The city of Georgetown will now be spearheaded by People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Councillor, Pandit Ubraj Narine after he was elected on Friday as the new Mayor.Newly elected Mayor Ubraj NarineThe Councillors were sworn in in the chambers of City Hall where nominations were followed by elections of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Finance Committee. Twenty-nine Councillors were sworn in after Patrick De Santos submitted his absence for medical reasons. He will be sworn in at a later date, summing up the total to 30 representatives.Narine, who represents Constituency One, was nominated by Councillor Ivelaw Henry and entered the race with People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor Bishram Kuppen, who was selected by Deon Younge. The new Mayor secured 21 votes in his favour and was elected accordingly.Following his lead was Alfred Mentore who was elected as the Deputy Mayor with 23 votes and six against the nomination.The Council elected seven persons to charge the Finance Committee, comprising of Patricia Chase Green, Yvonne Ferguson, Ivelaw Henry, Oscar Clarke, Trichia Richards, and Bisham Kuppen.Oscar Clarke was appointed as the Chairman to govern this financial body, while the outgoing Mayor was elected as Vice Chairwoman. The newly elected Councillors and Mayor will commence their duties as of January 1, 2019.In his remarks as the impending Mayor who will be serving for the next three years, Narine acknowledged the fact that the Council has been cash-strapped as he implied that these matters must be addressed.“Our challenges are a ballooning budgetary deficit, late payment and non-payment of staff, debts mounting to hundreds of millions to private contractors and struggles of collection of rates and taxes to name a few. These challenges must be faced head on together.”When asked by media operatives as to how he plans to address the burgeoning garbage disposal and build-up in the city, Narine diverged by insisting that he will not commence duties as of now and refused to comment on any other pressing matters.“Bear in mind, I will take office from 2019 and that’s all I have to say.”On the contrary, the outgoing Mayor’s advice to Narine was, “You are taking the reigns as Mayor in the city of Georgetown at a crucial point where there are many challenges. I will advise you that…there are many wolves in sheep’s clothing.”Chase Green assured with a piqued expression that she did not enter the Local Government Elections (LGE) to be elected again as Mayor. “I went back into the elections not to become Mayor of the City of Georgetown. I went back because [of] my constituency…”said Chase Green in a firm tone, after she praised the number of votes she would have received.Meanwhile, General Secretary of the PNCR, Amna Ally, was in attendance and urged the Councillors to put aside their political differences which can cause divide, in efforts to effectively perform their duties.“It is not [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU, [Alliance For Change] AFC and PPP. It is Georgetown, Guyana and I trust that all of us collectively will work towards the development of Georgetown and ultimately, Guyana. I want to call on Councillors and all Guyana to come together, to work together, to live in unity and let our theme be: Development,” the General Secretary related.Guyana Times spoke to some of the Councillors after they were sworn in and many shared ideas for their respective constituency and Georgetown.Councillor Bishram Kuppen pointed out that accountability remains a key issue. This view was also shared by his colleagues and other members of the Council.“It is shown that this City Council has been managed for a number of decades in an unprofessional and unaccountable manner. At this point in time, we are looking at making contributions where the best interest of the citizens can be represented in this country,” Kuppen asserted.The Deputy Mayor also stated, “We definitely need to look at how we manage our finances. That is very important to the optics and image of the Council because we don’t want to be having issues as it relates to not being able to pay our garbage people.”The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) results indicated that APNU received a total of 18,127 votes, followed by the PPP, which got 7050, while the AFC received 3059. Of APNU’s 21 seats on the City Council, nine came from the PR and 12 from the First Past the Post components. Back in 2016, the APNU/AFC controlled 25 seats. The PPP received seven seats, including four from the PR component.Overall, GECOM’s results showed that the PPP won 61 per cent of the LGE with 122,307 votes, with the governing APNU taking 68,060 votes at 34 per cent, while the AFC garnered nearly four per cent of the electorate with 8719 votes.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A selection of images from Chelsea’s 2-0 victory at the DW Stadium. (Click on an image to begin slideshow)See also:Early goals help Chelsea see off WiganWigan v Chelsea player ratingsBoss hails Hazard after Chelsea victoryHazard has class – but he can also look after himself
