The Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) disciplinary committee has come down hard on Majesty Gardens for their spectators’ unruly beha-viour following game three of the Worldnet SBC best-of-three western division final against Upper Room Church at Majesty Gardens courts last Saturday.Opposing players and match officials were pelted with stones and other objects, one of which struck and injured an official.The SBC sanctions include barring the court from staging any SBC matches until 2017, forfeiting team and player awards and incentives, as well as their third-place play-off against Exed Heats. They also have to pay a $15,000 fine. In addition, no player will be eligible for transfer and the club cannot enter any JABA/SBC approved events until the fine is paid.Club secretary for Majesty Gardens, Chisena Campbell, says, although they take some blame, they are not totally at fault and that the sanctions are unfair to the players who had no role in inciting the incident or could have done very little to prevent what happened.”I am disappointed with all of it (sanctions),” Campbell told The Gleaner. “I can understand the part where the (playing) court is banned. But the sanctions on the players basically keeps them here and that is kind of hard.”I am not going to say that they are the most disciplined (players), but they have worked very hard to come this far. So even though it’s not their fault, the way the sanctions are placed, it makes it seems as if it is all their fault and it wasn’t.”softening sanctionsCampbell said they would lobby for a softening of the sanctions.”This team has tried really hard to get a little credit and I think they just took back everything with all these sanctions.”Sports is the main thing in the community, the guys were doing well … but this (incident) has put a damper on all of that and we have to start all over again,” she said.According to the SBC, they will be working to improve relations and community development and have also mandated the club to host at least two community sensitisation sessions. The Gleaner was unable to get to SBC president Calvin Martin, who is off the island with the Special Olympics team.
FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday’s cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece — Rick Pitino is back in a final.However, the Greek team he’s coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating.ADVERTISEMENT Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in Athens after leaving while trailing 40-25.A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGiorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a “blow to the sport” but said he couldn’t interfere with the referee selection process.Pitino tweeted after the incident, “Well, in 42 years of coaching, I thought I had seen it all.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pitino’s Panathinaikos team will play in Sunday’s final against PAOK in Crete.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View comments Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra
The Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia (YOCEL) recently organized a one-day training workshop in response to reports of gender-based violence against women, and to support initiatives to increase women’s participation in Grand Gedeh County political and democratic activities.The Funding Leadership Opportunity for Women Project (FLOW) sponsored the training which brought together 16 women activists including female politicians and other women leaders.The FLOW project, according to a release, is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote a life free from violence for women and adolescent girls through empowering women as change agents. The project also fosters greater awareness of gender equality and women’s rights, while promoting the prevention and response to violence against women by public institutions and regional and international authorities. It further seeks to address unequal gendered power relations through a transformation approach.The workshop was held at the Youth Center in Zwedru City, with a cross section of community-based organizations (CBOs) and stakeholders under the theme, “Platform to Respond to Violence Against Women, Girls and the Promotion of Women Leadership in Grand Gedeh County.” YOCEL is implementing activities of outcome of the project in Grand Gedeh under the OXFAM IBIS consortium.Participants raised several issues on how rural women can be more included in decision-making processes, leadership and amplify their voices. After a series of consultations, the women reached a resolution to build a strong social mobilization team that will advocate against sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) and address other challenges faced by women, that exist in the communities and the county.The lead facilitator, Bishop Theo Barbi Roberts, Director of THREM, Inc. a faith- based NGO, urged women to become watchdogs of violence against women and girls and urged them to be the change they want and to advocate for women’s participation in leadership.Mr. Roberts indicated that the abuse of women and girls poses a serious threat to the nation and hampers the growth of its citizens.He admonished the women and girls that no matter how frustrated Liberians are in the leadership and governance system, the only way to change it is to wake-up, shake-up and stand-up to participate in the 2017 elections.Ben T.C. Brooks, YOCEL Regional Coordinator, encouraged the women to work together and champion the cause of speaking out. He challenged the women to take up political leadership in their respective communities and county.At the close of the workshop, the women organized themselves into a consortium, and elected a leadership to steer their affairs. The leadership includes Madam Irene Sirleaf Jayee, chair lady; Madam Bessey Brooks, co–chair; Miss Patience Jah, secretary; Madam Esther T. Wright, treasurer; and Madam Alice Kowleh, chaplain.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Education Ministry and the Peace Corps Guyana on Wednesday signed a seven-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to aid with the Ministry’s mission to provide an education system that delivers quality education and training at all levels.The signing ceremony was attended by US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway; Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Peace Corps Guyana Country Director Kury Cobham.In her remarks, the Education Minister stated that she believed that such partnerships would strengthen the collaboration between the two entities and ultimately result in good outcomes.It was also reiterated that the Ministry was grateful for the support which it has received from the Peace Corps in the areas of health, education and the environment. In this way, students from the coastal and hinterland regions will be assisted in their educational development.