Oral Tracey: Ellis, from Matherson, from Chambers in Class One boys’ 100m at Champs

first_imgThey’re off and running for Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships 2016. Calabar High will retain the Boys’ Champs title by a 50-60 point margin, while Edwin Allen High will also repeat as Girls Champs winners by an 80-90 point margin. The more difficult call to make will be who will win the stellar Class One boys’ 100-metre event? All things considered, the race should be fast and the winner will be one of Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College (KC), Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the St Jago High’s rocket man, Raheem Chambers. This race is Ellis to win. His body of work, but more specifically his 10.20 clocking while running all alone at Western Championships, has quite rightly earned him the favourite’s tag. His blistering top-end speed and aggression over the final 40 metres should render Ellis unbeatable at this level, providing he executes well. Chambers will have to beat them with his strength out of the blocks and hold his form and momentum through to the tape. Due to the minuscule margin for error in this quality field, the St Jago man will have to run a perfect race to win. But Chambers did show signs of returning to his 10.27 best, with a comfortable 10.32 clocking at the recent Carifta Trials. Matherson will be the X-factor in this race. He reminded all and sundry how special an athlete he is with that 10.25 run while easing up and gazing all around the stadium, also at the Carifta Trials. Outside of the sheer class and quality of the Class Three 100m record holder, the dynamics of Matherson wearing the purple of KC cannot be overstated. When it comes to Champs, that energy generated by the constant bellowing of purple support coming from the stands, has discombobulated many opposing athletes over many years. The big question is this: How will Nigel Ellis cope with the ‘purple pressure’ come that final on Friday evening? There is also the burden of expectation on Ellis, not just of winning his first major race at Champs, but also to become the first STETHS athlete to win the prestigious Class One 100-metre event. If Ellis passes those mental tests he will win. He is naturally fastest in the field and with that stunning anchor leg in the mile relay at the Gibson/McCook Relays, he showed that he is not just fast, but also supremely strong. Having listened to him in a couple of interviews, I get the impression that he is quite level-headed, with a near nonchalant dynamic to his easy going, relaxed personality, qualities he will need to cope with those crucial race pressure moments. As is the tradition of this particular event, it will be worth going miles to see. The hope is for a legal headwind of about 1.6 to 1.8 metres per second, which would serve up the necessary conditions for an assault on the 10.12 Champs record by the Anguillan citizen Zharnel Hughes, who competed at Champs for KC. It is quite befitting our legacy in world sprinting that a Jamaican schoolboy retains that record and that honour. All things remaining equal, I predict Ellis to win from Matherson from, Chambers, with the hope being that mother nature will oblige with the necessary conditions for a schoolboy sprinter to dip under 10.10 for the first time in our glorious Champs history.last_img read more

Lady Maroons’ fight came too late, rues coach

first_imgMOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UAAP softball: Lady Falcons sweep 1st round Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “If you start in a shaky way, the way we were shaking with our passing, that’s how we get the results.”UP’s inconsistent first ball limited the Lady Maroons to just 26 points off spikes, almost half of Adamson’s 40.Okumu, despite witnessing his team’s poor performance, is still confident that UP will bounce back in the next games.“I’ve said this before, we will fight back. We are coming back.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES The Lady Maroons got flat out embarrassed in the first set en route to a 25-9, 27-25, 25-20 blanking from the Lady Falcons Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We did not start well, that’s why the results were not good, we should’ve played better in the first set,” said Okumu as his team slipped to its second straight loss after an opening game win. “We were able to recover in the second and third set but it was a little too late.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Falcons used the Lady Maroons as moving targets in the first set where they unloaded eight of their total 17 service aces.“The first set was really a big deal for me as a coach because that’s how the game started. If you start well, you will play well all throughout,” said Okumu, who is on his first year with UP. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City University of the Philippines’ first set alone was enough for head coach Godfrey Okumu to describe what his team went through against Adamson U in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fully liberalised telecommunication sector by first quarter 2018

