It was just the news Leaf head coach Frank Maida wanted to hear.Tuesday morning, the Leaf skipper got the word Kootenay International Junior Hockey League scoring leader Jamie Vlanich would not face further suspension after receiving a match penalty during a fight during a February 14 game against Grand Forks.“I was happy to hear the news because the right thing was done,” Maida told The Nelson Daily.com on the eve of the final regular season game Saturday in Fruitvale against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Vlanich received the match penalty for kicking during a fight with Dakota Kittle of Grand Forks.The penalty for a kicking match penalty is three games or ten days. The suspension doubles to six games if injury results from the action.Vlanich sat out the return game of the home-and-home series Saturday in Grand Forks.“The Junior B director of discipline told me after reviewing our appeal, after review of the video the suspension has been revoked,” Maida said.The loss of Vlanich would have been a huge blow to the Leaf chances of grabbing first in the Murdoch Division.Nelson enters the weekend with a slim two-point lead over the Hawks.However, Beaver Valley has a game in hand Friday in Spokane against the Braves. Should the Hawks defeat the Braves, Nelson would need to win the game to claim the division.Hawks lead season seriesThe Hawks hold a 4-3 lead in season series against Nelson. Beaver Valley also leads in goals, 26-25.Vlanich in control of KIJHL scoring raceJamie Vlanich enters the weekend holding a six-point advantage in the KIJHL scoring race over Creston’s Jesse Collins. The Thunder Cats sniper has played seven more games than Vlanich. Both players have one game remaining in the regular season.Leaf winger Travis Wellman leads in goals with 50.Leaf starting goalie questionable for weekendNelson could be without the services of netminder Brad Rebagliati for the Saturday night showdown. The Cranbrook native is listed as day to day with an undisclosed injury.If Rebagliati is unable to play, the netminder duties would fall on the shoulders of Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Maida.Madia actually leads Rebagliati in stats but has given way to the former Junior A goalie of late in the starting rotation.Race is on for third in MurdochThe race for third in the Murdoch is just as intense as the run for the top spot as Spokane Braves hold a slim one-point advantage over Castlegar Rebels.The Braves, winners of two straight, meet the Hawks while Castlegar travels to Grand Forks to play the Border Bruins.Both games are Friday night.
In previous encounters, East Tigers have beaten the Hunters twice and drew one.The Tigers are also coming off a big 56-22 win over the Central Queensland Capras last weekend and will be looking to dish out the same treatment to the Hunters in front of their home crowd.This will be the Hunters final home game in the Intrust Cup competition.But the Hunters were just as impressive last week beating first placed Townsville Blackhawks in a nail biting 28-26 match.Coach Michael Marum says preparations are going well for Sunday with a good feeling in the camp.A win for the Hunters will further cement their spot in the top 5 while a loss will produce the opposite.“This is also an important game for us as we are leaving Kalabond.”“We’re expecting a big turn out to farewell the team. It’s sad but we have to move on,” said Marum.The Hunters will play their last two home games in Port Moresby before the finals in September.Sunday’s game starts at 2:30pm.
Sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams held up a Grand Slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from Michael Jordan, the name most synonymous with No. 23.Venus Williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears, more of joy than regret, after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.Serena won the all-Williams final, the ninth in Grand Slam history and the second in Australia, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday.With her record seventh Australian Open title, Serena moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.When Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate yesterday, Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.”This was a tough one,” Serena said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus.”There’s no way I would be at 23 without her there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank you, Venus, for inspiring me to be the best player I can be.”
