SEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “There’s no excuse for not running as fast as you can.”Beram’s gold was the country’s 14th after lawn bowls and boxing also brought home honors earlier today.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Could your hands predict your sporting success? What’s in store for your animal sign this year Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Anthony Beram of the Philippines won the men’s 200 meter dash in the Southeast Asian Games Wednesday night. He also won the 400m race the day after. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Trenten Anthony Beram just became Philippine sports’ newest hero Thursday night.The 21-year-old University of Connecticut math major clocked 46.39 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter gold for his second title in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu “It was feeling heavy going to the race, but I gotta do my 100, no 1,000 percent to win,” said Beram after making the rounds wrapped in Philippine flag to the cheers of a packet of Filipino fans inside the Bukit Jalil National Stadium.“I just thank God. I tried my best. I was just so happy I was able to get it done,” he said of the feat which could resuscitate the country’s campaign here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 200m dash champion said he didn’t mind being put in Lane 7.“I doesn’t matter, 400m is all around. The only drawback is I can’t see my toughest opponent,” said Beram whose mother hails from Cebu City. “But it’s a sprint and you gotta run as fast as you can. MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Pasaol tallied a game-high 32 points to go along 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals to lead the Red Warriors while Manalang added 20 points.Mark Olayon, who made a crucial late-game block on Marvin Lee before Pasaol’s clutch basket, and Jason Varilla also came up big for UE finishing with 15 points apiece.Marvin Lee scored a team-high 20 points for UST while Steve Akomo came shy of a 20-20 game putting up 19 points and 18 rebounds.UST, which went a respectable 34-of-68 from the field, was pathetic from the free throw line missing 21 charities and made just 17 of its 38 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East finally joined the winners’ table and sent University of Santo Tomas to a winless first round after a 96-91 victory in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Red Warriors improved to 1-6  at the end of the first round while the Growling Tigers were left to languish at the last spot with a 0-7 card.ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Alvin Pasaol, fresh from scoring 49 points last Wednesday, dealt the final blow on the hapless UST with a rebound putback in transition giving UE a 94-91 lead with 22.7 seconds left.UST then effectively dug its own grave when it turned the ball over in the ensuing inbounds play allowing Philip Manalang to ice the match from the free throw line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren lauded his team’s effort against the Growling Tigers after showing glimpses of greatness in their close 106-100 loss to defending champion La Salle on Wednesday.“We played hard and they knew that it was not going to be easy,” said Pumaren. “We did not fold up, we were able to handle to comeback of UST and I am proud with the way they played.”center_img How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

