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Big St Catherine 50-over showdown

first_imgChampions St Catherine CC will seek to move one step closer towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Jamaica Cricket Association 50-Over Championship when they host neighbours St Catherine CA at Chedwin Park today.Both teams have two wins from as many matches in Zone B and while St Catherine CC hold the upper hand in terms of national and regional representatives, St Catherine CA have match-winners in their own right.Spearheading the charge for St Catherine CC will be all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, batsmen Danza Hyatt, Tamar Lambert and Shacaya Thomas, and leg-spinner Odean Brown.St Catherine CA, in the meanwhile, have junior West Indies batsman Nkrumah Bonner, wicketkeeper Kemar Marshall and left-arm spinner Coi Thompson.”It’s a top-of-the-table clash, so we expect it to be close match,” said Hyatt, captain of St Catherine CC. “But we have to just go and play our brand of cricket, which is attacking cricket and I believe that should pull us through.”The matchup, in the meanwhile, which is slated to get under way at 9:30 a.m., will be one of 11 on the day.Included among the remainder will be Kensington vs Boys’ Town at Kensington Park in Zone D, with the hosts looking to build on their impressive win against title favourites Melbourne last weekend.”We must continue to play some hard cricket. It’s all about securing points at this stage,” said stand-in captain Ryan Francis of Kensington.Elsewhere, Westmoreland will be at home to Trelawny and St Elizabeth travel to Hanover in Zone A, while in Zone B Manchester welcome GC Foster College and Clarendon visit Kingston and St Andrew.Over in Zone C, the Jamaica Defence Force will entertain St Mary, St Ann play away to Portland, while The University of the West Indies will host Police at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval.Meanwhile, the other Zone D fixtures will see Melbourne at home to Lucas, while Kingston travel to Good Year Oval to face St Thomas.last_img read more

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Update:NGSA results on Thursday

first_imgThe results of the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) will be announced on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by Education Minister, Nicolette Henry at 13:00Hrs in the boardroom of the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Kingston, Georgetown.last_img

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Guyana has reduced markets for carbon earnings – GFC

first_img…as Foreign Affairs Committee grills Govt on green economyBy Jarryl BryanGuyana has earned millions of dollars in foreign currency from carbon trading; specifically the millions it earned from the Kingdom of Norway for keeping deforestation rates low and for reaching certain benchmarks.But with concerns being raised over Government’s apparent policy shift away from carbon trading, it turns out that Guyana can no longer rely on this market. This emerged on Friday at Parliament Buildings during a meeting of the Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs and representatives of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), the Office of Climate Change (OCC), and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).Chairperson of the Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, drew the officials’ attention to the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which Guyana submitted under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).“We are looking at the commitments made by Guyana and what are policy shifts,” Teixeira explained. “So the document that was produced for the revised intended Nationally Determined Contribution kicked off this whole (discussion). Because policy statements are made in there, that is of concern. We are looking at these shifts.”“In the documents presented in 2015, one of the statements that concern me is ‘Guyana does not see viable opportunities for carbon markets’. These are the kind of issues we have to ask. The problem for me is Guyana was going to make US$235 million from earnings of carbon trading! So this was ours. We didn’t have to borrow money from anybody. We earned it. What are the initiatives to access that kind of money?”The Parliamentarian acknowledged that Guyana was cited as having one of the lowest emissions in the world, but he questioned how the country would benefit from this. Teixeira stressed that in all its conservation efforts, Guyana still has to survive and make money, taking into account the population.But according to the Guyana Forestry Commission’s (GFC) head of Planning and Development, Pradeepa Bholanauth, Guyana does not have substantial deforestation rates to reduce, and as such, its chances to benefit from the carbon markets are limited. She noted that there are few countries that would be willing to pay avoided deforestation credits… with Norway being an exception.“In 2009, when we commenced negotiations with the Government of Norway, the main (issue) was that they were willing to give (money) for what is called avoided deforestation. All the existing markets are trading markets that have been out there, internationally as well as regionally, were paying for emissions reduction.”“So for a country with high forest cover and low deforestation rates, unless we started to rapidly deforest like other countries around the world with high levels of deforestation rate, it would be (unsuccessful) for us to target those markets when we don’t have a substantial amount to reduce. So there were very few partners at that time, and even now, who were willing to pay for avoided deforestation.”Not for lack of tryingBut Teixeira noted that this was the whole point of negotiations back then, which was to ensure rewards for countries already on the right path. Questions were put to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, represented by Multilateral and Global Affairs Director Troy Torrington, to ascertain whether Government ‘dropped the ball’ in securing carbon trade agreements for Guyana. But he vehemently denied this, stressing that Guyana’s failure to secure such agreements was not from lack of trying.“There was no lack of effort by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I participated in the COP. and we all made all efforts to optimise contributions to Guyana in terms of financing. It was very much an achievement what we had achieved in the Norway undertaking. There were not any other takers in finding meaningful finance for avoided deforestation,” Torrington explained.The Paris Cop21 Agreement came into being in December of 2015 in Paris, France. The agreement was adopted by all parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 12, 2015. It has been hailed as the most ambitious international environmental agreement in history.The Caribbean Community  (Caricom) played a significant role in crafting  the agreement, with a set of  negotiating positions articulated in the Barbados Declaration of Climate Change later being adopted by the Caricom Heads of Government in July of 2015.For the agreement to be entered into force and be legally binding, at least 55 countries which account for 55 per cent of the global greenhouse gas emissions had to ratify or approve the agreement through their own domestic legal systems.Guyana joined over 150 countries in the signing of the climate change agreement in Paris the very next year. The expected key result of the agreement are to set a goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement calls for zero net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions to be reached during the second half of the 21st century.last_img read more

