As the pavement of Gbarnga – Ganta to Guinea border reaches its peak, the road construction firm CHICO is concerned about length of time it is taking to complete the work, almost three months after the road reached Ganta.On Friday engineers from the company were held a technical consultation meeting with Nimba County Public Works Engineer, Lahaison Waritay, on the design of the road.During the discussion the Public Works Engineer requested for another two weeks to allow him to consult the Ministry of Public Works for the relocation of the electric poles that are situated in the right away.One of the engineers, only identified as Wang, said time was running for the completion of the road and the government’s request should be less than a week.“Time is against us and we are thinking about losing additional two weeks for relocation, but if there is any condition then it should be done in less than two weeks,” Engineer Wang said.The delay of the road work is said to be creating concern among residents and those plying the road to other parts of Nimba.But most of the problem leading to the delay appears to come from the government, because it was only late July that the government completed the payment of those who have their properties on the right of away, residents said.Investigations conducted revealed that there is no sign of the government relocating light poles that are located on the right of way.The poles along the right away have been some of the impediments for the smooth working of the Chinese and it is causing problem for the construction of the drainage, a company official said.During the July 26 season, the main street of Ganta where the road work is going on turned muddy, creating travel hazard.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
L-R: Judge Eva Mappy Morgan and George Haddad, who is seeking a US$10.7M judgement against government.State lawyers yesterday failed to persuade the Commercial Court to postpone a hearing in the US$10.7 million lawsuit Prestige Motors and Alliance Motors brought against the government.Assistant Justice Minister for Litigation, Cllr. Augustine Fayiah, had sought the court’s endorsement to have the matter postponed to enable him to study the file and consult with other lawyers assigned to the case.Meanwhile, until yesterday, the matter had been with the court for three years.Cllr. Fayiah’s request comes just a week after the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved US$20.7 million for the government of Liberia to offset some of its domestic financial obligations.The request also comes two months to the end of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, and the government is expected to use the money to pay back companies it is indebted to.Denying government’s request, Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan said the court issued an assignment on November 17 scheduling the hearing for yesterday, November 21.“The lawyers received and signed the assignment agreeing for the hearing. If for any reason there was any problem, they would have had enough time to notify the court,” Judge Morgan said.“Since that did not happen until now, the lawyer’s request is hereby denied, and the matter will proceed for trial.”The chief judge ordered Cllr. Fayiah to ensure that both the ministries of Justice and Finance and Development Planning appear for the hearing on Friday, December 1.Before denying government’s request, Prestige and Alliance Motors’ lead lawyer, Cllr. G. Moses Paegar argued that Cllr. Fayiah’s attitude was a deliberate tactic employed by the government to defeat and frustrate the company’s quest for justice in the matter.Paegar also asked the court to deny the application, a request which was accepted.“Since 2015, Fayiah alone has been signing documents as the only lawyer in this case; and now to say that he wants to consult with his other lawyers assigned to the matter, is a very bad precedent,” Paegar said.Besides, Paegar argued that Fayiah singlehandedly signed a motion requesting the court to dismiss the case on grounds that it lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter.“Fayiah argued that the court was established in 2010, which means it does not give it any legal ground to hear and decide cases prior to its establishment,” Paegar argued.Prestige Motors and Alliance Motors earlier alleged that the government was indebted to them in the amount of US$10.7 million for vehicles and spare parts they supplied state actors from 2003 to March 2008, for which they are yet to receive any payment; a situation they are asking the court to enforce.The companies are owned by Lebanese businessman George Haddad.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Money changer Rockford Richardson, also called “Bigger”, of Freeman Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown, has been shot to his left thigh and relieved of $120,000 that he had in his possession.Dead money changer Shawn NurseBased on reports received, on Sunday at about 13:33h, two bandits on a motor cycle confronted the 60-year-old Richardson as he was plying his trade in front of Silvie’s Building on Longden Street, Georgetown.The pillion rider — armed with a gun — reportedly jumped off the motor cycle and demanded that Richardson hand over the money he had in his possession. Fearful for his life, Richardson reportedly handed over the cash; and the bandit discharged a round that hit Richardson to his left thigh before jumping back onto the motor cycle which sped away.Richardson was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted a patient in the Accident and Emergency Unit. His condition is listed as stable.The Police have since retrieved a .32 spent shell at the scene, and are now hunting for the two men.Earlier in the year, popular money changer Shawn Nurse, called “Fabulous,” who plied his trade on America Street, Georgetown, was shot dead by a man who attempted to rob him.The 47-year-old Nurse, late of Lot 33 Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt Georgetown, was sitting in a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street when he reportedly was approached by a man wearing a red hoody and a pair of brown pants. The man whipped out a handgun from his waist and demanded that Nurse hand over his cash.Nurse, who just two months previously had been robbed, refused to do as demanded, and the perpetrator shot him to his head before quickly escaping from the scene.Three men have subsequently been arrested and charged for this murder. Kerwin Dos Santos, George Hope and Kacey Heyliger have been accused of killing Shawn Nurse on February 4th at America Street, Georgetown during the course or furtherance of a robbery.
