Ward wants fresh start

first_imgDerby forward Jamie Ward is hoping he can kick-start his Northern Ireland career against Russia on Tuesday. He made his only start against Russia in Moscow last September and hopes to get another chance to showcase his skills in the return fixture at Windsor Park. “I’ve obviously had a few injuries which have put my international career back a bit, but I’ve played a little under Michael and that’s a start,” he said. “I am feeling better than the previous campaign. When I have been doing well at club level I have always had a little niggle coming into international games and that’s the most frustrating thing of the past 18 months.” Northern Ireland have been on the lookout for a reliable attacking threat ever since record goalscorer David Healy stopped being a first choice and O’Neill is still casting around for an attacking foil to target man Kyle Lafferty. Martin Paterson, Will Grigg and Billy McKay are the other strikers in contention at Windsor Park but if Ward does get the nod, he believes he has plenty to bring to the side. “I have a little bit of pace about myself, maybe a bit of attacking flair and I can score goals given chances,” he said. “Given the right service hopefully I can score goals. I don’t really mind where I play to be honest, if I play wide I would prefer to play on the left side but I also enjoy playing up front in the two. “But at the end of the day I just try and do a job for the team. Hopefully if I play or start I will get a bit more of the ball and play a more attacking game.” The 27-year-old made his international debut as a late substitute against the Faroe Islands in August 2011 – a match more likely to be remembered by fans as the team’s last victory – but has made just three more appearances since then. Manager Michael O’Neill rates Ward highly but the player has been absent from a handful of squads and withdrawn from others due to a variety of niggles and fitness issues, denying him a consistent run. O’Neill has yet to taste victory in nine matches since taking over from Nigel Worthington and odds are against him getting one over on opposite number Fabio Capello this time. Fans may fear the worst against a side who have won four of their five Group F matches to date, but defender Gareth McAuley has assured supporters recent frustrations are felt just as keenly among the players. “We’ve been not getting results when we thought we should have but it’s about not getting frustrated,” he said. “It’s never nice, even worse when you’re getting booed off by your own crowd. It’s like you’ve let the whole country down really and nobody appreciates that you’ve run about and tried and you take that away with you. You take it to heart a bit but you can’t carry it around with you.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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STAG Nations CUP KO Football – Den Amstel and Northern Rangers advance after match day 3

first_img…Tucville ground to host day 4 double-header today;DAY four rivalry in the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship is set for the Tucville ground this evening when three City sides and one from the East Bank will be showcasing their skills.The opening match at 18:00hrs will see East Bank’s number two side, Herstelling Raiders matching skills with Santos for the third available spot in the quarter-finals;the first two having been decided last evening at the #5 ground, West Coast Berbice.Tonight’s feature match is an all Georgetown affair between Western Tigers and Flamingo who had defeated Mahaicony Thunders in the first match of the tournament, thanks to the best goal of the championship so far which came off the boot of elder statesman, Shem Porter.Porter will be relishing the chance to lead his side to another win but will surely know that coming up against the Tigers is not easy and they will have to bring the A+ game to the field in order to create a huge upset.Dwayne Ali will be leading Western’s quest to move one step closer to the championship match as all the other teams will be harbouring similar thoughts.In results from match day 3 which was contested at the Leonora Track and Field Facility on Friday evening last, home team Den Amstel eased to a 4-2 win over Kuru Kururu Warriors while City side Northern Rangers pummeled West Dem’s Young Achievers, 7-0.Both Den Amstel and Northern Rangers have eased into the round-of-16 which kicked off last night in Berbice.Den Amstel was led to the win compliments of double strikes each from Gavin Graham (27, 71min) and Kevaughn Ward (31, 72min). The Warriors was able to draw level on account of goals from Oliver Denny (44min) and Collin Messiah (48min) but the home team pulled away again and never looked back.Northern Rangers was large and in charge from the first whistle against an ordinary looking Young Achievers side which is based in Pouderoyen on the West Bank.Steven Sankar led the Rangers with a brace (3min, 55min) whilst there was one apiece for Telfon Daley (23min), Devon Caesar (46min), Stephon Reynolds (57min), Colin Clark (60min) and Sunil Logan (83min).Wednesday,the penultimate day of the round-of-16,will see teams battling again at the Leonora Track and Field Facility where Pouderoyen (West Dem.) tackle Mahaica Determinators (East Dem.) in the first match at 18:00hrs to be followed by a showdown between Uitvlugt Warriors, the best side in the West side,and Northern Rangers.Final day round-of-16 play will be hosted at the Diamond Community Centre ground, East Bank Demerara where the East Bank flagship team, Grove Hi Tech battle Berbice’s New Amsterdam United.The supporting match brings together Ann’s Grove and Den Amstel from 18:00hrs.last_img read more

