Nelson received scoring from an unlikely source as defenceman Patrick Croome had three helpers to lead the short-staffed Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Sicamous Eagles in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Croome led a Nelson team that was missing two key defenceman and team leaders, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierrie, both out of the lineup due to suspension.“Coming out with a short bench we knew this was going to be tough, but it was awesome the way we were able to come out in the second and take control,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap following the game.“Not only half of our defensive core was gone, but we were also missing a line so we were down to nine forwards,” Dunlap added.“We had a lot of guys injured but we were able to battle through and it showed out on the ice because no one was an individual out there . . . everyone was working as a team.”Not only did Nelson suffer its first regulation loss of the season Friday, a 4-2 setback to Kimberley Dynamiters at home, but the Leafs also lost Cramer and St. Pierre in the process to suspension.Cramer was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty in the final 10 minutes of the game — an infraction that carries with it a 10-minute misconduct and a one-game suspension.Meanwhile St. Pierre was hit with another checking-to-the-head penalty. The infraction cost the heavy hitter a two-game suspension due to an accumulation of head infractions.The loss of two veterans saw the versatile Blair Andrews move back to the blueline to help the defensive core. The move didn’t pay early dividends as two giveaways by Leaf players led to a 2-0 lead for the visiting Eagles after 20 minutes on goals by Nathan Piessis and Tyson Taylor.However, in the second period Croome & Company were able to take advantage to mental errors by the Eagles to pump in six consecutive goals — three coming in the opening five minutes of the frame take a 6-2 lead into the second intermission.Sicamous, a team that opened witih eight shots in the first frame, was held to just four in the second period as Nelson outshot the visitors 26-4.“We knew we had to score the first goal in the second . . . it was huge for us,” said Dunlap, who was convinced by Leaf new coach Dave McLellan to return to the team before training camp.“If they would have scored . . .. Being down 2-0 we were kind of down on ourselves. But we were able to come in to the room, regroup and were able to take it to them in the second.”Matt MacDonald and Jay Sidhu, each with a pair, Austin Lindsay and Cody Paivarinta, scored for Nelson.Dunlap said Sicamous gave the Leafs life by taking so many penalties in the second frame.“We’ve got a new power play system for us this year and it’s working really well for us,” said Dunlap.In the third the Leafs held the fort, even though Eagles’ forward Korwin Shewchuk was able to score once on goalie Adam Maida, who had a bounce back game between the pipes for Nelson.The strong second period gave Nelson the edge on shots, 40-23 and a win for Maida in the Leaf nets.LEAF NOTES: Nelson dressed 15 players for Sunday’s contest. . . .The offensive performance of Patrick Croome earned the rearguard Nelson’s Player-of-the-game honours. — Despite the weekend split, Nelson, 4-1-1-1, maintains a one-point advantage in Murdoch Division standings over Spokane Braves. Spokane split in a weekend series against Grand Forks. The Bruins won 3-0 Friday in the Boundary City before Spokane won the rematch 8-0 at home Sunday. Sicamous defeated Spokane 3-2 Saturday in Spokane. . . .The three points by Croome (three goals, five assists) moves the Calgary native into second spot in Leaf scoring, one point behind Rayce Miller (five goals, four assists). . . . Nelson, 3-1-1-1, completes its home stand Friday against Chase at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2015)–Fox Hill Farms’ Kentuckian, a dazzling 11 length first out maiden winner on March 7 at Golden Gate Fields, heads a deep and competitive field of nine 3-year-olds going six furlongs in Sunday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian was dispatched as the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of eight at Golden Gate and drew off easily under Russell Baze while covering six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.80 A $610,000 Keeneland September yearling, Kentuckian is by two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow and is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Forest Music. Kentuckian, who earned a Beyer Speed figure of 90 in the maiden win, drew post position two and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Trainer Dan Hendricks will saddle combacking Om, who has been idle since breaking his maiden by 7 ¼ lengths at Del Mar on Aug. 9. Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om is a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings and he earned a San Pedro best last-out Beyer of 98 in running 6 ½ furlongs on Polytrack in 1:15.60. A well beaten fifth at 5-2 first time out on June 20, Om was off at 22-1 for the maiden score under Fernando Perez, who rides him back. Trainer Art Sherman’s Well Maybe comes off a solid 2 ½ length allowance win going 6 ½ furlongs Feb. 21 and seeks his third consecutive win for owner Ed Allred. With regular rider Joe Talamo out for the week due to a sore shoulder, Mike Smith will take over from the rail. A Florida-bred gelding by Yes It’s True, Well Maybe has two wins from three starts. Although he’s stopped badly in his last two starts, the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle Stakes on Feb. 15 and the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente on Feb. 1, trainer Peter Miller’s Serbian Syclone has a good outside draw with new pilot Tyler Baze and the cutback in distance may also be to his liking. A Kentucky-bred colt by Wildcat Heir, Serbian Syclone is owned by Rockingham Ranch and has two wins from five starts. The only graded stakes winner in the lineup, trainer Michael McCarthy’s No Problem took the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back at Del Mar Nov. 15 and he’s also the leading money earner in the field with $92,860 to his credit. Fifth, beaten 14 ½ lengths two starts back by recent Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20, No Problem ran an even fifth in the 6 ½ furlong turf Baffle Stakes Feb. 15. A Kentucky-bred ridgling by Munnings, he would appear better suited to the conditions of the San Pedro. Hronis Racing’s Yiannis prevailed by a nose going 5 ½ furlongs in his debut over Gimme Da Lute, who flattered Yiannis by breaking his maiden versus California-breds in his next start and by registering a sensational 5 ¼ length win in Santa Anita’s Echo Eddie Stakes last Saturday. A $560,000 2-year-old in training sale purchase in March, 2014, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Midshipman was the 4-5 favorite in his debut. The complete field for the San Pedro Stakes, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Well Maybe, Mike Smith, 117; Kentuckian, Rafael Bejarano, 115; The Man, Martin Garcia, 115; Guy Code, Gonzalo Nicolas, 115; Gloria’s Angelo, Drayden Van Dyke, 115; Yiannis, Victor Espinoza, 115; Om, Fernando Perez, 115; No Problem, Santiago Gonzalez, 122, and Serbian Syclone, Tyler Baze, 117. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE DAZZLING 11 LENGTH WINNER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS MARCH 7
The candidate for the presidency of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Iker Casillas has suggested that the season postponed by the coronavirus pandemic could resume in “3 or 4 months” and end in December, being played in a “calendar year”, in order to adapt to the 2022 Qatar World Cup, to be held in November.“How do you solve the dates of European football? Do you cancel the season? Do you take the competition to a calendar year? That is, if everything goes well in 3-4 months, play the remainder and put cup and Champions League and European finals League in December. The next World Cup is in November 2022. Settings “, he noted in his official Twitter account. How do you solve the dates of European football? Do you cancel season? Do you take the competition to a calendar year? That is, if everything goes well in 3-4 months, play the remainder and put the cup and CL and EL finals in December. The next @FIFAWorldCup it is on NOV 2022. Adjustments. 🧐– Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) April 5, 2020On February 17, Casillas announced that he would run for the presidential elections of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) scheduled for this 2020 and in which he will compete, at least, with the current president of that body, Luis Rubiales .The Madrid goalkeeper clarified that he informed his current club, Porto, of his decision, which is part of his coaching staff after the myocardial infarction he suffered on May 1 during training.
