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Other matches on today DEFENDING Senior urban netball champions Excelsior High will start the defence of their title today when action in groups C and E in the ISSA schoolgirl competition continues today among senior and junior teams. The defending champions, who compete in Group C, will open their campaign away to Campion College and are expected to get off to a winning start. In a recent interview with The Gleaner, head coach Christopher Smart, who last year tasted success in what was his first season in charge of the team, remains very confident that his unit can go all the away, despite losing a few of his top players to local tertiary institutions. “We have lost 50 per cent of our players from last year’s winning team, but we will be stronger this season as we have gotten some top players from other high, school teams”, said Smart. Last year’s captain, Crystal Crawford, who plays at centre, will lead the charge for the defending champions along with wing attack Latian Stewart and Zaudi Green, who plays at both ends of the court. They were also members of last year’s winning team. They will be joined by newcomers, Racoya Douglas, who played at the goal shooter position for St Hugh’s last year, along with former Haile Selassie High defender Natassia Duncanson. Despite coming off a good 33 -17 win over former champions St Hugh’s in their opening match last Friday, the Campion College girls will have a hard task in maintaining their winning record here, as the defending champions look set to start their campaign with a big win. Both teams will also meet in, junior action, starting at 2:30 p.m., as Campion will be hoping to bounce back from a defeat at the hands of St Hugh’s in their opening match, where they were beaten 25-8. Group C – St Hugh’s vs Alpha Group D – Cumberland vs Mona -St Mary’s College vs Meadowbrook – Tivoli vs Donald Quarrie
Dear Editor,Indian Diaspora Council International (USA) and partners in Guyana and Trinidad will host a global convention in Trinidad from March 17 to 20 at various sites on that island to commemorate the centenary of the end of girmitya (indentured) labour from India. There will also be symposiums and cultural melas in Guyana to commemorate same at various locations on different dates. Presenters are attending from various parts of the globe at the Trinidad convention. Presenters are coming from around the region and India for the series of symposiums in Guyana. The theme of the convention is “Aspirations and Interest; Reflecting on the Past and Planning for the Future”. The aim of the convention and symposiums is to strengthen the association of diaspora with each other and with Mother India, connect the diaspora youths with their roots and each other around the globe, and cement cultural relations with Mother India.Location: The mini conference will be held in Guyana over several days beginning on March 3 (separate memo to follow). The Dharmic Sabha is hosting a symposium on March 10 at the Kendra and there will be others on March 11 on the Corentyne and in Georgetown, and the following week in Anna Regina. Other activities are also planned post-Phagwah.In Trinidad, a dinner reception will be hosted by the High Commissioner on March 18. This is preceded by an opening ceremony from a Minister of Government from India, as well as a banquet on the evening of March 19 and unveiling of a monument on March 20 to memorialise those girmityas who sacrificed their lives for the survival of Indian communities. This will be followed by luncheon hosted by a government official and visits to historic sites.It is an open conference with a call for presentation of papers by scholars on varied topics pertaining to the diaspora. Scholars from around the globe have confirmed their attendance. Guyanese are invited to attend the convention as guests or as presenters. There is no registration fee and all meals and local transport are free. Some limited complimentary or minimal cost accommodation is also available. The public is invited and participation is not restricted.Heads of State and governments have been invited, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been asked to deliver the keynote address. Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth has been invited as a Special Guest of Honour. In addition, the former President of Singapore and Governor General of New Zealand, as well as the former PMs of Trinidad and former Presidents of Guyana and Suriname have been invited as Guests of Honour. The PMs and Ministers of several Caribbean girmitya countries have also been invited.Many hundreds, if not thousands of attendees from around the Caribbean region plus Trinidad. For further info, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
