Champs set to sizzle

first_imgThe 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships is expected to really come alive this evening at the National Stadium. A number of sizzling finals are expected and none should be more exciting than the expected clash between Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matterson and Calabar High’s Michael Stephens in the Class One boys 100 metres final. Both won yesterday’s heats easily and it is now on to the semi-finals which will run at 4 p.m. The final is set for 8.35 p.m. Matherson was comfortable in qualifying for the semi-finals bouncing to a 10.76 win in his heat. Last year’s bronze medal winner will walk inside the National Stadium as the big favorite for the gold medal, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. On the prowl will be a Calabar lion. Stephens, the Class Two champion clocked 10.82 in qualifying and will have no fear when he lines up against his KC rival. They are the only two schoolboys to have gone under 10.40 seconds this season and it will take that sort of time to secure the top spot on the podium in this one. Twenty-three finals are scheduled for today, 13 girls’ and ten boys’. Meanwhile yesterday, St Jago High’s Roja Stona enjoyed it all the way while producing a gold medal effort in the Class One discus as favourites Kingston College (KC) continued to lead the boys’ standings going into today’s fourth day. KC led the standings with 46 points after five finals. They are followed by Petersfield (26), Calabar and Jamaica on (23), St Jago (22), Green Island (14) and Wolmer’s (11). Stona won his event with a throw with a best of 61.85m and said then declared that he was overjoyed with the victory. “It’s my personal event and I just went out to execute and that’s what I did,” said Stona. Petersfield High’s Kevin Nedrick, the overwhelming pre-champs favourite, took the silver with 57.48m while Douglas Cyrus of Jamaica College, 54.25m, was third. Scott McLeod gave KC nine valuable points with his win in the Class Three high jump. He cleared 1.84m. Calabar’s Corey Ottey was second with a mark of 1.81m while third went to Anthony Thrope of Herbert Morrison, 1.84m. KC’s Carey McLeod will be hunting his gold medal of the championships when he competes in today’s final of the boys’ Class One triple jump. McLeod, who won the boys Class One long jump on Wednesday, will enter today’s final with the best mark of 15.09m. Calabar’s Gabriel Allen with the best of (14.99m), Owayne Owens from Cornwall (14.87), Andre Douglas of JC (14.62) and Munro’s Tevin Dunn (14.57) are other main contenders. Maleik Smith will be hoping to win JC’s first gold of the championships when he competes in today’s final of the boys Class One 400m hurdles. Smith will enter the final with the fastest time of 52.20. Calabar’s Aykeeme Francis (52.42), St Jago’s Timor Bennett (52.47) and St Elizabeth Technical’s Jauaveny James (52.67) are the other top contenders contenders. Calabar are poised for a one-two placing in the boys Class Two 400m hurdles final today, after outstanding performances from Nicquaine Henry, Andre Leslie in the heats. Henry has fastest time of 54.00 entering final ahead of Leslie 54.15. Rusea’s Brithton Senior (54.79), Jeremy Farr from Wolmer’s (55.15) and Devontie Archer of Excelsior are the other contenders for the gold medal. Calabar’s Christopher Taylor cruised into Saturday’s final of the boys’ Class One 200m after winning his semi-final in 20.85. Taylor’s teammate Tyreke Wilson also booked his spot in the final after he won his semi-final in 20.96 is also through to the final he won his semi-final in 20.66.last_img read more

