School Boys’ Rugby League gains momentum

first_imgThere is also a school girl’s competition that has attracted a large number of enthusiastic young females.All schools in the Eastern Highlands are taking part in the rugby league competition.The divisions are under 14, under 16 and under 18.The school rugby league program is into its third week.Competition chairman, Ellyson Ketawo, said selectors have been out in full force, selecting players across all divisions for trial games this Sunday for both boys and girls.The trial games and the competition as a whole is a platform for Eastern Highlands School Boys Rugby League to select a boys and girls team (in each division) to take part in the up-coming Highlands Confederate Championship, to be held in Eastern Highlands this June.(School girl’s competition team)last_img read more

Macdonald out, Ase in

first_imgCoach Michael Marum announced this before their flight to Sydney yesterday.Macdonald suffered the injury following the Dragons’ 32-8 win over the Manly Sea Eagles over the weekend.Ase joins the Kumuls squad, which now has 10 PNG Hunters.(Ase Boas filepic)last_img

Holmwood, Excelsior off to winning start in AFNA

first_imgHolmwood Technical and Excelsior High School will be seeking their second consecutive victories in the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) Champion of Champions High Schools Netball Tournament at the Leila Robinson Courts today. The Carlene Graham-coached Holmwood, who are one of the favourites to win this year’s title, will face Dominica State College (DMC) while Excelsior will face Springer Memorial from Barbados. Both matches are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. In the day’s other games set for 4 p.m., Anglican High of Grenada will oppose St Lucia’s Soufriere, and Micoud of St Lucia will face Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) Scarborough. The Manchester-based Holmwood, who were runners-up to Excelsior in this year’s National All-island competition, recorded an easy 35-23 victory over T&T’s Christchurch Foundation yesterday. Goalshooter Sasha-Gay Henry led the way for Holmwood with 30 goals from 49 attempts. She received support from Aliah Lue, who netted four from four. Chiara Chase was the leading scorer for Christchurch with 11 goals from 20 tries. Graham said yesterday’s win has given her team a lot of confidence for the remainder of the competition. “We are enjoying the tournament so far and we are happy that we won our first game. We are looking forward to reminder,” said Graham. “Having won our first game and we are coming back fresh for this game because we know that we have to put in the work and keep on doing what we are expected to do to ensure that we get another victory,” Graham said. Meanwhile, Excelsior recorded their first win of the tournament with a comfortable 40-26 victory over Anglican High from Grenada. In the day’s other game, Dominica State College recorded a close a 29-27 win over Micoud Secondary from St Lucia.last_img read more

