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  • BPL PREVIEWS

    first_imgASTON VILLA VS WEST BROMJust four miles separate these Birmingham rivals and there is little between the teams in the Barclays Premier League, with Aston Villa in 15th place following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion are just 14th, with just one more point than their neighbours. But Albion have kept clean sheets in 13 games since the arrival of head coach Tony Pulis in January.BOURNEMOUTHVS SUNDERLANDThese teams are strangers; they have met six times, and only four in the league. Their first clash was in August 1988 in the old Second Division, and it ended in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland winning 1-0 at Bournemouth. The following season (1989-90) Bournemouth lost 3-2 at Sunderland and 1-0 at home while, in the League Cup that season, the Black Cats won 1-0 at Bournemouth following a 1-1 draw at Roker.NEWCASTLEVS WATFORDNewcastle have now won just three of 24 Premier League matches played in 2015, and they have not scored since the opening day of the season – a run that stretches for 402 minutes. Their failure to score in four successive Premier League games is their worst run since April 2014. A fifth would represent their longest-ever spell without a Premier League goal.SWANSEA CITYVS EVERTONEverton boss Roberto Martinez remains a popular figure at Swansea. The Spaniard played in 122 games for the Welshmen before taking over as player-manager at the age of 33. He stayed two years before moving to Wigan Athletic. And if history repeats itself, Everton should leave with at least a point. In 10 visits, Everton have never lost, winning eight and drawing two.TOTTENHAM VS CRYSTAL PALACESpurs have suffered their worst start to a Barclays Premier League season since 2008, when they had just two points after five games, but went on to finish in eighth place. Crystal Palace, by contrast, are enjoying a fine start to the campaign. They are fifth in the table, despite losing their unbeaten record to leaders Manchester City last weekend.LIVERPOOL VS NORWICH CITYLiverpool have gone three games without a win, losing their last two, their worst run since last November, when they drew one and lost the next three. They have scored just three goals in five games in the Barclays Premier League, the fewest number netted in their first five outings for 10 years.last_img read more

  • Man stabbed to death during row at Stabroek Market

    first_imgTwenty-nine-year-old Sheldon Braithwaite of Lot 119 Mazaruni Street, Guyhoc Park Georgetown succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an altercation with one Troy Maxwell on Friday in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market Square in downtown Georgetown. Maxwell himself is reportedly in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital following that stabbing incident.Reports are that Maxwell was pushing a cart in the area and one of the wheels ran over Braithwaite’s feet. After Maxwell refused to apologise, the ensuing argument quickly escalated into an altercation, during which Maxwell reportedly pulled out a knife and attacked Braithwaite, stabbing him once to the abdomen and once to the hand. Braithwaite’s brother, Kevin Braithwaite, upon realizing that his brother was stabbed, allegedly disarmed Maxwell of the knife and dealt him several stabs.Maxwell reportedly fell to the ground, and Kevin Braithwaite rushed his injured brother to the GPHC while public-spirited citizens reportedly picked up Maxwell and took him there as well.Contacted, Nicolette Braithwaite, sister of the late Sheldon, explained that the family received a telephone call at about 16:38h on Friday, informing that Sheldon had been stabbed and was in hospital. When family members arrived at the GPHC, the doctor informed that her brother was in a critical state and there was a 50-50 chance of saving his life. She noted that Sheldon had sustained to his stomach a stab wound which reportedly caused severe damage to his lung and liver.“All we were told was that Sheldon was stabbed by someone pulling a cart during an argument… Apparently the cart ran over my brother’s foot and the man refused to apologise…and this is what led to the stabbing,” she stated.The aggrieved sister noted that her brother took his last breath at about 20:40h on Friday evening.This newspaper was told that Maxwell would usually provide push-cart service for people in the Stabroek Market area; while Braithwaite, a father of one, who had worked for some time in the hinterland, had been a poultry farmer who reared sheep, chickens and other livestock.While the police have not released an official statement on the stabbing incident, Guyana Times understands that they are seeking to apprehend Kevin Braithwaite to assist in investigating the incident. His father has said that if the police want to find his son, who is still traumatized by the incident, they have an address.The late Sheldon Braithwaite leaves to mourn his six-year-old son, parents, and four siblings. His body is at the Georgetown Public Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination on Wednesday. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

