TOP Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham will miss out on pre-season games in Asia after the International Champions Cup fell victim to the coronavirus.This summer’s tournament is set to be smaller, with matches just in Europe, North America and Australia.3 New Man Utd hero Mason Greenwood shone in the ICC last summer, hitting the winner against Inter MilanCredit: AFP or licensors3The three Premier League giants took part in the popular competition last year, with 18-year-old striker Mason Greenwood making his United breakthrough.But the BBC say ICC organisers believe there is too much uncertainty over the virus outbreak to include games in Asia this time around.The schedule has yet to be finalised but matches set for the USA are unlikely to be affected.3A spokesman for ICC promoter Relevant Sports told the BBC: “The health and safety of fans, clubs, players, staff and partners are our top priority.”Asia remains a key component of our global growth strategy and we look forward to hosting matches in the market in the near future.”Meanwhile, as the virus begins to spread rapidly across Europe, the Swiss Football League has been put “on hold” until March 23.It comes as Uefa chiefs spent just “two minutes” in talks with Prem bosses on the impact of the virus spreading.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticEurope’s football rulers declined to say if Champions League ties later this month could be played behind closed doors.And doubts also surround Euro 2020 play-offs at the end of March involving Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic.Many sporting events in Asia have already been called off or postponed due to the virus, while there are fears over this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and possibly even Euro 2020.
It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson And now that Helterbrand had stepped away from the league at the end of the 2016-2017 season, Scottie Thompson wants to eventually hold the distinction as Ginebra’s top guard .“Jayjay is Jayjay, what he gave to Ginebra will never be replicated,” said Thompson in Filipino Friday in Ginebra’s practice facility at Upper Deck Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I hope that one day I can make my own name in Ginebra, but as of now I’m just blessed that I’m part of this team.”Thompson was drafted fifth overall in the 2015 Draft and eventually became part of the All Rookie and All Star teams in 2016. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He then continued to grow as one of the team’s more reliable dogs, pairing with fellow All Star LA Tenorio in orchestrating Ginebra’s offense.Thompson said he feels the pressure to fill the void Helterbrand left, but it’s a challenge he would graciously accept.“Of course there’s pressure, but that’s the challenge because not everyone is given this chance,” said Thompson, who is a two-time champion in the PBA at just 24-years-old. “I’ll accept the challenge and I always work in practice what I can give to the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Cone wants to put Govs’ Cup triumph behind as All-Filipino Cup nears Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra has had a plethora of iconic point guards in its history, from the legendary Robert Jaworski to Bal David and Pido Jarencio.Jayjay Helterbrand then carried that mantle for much of the 2000s and early 2010s, winning the MVP plum in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT
The Montrose Bhakti Bhavan Mandir held its first Gita recitation competition earlier this week, which saw participation from a number of children.Participants in the recitation competitionOne of the organisers, Pandit Mahadeo Brijmohan, told Guyana Times that the competition was based on verses of the Bhagavad Gita. Emphasis was placed on Chapter 12; Bhakti Yogah which translates to the Path of Devotion.The four categories of the competition were the first five verses for the pre-primary level, first ten verses for the primary level and all 20 verses for the secondary level. Adults also participated in the initiative, which was described as fruitful.Brijmohan said that they are hoping to make this an annual event where all other temples on the East Coast of Demerara will be invited.
– mining dominates as main driver of deforestationBy Jarryl BryanA key report recently released by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) has shown that for last year, mining was the main driver of Guyana’s deforestation rate of 0.051 per cent or 9,227.1 hectares.The state of Guyana’s forests was captured in the MRVS reportThis is according to the Monitoring Reporting and Verification System (MRVS) Year Eight interim report, as part of the Guyana Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) programme.The report covers January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, with data being collected using satellite imagery of Guyana’s forests. According to the report, last year’s deforestation rate was slightly higher than in 2017, which was 0.049 per cent. According to the report, the data was also independently verified.“The 2017 rate was the lowest of all annual periods from 2010 to present. As with previous assessments, the GFC’s deforestation area has been verified by the Durham University (DU) team using a statistically representative independent sample. The area of deforestation reported by DU closely aligns with the values reported by the GFC,” the report states.“The main deforestation driver for the current forest year reported is mining [sites], which accounts for 75 per cent of the deforestation in this period. The majority, 78 per cent, of the deforestation is observed in the State Forest Area. The temporal analysis of forest changes post-1990 indicates that most of the change is clustered around existing road infrastructure and navigable rivers.”To give the rate of deforestation some context, Guyana has a total land area of 21.1 million hectares. As of 2009, the year the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) was launched to help capitalise on the carbon credits Guyana was earning, there were 18.5 million hectares of forest.Other than mining, other responsible sectors for the deforestation rate include settlements and infrastructure. Mining’s nearest competitor is also related to the sector, with the instalment of mining infrastructure accounting for 687.6 hectares of lost forest.Forest fires, according to the report, accounted for 661.2 hectares of damage to Guyana’s forests, while clearing trees for agricultural purposes accounted for 511.8 hectares. Forestry activities, which had just a 1.7 per cent bite of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as of the middle of 2019, accounted for 355.9 hectares.