Local stakeholders have expressed confidence that the island’s top sports facilities will stave off, and quickly recover from, the expected onslaught of torrential rains and extreme weather associated with Hurricane Matthew. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday, Major Desmon Brown, general manager of Independence Park Limited, operators of the National Stadium, the National Indoor Sports Centre, Leila Robinson Courts, basketball courts, National Aquatic Centre and the National Arena, said the facility is ready to ride out the storm. Brown’s organisation also oversees operations for the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium, and said that venue will be safe as well. “We have put through a plan, and one of the major things we did was to remove all objects that can fly around and we have covered the stuff. Unfortunately, at Trelawny, we have a lot of glass there, and we can’t do much about that, so we just have to do what we can do,” he said. The Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium is hosting the West Indies women, and Brown has backed all government facilities to reopen soon after the storm. “Both the Indoor [Centre] and the National Arena are built to withstand hurricanes. The Indoor Centre was built in 2004, The National Arena withstood Hurricane Gilbert, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t withstand anything else,” he stressed. Brown added that all venues will be ready in a week following the departure of persons using the National Arena as a hurricane shelter. “The Arena is being used as a shelter, so we can’t plan anything until all the persons move out. For the National Stadium, we expect that within a week, it will be ready to host all events,” he noted. Over on the western side of the island, Orville Powell, president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United, said those venues won’t be seriously affected because of “proper drainage”. “We have proper drainage here at Montego Bay United, (located at Wespow Park), Catherine Hall, and I can speak for Reno FC also,” Powell said. “I don’t think we will have an issue with water, and Jarrett Park is the same thing. Rain will fall on to the pitches but they will be okay,” he said, adding that MoBay United stopped training as early as Friday last week. Powell said preparations for the hurricane have included taking down billboards. Meanwhile, George Forbes, Inter-Secondary School Sports Association competition officer said, for the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions decisions will be made to resume action following the storm. “It all depends on the damage that would be done to the fields. It’s the whole island that will be affected, so we can’t make a decision until we know where is affected,” he reasoned. “As soon as we get the go-ahead after Matthew, we will make a decision. We are not going to rush anything, we have to wait and see what happens,” he added.” Forbes hinted that select venues could be used, if school playing fields are damaged. “Yes we could do that but we prefer to wait until the passage of Matthew before we can make a decision,” Forbes revealed. One such venue could be the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston. Calls to Sabina Park and Jamaica Cricket Association Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis’ phone went unanswered yesterday. Decisions after storm
Team Caguioa banked on the hot hands of Gawyn Fernandez to trip Team Slaughter, 15-13, and snare the title in the Camarines Sur leg of the 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Calabanga last Friday.With the game tied at 13 with 11 seconds left, Fernandez drained the marginal two-pointer from the right corner to seal the victory and tow Team Caguioa to the National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-3 Fernandez , who topscored with nine points, was joined by Dan Michael Martin, Daniell Martin Uy, and Raphael Jude De Vera in Team Caguioa.Team Aguilar prevailed in Sariaya, Quezon, the previous week as Kenneth Mercado, Jervin Deduyo, Virgilio VJ Serios, and Junmark Silvarez routed Team Tenorio, 21-10, in the Finals at Computer Systems Technological College Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Team Caguioa and Team Aguilar hiked the National Finalists to 12, with four more regional tiffs set in La Union, Davao, Cebu, and Tacloban in August.Once the field of 16 “Ganado Sa Buhay” teams are complete, they will all move on to the knockout National Finals on Sept. 1, to be held at SM Megamall Activity Center. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The last two teams standing will move on to the semi-finals and the championship game, to be held on Sept. 3 at halftime of a Manila Classico Game (Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Hot Shots) at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sept. 3.The 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 National Champion will take home P50,000 in cash prize, a trophy, and Ginebra products.For updates, check Ginebra San Miguel’s Facebook page @BarangayGinebra or visit the website www.ginebrasanmiguel.com.ph.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Reality check hits Gilas ahead of Fiba Asia Cup ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
“I’m sure you guys are aware that there are some talks that are going on,” Drew told reporters. “I don’t know if any type of agreement or settlement will be made. I am prepared either way. I’ll continue to do my job, but right now there’s not been any type of agreement.”Drew said he plans to coach the team Tuesday night against Atlanta, but after that, nothing is definitive.He was asked if “acting” coach was a more fitting title.“I guess that would be more accurate, more consistent,” he said.General manager Koby Altman fired Lue, who in 2016 became the only coach to win a pro sports championship in Cleveland since 1964, on Sunday because he felt the team was underachieving. The Cavaliers are 0-6 in their first season since three-time champion LeBron James left them for the second time as a free agent.ADVERTISEMENT They had hoped to remain competitive while developing young players like rookie guard Collin Sexton. But the plan wasn’t working with Lue, forcing Altman to make a difficult decision.