‘I want to leave on a high’ – TG star ‘Teddy’ Johnson

first_img Tivoli Gardens 2 Jamalco 0 Boys’ Town 0 UWI FC 0 Yesterday’s results LEG CRAMP “I had to leave the field because my leg was cramped up. I was just being cautious as I want to play in the next game,” Johnson told The Gleaner. “It is good to get a win for the team after the loss to UWI. The vibe in the camp is still up, so we will take it one game at a time. To be honest, I am getting older and want to leave on a high,” the 36-year-old said. When quizzed as to whether he still had the desire to play for the Reggae Boyz, he responded: “It is not on my mind as the focus is to win with Tivoli. However, if given a call, I will be there.” Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says it was good to rebound after the disappointing result against UWI – a 4-0 loss. “It was a good victory for us as we scored two beautiful goals. The team followed the game plan. Kudos to Teddy and Elton, who are both scoring goals for the team,” Edwards said. Jamalco’s Rayon Johnson was, of course, not pleased with the result. “The game was ugly, the field condition poor. Also the officiating was poor. We created chances, so the team just have to come again,” Johnson stated. Tivoli moved up to third position on 48 points, just three adrift of leaders UWI, who are on 51 points. Humble Lion are in second position on 49 points. However, Jamalco remained on 26 points in 10th position. Former Reggae Boy Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson continues to lead the way for Tivoli Gardens, scoring the early goal in their win against Jamalco to move his tally in the Red Stripe Premier League to 13 goals. Johnson opened the scoring when he converted a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Elton ‘Juice’ Thompson sealed the deal with a strike in the 82nd minute as Tivoli won 2-0 at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. It was the west Kingston-based club’s first clean sheet since the end of January and just their second win in five games. Tivoli ended the game with 10 players as their captain, Romaine Brakenridge, was handed a second yellow card and was ejected in the 90th minute by referee Oshane Nation. Johnson, who is a former Bolton Wanderers player, limped off the field midway the second half due to a leg cramp. However, he said the substitution was precautionary as he did not want to take any chance of causing further damage.last_img read more

Mahaicony dormitory receives much needed supplies

first_imgIndigenous students at the Mahaicony dormitory in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) can now focus on their upcoming examinations, as the problems associated with the lack of adequate food has been alleviated. Guyana Times was informed that on Monday, food supplies such as chicken, eggs, sausages and vegetables were transported to the facility which houses 20 students; all from the Indigenous community of Moraikabi, located some 10km up the Mahaicony River.The publication understands that “officials” promised that these supplies will be delivered on a weekly basis. This publication was further informed that these officials are expected to visit the facility some time soon.The students who are currently residing at the facility range in age from 12-16 and currently attend Mahaicony, Hope, Belladrum, Novar and Bygeval Secondary Schools. Four of the 20 are in preparations for their CXC examinations.Two weeks ago, 25 pounds of fish, one bag of potatoes and a quantity of sausages were supplied to the dormitory. On Saturday night, all that remained however was some of the potatoes, which was insufficient to feed the 22 residents, inclusive of the two guardians.Guyana Times had reported on Sunday that even though the current batch of students moved into the facilities in October, there were deteriorating conditions at the premises which needed to be addressed. It was revealed that one side of the compound’s fence was damaged and repairs were also needed to the piping system.Information reaching this newspaper indicated that officials from the region and the Education Ministry visited the facility over three weeks ago and promised that the many concerns raised would be addressed.last_img read more

Angry ‘Margibi Players’ Halt Traffic in Kakata for 3 Hours

first_imgNational U19 team visited Kakata for a series of games— Players demand promises made to them during the county meetThe 2018-19 Annual County was touted to be the best ever since the tournament began in 1956 with the involvement of Orange Liberia, but the failure by the Bomi County Sports Association to live up to the promises made to their players and resulted into an event that took place on Wednesday, March 4, left much to be desired.A group of young men and women claiming to be playing members of the Margibi County soccer and kickball teams blocked Monrovia-Kakata Highway, near the small bridge at the Booker Washington Institute, according to Mr. Mason Saweler, insisting that every vehicle should pay LD1,000.Mr. Saweler is the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA), who led the national U-19 female team to play a series of games against teams from Bong, Margibi, and Montserrado counties as a consolation for the team’s inability to have gone by road to Niger for the IHF Zone 3 Handball Tournament.Saweler told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview yesterday that the young people were adamant on their demands, claiming that Margibi County Sports Association owed them U$250 each.“They could not see reason as vehicles piled up against each other on Kakata Highway,” Saweler said.He noted that as the situation deepened, police officers who were called to the scene could not be of no help. “It was a sad scene as police officers who came on the scene just turned out to watch the scene as if it was a movie,” he said.Saweler added that he did not hear any report of injuries during the commotion but the young people refused even when they were informed that a funeral procession was on its way towards Gbarnga.“I was afraid for the team I took to Kakata and their counterparts,” Saweler said. “It was a dangerous situation.”Saweler noted that in the end, a collection of LD1,000 each from the many vehicles stranded was made and at least close to LD6,000 was handed over to the leader of the group.He said when they suggested to the group to contact the county superintendent’s office with their grievance, a spokesman said that they tried but no one listened to their plea, and therefore they chose to take the law into their hands.Saweler said the situation lasted for at least three hours and he and his group were able to leave Kakata for Monrovia at 2:00 PM.There has been no official response to the youth’s action and Saweler said the dangerous part of the event was that even police officers were not prepared enough to bring the situation under control.“It was a sad story as police officers just stood there as the young people held everyone hostage,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger’s criteria considered an “imposition on the Constitution” – PPP

