– 400M Hurdles Class 1 Boys Timed finals PRELUDE TO CHAMPS – 1500M Timed finals – Class 3, 2,1 Boys – Long jump Class 3 Girls – Discus Class 1 Boys – Long jump Class 1 Boys – Discus Class 3 Boys The final meet before this Saturday’s finals of the Digicel Grand Prix will be held over two days, starting today at 9:30a.m., with the staging of the Central Athletics Championships at the G.C. Foster College. Following the staging, so far, of the Western Championships, Eastern Champions and Anthrick Corporate Development Meet, the next two days will close off the qualifiers for the Grand final in selected events. This is where the top three teams in both the male and female sections will receive $1 million, $500,000 and $250,000 respectively. For today’s championships, it will be $250,000, $100,000 and $50,000 for the top three male and female teams, while there will also be incentives of $25,000 to individuals who break records in the various championship events. Defending male champions St Jago High looks a cinch to take home the male title today, while it is a different story among the females, as the five most powerful female high-school teams in track and field in the country will do battle. For fans, this will be a mouth-watering affair, as defending champions, Edwin Allen High will be pushed all the way by Hydel, St Jago, Holmwood and Vere Technical, which finished in that order at the ISSA GraceKennedy Boy’s and Girl’s Championships a year ago. All five are expected to fight out the finish once again this year. – 400H Timed finals Class 2 Boys – Long jump Class 4 Girls – Discus Class 2 Boys – High Jump Class 2 Girls 9:30a.m. 11:30a.m. TODAY’S FINALS 2:00p.m. 11:00a.m. – Triple jump Open Girls – High jump Class 1 Boys – Shot Put Class 2 Girls 10:30a.m. – High jump Class 2 Boys 3:15p.m. 3:40p.m. – High Jump Class 4 Girls – Triple Jump Class 2 Boys – Discus Class 1 Girls 3:30p.m. 400H Timed finals Girl’s Open – Long jump Class 1 Boys – Shot Put Class 2 Boys – 1500M Timed finals Class 3, 2, 1 Girl’s 4:10p.m. 3:10p.m. It will definitely be a prelude to the big championships in a few weeks, but teams will be hoping for bragging rights and big cash incentives before that grand occasion. Following some outstanding results at last weekend’s Carifta Trials inside the National Stadium, the trend should continue today. On the female side, the likes of Kevona Davis, Annia Ashley, Cemore Donald, Fiona Richards and Saqukine Cameron from Edwin Allen, Nicole Foster are all expected to be on show. Chrisanna May, Shadae Hudson and Shaunette Allison from Holmwood Technical, Trishauna Hemmings, Monifa Green and Shian Salmon from Hydel, Britanie Dixon, Britany Anderson and Amoi Brown from Vere, and from St Jago are Sahjay Stevens, and Gabrielle Bailey are also expected to do very well. It should be another landslide victory for the St Jago boys, led by the likes of Keenon Lawrence, Roje Stona, Lerone Clarke, Anthony Cox and Timor Barrett. On today’s opening day, there will be 25 finals, 17 in the field and eight on the track. 4:30p.m.