The Case of the Deceptive Promise

first_imgCharacters in this story:Jason Doe — Criminal defense counselor who was interested in the caseJanet Love — Cllr. Doe’s private secretaryJudge Dunbar — who felt the need for justiceSam Dennis — Private DetectiveClarisa Jay — one of the several women recently returned from Lebanon and seeking justiceHelen Joe — Another woman also seeking justiceCriminal lawyer Jason Doe readjusted himself on the big swivel chair in his office and grimaced as his private secretary Janet Love entered the office. She shut the door behind her and with a grin said, “A young lady of about twenty-three wants to see you.”The lawyer grimaced and said, “Did she make an appointment?”“No,” Janet Love said, “but I think she has a case that she wants you to handle.”“She told you that?”Janet Love smiled, and said, “She tried to say something about a promise for a better future that did not turn out to be that.“She looks extremely hurt because of what she describes as a major disappointment happened outside Liberia; that is, it happened in a foreign land.”The lawyer began to drum his fingers on his table, and said, “When is the next appointment coming in to see me?”“In about 15 minutes.”“Ok,” the lawyer said, “then I’m prepared to hear what the young woman has to say…and what she said is her name was?”“Clarisa Jay.”“How well dressed is she?”Janet Love looked away from the lawyer with a smile and said, “Chief, she is like daddy’s girl who did not get the promise she deserved as a little girl.“Her hair is braided with an attachment, and that is in no way suggestive that she is well to do since Monrovia girls love to dress. She is about 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 140lbs, indicating to me that she is careful about her weight.“One thing about her – and this, Chief is how girls in Monrovia love to do – that is her eyelashes are prominent as they are straight looking at you, and they give her face a beautiful look.”“Ok,” the lawyer said, “you have interested made to be interested in this girl and I think I can see her now.” Still laughing, Janet Love turned around swiftly and was out of the room.A few seconds later, the lawyer’s doors swung open, and Janet came along with a young woman who walked towards the lawyer, with her eyelashes staring at him.The lawyer used his head to direct the young woman to a nearby chair, as he heard his secretary grabbing a pen and paper to jot down in shorthand what was about to transpire.The young woman seated herself and pulled her blouse over her knees after she placed the left on the right, and lowered her gaze.“Your name is Clarisa Jay?” the lawyer shot back at her. The woman lifted her head slowly and as it met the gaze of the lawyer, responded, “Yes.”“What do you want me to do for you?”“I have been looking for a good lawyer to handle an important case, and a friend of mine mentioned your name and I came to find you.”“Ok,” said the lawyer. “You know I am a criminal lawyer and therefore I don’t handle any other case…”The young woman responded, “I know but this case can only be handled by you.”“Why don’t you tell me what your case is about because I am expecting a client in 15 minutes.”The young woman took a deep breath and responded, “You don’t make it easy for me to say what I want to say.”“But you came to see me because I am a lawyer?”“Yes.”“And you are ready to tell me about your case right now?”“Yes,” she said, and lowered her head, “but I don’t have money to pay you even if you decide to take my case.”The lawyer regarded her for a second and said, “Ok don’t let me or don’t think I am not interested in your case because you don’t have money to retain me. Lawyers are people with conscience who fight for the dignity of others.”“Can I tell you my story the way it happened to me?”The lawyer responded, “That’s what I want you to do.”The young woman turned her side and grabbed a long lady’s purse, and placed it on the table before the lawyer. His private secretary Janet Love was busy scribbling in shorthand what was taking place. At one point the young woman turned nervously to look at her.The lawyer, observing it, said, “Are you Mrs. or Ms. Jay?”“I’ve never been married and so Ms. Jay is fine.”The lawyer said, “Ms. Love is my private secretary and so don’t feel any apprehension about her presence here.” The young woman swept her eyes at Ms. Love, whose smile gave her some reassurance.Ms. Jay said, “Before I begin to tell my case, what is that you do for your clients, Mr. Doe?” Her question elicited a smile from the lawyer, and though he assumed that whoever recommended him to her might have told her about what he could do for his clients, but felt that it could hurt restating his objective as a criminal defense lawyer.So, Jason Doe said, “My answer is in two words: I fight, but to give some clarity, it means I fight for my clients and I go the extra mile to get them justice.”The young woman said, “I like that spirit and I want you to know though this is not a criminal case, it is more than that.”“Ms. Jay, Ms. Jay…you are among more than 10 young women who were recently brought from Lebanon?”“Yes,” she replied and suddenly tears formed in her eyes, “for five years I was in Lebanon with other girls and we want justice, but it does not seem that we can have it.”Cllr. Doe was aware of the story that local dailies described as ‘Deceptive Promise,’ when the girls were promised education and jobs in Beirut that turned out to be domestic work; they were poorly paid, physically assaulted by their madams (the women they worked for), and even tortured when they spoke up against their inhuman treatment.The lawyer had followed the case, held in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, and knew that the case was thrown out due to legal technicalities against prosecuting lawyers who had not regularized their memberships to the bar; and how the case had inconsistencies and therefore had no basis in the court of law. The lawyer knew also that the accused, a Lebanese national, was released from further detention.Cllr. Doe was also aware that the case ended and prosecutors had been trying to get the case restarted and the defense had said the case could not be tried twice, invoking the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’The lawyer turned to Ms. Jay said, “Ms. Jay, it is interesting that what is being discussed by prosecutors and lawyers is the principle of ‘Double Jeopardy’ a procedural defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same (or similar) charges in the same case following a legitimate acquittal or conviction.Cllr. Doe said “Though there is an appeal to the Supreme Court for reconsideration…that is to say to look into the case, but the defense, I’m convinced, could enter a peremptory plea of autrefois acquité or autrefois convict, which ‘autrefois’ means ‘in the past’ in French.“It also means that the defendant has been acquitted or convicted of the same offense and hence that he cannot be retried under the principle of ‘double jeopardy.’”Ms. Jay said, “Does it mean the issue is dead?”The lawyer replied, “While I cannot be forthright to state the obvious, the principle is that if prosecutors raise the issue, evidence will be placed before the court which will normally rule as a preliminary matter whether the plea is substantiated; if it is, the projected trial will be prevented from proceeding.“In some countries, the guarantee against being ‘twice tried’ is a constitutional right; but in other countries, the protection is afforded by a statute.”Jason Doe regarded the young woman for a while and his heart went out to her. If the law could not give her justice, who could? It was an interesting question since the Liberian initially believed in their cases and made submissions to the Lebanese government to resolve what the young women went through.The other side of the story, Cllr. Doe knew, was the ‘pain and suffering’ that his client went through, and he chose to put it before her.“Ms. Jay,” he said, “from newspaper reports on your case, you claimed you were abused and even denied the basic needs as a human being?”“Yes,” she said, slowly. “I was thrown in jail, and it was there I was tortured. At one time I was placed in a room with low temperatures, and the most hurting thing was that they took away my clothes and I thought I was going to die.”The lawyer folded his hands across his chest, as the young woman ended her explanation. He knew this woman deserved some justice and could not understand why it had not happened or why no one had believed her.“What attracted you to volunteer to go to Lebanon?” the lawyer said, trying to ease the high tension that had built up. “What was really attractive?”“I wanted to go to school and be able to get a job, and I was misled to believe that I could get them in Beirut.”“Did you get any commitment on paper that those were possible?”Ms. Jay said, “No, there was only a verbal commitment. Another issue was that I was told not to inform anyone about the trip.”“Why?”“For fear that someone could block my way,” the young woman said. “Through ‘juju’ because there have been stories that those who revealed what they were planning to do or to travel abroad ended up dead or something else happened to them.”“And so you kept everything that the man who helped you to travel to Lebanon told you to yourself?”