Fraser-Pryce may double at World Champs

first_img 200m a possibililty Fraser-Pryce’s status makes her the woman to beat, but that fact does not trouble her. “For the 100m, you don’t have to look at the start lists to know that it is competitive right now,” she said. “They (her competitors) are running well and they are excited and hungry. Five other Jamaican athletes will compete at the meet. Peter Matthews will contest the 400m, while Simoya Campbell competes in the 800m. There are two Jamaican men in the 400m – Edino Steele and Rusheen McDonald. Joining Fraser-Pryce in the 100m will be Natasha Morrison. Stockholm, Sweden: REIGNING OLYMPIC and World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce may very well also compete in the 200m at next month’s World Championships in Beijing after all. The defending 200m world champion admitted yesterday that her coach is now reconsidering his earlier decision to have her only compete in the 100m. Fraser-Pryce is currently in Sweden to contest the 100m at the BAUHAUS Athletics meet which makes up a leg of the prestigious IAAF Diamond League series. Once proceedings are over in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Fraser-Pryce will concentrate all her efforts on retaining her 100m World title at the Bird’s Nest Stadium. However, the Jamaican sprint star was unsure whether she would also compete in the 200m at the sport’s global showcase next month. A clearly relaxed Fraser-Pryce said: “My coach (Stephen Francis) did say earlier in the year that I would not be running the 200m at the World Championships. “But last week in training, I did 250m, 200m and 150m, and I’m like, why is he sending me all the way round the track? “His response was, ‘Who said you’re not doing the 200m at the World Championships?’ “He added that he’s changed his mind and he’s not sure just yet! “The good thing is I’m qualified for the 200m, so it’s not like I’m taking anybody else’s spot. “But for me, my mind is just on the 100m at present.” The affable Fraser-Pryce revealed that should she take part in the longer sprint, she would have a game plan. “The 200m is more strategic than anything else. I’m not an endurance runner, whereas there are other athletes who are good at it because they can run a very good 400m, too. I don’t run a very good 400m at all. “When I get to the 200m start line, it is more a case of whether I go hard for the first 50m, or do I give it 80 per cent and then blast the final stages? “Whatever I settle on along with my coach, that’s what I’m going to do. She added jokingly: “The 200m is too hard!” During her last Diamond League outing in Paris, Fraser-Pryce saw off a top-class field to record 10.74 seconds. In her wake was the highly rated English Gardner from the United States and Africans Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria) and Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast). Shelly the one to beatlast_img read more

WPA has just woken up

first_imgDear Editor,It would seem that the Working People’s Alliance [WPA] has just woken up.  For three years, with all the scandals — including the move by the Coalition Government, of which it is a part, to hide the US$18 million signing bonus — the WPA has been silent.Now it claims that it was never “consulted or briefed on the negotiations and other official deliberations” on oil and gas.This all seems very convenient because we are months out from the Local Government Elections and it would seem that the promise of “advocacy” from the WPA is intended to influence some voters. You can see this convenience being exposed, because while the WPA has said that it endorses the call by Professor Clive Thomas for petroleum money to be given directly to households, the WPA also admits that its positions are not about “economic correctness”.  How can economic correctness not be a factor?Worse than being convenient are the other comments that have been made by the WPA.   First, the WPA said “the primary function of any State, regardless of ideological orientation, is to look after the welfare of its people.”  But the WPA has not held its partners in the Coalition Government accountable in this regard. All of the increases in taxes and the move to impose measures that hurt people’s welfare — as well as the Coalition Government’s general incompetence, especially in the health sector, which hurts peoples’ welfare — have already happened. In all of this, the WPA has said nothing.Second, the WPA has said the Coalition Government must “not make final policy and governance arrangements” without inputs from stakeholders.  But the WPA has said nothing when the Government ignored the advice of its own Petroleum Advisor, who is no longer employed.Third, the WPA has said, “We must never underestimate the developmental challenges associated with managing the petro economy.”But the WPA has said nothing about the fact that we are two years away from “First Oil” and there still is no management framework in place.  The WPA has said nothing about “development challenges” when the list of local companies engaged by ExxonMobil demonstrated the need for a strong local content framework.Fourth, the WPA said, “The Government take is estimated at 50 to 60%.”  But the WPA, in quoting a big percentage, has said nothing about the millions in pre-contract costs that have been claimed by ExxonMobil, and it has said nothing about what will happen when oil prices drop, and it has said nothing about what the Coalition agreed are costs that ExxonMobil could claim as cost oil.  So the WPA can say that Government take is 50% – 60%, but 50% – 60% of what?Editor, all the WPA has done is expose itself as being conveniently opportunistic and unwilling to face reality, as I pointed out in the four points above.Yours faithfully,Attiya Bakshlast_img read more

