By Martyn HermanChelsea will be without striker Diego Costa for their Champions League clash at home to Maribor on Wednesday.“He hasn’t trained because he’s not in condition to do so,” manager Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Monday.“It’s the same problem that he is having, it’s simple. Let’s see what happens for the next weekend.”Costa, who has made a stunning start to his Chelsea career with nine Premier League goals since joining from Atletico Madrid, has been struggling with a hamstring injury and did not play in the 2-1 defeat of Crystal Palace on Saturday.Chelsea are well-placed in Group G with four points from their opening two fixtures but have several players unavailable for the visit of the Slovenian outsiders to Stamford Bridge.Midfielders John Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle and Ramires will all play no part while striker Didier Drogba is not fit enough to play for 90 minutes, according to Mourinho.“Mikel made a big effort to be available for the weekend. He came back from the national team with a foot problem. He can’t play tomorrow,” he said.“Didier is not in condition to play 90 minutes but he can play.”He confirmed that 17-year-old reserve team striker Dominic Solanke would start on the bench.
The Gurias registered first points from a penalty in the opening minutes from boot of Elipas Pidik.Pidik made it 4-0 not long after Isapea gave away another penalty right in front of the posts.But it was the Gulf boys who crossed the tryline first when five-eighth Solomon Pokari Kale slipped a no-look pass to Jack Manda who ran in to score.Japheth Olik put his side in front after converting the try.But the Gurias hit back straight after with quick hands that created an overlap for Pidik to score out wide.Pidik struck a beauty from the sideline to sail the ball between the posts to take back the lead at 10-6 right on the 20 minute mark.Kale continued to be handful for the Gurias defence and had a hand in his side’s second four pointer sending a flying Tau Muri in who slammed the ball down near the posts.The lead changed again when Olik made it two from two with the conversion.But Isapea invited the Gurias back into the game giving away another penalty.The Gurias made them pay after William Aquila dived over on the wing.More penalties given away by Isapea cost then more points as Pidik added another two points from a penalty to take a 16-12 lead going into the break.The second half started off disastrously for Isapea giving away another penalty from the kick off.Gurias hooker Stanley Olo kicked for touch and found the line 10 metres out.Olo then crossed to score several plays later to extend the Gurias lead.Tempers flared as both teams exchanges punches on the field.But it was all one sided traffic from this point on with the Gurias running in two more tries to set up a comprehensive win.
Michael Bisping (left) says his next opponent Georges St. Pierre looks down on him. APUFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping has hit the so-called “George St. Pierre sweepstakes,” as he will reportedly face the longtime Welterweight champion at the latter part of 2017.READ: Georges St. Pierre books UFC comeback fight vs. champ BispingADVERTISEMENT After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Canadian superstar has drawn interest from several high-profile fighters upon his return to the octagon.As expected, Bisping was livid upon knowing he’d be the one to welcome the the 35-year-old legend back, but insisted that GSP was looking down on him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“He chose me because he thinks he can beat me,” Bisping said in the latest episode of UFC Tonight, as relayed by MMAFighting.“I trained with him 11 years ago and he outwrestled me. Now back then I was a kickboxer from England, I didn’t know a double leg from a double decker bus.” Golf goes ‘radical’: Plans drawn to speed up, simplify the sport “I have nothing but respect for Georges,” said Bisping. “For me, beating Georges St-Pierre, beating Anderson Silva, beating Dan Henderson, beating Luke Rockhold, for me, it really puts an exclamation point on my career.” Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bisping’s remarks are aligned with St. Pierre’s decision to move above a weight class, instead of returning to the 170-lb. division, which he dominated up until his abrupt retirement in 2013.“He thinks I’m an easy opponent, an easy pick. He picked me to come out of retirement, moving up a weight class, it’s almost like he has nothing to lose, but if he moves up a weight class, he beats me, he becomes a legend,” the 38-year-old English fighter explained.Before seizing the title in surprising fashion against Luke Rockhold in June, Bisping was considered a “gate keeper” in the division for his failure to win big fights against high-profile opponents.Fortunes changed for the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 winner, as he currently holds a 5-fight win streak, with notable victories over certified Hall of Famers Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson.Despite his recent comments, Bisping is aware of the wonders of beating the UFC’s most dominant welterweight ever, and looks forward to adding yet another feather to his growing legacy.ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing
