The Latest: Pole vaulters set bar in competition from homes

first_imgDuplantis and Lavillenie each cleared a height of 5 meters (16 feet) 36 times over a span of 30 minutes that was broadcast by World Athletics on its social media channels. Both had one miss. Sam Kendrick of the United States wound up third by clearing the bar 26 times.They tried to figure out a tiebreaker before electing to award double gold. The 20-year-old Duplantis initially pushed for a three-minute playoffs, while the 33-year-old Lavillenie nixed the plan.Lavillenie did clear his 36th bar seconds before Duplantis. The event was split into two 15-minute sessions with a short halftime.The trio collaborated on the unique competition format since adjusting the bar wasn’t practical without officials in place.Duplantis competed from his base in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kendricks was at his farm in Oxford, Mississippi, and Lavillenie took part from Clermont-Ferrand, France, as he pushed the family’s trampoline to the side in order to jump. ___Serie A soccer clubs are in limbo with several regions of Italy allowing players to begin practicing on an individual basis at training centers on Monday while the government has set a May 18 return to the practice field for teams.Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is seeking clarification from the government’s techno-scientific coronavirus commission.Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Lazio and Sardinia have each given the go-ahead for teams in their regions to begin individual training. Those regions contain eight Serie A clubs: Bologna, Sassuolo, Spal, Parma, Napoli, Lazio, Roma and Cagliari.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The Latest: Pole vaulters set bar in competition from homes It was billed as the “Ultimate Garden Clash” and could be a model for future track events. The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to the Tokyo Olympics being moved to 2021, along with the track and field season being put on hold.___All Serie A clubs have been cleared to resume training this week on an individual basis following a clarification from the Italian government.A week ago, the government had said that athletes in individual sports could resume training Monday and teams on May 18. That sparked confusion and frustration from Serie A clubs, which pointed out that their players would be allowed to train individually in public parks but not inside team training centers.Then over the last couple of days, several regional governors said teams in their areas could resume training individually at club training centers. May 3, 2020 Players from Spanish league clubs will be allowed to resume training on Monday as Spain eases some of the lockdown measures that had been in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The government is allowing players to train individually at the clubs’ facilities while observing a series of safety measures pre-established by the league and local authorities.The league prepared a detailed four-phase training protocol that has already been distributed to clubs. Smaller group sessions and full squad sessions are likely to be allowed in the coming weeks.All players were expected to be tested for COVID-19 before resuming their training sessions.The Spanish league is expected to resume sometime in June. Now the government says all athletes are allowed to take part in “individual sports activity, in public or private areas, while respecting the safe distance of at least two meters (yards) and respecting the ban on any form of gathering.”Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.___The chairman of Crystal Palace says the Premier League could face years of legal challenges if this season is not completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.Steve Parish offered public support for the league’s “Project Restart” plans after Brighton and West Ham expressed concerns about teams being forced to play their remaining games in neutral stadiums. The league is working with the government to find a safe way of players resuming group training and playing games by June at the earliest.Parish says “I want to complete the competition for reasons of sporting integrity. I want to crown Liverpool champions and give every other club a fair crack at the best league position they can achieve.”Palace is 11th in the 20-team standings with nine games remaining.Parish says “I certainly don’t want to have difficult conversations about curtailing, voiding and points per game. The ramifications of each are complex and could involve legal challenges that run on for months, if not years.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Renaud Lavillenie of France tied for the gold medal Sunday during a men’s pole vault competition held in their own backyards. It was a rare sporting event held during the coronavirus pandemic. The government announced a week ago that individual athletes can resume training on Monday May 4, while teams can restart May 18.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press last_img read more

