High School football, South Haven volleyball tourney, middle school tennis and football are part of extremely busy sports season…

first_imgUdall at South Haven West Elk3035 South Haven plays Udall this weekend which will probably determine the second team in the district to get to the playoffs.The full statistics of the South Haven-Oxford game is as follows: South Haven – Oxford Oct. 7, 2013 South Haven2132 Tuesday:Volleyball vs. Collegiate and Rose Hill at Wellington – 5 p.m. Udall11-12 Oxford at Sedan Sedan2129 Friday:Tennis 4A Regionals at  WellingtonHigh School football (all games at 7 p.m.) Central-Burden11-8 Wellington Middle School tennisThe WMS tennis team participated in the eight-team Hutchinson Invitational Friday. The Knights had an outstanding day finishing second overall.The participants and the their place are as follows:#1 Singles:  Abby Lowe 4th place#1 Doubles:  Mekenna Adams and Avery Rusk 1st place#2 Singles:  Lexi Saffell 2nd place#2 Doubles:  Chaney Leonard and Hattie Staley 2nd place#3 Singles:  Carly Kimzey 4th place#3 Doubles:  Annika DeJarnett and Madison Brown 2nd place#4 Singles:  Keylee Bodkins 7th place#4 Doubles:  Kaycee Pennington and Alexis Tracy 4th place. Wellington 7th football Wellington’s seventh grade finished 4-0 with a 26-6 victory over Rose Hill.Joe Ybarra had 157 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.Hunter Graves had 26 yards on four carries.“The boys came out and took care of business again tonight,” said Wellington Middle School coach Brandon Wilmoth. “It did not take long for the Knights to get the ball to the end zone with a quick touchdown run by Joe Ybarra.”The defense would also find the end zone quickly with DeAndre Washington picking off a Rocket pass and running it in from 30 yards out.“The defense has been very strong for us this season,” Wilmoth said. “We have several players that swarm the ball and the always seem to get us a couple turnovers each week.”Highlights for the seventh grade include:OffenseYbarra had 157 yards on 16 carries 3 TD’s and a 2 point conversion.Graves had 26 yards on four carries.DefenseYbarra lead the team with four solo tackles.Graves had two solo and three assist tackles.Jimenez had three solo tackles, one assist tackle and a fumble recovery.Reyes had three solo tackles.Burden had 2 solo tackles and forced a fumble.Pfalzgraf had two solo tackles one assist tackle and a fumble recovery.Washington had one tackle and an interception returned for a touchdown for 30 yards.Higgy had an assistant tackle and an interception.Wilmoth said if the Knights continue to win it could set them up with undefeated Arkansas City the last game of the year for the league championship in a couple weeks.  The Knights play Circle this Thursday.Wellington 8th football The Wellington eighth grade football team fell to 1-3.“What can I say? The boys fought hard for the entire game we just came up short,” Wilmoth said. “We just needed that one big play and we just did not get it.”The Knights would trade the ball back and forth with the Rockets all the way into late of the third quarter.The Rocket quarterback would race around the corner for a 20 yard score giving the Rockets the lead 6 -0.“We had a guy there to make the tackle but he got blocked at the last second by the wideout,” Wilmoth said. “From my view it was clearly a block in the back but the White hat must have been watching another key area because he did not throw a flag.”The Knights would stop the Rockets on the two point try.Once again the Knights and Rockets would trade the ball back and forth.  It finally looked like the Knights where putting a drive together and marching their way into the end zone but a very odd fumble play would ruin the drive at the Rockets 20 yard line.“Not sure how an official can blow a play dead,” Wilmoth said. “Our ball carrier stops and lets go of the ball but than allows the opposing team to jump on the ball and then rewards Rose Hill with it. “If anything it’s an invertant whistle which you replay the down.”Wilmoth said Wellington had its chances and can’t blame anybody but themselves for not putting points on the board.