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Lankans fighting but England close to series win

first_imgCHESTER-LE-STREET, England:Facing another defeat inside three days, Sri Lanka held England at bay for now as captain Angelo Mathews’ 80 helped them to 309 for five in their second innings in the second Test yesterday.England were still closing in on a series victory in the three-match contest, with Sri Lanka 88 behind England’s 498-9 declared after being forced to follow on.But the struggling tourists showed some fight on day three with half-centuries by Mathews, Kaushal Silva (60) and Dinesh Chandimal, who was 54 not out.England earlier fired Sri Lanka out for 101 in their first innings at the Riverside Ground, with the hosts’ seamers sparking another collapse after bowling the tourists out for 91 and 119 in an innings victory in the first Test. In this game, Stuart Broad led England’s bowlers in the first innings with 4-40 and all-rounder Chris Woakes in the team for the injured Ben Stokes impressed with three for nine. James Anderson had 3-36 in the first innings and 2-40 in the second.Sri Lanka will, at least, take this Test to a fourth day, better than their loss inside three days at Headingley.OVERWHELMING FAVOURITESEngland had Sri Lanka wobbling again at 100-3 in their second innings before Mathews and Silva combined for an 82-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Mathews cracked nine fours and a six in his counterattack before being undone by Anderson, who forced a thin edge behind to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Chandimal took up the fight after the departure of his captain and Milinda Siriwardana supported with an unbeaten 35 in their unbroken stand of 87. Those two will continue today with a target of, at least, making England bat again.But England remained overwhelming favourites to win this Test and clinch the series with one match to play.last_img read more

Where are the Ministers?

first_imgDear Editor,Paddy bugs have led to the loss of almost 20 per cent of the rice crop in Region Six so far this year. Reports are that a similar loss has been experienced in Region Two and smaller amounts in Regions Three and Five. For Region Six alone, this loss translates into the loss of 500,000 bags of paddy, equating to the loss of $1.4 billion in revenue for farmers. Overall, Guyanese rice farmers are estimated to lose about $5 billion this year, having already lost more than $5 billion in 2018. Most of these are poor farmers and it is unconscionable that the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are largely missing in action. Even more unforgivable, the President and APNU/AFC have ignored the suffering farmers, being more obsessed with violating the Constitution and avoiding elections.It has been confirmed that rice production fell by 10 per cent in the first half of 2019. The major reason advanced for the drop in production of rice is the devastation caused by paddy bug infestation, mainly in Regions Two and Six. In 2014, Guyana produced more than 637,000 tons of rice. In the first crop of 2015, production reached almost 400,000 tons, far ahead of the pace to meet the 2015 target of 700,000 tons. But Guyana failed to reach the 2015 target because of a significant drop in production for the second 2015 crop. Guyana failed again in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and now it is highly unlikely Guyana will reach the 700,000 target in 2019. One of the major reasons for production missing the 700,000 target in 2017, 2018 and now in 2019 is the paddy bug infestation.This week, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) finally sought to assure everyone the paddy bug problem limiting rice production in the last two years, particularly in Regions Two and Six, is being seriously addressed. According to the GRDB, two experts in paddy bug control were in Guyana last week, under the auspices of FLAR, to assist farmers in controlling paddy bugs. However, few farmers have confidence the GRDB is of any help in fighting paddy bugs. The Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce (CCCC) called out the GRDB for its sloth and its lack of serious interest in the paddy bug problem. Like the farmers, the CCCC called on the GRDB to declare the paddy bug problem an emergency. While supporting this call, I believe the Ministry of Agriculture must lead the fight against the paddy bug emergency.The paddy bugs are not new to Guyana, but it has emerged as a bigger problem in the last couple of years, seriously affecting production. After meeting with the FLAR experts, farmers contend the recommendations made by the experts are things they are already doing. Some of the things are not possible without the direct intervention of the GRDB, the Ministry of Agriculture and other Government entities. Farmers believe the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are not just clueless, but they have little to no serious interest in assisting farmers in the fight against paddy bugs. I entirely concur with the farmers. The GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture have been negligent and have allowed the paddy bug problem to escalate, careen out of control and it is now an emergency.It is a good thing the GRDB, after more than two years of neglect, sought to bring in FLAR, the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice. However, farmers, while not questioning the expertise of the two FLAR experts, noted neither of them is an entomologist. This begs the question – what happened to the resident and local entomologists, persons very familiar with paddy bugs in Guyana? Dr Vivian Baharally is a resident entomologist who is an employee of the GRDB and works out of the Burma Rice Research Centre. After her studies abroad, Dr Baharally returned home and started working at Burma since, at least, 2014. Another young entomologist just returned home. While retired, there are also two other very experienced entomologists living in Guyana – both Dr Leslie Munroe and Dr Dindial Permaul are not only experienced entomologists, they both have extensive research experience and management experience with paddy bugs. Why were these persons not engaged in the paddy bug fight?In 2014, the GRDB, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, and my own engagement, commenced a $90 million initiative for the management and control of paddy bugs in Guyana’s rice industry. Dr Vivian Baharally, an entomologist, was the lead scientist in this initiative. The initiative was led by a team of experts chaired by Dr Leslie Munroe. But before the initiative gathered speed, the Government changed and most of the persons in charge at the GRDB were either forced to resign or were fired. The initiative died. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the paddy bug today has a destructive presence in Guyana.Many of the field officers were reporting the increasing paddy bug presence since 2016, but their reports fell on deaf ears. The GRDB clearly dropped the ball and their response is still too timid, lacking cohesion. The Ministry of Agriculture has been absolutely negligent. The Ministers of Agriculture have shown a complete lack of interest. In fact, farmers query if Guyana has any Minister of Agriculture.Regards,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Vendors vacate private property

