Dear Editor,We are a society that sometimes likes to wait for something to happen and then act or do something about it. I would like to highlight the poor safety conditions that befall travellers utilising the ‘semi-legal’ Guyana-Suriname ‘backtrack’ crossing at Corriverton, Corentyne.First of all, life jackets are not used on most of the trips. When I asked for a life jacket, I was told to open a big bag in front of the booth, and when I did, the few in there were soggy and soaked as well as smelly.Many travellers refuse to use these jackets, and just imagine, there are also babies travelling on the 20- minute journey sometimes. It is a dangerous practice and should cease immediately.I think the authorities should have some more regulation over this service which is utilised by dozens of Guyanese and Surinamese on a daily basis.On the Nickerie side, there is no jetty to walk out to the boat, instead women and girls are lifted or jockeyed on the backs of men, and not all females might be comfortable with that practice. For years, this has been the norm.The boats are also open with no shelter from rain or the rough waters of the Corentyne while travelling.They should have boats like those plying the Parika-Supenaam route on the Essequibo and in other places. I urge the Governments of both sides to get involved and deal with the operators; first and foremost, enforce the lifejacket regulation immediately.Sincerely,Name withheld
The second suspect in the attempted robbery at North Ruimveldt who received a sound thrashing from residents was on Wednesday slapped with two charges and taken before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Collis Amos, 21, pleaded not guilty to the first charge which stated that on August 17, 2016, he attempted to commit a felony, that is to say robbery under arms on Roger Lovell.Suspected bandit: Collis AmosSuspected bandit: Patrick GoodluckHe also denied the second charge which read that on the same day he had in his possession one .9mm pistol while not being a licensed firearm holder.Police Prosecutor Kerry Bostwick objected to bail, citing the severity of the offence and pointing out that a gun was used in attempted robbery. The Prosecutor also informed the court that the defendant was positively identified by the Virtual Complainant (VC).On Monday, Amos’ alleged accomplice Patrick Goodluck, 22, of Lot T-72 North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was charged for the offence.Reports are Lovell was watching television when the defendants broke in to the house and demanded his gold chain and motorcycle.However, an alarm was raised and the defendants were apprehended and dealt a severe thrashing by public-spirited persons.Amos, like Goodluck, was remanded to prison. The case will continue on September 6.
Antonio Conte’s side retained their seven point advantage 1 Chelsea put their Diego Costa transfer saga to one side as the Blues moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.The Spanish striker did not travel with the rest of Antonio Conte’s squad due to a training ground bust-up, but it mattered little as two goals from Marcos Alonso and a strike from Pedro ensured the visitors did not miss their leading goal scorer at the King Power Stadium.Eden Hazard was the preferred option up front to replace the dropped Costa and the tactical switch had the desired effect, with the runaway leaders convincingly dismantling the champions.Chelsea marked their bright start to the game with a goal as Alonso coolly put the Blues ahead with just over five minutes played.Cesar Azpilicueta’s right wing cross bounced around in the box before the ball eventually made its way to Hazard. Opting not to shoot, Hazard teed up his teammate eight-yards from goal, as Alonso curled his effort past Kasper Schmeichel.The champions managed to stem the flow of Chelsea’s attacks and create an opening of their own past the quarter hour.Marc Albrighton delivered a fine cross into the box for his opposite fullback Ben Chilwell to attack. But despite rising above Victor Moses at the back post, Chilwell failed to generate the necessary power and direction to trouble Thibaut Courtois.Conte’s side were proving a difficult obstacle to surpass as the half wore on, with the Blues holding their own at the home of the champions.But the Foxes threatened to unlock the visiting defence approaching the interval when Jamie Vardy spun David Luiz on the right flank. The England international fizzed in a low cross past Luiz – who was facing his own net – forcing Courtois to palm away the defender’s goal bound clearance.And Chelsea nearly made the Foxes rue their missed chances as Pedro flashed a cleverly worked free-kick wide of the post.Luiz shaped up as if he was about to take a strike on goal, before sliding in a pass to Hazard. The Belgian midfielder played a first-time pass to Pedro, but he sliced his effort well off target as the opportunity disappeared.The Blues doubled their lead within six minutes of second half action as Alonso bagged his second of the night.Alonso reacted to a Christian Fuchs clearance, before sizing up an effort on goal, and watching his strike deflect off Leicester captain Wes Morgan and into the back of the net. The double ricochet left Schmeichel with no chance and gave the visitors some well-deserved breathing space.Incredibly, Alonso nearly grabbed a hat-trick just past the hour mark after his well-timed volley flew past the Leicester post.Moses delivered a deep cross to the edge of the box for the waiting Alonso, who measured his effort within inches of perfection, as his dipping volley had beaten the outstretched hand of Schmeichel, but also the far post too.But Conte’s side capped off their dominant display with a third goal through Pedro with 20 minutes left to play as the forward headed into an empty net.Willian was put clear on the right flank before being confronted by Schmeichel, who rushed from his goal to distract the Blues winger. However, Willian’s clever dink found teammate Pedro, and the former Barcelona man finished with ease to seal all three points.