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51 tricked persons’ names removed from AFC’s Berbice list

first_imgLGE disputed list…151 disputed names remain……Chief Elections Officer goes missing at 11th hourPersons whose names appeared on various voters’ lists for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) but had no knowledge of it were given the opportunity to have it corrected before the end of Wednesday, August 26, 2018.Some of the persons who turned up on Wednesday night to have their names removed from the listThis decision was made at the statutory meeting held at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday, when all Commissioners, including those nominated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were present.However, on Wednesday when some of these persons turned up to have the issue rectified at the various GECOM facilities in their communities, they were blocked from doing so.PPP GECOM Commissioner Robeson Benn told Guyana Times on Wednesday that all assurances were given by GECOM Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield that once affidavits for each individual was produced, it would be corrected.Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of GECOM, Keith LowenfieldBut Benn said that when these persons showed up to make the necessary changes they were told by the respective Returning Officers (RO) at the various polling stations that this could only be done if the head of a list could visit the polling station with a signed affidavit or the aggrieved person appeared in person, not one individual submitting for a group.When this information was fed to the Opposition PPP, Benn said that attempts were made to contact Lowenfield but to no avail. He said this was bearing in mind that the deadline was 23:59h Wednesday and beyond that, no changes could be made to any list.“All the staff of GECOM are reportedly unreachable at this point in time while, the ROs are refusing to have persons correct the ‘fraudulent’ inclusion of their name. We have tried to contact the CEO for … hours, but we haven’t managed to get him,” he explained.Further, Benn said that in some cases, persons have reported being called and threatened not to make any changes if their names appear on the list. He is of the opinion that this is allowing for a situation where persons who never wanted their names on a list or a certain list having no avenue in which their names could be withdrawn.“For us, it’s a problem, because it goes against an agreement and secondly, it goes against the wishes of persons who have listed themselves as nominators for particular parties or groups or persons who they want to support,” he lamented.The GECOM Commissioner said reports have surfaced in areas such as: Crabwood Creek, Corriverton, Fifty One Good Hope, Whim, Bloomfield, Number 63, Berbice; and La Grange, La Jalousie and Canal Polder, West Bank Demerara.At Whim Village on Wednesday evening, persons who were disputing that they signed their names on the Alliance For Change (AFC) list were invited to a meeting at 22:00h with the Returning Officer. Also invited to that meeting was AFC representatives in the area who took the signatures. They failed to show at the meeting. As such, 51 persons who turned up with their sworn affidavits to have their names removed were allowed to have their names removed from the list.Speaking with this publication, a resident said that an AFC official went around the village asking for signatures saying that he wanted to become a Justice of Peace and needed their support. According to the resident, that is how many persons signed the list not knowing that it would be used for LGE purposes.However, some 151 persons from Crabwood Creek, Corriverton and Number 63, Berbice were unable to have their names removed from both the AFC and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) lists since the ROs claimed that they received no instructions from Lowenfield.Meanwhile, PPP GECOM Commissioner Bibi Shaddick claimed that the Deputy Chief Elections Officer (DCEO) Roxanne Myers had issued instructions to the ROs that the persons should bring the affidavits in person, contrary to what was discussed.“Today (Wednesday) at La Grange, an RO was refusing to accept an affidavit from a Leader of a list and the CEO intervened, when he was contacted by her, and instructed that once the Leader or Deputy Leader of the list brings in an affidavit, they have to accept.”She also stated that “the CEO never wrote to the RO, informing them of the procedure and it was the DCEO who is conveying the wrong message to the ROs”.“The CEO was gone, and I tried calling him and he is not answering and I called the DCEO and she informed me that they are only collecting documents which are defective and that the persons must bring it themselves. I informed her that that was not the decision taken and that she should email all the ROs informing them of the decision. The DCEO said she will consult with the CEO and then she will send the email.”According to Shaddick, an attorney, the DCEO was also asked to copy the PPP nominated Commissioners in the email. “This is GECOM assisted fraud,” Shaddick argued.Only Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that there were already several instances of electoral fraud for the 2018 LGE. According to Jagdeo, as many as 42 out of 80 Local Authority Areas have cases of forged signatures or persons being tricked into signing backers’ lists. He has also called for tougher penalties against election fraud.On Nomination Day, dozens of lists of names and signatures, purporting to be backers of candidates, were palpably defective because of forgeries. These lists contained the names of deceased persons, persons who never existed and persons whose names were placed there without their knowledge and authority or through some fraudulent means. (Samuel Sukhnandan and Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Massimiliano Allegri will find it difficult to leave Juventus, says Marcello Lippi

