Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Guangzhou, however, managed to pull away midway through the fourth quarter going on a 15-5 run for 73-59 edge after Ju Mingxin’s layup with 2:04 left in the game.Shirelijian Muxtar then hit a dagger of a fallaway jumper with 1:21 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Muxtar had a game-high 21 points to lead the Long Lions while Zheng Zhun added 15 points.Ju flirted had 14 points with six rebounds while Guo Kai flirted with a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. Mark Tallo put up 16 points to pace NLEX while Kenneth Ighalo hustled his way to six points and 11 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo from Asia League Facebook. PBA IMAGESMACAU—NLEX’s fell short in the most crucial of times as it fizzled out against Guangzhou, 75-63, Saturday and failed to move on to the final of the Asia League Super 8 at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.The Road Warriors were down 46-34 at the half but put on an inspired third quarter run and outscored the Long Lions, 16-8, to close the gap to just four, 54-50, at the start of the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names
Flying knives incidentThe Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Tuesday commenced its investigation into the recent flying knives incident at the Uitvlugt Estate which shut down the Number Two Turbine and stalled cane production for over a week.Based on information provided thus far, GuySuCo is viewing the fault as an “engineering matter”. It was not disclosed if any possible sanctions would be imposed as the probe is in in infancy state.Through an official release, GuySuCo pointed out that senior managers and several senior engineers will investigate the matter along with managers from theThe Uitvlugt Estate, West Coast DemeraraHuman Resources and Health and Safety departments.“The investigation commenced during last week, and the accident is viewed as an engineering matter. Approximately 111 tonnes of sugar (were) declared from the sugarcane which was burnt at the time of the incident. However, as a result of the staling of the canes, the variance from the estimated sugar expected from the canes is almost 68 tonnes of sugar,” an excerpt from the release stated.GuySuCo did say the investigation will be conducted over a three-week period. It was the Guyana Times which recently reported that an investigation would be launched to determine just how the cane shredder became uncontrollable and 64 out of 70 knives went haywire. Workers ducked for safety when the knives hit the wall. However, several tonnes were able to be salvaged after the estate’s turbine had to be replaced with one from the defunct La Bonne Intention (LBI) factory.However, according to information obtained, the grains were of a substandard quality, as the sugar was “grainy” as opposed to coarse crystals which are consistent with a higher quality of produce.GuySuCo’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager, Deodat Sukhoo, will head an investigation into the flying knives incident. There were initial inquiries by senior officers of GuySuCo who visited the Uitvlugt factory when it broke down and millions of dollars’ worth of cane was initially left to spoil. However, several tonnes were later saved after the story broke in this newspaper.Guyana Times reported too that the Chief Industrial Relations Manager will be making periodic visits to the factory, where he will meet the workers involved and obtain their version of events and how it unfolded when the Number Two Turbine lost control. The damage to the cane shredder resulted in millions of dollars in losses, at the expense of the State.
A 34-year-old Lindener, who admitted that he stole a crank shaft, was jailed for two months by Magistrate Annette Singh.Compton Spooner appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, where he confessed that on November 30, 2018, while at Mabura Hill, he stole one crank shaft valued $80,000; the property of Bryan George. In his explanation, Spooner, who is a saw and skidder operator, told the presiding Magistrate that he worked with George but was not paid and as such he took the item.