  • Court orders GECOM not to strike off “fraudulent” names from LGE list

    first_img…decision another blow to Guyana’s democracy – PPPThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has come out swinging against Tuesday’s dismissal of a case that sought to compel the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to remove names from a backers list; noting that underhand tactics were used during the hearing.Attorneys Anil Nanlall and Adrian Anamayah with some of the residents who said they were tricked into signing the Alliance For Change backer’s formAccording to the Party in a statement, the Police report that was submitted to Berbice High Court Judge Navindra Singh contained several pieces of inaccurate information and misrepresentation of testimony from residents of Whim/Bloomfield.Noting that electoral democracy and citizens’ right to vote for a party of their choice suffered a blow with the ruling, the party gave another example of the Police being “unable” to locate several members of the Nagamootoo family.“It would be recalled that the Judge ordered a Police report into (the) allegations. The persons who were present in court explained to the media after the court hearing that the report did not accurately reflect what they said to Police Officers who interviewed them,” the Party stated.“This was confirmed by officials of the PPP/Civic who were present when these interviews were conducted by the Police. Significantly, the Police in the report claimed that they were unable to locate Abraham Nagamootoo, Mavis Nagamootoo and other members of the Nagamootoo family and other AFC [Alliance For Change] candidates who were implicated in the statements given by the residents.”Justice Navindra SinghAccording to the Party, it was left in no doubt that the Police investigation, and the ensuing report, were perverted by and contaminated with political interference. Even so, the report still contained damning revelations.“For example, all of the persons interviewed and whose names are on the AFC list of backers made it clear that they did not know they were signing a document supporting the AFC; that they (don’t) support the AFC and that they all requested that their names be removed from those particular lists.“This finding is repeated 12 times in the report and on each occasion, these persons asserted their support for the PPP/C. Worse yet there is one person who said he did not sign at all. In the end, no matter how much you turn it or twist it, the bottom line is these AFC candidates have 50 persons who are on public record saying to the world that they are not supporting the candidates they are supposed to be backing.The Party noted that despite all of this, however, the court still refused to interfere with this violation of these persons fundamental right to support a political party of their choice, by removing their names from those lists.Police reportIt was after reviewing the Police report that Justice Navindra Singh dismissed the court case brought against the Chief Election Officer of (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield and the Returning Officer for Bloomfield /Whim, Orlando Persaud.In the Fixed Date Application, PPP/C Candidate Shafraz Beekham had claimed that he and 49 others were misled by AFC representatives into signing as nominators on the AFC’s Lists of Candidates.Justice Singh had ordered the Police investigation to determine whether the claims were valid on October 11, 2018, the investigative report was presented by the Judge to the Court on Tuesday and after careful review.In dismissing the matter after a look at the police report, Singh indicated that there was no evidence of fraud, trickery or threat. As such, the Judge noted that there was no basis to ask the Chief Elections Officer to ‘strike out’ the names of the nominators from the AFC’s Lists of Candidates.It had been reported previously that at a meeting between GECOM Commissioners on September 25, 2018, it was determined that the deadline for the submission of statutory affidavits to remove names that were fraudulently added to lists would be at 23:55h on September 26, 2018.That was before these electors reportedly received a hard time from Returning Officers who allegedly refused to remove person’s names from the list when requested. This is despite the fact that these persons complained of either being tricked into signing the lists or their signatures even being forged.To compound the matter, the CEO was allegedly out of touch, absent from his office and could not be reached personally or by telephone to give any directions to the offending ROs after 14:30h on September 26. At a press conference afterwards, Lowenfield later claimed he was with his lawyer.last_img read more

