Digicel Grand Prix | KC, Excelsior dominate rivals


first_img Excelsior topped the girls with 381.5 points and they were followed by Camperdown 260, the Queen’s School 250.5, Immaculate 162.5 and St Andrew High 147.5. On a day where the athletes had to battle a strong head wind there were several records on the track and in the field. One of the most impressive records came in one of the Grand Prix events, the Class Two boys 800 metres where Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson clocked 1:52.92. KC’s Kristoffe Derby, a double winner, also wrote his name in the record books as he won the Class One 1500 metres in 4:01.11. His other win came in the 800m where he stopped the clock at 1:54.49. There was also a record run for KC in the Class Two 1500 metres, where Aryamana Rodgers won in an impressive 3:59.59. Excelsior dominated their rivals in the girls’ events. In the discus Class Two Grand Prix event they took the first two places. Kimberly Luggage won with 37.49 metres ahead of teammate, Sean Kay Wright, 36.06m. Rushelle Jones also had a record leap of 1.75 metres to win the Class One high jump. KINGSTON College (KC) and Excelsior High captured the third and penultimate leg of the Digicel Grand Prix Series after being crowned male and female champions respectively at yesterday’s staging of the Anthrick Corporate Area Development meet at the UWI Usain Bolt Track. KC continued their impressive form this season in their bid to unseat Calabar at this month’s GraceKennedy ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships. They amassed 344 points to finish well ahead of Calabar with 228.5. Jamaica College were next with 202 followed by Excelsior 143.5 and Wolmer’s Boys 141. TOPPED THE GIRLSlast_img read more

Case dismissed against immigration officers


first_imgConspiracy to traffic drugsThree immigration officers and a security guard were on Wednesday freed from a conspiracy to traffic drugs charge.The four were charged following the discovery in 2016 of $1.3 million worth of cocaine on a Dynamic Airways flight, which left Georgetown for JFK International Airport.Immigration officers Oral David, 31; Orin Parris, 26; Raduskie Wright, 26; and security guard Diane Jackson, 33, were on trial before Magistrate Leron Daly for the offence.The Magistrate on Wednesday ruled that the prosecution failed to prove its case, as there was a lack of evidence to substantiate the charge. As such, the Magistrate dismissed the case against the defendants.It was alleged that on February 2, 2016, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, the defendants conspired with each other and other persons to traffic the narcotics.The defendants were represented by Attorneys-at-Law George Thomas and Sandil Kissoon.According to reports, a package of cocaine was discovered in the baggage hold of the Dynamic Airways flight after it landed at JFK on February 2, 2016.Reports are that the cocaine was placed into the baggage hold by a local handler and was found by handling staff while they were clearing luggage from the aircraft upon its arrival in the USA.After the discovery, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of the three immigration officers and the security guard.last_img read more

ExxonMobil Begins Oil Production in Guyana


first_imgExxonMobil today announced that oil production has started from the Liza field offshore Guyana ahead of schedule and less than five years after the first discovery of hydrocarbons, which is well ahead of the industry average for deepwater developments.Production from the first phase of the Liza field, located in the Stabroek Block, is expected to reach full capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day in coming months, and the first cargo is set to be sold within several weeks.last_img

Baseline teams hit the road


first_imgBut out of those, only two – Etiwanda and Los Osos – start the postseason with home games. Rancho Cucamonga (16-12) travels to Hawthorne (16-10), a team Burke said features quick, small guards – the type of squad that has given the Cougars matchup problems in the past. “It’s going to be a tough game, there’s no doubt about it,” Burke said. “Fortunately, we have a pretty resilient group of kids who are looking forward to the test.” Claremont (18-10), which finished fourth in the league, will travel more than 130 miles each way en route to Santa Barbara San Marcos (14-12). The Wolfpack are led by Jordan Block, who averages more than 27 points per game and is third in the Southern Section in scoring. Alta Loma – which got into the playoffs last year when another team forfeited – didn’t have to worry about relying on someone else this season. “The way we look at it is that we have the best league in the division,” RCHS coach Bill Burke said. “Playing in front of a packed house at Etiwanda, playing Osos in a great atmosphere – we’ve been battle-tested. There’s not too much that fazes our kids.” All six Baseline League teams made the playoffs, with Etiwanda, Los Osos and Upland finishing in a three-way tie for first place. The Braves (12-15) earned enough victories to become eligible, and have a trip to Irvine Woodbridge (15-11) as a result. Rialto and Eisenhower also play road games today in the wild-card round, participating in D2AA. Four teams in the area have D2AA home games tonight: Fontana, Don Lugo, Norco and San Dimas. Of those, the Conquistadores have an especially intriguing storyline. The team was short of the 11 wins needed to qualify for an at-large spot, but a 57-53 victory against Montclair in a tiebreaker game gave Don Lugo the Mt. Baldy League’s third and final seed. As a result, the Conquistadores host Crescenta Valley tonight. Montclair still made the playoffs and will travel to Burbank tonight. All games have 7:30 p.m. start times. Also, there is one area girls soccer game this afternoon: Garey hosts Miller in D2 wild-card action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs open tonight, the three wild-card teams from the Baseline League will travel a combined 470 miles to and from their respective playoff sites. Rancho Cucamonga, Claremont and Alta Loma will each hit the road in a quest to win a game and advance to Division I-A first-round play beginning Friday. last_img read more