“Kids did play with a bunch of heart and I just wish we could have had one or two big plays,” Wilmoth said. “We will come back together on Monday clean up a few things and get ready for Circle next Thursday.”The Knights will travel to Circle next week to try and get back into their winning ways.8th grade highlighted stats are as follow:OffenseJones had 124 yards on 25 carries.Walton had 18 yards on 5 carries.DefenseJones four solo and two assist tackles and two fumble recoveriesGroom two solo two assist tackles and a fumble recoveryMraz two solo and two assist tacklesSchoemann had three solo and one assist. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Cedar Vale03-55 Wellington sports schedule:Monday: WHS Freshman football at Circle – 6 p.m.WHS JV Football at Clearwater – 6:30 p.m. WinLossPts. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – South Haven’s football team takes care of business against Oxford on Saturday… Argonia-Attica loses to Hope… Caldwell’s volleyball team wins the South Haven tournament while Wellington finishes second… Wellington Middle School tennis team finishes second at Hutchinson Invitational… the seventh and eighth grade football teams played Rose Hill on Thursday… And the sports schedule is featured for this week. It most certainly is a busy weekend in sports….South Haven vs. Oxford football —Like many games last weekend, the high school football game between South Haven and Oxford was delayed from Friday night because of the thunderstorms. The game was finished on Saturday afternoon with the Cardinals beating the Wildcats 40-12. South Haven was holding a 22-6 lead Friday night when the game was postponed due to the thunderstorm. On Saturday, Oxford scored a touchdown to pull within 10.But the Cardinals added three touchdowns in the third quarter to win. This game was huge in the district standings. With the win South Haven is 2-1 chasing West Elk. Oxford fell to 0-2 in district and appears to be in trouble as far as post season aspirations are concerned. West Elk defeated Sedan 56-0.The standings in the district 1 is as follows:8 man – Div. 1 – Dist. 1 South Haven volleyball tournamentThe Caldwell Bluejay volleyball team won the South Haven tournament Saturday. Wellington finished second.In a round-robin format, Caldwell finished 5-0 and Wellington 4-1. In the game-deciding match, Caldwell would beat Wellington 26-24 and 25-17. The other results for Wellington were:•vs. Pretty Prairie: 25-18, 25-13.•vs. Norwich: 25-9, 25-20.•vs. South Haven 25-13, 25-111.•vs. Oxford 25-20, 25-16.For Caldwell:•vs. Norwich 28-26, 22-25, 25-14;•vs. Oxford 25-12, 25-18;•vs. Pretty Prarie 25-19, 25-7;•vs. South Haven 25-22, 25-21.Wellington improved its record to 14-12.“I was concerned because of the late night homecoming football game whether or not they would be ready to play,” said Cherity Elder, Wellington head girls volleyball coach. “They were ready to go. They played great volleyball and dominated some teams.”Micah Rogers led the team with 29 kills followed by Siarah Walker at 25. Abby Goodrum walked away with 16 and Mariah Moore with 15.“It was nice to get so many girls swing at the ball,” Elder said. “McKenna Oathout did an exceptional job setting and left the tournament with 47 assists.Wellington will be home with Collegiate and Rose Hill. Wellington at Andale South Barber at Caldwell Belle Plaine at W. Independent Garden Plain at Conway Springs Stafford at A&A in Attica Oxford02-21 Argonia-Attica vs. HopeHope got past Argonia-Attica this weekend 52-22. The box score for the game is as follows: Argonia-Attica vs. Hope Saturday:WHS Tennis 4A Regionals at WellingtonJV Volleyball at Chaparral – 9 a.m. Thursday:Cross Country at Wartick Farm – 4 p.m.VB “C” team at Wichita Collegiate – 5 p.m.last_img read more

