Police hunting suspects in execution-style killing

first_imgThe Police are working on several leads as they hunt for two men responsible for the gunning down of a South Ruimveldt resident, in Layon Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, on Thursday evening.Mark Wilson also called QQThe body of Mark Wilson, 22, also called “QQ”, of Lot 1238 Canje Pheasant, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was riddled with bullets by the two suspects at about 22:00h.According to reports, the young man was standing in vicinity of “Short Cut” when two men exited a car and shot at him.In an attempt to escape, Wilson ran through a yard but the gunmen gave chase and continued shooting, hitting him about the body. He eventually collapsed a short distance but the men continued to shoot at him.After the gunmen made good their escape in a car, persons in the neighbourhood ran to assist the injured man. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital but succumbed on his way there.Acting Crime Chief Hugh Jessemy explained that based on reports gathered, the shooting might have been a drive-by shooting but this was clearly refuted by the sister of the dead man.The sister, Malika Wilson, told Guyana Times that based on reports received, her brother was brutally shot and killed. “After they shoot he run, but they went behind he… my brother didn’t had the time to say a word… they shoot he up and left,” the woman stated.While she is not aware of any enemies that her brother might have had, she noted that he would always stay at his parent’s home during the day and leave for his place in the afternoon.“I ask he several times if he had enemies but he always tell me that he nah have vibes with anyone… but yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, he left home and went on the road and it was then, the people come and shoot he up.”She noted that after the family received news of the shooting, her mother and other brothers went to the hospital where they saw him lying motionless on a stretcher.He was reportedly shot at least ten times.Although the now dead man was charged and remanded to prison for possession of guns and ammunition in 2015, his sister refuted claims that his death might be linked to that incident, while noting that the case was dismissed.He, along with GDF officer Aaron Eastman, Andrew Escott and Ryan Escott, were charged on December 9, 2015. The four men were arrested by Police after two firearms and several rounds of ammunition were found in the vehicle they were travelling in; however insufficient evidence subsequently led to the case being dismissed.The man’s sister told Guyana Times that despite the other men informing the Police that they do not know her brother, charges were instituted against him.Meanwhile, the aggrieved sister described her now dead brother as a willing, loving and jovial individual.Police are continuing their investigations into the shooting. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Damien in tough spot

first_imgK.B. Leslie leads Damien in scoring with 12 goals. The Spartans have lost just one game outside of league. That occurred at the West Coast Classic at Cal State Fullerton over the Christmas break. Bassett will host Cajon on Saturday in a Division V matchup after winning the Montview League title. The Olympians (18-3-2) are led by Armando Cervantes (13 goals) and Richard Nava (12). “If we’re going to do well, we’ll need big things from both of them,” Bassett coach Raul Contreras said. “They are our star forwards and I expect a lot out of them.” Cajon is the third seed from the San Andreas League. In another Division V opener, Mission Valley League champion Arroyo will host L.A. Baptist. Bonita (10-12-1) will host West Covina on Wednesday in a Division III wild-card game. The Bearcats are coming off a disappointing third-place finish in the Miramonte League behind Diamond Ranch and Wilson, respectively. “I’m confident that we can score goals,” Bearcats coach Adam Archibald said. “We will either win it or lose it on the defensive end.” Archibald credits goalie Jeff Hoover with outstanding play in the net and said the numbers don’t reflect how well he’s playing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Damien will travel to Palmdale on Saturday at 3 p.m. to take on the Golden League’s second-seeded team. With a victory, the Spartans likely would get a rematch against Loyola, a team they tied 1-1 early in the season. “\ put us in the bracket of death,” Damien standout Davis Paul said. “I don’t think we got the respect in the rankings a two-time champion should get.” Paul has 11 goals and 12 assists this season, but his numbers are down because he has been the focus of the Spartans’ opponents. “I’ve been getting kicked, punched and elbowed lately, and it’s getting frustrating,” the future University of California player said. “We’re the underdog, and I think as tough as our bracket is, we’ve done well against some of those teams.” Spartans goalie Jon Brapincevic had 12 shutouts and will have to continue his solid play if Damien hopes to repeat this season. center_img Damien High School begins its quest for a third consecutive boys CIF-Southern Section Division I soccer title in an unusual position. The Spartans (16-3-4) enter the playoffs as an underdog after finishing second in the Sierra League behind Chino. last_img read more