first_imgParliament View Mall relocation– relocated to disputed “Dread Shop” siteBy ShemuelFanfairDays after the owner of the plot of land South of Parliament Building ordered the removal of vendors using the location to ply their trade, the former Stabroek Market Square vendors have been relocated yet again, this time to another plot opposite the Island Snackette in Stabroek, Georgetown. This plot of land had“Dread Shop” was dismantled on May 19, 2016housed the former “Dread Shop” which was demolished last year by City Hall in the midst of an ongoing dispute. Over the past few years, there has been a tussle between City Hall and the Public Infrastructure Ministry over the land’s ownership.Nevertheless, when Guyana Times visited the soon to be defunct Parliament View Mall on Saturday, the final vendors were seen packing up their belongings to obtain places at their latest relocated spot. However, one seller in the vicinity, whose move was also ordered by City Hall, alleged that earlier this week, one City Constabulary staff obtained the $1500 fee for plying her trade. The frustrated vendor decried this move, as another staff attached to City Hall would have later informed her of the order to vacate the premises.Aside from the former “Dread Shop” premises, some vendors have also occupied a small space on the opposite side of the road, in the vicinity of Demico House. It was only Thursday that owner of the Parliament View Mall’s land, Hareshnarine “Chiney” Sugrim, had noted his disdain overCity Hall’s supposed violation of a verbal agreement for the vendors to vacate the premises.Speaking publicly on the matter, Sugrim had disclosed that the first agreement with the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was that the vendors – who were removed from the Stabroek Market Square – would be allowed to ply their trade on the plot of land until August of 2016, giving the M&CC enough time to find a permanent location for the vendors. However, by August, this situation was unresolved and as such Sugrim stated that he had a verbal agreement with the Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase-Green that he would allow the vendors to stay no later than December 31, 2016.Sugrim asserted that the M&CC had been utilising his plot of land, and did not have “to pay a dime”. He had noted his intentions to transform the facility into a seven storied parking lot with a food court on the ground floor.“We want to build a seven storied car park right there. They (M&CC) humbugging the development!” he had noted.It was during the lead up to Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations that the M&CC initiated its clean-up campaign around the Stabroek Market Square, which included removing vendors from their location, as well as many minibuses from their parking lots. After being ordered out of their spots, many vendors voiced strong complaints to the move. A temporary agreement was then made with Sugrim to loan the City his plot of land to allow the vendors to ply their trade until the M&CC could select a permanent location for them.As the deadline for their stay on the plot of land closed in, extensions were granted and finally the vendors had until midnight (Saturday, January 7) to relocate.However, Chairman of the Market Committee and future Deputy Mayor, Lionel Jaikarran told Guyana Times last week that three areas were suggested to the M&CC during the late October period of last year. However, little or no discussions were made as to which location was selected for the permanent placement of the vendors.The locations suggested were the old Ferry Stelling, near the Stabroek Market area, Stelling View Mall, known as “Donkey City”, and the parking lot of Social Protection Ministry. Last year, despite an injunction, the M&CC in the wee morning hours of May 19 moved in and dismantled “Dread Shop”, which was located at Russell Square, Stabroek, Georgetown, a business which had existed for some 48 years. The Council had decried the “unsavoury practices” that occurred there.last_img read more