Men’s basketball: FIFA accusations, ‘suckoffs,’ stolen chairs, pinball, display Badgers’ looseness

first_imgThere’s several levels to measure a team’s demeanor: uptight, comfortable, loose to name a few.Now, there’s a new category called the 2014-15 Wisconsin men’s basketball team. This Badgers team has displayed a next-level looseness the entire season, and that relaxed attitude reached its pinnacle Tuesday afternoon at the Kohl Center media room.It didn’t matter that it wasn’t the general crew of local reporters. The national media was in attendance, with journalists like Brian Hamilton from Sports Illustrated along with Jeff Goodman and Pedro Gomez of ESPN.And with the horde of media present, the cameras rolling and the biggest game of their lives four days away, the Badgers shone brighter than the lights on the 11 cameras in the room.It started around the 11-minute mark of the news conference when senior forward Frank Kaminsky got a question about how fifth-year senior Josh Gasser became dubbed “Captain American”. After Kaminsky takes credit for the nickname, sophomore forward Nigel Hayes leans back in his chair in a sort of shock that his teammate apparently didn’t properly attribute the idea back to him.“Wowwwww,” Hayes said. The first of many laughs the press corps would experience.A few minutes later, it’s junior forward Sam Dekker complaining that someone took the Final Four chair he took from last year’s event in Arlington, Texas he had been using in Madison.Dekker’s plea for someone with information about the whereabouts of the chair ended with a public service announcement.“If someone has my Final Four chair, send it to me.”More laughs.Then, Hayes, known for his “Nigel Burgundy” routine throughout last year’s tournament, gets a question about the creation of shirts with words like “catawampus,” which he immortalized earlier this tournament while testing a stenographer.“I haven’t even got a shirt yet though,” Hayes said. “Seeing that there wouldn’t even be a shirt without me saying those things. But that’s neither here nor there.“I’m not going to say I deserve any royalties or anything like that.”A question about who the best FIFA player on the team sparked outrage and mutiny. The three players at the podium not named Kaminsky kept knocking him down a peg on the team rankings.That’s when Kaminsky had enough.Channeling his inner ‘tank’, Kaminsky jokingly flung the red BadgerMax sitting in front of him on the dais, and all of a sudden, the 7-footer had been reduced to sitting underneath the table like a child refusing to eat his vegetables.Frank threw his BadgerMax off the podium when the guys accused him of being the fifth-worst FIFA player on the team pic.twitter.com/7Sf4SoAD0L— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) March 31, 2015This didn’t happen before Hayes interrupted and insisted the Badgers are a Super Smash Bros. gaming squad, saying “all we care about is our suckoffs.”Warning, @marchmadness media: Be careful if you ask @BadgerMBB’s Frank Kaminsky about his video games. http://t.co/oRmYxQRJkn— Wisconsin On BTN (@WisconsinOnBTN) March 31, 2015Excuse me, Mr. Hayes? “Suckoffs” is allegedly a phrase used to describe when a player using the character Kirby inhales his opponent and then releases them off the edge of the map.The four stooges weren’t to be outdone by their coach, however.Following the players’ news conference, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan picked up right where his players left off, claiming he could start a reality show with the amount of personality his team exudes.He’d keep 15 percent of the profit, he said.That somehow transitioned into him telling the fable of how he was the No. 1 pinball player in the state of Pennsylvania in the 60’s.“I could freeze flippers better than anybody,” he said.Ryan said he would make one dime last two to three hours on the same machine. Ryan, who is making his second-straight trip to the Final Four, also saw the connection between his player’s competitiveness in video games to the way they are on the court.“We’re all competitors,” Ryan said. “Anybody that plays a sport, and you find other ways to compete.”His players distinguish the time where fooling around is acceptable and when it’s time to get serious, he said.“It’s like being a kid again, being around them,” Ryan said. “But when we get on the floor or we do anything basketball-wise, I never have to worry about ’em. They can separate.”last_img read more

Softball: Chloe Miller adds draft pick to season resume

first_imgJust to add to the excitement of a University of Wisconsin softball team fighting for a postseason spot in the NCAA tournament, a Badger player recently received some thrilling news. Senior catcher, Chloe Miller, was selected in the 2017 National Pro Fast Pitch Draft. In the 11th pick, the Akron Racers took the Iowa native.This news of being the second player in Wisconsin softball history to be drafted into the NPF shocked Miller, who said she did not want to enter the draft and did not even declare.“I was actually really surprised,” Miller said. “On the draft day I was just sitting in a coffee shop doing my homework and all of a sudden my phone started blowing up. I didn’t really believe it so I went back and turned the TV on to find out I had been drafted.”Women’s soccer: Strong final campaign wraps up historic career for LavelleSenior midfielder Rose Lavelle capped off what was already a historic career for the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team Read…The fact that Miller was drafted at all should be no surprise to anyone. In four years at Wisconsin, Miller has played in more than 200 games and has a career batting average of .358. She has tallied 29 home runs and 176 RBIs with an on base percentage of .476 and a .628 slugging percentage.This season, Miller has put up her best numbers of her career. Her batting average of .442 is 84 points higher than her second best average. That number also ranks second among Big Ten hitters. Miller’s on base percentage for the year is a career high .549 and her slugging percentage this year is .798, another career high.Despite her career numbers and success throughout all four seasons, Miller did not consider the option of being drafted to play professional softball.“It wasn’t something I was necessarily looking for,” Miller said. “Even when the coaches asked me what I thought about it, I didn’t really know. But it suddenly became a reality real quick.”Top five sports moments this semesterThe University of Wisconsin Athletic Department had a lot to celebrate this semester, even if none of those involved a Read…Miller also leads the team in batting average, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, slugging and on base percentage. Only Kelsey Jenkins has Miller beat in runs scored, by one, and walks, by nine.Head coach, Yvette Healy, while feeling proud and enthusiastic for her senior catcher, also noted the uncommonness of a player being drafted who did not declare and attributes that to Miller’s skill.“[I was] really excited,” Healy said. “Typically you have to let the professional league know that you’re interested. It’s pretty rare. For her name to still come up just shows the type of caliber player she is.”The National Pro Fast Pitch League was created in 2004 and has five teams. In 13 years with the NPF, The Akron Racers have qualified for the semifinals in all but one year with a current eight years streak. The Racers last won the NPF championship in 2005.Softball: Jenkins’ eagle eye aides Badger offenseHome runs, balls that split the gap and bang off the wall are one of the most exciting aspects of Read…After receiving the shocking news, Miller felt overwhelmed and looked to an important person in her life, her father, Ardie, for advice.“We talked about the whole situation and what that means,” Miller said. “He’s really good at dealing with ‘what’s the next step’ so he kind of brought me back down to earth.”Due to eligibility reasons and NCAA rules, Miller and Akron are not allowed to converse until this season has come to an end.Currently, the Badgers own a record of 29-13 and a Big Ten conference record of 8-11 and sit at seventh place in the Big Ten standings through the series against Illinois. Miller and the Badgers are attempting to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014, Miller’s freshman season. The focus now is only on making the postseason.“She’s so focused on this season and trying to get the team to the NCAA tournament and finishing out her academic career,” Healy said.Softball: Chloe Miller is making her senior year one to rememberEveryone knew going into the year that senior utility player Chloe Miller was going to put up big numbers in her Read…Even though her collegiate softball career will be coming to an end after the conclusion of this season, Miller still has another year of school to finish her degree. She plans to use the time between now and the end of the season to reach a decision.“I actually have no idea [what I plan to do],” Miller said. “They can’t talk to me until my season is done and then I’ll have to give them a decision. So I still have hopefully three to four weeks to try and figure it out.”Wisconsin will compete in the Big Ten Tournament located in Ann Arbor, Michigan starting May 11. A tournament championship would earn them an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but a loss would force the Badgers to hope for an at large bid.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, December 26, 2013:•10:33 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone and tablet in the 1200 block N. B, Wellington.•1:48 p.m. Roy N. Culver, 22, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a City of Halstead Bench Warrant for failure to appear on a charge of theft.•3:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington.•9:49 p.m. Dylan J. Knight, 19, Mulvane was arrested and confined charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license.last_img

Fantasy Injury Updates: George Kittle, Evan Engram, David Njoku, Delanie Walker impact Week 12 start-or-sit calls

first_imgWhen will Delanie Walker return?Walker was back at Titans’ practice Wednesday and told reporters he’s feeling “excited.” Walker also is without the knee brace that he was wearing earlier in the week. Tennessee plays at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday against Jacksonville.(Update: Walker practiced again Thursday.)Walker’s return, at least for a week, will make both he and Jonnu Smith basically unplayable while we wait to see who emerges as the top tight end for the Titans. After that’s determined, either is a borderline fantasy starter in 12-team leagues, as long as they don’t cannabalize each other too much. George Kittle and Evan Engram both are close to making their returns to the top of our TE rankings, but it might not happen in Week 12. Further down the tight end ranks, we’re keeping an eye on the health of David Njoku and Delanie Walker as possible fantasy starters. We have the latest injury updates below on those four big names from a weak fantasy position.For updates on injured WRs, such as Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett, and many more, go here; for news on ailing RBs, such as James Conner, Jordan Howard, Devonta Freeman, and more, click here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerGeorge Kittle injury updateKittle (knee) missed Wednesday’s practice and has yet to practice since the end of October. He hasn’t played since initially suffering the injury during Week 9’s game against Arizona. Kyle Shanahan suggested that Kittle’s status will come down to gameday. The 49ers don’t kick off until Sunday night against the Packers.Ross Dwelley should be owned in most fantasy leagues in what is a top-five fantasy TE matchup, and if you’re a Kittle owner and Dwelley is out there, go get him. Dwelley is a top-10 fantasy play at the position this week if Kittle is out. You’re obviously starting Kittle if he plays.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPEven Engram injury newsEngram (foot) missed the Giants’ practice Wednesday, and ESPN’s Jordan Raanan thinks it’d be an “upset” if Engram played this weekend. Engram hasn’t played since Week 9. The Giants kick off at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in Chicago.Rhett Ellison is dealing with a concussion and missed Wednesday’s practice, too. Kaden Smith would start at TE for the Giants if both were out, but he wouldn’t be worth using in fantasy. Daniel Jones would get a boost if Engram was able to play. WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWill David Njoku play Week 12?Njoku was officially designated to return from Injured Reserve and was on the practice field for the Browns on Wednesday without limitations. Cleveland probably wouldn’t officially activate Njoku before this weekend when it plays Miami at home.The matchup would be great for Njoku if it looks like he’d be active and play without limitations. He’s a borderline fantasy starter the rest of the way whenever he makes it back to the field.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup Builderlast_img read more

Bombers overcome jitters to take down Eagles in Kootenay AA Boy’s Hoop Final

first_imgThe rest of the team joined in during the final period as the Bombers increased the lead to 19-4 run to secure the win.“I thought our zone press worked really well for us,” said Zukowski as LVR’s pressure created several Eagle turnovers that led to easy fast-break baskets.Zukowski finished the game with 25 points while Sturrup added 21.Spencer had 11 and Eberle and Erich Schepkonski each finished with six points.N. Randhawa led the Eagles with 17.LVR defeated Grand Forks in one semi final while the Eagles got past the Hawks from Trail to advance to the final.David Thompson of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston finished fifth and sixth, respectively.The Bombers return to the Hangar court for training while waiting for the 16-team tournament draw.“I’m excited about the tournament,” Zukowski exclaimed. “We went last year and played in the big (TCC Fieldhouse) gym so because we’ve been there before hopefully we’ll be able to do better.”The Bombers finished the 2012 event in 15th spot.OVERTIME: The Bombers played without Jesse Zak for most of the game. The senior starter suffered a hamstring injury early in the first quarter and was held out of the final by the training staff. . . .The tournament organizing committee at LVR honoured former teacher Blair D’Andrea with a plague on the scorer’s table, which read: Dedicated to “Coach Drey” Blair D’Andrea . . . Always a Bomber in Our Hearts. Blair D’Andrea died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday. He coached the LVR Junior Boys to a Provincial title in 2001. Maybe it was the pressure of being the pre-tournament favourite.Possibly the 200-plus hoop fans present in the Hangar was the cause for the mistake-filled performance in the first half.Whatever the reason, once the home side dusted off the A-Game there was no stopping the defending Kootenay champ as the Bombers throttled the Golden Eagles 75-43 Saturday at the L.V. Rogers Hangar in the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Basketball Final.The Bombers now make a return trip back to represent the zone at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships March 6-9 in Kamloops.“We just came out too jumpy, we were over excited a little bit but once we got into our offence and calmed down we blew them away,” a beaming Bomber captain Matt Zukowski said a few minutes after receiving the Kootenay Championship trophy from LVR Athletic Director Val Gibson.Zukowski, along with the entire starting lineup, did not have a great opening 20 minutes.That goes the same for the Bomber bench as the team missed countless lay-ups and in-close shots to lead 14-12 after one quarter and 26-21 at recess.But a late bucket with only a few seconds left on the clock before halftime by Tobin Eberle and some words of wisdom from the Bomber coaching staff made for a different second half for the home side.Bombers rang up 49 points on the Eagles, 18 coming from Zukowski who cut through the Golden interior defence to pick up most of his points.“I was sweating a little bit,” Zukowski confessed heading into the halftime break. “But (head coach) Ross (Naka) just told us to settle down and run the offence and it worked out in the end.”Once the third quarter started it was like there was a different team inside the Bomber home jerseys.Zukowski began taking the ball inside where he was able to score 12 points.Senior teammate Jack Sturrup added eight points while Isaiah Kingdon and Cail Spencer adds a few buckets.last_img read more

The COVID-19 crisis forces to retouch contracts and calendars

first_img“An exceptional state requires exceptional measures.” This is how sharp the experts in sports law about the effects that the coronavirus will leave in soccer. The RFEF, La Liga and AFE, through the international union FIFproNot only do they work against the clock these days side by side with CSD, UEFA and even FIFA to try to put things together this season. More or less that ballot is already on track. What is really going to be a disorder will be to fit the following. As you have been able know ASare already being studied measurements they could revolutionize hiring policy, agreeing to extensions in case there is play past June 30, the transfer periods and the organization of international calendars, with drastic reductions.What more urgent is what will happen if this season goes further of what stipulated because the pandemic does not allow restarting the championships in April, as the most optimistic dream. If that happens, we will have to retouchr, among many others, footballers contracts, something in which clubs and professionals must agree since the licenses are linked to the employment contract. FIFA know that this solution is key and therefore wants to urgently modify the Regulations of the Statute and Transfer of Players. According to several First president, this can be done very quickly and even telematically. The only problem would be what to do with those players they have already agreed another contract from July 1. Jurists console themselves with the belief that all clubs would be affected in the same way. Equality would be maintained. Other handicap comes from televisions, for the income they contribute. In the 11 days left would be Difficult to maintain the 10 slots having to play every three days and overlapping competitions. Thebes ensures that, if football does not restart until mid-May, “it will be played every 48 hours”, but it will have to take into account the footballers health. Although not reflected in any article, FIFA requests that there be at least 72 hours of rest between matches.With the elaboration of national and international calendars The greatest news is expected. Lengthening or compressing this season finale, with several suspensions along the way, will noticeably load the 20-21 campaign. For this reason, the idea of ​​reducing the format of almost all competitions is already underway. UEFA, which has squandered flexibility, has several plans to make a large screen in the previous phases of the Champions League and, above all, in the Europa League. The objective is to speed up the classification process and lighten the schedule. Depending on when the current season ends, there are several options for the next, with alternatives including playoffs and playing Final Four.Spain will not be left behind if it is necessary to restructure. No single-match heats are ruled out throughout the Cup. And even some leagues are already proposing to draw groups in the national competition or mix a regular season with title playoffs and descent. It is not ruled out or having to resort to a reduced format this same course if the coronavirus continues to maintain confinement. This new order may also require footballers to shorten their vacations. Nor is it ruled out that, faced with the pressures, the templates can be expanded beyond 25 chips. Although that could collide with economic control. The coronavirus will force consensus more than ever.last_img read more

