Saintfiet Calls for Postponement of AFCON 2021 Qualifiers

first_imgThis month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers between The Gambia and Gabon should be postponed as the former cannot access seven key Italy-based players, said Scorpions coach Tom Saintfiet.On Monday, Italy announced that the entire country – which is Europe’s worst affected by coronavirus – was in lockdownas it battles to contain the outbreak.With seven of The Gambia’s players – including defender and captain Omar Colley, who plays for Sampdoria – based with Italian clubs, and thus now inaccessible, Saintfiet says it would be too unfair to play the qualifiers. Last week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it had no plans to take any immediate action over the continuing spread of coronavirus on the continent but did not rule out ‘matches behind closed doors, postponements or even cancellations’ in the future.“We cannot expect to play qualification games when some countries can’t use many of their best players – not because of injuries or personal reasons, but because of an international problem,” Saintfiet told BBC Sport Africa.“Now we are talking about Italy, but there are also other European countries, like France and even Belgium where coronavirus is increasing a lot.“We don’t know how soon it will go. Maybe in one week’s time, there will be parts of France also in quarantine and many African players who play in France will also be having consequences from that.”The Gambia are due to play in Gabon on 26 March and then at home against the same opposition four days later.The fixtures are part of a series of Nations Cup qualifiers across Africa in the final week of March, with 48 games set to take place in nearly 50 countries.“I think it would be very wise for CAF to follow FIFA’s guidelines – what they did in Asia – to postpone the games for March and June,” said Saintfiet.On Monday, FIFA confirmed that upcoming Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cuphad been postponed.Saintfiet said he believes it would be possible to postpone the Nations Cup qualifiers with minimal impact on the African football calendar.“Maybe we can postpone only the March games for now – as soon as possible – so that people don’t have extra costs, and also have time to plan,” he explained. “We still have dates [available].“Normally in June, there is only one qualification game, so we could easily play two in June, and two in September, and then the four last Afcon qualifiers would be finished on the same date that they would have finished before.“So if you look to the health of the public, of African people, of our players and staff members – around travelling, taking risks, importing the virus from Europe, and maybe also having the top players not travel, which could have consequences on the performances of teams, and could be an unfair battle – I think it would be very correct, fair and professional to decide as soon as possible to postpone the games.”Saintfiet, who said the impact of losing 30% of first-team players for a small nation is huge, said he was optimistic the situation could soon improve.“Let’s wait, let’s focus on June,” he added. “Probably in that period, the hype of the coronavirus will be done.“Look to China, where it is already going backwards – where less people are infected, where hospitals are getting closed. It looks quite positive that coronavirus is only a temporary thing, and maybe in one to two months’ time, everything will be ready to play in these games.“So I think that – for fair play – it would be very wise to postpone these games in March. Then everyone’s health will be fine.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jake Olson partcipates in first live drill at practice

first_imgThe blind longsnapper, seen here with his guide dog, Quebec, got his first shot to snap the ball on the field in a simulated situation and kicker Alex Wood drained the ensuing kick at the team’s practice on Wednesday.last_img

Brust, McCaffery spark Wisconsin in win over Iowa

first_img[media-credit name=”Noah Hartung” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]Big Ten play brings a new level of intensity that a nonconference schedule cannot match, just ask Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery.With No. 4 Wisconsin (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) and No. 22 Iowa (12-3, 1-1) locked in an intense battle the Badgers got just the spark they needed from an unexpected source to vault them to a 75-71 win in their Big Ten home opener.Iowa junior center Gabriel Olaseni picked up a foul with 11:52 left in the second half which triggered a media timeout and then all of hell broke loose. McCaffery began screaming at officials while being held back by his assistant coaches. That earned him one technical foul. Breaking the grasps of his assistants, McCaffery charged towards the referees, nearly incidentally punch an official and then bumped into another. That earned him a second technical and an automatic ejection.“What I feel bad about is getting the second one,” McCaffery said of the technical fouls. “I think the first one, I think it’s safe to say that I kind of went after that one a little bit. The second one, I’m not so sure about that.”What ensued can only be described as a blessing for a Wisconsin team that was struggling early on.Senior guard Ben Brust went four-for-four on the technical shots giving Wisconsin its first lead of the game at 43-41.“We were down and then we got up,” Brust said. “I remember gathering us up and saying, ‘We’ve got the lead now. We have to try and keep it now and build off that.’”With the Kohl Center roaring after all of the commotion, the Badgers rode the momentum of the crowd to an 18-8 run in next 4:05 following McCaffery’s ejection.Iowa did its best to overcome Wisconsin’s momentum late in the second half, led by senior guard Roy Devyn Marble who went for a game-high 27 points—4-5 from beyond the arch—bringing the game within one point with three minutes to go but the Badgers would not be denied its 15th-straight win thanks to clutch free throws by Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson to ice the game in the waning seconds.While Wisconsin escaped with a victory Sunday night, the mere thought of a comeback seemed delusional at halftime with the Badgers down 35-24 to the Hawkeyes and shooting less than 30 percent from the field.Brust was the catalyst in Wisconsin’s comeback, making all of his team-high 19 points in the final half after going 0-3 from the field in the first 20 minutes.Shooting woes were not exclusive to Brust in the first half where the Badgers shot 26.7 percent (8-30) as a team and 4-9 from the free throw line.Wisconsin’s struggles in the opening half didn’t stop at shooting. Iowa owned the paint outscoring the Badgers 20-6, won the battle of the boards with 27 rebounds to UW’s 16 and made the most of their rebounds with 18 second chance points compared to Wisconsin’s one.“I think, collectively, we didn’t play basketball in the first half,” Brust said. “We were kind of just playing tentative and not being ourselves. We talked at halftime; we made some adjustments and came out hard. I think a couple shots got us going early. There was a swing of momentum in the second half and we rode it and took advantage of it.”While most of the Badgers woke up offensively after McCaffery’s ejection, sophomore forward Sam Dekker — Wisconsin’s leading scorer — didn’t get his first bucket until 2:21 left in the game when he drilled a three from the corner to give his team a 67-63 lead.“I was happy for him, to finally see the net move,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “But he’s not going to back away from playing, so if he’s open he shoots. I never tell a guy, ‘Hey, you don’t take any more shots.’”With the win, Wisconsin matches its best start in program history when the Badgers start 15-0 in the 1911-1912 and 1913-1914 seasons.A theme for this Wisconsin basketball team has been its ability to adapt to its surroundings. It has played fast and slow-paced games and gritty games, but Sunday night the Badgers showed they can come back.“This is a good group that responds to adversity because we have a bunch of guys that can almost light a fire underneath us,” Dekker said. “When we ride that wave we’re tough to stop.”last_img read more

NFF Secures $1.5 million Bond from NNPC

first_imgCash-strapped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can now appoint a new foreign coach for the country after it successfully secured a $1.5 million bond from the government-owned oil corporation Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).The government has made it clear it will not assist financially the NFF’s quest to hire an expatriate coach for the Super Eagles ahead of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but could approve such appointment if the federation could guarantee the payment of such a coach.“The NFF now have a bond of $1.5 million from NNPC and so they can employ a foreign coach,” a top official told yesterday.“The federation owing coaches their salaries will now be history.”Frenchman Paul le Guen, Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet and the country’s caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf have been shortlisted for the Super Eagles top post.The NFF said the successful coach will now be announced on July 18.The Super Eagles are drawn in a tough World Cup qualifying group that has Africa’s No 1 team Algeria, nine-time World Cup finalists Cameroun and 2012 African champions Zambia.They begin their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 on October 3 in Zambia.Vice Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa, who switched to Premiership champions Leicester City has jetted out of England to Austria for the team’s pre-season training camp.Musa departed England with the team on Sunday 1:30pm Nigerian time with high hopes.“We are leaving for Austria right now (Sunday) for the pre-season. I am looking forward to a wonderful and great pre-season,” Musa said before boarding the flight.National teammates of the former CSKA Mosow forward are celebrating his switch to Leicester City at the weekend.A cross section of Eagles stars believes Musa will excel in the EPL.Ogenyi Onazi Congratulated the former CSKA Moscow star and tasked him to show them the “Jos spirit”.“Congratulations to my bro and team mate, run them down in EPL??? #josblood?,” Onazi tweeted.Kenneth Omeruo also through his Instagram page wrote: “Congrats my bro.. Welcome to the #EPL you will definitely do great #Ahmed Musa.”Norway-based defender Williams Troost-Ekong was not left out with his congratulatory message too.“Congrats Ahmed Musa! Can’t wait to see my big bro in the premBright Dike tweeted:”Congrats to my boy Ahmed Musa on joining Leicester City, go kill it in the Prem.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Puerto Rico admits higher death toll from Hurricane Maria

first_imgHurricane Maria affects Puerto Rico The government of Puerto Rico has admitted over 1,400 people lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year.In its report to the US Congress on Wednesday, it was revealed that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm. This number also appeared in a draft of the report “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation”, which was published and opened for public comment July 9. “Cascading failures” in local infrastructureThe territory’s government in detailing a US$139 billion reconstruction plan, said that the additional deaths resulted from the effects of a storm that led to a “cascading failures” in infrastructure across the island of 3.3 million people.In the weeks after the storm, Puerto Rican officials said the storm directly caused 64 deaths, many in landslides or flooding. The report to Congress also said that most of the deaths occurred not in the initial storm on September 20, but in the ensuing days and weeks when the island-wide electricity outage and roads blocked by downed power lines and other debris made it difficult to move around and emergency services were stretched beyond their capabilities.Second deadliest hurricaneThis new report makes Maria the second-deadliest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico since records began in the mid-19th century. According to data from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, only the San Ciriaco hurricane of August 1899 was deadlier, with an official estimate of 3,369 killed.last_img read more

Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom misses the fans, wants ‘to finish the season with a champion’

first_img“You miss obviously playing games, in front of the fans,” Backstrom said on a video call with reporters on Wednesday. “You miss hanging around the boys in the locker room. I think that’s such a big part of why you’re in sports, or in team sports: competing, play for each other, traveling to away games, home games, everything. It’s pretty hard. But at the same time, I think we’re sitting in the same boat here and you get some quality time with your family too and lots of activities. You know it’s gonna get better and we’re all gonna get back to normal life soon.”Whether or not the NHL will get back to work soon is anyone’s guess. Speculation has grown that the NHL may resume over the summer, but whether or not social distancing guidelines will be lifted by then remains unknown.”We’re pretty close to the playoff,” said Backstrom. “You obviously want to finish the season with a champion. That doesn’t change anything. Whether we play mid-summer, you want to do it. You want to have a champion this year if possible, that’s for sure.”MORE: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan on NHL restarting: ‘You’d like to see the [Stanley] Cup awarded’The Capitals were in a prime spot to win their second Stanley Cup in three years. As the veteran forward noted, he liked the team’s chances this year despite its 4-3-3 record in its last 10 games. The Capitals were sitting in first in the Metropolitan Division — one point ahead of the Flyers in the standings — when everything came to a screeching halt back on March 12. “Looking back at it, when we came here that morning, I think we all knew that the game was going to be cancelled,” he noted as the team had their sights set on its fifth consecutive division title. “We were starting to hear about it, the government started shutting down things. We were basically just waiting for the NHL to make an announcement and the NBA had done it before, so we kind of knew it was going to happen.”It was weird. You’re coming in on a game day and trying to get prepared, but at the same time we were like, ‘Is it there going to be a game? What’s going on? Are we going to play with no fans?’ It was just a weird day. And then after that, it was ‘Alright, go home. See you later.’ So, it was kind of awkward back then, but at the same time, now we know why.”MORE: From Burns to Jagr: The top ten haircuts in NHL history The awkwardness may continue.Backstrom, who was skating in his 13th NHL season and had posted 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) in 61 games, hopes the NHL can come back. If they do, he would prefer a small training camp and at least some exhibition games before jumping into the playoffs — with fans.“It would be really tough to play without the fans because they are everything to us and without fans, the atmosphere they bring, I think it would be really tough,” he said. “Looking at it the either way, if we can get started and get hockey on the television … I’ve been looking around at the TV channels these days and there is absolutely nothing on, just old games, which the first couple days is fun but it gets boring after a while so you want to play and want to get back to work like everyone else but it would be really tough to play without fans.” Life looks a little different right now for Nicklas Backstrom.Under normal circumstances, the Washington Capitals forward would find himself at the rink gearing up for a deep playoff run this time of year. With the COVID-19 pandemic pausing the NHL season, he’s spending more time at home with his newly extended family as his fiancee, Liza, just days ago gave birth to the couple’s third child. last_img read more

Canelo Alvarez stops Rocky Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title

first_imgPistons end Boston’s 8-game run, beat Celtics ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “He is strong and all that. It was the body shots, the wind he took away. He placed the shots well and he caught me. I stood too long to try to mix it with him when I shouldn’t have.“The better man won tonight.”The fight ended with 22 seconds remaining in the third after two knockdowns in the round.Fielding came to fight, but was outmanned from the outset. He couldn’t block the bevy of body punches launched by Alvarez, who floored Fielding with a left in the first round.Alvarez did it again with a right to the head and a left to the body late in the second round, and that brought down Fielding’s hands enough to expose the head.So Alvarez used a huge right lead to knock down Fielding in the third round, and soon after finished it with a series of blows.It really was no contest.“What I always want to do is to make the best fight whether they’re for world titles or not,” Alvarez said, then turned his attention to the Garden scene.“I’m happy and I’m grateful to be here. I hope this is the first of many.”The fight card was streamed on DAZN, a service that paid Alvarez $365 million for 11 fights. This was quite a selling point for the red-headed Mexican. Coming off his close decision against Gennady Golovkin three months ago to take the WBA and WBC middleweight titles, Alvarez could hear chants of “Canelo! Canelo!” long before he entered the Madison Square Garden ring for the first time. Throughout a lengthy undercard, it was clear who the sellout crowd of 20,112 came to see and cheer.He delivered with power and precision, landing 73 punches, 35 to the body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That was the plan in the gym, to hit the body and then move up, and that’s the result,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “You see the result here.”Only eight other Mexican fighters have held three division titles. And Alvarez, 28, says he is headed back to the 160-pound class he rules, with possibly a third go with Golovkin in 2019. The next fight, opponent unknown, is set for Las Vegas in early May. “Canelo will fight whoever is the best, no doubt about it,” said his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.If this was a one-off at 168 pounds, it was quite a show in his debut at Madison Square Garden.“My goal is to make good fights for the people, for the public, and to make sure the name of Canelo Álvarez and of Mexico is held up high,” Alvarez said.Fielding, 31, won the WBA crown in July when he knocked out Tyron Zeuge in Germany in the fifth round. But the Englishman had never faced anyone close to Canelo’s class, and it showed.“I never shied away from the challenge,” Fielding said. “I lived the dream, I’ll come back.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez celebrates after a WBA super middleweight championship boxing match against England’s Rocky Fielding Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in New York. Alvarez stopped Fielding in the third round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta.Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On the undercard, Tevin Farmer started fast, then coasted to a unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca to hold onto his IBF super featherweight belt.Farmer lost to Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF title last year, but Ogawa then failed a drug test and the bout was declared a no contest. He outpointed Billy Dib in August for the belt, then defended by stopping James Tennyson in October.He won 117-111 on all three judges’ cards.“Nowadays, I really have a lot of anger built up, good anger though,” he said, “and I just want to hurt everybody when I’m in the ring. I don’t have no sympathy.”Farmer is 28-4-1, while Fonseca is 22-2-1. Costa Rican Fonseca’s other loss came in his only previous title fight, to Gervonta Davis for the same crown in 2017.Katie Taylor of Ireland won a lopsided 10-round decision over Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom to keep her IBF and WBA lightweight championships. She is now 12-0, while Wahlstrom lost for the first time in 24 fights.Super featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. easily outpointed Alberto Mercado, running his record to 18-0-1. Roach controlled the fight from the outset and took it easy late, which nearly cost him when Mercado (15-2-1) nailed him with several hard shots in the final round.Rising lightweight Ryan Garcia had no trouble running his record to 17-0 with 15 knockouts by stopping Braulio Rodriguez in the fifth round. Rodriguez’s repertoire included more clowning and low blows than fighting, and Garcia ended it with a sharp right, followed by a series of head shots. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Boldly disobeying rule of law, Constitution which are heart of any democratic country

