Cardinia’s mental health services ‘stretched’

first_imgBy Danielle Kutchel Cardinia Shire is experiencing a shortfall of critical services to address mental health services in the region. That’s according to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Southeastern Louisiana Wins First Southland Baseball Tournament

first_imgThe Lions answered the Bears’ four consecutive runs with a run the sixth inning. After Jacob Williams doubled to third base, Fisher brought home his first RBI of the tournament with a single to center field to up the Lions’ lead to 7-4. On his team…“I am extremely proud of these guys. Even though we didn’t finish our goal of winning the championship, we came together. We battled a lot of adversity this year with injuries and lot of different things. They came together at the end, and I am proud as heck with these guys. They fought hard and finished hard. That is what we talked about was to fight the good fight and finish the course and have faith.” Box Score (PDF)  |  Photos  |  ESPN3 Replay  |  Highlights  |  Interviews  |  Tournament CentralCONWAY, Ark. – Southeastern Louisiana went to the arm of relief pitcher Tate Scioneaux in the championship game of the Southland Conference Baseball Tournament to defeat Central Arkansas 9-4 to claim the school’s first league title. On Tate Scioneaux…“He came to me last night and said, “Coach, I want the baseball at some point in time tomorrow. I know we are going with Andro (Cuturo), but I feel great and I am ready to go. So if you get the chance to give it to me, I want it.’ You could hear it. You could hear it was definitely from the heart. It wasn’t just a coach speech or player speech, it was a true genuine ‘I want the baseball.’ And you saw it when he went in there and shut the door.” Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Tate ScioneauxOn his tournament performance…“I asked for the ball. I told coach that I had some outs in me. He said he was going to pull me in the seventh, and I told him, ‘no, one more coach.” And then the eighth inning came, and I told him that I am going to finish this.” The Lions will find out where they will go in the NCAA tournament on Monday. The tournament selection show will be televised on ESPNU at 11 a.m., CT. Central Arkansas Head Coach Allen GumOn coming up short in the championship…“The guys did a great job at the end of the year. We had a moment and got on a good run. Today, things just didn’t go our way. Southeastern Louisiana did a good job. They put pressure on us and took advantage of the mistakes we made. It was their day. The ball bounced their way. I am proud of our guys. We fought hard at the end. Even when we got down 6-0, we just kept fighting but we didn’t have enough left.” UCA would chip away from the Lions’ lead in the bottom half of the second inning. Tyler Langley and Scott Zimmerle would reach base for the Bears to start the inning. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt from Justin Treece, Langley would come around to score on a sacrifice fly from Charles Deckard. Doug Votolato would get his eighth hit and fifth RBI of the tournament with an infield single, bringing home Zimmerle to make the score 6-2. Postgame Quotes…Southeastern Louisiana Head Coach Matt RiserOn today’s championship… “First, that Central Arkansas ball club is a tough ball club. It looked like we were going to run away with it, but they put the pressure on and put the pressure on, but it was a fantastic job by Tate Scioneaux coming in and finishing it off. The kids gave it everything they had because they wanted it. This is the ultimate goal. It was a motivating force for us with the last few years being runner up.” Saturday, May 24Championship: No. 5 Southeastern La. 9, No. 6 Central Arkansas 4 The Lions puts the game out of reach in the eighth inning by tacking on two more runs. Southeastern put together a two-out rally with three consecutive hits from Seward, Fisher and Godbold. Godbold’s single drove in Seward and Fisher to give the Lions the 9-4 lead. The Bears would added two more runs in the fourth inning after loading the bases with singles from Deckard and Carson Dowdle and Wesley Hoover reaching on a fielding error. Chris Townsend would pick up an RBI after being hit by a pitch and Nate Ferrell would draw an RBI walk. Thursday, May 22Game Five:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 8 (Lamar eliminated)Game Six:  No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 3, No. 2 Nicholls 2 (Nicholls eliminated)Game Seven:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 1, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 0Game Eight:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 11, No. 7 McNeese State 3center_img 2014 Southland Conference Baseball All-Tournament TeamMVP     Tate Scioneaux, Southeastern LouisianaP             Jacob Seward, Southeastern LouisianaC             Jameson Fisher, Southeastern LouisianaOF          Andrew Godbold, Southeastern LouisianaP             Connor McClain, Central ArkansasOF          Doug Votolato, Central ArkansasOF          Nate Ferrell, Central Arkansas2B          Chris Townsend, Central ArkansasP             Steven Spann, Northwestern StateSS           Sam Bumpers, LamarOF          Andrew Guillotte, McNeese StateDH         Nick Heath, Northwestern State Singles by Seward and Fisher and a hit by a pitch by Andrew Godbold loaded the bases again for the Lions in the second inning. Southeastern would then bring four more runs across with two consecutive two-RBI singles from Hoffman and Midyett. Jason Greenleaf picked up the win for the Lions after 1.2 innings of work. Greenleaf, who moved to 1-0 on the year, gave up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out one. UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff lasted only into the second inning after six runs, four earned, on seven hits and one walk. He struck out one in falling to 7-6 on the year. Southeastern jumped on the board early, pushing six runs across in the first two innings. In the top of the first, the Lions loaded the bases with a Jacob Seward single, Jameson Fisher fielder’s choice error and a Brett Hoffman walk. Daniel Midyett drove in the game’s first run with an infield single to pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff. Midyett’s shot hit off Biggerstaff’s glove, but it was too hot from the UCA pitcher to handle, which allowed Seward to score. Fisher would eventually score the second Southeastern run when Sam Roberson grounded out to second base. Central Arkansas finished its season 32-22 after reaching the championship game for the second consecutive year. The No. 5 seed Lions (37-23) claimed its first title after reaching the championship game the previous two seasons, including a 4-0 loss in last year’s championship to the Bears. The loss snapped UCA’s eight-game tournament winning streak. The win also locked up the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Championship, which will be the Lions’ third overall and first appearance since 1994. Scioneaux, the tournament most valuable player, came into the game in the fourth inning to stop the UCA hitting. The Bears scored four runs before Scioneaux entered the game. The right-hander pitched over five innings of shutout ball, giving up only four hits and a walk while striking out eight Bears. For the tournament, Scioneaux pitched 11 innings of scoreless ball while striking out 12 hitters and only surrendering nine hits and two walks. Scioneaux threw 91 pitches to pick up his first save of the year. Southland Conference Tournament ResultsWednesday, May 21Game One:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 5, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3Game Two:  No. 1 Sam Houston St. 10, No. 8 Lamar 4Game Three:  No. 7 McNeese St. 4, No. 2 Nicholls 2Game Four:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 3, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 1 Friday, May 23Game Nine:  No. 4 Northwestern St. 4, No. 1 Sam Houston St. 1 (Sam Houston St. eliminated)Game 10:  No. 7 McNeese St. 7, No. 3 A&M-Corpus Christi 5 (A&M-Corpus Christi eliminated)Game 11:  No. 5 Southeastern La. 7, No. 4 Northwestern St. 3 (Northwestern St. eliminated)Game 12:  No. 6 Central Arkansas 8, No. 7 McNeese St. 6 (McNeese St. eliminated) On today’s game…“That’s baseball. You are going to have your up and downs, but you just have to keep grinding. And in the end, hope it is in your favor.”last_img read more