Racism lingers in Hollywood

first_imgSunday’s international broadcast showcased 20 outstanding nominees in the acting categories. Of them, five were of African descent. Overall, blacks fared well, receiving a total of eight nominations and three wins. Latino filmmakers brought their A-game as well, garnering 16 nominations and four wins, three for Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” and one for Gustavo Santaolalla in the best music score category for “Babel.” With an acting nomination for a descendant of Japan and a best-short-documentary win for Chinese director Ruby Yang, Asians didn’t go home empty-handed, either. But my favorite part of the ceremony – aside from director Michael Mann’s film montage showcasing diversity in cinema and Whitaker’s touching acceptance speech – came in the opening monologue. That’s when quirky host Ellen DeGeneres stated, “If there were no blacks, Jews or gays, there would be no Oscars.” Of course she was being sarcastic – the part about blacks, that is. IN 1996, I lamented the dearth of minorities, particularly African-Americans, in the movie industry. This was obviously pre-Forest Whitaker’s winning portrayal of Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” It was a decade prior to Halle Berry’s historic nod, or Jennifer Hudson’s much-deserved Oscar for her supreme, show-stopping performance in “Dreamgirls.” It was two lifetimes before rap artists 360 Mafia made pimpin’ a little easier. Of the 166 Academy Award nominees that year, only one was African-American. Sure, Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg presided over the festivities, with Quincy Jones serving as the show’s co-producer. The disturbing message sent in 1996, however, was as clear as the image of separate water fountains, of fire hoses, police attack dogs or treating segments of society as if they were invisible. The message was: Whites only. What a difference a decade can make! This year’s 79th annual awards show was the most globally diverse in the history of the Academy. Each year, studies are done, statistics are collected, commitments are made and, ultimately, promises are broken. A decade ago, fewer than 150 – or 3.9 percent – of the then-5,043 Academy members who nominate and choose Oscar winners were black. Only 2.3 percent of the Directors Guild membership was black. A mere 2.6 percent of the Writers Guild was African-American. Blacks accounted for less than 2 percent of the 4,000-member union of set decorators and property masters. For other minorities, the numbers were equally disgraceful. In 2007, those stats really haven’t budged much. You would think liberal Hollywood would have recognized by now that mining for greater minority participation in front of and behind the camera could dramatically increase its bottom line. A highly sought-after export, entertainment is an American commodity yielding solid returns. Films with a global reach seem like a no-brainer. The bottom line, however, is that many in the industry – consciously or otherwise – continue to arrogantly shun the gifts minorities have to offer. The result is less potential revenue, fewer jobs, fan stagnation, and more international trepidation about the United States and all that we allegedly stand for. So while we revel in the awesome splendor of Oscar, we know why everyone is still not invited to the Governor’s Ball or Vanity Fair’s soiree. And the reason has to do with basic tenets of equality. Actor Edward James Olmos’ assertion that “All of the Oscar-nominated pictures put together give lots of hope to diversity in general, and world cinema in particular,” means nothing unless moviemakers come out of preproduction and get the cameras rolling in Africa, Latin America, China and “other” parts of America. If it’s true that Hollywood is a place where money doesn’t talk but screams, add my voice to the choir on set shouting at the top of its lungs, “ACTION!” For me, it always speaks louder than words. Former Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kevin Ross is a past president of the Organization of Black Screenwriters.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool snap up Dutch teenager Van den Berg

