Last Saturday’s Central Hurdles and Relays had an international flavour as German Julian Howard opened his 2017 season with a win in the long jump. Howard is here visiting his grandparents, but has kept in shape by training at the University of the West Indies in a group that includes 2015 World Championships triple jump finalist Shanieka Ricketts.”I’m actually more here for holidays,” he explained. “I’m trying to stay in shape.”Howard says he has really enjoyed training under the supervision of Coach Kerry Lee Ricketts.”The group is really nice. They welcomed me. (It’s a) very cheerful and good atmosphere.”For me, it was the perfect time and the perfect group to fit in,” Howard said.He has been enjoying the weather in Jamaica.”I really enjoy it, but it’s a tough situation for me, especially on a meet like today, waiting all the day in the sun,” said Howard. “I’m not used to it, but it was fun and I’m enjoying it and I wouldn’t trade or share with the coldness in Germany.”FIRST STEPWhen he goes home at the end of the month, his target will be to qualify for the German team to the European Indoor Championships. The first step will be to win in his hometown meet in Karlsruhe.Ricketts believes his visitor from Germany will reach his target.”He’s hit a PB, couple of PBs, here with us, with 11 strides,” the coach recounted. “Based on that, he should be really going into that championships in good form, in good nick.”Howard won last time with a distance of 8.03m – 1cm off his indoor personal best. That’s not far off his outdoor best of 8.07m. His winning distance at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet was 7.57m.
Anti-money laundering… US$150,000 for training for FIU’s iBase softwareAs Guyana continues to embark on efforts aimed at reducing and eradicating money laundering and other financial crimes, the Unites States Government, through its Department of State, pledged support to the country’s fight againstFinance Minister Winston Jordan joined by US Ambassador Perry Holloway at the ceremony hosted in honour of the partnership agreementsuch transgressions, which are international threats.This is the result of a partnership established between the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the Guyana’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) which will allow for training and support services to be provided as Guyana installs the recently-acquired iBase software.The iBase technology offers an intelligence data management application that enables the FIU to capture, control, and analyses multi-source data gathered from various entities. However, with the introduction of this advanced approach to Guyana’s anti-money laundering regime, the US has committed to offering training for analysts who will be managing the sophisticated software.On that note, the Finance Ministry on Friday hosted a presentation ceremony, during which the US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway officially acknowledged and committed to the collaborative approach towards the fight against financial crimes in Guyana.Present also at the ceremony hosted in the boardroom of the Finance Ministry was the FIU Director, Matthew Langevine.Langevine outlined that the primary role of the FIU was to request and receive information from financial and non-financial entities “and in some cases individuals, who we refer to as reporting entities. We analyse this information/intelligence, complete and share reports with an opinion of whether or not our subjects are to be investigated for money laundering.”He went on to say that the insights will then be sent to law enforcement agencies, with the corresponding body being the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU). The information is generally gathered from a wide range of reporting entities which comprise banks, insurance companies, lottery companies, non-profitable organisations, among others.Additionally, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his address to the gathering, indicated that money laundering and similar offences have, over the years, intensified – thereby emphasising the need for the operations of the FIU. Moreover, he noted that the iBase technology was much needed to aid in the anti-money laundering mission.“The scale of money laundering and terrorist financing has risen globally resulting in an increased potential macro-economic and security risk in countries where these illicit activities are prevalent. There is no doubt that the employment of advanced technology has aided in the detection of money laundering activity, thus allowing measures to be implemented,” Jordan relayed.Acknowledging the significance of this investment made by the US Government, the Finance Minister expressed appreciation for the support.Meanwhile, Ambassador Holloway commended Guyana on the acquisition of the iBase software, especially given its potential in detecting, deterring and protecting against financial crimes. With that, the US representative explained the extent of his country’s investment.“The training and support will be provided by International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation, at a cost of just over US$150,000, and has been contracted after close collaboration and coordination with Guyana’s independent Financial Intelligence Unit, which recently purchased the iBase software.”Holloway further conveyed, “The acquisition of the iBase software by the FIU and the training and support services provided by the US Government will enhance all of these efforts. This tool will significantly enhance the capabilities of the FIU in Guyana in its mandate and mission of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and protecting the local financial sector from being infiltrated with proceeds of crime.”While applauding the strides made by the Guyanese Government towards this mission in the past year, the US Ambassador pledged continued commitment to the cause saying, “The US Government is pleased to continue its support of the anti-money laundering efforts of the Government of Guyana.”The training of analysts to manage and operate the iBase financial investigation technology is expected to commence in September.