Cilic into quarters after injured Nishikori quits

first_imgCroatian ninth seed Marin Cilic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third year running after Kei Nishikori quit with a rib injury midway through their fourth round match on Monday.Nishikori was trailing 6-1 5-1 when he decided to follow the advice of his coach Michael Chang, who could be heard saying “Don’t push it, it’s not worth it.”The Japanese fifth seed, who swallowed a pill given by the trainer at the previous change of ends, shook his head at the umpire to indicate he could not longer continue before going up toCilic to shake hands.“It was too much pain I could not really compete today. Every point I played it got worse. I did not want to but I had to retire,” Nishikori told a news conference.Cilic‘s serving was on fire during the first set as he blasted down 12 aces, including four in the first game, and dropped only two points on serve.He won 26 out of 33 points contested as Nishikori surrendered the set in only 16 minutes.The 2014 U.S. Open champion, who beat his Japanese rival in Flushing Meadows to win his only grand slam title, could not keep up the same intensity in the second set as Nishikori broke back to level at 1-1.But from then on Nishikori failed to win a game and, after dropping serve for the third time in the set, with a double fault, he could not hide his despair.While Chang, the 1989 French Open champion, indicated with his hands to ‘cut it’, Nishikori covered his eyes before burying his head under a towel as he slumped into his chair.When the trainer came on court and handed a pill to Nishikori, it was clear that Asia’s number one player was injured and one game later it was all over as muted applause greeted Cilic‘s passage into the last eight.last_img read more

