Calabar open synthetic all-weather track

first_imgCalabar High school’s dominance in the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships was given a big boost with the opening and dedication of the first all-weather synthetic track for a secondary institution in the Caribbean.At the ceremony held at the Red Hills Road-based school yesterday, Vincent Lawrence, chairman of the Complex Implementation team announced that a total of $55 million was spent to make the dream a reality.”We are gathered here today (yesterday) to mark this special event where Arthur Wint, Dennis Johnson, Herbert McKenley and others were nurtured (and this) is a dream come true,” Lawrence, who is also a Calabar old boy said.”The dream started in the 1990s and now it is a reality. In 2013 after talks, the old boys had the ground surveyed. The government through the Sports Development Foundation had granted $10 million for several schools towards a sports project,” he shared.”The minister of sports, Natalie Neita-Headley, indicated that the funding from the government would not be enough and the school through its old boys and management team came up with majority of the funds,” he also added.WILL DOMINATE CHAMPSThe project was done by BSW based in Germany with local firm Pavecon Limited as the contractor for the six-lane track.Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said that his alma mater will continue to dominate Champs with this historic track.”The track is very welcome and will push our boys more. I hope other schools will follow in order for Jamaica to benefit,” Patterson said.”When you have a facility like this it has to be maintained properly. We are good at building things and not at maintaining,” he added.Patterson also disclosed that GraceKennedy made a contribution of $5 million towards a spectator stand in memory of former athletic administrator Adrian Wallace.The complex will be named after outstanding Jamaican Olympians Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint, who both attended the institution.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller offered her blessing in officially opening the complex.The inaugural McKenley/Wint track meet will get underway at the facility today, starting at 8:30 a.m.last_img read more

‘If you are late, you will pay’ – Gardner promises to discipline H’View late bugs

first_imgHarbour View’s assistant coach Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner says that the players who recently rejoined the team will be disciplined for staying away too long. With just one win and three losses from their four games in the new Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season, Gardner is not pleased about the absence of core players during pre-season. “We didn’t have a full squad of players as some were away during the summer. The core players are back, but they have to face discipline,” Gardener disclosed during the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday. “We have to start treating football in Jamaica like a job. If players are late, they have to face discipline,” he insisted. Among the players who were away in the summer are captain John-Ross Edwards, Nicholas Beckett, Mark Miller, Hugh Evans, and Evan Taylor. Edwards played in the last game against Arnett Gardens on September 25 at the Anthony Spaulding Complex, where Harbour View went down 1-0. He was substituted in the second half of the game. However, the other senior players are yet to play. “We have players with quality, but it is just to find the right balance moving forward,” the former Jamaica and Bolton Wanderers captain added. Harbour View will next play against Waterhouse in the RSPL tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m. at the Harbour View Stadium. The ‘Stars of the East’ are 10th on three points and in tenth position, while Waterhouse are yet to score a point and are anchored at the bottom in the 12-team league.last_img read more

