We expected this … St Mary High conquer Eastern Champs again

first_imgMany-time champions St Mary High put in a gutsy performance, to return as Eastern Championships overall winners, courtesy of a commanding 717.50 points, at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track, yesterday.The champions scored 290.5 and 427 points on the boys and girls’ sides to wrestle away the title last held by bitter rivals Buff Bay High in 2015.Runner-up Buff Bay High scored 650 points, (287 point – boys, and 363 points to the girls) respectively. Titchfield were third with 324.50 points, Oberlin High finished fourth with 313 and Morant Bay High rounded out the top five with 218 points, respectively.The hotly contested two-day event climaxed with the St Mary school copping Jamaican $250,000 in the boys and girls’ section, while the runner-up and third placed teams pocketed $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.The champion boy Romaine Beckford (Buff Bay) set a new high jump Class Two boys’ record at 1.94 metres.NEW MARKShanice Burrell, the champion girl from Titchfield High, set a new mark in the girls Class One 100m hurdles in a time of 14.83 seconds.There were a total of eight records broken on yesterday’s final day of competition.St Mary High’s Class Three star, Soneitta Gilette, won four gold medals in the long jump, 100m, 200m and 4x100m respectively.Meanwhile, St Mary’s coach, Dwayne Williams, was happy with winning his second title since 2010.”It was a hard-fought victory, but we expected it to some extent, despite injuries to some of our athletes and interruption to our training,” Williams said.Yesterday’s event culminated the second meet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Series.The series consists of five meets and the top two athletes from each of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship events will advance to the final, the G.C. Foster Classics, which will be held at the National Stadium on March 11.It will carry a grand prize of $1 million dollars in gym equipment for the top boys and girls’ schools; $500,000 for second and $250,000 for third.last_img read more

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Nimba United Salvages Dented Image

first_imgCameroonian champions, Union Duala, had a God-sent 35 minutes of soccer that they did not overlook.And with three easy goals wrapped up comfortably in their closet, local idols, Nimba United, playing against the odds, discovered that poor defensive work and an unprepared goalkeeping were their undoing.And so former Senator Adolphus Dolo left from his seat and offered some tidbits, the truth came out that changes were needed at the backline, including the goalkeeper.When that was done and the Liberian side, already down 3-0, returned to conclude the final session, the game took on a new dimension.For the next 45 minutes, the Liberians had the game and dictated the trend. But why did they wait until the damage was done? How did it happen that the technical team could not see the danger as three ‘cheap goals’ went beyond the goalkeeper on three occasions? What was the disconnection that a team playing at home lost touch with reality and just waited for the end to come?But since President Sirleaf’s presence on the field did not change the trend of the game, in the first 40 minutes, the players coming out in full force to call off Union Duala’s nonsense and put stop to the number of goals was impressive.It was clear that the Liberian side did not lose any of their artistic and clever handling of the ball that the second half brought out and climaxed with their consolation goal that actually should have been the only goal in the match.Halting their opponents’ aggression and scoring at least one goal indicated to disappointed soccer fans that something great could come out of Nimba United’s game, if things had not gone against them.True, the Cameroonians will not be too stupid to lose the opportunity that poor goalkeeping and defense work handed to them on a silver platter and so the only thing that United can do is to get ready to go all out against the Cameroonians. They must sell their brand of soccer and what they did in the second half yesterday, let them run after the ball.With Liberian teams’ recent exploits in the sub-region, Cameroonians were shocked at the results and after the shock is over, will be waiting for the return leg to complete the victory celebration, already began in Monrovia.Another impressive show of Nimba United was the fact even when they were down 3-0 they were undaunted and fought for their honor, which they got to get them prepared for the return-leg in Cameroon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 100 “neglected” GPL workers conclude two-day protest

