Big guns ready for Camperdown Classic, Western Relays

first_imgThe Camperdown Classic and the Milo Western Relays will highlight track and field action today as both cities get set for some explosive competition with the National Stadium and the Montego Bay Sports Complex setting the respective stages. Several of the Racers Track Club’s household names are expected to feature at the National Stadium with 2011 world champion over the 100m Yohan Blake set for his first run this season with a 400m assignments. Jevaughn Minzie, Kemar Bailey-Cole and former Calabar star Michael O’Hara are also all expected to compete in the one lap event. Defending national boys’ champions Calabar High will again show up in large numbers and will have Jamaica College, Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago High for company, while on the female side, Vere Technical and St. Jago High are expected to lock horns with the likes of Immaculate, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), The Queen’s School and Camperdown set to join them. Cynthia Cook, a member of the Organising Committee is excited about today’s event. “I am very overwhelmed with the number of entries, and despite the entries being closed on Wednesday, we have been getting a lot of calls for late entries, but we just couldn’t take anymore. All is set for a day of fun and excitement, and the meet will be streaming live once again following an absence last year,” said Cook. Camperdown past student Rasheed Dwyer, 200m champion at the World University Games and Commonwealth Games 200 will be the honouree at the meet. Galaxy of stars In Montego Bay, fans will get a chance to see double Olympic female champion, Elaine Thompson and several members from the MVP Track Club who did very well at the Rio Olympic Games last year. These include 100m bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson, along with 100m finalist, Christania Williams and 400m finalist Stephenie-Ann McPherson. On the male side, Julian Forte who ended last season in fine style will be looking to impress, while his teammate Nesta Carter is expected to make an appearance following his absence from the track last year. The MVP athletes are expected to get strong competition in the relays from the G.C. Foster College and Sprintec teams, which overshadowed athletes from MVP last year. Things should also be exciting among the high schools, especially among the females with three of the most powerful female teams Edwin Allen, Holmwood Technical and Hydel all sending strong squads to the second city. On the male side it should be a battle royale between Kingston College and St. Elizabeth Technical, where the 4x400m and 4x800m. The meet will begin at 12:00 noon with the Class One boys’ 110m hurdles.last_img read more

Business community flays Govt on high crime wave

first_imgThe recent upsurge in criminal activities across the country seemed to have cracked the nerve of the businessPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattancommunity as it came out swinging at the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Administration, for what it said seems to be its inability to take control of the situation.Officials of the Central Corentyne and Berbice Chambers of Commerce (CC&BCC) on Thursday first criticised the new Administration, pointing out that it appears to be powerless and ineffectual in tackling the situation.“Government seems powerless, ineffectual, and out of their league in fighting crime. It is extremely disappointing as the coalition campaigned very strongly on this issue and we were all optimistic with all the military, ex-commissioners and other ‘experts’ at their disposal and now we have a situation in Berbice that is far worse than we have ever experienced,” the organisations, which represents the interest of businesses in Berbice said in a statement.The two groups in a joint statement said “everyone seems to be a sitting duck, as it seems every day a business is held up and residents beaten and robbed in their homes, this coupled with the depressed business environment, makes it exceedingly burdensome for businesses and ordinary citizens to cope. President Granger and the Government has miserably failed the people of this country to provide protection and security”.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan also came under fire for his seemingly reluctant and unconcerned disposition at addressing the situation head on in the ancient county.The Minister reportedly told the business community in the region that he had no time to deal with their concerns as he was extremely busy with the preparation for the country’s 50thIndependence anniversary celebration slated for next month.“The present Security Minister, who we strongly believe will not be able to support and motivate the Force, is too busy preparing for the jubilee celebrations than meet with the Chambers at our request to discuss the present situation… He wants us to do his work for him. We must document what we feel he should do in the present situation and send it to him, instead of his coming to us to hear what we have to say and see if any of it can be implemented. Since we have to wait over one month to get a meeting with the Minister, let the public be the judge of his priorities.”The Chambers articulated that that Police morale is low, with officers uncertain and afraid to shoot. They said this should be taken in context of President Granger’s insistence on pardoning criminals, stating that “it is no surprise that gun crimes have spiralled out of control. Bandits have become more emboldened by the Government’s approach.”Just recently, a Police was almost killed by a bandit in Rose Hall in the presence of his armed colleagues.The Government’s policy on crime needs a serious overhaul. The Government appears weak, soft and sympathetic to criminals, contrast this with the late President Hoyte’s no-nonsense and aggressive approach to the ‘kick down the door bandits’ in the eighties, President Granger being a historian should go back and study and implement the strategies used by President Hoyte, who on assuming office in the eighties quickly brought the crime spree under control,” the Chamber said.In light of Ramjattan’s remark for the CC&BCC to provide their input, the Chambers have suggested several things that could be done to tackle crime in Berbice. These include quick response teams to be located in Berbice, establishing a permanent SWAT teams in the county; Government’s unconditional support for our Policemen and women; increase in salary, pay salaries on time; increased Police patrols; and the Rose Hall Police Outpost should be converted into a Police station. The CC&BCC added that the Force needs more manpower and vehicles, in addition to training and education. They also suggested the exploration of the possibility of CCTV cameras and duty-free concessions for security equipment.Meanwhile, following the release by the Berbice Chambers of Commerce, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in a statement also expressed extreme concern over the mounting crime situation.The GCCI brought into account the brazen attack on the Ramada Princess Hotel Casino and the killings earlier this month of rice farmers Mohammed Munir and his wife Jamilla.GCCI said that with the independence jubilee fast approaching, the authorities have to do more to arrest the crime situation.It lamented that years of changes and the provision of resources to the Police seemed to have little or no impact. According to the GCCI, there is an urgent need for a national discussion on the long-term capacity of the Police to handle crime.last_img read more