“The challenge of this year was we had a mix of veterans and young guys and that’s a complex situation that’s difficult,” Altman said. “It didn’t come together the way we envisioned and we just didn’t think coach Lue was the right fit for this group. We wanted to go in a different direction, a different coach and a different voice.”Enter Drew, who went 8-1 while filling in last season when Lue was dealing with health issues.Drew understands what the Cavs are up against and he’s prepared to take it on.“It’s not a very complicated situation,” he said. “It’s obvious this team is going in a different direction with the group that we do have and with the decisions that have been made with the organization. I would like to be part of it long term, to be perfectly honest. I’ve been through the rebuilding process as a player and as a coach and I feel I know what it takes. Certainly when you talk about rebuilding, it’s not an easy thing to do. It’s usually something that takes a little time.“If it’s going to take some time, I’d like to be part of that. I made the organization pretty aware of that, that this is something that’s not going to happen overnight. In order to be a part of that, I feel that it’s going to have to be something done with a little bit more security.”Altman said the Cavaliers feel fortunate to have someone with Drew’s experience as a possibility to lead the team through the remainder of a challenging season. Altman thought the players responded well to Drew during their first practice together.Drew went 143-169 in four seasons as an NBA coach. He was fired after going 15-67 with Milwaukee in 2013-14.Lue, who played for Drew, was the first one to call his former coach after he was let go by the Bucks. Drew has never forgotten that gesture and they formed a tight friendship.Drew spent part of Sunday at Lue’s home. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I mean the job that he did here has been unbelievable,” Drew said. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he’s done. But before I left yesterday I told him how much I appreciated him, and I know he’s going to be OK. He’s still going to be Ty, though. Ty’s going to be Ty. But I’m going to miss him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But after walking off the floor, Drew, the team’s top assistant coach under Lue for the past two years, wanted to make something clear.“I’m not the interim coach,” he said emphatically. “I’m the voice right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSo much for Cleveland’s transition game.Drew added a surprising wrinkle to Lue’s dismissal on Monday by saying he’s not ready to commit to the Cavaliers in the long term until he gets a new contract. Drew said his agent, Andy Miller, has been with talks with the team about restructuring his deal. Drew is under contract through this season. Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca FILE – In this April 1, 2018 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew gestures to his team during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a coach for Tuesday night, Oct. 30. Top assistant Drew, who was expected to take over after Cleveland fired Tyronn Lue, said Monday, Oct. 29 that he is not the team’s interim coach but is merely “the voice right now.” Drew said his agent Andy Miller has been in talks with the Cavs about restructuring his contact and is not making any long-term commitment to the team until they reach an agreement. Lue was fired on Sunday, Oct. 28 by general manager Koby (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio— After an emotional day and restless night, Larry Drew went back to work.He organized practice, met with stunned players still reeling from Tyronn Lue’s firing and put the Cleveland Cavaliers through drills as they prepared for Tuesday’s game.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to her German counterpart, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmiere, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, following the passing of ex-Chancellor, Helmut Kohl last weekend.Former chancellor Kohl, who presided over Germany’s reunification at the end of the Cold War, died at the age of 87 on Friday, June 16. Together with Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders, he successfully brought an end to the Cold War, the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and the reunification of West Germany with the former Moscow-dominated East Germany. Mr. Kohl was the longest-serving chancellor of the postwar era, serving from 1982 to 1998.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf noted that admirably, the late German Chancellor was accredited for dedicating most of his political life to the rebuilding of Germany, and inspired a united Europe and the creation of the Euro.“Germany has lost an astute and renowned statesman; a hero and a man of exemplary leadership and dedication,” she indicated, adding that his passing is a great loss not only to the people of Germany but to the entire world and his indelible imprint will certainly live on.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…laments reduced parliamentary sittingsAs the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) and the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) continue to compile evidence mainly against individuals linked to the former Administration, Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has condemned the parallel police agency, saying that some business persons are operating in fear that they too could come in for scrutiny.Chartered Accountant Christopher RamHe made these comments on Friday at a symposium on the National Budget which was organised by the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).Ram highlighted that Guyanese have reduced purchasing power owing to a weaker economy, adding that business persons were conducting their operations under fear, especially if they were very successful and would have attained much wealth.“Business people now operate under the fear of alternative police bodies; one called SOCU and other, SARA. SARA is, in my view, the worst piece of legislation that has been enacted in post-independence Guyana,” he stated.The activist claimed that SARA was run by a director who selected the persons he would target.