…despite pre-election criticisms, forensic audit recommendationsPrior to the change in administration in 2015, the then parliamentary Opposition parties, APNU and AFC, had been heavily critical of the powers wielded by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). There had specifically been much criticism of NICIL retaining dividends from several state-owned entities.Headquarters of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL)However, now that the coalesced APNU+AFC are in Government, nothing about the operation of NICIL has changed, in spite of a forensic audit having been conducted by former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran,According to a closely placed source, the APNU+AFC Coalition Government continues to run NICIL the very same way it used to be run when they were heavily critical of its operation.“APNU+AFC continues to use NICIL in the same way. In fact, they’ve taken all of GuySuCo’s (Guyana Sugar Corporation’s) shares and transferred (them) to NICIL,” the source said. “And they’ve taken all of the assets of GuySuCo and invested (them) in NICIL. They continue to run NICIL along the same lines (they previously criticised).”According to the source, the Government has taken one of Guyana’s largest entities and placed it under the control of NICIL.“They took the biggest entity in the country and they transferred it to NICIL…the shares and all of the assets. They created the Special Purpose Unit. They bought the shares in the Berbice Bridge,” the source said, adding that a change was expected when the new Government took over, but nothing has changed.Following Government’s decision to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, and sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) operating out of NICIL has been leading the divestment process. Run by Colvin Heath-London, the SPU has contracted an overseas firm to do the valuation of assets, while advertising for various bidders who would tender for parts of the estate — from land to scrap metal.On the other hand, Government, in 2016, purchased the 40 million shares Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) had in the Berbice Bridge. NICIL had previously held shares in the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated, but these were sold to the National Insurance Scheme.The 2015 forensic audit of NICIL was one of 50 such audits the Government had launched after it entered office. Goolsarran, who handled that audit, had noted that from 2002 to 2014, NICIL retained $26.8 billion in dividends and divestment proceeds.Back then, Goolsarran had called this a breach of Article 216 of the Constitution. However, the then NICIL Executive Director, Winston Brassington, had sought and received legal advice from London House Chambers, an international law firm that directly contested Goolsarran’s finding.According to advice from London House Chambers attorney Devindra Kissoon, “Section 216 applies specifically to revenues raised by the State. NICIL is not the State, but rather has a separate legal personality. The fact that the State is the sole shareholder of NICIL does not render its corporate form defunct; and accordingly, the automatic transfer provision contained in 216 does not apply.”“These forensic audits have become tools for witch-hunting. And some of the other auditors have come to the table with their hands not clean. They’ve come with prejudices and biases,” the source noted, in commenting on the audits.
NEW YORK – Nature’s fury made life miserable Wednesday from one end of the nation to the other, with people forced out of their homes by wildfires near both coasts and the Canadian border and by major flooding in the Midwest. On the West Coast, in view of many Los Angeles residents, a blaze had covered more than 800 acres in the city’s sprawling Griffith Park behind the iconic Griffith Observatory. The danger to homes south of the park had eased Wednesday and many of the hundreds of residents evacuated overnight were allowed to return. However, fire officials warned that conditions could change. And although the calendar still said spring, the first named storm of the year was whipping up surf on the beaches of the Southeast. Overall, it wasn’t quite a day for the record books. “It’s a major flood,” National Weather Service meteorologist Suzanne Fortin said Wednesday of flooding in Missouri. “It won’t be a record breaker, but it will be in the top three.” However, a three-week-old fire in southern Georgia had become that state’s biggest in five decades after charring 167 square miles of forest and swamp. Smoke-filled air created a burning smell and a dusting of ashes that coated cars and buildings through much of Florida and southeastern Georgia. The haze over most of Florida even closed several highways and sent people with breathing problems indoors. The flooding was produced by the drenching weekend thunderstorms across the Plains states that also devastated Greensburg, Kan. In addition to 11 tornado deaths, two drowning deaths were blamed on the storms, one each in Oklahoma and Kansas. High water had poured over the tops of at least 20 levees along the Missouri River and other streams in the state, authorities said Wednesday. Missouri National Guard troops were helping. And Highway Patrol troopers were working 24-hour shifts near Big Lake, a village town of about 150 permanent residents in the state’s northwest corner, which was inundated by five levee breaks along the Missouri River and four smaller ones on other streams, said patrol Lt. John Hotz. No injuries were reported but the Missouri Water Patrol rescued about 20 people from their flooded homes, including Glenn Burger, who had the patrol return him to his home Wednesday to rescue his two pet cockatiels. “I’ve had them about five years and I hated to lose them,” said Burger, 78, who lived through floods in 1984 and 1993. “This is the last one. I’m through. I’m going to move to town.” In Missouri’s Jackson County, authorities evacuated 300 to 400 residents of Levasy on Wednesday. At least a dozen homes were partially underwater from the Missouri River, a dispatcher said. In the Southeast, a wildfire in northern Florida’s Bradford County had forced the evacuation of about 250 homes, said Annaleasa Winter, a state forestry spokeswoman. That fire had blackened 16,000 to 18,000 acres and was 20 percent contained. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said the state had more than 220 active fires Wednesday that had charred a total of 125 square miles. Officials in southeastern Georgia issued a mandatory evacuation Wednesday for an area including the town of Moniac, saying that by early today it may be in the path of a 107,000-acre blaze in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the largest recorded blaze since state record-keeping began in 1957. Smoke was spreading across wide areas of Florida as wind circulated around Subtropical Storm Andrea, centered about 100 miles off the Georgia coast with top sustained wind around 45 mph. The National Weather Service forecast that the storm would show little movement and dissipate near the coast in four days. Battling the blazes won’t get much immediate help from rain. Forecasters said no significant downpours were expected over land through at least this morning. The storm’s lightning could also spark off more fires, meteorologists said. Elsewhere, a wildfire near the Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota had covered more than 34 square miles Wednesday, adding more than 8 square miles in one day, authorities said. Since it was spotted over the weekend, it has destroyed 45 buildings, including multimillion-dollar homes, and firefighters said it was just 5 percent contained.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. — Tactics being used to conduct the controversial wolf pack culls in caribou habitat of the South Selkirk and South Peace Regions of the province are being challenged again.The Wildlife Defense League has released on its Facebook page a series of recordings which it claims are from a field interview it conducted while researching the Southeast cull.- Advertisement -Tommy questions whether the government is being dishonest with the public, which is footing the bill for the culls, or whether it is just out of touch with the reality of its own kill program.However, he says, either way there’s a need to get to the bottom of it, and to request government clarification of the tactics being used.
0Shares0000Defender David Luiz is back in favour at Chelsea © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – David Luiz was left puzzled by his treatment under former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, according to new Stamford Bridge boss Maurizio Sarri.Luiz had been an central figure in Chelsea’s title win in Conte’s first season as boss, in 2016-17, but scarcely featured after the 3-0 loss at Roma on October 31 last year. The Brazil defender, 31, had a rumoured falling-out with Conte and a series of injuries, not featuring at all after the February loss at Watford.“Two seasons ago he was a protagonist,” said Sarri. “Then six months ago he was not playing, so he was a little confused.”Chelsea are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, with five wins and two draws, and came within minutes of inflicting Liverpool’s first loss on Saturday.What Sarri likes about Luiz could be a trait that explains his exile under Conte.“He’s direct. If he has to say something to the manager he has to talk to me,” Sarri said. “I like very much direct people.“When I arrived here immediately I had the feeling he’s a very good player for my way of football because he’s a centre-back who is very technical.“Then I appreciate his qualities as a man. He’s really better than I thought before.”Luiz is thriving under Sarri.“Sarri is giving us a lot of happiness to play football. We are trying to enjoy,” he told Chelsea TV.“He gives us a lot of confidence. He shows us what he wants. He gives us the details about the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1. Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais) – check out the other strikers Chelsea should consider signing instead of Lukaku and Morata by clicking the arrow above, right – Lacazette, a rumoured target for Arsenal, has surely got to consider leaving Lyon this summer and develop his talent away from his native France. Rumour has it hes planning exactly that and is eyeing a move to the Emirates. But should Chelsea join the chase? He could cost in excess of £35m but in the current market, that figure really isnt too high. 4 4 2. Mauro Icardi (Inter) – Icardi has often been linked with a move to the Premier League having caught the eye at the San Siro over the last two seasons. The 23-year-old scored 16 Serie A goals last term and given his age, could be a fine addition to the Chelsea squad. He would be a risky signing with his experience limited to the Italian league, but could be worth the gamble. 4 Despite the £33m arrival of Michy Batshuayi, reports suggest Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is after another centre forward.The Blues are said to be considering turning their attention to Romelu Lukaku having seen a reported £62m bid for Alvaro Morata rejected by Real Madrid.But should Chelsea be looking at other strikers instead?talkSPORT has provided four centre forwards the club should consider making a bid for instead of Morata and Lukaku – check them out by viewing the slideshow above. 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – It would be the biggest shock of the summer if Dortmund sell their prized asset, but money talks. A major offer could tempt the Bundesliga outfit into selling provided they have time to sign a replacement. Aubameyang scored 25 goals last season and would be a welcome addition to the best of squads. 4 4. Dominic Solanke – How about putting the transfer market aside? Much has been said of the talented players Chelsea have in their academy not being given a shot in the first team. Solanke is considered one for the future but is yet to be awarded a proper run out in the senior squad. There have been rumours of a financial dispute over the 18-year-olds alleged wage demands but, this aside, he should be looking to make the step up in his career.
