It wasn’t unexpected, but Hurricanes rookie forward Andrei Svechnikov has been officially ruled out for Game 4 against the Capitals on Thursday.The rookie was knocked unconscious by Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin in the first period of Carolina’s 5-0 win on Monday and placed in concussion protocol. Svechnikov went to the hospital after the fight; his status for the remainder of the series and postseason is unknown. Svechnikov this morning. @NBCSCapitals @NHLCanes #CapsCanes pic.twitter.com/ilMT0AEW4o— steve farrell (@capsbigbossman) April 18, 2019MORE: Full breakdown of NHL playoffsWhile coach Rod Brind’Amour didn’t provide much insight as to the health of Svechnikov, the 19-year-old winger did skate on Thursday for the first time. He was seen sporting a cage and a black eye.Andrei Svechnikov skating this morning @NHLCanes pic.twitter.com/GHGN7dCInB— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 18, 2019Carolina will try to tie up its series with Washington without one of its top goal scorers: Svechnikov netted 20 goals for fourth-best on the Canes during the regular season. In two-plus games against the Capitals, he has netted three points (two goals, assist) and was tied for the team lead in goals.
NHL trade news: Blackhawks acquire Olli Maatta from Penguins for Dominik Kahun Phil Kessel’s potential trade has been tabled for the time being.While speaking Monday on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed the Kessel vetoed a recent trade and that the team is no longer shopping him. Rutherford didn’t name the team Kessel turned down, though it had been reported that the Wild pitched a proposal to the Penguins back in May.The Penguins traded Olli Maatta to the Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun and a draft pick on Saturday, and Rutherford noted that while he isn’t pushing to trade big name players, he is willing to listen to offers from prospective trade partners.”The biggest thing from a team point of view you can’t have the player controlling the trade because if you do it’s not going to work out for the team so at this point and time I view it that Phil will return with the team,” Rutherford said. “I’m not actively pushing to trade him at this point. If someone comes along with a deal that makes sense, we’ll take a look at it, just like most of the other players.”Kessel, 31, capped his fourth year in Pittsburgh with 27 goals and 55 assists last season. He has 357 goals in 996 career games over his 13 NHL seasons split between with the Bruins, Maples Leafs and Penguins.Pittsburgh posted a 44-26-12 record in 2018-19 before being swept out of the first round of the playofss by the Islanders, with Rutherford saying afterwards that “every possibility is on the table” this summer. Ducks hire Dallas Eakins as new head coach “In Phil’s situation, He was just part of a decision … where we were trying to retool and we had a chance to get a good player, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be traded,” Rutherford said. “He’s been a really good player for us, We wouldn’t have won the Cups without him. He’s an impact player, he will be for a few more years. So we’ll see how that plays out.” Related News Capitals sign Carl Hagelin to 4-year extension
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The 2013-14 Kansas Honors Program was held in the Wellington High School Commons Wednesday evening. There were 33 Sumner County students from the 10 percent from their class.This year’s ceremonies included remarks from Paul Buskirk, Associate Athletic Director, University of Kansas. Shelley Hansel-Williams was the emcee. Cathy Mitchell, David Carr and Collette Kocour were the Sumner County Coordinators.The following are the honorees for each school:Â The WellingtonÂ honor student are from left to right, front row: Payton Baker, Houston Sober, Holly Wright, Katie Rosenthal, Megan Singleton, Natasha Smith and Shelby Hamel; back row, Parker Daugherty, Connor Church, Gracie Defore, Madison Foster, Kenneth Easterly, and Ben DeJarnett. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down KState Fan · 360 weeks ago Congrats to all of these young men and women as well as their parents and families. Job well done. Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jennifer · 360 weeks ago WAY TO GO Shelby & Madi!! You both look so beautiful! Congrats to everyone! Report Reply 0 replies · active 360 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Local · 359 weeks ago Great job! Report Reply 0 replies · active 359 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The Conway Springs honor students are, from left, Jacob Koch, Heather Koester, Brooke Love, Trystan Mies, and Paige Seiwert. Katherine Pauly is not pictured. The Argonia student honor student is Cori Drouhard. The South Haven honor students are, from left, Elijah Rebold and Bayley Wilkey. The Caldwell honor students are, from left, Rachel Arnold, Grace Lebeda and Carli Ward. The Oxford honor students are, from left, Carson Crain, Tom Lawlis and Rebekah Zimmerman. The Belle Plaine honor students are, from left, Kali Ast, Nathan Schnier and James Shepherd. Laurel Schneider is not pictured.
