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  • Go with Calabar Dream Team

    first_imgHad Akeem Bloomfield stayed for his last year of high-school eligibility and if Jhevaughn Matherson had been fit, Kingston College might have had a good chance to defend the high school boys’ 4×100 metre relay title at the Penn Relays next week. However, with Bloomfield off at Auburn University and Matherson not 100 per cent, Calabar High School will be in pole position at the 123rd staging of the Relays in Philadelphia. The green-and-blacks could have their Dream Team of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and DeJour Russell on duty. KC clocked 39.90 seconds to win the Gibson-McCook Relays at the end of February, but Calabar zipped 39.63 and 39.44 at the Boys and Girls’ Championships with 400-metre runner Anthony Carpenter replacing Russell on anchor. With or without Russell, Calabar head to Penn as the top Jamaican team. Excelsior High were well clear of Kingston College at Champs … until final runner Damion Davidson took a tumble. That scotched a sub-40 time for the Excelsior Eagles as can be seen from the KC runner-up time of 40.07 seconds. An unlikely Penn 4×100 victory would be the first for Excelsior since 1967. Those banking on upsets might look to Jamaica College. The Old Hope Roaders placed third in the Champs Class One race with a time of 40.20 seconds, thanks in part to the school’s pair of 100 metres finalists Delano Dunkley and Chislon Gordon. In Class Two, Jamaica College stepped to a an impressive winning time of 40.60 seconds with 100 metre runner-up Michali Everett hustling. If Russell is fit to sprint, a run on the Penn Relays record of 39.63 seconds, set by Calabar in 2015 and equalled by KC last year, is possible. An injury niggle restricted Russell to the 110 metres hurdles at Champs and the Carifta Games, where he won handily. If he is available for the 4x100m, the Dream Team will be at full speed. In their last major outing together, Wilson, Taylor, Stephens and Russell became the first Under-18 team to break 40 seconds with a run of 39.81 at the 2016 Cayman Invitational. Matherson, the fastest Jamaican high school student-athlete over the 100 metres this year at 10.25 seconds, suffered a leg injury at Champs. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for KC as he has returned to training. His participation at Penn is yet to be decided. UNFORTUNATE TUMBLElast_img read more

  • Muslims Celebrate End of Fast Month

    first_imgMuslims around the world last Friday, July 17, celebrated the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.Ramadan is a special month of the year, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day.Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The others are: belief in one God; prayer (Salaah) – five times a day at appointed times; alms-giving (Zakaat)- 2 percent of fixed assets annually; and pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca at least once in a lifetime.At last Friday’s prayer, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended Muslims for successfully ending this year’s Month of Ramadan and praying for continued peace, stability and prosperity for the country and its people.She also implored them to remain mutually and sacredly engaged as “we work together for the greater good of Liberia in spite of our differences as a people.”Applauding Muslims for successfully concluding the fast month, the Liberian leader said, it is with great humility and sacred joy that she congratulates them for the strength to successfully conclude the Eid al-Fitr”She thanked all Muslims for keeping the nation in their prayers during those challenging moments of the last 30 days of fast, isolation and intimate supplications to Allah.On behalf of the nation, the President noted that all Liberians are grateful for the Muslims’ commitment to relentlessly put forth to Allah the country’s numerous challenges, thus asking for His wisdom and guidance to lead and protect Liberia.She called on Allah to “graciously remain the source of our strength, courage, devotion, love for country and renewal of a commitment to be torchbearers of peace and unity.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Yale Honours Okonjo-Iweala with an Honorary Doctorate Degree

    first_imgMinister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has received an honorary Doctorate degree from Yale University one of the United State of America’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.The Minister was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters at Yale’s 2015 Commencement Ceremony in New Haven, Connecticut Monday.She will be only the second Nigerian in the university’s 314-year history to receive its highest honour after Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka who received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1980.Giving out the award, the President of the University Professor Peter Salovey described Okonjo-Iweala as “a brilliant reformer and dedicated public servant.”He went on to state that the Minister “has spearheaded efforts to stabilize and grow Nigeria’s economy, battling widespread government corruption and creating greater fiscal transparency and discipline.”Yale’s honorary doctorate degree is seen globally as a very important honour.According to the institution “those who have received honorary degree are scholars, public servants, Nobel Prize winners and heads of states.“Collectively, they represent the aspirations of this institution. Yale honorary degree recipients serve as models of excellence and service to our students, to our graduates, to our community and to the world,” the institution says.As Finance Minister in 2004, Okonjo-Iweala and the economic team that she led helped Nigeria obtain debt relief, wiping out $30 billion of Paris club debt, leading to a tripling of the growth rates.The second time around as Finance Minister in 2011, Okonjo-Iweala has focused on building solid foundations and institutions critical for the survival and sustenance of the economy. She bravely fought corruption in governance with fierce dedication and unflagging energy.Okonjo-Iweala was honored alongside the Chair of the Board of Governors of US Federal Reserve System Janet Yellen, world renowned Beninoise Singer and songwriter Angelique Kidjo, University Professor and founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University Gayatari Chakravorty Spivak, Professor and Director of the Starr Center for Human Genetics at Rockefeller University Jeffrey Michael Friedman, Inventors and Entrepreneurs Elon Musk and Dean Kamen, etc.Yale had in the past honored a handful of other Africans such as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Archbishop Desmond TutuShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Did SOCU hoodwink Chief Magistrate?