“Yes,” she said and began to sob.Criminal lawyer Jason Doe could understand the need for justice when he saw one and the case he had heard and previously read about in the local dailies and its conclusion in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, intrigued him. His interest has risen after one of the victims, Clarisa Jay, sought his help to get justice.Counselor Doe knew that an accused could not be tried twice on the same charges after he is acquitted from the case and from all indications the case about the Lebanese businessman who reportedly ‘misled’ more than ten Liberian young women with the good things of life, took them to Beirut, Lebanon only to turn them into house-helps and the case was thrown out, is one.After he held an hour’s conference with Ms. Clarisa Jay, he chose to make a presentation at the Supreme Court and seek some accommodation.As a disciple of the law, Jason Doe knew he must defend justice and if the law, after a lengthy trial concluded that an accused was not guilty of the crime, then, of course, he is not guilty. However, he also knew that the law could be blind since he was convinced of Ms. Clarisa Jay and her friends’ emotional suffering when they were encouraged to travel to Lebanon for the hope that was never there.Though he told Ms. Claisa Jay the law seemed to have ganged out against her and her friends, he assured her that he would fight for her, a promise that elicited a smile on her sad face that she could not help but made some comments about the lawyer’s growing reputation.“Your love for justice is remarkable, Mr. Doe,” Clarisa Jay said, smiling, despite her pain.The lawyer’s smile was radiant, as he nodded his head, saying, “I’m convinced that though a man cannot be tried twice for the same crime, there is much circumstantial evidence to work in your interest and to give you a sense of closure.”The young woman could not help but extend her right hand to that of the lawyer’s and pumped it vigorously. And she was full of smiles when she left the lawyer’s office.Three days afterward, Jason Doe sat in a conference with Judge Joshua Dunbar. Also, presence was Mr. Isaac Debone, the Lebanese businessman who was exonerated from his role in the case, Ms. Clarisa Jay, Private Detective Sam Dennis, Ms. Helen Joe and a lawyer, Willie Guy, who was representing Mr. Debone. The occasion was possible because of the insistence of Counselor Doe and Judge Dunbar had agreed to make an experiment of the case.Judge Dunbar said to the gathering, “It would seem an unusual meeting here after the particular case in question is done with and I want to make it clear that this gathering does not suggest any attempt to go against the principle of the case since it was concluded.“It is, however, instructive to take note that when another human being claims she or he is abused on a venture that had had a positive intent from the beginning, as this case suggested to me, then we have the right to do a proper investigation and be able to say I’m sorry.”Judge Dunbar’s statement was supported by Counselor Doe who also stated that the Liberian society lack many advantages that it is too easy for anyone with an amount of cash and connections to get the most vulnerable part of the society to make compromises that would shock those who are strangers to the things that are done in Liberia.“I share Judge Dunbar’s position that when a situation is about human dignity and those who were hurt made it clear to the rest of society; it is then incumbent on all of us to ensure that we recall the part of our humanity that makes us all one human family.“Hence we must have the decency to admit what we may have done that did not turn out as expected and hurt the dignity of others.”Private Detective Sam Dennis said after years of investigating events that affect human beings, particularly as they relate to those who believe that the bread is always buttered in the next house, the available evidence speaks clearly of the truthfulness of Ms. Clarisa Jay and her friends’ claim of inhuman treatment in Lebanon.Dennis lifting his huge frame from the swivel chair, moved about as he made his points, drumming the message home that the young Liberian women whose future hung in a balance in a strange land, where there was no way out of their predicaments, deserved every sympathy.He concluded his statement and regarded Mr. Debone, who lowered his head to avoid that of the detective. Observing it, Councilor Doe made an attempt to speak but Judge Dunbar raised his right hand to calm him down and said, “I have examined the entire case involving the young Liberian girls and as a father I am ashamed that the Liberian judicial system failed to take into account the fact that these women had no reason to lie or make such wanton allegations against anyone.”After the judge’s statement, Ms. Helen Joe, dressed in a fitting pair of jeans trousers, and matched with a blue blouse that opened in the front, pulled her attachment away from her face and with a grin, lifted herself from her chair.As if she had rehearsed it, she pulled her back closer to her side and turned swiftly to face Mr. Debone. Four standing fans located various locations in the large office of Judge Dunbar hummed and echoes of vehicles filled the room from a distance.When she was permitted to speak, Ms. Joe said, “I want to say from the outset that Mr. Debone cannot look at us and say what we are saying is not true.“Coming from a poor family I jumped on the claim of a better life outside Liberia and we know that Lebanon is one of the countries in the Middle East that could provide educational and working opportunities for anyone who is ambitious.“How did I come up with what I just said,” she said, and swept her away across the room, “it was Mr. Debone who told me and my friends about that country.”Jason Doe’s eyes stared at the young woman, as she continued, “It is true that coming different cultures it is true that being business people they are well to do in many aspects than most of our people.“So when Mr. Debone came up with a suggestion for us to travel to Lebanon to prepare for a better future that we could not get in our country, we thought it was a good idea to run for it. All we wanted were opportunities to be able to get ourselves prepared for the job market and also to educate ourselves so that afterward we would return home and contribute to our country and our family.”Judge Dunbar listened with his hands folded in front of him. Jason Doe’s face registered a sense of concern and it was clear there was much going on in his mind. He kept folding his hands as if he was about to pounce on somebody who had forced him to put up a defense since the first law of nature is self-preservation.He imagined the agony and expectation of the young woman, and countless others like her in the Liberian society, whose parents could not afford to get them to realize their dreams. In his mind’s eye, he could see those who seemed to be in advantageous positions making entreaties that suggest hope for such vulnerable group and concluding with the same results that Ms. Joe and others went through. It was then that he heard the distant voice of Ms. Joe, with regret it, “when we got to Beirut, we were instead carried to live with people that we later realized we had to work for to earn our bread.”Jason Doe suddenly cut in with a question, “Ms. Joe from the reports and even from sources the issue of being used as a sex slave was not fully established and I’m wondering if you can give us an idea of that experience.”The young woman’s smile was radiant when she said, “In all fairness, we were treated like we were not human beings but the issue of using sex as a weapon against us was subtly done.“For example, if one of us refuses to do what a madam suggests, the madam will call the boss that took the person to that Madam and on your way to the area that was engaged in housing us, the driver would stop the car on the highway and threatened you with knife for you to succumb to his desire to rape you,” she explained, and pulled a handkerchief from her black bag to mop her face.“How often did that happen?”“It happened to several of the girls but not to everyone.”“Did you have any way of reporting to someone about such a treatment?” the lawyer said.“There was no one we could turn to,” Ms. Joe said. The lawyer grimaced and began to drum his fingers on the shoulder of the chair he was sitting on, his face hard and his heart throbbing. Then Judge Dunbar’s voice echoed from his seat.“Gentlemen and ladies,” he said, “this is an unusual case and it is regrettable that the issue of double jeopardy has come in, making it difficult for the case to be resurrected.“It seems that we are stuck and our hands are tied on the issue of double jeopardy but let me deliberate more on this subject so that our young ladies can understand the situation as it is right now.“In general, in countries observing the rule of double jeopardy, a person cannot be tried twice for the same crime based on the same conduct,” he said, as the two women and the group listened in rapt attention. “If a person robs a bank, that individual cannot twice be tried for robbery for the same offense. Nor can one be tried for two different crimes based on the same conduct unless the two crimes are defined so as to prohibit the conduct of significantly different kinds.”Judge Dunbar said as a result “one cannot be tried for both murder and manslaughter for the same killing but can be tried for both murder and robbery if the murder arose out of the robbery.“The defense of double jeopardy also prevents the state from retrying a person for the same crime after he has been acquitted as it is in this case or can the state voluntarily dismiss a case after the trial has begun in order to start over.”Broadening the issue, Judge Dunbar said in the United States law, “jeopardy does not attach until the jury is sworn in a jury trial or until the first witness is sworn in a bench trial. Actions before jeopardy attach will not bar a subsequent prosecution.”Detective Sam Dennis then asked, “What if a judge dismisses a prosecution at a preliminary hearing for lack of evidence?”Judge Dunbar hesitated and then said, “That determination to dismiss does not bar the government from initiating new charges for the same offense since jeopardy will not have attached at that point which is not in this case. Also under U.S. law, conviction or acquittal in one state or nation does not always bar trial for the same criminal act in another.”He consoled the women and said perhaps the injustice in the case could give Liberian lawyers a chance to be wary of a similar situation in the future. The meeting ended with Jason Doe saying he would seek another avenue to get justice for his client.The EndShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-GDF officer jailed for 22 years