Giant bicycle headed to IndiaInternationally renowned bike maker Giant is all set to bring the world’s fastest bicycle, Propel Advanced SL 0, to India at a sticker price that will put the best Harleys to shame. This bicycle will cost, hold your breath, Rs 10.6 lakh and has been used in the Tour de France, the toughest bicycle event in the world. It has been vigorously tested in Europe to certify that it is fastest among them all. Propel’s frame will be made of carbon fibre, which is commonly used in making Formula 1 racing cars, as well as the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft. A total of 22 gears, along with numerous electronic gear components are responsible for the motion of this bicycle.Pravin Patil, MD at Giant Starkenn said, “The measure how fast a bicycle is how much air it can cut and how aerodynamic it is. There is no top speed, but it can do 70 kph and more.” He also stated the following, “During the Auto Expo, we brought our top of the line Trinity Advanced SL 0 that costs Rs 10.89 lakh and were surprised when it was picked up a month later. That gave us confidence that such expensive bikes will find takers here.”This bicycle will be imported from Taiwan in a semi-knocked down condition and will be assemble assembled in India by Starkenn Sports, the entity responsible for marketing Giant bicycles in the country. Giant already has stores in Pune and Bengaluru, and will be adding add Delhi and Mumbai this fiscal. According to the company, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and Chennai will follow suit next fiscal. These bicycles can also be purchased online.advertisementThe Indian premium bicycles market is estimated at roughly 250,000 units per annum, generating an overall turnover of Rs 100 crore.
The Northern Territory Touch website: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play: # 6Squads selected for State of OriginQueensland squads have been selected for the 2008 State of Origin series. The players were choosen following the Queensland State Regional Championships two weeks ago. Players have been notified by mail of their selection in the squads. Full squad lists will be published after the 24th of November. The Queensland coaches for the series have also been named: Men’s Open: Mark RuggeriWomen’s Open: Karley BanksMixed Open: Dan EvansMen’s 20: Tony O’KeefeWomen’s 20: Frank BondolfiMen’s 30: Dennis CoffeyMen’s 35: Wayne Holder Men’s 40: John RyanMen’s 45: Terry SavageMen’s 50: Kev HickeyWomen’s 30: Kev Feldman Women’s 35: John CollinsWomen’s 40: Paul FuiavaOther events:Queensland Touch is running a series of development courses for coaches in schools in Mackay, Gympie and Forest Lakes over the coming weeks. The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au That’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s web-site for all the latest news and information about Touch Football from around the nation. Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – Volume Twenty Four.VICTORIA (VIC)Play: # 1VT League gets off to a flying startThe inaugural VT League season started like a house on fire last Saturday, with some stellar Touch Footy on display over two rounds at Box Hill. Nicole Doig of the Bayside Vipers recorded the VT League’s first ever touch down when she scored in the corner against the University Blues. Results: Round 1 Women: Bayside Vipers (4) def University Blues (3) Melbourne City (5) def Casey Cougars (2)Round 1 Men: Bayside Vipers (6) def University Blues (5) Casey Cougars (11) def Melbourne City (5)Round 2 Women: Melbourne City (5) def University Blues (4) after extra time Bayside Vipers (5) def Casey Cougars (3)Round 2 Men: University Blues (6) def Melbourne City (5) Casey Cougars (9) def Bayside Vipers (3)The next round of the VT League travels to Westside affiliate for the first ever “development” round. There will be a free clinic held for all kids under 18. Family members are also welcome to come and learn some skills from VT League and Westside players and coaches. The day starts at 1pm at PJ Lynch Reserve, Paisley Park, off Mason Street. VT League round three will start from 3pm with the Men’s match first. The Women will follow at 4pm. Other events:On Tuesday 9th of October Touch Victoria’s Nick Mooney and Matthew Gilbertson appeared on The Good Oil radio program with Mark Doran to discuss the new VT League season and all matters Touch Football. All the existing affiliates got a mention in the show. The interview is available on the Touch Victoria website and well worth a listen. The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 2TouchWest answers the call for technical advancementThis Saturday 20th October 2007, will be a big day for TouchWest with the delivery of several technical courses across the state. Operations Manager Angela Doyle will travel to Kalgoorlie to present a Level 1 Coaching Course.Angela will also observe the final AusTouch session, and the commencement of the new Touch Football Summer Season.John Bedford will coordinate a Level 2 Referee Course at Perth Brothers on Saturday, whilst newly qualified Referee