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Week 17 Fantasy TE Rankings: Tyler Higbee, Austin Hooper’s matchups make great ‘starts’

first_imgLeave it to the Week 17 fantasy TE rankings to still be boring. It’s been the least volatile position all season, and those fantasy football owners who play in the NFL’s final regular season week are not catching any sort of excitement here. By this point, there’s almost no chance you’ve made your final without a solid TE, so odds are you won’t be looking to the waiver wire to stream anyone in this final week.The biggest late-season revelation at the position remains Tyler Higbee. He’s topped 100 yards in four-straight weeks, surely carrying you all the way to your title game. And it gets even better — he takes on the Cardinals in Week 17. That’s a dream matchup for Higbee, a player not many would’ve expected to win them fantasy championships but who now has a chance to. Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for the latest.WEEK 17 DFS:DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD Cash | ValuesWeek 17 Fantasy TE RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1George Kittle, SF @ SEA2Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. ARZ3Austin Hooper, ATL @ TB4Travis Kelce, KC vs. LAC5Dallas Goedert, PHI @ NYG6Hunter Henry, LAC @ KC7Mark Andrews, BAL vs. PIT8Darren Waller, OAK @ DEN9O.J. Howard, TB vs. ATL10Jared Cook, NO @ CAR11Greg Olsen, CAR vs. NO12Jonnu Smith, TEN @ HOU13Noah Fant, DEN vs. OAK14Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. CHI15Jack Doyle, IND @ JAX16Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. SF17Kaden Smith, NYG vs. PHI18Jason Witten, DAL vs. WAS19Mike Gesicki, MIA @ NE20Jimmy Graham, GB @ DET21Benjamin Watson, NE vs. MIA22Cameron Brate, TB vs. ATL23Darren Fells, HOU vs. TEN24Jordan Akins, HOU vs. TEN25Vance McDonald, PIT @ BAL26Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. CLE27Logan Thomas, DET vs. GB28Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE29Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. CHI WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | KickerJoining Higbee on the great matchup train is Austin Hooper, who’s returned to health to contribute to his fantasy owners down the stretch and now faces Tampa Bay in Week 17. The matchup for Zach Ertz against the Giants is also one worth looking forward to after Dwayne Haskins threw all over New York in Week 16.If you’ve gotten this far and need a stream, there’s no need to fear — the top target should be Dallas Goedert for the Eagles against the Giants. He had a huge Week 16 game, and with all the Philly WR injuries, Goedert is one of Carson Wentz’s top targets. You could also target the athletic Jonnu Smith for Tennessee since the Titans have chosen to finally involve him enough to make him fantasy relevant. Other options include Noah Fant (vs. Raiders) and Kaden Smith (vs. Eagles), with Smith being a two-TD hero in Week 16.WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOne thing to look out for, as well: Mark Andrews could sit out Week 17. The Ravens have clinched the AFC’s top seed and could choose to rest their studs. If Andrews sits, target one of the streams mentioned above (or Hayden Hurst in that case, who would be the biggest beneficiary of an Andrews absence).(Update: Be on the lookout for Zach Ertz’s status, as well, as he may be a true game-time decision Sunday. Dallas Goedert would be a strong TE1 if Ertz sits against the Giants.)MORE: Which players are sitting out Week 17?last_img read more

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Siblings arrested after bringing loaded gun to school

first_imgTwo brothers are now facing felony charges after officials say one of them brought a loaded gun onto a school campus.The incident was first reported on October 1st at Miami Palmetto Senior High School.Authorities say they were notified by the school after another student told officials that one of the brothers, Joshua Mizelle, brought a gun to school.When authorities questioned Joshua, the teen told them that he did not have a weapon on him and allowed officers to search his vehicle in the student parking lot.During the search, officials reported that they found not only a loaded handgun, but brass knuckles and two knives inside of the vehicle.At that point, Joshua was taken into custody.Authorities, however, returned to the school to take his brother Jonathan, into custody after they were informed that the brothers arrived to the school in the same vehicle.It was later determined that Jonathan was the brother responsible for bringing the weapons onto school property.During a court hearing on Friday, an attorney for Joshua told the judge that Joshua has never been in trouble with the law before this and the charges may affect his athletic career and scholarship:“What I just want to let the court know, not only has he never been in trouble before, he’s a star athlete. He has a scholarship, which unfortunately, is in jeopardy because of this thing. His whole career and his scholarship is in jeopardy.”Despite the words of the attorney, the judge reportedly stated that all actions have consequences even if Joshua is an athlete:“Those are consequences,” said Judge Orlando Prescott. “There’s always long-term consequences, good, bad and indifferent and because he’s an athlete [it] doesn’t bear anything with me.”Joshua is scheduled to be released on house arrest while Jonathan will be held in detention.Their next trial is scheduled for December 13th.last_img read more