The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra keeps on surging Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ___This takes us to the Final Four.We’ve got the three No. 1 seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference and a No. 7 seed in Nevada.Duke vs. Nevada, go with Duke.Virginia vs. North Carolina, go with North Carolina.Voila! Finally, we get our UNC-Duke matchup in the tourney.We could have saved a whole bunch of space and simply said this: This is the third time that Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four. (1951 doesn’t count, since the last four teams went there but only for a title game and a third-place game, not a true Final Four.)The other years Minneapolis played host to the Final Four were 1992 and 2001.Duke won in 1992.Duke won in 2001. View comments WEST SECOND ROUND: Syracuse (sorry, Zips), Florida State, Buffalo, Nevada.WEST SEMIS/FINAL: It would be so neat to say Syracuse and Buffalo so two schools that are a two-hour drive apart have to fly 3,000 miles to play each other. But it’ll be Florida State and Nevada. Here’s your upset: Nevada wins.___SOUTH FIRST ROUND: Virginia, Oklahoma, Oregon, UC Irvine, Villanova, Purdue, Cincinnati and Tennessee.SOUTH SECOND ROUND: Virginia, Oregon, Villanova and Tennessee — though this will be a ridiculously tough game for the Vols since Cincinnati will be playing in Ohio.SOUTH SEMIS/FINAL: Virginia and Villanova meet, in what many people thought would be the title game last season. Virginia wins.___MIDWEST FIRST ROUND: North Carolina, Washington, New Mexico State, Kansas, Ohio State, Houston, Wofford and Kentucky.MIDWEST SECOND ROUND: North Carolina (barely), Kansas (barely), Houston, Kentucky.MIDWEST SEMIS/FINAL: Patently unfair to North Carolina that they’ll have to face Kansas in Kansas City, but the Heels will prevail anyway. They’ll face Kentucky. Carolina wins. Last year, we gave you Villanova. (We also gave you Virginia in the final. That was a misprint. We totally meant UMBC and strongly considered picking them again this year even though they’re not in the field.)When you get to the end of this story, you will know this year’s NCAA champion. Do not scroll down yet. You must read the method to March Madness, though by teasing you with Duke vs. North Carolina you probably have a good idea where this is going. (If you don’t, perhaps you should save your money and not enter any pools this year, including swimming ones.)But before we begin, a few guidelines …___UNDERDOG WATCH: If you have every 1-2-3-4 seed making the Sweet 16 on your bracket, you’re doing it wrong. At least one double-digit seed has made it to the tournament’s second weekend 37 times in the last 40 seasons. More specifically, a No. 11 seed has reached the round of 16 in each of the last five seasons (with three of those No. 11s making it to the regional final, and with Loyola Chicago getting to the Final Four last year).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates Duke’s win over Florida State after cutting down a net after the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Think of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Alabama vs. Auburn. Miami vs. Florida State. Everybody vs. Notre Dame.Duke vs. North Carolina is as good as any, if not better.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Down to eight.Duke and Michigan State in the East. Michigan in the West. North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky in the Midwest. Villanova and Cincinnati in the South.Obviously, one of those eight will win the title. And it won’t be Kansas, Cincinnati, or Michigan. None of them are going deeper than the Sweet 16.___Perhaps it’s time to make the actual picks.EAST FIRST ROUND: Duke, UCF, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Belmont, Yale, Minnesota (Richard Pitino is not going to lose to Rick Pitino’s most recent school) and the excellent brand that is Michigan State.EAST SECOND ROUND: Duke (though alum Johnny Dawkins, the UCF coach, will scare his alma mater), Mississippi State, Belmont and Michigan State. Yes, Belmont is the official No. 11 seed pick to go deep this year.EAST SEMIS/FINAL: Duke and Michigan State get to the final. Duke wins.___WEST FIRST ROUND: Gonzaga, Syracuse, Murray State, Florida State, Buffalo, Northern Kentucky, Nevada, Michigan. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man02:14Carpio 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 Duke wins again in 2019. Zion Williamson will make sure his one-year mark on college basketball is indelible, and Mike Krzyzewski will get his sixth national championship.Unless we’re wrong, of course. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra They have met in basketball 251 times. They now have a combined 93 NCAA Tournament appearances. They’ve played a combined 318 NCAA Tournament games.They have zero NCAA Tournament games against each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWe devote this space every year to telling you how to win your NCAA bracket pool, and in each of the last two years we’ve made the pockets of millions, or thousands, or dozens, or possibly just three random people feel stuffed with all those well-earned $5 bills from the others in your office whose brackets were wrecked by roughly 2:51 p.m. on Day 1 of the tournament.Two years ago, we gave you North Carolina. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next THINK 11 OVER 12: It used to be that the No. 12 over No. 5 upsets were all the rage. It’s more like the No. 11 vs. No. 6 now. There have been 10 upsets in a 6-11 game over the last four years, and only three in 5-12 games.7 OR BETTER: A team seeded No. 7 or higher has made the Final Four in each of the last six seasons. Before that, it happened only three times in the previous 25 seasons.THERE WILL BE A NO. 1 SEED: At least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four in 37 of the last 40 seasons.BUT THERE WON’T BE FOUR: In those same 40 seasons, most No. 1 seeds — 59 percent of them — lose before the national semifinals. The only year where all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four was 2008.___So now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s whittle this thing down to a manageable size.Since a seeding structure went into place for the 1979 tournament, no team seeded No. 9 or higher has ever won the national championship. Same goes for every No. 5 seed. Florida in 2000, Indiana in 2002 and Butler in 2010 all reached the title game as No. 5 seeds and they all lost. (Apologies, then, to Mississippi State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Marquette. They’re this year’s 5 seeds and are obviously cursed.)That means, through the process of elimination, we can safely delete all the 5 seeds and all the 9 through 16 seeds. Just like that, our 68-team bracket is down to a tidy 28-team list of contenders.Out of those 28, 17 have never won a national title. There hasn’t been a first-time champion since Florida in 2006. Don’t expect that to change this year. So now we’re down to 11.With the exception of Arizona in 1997, every champion for the last 30 years has entered the tournament with at least 24 wins. That eliminates Maryland, Louisville and Syracuse.last_img read more

President Granger should seek to engage communities affected by closure of sugar estates

first_imgDear Editor,From reports appearing in several sections of the media, our Union, and more so thousands of jobless sugar workers, learnt that President David Granger reportedly said, according to a section of the media that “…payment of severance to thousands of ex- sugar workers is drawing funding away from services”. We found the President’s remarks most unfortunate, and we see it as yet another means to find a scapegoat for his Administration’s failure to deliver on its promises and commitments.Added to that, it serves to remind us about the Government’s uncaring and scant concern for the thousands of Guyanese who have been affected by the APNU+AFC’s ill-considered policy to minimise the sugar industry.For us, it is saddening that while the President is going around saying that his Administration’s settlement of its statutory obligation to the workers is taking away from other areas, he seems to ignore — maybe conveniently — that he heads the largest and most expensive bureaucracy in our nation’s history.Today, our people are forced to sustain fifteen (15) Ministries, headed by twenty-seven (27) Ministers who are accompanied by a platoon of advisors, assistants and other support staff.Today, our people are made to fund a super-salaried Cabinet who, apart from a 50 per cent pay rise, receive superb benefits, such as medical treatment in exotic locales like Ireland; stupendous allowances when travelling abroad; in addition to state-paid various services, including security and not to mention Government-provided vehicles.Today, our people are footing the bills for the ‘greening’ of perfectly good buildings; the construction of immaculate fences; a rarely used drill square, or the hefty rental of bottom-house drug bond.Today, while the Administration is ignoring its legal obligations to the beleaguered workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara, and Wales, His Excellency, now the Head of State for 40 months, has reportedly been abroad on more than 40 occasions, and his Administration this year budgeted to expend a billion dollars on overseas travel.Are these the priorities that the workers’ obligations are sucking from?But more than that, President Granger, who has said he is very busy with several matters, should heed calls and find the time to visit the communities of the now-closed estates, and engage the workers and their families.From those visits, he would learn from the people what the closure decision sucked away from them.From those engagements, he would come to know that workers have serious difficulties to eat; that they are unable to pay their bills; or they simply cannot afford to send their children to school.From those visits, he would hear about the family separations and their impact; he would come to know of the physiological and physical toll of losing the only job they know about; and he would be told about emptiness that has been created since the closure.It is indeed dismaying that His Excellency seemingly cannot find the time to visit these Guyanese who are facing the most difficult of times.We also saw the President saying he didn’t blame the workers, or the Corporation, or the previous administration. We believe it would be disingenuous for the President to cast blame in that direction. The President, we hold, can only point a finger of blame at himself or his colleagues who sit around the Cabinet table with him. It was his Government that chose to shutter the estates in the first place. Certainly, the short-sighted decision gave rise to the legal obligation to pay severance to those who stood to be affected. There are no ifs, buts or maybes, and this is clear as day and without doubt. A prudent Administration would have recognised this reality and accordingly provided the payment; but, as we have seen time and again, our Government continues to show us how inept and ill-considerate it can be.We cannot ignore, too, that the Administration, it seems, is preparing to wash its hands of the workers and their families and their communities when and after it settles the outstanding payments. If this is indeed the case, then this would be a most disturbing development.The Government has a moral obligation to ensure that the workers and their communities return to their feet and have a sustainable future, especially recognising that it was their decision that snatched away a livelihood from the people. This is the role of any Government, and the Administration should not ignore this important responsibility.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretarylast_img read more