Drug abuse resistance education effective – Police Commander

first_img…cites lower report of students using drugs in Region 10 schoolsCommander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden LordAlthough Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been identified as one of the leading regions in relation to the highest rates of child sexual abuse and also a “hotspot” for marijuana cultivation, reports of children obtaining and using illicit substances are low.This is according to Commander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord.He recently told Guyana Times that while alarming reports had surfaced between last year and June 2019 about the prevalence of children being involved in the use of illicit substances at schools, the region is no longer plagued with such high cases.“You might get a report now and then but so far no amount that is alarming or high or frequent. We don’t have the amount of reports coming in,” the Commander said.Commander Lord explained that the possibility exists that a child or even a few may come into contact with marijuana in light of Region 10, specifically Linden, being a well-known area for cannabis cultivation.However, he stated that the police officers in the Division have been doing much work at the school level to ensure that students are properly educated on the harmful effects of using any illicit or illegal substance.“We have the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programme which we introduced in schools and it is a continuous programme that is still ongoing. So I have persons [Police ranks] who would go to schools and talk to the children as it relates to the effects of using marijuana among other illicit substances. This has been very effective, in my view, and helps the children to become more aware about this topic.”In September 2018, there were major concerns over reports of the growing trend of students using drugs and Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary), Owen Pollard had explained that since 2014, training programmes were developed and coordinated through the Education Ministry’s Schools’ Health and Welfare Unit.These programmes allowed welfare officers to be trained in drug prevention strategies and saw parents being educated on coping skills for dealing with children who have been affected by drug use and children are also being sensitised about the dangers of drug use.At that time, Pollard also said that the Education Ministry had stepped up its surveillance and its education efforts through the establishment of a task force that includes enforcement agencies like the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).Meanwhile, in October 2018, acting Head of CANU, Lesley Ramlall said that in the school system, there has been a decrease in the use of cigarettes, cannabis, cocaine and alcohol by children. However, he had noted that from 2017, there was an increase in the use of synthetic drugs.He had explained that the danger in using synthetic drugs in Guyana is that they are made in makeshift labs under unregulated conditions which affect the consistency of potency in each dose.last_img read more

