Williams wins third straight MoBay City Run title

first_imgRonique Williams underlined his utter dominance by winning a third MoBay City Run overall title yesterday. It was brilliant run from the defending two-time winner, who used his experience to win the 10 kilometre road race. Williams’ time of 36 minutes 10 seconds was too great a mountain for the other competitors with none able to break the 40-minute barrier. Andrew Gayle ran 41:01 for second, while Carlyle Russell crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 41:20. A jubilant Williams said the win was the most challenging of his three titles, mainly because he was tired from running another event the day before. “This was the most difficult one of the three years that I have won; but I was strong enough and quick enough to still post a good time and win a third MoBay City Run title,” he said. The female 10K title went to Chris-Ann Lewis, who stopped the clock at 45 minutes and 11 seconds for first place, while Karlene Blagrove ran second in 47: 09 seconds. Third went to Pauline Murphy in a time of 48: 17 seconds. Juliett Dinnal took the female top position in the 5K run, while Horace Burey stayed true to form in landing the men’s equivalent. The event which attracted close to 4,000 participants in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K run races, also saw perennial senior female champion 76-year-old Gerline Nelson once again making her mark in the 5K run. It was Williams’ day however and he defended his title with guts and class before promising to return next year to do it all over again. “I love this event; I look forward to participating in the MoBay City Run because of this road race stands for,” said Williams. “It is a very important event and it puts me in the spotlight, which encourages me to keep doing what I do. I will be back next year,” he added. MoBay City Run is a charity road race from which funds will go to needy students attending the three tertiary institutions, UWI-Western Campus, University of Technology (Western Campus) and the Montego Bay Community College.last_img read more

SSF Construction Company Rejects Bankruptcy Claims

first_imgIn a strongly-worded press statement issued on Monday, SSF Entrepreneur Incorporated has out-rightly rejected claims—by what the entity calls ‘unscrupulous individuals—that the company has gone bankrupt.’The statement added that claims by such individuals that the company can longer honor its contractual obligations and responsibilities are indeed far from the truth.The SSF management further described the claims as containing no iota of truth and that such utterances are intended to damage the solid reputation of a company that has performed exceptionally, to the overall satisfaction of the Liberian Government, private entities and the Liberian people.The statement further explained that SSF Entrepreneur, as a vibrant and result-oriented Liberian construction company, is indeed in good institutional and financial standing and has no plans of stopping or of closing down.The press statement, signed by the SSF’s Communications and Public Relations Manager, Ahmed Sheriff, pointed out that the company remains committed to settling all liabilities the entity owes its legitimate clients in the country.The statement also indicated that the company wonders how in the world it could possibly leave several lucrative, ongoing projects and close down when those projects are yet to be completed.“The negative articles and stories in the local dailies about my company are just mere politics from some competitors who do not want to see us progress as a serious and focused local company,” C.E.O. Shawki Fawaz said.“Over the years, the statement explained, the SSF Entrepreneur and the Liberian Government have had a very good relationship and at no point have we complained to any media house that government has refused to pay us for work completed or done,” Mr. Fawaz indicated.The statement emphasized that the SSF Entrepreneur views such utterances and articles as part a ploy by detractors to affect the cordial relationship that exist between the construction company and Liberian Government.The statement—on behalf of the SSF management—called on the general public to reject such negative articles and utterances as they are only chunks of misleading stories intended to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of the company.“The company reiterated its dedication to the people and Government of Liberia to playing that pivotal role in the reconstruction of the country.”It said that the company remains committed to the full completion of all ongoing projects contracted to the entity by the Liberian Government.In closing, the statement declared that as a company that believes in the new Liberia, they would continue to invest in the country’s infrastructure sector as evidenced by their new asphalt, batching, (sic) and rock plants among others in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female accused gave alleged killers head ties to cover faces – Police tell jury