first_imgMurder accused: Marc AngoyMarc Angoy of Buzz Bee Dam, Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was sentenced to 22 years’ imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh after pleading to a lesser count of manslaughter.The 44-year-old was accused of killing 13-month-old Arianne Gill and feloniously wounding the child’s aunt, Ashley Wellington, on October 18, 2015, at Eastville Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD).After his plea, he was sentenced to 14 years for the murder and another eight for the felonious wounding. The sentences will run concurrently.Angoy was represented by Attorney-at-Law Mark Conway while the State was represented by Prosecutors Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed.The shooting reportedly stemmed from a restraining order that was taken out against him by his former lover, Shelly Norton, after being a victim of physical abuse.It was reported that the former Guyana Defence Force member was previously charged, but later acquitted, for the murder of a man in 1998 at Twelve and a Half Miles Issano, Mazaruni, Region Seven.However, during his confession, Angoy reportedly told detectives that he was angry that the woman had filed the restraining order although he gave her everything she wanted to live a comfortable life.On the day in question, he reportedly went to Norton’s Annandale, ECD home with the intention of killing her. Armed with a gun and peering through a window, the suspect reportedly fired into the house.The bullets struck and killed 13-month-old Arianne Gill and wounded her 12-year-old aunt, Ashley Wellington.Dead: Arianne Gilllast_img read more

