Shaw says this will save the teams a lot of expenses. “I know when a player gets injured, coaches, managers and sometimes players have to go into their pockets, so this is going to save a lot of money and the clubs can now channel their money, in other areas,” he said. Ryhon Brooks, manager of Delgado Health Services, said that former Meadhaven and Calabar coach David ‘Wagga’ Hunt was his inspiration and he just wanted to give something back to football in honour of the outstanding local youth coach. “Mr Hunt is someone I respect and looked up to, and I wanted to do something to honour him, I couldn’t help him when he was with Meadhaven, but I thought, how could we honour a great man like that, and we thought how best to aid football in Jamaica than to ensure that we give young men a chance to move through the levels. “We don’t want another report of a youngster dying on a football field, so we thought, let’s give them this sponsorship,” he said. The deal with also be extended to KSAFA’s Red Stripe Premier League clubs. A historic partnership was forged at the Delgado Health Centre yesterday, with the signing of a three-year agreement worth $21.6 million ($7.2 million per season), between the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and Delgado Health Services. The sponsorship will last until August 2020, and youth players will be entitled to a free electrocardiogram (ECG – a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart) at the start of the season. Any player who is injured during a KSAFA event will receive free medical care. The services include physiotherapy, orthopaedic consultation, and general family consultation. KSAFA president, Wayne Shaw, said that the deal is the first of its kind locally, and that it will not only aid young players’ development, but also their clubs. The health care will be available for all leagues from quarter-finals through to the finals and will be provided for teams during Friday night football, which begins in March. Also, senior players, KSAFA referees and council members will be offered ECG tests at a cost of $500, physiotherapy at $1500, and general family consultation at $1000. CUTTING BACK ON EXPENSES
Dear Editor,Hopefully, we will be having General and Regional Elections in a little over 2 months but during this time we will be bombarded once again with parties indulging in skillful marketing of their manifestos and in some cases the selling of not only illusive dreams but also manipulating the masses through outright lies and deceptions. Immediately the APNU/AFC Coalition comes to mind!We have witnessed that during the last 2015 Elections the APNU/AFC Coalition made numerous promises and bold statements of what it can achieve within 100 days of assuming office. In addition, they campaigned heavily on the ‘massive corruption’ of the PPP/C government and made promises to jail the ‘corruptors’. One year after the Coalition was unable to even fulfill its ‘100 days promise’ and are yet to do so to date and those that it has fulfilled were far below expectations. For instance, the reduction in Bridge Toll was supposed to be by 50%.This was what Nagamootoo told the Coalition supporters at Whim but he probably had meant that the Coalition boys will be given 50% increase in salaries. In addition, they had promised ‘significant’ increases in wage and salaries to ‘government workers, including nurses, teachers from primary to tertiary education, security personnel and civil servants on the traditional payroll’ but this also did not materialized ‘significantly’.Sugar workers were never promised a ‘wage freeze’ but a 20% increase and the sugar industry was promised a ‘turnaround’ after the 52 million dollars Commission of Inquiry with no closure! We know what they did to sugar and the sugar workers!Moreover, the old age pensioners have been deprived of their subsidies on water and electricity and are yet to receive any ‘significant’ increases. On the other hand, the Coalition had promised to reduce the presidents’ pension and other benefits. The Coalition had said that the lifestyle of the former President Bharrat Jagdeo placed an onerous burden on the Treasury. However, that has been relegated to a non-issue status since it is now common knowledge that even the rubberstamp PM is getting far more than Jagdeo. This just goes to show the cunningly deceitfulness of this Coalition. They are now the fattest cats around!Then the Coalition had lustily sang about the corrupt nature of the PPP/C Government in high crescendo which reverberated even internationally. But again this was simply massive lies and propaganda just to deceive the people. In terms of corruption, the investigative Dobermans of the Coalition, SARU and SOCU have failed to prove by way of conviction in the Courts that the PPP/C was