300 fruit trees distributed at Green Walk in Bartica

first_imgSome 300 fruit trees were distributed to residents of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) during this year’s Green Walk Exercise which was held in observation of National Tree Planting Day, being celebrated under the theme ‘Sustaining Biodiversity: Plant a Tree’.Dozens of residents participated in the walk which commenced from First Avenue and ended at Golden Beach, where there was a simple presentation by Business and Tourism Minister Dominic Gaskin and Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall.With Bartica earmarked to lead the way for Guyana’s transition into a model green economy, the initiative was aimed at educating the population on the benefits of making more environmentally friendly decisions.Participants in the Bartica Green Walk Exercise pose with their plants as they cool down at the Golden BeachAccording to Mayor Marshall, the transformation into a green economy will bring numerous social, economic and environmental benefits to the entire of Guyana.Over the past few months, the municipality of Bartica committed to the five stages of the “Green Economy” as was outlined by President David Granger during the first Tree Planting Day ceremony last year. The stages are sustainable exploitation of our natural resources; environmental protection; promoting sustainable energy; promotion of sound ecological services and green technology.“As a result, Bartica becoming the cleanest and greenest town in Guyana is now well within our grasp. The establishment of a municipal solid waste department and the continued transformation of the Byderabo “Dump Site” is testimony to our commitment of a cleaner greener Bartica,” he noted.The Bartica Mayor noted too that the development of a Green Park is another indication of the municipality’s commitment to become a green town.Marshall added that under the astute leadership of the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, Bartica now has a Local Economic Development Strategic Plan for the next three to five years.This short to medium-term LED Strategic Plan is fully integrated with Bartica’s green township plan, which carries a 15-20 year implementation period, and is led by the Ministry of the Presidency under Rear Admiral Gary Best.These two plans when implemented will transition Bartica into using fully renewable energy, sustainable organic agriculture development, establish Bartica as an information and communications technology centre of excellence, among other revolutionary changes.“While these large-scale changes are taking place at the community level, there are still important steps that can be taken at the individual and organisational level towards accomplishing these overall goals,” he explained.The Mayor stressed that it is in this context that the seemingly simple exercise of planting individual trees can take on such a profound meaning because with simple individual acts, the cumulative effects of these will impact the aesthetics, appearance, and attractiveness of the community.“The combined efforts of many residents doing their individual parts to bring us along this developmental journey should not be underestimated. If we all continue to do our individual parts to the best of our ability, together our efforts can be multiplied, we can achieve greatness for this type town that we all call home,” he underscored.Among the fruit trees distributed include guavas, cherries, tangerines, limes, and oranges.last_img read more

SA ‘pleaded for Janice Linden’s life’

first_img12 December 2011 South Africa had on several occasions appealed to China to halt the execution of Janice Linden, a South African woman convicted of smuggling drugs. On Monday morning, South Africans woke up to the news that Janice Bronwyn Linden was being executed in China. The 37-year-old woman from KwaZulu-Natal was arrested in November 2008 after being found in possession of 3kg of methamphetamines when she arrived in Guangzhou. International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the South African authorities had been in constant contact with the Chinese on Linden’s sentence, appealing for her execution to be halted. “We have tried at the level of the ambassador in Beijing, up to the level of government, to try to appeal to the authorities in China to commute or convert the sentence from a death penalty to a jail term, especially given what our Constitution says about the death penalty,” Monyela said on Monday. “Unfortunately, all our terms were unsuccessful.” Monyela told E-News channel in an interview that they had even pleaded with the Chinese delegation on the sidelines of the UN climate summit (COP 17) held in Durban over the last two weeks, but this had not yielded any positive results. “We are disappointed in this morning’s execution,” said Monyela. According to Chinese practice, Linden would not have been told of her execution until this morning (Chinese time). Media reports suggested that two of her sisters were in China and had been allowed an hour with her before she was put to death by lethal injection. Monyela said the department would continue providing consular services to her family. Although it is not known how many people are executed in China annually, because the information is classified as a “national secret”, Linden is the first South African to be executed in China, and human rights groups say thousands still face capital punishment in that country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Montella: ‘Not a good Fiorentina’

