Taylor wants perfect race at Boys’ Champs

first_img FOCUSED SEASON His easy 200m victory was completed in a time of 20.59 seconds, shy of the 20.40 seconds set by Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical High School last year. Having what can be considered a quiet but focused season so far, the Calabar star also won the 2017 carifta trials 400m in an outstanding 45.41 seconds. At this month’s 107th staging of the champs, few might be betting against confident Taylor to lead his school’s gold medal charge in the 200, 400 and 4x400m, respectively, while successfully helping Calabar to retain the title against a highly touted Kingston College team. According to Taylor, his plan is to win, and help the team. “My normal focus going there prepared to go fast and try to get my school to defend the title at this year’s championship.” In what would sounds like an ominous warning to Calabar High school’s main rivals, 400m prodigy Christopher Taylor says he is looking to run the “perfect race” and help his school retain their ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, this month. The eagerly anticipated championships, considered the greatest high-school sporting spectacle in the world, will take place from March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium in Kingston. Taylor, who clocked a personal best of 20.59 seconds in winning the Boys’ Under-20 200m at last Saturday’s G.C. Foster Classics, is already in seemingly unstoppable form. He capped off Saturday’s Digicel Grand Prix finale with a scintillating 4x400m anchor leg run, leading Calabar to a new meet record of 3:09.96. Taylor’s Calabar lowered the old mark of 3:10.84 set by St Elizabeth Technical High School in 2015. “That race was just to come out here and execute a perfect 200m, and to run the curve hard, and I did that, and had a personal best, so I am happy with that,” Taylor said in an interview.last_img read more

Region 5 communities benefit from literacy extravaganza

first_imgAs nationwide activities continue in observance of Education Month, the Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) Education Department, on Thursday held a literacy extravaganza as it seeks to get a wider cross-section of the public inevolved in the education process. The event was held at the Fort Wellington Community Park.The activity followed on the heels of a review conducted on students’ examination results in the Region.Students engaging in planned the activities to mark the occasionEducation Officer Sherry Grant-White with responsibility for Primary Schools, and coordinator of the Region’s Education Month activates, noted that the department is not as pleased as it would like to be with the recent examination results.Some teaching aids made from discarded household itemsAlluding to the importance of the activity she said: “It is organised to improve the performances of our pupils in the area of literacy and also to have our stakeholders coming on board to support our mission.”The stakeholders include teachers, parents and the collective community.Education Month is being observed under the theme: Each Child Matters: Stakeholders Unite for the Enhancement of Education”.Education Minister, Rupert Roopnaraine, while delivering the Education Month message recently, emphasised that active stakeholder partnership is what is needed to produce the children that Guyana requires.Meanwhile, Literacy Coordinator in the Region, Adel White pointed out that several activities were already held in observance of Education Month. These include: a coin drive, a costume design competition and a ‘Face the Community’ meeting.The month of actives in Region Five will culminate on October 7, with an awards ceremony while Teacher’s Day will be observed on October 5, the coordinator said. The literacy extravaganza was one of the major activities organised in the Region in observance of Education Month 2016.An exhibition was also staged as part of the Literacy Extravaganza, which featured teaching aids made from discarded household items. “Education is a collaborative effort involving both parent and teacher,” the coordinator advised.last_img read more

Guyana gets $344M for feasibility study from Kuwait

first_imgThe Government of Guyana has received a grant of Kuwaiti Dinars (KD) 500,000 (Equivalent to GY$344M) from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development to undertake a Technical and Economic Feasibility Study for the Redesign of the Belfield to Rosignol Road Network.The study will be carried out by the Public Infrastructure Ministry and will aim to solve the issues of deteriorating roads, poor drainage and road safety of Belfield to Rosignol.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), residents of more than twenty-seven villages along Belfield to Rosignol will benefit from this road project upon completion.The redesign of the network will ensure enhanced capacity of the roads, strengthen trade and economic development and facilitate new and improved interactions among farming communities. It will also reduce delays and increase user satisfaction.The Fund, one of Guyana’s developmental partners, has over the years, assisted Government to undertake feasibility studies and designs for the upgrade of road networks within the country. A similar project was undertaken in 2011 for the upgrade of the Better Hope to Belfield road network.last_img read more

