Jamaica senior netball team coach, Minneth Reynolds, said they selected the 12 best available players for the Netball World Cup, which ended in Sydney on Sunday.Jamaica went into the tournament confident of coming away with the top prize, but walked away empty-handed, finishing fourth.As a result, the Jill McIntosh-led coaching staff was heavily criticised not only for their performance, but for not taking the best players to represent the country.”This is certainly one of the best Jamaica teams we have taken to a championship. We had some very good games and some not-so-good games and that cost us not to medal,” Reynolds said.”We took 12 girls, and at any given time, any of those 12 girls could be out there. It’s what we had working with, and I think those 12 girls gave a good account of themselves,” she said.Some observers, including top local netball coach, Winston Nevers, believed some of the country’s best players were left behind. He also argued that the most reliable players were overworked.”Our selection is about people who want who they want and not the best person,” he told The Gleaner. “I personally would not blame Jill … she only had three months, we should have given her three years because Jill would go out in the areas and select the players that she wants.”In such a short period, she had to work with what she saw. The coaches that are there should have selected good players for Jill to work with,” he stressed.Absent playersHe noted that the absence of players Malaysia Kelly, Shamara Sterling and Shatel Slater was greatly felt, as the bench lacked depth.”Those people are more than six feet who can play in mid-court. They were all in the programme, so somebody needs to come and tell us why those players were left out.”We didn’t have a bench and they had to do a lot of work in the mid-court, so the mid-court was overworked. But we didn’t select the right persons and we are blaming Jill, and I think coaches are to be blamed.”Reynolds noted their disappointment.”We used all 12 girls in all of our games, but we had some tough games that we had to use our strongest team, so it’s not that some players were overplayed and some were underplayed,” she explained.”If we had won a medal at the championships, there would be no question about the 12 we took. We are disappointed that we did not get a medal, but we will not dwell on what we did not get, but what we learnt,” she noted.
– Fire Chief advises safe use of electricityWith a 17 per cent rise in electrical fires documented, the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) is advising safer use ofFire Chief Marlon Gentleelectricity, according to the Government Information Agency (GINA).GINA quoted Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle as saying that 135 external electrical fires have been reported this year compared to 115 for the same period last year.He asserted that most of these fires are observed to be stirring within the newly established villages, including Diamond (East Bank Demerara), Parfait Harmonie (West Bank Demerara) and Cummings Lodge (East Coast Demerara).“We’re still at the stage where persons are using drop cords or two or three households sharing the same power which is somewhat illegal also,” Gentle highlighted.The Fire Chief noted that electrical fires not only cause destruction to buildings but can result in the loss of lives through electrocution, thus emphasis is being placed on the need to use electricity safely.“If you need to use electricity, use it correctly, use it properly. Have a hired certified electrician to do your electrical installations,” Gentle advised.Though there has been an increase in electrical fires, the GFS reported a six per cent reduction in malevolent locations of fires and a 10 per cent decline in buildings being affected by fires.However, documentation shows an increase of “fire calls” totalling 1405 for the year but according to the Fire Service, this was due to the “dry spell” period endured by Guyana recently, where grass fires and bush fires erupted at various locations in the country.Additionally, there has also been an increase in “crank calls” to the Fire Service where Gentle explained the difficulty in detaining these callers because of the use of mobile phones. Nevertheless, it was stressed that falsely reporting a fire is a criminal offence.