Relatives of Lusignan prisoners decry conditions at jail

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairFamily members of the prisoners relocated from the Camp Street penitentiary to the one at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara have on Wednesday decried the conditions that obtain at the Lusignan Prison, and have expressed disgust that the police have moved back the check-in point, thereby preventing them from seeing their loved ones.Guyana Times understands that the police have received instructions to limit the number of persons approaching the Lusignan Prison, including media operatives. The relatives of the prisoners complain that they were standing in the sun for longThe footage released online shows inmates showering together outdoorsperiods, waiting to take in meals, water and toiletries for their incarcerated loved ones. A few who arrived in the early daylight hours were briefly permitted to pass the cordoned-off area. They, however, allege that staff members at the penitentiary were rude, and that the inmates are being treated poorly.“I put in food for me brother, and they had it on top the table baking in the sun, and when I go an asked the [female] prison warden where the food [is], she turn and say: ‘We eat it,’ and she bused me,” a female relative of a prisoner claimed.Another woman, whose nephew is a remand prisoner, echoed similar sentiments of disgruntlement. She indicated that she also had experienced ill-treatment at the prison. She decried the manner in which the prison warden had inspected the sealed bottled water she had taken for her nephew, and alleged that the staff sniffed the liquid. She called on prison staff to embrace professionalism.“If they are the professionals, they’re supposed to behave in a professional manner to the public. We are the civilians. Show people some kind of respect; we have concerns because those people in there are our family and they are human beings,” the woman angrily stated.Other relatives explained that their loved ones are sleeping in conditions filled withPolice have moved back the check-in point, preventing some relatives from seeing their loved onesmud and water. It was noted that prisoners who did not partake in eating beef from the cow that fellow inmates had slaughtered for meat were reportedly “left to suffer”.Some family members told Guyana Times that they want from prison officials answers regarding how long the prisoners would be forced to endure present conditions at the Lusignan Prison, and for how long prisoners would be incarcerated there. This newspaper was informed that there are insufficient beds for prisoners to sleep upon, while bed sheets are going missing.Of particular concern is the location of this East Coast Demerara facility. Some family members of prisoners said they have been travelling from as far as Parika, on the East Bank of Essequibo, and Yarrowkabra on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway. They claim it is difficult to travel from such far distances only to be compelled to stand in the blazing midday sun, and still be disallowed from seeingRelatives of the Lusignan prisoners as they gathered on Wednesdaytheir loved ones.Over the last few days, more than 60 inmates who had been charged with petty crimes have been granted bail and their released pending trial, but some relatives are up in arms over sentencing for smaller offences, saying that prisoners should be fined for certain categories of crimes.A female relative of a prisoner who has been sentenced to 18 months for stealing 4 articles of clothing and a mobile phone has said that her incarcerated family member should have been ordered to pay a fine instead.Meanwhile, Oswald Benjamin, father of prisoner Larry Da Silva, has said it is unfair that his son has been remanded since February 9 for charges relating to a fight and subsequent escape from arrest. The father claimed that his son was lawfully released after three hours of interrogation, only to be picked up a few days later by police.“They treating people like animals inside there. The authorities got to speed up and get the people children out of this mess, it ain’t nice at all!” Benjamin expressed.The Sunday afternoon fire has reduced the Camp Street jail to virtual rubble and has forced law enforcement ranks to transport inmates by truck loads to Timehri, Mazaruni and Lusignan, where the bulk is housed under tents, exposed to the elements.last_img read more

US dream of Copa shock against Argentina

first_img0Shares0000USA’s Gyasi Zardes (L) celebrates with teammate Clint Dempsey after scoring against Ecuador during their Copa America Centenario quarter-final match, in Seattle, Washington, on June 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jason Redmond)HOUSTON, United States, June 20 – Jurgen Klinsmann is daring to dream that the United States can pull off mission improbable in the Copa America Centenario semi-finals on Tuesday as the hosts face a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina closing in on a long-awaited tournament triumph.The match will kick-off at 1am Kenyan time and will be broadcasted live to Star Times pay television Channel World Football same as Wednesday’s semi-final where Colombia clash with Chile on the same channel. Klinsmann has already met his pre-tournament goal of reaching the last four after helping his side navigate a challenging group phase and an awkward quarter-final against in-form Ecuador.But despite a raft of suspensions which will decimate his first choice starting line-up at Houston’s NRG Stadium, Klinsmann is bullishly talking up his team’s chances as they prepare to take on the might of Argentina.The German World Cup winner cites his team’s impressive record in recent friendlies, which has included away wins over Germany and the Netherlands, and their performances in the 2014 World Cup as reasons to believe.“There’s no reason at all why we can’t win Copa America,” Klinsmann said on Sunday.“We travelled the world the last few years to very difficult friendly games all over Europe and in Mexico and we came away with wins.”In Brazil two years ago, Klinsmann’s side helped eliminate a Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and highly rated Ghana before qualifying with Germany in the World Cup’s “Group of Death.”“We don’t need to talk up Argentina any bigger than they are,” Klinsmann said.“Two years ago we had Mr Ronaldo against us in Manaus. And we led them 2-1 until the 96th minute,” Klinsmann said of his team’s first round World Cup match which finished in a 2-2 draw.“We surprised a lot of people — no one gave us a chance to get out of the group in Brazil. We left Portugal behind, we left Ghana behind.“Anything is possible in knockout games. You’re 50-50 with whoever you play against,” he said. “Dream big — why not? This is about two more games.”– Private puzzle –USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (R) applauds during their Copa America Centenario quarter-final match against Ecuador, in Seattle, Washington, on June 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Jason Redmond)Privately however Klinsmann will be attempting to solve the puzzle caused by the suspensions of influential midfielder Jermaine Jones, wide player Alejandro Bedoya and the Hamburg-bound striker Bobby Wood.All three have played a pivotal role in the US campaign, with Wood providing the speed and thrust in attack which has created the space for veteran Clint Dempsey to thrive, and Jones a towering presence in the heart of midfield.Although Klinsmann has urged his team to shed their underdog mentality, insisting he wants them to be bold against more heralded opponents, a gung-ho approach against Argentina could be disastrous.When the relentless US pressing dropped off in the second half against Ecuador in the quarter-finals, the South Americans created chance after chance only to be let down by poor finishing. Argentina, who have amassed 14 goals in four games, are unlikely to be as profligate.Messi, superb in Saturday’s 4-1 quarter-final demolition of Venezuela, where he scored once to join Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina’s record international goalscorer with 54 goals, cautions that facing the hosts on home turf may not be as straightforward as it seems.“We’re on the right track, but it will be very difficult playing in front of the American crowd. Physically they are a very strong team and they can do a lot of damage if they are allowed to play,” warned Messi.Yet it is hard to see anything other than an Argentina victory which would leave Gerardo Martino’s side 90 minutes away from ending a 23-year wait for a major title.Messi and his team-mates have suffered agonizing losses in the finals of last year’s Copa America in Chile and the 2014 World Cup against Germany.“It is clear that I want to win something with my country and I want to do everything I can to make that happen,” said the Barcelona superstar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man serving life term faces more time

