Memorable 4x400m anchor-leg showdown

first_imgChamps 2016 and all that it offered has disappeared into the pages of history. Some will label what was experienced at the National Stadium to close out last week “the best ever”.Whether it was or not, the sweet aroma lingering about the accomplishments of one little man will last for some time.Christopher Taylor, along with his now five straight triumphant team, answered the call of Calabar High in strident terms.Coming into the 106th staging of the world-acclaimed spectacle, the 16-year-old sensation held the title of World Youth champion. The status was rooted in a 45.27-second mark over the 400 metres in Cali, Colombia, last year.His mind set on records, he got them out of the way in that and the 200m from the preliminary rounds. A crowded slate of final-day expectations had to be properly handled.He had the benefit of a coach, Michael Clarke, who had prescribed and dispensed this and even more arduous diets for athletes under his care, several times over. Throughout the journey, the young man, who is nicknamed ‘Cubby’, coupled calm and composure with humility.With thoughts of personal marks summarily dismissed, he entered the final day with a new agenda – securing points to distance the green and black from their threatening purple-clad rivals of Kingston College (KC).On two occasions, he sauntered to his accustomed front spot and after crossing the line, pulling his teammate into second spot to register 16 points total in both the half- and one-lap outings.With the title race decided, the now competition-soaked speed demon was again summoned to further service. There would be no flinching. The feeling from all who supported him was that when you are called to serve, you do so with determination, diligence and a spirit of devotion to duty.HERE,SIR!As such, he valiantly stood to attention, upright in stance and quoted from his school song, Here, Sir!.Controlled sprinting and safe exchanges, typifying the 40-zero timed 4x100m relay, the last hurrah of the mile relay, required a little bit more to be truthful, considerably more.Kingston College, overall defeat, conceded wanted bragging rights from the traditional final event. To cement this, they brought out the six-foot-five-inch Akeem Bloomfield, the national junior 400m record holder with a Champs 2015 time of 44.93.A very talent-protective coach, Neil Harrison, accustomed to preparing athletes who were touching on world class, had made some early declarations. Bloomfield would be kept in mothballs, saved from the usual 200-400m double, plus relays by omitting him from the furlong.The World Junior Championships and for his charge to be booked on the Rio Olympics flight, were of paramount importance.The fact that Bloomfield lined up to anchor the flagship event was less of a departure from that template and more a resolve to send a message to the runaway Calabar train. Built into all that thought process, was the school motto: ‘The brave may fall, but never yield’.Kingston College, so long hunting a major schoolboy title, had fallen yet again.However, to yield would fly in the face of a potent school culture.History will record that the Christopher Taylor dynamo received the baton on the final pass zero metres ahead of Bloomfield. Make that 12 metres following a Kingston College handover stutter.Bloomfield was not long in taking sight of the deficit and zoomed in on Taylor, catching, passing, and putting on his own five-metre lead by the end of the back straightaway.With close to 150 metres for home, the head-bandied Taylor detonated. He eased closer to the new leader and Bloomfield got weaker in his golden pursuit.Young Chris got stronger, breezing past a now struggling Bloomfield to bring the gold to Red Hills Road by three metres. It was a telling strike that outshone the fireworks display that was yet unborn.It made Champs 2016 the memorable event that it will remain.n For feedback, email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Taxpayers monies is being misused to preserve Burnham Name

