BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions head coach Robert Samuels believes his side has gained valuable momentum with their ‘vital’ win over tournament favourites Barbados Pride here Thursday night. Previously unbeaten in six outings, Pride slumped to a 74-run defeat in the day and night contest at Kensington Oval, as Scorpions in turn won their fourth straight to build up a head of steam ahead of next week’s Regional Super50 semi-finals in Antigua. “It (the win) was very vital. You do not want to lose twice to any team in the semi-finals,” said the former Test batsman. “Barbados beat us in the first game. I thought we should have won that game, scoring 191. They got there with just one wicket [left]. Today, we scored 250, and I thought it was enough. “I must give Barbados credit. They bowled very well in the middle overs [especially] the two spinners (Ashley Nurse and Jomel Warrican) … and they pulled us back. At one stage it looked as if we would have scored 400, but Nurse bowled extremely well.” Scorpions started the tournament with a shock defeat to Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and lost their second when they narrowly went down to Pride six days later. Since then, Scorpions have hardly missed a step, and Samuels said it had been important to get the early jitters out of the way before the knockout round. “In competitions like this you will lose one and you do not want to lose one in the semi-finals or the final so to get that one out of the way [was important],” Samuels pointed out. “We took CCC for granted … fortunately or unfortunately, we played CCC at their home ground which they knew better than us and we took it for granted, became complacent and we lost.” Since then, Scorpions stepped up their game, with their batsmen especially finding their touch. In their last four outings, they have cracked 250 three times and got 204 in the other game. Scorpions, who lie second in the Group B standings behind leaders Pride, face ICC Americas in their final game at Windward Cricket Club today.
– cart off cash, motor carThe owner of the Lalbeharry Poultry Farm, Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is now counting her losses after bandits stormed her establishment and carted off a quantity of cash, along with her son’s motor car.The victim, Patsy Lalbeharry, called Lalita, of Buzz-Bee-Dam, Craig, is still left in shock following the daring robbery, which occurred about 04:14h on Thursday.When contacted, Lalbeharry’s son, Deonauth, explained that his mother resided with him and another son in the two-storey structure. On the morning of the robbery, Deonauth explained that he was awakened by the sound of a “loudThe home which the bandits broken intoexplosion”.“I start thinking it is some electrical problem, but then I heard my mother pleading and saying ‘Oh God, don’t kill me!’” the man recalled. At that time, he said three men barged into his room, armed with handguns.Guyana Times understands that the bandits kicked open the door leading to the businesswoman’s bedroom after which they made their way to the two sons’ rooms. The armed men threatened the trio, demanding that they turn over their “cash and gold”.Fearful for her life and her sons’, the 56-year-old woman immediately complied and the men escaped with one of her son’s motor car – a silver grey Toyota Premio, PTT 502.Law enforcement ranks were immediately contacted and checks at the home revealed that the bandits might have been hiding in the house for quite some time.“We found cigarette ash in the lower flat and it appears as though the men were in the house and waiting for someone to come downstairs,” Deonauth noted.This is the first time the family has been robbed at their home, but back in 2017, the family suffered significant losses following a burglary committed on their business located on the public road.Meanwhile, the Police have dusted the crime scene for fingerprints as they continue their investigations. No arrests were made.
In keeping with its mandate of ensuring safety on the country’s waterways, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has intensified its campaign in all river-in areas of the country; targeting fishing, passenger and cargo vessels.The campaign, which began in 2017, is a collaboration with the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) Coast Guard and the Guyana Fisheries Department. It aims at intensifying inspections for all categories of vessels in an effort to ensure that unlicensed operators are regularised by having the necessary training and licence for the vessels they operate.According to MARAD, if any vessels are found with deficiencies, then they are cited and given a specific time to rectify their documents.The campaign is also focused at having vessels registered and to have the required documentation available as required by law, with emphasis being placed particularly on vessels which engage in commercial operations.MARAD, as the regulatory agency for river usage, has the responsibility for the registration and licensing of vessels, and operators in Guyana under the River Navigation Act Chapter 50:01, while the enforcement of these laws lies within the constabulary powers and capabilities of the Guyana Police Force, and the Coast Guard.The Department aims to have the general cooperation of mariners and seafarers as its seeks to improve the safety standards on the country’s waterways.
