JAAA to stage 10-day camp in Japan

first_imgJamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships will stage a ten-day training camp in Tottori Prefecture in Southern Japan, before travelling to Beijing, China, for the August 22-30 meet. The camp will be at little or no cost to the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), as the Japanese have promised to take care of all Jamaica’s expenses while the athletes are in camp. According to JAAA President Dr Warren Blake, the Japanese will also underwrite all costs for the team to travel to the championships and back to Japan, from where they will depart for home. “Fortunately for us, the camp that is going to take place in Tottori Prefecture will be paid for by the Japanese. That has reduced the cost of sending a team to Beijing tremendously for us,” he said. “Not only will they be looking after the cost of the camp, but all travel in Japan will be looked after by them. Travel from Japan to Beijing and back to Japan will be covered by the Tottori Prefecture,” he added. Jamaica has had problems in the past to get their top athletes to attend these training camps before major championships, but Blake is confident that this will not be an issue this time. “The camp is shaping up, and the report I have got from the team manager is that he expects all the athletes to be in the camp. We are getting support from the major camps (track clubs) and different groups and, at this moment, I don’t foresee any problems,” he said. The team for the World Championships will be announced on August 10, the final day for entries for the meet. “Over this weekend there will be a North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association championship in San JosÈ, Costa Rica, and a number of athletes will be given the opportunity to make standards, even at that time. So you cannot name a team and leave out potential athletes. Once we have submitted the names to the IAAF on the tenth, they will be released to the media,” Blake said. REDUCED COSTlast_img read more

GTT launches Independence Night mega concert

first_img… investing significantly in independence celebration – CCOWith the golden jubilee anniversary activities already on the roll, GTT once again has indicated its support, this time with the hosting of its Independence Mega Concert slated for May 26 at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.During a briefing of the event on Tuesday, the company announced the details of the concert which is anticipated to be a major highlight of the independence celebration.Speaking at the launching event, Chief Commercial Officer of GTT, Gert Post, expressed how elated the company is to be such an active supporter of the events that will highlight Guyana’s accomplishment of thriving as an independent nation for the past 50 years.Post made it clear during the briefing, that the company’s role in the events leading up to the celebration is primarily to give back to the country as it marks 50 years, noting that “we only turn 50 once.”Being one of the largest concerts to highlight the anniversary, a number of local, regional and international artistes are set to take the stage “by storm”, making it a monumental night and much so, anniversary.Post disclosed that the top artiste of the night would be renowned US hit artiste Sean Kingston, who definitely will be a top attraction for the show.In addition, coming in from the Region are chutney sensation, Ravi B; along with Jamaica’s young and upcoming artiste, Vershon; and soca ‘phenomenal’ Bunji Garlin.Meanwhile, form Guyana’s own array of artistes – Jackie Jaxx, Natural Black and Jumo have been confirmed as performing artistes for the mega concert.With the aim of giving back to its customers, the company will additionally be offering special packages for persons purchasing tickets at GTT’s stores countrywide.Post informed that since the venue is set to hold over 20,000 persons, the company will be rewarding the public domain for just supporting the initiative.He said that persons purchasing tickets at the price of $2000 and are on the ‘blue network’ will receive a complimentary one-month data plan or Top Up of $2000 which would be valid for seven days.Even those who are not part of the network will receive a complimentary SIM card in addition to one-month data plan.Special rates also exist for persons shopping at GTT’s stores for smartphones over the next few weeks leading up the concert.Commenting on what is the dollar figure attached to all the contributions that the company is making to the celebrations, Post said that the “company is investing significantly” in pulling off the activities.He however clarified that the company has gotten on board since it has recognised how monumental the celebration is and what great impact it would make on the country’s economy.Post assured that GTT will continue to support the Government in any way possible to make Independence 2016 a remarkable one that would be etched in the country’s history.Over the past few weeks, GTT had made a contribution of $1 million for the four nights of fashion extravaganza, as well as $2 million for GuyExpo.last_img read more

2 found with illegal gun, ammo

first_imgTwo teenagers were on Wednesday last arrested by ranks in connection with robbery under arms.The du –, Christopher Webster, 19, a mason of 2444 Collis Acknowledge Street, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown and Sheldon Peters, also 19, of Lot 789 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown are now in the custody of Police.Details surrounding the arrest are sketchy; however, the two men are said to be implicated in a recent robbery under arms carried out on a couple.They are expected to be taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts shortly on charges.Meanwhile, two men are now in the custody of Police after they were on Wednesday last apprehended with an illegal firearm and ammunition.The 29-year-old and 31-year-old both, of Festival City, North Ruimveldt, were arrested around 19:00h.According to information received, ranks who were conducting a raid exercise in the East La Penitence Station District swooped down on the Festival City house and the discovery was made.The snub-nose .32 revolver #A152911, along with two live matching rounds of ammunition, was found hidden.As such, the two perpetrators were apprehended and taken into Police custody.On Friday last, the two men, Damion Favorite and Carl Lockhart, appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan where they were arraigned for the said offence.They both denied committing the offence and were remanded to prison until January 26, 2018.last_img read more