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Guyana thrash Barbados 5-1 to keep podium-finish hopes alive

first_img… to play Trinidad and Tobago today TEAM Guyana thrashed Barbados 5-1 last evening to keep their hopes alive to play for a ‘podium finish’ in this year’s Pan American Indoor Hockey Championships.Having lost their three earlier games, coach Dwayne Scott had told Chronicle Sport that his ladies might be down, but certainly not out of the tournament, and their showing against the Women from the ‘Land of the Flying Fish’ at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall suggested that the home side are going all-out to win their remaining games.Gabriella Xavier scored back-to-back goals from a penalty corner (5th and 14th minutes) to send the home crowd into frenzy.Kerensa Fernandes scored a field goal just after Xavier’s strike, to put the ‘GT’ women up 3-0, but Barbados, through Cher King, pulled one back just before halftime to give the Bajans a glimmer of hope in their fightback bid.Gabriella Xavier embraced by Kerensa Fiedtkou after scoring the game’s opening goal against Barbados (Samuel Maughn photo)In the second stanza, Guyana continued to dominate possession and after coming up short on several promising plays, Nicole Eastman scored in the 24th minute – a field goal which gave the home side a three-goal cushion (4-1).Marzana Fiedtkou’s scored a penalty in the 32nd minute to put the icing on the cake for Guyana and also ensured that Barbados remain win-less after three outings.Guyana will play Trinidad and Tobago today from 14:00hrs and based on the Trinis’ current form in the tournament, a win is on the horizon for Guyana as they attempt the herculean task of coming out victorious in their remaining games to contest for a spot on the podium on Saturday.At the conclusion of yesterday’s matches in the female pool of the tournament, Argentina sit on top of the group with a superior goal difference (16), despite picking up a loss and having the same number of points (nine), with second-place USA (nine) and Canada (nine).Uruguay, with wins against Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, sit fourth (six points), followed by Guyana (three points).The top two teams will play in the gold medal game, while third- and fourth-placers will play each other in the bronze medal game.last_img read more

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Teams Muller, Civil Defence Cement S’final Places

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUELagos-based Team Muller scored a perfect five as they beat Team Oluyole of Ibadan 4-3 in the final round robin match of the Blue Group of the 2017 NCC Tennis League which took place at the National Stadium Surulere courts at the weekend.Team Civil Defence also snatched the second semifinal spot from the group when they edged a vastly improved Kalotari team in Port Harcourt 4-3. With both Team Civil Defence and Team Kalotari tied at three points each, behind Team Muller with four points, the Port Harcourt tie was a high-stake, winner-takes-all contest.Featuring two current and one past national champion, Team Civil Defence took a 3-0 lead on the first day with Abdulmumuni Babalola beating Ikechukwu Iloputa 6-4, 6-2; Clifford Enosorogbe defeating Christian Paul 6-1, 6-4 and Christie Agugbom recovering from 2-5 in the second set to beat national junior star Angel Mcleod 6-2, 7-5.Team Kalatori fought back, winning the men’s doubles – (Paul/Iloputa bt Enosorogbe/Nonso Madueke 6-1, 0-6, 10-6) and the first reverse singles (Paul bt Babalola 6-3, 6-3) to narrow the scores to 2-3 but Enosorogbe weathered the storm bravely and a determined performance from Iloputa in the sixth rubber – prevailing 6-4, 6-4 against an opponent who played to the end despite suffering serious muscle cramps in the second set.The pair of Mcleod and Paul compensated the home fans by taking the mixed doubles against Bukola Olowu and Michael Chima 6-3, 6-3.The third round robin tie in the group took place at the VGC Sports Club in Lekki, Lagos where the Ilorin-based Team Optiweb overran hosts Team VGC Lions 7-0.With the ties concluded in the Blue Group. Team Muller topped the table with five points followed by Team Civil Defence four points and Team Kalotari three points in second and third place respectively.Team Optiweb with two points occupies the fourth position while Team VGC LIons with a point is in fifth place. Team Oluyole with no points despite a determined performance in their last tie against group leaders ended up in the sixth position.The round robin ties will be concluded this weekend with the last White Group matches in Abuja, Kaduna and Jos. Defending champions Team Offikwu have already secured one semifinal spot. The second semifinal spot will depend on the outcome of the tie between Team Ndoma Egba versus Team Goshen in Abuja this weekend.The NCC Tennis League is offering a consolidated price money of N23 million and has taken topflight tennis to 12 different cities in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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J.J. Watt injury timeline: Why Texans pass-rusher returned for playoffs