…Guyana is too poor to bankroll politicians, party stalwartsGovernment is under immense pressure to withdraw the Hamilton Green Pension Bill 2016 which is being regarded by local transparency watchdog as a reward from the People’s National Congress (PNC) faction of the coalition government to its strongman at the expense of the public purse.Hamilton GreenTransparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) in a strongly worded missive, contends that the Bill is “vulgar, politically partisan and reeks of cronyism” and has no basis for justification.Parliamentarians will be heading to the National Assembly today, fully prepared to debate the Bill, which was specifically crafted for former Georgetown Mayor Hamilton Green, and provides for him to be paid an extravagant pension for his controversial tenure as Prime Minister between 1985 and 1992.The pension is to be based on the salary of a current Prime Minister – a salary Green did not earn. In addition, Green is to receive the full benefits of a former President – a position which he never held.Insult to GuyaneseTIGI argus that the Bill is a blatant insult to Guyanese, especially those who have contributed exceedingly more to the development of the country than Green ever had; such as former Foreign Affairs Minister Rashleigh Jackson.“And what about those who stood up to Mr. Green and his unacceptable conduct? People like Eusi Kwayana and Moses Bhagwan, who for their longsuffering service and sacrifice to protect Guyana from Green’s authoritarian and policies have been overlooked,” the body highlighted.It contends that the sheer extravagance of the provisions of the Bill specifically for Green who is a longstanding PNC politician is an insult to all hardworking nurses, teachers, police, and public servants who are denied a substantial increase in their salaries.“Haven’t these people been “skimming” by for too long? Guyana is too poor for its poor citizens to bankroll politicians and party stalwarts.”The organisation blasted government for making such a decision to grant Green, who had a not too peaceful role in workers’ struggle for bread and justice, a pension and benefits for positions he never held and for contributions he never made.“The failure of the police to interview him in relation to some grave high-profile criminal events remains a blot on its reputation and this goes a long way in explaining the distrust of the institution that continues today,” TIGI reminded.TIGI also asks if government has conveniently forgotten that Green was only once democratically elected as Mayor in 1994 and that during his tenure, he spearheaded no policy or initiative to the benefit of the city.TIGI anticipates that arguments will be made about the “pittance” which Green receives as a pension for his service as Prime Minister decades ago, but pointed out that at the time the law was passed, Guyana’s economy and exchange rates were reasonable.GenesisTIGI also questions the genesis of the Bill and the licentious haste in which it was secretly written to be presented in Parliament, without significant public knowledge beforehand.According to the organisation, these circumstances confirm the impropriety of its legislative intent.In this regard, TIGI is demanding that government divulge the date of the cabinet decision that lead to the drafting of the bill and to explain the lack of public disclosure via post-Cabinet briefings which served to negate robust public debate.The transparency body also observes that since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition assumed office, it has been “unashamed and apologetic about lining the pockets of politicians and friends of the party.”“Should this bill be rushed through parliament on Monday (today), it would confirm the position that the political elite of Guyana, on all sides of the political spectrum, are primarily concerned with protecting the financial interests of their own at the expense of the Guyanese people,” the entity asserts.Moreover, TIGI is shocked that in such critical times when citizens are faced with an upsurge in violent criminal assaults on their persons and property, unemployment, economic hardship and high cost of living; the government finds time and effort to craft legislation to benefit one controversial individual of nebulous contribution.TerminateTIGI demands government terminate the Bill, which it contends is blatantly repugnant since it is made in the name of a single individual rather than for all prime ministers, gives Green access to benefits of which he is not entitled based on the offices he held, provides him with a pension based on a salary that he never earned, gives special consideration to a man who is especially undeserving of such recognition given his historically divisive role in society, perpetuates the enrichment of politicians and friends of the government at the expense of the citizens, made possible only through the power entrusted to those in government and is rushed to the process without regards to transparency and good governance in general.TIGI also calls on the AFC faction of government to clarify its position on this Bill and set out cogent reasons why it presumably supports it, given the absence of any strenuous objection from AFC.