first_imgUnion representatives of workers attached to the Guyana Power & Light Company (GPL) are demanding an urgent meeting with executive management of the company as they concluded a two-day protest outside the state-owned entity’s Main Street headquarters on Thursday. The impasse has stemmed from what has been described as untruthful disclosures from the Human Resources Department, to the effect that the unions had purportedly agreed to several measures. This contention was stressed by Chairman of the Guyana Public Service Union’s (GPSU’s) GPL branch, Walter George, who told the media that executive management has not favourably responded to the concerns of the senior management staff who joined their junior colleagues in the midday sunshine. Declaring that senior management is the link between the executive and the junior staff, George opined that senior management workers are being neglected. “The reason for us being out here is the neglect: uncaring, bad-faith arrangement; staying neutral and not being concerned,” he noted, speaking of senior management.GPL senior management and junior staff protested at the State entity’s Main Street, Georgetown headquartersNoting that power is a vital resource, George stressed that the customer is paramount in GPL, suggesting that that is why more drastic measures have not been taken at this stage. “When you go home, you want to turn on the switch,” he said.Guyana Times understands that negotiations first began in November 2017, but after executive management’s “unfavourable responses” the union decided that, going into 2018, it would set an ultimatum for the entity to meet at the bargaining table.This newspaper was told there was, on December 29, 2017, a meeting wherein workers originally petitioned for 5% increases for all categories. It was explained that after preliminary negotiations, the union reduced this figure to 3 ½ percent.The Chairman of the GPL-GPSU Branch, however, said the HR Director’s Office disclosed statements that were “contrary to the mutually agreed position”. “He wrote ‘negotiation for performance appraisal’, which was not negotiated at the table; he wrote about changing up the salary structure, which was not negotiated,” the press was informed. Echoing his sentiments, Principal Industrial Relations Officer of GPSU, Patricia Went, threatened that deadlock will be declared if the GPL executive does not concede to the workers’ demands. “We are asking to meet with them, because if there isn’t any solution, we will declare deadlock. There is a meeting (set for) April 10, but we are demanding an earlier date. (The situation) is unacceptable, and we are asking to meet as early as possible – Tuesday or Wednesday, but not week after next,” Went emphasised. She estimated that more than 80 junior managers and about 16 senior managers are affected by the impasse. Earlier this week, GPL’s executive managers told a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing that in excess of $150 million in revenue has been lost via electricity theft. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Air Force looking to modernize aging fleet

first_imgThe average age of an Air Force aircraft is 24 years old, Carlson noted. The average is 48 years old for the Air Force’s KC-15E tankers, the flying fuel stations that keep other aircraft airborne, he said. The Air Force aims to retire older aircraft and use the money saved from maintaining and operating those planes for newer technologies. Retiring the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and the F-117 stealth fighter could provide $2 billion in savings, he said. Congress is blocking the retirement of the U-2 until it can be proved that its capabilities can be replaced by other aircraft. The F-117, however, is in the process of being phased out. Of 52 of the fighters, six have already been retired, four more will be retired this year, and the rest will be retired between 2008 and 2009. The F-117 is worked on in Palmdale by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. The retirements won’t result in any layoffs, however, because work is picking up on other programs, including parts work in support of the F-22 and F-35 fighter programs, company spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said. “We hate to see the jet retired, but we understand the strategy,” Knippel said. Edwards will see cuts, but the extent remains to be seen, said Maj. Gen. Curt Bedke, Edwards commander. “Are we going to downsize from where we are now? Yes. We are taking some of those cuts,” Bedke said. Edwards already has been looking for ways to work more efficiently. The base’s military personnel have dipped from about 3,000 to 2,150, with the biggest change resulting from converting 900 military positions into about 450 civilian posts. Because of its unique test mission, Edwards is home to a wide variety of aircraft that maintenance workers must become familiar with. By the time a military maintenance worker becomes well-experienced, that person may leave the service or be assigned to a new unit, Bedke noted. By switching to civilian positions, Edwards can avoid the personnel rotation common in the military, Bedke said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The Air Force will be drawing down its ranks and investing in newer aircraft as it tries to meet the emerging threats around the world, according to a key Air Force general. The Air Force plans to reduce its ranks by 57,500 airmen by 2011. The savings from that drawdown will be invested in updating aircraft, said Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, which includes Edwards Air Force Base. He said some Air Force planes still in service are more than 50 years old. “We simply have to re-capitalize the fleet to be ready to fight the next war,” Carlson said in a recent interview. Carlson’s command is responsible for buying, testing and maintaining the service’s aircraft. The command has 10 bases, with 73,000 people, and manages about 37 percent of the Air Force budget. last_img read more