Below is all you need to know about Watt’s latest injury, including what was considered his timeline for recovery.MORE: How will the Texans handle Watt’s contract? How long was J.J. Watt out?Watt was expected to be out for the rest of 2019, but the Texans’ playoff berth prompted his return.After bringing down Raiders running back Josh Jacobs behind the line of scrimmage in the second quarter of Houston’s 27-24 win over Oakland in Week 8, Watt showed discomfort in his left shoulder and eventually ran to the locker room. He was initially considered questionable to return to the game but was later downgraded to out.Watt tweeted about the news that night, and two days later, he received what was said to be season-ending surgery.This game can be beautiful and it can also be brutal. Absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to finish the season with my guys and give the fans what they deserve. I truly love this game and can’t stand letting you guys down. Thank you for all of the thoughts & well-wishes.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2019Watt, though, has expedited his recovery so he can play with his team in the postseason.”With the talent that we have in that locker room and the guys that we have, you have to take advantage of your opportunities,” Watt said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I think that throughout practice, throughout this week and then taking it over to game day on Saturday, that’s our mentality, and that’s our goal: Take every single day, every meeting, every practice, every rep as serious and as focused as you can, because it’s that important. It’s the playoffs.”Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters Watt would be a factor in their wild-card game against the Bills, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said the team would proceed with caution.”I think that we’ll have to kind of measure to see where he is and how he’s doing, because he hasn’t played in eight games,” Crennel said, via ESPN. “Even though he’s been working with the strength and conditioning people, the football condition when you’re playing a big game, your adrenaline gets picked up and you get winded a little bit faster.”We’ll have to measure that to see how that goes, and then I think that will impact how much he plays. But I don’t think that we want to expose him too much if he’s not able to go at a good level.”Watt played much of the game against the Bills, recording a sack and a pair of QB hits.What was J.J. Watt’s injury?Watt tore his left pectoral against the Raiders in Week 8. He had it surgically repaired two days later.The tackle itself looked quite routine. Watt wrapped up with both hands and landed on his right side, but his left arm was still around Jacobs’ ankles.Jacobs’ foot did seem to land on his right side, but his left arm was still wrapped around the legs of Jacobs, which apparently jarred Watt’s pectoral.J.J. Watt injury history and timelineWhen he’s on the field, Watt is one of the most ferocious players in the league. But in recent years, he has struggled mightily to stay healthy.2015 season: Watt didn’t miss a game in 2015, so it’s unclear what exact injuries he picked up and when, but by the end of the year he required surgery due to “five partially or fully torn muscles in his torso, groin and upper legs.” He had also played through a herniated disk and a broken hand. Watt did leave the Texans’ playoff loss in the second half.July 2016: Watt undergoes surgery for the herniated disk in his back.September 2016: After playing in the first three games of the season, Watt re-aggravates the herniated disk and goes under the knife again, ending his season. He later says he should have taken the initial recovery process slower, but that the second injury could end up prolonging his career.Watt: “You can work hard, but you have to work smart. That was probably the biggest thing I’ve learned.”— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) February 1, 2017J.J. Watt said he actually thinks he’s ‘elongated’ his career by missing most of last season with back surgery ‘There’s a whole new energy’— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) February 1, 2017Oct. 8, 2017: Watt suffers a season-ending leg injury, eventually diagnosed as a tibial plateau fracture. He undergoes surgery the following day. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/44/6d/jj-watt-103019-getty-ftrjpg_1prjl8y0kam5h1u2u0h31lwpez.jpg?t=493394822&w=500&quality=80 The Texans reached the 2020 NFL playoffs despite being down one of their best players for the second half of the season. Yet a few days before Houston beat Buffalo in the wild-card round of the postseason to advance to its divisional game in Kansas City, J.J. Watt was activated off injured reserve.A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Watt went down with a pectoral injury after making a tackle on Oct. 27 against the Raiders. Watt has been injured multiple times before, missing the final 13 games of the 2016 season when he rushed back from a herniated disk and losing his 2017 year to a Week 5 knee injury that required surgery. Oct. 27, 2019: Watt tears his left pectoral tackling Jacobs. An Oct. 28 surgery ends his regular season.Dec. 31, 2019: The Texans activate Watt off injured reserve so he could return for the playoffs.Contributing: Tadd Haislop read more