guilty of any form of corruption during their 23 years in Office.In fact, these two PNC controlled arms carried out a massive witch hunting exercise to smear and tarnish the characters of former PPP/C government officials. Ironically the PNC appointed head of SOCU himself became the center of allegations of fraud and corruption and was sent on ‘leave’ indefinitely! Again this nation has seen the massive increase in cronyism and corruption pervading every strata of government which resulted in the successful passing of the NCM more than a year ago.They have exposed their true nature and innate propensity for fraud and corruption and squandered more than $1.3 trillion with nothing tangible to show for except some arches, roundabouts, inaugurations and pomp and ceremony! In fact the social and economic gains made under the previous PPP/C Government have been severely eroded.But the above are not the only reasons why the Coalition should never be re-elected to Office again. The squandering of our oil patrimony from the signing of the Oil production sharing agreement have presented to this nation an unassailable argument that the APNU/AFC are not only incompetent to govern an oil producing nation but no tangible benefit will ever trickle down to the common man! The failings in this regard are too numerous to mention. It makes us wonder if the $15 billion per year projected GDP growth will actually transform the Guyanese economy when $1.3 trillion have so far failed to satiate the greed of this Coalition.The greed of the Coalition was evident when they failed to negotiate a substantial signing bonus and settled for a paltry US$18 million. It is anyone’s guess why the PSA omitted any ‘ring-fencing’ provision thereby negatively affecting oil revenues, accepted a meagre 2% royalty, agreed to pay Exxon’s income taxes, agreed to self-insurance and not a comprehensive one called for by the World Bank, an opaque local content policy which does not augur well for Guyanese and the list goes.Even negotiator Mr Trotman has now accepted that his Government could have done better with the Exxon deal. Is this an apology for the re-election of the Coalition? But lo and behold the ‘raw deal’ continues even after Trotman’s apology. On December 20th Oil producing country and the entire country should have been exceedingly happy but even the sale of the first three oil lifts is highly questionable since it not only breaches our Procurement Laws but the purchasing Company’s public image and dealing is questionable. It seems that from stern to bow we have been royally screwed!In conclusion, to put the icing on the cake Guyana is now categorized as the country with the highest bribery in the Caribbean. It is unbelievable that after just over 4 years in Government our country has descended to a bottomless cesspit of bribery and corruption. How can the Coalition dare to ask Guyanese to vote for them again? Will Guyanese forgive the Coalition for the incompetence and corruption they have unleashed on this nation? I heard ‘NEVER’ being reverberated in every nook and cranny!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Eleven families whose homes were destroyed in fires have received assistance from the Guyana Relief Council (GRC).According to a press release on Tuesday, with the aim of providing basic necessities to the families who were struck by disastrous fires which rendered them homeless, the GRC provided hampers to the head of each individual family.One of the many families who were assisted by the Guyana Relief Council (GRC)In all, 47 persons benefited from the hampers that the GRC provided to the families that lived on the East and West Bank of Demerara, West Coast of Demerara, in Georgetown and in Berbice.The Relief Council was established in 1986 and is mandated to address disasters in Guyana, relying mostly on volunteers and with a very minimal budget. It has reportedly catered for 32 families –128 persons total – who were affected by fire and 16 welfare families comprising in total 45 persons since the beginning of the year.
A Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown man was on Wednesday jailed for two years after he was found guilty of fraud.Compton Beckles, 58, of Lot 166 Middle Road, La Penitence, was jointly charged with Julianne Faulcher, a 36-year-old nurse of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). However, Faulcher was found not guilty of the charge when the trial was completed at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When they were initially charged, the duo both denied the allegation that on November 22, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, they obtained from Shaheed Ali $2.3 million by pretending that they were in a position to sell him a BMW motor vehicle, knowing same to be false.
