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Essequibo Coast teens charged for robbing, shooting truck driver

first_imgOmadat SinghTwo Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) teens were charged and appeared in Court for the robbery and shooting of an Onderneeming Village truck driver.The teens – 19-year-old Mahindra Giranandan of Adventure Village, Essequibo Coast and a 17-year-old – stood before Magistrate Esther Sam at the Suddie Magistrates’ Court where they both denied the charges.It is alleged that on July 5, Giranandan and his 17-year-old accomplice pounced on Omadat Singh at about 07:45h as he returned home after transporting coconut. Reports are the man had just returned home and was standing outside his home when he heard a loud explosion.He subsequently realised that he was shot in his leg. The men ran towards Singh and held him at gunpoint as they demanded the 120 pennyweight gold chain that he was wearing. Fearing for his life, he handed over the piece of jewellery that has an estimated worth of $1 million. The suspects then rushed out of the yard and fled the scene.A report was filed and Police arrived shortly after, collecting three spent shells and a matching 9mm gun. The duo were arrested a short distance from the scene.last_img read more

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Knights of Columbus Flyers win second straight tournament

first_imgThe Flyers first took to the ice Friday for a double header. Fort St. John kicked off the tournament on the winning foot, beating the Dawson Creek Canucks 2-0 in their opening game. Nolan Logan took MVP for the team’s opening game.Later Friday, the boys were back on the ice, taking on the Prince George Cougar, for what would eventually be the championship match-up in the tournament. In the teams’ first meeting, it would be the Cougars who would emerge victorious, beating Fort St. John by a score of 5-3.The loss Friday must have stuck with the Flyers throughout the night, because Saturday, the boys came out with a purpose against the Grande Prairie Knights. Nolan Legace scored 45 seconds into the game to eventually go on to win 5-3. George Sequin-Morin earned himself MVP honours.- Advertisement -Only a few hours later, the short benched Flyers took to the ice with only 11 skaters, but were able to earn a hard fought victory over the Peace River Sabres. Four different Flyers found the back of the net in the 4-1 win, and the strong goaltending of Lane Delfs earned him the title of the game’s MVP.Sunday, the Flyers found themselves in the finals facing Prince George, for a rematch of the only game the Flyers lost throughout the entire tournament. With the Flyers trailing 1-0, James Bowie popped the Flyers first goal to tie the game. Bowie’s goal seemed to spark the Flyers, as Gavin Gould scored next, giving Fort St. John a 2-1 lead at the conclusion of the second.Early in the third, Prince George would tie the game at 2-2, a score that lasted the majority of the final frame. With three minutes left in the third, Prince George was awarded a penalty shot, but Fort St. John goalie Lane Delfs shut the door, preserving the tie game.Advertisement One minute later, Adam Krueger scored the eventual tournament winning goal for the Flyers, giving his team a 3-2 lead. With the Cougars net empty, the Flyers were able to play some tough defence, eventually scoring an empty net goal, for a final tournament winning score of 4-2. Joshua Robinson earned MVP of the final game.After back-to-back tournament wins, the Flyers will travel to Prince George this weekend for another Peace Region tournament.last_img read more

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Ramadan fast sparks debate ahead of World Cup

