Hurdlers in great form at Queen’s meet

first_imgSprint Hurdlers were in great form yesterday at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet inside the National Stadium.Four records were broken. Excelsior High’s Ackera Nugent sped to a new mark of 11.69 seconds to win the Class Three Girls’ 80 metres hurdles, breaking the old mark of 11.82 set by St Jago’s Kimone McLeod last year. Holmwood Technical’s Dyandra Gray (11.74) and Shamel Robinson (11.84) were second and third, respectively.Holmwood’s Shanette Wilson topped Class Two, winning the 100m hurdles in 13.40 to erase the 14.69 set by Hydel High’s Jada Thomas last year. Vere Technical’s Britany Anderson was second overall in 13.48, with third going to Danielle Dawkins of Queen’s in 14.39.Vere’s Amoi Brown captured the Class One 100m hurdles in 13.75 ahead of Renee Shaw of Excelsior (14.06) and Patrice Watson of Queen’s, 14.57.Competing for his new school, Wolmer’s Boys’, former Calabar High hurdler Alex Robinson smashed the Class One 110m hurdles record. He clocked 13.88, beating the 14.40 set by Calabar’s Sean Selvie last year. Calabar’s pair of Orlando Bennett (13.96) and Lafranz Campbell (14.07) were the next best.Kingston College’s (KC) Timothy Lee was the fourth record breaker in the hurdles. He romped the Class Three 100m event in 13.95 seconds to erase the old mark of 14.28 set by Shaven Carr of Calabar last year. Calabar’s Jerome Campbell was second in 13.98, the same time done by third-place finisher Javelin Granville of St Jago High.KC took the first two places in the Class Two 110m hurdles. Wayne Pinnock and teammate Davion Williams both clocked 14.15. Calabar’s Shaven Carr was third with 14.55.SELECTED RESULTSBOYSClass 1 400m1. Jhevaughn Matherson, KC, 48.562. Dashawn Morrison, KC, 48.683. Travis Jackson, G’Maceo 48.89Class 2 400m1. Shemar Davis, St Jago, 50.252. Jamone Allison, XLCR, 50.773. Nicquaine Henry, C’Bar, 50.87Triple Jump Class 11. Carey McLeod, KC, 15.69m2. Paketo Sudley, JC, 14.29m3. Tevin Dunn, Munro, 14.14mGIRLSClass 3 400m1. Dorlan Nelson, XLCR, 57.02. Jodiann Dixon, Clar, 57.23. Ashley Johnson, St Jago, 58.6Class 2 400m1. Sanique Walker, Vere, 55.522. Michaela Lewis, Queen’s, 56.713. Kimarley Francis, St Jago, 56.91Class 1 400m1. Aleisha Kelly, St Jago, 54.602. Nicolee Foster, Holm, 54.923. Osheen Kerr, Holm, 56.04Triple Jump Under 201. Tissanna Hickling, St Jago, 12.90m2. Kemeva Headley, Holm, 12.30m3. Danielle Spence, St Jago, J 11.69mlast_img read more

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympics cooperation

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea under Kim expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon’s conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other.Possible inter-Korean talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but could also weaken U.S.-led international pressure on the North. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because North Korea has made it clear that it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it calls increasing U.S. threats.In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a “nuclear button” on his office desk, warning that “the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike.”He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim still said South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North.The New Year’s address is an annual event in North Korea and is watched closely for indications of the direction and priorities Kim may adopt in the year ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kim’s overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North’s nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties.Moon’s unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEarlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of Kim’s positive response to earlier South Korean dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics.North Korea hasn’t immediately reacted. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. The letters read on top left, “Kim Jong Un delivers New Year’s speech.” Kim said Monday the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year’s address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month’s Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul’s quick proposal after a rare rapprochement overture from Pyongyang a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula.In a closely watched New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday he’s willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington as a way to ease international isolation and sanctions against North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Top-seeded Muruguza retires with cramps, out of Brisbanelast_img read more