“We are going for talks with a club there because they had expressed interest in signing me. It is just for a day then I return. Hopefully I will sign but at the moment nothing is concrete. I return tentatively on Thursday so I will not be in for the game,” Fiston told Capital Sports.The striker has been released by Sundowns after returning from a loan spell with Bloemfontein Celtic and was not even registered in their squad for the new season. Fiston travelled to Kenya with the Burundi squad as he continued his search for a new club.Burundi forward Abdul Razak Fiston walks on during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The joy of a player always is to play and it is not different with me. I need to get playing time and that is why I am in search for a new club. I enjoyed my time at Bloem and picked up good form scoring a number of goals because I got time to play,” the forward noted.The Burundian forward joined Sundowns in June 2015 in a deal worth in excess of Sh25mn from Batoto ba Mungu who cited his prowess during the 2013 CECAFA Senior Challenge in Kenya and signed him the following season.If he moves to Angola, Sofapaka will be entitled to 20pc of his transfer fee, another windfall for the Elly Kalekwa owned club.“There are several clubs which have expressed interest in signing me; some in South Africa, others in Algeria.. so pretty soon I will be on the pitch playing,” Fiston said while laughing off a suggestion for him to return to Kenya.The goal-poacher was a crowd favorite alongside teammate Shassir Nahimana as Burundi played Uganda at the Bukhungu Stadium on Monday and he hopes he will be back in time for the South Sudan match next Monday to help his side fight for a semi-final slot.The Burundi squad that started the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie against Uganda Cranes at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I felt very good playing in Kenya again and the fans coming behind us. We played really well and hopefully we can challenge to get to the semis. Uganda is a very tough team and getting a point was a plus,” Fiston said.His coach Olivier Niyungeko heaped praise on the impact Fiston had on the team alongside other experienced players in Pierre Kwizera and Laudit Mavugo.“We have very many young players in the team and the three experienced players have done a lot to motivate them and give them confidence. I am very happy for Fiston and what he has brought into the team,” the coach said.Burundi’s target in the Challenge Cup is to get to the final and Niyungeko is confident with the performance they had against Uganda, an appearance in the final will be a real target.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Burundi forward Abdul Razak Fiston makes a shot at goal under pressure from Uganda captain Bernard Muwanga during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAKAMEGA, Kenya, Dec 5- Burundi will be without red hot former Sofapaka striker Abdul Razak Fiston for their second CECAFA Senior Challenge Group B match against Ethiopia on Thursday with the forward leaving camp to travel to Angola to negotiate for a new club.Fiston who played for Burundi in their 0-0 draw against Uganda yesterday and was one of the best performers for his side travelled from Kakamega immediately after the match to Nairobi where he is scheduled to catch a flight to Luanda for negotiations.
The result meant Hussein climbed back to the top of the group on seven points while Gor drop to second with six.Zamalek who earlier on beat Angola’s Petro Atletico by a solitary goal move to third on five points while the Angolans remain bottom with four, the group remaining wide open with two rounds of matches left.In Algiers, Gor travelled sitting top of the group and only needed to avoid defeat to keep their position intact but they fell to a ninth minute Abderrahmane Yousfi strike.Yousfi scred from point blank after a Peter Odhiambo save and the post had denied the home side, Charles Momanyi’s effort at blocking the ball before it crossed the line ending up in futility.-Yousfi goalA deep ball at the back post was headed back to the edge of the six yard box met by Landry Ntankeu whose shot was blocked by Odhiambo and then Fauzi Yaya’s follow up came against the crossbar. Yousfi picked the spills and side footed the ball home.Hussein scored on the backdrop of quote a fiery start as just before that, Yousfi had seen his header on the ground after slipping saved by Odhiambo.In the second minute of the game, Odhiambo who was stepping in for the injured Boniface Oluoch made a great save to deny Yousfi’s shot at his near post and from the eventual corner, Ntankeu headed over unmarked.Gor had a chance to draw back into the game when Jacques Tuyisenge was put through on goal, but he took too much time on the ball and his eventual shot at goal was blocked.Hussein dictated possession, while Gor sought to hit on the counter but nothing could give for the record Kenyan champions.