first_imgVincenzo Montella freely admits Fiorentina deserved to lose against Hellas Verona. “It was not a good performance, but it’s a tough fixture for everyone.” Samuel Di Carmine – a lifelong Viola supporter – got the only goal of the game at the Stadio Bentegodi. “It was not a good performance and we made a lot of technical errors, but also conceded a great goal during our best period of the match,” Montella told DAZN. “We suffered against Verona, but I’m sure everyone will have that experience here, as it’s a tough fixture for everyone. We’ll analyse this game carefully and learn the right lessons from it.” This was their second consecutive defeat after a 5-2 loss to Cagliari, so Montella was asked if he is worried. “Only to the right degree. I know there are always going to be difficult moments for a team. There were reasons for our defeat to Cagliari, while today we made technical errors. The moment must come when we react to these setbacks too.” Federico Chiesa was left on the bench after returning from international duty with a knock, while captain German Pezzella went off with a fractured cheekbone just four minutes in. “Pezzella is having tests and it was certainly a big loss to lose him that early. Chiesa is not in good shape physically or mentally. When he gets back into shape, then he’ll start playing again.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Dinwiddie basket in last second, Nets beat Pistons

first_img“I think the key was the way we started,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “That was big, and it is what you need to do to win games like this.”Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, sending him back to the bench. Brooklyn quickly moved the lead to 11 as Detroit struggled to get open shots.Detroit trailed by nine going into the fourth quarter. Smith’s 3-pointer with 2:58 left tied it at 92.“This was huge,” said Joe Harris, who had 12 points for Brooklyn. “We’re getting into these games and we’re finally starting to finish them.”TIP-INSNets: D’Angelo Russell played 14 minutes in his second game back from a knee injury, finishing with three points and one assist. … The win ended Brooklyn’s four-game losing streak in Detroit.Pistons: Johnson played his second game after missing three with a recurring hip problem, finishing with a season-high 18 points in 26 minutes. “I though Stanley was really good defensively, and he played well on the offensive end, too,” Van Gundy said. After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.The Pistons picked Dinwiddie in the second round of the 2014 draft, despite a knee injury, and he played 46 games for them over two seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“That was a heck of a shot,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “I’m happy for Spencer, because he was here, obviously, but I’m happier for the team. I wasn’t sure we had the poise and understanding to get a win like this.”Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blamed himself for the final basket, where Ish Smith, generously listed as six feet tall, was covering the 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Ish did a great job of guarding him, but I probably should have had more size out there against him,” Van Gundy said. “Ish gave him a tough look, but Spencer was able to get above him and make a great shot.”Dinwiddie finished with 22 points. Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 20.Caris LeVert split a pair of free throws with 13.7 seconds left, giving the Nets a 99-98 edge. It was the second time he missed a free throw in the final 42 seconds.Langston Galloway misplayed the ensuing inbounds pass, but was able to knock the ball to Drummond. Detroit’s center nearly traveled in a rare drive from outside the 3-point arc, and flipped in a go-ahead shot.“I felt like we were focused and locked in tonight,” said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. “We were playing a really good team on their floor, but we trusted Spencer to make that last play.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8 NEW ARENA, BETTER RESULTSThe Nets are now 1-0 at Little Caesars Arena after going 8-44 in Detroit during the 29 seasons that the Pistons played at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH On Jan. 10, the Pistons routed Brooklyn 114-80 behind 22 points and 20 rebounds from Drummond. That was Detroit’s last victory, with three of the five defeats coming at Little Caesars Arena.“We don’t play again until Wednesday, so I have some time to think about how to fix this,” Van Gundy said. “We just don’t play hard on a consistent basis. We’ve fallen behind early, but even when we had a great start on Friday (against Washington), we didn’t keep it going.”The Nets led 53-48 at halftime. The Pistons had one offensive rebound in the half, slowed by Drummond’s three fouls. Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) drives on Detroit Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit. APDETROIT — Spencer Dinwiddie hit the big shot against a familiar foe.Dinwiddie’s jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday (Monday Manila time), the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Team India flunks final, but must build on gains from World Cup

