the same time the object was spotted.last_img read more

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Ex Sports Writer, Others Challenged to Shepherd the Flock

first_imgPastor Emmanuel F. Bimba, overseer of the Abide in the Vine Disciples Church International, told 15 new leaders of the New Life Christian Fellowship International yesterday to guide the flock and not to scatter them.They included former sports writer, Sargbe E. Byrd, who is also chairman of his Thinker Village Community. With smiles on their faces, the 15, including 9 women, told the congregation at the church’s edifice in Thinkers Village to perform their duties with the Holy Spirit as their guide.To a question as to whether they were compelled to accept the position, each of the fifteen answered, “I was not forced,” and indicated that they are willing to work for the church.Pastor Bimba, quoting part of Nehemiah 2: 15-20, told the congregation that selflessness and consultation with were part of what could make their leadership grow the church.“You must remember that you have two responsibilities,” Pastor Bimba told them, “one is your service to the Lord and the second is your role as a Sheppard of the congregation.” He urged them to avoid backbiting and be aware that whatever issue that would come up should be handled collectively.He told the new leaders to let the word of God shine in their lives, particularly as they deal with each other both at the church at outside the church.He also urged the church’s pastor, Prince Williams to always remember to work with his congregation, knowing that the work is for the Lord.The new officers are Tee Aloysius Kou, Sagbe E. Byrd, Daniel O. Daris, Ma Ruth, Forkpa T. Wonlyou, Frederick S. C. Nyemah and Lovetee N. Kai.The rest are Adolphus K. Vakor, Victoria M. Poweh, Mama David, James T. Kolubah Jr., Esther M. T. Tarr, Alpha J. Young, Daris Myers and Bro. Mark.Sagbe E. Byrd formerly worked for Sports Life newspaper, and traveled to several African countries. He was also a founding member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Linden shop owner shot twice over Mash Day fight

first_imgPolice in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) are investigating the shooting of 28-year-old Linden shop owner, Marvin Somersoll of Lot 67 Z Wismar Housing Scheme.Reports are Somersoll was shot at about 09:00h on Tuesday following an altercation over an incident that occurred on Mashramani Day.This publication was told that the suspect, also of Wismar Housing Scheme, and the victim’s 17-year-old brother had a misunderstanding on February 23, which led to the beating of the teen.Guyana Times understands that on Monday, the suspect went to the victim’s home asking him for his teen brother when an argument ensued between the two and the suspect subsequently went away. However, he returned on Tuesday while the victim was washing clothes in his yard.The suspect is alleged to have pulled out two guns, including a small handgun and shot the victim twice, once on both feet. The bullets are said to have hit just above the knee on his right foot and just above the ankle of his left.The suspect then made good his escape. The victim was rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex where his condition is listed as stable. Police are still hunting for the suspect.last_img read more

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Filaria campaign to tackle vulnerable communities

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry will be commencing its Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Campaign early next week where the general population is urged to take their pills during the national distribution exercise.Spearheaded by the Mass Drug Administration (MDA), the programme will seek to target areas where the population is vulnerable to the disease. Guyanese will be given three tablets; Ivermectin, Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and Albendazole. The combination of pills is referred to as the IDA and is proven to reduce the elimination time.Throughout the month of October, the pills will be provided in communities across the country. In the past two years, an estimated 80 per cent of persons in Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were administered with DEC and Albendazole. This time around, Ivermectin will be introduced.Ivermectin is a medication used to treat many types of parasitic infestations. This includes head lice, scabies, and Lymphatic Filariasis. Research shows that it is better to take the drug on an empty stomach or one to two hours after a meal. Side effects of the drug include headache; dizziness; muscle pain; nausea; diarrhoea; swelling of hands, ankles or feet; swelling or tenderness of lymph nodes and/or itching.The number of tablets varies per age, and they are not to be given to pregnant women and children below the age of two years old. It is said that a person requires five annual doses of the pills before they become immune to the mosquito-borne disease.Last October, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had announced that over US$1 million was used for pills and sensitisation procedures for 2018. Lawrence reported that for the MDA programme, more locals were interested in taking the pills to prevent the dreaded disease from affecting their lymphatic glands and causing swelling.The Minister said although some were excited to take the pills, others were more concerned about the side effects. As a result, she noted that more information will be provided for locals on the side effects, which are mild, as well as the benefits of consuming the tablets.It was disclosed during the launch of the MDA programme that epidemiology coverage has improved from 45.7 per cent in 2015, to 54.42 per cent in 2016 as only two regions received the pills back in 2015, and the Government was able to extend the pill distribution to four in 2016.This was still, however, no major achievement for the country as the pass mark for coverage percentage was 65 per cent, according to the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO). The country was finally able to achieve this last year, achieving 86 per cent epidemiology coverage.last_img read more