-Better second halfIn the second half, Gor came back a better side and four minutes in, they had a chance when Samuel Onyango lifted in a well weighted cross for Tuyisenge at the backpost but the Rwandese headed straight to the keeper’s waiting palms.On the other end, Hussein almost snatched a second when skipper Abdelghani Khiat beat Odhiambo to the ball off a Yaya freekick, but his touch as heavy and it flew over the bar. Yaya had another chance off a freekick and he chose to go direct, his effort well collected by Odhiambo.Gor thought they had gone back into contention on the hour mark when Shafik Batambuze rose highest to nod home a corner from Kahata, but the ref waved out the goal citing a foul on the keeper.However, the shot stopper had been fouled by his own player, Mohamed Noufel Khacef.-Mustafa in for KipkuruiHead coach Hassan Oktay swung in his first change, Kipkurui coming off for Francis Mustafa as the tactician sought a fresh pair of legs in attack.Gor kept their pressure forcing Hussein to play inside their half, but couldn’t get the quality balls needed in the final third.It was the home side who almost snatched a goal when Yaya’s cross was met Ntankeu at the edge of the six yard box but his glancing header was over.In the final 10 minutes Oktay brought in Dennis Oliech for Tuyisenge, another attacking change seeking to get in at least a goal to get a point off the away trip.The visitors came close in added time when Mustafa’s snap shot caught everyone by surprise, but keeper Gaya Merbah made a brilliant full stretched save to turn the ball behind for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Nicholas Kipkurui challenges NA Hussein Dey keeper Gaya Merbah for the ball during their CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia failed to score in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time after losing 1-0 to home side Nasr Athletic Hussein Dey in a group D clash played in Algiers, Algeria on Sunday night.Gor will feel aggrieved leaving Algiers with no point especially after scoring a legitimate goal denied by the referee on the hour mark, but they travel to Egypt with eyes focused on avoiding defeat when they take on Zamalek in Alexandria next Sunday.
Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers Blackburn have announced they are now compliant with the Football League’s Financial Fair Play regulations and will have their transfer embargo lifted.Rovers had been unable to spend cash on players since last December when they, along with Leeds and Nottingham Forest, were found to have breached FFP rules.The Championship club sold Rudy Gestede and Tom Cairney for a combined sum of £9million over the summer, though, and managing director Derek Shaw last month revealed he was ‘relatively’ confident they would exit their embargo before the January transfer window.That news has now been confirmed by the east Lancashire outfit and new boss Paul Lambert will be free to spend next month should he desire. “Blackburn Rovers confirm that following discussions with the Football League the club is now compliant with the rules and regulations on Financial Fair Play,” read a statement posted on the club’s official website.“During the past 12 months, the board of directors and staff have worked hard to ensure that the necessary requirements have been put in place to satisfy the Football League.“This has been achieved through a number of measures being undertaken, most notably, the owners agreeing and implementing a loan conversion agreement, effective cost efficiency savings and player sales, which were limited to reflect the needs of the team and football management.“The owners and board of directors feel it prudent to proceed with restraint, in order to give the club the best possible environment to continue to be compliant in subsequent years.“However, all efforts will continue to be made to provide the manager, Paul Lambert, and football staff to work effectively and efficiently.”Lambert admits Rovers will not lavishly spend the Venky’s cash when the transfer window reopens and praised predecessor Gary Bowyer for helping to bring the club in line with the regulations during his two-and-a-half years at Ewood Park.“Everybody behind the scenes, especially the owners, deserve a lot of credit for the conversion of it,” Lambert comented on Thursday.“It’s a building block. It’s one little stage in trying to rebuild this club. “We won’t be able to go and do millions and millions now we’re out of the embargo. It’s with a steady hand.“You certainly don’t want to be in this position ever again. That’s why Gary deserves a lot of credit for stabilising it. Everybody can look to the future and say, ‘Where do we start now? Where does Blackburn Rovers actually begin to rebuild?’ Today’s the day to start that.” 1
