Edwin Allen’s Smith, JC’s Brown top them

first_imgEDWIN Allen High’s Ackelia Smith and J’voughnn Brown of Jamaica College walked away with the trophies for most outstanding female and male performers respectively at yesterday’s JC Purewater/Danny Williams Awards function held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College. Smith captured the female award after her winning effort of 5.78 metres in the Class Three long jump. Her winning leap broke the previous record of 5.62 metres set in 2009 by former Holmwood Technical athlete Janieve Russell Wolmer’s Girls’ Valissa Brown was the runner-up. Brown was also named champion female in Class Three after amassing 18 points. She placed second in the long jump with 5.69 metres, second in the 80m hurdles in 12.31 seconds and third in the high jump with 1.55 metres. J’voughnn Brown’s record run of 2:09.19 which broke the previous Class Three record of 2:09.3 set in 1996 by Aldwyn Sappleton, then of Edwin Allen, was voted the most outstanding performance of the meet. Kingston College’s Class Two thrower, Nemory Cockett was adjudged the runner-up. Cockett topped Class Two with 20 points after winning the shot put with 14.05 metres and the discus with 46.10 metres. HARD WORK There were also incentives for the coaches of the most outstanding athletes. Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen and Ortis Wynter of Jamaica College received Samsung Galaxy phones. Meet organiser Ian Forbes lauded the athletes for their achievements and also praised the respective coaches for their hard work. “As usual we think it is befitting to award our athletes and coaches for the tremendous work they have all done and we are already looking forward for next year’ staging,” said Forbes. Also present yesterday were principal of Jamaica College, Wayne Robinson; Kadia Wright, marketing manager of Peak Bottling Company and Headley Forbes, executive member of the organising committee.last_img read more

“I have nothing to hide” – new City Mayor

first_imgNewly elected Mayor of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Patricia Chase-Green has said she welcomes with open arms any attempt by the Auditor General to carry out an audit of City Hall.New City MayorPatricia Chase-GreenA recently elected People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor, Bishram Kuppen, just two days ago, joined the list of voices which previously called for an independent probe into the operations of City Hall. He said with the completion of Local Government Elections (LGE) and the appointment of a new Council, it was time that they get down with serious business of managing the affairs of the city.Kuppen said many citizens have expressed grave concern about transparency and accountability at City Hall, especially with the election of past members of the City Council, including the Mayor-elect and Chairman of the Finance Committee and some of its members who have been part of the administration at City Hall for many years.But even with these claims, the new Mayor said she has nothing to hide. She related that even before she became Deputy Mayor, serving under former Mayor Hamilton Greene, she had always been calling for an audit to be held.“Before I became Mayor or Deputy Mayor, I supported audits. I had also written to the Auditor General for him to come to City Hall to carry out an audit”, she told Guyana Times on Friday. She said back in 2012, she had written more than three letters for the then Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker for him to intervene and have the audits done, particularly because of the excessive spending and abuse of funds by then acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba. She said nothing to that effect has taken place.“So, I will not object to an audit. The Auditor General is free to come,” she told this publication. “I have nothing to hide,” she reiterated.The call for an audit was also made by newly elected Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan. He had said, following his swearing in last Friday, that a forensic audit is very much needed at City Hall, which has seen the presence and operation of a single Council for some 23 years. Duncan stated that an audit should be entered into in good faith.Following its ascension to office in May 2015, controversy began over the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change’s (APNU/AFC) decision to launch forensic audits into almost every State agency in the country, but failed to carry out one into the affairs of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council – an agency said to be plagued by repeated accusations of financial impropriety, which had been backed by several investigations.The City Council for years had failed to address the many issues facing the capital city of Georgetown. While the Council continuously blamed its inability to deal with the problems confronting the capital on the lack of financial resources, then Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker contended otherwise.Whittaker had previously declared that the Council lacked the political will under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government to actually commit to responding to the changing dynamics of the city and to provide improved services to residents.More specifically, Whittaker had pointed out that the Council has no serious debt recovery programme to capture the billions of dollars owed in taxes by businesses and residents. Instead, he explained, the Council continuously cried out that the Central Government did not provide adequate funds for it to effectively conduct its operations.last_img read more