B.C. Premier’s trip to parts of Asia means big investments for the province

first_imgClark and Coleman traveled to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, all of which are said to be key players in both sectors. “We met with proponents backing LNG proposals in B.C. that will deliver reliable energy solutions to growing economies throughout Asia,” said Coleman. “The trade mission gave us an opportunity to reinforce the province’s competitive advantages to new investors and existing partners.” The B.C. government says the potential advantages include a more stable economy, a business friendly climate, shorter shipping times to Asia compared to its North American competitors, and a multicultural, highly skilled workforce.- Advertisement – PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national energy company has proposed a Pacific Northwest LNG facility in Port Edward, an estimated $11 billion investment. PETRONAS is one of over a dozen LNG facilities who’ve already made investments to create exports across the province. The provincial government says trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s “strategy to actively diversify its international trading partners and secure the new investments that will drive job creation in every region of the province.”last_img read more

Former Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta joins the list of players heading for China

first_img Gael Kakuta 1 Gael Kakuta has become the latest player to move to the Chinese Super League, with the former Chelsea winger joining Hebei China Fortune.The 24-year-old swapped west London for Sevilla in the summer having failed to make his mark at Stamford Bridge and spent loan spells with six different clubs.Sevilla reportedly had to pay 3.5million euros (£2.5million) compensation for the out-of-contract Kakuta – a fee they are reported to have nearly doubled by selling the Frenchman onto China.Former Chelsea team-mate Ramires, Liverpool target Alex Teixeira and Colombia striker Jackson Martinez have all made big-money moves to the Chinese Super League in recent weeks.Kakuta now joins former QPR midfielder – and Sevilla team-mate – Stephane Mbia at Hebei China Fortune, where ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho is now plying his trade.Kakuta moved to Chelsea as a teenager in 2007 and became a prominent player for the Blues’ youth team, graduating to the senior squad after two years in west London.However, in September 2009, FIFA banned the player for four months and placed Chelsea under a transfer embargo due an alleged breach of contract with former club Lens.The transfer ban and suspension were successfully appealed against, but Kakuta would struggle for first-team action and went on loan to Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse Arnhem, Lazio then Rayo Vallecano.last_img read more

MEN JAILED FOR PART IN MASSIVE DRUG SMUGGLING SCAM FROM HOLLAND

first_imgSidney GibsonTwo men behind a lucrative drug-smuggling business from Holland into Co Donegal have been jailed.Sidney Gibson,47, and Andrew Neeson, 34, were caught by Gardai after an elaborate sting operation during which they were caught with €400,000 worth of cannabis. The drugs had been intercepted by Customs officers at Dublin Airport and had been scheduled to be taken by courier to Donegal.Customs alerted Gardai and a ‘controlled delivery’ was set up to catch those receiving the drugs.A total of four boxes of drugs, each containing 5kgs of cannabis herb worth €100,000, were delivered to two men, a Mr McNally and a Mr White.The boxes were due to be collected at the Topaz Service Station in Castlefinn on February 11th, 2014.Neeson, a separated father-of-two of Donnyloop, Castlefinn, arrived at the garage and did a few circles of the garage but eventually collected two of the boxes before being arrested by undercover Gardai.Two of the boxes were due to be delivered the following day to an address of a courier company.Gardai searched the home of Neeson and found two other similar empty boxes in which the drugs had been contained in a recycling bin.Following an investigation, Garda Derek Connaughton said they suspected local truck driver Sidney Gibson, a married father-of-four, was involved in the incident.He was arrested and he admitted his part in the scam and said he was merely a middle man and was paying off a drug debt.Garda Connaughton said Gibson had admitted his part straight away and said Neeson did not know what were in the boxes but had merely left his garage door open for Gibson to collect.Garda Connaughton said they believed that at least ten boxes allegedly containing drugs had previously been left at Neeson’s house.Addressing Letterkenny Circuit Court, Judge John O’Hagan said that drugs are a scourge and while the ‘godfathers’ of the drugs are seldom caught, the ‘soldiers’ are often caught.Referring to the street value of the drugs, he added “That’s an awful lot of money and it indicates an awful lot of harm out there.”He said that while Gibson may have claimed he was a middle man, he knew exactly what he was doing and asked what he would think of people who tried to sell drugs to his own children.In relation to Neeson, he said he may have been “sucked in” by Gibson but he did so in the knowledge that he was doing something wrong.Judge O’Hagan sentenced Gibson, of 319 The Curragh, Killygordon to four years in prison but suspended the last six months and Neeson, of Skelpy Lower, Castlefinn to three years in prison with the last 18 months suspended.MEN JAILED FOR PART IN MASSIVE DRUG SMUGGLING SCAM FROM HOLLAND was last modified: January 31st, 2016 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:Andrew NeesoncourtdonegaldrugsGardaiSidney Gibsonsmugglinglast_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS DEFEATED BY BUNDORAN IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