Taylor Speedway weekend results

first_imgMini Adults: Aaron Tubbs Sherri Young-Huk Dean Ferrel Sunday: IMCA Modified Division: John Beaumont Jr. Doug Mitchell Matt Richards Dennis Wurst Sports: Travis Leclerc AJ Everton Joe Kucera Bombers: Ivon Snider Greg Tarry Rob McNabb Mini Juniors – no final race Mini Adults: Aaron Tubbs* Dean Ferrel Kelly Hildebrand *Tubbs was named the winner of Sunday’s Mini-adults final, after a disqualification to Calvin Hildebrand, who bumped him while passing on the final lap.The next action at the Taylor Speedway is the weekend of July 18th and 19th. Jason Hynes Mini Juniors: Brayden Schroeder Colton Leycar Justin Tackaberry Advertisement Dennis Wurst Kaz Nidish Sports: Dale Richards Advertisement Travis Leclerc Justin Simms Bombers: Rob McNabb Richard Hildebrand Advertisement It was another beautiful and fun-filled weekend at the Taylor Speedway, as the Stock Car Club held its Doug Babcock Memorial Points Challenge. Final results are as follows: Saturday: – Advertisement -IMCA Modified Division: John Beaumont Jr. Matt Richards Advertisementlast_img read more

Finance committee headed to Fort Nelson

first_img The committee system allows members of the public to have direct input into the parliamentary process by making written, video conference and electronic submissions and attending public hearings.The public is encouraged to attend the consultation meetings in their region or submit written response by letter or email. Written responses can be sent to: Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services, Room 224, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 1X4 and email response can be sent to financecommittee@leg.bc.ca. – Advertisement – The finance committee encourages the public to bring ideas about spending priorities, tax relief, deficit management and other fiscal issues to them for discussion. The questions, ideas and concerns of the public are discussed by the committee as it prepares its recommendations to the ministry of finance.center_img The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services will hold its public hearing September 19 in Fort Nelson from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Woodlands Inn and Suites, to learn more about the public’s fiscal and spending priorities.  The all-party committee will hold 15 hearings in different regions of the province.last_img read more

Authorities thwart plot by inmates to break out of Camp Street Prison

first_imgSwift response by members of the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) on Friday morning thwarted a plot by several inmates to break out of the Camp Street penitentiary.The Camp Street Prison, GeorgetownGuyana Times understands that sometime after 10:00h on Friday, Prison Service personnel became aware of an attempt by some inmates to break out of the jail.Emergency alerts were sent out and ranks of both the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) responded.Prisons Director Gladwyn Samuels confirmed that the incident took place, stating that he, along with other ranks, was interacting with prisoners in the security block of the Georgetown prison when they observed that several bars of a cell had been cut and secured with cloth.According to a press release from Samuels, the Heads of Joint Services were alerted and the immediate search operation revealed that bars of another cell had also been cut. In addition, several hacksaw blades were discovered during the search.The GPS Director pointed out that Safrei Alexander, an escapee from the July 9, 2017, prison break and Ryan Jones, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence for manslaughter, are reportedly the masterminds in the escape bid.As such, systems were put in place for these persons to be secured at another location.“The Police, with the assistance of Prison Officers from the Georgetown prison, will be conducting a full investigation into the matter to determine, among other matters, how the prisoners got possession of hacksaw blades and why the sawed bars were not discovered earlier,” the release added.Meanwhile, Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-Division A (Georgetown), Edgar Thomas, when contacted confirmed that the assistance of his ranks was requested and as such, they were subsequently deployed to the Camp Street Prison on Friday morning.He noted that as far as the Police were apprised, no prisoner escaped the compound.However, the Commander stated that the situation at the Camp Street Prison was under control and measures are being put in place to ensure that prisoners make no other escape attempts.Over the past few years, there have been attempts by prisoners at various prisons to escape the confines of their cells.On August 22, last year, committed prisoner Delon Butcher received injuries about his body after he set fire to his mattress in the security block of the New Amsterdam Prison, Berbice.The fire was extinguished by Prison Officers on duty.Some four months earlier at that same prison, another convicted prisoner, who is serving a 25-year sentence for murder, started a fire there. On April 21, Devon Griffith started the fire in the solitary confinement area but the blaze was contained and extinguished before fire-fighters arrived at that location.On July 14, 2017, prisoners incarcerated at the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara (ECD), attempted to set fire to the wooden structure.The prisoners had filled soda bottles with pieces of clothing and materials from the tents to make lamps, which they hurled at the Lusignan Prison wooden building. They accessed fuel from a generator which provided lighting for the area. The generator was unsupervised in the compound.A tragedy was averted because fire-fighters had been present outside of the prison when the fire started.Prior to these, there were attempts by prisoners in the Camp Street Prison which led to two fires gutting buildings and holding areas in the compound, one of which claimed the lives of over a dozen inmates.The second fire had completely destroyed and flattened wooden structures; however, there were no reports of lives lost on this occasion.last_img read more

