Graham hopes Sharpe will fill Reno void in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:WITH the prospect of re-signing homegrown striker Craig Foster waning, Roshane Sharpe chose a fine time to remind the Reno coaching staff and faithful of his abilities when he scored an 80th-minute equaliser to save FC Reno another heartbreaking loss to Boys’ Town on Sunday.Lennox Cargill had given the travelling Boys’ Town a 17th-minute lead, but with the clock running down, Sharpe scored his fourth goal this season to force a crucial result, as Reno were facing a third loss in five matches.”This is still very much a work in progress,” admitted Graham. “Yes, we recognise that we need to fix some things. It’s not that the team is not playing according to how we want them. Against Boys’ Town, we played very well, but again failed to score the necessary goals to win the match.”He added: “I think we are going to get there shortly, because if we don’t have a ready-made centre forward, we have to make one, and that is why a player such as Roshane Sharpe is very important. I was happy to see him finally score again yesterday (Sunday).”SEASONALSTRUGGLEReno’s struggles appear to be seasonal, and yet again, the lack of inspiration, particularly up front, has returned to hurt them. It appears it will not get any better – at least in the short term – as it doesn’t appear they will secure the signature of Foster, the league’s top scorer last season.Foster left the club in the off-season for the United Soccer League’s Harrisburg City Islanders, and after a promising start to their season, in which he netted five goals in three matches – including a hat-trick – the centre forward was sidelined with a leg injury.A return to his boyhood club was seen as a light at the end of the tunnel for the management of FC Reno, who are mired in ninth place in the League table with 24 points, five more than the respective 11th- and 12th-placed Tivoli Gardens and Rivoli United, both of which currently occupy the relegation places.”We heard from a good source that Craig Foster may not, after all, rejoin the club as he is due to leave the country shortly,” Graham said.”We were hoping to pin him down in a new deal, but I cannot say what has really happened, except that that may not be happening as we had planned.”last_img read more

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PPP continues protest at GECOM

first_imgIt has been more than a year since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) was unseated after 23 yearsPPP/C supporters picketing GECOM’s office on Tuesdayin Government; however, the Party was still adamant that the May 2015 Elections were rigged.In this vein, scores of PPP members and supporters once again gathered outside the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Head Office on High Street, Kingston, reiterating calls for the removal of its Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally and the recounting of ballots from last year’s polls.The peaceful picketing exercise was held on Tuesday morning and saw persons holding up placards with slogans such as: “Cheated not Defeated”; “Elections 2015 was rigged” and “Recount our votes”.The procession was led by PPP Executive Member Neil Kumar.Since the declaration of the results of the 2015 General and Regional Elections, the PPP/C has refused to accept its 201,457 to 206,817 loss to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition. The Party cited various inconsistencies with the electoral process including fake Statement of Polls (SoPs) and has since made several calls for Dr Surujbally to be removed.The GECOM Chairman told this newspaper last year during the height of the protest actions that he would not be intimidated, pointing out that it was not the first time such slurs and abuse were hurled against him.He posits that the protest action by the PPP Opposition is “not as reprehensive and loathsome, as it is comedic”.Dr Surujbally went on to explain that there was a menu of measures that would preclude any rigging, adding that it would take a massive conspiracy to do such and such acts could not be invisible.Meanwhile, in furtherance of its claims, the PPP/C had filed an elections petition on June 24 last year, asking the High Court to grant a number of orders, including one for the nullification of the May 11 Elections as well as an order for new elections to be held.Some of the grounds laid out in the Elections Petition include: valid ballots being wrongly deemed rejected; SOPs used to ascertain the results contain arithmetic errors; multiple voting by persons and impersonation of persons; PPP/C ballot attendants and polling agents being prevented from accompanying the ballot boxes, and fraudulent SOPs.At a recent press conference, Rohee had expressed his disappointment over the pace at which the election petition case was being heard. The PPP General Secretary accused the judiciary of unnecessarily delaying the setting of a date for the election petition to go to trial, noting that the delay was worrisome.last_img read more