NBA: Tony Parker denies retirement rumors, expects to return by January

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Some fans and pundits alike have asked whether the four-time NBA champion, who is now 35 years old, still has what it takes to return to the hardwood after a serious injury.Silencing his critics, Parker shrugged off retirement rumors and even vowed to return even stronger than ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I will play my best basketball when I return in January,” he was quoted as saying in a EuroHoops report, via French media outlet L’Equipe.Parker was among those who benefited from Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich’s ploy of managing his aging players’ minutes throughout the season, to get them ready for the post season. Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle “The first thing that came in when I got injured was frustration,” he said.  “I was super-good, and we had the chance to go until the end and get the title. The coach’s plan worked like a clock. I was consistent, playing for 20-25 minutes per game. My series against Memphis was good, and I had a good start to the season.”With 16 NBA seasons under his belt,  Parker has certainly lost a step, but continues to be a factor for the perennial Western conference powerhouse, averaging 10.1 points and 4.5 assists in 25.2 minutes per game this year.His back-court running mate, the 39-year-old Manu Ginobili, is widely expected to follow the footsteps of the retired Tim Duncan and hang up his jersey this year.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) is carried off the court after being injured during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets.  APTony Parker’s 2017 playoff run with the San Antonio Spurs came to an abrupt end earlier this month, after he ruptured his left quadriceps tendon during their Western Conference Semifinals match-up with the Houston Rockets.READ: Spurs’ Tony Parker has surgery on ruptured quad muscleADVERTISEMENT Kerr ‘not well enough’ to coach yet for Finals Game 1 MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View commentslast_img read more

Racing Results – Caymanas Park (October 16 2017)