first_imgDear Editor,In response to an article in kaieteur news, where the Mayor of New Amsterdam Winifred Haywood stated that the contract cost of the synthetic track at Burnham Park New Amsterdam Berbice, is $167M has exposed her incompetence in that the Department of Public Information in an press release dated 25th October 2017 ,clearly outlined that the Government ink a contract at the sum of $141.8M and not $167M as quoted by the Mayor in the newspaper.It must be noted too that the Mayor condemns the statement that was made pertaining to increase in spending based on the disasterrous location of the synthetic track but confirmed that the space is inadequate to construct the Pavillion and other amenities so the Council is closing the nearby dumpsite to facilities the construction. She also forgot to mention that the abattoir would be removed too.Since the location is a flood prone area additional money would have to be spent to create an independent drainage system, likewise the curb wall around the track had to be increased to double the height of a normal synthetic track to prevent possible flooding and damages of the synthetic track. It must be noted that if the location was the Bermine Ground, then taxpayers would have saved about $50-$60 million dollars. Traffic congestion at the location would also be disastrous at the present location.The Mayor FAILED to understand that taxpayers’ monies are spent there and as a councillor or any citizen have a right to question any projects that is being executed by this Government because of their track record of being the most corrupt Government since Guyana independence. Since the signing of the project to date it is approximately two years and the project has not been completed, the people would be happy if the additional monies that is being spent and the total contract sum for all the facilities must be made public.This APNU/AFC coalition Government is known for failing to complete projects, the Indian Monument Site at Palmyra that was completed by the Indian government is a typical example. Also because of the secrecy and corruption within this Government, information is being kept as state secret, refusing to even give copies of contracts documents to the RDC because the APNU/AFC government is fearful of scrutiny and the exposure of corruptions by public and residents.In the 2017 Budget presentation debate speech by former Minister of Education Nicollette Henry, $210M was proposed for synthetic track facilities to be laid in region 2,4,6,7, and 10 as was outlined to the National Assembly. Based on this information the Mayor of New Amsterdam needs to asked Nicollette Henry what she was speaking about.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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Fivestar boxers win two silver medals at Nationals

first_img“tall and really skinny and I had a good fight and did all the right things to win but not enough to win. I just needed more punches and combos.”Young said he is going to take his experience from his first boxing nationals and will use it in his future fights.16 year-old Lincoln Pomeroy competed in the Super Heavyweight 91+kg class with five other athletes. In his first fight, Pomeroy beat Nova Scotia-based Josh Ross in a unanimous decision. Donally said Pomeroy almost earned himself a stoppage as Pomeroy dominated the whole fight. Headed into the finals, nerves got to Pomeroy, and he struggled to beat Tethuach Chuol, a massive and very experienced opponent from Alberta. FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Boxers from the Fivestar Boxing Academy shone at the 2018 Super Channel Championship in Edmonton this past weekend.Athletes Nick Young, Lincoln Pomeroy and Brayden Sims all competed at the national competition after qualifying based on their successes at BC Provincials earlier this year. Nick Young had a lucky draw in the Welterweight class, getting a bye in the first round. In the semis Young, who turned 18 just last week, fought fellow B.C. boxer Jonathan Hannah. Though Young lost to Hannah in the finals at Provincials just over one month ago, this time he would be the one announced as the winner. Young advanced to the finals where he lost to Ontario’s James Hughes in a close split decision.- Advertisement –Nick Young (far right) at the 2018 Super Channel Championship. Photo by Boxing CanadaCoach Justin Donally said, “Nick did a great job for his category. His welterweight class is always a tough class as it is always filled full of talented athletes.”Young himself said he was confident going into his fights, especially the first fight against his BC teammate. Advertisement Lincoln Pomeroy (2nd to the left) at the 2018 Super Channel Championship. Photo by Boxing CanadaAdvertisementcenter_img Brayden Sims was sadly eliminated in his first fight of the Championship. Sims drew against Avery Martin-Duval from Quebec, the fighter who would go on to become the 2018 National Champion in the Bantamweight class.Donally said that six athletes off a team of twenty-four athletes from B.C. secured tickets into the gold medal matches for their weight categories; two of them were from Fort St John.Next up for Team Fivestar is the BC Golden Gloves which will be taking place in Fort St. John April 20th and 21st.last_img read more

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Raids target Mexican Mafia network