By Andrew CarmichaelResidents of Adelphi, East Canje, Berbice, have thrown their support behind their fellow villager, Charrandas Persaud, who voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against the Government.Residents in his village said they are not surprised by the decision since Persaud was bothered by the level of suffering they felt after the unilateral decision to close several sugar estates in Guyana.Persaud was one of two senior Alliance For Change (AFC) members who did not support the Herdmanston Accord, which saw the AFC collating with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to contest the 2015 General and Regional Elections, which eventually got them into office.He had enjoyed much support from the electorate in East Canje at the polls with most of them being former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supporters.Hence, when he supported the No-confidence Motion against the APNU/AFC Coalition Government, several of his villagers said he did a “good thing to make this country better.”Noreen Bhagwandeen, who worked with the Rose Hall Sugar Estate before the coalition Government closed it in December 2017, explained that he did cast a ballot for the APNU/AFC back in 2015 with the hope that as workers they will be given a 20 per cent wage hike as promised on the campaign trail by coalition members.“Charrandas made all of we vote for them. He couldn’t come back here if he did not vote for us; he had to because is every day he does see how we punishing since the estate close,” Bhagwandin said.Another villager, Betty Chan, who has a business in Adelphi said since 2015 businesses have suffered significantly. She added that Charrandas’ decision not to support the Government came since he lives among the people, who helped to put the Government in office. However, they are the same people who have now been neglected by the same Government.“Last year and this year are the worst Christmas I have seen as a business person in Canje.” She said she is elated with the decision their village parliamentarian took.“Yes he is a member of the coalition but he is also a member of this community and I think he did that with consciousness. He is getting curses from the cane cutters every day because people looked at his face and voted for them because he is a Canje man. I am so happy that I can’t express myself,” she said.One vendor at the Adelphi market told Guyana Times that she knew Persaud since she was in primary school as a school teacher. She referred to his am being a “good person,” who became a strong member of the AFC.“Moses Nagamootoo did not deserve the Prime Minister position because he did not work the way Mr Charrandas and Mr [Veerasammy] Anamayah work for the elections for the AFC,” vegetable vendor Shmeal King said.“When the coalition go in power they have Mr Charrandas in the back bench. Mr Charrandas do much more work that our Infrastructure Minister, [David Patterson] and they never make Mr Charrandas as a Minister; they just have him as a back bencher in Parliament and he feel it a lot,” King said.“The people in Canje voted for the AFC so Charrandas is one of the people who put them there so he is right to take them down; I give him a big applause,” she said as she clapped her hands in support.
0Shares0000AS Roma’s players salute their fans after they edged out Azeris Qarabag 1-0 to top Group C and qualify for the Champions League last 16 © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, Dec 6 – Eusebio Di Francesco hailed his Roma side for proving the doubters wrong after the Serie A runners-up qualified for the Champions League last 16 top of their group ahead of Chelsea on Tuesday.There was double celebrations for Di Francesco’s side on the night after it was announced just before kick-off that the construction of their new stadium had been given the green light. “It’s satisfying because nobody believed we could qualify at all, they assumed we’d be eliminated, but we worked hard, proved ourselves and won the group,” said Di Francesco who took over this season.Roma edged out Azeris Qarabag 1-0 to top Group C with Diego Perotti’s second-half header ensuring they finished ahead of Chelsea who were held 1-1 by Atletico Madrid in London with the Spaniards — finalists in 2014 and 2016 — eliminated.Roma’s path to top spot followed a solid campaign which included maximum points against Qarabag, beating Chelsea 3-0 in Rome, and coming away with a 3-3 draw from London, with their only loss 2-0 to Atletico Madrid in Spain.“It was a great victory, a difficult one, especially as I have no Champions League experience,” continued Di Francesco, whose side will now be seeded for Friday’s draw, where they could face teams including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as they bid for a first quarter-final appearance in 10 years.“We’re through and it’s with a great sense of pride. But in Italy we have the tendency to sit back. We have to change that mentality and not to be satisfied with what we have. We’re first ahead of Chelsea and Atletico. We won by suffering, it’s a sign of great mental strength.