“The findings of this assessment assist to design REDD+ activities that aim to maintain forest cover while enabling continued sustainable development and improved livelihoods for Guyanese. The purpose of the MRVS is to track at a national-level forest change of deforestation and degradation, by change driver,” the report states.“Degradation estimates for mining and infrastructure are computed using new methods developed over the years 2018 and 2019, as a part of moving towards a more comprehensive yet sustainable MRVS implementation post-2020,” the report also explained.Guyana has always had a track record of low deforestation rates, a fact that led to the setting up of a GRIF fund (Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund) under the previous Government. A study done by GFC back in 2011 had found that the deforestation rates were a mere 0.06 per cent from 2009 to 2010.While this minuscule deforestation rate was attributed primarily to mining activities, it has always been acknowledged that mining is a crucial part of Guyana’s economy; representing 21 per cent of the GDP in 2012.As of the middle of 2019, mining accounted for 9.4 per cent of the GDP. Only the wholesale and retail trade, which is a service and not a productive sector, scored higher with a 13.4 per cent share.For 2018, total gold declarations from all sources amounted to 613,073 ounces, which was 6.22 per cent lower than the figures from 2017. Additionally, the foreign exchange value of exports processed on behalf of dealers and the GGB came up to US$443,961,666.It is not just the foreign revenue that mining earns. The mining sector is also a significant source of employment, providing direct and indirect employment for thousands of Guyanese who work as small and medium scale miners or are employed by the large foreign-owned mining companies.
…workers told Govt approved arbitrary 1% salary increase Matters have come to a halt at the Russian Aluminium Company, Rusal, with operations shut down and workers protesting an arbitrary one per cent salary increase were asked to leave the company’s premise.This all occurred on Friday in the company’s Region 10 holdings, when the workers decided to strike because of the meagre one per cent increase – an increase, the workers have been informed, that was sanctioned by the Government of Guyana itself.It is understood that not only were the dissatisfied employees told not to return to work, they were also threatened with dismissal after they initiated the strike action. However, Under Article 147 of the Constitution of Guyana, striking workers are afforded protection.The company, in a letter dated February 15, 2019, which was seen by this publication noted that management had no alternative but to close the mine area due to the withdrawal of labour by workers attached to the Mining Equipment/Mobile Equipment Maintenance Department.It noted that work was halted in the Department until further notice. “All affected workers are asked to leave the premises of the company with immediate effect,” the letter went on to state.This publication understands that there was a meeting between management and employees on Saturday. The workers are reportedly seeking a 15 per cent increase instead. General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU), Lincoln Lewis also met with affected workers on Saturday.During the meeting, issues such as wage increases, living quarters and transportation were reportedly discussed. Regional Vice-Chairman Elroy Adolph in an invited comment said employees were very disturbed over the rate of the increase, but have faith in the Workers Union.“Nobody is working. All the vehicles parked and I was told they are not working, they put them out the mines. It’s just the supervisors and maybe one or two pump attendants are there, but almost all the workers are off the mines,” Adolph stated, noting that the workers are being backed by the Union.Sovereignty at stakeMeanwhile, a press release from the GBGWU on Friday noted that the striking workers being threatened with dismissal demonstrates that sovereignty is at risk.“This is an embarrassment to all Guyanese. The workers’ protest was responded to by management at a meeting held where they were brutally told that they will be fired if they do not return to work within the day; that they can seek redress wherever they want, and to hell with the Government. The operation at the mines and maintenance departments have come to a halt,” the Union said.According to the Union, Article 147 (2) of the Constitution of Guyana protects the right to strike, noting that in the collective bargaining process, strike is considered an industrial weapon to be used whenever the circumstances become necessary.“All are reminded that since December 2009, under the noses of successive Governments, BCGI has been engaged in a series of violation of the law and transgressing of the workers’ rights. The management continues to refuse to treat with the recognised Union of the workers’ choice, the Guyana Bauxite & General Workers Union (GBGWU),” the Union added.It went on to state that the Union stands in solidarity with the workers in the exercise of their basic rights. GBGWU called on all Guyanese to understand the struggles faced by these workers, to empathise with them, and to lend them support. According to the Union, the continued violation of the workers threatens multiple family units and the entire communities within which they reside.The threat to one is a threat to all, the Union stated, noting that injustice “here is an injustice everywhere”. As such, the Union also called on the Government and also on the Opposition to help the workers by intervening in the matter.“In this period of political division and external tension with our neighbour Venezuela that is facilitating a growing presence of Russia in its ongoing pursuit of geopolitical relevance, is management’s new threats and intensified violation a strategy we must pay attention to,” the Union stated.More so, it added that in the context of a heated upcoming election and the exploitation of oil and gas resources, the matter is no longer a simple labour issue.“There seems to be a hidden agenda with potentially dangerous consequences that both the Government and Opposition should take immediate action on. This is about sovereignty and national interest,” the release said.
