Mathews testifies over complaint about match-fixing

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews testified before police yesterday over a complaint that some national team players have been approached by a person with an offer to fix matches for money.Financial crimes investigators interviewed Mathews for several hours.”They wanted to know, as the captain, if I knew anything in detail. I answered all the questions,” Mathews said outside the police station. “We all want this game to be clean. Whoever has done something wrong, we want them brought before the court.”Mathews said the inquiry was only about the match-fixing approaches reported by players, not against the players themselves.”The cricketers felt really uncomfortable in the last few days because they were the ones who came forward and reported this to the ICC (International Cricket Council) and SLC,” Mathews said.The questioning came a day after Sri Lanka Cricket, the sport’s local governing body, suspended senior fast bowling coach Anusha Samaranayake for links with a practice bowler who is said to have brought the offers.Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and opening batsman Kusal Perera reported the approaches to the authorities.Samaranayake, who has been working with the fast bowling academy for many years and helped in the development of many leading bowlers, has been suspended for two months pending an inquiry. The net bowler identified as Gayan Wishwajith has been banned from all cricket activities.- APlast_img read more

Government can buy over Berbice River Bridge

first_imgDear Editor,As a kid growing up in Skeldon/Corriverton, I was among the many people of that area who dreamt of the day when there would be a bridge across the Berbice River because crossing by ferry was a big hassle and took many hours.Today, I am pleased that this dream has become a reality. Building this bridge was a great feat. There is no question that it has brought huge relief for Berbicians and other travelers. Time is money. By cutting commuting time to and from Region Six significantly, the bridge is worth its weight in gold.Let us give Jack his jacket. The Bharrat Jagdeo Government and the private sector deserve credit for taking up the challenge to build the bridge. It was a novel initiative based on a unique private and public-sector partnership at a time when Guyana did not have the money to pay for such a project.I understand that the Berbice Bridge Company Inc. (BBCI) is now saying that it is almost bankrupt and wants to increase the tolls in order to do maintenance work on the bridge, cover operation costs and pay dividends to shareholders.But, from what I recall from the early talks about the bridge between private sector investors and the Jagdeo Government, the Berbice Bridge tolls were never intended to be similar to the tolls for the Demerara Harbour Bridge; they were to be comparable to the ferry rates for various vehicle types.I understand that the BBCI needs funds to recover its investments, pay dividends and to fulfill its responsibilities. I empathise with this; but the toll increases will be hard for the average Guyanese to pay and could very well damage the psyche of the people and cause great hardship for everyone.There is a stalemate because this Government has taken a firm position not to approve any increases to the bridge tariffs and has also declared the intention to fulfill a campaign promise to reduce the tolls. This is a tough situation, but there is a solution.I have a suggestion: Government should buy the Berbice River Bridge! A lot of wealth is expected in Guyana from the oil industry and from other natural resources. This puts Government in an ideal position to get one or more loans and use other financial tactics to buy the bridge.I am sure that the European Union or a government from a great nation like India or China would be interested in giving a loan or grant so that our Government can buy the bridge from the private sector, in the interest of assisting Guyana’s national development.If Government buys the bridge, its operations and maintenance can then be subsidised with taxpayers’ money, just like what is being done with the Demerara Harbour Bridge, whereby Government’s input allows travellers to pay an affordable fee to cross the river.The tolls for the Berbice River Bridge can be higher than those for the Demerara Harbour Bridge and it can be subsidised by taxpayers’ money. Think about it. If Government buys it and it belongs to the Guyanese people, why can’t the people’s money be used to subsidise it to protect their interests?The Berbice River Bridge is vitally important to our country and people. I remember back in the day crossing by ferry involved all kinds of skullduggery and corruption. People who had influential friends to manipulate the system got priority in crossing. Others were inconvenienced and embarrassed. Today, travelling over the Berbice River has been reduced from three to four hours to just one to two minutes. Consider that for a moment.As one of those who suffered in those times, I view the Berbice River Bridge as a great blessing. I, along with many others who use the bridge regularly, know how much it has benefitted the county of Berbice and would like to see it kept in place and functioning well.Even though I compliment the private investors and the Jagdeo administration for making the bridge a reality, I respect the fact that this is a different Government with a new vision. But I believe this Government has the interest of our people at heart, so I urge them to consider my suggestion carefully.All power, success, achievements, progress, come from the heart and from the thoughts. I am calling on the Government to use positive thoughts, think wisely and think big to help the people of our country reach our rightful destiny of peace and prosperity.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