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NCAA Final Four Set after blowouts, surprises

first_img(AP)—After a season of uncertainty, there’s a clear favorite heading to the Final Four.The Louisville Cardinals.While the other No. 1s have fallen by the wayside, the top overall seed romped to the Georgia Dome with four dominant wins in the NCAA tournament. And, if the Cardinals need any extra motivation, they’ve got it.Sophomore guard Kevin Ware, who played his high school ball in the Atlanta suburbs, sustained a gruesome injury in Sunday’s regional final against Duke. Before he headed off to surgery, he courageously urged his teammates to finish the job.Now, they would like nothing more than to win it all for Ware.“We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home,’” coach Rick Pitino said.Next stop, the A-T-L, where three rather unlikely teams will be looking to knock off the mighty Cardinals.First up, the surprising Shockers from Wichita State in the semifinals Saturday. The No. 9 seed has already pulled off two major upsets, but this would be the biggest stunner yet.If Louisville makes it through to next Monday night’s title game, the opponent would be either Michigan, sporting a new group of Fab Wolverines, or Syracuse, which comes at you with the stingiest zone defense in college basketball. The two No. 4 seeds will meet in the other semifinal game.All are underdogs to the Cardinals, who are winning by an average of nearly 22 points a game in the tournament.“I thought we had a chance there, and then boom,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who watched Louisville pull away for an 85-63 victory in the Midwest Regional final. “That’s what they do to teams. They can boom you.”In the other game Sunday, Michigan captured the South Regional with a 79-59 rout of Florida, leading from the opening tip. A day earlier, Syracuse shut down Marquette 55-39 to win the East Regional, while Wichita State punched its Final Four ticket with a 70-66 upset of Ohio State out West.In the final year of the Big East before it splits into two new conferences, Louisville and Syracuse provided a fitting send-off to a league that quickly became a basketball powerhouse after it was founded in 1979.Before it goes, this version of the Big East has a shot at one more national title.With two teams, no less.The Cardinals—who, like Syracuse, are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference—shook off the incredible shock of Ware’s injury with about 6 1/2 minutes to go before halftime and blew out the second-seeded Blue Devils. The sophomore snapped his lower right leg after coming down awkwardly while defending a 3-point shot. The injury occurred right in front of the Louisville bench, where the players gasped and turned away quickly at the sight of Ware’s dangling leg, which was broken in two places.Russ Smith collapsed onto the floor, along with several players, and was crying as doctors attended to Ware. While Ware was loaded onto a stretcher, the Cardinals gathered at midcourt until Pitino called them over, saying the injured player wanted to talk to them before he left.“All he kept saying—and remember, the bone is six inches out of his leg—all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game! Win the game!’” Pitino said. “I’ve never seen that in my life. We’re all distraught and all he’s saying is, ‘Win the game.’ Kevin is a special young man.”This is a special team. Smith scored 23 points. Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.The Cardinals (33-5) simply refused to lose, breaking open a game that was tied at 42. They dove on the floor for loose balls. They pounded the boards ferociously. They contested every shot and swarmed around the Blue Devils like they had an extra player on the court.In a sense, they did, as Pitino reminded them during every timeout.“This is a gritty bunch,” the coach said. “From the beginning of the year to now, they’ve not had a bad game. I’m really proud of these guys.”Wichita State was the most improbable team to advance. The Shockers lived up to their nickname in the West, knocking off top-seeded Gonzaga in the second round and No. 2 seed Ohio State in the regional final Saturday night.Wichita State (30-8) built a 20-point lead on the Buckeyes, then managed to hang on through a nerve-racking final five minutes to pull off the latest upset in a tournament filled with them.That other team from Kansas isn’t content yet.“It feels very good,” said Cleanthony Early, a junior forward who, like most of his teammates, was passed over by higher-profile programs, “but we understand the fact that we’ve got to stay hungry and humble, because we’ve got two more games left to really be excited about.”Old-timers might remember Louisville and Wichita State as former conference rivals. The Cardinals were a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in the 1960s and ’70s, which meant annual games against the Shockers.Louisville holds a 19-5 edge in the series, but the teams haven’t played since 1976.Michigan (30-7) is headed back to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era of the early 1990s, when the Wolverines lost in back-to-back national title games. LOUISVILLE head coach Rick Pitino celebrates with Chane Behanan, left, and guard Russ Smith (2) after their 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final in the NCAA college basketball tournament, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)last_img read more

