17 Jan

Expand your vision

first_imgDear Editor,I am quite pleased to hear Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan suggesting that the licences of hotels caught involving themselves in trafficking in persons (TIP) would be revoked. For too long, the character/future of women has been destroyed by this unscrupulous act because of their vulnerability, and with the crisis in Venezuela, women are being taken advantage on, and I personally believe this is the most sensible thing the Minister ever suggested since taking that portfolio.At present, the authorities are doing an amazing job combating this wanton plague affecting the good name of our country. They have a long way to go, and society should assist to show that it cares. There’re many people offering jobs, and when the women go, they are being taken to strange areas, threatened, and forced to do whatever the crooks desire.But, then again, I will be looking on to see if this suggestion ever materialises; because, in Guyana, we have many in authority who partake in this illegality when it suits them, and I hope suggestions are not being put forward to betray us.Editor, the recent incident with the part-time hotel at Parika caught the media’s attention, but following the story, I didn’t see any action being taken against the hotel for allowing an underage school girl into the hotel. I believe that’s a criminal offence, and appropriate action should have been taken.Similarly, there are many places harbouring underage children during school hours, and when caught, no action is being taken against them. We have too many school drop-outs and lots of places/people creating an environment to welcome them and make them temporarily satisfied with their actions/judgment.The relevant authorities should explore the possibilities of persecuting them to the full extent of the law. At present, the school drop-outs’ rate is extremely high, coupled with the increased usage of drugs, crime and AIDSSincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

6 Jan

Former Chelsea defender maintains ‘legendary status’ according to fans

first_img David Luiz scores against Barcelona for PSG David Luiz scored for PSG against Barcelona in the Champions League and delighted Chelsea fans in the process.Luiz was sold to the French champions for £40m in the summer and gave his side’s sub-standard start to the season a shot in the arm as PSG beat Barcelona 3-2.Chelsea fans don’t hold Barcelona in high regard and Luiz’s goal, the first time the club has conceded this season.Below is a selection of tweets from Blues fans happy with their former stopper’s effort… 1last_img read more

6 Jan

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, January 22

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea have entered talks with Fiorentina over a deal to bring in Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, during January. (The Guardian) The Premier League leaders have increased their efforts to sign Cuadrado after having a £20.6m bid rejected on Wednesday. (The Times)Chelsea are preparing to offset the arrival of Cuadrado with the sale of winger Mohamed Salah, 22, or forward Andre Schurrle, 24. (The Independent) Germany international Schurrle is set for a move back to his native country to join Wolfsburg. (Daily Express) Chelsea are also planning a £40m move for Juventus’ 21-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who left Manchester United on a free transfer in 2012. (Daily Express) Spanish side Valencia are ready to try to beat Liverpool to the signing of Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner, 29. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United have not received a single official enquiry in January about Brazilian midfielder Anderson, 26, who has not played for the club since August and is officially for sale. (Daily Mail) Swansea are looking at Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 24, as a potential replacement for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, 26, who has signed for Manchester City. (Daily Telegraph) QPR want to sign Italy striker Dani Osvaldo, 29, to save them from relegation – even though Southampton loaned him out to Inter Milan after he headbutted a team-mate. (Daily Mirror) Newcastle plan to compete with Arsenal for the signature of Ipswich’s 21-year-old defender Tyrone Mings. (Daily Mail) Arsenal will face competition from Manchester United to sign 24-year-old Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who is valued at £16m by the Spanish club. (London Evening Standard) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Gerrard to Chelsea was a ‘done deal’, claims ClarkeExclusive – Don’t bet on it! Former Liverpool star doubts Reds’ Champions League credentialsReports – Manchester United make £61.25m bid for Juventus starAmazing rumour! Man United to use Falcao as makeweight in deal for PSG star?Arsenal and Liverpool to lose out in race for Real Madrid midfielder?Man United transfer news: ‘£112m world record deal’, Bale latest and more gossipTransfer latest: Man United eye Belgian World Cup star, plus Arsenal want Newcastle manGood news for Premier League pair? Roma end interest in Barcelona defender‘Man United and Stoke target will not leave in January’Chelsea midfielder set for loan spell in PortugalLiverpool and Arsenal target paying no attention to West Ham exit reportsArsenal ARE interested in Villarreal star but deal hinges on work permitBoost for West Ham and West Brom! Valencia withdraw interest in Man United midfielderSouthampton outcast lined up for switch to AC MilanBlow for Newcastle! Magpies target completes Genoa loan switchNew York Cosmos to hijack Italy move for Everton star?Northampton Town line up loan move for Swindon striker Storeylast_img read more

