Lindy Delapenha a brilliant sportsman

first_imgWhen I was a boy, I heard of him, the same way that I heard of champions like George Headley, Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, and Alfred Valentine, and when I became a young man, I finally saw him play, although he had passed his best and retired by then.What I saw, however, convinced me even then of what I had heard and read before from many people. He was the best footballer Jamaica had ever produced; he was an all-round sportsman beyond the ordinary; and he was, without a single doubt, the greatest all-round sportsman Jamaica had ever produced.Lindy Delapenha, schooled at Central Branch Primary and St Aloysius Primary, Wolmer’s Boys and Munro College, was a little man, but a multi-talented and skilful one. In fact, by showing his football prowess by the time he was 12 and representing Wolmer’s in Manning Cup football, in many ways he was a child prodigy.Before he left Wolmer’s for Munro, he had represented the school in football, cricket, track and field, and boxing, and while at Munro, he paraded his skills for all to see, and to enjoy, representing the school and winning ‘colours’ in football, cricket, tennis, boxing, gymnastics, hockey, and track and field.In 1945, in his last year in school, he did the unthinkable, and he did it on two occasions.GREAT FEATSFirst, he led Munro to the Boys’ Championship title, and he did it almost single-handedly.In the two-day event, he ran a total of 16 races, eight heats and eight finals, and finished first in the 880 yards and the mile, second in the 220 and 440 yards, the 120 yards hurdles, the long jump, and the sprint relay, and third in the 100 yards.The second unthinkable thing came in the Olivier Shield final against Calabar. With 10 minutes to go in the match, Calabar were leading 4-1, and with Delapenha on the warpath, it was soon 4-4 before, with one minute to go, Munro won a penalty and sealed the issue from the spot.That remains, to this day, one of the finest climaxes to any football match in this country, or indeed anywhere in the world.Although Delapenha played all-schools football and cricket and will be remembered as the most gifted schoolboy sportsman, even better than Franz Alexander and Micky West from Wolmer’s, his legacy is football, whether it is flying down the wing and ‘centreing’ the ball for hungry strikers or driving through the middle and peppering goalkeepers with stinging shots.His football exploits saw him becoming the first Jamaican and one of the first black men to play professional football in England when he joined Portsmouth in 1948, and later Middlesborough, where he was the leading scorer for a few years, and then Mansfield Town.Before returning home in 1964, he played for Hereford United and Burton Albion.Lindy Delapenha was an avid golfer in his later years, and he also played it well.I will always cherish the days he played for Boys’ Town and for Real Mona United in local football, however, and I will always remember his still twinkling feet and those delicately and accurately placed shots from the penalty spot.It is a pity they never twinkled a lot for Jamaica. He was the best, bar none.last_img read more

