Hitter of the Week: Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State – Jr. – SS – Liberty, TexasFregia turned in a monster week to lead the Bearkats to a 3-1 week, helping them clinch the outright Southland regular season title with a sweep at UIW. The junior reached safely in 12 of 20 plate appearances and at one point reached base in a string of eight consecutive times to the plate. He had a double and scored a run in a loss at Texas A&M on Tuesday, then had a hit in Thursday’s opener, flying out to the warning track twice. Fregia erupted for a 5-for-5 day that included a pair of two-run homers in Friday’s win, scoring six times and tying the single-game program record for runs scored that has stood since 1986. He homered in his first at-bat in Saturday’s win, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle. This is Ernestine’s second weekly pitcher honor after earning the award on March 26. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – SP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine twirled a gem for the Colonels in game two against Central Arkansas on Friday, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. The senior lefty scattered five hits, none of which went for extra bases, helping the Colonels hold the Bears scoreless in the final 24 innings and 25 of 27 innings in the series. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. 2018 Southland Baseball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Andrew Fregia and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Both teams now turn their attention to the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas, beginning Wednesday at Constellation Field. Sam Houston State enters as the top seed and defending champion while Nicholls clinched the No. 7 seed. The Colonels take on No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana at 12 p.m. CT while the Bearkats open against No. 8 New Orleans at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans; A.G. Ayala, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana; Grant DeVore, Lamar.
In the female division Lae Football Association retained the title after defeating sister club Lahi in the grand final.Lahi will represent Momase in the Besta National Cup in November in the female division while Madang and Lahi will represent the men.Local Organising Committee Chairman John Maripal thanked the 32 teams who took part in the tournament.“I am pleased and happy with you all, and with all my sponsors who have come on board and supported soccer,”“Madang Governor Jim Kas chipped in K25,000 while Madang District MP and Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban came on board with K20, 000 and other sponsors namely Momase Regional Governors Secretariat, Island Petroleum, Provincial Aids Council, Sigma Construction, Madang Urban LLG and others,” he said.Maripal said the teams performed very well and enjoyed the spirit of unity through sports.He said the Male Golden Glove award went to Gasong Banghang for MSA, Pauline Nausai (Lahi) won it in the womens division, Best Defender went to Francis Yasasa (Lahi) and in women division to Hagai of Lahi.Maripal said the Golden Boot Award went to Neil Hans of MSA in male division while female went to Meagen Gunemba, Most Valuable Player went to Rickey Wadunah of (Malala), while Youniche Wablasu of (Wewak) took out the women’s award, Player of the Tournament went to Neville Winga (Bulolo), while Youniche Wablasu (Wewak) picked up here second award, Best Midfielder in female division went to Shasa Steven(LFA) and in men’s division went to Rickey Wadunah (Malala) which was his second award.The game ended with MSA first, Lahi second Passam third and LFA in fourth spot, while in women’s division Lahi take back the title for the second time around with LFA on second spot and Wau on third while Wewak took out fourth spot.He said the Fair Play Award for male went to Vanimo which Bogia were given the women’s award.
Are they prepared to beat Ajax?The team is fine. All available and relying on the work we are doing. We are convinced that we can play a great game tomorrow. We are looking forward to it.How does the wardrobe live and you in particular?I feel a huge pride in what this team is doing. We are doing great seasons and last year we arrived in Europe. We passed a phase and we are facing a historic tie. Every professional works to be able to live matches of this type someday. For many it is the first opportunity.How do you expect Ajax?All football fans have seen what they are capable of. On the offensive level they have great potential and the collective game interpret it perfectly. We will have many difficulties.Would you have preferred to play around in the Coliseum?The fact of being here is already incredible for us. You never know if it’s better this way or the other way around. We will try to make a great game and put Ajax in trouble. It must be us. In Amsterdam we will see next week.What would you consider a good result?A victory. Winning would be a good result. The time has come. Who is the favorite?Getafe is always a favorite. Just kidding. It is a very nice and interesting tie. Getafe is having a great season. Logically, the favorite is Ajax by History and by level. He is a historian accustomed to playing these qualifiers and last season he was semifinalist in the Champions League.The return will be in a stadium that bears the name of his idol. What do you think?Since childhood I was inspired by Johan Cruyff. I tried to imitate him as a child as a footballer and he was always my idol. As a coach he had the ability to get the most out of all the players he directed. Many of them did not have the talent it seemed, but he was able to maximize other virtues.Tadic talked about his hardness and some in Holland call him little Mourinho. Does it bother you?I was surprised by that qualifier. I don’t like being compared to anyone. I’m José Bordalás. We are used to labels. It is an intention to condition the referees and I hope it is not so. They are worried and that is good.What is the secret of this Getafe?The secret is work and passion. Never sink or relax.