Dear Editor,Finance Minister Jordan is quickly surpassing Prime Minister Nagamootoo when it comes to spinning yarn. On June 24, it was reported by the Department of Public Information that Jordan boasted that, “every household will benefit from a robust economy…once the economy is growing the average housewife or worker can expect better payment, and if that economy is growing with low inflation, they can also expect stable prices”. This is just another “figment of his imagination”. This illusion was sparked by the IMF Report which projected that Guyana’s economy will grow by 4.4 per cent in 2019. The Minister also emphasised that the IMF Report also indicated a steady economic growth since 2015. He then concluded that “just a short while back there was the Carnival in Guyana and over that week you did not have a single complaint about money not flowing…the restaurants, the side vendor, the taxi driver, and everyone, even the Private Sector, was moved to indicate that indeed things were happening in the economy…”.What Jordan should realise is that in his Budget 2019 speech he had announced that real economic growth is expected to be 4.6 per cent and with the current unstable political climate, it is going to get a lot worse. It may even be lower than the 3.6 per cent growth in 2018. This was emphasised by the Caribbean Development Bank which warned of such a negative impact and this was echoed by a number of Chambers of Commerce across the country. While the appointment of GECOM’s Chairperson is a positive move in the right direction, the high level of uncertainty with regards to the resignation of Cabinet and the calling of General Elections within the 3-month timeframe is creating havoc in the Private Sector as businesses operate in gripping suspense. The CDB Report had emphatically stated that “Guyana is on the verge of a sharp increase in economic growth, but immediate prospects partly depend on ending political uncertainty”. Will Jordan’s caretaker Government be able to remove this uncertainty so that Guyanese can finally live their dreams in their homeland? Perhaps he should also take a deep look at the Bank of Guyana Report which highlights the worsening of the balance of payments and an increase in borrowing to augment the wasteful spending.Moreover, it boggles the mind that according to Jordan, a week of “Carnival” in Guyana can be an indicator that “things were happening in the economy” when over 30,000 persons are jobless, including 7000 sugar workers, when increased taxation is sharply cutting the disposal income of employees, when the prices of food items and fuel are going up (Bank of Guyana Report), youth employment is soaring, the health sector is falling apart, and the poverty gap is widening. This Minister, being an economist, should seriously ponder upon the words of Aristotle, “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy”.In addition, the Finance Minister must not lose sight of the fact that even though the report indicated a steady economy since 2015, there has also been a steady decline in the “good life” of the Guyanese masses which resulted in the successful passing of the No-Confidence Motion against Jordan’s Government which has now been relegated to caretaker status! I will invite Jordan to visit Region Six and other rural areas and walk the streets and he will come face to face with the people dancing to the ‘Carnival of poverty’. Whilst there may be economic growth, that has to transform into economic development and that has not been happening due to widespread and escalating corruption, mismanagement and squandering on good life for the ‘boys’.Perhaps the Finance Minister should have looked at the Auditor’s General Report 2017 wherein it is stated that for the fiscal year 2017, more than $1 billion taxpayers’ dollars have been lost in overpayments to contractors, payments of goods and services without any vouchers, and payments for good that were not delivered. This does not include the billions lost through substandard works which resulted from kickbacks to Government officials. It must be realised that financial resources are borrowed in order to supplement the budget and this means an additional burden to the taxpayers. Furthermore, it is sickening to note that many recommendations in the audit report have not been implemented to put a halt to this daylight robbery. Perhaps he should also look closely at some projects such as the CJIA and the D’Urban Park fiasco. Since 2017, the situation has deteriorated and gotten worse. It is now clear that taxpayers are paying more for less!Finally, the Guyanese people can no longer tolerate the abysmal failure of the coalition and the total destruction of the economy. Let the election be called and the electorate decide. Once was enough!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuf
Days following the unanimous vote by Senators to call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to declare a state of emergency and close borders with neighboring countries, the House and Senate appear to have settled on another means of containing the deadly Ebola virus at a local level.An authoritative source within the leadership of the two Houses told our legislative reporter Thursday, April 3, that after almost two hours of joint leadership discussion, the two houses agreed that a moratorium be placed on all hunting activities until the country is free of the Ebola virus.Among other decisions taken by the Legislators during a closed-door meeting, was one that could bid (ask) school authorities declare an early Easter break for all schools in the country—a decision, apparently prompted by steps some families have already begun taking. Such a measure is considered questionable (problematic, doubtful) by some; “a rather alarmist (panicky, historical) way of trying to keep children out of harm’s way,” they volunteered.One knowledgeable observer agreed: he pointed out that—though deadly when contracted—it is easier to get run over by a bus, than to contract a communicable virus such as HIV or Ebola.Due to the seriousness the Legislature attaches to the fight to contain the Ebola virus, our source said that the body might close sessions, beginning next Tuesday. “The decision to close proceedings at the Capitol Building is seen as a way to help us adequately disseminate information on the outbreak and prevention of the deadly disease; at the same time, we will continue to work with the relevant agencies of government to combat the contagion,”(contamination, infection) the source declared.The outcome of the Joint Sessions’ powwow (meeting) was not discussed in plenary; instead, it was taken to an executive session (closed door). Despite the two bodies’ decision to call on President Sirleaf to state-of-emergency and close Liberia’s borders, a US$1.2 million budget is now before that body, to help rein in (harness, bring under control) the deadly virus.According to a news source, seven persons have been confirmed as carrying the virus. They have been placed in quarantine (putting infected people away by themselves); however, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare source did not name the community hosting the seven.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…4 more witnesses to testifyCustoms Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts indicated that four more witnesses were slated to testify in the case against a mother of one who attempted to ship four hammocks laced with cocaine to the United States of America.Tiffani CollisonA solemn Tiffani Collison, accused of trafficking 6.742 kilograms of cocaine to the US in September last, appeared in court, accompanied by trial lawyer Stanley Moore, as the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) continued before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Twenty-six-year-old Collison, of Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, is charged for allegedly posting a box containing the cocaine-laced hammocks at DHL Express in Alberttown, Georgetown on September 20, 2017.On Thursday, CANU Officer Joseph Innis took to the witness box where he gave a sworn statement to the court during which he related that following the incident, he collected statements from the human resources department at DHL Express which revealed that the sender was listed as Nora Barton (the mother of the accused) and the recipient as one Keith Brown. Hereafter, Innis testified, he made contact with the defendant at CANU headquarters, where she was told of the allegation and cautioned.Thursday’s proceedings were cut short by an unforeseen occurrence on the part of the prosecution and the case was adjourned to be heard today.A Customer Service Officer (CSO) from DHL Express had appeared previously to give sworn testimony in the trial.According to the witness, she was approached by the accused, who expressed her desire to have four hammocks shipped to the US to the said recipient, Keith Brown, as a gift.The accused reportedly produced her Identification Card (ID); TIN Certificate and bills in her mother’s name as proof of address before filling out a security form permitting CANU to inspect the item.The shipping fee was paid, and the accused was told that the item would be shipped. However, subsequent checks revealed that the hammocks were laced with the illicit drug and a wanted bulletin was issued for the defendant’s arrest. She was subsequently charged for the offence.