Oil sector…to determine Guyana’s capacity to deal with oil spill, other disastersBy Jarryl BryanThe Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) will, in 2018, be carrying out a number of audits which will analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.This disclosure was made by Auditor General Deodat Sharma in an interview, after he handed over the 2016 audit report on the public accounts of Guyana. AskedThe Leatherback turtle is famous for choosing Guyana’s beaches as nesting sites, but the advent of oil has created one more danger for which preparations have to be madewhat areas the environmental audit would cover, he identified Barima-Waini (Region One).“As you know, North West (Region One) has the four turtle (species). We have to preserve those, because we don’t want to have an oil spill; and it could be dangerous. I remember, several years ago, there was the cyanide overspill. It had an effect on the environment in the interior,” Sharma said.This is a reference to the cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.But a new natural resource is set to be extracted on a large scale. Guyana has been making preparations for oil production by 2020, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oilAuditor General Deodat Sharmafind in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs were encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5,475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The lesser known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, after they signed a 10-year petroleum prospecting licence and production sharing agreement with Government last year.Oil spillsThroughout all these exploration activities, a pertinent question has been the capacity of the relevant agencies to protect the environment in case of an oil spill.The Audit Office of GuyanaLast year, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara.Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services, which was coined by Komal Singh, was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future.The Gaico Company began in 1991 with Singh working on small construction projects in Region Three. At the commissioning, Singh stated that he had noticed that there were a number of ‘near misses’ of oil spills and decided to pursue the avenue of preparing for one in Guyana.He said the company has since invested in a supply boat to work alongside rigs, and supply them with fuel and cargo while preparing for any occurrence of an oil spill.“Should there be a spill anywhere, we can respond within 24 hours,” he said, adding that the company is in the process of putting together documents to gain approval for an oil spill facility which will collect the contaminated soil and process it.The businessman also said that he had recognised that Guyana was not prepared for any oil spills, thus “Guyana can rest assured that there is a company here today that will invest to protect our land, our coastline, our birds, our mangroves, and all Guyana.”
0Shares0000Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has been tipped to win the Premier League Golden Boot by his manager Maurizio Sarri © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Eden Hazard can score 40 goals this season and win the Premier League Golden Boot, according to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri after the Belgium forward scored a hat-trick to maintain the club’s perfect start to the season.Sarri believes Hazard can become the best player in Europe and outstrip even arch poachers Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah following his three goals in a 4-1 victory against Cardiff on Saturday. “We have spoken and I told him he can score 40 goals,” said the former Napoli manager. “He has to improve some things, but he can do it.”Hazard himself has hailed Olivier Giroud as the world’s best target man after the World Cup-winning striker laid on two goals for him.Giroud is yet to find the net for Chelsea this season but already has three assists in five Premier League games while Hazard has found the net five times.And the 27-year-old paid tribute to the Frenchman for creating his first two goals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.“Olivier’s a target man, maybe the best in the world, I think so,” said Hazard.“When he gets the ball he can hold the ball and we can go in deep with him, so for us it’s a pleasure to play with him.”Despite Chelsea’s fluency in attack, Sarri is aware the Stamford Bridge team must improve their defending.The Italian boss wants to turn Chelsea into the best team in England but says Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City will be the league’s pacesetters.“Eight players joined us this summer,” he said. “So I think it’s normal that in this period we have some defensive problems. We can cope with the problems with the quality in the offensive phase, but not in the defensive phase.“So I have to organise better the defensive phase and the players have to understand that. I think my opinion in this moment, two teams, Liverpool and Manchester City, are better than us.“We have to improve step by step. My target is to become the best team in England in one year, 18 months. That’s the target.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “If it goes on for months it will shut down the income for families, and people need to start making tough decisions,” Covell said. “There is a lot of fear. There is a very current need for prayer. “Both sides think they are right. We are praying for it to be fast and fair and dealt with quickly.” The Writers Guild of America began striking at the beginning of this month after talks broke down over compensation for shows offered on the Internet. Negotiators for the guild and producers were scheduled to resume contract negotiations on Nov.26. The Hollywood Prayer Network is a group of more than 5,000 Christians who pray for celebrities and provides “mentors” for struggling actors. It’s an effort to reform what many Christian believers view as an unholy Hollywood culture. “Being a Christian in Hollywood is always going to be a taboo,” said Roderick Taylor, who wrote the Jodie Foster movie “The Brave One.” “Hollywood is the most exciting place to be but it’s also the most horrible place for an artist to be,” he said. “It is the absolute capital of human vice and malignant narcissism.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – Christian believers prayed for divine intervention to end the two-week-old Hollywood writers strike that has shut down production on some shows and cost some their jobs. “We pray that both groups would feel your supernatural guidance to stop blaming and posturing and start peacefully listening and negotiating,” prayed Geriann McIntosh, senior vice president of administration for Warner Bros. Television. “We pray that you keep everyone that is affected by the strike in your loving care.” Nearly 700 people prayed on Friday during the National Media Prayer Breakfast at the Beverly Hilton. The breakfast was co-sponsored by the Hollywood Prayer Network and Mastermedia International, Inc. Prayer network founder Karen Covell said the strike cost her husband a job composing music for a television pilot.
