France will fall below Japan for the first time in rankings history if they lose to Italy in Marseilles on Friday.Those are just two of the possible permutations in the World Rugby Rankings this weekend as the Six Nations and the Americas Rugby Championship continue.Round three of the Six Nations kicks off on Friday with France’s encounter with Italy in Marseilles, followed by Saturday’s double bill featuring Ireland versus Wales and Scotland against England.In the penultimate round of the Americas Rugby Championship, defending champions and 2018 leaders USA will be looking to keep their 100 per cent record intact with victory against Brazil in São Jose dos Campos on Saturday. The same day Chile take on Uruguay in Santiago and Argentina XV play Canada in Jujuy, although the latter does not count towards the rankings.
The recent violence by Nimba County youth against Arcelor Mittal was a reprehensible act that deserves the condemnation of not the President and the Nimba Legislative Caucus, but all Liberians.The whole matter should be thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice. The government has to set an example this time and make it unmistakably clear that violence in the settlement of disagreements will not be tolerated and will be punished.Surely, not only Nimba youth, but all Nimbaians and most Liberians, are not happy with Arcelor Mittal’s handling of its concession agreement.The company has been accused of not faithfully executing the full agreement. Several months ago when Nimba youth occupied the railway in Nimba, preventing the shipment of ore, this newspaper, the Daily Observer, called the attention of the nation to what aroused the youth’s anger. We mentioned the accusation that not much is happening at the center of Arcelor’s operations, Yekepa, where there is hardly any evidence of development taking place there, but only the rush to get the iron ore out. Even the first-class hospital which LAMCO operated is still in disrepair, several years after Arcelor took over the operations. There were also complaints of joblessness, even though we acknowledge that many of the youth lack the technical skills the company requires. There is also the issue of the Ganta-Yekepa road that the company agreed to pave. But several Dry Seasons have passed and we see no action there.So there is a lot to complain about against Arcelor Mittal. In our editorial, we warned the company, as we have done with most concessionaires, including China Union in Bong Mines and Golden Veroleum in Sinoe County, that it is one thing to sign a concession agreement with government, and another to WORK WITH THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND. These LOCAL PEOPLE, not the bureaucrats in Monrovia who signed the agreement, are the first to feel the impact of the agreement. The company must, therefore, work with the local people for the sake of peace and progress. One concessionaire which has finally learned this critical lesson is Golden Veroleum. In the beginning and for some time, there were constant and intense quarrels between the company and the Sinoe people. But the company finally came to realize that in any work environment, peaceful coexistence is crucial, otherwise the work will be impeded. Today Golden Veroleum and Sinonians people are working harmoniously together and things are smoothly progressing on the oil palm plantation.China Union, too, seems to have learned this lesson. They have considerably eased the tension between themselves and the local people in the Fauma Chiefdom by making serious progress on the Kakata-Bong Mine-Haindii highway, and despite other remaining issues, the people are reasonably pleased. We cannot, unfortunately, say the same thing about Arcelor Mittal. Is it Indian stubbornness, mean-spiritedness, or what? Why is this company so impervious to people’s legitimate complaints? Why can‘t this multibillion-dollar enterprise take care of the minimal concerns of the people whose resources they have come here to exploit. Did this company really do no research to find the truth of what happened in Yekepa in the 1960s through the 1980s—how the Nimba and the Liberian people got very little out of LAMCO, which departed with billions of dollars from our iron ore, leaving Nimbaians— Liberians—impoverished?Surely, the public saw Arcelor Mittal’s impressive and colorful spread in yesterday’s newspaper; but nothing of the Ganta-Yekepa road, nor did the photo of the hospital repair tell much.Yet the Liberian government is especially good and kind to Arcelor Mittal. Recently the government, in return for US$75 millilon, gave it mining rights also to Mount Tokadi in Nimba.Arcelor Mittal must, therefore, understand that the Liberian government is serious about doing business with her. By the same token, the company must realize that it HAS TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE, and engender peaceful coexistence in their area of operations—and with all Liberians.Let us be unmistakably clear, however, that as much as we criticize the Indians in Yekepa, we also unreservedly and emphatically condemn the violence perpetrated by the Nimba youth and urge the Liberian government to set an example this time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,If the article, “Calls grow for King’s removal”, in regard to a recent correspondence from Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan to Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase-Green is accurate, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, I welcome the minister’s wise counsel, and hope Her Worship acquiesces to giving the information the Minister has requested.Editor, while I agree with our subject minister in principle, my only reservation here would be that all the information necessary might not be forthcoming, especially since the very information being sought has the potential of indicting the suppliers.I will not be brash to suggest culpability or complicity by any means on any individual; but what would the reasonable man think?Additionally, while I dare not impugn the noble office of the minister, or his wisdom on such matters, my own humble reading on such delicate issues suggests that no reasonable person would want to incriminate themselves: exposing oneself to an accusation or charge of crime, or bringing oneself in danger of a criminal