Trackers down Sting 4-2

first_imgThe N.E. B.C and Yukon Trackers welcomed the Sturgeon Sting to Fort St. John on Saturday. The Trackers won the game 4-2 and improved their record to 4-3-1.The Trackers got off to a quick start and led 2-0 after 20 minutes. Sturgeon battled back to claw into the deficit, however N.E. B.C. restored their two goal lead 1:04 later. They’d take a 4-1 advantage heading into the third.The Sting rounded out the scoring shortly after the midway point of the third.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Trackers were Gary Loewen, Joel Bourgeois, Geoffrey Dick, and Robert Young.The team currently sits in top spot in the Bear Slashing Division.last_img

Redrawing boundaries

first_img“Unfortunately this year, growth is so sporadic in some areas. There are crowded schools and empty schools,” Ordway-Peck said. “We are looking to do lines to prevent children from crossing busy streets. We are trying to stabilize enrollment and do it for the long-term so, we won’t have to do it again so soon.” Golden Poppy, a campus for pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade, opened in 2004 near 60th Street East and Avenue R. Its enrollment has increased because of housing construction in the area. The school this year has more than 900 students, about 200 more than were expected. With no room, new students in seventh and eighth grades are being sent to Shadow Hills Intermediate about a mile away. “We are hoping that we don’t have to start sending existing classes to other schools,” Ordway-Peck said. Many of the new homes are large with double master bedrooms, so some families may be doubling up in one single-family abode, officials believe. The school switched from a full-day kindergarten to a half-day kindergarten in January to accommodate more pupils, Espinoza said. Students have had to change classrooms and get new teachers midyear as more children streamed into the school, Espinoza said. At Juniper Intermediate, enrollment has shrunk for two straight years. The district had expected more than 1,000 students this year, but just 900 showed up. Yucca School has 750 students, down from the 900 that was projected, Ordway-Peck said. “The idea is to move boundaries here and there, to kind of even out some attendance zones,” Gallizzi said. “There are parts of the district where kids get bused past a school to go to another school. Those kinds of things will be looked at, too.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Public hearings will be held to gather input from parents, but no dates have been set. “Change is always difficult, but we clearly need to meet the needs of all students across the entire district by making sure students are housed in a fair and equitable manner and that schools are not overcrowded,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. Gallizzi said some schools may not be affected. The last time the district made wholesale changes to attendance zones was in 2002-03, when it switched from a year-round school calendar to a traditional schedule, Deputy Superintendent Lori Ordway-Peck said. District officials intended to revise the boundaries two years ago when three new schools opened but put it off because enrollment had begun to level off, Ordway-Peck said. PALMDALE – Attendance boundaries will be redrawn in the Palmdale School District under a plan to balance enrollment among campuses. Some schools, such as Golden Poppy, are jam-packed with children, while classrooms sit empty at Juniper Intermediate and Yucca schools, where student populations have been declining. “For us at Golden Poppy, it’s good because we don’t have classrooms. We are using the music room as a classroom. We don’t have any room,” said Noemi Espinoza, PTA president and the school’s nurse. “We are growing and growing.” The district has formed a committee to come up with recommended changes, which, if approved, would take effect the next school year. last_img read more

Datebook 2/27

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Cider House Rules,” 2 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Call (818) 548-2030. Las Virgenes Unified School District board will meet, 6 p.m., 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 880-4000, Ext. 225. The Langston Hughes Project multimedia performance show, 7 p.m., College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3101. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY Nicholas Flat Hike, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Meet in the parking lot at 33905 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Bring food and drink. Rain cancels. Call (310) 457-9783. “Grand Derangement of Canada,”10 a.m. and noon, Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Call (805) 646-8907. “Google It,” free Internet demonstration, 10-11:45 a.m., Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 449-2660, Ext. 204. last_img read more

Oil & Gas Commission releases detailed report into North Peace well failure

first_imgOn Dec. 17, the company identified that the casing failure had occurred at a depth of nearly one-metre and the failed section was removed and the well capped.Subsequently, Terra completed an OGC requested review of all inactive wells in order to identify deficient ones and develop a corrective action plan which will prioritize work based on a risk assessment at each well.The report says the Commission is monitoring the implementation of the plan and has completed its own review of all re-entry wells in BC and determined there are no other sites with a similar risk profile.Terra Energy is a junior exploration and production company with operations concentrated primarily in northeastern BC and Alberta’s Peace River Arch region.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It took nearly a year to complete, and was not the subject of a formal public release, but there’s confirmation the BC Oil and Gas Commission late last month concluded an investigation into a North Peace well failure.It occurred late in 2014 at a Terra Energy well site north of the Peace River, about 12 kilometres west of Fort St. John, and the OGC report says the Calgary-based company received its first complaint of odours on the Old Hope Road on Dec. 11, 2014.A short time later, company responders determined there was a gas release at the Terra Wilder wellsite coming from the surface casing vent on the wellhead.- Advertisement -The Commission was notified and Terra activated its emergency response plan, securing the site, and conducting door to door notifications of area residents, despite some complaints to the contrary received by the OGC.The OGC report says evacuation was not required, but the company did offer hotel accommodation for residents who chose to leave voluntarily.It took nearly a week, but Terra opened an access road to the site, installed a flare stack where gas from the well site was directed and ignited, and brought in a service rig to assist in completion of well abandonment operations.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONEGAL FESTIVALS GET €43,500 IN FUNDING

