Noël Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, made the decision yesterday not to resume football in France at the amateur level. The boss of French football will meet tomorrow the presidents of the Leagues and the Districts in an Executive Committee to communicate the decision made by the largest body of French football at a non-professional level. This means that all leagues, including the French third division, will definitely close ranks and will not contest the remaining ten games. However, the resolution of the FFF does not entail a blank season, since all the championships will end as they were on March 14, just before the stoppage by the coronavirus.Most amateur clubs have been in favor of this measure, since it will have an economic backing of € 12 million for the most disadvantaged leagues. Meanwhile, lFFF wants to keep the final of the Coupe de France that will face PSG and Saint-Étienne, which would take place on July 11 at best.
The Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration has recommended to plenary to confirm Minister of Education-designate, George Werner. He is the former director-general of the Civil Service Agency (CSA).According to the Committee’s report to plenary on Thursday, which was expected to be acted upon in executive session, Mr. Werner and other nominees to the Ministry of Education posts were found to be qualified for their respective designated positions following what was described as ‘thorough scrutiny.’The recommendation was signed by five of the six members of the Education Committee namely Senators Albert Chie, co-chair; Conmany Wesseh, Milton Teahjay, Oscar Cooper, the Chairman Jewel Howard Taylor, and the excused Senator Joseph Nagbe.Mr. Werner replaces Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh who has gone to the National Investment Commission (NIC) as head.The soft-spoken recommended Minister informed the Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing last month, that he will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the country’s education system is overhauled from “mess to best.”Despite his experience as a classroom teacher for years, Mr. Werner told the hearing that he would need the political support in order to succeed.It may be recalled that Mr. Werner was once rejected by the Senate for the position of Health Minister after Senators argued that he “lacked the requisite qualification” to head such an important post since he was not a medical practitioner.The issue of requisite qualification was one of the sticky concerns raised by members of the Health committee headed Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman, when the then Minister-designate appeared for confirmation hearing.Werner had informed the committee that he has basic knowledge in public health care from the Children Hospital in the state of Pennsylvania, United States of America, and also taught some public health courses at the Mother Patten College of Health Sciences in Monrovia on two separate occasions.But that did not qualify him to become the Minister of Health in the wisdom of the Senators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– RamjattanPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has reiterated his call for the US$2.6 million worth of vehicles granted to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) by the Chinese Government to be cared for by the ranks entrusted with its use.To ensure that the vehicles are used in a proper manner, Ramjattan announced that if any rank is found to have misused the much needed crime fighting vehicles, charges will be laid.Speaking at the rolling out ceremony of the vehicles hosted at the Tactical Service Unit (TSU), the Public Security Minister cautioned that “these vehicles are going to give us use for many years ahead but please take care of them! Too many times I notice even senior ranks crashing and some even dying as a result of bad driving.”Ramjattan warned that “standard operating procedures are now being implemented, one of which is if you drive badly and damage the vehicles, you will be charged.”He pleaded with the ranks to adhere to those operating procedures of the Force which will improve their standard of service to the Guyanese people.He said “whenever you notice bad driving on the part of your colleagues, talk to him, tell him to stop it! This is the property of the people, you are the agents of the people; properly make use of their property for the purpose of service and protection”.In his brief remarks, Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine said that the roll out of the 56 pick-up trucks was long awaited.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) received nine of the trucks; B Division (Berbice) received 10; C Division (East Coast Demerara) received eight; D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) received five; E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) received four; F Division (Interior locations) received three; and G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) received four.“It is less costly to prevent than to detect crime, so these vehicles are going to help us significantly to make our prevention drive more meaningful,” the Commissioner said.Added to the existing Police fleet were 56 pick-up trucks, 44 motorcycles, 35 ATVs as well as five buses, carrying the signature blue and white finish and sirens.Accompanying these was a total of 550 items of protective gear, 70 computers (both desktops and laptops) along with other technical equipment, all aimed at improving the efficiency of the country’s crime-fighting force.This initiative, which will significantly enhance the capacity of the crime-fighting force, also coincides with the reinstallation of the 911 emergency call system.