Grove man denies killing poultry farm employee

first_imgMahindra Bishundial, called “Tyrone”, of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Monday denied the State’s indictment that he, on November 6, 2012 at Busby Dam, Craig, EBD, murdered 57-year-old Aga Khan during the course of a robbery.As such, a mixed jury of 12 persons was empanelled before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court to hear how the Edun Poultry Farms & Hatchery employee met his demise.Defence counsel Nigel Hughes entered an appearance for the accused man while Prosecutor Shawnette Austin is leading the State’s case against Bishundial. According to reports, Khan was confronted by several robbers and he handed over a bag. He was subsequently shot and rushed to the Diamond hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.It had also been reported that a porter was shot during the ordeal over five years ago. Police had said that Khan was driving motor lorry GJJ 2806, which was owned by his employer. It was observed that the men walked into the vehicle’s path and approached the now deceased man, ordering that he hand over cash.The Preliminary Inquiry was conducted by former Magistrate Leslie Sobers at the Providence Magistrate’s Court. However, the High Court trial will start on Wednesday.last_img read more

Guyana Aviation Polytechnic launched to aid oil and gas sector

first_imgSenior Manager of Logistics and Local Content of the Orinduik Development Inc, Sharon Roopchand believes that education is key in transforming Guyana into a sustainable oil-producing nation.Speaking at the launch of the first event of Aviation Polytechnic on Friday at the Herdmanston Lodge, Roopchand stated that training and development are the pillars to ensure local content development.“The launch of the Aviation Polytechnic is a milestone that marks Guyana’s preparedness to meet the aviation platform and demands to support the local oil and gas sector”, she added.She further explained that as Guyana embarks on “this vast, uncertain role” in the extraction of its oil-rich resources, the country’s education system must take priority with reference to aviation.“Since everything is happening offshore, the Polytechnic aims at having a robust trained supply of resources to the entire industry is paramount to the sustainable of a safe offshore aviation.”Roopchand stated that the Polytechnic posits to fill the immense gap in the aviation industry as well as to bring the country’s current and emerging local workforce up to the proficiency level to actively participate in the oil and gas sector.Meanwhile, Director of Policies and Regulations of Orinduik Development Inc, Hugh Denbow also noted the importance of aviation skills training tied into local content.He said that based on the thrust of Guyana in relation to establishing itself as a successful and sustainable oil-producing nation, the demands in the aviation sector will expand, and therefore the Polytechnic will provide the relevant and necessary training to meet all of those demands.Denbow added that technical education plays a huge rule in developing Guyana and that while the focus is on aviation, other agencies must stay focused on expanding education and skills training in other areas.last_img read more

High tide warning in effect

first_imgCitizens residing in low-lying areas across the coastal region are advised to brace themselves for predicted high tides this week, since storms and flooding are likely to occur.According to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, tides will rise beyond the normal levels until August 5. Areas susceptible to possible flooding or overtopping at sea defence structures include the Pomeroon river banks; San Souci to Sarah and Maria’s Pleasure to Meerzorg in Wakenaam; Cane Field-Amsterdam, Endeavour-Blenheim and Cane Garden in Leguan; Windsor Forest to De Willem on West Coast Demerara; Parika and Salem to Sparta on East Bank Essequibo.Water Street, Georgetown; Chapman Grove-Greenfield, Mahaicony, and Mahaica will also be affected. It is expected that the highest tides will be experienced on Friday, August 2 at 04:30h at a height of 3.28 metres and Saturday, August 3 at 05:19h at a height of 3.29m.The Ministry has sent a warning to mariners to display caution during these times, especially those operating fishing boats and larger vessels. The use of beaches and foreshore areas for recreation is heavily forbidden.last_img read more

DDTV: A UNIQUE VIEW OF ROCK CLIMBING IN GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgDDTV: Iain Miller does it again!He finds places in the west of the county most of us have never seen. In this video he shows how to go proper rock climbing in Gaoth Dobhair.Click play to watch DDTV: A UNIQUE VIEW OF ROCK CLIMBING IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: January 5th, 2016 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