    first_imgLaw books vendettaMore than Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan’s questionable reading of an application for a search warrant in open court on Tuesday, questions are being raised about whether the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) may have hoodwinked its way into getting the search warrant.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanDuring a recent press conference, the man at the centre of the controversy, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall posited that there were only two scenarios that could have led to the Chief Magistrate agreeing to grant the warrant.Noting that there is a conservatory High Court order which prohibits members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and SOCU from searching his premises, Nandlall questioned whether the Unit concealed this fact from the Magistrate.“I refuse to believe that the Chief Magistrate of Guyana would grant a warrant which collides, head on, with an order of the Chief Justice of the country,” Nandlall said. “So I prefer to give the Chief Magistrate the benefit of the doubt and to contend that (the fact that) the Chief Justice’s order was still valid and in force was deliberately withheld from her.Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan“This raises fundamental issues concerning law and order in this country. The proceedings in which the High Court order was granted is (part of) proceedings filed against the Attorney General. Those proceedings were adjourned on June 18, 2017 to the 30th August to specifically allow the criminal charge to be heard and determined.”Stressing that the order restraining the Police and members of SOCU from seizing and detaining the books had been made to continue until the hearing and determination of the proceedings in the court action, he noted that the order was still in force.“I don’t know what would have happened had SOCU turned up at my residence (and violated) the court order. But the type of intelligence gathering they are doing, they got a search warrant for different premises. So what kind of investigations are these people doing and what are their objectives?”“This has very little to do with Anil Nandlall,” the former Attorney General said. “When the rights of one person are violated, the rights of everyone are threatened.”Head of SOCU, Sydney JamesNandlall has since indicated his intentions to move to the court to have the search warrant quashed.During a recent interview, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had expressed surprise at the circumstances that led to Nandlall being alerted of an impending raid on his premises. According to Ramjattan, the raid should have been a surprise.He was, therefore, surprised that the Chief Magistrate read the warrant out loud in open court, thus alerting Nandlall to SOCU’s intentions.“I do not like to make comments being a former President of the Bar Association for some years, in demeaning terms for any judge or magistrate. We do have our ethics. But I rather thought it was surprising what she did. But she may have gotten good reason to do what she did.“But it is not generally the way we proceed with the search warrant. A search warrant generally has the element of surprise in it. You do not go and tell the person necessarily. I don’t know that that is how it is done,” Ramjattan posited.Court orderIn April, Nandlall was arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore on a charge instituted by SOCU, which detailed that between May 15 and May 29, 2015, while being a bailee (custodian), he had fraudulently converted to his own use and benefit 14 Commonwealth Law Reports, valued at $2.3 million — which he allegedly unlawfully retained after demitting office in 2015.This is despite both Nandlall and former President Donald Ramotar affirming that the subscription for the law books was paid for as a condition of his service as Attorney General. Nandlall’s ownership of the books was also recognised by the High Court when it granted an order prohibiting SOCU from carrying out searches and seizing the law books.Nandlall had sought and was granted the conservatory order, which restrains SOCU from taking possession of the law books, the day after he was initially questioned by SOCU. The order was granted by Justice Dawn Gregory.While SOCU had at the time acquired a search warrant for the books, the High Court order spells out that “an interim Conservatory Order be and is hereby granted preventing and/or restraining officers and/or agents from the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and/or the Guyana Police Force of the State of Guyana from seizing and/or detaining the property of the applicant.”last_img read more