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Lawmaker Expresses Concern over Colleagues’ absence from Session

first_imgMargibi County District #4 Rep. Ben Fofana By Hannah N. GeterminahMargibi County District # 4 Representative Ben Fofana has expressed concern over the constant absence of some of his colleagues from the regular session of the House in the last few days. The lawmaker made the observation on Tuesday, September 12, when only 20 lawmakers, a minority, showed up in session at the House on Capitol Hill. Rep. Fofana said a lack of quorum was responsible for the failure of the House to meet to carry out the work of the people. The lawmaker said in a somber mood: “We are here to do the Liberian people’s work, but if others decide to stay away, it is not good.”There have been reports that members of the House are requesting from the Executive Branch of Government for extra salaries to allow them to stay on to work for a period of four months. Members of the House should have been on their constituency break since August 30, according to the Constitution, and return in January next year, but the lawmakers signed a resolution not to go for their break because of the pending elections. However, it appears that the Executive and the Legislature have not reached any agreement for the requested money to be paid. Meanwhile, after the House failed to have a quorum, the few lawmakers who were present went for an executive session.An insider informed this newspaper that members of the House are designing ways to engage the Executive on how their money will be paid. Last week, members of House in a closed session invited the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Boima Kamara, to justify the reason why the requested money has not been paid.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GPL CEO apologises; acknowledges inconvenience

first_imgProlonged Region 2 blackoutsFollowing the less than favourable quality of service residents and business owners have been dealing with in the Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two) district, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), Albert Gordon has apologised for the discomfort residents are experiencing. The CEO was at the time speaking at a recent meeting with acting Region Two Chairman Nandranie Coonjah, Councillors of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), the business community and residents in Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast.Chief Executive Officer of GPL, Albert Gordon at a meeting with Regional Chairman (acting) Nandranie Coonjah and RDC CouncillorsGordon touched on matters relating to the present situation and future plans for the Anna Regina Power Station. He was accompanied by his Public Relations team and local staff. The GPL CEO informed the gathering that four of the Caterpillar generators are up and running, while noting that his staff is working tediously to repair the others. He added that he will be pay special attention to the region’s electricity supply.During the question and answer segment, businessman Nizam Barakat questioned the long time taken by GPL to get the new power station up and running. The businessman lamented that he was part of the Wärsillä Plant Construction and everything was completed in three months.In response, Gordon indicated that when he took office as CEO, all arrangements were already in place for the New Anna Regina Power Plant. He assured that he is presently working on a 20-year plan for GPL nationwide and promised to bring a more reliable source of electricity to the Guyanese people. Questions were also asked about hydro power and he said that is also being considered.Robert Lewis, Vice President of the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) said his main concern was if the three new generators are capable of meeting the region’s electricity demand. GPL responded saying the Anna Regina Power Station will need another generator to be able to carry the full peak hour load; at present each one of the new generators is capable of 1.8 megawatts each.Residents were told that a survey will be done to assess the region’s full electricity needs after which GPL will equipped the power station to meet the full demand with excess power in case of additional needs. A suggestion was made to purchase current from local companies in the region and the CEO said that he is already looking at the possibility to do so. After the meeting, a tour was given of the new building site which is scheduled for completion in November and commission in early December 2018.In late August, the ECCI had called on Government to intervene to alleviate the blackout situation since residents, especially the business sector, expressed their fear of losing millions of dollars in cool storage items. ECCI President, Suean Seewnarayan told Guyana Times the commerce in the region was collapsing due to the poor service offered by GPL. She revealed that businesses were dumping products and those who have standby generators are pumping thousands of dollars into fuel and maintenance costs.The Chamber had said Government was silent on the very important issue. “No one is saying anything about the new power plant at Anna Regina which is far from completion and residents are losing confidence in the Government for not providing answers. If this power failure is not given immediate attention, the entire economy of the region will collapse,” the Chamber President noted last month.last_img read more

