first_img Today’s Game: – 3:30 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Portmore United FC at Effortville Community Centre Fans crying out for excitement in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will have it all today when title aspirants Humble Lion hosts former champions Portmore United in a first-leg semi-final at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Game time is 3:30 p.m. This ‘Clarendon derby’ will feature a number of former teammates at the schoolboy and club levels going against each other and should have fireworks aplenty. Perhaps the only drawback could be the capacity of the venue. Despite the above and the fact that there is a place in the RSPL final on offer, what perhaps will be most on the minds of the fans is whether the ‘vexed’ Humble Lion will have the chance to right what they believe was a wrong. Portmore United, the team many love to hate, were beaten 3-1 in their third encounter of the season with Humble Lion, but had the win erased when they protested the use of an ineligible player. The competition’s committee ruled against Humble Lion and awarded Portmore United three points and a 3-0 win. That result almost derailed Humble Lion’s season as they fell from fourth spot a position which had been their preserve for most of the season and one which would have guaranteed them a spot in the semi-final and fell to sixth. Those three points also enabled Portmore United to top the table on points, as they finished one ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens and collected the bounty of one million dollars. “Obviously, the issue will be on the minds of all concerned, but we intend not to make it a distraction,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion, said of the impact the ruling will have on his players. “I have asked my team not to focus on that issue, but to focus on the game itself and what winning these two games will mean to us,” added the man who led Wolmer’s Boys’ to a schoolboy football title this season. While stating that he asked his players to put the past in a certain ‘space’, Reynolds confessed that in their matches leading up to this one, that disappointment was a major motivator. “Getting to this stage, we used this incident to motivate us. For about a round and a half, we were in fourth spot, but wouldn’t get any further. Since we lost the points in the boardroom, our only blemish in terms of dropped points was a 0-1 loss to Arnett Gardens. We pledged to fight to get back in,” Reynolds explained. Portmore United’s Geoffrey Hewitt acknowledged that the results and points reversal could play a part in the temperature of the match. “It is something that we are totally cognisant of, but this is a semi-final. It is a big game and several things can motivate us to perform. We are confident in our ability to win and we are motivated to do so,” said Hewitt, a very successful coach at the schoolboy level, in particular at Garvey Maceo. Not one to say a lot, Hewitt would only add that they are driven by ambition. “Our ambition drives us. That is our driving force. We are determined to succeed and we believe that we have what it takes to be champions, and Humble Lion is our first hurdle to the championship,” Hewitt said. Talent is something Portmore United have in abundance. Besides the steady Ewan Grandison, there is the duo of Ricardo Morris and Tramaine Stewart, who can decide a game on their own. Javon East is another player who comes to mind and, if fully fit, could cause problems. Defensively, they are also sound with the vertically-challenged, but commanding Damano Salmon, Ryan Wellington and possibly Uptsan Edwards. Humble Lion are themselves not humble in the talent department and should have at their disposal the on-form Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Jermaine Christian, Wolry and Kemeel Wolfe and the fit-again Francois Swaby, who could come off the bench. The other semi-final, between Arnett Gardens and Montego Bay United, who finished third, will be played tomorrow at Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay. Tomorrow’s Gamecenter_img – 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Catherine Hall Complexlast_img read more

first_img…Opposition calls for forensic audit into project financesThe National Assembly found itself divided on Wednesday over giving or withholding approval for an additional $500 million to be paid out from the Consolidated Fund to a number of contractors and other persons owed varying amounts for works undertaken on the controversial D’Urban Jubilee Park Project.The rancour engulfed the House when the Speaker of the National Assembly put to a vote the capital expenditure under the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s bvudget, but was met with a resounding no.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonA division was subsequently called for, resulting in 32 members of the House voting to approve the monies, while 31 members voted against it.Member of Parliament Odinga Lumumba was absent at the time of the vote from the Opposition benches, while Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, was absent for the Government’s side.Prior to the division of votes, the House heard that on November 22 last, six days before the Budget was presented to the nation – Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) had written to the Finance Ministry indicating that it owes contractors $500 million more and was looking to have this liability liquidated.The revelation did not go down well with former Minster within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, who openly questioned the timing of the inclusion of the $500 million in the Budget, since the Ministry had only been informed six days earlier.In fact, Edghill argued that Government was in fact looking to turn over money to a private company – HDI – for works it had done using contractors that company had engaged in the project.He used the occasion to draw reference to Substantive Minster David Patterson’s assertions that the Government did not actually engage any of the contractors that the Ministry was seeking approval to be paid over.Voicing objections and questioning the methodologies to be used, Edghill sought to enquire of the Minister precisely what law of statue would be used to legitimise such a transfer to a private company.Patterson, in his retort to the House, said Government would be using the same mechanisms that had been used to transfer some $138 million to Omprakash “Buddy” Shivraj that went towards the construction of the then Buddy’s International Hotel, in addition to another $38 million that went towards the construction of the Cacique Hotel.Edghill, however, dismissed this assertion saying those monies in fact represented a loan to the two projects and had not been extracted from the Consolidated Fund.The Minister denied too the assertion that Government had in fact employed a mechanism to spend some $900 million on a project from the Consolidated Fund, while at the same time avoiding any kind of scrutiny.The trading of barbs came about when Minister Patterson told the House that the Public Infrastructure Ministry will in fact not be paying any of the contractors owed for works on the project and that the money will in fact be paid to HDI.Among the objections to such a mechanism is that HDI is in fact a private company not even listed under the Ministry’s Government’s list of organisations slated for subsidies and contribution.Minster Patterson was adamant that the asset in the form of the D’Urban Jubilee Park is in fact an asset that belongs to the State.Edghill also sought to no avail, to find out whether Minster Patterson, as an elected representative, is comfortable with expending in excess of $900 million on a project undertaken by a private company where there was no procurement process to get the work done.Patterson maintained that the project represents an asset of the State and belongs to the people of Guyana.Meanwhile, as it relates to the overall expenditure and cash and kind donations, Public Infrastructure Minister Patterson told the House that a total of $27.7 million was received in the form of donations from private individuals and entities, while another $37 million came about ‘in kind’.As it relates to the donations, the Minister provided a list to the House. Among the donors as listed by Minister Patterson are three anonymous contributors, Palm Court, TEOCO, STP Investments Inc, Mohamed’s Cambio and RUSAL, among others.He listed among those given donations in kind as BK International, Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited, BaiShanLin Forest Developers Inc, Demerara Sand and Aggregates, Barama, Buxton Gas Station, Splashmins, and NABI Construction, among others.The Opposition member querying the expenditure was adamant during the consideration that with donations being less than 10 per cent of the $1 billion price tag, the project could not be one that could be considered as done privately.He was adamant that it is reasonable to conclude that HDI was just a company that was used to engage private contractors of which ultimately all of the money to be expended was to be paid by taxpayers and without any tender process.Meanwhile, the Opposition is calling on the Auditor General of Guyana to conduct an immediate forensic audit into all revenues, expenditure and donations received.In a statement late Wednesday evening from the Opposition Leader’s Office, the PPP expressed its disgust and outrage over the coalition Government’s raiding of the treasury for the additional $500 million to be plugged into the controversial D’Urban Park Jubilee Project, which is clear proof that the Guyanese people were deceived into believing that the project was privately funded.“It is important to note that out of an expenditure of over $1 billion, only $27 million was received in cash donations and $33 million was received in ‘kind’ donations. The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has allowed itself to be used as a conduit to accommodate this highly irregular and vulgar transaction,” the Opposition stated.The Party went on to remind of the motion it put forward for disclosure on the sums expended, the contractors and amounts paid to them, liabilities and other information that would have ensured accountability and transparency. This motion was defeated on November 21, 2016 when it was debated during which time the Public Infrastructure Minister selectively provided skimpy information.last_img read more