The Professional Footballers’ Association announced the shortlist for Players’ Player of the season and Young Player of the Season on Wednesday.Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante have all been recognised for their role in Leicester’s Premier League title charge.The Foxes trio make up half of the six-man shortlist for the award, which is voted for by their fellow pros. Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet are the other names in the frame to succeed Eden Hazard, who has missed out on a nomination after a poor season with Chelsea.Kane is also in contention to retain the Young Player of the Year gong he won 12 months ago, along with Spurs team-mate Dele Alli, Everton duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.As per, football fans on Twitter had plenty to say about the shortlist, including Manchester United fans, who bemoaned Anthony Martial’s exclusion.See below! Philippe Coutinho (left) made the shortlist, while Anthony Martial (right) did not 1
Lewis Baker celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot 1 England Under-21s cruised into the semi finals of Euro 2017 after dismantling hosts Poland.Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and Lewis Baker’s penalty sealed a comfortable 3-0 win as England escaped the group stages at the tournament for the first time since 2009. They topped Group A ahead of Slovakia, who beat Sweden 3-0, with seven points and will play their last-four game on Tuesday but must wait to discover their opponent. Aidy Boothroyd’s assured side – who could play the runner-up of Groups B or C or the winner of C, which may be Germany – were always in control in their best display of the competition against the 10-man hosts.Jan Bednarek was also dismissed for a second booking after conceding a penalty for fouling Tammy Abraham as the hosts suffered an early exit. With Abraham benched after two gruelling games, Nathan Redmond led the line with Gray and the Leicester winger made an instant impact. England had already enjoyed a fast start with James Ward-Prowse, Lewis Baker and Alfie Mawson all going close within the opening five minutes before Gray put them in control. The 20-year-old scored just twice for Leicester during a frustrating last season but was on target he when he collected Ben Chilwell’s pass – following a delicious long ball from Jordan Pickford – and his 25-yard shot hit Jaroslaw Jach to fly past Jakub Wrabel. Gray had also scored the goal in Kazakhstan last October to seal England’s spot in Poland.Comfortable and settled with a sixth-minute lead the Young Lions relaxed with Poland’s muted response offering them encouragement.The hosts, bottom of the group, needed victory but England dictated the play and never allowed Marcin Dorna’s side to find the tempo which could haul them back. Chilwell’s marauding presence on the left caused constant problems while Baker, John Swift and Ward-Prowse easily held sway in midfield. A second goal was needed to avoid and it almost came on the half hour when Nathaniel Chalobah’s miscued effort called Wrabel into action and from the resulting corner the Slask Wroclaw goalkeeper brilliantly turned away Mawson’s free header. Swift then tested Wrabel from distance after 38 minutes but 60 seconds later Chalobah was forced off with what appeared to be a groin problem with Will Hughes, on the verge of a move to Watford from Derby, replacing him. It was the only blemish in an accomplished first half from England – by far their best display in Kielce – but they lost Redmond at the break with Murphy coming on. Confident England maintained their grip and Swift volleyed wide after 55 minutes from another brilliant set-piece delivery from Ward-Prowse. A second goal was needed to avoid late nerves and it duly arrived after 69 minutes in fine style as England hit Poland on the break. Calum Chambers expertly won the ball in his own area and found Baker who sent Gray scampering away down the left with Murphy in support. Gray raced into the area and squared for Norwich winger Murphy to tap in from six yards at the far post to double the lead and give Boothroyd’s men deserved breathing space. Przemyslaw Frankowski drilled wide soon after as Poland tried to respond but there was to be no comeback. Abraham wasted a fine chance with when he headed over but then won a penalty after being felled by Bednarek with nine minutes left.The defender was sent off for a second booking and Baker dispatched the spot kick to add gloss to the result.
