Girls have taken Netball World Cup failure badly – Bernard

first_img horrible comments “One of the biggest disappointments … felt were the posts on social media. Some threatened them. One man posted he ‘had a red brick soaking, waiting for them to come back without a medal’, when you are far from home and you are doing your best. “It reflected badly on us as a people, because our social-media pages are very strong in Australia, New Zealand and England. There were some horrible comments posted by even people the girls play with,” Bernard said. “It reflected bad on my people and it looked bad on my players, too. It was very demeaning, the negative and vile [comments hurled] at these girls were very harsh and we don’t know if we must take these threats lightly or not,” commented Bernard, whose term as president is at an end. “The cycle ends now. I have two months to wrap up, so a new cycle begins. The coaches and general manager will sit and chart a course for 2019.” Netball Jamaica President Marva Bernard defended her players and their fourth-place finish at the just-concluded Netball World Cup in Australia, on their return to the island Monday night. The Sunshine Girls left the country at the start of the month on a mission to bring home gold, having never made the finals before. However, defeats to England in the first round and to New Zealand in the second round, coupled with a loss in the semi-finals to Australia and a 22-goal defeat in the third-place match against England, left a bitter taste in the mouths of most Jamaicans who were optimistic the team would return with at least a medal after unprecedented support and preparations. But Bernard insisted the girls gave their all and were unfortunate, as well as disappointed, not to come home with a medal. She also expressed disappointment with the treatment meted out to the players on social media. “We are disappointed, extremely disappointed. The girls have taken it very badly. They knew that we left here on a mission. As we cannot leave here wanting to be number four, we wanted the gold and it didn’t happen, but we surely gave a good account of ourselves. But I stand by what I left here saying, we went there to win,” she told reporters. “Even though we did not bring back the gold, I want to thank all our sponsors and our supporters for making it possible to go to this world tournament. We didn’t win a medal, but we did not lose our ranking,” she noted.last_img read more

Lethem businessman released on $1M bail

first_imgIllegal airstripThe Lethem businessman who was charged in connection with the construction of an illegal airstrip was on Tuesday granted $1 million bail after making an application in the High Court.Hutashan RamsinghHutashan Ramsingh, also called “Seon Singh”, stood before Justice Brassington Reynolds and had his Attorneys Jerome Khan in association with Ian Chung make a petition for bail.Bail was granted in the sum of $1 million and he is required to report to the Lethem Police Station every Monday, starting January 8.The matter was transferred to the Lethem Magistrate’s Court for March 5.The 44-year-old man was remanded to prison on December 18, 2017, when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that on August 10 and August 13, 2017, at Mandacoro Island Savannah (Santa Fe), Lethem, Ramsingh conspired with persons known and unknown to facilitate the illegal landing of an aircraft on an unauthorised port of entry.The aircraft discovered on the illegal airstripFollowing the discovery of the airstrip, Ramsingh and two other residents of Lethem – Wazim King, 37 and Nathan Hamilton, 21 – were flown to Georgetown to assist with investigations.Ramsingh was released on $50,000 station bail while King and Hamilton were hauled before the courts to be charged for a similar offence of conspiracy to commit a felony.Following his release in September, the Police had reported that Ramsingh had fled the jurisdiction. In December however, Ramsingh was recaptured. It was reported that his vehicle was frequenting the area where the airstrip was discovered and where an illegal aircraft had landed.Moreover, reports indicate that he had been also involved in similar cases of illegal aircraft landings in other areas in the region, namely Parabara, Manwar, Mountain Point and Mandakara Airstrip.last_img read more

Police withdraw charges against 3 murder accused

first_imgD’Edward Mandir shallow grave murderOn Tuesday, Police in Berbice were forced to withdraw charges against the three men who were accused of the Mandir shallow grave murder.The accused: Antonio Balrup and Satrohan MadrayAs the matter was called, the officer to swear to the evidence was absent. Hours later, when the matter was called for the second time, it was observed that it was filed for the New Amsterdam Court and not the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court.In light of this, Magistrate Rondell Weaver requested for the jacket to be filed properly. That had to be done at Fort Wellington.When that was corrected and came before the court, the Magistrate said she had no jurisdiction to hear the charge as prepared. The prosecution then sought advice from the DPP and then returned to court with only two of the accused.Magistrate Weaver then asked for the third accused since there were three names on the file jacket.Accused Asif HamidUpon his appearance at the court, it was stated that Antonio Balrup, and Satrohan Madray are accused of killing Saeed Hamid at D’Edward but Asif Hamid was charged with accessory to the crime.Due to the fact that Hamid is a prisoner at the New Amsterdam Penitentiary, the Magistrate ruled that the matter was out of her jurisdiction and could not read that charge to the accused.Police Prosecution, Inspector Bernard Brown at that time told the court that the prosecution was only going ahead with the charges against Balrup and Madray.However, the Magistrate said she could not separate the charges since they were jointly charged and as such, the charges were withdrawn.The Magistrate had earlier vented her frustration as her patients ran out having to wait for more than six hours and up to then the prosecution was not able to present a charge which she could read to the defendants.Meanwhile, as one of the accused was being taken to the court, he claimed that he was severely beaten by the Police.His mother, Seeta Madray, who also was detained as the Police investigated the alleged murder of the Corriverton butcher, said her son was placed under pressure to make certain utterances to the Police.“My son said, Mummy! They put plastic bag over my head, they scotch tape over my mouth, they bandage my hand and they shock me fo say things wha me na know.”Saeed Hamid was supposed to testify against his son, Asif, in connection with the murder of Henry Lallman, whose body was found in a shallow grave under a mango tree in Hamid’s yard.Lallman had disappeared and during investigations, Police stumbled upon the man’s partially decomposed body after they were informed that he went to Hamid’s home and never returned.It is believed that Hamid while in prison met Madray and they plotted to prevent the now dead businessman from giving evidence against him. On April 16, 2018, the senior Hamid left his Corriverton home and never returned.last_img read more

