Arnett Gardens’ Premier League success last season was mainly down to the team’s attacking prowess. The ‘Junglists’ were the best attacking unit in the competition, scoring 54 times – six more than their closest rivals, Waterhouse – and 14 goals more than the third best attacking team, Montego Bay United.However, their climb back to the pinnacle of local football could not have happened without their defensive stalwart and team leader, Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson.The former Boys’ Town man was not only a rock in defence for the champions, but also their inspirational leader on and off the pitch and was everyone’s overwhelming favourite for the season’s Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Award for Excellence on and off the field.Although the former national player, who turned 32 last month, he is confident of maintaining his level of performance and helping his team retain the RSPL title this season.”For me, I am always performing to the best of my ability and with my responsibility that surrounds my role in the team, it always keeps me 200 per cent focused. So I always go out and do my best, and this season, I don’t think you should expect anything less, only more,” he assured.If Arnett are to win successive championships, Thompson insists improvements must be made defensively.”Every footballer wants to win at all times. We want to retain the title and we know what to do. We have to work hard and attack as we always create a lot of chances because for the last two seasons we were the best attacking team, so it’s in the defence we have to improve.”I can’t remember the last time we played a game that ended 0-0, so once we are defending well, that means we can always create chances to score,” he added.Thompson also expects their strength in depth to continue playing a key role.Enough players”We still have a few people out. But that was one of the plus for us last season, whenever we had people out we had people to fill those voids. We will have to start the journey without a few players, but we have enough firepower to go and have a good start.The former Nottodden FK (Sweden) and Barnsley FC (England) player also warned his teammates to anticipate an even more difficult road to the title this year.”We are very confident (of retaining title), but it’s going to be tough, very tough. Last season, I told my team that it wouldn’t be the same top four as the year before and this season I don’t think it will be the same top four again,” said Thompson.”You had teams that didn’t play to the best of their abilities like Tivoli and Harbour View for instance. So it should be very interesting. But Arnett Gardens, with their fan base and the community, are looking forward to try and dominate local football, that’s what’s in the back of everybody’s mind,” he said.
Dear Editor,When the Auditor General’s Report was presented in the National Assembly in 2016, it stated, among other things, that 79 contracts, totalling $147.586 million, were not awarded to the lowest or the most competitive bidders; and it also stated that the reason why the lowest bidder was not awarded the contract was “inadvertently not included in the Regional Tender (Board’s) minutes”. The REO blamed the scribe who took the minutes!In that year, I made it clear at the RDC statutory meeting that Section 39(6) (a) of the Procurement Act makes it pellucid that “all evaluation criteria for the procurement of goods, works and services, in addition to price, will be qualified in monetary terms, and the tender will be awarded to the lowest evaluated bid”. I further gave circumstances where this subsection had been blatantly violated, attesting to cronyism and corruption, and I gave clear examples where this was done on 7th July 2106.In April this year, it was reported in the media that the Auditor General’s Report for 2016 showed overpayments of salaries amounted to $345,000, and now the PAC has discovered that there was contract-splitting to frustrate the objectives of the Procurement Act, and hence that deed was illegal.A contract of $8.3 million for surgical gloves was split in three to fall below the $8 million ceiling which the Regional Tender Board can award, and though the REO denied this fact, she later admitted to the PAC that there was contract-splitting. This brings to mind the various versions of the bulldozer story.Then there is an upsurge of new ‘contractors’ in Region 6, some of whom barely have access to a hammer. However, don’t be mistaken. Many of these new ‘contractors’ are actually ‘fronts’ for the real contractors, who work for the Coalition Government, or are councillors at the RDC, or are CDC workers, or are AFC party officials. For instance, an AFC RDC Councillor is now a pre-qualified ‘contractor’ in the Region.Section (5) of the Procurement Act pronounce on the qualifications contractors should possess, and many of these contractors lack the capacity, so they sub-contract the works to the real contractors, who should have gotten the contracts in the first place. Therefore this scenario now creates ‘middlemen’ who will sell the contract.What in effect is happening is that substandard work will result, since the contract price has to accommodate this split. Moreover, value for money is again lost, since it is alleged that the Engineer’s Estimate is grossly inflated to facilitate the kickbacks, while payments are being made for substandard works.The Regional Vice Chairman, Mr Dennis DeRoop, on several occasions brought to the RDC the many instances of substandard work being done in the Region.Another avenue for corruption is the plethora of ‘emergency’ works. While some were done under the pretext of ‘emergency’, others were simply given as ‘consultations’ to projects which are yet to be budgeted for. There are instances when exorbitantly priced works, such as excavations, have been done, but should not have incurred such high costs.Undoubtedly, there is an urgent need for a forensic audit of the Tender Board in Region Six, to dig into these corrupt practices of the Tender Board. The entire tendering process should be investigated, and the awarding of contracts and the background and experience and qualifications of these contractors should come under microscopic scrutiny.These corrupt practices are rapidly eating away at the economic development of this Region. The Government is expending hundreds of millions, only for this money to be thrown away by corrupt officials in the Region. It is time to stamp out corruption in Region 6. The corruption in Region 6 has reached alarming proportions, and is unprecedented.Finally, should not the Region 6 REO be charged with misconduct in public office? Should the RDC not move a vote of no confidence against her? Ramayya was the recipient of several such motions for far less evil.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6
As investigations continue into the brazen robbery committed on the Ogle Grill and Bar by several armed men, Police are yet to make an arrest.A senior Police rank told Guyana Times that while they are in possession of the surveillance footage, it is presently being reviewed with the intention of getting a clearer view of the perpetrators.“Once they are identifiable, the Police will act accordingly,” he noted. At about 00:30h on Wednesday morning, three armed men stormed the establishment and ordered the patrons to the ground as they turned their attention to the manager of the business, owned by Lloyd Singh.The manager was gun butted and relived of an undisclosed sum of cash, mobile phone and other valuables. The manager sustained minor injuries. As the men were leaving the business place, they took away mobile phones, cash and other valuables from the patrons. The Police are continuing their investigations.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to the government and people of the Federative Republic of Brazil on the auspicious occasion commemorating the 193rd Independence Anniversary of that country on September 7, 2015.In her message to her Brazilian counterpart, Her Excellency Madam Dilma Rousseff, President Johnson Sirleaf extended heartfelt felicitations and best wishes to the Government and People of the Federative Republic of Brazil on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia and in her own name.“As you commemorate this day, the Government and People of Liberia wish to remind you of its appreciation for the solidarity, financial and technical support provided during the Ebola virus epidemic, which demonstrated as well as deepened the already cordial ties existing between our two countries and peoples,” the Liberian leader stated.President Johnson Sirleaf added that the Government and People of Liberia shall continue to work in close cooperation and harmony with the Government and People of the Federative Republic of Brazil to improve the prosperity of both nations in the forward march to a brighter future for their peoples.Madam Sirleaf then prayed that the people of Brazil will continue to enjoy prosperity and the blessing of peace and national unity, under the leadership of Madam Rousseff.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of the multiple accidents in which junior Police ranks have been involved — over 20 ranks were involved in accidents wherein police vehicles were damaged –the Guyana Police Force disclosed earlier this week that subordinates have been trained to effectively operate the Force’s fleet of vehicles.“The ranks who were involved in accidents [involving police vehicles] were given a refresher course. Some of them were inexperienced, and we recognised that thereTraffic Chief Deon Moorewas need for some of them to have refresher training,” Traffic Chief Deon Moore noted.He added that there was training on operating 4-wheel-drive motor vehicles, especially for patrols on the highways.“The 4-wheel driving course lasted for six weeks. Having recognized that we have a lot of drivers who would have had… In the past, some of them were not fully equipped for driving manual vehicles. The Force has taken a decision to train all of our drivers to have (them) equipped to drive manual and automatic vehicles,” Moore pointed out.He also disclosed that there was another traffic course wherein 25 ranks were trained to serve in the Traffic Department.“With the new Chinese grant, we recognized the need for more drivers, so we have embarked on a remedial training of 190 ranks within a short period. (And this) will continue until (there are) enough ranks for the Force’s vehicles,” he remarked.This training comes against the backdrop of Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine’s revelation that some nine junior ranks have been dismissed so far this year for their involvement in various traffic accidents in which persons lost their lives; and some drivers were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). However, in those instances when fatal accidents occurred, the Police ranks were operating their private motor cars.Earlier this month, the Guyana Police Force received from the Chinese Government a hefty donation of vehicles and equipment worth US$2.6 million. Added to the existing Police fleet were 56 pickup trucks, 44 motorcycles, 35 ATVs and five buses.
