first_imgSt Jago High School’s Class One 400-metre star Sean Bailey wants to follow in the footsteps of his elder sister and former World and Olympic champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown.Bailey who won his 400m semi-final yesterday in 47.78 seconds, said the former world and Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion serves as his greatest motivation, and though he knows it will not be an easy task to reach her levels of accomplishment internationally, he is seriously trying to get there.”She is my biggest motivation. Every day before an event, she tells me to do my best and enjoy myself. She always tells me that track and field does not stop at high school and that it’s much greater than that, and it can be a profession. So she is very involved (in life), especially educational wise and I am glad to have a sister like her,” Bailey told The Gleaner.The youngster dreams of becoming a world-rated athlete in the future, and he is aware of the amount of effort that is needs to get to the top.’Great legacy'”It’s a great motivation to strive to be a World champion like VCB, as I would like to keep up the tradition of her. It’s a great legacy,” he said.Bailey, who is expected to be one of the main challengers to Kingston College’s (KC) Akeem Bloomfield’s, says upsetting the big KC runner and taking the gold would be very satisfying for himself and big sister.”She is always telling me that everyone is human being and they breathe the same breath, so I can beat anybody, so it would mean a lot to her (if win 400m final),” he said.The quarter-miler, who is still recovering from an injury, hopes to complete the championship healthy so that he will be fit for the Carifta Games.”I know I am not 100 per cent and I went out and gave it my best just to make sure St Jago wins this championship. My expectation is to finish injury-free so I can go and represent Jamaica at the CARIFTA Games. That’s my aim,” he said. – L.S.last_img read more

first_imgArvin Tolentino leads Wangs Basketball. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Wangs Basketball gave The Masterpiece Clothing-Trinity University of Asia a hard pounding for the  89-69 win in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.Arvin Tolentino continuously drilled the White Stallions’ defense to the tune of 13 points while also banging bodies underneath to grab 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra FEU-Diliman bags 9th straight UAAP juniors football title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:42SEA Games: PH’s Biado, Chua hurdle foes in 9-ball doubles opener02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ “We’re very happy because I really saw the effort of my players and all of hard work ultimately paid off,” said Wangs head coach Pablo Lucas in Filipino.Tolentino and Daryl Singontiko waxed hot for the Couriers as the twosome exploded for 23 points to give their team a 67-47 lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAxel Iñigo filled the stat sheets for Wangs with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Radge Tongco had his own moments with 13 points five assists, and three rebounds.Michael Canete led Trinity with 19 points and 10 boards. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWhile commissioning Guyana’s first boardwalk, on Sunday at the Golden Beach in Bartica, capital town of the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region Seven, President David Granger charged the mayors and town councils across the country to follow the lead of the town of Bartica in its pursuit of initiatives which not only promote the ‘green’ agenda, but add to the aesthetics of the environment.President David Granger giving brief remarks at the commissioning of the new boardwalk on the Golden Sands Beach in BarticaCommissioning of the boardwalk — lighted by solar electricity and having a number of seating areas — drew the usual large crowd, there for the annual Bartica Easter Regatta, and President Granger said the facilities Barticians are now enjoying should be replicated across Guyana.“Bartica is dear to my heart,” he said. “You are now a town, something that should have happened more than 100 year ago; but it is now irreversible and unchangeable, and you can look around and see the changes that the Town Council has made in two brief years.“Mayor [Gifford] Marshall and his Deputy set out to establish a clean, ‘green’ and safe town, and they are well on their way to achieving that objective. This is a model, and I wish that every other town should emulate this example.  Most of (the other towns) are waterfronts, and this is a joy to see. Bartica is a model, and I am vindicated in making Bartica a town and giving Bartica the name, ‘a clean, ‘green’ town’,” the President said.President David Granger interacting with visitors and residents of Bartica at the annual Easter RegattaMayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, in his remarks, said the Mayor and Town Council is working assiduously to ensure that it achieves the mandate of becoming the first ‘green’ town in Guyana and the Caribbean. Importantly, too, he said Bartica has a role to play in tourism in Guyana if it continues on its current developmental trajectory.“Bartica can become the tourism capital of Guyana. We are working to ensure that our true potential is met. We are working to ensure that we enforce a ‘green’ agenda. We are working to ensure that there is a good life for all. Let us continue to work for the development of our town; and, most importantly, let us work for a better Guyana.