Regulations governing NGOs need to be simplified

first_imgDear Editor,According to a recent letter in the local media, “people of questionable character are forming NGOs and going around the world under false pretence, professing to be doing all kinds of good service in Guyana when in reality no one in Guyana is benefiting from these entities”. In some cases, they have never been heard of here. Many of these institutions are collecting millions of dollars from members, donors, foreign and local governments, but there is no accounting of how this money is being spent.Many NGOs in Guyana do not comply with either their own constitutions or the Friendly Societies Act which governs their operations.The Caribbean Voice is a New York-registered NGO and not-for-profit organisation with almost two decades of experience in activism. And from the very inception, collaboration has been the pivot on which we have been operating. Thus we have collaborated with the New York City Department of Education to sponsor an essay context for students; with NBC TV and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry to raise funds for Caribbean hurricane victims; have held highly successful business and international awards; have published The Caribbean Voice magazine and newspaper for over a decade; have helped other Caribbean NGOs in the diaspora in myriad ways, including mediating internal problems and collaborating with other NGOs on social issues activism, especially abuse and suicide.Thus when we decided to launch our Suicide Prevention campaign in Guyana, we used the collaborative approach with the National Suicide Prevention and Related Issues Conference held in August 15 in Georgetown, and this was attended by over 75 stakeholders nationally. We have since collaborated with numerous entities, NGOs, faith-based and community-based organisations, local and regional governments, mass-based and special-interest groups, and fellow diaspora NGOs.All NGOs we have worked with are manned by volunteers who are caring, passionate and dedicated; who give so much of their time, effort and resources to make a difference every which way; and who are generally transparent with respect to both their work and the funds generated for such work.So while there may be “People of questionable character professing to be doing all kinds of good service in Guyana when in reality no one in Guyana is benefiting,” TCV has no experience of such. If the letter writer is aware of such, we urge that he reports them so they can be brought to task before creating significant harm.However, we are aware of entities registered as businesses but are promoting themselves as NGOs, and of a handful of individuals for whom social activism is a fashion statement and an ego-boosting excursion.Also, we are aware that the cumbersome and burdensome Friendly Societies Act has brought a number of NGOs to a standstill, while impeding the work of others. So we believe that the regulations governing NGOs need to be simplified, and the registration process made easier and less demanding. Thus three persons should be sufficient for registration purpose, instead of the stipulated minimum of seven. As well, the process should easily facilitate not-for-profit and tax-exempt status, which is currently not the case. And there should be a simple procedure to facilitate diaspora-based NGOs to operate in Guyana as well as to set up local branches of their organisations. Currently, over 100 diaspora-based NGOs operate at some level in Guyana.TCV also suggests there should be oversight to ensure registered businesses do not project themselves as NGOs, or fundraise as such. In fact, we also suggest establishing a data base/registry of NGOs, so all NGOs can be easily tracked and monitored and so that stakeholders’ collaboration can easily be built for any aspect of activism, such as suicide or abuse prevention, for example. This database/registry should be available to the public.All NGOs should also lodge copies of their constitutions with the relevant Ministry, and user-friendly mechanism should be set to facilitate complaints and quick and conclusive investigations. While we do absolutely agree that transparency and accountability must be in place, we suggest that monitoring be standardised, so as not to be onerous and breathing- down-the-neck demanding. As well, anyone who supports charitable work and social activism via any NGO should not only have the right to demand accountability, but should be able to access same via the database/registry.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

Grove pedestrian crossings repainted by Policing Group

first_imgSeveral pedestrian crossings along the Grove Public Road on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) were on Sunday painted following an exercise by the members of the Grove Community Policing Group.Members of the Grove Community Policing Group who were engaged in the painting exercise on SundayThis activity was undertaken in light of the fact students would have returned to their respective schools on Monday after a two-week break for the Easter vacation.As such, several pedestrian crossings at Market Street, Station Street, School Street, and Campbell Street were refreshed with paint. This is expected to highlight the use of the crossings, which is sometimes overlooked.last_img read more

Fidelity renews SJAK Coach of the Month deal

first_img0Shares0000Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi and SJAK President Chris Mbaisi signing the new contract on March 2, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2- Fidelity Insurance and the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) on Friday renewed their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) coach of the month partnership for a further one season.The deal worth close to Sh1.4mn will see the insurance provider continue in awarding the top flight league’s best coaches for the next nine months, retaining the monetary package of Sh75, 000. “Because of the harsh economic times, we were torn between letting it go or meeting halfway with SJAK. But we said we have been in this arena for the last two years and against all odds when everyone else is pulling out we continue with our small token every month,” Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi said.Fidelity Insurance Marketing and Business Development Manager Nicholas Malesi (lEFT) and SJAK President Chris Mbaisi  (RIGHT) exchange documents after signing the new contract on March 2, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe Sh1.4mn sponsorship perk will cater for not only the monetary award handed to the winning coach each month but also go into the commemorative plaque as well as logistical arrangements.“We are here to re-affirm that we will continue giving what we have had and we believe for the two years we have done this we have personally touched the lives of those coaches in a better way and we hope to continue to contribute to the growth of this game and also for our coaches to get noticed,” Malesi further added.-SJAK President-SJAK boss Chris Mbaisi shakes hands with AIPS Africa president Mitchel Obi after his election. PHOTO/SJAKSJAK President Chris Mbaisi was pleased that the insurer was committing to another one year of the partnership and remains hopeful that there will be room for bigger engagement in the near future.“We are grateful to Fidelity insurance for partnering with us since 2016. We have come a long way in this journey and it is my happiness to see them remaining one of our key partners,” Mbaisi said.He has at the same time challenged Fidelity to next season look into a package for the assistant coach as well as look into sponsoring the annual coach of the year award at the SJAK gala.Posta Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omolo receiving the Coach of the Month award for April.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We are not lucky in terms of increment but I urge Fidelity going forward to look into rewarding assistant coaches as well because they are the ones who work a lot behind the scenes,” noted Mbaisi.“We also want them to partner with us for end year awards because sponsoring the monthly award, it is only honourable that they come on board for the coach of the year as well,” he added.Malesi says they will put the same into consideration and probably kick off with the end year awards before considering awarding assistants from next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE UPDATEThe DPD Courier Ulster Senior League Division One league season got underway on Saturday with two games played. Kildrum Tigers defeated Bonagee United by 2 goals to 1 at Station Road ,St Johnston. The “Tigers” took an early lead through Kevin Doran, Bonagee equalised thanks to a fine strike by Reece Shortt but substitute Damian Crossan scored a late winner for Dessie McGintys men.In the other game, reigning champions Letterkenny Rovers had a 3-0 home victory over Drumkeen United. Rovers goals came from Ryan Carlin and a brace from young striker Keiran McPherson. There are no games today in the 4Lanterns Ulster Senior League but there’s a round of fixtures this Wednesday including a clash between title favourites Kildrum Tigers and Cockhill Celtic, league leaders Derry City host Bonagee United and Buncranna Hearts with home advantage will be looking for a first win of the campaign against Drumkeen United.RESULTSSATURDAY JUNE 9THDPD COURIERS USL DIVISION ONE Letterkenny Rovers 3(Ryan Carlin, Kieran McPherson2)Drumkeen United 0Kildrum Tigers 2(Kevin Doran,Damian Crossan)Bonagee United 1 (Reece Shortt)FIXTURES WEDNESDAY JUNE 13TH4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEDerry City Res v Bonagee UnitedBuncranna Hearts v Drumkeen United Kildrum Tigers v Cockhill CelticULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE UPDATE was last modified: June 10th, 2012 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:Ulster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