“It was annoying,” Embiid said of getting used to the mask. “But that was the only way I could play in this game, if I wore the mask and protected my face with goggles. I had to work through it and I did.”Thursday began with the 76ers saying Embiid wasn’t likely to play. His status was upgraded to probable in the afternoon and then he finally was inserted into the starting lineup — medical clearance coming from the team, mask clearance coming from the NBA after the league signed off on the dark, translucent, carbon-fiber, goggled apparatus that was made in consultation with independent experts.The mask came off a couple times, the goggles were askew at times as well — Heat forward Justise Winslow even stomping on them once for good measure, a play that Brown chalked up to the intensity of playoff basketball — but in the end Embiid found a way.“It’s definitely a different look when you have an All-Star back in the lineup,” Winslow said. “It changes things, for sure.”Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid’s playoff debut was a smashing success for Philadelphia. The All-Star center returned from a 10-game absence by scoring 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced matters, and the 76ers reclaimed control of their Eastern Conference first-round series by topping the Miami Heat 128-108 on Thursday night.The 76ers outscored the Heat 32-14 in the fourth quarter, and took a 2-1 lead in the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I am just so proud of what he did,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Rightly so, too. Embiid started the day doubtful, ended it dominant, and had plenty of help as well. Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each scored 21 for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.Embiid banked in a turnaround straightaway jumper — a fortuitous bounce — to put Philadelphia up nine late, then connected on a 3-pointer and added a pair of throws to start the spurt that put away the game.Meanwhile, Miami couldn’t find any sort of stride.Hassan Whiteside was mired in foul trouble and ineffective, finishing the night all of 1 for 1 from the field for five points. Dwyane Wade, who Miami needed to be superb in the win at Philadelphia in Game 2, shot 2 for 10. Wayne Ellington, Miami’s single-season leader in 3-pointers after making a record 227 this season, was 1 for 5 from the floor.The Heat won Game 2 by controlling the physical battle.Game 3 was another street fight, and Philadelphia didn’t back down. Philly won Game 1 by dominating the second half, and Game 3 went a similar way. The 76ers outscored Miami 74-43 in the second half of Game 1, and 65-44 in the second half on Thursday.“It’s clear that the first game and the third game were played on their terms,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.TIP-INS76ers: Philadelphia had a pair of shooters fouled beyond the 3-point line in the first quarter: Robert Covington made two of his three free throws, and Belinelli turned his chance into a four-point play. … Embiid missed his first five shots, then put his finger to his lips in the universal “shush” sound to the crowd after getting his first one to fall.Heat: Winslow’s previous season high for scoring was 18. … Wade, who carried Miami to the win at Philadelphia in Game 2, didn’t get his first field goal in this one until 2:46 was left in the third. … The Heat allowed Philadelphia to shoot 51 percent.MANY WHISTLESThe teams combined for 56 personal fouls — Heat 30, 76ers 26. Each team also was whistled for three technicals. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with his teammates late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. The 76ers won 128-108. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI— Joel Embiid had trouble with his new mask.It didn’t slow him down.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona on brink of title Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES IN MEMORIAMThe game was preceded by a moment of silence to remember the lives of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, and former first lady Barbara Bush. Brown is a former a Spurs assistant who has remained close with the Popovich family, and said Erin Popovich “was a star, like a real star. A very strong woman, and somebody that will be missed.”WELCOME BACKAmong those in the sold-out crowd were former Heat point guards Mario Chalmers and Jason Williams, the starters on Miami’s three NBA championship teams. Both got warm ovations when shown on the videoboards around the arena.UP NEXTGame 4 is Saturday in Miami, a rare 2:30 p.m. start.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’
‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ For the fifth straight year, Ateneo is taking on National University for the UAAP men’s volleyball title.With Marck Espejo blasting away, Ateneo dismantled Far Eastern University’s twice-to-beat edge Wednesday for a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Ceres-Negros advances to Asean zonal semifinals despite loss to Home United Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Espejo delivered 36 points, a few days after unloading a league-record 55 points in the first game of the Final Four. Setter Ish Polvorosa opened the firing lanes with 40 excellent sets.NU ousted University of Santo Tomas in the other semifinal bracket.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ View comments The win lined the Blue Eagles up for a rare “four-peat.” The two teams have faced each other in the finals since Season 76, which NU won.The Finals opener will be on Saturday noon, serving as appetizer to the women’s title match between La Salle and FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut the road wasn’t that easy for Ateneo as it encountered a rough patch in the elimination rounds.