…MP, PNC affiliates given house, office by RDCA section of the mining town of MahdiaCouncillors of Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) are accusing the Government of micromanaging and politicising the region’s administrative office. Councillors on Wednesday claimed that the Government Member of Parliament and the People’s National Congress (PNC) office are giving instructions on how the office should be managed and sought into the internal affairs of its operations.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor Davo Ramphal, during an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, expressed dissatisfaction with the way in which the RDC is being managed. He alleged that there is gross discrimination, victimisation and political interference ongoing at the RDC.Ramphal disclosed that PNC Member of Parliament, Rajkumarie Bancroft, has an office within the RDC and also was provided with a house within the RDC’s compound, although she resides in Georgetown. This, he said, is unfair since some of the Council’s workers are forced to live at the region’s guest house.Further, he added that the Assistant Regional Executive Officer (AREO), who is also the PNC Chairperson for Region Eight, also has a permanent office at the council, whereby, his office is supposed to be at Sub-Region One, North Pakaraimas.“They are using these offices to discriminate workers, to tell the accountants who to pay and who not to pay and who should and should not get contracts. They are taking instructions from PNC and Bulkan and using the regional office to conduct their vindictive PNC work and this is not right and it’s unfair to the other staff and councillors,” he stated.Ramphal added that this situation is in blatant disregard for the law, which governs these entities.Meanwhile, just recently, Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan cautioned those elected to serve on the Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils to remove politics from the management of their respective communities.He was at the time addressing similar concerns at a community meeting at Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam).Similar reports have been emanating from the mining town over the recent weeks. Only a few weeks ago, the PPP Councillor of that region and other party supporters who operate businesses in the mining town of Mahdia accused the regional administration of victimisation and discrimination against them, owing to their party affiliation.Other party supporters also accused the regional authorities of taking away their contracts and giving same to A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) supporters. This, they say, is unfair as everyone irrespective of which party they support should be allowed to earn their daily bread.Councillor Ramphal had stated in a previous interview that the PNC controlled RDC regional officials were deliberately stifling PPP/C supporters by encouraging residents to boycott businesses owned by PPP supporters. He noted that in one case, an AFC Councillor (name withheld) was heard in a recording threatening to pull support if any PPP/C supporters were awarded any contracts or benefited in any way from the region.Other business owners had also expressed their dissatisfaction with treatment they have been receiving from officials in the region who continue to encourage supporters to boycott “PPP” businesses.Meanwhile, days after those reports were highlighted, the council moved to terminate the services of the Mahdia Town Clerk with immediate effect. The Town Clerk, Hakeem Wong, a 21-year-old, in an interview with this publication had related that he received the termination letter via e-mail.Wong said he was surprised to receive such a letter since he has never had any issues with the Council and was executing his duties diligently.
0Shares0000Uganda Cranes players celebrating their goal against Tanzania during the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 17 – Fahad Bayo scored at the death as hosts Uganda Cranes beat Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Stars by a solitary goal to sail to the finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where they will face Eritrea on Thursday.In a tightly contested match Bayo who had missed several sitters in the match headed home from a Mustafa Kiiza cross in the 88th minute to send Cranes flying into the finale where they will face the side they beat 2-0 in the group stages. Tanzania will meanwhile drop to the loser’s final where they will clash with Kenya’s Harambee Stars in the contest for the bronze medal.Bayo had a clean chance earlier on in the 28th minute when he was sent through on goal by Allan Okello, but couldn’t beat the keeper one on one, Aishi Manula saving with his feet and Bright Anukani skying the rebound.Keeper Manula came out with injury just after making the save after Bayo’s boot came cluttering on his face after the effort was saved. He was brought out for Metacha Mnata.Uganda Cranes forward Joakim Ojera surges forward under pressure from Tanzania’s Gadiel Michael during the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTanzania also had their fair share of chances, Herman Mpepo forcing keeper Charles Lukwago to a brilliant save with a shot from range.Okello had a chance for the Ugandans at the stroke of halftime when Kevin Yondani’s clearance fell kindly on his path on the right with keeper Mnata off his line, but the youngster shot wide.On the hour mark, Uganda thought they had won a penalty when Joakim Ojera came tumbling down under a challenge from Gadiel Michael, but the referee’s decision to award a spot kick was turned down by his assistant who flagged that the foul was just at the edge of the box.Uganda kept their search and were rewarded with just three minutes of regulation time left with Bayo scoring his second goal of the tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)
