1 p.m.: Triple jump – men 2 p.m: 3000m steeplechase – women 3:30 p.m: Long jump – women 4 p.m: 400m hurdles – women 4:15 p.m: 400m hurdles – men 5:15 p.m: 800m – women 5:20 p.m: 800m – men 6:30 p.m: 100m – women 6:35 p.m: 100m – men The University of Technology (UTech), the defending male and female champions, will be hoping for more success when the two-day NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships begins today at the National Stadium. Start time is 1 p.m. The meet is being sponsored for the second year by National Commercial Bank (NCB). At Wednesday’s launch, NCB announced $3 million in sponsorship for the meet. Associate sponsors are Lucozade and new sponsors Island Grill. Global apparel maker Nike will be a clothing sponsor. Belinda Williams, NCB’s group corporate communications manager, said at Wednesday’s launch: “Sports is something I am passionate about. Our intention is to make it better every time.” She added: “We are cognisant of the ever-increasing importance of sports in defining the heart and soul of Jamaica. This is why we did not hesitate when asked to come on board with sponsorship assistance.” The meet director is MVP president Bruce James, who described it as a “good transition for athletes from the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.” UTech should be strongly challenged by former champions GC Foster College in both categories, while the likes of the University of West Indies and a new-look Mico University College team should make the championships intense and exciting. Fourteen finals – eight on the track and six in the field – will be contested on today’s opening day. Several former high school stars will be competing in their first intercollegiate championships. These include World Junior 400 m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, who is expected to compete in his pet event along with Michael O’Hara in the 100m and Martin Manley in the 400m. All three are teammates at the University of the West Indies. Dawnalee Loney and Tiffany James will compete for Mico University in the 400m. James is fresh off her 400m bronze at the Carifta Games in Grenada last weekend. Entrance fees are $200 for students with IDs on today’s first day and $500 without. Tomorrow, it will be $400 with IDs and $1,000 without. Selected finals
The Press Union of Liberia last Friday awarded several journalists and institutions for their remarkable and courageous performances as news gatherers in their various assignments last year.Interestingly one of the areas was sports reporting which encompasses those in the print and the electronic media.Located at its Clay Street’s office is the Sports Writers Association of Liberia. This body is an auxiliary of the Press Union of Liberia. Its members are also registered members of the PUL.At its recent elections at the YMCA building in Monrovia, among other things, PUL President Kamara A. Kamara told the members about the important role that SWAL ‘plays’ in PUL.Kamara’s statement has come to haunt me since his infant administration did not involve the SWAL in the selection of its deserving member who supposedly made exceptional contribution to sports in the previous year.I am not sure, as it is often said jokingly; PUL President Kamara’s recent statement at the SWAL installation was a statement someone would make at a liquor table, to impress the ladies who are present.How does an organization become an important part of another when the other is ignored in an important selection process that should benefit at least one of them? What about the Reporters Association?The Secretary General of PUL, Kaihene Sengbe told SWAL members during our recent elections that he began his career as a sports reporter. Except maybe I was not paying attention to him, I want to know how in the world he would become part of a decision that overlooked a field that served as the foundation for his success as a journalist.It is of interest that while those who were honored deserve my commendation, goes against the practice of honor. How do you select yourself to receive an honor? Are your works not enough evidence that you deserve it?Someone told me the other day that what is not done properly is not done at all. It is too early for the good old Kamara and his new group of leaders to behave as if someone was telling them what to do.I am also aware of the Reporters Association also an auxiliary of the PUL was sadly ignored in the selection of deserving reporters for recognition the PUL.In all due respect, the idea that the honorees selected themselves in the first place was a bad practice that must be discouraged. We live in a society in which degree holders are not able to justify how they got their degrees.Rightly, a committee must be set up, with responsible members, along with media managers outside the PUL to manage such a sensitive issue. Also needed is a set of criteria that must serve as a guide. Why the above suggestion was not envisioned by the PUL is difficult to comprehend.Personally, I am satisfied that someone down the road the other day, offered me a bag of cold water, for reading my sports article that torched his heart. At least I did not have to nominate myself. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gabriel Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn was an employee of the Ministry of State and the traditional horn blower to the President of LiberiaMedia Hub Liberia and the Wedeobo family have humbly requested the Government of Liberia to memorialize the late Gabriel Nyantee Wilson, commonly known as Executive Horn, for his invaluable contribution to Liberia’s art, culture and politics.According to a statement by Media Hub, a professional media and public relations firm, Wilson “perfectly did this through hooting the horn at different places particularly, national functions our Presidents including President George Manneh Weah, addressed.”The Late Wilson carried on with the activity from the administration of President William R. Tolbert through to President Weah’s. Implicitly, Gabriel, unwaveringly blew the horn after President Tolbert, President Doe, President Taylor, Interim President Bryant, President Johnson-Sirleaf and President Weah until he died in a fatal accident Sunday, February 10, 2019.“We must mention that none of these illustrious leaders of our Motherland at any point or time stopped horn-hooter Gabriel from practicing his vocation especially around the Presidency,” Media Hub said. “Each of them retained him possibly because they understood the positive message the traditional wooden instrument blower conveyed.”Hooting horn at national functions happens nowhere else in West Africa and perhaps beyond. Neither Nigeria’s Iso Rock, Ghana’s Castle, United States’ White House, Britain’s Number 10 Downing Street or Russia’s Kremlin have the horn tooted when their Prime Ministers or Presidents speak. “This is another telling of the uniqueness of Liberia as the Mother of Africa liberation, civilization and democracy. We must pat Gabriel on the back,” the group said.To various ethnic groups of Liberia, the horn communicates a lot. It acclaims good community or public servants, hails the brave, motivates community-group workers, signals or warns of dangers or risks to public good, spices up festivities, and so on.The art of tooting the communication tool Gabriel brought from his home-village of Cavalla in Maryland County into Monrovia and right up to the Liberia Presidency. There, it mesmerized diplomats and foreign guests that graced our State functions. Even former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton so admired the hooting that she took a picture with Gabriel when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressed an occasion she attended during one of her visits to Liberia. It is at this highest level Gabriel brought the infamous art – an effort that needless wither with the tooter’s demise.Therefore, Media Hub Liberia and the Wedeobo family call on the Government to memorialize Gabriel in the following ways:1. Dedicate a space to him in the National MuseumDisplay the broken-horn and some traditional garments of his in the spaceShowcase portrait(s) of him hooting the horn as well as copy(ies) of the Ministry of State’s monthly magazine: ‘Executive Horn’ Display a memoire of his in the space. This could be coordinated by Media Hub LiberiaOutdoor Gabriel’s trainee: Nathaniel Sie Payne and treat him wellReplace the current Liberia Broadcasting System news bulletin’s signature tune with the hornSetup an ‘Executive Horn Foundation’ to propagate the forgotten parts of Liberia’s art and cultureGive assistance to Gabriel’s children to further their education, andErect a ‘Sculpture’ or ‘Statue’ of him on the Providence Island.During a meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2019, Gabriel’s family consented to the idea to venerate their son, and expressed its readiness to provide whatever feasible to appropriately honor the deceased.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…says “no cost attached to sufferings taking place in sugar belt” The squabble between the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) and the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) points to a major difference of opinion within Cabinet about the future of the sugar industry, which means it may take even longer for Government to decide on a unified sugar policy, says US-based financial analyst Sasenarine Singh.Singh also believes that the division among the coalition parties highlighted the Government’s incompetence in handling the industry. “Clearly, there is a difference of opinion within the Granger Government on how to handle GuySuCo and this is a manifestation of that difference of opinion. It makes the Government look extremely incompetent,” he asserted.The financial analyst said if anything, the Cabinet must be united on its policy measures and with regard to GuySuCo, it comes across extremely disunited.Singh, a former member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), the smaller coalition partner, said if he were in Government, he would have done things differently.He recalled that the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration was pumping between $6 billion and $8 billion into the industry each year. At the end of the Party’s