first_img0Shares0000European champions Liverpool have made their first signing of the summer © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 27 – Liverpool have completed their first signing of the summer with the capture of 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.The European champions have paid just £1.3 million ($1.7 million) for Van den Berg, beating Bayern Munich to the youngster’s signature. Van den Berg is expected to spend next season with the club’s academy sides.“It is, for me, the biggest club in the world and it’s a dream come true. I am really excited,” said Van den Berg.“I’ve seen what kind of players from the academy grew into the first team here. It is unbelievable, especially when this kind of big club does that.“Of course, the trainer (Jurgen Klopp) is a great guy and one of the reasons they are successful – and also one of the reasons I came here.“I think this is the best place for me to grow and hopefully play a lot of games here.”Liverpool are expected to have a quiet summer in the transfer market after splashing out over £170 million on Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri last year.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Infantino eyes further Women’s World Cup expansion

first_img“There was a before and there will be an after the World Cup but it is up to us to seize the opportunity and do something about it,” added Infantino, who last month was re-elected for a second four-year term in charge of world football’s governing body.Rolling out a series of proposals for the development of the women’s game, Infantino said he would try to expand the competition in time for the next tournament in four years.“I think we should increase the number of participants,” said Infantino, who has succeeded in expanding the men’s tournament from 32 teams to 48 in time for the 2026 finals.“The tricky thing is that we have a World Cup coming in 2023 for which we started just a couple of months ago a bidding process based on 24 teams, so there we will need to act more quickly if we want to have more teams already in 2023.”This is only the second women’s World Cup since it was expanded from 16 teams to 24 in Canada four years ago. The competition started out with 12 teams in 1991.Infantino suggested that FIFA may need to “reopen the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organise or maybe co-host” but claimed that “nothing is impossible”.A decision on who hosts the 2023 finals will be made next year, with Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, South Africa, and New Zealand among the contenders, while the possibility of South Korea co-hosting with North Korea has also been raised.Earlier in the tournament, USA star Alex Morgan stated her wish to see the competition expanded to give developing countries more reason to invest in the women’s game.“It’s great to see quality games and quality teams, and my hope is eventually we cap it at 32 teams moving forward,” she said after her team’s 13-0 demolition of Thailand.Infantino also promised to double the prize fund for the next tournament having initially raised overall contributions from $15 million to $50 million in time for this year’s competition.When that increase was announced by FIFA late last year, it was criticised by players union FIFPro, who said it actually marked a “regressive trend” compared to the men’s tournament.The prize money for the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia was $400 million, a $48 million increase from 2014.“I am very confident we can achieve the necessary figures,” Infantino said on Friday.– Club World Cup? –He said the increase was part of a wider plan to invest a further $500 million in the women’s game to achieve a total of $1 billion over the next four years.“We have more than $2.75 billion of reserves, we don’t need all this money in the Swiss banks, they have enough money,” said the 49-year-old.“We need to invest this in order to make the whole movement around the world grow.”His five-part plan for the future development of the women’s game also included establishing a “women’s World League” and creating a Club World Cup for women, “starting as soon as possible”.“We can develop national team football only if we develop club football as well, all over the world, not only in a few countries,” he said while speaking at the home of Lyon, who have won the last four women’s Champions Leagues.“We need a Club World Cup which can be played every year to expose clubs from all over the world and to make clubs — men’s clubs but also women’s clubs — invest even more in women’s football.”Infantino is already pushing ahead with plans to expand the existing men’s Club World Cup to 24 teams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianni Infantino (3L), seen attending the women’s World Cup semi-final between England and the USA, proposed expanding the tournament to 32 teams © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFELYON, France, Jul 5 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday he is determined to push ahead with plans to expand the women’s World Cup in time for the next tournament after hailing France 2019 as “the best ever”.Speaking at a press conference in Lyon, where the World Cup concludes on Sunday as holders the United States and the Netherlands contest the final, Infantino said the tournament had been “phenomenal” as he promised huge increases in investment in the women’s game and to the prize fund for future competitions.last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham starlet to make Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad

first_img Dele Alli 1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is backing Dele Alli to be included in England’s Euro 2016 squad next summer.Alli made his senior international debut against Estonia last Friday and then came on as a substitute in the 67th minute of England’s 3-0 win over Lithuania.It has been a rapid rise to fame for the 19-year-old, who was playing in League One with MK Dons only five months ago.Pochettino had urged caution on pushing Alli into the England squad too soon but the Argentine believes the midfielder can keep his spot if he continues his current form.“If he follows in the same way that he’s played in the last few months then maybe he will have the opportunity to go,” Pochettino said.“It’s not because he’s young and 19 years old, football is about performance.“He is still young but very mature – on the pitch and off it – and he’s a great boy and we’re happy how he has adapted in the different levels, in a different league.“The Premier League is very tough and he came from League One and he adapted himself in a very good way.”last_img read more

CELTIC: LENNON HAPPY AS SECOND STRING 11 LOSE FIRST AUSSIE TOUR GAME

first_imgTHE Hoops lost their first pre-season game on their tour of Australia – but manager Neil Lennon was happy with the showing of a second string team.Celtic had only three members of their Scottish Cup-winning side in their starting line-up as they lost 1-0 to the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford, north of Sydney.They dominated possession and chances but were undone by a late goal from substitute Troy Hearfield. Lennon was upbeat despite the defeat, saying that his side only had limited preparation time after arriving in Australia last Wednesday.“Considering the lack of preparation we’ve had, for me, this was always going to be the toughest game of the tour,” Lennon said.“We’ve got a week now to prepare for Perth and 10 days for Melbourne (Victory), so if that’s a marker for the rest of the tour, then I’m pretty pleased with it.”Kris Commons and defenders Charlie Mulgrew and Thomas Rogne, who all missed the Mariners match, will be available to face Perth Glory next Saturday. He will also have four more internationals – Greek striker Georgios Samaras, South Korean stars Cha Du-Ri and Ki Sung-Yueng and Swedish defender Daniel Majstorovic – arriving a day before the Perth game, but they are unlikely to play.“We should have enough without those four to play in Perth and then they will play in the Melbourne game, that’s the plan anyway,” Lennon said.Lennon described reports of Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy rejoining Celtic as “speculation”.The Manchester City striker spent five months on loan with Celtic, from Newcastle, in 2005.Without so many top names, particularly in attack, Celtic struggled to create clear chances before falling to an 86th-minute goal from Hearfield after Joe Ledley failed to clear. The closest Celtic came was in injury time when substitute Gary Hooper had a shot cleared off the line, before a strong penalty claim for handball was dismissed.However, Lennon was satisfied with the way his side dominated possession in the ANZ Stadium following their long journey – six weeks to the day after their Scottish Cup final triumph over Motherwell.Lennon, who gave debuts to Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson in defence, said: “The players’ condition and the quality, particularly second half, it was a remarkable performance when you consider the week they’ve been through.“They’ve been travelling all the way over on Tuesday and Wednesday and then one day’s training, played very, very well second half and controlled the game. “I thought they scored with their one shot on target but overall I’m delighted with the performance.”Lennon was denied the chance to see potential transfer target Mustafa Amini 18, after the teenage midfielder hurt his groin.CELTIC: LENNON HAPPY AS SECOND STRING 11 LOSE FIRST AUSSIE TOUR GAME was last modified: July 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:australian tourceltic fclast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-15 BOYS CAPTURE COUNTY ÓG TITLE

