PHIL UNDERWOOD from Alabama, United States, is exactly the kind of visitor that Sandals hopes to score a hole-in-one with as the resort yesterday teed off its 15th annual USA Travel Agent Golf Tournament at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton, St Ann. “I am here just for vacation, but I play golf everywhere I go,” said Underwood, who was raring to tackle the greens as soon as travel agents brought in from all across the United States by Sandals finished the first of two days on the picturesque 18-hole course with Team 11 on 61, holding a four-stroke lead ahead of three teams locked on 65 – Teams 15, 6 and 12. “If anybody is coming here, I would tell them to play golf,” said Underwood, unwittingly sounding like he was one of the 54 travel agents Sandals is hosting at the weekend as part of its continued push to market Jamaica as a golfing destination to the world. The Alabama native had to pause when asked how many courses he had played worldwide before naming, “Iberostar in the Dominican Republic, Canc?n (Mexico), Italy, Spain,” adding that it was his first visit to Jamaica, but it was his second day on the course after making his debut on Tuesday. “I played on Tuesday. The course is good, I like the layout. The greens roll good, but they are slow,” he said, before pointing to Oshae Hay, a product of Sandals’ Golf Academy, and adding,”great caddies”, a testament to the programme which targets youths in the Upton area, the likes of Romaine Evans, the 2015 Caribbean junior champion. Mike Norton, vice-president, group sales, Sandals, said having travel agents compete at the annual tournament gives them a first-hand experience of the course, which has been ranked among the top three in Jamaica by USA Today. “We are expanding our golf to get groups here, especially,” he pointed out. “We firmly believe more golfers are coming to Jamaica, and we are certainly getting more interest. “We now have recently appointed Jake Coldiron, who is from a golfing background and whose role is to increase the golf market by targeting golf tour operators, travel agents that focus on golf as well as to get country clubs on board,” Norton added, pointing out that clubs stand to benefit from a ‘sixth-room-free’ promotion during off-peak times.
…and dishonourable PMThe House of Commons, after which our National Assembly is modelled, runs on a host of traditions and conventions. Much of these have to do with regulating the behaviour of the members – who, after all, represent the “commoners” or lower classes, as opposed to the aristocracy. It is the custom, for instance, in Parliamentary democracies, for the members of the House to refer to each other as “the Honourable Member”.This, it was hoped, would encourage MPs not to descend into gutter language or fistfights, with which the common folks were wont to settle their disagreements. After listening to the Budget Debate, it became clear to your Eyewitness that a host of MPs insist on acting like the great unwashed masses – especially those from the Government benches.Take the case of Keith Scott, the Minister in the Ministry of Social Protection, which is in the Ministry of the Presidency; he technically isn’t a “Minister” since he heads the “Labour Portfolio”, which is actually a department. The fella insisted on READING a typewritten speech, which is just not done in Parliaments!! As a presumably educated gentleman, he’s supposed to be speaking spontaneously and (hopefully) eloquently on the topic; and not read a speech obviously written for him, since he couldn’t even pronounce some of the words!!MPs also aren’t allowed to read newspapers etc during Parliamentary Sessions, but there were some blatant examples of this disrespectful practice throughout the Budget Debate. Two Opposition MPs from the back benches were caught reading some Muckraker gossip from a laptop. This, of course, ipso facto, proved they were card-carrying members of the hoi polloi!!But most egregious of all were the antics of the Prime Minister, who insisted that the traditions of the Guyanese Parliament during Budget Debates be broken just to offer him a sop in lieu of being shafted from the powers of the Prime Ministership!! The tradition was that the Leader of the Opposition would be the penultimate speaker, with the Finance Minister, who introduced the Budget, finishing up his defence to the preceding critique.From the first Budget the PNC-led coalition presented in 2015, however, Nagamootoo, stung by the taunts from the Opposition benches about his emasculation, insisted he be the penultimate speaker – following the Opposition Leader!! The Opposition then protested by walking out just before Nagamootoo began to nurse his ego!! This followed for the next three years.This year, unlike the principled Opposition walkout for a cause, the Government MPs, led by Nagamootoo, simply walked out on the Opposition Leader’s speech simply because they wanted to “diss” the Opposition.This represents such common/guttersnipe behaviour that it betrays its actual source in the proverbial fisherwoman’s trade!!