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first_imgDenisha HarrisA housewife was on Tuesday brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to the charge of possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Denisha Harris, a housewife of Lot 33 Campbellsville Housing Scheme, Georgetown, denied the charge which stated on March 29, 2019, she had in her possession 91 grams of cannabis.According to the prosecution’s case, police ranks from Kitty Police Station went to the home of the mother of three but as they approached the front door, she was seen running inside the house. The prosecution is contending that a rank who stood guard outside the house noticed the 32-year-old woman throwing a bag through the window.The rank picked up the bag and reportedly found 91 grams of cannabis and subsequently arrested her.In court on Tuesday, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to bail but asked for conditions to be applied if it is granted. She was released on $120,000 bail on the condition that she reports to the Kitty Police Station every Friday until the completion of the case. The case will continue on April 24, 2019.last_img read more

first_img…questions timing of probe without regulatory oil agenciesReports of an investigation into the award of oil blocks being done by the State Asset Recovery Unit can harm Guyana by discouraging investors from vying for future oil blocks. This is according to the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industries (GCCI).SARA Director, ProfessorClive ThomasAt a press conference on Tuesday, head of the GCCI’s Petroleum arm, Charles Ramson, expressed worry over the impact these revelations have on Guyana’s image. He noted that the fact that the revelations initially appeared in Bloomberg means thousands in the global business community would have read this unsavoury news.“It’s dangerous for our investment climate, destroys investor confidence and it creates that level of uncertainty that we don’t need right now. We haven’t produced a drop as yet. And you already want to send bad signals to the international community? It’s highly improper, irregular and totally disturbing.”Ramson hastened to add that in cases where there is evidence of fraud, an investigation would be warranted. But he noted that because of the impact such pronouncements would have on investor climate, preliminary disclosures should be kept under wraps.Meanwhile, GCCI President Nicholas Boyer decried the haphazard way in which the investigation is being done. He also noted that the investigation is being done at a time when much of the regulatory framework for the industry has not even been set up.“At this point I think we’re shooting in the dark. I think SARA is wasting its time because of the lack of having a petroleum commission in place, lack of policies saying how it’s going to issue future blocks and approach relinquishment.”On May 22, an article appeared in the New York-based Bloomberg website, in which SARA Director, Dr Clive Thomas was quoted confirming that there was a probe. According to Thomas, the probe was in its early stages and would be centred on the award of blocks and licences to ExxonMobil and Tullow.Thomas was quoted by Bloomberg as saying “we’re investigating the issuance of the licences, for example, and the various blocks. We’re building up a case. This is an area of investigation into how the blocks were allocated and the decisions that were made.”“We’re at an investigatory stage so we can’t libel persons by saying that we found proof of anything. There’s enough evidence for us to want to continue the investigation,” the article also quoted him saying.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.Meanwhile, the Orinduik oil block administered by Tullow is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields in Stabroek. Tullow had in February announced it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter.It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.On the other hand, its Carapa prospect in Kanuku will be drilled in the third quarter. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year. They had announced that the Stena forth drill ship will move directly to the Joe, after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik block.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Chapa Dimba. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 29 – The Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom football tournament will head to Western Region this weekend with over 260 teams expected to participate in over 50 different venues.The boys teams will play their games on Saturday and Sunday with the girls sides facing off October 7 and 8. “Western region has been a hub of football talent in the country for years and we are glad that this tournament represents a key stepping stone to discovering and propelling even more talent from there,” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa said.This weekend’s games follows the successful group stage matches in Rift Valley and Eastern Regions.Nakuru All Stars, St. Andrews, and Ol Kalou All Stars are some of the teams that have qualified for the regional knockout stage while NYSA, Loyal Stars and Tumaini Shaker Girls lead the girls teams in the Rift.From Eastern Saku United and Saku Queens from Marsabit qualified for the regional knockout stage as did Kamwimbi Green Stars and Zion Queens from Meru and Tumaini FC and Ngakaa Talent Academy from Makueni.Teams that qualify from the group and knockout stages will move on to the regional finals with the grand finale set for March 2018.The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.“We remain committed to endeavors that shape and determine the future of our next generation. We wish all the participating teams the best of luck as they take part in this exciting journey,” Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business said.At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Sh1 million each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April 2018.Safaricom has invested Sh100 million towards the program which includes Shl10m worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgArsenal legend David Seaman has advised Arsene Wenger NOT to launch a bid for Petr Cech.The Gunners are reportedly lining up a £7million swoop for the out-of-favour Chelsea goalkeeper in the January transfer window.But Seaman is against the move as he wants Wenger to keep faith with Wojciech Szczesny.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the club’s legendary former stopper said: “Wojciech is coming off his best season last season with Arsenal and I don’t think that anybody warrants taking his place because he is not making mistakes.