“A political leader, Dr Clive Thomas, who was for many years a champion of the working class, is now head of an organisation where he is bigger than the organisation – he reports to no one, [but] occasionally does a report to the National Assembly. He chooses which person he should target and who he should not,” Ram pointed out.The Chartered Accountant later denounced the reduced sittings of the National Assembly, saying that members have officially met only 16 times under the current Parliament. The trade union members were reminded that three substantive pieces of legislation were passed during 2017, one of which was the Hamilton Green Pension Act, which gave the former Prime Minister his pension, benefits and facilities. Another bill passed was the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) Bill 2017, in which Government sought $116 million from taxpayers to assist with the agency’s establishment and support staff.“If this Parliament doesn’t operate for two years, you wouldn’t even notice it – such is the incompetence with which our Parliament operates,” he observed.Ram also claimed that this was the most expensive Government in Guyana’s history with the most Ministers and Ministries, adding further that many persons were indeed enjoying the good life.Ram also reminded the FITUG gathering that the current Administration had given itself, public officers and all other Members of Parliament hefty salary increases shortly after assuming office.“No wonder they love to travel so much; after all you could make a good living. You don’t have to worry about Parliament [because] Parliament meets occasionally,” he quipped.SARA and SOCU have long been accused by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) of going after its members and associates. In May 2017, several persons attached to the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were charged and later arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for allegedly omitting from the general ledger of the GRDB, $362 million while they served on the entity’s Board.These persons were former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh; former Deputy General Manager Rickey Ramraj; Director Badrie Persaud; former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Agriculture Ministry Prema Roopnarine; PPP parliamentarian Nigel Dharamlall and head of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj. They were all released on $500,000 bail each.SARA was accused of being run by political directives, but its Head, Professor Thomas saw those accusations as baseless and rejected the claims, stating that there was no evidence to prove they were true. Dr Thomas had also defended the SARA Bill, saying that it had no place for politicians.While noting that the Bill contained some good elements, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had observed that his Party would remove the ambiguity about private property.He further added that the PPP would ensure that the head of the unit was accountable to someone else, as opposed to leaving it to Professor Thomas to make his own decisions. The Opposition had also pointed out that the Director of SARA was given powers that are 10 times greater than those of the Police Force.
Banks DIH New Amsterdam outlet recorded $2.9 billion in sales last year, surpassing its 2017 sales by $214 million. The company also announced a $45 million profit in Berbice.A section of the shareholders at Sunday’s AGMThe announcement was made on Sunday during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Berbice, Region Six. Shareholders were told that for the period of October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018, the branch sold 1,865,000 units of products, representing an increase of 88,000 units over the previous year.Branch Manager Ronald Mathews told the gathering that the Berbice Branch surpassed last year’s performance as a result of premium quality products by employing an efficient distribution service to customers and consumers.Mathews noted that the Demico Qik Serv in New Amsterdam also created a record despite the competition it faced.“The New Amsterdam Qik Serv Restaurant sold $115 million as compared to $108 million the previous year, representing a revenue growth $7 million thus attaining the Chairman’s Trophy for honourable mention.”Mathews praised the staff of that branch for the achievement. He referred to them as the company’s greatest asset.In 2017, the New Amsterdam Branch sold 1,600,011 items and recorded a profit of $13.7 million which was an increase of $8.5 million over 2016.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Clifford Reis, acknowledged the efforts of the New Amsterdam Branch. Commending of the Berbice Branch’s performance, the Chairman noted that the profits recorded represent in excess of a fifty per cent increase from the previous year.Overall, Banks DIH recorded a profit of $4 billion. The group’s third-party revenue was $30.923 billion when compared with $30.006 billion in 2017, representing an increase of $9 million or 3 per cent. The trading profit from operations for the Group was $6.8 billion when compared with $6.196 billion achieved in 2017, representing an increase of $641.0 million or 10 per cent.Profit after tax attributable to the shareholders of the parent was $4.286 billion compared to $3.888 billion in 2017, an increase of $398 million.The value of shares increased from $34.33 to $40.15 which is an increase of 16 per cent over the year. Shareholders were given a dividend proposal of $1.10 per share representing $934.8 million. Revenue generated by the company was $27.863 billion compared to $26.548 billion in 2017, an increase of $1.315 billion or 5 per cent.Citizens Bank, which is a subsidiary of the company, recorded a before-tax profit of $1 billion. The after-tax profit was $602 million.According to Reis, within the year, the company examined and evaluated new business models which are compatible with its existing business model to create wealth and value for shareholders.“These new business models will bring into our existing business portfolio, a new generation of products and services which will foster job creation and added value.”“We continue to evaluate our traditional business model to create wealth for shareholders through the creation of new synergies, the implementation of finance and marketing initiatives and, continuing emphasis on cost reduction strategies.” He added.The company continued its tradition of presenting monetary donations to two schools – this time Winifred Gaskin Secondary and Number Five Primary School.
