TJB launches support for Penn Relays

first_imgNEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.last_img read more

GWI orders customer to pay fine for water wastage

first_imgA Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) customer had been ordered by the utility company to pay a $25,000 fine for water wastage, however, the company did not give the customer a hearing.As a result, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) says there is no provision in the law for the company to institute a fine for water wastage.Badewattis Sookdeo, one of the redundant workers of the former Rose Hall Sugar Estate, says she has no idea why her water was disconnected. According to Sookdeo, last Wednesday morning, a representative from GWI came to her lot 1197 Welfare Street, New Area, Canefield, Canje home and disconnected herBadewattis Sookdeo with her uncle and fatherwater without any explanation.“She just call at the gate and when I come out. She told me that she is from Guywah [GWI] and she come to disconnect my water, so I ask her why and she say if I want to know anything more let me go to the office and she told the guys who were with her to cut it off,” Sookdeo who worked 28 years with the sugar company before being displaced on December 29, 2017, when the company was shut down by Government said.The woman went on to explain that further inquiries suggest that the company is accusing her of wasting water; an offence for which she was fined.According to Sookdeo, when she visited the GWI office in New Amsterdam she was informed that she was being fined $25,000 for wasting water and will beThe hole left by GWI after they disconnected Sookdeo’s water supplyrequired to pay a further $6000 to reconnect the water supply after the fine is paid.“I don’t think this is fair, if they say I was wasting water I think that someone should come and investigate the matter before this happen,” Sookdeo noted.Meanwhile, the PUC says there are only provisions for GWI to institute fines for tampering and since a fine is being asked for alleged water wastage, the customer’s rights have been violated. Further, the PUC argues that before any fine can be instituted, the alleged defaulter must be given a hearing. This, the PUC says, is a second violation.Sookdeo who lives with her 78-year-old father and 79-year-old uncle providedNo running waterproof that all of her water consumption bills are up to date.She also said that her home is equipped with three water tanks and already she has been forced to purchase drinking water and if rain does not fall shortly she may be forced to purchase larger quantities of water.According to her 78-year-old father, Peter Sookdeo, he is ill and uses pampers; so too does his elder brother. Their conditions, he added, have created a desperate need for water.The PUC has promised to investigate the issue with the aim of protecting the customer from the company.last_img read more

Robberies up by 22% – Police

first_imgserious crimes downThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) has recorded a nine per cent decrease in serious crimes at the end of September 2018, when compared to the corresponding period last year. However, this reduction comes even as the country’s premier law enforcement agency reports increases in several categories of robberies.In the monthly crime statistics issued on Thursday, the Force disclosed that there was a 22 per cent increase in robberies, where no instruments were used (39 against 32 cases in the same period last year) and a four per cent increase in robbery with violence (114 against 110 cases).However, the other categories of serious crime recorded a declining trend. These include: robbery under arms where firearms were used, which saw a three per cent decline (464 against 477); robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used, recording a 20 per cent decrease (177 against 221 cases); a 36 per cent reduction (39 against 61 cases) in robbery with aggravation; and larceny from the person going down by 13 per cent (94 against 108 cases).Additionally, there were decreases in burglary, which went down by nine per cent (149 against 163 cases) as well as in break and enter and larceny which declined by 11 per cent (710 against 801 cases).Meanwhile, as it relates to murder, the Police said there was also a 17 per cent reduction recorded with a total of 72 cases at the end of September 2018, compared to 87 during the same period last year.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) saw the highest number of murders during this time with 18 cases, followed by C Division (East Coast Demerara) which had 16 cases and then by B Division (Berbice) with 13 cases.D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and F Division (Bartica-Interior Locations) recorded nine murder cases each, while E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) had four cases and G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) had three cases.Additionally, it was reported that of the 72 murder cases: 30 were disorderly; 20 were domestic-related; 13 committed during robberies, one execution and eight of unknown nature.On the other hand, the Police also reported a two per cent increase in rape cases, with 189 so far this year compared to 186 cases recorded during the same period last year.With regards to the seizure of firearms, a total of 97 illegal weapons were taken off the streets by the end of September. This includes 54 pistols; 22 revolvers; 15 shotguns; five rifles and a sub-machine gun. These figures are similar to the 97 unlicensed guns seized during the corresponding period last year.Forty-three of these weapons were found in A Division; 17 in F Division; 14 in B Division; 10 in C Division; seven in D Division; four in E Division and two in G Division.In relation to the traffic statistics at the end of September 2018, there was a 5.7 per cent decrease in fatal accidents with 74 cases resulting in a total of 86 deaths including two children. However, the Police Force had disclosed that as of Thursday, October 11, 2018, there have been a total of 90 road fatalities thus far this year, with September accounting for a staggering 22 deaths.Furthermore, it was also reported that there were decreases in serious, minor and damage accidents, with 31.5 per cent (184 cases against 269 last year), 46 per cent (21 against 405 cases) and 27.1 per cent (526 against 722) respectively.Again, pedestrians were named the main category of road users killed, with 31 such persons having lost their lives at the end of September. Car occupants followed with 20 cases, then pedal cyclists with 15 cases, and motorcyclists with 11 cases. Additionally, four drivers were killed and one pillion rider, while two minibus occupants and two persons being towed on bicycles also lost their lives on the roadways.Moreover, the Police noted that speeding continues to be the major contributing factor to road accidents, causing 36 of the fatal accidents that occurred during these nine months. This is followed by inattentiveness with 16 with cases, drunk driving with 12 cases, pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles with eight cases and one case of failure to confirm to road sign.In addition, continued traffic enforcement efforts by the Police have resulted in a total of 66,865 cases being made against errant road users as of the end of September. Of this, a total of 21,910 cases were for speeding; 2928 for driving under the influence of alcohol; 4445 for failure to wear seat belt; 651 for using cellphones while driving; 2194 for tinted vehicles; 1985 for unlicensed driving; 497 for dangerous driving; and 440 for careless driving, among others.There was an additional 18,670 cases made out against errant road users for other traffic-related matters.last_img read more

