NATIONAL Junior 100 metres hurdle record holder Deashon Gordon will lead 14 Jamaicans into action on today’s opening day of competition at the XVIII Pan American Junior Championships, which will be held at the Foote Field on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Canada.The country’s athletes will be trying to better the performance of two years ago when two silver medals were mined.The three-day competition will start at 11:30 a.m. (Jamaican time), and there will be some 14 finals on today’s opening day.Gordon, who just completed her first year at the Louisiana State University (LSU), is expected to be one of the country’s main medal hopes when she competes in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, with the preliminary round set for a 12:50 p.m. start. The final of the event will take place later on at 6:05 p.m. Gordon, who finished fifth in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the National Senior Championship in a National Junior record of 12.97 seconds, is the number two-ranked athlete in the event, just behind the United States’ Dior Hall, who has a top time of 12.74 seconds.The Jamaican will be joined in the event by 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson, who has failed to fire all season and will be hoping for a big performance here.There will also be preliminary action in the women’s and men’s 100 metres, along with the women’s and men’s 400 metres in the opening session.100 metresJoniel Smith and Sashalee Forbes will compete in the women’s 100 metres, while Xandre Blake and Shivnarine Smalling will do so in the men’s 100 metres. Dawnalee Loney and Candice Mcleod will be in action in the women’s 400 metres, while in the men’s event, it will be Ivan Henry and Bernardo Wilson. The finals of these events will be contested later in the day.Four other Jamaicans will be in action in the second session of competition. Obrien Wasome and Odaine Lewis will do battle in the men’s long jump final at 7:20 p.m., while Thaleeto Green and Shemar Salmon will contest the Men’s 5000 metres final at 8:25 p.m.
The Ministry of Finance & Development Planning has secured more than US$70 million as initial funding for the Gbarnga-Mendikorma Highway project, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan has disclosed.For that development, citizens of Lofa County, through their Superintendent, Paramount Chiefs and lawmakers, have expressed their gratitude to the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the visiting Saudi and Kuwaiti team, who have gone to appraise the project. Lofa County Superintendent, George Dunor, told government officials and the visiting delegation that every Lofa citizen was happy to receive the guests who had come to do the road assessment. He stated that citizens have yearned for many years for the pavement of the main road leading to the county. He and others spoke Friday, September 4, at the Joseph Franklin Walker (St Paul River) Bridge where the delegation had gathered with the citizens.As the Lofaians’ tradition dictates, Supt. Dunor and others presented white kola nuts, a white chicken and a sheep to the visiting Kuwaitis and Saudis. The road, he said is very important because Lofa used to be referred to as the nation’s ‘bread basket’. This is no longer the case due to the very deplorable condition of the road as farmers and marketers are not able to transport their products to the larger markets. Also speaking, the Chairman of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Representative Moses Kollie, said when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf campaigned for her second term, they told the voters in Lofa County that they should vote for her as she would work hard for the pavement of the road. Representative Mariama Fofana added, “When this road is paved, it is going to have a major impact on the lives of everyone, especially ordinary Lofa citizens.”The 280-km road begins in Gbarnga, Bong County and ends in Mendikorma, Lofa County.Representing the officials of Bong County, including their lawmakers, Supt. Selena Polson Mappy said good road network has been a very huge challenge for this government. She told the visitors: “Your coming here today has raised the hopes of our people. You are coming to bring relief to us.”For his part, Public Works Minister W. Gyude Moore reiterated that to connect all the counties’ capitals with two-lane paved roads, the government will need US$2.2 billion.Because the Liberian government doesn’t have that amount of money, according to Min. Moore, at the onset of the regime, they decided to only pave three major roads that will connect the entire country. He disclosed that, at the moment, the government is doing the road from Fish Town in River Gee County to Harper, Maryland County as part of the Tappita to Harper road project. He further stated that by September 2016, the Monrovia to Ganta road will be done, adding: “It makes sense now to begin the Gbarnga to Mendikorma road.”Min. Moore, whose agency will be tasked with implementing the project, further stated that the presence of the investors was to continue a process, including the first feasibility study that was done of the same road. “Now they have come to do an assessment and discuss the technical details with us. When that part of the process is finished, we will do the best that we can, keeping within our own rules and their lending organizations to execute the road project on time.”The Minister, however, stressed: “But the people of Lofa can be assured that this road, from Gbarnga to Mendikorma, will be paved.”Earlier, Min. Moore praised Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, whom the people of Lofa refer to as their “Big Uncle,” for his