Binnie ‘happy’ with overall performance

first_imgKINGSTON:Jamaican and Caribbean men’s champion Chris Binnie finished second at the TRAC North of Scotland Professional Squash Association tournament which wrapped up on Sunday in Aberdeen, Scotland.Although unseeded, Binnie fought his way to the final, beating Richie Fallows of England 11-9, 3-11, 11-2, 11-8 in the first round, and Fallows’ teammate Joe Green 6-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarter-finals.In the semi-finals Binnie rallied from a first game loss to beat Englishman Eddie Charlton, ranked 65 in the world, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7.However, the Jamaican’s winning streak ended in the final, as he went down 4-11, 4-11, 7-11 to Yousseff Soliman of Egypt.”Although I’m disappointed that I lost in the final I am very happy about my performance throughout the week as it will improve my ranking,” said Binnie.The national and regional champion is heading to Switzerland to compete in the Pilatus Cup, which starts tomorrow.”There were many positives to take away from doing well in Scotland and I’ll be working for an even better result in Switzerland,” said Binnie.last_img read more

Meet Lone Star’s New Head Coach

first_imgJames Salinsa Debbah, the new head coach of the Lone star, was born in Monrovia on December 14, 1967. He began his professional football career with traditional club, Mighty Barolle in 1984.In 1989, he left Liberia for Union Douala of Cameroon, where he played for only a season and moved on to France in 1990 to French side Olympique Alès.In 1991, Debbah moved to AS Monaco and played the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals.A year later, he moved to Olympique Lyonnais. In 1995, Salinsa moved across French Ligue 1 to OGC Nice, where he played until 1997.In that year, Debbah moved to the Belgian League side, R.S.C. Anderlecht but later moved back to Ligue 1 for one season with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).He played for PSG for some time and moved on to Turkish Super League side, Ankaragücü for the 1998 and 1999 seasons; afterward, he moved on to Iraklis in Greece.After a short spell with Iraklis, Debbah moved to Al-Jazeera Club in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he played from 2001–2003, and then moved on to Muharraq Club and played from 2003–2004 in Muharraq, Bahrain.Four years after leaving Muharraq Club, he moved on to the Indonesian Super League side, PKT Bontang for only one season. After a while, he resigned from both national and club football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bulkan denies usurping Local Govt Commission’s authority

first_imgNineteen months after the historic return of Local Government Elections in Guyana, the non-functionality of the constitutional organ, the Local Government Commission (LGC), ended as eight members of the body were appointed in October 2017. But accusations of Government interference via Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan are still being recorded. Nevertheless, Minister Bulkan has contended otherwise, indicating that last week’s swearing in of Mayors and Deputy Mayors was testament to his Government’s commitment to local democratic organs. He was at the time responding to the media on concerns that he was overtaking the role of the LGC even after the body was duly constituted.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan“There is little or no evidence to suggest that this Administration is not committed to ensuring that the democratic governance obtains and that there is respect for organs created by the Constitution. I have no power to usurp the authority of the Local Government Commission, it’s created by an Act of Parliament and I am committed and I am discharging respect for the Local Government Commission to allow for the discharge of their duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Constitution,” the Minister observed.Local Government CommissionerClinton CollymoreHowever, a different story was painted by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) LGC members who just a few weeks ago by their explanations indicated that there was political grandstanding on the part of the Minister, in that the body is being treated as just a front, while Central Government essentially runs the show. The Local Government Commission is the body that has oversight of the local government system, especially the Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and municipalities, such as Georgetown and Mabaruma. However, PPP Commissioners have highlighted that in spite of the LGC’s enactment budgetary allocations, the Communities Minister “continues to hold on” to vital areas of authority that fall under the Commission. LGC Commissioner Clinton Collymore told the press earlier this month that access to finance and space was a problem they were encountering.“We have a difficulty accessing funds, a difficulty accessing space and accommodation and a difficulty with how the Commission responds to public matters,” Collymore had disclosed, saying the Eping Avenue building does not cater for all the members of the Commission.Minister Bulkan however said last Wednesday that to the best of his knowledge, all of the sums that have been requested was disbursed or at the final stages of being disbursed.“Allocations have been made to the Local Government Commission in the sum of $20 million in 2017 representing recurrent expenditure and the sum $110 million in 2018 – $20 million representing capital expenditure and $90 million as recurrent expenditure,” he explained.“If [the] allocation proves to be insufficient, with justification, I’m sure that the Minister of Finance will allow for supplementary provision to be made later in the year,” he noted.Former Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker had however noted that the current Government has been written to about the situation on numerous occasions but to no avail.As the fallout over the LGC continues, elected PPP Opposition officials are highlighting, through the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that Government appointed Regional Executive Officers (REOs) of operating contrary to finance laws in Regional Democratic Councils. However Minister of State Joseph Harmon said last week the “little aberrations” being reported at PAC did not begin in 2015, noting that Government has been training REOs.last_img read more

