According to Small, much more has to be done to safeguard the lives of student athletes, and that his organisation has already signalled its intention of doing so, with the change of approach. Ramsay was a member of the Spot Valley High Under-19 basketball squad. He scored his team’s first two baskets in Friday’s losing cause against Cornwall College, and later died at the Hospiten Medical Center in Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Jerry Galloway, Dervin Brown and Alex Excell, three of his closest squad mates, said his death has cast a long shadow over the rest of their season. “He was such a quiet and humble personality. He was, to me, the most humble student here at Spot Valley High. The team will miss him greatly. We are saddened; he was a brother to all of us,” said Galloway, as he fought back tears. Recently, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the minister of sports, told Parliament that discussions will be initiated with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Information and Youth to review policy guidelines to better protect student athletes. The task force will monitor and enforce standards and best practices in relation to the participation of children in sports. Western Bureau: The man who heads the powerful high-school sports governing body, the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA), Dr Walton Small, said that medical screening of student athletes under its auspices will be made mandatory as of the 2017 sports season. Small was among a group of dignitaries and officials present for a special devotion at the Spot Valley High School in Montego Bay yesterday morning to reflect upon the life of the school’s 17-year-old basketballer Saymar Ramsay, who died of an apparent heart attack on Friday. “I am not sure what he died from, but we suspect his heart gave in; if that is confirmed, then it’s more urgent than ever that we start serious screening of our student athletes,” insisted Small. “If you are going to be involved in any ISSA-run sporting disciplines, a stringent and thorough medical screening will have to become mandatory. It can’t be just the ordinary medical examination to participate,” he told The Gleaner. Ramsay’s passing is the second death of a similar nature after that of prominent St George’s College Manning Cup football team captain, Dominic James, who collapsed during a Manning Cup match last month. Like James, Ramsay was pronounced dead at hospital, leaving his family, school and sporting fraternity in deep sorrow. Small said that a meeting between ISSA and various principals was held following James’ death where guidelines were given for medical screening to become mandatory. In addition, Small, who is also the principal at Wolmer’s Boys’ School, disclosed that officials from ISSA will this week be meeting with officials of the National Health Fund (NHF), with the aim of working out a bilateral agreement. The agreement, he said, will be an important development in ISSA’s drive to assist families in offsetting cost for the medical screenings, without which, students will not be allowed to participate in any of the ISSA-run sports competitions. MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE
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While some residents are excited to receive what was deemed a massive increase by Finance Minister Winston Jordan during the budget presentation on Monday, quite a few pensioners have expressed dissatisfaction over the amount, saying that the cost of living is way too high.Yvonne Simpson, a pensioner crying for more to be added to the monthly allocationDuring an afternoon walkabout in the capital city of Georgetown, several residents, especially pensioners took the opportunity to express their views on the amount to be added to the present $19,500 monthly allocation.One woman said, “A $1000 is not enough. I would like to have more, I want $5000 more, would have been good because if you go in the market, they put on more things (prices). As soon as they have a budget, they put on $20 on this, $100 on that, $40 more on transportation, so $5000 would’ve nice.”Another pensioner, Yvonne Simpson argued, “A $1000 can’t do with this time that going here. We want a $5000 more. That would do the work, $1000 because cost of living expensive. Everything dear in the market and tax raise, you got to pay more for everything.”Sita (only name given), another pensioner, said the increase was not enough. According to her, “That is not enough, because light bill raise, water bill raise and everything.”A pensioner, who is also a market vendor, told this newspaper that she was quite satisfied with the amount being given by the Government, while another said that the Government would only give what it had and as such, she welcomed the increase.Speaking at a press conference after the Budget presentation on Monday evening, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said that the $300.7 billion Budget presented by the Finance Minister was one that was filled with repetition and disappointment, adding that the Party could not support such a budget in its current form.According to the Opposition Leader, the Budget fell far short of fulfilling objectives that are important to enhancing the welfare, well-being and future of the Guyanese people.In addition, he pointed out that nothing in relation to water rates was outlined in the Budget, although they affected the population massively.Jagdeo said, “You know your water rate has gone up. You have to pay more for transportation now, because the Government didn’t reduce the taxes on fuel (and) everything has gone up. You are hoping for some relief at home, (but) what sort of relief did this budget bring to you? You are a pensioner and you are a public assistance person and you are expecting, they are telling people about the massive increases that they will give and you get a $1000 more per month.”
Two Berbice sisters, who assaulted cops at the Rose Hall Police Outpost, will face the courts of law today.The two women were Yasminie Ramsook, 22, and Mona Singh,30, both of Lot 3 Number 36 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Confrontation with a police officer at Rose hall police out postYasminie, also known as “Tina”, was charged for dangerous driving and damage to property, while together, the two sisters were also charged for disorderly behaviour— assaulting and resisting a peace officer.A video of the two sisters in the station was shared on social media on Wednesday. In the video, the women can be heard uttering expletives along with racial remarks at Police Officers. One of the sisters allegedly pushed a Policewoman who was warning her about her conduct.Sisters Yasminie Ramsook and Mona SinghPolice on Wednesday said that the incident occurred on December 2 and the women were released on bail. They are required to appear at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court today. According to Police, legal advice is to be obtained in respect of “certain utterances/remarks” against the ranks as expressed in videos.Police also stated that shortly before the incident at the Outpost, Ramsook was driving motorcar PTT 5628 and reportedly struck a parked vehicle on the Rose Hall Public Road and drove away. Police said that the vehicle with the women was intercepted at Port Mourant by a Police patrol shortly after and directed them to the Rose Hall Outpost.
…calls for stern action against GECOM staff who registered fictitious personsThe Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to make a final decision on what to do about the persons it could not verify during the recent field verification. According to one chief scrutineer who played an integral part in the exercise, these persons cannot be allowed on the voters’ list.PPP Chief Scrutineer Zulfikar MustaphaIn an interview with Guyana Times, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Chief Scrutineer Zulfikar Mustapha had questioned the reasons for enumerators registering persons with addresses that are in reality, empty lots.“Those are serious concerns. Those persons who cannot be found and are at empty lots, those people are not living there. So, in the first place, why did GECOM staff who conducted the registration register empty lots? They have to answer for that. GECOM has to take stock of those things.“You cannot put people on a list that you cannot verify, because that was the whole point of the verification exercise. The point was to verify those persons. I agree that those persons who were found and GECOM was able to verify, those persons can be added to the list. But you can’t put persons you cannot account for, it would defeat the whole purpose,” Mustapha said.He recalled the issues of fraud that had arisen during last year’s Local Government Elections (LGE). At the time, there had been accusations that persons’ signatures were forged as backers for certain candidates. This time the stakes are higher, as the names that make it on the Revised List of Electors (RLE) will be used for elections in March.“They had issues like that in the Whim area, where persons said their signatures were forged. And the matter went to the High Court. So, they should be very stern with people… for forging persons’ information to go on the list.”Section 20 (b) of the National Registration Act states that every officer who “willfully or without reasonable excuse enters in any register established under Section 9 the registration card of any person who is not eligible to be registered or the registration card of any fictitious or non-existent person… shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.”It had previously been announced that over 6500 persons of the 16,863 ‘new’ registrants were not confirmed during the five-day field verification exercise, which concluded on December 22. Figures released to the media the next day had shown that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had the highest number of unconfirmed persons – 3657.According to GECOM, there were 16,863 ‘new’ registrants, but only 10,329 were confirmed.Opposition-nominated Commissioner Robeson Benn told this publication last week that field officers who conducted the verification exercise of “new registrants” captured during the scrapped House-to-House (H2H) Registration process found empty lots at the addresses on record for those persons.He also told this newspaper that they were informed by the Party’s scrutineers who worked along with the GECOM staff during the exercise that there were instances where they went to the addresses to verify the names and were met with empty lots.Some 370,000 registrations obtained during the scrapped $3 billion H2H exercise, which ran from July 20 to August and was objected to by the Opposition, were sent overseas to be cross-matched with the National Register of Registrants Database (NRRD) in order to filter out the duplicates.However, it was recently reported that international digital security company Gemalto indicated that some 37,300 were new registrants who are eligible for voting, that is, they are above the age of 18. But an internal check conducted by GECOM showed that approximately 17,000 of those “new registrants” were already on the voters’ list and some even voted in the past.
