English Premier League StandingsStandingsPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (3) Arsenal 22 13 5 4 37 21 16 442 (1) Leicester City 22 12 8 2 39 26 13 443 (2) Manchester City 22 13 4 5 43 21 22 434 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 22 10 9 3 38 18 20 395 (6) Manchester United 22 10 7 5 28 20 8 376 (5) West Ham United 22 9 8 5 34 26 8 357 (7) Stoke City 22 9 6 7 24 22 2 338 (8) Crystal Palace 22 9 4 9 23 24 -1 319 (9) Liverpool 22 8 7 7 25 28 -3 3110 (10) Southampton 22 8 6 8 31 24 7 3011 (11) Everton 22 6 11 5 39 32 7 2912 (12) Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2913 (13) West Bromwich Albion 22 7 6 9 22 30 -8 2714 (14) Chelsea 22 6 7 9 31 34 -3 2515 (15) Bournemouth 22 6 6 10 26 37 -11 2416 (16) Norwich City 22 6 5 11 24 38 -14 2317 (17) Newcastle United 22 5 6 11 24 39 -15 2118 (18) Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1919 (19) Sunderland 22 5 3 14 27 45 -18 1820 (20) Aston Villa 22 2 6 14 18 38 -20 12
Even as Government is yet to take a definitive position on the issue of legalising and decriminalising marijuana, President Granger has stated that there is a possibility that private use of the herb would be on the cards in the coming months.Speaking on the weekly televised programme – The Public Interest – which was aired on Friday, the Head of State pointed out that Cabinet is awaiting advice and recommendations from the Ministries of Public Health and Public Security on how to move ahead with the issue as was previously done with tobacco.However, he noted that steps are being taken to consider making the use of marijuana legal: “I would say, even running the risk of talking out of school, that it is likely that the private use of marijuana would be given consideration in months to come.”But as it relates to the issue of decriminalising the use of marijuana, the Head of State explained that while trafficking is not likely to be removed from the law books in the near future, but certainly the use of marijuana is beginning to be decriminalised.“Decriminalisation is something else and that is not on the cards presently but there is a possibility that when the matter comes before us, we would want to have a good debate on whether a person should be sent to jail given custodial sentence for being in possession of such a small quantity of marijuana that it is clear it is for personal use and not for trafficking,” Granger noted.Nevertheless, the President maintained that Cabinet is still in discussions and a definitive answer will not be given until it has a chance to look at the recommendations, and the matter goes to the National Assembly.In May, the Guyanese Head of State speaking on the issue had stated that such reforms are not a current concern of the Government and on a more personal note declared that he will not subscribe to the usage of marijuana.“This is not something that is a preoccupation of the Administration at the present time… I would not counsel the use of marijuana by young people or anybody,” he had posited. However, on another occasion he had noted that the focus should be on advocating for noncustodial sentences – which is an initiative currently being explored by the judicial and executive arms of Government.The decriminalisation/legalisation of marijuana is gaining momentum worldwide and while other countries have taken steps to decriminalise and legalise the drug, the local debate on the issue went as far as the drafting of a “Ganja Bill”, which was to be tabled in the National Assembly earlier in January but this was indefinitely postponed.Given that the overcrowding at the prison is said to be largely contributed by those on remand or incarcerated for possession of small amounts of marijuana, critics have argued that it would be in the best interest to introduce the decriminalisation legislation to deal with that problem.Contrary to the President’s stance, the Alliance For Change (AFC) faction of the ruling coalition has been strongly advocating for the decriminalisation of marijuana.In fact, AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes, with the help of Attorney Mark Waldron, compiled a draft Narcotics Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) (Amendment) Bill 2015, which seeks to soften the penalties for marijuana possession.The draft stipulates that persons who are found in possession of the drug for personal use will be required to pay a fine of $10,000 or perform community service for a period of time.AFC parliamentarian Michael Carrington, who presented the Bill to the National Assembly, had also expressed his full support of such legislation. He posited that no one should go to jail for ‘taking a smoke’.Prime Minister and AFC Vice Chairman Moses Nagamootoo had also spoken extensively on the need for Guyana to move in that direction.Many analysts have argued that the legalisation of marijuana is catching on because countries have realised that they can make money through generation of huge financial revenues.Contentions are that the legalisation of marijuana will also cut a big slice out of the business of organised crime. On the downside, there may be an increase in health-related issues caused by excessive marijuana ingestion.There will also be multiple expensive court cases where marijuana usage is challenged and there will be appeals to these cases if they are lost, all of which will also prove to be expensive.It is also argued that the criminal organisations will simply find additional methods to make illicit funds from the growing, sale and transport of marijuana.For example, cigarette bootlegging (the illegal traffic of a legal substance) is a big money-maker and there is no reason to believe that some form of marijuana bootlegging will not be added to their profit schemes.Only recently at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on International Drug Policy, of which Guyana participated, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the country’s plans to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 that would fully legalise adult cannabis consumption.In the Caribbean, Jamaica took the first step towards decriminalising the drug back in 2015. 