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BC Sawmills see a drop in production

first_imgNew year-over-year figures, from BC Stats show the province’s sawmills registerd nearly a 20 percent decline in lumber production in May of this year, as compared to the same month in 2008.Output at Coastal mills dropped the most by more than 27 percent, while output at those in the Interior, accounting for nearly 90 percent of provincial lumber production, was off by nearly 19 percent.Province-wide shipments and stocks also continued to slide by more than 23 and 11 percent respectively.- Advertisement -Meantime, this is the second and last scheduled week of the Canfor mill curtailment in Fort St. John.However, the province wide series of shutdowns will run, until the middle of next month, likely removing about 95 million board feet.last_img read more

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TRAVEL FEATURE: TAKING A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE!!

first_imgNEW YORK,NEW YORK. SO GOOD THEY NAMED IT TWICE.FOR those who have never been outside the island of Ireland but want to go abroad, here’s a tip. Go toNew Yorkif it is the last thing you ever do. Seriously. Forget about Spain, France, Portugal andTurkey. Save up your hard earned Euros and take the five hour flight to the Big Apple.Yes, you have heard the stories that New York doesn’t sleep. Well, trust me. Everything is big and brash, all singing and dancing with bells and whistles on. And the food helpings are twice what you get at Harry’s restaurant in Bridgend.And it is bigger in real life than what you see on CSI: New York, Cagney and Lacey, Starksy and Hutch, Friends and Frasier, the lot. As soon as you step off the plane at JFK or Newarkyou will notice it immediately. The cars are just huge. It’s like you have been transported to the land of the giants. A four door saloon in New Yorkis like one of those cheap and tacky limos that take drunken girls and boys to a pub at the weekend to celebrate an 18th birthday bash. And their 4 X 4 SUVs are like the Bus Eireann Sligo express. Gi-normous!And if you walk around New York with your mouth constantly open, don’t worry. You are not alone. All tourists do it. It is just a natural reaction. You will  hear voices saying: Mother of God! Look at the size of that….!!! After an hour’s drive from Newark airport in a ‘door car’ (that’s what they call an up market taxi!!!) – a black four door saloon Sedan with a neatly dressed chauffeur behind the wheel – I finally arrive at my destination through rush hour traffic.After paying the chauffeur the $80 dollars for the ride with tip (You have a nice day sir, came his reply), I walked into one ofNew York’s most famous hotels – the New Yorker.Situated at 34th and 6th Avenue, it is almost like a cathedral building. The rear of the hotel was once used by Batman to shine his logo on to alert the NYPD to his presence. Stepping into the foyer through a fast spin revolving door, the reception was choc-a-block with tourists ready to check in. Having the patience of a ferret down a rabbit hole, I queue jumped past some Japanese star gazers and finally checked in.Built in 1931 and standing at 143 metres high (it looks like 143 miles high when you stand outside gazing up!), the New Yorker is one of city’s most iconic buildings right in the middle of Manhatten. I will say that again: Right in the middle of Manhatten. You see, when you are standing in Manhatten you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are really there. That famous Manhatten skyline you see on television shows and gangster movies. Well, I am standing right in the middle of it. To be honest, it is jaw dropping. And when you hear the first yellow taxi horn blurring as you momentarily step off the sidewalk, don’t reach for your Magnum 45, the most powerful handgun in the world. Because it is not there. You are not dreaming anymore. This is real life. Welcome to the Big Apple.Owned by theUnification Church (the ‘Moonies’ to your and me), the New Yorker has 43 floors with 912 rooms spread over 1,000,000 square feet (that’s the equivalent 1,000 average three bedroom homes stacked on top of each other!!). When I first stayed here, renovation work was just starting. And not before time, I thought to myself. The décor in the rooms was like something out of a 70s TV show. I was half expecting to see Huggy Bear of Starksy and Hutch fame to walk nonchalantly out of the shower room with a bag of donuts for Captain Doby!!This was October time. Snow