first_imgBudget 2018 debate– Minister HughesPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes said the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector would be realised by the first quarter of 2018 while adding that the Government is seeking to introduce a number of legislations to advance the ICT sector.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes during her presentationIn her 2018 Budget debate presentation, Minister Hughes said negotiations for the liberalisation of the sector are currently ongoing with ATT and GTT, adding that they are yet to sign the agreement. She said her Ministry is in the process of establishing a telecommunications agency in keeping with the Telecommunications Act of 2016. Liberalisation of the sector would see an end to uneven competition and ensure fair and even regulation of all businesses in the sector.“We are moving ahead with the creation of our telecommunications agency which comes under the Ministry and this is a part of our liberalisation process. Already for that agency we have created the structure and a range of deliverables and we are down to start before the end of the first quarter and as I have said before we have not signed off on our liberalisation agreement between ATT and GTT but we are making good progress,” she informed.In addition, the parliamentarian said her Ministry is working on the development of a National ICT strategy, which is now in its consultation phase. She added that new legislation is important to the ICT sector to ensure the protection of intellectual property.“New legislation is very important to this sector. Intellectual property protection, we want to ensure that Guyana is able to put itself where it can provide security to any off shore or local provider who wants to know that their intellectual knowledge is protected… Other legislation we are working on in 2018 includes the ecommerce and e-transaction legislation and the cybersecurity legislation,” the Minister added.Minister Hughes said that although 2017 have proven to be a hectic year, the Government is far from being tired, adding that they are focused on delivering their mandate. She added that the Public Telecommunications Ministry is moving forward having already achieved almost all of their benchmarks for 2017.She noted that her Ministry has been leading the way in establishing a number of ICT hubs across the country, including the hinterland regions.Minister Hughes highlighted that her agency has been instrumental in establishing several ICT hubs in the hinterland regions, while accusing the Opposition of peddling “fake news” when they claim that the hinterland gap is not catered for.“It is important to note that contrary to the fake news disseminated by my misinformed honourable colleague MP Pauline Sukhai at a recent press conference – places like Masakanari have never had Internet connectivity before …never… so this is not some recycled failed PPP project,” Hughes stated.“That the honourable member (Gillian) Burton would come to the House and dare to criticise the pace of ICT development to the hinterland is a travesty. Mr Speaker, today we pay a premium price to connect these regions… that is our commitment. The PPP’s commitment was to build a fibre instead our Indigenous residents and all of us saw over $1B go down the drain. Nothing but damaged cable to show. Where did those billion dollars go?” she questioned.This year’s budget provides $50 million for improved solar solutions for the ICT hubs in hinterland areas, $15 million to procure more fibre optic cable, $16 million for more internet access points and $20 million for power redundancy at the data centre.last_img read more

Uncle confesses to strangling alcoholic nephew

first_imgThe body of 30-year-old Jason Rajendra Lall Hiria was discovered by his grandfather in a sitting position in a toilet at his Lot 76 Sixth Street, Anna Catherina WCD home at about 5:30h on Monday.Reports are that the deceased, allegedly an alcoholic, had arrived home in a drunken state at about 01:30h, and an argument was heard coming from the house. After some time the argument ceased, but at about 05:30h, an alarm was raised that Jason was found dead in a toilet.The Police were contacted, and an investigation was launched. There was no sign of forced entry into the house, but detectives have noted the presence of marks of violence around the now dead man’s neck.The body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home, where a post mortem was performed by Dr Nehaul Singh, who gave the cause of Jason’s death as compression injuries to the neck. As a result, the now dead man’s uncle with whom he had lived, was taken into custody. Investigators late Monday night reveal that the uncle has since confessed to the crime.A source told Guyana Times that the late Jason had been a known alcoholic in the community, and whenever drunk, would create a scene at home.Police investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Peace Region rodeo competitors return from Nationals

first_imgBabcock participated in two of the competition’s events, and represented the Energetic City well.She placed 13 overall in the Pole Bending event, finishing with an average final score of 20.312.Babcock also competed in Barrel Racing, and following multiple rounds in the event, finished with an average score of 17.683, which earned her 5th place and a 2nd overall finish.- Advertisement -In addition, other rodeo enthusiasts from across the Peace Region made their mark on the competition.Dawson Creek’s Krystie Vipond placed 61 in the Goat Tying competition, finishing with a final time of 11.89 seconds.Ricky Warren, representing Hudson’s Hope, placed 4 in the Saddle Bronc Riding event, earning his 4 place finish with a final score of 68.Advertisement For a complete look at the competition’s results, visit the event’s official website.last_img read more