Drumkeen United and Letterkenny Rovers lock horns this evening in the final of this season’s Donegal News Ulster Senior League Cup. Rovers go in a slight favourites but with Drumkeen United renowned as cup specialists, a tight game is expected, with the possibility of the game being decided in extra time or even penalties.The game kicks off at 5pm and is at Dry Arch Park- home of Bonagee United.In the Ulster Senior League , Kildrum Tigers defeated Buncranna Hearts by 2 goals to 1 on Wednesday night. The Tigers can move to within 4 points of Derry City Reserves when they take on Bonagee United in the only league fixture this afternoon at Station Road, St Johnston. Bonagee who lie bottom of the table parted company with their manager Peter Moran at the start of the week and have appointed assistant manager Shaun “Budgie” Sandilands to run the team until the end of the season. Yesterday in the USL Division One , two goals from David O’Carroll gave Letterkenny Rovers a 2-1 victory over neighbours Bonagee United. Tomorrow(Monday), Swilly Rovers have home advantage over Drumkeen United.RESULTS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEBuncrana Hearts 1-2 Kildrum TigersDPD USL DIVISION ONELetterkenny Rovers 2-1 Bonagee UnitedFIXTURESSunday 29th JulyULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEKildrum Tigers v Bonagee United Ko 2pm DONEGAL NEWS LEAGUE CUP FINAL-Dry Arch Park 5pmDrumkeen United v Letterkenny RoversMonday 30th JulyDPD USL DIVISION ONE Swilly Rovers v Drumkeen United Ko 7.30 pmUSL DIVISION ONE MATCH REPORTLETTERKENNY ROVERS 2BONAGEE UNITED 1Letterkenny Rovers secured all three points in this local derby clash at Leckview Park and put a dent in Bonagee United’s title aspirations.In a closely contestd match, it was ultimately decided by two goals in the space of four mnutes shortly after the half-time interval by Rovers midfielder David O’Carroll.Chances were few and far between in the first half although Rovers netminder Jason Quinn was called into action to make a tremendous point blank save to deny Jason Doherty from close range.The home side stamped their authority on the game almost immediately after the break. James Gillen escaped his marker down the right flank before providing the perfect delivery for O’Carroll to connect with a beautiful drive into the back of the net from 10 yards.Boosted by the lead goal, Rovers went in search of a second and were duly rewarded on 50 minutes. Again, Gillen was the provider wth a cross from the right hand side and with the Bonagee defence at odds, O’Carroll ghosted in at the back post for his second.The experienced midfielder did have the ball in the net again but this time his effort was ruled out for offside.With three minutes to go, Bonagee got a lifeline when their hard working front man Jason Doherty snatched a goal but they were unable to force home an equaliser while at the other end Peter McGlynn can close to adding a third for Rovers only to be stopped by goalkeeper Conor Harley.Referee – Stephen TonerSOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE LATEST was last modified: July 28th, 2012 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:Ulster Senior League
Cockhill Celtic were the big winners at the Ulster Senior League Presentation night which took place in the Mt. Errigal Hotel on Friday night.Cockhill Celtic won a League & Cup double for the second year in a row, finishing the league season unbeaten ahead of Derry City Reserves who also went through the campaign unbeaten in the 4 Lanterns USL and defeating Swilly Rovers in the Donegal News League Cup Final. Garbhán Friel also claimed an individual double, winning the top goal scorer award and was also voted as the Player of the Year (an award that is voted on by the manager of each team).In the DPD Div. 1 Letterkenny Rovers also claimed a League and Cup double with Bonagee Utd. finishing runners-up in both competitions.Jason Doherty (Letterkenny rovers) finished as the league’s top scorer with captain Kieran Doherty picking up the