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Philyaw helps Norco girls pull away in fourth quarter

first_imgSAN DIEGO – With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Norco knew where to turn. And Kasey Philyaw delivered. Philyaw scored 10 of her 13 points during a four-minute stretch in the fourth quarter – including six in a row after San Diego Mt. Carmel had tied the game – as Norco pulled away for a 52-43 victory in a CIFDivision II first-round state playoff game. “Kasey’s been big for us all year in the fourth quarter,” Norco coach Rick Thompson said. “She struggles through three. The thing for us as coaches is to continue to have faith in her.” That faith was rewarded as Philyaw came through while Brittani Philbrook (four points, seven assists, five blocks and three steals) was plagued by foul trouble and Ciera Windham (14 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks) was neutralized by the big front line of Mt. Carmel (23-8). Philbrook fouled out with 1:52 to play. “I know the team needs the spark and I take it upon myself to be that for the team,” Philyaw said. Norco’s Tyler Howard scored a game-high 16 points, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor. With the victory, the third-seeded Cougars (28-3) advance to meet Ayala on Saturday. The winner of that game plays in the Southern California Regional championship game at 2 p.m. March 17 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. After Mt. Carmel, the CIF-San Diego Section Division II champion and No. 6 seed in the Southern California Regional, rallied from a 13-point second-quarter deficit to tied the game at 39-39 in the fourth quarter, Philyaw took charge. She nailed a 3-pointer from deep in the left corner, then came back to hit a running bank shot from the left side, was fouled, and knocked down the free throw to put the Cougars up 45-39. center_img Mt. Carmel outrebounded Norco 50-32 largely because of the play of Cara and Jenna Breite, a pair of 6-footers. Cara finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Jenna had four points and 11 rebounds. But Norco’s defense, which has allowed more than 60 points just once in six postseason games, was again solid. The Cougars forced 27 turnovers, while committing just 11, and held the Sun Devils to 35 percent shooting from the floor (17-of-48). “We just couldn’t convert late when we should have,” said Mt. Carmel coach Robin Blalock, who has led Mt. Carmel to four section championships in the last eight seasons. “They knocked down some key shots and we threw the ball away at critical points.” DIVISION V Mesa Grande 44, Escondido Calvin Christian 42 Carla Bartlett had 20 points and seven assists and Tamara Bowles made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with less than 40 seconds left to lead the Cardinals (23-6) to the win over the San Diego Section champions. After Bowles’ shot, Bartlett came up with a key rebound and was fouled. She made one of two free throws to put the Cardinals up 44-40 with nine seconds left. Calvin Christian made a layup and Mesa Grande was able to kill the time remaining on the clock. Mesa Grande, the third seed, will play at Mission Prep, the second seed, which defeated Rio Hondo Prep 54-33. Megan Williams added eight points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals. BOYS DIVISION IV Ontario Christian 69, Bakersfield Garces 68 Senior forward Justus Jones scored a layup on an assist from junior guard Bobby Nigg with 14 seconds left and the visiting Knights held on in their CIF-State Division IV first-round boys basketball game. “It’s real exciting for us,” Knights coach Scott Brummel said. “The gym was packed. It was one of those games where it was a game of runs. We had the lead at nine in the third quarter, and they came back in the fourth quarter to lead by three and four points.” After Jones’ basket, the six-seeded Knights switched to a man-to-man defense in order to stop Garces’ Stephon Carter, who finished with 42 points, including 15 in the final quarter. Garces, a third seed, drove to the basket and missed. The ball was tipped back toward Carter, but the Knights tied him up as time expired. “I like the fact that we’ve played such good defense,” Brummel said. “We played a 3-2 zone (tonight) and it’s been pretty effective all year. They figured it out and with Carter in the post, they did a good job.” Jones finished with 26 points and 21 rebounds, while Nigg scored 10 points. Ontario Christian (25-5) will play at San Diego Horizon at 7p.m. Saturday. Horizon defeated Desert of Edwards AFB 67-26. 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

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Residents will soon see new sidewalks and streetlights around the city.