…and PM’s PortfolioThe DPI – which is headed by Nagamootoo’s shill and general factotum – took time out to report on one Government Minister’s complaint that Opposition MP Nandlall claimed Nagamootoo is bereft of a portfolio. As you, dear reader, know, your Eyewitness has been making this point ever since PNC leader Granger not only tore up the Cummingsburg Accord — which promised Nagamootoo chairing of Cabinet meetings right after the 2015 elections — but refused to allocate any Ministerial portfolio to him!! All he was given was a column in the Chronic!!Your Eyewitness was hoping the Government Minister would’ve gone on to spell out Nagamootoo’s portfolio, since he insisted the man from Whim had one!! But obviously it was a whimsical statement, since no elaboration was forthcoming!! But bereft of anything substantive (or substantial!) to do, and insisting that he speak in Parliament, Nagamootoo proceeded to put his foot into his (open) mouth.He referenced the Booker Tate study (mentioned by your Eyewitness) that recommended the Skeldon Modernisation – including the factory.Thereby nailing David Patterson’s lie in Parliament!!…and liesAnother Parliamentary custom is you can’t tell another “Honourable Member” he just told a lie – like Patterson did with the Skeldon Factory.Winston Churchill got around the restraint by describing it as a “terminological inexactitude”!!
The Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County is holding a nanny goat in custody while two men claim ownership of the animal.The plaintiff, identified as Amadu Jalloh, a resident of Kilby Street in Buchanan City, complained to the court that on December 29, 2014, one Harris Luke unlawfully stole his white-striped brown and black nanny goat.Jalloh told the court that the nanny goat cost him US$60. The case is being presided over by Associate Magistrate Vasco Brown. Defendant Harris Luke has formally been charged with theft of property, which is violation of section 15.51 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.At the hearing last week, the state was represented byAssistant City Solicitor Johnson Tukeh, while Grand Bassa County Public Defender, Cllr. Paul P. Jarvan represented the defendant.Cllr. Jarvan requested the court to dismiss the case on the grounds that since the defendant was taken to court, the private prosecutor had deliberately failed to appear to proceed with the case, which contravenes section 18.2 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.“The holding of the defendant’s property clearly indicates that the state does not have sufficient evidence to prosecute the case,” he argued.In response, the state said the defense must be in line with the law, and at that juncture, the prosecution interposed no objection.The court, having listened to the submissions of the two lawyers, ordered the return of the nanny goat to defendant Luke in keeping with the Law of Liberia.According to the Police Charge Sheet, Defendant Harris Luke, 26, a resident on New York Street in Buchanan, during investigations, reportedly said he bought the goat from one Francis Glaydor on December 28, 2014.According to him, the goat went missing from his residence on Kilby Street on December 29.Based on this circumstance, the police charged defendant Luke with “theft of property.”The Daily Observer gathered that an unidentified lady found the nanny goat in a sugar cane farm and called Radio Gbehzohn FM 106.3 requesting the owner to retrieve it. After the announcement, the two men came to claim ownership which eventually got to the police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two years after gunmen shot and killed Wilfred Stewart, a security guard at Sterling Products, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD), the Police have arrested an ex-Policeman whose name was called in the invasion.The ex-law enforcement officer was arrested on Thursday evening in the vicinity of Merriman Mall after a group of Police ranks swooped down on his location.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the ex-Police officer’s name was also called in the abduction of 31-year-old Norien Lopez, a Cuban-born United States citizen. He was reportedly abducted after arriving in Guyana onSlain security guard, Wilfred StewartSeptember 29 last.During the Sterling Product’s incident on December 8, 2014, 45-year-old Stewart of Graham’s Hall was shot and killed by the bandits while on duty at the establishment. It was reported that the gunmen forced their way into the compound, shot Stewart and went straight to the accounts department.They were said to be after money they felt was kept there. However, after they realised that the safe which they were targeting was locked; they assaulted a female employee before making good their escape in an awaiting car.However, a Police source confirmed that despite efforts to locate the man, they came up empty handed. Now that the man is in custody, the Crime Chief related that the suspect will be grilled and once they gather enough evidence, the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice.