Lancers lock up crown

first_img“That’s the first goal every year, to win the league title,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “We’ve gotten that one taken care of and we’re playing better basketball, which is a good sign going into the playoffs.” Four Lancers reached double figures in scoring, led by Kristen McCarthy’s 18 points. Point guard Amanda Alvarez scored 10 points and dished out eight assists. Michelle Franco added 10 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amat can finish league undefeated with a win Thursday over St. Joseph, a team the Lancers beat by 33 on Jan. 23. The Lancers, who won the first meeting against Montgomery in La Puente by only five points, led 25-12 at halftime Tuesday and cruised home. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 center_img Candice Brown scored 11 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked nine shots to lead the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team to a stunningly easy 66-40 win over host Bishop Montgomery on Tuesday night. The victory has Amat (20-4, 7-0) in prime position to post its third consecutive undefeated Del Rey League season. The Lancers clinched their fourth consecutive league title and haven’t lost to Montgomery (18-9, 5-2) since 2004. last_img read more

City councils could get raises

first_imgSome local council members aren’t excited about the raise. “I could take it or leave it,” Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke said. Beilke said it would be up to the other council members if they wanted to take the raise. While the language isn’t the bill yet, De La Torre said he plans to make it so the raises are automatic unless a city council chooses to opt out. La Mirada Councilman Pete Dames said he too didn’t care about a raise. “\ isn’t the driving force for why to get on the council,” Dames said. “If you get a couple of dollars, to cover expenses, that’s fine. “If you’re looking to make big bucks you’re in the wrong profession.” The bill will have no effect on several Whittier-area cities. Whittier is a charter city and the bill doesn’t apply to charter cities. Whittier’s charter doesn’t allow a salary for council members, but they do get a $697 monthly expense account. Santa Fe Springs council members already make $924 a month. The base amount for a city of its size would be $600. La Habra Heights council members, who now get no salary, would have to opt out in order to continue that policy. Mayor Brian Bergman said he favors not receiving a salary. “It’s always been a volunteer thing,” Bergman said. “I can’t see changing it.” In addition, if the council members received any salary – at one time they got $1 a month – the city would be on the hook for retirement costs. “I don’t know if the city can really afford it,” he said. De La Torre is the author of legislation two years ago that cut back large stipends for commissions and other boards that councils used as a way to increase their pay. His bill reduced them to $150 a month. “While I was doing AB 11, I came across the issue of the base salary being out of whack,” he said. “While I am suspicious of the motives of those using the other stipends, it is a valid concern that their base salary hasn’t kept up with inflation.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The bill would raise La Mirada’s and Pico Rivera’s pay up to $1,000 a month. La Mirada’s council members now make $985, while Pico Rivera’s make $882. “Across the board there hasn’t been a salary increase since 1984,” De La Torre said. “Clearly that’s a long time. In the case of a city of 100,000 residents having that stipend be $600 doesn’t seem fair.” De La Torre’s bill would double the figure for cities with a population from 75,001-150,000 to $1,200. For cities with a population from 50,001-75,000, the base pay would go from $500 to $1,000. AB 701 now awaits action on the state Assembly floor. It still would have to go to the Senate and then be signed by the governor. Some city council members, including La Mirada and Pico Rivera from this area, throughout the state could get a pay raise if Assemblyman Hector De La Torre’s legislation becomes law. De La Torre, D-South Gate, has authored AB 701 that would double the base amount of pay that was last set in 1984. The raises wouldn’t become effective until after the councils’ next election. However, some council members already get more than the new base amount because they have taken an allowed 5 percent annual pay raise. AB 701 would limit further pay increases to the rate of inflation in that city. last_img read more

