Scotland postpones all competitions until “at least” on June 10

first_imgThe Scottish Football Association (SFA) announced this Thursday through an official statement that will postpone its competitions until “at least” next June 10, time in which all their meetings will be suspended due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus.Initially, the institution chaired by Rod Petrie stopped competitions last March 13 to April 30.However, now, for at least three months, no soccer match will be played and this week the SFA member clubs will vote on the end of the course in the lower categories. “The message is very clear. The government restrictions introduced to save lives must be complied with and there is no prospect of an early resumption of training, let alone organized football in Scotland for several weeks, “said Petrie.“The decision to suspend all football until at least June 10 is to help clubs ensure safety and well-being from players, staff and fans, as well as taking steps to mitigate their costs, “he added.“Scottish football applauds all those working in Scotland’s NHS (National Health System) and healthcare sector and should not be an additional burden at a time when its resources are being tested to the present day. limit because of the Covid-19 “, ended.last_img read more

Raji, Smith Raise Issue on Election Guideline ‘Violation’

first_imgThe favorite LFA presidential candidate, Mustapha Raji, and outgoing LFA President Musa Bility.Two stakeholders have raised serious issues on what they described as ‘election guideline violations’ by the LFA Elections Committee in the just concluded qualification of presidential and executive committee members for the March 22 elections in Buchannan, Grand Bassa County.The two men said the LFA must tackle the ‘violation’ to avoid any interference by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).Mustpaha Raji told the Daily Observer that the Elections Committee violated the Electoral Code and the New Approved Statutes by stating that, “No single club shall nominate more than one aspirant for each of the two vice presidential posts and no club shall nominate more than 10 aspirants for the executive committee.”Raji said the LFA’s Approved Statutes, Article 58.2 says: No one (1) member shall propose two (2) or more candidates,” which he said should have been sufficient for the process.The LISCR FC boss argued that, Article 9 of the LFA Electoral Code acknowledges the primacy of the statutes when it states: “The eligibility criteria are defined by the code and the LFA statutes and must comply with the statutes and regulations of FIFA.”He added: “The Executive Committee, which is the highest decision body in the absence of Congress, must address this violation.”He further quoted FIFA electoral code article 26 which says: “Failure by the association (member) to apply the principles of this code shall be considered a serious violation of the provisions of article 13 of the FIFA Statutes…”Georgian FC President (candidate for the EC), Wilmot Smith called on the LFA to set the records straight by correcting the ‘violation.”Mr. Smith said the alarm on the ‘violation’ clearly demonstrates “leadership and honesty and I don’t see a divorce from fraternity by raising the flag and calling for an emergency meeting to tackle the breach.”The LFA says as per the Statutes and Electoral Code, which were duly approved recently by an Extraordinary Congress in Monrovia, it is obliged to protect the independence of the Committee irrespective of subjective views.Elections Committee Chairman Malcolm Joseph told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are provisions on the process and anyone who is not satisfied must take advantage over them.The final lists of candidates are: M. Hassan A. Bility, President; Musa Shannon and Sekou Konneh; Vice President for Administration, Cassell A. Kuoh, Sr., Vice President for Operations.Executive Committee Women Seat: Ciata Bishop and Executive Committee Members include: Ansu V. S. Dulleh, J. Allan Klayee, Dee-Maxwell Kemeyah, Sr., Samuel Y. Karn,  Rochell G. D. Woodson,  D. Sheba Brown,  Wallace Weiah and S. Matthew P. Smith. Others are Cyrus Wright, Wilmot Smith, Mustapha Raji, Adolphus Harmon, Korpo Kpoto, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Lemuel Sherman and Samuel Ashley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teixeira grills Bulkan on donations for water works in Region 9