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Local garbage collection halts for holidays

first_imgThe city of Fort St. John is making some slight changes to garbage pick-up, to accommodate the holiday season. There will be no garbage pick-up on Christmas day. Instead, the city is rescheduling that collection for Monday December 28th. And there will be no garbage pick-up for residents on Friday, January 1st. That collection is rescheduled for January 4th.- Advertisement –last_img

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Last calendar-year CAF club season

first_imgAFP Sport looks at what lies in store at the qualifying stage for eight clubs capable of becoming champions and pocketing $2.5 million.Al Ahly (Egypt)After a preliminary-round bye, the 2017 runners-up captained by goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy should eliminate Kadiogo of Burkina Faso or Mounana of Gabon and secure entry to the lucrative group stage.Al Hilal (Sudan)Twice runners-up, an Omdurman outfit packed with Sudanese internationals must overcome LISCR of Liberia and Leopards of Congo Brazzaville or Port of Togo, tasks well within their capabilities.Entente Setif (Algeria)The 2014 winners are unlikely to be troubled by Real Bangui of the Central African Republic, but probable last-32 rivals Al Tahaddy of Libya loom as a potential “banana skin”.Esperance (Tunisia)It would be a stunning turn-up if the 1994 and 2011 champions fell to Concorde of Mauritania or the winners between Gor Mahia of Kenya and Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea.Etoile Sahel (Tunisia)The only club to win all five current and former CAF competitions, including the 2007 Champions League, have a bye, then confront Plateau United of Nigeria or Eding Sport of Cameroon, both debutants.Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)Zamalek’s Basem Abdall (L) goes head to hand with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Wayne Arendse in the CAF Championship final in Pretoria on October 15, 2016South Africa winger Percy Tau stars in a multi-national squad seeking a second title in three years and it is difficult to imagine Rayon Sports of Rwanda or LLB Academic of Burundi stopping them.TP Mazembe (DR Congo)Although only the winners between weak sides Ngaya of the Comoros and Songo of Mozambique stand between Mazembe and the group stage, they will be wary after failing to qualify for the past two seasons.Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)Having axed coach Hussein Amoutta over poor domestic form and sold star scorer Achraf Bencharki, the two-time champions are set to meet 2009 Confederation Cup winners Stade Malien with a group place on the line.DATESCAF Champions LeaguePreliminary round: Feb 9-11 and 20-21; first round: Mar 6-7 and 16-18; groups: May 4-6 and 15-16, July 17-18 and 27-29, Aug 17-19 and 28-29; quarter-finals: Sept 14-16 and 21-23; semi-finals: Oct 2-3 and 23-24; final: Nov 2-4 and 9-11CAF Confederation CupPreliminary round: Feb 9-11 and 20-21; first round: Mar 6-7 and 16-18; play-offs: Apr 6-8 and 17-18; groups: May 4-6 and 15-16, July 17-18 and 27-29, Aug 17-19 and 28-29; quarter-finals: Sept 14-16 and 21-23; semi-finals: Oct 2-3 and 23-24; final: Nov 23-25 and 30-Dec 20Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zamalek’s goalkeeper Ahmed Elshenawy let three goals past him during the first leg of the CAF Championship final on October 15, 2016 in PretoriaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb 8- The 2018 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions, which begin this weekend, will be the last staged between February and December.From next year, they are scheduled to kick off in September and end the following May, bringing the dates in line with many African domestic seasons. Countries with a September/May season include Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia, whose clubs are among the strongest in the continent.Between the February/December 2018 and September 2019/May 2020 seasons there will be a one-off December/May edition covering 2019.The leading club competition — the African Cup of Champions Clubs until renamed the CAF Champions League in 1997 — has been played annually for 53 years.CAF ditched the African Cup Winners Cup and CAF Cup competitions after the 2003 finals and introduced the second-tier Confederation Cup, the African equivalent of the Europa League.National league winners, and runners-up from the top 12 ranked nations based on results over five years, qualify for the Champions League.Confederation Cup elimination rounds are confined to third and fourth-place league finishers and national cup winners, with rare exceptions.A play-off round follows with the 16 Confederation Cup survivors facing Champions League last-32 losers for group places.Champions League winners pocket $2.5 million and Confederation Cup title-holders receive $1.25 million.Wydad Casablanca’s supporters cheer for their team before their match against Egypt’s Al-Ahly on November 4, 2017, at Mohamed V Stadium in CasablancaMeanwhile, Record eight-time title-holders Al Ahly of Egypt are among 10 former winners who qualified for the 2018 CAF Champions League, which begins this weekend with preliminary round first legs.Defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and five-time winners TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo are other powerful outfits in the 59-club field.After a bye, Wydad launch their title defence against Stade Malien of Mali or newcomers Williamsville of the Ivory Coast, neither of whom look likely giantkillers.There are also five teams who have won other CAF competitions, making it one of the strongest line-ups in the 54-year history of the leading African club competition.last_img read more