MovieTowne hosts career fair, opening likely for February

first_imgThe Chairman of MovieTowne, who on Tuesday hosted a job fair which attracted just under 1000 youths, said the opening of the massive theatre and entertainment centre will be dependent on the outcome of the ongoing no-confidence court battle.At the job fair which was hosted at MovieTowne’s Turkeyen location, Chairman Derek Chin said although he plans on opening for business in February, he isMovieTowne Chairman Derek Chinskeptical of doing so at a time when Guyana is likely to head into General Elections in March.In fact, he said the opening may be postponed if elections are announced for March in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana.The Chairman said, “We are looking at February (because) things are happening, things are moving, there is still a lot of work yes but we don’t expect to open fully everything and then of course the situation with your Government and the vote of no-confidence. You really don’t know what time frame, if there is going to be an election, and then we’re going to have to make a change if it’s in the middle of, I think March, so those things are still up in the air for us”.According to Chin, should elections be held in March, the business could launch aJob hunters now beginning to pour into MovieTowneweek or two after.The Chairman explained that while an election process can be good, it can also be bad and may not necessarily be the right environment for the launch of MovieTowne as it hopes to bring joy and excitement.Employment opportunitiesOn the note of joy and excitement, the atmosphere was nothing less on Tuesday at MovieTowne as just under a 1000 young people showed up in pursuit of a career there.The businessman stated “MovieTowne alone, just the MovieTowne operations is usually about 100 to 110 people so between those two businesses you’re talking probably about just under 200 people and that doesn’t include maintenance and security and stuff like that. When the full project is open, we can estimate certainly over 1000 persons will have gainful employment here”.He added that other Guyanese businesses will also benefit from the investment such as chicken farms and even smaller businesses.On the note of hiring staff, the entrepreneur was keen to note that not just anyone looking for a job will be employed as the establishment centre hopes to have the best customer care service.He reminded that the job fair continues today, with on the spot interviews.On Tuesday persons were interviewed for managerial, accounting, maintenance and security positions. Concessionaires, food servers, cashiers, ushers, guest assistants and crew members are still be hunted by the major business.Besides the eight movie screens, persons will also have access to the family casino, children’s arcade and spas among other major attractions.The over US$50 million project is likely to be opened on February 21.last_img read more

Photos from Canada Day 2009 in Fort St. John

first_imgThe celebrations continue Wednesday night with the Open Mic Night at Centennial Park.  That starts at 8pm.  Then 10:30pm the plan is to cap off the day with Fireworks.  The best places to view the fireworks are from the park behind Sobey’s and Centennial Park.  If the weather cancels those plans we will let you know.Below are photos from the 2009 Fort St. John Parade and events in the North Peace Arena.- Advertisement –last_img

Site C capital cost estimate tabled at $8.335 billion

first_imgThe Site C capital cost estimate is tabled for $8.335 billion. It’s an increase over the $7.9 billion that was initially presented in 2010 and the increase comes as a result of “cost refresh” performed by B.C. Hydro this year to reflect “the advanced stage of project design and to prepare for a final investment decision by government.” The government has also established a reserve of $440 million to allow for cost overruns outside of B.C. Hydro’s control. The reserve which would cover things such as higher than expected inflation, and interest rates is subject to provincial Treasury Board approval.After the process was completed it was revealed that while has costs had escalated as a result of a longer environmental assessment process, enhancements to worker accommodation and larger diversion tunnels, the increases were offset from savings that came from lower than expected interest rates, design efficiencies, and a reduction in excavation requirements.The increase in the two figures reflects two key points: Costs associated with changing to an HST format to the provincial sales tales, and a construction start date of the summer of 2015.- Advertisement -A release from the Province states that if the capital cost estimate had not been updated to reflect the change from HST to PST that Hydro would have been forced to use funds from the project contingency budget. The Province felt it was for the best to increase the capital cost to account for the change to allow for full contingency.Construction on Site C was expected to have started in January of next year. Delaying construction until the summer will allow for more time to finish the permitting process. As a result the revised start date creates an increase in the construction period which in turn increases inflation and interest costs.last_img read more