Grudzielanek is out for a month

first_imgKansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today and is expected to be out at least a month. Grudzielanek has a medial meniscus cartilage tear. He first experienced knee pain Friday night and reported it to the training staff Saturday. “It’s been a long time to wait but it was good,” said Crosby, the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year. “I was antsy coming into spring but I didn’t want to rush it. When you rush it, you hurt it.” Also: Barry Bonds missed the San Francisco Giants’ spring training workouts for the second straight day because of the flu. Bonds wasn’t in the Giants’ lineup for a home exhibition game against Seattle after coming down with the same bug that has affected much of the Giants’ roster in the past two weeks. … New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was expected to return to camp today after missing a couple of days for personal reasons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “It just happened,” he said. “It kind of just came up. It wasn’t because I turned too hard or anything like that. It was just weird.” Crosby sees live pitching: Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby faced live pitching for the first time this spring and showed no lingering effects from the back injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season. last_img read more

Tale of two Belgians exposes gulf between Chelsea and City

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City have coped comfortably without the injured Kevin de Bruyne (left), while Chelsea remain reliant on Eden Hazard (right) © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge to Manchester City has faded dramatically in recent weeks as Eden Hazard’s goals have dried up to leave Maurizio Sarri’s men 10 points adrift of the champions ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides at Stamford Bridge.Even in the midst of an 18-game unbeaten run after City eased past the Blues 2-0 in the Community Shield in August, Sarri insisted Chelsea wouldn’t be able to last the pace against a team he considers the best in Europe. However, the Italian admitted his concern at the scale of his side’s downturn in recent weeks as defeats at Tottenham and then at Wolves where Chelsea capitulated from 1-0 up to lose 2-1 on Wednesday.Those losses as well as a goalless home draw with Everton mean Chelsea are hanging onto their top-four place only on goal difference.“City are the best team in Europe, maybe the best in the world,” said Sarri. “Manchester City are in another category. We have to play and to fight to be in the top four.”It is no coincidence that Chelsea’s dip has coincided with Hazard’s early season hot streak cooling off.The Belgian captain stood out as an exception to many players suffering a World Cup hangover. After being crowned the second best player on show in Russia, Hazard scored seven goals in his first six league starts of the season.At the time, Sarri talked of Hazard having the potential to score 40 goals in a campaign although his previous best for Chelsea was 19.However, with speculation mounting over whether Hazard will tie his future to the club by signing a new contract worth a reported £350,000 ($450,000) a week or hold out for a move to Real Madrid, the Belgian hasn’t scored in 11 games for club and country dating back two months.– Silva lining to De Bruyne absence –Sarri has blamed a series of niggling injuries as a demanding summer has finally started to take its toll.“It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition,” added the Italian this week.Yet, it is clear that without Hazard firing, Chelsea will struggle to even see off Tottenham and Arsenal for a place in the top four, let alone challenge the unbeaten City or Liverpool for the title.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have just six goals between them in the league all season and after promising a turnaround with a double against Crystal Palace last month, Morata’s famously fragile confidence looks shot again.That dependence on Hazard contrasts sharply with City, who have been without another Belgian, Kevin de Bruyne, for practically the whole season and still barely missed a beat.The outstanding individual in a collective 100-point masterclass as City stormed to the title last season, De Bruyne has played 81 minutes of league football this season due to two prolonged spells on the sidelines with injury.In his absence, Bernardo Silva has pounced on the chance to shine in a more central midfield role, freeing up the wings for Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane to wreak havoc.Sane and Mahrez were on target on Tuesday as City won a seventh straight league game 2-1 at Watford despite leaving Sterling and many others on the bench as Pep Guardiola made six changes.By contrast, Sarri’s decision to make five changes was questioned after defeat at Wolves.“I don’t think it depends on the changes; it depends on the mentality of the team,” said Sarri. “We can lose a match, but not without a reaction.”Now he needs a reaction against the toughest team of all.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kyrgios bitten by spider ahead of Brisbane title defence