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England sending experienced squad to face the French

first_img8 May 2014 England sending experienced squad to face the French England Golf is sending an experienced team, all of whom have already been capped, for the biennial international against France at Fontainebleau over the weekend of 17th and 18th May. England Golf is sending an experienced team, all of whom have already been capped, for the biennial international against France at Fontainebleau over the weekend of 17th and 18th May. The nine-man squad is: Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), Paul Howard (Southport & Ainsdale, Lancashire), Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire), Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon), Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent), Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire), and Toby Tree (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex). All of the squad have titles under their belts at home and abroad and will be eager to reverse the result the last time this match was held on French soil when England lost 13-11 at Chantilly in 2010. Casey, 20, a former boy cap, made his full England debut against Spain at El Prat last year and was also a member of England’s victorious team in the Home Internationals last August at Ganton. In 2013, he won the Selborne Salver and lost a playoff for the Poncat Dutch Junior Open and finished third in the Portuguese Amateur. Chesters, 24, is the reigning European Amateur champion following his victory at El Prat last August. He made his full England debut against the French at Rochester & Cobham in 2012 and was a member of the European team that beat Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India earlier this year. Recently he finished runner-up in the Selborne Salver. Evans, 27, was also a member of England’s winning team at Ganton last year on his debut. Over the winter he won two titles in Australia, the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal and was the leading qualifier in the Australian Amateur. Last year he won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France while he was part of the victorious team in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy in India.  Howard, 23, was another to earn his first full cap in last year’s Home Internationals and earlier this year won the South American Amateur in Colombia. A member of last year’s victorious Lancashire team in the English County Championship, winning five of his six games, he recently finished runner-up in the Hampshire Salver, tied fourth in the Hampshire Hog and equal seventh in the Lytham Trophy. Marsh, 19, a former boy cap, made his full debut in last year’s Home Internationals having won back-to-back events as an amateur on the Gecko Pro Tour in Spain in 2012. Marsh reached the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship last year and finished runner-up in the North of England Youths Championship and the Welsh Open Youths. Earlier this year he was runner-up in the Portuguese Amateur Championship after a playoff. Mullen, 20, was another to make his full England debut in the Home Internationals at Ganton last year and went on to win five of his six games for Devon in the County Finals at Minchinhampton. He finished third to Howard in the South American Amateur and recently won the Duncan Putter in Wales and finished second in the West of England Stroke Play over his home course at Royal North Devon. Saunders, 23, also made his full England debut in last year’s Home Internationals having finished runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix in France. Winner of the Lagonda Trophy in 2012, he finished tied sixth in the Biarritz Cup and seventh in the Brabazon Trophy and the South of England Amateur last year. Smith, 21, represented England for the first time in the 2012 Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes. That year he reached the semi-finals of the English Amateur and was a member of Wiltshire’s winning team in the County Championship. Last year he was a quarter finalist in the Spanish Amateur, won the Brabazon Trophy at Formby and was a member of the GB&I Walker Cup team. This year he has won the Selborne and Hampshire Salvers. Tree, 19, a former under 16 and boy international, made his full England debut against France in 2012. He won the England under 14 Championship in 2008 and the under 16 title two years later followed by the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in 2011. Tree represented GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the 2012 Jacques Leglise Trophy and last year helped England win the European Nations Championship and the European Men’s Team Championship. He also has several victories to his name in South Africa and recently finished seventh in the Lytham Trophy. The England v France contests date back to 1934. There have been 32 matches of which England has won 27 and France five. However, four of the French victories have come in the last nine encounters. The match consists of four foursomes and eight singles on each day. Image caption: Nick Marsh (left) and Harry Casey (right). Image copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

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Djokovic still chasing elusive French Open

first_imgPARIS (AP): Novak Djokovic will be celebrating his 29th birthday when the French Open starts today. If nothing else, it underlines just how frustrating it has become for the top-ranked Serb to win the only major to elude him. Djokovic, who has lost the past two finals here and three altogether, is playing his 12th tournament and would set a record for most appearances at Roland Garros before winning the title in the Open era. Four players – Stan Wawrinka, last year, Roger Federer, in 2009, Andre Agassi, in 1999, and Andres Gomez, in 1990 – all won on their 11th appearance. Goran Ivanisevic holds the Open era Grand Slam record of needing 14 attempts before winning Wimbledon in 2001. Although Djokovic insists he is not “obsessed” with winning the elusive title, he may never get a better chance because nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is still finding his best form on clay, Wawrinka has been erratic and the 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer is skipping the tournament to protect his troublesome back. Second-seed Andy Murray could pose a serious threat, having beaten Djokovic in the Italian Open final last weekend. Achievements “Of course, I anticipate myself, as everybody else (does), to try to get my hands on this title this year,” Djokovic said. “Even if my career was done tomorrow, I made some achievements that I must be proud of, so that’s how I approach things. I don’t try to approach them from a point of view of being obsessed with this tournament or with any other tournament, for that matter.” Since the start of 2015, he’s 119-9 overall, winning four majors and 16 titles – including a tour-leading five this year. He has won 11 majors and could yet equal Nadal’s haul of 14 by the end of the year.last_img read more