Mental Health Unit refurbished

first_img… has five psychiatristsThe level of mental health care offered by the Ministry of Public Health will be improved and the Mental Health Unit will seek to further decentralise its service to the community level.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, speaking on the issue of decentralisation said that the ministry has already commenced the process of conducting an hunman resources review that will lead to an HR strategic Plan after which the ministry and its partners will identify, train, and allocate additional resources to boost the mental health services particularly at the community level.The Public Health Ministry’s Mental Health UnitMinister Cummings also identified the need for a review of the current mental health legislation that does not allow for extensive mental health care and is outdated. It has also been recognised that persons with mental disorders are more prone to become victims of suicide.“Several risk factors contribute to the high suicide rates in Guyana. The most common risk factors identified are acute emotional distress and depression. This factor accounts for 36.6 per cent of all cases. The care of the mentally ill is provided under the legislative framework of the Mental Health Ordinance of 1930, which is antiquated and fails to make provision for the protection of the rights of people with mental disorders.”Meanwhile, Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Meenawattie Rajkumar, in an invited telephone comment with Government Information Agency (GINA), stated that the unit had not been properly structured to cater to mentally ill patients prior to May 2016.Dr Rajkumar added that the unit can now offer counselling and occupational therapy to these patients in a refurbished environment. She said that the unit is equipped with five psychiatrists, eight Social Workers and a pharmacy for the patients to have easier access to treatment.She remarked that the aim of the Metal Health Unit is to break the stigma that is attached to mental illness in Guyana. Located at 252 Quamina Street, South Cummingsburg, the unit caters for patients with mental disorders on an out-patient basis.The unit’s Director said that the Public Health Ministry intends to upgrade the GPHC’s psychiatric department as a specialised in-patient unit, housing patients according to their level of diagnosis.The organisation of mental health services, beds and professionals in Guyana is currently centralised, responding to persons with mental disorders and concentrating them at the National Psychiatric Hospital at Canje, Berbice and the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric ward.Persons with mental disorders are reported to suffer discrimination in their communities, workplaces, educational institutions, judicial services and the health care system.last_img read more