Jessica Singh, commonly known as Flavor, has brought up an interesting topic in her new music video about accepting whoever it is you love for who they are despite their complexion.The music video, called “Complexion Thing” expresses the challenges of being light skinned and in love, and Flavor has no doubt made a point that love is and always will be colorblind.“Complexion Thing is about the connection between two people not based on the color of the skin. It’s about what brought two people together,” Flavor narrated during a brief interview at the video shoot.Award winning record producer Tan-Tan, CEO of Heart Beat Records, is featured in the video poetically expressing his love for black women no matter the complexion.“Working with Tan-Tan was fun and great, I enjoyed every moment of it. I’ve known him for quite some time now and when I got back here in 2012, I had no idea Tan-Tan was into music. I contacted him and asked him to do a track with me. We met out of the studio and put this song together which turned out great. The whole team was there together; the recording crew and it just came out exciting. Working with Tan Tan was easy even though he gave me a lil tough time but it was okay.” Flavor excitedly added.Also, many may remember flamboyant Flavor, who’s been in and out of the entertainment industry for many years, as a young lady who comes off as knowing what she already wants in life. But Flavor says personal reasons have caused her to drop out of the music industry off and on to finally return with a musical hit and permanent plan.She disclosed that she has been living in Ghana and the UK for some years and now finds herself back home. And while many know Flavor as a young lady who can be motivated into taking flight at any moment, flavor assures her return home is permanent and for a good reason.“I’ve been in entertainment for quite some time now, but have been in and out of it because of some personal reasons. But right now I’m well prepared and I’m in it for good.” She assured.“I’m ready and set to show Liberia what I have. I’m fully prepared and excited to work with people.” She added.During the March 8, 2014 premiere of “Complexion Thing” at the Bella Cassa Hotel, Flavor described to her invited guest how much of a devoted artist she is.“I am here to showcase what I can do and what I am made of. I can sing, dance and just entertain people. Because music is what I love, music is like a second family to me. So, I’m here to tell my Liberian people we can do it if we work together.”We asked where she wanted to stand in the Liberian industry, and how she could add value to it, she said, “I’m trying to take Liberian music to another level and that’s why I’m putting in a lot of hard work and energy. During the showcase, we get to show what we can do, how creative we are and the talent we have in Liberia. Complexion Thing is going out there and it’s going to be big, please watch it and support it because it’s here to stay,” Flavor pleads.Flavor expressed her gratitude towards her fans and friends and also acknowledged that without her fans, she would be nowhere.“I want to thank everyone who showed me love; today is the greatest day in my life and I’m thankful to you my fans out there for being such amazing people,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– to assist with reducing large prison populationBy Samuel SukhnandanOne of the recommendations coming out of a study that looked at alternatives to incarceration for pre-trial detainees is for Guyana to establish a Sentencing Council. The final draft report stated that this could help to address the problems associated with the increase in the prison population here.Consultant Peter PursgloveThe report which was recently submitted to Government and was prepared by consultant Peter Pursglove under the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) of the Public Security Ministry stated that there was a lack of clear and coherent sentencing policies.Over the years, sentencing policies have been developed piecemeal and there has been no unified approach to sentencing issues among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of Government.As such, Pursglove said that there was a need for this specialised body to oversee and coordinate sentencing policy in Guyana. But to perform this function, a Sentencing Council must be established and mandated to draft sentencing guidelines.“The establishment of the Sentencing Council will address the problems inherent in the current sentencing structures, whether neither Parliament nor the judiciary acting alone is able to make comprehensive sentencing policy and manage sentencing levels and prison populations,” the report added.It was noted that where Parliament provides little or no legislative guidance on sentencing, it is sentencing judges who largely determine sentencing policy.They are directed to the Court of Appeal for guidance on sentencing. However, it was found that the usefulness of individual appellate court decisions is limited. But more importantly, when giving sentencing guidance, courts of appeal do not have the time and resources to undertake systematic research or to investigate the cost-effectiveness of the options.“A Sentencing Council with a mandate to draft sentencing guidelines can improve transparency, predictability and consistency of sentencing.It can help to address the problems of prison over-use, sentencing disparity, increase public confidence in the criminal justice system and provide a means of avoiding the politicisation of sentencing practice and policy,” it further added.Pursglove said in the final draft report that given the importance and complexity of sentencing and the magnitude of the task to be accomplished by the various agencies involved in the criminal justice system, there is a need in Guyana for a permanent and specially constituted body to oversee the entire sentencing process and ensure effective coordination of consistent sentencing policy.In providing an insight as to what may constitute a Sentencing Council to be established here, the consultant said that it would include the provision of guidance to Judges and Magistrates; the gathering and provision of information and statistics for monitoring; planning and policy development; and engaging the community by informing and consulting the public.The role of the Sentencing Council could be amplified to include collecting and disseminating sentencing information, compiling statistical data, developing sentencing guidelines and providing judicial education and training for judicial officers.It could, therefore, play a valuable role in producing accurate but readily accessible information about sentencing issues for the media and the public.“The Sentencing Council could also carry out an evaluation of the impact of both existing and proposed sentencing legislation, particularly in relation to penal resources and the cost-effectiveness of different sentencing options, including their impact on prison populations,” he added.Pursglove acknowledged in his report that the current sentencing system did little to prepare judicial officers for sentencing the offenders who appear before the courts. One deficiency pointed out in the Guyana sentencing process is the lack of adequate information and data to support sentencing divisions. And given the lack of that information, it has led to a disparity in sentencing.With the establishment of a permanent Sentencing Council, it could effectively complement the work of the Court of Appeal.The Council would be primarily responsible for the formulation, review and updating of sentencing guidelines while the Court of Appeal would be responsible for application of the guidelines. This partnership would help to balance the need for greater uniformity and equality of justice while maintaining a sufficient degree of flexibility to allow for individualisation of sentences in appropriate cases.The consultant conducted meetings with key stakeholders in order to be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Guyana’s approach to the provision of alternatives to incarceration, along with opportunities for reform and development.The study also looked at issues including juvenile detention; sentencing policy; discretion available to Judges, Magistrates, Police and Prosecutors; capacity of probation and other systems of supervision of non-custodial sanctions, including possible collaboration with civil society organisations; restorative justice; and decriminalising certain acts.