DOWNINGS singer Shane McLaughlin must have Donegal and the country behind him – they’ve voted him through to next week in RTE’s ‘The Voice’.He was panned by the judges in the competition tonight, with marks of 5, 6 and 6.Bressie claimed Shane still hadn’t ‘grown’ in the same way other competitors had. But the public reckoned his performance was top notch.And he was the first person out of Team Kian to be voted through.Well done Donegal – Keep It Classy! BREAKING NEWS: SHANE THROUGH TO NEXT ROUND IN ‘THE VOICE’ was last modified: April 14th, 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)
Finn Harps manager James Gallagher has an injury crisis ahead of the visit of Salthill Devon to Finn Park tonight. No fewer than seven players are in the Finn Park treatment room this week, with Garbhan Friel, Paddy McLaughlin, Tommy Bonner and Gareth Harkin all already ruled out. And Conor O’Grady, Kevin McHugh and Gary Merrit have been rated extremely doubtful by the Harps boss.Preview by Joe Doherty “Last week, some of our training sessions had only six outfield first team players able to take part,” said Gallagher.“The two games in the space of three days didn’t help on the injury front, especially as we travelled up and down to Waterford in the one day. Thankfully, though, a few more were able to train this week with Marc Brolly, Keith Cowan and Ciaran Coll all able to take part again.” That said, there was some good news for Gallagher is that midfielders Marc Brolly and Christy Conaghan return to the squad after injury and Mark Forker has completed his three match suspension.Brolly was carried off during the 2-2 home draw with Monaghan United last month with an ankle injury and missed the back to back 1-0 defeats in Waterford and Mervue. Conaghan hasn’t played yet this season, but got seventy minutes under his belt in last week’s ‘A’ team game against UCD at Belfield. “We know Christy’s fitness will not be a problem, as he is a fit lad”, said Gallagher.“The only worry with him will be match sharpness. He got over an hour last week in the ‘A’ team game and he will come straight into the first team panel for Friday night’s game.” After starting the season with 2-2 home draws against Limerick and Monaghan United, Harps lost for the first time this year when the lost 1-0 to Waterford United last time out.“We were disappointed to leave the RSC with nothing. We went down there missing a few players and Paddy McLaughlin went off injured after only twenty minutes, so that upset our pre-match game plan a little.“However, Raymond Foy came on in Paddy’s place and did well. We rode our luck at times in the first half and defended well, but in the second half I couldn’t see Waterford scoring. In the end, individual errors cost us for their goal. I felt there was a point, if not all three, for the taking, so it was disappointing coming home with nothing.” After the Waterford game, Harps fell to a somewhat surprising 1-0 defeat to Mervue United in the EA Sports Cup.Gallagher felt that a combination of missing players and the long trip to Waterford had their part to play.“I was pleased with the way we played,” he said. “We started well, but you could see that we were a bit sluggish as the game went on. The Waterford game was starting to take its toll and we had to take off a few players who picked up some knocks. We would like to have stayed in the competition for as long as possible, but it wasn’t to be.” Mervue’s city rivals, Salthill Devon, make the trip to Finn Park on Friday night in a game that Gallagher feels his side is more than capable of winning. This is the Galway clubs second season playing senior football.“Salthill look as though they have improved, and after completing their first season at this level, they will be a bit more organised this year. It’s a game we have to win and that we expect to win.“Without being disrespectable to them, we should be winning our games against the likes of Salthill and Mervue. Apart from Shelbourne and Cork City who have big squads, I don’t think there is much of a difference between a lot of the other teams – I certainly feel we should be able to compete with most of them, especially at home.” In the three games with Salthill last season, Harps were victorious each time. Gallagher, and Harps, will be looking to extend that record on Friday. Suspended: None.Doubtful: Conor O’Grady (hamstring), Kevin McHugh (knee), Gary Merritt (flu).Injured: Garbhan Friel (knee), Paddy McLaughlin (hamstring), Tommy Bonner (ankle), Gareth Harkin (ankle).Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-D-W-D-D-L (9 pts)Salthill Devon: L-L-L-D-L-L (1 pt)Recent games at home to Salthill Devon12-Mar-10 – Won 2-0 (First Division)20-Aug-10 – Won 3-2 (First Division)Finn Harps Goalscorers 2011Kevin McHugh – 3Gareth Harkin – 1Finn Harps Results 2011 (Harps goalscorer in brackets)25th March 2011 – Waterford United 1-0 Finn Harps18th March 2011 – Finn Harps 2-2 Monaghan United (McHugh 2)4th March 2011 – Finn Harps 2-2 Limerick (McHugh, Harkin)INJURY-HIT HARPS HOPING TO RUB SALT IN ‘DEVON’S WOUNDS! was last modified: April 7th, 2011 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)Tags:finn harpsmanager James GallagherSalthill Devon