“We are among the best 16 teams in Europe and we have to think like a big team, that means not being afraid of anyone. Of course Real Madrid or Bayern Munich that could be a little more difficult than other rivals.”In the first half Roma failed to find a way through despite Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy and Kostas Manola’s efforts with Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic doing well to keep out a Radja Nainggolan strike and an Aleksandar Kolarov follow-up just before the break.But Perotti’s goal on 53 minutes after a Dzeko rebound turned the tide with the Romans dominating the remainder of the game although Qarabag came very close to an equaliser on 83 minutes with Michel’s header stopped by Alisson.At the final whistle the players waited for the end of Chelsea-Atletico along with their fans at the Stadio Olympico with the result greeted with joy.For their new 55,000-seater Stadio della Roma stadium their fans will have to wait until at least 2020, but the Champions League continues in February.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The 59-year-old — who becomes Roman Abramovich’s ninth full-time manager in his 15 years as owner — couldn’t be more different in terms of background to his fellow Italian Conte.He may not have a trophy to his name, but he turned Napoli into genuine title contenders.They finished second twice and third on the other occasion behind Juventus, last season becoming the first club to break the 90-points barrier and fall short of the league crown.However, Sarri has shown a desire to be unorthodox and break the mould.His family were labourers — his father a construction worker — but he became an international banker.For 20 years he mixed working for Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which saw him based in several different countries, with working for lower-league and non-league clubs.His command of English will serve him well with communicating with the players from the start, unlike Conte who could not speak English when he arrived.However, despite his high-flying banking career he has not forgotten his roots — a grandfather fought for the partisans in World War II against the Germans — and he is enraged when he hears some of the hyperbole attached to football.“When I go to lead a training session I never say to my family: ‘I’m going to work,’” he told the newspaper Avvenire.“I come from a family of labourers, and if I hear someone talking about ‘sacrifices’ in football, I get mad.”– ‘There’s a child in every footballer’ –Indeed Sarri — who is clearly not from the Bill Shankly school of saying football is much more serious than life and death — is on record as saying he would do the job for free.“A tough life is getting up at six every morning and going to work in a factory assembly line, not this one,” he said.“Coaching is the only job I would contemplate doing for free.”New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will bring a more empathetic touch than his predecessor Antonio Conte with the former believing “there’s a child in every footballer” © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINASarri, though, appears to be a more flexible character than Conte, the latter having driven some of the senior players to distraction with his intense training sessions and also his lack of personal warmth.“I’ve come to realise that there’s a child in every footballer, a child who is playing a game,” he was quoted as saying in The Times.“That’s where the fun part is. And when players are having fun, they are more productive. Tactical rigour is important but we must never lose sight of the game and making sure the child inside is enjoying himself.”That is not to say Sarri is a gentle soul who keeps his emotions under control, for there have been several provocative incidents — not least an abusive rant at a female football journalist and raising his middle finger at Juventus fans last season.The now-Italy coach Roberto Mancini accused Sarri of homophobia when he allegedly called him a “faggott” during an Italian Cup semi-final in 2016 when he was the Inter Milan boss.That sort of language will land him in hot water with the authorities but another more immediate quandary awaits him — how does he get past the strict no-smoking policies in English grounds.There is some debate about quite how many he smokes per day — some say 60 while Napoli’s Belgian forward Dries Mertens opined he thought it more like five packets per day.Sarri must hope clubs are as accommodating as German side RB Leipzig, who erected a special smoking section in the Napoli dressing room last season for a Europa League match.But whether they prove accommodating on the pitch will decide whether his hopes burn bright or go up in a puff of smoke.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A chain-smoking former banker Maurizio Sarri is not your conventional football coach as Chelsea fans will discover having impressed at Napoli © AFP / CARLO HERMANNLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 14 – A chainsmoking former banker who doesn’t believe coaching a football team is worthy of the term ‘work’, Chelsea’s new manager Maurizio Sarri is certainly not the norm.Sarri was appointed on Saturday on a three contract, less than 24 hours after the sacking of Antonio Conte.