prosecution.As I have said before Local Government Elections 2016 and subsequently, there is a dire need for an independent, complete financial audit of City Hall. Information indicates that we, the “new” Councillors, inherited $180 million in our city coffers, since that time to now, even with numerous financial injections from Central Government, City Hall records billion-dollar debts currently with no end in sight.The Auditor General’s Report to the National Assembly on the spending of funds of the Georgetown Restoration Programme left little to be desired of the Council’s financial and accounting system. And with the $200 million earmarked for the city in the 2018 Budget, I am not confident the people of our beloved city would feel the full benefit if we put new wine in old wineskins.Editor, I have offered before that we ought to sit down as a Council and construct a business plan for the city, but we need to know where we were, and where we are, before we can know where we ought to be heading. We need, as is said colloquially, to “ketch our bearings”.Having the right information, accurate information, would be a good compass. And this city, with it latent potential to be a real international city, needs a better captain. Let me be clear at this point: I am not interested in the job as much as I am ready to exert more energy at the oars and chart a new course with my fellow Councillors. The potential and promise of City Hall must become performance; must become reality.That our Honourable Minister had to require “a complete list of all contracts, leases, sales, and any other transactions involving assets (real estate, equipment, etc.) under the control of council between the dates of assuming office in April 2016 to the present” tells us of the gravity of the situation, and locates for us where we are.This is a crisis of administration and management. We have a crisis of leadership. When a billion-dollar company is failing, the board does not fire all the workers; it fires the management, and brings in new people to turn things around. It is time!I believe in our Government to understand the fierce urgency of the moment. The Town Clerk has, by his own actions, disqualified himself from playing any meaningful role in the city going forward. We must act.Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillor
Dear Editor,By any measure, democracy can be described as a governing system in which the central power is vested with the voting population. In such a political system, government, and the officials that make up such a government, are legally and morally obligated to attend to the needs of its citizens. By extension, in a democratic system, supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by the people or by their elected representatives under a free and fair electoral system. Since our independence in May 1966, Guyanese have not really had a chance to experience a prolonged period of stable democratic government. The PNC, when in power, abolished the basic elements of democracy in its quest to build the Burnhamite dictatorship.The PPP came into office amid a great deal of national and international support in 1992. The expectation was that with the democratic opening that occurred after the 1992 elections, PPP leaders would reconstruct the fragile Guyanese political system to create institutions that would ensure a democratic political order would be established. However, the opportunity to do so was woefully squandered by the ruling PPP, which mimicked in many ways the actions of the dictatorial Burnhamite PNC (now calling itself The Coalition).This authoritarian entity is back in control, many of whose members are from the PPP and PNC. The APNU-AFC coalition is governed by the same undemocratic means that characterized the PNC. Much of the leadership style of the PNC and PPP is guided by a dictatorial desire to centralize political control both at the local and national levels.In reality, the policies of the PPP, PNC and AFC have served to benefit a small group of loyalists and party elite, while the majority of the Guyanese people still live in poverty.The AFC has become an abysmal failure. They came onto the scene promising to be an objective broker and they won the confidence of a healthy cross-section of the Guyanese support, both locally and from the Diaspora. However, they have now merged into the PNC apparatus and have completely lost all of their independent objectivity. Their supporters are at a loss as to where they now stand. The acceptable notion is that the only AFC members left are those currently in parliament.The failure of the PPP, PNC to build a sustainable democracy in Guyana is compounded by a number of factors, all of which have contributed to the erosion of a democratic tradition in this young nation. Included among these factors are preferential treatment for loyal party supporters, the widening gap between rich and poor, a failed education system, the out migration of skilled people, an increased drug trafficking and money laundering, widespread corruption, and a very vindictive government that considers all non-supporters as enemies of the ruling party.Democracy cannot be institutionalized in Guyana unless there is respect for democratic principles and some sharing of power. The PPP was removed from office because of its arrogance and corruption, among other unacceptable behaviours.Corruption has not stopped under the coalition government. The situation continues to look hopeless under this regime with crime spiralling out of control and people being removed from their job on account of their race and political affiliation. This government has let down the population.Guyana needs a government that can provide hope for the future, trust in its people and stability in government. It is only then that we can begin to establish a system that will work towards securing the social, political and economic interests of ALL Guyanese.The United Republican Party (URP) has been appealing for a national unity government that will serve the interests of all. The URP will work with any political party to build and establish stronger democratic institutions; establishments which will serve the interests of all of Guyana’s citizens. The URP is committed to working with other local and regional organizations, international organizations, support groups and sympathetic governments to help keep Guyana on a democratic path.We need to have a clear democratic system which will create conditions in our society that will enable all Guyanese to help transform our society. It is time we recognize the great potential of our citizens. More importantly, the URP will continue to work with its grass-roots supporters to build such a system from the bottom up, thereby creating a fair and no-discriminatory system.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu BandhuLeader URP
