Gibson McCook Relays organising committee chairman, Professor Rainford Wilks, believes this year’s 40th renewal is set to be one of the biggest, most exciting, and well-attended while revealing that they are hoping to make it an international staple, and calendar affair using the new media, broadcast and communication platforms of their sponsors.The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, at the National Stadium with the organisers making plans to stream and broadcast the event to audiences outside of Jamaica. Entries will close on January 31.The event’s main sponsors include the Wisynco Group, clothing/apparel partner PUMA and communications partner Digicel.The event is expected to attract as many as 4,000 athletes while a total of 37 billed sponsors, returning and new, have snapped up 42 events for the day’s action which will begin at 9 a.m.”We are hoping we can fill the National Stadium and that’s one of the reasons we have tried to keep the entrance fees low for the past two to three years. We feel it’s an Olympic year, so we are going to get a little boost out of that, and it’s two weeks before Champs and everybody will be in Champs mode,” Wilks outlined in an interview with The Gleaner.The chairman revealed that gate receipts are expected to be in the vicinity of $10 million, at the event which he thinks is “comparable to anywhere in the world because our senior athletes are going to be there”.This year, the meet has attracted sponsorship valued at approximately $5 million, which Wilks calls a “substantial amount of money”.”We feel that we will be able to make it an international staple and calendar event not just in Jamaica, but worldwide,” Wilks said.According to Wilks, all the top athletes in Jamaica will compete once available.”We see all of them performing. I expect Shelly (Fraser-Pryce) to be here this year. We can’t give any commitment that there will be star athletes, but we know that because they feel loyal and because they see Gibson as part of their nurturing and development, they always come to Gibson and give back, unless they have some good reason not to,” he told The Gleaner.
“The unselfishness has been there all year,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We have to continue to do that. Defensively, we have got to keep working at it. We understand how important that is.”More importantly, Minnesota improved to 2-0 since losing Butler to a torn right meniscus last week heading into one of its toughest stretches of the season. The Timberwolves leading scorer, Butler is hoping to return for the playoffs.“Everyone has to step up,” Wiggins said. “Everyone has to do their job and more if we want to get to where we want to get to. We just have to keep it going. We’re in a good spot right now and we have to keep it going and finish strong.”Thibodeau’s team, which began the day in third place in the West and is off to the fourth-best start in franchise history, plays its next eight games against teams with winning records beginning with back-to-backs at Portland and Utah.“Without Jimmy we have to tighten up a whole lot more,” Minnesota center Taj Gibson said. “We’re just putting the pressure on different guys in our lineup to step up because we have a tough road ahead of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, drives against Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Karl-Anthony Towns recorded yet another double-double in what has become a common occurrence for the first-time All-Star, and Minnesota got a much better defensive effort in the second half to pull away for a second straight lopsided win.Turns out life without Jimmy Butler isn’t as bad as for the Timberwolves as some expected it would be.ADVERTISEMENT North Korean delegation returns home after Olympics outreach Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Timberwolves: Play at Portland on Thursday.Kings: Play at Portland on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Towns had 26 points and 17 rebounds, his 54th double-double in 64 games this season, and Minnesota beat the Sacramento Kings 118-100 on Monday night.“Everyone has to step up,” said Andrew Wiggins, who scored 22 points. “Everyone has to do their job and more if we want to get to where we want to get to. We just have to keep it going. We’re in a good spot right now and we have to keep it going and finish strong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJeff Teague added 20 points and Taj Gibson had 15 points to help the Timberwolves sweep the three-game season series between the two teams.All five starters and six players overall scored in double figures for the Minnesota. The Timberwolves scored only 21 points in the fourth quarter but it hardly mattered after they outscored the Kings 34-17 in the third to pull away after a back-and-forth first half.Towns took one shot in the first quarter before finding his stroke in the second when he scored 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He had four free throws during that stretch and finished 8-of-8 from the stripe.Skal Labissiere scored 20 points, Willie Cauley-Stein added 17 and Buddy Hield had 16 for Sacramento, The Kings have lost four straight and six of seven.“They got in the paint too much, shrunk up the court, bottled us up and we fouled them too much,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “Their physicality was a lot.”Towns was one rebound shy of a double-double in the first half and Minnesota led by as much as 10 before De’Aaron Fox capped a late Sacramento surge with a layup to pull the Kings within 63-60 at halftime.Teague and Wiggins combined for 15 points in the third quarter and Tyus Jones made two free throws and a short jumper to extend the Timberwolves lead to 97-77.GETTING TO THE RIMMinnesota held a big advantage on free throws, going 33 of 36 from the stripe. Sacramento was 12 of 13.