first_imgRead the entire report at, https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/FileStorage/C4A240F342044862BA62090AB63445CC-AB.pdf The projects are being implemented on 112 Avenue from 89A Street to 93 Street, 115 Avenue from 89A Street to 93 Street, 86 Street from 89 Avenue to 100 Avenue, and 93 Street from 96 Avenue to 110 Avenue.The project on 112 Avenue will not be completed within the budget because of the large number of concrete driveways needed to be tied into the sidewalk.“This tender is over budget, staff will have to reduce the scope of the project to keep the total amount within budget,” the agenda reads. “…Reducing optional work and keeping the limits of construction tight will help keep the overall tendered work within budget, but the tendered price for the 112 Avenue sidewalk project is currently over budget and can not be completed for the budgeted amount of $150,000.”- Advertisement -However, council agreed that any additional funds required will be allocated from the Fair Share Reserve Fund.These projects have already been approved in the 2014 Capital Budget.There will be on-site meetings prior to the start of construction with each directly affected resident.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Chelsea are ‘desperate’ to sign England defender and will return with improved bid, talkSPORT told

first_imgChelsea will return with an improved bid for Everton defender John Stones, insists the Daily Mirror’s football correspondent Darren Lewis.The Blues have tabled two offers, worth £20m and £25m respectively, for the England international, only to see both knocked back by the Toffees who remain adamant the player is not for sale.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is looking to strengthen at centre-back with captain John Terry in his twilight years and Gary Cahill breaking his nose last week, and Lewis is convinced the Blues will not be deterred by their rebuffed attempts for Stones thus far.“We all know about the pursuit of John Stones. Chelsea will go back in for him – they are desperate to get that player,” Lewis told Kick Off.“They like him, they think he’s very talented and he’s a long term successor to John Terry. They are convinced of possibly managing to do a deal.”While Everton manager Roberto Martinez has reiterated his desire for Stones to remain at the club, it is believed a bid north of £30m could tempt the Toffees into sanctioning a deal.last_img read more

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West Ham boss hopeful on Andy Carroll situation

first_img1 West Ham’s Slaven Bilic hopeful Andy Carroll will not be out for more than ‘a couple of weeks’ West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted his disappointment after Andy Carroll limped off in Tuesday’s win over Bournemouth. The Hammers’ comeback victory, which sees them move above Manchester United into fifth in the table, was dampened by yet another injury to striker Carroll.The 27-year-old limped off after just 12 minutes into the 3-1 victory, with a hamstring problem, but Bilic hopes the injury is not too serious.“It is a really bad situation for us,” the West Ham boss said.“After the Liverpool win I said that he is back, he looked sharp, he looked strong and he was covering the whole pitch and terrorising the difference.“So, it is a blow but he has been working really hard. Maybe or hopefully it is not that long. Maybe it is going to be a couple of weeks but we need him.“He is disappointed because he knows he is back but if we have to choose between a knee and hamstring injury it is better to have a hamstring injury.”last_img read more

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MONEY MATTERS: HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL YET?