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) through one of its constituency candidates in Berbice has filed legal proceedings against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and another individual to have the names fraudulently affixed to the backer’s lists for Local Government Elections (LGE) in the Ancient County removed.The court document seen by Guyana Times names Shafraz Beekham as the applicant, along with the Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield and Orlando Christopher Persaud as the respondents. The document outlines that the challenge is seeking to have the names of 49 other electors appearing on list of backers in support of the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency candidates removed.It noted that the submission was made to Persaud on September 21, 2018, in Whim Bloomfield, Berbice Local Authority Area (LAA), for the LGE 2018. The PPP is challenging on the grounds that the said decision is unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and is in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document also cites Persaud’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names are withdrawn, the election in the LAA would be tainted with “illegality and fraud.” It also noted that Persaud’s refusal happened before the expired deadline on September 26, 2018.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the Official List of Electors for Constituency Number 3 in the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) said he and others were “deliberately deceived into signing a document by an Alliance For Change representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.“I am informed and do verily believe by the other electors in the community that they were told that they would benefit from better roads, jobs, better pension and rehabilitated playgrounds and were also deceived into signing,” he stated in court documents.He said too that it was only after Nomination Day on September 21, 2018, that he learnt that the signature which was taken from him was unauthorisedly used as a nominator backing the AFC candidate in constituency Number 3.According to him, at no time whatsoever was he or the other residents informed, or did they know that they were in fact signing a list of backers in support of the AFC candidate(s). Persaud said on becoming aware of the fraud perpetuated against him and other electors, he immediately demanded that their names be withdrawn or deleted from the AFC lists.He recalled that he and the other electors had affidavits to withdraw their names and support for the AFC candidate on the lists submitted. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Beekham and other electors visited Persaud’s office in Whim to submit the affidavits to have their names withdrawn.According to his court document, “The first named respondent was not in office and there was no other representative present who would accept our withdrawals. I returned to the first named respondent’s office at 2:00pm (14:00h) on September 26, 2018, with the other electors to submit our withdrawals. It was made clear to Persaud that we did not knowingly or intentionally submit or affix our signatures to any lists in support of AFC candidates. The first named respondent initially refused to accept our withdrawals erroneously, stating that the time has expired for us to do so.” The PPP candidate said he did not leave and persisted to demand that his name be removed from the list. He recalled making contact with PPP GECOM Commissioner and Attorney Bibi Shadick and sought her intervention and advice.He was informed that at a meeting between GECOM Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was confirmed that the deadline for the submission of the statutory affidavits was on 23:55h on September 26, 2018.“The statutory affidavits to withdraw the names of electors from the lists could be submitted by the representative (head of the list) or deputy representative or in person by the elector. If the elector appeared in person, a letter addressed to the first named respondent would have sufficed to effect a withdrawal. The statutory affidavits were legal documents which the first named respondent would be duty bound to accept,” he added.However, after 14:30h on September 26, the CEO was out of touch and was not in his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to Persaud. In the absence of the CEO, the Deputy CEO, Roxanne Myers, was contacted in her office and indicated that she could not give any instructions to Persaud without first conferring with the CEO of GECOM who she was also unable to contact.Subsequently, Persaud informed Beekham that he will accept the statutory affidavits from him and the other electors only if the electors desirous of withdrawing (including himself) were present in person. Beekham and 49 other electors presented themselves to Persaud the same day.But he later advised that “a confrontation had to be done between us and the AFC candidates” and further that the AFC candidates would be given time to rebut the allegations being made and fixed 10:00pm (22:00h) as the deadline after which a decision would be made.When the time had reached, Beekham said that he and the 49 other electors were all present. The AFC candidates were not present. Persaud then proceeded to accept all of the affidavits and in his presence signed and issued an acknowledgement of receipt to the representative of the PPP Himatee Latchman.Beekham learnt on Friday, September 28, that Persaud had refused to withdraw his name and that of the 49 other electors from the lists submitted by the AFC.The proceedings were served on Wednesday. The matter is fixed for hearing before Justice Navindra Singh on October 11. The attorneys representing Beekham are Adrian Anamayah, Ian Anamayah and Anil Nandlall.