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England fined Sh6mn for unauthorised socks

first_img0Shares0000Eric Dier was one of three England players to wear the socks, which have white dots around the ankles. Photo/BBCLONDON, United Kingdom, July 12 – The FA has been fined Sh6mn (£50,000) after Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling wore “unauthorised” socks at the World Cup.The players wore branded ankle support socks over official Nike socks, ignoring a Fifa warning to stop. Fifa said the FA’s fine was for “breaching media and marketing regulations and the Fifa equipment regulations”.The fine followed England’s quarter-final win over Sweden.Fifa said several England players “continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the quarter-final match between Sweden and England”.The Swedish FA has also been punished with the same fine for a similar sock offence earlier in the tournament.That makes it the joint second highest fine at the World Cup behind Argentina’s Sh10mn (£80,000) punishment after their fans threw objects and chanted homophobic abuse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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NEW ASSEMBLY MUST DRIVE ALL-IRELAND ECONOMIC RECOVERY – McHUGH

first_imgThe Chairperson of Fine Gael’s Border Forum has said that the Northern Ireland Assembly to be elected over this weekend must be the key driver of an all-island and British-Irish agenda for economic recovery.Wishing all candidates good luck ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly election counts, Joe McHugh TD (Chairperson Fine Gael Border Forum) said: “Northern Ireland’s institutions (Strand I of the Good Friday Agreement) have been established and consolidated. Now, thirteen years on from 1998, North-South linkages (Strand II) and British-Irish linkages (Strand III) must be meaningfully developed.“Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all in deep recession. We must pool resources and work together, and Strands II & III of the Good Friday Agreement provide the basis for such collaboration. The NI Assembly that will be elected this weekend must be the key driver of this agenda. “I wish all candidates good luck, and look forward to getting down to work with Northern Ireland’s new MLAs very quickly after the election.”NEW ASSEMBLY MUST DRIVE ALL-IRELAND ECONOMIC RECOVERY – McHUGH was last modified: May 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

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DANIEL STUNS ITV VIEWERS WITH HIS LITTLE BIT OF IRISH

first_imgDonegal heart throb Daniel O’Donnell  stunned ITV’ s Loose Women panel when he told them they were ‘galanta’ on live TV today.The Kincasslagh crooner told viewers he had ‘gone back to school’ recently where he had been brushing up on his Irish.He said: “I can speak a little Irish but I’m not fluent so I went backto Irish college for a couple of weeks.” He went on to say that he was from a Gaeltacht area and had reallyenjoyed his recent stint back at school.He told Denise Welch, Carol McGiffin, Jane McDonald and Andrea McLeam: “Tá sibh uilig galanta.”He also went on to promote his new album ‘Songs from the Movies andMore’ and had the Loose Women and audience sing along to Edelweiss from his favourite film, The Sound of Music.The Donegal man also told viewers how he hopes to perform with theVienna Boys Choir when he travels to Salzburg in a few years time. “I’ve watched the Sound of Music  every time it’s on the television.We’re hoping to go to Vienna in 2014 and perform with the MozartOrchestra and the Vienna Boys Choir but that’s being organised at themoment,” he said.The ITVshow ended with Daniel performing ‘Amore’ from his new CD which is released today. DANIEL STUNS ITV VIEWERS WITH HIS LITTLE BIT OF IRISH was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DANIEL STUNS ITV VIEWERS WITH HIS LITTLE BIT OF IRISHlast_img read more

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