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Records tumble at corporate area meet

first_imgIt was records galore on Thursday at the Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Track and Field meet at the UWI-Usain Bolt Stadium, where some 30 new marks were achieved as Kingston College and Wolmer’s Girls walked away with top prize of $250,000 for being the top boys and girls school.Despite top boys team Calabar being absent and several top names from Kingston College, including the likes of Akeem Bloomfield, Jhevaugn Mattherson, Nathaniel Bann and Dontre Williams also not present, this did not take anything away as athletes from the respective schools warmed up for next month’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, with good performances, while gaining crucial points for next week’s Digicel Grand Prix finale at G.C. Foster College, where the top two teams from each region will advance.Kingston College topped the male section with 397 points, ahead of Jamaica College – second on 166, andExcelsior High in third with 164 points.Individually, on the male side, it was Kingston College’s Class Two athlete Zico Cambell, who stole the show.Campbell, who transferred from Glenmuir High last September and who is not eligible to compete at Champs this year, captured the shot put in a new record of 16.92m to erase Calabar’s Andre Chin’s two-year record of 15.32m. He returned to keep his lead in the Grand Prix discus after another record of 49.32m.After playing second fiddle to Calabar’s sprinters all season, Kingston College’s Yashawn Hamilton took the opportunity to take the lead in the Under-18 Boy’s 100m Grand Prix after clocking a fast 10.79 seconds to erase Calabar’s Daniel Bogle’s two years old record of 10.98 in winning the Class Two event, ahead of teammate Akeem Cargill, who finished second in 11.01, and Excelsior’s Craig Campbell coming in third in 11.05.The photo finish camera could not decide the winner of the Boy’s Class Two 110m hurdles as Kingston College’s Phillip Beckford and Orlando Smith both touched the finishing line together in a new record of 14.02 seconds.Other record breakers from Kingston College included Shane Buchanan (15:30.00) in the 5000m Open, and Marco Doodnauthsing (48.36) in the Class I boy’s 400m.MORE UPSETSExcelsior’s Nathan Brown led the way for the Mountain View-based team among the males as he clocked 1:53.95 in winning the Class One boy’s 800m in a record time, getting the better of Kingston College’s Lerone Bowden (1:55.14) and his teammate Shemar Hylton, third in 1:55.78.Jamaica College’s Detroy Stewart was an impressive winner in the Boy’s Class Two 1500m as he rushed to a new record of 4:14.55 in winning the event, ahead of his teammate, Rackeem Ricketts, second in 4:24.45 with Billy Watson of Kingston College taking third in 4:36.44.Despite a low-keyed season so far, Wolmer’s Girls showed that they will not give up their Corporate Area title that easily at “Champs” this year as they staved off a strong challenge from Excelsior to cop the female overall title with 359 points ahead of their main rival on 324 points.They dominated the sprints in Class One and Two as Trudyann Williams captured the Class One 100m in 12.00, edging out Camperdown’s Rushelle Burton, who finished second in 12.01 with third going to her teammate, Trishawana Crawford, in 12.23.last_img read more

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YKK Asia, Real Madrid Foundation hold football clinic in Manila

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ View comments “The clinic complements the grassroots program of Philippine Football Federation as there are certain areas that our regional football associations cannot reach that the YKK can,” PFF General Secretary Edwin Gastanes said in a press conference at Shangri-La at the Fort Friday.The children are aged eight to 15 as YKK and RMF want to discover “future stars” in football.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMeanwhile, 30 local coaches selected by the PFF will get tips from the esteemed mentors on June 22.“We (PFF) have been increasing our coaches for the past six years, we now want to enhance quality and getting in touch with the Real Madrid Foundation is a good opportunity for us,” Gastanes said. “We will have quality players if we have quality coaches.” Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nets go abroad, grab Musa and Kurucs in NBA draft In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding YKK Philippines, Real Madrid Foundation, and Philippine Football Federation exchange tokens of appreciation. Photo by Justin Valencia, PDI traineeCoaches from Real Madrid Foundation will train 300 Filipino children in a three-day football clinic brought to the country by the YKK Asia Group.Kids from three non-government organizations will undergo training under RMF coaches Pablo Gomez Revenga, Santiago Sanchez Martin, and Hector Vicente from June 23 to 24 at McKinley Hill Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Gastanes also revealed that Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund also expressed their interest in holding a clinic in the country.The three NGOs from which the participants came from are Punta Fuego Village Foundation, ChildHope Asia Philippines, and Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation, Inc.“We (YKK) chose football because it is the highest sport globally and it is the common language of the world,” YKK Philippines AVP for Marketing Augustin Villarama said. Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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Anxious athletes from quake-hit Lombok hope to spread smiles back home