Hispanic Caucus lets Baca keep job

first_img“There was no vote,” said Paula Negrete, a spokeswoman for Loretta Sanchez, adding the congresswoman is no longer part of the caucus and does not plan to rejoin. “We are not making further comments on the matter.” Baca helped cement his position as leader of the CHC by being re-elected Wednesday to lead the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the group’s nonprofit foundation. “I look forward to leading CHCI as we approach our 30th anniversary next year,” Baca said in a statement. “I will work hard to expand CHCI’s services so we can get more youth involved in public service and civic life.” Linda Sanchez’s spokesman, Jim Dau, said that he had not talked to the congresswoman about Baca’s continued leadership and did not know what her immediate plans were. He said she had been busy the last few days in her position on a judicial subcommittee issuing subpoenas over the firing of U.S. Attorneys by the Bush Administration. “Her position is the same with the caucus as it has been in the past,” Dau said. Solis’ press secretary, Sonia Mel ndez, said the representative was out of the country and unavailable for comment. She added that Solis remains a member of the caucus. Last year, the Sanchez sisters and Solis joined three other caucus members in withdrawing from the group’s political action committee after Baca used money from the PAC to fund his two sons’ failed attempts to run for state offices in California. Baca said the money was later returned, but critics accused him of using the funds without permission. A plan to split the chairmanship into three seats – a move that would have diluted Baca’s power and was supported by Solis and the Sanchez sisters – is slated to be discussed next week. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An attempted coup against the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – instigated in part by local lawmakers – appeared to run out of steam this week. Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, who heads the group of Latino lawmakers, emerged Thursday unscathed from an hourlong meeting of caucus members in a basement room of the Capitol building. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, accused Baca last month of disparaging her by allegedly calling her a “whore” in a conversation with California Latino lawmakers last summer. Sanchez left the caucus, saying she would not return unless Baca apologized and major reforms were made to the group’s leadership structure. Her sister, Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, both threatened to quit the 21-member caucus over the row. Baca has maintained he never insulted Sanchez. Despite the accusations, and published reports that other caucus members wanted to replace him as chairman with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, Baca was not voted out during Thursday’s meeting. last_img read more

West Ham target Atletico Madrid midfielder but face battle with Napoli

first_img1 West Ham will face stiff opposition from Rafa Benitez’s Napoli for the signing of hot property Mario Suarez.The Atletico Madrid midfielder has fallen out of favour at the La Liga side, starting just six league matches and being subbed off in two of those.The 27-year-old already has a glittering CV with top and second tier Spanish titles with Madrid and former club Valladolid, as well as Copa del Rey and Super Cup medals.Arsenal and Manchester United have both been accredited with having an interest in the defensive midfielder but the Hammers are believed to be the most committed at this time.Any of the Premier League sides interested will not get an easy ride as Napoli are hunting a holding midfielder and Suarez is high on their agenda, along with Liverpool man Lucas. Mario Suarez last_img read more