The Iwokrama International Centre said it has noted with serious concern the propagation of illegal activities in the Iwokrama Forest and is warning persons from conducting those activities without the requisite permission.A section of the Iwokrama canopy which sits at the top of part of the protected forest in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)Section 2 of the clause titled “Control of the Programme Site” of the Iwokrama Act states:Subject to Section 6 (1) and notwithstanding anything in any other written law:-(a) No mining, forestry or other resources utilisation activity shall be carried out on the Programme Site by any person other than the Centre except with the prior written permission of the Centre; and(b) No lease of land or permission to use land in the Programme Site shall be issued by any person other than the Centre and all activities on the Programme Site shall be in accordance with regulations prescribed therefor under this Act.Section 3 goes on to prescribe the penalties.“Any person who contravenes the provisions of Subsection (2) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of one hundred thousand dollars or imprisonment for a period of one year and where the offence is of a continuing nature, to a further fine not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars for each day during which the offence continues after conviction.”With that in mind, Iwokrama said that it has discovered a plethora of illegal activities in its forest. Those activities include, but are not limited to, fishing, hunting, logging and mining.“The Centre would like to remind the public and other stakeholders that these activities are not allowed in the Iwokrama Forest unless the Centre gives express written permission for any of these activities to be undertaken. The Centre has already imposed penalties on one errant tourism operator who was caught illegally logging in the Iwokrama Forest and a gold miner who was arrested and is now being placed before the courts,” the Centre said in an advertisement.Iwokrama said it has spent enough time and resources on education and awareness with regard to these illegal activities in the Iwokrama Forest and has now adopted a zero-tolerance approach to these activities, especially the gold mining and logging operations. The Centre’s monitoring team together with the regulatory institutions in Guyana, including but not limited to, the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to undertake regular monitoring and enforcement activities within the environs of the Iwokrama Forest.The Centre will also be rigidly enforcing the prescribed penalties under the Iwokrama Act and other laws of Guyana to any person found illegally operating in the Iwokrama Forest.“Iwokrama believes in the development of the hinterland region of Guyana which provides livelihoods for many Guyanese but at the same time, all activities must be done within the confined of the laws of Guyana,” the ad related.The Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development (Iwokrama) was created in the “run-up” to the Rio Summit in 1992. It is a key environmental programme dedicated by the Government of Guyana, through President Desmond Hoyte, to the Commonwealth in 1989 at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malaysia.Since its foundation, through an Act of Parliament in 1996, signed off by then President Dr Cheddi Jagan, Iwokrama has sought to advance best practices in the sustainable management of the world’s remaining rain forests.Iwokrama manages the 371,000 hectares (nearly one million acres) Iwokrama Forest in central Guyana to show how tropical forests can be conserved and sustainably used for ecological, social and economic benefits to local, national and international communities.Iwokrama is a mountain range in the forest, and the word Iwokrama is of the Macushi tribal nation which means “place of refuge”. The legend is that there was historical inter-tribal warfare and the Makushi people fled into the Iwokrama Mountains to seek refuge.
The Bank of Guyana (BoG) has announced that an upgraded $1000 currency note will be issued next month with two significant changes.These changes are part of the Bank’s commitment to the continuous upgrade of Guyana’s currency notes. The upgraded $1000 note will be released on March 4, 2019, and will circulate alongside the existing notes of the same denomination.The announcement was made by the BoG in an advertisement published in today’s edition of Guyana Times.According to the Bank, this upgraded currency note kept most of the elements of the previous note with only two significant changes to the front and back of the bill.The first change is the replacement of the holographic stripe at the front of the note with a RAPID® micro-optic security feature. The six millimetre-wide, blue micro-optic feature displays fluid and highly visible movement behind the national flower – the Victoria Regia Lily, which is also represented in the print on the edges of the note.With only a slight tilt of the banknote, the BoG added, the bands in the RAPID feature move up and down behind the static numerals “1000” as the flower petals shimmer in blue and white.Meanwhile, the second change is the replacement of the windowed security thread at the back of the currency note with an embedded plastic thread, which is visible when held against the light.Guyana’s $1000 note was upgraded in 2011 when improved security features were introduced. At the time, the $500 bill was also upgraded. Among the changes made then to both notes were a “holographic stripe” and an upgraded watermark among other features.
