VCB signs on as Kingston City Run Ambassador

first_imgKINGSTON:Olympian and track superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown is lending her star power as an ambassador for the fourth staging of the annual Kingston City Run.The annual event has seen participation from thousands of locals, including out-of-towners from all over the island and international racers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Trinidad, Cayman, Barbados, Canada, and the United States – from states such as New York and Florida.”We are truly overwhelmed by the all-round, positive support we have received from our participants, volunteers and sponsors,” said Christopher Jarrett, co-chair, Kingston City Run Organising Committee.”We are especially honoured for the support being given by Veronica to not only promote the event, but raise the awareness of the plight on many of our most vulnerable citizens,” he explains.The Kingston City Run focuses on supporting charitable organisations that focus on eliminating the plight of homelessness through skills training, development, offering temporary housing, meals, and general care.AT-RISKYOUTHOur charities also work with youth at risk of taking the wrong path that could one day lead to homelessness.”When asked to lend my support to this cause, I did not hesitate,” stated Veronica Campbell-Brown. “No matter how strong we are, how much we have accomplished, we must always remember to help the least of us in times of need.””I fully support the work of the Kingston City Run organisation team for taking the bold steps for such a worthy cause. Last, but by no means least, having ventured into the run/walk arena myself, I fully believe in the [Kingston City Run’s] cause of promoting health and well-being,” she added.In addition to positioning Kingston as an attractive tourist destination, KCR organisers are looking to continue to make a big impact at home.As it has in the past, the event has once again partnered with a number of local charities in a bid to help the country’s homeless population. As a result of its various fundraising initiatives, Kingston City Run will be making contributions to the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Open Arms Drop In Centre, Food For The Poor, Missionaries of the Poor, and the Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys’ Home).last_img read more

Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematch

first_imgJustin Brownlee anchored Ginebra’s fourth-quarter surge to finish with 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists to send the 11,891 in attendance, including legend Robert Jaworski, in jubilation.The Gin Kings’ relentless pursuit finally paid dividends in the fourth quarter as the Brownlee-led 24-8 charge coincided with the KaTropa’s shooting going ice cold, with TNT firing a paltry 2-of-20 clip in the first eight minutes of the period. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGinebra, then, took a 104-94 lead with 4:07 left to play punctuated by a three from LA Tenorio before Greg Slaughter iced the game with a huge slam to give coach Tim Cone his 32nd finals appearance.“We were just fortunate that Glen Rice went out. But it was still a great game; they were making shots. It was quite a frustrating first half,” said Cone. How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ateneo’s Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment 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 DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “But our guys came collected in the second half and started playing like we do.”Tenorio chipped in 25 markers, seven assists, and four boards, Slaughter had 21 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks, and Sol Mercado added 11 markers, three boards, and three dimes in the Ginebra win.With its back against the wall, TNT came out like a house on fire as it established an early 16-point advantage, 35-19, courtesy of a three from Anthony Semerad.But that blaze was quickly doused after KaTropa reinforcement Glen Rice Jr. was ejected with 1:41 remaining in the opening frame after incurring a flagrant foul penalty one and a technical for throwing the ball to a fallen Kevin Ferrer.Though Jayson Castro kept TNT in the driver’s seat and put his team up by 18, 72-54 in the third quarter, Brownlee had other plans as the import commandeered Ginebra’s 28-point third quarter outburst to cut the KaTropa lead down to six, 86-80, at the end of the third quarter and set up the close finish.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESDefending champion Barangay Ginebra gets a shot to defend its crown after dispatching TNT, 115-105, in Game 4 of their best-of-5 semifinals series in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings arranged a finals rematch with Meralco starting on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Gin Kings’ 18-point comeback was the biggest comeback in the playoffs in seven years, or since the franchise crawled back from 20-points down to upend Alaska in 2010-11 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Troy Rosario topscored for TNT with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Castro carried the mantle with a near triple-double performance of 26 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the losing effort.The scores:GINEBRA 115 – Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105 – Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

