NALICO/NAFICO Insurance Company has reached out to the victim of the devastating Pike Street, Kitty fire, which occurred on March 7, by the way of monetary donations.Members of the NALICO/NAFICO team with victims of the Pike Street fireThe donations were made behind the backdrop that none of the four houses that were destroyed were insured and as such, making it more difficult to rebuild.CEO of NAFICO, Basil Mahadeo, and a management team met with the families and shared their sadness and grief at the occurrence of such an unfortunate incident.Mahadeo also stated that this effort from NAFICO is a way of showing the public that we are proud to assist them even when they have no insurance to compensate in times of loss.Each family was presented with a cheque with an amount to assist them in rebuilding their home. Mahadeo stated that once again, the insurance company stays true to its motto “We’re your friends for life”.
…over ads for house-to-house registrationThe Opposition-nominated Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday walked out of a meeting with the entity’s Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, over arguments in relation to the placement of advertisements for workers to conduct house-to-house registration.PPP-appointed GECOM Commissioner Robeson BennPeople’s Progressive Party’s Commissioner Robeson Benn was the first to leave. His departure was followed by the other two Opposition Commissioners, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunraj. Benn said he argued that it was not an activity established by GECOM’s budget process. In fact, these Commissioners believe GECOM should be engaged in carrying out its claims and objection period based on an order, which should have been signed by the Chairman in 2018.“Directions for the placements of ads were given by the Chairman. I objected and said this should not happen. I said that the Chairman’s power and activity in the public and even there, arises from a decision of the Commission… either by or by consensus,” Benn told media operatives on Tuesday.He maintained that house-to-house registration is not a priority activity of GECOM, while explaining that a decision was not made on this matter because discussions were still ongoing. He recalled that during the last discussion, it was suggested that house-to-house registration could take more than nine months, or the six months which was recommended by Commissioner Vincent Alexander.APNU-appointed GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander“Now here out of the blue we see ads in the newspapers for house-to-house registration which is not a priority activity even for the resumption of GECOM by its normal activities… the undertaking of any house-to-house registration when we have not finalised a discussion of the matter was going along with a partisan position in respect of the matter,” Benn further added.He also reiterated that there was a conspiracy to delay the holding of General Elections despite the No-confidence Motion that was passed in the National Assembly. He claimed that Patterson leap-frogged efforts by advertising for house-to-house registration staff, saying that it reinforced concerns about his partisan nature and his placement. He said, “The Commission has been captured and is being directed otherwise by one side of the bipartisan political spectrum that we have.”On the other hand, however, Alexander challenged the comments made by Benn, declaring that house-to-house registration is just part of the Commission’s normal work programme. He claimed that the 2019 work programme included house-to-house registration.Election preparationAlexander also declared that there are other activities in which GECOM is engaged in, to start election preparation, and that the election manuals are close to completion. Meanwhile, to support his argument, another Government-appointed Commissioner, Charles Corbin, said there is nothing strange with carrying out house-to-house registration, although an election should be held on March 19.The Opposition has maintained that house-to-house registration could not be accommodated. The party feels the People’s National Congress Commissioners are pushing for house-to-house registration in order to have a delay in the hosting of General and Regional Elections.The Opposition-appointed Commissioners on Sunday called on GECOM to withdraw advertisements for staff to conduct house-to-house registration. Advertisements have been publicised for the positions of Assistant Registration Officer and Enumerator; both of which are temporary positions for house-to-house registration.But GECOM’s Public Relations Officer, Yolanda Warde claimed that a majority voted to inform President David Granger, to continue its routine work for 2019. That essentially included ensuring that the current voters’ list remained valid after it expires on April 30, 2019 while at the same time conducting house-to-house registration.