Young people from the Reliance Mandir, Essequibo Coast melodiously sang their way to the title of the inaugural Meethee Aavaaz competition that was held on June 25 in the auditorium of the Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School.The competition was organised by the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Essequibo Praant and attracted hundreds who were mesmerised by the melodious voices of the contestants. The youngest contestant was a five-year-old from the Richmond Mandir.Reliance Mandir participated in all three categories: Kirtan, Individual and Duet and emerged the overall winners.Perseverance Vidhya Daan Mandir accepting their trophy from past President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha Essequibo Praant, Doodnauth SinghReliance Mandir accepting the first place prize for the Duet categoryIn the Kirtan singing, Perseverance Vidya Daan Mandir copped the third position with the song “Tu Kitini Achi Hai”, while Richmond Mandir came in second with “Hai Raam” and Reliance Mandir in first spot with “Hai Raam”.For the Individual segment, Affiance came in third with “Chanchal Man” while Perseverance Vidya Daan Mandir came in second with “Unse Milay Nazar” and Reliance first with “Na Tanu Samjha”.Reliance Mandir participating in the Kirtan segmentIn the duet segment, Richmond Mandir grabbed the third spot with “Aadmi Musea Phir”, while Perseverance came in second with “Tuhai PIta Satcha Hai” and Reliance Mandir First with “Sarse Jo Sarse”.The singers were backed by the Merritone band and were judged according to voice control, emotion, pronunciation, posture/presentation, timing, pitch and synchrony\harmony.The winners in the competition will be representing Region Two in Kala Uvtas in Georgetown. The competition was first of its kind on the Essequibo Coast.
Dear Editor,Thursday, October 18, was another day of shame, disgrace and infamy for Guyana. The President, the Prime Minister, and the APNU+AFC Ministers and MPs treated sugar workers as if they were not part of Guyana, while embracing a small group of counter-protesters organised by APNU/AFC to intimidate and harass peaceful sugar workers.They also ignored a group of Rastafarians protesting for the decriminalisation of marijuana.APNU/AFC’s dishonesty and hypocrisy know no bounds. It has been almost a year since more than 4,500 sugar workers were fired when three estates were closed. The Government paid them just about half their severance some four months later. Now, coming up to almost a year since they were retrenched, APNU/AFC has still not paid them the other half.There are also another 2,500 workers who were retrenched earlier, after Wales Estate was closed. Some of those are yet to be paid their severance, two years later. Last week, confronted in person, and under pressure from protesting sugar workers, President Granger promised them they would be paid as soon as Parliament meets again. Parliament met on Thursday, October 18. There was a notice of a Supplementary Budget to be considered by Parliament on October 30. That Supplementary Budget is for $7.5 billion, about $2.4billion of which is intended to pay the sugar workers who are owed severance.Thursday, October 18, also revealed huge advertisements in the daily newspapers, costing millions of dollars, with the Finance Minister gloating that APNU+AFC is doing a favour by paying sugar workers their severance. It is gross dishonesty for APNU+AFC to beat their chest and huff and puff as if they are doing the sugar workers a favour. Paying the severance is neither a favour to sugar workers nor is it any sort of generosity. Paying the severance will end the egregious violation of the law. In fact, the payment should now include interest owed on the late payments.If an advertisement costing millions had to be made, it should have been to apologise to the workers and their families. Hopefully, the Opposition would insist that the President and his ministers apologise to the workers.Many of those workers were on Thursday present in front of Parliament. The President came to speechify in Parliament, but ignored the workers, drove past them, never acknowledging them. The Prime Minister, too, walked past the workers, never even signalling that he had noticed them. This is the man who, not so long ago, had deemed himself the “champion of sugar workers”.Not a single APNU+AFC Minister, not a single APNUAFC MP, chose to acknowledge the sugar workers. They were invisible at the least, and less than human at worst.But, disgustingly, several of Granger’s Ministers and MPs graced the presence of a loud and intimidating group organised by APNU/AFC to harass and intimidate the sugar workers. They even infiltrated a group of Rastafarians who were there to peacefully advocate for the decriminalisation of marijuana.The Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, and his MPs acknowledged the presence of both the sugar workers and the Rastafarians. They engaged them in discussion, and offered their solidarity. These Jagdeo-led PPP MPs showed their humanity, identifying with their Guyanese sisters and brothers of different races, different political affiliations and ideas. In contrast, Granger, Nagamootoo, and the APNU/AFC MPs ignored sugar workers and Rastafarians, only acknowledging their own organised APNU/AFC protesters.Worse, on the day that the President came to speechify in Parliament, his