6 Jan

Expanded 2022 World Cup to generate Sh30-40bn windfall

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino supports moves to expand the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 teams © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIMIAMI, United States, Mar 12 – An expanded 48-team World Cup in 2022 would deliver a financial windfall of up to Sh40bn according to an internal feasibility study commissioned by FIFA, a source with knowledge of the document told AFP on Tuesday.The ruling council of football’s global governing body meets in Miami this week with the issue of the 2022 World Cup format in Qatar expected to dominate discussions. FIFA President Gianni Infantino is a notable supporter of increasing the size of the tournament from 32 teams to 48 teams, accelerating an expansion which was first due to take place at the 2026 tournament.A feasibility study which will be put before the council at this week’s meeting in Miami starting on Thursday, is broadly supportive of the expansion in 2022.A source with knowledge of the study told AFP an expanded tournament would boost incomes by between $300 million and $400 million (between 265 and 354 million euros), with the extra revenue driven by increased television and marketing rights and ticket sales.The World Cup is by far FIFA’s biggest source of income, with last year’s tournament in Russia earning a higher-than-forecast $6.4 billion.However a 48-team World Cup could only go ahead if games are shared with neighbouring countries, several of whom have imposed a crippling blockade of Qatar since June 2017.The source said five countries could be considered for possible World Cup games — Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.But Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would only be candidates if their governments ended the Qatar blockade, according to an excerpt of the feasibility study.“Due to the geopolitical situation in the region and the recent blockade that Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE have imposed on Qatar, the involvement of such countries in organising a co-hosted tournament with Qatar would require the lifting of such blockade, in particular the lifting of all restrictions relating to the movement of people and goods between these countries,” the feasibility study said.“Ideally, this should be evidenced as a precondition to the appointment of such co-hosts and should cover all aspects to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”And any decision on additional host nations would need the support of Qatar, the feasibility study added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

29 Dec

Celtic starlet eyed by Arsenal snubs interest to sign new five-year deal

first_img1 The young star in action with Celtic last season. Celtic have confirmed that Kieran Tierney has agreed a new five-year deal at the club.The young left-back has signed a contract that will keep him at Celtic Park until 2021, after enjoying a stellar debut campaign last season.New manager Brendan Rodgers has been immediately impressed with the defender, telling the Daily Record how it took just two days to realise the superstar potential Tierney possessed.“I saw in the first two days I was in charge that Kieran Tierney will be a top player,” said the news Hoops boss. “He’s a 19-year-old kid and probably before the start of last season no-one would have heard of him.“But I can tell you that I know from my experience of working in England in the middle section and at the top end of the league, that this kid will be a top player. For sure. Absolutely 100 per cent he will be.”The 19-year-old, who has been with the Scottish giants since he was just seven, was rumoured to be the subject of a potential bid from Arsenal.Tierney’s performances in the SPL had not gone unnoticed on the international stage either, with Scotland boss Gordon Strachan rewarding the defender with a call-up to the side in March earlier this year.last_img read more

29 Dec

West Ham will not welcome any bids for star man Payet, says Hammers chief

first_img1 Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring for France West Ham co-owner David Gold has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping hold of Dimitri Payet.The French schemer has lit up Euro 2016 this summer and has so far scored three goals for Les Bleus from midfield.His performances, following on from last season’s impressive form, has attracted the attention of both Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.As talkSPORT told you last week, it has been suggested in France that the chasing pack have been told that West Ham could be tempted into selling should they receive a bid of around £42m for the 29-year-old.But Gold insists they are hoping to avoid any summer interest in their star man, with the two European heavyweights both circling.He wrote on Twitter: “I have always said, we do not welcome any bid for Dimitri Payet.”last_img read more