“When we’re able to get to the line we get some rest and we get the chance to put the defense in different situations,” Towns said. “We’re doing a great job of getting to the line and putting ourselves in position to not get to the line but just making good offensive plays and getting some easy buckets.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Towns’ double-double is the 168th of his career. … Minnesota went 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the first half.Kings: Bruno Cabocio had four points, three rebounds and three fouls in 18 minutes of his Sacramento debut. Cabocio was part of the trade that sent Malachi Richardson to Toronto.UP NEXT
Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), in collaboration with their counterparts from the United States Department of Defense, over the weekend broke ground in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, for the construction of a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) for people afflicted by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The US military delegation was represented by Brigadier/General Peter Corey, while the AFL was led by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier/General Daniel Dee Ziankahn at the brief, but well coordinated ceremony on Friday, October 3, 2014. According to AFL COS Ziankahn, the exercise to construct the ETU was a joint operation between the governments of the United States and Liberia, particularly with authorities of the AFL and those from the U S military. He disclosed among other things that construction of the Tubmanburg unit was one of several ETUs to be built jointly by the AFL and U S military in the country, which are expected to be completed with one week time from the date of construction, which was Saturday, October 3. In keeping with the plans of action for the construction, two other units will be built in Lofa with one in Voinjama and another in Zorzor, the second largest district in the county. Bong County for example, is expected to benefit from one of the units, which accordingly, will be constructed in Totota–a centrally located and populated Town in the county.Margibi County will also get one, to be built on Bong Mines Road, while the two for Nimba County will also be constructed, one near the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba and one near the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, located in the commercial hub of the county. For Grand Bassa, two sites are being cleared for construction, with one near in the “Own your Own Community” and the other near the former BRE Compound in the outskirts of Buchanan, the Provincial City. In Grand Cape Mount county, the Sinje construction is expected to begin Wednesday, October 8, 2014. “With those arrangements, the U.S. military has sub-contracted soldiers of the AFL Engineering Company, and all other materials for the works will be purchased locally, Brig/Gen. Corey confirmed. He said, based on the initial plan, 20 members of the AFL Engineers are already being hired, “but the number may increase to 40 as the construction progresses across the country.” The AFL Engineers are also charged to do the sites’ survey, implement the bill of quantity, as well as draft the design for the construction of each of the selected sites in those seven counties. About few weeks ago, about 1,400 American soldiers arrived in the country to help support the fight against the EVD, which is spreading across West Africa. The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of those soldiers, while the other 700 will be mostly combat engineers, Defense Department spokesman told reporters.The soldiers are among the total of 3,000 U.S. troops whom the Pentagon had sent into West Africa.About 300 of the troops from the 101st Airborne came from the division headquarters, and they will serve as the Joint Force Command for the Liberia mission. The soldiers will coordinate all of the Department of Defense resources in Liberia to support United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the government of Liberia to contain the Ebola virus and, ultimately, save lives. Meanwhile, two additional mobile testing labs from the U.S. Government, which were flown into the country recently, have already been installed and are up and running at the Island Clinic ETU and in Bong County.The mobile testing labs are part of the U.S. efforts to help the Government of Liberia and other Ebola-affected countries contain the Ebola virus, save lives and alleviate human suffering. Other U.S. activities include setting up a logistics base to facilitate the flow of U.S. military personnel, supplies, and equipment into the affected region, helping to build 17 Ebola treatment units, and training hundreds of health care workers. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency overseeing the overall U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. military response, led by Major General Darryl Williams, Commanding General of U.S. Army Africa is acting in support of the USAID-led Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). They are providing expertise in command and control, engineering and logistics, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Trained SRI technicians with Rev. Bimba, CHAP Executive Director and Focal Person of SRI in LiberiaAt least 1, 800 smallholder farmers from Cape Mount, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Lofa counties are currently receiving training in System of Rice Intensification (SRI).SRI is an improved farming methodology for increasing the productivity of rice by changing the management practices of the seedlings (plant), water, soil and nutrients to get better yields. This improved technology to grow rice is being practiced by many West African countries and was launched in Liberia in 2013 with the goal of increasing rice production.The Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, recently signed an agreement with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), with finance from the Japanese Food Security Grant to promote SRI in the targeted counties.Making the disclosure to the Daily Observer, the Executive Director of CHAP and Focal Person for SRI in Liberia, Rev. Robert Bimba, stated that the project will benefit mostly farmers who were affected by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.“We have completed the training for technicians who are now engaging farmers on the practice of SRI to improve productivity and income. This program is aimed at helping farmers recover from the effects of Ebola. The farmers will be provided with all necessary supports, including seeds, training, fertilizers, addressing post-harvest challenges and market linkages to generate better incomes for the farmers,” he said.According to Rev. Bimba, the program will last for 10 months and is expected to get farmers to fully adopt the growing of rice for two cropping seasons in the lowlands with the SRI methodology.“Liberian farmers are gradually adopting the practice of SRI since its introduction and we are now scaling up the practice in other parts of the country,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Amb. Kemayah kisses Bible at the commissioning ceremony, affirming allegiance to the sacred office which he is expected to servePresident George Weah yesterday, September 12, commissioned outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister for Administration, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, its organs as well as to the island of Cuba, an Executive Mansion release said.According to the release, President Weah performed the commissioning ceremony yesterday, with a call on Amb. Kemayah to justify the confidence reposed in him.President Weah said that Kemayah’s preferment to represent Liberia at the United Nations was not on the basis of the bond of amity subsisting between them; rather, it is for the value and due diligence he demonstrated over a very short period of time in government.Weah reminded him of the glee that greeted his preferment from partners, and expressed the hope that he would represent the country “very well.”“We want to urge you to do your best, because only your best is required. Remember, we have allies and the friends of our allies are our friends,” President Weah cautioned Mr. Kemayah as an apparent reminder to him and as to how he conducts his activities at the UN on behalf of Liberia.In his response, Amb. Kemayah thanked President Weah for his preferment, which he said is indicative of the values and principles the President brings to the country’s Presidency.Kemayah then committed himself to representing the interest of the country through “our skills of consultations and coordination before making decisions.”He then promised to leave no stone unturned in representing the interest of Liberia as well as President Weah, who he directly represents.Mr. Kemayah also used the occasion to laud President Weah for appointing citizens of Lofa County, from which he hails, into his government, in spite of the less-encouraging votes he obtained during the 2017 elections.“History will judge me if I don’t recognize your preferment of the people of Lofa, including me, to positions of trust into your government,” he said.Mr. Kemayah headed the opposition Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), a party that supported the CDC during the runoff elections in 2017.He said that his appointment as well as others from opposition parties demonstrates that President Weah is a leader of the people.President Weah recently appointed Kemayah to replace Ambassador Lewis G. Brown, who served in said capacity for a little over two years. Brown was appointed to the post by former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Two women on Wednesday appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they both faced assault charges.Pauline Simon, 58, a vendor of Lot 241 ‘A’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown; and Julie Lancaster, 40, of Lot 630 La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, were both charged for assaulting each other on September 19, 2018. Simon initially pleaded guilty to the charge while Lancaster denied the offence.According to the prosecution’s case, on September 19, at Water Street, Georgetown, both Simon and Lancaster assaulted each other.Simon told the court that she did not intend to push Lancaster to cause any altercation. As such, her guilty plea was charged to not guilty.Magistrate Azore granted the duo bail of $10,000 each.Additionally, 29-year-old Vanessa Griffith, a cashier at Courts Guyana Inc and 26-year-old Desmond Williams of Lot 738 Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, were also charged for assaulting each other on September 20, 2018.Both parties denied the allegation made out against them.The Police prosecutor made no objection to bail and Magistrate Azore granted Griffith bail in the sum of $10,000 while Williams was placed on $15,000.
