Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor delighted with a record run on the opening day of the 106th staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships inside the National Stadium.With six finals on the card, Jamaica College (JC), though, are expected to lead at the end of today, with yesterday’s curtain-raiser giving little indication of the fierce race to the titles that await.Still, yesterday was not without its fair share of ‘oohs’ and aahs’, and the main reason: Taylor.It says something that his run surprised nobody inside the National Stadium because of course, when your name is Christopher Taylor, you break records.The wiry Calabar standout missed the record mark at last year’s Champs, but wasted little time in erasing Devaughn Baker’s (JC) time of 46.64 set in 2013 with a smooth 46.33 in yesterday’s boys’ Class Two 400m heats.”Yes, I wanted to break the record today,” he confirmed afterwards. “That was my intention, and I am happy I was able to get it done.”Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield was also impressive, frighteningly, as he jogged the final 100m or so and stopped the clock at 48.36 to win his Class One boys’ 400m heat. Let’s not forget that he is responsible for that 44.93-run last year, and despite his injuries over the past 12 months, it is hard to see another winner in this event.St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield has certainly been a class act this season, and she was comfortable in qualifying from her Class One girls, 400m heat in 53.63 seconds.She is expected to do battle with Holmwood’s Ashley Williams, who clocked a solid 55.07 in winning her heat, with another medal favourite, Edwin Allen’s Shannon Kalawan, the fastest qualifier with a time of 54.37 ahead of Hydel High’s Taqece Duggan, 54.85.Jamaica College’s high-flyer, O’Brien Wasome, is comfortably through to today’s boys’ Class One final (5:50 p.m.), where he is expected to dominate and pick up some valuable points for the 2011 champions.Wasome produced his best jump this year, disturbing the sand at 7.74 metres, a clear demonstration that he not only intends to defend the title he won last year as part of a JC horizontal jumps sweep, but also to break Leon Gordon’s 28-year-old record of 7.87m.He is followed into the final by Calabar’s Leroy Paige, 7.17m; Tasrico Bell (Vere Technical) 7.14m; KC’s Dameon Creary, 7.11m; Campion College’s Lorne Barrett, 7.10m and Paketo Dudley (JC), 7.10m, among the top qualifiers.Earlier, Vere Technical’s Avery Pryce a bronze medal winner at Central Champs was most impressive in qualifying to today’s Class Two girls shot put final (5:30 p.m.), after registering a 13.90m mark in yesterday’s preliminary round.Next best was Buff Bay High’s Ashtina Dobson, 13.08m, with St Jago’s Shania Scott also booking her spot with a 12.13m effort.Delarno Beckford (Happy Grove) was the best qualifier to the boys’ javelin Open event with a mark of 56.94m, with Petersfield High’s Kevin Nedrick, 53.68 and Morant Bay’s Tyrik Sewell, 53.09m, showing themselves to be a cut above the rest of the field in yesterday’s qualifying.Gold medal favourite Brittany Anderson (Vere) is the fastest qualifier to the next round in the girls Class Three 80m hurdles, winning her heat in 11.43. Winsome Harris (STETHS), 11.48, Codesha Lewis (Vere), 11.51, Ackera Nugent (Excelsior), 11.61 and Kimeone McLeod (St Jago), 11.69, are the top qualifiersLast year’s Class Three champion, Shanette Allison (Holmwood), looks ready to take her shot after graduating to Class Two, after topping all qualifiers in the 100m hurdles in 13.59. The Manchester High pair of Sidney Marshall (13.86) and Daszay Freeman (13.92) are also through to the next round, as are Casheena Chen (Wolmer’s), 13.94 and Edwin Allen’s Khamoy Farquharson, 13.97.After dominating Class Three for the last two seasons, Edwin Allen’s Annia Ashley, 5.68m, was impressive in booking her spot in the Class Two girls long jump, with Monief Heslop (Camperdown), 5.54m, Shiann Salmon (Hydel), 5.50m and Rhian Chong (Alpha), 5.44m, also showing good form.In the Class I girl’s high jump preliminaries, Hydel’s Britny Kerr (1.60m) is safely through to the final where she will face St Jago’s Athaliah Boyd and Tissanna Hickling; as well as Hydel’s Samara Spencer, Alpha’s Gabriel Foster and Petersfield’s Colistia Baker, who also cleared 1.60m in qualifying.Competition is set to start at 8:30 a.m. today with the preliminary round of the Class Four girls long jump.
Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chot Reyes denies being part of TNT ‘in any official capacity’ LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Pacquiao, who is defending his WBA belt, isn’t planning on going the distance with his sight set on a decisive victory and an impressive showing in his first fight in the US since 2016.Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch on Arnold Gonzalez during sparring at Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMy @WBABoxing welterweight world title defense against @AdrienBroner is 14 days away. I am training hard for a knockout victory. It is great to be back in the U.S. and fighting at @MGMGrandGarden. @PBC @TGBPromotions @ShowtimeBoxing @SHOSports @AXS #PacquiaoBroner pic.twitter.com/hm2CjDiVJiFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) January 5, 2019 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Manny Pacquiao doesn’t want to leave anything to chance against American challenger Adrien Broner in their welterweight title fight on January 19 in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT The 40-year-old Pacquiao is keen on scoring a KO after coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse last July.Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, went back to training on Sunday (Manila time) a day after taking a breather. He split eight rounds of sparring against Arnold Gonzalez and George Kambosos Jr. and did four rounds of mitts with Freddie Roach in his afternoon session at Wild Card Gym.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers
PBA hopes to lure more fans to live games with discounted ticket prices, promos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Russell Westbrook’s creative fashion-forward mind reached its way to his newest athletic sneaker and the 2017 NBA MVP is using the silhouette as an ode to the most important people in his life.ADVERTISEMENT The Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 features an ecstatic upper and a similarly blended color scheme for the Future History colorway that features a myriad of hues with each representing a jersey he wore in the past.“Every colorway has a meaning behind it and that’s special to me,” said Westbrook of the Future History colorway that will hit Philippine shelves on Jan. 10. “With the Why Not Zer0.2, I wanted to take that storytelling to the next level with an exposed tag that helps illustrate the meaning behind the colors used.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSneakers usually have the tag stitched inside the tongue or in the inner lateral part of the shoe but the Why Not Zer0.2 has its tag on the heel part of the outsole.Taking the space of the inner tongue is Westbrook’s family crest that also honors his late best friend Khelcey Barrs III. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It’s become a tradition for me to honor Khelcey by writing ‘KBIII’ on my game shoes,” said Westbrook. “Each colorway of the Why Not Zer0.2 will have a designated area for me to write that on. I want people who wear my shoe to understand that playing with a purpose bigger than yourself is important.”Although Westbrook is one of the most fashionable players in the NBA, he wanted his second athletic shoe to be of the utmost best when it comes to performance.Westbrook is a devilish whirlwind on the NBA floor with this unrelenting energy making him the only player in league history to average a triple-double for two straight seasons, and he wanted a shoe to contain that much kinetic power.The forefoot bears a full Zoom unit while the heel part features a full TPU wrapping to protect the wearer’s ankle.“From the first design meeting we had, my number one priority was making the best performance basketball shoe possible,” said Westbrook whose shoe will run for $130 or around P6,800 as of writing time. “I knew that if it was authentic to me then it would come out great.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “That’s what the Why Not? Mentality is all about: Doing you regardless of what people think and being confident in who you are.”Westbrook is also a family man and has three children, Noah, Skye, and Jordyn, with wife Nina and this familial roots is what inspired the Oklahoma City point guard to have his shoe go for a full-size run.The Thunder superstar also wanted a sneaker that is accessible to children so his $130 price point perfectly summed up his desire,“Being a father, it was important to have my signature shoe available in full family sizing,” said Westbrook. “You don’t see that often with performance shoes but for me it’s all about inspiring the next generation. That also means making the shoe affordable and accessible to people all around the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Dear Editor,The recently published Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) advertisements of vacancies for