Kerkorian cuts GM stake

first_imgBillionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian reduced his stake in General Motors Corp. to 7.8 percent this month, taking a significant loss on his investment in order to qualify for a tax break, according to a regulatory filing. Kerkorian – who has lobbied for greater input over GM’s operations and a seat on the automaker’s board – owned nearly 10 percent of the company’s shares at the beginning of December. He sold 12 million shares in transactions Thursday and Monday, according to the filing Monday by his private investment firm with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beverly Hills-based Tracinda Corp. said it sold the shares so that it can end its fiscal year with a capital loss, making it eligible for certain federal and California income tax breaks. The loss will offset certain gains from an unrelated transaction, the private equity firm said in the filing. A spokeswoman for Tracinda said the company had no comment beyond the filing. He paid $460 million for an additional 13.1 million shares in three transactions in September. GM shares dropped to their lowest point in more than 15 years Tuesday, and closed down 5.7 percent at $19.85 on the New York Stock Exchange on reports that Asian rivals are increasing their market share and Toyota Motor Corp. is poised to overtake GM in terms of global production. The Detroit automaker, which has struggled amid slow sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles, recently announced a number of plant closures and job cuts. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake David Healy, an analyst who tracks GM for Burnham Securities Inc., said the move could suggest that Kerkorian has cooled off a little on GM. “Selling a good chunk of his holdings after he’s taken a bath on it does not build confidence that he’s really a long-term investor there, but it’s hard to say,” Healy said. “I’d be surprised if he sold the whole thing.” Even after the stock sale, Kerkorian, who sold his stake in the MGM movie studio last year for more than $2 billion, remains among the largest individual GM shareholders. The MGM deal closed in April. Before the sales, Tracinda had been steadily increasing its stake in GM for several months. A bid by Tracinda to get a seat on the GM board appeared to hit a snag earlier this month as discussions between the automaker and the investment firm stalled. Kerkorian sold his GM shares at $22.02 apiece in the first transaction and $20.21 in the second sale – realizing $251.6 million total. He paid $31 a share, or a total of $585.9 million, for the 18.9 million GM shares he bought in June, a purchase that raised his stake in the company at that time to 7.2 percent from 3.89 percent. last_img read more

University of Cape Town leads in plant-based HPV vaccine research

first_img20 October 2014The University of Cape Town’s Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) group developed the “first proof of efficacy of a plant-produced papillomavirus vaccine’. The unit’s breakthrough now sees it collaborating with Medicago, a Canadian biopharmaceutical company, to produce a plant based-HPV vaccine.The human papilloma virus is indicated in causing a number of cancers, the most well-known of which is cervical cancer. This type of cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths among women in South Africa.According to a paper by Amy Kirkpatrick Brown, MD, MPH and Richard G Moore, MD FACOG at the Programme on Women’s Oncology at Brown University in the US, “ease of administration and production are the obvious strengths of plant-based vaccines’. Considering that the HPV vaccine is expensive for the majority of developing countries, introducing rapid, cost-effective production to increase the amount of the vaccine available would drive down costs.Biopharming Research Unit director Professor Ed Rybicki said plants make particularly effective factories for biological products: they are easy and inexpensive to grow and maintain, and can produce complex biological products quickly and reliably.According to a statement from the University of Cape Town, Medicago is providing funding and some materials for the research, while the BRU will provide the expertise to develop and produce the virus-like particles that will be used as vaccines against HPV.Marc-Andre D’Aoust, vice president of research and innovation at Medicago said: “This collaboration has the potential to bring forth novel vaccine solutions against human papillomaviruses that provide improved protection from the wide variety of circulating virus strains.”In the statement from UCT, Rybicki said the BRU has been perfecting their process for years and was the first group worldwide to produce significant amounts of HPV protein in plants.According to the UCT statement, the group has around 17 years’ experience in producing proteins and virus-like particles in plants. Aside from HPV, the group has also worked on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), avian and human influenza, as well as animal viruses such as bluetongue virus, and beak and feather disease virus.The BRU has the largest molecular biotechnology portfolio in South Africa.South Africa’s HPV immunisation programmeSouth Africa is the first African country to introduce an HPV immunisation programme. In 2013 health minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the provision of the vaccines for girls aged 9 to 10 in the “poorest 80% of schools starting in February 2104′.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tripura sports minister congratulates Dipa

first_imgAgartala, Apr 18 (PTI) Tripura Sports Minister Shahid Chowdhury today congratulated gymnast from the state Dipa Karmakar for becoming the first Indian woman to book a berth in the Olympics. “We all in the state are today proud, delighted and excited,” Chowdhury told PTI.He hoped that she would win a medal in the Rio Games.Dipa created history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics as she booked a berth for the Rio Games after a strong performance at the final qualifying and test event in Rio de Janeiro.Within hours, the Sports Authority of India included her in the Target Olympic Podium Scheme, the governments initiative to fund Olympic medal prospects in their preparations for the Games. PTI JOY NN PDS ATKlast_img read more