was starting to fall outside and the evenings were that cold I had a couple of penguins and a polar bear join me in bed to watch Artic News on the National Geograhic channel. When I asked at reception could they turn the fecking heat on, the man said: The heat doesn’t come on for another fortnight, sir. Two weeks? I will resemble a Fox’s glacier mint by then!! There are some blankets beside the bed, he added. Really, I thought. That will help keep the draft out from around the window. In the morning I thawed out by setting fire to myself in the bed!!!! Gladly, things have now changed. Following a $70 million renovation which started five years ago and took two years to complete, the New Yorker is now transported into the 21st century. There’s WIFI throughout the hotel and each room has its own flat screen television. Hallelujah!!!The breakfasts in New York are just out of this world. No greasy spoon fries here my friends. There’s a diner adjoined to the New Yorker which does fabulous eggs Benedict, potato grits, grilled bacon and poached egg, giant pancakes and syrup. The list is endless. I can guarantee that after having one of their breakfasts you won’t eat again until teatime. Don’t forget to tip the lovely waitress. Her smile alone is worth five bucks!!The sights in New Yorkare endless. There’s the gi-normous Central Park which makes Phoenix Park look like a small beer garden. Central Park is where lovers go for a kerfuffle on the park bench of an afternoon while others lie on the grass, read a book and zone out from the helter skelter life on the avenue. People said to me you should go up the Empire State building and take in the view. Sorry, but me and heights don’t agree. I use to get vertigo just watching the BMX bike going over the edge of the cliff in the Pepsi Max adverts!!!!!What I would seriously recommend is a visit down to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Personally, I love Ellis Island. For those who don’t know, this was the harbour where millions of immigrants, many of whom were Irish, descended to in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Still standing are the checking stations where immigration officers let you in or threw you out. Take the guided tour on a headset and you almost feel like you are stepping back in time. It does sound bonkers but you can almost feel and hear families clattering about with their luggage. Spooky or what? For the shopaholics like myself, there are Macy’s and Bloomingdales both of which are in midtown Manhatten. These stores are staggering in size. Macy’s alone is about the size of Donegal county! I’m not kidding. (Personally, I think that is where Lord Lucan has been holed up all these years!!!). Macy’s at Christmas is fab. They have a toy train set which snakes its way around the top of the tenth floor as far as the eye can see.Lastly, and not by least, there are Time Square and Broadway. Time Square at night is absolutely amazing. There is a live cam so you can talk to your family and folks back home. It’s glitzy and packed with techie shops, toy stores and restaurants. A few minutes away is Broadway, New York’s theatre land. Whatever you do, don’t go toNew Yorkand and not see a show. Grab a bite to eat in one of the nearby restaurants which adorn their walls with caricatures of actors appearing on stage. It’s fantastic.Sadly, the worst thing about New York is leaving. A three-day trip, flying out of Dublin, Shannon or even Belfast, is just not long enough to take in the sights and soak up the atmosphere and all that Irish heritage oozing out of buildings. And you will never be stuck for an Irish pub either. There’s almost one on every pavement.In the immortal words of crooner Frank Sinatra: “Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today……’’Ooops!! I almost forget. The massive streets in New York are called Avenues. And the not so big ones are called Streets. The avenues go in one direction and the streets then criss-cross. Sounds simple? Yeah, right. Ask the blokes on Top Gear how they got on. The secret to not getting lost like James May, Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson from TG is don’t driver a car. Get a cab. There’s millions of them. Take the stress out of your trip and hop a cab. Taxi for Donegal Daily……TRAVEL FEATURE: TAKING A BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE!! was last modified: September 17th, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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)last_img read more

