Following stringent operations undertaken by agents of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), two persons were on Tuesday arrested and later released on station bail for trying to dispose of some 375 boxes of smuggled chicken, which weighed approximately 15,000 pounds (lbs).GRA disclosed that several operations were conducted across the country in Georgetown, Demerara and Berbice, where the foreign chicken was discovered.The smuggled product was seized from two separate cold storage facilities in East Berbice, Region Six, after it was discovered that the commodities were unlawfully being disposed of by the curators. It was noted that, over the past week, members of the GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) assisted in the seizure of 190 boxes and one pack of chicken from one of the locations in Corentyne, Berbice, and 52 boxes and one pack from another facility at Annandale, East Coast of Demerara.GRA explained that other exercises were also conducted in Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice and in the Bourda Market, Georgetown, with more “irregularities in the sale of uncustomed chicken” being noted. Seizures and legal action were taken.“The GRA seized an aggregate of 268 boxes and two packs of chicken (weighing approximately 10,720 lbs). That amount was handed over to the Ministry of Public Health for appropriate use under the instruction of the Commissioner-General,” the country’s premiere revenue-collecting agency said.GRA added that in future it would seek to “minimize recurrences” of smuggled chicken entering the local market. The seized chicken will be donated “for utilisation by the appropriate Ministries and other State Agencies, rather than offering them for sale to the general public”.The revenue body said it is in the process of acquiring and establishing cold storage facilities in its warehouses in Berbice and Georgetown. Between January and April, 2016, GRA noted, it had recouped some $114 million in previously lost revenues, which were recovered during anti-smuggling exercises. The body had emphasised the need for all businesses or persons who are required to pay taxes comply with all necessary requirements in terms of attaining licensing.
Dear Editor,The recent act by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) to recognise the historic feat achieved by our national team is highly commendable and worthy of much praise.The young team that won Guyana’s first Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship gold at the recently-concluded event in Suriname undoubtedly deserved the accolade for an outstanding performance, playing unbeaten throughout the competition.All this was achieved in the face of the many obstacles that were placed in front of them prior to leaving these shores to participate in the Championship, but instead of arriving in the Dutch territory as mere competitors, the team’s determination to prove that they were worthy of support must have served as a positive inspiration for their superb performance.The sport of basketball has been experiencing a lean period in terms of fan support, but the GABF executive headed by the indomitable Nigel Hinds went about the business of affording the teams every opportunity to prepare adequately unperturbed by low turnouts and piecemeal sponsorship and must be having the last laugh now.Hinds, a former national basketball and hockey player, showed how much he cared about the sacrifices that were being made by the players and their respective families and was determined to get the team to the Championship at all costs.In Guyana, many other administrators might have ‘thrown in the towel’ and abandoned the effort to get the team to the Championship and in the process, lose the opportunity to make history, but the determined GABF President aided by his understanding of the kind of damage not attending the Championship could cause an athlete’s psyche, especially after putting in the hard work to compete at a high level, was not prepared to face those players with news that they could not participate due to financial constraints.News of that kind can also affect the game’s viability and sustainability and cognisant of the sport’s struggling fan base, it probably would have been unreasonable to deny them the chance to compete.Hinds’s request for support from the Government failed to get approval, but even then with a huge cost attached to getting the team to Suriname, taking care of accommodation, transportation and meals, he stood his ground, even putting his integrity on the line, promising that they will participate in the Championship.It was a bold statement, but as it turned out, it was the right call and the rest is history; they made their President and the whole of Guyana proud.What is instructive about the GABF President’s resolve is that it rubbed off on the team and the coaching staff, but, more importantly, it clearly demonstrated the advantage of being a former player.He showed the kind of love that is associated with being a good parent; he went through that phase of preparation and knew how crucial it was to reward them for their dedication and commitment and in return they rewarded him with the ultimate achievement – the gold.While we agree that being a former player does not necessarily transform someone into an excellent administrator, having that background provides a distinct advantage because of that yearning to pull out all stops to make it possible.Sports in Guyana are hungry for more individuals like Hinds; our athletes are being held back by some who are immersed in their importance rather than the athlete and are unwilling to go the extra mile to fulfil the dreams of our youths.Hinds’s demonstration of sacrifice should serve as a shining example to other administrators and who knows? We may begin to see more and more outstanding results across the sports spectrum.Yours respectfully,Rawle Welch