Nimba Underestimated Maryland’

first_imgNimba County soccer coach Muta Fofana has disclosed that Nimba’s 1-1 draw with Maryland County in the ongoing National County Meet was because his players underestimated Maryland.Speaking to this newspaper after the game on December 13, he said the Maryland game was not a priority as compared to other teams in their group.Nimba drew with Maryland County on Sunday which brought disappointment ro Nimbaians who had expected victory.Prior to the game, the entire city of Sanniquellie was besieged by enthusiastic fans of Nimba County, dancing all night long on the main street of Sanniquellie as they waited for victory.However, Coach Muta reassured fans that there will be no more joke in their remaining games because the team will win to bring them joy.“We are sure of defeating the remaining teams to bring joy to our people,” he said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lethem Industrial Estate construction on schedule

first_imgBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin conducted a site visit to the Lethem Industrial Estate while he was in the border town over the weekend.Construction of the facility, which is located on the outskirts of Lethem in Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), is right on schedule and, once completed, will be a stimulus for many of the entrepreneurs within Lethem and the wider Region Nine area.Minister Gaskin, who also has the responsibility for tourism, pointed out that a business incubator is being established to give small businesses an outlet where they can cultivate and acquire enough skills in an enabling environment with the necessary support mechanism.Lethem Industrial Estate under construction“The project is likely to be operational by next year we are pinning a lot of hope on how that estate develops.”The goal is that within a year of the establishment, the businesses should be in a position to branch off independently and possibly expand.The industrial site is expected to be a source of employment for the residents of the town. “When the estate is open, it will take a while to get full occupancy, it’s a long-term project, but businesses that will be opened in that environment will require employees and staff in a variety of levels and we expect that these positions will be taken up by persons from Lethem or by the region, and we expect that the Brazilian market will play a role in the viability of the businesses that are looking to be established,” Minister Gaskin is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Business Ministry has responsibility for industrial estates at Lethem, Belvedere, Eccles, and Coldingen. The latter two, which have a combined total of 120 developed plots, house close to 60 developed estates providing jobs for about 4000 Guyanese.The main industries are wood-processing, cement and block-making, food processing, fish processing, furniture manufacturing, metal fabrication and pharmaceuticals.In the 2016 National Budget, the Government allocated $212 million for the development and repair of the industrial estates at Belvedere and Lethem.last_img read more