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thirteen reputed members of one of California’s most feared gangs, including a 75-year old woman who allegedly collected “taxes” from other gangs in the Mexican Mafia’s vast sphere of influence, were arrested this week on narcotics and money laundering charges, according to court papers unsealed Friday. The raids early Thursday by a task force made up of federal, state and local authorities netted top members of the Mexican Mafia in the Coachella Valley, a desert area east of Los Angeles, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Operation Clean House” followed a 10-month wiretap investigation of Jose Chavez Huerta, 42, of Thermal, who is alleged to have run a sophisticated methamphetamine and heroin trafficking business as shot caller for the area’s branch of the Mexican Mafia. Huerta, arrested in the sting, is accused of demanding taxes from drug money earned by Latino gang members in the Coachella Valley and paying a cut to his Mexican Mafia sponsor, Richard “Psycho” Aguirre, who is serving a life sentence at Pelican Bay State Prison. Aguirre’s mother, 5-foot-1 Jovita Aguirre, 75, collected Huerta’s payments and passed along orders to him from her son, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Riverside County. Huerta and his deputy, Tony Rodriguez, 36, of Indio, enforced their control of the region with murders and assaults, including of inmates in prison, and home-invasion robberies, according to the complaint. The Mexican Mafia, also called “La Eme,” was formed by Mexican-American inmates in a Northern California prison in the 1950s as a front against racist attacks. It has since fanned across the state prison system and to Mexican and U.S. streets. Authorities say the self-proclaimed “gang of all gangs” has cowed a who’s who of the state’s deadliest gangs — including Aryan Brotherhood and 18th Street — into paying taxes in their turf, which primarily runs south of Fresno. “La Eme” hits gangs who refuse the arrangement with a so-called “green light,” making them a target for retaliation by the gang and its allies. Transcripts of wiretaps show a harried life driven by fear and money. Federal agents listened in as Huerta and others appeared to furiously hustle drug deals and demand tax payments from one another as deadlines loomed, according to the transcripts. After Huerta found out that Internal Revenue Service investigators had intercepted one of his payments to Jovita Aguirre, he sounded resigned to getting arrested and exacting revenge on associates in Riverside County Jail he believed had been talking too much, the transcripts showed. “The day I get busted, I’m going to go in there and start whacking … for being stupid,” he told Rodriguez in an intercepted phone conversation, according to court papers. Authorities said Thursday’s raids netted more than 50 guns, methamphetamine, a live pipe bomb, $15,000 in cash and several vehicles. All but one of the 13 charged in the federal complaint is charged in a conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess narcotics. Ten were scheduled to appear Friday in Los Angeles federal court. A 14th person was arrested separately from the others Thursday and is also expected to face federal charges, according to the statement from Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Others arrested Thursday include: Rodolfo Baldemar Zuniga, 26, of Thermal, who allegedly delivered drugs for Huerta. Maria Carmen Huerta, Jose Huerta’s wife, 28, of Thermal. Chad Wayne Baringer, 32, who is already in state custody and allegedly sought permission from Jose Huerta to sell drugs. Joe Huerta, 27, of Coachella, who authorities believe to be Jose Huerta’s brother. Ernest Julian Sanchez, 37, who is accused of trafficking in methamphetamine and conspiring with Huerta in his organization. Alicia Rodriguez, 35, of Montclair, who allegedly collected tax payments on behalf of another Mexican Mafia member. James Angle, 31, of Coachella, who is accused of conspiring with Tony Rodriguez. Oscar Bustos, 32, who is in a Riverside County Jail and is accused with conspiring with Tony Rodriguez. Franchesca Martina Ochoa, 29, of Thermal, who allegedly helped Huerta with his operation.last_img read more

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WEST HAM EXCLUSIVE! Karren Brady offers no assurances over Sam Allardyce’s future

first_imgWest Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady claims the club will hold discussions with manager Sam Allardyce – but has offered no assurances the Hammers chief will still be at the club next season.The 60-year-old’s contract at the east London club expires in the summer and, so far, talks have yet to begin about a new deal.Sunderland are believed to be eyeing Allardyce and Brady, while confirming the club will start a dialogue with the ex-Bolton man at the end of the campaign, has suggested his future at Upton Park is far from certain.“Sam Allardyce is a good manager,” she told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He will always have our respect and whatever happens with West Ham, his future is bright.“He’s a good manager, but he has to make sure he’s happy at West Ham. We have to sit down and calculate what we do privately, and respectfully, with him.“We have the same plan this year as we’ve had every other time his contract has run out. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, discuss the season that’s gone past and decide how to go forward.“Everything comes into the decision, not least of all how fans are feeling. There have been times when the supporters have been on his back and he has found that time very difficult to deal with.”last_img read more