Pressure mounts on Police to expedite probe

first_imgKN grenade attackKressure is mounting on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to intensify its probe into the hurling of a live hand grenade, which was reportedly found near the vehicle of the Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall.The Guyana Press Association (GPA) is the latest body to mount calls for the Police to execute an in-depth investigation into the presence of the explosive near Lall’s vehicle on Saturday evening.“Regardless of the motive, the act alone has a chilling effect on press freedom,” the GPA said in a statement Monday, as it called on the intellectual authors or perpetrators to desist from such dastardly acts.“All stakeholders in the international community, Opposition, Government and civil society must speak out against what seems like a calculated act to intimidate the work of Kaieteur News. The media in Guyana must be allowed to carry out its crucial work of being society’s watchdog, ensuring transparency and efficacy in State and the Private Sector, without frightening distractions like these,” the GPA said .The Press Association said it took note of the Government’s “prompt” statement condemning the attack and of its full support for the Police in probing the matter.“We stand in solidarity with the staff of Kaieteur News and the wider media community in this period,” the Association said.Meanwhile, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) in a statement on Monday also condemned the act.“If this is a heinous attempt to muzzle the media, such actions have no place in our democratic society and we urge the Guyana Police Force to expedite their investigation so as to bring the perpetrators to justice in the shortest possible time,” the PSC said.The Commission said that it stood with Kaieteur News and the rest of the media fraternity on this issue.On Sunday, the Times Media Group, comprising Guyana Times, TVG Ch 28 and RGI 89.5, also condemned in the strongest possible language the attack.“The press and, by extension, the media, is regarded as the ‘fourth estate’ because of the role it plays in securing the freedom of all the other estates – especially the ordinary citizens. Any act that can be construed as acting to intimidate the media constitutes an attack on the foundations of democracy. That the act was done while the personnel of the newspaper were mourning the passing of a respected Journalist makes the action even more reprehensible,” the statement said.The Times Media Group said it expected the Police to “respond with the highest level of professionalism and diligence so that the perpetrators of the dastardly act will be brought to justice”.Shortly after the attack, the Government of Guyana issued a statement condemning the incident.The Government said it was alarmed by the attempted “act of domestic terrorism” against Kaieteur News which has been in the forefront “of aggressively and relentlessly reporting on the findings of the many audits of state agencies, the revelations that have oftentimes been explosive”.“The coalition Government stands resolutely in defence of press freedom in Guyana and condemns, in the strongest possible manner, this heinous and dastardly act of cowardice against Kaieteur News. The coalition Government is thankful, as are all right-thinking Guyanese, that no lives or limbs were lost and there was no damage to property,” the Government said in the statement.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) also condemned the act and called for an impartial investigation into the incident.However, a Party official said the PPP/C was taking note of the ill-informed and unfounded conclusion of the APNU/AFC Government that the attack stemmed from the Kaieteur News reporting on the recent audits, seeking to somehow pin this dastardly act on the PPP. The official remained that the PPP/C when it took office in 1992 was the Party that restored press freedom in Guyana and, as such, would not seek to undermine this sacred right.The official also reminded that the local media was allowed, unhindered for 23 years, to criticise the work of the PPP/C while in office.The Party official reissued a call for the Police to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.last_img read more

Trial continues into death of elderly pedestrian

first_img… Police Sergeant cross-examinedAs the trial continued into the death of an elderly pedestrian, Police Sergeant Thunia on Friday took the witness stand in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.Sergeant Thunia was cross-examined by Attorney-at-Law Leslie Sobers.However, the matter was adjourned until April 10, 2018 for the caution statement to be tendered.Accused: Cleveland SoftleighFifty-two-year-old Cleveland Softleigh, a grocery store owner of Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was charged with causing death by dangerous driving on July 29, 2017, at Herstelling Public Road, EBD.It is alleged that he drove motor car PKK 3251 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Ingrid James.Softleigh denied the charge that was filed against him and was granted bail in the sum of $1 million.Moreover, his lawyer indicated that his client strongly denied any guilt or fault on his part.According to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question, around 20:20h, the vehicle driven by Softleigh was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the East Bank Public Road when it struck the deceased, who was in the process of crossing the road from the western side.The victim’s body, which was tossed some distance away owing to the impact, was taken in an unconscious state by the accused to the Diamond Hospital, where she died.The driver was then arrested and taken into Police custody, where he was charged with the present offence.At the time of her death, the then 64-year-old woman resided at Lot 1294 Section C, Block Y, Golden Grove, EBD.last_img read more

Constable stabbed, man shot during scuffle at City Hall

first_imgA civilian and a member of the City Constabulary were injured on Friday morning during a scuffle in the compound of the Mayor and City Council.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Constable Rawle Bobb was stabbed to the mouth by the civilian and in retaliation, the Constable whipped out his service weapon and shot the man to his foot. Reports are the incident occurred at about 09:30h after the civilian, who was sentenced to do community work at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts returned to the outpost to enquire about his pedal cycle that was left there.This enquiry, Guyana Times understands, led to a heated argument between the two men which quickly escalated into an altercation. As a result, a door at the outpost broke off and it was this that angered the Constable further. The civilian reportedly armed himself with an improvised “jucker” and stabbed the city Constable to his mouth and in return, the Constable shot the suspect to his foot. They were both taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they were admitted.When contacted, Chief Constable Andrew Foo indicated that the matter is being investigated. He said from what was reported, he is of the understanding that the civilian entered the City Constabulary to “claim a cycle”. “He was being spoken to by one of the ranks. He became disorderly. He attacked the rank and stabbed him to the face and mouth,” Foo said.last_img read more