scrap PAYBACK gameday cracker LATEST Nike 2 “Everyone will see the retro influence, it’s a tribute to the jersey culture of the 90s,” said striker and England captain Harry Kane.“When you see the light blue you think of those players who paved the way, and I hope this year we can wear it with pride to go all the way.” The famous light blue shade is integral to the club’s heritage, dating back to 1885 when the club combined the traditional white strip of today with blue.Spurs released a commemorative 125th anniversary kit back in 2007, but the new third strip is completely blue.Last season’s Champions League finalists will wear the new kit next month when their European campaign gets underway against Olympiacos on September 18.Featuring an old school Nike logo with a dark blue collar, the light blue trim is already a hit with players and fans alike.“It’s one of my favourite jerseys for sure, the light blue pops and the retro aesthetic goes down well. I can’t wait to wear it to the European games especially this season,” said lifelong Spurs fan and prominent UK rap star AJ Tracey, featured in the campaign imagery. Spurs fan and rap sensation AJ Tracey models the new Spurs third kit latest The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Nike appointed ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 The new strip features a retor collar and the old school Nike logo SORRY Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion revealed Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Tottenham Hotspur have officially released their third kit for the 2019/20 season and it is a thing of beauty.While speculation about Christian Eriksen’s future and indifferent results on the pitch have made the season hard to take, the new kit should lift the mood in north London. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT
3 Soumare’s contract at Lille expires at the end of the season, but the Ligue 1 club are looking to tie him down to a new one before a potential exit in the summer.He is rated at around €35 to €40million, although if he refuses to pen a new deal he could be signed by Man United for nothing in January.United are also still showing an interest in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months. 3 Getty Images – Getty 3 Pogba’s current deal expires in 2021, but rumours linking him away from Old Trafford have persisted Lyon’s French forward Moussa Dembele has experience in the Premier League and a definite eye for goal Boubakary Soumare is a France under-21 international and highly-rated in his homeland Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained the World Cup winner is a key member of his squad, while he still has three years left on his contract, but Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is a big fan and could make a huge bid to bring him to Spain either in January or next summer having failed to land him this year.And, according to ESPN and French football expert Julien Laurens, United have identified 20-year-old Lille midfielder Soumare as the ideal heir for Pogba.It is claimed the Premier League club have scouted Soumare several times this year and have been impressed with his physicality and skill on the ball for a player of his age.However, they are not the only admirers of young Frenchman ahead and they are now ready to launch a bid to sign him ahead of other interested clubs. AFP or licensors getty Manchester United are interested in a double Ligue 1 swoop for French midfielder Boubakary Soumare and striker Moussa Dembele, according to reports.The Red Devils are said to be considering alternatives to Paul Pogba, who is currently on the sidelines with an ankle injury but remains to be strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford. Ole Gunner Solskjaer keen to bolster his forward line in January and, ESPN claims, he is a big fan of the former Celtic and Fulham striker, who has scored 22 goals in 43 league matches since his move from Scotland in August 2018 – including seven goals in ten games this season.However, Lille has insisted the 23-year-old star is not for sale.