  • A Taylor man may have died from Magic Mushrooms

    first_imgMagic Mushrooms may have caused the death of a Taylor resident at the Halfway Hot Springs near Nakusp, BC.The Nakusp RCMP stated Thursday, that preliminary autopsy results suggest “the cause of death may be linked to the consumption of what was thought by the individual to be ‘magic mushrooms’ or psilocybin mushrooms.”According to the Arrow Lakes News, the Interior Regional Coroners Office are still investigating the death. The autopsy has completed and they are currently waiting for the results of a toxicology report. Once microscopic analysis has been completed on the toxicology report, the coroner will then comment on the cause of death.- Advertisement -The article goes on to say, at this time, it’s unknown if Dieter Egger’s death was influenced by either ‘magic mushrooms’ or another type of mushroom.The RCMP still say foul play was not a factor in Egger’s death, but will continue to investigate where the mushrooms came from.Dieter Egger and a friend spent several hours on Sunday November 8th in the Halfway Hot Springs when Egger’s suddenly stopped breathing.  Egger’s friend then tried to revive him with CPR before he left the area to try and get help.Advertisement The lack of mobile phone service in the area caused the friend to hike out to the main road in order to make the 911 call.last_img read more

  • Jagdeo calls out Govt for poor public servants’ wages track record

    first_img…as Finance Minister says talks underway with unionsWhile Finance Minister Winston Jordan has promised that public servants can look forward to salary increases over the next two years, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is questioning the Government’s commitment to public servants, particularly teachers.Jordan made this commitment during a press conference he held earlier this week, where he was asked what public servants can look forward to. According to the Minister, talks are presently ongoing in a bid to come to an agreement for wage increases with the unions.Finance Minister Winston JordanThe Minister was careful not to give details regarding these talks since they are still active. Regardless of the results of these talks, however, Jordan said Government would at least be paying interim increases.“We will be paying a salary increase in (2019) and a bigger salary increase in 2020. We’re in discussions with the unions at the moment. There are two high-level committees who are engaging the two main unions.”And we trust that they will be able to advance the negotiations to such a stage that we’re ready to make a payout. But even if there is a deadlock or no agreement, something interim will be paid,” Jordan said.At his press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo cited the Government’s poor track record in wage increases and workers’ benefits. It is a track record that included even Jagdeo interceding with President David Granger on the side of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU).“They want to announce how much they’ll give in the next term. All along, we had to fight, I had to make public statements, I spoke to the President personally. I said why can’t he meet with the Teachers’ Union? We had a multi-year agreement as a result of which they got a salary increase, a large number of duty-free vehicles for teachers.”“We gave them a housing grant and every year a sum of money would flow from the treasury into that housing fund. We worked out a whole package and that was a multi-year agreement. The first three years of this Government, they failed to deal with non-salary benefits of teachers. It’s only after the No-Confidence Motion they started working on these things. Suddenly, they love teachers.”Indeed, teachers have had a tough time with their salary increases, leading to an almost nationwide teachers’ strike last year.  It led to President Granger finally intervening by offering the Union a 10 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018.The President’s move came days after Jagdeo had advised that Granger take a stand on the matter. That was also the second time that the President has been forced to intervene between the GTU and the Education Ministry to resolve the wage-related matters. In 2017, a high-level task force was appointed by him to oversee these matters.When it comes to other public servants and the disciplined services, Government had approved retroactive salary increases of up to seven per cent last year.These increases were set according to the various earnings of the workers.For instance, workers between the $100,000 to $299,000 range got an increase of 6.5 per cent. In the case of public servants earning below $100,000, they received a seven per cent increase.According to a circular that was issued, public servants with salaries ranging between $300,000 and $499.999 would receive a five per cent increase; while those that fall within the $500,000 to $699,999 bracket would receive a three per cent increase; $700,000 to $799,999 – two per cent increase; $800,000 to $999,999 – one per cent; and those earning one million dollars and above would receive a 0.5 per cent increase.last_img read more