first_imgGECOM’s chairmanship… as civil society finds difficulty in identifying candidatesCivil society is finding much difficulty in identifying candidates to President David Granger’s likings since his criteria disqualifies any form of activists and makes demands outside of the constitutional requirement relative to the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Questions are also being raised about the legality of the criteria outlined by the President.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and members of the PPP engage members of the religious community during consultations on TuesdayOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on March 16 received a letter from the President advising on his opinion with regard to the qualities that the candidates should possess.The search for a new Chairman has been a rollercoaster ride given the different interpretations between the Leader of the Opposition and the President on the relevant section of the Constitution of Guyana which outlines the selection process for a new Chairman of GECOM.President Granger had rejected Jagdeo’s first list of nominees for the post on the basis that the candidates were not “fit and proper”.Following weeks of impasse, Jagdeo finally agreed to return to the drawing board and submit a new list of nominees.Having studied the information provided by the President, the Opposition Leader consulted with civil society bodies which had participated in the first round of consultations in December 2016.Jagdeo, on March 21, met 55 representatives of 33 civil society organisations which included leaders of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths; Private Sector, the Guyana Trades Union Congress and Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana; Amerindian organisations and the National Toshaos Council; the Indian Arrival Committee and the Justice Institute.According to a statement from the Leader of the Opposition’s Office, President Granger’s letter was shared with the representatives but they found it challenging to come up with candidates who would fulfil all of the criteria.“In fact, persons doubted if the President himself could find anyone who fulfilled his own criteria. Some wondered what were the reasons for the President making the range for selection so extraordinarily restrictive,” the statement read.According to the President’s criteria, the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court or an Attorney for a minimum of seven years.In the absence of those requirements, the President said any other “fit and proper person” should be deemed to have wide electoral knowledge and capable of handling electoral matters since he/she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters.That person should not be an activist in any form; gender, racial or religious nor should that person have any political affiliation or should not belong to any political party in any form, apparent or hidden.That person must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally, between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants. Here, the President appears to be making it a requirement for the candidate to have practiced in a court.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions without fear or favour; will not allow any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality.The President also said that person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence in the discharge of their duty as Chairman of GECOM.According to the statement issued by the Opposition Leader’s Office, the criteria were considered as “an imposition on the Constitution which makes no such demands.”The statement said most disconcerting was the stipulation that the candidate must not be an activist in any form.“(It) was thought to be discriminatory and violated the anti-discrimination articles of the Constitution,” the statement explained.During the consultations, Jagdeo said he had grave reservations on the legality and constitutionality of these criteria outlined by the President.In fact, he expressed his intention to bring these concerns to the attention of the Head of State.Nonetheless, the Opposition Leader said he remains committed to submitting six more names as requested. He urged civil society bodies to respond with recommendations for the post by March 27.last_img read more

Couple robbed of $1M after leaving bank

first_imgA man and his wife were attacked and robbed by armed bandits after they were trailed from a bank on the West Coast of Demerara.Ramadhar and Prampattie Singh of Windsor Forest, both of whom are 51 years old, are now left counting their losses, which are in the sum of $1 million. According to information reaching Guyana Times, after withdrawing the money from the bank at Vreed-en-Hoop, the couple were trailed by the gunmen, who waited for the opportune moment to strike.This publication understands that the duo had just arrived at their residence when they were pounced upon by the gunmen, who managed to cart off the cash along with other belongings their victims were carrying at the time.Ramadhar was in the process of removing their bags from the taxi in which they returned home when two gunmen on a CG motorcycle reportedly rode up, discharged a round in the air, and held the couple at gunpoint.They relieved Ramadhar of the money he had in his possession, while they snatched a handbag from his wife as well as her cellular phone. The gunmen then jumped onto their motorcycle and make good their escape.Shortly affect the attack, the still traumatised couple reported the matter to the Police, and an investigation has started.last_img read more