Hundreds of dead fish were found floating in a canal on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) on Saturday morning and residents in nearby areas are complaining of the unbearable stench emanating from the decaying fish.Reports have indicated that hundreds of fish have died over the past few days in the conservancy canal that runs between the Richmond Housing Scheme and the La Belle Alliance Housing Scheme.Dead fish in the canal that runs between the Richmond Housing Scheme and La Belle Alliance Housing Scheme, Essequibo CoastAccording to several residents in those areas, the water is stagnant and they are unable to use the water, as they previously did for household chores and other activities. Guyana Times was told that the area where the fishes are floating is polluted with garbage as well as other items that persons appear to have dumped into the waterway.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, on Saturday told this newspaper that officers from the Ministry are presently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.“It cannot be due to the dry season that so many fishes are dead and there is water there. I just received a message about this and have asked my Ministry to investigate to determine what caused such a situation. It had to be something extraneous,” he stated.Meanwhile, when contacted, several top regional officials were unaware of the situation.
1 Mario Balotelli is unlikely to stay at Liverpool this summer Besiktas are more focused on keeping hold of Mario Gomez than signing Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, this summer, according to the Turkish club’s sporting director.Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, announced on Thursday that he expected his client to move to the Turkish club after a nightmare stint at Anfield.But now Besiktas have responded, with their sporting director Erdal Torunogullari declaring their man aim is to keep Gomez – who scored 28 goals last season.“We know Raiola well,” Torunogullari told TMW.“He’s even said Balotelli will go to Besiktas, but it’s not like that. We’re not interested, our priority is to hold on to Mario Gomez.“This month will be decisive, everything depends on him [Gomez]. Only then will we decide what to do.”
1 Charlie Taylor has been fined two weeks’ wages by Leeds after he refused to play at Wigan amid interest from Premier League clubs.The left-back pulled out of the Leeds squad for the final game of the Sky Bet Championship season last weekend and boss Garry Monk said afterwards the club would adopt ‘a strong stance’.Taylor attended a disciplinary hearing on Monday and it is understood he was hit with the maximum punishment.The 23-year-old academy product is out of contract this summer and appears set for a move to the top flight, with West Brom the frontrunners for his signature. Baggies boss Tony Pulis on Thursday morning confirmed his interest in taking Taylor to The Hawthorns.“There are a lot of clubs interested in Charlie Taylor, we’re not the only club interested in him,” said Pulis.“Obviously he’s been on our radar for a bit.“It could go to a tribunal but our club would rather try and sort a deal out with Leeds if we’re going to do it instead of going to tribunal.”Taylor has made 104 appearances for Leeds since making his debut in 2011 but signalled his intention to leave the club last July when he handed in a transfer request. Charlie Taylor: The 23-year-old refused to play in Leeds’ final-day clash with Wigan
Mac Cumhaills GAA News: Donegal HurlersHard luck to the Donegal hurlers who were beaten by Mayo on Saturday in the National League. The final score was Donegal 1-11 and Mayo 2-13. Donegal enter into their next game with a chance to avoid relegation. Best of luck to all the team and hoping that as many people as possible come out and support the lads in the next game.Donegal/Tyrone Game:Well done to the Donegal team who defeated Tyrone in the National Football League on Sunday. This was a very important result which helps the county in their endeavour to retain division 1 status. Well done to Marty, Rory and all the lads. The club would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped on Sunday for the Donegal/Tyrone game as programme sellers, half time draw, shop workers, social centre staff and also to the many others who helped in various different roles to ensure the day passed without incident. U-16 Football