last three years in Government, it would have expended some $18 billion, but this had kept GuySuCo afloat.Singh noted, however, that the coalition Government had spent close to $38 billion in three years, reduced the industry’s staff by 7000, cut production by more than 55 per cent and spent twice the amount used to subsidise the industry on an annual basis.Former AFC member and financial analyst Sasenarine Singh“So we spent twice as much to destroy the industry when you could have pumped $18 billion in GuySuCo to keep it going. Nobody is going to deny that you’re pumping money into GuySuCo and nobody will deny that there were deficiencies that were brought forward from the PPP Govt.”But the former AFC member recognised that the major concern for most people was that GuySuCo was more than just a company, as it catered for a majority of the nation’s people. According to statistics, the sugar industry takes care of the needs of some 17,000 families.Already, there has been devastating news of how the downsizing and closure of three estates are causing severe hardships for the people who were once employed and their families. Many of those fired remain unemployed and are now turning to crime and other social ills.“Nobody is putting a cost to what’s happening there. The other thing that the Government is not telling anybody is that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has to pump billions into drainage and irrigation which GuySuCo used to take care of in the past. Just like the sport facilities, the medical services and the village community empowerment services.”SufferingSingh said if one were to visit Wales, West Bank Demerara, one would get a sense of what was happening in the communities that once relied on sugar for an income.“Go to Wales, it’s a ghost town. If people don’t have any income, they will turn to crime. What we have done is turn productive people into thieves, because we thought about reducing production … And yet GuySuCo is not more efficient today than it was in 2014. It is actually worse,” he added.Singh believes that the time will come when Guyana may have to import sugar because the industry has steeply declined and may get worse if not addressed soon enough. Generally, the industry has performed its worst in many decades. This year, production is projected at 91,000 tonnes.Newly-appointed GuySuCo Chairman John Dow had told Guyana Times in an interview that the aim was to improve infrastructure and purchase new equipment that would aid in increasing the industry’s performance. However, in order for this to happen, the Corporation would need capital.At present, GuySuCo is working to improve sugarcane yields to beyond 70 tonnes of cane per hectare. He has said if improvements in this area take place, then chances are this too can add to an overall improvement in production by the Corporation.Singh said, “I empathise with the new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer because I believe that they have been given a basket to fetch water. The damage has already been done and it’s hard to undo it. My understanding is that there were plans for the $30 billion bond. It’s unfortunate that the money was allegedly misappropriated which had nothing to do with the original plan.” (Samuel Sukhnandan)
Two persons are in custody after a porter was stabbed to death on Friday evening in Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The area where the body was found lying on Friday eveningDead is Lochan Persaud Kamaldeo, called “Tyie”, formally of Queenstown, Corriverton. He lived at the Corriverton Market and was a watchman for roadside stallholders. During the day, he worked as a porter.His body was found in a pool of blood on Friday evening.Based on reports received, his body was found in a curled position with a wound to the left side chest. He was picked up and taken to the Skeldon Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Vendors at the market told Guyana Times that the now-dead man was put out of his home by his relatives who then locked the house and migrated. He has since been living in the market and was a very friendly person.His demise came as a shock to many of them.Bibi Dean, a vendor, said that she heard about the unfortunate incident at about 22:00h on Friday evening. She immediately went to the scene but his body was already removed. As she visited the hospital, she saw him lying on a stretcher with blood oozing from his neck.“He was a good person to me and he does work with everybody in the market. He is very helpful and would come around and check on us during the day.”At the time of the incident, venders were not around. However, the Police have been able to gather some information and two men were taken into custody and are assisting with information.Dean said she is of the opinion that one person could not have overpowered Kamaldeo. He was very strong, she said.“He was a tough guy but not a person to get into fights. He was a good person. He would watch over everybody stall and everybody would pay him so he does make his ends meet.”The body is currently at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a Post-Mortem Examination.