The scene of the bus blaze.BREAKING NEWS: Gardai and the fire services have rushed to the scene of an incident in which a bus caught fire in Letterkenny.The bus which caught fire in Glencar, Letterkenny this morning.The bus, which was located in the Glencar area, was completely destroyed in the blaze which happened just before 9.45am.It is not known how the blaze started but it is not understood that anyone was hurt. Donegal Daily understands the bus was only purchased this week and this was its first run out.Two tenders of the fire service rushed to the scene just before 10am and brought the blaze under control.Traffic in the area was being turned back from the blaze which sent a huge plume of smoke into the skyline.One local man said “I’m not sure what happened or if anyone was hurt. I was just driving into my house and I saw this big blaze in the middle of the road. “It was only then that I realised it was a bus on fire. I’m not sure if it was a school bus or not.“I hope nobody was hurt. The fire brigade were arriving so I pulled away to allow them to do their job.”The remains of the bus after the fire was put out. EMERGENCY SERVICES RUSH TO SCENE OF BLAZING BUS was last modified: September 4th, 2014 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:donegalfireglencarLETETRKENNY
A local father who is trying to get more access to his only son has been forced to wait more than six months for an assessment by Tusla, the State’s child protection agency.The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, applied to the family court, sitting in Buncrana, last week to have more unsupervised access to his only son. The man is currently entitled to two hours of supervised contact with his four-year-old son every Saturday. A representative from Tulsa, who was present in court, said the agency would not be happy to change the access agreement without further assessment by a clinical psychiatrist.The social worker told the court that she believed the assessment was requested by the child and family agency in April. She said she chased it up with the psychiatrist, a Mr. Murray, in September but was informed that he had not carried out or started the assessment yet.The Tusla employee said she would chase this up with Mr. Murray again and she informed the court that the assessment could take up to three further months to carry out once it was started.The court heard that the local father is currently working five days a week in Dublin. He said he left in the early hours of Monday morning and returned every Friday evening. It also heard that the man had been previously had problems with alcohol but that he was taking steps to address that and that he hadn’t drank in some months. The man told the court that he attended AA meetings both in Dublin and Donegal.However the social worker informed the court that the psychiatrist would not be able to offer weekend appointments once the assessment period had begun.Solicitor for the child’s mother Mr. Ciaran MacLochlainn, who was in favour of the father having more access to her son, told the court that if it wasn’t for a mutual friend, the father would not have had been able to see her son at all.The court heard that Tusla didn’t work on weekends and did not offer supervision for custody visits on Saturdays and Sunday’s.Mr. MacLochlainn said the visits, which take place every Saturday from 10.30-12.30, wouldn’t have been possible without their friend carrying out the supervision on Tusla’s behalf.The Tusla social worker said the visits were going well and they were not happy to make changes to situation at this time. She said there had been concerns about domestic incidents in the past.However the court heard the couple had not been together in more than a year and that the father had not returned to the family home.Solicitor for the local father, Ms. Mary Colderick said her client just wanted to spend more time with his son.Judge Paul Kelly said because the couple were no longer together and there was no likelihood that they would be back living together so this should not be a consideration regarding access.He said the access seemed to be going well and he praised the man for ‘making great efforts’ to deal with his situation.“This man is getting himself back on track and it seems to be going well, I’m not convinced there is a need for supervision during their visits at this stage,” said Judge Kelly.“The assessment has been outstanding for some time and there is nothing to say that it will take place in the near future. The concerns here seem to be historical due to the impact of domestic violence but he is no longer in the home. There is no concerns about the treatment of their son so I’m going to dispense with the supervision for now,” added judge Kelly.However he gave Tusla the power to re-enter it at any time if they had any concerns or if any issues arise.As well as removing the supervision, Judge Kelly also extended the hours of father and son access to three and a half hours every Saturday. He said they could review this at a later date.Father waiting six months for assessment to see his son more was last modified: November 2nd, 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:courtsdonegalsonTUSLA
