James to be honoured at renamed JC meet

first_imgOUTSTANDING horizontal and vertical coach at Jamaica College Ruel James will be the honouree at this year’s 24th staging of the Purewater/JC track and field development meet, which takes place on Saturday on the school’s grounds at 189 Od Hope Road, starting at 8:30 a.m.. James, who was an athlete in his time at what is also his alma mater, has contributed significantly to the development of track and field at Jamaica College. Additionally, the Jamaica College Sports Development Committee will also be paying homage to Dr R. Danny Williams for his pivotal role in the transformation of the institution as a former chairman of the board and foundation. As a result, the meet will now be known as Purewater/JC Danny Williams Track and Field Development Meet. The competition, as usual, will serve as an opportunity for early qualification to the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which will have its 107th staging this year. Beside high schools, invitations have also been extended to athletes from clubs and institutions to compete in open events. For high-school athletes, the first competitive category will be for schools of all types with participation in classes I to III for boys, and classes I to IV for girls. Events down to be contested will be 100m, 800m, 3000m (female) and 5000m (male). There will also be the 70m, 80m, 100m, and 110m hurdles events, as well as long jump, discus, high jump, shot put, and pole vault action in the field. Athletes will again be offered several prizes and incentives for outstanding performances at the meet. Ten individual trophies will be awarded to the athletes selected by the judges in each class and category. These will be presented to the most outstanding performers. It is to be noted that the quality of performance by an athlete will not necessarily be judged in terms of points scored.last_img read more

2 Defense Witnesses Withdrawn

first_imgDrama unfolded yesterday in the ongoing US$20K counterfeit  case in Criminal Court ‘C,’ involving a former female employee of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and the bank, when  one  of  her lawyers asked two of her witnesses not to testify on her behalf, a request that   was accepted by presiding Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh.Defendant Margretta Dorbor is on trial for her alleged role in the disappearance of over US$100K from the bank, as well as for being in possession of 200 pieces of counterfeit United States dollars, all in US$100 bills, valued at US$20K.It all started yesterday when everybody, including Judge Gbeneweleh, was seated, waiting for defendant Dorbors’ lawyer,  Atty. P. Jagba Nah, to introduce his two defense witnesses, Ijeoma Okeke and Angeline Leo.Okeke and Leo were both in the employ of the bank and close friends of defendant Dorbor. However, Dorbor alone was accused of being in possession of the US$20K counterfeit banknotes, which the bank alleged were discovered under her desk at its Gardnersville branch, where she served as a new accounts officer.Dorbor is also accused of withdrawing over US$100K from customers’ accounts at the bank, though the bank management admitted that she was a teller but was not authorized to do so.Interestingly, Atty. Nah stood up from his defense seat in the quiet courtroom and informed Judge Gbeneweleh that he had an application to make before his witnesses could take their positions to testify.Judge Gbeneweleh then gave him the opportunity to make his request, and surprisingly Atty. Nah announced that he was no longe interested in the testimony of Okeke and Leo.“They have failed to cooperate with me and I am afraid that their testimony could make the case difficult,” he said.Judge Gbeneweleh again accepted Atty. Nah’s application and disallowed the testimony of defense witnesses Leo and Okeke.Immediately after the court’s action, Okeke and Leo, who should have been the only persons to support defendant Dorbor’s initial testimony, walked out of the courtroom.Their action left their friend and co-worker in total disbelief and shock as she bowed her head.Judge Gbeneweleh also dropped the contempt of court charge that was levied against Okeke and Leo for their initial refusal to appear before the court to testify on behalf of defendant Dorbor after they had been subpoenaed. A subpoena is a court order requiring a person to appear at a legal proceeding, at a place and time designated. If an invited person fails to appear as ordered by the subpoena, he or she may be found in contempt of court and sanctioned with jail time and fines.Besides dropping the contempt charge, the judge again trashed the writ of arrest earlier issued against them.Another curious circumstance in the case is the failure of the prosecution to produce all of the 200 pieces of counterfeit United States dollars all in US$100 notes.Out of the 200 counterfeit notes, prosecution managed to produce only a single US$100 bill and claimed that the remaining 199 pieces were destroyed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WHO Donates Ambulances to MOH