Mourne Antiques in Letterkenny is hosting its annual festive evening tonight between 6-8pm to celebrate the year gone by and thank their customers.Everyone is welcome to call in and check out this shop full of beautiful items of furniture and curiosities, jewellery and object d’Artes, all from a bygone era. This year they are excited to be holding a joint evening with their contemporary Irish Craft section which is now in its own store across the street – at Amelia’s Irish Design & Gift, just beside Magees Chemist.Amelia’s Irish Design and GiftsThis new shop offers a wonderful selection of top quality handmade Irish pieces, with the majority of makers coming from our home county of Donegal. Anything from a small bar of locally made soap, to hand painted or woven scarves, to gallery pieces of ceramics or art.Between the two shops, you could have all your Christmas gift ideas sorted. Come and have a look!Find the perfect gifts the Mourne Antiques festive fare was last modified: December 8th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CHristmasGiftsshopping
Táin (Ulster) Hurling League FinalSt. Eunan’s 2-14Pearse Óg (Louth) 0-8 St. Eunan’s senior hurlers took the Táin (Ulster) League Division 4 title with a victory over Louth champions Pearse Óg on Saturday in Garvaghy, Co. Tyrone.The Dundalk team started as favourites and moved into an early three point lead as St. Eunan’s struggled to get into the game, with a point from David Mahony and two Gary O’Brien frees.St. Eunan’s suffered a further blow with the early loss of full forward Colm Breathnach through injury. Only strong defensive work from Francis Lennon, Eunan O’Donnell and Cormac Goulding kept the Donegal team in touch.Three Seán Mc Veigh points and a score by Dungloe man Cormac Hartnett in reply to strikes from O’Brien and Brian McCabe brought St. Eunan’s level after 20 minutes. The Letterkenny men finished the half strongly and good work by Dan O’Connor and Adie Gaffey led to two more McVeigh scores. This left a two point gap between the teams at half time, 0-7 to 0-5.Immediately after the restart O’Brien broke through on the Letterkenny goal but shot wide under pressure from corner back Shane O’Connor and goalkeeper Lee Scanlon.This proved to be a turning point as St. Eunan’s quickly shot three points through Kevin Meehan, James Connors and Conor McVeigh. Pearse Óg struck back with scores from Mahony and a Gerard Smyth free.These were to be the last scores for the Louth men as the St. Eunan’s defence continued its dominance. The Donegal team took control around midfield at this stage, with Eugene Organ outstanding in winning high ball.The contest was effectively decided in a two minute spell when a point from St. Eunan’s midfielder Colm Flood was followed by Seán McVeigh finishing a 20 metre free to the net on 47 minutes. In the closing stages McVeigh and Connors added further points. The best score of the game came in injury time when Seán McVeigh won possession 40 yards from goal, passed two defenders and beat the Pearse Óg goalkeeper with a superb finish. This left a flattering twelve point margin at the final whistle.St. Eunan’s: Lee Scanlon, Francis Lennon, Eunan O’Donnell, Shane O’Connor, Dan O’Connor, Adie Gaffey, Cormac Goulding, Colm Flood (0-1), Seán McVeigh (2-7), Eugene Organ (0-1), Kevin Meehan (0-1), Conor McVeigh (0-1), James Connors (0-2), Colm Breathnach, Cormac Hartnett (0-1). Subs: Eoin Friel (3 mins), Mark Timoney (40 mins), Darragh Kerrane (52 mins), Pádraig Dwyer (53 mins), Stephen Doherty (56 mins), Paddy Flood, Michael McGrath, Jack Brennan, Conor Parke, Derek Kelly, John Ireland.Pearse Óg: Barry Myles, Matthew Myles, David Mulholland, Noel Callan, Brian Hassett, Donal McArdle, Andrew McCrave, Gerard Smyth (0-1), Shane Callan, Donnach Callan, David Mahony (0-3), Brian McCabe (0-1), Gary O’Brien (0-3), Ken O’Hagan, Aidan Callan. Subs: Gerry Hoey, Martin Myles, Matthew Boland, Paul Grimes, Richard Scanlon, Philip McFaul, Andrew McDermott.CHAMPIONS! ST EUNAN’S HURLERS TAKE ULSTER TITLE IN LEAGUE FINAL was last modified: April 28th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CHAMPIONS! ST EUNAN’S HURLERS TAKE ULSTER TITLE IN LEAGUE FINAL
ADVICE huge blow no dice BEST OF RANKED MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED 2 Celtic visit Norwegian side Rosenborg knowing a win will hand them a huge boost towards reaching the knockout stages.A brilliant 2-1 win in their last Group B game against Bundesliga challengers RB Leipzig kept their dreams alive. What the managers are sayingRini Coolen (Rosenborg): “We will try to use the best players available but of course we have to be smart as well, some players will not play the full 90 minutes. Pal Helland came back from injury and is doing well in the last weeks but I will keep him out of this game because he has to be ready for Sunday. All the other players are available so we will have a good squad tomorrow. There will be players in the starting 11 that I can maybe take off a little bit earlier than normal. We have to think about a few things but we want to perform against Celtic. And yes, we’d like to show in our last home game against a European team, that we can do better than we have done against European teams.”Brendan Rodgers (Celtic): “Of course, the European game is becoming very difficult for countries like ourselves. So if the likes of ourselves and Rangers can get through, it would be great for the nation, for both clubs, that’s what we want. It’s still very much our ambitions and I hope we can do that. We go into it and you look after yourselves and your own club. But, for the bigger picture which is important for our football, it’s great if we can get as many teams as possible into European games.” shining Brendan Rodgers knows a win will boost Celtic’s chances of progressing Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Odsonne Edouard scored the winner for Celtic in their last Europa League match In their last Europa League fixture, Rosenborg, who are bottom of the group, were comfortably beaten by Red Bull and have not won earned a single point in this year’s competition proper.The reverse meeting between these two sides was back in September when an 87th minute header from Leigh Griffiths gave a wasteful Celtic side all three points. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Confirmed line-upsRosenborg: TO FOLLOWSubs: TO FOLLOWCeltic: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, Tierney; McGregor, Rogic; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair, EdouardSubs: Bain, Hayes, Griffiths, Gamboa, Hendry, Ntcham, Brown