After months of denial, the Ministers of Natural Resources and Finance admitted that the Government of Guyana did in fact receive a bonus last year when they signed a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) contract with ExxonMobil. The confession came during the 2018 Budget debate, when a “smoking gun” in the form of the Finance Ministry’s instruction to the Bank of Guyana, (BoG) dated Sept 20, 2016 and headed: “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”, was unearthed.At the end of October of this year, social activist and accountant/lawyer Chris Ram revealed the existence of the bonus, which the two aforesaid ministers consistently denied in carefully parsed language. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and a wide cross-section of civil society immediately demanded that Government acknowledge the Bonus and disclose its whereabouts, since it had not been placed in the Consolidated Fund, as was later confirmed during the Budget debate.The Government’s spokespersons, as well as the subject ministers, adamantly maintained their denials.While there has been some debate as to the comparative benefits between signing bonuses and opting for a greater share in profits, the former are fairly standard in the petroleum industry. Thus the facticity of the bonus in and of itself is not an issue, but the secrecy on the matter is, especially when, from the onset of oil discovery in 2015, there has been an emphasis on, and commitment to, “transparency” by all concerned parties, including the Government. In fact, the Government gave great publicity to its successful efforts to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).Since the EITI demands: “…countries participating in the EITI, companies are required to publish what they pay to Governments and Governments are required to publish what they receive from companies”, one wonders what will be the action of the body on Guyana’s membership, since the Bonus payment was not mentioned in the latter’s application for membership. The application was made in August of this year — a year after Guyana received the Bonus and secreted it in the BoG – and was approved in October. There is now incontrovertible evidence that Guyana entered the body on false pretences.The EITI’s response is very critical at this juncture, since there has always been great skepticism about Guyana’s ability, and even willingness, to maintain transparency because of the disequilibrium of size and resources between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil. This issue was raised when Minister Trotman took a large team on an all-expenses-paid trip to Exxon’s headquarters in Texas to ostensibly discuss “policy” matters.The Bonus is now being described by Minister Trotman as a payment by Exxon to cover “legal fees” that are being incurred to prepare Guyana’s case to the ICJ when the UN Secretary General sends the Venezuela Border Controversy to that institution by Dec 31, as promised, for resolution. But the Finance Minister has no authority to create any such fund under the laws of Guyana. Trotman was not negotiating on behalf of a private entity, such as NICIL, which can retain funds until it decides to transfer them into the Consolidated Fund, but for the GoG.They committed illegalities, in the first instance, to create the Fund; and subsequently, to deny the existence of the latter. For the Ministers to split hairs and accuse interlocutors of not asking them questions specific to the quantum of the bonus is beyond surreal, when the entire transaction was shrouded in secrecy. This secrecy was totally unwarranted, and Trotman and Jordan cannot escape by wrapping themselves in the flag of patriotism. It has indeed been truly said that “patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels”.A “signing bonus”, as pointed out, is very common in oil production, and is classified as “Government revenues”, which are fungible. There was nothing Venezuela could do if it had been revealed that Guyana was using its revenues to prepare its legal case on the border controversy, and not to do so would have been very imprudent.The Government has to be held accountable for this deception.
• Video: Sewer line disputeWHITTIER – When several sewer lines in South Whittier backed up during the heavy 2005 winter rains, Dora Ramirez’s house filled with a foot of smelly water. The water soon receded, but within a month she said large patches of her hair began falling out and she could not get out of bed long enough to get to a doctor. She said two of her dogs had to be put to sleep after falling ill. At about the same time, Ramirez, 32, noticed cracks in the floor of her home along the same side of the house where, she later found out, there was a sewer line. Large sink holes appeared over the line in both her front and back yards, she said. Before long, she said, she and her family were forced to move out to one bedroom of her mother-in-law’s house, where they’ve lived for the past year. Now Ramirez is suing the Sewer Maintenance Division of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works for $500,000 after months of trying to get someone to fix the pipes so her home can be repaired. “This is sewer water that’s leaking; it’s toxic waste,” Ramirez said. “I can’t possibly live here with my two kids. I just want someone to fix it.” Ramirez’s 6-year-old daughter suffered rashes, but Ramirez said she was the only one to have direct exposure when sewer water came up the drain into the bathtub while she was showering. “The water was cold, but it burned my feet,” she said. At first Ramirez did not realize it was sewer water until she contacted an engineer about her house sinking on one side and water repeatedly seeping up through the floors. It was almost three months after the initial overflow before she contacted the Sewer Maintenance Division of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works. Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county’s Department of Public Works, declined to comment on the specifics of Ramirez’s case since it is in litigation. But he did say that the pipe on Ramirez’s property was the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain because it was not a main line. This jurisdictional issue is a big part of the dispute between the two sides, said Michael Buley, Ramirez’s attorney. According to Buley, the county sent crews several times to check the line, clear it out with water, videotaped the inside of the pipe and performed a soil test in the yard. Meanwhile, the county never disputed its jurisdiction over a manhole in the corner of Ramirez’s yard that overflowed and flooded the back part of the yard during the initial leaks, he said. “If they think everything’s hunky dory and it’s not their responsibility, why are they going through all that trouble to check everything?” Buley said. The videotape showed a “gradation level three” crack, which the county determined was not significant enough to be the cause of the backup, he said. Buley is arguing that it at least contributed to the backup, as well as roots shown in the main pipes that he said was the county’s responsibility to keep clear. One of the weak points of Ramirez’s lawsuit is connecting her blood toxicity levels to the sewage leak, Buley said. The soil test is a key part of proving the link. Meanwhile, Ramirez’s home is in limbo; until the pipes are fixed she cannot repair or sell her house – or live in it. “I don’t care about the money. I just want them to fix it so I can get back home,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
20 20 4. Crystal Palace: goal conceded every 7 shots 17. Huddersfield Town: goal conceded every 20.67 shots 7. Bournemouth: goal conceded every 8.89 shots 2. West Ham: goal conceded every 6.8 shots 20 20 20. Burnley have conceded a goal every 22.6 shots in the league this season – click the arrow above, right, to find out where each Premier League team ranks 5. Everton: goal conceded every 7.7 shots 16. Manchester City: goal conceded every 18 shots 20 8. Brighton: goal conceded every 9 shots 20 14. Southampton: goal conceded every 15.5 shots There are games where shot after shot doesn’t get quite go close enough, but there are others where almost every effort comes off.Liverpool’s defence, for example, has been the source of immense frustration already this season, but just how poor have they been at defending strikes on goal?talkSPORT.com have found out how many shots it has taken before each Premier League team has conceded a goal this term – scroll through the gallery above to see the full ranking. 13. Tottenham Hotspur: goal conceded every 14.66 shots 15. West Bromwich Albion: goal conceded every 16.5 shots 20 20 10. Chelsea: goal conceded every 10.8 shots 11. Stoke City: goal conceded every 11.5 shots 20 18. Swansea City: goal conceded every 20.8 shots 9. Leicester City: goal conceded every 9.44 shots 20 19. Manchester United: goal conceded every 21 shots this season 20 3. Arsenal: goal conceded every 6.88 shots 20 6. Watford: goal conceded every 8.11 shots 20 1. Liverpool: goal conceded every 4.33 shots 20 12. Newcastle United: goal conceded every 14 shots 20 20 20 20 20 20
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.AT&T is expected to launch its video service at the end of the year or early next year. It will initially be offered to about 60 percent of the community, or about 32,000 households. A company spokesman would not define the expected service area boundaries or how much the service would cost, but said the company eventually wants to serve all customers “in their territory.” “We want to be priced competitively,” said Gordon Diamond, an AT&T spokesman. “We can’t say the cost, we’re not actually providing service in California yet, so it’s premature to speculate on what pricing will be.” Under the plan, AT&T would route programming through its existing phone network, which the company is upgrading. A Time Warner representative said the company will continue to court customers with competitive prices and investment in the community, like sponsorship of the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. SANTA CLARITA – Cable TV customers may soon get a choice between AT&T and Time Warner under a deal being negotiated by city officials. Lawyers for AT&T and the city have not yet sealed the deal, but officials have given the go-ahead for a three-year contract. “For the first time, residents will have multiple choices for TV services. They won’t be limited to one cable company or satellite,” said Kevin Tonoian, the city’s technology services manager. Before Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp. consolidated their systems Aug. 1, each company served cable customers in designated parts of town. “We welcome competition,” said Deane Leavenworth, a spokesman for Time Warner. “Satellite is a strong competitor and we compete with the phone company on our cable modem service and with our phone service.” In the fall, Time Warner Cable