Pensioners against electronic payment system – survey

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry (MoSP) plans to upgrade the present pension payment system to electronic, but might just have to ditch the idea because most pensioners are against the upgrade.This was related to Guyana Times on Friday by a reliable source attached to the MoSP, who also informed that the decision to ditch the upgrade was arrived at after a survey had been conducted.According to the source, the survey was conducted about three months ago by the Telecommunications Ministry, in collaboration with the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC).“Based on the reports from the survey, most of the pensioners did not want the upgrade,” the source informed.This newspaper was further informed that despite the findings from the survey, talks are ongoing for an upgrade to the old age pension system.The Government had first revealed its plan to introduce an electronic payment system for pensioners back in 2016. The intent of the system is to have pensioners uplift their monthly allocations through the local banks.Assistant Chief Probation and Social Services Officer Ricardo Banwarie had explained back then that, in the upgraded system, pensioners would sign on the coupon booklet and access their cash. The pensioners’ information would be entered into the database for the GPOC to keep record of pensioners in the system.“Added to that, we will be having the agents, for persons who are shut-ins, persons who are not capable of going to the Post Office to uplift their pensions. We will be able to have the names of the persons who are going to be authorised to uplift the pension on behalf of the pensioner in our data base,” Banwarie explained.He clarified that this new system was intended not to scrap the coupon booklet system, but to run parallel with it. Banwarie added that if a pensioner has to relocate, he or she must inform the Post Office.Then Social Protection Minister, Volda Lawrence, had told the National Assembly in 2016 that the new electronic payment system would be implemented in 2017.last_img read more

Huskies lose royal rumble with JDA Kings

first_imgWith the scoreboard reading 2-1, the offence continued in the first period, as Grande Prairie scored twice more in the opening frame.However, with just 51 seconds left, Huskies winger Brighton Campbell scored on a quick wrist shot, his third goal in as many games, cutting the lead in half 4-2, with the two assists going to two new faces in the Huskies line-up.Trevor Whynot and Brysan Eklund, two affiliate players called up from the NE B.C. & Yukon Tracker Flyers, got the helpers.Both Tracker call-ups played solid games for Fort St. John, which is not an easy task when your first game is on the road against the dominant force that is Grande Prairie.Advertisement The Huskies’ four game losing streak was snapped, courtesy of an 8-2 road loss, as the team was outshot 39-32 in the process.With the win, the JDA Kings extended their winning streak to an impressive 13 games, and have now earned 30 wins so far this season.Right off the bat, the visiting Huskies were faced with an even greater challenge than dethroning the Kings, as their leading scorer, Robbie Sidhu, did not make the trip to Alberta, nursing what the Huskies coaching staff is calling an upper body injury.- Advertisement -The JDA Kings weren’t the friendliest of hosts Tuesday evening, providing the Huskies a two goal deficit only five minutes into the game.Nolan Trudeau scored twice within the first 4:50, once at even strength, and the second on the power-play.At the 6:59 marker of the first, Blair Karasiuk provided his Huskies a shot of hope, as the centerman scored his eighth goal of the season, with the lone assist going to Dylan Houle.Advertisement With the lead cut in half entering the second period, the remainder of the game belonged to the home town JDA Kings, as Grande Prairie scored once in the second on the power-play, then three more times in the third, as Ryan Trudeau completed his hat-trick to produce the 8-2 final score.Special teams were a factor in Tuesday’s game, as the Huskies went 0-for-6 on the power-play, while the JDA Kings cashed in on two of their ten man-advantages.The Huskies (11-17-0-2) will now shift their focus to their neighbouring rivals, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks (12-17-0-2), who will be in Fort St. John Thursday evening. It’s a big game in the standings for the Huskies, as they only trail the Junior Canucks by two points, so a win would see the Huskies move into a tie with Dawson Creek for fifth in the standings.Thursday’s home game hits the ice at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