Div. 1 Player of the Year award. Chairman Johnny McCafferty thanked all the participating clubs for their efforts over the season and congratulated all the winners on the night.Ernie Pollock from the Ulster FA congratulated the winning teams and the Inter Provincial team under Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon that retained the Michael Ward Trophy the previous weekend. He said that it was no secret that the Ulster Senior League was struggling for numbers and encouraged the top Junior clubs in the county to look at making the leap to Intermediate football for the good of football in the county.Ernie said, They’re a good few Junior clubs in both the Donegal and Inishowen leagues that are more than capable of playing Intermediate football.“I have no doubt of that. I would encourage those clubs to think seriously about making the step up for the good of the overall standard of football here in Donegal.“The fact that the USL representative side has won the Inter Pro tournament two years in a row is a testament to the standard that is there and players should look to test themselves at the highest standard available to them” he concluded.The League Executive also made a presentation to the players from the winning Inter Pro squad.Award Winners: 4 Lanterns USL Winners: Cockhill CelticRunners-Up: Derry City Res.Donegal News League Cup winners: Cockhill CelticRunners-Up: Swilly Rovers Top Goal Scorer: Garbhán Friel (Cockhill Celtic)POTY: Garbhán Friel (Cockhill Celtic)DPD Div. 1 Winners: Letterkenny RoversRunners-Up: Bonagee Utd.Cup winners: Letterkenny RoversRunners-Up: Bonagee Utd.Div. 1 Top Goal Scorer: Jason Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers)POTY: Kieran Doherty (Letterkenny Rovers)Media & Communication Award: Letterkenny RoversCOCKHILL THE BIG WINNERS AT THE USL PRESENTATION DINNER DANCE was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticessoccerSportUSL
SOLID SCORING IN MILDER WEATHER:With the milder weather, so the golfing fraternity come out of winter hibernation and showing no rustiness from last season was Barry Kavanagh  who, despite an ugly double bogey at The Isles, the par five 7th, returned a Faldo-esque back nine of pars giving him 23pts for an overall 43pts win on Saturday 17th January. There was a great return also from Cat 4 stalwart Liam Rodgers with 40pts.Saturday 23rd saw another Cat 4 handicapper coming to the fore. The ever popular Sam Hegarty , Finn Harps’ No. 1 fan and king of FB, returned nines of 21pts and 20pts respectively despite a number of ‘blips’during his round. Running a very close second was Enda Mannion  who, with a birdie at Hacketts Best, the index one 6th hole, and an eagle at the Settlement, the par five 11th, Enda’s unfortunate ‘blank’ at the relatively easy 14th left him two points short of winning.Sunday 24th saw the return to form of past captain Gerard Duffy , returning a magnificent two under par gross for this time of year. With bogeys at the Glebe [2nd] and 7th intertwined with back-to-back birdies at Sliabh Sneacht and Inishowen, [4th & 5th], followed on the turn with birdies at Cornagill and Settlement, [10th & 11th] and also at Candalabra [15th], an uncharacteristic bogey at 14th gave him a return of 43pts. A close runner-up again was Charlie Coughlan who, with back-to-back birdies at 17th & 18th finished one point adrift on 42pts. Great to see all these winners laying down their markers for the forthcoming season.ANNOUNCEMENT:The date for the Captain’s Drive-in has been set at Sunday 7th February [weather permitting]. Gathering will commence from 10.30am in the club bar area with the usual beverages, cakes, pastries, buffet food etc. prepared by the lady members, to whom we sincerely thank on an annual basis, with all entries in by 11.30am for draw and shotgun start at 12noon. Presentation will take place in the clubhouse at 9pm.GOLF NEWS: DATE FOR CAPTAIN’S DRIVE-IN AT LETTERKENNY was last modified: January 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BarnhillgolfNoticesSport