Oil experts for high-level Cabinet Ministers caucus today

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry late Tuesday evening announced that it has organised a high-level caucus for Cabinet Ministers to engage global thinkers and experts on natural resource management as part of the Government of Guyana’s agenda to prepare for petroleum production in 2020, and beyond.The event will be facilitated by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs through its New Producers Group, and will feature world-renowned experts Sir Paul Collier, noted Professor of Economics at Oxford University; Sir Shridath Ramphal, Caribbean statesman and advisor; Eric Parrado, former Manager of the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Chile; Ambassador Patrick Duddy, Lecturer, Duke University; Dr Valerie Marcel, Chatham House Fellow, Professor Matthew Andrews, Harvard, Kennedy School of Government; Professor Peter Harrington, Harvard, Kennedy School of Government and Natural Resource Governance Institute Advisor Patrick Heller.The Government’s objective, according to the Ministry, is part of an ongoing effort to move preparations to a deeper level of engagement on issues such as prioritising spending on infrastructure, agriculture and social programmes; inter-generational savings; geo-political considerations; legal and institutional strengthening, benefit sharing and engagement and involvement of the people of Guyana, to name a few.This caucus, which will be held today, is expected to lead to further similar engagements in a scheduled and programmatic way in the months ahead.last_img read more

GuyOil hosts summer camp for employees’ children

first_imgThe Guyana Oil Company Limited (GuyOil) hosted its inaugural summer camp for employees’ children under the theme “You Serve Us, We Serve You”.“Old Man Papi” Michael Khan and the participants of the summer campThe camp was an initiative by the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Renatha Exeter, who is always looking for creative ways to give back to employees and customers.“The vision for this camp came from a place of genuine interest for our employees. School is out and daily, parents have to work and at the same time figure out ways to keep their children engaged, safe and well taken care of. For me, it was about serving them and taking off some of the burden although in a small way”, the CEO stated.The camp was open to children between the ages of five and 12 and was held in the conference room of the Kitty Service Station between August 8 and 9.The children were treated to story time, games and face painting by puppeteer/professional clown Michael Khan, also known as “Old Man Papi” and his team.The story time allowed the children to learn about Guyanese folklores, while the games allowed them to be involved in friendly competition. The face painting and bonus balloon creations were the highlights of day one of the camp.On day two, the children were taught the basics of good nutrition by Nutritionist Leveyah Yisrael. This allowed the children to better understand their role in their own nutrition and how to make better snack choices when they return to school.Additionally, the children were shown two movies with complete movie theatre settings.The children were provided with snacks, lunch, beverages and tokens but more importantly, they were provided with stationery for school.GuyOil intends to make the summer camp programme an annual event. One employee, Stacy Williams, stated, “I’m happy for this summer camp; my children were happy they attended and had fun”.Another employee, Ewan Obermuller stated, “It was a good initiative and my children came home happy, I was pleased”.In a release, the company stated that GuyOil recognises the value of human resources and the importance of showing appreciation to them. The company, it stated will continually strive to show appreciation for their employees and offer excellence in service.last_img read more

1 dead, 4 critical

first_img– in 3-vehicle smash-upAn unidentified man is now lying in the mortuary of the Georgetown Public Hospital with his body torn in two following a three-vehicle smash-up at the intersection of Smyth and D’Urban Streets, Georgetown on Sunday afternoon.The Hospital’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mitzy Campbell also confirmed that four other persons, including a pedestrian, are in critical condition nursing severe wounds to their bodies.The Tundra collided into the minibus and then into this parked AllionThe accident occurred around 16:00h. Minibus BVV 5273 was said to be proceeding along D’Urban Street heading to South Georgetown when it was struck from behind by a black Tundra which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.The Tundra, bearing registration GRR 8350, then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt.According to information received by Guyana Times after being struck, the minibus which was said to be fully loaded toppled a number of times.Several injured persons, including a six-year-old and 16-year-old Brian DeSantos, had to be pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state.The now dead man was said to be half in and half out of the minibus; hence his horrific injuries.One the persons in intensive careThe driver of the minibus is among those said to be battling for their lives in the emergency Unit of the Hospital.The driver of the Tundra who was confirmed by eyewitnesses to be a woman fled the scene.This publication visited the Hospital and was able to speak to a number of those who were injured.One of the passengers of the minibus, who identified herself as Lynette, relayed that she felt an impact before the bus started to topple.“All I know is that the bus got hit, and it toppled and then fall on its side. Everybody started to holler and everybody started to hold onto each other and when I come out of the bus, one man I saw half of his body was inside the bus and half was outside. After that, people start running to help us.”The woman, who is also the mother of the injured six-year-old, said her son injured his leg.Urlan Nedd, another badly injured man, explained to this newspaper that just as the bus went over the ‘double corner’ at Smyth Street, it was “lashed” by the Tundra.He added that the bus started to “spin” before it turned onto its side. The man received injuries to his head, chest and extremities.The Police are currently investigating the matter and a manhunt was launched for the errant driver, who is also said to be injured.last_img read more