first_imgOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira grilled Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan on donations from contractors for water projects in Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) at Tuesday’s sitting of theCommunities Minister Ronald BulkanNational Assembly.Teixeira wanted Bulkan to confirm to the House whether the $8 million solicited as donations from contractors in the water sector for projects in Region 9 was entered into the accounts of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) as revenue or into a special projects fund in the Ministry or GWI, or whether it was submitted to Consolidated Fund.The Opposition Chief Whip also wanted to know whether receipts were issued to donors for their contribution and if any preferential treatment will be given to those who contributed. In response Minister Bulkan clarified that the sum in question is not $8 million but rather $6.2 million. He noted that the money was entered into the accounts of GWI as a Special Projects Fund.Moreover, he confirmed that receipts were issued to the donors and noted that no preferential treatment will be given.However, Teixeira explained that the Chronicle newspaper reported the GWI chief executive officer quoting the figure as $8 million, as such she asked the Minister to clarify the discrepancy in the figures, to which he responded that the $8 million was a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Nine and the contractor that was commissioned to drill the wells in Rupununi.Furthermore, Bulkan posited that contrary to the Opposition Member’s notion, no contractors were summoned to contribute; in fact, he noted they were all voluntary donations.“(The donations) were offered by contractors who were responding to the blistering thirst that had engulfed the region as a result of El Niño. These donations were not for pipelines, they were for the drilling of wells in eight villages in the Rupununi,” the Minister of Communities stated.Moreover, Bulkan stated that cheques for refunds of the donations were subsequently for distribution to the voluntary donors.Back in April, this newspaper had reported that contractors were threatened into making donations to GWI.However, head of GWI Dr Richard Van West-Charles, denied these allegations, saying that while donations were solicited from contractors to drill additional wells in the Rupununi, no one was forced, threatened or coerced into contributing.He had explained to reporters at a press conference at the time that due to dry weather, more wells were needed in the region and in order to raise funds, he appealed to contractors attached to GWI, other businesses and citizens as well, to make donations to the project if they were in a position to do so.last_img read more

UG launches new centre to boost lecturer-student relationships

first_imgThe University of Guyana on Wednesday launched its Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning at its Turkeyen Campus with the aim of providing an atmosphere for students and lecturers to work together.Education Minister, Nicolette Henry stated that the University has evolved into a tertiary institution that is more competitive as well as respected. She added that the University plays a pivotal role in being responsible for qualifying the country’s human resources.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and other officials and lecturers at the launch“This University has, over the years, been evolving into a more competitive and respected tertiary institution in the region and is certainly responsible for a lot that is required for this country’s human resource development. I believe that this achievement is no small part due to the emphasis that the University places and providing a dynamic highly student centred learning environment” she remarked.Additionally, the Education Minister noted that there is a greater need for diversification in higher educational levels as the country is becoming a petroleum-based economy.“On the eve of a petroleum-supported economy, there’s an unprecedented demand for a great diversification in higher education as well as increased awareness of its vital importance for sociocultural and economic development.”Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith in his remarks positively stated that project renaissance completion is the finished product of building partnerships.“So many things we have begun to do on project renaissance could not be done just by UG resources, Government of Guyana resources and so we’ve been building partnerships with academic institutions within and beyond Guyana” Professor Griffith stated.The launching of the centre together with the inaugural teaching and learning symposium was held under the theme “New era, new strategies to enhance teaching and learning as we journey along the renaissance road”.The Centre will fall under the School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at the University of Guyana’s Turkeyen Campus.last_img read more

Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC condemns Govt’s comment on shortcomings