LONG BEACH – Levi Leipheimer was going to win the second Amgen Tour of California unless he crashed during the seventh and final stage, a 77.5-mile jaunt consisting of 10 circuit laps through shoreline streets on a partly cloudy Sunday afternoon. Leipheimer was protected by his Team Discovery Channel teammates, as they hung back in the peloton most of the stage. But the sprint leaders were eventually caught by the pack, and that was all that was needed for Leipheimer to emerge with the overall championship. Although he again temporarily lost the virtual lead during the stage, Leipheimer held the yellow leader jersey during the entire eight-day tour, beginning with the prologue in San Francisco. Leipheimer, of Santa Rosa, finished with an overall time of 24 hours, 57 minutes and 24 seconds over the 639.5-mile course. Germany’s Jens Voigt, of Team Computer Sciences Corporation, was second. He finished 21 seconds behind Leipheimer. Jason McCartney of the U.S. was third, 54 seconds back. Ivan Dominguez of Havana, Cuba and Team Toyota United won Sunday’s stage as he zoomed past a heavy cluster of riders, crossing the finish line in two hours, 39 minutes and 28 seconds. A total of 99 riders crossed the finish almost simultaneously and all were credited with the same time. “This year’s race was extremely competitive,” said Leipheimer, who has three top 10 Tour de France finishes. “CSC and the other teams really put a lot of pressure on us and without that level of competition, this victory would not be as satisfying. “It is really one of my most satisfying victories. We really had to fight hard. I don’t know of any other team that could have done it except for Team Discovery Channel.” Leipheimer, 33, wouldn’t go so far as to say this was the best win of his career, but he came close. “It was maybe my most satisfying,” he said. “But to be fair to the Dauphine Libere last year, that is a race with a lot of history. A lot of great champions have won it before. I don’t know if I can call this my biggest victory. But I’ll tell you what, I have a wall at home with some jerseys on it. And this is definitely going to go on that wall.” Leipheimer talked about Team Discovery Channel’s plan of attack heading into Sunday. “We wanted to come out and be aggressive,” said Leipheimer. “It wasn’t going to be a parade lap around the circuit today. We counted on the other teams wanting to win the stage and we saw that there were a number of teams that came in front.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
He averaged 14.1 points a game while helping Los Alamitos win their first Southern Section title in school history but it was nothing compared to Landry, who not only averaged 19 a game, but he was also their emotional leader on the floor. When Landry graduated, he left a void and that only blood could fill. “Landry’s my best friend and he was a big part of my life,” Jones said. “He was our scorer last year but with him gone, I had to pick up the slack. Last season, I was more of a role player and I only tried to score when I was wide open. “This season, I need to score a little more for us to win but honestly, it doesn’t matter to me. Scoring or passing the ball, it’s all the same to me as long as we’re winning.” That’s one thing that hasn’t changed in Landry’s absence. With the 6’4″ Jones scoring 19 points a game to lead the way, the Griffins have been on fire. They won the Sunset League title for the second year in a row and heading into the post-season, no team came in hotter. Los Alamitos entered the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak that has stretched to 20 after wins over Huntington Beach, Leuzinger, Etiwanda and M.L. King. Against Leuzinger, Jones scored a career-high 36 points but in their next game, he managed just seven. But against M.L. King, he finished with 25 including his flurry at the end to send the Griffins into the finals. “Absolutely, this is his team and I ask a lot out of him,” May said. “And all year long and especially in our last game, he’s been up to the challenge. He’s the one that makes us go. “Landry did a lot for our program and he showed Cameron and the rest of the guys, what it takes to be a champion. He showed Cameron that you need to be physically strong as well as the mentally. Now, Cameron is the heart and soul of this team.” Los Alamitos will need more than heart however to win tonight. The Seahawks have won nine in a row and defense is their forte. In their 30 games, 16 times they’ve held opponents to 50 points or less, meaning they’re sure to key on Jones tonight. “It doesn’t matter what they do, Cameron is going to do whatever it takes to win,” May said. “He has the heart of a champion and it’s his turn this year to be on center stage.” Ben Villa can be reached at email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Tuesday night in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A semifinals, the Los Alamitos