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Indonesia’s Lalu Muhammad Zohri competes in a heat of the men’s 100m athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD“I was so worried about my family — it was a little hard to sleep,” said 18-year-old sprinter Lalu Muhammad Zohri, who hails from the worst-affected northern part of the island.“They called me to tell me not to worry, to just focus on my race. I tried my best,” he added, after reaching the men’s 100m final, where he finished seventh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Now I can’t wait to go to Lombok to see my family.”Bronze-winning beach volleyball duo Dhita Juliana and Putu Dini Jasita Utami, who are also from Lombok, have captured the hearts of the home fans cheering for them across the country and from the sidelines of Asia’s regional Olympics. View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins (From L to R) Silver medallists Japan’s Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii, gold medallists China’s Wang Fang and Xia Xinyi and bronze medallists Indonesia’s Dhita Juliana and Putu Dini Jasita Utami pose during the awards ceremony for the women’s beach volleyball final during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 27, 2018./ AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANBut everyone has been touched in some way on the island — and the aftershocks and tremors continue to terrorise an already fearful population.The duo hope they can help raise awareness — and cash — for the survivors.“We are going to spend some of the money we get as Asian Games athletes for the evacuees there,” Juliana said.The pair’s mid-table pool group finish was enough to launch them into the knockout stages. Their run was ended by a Chinese duo — including defending Asian Games champion Xia Xinyi — in the semi-finals, but they took third place in Monday’s bronze medal match.They are heading straight back home to see their loved ones and join in relief efforts however they can.“We hope Lombok will recover so it can become a beautiful place again, a beautiful tourism destination,” Juliana said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Indonesia’s Dhita Juliana (L) and Putu Dini Jasita Utami (R) celebrate a point against Thailand in the women’s beach volleyball pool D during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANThey can barely walk a few metres in Palembang without being asked for a selfie yet always oblige, hoping their smiles and strength will resonate back home.“We hope all Lombok people are okay, and we are trying our best here to at least share some happiness with them when we win,” said Dhita Juliana, adding that they have been touched by the backing they have had from home throughout the competition.“There has been a lot of support from Lombok — from relatives, friends, everyone there. We’re just so grateful.”Some 555 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless on the beautiful island of Lombok, around 700 miles (1,100km) from Games host cities Jakarta and Palembang.Juliana, 25, and Utami, 24, said their friends and family all managed to get to safety in time when the two main quakes hit on July 29 and August 5.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kenya to open its 1st WADA-approved drug-testing lab Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced For athletes from quake-hit Lombok competing at their own country’s Asian Games, the pressure is far greater than the usual quest for gold.Competitors from the picturesque island have anxiously followed news of deadly earthquakes that killed more than 500 people, hundreds of miles from Indonesia’s host cities Jakarta and Palembang — and hope their performances can bring a few smiles to faces back home.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Bursary awards held for sugar workers’ children

first_imgThe Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Committee, at its Annual Bursary Award Ceremony, presented 12Allan Munroe, Chairman of the Sugar Industry Labour Welfare Fund Committee poses with the bursary awardees from DemeraraBursary Awards to children of Sugar Workers for 2016.Speaking at the simple ceremony, Chairman, Allan Munroe, congratulated the awardees and encouraged the parents to continue supporting their children in all their endeavours.He told the students that education is the key to success, but this encompasses not only academic studies, but inculcating the correct attitudes of mind and skills that would enable them to contribute to the development of our country. He said that spiritual development is also important and will assist in enabling them to be rounded individuals.“Learn to respect each other, irrespective of race, creed or political belief and strive to make this country, nay, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive. Appreciate the urgency to contribute to economic growth and environmental protection to benefit us all,” he advised the students.last_img read more

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UK diplomat assures of continued cooperation after Brexit

first_imgAs uncertainty spreads across the world and with a number of countries gearing up to receive theBritish High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinnrepercussions of the BREXIT fallout, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, is reassuring that nothing will change in Guyana; however, he indicated that avenues may pop up for the local sugar industry.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, the UK Diplomat guaranteed that whatever consequences will follow the relationship between Guyana and Great Britain will remain undefiled.“Looking to the longer term, I don’t see any change in the UK’s approach to Guyana. I don’t see any less a commitment and I don’t see any less support coming here,” he said.He explained that the United Kingdom is awaiting a new Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty since David Cameron has resigned and refused to lead this process.Until Article 50 is invoked, the process of leaving the EU will not commence.“The rights and responsibilities and obligations that the UK has as a member of the EU and that the EU has to the UK remain exactly the same. And even when that process is launched, it is going to take at least probably two years. We are talking about a long and complicated process,” he outlined.When further prompted, Quinn agreed that BREXIT may open opportunities for stakeholders in the local sugar industry to capitalise on but he cautioned that it is rather difficult to predict how events will unfold during these initial stages.“I don’t honestly know. I haven’t spoken to Tate and Lyle since the result. I don’t know and I’m not sure that they might know the actual impact of that change so at the moment, I can’t really comment… Tate and Lyle are probably thinking about it but to say what it exactly means, I don’t think anyone has come to a concrete conclusion,” he explained.UK Tate and Lyle Sugars had complained in the past of the negative impacts of the EU regulations on their operations.Guyana’s sugar which had been shipped to Britain to the Tate and Lyle Sugar (TLS) on the Thames for refining was incorporated into the EU regime in 1973 and modified accordingly in the following years.Cane sugar has been treated as a stepchild and TLS has seen its refineries gradually decrease from six to one.In 2012, TLS launched a “Save our Sugar” campaign and asserted, “If current and proposed EU policies continue to unfairly restrict access to raw sugar, cane refiners will not survive as part of the supply mix in Europe’s sugar sector”.In the next two years, according to Article 50 of the EU Charter, Britain and the EU will be negotiating the terms of the former’s exit. The EU’s entire sugar regime which addresses three main areas: quota management, a reference price and a minimum guaranteed price to growers, and trade measures, will have to be replaced by Britain with a new regime.Because beet farming in Britain has never been on a scale as say France and Germany, and British farmers never received subsidies on the scale of their European counterparts.TLS has been leading the charge for renegotiation of cane sugar trade arrangements before the old arrangement expired in 2017. It can be a potent ally with countries such as Guyana.Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge had already pronounced that Guyana will not face any immediate impact as a result of BREXIT.Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Barlett had announced that steps to secure UK market in light of Brexit were taken, given its significance to the tourism industry.On the other hand, concerns are abound that Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries may follow the example set by the UK, and initiate a process to exit Caricom.Already, authoritative voices in Jamaica placed on their national agenda the question of whether their country should follow the example of Britain, the former “Mother Country”, and leave Caricom.In fact, the former Foreign Affairs Minister in Jamaica, Oswald Harding, is insisting that the Jamaican Government should follow the UK’s referendum on the EU and hold a similar one on whether Jamaica should remain in Caricom.Over the years, several Member States have publicly subscribed to the view that the institution has been incapable of addressing the challenges facing the Caribbean.With the Caricom Summit to be hosted in Guyana next month, Government has not pronounced on whether or not it will consider exiting Caricom.last_img read more

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GOP in a huff about Pelosi plane request

first_imgHastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-size jet. Pelosi and her aides say that because her congressional district is in California, her security would require a larger plane that can fly coast to coast without refueling. “It’s not a question of size, it’s a question of distance,” Pelosi said. “We want an aircraft that can reach California.” Navy Cmdr. Jefrey Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman, said Pelosi would be offered “shuttle service for no more than 10 passengers between Washington and San Francisco only based on aircraft availability.” “This does not guarantee nonstop transport,” Gordon said. Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida, the No.3 Republican leader, said he supported the tradition of House speakers having access to secure airplanes with secure communications because of their spot in the presidential line of succession. But he called Pelosi’s desire for a large transport “an extravagance of power that the taxpayers won’t swallow.” White House spokesman Tony Snow said that after the 2001 suicide hijackings, the Pentagon, with White House consent, agreed to provide military transport to the speaker of the House. “What is going on is that the Department of Defense is going through its rules and regulations and having conversations with the speaker about it,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Republicans on Wednesday assailed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request for access to an Air Force transport plane as an extravagance, though former Speaker Dennis Hastert flew in a military jet as well. Republicans are taking issue with the size of the plane. Pelosi had asked for access to a C-32 plane, a military version of the Boeing 757-200. A Defense Department spokesman said Wednesday that the Pentagon informed Pelosi’s staff she would be provided with a plane but that its size would be based on availability. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Pentagon agreed to provide the House speaker, who is second in the line of presidential succession, with a military plane for added security during trips back home. last_img read more

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Immigration reform criticized