…but to remain in “Govt service”The Ministry of the Presidency has announced that effective from April 1, Members of Parliament (MP’s) on the government side that have dual citizenship have resigned. As such, these MP’s will not be returning to parliament when it reconvenes on April 11.These MP’s include Minister of State, Joseph Harmon (a United States citizen) and Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine (all United Kingdom citizens).According to the government’s statement, President David Granger accepted their resignations on Monday. This would have been before he left the jurisdiction for medical treatment in Cuba.Meanwhile, in a statement afterward, government clarified that the vacated Ministerial posts will be occupied by the former Ministers’ cabinet colleagues. According to a statement, Ministers who acted in the past for them will once more fill in.“Following rulings by the High Court and the Guyana Court of Appeal, His Excellency President David Granger had sought Cabinet’s advice on how to definitively address the status of Members of Parliament who hold dual citizenship.”“The Courts have held that it is unconstitutional for persons swearing allegiance to a foreign state or power to be eligible for election to Parliament. Consequently, the four Government MPs who were also ministers, submitted to the President their resignations from the House.”Calling the resignations satisfactory, government in the statement noted that it was the politically correct thing to do. At the same time, however, government hinted that these Ministers may be making a comeback in other governmental roles.“While it is conceded that the Constitution strictly bars a person who holds dual citizenship from being an MP, they are not precluded from remaining in government service. This is a matter to be addressed by the President who will finalize ways in which the four resigned MPs will serve in government.”“Cabinet thanks the four resigned MPs for their yeoman and exemplary service to the people of Guyana and looks forward to their future contributions in their new roles. Cabinet looks forward to names being extracted from the APNU+AFC Coalition list of candidates to fill the vacancies of the MPs who have resigned their seats.”AFCThe fact that these MP’s may be rehired was reiterated by Minister of Natural Resources and Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader Raphael Trotman, who in a broadcast alluded to the former Ministers continuing in government in other capacities.“They are not gone altogether from government, they are only resigning from the National Assembly and as a consequence, not being Ministers, they cannot be members of cabinet,” Trotman said.However, the AFC leader said nothing about a permanent replacement for Gaskin, who is a high ranking AFC member. He only noted that President Granger, as the keeper of portfolios, would delegate same.“The President is the keeper and holder of all portfolios, and he distributes these as per the constitution and our agreement in the Cummingsburg Accord,” Trotman explained in his broadcast.“So in the interim, as has happened before when Ministers were unable to attend cabinet, due to ill health or travels, other Ministers are designated by his Excellency to perform the functions. And as we speak we are having over Ministers perform the functions and cabinet continues.”Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.”In February, Chief Justice Roxanne George had ruled on the case filed by Compton Reid over the dual citizenship of former AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud. In the case it brought to the Chief Justice, Government had argued that Persaud’s dual citizenship status invalidated his vote in support of the No-confidence Motion that brought the Government down.This argument also formed part of the opinions presented to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland in the hopes that he would reverse the ruling… something the Speaker ultimately refused to do.The Court of Appeal later upheld the January High Court ruling that it is illegal for persons holding dual citizenship status to be sitting in the National Assembly. Government has been under increasing criticism, even from its own supporters, for stating that dual citizens will return to the National Assembly despite these two rulings.
Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker 1 Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery, his club have announced.The 24-year-old has not played for Spurs since March, and no timescale was put on his recovery in a brief statement on their official website on Tuesday evening.“Kyle Walker has undergone lower abdominal surgery,” it read.“The England right-back’s pre-season preparations were disrupted by the abdominal injury and the decision to have surgery was taken following further medical assessment by specialists.”The north London club had initially hoped to avoid surgery, but resorted to sending the player for an operation in a bid to fix the long-standing problem.“Kyle is good some days. On other days he has a bad feeling,” boss Mauricio Pochettino said last month.“We believe he may recover soon, but we need to be calm with him because it is an injury that he has had for five months.”
