Barcelona eye shock move for Spurs flop Ndombele with star ‘keen on move’

first_imgBARCELONA are eyeing a shock move for Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele, according to reports.The 23-year-old midfielder was linked with the LaLiga side during his time at Lyon. Instead he moved to North London to become Spurs’ £65million club-record signing last summer.3 Tottenham flop Tanguy Ndombele has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona in the Spanish mediaCredit: GettyHowever, Mundo Deportivo claim the Nou Camp giants are plotting another attempt to sign the French international.They add that Ndombele is keen to move due to his poor relationship with Jose Mourinho.Today’s report from the Spanish publication claim Barca chiefs, who have made a new striker their No1 priority this summer, consider the star “a modern midfielder” who would be an ideal replacement for Ivan Rakitic or Arturo Vidal.But he is not the only option on their wishlist, with Napoli’s Fabian Ortiz also interesting Barca.Dembele started his Spurs career with a goal on his Premier League debut but injuries and fitness issues have since affected his form, leading to criticism from his manager.Mourinho has publicly stated Ndombele must do more and questioned how many more chances he can get.He was singled out by the Portuguese after he was hauled off at half-time in Spurs’ recent draw at Burnley after making zero impact.After the introduction of Giovani Lo Celso and Lucas Moura at the interval for Ndombele and 19-year-old Oliver Skipp, Mourinho’s men bounced back to earn a point having trailed.3LATEST WWE NEWSRIDDLE ME THISWWE star Shane McMahon thanked Matt Riddle for not beating up GoldbergCORM OVERCormier held talks with WWE over switch from UFC, Triple H confirmsMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutREY’S PLACEInside Rey Mysterio’s £1m Californian home where he keeps his sword collection’SEPARATE LIVESWWE star Brie Bella admits her and husband Daniel Bryan ‘are growing apart’Video’NOT OVER’Tyson vows AEW return to ‘kick Jericho’s ass’ and looks set for wrestling matchThe Spurs manager said: “In the first half we didn’t have a midfield. “Of course I’m not speaking of Skipp, because he’s a kid of 19 who’s played two hours in the last few days. I don’t criticise him at all.“But I’m not going to run away and I have to say he [Ndombele] has had enough time to come to a different level.“I know the Premier League is difficult and some players take a long time to adapt to a different league.“But a player with his potential has to give us more than he is giving us, especially when you see how Lucas, Lo Celso and those players are playing. I was expecting more in the first half from him.”3last_img read more

World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It’s hard to dismiss the two guys at the top of the rotation,” Roberts said, also praising Houston’s “athleticism” and “ability to slug.”The Astros showed off all facets Saturday night, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers haven’t played the Astros since 2015, when they dropped a three-game series at Houston. The previous time they met was 2012, back when Houston was still in the National League and stuck in the midst of three straight 100-loss seasons.Boosted by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros are now among the elite teams in the majors.Hill also knows how quickly things can turn around. Wearing a hat that had a World Series emblem on the side, the 37-year-old reflected on where he was fairly recently.In 2015, beset by injuries, no team in the big leagues wanted him and he wound up pitching for the Long Island Ducks.“A couple years ago, I was using a bucket in independent ball as a toilet,” he said.Not anymore.Hill became a valuable member of the Dodgers’ staff, signed a rich contract and has helped them make it back to the World Series for the first time since 1988.Like Hill, All-Star shortstop Corey Seager is expected to make his first World Series appearance. Seager got there a bit faster — at 23, a season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “A lot of it is going to be learning as you go,” Granderson said.Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch Game 1 on Tuesday night against Dallas Keuchel at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start Game 2 for the Dodgers vs. AL Championship Series MVP Justin Verlander.Yu Darvish will start Game 3 for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston on Friday night. Acquired from Texas on July 31, he’s the most familiar with the Astros.Darvish is 5-5 in 14 career starts against them, including 1-1 this season.Keuchel has never faced the Dodgers. Verlander beat Los Angeles on Aug. 20 with eight dominant innings, shortly before he got traded from Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Seager didn’t play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury. But Roberts said team was “very confident” Seager was ready to return.Seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 RBIs this year. He went 3 for 11 with four walks in the NL Division Series against Arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in Game 3.Charlie Culberson did well while filling in for Seager during the NLCS. Chris Taylor also saw action at shortstop against the Cubs and was the co-MVP of the series.It is possible Seager could be the designated hitter for the Dodgers when the Series moves to Houston.“In a perfect world, he would play shortstop and hit second,” Roberts said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ So Curtis Granderson, what do you know about your World Series opponent, the Houston Astros?“I saw them a couple times in spring training, when I was with the Mets,” the outfielder said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOK, then.Funny, in a way. The Astros and Dodgers have played more than 700 times over the years, but these clubs know very little about each other. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager Dave Roberts proudly proclaims: “I don’t see any team that’s more prepared than we are.”All the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. But firsthand looks are nice, too.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Del Potro beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Openlast_img read more