Sunday’s game was a different story with the local boys coming out strong gunning for first place. The final score was 7- 1 for the Flyers with a strong team effort. The offence was led by the line of Cayle Bell (3 goals, 1 assist), Bacso ( 3 assists) and Stragier (1 goal, 1 assist). Other scoring was provided by Brett Young, Brett Howard and Ryder with singles and Pedersen and Anderson chipping in with assists. Kyle Bakstad had a solid effort in goal making 31 saves. The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers played in the Chetwynd tournament this past weekend. The Flyers first game against a very strong Hythe team was a lopsided affair losing 22 – 4. Tristan Nielsen led the flyers offense with a hat trick, Spencer Prieur added a goal and an assist and Aiden Craig-Steele chipped in two assists. The Flyers went into their second game, against the host Chetwynd team, needing a win to move on to the semi’s. The Flyers took an early lead on a goal by Adam Melnyk but Chetwynd managed to tie the score before the end of the first. Chetwynd took a 2-1 lead in the second but a nice goal by Nielsen tied it at 2. Keenan Gallagher finished off a graet play by Aiden Craig-Steele to give the Flyers a 3 -2 lead. With only 3 minutes remaining Chetwynd managed to tie the game on a power play goal. Chetwynd took this momentum into the next shift and scored the winner with less then 2 minutes left on the clock. An empty net goal sealed the victory for Chetwynd winning 5-3. The Rangers scored early in the second to take a 3-1 lead but it was all Flyers after that. Wood shot in Bateman’s rebound and then Lang netted his second from James Bowie to tie the game at three at the end of the second period. Nolan Lagace gave the Flyers the lead with eight minutes left to play from Salina Edward’s pass and Harris was able to give the Flyers a little breathing room when he slammed one home from Mulligan and Sheldon Loewen. This proved to be the final goal of the game. Delfs earned the win in net. The Flyers then joined their sponsor Ross H. MacLean in Centennial Park for the lighting of the Olympic torch. The Flyers are off to Quesnel for a tournament next weekend. Petroleum Association Midget FlyersAdvertisement This weekend the Petroleum Association Midget Flyers swept a two game home series against the Dawson Creek team to complete league play in First Place. The first game on Saturday was a tight affair with neither team wanting to make the first mistake. The Flyers broke things open in the second period with defensemen Adam Bilodeau and Wyatt Anderson scoring for a 2 – 0 lead. Brennan Stragier (2 assists), Michael Bacso and Sean Ryder provided the helpers. A combination of a strong effort by the defensemen consisting of Chad Roberts, Brendan Beamish, Ryder, Dayne Pedersen, Anderson, Bilodeau and solid goaltending by Travis Mclean shut down Dawson Creek resulting in a 2 – 0 win. Below are local minor hockey results from the weekend. If you have local sports story, submit them to firstname.lastname@example.orgRoss H. MacLean Pee Wee Flyers – Advertisement – On Saturday, the Pee Wee AA Flyers had their closest game against the Grande Prairie AA Titans and scored first with a nice passing play when Alex Hartman slipped one in from Ricky Bateman and Tyler Wood. Grande Prairie scored the next four before Ralph Jarratt ripped one in from the point. It looked promising when Aiden Harris slammed one in a couple of minutes later from Jarratt and Lang, to bring the Flyers within one. In the third the Flyers had numerous chances but it was only Grande Prairie who could find the net and they added one to make it a 5-3 final. Lane Delfs started and finished the game in net but Colten Lancaster had to enter the game for 15 minutes in the middle due to equipment problems. On Sunday the Flyers results were better as they defeated High Prairie 5-4 in the morning game. Lang started the scoring when he picked off a pass and rushed in and scored one unassisted. Ryan Mulligan blasted one from the point to give the Flyers their second goal. Brysan Eklund tipped in Jordan Kosinsky’s shot from the point to tie the game at three. Ricky Bateman netted one from Hartman and Wood. Harris scored the winning goal for the Flyers. Lancaster picked up the win between the pipes. The Flyers final All Peace Game was a success when they beat the Spirit River Rangers to take second place in the league. Lang got the Flyers on the board first when he put in Harris’ rebound four minutes into the game. Spirit River answered back with two of their own to take a 2-1 lead into the second frame.Advertisement The Midget Flyers will now be playing the Rycroft team for the League playoff championship later in February. Next up for the boys is a tournament next weekend in Dawson CreekPimm’s Production Atom Flyers In the consolation final the Flyers played Hudson Hope. The Flyers dominated the game winning 7-2. Nielsen had his second hat trick of the tourney while Konnor Sawyer, Kyle Kristmanson , Spencer Prieur, and Gallagher each scored for the Flyers. Assists came form Melnyk, Craig-Steele, Sawyer, Prieur, Kristmanson and and Nielsen. The Pimm’s Production Atom Flyers next action will be a home game this weekend against LeCrete.