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Man Utd and Spurs boost as Van de Beek insists Madrid deal not done and dusted

first_imgREAL MADRID have not sealed a deal to sign Donny van de Beek, the Ajax midfielder himself has confirmed.Manchester United and Tottenham are also said to be chasing the Dutchman who was strongly tipped by Spanish media to sign for Los Blancos.2 Van de Beek, 22, was reported to have agreed a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut, while van de Beek admits the Iberian climate would be nice to play in, he insists he is yet to accept any offer to leave Ajax.Speaking to magazine Helden, the 22-year-old noted: “Playing in the sun is always nice, but no, I haven’t started taking Spanish classes.”I still haven’t said ‘yes’ to anyone, it’s all open.”I know what I have here, I’m loved by Ajax and I love Ajax.”My feelings should be positive at a club, not only that they want me but also that I fit in their style of play.”Of course, I also want to know the game time they will give me.”Rumours mounted of a January exit to Madrid before van de Beek committed himself to seeing out the current season in Amsterdam.He told reporters “we’ll see what happens later” when asked about the summer with the coming transfer market shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic and a global financial crash.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossDonny van de Beek shows his keepie uppie skills in Ajax training Previously, a fee of around £47million has been talked up with United reported to have once been close to a £20m deal.Spurs also made a play for van de Beek last year, according to Dutch media, ahead of losing playmaker Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan.Van de Beek, who scored against Tottenham in last season’s Champions League semi-final, has 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this campaign with Ajax leading the Eredivisie on goal difference.2last_img read more

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PPP/C to host academic conference to honour Cheddi Jagan