  • If anyone can beat Real, then it’s Bayern – Rummenigge

    first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich warmed up for Real Madrid by thrashing Leverkusen to reach the German Cup final © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Apr 18 – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid ahead of next Wednesday’s home Champions League semi-final, first leg.“We have to keep our concentration until next Wednesday, but if anyone can beat Real Madrid at the moment, it’s FC Bayern,” boasted Rummenigge. Bayern host the first leg at Munich’s Allianz Arena with the return at Madrid’s Bernabeu on May 1.The German giants warmed up by romping to a 6-2 win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in the German Cup semi-final.“It was a demonstration of the footballing quality of our team,” added Rummenigge.“To be a FC Bayern fan must be paradise at the moment.“The team clearly has a tremendous quality for achieving everything it wants to.”Bayern could repeat their 2013 treble.They are in the German Cup final on May 19 and have already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title.The Bavarian giants ran riot in Leverkusen as Germany forward Thomas Mueller scored twice and helped set up the opening goal in a man-of-the-match performance.Star striker Robert Lewandowski was credited with two more goals to add to his 38 in 42 matches this season for Bayern.Having led 2-1 at the break, Bayern turned on the style in the second-half.Arjen Robben, Thiago Alcantara and Mueller, twice, hit four goals in a devastating 26-minute spell.Leverkusen are third in the Bundesliga, but trail Bayern by a massive 24 points and the gulf in class showed.“It was a football demonstration for a long period,” beamed Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes.“We put in a top performance against a good opponent.“We were incredibly motivated and focused.“We’re in a really good mood.”Heynckes heaped praise on Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who made outstanding saves to twice deny Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.– ‘Dominant team’ –“We were the dominant team, but there were always situations where Sven Ulreich saved us. He was outstanding,” said Heynckes.Mueller agreed.“That was advertising for German football,” said the Germany forward.“We were 2-0 ahead, then it was 2-1 and Ulle (Ulreich) kept us in the game with two saves.“The team did a great job, of course we want more — we feel it’s possible.”Real Madrid knocked Bayern out of the Champions League last season at the quarter-final stage.The Spaniards won 2-1 in Munich as superstar Cristiano Ronaldo netted two second-half goals before Bayern lost 4-2 in the second leg in Madrid.Nevertheless, Bayern are in the mood to deny Ronaldo and his Real team a third straight Champions League title this season.“If we play like we did (against Leverkusen), it’ll be hard for Real too,” said Bayern goalkeeper Ulreich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • City of Fort St John raises flag in honour of Pride milestone

    first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City of Fort St. John Council and the North Peace Pride Society held a Pride flag raising outside of City Hall on Friday, May 17.According to the Pride Society, the purpose of the flag raising ceremony is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Decriminalization of same-sex relationships in Canada.Mayor Lori Ackerman says it is an important day to fly the flag, adding that she almost lost her brother 30 years ago due to discrimination towards homosexuals.- Advertisement -“This is a remarkable day for us, and Fort St. John, to be able to fly the flag. I think it’s extremely important. I want to thank all of you for the work that you have done over the years. 30 years ago, I almost lost a brother because of his fear and I can say now that he is happy and healthy, so thank you so much.”LGBTQ organizations across Canada have raised Pride flags in recognition of this point in Canadian history.The fourth Annual Pride Walk will be taking place on Saturday, June 1.Advertisement The Walk will start at the WY Centennial Park near CM Finch School and will travel down 100 Street to Centennial Park.For more information, you can visit the North Peace Pride Society’s Facebook page.last_img read more

  • Reports – Wilshere will not return to action for Arsenal before MARCH

    first_img1 Jack Wilshere Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury and may not return to action until March.The midfielder sustained ankle ligament damage after a tackle by Manchester United defender Paddy McNair on November 22.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had hoped Wilshere would return by the end of January after he underwent a successful operation.But, according to media reports, the 22-year-old has now been told he is likely to be out for five months in total.That would be a devastating blow for the player and Wenger, who is under increasing pressure at the Emirates, with a 3-2 defeat at Stoke at the weekend leaving his side 13 points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea.last_img

  • Lois Maxwell, 80, Bond’s Moneypenny

    first_img“It’s rather a shock,” Moore, who had known her since they were students at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1944, told BBC radio. “She was always fun, and she was wonderful to be with,” he said. Born Lois Hooker in Ontario, Canada, in 1927, she began her acting on radio before moving to Britain with the Entertainment Corps of the Canadian army at the age of 15, the BBC said. In the late 1940s, she moved to Hollywood and won a Golden Globe for her part in the Shirley Temple comedy “That Hagen Girl.” After working in Italy, she returned to Britain in the mid-1950s. In addition to her 14 appearances as Miss Moneypenny, she also acted in Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita” and worked on BBC television shows including “The Saint,” “The Baron, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” and “The Persuaders!” She was 58 when she appeared in her final Bond film, 1985’s “A View To A Kill.” She was replaced by 26-year-old Caroline Bliss for “The Living Daylights.” Her last film was a 2001 thriller called “The Fourth Angel,” alongside Jeremy Irons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in 14 James Bond movies, has died, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Sunday. She was 80. The Canadian-born actress starred alongside Sean Connery in the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” in 1962 as the secretary to M, the head of the secret service. She died Saturday night at Fremantle Hospital near her home in Perth, Australia, the BBC cited a hospital official as saying. Bond star Roger Moore said she was suffering from cancer. last_img read more