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UST claims UAAP Season 80 general championship

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames University of Santo Tomas once again finished on top of the UAAP Season 80 to take home its 42nd overall championship.The Growling Tigers dominated the field with  283 points, 14 points clear of runner-up La Salle, which finished with 269 points.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UP snares UAAP men’s football title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident UST took home six golds, seven silvers, and three bronze medals to become the best performing school in the league for the third time in three years.University of the Philippines claimed third place with 234 points, edging fourth-placer Ateneo which had 230 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNational University placed at fifth with 179 points built on eight golds, followed by University of the East (168 points), Far Eastern University (151 points), and Adamson (101 points). View commentslast_img read more

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Over 150 families along Highway get potable water for the first time

first_imgMore than 150 families along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway are benefiting from potable water for the firstGWI Executive Director for Infrastructure Planning and Implementation Ramchand Jailaltime. This is after a well was drilled and a water supply system was installed in their community.Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Executive Director for Infrastructure Planning and Implementation, Ramchand Jailal, told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that GWI is moving aggressively to serve communities not receiving water.Jailal explained that GWI is also in the process of setting up a water supply system at Silver Hill, another community along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway. “That one is presently being tested and works are ongoing and we’re hoping to have that well completed within another two weeks for residents in the area to benefit from potable water supply,” he said.Drought earlier this year resulted in residents of Silver Hill being without access to water in their community. The residents, including school children, had to access water from tankers or creeks far away.“It is expected that when the new well is drilled, residents will be relieved from their burdens,” Jailall said, adding that works should be completed within the next two months.Additionally, works are ongoing in several communities on the East Coast of Demerara, including Dazzle Housing Scheme, Lusignan, the railway embankment and President’s College road.GWI is installing additional transmission mains for persons who have no access to water in those communities. Residents of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice are also to benefit from water supply.last_img read more

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Plaisance fire victims receive donation, hopeful for houses

first_img“I lost everything” – mother of 4Some 40 persons who were affected by the Mash Day fire that destroyed an apartment complex and two houses at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD), received cash and other items on Monday, but some recipients were hopeful that the Central Housing and Planning Authority would fast-track their housing applications as they have no place to live.Government, in collaboration with private entities, handed over beds, mattresses, table-model stoves, kitchen utensils and food vouchers to the families, while other individuals received kitchen utensils and food vouchers. Recipients also received cash ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.Some of the victims have beds to sleep on, but some are desirous of having houses in which they could put the items donated to themSome of the beneficiaries told Guyana Times that while they were thankful, they were hopeful that Government would provide them with a house and land, so they could have somewhere to call their own. Mother of four, Robin Bollers said that while the donation was a start, she was hopeful to move into her own home, as she was living in the back house which was owned by her grandmother.“I lost everything and I would like a house for me and my children, because I don’t have anywhere to live. I staying at my grandmother with two of the children while my husband staying at the shelter, but my father staying with me so it’s like four of us on a bed,” she observed.Her spouse, Dywane Bollers, clutching his 15-month-old baby, told this newspaper that he was feeling better though still dealing with the loss from last Friday’s fire.Meanwhile, Kerwin Johnson, who says he discovered the body of his 82-year-old neighbour in the rubble, explained that he too has no place to live and noted that many residents were staying in a shelter.“I was expecting something more, because the least people would want to rent a place is three months’ rent in advance and I have no cash ‘cause all my stuff burn up,” he stressed.The fire reportedly started about 14:30h in the apartment building located at Victoria Road, Plaisance.last_img read more

