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Feb
10

KC’s Harrison eyes Penn Relays double

first_imgKINGSTON COLLEGE’S head coach, Neil Harrison, is banking on top performances from his athletes in the 4×100 and 4×400 metres at this weekend’s Penn Relays in the United States. Harrison’s KC will be trying to rebound from a 30-point loss to Calabar High at the recent Boys and Girls’ Championships and with titles and bragging rights up for grabs at the prestigious relay carnival, battle lines have already been drawn. Harrison is of the view that any win over his school’s longtime rivals will be a welcome one. “We are ready … we are going after the 4x100m and the 4x400m and we are hoping that in the 4x800m we will do well,” he pointed out in a recent interview. According to Harrison, the 4x100m this year would feel special. He stressed that the double would be nice. “I won two titles with the 4x400m team, so I am pretty much interested in the 4x100m,” he continued, while adding: “Not that I am not interested in the 4x400m, but we will see how things work out.” The coach said his charges are motivated to do well. “Yes, especially coming out of last weekend’s 39.52 seconds clocking. The Penn Relays will be keenly contested, but we are optimistic. We are hoping that things will go in our favour,” added Harrison. Anchor leg runner, Shivnarine Smalling told The Gleaner after their fast time at the MVP track meet that his KC team “changed up their 4x100m running order and are confident of victory ahead of Penns”.last_img read more

Jan
12

Govt downplays concerns of a rejected ICJ ruling

first_img…says Venezuela bound to honour int’l treaty obligationsGovernment is downplaying concerns that with the recent referral of the border controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Venezuela may choose not to recognise the court’s ruling.According to Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, binding international obligations compel Venezuela to accept whatever ruling comes its way. Speaking to the media on Monday, he noted that whether Venezuela chose to come to court or not, Guyana would press on for a final, legal resolution.A diplomatic three-way handshake: Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and President David Granger“The international community has a forum and that’s the United Nations,” Greenidge explained. “The decision has been made that the problem before us is a legal problem. Therefore, it is to be resolved by the highest court in the international arena. The arbitral award was an award handed down and signed by Venezuelans.“The boundaries were marked by Venezuelans and Britons, not by Brazilians or Germans or people from Iceland … representatives from the Venezuelan Government. This direction is to resolve an allegation that an international treaty is null and void. And it doesn’t matter who doesn’t want to support their argument. It is a legal issue.”While there are concerns that the ICJ can only offer an advisory opinion, Greenidge noted that this opinion would still carry weight. According to Greenidge, an advisory opinion solves Guyana’s problems regarding perception of Guyana’s rights and sovereignty.“The appropriate body to decide on the validity is the court. Once the court pronounces on that, it solves our problem of perception and people’s understanding of our rights and our borders and our sovereignty. It’s quite clear.”“An advisory opinion will say this treaty is still in existence. Nothing has come to displace it. That is fine. We’re not setting out in the court to get the court to go and mark boundaries. That is not the issue,” the Foreign Affairs Minister stressed, adding that “it is very comforting (to investors) because it is not for a country to decide unilaterally what its obligations are. It is not a Venezuelan law or a Guyanese law. It is an international treaty and you are obliged, under the UN framework, to honour international law. That is very comforting.”Secretary General António Guterres last week referred the border controversy to the ICJ. This is in accordance with the framework left by his predecessor, Ban Ki-moon. While the referral has been hailed by Guyana, Venezuela is another matter entirely.Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has since said publicly that his Government did not agree with the decision, and that continued negotiations would have been preferable. It is understood that now that the matter has been referred to the ICJ, this referral is not contingent on Venezuela’s agreement.In a previous statement on the matter, the Foreign Affairs Ministry had noted that this referral did not require Venezuela’s approval beyond what was allotted in the 1966 Geneva Agreement. Guyana will now have to procure international lawyers to present its case on the international front.last_img read more

Jan
12

IDB launches ‘Blue Tech’ challenge

first_img…up to US$2M in funding for proposalsThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is set to focus on firms and organisations that are looking to upgrade its business models with technologies that will contribute to the sustainable management of oceans, marine ecosystems and coastal resources.According to the Bank, up to US$2 million will be awarded to eligible companies which can demonstrate “cutting-edge technologies” during the ‘Blue Tech Challenge’ which was materialised through its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Natural Capital Lab, Sustainable Islands Platform, and in alliance with the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility.To qualify, entities will be considered by the IDB to implement a development project to pilot the blue economy model in one of the 14 target countries.  The funding requests should be within a range of US$150,000 to US$500,000 for non-reimbursable technical assistance in the form of grants.Additionally, proposals for loans should be within a range of US$500,000 to US$2,000,000 and the proponent entity should contribute at least 50 per cent of the project budget.It is a way of fostering long-term sustainability of the ocean economy in the targeted countries which include The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.“The Sustainable Development Goals recognise the critical contribution the ocean makes to the world economy, and specifically to the development of the smallest and most vulnerable nations.”In majority of the Caribbean Island countries, almost 100 per cent of the population depend on the oceans for their basic livelihood, food security, and economic development. In contradiction to that, over-exploitation of marine ecosystems and increased pollution are causing damage to ocean ecosystems.As such, the challenge emerged as a unique opportunity to address sustainable management of oceans and marine ecosystems countries.“Since every sector of the blue economy is affected by the technological advances, it is essential to take advantage of this trend to pilot new approaches, develop new materials, and implement novel approaches that deliver pragmatic and tangible solutions for business models that, at the same time, foster the long-term sustainability of the ocean economy.”Qualifying entities will become part of the IDB Group’s network of global innovators working in the Caribbean region poised to exchange knowledge, expertise, best practices, and with ample opportunities to participate in IDBG’s related regional networking events.last_img read more