first_imgThe St. Eunan’s U15 Óg Sport Gael team that won the County Final at the weekend, defeating Ardara in the Final in Davy Brennan Memorial Park, Glenties by 3-09 to 3-05. They will now represent Donegal at Saturday’s Ulster finals in Glen, Derry.Hard luck to the Minor boys and ladies Footballers on losing their county finals on Sunday. The ladies were always up against it taking on neighbours Termon who were reigning county champions.This is a young side and they will have learned an enormous amount from the game. The Boys went all the way to extra time but couldn’t get over the line and will be disappointed after beating Buncrana well in the Northern Final just 3 weeks ago. Thanks to all that travelled to support the teams.Congratulations to both Termon and Buncrana. The Seniors travelled to Glenties and came away with a draw against N. Conaill and remain top of the div. League table.The Juniors took on neighbours Glenswilly in the League and got another good win on a score of 1-13 to 1-07.The Minor Hurlers defeated Carndonagh on Thursday to reach the B Championship Final. The final will be played in Burt on Sunday the 15th September.The 16 Hurlers play Burt in the A League Final on Thursday in Burt at 6pm. The U16 Div. 1 footballers have advanced to their Northern League Final and ay have to wait for play-off winners. They have drawn neighbours Glenswilly in the championship.The U15 Boys captured the County Óg Sport title in Glenties on Saturday after defeating Ardara in the Final. They travel to Glen in Derry for the Ulster finals this Saturday, Sept. 7th.The U13 Boys staged a great second half fight back in Buncrana to win their opening match and they are at home to MacCumhaills this Sunday, throw-in at 11:30am. The div. 2 team had a good win against Gaoth Dobhair and travel to Fanad this Sunday.The U14 girls will take on N. Mhuire in their county semi-final this Thursday (5th) in Dunfanaghy at 6:30pm.Bus leaving Tobin’s at 5pm. All players must be at Tobin’s garage at 4.45pm. All support welcome.The U12 girls travelled to Convoy for Go Games and performed very well in all their matches. They have two more blitzes to play. The U12 Hurlers play away to Aodh Ruadh this Thursday.Well done to all the underage hurlers that played in the county U13, U14 and U16 teams in the National Blitzes last Saturday.This week’s lotto numbers are: 11-12-16-20. 5 winners matched 3 numbers and win €20 each. Barry Tinney; Stephanie Crampsie, Derryveagh Ave; Aisling Breen, New Mills (all Adrian); Kieran Tobin, Orchard Grove and Cormac Hartnett, Dungloe (both card). Next week’s jackpot is €3,625.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-15 BOYS CAPTURE COUNTY ÓG TITLE was last modified: September 3rd, 2013 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S U-15 BOYS CAPTURE COUNTY ÓG TITLElast_img read more

FUNDRAISER HELPS GLENSWILLY CHURCH RESTORATION FUND CROSS THE LINE

first_imgAgnes Brown, Brendan Breen, Fidelma Doherty, Jim Doherty, Mary Mc Daid, Eamonn Murray, and Patricia Mc Grath with the cheque of 10,989 euro’s presented to Glenswilly Church Restoration Fund from events held in Philadelphia. Pic by Geraldine Diver.It took many individual fund-raising off-shoots to literally put a roof back over the heads of parishioners at Glenswilly.This wk, one of the last cheques was represented to Fr Sweeney.This particular fund raising event began with a meeting between Jim Doherty, Mary Mc Daid and Michael Duddy while out selling tickets during the last draw.A few phone calls were made and when Elizabeth Doherty was home on holiday from Philadelphia, the plan was hatched.With great assistance from Patsy Duddy, Mary Doherty Crossan and a few others they had a draw, a card drive and an auction for the signed Jersey from the Glenswilly Football Club and the Donegal team.They raised a total of €10,989A massive thank you to all involved with this event.FUNDRAISER HELPS GLENSWILLY CHURCH RESTORATION FUND CROSS THE LINE was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:ChequeFundGLENSWILLY CHURCHlast_img read more

A’s were reportedly willing to give Kyler Murray an additional $14 million to play baseball

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s wanted Kyler Murray bad enough to offer the Heisman Trophy winner an additional $14 million to stick to his original plan to play major league baseball, according to a published report.Murray, the No. 9 overall pick in the baseball draft, accepted a $4.66 million bonus to play for the A’s — but only after he completed his final year of football eligibility Oklahoma. On June 15, Murray took batting practice at the Coliseum and was introduced to players as well as manager Bob …last_img