first_imgMarcello Lippi says Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri will not leave to take over at Chelsea in the summer.Allegri has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as Roman Abramovich looks for a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho.But former Juventus manager Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy, says Allegri will find it very difficult to leave the Turin giants.“I’m friends with Allegri, I see myself in him a little from when I arrived at Juve aged 46,” Lippi told Radio Anch’io Lo Sport.“There’s the same concreteness and desire to do important things.“He got onto the same wavelength as the club straight away. At Juve if you want to win something, you must try to win everything.“Chelsea? When you’re at Juventus it’s difficult to leave.” Massimiliano Allegri 1last_img read more

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Passover time for family, reflection

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Rabbi Steve Conn and his family have been cooking nonstop, preparing for two days of feasting with friends and relatives that started at sundown Wednesday – the beginning of Passover. The eight-day observance celebrates the freedom of Jews from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago and provides a time to recognize others in the world who are in need. “This is a holiday where we look at issues of slavery and freedom in contemporary society, too,” Conn said. “It’s not just looking at the past.” Conn and others at Congregation Beth Shalom in Santa Clarita are focusing this year on conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan and ways to prevent violence. Nearly 2 million people in Darfur have been displaced from their homes and thousands have died from starvation and disease since the conflict began in February 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe first two days of the holiday are recognized with seders, where the story of Passover is retold during a meal that contains some foods symbolic of the flight from Egypt. Matzos, flatbread, represent freedom. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish, embody the harshness of slavery. Around town, traditional Jews have stocked up on these foods and other kosher products to serve at seders, which are usually celebrated at home. In the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, many find these foods at local grocery stores, which have portions of aisles packed with jars of gelfite fish, cherry wine and kosher cookies. But for meats, fish and dairy products, Rabbi Choni Marozov of Chabad of Santa Clarita and others head to specialty stores in North Hollywood and Tarzana. The rabbi has been busy in the kitchen for the last three days preparing potato kugel, chicken, steaks and different kinds of salads. Meanwhile, relatives from New York are flying into town to celebrate. Marozov said Passover provides a time to reflect and to be better people. “We all set limitations on ourselves. On a daily basis, we have to go beyond those limitations to be kinder and more spiritual,” he said. “On Passover, we celebrate that, and we liberate ourselves to be a better people.” Congregations also play host to seders and can draw in hundreds of followers for the evening. As the population of Jews grows in the region, the small number of temples are finding themselves packed with families during Passover. Jews make up about 3 percent of the state’s population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are no data to show how many have moved into northern Los Angeles County, but temples have reported that their congregations have grown strongly in the last 10 years as more families move into the region. In fact, one Antelope Valley man who was the past president of Beth Knesset Bamidbar was squeezed out of a seat at the temple for seder because 125 families had already made reservations there. There was no room left. So Eli Colvin will go to his brother’s house instead. “What I like best about it personally is getting together with friends and family and just the atmosphere of knowing that we as a people have been a group for more than 5,000 years, and we’re still enjoying each other’s company,” he said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Leeds ‘deal dead’ as Whites rule out signing striker

first_img 2 LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father It was said the 25-year-old was close to completing a £1.6million move to Leeds just earlier this week, but the deal has now been ruled as ‘dead’. targets LIVING THE DREAM According Yorkshire Evening Post writer Phil Hay, Leeds have ‘formally written to Carpi to say they won’t be exercising the option to sign’ Mbakogu this summer.This news comes just a few days after Leeds emerged as holding an interest in Matej Vydra, the Derby County striker, who was Championship top scorer last season with 21 goals. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Leeds have pulled out of the race to sign Jerry Mbakogu from Carpi by writing to the Serie B club to say they will not move to sign the forward.Mbakogu has been linked with a move to Elland Road since January, and reports suggested the interest remained despite Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment as the club’s new manager earlier this summer. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Leeds have pulled out of a move to sign Jerry Mbakogu IN DEMAND three-way race TOP WORK Mbakogu has been linked with Leeds since the January transfer window Latest transfer news Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Vydra, 26, was left out of Derby’s squad that travelled to Tenerife for a pre-season training camp amid reports the Czech Republic international will complete an £11m switch to Elland Road in the coming days.last_img read more