0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are fourth in La Liga and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jan 13 – Struggling Real Madrid risk falling further behind in La Liga after a cheeky late chip from Pablo Fornals saw Villarreal escape with a 1-0 win on Saturday, their first ever victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.Fornals struck with three minutes left to leave Zinedine Zidane’s wasteful side fourth and a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona, a deficit which will turn into 19 should Barca win at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Compounding Real’s misery is the 10-point gap separating them from second-placed local rivals Atletico Madrid, who moved up to 42 points and within six of Barca after winning 1-0 at Eibar thanks to Kevin Gameiro’s 27th-minute strike.Atletico survived a stoppage-time scare when Augusto Fernandez handled the ball during a goalmouth scramble but went unpunished by the referee.Real are also eight points adrift of Valencia, who strengthened their grip on third place as goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo secured a 2-1 win at struggling Deportivo La Coruna.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We had the better chances but the ball did not want to go in,” said under-fire Zidane after Real’s second straight home league defeat.Villarreal meanwhile move up to fifth on 31 points thanks to midfielder Fornals’ stunning goal, which puts Javier Calleja’s side just a point behind off-form Madrid in the race for the Champions League places.Real fired off nearly 30 shots but their accuracy was wayward, with Cristiano Ronaldo among the worst culprits in front of goal.“We did everything we could and there is no explanation for why the ball didn’t go in,” added Zidane, who signed a new contract to keep him at Real until 2020 earlier this week.“I can’t criticise my players for anything. This is a bad spell, nothing more.”– History makers –So often Real’s saviour, Ronaldo had a bad day at the office, with his worst miss coming just before half-time, when the five-time Ballon d’Or winner managed to shoot straight at Sergio Asenjo after being laid on by Isco in front of a practically open goal just yards out.The Portuguese was livid with the referee, as he thought that he was tripped by Daniele Bonera just before he shot.Real carried on where they left off in the second period, but after failing to break down the resolute visitors, Fornals stepped up to make history and pile the pressure on Zidane.Fornals clipped home his 87th-minute winner just after it looked like Enes Unal had fluffed his team’s chance to snatch the three points after a blistering counter-attack following a Real Madrid corner.Turk Unal shot straight at Keylor Navas when put through by Denis Cheryshev, but with Navas still recovering from making the save Fornals lifted the ball over the flailing Madrid stopper.“You’re always happy when you get three points at such a difficult ground,” said Calleja afterwards.“We knew we could make history today, we believed.”Kenyan striker Michael Olunga had a day to remember on Saturday as he came off the bench to score a hat-trick in Girona’s historic 6-0 win over struggling Las Palmas.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
ETC.: Wally Parks, an automobile enthusiast who founded the National Hot Rod Association and helped turn drag racing into a legitimate sport, died Friday in Providence, R.I. from pneumonia. He was 94. Basketball The Unites States women’s basketball team is one win away from qualifying for the 2008 Olympics. Rebekkah Brunson scored 20 points and America routed Argentina, 104-53, to advance to the gold medal game at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Valdivia, Chile. The U.S. will play Cuba, which upset Brazil, 69-67, in the other semifinal. The United States struggled against Cuba in its opening preliminary game, needing a late rally to win, 85-79. From news services Mississippi sprinter Rodney Lydale Lockhart was found shot to death Saturday at his apartment near the Ole Miss campus. Lockhart, a junior psychology major, was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. 1,600-meter relay team in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing. Lockhart’s death is being investigated as a homicide by the Oxford Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations. ETC.: The Cleveland Cavaliers made two moves, signing free agent guard Devin Brown and trading recently acquired guard David Wesley to New Orleans for forward Cedric Simmons, a 2006 first-round pick. … Nets backup point guard Marcus Williams broke a bone in his right foot and will have surgery that will sideline him for six weeks. Jurisprudence LaVon Chisley Jr., 23 and a former Penn State football player, was convicted of first- and third-degree murder for stabbing a student to death in what prosecutors said was a crime driven by a desperate need for money. Chisley Jr. was immediately sentenced to life in prison. … Former Dallas Cowboys and Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner was charged with drunken driving after being stopped early Saturday, Fayetteville, Ark. police said. Golf Bill Maslowski and Carl Workinger shot holes-in-one on the same hole while playing in the same threesome at a course in York, Pa. Rugby Fiji gave the Rugby World Cup what it needed, a thrilling match, gaining the quarterfinals in the process with a 38-34 victory over Wales in Paris. Distance running Scott Jurek of Seattle won his second straight Spartathlon ultramarathon, a 153-mile race that retraces the journey of the legendary messenger Pheidippides 2,500 years ago. Jurek completed the trek from Athens to Sparta in 23 hours, 12 minutes, 14 seconds. ETC.: Alan Webb overtook defending champ Kevin Sullivan down the stretch to win the Continental Airlines Fifth Avenue Mile in 3:52.7. Canadian Carmen Dowma-Hussar won the women’s race in 4:22.8. Motorsports Kyle Busch started at the back due to a speeding penalty in pit row and still came to win the Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway. Busch slipped by Matt Kenseth with just over 17 laps to go, then held off Kenseth’s challenges after a late restart. ETC.: Lewis Hamilton won the pole for the Japanese Grand Prix in Oyama, beating McLaren teammate and rival Fernando Alonso. Tennis Venus Williams advanced to the final at the Hansol Korea Open by defeating Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in Seoul, Korea. The top-seeded Williams will face fourth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia in today’s final. ETC.: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet beat Fabrice Santoro to advance to the final of the Mumbai Open in India. The 21-year-old Frenchman will play eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus in the final today. … Ana Ivanovic defeated Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova beat Marion Bartoli to advance to the final of the Fortis Championships in Luxembourg. Cycling The world governing body for cycling said it is trying to recover almost $1 million Stuttgart, Germany still owes it for organizing the world championships. The host city reportedly has stopped paying to protest the sport’s doping problems. ETC.: Marta Bastianelli of Italy won the women’s road race title on a breakaway at the cycling world championships. Miscellany Japanese police are considering charging the trainer of a 17-year-old sumo wrestler, Takashi Saito, who died earlier this year on suspicion that a beating during a practice session may have caused the fatality.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NORWALK – Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Norwalk, invites the public to a holiday open house toy drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 12501 E. Imperial Highway, Suite 210. The public can discuss the services and programs the district office provides, along with recently enacted legislation regarding improving air quality and helping to make streets safer from gang violence. Donations of a safe, new unwrapped toy are encouraged. All toys will be distributed to deserving boys and girls by the Southern California LEAD Foundation. Blood pressure screenings are scheduled at 9:30 a.m. today and Dec. 18 by Pioneer Medical Group. Additional blood pressure screenings, hosted by Coast Plaza Doctor’s Hospital, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 and 26. A dental screening will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday by Glasband Dental Center. A massage therapy screening hosted by Pioneer Medical Group is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 13. All screenings are on a first-come, first-served basis and offered to individuals ages 50 and older. For information, call (562) 929-5580. Christmas show to feature choirs WHITTIER – The Whittier Choralaires Barbershop Chorus presents its annual Christmas Show at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 Washington Ave. Guest performers include the Long Beach Chorus, the “Young at Heart” Sweet Adeline Quartet, the Sunny Hills High School Vocal Assembly, and the La Habra High School Chamber Singers. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students and children under age 13. For information, call (562) 923-5951. Lions Club plans Christmas party EAST WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club is hosting its annual Christmas party from 7 to 9 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, at the corner of Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street. Admission is $12, which covers breakfast, a puppet show and, for children, a gift from Santa. For information, call (714) 571-1899. Sign up now for trip to Rose Parade LA MIRADA – On Jan. 1, the city of La Mirada will be hosting an excursion to the 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Families and friends will get a firsthand look at the tradition of floral floats, marching bands and pageantry. This year’s parade, with the theme “Passport to the World’s Celebrations,” will