An eighth straight Serie A title beckons for Massimiliano Allegri’s side who soar clear of second-placed Napoli who were held to a goalless draw at AC Milan on Saturday.Inter Milan are 19 points behind the leaders after losing 1-0 at Torino earlier on Sunday.Lazio drop to eighth place — three points off the Champions League spots — after their second defeat in a row after losing to Napoli by the same score last weekend.“It must have been the kitman’s fault, giving us ten shirts of different colours because we couldn’t pass the ball to each other,” said Allegri.“For sixty minutes it was the worst Juventus of the year,” continued captain Giorgio Chiellini.“Paradoxically after the goal disadvantage we found the motivation to win it.“We’ve got players who make the difference. (Goalkeeper Wojciech) Szczesny kept us on our feet, we were lethal in the end.”The champions had struggled for the first hour in the Stadio Olimpico as Lazio piled on the pressure.Daniele Rugani pulled off a goal-line clearance, after Joaquin Correa dribbled past Can and Leonardo Bonucci, with Szczesny denying Luis Alberto and Marco Parolo.German midfielder Can’s woes were compounded just before the hour mark when he ducked down and instead deflected the ball into his own net off a corner.But Allegri’s side could count on the depth of their bench with second half substitutes Cancelo and Federico Bernardeschi proving pivotal.A solo run by Bernardeschi down the left set up the equaliser which Cancelo fired in off a rebound after Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha had initially cleared a Paulo Dybala shot.Ronaldo — whose penalty was saved last week against Chievo — finished off to score in his eighth consecutive away match to bring his league tally to 15 goals.– Roma wasteful –Atalanta’s Colombian forward Duvan Zapata (R) scored a minute after missing a penalty against Roma © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOInter Milan fell at Torino with defender Armando Izzo scoring the only goal, as Roma threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 against Atalanta.Roma could have overtaken AC Milan in fourth but Colombian forward Duvan Zapata continued his goal-scoring streak to snatch a point.Roma had been three goals up following an Edin Dzeko brace, with Stephan El Shaarawy adding a third five minutes prior to the break, before the Romans faded under the driving rain in northern Italy.Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco lamented: “What drives me crazy is the lack of consistency from this team, even during the same match.“It’s absurd to see a team with the same players put in such a different performance from one half to the next.“We were fortunate to get a draw.”Dzeko broke through after just three minutes for his first goal in Serie A since October, adding a second half an hour later, with teenage compatriot Nicolo Zaniolo providing two assists.Atalanta fought back with Zapata heading just wide before Roma doubled their lead against the run of play with Steven Nzonzi finding a way through for Dzeko to finish off.Zaniolo set up El Shaarawy to make it 3-0 five minutes before the break but Timothy Castagne headed Atalanta back into the game before the interval.Di Francesco’s men struggled after the break with former Roma defender Rafael Toloi nodding in Atalanta’s second just before the hour off a Papu Gomez cross.Zapata missed a chance for a third ten minutes later sending a penalty kick over the bar.But a minute later he fired in his 14th goal in the last eight league games, for a total of 15 this season.Both sides also drew 3-3 when they met in Rome last August, a game in which the Romans had come from 3-1 down.Atalanta are now seventh, three points off the elite European places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo rescued Juventus after midfielder Emre Can (right) turned into his own net © AFP / Andreas SOLAROMILAN, Italy, Jan 28 – Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to seal a hard-fought 2-1 win for Juventus against Lazio in Rome on Sunday to pull 11 points clear in Serie A.Juventus had trailed after an Emre Can own-goal after an hour before substitute Joao Cancelo pulled the champions level and then earned the penalty which Ronaldo slotted in with two minutes to go.
Donegal County Council has paid tribute to the Donegal Intermediate Senior team who won the 2010 Ladies All-Ireland Final by giving them a civic reception.The reception, which was held at the council chamber in Lifford, was attended by all political parties.In one of her last roles as Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Cora Harvey said she was proud to recognize the women footballers of Donegal. “It is more than a cup that these young women brought home, but also happiness and pride, they have done their team and County proud.Mayor Harvey said it was only fitting that the achievements of the team be recognized.“It is vital that ladies football receive the same recognition as their male counterparts. Last year this team was the pride of the County and it is only right that we the Local Authority recognise and celebrate their achievement.“Each of these players is great role models and fantastic ambassadors for their County. I was a very proud Mayor last September and I thank you for that. Tributes were also paid to the hard work of the then Manager Mr Michael Naughton and his staff and the parents and families of all the players.County Manager Seamus Neeley paid tribute to the winning team and acknowledged the pride that they brought to the County.Director of Services Mr Liam Ward, a native of Glenfin who was delighted to be associated with the event also paid a glowing tribute to the team and acknowledged other achievements that the team members had achieved.Team Captain Aoife Mc Donald accepted the specially commissioned piece of Art work and certificate from Donegal County Council on behalf of her team mates, and on receiving the presentation the ladies captain said:“I would like to thank Donegal County Council for hosting us today, we never expected this and this is a great honour, we don’t play football for the recognition but for the sport but it is nice to be recognized,” she said. Ms Diane Toner also spoke on behalf of her team mates and thanked Mayor Harvey for proposing and hosting the event and thanked everyone for coming.Concluding Cllr Harvey said “This is a very worthy reception and I am glad that we gave the ladies football team the recognition they deserve and I sincerely thank the Elected Members of the Council for taking time out to attend and also to Deputy Pearse Doherty for joining us on such a special occasion.”EndsDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALLERS ARE RECOGNISED WITH CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: June 21st, 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:Ciic receptionDonegal Ladies footballersMayor Cora Harvey
FROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: With less than 15 minutes left here at Celtic Park today, it was beginning to look as if 2013 was going to bring a losing start for the Hoops.But football can change quickly – and thankfully it did as Celtic overcame Motherwell by a single goal to go nine points clear in the SPL.It could have been so different. Celtic had dominated the game and should have been ahead by the time ‘Well’s Jamie Murphy jinked into the Celtic box and completed a dive worthy of Olympic gold (or even an Oscar!).Fraser Forster was then booked as he complained that Tom Hateley had placed the ball ahead of the penalty spot. Ref Mclean was not having a good day.Forster showed his world class by pulling off a superb save to keep the game scoreless.Just three minutes later Celtic went up the other end and took the lead. Super Gary Hooper broke out of midfield, fed the ball to his left where Samaras went racing up the wing before returning a superb ball back to Hooper who squeezed home a superb winner.Celtic coach Garry Parker was full of praise for his team after the game – and in particular his goalie.“He’s a great goalie – he’s in the England squad and it’s fully deserved,” said Parker.“You always fancy him at penalties, he’s a big lad and he’s a good goalie.“We’ve played very well, we created a number of chances. We just couldn’t break them down – they defended well. “We had 18 shots on goal and we broke them down late on. We deserved the goal and we deserved the three points.”Celtic now go into their winter break – but aren’t taking anything for granted, said Parker.“We just wanted to win the game and go nine points clear,” he added.“We’ve got that game in hand over Inverness and we’ve just got to keep going and winning games. “Everybody’s beating everybody – we lost last week, so it’s difficult.“They’ve played a lot of football, we’ve had a lot of games. We’re in a position where we want to be and it’s a good time to have a break.”THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTS was last modified: January 2nd, 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPY NEW YEAR FOR CELTS
Soana will most likely be hosting their games in Fort Portal (Courtesy Photos)Uganda Premier League side, Soana FC may be hosting their home games in Fort Portal come the start of the new season if owner, Smart Obed’s words are to be believed.The side that has been previously been based in Kavumba and struggling with gate collection issues due to low turn up, are in search of a bigger fan base which has seen them consider Fort Portal.“Starting the upcoming season, 2018/19, we have plans of hosting our home games at the Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal, said Smart Obed.Soana Owner Smart Obed confirmed that his side may be headed to Fort Portal“This has been considered after consultations with key stake holders as well as looking at the huge fan base in that area (Fort Portal).“We shall be staying there full time, training and hosting our home games.Obed also reasons that transferring Soana to Fort Portal will attach value and belongingness to the club that has now existed for more than five seasons in the top flight league but still struggling in both fields.“We want to attach the club to the people and Fort Portal is the right place to base.“We want a section of people to be identified as well as associate with the team players and officials of the club.“We are in the final process of notifying the Uganda Premier League and FUFA officially.Soana FC has been training at Nakasero Primary School playground and were hosting their home matches at Kavumba Recreational Center in Wakiso district.They struggled in the league last season and only attained their status on the final day of the season thanks to a 0-0 draw at home to Prison side, Maroons FC.Early this week, they acquired the services of former Express and SC Villa head coach, Wasswa Bbosa who replaces the departed Alex Isabirye.Wasswa Bbosa will lead Soana FC into the new seasonBbosa has been given the green light to purchase players as the current crop is not viewed as one that can change the club’s fortunes.Soana plans to start their pre-season training in the second week of July 2018 with a series of planned build up against top and lower division sides.Obed has already confirmed that close to 10 players will be replaced by fresh talent at the club.During the 2017/18 season, Soana finished 12th on the 16 team log with 32 points fetched from a possible 90.In case Soana’s move is blessed by the Federation, they will join other countryside clubs including Mbarara City, Nyamityobora (Western Uganda), Onduparaka, Paidha Black Angels (West Nile) as well as Eastern Uganda’s Kirinya – Jinja S.S and BUL Football Clubs.That means that there will be an increase in the total distance travelled by Premier league teams during away games but also makes Soana’s journey while honouring their games more difficult than in the past seasons.Comments Tags: alex isabiryeSmart ObedSoana FCwasswa bbosa