Relay Carnival excitement – All set for Gibson McCook Relays

first_img “I expect another great Gibson McCook Relays with high quality performances and an efficiently executed relay carnival. The cool weather recently is cause for us to be wary and it is hoped that coaches and managers will institute measures to reduce injuries. We are disappointed with the absence of the defending boys 4x400m and 4x800m champions St Elizabeth Technical and hope that whatever the issues are they can be resolved soon”, said Wilks, who is hoping to have a full National Stadium today. With a very busy schedule leading to the national high school championships, it will be very interesting to see how the various teams use their athletes with the Digicel Grand Prix – powered Eastern Championships following closely on Tuesday, Anthrick Corporate Area Development meet on Thursday and the Carifta trials on Saturday and Sunday. High school athletes will be involved in some 11 championships events, while there will be two among the clubs and institutions. Despite the absence of St Elizabeth Technical, competition among high school boys teams will not be affected as the likes of Calabar, Kingston College, Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago are expected to battle out for the top spots in all relays. Among the females Holmwood Technical following their strong showing at the Milo Western Relays, will be hoping to continue that trend where they will be strongly challenged by Edwin Allen, Hydel, St Jago and Vere Technical. As usual it will be the high school boys, who will take the track first with preliminary round action in the 4x400m relays. The final is scheduled as the final event on the programme at 9:30 p.m. Once again the high school team with the best overall performance will be awarded with the Teddy McCook Trophy, while Digicel will be giving out awards to the top male and female high school teams. HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCES All roads will be leading to the National Stadium today as one of the most popular track and field events on the calendar, the Gibson McCook Relays will take focus. Scheduled to start at 9 a.m. this will be the 41st staging of the event, which will bring top action from junior and senior athletes alike. The senior athletes will be trying to impress the selectors for spots on the team to the World Relays scheduled for The Bahamas later this year, while high school athletes will be seeking psychological advantages going to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship slated for March 28- April 1. Chairman of the organising committee, Professor Rainford Wilks is expected another excellent staging of the meet.last_img read more

Failure of Leadership Plunges Liberia into Economic, Political Peril

first_imgIt was King Solomon who gave us this most critical warning: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”The good Lord gave all human beings brains and eyesight, which are the sources of vision. These brains and eyesight are reinforced by faith, if one is fortunate to embrace faith in the Almighty. This, remember, is why this new country, the United States of America, which is at least a half millennium, and in some cases over a millennium, younger than any of the dynasties of Europe, the Middle and Far East, has emerged as the world’s richest and most powerful nation in history. Why?Because this relatively new nation, which is barely 130 years older than Liberia, was founded by a daring and determined group of patriots – people who truly loved their country and all the ideals of Freedom, Democracy and Good Governance that they envisioned – who also possessed something else that so many other dynasties and nations did not take seriously—Faith in Almighty God.These Americans inscribed on their national currency a highly spiritual motto: “In God We Trust.”That visionary decision, founded on the people’s faith in the Almighty, their ingenuity and patriotism, has made America rich, prosperous and powerful, more so than any other nation the world has ever known. Yes, there were the Caesars’ Roman Empire, the Byzantium and the British Empires that for generations controlled many parts of the earth—but through oppression, subjugation and slavery.Slavery is the enduring stain on American hegemony, too. But the great American President Abraham Lincoln fixed that by winning, on April 9, 1865, the Civil War waged by the secessionist Southern States against the Federal Government, and by his 1865 EmancipationProclamation that freed the slaves in America. It would take time for this Emancipation to be complete. Today, a century and a half later, immense progress has been made. The Civil Rights Movement, backed by Black Americans’ faith in God and their indomitable spirit and determination, forced America to change and today, there is a Black man in the White House. And despite all the hell the mostly white Republican Party gave him, President Barrack Obama has been there two terms and is poised, by the grace of God, to be succeeded by another member of his Democratic Party.Yes, the Americans are still striving toward “a more perfect union.” But let’s face it: they have already achieved a lot, through their faith in God, their patriotism and ingenuity, which have made them not only the world’s richest and most powerful nation, but one thing more: a nation that showed the world how to GIVE BACK. Because of this, American academic institutions—their high schools, colleges and universities—are among the world’s most endowed, most creative and most favored, attracting students and scholars from throughout the world. How?Because their alumni—the people who passed through their hallowed walls—when they succeed in life, GIVE BACK in the hundreds, thousands and tens of millions of dollars each year.Where are we going with this narrative?We are pitching it in stark contrast to Liberia, which was born in the belly of America. Our Constitution and Flag are both patterned after America’s, and our Capital, Monrovia, was named after the American leader during whose presidency Liberia was founded, James Monroe (1817-1825).And yet, because we have failed to learn from America’s democracy, patriotism, their serious faith in God, their Protestant Work Ethic which, combined with their ingenuity, have propelled them into greatness; here we are, Africa’s oldest independent republic, at the bottom of the development ladder in almost everything, including EDUCATION, the sanctuary of the future. Look what is happening in our National Legislature, particularly the House of Representatives which is in complete turmoil—why? Because of greed, selfishness and total lack of patriotism or vision or even respect for the people who put them there. These so-called people’s Representatives—Honorables, they like to call themselves—are nothing but a bunch of self-serving people, who have largely surrendered their powers to a manipulative Executive and ended up in hopeless turmoil.It is so bad that the country, in the ninth month of the year, is yet without a national budget—why? Because of greed for power, corruption and also because of internal bickering, self-serving bigotry and a total lack of patriotism.Although the House is now comprised totally of those “who own Papa’s land,” they have turned out to be the worst House of Representatives in history. They have paralyzed the nation, driving it to the precipice of peril.Do these Representatives care that Liberia is at the bottom of the ladder in everything, including Education, and has abandoned our little boys and girls, from the age of four, and our teenagers and young adults to the streets selling chicklet and water, instead of being in school? Do these Representatives care that Liberia’s economy is firmly in the hands of foreigners? That the land in the Deputy Speaker’s own hometown, Buchanan, is being swept away by the sea, with the remaining land being bought up by Fulas? We end this Editorial by calling, once again, on our Liberian people to WAKE UP and each and every one of us work for change—change in leadership of our country that will propel us toward unstoppable good and help us to achieve the destiny which we believe the God of nations has set for us. Let us in faith, patriotism and with determination, seize it and move our country forward to achieve its long desired destiny! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vehicle scales for hinterland roads imminent

