THE Sunshine Snacks Under-21 girl’s competition of the Junior Indoor Hockey Championships produced a nail-biting finish when the pre-tournament favourites, GBTI GCC Spartans scored a lone goal in the final seconds of play against Saints. The GCC Pitbulls managed to secure the club’s second win against Saints for the evening with a 4-2 win.The GBTI girls seemed to have the upper hand from the outset of the match but the sturdy defence of Saints held the lethal strike force of Abosaide Cadogan and Sarah Klautky at bay.Klautky seemed to have put the Spartans up by one at the halftime buzzer but the whistle had gone for a Saints infringement just a second earlier and leaving the halftime score at 0-0.Saints goalkeeper Donyale Nurse had made some fine saves in the first half of play and continued this performance in the second half as GCC earned several penalty corners. With time running out for both sides, a skilful solo run by striker Sarah Klautky produced a penalty corner for GCC at the final buzzer.Saints livewire Oshazay Savoury in control for Saints against the GCC War DogsMidfielder Madison Fernandes stepped up with what would be the final chance to score in the match and broke the deadlock with a powerful flick into the left corner of the net for the 1-0 GCC win.Although the Saints boys put in a sound team performance, the experienced leadership by Kareem McKenzie, Meshach Sargeant and Samuel Woodroffe, along with solid goalkeeping from Michael Hing saw the GCC Pitbulls come away with a 4-2 victory.Captain McKenzie would hammer in two penalty corner goals for GCC int eh first seven minutes of play before Tivesard Garnett could respond in similar fashion for Saints in the tenth. Halftime found the score at 2-1 for the Pitbulls. Sargeant then took over in the second half to put the match beyond reach for Saints with two field goals in the 11th and 13th minutes to end with a 4-2 victory for GCC.The Farfan & Mendes Under-16 competition saw the Bingo GCC Her-ricanes make their tournament debut against YMCA Old Fort in the girls division.Both teams featured several newcomers to the game and, despite some near misses, resulted in a 0-0 stalemate producing the first points of the competition for both sides.The GBTI GCC Spartans in true dominant fashion then made light work of the SHC Sensations by 3-0. Madison Fernandes scored a double for the Spartans while Sarah Klautky added a single.In the boys division, the SHC Silencers drew 0-0 against YMCA Old Fort but the latter would rebound in their second match of the evening to drown the Joseph Warriors by 4-0.Yusuf Branot and Daniel Woolford were the heroes for YMCA, scoring two goals each. The SHC Shockwave shocked the GCC War Dogs by 3-0 in the remaining U16 boys match.The entertaining Shakeem Fausette was in fine form, scoring the first two goals for Shockwave while Oshazay Savory added the third in the final minutes.Matches continued last evening with the finals scheduled for tomorrow..
Some 26,086 pairs of shoes were distributed to children in hinterland and riverine communities by the Education Ministry under its ‘Footwear Programme’ initiative.This initiative is in keeping with the Ministry’s overall mandate to ensure that all citizens of Guyana are given the best possible opportunity to achieve their full potential. Some $29 million were expended by Government to acquire the shoes for the children.The Ministry commenced distribution of the 26,000 plus pairs of footwear in June to some 231 hinterland communities in the 10 administrative regions of Guyana. Some of the communities to benefit from the Footwear Programme include Canal Bank, Matthews Ridge, Chinese Landing, and Wallaba in Region One (Barima-Waini); Kabakaburi, Kackney, Ulele and Jacklo in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); and Caria Caria, Fort Island and Lower Bonaskia in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).St Cutbert’s Mission, Long Creek, and Laluni in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Biaboo, Augsburg, and De Hopp in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); Orealla, Bara Bara, and Leeds in Region Six (East Berbice-Coretyne); and Mineperu, Philipai, and Kaian in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) also received dozens of shoes from the Ministry.Meanwhile, communities such as Chenapou, Mahdia, and Micobi in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni); Katoka, Nappi, and Baitoon in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo); and Kwakwani, Mabura, and Bamia in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) also benefited from the initiative.According to the Education Ministry, the shoes have already been delivered and distributed to the communities.In aid of its efforts, the Education Ministry received approximately 3000 shoes from the United States Embassy in Georgetown through its Humanitarian Assistance Programme.
On Tuesday, April 5, a ‘Writ of Injunction and Temporary Restraining Order’ was issued thru and by Judge Peter W. Gbenewele of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court. The Writ was served to the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) by and thru its President Rufus Anderson and his officials (Respondents) and League.The “Respondents” have been ordered restrained, enjoined, refrained and prohibited from conducting themselves as officials of the LBA and from holding and conducting the LBA league 2016/2017. The petitioners complained that the LBA (respondent) secretly held a congress and elections on October 24, 2015 after the court lifted its injunction on October 22, 2015 without informing the petitioners in keeping with the by-laws and constitution of the LBA.Petitioners said the elections that brought Anderson to power were illegal, held under secrecy and against the constitution because it didn’t include them as major stakeholders.The petitioners stated that the election was not free, fair and transparent and the Liberia National Olympic Committee has refused to recognize and do business with the respondents. Petitioners also said the LBA has commenced the LBF basketball league for the 2016/2017 season and if they are not restrained from carrying out the league, moneys collected from the games will not be accounted for.The petitioners were legally represented by and thru the Law Offices of Sayeh and Sayeh.The Court ordered its clerk, Madam Ellen Hall to notify the respondents to file their resistance on or before the 10th of April AD 2016.The latest action made it over 18 months, since key basketball stakeholders have been differing over alleged violation of the constitution and financial misapplication which has grounded basketball activities.The “Power Struggle” in basketball has resulted to protests, insults, bloody fights and closure of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA).Last year, the aggrieved party, which is represented by Calvin Diggs of Flames, Malcolm Joseph of Cestos Mogars and Ali Sillah of D-Rock and others, filed a temporary restraining order in the Civil Law Court, against the LBA, represented by President Anderson.That injunction stopped the LBA from holding elections which were lifted on October 22, and elections held on October 24, without, as it is reported, involving contending parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)