Edwards rallies for labor as he stumps at UC Berkeley


first_imgBERKELEY – A janitors’ wage dispute at the University of California at Berkeley is a continuation of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s, Democratic presidential contender John Edwards said Sunday. “This march for economic and social justice for the men and women who work at this university is a part of a bigger march in America for fairness and equality,” Edwards said during a campaign stop on his current tour of U.S. college campuses. Edwards sounded the civil rights theme to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the clash between black voting rights marchers and police in Alabama known as Bloody Sunday. Edwards spoke to a packed ballroom just across the street from UC Berkeley, in keeping with a long-standing boycott of the Berkeley campus by prominent Democrats as a show of solidarity with the janitors’ union. The former North Carolina senator used a similar campaign stop at Vanderbilt University last month to court support among young voters and organized labor by backing a wage increase for campus workers at the Nashville, Tenn., school. As Edwards in his speech praised diversity in the United States, including sexual orientation, as “the heart and soul of who we are,” his campaign tried to exploit conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s recent anti-gay slur, seeking to generate campaign donations. “I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word `faggot,”‘ Coulter told GOP activists at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. Edwards’ campaign has asked supporters to help raise $100,000 in “Coulter Cash” to show that the former North Carolina senator would not be intimidated by “bigoted attacks.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Northern Health, Ministry of Environment issue dust advisory for Peace Region


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Northern Health, along with the Ministry of Environment, has issued a dust advisory for Fort St. John because of high concentrations of dust and coarse particulate matter, which refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets that are between 2.5 and 10 micrometres in diametre.A press release states that these concentrations are expected to carry on until there is precipitation, or the streets are cleared of traction material.The warning also extends to the South Peace River region, and air quality advisories pertaining to dust have also been announced for Burns Lake, Smithers, Vernon and Golden.- Advertisement -Levels tend to be highest around busy roads and industrial operations. This advisory is in effect until further notice, and people with chronic underlying medical conditions are urged to postpone strenuous exercise near busy streets until the advisory is lifted.People are also encouraged to reduce personal health risk who the advisory is in effect by avoiding roads with heavy traffic, avoiding doing excessive outdoor physical activity, and taking shelter in air-conditioned buildings with large indoor volumes so there is limited entry for outdoor air.The Ministry of Environment says exposure to dust is particularly concerning for infants, the elderly, and those who have diabetes, lung disease or heart disease.Advertisement More updates and real-time air quality observations can be found online.last_img read more

Getting going, at a snail’s pace


first_imgI watched the creature slither for a minute. “I don’t know.” I shrugged at Alex. “Maybe he’s going to his mommy.” I stopped and squatted down next to my son. Two observers of the creature’s arduous journey. “Maybe.” Alex reached over and picked up the snail between finger and thumb. Its slimy body wiggled as my son placed it in his palm and pushed it towards me. I studied the lines on the brown shell, the spiraling antennae, the fluid movement of the head and trunk. I guess, in its own funny way, the snail really was pretty. “Shall we help it go home?” I suggested. Alex smiled broadly. “He misses his mommy.” “OK.” I gingerly picked up the snail from my son’s palm and, holding it at arm’s length by the shell, I ambled over to an unplanted section of our backyard garden. Alex followed and together we placed the snail down gently on the soft dirt. “Good-bye, Mr. Snail,” I said, as I brushed off my hands with a flourish. “Bye-bye.” My son aptly mimicked my gesture. I couldn’t hide a smile. Holding hands, we started back slowly toward the car. “Is he going to find his mommy?” Alex’s voice had a tinge of worry. “Yes. His mommy’s waiting for him and loves him very much.” I picked Alex up and gave him a big hug, then carried him half-upside down on a zigzag path down our driveway to the accompaniment of his giggles. Once on the road, I finally checked my watch. After dropping Alex off, I’d have just enough time to make it to the office. I might even have to hurry so I wouldn’t be late. I looked in the rearview mirror and waved at my smiling son. Yes, I’d have to hurry. But not until after Alex and I had enjoyed our drive to day care. Everything else would just have to wait. Linda Reid Chassiakos, M.D., director of the Klotz Student Health Center at California State University, Northridge, is a mom who is still trying to find the right balance between work and home.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I had almost made it to the car. I looked behind me – Alex was nowhere to be found. Retracing my steps back to the house, I finally saw him, crouched on the patio, intently gazing at the tiles. “Come on, Alex,” I shouted, the words sounding absurd even to my ears. “We’re going to be late for day care!” I wasn’t due at the office for an hour at least. “Mommy, look!” My 3-year-old looked up and smiled as I walked towards him. “See?” I looked where his tiny finger was pointing. Centered on one of the tiles was a very ugly brown snail. Alex had turned back and focused his eyes on the creature, which was undulating across our patio, millimeter by millimeter. “A snail!” Alex said excitedly. “Come on, Alex, we have to go.” I was getting desperate to finish my mothering duties for the morning, after having rushed to get my two other children ready for the school bus in the nick of time. My day planner was filled with important chores, and I had even hoped to have some extra time at work to clear off some projects from my desk before deadline. Alex was oblivious. “He’s pretty,” was the only reply. I resisted the urge to shiver. Snakes and snails and puppy dogs’ tails … “Where’s he going?” Alex asked. last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN’S 5K PRESENTS SUPER CHEQUE FOR ‘SHARON’S GIRLS’