Senior officials of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in their respective divisions, on February 16 and 18 toured several locations in their districts with the purpose of listening and addressing issues raised by citizens.D Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper interacts with one of the vendors at the Leonora Market, West Coast DemeraraThe first visit was hosted at Leonora and Zeeburg markets by D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Commander, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper and his administrative team. During the outreach, several residents and business owners voiced their concerns for the need for more security, such as regular patrols in various areas of the community and the markets places.Commander of A Division, Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman along with his team as they visited several locations in GeorgetownCommander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman along with his team of other senior Police officials visited several locations in Greater Georgetown, including Cross and Leopold Streets, Hadfield Street, Brickdam, Croal and Avenue of the Republic, during which similar concerns were raised.The final visit was at Lima Sands, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). The outreach was conducted by ‘G’ Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Khali Pareshram and his team of law-enforcement personnel.G Division Commander, Senior Superintendent Khali Pareshram and team during the meeting held at Lima Sands, Region TwoDuring the meetings held at several locations, residents over-all called was for an increase in security measures, such as the increased presence of plain clothes Police ranks and patrols. They also raised concerns on noise nuisance, resuscitation of the Community Policing Group and regularisation of the areas so that the roads can be gazetted.Persons within these locations were assured by the Commanders that regular outreaches will be done to address the matters so as to ensure citizens feel safe in their communities.
A fire of unknown origin has completely destroyed a two-storey house at Coverden, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The Coverden, East Bank Demerara house on fireReports are that a couple who live at the house, along with seven other persons, were involved in a heated argument prior to the incident.Guyana Times was told that the couple were both drug addicts and would have constant arguments.The home is owned by an overseas-based Guyanese. Residents called the Guyana Fire Service, but by that time the house was already engulfed by flames.No one was injured, but the couple have since been taken into Police custody.