High boys basketball team were in serious jeopardy of watching their season come to an end. The Griffins trailed M.L. King by seven points with four minutes left in the game when Los Alamitos coach Russ May turned to him. Up until that point, Jones never really believed Los Alamitos was his team but he does now, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Tonight at 8:15 p.m., the third-seeded Griffins (28-4) will play top-ranked Redondo (26-4) in the I-A final at the Honda Center. “Against King, Coach May took me aside and told me it’s my team and it was time for me to take over,” Jones said. “That’s when it finally hit me. I had to score for this team to win.” Last year however, that scenario probably doesn’t play itself out. The then junior guard was third on the team in scoring behind Fields, who just happens to be his cousin and 6-foot-9 forward Clint Amberry. Jones though still had a good year. In the past, May would have looked to Landry Fields to bring them back but he’s gone now, earning minutes as a freshman at Stanford. So during a time-out, May took senior guard Cameron Jones aside, looked him straight in the eye, said something and before you knew it, he scored nine points and the Griffins won 66-63.
While critics believe California state government is bloated, a new analysis from a Silicon Valley think tank suggests the state has one of the leanest work forces in the country. Census data released this week shows California had 393,609 full-time-equivalent employees as of last March, working out to 105 employees per 10,000 state residents, according to the Palo Alto-based Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy. That makes California the third-lowest in the nation in state employees per resident, behind every state except Illinois (at 103) and Nevada (at 104). The federal government has 142 employees per 10,000 residents. “It does suggest that at least compared to other states, we’re not carrying a lot of extra employees,” said center director Stephen Levy. But Levy cautioned that the analysis does not necessarily mean California government operates as efficiently as it can. And he noted that employee salaries in California tend to be higher than most other states, partly because of the high cost of living. Some conservative critics believe those high salary levels are fueling laxity in state government employees. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, said that simply because of economies of scale, least-populated states tend to have the most employees per resident while larger states automatically rank near the bottom. McClintock said California actually should rank at the bottom and has the highest average salary figures for state employees – far higher than other states with similar cost-of-living levels. “What the numbers are actually telling us is there is a great deal of fat that can be cut from state bureaucracy,” McClintock said. “Quite the opposite of the conclusion they’re reaching.” McClintock said California’s average monthly payroll works out to about $5,211 per employee. By comparison, New York state pays around $4,750 per employee every month and the federal government pays about $3,945. The study comes four years after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for office in the 2003 recall and vowed to make state government leaner and more efficient. Schwarzenegger launched a California Performance Review designed to analyze government top-to-bottom. The review led to thousands of suggested efficiencies but most were eventually ignored. And California’s payroll and work force size has continued to grow. In 2003, California’s monthly payroll was $1.8 billion, according to the Census. By 2006, it had increased nearly 14 percent to $2.05 billion. At the same time, the state work force grew 1.1 percent, from 389,345 in 2003 to 393,609 in 2006. But a spokesman for Schwarzenegger noted the governor has implemented efficiencies in state government that have resulted in a range of changes including shorter wait times at Department of Motor Vehicle offices and quicker professional licensing procedures. “This report clearly shows that California state government is running efficiently for the people,” said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. “Cleaning out the cobwebs of government has been a priority for Gov. Schwarzenegger.” As for the pay for state employees, McLear added, “We have a lot of sharp people working for state government, delivering services for the citizens of this state. We think they are compensated fairly.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