By The Associated Press O.J. Simpson was minus one Rolex watch – real or otherwise – Tuesday after a judge ordered him to hand it and other assets over to the father of slaying victim Ron Goldman. Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg also ordered the former football star to turn over any future royalties from a videogame in which he appears and any of the disputed memorabilia he can prove is his that Las Vegas police seized when they arrested him last month on robbery, kidnapping and other charges. “When you take the watch and you take the sports memorabilia, it’s a drive toward monetary justice,” said attorney David Cook, who represents Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman. “This drive will continue because, unfortunately, monetary justice is the only justice we have available to us.” Cook confirmed the watch was turned over by Simpson’s attorney Ronald Slates. The memorabilia, like the watch, would then be handed over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which would auction it and give the money to Fred Goldman. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dietmar Hamann believes Portugal have been one of the most impressive teams at Euro 2016 so far.Despite the shortcomings of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in front of goal, Hamann believes the Portuguese will continue their stay in France and progress to the last 16.The Champions League-winning former Liverpool midfielder told talkSPORT, “I fancy Portugal to go deep in the tournament. I fancy them to beat Hungary and I fancy them to get to the last 16.“Austria are no mugs and they battered that team for 90 minutes, they could have had five or six.”England could well be set for another major tournament showdown with Ronaldo’s side after they finished second in Group B after a lacklustre 0-0 draw against Slovakia on Monday night.Should Portugal finish second in their group, the two nations will get the opportunity to lock horns once again on Monday night in Nice.And Hamann had a warning for England ahead of a potencial clsh, that they could be facing one of the more formidable sides of the tournament so far.“Even though it doesn’t look like it looking at the table so far, Portugal have been one of the teams that have impressed me the most.”
It may have been freezing cold but that didn’t stop a large crowd turning up in Rathmullan for the turning on of the Christmas Tree lights. As well as some super Christmas carols, there was even an appearance from the big man himself, Santa, who did the honours and turned on the lights.There was also a serious side to the evening as those present heard about the real message behind Rathmullan’s Christmas tree and the Habitat for Humanity project.Simply click the video to play. With many thanks to Paul Deeney for giving us permission to use the video. DDTV – SANTA TURNS ON THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN RATHMULLAN was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Christmas lightsDDTVRathmullan
latest GETTY And, at the end of the interview, he revealed how his peaceful morning coffee earlier that day was interrupted by a friendly face – Gazza!And he said the former midfielder looked in the best shape and the best health he had seen him in recent years.‘Arry told Jim on Thursday: “I was having a quiet cup of coffee in the café, just sitting there, and someone came up behind me and smacked me on the back of the head.“The coffee went all down my shirt and trousers! I had the raving hump – I was about to call them a name…“…but I looked up – it was Gazza! Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT how he ended up soaked in coffee after a chance encounter with England football legend Paul Gascoigne.The former Tottenham manager joined Jim White on air on Thursday to react to Frank Lampard’s appointment as the new Chelsea manager – insisting his nephew is ‘ready for the challenge’ at Stamford Bridge. OFF getty SORRY 2 Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is the club’s new manager “I mean, what can you say to Gazza? What can you do but laugh? So he sat down and we had a cup of coffee.“He looked great. He really did look good today and I’m so pleased. He said he’s been down here for the last three weeks, he’s been keeping fit and not had a drink.“It was lovely to see him looking much fitter and much brighter.MORE: Paul Gascoigne vs Snoop Dogg: England icon in bizarre social media feud with rapper“Let’s hope he can keep it up because he’s got a heart of gold, he’s a good lad and what a footballer.“It was great to see Gazza in good shape, even though he did knock my coffee all over me!”Listen back to Harry Redknapp’s Gazza story on talkSPORT above! Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker Paul Gascoigne is evidently still as full of mischief now as he was in his playing days Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January revealed scrap deals MOST-VIEWED FOOTBALL HEADLINES 2 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos LATEST