first_imgPictured at the presentation from the Annual Run Donegal Womans’s 5k, which this year was in Aid of “Sharon’s Girls,”. A cheque for €8,373 which was presented by Grace Boyle, included seated were, Kayleigh Alexander, Mary Gallen, Brid Alexander Grace Boyle and Bredgeen Doherty, back roy from Left are, Bernadine Madden, Louise Gouidie, Marcella Mc Bride, Anne Marley, Neil Martin, Emma Gallan, Niamh Alexander, Nicola Kee, and Rosemary Foy Photo By Brian McDaidA cheque for €8,373 has been handed to the Sharon’s Girls Fund following the Annual Run Donegal’s Women’s 5k race.The cheque for the super sum was presented by Grace Boyle.Included at the presentation are –  seated were, Kayleigh Alexander, Mary Gallen, Brid Alexander Grace Boyle and Bredgeen Doherty, back roy from Left are, Bernadine Madden, Louise Gouidie, Marcella Mc Bride, Anne Marley, Neil Martin, Emma Gallan, Niamh Alexander, Nicola Kee, and Rosemary Foy Photos By Brian McDaid.Patsy McGonagle, Patsy Doherty, Charlie Boyle and Neil Martin at the cheque presentationDONEGAL WOMAN’S 5K PRESENTS SUPER CHEQUE FOR ‘SHARON’S GIRLS’ was last modified: April 25th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Day laborer arrested in murder


first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – A 32-year-old Canoga Park man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of a woman who was found in a car with her throat slashed, authorities said today. Miguel Guarhaj, a day laborer living in Canoga Park, was arrested Saturday at a Tarzana home where he was working, detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department said. Investigators searched Guarhaj’s residence and found the bloodied clothing and cell phone of Mayra A. Lopez, 24, of Canoga Park. She was the registered owner of the car in which she was found, which was discovered Friday in the 20300 block of Oxnard Street. Police said they believe Guarhaj tried to date Lopez, but she refused. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2last_img read more

DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF ‘SPIN’ OVER HOUSHOLD TAX


first_imgGovernment assurances that next year’s Property Tax will not be as high as recommended by the IMF have been dismissed by the Donegal Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign as more “spin and disinformation from a government discredited by the Household Tax fiasco.”“We are not at all reassured by Enda Kenny’s and Micheal Noonan’s insistance that they will not follow the IMF recommendations,” said spokesperson Francis McCafferty.“They have followed every demand from the Troika so far, so it is a bit late in the day for them to discover some backbone. They cannot be trusted.” Mr McCafferty claimed: “The IMF are looking for € 1 billion from Irish homeowners, an average of € 625 per home every year. This has embarrassed a government which has been unable to convince homeowners to pay € 100 in Household Tax. They know that they have no chance of collecting six times as much when they see the level of resistance to the existing charge.“Whatever level they set the Property Tax at, we know that it will rise and rise relentlessly, so we will continue to  call on homeowners not to pay it. This tax will be collected centrally by the Revenue and will become part of central funds. The fiction that it pays for local services has been abandoned. The Property Tax, in reality a Home Tax, is being imposed on us as the price of the bank bailout.“The government is in disarray over the Household Tax and is unsure how to proceed with the Property Tax. The fact that it has pushed back the introduction date by six months to June 1st shows that they fear the prospect of massive non-payment. We will continue to organise non-payment of all the bailout taxes and to fight for fairness in the taxation system.”  DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF ‘SPIN’ OVER HOUSHOLD TAX was last modified: September 12th, 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:DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE GOVERNMENT OF ‘SPIN’ OVER HOUSHOLD TAXlast_img read more