Presenter Pat Elshaw will coordinate a Level 1 Referee Course at Southern on the same day.There will also be AusTouch Leader Courses held at Geraldton on Sunday and Tompkins Park on Tuesday. It is pleasing to see such a high demand for technical courses in Western Australia.It is hoped that the influx of volunteers will continue to strengthen the technical arms of the sport.Other events:TouchWest’s 25th Anniversary Ball is fast approaching and all is progressing nicely for a spectacular event to mark this significant milestone. The black tie function will be held on Saturday 17th November 2007. The $90 ticket includes a sit down meal, five-hour beverage package and a unique opportunity to mingle with individuals who have contributed to Touch Football in Western Australia over the past 25 years.Invitations have been sent out but if you are interested or wish to purchase a ticket, do not hesitate to visit www.touchwest.com or contact the office.The Western Australian Touch Assocition website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 32007 Australasian Masters GamesTouch Football South Australia held a very successful Masters Games from the 11th – 15th November, 2007.Results: Mixed SeniorsGold – ManlySilver – North Queensland Living LegendsBronze – Western DistrictsMixed 30sGold – SocialitesSilver – SA MixedBronze – RAN MixiesMen’s 55sGold – Sydney Blue PointersSilver – BanditsBronze – Spitting CamelsMen’s 50sGold – North Queensland Living LegendsSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Gophers 50sMen’s 45sGold – Melbourne MadnessSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Isa BrumbiesMen’s 40sGold – PiratesSilver – Ariku Bay SharksMen’s 35sGold – SA 35sSilver – Western DistrictsBronze – FTAMen’s 30s Gold – SA 30sSilver – Masters of the UniverseBronze – Royal Australian Navy Young GunsWomen’s 40Gold – Melbourne FrogsWomen’s 35sGold – Touch of (CL)assWomen’s 30sGold – Reschke BullsSilver – ManlyBronze – SA 30s WomenOther events:South Australian Under-14 Develop Squad Trials are being held at Park 17, Greenhill Road, on Sunday 21st of October 2007 from 9.30am – 11.30am.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 42007 Canberra CupThe ACT Touch Association is once again holding the annual Canberra Cup from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November at the Deakin Playing Fields. The Cup gives Canberra teams the opportunity to improve their Touch skills and demonstrate the level of Touch in the Territory to teams from areas across the country such as South Australia, Sydney and Country New South Wales. Men’s, Women’s and a Mixed Division will be available at both social and competitive levels. The cost to enter is just $350.00 per team. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to socialise while improving your Touch skills. Nominations close Monday 22nd October so hurry to secure your place. For more information or to download a registration please refer to www.acttouch.com.au or email [email protected] Other events:Super League Double-HeaderThe much anticipated Super League Double-Header was held on Sunday with rounds three and four of the competition. This gave players the chance to play Touch in a more intensive environment in preparation for the 2008 National Touch League.These rounds also gave the Under 12s and 15s the chance to get some more games in before they head off to Melbourne next week for the 2007 Australian Schools Championships. The juniors also received encouragement from Super League players during a uniform presentation ceremony. ResultsMen’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Woden Eagles (11) def Canberra City (3)Round 4Woden Eagles (8) def UC Otters (5)Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def Canberra City (2)Women’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Canberra City (4) def Woden Eagles (2)Round 4Woden Eagles (4) def UC Otters (1)Canberra City (6) def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (5) The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Junior Touch CompletionThe Darwin Touch Under-13 and Under-16 Junior Competitions had another great turnout for round five. All teams had a full roster with a large number of kids turning out to get involved. The coaches are doing an outstanding job developing the kids’ skills as well as their understanding of the game. The improvement is noticeable week by week. Parents are also getting involved as well which is good to see with most parents helping out the coaches, filling water bottles or just giving encouragement to their respective teams.Touch Football Northern Territory would like to give a special mention to the junior players who have been coming down each week and helping to referee games. Well done kids, you’re doing a fantastic job!Other events: The Northern Territory junior representative sides fly out on Friday to the School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament in Melbourne. All sides are in top form and will be looking to have great week at the Championships. Darwin Touch Association held a successful Level 1 Referee Course on the weekend.
Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>
Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.
JOLIETTE, Que. – Two teens are dead and two are in critical condition after a 15-year-old driver lost control of a vehicle that crashed north of Montreal early Monday morning.Quebec provincial police said five teenage boys were in a car, owned by one of their parents, which crashed into a tree in Joliette, Que. at about 2 a.m.Two passengers aged 14 and 17 died, while a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old were taken to hospital, where they remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.Police say speed may have been a factor in the crash.The underage driver suffered only minor injuries.After meeting with investigators, he was released on a promise to appear in court.He is due in court on Nov. 22 and could be charged with dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.
APTN National NewsThe Quebec town of Lac-Megantic was decimated after railway cars filled with oil derailed and exploded.Now, even as the search continues for bodies, there are troubling questions being raised about how Canada transports oil.Many train lines pass through Aboriginal territories and as APTN’s Danielle Rochette finds out if oil pipelines are rejected Canadians may need to accept the risks of rail.
The Canadian Press SYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton community has leaped into action following the sudden closure of a Sydney call centre that left nearly 700 people without jobs just three weeks before Christmas.In the wake of the ServiCom facility closure announced Thursday — following weeks of pay delays — another local business has decided to forgo its Christmas party, opting instead to donate the funds set aside for the bash to help the employees left stunned and jobless by the move.Seaside Communications, a telecommunications company based out of nearby Reserve Mines, has donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army Sydney Community Church, which is working to assist those affected through its food bank and Christmas assistance program.Seaside Communications CEO Loran Tweedie says the team decided to donate the money because of the “profound impact” the closure had on the tightly knit community.In an email, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education spokeswoman Shannon Kerr said the department has launched an investigation into the situation and is making it a priority.Nova Scotia Business Minister Geoff MacLellan offered a glimmer of hope for the affected staff on Friday, saying he was confident the call centre had a “bright future” after speaking with a prospective buyer Friday morning.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ATCO Two Rivers and Home Hardware Building Centre have joined forces to assist Old Fort Residents in replacing fridges and freezers damaged during the recent slide.Doug Gallinger, co-owner of Home Hardware Fort St. John, says they will be offering discounts to Old Fort residents.“What we are doing is taking 25-percent off the manufacturer suggested retail price and they (ATCO) are providing $500 of a rebate to the customers,” said Gallinger. To get the rebate, residents must follow these steps:Step 1: Stop by St John Advertising and Promotion to register your household and receive your gift pack of gift certificates if you haven’t already done so. SJA Promo will provide you with a registration form, and a number from their map to take to Home Hardware. In addition to the gift certificates in your gift packs, there is a 15% Save-On-More coupon which is intended to be used when you are ready to do a significant shop to re-stock your fridge and freezer!Step 2: Bring SJA Promo registration form along with supportive ID showing Old Fort residency to Home Hardware and talk to the Kitchen Design Team to order your fridge and/or freezer.In stock items will be available immediately. Otherwise, the Kitchen Design Team will assist you with your order, working with appliance reps to ensure your personal needs are met.For further information on this initiative, you can contact Home Hardware at 250-787-0371, or stop by the store to speak to them in person.The offer is available until December 1, 2018.