temporary and field staff, in the local media, makes for very interesting reading. These advertisements signal that GECOM will be employing: Presiding Officers; Assistant Presiding Officers; Poll Clerks; Ballot Clerks and Information Clerks. Significantly, the closing date for applications is stated as August 23, 2018.Not so long ago, very serious and significant questions were raised by public commentators and citizens at large in relation to the need to address a balancing of the GECOM staff composition in the interest of transparency. The many allegations against the GECOM Secretariat were neither insignificant nor shallow, and there is an urgent need to advance mechanisms that would realise much-needed public confidence.Coupled with the almost laughable and extremely short timelines of GECOM’s public notices, answers to legitimate queries have been complex, deficient, and very slow in coming.Under this imposed Chairman, the situation seems to be further denigrating into the abyss of lowness, as it continuously draws too many negative and impassioned comments from observers regarding the way they are handling and processing applications for employment at the Elections Commission.It would be recalled that, only recently, the Chairman, Justice (Rt’d) James Patterson, expressed satisfaction with the work of the secretariat’s staff, although nothing much was said about how he plans to deal with the many known problems created by the same composition in the past. He also publicly admitted the need for a more transparent and objective approach by providing employment statistics of the Commission, which confirmed a glaring ethnic imbalance. This was done when he brazenly rejected a request from another GECOM Commissioner for the issue to be examined.I am in receipt of genuine documents which confirm the blatantly discriminatory, vindictive, and biased measures already applied under the responsibility of this Chairman in processing of the applications for the recruitment of trainers.More than 100 applicants were denied opportunity to get selected in the process, although the other GECOM Commissioners were assured that all the applicants would be called for training and then be given an opportunity to write an examination for possible recruitment/employment. This, by itself, has tarnished the opportunity for the Chairman to indicate an objective measure of balance.Notably, Section 17 (2) of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, No. 15 of 2000, provides that: ‘The Commission shall be responsible for appointing, on such terms and conditions as may be determined by the Commission, such permanent and temporary staff to the offices of the Commission as are considered by the Commission to be necessary for the discharge of its functions under the Constitution and any written law.’From the foregoing, it is rational that:1. The Commission (and not the Secretariat) is thus directly responsible for the appointment of all staff, rather than being responsible for the appointment of senior officials who then ’usurp’ the responsibility for the appointment process of staff falling under their responsibility. In clear words, the responsibility for all appointments, both by law and the practical interpretation thereof by officials, rests with the Commissioners themselves.2. The Commission’s actions when appointing staff are governed by their general constitutional obligation under Section 162 (1) of the Constitution to: “act with impartiality and fairness in the execution of its duties”.It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the Commission is directly responsible for the recruitment and appointment of all staff, and needs to pursue this responsibility fairly and with maximum transparency and accountability.It cannot be denied that the absence of a public recruitment policy and the failure of GECOM to develop a set of objective staff selection criteria contribute towards a negative and biased view of the organisation. When made public, as it should be, these criteria will make the process less ambiguous, and provide an employment opportunity for all interested stakeholders.It will also realise an expanded pool of persons with the necessary experience to ensure the balance necessary and availability of the skill sets required. The current approach must be remedied, as it leads to a lack of consistency in the entire selection process.The measures employed under this GECOM must seek to make positive its current image by demonstrating transparency and fairness!Sincerely,Neil Kumar