first_img…operations heavily stymied by withheld funds – ChairmanThe Tuschen-Uitvlugt Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) has called out Government for statements made during an outreach on Wednesday, which suggested that the local organ was responsible for all shortcomings within the communities.Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Chairman of the Council, Vishal Ambedkar expressed his dissatisfaction with some of the assertions that were made by Government officials.Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC Chairman Vishal AmbedkarAt the outreach at the Meten-Meer-Zorg Community Centre, the NDC was blamed for not cleaning the school compounds among other things. However, Ambedkar pointed out that the maintenance of schools are budgeted in the Regional Democratic Council’s funds.“I want to make it unequivocally clear that maintenance of schools and their compounds are budgeted for in the national and regional budgets by the Ministry of Education and, in the case of Region Three, the RDC. As a matter of fact, it is the regional administration that has the slasher which is to be used for maintaining schools and community grounds,” he informed.The Chairman further went on to say that the Communities Ministry reduced the Community Infrastructure Improvement Project (CIIP) workers assigned to the Council, from a total of 16 to just six. Payments to ensure these activities were carried out were also stifled.“Before this Government came to power, the NDC had 16 CIIP workers cleaning and clearing drainage paid for by the Ministry of Communities. That number has been reduced to six and the disbursements to pay them have been stifled by the Ministry”.He related that while they were elected to serve the communities, their operations are stymied by lack of funds from Government’s end. The $1M grant to maintain recreational compounds and facilities was rescinded and despite numerous calls, there has been no response.Ambedkar told this publication, “Community centre grounds no longer receive a grant of $1M to improve their recreational facilities from the Ministry of Sports in collaboration with the NDCs. Funding which they depended on. The NDC has written the Ministry of Communities many times for assistance with the improvement of grounds but nothing has materialised”.He added, “The Regional Executive officer is aware of the issues facing the residents of Tuschen-Uitvlugt and of engagements between the RDC and the NDC but letters sent to the REO’s office requesting assistance has proven to be a complete waste of time since no actions are taken on the many issues discussed”.He insisted that they are many plaguing issues in the communities which have not been addressed.“The residents particularly Zeelugt New Housing Scheme, observed that roads leading up to the Nursery School were graded days before the Minister stopped by for what was called community outreach. The residents are not fooled. They recognise political pageantry. I am not going to talk about low and no water pressure, blackout, crime rates, or this, or that, or the rest”.last_img read more

Bantam “B” Flyers beat Chetwynd

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flint Energy Bantam “B” Flyers beat the Chetwynd Scotiabank Giants 5-3 in exhibition action on Sunday. Jared Lang scored two goals in the game, including the game winner with ten minutes left in regulation, to help the Flyers secure the victory.The Flyers opened up a two goal lead midway through the first period with goals by Brandon Howard and Kyle Johnson. Chetwynd responded with two goals of their own in the final minutes of the period to knot the score at 2-2. Lang scored his first of the game to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.- Advertisement -Chetwynd tied the game 3-3 with a goal in the third, until Lang responded with the game winner.Kameron Furlong added an insurance marker with five minutes remaining to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead which held up as the final score.last_img read more

Soaring to reform

first_imgIT was victory day for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but the man himself was nowhere to be seen here in Metropolis. It was Wednesday, the day after the May 15 election, and Antonio had undisputed strutting rights. His two candidates had won their seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board – one unseating a union-backed incumbent. This gave Antonio four of his hand-picked reformers on the seven-member board, a board that once laughed at his quest to take over the schools. Clearly, the laughing would be over. But where was Antonio? Would he be holding the usual press conference, surrounded by a phalanx of grinning school kids and political supporters while “We are the Champions” played in the background? Would he be offering the olive branch to board President Marlene Canter – and the magnanimous “Can’t we all work together?” blather that good-sport winners always feed the seething losers? Would he at least be meeting in the Mayor Cave with the members of his newly formed LAUSD Ninja Power Reform Team – Tamar, Richard, Monica and Yolie – to pass out their assignments? (“We must take down the evil LAUSD Empire before they can use their API Ray of Death to destroy the entire city!”) “Do bureaucracies worry?” Tamar Galatzan asked rhetorically Wednesday, just a few hours after her victory over the LAUSD board incumbent was announced. “I’m guessing that the bureaucracy feels `we’ve survived other reform, and we’ll just wait this out as well.’ And what I want to say is that’s not going to happen this time.” The first order of business for Antonio’s Ninja Power Reformers is to battle the evil LAUSD bureaucracy. Superheroes know you always go straight to the source for the fight. And for the district, that’s through its organizational chart and finances. But that’s just the first step. Remember that 16-point Schoolhouse Plan that Antonio produced last year before he put together his school-board superheroes? Their Ninja Power Reformers plan of action will likely look a lot like that. It wasn’t until Friday that Villaraigosa got to celebrate – soberly, of course, befitting his new role as education overseer – by announcing he was dropping his court fight over AB 1381. That was the bill his friends in Sacramento made to give Antonio the power to oversee the school district. A couple of judges (ones in the service of the school district, no doubt) deemed it unconstitutional. But that doesn’t matter now that he’s got his Ninja Power Reform Team. Laws. They don’t need no stinkin’ laws when they got superpowers. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But none of that happened Wednesday. It couldn’t. Antonio was out of town, in Gotham of all places, embarking on his Next Big Thing. Even as his dream of total school board control (mwa-ha-ha) was coming to fruition, Villaraigosa had shifted his attention to an even bigger, more terrible foe: global warming. Villaraigosa had flown east shortly after making an election-night appearance. He raised fists, promised changes, then skipped town. Now that this fight was essentially won, there were other world problems to solve with a fancy plan. Poverty: Check. Homelessness: Check. Climate change: Check. Antonio unveiled another plan earlier in the week to make Los Angeles greener (actual details to be worked out later). That was just a prelude to the real deal Wednesday, speaking about the risks and economics of climate change at the Clinton Climate Initiative C40. Big-time. Forget mayor of the Los Angeles. He’s mayor to the world. Antonio might not have been in town, but his Ninja Power Reformers didn’t wait until Friday to show off their new superpower, their Board Majority of Steel. The four converged at a picturesquely ramshackle LAUSD campus downtown near Skid Row on Victory Day to pose for photo ops and talk tough about taking on the dastardly district. last_img