NHL notes: Crosby’s jersey found at airport

first_img “We are in the process of returning it,” he said. The jersey, worn by Crosby in the Penguins’ season opener in New Jersey last week, disappeared from one of two bags checked onto a flight to Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon by the 18-year-old player’s father, Troy. The luggage was partially unzipped and the shirt missing when the elder Crosby picked it up at baggage claim. It was unclear whether the shirt had fallen out of the bag or was removed. US Airways and police officials were investigating Tuesday afternoon. “We certainly don’t want to engage in speculation,” Castelveter said. “The important thing is that it was found. … There is an investigation. We’ll keep asking questions.” JoAnn Jenny, a spokeswoman for Pittsburgh International Airport, said only that police had launched an investigation. Flames sign Marchment: The Calgary Flames signed free agent defenseman Bryan Marchment to a one-year contract. The 36-year-old Marchment attended Toronto’s camp on a tryout but the Maple Leafs opted not to offer him a contract. He had one goal, three assists and 106 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Leafs in 2003-04. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A jersey worn by No. 1 draft pick Sidney Crosby in his first NHL game was found Tuesday at Pittsburgh International Airport, two days after it vanished from luggage checked onto a flight by his father, a US Airways spokesman said. The shirt was found wrapped in plastic at the foot of a stairway used to load luggage onto planes by a US Airways employee. The employee notified a manager, who in turn contacted Crosby’s father to confirm it belonged to the rookie, US Airways spokesman David Castelveter said. Also: The Buffalo Sabres have extended Lindy Ruff’s contract through next season after the coach has his team off to its best start in two decades. The one-year extension puts Ruff’s contract through the 2006-07 season. He is in his eighth season with Buffalo and is the NHL’s longest-serving coach with the same team. … The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned veteran defenseman Andy Delmore to their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse. Delmore, claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4, appeared in one game with Columbus and had two shots on goal in the home opener on Oct. 7. … The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Mike Green from Hershey of the AHL. He takes the roster spot of right wing Stephen Peat, who went on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. 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