“We have unveiled our first boardwalk. Next year we will (add) an extension, and His Excellency will declare open the extension. These projects are here to show not just what we can do, but (they are) a pillar of development. It places us on the centre stage of the Caribbean and the world,” Mayor Marshall said.Bartica resident Roxanne Jardine, in an invited comment, said that, like the Head of State, she, too, is pleased with the developmental works that have been taking place in Bartica.“This is a great and big change for us here in Bartica; this boardwalk. We feel different. It’s less crowded and confusing out here, and cleaner; and we welcome all of the infrastructural works. This is a real change in 2018 from the time I have been living in Bartica, and I definitely look forward to seeing more changes in the near future,” she said.Commissioning of the new boardwalk was done on the sidelines of the annual Bartica Regatta, and in referencing that event, the Head of State posited that the sport has continued to grow from year to year, with it now become a national and international event.However, he noted that it is his desire to see the participation of the villages in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region.“Regatta is moving from a local festival to a global festival. I want to see more participants from all over the region all coming to make this a more massive festival. Let’s have swimming, canoeing, boat racing, and all the other water sports we have,” he suggested.Mr. Rod Henson, Country Manager for ExxonMobil Guyana, who is in the region to partake in the festivities, said he is impressed with what he has seen so far, even as he noted that he was encouraged by friends to go to the event.“This is my first time, but I am having a blast. It is absolutely a great environment and great people and lots of sun, so it’s a great day for racing. When I got the opportunity to come and see, my wife and I decided to come, and it is fantastic; and I wish many more people could come out and see this,” he said.Nazir Baksh, who is visiting Bartica with his family from Canada, said that while it is his first time, he, too, is impressed with what he has seen over the weekend.“It is my first time in Bartica. It’s really good. We are enjoying this; the seating and the accommodation, the boardwalk… We are definitely encouraged to come back,” he said.last_img read more

first_img…company’s production target in limboAs Government moves ahead with plans to close several sugar estates, local companies whose production depends on the produce of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) are already forecasting the impact the decision will have on their operations.One such company is Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which has expressed concerns about developments regarding the state of the sugarcane industry, and the potential downsizing of sugar production.According to the international award winning rum producer on Saturday, initial assessment of its distillery production for 2017 shows that is has surpassed projections, with an increase of 30 per cent over 2016. In keeping with this trend, and largely resulting from DDL’s intensive efforts in international marketing, the distillery production for 2018 is now projected to increase by a further 25 per cent over 2017. Herein, however, lies the company’s concerns which are ground in the long historical relationship between itself and GuySuCo given DDL’s dependence on the sugar estates for its molasses raw material, and in turn is a significant source of cash flow to the sugar company for its operations.“With the impending closure of sugar estates, there will be a considerable short-fall in molasses availability, which is directly related to the reduced projection of sugar production,” the company noted.It went on to point out that based on production demand for local and international customers, DDL’s molasses requirement for 2018 is 70,000 tons. In contrast, GuySuCo has set a sugar production target of 115,000 tons at the three estates currently earmarked to remain in operation, with molasses production being pegged at 52,000 tons.In light of this shortfall, DDL said it has been actively exploring its potential role in the future of the sugarcane industry, and has executed a high-level technical and economic feasibility study on innovative approaches to use the existing sugar assets to meet the current and future needs for molasses for an expanding distilling industry.Nevertheless, DDL added that it welcomes the comments from Minister of State Joseph Harmon at last week’s post-Cabinet press briefing where he indicated that Government is still open to options that keep the GuySuCo estates operational until arrangements are finalised for them to be privatised.The Minister informed reporters that Cabinet engaged GuySuCo to obtain an update on the future plans of the Corporation to return it to efficiency and financial viability, as well as the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that was set up to manage the divestment of the assets of the industry that will fall outside of the reconfigured GuySuCo.Harmon noted that both parties outlined plans and recommendations relating to their respective roles and responsibility, which Cabinet deliberated. However, those deliberations were incomplete and would be concluded at Cabinet’s next meeting on January 2, 2018.OptimisticMeanwhile, Chairman