28 Dec

Luck of the lotto draw for Palmdale family

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While Nancy is looking forward to some time off, her husband, who does roadside maintenance for the California Department of Transportation, planned to keep his job. “I’m taking a week off,” he said. “I like working there. I like the people I work with.” Anup Singh, owner of the 7-Eleven where the winning ticket was bought, said Sunday that ticket sales had been relatively slow Saturday despite the $84 million jackpot. But since the winners were announced, lotto tickets were flying. “We’re happy that (the family) is happy,” Singh said. “There is a lot of excitement here.” Singh said he also hoped the family will adjust well to the winnings. “Money is not that important in life. It comes, it has a purpose, and it is used,” Singh said. “I hope they put the money in a trust for their children and I hope they remember that they need to work hard, and learn the value of money.” The store had a millionaire before: In 1994, a ticket sold there brought $7 million, Singh said. Four or five years ago somebody won $50,000. The store that sells the winning ticket gets one-half of 1 percent of the jackpot, or $420,000 for this ticket. The record SuperLotto Plus jackpot is $141 million, won by a San Jose man in 2001. The largest lotto jackpot in California was $193 million in 2002, split among three tickets. Before Saturday’s drawing, the Antelope Valley’s biggest lottery winners had been Joelle Fesler and her husband, Thomas, who in 2002 split an $82 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot with a second ticket bought in Long Beach. Fesler had bought her winning ticket at Mike’s Beverage Shop in Quartz Hill, less than a mile from their mobile home park. In 1998, hospital workers Denise and George Leano of Lancaster won $20 million. “It’s still very scary,” Nancy said. “We sat around last night and even this morning, still in awe.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com VAN NUYS – Call it women’s intuition. Robyn Butler, a 19-year-old Palmdale woman, had the magic touch last week when she randomly selected six numbers that won her family an $84 million lotto jackpot. Butler just happened to be with her father, Vincent Butler, last Friday when he bought what turned out to be the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven in Palmdale. The digits she chose matched all five SuperLotto Plus numbers and the Meganumber drawn Saturday night – 2, 41, 17, 33, 43 and Meganumber 5. “I just went with my intuition,” she said Monday, surrounded by her parents and brothers Brian, 18, and Vincent Jr., 16, at the California Lottery District Office in Van Nuys, where they were presented with the hefty check. The Butlers said they chose to cash out half of the jackpot rather than taking the full $84 million over the next 26 years. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card While Robyn plans to continue working at a Target store, her mom, Nancy, has already contacted the Vons supermarket where she works in the deli department to say she was quitting. Nancy held back tears as she described how she learned the family held the winning numbers. When her husband showed her the ticket, she said she thought it was a fake. “My sister Dorothy in Ontario called me on Sunday and told me a Palmdale family had won,” she said. “My sister said, ‘I hope it’s you. You guys deserve it.”‘ The Butlers were still in disbelief Monday, but vowed to stay grounded, saying the money would help them worry less about finances. They want to finish paying for their home in Palmdale, start education funds for their younger children, buy a new Dodge for Nancy, and maybe take that trip to Hawaii they have always wanted. last_img read more

28 Dec

Task force holds disaster fair

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A local disaster preparedness task force created after Hurricane Katrina held its first educational fair for residents in Montebello this weekend. State Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, called for the creation of the task force last fall to explore how prepared the community is to deal with a major disaster. She cited a lack of coordination between federal, state and local governments in Katrina’s aftermath. She also noted a “void” when it comes to residents being prepared for a big disaster. Task force members have already met with local emergency officials. But on Saturday, Escutia held an “Emergency Preparedness Community Day” fair and workshops for residents. A recent study by the RAND Corp., UCLA and Los Angeles County found that only a third of Los Angeles residents are prepared for a major disaster or terrorist attack. “Our event was to draw attention to the importance of emergency preparedness so that individuals could be ready in case emergency responders could not get to them immediately after a catastrophic event,” said Erica Jacquez-Santos, district director for Escutia’s office. “We hope to inspire a dialogue between families so they can learn how to work with each other during an emergency, and it gave them a chance to build a relationship with the agencies as well,” she added. Norwalk City Councilman Rick Ramirez and Marco Firebaugh, a former commissioner for the California Medical Assistance Commission, were selected to co-chair the task force. Members were drawn from a myriad of intergovernmental agencies, hospitals, churches, nonprofit organizations and businesses, said Jacquez-Santos. Firebaugh said many agencies and first responders had received training through federal and state grants. But the training had not “trickled down to the people.” “We thought we could coordinate a community education program to get deeper into the neighborhood and teach people in a group about the challenges they’ll face in a disaster and try to compel them to prepare themselves,” Firebaugh said. The RAND study showed that a majority of people believe a major terrorist attack will occur in the next year. Few have stockpiled supplies or developed family response plans. The study also found that African Americans and Latinos were more prepared for a disaster than whites or Asians. “Those statistics were alarming to the senator and to a whole bunch of us,” Firebaugh said. “Five years after 9/11 and people still don’t know what to do in case of a disaster. It was very unsettling.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more