first_imgIn an effort to curb the issue of drivers not adhering to weight limits on hinterland roads, the Public Infrastructure Ministry will soon be installing vehicle scales along roadways in interior locations.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that he foresaw the installation of these scales soon.“I do foresee us addressing this issue in the near future. My ministry has some modern scales, which I will like to put in place. But the challenge with that is that it’s the interior, so I have to situate them near police stations. It will not be ideal to have technicians or persons stopping truck drivers who may not wish to stop, so it has to be by a police station,” he said.The Minister further explained that this move would eventually see new Police Outposts established along hinterland roads. “Where the current Police Stations are located, they are not geared for stopping traffic on the road, they are placed for policing work in your communities.”Minister Patterson disclosed that the relevant authorities have already been engaged, and appealed to drivers to be extremely careful on hinterland roads.Drivers are urged to adhere to rules and avoid travelling while overladen. Residents are also being called on to be vigilant and report overweight vehicles.A sum of $1.5 billion was allocated in the 2018 Budget for road rehabilitation as well as the completion of all rollover projects.Earlier this year, the Ministry had announced that it was taking a firm stance against mining and mining-related operators who cause significant deterioration to roads in the hinterland regions.This was announced after concerns were raised over the misuse of hinterland roads, which is in contravention of the Road Users’ Agreement.According to the Public Infrastructure Ministry, significant sums were expended in the hinterland regions last year for the rehabilitation of roadways. In fact, some $54.5 million was spent in 2016 to repair the Puruni-Itaballi corridor. This corridor is still under maintenance. Furthermore, in 2017, $100 million was allocated to improve the Puruni-Pappishou corridor.While the agreement notes that the Government of Guyana will use its best efforts to keep the road maintained in good condition at all times, road users must play their part by adhering to stipulations such as the prohibition of vehicles weighing more than 60 tons crossing Itaballi-Puruni bridges. Additionally, the agreement notes that users shall be liable to Government for any damage to Government’s property caused by the negligent use of the roadways by their employees and/or their agents.last_img read more