Fort St. John Dragons have strong performance at weekend taekwondo tournament

first_imgThe athletes taking part in the event for the Fort St. John Dragons were Mike Gregoire, Brooklyn Jodoin, Jack Peterson, Josh Morgan, Evan Morgan, Riley Lagadyn, Ashton Ragan, Brenda Baumeister, Kinden Lock, Tyler Webster, Payden Ziegler, Caleb Ragan, Allyson Knight, JoAnne Rondeau, Conor Soule, Vlad Korepanov, Macklin Hollman, Carson Bowler, and Colton Bowler.The Dragons will have ample time to prepare for their next tournament which will be in Edmonton once again the weekend of November 9. President of the Taekwondo Society Brenda Baumeister says she was thrilled to see so many people make the trip for the tournament and was happy with the success they had.“It was absolutely awesome. We had a great turnout. The kids worked really, really hard,” she explains. “Mike Gregoire is our head instructor and I know that he expressed that he was pleased with the outcome, excited to see the kids and how well they worked. It’s pretty exciting when you know that those are the students that you’re helping out.”Allyson Knight was one of the students taking part in the event. She says it was a fun weekend for all who took part with a wide range of people at the tournament- Advertisement -“The weekend was really successful. Almost everyone medalled, everyone had tons of fun,” she says. “We start at five years old all the way up to adults. We have a wide range of people. Taekwondo is for everyone.”Knight, now 15, says that she decided to give the sport a try and enjoys all the things it has to offer, including working with younger students.“I started taekwondo when I was four, and just loved it ever since,” she states. “I enjoy the tournaments a lot; it’s my favourite part. I also enjoy helping teach the younger kids; it’s one of my favourite things.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Reports – Man United make final £39m bid for Juventus star

first_img1 Manchester United have made a final bid of £39million for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to Tuttosport.The Chile international has been heavily linked to United throughout the summer and it appears the Premier League giants have now submitted a take it or leave offer for the 27-year-old.Serie A champions Juve have no desire to sell Vidal, who has been a key component of their side since joining in 2011.However, the player’s ambitions may yet allow the deal to take place, with Vidal eager to join up with new United boss Louis van Gaal.If Vidal were to head to United he would be the club’s second midfield signing of the summer, after they paid £29m for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera. Juventus star Arturo Vidal last_img read more

Raila challenges Harambee Stars to qualify for 2022 World Cup

first_img@VictorWanyama of @SpursOfficial called on me at Capitol Hill sq. I urged him to mentor other young Kenyans to follow his footsteps and lift the standards of football in the country. pic.twitter.com/MY8taG5ld4— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) June 19, 2018“Sky is the limit for our youth but as a country we need to do more promotions. I don’t believe there is better talent in other African coteries that in Kenya. We have seen what other countries have been able to achieve now Kenyans are just spectators when some of the best players are on show in Russia for the World Cup,” Raila stated.Raila said Kenya has immense talent and has what it takes to qualify for 2022 World Cup. Photo/COURTESYRaila added that, “a player like Victor (Wanyama) should not be here, he should have been in Moscow, Russia playing but unfortunately Kenya is not there. I want to see this as a challenge and ensure that the next World Cup in Qatar Kenyan team will be there playing,” he challenged.Wanyama, who is in the country after the conclusion of the season that saw his English Premier League side Tottenham finish third and qualify for next summer’s UEFA Champions League, advised upcoming footballers to maintain discipline.“I’m happy to visit the Hon Raila, he is a football fan, we hear him talk about football and he gives us advice and we follow. He is someone who knows football well. My advice to young players is not to give up, be discipline keep working hard because with discipline you will go far, talent is nothing without discipline,” Wanyama advised.Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga presented Victor Wanyama Joe Kadenge’s book. Photo/COURTESYWanyama presented an autographed Tottenham Hotspur jersey to Raila and in turn the former Prime Minister handed the midfield maestro legendary Joe Kadenge’s book.“I have also in turn given him (Wanyama) this book by one of the most celebrated soccer players, in this book Joe Kadenge has chronicled his life story and about history of Kenyan soccer from the 50s, 60s, 80s 90s up to today, I have written four words for this book. So I am giving this as a souvenir to Victor so that he can have opportunity when he has little time from training to read what has happen and the role of his father Noah Wanyama played in the Kenya soccer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama on Tuesday paid a courtesy call to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, June 19 – National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga has challenged Harambee stars to ensure they qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup that will be hosted in Qatar.Odinga, who was speaking on Tuesday morning when hosting Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama at his office, said Kenya has immense talent in soccer compared to other African countries. “I m very happy and proud of him (Victor Wanyama), he came to pay me a courtesy call so we have been talking about soccer generally. We like what he is doing which is to encouraging our other young aspiring soccer players to rise to the heights that he has risen,” the former Prime Minister said.last_img read more