Expert Eye: Chelsea defender on “tremendous” Liverpool transfer target

first_img1 Liverpool are on the verge of making yet another summer signing, with reports in Spain saying Atletico Madrid right-back will snub Arsenal for Merseyside in the coming days. talkSPORT takes a look at what the experts say about the Spain youth international…Manquillo is one of the most promising young footballers in the country. He’s offers muscle and has the sufficient quality both technically and tactically to face bigger challenges. He’s effective in defence and quick in the attack. He needs more competitive games to improve tactically, and adapt to the demands of reading between the lines involved in the game.– Miguel Angel Montoya in Perarnau MagazineHe provides a lot of cutting edge, is bold, and even displays the odd moment of defensive quality.– Spanish football journalist Axel TorresMany compare him to FC Barcelona’s Dani Alves because his style of play is similar. Both play on the right, both contribute a lot in attack. Javier is also noteworthy in his muscle, leap and speed, his quickness in anticipating opponents. His great crosses are notable, too. Despite his attacking strength, he doesn’t neglect the defence, dropping back to cover the space he has left behind him. He’s good in duels and in aerial play.– Spanglish Football blog on ManquilloPhysically strong, quick and resilient, Manquillo has the engine for getting up and down the pitch. In the club they think his progression will be subject to the challenge faced by many full backs: knowing when to push up and surprise opponents by finishing a move with a cross, or when to hold his position. He has a fondness of contributing excessively in attack, a common defect among novice full backs that think they are going to be judged more in how they attack than how they defend.– Ladislao J. Moñino writing in El PaisManquillo is one of the most promising players at Atletico. The right back has quality and covers a large distance.– Chema G Fuente in Mundo DeportivoManquillo is a tremendous footballer. He’s a full back of a great level. He’ll certainly end up in the Spanish national team. I joke with him that I hope he doesn’t change to left back!–New Chelsea defender Filipe Luis on his former team-mateLiverpool fans, are you pleased at the prospect of adding more cover at right-back? Let us know below… Liverpool transfer target Javier Manquillo last_img read more

Pining for retirement

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Yamel Gallardo’s family has always put up an artificial tree for Christmas, but this year a new addition to her family sent Gallardo to Bud Lyon’s Christmas tree farm in Pico Rivera.“I wanted a nicer and bigger tree for my daughter’s first Christmas,” she said, walking amid the scent of pines with her 8-month-old daughter, Gabriella, on Lyon’s 6-acre lot.“The farm smells nice and makes you feel like Christmas is coming,” she said.Last year, sales of real Christmas trees jumped 15.8 percent from 2003. About 27.1 million consumers in the United States bought real trees last year, and 27 percent of them came from farms like Lyon’s, the only working Christmas tree farm in the Whittier area.Lyon opened his first Christmas tree farm 39 years ago and over the years has owned and sold 13 other tree farms in Los Angeles and Orange counties.Now only his Pico Rivera farm is left, and when Lyon retires in January, the little tree farm on Washington Boulevard will close for good.“It will give me more time to travel,” he says of his pending retirement. “But I will miss it. Part of me wishes I was 20 years younger, starting out in the business all over again.”Growing a Christmas tree from a seedling to an 8-foot decoration takes about six years. Along the way, Lyon contends with harmful insects like aphids, mites and Leaf Hoppers, and unpredictable weather, much like any farmer.From the 6,000 or so trees on his property, Lyon will market about 1,500 for Christmas. Customers can pick out their own trees and cut it themselves, or an employee will cut it for them.A 9-foot Monterey Pine sells for about $74.95 and a Leyland Cypress goes for $64.90.Lyon also keeps already-cut noble firs imported from farms in Oregon, which sell for $19.95 to $120.While his trees net him about $100,000 a year, Lyon said it’s his customers that he’ll miss most.“I see the same families come year after year,” Lyon said. “Some bring pictures from when their kids were little. Others drive in from 50 to 60 miles away. That’s the joy of it.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BY GOVERNMENT OVER MICA HOME DEFECTS