“I did not panic” – injured Police Constable recalls

first_imgAirplane crash at Canal #2 Polder Constable Mark Grimmond, who on Monday last survived an airplane crash at Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara, is recuperating well at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown.On Friday, Police Commissioner Leslie James, accompanied by Deputy Commissioners Paul Williams, Maxine Graham, Nigel Hoppie, Lyndon Alves and other officers of the Guyana Police Force, visited Grimmond and commended him for his bravery.“You have displayed much bravery, and you will be commended after your full recovery. If wasn’t for you, we would not have known about the whereabouts of the crash. You are a hero, you are brave, and God be with you,” James told the rank.The Constable, who is stationed at the Eteringbang Police Outpost in Region Seven, related that prior to the incident, the plane was in the process of sinking towards the ground, and this prompted him to secure his seatbelt as tight as possible. He said it was one of the reasons he survived.“While the plane was in the process of downing, I did not panic. I kept my composure and pulled my seatbelt as tight as it could have gotten. As the plane fell into the bushes, and after the impact, the body that was in the plane at the time came into direct contact with me, and I pushed the body off as the plane came to a halt,” he recalled.Without giving up, Grimmond said, he used his belt to climb a tree to access signal and relate what had transpired.“After that, I tore my shirt and wrapped it around my injured face, and proceeded to kick open a window. And while exiting, I suffered more injuries about my body. As I got out of the plane, I used my Police belt to climb a very huge tree to see if I would get any signal. In the process, I used my earpiece, and after finding signal, as my phone battery was approaching low, I called my sergeant and my wife and told them of the ordeal,” he said.From then on, he assisted the pilot in shooting flares, which indicated a distress call.The Cessna 182 aircraft bearing registration number N8704T, owned and operated by Guyana Adventist Medical Aviation Services (GAMAS), crashed on Monday evening. The crash has left Grimmond and the pilot, Lincoln Gomez, injured.It was reported that the duo was transporting the body of the Director of Kaikan Bible School, Christopher Matthews, who died on Monday last after falling from a mountain at Arau in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The aircraft departed the interior location at 17:06h, and was heading to the Eugene F Correia International Airport when the pilot made a “mayday” call to the Timehri Control Tower reporting a fuel emergency at about 18:45h.The Aeronautical Search and Rescue Coordination Centre at Timehri was activated with assistance from the Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, the Civil Defence Commission, GCAA, Guyana Fire Service and the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority.The crash site was identified by a reconnaissance flight conducted by a Roraima Airways aircraft after Captain Gomez had fired one of his distress flares from his location.After several hours, the rescue team recovered the injured pilot and the policeman; and after stabilising them, returned to the landing zone for evacuation with the Bell 206 helicopter. The injured men were flown to Camp Ayanganna and subsequently transported to the hospital.However, the body of Matthews could not be removed from the site during the first extraction due to constraints of terrain and weight. His body was flown out of the site on Tuesday.last_img read more