of DDL Komal Samaroo posited that “we are optimistic that the Government of Guyana understands what is at stake, not just for the sugarcane industry, but for all other stakeholders that are a part of the GuySuCo value chain, including the many thousands who are directly and indirectly involved in the production, distribution and sale of DDL’s value-added products, both locally and internationally.”This position, the company said, was echoed by President David Granger at the Launching of DDL’s Special Edition 50th Anniversary El Dorado Rum in April 2016, when he said, “Guyana’s rum industry is precious; it must be protected and preserved in the face of peril. Workers’ jobs and the livelihood of those who indirectly depend on the industry are at stake. The loss of foreign exchange and excise earnings by the industry can result in severe problems in our economy.”DDL asserted that the imperative of finding compelling solutions to guarantee its future sustainability goes without saying.According to the company, it is committed to playing an active role in forging the next steps for survival, and has been engaging all stakeholders, including Government.Government support is crucial, the company said, in recognition of the jobs to be created and the significant increase in taxes contributed to the national economy from greater earnings. In 2016, the DDL Group paid $1.9 billion in taxes, excluding VAT, and is projected to pay in excess of $2.2 billion for 2017 based on its performance.last_img read more

first_imgWith 8.9 seconds remaining in the game, Prince George led 63-62. North Peace found themselves at the free throw line, with three shots to take. North Peace missed all three.Prince George would find themselves at the free throw line with seconds remaining in the game. After making their first shot, they missed their second and North Peace fought hard for the rebound.  A fast break and cool nerves allowed North Peace to tie the game up with 0.1 seconds remaining, forcing the tournament to be decided in overtime. Unfortunately, it was Prince George who embraced the extra frame, going on a 9-0 run, while North Peace struggled to make their shots. North Peace attempted to chip away at the score, but a series of unsuccessful three balls prevented the comeback from occurring. Prince George would take the nail biter 79-68, handing North Peace two consecutive losses on Saturday to be crowned winners of the North Central Zone Championship.  Advertisement There isn’t a more exciting way to determine a championship than doing it in overtime.Saturday evening, Prince George Secondary School defeated North Peace Secondary School in their own gym by a score of 79-68, in a winner take all final game. As a result, Prince George leaves Fort St. John as the North Central Zone tournament Champions and have booked themselves a trip to provincials.The game began exactly the same as the teams’ first meeting earlier in the day. Both teams exchanged 8-0 runs, with the first quarter ending at 16 all.- Advertisement -The second quarter was extremely tight, with both teams constantly exchanging baskets. The first half would conclude with North Peace leading by a score of 30-28.The second half of the championship game saw the home team begin to pull away on the scoreboard. Although, with North Peace leading by 7 points, Prince George would respond with a 8-0 run, earning them a one point lead. With 38 seconds left in the third and North Peace trailing, North Peace Secondary was able to tie the game up at the free throw line. The fourth quarter would begin with the teams tied at 44. Prince George would score two baskets in a row, giving them a quick four point edge. The teams would continue to exchange baskets, but every time North Peace would come close to tying the game, Prince George would score a few consecutive baskets to reclaim the lead. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBOGOTA, Colombia – On the eve of a visit by President Bush, the U.S. Embassy confirmed Saturday that American and Colombian soldiers had conducted a joint operation in the southern stronghold of leftist rebels who are holding three U.S. military contractors. The rare confirmation followed a report by Colombia’s largest newspaper, citing unidentified sources, that two local residents were interrogated about the contractors’ whereabouts by the U.S. and Colombian soldiers. U.S. Embassy spokesman Marshall Louis said only, “U.S. personnel accompanied Colombian forces in the south, and that’s all I can say about it.” The U.S. military’s rules of engagement bar American soldiers from combat operations in this conflict-scarred nation but permit them to accompany host-nation troops in areas where guerrillas operate and to defend themselves if attacked. Current and former U.S. officials closely involved in the situation told The Associated Press this week that Washington has failed to engage in routine negotiations or take other diplomatic steps to seek the hostages’ release, making the Bush administration appear increasingly focused on a risky military rescue. The Bush administration has denied neglecting to pursue all avenues to safely free the three men. Marc Gonsalves, Tom Howes and Keith Stansell were captured by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in February 2004 when their surveillance plane went down in a rebel stronghold in the country’s south. Their fate is expected to be on the agenda when Bush meets with President Alvaro Uribe today in Colombia, which receives $700 million a year from the U.S. in mostly military aid. 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