“Arsenal are conceding goals, but it is not through goalkeeping errors that they are conceding.”Arsenal have lost more more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season, and are sitting sixth in the table ahead of Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.Seaman insists that has little to do with Szczesny and is instead down to a lack of leadership throughout the team.He added: “They have not got anybody in the team at the moment that can grab a game and think, right, we are 2-0 up or 3-0 up, let’s sit in front of the back four, see ten minutes out so we don’t concede a goal, and then push on from there. We used to do that with Patrick Vieira. Tony Adams or I would say, ‘Patrick, just sit in front of the defenders for ten minutes’.“You would think someone like Per Mertesacker would be good enough to do that because he has got tons of international experience. I don’t know how vocal he is in a game or how the other players are, but [Mathieu] Flamini looks like the only one doing it at the moment.”With Arsenal 11 points behind leaders Chelsea just 11 games into the season, Wenger has already given up hope of winning the title.Seaman insists it is too early to completely write off the Gunners, but admits their London rivals look to be on a different level.“They have got a slight chance. Chelsea are looking so good and so strong, but if Arsenal can get on one of their runs where they win a big group of games together then they can put a bit of pressure on,” he said.“At the moment Chelsea are almost in second gear and they have got three more gears to go.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane (left) has not seen eye-to-eye with Gareth Bales during his two spells in charge at Real Madrid © AFP / Janek SKARZYNSKIMADRID, Spain, Nov 25 – When Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale for a Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain last year, Bale believed it was the beginning of the end at Real Madrid.Two seasons on he remains but Madrid face PSG again at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, with the Welshman’s future still in doubt and his standing among the fans perhaps never lower. Madrid’s two last 16 legs against PSG in the Champions League in 2018, towards the end of Zidane’s first spell as coach and en route to their third consecutive European triumph, marked a turning-point between Bale and his coach.By leaving him out, Zidane’s message was clear: he did not trust Bale in the biggest matches. The pair hardly spoke for the rest of the season, even as Bale scored twice as a substitute in the final against Liverpool.Bale was set upon leaving that summer, only for Zidane to go instead, and while Bale stayed, Zidane came back and their relationship has been frosty ever since.But in the last few weeks, as Bale’s behaviour has wavered and the criticism increased, Zidane has become his staunchest defender.When Bale returned to London to visit his agent earlier this month, Zidane said he had permission to go. When Bale joined up with Wales despite missing six Real Madrid games through injury, Zidane said it was bad timing.And when Bale celebrated behind a flag that put his club lower down his list of priorities than his country and playing golf, Zidane urged the fans to remember his achievements.– ‘Too much noise’ –“I have said before, we need our fans with us,” said Zidane after the game on Saturday.“There’s a lot of noise, too much. He wants to be with us and do well and he’s done that. Talk, talk, talk, it’s not necessary. He’s a big part of the group and we are together.”Zidane’s pleas had fallen on deaf ears not long before, when the screeching whistles at the Bernabeu were loud enough to conclude the majority of fans were unimpressed and wanted to make their point.Yet after his introduction in the 67th minute of the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad, Bale played well and the whistles for his every touch gradually grew quieter.Gareth Bale quietened the whistles after being introduced from the bench in the 67th minute of the 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUBy the end, there were some applauding as he almost capped a driving run with a goal. “He played 30 magnificent minutes,” said Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno.“He is a player that has the ability to help us a lot, he looks for space, has a good shot, can score. He was magnificent and we will need him for the challenges ahead.”– ‘We’re all united’ –Bale’s team-mates were supportive too. When Luka Modric added a third goal, following a neat exchange between Bale and Fede Valverde, Casemiro and Valverde sought Bale out to celebrate with him.“It was a way to show we’re all united,” said Valverde.“We are going to support him. I went over to hug him because I respect everything he gives me on a day-to-day basis. He is a good person, it is impossible not to love him.“He is training very well and contributing a lot on the field. The fans will end up appreciating him again. We are all fighting for him.”For Bale, the prospect of a rapprochement with Zidane is unlikely, even if the Frenchman is keen to maintain the peace for the sake of the team, particularly while the transfer window is closed.Clubs are not expected to bid in January and while a departure next summer seems more realistic, Bale has made a habit of unlikely revivals.Just as he delivered in defiance in the Champions League final against Liverpool, it would not be a surprise to see him produce again now, when criticism has been at its most intense.“These discussions are always very public and everyone has an opinion,” said Thibaut Courtois, who knows the challenges of winning over the Real Madrid supporters given his own history with Atletico.“Gareth has to give 100 per cent to the team. He played very well off the bench on Saturday and the third goal was a great move between him and Valverde. Now he has to win round the people.”0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Gareth Bale Gareth Bale has been included in Wales’ squad for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel after suffering a fitness scare.Reports in Spain had claimed the Real Madrid forward needed a scan on a painful toe following Sunday’s goalless La Liga draw at Sporting Gijon.But an X-ray revealed only bruising and Wales’ talisman Bale, who has scored five goals in the qualifying campaign, takes his place in Chris Coleman’s 23-man squad.Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, suspended for the trip to Cyprus on September 3, will also miss the Israel game in Cardiff three days later with a hamstring injury.Defenders Ben Davies and James Collins are both recalled after missing the 1-0 victory over Belgium in June through injury.Uncapped Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams, currently on loan at Swindon, is included for the first time.Unbeaten Wales top Group B with 14 points from six games and victories over Cyprus and Israel would see them qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 58 years.Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham); Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), J Williams (Liverpool), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham); Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley). 1last_img read more