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In another brazen daylight robbery, armed bandits on Thursday afternoon stormed the Diamond/Grove Fire Station and robbed firefighters of cash and other valuables.According to one of the firemen who were attacked just after noon, two gunmen entered the premises, while five other firefighters were on duty.Guyana Times was told that the unmasked bandits demanded that the Fire Service ranks hand over their belongings and they complied. One of the firefighters, however, darted to safety, managing to escape the bandits, and immediately alerted residents in the area about the unfolding incident.Unfortunately, his call for help also alerted the bandits who quickly fled the scene with the firemen’s bags, which reportedly contained some $160,000 in cash in total.Police were contacted and promptly responded to the report. As such, one of the suspects was captured while the other reportedly escaped through nearby canfields. A search party has been launched and investigations are continuing.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan vehemently denied Saturday the U.S. military’s claim that coalition forces in Afghanistan have the authority to pursue Taliban fleeing across the border into Pakistani territory. “There is no authorization for hot pursuit of terrorists into our territory,” Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, spokesman for the Pakistan Army, told The Associated Press on Saturday. “Whatever actions are needed to fight terrorism, we are taking them.” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry rejected an assertion by Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, chief operations officer for the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that his forces routinely fire on and pursue Taliban into Pakistan. “No foreign forces are allowed to cross into our territorial border,” Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said. “Pakistan and United States are partners in the War on Terror – not adversaries.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Ombek Red Devils were crowned the Nyanza Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions after beating favourites Awendo Academy 2-1 in an entertaining final played at the Gusii Stadium on 10th December 2017. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKISII, Kenya, Dec 10 – Ombek Red Devils from Homa Bay County were crowned the Nyanza Region Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions after stunning Awendo Academy 2-1 in a lively final played at the Gusii Stadium on Sunday.Awendo had taken an early lead in the 5th minute thanks to a Vincent Orongo clinical finish but Wycliffe Ochieng levelled matters in the 29th minute to ensure both sides head to the break tied to a 1-1 draw. Ombek, who edged out Manyatta 1-0 in the semis found the winner in the 70th minute through Rodgers Odhiambo.It was a good start for Awendo who eliminated Nyamira Super Eagles 2-0 in the semis, as they had three shots on target in the first half with the Red Devils keeper Byron Ochieng who won the golden gloves saving two.Crispin Opondo had the first effort three minutes after kick-off with a long range cracker, forcing Byron Ochieng to punch the ball before quickly saving the impulse.Two minutes later Orongo broke the deadlock when he picked a through pass from the midfield to beat defender Alex Abok before placing the ball on the far left side of the post.Awendo Academy had taken an early lead through Vincent Orongo. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONAwendo should have doubled the lead when Dickens Ojwang picked up Joshua Nyantine, but the striker fluffed the opportunity, blazing over with only the keeper to beat.On the other end, Red Devils utilized their first chance when Wycliffe Ochieng was set up by Lameck Ngala to finish off well past an onrushing Awendo keeper Brian Opondo to equalise in the 29th minute and bring Red Devils back into the game.The goal motivated the Red Devils who returned a re-enegized side with Ben Ogot doing his best but it met a strong defence of Awendo Academy.However, Awendo soaked in the pressure to find themselves trailing in the 70th minute when Rodgers Odhiambo utilized on a defensive lapse to shoot home from the edge of the box in a goal that they defended well to win the Boys title.They join Kapenguria Heroes from Rift Valley and Mwingi Juniors Academy to the national finals slated for March 2018 in Nairobi.The national winner will pocket Sh1mn and earn a trip to London where they will meet the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom ambassador, Harambee Stars captain and Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama at the his White Hart Lane base.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
A family of rare Killer Whales has been spotted off the coast of Co Donegal.The incredible creatures were spotted by fishermen in recent days and finally captured on camera.Marine biologists estimate that there are up to nine Orcas and all belong to the same family or pod. Local wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston captured images of the whales off Dunree Head on the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Johnston told Donegaldaily.com he has been waiting seven years for the moment since first seeing a grainy picture of a lone Killer Whale back in 2005.“There are occasional reports of them around the coastline but never on this scale.“We think there was up to nine of them together and that is extremely rare. “It was just amazing to watch them. The most amazing thing was that they were so close to land,” he said.The whales, which have a distinctive white marking on their side, feed on mackerel and also seals.Emmett said himself and his colleagues suspect the whales are a group which spend a lot of time off the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.He said the sighting of the rare whales, the largest of which he estimates was 30 feet long, is proof that Ireland’s waters are awash with such life.