first_imgDear Editor,One of the happiest days of my life (before my daughter was born) was when Forbes Burnham died. To me, that man was the worst and most evil person who had ever lived. He took it upon himself to take our freedom and to decide what the citizens of this beloved country should own to some extent or even worse of all what we should eat. Nobody does that to me, nobody. I hated everything about him, except when I got the message that he had died. I can’t (and really don’t care) to even remember the year or date that he died, I was a lad then and I was just glad that he had died. However, every era has its share of experiences and if a person is smart and fair-minded, you can put things in better perspective as you get older and be able to compare and learn from events of the past. Even realise that you made some mistakes in judgement of people or places that you were affected by. That being said, in retrospect, I probably owe Mr Burnham an apology, he had some steadfast core values and not everything was bad about him. I’ll explain in a bit.Fast forward to present day, in fact, let’s back up a bit to December 2018. As we all know, a No-Confidence Motion was carried against the Government by the Opposition, mainly because of severe neglect of the citizens, the ill and tyrannical use of power and unbelievable blatant corruption by them in such a short time. It became too much to bear by anyone of sound mind and integrity. Something had to be done to stop them before it was too late for the country to recover. Thankfully, the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed in the National Assembly on the 21st December, 2018 and the Government was toppled.Here is where an incredible chapter in history begins… President “Credible Elections” Granger boldly announced soon thereafter, that he and his Government would respect the result of the No-Confidence Motion. As per normal, in any democratic society, the Cabinet has to resign, Parliament dissolved and elections held within 90 days. The Government then adopts a caretaker mode until another (or incumbent) President is sworn in. Nothing difficult to understand there…well for the average person I should say. No-Confidence Motions are nothing new, unusual or shameful, it has happened many times in the past and will happen many times more in the future. So, as the law prescribed, elections were to be held in Guyana on the 31 March, 2019.Yesterday was the 18th September, 2019, over eight months after the motion was passed and nothing near to honouring the Constitution or the simple rule of law is even attempted or in the making by this Government! Forget the corruption, forget the stealing of tax payers’ money, and forget the excessive waste of Government funds, blatant abuse of power and total neglect of the citizens – which was the very instrument that triggered the No-Confidence Motion in the first place! Forget all of that for a bit, let us just deal with the solid facts here.Soon after publicly announcing that the Government would respect and abide by the decision in the National Assembly they took action to appeal! The honourable Speaker of the House upheld his decision. They then moved to the High Court. That court upheld the decision. They then moved further to the Court of Appeal (someone there probably got nicely paid off) and that ruling was in favour of the Government. Here now, the Opposition was forced to counter with several lawsuits in order to protect the Constitution of Guyana and approached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) for a final decision. There the case was held expeditiously I should say and the CCJ upheld the rules of the Guyana Constitution and they handed down the judgement. The clock started ticking again on the 18th June, 2019. Plus the (CCJ) ruled in favour of the Opposition that the Chairman of GECOM was illegally appointed by “Credible Elections” Granger! Due to shame the illegal Chairman almost immediately resigned. After immense pressure by the Opposition, we finally got another Chairperson of GECOM, whom Mr Granger is taking credit now for “working expeditiously” with the Opposition in appointing! This Government is low and it is always possible them go lower and be worse than the outer limits of worst.Here is where I will make reference again to Mr Burnham. He was a tyrant and a communist, he (along with his right hand Granger) rigged elections in the past. However, Mr Burnham was honourable and wise enough to always remain within the laws and the Constitution of Guyana. Mr Burnham was never ruling in any illegal capacity for even one minute. He had integrity and obeyed the law.Thanks to this (now absolutely illegal) Government, we definitely have our place marked by this dirty bunch. It is really unfortunate for us that throughout history only infamous people and events are synonymous with Guyana. Nobody knew Guyana years ago unless you mentioned Jim Jones. Now on this 18 day of September, 2019, we will be famously remembered once again as the first country to boldly disobey the rule of law and the Constitution which heart of any democratic country.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more