first_imgRacing Results – Caymanas Park (October 16 2017)Weather: Good Track: FineRace 1 1300 M (Purse $900,000) NB3YO&IMP2YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.IIKILLOWATT (1967 & 1968)-FIRST GOLD CUP WINNER*1. #7 MALACHI DCardenas 54.0 $86.00 $77.002. #4 EDDIE’S PRINCESS JPatterson* 51.0 1-3/4L $359.003. #1 COUNCIL OF TRENT AChatrie 56.0 1-1/4L $90.004. #3 MILAGRO OWhite 52.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:21.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, 1:13.0,Winner : 3yo dk b/br colt – RISING MOON out of ANTIOCH by BURNING MARQUETrainer : SMITH,GRESFORD A Owner : MR. BOJANGLESBred by WILLIAM MCCALLAQuinella : (4,7) $434.00 Exacta : (7-4) $511.00Superfecta : (7-4-1-3) $2,008.00Race 2 1300 M (Purse $900,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACENANNY*1. #6 LOVELY DAY JInnis2 51.0 $88.00 $55.002. #9 MARQUESAS EMiller 55.5 2L $98.003. #5 MY BEIRUT SEllis 54.5 1-3/4L $73.004. #7 FREE MARIE OMullings 51.5 1-1/4LFinal Time : 1:21.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.2, 1:13.2,Winner : 2yo b filly – ADORE THE GOLD out of LUSCIOUS by STORM CRAFTTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : BITTER SWEETBred by JEFFREY MORDECAIQuinella : (6,9) $752.00 Exacta : (6-9) $794.00D/E : (7-6) $136.00Superfecta : (6-9-5-7) $5,312.00Race 3 1100 M (Purse $620,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)SAM SHARPE1. #6 NASDAQ PRINCESS DCardenas 54.0 $141.00 $91.002. #9 MAN IN BLUE SEllis 54.0 2-1/2L $106.003. #1 LITTLE PRINCE OScott3 51.0 1/2L $116.004. #2 PLAY BACK AndrePowell2 52.0 1-1/4LFinal Time : 1:09.4 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, ,Winner : 5yo b mare – MARKET RALLY out of HOLY PRINCESS by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : LYNCH,PATRICK T Owner : GLANVILLE M ASHTON DR.Bred by GLANVILLE ASHTONQuinella : (6,9) $389.00 Exacta : (6-9) $801.00D/E : (6-6) $302.00Superfecta : (6-9-1-2) $25,640.00Rolling Triple : (7-6-6) $445.00NORMAN MANLEY MEMORIAL CUPRace 4 1000 M (R) (Purse $660,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0$210,0)/NB5YO(NW3)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #5 SIR LEYLAND HALL AndrePowell2 52.0 $171.00 $70.00*2. #2 OCEAN SEEKER DCardenas 53.0 3/4L $57.003. #7 PRINCESS BRIANNA AntThomas2 51.5 3L $63.004. #9 JOYFUL RAKOTA ARobles 54.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #3 SUNDANCE, #8 DREAMLINERFinal Time : 1:02.0 Splits : 23.1, 47.3, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – FEARLESS VISION out of CHIKINEY by SLICK TRICKTrainer : SMITH,NORMAN W Owner : NORMAN W SMITHBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Quinella : (2,5) $147.00 Exacta : (5-2) $346.00D/E : (6-5) $681.00Superfecta : (5-2-7-9) $1,436.00Rolling Triple : (6-6-5) $2,087.00Race 5 1820 M (Purse $690,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW4)PAUL BOGLE1. #8 CHEERS DDawkins* 55.0 $236.00 $62.00*2. #10 VISION OF GOLD OScott3 51.0 7-1/4L $52.003. #6 MINNIFFIA DCardenas 53.0 2-1/2L $56.004. #2 BURLIN NBerger4 52.0 4L5. #9 RAISING THE BAR SEllis 54.0 4-1/2LLate scratch : #3 DUSSELDORF, #4 ASKABOUTMEFinal Time : 1:58.0 Splits : 27.2, 51.4, 1:16.3, 1:43.1Winner : 6yo ch horse – YESBYJIMMINY out of ANGELA’S FAVORITE by ORIENTATETrainer : DARBY (SR),ROBERT A Owner : ROBERT A DARBY (SR)Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (8,10) $274.00 Exacta : (8-10) $785.00D/E : (5-8) $929.00 (5-3) $163.00 (5-4) $101.00Trifecta : (8-10-6) $451.00Hi-5 : (8-10-6-2-9) $32,032.00Rolling Triple : (6-5-8) $7,950.00Race 6 800 M (S) (Purse $870,000) NB3YO MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -NOT FINISHED 2ND-4TH LIFETIMESIR ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE*1. #2 HAPPY LEE SEllis 54.0 $72.00 $53.002. #8 METICULOUS DCardenas 54.0 2-1/2L $84.003. #5 BORONIA WHenry 52.0 2-1/2L $66.004. #14 DALLAS AndreePowell3 51.0 Neck5. #4 THEGREATEXAGERATOR SBlake 53.0 1L6. #11 RELOADED AndrePowell2 54.0 2-1/2LFinal Time : 0:47.4 