first_imgThroughout Ramadan, observant Muslims are expected to abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset.The traditional fast has long proved divisive among players, fans, coaches and preachers — and this year was no different.In the lead up to World Cup play, Egypt’s failure to win any of its pre-tournament friendly matches — three of which were played during Ramadan — brought strong criticism from its fans.But despite their lacklustre performance, The Pharaohs remained “determined” to fast the entire month, according to a statement put out by the Egyptian Football Association in late May.– ‘Affected performance’ –After the team’s 0-0 draw against Colombia on June 1, The Pharaohs’ Argentinian coach Hector Cuper said the Ramadan fast had “affected the players” performance.Cuper’s comments came shortly after Egyptian superstar forward Mohamed Salah was injured while playing for Liverpool in the European Champions League final.An observant Muslim, Salah decided not to fast ahead of the May 26 match in Kiev against Real Madrid — which Liverpool lost 3-1.A Kuwaiti sheikh said Salah’s injured shoulder — which kept him out of the remaining friendly matches — was “divine punishment”.But religious figures and citizens across the region rushed to defend Salah — beloved both in Egypt and across the Arab world.In Saudi Arabia — home to Islam’s two holiest sites — the kingdom’s football federation sparked controversy earlier this year when it ruled players could abstain from the fast if they applied for a “permit”.The decision angered Saudis, who denounced it on social media.But prominent religious leader Saleh al-Maghamsi upheld the ruling, saying Saudi players headed to the World Cup had “the right not to fast, if they want, because they will be travelling”.Travel is among several conditions that absolve practising Muslims from the normally obligatory fast.In Tunisia, players organised their schedule around fasting hours, training just before iftar — the breaking of the fast.“Sport and fasting is a difficult equation, it’s also an old debate that will not end,” wrote Tunisian French-language newspaper La Presse.“Maybe science will make some progress and we’ll come up with new ways for high-level athletes to observe Ramadan without that question arising too often,” it wrote.Well aware of the delicate debate, Morocco’s head coach Herve Renard told a press briefing at the end of May that he “did not want to deal with it, deliberately, because it is a sensitive subject”.The Higher Council of Ulema, the only religious body in Morocco that can issue fatwas, has also remained silent on the matter.– ‘Balanced diet’ –The highest Sunni religious authority in Egypt, Al-Azhar, has taken a measured approach to the topic.“If athletes have difficulty reaching the limit of their ability to combine fasting and the fulfilment of their duties, they can break their fast,” Al-Azhar’s International Center for Electronic Fatwa told AFP.But Egyptian sports doctor Sherif Azmy thinks otherwise.He insists that fasting, when well-planned, does not interfere with athletic performance.“For an athlete, and especially a footballer, it is necessary during Ramadan to maintain a balanced diet,” he said.Despite the daily fast, adequate proportions of protein, fat, sugar, carbohydrates and especially water should be consumed in three staggered meals, he said.Azmy said FIFA’s guidelines also make room for fasting players.The rules, he said, indicate that “no match should be held until three or four hours after iftar,” allowing players enough time to break their fast well ahead of the game.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A man reacts as he watches the the UEFA Champions League final football match, between Real Madrid and Liverpool, at a coffee shop in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 26, 2018 © AFP/File / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jun 12 – Should top athletes fast during Ramadan? The question has provoked an often heated debate in Muslim countries, particularly as national teams prepare for the 2018 World Cup.For Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco — four Muslim-majority countries competing in this year’s World Cup in Russia — the end of the Muslim holy month on Thursday coincides with the tournament’s kick-off.last_img read more

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Local producers are starting to grow concerned over dry conditions

first_imgAccording to the forecast, some rain is expected to come through the area later this week and periodically throughout late June. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With only about 6.2 mm of precipitation to have fallen this spring, local producers are starting to grow concerned about how it will affect their crops.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says while there has been a lack of precipitation over the spring, it is important that more rain comes soon as the soil is starting to lose moisture as we head into summer.“So far, we’re not too bad because we had moisture early, but we are getting to the point now that we’re going to need some rain here pretty soon. Some of the hilltops are starting to dry out a little bit.”- Advertisement -According to Kassian, not only is seed germination a concern but so is the growth of the hay crop. He says it is short in height and needs that extra amount of rain soon in order to improve the yield.“We could use a rain here right now to get the hay growing fairly decently so it doesn’t run out. It’s a little bit shorter this year, so we’re going to need all we can get to get it filled up.”Environment Canada is predicting a warmer than normal summer in Fort St. John and Northeastern B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA U12 STAR CILLIAN BONNER FINISHES FIFTH IN COUNTY SKILLS COMPETITION

first_imgNA ROSSA GAA NEWS:Well done to Cillian Bonner on participating in the county u12 s skills final in ballybofey last Friday evening. FORTY players took part and Cillian finished 5th. A big weekend for him as he played at half time for a young donegal team in Armagh.Congratulations from all at the club.The seniors host lifford this weekend. Throw in time to be confirmed at training. Well done to the under 10s squad who won the blitz last weekend.The event took place in Dooey last Saturday morning. Thanks to all who helped on the day and to the teams that travelled. The clubs monthly meeting takes place this Wednesday evening in Mccreadys starting at 9pmMembers looking for tickets for the donegal v derry semi final have to contact Pat Boyle before Wednesday at the latest. No orders can be taken after this timeGAA NEWS: NA ROSSA U12 STAR CILLIAN BONNER FINISHES FIFTH IN COUNTY SKILLS COMPETITION was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more

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