Talent is all around

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Community digs deep for charity

first_imgThe region’s business community again dug deep to help those in need at the Casey Cardinia Foundation’s Annual Charity Dinner on Friday night, 13 October.Around 300 people enjoyed fine local fare prepared by Khans Catering at the Cardinia Cultural Centre and were entertained by the predominantly local 13-piece band Big ‘N’ Horny.Foundation chairman Paul Thomas said the night looked like raising around $75,000, which would be directed to worthwhile local projects and initiatives.Welcoming guests at the dinner, Mr Thomas appealed to the business community to help the Foundation keep up with the growing need for assistance for those in need.“The region’s tag line is Grow and the growth and achievement in this region has been nothing but extraordinary, but with any growth comes pain and challenges,” Mr Thomas said.“It is inherent on the region’s business leaders to ensure those growth pains are limited, are reduced, to ensure there is support, infrastructure and care, especially for the most vulnerable, the elderly, the young, the disadvantaged and those with a disability.“The Casey Cardinia Foundation is just one organisation that does assist to provide some of that important support and care and, whilst our impact has been relatively small, that impact continues to grow rapidly.“In line with the growth of this region, the needs of the community continue to increase, which is reflected in the continued growth in applications received across a variety of organisations.“The quality of these projects and organisations made it difficult for the Foundation’s directors to allocate the grants but we were fortunate to be able to grant a significant increase compared to other years, due to the generosity of our many supporters.”Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $550,000 in grants to not-for-profit community organisations throughout the region.Mr Thomas said that, early this year, the Foundation facilitated a Ripe for Change small grants program for food system projects and seven organisations shared $49,000 under that banner.He said $10,000 was provided from the Cardinia Casey Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch that was split between two worthwhile men’s health initiatives.“We were greatly assisted this year by some significant fundraising activities by a few key supporters, including Evergreen Turf and its Charity Race Day, raising more than $26,000, as well as Aligned Leisure’s various fundraising activities, amounting to almost $30,000,” he said. By Garry Howelast_img read more

Hard work pays dividends for Red Mountain Racer Sasha Zaitsoff

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor Sasha Zaitsoff, it’s the walk in the park he enjoys the most during his stay in Calgary.Of course that walk is not of friendly variety say down the sidewalk at Lakeside.This walk . . . well, let’s just say it’s more than a walk.This walk has this soon to be 21-year-old skier building core strength flipping tractor tires to power around those gates on the Men’s World Cup Ski Circuit.
After toiling the past few years on the Nor-Am circuit as a member of the National Prospect Team, the Red Mountain Racer star has his best shot ever at cracking one of the spots on the Canadian Men’s Team after being selected to the main squad.“No one really knew what was going on with the team,” Zaitsoff told The Nelson Daily last month after hearing the good news from coach Paul Krisofic, head coach of the Men’s National squad, during a telephone call.“I was just happy to that I was going to be on the team.”As Zaitsoff knows first hand, nothing is guaranteed in the sport of skiing. Results do the talking.But this is a major step being named to the National Team roster.And who knows what can happen if the six-foot, 200-pound Zaitsoff puts together a few solid results.“This is something I’ve been working toward for a long time,” Zaitsoff explained. “This is a big step for me.”“I know have access to a lot more resources on the National team, that will only help me get better,” he adds. “Like there’s a physiotherapist that travels with the team everywhere and funding for training.”Competing last season on the Prospect Team Zaitsoff turned heads of the Canadian coaching staff after scoring two, fourths in Super G at Whistler in March and Panorama near Invermere in December 2010.Add in a fifth and sixth-place finish in slalom in Val St. Come, Que., in January along with a handful of sixth-place finishes during the season and it was only a matter of time before Krisofic came calling.“(Skiing) is totally results based but anything is possible . . . and if you can imagine it, you can do it,” said the son of Peter and Elaine Zaitsoff of Balfour who has set Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as a goal.“The harder you work for something the nicer it is when you achieve it and the more you appreciate it,” he adds.After taking a break after the 2010-11 season Zaitsoff joined his new teammates in Calgary for some extensive dry land training.Zaitsoff experienced a taste of what’s to come in January during a slalom race in Adelboden, Switzerland.However, the L.V. Rogers grad could not overcome the soft conditions and failed to qualify for the second run.”I felt pretty confident (but) I wasn’t too nervous,” Zaitsoff said on the Alpine B.C. website. “It was really neat to race against all the people you watch on TV all the time.”Zaitsoff expects to be winging his way to a summer camp, possible in Australia.If things go according to plan, it will be Zaitsoff people will be watching on the wide-screen television.And that will be no walk in the park. But it will be a lot of fun.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Weekend Galway GAA Results