first_imgMinister Michael RingThe Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, has announced that funding of €43,500 is to be allocated to fifteen regional festivals in Co Donegal by Fáilte Ireland, under its 2016 Festivals and Events Programme.Announcing the funding, Minister Ring explained the significance of festival funding for tourism “The funding announced today will allow Donegal to broaden its appeal to overseas visitors and attract visitors who actively seeking to fully experience Ireland in all its aspects – from culture and sport, to festivals and fun.“Festivals and events are the life-blood of tourism and mobilise many visitors to choose to come to Ireland in the first instance. With this funding, we can provide a boost to tourism activity in Donegal which is good news for the local economy and employment.” The festivals being funded by Fáilte Ireland include:Transatlantic Connections Conference€2,000All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships€5,000Ceol na Coille€2,500MacGill Summer School€2,500CranaFest€3,000Mary from Dungloe€3,000Johnny Doherty Music and Dancing Festival€3,000Kilcar Fleadh€2,500A Taste of Donegal€8,000Ballyshannon Folk Festival€2,500Cup of Tae Festival€2,000Allingham Festival€1,000Oideas Gael€2,000Ardara Festivals€2,000Extreme North Sports Events€2,500As well as attracting visitors, festivals are important in terms of generating employment and community engagement. The objective of this Fáilte Ireland funding is to drive growth from key overseas markets through compelling experiences that are attractive to target audiences and generate additional overseas visitors across the country and across the calendar year.Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, stressed the importance of festivals for Ireland and the tourism sector: “While recent tourism performance from overseas markets has been encouraging, we are determined to build on this momentum to drive and sustain economic growth. Ensuring that Ireland is offering compelling reasons for overseas visitors to choose Ireland, our festivals calendar plays an important role in ensuring that we have a varied and attractive menu of things to see and do for tourists.“These festivals that we are supporting today will provide the backbone to this year’s tourism event calendar and add to our ability to grow overseas visitors and revenue.”DONEGAL FESTIVALS GET €43,500 IN FUNDING was last modified: March 7th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Show Racism the Red Card this November

first_imgShow Racism the Red Card is an educational charity which aims to promote anti-racism education and intercultural activity.They wish to educate youth about integration, racism, and acceptance of others.They do a lot of work with professional sports players to help end racism both on and off the pitch. This November 25th they invite everyone to wear red in order to show solidarity with the campaign.You can post your activity on social media with the hashtag #WRD16.If you would like to get your school, business, or family involved, you can get an activity pack here. For more you can see their website: http://www.theredcard.ie/index.php Show Racism the Red Card this November was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:#wrd16anti-racismcharityintegrationracismShay GivenShow Racism the Red Cardwear red daylast_img read more

GAA: FANAD GAELS NOTES

first_imgThe Senior Team play Aodh Rua in the Preliminary Round Decider this weekend, venue and times to be confirmed later in the week. Best wishes to the boys, We would appeal for a huge turn out of support for the team for this vital match.Comhghairdeas ó achan duine sa Chlub d’fhoireann Dhún na nGall a bhain Craobh Uladh I gCluain Eois ar Dé Domhnaigh, ocáid iontach d’achan duine a bhí ann. Go n’eirí an bothair leo anois agus go mbeidh Sam ar ais in aice len Chorn Anglo Celt! The All Ireland Quarter Finals will be all ticket so any Club members intending to travel are reminded to book with Club Secretary Fiona Shiels as early as possible when the draws are announced as there will be a tight deadline and no late bookings will be considered.Best wishes to the U14’s who play Burt in the Shield Final in Milford on Wednesday 20th July. Preparations are being finalised for Gaeil Fhánada’s “Strictly” competition in the Milford Inn on Friday 29th July, a very small number of tickets remain, contact the Committee members.Lotto: No Jackpot winner last week. Numbers drawn :  2, 8,  11, 14 &  15,   bonus no 16. €100 winner was James Gallagher, Rathmullan,   and €50 winner was Breege McGarvey, Gortnatra, Kerrykeel. Next draw for jackpot of €2150 takes place in the Fanad Lodge  this weekend.GAA: FANAD GAELS NOTES was last modified: July 20th, 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:GAA: FANAD GAELS NOTESlast_img read more