involvement in the project. According to him, the Vice President, who was set to make the trip had to change at the 11th hour, due to a call by President Sirleaf for him (VP) to attend a very important meeting.The investors’ team leaders, Dr. Hisham Gaafar, Project Manager, Kuwaiti Fund and Mr. Mourad Bouaouina, OFID, spoke of their happiness for the warm gesture the people of Lofa showed them when they arrived at the bridge, which forms the boundary between Lofa and Bong.Specifically, Dr. Gaafar said they were glad to provide assistance and the road will provide ease to get to all the health and other important facilities along it. Also speaking, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said when he was Minister of Finance; he made several trips to Kuwait to discuss the cancellation of debts to initiate discussions with Kuwait Fund for Development for the pavement of the road. He, too, lauded the efforts of theVice President for his (VP’s) push for the project. The Foreign Minister also thanked Finance and Development Minister Amara Konneh for exerting all efforts at getting the project on track. “We are here today, because the Ministry of Finance under his leadership, has managed to put together a consortium of lenders, who have committed some of the money. It’s a huge sum of money that will be needed for phases one and two,” he stated. He urged both Bong and Lofa citizens to cooperate with implementers when the project starts as properties directly in the work way would have be demolished, destroyed or uprooted. Last May, Vice President Boakai disclosed that pavement of the road would begin next dry season and stated that the feasibility studies on the road have long been done and that its funding was provided by Kuwait. He further stated that the entire road project will cost the Liberian government more than US$300 million. “That’s not money we have lying anywhere around here. But from the last discussion we had, it has become a priority road. So the President, Finance and Public Works Ministers and the Deputy Minister in the Office of the President who is responsible for coordinating all these kinds of projects, and I decided that come this dry season, we are going to make sure that the Gbarnga-Mendikorma road starts,” the VP stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Seventy-two Police Officers on Wednesday graduated from a Basic First Responder Training Course which is aimed at providing better care for injured persons.The training which encompasses basic first response protocol, life support/ CPR and trauma were offered to the Guyana Police Force’s officers in order to reduce the number of preventable deaths at accidents, shooting and other combat situations.At the end of the training, the officers were required to sit an examination; only the officers scoring more than 70 per cent were certified at Wednesday’s programme.In explaining the concept of the training process, Head of the Emergency Medical Service, Dr Zulfikar Bux highlighted instances in which persons were injured and due to the lack of proper first response care by Police, the victims were permanently injured or died.“Please look after the lives of yourselves, your colleagues, and more importantly john public, they are the ones we serve,” he urged the officers.Also speaking at the event was Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, who expressed the Force’s appreciation to Dr Bux for working so efficiently with the officers in order to complete the training.The Commissioner, in identifying the main reason for the course stated that, “A lot of deaths resulting from gunshot injuries aren’t cases where vital organs were damaged, people die from shock and haemorrhage, they bleed to death.”He went on to note that owing to this training course, this particular cause of death will be reduced. The Commissioner also touched on trauma kits which they have received through donation from The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. He stated that these kits are aiding in the execution of the course.The 72 certified officers will now be tasked with responding to emergency scenes and doing their utmost best to lessen the number of fatalities arising from those situations. read more
Three remaining witnesses are expected to testify in the extradition case against ex-policeman Shawn Neblett. This is according to Attorney Stacy Goodings, who is representing the interest of the United States.Neblett is wanted by the United States Government in relation to trafficking narcotics through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).The extradition proceedings continued before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty on Tuesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Testifying on the matter on Tuesday was a treaty officer at the Public Security Ministry, Ormella Gladstone. She gave extensive evidence on receiving several documents from the Public Security Minister in relation to the matter. The documents were then tendered into evidence.The matter was adjourned to September 24, 2019.On February 2, 2017, Police issued a wanted bulletin for Shawn Neblett in connection to the trafficking of narcotics through CJIA, Timehri.Neblett, who had been evading the police, was arrested last May at Moleson Creek, Berbice, while illegally attempting to cross over to Suriname.Shawn Neblett read more