Donegal’s RNLI volunteers issue their own call for help

first_imgAs Christmas approaches, the RNLI is issuing its own call for help as the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are getting busier. The charity is facing a ‘Perfect Storm’ with more people than ever needing its help, meaning support from the public is more vital than ever. Last year, Irish lifeboats launched 1,066 times coming to the aid of 1,441 people,19 of whom were lives saved. Locally, Bundoran RNLI launched 14 times, rescuing 22 people. Five lived were saved thanks to the direct actions of the lifeboat crew.To ensure the RNLI can continue its lifesaving work this Christmas and into the future, the charity is running a major fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm.While many people will be thinking about presents, turkey and time with the family, dedicated RNLI volunteers from three lifeboat stations in Donegal will be ensuring their yellow wellies and lifejackets are ready for when the call comes and will be prepared to drop everything at a moment’s notice to save lives at sea.In many cases, volunteers will need to abandon their turkey dinner and head to their lifeboat station when the call for help comes in. Bundoran RNLI volunteers: L-R Tony Cummins, Daimon Fergus and Damien McNamaraThe community lifesaving team at Bundoran RNLI, can remember one such Christmas back in 1998 when two brothers were rescued from a surfing accident off the coast of Tullaghan, County Leitrim. The rescue was acknowledged by the RNLI with a written letter of commendation from the charity’s then Chief of Operations.On the 28 December 1998, a surfer raised the alarm that two others could not get ashore.Volunteer Daimon Fergus, who was one of three crew members called, recalled the south easterly force 5 offshore wind and a swell of 22ft at the time on that day. They were guided to the location and swiftly recovered the two casualties.Damien said: “I won’t forget the fact that the first surfer squeezed my hand so tight that he bent the thick silver ring on my right hand into my finger and the ring had to be cut off when we got back to the station.” Bundoran RNLIOne of those surfers was Mark Ponsonby from Letterkenny who says he will be eternally grateful for the speedy launch of the lifeboat that day: “It’s been over 20 years now since my brother and myself were rescued by the RNLI in the sea at Bundoran.  I often wonder what would have happened to us or become of us if it wasn’t for the timely interaction and rescue by the RNLI services that day. “In a matter of minutes, they had answered the emergency call and had launched the boat. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was also tasked to come to our aid. “The conditions we found ourselves in were extreme and treacherous and the timing was critical for that rescue as the light was fading fast, yet the RNLI volunteers didn’t hesitate to get to us as fast as possible. “My family will forever be grateful to the RNLI on that day and will never forget what they did for my brother and me that day.”Now, as the current volunteer lifeboat crew prepare for Christmas 2019, they too will be ready and willing to respond should their pagers go off.For Daimon who has been a volunteer for 25 years, Christmas is no different to any other time of year: “We’ll still be on call ready to save lives and delay our own Christmas celebrations. We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the public. The RNLI has experienced a shortfall in funds, but we are rescuing more people than ever before. We are facing the Perfect Storm and are calling on people to make a donation this Christmas to ensure we can continue saving lives at sea.”To support the RNLI’s Perfect Storm appeal this Christmas, helping to ensure the charity’s brave volunteers can continue saving lives at sea, please visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStormDonegal’s RNLI volunteers issue their own call for help was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Mkhitaryan strikes late to ensure Arsenal earn a point against Wolves