“When we come together and forge strong partnerships and collaboration, onlyUS Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway (second from left) with Education Minister Nicolette Henry (third from left) and members of the Peace Corpsgood things can happen and in this instance, our common goals and objectives are clearly mapped out in this document. Together through this MoU, we will be able to strengthen the mutual relationship between our agencies,” Henry stated.She added, “We will also be able to complement the work and activities related to Peace Corps Guyana’s values and missions and well-being, which align very well with the Ministry of Education’s vision and goal and in particular, the health and family life department.”Meanwhile, US Ambassador Holloway asserted that the Peace Corps was here to stay so long as the body was allowed to do so.“In reality, in about seven years Guyana is going to change, hopefully for the better in lots of ways. Peace Corps has been here since 1966. We’re here to stay if we’re welcomed to stay,” Holloway stated.The placement of these volunteers will ensure maximum impact on the education sector by aiding to build the knowledge of the students in the various regions of Guyana to which they are deployed, while also improving their personal development.The Peace Corps Country Director explained that volunteers would serve as primary literacy promoters, working with children from Grades One to Four, teaching them to read and enhancing their learning environment while supporting parents and caregivers.On the other hand, health volunteers will be assigned to secondary schools to assist children between the ages of 10 and 14 with the skills to adopt healthy behaviours. In relation to the environment, the volunteers are expected to work with primary schools to co-deliver the national science curriculum.At present, Peace Corps Guyana has 40 volunteers with another 37 to come on board in August and will operate in eight regions of Guyana.
The private sector in Guyana and the Caribbean region as a whole is being urged to take advantage of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in seeking redress against Caricom member states, especially in regard to breaches of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, delivering remarks at Thursday’s private sector interaction session, which was also attended by several Government MinistersThis encouragement was given by recently appointed CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, on Thursday at an interactive Business Luncheon held by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) at the Pegasus Hotel in Georgetown.“It is unfortunate that, over the 13 years that we have been in operation, only a few private entities have, to date, used the court to make such complaints,” Justice Saunders told the gathering of key private sector stakeholders, Government Ministers, and members of the legal fraternity.He explained that insertion of the CCJ into the Revised Treaty was done to ensure that member states discharge their obligations under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME); and in cases where they do not, he said, they are held accountable.“The CCJ is the engine – the hub – around which the CSME operates. It is the vehicle through which individuals and states can go and ensure that the promises, that the rights, that the obligations, that are set out in the Treaty arrangement are honoured and enforced,” he declared.The CCJ President pointed out that there is a particular article – Article 222 in the Revised Treaty — that is of special relevance to the private sector seeking such redress, since it allows for private entities to sue countries for breaching the Treaty, which is an agreement between states.Against this backdrop, Justice Saunders outlined a few decisions and rulings made via use of this article.Bringing his case closure to home, Justice Saunders mentioned the legal proceedings filed by Surinamese beverage company RUDISA International NV against the Guyana Government for imposing an environmental tax on each non-returnable bottle imported into the country, which the company said was in breach of the Treaty – a view the court also held. The CCJ then ordered Guyana to pay the company $1.2 billion in compensation, but after Government failed to make the payment in a timely manner, the cost was increased by $4 million. However, the Guyana Government and the Surinamese company later came to an agreement, with the latter slashing US$1.5 million from the amount awarded by the court.“Within CARICOM, the private sector is considered to be all one, and that approach actually led the court to order one state to repay millions of dollars in taxes it had imposed on a private entity from another state in circumstances where local private entities were being exempted. Some of you might be aware of that case,” the CCJ President said in referring to the Rudisa matter.Moreover, Justice Saunders also recalled the case filed by the Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) through its subsidiary, TCL Guyana Incorporated (TGI), against the Guyana Government, which had waivered a 15% Common External Tariff (CET) on cement imports.“We affirmed the principle that the Community could not trample on rights according to private entities, unless there was some overriding interest; and that overriding interest was, first of all, foreseeable and communicated to private entities in a timely fashion,” Justice Saunders noted.He also mentioned the landmark ruling by the CCJ earlier this year, which saw Jamaican resident Shanique Myrie being compensated in pecuniary damages in the sum ofBDS $2,240 and non-pecuniary damages to the tune of BDS$75,000 after she was finger-raped by an immigration officer before being thrown out of Barbados, back in March 2011.President of the GMSA, Shyam Nokta, in a brief presentation, noted that the relevance and importance of the CCJ may be disconnected from many Caribbean societies, given that it is physically removed from most jurisdictions.Nevertheless, the GMSA President asserted that, in recent times, much attention has been placed on the court’s rulings, whether on high-profile constitutional cases or regarding specific industries or business activities in general.