CCPA BC calls for immediate ban on fracking near Peace River dams

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling for an immediate ban on fracking close to B.C. Hydro’s two existing Peace River dams as well as the Site C Project.The CCPA says fracking should be halted until a full public inquiry determines whether a comprehensive ban is warranted.According to the CCPA, after reviewing hundreds of documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request, it shows that B.C. Hydro’s Peace Canyon Dam could fail in the aftermath of an earthquake triggered by fracking operations.- Advertisement -In November of 2018, the second-largest fracking-induced earthquake in B.C. was triggered at a fracking operation 20 kilometres from the Site C Project, resulting in a “strong jolt” at the site.The CCPA is also calling for B.C. Hydro to conduct an immediate threat assessment at the Peace Canyon Dam and undertake all necessary seismic upgrades.last_img read more

Ukraine starlet becomes Pep Guardiola’s latest Manchester City signing

first_img1 Oleksandr Zinchenko Manchester City have confirmed the signing of teenage midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko.The 19-year-old was one of the bright young sparks at Euro 2016 and shone for Ukraine, even though they crashed out in the group stages.A number of Europe’s top clubs have been chasing the FC Ufa midfielder and he had several offers on the table.But he has now opted to link up with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad, joining City for an undisclosed fee and penning a five-year contract.Zinchenko scored twice in 26 appearances last season for FC Ufa, having moved to the Russian club from Shakhtar Donetsk on a free transfer in 2015.He made his debut for Ukraine in October and featured in all three of their games at Euro 2016.He joins Nolito and Ilkay Gundogan in moving to City this summer.center_img Manchester City are pleased to announce the transfer of Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa.— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 4, 2016last_img read more


first_imgTHE trial of three Polish men on charges of aggravated assault collapsed at Letterkenny Circuit Court after the alleged victim refused to give evidence against them, telling a judge: “I will sort this out myself when I get back.”Before the court in a trial before a jury were Przemeek Kieloch, 44A Glencar Park, Letterkenny, Arkadiusz Laskowski, 29 Whitethorn Grove, Letterkenny and Wojcieck Loiskowski, pictured, 60 Cnockard Park, Letterkenny.The prosecution alleged the men were part of a gang which burst into a house in the town in March 2012 and beat Jaroslav Lupinski. DPP lawyer Patricia McLaughlin, outlining the case to the jury, said the assault case was serious in that the victim had been the subject to an attack which involved him being hit with an iron bar as well as being repeatedly punched.But there was shock in court No 2 in Letterkenny when Mr Lupinski was asked to give evidence via video link from Poland where he is serving a prison sentence.He repeatedly told Ms McLaughlin that he was assaulted but that he would not be giving evidence against the men.His view – translated by an interpreter in the Letterkenny court room – was that he wanted to return to Ireland to give his evidence. He is due to be released in just six weeks.“Nothing was done in my case for two years and now suddenly everyone wants to do something,” complained the father of two.He told Ms McLaughlin: “You can throw this (the case) in the bin.”Judge Comerford told Mr Lupinski that under Irish law he had to answer questions put to him.But the alleged victim said: “I will sort this out myself when I get back (to Ireland).”The judge warned that Mr Lupinski had just committed a “very serious criminal offence”.“The Polish authorities should be contacted and told what has happened with this witness,” he said.However he agreed Mr Lupinski was not in contempt of court because he was appearing from a Polish court room.The judge asked the interpreter to tell the alleged victim that the prosecution had been brought and that he was obliged to cooperate.“I have no time for this sillyness – the court can put it into the bin,” replied Mr Lupinski.“That might be Irish law, but it’s not Polish law. I will just deal it with myself.”The three accused men sat in court watching the exchanges.Defence lawyers asked for the case to be thrown out, on the grounds they would be unable to cross-examine Mr Lupinski who was refusing to give evidence.Ms McLaughlin asked for an adjournment whilst she sought the opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).When the case resumed she told the judge that the DPP had advised that a Nolle prosequi be entered in all three cases – effectively dropping the case against the three men.It’s understood Mr Lupinski is due back in Letterkenny in mid-June.ASSAULT TRIAL COLLAPSES AS WITNESS TELLS JUDGE: “I WILL SORT THIS OUT MYSELF” was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:assaultcase collapsedcourtJaroslav Lupinski.letterkennyPOLISHlast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI in Letterkenny have arrested two more crime suspects – taking the number of arrests to seven in less than 24 hours.Two men were arrested at the weekend after a substantial number of items were taken from a shed at the back of a house on the outskirts of the town at Carrygawley.Officers moved quickly after a tip-off and later arrested two men at the Neil T Blaney Road in the town. All the stolen items were recovered.The men are among EIGHT people who will appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday charged with a range of offences.In the most serious incident in Bridgend on Sunday, two Garda officers were injured.They were later released from hospital. Politicians have welcomed the quick work of the Gardai.But officers are keen to point out that the unsung heroes are the members of the public whose vigilance helped in many of the arrests of the past three days.“We can’t fight crime without the help of the public and the vigilance shown by so many people in recent weeks has been incredible,” said one senior officer.How we broke the news on the Moville and Bridgend cases can be seen here: CRIMEWAVE CRACKDOWN: GARDAI ARREST TWO MORE BURGLARY SUSPECTS was last modified: January 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CRIMEWAVE CRACKDOWN: GARDAI ARREST TWO MORE BURGLARY SUSPECTSlast_img read more