After Ebola, What?

first_imgThe Ebola scourge will wane and it will eventually go away. When it does, and even before it does, we should ask ourselves these two crucial questions: what lessons have we learned from this ferocious attack and what do we do, moving forward, so that we are no longer crippled by events like this and as the Prophet Joel said, make sure that the damages the locusts had caused are restored?I will try to present my views in a plain ordinary manner without all the academic jargon and nuances of language and logic. I submit to you that what we need now is plain ordinary language that all can speak, hear and understand and help to solve problems for now and for the future.It is disheartening that while Liberia is asking for international help of money, materials and personnel, some Liberians, in high administrative positions, who should be home heavily and deeply involved in solution strategies and helping to formulate and implement policies to combat this ugly scourge, have left (some say, fled) the country. They expect an American, a European, a Ugandan or an Asian to come and help while they are securely ensconced in a safe, far away, country. It is a shame and it will be a real test of leadership how the President deals with such unpatriotic and recalcitrant persons. I was one of those excited about the President’s election. Dr. Amos Sawyer had sent me an urgent note about the election and we were both utterly elated and excited about it and the possibilities of the new era that was dawning. I am still excited but still anxiously waiting for the deliverance of the goods. I am not unaware that development takes time, long time sometimes, and that there is a process of accretion involved, but it seems time is running out in Liberia. If the goods are not delivered in a timely and an even and fair manner, and when the cost of the delivered service far exceeds its true cost because of the “middle-man” siphoning effect, even what is delivered is not appreciated and a negative perception of what is delivered and what can be delivered in the long run, sets in. And that is not good for confidence in government and in governance.Liberia is blessed with enormous human and natural resources and even excellent soil for agriculture. One lesson we should learn, I suggest, is that if we do not effectively and honestly husband these resources in developing the infrastructure and our country, issues like Ebola and other catastrophes can always debilitate, if not ruin us completely. To me the infrastructure involves intense focus on education, health, entrepreneurship and roads and communication. We should learn from this Ebola trauma that developing our health, education and road infrastructures, using the enormous resources with which we are blessed, should be of utmost priority.But we have not been able to do those things properly, consistently, diligently and well because of the crippling and demoralizing effects of the big elephant in the room, CORRUPTION. It is my humble and considered opinion that until we can curb and abate the corrosive, demoralizing and debilitating effects of CORRUPTION, we cannot see or go the way forward. There will be little or no development and we may even see ourselves going backwards or retrogressing. And that is not good.CORRUPTION is the enemy we should look for first and fight and defeat. But WE are the enemy we are looking for. WE, collectively, are the cause of CORRUPTION. My good friend and colleague, Dr. W. Penn Handwerker, once started his article on corruption with an apt fable. I will summarize and abbreviate it here in my own words:  Once upon a time there were three brothers from a small village in a big county in a small country. They were all working for the government. The first son got tons of money from corruption but spent all of it on himself with wine, women, fine clothes and stuff like that. He never did anything for his extended family or his village and people. He wanted to be chief but his people turned him down and when he died, none of them came for his funeral. The second son was very honest. He refused every bribe and was not involved in any corruption. He managed well what the government paid him and was frugal and took care of his immediate family by loving his wife and parents and making sure that his children are well educated. Because he lived a Spartan life, he was not able to help his extended family, village of people as they wanted him to do and even refused to help some get scholarships that they were not qualified for. When he died, no one attended his funeral except his immediate family and some friends who thought of him as an honest saint. The third son was the epitome of corruption. There was no bribe too small or too big for him to turn down. He was a wheeler and dealer and was known all around town. He sent tons of money to his village and people; he gave lucrative contracts to his immediate and extended families; built schools and gave scholarships to many young people whether they deserved it or not; he built roads and brought power to his people; he gave huge sums of money to churches and mosques and the pastors and priests and imams all knew how he made his money. Everybody honored and looked up to him, sought his help and wanted to be related to him. Everybody knew how he made his money. His village and county begged him to become a chief or senator and when he died, his whole village, his whole county and the country came to his funeral and he was given several honors.The point Dr. Handwerker was making is that we are the real ENABLERS of corrupt people and CORRUPTION. We adore them and we go to them for help. We give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Once this happens, it becomes a self-feeding process. We go to them to meet our needs illicitly and they feel good for how important they now are or have become, and they do for us what we want and we feel good and go to them and so on and so on. We are truly the enemy we are looking for to eradicate. As we blame those who are corrupt we should also blame ourselves as enablers of CORRUPTION. My corrupt official is really not corrupt. It is the other official who is lining her/his pockets and those close to her/him who are corrupt. We accept the corruption of our woman or man and reject and condemn the corruption of the other person’s woman or man. We are the real enablers. We are, indeed, the enemy we are condemning. We should recognize it and try to rid ourselves of it.We have attempted to identify two of the three legs of corruption. We who, in order to meet our needs illicitly, look up to and feed the ego of the corrupt official and the corrupt official whose ego, now being fed, continues the corrupt practices. The third leg is the international community. The developed countries know how and where those ill-gotten and stolen monies are used and kept. They recently helped Nigeria, even in the smallest of amounts, with the stolen monies of President Abacha. They can help Liberia enormously in our development efforts by exposing and repatriating some of those monies and ill-gotten goods that have left the shores and development of Liberia to their shores and their development. As an aside, I may also suggest that they help us out as we wrestle with issue of dual-citizenship. They know which Liberian is also a citizen of their country. They can either identify them for us or make it possible for us to find the way to identify them. I am cognizant of diplomatic nuances but when countries they want to help are facing real and possibly destabilizing issues and issues related to their health, growth and development, they have the moral and philanthropic obligation to help.I submit to you that if we restrain ourselves from enabling the corrupt officials and the international entities help us to expose and repatriate their stolen monies, we will be on our way to true, vibrant and enduring development. Liberia will be an oasis of health, wealth and development: the Switzerland of Africa with every mouth fed, every body clothed and every individual with excellent healthcare.  Finally, I will recommend to you the recent Commencement address at Cuttington University given by the respected journalist and the doyen of journalism in Liberia, Kenneth Y. Best. It truly explores and recommends that one of the significant ways forward for Liberia is by educating ourselves, learning to manage our resources and not selling them, our lands and even ourselves, to outsiders and foreigners. It is a seminal presentation that should make us wake up and do the right thing for ourselves and for our country. It should be required reading for all.Liberia is enormously blessed. It is the management of the resources that is at stake. With our abundant resources and a population of our size, less than four million, we should be the Switzerland of Africa where there is enough for everyone and not all for a few and none for the rest of the people. If our resources are canalized, corralled and husbanded well, we should truly be a rich, prosperous and thriving country to the honor and glory of the Creator who endowed and blessed us with such abundant land, human and natural resources. We owe it to ourselves and, especially, to the generations to come to be true, productive and honest custodians of our resources, like the seed that fell on fertile soil, producing multiple harvests for now and for the future.Dr. Igolima T. D. Amachree is a retired professor of Sociology and former head of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, USA, and also a former professor and head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. You can reach him at it-amachree@wiu.edu.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Division in the Senate, A Self-inflicted Woe

first_imgWeighing the first branch of government in terms of performance and responsible conduct, the public at some point has been seeing the Senate in high esteem.Unlike the House of Representatives where some lawmakers, both current and past, have been accused of compromising their integrity for cash, many people have referred to the Senate as a “house of elders” with most of its members seen as people of independent minds who could assess issues on the basis of merit and make decisions that actually favor the country.However, this seems not to be the case any longer as this upper House of the National Legislature is now divided against itself with members accusing one another for unethical behaviors least expected of them.It all started in the recent decision taken by the Legislature to impeach former Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, during which some Senators were said to have allegedly received bribes to vote in favor of removing the Associate Justice.Senators Sando Johnson of Bomi County, Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County, Oscar Cooper of Margibi County and others contend that some members of the Senate allegedly received not less than US$50,000 to vote for the removal of Ja’neh.These Senators have also gone ahead to accuse the Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert Chie of tampering with the ballots cast during the voting on March 28.  According to Senators Sando Johnson and Oscar Cooper, the Pro-Tempore, instead of displaying the ballots in an open chamber for all to see, he concealed it and the ballot box was not sealed as required under the conduct of a transparent election but opened.They also accused Pro-Tempore Chie of taking the ballot box to his residence after the vote cast; something which leaves them doubtful that the process was transparent. Those discontented Senators have gone further to challenge their Pro-Tempore to display the ballots in the open to identify each person’s vote by his/her signature and county. The Senators have also described the action to impeach Associate Justice, Kabineh Ja’neh as “unconstitutional,” noting that it was done on the basis of satisfying the Executive. Also in a recent broadcast on a local radio, Senator Sando Johnson also accused Pro-Tempore Chie of grossly insulting him and ordering him (Senator Johnson) to be investigated for “Gross disrespect.”Senator Johnson on the radio vowed to demonstrate an equal reaction in case Pro-Temp Chie repeats what he (Johnson) alleges him of.Since these bitter exchanges erupted in the Senate, the respect it once had has begun to dwindle.  Public reactions monitored on the radio and social media have given a tainted picture of the Senators as people without integrity but gluttons who are there to seek their personal interest against the state.In fact Senator Oscar Cooper, following the impeachment, was on the media saying that the Senate is no more a place of integrity but of compromise, and that he was going to reach out to his constituents in Margibi to inform them that he can no longer fit in that branch of government that should be independent of the Executive.Our reporter, Hannah Geterminah, in her report on April 10 said the Senate was divided against itself with some accusing others of carrying on an unconstitutional impeachment, in violation of the Liberian Constitution.The demeaning situation unfolding in the Liberian Senate does not only impact the members, but the entire country as well.  We believe that with this unfolding event, investors will have the fear to come to the country since members of the Liberian Senate can attest to bribes that have been reported over a period of time in the Legislature.While the negative consequences of the Senate’s action may reflect on the country, its members must also remember that they are stabbing themselves in the neck.  The wise saying goes that “Respect is not demanded, but built.” One social issue facing Liberia is respect for the rule of law and for leadership — to the point that, without any courtesy, people go ahead nowadays to approach their leaders in manner unbecoming of a civilized society.The conduct of the Legislature now backs this social issue, and there is no doubt that they are losing respect from the citizens; something we at the Daily Observer can candidly say that it is a SELF-INFLICTED WOE.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Colombian charged for entering Guyana illegally