  • Trackers undefeated in last seven games

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers are now undefeated in seven straight games, and can lock up 3rd place in the NAMHL Bouchier Division this weekend.The Trackers played their final regular season game in Dawson Creek last Friday, hosting the MLAC Leafs. It was the Leafs that scored first just over six minutes into Friday night’s game. Though the Trackers managed to outshoot the Leafs 16-7, they trailed by a point after the opening frame. In the second, Northeast BC’s offence finally managed to crack MLAC’s netminder. Connor Kindrat tied things up just three minutes into the first period, assisted by Jayden PIket and Keenan Halverson. The Trackers defence began to allow a few more shots on net, and with 29 seconds left, MLAC scored short-handed to restore their one goal lead going into the second intermission.The Trackers bounced back in the third, as Nick Vanderploeg tied things up on the power play with 13:06 left on a feed from Jeridyn Loewen and Nathan Bragg. Brandon Clark stopped 33 shots in Friday’s effort as the game ended in a 2-2 draw.- Advertisement -Coach David Johnston said that the Trackers didn’t have their best game of the season Friday, though they were also missing several key players after the previous weekend’s three game road trip. Looking at next weekend, the Trackers will be facing a tough opponent in the Whitecourt Wolverines, who are tied for first in the Bouchier Division with 45 points. Whitecourt previously beat Northeast BC in a two-game home stand during the week before Christmas, though that doesn’t faze Johnston.“We’re in the toughest division in the league. We’re comfortable we can beat anyone if we play as well as we’re capable of,” said Johnston. “The one thing we know is they’re good, and we’re gonna have to be at the top of our game to compete with them. That’ll be the challenge in just preparing our guys this week.”The Trackers host the Whitecourt Wolverines in Fort St. John for their final two regular season games this weekend. Johnston says that currently, the first game will take place Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. at the North Peace Arena. Johnston added that they are working to have Saturday afternoon’s game moved to the NPA, though that has yet to be confirmed.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Dawson Creek RCMP responds to gun shots

    first_imgMore information will be provided as it becomes available. By Energeticcity.ca staffThe Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a complaint of gun shots fired within the city on Wednesday morning. Officers attended the scene in the area of 94th avenue and 15th street. – Advertisement -The investigation reveals that a 20 year old male had fired numerous shots before turning the gun on himself. It’s unknown at this time the condition of male.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this event to contact the RCMP at 250-784-3700.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Boys’ basketball: 5 burning questions

    first_imgAnswer: Yes. The Wildcats played a difficult schedule in an effort to be better prepared for this stage of the season. Victories in 23 of 24 games indicates this team, led by Justin Cook, is ready to take the next step. They were awared the second seed and it appears as if third-seeded Cathedral City and top-seeded Serrano of Phelan are the only teams standing in the way of that elusive championship. 5. Which underrated player from the area has the opportunity to make a name for himself in the playoffs, perhaps attract the interest of a potential Division I college program? Answer: Knight of Palmdale’s Hassan Stephens. The 6-foot-5 senior wing averaged 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for Hawks during the regular season, but showed the ability to take over games at times despite the modest numbers. He’s not being heavily recruited at this stage. In fact, only a couple of local junior colleges have expressed interest thus far. All that could change, though, especially if Stephens is productive throughout the Div. II-A playoffs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Keep in mind, it’s not as if there are inferior programs in the 32-team field. In fact, Price of Los Angeles and La Canada are very good. The Vikings, however, are much better. Jrue and Justin Holiday, Robert Ford and company are in a class of their own. Don’t be surprised to see Campbell Hall make a run at the Div. IV state title. 3. Which area team is poised to play the role of Cinderella and make an unexpected run in the postseason? Answer: Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Sure, the Knights are competing against the best of the best in Southern Section Div. I-AA, where powerhouses Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Artesia of Lakewod, Compton and Compton Dominguez reside. But Notre Dame has some talented individuals, led by Pierce Brooks and Mike Stanton. This group can pull off an upset or two before a possible semifinal meeting with Artesia. 4. Despite playing in relative obscurity in recent years, tiny Renassaince Academy of La Canada Flintridge advanced to consecutive Southern Section Div. V-A championship games. The Wildcats made the jump and moved up to Div. III-A this season as a result of their success. Can they manage to finally win the big game, in a much tougher division, no less? 2. Is there any team in the Southern Section capable of stopping Campbell Hall of North Hollywood from claiming the Div. III-AA title? Answer: Nope. No way. No how. No chance. center_img 1. How has the dynamic changed in the City Section Championship playoffs since Taft of Woodland Hills was ruled ineligible for postseason play after using two ineligible players during the regular season? Answer: Things aren’t much different. Larry Drew and the Toreadors were expected to make some noise, possibly advancing to the semifinals before running into top-seeded Fairfax or second-seeded Westchester. Poly of Sun Valley and Sylmar could still open some eyes, but ultimately Fairfax and standout Chace Stanback, bound for UCLA, figure to be too tough, and champions in the end. last_img read more