MANCHESTER, England (AP)If Manchester United went on the attack in games as much as its manager does in news conferences, England’s biggest team may not be in such a rut.Yesterday, a defiant Louis van Gaal criticised sections of the British media who reported this week he had offered to resign in the wake of United’s latest poor result a 1-0 home loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.”I think it’s awful and horrible,” said Van Gaal, who walked out of a news conference last month. “It’s the third time I’ve been sacked and I’m still sitting here.”Lose to second-tier Derby in the FA Cup today and even Van Gaal acknowledges the scrutiny could be too much to take.The Dutchman said yesterday that he hadn’t offered to quit and the support of Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was “fantastic.””It gives you a lot of pressure because when the board has such confidence in you, the pressure is much higher than when they say it’s your last game,” Van Gaal said. “Then the confidence is not so high.”United may be playing Derby just at the right time. They have won only one of their last six games in the FA Cup third round and have dropped off the top of the League Championship.Derby is managed by Paul Clement, the former assistant manager at Real Madrid where he worked under Carlo Ancelotti. Clement said he might speak to Ancelotti before today’s game at Pride Park.”I am not sure it will quite be a giant-killing if we get a good result,” Clement said. “It is a challenge we are really looking forward to, up against a team that is not in great form.”
Dear Editor,The alacrity with which the Department of Citizenship has responded to revelations of incorrect and therefore fraudulent notices of application for naturalisation as Guyanese citizens is surprising. Anyone who has had any dealing or transaction with any Government agency in our country knows of the sloth; it is legendary, a bureaucratic labyrinth from which it is painful to extract information and answers for any purpose.The responses are themselves informative for what they say, as well as what is left out. “The Ministry would like to make it pellucid that all of the processes that the Department of Citizenship applies to applications for citizenship are enshrined in the Laws of Guyana – the Guyana Citizenship Act 1401”, and Minister Felix “requires the applicant for naturalisation to publish their applications for naturalisation in one of the daily newspapers. The department has nothing to do with what appears in the newspapers. If an error occurs in the publication, that is a problem for the newspapers and the applicant. They have to sort that out and clear up any error that may have occurred.”The statement by the Minister of Citizenship seems to be at odds with that of his ministry, for the laws are clear with whom the responsibility for false statements lies, and what the penalties are:Laws of Guyana Cap 14.01Evidence: 13. (1) Every document purporting to be a notice, certificate, order or declaration, or an entry in a register or a subscription of an oath of allegiance, given, granted or made under this Act or under Chapter IV of the Constitution shall be received in evidence and shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been given, granted or made on behalf of the person by whom or on whose behalf it has been given, granted or been made.Offences: 14. (1) Any person who for the purpose of procuring anything to be done or not done under this Act or Chapter IV of the Constitution makes any statement to be false in a material particular, or recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than twenty five thousand dollars nor more than fifty thousand dollars and imprisonment for six months.Editor, was there an inquiry at the Department of Citizenship into the instances provided by the Leader of the Opposition? Did anyone pull these files and engage in close scrutiny of all documents provided? Was a biometric cross scan run to confirm no duplicity exists? From the Chronicle, answers, or should I say excuses, were quickly provided by the General Manager of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, who blamed a ‘computer glitch’ for these ‘errors’. Given the glibness emanating from both entities, I would ask that an official Police investigation be launched into this affair. An inquiry not limited to the false notices, but to ascertain if indeed any effort was made at either entity to seek the truth.In numerous years of using computers, I am yet to experience any of these fabled ‘glitches’, and I would ask who conducted this inquiry at the Department of Citizenship, and if there was a written report submitted. Computer systems have logs built into the software; surely we can access those and see what exactly caused these ‘glitches’, and also if there has been any access of these files in the Citizenship Department.Given the concerns raised by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo about the digitisation of records and the ease with which excuses of ‘computer error’ are offered and accepted, a thorough investigation is of national importance.Yours truly,Vickram BharratMember ofParliament