Winnetka Pleasing a voter block Re “Turks blamed in mass killings” (Oct. 11): Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to to call the massacre of Armenians by Turkey at the end of World War I a “genocide.” This event happened overseas and America had no hand in it. Almost 90 years have passed and America has both Armenians and Turkish citizens and now these Democrats have fostered a hatred between these groups larger than before. I suppose I should ask Congress to chastise North Africa for Hannibal killing 50,000 Roman soldiers in one day at Cannae. If it meant a vote for the Democrats, they would probably do it. This certainly points out the stupidity of Congress when it comes to good old-fashioned horse sense when it comes to protecting America’s interest, instead of pleasing a block of voters. – Joseph Nicassio Valencia And pay sales tax? Re “The mother of all garage sales” (Oct. 12): I have just finished reading your article about the mom who makes it a yearly (or twice yearly) event of having a consignment garage sale. Although her actions of helping the needy are commendable, I hope that after paying for a business license, paying sales tax to the state (even garage sales are taxable) and the state business tax, and insurance, she still makes enough money to go on vacation. All her “vendors” must also collect and pay sales tax and have the proper license as well. This mom’s venture is no different than a flea market which requires all vendors to collect and pay sales tax. – Lou Green Northridge Sport fees for schools Re “Should kids pay to play?” (Sept. 29): Schools are truly part of communities they encompass and the rise in fees toward youth groups makes me sick. Working at an LAUSD school for three years and coaching youth basketball for five, I have been in the limelight of the mess. In the past I would charge small fees for player participation, but now I must make it a financial burden to players due to the fact of rising “fees” announced by LAUSD. Because of these increased fees, participation has dropped in youth sports, which truly influences many children’s lives. It is extremely difficult to turn down children who wish to participate, but cannot due to the increased fee for the basketball gym use. Club and youth sports give children a place to meet friends, stay out of the streets, fight obesity and, most of all, have fun. – Todd Wolfson West Hills Boo McCartney Re “McCartney, Mills go to court” (News Lite, Oct. 12): Oh, poor Paul McCartney has to give up some of his fortune made from the number of songs he wrote glorifying drugs and which too many listeners hadn’t the brains to recognize, and thus, America, thanks to the Beatles’ arrival on these shores, has turned us into the No. 1 drug-using nation in the world. Thanks, Paul, for your generosity to our culture and good luck spending the $1 billion you still so undeservedly have in your pocket. – Paul Vaughn Van Nuys Entitlement Re “Bush out of touch” (Your Opinions, Oct. 10): John Blumenthal believes that President Bush is “amazingly heartless” because he did not expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan to include families with annual incomes of up to $80,000 per year and also to include even families that now have private health insurance. It seems more than a little absurd to me to ask those of us who earn less than $80,000 per year to subsidize this expansion of government entitlement for middle-class citizens. Our taxes to pay for this will only increase as this program grows, because all government entitlement programs have always grown. – Sid Conkwright Van Nuys Raider fan responds Re “Loyal Bruin fan” (Your Opinions, Oct. 11): Don’t disrespect Raider fans. UCLA Bruins football is known for its annual collapse. Bruin fans are all too willing to accept 3-6 losses per year. USC fans expect perfect seasons and are not afraid to voice concerns to their team or coach. I take exception to Denis Cremins’ addition of the Raiders to his post. I submit this phrase: “Win, lose or tie, Raider nation ’till I die.” True Raider fans have a love for this franchise, which is clear to us and unexplainable to others. This is something that you, sir, can never truly begin to comprehend. – Michael J. Lusk Palmdale Who’s to stop him? Naive, idealistic, stupid are the only words for Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, for his honoring Ahmadinejad, probably more of a pure-evil threat to Western civilization than Hitler’s Nazism – also honored by Columbia University in 1933 and 1936. Ahmadinejad’s triumph over Columbia University and the U.N. will be propagandized to one-quarter of the world’s population. After World War II, there were two “never agains” declared by liberal theorists: No more Auschwitz, no more Hiroshima! Ahmadinejad promises to achieve both. Who is to stop the Islamic-extremist acquisition of nuclear bombs? Certainly not a gutless U.N. – Aaron L. Kolom Los Angeles Clear the air Let’s set the story straight: America was attacked not because of who we are but for our foreign policies and our threat of world domination. The World Trade Center does not represent America as a whole. It was an entity representative of America’s corporate financial dominance around the world. American citizens are the fall guy for a corporate America that calls the shots. To say the enemy hates Americans is a flat-out lie. They hate our arrogant manipulation of their cultures and their way of being. It’s not the people; it’s the policies. – Liz Tholberg Woodlands Hills Cutting back on water Re “H20 woes” (Oct. 9): I am so tired of hearing how Southland residents must cut back on water. The farmers are facing cuts. And yet, the developers just keep on building. Huge mansions, 10 houses where one once stood, the permits just keep on rolling out City Hall’s doors. Why should I cut back? I see no reason until the city cuts back on new housing. Don’t ration us, ration City Hall and its permit process. Nobody can afford those houses anyway. So instead of rationing all the folks who have lived here and paid taxes