first_imgThe reforms also call for a guest-worker program that would issue about 400,000 visas a year for largely low-skilled immigrants seeking employment for two years. Sean McHugh, spokesman for Greeley, Colo.-based meatpacking giant Swift & Co., said he supports many of the reforms but worries that the measure will cause high turnover. “Our needs are year-round, and we do invest a substantial amount of time and money in training a new hire, so we obviously prefer to keep them on the payroll rather than lose them,” he said. Swift was hit with big immigration raids Dec.12 at its plants in six states. In all, authorities arrested nearly 1,300 illegal-immigrant suspects. Many high-tech companies that routinely face shortages of skilled workers said the reform measure could actually make it tougher to find employees with the specific skills and experience they need in the fast-changing high-tech world. Currently, high-tech companies recruit specific foreigners who possess the precise skills they need. These foreigners are issued what are called H1-B visas. The reform measure would instead create a point system that rewards people with advanced degrees and special skills. Some high-tech companies complain that this would give them less control over the selection process. They also say the government needs to make more H1-B visas available to highly educated professionals. Compete America, which represents a number of major U.S. companies, including Google, Intel and Microsoft, opposes the revamped guidelines for H1-B visas. “This could be a disaster for U.S. competitiveness,” said Vivek Wadhwa, an India-born founder of two tech startups in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. “We may get more cheap labor, but we’re going to lose the engineers and scientists that we need to keep our global edge.” Some businesses are also worried about a provision that would require employers to verify workers’ immigration status using a new computer database. The National Association of Home Builders, which lobbies on behalf of construction companies, called the measure “unwieldy and unworkable.” The bill “would do irreparable harm to America’s small businesses, which have generated the lion’s share of new job growth in the economy,” said Jerry Howard, the organization’s executive vice president and chief executive. The Daily News contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chicken farmer Lucious Adkins doesn’t see how he could stay in business if Congress passes an immigration-reform bill that would require his immigrant workers to go home for a year. “I can’t go six months without growing a chicken. We’ll be out of business when they come back,” said Adkins, who owns one of the biggest chicken farms in Georgia and serves as president of the United Poultry Growers Association. U.S. businesses reliant on immigrants have long pushed for reforms to address their need for labor, but many at both ends of the spectrum complain that the proposal Senate leaders and President George W. Bush endorsed would prove too disruptive and make it too hard for them to find the workers they need. Across the country, industries such as carpet manufacturing, farming, poultry processing, meatpacking, construction, restaurants and hotels depend heavily on low-skill or unskilled illegal immigrants. Technology companies, meanwhile, increasingly look outside the United States to find engineers, programmers and other highly skilled workers who are here legally, mostly on temporary work visas. The Valley Industry and Commerce Association has not taken a position on the bill, but chairman Bob Scott says he personally thinks too many restrictions will be bad for business. “It may prevent the skilled workers we need to come live and earn on our soil,” Scott said. Among other things, the legislation would grant legal status to the estimated 12million illegal immigrants already in the United States, allowing them to seek permanent legal residency or citizenship. They would be subject to a $5,000 fee and fines, and the heads of households would have to return to their country of origin temporarily. Roberto Barragan, president of the Valley Economic Development Center, thinks undocumented workers will be willing to pay fines to become naturalized, but he said temporarily sending workers home is draconian. “The more complicated we make it, it very well may affect the labor supply,” Barragan said. last_img read more

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Wildfire smoke advisory lifted for northeast B.C.

first_imgThe ministry says while there are still fires burning in the region, cool and damp weather conditions have resulted in a decrease in smoke production from the fires and there is no longer widespread smoke in the region.Forecasts indicate these conditions will continue through the rest of the week.The ministry and Northern Health both say they’ll be monitoring the smoke levels in the region and advisories will be issued if required. – Advertisement –last_img

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SHADOW CAST OVER FESTIVAL AFTER MAN’S DEATH

first_imgGARDAÍ are investigating the sudden death of a man in Bundoran, where this weekend’s Sea Sessions festival is taking place.The man – originally from Belfast but living in the seaside town for several years – was found dead in an apartment close to the Marine Bar.He had been out last night at the festival and was said to be in good form at the Phoenix Tavern in the town. Gardaí in Ballyshannon are investigating the man’s death.It happened has hundreds of people flocked to the seaside town for a music festival which continues tonight. SHADOW CAST OVER FESTIVAL AFTER MAN’S DEATH was last modified: June 28th, 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:BallyshannonbundoranGardainvestigationSea Sessions deathlast_img read more

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IMO members to vote on strike action today

first_imgThe Irish Medical Organisation will decide today on whether to ballot its consultant and Non-Consultant Hospital Doctor (NCHD) members for industrial action.Hospital consultants have never taken strike action in Ireland but NCHDs have on a number of occasions.A ballot is expected to provide for industrial action, up to and including strikes, according to RTE. The IMO had given the Government a 21-day deadline to table serious proposals to deal with what the union says is a consultant recruitment crisis and the issue of pay parity for more recently appointed consultants.A national meeting in Dublin this evening is expected to endorse the move to ballot members.It remains unclear exactly what form any industrial action by IMO consultants and NCHDs would take.It could involve a work-to-rule, with doctors withdrawing from non-contractual duties. If it proceeded, it also might in time affect outpatient clinics and planned operations.The IMO described the first found of talks with the Department of Health last month as disappointing.The union has said it is prepared to discuss reform in the health service with the Government but that it can only do so when all consultants are starting from the same pay point.A strike by IMO Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors in the late 80s over working hours lead to the formation of a rival body for consultants, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, which has a no-strike clause in its constitution.IMO members to vote on strike action today was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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