July 2007 Newsletter“Indeed, Africa’s time has come – and as communicators we are ready to tell our own stories, as Africans we will tell stories of an African continent. We are delegated by history to communicat Africa’s stories of success; the World cup is one of those stories to be told.” Nkenke Kekana, Chairperson 2010 National Communication Partnership Download Newsletter1.83 MB pdfJune 2007 NewsletterPreparations are in full swing for the second annual 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, to be held on 15 August at the Sandton Convention Centre. Download newsletter504KB pdfMay 2007 NewsletterThis is the first of monthly Partnership newsletters, to enable information sharing among communicators and to keep you informed about Partnership activities. So if you have information about activities for fellow communicators that advances the Partnership objectives – please send it to us. Download Newsletter348KB pdf
IPL-10’s first hat-trick man Samuel Badree was not celebrating for his exceptional feat as he was disappointed at his side Royal Challengers Bangalore’s defeat against Mumbai Indians here today. (Stats: Samuel Badree 12th bowler to take Indian Premier League hat-trick)”Yeah, of course. It is a special day. It was a Good Friday. It was a Good Friday for me. Unfortunately, it was not a Good Friday for the team. I just think we did not have enough runs on board,” Badree told reporters at the post-match press conference. (Samuel Badree takes first hat-trick of IPL 2017 as RCB take charge vs Mumbai Indians)”It is a nice feeling to get a hat-trick. To get three wickets in the Powerplay — normally teams chasing lose games but unfortunately it did not go our way tonight. Tremendous feeling to get a hat-trick but it could have been so much better if we had won,” said the leg-spinner who took the wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in three successive deliveries in the third over of Mumbai’s run chase. (Kieron Pollard’s 70 trumps Samuel Badree’s hat-trick as Mumbai defeat Bangalore)Despite Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli laying a good foundation, RCB did not get enough runs on the board to give a fight to Mumbai Indians, who rode to victory on the back of batting exploits of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. (Also Read: Virat Kohli hammers 27th fifty on return, becomes leading run-scorer in IPL history)”We had a good foundation, Chris at the beginning and Virat after that. But I just think we did not score enough runs. Credit needs to be given to Pollard and Krunal the way they batted with maturity,” said Badree. (Kieron Pollard happy to deliver in situation when champions are made)advertisementOn Pollard, Badree said, “Yeah, he got some balls in the arc and backed his strengths, which is down the ground. He batted with maturity. He showed a lot of guts and character and credit needs to be given to Krunal as well,” he added.Asked what went wrong with RCB’s batting, Badree said the team was a bit under par with the bat as 160 to 170-odd runs would have been a better score on a pitch which was slow.”It was the pitch, I think it was a bit slow. At the end of the day 142 was not special. I think we needed excess of 160. We looked at 160-170 at one stage, but did not capitalise on the start we got. All in all, we were a bit under-par with the bat,” said the West Indian.Asked about Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s weakness against leg-spin, Badree said, “I don’t think we had any specific strategy against Rohit Sharma per se, it was about the conditions.”He also said it was a tough decision to leave Shane Watson out and getting himself in because the management could have taken the decision keeping in mind drier conditions where spinners could be effective than the seamers.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis feared he might miss the ICC Champions Trophy after picking up an injury while playing for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the 27-year-old admitted on Sunday.Stoinis injured his shoulder while diving during a fielding drill in a May 5 tie against Royal Challengers Bangalore and immediately returned to Australia for further assessment.”Definitely,” he told www.cricket.co.au when asked if he thought he’d be forced to miss the tournament.”Initially they said it would be 4-6 weeks in a sling, but then that changed when I got home and it calmed down a little bit. It’s been good since then,” revealed the middle-order batsman who was part of Australia’s bitterly fought India tour before the IPL.Australia begin their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand on June 2.”With an injury, the first thing (you think about) is what you’re going to miss out on,” Stoinis continued.”So I tried to forget about that stuff as soon as I could because then you could go into a bit of a spiral, which is not a good place to be.”It’s all on track. I’ve been working pretty closely with the physios and everyone seems to be happy with how it’s going,” he added.It remains to be seen whether Stoinis is drafted in the first XI or not but if his unavailability would have meant one option less for Steve Smith and co.Stoinis produced one of Australia’s greatest ODI innings earlier this year when he bludgeoned a remarkable 146 not out against New Zealand at Eden Park, having been elevated into the squad when both skipper Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner missed the series.advertisement”It’s such a good team and there’s probably only a few guaranteed spots in there so everything’s up for grabs,” he said.Besides Smith and David Warner, ODI performers like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Travis Head, Stoinis could be battling fellow all-rounder Moises Henriques and batting powerhouse Chris Lynn for a spot in Australia’s top six.Stoinis said he would want to make a mark in the practice games.”We’ve got a couple of practice games … you’ve just got to take your opportunity and hopefully I get one. “You don’t get many opportunities in the Australian cricket team … so it was good to take that (chance) early on and hopefully that stands me in good stead for the competition,” he said.