Mahdia experienced intense flooding last weekOne week after floodwaters invaded the mining town of Mahdia, Region Eight, (Potaro-Siparuni) and inundated 25 homes, residents have held miners liable for disrupting the drainage network in the area.<
The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance after a vandalism complaint at Charlie Lake Elementary School.At some time overnight between June 17 and June 18, 2010 vandals threw rocks at windows and skylights at the school.Anyone who has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the web at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca.- Advertisement –
“He’s still getting acclimated to his new surroundings and making adjustments to the game here, but everyone saw flashes of what he’s capable of today,” Sylmar coach Bort Escoto said. “His upside is tremendous.” San Fernando (12-8, 4-5) led by as many as seven points in the second quarter behind Tony Trujillo, Giovanni Torres and Louie Arrendondo, who combined for eight 3-pointers in the first half. French-born Guy Landry waited six long months to make his debut on American soil, and he didn’t disappoint when finally given the opportunity Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 junior, who was ruled ineligible for three quarters of the season due to a problem interpreting his school transcripts from France, scored 25 points and added 10rebounds to guide Sylmar to a 88-78 victory over host San Fernando in a Valley Mission League game. Trujillo and Torres each finished with 24 points for the Tigers. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Landry provided a spark in the first half, scoring seven points, and Dwight Jones added eight of his 18 points in the second quarter as Sylmar (15-9, 9-0) battled back to tie the score 36-36 at halftime. Landry took over in the second half, accounting for seven consecutive points during a 30-second stretch of the thirdquarter, as the Spartans went on an 11-0 run to take a 58-48 lead into the fourth quarter. “I was a little nervous for this game, but basketball is basketball,” said Landry, who speaks limited English. “It was good to play. I was patient and let the game come to me.” Victor Rudd had 25 points – highlighted by four 3-pointers – for Sylmar, which opened up an insurmountable 17 point lead with 5:46 left.
Mr. Conway also told us Hydro has four short-listed proponents for the aforementioned main civil works contract and hopes to be able to name a preferred proponent this fall.That noted, he said Hydro will move forward in a slow and measured manner with the things it can do and avoid speculating on where the court cases will go.Dam opponents hope to use the courts to halt the project with an infringement of treaty rights argument at the centre of First Nations opposition in both BC and Alberta. At last report, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said there were 45 outstanding work permit applications for the project, and Hydro’s Dave Conway said that included the main civil works contract — the actual dam construction contract.However, Conway conceded, if and when Hydro gets permits back, work on Crown land is likely to get underway soon, although he suggested speculation about it beginning as early as next week, could be premature.“It would be initial things kind of around mid-July to mobilize,” Conway said.“That type of work would be things like site preparation, things like fencing, getting security down to site. Nothing that’s on the large side.”Advertisement With the start of construction at the Site C dam location, now believed to be imminent, the Chief of the West Moberly First Nation is now not ruling out the possibility of a confrontation between protesters and workers.“We’ve got members that are upset,” said Chief Roland Willson.“We’ve been talking with them… but we can’t control what they do.”- Advertisement -While dam opponents will be in federal court beginning July 20 seeking an injunction for a stop work order, a physical blockade is possible if BC Hydro begins construction before then.“On this, we have to follow what the law is,” said Willson.“If it comes to that, there will be a group of people. We’re hoping it won’t come to that. The joint panel review was very clear there is no justification for this (project),” he said.Advertisement
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