ꟷ lots of incentives up for grabsBy Timothy JaikarranIn a simple ceremony held on the premises of the FireSide Grill n Chill in Garnett Street, Newtown Kitty, popular sports journalist Rawle Toney launched the ‘Rawle Toney 3X3 Classic’, a basketball tournament that is scheduled to be hosted on November 9-10.Mackeson Brand Coordinator Keon Persaud, Tournament Organiser Rawle Toney, Rush energy drink Brand Coordinator Fareez Mohamed, Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation Representative Junior Andrew Hercules, and Treiston JosephThe launching panel consisted of Mackeson Brand Coordinator Keon Persaud, Tournament Organiser Rawle Toney, Rush energy drink Brand Coordinator Fareez Mohamed, and Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation Representative Junior Andrew Hercules.Addressing those present, Organiser Rawle Toney said, “This is a real honour for me. It is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time now. With all the sports we have ongoing in Guyana, I feel that basketball has been left out. If you look at the shorter version of every discipline of sport in Guyana, the ‘federation’ is pushing it; such as T20 cricket. 3×3 basketball is no different, so I capitalised on that and reached out to the sponsors.“The game is 10 minutes long, and it doesn’t take up a lot of time. The support has been overwhelming, as every team is reaching out to me to join the tournament. This tournament is for the basketball players. If you notice, everything goes towards the players, and (there is) something special (reserved) for end game; so every player stands a chance of walking away with something.”Mackeson Brand Coordinator Keon Persaud declared Mackeson proud to be part of the tournament, and added that in 2011 the company had given away one million dollars in a basketball tournament of similar nature.He said the company would continue to support this venture throughout the year, and even into the future.Declaring similar sentiments, Rush energy drink Brand Coordinator Fareez Mohamed related that ANSA McAL, under its Rush energy drink brand, is proud to sponsor the event, and has taken note of the tournament’s well-organised structure.Mohamed declared there is room for growth in basketball in Guyana, and Rush energy drink and ANSA McAL would continue to nurture this venture for the future.GABF Representative Junior Andrew Hercules urged everyone to come on board and support the ‘Rawle Toney 3×3 Classic’ basketball tournament, since basketball is the world’s fastest growing outdoor sport.“By extension, the Federation would like to commit to a 3-point shootout. The winner of that tournament will earn $25,000 dollars,” Hercules said.Toney has promised to register this tournament on ‘3x3planet’ which can be located on the official FIBA site (https://www.fiba.basketball/3x3planet).This, in turn, would place the tournament on an international spectrum, and if ever there is need to select players for an international matchup, the ‘Rawle Toney 3×3 Classic’ can be looked into.A purse of $300,000 is also up for grabs by the winner of the round-robin/knockout tournament, while the runner-up ‘team’ will be awarded $100,000 and third-place winner will pocket $50,000. The person deemed the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) in the finals would receive one pair of basketball sneakers of their choice.ANSA McAL, under their Mackeson brand, are the tournament’s main sponsors, and will be joined by the Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sport, ‘STUFF’, Slingerz Family Entertainment, the National Sports Commission (NSC), and by Trophy Stall.
LOS ANGELES – When USC takes the court Friday to face Arkansas in the NCAA tournament, it will be unknown territory for the Trojans. USC players can only imagine the intensity of being in an NCAA tournament game. The last time the team was in the tournament was the 2001-02 season, a year before senior Lodrick Stewart arrived on campus. Floyd said he invited Don Haskins to attend Friday’s game. Floyd started his career as an assistant at Texas-El Paso under Haskins, who was immortalized in the movie “Glory Road” for starting an all-black team and winning the 1966 NCAA championship over an all-white Kentucky squad. Floyd said he was unsure if Haskins would be able to make it to the game because of his health. Haskins has had multiple heart surgeries and needed to have part of his foot amputated because of complications from diabetes, according to Floyd. “He’s been through a lot,” Floyd said. “But we still talk four to five times a week, so I’d love for him to be there.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although the players lack NCAA tournament experience, their coach does not. Tim Floyd has a 4-5 record in five previous trips to the tournament with Iowa State and New Orleans. “He knows how to prepare and get ready for big games,” Wilkinson said. “I think that’s really going to help us, especially not having any \ on the team.” Floyd’s last trip to the “Big Dance” was in 1997, when he led Iowa State to the Sweet 16. Iowa State missed the tournament the next season, then Floyd left for the NBA to coach the Chicago Bulls. “It seems unbelievable it’s been 10 years, but it has,” Floyd said. “It’s always an exciting time, a time I missed when I was in the NBA.” Sophomore forward Keith Wilkinson believes that the novelty of this week could be a positive as well as a negative for the Trojans. “It will definitely be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people because no one’s been in it,” Wilkinson said. “But I think that also brings a lot of fire and passion to the game because guys like Nick (Young), Gabe (Pruitt) and Lod want to prove they can step up and lead this team. If you want to go to the next level, what more perfect opportunity than to lead our team to the Final Four.”