and are just trying to keep their heads above water, downtown spending should be curbed, along with fountains at malls spewing water. There is little reclamation of groundwater, and big money keeps floating into the pockets of those who are in charge downtown. – Ardis Oliver North Hills Nothing changed Re “H20 woes” (Oct. 9): Years ago I sent a letter to the Daily News about the same problem. Water. In it, I wrote this: “Those useless strips of grass we have between sidewalk and street should be cemented over. They are useless and the water used to keep them green ends in the gutter. I see this every time I walk by.” Nothing changed; I still see water running. – Dante F. Rochetti West Hills Meaning of torture Re “View from the Valley” (Oct. 11): I thought Patrick O’Connor’s query of the “meaning of torture” is just a little far-reaching. Heck, we don’t even know what the definition of “is” is. Maybe Hillary can tell us. – George Green Valley Village160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Woodland Hills Gore wins Nobel Prize Once again, the independent efforts of Al Gore have been recognized by the world. The drums are also beating in the background for a presidential run. Maybe Gore should embrace his independent soul and realize he is in a unique position to lead a struggling nation out of a broken political quagmire. Stepping away from the political party mudslinging would allow a straight course toward a new solution. A breath of fresh air. – John McLean Re “Jeff urged to settle with city” (Oct. 12): Apparently Councilwoman Jan Perry supports a settlement with former Department of Transportation General Manager Gloria Jeff because she was “disrespected.” I don’t know about you, Jan, but I was taught that you must earn someone’s respect; it is not simply given to you because you exist.In my opinion, council members like Jan Perry have “disrespected” the taxpayers of this city with their support of these ridiculous settlements. Being “disrespected” may be a reason to stop patronizing a dry cleaner, but, it is not a reason for yet another Los Angeles City Council payoff.– Kevin Teller read more
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A boat capsized about five miles from shore, killing the three fishermen on board, authorities said Thursday. The Coast Guard searched through the night for the men. A helicopter crew member using night-vision goggles spotted the boat early Thursday and the bodies of Mark Stroud and Danny Pavic, both of Galloway. A salvage crew sent to recover the boat found the body of Jerry Berwick, 64, of Philadelphia, inside the cabin Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. The search follows another fishing accident Wednesday in which a 72-year-old man was killed after being trapped underneath a capsized boat. 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings read more
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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita ANAHEIM – John Lackey agreed to a $3.76 million, one-year contract with the Angels on Monday, bypassing salary arbitration. The 27-year-old right-hander went 14-5 with one complete game in 33 starts for the Angels last year. He led the team’s starters with a 3.44 ERA and 199 strikeouts. Lackey was 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 15 starts after the All-Star break. “John has been an integral part in the success of our pitching staff,” general manager Bill Stoneman said. “We look forward to another impressive season from him.” On Saturday, the AL West champions agreed to multi-year contracts with outfielder Juan Rivera and infielder-outfielder Chone Figgins. Both players had filed for arbitration. Four Angels now remain eligible for arbitration: closer Francisco Rodriguez, reliever Scot Shields, reliever Brendan Donnelly and catcher Jose Molina. U.S. bobsled roster announced Todd Hays narrowly missed Olympic gold four years ago. His next shot comes at the Turin Games, and he’ll have Pavle Jovanovic this time to help the cause. Hays and Steven Holcomb were the two drivers selected for the U.S. men’s Olympic bobsled team Monday, headlining a lineup with few surprises. Both will drive in the two- and four-man competitions at Turin next month, and Jovanovic – a talented brakeman who missed the Salt Lake City Games after testing positive for a banned steroid, despite claims he accidentally ingested the product through a tainted supplement – will likely be in Hays’ sled for both events. Along with that trio, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation picked 2002 Olympians Steve Mesler, Bill Schuffenhauer and Randy Jones, along with Brock Kreitzburg, Curt Tomasevicz and Lorenzo Smith III to complete the roster. Schuffenhauer and Jones were silver medalists four years ago, riding in Hays’ sled. This will be the fourth Olympic trip for Jones. Magic end Francis’ suspension ORLANDO, Fla. – Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic on Monday, three days after he was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Francis, who missed two games, met with team officials on Monday. “We now consider the matter closed and look forward to Steve’s return to practice tomorrow,” assistant general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. Citing anonymous sources, two newspapers reported Francis was suspended for refusing to re-enter the fourth quarter of a blowout loss last week. The guard, averaging 16.6 points and 5.4 assists this season, is expected to play Wednesday night at home against Washington. Willis, Marlins reach deal MIAMI – Dontrelle Willis avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a $4.35 million, one-year contract with the Florida Marlins on Monday. Willis went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA last season and finished second to St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter in NL Cy Young Award balloting. He gets a large raise from the $378,500 he made in 2005. He would also earn a $50,000 bonus if he starts 35 games in 2006. The 24-year-old left-hander led the major leagues in wins last year. He is 46-27 with a 3.27 ERA in 93 career starts. Duke, UNC students break record CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Students from Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Duke and North Carolina completed their 2!