Gordon and Pullen win at Tyson Invitational

first_img Former Wolmerian sprinter, Shauna Helps, and former Hydel jumper, Shardia Lawrence, both had top-three finishes at the meet. Competing for Florida State University, Helps finished third in the Women’s 200m in a personal best of 23.56 seconds, as Kori Carter won the event in 23.26 seconds. Competing for Kansas State University, Lawrence copped third in the Women’s Triple jump with 13.75m. Despite not being among the top-three, there was also good result for former Holmwood Technical thrower, Gleneve Grange, in the Women’s Shot Put. Competing for Florida State University, Grange had a heave of 16.32m to finish fourth in the Women’s Shot Put, which was a personal best for her. – R.G. TOP-THREE FINISHES Olympians Chrisann Gordon and Clive Pullen were two of several Jamaicans who did very well at the weekend for their college teams at an indoor collegiate meets in North America, as both had wins for their universities in their respective events. Both had success at the Tyson Invitational Meet at the Randall Tyson Track on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Gordon, competing for the University of Texas, Longhorns was in fine form in the Women’s Olympic Development 400m, winning the event in a fast 51.71 seconds, which is ranked number three so far among NCAA Division One athletes. Chrishuna Williams, representing Nike, was second in 52.05 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight ended third in 52.65 seconds, as Jamaica’s Dominique Blake, back to competition from suspension for a doping violation, finished fourth in 52.1 seconds. Pullen, a senior at the University of Arkansas, continued his fine form this season in his pet event, the triple jump, after winning the event with a leap of 17.19m.last_img read more

The luxury ship – MV City – is sinking

first_imgDear Editor,The luxury ship -MV City- that has been riding high on the waves of excesses, fraud and mismanagement for the last three years and beyond, seems to have sprung a leak and is now quickly sinking.There is clearly panic aboard, with the very frightened captain dispensing blame on anyone, anywhere he can, both on the living and the dead, and it is now ‘every man for himself’, with senior officers grabbing every available life jacket and abandoning ship.Listening to the Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the goings-on at the Georgetown Municipality, one is left amazed at the ridiculous responses, irrational positions being taken, and the twisted logic being advanced upon by some to defend themselves.One senior had the temerity to tell the Commission that the rehabilitation work had been done at the City Constabulary Training School to the tune of $47 million, yet he says that the space remains uninhabitable. Now come on, which Constabulary Training School is he talking about? Not the old House Service Department in Water Street? Not even $7 million has been spent there for years, let alone $47 million dollars. I suggest that the Chairman of the Commission and the members of the Local Government Commission pay a visit and thoroughly inspect that facility. It is ruinous, looks abandoned, and is ramshackle. Indeed, it looks like when junkies are finished with a building. The windows, doors, fittings, furniture and just about everything else is gone, even though this place is guarded 24/7. It is leaking badly and is in the worst state that I have ever seen a public building in. I challenge the senior official to produce a detailed expenditure report on the building with accompanying receipts and then and then take building experts to inspect the building to verify the $47 million in work done.Then you have the Solid Waste Director waking up like Rip Van Winkle arising out of a slumber to declare that City Hall should ditch the garbage contractors and do the waste disposal work itself. Oh please, now that the Council and the Government have frittered away billions upon billions of dollars, this gentleman gets this epiphany of the Council going back to doing what it did for decades- since it had its own animal drawn garbage carts? And then blaming bad management on the administration. Hasn’t this guy been a part of the administration for the past four years?Then we have the King himself declaring that the City is too broke to tender for goods and services. Well, that’s the icing on the cake! The city is too broke to adhere to a regulatory arrangement that is conducive to transparency, economy, efficiency, openness, fairness and accountability in public sector procurement, but rich enough to award contracts to friends and relatives at grossly inflated prices. Citizens, don’t be fooled.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