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has this evening repeated his call for a Mica Redress Scheme for families, whose homes are affected by defective blocks caused by Muscovite Mica.He raised the issue in the Dáil chamber with the Government, following the published findings of a Preliminary Engineers Report for Donegal County Council on the impact of Muscovite Mica on some council homes in the county.He said the government must repeat the scheme for families in Leinster whose homes were affected by Pyrite. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “My colleague Cllr. Albert Doherty has relentlessly pursued the need for Donegal County Council to carry out testing of their housing stock for defective blocks caused by Muscovite Mica. Thanks to his endeavours and supported by other councillors, the council have now published their Preliminary Engineers Report which confirms the presence of Mica in some council homes.“This report has now clearly led to the announcement by the Government of the establishment of an Independent Panel of Experts to examine the issue.“My concern is that that a Panel of Experts was also established in relation to the Pyrite crisis. Will this new panel be re-inventing the wheel? How long will this new panel take to report back?”“There are families in Donegal living in terror that their gable wall or ceiling will collapse on them. There are also families in Donegal who cannot get their home insured. They cannot wait for much longer. They desperately need a Redress Scheme and they need it as soon as possible. “I therefore repeat the call of my party for the Government to immediately introduce a Mica Redress Bill and then a Mica Redress Scheme to support the affected families in Donegal as they did with the Pyrite Redress Scheme for families in the council administrative areas of Dún Laoighaire/ Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin and Dublin City”. DONEGAL BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BY GOVERNMENT OVER MICA HOME DEFECTS was last modified: July 15th, 2015 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:MICAPadraig Mac Lochlainn TDpyriteredress schemelast_img read more

Cranes already training in Niger

first_imgThe Cranes during an evening traing session (Photo by FUFA media)International Friendly Window-Uganda vs Central African Republic30th-05-2018 @Stade General Seyni Kountche-Niger vs Uganda02-05-2018 @Stade General Seyni Kountche.The Uganda National football team, the Cranes safely arrived in Niamey, Niger on Monday evening ahead of the three Nations tournament with an aim of further preparations for Project Cameroon 2019.The team is accommodated at Hotel Tenere in Niamey the Capital of Niger and later managed to conduct their maiden training session at the Stade General Seyni Koutche outer pitch.Twenty-one players were part of the session under the close eye of Head Coach Sebastian Desabre, his Assistant Mathias Lule, Goalkeeper Coach Fred Kajoba and the fitness instructor D’Antonio Gerome.The AFCON Qualification campaign for the 2019 edition to be held in Cameroon resumes in September with Uganda Cranes hosting Tanzania at Mandel National Stadium.The players yet to join camp are Captain Denis Onyango and Moses Opondo are expected to join the rest on Wednesday morning.Emmaneul Okwi and Joseph Ochaya connected with the team at Bole Airport in Addis Ababa while Bevis Mugabi, Yunus Sentamu and Edrisa Lubega had earlier arrived in Niamey.The Full Squad.Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-SouthAfrica), Salim Jamal Magoola (Al Marriek-Sudan), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda)Defenders: Denis Iguma (AL-Nabi Sheet Clun-Lebanon), Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers-Uganda), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania), Bevis Mugabi (Yoevil Town-England), Timothy Denis Awany (KCCA FC –Uganda), Isaac Muleme (Alassiouty Sport- Egypt)Midefielders: Joseph Benson Ochaya (Lusaka Dyanmos-Zambai), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Tala’ea El Gaesh-Egypt), Khalid Aucho (Free Agent), Taddeo Lwanga(Vipers-Uganda), William Kizito Luwagga (CSM Politechnica Lasi-Romania), Milton Karisa (Vipers-Uganda), Allan Katerega (Cape Town City-South Africa), Faruku Miya (Stardard Liege-Belgiium), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF –Denmark), Allan Kyambadde (SC Villa Jogoo-Uganda)Strikers: Emmanuel Okwi (Simba-Tanzania), Yunus Sentamu (KF Tirana-Albania), Shaban Muhammad (KCCA FC-Uganda) & Edrisa Lubega (Floridisdorfer AC-Austria)The personnel in Niger:LOD: Issa Kakaire MagoolaHead Coach: Sebastien DesabreAssistant Head Coach: Mathias LuleGoalkeeper Coach: Fred KajobaPhysical Fitness Instructor: D’Antonio GeromeTeam Physician: Ronald KisoloTeam Physiotherapist: Ivan SewanyanaTeam Coordinator: Crispus MuyindaFUFA Delegates: Jamal Ngobi (Eastern Football Association) & Johnson Fairfax Nyiria (North East Football Association)FUFA Secretariat: Richard Nandigobe SemandaMedia Officer: Hamzah Nsereko Kawuma AfriqanaComments Tags: Uganda Craneslast_img read more

Travel Alert: Road blocked by fallen tree

first_imgThe Creeslough/Carrigart Road (R245) has been closed this morning due to a fallen tree.The obstacle was reported near Lackagh Bridge.A notice has been issued to warn motorists that the road is closed in both directions. Gardaí are currently at the scene and the tree is expected to be removed by this afternoon. Travel Alert: Road blocked by fallen tree was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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