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health were the proud recipients from the World Health Organization (WHO), of three brand new ambulances which are among contributions of international health stakeholders to strengthen Liberia’s health sector.The Land Cruiser jeeps, built for Liberia’s rough terrain, are expected to be used by three counties in the southeastern region, where the dirt roads are virtually impassable by ordinary vehicles during the rainy season and early dry season.Speaking to journalists following the presentation, Mrs. Bentoe Zoeglay Tehaingue, WHO’s H6 Office Coordinator, said the ambulances cost at least US$160,000.Mrs. Tehaingue said the vehicles were part of a package which included x-ray, ventilators, ultra sound and other equipment. Excluding the vehicles, the medical equipments are valued at over US$1 million, she intimated. “These ambulances are aimed at improving the referral system. We have formally given three ambulances to River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland Counties,” she said, adding that the present donation was another set of three that are to be used by Gbarpolu, River Cess and Grand Cape Mount counties.Speaking earlier, Dr. Peter Clement, Acting WHO Representative to Liberia, said that the ambulances have been donated to help save the lives of women, adding that no woman should die giving life.Dr. Clement, who is the Emergency Humanitarian Assistant at WHO Office in Liberia, further stated that the ambulances were donated in order to minimize one of the challenges, lack of vehicles, facing the health system.“The ambulances will help in making sure that women receive the necessary assistance in those remote counties just in case there is an emergency,” he added. Responding, Dr. Francis Nah Kateh, Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said one of the saddest things for him is seeing a mother losing her life while trying to give birth.Dr. Kateh, who is the Deputy Minister for Health Services, promised that the vehicles will be used for their intended purpose and that they would be properly maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Armed bandits beat, rob Campbellville woman

first_imgAn Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown woman is now traumatised and nursing injuries to her head after she was beaten and robbed by gunmen who invaded her home in a brazen daylight robbery on Wednesday morning.The woman, 49-year-old Baljinder Kaur, was at home with her maid when the three armed men invaded at about 10:00h.CCTV footage showing the robbers escaping after robbing theCampbellville womanCCTV footage showed the three men scaling the front fence of the woman’s yard and gaining entry into the upper flat of her house through the veranda.This newspaper was told that neighbours heard screams emanating from Kaur’s residence and shortly after saw men with a black bag exiting the premises. One of the men was seen placing a gun into his pants’ waist as they escaped. Persons in the area, realizing that it was a robbery, rushed over to Kaur’s home and found her with a bloodied face.“It had a huge burst on she forehead, she said they come with two guns, they use one to lash she in the forehead, but they didn’t do the maid anything,” a neighbour who went to the woman’s aid revealed.The neighbours are contending that the bandits seem to be familiar with the area.“These people know what they were doing, they didn’t spend any time. How they know that at that exact time these people had this cash in the house? This thing happened within five to ten minutes; because my aunty said when she saw the people them go in there, she watch to see what they were doing and then she went to stir her pot and by the time she came back, they come out and she said look the boys them coming out,” another neighbour remarked.Kaur was rushed to the hospital where she received several stitches for the head wound.The gunmen reportedly escaped with over $1.5 million and some $600,000 worth of jewellery. The money was withdrawn from a city bank on Tuesday to use for construction work on the house.This publication understands that this was not the first robbery that was carried out on the woman, whose husband is a businessman.Just two weeks ago, the man had parked his vehicle in front of his premises when it was vandalized and the vehicle’s battery was removed.“The man is businessman, he come and park he jeep out here and later find it break into and they remove he battery and so and went away with it, I’m thinking is the same guys them” another neighbour speculated.The matter was reported to the Police who visited the scene and are said to be investigating.last_img read more

Huskies dropping puck on exhibition schedule next week

first_imgPlayers and coaches with the Fort St. John Huskies will get their first taste of game action next week. The pre-season schedule for the team starts on September 16 in Chetwynd for a game against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Huskies will follow that up with two games next weekend against the Vermilion Tigers of the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League on home ice. The games will be at the Pomeroy Sport Centre on the 19th and 20th at 8 p.m. and 12 noon respectively.Entrance to the games at the Pomeroy Sport Centre is free, however donations to the club will be accepted in the stands throughout the game.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Blair Lekstrom calls on Gordon Campbell to resign

first_imgCTV British Columbia is reporting that South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to step down. “You hope that he knows when the time has come. I think, without question, most people would agree that the time has come to have a new premier,” Lekstrom told CTV News. Lekstrom resigned from the Liberal caucus earlier this year in protest over the HST and has been sitting as an independent MLA since.- Advertisement –last_img