Govt insists on taking back Red House

first_img…it is “selfish” for Red House to represent only Cheddi Jagan – AGBy Devina SamarooThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is still bent on having the Red House transformed into a facility in memory of all past Guyanese Presidents and has indicated its preparedness to ensure this happens.Providing an update on the matter, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams told a news conference that it was quite “selfish” to have the Red House representing only late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, who is also the founder of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre located on High Street in Kingston, Georgetown“There have been nine Presidents of Guyana and we feel that it’s not really feasible really to have one past President to be using up such, to be alone situated on that Red House. It kind of reeks of selfishness…All nine Presidents should be housed under Red House,” he emphasised.Upon the coalition’s assumption of office last year, it was revealed that the prime land on which Red House sits was leased to the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre for 999 years for only $12,000 per year.Government had strongly objected to this and had consequently announced its intention to review the lease agreement.The Attorney General disclosed that meetings were held last year with the Management Committee of Red House during which several proposals were made.“They wanted to be able to rent it as an alternative so as to house only the former President, Cheddi Jagan,” he disclosed, noting nonetheless that the Government was not inclined to adhere to those requests.“We are hoping that the PPP would show some maturity on this matter, because we believe that all nine Presidents should be situated in the same building,” he stated.Nonetheless, Williams reminded that the President of Guyana, David Granger had the sole authority for all State lands.ObjectionsIn objecting to Government’s attempt to control Red House, former President Donald Ramotar expressed that the move represented pure “arrogance and vindictiveness”.During an interview with Guyana Times last year, Ramotar stated point blank that to share the building with other Presidents would be a blatant dishonour to the “prestigious” Dr Jagan.“Dr Jagan lived in that house, it is the perfect memorial for him,” Ramotar stated.The PPP had also voiced its concerns over Government’s decision.“The name ‘Red House’ is an exemplification of the fact that Dr Cheddi Jagan was, at that time, branded a ‘Red’ and Communist and due to the fact that he lived at the time in that building it became known as Red House or the Red’s House,” the Party had commented.It noted that former Presidents Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte were never deemed as ‘Red’ or Communist, and they never shared the ideology and philosophy of Dr Jagan.As such, to suggest that Red House be the depository of Burnham’s and Hoyte’s work was not only “ludicrous” but “objectionable”.It added that to associate Red House with Burnham and Hoyte would be a “historical misnomer” and contrary to the progressive anti-colonial and anti-imperialist ideas, thoughts and memories associated with Dr Jagan.Suggestions were made that instead of interfering with Red House’s unique legacy, Government should move to establish individual research facilities across the country for each past President. The facility is being managed by Nadira Jagan, the daughter of the late Cheddi Jagan who has been silent on the issue.The Red House is located on High Street, Kingston, Georgetown and Dr Jagan had lived there while he was the Premier of British Guiana from 1961-1964.The Cheddi Jagan Research Centre was officially established in 1999 to promote research into and publish materials on the life, work and ideas of Dr Jagan – this will also promote research into the history of Guyana’s struggle for Independence and social justice, and the history of Guyana as a whole from the early 1940s to the late 1990s.Dr Jagan was well-known around the world as an incorruptible freedom fighter and revolutionary who dedicated his life to the poor and powerless in Guyanese society.last_img read more