Splits : 23.1, , ,Winner : 3yo filly – ADORE THE GOLD out of MISS LEE by WESTERN CLASSICTrainer : CHEN,DWIGHT P Owner : TREVOR R DUNKLEY (SR.)Bred by DUNKLEY (SR.), TREVOR ROYQuinella : (2,8) $573.00 Exacta : (2-8) $537.00D/E : (8-2) $450.00Twin-Tri : (2-8-5) $110.00 (Exchange)Hi-5 : (2-8-5-14-4) $50,263.00Rolling Triple : (5-8-2) $5,958.00Pick-4 : (6-5-8-2) $9,856.00Super-6 : (7-6-6-5-8-2) $21,317.90Race 7 1300 M (Purse $600,000)-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB5YO&UP(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW3)GEORGE WILLIAM GORDON*1. #8 ROYAL GIRL AntThomas2 53.0 $105.00 $54.002. #2 MONEY MOVE OFoster 53.5 6-1/2L $137.003. #4 QUEENOFSAINTROSE OnBeckford3 52.0 1-1/4L $264.004. #6 RICHIE’S PIK DDawkins* 54.0 2-1/2L5. #12 ALDEBARAN DCardenas 56.0 1-3/4LDNF #1 FIX IT UP JPatterson* 51.0 52/1Final Time : 1:22.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.3, 1:14.0,Winner : 6yo b mare – MARKET RALLY out of ROYAL EMPRESS by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : CHIN,WILFRED A Owner : WILFRED A CHINBred by DAMIAN CHIN-YOU & LAURENCE HEFFESQuinella : (2,8) $1,467.00 Exacta : (8-2) $1,841.00D/E : (2-8) $164.00Trifecta : (8-2-4) $9,509.00 Twin-Tri carry-over : $360,889.75Hi-5 carry-over : $79,147.25Rolling Triple : (8-2-8) $1,103.00HEROES DAY STAKES TROPHYRace 8 1600 M (Purse $680,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. #3 GOLD MINER JInnis2 49.0 $211.00 $108.00*2. #11 CORALANDO OMullings 51.0 1-1/2L $112.003. #4 WARTIME OScott3 50.0 5-1/2L $97.004. #2 BROOKLYN AntThomas2 51.5 Head5. #6 CUP O TEA PParchment 53.0 3-1/4L6. #1 SHARP SKIRT OWhite 52.0 3/4L7. #7 PROUD PRESIDENT SEllis 54.0 4-1/2L8. #5 FLYING MACHINE AndrePowell2 52.0 6LLate scratch : #10 DREAMING THE CODEFinal Time : 1:40.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.2, 1:12.3,Winner : 4yo b filly – LEGAL PROCESS out of GOOD AS GOLD by FOUNTAIN OF GOLDTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (3,11) $701.00 Exacta : (3-11) $1,522.00D/E : (8-3) $405.00 (8-10) $91.00Trifecta : (3-11-4) $1,272.00Hi-5 : (3-11-4-2-6) $15,139.00Rolling Triple : (2-8-3) $1,257.00Pick-5 : (5-8-2-8-3) $33,992.00Placepot-8 : (4,7-6,9-6,9-2,3,5,8-3,4,8,10-2,8-2,8-3,10,11)$1,078.00GOLD CUPRace 9 1400 M (Purse $1,750,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. #2 CHOO CHOO BLUE DDawkins* 51.0 $260.00 $88.002. #3 LOTTERY TICKET OMullings 50.0 1-3/4L $97.003. #11 HOUDINI’S MAGIC WHenry 54.0 3/4L $131.00*4. #5 CHACE THE GREAT AntThomas2 51.5 2L5. #1 GARY GLITTER CBudhai 50.5 3-1/2LLate scratch : #10 BRAWNFinal Time : 1:23.4 Splits : 23.1, 45.3, 1:10.2,Winner : 4yo b filly – COWTOWN CAT out of CHOOBLOO by BOLGERTrainer : MCMASTER,PETER G Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by BRENT FEMUNG & CRYSTAL FEMUNGQuinella : (2,3) $844.00 Exacta : (2-3) $1,111.00D/E : (3-2) $1,502.00Trifecta : (2-3-11) $2,079.00Hi-5 : (2-3-11-5-1) $47,005.00Rolling Triple : (8-3-2) $5,173.00Race 10 1300 M (Purse $600,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACEMARCUS GARVEY1. #2 CALL TO DUTY OScott3 53.0 $265.00 $128.002. #9 BIGMAN UNION OWhite 54.0 4-1/2L $194.003. #5 MARY’S GOLD RichReid 53.0 1-1/4L $464.004. #7 NUCLEAR FORCE OMullings 51.0 1/2L5. #13 BREEZY NBerger4 49.0 3-1/4L6. #14 CHENBUCKCHEN AntThomas2 52.0 1/2L7. #3 SQUIT RoshJohnson4 52.0 1L8. #4 EXPLOSIVE CHARGE PParchment 54.0 2L9. #11 TWILIGHT PRINCESS DAThomas 52.0 6LDNF #1 OPTIMUS AndrePowell2 52.0 27/1Final Time : 1:23.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.2, 1:15.1,Winner : 4yo ch colt – LIQUIDITY out of P.W’S CHOICE by TEXAS PROSPECTORTrainer : CHARLTON,PAUL A Owner : VEN DEEZLEBred by WRIGHT, PAUL CLIFTONQuinella : (2,9) $661.00 Exacta : (2-9) $1,110.00D/E : (2-2) $1,309.00Trifecta : (2-9-5) $9,257.00Hi-5 carry-over : $193,534.25Rolling Triple : (3-2-2) $7,676.00Pick-4 : (8-3-2-2) $16,456.00Super-6 : (8-2-8-3-2-2) $72,426.20Pick-9 : Carry-over : $1,000,000.00 (7/9) $148.50; (8/9 $5,062.00last_img read more