Guyana/Surinamese bridge talks active – Patterson

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry has recommenced talks with its Surinamese counterparts on the much-anticipated bridge which will link the two countries.In an interview with this publication on Tuesday, the subject Minister, David Patterson, explained that the technical aspect of the project is currently being discussed while details are yet to be sorted out with regards to the project’s “foreign affairs” aspect.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson“It’s an existing MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) that was signed under the previous Administration that we are working with so there’s a working group with the Surinamese and our Ministry on the technical details and that has been ongoing”.Patterson added, “Of course there are not only technical details, it’s a bilateral component which has to go through Foreign Affairs so I am dealing with the technical details of it but the bilateral agreement will have to go through Foreign Affairs”.He explained that the Guyanese Government has been working closely with its Surinamese counterparts on this project and usually meets about twice annually to discuss progress.The Minister admitted that progress has been slow even as he was hesitant to say whether the groups have met for this year.The bridge had been in the works for a number of years under the PPP/C Administration with both countries looking to capitalise on the current brisk trade expected to increase manyfold when the structure becomes operational.MV CanawaimaThe bridge, according to Patterson, will have a similar arrangement as the Guyana-Suriname Ferry in that it is jointly owned. This, he explained, would, therefore, mean that the project will pass through several stages before it can be completed.As a result, he was unable to say when a contract would be inked to allow these works to commence. There are reports that the bridge is likely to be erected at Moleson Creek or Orealla.In May, several passengers were left stranded after the ferry, which plies the Guyana to Suriname, route encountered mechanical issues.The Guyana-Suriname Ferry CrossingThe vessel, MV Canawaima, officially suspended its services on May 27. The Minister had explained that the vessel was being powered by a tug for some time, which encountered some issues.The ferry’s services still remain in limbo as this newspaper understands that parts are yet to be sourced to rectify the vessel’s issues.The Canawaima Ferry Service Inc was introduced to Guyana on October 28, 1998, under the Companies Act Number 29 of 1991 of the Laws of Guyana. It is jointly owned by the Governments of Guyana and Suriname as each country owns 50 per cent of the issued share capital.last_img read more