Ministers and his MPs, aided and abetted by the Speaker, refused to treat the severance for sugar workers as an urgent matter. The Leader of the Opposition and his PPP MPs wanted to consider the severance issue, and to go through all the stages for the Supplementary Budget, so that the workers could be paid without further delays. This would have been the morally right thing to do, ending the breach of the law.Nagamootoo was the one who moved that the Parliament suspend business to accommodate the speech by the President, while further delaying payment for the workers.Now we learn that, while APNU/AFC are playing games with another stupid election gimmick, the payments cannot be made until the Parliament meets again, on October 30, to pass the Supplementary Budget. This means that the severance payment is not likely until closer to year-end. If they are honest and care much about these sugar workers, there is no need to wait until Parliament meets again. Further, not all workers will receive their severance payments. The workers from Wales, many among the protesters, will not be paid the long-overdue severance.The law has been breached. The violation continues in spite of the President’s promise to end the breach this week. Shamefully, APNU/AFC is forcing poor workers and their families to wait a little longer.It is even more shameful because the President today boasted that he and his Government are keeping the promise of the “Good Life” for every Guyanese.Respectfully,DrLeslie Ramsammy
Almost three months have elapsed since Linden Town Clerk (TC) Jonellor Bowen was sent on administrative leave based on the recommendations by Linden Mayor, Carwyn Holland, and several councillors within the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC).However, to date, there has been no update on the status of the investigation and the Council is still awaiting the findings of a hearing into the alleged wrongdoings by the TC from the Ministry of Communities.Bowen had been sent on administrative leave pending the results of the hearing.According to Mayor Holland at the time, a ‘no objection’ letter had been received from the Ministry of Communities on 4 October, following an examination of the Council’s requests and recommendations for the TC to proceed on administrative leave.Prior to that, he had explained that a letter was sent to the Communities Ministry on 9 September 2016.Bowen has sought legal action against the Council who has since requested the annulment of her leave. The Council had also passed a no confidence motion against the TC.Her attorney has threatened court proceedings, should the Council fail to adhere to that letter. Speaking to this publication on Thursday, Bowen said that things are progressing slowly, while she confirmed that there has been no response from Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.She revealed that her attorney also dispatched a letter to the Minister, and is presently awaiting a response.Also speaking on the issue, Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) representative Maurice Butters questioned whether the Council was acting within the law by its decision to send the TC on administrative leave. Butters noted that, in his opinion as a union representative, the actions of the Council were illegal.“My position on it is: ‘Is it that the Council has the authority to do what it did?’ That was my first question. Whether the Council should not have informed the Ministry PS (Permanent Secretary) or the Minister to take action. But they are saying that either the Minister or the PS gave them permission to take action. They can’t. No political position can take administrative decisions. She (TC) was the Chief Administrator…It is not the Council who appointed her. The Council would have made recommendations to the Minister and the Minister instructs the PS or the Public Service to make such an appointment. So, what they did, in my opinion is illegal.”Additionally, the GPSU representative questioned whether there is evidence to support the Council’s allegations against the TC.“That is what they have to justify. Even if she leaked information, is it true or not? That is the question they need to answer”, Butters stated.He further outlined that Bowen can seek representation from the union despite the fact that she is not a member, although the union does not always choose to represent non-members. Regardless, he said he has had a discussion with the TC regarding the issues.“I deal with the issue, as a trade unionist, regardless of which Party or colour, I have an obligation to represent you. So we were in discussion about the issues and these are some of the things that I discussed with her and I said to her if there are any leads let me know so we can start the representation,” Butters noted.Meanwhile, there are accusations that the Council’s actions are in clear violation of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:0, however, the LMTC maintains that it proceeded in accordance with the Act, Chapter 28:0, Section 8 A, Subsection G, which states that the Council shall “ensure that the municipality is managed in a professional and competent manner by a qualified Town Clerk” and Section 8 A, Subsection H, which states that the Council “shall perform any other duties or functions imposed on the Council by this or any other law or by the Council”.