Among the heads of state who arrived to pay their respects were King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Iraqi President Jalal Talbani, and Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt. Arab League Secretary- General Amr Moussa said Sheik Jaber was a “wise leader.” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that under the emir Kuwait “made progress toward more political freedom, women’s rights and social justice.” The U.S. government did not comment Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Members of the ruling family, including Prime Minister Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, stood for hours at the Sulaibikat public cemetery to accept condolences from dignitaries and ordinary Kuwaitis. Sheik Sabah is the former emir’s half brother. Abdul-Rhida Asiri, head of the political science department at Kuwait University, said the prime minister will become the “de facto ruler” for now, and the ruling family could make further leadership decisions after the mourning period. The close alliance with the U.S. is not likely to change under Sheik Saad. Washington named Kuwait a major non-NATO ally in 2004. Kuwait signed a defense pact with Washington after a U.S.-led coalition fought the 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation under Saddam. The small state’s strategic significance lays mainly with its oil reserves, with some estimates ranking it fifth overall. The Al Sabah family has ruled Kuwait for more than 250 years, and enjoys the respect and approval of Kuwaitis. KUWAIT CITY – Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait and one of the United States’ closest Mideast allies, was buried in an unmarked grave Sunday in a ceremony attended by thousands of weeping citizens who mourned the death of an admired ruler. The crown prince, Sheik Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah – in his mid-70s and ailing himself – assumed the throne. But he was expected to leave control of day-to-day government affairs to the veteran prime minister, and no major policy shifts were expected. Sheik Jaber, who was restored to power by American forces after Saddam Hussein invaded the tiny, oil-rich country in 1990, was 79 when he died after 27 years in power. He was one of the few Arab rulers who supported the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam. He allowed his country to be used as a launching pad for the American drive to Baghdad. The new emir, who suffers from a colon condition and must travel abroad periodically for medical treatment, watched from a wheelchair as the body of his distant cousin, wrapped in a Kuwaiti flag, was carried shoulder-high through a crowd of 10,000 mourners and lowered into the grave after a brief Muslim prayer.
Some of the huge crowd which turned out in Letterkenny last night for the official switching on of the Christmas lights. PIc by Brian McDaid of Cristeph Studio.Christmas officially started in Letterkenny last night as hundreds of people turned out in the town for the official switching on of the festive lights.A perfect November evening put a smile on young and old faces alike as Christmas jumpers and Santa hats proved the order of the evening.Leah MUllen gives us the thumbs-up with mum Bella just before she turned on the Christmas lights in Letterkenny.Special guest on the night was Leah Mullen from Glenswilly who was officially chosen to switch on the lights after winning an art competition. And just minutes after Leah switched on the lights, a very special guest was given a lift into Market Square by the local fire service.He may be resting before his big trip but Santa looked fit and healthy and raring to deliver presents across Donegal on December 24th.Compere Keith Fletcher did a great job as did chairman of the local municipal authority Cllr Michael McBride.Santa arrives in style. Pic by Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Studio.Many local businesses got into the spirit of things and handed out cookies and hot chocolate. Town manager Dessie Larkin said the evening couldn’t have went any better.“I have been at the switching on of the lights for many years bu I think tonight was one of the best.“There was such a family atmosphere and a feeling that the countdown to Christmas has now officially started.“The people of Letterkenny should be very proud of themselves because they really put their best side out tonight,” he said. Sean Gallagher and family make the big man feel very welcome in Letterkenny. Pic by Brian McDaid. HUGE CROWDS TURN OUT AS LETTERKENNY OFFICIALLY LIGHTS UP CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 29th, 2014 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 lightsdonegalLeah MullenletterkennySANTA