Opinion of Charles Ramson Jr

first_imgDear Editor,I have read letters to the editor published about Charles Ramson Jr after his announcement about running for the PPP’s presidential candidacy and I wanted to share another view since I have known Charles for decades, and Guyanese need to know about the persons who would like to lead Guyana.I would also like to disclose that I am a relative of Mark Devonish who wrote that Charles would not be a good choice for President. My position stands to offer you perspective.For the decades I have known Charles… from our school days at Stella Maris and Queen’s College. We were always in the same class up until I left Guyana.He was always a person who held good judgment, strong values and was always good to everyone he encountered. In fact, I have never seen him display or express a single racist, bigoted, sexist or class-ist view in my entire life. He was always the “fight-parter”, but was always willing to fight if necessary to defend himself and others.Those elements about a person remain unchanged. It is who they are and how they are made up. Those to me are not only essential ingredients of good leadership, but exactly the kind of leadership necessary for Guyana.Opinion pieces have been published about him and one from a member of my extended family. While everyone is entitled to an opinion, I firmly believe that a Facebook argument you had with someone years ago and very little real-life interaction will give very little insight into determining the value system essential for leadership and, therefore, has no relevance in public discussion.In my opinion, I also think he would make a good president based on what he brings to the table.He will inspire a generation of young people; he can bridge the bitter racial and political divide in Guyana; he will improve Guyana’s international relationships, image and foreign investment opportunities, but most importantly he is the only person in politics at the moment, who has a deeper understanding of oil and gas economies which will be a dominant part of Guyana’s future.I know writing this has somewhat compromised my personal privacy, which is important to me but that is how strongly I view this subject.Edwin Foo IITokyo, Japanlast_img read more

AFC to petition Cabinet to keep embattled Ambassador

first_img…claims legal woes now a “spent conviction”The Foreign Affairs Ministry’s investigation into the veracity and gravity of the charges against Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir Ally, is still to be completed, but the Alliance For Change (AFC) is standing staunchly behind its member and will petition the Cabinet Council of Ministers to have him remain in his diplomatic posting.Guyana Times spoke with a reliable source close to the leadership of the AFC and was told that the party leader, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, will be looking to argue the case before Cabinet that Dr Ally’s legal woes in the United States of America should beDr Shamir Allyconsidered a “spent conviction”.A spent conviction refers to a penalty effectively being ignored on a person’s record given the time that has lapsed since the original charges were laid.This is the argument since the charges are now 14 years old and the party’s leadership is arguing that Dr Ally should not still be held liable or unworthy as Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait.The source has pointed out too that the party’s leadership, in making its case on behalf of Dr Ally, will point to the fact that he is a recipient of the highest award of the US Republican Party and will suggest that if this party saw Dr Ally as fit to receive the award despite his legal troubles, why should he be made to demit a ‘local’ diplomatic posting.According to reports, on May 11, 1994, Dr Ally received the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle Medal of Freedom from then US President George Bush for dedication, unwavering support, and as a prominent leader in the Republican Party –the highest honour the Republican members of the US Senate can bestow.The AFC, over the weekend, also in defence of its key supporter said since 2002, Dr Ally has continued to function unimpeded at very high levels in and out of the United States, voting at all national elections, city and town elections.At Indian Trail, North Carolina, Dr Ally was also sworn in to serve on six Town Boards and Committees from 2014 to December 2015.More recently, in February 2015, the North Carolina Secretary of State appointed Dr Ally as a Notary Public.The party was at the time adamant that Dr Ally was charged and required to pay a penalty by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was not convicted of a crime.The AFC, over the weekend, issued a missive in defence of Dr Ally, denying he was the mastermind in the US fraud scheme and instead claimed he inherited the accounting system. The party said he “vehemently denied the charges, but agreed to pay the US$10,000 penalty under protest”.Dr Ally and his co-accused had copped an out-of-court plea deal with the SEC to pay fines ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.He was charged in 2002 by the Commission for “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.The Guyana diplomat and others were said to be “aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded”.According to the AFC’s statement, Dr Ally was charged jointly with two other senior executives of Acrodyne, but “instead of proceeding with a long and costly trial, the three professionals were strongly advised by that company’s Attorney-at-Law, Mr Steven Thomas, to make a deal with the SEC to pay fines without admission of guilt”.This was done, but Dr Ally, in denying culpability, said the financial practices for which he was charged were in place when he started working at the company.He accused the SEC of “making him a scapegoat since the accounting procedures he had worked with, he had inherited from his predecessors, and he has consistently iterated that he worked under close supervision”.Dr Ally, in continuing to deny guilt, said he was prevented access to the accounting records “which would have enabled him to substantially rebut the SEC’s 2002 charge”.The AFC said that Dr Ally was employed by Acrodyne for a short period, “from February 2, 1999 to May 9, 1999 as the Cost Accounting Manager… On May 10, 1999, he was promoted to Controller and he served in this position for 15 months up to July 10, 2000.”Dr Ally was fired from Acrodyne in July 2000, circumstances he blamed on a “power struggle, falling revenue/income & a depleting labour force” in the company.He was later charged along with two other Acrodyne executives, including its President in May 2002, by the SEC with civil action.Dr Ally, in seeking to provide an explanation, said Acrodyne used to prepare quarterly financial reports “based on some actual, and some estimated figures”.He said the company would, at the end of the year, do an annual stock taking and these reports would be audited and sent to the SEC.He maintains that this system of preparing records based in part on estimates “was Standard Operating Procedure at Acrodyne”.In March 2003, the SEC had ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the anti-fraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange.last_img read more