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Monday, sending a tsunami wave crashing into villages on the country’s west coast and leaving at least four people missing, officials said. The quake, measured at magnitude 7.6 and 8.1, triggered tsunami warnings throughout the South Pacific and as far north as Hawaii, though officials cancelled the alert after the danger period passed. Police in the western town of Gizo reported a wave several yards high crashing ashore, shortly before communications with the two police stations in the town were cut, said Sgt. Godfrey Abiah in the capital, Honiara. Harry Wickham, a hotel worker in Gizo, told New Zealand television many buildings along the waterfront had been damaged. “There was 10 feet of water rushing through town, there’s been damage,” he said. Julian McLeod of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office said there were unconfirmed reports that two villages in the country’s far west were flooded. “Two villages were reported to have been completely inundated,” McLeod told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. “We have received reports of four people missing.” National broadcaster Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. said there was “serious damage” in Gizo and that the nearby town of Munda had also suffered “some damage” to buildings and property. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck at 7:39 a.m. about 6 miles beneath the sea floor, 217 miles northwest of Honiara. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported the quake at magnitude 8.1, and said a temblor of that strength could cause a destructive tsunami and issued a warning bulletin for the Solomon Islands and neighboring Papua New Guinea. It ordered a lower-level “tsunami watch” for other places, including most South Pacific countries, but later cancelled the alert. The center said a 6-inch wave had been reported in Honiara. Abiah said police in Gizo had been warning residents to move to higher ground away from the coast when the tsunami hit. Communications were lost soon afterward. “We have lost radio contact with the two police stations down there and we’re not getting any clear picture from down there,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. A spokesman for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Deli Oso, said the quake was felt in Honiara but there were no reports of any damage. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology also set the earthquake’s magnitude at 8.1, but said it had detected no tsunami threat for Australia’s northeast coast. “At this stage, the warning remains current but we have not detected anything abnormal,” said spokesman Peter Jarrott. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer, along with fellow colleagues, were in Surrey on Monday, July 8, to meet with fisheries stakeholders to discuss how they will work to protect the important work that is being done in places like the Tynehead Hatchery.Recently, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announced a ‘Real Plan to Protect Our Environment’ which aims to work with farmers, hunters and anglers, Indigenous peoples, provinces and territories to protect Canada’s air, land, water and wildlife.During the visit, Zimmer and his colleagues had an opportunity to hear from Glenn Wright with Tynehead Hatchery, along with other members from fish and wildlife groups.- Advertisement -Zimmer says he appreciates hearing from those working on the ground, adding that it is important to hear from all sides of the issue before making any decisions.“We appreciate the opportunity to hear from those on the ground and those who have first-hand knowledge of the impact of legislation and regulation. These consultations are extremely important to ensure that we hear all sides of the issue and are able to truly make informed decisions.”
NHL: Record-low crowd sees a mistake-filled defeat to Columbus. By Matthew Kredell Staff Writer Just when it looked like the Kings had put their early struggles behind them, the giveaways and failed clears that plagued them in the first six games returned Wednesday night. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The result was a 4-1 loss to Columbus that ended the Kings’ four-game winning streak in front of an announced crowd of 11,491 at Staples Center. Columbus and the Kings entered the game as two of the hottest teams in the NHL. The Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to four games while leaving Kings fans wondering if they were tricked into believing in the team after the recent surge. “Any time you get a winning streak you want to keep it going, but we just got to keep plugging along,” said Kings goalie Jason LaBarbera, who stopped 32 of 35 shots after having allowed four goals in the previous four games. “We can’t dwell on it too much.” Perhaps the fans sensed something frightful coming on. The Halloween night crowd was the smallest since the Kings began playing at Staples Center in 1999. The Kings fell behind, 3-0, after Columbus scored twice in four minutes early in the second period. First, Gilbert Brule knocked in a plum rebound off a slap shot from Sergei Fedorov. Then LaBarbera had a costly turnover trying to clear the puck behind the net. His attempt at shuffling the puck along the boards went right to Jason Chimera, who passed it out to Rick Nash for a slap shot. LaBarbera scrambled back in position to block that shot, but the rebound went to Chimera, who knocked it in for his second goal of the game. “They did a good job of making us do things we didn’t want to do,” LaBarbera said. “We might have turned the puck over more times than we have the past couple of weeks.” The Kings (6-7-0) quickly got one back when Kyle Calder chipped in his second attempt on a rebound of a shot from Alexander Frolov on the power play. The Kings had a prime chance to get back in the game with a 5-on-3 in the final minutes of the second period. But the Blue Jackets (7-3-1), best in the league on the penalty kill, stifled that opportunity and another Kings power play early in the third period. Nash added an empty-netter late. Pascal LeClaire stopped 33 of 34 shots against him for Columbus. “They got a great goaltending performance,” Crawford said. “We had six chances on that 5-on-3 and he was just a big guy in the net. “Every once in a while you get a performance like that against you and all you can do is tip your hat.” The last home game with worse attendance for the Kings was 9,686 on March 4, 1999, at the Forum. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!