No need to panic…yetWhile the Storm and Dragons have jumped out to great starts in 2017 – they theoretically need just six wins from 17 matches to make the finals – it’s a different story for those sides rooted to the bottom of the ladder. The Knights and Titans are long-odds to make the playoffs, but there is hope for teams like Penrith and the Tigers. The Panthers found themselves 3-4 last year but still finished sixth. The Cowboys lost their opening three games in 2015 but went on to win the premiership. The Eels started the 2009 season with a 2-5 record but made the grand final, while the blue and golds were 3-10 in 2006 but recovered to finish eighth. Freaky FridayNot since the days of Kiefer Sutherland have we seen the number ’24’ appear so often on our screens. Incredibly, all three winners on Friday – the Bulldogs, Roosters and Broncos – scored exactly 24 points in their respective matches. Just for good measure, the Titans also won with a score of 24 in the Holden Cup on Friday while the Bunnies were beaten but still scored four converted tries. Second-half struggles are real If NRL games were played over 40 minutes then we might have had some very different results in Round 7. The Rabbitohs and Warriors both held slender half-time leads but failed to score a point after the break. It was a similar story for the Storm and Dragons who piled on the points in the first-half but couldn’t add to their tallies in the second stanza. Thankfully the top two teams did enough in the first 40 minutes to hold on for victory. Started from the bottom now we’re hereThe Dragons’ resurgence in 2017 has been compared to plenty of things, but this is probably the first time they’ve been likened to hip-hop sensation Drake. Let’s start with the basics: the Dragons wear red and white; Drake is Canadian and the colours on their flag are red and white. The Red V won their most recent premiership in 2010, the same year that Drake released his debut album. The Dragons had the worst attack after seven rounds last year (59 points) but they are first in 2017 with 191, so just like Drake said, they started from the bottom but now they’re here. And if you want one last reminder why the two are so similar, we’re hearing that after their 6-1 start to the year, the Dragons have adopted Drake’s ‘YOLO’ motto – You Only Lose Once! No cracks in Cronulla’s wall Tipped by many to struggle in 2017 after tasting premiership success last year, the Sharks have shown they are the real deal with back-to-back defensive shutouts against pre-season favourites the Storm and Panthers. While they did concede a penalty goal in each of the away wins, it was the first time since the final two rounds of the 1994 season that Cronulla had held opponents tryless in consecutive matches. Titanic strugglesThe Titans were undoubtedly the unluckiest team of the weekend to fall at the death to the Broncos. Incredibly, it was the sixth time in a row Gold Coast had lost against their neighbours when leading at half-time.It was a slightly different yet equally pertinent case of history repeating for the Knights who were held scoreless in the first half for the fourth-straight match by the Roosters.First-half field goals prove fatalWhen will teams learn? You never kick a field goal against the Bulldogs before half-time. Adam Reynolds knocked over a one-pointer in the 40th minute on Friday to give his side a 9-8 lead; the Rabbitohs never scored again. Jordan Kahu did the same thing a few weeks ago, only for the Broncos to squander a 7-0 half-time lead to go down 10-7. Brett Finch must have thought his first-half field goal in the 2004 grand final was a good idea at the time. It wasn’t. A 13-6 lead quickly evaporated and the Roosters lost 16-13. Incidentally, all of those games were played at ANZ Stadium. Weekend forecastEveryone has this theory that the Storm struggle against the Warriors, but they’ve won the past three head-to-head meetings and have also won three of the past four Anzac Day clashes, including a 42-0 thumping in 2016. The Eels and Panthers will do battle at ANZ Stadium for the first time since Round 1, 2001 when the blue and golds claimed an easy 40-4 win. Penrith have struggled at the venue in recent times, losing four straight – and 10 of their past 12 – at the Olympic stadium.