Five reasons why this Liverpool idol now loves Chelsea

first_img 6 Didi Hamann’s five reasons to love Chelsea, no 5. Jose Mourinho – Click the arrow for four more reasons – Blues’ boss for a majority of the Liverpool-Chelsea rivalry that encapsulated English football in the mid-2000s, Didi was quick to lavish praise on the Portuguese boss. “Mourinho always gives you something to write and talk about,” he said. “It [the Premier League] wouldn’t be the same without him – even though, at times, he can be a bit annoying.” Didi Hamann is a regular on talkSPORT, but sadly some Chelsea fans don’t seem to like the Kop hero too much. Rather than let bitterness triumph, Didi has come up with five reasons he admires the Blues, starting with Jose Mourinho. Click the arrow above, right, to see what Hamann has to say in favour of Chelsea… and if you are a Blues fan, it might just change your opinion! 6 6 6 Didi Hamann’s five reasons to love Chelsea, no 4. Transfer policy – Click the arrow for more – One area in which the Blues have excelled in recent times has been their transfer policy, according to Didi, who said: “Their transfer policy has been spot on in the last 12 months. [Nemanja] Matic should be mentioned for making a big difference to their team and then to bring [Cesc] Fabregas and [Diego] Costa in the summer has been a masterstroke. He [Fabregas] has transformed the team, they are good to watch and Costa is scoring goals.” Didi Hamann’s five reasons to love Chelsea, no 2. The academy – Click the arrow for more – It has been quite a while since a Chelsea graduate regularly featured for the Blues’ first XI, but as Didi attests, behind the scenes they have an excellent academy. “Even though I don’t always agree with how they do youth development, they have very good facilities and have everything in place to give young people a chance to succeed in football. It’s more an education that they have there, rather than just a football-based academy.” 6 6 Didi Hamann’s five reasons to love Chelsea, no 3. The way they won the Champions League – Click the arrow for more – Didi enjoyed some pretty memorable battles with Chelsea, especially in the Champions League, but it is the way in which the Blues won the 2011/12 edition of the tournament that won him over. “I was there. They beat Bayern Munich in their own back yard. The Germans were very bitter afterwards and didn’t credit Chelsea for winning – they thought Bayern Munich lost it. Chelsea have got a mentality that may not guarantee you success, but gives you every chance of success. They know what it takes to win tight football matches.” Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has seemingly done it all in football. From success at Bayern Munich to lifting the Champions League with Liverpool, the former German international boasts an array of silverware that would leave many players jealous.However, one thing the Kop idol is yet to do is win the hearts of Chelsea fans. A regular fixture on Colin Murray’s show, Blues’ fans don’t appear to like Hamann too much, but in a bid to win their affections, he told talkSPORT just why he loves the West Londoners.Click the arrow to see Didi’s five reasons why he loves Chelsea football club.To hear Dietmar Hamann profess his love for Chelsea, re-listen to the Colin Murray show here. Didi Hamann’s five reasons to love Chelsea, no 1. The players – Over the last decade, Chelsea have been able to attract some of the world’s finest players and Didi seems to love that. “[Eden Hazard] is probably my favourite player to watch. He’s a fantastic talent and one that I hope stays in the Premier League for years to come. You’ve also got to mention John Terry. He still battles on and marshals the troops, playing a leading role in the team as does Didier Drogba. I don’t think he should have come back, but when he first came to England I think he and Thierry Henry took centre-forward play to another level.”last_img read more

Democrats at odds on war plans

first_imgWASHINGTON – Rank-and-file Democrats expressed dismay on Friday over their party’s latest anti-war strategy, with some members reluctant to vote around Veterans Day to bring troops home. The House was on track to consider legislation next week that would give President Bush $50 billion for operations for Iraq and Afghanistan, but insist that he begin withdrawing troops. The measure identifies a goal of ending combat by December 2008, leaving only enough soldiers and Marines behind to fight terrorists, train Iraqi security forces and protect U.S. assets. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed off plans for a Friday vote after caucus members told her they weren’t sure they would support it. Liberal Democrats said the proposal was too soft, while conservative members said they thought it went too far. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 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