first_img 4 Emery introduced Matteo Guendouzi for Alex Iwobi at half-time, changing formation in an attempt to get his side back in the game.Lucas Torreira forced Rui Patricio into his first meaningful contribution on the hour mark with Hector Bellerin blazing over when well placed as the hosts toiled.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came within inches of levelling when his deflected shot came off the post, with Emery turning to Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the closing 15 minutes.With Arsenal throwing men forward, Wolves caught them on the break and Leno again had to be alert to turn away Diogo Jota’s shot. 4 Ramsey was denied by Patricio at point-blank range but Arsenal would equalise from the resulting corner – played short, Mkhitaryan looked to drift a cross to the back post but instead floated the ball into the far corner of Patricio’s net.Emery and his bench were incensed as referee Stuart Attwell added five minutes of stoppage time but it was Wolves who looked the more likely to win it at the death.Adama Traore’s pace was enough to earn the visitors two gilt-edged chances to win it. First the club-record signing drew another top save from Leno before later teeing up fellow substitute Gibbs-White, whose effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear. Mkhitaryan’s cross evades everyone and goes in Bernd Leno was man-of-the-match for Arsenal The Switzerland international allowed the ball to roll in front of him but it was Cavaleiro who collected it, bursting forward and exchanging passes with Raul Jimenez before sweeping home.Arsenal looked to respond and had a series of strikes blocked by the Wolves defence, most notably captain Conor Coady keeping Alexandre Lacazette’s goalbound attempt out.The visitors used their electric pace to counter-attack and Leno saved well from Helder Costa before smothering bravely at the feet of Jimenez.The German was the busiest of the goalkeepers in the opening half an hour, pushing another Costa effort away as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side continued to pressurise the Arsenal defence. Henrikh Mkhitaryan came off the bench to salvage a point for an off-colour Arsenal side as they extended their unbeaten run against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who deserved victory.Wolves, whose 29-year wait for a win away to the Gunners goes on, looked set to stop a three-game losing streak thanks to Ivan Cavaleiro’s opener. 4 Cavaleiro opens the scoring for the visitors 4 Gibbs-White hit the woodwork late on But Unai Emery’s side have shown desire when behind and have now taken nine points from losing positions in the Premier League this season as Mkhitaryan’s cross-cum-shot evaded everyone to earn Arsenal a point from a 1-1 draw just four minutes from full-time.Another slow start could easily have cost the hosts dear – with Cardiff the only other side in the top-flight yet to hold a half-time lead this season.Wolves played their part and will feel they should have wrapped up a win of their own, Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno on hand to make a number of key saves from the visitors, who rattled the woodwork in the closing stages through Morgan Gibbs-White.It was Wolves who took the lead with less than 15 minutes on the clock as Granit Xhaka conceded possession in midfield.last_img read more

Mt. Baldy could be one more tossup

first_img “I think Chaffey’s the favorite, and Diamond Ranch is a sleeper,” Montclair coach Steve Sullivant said. “I don’t know what’s happened to them (Diamond Ranch).” Sullivant figures his team will keep improving, so he makes this promise: “If we win (tonight against Colony), put us down for second.” Don Lugo has been the team that has created the logjam at the top the last two years, beating Diamond Ranch in Week 10 last year, and Ontario in the final week the year before for a three-way tie. Don Lugo had back-to-back tough games in Weeks 2 and 3, getting outscored 77-0 by Chino and Riverside La Sierra. But the Conquistadores are riding a two-game winning streak entering league. “We have very good coaching in our league,” Brown said. “Tim Nelson (at Colony) won two CIF championships. Greg Setlich (at Don Lugo) won league the last two years. Tom Leach (at Diamond Ranch) and Nick Baiz (at Ontario) were the Inland Valley Coach of the Year the last two years. And coach Sullivant has gone from a spread passing team to one that pounds the ball on every down. “There’s going to be a lot of close games.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For now, it seems Chaffey is the favorite to take the top spot by itself. “I have respect for all the other football teams, but I think we have a real good team,” Chaffey coach Chris Brown said. “We have a different mindset that we don’t want to share the title.” Last year, it was Chaffey, Diamond Ranch and Don Lugo sharing the title. The year before, it was Chaffey and Don Lugo again, with Ontario. Brown looks at last year’s playoff success by the league (three victories) as an indication the league is improving. Some teams are difficult to figure out entering league play such as Diamond Ranch, which is 0-5 after being routed by Covina last week, 37-0. Last season, Diamond Ranch advanced to the CIF semifinals. Colony looks to be on the upswing and is considered to have the most speed in the league, but the Titans were humbled by Upland 66-7 a week ago. Montclair is excited about its prospects with sophomore quarterback Justin Orona. That should allow it to rely less on the pass than earlier in the year. center_img You can’t get any more balanced than the Mt. Baldy League has been at the top in the last two seasons. It’s been a three-way tie for first the past two seasons, and it easily could occur again. last_img read more

MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgCars left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal has been battered with overnight storms with many places flooded across the county.Parts of Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Annagry have been badly hit.Power cables are down, a boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg while the car park in Donegal Town was completely submerged in water. Our pictures show the impact of high tides and strong winds have had on Co Donegal overnight.A boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg this morning. Pic by Neil Campbell.People are being warned not to go walking along the coastline as storm-force winds of up to 120 mph continue to last the county.Met Eireann have kept a status orange alert for Donegal and other parts of the countryA huge section of Annagry village was left under water. Cars parked overnight alongside The Pier in Donegal Town were left stranded with the fire services attending at first light.ESB crews have been called out across the county with a number of reports of downed powerlines.The ESB are currently fixing a powerline which has come down on the Carnmore Road in Dungloe.Hundreds of homes in Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Dungloe and Bunbeg are without power.Despite the storm-like conditions there are no reports of serious injuries. Send all your storm pictures to info@donegaldaily.com and we publish them as soon as we can.A large section of Annagry village was left under water this morning. Pic by James McDevitt.The tourist office in Donegal Town was in danger of being flooded this morning. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.A car left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 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:AnnagrydonegalDonegal TowndungloeESBFLOODINGstormlast_img read more

Barcelona out to stretch lead atop when La Liga rolls into Match-Day 32

first_imgEspanyol vs Deportivo AlavesRCDE Stadium, BarcelonaSaturday, 13-04-2019 @2pmThe opening game on match-day 32 in La Liga comes from Barcelona. It sees Alaves travel to play Espanyol with the visitors hoping to bolster their European hopes after a few recent setbacks. Rubi’s men meanwhile have little left to play for now having picked up an important victory last weekend to take the pressure off this Saturday’s game.That victory came in a Catalan derby away to Girona, a rare success on the road for Espanyol. It moved them onto 38 points, which is likely to be about the mark needed to stay up. Unless they literally lose every game between now and the end of the campaign, they should be safe. Their season has petered out somewhat after a bright start but 13th is probably a fair reflection of the level they are operating on.As for Alaves, they have been punching above their weight for virtually the whole campaign. However having only taken 1 point from their last 3 matches, it looks like their surprise top four push is now over. Making the Europa League is still a realistic possibility but in terms of quality, there are certainly stronger teams than them that may well edge them out.One problem right now is that a few injuries and suspensions have crept in, making them much easier to break down. Key centre-back Guillermo Maripan has been carrying an injury and remains a doubt here while full-back Martin Aguirregabiria and midfielder Tomas Pina are suspended after five Alaves players were booked last time out. They’ve gone 6 matches without a clean sheet heading into this and they’ve been a lot more vulnerable away than at home all season, letting in 1.56 goals per game on their travels compared to less than 1 per game at home.With the pressure now off, Espanyol can afford to take a few more risks and really take the game to Alaves here. With recent signing Wu Lei alongside Borja Iglesias, they now have a more dangerous strike-force. They’ve scored twice or more in 4 of their last 8 home games and will feel as though they can breakdown a weakened Alaves defence at least a couple of times here.Huesca vs BarcelonaEstadio El Alcoraz, HuescaSaturday, 13-04-2019 @5:15pmThe basement boys host the league leaders here as Huesca take on Barcelona this Saturday in La Liga. The Catalans are now on the brink of winning another Spanish title, while Huesca’s first ever top flight season now looks destined to end in relegation. However, with the visitors expected to rotate heavily, this could be a closer game than many are expecting.Barcelona have had an excellent week. They effectively clinched the Spanish title with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid last weekend as Luis Suarez and Leo Messi netted late goals to open up an 11 point advantage at the top. Barca backed that up with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford and will have a firm eye on the 2nd Leg of that Champions League Quarter-Final which takes place just three days after this game.Huesca meanwhile will give it all they’ve got and it should be a lot closer than the 8-2 defeat they suffered at Camp Nou earlier this season. They have reverted back to more of a gung-ho approach in recent weeks but wins have eluded them. Their last two have ended in 2-2 and 3-3 draws against fellow relegation rivals to leave them 6 points from safety heading into this weekend.Even though it’s Barcelona, they really still have to try and chase a shock win here and that should open this game up. Huesca are better than the league table suggests. They’ve actually scored more goals than 7 teams in this division, including 6th placed Valencia. They play some genuinely