Elderly man fined for theft

first_imgAn elderly man was on Wednesday fined $65,000 for stealing a number of items after he admitted to the crime and apologised.Derrick Burrowes admitted to Magistrate Fabayo Azore that he stole 17 four-inch saddles, eight six-inch saddles and four water meters, property of Guyana Water Inc (GWI).The remorseful man did not hesitate to plead guilty to the charge, stating that he had an explanation for his action.The push-cart man told the court that he saw the items in a bag and thought that they were scrap metal, so he took the items to a scrap metal yard to be sold. The 53-year-old man begged the court for leniency, as he would not have taken the items if he knew that they were new.The prosecution informed the court that Burrowes cooperated with Police and this led to the items being recovered. He was fined $65,000.last_img read more

Guyanese miners at mercy of ruthless Sindicato Gang

first_img…as robberies, beating escalate – ‘F’ Division Commander says probe launched into river attacks Saying they are at the mercy of the ruthless Sindicato Gang, miners operating in Upper Cuyuni riverine areas in Guyana’s administrative Region Seven are begging the Government to provide escort services as they traverse the river following attacks by members of the said gang.The miners claim the situation is hampering their businesses, and that in recent times, members of the Venezuela-based Sindicato Gang have set up camp about three miles below Eteringbang, on the Cuyuni River, and are stopping all boats (both Venezuelan and Guyanese), demanding gold and cash for fuel, ration and other things that are being transported for their operations.“This Sindicato Gang is heavily armed, and would fire at our boats if we do not stop. They also have boats, and would drive up to us if we do not stop,” the miners complained.One victim of the Sindicato Gang who was brutally murderedThey noted also that a group of Sindicato Gang members have recently set us another base at Butanamo, about 20 miles further down the Cuyuni, and are doing the same thing to persons traversing the river.Miners are calling on Government to intervene and provide protection for them. “We are hereby calling on the Government and military to urgently address this situation that is affecting our businesses significantly, by immediately providing escort services for our boats through these two zones,” the miners have pleaded.Efforts to contact Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, to enquire whether he is aware of the situation and if any action has since been taken, have proven futile. However, Commander of the Police ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations), Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis, told Guyana Times that the Police are aware of the situation, and have since launched an investigation.“Preliminary investigations revealed that they (the miners) are going on the Venezuelan side of the River, and we can’t do anything, because these people are in Venezuela, and we can’t go other there,” Commander Adonis explained.He pointed out that since receiving the report about a week ago, and after investigating same, the Police have been urging the miners to stay in Guyana’s waters and avoid going over to the neighbouring territory.“When the joint service went there and we found that the (Guyanese) miners are going in the people waters, we cautioned them, but they want go mine in the people water… But we can’t do anything if they get attack over there, so that’s why we’ve been telling them not to venture out over there,” the Divisional Commander related.Over the past year, there have been increasing reports of members of the Sindicato Gang crossing over to Guyana and terrorising persons here while robbing them. Asked about this, Senior Superintendent Adonis said those are unconfirmed reports. He noted that the miners would usually lodge complaints, but there is no supporting evidence to point out who the alleged culprits are.Last year, there were several cases wherein local mining camps were attacked and robbed, reportedly by perpetrators crossing over from both Venezuela and Brazil. According to the victims, the bandits were speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which suggest that they are not Guyanese.Minister Ramjattan had explained, in an interview with the Guyana Times, that the bandits could very well be Guyanese who are bilingual, having lived in the neighbouring countries or close to the borders.“We don’t know; and from what we are hearing, it is not as if we have gotten the information as to whether they are Guyanese or non-Guyanese, because there are thousands of actual Guyanese who have been living in Venezuela and know the Spanish language very well. And so I won’t go that far to say… What I can say is that there are masked men armed heavily, speaking foreign language that is not the English that we know; but I can’t say if they’re Guyanese, if they’re Brazilians, or if they’re Venezuelans or whatever. It’s difficult at this stage, unless a couple of them have been caught, and then we can know for sure,” the Public Security Minister had stated.In addition to these attacks, a horrific video was circulated on social media back in January of a young man, believed to be Guyanese, being butchered by members of this Venezuelan Sindicato Gang.Over the past weeks, President David Granger has been making visits to communities along the borderline with Guyana’s western neighbour, announcing plans to beef up security in those areas.The formation of more Community Policing Groups (CPGs) was one of such measures undertaken to ensure the protection of citizens in those frontline communities.last_img read more