City remembers Hernandez as a `giver’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOver the past 30 years, Hernandez had been heavily involved in the local Woman’s Club, serving as a former president, the Red Hat Society, the Community Playhouse and numerous public committees. She and her husband, Manuel, also played the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on the city’s annual Christmas float. The couple, who moved to Santa Fe Springs in 1956, were named Citizens of the Year in 1991. At her funeral services, speakers described Hernandez as relentless when it came to helping or getting others involved. “She didn’t have `no’ in her vocabulary,” said Councilwoman Betty Putnam, a longtime friend. “It was always work, work, work and help, help, help. She was never too busy as a community servant, but she never neglected her family.” Hernandez also had her hand in local politics, spearheading several of Councilman Ron Kernes’ election campaigns. “Maggie was everywhere,” Kernes said. “Anything you needed, she was there. She didn’t even ask questions, just, `What time should I be there?”‘ Even in her last days, Hernandez remained active in the community and with her family, relatives and friends said. And when it came to battling cancer, Hernandez stayed positive about her disease, friends said. “She told me about her illness and she was OK with things,” said Helen Soto, who had known Hernandez since grade school. “She was a fighter, a go-getter.” Hernandez was buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park. She is survived by her husband, five children, two daughters-in-law, eight grand- children and four great- grandchildren. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – City officials joined nearly 300 others Thursday in paying tribute to a woman they called a “giver.”The life of Maggie Hernandez, a longtime resident and Santa Fe Springs community advocate, was honored during a funeral service at Calvary Chapel Montebello. Hernandez died Saturday after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 71. “She lived her life for her family, her friends and her church – but most of all her community,” Kathy Hernandez said of her mother. “There was no stopping her.” last_img