first_imgFOOTBALL RESULTS Senior Football ChampionshipSt Michael’s 0-15 Barna 1-9Mountbellew Moylough 0-17 Killanin 1-12Corofin 2-20 Carna Caiseal 0-8Tuam Stars 2-12 Cortoon Shamrocks 2-11 AETAn Cheathru Rua 1-16 Leitir Mor 1-8Milltown 2-7 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-8St. James 3-9 Caherlistrane 1-14Micheal Breathnach 5-10 Killererin 1-10Moycullen 1-16 Kilconly 0-8Caltra 2-13 Annaghdown 0-9 Intermediate Football Championship Headford 3-14 Kilkerrin-Clonberne 2-13 AETClaregalway 2-17 Glenamaddy 0-11Oughterard 1-15 St Brendan’s 1-8An Spideal 1-18 Monivea-Abbey 2-15 AETOileain Arainn 2-13 Clifden 1-8Williamstown 0-15 Menlough 1-12 AETDunmore MacHales 2-12 Corofin 1-13Division 4 football LeagueClonbur 1-13 St Gabriel’s 1-11Division 6 football league (West)Killanin 2-15 Salthill Knocknacarra 1-15Division 7 football league (West)An Cheathru Rua 2-13 Micheal Breathnach 2-9Division 8B football league (North)Mountbellew/Moylough W/O AnnaghdownHURLING RESULTSSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Beagh 1-16 Kiltormer 0-6Senior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Clarinbridge 0-13 Mullagh 0-13Ocean Hygiene Supplies & Packaging U16 B Hurling ChampionshipArdrahan 4-16 Tommy Larkins 2-3Junior A Hurling Championship – Group A Meelick-Eyrecourt 0-16 St Thomas 1-10Junior A Hurling Championship – Group CCraughwell 2-14 Kilnadeema-Leitrim 0-12Junior B Hurling Championship – Group CPadraig Pearses 6-19 Oranmore-Maree 4-11U21 A Hurling Championship semi finalsLiam Mellows 2-21 Loughrea 4-14Turloughmore 2-21 Ardrahan 1-8U21 B Hurling Championship – Group CKillimordaly 7-16 Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-16Killimor 4-17 Meelick-Eyrecourt 1-17print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino is a miracle worker and puts Jose Mourinho to shame