Cove and John Ashram reaches out to broom maker of Bush Lot, Berbice

first_img– single mother struggling to send children to schoolBy Indrawattie NatramIn continuing the service work of giving and helping others as a non-profit organization, the Cove and JohnThe mother of five with her childrenAshram located on the East Coast of Demerara in collaboration with the Food for the Poor Inc recently reached out to another struggling single mother of five from Bushlot on the West Coast of Berbice.The mother’s plight was seen through an article that was written and published in a recent edition of the Guyana Times. Immediately after reading the article members of the ashram ventured to the mother’s home at Wire Dam Bush Lot and assisted her.Saraswatie Sampooran, a mother of five received a complete bed set (bed, pillow, mattresses, sheets), food hampers and clothing compliments of the Ashram in partnership with Food For the Poor Inc. Sampooran also known as Rita who is currently struggling to send her four children to school believes that an education is important and as such the determined mother makes “pointer brooms” and plant flowers as a means of sustaining her livelihood and providing for her children. Although her earnings are meager she manages to provide for her family.Out of her five children one is attending Secondary School. The mother who currently resides in a shack surrounded by sheets of zinc said that in the nights she often sleeps in fear. Many times she was attacked by persons who took advantage of her situation she said.The mother of five is currently living on a piece of Government reserve at Wire Dam where she constructed a shack she called her home.She said that she had applied for a house lot in the past but due to lack of finances she could not obtain same from the Government. Her desire is to live in a more comfortable and safe environment where she could provide more for her children.During the visit, Administrator of the ashram and spiritual leader, Swami Shivashankaranandaji encouraged the mother to continue having faith and give assurances that the ashram will continue to help her. He advised the single mother to live for her children and assured her that help will come her way.The mother expressed gratitude towards the ashram and Food for the Poor Inc. She thanked them for assisting her.last_img read more

Laptop stolen from Dawson Creek Hospital

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP are on the look out for a stolen laptop.The black IBM laptop computer was removed from the Dawson Creek Hospital over the weekend of May 30th. The computer is of no use to the public as it is password protected and only has software for diagnostic purposes.The laptop, if found, can be dropped off at the Dawson Creek Hospital or the Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment.  – Advertisement -If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the laptop computer they can contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers.last_img read more

Prince seeking DNA test for baby

first_imgSANTA MONICA – Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, filed legal documents Thursday seeking a DNA test to determine if he is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, Dannielynn. “In making these claims, Mr. von Anhalt has been met with much cynicism,” attorney Christopher Fields said outside court. “Rest assured, Mr. von Anhalt’s motives are pure. It is simply to accept responsibility as Dannielynn’s father if the testing shows that he is.” Von Anhalt has said he carried on a decade-long affair with the Playboy centerfold, meeting periodically in hotels in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Two other men were already battling over claims to being the baby’s father before Smith died last week. One is Smith’s most recent companion, attorney Howard K. Stern, whose name appears on the baby’s birth certificate. Former Smith boyfriend Larry Birkhead is waging a paternity challenge in a Los Angeles court. Von Anhalt, who said he is 59, has been married to Gabor, 90, for more than 20 years. He filed his legal action in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica. The prince challenged Stern to take a paternity test. “He could stop this whole circus right away. Why doesn’t he take a DNA test and say, `Look, it’s positive, everything is in my favor, it’s over,”‘ von Anhalt said after arriving at the courthouse in a silver Rolls Royce. Stern’s attorney James T. Neavitt said that his client doesn’t need to take a DNA test. “Howard’s the father by law and there’s a very limited basis someone can challenge the fatherhood of a father,” he said in a telephone interview. “We expected people to come out of the woodwork to try and get the child’s estate if there is one.” Von Anhalt has denied that he is motivated by the possibility of financial gain. “It’s not about money,” he said to a crush of international reporters in front of the courthouse where he filed the paperwork. “It’s a human being.” Asked why he waited until after Smith died to seek the test, von Anhalt answered, “It’s very simple. If you have an affair with somebody and you’re married, and you love your wife, do you think you would go home and tell her, `Look, I had an affair with this and this and this and this?”‘160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Man pleads not guilty to killing woman in crash