TC Energy selling stake in Northern Courier pipeline to AIMCo for $1.15 billion

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – TC Energy Corp. has signed a deal to sell an 85 percent stake in its Northern Courier Pipeline to Alberta Investment Management Corp. for roughly $1.15 billion.The company formerly known as TransCanada says the 90-kilometre pipeline transports bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills mine site in northern Alberta and Suncor Energy’s terminal north of Fort McMurray, Alta.TC Energy will retain a 15 percent stake and remain the operator of the pipeline.- Advertisement -The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling says the sale helps the company’s efforts to fund its capital program.The company recently completed the sale of its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC.Advertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016 Street Skills: Matt Holland puts some partying Irishmen to the test

first_imgThe Republic of Ireland fans turned Bordeaux into a sea of green – and empty beer glasses! – as they partied the weekend away.Never mind that 3-0 defeat to Belgium, they were determined not to let the football get in the way of the partying.But we were on the hunt for some lads who were still on the right side of the pints, for a little while at least, for our special street skills challenge.We sent former Republic captain Matt Holland, who scored for his country against Cameroon in the 2002 World Cup finals, out on to the (not at all) mean streets of Bordeaux to see who he could find.This was the result…* No windows – or croissants – were harmed in the making of this videolast_img

Field lab engineer on a fossil-fueled quest

first_imgDakota stumbled across the sandstone, took a final breath, fell to the earth and died. The Badlands of Hill Creek, N.D., reclaimed the body. For everything else, life went on – and evolved. Dakota stayed almost exactly the same – for 67million years. The Lyson Farm, 1999 Tyler Lyson was out poking around in his uncle’s field. He was just 16, a sophomore in high school, but he had a keen eye. He noticed Dakota’s fossilized spine poking out of the land. “Can you do a 40-foot dinosaur?” the caller asked. “No one can do a 40-foot dinosaur,” Anders gulped. “It’s just too heavy.” But it was Dan Goldin, former NASA administrator and National Geographic board member, on the line. And for someone like him, Anders and his team would find a way. Santa Susana Field Lab, June 2007 Soon after Goldin’s call, Dakota arrived. The body weighed 4tons, the tail an additional ton. Vertebrae, skin, muscle, tendons, hooves, claws – everything Dakota left behind from the Late Cretaceous Period – showed up, encased in plywood. It looked like a cheap coffin, covered in plaster of Paris that resembled marshmallow fluff. Anders’ team loaded up the BIR Actis 1000, one of the most advanced 3D scanners in the world, and went to work on a whodunit several eras in the making. Craig Cohen, a writer and producer with the National Geographic Channel’s “Dino Autopsy” show, stood watching. He could feel the excitement in the air. “We’re here in Los Angeles, and we could be making history with this thing that’s 67million years old and hails from a thousand miles away,” Cohen said. The machine began piercing through the plaster, the wood, the rock and into Dakota. The hadrosaur began to take shape. The herbivore looked quite a bit different from when it expired. Encased in sediment, intertwined with the skeleton of a crocodile that might have nibbled upon its corpse, Dakota had held up well as the world changed around it. “I think that Dakota died – who knows what killed it? – and was on a sandbar or a river, being scavenged by the crocodile,” Lyson told “Dino Autopsy.” “Then you had a rapid flood that buried