first_imgCUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when,CUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when we’ll ever get to a Cup final again?”As it happens, the young man could play in a couple more World Cups but on that bleak Sunday night when gloom crept into Indian souls like the chill of an advancing Johannesburg autumn, his heart wouldn’t listen to reason or reassurance. He could barely imagine it but by hating defeat so intensely, the cricketer was giving himself the best chance to reach another big final. If being the No. 2 team in the world doesn’t feel good at all, there is only one other alternative.The men in blue headed out of their hotel rooms looking for warm food and cold comfort, a cavalcade of the chronically dejected. That night all the glasses came up half-empty but if Indian cricket learns to look into the distance – admittedly, not its strong suit – its African campaign could be a blueprint for future success and, maybe, a cup running over.En route to the World Cup finals Sourav Ganguly’s team equalled the record for the most successful streak by an Indian team in one-day internationals  – eight straight wins. It matched the run of the 1985 team that won five matches to take the World Championship of Cricket in Australia and three one-dayers after that. India’s record pales in comparison to Australia’s 17 but collective achievement in Indian cricket is rare. For too long has the sport been ruled by the cult and clash of personality and the mammoth weight of some pretty impressive individual records.advertisementCUP OF WOE: India were made to stand down by the AustraliansCaptain Ganguly, who could well be the first militant Bengali after Subhas Chandra Bose, will have no more of it. He is fast becoming the leading pulpitt-humping evangelist of a new church of Indian cricket.Drinking tea in a train-wreck of a hotel room in Durban, windows open to cooling sea breezes off the Indian Ocean, he said, “Individual performances don’t matter at all if the team doesn’t win. Indian cricket has to realise that the team is first: whether you are looking at the past or whether the team has to go ahead in the future.”The future is the only place to go because the past is never as glorious and golden as it is made out to be. The Australians are already in tomorrow, casting long shadows on those who try to follow. India have responded to the rigours and rewards of a nascent professionalism with the enthusiasm of a child who, after days of sliding around his bottom, discovers the heady benefits of being able to walk.They are quick to give credit to their three-man back-up team of professional coach, trainer and physio, use polar wristwatches to monitor their fitness, know how to download the data from the watches onto their personal laptops, and have discovered the use of computer analysis in team planning. Fellows who would struggle to spell “psychologist” sit down with the famous sports shrink Sandy Gordon to discuss insecurity, fear of failure, ambition and come out feeling wiser, less burdened.Radical? For Indian cricket, yes. Australia has been there, done that – and moved on. Diving and slide-tackling in the field is kindergarten stuff. Their specialist fielding and throwing consultant, Mike Young, an ex-baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, knows nothing about cricket fielding, but uses his understanding of motion from baseball to design drills. His brief is to keep the fielders moving, energised and involved and minimise the time taken for a ball to travel from the fielder to the man at the wicket.When the ball goes to a fielder’s “wrong’ side” (i.e. on the left side of a right-hander), usually the fielder picks up the ball, transfers it to his throwing hand, shifts his weight and then throws the ball back. Young taught the Australians to pick up and pivot, transferring the ball from hand to hand during the pivot before hurling it back to the man at the stumps. The fielder can end up off-balance during the throw, but when Andy Bichel ran out Aravinda De Silva in the semi-final, hours of practice turned into something perfect.Young also turned out to be a handy bard who composed a poem about his adopted home which the Aussies chanted and sang after every victory in South Africa. Coach John Buchanan says, “At the moment we do most things everyone else does but we do them a little bit better and more consistently. There is no question we can get better.”advertisementIt could be a frightening thought for anyone trying to catch up, but then it could be an inspiration too – there is always a way, teams must have the will to discover it. The Indians seem to have found theirs. It took a year of thinking and tinkering for their World Cup campaign to come together. The hiring of fitness trainer Adrian LeRoux made a difference to the strength of the bowlers and consequently the pace at which they bowled in South Africa.Andrew Leipus held the bodies of all the main men together with hours of physiotherapy, yards of tape and the pure power of prayer. No matter how loud the howls of protest, Rahul Dravid was given a year with the wicketkeeping gloves in order to lengthen the batting line-up. An idea of the best balanced team for South Africa was devised and stuck to. In South Africa, only two teams looked like they had made progress from the 1999 Cup: Australia, of course, and, surprise, surprise, the consorts of chaos, India, a testimony to persistence with The Plan.India have done a lot right in the past two years, reckons former South African coach Graham Ford, but to keep progressing they need to replace the one important link that will go missing soon. “They need to get another pace bowler into the squad now because they are going to miss Javagal.”The man himself, who went through the World Cup wearing an unusually sunny disposition all the time and a beach hat at practice, believes fast bowlers are like fine china, meant to be handled with care and wrapped in cotton-wool. Only then can they provide service for years. “An Australian or South African bowler may take two years to develop, in India you have to give a guy 3-3 1/2 years, put him on a fitness routine, monitor his progress. If you are thinking of 2007,” Srinath says, “find a guy now.”Australia reaped the benefits of pure pace in the Cup – Brett Lee broke down batting line-ups after injury stopped Jason Gillespie and tiredness slowed Glenn McGrath down. Lee has been shepherded through Australian cricket since 1995 – when it was discovered he was the fastest kid on the block – and let loose on the world only in 1999. South Africa, looking for its successors to the Allan Donald generation, tried the same with the injury-plagued Mfuneko Ngam and are now working on Monde Zondeki.A team insider says, “What we cannot do is bumble along and hope for someone to turn up. That’s the way it has been with us but that’s not the way it works in professional sport anymore.” It means the traditional animosity between selector and player, board and player, the swell of egos must subside to make the team competitive.advertisementSunil Gavaskar believes the team needs to do more, telling INDIA TODAY, “The 2007 World Cup should be the assignment starting now. We must overcome the weaknesses that prevented us from winning this one and consolidate the gains have been made from this trip.” The gains are both cricketing and cultural.Indian cricket knows now why it needs genuine fast bowlers, all-wicket batsmen and the best support staff the BCCI’s money can buy. But like that angry young man on finals night, it must breed dissatisfaction and stoke hunger too. Because finishing second may be noble, and worthy, but it really is no fun.last_img read more