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Tottenham will again be challenging for the title at the end of the Premier League campaign.Spurs have finished third and fourth in the standings over the last two seasons and also reached the Champions League final last term, where they lost to Liverpool. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers rookie error Asked if Sterling is one of best in Europe, Guardiola said “There are many and he is one of them. We have many but other clubs do too.”Meanwhile, Pochettino has confirmed Tottenham are still without Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon for the trip to the Etihad.Both men have hamstring injuries and are still a couple of weeks away from fitness.Deadline day Giovani Lo Celso, who has been in the country just over a week, could also be in the squad, though Pochettino has confirmed he will not start.“We need to assess him,” Pochettino said. “A lot of things have happened in his life now.“He arrived with no pre-season, of course he is trying to adapt himself, his physical condition, tactically, settle in a new country in a new philosophy and it is not easy.“I can tell you he won’t be in the starting XI, but if he is going to be involved or not we need to assess today. We need to see how he is and see the balance on the bench.” Although the Premier League transfer window is closed, clubs in Europe can continue signing players until the end of the month.Midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has less than a year left on his contract, has been repeatedly linked with a move to Spain.“I don’t know (if he will be at the club after the window),” said the Tottenham boss.“My point is to help all of the players, my job is to support them all until they maybe decide to take a different way in their career.” Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week…Huddersfield Town vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Guardiola believes Tottenham will challenge for the title this season Pochettino has confirmed Alli is not fit for the clash Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January FAREWELL Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested And Guardiola, whose side host the Lilywhites at home on Saturday evening, has no doubts Mauricio Pochettino’s men will prove stubborn opposition this term as well.He said: “Since I came here to England, every season they have been a contender. Always they were there, always they were tough games.”Guardiola reported a clean bill of health for the match, with Raheem Sterling again set to lead the line against Tottenham.The England forward hit the ground running with a hat-trick against West Ham in their season opener and the City boss knows the player is a talent. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ OFF deals on target New job 2 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest LATEST Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty AFP or licensors
appointed targets update Callum Hudson-Odoi signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea last weekChelsea were beaten in the final of the competition on penalties by Manchester City last term so will be looking to go one better in 2019/20.Stamford Bridge boss Frank Lampard has placed his faith in youth since succeeding Maurizio Sarri in July, regularly playing Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.And more Chelsea academy graduates could get the chance to impress this week.Reece James, who enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell with Wigan last season, could be handed his senior Blues debut after recovering from ankle surgery.Callum Hudson-Odoi featured in an Under-23s game against Southampton with James on Saturday. The winger has been sidelined with an Achilles injury since April.And Lampard has confirmed the pair will play a part against Grimsby. 3 Reece James is highly thought of by Stamford Bridge chiefs LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Portsmouth vs Southampton (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTArsenal vs Nottingham Forest (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTManchester United vs Rochdale (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT latest Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LIVE on talkSPORT What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error buildlineup.com 3 Injuries to Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have left Chelsea light on centre-half options, so Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma are expected to start, with Marcos Alonso filling in for the injured Emerson at left-back.N’Golo Kante, who scored for Chelsea in their 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, is unlikely to play after just returning from an ankle injury, while Jorginho has started every Premier League game this season. AFP or licensors It could see Mateo Kovacic slot into a holding midfield role with Ross Barkley and 18-year-old starlet Billy Gilmour ahead of him.Gilmour made his Blues debut as a late substitute in last month’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Christian Pulisic, who has been an unused substitute in Chelsea’s last three games, is likely to start in a front three with Michy Batshuayi and Hudson-Odoi. He said: “They will be involved on Wednesday night, they’ll be involved.“We certainly need to look at players that haven’t been playing as much against Grimsby.“We’ll pay them due respect, but it’s certainly a case of getting minutes for players who haven’t been playing.“Callum is on the road to recovery. It was a long injury, so he needs game time and Reece similarly.“There will be some different changes, but I expect the same level of performance (as against Liverpool) and I don’t want to lose the feeling of how we can be. It’s important we keep that.” Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule PEP TALK statement Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty With Tottenham Hotspur already out of the competition, the Carabao Cup is becoming a very winnable tournament for Chelsea.The rest of the ‘Big Six’ are still involved but there is one less hurdle around after Spurs’ humiliating loss to Colchester United. 3 Is this how Chelsea could line up against Grimsby?