the two of them together.” When he’d first seen the bones poking out of his uncle’s land, he was no regular teen out messing around. He was already a paleontological genius, with 20 finds to his credit since he started digging at age 12. He would go on to become president and director of the Mamarth Research Foundation, a fossil-hunting group, and he had Dakota’s skeleton excavated in 2004. He’s now getting a doctorate at Yale University and working with Phil Manning, a paleontologist at the University of Manchester in England. The duo hopes to turn the rock-covered fossils into new understanding of how the hadrosaur lived and moved. As Anders’ scanners delved deeper and deeper into Dakota’s body, team members noticed the dino had an unusually thick tail. Its hindquarters were 25percent larger than previous fossil finds indicated, which blew Manning’s mind. “This animal had a big ass,” he remarked to the program. With that puffed-up posterior, Dakota could probably hit speeds of 28mph. Once thought of as a slow, cow-like animal, the lizard now looked like a speed demon. Boeing initially thought it would take three weeks to scan the fossil, but given the scope and size of the project, it has dragged on for a year and a half. Anders has put in long hours of unpaid work, analyzing data on a machine that normally rents for as much as $500 an hour. As ancient and primitive as Dakota is, the scanner is high-tech and modern. A regular hospital machine used to check out a patient’s lungs or brain might have power measured at 150,000 electron volts and take up a room in a hospital. The Actis 1000 puts out more than 6million electron volts of power and has an entire building to itself. The walls are 6feet of solid concrete. An 80,000-pound steel door separates the scanning chamber from Anders’ Cold War-era office. A hospital machine blasts its subject for a few seconds to get its reading – the Actis runs for an hour, minutely moving Dakota ever so slightly to obtain a three-dimensional picture. “It just looks like a big rock to me,” Anders said. “But when we get it going, we could see the cartilage. No one had seen that before, so it impressed even me.” This wasn’t the first time he’d fired up the machine to look at some ancient bones. His team scanned Sue, the famed Tyrannosaurus rex now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. But Sue, as cool as she was, wasn’t anywhere as complete as Dakota. The discoveries unlocked by the scanner have inspired two books, “Dino Autopsy” and “DinoMummy,” released this month. After a recent airing tested well with audiences, National Geographic Channel plans to rerun the episode of “Dino Autopsy” on Feb.24. The scans have produced more than a terabyte of information – nearly 1,500 CDs worth – and could permanently change the way dinosaur experts view fossils. Anders has to wrap up before June, when NASA plans to relocate the machine as Boeing moves to close the field lab. “I couldn’t have asked for a better project to take on to end this,” he said, looking at Dakota’s rocky sarcophagus. “It’s definitely been interesting.”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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHe took note of the duck-billed hadrosaur and vowed to return. Santa Susana Field Lab, September 2006 Jeffrey Anders’ telephone inside Building100 rang. The Boeing Co. senior engineer had seen plenty of exotic projects come through his CT scanner atop the hills in between Simi Valley and Chatsworth. The machine, the largest, most powerful instrument of its kind, could see details down to a grain of sand. NASA had him scan its space shuttle wings and rocket engines to find imperfections. The Navy asked him to look at torpedo tube doors for safety. Ford Motor Co. had him examine minivan transmissions. last_img read more