On Monday President Trump signed an executive order to prevent price gouging and hoarding of critical medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak.During Monday evening’s briefing, Attorney General William Barr said that there was proof of people hoarding and price gouging amid the pandemic. Barr said the order would prohibit people from buying supplies to make profit off of them. Trump is authorized under the Defense Production Act to prohibit hoarding of needed resources by designating them as scarce or threatened by people accumulating excessive amounts, Barr said.This order will give Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar the authority to designate certain supplies as critical, meaning those found to be hoarding or price gouging such equipment could face criminal action, Barr said.The DOJ and HHS are currently working to identify what materials as designated as critical.
Facebook110Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s Raspberry Pie is a customer favorite.In the Summer 2014 issue of Washington Tasting Room Magazine Westport Winery’s Farm to Fork Restaurant was ranked as one of the top ten winery restaurants in Washington State.The article highlights the winery’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients along with making all their offerings from scratch. “We don’t offer fast food, but I can promise that it’s made fresh just for each guest,” Kim Roberts said. As co-owner of the winery, Roberts is the driving force behind the menu and recipe development.The article acknowledges the winery’s bakery as well. “When we added the bakery, I was the full-time baker for the first year. I’m a total baking snob. I want a significant ‘Wow!’ factor if I’m going to splurge.” The molten chocolate soufflé topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a chocolate raspberry sauce made from their Red Sky at Night wine is a fan favorite. But it’s the fresh raspberry cream pie that usually steals the show.“We grow a lot of berries on our farm and we try to use them whenever possible.” This includes the winery’s latest creations called Scookies which are described as having the flavor a scone in a convenient cookie shape. Currently Scookies are offered in three flavors: raspberry-almond, blueberry-lemon, and blackberry-orange.In addition, the article highlights Westport’s commitment to their hand-crafted cocktails and regional draft beer. Roberts said, “We’re lucky to have Wishkah Distillery and Westport Brewing Company in neighboring towns. It’s always satisfying to work with other local entrepreneurs.”That commitment to local collaborations is also reflected in their lunch and dinner menus with Dungeness crab from Nelson Seafood in Tokeland and oysters from Brady’s in Westport. Although it’s a coastal restaurantDungeness Crab Cakes showcase local seafood in the Farm to Fork restaurant.their offerings are not exclusively seafood. “We use Washington raised Certified Angus Beef for our burgers, prime rib and steaks,” Roberts said. “And we baked with low-gluten flour grown using sustainable farming practices from our friends at Shepherd’s Grain in Reardan.”The winery grows the majority of its culinary herbs in a custom glass greenhouse that is part of the extensive display gardens. “As farmers we’re always looking at what we can grow well in our environment. In addition to berries we’ve expanded a lot into culinary lavender which we use in our lavender-vanilla bean shortbread cookies, our lavender lemon drops and our sugar-free lavender crème brûlée.”Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
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Patrick Gallagher2663523%54%$466,298 Flavien Prat16631172519%44%$1,794,712 Drayden Van Dyke10311121311%35%$647,839 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato9019141521%53%$1,047,920 Kristin Mulhall3266219%44%$270,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza5569511%36%$622,660 Carla Gaines3452215%26%$417,410 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 26) Jeff Bonde2772426%48%$167,310 Tiago Pereira703864%24%$239,499 William Spawr2775326%56%$186,997 Brayan Pena433267%26%$94,045 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano514248%20%$198,364 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 J. Keith Desormeaux3365818%58%$238,624 FINISH LINES: Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs for his four-year-old debut on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:02.60. “I’m not pushing him too hard yet,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux. “He’s in a nice rhythm, but I have no race in mind for him right now.” Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe worked four furlongs for Desormeaux in 51.60 . . . Friday’s Pick Six payoff of 124.20 to 337 winning tickets resulted from favorites capturing five of the races in the sequence, and the other by a horse that was almost favored, paying $7.20. Winners in the Pick Six races were Abets Abet ($5.80), Shortstormcoming ($7.20, second choice by a dime), Amazing Lady ($3), Howdy ($4.20), Hawkedon (5.40) and Herunbridledpower ($4.20) . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free who had all six winners on top. Five out of six paid $8.80 on 1996 tickets . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation worked four furlongs under Mario Gutierrez in 49 seconds flat for the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. Trainer Doug O’Neill plans to ship Frank Conversation “about two weeks before the race” with Gutierrez arriving later to ride the son of Quality Road . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. will be UK racing commentator and this weekend’s announcer at Santa Anita David Fitzgerald . . . Of Santa Anita’s top 24 jockeys, Kent Desormeaux has the highest in-the-money percentage at 59 with an 11-21-12 mark from 74 mounts. Meet leader Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Thursday to break a tie for the top spot with Santiago Gonzalez, is second with 51 percent in the money. Mario Gutierrez13818232013%44%$1,072,266 Martin Pedroza6998413%30%$232,310 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 Mike Smith65761211%38%$931,385 Fernando Perez1191112189%34%$614,899 Kent Desormeaux7411211215%59%$973,519 AT 83, THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR AGENT DEGREGORY Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today.On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left a vertical scar of about three inches just below his Adam’s Apple.If he’s vain about his looks, he can cover the scar with a bow tie. But that’s the least of his worries.“The doctor (Warren Line) told me yesterday that when he first started the procedure he was expecting the growth to be the size of a pea, but as he went further, it became the size of a large grape,” DeGregory said. “He got it all out and thank God there’s no cancer. When I saw him yesterday he gave me a clean bill of health.“I said to him, ‘The scar’s going to remind me that God doesn’t want me to die yet.’”There are still plenty of leaves on the tree, even though the rings are growing.“I started as an agent in 1959,” DeGregory said. “My first jock was Conn Errico at Belmont Park. I went to Aqueduct when it opened later that year. Sword Dancer trained by Elliott Burch won the opening day stakes.“(Eddie) Arcaro was like a stepfather to me. He’s the one who got me to become a jockey’s agent. I had to go in front of (stewards) Marshall Cassidy and Cal Rainey at that time. “They were very, very strict and I remember Arcaro telling me, ‘Vince, never screw anybody at the draw.“When you give a person a call, stand by that. I’ve used that as my motto my whole life.“I’ve seen all the great horses of their day: Bold Ruler, Nashua, Tom Fool, Damascus, Sword Dancer, but the greatest one to me was Kelso (named Horse of the Year five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964).“When I was a young guy coming up I didn’t know enough about Thoroughbreds to give an opinion, but as time progressed and from being around the game, I learned from other people. I paid attention to trainers, and an old man I never forgot was Sam Winninger, who was a private clocker.“He would bet his own money and taught me how horses worked, how they traveled, so that when I got a rider, I could pick one horse from another. That helped throughout my career.”DeGregory, born in Greenwich, N.Y., about 10 miles from Saratoga Springs where he was raised, served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, with Dick Groat, a lifelong friend now 85 who would go on to play shortstop with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and be named National League MVP.“My roommate in the service was (former catcher and longtime broadcaster and comedian) Bob Uecker,” said DeGregory. “He’s my buddy and I love him. He’s still kicking.”As is DeGregory, a living treasure of racing history who has represented seven Hall of Fame jockeys: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez, in addition to Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, each with Hall of Fame credentials as well.If there’s room for DeGregory, there would be little argument that he deserves a spot, although he’d be the last to lobby for enshrinement.He got all the glory he needed on Monday. Mike Puype52611312%38%$294,475 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Alex Solis1930416%37%$218,303 Brice Blanc403478%35%$399,025 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 Doug O’Neill12219172016%46%$1,025,373 Joseph Talamo16418202111%36%$961,404 Peter Eurton6612161118%59%$734,968 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Peter Miller901171112%32%$444,160 Gary Stevens4796719%47%$1,052,338 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Edwin Maldonado12223101119%36%$804,515 Jose Verenzuela2931310%24%$105,855 Martin Garcia84139815%36%$825,339 Mark Glatt6377311%27%$304,425 QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESUndefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12.The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, won the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 30 in his first start for Gaines and his first at two turns.Gaines was well satisfied with the drill by Smokey Image, as she was with Bolo’s five furlong workout on the main track in a minute flat.Bolo, winner of the Grade II Arcadia Stakes a mile on grass Feb. 13, is being considered for either the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf or the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt March 12.“We still haven’t decided on a race,” Gaines said, adding that at this point it makes little difference except to the media, since both races are the same day, so it doesn’t alter Bolo’s routine from a training standpoint.Smokey Image previously was trained by Greg James who is based in the Bay Area.Also working for the San Felipe Saturday was Danzing Candy for Cliff Sise Jr., who called the six furlong drill under Mike Smith in 1:13 flat “Beautiful. I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:25 and one or two.”Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino also worked for the San Felipe, going five furlongs in 1:03 with Fernando Perez aboard for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He does that all the time,” Sherlock said of the relatively slow time. “He was by himself, nobody around (at 6:45 a.m.) and he’ll do that 100 times. I’ll put another horse with him next week when he works again.”San Vicente Stakes runner-up Exaggerator, also prepping for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:00.40.Tomorrow, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown contender, is set to work under Martin Garcia for the San Felipe.The son of Eskendereya was scheduled to breeze last Tuesday with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard but the drill was aborted when the colt “lost interest,” according to Baffert.“He’ll work tomorrow and Martin will work him,” Baffert said. “He’ll either go out at 7:45 or nine (o’clock).” Baffert did not announce a distance for the workout. George Papaprodromou3372521%42%$197,905 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Tyler Baze18420292611%41%$1,055,661 SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPEOCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERYTEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Agapito Delgadillo6898613%34%$249,412 Steve Knapp2551220%32%$150,610 John Sadler5898516%38%$449,649 Jerry Hollendorfer951291313%36%$888,426 Santiago Gonzalez18736282319%47%$1,424,339 Rafael Bejarano17738341921%51%$1,767,342
FC Barcelona’s Paulinho, right, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Luis Suarez during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored first-half goals in a 3-0 win over Levante on Sunday, restoring Barcelona’s nine-point lead of the Spanish league while it awaits the arrival of Philippe Coutinho.Messi marked his 400th appearance in La Liga by giving Barcelona the early lead and taking his all-time record in the competition to 365 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coutinho will be officially presented Monday after a transfer deal that could reach 160 million euros ($192 million).“(Coutinho) is a player who I think can bring many things to the team,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “He scores goals and provides assists, and in attack he can help us a lot.”Not that Barcelona needs it in the league. Atletico Madrid, which beat Getafe 2-0 on Saturday, remains a distant second, and fourth-place Real Madrid stumbled again on Sunday when it drew at Celta Vigo 2-2.The win took Barcelona’s unbeaten streak to 27 straight matches.Ousmane Dembele started for Barcelona and played just more than an hour before being substituted in his second appearance since returning from a left-leg injury that sidelined him since mid-September. The 20-year-old France forward played the final minutes of Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LaVar Ball tells ESPN Walton has lost Lakers; coaches react OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES Suarez doubled the advantage before halftime and Messi set up Paulinho to round off the win in stoppage time.Such an emphatic victory comes as Barcelona’s attacking threat is preparing for an additional injection of creativity with the 25-year-old Coutinho.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Camp Nou is anticipating the incorporation of the Brazil midfielder, who flew to Barcelona on Saturday. Barcelona said Coutinho has yet to meet with his new teammates and coach, although he did make an appearance at the stadium for a photo session after Sunday’s match.“This is like living a dream,” Coutinho told the club’s website. “It’s incredible to know that I am going to play with my idols, players who have made history. Players like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, (Andres) Iniesta, (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Busquets… I am happy to be able to live with and learn from them, and to win titles.” “In these three months I have been able to learn Barcelona’s philosophy, now I am eager to help the team,” Dembele said.Until the deal for Coutinho, Dembele was the club’s most expensive signing for a transfer fee of 105 million euros that could rise to 147 million euros.Messi once again this season connected with left back Jordi Alba, who headed back his pass for the Argentina forward to use one touch to volley in off the far post in the 12th minute and record his league-leading 16th goal of the season.Javier Mascherano started for Barcelona amid widespread speculation that he wants to leave in search of more playing time.The defender helped to set up Barcelona’s second goal by lobbing a pass over Levante’s defense where Sergi Roberto used one touch to send it to Suarez in the 38th. The striker controlled the ball with his left foot before sweeping home with his right for his 11th goal of the season and his sixth in a five-round scoring streak.After Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made two superb saves, Messi effectively finished the match by dribbling to the endline before squaring a pass for Paulinho to tap in for his seventh goal of the season.Barcelona reserve-team striker Jose Arnaiz debuted in the league as a late substitute.___16 POINTS BEHINDReal Madrid wasted a brace by Gareth Bale as it fell further behind the top three teams after drawing at Celta. Bale’s two goals in a three-minute span in the first half overturned an opener by Celta’s Daniel Wass.But they weren’t enough for the win amid an uninspiring performance by Cristiano Ronaldo, and poor defending by Marcelo and the rest of Madrid’s backline.Celta outplayed Madrid in the second half and its defenders left unmarked striker Maxi Gomez to head in a pass by Wass for an equalizer in the 82nd.Celta’s Iago Aspas went close to scoring twice, hitting the post early and having a penalty kick saved by Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had fouled him in the 71st.The result left Madrid 16 points behind Barcelona, although with a match in hand, after only managing to win three of its last eight league games.