Churches offer Halo video game to attract youths

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champEven as video games have grown in popularity, the Halo series stands out, selling more than 20 million copies since the trilogy debuted in 2001. Halo 3 sold $300million worth of copies in the first week after its September release, and Microsoft predicts it will become “the No. 1 gaming title of all time.” Halo has spawned novels, games and action figures, with a film based on the series said to be in the works. Since the release of Halo 3, congregations around the country have hosted “Halo Nights,” where hundreds of teenagers came to play the game, eat pizza, listen to a Bible lesson, then play some more. A Colorado-based youth ministry called Dare2Share sent thousands of primers to parents, church leaders and other subscribers, offering tips on using the language and themes of Halo 3 to spread the gospel. Lane Palmer, the youth ministries coordinator who authored the guide, said the organization isn’t condoning the game or trying to promote it. “But you have to understand,” he said, “everybody’s already playing it, so why not use it as a conversation piece?” With its intricate plot, range of weapons and levels of difficulty, the game takes strategy and patience. And, players say, it’s addictive. “When Halo 2 came out, I didn’t have a life for a long time,” said Justin Medina, 19, who plays at Coast Christian. The concept of using cultural trends to attract members is nothing new. Evangelical leaders, in particular, have been savvy in using print, radio, television, the Internet and podcasting to spread the gospel. Many pastors make a point to use popular movies, music, TV shows and top-selling books in order to present their message in ways people understand. “One of our goals is to show how the Bible can be applied today,” said Chris Nicely, a youth pastor at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch. “We want to try to give (kids) a taste of the fact that God’s not boring.” And anything that helps reach this generation is worth exploring, pastors agree. More than any other age group, the 14- to 30-year-olds are a tough crowd to please. About 20 percent of teenagers in America are unchurched, and 61 percent of those who were raised in a church left in their 20s, according to a 2006 survey by the Barna Group, a Christian research organization based in Ventura. Efforts to keep teens interested, however, often beg the question: How far should churches go to meet kids where they’re at? “It is a fine line, there’s no doubt about that,” said Palmer, with Dare2Share. “Any time you show blood and gore, you have to consider whether the end justifies the means. “It is very subjective, and I think churches have to look at their own traditions and figure out what’s right for them.” Bungie Studios, which created Halo, didn’t intend for the game to be used for evangelistic purposes, although part of its promotional outreach included pastors, spokesman Frank O’Connor said. The game is rated Mature, meaning it’s restricted to users 17 and older, but the M rating is deceiving, he said. “The violence in our game is actually very cartoonish,” he said. “It’s not nearly as bad as some of the other video games out there.” Rolling Hills Covenant Church doesn’t have a formal Halo group, but high school pastor Sean Hurley and a couple of other clergy and teens get together every Friday to play and socialize. “It is a video game, but it’s also a great connection point with kids in the ministry and their peers outside the church,” he said. “We have this commonality, we can establish relationships.” Creating community so kids could build relationships with each other and adults was the goal of Coast Christian when it opened the youth center this fall, said Janice Arnold, manager of The Portal. They also offer activities such as jewelry making and graphic design. On a recent afternoon, all but one of the Halo players was not a member of the church – and that’s typical, she said. The church does hold youth religious services on Friday nights at The Portal, and many of the unchurched kids have chosen to stay. “We certainly don’t bang them over the head with a Bible,” she said. “But most of them want to stay afterward for youth group. We’re very excited about that.” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although the plot involves an ark, a covenant, seven halos and religious prophesies, the thrill-kill video game Halo seems a tad out of place at a Christian youth center. But every afternoon after school, dozens of teens flock to The Portal center at Coast Christian Fellowship in Torrance, where they huddle around game consoles and battle for control of the cyber-universe. It’s a scene being played out around the country as religious leaders try to use Halo to attract youths. The goal, they say, is to make a connection and build relationships with teens who might not otherwise be interested in church. “I think people understand that this is part of our outreach,” said Guy Takashima, pastor of Coast Christian, an Assemblies of God church. last_img read more