Result:Our U16’s travelled to Páirc Taobhoige to take on Glenfin on Sunday morning. A highly impressive performance by the MacCumhaill’s lads seen them come out winners in the end of the local derby. Well done to all the players and management team involved.Under-14 Hurling:Our hurlers travelled to Donegal to take on Four Masters on Thursday evening. In a tight game that went point for point MacCumhaills won out in the end. A good finish seen the lads overcome a 4 point deficit in the last 5 minutes to claim the win. Final score: Four Masters 4.05 Sean Mac Cumhaills 4.06Club Donegal Cards:We have a number of Club Donegal Cards which will grant access to the All-County League and every Club Championship game for the forthcoming season. The cards are priced at €50 for the card alone or €70 for a card plus a Club Donegal item of clothing when it arrives (possibly an O’Neill’s Polo Shirt this year). Anyone interested please contact Eugene Gallagher on 086 609 8801. Coaching Officers:The club are currently seeking people to fill the roles of Football and Hurling coaching officers within the club. These are very important roles in the club. Anyone interested in these positions please contact Minor Board Secretary Bryan Cannon on 087 623 6599.Club Lotto:The club are asking for people to help out by selling lotto’s. This would involve helping to sell 1 week out of every 7 or 8 depending on the amount of teams formed. This is an important source of funding for the club and a great way to help get involved with your club. All help available would be greatly appreciated. If interested please contact Terry O’Reilly on 086 609 5347. Lotto Results:There was no winner of this week’s Lotto. The numbers drawn were 8, 19, 23 and 24. There were no match 3 winners. Three names pulled out, Michelle Carlin, Elaine Bourne and Margaret Glackin each receive €30. Next week’s Jackpot is €4,400. Terry O’Reilly’s team is selling this week. If you’re not in you can’t win!Bingo:The Bingo is back in the Villa Rose on Sunday night with an 8.30pm start. The Snowball jackpot is €9,000 for 45 numbers or less. All are very welcome.Training Schedule:New players to all teams are more than welcome. If there is a change of time/location it will be noted on Facebook or sent via text.There is no under 6’s this week due to the Easter Holidays and the school being closed. Training will be back on Wednesday the 15th April in St. Columbas’s Hall.Under-8 training is on Wednesday evening at the club at 6.00pm, all boys and girls are welcome. Training will cost 2 Euro every night, and all players must have their membership paid also. Please bring gum shield and water bottle.U-10 football for boys and girls is on a Wednesday at 6.00pm. Please bring €2, gum shield and water.U-12 boy’s football is on a Wednesday at 7.00pm.The U-14 boy’s football training will be on a Sunday morning at 10am.U-16 boy’s football is on Friday 6.30 to 7.30pm.Minor football training is on a Monday from 6pm and a Friday from 7.30pm.U-8 & U-10 Hurling 1pm to 2pm on Sunday.U-12 Hurling from 12.00 to 1.00pm on Sunday.U-14 & U-16 Hurling on a Monday from 7.00 to 8.00.The U-12 girl’s football starts back on the 10th of March from 6.00 to 7.00pm.The U-14 girl’s football is on a Tuesday from 6.30 to 7.30pm.The U-16 and Minor Girl’s Football is on Thursday from 7.00 to 8.00pm.The U-12, U-14 and U-16 Girls camogie is on a Monday at 4.30 to 6.00pm and a Friday from 5.30 to 7.00pm.Club Shop:The club shop will be open on a Wednesday from 5.45 to 7.15. The club stocks a large amount of club-crested shorts, gloves, bags and bottles and a limited number of club crested O’Neills half-zip tops.Steward Bibs:Can anyone in possession of a club steward’s bib return to the club as soon as possible.GAA NEWS: MAC CUMHAILLS U16’S WIN DERBY MATCH AGAINST GLENFIN was last modified: March 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMac CumhaillsNoticesSport
ANAHEIM — The severity of Stephen Piscotty’s knee injury won’t be known until at least Monday, but there was a small amount of optimism as the A’s prepared to play the Los Angeles Angels in the final game of their four-game series on Sunday at Angel Stadium.Piscotty left the 4-0 win on Saturday night after spraining the knee while sliding into second base in the sixth inning. He was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday.“We feel like it might not be as significant as it looked last …