Demar Gayle, who captured silver in the discus on the first day, pocketed a second medal, a bronze, in the shot put. His 18.56 metres took him to third spot. The girls’ sprint relay quartet of Kimone Hines, Joneille Smith, Ashley Williams and Sasha Lee Forbes stopped the clock at 44.31 seconds for second as the United States won gold in 43.79. The Bahamas were third in 45.96. Jamaica had increased its medal tally by two late Saturday night as both Marvin Williams and Obrien Wasome picked up bronze medals. Wasome took third in the triple jump final with a distance of 16.17 metres. Cuba picked gold and silver. Leslie Caesa won with 16.83m with his teammate Lazaro Martinez finishing second with 16.52m. Williams was also third in the 400m hurdles final in 50.44 seconds. World Youth champion, American Norman Grimes, won in 50.10 ahead of his teammate Kenny Salmon, 50.29. Jamaica mined gold in the boys’ sprint relay at the Pan American Junior Championships in Edmonton, Canada last night. The quartet of Seanie Selvin, Shivnarine Smalling, Hujaye Cornwall and Xandre Blake clocked 40.15 seconds to give Jamaica its first gold medal of the meet on the final night. Jamaica took advantage of a mishap by the United States on the anchor leg. The Americans had a big lead, but their third-leg runner failed to pass the baton to his teammate. The Bahamas were second in 40.32, with Trinidad and Tobago taking bronze in 40.50. Jamaica’s girls picked up silver in the 4x100m while Ayesha Champaigne won bronze in the Heptathlon to bring the island’s medal tally to ten – one gold, two silver and seven bronze. Champaigne, in fourth position on Saturday’s first day of the two-day multi-event, improved to third after the shot put yesterday and maintained that to the end to finish with 5245 points. American Ashtin Samson captured the gold medal after tallying 5462 points with Fiorella Chiappe of Argentina taking second with 5313. two medals for gayle
The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), resulting into the prohibition of eating bush meat, particularly fruit bats, monkeys and chimpanzee; is affecting people involved in the bush meat market. They are going out of business; some have begun complaining of economy hardship.Bush meat sellers, who spoke with the Daily Observer in Gbarnga yesterday, complained that with the World Health Organization and other organizations’ proscription on the eating of specific animals like monkeys, fruit bats and chimpanzees, the government of Liberia has banned the eating of all kinds of bush meat without further explanation.The bush meat sellers notified the Daily Observer that they are no longer in business because the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has informed consumers of bush meat that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“The ban on bush meat eating has extremely affected our business in the county and it has driven us out of business,” Korpo Tokpa, a dry meat seller lamented.Most bush meat sellers argued that since the outbreak of the EVD in the country in March, there has been no medical report of anyone contracting the virus through the eating of bush meat. But that their businesses have been affected since government announced that bush meat contains the Ebola virus.“We agreed that the virus is real and is claiming lives, but we don’t think the meat is responsible for the spread of the disease. The ban on the sale and consumption of bush meat is affecting our business and has introduced economy hardship on us marketers already poor people,” another businesswoman, Cecelia Davis, remarked.Kebbeh Jallah: I used to sell dry meat pepper soup and the business ran successfully but since government placed the ban on the sale and eating of bush meat, the business has collapsed, reason no one wants to buy and eat bush meat because of the message.”A visit to the Gbarnga General Market and other markets by this reporter last week, where bush meat is sold proved that there is low purchase of bush meat in the markets.The section in the Gbarnga General Market, which sells bush meat looked like an old market place as consumers of bush meat seemed to have abandoned it.The bush meat sellers lamented that they are the worst hit in the Ebola trauma. They noted that they had to turn to selling fish for now as a means of survival because of the low purchase of their commodity, which was once a priced commodity on the Liberian market.Bush meat, which they said, was normally sold between L$800 (US$9.50) per quarter depending on the size, is now being sold for half the amount, that is, if they see anyone who may want to buy it.They lamented that since the outbreak of the disease in the country, they have been merely surviving as their means of livelihood has been badly hit.They said their businesses will not survive if Ebola is not eradicated from the country.Investigation conducted by this reporter established that most restaurants operators in Gbarnga, the political seat of Bong County, that exclusively sold bush meat before the outbreak of the virus in the country, have resorted to selling only goat meat pepper soup as alternative to the bush meat.Speaking to the Daily Observer the Superintendent of the Liberia Marketing Association Bong County Branch, Madam Viola Nyamah Cooper admitted that in accordance with government’s restriction on the sale and consumption of bush meat, her organization has warned its members specifically those in the business of selling bush meat to abandon it and venture into another trade until the