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GARDAÍ HUNT DRUGS SUSPECTS AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE

first_imgDONEGAL GARDAÍ are hunting drugs suspects who fled officers during a dramatic high speed chase.The weekend chase through the streets of Letterkenny could have had fatal consequences, according to eye-witnesses.Drugs unit Gardaí were on the tail of a suspect in a Seat Leon who refused to stop when ordered to do so. Instead the suspected dealer took off at high speed, going the wrong way around roundabouts, mounting footpaths and reaching high speeds.Gardaí were forced to stop the chase, fearing the suspect would kill another road user.An eye-witness who saw the car chase at the Ballyraine Roundabout said the driver of the Seat Leon could have caused carnage.“I couldn’t believe it when I saw this guy coming out of nowhere with three Garda cars behind him. He went the wrong way around the roundabout. “It was around midnight on Saturday night so there was still traffic on the road. If anybody had been coming around that roundabout they would have been killed.“It was the most frightening thing I have ever seen. I was still shaking a couple of hours later thinking about it.“If I had been a few seconds earlier then that car could have ploughed into me,” said the driver.The Seat was later found abandoned in Meadow Hill in the town.The vehicle was taken away for forensic examination. GARDAÍ HUNT DRUGS SUSPECTS AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE was last modified: June 9th, 2014 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:chasecrimeletterkennylast_img read more

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SMILE waste swap for businesses launches new Donegal programme

first_imgThe SMILE Resource Exchange has just launched a new environmental support programme for businesses in Co Donegal interested in finding ways to improve their current wastes and by-product streams.SMILE Resource Exchange is a free service for businesses that encourages the exchanging of resources between its members in order to save money, reduce waste going to landfill and to develop new business opportunities.This new addition to the SMILE service offering means that members can avail of free expert environmental assistance to identify potential resource efficiencies within their processes. Businesses can discover alternatives to recycling or landfill, new product opportunities, linkages with other companies and associated savings. The SMILE Resource Exchange programme now has over 1,500 business members nationally and over 454 successful synergies recorded to date. This equates to an estimated 35,000 tonnes of material diverted from landfill or recycling and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €6.4m million. “With sustainability fast becoming more and more important to Irish consumers, businesses are quickly realising that a sustainable business model not only aids their marketing efforts, it has a positive effect on their bottom line too,” said Michelle Green, project manager with SMILE Resource Exchange.“The team here at SMILE is excited at the prospect of offering even more in-depth assistance to our member companies. We are currently tendering for the right expertise nationwide with a view to having a panel of environmental experts at the ready, in each region of the country.”Since its inception in 2010, members of SMILE have created lots of positive stories with their exchanges: for example there are a number of hotels that have linked with charities to find good homes for furniture following refurbishments; building contractors linked with playgrounds and outdoor activity centres to reuse no longer required Astro Turf; hospitals linked with retirement homes to reuse beds; label liners that were previously sent to landfill are now being recycled; waste food generators connected with anaerobic digester sites to generate biogas; waste glass reprocessed for use in the manufacture of eco construction products, and many more. “The SMILE Resource Exchange facilitates our meeting the region’s strategic objectives, in particular by illustrating how better management of our resources can benefit the region both environmentally and economically. The SMILE project helps people in business to change their behaviour and to prioritise waste prevention at the planning stage,” says Sinead Ni Mhainnin, Resource Efficiency Officer of the Connaught Ulster Waste Region.Becoming a member of the SMILE Resource Exchange is free at www.smileexchange.ie. Businesses with an interest in availing of SMILE technical support can contact the team on 026 20520 or info@smileexchange.ie. SMILE is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Connaught Ulster Waste Management Office.SMILE waste swap for businesses launches new Donegal programme was last modified: April 9th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:smile resource exchangelast_img read more

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What the Oakland A’s must address this winter

first_imgOAKLAND — After their surprising decision to not offer a contract to Mike Fiers last week, the A’s need for starting pitching only became even more obvious.A’s Executive Vice President Billy Beane and General Manager David Forst have already deemed the rotation as their main focus this winter, but that’s not the only position of need they’ll be looking to full during next week’s MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.Key pieces from the A’s unexpected 2018 playoff run remain unsigned, and plenty of …last_img read more

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Sharks top Edmonton Oilers as turnaround continues

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Sharks center Tomas Hertl attracted a crowd after he threw an accidental hip check on Connor McDavid in the second period of Tuesday night’s game with the Edmonton Oilers.When he got out of the penalty box, he skated toward the front of the Oilers’ net and found himself all alone as he tapped in a pass from Erik Karlsson past goalie Mike Smith.Hertl was one of six players to score at SAP Center for the …last_img read more

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