RSPL semis kick off next Sunday

first_imgThe real battle for this year’s Red Stripe Premier League title will begin this weekend.Semi-final action will kick off next Sunday with promoted Portmore United facing Humble Lion in a semi-final first-leg match at the Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon. Match time is 3:30 p.m.The other first-leg semi-final will see defending champions Arnett Gardens tackling last season’s beaten finalists, Montego Bay United, at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in the Monday night encounter, starting at 8:40 p.m.Both semi-finals are expected to be close and exciting.Portmore United, who ended the preliminary round with the most points have, under the guidance of head coach Jeffrey Hewitt, played some good football during the first three rounds. They will look to players such as captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris to give them an early advantage.On the other hand, Humble Lion, who are being guided by Vassell Reynolds, will rely on Wolry Wolfe, Ricardo Cousins, and Levaughn Williams.On Monday, fireworks are expected when Arnett visit Montego Bay.Arnett’s coach, Jerome Waite, will look to key players like Vishinul Harris, captain Oneil Thompson, and Kemal Malcolm.Montego Bay United’s coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, will counter with ace goal scorer Owayne Gordon, Dino Williams, and Allan Ottey.last_img read more

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Earth Day, Everyday

first_img“End Plastic Pollution”As you take a walk down the streets, relax on the Georgetown seawall, travel in a mini bus or taxi, step into a store, or go shopping at our markets, just take some time to observe, and you would notice something common in all these places: Plastics. Plastic pollution is in fact one of the most complex environmental problems we face today; it impacts our health and wellbeing. This year, Earth Day celebrations will send a strong message to ‘End plastic pollution.’Earth Day, a grassroots movementYears ago, the world’s attention was on enjoying the benefits of industrialisation – large scale production of goods at cheaper prices; saving of time and labour; wider choices of goods; improved standard of living; and new modes of transport, rather than the harms that would later plague the environment. Around the world, and particularly in the US, evidence was growing for the declines in biodiversity and the gradual disappearance of many natural resources; pollution of air, water and land; and the increase of diseases. With this evidence, environmental awareness also grew, and on April 22, 1970, millions of Americans protested the negative impacts of industrial development.The US quickly responded by forming their Environmental Protection Agency, as well as laws for clean water and endangered species. The day has since been observed as ‘Earth Day’, and was also adopted by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day and celebrated by over 192 countries around the world. The Earth Day Network, the organisation which leads Earth Day worldwide, will be using the platform of Earth Day — as we approach the 50th anniversary — as a catalyst for global action against plastic pollution.What is the global campaign about?Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics; andPromoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.Why is plastic pollution a problem?According to BBC, “Plastic, as we know it, has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything: from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing.” We have all contributed to the problem of plastic pollution, though sometimes unknowingly. As of 2015, human beings have created 6.3bn tons of plastic, of which 79% accumulates in landfills or the environment. It is estimated that if the current production trends continue and waste management trends continue, we can expect about 12bn tons of plastic waste to be in the environment or landfills by 2050. Marine animals like sea birds and turtles face the danger of becoming entangled in plastic bags and other debris, or mistaking plastic for food. Ingested plastic bags can cause internal blockages, and can even result in death. Large pieces of plastic can also damage their digestive systems. As plastic waste breaks down, it becomes tiny micro-fragments and can build up in the bodies of organisms. Plastics in food can disrupt human hormones, cause major life-threatening diseases, and early puberty.How to join the global campaign against plastic pollutionTake your own reusable bags when you go shopping, or ask for cardboard boxes to pack your items.Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.Demand that leaders and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution.Local Upcoming EventsEarth Day radio quiz – April 19, 2018, 102.5 FMEarth Day Opening Ceremony – April 20, 2018, Baridi Benab, State HouseSingle-use Plastic Free Day – April 22, 2018Trash to Fashion Show & Exhibition – April 27, 2018, Main Street, between Middle & Quamina streets.See our Facebook page for more details.We must assess our consumption of plastics and determine how to lower our plastic pollution footprint. Guyana is moving towards a green state, and you are important in this process. Earth Day is April 22, but every day should be a step further to taking care of this lovely planet. Remember: the change starts with you!You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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Huskies to open second round playoff series against Grande Prairie tonight

first_imgThe JDA Kings took the season series between the two teams 3-2. The Huskies will be without defencemen Taylor Greatrex while he serves a suspension from a match penalty, and Wyatt Anderson who suffered a season ending injury in the final game of the Slave Lake series.Both teams will be in action a lot over the next five days. The teams will play through the weekend as they have three games in three days, and with a game on Tuesday both teams will be in action four out of the next five nights.- Advertisement -Game on can be heard live on Moose FM. The pregame show gets things started at 8:15, and the faceoff is slated for 8:30 p.m. After tonight’s game, the series will return to Fort St. John for game 2 tomorrow night at 8 p.m.last_img

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Taylor Sled-dog races this weekend

first_imgAfter being postponed earlier in the winter, the 5th annual Taylor Sled-dog races are set to go this weekend (March 21-22).All races will take at Peace Island Park (4km South of Taylor). Offering a blend of hills, corners, tight forests, and wide-open straight-aways, the edge of the Peace River offers a truly enjoyable course, good for both mushers and spectators.It should be a nice weekend, with Saturday’s forecast calling for Sunny skies with a high of -5, and Sunday’s forecast calling for light snow with a high of -6.- Advertisement -The $10,000 purse will bring out some of the regions top mushers, in the following fields: * Open Class * 6-Dog (6-mile) * 4-Dog (4-mile) * Skijor (4 mile) * Kid & Mutt (1/4 Mile)Plus, the first 100 people that come down on Saturday will get a free lunch, courtesy of the District of Taylor.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chapa Dimba top scorer Akinyi got inspired by Cristiano

first_img0Shares0000Plateau Queens star Mercy Akinyi in action against Limuru Starlets in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom semis. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28- Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom top scorer Mercy Akinyi believes the trip to London for a week-long training will open doors for her as she seeks to turn professional.Akinyi starred during the youth tournament at the regional and national held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega where she was the top scorer. But it is at the national where she made her name after hitting five goals to inspire her Plateau Queens side from Nyakach upset favourites Tartar 4-3 in post-match penalties to lift the inaugural Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Girls title and book a ticket to London for a week-long training.“My role model is Cristiano Ronaldo, I like the way he plays and fight for his team because he must score so I want to be like him. I want to make Nyakach proud by scoring in each game and I know I can make it,” Akinyi, who is the first born in a family of six said.Mercy Akinyi from Plateau Queens was the star of the semi final of the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom against Limuru Starlets. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONPlaying as a number 9 striker, Akinyi, a Form 4 student at Nyakach Girls, was part of the national women’s Under-20 team that was bundled out of the 2018 World Cup Qualifier by Ghana and she is now aspiring to upgrade to the senior team.“Last year we were selected to play for the national U20 team. We started well by beating Botswana and Ethiopia, but unfortunately Ghana eliminated us and it’s because our best players were sitting for the Form 4 exams so the team was not prepared,” she added.“I have dreams of playing abroad and that’s why we played so hard to win this tournament so that we can go to London and expose our talent, who knows maybe some of us might be scouted,” Akinyi, who started playing for Plateau Queens four years ago when she joined the school, revealed.Raised by a single mother, Akinyi is thankful for the cash prize she received from the tournament, a total of Sh145, 000 – Sh30, 000 and 50,000 for the top scorer at the region and national level respectively and Sh10,000 and 45,000 team’s cash prize where they won Sh200,000 at the region and Sh1mn at the national.Plateau Queens celebrating. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONShe used the money to pay school fees and assist her family and she is upbeat of lifting her humble family to greater heights through football.“It was not easy to win this title because there were many strong teams. We had to train hard and though we were not financially stable, we kept our heads high and here we are today as champions. Since we started the games, we only had one mission and that is to go to London.Chapa Dimba has made a difference in our lives because we can now pay school fees from the money we won and help our families. It has also brought interaction with other footballers from other counties,” Akinyi noted.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal 6-0 Lyon: Gunners run riot in Emirates Cup clash

first_img Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud celebrate against Lyon 1 Arsenal continued their 100 per cent start to pre-season with a resounding 6-0 victory over Lyon in the annual Emirates Cup at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners have already seen off Everton and a Malaysia XI side on their travels, and beating the French Ligue 1 outfit seamed a simple task in front of a packed home crowd, with four goals scored in an eight minute spell.Olivier Giroud sparked the rout in the 29th minute, flicking a Mesut Ozil corner over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net seemingly with his head, before replays showed the ball actually pinged off the Frenchman’s shoulder.Arsenal were at their fluid best at times and it took only a few minutes for them to double their lead, quickly turning defence into attack with England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain applying the clinical touch with a low angled finish into the corner.Another dazzling sequence of passing play then set up 19-year-old striker Alex Iwobi for his first ever Arsenal goal; the Nigeria-born starlet lashing a fierce shot into the back of the net after a rapid one-touch move featuring Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.And the Welsh midfielder concluded the first-half romp with another well-worked goal; Ozil delaying a pass from the left until the final moment, with Ramsey timing his run to perfection and flicking an outside-of-the-boot effort in off the near post.Ozil was rekindling his Real Madrid form in front of the jubilant Gunners faithful, and he capped off an impressive performance with a deserved goal after the break; firing in on the half-volley after neat one-two play on the edge of the area, before Santi Cazorla made it six late on with a drilled, low free-kick.The appearance of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – who the Gunners, along with Liverpool, were reportedly chasing this summer before he committed his future to the French club – was sure to intrigue attending supporters, but the striker failed to make a telling impact, firing his best chance of the game high into the stands.It was a scintillating display from Arsenal, though fans would be wise not to get too carried away with the performance; they did, after all, beat Benfica 5-1 this time last year, with Yaya Sanogo scoring four goals.last_img read more