will offer digital cable, high-speed Internet and digital phone services – each for $44.95 a month – and discount packages for bundling a pair or all three. Comcast is the largest cable operator in the country and Time Warner is the largest in Southern California, with 1.9 million subscribers in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Nevertheless, the Greater Los Angeles Area has the highest satellite subscription rate in the country. The two major satellite providers in Santa Clarita are Dish Network and DirecTV. Heather Black, a spokeswoman for Dish, said in an e-mailed statement that the company has no comment on AT&T’s entry into the market. DirecTV officials acknowledged the competition. “Exclusive programming like NFL Sunday Ticket, CD USA, (and) advanced services that include interactive content, like the upcoming features for the U.S. Open telecast, DVRs and expanded (high-definition) programming create what we in the industry call extremely sticky customers,” Robert Mercer, a DirecTV spokesman, said via e-mail. He noted the company may offer a nationwide broadband service as well as bundled offers. State law requires cable competitors to serve the same territory as existing providers. Usually, cities negotiate 15- to 20-year franchise contracts with cable operators. Time Warner has signed a franchise agreement with the city, but AT&T’s short-term deal is different. It allows the city to opt out if pending legislation stipulates more favorable terms. A bill now in the Legislature would regulate telecommunication providers like AT&T and Verizon through a statewide franchise. Assembly Bill 2987 must be passed by Aug. 31 or the process would need to start over in December, said Michael Murphy, the city’s intergovernment relations officer. If the law is adopted, it could take effect Jan. 1. In the meantime, Santa Clarita City Council members approved the three-year deal with AT&T to fill the gap between AT&T’s service launch and the time when the measure’s terms could go into effect, Tonoian said. The city has not taken a position on the bill, but the League of California Cities, a statewide group that advocates public policy on behalf of local governments, opposes it. A league representative said opposition centers on three areas: The bill would allow providers to pick and choose which areas they service, potentially leading to discriminatory practices; cities would no longer be able to negotiate the number of public access channels and the amount paid for them; and the bill could allow current cable providers to walk away from their contracts with cities. “We’re not against competition,” said Jennifer Quan, a league spokeswoman. “Under the current paradigm, AT&T can go to the city and negotiate a franchise agreement. Our concern is under 2987, they’re bypassing local process and not addressing the three issues.” But Diamond said the agreement does not specify how the system will be built out, and that public access provisions should be comparable. “We certainly are looking forward to providing customers with a new choice for video,” he said. “They haven’t really had much of a choice. That’s evidenced by the fact that cable rates have gone up 86 percent in the last 10 years.” email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
gameday cracker shining Mauricio Pochettino celebrates Tottenham’s stunning win over Ajax REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense PSV were playing for pride and were holding the Italians to a 1-1 draw – the exact result Tottenham needed to go through – but in the last minute of stoppage time the ball fell to Inter striker Mauro Icardi in the penalty area.Nick Viergever, once of Ajax, wasn’t about to let him score though, lunging into a perfectly timed challenge and shutting out the Argentine who was ready to roll the ball home.Without his intervention Spurs would have been out of the Champions League in the group stage, erasing this incredible run from the history books.You can see the incredible moment below… Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The final whistle had gone at the Camp Nou on December 11 with Tottenham earning a draw against Barcelona – but the north Londoners still weren’t through.PSV Eindhoven were away at Inter Milan with nothing to play for, knocked out of the reckoning by Mauricio Pochettino’s men in November.The Dutch side weren’t about to roll over and have their tummies tickled, mind you. huge blow deals LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES PSV Eindhoven’s Dutch defender Nick Viergever in action against Tottenham Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card PSV’s Nick Viergever denies Mauro Icardi with an unbelievable tackle 😱”Tottenham fans, get yourself out and buy a Viergever shirt!”If he didn’t make this, Tottenham would’ve gone out… pic.twitter.com/9i3VIjGOc7— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 11, 2018 2 On their run to the Champions League final, Tottenham Hotspur have had several heroes.Lucas Moura’s hat-trick against Ajax and equaliser against Barcelona make him one of the biggest, Fernando Llorente scored their vital goal against Manchester City, while Jan Vertonghen was majestic in the triumph over Borussia Dortmund, and Christian Eriksen saved Spurs against Inter Milan.Their biggest hero, though, doesn’t even play for the club. 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REPLY ADVICE Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’