FIFA invites Thai Boys trapped in cave to World Cup Final in Russia

first_imgThe team’s appearance at the final would “undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration”, the letter said.The boys have asked the navy Seals taking care of them in the cave for details about what has happened in the World Cup since they got trapped on June 23.One of the boys appeared to be wearing a red replica England shirt like the one worn by the team during their World Cup victory over Colombia.The offer comes as the billionaire space adventurer and carmaker Elon Musk offered his services to the Thai government to rescue 12 boys.His firm, The Boring Company, a tunnel construction company founded by Musk in 2016, confirmed it is speaking with the Thai government and is sending people to offer support on the ground.A spokesman told the BBC: “We are speaking with the Thai government to see how we can help, and we are sending SpaceX/Boring Company people from the US to Thailand today to offer support on the ground.“Once we confirm what exactly will be helpful to send or do, we will. We are getting feedback and guidance from the people on the ground in Chiang Rai to determine the best way for us to assist their efforts.”According to Musk, SpaceX and The Boring Company have “advance ground penetrating radar” that is “pretty good at digging holes”, and is also in possession of technology that could “create an air tunnel underwater” for the children to move through.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA Invites Thai Boys trapped in cave to World Cup Final in RussiaLONDON, United Kingdom, July 8 – FIFA has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of 12 young players and their coach trapped in a cave in the country’s north.The letter signed by Fifa president Gianni Infantino also said the organisation would like to invite the youngsters and their coach to the World Cup final in Russia, should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel.last_img read more

‘I don’t have a team to leave to!’ – Papiss Cisse rejects Newcastle exit talk

first_img1 Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has moved to quash reports of a possible St James’ Park exit this summer, insisting he is fully committed to the Magpies.The Senegal international, who netted his 35th Premier League goal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton, has been linked with a host of foreign clubs amid the Tyneside outfit’s ongoing interest in QPR frontman Charlie Austin.Moves to Turkish duo Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce, as well as clubs in China and the Middle East, have all been suggested this summer.However, he insists he is focussed only on scoring goals in a black and white shirt as the transfer window enters its final few weeks.Cisse told the Chronicle: “I have a contract at Newcastle United. I need to be professional every time I play. I don’t have a team to leave to.“I am a Newcastle player. I try to work hard in every game I get.”Cisse got the nod ahead of summer arrival Aleksandar Mitrovic for new head coach Steve McClaren’s first competitive game, and made his mark three minutes before the break when he cancelled out Graziano Pelle’s opener.Mitrovic’s arrival has increased competition for places with Cisse and Emmanuel Riviere, while McClaren is hoping there could still be further business done with Austin a long-term target.However Cisse, who missed 10 games through suspension and more because of injury last season, is not fazed by that.He said: “Having other strikers makes me work harder. I know that there are two players behind me who want to play.“Only hard work shows the gaffer what I can do, whether in the game, or in the training sessions.“I want to show him I want to play. I want to score goals to help this team get the wins.” Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse last_img read more

Panama’s leader seeking voter support for canal plan

first_imgPANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama’s president said a planned expansion of the Panama Canal would define the waterway’s “role in the 21st century” and on Monday called on voters to support a referendum to pay for the proposal. The expansion, to make way for huge new container ships that can carry twice as much cargo, is expected to cost $5.3 billion – in a country whose government budget is $6.5 billion a year. It will be put to voters in a referendum later this year. In a speech televised nationwide Monday evening, President Martin Torrijos said the expansion, approved by the board of directors of the Panama Canal, was “the most important decision about the canal and its role in the 21st century.” The biggest ships that can pass through the canal’s current locks are known as “Panamax” vessels and can carry 4,000 cargo containers. They barely fit in the locks, which are about 108 feet wide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe project calls for the construction of a third set of locks of water chambers that will allow the large “Post-Panamax” class of cargo ships to use the 50-mile waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The president – whose father, Omar Torrijos, negotiated the 1979 treaty that eventually gave Panama total control over the canal – appealed to Panamanians to support the expansion. The government’s determination to widen the canal is fueled by fears that newer, larger ships will seek other routes between the Atlantic and the Pacific. “The Panama Canal route is facing competition,” Torrijos said. “If we do not meet the challenge to continue to give a competitive service other routes will emerge that will replace ours. It would be unforgivable to refuse to improve the capacity of the waterway.”last_img read more