first_imgThe charges stem from a Nov. 25 crash at Bloomfield and Florence avenues in Santa Fe Springs that killed Rosanna Garcia. Prosecutors allege Brooker was driving a pickup truck that slammed into the driver’s side of Garcia’s Honda Accord. The 20-year-old Garcia, a California High School graduate, died of her injuries. NORWALK – An El Monte man pleaded not guilty today to killing a South Whittier woman last year when his pickup truck allegedly crashed into her car as he fled from police. William Daniel Brooker, 27, also denied the other charges against him, which include driving under the influence causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving with great bodily injury, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He will be back at Norwalk Superior Court June 13 for a pre-trial hearing. Deputy District Attorney Shelley Dominguez said the case has been re-assigned to the alternate public defender’s office. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everton boss Allardyce plans for future despite fan unrest

first_imgSpeaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at Huddersfield, Allardyce said: “We discussed plans for next season yesterday with (club owner) Farhad (Moshiri). We have some clarity moving forward now.”Allardyce, who replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman, described his tenure so far as “overall pretty satisfying”.“You always want to strive to do better but because we started my reign so well, we built up great expectation it might be even better,” he said. “We’ve achieved a good way forward in the space of five months.“It’s been pretty satisfying. One always wants your team to do better, to win more, to achieve more but overall pretty satisfying.”Allardyce drew comparisons between his coaching style and that of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, who on Thursday led his 10-man team to a 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.“Entertainment is the (mastering) of defence in Europe — Simeone,” the Toffees boss said. “Is that entertainment?“He’s called the master of defence. I’m called defensive and negative. We’ve not only achieved the goal (of staying up), we’ve played some extremely entertaining games.”Earlier this month, Allardyce dismissed a survey sent to fans asking to grade his performance out of 10 as a mistake on the part of the club’s marketing director, who he said does not “understand” how football works.As part of the questionnaire, supporters were asked whether they agree with the statement of “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Everton manager Sam Allardyce is planning for the future © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Friday he is making plans for next season at the club despite stinging criticism from fans over his direct style of football.The former England boss took the helm in November, pulling Everton away from relegation danger to the comfort of mid-table safety.last_img read more

Alternative PL Team of the Year using ONE player from each club

first_img 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) 11 11 Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke City) – Click the right arrow to see the an Alternative Premier League Team of the Year where just ONE player from each club has been selected Centre midfield: Emre Can (Liverpool) Left back: Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) 11 11 11 Centre back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) The PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year has been announced, although a little sooner than planned.As per usual, there was plenty of conjecture. This time it was Arsenal fans moaning as their beloved assist king Mesut Ozil failed to make the XI, which was voted for by his fellow players.In the end the Gunners only had one player in the side, Hector Bellerin, while rivals Tottenham and Leicester City both had four apiece.But who would make the Team of the Year if you could only pick ONE player from each Premier League side?Click the right arrow above to see talkSPORT’s attempt above…SIX PREMIER LEAGUE STARS WHO CAN FEEL UNLUCKY NOT TO BE NOMINATED FOR PFA SHORTLIST 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham) Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 11 Right wing: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 11 Left wing: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) Centre forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)last_img read more