“We didn’t expect to be in the finals this year,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “We struggled in the first and second rounds and just doing the right thing, believing in the process and having faith.” 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Rain or Shine still had the chance to tie the game but Ginebra made one last defensive stop courtesy of a Thompson steal off an inbound pass by Norwood as time expired.Thompson finished with only six points but it was in the other departments where he showed his value. Aside from the game-sealing steal, the crafty guard also had a couple of crucial rebounds, including an offensive board that resulted to a basket by Tenorio that gave Ginebra a 95-90 cushion with 37.9 seconds remaining.“He seemed like he was grabbing everything, jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan and getting that offensive rebound. He just makes me speechless. Those were the plays of the game. Joe played great but I thought Scottie was going to be the player of the game just because of the rebounds he got because they were all super clutch,” Cone marvelled.The 6-foot-1 Thompson had 10 rebounds, one more than the total rebounds combined by his towering teammates Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar. He also had three steals.Justin Brownlee, who had 44 points in a 75-72 win in Game 3, struggled from the field, making only four of his 14 attempts but he more than made up for his offensive woes with game-highs of 17 rebounds and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ginebra blew a double-digit lead but drew big plays from the likes of Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio to outduel Rain or Shine down the stretch.“I’m so relieved we don’t have to play a Game 5 against this team. What an incredible battle,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “They never went away and we couldn’t separate ourselves from them. They’re just really tough down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’re happy to be where we are, we’re happy to be playing San Miguel. You wanna have a great challenge and there’s nothing more challenging in our league than playing this San Miguel which might be the greatest team of all time. I mean, they could very well be the greatest team of all time,” Cone added.The Kings had the lead majority of the game but the Elasto Painters were never discouraged despite falling behind by as much as 14 and just kept coming back. The Painters briefly pulled ahead, 90-88, on a jumper by Gabe Norwood before Tenorio answered right away with a go-ahead 3-pointer, 91-90, with 2:08 left and the Kings never trailed again. World-class Ironman triathlete on mend from broken neck Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Reggie Johnson powered the top-seeded Painters with 22 points and 16 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra survived Rain or Shine, 96-94, and advanced to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings arranged a best-of-seven finals showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer beginning Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Newly signed winger William Freeman shake hands with BYC II president Nathaniel Sherman. (Photo credit: BYC.) Former NPA Anchors winger William Freeman has joined Barrack Young Controllers on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.The young winger officially joined the club yesterday after signing his contract at the Blue Field.“We are delighted to add William Freeman a skillful and fast winger to our team for the upcoming LFA league season,” the club said on their official Facebook page.Freeman joined a new breed of players earlier signed by BYC since the start of the ongoing transfer season.Freeman said he is delighted to join one of the best clubs in the Liberian first division championship and hope to deliver outstanding performance that will earn him a starting position on the team.The young winger was part of NPA Anchors’ squad that lost in the final of the LISCR Trust Tournament. The winger helped his team advance to the final after defeating Monrovia Club Breweries and Bristol FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.BYC have so far signed 14 new players from first and second division clubs with the objective of preparing for the upcoming season. Some of the new players signed by the club were sent to the junior team, BYC II that competes in the second tier of the Liberian national league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Irfaan AliPresidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Irfaan Ali has flagged the now caretaker coalition Government for neglecting the mining sector, noting that its counterproductive policies have destroyed the once flourishing sector.According to Ali, the neglect of the gold production and export sector is causing the industry to shrink. He also lamented on the declining and inaccurate levels of gold declaration.“Had it not been for the two large gold mines established under the PPP/C, gold production would have been at a standstill, killing this once vibrant sector that sustained the Guyanese economy following the global financial crisis,” he posited.Today, Ali went on to say Guyana is becoming a conduit for smuggled gold from Venezuela and other countries. With this, he noted the country runs the risk of losing international export markets. This is further compounded by the fact that President David Granger has refused to meet the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) over the past three years, despite pleadings and begging by miners, he added.The PPP Presidential Candidate further criticised the coalition administration for its lack of clear mining policy and framework to better manage the sector, in spite of the efforts made under the PPP/C to improve governance and security of the industry.