Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, gestures to his teammates while being guarded by Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-117. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game.With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper.LeBron James’ inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Hollywood. His most impressive game yet for the Lakers included a bit of history when he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s career scoring list.The superstar with no shortage of historic achievements was more excited about leading his surging new team to yet another win.James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, roaring past Chamberlain for fifth place on the scoring chart and leading the Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain’s 31,419 points on that three-point play with 3:55 to go. LeBron finished a memorable night with 31,425 points, and fell just short of his 75th triple-double during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers.Afterward, James praised Chamberlain as “One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game, along with Shaq. One of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game. A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game.”James already has moved from seventh to fifth on the career scoring list during his first 14 games with Los Angeles, passing Dirk Nowitzki and Chamberlain. Five of the top six scorers in NBA history have suited up for the Lakers — including Chamberlain, whose No. 13 hangs high above the Staples Center court.James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of “M-V-P!” raining down from the Staples Center crowd.But the kid from Akron will never let it get to his head.In fact, he will donate his jersey and the game ball to his I Promise School back in Ohio.“Anytime my name is mentioned with some of the greats to play this game, I always think back to my hometown, where I come from, how far I’ve come,” James said.Before the Lakers embark on a three-game trip that includes his return to Cleveland on Nov. 21, James showed his new home fans what they can expect in big moments — as if any basketball fan with a pulse didn’t already know. He scored 16 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth, never allowing Portland to make a final run during the Lakers’ fourth consecutive win.“We did a lot of nice things, but we did a lot of sloppy things tonight,” coach Luke Walton said. “A lot of soft defense.”There was bad news on a triumphant night, too: After the game, Walton revealed that Rajon Rondo broke his right hand, apparently while making a steal in the fourth quarter. The veteran point guard will be sidelined for at least a few weeks, and starter Lonzo Ball’s so-far moderate workload is likely to increase.“It’s tough,” James said. “He’s one of our captains, one of our leaders. I know he’ll get right to it with his rehab, but it’s next man up.”Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 in the Trail Blazers’ first road loss to the Lakers since Feb. 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples. Portland has lost two straight to the Lakers after winning 16 in a row.“LeBron, it was a dominant performance,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ”(Scoring) 44 points on 19 shots, that doesn’t happen too often. When he’s hitting his 3s and putting his head down, he’s tough to stop.”JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers’ sixth win in seven games. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) is already finding its groove in its first season with James and his fellow veterans joining a young core. Los Angeles is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard played without restrictions after missing practice to rest his right knee. … Portland’s four-game winning streak ended, but the Blazers are still on top of the Northwest Division. … Jusuf Nurkic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 18 points.Lakers: The 6-foot-5 Josh Hart blocked a dunk attempt by the 7-foot Nurkic in the first quarter. … Michael Beasley didn’t play, but the veteran was back in uniform after missing several recent games for undisclosed personal reasons. He hasn’t played since Oct. 25.HEAVY HITSThe Blazers delivered two hard fouls against James in the fourth quarter, both requiring him to spend an extra moment recovering. McCollum floored James with a foul that was upgraded to a flagrant foul with 4:38 left, and then Nurkic appeared to use his two fists to make a crybaby gesture when talking to officials about it.“LeBron carried them,” Nurkic said. “When he’s making shots, outside shots, he’s tough to handle.”FAMILIAR FOESThe teams were meeting for the third time in four weeks already this season, a schedule quirk that didn’t particularly please either coach. The Blazers spoiled LeBron’s debut with the Lakers in a 128-119 win at Portland last month, but the Lakers replied by ending their 16-game skid in the rivalry by beating the Blazers 114-110 just 16 days later in the Moda Center. The clubs don’t have their final meeting until the regular-season finale at Staples Center on April 9.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Minnesota on Friday night.Lakers: At Orlando on Saturday night.___More AP NBA: www.apnews.com/tag/NBA and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports
The squad moves into camp this weekend at PNGFA Academy with their assistant coach Reginald Davani from November 09-13.Prior to the qualifiers, countries will have to participate in the 2016 Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup which acts as Stage 2 of Oceania’s.The OFC Nations Cup will take place from May 28 – June 11, 2016 with games to be played at Sir John Guise Stadium and the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.Along with being the next step on the Road to Russia, the Nations Cup offers entry to the 2017 Confederations Cup for the winners.It also attracts a global audience thanks to the tournament’s role in the region’s World Cup qualifying pathway.The Nations Cup will be played out between two groups of four teams, with the top two sides advancing to the semi-finals.Group A is made up of New Caledonia, PNG and Samoa, who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers OFC Stage 1 in September, with the group rounded out by defending champions Tahiti.Group B consists of four-time champions New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.The top three nations in each group will progress to qualifiers OFC Stage 3.Assistant coach Reginald Davani said as PNGFA continues to build the foundations for the team’s campaign towards the Nations Cup, his task now is to assess, assemble and put the best team forward for the qualifiers in Russia.Davani highlighted that the squad mainly reflects on the U23 players that participated in the 2015 Pacific Games. The squad: Goal Keepers – Leslie KALAI, Ismael POLE, Ronald WARISAN, Charles LEPANI; Central Defenders – Valentine NELSON, John RAY, Joshua TALAU, Agi MOSES, Japhet TIAMPO; Full Backs – Daniel JOE, Koriak UPAIGA, Roland BALA, Jeremy YASASA, Otto KUSUNAN; Mid-field – Jacob SABUA, Darren STEVEN, Nathan JAMES, Simon EMMANUEL, Troy GUNEMBA, David MUTA, Michael FOSTER; Forwards – Raymond GUNEMBA, Nigel DABINYABA, Papalau AWELE, Patrick AISA, Neil HANS, Emmanuel AIREM, Tommy SEMMY, Basil JOFARI.Extended List – Rodney MOBIHA, John BAI, Jamal SEETO, Makis GELMAL and Vanya MALAGIAN.Overseas Based – David BROWNE (HOL), Wira WAMA (USA), Alwin KOMOLONG (USA), Harry HILLARY-JENKINS (NZL), Maurie WASI (NZL), Felix KOMOLONG (NZL), Gimale ESSACU (AUS), Brad MCDONALD (AUS), George SLEFENDORFAS (AUS), Brendan BENI (HKG) and Jordan SEETO (AUS).
WESTERN BUREAU:Malique Campbell fired in an 86th-minute goal to give St James High a 1-0 win over Lacovia High in their daCosta Cup Group P quarter-final match yesterday at Jarrett Park.It is proving difficult to sort out the group, as Manchester High matched St James by logging a 3-1 victory over Paul Bogle High, as all four teams now have four points from two matches.The game was never shaping up to be a thriller from the get-go, but St James should have won more comfortably, having dominated the contest. They were rather unlucky not to break the deadlock in the 15th minute and then had to ride some luck of their own.On 29 minutes, Lacovia forward Oshane Staple smashed a right-footed effort towards goal, but found Aian Miller in goal for St James in terrific form, as he twisted in mid-air to tip the ball onto the crossbar.That was the closest Lacovia came to scoring. Thereafter, it was practically all St James. The only thing lacking was a goal.However, they did get the breakthrough, and it came at an opportune time, just before the 90 minutes expired, when Campbell scored from the top of the 18-yard box.Meanwhile, defending champions Clarendon College returned to winning ways with a resounding and crucial 2-0 beating of Glenmuir High at Juici Field.It was a good win, but still sees them behind the eight ball in a very competitive group, which is led by Rusea’s High, on goal difference, over Dinthill Technical, after both schools played to an entertaining 3-3 draw.Much-needed winThe results mean that Clarendon College will need to win their final group match on November 11 against Rusea’s High and hope that Glenmuir can hold Dinthill to a draw, if they are to prolong the defence of their title.St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) again proved how devastating they can be, by whipping Vere Technical 6-3 in Santa Cruz.Their red-hot striker, Michael ‘Diddy’ Kerr, took toll with a superb hat-trick, while midfield genius Shawn Genus was also on target for STETHS, who now lead Group R on maximum six points from two matches. Kerr now has 25 goals for the season.The next set of matches on November 11 will determine the teams to advance to the semi-final round.Yesterday’s ResultsDinthill 3 Rusea’s 3Seaforth 0 Lennon 2STETHS 6 Vere 3Mannings 2 Marcus Garvey 0St James 1 Lacovia 0Glenmuir 0 Clarendon Coll 2Manchester 3 Paul Bogle 1
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Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GOALKEEPERSThere is little doubt Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera will be between the posts for his third World Cup.DEFENDERSThe Atletico Madrid partnership of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez also anchor the heart of Uruguay’s defense. Godin has made more than 100 appearances since his debut in 2005 and scored at his third World Cup with a header against Italy in 2014. The 23-year-old Gimenez offers a solid companion to a player nine years his senior and already has one World Cup under his belt.Versatile Lazio wingback Martin Caceres should also be sure of a starting spot unless there is a recurrence of one of his frequent injuries.MIDFIELDERSTabarez has always had doubts about his midfield’s attacking qualities. While the unit has usually been capable of defending well, the midfielders have often struggled to generate chances for the forwards.During qualifying, Tabarez called up several young players who improved in this area: Nahitan Nandez (22) and Rodrigo Bentancur (20).FORWARDSUruguay shouldn’t be short of goals. The strikers are the team’s greatest strength. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Suarez promises he is a reformed character and will be better behaved in Russia than in Brazil, where he scored twice before being banned.“It was my mistake,” Suarez said. “So I have a debt to repay to myself and Uruguay, to try to show a good image.”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 crownThings were already starting to look brighter for two-time World Cup champion Uruguay, based on qualifying at least.After enduring four consecutive World Cup playoffs and only reaching three of the tournaments, Uruguay secured an automatic place in Russia by finishing second behind Brazil in qualifying. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Here’s a closer look at the Uruguay team:COACHOscar Tabarez will lead Uruguay into his fourth World Cup after a first trip in 1990 followed by 2010 and 2014. A Tabarez team has always made it out of the group stage, including a semifinal appearance in South Africa eight years ago.A former school teacher and professional player, Tabarez led Uruguay to the Copa America title in 2011. As a club coach, he led Penarol to the Copa Libertadores title in 1987 and Boca Juniors to an Argentine league title in 1992.The 71-year-old Tabarez has used a wheelchair since he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Igarashi set to catch a wave in surfing’s Olympic debut Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals and is coming off the back of a strong season with Barcelona. Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani is next on the list with 42, including a continent-leading 10 goals in 18 matches in South American qualifying.GROUP GAMESUruguay, which will be based in Nizhny Novgorod, will face Egypt in its first match on June 15. That will be followed by matches against Saudi Arabia on June 20 and Russia on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente)Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (FC Porto), Gastón Silva (Independiente), Sebastián Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Guillermo Varela (Penarol), Martin Caceres (Lazio)Midfielders: Carlos Sánchez (Monterrey), Matías Vecino (Inter), Nahitan Nández (Boca Juniors), Giorgian de Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodríguez (Penarol)Forwards: Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey), Maximilano Gomez (Celta) In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments
Dear Editor,In less than 24 hours of your publication of my letter regarding misleading traffic signs at the junction of Thomas Street and the parallel roads of Stanley Place and Vlissengen Road, the one-way arrow sign was completely removed.I am assuming that the arrow sign was removed by those authorised to do so. I do not know whether to fully compliment the expeditious action or become further perplexed. The arrow sign itself was not a problem. It was the direction in which the arrow pointed: the procession of traffic that was being contended.I believe it would have been more logical to change the sign’s direction as against removing it completely.With respect to the stop signs on the bridge connecting Vlissengen Road and Thomas Street, I am advised that they are necessary for traffic exiting Stanley Place onto Vlissengen Road, and not suggestive that Thomas Street is open for west-bound traffic.Yours faithfully,Orette Cutting
The Resident-Bishop of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, has asked for clarification from a local newspaper, styled “Corruption Watch,” that days before last Christmas, took a parting-shot at the Methodist prelate in what has been described as a hasty and scurrilous (insulting, slanderous) non-article, that the paper tried to pass off as a serious year-in-review exposé.“Corruption Watch” attempt to paint an unflattering, albeit, unfair picture of the Resident Bishop and might have succeeded in blemishing Bishop Innis’ good name and reputation, had its editor taken the time to apply a few basic principles of what remains one of the oldest and noblest professions in the world: Journalism.Absent the elements of truth and fairness, some of Mr. Worwee’ colleagues volunteered, the editor’s well-known, scrappy and scandalous reporting, quite suitably, had undercut the attention and weight that readers might have otherwise attached to the non-story, as the writer had hoped.Providentially, Mr. Worwee’s sloppy work helped put the Bishop at ease, that informed and discerning readers would not have allowed themselves to be fooled by the nuanced (subtle difference in meaning, tone, feeling or color) variety of Mr. Worwee’s work? “And rightly so,” one staunch Methodist declared, in response to one of our questions. “But Worwee’s mean depiction of Rev. Innis was too offensive to be ignored, given the global outreach of the UMC Annual Conference, the pivotal role of the Resident-Bishop and the undue distraction that Mr. Worwee’s fabrication has caused,” continued our interviewee, no stranger to the “global village” model that today characterizes the United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference leadership arrangement. Writing on behalf of Dr. Innis, the administrative assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Samuel J. Quire, recalled in a letter to the paper, that the attention of the Bishop’s office had been drawn to the December 22, 2014 edition of “Corruption Watch,” Vol. 3, No. 134, under the caption, “Most Corrupt, Bad People 2014.” “In the pictorials,” the letter