  • Premier optimistic about LNG project approval from Ottawa

    first_imgLNG development is expected to again be a major issue in the 2017 election and in a Globe and Mail article this week, Opposition House leader, Bruce Ralston, likely gave us a preview of what to expect from the NDP arguing, when it comes to the LNG file the Liberals are prepared to ‘rubber stamp anything you put in front of them.’He also believes the Trudeau Liberals are struggling with the Pacific NorthWest decision because of its possible environmental impact, and promises made by the Harper government: like a capital-cost-allowance tax break for the LNG sector.Premier Clark, who acknowledges the federal government should be concerned about protecting environmental process integrity, stated last November she had Liberal government assurances the tax break will not be removed. VICTORIA, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark still believes the Trudeau government’s LNG scale will tip in favor, of the Pacific Northwest LNG project.She’s reportedly told reporters in Victoria, “Everything we hear from the federal government has been positive.”The Premier has taken her B.C. LNG case to Ottawa, and in recent meetings with Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed points she’s made many times before, points like this one:- Advertisement -And to explain that one, this one.Her government is convinced LNG development would make B.C. a Canadian economic power house, and could also help significantly, in efforts to curb climate change, by offering China an alternative to using coal.The Premier has also tied LNG, to other lofty promises, like a debt free B.C. and thousands of new jobs. But Opposition leader John Horgan contends they had a lot more to do with government re-election in 2013, than with any general public economic benefits.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • BC Transit to offer free transit for voters on Federal Election Day, October 21

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In order to make it easier for residents to get out and vote, B.C. Transit and eight local government partners across the province will be offering free transit on federal election day, Monday, October 21.According to B.C. Transit, the opportunity of offering free transit to voters will help make it easier for residents to get to the polls and cast their ballots.In Fort St. John, free transit will be offered to residents and handyDART customers that are heading to cast a vote but are unable to provide their own transportation to the polling station.- Advertisement -The general election day for federal voting will be taking place on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Fort St. John Senior Citizens Hall.For more information on routes and schedules, you can visit bctransit.com.last_img read more

  • Everton boss Martinez: I know who is ready for the first team

    first_img1 Roberto Martinez Everton manager Roberto Martinez was full of praise for the performance of his younger players after the Blues’ 1-0 defeat against Krasnodar on Thursday.The Toffees progress through to the Europa League last-32, but the former Swansea boss was more focused on the development of some of the less experienced members of his squad.And the 41-year-old admitted he knows which players would be ready for more first team action.“I have a clear idea now of which youngsters are ready to help the first-team and which ones can help with more development,” Martinez said.“Developing our youngsters is part of what we want to achieve. They will have learned a lot and I’m very proud of the work we do.“I thought the youngsters were cagey in the first half but they expressed themselves in the second. That was very pleasing to see.”last_img read more

  • Bookstore gives unknown authors a boost

    first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER San Pedro’s Under the Bridge Bookstore and Gallery will be holding books signings the next two weekends to celebrate unknown authors. Charlotte Natale, who co-owns Under the Bridge with her mother, Rachel Leonardo, said that the events are a chance for locals to expand their literary horizons. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“They’re not obligated to buy the book,” Natale explained. “It’s a chance to meet exciting people and hear stories. It’s a chance for people to get a taste of authors they would otherwise not even pick up.” Today, books will be signed and read by Eduardo Santiago, author of Tomorrow They Will Kiss; Rosa Lowinger, author of Tropicana Nights; and Reyna Grande, author of Across a Hundred Mountains. Santiago and Lowinger will also have a discussion about Cuba, as both were born there and discuss the country in their books. Santiago tells the story of three different women who grew up in Cuba and now ride the bus to work together in New Jersey. Lowinger looks back at the history of the Tropicana nightclub in Havana. Grande examines illegal immigration through the story of a Mexican girl searching for her missing farmer father. All three authors are self-published and presenting their first books. “It’s sort of a noble accomplishment,” Natale said. Next Saturday, Jeff Dwyer will sign and discuss Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Los Angeles, which Natale thought was a good Halloween book. It reveals where to seek out paranormal experiences from Hollywood to Long Beach. Natale believes that the signings are also a chance for writers to learn more about being published. “Before this I would have never known that people self publish,” she said. “That gives them hope.” rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want 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