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of US$7million for the Liberia Land Administration Project. The project will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Liberia Land Authority and establish a land administration system.This project, according to the World Bank, will help establish processes and the infrastructure required to implement land policies and laws focusing on identification, ownership, use and valuation of land. This will lead to the development of requisite land laws and regulations, and conducting awareness raising campaigns on land rights and usage, and establish an inventory of tribal land certificates.“The World Bank is pleased to support the Liberia Land Administration project, because it will create a secure land tenure environment for citizens, communities and investors’ land rights in critical sectors such as agriculture, mining and forestry,” said Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Country Manager in Liberia. “As Liberia transitions democratically, it is essential that the bank helps in addressing potential triggers of conflict in land tenure systems to sustain peace and stability for economic transformation.”This project will be implemented by the Liberia Land Authority. It will further develop the inventory and analysis of tribal land certificates and the land administration system, and support project coordination, monitoring and evaluation.Under the project, government entities will benefit from the establishment of a geodetic (portable, automated photogrammetric systems for non-contact, high accuracy 3D coordinate measurements) control network that will serve as a basic geo-positioning reference for surveying. It will develop key land regulations and plans, which will benefit customary and private land rights holders in Liberia, including individuals and communities as well as the public and private sectors.“The World Bank is looking forward to support the implementation of this project as land is at the center of development challenges. The project will in the long-term help to resolve land conflicts, enhance own-source local revenues, and contribute to accelerated growth and poverty reduction impacting land holders and communities, including vulnerable groups and women,” said Victoria Stanley and Linus Pott, World Bank co-task team leaders of the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One day after Delon Henry, called “Nasty Man”, denied the September 29, 2015, murder of Dexter Griffith, the deceased footballer’s brother, Keshawn Griffith, on Thursday told the 12-member jury that while in hiding, he saw the defendant firing a gun moments after his brother was shot. Henry is on trial before Justice Sandil Kissoon at the Demerara High Court.Accused killer Delon HenryThe younger Griffith recalled taking cover near his East Ruimveldt, Georgetown home after the shots rang out; noting that a man clad in white, ran passed him. He said a while later, he saw Delon Henry in dark clothing shooting.He added that he recognised him from the day before, staring at his brother while also wearing dark clothing. He remembered that on the day in question, his brother had asked him to borrow $3000 – money which the younger Griffith used to buy food for his older sibling. It was while he was at the shop that he heard the shots ring out before he saw the man in white and the other in dark attire.He observed that he was reading the newspapers on October 12, 2015 when he recognised Delon Henry as the gunman. He called his mother immediately and was told to inform the Police which he did. Sometime later, he was called to an Identification Parade where he picked out Henry from pictures of 16 males with like resemblance. According to Griffith, he did this, “based on instructions received”.Griffith also testified accompanying his brother to hospital who was pronounced dead by doctors. Meanwhile, the mother of the deceased man’s children, Allison Weeks, also testified before Judge and jury. She emotionally recounted hearing the gunshots and identifying her partner lying with a wound to his head.Weeks said she was a seller in the city and had often accompanied her late reputed husband from where they lived at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara to East Ruimveldt, Georgetown. She also claimed that on the night of the shooting, she saw a male run past her in white clothing but could not make out who it was because she saw him from behind.Weeks also said that just after the shooting, when the crowd gathered, Dexter’s brother Keshawn shouted: “Is who shot my brother?”Dexter Griffith was shot near his mother’s East Ruimveldt home. Earlier this week, the deceased man’s mother, Lavern Griffith, recalled running to the Warlock area from her home where she and other relatives saw the footballer lying in a drain.After being shot, Griffith reportedly managed to stand and walked a short distance in an attempt to escape from Henry but eventually fell unconscious to the ground, while his assailant escaped. Public spirited persons near the scene of the crime eventually took the injured Griffith to a city hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt are prosecuting the State’s case. The accused is represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson.