good football at times and they’ve only failed to net in 1 of their last 10 matches.Their chances here are aided by the suspension of Gerard Pique. That should see Samuel Umtiti come in but he looked desperately short of match fitness in the 4-4 draw at Villarreal the week before last. Barcelona could certainly be vulnerable but even without the suspended Luis Suarez and quite possibly Leo Messi, who is carrying a knock, they should have enough quality to create chances against this Huesca defence.Atletico Madrid vs Celta VigoEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridSaturday, 13-04-2019 @7:30pmRelegation-threatened Celta Vigo travel to play Atletico Madrid this Saturday in La Liga. They do so on the back of their best week of the season which has seen them jump out of the drop-zone. However they won’t be expecting a great deal here, despite being up against an Atleti side that has very little left to play for.The main motivation now for Diego Simeone’s side will be trying to finish as the top team in Madrid for the second season running. That’s still a decent achievement for a club that has spent so much of their history playing second fiddle to Real in the Spanish capital. However there will be a real sense of disappointment that they are now a huge 11 points behind Barcelona and with no realistic chance of winning the title after a late defeat at Camp Nou last weekend.Celta meanwhile come into this one having taken 7 points from their last 3 games in pretty dramatic fashion. They scored 3 goals in each of those games, coming from behind to win twice and squandering a 2-0 lead to draw the other. Unquestionably the return to fitness of Iago Aspas was the main reason for their improvement. Aspas scored 5 times in hose 3 matches having not been fit enough to start in 2019 prior to that.Crucially though, Aspas is suspended here. Cynics might suggest he deliberately took off his shirt last weekend when celebrating his second goal to spark a one-match ban that occurs here in a game that won’t be pivotal in determining Celta’s chances of survival. The Galicians have only taken 4 points from their 11 games without Aspas this season and that’s unlikely to improve here.Atleti are also missing three men to suspension, including Diego Costa who was sent off for something he said to the referee last weekend early on at Camp Nou. However, they have the squad to cope and with no more cup commitments, there’s no reason to really expect them to run into trouble here.Sevilla vs Real BetisEstadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, SevilleSaturday, 13-04-2019 @9:45pmThe feistiest city derby in Spanish football takes place this Saturday as Real Betis make the short trip to take on neighbours Sevilla. Not only will local pride be on the line, it’s also a really big game in the race for European football. 5th placed Sevilla are currently 6 points better off than their 9th placed rivals but both sides will be targeting at the very least Europa League qualification.Any more than that is probably out of Betis’ grasp now. They’ve struggled with the volume of games in 2019, having advanced to the Copa del Rey Semi-Finals and featured in Europe. With just 2 wins in 12 matches, their season was in danger of badly petering out but they picked up a key victory last weekend, beating Villarreal 2-1, with Santi Cazorla missing a late penalty for the Yellow Submarine.That could prove really significant for Betis this season and it at least sends them into this fixture with a bit of momentum. Sevilla though have also turned a corner with 3 wins from 4 games since they appointed Joaquín Caparrós in a caretaker role for the second season running. He guided Sevilla to a 2-2 draw at Betis late last term to help secure European football and his passion for this club will ensure he drills the importance of this game into the players.Betis though have taken 7 points from 3 Seville derbies under Quique Setien, famously winning this fixture 5-3 last term. That result will ensure they make the short trip with belief and they rarely veer from a naturally pretty attack-minded game-plan. All of their last 4 matches have seen both teams score and they are perhaps a top quality striker away from being a genuinely very good side.Sevilla have made improvements in that department this term. Wissam Ben Yedder has really stepped up and cemented his status as the Andalusian side’s main man in the final third. He has already got 14 goals in all competitions in 2019 alone and has 16 for the season in La Liga. Backing Ben Yedder to score anytime could be worth a punt here.Real Valladolid vs GetafeEstadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla, ValladolidSunday, 14-04-2019 @1pmThe early game this Sunday is a significant one for matters at both ends of the table in La Liga. Getafe head into the weekend in 4th place and still on track for a surprise Champions League qualification although still with plenty of work to do to secure it. Real Valladolid meanwhile are now looking very nervously over their shoulder with the relegation battle likely to go right to the wire.They suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to another of the Champions League contenders last weekend as Sevilla won at the Jose Zorrilla. Both goals came in the closing minutes and a similar thing happened in their previous game, a last gasp defeat at Leganes. They are now only outside of the drop-zone courtesy of a superior head-to-head record in their meetings with Villarreal but an immediate return to the Segunda Division is starting to look quite likely.Getafe meanwhile are dreaming of Europe and they