CanolaFest tickets now on sale in Fort St. John

first_imgThis family friendly festival will be held on the island at Peace Island Park and will feature one large stage, VIP tents, food, arts vendors and more.  Thank you to our official equipment supplier, Peace Country Rentals for all their help. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tickets for CanolaFest are now on sale in Fort St. John at Moose FM.  If you buy your tickets at Moose FM, you could meet Tim Hicks.CanolaFest, presented by Thunder Oilfield, will take over Peace Island Park Saturday July 16.  The all day music festival will feature more music than ever with 14 performers including 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award Winner Tim Hicks with opener the Chris Buck Band.Starting May 24, tickets can now be purchased in Fort St. John at Moose FM (9924 101 ave, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.).  You can still purchase tickets online at, by phone at 1-877-339-TIXX or at any Tiger Box Office Plus.- Advertisement -To celebrate, everyone who buys a ticket at Moose FM, between now and June 3, 2016, will have their name entered to win a meet and greet with CanolaFest headliner, Tim Hicks.CanolaFest has also launched a special Corporate ticket package that allows you to treat your employees or clients to an amazing day of music.  When you purchase tickets in bulk, you’ll get exclusive discounts and the chance purchase drink tickets in advance.  Get all the details about our Corporate ticket package here.You can purchase those tickets in person at Moose FM or by calling 250-787-7100.Advertisementlast_img read more

United win to ease pressure on Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Relief for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 6 – Under-pressure Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saw his side score three goals, including a late winner, as they beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.Amid newspaper speculation he could be sacked this weekend, Mourinho’s side fell 2-0 behind as early as the 10th minute after goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto fired the visitors — who haven’t won in the league this season — into a shock lead. But Juan Mata pulled a goal back in the 70th minute with a fine free-kick, Anthony Martial equalised six minutes later and Alexis Sanchez scored in the 90th minute to end United’s run of four games without a win.Victory saw United move up into eighth place in the table but still left them six points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who are away to Liverpool on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Padraig MacLochlainn has slammed those who accept Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland but reject the idea of him being President.The Sinn Féin TD for Donegal North East, has said the “anti-McGuinness rhetoric” is “hypocritical and partitionist”.Mr McGuinness came third in a Sunday Business Post poll today with 16% support. David Norris is the favourite to win, with 21%, while Michael D Higgins is in second place on 18%.Deputy McLaughlin said many commentators are being “two-faced”.MACLOCHLAINN SLAMS ANTI-MCGUINNESS CAMP AS ‘HYPOCRITES” was last modified: September 25th, 2011 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:martin mcguinnessPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Quartz Hill takes next step