Leicester’s European dream over after quarter-final loss to Atletico Madrid

first_imgLeicester’s European dream came to an end on Tuesday night as Atletico Madrid knocked the Foxes out the Champions League by a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.Craig Shakespeare’s side proved more than a match for their Spanish opponents on the night, but only managed to draw 1-1 – with Saul’s away goal proving decisive.Jamie Vardy cancelled out the opening goal with a close range finish in the second half, but the hosts failed to breach Atletico’s mean defence again before the final whistle sounded to signal the end of Leicester fairytale.It was the Foxes who started on the front foot, showing real intent to grab an early goal.Albrighton tested Oblak with a shot which deflected into the keeper’s arms, and Vardy found himself testing Savic for pace via a series of long balls aimed towards the striker.Atleti were breaking well through Belgium’s Carrasco, and Koke came close to connecting with a wonderful cross of his in the six-yard box which surely would have tested Schmeichel. Saul also sent a shot wide from 20 yards, and Juanfran wasted a cross from a good position.But Leicester had the best early chance on goal.Mahrez played a perfect ball through to Vardy, breaking in the left side of the area. The England striker cut the ball back across goal, and Okazaki met it at the near post – though his first-time attempt ballooned high and wide of Oblak’s goal.Before the half-hour mark, the visitors had taken the lead, Saul heading home Luis’ superb cross into the far corner of Schmeichel’s goal.It meant Leicester needed three goals to proceed, and they went on the attack immediately looking to reduce that deficit.Atleti were happy to sit back and cede possession to the hosts, but they suffocated the Foxes every time they moved forward.Chances were few and far between, mostly coming from set pieces, and Mahrez forced a save from Oblak after the loose ball fell to him in the area.The visitors should have been awarded a penalty, after Schmeichel took out Carrasco’s legs from behind as the winger closed in on goal, and Leicester were lucky to survive until half-time – entering the break just one goal down.Chilwell and Ulloa were brought on at the break, Leicester switching to a back three to pile pressure on Atleti.And they started on the front foot after the restart, Albrighton seeing a long range attempt deflect wide just seconds in.But pushing forward had its weaknesses, and fine work from Griezmann should have resulted in a second Atletico goal – his cut back only just evading Carrasco inside the six-yard box.Chilwell, getting up the left flank well, blasted a volley over the bar before heading wide; he was providing some real attacking threat for the Foxes.And the equaliser came from Chilwell, whose mishit shot landed at Vardy’s feet yards away from goal. He duly converted to level the match, and get the Foxes back into the tie.Ulloa thought he had scored, but his low goalbound attempt deflected wide, Savic blocked from Vardy and Ndidi missed a great chance from close range.It was all Leicester entering the final 20 minutes.A free-kick was curled only just over the bar by Mahrez, and further chances for Drinkwater, Albrighton and Amartey were wasted before the final whistle was blown to signal the end of Leicester’s valiant performance – and their incredibly fairytale. Leicester were valiant, but could not overcome Atletico Madrid 1last_img read more

BOGUS ALARM COMPANIES CASHING IN ON CRIMEWAVE, WARNS LEADING BUSINESSMAN

first_imgLICENSED STAFF AT NORTH WEST ALARM SYSTEMSCROOKS are cashing in on an increase in home break-ins in the county – by installing dodgy alarm systems against the law, an expert warned today.A donegaldaily.com investigation has found that a number of companies are offering alarms illegally in Donegal.All home security companies must be licensed by the Private Security Authority.And today one legitimate expert Jimmy Melly, from the North West Alarm Systems, warned: “Unfortunately there are a large number of illegal operators in County Donegal at the moment. “It is very very strict. We are inspected at least once a year. We were the first company to be licensed when the legislation was introduced. People should know that it is illegal for anyone to install an alarm without a licence.“There are people out there who are telling home owners that they are installing alarms to certain standards and they’re not. The bottom line is this; you have to be very careful who you let into your house. All of our staff carry official ID cards and are fully vetted.”Mr Melly said he was standing up for legitimate operators in the county, adding: “I have no qualms with a home owner choosing to use a company other than us for their alarm system; I just want the public to know that they should hire a fully qualified licensed operator. Otherwise they are using someone who is operating illegally and there is no comeback whatsoever for the homeowner.“And they should get proper itemised quotes which details the National Standards Authority of Ireland standards which will be used. “The fact is that unless you are using a licensed operator with properly trained and vetted staff, you don’t know who you are letting into your home. These people could be criminals.”The home and business security expert – with offices in Donegal Town and Letterkenny – revealed demand had soared in recent weeks for home alarms.Said Mr Melly: “We have been flat out with people seeking security assessments for their homes. There is a lot of fear out there.“It’s the nature of the break-ins as well with creeper burglars stealing from homes while people are sleeping in their homes at night.”TO FIND OUT WHO IS LEGITIMATE LOG ON TO THE PRIVATE SECURITY AUTHORITY AT THE LINK BELOW:http://www.psa.gov.ie/ FOR NORTH WEST ALARMS CLICK HERE: http://www.northwestalarmsystems.com/BOGUS ALARM COMPANIES CASHING IN ON CRIMEWAVE, WARNS LEADING BUSINESSMAN was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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:licensedNorth West Alarm SystemsPrivate Security Authoritylast_img read more