L$1M Bridge Project Gets Underway

first_imgTo disabuse the minds of people who often depend on government for every aspect of development, residents of Montserrado County Electoral District #14 over the weekend broke ground for the construction of a wooden bridge that will link Abuja and Doe communities to Clara Town and the Freeport communities on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.The bridge project is funded by the district representative hopeful Kerkula Muka-Kamara to the tone of L$1 million.The ground-breaking ceremony held over the weekend brought joy to the thousands of residents in the area who shouted in unison as they danced to the beat of traditional songs raised by the community women. The construction work is expected to be completed within a month starting from yesterday, March 16, one of the contractors confided to the Daily Observer.Elated residents told our reporter how happy they were to welcome the bridge construction, “because for too long we have suffered from the flood water until recently when Mr. Kamara responded to fund the bridge project.”Earlier in his welcome statement, Peter Laye, spokesman of the elder council, expressed appreciation to Mr. Kamara for the project, hoping that he will continue in other directions to achieve his future objective.Mr. Laye recalled how residents have found it difficult to get to other communities to meet daily life challenges to the extent that two residents had broken their legs on the old, dilapidated bridge. He said that the completion of the bridge would relieve them of their nightmare.“This bridge business used to worry me because we walked on rotten sticks to cross over to the next destination to go to work, while our women too used the same path to the market. But today, I am happy to see the new bridge reaching here through Mr. Muka-Kamra, who I want to carry on my back only that I am too old to do so,” exclaimed Mr. Laye. John Ignis, another resident, who could not hide his feelings about the project, added that “Today, Mr. Kamara has come to our rescue’ an initiative we highly welcome.”He explained the difficulties children and pregnant women experienced in the absence of a good bridge to connect the community with other communities on Bushrod Island. “I can remember when my wife was in labor here during the rainy season, it was not easy to cross over to the Clara Town Clinic, but with this latest intervention, we are happy.”Randolph K. Doe, chairman of the Peugeot Garage Community expressed similar gratitude to Mr. Kamara for the initiative.He said for so long, residents of the Abuja Community have cried for a bridge, but today, they are proud of Mr. Kamara for the initiative.In response, Mr. Kamara told the residents of the community, particularly Abuja, to work together for the common good of the area.“We need to work together and share the ideas as to how we can live a better life in our respective communities. The bridge project is just the beginning,” said Mr. Muka-Kamara.He admonished the inhabitants to hold together to share the ideas as to how best they can impact their communities and families so that the unborn will hear it from the pages of history.Mr. Kamara believes that leadership is a privilege given to any individual by the people, because it is about them so when something has to do with them, it needs to be managed well.“So, the process we have entered is a process of collaboration that you need to talk to me and I talk to you, share common ideas as to how we can benefit from each other or benefit from the national government.“We have come to say to residents of the Abuja Community that we are with you and prepared to work with you, but let us work together so that come 2017 or even beyond the next elections, we are still in it together,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Armed bandits beat, rob Chinese restaurant owner

first_imgThree armed bandits beat and robbed a Corentyne, Berbice Chinese restaurant owner during a home invasion on Tuesday morning.Reports are the men broke into a building where a Chinese restaurant is housed in the lower flat and confronted the owner, Su Zhi Yong, 45.Guyana Times was told that about 02:45h, the three masked men gained access to the Lot 264 Bush Lot Village, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) building by breaking a window. Su Zhi Yong, who operates Sue Mamoo Restaurant, told this publication that he was awakened by a loud crashing sound and noticed someone walking into his bedroom. According to him, men were already in the room by the time he jumped out of his bed.The businessman said that the men all wore dark clothing and demanded moneySue Mamoo Chinese Restaurantfrom him, but he held out that he did not have any money. He said that this angered the men who then began to ransack the room, but did not find any valuables.According to the restaurant owner, one of the men held on to him while the other two took turns punching him and they continued their demands for money.He said that he eventually pulled a box from under his bed and handed it over to the gunmen. He said that the men were also given an additional $20,000 from a relative who was also in the house. They then escaped via the same window by which they entered the premises.The Police were called and arrived on the scene shortly after, but by then, the men had already escaped.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Mombasa painter lands betPawa jackpot

first_imgThe ecstatic paint technician, who traveled to Nairobi to be feted, took the opportunity to caution punters on addiction occasioned by gambling but would not give up on placing bets after his big victory.“Young punters should know that betting is addictive and they should not stake a lot of money in it. If you have to play then stake a small amount that you can afford and that which if you lose would not have an impact on your life. Betting is like smoking so anyone doing it must watch out not to get hooked,” Nzioka cautioned.Ian Nzioka, a father of two, staked Sh10 and made thirteen correct predictions to bag the Sh1 million on offer, becaming the second jackpot winner from betPawa.Nzioka narrated how his luck day unfolded from the morning till late in the night when the last jackpot game was played.“I spent the weekend analyzing the jackpot matches very keenly. My account had Sh90 so after placing other normal bets I decided to play the jackpot. After careful analysis I selected the lucky dip option and when I compared with what I had picked, they matched. I knew I was on to something.” He narratedNzioka predicted that most games would end in draws and he felt lucky about his choices. “I didn’t go to church that day and kept looking at the progress of matches. I even cooked for the family that day and that is not something I do a lot. I made chapatis and saw off everyone to bed as I waited for the last game to conclude. I had to wake my wife later to give her the good news although she still has doubts if it’s all true.” Nzioka explained.He plans to renovate his mother’s house and pay off a land debt with his jackpot proceeds.The company launched it’s first jackpot last month and it took just days for a winner to emerge. The company allows punters to stake the least amount in the industry as betting starts at Sh1.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ian Nzioka winner of betPawa jackpot receiving his Sh1mn cheque.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 6 – A painter in Mombasa has won the betPawa Sunday Million jackpot merely twenty days after the maiden one was won.Ian Nzioka, a father of two, staked Sh10 and made thirteen correct predictions to bag the Sh1 million on offer, becaming the second jackpot winner from betPawa.last_img read more