Court-ordered Art 106 March 19 elections… ignores expediting proposalAfter hours of deliberation, discussions at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) over various timelines for holding constitutionally due General and Regional Elections reached a dead end, with complaints that suggestions for expediting preparations were ignored and side-lined.People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Commissioner Robeson Benn on Tuesday slammed GECOM over the fact that instead of looking for ways to speed up electoral preparations taking into account the three months constitutional stipulation, efforts continue to be made to delay the process.“I have said previously that in my view, a sinister and callous plan is afoot to delay the holding of elections on the constitutional mandated date,” Benn said. “I have said both at the GECOM meetings and elsewhere that GECOM is complicit in notGECOM Commissioner Robeson Bennachieving these dates.“For today’s (Tuesday) meeting, I expected that GECOM would have taken account of a presentation I made which indicated that training for which they had put 105 days (latest duration) could be achieved in 32 days at the most. They have not taken account of the presentations in relation to that.”According to Benn, his presentation had demonstrated the overlap in the types of training GECOM would have to do. He said that instead of the nine weekends being proposed by GECOM to do training, only three weekends were needed.Pulling strings to stymie electionsBenn reminded that GECOM has a constitutional mandate and that the collective and individual members of the Commission could be held liable for their failure to hold elections in keeping with the Constitution. He went on to note that a Commission of Inquiry is needed to determine who is pulling strings to stymie thePPP/C Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali among protesters on Tuesdayelections.“I have said that I am really not prepared to go to any other discussion on any other option until we look at the first option, and that is to hold elections on March 19, 2019. When we examine that and thoroughly dispense with that, then we can look at the other options.“This situation could not be arrived at because they did not present the information which they were told they ought to have considered and put in the work plan. I think we are in a sorry state.”Benn also zeroed in on GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, who he revealed has been refusing to brief them on a meeting that was held between representatives from the diplomatic community and the Chairman.RoadblockWhen questioned by the media, GECOM’s Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield declined to discuss specifics about the timelines being proposed.Chief Elections Officer Keith LowenfieldAccording to Lowenfield, he will defer to the Commission when it makes a decision. However, he too acknowledged that discussions on these timelines have hit a roadblock.“The operations subcommittee met this morning and deliberated on the submissions made by the Secretariat relative to the many options that are available. Unfortunately, that subcommittee was unable to arrive at any decision. The subcommittee will be meeting again at some time.“Ours is to stay at a particular state of readiness…the Commission shall be responsible for the conduct of elections and the conduct of registration. Each ofHundreds brave the sun and scattered showers outside GECOMthose subsets requires an order from the Commission. The order will be published and gazetted and then we proceed with operations at the Secretariat,” he added.The parliamentary Opposition and other observers have accused Government of attempting to delay the holding of the constitutionally mandated elections following the passage of no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018.The three-month time frame in which the polls should be held was validated by last Thursday’s ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who declared that theGECOM’s Chairman, Retired Justice James Pattersonmotion was validly passed 33-32.The complaint has been that GECOM was not forthcoming about its preparedness for the mandatory elections despite being mandated by the Constitution of Guyana to hold elections within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.In fact, during a previous meeting with the Opposition and Government Chief Whips, the GECOM Chairman abruptly ended a meeting on the Commission’s preparedness after he was pressed for answers.It was only a few days ago that United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka had urged Government to respect the Constitution. Guyana’s Private Sector Commission had also previously called for GECOM to open up about its readiness for elections.GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, lessProtesters demanding GECOM carries out itsconstitutional mandatethan three months ago.It is the President of Guyana, who must give a date for elections and not GECOM as being touted. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.