Faulty 8M Kato Secondary School– Patterson says project was “poorly executed”Following numerous reports and evidence of shoddy work done on the Kato Secondary School project, the contracting company, Kares Engineering Inc has spoken out, saying that no complaint of substandard work was made when the building was completed and handed over to Government.The school, which was built at a cost of $728.1 million, has jarring evidence of poor construction. During a media tour on Wednesday at the school in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), it was seen that the walls and flooring were cracked, termites had infected the wood, and cheap materials were used to build rooms.According to Kares Engineering, in a lengthy statement on Thursday, the school was built to rigid specifications set out by the Government of Guyana and the project was completed within budget, accepted and received by Government without complaints.The company noted that the controversy over the past weeks has “taken a deliberate, in our opinion, political slant and we, as an engineering firm, want to clarify the engineering issues without delving into the political nuances”.The company clarified that it never received $1 billion as is being claimed and, in fact, it was owed $66 million. It was noted that the original cost of the project was $728 million, but only $662 million was paid over to the contractor.According to Kares, the building meets and in many cases, exceeds the contract specifications, which were accepted by the supervising consultant. It noted too that all specifications and changes in the design or materials were made by Government.“Kares Engineering made no independent decision to change or alter any specification. Kares Engineering is confident that the school will pass a compression strength test, the standard for concrete testing. The company is disputing the conflicting Schmidt Hammer readings, both the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the independent contracting firm results show vastly conflicting readings with differences as high as 2920 PSI. The company added that it passed 22 of 24 structural tests conducted by the Ministry and it was after this that an “independent” test was ordered.Moreover, Kares further outlined that the building was still under warranty for termite treatment and would be so for five years from the date of the contract completion.Furthermore, the company stated that Government has never officially notified or requested the engineering firm to correct any works.“To date Kares Engineering is not in receipt of a complaint or request for corrective works. The defects liability period was left to expire, without request for correction. The building was under warranty and corrections could have been made. The Government requested none. There are no structural cracks in the building. The building has a few cracks, which is common to concrete structures and could have been corrected under the defects liability period. This was never requested,” the company maintained.During the visit on Wednesday, residents in the area had complained that they were promised a wage of $7000 per day, but were only paid $2500 per day, of which $1200 was deducted each day for meals. However, the company denied this, saying that $9000 was higher than wages paid to similarly unskilled workers in Georgetown.Nevertheless, Kares Engineering said, like everyone else, it wanted to ensure that the children of Kato got to use the much-needed school, noting that the delays was also holding up the hydropower project promised to the Region through European Union funding.“Our company always has our client’s best interest in mind; as a result, we propose … to remedy any issue,” the release outlined.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has placed the extremely defective Kato Secondary School high on the agenda for projects to be completed, and it could cost the Government another $140 million to fix.Patterson told the National Assembly on Thursday that both the contractor and the consultant defended themselves, claiming that they were pressured by members of the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration to complete constructions by the 2015 General Elections. He made this statement during his presentation of the Technical Audit Report on the Kato School by Rodrigues Architects Ltd.Managing Director of Rodrigues Architects Ltd, Albert Rodrigues had stated that the project was flawed from the design phase.Stating the works were substandard, Patterson indicated that 50 per cent of the concrete testing failed. Nevertheless, he noted that the Ministry remained committed to correcting the deficiencies and would ensure that when an audit into the repair project commenced, it would be laid before the Parliament for scrutiny.The school, which was constructed to house 400 students, has been deemed unsafe and it has been advised that it should not be opened for the new school term in September. According to Rodrigues, it would take six months to fix the defects.However, Kares Engineering says it remains committed to the project and “is prepared to meet with the Government of Guyana to discuss issues with the building and how they can be resolved”.According to the company’s statement, “Kares Engineering is prepared to fix defects which should have been identified under the defects liability period and to remedy those that are applicable despite the fact that the liability period has expired.” Kato Toshao Clifton Pereira has stated that the residents were anxious for the school’s opening since the Paramakatoi Secondary School was severely overcrowded. He indicated that students were being forced to attend schools as far away as Sand Creek, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)