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A YOUNG woman who became an Internet sensation as Daniel O’Donnell’s No 1 ‘superfan’ was jailed for seven years for her role in high-tech cocaine extraction factory.Molly Sloyan (25) appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court on charges arising from a Garda raid on a cocaine extraction factory outside Bantry in west Cork last year. Judge Sean O’Donnabhain heard from Det Sgt Joanne O’Brien that cocaine was chemically implanted in clothing and fabric in South America.It was then shipped from Brazil to Ireland where, at a rented house in west Cork, special chemicals were used to wash the cocaine out of the fabric and thereby recover it.When Gardaí raided the Bantry property, which had been rented by Ms Sloyan, they found drug paraphernalia including masks and gloves as well as cocaine.Independent.ie reports that the cocaine was found to have a street value of more than €51,000.Ms Sloyan’s boyfriend, Sean McManus (37), was jailed for 12 years.Ms Sloyan is originally from Abbey Court, Kinsale, Cork but also has an address at Benidorm , Alicante, Spain where she moved from Ireland in 2015.Only Mr McManus had a relevant prior drugs conviction.All four had pleaded guilty to possession of drugs for sale or supply at Drumleigh, Bantry, Co Cork on November 26.The court was told that Ms Sloyan was like “a sixteen year old” and “infatuated with her new boyfriend (Mr McManus)” whom she had met at a promotional event in Spain.She was working at an Irish cafe in Benidorm at the time.However, Judge O’Donnabhain warned that the entire operation could not have taken place without Ms Sloyan’s involvement.“This is a most significant case. I have never come across anything like this ever before,” he said.The judge said the level of planning, sophistication and technical know-how involved in the specific drug enterprise was very significant.The court heard that the defendants had even a special WhatsApp video whereby instructions were offered on how to use the solvent to wash the cocaine out of the clothing and fabrics.“He (McManus), as far as I can see, had significant help in this operation from Ms Sloyan.”“She was fully involved in a material and significant level. She fully knew what was going on.”Ms Sloyan and Mr McManus briefly held hands as the sentencing was imposed.The young woman, who appeared in court wearing navy slacks, a navy jacket and light blue top, remained emotionless as she was jailed for seven years, briefly holding her hand to her face.Ms Sloyan was charged with the cocaine offence one year after a video of her in the audience of RTE’s The Late Late Show for a St Valentine’s Day special went viral.Viewers were captivated by her reaction to the fact the show featured a Daniel O’Donnell impersonation by comedian Mario Rosenstock rather than a song by the Donegal star himself.Video clips of the young woman’s expression in the audience switching from delight to horror when she realised that it wasn’t the real Daniel who would be performing went viral on the Internet.The Donegal singer eventually became aware of the Internet sensation and issued his own special video invitation to meet up with the young woman at one of his concerts.Mr O’Donnell eventually met up with Ms Sloyan in Kerry and she attended his sold-out show in the Killarney INEC in August 2016.The court was told that Ms Sloyan had “vulnerabilities” which were identified by a Limerick Prison psychologist.Judge O’Donnabhain said it was important she received a structured sentence and the support of the Probation and Welfare Service (PWS) on her release.All the sentences were backdated to November 26 last.Daniel O’Donnell ‘superfan’ is jailed for her part in cocaine factory was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Brian “Dinky” Dorrian confident his side can get a positive result against Inishowen tonight.Manager of the Donegal League representative side Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is quietly confident ahead of his side’s clash against their Inishowen counter-parts this evening.Donegal got their Oscar Traynor campaign off to a winning start last month when they defeated a Cavan/Monaghan select side and travel to Maginn Park full of confidence.Dorrian has a number of injury worries with Jason Noctor, Gary Crossan and Benny McLaughlin all struggling to be fit. Three players that definitely won’t make tonight’s fixture are Lee White, Shane O’Rourke and Paul Friel.White is playing for the Irish Army side in the European Championships in France next week and wasn’t released for tonight’s fixture.Dorrian has called up Milford’s Caolan McGettigan to deputize for White.O’Rourke is at college in Galway and can’t make it back for the match due to course work, while Friel has been re-located with work and is out of the county for the week. Dorrian told Donegal Daily, “Jason is a big, big doubt for the game, he’s got tendonitis in the knee and it’s touch and go whether he’ll make it.“He’s a huge player for us, and if he’s misses out, there’s no doubt it’s a blow, but we’ve got a strong squad.“Benny McLaughlin has the flu, but I’m hoping he’ll be OK, while Gary Crossan has a dead leg from the weekend and is really struggling to make it.“We tried to get Lee White, but the army wouldn’t release him for the game, while Shane O’Rourke and Paul Friel can’t get back for the game due to other commitments.Dorrian believes Inishowen have set the standard in this competition over the last number of years and consistently produced top sides. Donegal’s record against Inishowen in this competition is very poor, and they haven’t registered a win against their rivals in over a decade.However, Dorrian feels that record has to end sometime, and tonight could be the perfect opportunity to do it.Dorrian told Donegal Daily, “We played very well in our last match, we scored two good goals and dominated the game.“If we were more clinical, we would’ve been out of sight, but we weren’t and when they got scored late-on it set-up a nervy finish. “Inishowen are a top side, and we’re under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be tonight, but we’re confident we can go there and get a result.“They lost their opener, so all the pressure is on them, they need a result, but as I’ve said, we’ve prepared properly for this and we’ve a good squad.“We’ve a pretty awful record against them, and I don’t think we’ve beaten them in over ten years, that’s something we want to put right, and it’s something we’re capable of doing.Former Finn Harps stars Matthew Crossan and Gary Merritt are the stand-out names for Donegal and Dorrian will hope the duo can be as influential as they were in their last outing a month ago.The game is at the superb Maginn Park, and the immaculate playing surface should suit two teams who like to play a good brand of football.The match kicks-off at 7.30pm in what is both sides second match in the Oscar Traynor group stage.BRIAN ‘DINKY’ DORRIAN CONFIDENT AHEAD OF CLASH WITH RIVALS INISHOWEN was last modified: November 19th, 2014 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:Brian ‘Dinky’ DorrianDonegal LeagueInishowen LeaguenewsOscar TraynorsoccerSportSt Catherines
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