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Diamond mining – Russell, Williams, Ricketts, Goule seek glory in Zurich

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgIt will be to crunch time this Thursday and Friday as top athletes who qualified for the IAAF Diamond League finals will be hunting trophies and lucrative cash prizes in Zurich and Brussels, with the first of these finals set for Thursday in Zurich. Four Jamaicans, all females, will be hoping for their first diamond and also a wild-card entry to next year’s IAAF World Championships when they compete on Thursday. The list comprises Commonwealth Games gold medallist Janieve Russell, Kimberly Williams, Natoya Goule and Shanieka Ricketts. Of the four Jamaicans down to compete, Russell has the best chance of coming out on top. After scoring the most points coming into the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles, Russell, who was surprised in her last Diamond League race in Birmingham by European champion Lea Sprunger, will be hoping to bounce back in style. With a personal best of 53.46 seconds, she is the second-ranked athlete in the event in the line-up, behind the United States’ Shamier Little, her biggest threat, who has a season’s best of 53.32 seconds and has beaten her three times in a row this season. Russell will also have US duo Dalilah Muhammad and Georganne Moline to contend with. Russell could be forced to change her racing tactics if she hopes to win the big prize as she tends to stay too far off the pace in the early stages. But with much at stake now, she could strike when it matters most . With a season’s best of 14.64m, Commonwealth Games triple jump champion, Williams will be hoping to surprise Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia, the world leader with 14.96m, in the women’s triple jump. NACAC champion Ricketts will be hoping to better her season’s best of 14.61m in a bid for the big prize. Goule has been in her best form ever this year, and with her recent national record of 1:56.15 minutes in the 800m, she will be hoping to better that time against South Africa’s Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi. Added action on Thursday will see the clash of five 4x100m female relay teams, including Jamaica, for the Zurich trophy. The other four teams in the line-up are Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.last_img read more

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Redouble efforts to stop child abuse

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgLast week, Bent Street, Werk-en-Rust Georgetown resident Nichole Rosemin was released on $100,000 bail by Magistrate Leron Daly after she was charged for unlawfully inflicting grievous bodily harm of a six-year-old child. The Court heard that this woman, earlier this month, took a hot iron and placed it on both of the child’s arms after he was caught playing with the said iron.Earlier this year, the media reported that at least six men were found guilty of raping and having anal sex with girls and boys under the age of consent, with the youngest victim being nine years old.There are also reports of children under the age of 14 being forced to work in various parts of the country, in order to assist their families in making ends meet. Whenever they refuse or complain to the authorities, these children are dealt a severe ‘beating’ by their guardians, and are sometimes treated as outcasts.And finally, there are stories of foster children being ill-treated by their caregivers, and being subjected to continuous emotional, physical and sexual violence at the hands of their close relatives, administrators of shelters and homes, pastors, and others who are in a position of trust. It was only recently that a group of teenage girls, all below the age of consent, complained bitterly about the sexual harassment and advancements that are being made by a male in charge of a dorm at an Amerindian public school.Of course the problem of child sex abuse is not peculiar to Guyana. For instance, over in Jamaica, a nine-year-old boy was systematically raped by his pastor while his mother was at work; an 18-month-old baby boy died of internal damage after being raped by his uncle; and a little girl was infected with gonorrhoea, syphilis, herpes and HIV by an uncle who was in and out of prison.This led a general practitioner at a local hospital there to lobby that country’s Government to do more, because she said she was “tormented” by the onslaught of abuse faced by children there.The truth is that child abuse and child sexual abuse are shrouded in secrecy and abetted by shame. While most abuse is hidden and up-to-date statistics are scarce, it is known that nearly 150 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 around the world have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual violence worldwide.In the Caribbean region, sexual violence against children is greatly underreported, and this abuse is often culturally sanctioned. A study in Jamaica indicated that men often believe they have a right to engage in sex with girls under their care, while children in Guyana reported believing that sexual violence can be blamed on a victim’s clothing. Sexual violence against boys is especially underreported, and in some countries, is not even recognised as a crime.“Sexual abuse happens everywhere – at home, school, and in other institutions; and has a serious physical, psychological and social impact not only on girls and boys, but also on the fabric of society. It is one of the main factors that contribute to HIV infection, and that is why it is not surprising that this region has one of the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS worldwide,” said Nadine Perrault, UNICEF Regional Child Protection Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean.“Our experiences in preventing and responding to sexual abuse have taught us that laws by themselves have been ineffective in protecting children, mainly because of the silence surrounding the issue and the risks that victims face in speaking out – risks such as stigma, shame, harm and further violence. And then, often, children do not know where to turn.”To address the taboo surrounding child sexual abuse, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago developed the Teddy Bear Campaign. Using the image of a teddy bear with a band-aid over its heart and the tagline ‘Break the Silence’, this initiative has mobilised a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners to protect children from sexual abuse.The campaign was discussed during the Sub-Regional Meeting for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence Against Children in the Caribbean, which took place in Kingston this week. UNICEF is currently working to expand the reach of this campaign to other countries in the Caribbean.While it would seem that Guyana’s Child Care and Protection Agency is doing all that it can to respond to almost every case that is being reported, its intervention is coming a little too late. The entity is still operating in reactive mode, and is too bogged down to embark on a robust campaign featuring the implementation of measures that could see many of these acts being prevented before it’s too late and our children are violated.There is desperate need, therefore, for the Government of Guyana to redouble its efforts to respond to this assault and violation of the decency and human rights of our children. A unit must be immediately established to tackle child abuse in all of its forms, as this can aid the work being done by CCPA. We cannot continue to be complacent.last_img read more