read, “the name of our Resident Bishop, the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, is placed under a photo not belonging to him,” Rev. Quire pointed out. “Were you actually referring to the Resident Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church as a political Bishop, most corrupt and bad,” Rev. Quire inquired on behalf of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC).And then, of course, conspicuously absent from the pages of “Corruption Watch,” was the usual, and obligatory piece of writing that should have explained the aspersions (unflattering remarks) directed at the Bishop.That piece failed to appear on the pages of that day’s edition of “Corruption Watch.” Worwee’s defense to the Press Union leadership would be that he “…had already written the piece…” he tried to pass off as an article.NO SHOWTo date, the request for clarifications has produced neither a response from the somewhat obscure newspaper, nor its elusive editor. Press Union of Liberia, (PUL) President, Abdulai K. Kamara last week made a number of attempts to reach Mr. Sorwee by phone, but failed.The editor finally arrived in Monrovia from Lofa explaining to the PUL that he had been ill; he had returned to Monrovia for medical treatment. Through PUL President Kamara, he agreed to an interview with this reporter, and promised to show up at the Press Union office on Tuesday this week.Mr. Worwee had talked back and forth with the PUL president throughout the morning and early afternoon of Tuesday; he had even dropped off his latest edition of the “Corruption Watch” newspaper off at the PUL office on Clay Street.On Tuesday, Mr. Kamara made a number of desperate calls to the man who informed the PUL president that he was in the neighborhood and would show up as soon as our reporter arrived—to no avail. The “Corruption Watch” President and CEO never showed up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
USAID’s Food and Enterprise Development (FED), has announced that it will conclude its five-year operation with an Agribusiness Expo. The theme of the event is, “Building a Food Secure Future in Liberia.” The Expo will take place on September 13 and 14 at the Monrovia City Hall. Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai will deliver the opening remarks, the organization said in a press release. FED is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under ‘Feed the Future,’ the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative active in 19 countries around the world, including 12 in Africa. FED operates in Liberia in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture. This Agribusiness Expo will provide opportunities for the agribusinesses (both formal and informal), farming clusters and support organizations assisted by FED to showcase their progress, products/services, and sustainability efforts. In addition to offering opportunities for networking and business development, the Expo is designed to recognize, celebrate and highlight the work of the groups with whom FED worked over the past five years. The Expo will demonstrate how a market-driven approach was used to assist Liberia as it transitions from subsistence to commercial agriculture for increased food availability, access and utilization. Building blocks include an incentive structure to assist agricultural stakeholders in adopting commercial approaches. This incentive structure is built upon: improved technology for productivity and profitability; expanded and modernized input supply and extension systems; commercial production, marketing, and processing; enterprise services; workforce development; a supportive enabling (policy) environment as well as research and development. The Agribusiness Expo is expected to attract 150 participants from the public and private sectors, farmer groups, local and international NGOs, and representatives from the multi and bilateral donor communities. The format will include: (a) remarks by key government officials; (b) panel discussions analyzing the importance of strengthened value chain integration to achieve food security; (c) interactive workshops for learning and discussion; and (d) exhibition booths demonstrating products and services developed over the past five years. USAID-FED has worked with the Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, and Education; civil society and the private sector in providing communities with access to agricultural inputs, extension services, nutrition messages, processing services, market information, transportation, credit, agro-business education, training, and business development services. More than 90,000 farmers and their families have benefitted from FED interventions. USAID-FED has expanded market linkages to increase incomes and job opportunities. It has significantly boosted the production, processing, marketing, and nutritional utilization of rice, cassava, and vegetables, as well as enhanced the productivity of goat farming in the counties covered by the program. These initiatives have been implemented in Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Montserrado, and Margibi counties. USAID-FED focused on these counties because they are situated along regional development corridors crucial to promoting intra and inter-county commerce. The emphasis on these growth corridors is improving food availability and access for all Liberians. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In light of a recent maternal death where the drug cytotec was used to induce labour in the patient, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, has stated that that drug has been approved for use by medical practitioners and not for over-the-counter use.Chief Medical Officer Shamdeo PersaudDr Shamdeo Persaud, when questioned on why the drug is still being administered even though it poses severe health risks, stated that the drug has been approved for use by medical practitioners and notfor over-the-counter use.“This is where the mix-up is. It is not that it is not approved. It is, but for medical practitioners, not over-the-counter use,” the CMO said, noting that the woman’s labour was induced following protocol.He stated that the hospital is currently compiling a report to be submitted to him before he could make a more pronounced determination on the matter.The mother of three died after cytotec was administered to induce labour at the Georgetown Public Hospital, making it the eleventh maternal death for the year.The woman, Rhonda Cornelius of Gafoor’s compound, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, died at the hospital on Saturday morning after giving birth four days earlier. According to the coroner’s report, Cornelius suffered a ruptured uterus, causing her death. It was reported that cytotec was given to her to induce her labour, although the doctor was aware that she was hypertensive.Dead: Rhonda CorneliusThe woman’s husband, Rodwell Cornelius, said his wife was suffering from high blood pressure during her pregnancy, but managed to carry the baby full-term without any major complications.Cornelius recalled that he received a call from the hospital at about midnight, but he was not graced with good news. “They told me to come now to the hospital that she was bleeding bad and that they had to operate on her. So they take out her womb because she was bleeding too much,” the man said, recalling that the doctor told him that his wife had lost 80 per cent of her blood and that they would try their best to save her life.According to the husband, he was told by doctors that the only way she could be saved is if they remove the uterus, to which he agreed.“But my wife never wake up back. She did open her eyes after the surgery. All I could remember is she shaking her head in the coma and I thought that she was coming around. But she left me with two children and a baby,” the grieving husband said.Cytotec, which is often used in an attempt to force labour to begin prematurely (ie, “induction”), has accounted for over 10 per cent of maternal deaths in Guyana, former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy had stated in 2009.
An allegedly abusive husband set his house on fire on Tuesday morning. According to reports, the fire began at around 04:00h and completely destroyed the two-storey wooden building. The man’s wife had reportedly moved out from the home two weeks prior.The suspect, Rampersaud Seepersaud, 52, of Lot 89 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was reportedly home alone at the time and relatives, who reside next door, told Guyana Times that after starting the fire, the man calmly stood in front of the yard and watched the building burn.The house was completely engulfed in flamesShortly after, he began shouting for his sister-in-law who lived in the house next door, and informed her that he had set the house on fire.The sister-in-law, Susan Mootoo, told this publication that by that time, the blaze had already engulfed the house and the fire threatened to spread to her own house.“When he start shout Susan! Susan! I run out and the house was already burning. It came close close to my house, see the windows break and the blinds scorch off,” Mootoo explained.The woman said that she quickly informed the Guyana Fire Service, who responded promptly, but were still unable to save Seepersaud’s house. Mootoo recalled that when the Police arrived, she heard Seepersaud telling them that an appliance in the home had caused the fire, however, she was certain this was not the case.“When the Police come, I hear he saying something ‘bout a fan blow or something like that. But I know is he set the fire,” she said, while explaining that for quite some time, Seepersaud had been threatening to burn both their houses down.The suspect’s sister-in-law explained that her sister has been married to the suspect for 15 years, and throughout it all, Seepersaud has always been abusive, in addition to being an alcoholic.“He does abuse her, beat her, drink, I don’t know if he does smoke drugs all, but he threaten nuff times to bun down he own house and mine just because I does try protect her,” Mootoo disclosed.Guyana Times was informed that two weeks prior to this incident, Seepersaud had abused his wife to the point that she attempted to take her life.“He wake she up in the night to cook, and while she cooking, he pelt out the spoon, and start cuss and abuse her, and she drink kerosene.”As a result of this, Seepersaud’s wife was taken under the wings of the Human Rights Association, and she moved away to live in Diamond, EBD. The couple’s two children are presently living with relatives.Meanwhile, Mootoo stated that she had made many reports about her brother-in-law’s behaviour at the Providence Police station, but they were never taken seriously. She is contending that this fire could have been avoided if the Police had played their part.“I mek nuff reports at the Providence Police Station, but they never come and do anything. They never told him anything. You know, like warn him or nothing so he would get frighten or scared. But [the morning of the fire] they come out in numbers!” she said.Seepersaud was taken into Police custody to assist with investigations. (Ramona Luthi)