first_img7 on trial for WCD murderThe case regarding the seven persons on trial for reportedly killing Zulfikar Namdar, called “Vickey”, at his family’s grocery store at their Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) home in September 2013 continued at the High Court. At Monday’s hearing before Justice Navindra Singh, the jury heard that it was lone female accused, Cassandra Singh-Dorsett, who gave the men head ties to cover their faces when they allegedly committed the crime.Murdered: Zulfikar NamdarSingh-Dorsett is the wife of number one accused, Allan Dorsett, called “Baird”. The other five on trial are Delwayne Croft; Esan Lawrence, called “Muscle”; Jermaine Williams, called “Yankee”; Andrew Chandler, called “Sonic”; Samuel Bacchus, called “Kirk” and they, together with the husband and wife duo have all entered pleas of not guilty. In a packed courtroom of relatives of the deceased and the seven accused, Police Detective Sergeant Rodwell Sarrabo testified that he was on duty when three confrontations were held between “Allan Jagdeo” and the accused persons; Delwayne Croft, Samuel Bacchus and Allan Dorset.It was during one of these confrontations, according to Sarrabo, that Cassandra was identified as the one who gave the men the head ties to cover their faces. When the males returned after allegedly executing the act, they were reportedly told: “Why you had to shoot the man.” Under cross-examination, the police witness admitted that all three of them, during the confrontation, denied killing the 20-year-old man.Co-accused Cassandra Singh-Dorsett being escorted by PoliceAttorneys Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing the number one accused Dorsett while Adrian Thompson is representing Williams, Chandler and Bacchus.Meanwhile, George Thomas is appearing for Croft, Lawrence and Singh-Dorsett. Attorneys Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case presided over by Justice Navindra Singh.Namdar’s mother, Fazila Namdar had told the jury last week that she, her grandson and their driver were forced to lay face down after two bandits invaded and demanded to see the business owner. Fazila had said she handed over a kit containing $1.3 million in cash, several pieces of jewellery and her passport. Steven Mohamed, who was packing drinks aback the store, also recalled coming face-to-face with the gunmen, who had asked for the “boss man”, but he said he had not known where he was.Andrew Chandler one of the accused, lived a few houses away from the store and was working as a labourer at a nearby masjid which was under construction. The case continues before Justice Singh.last_img read more

Region 3 Chair fumes after Govt land handed to AFC Councillor

first_imgIn what is seen as a “blatant” disrespect to authorities at the local democratic organs, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chairman has raised concerns over the allocation of Government properties to a private citizen.Regional Chairman Julius Faerber in a letter to Guyana Times on Friday, stated that an Alliance for Change (AFC) Councillor from the regional body was granted a piece of land at Tamarind Pasture, Leonora, on the West Coast of Demerara without permission from the Regional Council or the Stewartville-Cornelia Ida Neighbourhood Democratic Council.Guyana Times understands that the plot of land houses several governmental buildings such as the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), a post office, living quarters for overseas doctors, magistrate’s court, Guyana Police Force’s D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and the Leonora Diagnostic Centre among others.Region Three Chairman Julius FaerberThe distribution of the parcel of land to the said Councillor was reportedly granted by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) in January of this year. Faerber condemned this action, stating that it threatens the security of these buildings when private persons are given permission to access these properties.“As a private citizen, he should not be given permission to occupy a parcel of land within the confines of a Government compound since it can pose as a threat to security of this compound,” he said in the letter.The Stewartville-Cornelia Ida NDC and the regional body have both objected to the allocation. Further, the Chairman alleged that the matter was brought to the attention of the GLSC and President David Granger.“Objection was made by the mentioned Neighbourhood Democratic Council and the Regional Democratic Council of Region Three to the Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission and His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger,” Faerber said in his letter. Calls to GLSC for a comment on the matter went unanswered.last_img read more

Free fishing this weekend

first_imgBC’s Ministry of Environment has a special present for the Father’s day weekend – free fishing. The free licenses, along with planned events across BC, are all part of Family Fishing Weekend in the province. To download a free three-day license, or to find out more, visit bcfamilyfishing.com.- Advertisement –last_img

Controlled fire occuring east of FSJ

first_img There is no need for concern if a large amount of smoke is noticed east of Fort St. John.The smoke is due to a large controlled fire, which is currently taking place on the 255 road and the airport area.- Advertisement -The fire is under control, although it is being requested that traffic refrain from traveling through the area if possible, as it will create a large amount of congestion.The fire is the result of a standard field burning.last_img