Councillor concerned over high crime rate in Zeelugt

first_imgCouncillor of Constituency Number Four, Zeelugt, Poorandai Sukhu on Tuesday vented her frustration over the village’s alarming crime rate, which she claimed is not being addressed by the Police Division.Sukhu told Guyana Times she is certain a robbery occurs at least every three days in the community.It is due to this fact that the Councillor noted that the matter was brought to the attention of the D Division (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) Commander, who only reportedly committed to meeting with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) members in June, but never showed up.“The crime rate is very very high. Extremely high I would say because is like everyCouncillor of Constituency Number Four, Zeelugt, Poorandai Sukhunight someone house is (being) broken into. Every night…,” she said.Sukhu said on Monday night a villager’s house was broken into and several items were discovered missing. “One week prior to that they went in his shop and clean the entire shop with all the goods and everything and couple days after, they went back there. Earlier in the month they went to a supermarket in the village also,” she stated.The Councillor said despite reports are being made of these incidents to the Police, little or nothing is being done to remedy or even investigate the occurrences.According to her, a number of reports were made by villagers to police stations, which is often to no avail.“I know of (a case) where one resident caught a thief man in his veranda and called the Police and the thief man claimed that he was going there to look for something to eat (because) he is very hungry and after two (or) three days, the Police loose him,” she explained. The woman said the crime rate is so high and has become so scary that many times persons are forced to stay away from family activities and forums because whenever the home is left unattended, the thieves take advantage. It is because of the same reason, she said, that persons are now refraining from wandering on the streets after dark.“This is really frustrating. Persons should not have to live like this in fear. The Police ought to look into our worries,” she added.The Councillor added, “where I am living in my street, this is about seven days ago, they went in (somebody’s home), break the window and those people were in their house sleeping. They carried away bottles of water, them two litre bottles thinking it was kero and they carry away that. Carry away the fan and even the people groceries.”Meanwhile, when contracted, Divisional Commander Rishi Das dismissed the claims made by the Councillor. He said he was never contacted to attend any meeting by the NDC.“Nobody never invite me to meet with the members of Zeelugt (NDC). I did Community meetings in West Demerara Station District. I went to Bonasika, I went to Santa Mission, I went to Canal (and) I went to Par Faite Harmonie… I never promised anybody to go anywhere,” Das said.He even said that based on their records, the crime rates are not as high. On Monday last, a man was nabbed with several items he stole from the Zeelugt Shiva Mandir.A caretaker of the building who visited the temple on Monday at about 06:00h to switch off the lights found the idols stripped and the building ransacked. She raised an alarm, and the incident was reported to the Police.The devotees who suspected the man went to his home with a team of officers and unearthed the missing items in his fowl pen. Taken into custody, he subsequently confessed to the crime at the Leonora Police Station.A public-address system and over $200,000 in decorations and other items were stolen.last_img read more

Road linking ECD with EBD still to commence

first_img2 years after loan approvedTwo years following the signing of a concessional loan with the Government of India, construction is still to commence on the new road linking the East Coast of Demerara with the East Bank of Demerara.The road, which will link Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) to Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), is intended to reduce congestion by providing commuters with an alternative route, with construction scheduled to begin in late 2016.However, although it was announced by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson that works were set to commence at the end of 2016, it was now being reported by the Ministry that the project was still in the preparatory stage.The project reportedly has three distinctive stages: stage one – detailed project report preparation; stage two – construction supervision and stage three – post-construction/defects liability period.The final report of stage one, which is being undertaken by an Indian company called RITES Limited for the sum of US$1,321,000, is expected to be submitted in April of next year, with actual construction expected to start that July.This stage had commenced in April 13, 2018 and to date the consultant (RITES) has submitted the inception and feasibility reports. The Public Infrastructure Ministry in a statement on Tuesday disclosed that the “new road will also integrate other local distributor roads on the East Bank Demerara with the road network of Georgetown and East Coast Demerara corridor while simultaneously improving the connectivity with the Ogle Airport”.According to the Ministry, “this is consistent with the Transportation Policy Proposal of the Greater Georgetown Development Plan (2001-2013) aiming to link the road networks on the East Coast Demerara, East Bank Demerara and the capital city”. Currently, the East Bank Highway is the only exit route available to residents who live in Georgetown, ECD and EBD.Since these areas are below sea level and prone to flooding, the importance of an alternative route in the case of any major natural disaster was also outlined. The design will allow for a new alignment (approximately 15 kilometres long) which will connect the ECD to the EBD at the aforementioned limits.It will also allow for the integration with the existing road network via a number of connector roads with Aubrey Barker Road, Haags Bosch Road, Mocha Arcadia Road and Diamond Access Road. According to the Ministry, “Based on submissions thus far the approximate budget is 104 million United States dollars (US$104,000,000).”last_img read more