“What it shows is the potential for people to go out and see such amazing creatures literally on their doorstep. “Before this the closest I would have seen these creatures was on the Discovery Channel on television.“But just 20 minutes in a boat and I was beside them on a boat watching them in all their beauty,” he said.Emmett added that although there is no recorded incident of Killer Whales attacking people, he would urge caution around them.“If people are thinking of going out to see them then I would ask them to exercise caution. “If they turn off their engine and look at the whales from a distance, there is a good chance the whales will come and take a look at them,” he said.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to email@example.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFAMILY OF RARE KILLER WHALES SPOTTED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2012 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:Emmett JohnstonInishowenKIller WhalesOrca
L – R Front Row :Sergeant Paul Wallace – Garda crime Prevention officer, Annmarie Mc Grath Community garda, Superintendent Michael Finan,Maeve Logue Community Garda,L – R Back Row :Brendan Delap – area coordinator, Frank Gallagher – West Hill, Alice Raine – Plunkett O’Boyle tce. Frank McNulty of Convent Road and Michael Carey of College Road. PICS BY DAVID McDAIDOne of Letterkenny’s oldest suburbs has launched its neighbourhood watch scheme.Sgt Paul Wallace speaking at the launch.Residents of the Back Road and surrounding areas including College Road, Plunkett O’Boyle Terrace, St Eunan’s Terrace and College came together last night for the launch.The area is one of the oldest and best known in the Cathedral Town. The scheme was launched by local Gardai including Superintendent Michael Michael and Sgt Paul Wallace and Sgt Eunan Walsh.The scheme is the latest in a number introduced across the county in recent months as communities fight back against crime in their neighbourhoods.Supt Michael Finan at the launch.NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME LAUNCHED IN ONE OF LETTERKENNY’S OLDEST AREAS was last modified: January 13th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyneighbourhood watch schemeSgt Paul Wallace
Comments Tags: BajimCrownDreamelephantsEquatorFutsal Super LeagueNomadParakeetsParktopYeak Kabowa Yeak (Blue) are now top of the standings (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Super LeagueThursday, 17-01-2019-Bajim 2-0 Yap Stars-Kabowa United 2-4 Elephants-Typhoon 2-4 Crown-Park 2-2 Crown-Nomad 6-2 Parakeets-Equator 4-7 Yeak KabowaMENGO – Yeak Kabowa took over leadership of the 2018/19 Futsal Super League on Thursday night, defeating Equator 7-4 in one of the 6 games played at the Mengo Futsal Arena.Yeak who came into Game week 12, 3rd in the standings saw results go their way as none of the top two won their respective fixtures.Shafic Avemah put up arguably the performance of the day, scoring four goals on the night while Enock Sebaggala banged a brace and Hussein Abdala netted the other.For Equator, the quadruple of Edgar Bwogi, Daniel Sempa, Abraham Tusubira and Captain Omar Hitmana got the goals for them.Yeak now move atop the League with 23 points from 10 games while Equator are 9th on 11 points.In the game between Park and Dream, the two played out a thrilling 2-2 draw that had fans on top of their feet all the way.Park (Yellow) and Dream (Blue-White) drew 2-2Park took the lead through Captain Iddi Babu but Jamal Muyingo equalized moments later to ensure both side go into the break all square.In the second period, John Segawa handed Dream their first lead on the night, tapping in from close range, a John Kitanda cut back but the defending champions couldn’t hold on as Babu squeezed in a shot at near post with only a minute to play and ensured the two sides share spoils.This was Dream’s first draw of the season and it sees them move into 7th on the standings with 16 points while Park slip into 4th with 21 points from their first 10 games.The first fixture of the day saw Bajim run out 2-0 victory over Yap Stars.Ronald Ssekiganda and Franco Sunday scored the goals for Bajim in a closely contested affair.Victory for Bajim moves them into 8th with 14 points while Yap Stars are now second from bottom, having gathered only 6 points so far.In the game between Parakeets and Nomad, the former leaders were humiliated 6-2 by their un fancied opponents.Nomad raced into a 3-0 lead at halftime with Omar Ahmed banging a brace and Said Gurey scoring the other.It was soon 4-0 at the start of the second as Omar completed his hat trick, much to the shock of the revelers.Parakeets tried to mount a fight back, scoring twice through Borris Onegi and Vicent Abigaba but Nomad also struck again via a Ali Ibrahim brace to take the honours on the day.The other day’s fixture saw saw Elephants defeat Kabowa United 4-2. Elephants struck through Philip Tumwine (brace), Eric Wagana and Hassan Wasswa.Kabowa’s goals were both scored by Kyagulanyi Edward.The Futsal Super League will resume on on Thursday, 24th of January with 7 fixtures lined up on the day.Park’s Joseph Bukenya still tops the scoring charts with 19 goals, one ahead of Yeak’s Shafic Avemah.Upcoming fixtures, 24-01-2018:-Nomad vs Park-Aidenal vs Crown-Mengo Citys vs Parakeets-Equator vs Dream-Yeak Kabowa vs Typhoon-Bajim vs Kabowa UnitedElephants vs Yap Stars
OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Day 2 of training camp Wednesday afternoon.Here are five takeaways from the session.Patrick McCaw is out for the second straight day.As he continues to work towards a deal, McCaw missed practice for the second straight day. Still, his teammates have been supportive of him during the absence. “That’s my teammate, my brother,” said Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry. “At the end of the day, I hope he’s got good people in his corner, giving him sound …