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23 Families Displaced by Fire in Point 4

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgTwenty three families were displaced last Thursday night in Point 4, on Bushrod Island in Monrovia after a rain storm struck a transformer that set five zinc houses ablaze.There were no injuries or deaths.“It was around 11 p.m. when the storm hit this area and unroofed the nearby Playmate Cinema,” shop owner, Ibrahim Sow, 48, told the Daily Observer.He said the roof of the cinema flew off and dropped on nearby houses.“Then as we waited and the storm increased, it struck the transformer that partly controlled my zinc houses with nine rooms.“There were five houses in all and sadly no one could save any personal items,” Sow, who also owns the Amadou Sow Provision Shop, said.The displaced included women and children, who appealed to humanitarian groups, including the Liberia National Red Cross Society, to come to their assistance with emergency relief.Sow commended the neighbors for their prompt response that helped to save nearby houses.When officers from the Liberia National Fire Service arrived, Sow said, the fire had already consumed the five houses.Also speaking to the Daily Observer, Alphonso Kamanu, 58, chairman of the Elder’s Council of the Point 4 Community said among the displaced are several widows who had previously lost their houses to the raging Atlantic Ocean on Colonel West Street.“Some of the widows lost all they had to the Atlantic Ocean and were brought here to live and now they have again lost everything in their possession,” Elder Kamanu told our reporter.Elder Kamanu, armed with a record of all the displaced, appealed to the government and humanitarian agencies to provide emergency relief to the suffering.“These people are now displaced and are being sheltered by their friends,” Elder Kamanu said. “We all need urgent help,” he pleaded.Most of the 23 families are with grandchildren and several are in their 50s. It is the third fire incident to affect New Kru Town since April this year. The first affected journalist D. Sonpon Weah, who lost five zinc houses. In the second fire, seven houses on Karpeh Street were burnt down. Now the Point 4 incident has happened.Each of these fire incidents has displaced families, now numbering altogether more than 200 victims, who are crying for emergency relief.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Investigation launched into marijuana smoking at Corentyne school

By on January 13, 2020

first_imgThe Tagore Memorial Secondary School Board of Directors are eagerly awaiting the findings of a probe into allegations that a school teacher has been using and offering marijuana to students of the school.Tagore Memorial Secondary SchoolChairman of the Board, Charlie Amar is confident that the investigation, when completed, will reveal the truth.Senior management of the school, which is located at Number 63 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), had denied the allegations when they first surfaced a few weeks ago. However, some teachers told this publication that the teacher has been smoking in the vicinity of the school and has offered the drug to some students.Several teachers are of the view that the investigation will not reveal the truth.According to one teacher, they will be victimised if they were to say what has been taking place at Tagore Memorial Secondary School.Another said that teachers who enjoy the privilege of having time off to attend University during instructional time could lose that privilege if they were to issue a statement against the teacher in question.Regional Education Officer Volika Jaikishoon said following a meeting with the Board on Monday, a decision was taken to have the investigation launched.Amar is of the view that the investigation would be conducted fairly.Meanwhile, complaints were made to the Headteacher of the school, but no action was taken until parents called in the Department of Education.last_img read more