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Space engineer dives into cause

first_img “She’d be proud, but she’d ask everybody to just donate money to cancer research and not jump because she’d be worried they’d get hurt. That’s a mother for you.” The invitation-only jump is for 165 women considered to be the best female sky divers in the world. Each has raised $2,500 or more for City of Hope breast cancer research. “These women are astonishing, coming from all over the world to try to set a world record,” Mallory said. “There are doctors, trauma nurses, cardiologists, an airline pilot and plenty of moms.” They aim to beat the world record set in 2002 when 131 women jumped out of eight planes at 17,000 feet and met in midair to form a human chain by holding hands for at least three seconds. For the attempt next week, 150 women are scheduled to jump out of eight planes. Fifteen sky divers will be held in reserve in case they are needed to fill in on the world-record jump, which will take place after a week of practice in synchronized sessions, said Lynda, who was part of the 2002 record human chain. “Knock on wood, I’ve never had a mishap,” said the 49-year-old divorced mother of three grown children. She took her first jump on her 40th birthday, and she has added more than 1,600 jumps since then. “I was pretty much hooked from the moment of exit from that first plane,” she said. “It became a passion after that.” She will be jumping next week for her grandmother, who died of breast cancer, and for all the women who came after her. “Hopefully, with successful cancer research, we don’t go down that road,” she said. With that, the bionic woman of Topanga Canyon had to get back to work. Before it got too dark outside, there were still some nails that had to be hammered on the house she’s building. After sunset, she’d catch a late dinner at her desk working on the space shuttle’s electric power system. Her job is finding a way for the shuttle to draw solar power to operate when it’s docked, so its batteries can be saved for a longer stay. Brains, brawn and guts. Lynda Kies has them all. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comFor a link to jumpforthecause.com, visit our Web site.. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I guess when you spend your days working as an aerospace systems engineer on the space shuttle and your free time building a three-story, wood-frame house in Topanga Canyon with your own hands, jumping out of an airplane at 17,000 feet is no big deal. Brains, brawn and guts. Lynda Kies has them all. I recently stopped by her place to get a better understanding of why she and 164 other female sky divers from all over the world will gather next week at the Perris Valley Skydiving Center in Riverside County and jump together out of eight airplanes. The jump is designed to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and to help raise research money for the City of Hope in memory of Shari Lewis. The late ventriloquist captured the hearts of a few generations of TV-dinner families with her cute hand puppet Lamb Chop. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But people usually hold walks, runs, carwashes and bake sales for their causes. They don’t jump out of airplanes. Lewis, who won 12 Emmy Awards, died of breast cancer in 1998 at age 64. In her memory, her 36-year-old daughter, Mallory – a sky diver and author who still performs with Lamp Chop – started a nonprofit organization in 1999 called Jump for the Cause. But here’s the thing: Shari was petrified of her daughter’s sky diving. She hated it. “She forbade me to do it, but I was 20 when I started and fell in love with it,” said Mallory, also an Emmy Award winner as a children’s series writer. “Mom never came to see me sky-dive once, and she refused to watch my sky-diving videos. But I know she would be hugely honored that all these women are coming to jump in the memory of a loved one they lost to breast cancer. last_img read more

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Kern County jobless rate drops dramatically

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kern County’s unemployment rate tumbled to historic lows during the third quarter 2005, according to the latest issue of the Kern Economic Journal, published by California State University, Bakersfield. The county’s jobless rate registered 7.6 percent for the quarter ending Sept. 30, the lowest rate in at least 25 years. Historically the county’s jobless rate has fluctuated between 10 percent and 13 percent. The jobless rate was a further decline from the second quarter’s 8.4 percent, and has been under 10 percent for more than a year. “This is clear evidence that the county’s long efforts to diversify its economy are succeeding,” said Abbas Grammy, professor of applied economics at CSUB and publisher of the Kern Economic Journal. “While oil and agriculture are still extremely important to our local economy, they are no longer the only factors. This is good news for Kern County.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake To be sure, some of the county’s historically high jobless areas still have high unemployment rates, such as Delano (20.5 percent), Arvin (21.2 percent) and McFarland (16.2 percent). But these areas are more than offset by Bakersfield’s 5.2 percent jobless rate, in line with the overall state rate, and other areas that are economically robust, such as Ridgecrest (4.1 percent), Tehachapi (4.9 percent) and Lebec (3.2 percent). The jobless rate also was reflected in Business Outlook Index, which climbed 5 points to 139, marking the fourth consecutive quarter that the index has increased, and surpassing the high-water mark set in the third quarter 2004. The index reflects that businesses are generally bullish on Kern County’s economy. Meanwhile, the Bakersfield Consumer Sentiment Index, which had been at record levels for three straight quarters, plunged 38 points to 110. Mark Evans, a CSUB applied economics professor who conducts the survey, attributed the drop to the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Kern Economic Journal is a quarterly publication focusing on local economic trends and developments. The journal provides the community with economic information produced by the CSUB Economics Department.last_img read more