first_imgIn honour of the late President of Guyana, Dr Cheddi Jagan, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) will be hosting several activities throughout 2018 to mark his 100th birth anniversary. Among those activities is an academic conference and special cultural events across the country.PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo said on Tuesday that the aim of these activities was to reflect on the life and achievements of the late President and founder of the Party. Jagdeo said the Party also hoped to spread more awareness among the youth population about Jagan.Former President,Dr Cheddi Jagan“Most people are aware that Cheddi Jagan has given a lifetime of dedication to Guyana. That he was one of the key figures against colonialism and struggle for dignity for Guyana and independence,” Jagdeo said, explaining that Jagan’s work meant a lot for Guyanese of all walks of life.According to Jagdeo, Jagan constantly created policies that whenever he held Government, it brought benefits to the people of Guyana. “We will not approach the celebration in a partisan way, because we want all Guyanese even those who don’t support or voted for the PPP/C to understand a bit more about his life and his struggles and how his ideas and policies led to a better life for all Guyanese.”It was also noted that much of the progress made in Guyana, especially under the PPP/C Administration, originated from ideas of his. From premier to chief minister and later President, Jagan is one of the noblest icons in Guyanese and Caribbean political history.Further, activities to mark Jagan’s birth anniversary will not only be limited to Region Four (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice), but would take place in all three counties. Activities are also planned for the Diaspora, while a special edition of the Thunder Newspaper will be published to mark that occasion and reflect on his achievements.In addition, there will be several sporting events. Jagdeo also made an appeal to people to use social media to explore more about Jagan. A special website will be created soon to allow Guyanese to post comments and thoughts about the late Guyanese Head of State.“We want young people to know a lot more about Cheddi Jagan. We want Guyanese to use Cheddi Jagan as their profile picture for days, months or weeks on their social media pages. It would help to draw attention…to him and hopefully it will raise curiosity about Cheddi and what he did for this country. We would be extremely grateful for that,” Jagdeo stated.Cheddi Berret Jagan was born March 22, 1918, at Plantation Port Mourant, British Guiana. He was a politician and union activist, who in 1953 became the first popularly-elected Prime Minister of British Guiana (now Guyana). He headed the country’s Government again from 1957 to 1964 and from 1992 to 1997.The son of a foreman on a sugarcane plantation, Jagan studied dentistry in the United States. When he returned to practise dentistry in British Guiana in 1943, he became active in union and political affairs, and was first elected to the British Guiana legislature in 1947.In 1950, Jagan and his America-born wife, Janet, established British Guiana’s first modern political party, the PPP, with himself as its leader. In elections held under the new British-granted Constitution of 1953, the PPP won a majority of the seats in the House of Assembly and Jagan became the country’s Prime Minister.His subsequent programme of radical socioeconomic reforms, however, along with the strikes and demonstrations encouraged by his Party, prompted the British authorities in late 1953 to dismiss him from office, suspend the new Constitution, and send in troops to prevent the consolidation of a government that they viewed as pro-communist.Before his death in 1997, Jagan wrote several books analysing Guyana’s history and contemporary economic and political problems.last_img read more

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1 dead, another missing as boat explodes off Waini Coast

first_imgThe body of one person has been recovered while another is missing and fear dead after a speedboat, carrying nearly two dozen passengers, exploded on Sunday morning off the Waini Coast.The incident occurred sometime after 07:00h about 10 miles off the Waini River mouth in Region One (Barima-Waini).Guyana Times understands that the boat was ferrying approximately 21 passengers from neighbouring Venezuela to Charity on the Essequibo Coast when the incident occurred. Both Guyanese and Venezuelans were on board the vessel at the time.Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis confirmed the tragic incident, but could not divulge further details. He told this publication on two occasions, “The ranks are still out there.”Nevertheless, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley told this newspaper that 19 persons on board the vessel have been rescued while one body was discovered. The deceased, he stated, is said to be a Venezuelan.Meanwhile, one of the survivors – an elderly Venezuelan woman— was severely burnt during the explosion and was rushed to the Mabaruma District Hospital.Up to late Sunday evening, arrangements were being made to have her medevacked to the city for further treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to reports, the two outboard engines backfired, causing a fire. This created panic among the passengers.As the flames quickly spread throughout the vessel, the passengers were forced to jump into the water. Some attempted to swim to the shore, which was in sight, while others were picked up by rescuers.The elderly woman, who is said to be in her 70s, had held onto the burning vessel as it sank; hence, she sustained first-degree burns. An investigation was immediately launched into the explosion.last_img read more

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Developer sues CRA, says agency oversteps

first_imgA North Hollywood-based developer filed suit Wednesday against the Community Redevelopment Agency, accusing it of overstepping its authority by limiting future development in the area. JSM Capital said the agency is placing more demands on developers and making it too expensive to build in the NoHo Redevelopment Project area. The CRA recently adopted what it called “development guidelines” that seek concessions from developers – even those who were receiving no public money – on everything from project size and affordable housing requirements to architectural issues, said Ben Reznick, attorney for the firm. “We just think that they are taking too much authority and that they did this without including the development community in its discussions,” Reznick said. “They also didn’t include property owners in the area.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBut officials with the CRA defended the agency’s actions Wednesday. “The CRA followed all state procedures and requirements in adopting the design for development. We worked collaboratively with the Planning Department,” Executive Director Cecilia Estalano said. “We presented it to the neighborhood council on three separate occasions.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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