Fly Jamaica staff jobless after March 31

first_imgStill reeling from crash landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) back in November, Guyanese-owned Fly Jamaica has made all its staff redundant as of March 31, 2019.This was announced by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Ronald Reece in a letter to employees on Friday, March 29, 2019.“The Board of Directors of Fly Jamaica regrets to inform you that due to our lack of aircraft and the impact that it has had on the company’s financial position, we have no alternative but to make all our employees redundant effective March 31, 2019,” Reece said. It has been reported that the Jamaica-based airline employs some 400 persons.According to the CEO, this decision was not made without great sadness and remorse. He explained that the company was hoping to secure funding but that has been slow in acquiring. “…therefore, for the time being, no other resources or options exists,” he noted.Reece, nevertheless, assured employees that the compensation they are owned from November to date will be provided to them but pleaded for time to fulfil this.“We ask that you allow us more time to do so… We wish to thank you for your service, loyalty and dedication to the company,” the CEO said in the letter while asking that they ensure that their contact information with the company’s Human Resources department is up to date.Meanwhile, the employees were informed that if the circumstances of the company changes in the future and they are still interested in re-joining, then they will be allowed to do so.This announcement comes on the heels of the company grappling with operational expenses after facing a huge compensation bill following last year’s crash in Timehri as well as loss of services with one of its aircraft being down.On November 9, 2018, a Fly Jamaica-operated Boeing 757 crashed during an emergency landing at the CJIA less than an hour after taking off for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft had experienced technical complications and decided to return to Guyana.At the time, there were 118 adults, along with two infants and an eight-member crew on board. The tragedy has claimed the life of 85-year-old Rookhia Kalloo, a pensioner who was on the flight and died a week later.The company had subsequently promised to compensate passengers; not only those that were aboard the crashed flight but those who were affected due to delays caused by the crash. The company’s Boeing 757, which had overshot the extended runway at CJIA and suffered extensive damage has been rendered useless.last_img read more

Woman crushed by toppling tractor

first_imgA businesswoman was on Monday crushed after the tractor on which she was travelling toppled while negotiating a steep hill along the Cuyuni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The dead woman has been identified as Gleieiane Ferreira of Lot C Grove Truck Line, East Bank Demerara and of Madayoung, Brazil.Based on reports received, about 16:30h at 4 Hour Backdam, Cuyuni River, the now dead woman and her husband were heading to Dukwarie Landing on a tractor.The woman was reportedly sitting on the left fender of the tractor as it was approaching a steep hill, but as the vehicle started to ascend, it toppled. Her husband managed to save himself, but as the tractor came to a halt, he found his wife lying motionless on the road.Tractor wheel marks were visible on the woman’s body, which was covered in blood. The driver of the tractor was taken into custody as Police continue their investigations.last_img

Teenager Baze guides long shot

first_imgSelvatica returned $4 and $3.40, and Babe Hall paid $8.80to show. Baze, the 19-year-old second cousin of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, brought Hello Lucky from fifth nearing the far turn to overhaul Selvatica in the deep stretch while racing on the far outside in the field of 12. Long shot Hello Lucky edged favorite Selvatica by a length Saturday in the $113,600 Las Flores Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. Ridden by Michael Baze, Hello Lucky covered six furlongs in 1:09.34 and paid $68.60, $27.80 and $15 at 33-1odds. The victory was the first in a graded stakes for Hello Lucky and the first since 1999 for trainer Eric Guillot. The victory, worth $68,160, increased Hello Lucky’s career earnings to $314,480, with fivewins in 19 starts. Jambalaya wins: Jambalaya edged Honey Rider by a neck in the $289,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Turf. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Jambalaya ran 13/8 miles on the turf course in 2:12.280 and paid $16.20, $7.40 and $5.20. Honey Rider returned $4 and $3, and Einstein, the winner last year, paid $3.40 to show. 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