first_img0Shares0000Supremely talented but combustible Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has become infamous for his public outbursts and meltdowns on court © AFP / Johannes EISELEBRISBANE, Australia, Dec 28 – Temperamental Australian star Nick Kyrgios revealed on Friday he was bitten by a spider over Christmas ahead of his defence of the Brisbane International.The fiery 23-year-old posted a short video on his Instagram account showing him with what appeared to be a drip in his arm and being treated by medics. “This spider bite outta contro,” a caption to the video said.He added to his nearly one million followers: “Got a spider bite on my foot. Christmas different every year.”Local reports said he spent the festive season in a Canberra hospital but was still on track to be in Brisbane for the tournament that starts on Monday.Kyrgios finished his season early in October after an elbow injury forced him out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.Returning home to prepare for 2019, the world number 35 admitted last month he was working through mental health issues that had plagued him throughout the year.“I’m starting to see some psychologists and trying to get on top of my mental health,” he said then.The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become infamous for his public outbursts and meltdowns on court.His win in Brisbane was his only title success in 2018.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

6 arrested, 3 children removed in drug raid

first_imgWHITTIER – Police arrested six adults and took three children into custody Wednesday after raiding a former auto body shop that detectives said was being used as a drug den. At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, members of the Whittier Police Department’s Tactical Entry Team arrived in an armored truck at the former shop in West Whittier, in a back alley near Washington Boulevard, and surrounded the building. Narcotics investigators then searched the former shop, handcuffing six adults and taking the three children into protective custody. Two offices inside the shop had been turned into bedrooms. A car was parked in the main room, formerly the auto shop’s work area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Investigators raked through boxes, desks, trash cans, ashtrays and cabinets in the bedrooms and found 2 pounds of marijuana, nearly 2 ounces of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, two loaded rifles and a sawed-off shotgun. They also discovered a scale with marijuana residue, a stun gun, about $1,300 in cash, suspected stolen property including several watches, and a box of syringes. Whittier narcotics Detective Paul Salazar called the location a “tweaker pad” for drug dealers and users, using the slang term for meth addicts. “This place is basically just a front for criminal activity – a crash pad,” he said. Sgt. Brian Ellis said it appeared that drug sales had been going on for some time from the location. “This was a very consistent sales operation. This is a lot of marijuana,” he said. “Look at the packaging and baggies – it’s set up to sell. There is probably property from several residential burglaries here.” As police conducted the search, a 7-year-old boy, barefoot, came out of a camper parked outside, where he had been sleeping. The boy then introduced himself to investigators. “What chance does he have?” asked Ellis, watching as the boy’s cousin handed him a pair of dirty socks to wear. “Look where he lives.” Flies swarmed around the common room and garage, where food had been left out on a stove. Piles of belongings mingled with trash and auto shop tools. Detectives said there was no food in the refrigerator and the toilet was backed up in the camper where the children slept. There was no running water. Such living conditions are commonly found at drug houses, Ellis added. Arrested were Robert Gonzales, 60, whom police said was booked on suspicion of selling methamphetamines and marijuana, suspicion of possessing stolen property and suspicion of having illegal weapons. Adrienne Gonzalez, 34, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, police said. Her three children, ages 2, 5, and 7, were taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. Police said Minerva Rivera, 23, was arrested on a parole violation for being in a known drug location. Police said city code enforcement officers would make a follow-up visit to the location to address building maintenance and usage problems. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