“I have to find out what the problem is,” coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Sometimes we play 90 minutes well, but it is true that recently we don’t do it regularly. 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Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Communications Network (NCN) Lennox Cornette has sought to defend his name against rising media reports against him, that he was appointed although he had committed a criminal act 17 years ago, while an employee of the then Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T).New NCN CEO Lennox CorletteCornette was appointed last week as the new CEO of the State-owned entity, replacing Molly Hassan, who held the post for two years. Since his appointment, online news outfits have reported that Cornette, while serving as Public Relations Officer of the telephone giant, had forged the signature of the company’s then Deputy General Manager Terry Holder; an offence for which he was immediately fired.But on Tuesday, Cornette in a media release, sought to clear his name, defending that the “signature issue” occurring at GT&T had nothing to do with any financial improprieties. According to him, it was an in-house matter which was dealt with internally by GT&T. This, he said, could be attested to by the company.“Since my departure from GT&T at the end of 1999, the company and I have maintained cordial relations. In May 2011, the company asked me to chair the 16th Tele Gathering Meeting that it was hosting in Guyana over the Easter weekend. Tele Gathering is an annual event of telecos in the Caribbean. Stabroek News’ report on that meeting mentioned my name as chairing the proceedings,” Cornette saidHe said since the announcement by the NCN Board that he had emerged the best candidate among those interviewed for the post, numerous attacks have been fired on his person from online news sources. Apart from his issue with GT&T, Cornette said the attacks also questioned his ability to manage the broadcasting company. This he sought to also defend.“In relation to my ability to manage the national broadcaster, I have more than 20 years’ experience in management and executive management positions, I have successfully fulfilled several consultancies for national and international organisations, and I have done my Masters research on Strategic Marketing with focus on corporate identity,” the new CEO stated.He said from the leaked emails from the NCN Board discussion to what is being said in media reports, it seems obvious that someone was pre-selected outside of the Board for the CEO’s position.“However, it is now public knowledge that my submissions to the Board (all applicants were required to submit with their applications an outline of what they perceive as the mandate of NCN and how they will enhance that mandate), as well as my performance at the interview, came closest to what the Board required.”“It is my interest and deep desire to serve my country and to turn the fortunes of NCN around. NCN is a veritable well that has been blocked up by inefficient operations, lack of strategic vision and direction, inconsistencies between corporate strategies and departmental goals, inappropriate allocation of resources, lack of attendance to best practices, and staff who are not adequately motivated to pursue targets and goals,” he reasoned.He said as CEO of NCN, he intends to revolutionise the entity by ensuring that a good strategic plan is developed. This plan, he said, is aimed at operational efficiency through effective coordination of the technical, administrative, programming, and marketing components of the organisation.“A new corporate vision, objectives and major strategy components will be communicated to managers and employees. One of my first endeavours will be to stop the financial haemorrhaging and boost income generation,” Cornette said.
North Ruimveldt executionAs investigations continue into the execution-style killing of Mark Anthony Wilson, also called “QQ”, the Police are still to make an arrest, according to acting A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Marlon Chapman.Chapman noted that they are working with several leads and are yet to confirm whether the men left the scene in a motorcar or on foot. He added that based on initial information gathered by the Police, the two gunmen might have escaped on foot. Nevertheless, he noted the Police will continue to question residents in the area.The body of 22-year-old Wilson of Lot 1238 Canje Pheasant Lane, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was riddled with bullets by two of the three suspects at about 22:00h.This newspaper understands the young man was standing in the vicinity of the “Short Cut” when two men exited a car and opened fire on Wilson.In an attempt to escape, Wilson ran through a yard but the gunmen gave chase and continued to discharge their firearms, with several other rounds hitting him about the body. He eventually collapsed after running a short distance. The gunmen reportedly caught up with the injured man and continued to pump bullets into his body.After the gunmen made good their escape in a motorcar, persons in the neighbourhood ran to assist the injured man. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital but succumbed on the way to the medical facility.