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President Cyril Ramaphosa leads South African delegation to UN General Assembly

first_imgOn Saturday 22 September 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa will embark on a Working Visit to New York where he will lead the South African delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).This marks President Ramaphosa’s inaugural participation in UNGA as Head of State and Government. President Ramaphosa will participate in the annual General Debate which is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.President Ramaphosa and other world leaders will meet in New York from 25 to 27 September 2018 under the theme: “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable societies.”The theme is inspired by the commitment of Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President of the General Assembly (PGA) to making the United Nations a more relevant, efficient, transparent and democratic organisation.The UN General Debate will be preceded by the unveiling of a statue of President Nelson Mandela and the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, a high-level plenary meeting convened by the PGA in honour of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president.The Nelson Mandela Peace Summit will be an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to commit global support towards ending conflict in the world and on the African Continent in particular, in line with the African Union’s aspirations of “silencing the guns by 2020”.In his inaugural address at the UNGA, President Ramaphosa is expected to outline South Africa’s domestic and foreign policy goals and priorities. These include the country’s land reform programme aimed at fostering greater stability, inclusiveness and transformation within the South African economy.The President is further expected to lay out South Africa’s priorities for its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2019 to 2020.While in New York, President Ramaphosa will meet with CEOs of major global companies as part of the drive to attract foreign direct investment in order to ramp up the South African economy.This will form part of the build-up to South Africa’s International Investment Conference which will take place on 26 and 27 October with a focus on bringing investment of $100 billion into the South African economy over the next five years.President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Lindiwe Sisulu,;Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Finance Mr Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.– The Presidencylast_img read more

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Non-bailable warrant against JD(U) MLA

first_imgA non-bailable arrest warrant was issued against a Bihar ruling party MLA by a local court in Purnia in connection with a 12-year-old murder case. Bima Bharti, the Janata Dal (United) MLA representing the Rupauli Assembly constituency, now faces arrest.Additional district judge (ADJ)-5 of the Purnia civil court, Vidya Sagar Pandey, issued the warrant against Ms. Bharti, on Thursday. Arrest warrant has also been issued against her two aides Mahavir Mandal and Motka Awadhesh. All are charged in the murder of Chanchal Paswan. The case was filed on May 6, 2005 at the Bhawanipur police station. Ms. Bharti’s husband, Awadhesh Mandal, is currently lodged in the district jail in connection with a number of criminal cases pending against him.Earlier, a sessions court had rejected Ms. Bharti’s anticipatory bail petition. Ms. Bharti, a former Bihar Minister, and six others were charged under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code and section 27 of the Arms Act. Complainant Sonia Devi had charged the MLA with instigating the other accused persons to kill her husband Chanchal Paswan in May 2005.However, after investigation, the local police had absolved Ms. Bharti,last_img read more

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‘Triple talaq Act ploy to create schisms in community’

first_imgMuslim and Dalit organisations staged protests against the controversial legislation criminalising triple talaq, in Pune on Friday.Hundreds of minority community women from the Mulnivasi Muslim Manch and the Bhim Army, along with corporators from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), burnt copies of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, alleging that the Centre’s real intent was not to ensure justice for Muslim women but to divide the minority community.“The law is a ploy on part of the Narendra Modi government to cause schisms within the Muslim community,” the NCP’s Haseena Inamdar said. She said there are enough laws under the Indian Penal Code to deal with issues faced by minority community women. Ms. Inamdar said the Act had no provisions for the economic security of the woman and her children. Neelam Gaikwad of Bhim Chhava, an Ambedkarite organisation, said, “Several groups and religious leaders had met the Prime Minister to dispel misconceptions about triple talaq. But this government was never interested in holding consultations or seeking advice from civil society members and community leaders.” Anjum Inamdar, founder of the Mulnivasi Muslim Manch, said the government was fundamentally ill-disposed towards Islam, and questioned why it had not mooted a strict law to prevent mob-lynching of men from the minority community with the same zeal.AIMIM corporator Ashwini Landge alleged that sections of the media controlled by the government were disseminating false and misleading stories about the trauma of minority community women. Rahul Dambale, State president of the Republican Yuva Morcha, a Dalit outfit, criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government’s regressive stance on the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. “In that matter, the BJP stages vehement protests and says the Supreme Court has no right to intervene as it is hurtful to Hindu sentiments. Yet the government promptly meddles in the matter of triple talaq and attempts to defame it without understanding it properly. So, a divorce in a Hindu family is a matter for the civil court, but one in a Muslim family is a matter of the criminal court,” he said.He said this clearly showed the government was less interested in the uplift of Muslim women than the criminalisation of men of the minority community. Mr. Dambale said the Muslim and Ambedkarite groups had already begun awareness drives on this issue and are likely to stage yet another protest in the city on August 20.last_img read more

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