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS — Thousands of Iranian-Americans celebrated the final day of Persian New Year festivities Sunday at Anthony C. Beilenson Park with a massive outdoor feast, dancing and music to bring good fortune in the coming year. “On the 13th day after the first day of spring, the Persian people get together to celebrate outdoors,” said Majid Dabiri of Granada Hills. “It has to be outdoors; otherwise you have bad luck.” “That’s right, to keep bad luck away,” echoed his wife, Azie. In what has become one of the largest Iranian-American celebrations in Southern California, a vibrant crowd of about 20,000 commemorated the end of Nowruz – the Persian New Year. Nowruz is celebrated on the 13th day of the new year, which began March 20 in Southern California. Persians celebrated in the 3,000-year-old sunrise-to-sundown tradition of Sizdeh-Bedar, marking life and renewal. For some, the celebration also included throwing grass shoots, called Sabzeh, into the waters of Lake Balboa. Iranian-Americans traditionally bring those grass shoots inside their homes to celebrate the period, but it is considered unlucky to keep them inside the home more than 13 days after the new year. For many, like Shohreh Karimi of Woodland Hills, Sunday was a great day to get together with family. “This is like Easter for us,” said Karimi. “We have 40 people here today, mostly relatives with their kids and some friends. It’s a joyous day, a celebration of hope for the coming year.” Many Iranians who had the resources settled in Southern California following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, when the Shah of Iran also fled the country. Absent from the day was any mention of current troubles in Iran and its increasingly icy relations with the United States and the main U.S. ally, Great Britain, 15 of whose sailors and marines were captured by Iran last month in the northern Persian Gulf. Instead, Bahin Bahari of Beverly Hills said, there was much for Persians to celebrate in the U.S., including the recent election of the first Iranian-American mayor of Beverly Hills. “This day is not about … about things in the news,” she said. “It’s to celebrate part of our new year. Nowruz is a very important day to us.” Organizers said they designed the celebration to emphasize the artistry and influence of Persian culture and language, with the day featuring folkloric dancing and music, games, children’s booths, vendor exhibits and all kinds of Persian food and delicacies. For a few like Mike Jetter of Valencia, the celebration continued a welcome introduction to the Persian culture. Jetter married Elie, an Iranian-American, 10 years ago, forming a mixed marriage that he acknowledges is unusual in his wife’s culture. “Love was the overriding factor,” said Jetter, who has two daughters with Elie. “It’s been unique and it’s broadened my understanding of all her culture. I’m always trying to learn as much as I can.” Among the games some men were playing was one similar to backgammon; one of the men said it dated back to 3000 B.C. Remnants of the game were found in the “Burnt City” (Shahr-e Sokhte) of Iran, he said. Although the celebration drew people from throughout Southern California, most were from the San Fernando Valley, which is home to an estimated 200,000 Iranian-Americans. Many are post-Iranian Revolution immigrants who settled in areas around Encino, Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks in the early 1980s. “This is home now,” said Norami Karapet of Burbank, who attended the celebration with her sister Snobek. “But we also remember and celebrate where we came from.” — Tony Castro, (818) 713-3761tony.castro@dailynews.comlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the PRRD, over 200 homes were affected by the evacuation order issued on Thursday and Friday.The order was revised to include more addresses, bringing the total to 216.The PRRD has not confirmed yet if any structures were lost, but deputy CAO Shannon Anderson said they will be receiving more information in the afternoon.- Advertisement –evacuation orderEvacuation is mandatory in the affected areas, and evacuees are asked to go to the Fort St. John Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena. To register, evacuees are asked to call at 250 794 3310.Anyone who needs their livestock housed or moved is asked to direct their inquiries to the Centre’s phone number, listed above.last_img read more

first_img tense John the Manchester United fan caused a stir on Tuesday night’s Sports Bar on talkSPORT.Following United’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Juventus, John called up to speak to fellow Red Devils supporter Andy Goldstein and ex-Chelsea man Jason Cundy about the result. revealed Romelu Lukaku has struggled for form at Manchester United of late 📞 Caller: “I’d rather have Lukaku than Ronaldo up front for #MUFC.”😳 @AndyGoldstein05: “Seriously?”📞 Caller: “When everybody is in form, Ronaldo can’t get in our team!”This #MUFC caller is unbelievable 😂 pic.twitter.com/aTMO7VY4IZ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 24, 2018He then made an audacious claim and stated that if both men are in form, he would prefer Romelu Lukaku to Cristiano Ronaldo.