Manchester United’s Juan Mata prefers to play as an attacking midfielder but the Spaniard has praised his team mates for helping him to flourish on the right wing, the 29-year-old said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with rivals Liverpool.In more than 150 appearances for United, Mata has been deployed either as an attacking midfielder or on the right wing, with all seven of his league appearances this season being made in wide areas.Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan has thrived in the central role during this campaign, scoring once and providing five assists in seven league games, but Mata is relishing his role out wide as it gives him freedom to cut inside and create chances.”Let’s say offensive midfielder,” Mata told United’s website when asked about his preferred role. (www.manutd.com) “But, obviously, I am playing more now on the right wing, when I try to come inside and create space for my team mates.”It’s this kind of freedom that allows me to be in touch with the ball, that’s where I feel comfortable,” said Mata.”I consider myself as this kind of attacking midfielder, trying to find the gaps between the opposition midfielders and defenders and produce what the team needs between the lines,” he added.Mata, who scored a memorable brace at Anfield in 2015, also said that netting a goal was far more rewarding than providing an assist.”The most important and the better feeling in football, for me, is scoring a goal,” Mata added.”Obviously, when you’ve made a great assist…is a great feeling, but obviously the best feeling is to score yourself.”advertisementUnited, who are second in the league after winning six of their opening seven fixtures, drew both games against Liverpool last season.
Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares Konstantinos Filippidis secured his place in the Men’s Pole Vault Final with a jump of 5.70 meters. The Greek athlete seemed very confident in the qualifying round as he finished second in place.Konstantinos Filippidis will compete in Monday’s Final for the Men’s Pole Vault Event. FIlippidis finished 2nd overall in qualifying with a jump of 5.70 meters. He completed all his jumps on his first attempt (5.30, 5.45, 5.70) and cleared 5.60 meters on his second attempt. No athlete was forced to jump 5.75 meters, which would lead to automatic qualification, since the competition was cleared to the final 12 players before that point.The final is scheduled for Monday at 7:35 PM. Filippidis will be a contender for a medal in the event after today’s confident showing. He is due for a big jump and if it comes on Monday he will finish in the top 3.
Barcelona will miss the services of Luis Suarez for two weeks as the striker undergoes stem cell treatment on his right knee, the La Liga champions announced on Monday.Suarez has been in pain for some time and was not included in Barcelona’s squad for their Champions League trip to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.Suarez now joins a list of Barcelona stars who are out injured. Sergi Roberto is also on the sidelines for three weeks with a hamstring injury he sustained in their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.Rafinha Alcantara is ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee, which also he sustained in the match against Atletico.Brazilian midfielder Arthur was also omitted from the squad with a thigh strain but Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho return after injury.After a subdued start to the season, Suarez had picked up and had hit the top form, scoring nine goals in the 12 matches he has played so far.Barcelona have been troubled by injuries to their stars this season. Even Lionel Messi had fractured his right forearm in an earlier match against Sevilla but has now fully recovered and is back to the field doing what he does best.After the weekend of La Liga, Sevilla are on top of the table with 26 points from 13 games while Barcelona are just a point behind on the second place.Atletico Madrid, Alaves and Espanyol occupy the third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. Real Madrid are sixth in the table with just 20 points from 13 matches.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –