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Hydel cut down high-riding Denham Town

first_imgHydel High halted their recent losing skid and surged into sole leadership of Group I courtesy of a 3-0 whipping of red-hot Denham Town, in second-round action of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday.The Ferry-based school put an end to Denham Town’s seven-match unbeaten run following consecutive losses from the Walker Cup and FLOW Super Cup knockout competitions.Hydel’s charge was led by Nicholas Nelson, who scored in the sixth and 44th minutes. Nelson’s tally is now at 11. Stephen Barnett scored the third goal, finishing off a rebound from a 29th-minute penalty. Barnett has netted 10 times this campaign.Besides them, Rodario Edwards put in a Man of the Match performance, bolstered with two assists.Hydel’s coach, Geoffrey Maxwell, praised their output.”We did what we had to do to win. The competition is wide open. Playing in the second round of the Manning Cup, the most important thing for us to do is try and qualify, then we take it round by round. Our intention is to always try and win and play tactically,” Maxwell said.Denham Town’s Omar Edwards called it a tough loss.”To see us lose like this was really bad, after winning seven games. Actually, we have two games to go, and who knows what will happen? That’s six points we have to play for and it still can allow us to advance,” he reasoned.Meanwhile, former champions Camperdown High continued to have a less-than-stellar season in the competition, with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Innswood High School in the day’s curtain-raiser, played at 1 p.m. at the same venue. Sanjai Nelson scored for Innswood in the 31st minute, while Camperdown pulled one back from a 49th-minute own goal.last_img read more

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Maraño shows lighter side in F2’s title-clinching Game 2

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The lady known as “Beast Mode” amassed a couple of UAAP MVP awards and countless Best Middle Blocker awards be it of the first and second degrees.Maraño did all this brandishing a personality that is best described as intense. But the national team skipper and F2 Logistics veteran also has a lighter side amid her passionate demeanor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In the title-clinching Game 2 of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference finals, Maraño, in the middle of her shouts, was seen smiling to her teammates in an attempt to cool down the situation against Petron.“I was just telling them over and over that they shouldn’t be fooled because whoever gets fooled is ugly,” said Maraño in Filipino Saturday at Ynares Sports Center. MOST READ “I want them to play with a peaceful mind, happy, and they can think clearly,” said Maraño, who had 15 points to lead the Cargo Movers. “If we give ourselves to the game, everything will just fall into place.”“I kept reminding my teammates about it and I see them really getting into it and I see them agreeing with me so the flow of the game went smoothly for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sweet sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I was just trying to make my teammates happy because I don’t want them to feel tight during the game.”Maraño’s antics seemed to have worked its magic as the Cargo Movers fended off the Blaze Spikers in four sets, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, to claim the title.F2 got stunned in the second set when Cherry Rondina, who finished with 20 points, led the Blaze Spikers in a rabid comeback.Petron was down, 16-8, midway through the second set but Rondina willed the blaze Spikers, scoring their last five points and eventually taking the set.Maraño said she reminded her teammates to calm down and have a peaceful thought process to prevent themselves from getting too stressed out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Aby Maraño made a name for herself not just as one hell of a player but also as a fiery on-court personality.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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Removal of Bodies ‘Not Relevant’

first_imgThe over 2,000 residents of Upper Johnsonville, Kpekpeh Town, near the Kissi Camp Community, outside Monrovia, are say they are suffering from the offensive smell of corpses recently dumped in the nearby Kpanwein River.In response, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, whose agency has now been tasked with the disposal of bodies, told this paper via mobile phone that there is no corpse exposed to create health hazard or environmental concerns for the residents.“We bought the parcel of land in question through my Deputy for Administration, and so, nobody tells anybody that the bodies will be removed since its being underground for over a week,” said Minister Dukuly.MIA Deputy for Administration, Rennie B. Jackson, who spoke through his Director for Communications, D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, failed to disclose the name of the person that reportedly sold that parcel of land to the MIA for burial of the dead Ebola victims as they claimed, and or the amount of money that allegedly changed hands.“The issues of who sold the land and the removal of the bodies from that area because of the environmental concerns are not relevant for now,” said Mr. Wheinyue, who failed to answer questions regarding whether residents can bury their deceased relative/s anywhere anytime once they have bought and deeded a parcel of land.Over a week ago, guarded by a heavily armed platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as well as Police Support Unit (PSU) officers, two mini trucks conveyed corpses believed to be victims of Ebola at different locations across the country. The bodies were dumped on the west bank of the Kpanwein River. They were intended to be buried in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine, but the machine unfortunately got stuck in the mud, where the property meets the mangrove.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville and many other communities.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, August 2, residents of the nearby communities have vehemently rejected the use of their land for the disposal of the bodies. An aggrieved Kpeh-Kpeh Town resident, Carey Daniel, told the Daily Observer that the exact plot of land where the graves are dug is a wetland on the bank of the river that is the source of water for many surrounding communities. They fear that their wells – from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – might be contaminated, exposing them to other diseases.Two school teachers, who are also residents of the area, Emmanuel G. Wonleh, and William S. Zuogbay, are among other inhabitants that have expressed fear of contracting diseases apart from Ebola as a result of the offensive odor that saturates the air over Johnsonville.They are concerned as to when the government, through the authorities of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Internal Affairs, will come to remove the bodies and take them to the crematorium in Marshall or at an appropriate cemetery for ‘proper burial.’The order to dump the corpses on the land came against the backdrop of the government’s recent announcement that it would “consider cremating” (burning) the corpses of those who have died from the deadly Ebola virus. In the wake of the pronouncement, the burial team from the MOH/SW and Internal Affairs on Saturday, August 2, dumped at least 45 bodies in Kissi Camp, near the Kpeh-kpeh Town Community, Upper Johnsonville, just northwest of the City of Paynesville. A resident, Carey Daniel, was among those allegedly brutalized by soldiers accompanying the burial team. Nursing his bruised left eye over the weekend, Daniel wondered as to who selected the land on which the bodies were dumped since the land designated for the disposal of the corpses in Johnsonville is privately owned, with cornerstones conspicuously (clearly) planted and marked.One of the landowners, a businessman, T. Emmanuel Cole, said he was never contacted regarding the use of the piece of land he had purchased with a probated deed for his son, Joseph F. Dolo (cornerstone marked: JFD). “I’m not asking them to pay me [money] for my land.  I’m going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies,” he said.Enraged that they had not been informed prior to the dumping that their community would play host to such a burial site and the implications involved, youth from Kpeh-kpeh Town and nearby communities started felling trees across the road, denying passage to the vehicles en route to bury the dead. For his part, Johnsonville Township Commissioner, Melvin Bettie, told the Daily Observer that he was indirectly connected to the dumping of the bodies, because, when approached by the MOH/SW authority, he could not immediately provide a burial site for corpses. According to him, he was not the one who ordered the execution of the burial exercise, but “because of my job, I assigned the Land Commissioner to supervise the process.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Jubilee “walkout” through neutral lens

first_img… visitor complains of poor seating arrangementsA public debate has erupted over the “walkout” executed by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Parliamentary Opposition at the momentous 50th Independence Anniversary Flag Raising ceremony over the infamous unavailability of seats, and it appears that there were other special invitees who were greeted with the same catastrophe.According to a viral post on social media, the momentous night was marred with confusion as ushers were running around helter-skelter, trying to locate available seats to place special invited guests as they arrived for the ceremony.After experiencing over 20 minutes of this turmoil, the PPP/C Members of Parliament disappointedly left the celebrations, and some immediately took to social media to vent annoyance.Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry in her public apology insinuated that the PPP/C Members ought to be blamed for the outcome of the situation, insisting that though other spectators were giving up their seats, the Opposition seemed firm in wanting to leave.While some social media users are arguing that the PPP/C behaved rather petty, others are asserting that the organisers must take responsibility for the calamitous seating arrangements.Weighing in on the trending deliberations, a Canadian-based Guyanese identified as Yolande Anne Gittens on Facebook, shared her perspective on what occurred during the ceremony.Gittens explained that she belonged to a party of nine with the exact VIP tickets however, Minister Henry, who took up the mantle to oversee the entrances, directed only four of the group to proceed up the stairs and then instructed an usher to escort the remainder to the bleachers.Gittens expressed that her colleagues were naturally confused, pointing out that the situation was only resolved following a confrontation.“Confused at our apparent relegation, we milled around unsure of how to proceed, but certain that we weren’t going to go where we were being herded off to like cattle. A standoff at the OK Corral was brewing. Thankfully, it was circumvented by the intervention of the Colonel. We re-joined the rest of our party, and settled in to witness a significant and historic moment in our beloved Guyana’s nationhood,” the post read.However, Gittens and company were completely dumbfounded over the choice of attire by those who were allowed to be seated in the “VIP area”.“Get-ups and they can only really be described as such, ranged from shorts, armless vests and sneakers to a backless fuchsia top with the entire back of a black and white polka dot bra fully exposed. We will not discuss the malodorous smells emitting from some of them. There were rubber slippers, and sneakers a plenty. There was a young man who appeared to be of unsound mind pacing back and forth. This was mentioned to an usher in order for her to get security, unfortunately this did not change anything,” she lamented.From there, Gittens reported that things went rapidly downhill with chaos reigning over the seating arrangements for other special invitees.“An usher came with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, and was worrying about where she was going to seat him. Eventually, he was seated in the area reserved for the Joint Services. What was even more appalling was the fact that no seating appeared to have been reserved for recipients of National Awards. One such person received a pass for her vehicle and was able to park in the stadium, but when she was ushered to the bleachers, there were no seats.She was forced to stand on the tarmac for the entire ceremony. Dr Vibert Cambridge, a recipient, also had no assigned seat. He was eventually given a seat meant for someone else,” she related in her observation.According to Gittens, the blooper of the night came when the Opposition Members were left standing among the crowd because there was no reserved seating—for the Opposition.“There is just no excuse whatsoever for that misstep. I’ve heard all sorts of explanations. Those range from the ridiculous to the sublime. Excuses included the Opposition wasn’t interested in the events; to it’s a learning curve (we had 50 years to get it right); to the minister was set up by a man (name given) who said that seats were reserved for the opposition; to clerks in her office illegally printed tickets. In this vein, reports are that 1500 tickets were distributed and there were only 500 seats. Excuses aside, as the person responsible for the event, don’t you personally ensure that for that section at least everything is as it should be? I hold no brief for the PPP, but the lack of seating is wholly unacceptable,” Gittens unreservedly expressed.She continued, “So too were former heads of the Guyana Defence Force randomly seated in different areas. When enquires were made of the ushers as to whether they had had a rehearsal, I was told no, there was only a briefing that morning. Further, we weren’t given any programmes on arrival, and when we enquired of an usher, we were blithely informed that there were only 30 for the government ministers. About 45 minutes later, programmes magically appeared.”The Guyanese who returned to take part in her homeland’s jubilee celebrations also said she was far from impressed at the performances that night.“Simply put, there was no wow factor or substance befitting such an occasion. The dancing children, as well as the military and police marching bands put their best feet forward. However, there was no imagination put into the programme. This was the perfect opportunity to showcase Guyana from then to now. So much more could’ve been done. I dare say that the Bishops’ High School culture day held earlier, had a more organised, entertaining, and better thought out show. So much more could’ve been done,” her post further stated.In closing, the disappointed spectator posited that the buck stops at Minister Henry, and in this regard, she said a sincere apology is warranted.last_img read more