After all the rain the Peace Region has been receiving, BC Hydro says a spill isn’t forecasted at the Williston Reservoir.BC Hydro’s Dave Conway says water supply levels are pretty close to normal and, a spill this year is still unlikely. [asset|aid=1631|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=57797c627fac11eefae1e2abe4cf3081-Conway-Williston Reservoir_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Last July, the reservoir came close to its fill limit. Even when that happens, Conway says the turbines work more efficently when generating electricity.
Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is eyeing a return to the Premier League – after just one season at Roma.The Bosnian moved to the Italian capital last summer from the Etihad, but he has managed to find the net just eight times this season.The 30-year-old is reportedly growing frustrated at Roma and sporting director Walter Sabatini has already held talks with the player.But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Dzeko has his heart set on leaving this summer.The forward primarily wants a return to England, where he spent five seasons at Manchester City.However, Dzeko is also open to the idea of a move to the Bundesliga – where he scored 91 goals in four seasons with Wolfsburg. Edin Dzeko [eight] celebrates a Roma goal 1
DISABILITY Awareness Week begins today in Co Donegal and there is a full programme of events.In a joint statement on the event Donegal Mayor Frank McBrearty and Strabane Council Chair Thomas Kerrigan welcomed the events.They said: “Once again this year, Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council are delighted to be jointly involved in the cross border Disability Awareness Week. “The theme this year is “Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive Society for All” and it is evident that this week’s events certainly promote an inclusive society which welcomes the participation of all, regardless of ability.“From the selection of events taking place it is encouraging to see that so many organisations across the private, voluntary and statutory sectors are becoming involved to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in their communities.“We strongly encourage you to go out and enjoy the many events which are taking place right across the region and get involved in the cross border Disability Awareness Week.”For full details click on this link here: http://www.donegalcoco.ie/NR/rdonlyres/3F9C2F3A-3E19-4D5A-88AD-8D08D837995B/0/DisabilityAwarenessWeek2012.pdf DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK – YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON was last modified: December 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK – YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ONDonegal County CouncilSTRABANE DISTRICT COUNCIL
A man who has turned his life around after being caught with €22,000 worth of cannabis in a growhouse at his home has been given a chance by a Judge.Judge John O’HaganDonal Duddy of Lettermacaward was caught by Gardai with a complete grow-house for the plants at this home in January 2012. Last year Judge John O’Hagan said he was giving the father-of-two a chance to impress him because he suffered form a heart condition and had the support of his family.Duddy appeared again at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Garda Derek Connaughton of the Garda Drugs Squad said Duddy had not come to Garda attentionGardai had initially caught the 44 year old with a small box of cannabis and €430 in cash as he drove towards Letterkenny.The took him to Letterkenny Garda station and then traveled to his home in Lettermacaward.When Gardai then raided his home they found an elaborate growing system in a shed at Duddy’s house.A lighting and heating system had been set up and 47 plants were found at various stages of growth.Duddy has also bypassed the electricity meter so not to alert the authorities of the high amount of electricity being used to power the lights.Weighing scales, humidifiers, heat mats and bags were also found at his home.Duddy told Gardai he had a heart problem and that is why he could not work.He began to grow cannabis in 2009 and began to sell it in 2010 to try and make some money out of it.He also liked to smoke cannabis.Garda Meabh Logue said Duddy almost felt a weight lifted off his shoulders when he was caught and she did not think he would reoffend.Judge John O’Hagan said he would normally pass on a two year prison sentence for ‘gardeners’ or people who helped grow the cannabis for bigger players.However Judge O’Hagan said he was glad to see that Duddy had turned his life around and was now clean and had nothing to do with the drugs trade.He sentenced him to two years on each charge but substituted the sentence for 240 hours community service.He also ordered that the cannabis be destroyed.MAN CAUGHT WITH €22K OF CANNABIS IN GROW-HOUSE ESCAPES JAIL was last modified: July 23rd, 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:arrestedcannabisDonal DuddydrugsGardaiJUdge John O’Hagan
1 Moussa Sissoko started his side’s opening game of the season Moussa Sissoko will not face any retrospective action from the Football Association for an apparent stamp on Newcastle winger Kenedy.The French midfielder, playing against his former club, tangled with the Brazilian after fouling him and appeared to stand on the back of his leg. The incident happened just before half-time of Spurs’ 2-1 Premier League win on Saturday.Sissoko evaded any punishment from referee Martin Atkinson at the time and as the match officials spotted it there will be no further action from the FA.The 28-year-old, who has been much maligned since his Ł30million move to Spurs two years ago, played the full game on his return to St James’ Park as his side got off their Premier League campaign off to a winning start.