first_imgIT’S probably the best centre in the county for active sport and fun – and this Easter the Finn Valley Centre is hosting a fun week activities for children aged from 4 to 12. The Centre has come up with a superb menu of activities for its ‘Easter Camp 4 Champs’ with loads lined up every day over the Easter break.The camp runs in the first week of the school holidays, from Monday March 21 until Friday March 25. The activity camp featuring a range of sports including soccer, bowls, hockey and athletics – and much much more – runs from 10am to 2pm each day and is aimed at children aged between 4 and 12.It costs just €50 per child for the week with discounts for second and third children in families.To book call Niall on 086 1038036.  GET YOUR CHILDREN ACTIVE THIS EASTER WITH THE FINN VALLEY CENTRE’S CAMP FOR CHAMPS was last modified: February 25th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalEASTER CAMPFinn Valley ACFinn Valley Centrelast_img read more

first_imgAn empty concert seat will be reserved in memory of Daniel O’Donnell’s late mother Julia as the singer returns tonight to the venue that gave him his first big break.Daniel and late mum Julia.Daniel and his band will board a car ferry in his native Co Donegal for a sold-out show at Early’s Bar on Arranmore Island.The 52 year old returns there nearly every year as a token of his appreciation for the support the Early family gave him at the start of his musical career. The Irish Examiner reports that tonight’s event will be the first show the singer has given on the island in three years. It will also be the first since the death in May of his beloved mother Julia, 94, who was born on nearby Owey Island and was a regular attendee at the Arranmore concerts.“This will be a hugely emotional night for all of us,” said bar owner, Jerry Early. His parents Mary and Andrew were among the first to spot the young singer’s potential in the early 1980s before he shot to worldwide fame.It was also on Arranmore that Daniel, then in his 20s, first experienced the thrill of a packed house.An intimate gathering of some 170 fans will file into the hall for this evening’s gig at 9pm. “Julia always came to the concerts and we’re planning to reserve an empty seat in her memory. She always sat in a wee corner at the back,” added Mr Early.He said Daniel was bringing his full production to the island for the first time.“The pipe band will meet them at the pier and will pipe them up to the venue,” he added.“The fact that this is the only concert Daniel is doing in Ireland this year apart from Killarney is a huge, huge honour for us.“We’re humbled that Donegal’s most famous and favourite son is coming back to the island and we’re proud to call him one of our own.” DANIEL RESERVES AN EMPTY SEAT FOR HIS LATE MUM AT ARRANMORE CONCERT was last modified: August 7th, 2014 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:Arranmor Islanddaniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

first_imgA Co Donegal community action group who claim their local bridge is a death-trap is stepping up its campaign.The people in and around Cockhill in Buncrana have warned that unless upgrades are carried out to Cockhill Bridge soon, someone will be seriously hurt or killed.The Cockhill Bridge Action Group have already carried out a number of protests on the bridge. Now the group are planning another protest.They are also calling on their local councillors to support their campaign.Spokesman for CBAG Brendan Flanagan said “So far all our efforts have fallen on deaf ears, so we are forced to up the campaign, and our next community protest is on Sat 18th Oct at 2pm, at the bridge. Elite Dance Studio will be dancing on the bridge, and a large crowd is expected.”  BUNCRANA BRIDGE ACTION GROUP STEP UP THEIR CAMPAIGN was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 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:action groupbuncranaCockhill Bridgedonegallast_img read more

first_imgTwin Bridges >> After a difficult weather season, which saw Mt. Shasta Ski Park closed for most of the year, the North Division High School Alpine Ski and Snowboard racing league finished its regular season with a 3-day, 4-race event at Sierra-At-Tahoe resort. Twelve Red Bluff athletes qualified for the state tournament scheduled for next week at Mammoth Lakes and six finished in the top 10 of the four categories in the division.Red Bluff athletes who finished in the top 10 for the division …last_img