Outpouring of help, love for family

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Esther, Jonathan and Heather suffered minor injuries – but Hugh, Michael and David suffered severe burns. David, 48, remains hospitalized, but doctors say he’s making good progress. Michael was due to come home Saturday, riding in a limousine courtesy of an enormous network of strangers who have come forward to help this family that has given – and, now, lost – so much. “The morning of the fire, I walked over there and it struck me that here was a family who went to bed the night before like everybody else, but when the morning came, their lives were changed forever,” said Josy Block, whose home office has since become a clearinghouse for information, donations and items to help the Ewarts start over. David Ewart’s days were always filled with activities that centered around his family and friends, as well as his world-renowned music. His typical day might end with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl but would be preceded by a batting-cage session, a PTA function and a lunch date to help a friend. “We were always in awe of him. That’s why we feel compelled to help him now,” said Michele Crawford, a close friend of David. “He would have a thousand things to do, but he’d always make you feel like you were the most important.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – David Ewart is living “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The musician whose violin knows no bounds – gracing the stages of the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Wiley Canyon Elementary School and the jungles of Peru – might not know right now how many lives have been changed by his goodness. But that goodness is being returned to him threefold after his own life changed dramatically Dec. 20. Early that morning, Ewart’s Valencia home burned to the ground, sparked by candles left burning after a Christmas party the night before. Ewart, his parents Esther, 77, and Hugh, 81, and his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11, escaped through a second-story window at the rear of the house. center_img Since Dec. 21, a network of people estimated at 10,000 strong has emerged around the world, sending prayers, good wishes and donations of both goods and finances to help the family recover. Requests for clothing and gifts were fulfilled within 24 hours. Grocery gift cards arrived in the mail every day. A national home improvement show is considering replacing the gutted home. And musicians have filled violin cases with money to help with medical bills that could exceed $5 million. “It’s phenomenal the calls and letters that come in,” Block said. Collections have been taken up at exercise clubs, theaters, baseball fields and service club meetings. Students at Hart High School collected more than $8,400 in a one-day drive. The YMCA passed the hat to the tune of $1,500. A network of families willing to provide meals has been set up and one volunteer is in charge of coordinating visitors for the burn victims once they come home. A request for furniture to replace that lost by the family was filled within two days: Couches, beds, desks, tables and chairs were offered before there was a chance to find a space to put them. Ewart’s fellow musicians, the staff at Buena Vista Home Entertainment and the Environment of People Foundation – where he serves as a board member – have researched the hundreds of projects on which he worked, replacing music scores and replenishing his library. “The minute I heard what happened, I called in sick to work and raced to the hospital, but of course, I wasn’t able to see them,” Crawford said of the family. “Right away, we started collecting Christmas gifts and clothing for the family, giving people rides to the airport and feeding two households.” Michael suffered second- and third-degree burns on nearly half his body; David was burned severely over 31 percent of his body, including his back, chest and shoulders; Hugh, released from the hospital Dec. 31, was burned on his face. Those who know David were thrilled to learn that the magical hands that bring his violin to life are fine. He is almost well enough to transfer out of the intensive care unit and the family’s Web site – www.geocities.com/fmabbott@sbcglobal.net – notes he’s already reminding visitors to make sure the kids’ school projects get finished. “People rallied around David because he was a driving force in the community,” said Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s Deputy Gerri McCorkle, who ran the local sheriff’s holiday toy drive and sent the resident Santa Claus to see the Ewarts’ kids on Christmas Eve. “He had parties for his neighborhood and was active in sports; he was a very public person,” McCorkle said. Block struck up a friendship with the Ewarts’ pastor from the Newhall Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Greg Garman visited the burn victims and provided information to keep loved ones across the community informed. As Block started her daily bulletins, her e-mail list grew from a few to a few hundred, then thousands when it was linked to musician unions, alumni organizations and church prayer chains. And the makeshift support group has thought of everything, including coordinating friends and strangers to replace the family’s photo collections. Scrapbook enthusiasts have come together to put together pages of the Ewarts’ past, asking neighbors and friends from the children’s soccer and baseball teams to comb their photo archives for pictures that might include the Ewarts. Those without pictures to contribute have created themed pages for holidays, sports and performing arts, as well as other family events. “I’ve been saving things I think David will need,” Crawford said. Her personal project is a “While You Were Sleeping” scrapbook to include things that happened in the community – from the groundswell of support to day-to-day activities – that Ewart missed while he was in the hospital. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com last_img read more

BUS EIREANN DRIVERS CALL OFF STRIKE – FOR 48 HOURS

first_imgBus Éireann services will operate on Tuesday and Wednesday after management and unions agreed to “pull back” for 48 hours in a bid to resolve the bus strike.Services have been paralysed due to a strike by members of the National Bus and Rail Union in response to cost reduction measures introduced without agreement on Sunday.The strike was called off after a meeting with the Labour Relations Commission. The NBRU said it would suspend its strike for two days, during which management would not implement the disputed cost reductions.They’ve given themselves 48 hours to reach a deal.   BUS EIREANN DRIVERS CALL OFF STRIKE – FOR 48 HOURS was last modified: May 13th, 2013 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:BUS EIREANN DRIVERS CALL OFF STRIKE – FOR 48 HOURSlast_img read more

GARDAI AT SCENE AFTER CRASH LEAVES LIGHT HANGING FROM ESB POLE

first_imgThe light hangs from the ESB pole after the crash as Gardai stand watch. Pic by Donegal Daily.Gardai are at the scene of an incident in Letterkenny in which a car crashed into an ESB pole overnight.The pole, which is situated close to Century Cinemas has been left in a dangerous state with the head of the light hanging by a wire.It is understood the ESB have also been notified of the situation are on en route. The incident happened overnight when a vehicle struck the pole.It is not known if anyone was injured in the crash. GARDAI AT SCENE AFTER CRASH LEAVES LIGHT HANGING FROM ESB POLE was last modified: December 7th, 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:crashESB poleGardailetterkennylast_img read more

Fulham ‘open talks’ over Noble

first_imgFulham have opened talks with West Ham over a £4m move for midfielder Mark Noble, the Daily Mail reports.The paper say Fulham are keen to find a long-term successor for Danny Murphy and the former England Under 21 man is their top target.Meanwhile, The Sun report that Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is not planning to buy a striker despite the propsect of him losing three next month.Nicolas Anelka will make his move to China, while Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are set to be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.Chelsea have recently been linked with a number of forwards, including Chile prospect Eduardo Vargas, Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img

Cape Epic – the tougher the better for endurance athletes

first_imgAn eight-day race taking in some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful mountain passes, the Absa Cape Epic is a gruelling 800km effort with some 15 000 metres of climbing. (Image: Absa Cape Epic)• Absa Cape Epic+27 21 426 4373registration@cape-epic.commedia@cape-epic.comLucille DavieIt’s tough, tough, tough – but that’s why they sign up. Each year athletes from around the world descend on Western Cape to test their extreme endurance skills in the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race.Now in its 11th year, the race attracts Olympic medallists and previous world champions, as well as some of South Africa’s top riders. An eight-day race taking in some of the province’s most beautiful mountain passes, it is a gruelling 800km effort with some 15 000 metres of climbing.It is ridden by two-person teams and is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world, according to its founder, Kevin Vermaak. It is the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie, meaning “beyond categorisation”, by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), making it “a highlight on the professional racer’s calendar”. The race also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best in the world.Vermaak, who established the Cape Epic back in 2004, says he is pleased with how it has developed. “[I am] incredibly satisfied, when I think that sporting legends like Alain Prost, John Smit, Luis Enrique, amongst many others, all take time out to train for the race and come to South Africa every year to ride it. It’s an honour.”In 2002, Vermaak participated in the 10th edition of the 400km La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike race across Costa Rica – and the idea to create a multi-day mountain bike stage race was born. The Cape Epic takes a different route each year, and Vermaak and his team ride the new route at least twice before settling on their final choice. Each year, it is selected on the basis of “most amazing mountain biking riding that the Western Cape has to offer”, he says.Asked what gives him the most satisfaction, he says: “The 30 minutes around the time when the winners come in every day. It’s a moment of the event in which we invest so much money and effort, to get it just right for TV and all the fans and spectators watching, and it’s something that really differentiates us from all other mountain bike races around the world – to know that the guys coming in at that moment are the absolute best riders in the world, all the Olympic medallists and previous world champions.”Amateur mountain biker Lynn Morris, who cycled the race in 2009, says she did it “because it sounded tough and I love mountain biking”.“The hardest part was making the cut-off times every day, and of course the climbing! The most enjoyable parts were the stunning landscapes and the feeling of camaraderie amongst the cyclists (at the back of the field).”Vermaak says the “satisfaction of finishing the Epic is priceless. And the camaraderie of riders during those eight days and all the months of training leading up to the race are truly special. For many, it’s a life-changing journey.”This year, many riders came in covered in mud, having gone through forests and splashes of water, up and down rocky ridges, some too steep to descend, requiring riders to walk their bikes, and over wooden walkways. Some 1 200 cyclists entered, and just under half of them finished the course. Overall prize money is R1.7-million (about $161 000); the entry fee is R53 900 (about $5 100) per two-person team.First over the line were German Robert Mennen and teammate Kristian Hynek, from Czech Republic, in a time of 30 hours and 31 minutes. The first women to cross the line were Ariane Kleinhans from Switzerland and Annika Langvad from Denmark, in a time of 34 hours and 54 minutes.The Absa Cape Epic is just one of seven or eight endurance races that are held in South Africa every year, when athletes of all ages and abilities run, swim, paddle and cycle their way across the country.last_img read more