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CHURCHILL COMMUNITY TO HOST MEETING IN WAKE OF BURGLARIES

first_imgA meeting of concerned residents is to take place in Churchill tomorrow night (WED) following the recent spate of burglaries across the county.While the area has escaped the worst of the break-ins, locals are anxious to set up a text-alert scheme.The meeting, which will take place in McClafferty’s Bar at 9pm, will be addressed by Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Paul Wallace. People from the Glenswilly, Gartan, Churchill and Trentagh areas are encouraged to attend.Organiser Charlie McClafferty said “We are anxious to be pro-active and not reactive to these crimes.“We want to set up a system whereby if there is a burglary then we can react quickly to it and alert the relevant people to it,” he said.CHURCHILL COMMUNITY TO HOST MEETING IN WAKE OF BURGLARIES was last modified: March 4th, 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:burglariesChurchillSgt Paul Wallacelast_img read more

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Why are those birds up so %&*@! early?

first_imgChirping birds can be a delight to wake up to in the morning, unless they’re up and at ’em a little too early. But don’t blame our feathered friends—they may just be confused about what time it is, a new study suggests. Ornithologists observed six common species of birds to see how artificial light and traffic noise affect their daily songs. After recording them at dawn and dusk in various environments, researchers found that whereas noise has little effect on them, light pollution can change the timing of their songs. For instance, in areas with more artificial night light emitted by street lamps, European robins (pictured above) and blackbirds can start singing up to 1.5 hours earlier than sunrise, and great tits chirp an hour earlier than normal. The effect was not as strong at dusk, with some birds only tweeting about 10 minutes later than usual. The finding, published this week in Behavioral Ecology, suggests that birds’ perception of day length is rattled by artificial light, but the disruption of the natural pattern may not be entirely bad. The researchers think that because singing attracts mates, an earlier start in the day may make them more successful at reproduction.last_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan daily slams Shahid Afridi’s team after Eden Gardens debacle

first_imgPakistan have fallen well behind the rest of the world in the T2O format, a Pakistani daily said and rued the defeat against India in Kolkata . It, however, heaped praise on the women’s cricket team for their win.An editorial “A win and a loss” in The News International said “for only the second time in our long cricketing rivalry with India were we able to beat our enemy at a World Cup.” (Massive rift erupts in Pakistan team )”There are two World T2O Championships going on right now and both should be getting equal attention,” said the daily.It observed that the boys in green got the pageantry of an opening ceremony with Shafqat Amanat Ali and Amitabh Bachchan singing their respective country’s national anthems. (Kohli, Afridi most mentioned on Facebook in India-Pakistan match )”The girls in green got the win.””It wasn’t easy for Sana Mir and her team. Even though we restricted India to a total below a hundred, we were struggling to victory and the match was finely poised, with both teams standing an equal chance of winning, when the rain came.”It added that “we were a paltry two runs ahead at the time under the Duckworth-Lewis method and that was enough to give us the precious win and keep us in the tournament”.The daily hoped that “our unfunded and ignored players get the attention they deserve.The problem of women’s sport being relegated to an afterthought is universal and, unfair though it may be, they have to be twice as successful to get a fraction of the support”.Regarding the men’s team, the editorial said: “The less said about the performance of Shahid Afridi and his team the better.”advertisement”The captain did what he usually does, unable to contribute with bat and ball and making baffling decisions on the field.”It went on to say that the speech given by Imran Khan at the opening ceremony did not seem to have the intended effect, though a leaked video of Umar Akmal complaining to Kaptaan about not being sent higher up the order hints at possible divisions in the team.”We now have to beat Australia and New Zealand to reach the semi-finals. For some, it may even be preferable if we do not pull off that miracle since it will only paper over the cracks and postpone the much-needed reckoning,” the daily said, adding: “Pakistan has fallen well behind the rest of the world in the T2O format and what was most depressing about the loss was how utterly predictable it was.””As the girls showed earlier, quality bowling is a national trait but both teams need to sort out their batting in what is rapidly becoming a sport dominated by the bat. For now, we have a win to savour but much work left to do.”last_img read more

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