Officers from a nearby fire station tried to help Maynard but he later died of his injuries.The Dutch-Surinamese player, who also had a spell at Royal Antwerp, was at non-league Dutch club Alphense Boys.Maynard joined Burton in November 2014 following Dutchman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s appointment as manager.Injury restricted him to 10 appearances as the Brewers won the 2014-15 League Two title before he was ruled out for the following campaign after suffering a knee injury in a pre-season game.He left Burton in January 2017 to join Dutch side Spakenburg.-By BBC Sport- 0Shares0000(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Maynard was at Burton Albion for just over two years. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 19 – Former Burton Albion defender Kelvin Maynard has been shot and killed in Amsterdam, Dutch police have confirmed.The 32-year-old was shot in his car and police are appealing for witnesses as they search for two suspects who they say escaped on a black scooter.
1 Manuel Pellegrini is optimistic Manchester City still have a chance to progress in the Champions League despite a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Barcelona.Former Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez scored twice on his return to England as Barca completely outplayed City in a glittering first-half performance at the Etihad Stadium.But luckily for Pellegrini, his team improved after the break and Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back in the 69th minute to give City hope ahead of next month’s return trip to the Nou Camp.And City were given a further boost when Joe Hart saved a Lionel Messi penalty in injury time, and the Blues boss believes his side showed signs they can hurt the four-time winners in the second-leg.“With the way we play, I think we can do it,” the Chilean said.“This tie isn’t over until the game ends in Barcelona.“In the second half we demonstrated we are not a lesser team than Barcelona.“It is not the best result here at home. But we are going to play in Barcelona and try and do it the way we normally play.“It is important not to make the same mistakes. We cannot have a player sent off every game against Barcelona.“But we have a chance. We must try to do it there.“It is important for this team to continue in the Champions League as far as possible.”Pellegrini also admitted his team were way below par in the first half, and the manager conceded he owes a debt of gratitude to Hart for saving Messi’s penalty, which was awarded after the Barca ace was fouled by Pablo Zabaleta“It was a very important save,” Pellegrini added.“It gives us more chance to try and win in Barcelona… 3-1 is a very difficult score to try and erase.“It was a very unnecessary penalty. I think that we played two different games tonight.“We played very badly until the first half finished. We couldn’t put three passes together.“In the second half I think we played well, we scored one goal and had two or three more chances to draw.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists the Hammers have the first option of signing Manuel Lanzini on a permanent deal – despite growing interest from Liverpool.Lanzini arrived at Upton Park from Abu Dhabi club Al Jazira on a season-long loan and has made a positive impression on Slaven Bilic’s side, scoring four in 13 appearances.Reports in recent days have suggested the Argentine playmaker is now a target for Liverpool but Sullivan quickly moved to quash any rumours over Lanzini’s immediate future.“We have an unbreakable option with both Lanzini and his club, so any other team’s interest is irrelevant,” Sullivan told the club’s website.“Manuel has been a fantastic signing for the club and we all hope he can maintain this superb run of form for the rest of the season.” 1 Manuel Lanzini
1 Christian Stuani [left] in action for Middlesbrough Middlesbrough forward Christian Stuani has been charged for an “alleged act of violent conduct” by the Football Association.An FA panel reviewed video footage of an incident during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Preston which was missed by the match officials.Middlesbrough have already confirmed they will appeal against the charge by the deadline of 6pm on Tuesday.An FA statement read: “Cristian Stuani has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The Middlesbrough forward was involved in an incident in the 54th minute of their game with Preston North End on Saturday April 9, 2016.“The matter was referred to by a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence.“For an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.”
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