Promise not kept: Arenas shut down

first_imgNot on this day, when the Wizards scored a season-low 73points, seven less than their previous low. “That’s just plain stupid,” Jordan said of Arenas’ comments about playing defense. “The whole idea of us having to have to play defense better, is that a problem or is that a question? That’s ludicrous. Frankly, we didn’t have enough talent on the floor.” Granger released from hospital: Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is listed as day-to-day with a sore neck after he fell in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Clippers. Team spokesman David Benner said X-rays and tests performed on Granger at a hospital after he fell were negative. Granger has been released from the hospital. Granger, who scored ninepoints, hit the floor with 4:38 left in the quarter. He lay face-down for several minutes while medical personnel attended to him. Finally, a stretcher was brought out and he was wheeled off the court. Nash still out for Suns: Steve Nash missed his third consecutive game because of lingering soreness in his right shoulder. Joining Nash in street clothes for the game against the Chicago Bulls was fellow Phoenix Suns starter Boris Diaw, out with back spasms. In all, Nash has missed 3 games because of inflammation that flared up in the shoulder. The Suns have one more game before the All-Star break, Wednesday at Seattle. Nash might play, coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I hope so,” D’Antoni said before the Bulls game. “It’s hard for me to say. I thought he’d play (Sunday).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Grant High of Van Nuys product had made the promise in retaliation for Portland coach Nate McMillan’s involvement with Arenas being left off the U.S. national team last summer. The guard, who is averaging 29.4 points, shot 3 for 15 from the field, including 0 for 8 on 3-pointers. He finished with nine points. “Thats like a dude saying he’s going to punch you in your face,” said Blazers guard Jarrett Jack, who guarded Arenas for most of the game. “With a guy like him, Kobe or LeBron, the easy way to guard him is don’t let him get the ball back when he passes it. We did a good job of trying to deny him when he was one pass away, and my big guys did a great job of helping me whenever he got by me.” The Trail Blazers are the only team that Arenas has not scored 30 points against during his six-year NBA career. “We have a new philosphy now and that is focusing on defense,” said Arenas, who spent most of the game guarding Jack, who shot 5 for 8 from the field with five assists. “Right now we are still adjusting to that. At the end of the day, they scored a lot of easy baskets on us.” Arenas averaged 28.5 points in two starts against Portland last season. “When you tell a team: `Hey, we don’t have Antawn anymore. We can’t outscore people. You’ve proven that we can’t outscore people anymore. We have to go out there and stop people,’ for a scoring team, it kind of takes that air out of you,” Arenas said of what the Wizards have been hearing lately from coach Eddie Jordan. “We’re who we are. We’re a high-scoring team. We’re a running team. That’s what we do. We’re a high-scoring caliber team.” center_img Gilbert Arenas vowed to score 50 points against Portland. He wasn’t even close as the Washington Wizards fell to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 94-73 Sunday. last_img

No will for immigration reform

first_imgThe unintended consequence of all this chaos is, unfortunately, death. Last year, 453 people died while trying to cross into the USA illegally – all of them victims of the deserts or criminals preying upon them. Recently, in the Bronx, nine children were killed in a horrific fire after a row house ignited into flames. I have the floor plan of that dwelling. It was designed to house eight people at most. Seventeen children and five adults from Mali were living there with no fire escapes, bad heating and no sprinkler system. Sanctuary isn’t much good if the shelter is lethal. A mixture of political cowardice, idealistic nonsense, and corrupting cash has resulted in a crisis that is hurting just about everyone but the businesspeople who exploit the illegals. And judging by the performances of Presidents Bush and Calderon, I don’t see real reform on the horizon. The USA needs to secure the border with barriers and the National Guard, develop a fair, disciplined guest worker program that serves legitimate business needs, and require all illegal aliens already here to register so they can be evaluated as potential citizens. Mexico needs to police its border and stop the drug runners and poor migrants from doing whatever they want to do. Both countries could accomplish those things; there is a way. But, truthfully, there’s no will. Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor. E-mail him at oreilly@foxnews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was fascinating to watch the tango between President George W. Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderon in the Yucatan a few days ago. Bush pledged to try to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform, while Se or Calderon put forth that America needs to “do more” for Mexico. OK, so what are these guys really saying? First, President Bush has no heart for the immigration fight. As the former governor of Texas, he well understands the myriad of problems chaotic illegal immigration has caused. But Bush, I believe, sincerely believes that most migrants are honest, hard-working folks who simply want a better life. He also calculates that tough action against illegals will ultimately cost the Republican party crucial votes, because the pro-alien lobby demonizes politicians who try to crack down. For his part, Presidente Calderon claims he wants to stem the flow of immigrants and narcotics into the USA, but it’s baloney. Calderon actually told the truth when he said that because millions of Americans want drugs, the supply would continue to flow through Mexico. South of the border, this immigration/narcotics deal is all about money, and we’re talking billions of dollars. The cash illegals send home to Mexico and the narco-trafficante dollars fuel Mexico’s entire economy, with only oil competing. The old saying is, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But there’s little will in the USA to get illegal immigration under control. Right now there are at least 37 so-called “sanctuary cities” ranging from Anchorage, Alaska, to Katy, Texas. These are municipalities that have flat-out told the Homeland Security department they will not cooperate with any investigations into the status of illegal workers. In New York, for example, many officials look the other way while immigrants, both legal and illegal, pack into dwellings, organize into criminal gangs and generally do whatever they want. On Long Island, where I live, 60 men were living in one suburban house. When Suffolk Country authorities finally responded to desperate complaints from neighbors, the newspaper Newsday went wild, calling attempts to control the illegal situation “anti-immigration mania.” last_img read more