California inferno sets off political firestorm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The rebuff outraged Republicans. Many attacked the vote as a scheme to take advantage of GOP absences. Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas accused Democrats of acting like “vultures circling above the burned-out homes of California families.” Republicans maneuvered three times to shut the House for the afternoon. Each attempt failed. Extension of the children’s health insurance bill ultimately passed, 265-142. The vitriol was the latest in a series of searing partisan bickering over global warming, federal funding and patriotism that have erupted since the fires broke out last weekend. As crews battled more than a dozen blazes from Ventura County to the Mexican border, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and other Democrats linked the fires to global warming. Several Democrats used the issue to take swipes at the White House. WASHINGTON – The blazes in California this week sparked a political firestorm in Washington on Thursday as House Republicans tried to block a vote expanding children’s health insurance. With seven GOP lawmakers in the Southland touring fire damage and helping evacuated constituents, Republicans asked Democrats to delay until next week votes on a revised but still-controversial bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Democrats refused. The Californians’ absence would not affect the final outcome, they contended, while also noting that the House conducted critical votes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though Louisiana and Mississippi lawmakers rushed to their home states. “We all understand how important it is for members to be home with their constituents. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t continue with the work of government,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “The threat of global warming is significantly the risk for wildfires. The Bush administration has ignored this,” said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer and presidential hopeful Chris Dodd, D-Conn., accused Iraq of sucking away National Guard resources that might have gone to firefighting. The California National Guard’s equipment, she noted during a hearing, is down 50 percent, Boxer noted at a hearing, “because they’re all in Iraq.” Both accusations infuriated Republicans. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, called the National Guard contention “nuts ” and noted in a television interview that only about 10 percent of the Guard is in Iraq or Afghanistan. And Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, said the global warming and Iraq war concerns are coming from “the `blame America first’ crowd in Washington.” The fires, Bilbray said, “are caused by winds that have been around for thousands of years.” Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, issued a statement excoriating Democrats for holding the vote on SCHIP. He and other California Republicans have objected to the $35 billion expansion that would cover 10 million additional kids. “The Democratic leadership is once again showing that they only care about scoring political points,” he said in a statement. “They are showing a blatant disregard for the people we are elected to represent and are trying to help.” Waxman, whose district includes Malibu, where an estimated 4,400 acres were scorched, said California Republicans could have flown home either after Thursday’s vote or earlier in the week. “The day they chose to go out was calculated,” Waxman said. “The fires have been going on for a week, and I think they just chose today to go out there because they wanted to complain.” Pelosi, meanwhile, suggested that California’s Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who supports expanding the health insurance bill – personally urged her to go forward with the vote. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR AND DUNGLOE PRAISED FOR PROMOTION OF HURLING AT THEIR CLUBS

first_imgGaoth Dobhair and Dungloe have been praised for their promotion of Hurling at their clubs. Both clubs are making great strides in the promotion of hurling in the County.At the weekend over FORTY young children from the two clubs, aged 5-9 hurled, their hearts out in Acres hall in a well organized ‘Mini All Ireland’ organized by Dungloe GAA. Each ‘team’ got at least 4 matches and the competition was fierce.When points were totted up and scores counted, the clubs could not be separated and the McCarthy cup was presented to the two clubs to share!!Each child went home with an early Christmas present of a selection Box, well deserved for their hurling toils!GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR AND DUNGLOE PRAISED FOR PROMOTION OF HURLING AT THEIR CLUBS was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

HUGE TURNOUT AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS PARTICPATE IN AQUATHLON PARTICPATION DAY

first_imgDonegal Schools Aquathlon Participation Day:A selection of schools from Letterkenny, Carndonagh, Dunfanaghy and Cresslough got a taste of what the sport of Triathlon was all about today. Over 100 4th, 5th and 6th class athletes participated in a fun Aquathlon event organised by Triathlon Ireland. School were invited as part of Triathlon Irelands overall plan for junior development and school involvement in Triathlon. Interest in the county for Triathlon has grown significantly over the last 5 years and Triathlon Ireland want to continue this with increased involvement in school, club and community activities.Donegal has two main club, Letterkenny 24/7 and MSC based around the Ballyshannon area. Each of these clubs have a thriving membership base and are keen to develop their junior sections. The kids today competed in an Aquathlon which is a two discipline activity consisting of a swim and run. Triathlon Ireland will be hoping to continue these types of activities over the coming months with the introduction of a County championships which also leads to the 1st Ulster Schools Championship later in the year.The overall plan will be to have an All-Ireland Championships for primary schools where the best kids get to compete against other kids around the country. Today would not have happened without the support from our coaches and volunteers. A special thanks must go to all the teachers who prepared the kids and Paddy McDaid and his PLC students from Finn Valley College who assisted in marshalling for today’s event. Also to our coaches Triona, Jason, Paddy, Kate and Kelly. The staff and management at the Finn Valley Leisure Centre who provided a fantastic facility and service for all the participants and spectators.If you have an interest in Triathlon or would like to get your school, club, or community involved please contact Michael Black on michael@triathlonireland.com /call 083-3746607.  HUGE TURNOUT AS DONEGAL SCHOOLS PARTICPATE IN AQUATHLON PARTICPATION DAY was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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