28 Dec

“I think my heart will burst” – Daniel on being a grandfather

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has said becoming a grandparent is the best thing that has ever happened to him.The 55 year old Kincasslagh star said he gets all emotional even when he thinks of new granddaughter Olivia.“I think my heart’s going to burst.” The singer said only other grandparents will know the feeling he and wife Majella get.“She’s just a year and a half now. She’s mighty, a lovely wee thing.“Only grandparents know what I’m talking about. My heart is going to burst,” said proud Daniel.“I think my heart will burst” – Daniel on being a grandfather was last modified: February 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalgrandfatherMajella O’Donnellsingerlast_img read more

25 Dec

Ticket sales are brisk

first_img School officials expect more than 6,000, but if the crowd tops 7,075, then standing-room-only seating will be available beyond the end zone, on the west side of the stadium (parking lot side). “If there’s a record crowd, we’ll be prepared,” said Redlands athletic director Mark Anderson, who was formerly the district athletic director at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, the school featured in the 1990 book and 2004 movie, “Friday Night Lights.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Ticket sales have been brisk. This game has reached event status. It’s the kind of game where people mark it on their calendar and get excited about it. People have been talking about this game for a month.” Redlands has the Smudge Pot after last year’s 22-14 victory. The Terriers have a 7-1 edge in the series that began with a 55-0 Redlands’ victory in 1997. The only REV victory came in 2003, a 24-16 decision. In the eight games, Redlands has outscored REV by a combined 275-44. The Wildcats didn’t score in the series until 2002, when they lost 47-6. Redlands is the home team for Friday’s game. The home side (with the press box) seats 3,800 and the visiting side 3,200. The game may not be a sellout, but Redlands High School is ready, just in case. A large crowd is expected to watch the kickoff of the Smudge Pot game between Redlands and Redlands East Valley high schools at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Redlands. center_img The schools are offering pre-sale tickets until noon Friday, which are available in the finance offices at both Redlands and REV. Because this is a home game for Redlands, students with Associated Student Body stickers will be admitted free, although they still have to pick up a pre-sale ticket at the school. Students without ASB stickers and adults will pay $6 and also may pick up pre-sale tickets. Redlands East Valley students will pay $3 with an ASB sticker, while everyone else pays $6. There has been only one or two occasions in recent memory where the game was a complete sellout and fans were left outside of the stadium. “We’ve gotten smarter since then,” Redlands East Valley athletic director Rhonda Fouch said. Painted both blue (for Redlands) and red (REV), the Smudge Pot now sits in the administration building at Redlands. A smudge pot, for city folk, is a receptacle in which oil or another smoky fuel is burned to protect an orchard from insects or frost. They were used in orange groves until recently. “It will be two sister schools going at it, with a smudge pot in the middle,” Anderson said. “It will definitely be the place to be in Redlands on Friday night.” NEW COACH Redlands East Valley has hired a boys soccer coach: Laszlo Nagy, a former professional coach from Hungary who has a basketball-playing son at the school. “He has a wealth of knowledge and should do a great job,” Fouch said. Nagy replaces Chris Burris. ATTN. COACHES, A.D.’s Athletic secretaries or athletic directors should send their winter sports schedules in care of Prep Sports, to The Sun’s new address: 2239 Gannett Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407. Readers will note the High School Confidential feature in today’s paper, highlighting Redlands girls tennis star Paloma Vasquez and A.B. Miller cross country standout Matthew Reyes. The Sun begins its selections for this feature by looking at The Sun questionnaires returned by coaches at the start of the season. John Murphy covers prep sports for The Sun. Contact him at (909) 386-3853 or berdooman@aol.com. 160Want 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