IMAGINE there was a vaccine for cancer. Would some people object to it being available to everyone? Of course not. So why is there such a debate over the availability of a vaccine against a disease that causes cervical cancer – the second-most-common cancer for women? The reason is the sex angle. Gardasil is a vaccine against the human papilloma virus, a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer. Some believe any protection from the consequences of sex – pregnancy, reputation or fatal diseases – will encourage girls to be sexually active. The numbers show that this disease doesn’t care about the politics of sex. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one U.S. female in four between ages 14 and 59 has some form of HPV. The damage is already done. We have the tool to stop it. This isn’t about sex; this is about saving lives. And vaccinating teenage girls seems sensible as a way to do that. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant If only the Lord gives her a little more time to sort it all out. In the meantime, Betty Jane has more pressing matters. She has to fly to Nashville soon to be formally inducted into the Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Four women are being honored – two U.S. Air Force generals, a Russian pilot and a civilian pilot named Betty Jane Williams, who grew up in a rural Pennsylvania town during the Depression, constantly bugging her father for flying lessons. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve wanted to fly, but there wasn’t much money for that kind of thing during the Depression,” Betty said. “And besides, girls just didn’t do those kinds of things. But the 1940s had arrived and so had war. That changed everything.” The government started a program to teach more civilians to fly, so Betty applied. “I never had a wedding and I’m not about to now, so this is my day,” – Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Betty Jane Williams So little time, so much work still left for Betty Jane Williams. “Dear Lord,” the 86-year-old Woodland Hills woman said Monday, sliding into a chair in her den. “Please don’t take me until I clean up that back room.” The room where the archives of her remarkable life as a pioneering pilot are stacked in boxes and file cabinets. Where she’s stored all the historical treasures she’s promised to leave to the library at Texas Woman’s University. “There were 50 guys and five women from my area accepted,” she said. “Each week, another woman would drop out. We all knew only one woman would probably make it because they needed men for military flight, not women.” Betty Jane was the one woman from her town who made it. She had finally learned to fly, now all she needed was the chance to show the guys what she could do. “Along came Pearl Harbor, and all flying, except for commercial flights, on both coasts was grounded,” she said. Betty Jane had to settle for getting as close to the cockpit as she could without actually flying. She became a stewardess for a few years before becoming a military link training instructor, and joining the WASPs – Women Airforce Service Pilots – on Jan. 1, 1944. It was a period when male pilots were in high demand, fighting over the skies of Europe, that the military brass in this country finally had to wake up and allow female pilots to fly stateside duty. More than 1,000 women like Betty Jane flew aerial target planes – trailing target sleeves behind their aircraft so that ground troops could practice firing live ammunition at a moving target. “What difference did it make if it was a man or woman in the cockpit?” Betty Jane said. “An airplane doesn’t respond to sex – it only responds to skill. “I look at women flying combat aircraft and commercial airliners today, and it makes me feel so proud to have been one of the first to blaze the trail,” she said. After the war, Betty Jane received a direct commission into the Air Force Reserves, and went on to host her own CBS telecast in 1947 in New York called “Let’s Go Flying.” The show was meant to allay the public’s fear of flying and promote the emerging airline industry. After moving to California in 1948, she became a technical writer for North American Aviation in its missile and space industries programs for the next 25 years, while continuing her flying career. There are plenty more honors and commendations in boxes and file cabinets in that back room that Betty Jane needs to get to soon. But this adventure she’s taking next month is at the top of her list. It’s the wedding day she never had. “When I was a stewardess, I had so many proposals I used to keep track of them on a list I taped on the refrigerator,” she laughs. “I always figured why get married when you’re having so much fun? I was so involved with aviation, that was my first love.” After being notified that she was being inducted in the Pioneer Hall of Fame, Betty Jane called her nephew to see if he would walk her down the aisle and up on stage at the awards banquet. Sure, he told her, asking if it was OK if her two grandnephews joined her, too? Of course, Betty Jane said. Who needs a husband on your wedding day when you’re going into the Hall of Fame? Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!