By Leah HernandesA village that recently experienced infrastructural transformation is now looking to address and bring an end to the social issue of teenage pregnancy that is quite prevalent in the community.Yarrowkabra with a population of just over 5000 people is seeking the relevant intervention that will assist in ending the scourge which has been causing its youthful generation to become early fathers and mothers without extensive knowledge of parenting or the effects and disadvantages it would have on both their lives and the community at large.Speaking to <<
Food for the Poor (Guyana) Incorporated (FFTP) has refuted allegations that it is trespassing on lands belonging to a co-op society located at Trafalgar, West Coast Berbice (WCB).Head of the Co-op Society, Lloyda AngusThe NGO has said that, while the matter had reached the courts, it has never been identified as a trespasser or been found guilty of trespassing.The FFTP explained that a “no objection” letter had been issued to the Community Development Council (CDC) by the Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) for the change in land use to residential purposes.A court action subsequently brought by the head of the co-op society, Lloyda Angus, and the co-op’s treasurer, Patsy Fraser, later resulted in a High Court order being issued by Justice Navindra Singh, stipulating that the Trafalgar/Union Community Development Council hold elections last January to elect new members to the committee.The court action document which was filed against FFTPHowever, it was not outlined in the court document that the FFTP was trespassing. As such, the FFTP is bringing clarity to this allegation.Recently, members of the said co-op society had called for repossession of the lands which were leased to them by the MMA-ADA back in 2006, because permission had inexplicably been given to persons to operate on the land, even though the previous lease was still valid.Co-op Head Lloyda Angus has claimed that the lease was granted for persons to utilise three plots of land after registering with the ‘friendly societies organisation’. According to her, the lease was valid for some 50 years.The court order that was issued by High Court Judge Navindra SinghAngus said that, in 2015, the office was visited by a group of APNU supporters who demanded that she hand over the key to the building, and indicated that they would be the new occupants and she should relinquish the lease documents.She further noted that, in 2018, the MMA-ADA then gave the land to the Food for the Poor organisation to construct houses for persons within the community, and that last December the matter was heard in the High Court, where Justice Navindra Singh ruled that the present occupants are trespassing.
The first three fires were all discovered on October 12 between what police determined was approximately 9:00 p.m. – 10:55 p.m.“The first of the three fires were located at a derelict house that was unoccupied, the second was to a dumpster and police located a third fire in a second dumpster as they patrolled for the suspects,” Sgt. Scott West of the Dawson Creek RCMP said in a written statement. “The investigation revealed that two persons were seen running away from one of the fires.”The next fire was set ablaze just a day later, yet another dumpster near 10th Street in the downtown area at approximately 4:00 a.m.- Advertisement -Next on the hit list was a vehicle in the 1200 block of 102nd Avenue just before 7:35 p.m. on October 13.“Again, another witness saw what appeared to be two persons in dark clothing leaving the area just prior to the arrival of the Fire Department,” Sgt. West said in the same written statement.” As a result of this fire, a second vehicle parked close by also sustained damage.”The final fire was reported on October 14, when it was reported in an industrial garbage can, and this time, the person who reported it claimed there were two voices heard just before the smoke was seen.Advertisement In all cases, investigators have determined that refuse was used to start the fires, and further more, it appears the fires on October 12 and 13 are connected.“The Dawson Creek RCMP treat these incidences very seriously due to the danger to the public and loss of property,” Sgt. West writes. “The police are asking the public to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious persons who are out of place”Sgt. West also recommends residents clean up around their property and lock their car doors.If you may have witnessed or have any information pertaining to these incidents, contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784 3700, or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477 to leave an anonymous tip.Advertisement
0Shares0000Barcelona’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen will be sidelined for around six weeks after picking up a right hamstring injury while on international duty, the Spanish giants said © AFP / JOHN THYSBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 15 – Barcelona’s Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen will be sidelined for around six weeks after picking up a right hamstring injury while on international duty, the Spanish giants said Monday.The 32-year-old, who has been hit by a string of injuries since signing for the Catalan club in 2014, limped off the field in the second half of Belgium’s 2-1 win over Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday. “Tests carried out this morning confirm that first team player Thomas Vermaelen has a right hamstring injury. He will be sidelined for approximately six weeks,” the club said in a statement.The injury leaves Barcelona short of options in defence as the team is already without French centre-back Samuel Umtiti who has a knee injury, with only Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet at their disposal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)