El Segundo water tower gets a glow

first_imgThough an initially expensive investment – strands average $9 each – LEDs last longer than old-fashioned lights, and “in one Christmas alone they pay for themselves,” Lyon said. But El Segundo isn’t getting too far ahead of itself with its new holiday festivities. More than 25 years ago, lighting the water tower was apparently an annual holiday practice, McDowell said. And El Segundo loves tradition, so residents could be seeing a glowing water tower again next winter. “Why not?” McDowell said. “It’s energy efficient, and therefore low cost and has the tiniest of carbon footprints. It harkens back to a tradition to the past, and that’s always good in El Segundo.” El Segundo isn’t the only South Bay community to have an environmentally friendly bit of holiday cheer. Torrance has two Christmas trees illuminated with LED lights, and the recent King Harbor Christmas Boat Parade in Redondo Beach featured a vessel strung with LED lights. And for residents looking for an early start toward a green Christmas 2008, the South Bay Energy Savings Center will resume its light exchange program Jan. 2. Southern California Edison customers can exchange two strands of incandescent holiday lights for a couple strands of LEDs, Lyon said. Call 310-543-3022 for more information. andrea.woodhouse@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonEl Segundo city workers this month strung 24 strands of light-emitting diodes – about 1,680 individual lights – along the tower’s catwalk, Mayor Kelly McDowell said. The result is an icy-blue glow encircling the iconic 105-foot-tall structure in the 400 block of Lomita Street – sort of like the rings of Saturn. “It’s fairly bright given the modest number of lights because the LEDs are bright,” McDowell said. And they’re cheap. Running 300 incandescent holiday lights for a year would cost someone about $80, Lyon said; the same number of LED lights would cost 43 cents. El Segundo children shouldn’t worry about Santa Claus skipping over their tiny town tonight. If the big guy has any doubt where the sleepy community sits, he can just look for the city’s illuminated landmark water tower – an old tradition brought back this season after decades of darkness. And if El Segundo needed any help getting off Santa’s naughty list, the new light display might nudge it to the nice side: the city’s new holiday glow comes courtesy of energy-efficient, environmentally friendly LED lights. “It’s a very popular thing now to be moving toward green,” said Marilyn Lyon, program director of the South Bay Energy Savings Center, which provided El Segundo the lights gratis. “Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for your pocketbook, too.” last_img read more

UP, UP AND AWAY OVER THE FINN VALLEY – PICTURE SPECIAL!

first_imgThe skies above Convoy were full of light aircraft of all shapes and sizes yesterday.The event was a fly-in by the Finn Valley Flying Club which proved huge attraction for young and old alike.Photographer Tony Nee was there to capture all the action. UP, UP AND AWAY OVER THE FINN VALLEY – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: August 12th, 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:Finn Valley Flying clubTony Neelast_img read more

BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

first_imgSome of the local business that have come on board to sponsor advertiseing boards at Convoy GAA Centre of Excellence, included are Ciaran Kelly, Michael Mc Menamin, James Boyle, Barry Mackey and Frankie Doherty Photo Brian McDaidBUSINESSES and individuals are throwing their weight behind the new GAA Centre of Excellence  and Training Centre in Convoy.And here’s your chance to get involved in an incredible initiative which will serve players from underage to senior level over the next few years.Businesses who purchase a pitch sign before 31st December 2013 for €500 could WIN the naming rights of the Centre for 2 Years. The cost of the sign – with your company logo displayed on the grounds for minimum 3 years – is included in the €500.Individuals and fans can also buy a plot for just €20 at the centre and they will be in a draw for 1st Prize €2k, 2nd Prize €1k 3rd Prize €500“When the the Centre is fully operational the facility will serve the needs of our county teams, development squads, clubs schools and colleges for both the ladies and men’s Gaa in football, hurling and camogie,” says county board treasurer Grace Boyle.“Get behind us and let’s achieve this for all our young people.” Visit http://www.donegalgaa.ie – or click on the advert on the front of Donegal Daily! BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE! was last modified: November 20th, 2013 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:BUSINESSES GETTING BEHIND GAA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE – NOW HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CONVOY GETS READY FOR ANNUAL 5K