Brendan Rodgers has made a number of changes to his squad since being appointed Celtic’s new manager, with strikers Colin Kazim-Richards and Carlton Cole departing.But Tierney has been signed to a new long-term deal with the Parkhead club, with Rodgers making it clear that the teenager is a part of his plans. Kieran Tierney has signed a new five-year contract with Celtic, committing his future to the Scottish Premiership champions.The left back has broken into the Hoops’ first team over the past year, displacing Emilio Izaguirre from the starting lineup. Tierney made 34 appearances for Celtic last season, scoring his first goal for the club in the 7-0 thumping of Motherwell on the final day of the campaign.The 19-year-old also won Scotland’s Young Player of the Year award after such an impressive campaign at Celtic, helping the club to a fifth successive top flight title.
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The high-octane Dons have the makings for a strong season but must navigate injuriesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School boys basketball team is putting up some ridiculous numbers so far, and with a talented group of sharp shooters, the Dons look poised to do something special again this season.Columbus Catholic began the season with a bang, scoring 101 points in a win over University School of Milwaukee, and followed that up with a narrow win over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption plus three more double-digit victories over Loyal, Auburndale, and Gilman, topping 80 points in each.The 5-0 record is all that matters for the Dons, who finished just one game out of first place behind Spencer and tied with Neillsville in the conference standings a year ago.All three teams are again expected to compete for the Cloverbelt East crown, and the Dons’ early showing may be sending a message that they could be the team to beat.Junior guard Hunter Schultz dropped in a career-high 37 points in the opener and has hit double figures in all four of the Dons’ wins, averaging 25.8 points per game overall.Fellow junior Tyler Fuerlinger has led Columbus in scoring the past two games, tallying 22 points in each, and senior Evan Nikolai is a reigning second-team all-conference performer with a 16 point per game average.The trio of Schultz, Fuerlinger, and Nikolai — along with seniors Billy Young and Matthias Gouin and sophomore guard Nick Malovhr coming off the bench — has been lethal for opponents thus far.Missing are junior Ryan Dieringer and senior center Brett Loveland, who are both coming off injuries and are expected back some time during the second half of the schedule. This leaves just seven healthy varsity players, including junior backup wing Charles Payant, on the roster.“We’re not deep,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said. “If we can get Loveland and Dieringer back here by the end of January, that would really help us. We have to be smarter to cover up the lack of depth. Guys picking up four or five fouls just can’t happen for us.”The Dons’ schedule picks up a bit next week when they host Neillsville on Tuesday and play at Colby on Dec. 18. A game at Granton on Dec. 21 will close out the calendar year, giving the team a much-needed two weeks off before it returns to action Jan. 5 after the winter break.For a team short on the bench, and one that plays as up-tempo as the Dons do, the break will be welcome. The additional four minutes added on to the game with the new timing rules implemented this season, plus the switch to halves from quarters that gives players two fewer built-in breaks during the game, could start to take their toll.“Without the quarter stoppages, coaches will have less time with their teams during the game,” Konieczny said. “Players will have two less rest periods. Having an experienced team, requiring less coaching adjustments, and having a deeper rotation will be definite advantages.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Image: Wikipedia)New laws should be in place in Europe by the end of 2010 obliging timber importers to ensure the wood they buy has been legally produced – and Ghana will become the first exporting country to be able to offer such a guarantee.The timber trade is a huge business. In Cameroon, where timber exports rank second only to oil in value, it is worth more than US$700-million a year. Indonesia earns nearly $3-billion a year from wood and wood products, but Greenpeace says that as much of 80% of the logging in Indonesia is illegal.It is more than seven years since the European Union adopted a Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (Flegt, PDF, 1 MB) action plan. Negotiations have been grinding on ever since, both in Brussels, and between the EU and supplier countries. But last week an update meeting in London heard that a compromise text of the new legislation had been drafted and would probably be