Chelsea to turn attention to these strikers following Lukaku’s Man United move?

first_img 5 5 5 Michy Batshuayi – Should Chelsea fail to sign a new striker, and Diego Costa leaves, Conte will be left with Batshuayi and Loic Remy as his two attacking options in 2017/18. Belgium forward Batshuayi, 23, is by far the better player but it appears the manager does not trust him. He started only one Premier League game last season, after the title had already been won, and had netted just six goals in all competitions before May. Admittedly he did end the campaign well, scoring five more goals in the final three matches of the season, but it does not seem either fans nor Conte will be happy if the Blues start the season with Batshuayi as their first-choice striker. 5 Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – Surprising reports have surfaced claiming Conte is now looking at former Manchester United striker Hernandez having missed out on Lukaku. He has a £13m release clause in his contact with Leverkusen, and is a proven scorer in English football. In four full seasons with the Red Devils, Hernandez, 29, scored 37 Premier League goals. He is certainly not the world class striker Conte would want at Stamford Bridge, but off all the available options to sign Hernandez is certainly the cheapest. It’s bad news for Chelsea in the transfer market as Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign their top target Romelu Lukaku.The Red Devils have signed off a £70million initial fee for the striker, which could rise up to around £90million if certain clauses are met.Lukaku has been pictured in Los Angeles training with close friend, and future teammate, Paul Pogba, just days before United head to the same city for their summer tour.Antonio Conte is reportedly frustrated at missing out on his prime transfer target, and has had to turn his attention to other strikers.So, with this in mind, talkSPORT take a look at five potential forwards Chelsea could turn their attention to following their Lukaku failure.You can see them all by clicking the right arrow, above… Andrea Belotti (Torino) – As well as Morata, Conte has also shown an interest in Belotti of Torino in the last few months before dropping that in favour of Lukaku. He is a player known to be admired by the Chelsea boss, having scored 26 goals in 35 Serie A matches last season. Torino are refusing to budge from Belotti’s almost-£90m buyout clause, and it seems unlikely Chelsea will offer such a large amount for a player with only one season of elite level goalscoring behind him. Strong with both feet as well as his head, Belotti looks to have all the talents to remain a world class striker, and Chelsea did sign Diego Costa on the back of the first season in which he scored more than 10 goals. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Still rumoured to be leaving the Gunners this summer, Sanchez could be on his way to Chelsea instead of Lukaku. Arsenal would hate selling to a rival, but if Snachez wants to leave he could easily force through a move as 2017/18 is the final year of his contract. Able to play anywhere across the front, the Chile attacker is by far the most versatile striker option available and would certainly link up well with both Eden Hazard and either Pedro or Willian in Conte’s 3-4-3 system. Manchester City are also said to be keen on signing Sanchez this summer. Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) – click the right arrow to see other alternatives for Lukaku – Spain striker Morata is said to be one of Conte’s priority targets now that a deal for Lukaku is off the table. The Real Madrid forward has actually been wanted by Conte for a number of months – longer than he targeted Lukaku – and he is known to be a huge fan of Morata. The pair were due to work together at Juventus when Conte signed the striker in 2014, before he left to manage Italy. A bonus for Chelsea is that Real want to sell Morata to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe, with them struggling to match the £80m asking price set by Monaco. A much less prolific goalscorer than Lukaku, Morata’s biggest strength is his hold up play and work rate for the team – something Conte values highly. 5last_img read more


first_imgGardai have reported a number of minor collisions after an oil spill in Letterkenny overnight.The spill took place between Mountain Top and the Business Park area close to Pramerica.No serious injuries have been reported but Gardai have asked motorists to be careful in the area.  GARDAI ASK PUBLIC TO BE CAREFUL AFTER MAJOR OIL SPILLAGE was last modified: August 15th, 2013 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:accidentsletterkennyoil spillagelast_img read more