first_imgKILLYBEGS GAA NOTESWould you like your business to feature on our killotto envelopes? Contact Sarah Tully or Carmel Gamble for more info! There was no bingo jackpot winner this week. Next weeks bingo jackpot is €2050 on 45 numbers.There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week.This weeks numbers were 4, 13, 15, 25. Next weeks killotto jackpot is €1750.The match 3 of 240 euro was shared between Daniel O’Donnell, Kian Dowd and Eamonn Mc Guinness. Remember you can play the lotto online at www.locallotto.ie​ The Senior team got beat at home on Sunday by Bundoran. 1.11 – 1-07The Senior ladies drew Kilcar in the championship which will be played in July.Would like to congratulate the u-14 st Catherine’s team who had a brillIant victory on Sunday.GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS DEFEATED BY BUNDORAN IN ALL-COUNTY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:GAAKillybegsNoticesSportlast_img read more

ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER FATAL CRASH

first_imgThe road between Ballybofey and Donegal Town has re-opened after today’s fatal crash, Gardai say. ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER FATAL CRASH was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Colon on the sidelines feeling blue

first_img Iguchi is hitting .231 (6 for 26) with a home run and four RBI in the playoffs while playing flawlessly in the field. “It’s amazing the way he plays,” Guillen said. “Because of the language barrier, communication, this kid has to put a lot of things in his mind just to go out and play. To me that’s good enough, what he’s done on the field so far because this kid is so smart, he plays basic baseball, doesn’t make that many mistakes, and he’s a pretty good baseball man.” Kotchman starts Casey Kotchman got his first postseason start Saturday in Game 4 as the designated hitter. “Casey gives us a left-handed bat,” Scioscia said. “They’ve got a terrific bullpen with good lefties, but we’ve got to attack their starting pitching.” Kotchman went 2 for 4, getting an infield single in the second inning and an RBI double in the fourth. One step at a time If there is a Game 6, the Angels could go with John Lackey on three-days’ rest, though Scioscia would not commit. “We’ll see,” he said. “Let’s get there first.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Colon went 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA this season and is a leading candidate to win the Cy Young Award. However, Colon has been mediocre in the playoffs throughout his career, going 2-3 with a 3.61 ERA in nine career starts. In his two postseason starts this year, he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Uguchi shines He doesn’t get nearly the attention paid to Hideki Matsui or Ichiro Suzuki, but White Sox second baseman Tadahito Uguchi has impressed those who see him every day in his first season since coming from the Japanese league. “I keep saying he’s my MVP and people make fun of me,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This kid can do it all, run, squeeze, hit a home run when you need it, make the plays when you need it, steal a base, give you good at-bats, and it’s not easy when you come from Japan your first year. “Every day is a learning process, new pitching, new hitters, new cities, new ballclubs, new ballparks, so many things this kid has to deal with.” “He’s definitely bummed,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Colon, who has refused all interview requests since hurting his shoulder. “He realizes our need for him to do what he can do. He knows the needs of the team with him being the lead dog the whole year. He’s down he can’t help us but he also knows we wouldn’t be here without him.” The club said Friday that Colon would have a contrast MRI exam performed on his shoulder sometime in the next few days, but Scioscia said Saturday no further tests have been scheduled. center_img Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon is out with a strained muscle in his right shoulder, and now has another problem with which to deal. He’s come down with a case of the blues. Colon is not on the American League Championship Series roster and won’t be on the World Series roster if the Angels get there. He suffered the injury last Monday in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Yankees. last_img read more

Couple killed after car runs stop sign

first_img chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Lancaster couple died Tuesday night when their speeding compact car ran a stop sign, narrowly missed another vehicle and crashed into a tree. The impact left the 1995 Acura crumpled around the tree, and firefighters had to pry the victims from the wreckage. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The car had been traveling in excess of 80 mph along Lancaster Boulevard about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and failed to stop for a four-way stop sign at 15th Street East, sheriff’s deputies said. After running the stop sign, the car narrowly missed a vehicle pulling away from the stop sign for 15th Street East, deputies said. The Acura veered out of control and hit a large pine tree bordering a housing tract. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The two were identified as 23-year-old William Reid and 19-year-old Erica Reid-Duarte, deputies said. Failure to stop at a stop sign was blamed for a second crash about 11 hours later that seriously injured a Lancaster motorist, California Highway Patrol officials said. Romani Saadd, 26, was flown to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with a broken arm and leg and internal injuries after his 1996 Honda was hit by a big rig at Avenue H and 50th Street East, CHP officers said. Saadd’s car had been traveling east about 9 a.m. Wednesday on Avenue H when it failed to stop for a stop sign at 50th Street East, CHP officers said. His car collided with the southbound big rig hauling trailers full of sand. The truck driver was not injured. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 last_img read more