Ellen Extols China for Liberia’s Development

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in line with principle of gratitude has showered praises on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for its many contributions toward Liberia’s post-war development.Like other partners, President Sirleaf on the National Day of China on September 11, acknowledged the far-eastern country for its tremendous role played in sectors including health, infrastructure and education of Liberia.Not forgetting the most recent one during the period of health crisis in the country, the President recalled that China was the first to respond to the health emergency need of Liberia during the Ebola.“China was the first to respond to Liberia’s need during the Ebola crisis with materials and equipment. China also sent a cargo plane loaded with equipment and materials worth US$1.8 million, and constructed a 100-bedroom Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) and equipped same with trained medical staff,” President Sirleaf noted.She also acknowledged that Liberia-China relations have been carried out by both countries with due respect and the spirit of cooperation.According to President Sirleaf, Liberia and China have continued to uphold the United Nations Charter and respect each other’s sovereignty with equality.China has remained one of the major development partners to Liberia since its civil war ended 12 years ago, and has assisted in areas of infrastructure, education and health, and its promised projects including the ministerial complex and renovation the SKD Sports Complex, amongst others still standing by to be completed.Regarding these promised projects, President Sirleaf said though she has been angry over the delay, she cannot blame the people of China but can only say, “Liberia is waiting.”Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue also acknowledged strides Liberia is making in its post-Ebola recovery and reiterated that China is going to speed up with constructions of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), the ministerial complex, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, annexes of the National Legislature and the diplomatic lounge of the Roberts International Airport.He also promised that China will help Liberia to break the bottlenecks in development such as insufficient infrastructure and human resources.“China will encourage and support Chinese enterprises to participate in the development of infrastructure in various ways and will promote capacity-building for Liberia by sending more experts to Liberia and providing more training opportunities in China,” Ambassador Yue added.Furthermore, Ambassador Yue said China will also enhance the cooperation with Liberia in manufacturing sector so that Liberia can make best use of and add value to its own resources and improve its sustainable self-development capacity.Meanwhile, the 66th National Day of the People’s Republic of China also marked its 70th anniversary of victory of Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese aggression and the world Anti-Fascist War.During World War II, Japan proved to be the strongest in the east, waging war against neighboring countries including China, but China fought for 14 years and at the end claimed victory over Japan.Japan’s aggression especially came to a halt when United States retaliated with the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the bombing it (Japan) carried out against the U.S. on Pearl Harbor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clippers tonight

first_imgClippers vs. San Antonio Spurs Site: Staples Center Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Clippers (29-30) update: The Clippers are coming off an 87-64 victory over Indiana on Saturday. The 64 points allowed set a franchise record for fewest allowed. Sam Cassell is listed as questionable with a strained groin, and the Clippers could sign point guard Jason Hart today, if he clears waivers and becomes a free agent. San Antonio (41-18) update: The Spurs have won a season-high eight in a row, including a 97-74 victory in Houston on Saturday. They won even though All-Star guard Tony Parker was out with a strained left hip. It was just the second game he has missed this season, and the injury is considered day-to-day. – Joe Stevens TV: Prime Radio: KSPN/710 center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chetwynd pulp mill to re-open this year

first_img– Advertisement – In a release Unifor Western Director Scott Doherty says, “We’re proud to have been a part of the negotiations to get people back to work. Resource industry jobs are good jobs.”last_img

Arsenal to face AC Milan in Europa last 16

first_imgAtletico Madrid and French striker Antoine Griezmann were paired with Lokomotiv Moscow, the day after another Spanish-Russian game, between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, was marred by violence in which a Spanish policeman died of a heart attack.Bilbao will face 1993 European champions Marseille for the matches on March 8 and 15.Another French side, Lyon, must overcome CSKA Moscow to keep alive their hopes of appearing in the final which will be played at their own stadium on May 16.Lyon were comfortable 4-1 aggregate winners over Villarreal in the round of 32 and former club stalwart Bernard Lacombe welcomed the draw which sees the second leg played in France.“We qualified well against Villarreal, who are a good club. Obviously it would be fantastic to play in our own stadium (in the final) but there are high-level opponents left in the competition and we have to respect that,” he told beIN Sports.RB Leipzig, who dropped into the competition after being eliminated from the Champions League, will play Zenit Saint-Petersburg, who won the Europa League in 2008.Borussia Dortmund meanwhile face potentially the weakest team in the last 16, Czech side Plzen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former French international midfielder Eric Abidal picks Arsenal in the draw for the last 16 of the Europa League, pairing them with AC Milan © AFP / jean-guy PYTHONNYON, Switzerland, Feb 23 – Arsenal, the last surviving British club, on Friday drew seven-time European champion AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.Arsenal struggled to overcome Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round, being booed off by their fans at the Emirates after losing 2-1 on Thursday but going through 4-2 win on aggregate.last_img read more

