When the finalists of the boys’ Class Three high jump final were announced at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday, all eyes were on Cayman-born high jumper and the Class Three champion and record holder, Calabar High’s Lamar Reid. Not many had their eyes on the Herbert Morrison’s pair of Antonio Hanson and Javier Hall, who both jumped 1.85 metres to take first and second, respectively, and relegate the defending champion, Reid — who scaled 1.75m — to third. Gold medallist Hanson said many people knew of their potential after both jumped personal bests of 1.90 metres at the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) meet earlier this year, but no one expected them to take the top positions. “People knew we jumped 1.90m at STETHS so they were looking out for us, but they never expected us to win. I knew it would have been hard for us because no one was looking out for us, everyone was looking out for Lamar Reid, the record holder to take this event,” said Hanson. “But we trained hard, trained together and fed off each other’s energy and we came out here and we won … and I expect to beat him (Reid) even if he jumped higher because when he did the last jump I didn’t feel the vibes to jump anymore,” he told The Gleaner. Hall said he expected a tougher fight from Reid. “We expected to win and we came out to win, but he (Reid) never put up the fight we expected so there was no competition. But it is a joy taking back home the gold and silver,” he added. Reid said it was just a bad day. “I feel very bad, I expected to win. But the other team won because I had a bad day today,” he said.
The truck driver who reportedly drove the vehicle which contained 20 pounds of cocaine concealed in a shipment of frozen fish was on Wednesday remanded to prison, after he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Thirty-two-year-old Baldeo Persaud of Kingston Street, C Field Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was not allowed to plead to the charge which alleged that on February 6, 2018, at Laparkan Cargo Shed, Cheddi Jagan International AirportBaldeo Persaud(CJIA), he attempted to traffic 9.3766 kilograms of cocaine.The father of one was represented by Attorney Bernard DaSilva. He was remanded to prison and will return on March 7.His accomplice, 30-year-old businessman Amir Ally, was slapped with the same charged and remanded to prison on February 9, 2018.The court heard that the cocaine was concealed in party frozen fish scheduled for export to the United States of America. The shipper, Ally, was arrested shortly after.
Guyana has thus far benefitted from more than $15.6 billion (US$75 million) directly from the oil and gas sector. This was disclosed by Director of the Energy Department Dr Mark Bynoe as he addressed residents of the Albouystown community on the oil and gas sector at the Heavenly Light World Outreach Centre, on Saturday.Director of the Energy Department Dr Mark BynoeThe statement has debunked the notion being peddled that Guyana and its citizens are going to be ripped off and will receive little or no benefits from the production of oil and gas which is just months away. According to Dr Bynoe, the $15.6 billion (US$75 million) does not include downstream impacts of the industry such as works in mechanics, electrical work, welding and technical warehousing, among others.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), Bynoe urged the residents to position themselves so that they can benefit from the indirect benefits of the sector while at the same time assisting in transforming the economy.“…The sector employs a fairly small number of persons because most of it is highly mechanised. What we should be training ourselves for, is the expansion of the investment that is coming and that has already started as well as the new Guyana that is to come” Dr Bynoe stated.Residents of Albouystown at the discussion on the oil and gas sectorHowever, he said that skills building and certification are necessary, adding that if they want to be absorbed, they need to start heading in that direction. Dr Bynoe pointed out that the Department of Energy is “more than willing to work with any institution to create that opportunity for more of our Guyanese people not just to be aware but to build the requisite capacity going forward”.Currently, 54 per cent of the persons directly employed in the oil and gas sector are Guyanese. By the year 2020, the target of the Department of Energy is to have that number increased to 75 per cent or greater.Recently, 25 Guyanese were recruited to work on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, which would have between 100 and 150 persons on board. An FPSO is basically a floating vessel that stores barrels of oil. The vessel is expected to meet Guyana’s shores later this year.The Department of Energy has been hosting sensitisation sessions across the country to educate, inform and prepare citizens for the production of oil in 2020.