Students who would have written the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations this year are asked to query the results which were marked as ungraded, or any other issues which they might be skeptical about.This advice was given by Assistant Superintendent of Examinations, Dawn Griffith, who told media operatives that an investigation can be carried out if students were marked as ‘ungraded’.This comes in light of the fact that one of the top students at this year’s examination, from Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice), was given a similar label to her Spanish subject area even after she would’ve reportedly submitted an SBA (School Based Assessment) and sat the examination.For this, Griffith explained, “Ungraded means that either the child did not submit an SBA or the child was opting for a particular part of the paper. You have paper one and two. They probably would’ve written one part of the paper and not the other one, but we do have persons that would come in and query, as in the school.”She noted that private candidates can probe a query by visiting the Examinations Division in the Queen’s College Compound, at the junction of Camp Street and Thomas Lands. However, students from the public schools can do so at their respective schools.“If it was done privately, they come directly to us, and if it’s a (public) school candidate, they go straight to the school, who would in turn prepare a letter and we will send that to CXC, who will investigate,” the Assistant Superintendent informed.As of Friday, only one person reportedly requested an investigation into their grades, but Griffith is cognisant that more will be coming in the coming weeks. She related candidates should pay attention to the slip which they would’ve collected to verify which component of the examination was lacking.“Another thing that we tell the candidates is when they receive their exam slip or when they check online, there’s a little asterisk at the bottom which says if it was an SBA or whether its paper component.If its paper component, they need to return to us the receipt that the supervisor would’ve returned to them at the end of the examination.”This year saw a reduced number of persons writing the examinations, with some 12,266 candidates being registered to sit the examinations when compared to 12,684 candidates in 2017. The top student this year, Christian Pile of Queen’s College, secured 19 Grade Ones.
– increased Police, military presence in hinterland– tax waivers for green mining technology; assistance for minersBy Jarryl BryanThe draft National Mining Policy has been released, and with it, a plethora of recommendations, including a crucial one that urges Government to seek a consensus with the parliamentary Opposition on the policy, to insulate it from the effects of a possible change of Government.The 134-page document was compiled by University of Guyana Lecturer Sherwood Lowe and former Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Commissioners William Woolford and Karen Livan. Under the implementation risk assessment section, it stated that a change of Government is identified as one of the political risks, as well as Cabinet reshuffle and changes in national priorities.To mitigate these risks, the document urges the Government to pursue “multi-party parliamentary endorsement of policies; full Cabinet endorsement; full public disclosure and long-term strategic planning.”As the document has been made available to the public by the Natural Resources Ministry, at least one of these recommendations has been followed. It is unclear whether the parliamentary Opposition has been approached regarding the policy.According to the policy, these include financial, institutional, market, compliance, geological and security risks. Under compliance, the policy advises that miners be exposed to targeted education and encouragement.While it was recommended that stakeholders and the community become more involved in compliance management, the policy also urges stricter enforcement of laws in a sector that was once described as a ‘Wild West.’Noting that there are security risks posed by Trafficking in Persons (TIP), mining operators raiding neighbouring camps and stealing gold through intimidation and violent crime, the policy recommended increased Police and military attention and operations in mining