‘We acted like children but I’ve invited him in for beer’, says Hull boss

first_imgHull City manager Steve Bruce hopes he and Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet can forgive and forget after their touchline spat.The pair had to be kept apart following Poyet’s first half sending off as tensions threatened to boil over at the KC Stadium, with Bruce attempting to march after the Uruguayan following angry words between them.But after the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the Tigers boss was in a repentant mood and revealed he was hoping to catch up with his opposite number and share a drink before the Black Cats returned to Tyneside.“We’re grown men who have acted like a couple of children,” admitted a rueful Bruce. “These things happen.“We’ll look back in the morning and think, ‘Oh, good God’, but sometimes the red mist comes down.“I’ve invited him in for a glass of beer – I hope he accepts because it’s a long way home and he’s had a horrible night.”last_img read more


first_imgA COUNTY councillor today slammed his own Council after his attempt to discuss a compulsory purchase order near Moville which would allow the council to lay sewage pipes into Lough Foyle was blocked.Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has expressed his frustration after Council officials again blocked a debate on a controversial Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in CarnagarveCllr Murray stated that a debate must be held on the issue as there is no reason that it should not take place. Commenting after the Inishowen Electoral Area Committee (IEAC) on Tuesday, Cllr Murray said: “For some time, council officials have advised that the controversial Greencastle/Moville Sewage Outfall CPO‏ cannot be discussed as it would be sub judice to a separate case being heard in the High Court.“However, in the four months since I initially sought to raise this issue, no legal advice has been produced to back this claim. In fact, prior to the May sitting of the IEAC, a senior council official confirmed to me that no legal advice could be provided in writing.“With this being the case, there is absolutely no reason that the residents of Carnagarve cannot be entitled to have their grievances addressed.“As a councillor I am answerable to the people I represent. Where constituents feel that they have been aggrieved by the council I have a duty to have their grievances addressed. “Having written to the County Manager and Cllr Rena Donaghey as chairperson of the IEAC I am now publicly calling for the controversial CPO to be addressed by the council.”Cllr Murray concluded by saying that any further attempt to block this debate is an obstruction to democracy and is a disservice to the people he represents.Campaigner Enda Craig welcomed Cllr Murray’s move.“It is clear that there is no written legal advice and we are fully supportive of Cllr Murray’s stance. This is what democracy should be about,” said Mr Craig. COUNTY COUNCIL IN THE DOCK OVER CONTROVESIAL SEWAGE SCHEME was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTY COUNCIL IN THE DOCK OVER CONTROVESIAL SEWAGE SCHEMElast_img read more

World Cup South Africa: find your way

first_img31 May 2010There will be aircraft in the skies around the clock to monitor traffic movements during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with co-ordination provided by a national command centre and information available via a 24-hour call centre and route-planning website www.findyourway.co.za.With the kick-off to Africa’s first Fifa World Cup fast approaching, South Africa’s road and rail systems are ready to move the hundreds of thousands of fans that will be travelling countrywide.The government has invested more than R40-billion to ensure that the country’s public transport infrastructure can handle the expected one-million African visitors and over 300 000 overseas fans, while leaving behind a rich transport legacy for South Africans.The interactive website www.findyourway.co.za, featuring real-time route and traffic information, has been designed to help visitors plan their trips within and between the country’s nine World Cup host cities.Real-time information will feed into the command centre to enable quick decision-making, responses to incidents and appropriate law enforcement on routes with high traffic volumes.Major routes between host cities, airports, hotels, stadiums, fan parks, public viewing areas and other places of interest will receive priority attention.Road, rail and bus routes have been massively upgraded to provide an integrated transport system. In the major centres, this includes a bus rapid transit system featuring special public transport lanes and interchange nodes for commuters to switch from one form of transport to another.The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has also upgraded its infrastructure, increasing mobility and accessibility for commuters during the tournament.For intercity bus operations, a fleet of commuter buses provided by established operators in the business, as well as “midi-buses” provided by taxi operators, will provide an efficient service, with fleet usage dependent on demand.The upgrades have steered South Africa towards the biggest transport infrastructure investment in its history, becoming at the same time a project of building national unity, generating hope and repositioning the country.“It is not just about sport,” Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele said recently. “It is now truly about Tran-sport.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more