first_img“It may have been as simple as Steven and him exchanging a look,” said sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Robert Taylor. Taylor said Christopher Hernandez asked a fellow gang member, Edwardo Aguayo, to hide the gun used in the shooting. That led to a dispute between Aguayo and his wife. After the couple fought on Oct. 2, 2001, Adrianne Aguayo called Hernandez to pick up her husband. Aguayo was not home when Hernandez arrived. Adrianne Aguayo got into a dispute with Hernandez, who then tried to run her over with his car, officials said. She reported him to police. About a week later, on Oct. 15, Hernandez killed Edward Aguayo. His body was found behind some businesses on Whittier Boulevard. “Christopher was there. They had words and \ got shot point-blank,” Taylor said. Enomoto said Hernandez admitted in letters to his girlfriend that he went after Aguayo’s wife because she was a rat and Edward Aguayo because he could not control his wife. Hernandez fled to Las Vegas, where he was involved in a fatal argument with Gabriel Alspaugh in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven on Oct. 18, 2001. “It could very well be he \ asked for money and the way they brushed him escalated into some sort of altercation,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Detective Rob Wilson. A fight started. As the store clerk tried to calm things down, Wilson said, Hernandez walked up and shot Alspaugh. Hernandez next took a Greyhound bus to Chicago, where authorities tracked him down Oct. 30, 2001. He was sent back to Las Vegas. Enomoto said while there, Hernandez hatched an escape plan in which he tried to saw off the bars to his jail cell. He covered the cut marks with soap. “Other gang members were supposed to send hacksaw blades in the spines of Bibles and legal books. He would saw the bars off and escape,” Enomoto said. Court records show Hernandez pleaded guilty June 18, 2003, to voluntary manslaughter and using a weapon in a crime and received a sentenced of 48 to 120 months in Nevada State Prison. He was later sent back to Los Angeles County to face trial for killing Aguayo. Then, on Nov. 5, 2005, Hernandez stabbed Jose Delgadillo several times while both were in custody, Enomoto said. Authorities believe Delgadillo was targeted for testifying in the attempted murder of a deputy at a traffic stop. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A 26-year-old Whittier gangster sentenced to life in prison for murder and attempted murder faces even more prison time after allegedly bringing a homemade knife to a court appearance, authorities said. Christopher Anthony Hernandez, who previously was sentenced to 159 years to life, now faces charges of possessing and making a weapon, on top of his murder and attempted murder convictions. Deputies found the weapon on Hernandez on March 1 while he was at Norwalk Superior Court, officials said. “They found the weapon on him. He took a metal plate off a light switch” to fashion the knife, said Deputy District Attorney Mike Enomoto, who prosecuted Hernandez in the murder and attempted-murder case. Hernandez also has prior convictions for robbery in this state and for voluntary manslaughter in Las Vegas. If convicted on the latest charges, he could get another 25 years tacked onto his sentence, Enomoto said. He is due next in court June 26. He remains in custody at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. “He is a walking gasoline keg. In my opinion, he’s a very dangerous person,” Enomoto said. Hernandez was convicted of shooting Steven Molina Hernandez and Robert Hackett on Sept. 24, 2001, outside the Slam Dunk bar on Whittier Boulevard in Whittier. The motive remains unclear, officials said. last_img read more