virus can be defeated out of the country.The local market Superintendent told this paper as the result of government’s mandate, bush meat traders are constrained to discontinue selling bush meat in the markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Long-awaited Forensic Lab– sea defences for rehabilitationAs Government seeks to operationalise the long-delayed Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory, two contracts valued some $172.6 million were awarded to two European firms for the procurement of forensic equipment under the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP).In a Government release, it was observed that the deal was sealed by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).According to information disclosed, Dutch healthcare provider CEDI Europe bv was granted a US$319,512.83 ($66.4 million) contract for “selected items”, while Italian-based Q and T SPA received a US$ 510, 723.47 ($106.2 million) contract under a similar “selected items” heading. When fully functional, the lab will be able to undertake DNA testing.DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the building blocks of all living organisms, and DNA testing has been used to solve murders in many of the world’s countries. In July 2014, over three years ago, Guyana’s first forensic laboratory was officially opened, but the lack of DNA testing at the facility continues to hamper the solving of many high-profile murder cases.The inadequacies of the local lab came to the fore in light of last year’s brutal murder of Richard Ishmael Secondary School teacher Kescia Branche, whose battered body was found at Princes Street and Louisa Row, Georgetown.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had explained to reporters in December 2017 that the necessary infrastructure was still not in place to preserve the DNA samples.He had earlier expressed hope that the facility would be fully operational by 2017, and had later given all assurances that DNA testing would be conducted at the facility sometime in 2018.He added then that the American Embassy was supporting the move to have DNA testing done here, which falls under the second component of the Public Security Ministry’s Citizen Security Strengthening Programme to improve the lab’s effectiveness in aiding criminal investigations.The forensic laboratory is currently equipped to conduct tests to determine fake currency, forged documents, narcotics, and ballistics.Ramjattan had noted that staff and training on using the equipment to conduct the tests are needed.Sea defence rehabilitationMeanwhile, Cabinet on March 10 announced several revetment contracts for driving steel piles to shore up sea defences. The defences slated to benefit are along the coastline from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Contracts were also awarded for defences on the Essequibo islands of Wakenaam, Leguan and Zeelandia.It was earlier this month that several sea defences along sections of West Coast Demerara and East Bank Essequibo were damaged, resulting in millions of dollars in losses.
Digicel paid a special visit to students and teachers of the David Rose Special School to make a donation of backpacks and other items in light of the institution’s celebration of its Golden Jubilee.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Digicel Guyana, Gregory Dean in his address to the gathering on Thursday noted that donations were made in the past, but this one was different since the school was celebrating its golden jubilee anniversary.“We have made several visits and donations to this school over the years, but today (Thursday), it’s especially different since we are celebrating with them their anniversary. This is just one small gesture and we will continue to support and enrich the lives of the students and teachers of David Rose Special School like many other special needs schools in Guyana.”Digicel representatives with teachers and students from the David Rose Special SchoolHead teacher of David Rose, Dionne McKenzie expressed her thoughts on Digicel’s relationship with the school over the years by saying, “Digicel is no stranger to us here at David Rose; they have always been ready and willing to help us whenever we reach out to them and also by surprise visits like today.”“We welcome their generosity and friendship and look forward to this continued relationship. Every child needs a champion and we are their champions like Digicel is also. I know the parents will be happy with these gifts,” she added.
Jailed: Daniel WilsonA teenager, who admitted to stealing a quantity of cash from a minibus driver whose vehicle he had travelled in to Georgetown, was on Friday jailed for six months by Principle Magistrate Faith McGusty when he appeared before her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Eighteen-year-old Daniel Wilson of Lot 1397 Fourth Bridge, Diamond Housing Scheme, admitted that on July 10, 2019 at Lombard Street, Georgetown, he stole $24,620 from of Oslyn Roberts.Prosecutor Annalisa Brummell in presenting facts to the Court stated that on July 10 the teen was travelling in the motor vehicle which was destined for Georgetown and upon arrival in the city, he observed the money on the bus floor and picked it up.After realising that Roberts had already seen his actions, Wilson began running and the Virtual Complainant gave chase. Wilson was caught and handed over the money to the minibus driver. A report was also made and he was handed over to the Police.Magistrate McGusty jailed the teen.