first_imgA Colombian was on Thursday remanded to prison by acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus when he appeared before her charged for illegally entering Guyana, and a psychological evaluation was ordered.Jose Valencia, a 32-year-old cook, admitted that he entered Guyana without presenting himself to an immigration officer on October 22, 2018 at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Essequibo-Upper Takutu). He was, however, arrested by Police on January 19, 2019, and taken to the Rose Hall Police Station, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), where he failed to hand over his passport.According to the prosecution’s case, an investigation confirmed that Valencia entered Guyana illegally.In court on Thursday, with the aid of an interpreter, the defendant told the court that upon his arrival in Guyana, he was taken to the Immigration Office where he presented himself and was granted a three-month stay.Further, he explained that he was sleeping at the Stabroek Market during his stay when his suitcase containing his documents and belongings were stolen. After observing the defendant and listening to his claims, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus asked that he be psychologically evaluated after which she would hand down her sentence.As such, he was remanded and expected to return to court on February 12, 2019.last_img read more

Inmate who killed Lusignan prisoner to be charged today

first_imgThe inmate, who killed his fellow prisoner at the Lusignan, East Coast Demerara Prison on Wednesday last, is expected to be charged today.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said the prisoner, Samuel Lyttle, was involved in an argument with another male prisoner on Tuesday last at about 14:00h. During the argument, the enraged prisoner struck Lyttle with a piece of wood. Initially, he was treated at the prison infirmary but rushed to Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) due to the severity of his injuries. He was even placed on life support but breathed his last on Wednesday around 10:35h.However, Guyana Times was told on Tuesday that Lyttle, also called “Tuff Chest” was attacked by a prisoner called “Fish Teeth” of Unity Backdam, Mahaica, after he (Lyttle) bullied the 31-year-old and other inmates in Holding Bay Four.Sources close to the investigation told this publication that the now dead man was in his hammock when “Fish Teeth” attacked him with a piece of wood which had a nail stuck through it. Lyttle was reportedly struck several times to his head by his furious inmate who had to be restrained by several prison officers.Both men were on remand for breaking and entering and larceny cases.Police said the inmate is presently in custody assisting with the investigation. In the meantime, statements have been taken and the murder weapon was recovered and has been sent for analysis at the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory.A post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on Lyttle’s body by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Thursday revealed that he died as a result of multiple blunt trauma to the head.last_img read more