Westlake coach Frank Marino, who led the Warriors to the Div. II title in 2003, has a personal streak of his own against Thousand Oaks. “I don’t think we’ve lost to them on our field in at least eight years,” Marino said. “The girls are really fired up for this game.” West Valley League rivals ElCamino Real of Woodland Hills (17-2-4) and Chatsworth (9-9-3) will also meet for a third time this season in today’s City Section quarterfinals. – Erik Boal Pierce football Rivalries renewed in quarterfinals Marmonte League girls’ soccer rivals Westlake and Thousand Oaks will square off for the third time this season when they meet at 6 p.m. today at Westlake High in the Southern Section Div. II quarterfinals. The Warriors (12-2-8), the lone wild-card entry remaining in the round of eight, have not lost in their past seven meetings with league champion Thousand Oaks (20-4-3), defeating the Lancers 4-0 on Dec. 20 and playing to a 1-1 tie Jan. 27. Thousand Oaks is unbeaten in its past 15 games, shutting out seven of its past eight opponents. players head to I-AA The Pierce College football team didn’t have the best season in terms of wins and losses, but that didn’t prevent college scouts from making their way out to Woodland Hills to recruit. Eight Brahmas sophomores signed with Division I-AA programs, including former Taft of Woodland Hills standout Michael Pratt, a sophomore cornerback who will play at Jackson State next year.Cornerback Jermaine Thomas, safety Tim Clark and defensive end Richard Washington will join Pratt at Jackson State. Defensive tackle Brandon Johnson and safety Raymond Berry are heading to Mississippi Valley State, offensive tackle Arthur Smith will play at Albany State and safety Roland White will attend Delta State. – Sean Ceglinsky Collis signs on with the Wolfpack St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge quarterback Luke Collis signed a national letter of intent to play football at University of Nevada. Collis joins Andrew Roxas (Washington State) and John Schachtner (Northern Arizona) as players from this year’s St.Francis team who have signed to play in college. – Erik Boal COC men’s basketball players, coach honored College of the Canyons guard Andre Murray, forward/center Everett Bryson and guard Dwayne Jones were named to the Western State All-Conference team. Head coach Howard Fisher was named co-coach of the year. The Cougars (25-6, 11-1) drew the No. 5 seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs and will host L.A. Trade Tech at 5:30 p.m. Friday in a first-round game. – Ivan Orozco Foundation to hold two soccer clinics The Michael Hoefflin Foundation, a public non-profit foundation that provides financial and emotional support to children and families facing childhood cancer in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys, will team with Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew and the Soccer for Hope organization to offer two soccer clinics March17 to improve the skills of local soccer players, coaches and referees. Both clinics will be held from 1-3 p.m. at West Ranch High School, 26255 Valencia Blvd. Registration is $40 per participant. For more information contact the Hoefflin foundation at (661) 250-4100. – Gerry Gittelson ECR soccer player gets shot at MLS Charles Rendon, a junior-varsity player at El Camino Real of Woodland Hills, is one of 60players who reached the second round of tryouts for ChivasUSA. The tryouts are part of the “Sue o MLS: Chivas USA Wants You” reality-based TV show on the Spanish-speaking network Univision. One player will have a shot at a contract to play with the team. – Ivan Orozco 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CANYON COUNTRY – One woman made the sign of the cross as she drove past the home. Another neighbor turned his back against the puddle of blood still in the driveway, a few bouquets and a burning candle placed nearby. Sandy McMains shed a tear as she looked across the street at the home neighbors laud as the nicest one on the block and wondered if there was anything she could have done. “It’s overwhelming,” she said. “I can’t believe it happened in our neighborhood. I keep thinking I could have done something.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 News that their neighbor, Esperanza Castro, 42, had been arrested early Friday in the slaying of her 43-year-old husband, Raymond Castro, stunned the residents of Evron Avenue in Canyon Country. The man they called Ray was well-liked, the owner of a successful landscape company who had a junior high school-age son and daughter and an adult son from an earlier marriage. “I really feel sorry for the little girl,” said Albert Jimenez, who lives across the street from the Castros’ two-story, rosebush-lined home. “He worked long hours and she would come out and wait for him to come home. They would take walks together.” Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Al Grotefend said he expected at least one more arrest in the case. Investigators, he said, believe the couple battled Wednesday night in the house – blood and signs of a struggle were found in several rooms, on the driveway and on the sidewalk in front of the house, near where Esperanza Castro’s white Cadillac Escalade was parked. Then, hours after she or her adult daughter called 911 to say Castro was missing, his body was found Thursday morning in the bed of his company pickup truck, parked in a remote spot off Sierra Highway beneath the junction of two local freeways, Grotefend said. An autopsy is expected today to determine the cause of death, said Harvey Craig of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Grotefend said it appeared that Castro suffered blunt-force trauma, but noted that the body was in poor condition and injuries were difficult to distinguish. Jimenez said neighbors watched as technicians examined the Escalade before having it towed as evidence. “It’s terrible,” he said. “Ray was a good guy.” Grotefend said it was too soon to speculate about a motive, but Jimenez and others said Esperanza had told people on the block that her husband wanted a divorce. After hours of questioning Thursday, Esperanza Castro was arrested after midnight and booked on suspicion of murder, according to a sheriff’s press release. Her bail was set at $1 million; she is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court. Meanwhile, McMains said she’s filled with regret. She said she noticed Wednesday morning that something was different at the Castro home. She didn’t see the kids, Corina and Eric, and there were no signs of the family’s frequent visitors. Thursday morning, squad cars filled the street. “It was weird,” she said. “There were no cars there. There’s always cars there. There was something wrong.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Actor Michael Kelly with Kevin Spacey on House of Cards.A Hollywood star has revealed he has direct Donegal ancestry and is coming home to spend a holiday here.Actor Michael Kelly is known to millions as the star of Netflix blockbuster House of Cards.And Kelly, who plays the American President’s bagman in the show, has revealed he is planning a holiday back to Kerrykeel. “I’m going to take my dad and brother and go to Donegal. My father doesn’t drink any more. He was a big drinker.“But my brother and I are still drinkers and I don’t care if we go just for 24 hours. Let’s just get dad, go drink some pints and get some Irish sweaters, sees where dad’s dad lived and see our heritage,” he said.Kelly, whose character Doug Stamper is a huge hit with fans, stars in the TV drama with acting A-lister Kevin Spacey.He revealed he has a picture of the thatched cottage in Kerrykeel from where his grandfather hails. “Kerrykeel, that’s where my grandfather was from and his house was, and we have a picture of it. It has a thatched roof and whitewashed plaster walls.“It was in a remote area and he was not a well-to-do man but he had a gel of a work ethic and he and his wife came over on a boat.“He sent a postcard over to Ireland and my brother framed the postcard that my grandfather had sent home to his parents from the boat and gave it to my dad for Christmas.“It was so touching and the writing on the postcard was “don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine, everything will be great.”“This was typical optimistic Irishness when he was leaving everything behind to start his new life and it must have been terrifying, pitting that face on…” he said. Kelly’s Donegal grandfather went on to become a superintendent of an apartment building in Philadelphia.“He did it with great pride and he was an incredible man and he passed on that work ethic to my father and he passed it to me,” added Kelly.HOLLYWOOD STAR PLANNING RETURN TO DONEGAL AFTER DISCOVERING HIS LOCAL ROOTS was last modified: March 15th, 2015 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:donegalHouse of CardsKerrykeepKevin SpaceyMichael Kellyroots
Not all is lost for the Raiders after they fell to 0-2 to start the season with a gut-punch loss to the Broncos on Sunday.No, seriously.A win in Miami this week and a victory at home over the Browns at the end of the month, and this Raiders’ team is back in back in business at 2-2.In the modern playoff era, roughly one-in-ten teams that start 0-2 make the playoffs, but a 2-2 team — particularly one in a deep division like the AFC West? A team like that has a puncher’s chance to make the …
The probability, on average, that the spot you are standing on will see a total solar eclipse is once every 360 to 375 years, says Joe Rao, a lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium, writing for MSNBC News. Some cities, though, like Los Angeles, have to wait 1565.9 years, and some rare spots may not see one for 36 centuries. About 28% of solar eclipses are total. On average, an eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth every 18 months. The one happening Friday in the South Pacific is a hybrid, mostly annular (ring-like), but total only in the middle of the path for 42 seconds. The article contains a table of 25 cities and their average wait between eclipses.As a young astronomer, Guillermo Gonzalez was struck by the beauty of a total eclipse he saw in India. This became the subject of an article called “Wonderful Eclipses” that grew into a thesis that Earth was a special place, a “Privileged Planet” that