DONEGAL LADIES MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW

first_imgDonegal Ladies Minor Championship Draw Glenfin v MilfordMoville v Fanad Gaels N Muire v ConvoyCloughaneely v ArdaraMac Cumhaills v St Eunan’sGlenswilly v Four Masters Buncrana v TermonN Conaill v Carndonagh Matches are over two legs on September 14 and September 21.Matches are fixed for 11am on Sundays, but can be changed to the Saturday but only by agreement of BOTH clubs.Aggregate Score counts. Referees will be appointed by the County Board and gates run by the Board.Quarter Finals will be one match played on October 5Semi-finals are fixed for October 12The Final will be played on October 19.  DONEGAL LADIES MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW was last modified: August 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal LGFAMinor Drawlast_img read more

CONFIRMED: OUR GERALDINE IN LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies GAA star Geraldine McLaughlin has been confirmed in the Bord Gais League Team of the Year, as revealed by donegaldaily last week.Confirmation came at a special function at Croke Park last night.Speaking at the announcement Pat Quill, President of Ladies’ Gaelic Football said: “It is a great personal honour for the players to be selected. “All counties have talented players and these awards may be the only opportunity that players from counties who do not reach the final stages of competitions get to be recognised.“I thank the county managers and referees for their diligence in their nominations. These are also coveted awards by the managers in recognition of their team building skills.“It has been a wonderful evening of interaction and friendships and I thank Bord Gáis Energy for their foresight in honouring these talented members of our Association.”Geraldine was named in the corner forward position. Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 Team of the League1. Elaine Harte (Cork) 2. Aisling Quigley (Laois) 3. Gráinne Dunne (Laois) 4. Aoife McAnespie (Monaghan) 5. Briege Corkery (Cork) 6. Bríd Stack (Cork) 7. Aisling Holton (Kildare) 8. Joanne Timmons (Kildare) 9. Tracey Lawlor (Laois) 10. Cathy Donnelly (Tyrone) 11. Valerie Mulcahy (Cork) 12. Amy O’Shea (Cork) 13. Geraldine McLaughlin (Donegal) 14. Noelle Earley (Kildare) 15. Ciara McAnespie (Monaghan)Cork = 5, Laois = 3, Kildare = 3, Monaghan = 2, Tyrone = 1, Donegal = 1CONFIRMED: OUR GERALDINE IN LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: May 25th, 2011 by gregShare 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

‘MY SON WAS A GOOD AND DECENT YOUNG MAN WHO NEVER GOT HELP’ – DAD OF McLAUGHLIN

first_imgTHE father of a Co Donegal man knocked down and killed in Germany after stabbing three people claimed today that his son had been let down by the health system here.Enda McLaughlin, who was 27 and from Carndonagh,McLaughlin hailed a cab in Holland and asked to be driven over the border to Germany, where he stabbed the taxi driver in the city of Aachen. Shortly afterwards, he stabbed another man, before hailing a taxi and asking to be taken to Cologne.The taxi driver managed to get the man to leave his taxi, which he did on a lay-by, where he stabbed an Estonian truck driver before running onto the motorway, where he was hit by a car and a lorry and killed.Pat McLaughlin said today: “The mental health system here let him down. Enda was a good and decent young man but he needed help and never really got it.”The dead man had been working in Germany and was said to be more settled. But it’s thought he may have begun drinking again before “snapping”.He had walked free in April from Letterkenny Circuit Court after being found not guilty by a jury for an alleged attack on a woman in Falcarragh.He had a string of previous convictions including one where he attacked circus workers during a show in Carndonagh in May 2007. He was jailed for 18 months.His mother Elizabeth, who left him when he was three, died in a fire at her home in December 2010.  ‘MY SON WAS A GOOD AND DECENT YOUNG MAN WHO NEVER GOT HELP’ – DAD OF McLAUGHLIN was last modified: June 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CarndonaghcourtEnda McLaughlinletterkennylast_img read more