CD vendor arraigned for wounding man

first_imgTwenty-five-year-old Shawn Lee appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and pleaded guilty to a wounding charge.Shawn LeeThe charge alleged that on July 11, 2019, at George and Norton Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown with intent to maim, disfigure, disable or cause grievous bodily harm, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Dellon Foster.Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman stated that on the day in question, the victim and the defendant were involved in a heated argument during which the defendant pulled out a cutlass and dealt the victim several chops about his body.The injured man was then taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), where he was treated for his injuries and sent away.The matter was subsequently reported to the Police and the defendant was arrested. The Magistrate remanded the defendant to prison and he is expected to reappear in court on October 25.last_img read more

Fraud charges dismissed against Nizam Hassan, co-accused

first_imgDue to lack of evidence, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday dismissed the case against former General Manager of the New Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC), Nizam Hassan and his co-accused Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo, who is the wife of an engineer attached to the Agriculture Ministry. Thus far, a total of 34 witnesses were called by the prosecution to support the allegations of fraud against the duo.Former General Manager of the Guyana Marketing Corporation, Nizam HassanFemale co-accused, Felicia De’Souza-MadramootooOn November 7, 2016, the plethora of forensic audits that had been ordered by Head of State David Granger had claimed Hassan as its first victim.The former General Manager of the New Guyana Marketing Corporation and his co-accused, Felicia De’Souza-Madramootoo, were slapped with what has been described as a ‘multimillion-dollar’ fraud.De’Souza-Madramootoo’s husband, Hanniel Madramootoo – who is a project engineer within the Agriculture Ministry – his brother Philip Madramootoo and friend Nizam Ramkisson – both Directors of Constantine Engineering and Construction Limited of Trinidad and Tobago – were also jointly charged.However, only Hassan and the female co-conspirator appeared in court at the time and arrest warrants were issued for the others – who were said to be in Trinidad and Tobago.Hassan and De’Souza-Madramootoo were charged with intent to defraud together with three others by continuously approving payments for substandard and faulty works during the rehabilitation of the Guyana Marketing Corporation building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Georgetown.The duo was not required to plead to the indictable charge.During the course of the audit into the operations of GMC, it was found that based on the selection of three vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building for testing, that incorrect building materials were used.Additional auditing procedures were deemed necessary and a request was made to have all payment vouchers made available for further testing.The Auditors said it was communicated by Owen Nestor, GMC’s accountant, that none of the other payment vouchers related to the construction of the GMC’s office building could be found.It was also communicated by Nestor that Hassan may have been the last person who requested all of the payment vouchers of the construction.The accountants had recommended that a determination be made as to establish what level of disciplinary actions should be taken and that the Board of Directors should instruct GMC’s management to make every effort to locate the missing vouchers.Nestor, in reporting on his findings to the Finance Ministry, had complained that the process was “deliberately frustrated by the non-response and non-commitment extended by Mr Nizam Hassan, GMC’s General Manager and the lack of commitment by GMC’s Accounting department’s staff.” It was found that many vouchers and back-ups were not provided, either on a timely basis or not at all. “My conclusion is that the accounting practice at GMC shows that the General Manager and the Accountant did not provide any meaningful fiduciary responsibility when any payment originated from the Agriculture Minister or the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture. In other words, GMC’s General Manager and the Accountant acted more like rubber stamps when payments dealt with transactions originating from the Ministry of Agriculture,” the Auditor declared.last_img read more