Higuain latest: Napoli fighting hard to keep hold of Arsenal and Juventus target

first_img1 Napoli are lining up a bumper new contract for Gonzalo Higuain, to ward off interest from Arsenal and Juventus.The Gunners are hoping to bring in a new striker this summer to ease the burden on centre-forward Olivier Giroud.And long-term target Higuain has been considered by Arsene Wenger, although an asking price of around £65m has so far been enough to prevent a deal.Juventus have also been linked with the Argentine, who scored a record-breaking 36 Serie A goals last season.But the Serie A club, who were willing to hand him a huge pay rise to join them, were also seemingly put off by his price tag.Now, according to reports in Italy, Napoli are ready to hand Higuain a deal which will up his annual salary from around £4.6m to £6.3m, which is what Juve were said to be offering.It has also been suggested that, to appease him even further, his minimum fee release clause will be slashed from £79m to as little as £34m – which will enable him to leave a lot easily this time next year. Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Napoli last_img read more

Stoke back on track but we MUST beat Sunderland – Mark Hughes

first_img1 Stoke boss Mark Hughes Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels his side’s recent performances show they are back on track – but has emphasised nothing but a win will really do against Sunderland on Saturday.The Potters halted a run of four straight Premier League defeats by drawing their last two games, only being held 1-1 at home by West Brom due to a stoppage-time equaliser from the visitors and then securing the same scoreline at Manchester United.While encouraged by those displays, Hughes has no doubt 19th-placed Stoke need to chalk up their first league victory of the season this weekend when they host a rock-bottom Black Cats outfit who are the only other winless side in the division.“We have been really encouraged with our performances the last couple of games and I think everyone can see we are getting back to our levels,” the Welshman said on Friday.“We had a huge result at Old Trafford with a good, confident performance and we are back on track now in our view.“This is one we need to win and feel we can win. I am more than confident we have the capability in the team to do that.“It will be difficult, because Sunderland are in a situation they don’t want to be in. But we’re the home side, and I think the onus is on us to make sure we are positive.“I think we encouraged the fans with the nature of our performance against West Brom. We were very unlucky not to get a first win on the board then, conceding late on.“I think the overall feeling after that was we are going in the right direction, that it’s only a matter of time.“It’s okay saying that, but you have to get on with it and get those maximum points on the board. And we have a good opportunity at the weekend.”Having played the likes of United, Tottenham and Manchester City in their first seven league games this term, Stoke now have a run of seven during which they will face not just current basement boys Sunderland but also the likes of Swansea and West Ham, 17th and 18th at present respectively.And Hughes added: “The key is to build on the confidence we have shown and make sure we get maximum points – then I think we will very quickly build our season.“With the period we have now, leading towards Christmas, I think we are encouraged that we have a good opportunity to get a lot of points on the board, and that is our intention.”Stoke midfielder Joe Allen will be assessed ahead of Saturday’s match.Allen is a doubt for the contest having missed Wales’ 1-1 draw with Georgia last weekend due to a hamstring problem, with Hughes on Thursday having suggested the 26-year-old “probably did a little bit too much” work with the national team, which “compromised” him.Full-back Glen Johnson will definitely not feature having been ruled out for at least three to four weeks because of a thigh injury he suffered in training this week.last_img read more

England thrash Spain to win the Under-17 World Cup

first_img1 England have won the Under-17 World Cup for the first time.The Young Lions fought back from two goals down to beat Spain 5-2 in a thrilling final on Saturday at Kolkata’s Salt Lake Stadium.Phil Foden was outstanding for England, with the Manchester City midfielder at the heart of all their good attacking play and helping himself to two goals.It was sweet revenge for Steve Cooper’s side, who lost to the same opponents on penalties in the final of the U-17 European Championship in May.Spain had been well in control, having stormed into a two-goal lead inside half an hour thanks to a double from Barcelona’s Sergio Gomez.But England refused to give in and Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster scored his eighth goal of the tournament to reduce the deficit before half-time.Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White then levelled on 58 minutes and the comeback was complete ten minutes later when Foden converted.As Spain pushed forward in search of an equaliser, Marc Guehi extended England’s advantage before Foden added another late on.England’s triumph in India rounds off an incredible year for the nation’s youth teams.The Under-20s side won the World Cup this summer, as well as the Toulon Tournament, while the Under-19s won their European Championship.last_img read more