first_imgEIGHT days ago, they were calling it the Week from Hell.The three-game run that would finally see Spurs crumble, as their lack of signings finally came home to roost.6 Mauricio Pochettino has helped Spurs defy doubters and injury worries – to leave them with bigger dreams than just a top-four finishCredit: Getty Images – GettyA spell which would see the first cracks in a stretched-to-the-limit squad as Premier League battles with Chelsea and Arsenal sandwiched a must-win Champions League game with Inter Milan.Instead, they go into today’s North London derby with two wins in the bag already, spirits and confidence rarely higher and dreams starting to stretch simply beyond the top four.It would have been a stunning start under normal circumstances.Under the circumstances Mauricio Pochettino has had to contend with, it is truly remarkable.6 Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino goes head to head with Unai Emery after his rivals impressive start as Arsenal chief this seasonCredit: Getty Images – GettyArsenal vs Tottenham: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and team news ahead of the first North London Derby of 2018/19That lack of signings, having nine senior stars involved for the duration of the World Cup and eight various injuries so far as a consequence.Problems on and off the field for keeper Hugo Lloris and, of course, that ongoing stadium issue . . . put all that together and Pochettino is more miracle worker than manager.And throughout it all the Argentine has handled himself with a dignity to put many of his peers to shame.Yes, Jose, that most definitely does include you.6 Keeper Hugo Lloris has had problems on and off the pitch but Spurs keep thrivingCredit: Getty – ContributorThere have been no tantrums at how he has been let down by those above him, for all he would be well justified.Even when he has had a little gripe — like how the recruitment policy affected his selection policy ahead of the Inter game — it has been done quietly.Even then it was “It’s in the club’s hands, not only in mine, we share the responsibility.”Even then he didn’t publicly take a pop at chairman Daniel Levy.6 Daniel Levy has escaped public criticism from Spurs chief Mauricio PochettinoCredit: ReutersA far cry from one ex-Tottenham chief’s throw-Levy-under-the-bus condemnation a few years back when he didn’t get the players he wanted.In January 2012, Harry Redknapp told the world he wanted Carlos Tevez and Gary Cahill but had to settle for Ryan Nelsen and Louis Saha. Five months later he was sacked.There’s no danger of Levy taking aim at Poch. He should be giving him a medal for all he’s done and the fact he will never have a more loyal manager.Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino grateful to Arsenal boss Unai Emery for recommending him to Valencia previously Two hallmarks of a top boss are whether he improves players and whether they enjoy playing for him.On both counts the answer with Pochettino is a resounding yes.The likes of Moussa Sissoko and Juan Foyth prove the former — and virtually the whole squad the latter.Bookies rarely form a market on who will be Manager of the Year but if they did, Pep Guardiola would be hot favourite.Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri would be up there after their great starts, while Jurgen Klopp’s Prem run — despite his European flop — would also put him in the reckoning.most read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upYet all of them are either working with already assembled all-star casts, or been given crazy money to recruit top-level players.Poch has had none of that.You could argue he’s not even really had a fair slice of luck.It’s why he is the outstanding candidate as the Premier League’s Manager of the Year approaching the halfway stage.And it’s why Levy must pray he doesn’t finally get sick of all the problems, should the likes of Manchester United come calling next summer.Premier League matchweek 14 preview including Arsenal v Tottenham and Liverpool v EvertonKLOPP IS MYTH-ING THE BOATTHREE away games, no points, five shots on target and one goal from open play.The stats of a side in a relegation fight, stuck in a rut, with confidence at rock bottom?Well, you would think so but this is Liverpool on the road in their Champions League group.Wednesday’s defeat at Paris Saint-Germain has them needing to beat Napoli 1-0, or by two clear goals, or last term’s runners-up are out.They may be unbeaten in the Prem — and are the likeliest to be second to Manchester City come May — but Europe has been a calamity.6 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should be under pressure than he seems after three Champions League away lossesCredit: PA:Empics SportJurgen Klopp was right in pointing out PSG’s embarrassing play-acting, especially that from show-pony Neymar.But it wasn’t why they lost. More relevant might be his odd decision to split the central defensive axis of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.It might be why the midfield held off, rather than pressing high and creating chance after chance like last year.Klopp has done much good in his three years, but Liverpool were hardly dull under Brendan Rodgers, who went closer than anyone to end a title wait that is now more than a quarter of a century.The questions are no more than a whisper at the moment but another trophy-less season and those who reckon he’s more myth than hit may have a point after all.Jose Mourinho smashes water bottles on the sidelines as Manchester United score injury time goal against Young Boys in the Champions LeagueRASH TO BLAST JOSE OVER MARCUS MISSFEBRUARY: Raheem Sterling misses a sitter against Burnley. Pep Guardiola subs him minutes later.SEPTEMBER: Jurgen Klopp berates Xherdan Shaqiri in front of the Anfield fans for not taking a late free-kick in a League Cup defeat to Chelsea.NOVEMBER: Jose Mourinho spreads his arms and rolls his eyes as Marcus Rashford misses a sitter against Young Boys.6 Jose Mourinho should not be criticised for his gesture after a bad miss from Marcus RashfordCredit: AFP or licensorsThe difference? Guardiola and Klopp copped no more than the gentlest of flak while Mourinho had ex-players and amateur psychologists putting the boot in.If Jose had sat down, he would have been slated for not caring enough.His crate-throwing reaction was cringeworthy. His reaction to Rashford’s miss most definitely was not.Jose Mourinho says best keeper in the world David de Gea wants to stay at Manchester UnitedGEA CHANGE NOT ALWAYS NEEDEDMINUTES after David De Gea made an astonishing Champions League save on Tuesday, Liverpool’s keyboard warrior fans went into action.Mocking his unsigned contract offer at Man Utd, they asked, ‘If you’re this good you’re not going to stay at a bad team, are you?’.Just like Steven Gerrard did for all those years, you mean?last_img read more