Transfer battle! Arsenal v Man United and City for exciting talent

first_img Dayot Upamecano 1 Rated as one of the top prospects in French football, Dayot Upamecano has been turning heads at the Premier League’s top clubs.Manchester United reportedly attempted to sign the 16-year-old on transfer deadline day in January but, despite a £650,000 fee being agreed, the deal collapsed.Now Manchester City have joined Arsenal, Monaco and PSG in the race to sign the centre-back, who can also play full-back.Upamecano is a powerful and pacey French defender, who plays for French Ligue 2 side Valenciennes and is an integral figure for the French under-17 side.He has featured in all five of France’s European under-17 Championship qualifiers, helping his defence concede just three times throughout and lose just once, to England. As more clubs around Europe join the race for the youngster, the price continues to sky-rocket and it will now take millions of pounds to secure the defender’s services as Valenciennes will require compensation.This high premium on young starlets is becoming more of the norm, especially after Martin Ødegaard’s move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.last_img read more

ESCAPE THE CROKER COUNTDOWN FOR AN HOUR WITH BELFAST OPERATIC SOCIETY IN RAMELTON

first_imgFrom the magic of Disney to the edgy West End, a fantastic programmeof choral classics and show stoppers will set the stage alight atRamelton Town Hall on Saturday night.The award-winning Belfast Operatic Company promises an evening ofmusic and dance for all tastes as it presents The Sound of Musicals aspart of its autumn concert programme.From Fauré to Gilbert & Sullivan to Disney, the Company inviteseveryone to come along and enjoy an evening of choral favourites. The concert starts at 8.30pm and 10 euro ensures a delightful evening,payable at door. ESCAPE THE CROKER COUNTDOWN FOR AN HOUR WITH BELFAST OPERATIC SOCIETY IN RAMELTON was last modified: September 21st, 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:ESCAPE THE CROKER COUNTDOWN FOR AN HOUR WITH BELFAST OPERATIC SOCIETY IN RAMELTONlast_img read more

Knapp Center Court Replacement Nearing Completion

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University’s Knapp Center received more than $700,000 of upgrades during the summer, including the complete replacement of the Knapp Center courts and installation of a state-of-the-art lighting system.The replacement of the court marks the first time since 1992 that all 28,388 square feet of the Knapp Center floor has been replaced. The center game court, known as Ron Pearson Court was replaced in 2006.”I’m excited about how well the new Knapp Center court and lights look and how it will enhance our student-athlete and fan experience at the Knapp Center,” said Drake University director of athletics Brian Hardin. “An undertaking of this significance is a result of the hard work of countless individuals and tremendous support from our administration and donors. Drake University president Marty Martin and chief administrative officer Venessa Macro have been instrumental in this project and I thank them for their commitment to enhancing the Knapp Center experience. I can’t wait for our student-athletes to compete on this surface and look forward to future improvements that will further complement the gameday experience at the Knapp Center.”The new surface, manufactured and installed by Robbins Sports Surfaces features their Bio-Channel SB technology that is engineered to safeguard the well-being of athletes and passes all global performance standards. Underneath the court’s northern hard maple, the interwoven subfloor design is perfect for carrying heavy loads and elongated anchor slots allow lateral movement to reduce the buildup of stress, maintaining structural integrity and uniformity for superior gameplay. Robbins’ Bio-Channel SB flooring solution is utilized by more than two-thirds of NBA teams and more than 40 NCAA Division I programs including UCLA, Kentucky and Indiana.Visually, Ron Pearson Court features the Drake athletic logo at midcourt and ‘Drake Bulldogs’ wordmark along each baseline. The entire court will be ringed in Drake’s iconic blue with ‘Ron Pearson Court’ in white text along the south sideline. The LED lights also create significant economic and environmental benefits for the Bulldogs by reducing the number of lighting fixtures inside the Knapp Center from more than 300 to 90 energy efficient LED lights. The new court and lights will make their competitive debut Sept. 7 when the Drake University volleyball team hosts the four-team Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational, presented by Heart of America GroupPrint Friendly Version Story Links Photos While not visible on gameday, the accompanying practice courts pay homage to Drake’s history in their design. Each of the four adjacent courts features historic Drake logos at midcourt. The northwest practice court features the center court design from Drake’s 1968-69 Final Four season. The northeast court will have the design used in the Drake Fieldhouse during the early 1980s from when the nascent Drake women’s basketball program became a Gateway and Missouri Valley Conference power.The southwest court commemorates the construction and opening of the Knapp Center with a similar midcourt design featuring the ‘Marching Spike’ logo. The southeast court honors Drake’s more recent history with the current secondary ‘D’ logo.Shining a light on the new surface will be new state-of-the-art LED lights manufactured and installed by Musco. In addition to providing a more even, consistent light throughout the Knapp Center, the technology will also allow for customized lighting configurations and special effects to enhance the gameday experience for fans and student-athletes alike.”Thanks to the generosity of supporters such as John Lorentzen and Penney Fillmer, Jim and Ellen Hubbell, Bill and Kay Riley, Dick Sussman and the William C Knapp Charitable Foundation, our student-athletes’ successes will be illuminated by a modern lighting system that features many technological, economic and environmental advantages,” Hardin said. “The functionality and flexibility of this technology will add additional vibrancy to the gameday atmosphere at the Knapp Center.”last_img read more