Manchester City accuse Uefa of leaks amid Champions League ban threat

first_imgThe IC chairman and chief investigator, Yves Leterme, a senior Belgian politician and former prime minister, is considering whether he agrees with that view, and will refer the club to the AC, which applies sanctions.IC members are thought to have formed the view, following a formal investigation launched in March, that if the AC concludes that City have misstated their income to Uefa, as alleged, the offence is so serious as to warrant a Champions League ban. Any such sanction would have to be imposed by the AC, because the IC’s disciplinary powers are limited to a warning, a reprimand or a fine up to a maximum of €100,000 (£87,000).City, who have strongly denied any wrongdoing, can be expected to oppose fiercely even the referral of the case by the IC and to appeal against any sanction all the way to the court of arbitration for sport if they consider it necessary, arguing they have proven the allegations are false.The club, whose team claimed a successive Premier League title on Sunday and can win an unprecedented domestic treble if they beat Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday, are concerned that the suggestion of a guilty finding and Champions League ban is already damaging and could deter players from signing.City have been facing allegations since November that they falsely declared as sponsorships millions of pounds that were in fact an investment from the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. The allegations are based on “leaked” internal City emails and other documents published by the German magazine Der Spiegel.The principal allegation is that in 2012-13 and 2013-14 City overstated to Uefa – and initially to the Premier League, which operates FFP declarations for its clubs – the amounts paid by their principal sponsor, the Abu Dhabi state airline, Etihad. An email from Simon Pearce, a senior City director and Abu Dhabi executive, to Jorge Chumillas, then the club’s chief financial officer, appears to suggest that Mansour’s own holding company, ADUG, paid the bulk of the then £65m annual Etihad sponsorship, while the airline paid only £8m. In another email Chumillas appears to have asked if ADUG paid sponsorship money to Etihad, which then paid it to City.Uefa’s FFP rules limit investment by owners to encourage them not to bankroll losses made by overspending on players. City have been sponsored by Etihad and other Abu Dhabi sponsors since shortly after Mansour bought the club in 2008. The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football news Uefa Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool look well set to avoid the curse of the runner-up Read more Share on Facebook Financial fair play Read more Topics Share on LinkedIn City have declared in their accounts investment totalling £1.3bn from Mansour, much of it on players and their wages, which the club could not otherwise afford in the early years of fuelling City’s rise, but all commercial income is stated as separate from Mansour.Etihad denied the allegation in November, stating that: “The airline’s financial obligations, associated with the partnership of the club and the broader City football group, have always been, and remain, the sole liability and responsibility of Etihad Airways.”City initially refused to engage at all with the coverage, stating that the documents were “purportedly hacked or stolen” and the contents taken out of context. After huge media coverage and pressure from other major European clubs, the CFCB’s investigatory chamber initially told Uefa it was not set up to investigate alleged misrepresentations by clubs, but Uefa encouraged it to do so, and the formal investigation was launched.City then explicitly denied wrongdoing for the first time, stating that the club welcomed the investigation “as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails.” Uefa launches formal investigation into Manchester City’s FFP conductcenter_img Share on Pinterest Manchester City say they have provided “comprehensive proof” of their innocence to the Uefa body investigating allegations of financial fair play (FFP) irregularities, which could be on the verge of recommending a Champions League ban for the club.Members of Uefa’s club financial control body (CFCB) investigatory chamber (IC) are thought to have expressed a strong view that City should be referred to the adjudicatory chamber (AC) for a final judgment, and to have recommended a Champions League ban if the allegations of misleading Uefa over FFP are proved. Responding to a report in the New York Times on Monday that the IC is set to recommend City being banned from the Champions League, the club issued a strongly worded statement saying they have provided proof that the allegations are false.This would be presumed to include further internal financial evidence and an explanation of the emails. The statement protested that the IC process itself has been the subject of leaks. “Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC’s ongoing investigation,” the statement said.“In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC’s independence and commitment to due process; and on Uefa’s commitment of the 7th of March that it … will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing.“The New York Times report citing ‘people familiar with the case’ is therefore extremely concerning. The implications are that either Manchester City’s good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club’s reputation and its commercial interests. Or both.“Manchester City’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record. The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided to the CFCB IC.”A statement from Uefa said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations regarding financial fair play matters.” Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email Champions League Share on Messenger Manchester City Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more