SACRAMENTO – A Big Mac, large fries and large chocolate shake for lunch? The calories in that meal – about 1,470, according to McDonald’s Corp. – are about two-thirds of what nutrition experts say a typical, sedentary middle-aged man should consume in an entire day. Most people don’t know that. It’s that kind of nutritional knowledge gap the California Legislature is trying to close. The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would require chain restaurants such as McDonald’s to post the calories in their meals on menu boards. They also would have to include information about fat and sodium content in their printed menus to help consumers make better choices about what they eat. The measure was sent to the Assembly on a 22-17 vote, despite opposition from the restaurant industry. “I am struck by the fact that there is more fat content in some salads with dressing than there is in sirloin steak,” said state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco. “It’s just reasonable to let people know the calories they will ingest.” A recent statewide Field Poll of 523 registered voters found that 68 percent of people could not correctly pick between menu items based on their calorie, salt or fat content. Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, said the bill could cause even more confusion for consumers who often don’t know the difference between trans fat and saturated fat. He said some restaurant chains would have to double the size of their menus to include all the required information. “You’re going to be providing information that no one really cares about,” said Cox, who voted against the bill. Those who do care often can find the information posted inside restaurants or on restaurant chains’ Web sites. “Somehow we’ve gotten it into our minds that government can tell us how to live,” Cox said. “It’s not the restaurant’s responsibility to give it (nutrition information) to us. It’s our personal responsibility.” McDonald’s already offers a nutrition counter and ingredients list, along with a Happy Meal site that includes healthier suggestions for children, such as, “Why not swap fries for carrot sticks … at no extra cost?” A Happy Meal, marketed for children, can contain half the calories and fat that a full-grown adult should eat all day, health organizations say. The Senate bill applies only to chains that own 10 or more restaurants in California. It does not apply to daily specials or extras such as cheese or guacamole requested by diners. The calorie counts and other information also do not need to be exact for each meal. Rather, they should be estimated in a “good faith effort,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles. He dismissed criticism that SB 120 would unfairly burden restaurant chains. “If a restaurant can tell you how to super-size your meal, they can tell you how many calories are in it,” Padilla said. The measure is supported by organizations fighting diabetes, cancer and heart disease. But the 22,000-member California Restaurant Association fears it will invite frivolous lawsuits over the disclosure rules. “America has gotten to the point where we have warning labels on just about everything,” said J. Justin Wilson, a senior research analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Consumer Freedom, which is partly funded by the restaurant industry. “We don’t need government to tell us the difference between salad and a 12-piece bucket of chicken.” The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than half of California adults are obese or overweight. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans now get about a third of their calories while dining out. Since March, New York City restaurants have been required to list the calories on standard menu items. Legislation similar to California’s also has been proposed in other states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Vermont.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Ilkay Gundogan limped off during Man City’s Carabao Cup win over West Brom Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola eased any worries over Ilkay Gundogan’s fresh injury scare.Leroy Sane’s double earned City a 2-1 Carabao Cup win at West Brom on Wednesday but victory was tarnished when Gundogan limped off in the second half. The midfielder was making his first start since December after recovering from a serious knee injury. But he was injured by Claudio Yacob – who scored the Baggies’ equaliser – when the Argentinian tackled him from behind. Gundogan will have a scan on his left knee – the opposite one than he injured before – and was clearly in pain but Guardiola expects him back soon. He said: “I think it’s not serious, it’s not eight months, but a little injury. Unfortunately the action is tough. He will be back soon hopefully.