first_imgLook Good Feel GoodWith restrictions on health promotion in the county through the HSE at the moment a local community event is stepping into the breach and doing it for themselves while at the same time raising funds for The Bluestack Foundation, a Donegal based group who support children with special needs and their families.The “Look Good, Feel Good, night” is taking place in Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar this Wednesday April 11th at 8.oopm This is a night of health and beauty with guest speakers from the medical profession, beauty and skincare experts, , benefits of aloe Vera from Forever Living Products and a host of health promotion support groups such as mental health ,arthritis , fibromyalgia, and a group who offer tips and advice for those who may encounter someone suffering chest pains and possibly a heart attack. A fashion walk around from Cuba/Pure clothing and representatives from Slimming world will add to what will be a fun and informative evening and all for only an amazing €5 which includes refreshments! Evelyn Mc Glynn the organiser of the event explains, “We want as many people as possible to join us on the night and support such a worthy charity, but we wanted to keep it very affordable, a great fun night out and costing very little yet maybe learning something new on the night!”Dr.Sally Mullen will deliver the health talk on the night and Helen Kelly will treat us to a motivational talk with an inspirational theme to banish the doom and gloom the recession has placed on us in recent times. For any further information contact EVELYN 087 2246989Tickets are available in Eternal Beauty, Kee’s Hotel beautician or at the door on the night.  ‘LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD’ WITH CHARITY NIGHT AT KEE’S HOTEL was last modified: April 9th, 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)last_img read more

High Court to decide who will pay for large Garda operation at ‘The Kube’

first_imgThe High Court will decide this Friday who will pay for a large Garda operation around a Letterkenny building known as The Kube.Up to 70 Gardai were involved in an early morning operation on Monday yesterday to secure the building at Thorn Road, allegedly illegally occupied since last month. Gardaí only found three people inside the building when they arrived at 5am but another 40 or 50 people later arrived, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor was told.The Irish Times has reported the others did not enter the building and the situation was quite tense for a few minutes but order eventually prevailed and the crowd dissipated, Anthony McBride BL told the judge.Mr McBride was appearing on behalf of the Garda Commissioner, following a request from the judge for him to be informed of any difficulties gardaí would have in executing orders directing the protestors inside the building to leave immediately.The occupation began on November 18th when around 20 people stormed the building and told Donegal County Council staff – housed on the second floor – to leave before changing the locks.Among them was local businessman Brendan Gildea, who had leased out the building before it was taken over by a receiver appointed by Danske Bank which was owed millions by Mr Gildea’s company, the court heard.Mr Gildea, it is alleged, demanded the council sign a new lease with him before the occupation would end.The receiver got High Court orders against Mr Gildea and Noel Devine – requiring them to leave immediately. The orders also applied to anyone else with knowledge of them.Mr McBride said 70 gardaí, some from as far away as Roscommon, were deployed in the operation to secure possession of the building.There were three people inside who, after the court order was read to them, left, counsel said.Council staff, including its water testing service, who had been out of their offices since the occupation began, have returned.Gardaí cannot be expected to remain on the premises but the local chief superintendent advised she was prepared to give advice and assistance to the receiver, Martin Ferris, to enable him secure it, Mr McBride said.Mr McBride said significant public funds had been expended in this operation to secure a private premises.Just as gardaí are reimbursed for providing security at public events such as concerts, the commissioner wished to apply to recover those costs from the receiver.John Gleeson SC, with John Kennedy BL, for the receiver, said that application could be heard later this week when the court could be updated on efforts by gardaí to arrest Noel Devine for alleged contempt of the court orders.Mr Devine was believed to be in Northern Ireland, the court heard.Mr Gleeson said apart from damage to a window in the building, files and computers were dislodged and gardaí may have to treat this as criminal damage.Mr Justice O’Connor welcomed that the building had been got back and the assurance gardaí would assist the receiver with advice in securing it from now on.He will hear submissions on Friday on the commissioner’s bid to have the costs of the Garda operation paid by the receiver.High Court to decide who will pay for large Garda operation at ‘The Kube’ was last modified: December 13th, 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