Men’s Tennis Falls At Middle Tennessee, 4-2

first_imgThe Blue Raiders pushed their lead back to two, 3-1, with a win on court No. 6. Match Notes:Drake 12-12Middle Tennessee 16-4Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,4,6,3,2)  Singles competition1. Tom Moonen (MT) vs. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (2-7), 0-1, unfinished2. Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. Tom Hands (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-23. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Miguel Negre F. (MT) 2-6, 6-4, 6-34. Ben Clark (DU) def. Chris Edge (MT) 6-4, 6-45. Gian Issa (MT) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-2, 6-06. Luis Morillo Diaz (MT) def. Ben Wood (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Drake University men’s tennis dropped a 4-2 decision on the road to Middle Tennessee Saturday.  Print Friendly Version Middle Tennessee went up 2-0 with a straight-set win at No. 5 singles.Drake’s Ben Clark cut MT’s lead to 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Chris Edge at No. 4 singles. The Bulldogs returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center for the first time in over a month as they host Old Dominion and UMKC at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively on Saturday, April 7.center_img Drake’s Tom Hands took the first set 6-4 at No. 2, but Gonzalo Morell managed to win the final to sets 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Blue Raider victory. Middle Tennessee 4, Drake 2Mar 31, 2018 at Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Doubles competition1. Tom Moonen/Chris Edge (MT) vs. #61 Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 3-5, unfinished2. Miguel Negre F./Gonzalo Morell R. (MT) def. Ben Wood/Finley Hall (DU) 6-33. Max Rauch/Jan Porteset (MT) def. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DU) 6-3 The Blue Raiders jumped on the Bulldogs early and took the doubles point to go up 1-0. Barny Thorold kept the Bulldogs hopes alive with a comeback victory as he overcame a set deficit to beat Miguel Negre, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: TWO PEOPLE have been treated at the scene of a serious housefire.It’s understood two people managed to flee the house at Glengesh near Ardara before raising the alarm.The occupants have since been removed to waiting ambulances by fire officers wearing specialist breathing equipment. Fire service crews from Glenties and Killybegs were called to the scene just before lunchtime.Several officers entered the building whilst back-up teams doused the flames; there was relief for all concerned when two people were taken safely from the building.The two people were treated at the scene for serious smoke inhalation.Local people have praised the actions of fire crews. “The house was well alight and the fire staff went into to help,” said one local man.“It’s a time like this you get to see these heroes in action.” HERO FIRE CREWS RUSH TO SCENE OF SERIOUS HOUSE BLAZE was last modified: January 22nd, 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:ArdaraGLENGESHhouse firetwo rescuedlast_img read more


first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay have called on people throughout the county to join the Bin The Bills protest in Letterkenny this Saturday 25th in support of the boycott of water charges. The public are being asked to assemble at Mr. Chippies at 2pm for a demonstration to the Market Square which will be addressed by Ruth Coppinger TD of the Anti Austerity Alliance.Anyone who has received a bill from Irish Water is asked to take it along so that as many bills as possible can be binned on the day in a public display of defiance, while those yet to receive their bills are asked to come along and show their support. Spokesperson Francis McCafferty said, “Bills have started to come through the doors across Donegal since last week and I have only just received mine in Letterkenny. I will be taking it along on Saturday to bin it with all the others. It will make a strong statement that we have no intention of paying a single cent to Irish Water.“We are paying already for water and will not be made to pay again. We are asking people to join the demonstration whether you have received your bill yet or not. The bigger the turnout the louder the statement we will make. If we want to see water charges abolished, we have got have got to go out and do it ourselves. We cannot leave it to the politicians.”“We believe that the boycott will be unstoppable. With tens of thousands of non-payers in the county, it will not be possible for the government to back up their threat to take us to court. The charges will prove to be uncollectable. There is little risk for people in not paying as no penalties will apply this side of the general election next year. Even then it will be a maximum of €60 added to a bill we have no intention of paying anyway. ”“This is now a weak government facing into it’s last year before an election. They will have neither the will nor ability to pursue unpaid charges and will leave it to the incoming government. We must therefore send a message to those now in opposition that we are determined to maintain our campaign and will not let them off the hook if they form part of the next government. The best way to ensure that is by keeping up the boycott. Don’t pay and try to convince as many others as possible also not to pay.” Saturday’s demonstration will be one of many around the country in recent weeks.Ruth Coppinger TD will address the march as she has played a leading role in the Non Payment Network.Other speakers will include Thomas Pringle TD and representatives of Right to Water and the Donegal Water Warriors.“We are asking everyone to bring their placards and banners (non party political only) and make the demonstration as lively and vibrant as possible. There is a growing feeling that we are winning this fight. One final big push on Saturday will bring us closer to that goal.” PEOPLE ASKED TO BRING WATER BILLS TO BE BINNED AT LETTERKENNY PROTEST was last modified: April 24th, 2015 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:Ban The Bills protestdonegalletterkennylast_img read more