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Guyana/Brazil celebrate 50 years of bilateral relations

first_img…commemorative stamp launchedA commemorative stamp was on Friday launched at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s South Road, Georgetown office as Guyana celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations with Brazil. In attendance at the event were subject Minister Carl Greenidge, Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes, Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy Paulo Silos, and several others.The stamp will also be launched in Brazil on October 26, although it is currently available in two denominations at the cost of some $200 and $80 locally.Greenidge reminded that Guyana established formal relations with the neighbouring country on August 26, 1986, and the two countries have since closely collaborated in the areas of education, health and technical cooperation, among other areas.Greenidge said, “Over the subsequent 50 years (since establishment of relations), our two countries have solidified relations through close collaboration… These matters are being pursued, (and) continue to be pursued under the variety of mechanisms that were established over the years”.He added that, in recent years, the two countries have intensified their bilateral relations through a series of “high level encounters”.The Deputy Head of Mission of the Brazilian Embassy, Paulo Silos, endorsed Minister Greenidge’s statement and added that the stamp has a powerful message attached, as it is available to all.“A stamp is not just a tiny stamp or a strip of paper. We should not be fooled by small size, as it portrays its true importance and significance. The stamp, in many ways, is better than the visible monument, because a monument is erected in one place, a stamp however has its own powerful impact, as it is not restricted spatially,” he said.Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes told the gathering that the stamp is a testimony of the good relations existing between the two countries. “Today’s official launching of the commemorative stamp is one more symbol of the good, strong, neighbourly relations between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” she noted.This stamp happens to be third one produced in recent years to celebrate bilateral relations with Brazil. The first one was launched in 2003 to observe the countries’ 35 years of partnership; the second was produced in 2009 to mark the official commissioning of the Takutu Bridge, which links Guyana and Brazil.Also released on Friday was a 15-minute documentary on the two countries, which captures various aspects of the two nations.In observance of the 50-year-long relationship, a safari will be heading to Brazil next month. This happens to be the first time that the South Rupununi Safari, organised by Rainforest Tours, will be leaving the country.last_img read more

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“My salary is not affected” – Minister Patterson-Yearwood

first_img…says move from Housing Ministry not a demotionFormer Housing Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood does not believe her reassignment from the Communities Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry is a demotion stemming from a recent controversy involving the award of a multimillion-dollar contract to her husband.Former Housing Minister Valerie Patterson-YearwoodEarlier this month it was revealed that the Minister’s husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was awarded a contract to build homes for a project spearheaded by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA); an agency which she had responsibility over as Housing Minister.However, one day after President David Granger announced a reshuffle of his Cabinet which saw Minister Patterson-Yearwood being removed as Housing Minister and placed at the Agriculture Ministry with responsibility for Rural Affairs, she told reporters that this move is not a demotion since there were no chances to her remunerations.“What is a demotion? My salary is not affected, my allowances (or) anything not affected. Nothing is affected so why would it be a demotion? I see it as a promotion because I’m going into new and exciting areas,” Minister Patterson-Yearwood told reporters on Friday.Godfrey Yearwood, husband of Minister Valerie Patterson-YearwoodHowever, even as the Minister denied that her reassignment had nothing to do with the issue involving her husband, local transparency watchdog, Transparency International Guyana Inc (TIGI) said it supports calls for the multimillion-dollar contract to be reviewed.This issue came to the limelight earlier this month when Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that the Minister’s husband had sub-contracted the project to a contractor from Victoria (East Coast Demerara), who claims that he is yet to be paid for the works done more than a year ago.According to TIGI, this situation is particularly pernicious since it comes at a time when Guyanese workers are struggling for fair treatment.“We are learning that a local company – even one connected to a Minister of Government – is failing to pay its workers… This is another issue that causes us to wonder whether the persons who end up as our leaders appreciate the vast responsibility placed upon them to ensure the interests of our society as a whole are properly safe-guarded,” the missive added.Jagdeo had disclosed at a press conference earlier this month that the construction worker went to him after he had exhausted efforts to collect his payments from the Minister’s husband. According to the Opposition Leader, the man had written President Granger four times over the past year for the Head of State’s intervention but only got acknowledgement responses so far.Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Lelon Saul had revealed that he was aware of this issue of non-payment.“A complaint was lodged at the Ministry, I think it was sometime last year, and we would have called in both parties and we advised them to settle the issue,” Saul told reporters earlier this month.Furthermore, the CH&PA Head had also noted that the award of the contract to the Minister’s husband for works under a Ministry she was heading, was a clear conflict of interest even if the contract was awarded through a competitive bidding process.“If the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest,” he posited.To this end, the CH&PA head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation.“The award of contract is above my level. But I think the (CH&PA) Board should review that (awarding process) based on recommendations coming from the agency,” Saul asserted.It was noted that while the contract was a one-off award, the project is still ongoing.last_img read more

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