Prison sentence for Letterkenny man after vicious assault

first_imgA LETTERKENNY man ‘with a propensity for violence’ was given a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for his part in a vicious assault. Keith Boyle (22) of 11 Derryveagh Avenue, Letterkenny was before Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was arraigned on two counts of assault on Daniel Sweeney and one of making off without payment. Boyle has been in custody since April 2019 on these charges and tendered a guilty plea.The Court heard that there is a co-accused in the case, who is currently on the run.“The co-accused man brought a hammer to the situation,” Barrister for Boyle, Mr Peter Nolan, told the court.Ms Fiona Crawford, BL, state prosecutor, gave the court a victim impact statement for Mr Sweeney.“I am not surprised that it is bounded to have such a negative impact on his life, massive emotional and psychological impacts,” Judge John Aylmer said.“There is nothing in the victim impact report of Mr Sweeney that is of any surprise, given the serious nature of the injury inflicted in this assault.” Barrister for Boyle, Mr Peter Nolan, said that Boyle’s co-accused had produced a hammer, which was used in the assault of Mr Sweeney, inflicting a ‘nasty fracture’ to his knee.Mr Nolan said that the fracture was caused as a result of a blow from the hammer. “He is a troubled individual,” Mr Nolan said of Boyle who, the court heard, has ‘a worrying number’ of previous convictions and who has a high risk of reoffending.“Mr Boyle was going to meet Mr Sweeney regarding a girlfriend. Mr Sweeney took off when the hammer was produced by the co-accused. The co-accused is on the run and, as far as Mr Boyle is concerned, he got him into a situation which escalated in its entirety.”Mr Nolan described Boyle’s involvement as ‘stupid, aimless and he was drunk’.Judge John Aylmer placed the offences in the mid-range and said Boyle had ‘a propensity for violence, particularly when he is under the influence of alcohol’.Keith Boyle (North West News Pix)Judge Aylmer deemed a sentence of three-and-a-half years appropriate.Judge Aylmer said he was happy to ignore the fact that Boyle had ‘thrown a bit of a wobbler on the advice of a genius in prison to alter his plea’ and took into account the early plea and the fact that the defendant had ‘laboured under ODD and ADHD’.“When he is not under the influence, he has a good work record, there is a good reference here and someone is still prepared to employ him,” Judge Aylmer said.“There are reasons to be optimistic of the chances of rehabilitation. I want to incentivise that but recognise the seriousness of the offences.”Judge Aylmer suspended the last 12 months of the sentence. The Judge bound Boyle to enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace for a period of 18 months subsequent to his release. The sentence has been back-dated to take into account the fact that Boyle has been in custody since April.Prison sentence for Letterkenny man after vicious assault was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Fiona CrawfordJudge John AylmerKeith BoyleletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPeter Nolanlast_img read more