should get there one way or another now. They responded well to a 3 game winless streak by beating Athletic Bilbao 1-0 last time out with Angel netting a fine winner. They have a crunch game with 5th placed Sevilla next time out and they’ll be determined to head into it on a positive note.Overall, the visitors look much the more likely victors here. They’ve been excellent travellers this season, losing just twice on the road in La Liga. You have to go back over a year for the last time they lost away in the league to a team other than Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid and overall they have a lot more quality than Valladolid.The hosts are perhaps fortunate to not be in the drop-zone as at times even Huesca and Rayo Vallecano show far more than they do going forward. Valladolid have only managed 0.77 goals per game this term and that record is almost identical at home and away. They’ve scored 7 fewer goals than the next lowest scorers and you wonder how they are going to break down the side with the division’s 3rd meanest defence.As a result, backing Getafe Draw No Bet looks good here, a smart move when you consider that while Getafe don’t lose many away, they do draw plenty with 10 away draws already this term in La Liga.Athletic Bilbao vs Real VallecanoStadio San Mames Barria, BilbaoSunday, 14-04-2019 @3pmThere are several key games this weekend in La Liga between teams chasing Europe and teams battling the drop. This is certainly one of them as 8th placed Athletic Club host 19th placed Rayo Vallecano. It is though only Rayo who come into this Sunday’s game on the back of a victory and they will be out to cause a shock here as they look to mount a dramatic escape.Paco Jemez is back in charge of the Vallecas club and he is the sort of character who could potentially inspire something like that to happen. Rayo had only taken 1 point from 9 games prior to last weekend’s surprise win over Valencia but they are now only 3 points off safety heading into this weekend, with a host of their relegation rivals still to play.Athletic meanwhile suffered a setback in their seemingly relentless charge up the table last weekend. A 1-0 defeat at Getafe has perhaps ended talk that they could even have ended up sneaking that 4th spot, having looking in real danger earlier in the season. Europa League qualification does though look like a realistic target with the Basques impressing under Gaizka Garitano.Overall, it’s hard to look past the home team here. Athletic are yet to lose at home in La Liga under Garitano and are unbeaten in 11 games in La Liga at San Mames overall. They’ve won 5 of their last 7 in front of their own fans and have played with a real belief since the change in coach.Rayo meanwhile have lost all of their last 5 away games. No side has picked up fewer points on their travels this season in the Spanish top flight, so on the surface this is still a bit of a mismatch. Defensively Rayo aren’t really operating at the level required to compete in this division and Athletic look capable of making them pay here so backing a Home Win could be the way to go.Real Sociedad vs EibarEstadio Municipal de Anoeta, San SebastianSunday, 14-04-2019 @5:15pmThis is a weekend of derbies in La Liga. This may not be the biggest of them but it is a pretty significant game as two sides from the same part of the Basque Country go head to head this Sunday. Real Sociedad and Eibar are both looking comfortable in mid-table but it will take something special if either of them are going to make Europe now.Sociedad have been struggling with some selection problems of late and the last thing they needed was star striker Willian Jose getting sent off in Vigo last weekend. His dismissal helped spark a comeback victory for Celta and La Real have now won just 1 of their last 7 games. They will be without Willian Jose here as a result which could mean a start for Sandro Ramirez up top. That’s not exactly good news for Sociedad fans given the striker hasn’t scored since the 2016/17 season for Malaga. He has now played for three different clubs without netting since.Eibar meanwhile come into this following a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid last time out at the Bernabeu. They are just one point shy of 40 though and with seven games to play, it has been another impressive season from the Basque minnows, who continue to punch well above their weight at this level.There is plenty of reason to think they can get something from this game. Eibar do draw a lot of games but they have become really tough to beat. Indeed it’s just 4 losses in 17 league games for them now. 2 of those defeats came at Camp Nou and the Bernabeu with another away to in-form Athletic Bilbao. In games against teams on their level or below, they’ve very rarely slipped up which certainly suggests they could get something here.The suspension of Willian Jose is a big blow for Sociedad and they still have quite a few other notable absentees. They are also a side with a pretty poor home record this term. They average just 1.33 points per game in front of their own fans with just a 33% home win percentage. Only six teams have picked up fewer home points.Girona vs VillarealEstadio Municipal de Montilivi, GironaSunday, 14-04-2019 @7:30pmThis is one of the biggest games this weekend in La Liga. Villarreal head into Sunday’s clash in 18th, four points below Girona. Victory for the Yellow Submarine would really suck the Catalans into the thick of the relegation scrap. However Girona would feel virtually safe if they manage to secure maximum points.Villarreal opted to field a very strong team in the Europa League