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Report drunken drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThis year law enforcement officials are enlisting the public’s help in getting drunken drivers off the road. They urge people to call 911 when they see indications of drunken driving. These include weaving or zigzagging across the road, turning abruptly or illegally, driving slower than 10 mph below the posted speed limit, following others too closely or driving with the headlights off. The Office of Traffic Safety is funding the “Avoid DUI” program’s efforts, including pay for officers working overtime on sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. We urge drivers to report suspected drunken drivers to authorities during the holiday enforcement period. Such citizen efforts will strengthen the law enforcement campaign to dissuade drunken driving and make the holidays a happier time for all. Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County are continuing a stepped-up three-week holiday enforcement effort against drunken drivers. Last weekend they arrested 775 people suspected of driving under the influence. South Bay residents can expect more of the same this weekend as police set up sobriety checkpoints at nearly three dozen locations countywide and increase patrols. Such enforcement efforts are welcome, considering that last year 300 people were killed and 7,718 injured in the county as a result of alcohol-related accidents. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, checkpoints help prevent drunken driving, and this translates into lives saved. Studies in the state show that cities which conduct sobriety checkpoints have fewer alcohol-related crashes per capita than those that do not. The mere existence of checkpoints can deter would-be drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Chelsea star will not be sent out on loan this season

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED A string of impressive performances with the Eagles earned Loftus-Cheek a place in England’s World Cup squad.And according to The Times, Chelsea will make sure they keep hold of him this time.Maurizio Sarri’s first move as the new Blues boss was to bring in £50m midfielder Jorginho from Napoli.That placed doubt on Loftus-Cheek’s future, but it is understood he will be part of the first-team squad next season.Many expect 2018/19 to be a breakthrough season for Loftus-Cheek at Stamford Bridge, however with the club reportedly interested in CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, it remains to be seen whether the academy product will get a regular chance. LATEST RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been told he cannot leave Chelsea this summer, according to reports.The Blues are keen to hang onto the 22-year-old after he spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace. moving on The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWSlast_img read more

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BROLLY STICKS WITH DONEGAL AS WHELAN AND O’HARA CHOOSE TYRONE

first_imgRTE pundit Joe Brolly is sticking with Donegal.But the bad news for Jim McGuinness is that the Derryman’s fellow Sunday Game pundits Ciaran Whelan ad Eamon O’Hara think Tyrone will knock Donegal from their perch.Des Cahill put all three pundits on the spot on last night’s Sunday Game and asked them who will come out on top in the first round of the Ulster Championship. Brolly thinks it will be an intense game but thinks the mystery of Donegal will still be enough to take Mickey Harte’s side.The barrister said he spoke to McGuinness recently and all he talked about was the game against Tyrone and refused to look any further.But O’Hara and Whelan think that Tyrone, with the help of Sean Cavanagh, have enough to narrowly shade it.All will be revealed in Ballybofey this Sunday.  BROLLY STICKS WITH DONEGAL AS WHELAN AND O’HARA CHOOSE TYRONE was last modified: May 20th, 2013 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:Ciaran WhelandonegalEamon O’HaraJOE BROLLYSunday Gamelast_img read more

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Museveni enjoys Uganda and Tanzania volleyball match

first_imgEnjoying a volleyball match between Uganda and Tanzania in the EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games at the Lugogo MTN Arena (PHOTO/PPU)LUGOGO – President Yoweri Museveni has enjoyed a volleyball match between Uganda and Tanzania in the EAC Inter-Parliamentary Games at the Lugogo MTN Arena.Museveni said that when it comes to competition between Uganda and Tanzania, he supports Uganda but he also teams East Africa.“Yes I am team Uganda first but I’m also team East Africa,” he wrote as he enjoyed the game.“I am here to show how much I value the East African community and integration. I have been in government for many years as you know and I cannot miss an East African Function.”“If you check, there is not once when I have missed any EAC event.He said that the EAC is crucial for the survival of all of us East African and that the East African market is bigger than each of the member states’ markets, hence Integration is a matter of survival.Mr. Museveni has also thanked all the participants for showing the East African Community Spirit.The Speaker of Parliament, last week Rebecca Kadaga last week said she is afraid the twenty-year-old East African Community (EAC) stands a risk of stagnation at integration if member states continue to dodge the mandated annual subscription to the community.Rwanda and South Sudan boycotted the games in Kampala. Both countries have previously accused Uganda of supporting and hosting rebel groups opposed to their governments amid a resurgence of hostility in the East African neighbors.EAC speakers expressed displeasure in Rwanda and South Sudan for being uncooperative in critical integration activities such as the East African Parliamentary games, with Rwanda missing two consecutive games without an explanation.Comments Tags: EAC gamestoplast_img read more

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