L.A. offering recycling sites

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Valley residents are urged by the city of Los Angeles to recycle their Christmas trees at one of several local drop-off sites. “The results are the conservation of limited landfill space and the recycling of green renewable resources,” said Cynthia Ruiz, president of the Board of Public Works. “Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa and the city are very appreciative that every year, more members of the public take responsibility to recycle their trees and take a pro-active role in making Los Angeles cleaner, greener and safer.” Residents with city-issued green yard-trimming bins can cut up their trees and place them in the bins for pickup by the Bureau of Sanitation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonMultifamily and apartment residents without the green bins are urged to use one of the drop-off sites between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 5 and 6. Excess holiday wrapping paper and packaging materials will also be accepted, said Enrique Zaldivar, director of the Bureau of Sanitation. Last year, about 80,000 Christmas trees were recycled in Los Angeles. — Branford Park, 13300 Branford St., Arleta; — Fire Station No. 21, 1187 E. 52nd St., Avalon; — Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road, Baldwin Hills; — Hollenbeck Recreation Center, 415 S. St. Louis St., Boyle Heights; — Fire Station No. 106, 23004 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park; — Fire Station No. 44, 1410 Cypress Ave., Cypress Park; — Chatsworth Park South, 22360 Devonshire St., Chatsworth; — Fire Station No. 94, 4470 Coliseum St., Crenshaw District; — Balboa Sports Center, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino; — Fire Station No. 108, 12520 Mulholland Drive, Franklin Canyon; — Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, 25820 Vermont Ave., Harbor City; — Highland Park Senior Citizen Center, 6152 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park; — Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; — Fire Station No. 82, 1800 N. Bronson, Hollywood; — Cheviot Hill Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles; — Fire Station No. 29, 4029 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; — Fire Station No. 64, 118 W. 108th St., Los Angeles; — Fire Station No. 71, 107 S. Beverly Glen Blvd., Los Angeles; — Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles; — Westchester Municipal Building, 7166 Manchester Ave., Los Angeles; — Fire Station No. 28, 11641 Corbin Ave., Porter Ranch; — Fire Station No. 112, 444 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro; — Fire Station No. 88, 5101 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks; — Sunland Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland; — Fire Station No. 77, 9224 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley; — Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar; — Fire Station No. 63, 1930 Shell Ave., Venice; and — Fire Station No. 65, 1801 E. Century Blvd., Watts.last_img read more

Barbaro still in the race for life

first_img“He’s a real genuine athlete; there’s no doubt about it,” Richardson said. “Even the way he woke up from anesthesia – he was very much the athlete waking up from general anesthesia. “Getting the horse up is a big step, but it is not the last step,” Richardson said. “Horses with this type of injury are very susceptible to lots of other problems, including infection at the site.” Horses are often euthanized after serious leg injuries because circulation problems and deadly disease are common if they are unable to distribute weight on all fours.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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I feel much more comfortable now,” trainer Michael Matz said afterward. “I feel at least he has a chance.” Unbeaten and a serious contender for the Triple Crown, Barbaro broke down Saturday only a few hundred yards into the 1 3-16-mile Preakness. The record crowd of 118,402 watched in shock as Barbaro veered sideways with his right leg flaring out grotesquely. Jockey Edgar Prado pulled the powerful colt to a halt, jumped off and awaited medical assistance. Barbaro sustained a broken cannon bone above the ankle, a broken sesamoid bone behind the ankle and a broken long pastern bone below the ankle. The fetlock joint – the ankle – was dislocated. Richardson said the pastern bone was shattered in “20-plus pieces.” The bones were put in place to fuse the joint by inserting a plate and 23 screws to repair damage so severe that most horses would not be able to survive it. When he came out of surgery, Barbaro was lifted by sling and placed on a raft in a pool of water so he could calmly awake from the anesthetic. When he went back to his stall, he was wearing a cast from just below the hock to the hoof. KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. – Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro underwent more than five hours of surgery Sunday to repair three broken bones in his right rear leg and afterward “practically jogged back to the stall,” the colt’s surgeon said. His survival, however, is still 50-50. At this moment “he is extremely comfortable in the leg,” said Dr. Dean Richardson, who stressed before the marathon procedure that he has never worked on so many catastrophic injuries to one horse. Barbaro sustained life- threatening injuries at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday when he broke bones above and below his right rear ankle. His surgery began around 1 p.m. Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center for Large Animals. Although the operation was successful, Richardson warned that Barbaro was far from home free. He said it was still “a coin toss” whether the strapping 3-year-old colt would survive what had been termed catastrophic injuries. last_img read more