resulted in a book and film with that phrase as the title. Gonzalez and Jay Richards found that solar eclipses were just the tip of the iceberg of a class of phenomena that illustrated an uncanny relationship between the factors that make Earth habitable and the factors that make Earth an ideal platform for scientific discovery. Order this beautiful and thought-provoking film – once you watch it, you will be loaning it to everyone you know. Next time a total solar eclipse comes within a thousand miles of your home – or even farther – by all means go see it. It’s an indescribable event that affects the entire 360° field of view, the weather, the animals, the people and the economy. The sight of a circular black dot, blacker than midnight, surrounded by streamers of the glowing pewter-white corona will leave you breathless. You’ll understand what makes people travel around the world to experience even a few seconds or minutes of totality. Pictures can’t do justice to the phenomenon. Total solar eclipses are not just coincidental light shows; they have proven extremely important in the history of astrophysics, and have enabled archaeologists to pinpoint dates of kingdoms thousands of years ago with high accuracy. Gonzalez discusses these matters in detail in his book. Isn’t it a provocative thought to consider that the only platform in our solar system capable of a perfectly-matched total eclipse (due to the size-distance relationship of three bodies, the sun, the Earth and our large moon) also has sentient beings able to appreciate it?(Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
In a series of five articles, we share stories from Gift of the Givers volunteers in their own words as the organisation marks its 25th year of serving humanity. Emily Thomas, who works in logistics, tells us about what she does.Bringing water to the thirsty, Emily Thomas helping with drought relief programme in the Free State. (Image: Gift of the Givers)Sulaiman PhilipEmily Thomas: LogisticsI had just returned from leave in January 2016 when I was asked to go to Bloemfontein to help with our drought relief programme, where we distributed thousands of litres of water to communities around the Free State. It was really so sad to see people queue from five in the morning hoping that a water truck would come pass. Elderly people had to pay someone to fetch them buckets of water; children in creche were forced to carry two litres of water for the day.Listening to farmers when we brought them animal feed moved me. They would speak of how they ploughed and planted in hope and how they lost it all as the drought went on. I could feel and see the heartache and pain this drought visited on them.Listening to farmers talking about having to kill their animals brought home the despair people live with. (Image: Gift of the Givers)The animals were thin, sickly and dying. To remove yourself is a coping mechanism and I kept thinking about how this would affect the price of meat. Then you listen to the farmers tell you how hard it was to shoot their animals because they could not stand to see their suffering, and you realise the despair and hopelessness they live with. This donation of animal feed brought them new hope. The drought was an act of God, but through us He brought hope.I am a Gift of the Givers employee and I’m on call 24/7, but I see this as a calling, not a job. I have been doing this for so long – for nine years – and I have learnt that every distribution or disaster comes with its own unique challenges. It’s my responsibilty to make sure that logistics are in place and to be aware of the things that could possibley go wrong.On my first mission I thought of none of that; I was thinking only that our donations were going to make people’s hearts happy. Then the reality of the amount of work and planning that goes into every distribution or mission dawns on you. I work with an incredibly experienced team that helps to ensure that everything runs smoothly and without any security hazards.When people ask I always tell them my journey with Gift of the Givers started as an intervention by God. When I think of who we are and what it is we do I am filled with pride. We are an organisation that brings hope and restores dignity to people’s lives. I lost my job in June 2008. I remember I was standing outside when two gentlemen stopped to talk to me. We prayed together and one of them said: “In a month from now God will give you a job.”Exactly a month later I was planning to spend the day in bed because I was so depressed about still being unemployed when I got a call from my priest, Reverend Eve. Some flats close our church in Mayfair had burnt down and she wanted me to help with the residents. I could not tell her I was still in bed feeling sorry for myself, instead I jumped up and got ready.The Gift of the Givers were there as well and we all worked to determine what the residents immediate needs were. I accompanied Uncle (Badr) Allaudin to the warehouse to get some food and basic hygiene products. When he heard I was unemployed he asked me to accompany him to Orlando in Soweto to distribute food and blankets.In Orlando he asked me to say a few words and, not knowing anything about the organisation, I shyly and nervously read the Gift of the Givers brochure and ended with a prayer. Driving back Uncle Allaudin simply said: “I don’t think Im going to let you go, I want you to join the foundation.”Read the next profile on Ahmed Bham who heads the search and rescue department of Gift of the Givers.Our first profile was on medical co-ordinator, Dr YM Essack. Click here to read more.To find out how beekeeper, Owen Williams, has contributed to the organisation, click here.Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Livan Meneses-Turino, shares his experience in Nepal, Haiti, and Palestine.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Address by his excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, to the Asia-Africa Summit 2015, Jakarta, IndonesiaYour Excellency President Joko WidodoYour Excellencies the Heads of State and GovernmentYour Excellencies the Heads of delegationLadies and Gentlemen,I wish to express, on my own behalf and on behalf of the delegation of the Republic of South Africa, appreciation and gratitude for the hospitality and courtesies accorded by the President, Government and People of the Indonesia since our arrival in this beautiful city of Jakarta.His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, and the Government of Indonesia deserve to be applauded for convening this conference at this crucial juncture in the history of the world. The year 2015 marks the confluence of both the 60th anniversary of the spirit of Bandung and the adoption of South Africa’s premier document, the Freedom Charter, and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.Your Excellencies,60 years ago in 1955, as the shackles of colonialism were being cast off, the founding fathers of our liberation movements of Africa and Asia convened in Bandung.They gathered here in Indonesia to reflect on the role of emerging nations in securing peace in the global arena, achieving economic development, and assigning colonialism and racism to the dustbin of history.The core principles of the spirit of the Bandung Conference were political self-determination, mutual respect for sovereignty, non-aggression, non-interference in internal affairs and equality.While we celebrate that much of the noble ideals of Bandung have been accomplished, we must guard against complacency. The spirit of Bandung remains unrealized until we universally eradicate poverty, underdevelopment, inequality, extremism and racial and gender discrimination.Your Excellencies,South Africa’s international relations philosophy is premised on the principles of the Freedom Charter launched on 26 June 1955 by the African National Congress, a few months after the return of our two delegates from the Bandung Conference.Our Freedom Charter demands that “There shall be peace and friendship”.As a result, our posture is based on the commitment to the struggle for a humane, just, equitable, democratic and free world, in pursuit of a better Africa and a better world.Your Excellencies,This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United Nations. As we observe this milestone, the world remains confronted by the challenges of unequal development and conflict in many regions and within states. A further challenge is that the multilateral financial and political institutions remain untransformed.In this connection, South Africa adds its voice to the calls made at this historic gathering to fast-track the transformation of the global governance system. This particularly applies to the United Nations Security Council. We need to reflect on the importance of an inclusive, transparent, reformed, strengthened, and effective multilateral system that is able to better address the urgent global challenges of sustainable development today.The reform that urgently needs to be implemented must reflect the realities of the new global paradigm.It surely is incongruous that the majority of the world’s population is only periodically represented at the apex of the global institution.Your Excellencies,The plight of the Palestinian people remains a blight on our collective conscience. It is incumbent that we redouble our efforts to bring peace to that troubled Holy Land and have two independent and viable states of Palestine and Israel existing in peace with each other and with the whole world.We are convinced that only sincere negotiations between the Palestine and Israel can secure the peace and security that we all yearn for. We therefore call for an end to the siege on Gaza and an immediate end to the expansion of settlements.Your Excellencies,Let me once again express our sincere gratitude to the Government and People of Indonesia for your hospitality during our time here. I also wish to extend a personal word of gratitude to President Joko Widodo, for his visionary leadership in convening this special occasion.I commend you on this great initiative, which is testament once more of the strong solidarity that exists between the Governments and People of Africa and Asia.Long Live the Spirit of Bandung . Long Live the Africa – Asia Solidarity!Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf ofThe Presidency23 April 2015