“The mining sector is one of the key economic drivers of our economy. Today, our miners who work to sustain developing communities are totally neglected with their true livelihood in jeopardy due to a callous and uncaring Government,” Ali asserted.Chief among the poor policies of the APNU/AFC administration, he pointed out are the burdensome taxes that have negatively affected recapitalisation and increase transactional cost. He further mentioned the lack of inventions in infrastructure which has led to higher cost of transportation and increased cost of production.Other areas which Ali flagged the now caretaker coalition Government over include: the removal of incentives that brought cost savings to miners and hinterland communities; leakages and favouritism in the distribution of mining properties and claims, and neglect, mismanagement and corruption.To this end, the PPP’s Presidential Candidate outlined a few of the initiatives his party intends to pursue to revive in the industry, should it get into office at the upcoming elections.Among these are the removal value-added tax (VAT) on hinterland travel and freight to benefit not only mining sector, but residents and communities; removal of fee imposed by the coalition Government to sell gold; removal of sliding scale imposed by Government and replace it with 2% final tax; and the removal VAT on machinery and equipment.Moreover, Ali disclosed that a PPP administration will also support easier transportation for the mining and forestry sectors as well as communities by reducing travel time and cost. This, he explained, will be done by investing a minimum of $2 billion annually to support hinterland roads.Additionally, he noted too that under a PPP regime, Guyanese can expect to see the establishment of a fairer and more equitable system for the distribution of mining property along with reviewing the onerous documentation required by small miners.
…several flyovers reportedThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has begun investigations into whether Venezuela has in recent days beenForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge updates media operatives on Wednesday evening on the possible illegal flyovers made by Venezuelaconducting illegal flights over Guyana’s Essequibo territory to which it has resuscitated claims, with a view to creating maps for that country which will include two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.This is according to Foreign Affairs Minister, Vice President Carl Greenidge, who on Wednesday during an interaction with media operatives at the Georgetown Club, called the action “irresponsible and dangerous” on the part of the Venezuelans, if substantiated.Vice President Greenidge said the matter has already since been communicated to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.According to Greenidge, there are currently unconfirmed reports emanating from our western neighbour that that country has been conducting flights over Guyana’s Essequibo “with a view to completing an atlas of Venezuela which will include two thirds of Guyana”.Greenidge told the local media that the information has since been passed on to the GDF with a view to investigate and substantiate whether the claims are in fact true.Conceding the Guyanese military’s shortcomings to undertake such a mission, Vice President Greenidge said international help has been sought.He reminded too that as recent as last week, Guyana left with the Secretary General a document which “sets out our concerns about the escalating behaviour of Venezuela and the consequences of some of the steps taken”.According to Vice President Greenidge, the entire affair is “something we view with the greatest concern”.He told media operatives Venezuela was reportedly also doing digital mapping of Guyana’s sovereign territory with the aim of getting details for its maps, “but the over flights themselves are illegal in international law”, should the report of them prove true.The news of the illegal flyover comes on the heels of a condemnatory statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guyana a day earlier lambasting a statement by the Venezuelan Government on the 117th anniversary of the 1899 Arbitral Award handed down in Paris regarding the border controversy between Guyana and that country.The missive from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Venezuela marked the occasion with an insulting statement unworthy of a law-abiding member of the international community.“Its statement is a reaffirmation of Venezuela’s disrespect for the rule of law among nations. It is a frenzied display of ill temper from forces with whom history has caught up, revealing the tangled web of falsehoods on which their specious claims to Guyana’s Essequibo were built,” the Ministry’s statement said.“The Venezuelan statement of October 4, 2016 perpetuates the falsities that have marked its predatory campaign and have continued in relation to Guyana’s maritime space. Its greed for territory has added a new dimension of Guyana’s maritime resources,” it said.According to the Ministry, “Guyana continues to uphold and respect the Arbitral Award of 1899. It will defend its validity in the world’s highest courts and expose Venezuela’s sordid efforts to besmirch Guyana’s development agenda.”Outgoing United Nations Secretary General Ban has pledged to assess the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela before he leaves office.During a meeting with Guyana’s President David Granger on the sidelines of the just concluded UN General Assembly, Ban said his assessment would most likely be given in November.Granger, who accepted the timetable, has committed to providing the Secretary General with any additional information needed to complete the assessment.
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