first_img Section individual final: Quartz Hill senior Erdman, who has accepted a partial golf scholarship from UC Riverside, finished 11-over-par 84 in Friday’s Southern Section final at Diamond Bar Golf Club in Diamond Bar, coming within a stroke of conditional qualifying for individual play in next week’s regional final. Dilger, a sophomore, shot 93 in the 89-player competition, from which the top 28 golfers qualified for regional play. The next 15 spots – four players at 81, seven at 82 and four at 83 – were conditional qualifiers for regional berths that might be vacated by qualifiers who also reach regional play as members of qualifying teams. Golden League final: Erdman shot 81 at Crystalaire Country Club and 82 at Rancho Vista Golf Course in Palmdale, finishing 163 to win her first league title. Dilger shot 90-81_171 for the second and final berth in the individual section final at Diamond Bar Golf Club. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Top entries at River Ridge – one of four divisional qualifiers that each advance four teams to the section final – included Foothill League champion Valencia, Foothill runner-up Hart of Newhall and Channel League champion Dos Pueblos of Goleta. Dos Pueblos is a two-time section girls’ champion, Valencia is ranked No. 1 by the Daily News, and Hart defeated Valencia twice this season before finishing one point behind Valencia in the final league standings. Righetti of Santa Maria, representing the Pac-5 League, Santa Ynez of the Los Padres League, La Reina of Thousand Oaks (Frontier League), Rio Mesa of Oxnard (Pacific View League) and Westlake (Marmonte) were the other league champions at River Ridge. Camarillo and Oxnard (Pacific View), Nordhoff (Frontier), Paso Robles (Pac-5), San Marcos (Channel), Saugus (Foothill), Lompoc (Los Padres), and Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Newbury Park (Marmonte) rounded out the team entries at River Ridge. The survivors move on to Thursday’s section final at Indian Hills Golf Club in Riverside, from which the top four finishers qualify for Monday’s Southern California Regional championship at SCGA Golf Club in Murrieta. Golden League individual champion Ali Erdman led three-time league team champion Quartz Hill into the first round of the Southern Section team playoffs Tuesday at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard, where the Rebels needed a top-four finish to advance to Thursday’s section final. Quartz Hill, making its fifth consecutive appearance in the team playoffs, was one of eight league champions playing in the Northern Regional at River Ridge, which played to 5,362 yards and par 72 for the 20-team field of 119 players. Erdman, Katie Dilger, Chelsie Martinez, Ayla Friga, Marisa Mitchell and Sara Webb represented Quartz Hill, which concluded a 17-3 overall season with a 12-0 record in league play before Erdman and Dilger placed 1-2 in the section-qualifying league individual tournament. Golden League runner-up Lancaster also participated, making its postseason debut with a team composed of Amber Frauhiger, Ellen Harris, Melissa Higgins, Candice Goodwill, Tara Matus and Shannon Izquierdo. last_img read more


first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Local Notes• Advanced Photography: Starts on Tuesday 8th October 2013 from 10.30-12.30. If you would be interested in joining contact reception on 074 91 41773 for more information.• In the New Year we are hoping to run the ASIST programme (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) this is a two day skills building workshop in Suicide first aid delivered by the HSE. This course would be suitable for caregivers who regularly have contact with vulnerable groups in their work or role in the community. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773! • Mental Well Being Programme: This programme is open to all women. It aims to improve overall mental well-being using a holistic approach. The programme will highlight the value of nurturing, enable you to better manage stress, learn useful relaxation techniques and equip you with skills to maintain mental well-being and enhance the quality of your life moving forward! This programme will run in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on a Monday Morning from 10.30-12.30 starting from 7th October-9th December. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Self Management Course: This programme runs on Wednesday morning from 10am-1pm. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773. • Stress Management programme: This programme aims to help you tackle many of the problems you face at their root where you have some control over the situation, it targets the causes of stress quickly and effectively. Where you have no control, it helps you build buffers against stress. This programme will run on a Wednesday morning in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre from 10.30-12.30 starting on 30th October-5th December. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• English Language Classes: Learn to speak/improve your English language skills. This is an accredited on the National Framework of Qualifications. Minimum of 7 participants. This is supported by the Donegal ETB. If you would be interested in joining please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for more information.• Parent and Toddler Group: We are running a parent and toddler group on a Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the ABC Centre Lifford starting 2nd October 2013. Life start will be attending to facilitate “Messy Play” and fun and games with children. For more information please contact reception on 074 91 41773 or Feel free to pop in on the day.• Driver Theory and Gardening: The following courses will commence in the next few weeks in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• New weight loss class on Thuirsdays from 6.30-7.30pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre €5.00 per class. There is no joining fee or no penalty fees. Weekly group meetings and weigh in. For more information contact Karen on 086 3470798 • Good Morning Service: We are currently looking for volunteers for our Good Morning Service in Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Do you have a few hours per week to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers who make telephone calls to older people each week in their homes. Full training, Monitoring and support are provided for all volunteers. Contact us for more information on 074 93 21598.• Astro Turf Pitch available for hire midweek and weekends (daytime only) for more information contact the centre on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Service Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Castlefinn and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact44 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30.• Knitting group: every Wednesday from 8.00-9.30.• Just 4 Me Group: every Monday from 12.45-2.45.• 50+ groups: every Tuesday from 11.30-1.30.• Friday Club: every Friday from 11.00-1.00.DD LOCAL – SUICIDE FIRST AID PROGRAMME ARRANGED FOR LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 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)last_img read more