From one family to another

first_imgActually, it was not surprising. There have been so many instances where drivers, teams, owners have reached out to the less fortunate and those in need. It’s almost an automatic reaction. Most of those gestures have gone unnoticed by the general public, despite the fact some of the responses have become legendary in the pits. These actions are from the heart, not calculated moves. Such acts should be acknowledged, and that is my charge in this space: To convey my thanks and appreciation, and that of my family, to the drag racing family for its loving response following the passing of U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Brewster – son, brother, husband, grandson – in a helicopter crash last May in Afghanistan that also claimed nine other soldiers. What is public knowledge are the trophy presentations by Tony Schumacher and John Force on Bryan’s behalf last November following their wins at the NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona Fairplex. Throughout the years, indeed from its very beginning, the drag racing community has been a tight family. Of course there are squabbles from time to time – what family doesn’t have them? – but there is real togetherness in difficult times. I know this first-hand. In a time of personal grief, the drag racing family was there to provide comfort, help, understanding and love. The outpouring is a memory that will never be forgotten. center_img Those acts were a fitting cap to the Veterans Days weekend, but the generousity of the community had started eight months previously. Force, a longtime personal friend, was the first to call, offering comforting words to a young widow. Don Schumacher Racing and Jeg’s were among the first to send floral sprays. Rick Lalor, an officer in the National Guard, arranged for a color guard for Bryan’s final homecoming and was among many with NHRA ties who attended the services. Many of the racing community donated to the Bryan Brewster Foundation to benefit other high school JROTC students. Over the Memorial Day event in Topeka, Kan., John Force Racing debuted a yellow ribbon with Bryan’s name. The roof lid would visit victory circle with Eric Medlen, Robert Hight and Force. To say the presentations were emotional would be an understatement. “Louie, I was even praying to your son,” said Force in the press room after wrapping up an unprecedented 122nd event victory and 14th championship following the Auto Club Finals. “I have a trophy for him, and I think you deserve that. “The ups and downs of this sport are tough, and things that happen sometimes make it tough to stay in the fight. But I do it for my guys, I think just like a kid in the military does it for his guys. “I have your boy a trophy for this race here. I thought about it when that took place, that if there was anything I could do for you and him. I’d like to honor this race to your son.” Tears were free-flowing. “Quite a kid. I knew him,” Force said. “I didn’t know him very well. But he come to the races. Got him a shirt and hats.” Among Bryan’s most prized possessions was a lithograph signed by Force, and delivered by Dave Densmore, which he received during his first tour of Afghanistan in 2003. In return, Bryan’s aviation company sent Force a photo of them, with his poster, atop a Chinook helicopter. Force was emotional when he received a copy of the photo. The bond was further strengthened. “I’ve never felt that pain. But it broke my heart,” Force said in the press room, struggling to keep his composure, “because we love you so much. I sat here tonight and thought if I can pull this out, I’d like to give you the trophy from Pomona, because this old man ain’t getting younger. I might not get another one.” Force’s tribute didn’t go unnoticed. “Drag racers are the best,” wrote Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Jeff Wolf. “You don’t see a NASCAR star bare his emotions like Force did. I wasn’t there but nonetheless shed a tear watching a replay on; one of the best news videos I’ve ever seen. “You won’t hear or see that intimacy in a NASCAR media center.” In a year-end story for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Holly Cain called Force “Champion of the Year” for his gesture. Schumacher’s gesture didn’t quite receive the attention that Force’s generated. However, for those with ties to any military member, it was most powerful. It was one Sarge saluting another. More than most in the community, Schumacher knows and understands those in uniform. He is sponsored by the U.S. Army and he has built special relationships with many military members across this country. He’s a source of pride to those in the Army, and he’s equally proud of those who wear our country’s uniforms. In 2006, the family of a fallen Marine presented Schumacher the Purple Heart that the country’s hero had been awarded. Schumacher carried the medal to victory and then returned the valuable possession. Just as Force’s words evoked tears, Schumacher’s private presentation was one that rendered all those present speechless. There were few words, there was no need for more as they were all straight from the heart. It was one family member taking care of another. Before Christmas in 2005, as he raced a snowstorm to get to his upstate New York home, Bryan discovered the vast reach of the drag racing community. He was wearing a Miller Lite Racing jacket and was stopped in the Syracuse airport by a stranger, asking if he was a team member. No, Bryan replied, it’s from my dad. You wouldn’t know him. The stranger insisted. After Bryan told him, the reaction was totally unexpected. “He said, `You’re Louie’s son?”‘ Bryan said soon after the meeting. “He said he knew you, knew about me. He was excited to have met a fan during a snowstorm. “I know you’ve always said racing is like a family, but I never gave it much thought. Now I know, and now I really feel like I’m part of it.” Little did Bryan know how prophetic he would be. Louis Brewster covers motor racing for the Daily Bulletin. He can be reached at (909) 483-9363 or 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Wide berth for sports in Presidential Awards

first_imgJoyciline Jepkosgei, a Corporal in the Forces has been handed the Head of State Commendation under the military division as well as Sergeant Blackmoses Mathenge, a boxer with the Kenya Defense Forces team.While Mathenge led Kenya’s success in the African Military Boxing Championship in Algeria, Jepkosgei broke four world records last year, a historic feat that is yet to be achieved by anyone in the world of athletics.She broke the 10km, 15km, 20km and Half Marathon World Records to finish off a superb year.Joyciline Jepkosgei breaks the world 10km record in Prague (Organisers) © CopyrightBut many would question why no other sportsmen, Kenya’s biggest ambassadors to the outside world has found his/her name in the list of 402 that is dominated by politicians.Harambee Stars qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 15 years after victories over Ethiopia and Ghana and yet none of the players or members of the technical bench have been named in the list.Eliud Kipchoge, named IAAF Male Athlete of the Year just last week after breaking the Marathon World Record by the biggest margin in close to 50 years was also not visible in the list as was 3,000m women’s steeplechase World Record Holder Beatrice Chepkoech.Kenya’s athletes also topped the continent during the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba Nigeria and none of the 11 gold medalists from the games were listed for any award by the Head of State.Stacy Ndiwa taking the African 10,000m title in Asaba (Bob Ramsak) © CopyrightKenya also performed well at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia finishing with four gold medals, seven silver and six bronze medals.In January this year, Sabrina Wanjiku Simader became only the second Kenyan to represent the country at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.Although she did not win anything, the 18-year old Alpine Skier put Kenya on the world map with her story highlighted all over by international media.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge reacts after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – In a year where Kenyan sportsmen achieved, others over-achieved in their various sports disciplines, only two of them made it to the list of 402 set to be handed Presidential awards and honors on Jamhuri Day.The two were awarded after their names were fronted by their employer, the Kenya Defense Forces.last_img read more