Seamus Coleman and Rachel Cunningham who are to wed tomorrow.Killybegs will put on its brightest smile tomorrow when local soccer hero Seamus Coleman marries childhood sweetheart Rachel Cunningham.The down-to-earth couple have opted for a low-key wedding with the reception taking place at Harvey’s Point outside Donegal Town.However, reports have suggested that one slightly glamorous exception to the rule may be the wedding band – rumoured to be Irish pop sensations The Script. Have The Script ben pencilled in to play at Seamus Coleman’s wedding?Whether or not the Dublin rockers turn up remains to be seen, but the community of the harbour town are certainly looking forward to the day.The couple are remaining tight-lipped about the plans but they have invited many locals to the bash.Many of teacher Rachel’s school-friends have been invited as have Seamus’ former team-mates from St Catherine’s FC and Killybegs GAA team.Rachel had her hen party in Spain a number of weeks back but Seamus waited to have his stag bash after last Saturday night’s crunch European Championship game against Scotland in Dublin. Locals say they are not surprised that Seamus and Rachel have shunned the celebrity circuit and opted for a normal wedding.“There is nothing stuck-up about Seamus or Rachel. They both come from really honest, hard-working families and Seamus just happens to b a football player.“When he coms home to Killybegs, he is just one of the lads and he is rated the same way by his friends as he was when h was playing for St Catherine’s or for Sligo Rovers.“Everyone is wishing them well and is hoping that they have a rally lovely day. They are a lovely couple and thy deserve all the happiness that comes their way,” said one local woman.HAS HUSBAND-TO-BE SEAMUS COLEMAN READ ‘THE SCRIPT’? was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:Killybegsseamus colemanThe Scriptwedding
Aaron Ramsey celebrates his FA Cup winning goal Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as beleaguered Arsene Wenger became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Gunners boss has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.Wenger has continued undeterred and, ahead of talks about his future next week, oversaw a record seventh FA Cup triumph on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey securing a memorable 2-1 win moments after Chelsea’s Diego Costa had cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s controversial strike.Victor Moses’ sending off after taking a tumble added intrigue to a final that enthralled from the outset, when an offside call against Sanchez was rightly overruled – although his handball in the build-up was missed.The first half could have been so much worse for unusually disjointed Chelsea, with Gary Cahill having to clear Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck efforts off the line, while the latter saw a header come back off the post and Ramsey directed the rebound on to the woodwork.Desperation soon crept into Chelsea’s improved second-half display and Moses took a tumble in the box searching for a penalty, only to be deservedly handed a second yellow card.The Blues responded manfully as Costa somehow beat surprise selection David Ospina, yet Arsenal were not to be denied a 13th FA Cup.Ramsey, the match-winner in 2014 against Hull, ran through to head home as Antonio Conte’s men went close to a famous double, without a celebratory cigar. 1
WATCH video highlights of St Eunan’s Minor Final victory over Ardara.Pix: jacksonmediatv DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DONEGAL MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL was last modified: October 24th, 2011 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:DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DONEGAL MINOR FOOTBALL FINAL