State must let inmate have abortion

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Missouri officials must let a pregnant inmate have an abortion, the Supreme Court said Monday, rejecting an appeal by anti-abortion Gov. Matt Blunt. State officials in Missouri, which has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country, argued that taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for transporting the woman to an abortion clinic. “I don’t think the justices have ever wanted to have this fight under the bright glare of a political spotlight,” said Stephen Wermiel, an American University law professor. Blunt criticized the court, saying its decision “is highly offensive to traditional Missouri values and is contrary to state law, which prohibits taxpayer dollars from being spent to facilitate abortions.” last_img read more

Almost 90% of harvest still in the ground in Donegal

first_imgClose to 90pc of spring cereal crops remain to be cut in Donegal as continuous heavy rains have brought the harvest in the county to a standstill.The wet weather has restricted harvesting to a handful of days over the last three weeks and ground conditions have deteriorated badly.“The combines haven’t moved in close to two weeks. It’s shocking bad. Two or three dry days is all we’ve had in the last three weeks,” said Peter Lynch, the IFA grain chairman in Donegal. “Ground conditions are now the big worry,” he told Lynch said fields that were usually very dry were now holding a lot of surface water. Heavier land is not trafficable.“We’ll need three of four good dry days before we can go anywhere near crops. It’s not going to be simple if the weather doesn’t improve,” Mr Lynch admitted.The one positive for growers is that crops are generally standing up very well, apart from some early signs of sprouting. Teagasc’s Martin McCullough maintained that the situation in the county was “not desperate yet” but he conceded that the weather will need to improve.Get the latest news from the Farming Independent team 3 times a week. Sign UpThe Teagasc advisor pointed out that over 50mm of rain fell in east Donegal in just two days the weekend before last, and that it had rained nearly every day since.With close to 4,500ac of spring barley left to be cut, along with small acreages of wheat and oats, IFA members from other parts of the country have offered to bring in combines to help local growers.“We’ve had plenty of offers from other growers on the [IFA] grain committee to send us up combines, and that’s great, but its weather we need not combines,” Mr Lynch said. Almost 90% of harvest still in the ground in Donegal was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:cropsdonegalharvestlast_img read more