Vintage vehicles shine for hospital foundation fundraiser

first_imgOver 30 different vehicles of all makes models and years were on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mall. Meanwhile, representatives from the hospital foundation were on hand to serve up cold drinks and sizzling hamburgers to hungry patrons as a fundraiser, supported by the Co-op Mall. Not only did the barbeque raise $500, but the Co-op generously agreed to match that amount for a total of $1,000 raised.That money will go towards the “Extreme Maternity Makeover” campaign, a project to renovate the second-floor maternity ward at the hospital. The public can further support that campaign by visiting a local Tim Horton’s during their “Smile Cookie” campaign that runs from Sept. 19 to 23, or the Shopper’s Drug Mart as it hosts its “Tree of Life” campaign that will be ongoing throughout September.Included here are a few photos from the show-and-shine and barbeque on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

At Argentina football club, Maradona is God, Messi is Adam

first_imgNow, on the ceiling of one club in Buenos Aires, in a painting modeled after Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel, Maradona is God, extending his hand to Adam — Lionel Messi.Argentina-born Pope Francis, an avowed football fan, would certainly smile at the grand gesture made by the club Sportivo Pereyra, located in the Barracas district of the capital, where football and other team sports are played.“For us, this pitch is our temple — a sacred temple of football, and what better than to have a fresco on the ceiling that is worthy of a temple,” coach Ricardo Elsegood told AFP.“The Sistine Chapel has God and Adam, and the chapel of football has Messi and Maradona.”In this version of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam,” instead of the angels surrounding God, other football stars are featured: Juan Riquelme, Gabriel Batistuta, Mario Kempes, Sergio Aguero, Claudio Caniggia, Ricardo Bochini and Ariel Ortega.The players are clad in the classic blue and white striped jersey of Argentina’s national team.Argentina’s Sistine Chapel of football pays tribute to Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAThe club, where many children play, is located in the southern part of Buenos Aires, not far from the stadium of the Boca Juniors, Argentina’s most successful club.“It’s as if Maradona had bestowed upon Messi the gift of continued good football,” explains the artist who painted the work, Santiago Barbeito.For Elsegood, it was a simple decision.“We realized the ceiling was rather dark. We thought at first of painting it blue with white clouds. But one day, the artist came and said it would be better to do it with Messi and Maradona,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Young people play football at the Sportivo Pereyra club in Barracas, where local artist Santiago Barbeito has painted the sport’s version of the Sistine Chapel featuring legends Diego Maradona (R) and Lionel Messi (L) © AFP / JUAN MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Apr 26 – There is no question that football is a sort of religion in Argentina.And one of the football-mad country’s brightest stars, Diego Maradona, is known for his infamous “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.last_img read more

Six players with huge pedigree still available, including United legend and Brazil stars

first_img 3. Ezequiel Lavezzi: A 2014 World Cup finalist is on the move – Lavezzi has flourished in both Italy and France at Napoli and PSG but, with his contract expiring in the summer, is set for a new challenge. While he favours a return to Italy – Inter are favourites to sign him – Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all possible alternative destinations as PSG look to push through a deal imminently to avoid losing the Argentine for free at the end of the season. 6 The January transfer window is nearing its conclusion and clubs around the world are still working tirelessly to thrash out deals before the deadline.Many interpret the mid-season window as a bit of a circus, smacking more of desperation than necessity as clubs try to salvage their campaigns.Some of the most established names in world football are available and, while they may be entering the autumn of their careers, are still attracting potential suitors.So we’ve composed a list of the six players with the greatest pedigree – think club and international success – who could be on the move in the next 10 days or so.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see who they are…N.B – Victor Valdes would have made this list, but the Manchester United goalkeeper appears to be on the verge of ending his Old Trafford nightmare by moving to Standard Liege. 4. Alexandre Pato: Talented Brazilian has rebuilt his career in South America as a dangerous wideman – Astonishingly, Pato is still just 26 years old after bursting onto the European scene so emphatically nearly a decade ago with AC Milan. He’s spent the last few years fumbling around in Brazil in an attempt to reignite his career and harbours dreams of moving back to Europe, and that seems likely with Chelsea reportedly close to finalising an £8m deal for the forward. 6 6 1. Nemanja Vidic: Former Man United defender won numerous trophies at Old Trafford – Vidic announced last week his Inter contract had been terminated after a rather underwhelming 18 months in Italy. The Manchester United great, who won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League at Old Trafford, has reportedly been offered to lowly Aston Villa on a free. Fall from grace? 6 6 2. Robinho: Has won 99 Brazil caps and titles with Real Madrid and Milan – It’s a long time since Robinho was terrorising La Liga and Premier League defences for Real Madrid and Manchester City respectively. The 31-year-old Brazilian, who allegedly thought he’d joined Chelsea rather than City back in 2008, recently left Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande and has been linked with Swiss club Sion. 5. Ronaldinho: A wealth of experience which has brought him multiple domestic trophies, the World Cup and Ballon d’Or – One of football’s greatest entertainers is clinging onto the remnants of his career, making his first appearance since September in Fluminense’s 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the weekend. Ronaldinho has failed to register either a goal or an assist in nine games for the Brazilain side, but he would still prove a luxury and lucrative signing financially for a host of European clubs. 6 6. Emmanuel Adebayor: The 31-year-old striker has plenty of goals in him… when he fancies it – We’ve put him in this list purely based on his goalscoring records at Arsenal and Manchester City. With a settled mentality, Adebayor would be an extremely useful asset for a number of Premier League clubs. Tottenham are still paying his extortionate wages and would love to offload him before the end of January, and Watford and Crystal Palace are both tipped to take the Togo forward off their hands.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger vows to declare ‘fiscal emergency’ in new year