BUSINESS: Tobin’s Topaz/Spar Express Service station in Letterkenny has been named the No.1 Convenience store in Ireland! The multiple award-winning shop is one of the most successful stores in Ireland – and has enjoyed an incredible year in business. They’ve already won industry awards in 2015 for excellence – and they were honoured again at an Industry awards ceremony in Dublin on Wednesday night.Leading Industry magazine Shelf-Life named Tobin’s as Ireland’s top convenience store.It’s an amazing achievement for all the team at Tobin’s – and just highlights yet again how successful and established the store is all across Ireland.The hugely popular and successful shop is run by Eddie and Annette Tobin – and has been opened since 1980. It employs 37 people and management and staff strive everyday to provide the best customer service possible.Well done to all the team at Tobin’s. 🙂TOBIN’S SERVICE STATION NAMED IRELAND’S TOP CONVENIENCE STORE! was last modified: November 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Businessnews
Carlos Sanchez 1 Fiorentina have signed Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez on a season-long loan. The Serie A side also have the option to buy the 30-year-old Colombia international at the end of the campaign.Sanchez scored one goal in 55 appearances for Villa and was part of the side that was relegated from the Premier League last term.
A 31 year old man has pleaded guilty to arson and making threats to kill or cause serious injury when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Joseph McGranaghan admitting making threats to kills or cause serious harm to a woman using a knife or screwdriver on May 21st, 2012.He also pleaded guilty yesterday to arson at a home at Emmet Park in Castlefin on the same date. Barrister for McGranaghan, Mr Peter Nolan, said his client was on medication and was in the care of the mental health services.He asked for a probation report on his client, also of Emmet Park, and asked for the case to be adjourned until the next sitting of the court.Barrister for the state, Ms Patricia McLaughlin, agreed on the condition that full facts be given in the case.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ARSON AND MAKING THREATS TO KILL was last modified: May 6th, 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:arsoncastlefinJoseph McGranaghanthreats to kill
Successful Year at Portsalon Golf ClubPortsalon captain Joe Harkin with Club President Kathleen McCormickThere was a large turnout at Portsalon Golf Club for the club’s AGM which was held on Friday night last. On calling the meeting to order the club President Wm Mc Cleary asked all the members present to observe a minutes silence in memory of all the members and friends who passed away during the year. On the financial side the treasurer Hugh Mc Ginley said the club had another good year and he thanked everyone for their contribution during the year. He thanked our very generous sponsors throughout the year and said without their help it would have a much harder year He encouraged the members to support our sponsors whenever possible The outgoing Captain D P Logue in his review of the past year said that he wished to thank the members for appointing him to act as their Captain for 2012 an honour that he will not forget and said that at all times he strived to represent the club to the best of his ability. He said that over the year lot of work has gone into the development of the course and he said that we were indeed honoured and privileged to have the services of Paul Mc Ginley and his team. He thanked both Paul and his team for all the time spent to enhance Portsalon Golf Course. He congratulated Paul Mc Ginley on his appointment as Ryder Cup Captain. He thanked his fellow council members for all their dedicated hard work and support to him throughout the year and assured them and the members of his continued support in the years ahead. He thanked the Greens staff under the leadership of John Shields who over the year has continued to make improvements to the course. He said one of his goals during his term as captain was to see the course advance in the top 100 courses and he congratulated all concerned as we had now entered the top 25 in the Golf Digest top 100 courses. He thanked the office staff of Cathal Toland, and Carina,Merisa, Niamh Mc Ginley and Grace Shields for all their hard work and friendliness shown to both members and visitors to the club. He thanked the local press for all their coverage during the year. He congratulated everyone who contributed to the success of Portsalon Golf Club in 2012. He thanked the Lady Captain Noreen Mc Conigley and the ladies committee for all their help and assistance. He thanked all the various team captains and team members who represented Portsalon Golf Club throughout the year. He congratulated near neighbours Rosapenna golf club who had an outstanding year in the various team events.He thanked Sean Mc Gettigan and his staff who looked after the needs of the golfers