Premier League Review: Solskjaer makes history and Burnley and Palace win

first_imgChristoph Schindler was sent off for the hosts shortly before half time as their evening went from bad to worse.Burnley went in front at Huddersfield after 74 minutes following a neat passing move allowed Ashley Barnes to produce a composed finish to score.Robbie Brady was sent off for the visitors, who held on for a vital three points.Wolves 0-2 Crystal PalaceWolves came into the game at Molineux on the back of a fantastic victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.However, they were outplayed by a rejuvenated Crystal Palace side. Marcus Rashford made sure of the win 7 The Hammers pulled a goal back in the 66th minute when Mark Noble, on as a substitute, spotted the run of Marko Arnautovic who took the ball in his stride, held off his marker and slipped it through the legs of goalkeeper David Button.And the home side were level shortly afterwards when Michail Antonio cut the ball back to Arnautovic and the forward smashed in.Huddersfield 1-2 BurnleyHuddersfield, who had scored just four goals at home this season before tonight, broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute through Steve Mounie’s first goal of the season.Huddersfield’s joy was short-lived as Chris Wood brought Burnley level seven minutes later with his 100th career goal. 7 Troy Deeney was sensational at the Vitality It was an enthralling night of Premier League football at the top and bottom of the Premier League.With Manchester City and Liverpool preparing to face off on Thursday night, the rest of the league welcomed in 2019 with a bang. Here’s what happened… 7 7 At the Vitality Stadium, Deeney scored his second goal of the game with a smart first-time finish.Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster denied Dan Gosling but Nathan Ake was first to react to the rebound and headed home.Ake’s goal was quickly followed by a Bournemouth leveller as Ryan Fraser’s free-kick was headed in by striker Callum Wilson – his first goal in six matches.Watford were back in front from their next attack as Sema lashed in a volley from distance but 60 seconds later the Cherries were level once again with Fraser converting at the end of a neat passing move – the fourth goal in six minutes.West Ham United 2-2 Brighton and Hove AlbionBrighton opened the scoring at West Ham after 56 minutes when Dale Stephens’ half-volley beat Lukasz Fabianski.The Seagulls doubled their advantage two minutes later when Shane Duffy volleyed in at the back post from a corner – his fourth goal of the campaign. Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester UnitedOle Gunnar Solskjaer recorded a fourth straight win as Manchester United boss with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.Substitute Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for the Red Devils with his first touch in the 64th minute. 7 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made history 7 Marko Arnautovic celebrates his equaliser Palace took the lead six minutes remaining when Jordan Ayew, who looked to be in an offside position, controlled the ball and slotted it into the far corner.And the result was confirmed when Luka Milivojevic stepped up to convert a spot kick after Wilfried Zaha was brought down.Chelsea 0-0 SouthamptonChelsea dropped two points in their bid for a Champions League return as Southampton saw out a stalemate at Stamford Bridge.Eden Hazard was twice denied by Saints goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Alvaro Morata had a strike ruled out for offside as the Blues’ lack of attacking precision was evident once more in the goalless draw. Andre Ayew fires home the opener for the visitors Home goalkeeper Martin Dubravka spilled a fierce free-kick from Marcus Rashford and the Belgium international poked in the loose ball.The visitors extended their lead at St James’ Park 10 minutes from time when Lukaku passed to fellow sub Sanchez and he picked out Rashford who side-footed past Dubravka.Bournemouth 3-3 WatfordIn what was undoubtedly the most exciting game of the season, Bournemouth and Watford played out a thriller at the Vitality Stadium.Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes after fire crews were called to an incident in the East Stand concourse.The first goal of the evening arrived in the 14th minute of the delayed game at Bournemouth, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring.Abdoulaye Doucoure played in Ken Sema and his cross was powered home by the head of Troy Deeney. Ashley Barnes celebrates his winner against Huddersfield 7 It was a frustrating night for Chelsea at Stamford BridgeChelsea reached the turn of the year in fourth place, five points clear of Arsenal, but the Gunners’ win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, plus the stubbornness of relegation-threatened Saints, cut their advantage to three points.last_img read more