0Shares0000Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in more goals under Jurgen Klopp than any other Liverpool playerMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Liverpool consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four with a dominant home victory over managerless bottom side Swansea after hammering them 5-0 on Boxing Day.Philippe Coutinho’s sublime long-range finish – curled into the top corner after Mohamed Salah’s pass – opened the scoring in the sixth minute. The away side responded well and dominated possession for spells in the first half but Roberto Firmino should have doubled the lead when he dragged wide just before the break.Instead, the Brazil international put his side two goals up six minutes after half-time, firing home from Coutinho’s lofted free-kick.Nineteen-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added a third with his first Premier League goal for the club, chasing down a loose clearance and smashing in off the bar from inside the box.Just two minutes later, Swansea self-destructed further as Salah pounced on a misplaced pass before cutting back to Firmino to tap home – then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the rout by planting the ball in the net after another poor clearance.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaim fourth spot from Tottenham and restore their one-point advantage over the north London side, who briefly moved above them with a 5-2 win over Southampton in Boxing Day’s 12:30 GMT kick-off.Swansea stay bottom of the table, five points from the safety of West Ham’s 17th place.After Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal, in which the Reds conceded three times in five minutes, Klopp rejected claims his side do not focus enough on defence.The Liverpool backline was not given its greatest test at Anfield on Tuesday – Swansea’s best football was played in the transition from defence to attack without actually threatening – but nor were there many instances of sloppiness or lapses in concentration.Indeed, Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet pulled off a great fingertip save to deny Tammy Abraham with the last touch of the game.Down the other end, there was much, much more of the rich and flowing offensive play that has typified the other side to the story of Liverpool’s season so far.Salah, Firmino and Coutinho interchanged at will and Swansea found their close control and trickery in the box impossible to deal with. The only problem for Liverpool was it perhaps took slightly longer than it should have done for them to reach their ruthless best.Salah, who went into this game having scored 15 goals in his previous 15 matches, was guilty of wasting several good chances before Alexander-Arnold really did open the floodgates with a third goal that left the visitors backtracking and beaten for the rest of the match.Firmino was withdrawn in the 68th minute – denied the chance of a likely hat-trick – and his replacement Dominic Solanke might have had a treble of his own, flashing his most impressive effort just wide of the post on the volley.However, the fact the England Under-20 World Cup winner failed to score his first Liverpool goal was the biggest of small problems for Klopp, who embraced the young forward with an ironic grin as they made their way off the pitch.The nightmare after ChristmasIt was always going to be a daunting task for Swansea.This was a trip to the one of the league’s top-scoring sides and their second of four matches in 10 days. The Welsh club with just three wins all season had the odds firmly stacked up in opposition.But until Alexander-Arnold’s goal – crafted from sheer desire to beat his man to the ball and profit – the Swans were actually still in it.Roque Mesa, Tom Carroll and Leroy Fer had impressed with some attractive interplay, Wayne Routledge was a threat on the wing and in the first half they were averaging about 14% more possession than Anfield’s other visitors this season.However, when Fer played the ball back to his defence without looking and found Salah instead, the game really was up. Firmino added the easy fourth, before slack defending from forward Jordan Ayew allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain a second chance to make it five.Even if his influence and potential candidacy will not be judged on this result alone, temporary player-manager Leon Britton will surely be very disappointed his side folded like they did.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will have words with Victor Wanyama after the midfielder saw red yet again.Wanyama was sent off for the third time this season when he chopped down West Ham’s Dimitri Payet during the Saints’ 1-0 win – which was live on talkSPORT.The sending-off may have looked harsh, but it left Southampton to play the remaining 36 minutes with 10 men as they clung onto Maya Yoshida’s early goal.“From the referee’s position it’s a red card,” said Saints boss Koeman.“I was in front of it, and maybe it was harsh, but from his position maybe the tackle looked harder.“But it was a hard tackle and it gives the referee the possibility to give a red card.“It’s not his first red card, it’s his third, and that’s not good. You have to learn from your mistakes so I will speak to him about it.”Saints were leading through Yoshida’s ninth-minute strike after West Ham failed to deal with a corner and Wanyama teed up the Japan defender to sweep home from close range.But nine minutes after the break Payet skipped away from Wanyama and was crudely brought down by Saints’ midfield enforcer.The challenge annoyed Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who had seen his key playmaker sidelined for three months by a similar tackle by Everton’s James McCarthy earlier in the season.Bilic said: “It’s a red card. When the second leg comes around it is dangerous.“I don’t mind sliding in. It was a big part of my game when I played. But for me as soon as the second leg comes round – scissors – it is unacceptable.” 1 Southampton boss Ronald Koeman to speak to Victor Wanyama following third red card of the season
A Donegal farmer has been hit with a huge fine by the Revenue Department for the illegal use of green diesel.In the Revenue’s latest list of defaulters, seven farmers were caught misusing green diesel, while 25 farmers were fined for failing to lodge income tax returns.A hefty fine of €14,000 was imposed on Noel Devine, with an address of Newmills, Letterkenny, for the “misuse of marked mineral oil”. The Revenue brought four charges against Mr Devine for misusing green diesel.In total, 25 farmers from around the country were fined a total sum of €37,500 for failure to lodge income tax returns. Seven farmers were fined a total sum of €29,500 for misuse of green diesel.The average fine for failure to lodge income tax returns was €1,250, with four farmers receiving higher fines of €2,500. One farmer with four charges received a one-day jail sentence, suspended for three months.The average fine for misuse of green diesel was €2,500. The Revenue’s latest list of defaulters contains details of published settlements from 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2015.DONEGAL FARMER FINED €14,000 FOR HAVING ILLEGAL GREEN DIESEL was last modified: March 16th, 2016 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:donegalgreen dieselNOEL DEVINE