PEP TALK AFP or licensors latest What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas It was a delightful finish from the Belgian, who was under increasing pressure to find the net following a string of under-par performances for Los Blancos.Luka Modric extended the advantage after the break before Darwin Machis pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.Domingos Duarte then scored again for the visitors with 12 minutes to make Madrid sweat but James Rodriguez made sure of victory three minutes into stoppage time.Real got off the perfect start as Benzema put them ahead with just two minutes gone.Gareth Bale’s cross from the right picked out the France international at the back post and Benzema fired home first time into the net from close range. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 3 rookie error Hazard celebrates with Ramos 3 Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Getty Images – Getty targets statement Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Zidane’s men continued their unbeaten start to the season Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ update 3 Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid on Saturday LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty Images – Getty Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule on target Silva saved a Ramos header and at the other end Victor Diaz sent a header narrowly wide before Duarte got Granada back to within a goal.Duarte slid in at the back post to score from close range after Diaz had flicked on Alvaro Vadillo’s corner from the right.James then wrapped it up in stoppage time with his first Real goal for more than two years.Odriozola cut the ball back to the onrushing James to fire home on the counter and he then became the ninth player to be booked when he was yellow carded for excessive celebration Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s men extended their unbeaten start to the LaLiga season with a 3-2 win over Granada.Karim Benzema had given Madrid an early lead at the Bernabeu before Hazard found the net, for the first time since his £89million move from Chelsea, in first-half stoppage time. appointed Puertas saw another effort drift wide before at the other end the hosts finally extended their advantage in first-half stoppage time.Federico Valverde poked the ball through to Hazard and he took one touch to control the ball before lifting it over Silva and into the net.Alphonse Areola was called into action for the first time three minutes after the break when he got down low to save Yangel Herrera’s effort from just outside the box and he then denied Duarte moments later from a similar distance.Madrid made it 3-0 in the 60th minute when Hazard burst forward down the left and cut back inside onto his right foot before rolling the ball across to Modric, who rifled home a superb right-footed effort from 25 yards.Granada were given a lifeline with 21 minutes remaining when Carlos Fernandez was brought down in the box by Areola, who was given a yellow card, and Machis converted the resulting penalty. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Granada suffered a blow after six minutes when Angel Montoro picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Maxime Gonalons.Madrid continued to enjoy the better of the game as Raphael Varane headed a Toni Kroos free-kick over before Benzema fired wide after latching onto Casemiro’s ball into the box.Federico Valverde sent a tame header straight at Rui Silva and Granada then had their first sight of goal but Antonio Puertas headed wide from Machis’ cross.Still Madrid piled forward and Sergio Ramos, Varane and Alvaro Odriozola all had shots blocked in quick succession.Dani Carvajal then saw Silva turn away his effort, with Madrid threatening to extend their advantage.
“They have good players but England being England, it is like Man United or Celtic, you have to win every game.“Both teams will be going to win it.” Asked if he expected England to win against Slovakia, the Celtic midfielder said: “I would love them to. If it helps us then I would definitely take that, yes.“England are a great team, here’s hoping they can do us a favour.”Gordon Strachan noted the form of Slovakia, who beat Scotland 3-0 last October, and the pressure England are always under.He said: “Slovakia are a good side. They have won five on the trot or something like that. Scotland captain Scott Brown “would love” England to beat Slovakia to help his side reach the World Cup.Gordon Strachan’s side were given fresh hope of reaching Russia next summer with a convincing 3-0 win in Lithuania on Friday night.With three Group F fixtures remaining, the third-placed Scots are six points behind leaders England and four behind Slovakia, who face each other at Wembley on Monday night while Malta visit Hampden Park. A win for the Auld Enemy against Slovakia, assuming Scotland take care of the group’s bottom side, would leave them relishing the visit of the Slovaks in October before travelling to Slovenia for the final fixture.