on Thursday despite survival being their main goal. The plan backfired as they lost 3-1 at home to Valencia to leave them with a mountain to climb at the Mestalla in four days time. They conceded twice in the 90th minute or later in that match having done likewise against Barcelona in La Liga a couple of weeks back. Conceding late goals is becoming a real problem for them and is a major reason why them remain in the drop-zone and not out of it.Girona haven’t been much better in that regard though. A freak own goal from their keeper in the 89th minute saw them lose at home to Espanyol last weekend. Their next 3 games are all against relegation strugglers so they will have chances to move clear of danger but the Girona camp will certainly be getting a bit jittery now with only 7 games to play and work to do if they want to playing top flight football next term.Their dreadful home record is the main reason why they are in trouble. Girona haven’t won at home in La Liga since way back in October. They’ve lost 6 of their last 7 at Montilivi in all competitions and playing at home has become a real problem for them. With just 2 wins from 21 home league games, it’s hard to see any reason to fancy Girona to win this one.Villarreal have defensive problems but they are the better footballing team and they’ve started looking much more threatening going forward. They scored four unanswered goals either side of Half-Time against Barcelona recently and have scored in all of their last 9. They can take some confidence from having won 3 of their last 6 competitive away games and overall backing Villarreal Draw No Bet could be worth considering here.Valencia vs Levante Estádio Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 14-04-2019 @7:30pmThe final game on Sunday in La Liga is the Valencia derby at the Mestalla. It’s a fixture that invariably favours the home team with Valencia often struggling on trips across the city to play Levante. However at the Mestalla it is a very different matter and Levante have never ever won a derby clash away to their city rivals.Their chances of them breaking that duck appear pretty slim here. Valencia suffered a setback in La Liga last weekend losing 2-0 at Rayo, but overall they are in exceptionally good form. They bounced back well on Thursday night winning 3-1 away to another of their local rivals Villarreal in the Europa League. They will probably be able to afford to make changes in the 2nd Leg of that tie now and that’s bad news for Levante you’d imagine.The visitors have now gone 7 games without winning a league match. That sequence has seem them slide dangerously towards trouble. They head into the weekend with a 3 point advantage on the bottom three but that may be significantly less by the time this one kicks off depending on other results.Overall, it’s hard to see any outcome other than a home win here. Valencia are one of the form teams in Spain with just 1 defeat in 19 matches in all competitions. They are starting to play much more like the side that eased into 4th place last term with the likes of Goncalo Guedes back to form and fitness and providing a much greater all-round threat.Levante meanwhile have been struggling results for many months now. They were in the top six during the opening couple of months of the season but their flaws have been exposed since the turn of the year. They will carry some threat on the break so Valencia will have to be careful not to over commit, but the hosts should be the dominant force in this match.Leganes vs Real MadridEstádio Municipal de Bartaque, LeganesMonday, 15-04-2019 @10pmLeganes and Real Madrid meet for the eighth time since the start of last season this Monday. Los Blancos make the short trip to Butarque with a victory in mind as they hope to edge out Atletico for 2nd place in La Liga. It won’t be easy though against a Lega side that is having an excellent season and is tough to beat at home.Leganes will be hoping to upset their illustrious neighbours again here. They knocked them out of the Copa del Rey last term and won the 2nd Leg of this season’s cup meeting at Butarque. They’ve also beaten Barcelona at home this season and held Atletico, so they’ve got nothing to fear here, not least having taken 7 points from their last 3 league outings.Real Madrid meanwhile you sense are just keen to get this season over with. They are all but guaranteed Champions League qualification now but aren’t going to catch Barcelona. If motivation was going to be a problem, Zinedine Zidane hasn’t really helped matters by saying that performances over the remaining games won’t necessarily have a bearing on the futures of players with a big summer overhaul perhaps in the pipeline.The return of Zidane hasn’t really produced a significant increase in the level of performances and it’s hard to really fancy them to leave Butarque with all the points. Real Madrid’s last 3 games have seen them need late goals to beat Eibar and Huesca at home, either side of a defeat at Valencia. 6 points was probably more than their performances merited in those matches and they could be vulnerable again here.Leganes have been exceptionally strong at home. They’ve suffered just 1 defeat in 13 home league games heading into this match. Only 3 teams can better their record of just 2 home league defeats overall this term. Their direct style has caused Real problems in the past and you have to wonder whether this laboured Real Madrid side is going to be up for the derby battle they are sure to get here.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga Bet Comments Tags: Spanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