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CANU ranks urged to look out for ‘intelligent criminals’

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first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Monday told ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) that they have to be prepared for the wave of intelligent criminals who are engaging in the narcotics trade.He made the charge at the opening of the Unit’s annual counter-narcotics staff training.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe said the smuggling of narcotics was dangerous to the democracy of any nation and it hindered economic growth while taking away from the “human-ness” of the population.“It is a completely evil thing dealing and smuggling in narcotics. It has made billions for some people, but it had destroyed so many lives and so many families and the temptation for indulging in this kind of conduct is an extraordinarily dangerous undertaking,” Ramjattan said.“We are in this war against drugs, and you are going to be our best soldiers in that war. The training is important. I want transformational change in almost every Department of Government, including CANU, and that kind of transformational change must come by you being prepared to do the honest and the right thing; the thing that will bring dignity to you and enhance your integrity,” he added.He said that it was important that radical change brought radical impact and urged the CANU ranks to place special emphasis on the ethics and professionalism aspects of the weeklong training, adding that through professionalism great officers were made. The Minister urged the officers to take the moral high ground in order to improve the reputation of the Unit.Deputy CANU Head Lesley RamlallHe told the officers that they must take the initiative, since they were part of a Unit that dealt with the laws and ingredients of the offences they charge persons for.“I am happy to see that this is going to be a continuous training and you will be in-house trainees to have a better understanding of the Act, the offences, the evidence you require, the manner in which you handle that evidence and how you marshal your facts to get the substantive convictions. Convictions are so important and I have watched the records and there have been many interdictions with investigations and sometimes as it reaches the court; our records must be improved as regards to convictions…and convictions is the big six you all want,” Ramjattan said.Deputy CANU Head Lesley Ramlall underscored the importance of the training session while urging the ranks to make full use of the training. The ranks would be engaged in a week-long training session at the National Racquet Centre in Georgetown and would be better equipped to deal with investigations, charges and the laws that govern their operations.last_img read more

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Academy sues Oscars’ heir over possible sale

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgQuinto said Pickford was a founder of the academy, helped approve the Oscar design and wouldn’t consent to “cheapen it in the eyes of the public.” A call to John Shevlin, an attorney representing Beverly Rogers’ estate, was not immediately returned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press The Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences is suing to stop the public sale of two Academy Awards given to silent film star Mary Pickford. In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the academy claims it has the right to buy the historic statuettes and one owned by her late husband for $10 each. The academy contends an heir to the Oscars demanded $500,000 for one in July – an offer the academy refused. Pickford won the Academy Award for best actress in 1930 and was given an honorary Oscar in 1975. When she died in 1979, they went to her one-time husband, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, the lawsuit said. In 1986, Rogers won the academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and when he died all three awards went to his second wife, Beverly. She died in January, leaving the statuettes to her heirs. The lawsuit names three of the heirs, in their roles as co-executors. It alleges anticipatory breach of contract. The suit claims that academy bylaws from 1950 and agreements signed by Oscar winners give the academy the first chance to buy Oscars for $10 each if they ever go on the market. “If the public believes that any multimillionaire can buy an Oscar, then it becomes cheapened,” David W. Quinto, an attorney for the academy, said Friday. “It becomes an article of commerce rather than a very prestigious award.” last_img read more

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LISTEN: Ronald Koeman praises Gareth Barry following 600th PL appearance

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on veteran midfielder Gareth Barry following his 600th Premier League appearance.The 35-year-old started the impressive 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park, capping his strong performance with the equalising goal for the Toffees.Barry, who previously played for Aston Villa and Manchester City, has started the season in fine form, and Koeman told talkSPORT the veteran is showing his talent in every aspect of his game – whilst also praising midfield teammate Idrissa Gueye.When asked about Barry’s performance, Koeman told talkSPORT: “Very pleased. Of course it’s an amazing number of games, 600. And he showed today he is still in charge, not only to score to make it 1-1, but in all the aspects [of his game].“The other key player was Gana in the midfield.”Boro took the lead at Goodison Park, Maarten Stekelenburg putting through his own net after he was clattered by Alvaro Negredo.It looked a foul, but the goal was given, although Koeman believes it was going behind which kicked the Toffees out of a stupor and forced them to find their best form.He added: “I was very pleased for about 75 minutes in the game, because I think the start was not good; we were not that aggressive.“But after that [the Middlesbrough goal] there was more pressing and we were more aggressive; we won more second balls and played good football. And we turned around the 1-0 score.”Koeman also provided an update on Romelu Lukaku, who was taken off in the second period with an apparent injury.“[It was] his feet, not his ankle. We have to wait, and tomorrow we will know something more.”last_img read more