From soccer to rugby

first_imgThis time around, Martha Karl is all set to live her dream when she dons the red, black and gold colours for the PNG women’s rugby league team at this year’s world cup in Sydney, Australia.The shy Northern zone selected player has had world cup experience in football and now a different ball game in rugby league. Karl played rugby league for the 14 B Pirates in Lae and took up soccer as a way of keeping herself busy.She never thought she would make it into the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup 2016 but she did.After hearing about PNG’s plans to field a women’s rugby league team in the WRLWC 2017, she knew this was her chance.Karl had almost had to drop out of Lae Secondary School during her year 12 but thanks to PNG Football Association, she was able to complete her studies at Goroka Grammar while juggling training at the National Sports Institute.The soft-spoken blond is currently upgrading her maths at the Department of Open and Distance Learning and has a simple message for younger girls who want to take up rugby league.“Taim blo stadi yu stadi, taim blo treining yu treining,” she said. (When it’s study time, you study and when it’s time to train, you train.)last_img read more

Bali Pure beats Air Force in PVL opener

first_imgFilipinos 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Water Defenders head coach Roger Gorayeb was all praise for Malabanan but he urged his team to gel quicker after playing a lackluster first set. “Jerrili is a quick learner, she’s quiet and she just smiles a lot but that works for her,” said Gorayeb. “She’s a really big help for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They’re still finding their rhythm, because we were used to practice with our imports and when we got here they told us the papers haven’t been finalized.” Foreign reinforcements need to secure International Transfer Certificates from the FIVB but as of posting time the papers haven’t been resolved. Grethcel Soltones of Bali Pure attempts a spike against two Philippine Air Force blockers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBali Pure got into its act quickly and took the wind out of Philippine Air Force’s sails in four sets, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-21, in the season opener of the Premier Volleyball League Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jerrili Malabanan, who only practiced with the Water Defenders three days ago, put Bali Pure in the winning column.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIEScenter_img Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ Grethcel Soltones had 16 points to lead the Water Defenders while Malabanan and Risa Sato had 12 apiece.Jocemer Tapic led the Lady Jet Spikers with 14 points while Joy Cases had a dozen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: PBA All-Stars, Gilas reach out in Cebulast_img read more

China’s World Cup takes a hit while Poland gets a big boost

first_imgView comments The win guaranteed Poland a berth in the next round, which meant under FIBA rules it automatically advanced to an Olympic qualifying tournament with a chance to reach Tokyo next year.Poland last played in the Olympics in 1980.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“After tonight the world is going to know who Poland players are,” Poland’s American coach, Mike Taylor, said.Taylor said this was the core of his motivation speech before the game — respect. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Serbian coach thinks Gilas Pilipinas not worthy playing top Euro teams No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption “A lot of other European countries and teams are respected because of their performance and tradition,” said Taylor, who took over an up-and-down Poland six years ago and has built a solid foundation. “We are in the beginning of building our tradition here in Poland.”Poland’s two names to remember in the Group A game were Mateusz Ponitka and American-born A.J. Slaughter. Ponitka led all scorers with 25 and Slaughter added 22.Yi Jianlian had 24 for China.“It was a tough game for us, a close game down the stretch,” China coach Li Nan said. “It’s a very hard loss for us.”China can still make the second round by beating Venezuela on Wednesday in its final Group A game. But it’s a bad start for China, which was 0-10 in the last two Olympics and promised fans it would be vastly improved in its home World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT China had its chances.China led 72-71 with 6.1 seconds left in regulation, but Ponitka stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled. He forced overtime by making one of two free throws. Had he made both, Poland might have won in regulation.China trailed 78-76 with 10.8 seconds left in overtime, but had the ball with a chance to win or tie. Instead, China failed to in-bound the ball in three seconds under Polish pressure, turning it over.Ponitka hit a subsequent free throw and Yi missed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to disappoint a sellout crowd at the Cadillac Arena, which was originally built for the 2008 Olympics.“The clock was running down and we had some turnovers. They hit some shots and they had the lead, but Mateusz came up with the big steal and changed the game,” Taylor said. “The ball bounced our way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first soncenter_img Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Zhao Rui of China reacts during their group phase basketball game against Poland in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING — China’s World Cup took a big hit on Monday, and Poland got a giant boost.In the first tough test of the young tournament for both teams, China fell to a better organized and more resilient Poland 79-76 in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ashlast_img read more