Mayor says someone could have been seriously injured in cylinder explosion

first_imgThe chairman of Donegal County Council said vandals who set fire to a gas cylinder close to a Letterkenny housing estate last night could have killed themselves or young children.Mayor Gerry McMonagle says he has been inundated with calls from concerned residents after last night’s incident.And he said it was only a stroke of luck which prevented somebody from being seriously hurt. Residents of KIllylastin Heights and Windmill View were left terrified after a huge explosion rocked their houses.The explosion happened when vandals deliberately set fire to a large gas cylinder which they had set between tyres before setting it alight.Pieces of debris from the explosion were found on green areas in both Killylastin Heights and Windmill View.Cllr Gerry McMonagle.Cathaoirleach McMonagle told Donegal Daily “It’s just a stroke of luck that some child was not hit by this flying debris or was not playing on that waste ground where the cylinder was set on fire. “This was just complete stupidity and I would appeal to young people to think before they do such things.“They are endangering their own lives and the lives of many young children in such built-up areas.“I know residents will say they need more CCTV and that may be so but I would appeal to the parents of these teenagers to speak to their children about such wanton vandalism.”Two fire tenders, an ambulance and Gardai rushed to the scene of last night’s incident which took place around 7.30pm.A full investigation has been launched. Mayor says someone could have been seriously injured in cylinder explosion was last modified: July 26th, 2017 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:cylinderdonegalexplosinGardaigasletterkennylast_img read more

After OBCs, BJP set to woo Dalits in U.P.

first_imgAfter holding caste-based meetings among OBCs, the BJP is out to woo Dalits in Uttar Pradesh through a similar tactic as it prepares for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. From November 21 to December 2, days before the death anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, which also marks the day the Babri Masjid was demolished, the BJP plans to stage ‘samajik baithaks’ or social meetings with Dalit castes. The party will reach out to the major segments of Dalits individually. The meeting will start with the Jatavs, the largest Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday and spread across the State. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati is herself a Jatav and traditionally the community has been loyal to her, though in 2014 and 2017 the BJP claimed to make dents into that vote bank. Following the Jatavs, the BJP will move to smaller Dalit castes — Katheria, Dusadh, Sonkar, Dhobi, Kori and Valmiki, before concluding the series with a meeting of the Pasis. Found mostly in central and eastern U.P., especially in the Allahabad-Varanasi-Lucknow divisions and near the India-Nepal border, the Pasis are the second largest Dalit caste in the State. However, unlike the Jatavs, no single leader can claim to command their support and they are scattered among parties, making them a prize catch before the elections. Mohanlalganj MP from BJP Kaushal Kishore is one of the well-known Pasi leaders in the State. As president of the BJP SC Morcha, he will oversee the meetings. Mr. Kishore told The Hindu that the party would communicate to the people the work done by the BJP government for the Dalits. Among them would be gas connections, housing facilities, toilets and electricity connections, he listed. “The BJP government has worked to fulfil the mission and vision of Dr. Ambedkar by empowering Dalits with these basic rights. The Dalits are starting to get benefits of basic rights only now under the BJP,” claimed Mr. Kishore. While the BJP has invested much in securing the backward caste vote, observers have been critical of its potential to garner Dalit support in 2019 in the context of the recent discontent among and protests by groups of the community. The SP-BSP alliance is also expected to change the equation. Mr. Kishore, however, dismisses the idea that Dalits are angry with the BJP. “In fact, the BSP and SP are angry that what they could not do for Dalits in so many years, we have done,” he said. The Dalit meetings are also expected to feature references to caste icons of these communities. During the meetings of the OBC castes, the party appeased their icons such as Suheldev and Nishadraj and linked them to Hindutva.last_img read more