BEER, BEER! TOWN TO GET ITS OWN TIPPLE NAMED AFTER LOCAL WAR HERO!

first_imgA beer in memory of an American Civil War hero who hailed from Milford is to be launched in the same Co Donegal town. The Traveller’s Inn, Milford has launched the new house beer, which will be known as ‘Baxters 1867’.Owner Michael McBride commissioned the craft beer in honour of the Baxter family, whose roots to the building go back to 1867. Brewed by Kinnegar Brewing, ‘Baxters 1867’ is a crisp and refreshing pale ale.The beer is based on an American pale ale style in recognition of Samuel Alexander Baxter, who fought with the North in the American Civil War.Commenting on the launch, Michael McBride says the history of the Baxter family goes back a long way.‘I’ve been interested in the history of the building for quite some time and have often heard references relating to the Baxter family like the phrase ‘there’s still a light in Baxter’s’. Or the warning that was issued to many a misbehaving student, who was told they would ‘only be good for holding up Baxter’s Corner’. “I was intrigued by the family’s story, particularly when I discovered the connection to the American Civil War. I asked Rick LeVert from Kinnegar Brewing to create a craft beer inspired by the Baxter legacy and I’m delighted with the result.’Rick LeVert, Kinnegar Brewing says they loved working with Michael on this project.“Kinnegar Brewing is all about finely crafted, all natural farmhouse beers. Collaborations with like-minded, local businesses like Michael’s are a natural fit for us and a great way to experiment with new recipes and flavours. The added bonus is that customers get to experience more variety, enjoying craft beer at its best.’The launch of ‘Baxters 1867’ is a summer event not to be missed.‘Baxters 1867’ is exclusive to The Traveller’s Inn and will officially launch with a summer barbecue on Friday, 27th June at 7.00pm. All are welcome to come along, sample the beer and enjoy live music from The Brambles and DJ Paul McGlynn. BEER, BEER! TOWN TO GET ITS OWN TIPPLE NAMED AFTER LOCAL WAR HERO! was last modified: June 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:BaxtersdonegalMilfordThe Traveller’s Innlast_img read more

Warriors report: Warriors win at the buzzer with unlikely hero

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – No matter what hand the Warriors are dealt, they still have two trump cards that usually win.Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. As the Warriors discovered in their 124-123 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday, however, they also have a wildcard. His name is Jonas Jerebko. They acquired him last summer after Utah (1-1) waived him for cost-cutting reasons. And in only his second regular-season game with the Warriors (2-0), Jerebko made a putback off of Durant’s missed jumper with …last_img

Raiders’ Antonio Brown has foot blistering due to cryotherapy mishap, report says

first_imgAs any pro football player knows, having the proper equipment is critical to ensuring safety.New Raider Antonio Brown may not have that lesson down, leading to a painful foot condition.“Pro Football Talk Live” co-host Chris Simms reports that Brown’s blistered feet are the result of improper use of a cryotherapy machine. A team source confirmed that information to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday before another practice Brown missed.Apparently Brown, the dazzling wide receiver in his …last_img