“Tomorrow we will make a test. The physio and doctor told me it’s not big issue.“I’ll have to review (Yacob’s tackle). It’s from behind but I don’t know if he touched the ball or not. I didn’t see the image. Fortunately Gundogan is coming back soon.“I suffer for him. He was on the grass and at that moment you think the wrong situation. You can’t imagine, for eight months, to be fighting every day alone.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I’m obviously very pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum. “I’m glad they saw exactly what went on. We’re finally getting some justice for Bruce and his family.” Bruce Cleland, Rebecca’s estranged husband, was shot four times July 26, 1997 – including three times in the head – in a quiet residential area in Boyle Heights. Rebecca Cleland planned to have her husband murdered “to avoid being left with nothing if Bruce divorces her,” Hum told jurors during closing arguments Thursday. Rebecca Cleland took out $225,000 worth of accidental death insurance policies on her husband, a 43-year-old wealthy software designer raised in South Pasadena, in the month prior to his death, adding to previous life insurance policies she’d taken out on her husband totaling $1 million. They had been married about six months. “It’s crystal clear the only thing defendant Cleland ever wanted from Bruce was his money,” Hum said. Prosecutors said she enlisted the help of two cousins to carry out the murder. All three were convicted of murder in June 2000, but a state appellate panel overturned the conviction for Rebecca Cleland and Jose Quezada, ruling their Fifth Amendment rights had been violated in their first trial. The court affirmed the conviction of Alvaro Quezada, the getaway driver. Thursday, a mistrial was declared for Jose Quezada, the alleged triggerman, after Superior Court Judge Robert Perry, who oversaw Cleland and Quezada’s joint trial, said he was “extremely concerned” Quezada’s due process rights had been violated. The judge’s misgivings followed closing arguments by Rebecca Cleland’s attorney, who repeatedly fingered Quezada as the gunman, claiming his client was unaware that her cousin would shoot her husband. Prosecutors said they will try Quezada a third time. In the early morning hours of July 26, 1997, Cleland drove her husband to a secluded Boyle Heights neighborhood following a “reconciliation dinner.” She pulled over when she saw a warning light, which is when prosecutors say Jose Quezada shot Bruce in the face. When her husband tried to run, he was shot in the back and two more times in the head. Cell-phone calls traced to Alvaro Quezada showed that he was near the scene of the crime about 10 minutes before the murder. Rebecca Cleland, prosecutors said, feigned being knocked unconscious, but firefighters who treated her could not find any injury to her head, “not a scratch, nothing,” Hum said. She claimed it was a carjacking at first, but police found her purse and cell phone in the seat of the 4Runner she’d been driving. “She doesn’t have a run in her nylons,” Hum said. She was “totally disinterested in Bruce” and soon thereafter canceled her husband’s cell-phone subscription. “No way is this the behavior of someone who’s seen her husband unexpectedly murdered,” Hum said. Cleland’s attorney, Edward Murphy, acknowledged that the woman had “made up a pitiful story” but said she had no idea her cousin would kill her husband and she did not want to be implicated in her husband’s death. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Whittier woman was convicted Friday of orchestrating her husband’s execution-style slaying so she could collect $1 million in life insurance. Rebecca Cleland faces a maximum prison term of life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. She is scheduled to sentenced Jan. 26. Jurors deliberated about an hour before finding the 37-year-old woman guilty on both counts, along with the special circumstance allegations that she carried out the murder for financial gain and that the murder was committed while she was lying in wait. Cleland quietly cried when the verdict was read.