first_imgJohn McColgan and Shona ChambersTwo thirds of Irish Adults have not made a will!Yes… I know I have written about this before and yes there is a reason I am writing about it again!By Shona ChambersAs a financial advisor, one of the questions I regularly ask my clients is – ‘have you made a will’? Last September, you might remember that I wrote about a family friend who had just passed away and I mentioned how she often talked about her ‘will’ and how she wanted her sentimental and more valuable items distributed among family and friends after she died.It is something that leaves a lot of us feeling uncomfortable and something that we just haven’t got around to it yet.The reason I am writing about it again, less than a year later is because Irish Life are currently offering a FREE make a will service to anyone who takes out a life assurance policy with them up until May 27th! Yes, you did read that correctly, FREE WILL! (Ts & Cs apply, contact Shona for more information).Naturally as an independent financial advisor I always offer impartial best advice and weigh up the pros and cons according to your circumstances. The fact that Irish Life are offering a free make a will service is a further reason to highlight this need regardless of which insurance company is ultimately most suited to your circumstances. Nobody wants to think about death, and that can make us reluctant to consider how we want to leave our assets and our affairs after we are gone. However, I can’t emphasise how important it is to make a will. That way, your final wishes will be known, and your assets and sentimental items will go to the people you choose.If you have children, an important purpose of a will is to appoint a guardian in case you and your spouse or partner, die together while they are still young. A guardian will care for your children and make decisions about their upbringing, education, and general welfare until they become adults. You can also appoint a trustee to manage property and financial assets for the benefit of your children.Looking at your assets, you should ask whether your dependents could manage without your income and support. Would your family be adequately maintained? Would your children be able to attend university? If not, it might be a good idea to talk to a financial advisor about taking out life cover and document this in your will.Everyone’s situation is different, however a solicitor can help you create a will that includes everything you need. Naturally, you should revisit your will periodically as your circumstances change. But just imagine the relief you will feel when you have left everything the way you want it!Shona Chambers BA QFA RPA is a Qualified Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Advisor with John McColgan Financial Services Ltd. You can contact Shona by telephone or email on 074 9124366/shona@mccolganfinancial.ieYou can follow Shona on twitter @shona_chambersMONEY MATTERS: HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL YET? was last modified: May 23rd, 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:donegalMcColgan Financiallast_img read more

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Kids, 13, design blimp for Mars

first_img “Why not go for something new?” Sean said the boys asked themselves. For the boys’ innovation, judges awarded Mohammad and Sean honors for the most creative design in the contest. The boys got another surprise a few days later when they learned that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory also is experimenting with balloons and blimps that could hover above a planet’s atmosphere. “Maybe these two young scientists could be a part of a JPL project team,” said Richard Shope, a planetary scientist at the Pasadena lab. “It’s amazing that two eighth-graders came to the same conclusion NASA scientists did,” said Ivor Dawson, founder and president of the Traveling Space Museum, which sets up portable science exhibits at schools across the country and sponsored the boys in the Lockheed contest. Dawson said he was so impressed with the project that he sent it to planetary scientists and engineers who couldn’t believe it was built by middle-school students. “This is graduate (school)-level work,” he said. Both boys said their friendship has been the key to their success. Virtually inseparable since their families moved next door to each other 11 years ago, the boys comfortably play off each other’s talents. While Sean, a student at Trinity Lutheran Junior and Senior High School, is fascinated with engineering, Mohammed, a student at Mulholland Middle School, is a natural taskmaster who kept the project on track. “We know how to push each other,” Mohammad said. In May, the boys and other Stellar Design Challenge winners will travel to Washington, D.C., to present their project and meet with NASA representatives, astronauts and members of Congress. Until then, they will keep busy with a whole new set of projects. Mohammad likes to build computers, while Sean is creating a Martian navy for the Los Angeles County Science Fair. They’ll also attend Boy Scout activities and play more video games. “They’re not rocket scientists – yet,” said Sean’s mother, Maureen Clemmons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – Two Reseda teens could revolutionize space exploration – if only they didn’t have to spend so much time doing math homework. Next-door neighbors Sean Clemmons and Mohammad Khan, both 13, recently won a nationwide science-fair contest by designing and building a working model of a hydrogen-powered blimp that could hover over the surface of Mars and collect scientific data. The boys weren’t counting on winning Lockheed-Martin’s annual Stellar Design Challenge. It even slipped their minds that they had entered the contest. Only after their parents called them into the living room of the Khans’ home, on the ruse of scolding them for bicycling without their helmets, did the best friends learn the good news. “We were hugging each other and slapping each other on the back,” Sean said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Like other kids their age, Sean and Mohammad camp out with the Boy Scouts, ride bicycles after school and play video games until their eyes go blurry. They also build laptops from scrap parts, experiment with how wind affects a game of horseshoes and study astronomy with telescopes in the back yard. From their scientific hobbies sprang their idea that they entered in the Stellar Design Challenge, which requires only that contestants build a new vehicle that could explore any planet or moon of their choice. The boys came up with the Mars Atmospheric Roving Ship, a hydrogen-fueled, propeller-controlled blimp equipped with audio and video equipment, soil-sample collectors and a disposable thermometer. The ship is unlike NASA’s Mars Rover, which traverses Mars’ surface like a car. last_img read more

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