“We followed our game plan,” Arroyo coach Jorge Ramirez said. “We studied Poly well.” Even though Poly countered with a David Renteln goal off a Matthew Diephius assist midway through the second half, the Knights put the game away in the 67th minute. That’s when Rafael Garcia scored a goal off a throw-in from teammate Carlos Chavez. The La Ca ada boys soccer team scored two goals in the first half and managed to hang on for a 2-1 win at Carpinteria in the second round of the Division V playoffs. Rajan Moonsinghe and Mark Thompson scored for the Spartans (13-8-2). “It was very important to get a lead,” La Ca ada coach Jordan Jones said. “Carpinteria came out very aggressive and we needed a momentum changer.” The Spartans will play Colton Friday in the quarterfinals. St. Francis’ 25-win season came to an unexpected end Wednesday as the host Golden Knights fell to Servite 4-2. Nick Swart scored both St. Francis goals, but the Golden Knights (25-5) couldn’t recover from a second-half, 3-1 deficit. St. Francis missed its best opportunity to tie in the 79th minute off a free kick near the penalty area. The miss led to Servite’s final goal on a counter-attack and a 4-2 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – It could be classified as a thoroughly dominating performance. The Arroyo High boys soccer team out-shot host Pasadena Poly 18-6 despite being a player down and defeated the Panthers 3-1 on Wednesday in the CIF-Southern Section Division V playoffs. The Mission Valley League champs scored two goals in the first 20 minutes, both by forward Victor Cardenas. Even though Cardenas was given a red card in the 31st minute, the Knights (16-3-4) still decisively out-shot the Panthers.
The union letter claims Albertson’s has refused to improve health benefits, grant “respectable” wage increases, or eliminate the two-tier wage structure. Union leaders decided to target Albertson’s because a strike at its stores would have the greatest impact, Shimpock said.Stephanie Martin, a spokeswoman for Albertson’s, declined to comment. email@example.com (818)713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Union leaders representing some 70,000 grocery workers in Southern California called for a strike authorization vote Sunday against Alberton’s, claiming two months of bargaining has been fruitless. A yes vote means union members employed by Alberton’s could strike after a three-week contract extension expires April 9, but not before because a strike is prohibited under the terms of the contract, according to Mike Shimpock, a spokesman hired by the unions. “Only a strong strike vote will convince your employer to make a fair contract offer,” said a letter posted on the Web site of the United Food and Commerical Workers Union 324. Adena Tessler, a spokeswoman hired to represent Albertson’s, Vons, and Ralphs, said nobody wins in a strike. She called a strike vote “irresponsible.” “It is disturbing that the unions are considering the possibility of a strike at this stage in the negotiations,” Tessler said in a prepared statement. Planning a strike vote completely changes the tenor of the bargaining process, said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It seemed to be going very smoothly and now this comes,” Kyser said. “It could be that the union feels things are slipping away from them.” Three years ago negotiations fell apart, leading to a 139-day strike – one of the longest in the nation’s history. Both parties eventually agreed to a two-tier system that gives more benefits and pay to veteran workers than to new hires. Unions have demanded the two-tier system be dismantled in the new contract, claiming it is unfair and leads to high turnover. But the chains say the system is working just fine and is common in other markets.
Inter Milan have joined Leicester City and Newcastle in the race to sign Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto.The 20-year-old has caught the eye of several clubs this season after netting six goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.Vietto only joined Villarreal from Argentine side Racing Club this summer, but European scouts have reportedly been impressed enough to persuade interested parties to bid in January.Leicester and Newcastle were said to be keen on Vietto during the summer transfer window, while the youngster also had offers from France.However, according to Sport Mediaset, Inter Milan are now preparing to swoop for Vietto in January.New boss Roberto Mancini has reportedly already identified his transfer targets, with the Argentinian at the top of his list. 1 Luciano Vietto
Arsenal sent scout Brian McDermott to Lyon at the weekend to run the rule over Nabil Fekir, according to reports in France.The 21-year-old was recently voted Young Player of the Year in France after a stunning season in Ligue 1.The winger has weighed in with 13 goals and nine assists in 33 league appearances.That form has sparked interest from the Premier League and, according to M365, Arsenal sent scout McDermott to watch Fekir.Former Reading manager McDermott joined Arsenal as a scout in October after being sacked by Leeds United in May of last year.The Gunners are also reportedly interested in Lyon stars Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti, who also played at the weekend. Nabil Fekir 1
Liverpool legend David Fairclough has questioned crocked striker Daniel Sturridge’s ‘attitude and desire.’The England forward’s Reds’ career has been plagued by injuries, with the 26-year-old missing the majority of the last year with a series of ongoing problems.Sturridge hasn’t played since the Merseyside derby on October 4 and has yet to feature under new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and Fairclough feels there may be a psychological factor behind his continued absences.“Daniel has real star quality but he has to work on his attitude and desire,” Fairclough told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“Picking up these little knocks – surely from time to time they aren’t as bad as first feared?“Maybe the medical team offers players excuses because the modern footballer would not have gone through the pain barrier like older players did.“You do have to be careful but sometimes you hope people show their grit and determination and put it aside to get out there.”Klopp confirmed Sturridge’s most recent knock will definitely keep him out of Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Bournemouth, while the German refused to put a time scale on the striker’s return.