-day basketball game Monday, finishing with an expected world record for the longest continuous game. Duke won 3,688-3,444. The game began at 8 a.m. Saturday and ended at 6 p.m. Monday, marking 58 straight hours in Fetzer Gymnasium on the loser’s Chapel Hill campus. The 24 students from the two schools nearly doubled a pair of similar reported world records. The Guinness World Records’ Web site listed the record as 30 hours, 12 minutes set in Nebraska in 2004. Game organizers said they were later informed by Guinness of a more recent record of 33 hours, 35 minutes, set in Germany last April. They passed both marks Sunday. The students also competed to raise the most money for the Hoop Dreams Basketball Academy, a nonprofit that uses basketball to help improve the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. Organizers said the marathon raised nearly $60,000, short of their $80,000 target. Rangers’ Barajas avoids arbitration ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers and catcher Rod Barajas agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract Monday, avoiding salary arbitration. Barajas set career highs in batting average (.254), home runs (21) and RBIs (60) in 2005, his first full season as a starter. He threw out 21 of 65 runners trying to steal. He can earn $50,000 bonuses next season for reaching 475 and 500 plate appearances. Barajas, who played for Rangers manager Buck Showalter in Arizona, came to Texas in 2004 expecting to back up rookie Gerald Laird. When Laird went down with torn thumb ligaments early in the season, Barajas became the starter and stayed in that role when Laird returned. Notable BASEBALL: Relief pitcher Jeff Nelson agreed to a minor league contract Monday with the St. Louis Cardinals, who need a middle man to replace injured Al Reyes … Left-hander Mark Hendrickson agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Monday, avoiding arbitration. From wire reports read more
School leavers in Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan are most likely to get a student grant and those in Meath, Kildare and Dublin least likely, an analysis of third level education funding shows.Data from Student Universal Support Ireland (Susi) shows that a significantly higher proportion of students from Border and farming counties satisfy its means-tested criteria for State payments than students in the greater Dublin area.In 2013, 733 out of 1,256 new applicants to Susi in Cavan were successful, a rate of 62 per cent. This compared to 53 per cent in Dublin where 7,721 applicants out of 14,660 were successful. Delays in allocating student grants are leaving young people from low income families ‘locked out’ of third level education, the Society of Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned.Student Universal Support Ireland said it had received more than 100,000 applications for 2014-2015 and expected to award approximately 73,000 grants for this academic year.However, given many school leavers self-select and do not applying to Susi on the grounds that they are unlikely to meet the means test criteria, these figures under-represent the disparity between counties.A more accurate reflection of the rate of success among students in applying for a grant is comparing the number of awards with the number of students who applied to higher-education courses from each county. On this measurement, students from Cavan had a 68 per cent success rate and those from Dublin 44 per cent. The county which delivered the next highest rate of first-time grants, per CAO applications, was Monaghan (67.5 per cent) followed by Donegal (66 per cent), and Carlow, Limerick, Longford, Leitrim and Mayo (all 63 per cent).Only 47 per cent of students in Kildare were successful in getting a grant, 48 per cent in Meath, 50 per cent in Wicklow and 53 per cent in Cork.The pattern was similar in 2012 although Monaghan came out on top with an award rate of 71 per cent. Donegal was next at 70 per cent, then Cavan, Carlow, Leitrim and Mayo (all 68 per cent).The award rate in Dublin in 2012 was identical to that in 2013 at 44 per cent.There were more than 68,000 new applicants for grants (as distinct from renewals) through Susi last year and almost 40,000 received awards. The size of award varies according to family income and the distance which students have to travel to college from their ordinary residence.To qualify, a family of less than four children must have an income below €52,240. This will guarantee the minimum level of funding of €1,375, or 50 per cent of the annual student contribution. For the same sized family with an income below €39,875, 100 per cent of the contribution is paid along with a maintenance grant of up to €3,025 and the cost of compulsory field trips.Previous figures from the Higher Education Authority showed that farmers and the self-employed were more than twice as likely to get college grants for their children as PAYE workers.SCHOOL LEAVERS FROM DONEGAL MORE LIKELY TO GET STUDENT GRANT was last modified: December 31st, 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) read more