“If everyone’s in form I think Ronaldo struggles, at this stage in his career, to get in our team,” John began, unimpressed by the Portuguese superstar on his return to Old Trafford.When asked who’d he’d prefer in Jose Mourinho’s attack at present, the caller conceded: “Right now I want Ronaldo, but if everyone’s in form, Sanchez, Lukaku, Rashford…” Most Popular Football News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update John was then pressed further and asked if he’d rather have an in-form Ronaldo or an in-form Lukaku, to which he responded: “Lukaku at this stage in his career.“At this stage in his career he’s [Ronaldo’s] not the player he once was.”Presenter Andy Goldstein was absolutely astonished by this answer, and you can listen to the full clip in the video above. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos latest center_img 1 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion LATEST Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap BEST OF The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY gameday cracker last_img read more

first_img In his 45-minute speech on Iraq, the president hailed the announcement in Baghdad that an election 10 days ago resulted in the adoption of a new constitution. There were some allegations of fraud in the Oct. 15 referendum, but election officials said the voting was fair. The charter is considered a major step, clearing the way for the election of a new, full-term parliament Dec. 15. Such steps are important in any decision about the future withdrawal of U.S.-led forces. “Iraqis are making inspiring progress toward building a democracy,” Bush said. Public support for Bush’s handling of Iraq is at its lowest point, 37 percent, roughly where it has been since early August, according to AP-Ipsos polling. Bush’s approval rating also is being weighed down by a special prosecutor’s inquiry into the leak of a CIA operative’s name, the rocky Supreme Court nomination of White House counsel Harriet Miers, high gas prices, hurricane reconstruction costs and declining consumer confidence. The president’s schedule this week tracks these topics: An economic speech in Washington today, a tour of hurricane damage in Florida on Thursday and a speech on the War on Terror on Friday in Norfolk, Va. Bush, who contends that setting a date for troop withdrawal would aid the enemy’s cause, said that to fight Islamic radicals, the U.S. must work to prevent terrorist attacks before they occur, keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of “outlaw regimes” and deny radical groups the support and sanctuary of such governments. “State sponsors like Syria and Iran have a long history of collaboration with terrorists and they deserve no patience from the victims of terror,” he said. “The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them. Any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has chosen to be an enemy of civilization and the civilized world must hold those regimes to account.” Bush sought to emphasize Iraq’s progress in a second event of the day, appearing in the Oval Office beside Massoud Barzani, the president of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. The two stood to offer reporters and photographers a view of Barzani’s traditional Kurdish outfit – a khaki jacket tucked into matching, loosely pleated pants adorned by a knotted sash at his waist and a red-and-white headdress. “It wasn’t all that long ago if he had of worn this outfit and was captured by Saddam Hussein’s thugs he would have been killed for wearing it,” Bush said. “He feels comfortable wearing it here because we’re a free land. He feels comfortable wearing it in his home country because Iraq is free.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of the fallen. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage, for their valor, for their strength,” Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said. Then, one by one, Democrats spoke on the Senate floor to memorialize the dead and criticize the president’s Iraq policies. “Our armed forces are serving ably in Iraq under enormously difficult circumstances, and the policy of our government must be worthy of their sacrifice. Unfortunately, it is not, and the American people know it,” said Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Added Dick Durbin of Illinois: “Words of tribute are in order to honor the sacrifice of these brave men and women and their loved ones. But words are not enough. We owe them leadership and a clear strategy to bring our troops home with their mission truly accomplished.” Outside the White House, peace activist Cindy Sheehan – whose 24-year old son, Casey, died in Iraq last year – said she and others plan to “die symbolically” there over the next four days to protest U.S. involvement in Iraq. MoveOn.org Political Action unveiled a new television ad that asks “How many more?” WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush tried on Tuesday to begin reviving U.S. support for the war in Iraq and reinvigorating his troubled presidency as the U.S. military death toll topped 2,000. “I know this is a trying time for our military spouses,” Bush said at a Joint Armed Forces Officer Wives’ luncheon at Bolling Air Force Base. “We’ve lost some of our nation’s finest men and women in the War on Terror.” “And the best way to honor the sacrifice of our fallen troops is to complete the mission and lay the foundation of peace by spreading freedom,” he said. A few hours after Bush spoke, the Pentagon announced a fatality that raised The Associated Press count of military fatalities in the Iraq war to 2,000. last_img read more