Eden Hazard is unsure how to cope with Chelsea pressure mentally, talkSPORT told

first_imgBelgium football expert Christophe Terreur has offered his backing to Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.Ahead of Euro 2016, the out-of-sorts playmaker has come under scrutiny for his club this season, just months after starring for Chelsea in their Premier League title-winning campaign.Chelsea travel to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening in the first leg of the last 16 and the Parc des Princes could become a regular stomping ground for Hazard.The 25-year-old recently said in an interview that it was ‘difficult to say no to PSG’ after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.He has scored four goals for Belgium in 2015/16 and just one for the Blues in the FA Cup against MK Dons.But Terreur says Hazard’s poor form can be justified as it is his ‘first [ever] dip in performances’.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “He was doing alright in the Belgium national team because he suddenly started scoring which he wasn’t doing before, so we were quite happy.“I think last year he played every single game almost [and has done] for ten years in a row. So I think it’s the first dip in his performances ever.“Last week he said in an interview that he didn’t know how to cope with it mentally.“He had a short pre-season in which he suffered physically so it’s a combination of things altogether – you have the problems at Chelsea, it’s everything together. Even he is surprised.“It seems like he wants to move, he is up for a new challenge. But I think he is keeping his options open because if no one comes in with the money, the only teams that can pay him off is PSG and Real Madrid, so if not he will have to stay at Chelsea.”last_img read more

Fancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving?

first_imgIt’s not often you get free fuel to keep you going for your first 10,000 kilometres.But that’s exactly what you’ll get from Donaghey Van Centre in Letterkenny.The company has a huge number of vans for sale with a large range of new and pre-owned vehicles available. Included amongst the range is the new Talento From €18,495 + vat and the Talento is available in SWB,LWB,Crew Cab and Combi.The amazing offer on the free fuel for your first 10,000 kms is available up until December 30th this year.So what are you waiting for?Get down to Donaghey Van Centre today where your driving (at least the first 10,000 kms) is absolutely FREE! See more at www.donagheyvancentre.comFancy getting free fuel for your first 10,000 kms of driving? was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donaghey Motorhomesdonegalfree fuellast_img read more

Vacancy: Leading coal merchant requires coal bagger

first_imgA leading Donegal coal merchant requires coal-bagging operators.Coyle Coal, a busy coal yard in Buncrana, is offering excellent hourly rates.No previous experience is required as full training will be given. If you are interested in these positions please send your CV to gillian@coylecoal.comVacancy: Leading coal merchant requires coal bagger was last modified: November 30th, 2019 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:baggerbuncranacoyle coallast_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell is to return to the Late Late Show to launch her official autobiography.Majella’s book ‘It’s All In The Head.’The book, ‘It’s All In The Head’, will be officially released on October 9th.And Majella will tell host Ryan Tubridy all about the book when she appears on Ireland’s biggest chatshow that evening. It will be an emotional return for Majella who in September last appeared on the show to have her head shaved for the Irish Cancer Society.There was a huge public response to Majella’s appearance and she managed to raise more than €600,000 for the cancer group.The book begins with her childhood in the 1960s, growing up in a small town in Ireland, her early love of music and dreams of a future full of hope and excitement, only to be dashed by a broken marriage and an uphill battle with depression.Her confidence and self-esteem at a low ebb, Majella decided to take charge of her own life and make a fresh start. The book then reveals that destiny lent a hand when she met Daniel O’Donnell, and their marriage in 2002 brought her immense happiness and fulfilment.It was a decade or so later that tragedy struck, with the diagnosis of her breast cancer.The book’s publisher describes it as “the compelling story of a woman made extraordinary by the courage with which she faced her greatest challenge.” MAJELLA TO RETURN TO LATE LATE SHOW TO LAUNCH HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY was last modified: September 24th, 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:autobiographycancerdonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more