first_imgTWO men and a woman are being questioned by police in the North after a high speed cross-border car chase.Gardai were alerted when a vehicle was chased from Derry into Donegal.The PSNI says the incident happened yesterday. The car had been acting suspiciously and during the chase rammed a police car.The vehicle then drove across the Border into Donegal before returning to Derry where the arrests were made. THREE QUIZZED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CAR CHASE was last modified: June 20th, 2013 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:THREE QUIZZED AFTER HIGH-SPEED CAR CHASElast_img read more

first_imgOctober 16, 2017Welcome to the October 8. 2017 workshop participants.from left:Daren Blair from Canada [seminar week],Richard Estevez,Andor Blum,George Berry from Canada [seminar week], Tom Randall [also did a workshop in 1972],Jamison Gilmour(photo and text by Sue Kirsch)last_img

first_imgGlobal news exchange Enex has named Sky News’ international head of development Adrian Wells as managing director, replacing Henning Tewes, who was apppointed CEO of international broadcaster RTL’s Croatian operation in May.Enex organises the exchange of video footage, editorial information and transmission services for its 46 member organisations, including RTL Group and Sky News.Wells served as Sky News’ head of foreign news and launch director of Sky News Arabia before taking up the role of head of international development.“I am excited and delighted to take up the challenge of managing director of Enex and to take over from Henning Tewes who has made an enormous contribution to the organisation,” said Wells.“The strength of Enex has been amply demonstrated during the tumultuous news events of the last few weeks and months. Enex has fantastic news partners in Europe and around the world and I greatly look forward to working with them and expanding our reach even further.’’last_img read more

first_imgAmazon will overtake Netflix to generate more over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in 2018 thanks to its “growing array of ways to pay for video,” according to Ovum predictions.Amazon auto show, The Grand TourThe research firm said that Amazon’s combination of subscriptions, digital rentals, electronic sell-through and bundles of TV apps will see it generate US$5.8 billion in video-related revenue next year.It expects Netflix, which led the pack in 2017, to generate US$5.3 billion in revenue through its subscription-only model.“Arguably, the e-commerce giant is ‘cheating,’ as Ovum’s estimates count fees from Amazon’s ever-growing Prime bundle. But maybe that’s the point. Rules are meant to be broken and Amazon is the most daring offender,” said the Ovum report.It also claimed that despite the hype, Netflix still won’t have a majority of OTT video subscribers in at least 19 countries by the end of 2018, with local providers to hold the top spot in various markets – such as Ipla in Poland, Showmax in South Africa and Iflix in Indonesia.Among its other consumer and entertainment service predictions for 2018, Ovum tipped Apple to launch a new premium OTT video offering, initially in the US, as its share of US online video revenues via iTunes sales declines to less than 4% in 2018.It also said it expects Facebook’s ad-supported Watch video platform to go international next year, but to have “minimal” global impact.“While we expect Watch to roll out internationally next year, Facebook’s share of global AVOD revenue will remain negligible in 2018,” said the report.“Facebook must attract compelling local content, refine its video ad experience, and offer more robust and reliable ad metrics before it can truly compete with YouTube and other premium AVOD platforms for consumer attention and advertiser spend.”Overall, Ovum expects Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and other online-only services to account for 18% of total paid and ad-supported TV and video revenues next year and 60% of growth.The research firm predicted that “few trends will be bigger in 2018 than the transformation of TV and video by over-the-top technology and services” and said that in the US OTT will take “an astonishing 98% of growth”.In the US market, Netflix, Amazon, Google and Facebook are expected to account for 9% of total US TV and video revenue and 64% of revenue growth in 2018.last_img read more