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will declare a “fiscal emergency” in January to give him and the Legislature more power to deal with the state’s growing deficit. Schwarzenegger made the announcement Friday after meeting with lawmakers and interest groups this week to tell them California’s budget deficit is far worse than economists predicted just a few weeks ago. The shortfall is no longer expected to be $10billion, but more than $14billion – a 40percent jump that would put it in orbit with some of the state’s worst fiscal crises, those who have met with him said. Schwarzenegger said Friday that the state could be “anywhere between $10(billion) and $14billion in the hole.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe low end of that estimate represents a gap larger than California’s entire budget for its 172,000-inmate prison system. The high end is equivalent to what the state spends on both prisons and all the state’s University of California campuses in one year. Declaring a fiscal emergency would trigger a special session and force lawmakers and the governor to begin addressing the shortfall within 45 days. “What we have to do is fix the budget system. The system itself needs to be fixed, and I think that this is a good year, this coming year, to fix it,” Schwarzenegger said in Long Beach, where he was promoting his plan for health-care reform. California is struggling with shrinking state tax revenue from the meltdown of the subprime-mortgage market and the credit crunch on Wall Street. State spending also has increased by more than 40percent since Schwarzenegger took office after the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger in August signed a $145.5billion budget that increased spending 11percent due largely to the increased cost of bond repayments and special funds. General fund spending for day-to-day operations increased less than 1percent, from $101.7billion to $102.3billion for the budget year that began July 1. In August, Schwarzenegger’s office projected that the state would end its current budget year with a $4.1billion reserve. Last month, the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst reported that the state would instead end the year in the red, and was on pace to rack up a staggering $10billion deficit over the next 18 months. Schwarzenegger and his top aides this week have privately told lawmakers and interest groups that the gap could top $14billion and warned cities, counties and health and welfare agencies to expect cuts. The governor already has ordered agency leaders to draft plans for an across-the-board cut as high as 10percent. Schwarzenegger would make the declaration under Proposition 58, the 2004 ballot measure he successfully campaigned for to restrict state borrowing and create a reserve fund. The measure contained a little-known provision authorizing the governor to declare a fiscal emergency if revenue and expenditures fall substantially out of line. The declaration triggers a constitutional mandate to reopen the current budget and begin cutting costs or finding ways to increase revenue to close the gap. Democratic and Republican leaders said an emergency declaration would be a serious step, but apparently a necessary one, given the state’s growing fiscal problem. “We gave the governor the authority to do that when we wrote the measure and we will take it seriously and respond to it when it happens,” said Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. Perata said Thursday that the deficit had overtaken lawmakers’ ambitions to pass a universal health care deal. He said he would not ask fellow senators to vote on a health deal until he knows the extent of Schwarzenegger’s plans to cut the budget. But Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez remained optimistic Friday about reaching a deal to expand health-care coverage before the end of the year. The Assembly is expected to vote on a health-care bill Monday. Assemblyman Roger Niello, R-Sacramento, vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said the planned health-care vote was foolhardy given the state’s deficit. “As the old saying goes, the first thing you should do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging,” Niello said in a statement. “Our state simply cannot afford the massive government-run health-care program that will be voted upon next week.” If Schwarzenegger declares a fiscal emergency in January, he’s required under the law to introduce a plan to correct the problem and to call the Legislature into special session to act on his recommendations. If legislators don’t pass a budget bill within 45 days, lawmakers would be prohibited from acting on any other legislation or adjourning until they reach agreement. A special session also could allow the Legislature’s Democratic majority to make most decisions about where to make spending cuts. Unlike the state’s normal budget bill, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass, only a majority vote is needed to enact cuts within 90 days. A tax increase would still need a two-thirds majority, which would require Republican support.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