GOLF NEWS: CARDONAGH FC HOST GOLF CLASSIC AT BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News:Sat 8 Aug 2015 Carndonagh FC Golf Classic.1st Gerry & Shaun Devenny, Lawrence Doherty, Gerry O’Neill 97 pts.2nd PN & Sadie Grant, Frank Harkin, Brendan McLaughlin 96 pts.3rd  Paddy McDermott, Liam Barron, Philip Farren, Neil J Duffy 95 pts.4th Francis Dillon, Paddy Mackle, Gerry Mullan, John Mullan. 95 pts.5th Robert Bell, Patsy O’Donnell, Eddie McHugh, Jimmy Keenan. 94 pts.6th Pascal Mooney, John Gibbons, Oliver McConologue, James Carr, 93 pts.7th John McKeever, Charlie Donaghy, Charlie Duffy, Christy Friel. 92 pts.Ladies: K McLaughlin, V Bannon, T McLaughlin, M McGonigle 84 pts.NTP 5th Hole, Robert McCool (10’4”)NTP 7th Hole, Paddy McDermott (4’3”)NTP 12th Hole, Martin O’Connor (4’3”)NTP 17 Hole, Robert McCool (7’8”).2’s Margaret Noone.Novice1st Tara McConologue.2nd Anita McCarron. Fri 7 Aug 2015 Members 9 Hole Scramble.1st D McKeague, M McGonigle, P Logue, R Logue. (24.1)2nd D Carey, P Mooney, P Mathews, G McLaughlin (24.2)3rd R Doherty, K Marston, K Doherty, M Mathews (24.2).Wed 5 & Thurs 6 Aug 2015 Clonmany Festival 2 Day Open.Gents 1st Anthony McEleney (18) 42 pts.2nd Pat McLaughlin (21) 41 pts.3rd Sean Kelly (15) 41 pts.Gross Cecil Doherty (7) 33 gr pts.4th Mick McGarry (18) 38 pts.Best Day Martin Boyle (9) 38 pts.Visitor Bernard Merrick (19) 37 pts.Back 9 Patrick McConologue (13) 20 pts.CSS 71.Ladies.1st Eleanor Fitzpatrick (23) 39 pts.2nd Ella Glover (33) 35 pts.Gross Sharon O’Connor (12) 23 gr pts.3rd Hannah Rose Clover (31) 34 pts.Back 9 Marian McEleney (21) 19 pts.Lady Visitor Rita Collins (25) 26 pts.Best Day Theresa McLaughlin (20) 32 pts.Tues 4 Aug 2015 Ladies & Gents Open (LB). Ladies1st Geraldine Mullan 34 pts.2nd Anna Glover 32 pts.Gross Lisa Glover 19 pts.3rd Ella Glover 32 pts.Front 9 Kathleen McEleney 20 pts.Back 9 Cathy McGeoghegan 16 pts.Visitor Eleanor Fitzpatrick 32 pts.CSS 75Gents. 1st Paddy McDermott 34 pts.2nd Martin Boyle 33 pts.Gross Ryan Doherty 25 pts.3rd Brian Devine 32 pts.Front 9 Gavin McLaughin 18 pts.Back 9 John Gibbons 16 pts.Forthcoming EventsSat 15 Aug 2015 Mr President’s Day Dave Cawley (both)Sun 16 Aug 2015 Guinness Anniversary Open on Glashedy. (Visitors €40.)Sat 22 Aug 2015 Lady Captain’s Day Ruth McGartoll.W/T/F 7,8,9 Oct 2015 Great North Links Challenge-Call 0749376119 for more info.GOLF NEWS: CARDONAGH FC HOST GOLF CLASSIC AT BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Sportlast_img read more

WHY MARINA IS THE ‘MANE’ WOMAN IN DONEGAL

first_imgMarina with some of her sculptures which are due to be presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards next weekIrelands top racehorses, jockeys, trainers and owners over the past 10 years all of one thing in common. They each have a piece of sculpture which started out life as a bag of clay in a Co Donegal studio.The artist behind the works of art – Marina Hamilton from St Johnston – will next week see her sculptures presented to the current cream of Irish racing for the tenth year in a row. The distinctive blue horses were first presented at the Horse Racing Ireland awards in 2002 and over the past decade they have been given to some notable winners.They include Princess Haya of Jordan, Film director Jim Sheridan, Michael O Leary trainers Aidan O Brien, Willie Mullins and Dermot Weld, jockeys Ruby Walsh, Kieran Fallon, and Barry Gerraghty to name but a few.“It’s a great thrill to know that there’s piece of my sculpture sitting in the palace in Dubai and in the home of one of Hong Kong’s richest families who owned the horse Sea the Stars, says Marina.Marina pictured with trainer John Ox and jockey Michael Kinane after they picked up their award following the success of their horse Sea the Stars“When you think that each horse started out from a bag of clay in the studio at home and then travelled around the world before ending up on a mantle piece, it’s quite a journey “It was a great honor to be asked to make the awards for Horse Racing Ireland. They wanted the sculptures to be distinctive and they also liked the idea that each one was hand built and no two were exactly the same. Little did I know that ten years on I would still be making them.”Marina has made a around 60 blue horses for the awards and five of them are now on the mantle piece in jockey Ruby Walsh’s home, while Aidan O Brien has three in his home.It is a busy time for Marina as she is also preparing for the National Crafts Fair in the RDS in Dublin this week and when she comes home she plans to open her gallery in St Johnston in the run up to Christmas.Marina’s work can be viewed online at www.marinahamilton.net or on facebook Marina Hamilton Painter and Sculpture. Her studio number is 074 9148903.            WHY MARINA IS THE ‘MANE’ WOMAN IN DONEGAL was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Horseracing IrelandhorsesMarina HamiltonSt Johnstonlast_img read more