Morocco and USA/Canada/Mexico confirm 2026 bids

first_img0Shares0000The final decision of the host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 30 – Morocco and the three-nation ticket of the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally confirmed their bids to host the 2026 World Cup on Thursday’s deadline.That World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, rather than the 32 who will compete in Russia next year and in Qatar in 2022. The next stage will be the submission of complete candidacy dossiers by the candidates on March 16.The host will be chosen on June 13 next year, but the way the choice is made marks a change by FIFA, the governing body of world football.The decision used to be made by FIFA’s executive committee, but following the suspicions that hovered over its selection of Russia and Qatar in December 2010, and the subsequent scandal that dethroned president Sepp Blatter, the committee was stripped of some power and renamed the FIFA Council.The new-look council must rubber-stamp the bids, but the final decision will be taken in a vote of the 211 national federations at a congress in Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

BC SPCA partners with Northern Lights Estate to launch wine that protects bears

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC SPCA has partnered with Northern Lights Estate Winery and has launched ‘The Bear’, a new Pinot Gris-style wine that is raising awareness and funds to help BC bears.Using surplus apples sourced from local properties to make the wine and the goal to deter bears from entering developed areas in search of leftover or fallen fruit. ‘The Bear’ will help protect local bears as well $2 from the sale of each bottle will be given to the BC SPCA to help animals in need across B.C.In a statement by Craig Daniell, Chief Executive Officer of the BC SPCA says the initiative is a creative example of how individuals and businesses can make a difference for B.C. wildlife.- Advertisement -“British Columbia is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife, including both black bears and grizzly bears,” says Daniell. “But, as urban development expands into wild animal habitats, bear encounters have become a normal part of life, with tragic consequences for the bears.” In the fall, as bears prepare for hibernation they need to build up fat to survive the winter. They seek out easily accessed foods, including compost, garbage and fruit trees. “Unfortunately, these food sources bring bears and people closer together,” says Daniell. “Over time, bears may lose their natural fear of people and start to associate people with food. Sadly, hundreds of ‘problem’ bears end up being killed by conservation officers in B.C. every year.”The BC SPCA is reminding British Columbians to do their part in keeping B.C. bears safe by being aware of the following attractants;Ripe or fallen fruitUnsecured garbage and compost/food scrapsOutdoor pet food storageBird feedersOutdoor fridges and freezersBeehivesChicken coops“We can all take easy steps to protect bears from becoming victims,” says Daniell. “And what better way to reward yourself for making the effort than with a glass of The Bear wine?”Advertisement For more information on where to buy The Bear wine, visit read more