adopted by the end of the year.The key element is an obligation for importers to show “due diligence” – to prove that they have taken all reasonable care to ensure they are not buying illegal timber. What is or is not legal will be left to the producing countries; if the timber is produced according to local laws and regulations, the EU will accept it.And since the importers can hardly be expected to go and poke about in tropical forests themselves to see where their wood is coming from, the EU is negotiating VPAs – voluntary partnership agreements – with its traditional suppliers.Ghana was the first country to sign and ratify a VPA. By the beginning of next year it should be selling licensed timber under Flegt. Any importer who buys it will automatically be considered to have fulfilled the due diligence obligation.Pilots for the new Flegt assurance scheme have already started in Ghana, with inspectors out in the forest armed with tags and handheld GPS and barcode scanners.Patrick Newton, who is developing the necessary software for a company called Helveta, described how bar-coded tags would be put on standing trees, and more would go on the logs cut from those trees. Between the sawmill and the ship, consignments would be reconciled by volume and by species, and the system would then generate a Flegt-compliant export licence.“The buyer will be able to look all the way up the supply chain from the point of export,” Newton told the meeting, “all the way back up the chain to the forest where that timber came from.”Kingsley Bekoe, a forestry specialist with Ghanaian NGO Civic Response, stressed how important the agreement is to the country: “Almost 60% of our timber exports are to the EU market. If you don’t sign this agreement, I guess you will increasingly lose out.“The market is starting to ask for legal timber. It’s Europe and also the US but other markets are getting increasingly interested in this. So if you don’t enter that agreement you will gradually be losing your market share.”With Ghana, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo were in the first group to sign up. Negotiations are ongoing with Malawi, Indonesia, Liberia and the Central African Republic. Gabon, the DR Congo and Vietnam have asked to start the process.Each agreement will be different. Any VPA with Vietnam, for instance, will have to take into account the fact that it imports most of its timber and makes furniture to sell to the EU and Japan.“There’s no blueprint,” Matthieu Bousquet of the European Commission told the meeting. “No hard and fast rules, no absolute recipe.”Illegal logging fearsBut John Palmer of the Forest Management Trust was critical: “These agreements are now moving into states where the law is little understood,” he told the meeting.“And as you demand more and more documentation, you will get any kind of documentation you are prepared to pay for. It’s a simplistic assumption that everyone is basically working in the same direction. Illegal logging is hugely profitable; there’s a lot of money involved.”London-based campaign group Global Witness agrees. “This can curb illegal logging to a certain extent,” said its forestry expert, Reiner Tegtmeyer. “But only when the structures are in place to be sure that the certificates issued are not just paper. We have always said that independent monitoring is essential.”Illegal logging has been a source of funds for conflict and destabilisation, most notoriously during Liberia’s civil war. With Charles Taylor’s rebels in control of the densely wooded southeast of the country and the port of Buchanan, timber was one of their main sources of income.After Taylor became president, he continued to divert timber revenues for his own purposes – Global Witness believes that by 2000 around $100-million a year was unaccounted for. Because of fears that it was being used to fund conflicts elsewhere in the region, the UN imposed sanctions on the country’s timber exports.Those sanctions have now been lifted, but Liberia is struggling to re-establish its logging industry. Victoria Cole of the country’s Forest Development Authority says she is worried the Flegt process is being pushed ahead too fast, and that her country does not have the capacity to implement it.“If I show you a piece of wood,” she said, “and say this bit of wood is legal, then what makes it legal? People have to understand.”In Liberia, legality would mean that the concession had been awarded by competitive bidding, that the company treats its workers fairly and fulfils its obligation to the local community, that it only cuts mature trees and does not exceed its quota and that it has paid all its taxes.But she likes the fact that the EU will base its standard of legality on Liberia’s own laws. “We are the ones to determine it,” she says. “No one is going to determine it for us.”Source: Irin News
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