Police allegedly invade Waiakabra gold miner’s home

first_imgResidents of Waiakabra, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, are furious because ranks attached to the Timehri Police Station allegedly invaded the home of a miner, claiming that they were searching for stolen items.The actions of the Police have left residents to believe that they were planning to rob the man, who returned from the interior only on Friday.Two of the ranks were dressed in uniform, while a female was dressed in casual attire. They all claimed to be ranks of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Based on reports received, at about 2:15h on Saturday, residents of the village were engaged in a night of worship at the church when they saw a motorcar bearing registration number PVV 2207 passing and headed towards the man’s home.A resident, Devika (only name given), stated that as the car passed, one of the occupants told the others, “People in the church”, but the vehicle continued driving towards the house.The woman explained that the villagers became suspicious after they heard a loud sound, and upon checking, they saw one of the ranks kicking opened the door to the miner’s house.She said the owner of the home came out and enquired the purpose of the visit. By this time the congregation had left the church and headed over to the man’s house, since they feared that the villager was about to be robbed by bandits posing as Police ranks.The woman said the ranks all appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and more so, one of the men was reportedly smoking.“They were shocked because the area is usually very desolate and has very little electricity, and no one would be up at that hour; but because we had an all-night prayer service, we were there, and it was obvious they weren’t expecting that,” she added.A sister of the home owner, Oslyn Wilson, related that the Police told her brother that they were there to search the premises for stolen articles in relation to a robbery involving his son.However, the young man who is being accused works as an operator at a gold mining company in the interior, and was at his place of employment at the time; hence he could not have been involved in a robbery, as was reported by the Police.The Police, she said, were quite adamant that they wanted to search the bottom flat of the premises.“We asked for them to produce a search warrant, which they did not have; but because my brother was fearful, he allowed them in,” she said.The woman added that as her brother opened the door, the Police entered the home as did the other occupants of the car. Upon seeing this, the church members followed.“They went in and opened the wardrobe and cupboards, and immediately walked out back. It was as if they were not even searching for anything”, Wilson stated.Upon questioning the ranks about the stolen items they were searching for, they could not provide a response.It is based on their actions that the residents are of the opinion that had the church not been in session, the occupants of the car would have executed a robbery.When Guyana Times contacted the Timehri Police Station, a corporal related that he was not aware of an operation, and advised that the residents make a report to the station.“A” Division Commander Marlon Chapman, when contacted, also said he advised the resident to visit his office and lodge a complaint, after which an investigation will be launched into the incident.last_img read more

Chelsea hero: ‘Cech has clearly been planted at Arsenal by Blues!’

first_imgPetr Cech is a brilliant goalkeeper, which is why Arsenal fans were so excited at his signing from Chelsea… and why there was so much fuss when he conceded in the first half against West Ham.In the season opener at the Emirates Stadium, the Czech shot stopper came flying out of his goal, only to see Cheikhou Kouyate head past him to give the visitors a shock lead.Cue social media meltdown, including a tongue-in-cheek tweet by Chelsea’s 1997 FA Cup winner Craig Burley…//[View the story “‘Shout out to Cech for keeping the banter era alive!’” on Storify] Petr Cech’s mistake for Arsenal v West Ham 1last_img