areas. In addition, the policy speaks to using residents in communities as the “eyes and ears” on the ground for the authorities.When it comes to financial risks, the policy recommends that long-term budget planning and prioritisation of goals and actions are done to prevent budgets for work plans being unavailable or only partly approved by the GGMC or the Ministry.In terms of the institutional risk, it called for capacity building at the GGMC that included the use of external staff; including retirees, Private Sector and sister organisations. It was also advised that an interagency committee be set up to help coordinate decision-making that would include border security, health and law enforcement. To keep track of these initiatives, the policy advocates the use of monitoring and progress reports.Lastly, the policy recommended that continuous and systematic regional exploration and mineral resource assessments be carried out by the GGMC. It was noted that uncertainties about the existence and exploitability of undiscovered mineral resources are geological risks.RecommendationsOne recommendation that the policy document speaks of is introducing a scheme to provide assistance to miners in order to increase mechanisation. It also advises that tax waivers for green mining technology be expanded, in addition to the reach and resources of the Guyana Mining School.“Amend mining regulations to favour specification of equipment and process over mere performance standards,” the report states, adding that efforts should be made to “continue research on gold mining recovery options.”The document adds that Government should “make tax concessions on fuel, spares, machinery and equipment predictable and more attuned to the various classes of Small and medium-scale (SMS) miners. Build sealed roads based on a priority list for coastal hinterland activity. Build feeder roads for internal access to new mining grounds.”Right of appealThe report also makes a crucial recommendation that changes should be made to the process used by miners to appeal GGMC decisions. It notes that given the connections between the GGMC and the Minister, this may pose problems.“The Ministry, for example, has staff on GGMC’s Board and committees. Appeals should best be made to an independent agency, such as the proposed Inspector General for the GGMC,” the policy states.Giving its rationale for such an office, the policy observes that the support of an independent Inspector General (IG) can help the Geology and Mines Commission improve its responsiveness to the public and stakeholders. It also listed some proposed functions, including conducting and supervising audits and investigations relating to GGMC.Some specific functions, according to the policy, would also include receiving and investigating complaints from miners and general public against the GGMC. It warns that the office be kept spate and insulated.“The IG office shall be independent of and external to the GGMC and [Ministry of Natural Resources] MNR. It shall be empowered to prepare its own annual budget, which will be a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund, set its own internal rules and procedures and be answerable to the National Assembly,” the policy advises.
Rene Higuita’s scorpion kick is perhaps one of the most iconic moments in football, but it could be challenged by a part-time goalkeeper from a small town near Zaragoza.With his side trailing in the final minutes, Sarinena’s goalkeeper came up and pulled off a simply unbelievable equaliser to draw 3-3 with SD Borja in Spain’s Tercera regional league.The result has moved Sarinena up to fifth in the table, just four points off of top spot.
WITH every bed in Donegal for the International Rally in two weeks’ time already booked, the official rally campsite has launched an online booking system.O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny – home of St Eunan’s GAA club – will be hosting hundreds of rally fans over the weekend from June 17 to June 19.With showers and many other facilities available – including the club house – it has proven to be hugely popular with fans all over Ireland. Many rally fans have been using the online booking system, said a rally spokesman.“Every hotel and B&B was booked out weeks ago. Many fans book a year in advance and we are delighted St Eunan’s has opened up their superb facilities for fans this year,” he said.“There’s loads of room; there are superb facilities available and there will be security throughout the weekend at O’Donnell Park so fans can enjoy the rally weekend in confidence.”The club is also offering two nights for the price of three. It is €25 for per person for one night or €50 for three nights. A two-night stay is also discounted to €40 (or €20 per night per person) Fans can book their pitch online here:https://www.klubfunder.com/Clubs/St_EunansFans can also book by phone on the numbers on the poster. OFFICIAL DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY CAMPSITE CAN NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:campO’Donnell Parkofficial camp siterallySt Eunan’s GAA club