and provided magnificent food throughout the year. He paid a special thanks to all the clubs sponsors who without their generosity it would have been a very difficult year. He thanked his wife Rosanne for all her help and encouragement during the year and wished the incoming captain and Portsalon Golf Club every success in the year ahead. He then proposed Joe Harkin as the incoming Captain of Portsalon Golf Club for 2013. In taking up the ‘’Black Jacket’’ Joe thanked D P Logue for all his work for Portsalon Golf Club and indeed set him a very high standard for him to follow. He said that it was indeed an honour for him to be appointed Captain of Portsalon Golf Club. He recalled his first outing in golf where the late Patrick Loughrey invited him to be his caddy an experience he said would not be forgotten. He wished the incoming President Kathleen Mc Cormick and the incoming Lady Captain Deirdre Hensey success in their terms as Club President and Lady Captain. He wished all the members a good golfing year and encouraged all to do their part in the promotion of Portsalon Golf Club during 2013.The Captain then proposed Dermott Boyce for the position as vice captain, this appointment was ratified. On the night there were three council positions up for election and following was elected Donal Callaghan, Willie Walsh, Paul Armstrong, The following officers were elected Secretary Peter Doherty, Treasurer Hugh Mc Ginley. Members should note that the membership fee structure for 2013 remains at €480, notices will be issued to all members over the next few days and prompt payment would be appreciated. Club PresidentThe outgoing President Wm Mc Cleary thanked the members for their support on his election in 2011 and said that he had represent the club at various functions during his two years term of office, however over the past few months he was unavailable. He said it was indeed his privilege and an honour to be President of this great club. Willie then proposed that Kathleen Mc Cormick be the incoming President of Portsalon Golf Club for the next two year term. The proposal was ratified by all members present. On accepting the position as club President Kathleen congratulated the outgoing President Willie Mc Cleary for his tenure as President of Portsalon Golf Club . Kathleen said that on looking back she recalled her first introduction to golf at Portsalon Golf Club and her appointment as Lady Captain in 1986 and during the centenary year celebrations in 1991. She said it was indeed her honour and a privilege to become the first lady to hold the Presidency of Portsalon Golf Club, She thanked the outgoing President Wm Mc Cleary and the council for her nomination and the Portsalon Golf Club members for electing her as their President for the next two years. Kathleen said that she would do her best to uphold the tradition of Portsalon Golf Club during her term in office. Captains/PresidentsDrivePlans are in place for this seasons Captains & Presidents drive in of Joe Harkin, lady captain Deirdre Hensey and club President Kathleen Mc Cormick and will take place on Sunday 10TH FebruaryEventsOn Saturday 27th January an open gents open competition. On Sunday 28th it’s a member’s competition and on Wednesday 30. rd a gents open stableford competition. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Gaeltacht LeagueThe next outing for the Gaeltacht League team will take place on Saturday 26thJanuary with a home tie against Dunfanaghy Golf Club.The fisrt tee is reserved from 10 am to 11.05 am..Protect Your Course. Members are encouraged to take a Divot Bag with them on their golfing round. If each member replaced their own divot and one other following each shot. Divot bags are available on entry to the first tee box and also at the 5th & 12th tee boxes.. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenance. Every little helps.ResultsDue to the poor weather conditions which prevailed on Saturday the Portsalon Winter Links competition was cancelled. On Sunday it was a cold but dry day and the picturesque scene with Knockall covered in a white blanket of snow was indeed beautiful. The winner of the members competition was Noel Nicholl (16) 37 points, runner up Sean Mc Cormack (18) 35 points, gross Eamon mc Dermott (3) 29 points 3rd Johnnie Deeney (6) 35 points. The CSS was 34 points non counting. There was a small entry in open competition on Wednesday again due to the weather and the winner was John Strain (21) 37 points. The CSS was 34 points.Portsalon Book Time is running out if you have some items of interest for inclusion in the forthcoming issue of the Portsalon Book, please forward to Sean Mc Cormack.Local Rule-Stakes and RopesAll members and visitors are reminded that a local rule is in operation regarding the identified areas surrounding our greens. This is an action taken to protect the areas surrounding the greens.GOLF: PORTSALON CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 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:Portsalon Golf Club Notes