City Clerk David Barron, who lost in the recent City Council election, former Councilwoman Betty Tom Chu, Peter Chan, Christopher Hernandez, Leon and Carlton Tom had all applied. The unanimous approval of Leon, 46, on Wednesday surprised both him and some council members, who have often been at odds on city issues. “I was surprised that it was unanimous,” Leon said. “I thought it would have been more divisive.” Leon has lived in Monterey Park for more than 30 years and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the library board, the design review board, and on the PTA board at Brightwood Elementary, where his two daughters go to school. He works as an attorney in El Monte. MONTEREY PARK – The City Council has unanimously approved Joseph Leon, who was called a “breath of fresh air,” as the new city treasurer. The position became open March 14, when longtime City Treasurer Mitchell Ing was sworn in as a councilman after he was elected on March 6. Councilman Frank Venti was re-elected to a third term and Councilman Anthony Wong took the other open seat. Ing’s four-year elected term as city treasurer was set to end in March 2009. The council interviewed six candidates on Tuesday for the city treasurer’s seat. The treasurer’s main duty is to oversee the custody of the city’s finances. The issue of whether to fill the city treasurer vacancy with an election drew a split vote Wednesday. Mayor David Lau, Wong and Councilwoman Sharon Martinez voted to fill the vacancy by appointment rather than through a special election, which they said would have been too costly. Ing and Venti dissented. Martinez said Leon will be a breath of fresh air. Venti said he supported him because he has a proven track record. email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 13 billion dollar US TransCanada Corporation takeover of the Columbia Pipeline Group has moved another major step closer to completion.TransCanada has confirmed about 95% of the Columbia stockholders at a special meeting this week in Houston voted in support of the merger agreement.The aforementioned purchase price includes assumption of about $2.8 billion dollars of debt and the Columbia stockholders support follows last month’s confirmation regulatory conditions necessary to close the deal had been satisfied.- Advertisement -TransCanada’s President and CEO, Russ Girling, says the shareholder vote moves his company closer to creating, “One of North America’s leading gas transportation and storage companies.”He adds, “This acquisition provides TransCanada with a unique opportunity to invest in a proven, growth focused company with a competitively positioned and growing network of regulated natural gas pipeline and storage assets in the Appalachian region, the fastest growing production base in North America.”The deal comes at a time when TransCanada continues to struggle to build new oil pipelines fighting both public and political concerns about their environmental impact and associated further reliance on fossil fuels.Advertisement The Energy East pipeline has run into major domestic political opposition, especially from the Quebec government, while last year the Obama White House rejected the Calgary based company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.David Taylor, at Toronto’s Taylor Asset Management, gives suggestions that for Trans-Canada, this merger agreement really fills a project gap.This acquisition gives TransCanada pipeline assets concentrated in the very lucrative gas play in the U-S northeast, where the two key basins involved have accounted for 90% of America’s total natural gas production since 2011.In addition, there are portfolio management estimates now projecting 50% growth in production volumes from those same two basins in the next four years.Advertisement
0Shares0000British police are probing a spitting incident involving TV football pundit Jamie Carragher © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – British police said Wednesday they were probing a spitting incident involving TV football pundit Jamie Carragher as broadcaster Sky Sports suspended the former Liverpool and England defender for the rest of the season.Carragher was filmed leaning out of the driver’s window of his Range Rover before spitting at a car containing a Manchester United fan, hitting the driver’s 14-year-old daughter in the face after some goading following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday. Sky Sports on Wednesday suspended Carragher from his job as TV pundit until the end of the season, a role reportedly worth £1 million ($1.4 million) a year.“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again,” said a Sky Sports statement.A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: “A police investigation has been launched and the owner of the footage has been spoken to. Attempts are being made to speak to all parties involved.”Sky, which holds the bulk of British television rights to Premier League matches, hinted that Carragher could return to TV screens next season.“Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role,” the statement said.Carragher, 40, apologised to the family and described his behaviour as a “moment of madness”, although he said he had not seen the girl in the front of the car.“I have already said I take responsibility for what happened. It was a moment of madness and I’m going to speak to the relevant people to ensure something like this never happens again. Again apologies all round,” Carragher posted on Twitter on Wednesday.Carragher has also been backed by high-profile colleagues, including former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who has formed a highly regarded punditry team with Carragher at Sky. “He’s massively passionate about football and he’s overstepped the mark and shouldn’t have reacted,” Neville tweeted.“I’ve been on TV for 3 years with him and this isolated incident shouldn’t stop us working together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)