Teen gang member blames “Fine Man” crew for massacre – Police

first_imgLindo Creek CoIThe Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the June 2008 massacre at Lindo Creek heard that a then 15-year-old member of the notorious Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins gang told Police investigators that the gang was responsible for murdering the eight men at their mining camp.When Special Superintendent of Police Trevor Reid took to the stand on Tuesday, he testified that he was the one who took the caution statement from then 15-year-old gang member, Dwayne ‘Small Friend” Williams. Despite failing to produce the original statement to the CoI, Reid was allowed to read a photocopy after positively identifying it.Special Superintendent of Police, Trevor Reid reading Dwayne Williams’ statementWilliams, who is now 25 years old and currently on remand for several murders, in July 2008 told investigators that they (the gang) had escaped the Police in the Ituni area where Otis “Mud Up” Fifee was killed.The statement related that after escaping, they walked along the creek after which they made a raft to cross the Berbice River. After crossing, the gang consisting of Williams, Cecil “Magic” Ramcharran, Robin “Chung Boy” Chung and leader Rondel Rawlins stumbled upon the Arokium’s mining camp at Lindo Creek where they encountered miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres.“We hold on pon them (the eight miners) and Magic tie them up. We cook a chowmein and we stay deh till next morning. The morning time we mek tea and give them (the miners) to drink, the nighttime rain bin falling. We bin fuh beat out the said night, but we didn’t worry,” the statement said.“When night done, the next day then night come back again, rain start falling again. About 12 o’clock time me bin sleeping me hear shots start buss. When me look me see them man (the miners) what them tie up, them shoot up them man…them pull down them blue tarpaulin from one ah dem camp and “Magic” throw gasoline pon them and light them afire,” Williams related to the Police.Williams’ statement also revealed that following the incident at Lindo Creek, the gang left the site and whilst walking they encountered another Joint Services Checkpoint which they eluded. He further related that the following night Chung, Rawlins and Ramcharran left him behind after which he was captured while hitching a ride out of the Lindo Creek area.“Me keep on walking all the time and me see one grader with a trailer, me ask the man fuh give me a drop, he give me and when we a come a truck stick up the road, the grader man give them a pull up. The grader man go way and the truck man give me one drop out. The man stop by one shop and buy channa and drink then another man come over and ask what this fine man does do with you then he say ‘nobody don’t move Police in plain clothes.’ The Police hold on pon me, me story done deh, them put me in a cell and night time the soldier come and bring me this side (Georgetown CID Headquarters),” Reid testified.Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir during his testimonyAlso during his testimony, Reid told the Commission that based on his investigative experience, he felt that the investigation by the Office for Professional Responsibility was incomplete and needed much more work to be done.Reid also testified that he never visited the Lindo Creek area and was also tasked with compiling the case file to be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Additionally, he further related that a post-mortem examination was conducted on the bodies of the eight men by a Jamaican Pathologist at the Georgetown Public Hospital but never saw the report.Encounter with “Chung Boy” and “Magic”Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd Souvenir also testified that he was a part of the Joint Services Taskforce stationed at Kwakwani and on June 16, 2008, they engaged the men in the Goat Farm area.“During the evening we were doing foot patrol in the area just off the trail and we saw three armed men. We concealed ourselves and called on them to halt because this is the Joint Services the men fired at us, we returned fire. One of the men run away and keep firing at us but because of the angle he run from us it was difficult to keep engaging him and we went forward to the other two. They were motionless on the ground we disarmed them… we loaded the men onto the vehicle, we restocked the ammunition of the remaining ranks and we headed to Kwakwani,” he testified.After disarming the men, they were taken from the site to Kawkwani where they were identified at “Chung Boy” and “Magic”. They also found a series of ammunition and two AK47s belonging to the Guyana Defence Force, among other items, which included credit cards and frequent flyer cards belonging to then assassinated Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Saw.The items were found in haversacks the men were carrying.Additionally, Souvenir said he would have accompanied a team of officers that included then head of OPR, Heeralall Makanlall, to the Lindo Creek site. He said when they got there, the camp was destroyed with everything scattered.“There was a group of human bones with flesh falling off. It was nauseating and I started to throw up and went into a corner and allowed the Police to do their investigation,” Souvenir said.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners, and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.last_img read more

Video: Guidetti goes mad on television after 4-1 thrashing

first_imgSweden are through to the Under-21 European Championship final having seen off rivals Denmark 4-1.And striker John Guidetti could not be happier, displaying a range of emotions after the game.Clearly upset at some pre-match digs from the opposition, the 23-year-old called Denmark the “worst team we’ve met in the Euros”.Guidetti, who spent last season on loan at Celtic, scored in the game and is now one goal off his country’s all-time leading U21 scorer Ola Toivonen and could reach 13 goals in the final against Portugal.He is without a club after being released by Man City.last_img