Against warnings from expertBy Samuel SukhnandanGovernment has not ruled out building an oil refinery in Guyana, although an overseas oil and gas industry expert has warned that establishing such a facility here would be unprofitable.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told Guyana Times in an interview that the Government was still open to receiving suggestions from persons in the Private Sector.“I think what we are interested in hearing from now, is someone who can put up a good model, to show that perhaps a smaller refinery that will meet our needs could work. So, we have not closed our minds to the possibility of a refinery…we are open to receiving good and viable suggestions,” he remarked.Trotman said Government was already in receipt of several proposals; however, he stressed that there was a need for these proposals to be matched with empirical data.While he did not give a clear indication as to when a decision could be made, Trotman said Government would have to look at the proposals, bearing in mind the timeframe before production begins.“I can’t say; I mean we are still some way off from production, but certainly some early decision has to be made before 2020,” he told this publication.The Minister said one of the key considerations would be the creation of jobs. “There are refineries in other parts of the world which may not be turning an economic profit, but they provide other benefits.”According to him, most of the decisions would be made by “political imperatives”. However, Trotman said he hoped that the economic importance would not be lost when a final decision was made.Earlier this month, a feasibility study about Guyana building an oil refinery was shared with the public, at a consultation.Director of Advisory Services at the United States-based Hartree Partners, Pedro Haas had said that the cost to build a refinery that would produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day was US$5 billion, with a construction period of 50 to 60 months.This cost not only caters for the off-site location and other facilities, but takes into account the cost for energy, hydrogen supply, water and docking.However, even with a smaller oil refinery, Haas said, there was a high possibility of Guyana getting a negative rate of return on investment of between US$2 billion and US$3 billion.Some Guyanese here and abroad believe that Guyana should build its own oil refinery, because even if this is done at zero profit, it has the potential to create between 3000 and 6000 jobs. More than that, Guyana could become the exporter of more than 100 by-products, including fertilisers.Most recently, there have been overtures from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the refining of Guyana’s oil, where a formal proposal could be made in this regard.Government has said the current-below-optimum operating positions of Suriname and Trinidad bring into stark focus the need for Guyana to be careful in considering whether or not to have a refinery.Some US$500 million has already been set aside to build an onshore oil and gas facility at Crab Island, at the mouth of the Berbice River. The facility, which will largely support ExxonMobil’s offshore oil exploration and production operations, will include heliports, and supplies, maintenance and transportation hubs.
David Moyes has told talkSPORT Everton defender John Stones is ‘definitely’ ready to step up to the next level, amid reports linking the England starlet with a £50million move to Manchester United.Stones has emerged as one of the country’s brightest prospects since former Toffees boss Moyes signed the 21-year-old from Championship side Barnsley in 2013.His excellent form has brought a host of suitors to Everton’s door, although the Merseyside club managed to block a move to Chelsea over the summer after rejecting a transfer request from the player.The Blues failed with a total of fours bids throughout the summer transfer window, and Jose Mourinho is expected to come in for Stones again at the end of the season.But it seems they now have rivals for his signature, with reports on Friday claiming Man United are willing to spend up to £50m to land the Three Lions international.Moyes coached Stones for half a season at Everton before the Scot left to take over at Old Trafford, and the former boss said his quality was evident as soon as he arrived on Merseyside.Speaking exclusively to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Moyes said: “As soon as we took him, you could see John had a natural ability on the ball.“He was nearly uncoached to be comfortable on the ball. It wasn’t something that had been taught, it was all natural.“I‘ve got to say Roberto has done a great job in bringing him on and developing him. He’s looking a really good player.”Moyes was speaking to Alan Brazil and guest co-host Ray Wilkins on Friday’s breakfast show, with former Chelsea coach Wilkins claiming Stones was good enough to walk straight into any of the top sides in Europe.And asked if Stones was ready to step up to the next level, Moyes added: “Definitely.”