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‘He is a key player for us – I am so happy with him’

By on December 27, 2019

first_img Dele Alli scored the winner for Tottenham against Barnsley Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli is over his dip in form after the midfielder scored Tottenham’s winner against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup third round.Pochettino had admitted before the game he would start Alli at Wembley to help the 21-year-old rediscover his groove following some disappointing recent displays.And Alli duly delivered, his second-half strike proving the difference as Spurs sealed a 1-0 win and their place in round four.“For me, Dele Alli is a top player. He is a key player for us. I think he helped us by scoring today,” Pochettino said.“I am so happy with him. It’s true that everyone can do better but I am happy. It is a period that he needs to find his balance but I am so happy, his performance was good.“He tried and scored and that is fantastic.”A sparse crowd of only 23,926 made for a strange atmosphere at the national stadium, with the game feeling more like a youth team fixture at times than a third-round cup tie.In fact, Tottenham had played in front of only 26,244 against Gillingham at White Hart Lane this time last season, but the swathes of empty red seats certainly made the absentees more noticeable.“I understand,” Pochettino said.“I’d like to say thank you to all the fans that were here. Maybe it wasn’t possible to come. I understand that it’s so difficult for the fans sometimes to come to every single game.“I want to say thank you to our fans. I know they are behind us and translate their support.”Tottenham dominated the contest in terms of possession but Barnsley could have taken the lead had Liam Lindsay been more precise with a free header or Ike Ugbo converted an excellent chance after half-time.But Alli finished off Kieran Trippier’s pull-back in the 65th minute for his third goal of the season and to secure Spurs a hard-fought victory.“I want to congratulate our opponents Barnsley because they defended very well,” Pochettino said.“I think it was a very tough game, how they defended and played it was difficult for us to create chances. Today, yes, I think our opponent was so tough because we could not shoot on target in the first 60 minutes.” 1last_img read more

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Dave Rennie confirmed as new head coach of Australia

By on December 24, 2019

first_img“All my focus is on the rest of the season in Glasgow as we strive to be in the mix come play-off time in both comps again.” Former Scotland director of rugby Scott Johnson now holds the same role in Australia and quickly identified Rennie – a coach he helped to recruit to the Warriors in 2017 – as his preferred candidate to lead the Aussies.Rennie is currently preparing his team for their Champions Cup pool match away to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.He told the Glasgow Warriors website: “We’ve loved our time here around great people. It’s been as good as I could have wished for after leaving New Zealand. “It’s an exciting opportunity to coach at international level and an added bonus that we’ll be a little closer to home, near our kids and grandkids. Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie has been confirmed as the new head coach of Australia  -with Danny Wilson to be his replacement.As revealed by STV earlier on Tuesday, Rennie, 55, swerved an approach to take charge of his home nation of New Zealand.Rennie will remain with the Warriors until the summer, before beginning a three-and-a-half year deal with the Wallabies to replace Michael Cheika, who stood down as Australia head coach after the World Cup.He will be replaced by Scotland’s forwards coach Wilson.Danny Wilson is set to take charge of the Warriors. SNSlast_img read more

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From the Very Bowels of Human Excess: Jennifer Aniston Owns a Couch That Costs More Than Your House

By on December 21, 2019

first_img“Architectural Digest” recently visited JENNIFER ANISTON’s house, and one of the pictures shows a Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa.  Only about 150 of these were made in 1947, so they’re pretty rare. There’s no word how much Jennifer paid for hers, but two of them were sold at auction in 2016.  One went for $358,000, and the other sold for $754,000.  For a FRICKIN’ COUCH.  ELLEN and KANYE WEST apparently have them too. Celebrities like expensive things.  And hey, they can afford them, right?  But there just seems to be something morally wrong with buying a sofa that costs more than what most of us paid for our HOMES.last_img read more

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