first_imgBingo Continues in Hall on Tues at 8.30 Lotto result 27-7-14 Counties drawn KE OY LM GY, 10 matched 2. 5 winners Mary Bonner Bingo, Kathleen Toner, Chris Breen, Liam Prunty & Reece Gallagher Convoy. Jackpot next week €3800.Sterling Bingo THIS Tues 5th AugTraining for Senior Ladies on Wed at 7 and Fri at 7.30 Check FB for match updates Gaelic for Mothers and Others wed at 8.15 new players always welcome .Training on Friday for the under 12 girls from 6 to 7. Please bring €2 and gum shield.Training for u 16 girls Mon from 6.30U13 boys friendly away v Glenfin on THURSDAY Aug 7th next. Bus times: Raphoe @ 5.30; Convoy (Green) @ 5.45; Drumkeen (Grotto) @ 6. Game starts at 7. Bring €2 and gumshields St Marys Gaa Club will be hosting their Annual 5k on Tues Aug 12th reg from 6 at the Clubhouse with race /walk at 7.30 Cost €7Seniors and reserves had no games at the weekend .U 21 Championship will be starting soon check page for detailsBest wishes to Niamh Mailey and Kelly Wilson and the Donegal Senior Ladies as they take on Kerry in the Championship. GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CONVOY GETS READY FOR ANNUAL 5K was last modified: August 4th, 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:ANNUAL 5KST MARY’S CONVOY GAA CLUBlast_img read more

FUBA confirms teams for FIBA Africa U16 championships

first_img Tags: Arnold KatabiEscodata Stephen NyekoFIBA Africa U16 National Championships qualifiersGrace KwizeraHajji Santur MohammedHenry MalingaHudson SsegamwengeRonnie Mutebitop Some of the players pose for a picture with officials at Lugogo on Monday. (PHOTOS/AGENICES)LUGOGO – The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association has confirmed the teams that will feature at the FIBA Africa U16 National Championships qualifiers.The two teams are set to take part in the qualifiers that will take place in Kigali, Rwanda between June 10th and 15th, 2019.This was confirmed at a press briefing held at Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo on Monday,The press briefing had FUBA’s General Secretary Hudson Ssegamwenge, General Manager National team committee Hajji Santur Mohammed, Assistant Grace Kwizera, Arnold Katabi (PR and Marketing), Escodata Stephen Nyeko (Youth Commissioner) all present, to confirm the teams.Uganda will send both the boys (Junior Silverbacks) and Girls (Junior Gazelles), who are expected to depart on, Saturday June 8th-2019.The regional Zone V championship will also double as qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Girls Basketball Championship also to be hosted by Rwanda, in August.Uganda will compete with neighboring countries including Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Egypt, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.The two teams have been holding regular training sessions with Boys, under coach Ronnie Mutebi (Warriors) and Henry Malinga (JKL) while the girls are under Coach Roger Sserunyigo (UMU Ravens) and Harriet Lubowa.The girls entered residential camp on Sunday at Africa Bible University in Lubowa.The confirmed SquadsBoysValentino Labeja, Musoke Muwanguzi Luswata, Karugire Mugina, Rwabogo Mumutiine Rubanza, Alex Twahili, Anguci Dralega, Mpungu Cyril Francis, Justine Evan Odoch, Moustapha Lalani, Micah Owiny Abraham, Joel Andinda, Sharma Suubi, Andrew Ssendawula, Roland Muwanguzi Waliggo, Frank Elvis Tumusiime, Adrian Nsokwa David, Adrian Nsokwa David, Adukan Elijah Obware, Harold Amara.GirlsEsther Kwagala, Mary Najjuma, Linda Aber, Shilla Lamunu, Patience Karungi, Gertrude Nyamutooro, Sylvia Nasagorwoth, Sylvia Namuddu, Rwabogo Kendagano, Regina Ajuma, Penitah Nabakooza, Patience Nantume, Gift Naluyima Bisoboka, Mary Najjuma, Alinda MutabaziComments last_img read more