SA’s low-dose X-ray makes its mark

first_img12 June 2013 South African X-ray system manufacturer Lodox Systems is making its mark on the international medical scene with a low radiation dose X-ray system that takes a full-body scan in just 13 seconds. It’s even got the attention of the makers of popular American television drama Grey’s Anatomy. The Xmplar-dr X-ray system, the company’s latest product, featured in the 18th episode of season nine of the TV drama series for its functions in medical trauma and forensic pathology. “Far from paid-for product placement, this was a storyline independently researched and written by the Grey’s Anatomy producers,” Lodox’s Sarah Whiley said in a statement on Tuesday. “Here at Lodox, we are both pleased and proud that our scanner has been recognised on this international platform and equally that it has been featured in our local media as an example of some of the truly great things that happen here in South Africa,” Whiley said.‘World-class SA medical innovation’ “Although Grey’s Anatomy is just a TV show, the featuring of Lodox’s unique scanner shows that our technology is of the highest standard and continues the proud tradition of world-class South African medical innovation that was started by such pioneering icons as Alan Cormack and Christiaan Barnard.” Lodox’s critical imaging technology was first developed for use in South Africa’s diamond mines to prevent smuggling in the 1980s and ’90s. The requirements for a machine of this calibre were the ability to scan the whole body, a resolution good enough to detect at least one carat or a fifth of a gram of diamonds, a speed quick enough to process large numbers of people – and the lowest possible X-ray dose for safety. A team of engineers from mining company De Beers’ research laboratories developed the scanner and, when they realised the instrument’s potential, established Lodox Systems to adapt and develop the technology for medical use. “After some experience it was found that the Lodox full-body X-ray scanner was also ideal for use by forensic pathologists, as it assisted them in getting an accurate full body overview of injuries and foreign bodies quickly,” the company says on www.lodox.com. South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) became a majority shareholder of Lodox in 2010 and assist with funding for research, development and product improvement. Lodox celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and is sold and distributed worldwide. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

House Ag Committee will travel Ohio to study agriculture modernization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As Ohio’s top industry, agriculture plays a vital role in our state’s economy. For Ohio’s farmers, and its economy as a whole, to remain competitive, it is important for lawmakers to identify and implement policies that will allow Ohio’s agricultural sector to modernize with the times. I am pleased to report that the Ohio House Agricultural and Rural Development Committee will be traveling the state this summer, to visit locations important to Ohio’s agriculture industry and hear testimony on issues regarding agricultural technology, agricultural education, rural and economic development, fertilizer use and crops, and livestock.As vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, I have worked closely with Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Chairman Brian D. Hill to determine the committee’s priorities this summer. From the start, Speaker Rosenberger has emphasized the importance of moving Ohio’s agriculture industry forward, and I am excited to begin that process.Because agricultural technology is constantly improving, it is important for legislators to understand how new equipment and processes affect the industry. For example, the use of drones and satellites to monitor crops from the air offers exciting new opportunities to increase the efficiency of Ohio’s agricultural production.While these technological advances are certainly critical to Ohio’s continued agricultural success, they will mean little if we do not ensure that the future of agricultural education programs such as 4-H and FFA are strong. I look forward to hearing testimony about how state lawmakers can continue to encourage and assist the next new generation of Ohio’s agricultural leaders.Additionally the House Agriculture Committee will hear testimony regarding important crop issues such as expert projections of commodity prices, as well as potential new and exciting uses of crops outside of traditional consumption.Finally, we will examine ways to continue to develop the rural areas of our state that support Ohio’s agriculture industry. From building and repairing roads and telecommunications infrastructure, to implementing efficient energy use on Ohio’s farms, the House Agriculture committee is committed to the continued economic development that will move Ohio’s agriculture industry, and our entire state, into the future.Rep. Burkley may be reached by calling 614-644-5091, e-mailing Rep82@ohiohouse.gov or writing to State Representative Tony Burkley, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.last_img read more