Redevelopment leads to lawsuits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I understand their need for profitability, but I also understand that these are public facilities, and not just for the rich public, but for all of the public.” In a 146-page draft report written earlier this year, the commission said it has “substantial” concerns about the impact of the marina’s development. Supervisor Don Knabe says the county is working with the commission to redevelop and “force improvements” at the marina to maximize county revenues from the site. And Kerry Silverstrom, chief deputy of the county Department of Beaches and Harbors, acknowledged that renovations have resulted in new docks and the departure of some longtime boaters and those who lived on houseboats. David Levine, president of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association, said the changes are because the boating market now is demanding larger slips to accommodate bigger powerboats. But the changes have angered small-craft boat owners who allege they are being unfairly squeezed out because developers need their parking spaces to build luxury residential complexes that cater to a tonier yacht-club set that has larger, more expensive powerboats and is willing to pay higher boat slip fees and apartment rents. Richard I. Fine, a taxpayer advocate attorney who represents the Coalition to Save the Marina and the Marina Tenants Association, says the boat owners allege county officials have used an ordinance to inspect boats for unseaworthiness, issue citations and allow lessees to unfairly oust them. Fine said the cases could take years to litigate. “The lawsuits show that county officials have used an unconstitutional ordinance to remove boats from the marina for the purpose of assisting the developers in obtaining parking spaces needed to develop high-rise buildings,” Fine said. While state Department of Boating and Waterways officials have written the county that the ordinance conflicts with state law and that the county has been exceeding its power in enforcing the ordinance, county officials have maintained it is legal. “Most of the evictions have not been of (legal) live-aboards, but to boats that have been abandoned and are just sort of rotting out there,” Knabe said. But boaters contend that the ousters and renovation of boat slips to larger spaces have been spurred by developers’ desire to snap up their parking spaces. “If you reduce the number of boat slips, you have more parking spaces to utilize for your apartments,” said Chatsworth businessman Emilio Basile, a member of the Del Rey Yacht Club who owns a 47-foot sailboat docked at the marina. The boat owners’ lawsuits also question the developers’ influence with the county. Lobbyist reports show that marina lessees and developers have spent nearly $700,000 lobbying county officials and the Board of Supervisors since 2000. Campaign reports show that marina lessees – including Doug Ring, Jerry Epstein, Jona Goldrich, Rick Caruso and others – have made nearly $110,000 in contributions to the five supervisors since 2000, with the most – about $45,000 – going to Knabe, whose district includes the marina. Two contributions last year, totaling $1,500 and made by the Jerry B. Epstein Management Co. – where Levine works as chief of staff – exceeded the $1,000 annual legal limit. Marina developers made about $600,000 in campaign contributions to the supervisors in the early 1990s, according to one of the lawsuits. Levine said most of the lobbying expenses were for lawyers and consultants to negotiate with the county to get redevelopment plans approved. “These are allegations and innuendos the coalition and its small band of members have made for decades,” Levine said. “But the transparency of the business relationship between the county and its lessees is obvious and prevents any kind of abuse of the public trust.” Knabe said the allegations are “absurd” and the lawsuits are “meritless,” and Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke’s spokeswoman Glenda Wina said the contributions “certainly” did not influence the supervisor. Meanwhile, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he considers each marina project on its own merits, noting that he opposed a recent dry-dock storage project that would have blocked ocean views. But Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, says the appearance of conflict underscores the problem with campaign money. “Even if the supervisors are making a decision based on the merits, the campaign money taints the process,” said Stern. “The most interesting thing is how everybody gives to everybody, whether it’s to the most conservative or liberal supervisors. “Clearly, it’s not for campaign purposes. It’s absolutely for access purposes.” Last month, Fine filed a class-action lawsuit over the sale of an apartment complex on county-owned land at the marina, alleging taxpayers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in lease revenues over the years by the county undervaluing its land. The county receives $34 million a year from rents in Marina del Rey, but if the land was accurately valued the county could receive as much as $90 million annually, Fine alleged. “It’s one of the biggest financial scandals of any county in the United States,” Fine said. “In our opinion, the money paid for lobbying fees and campaign contributions has created an aura under which the taxpayers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in lease income, the developers have gained hundreds of millions of dollars in profits and the marina has lost thousands of boat slips. “So the little guy doesn’t have a (recreational boating marina) and does not have apartments valued at reasonable rents. And the people have not received their rightful lease revenues to give them better hospitals, better roads and better government services.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sweeping redevelopment at the county-owned Marina del Rey has sparked five multimillion-dollar lawsuits over boat seizures and a separate class-action suit alleging taxpayers have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in lease revenues because officials undervalued the property. Dozens of boat owners and even the state have raised concerns that renovations at the 804-acre marina – owned and operated by Los Angeles County, which leases it to a group of about 50 developers, hotel operators and others – are pushing the general public out of the market. In the past decade, the number of boat slips at the marina has dropped from 6,189 to 4,178, according to the California Coastal Commission. Since 2003, the average slip fee for a 35-foot boat has increased 7 percent to $428 a month. In the same period, more than 1,000 residential units have been constructed or approved. “One of my main current concerns is for the … small-craft owner, who is in a real pickle here,” said California Coastal Commissioner William A. Burke. “It’s not just Marina del Rey, but every marina … catering to bigger and bigger boats because of the profitability factor for the corporations that own the (docks). last_img read more