feature designs from all over the world. Participants are asked to meet at the La Mirada Resource Center no later than 6:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The trip will last until 1 p.m. A $75 fee includes bus transportation and grandstand seating on Colorado Boulevard. Participants may bring a sack lunch or purchase snacks from vendors on site. Space is limited. For information, call the La Mirada Community Services Department at (562) 943-7277. Theatre to hold auditions for play WHITTIER – The Whittier Community Theatre will hold auditions for its third production of the year at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the Historical Whittier Depot, 7333 Greenleaf Ave. The play, “Noises Off,” by Michael Fryman, will be directed by Susan Marx and open Feb. 15 at the Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 S. Washington Ave. Rehearsals will start Jan. 7 with Regan Hunter and John Francis producing the play. All parts are open and those auditioning must be prepared to read from the script and do an English accent. For information, visit the theater’s Web site at www.whittiercommunitytheatre.org. – From staff reports160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFood, refreshments, door prizes and entertainment will be provided. For information, call (562) 864-5600 or visit www.assembly.ca.gov/56. Health screenings offered to seniors NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, is hosting a variety of health screenings throughout the month.
A lorry tries to navigate around Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana as protestors look on.Outraged residents have staged another protest at Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana to highlight the dangers of the structure.The protestors say it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or worse on the bridge which has no pedestrian access.They say a petition signed by 2,500 locals has already been to the council, but nothing has been done to date. This man makes his feelings about the bridge known in writing.The protestors commissioned a special cameraman to take an aerial view of the situation which highlights the dangers for families in the area.A spokesman said “What has to happen before the council realise that this is a death trap? People in Buncrana are fed up but still outraged that we are being ignored.“We will continue to protest and make our feelings known until this bridge is upgraded or replaced.”The large crowd which turned out at Cockhill Bridge yesterday. OUTRAGED RESIDENTS TAKE TO THE STREETS OVER ‘KILLER’ BRIDGE was last modified: September 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhill Bridgedonegalprotest
THE county got a massive tourism boost tonight – when the Regional Cultural Centre was featured on RTE1’s Winning Streak programme.The Dreamaker draw came from Letterkenny live – and gave the Centre an opportunity to plug the great work there, as well as the Errigal Arts Festival which takes place in July.Centre director Sean Halligan spoke about the great work of the RCC and how they took art into the community. “It is about visual arts; there is a great cultural scene in the county and we try to do as many events for people as possible,” said Sean.And Lorna McLaughlin spoke about the superb musical tradition of the county and how the centre supported the Youth Orchestra, chamber orchestra and the Errigal Groove Orchestra.Lorcan McAdam from Ballybay, Co Monaghan, missed his son’s First Communion to travel to Donegal to spin the Dreammaker wheel.And he is going home tonight with €40,000! WINNING STREAK COMES TO REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 21st, 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) Tags:letterkennyRegional Cultural CentreWinning Streak
DONEGAL is getting battered by Storm Erich – but we’ve escaped the worst of it so far.Munster has been lashed with thunderstorms, with hurricane-force winds cutting power to 20,000 homes.Part of a roof at Cork University Hospital has been ripped off during overnight severe gales. Irish Weather Online reports: “Winds are likely to drop of a little over the northwest over the next few hours but will pick up again by morning. Elsewhere, remaining stormy throughout the night.”Gardaí here and the PSNI in the North have both urged motorists not to drive at all overnight.The storm is expected to subside by 3pm. STORM UPDATE: CHAOS AS STORM ERICH BATTERS THE COUNTRY was last modified: December 27th, 2013 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)
IT only lasted a few minutes…but snapper John McCandless was on hand tonight to capture this wonderful image.A blur from the Northern Lights and the Plough can be seen in the skies above Isle of Doagh in Inishowen.“Unfortunately the aurora only lasted two to three minutes,” says John. JOHN’S STUNNING PICTURE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS AND PLOUGH ABOVE DONEGAL was last modified: November 15th, 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:donegalInishowennorthern lights