Over 300 acres rice lost by roaming cattle in Corentyne

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelMore than 300 acres of rice have been destroyed by cattle in Corentyne, Berbice. This has led to rice farmers pleading with Government to create a pasture for the cattle owners.Some farmers are forced to spend the nights providing protection for their crop because, with the removal of the top of the rice plant, it can no longer bear.Lindira Madho, who cultivates 60 acres of rice said that she has lost in excess of $3 million. The widow told Guyana Times that for three years she had been competing with animals for the rice she planted.“Last crop I didn’t plant any rice but the crop before when I plant the cow eat everySome of the affected farmerssingle grain. There was not one grain in the field for the combine to go and cut it.”Madho also told this publication that she attempted to get an appraisal for the damages, but the officer told her that his charges are based on the extent of the damages and as such she relinquished the idea.“That is why I couldn’t plant last crop. I had no money to prepare the land so I had to take a loan this crop to do it and it is the same thing happening,” she explained.Another farmer, who has 300 acres under rice cultivation, Newchand Dulchan, 69, said that he has also incurred a loss since the cattle are left unattended betweenFormer Chairman of the Cattle Farmers Association Veji LatchminarineNumber 68 and 70 Villages.“You can’t catch them and when you shine a light on them in the night is madness; sometime they rip through your fence. Is not easy because these cows come in from one end and you don’t see them but if you look, they in the farm and you have to go and chase them out. In the morning then you see is how much rice they damage,” he related.Another farmer, Manish Persaud added that more than fifteen acres of the 90 acres he has cultivated has already been destroyed while Vijmanand Tajnauth has lost about ten acres of his 80-acre cultivation.Arnold Tulsi, who has 100 acres under rice cultivation, explained that he is in the current crop only because he was able to secure a loan.Explaining some of his expenses, the farmers said most of the fertiliser and pesticides have been credited.“How we go begin pay back the loan? Cow eat out the rice. These crops totallySome of the rice which has been eaten by animalsdestroy. In the day we got to wuk and night time we got to wuk just for the sake of the rice; now I can’t pay back the loan. Workman is $1000 a bag you got to pay them to spray the fertiliser and the throw the paddy and now I lost the crop,” the frustrated farmer said.Cash crop farmersCash crop farmers have also expressed their disgust over the situation since they too have incurred losses as a result of roaming animals.Mohindranauth Dulchan said he stopped planting vegetables after reaping nothing for two crops.Some $500,000 in preparation, he added, has been wasted. All he has left now are plantains and bananas.“These suckers suppose to start bearing already but because the cows coming and eat I have to chop of the top so it can grow back and I keep doing that so they will never bear because I have to do it all the time. Don’t matter how strong fence you have they breaking the fence and coming in because is wild cow. Dulchan has his farm next to a rice plot.However, many of the rice farmers are themselves cattle owners. Veji Latchminarine is one such farmer. He said that there is a need for a pasture for the animals.“All the cattle have to go in the savannah. The Government has to pay some attention to that and clear a piece of land because they take away our savannah to plant cane and they didn’t fulfil their promise to clear a piece of land for us,” Latchminarine said.Latchminarine, who has more than 100 cattle, is a former Chairman of the Cattle Farmers Association, he also has 33 acres under rice cultivation and 13 have already been damaged.Nevertheless, the farmers took their issue to the Office of the Prime Minister and met with the Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan.last_img read more

Man caught with €1,000 in cash just hours after cafe robbery

first_imgA Letterkenny man was caught with more than €1,000 in cash just hours after a local cafe was broken into.Thieves broke into the Counter Deli in Letterkenny and took a cash register with its contents including €1,057 in cash. The intruders smashed the front window of the popular premises before gaining entry around 2am on July 18th last year.Gardai were alerted and launched an immediate investigation.Hours later Garda Elaine Gordon came across Matthew Lafferty whom she noticed was very nervous and was sweating profusely.Upon searching Lafferty under the Misuse of Drugs Act, Garda Gordon discovered he had €1,045 and a £20 note in his pocket.He was arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station where he admitted breaking into the cafe.Matthew LaffertyThe till was later found damaged in a follow-up search.The total cost of the damage to the premises and to the till was €1,651.44.Lafferty, aged 25, was arrested on a bench warrant and appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, told the court that Lafferty, had been before the courts for the past 11 years and had been addicted to drink and drugs for a long time.He has 61 previous convictions for a range of offences including burglary, assault, possession of drugs, theft and road traffic offences.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until April 13th for sentence and ordered Laffety to sign on three times a week at Letterkenny Garda station, to keep a nightly curfew, to stay off drink and drugs and to make himself available to Gardai if he needed to be contacted.Man caught with €1,000 in cash just hours after cafe robbery was last modified: March 29th, 2018 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:burglaryCounter Delidonegalletterkennylast_img read more