Consequential orders are clear

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday handed down consequential orders stipulating that the Cabinet must resign and call fresh elections within three months of its June 18, 2019 ruling that the No-Confidence Motion, brought by the Leader of the Opposition against APNU/AFC Government, was validly passed.While the Court stayed away from setting specific dates, President Justice Adrian Saunders emphasised that the key players, such as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the President, and by extension the Government, are obligated to “exercise their responsibilities with integrity”. In its ruling, the CCJ made it clear that since the passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the Government on December 21, 2018, the Government should have complied with the provisions of the Constitution, i.e., to resign and call elections. This meant that general elections should have already been held by March 21, 2019; unless there was an extension by two-thirds of the elected members of the National Assembly.As was stated by Justice Saunders— and we repeat for emphasis sake— the Constitution is clear as to the actions that must be followed after a no-confidence vote. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps in Clause 7 of Article 106 goes on to state that “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by no less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.It is well known that the Government did not follow these provisions. Instead, there were a series of actions in the Courts which brought the matters surrounding the NCM to a pause. However, Justice Saunders made it clear that this was no longer the case as of June 18, 2019 – when the CCJ declared that the No-Confidence Motion was indeed validly passed. From that period, according to the CCJ, “the tenure of Government in office is on a different footing”, meaning by convention, the Government is expected to behave as a “caretaker”.However, over the past few weeks, we have seen the Government in full defiant mode. For example, the Minister of Finance is pushing ahead with planning the next national budget, ministers are signing major contracts/ agreements, ministers are proposing to amend and introduce new legislation and a host of other acts which are outside of the normal practices of a Government which should have been in a “caretaker” mode.Certainly, the status quo cannot remain as per normal and the business of the Government cannot continue as if nothing happened. The fact remains that the Government was defeated in a confidence vote and, therefore, does not have the same power it enjoyed prior to the vote being passed. If it wants to carry on as a full-fledged Government, it must get a renewed mandate from the electorate.So far, the nation has witnessed several attempts by the Government to delay going to the polls. No doubt, in its fight to hold firm to political power, the APNU/AFC coalition has lost credibility and support.We also have taken note of the APNU/AFC officials and the Government-nominated GECOM Commissioners advancing their case for House-to-House registration in order to arrive at a new voters list. This, we are convinced, is unnecessary at this point in time. As stated by many stakeholders, there are certain steps that could be taken to cleanse the list, i.e., to ensure that those who have died or migrated are taken off the list and those who would have reached the age to vote are registered and allowed to vote. This could be done within the shortest possible time which would then allow GECOM to be in a position to run-off elections within three months.We have also taken note of the attempts by certain individuals to frustrate the process to name a GECOM Chairperson. What could have been a simple, straightforward process to bring the matter to finalisation is now being dragged out unnecessarily.We believe that in order to find a solution to the current political crisis, there is need for a great deal of maturity from our political leaders, starting with the leader of the APNU/AFC coalition, David Granger, to abide by the Constitution which he swore to uphold when he took the reins of power back in March 2015.The CCJ rulings and subsequent consequential orders are clear. It is now up to the key players, mainly the Government, to show that they are serious about abiding the Court’s ruling and the Constitution in general.last_img read more

Man freed for using pregnant teen to traffic narcotics

first_imgA man who was accused of using a pregnant 17-year-old to traffic narcotics in sanitary napkins, was on Friday freed of the charge at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Shemar Morrison of Lot 6 Durban Street, Lodge, Georgetown, walked out of court a free man after Magistrate Leron Daly declared that a prima facie case was not made out against him.It was alleged that Morrison, also known as ‘Damage Skull’, between March 1 and July 3, 2016 within Georgetown procured Patricia Isaacs to traffic 698 grammes of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.The Magistrate ruled on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove that the substance was cocaine.Morrison was represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson.Isaacs had pleaded guilty to having 698 grams of cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking on July 3, 2016 and was jailed. She was an outgoing passenger at the airport and was scheduled to board Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight BW 526 destined for JFK International Airport, New York, United States.last_img read more