OAKLAND – The NBA acted swiftly. But did the NBA act appropriately?The NBA punished Warriors investor Mark Stevens with a one-year ban from NBA games and Warriors-related activities and a $500,000 fine Thursday. The penalty was handed down roughly 16 hours after an incident in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in which Stevens, from his courtside seat at Oracle Arena, shoved and swore at Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.Some, including Lowry, thought Stevens’ actions warranted a lifetime ban. NBA …
No. 6-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired.Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, will next play No. 49-ranked Kyle Edmund, who beat No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal limped into a news conference about a half-hour later, still wincing when he stepped up onto a platform. He said he felt muscle pain in his upper right leg in the third set but played through it. In the fourth set, chasing a drop shot, he felt the pain get worse “but didn’t realize how bad.”“Tough moments —not (for) the first time here,” he said. “I’m a positive person, but today is an opportunity lost to be in a semifinal for a Grand Slam and fight for an important title for me. Read Next LATEST STORIES In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro. “It’s really tough to accept.”Nadal said he’d have medical scans Wednesday to determine the exact location and extent of the injury, which he could only describe as being high on his right leg but not in the hip.“Unbelievable performance from both of us and really unfortunate for Rafa,” Cilic said. “He’s such an unbelievable competitor. He always gives his best … it’s very unfortunate for him to finish this way.”It was only the second time Nadal had retired during a Grand Slam match — the last time was also an Australian Open quarterfinal, in 2010 against Andy Murray.On Tuesday night, he needed a medical timeout after going down 4-1 in the fourth set for treatment on his leg.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Spain’s Rafael Nadal, right, walks from Croatia’s Marin Cilic after he withdrew injured from their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic.Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major winner went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent, and angrily hurled his headband into his equipment bag.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena.“I am loving it right now, just the way I’m playing,” Edmund said. “My first Grand Slam semifinal. First time I played on one of the biggest courts in the world. To beat a quality of player like Grigor. They’re great feelings. So, yeah, I just try to enjoy it as much as possible.”After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out. And so was Dimitrov, who lost a five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal.“Everything went his way today,” Dimitrov said. “It’s hard to hide a disappointment. It hurts, and so it should.”Edmund, who had a first-round upset over U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson, is now the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is facing a similar experience.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, said: “Kim, thanks for watching. I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.” View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal returned but was clearly bothered by the injury, limping and taking as much time as possible as he tried to stretch between points.He called the trainer again after losing the fourth set, and lasted only two further games.Cilic had only previously beaten Nadal once in their six previous matches — in their first match at Beijing in 2009.Nadal had a delayed start to the season because of an injured right knee, but appeared to be in good form through the first four rounds. He now hasn’t won back-to-back Australian Open quarterfinals since 2008 and ’09, the year he won his only Australian title.“I worked hard to be here,” said Nadal, who skipped tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, Australia, while his knee recovered at the start of the season. “We did all the things that we believed were the right things to do.”His absence also means there’s only one of last year’s singles finalists remaining in the tournament. Roger Federer, who beat Nadal in five sets last year, is playing Tomas Berdych in a quarterfinal on Wednesday.Serena Williams didn’t defend her title, deciding she hadn’t had enough time to prepare following the birth of her first child last September. Her older sister, Venus Williams, was beaten in the first round.On top of that, six-time champion Novak Djokovic was upset in the fourth round.There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years, but it won’t be five-time finalist Murray — who skipped the season-opening tournament to have surgery on his hip.Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player. 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