Jan
12

Linden municipality moves closer to implementation of building by-laws

first_imgThe municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is moving closer towards the implementation of its building by-laws, which will regulate the construction of all buildings within the town of Linden.Linden Town Clerk Orleena Obermuller has stated that the laws have been posted for residents to peruse and make their claims and objections to the clauses before it can be sent to be approved. The move towards the implementation of the building by-laws, according to officials, will see safer monitoring of the construction of buildings within the community.“The building by-laws are there so we can regularise how the structures of buildings are done…should be done, how you manage your building waste and so on,” the Town Clerk noted.She added that it will also address the issue of illegal construction or persons who are doing construction works without the municipality’s approval as well as provide grounds for persons to be taken to court for rates and taxes.Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell said once the by-laws get on stream it will provide guidelines on how buildings should be constructed.“We were able to sit down and put it together and see how we could use it in Linden. I know Georgetown has the building by-law and some of the older municipalities. So it’s just taking it and coining it to Linden…Once that by-law is passed then, of course, we would be able to implement the laws that governs that in terms of how people are building and the haphazard ways in which they are building,” she stated.The implementation of the by-laws is expected to see the Council having a more hands-on approach on ensuring buildings are constructed according to specification. Arrindell has re-emphasised that no structure in the community should be erected without the knowledge of the Council even if it’s being constructed in residents’ backyards. She alluded that many residents are currently engaged in poultry farming in their yards without proper drainage systems in place. Even these types of construction, the Mayor noted, should be first approved by the Council so as to ascertain the best place for construction.“What the public doesn’t know is that once your building is passed here, before you go and put down your foundation, you need to notify us so we’ll be there at the initial stages to ensure that it’s built to specification. That doesn’t happen at this time so once it’s passed then we’ll be able to monitor what’s happening,” the Mayor said.The by-laws have been placed at various points across Linden for residents to peruse including the hospitals, post offices and the Linden Enterprise Network at Mackenzie. Residents are encouraged to visit the Council to make their claims and objections following perusal.last_img read more

Jan
12

Lone gunman robs Bounty Supermarket

first_imgA lone gunman on Wednesday afternoon carried out a daring robbery on Bounty Supermarket, in Kitty, Georgetown, carting off a large sum of cash.The robbery occurred at about 15:00h, however, details at this time remain sketchy.Guyana Times was informed by an eyewitness that the robbery occurred while customers were in queue waiting to cash out their items. This publication was told that the gunman only robbed the cashiers. Efforts to contact management of the supermarket for a comment on the matter proved futile. This publication was told that CCTV footage from the supermarket has been handed over to Police.An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Dec
29

Animal control officer shooting under investigation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe was the first animal control officer shot in the history of the department, he said. “It’s a suspected carjacking,” Boks said. “We have concern for the safety of the officers. The incident is being investigated from every angle, including the security of the premises.” Los Angeles police, including Van Nuys detectives, said they had no immediate record of the shooting. Perkins, a 19-year animal services veteran, said he was napping in his department truck after his shift ended to prepare for a long drive home. He said a man woke him up by tapping on the window and babbling something in “gibberish.” VAN NUYS – A Los Angeles animal control officer was recovering Monday after being shot in a vehicle at work last weekend. Officer Basil Perkins of the East Valley Animal Shelter was at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center with a bullet lodged in his chest. “”I’m hanging in there,” said Perkins, 53, from his hospital bed in Mission Hills. “I got pain still. I don’t have free movement of my arm or anything. The doctors say I’ll come around over time.” Perkins was shot around 2:40 a.m. Saturday as he sat in a vehicle in the secure parking lot behind the Van Nuys shelter, said Ed Boks, general manager of the Department of Animal Services. When Perkins tried to drive away, he said the man shot him in the shoulder with what appeared to be a .22 caliber pistol. He then shot out the driver’s window before Perkins could flee the lot. Perkins described the assailant as possibly Hispanic, with dark pants and a striped shirt. “At the moment, I can’t say for sure on anything” why he did it, Perkins said. “Part of my concern is, the guy is still out there. “I worry about the other employees. I fee for my coworkers – they’re now literally in the line of fire.” 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

Dec
26

Predicted Chelsea line-up to face Newcastle – First start for Hazard?

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star The Blues last won at Newcastle in 2011 and since then have played five, lost four and drawn one in away fixtures against the North East club.In the final league game of last season, the Magpies thumped their London opposition 3-0, ensuring that they missed out on Champions League football for the current campaign. Latest Chelsea News Now though, Chelsea have won two from two, while Newcastle lost their opener against Spurs and drew their second match at Cardiff.Here is how we expect the Blues to line up: REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Chelsea have the chance to move joint top of the Premier League when they visit Newcastle for their third game of the 2018/19 season.St James’ Park has been far from a happy hunting ground for the Blues in recent years, though Maurizio Sarri will be hoping to change that for his new side. 2 REAL DEAL center_img Eden Hazard should be fully fit to start gameday cracker shining Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa tense 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? punished REVEALED Eden Hazard is set to make his first start of 2018/19 having gained fitness in two substitute appearances against Huddersfield and Arsenal.Mateo Kovacic should also make the initial line-up for the first time after coming on from the bench to make his debut against Arsenal.Cesc Fabregas is still ruled out through a knee injury.last_img read more

Dec
25

EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF TWO CAR CRASH

first_imgEmergency services at scene of a two car crash in Loughanure village at present.It happened on a bend on the Crolly side of the village just before 9am..A number of emergency vehicles from Dungloe are at the scene and traffic delays are expected. It is not known at this stage if there are any injuries. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF TWO CAR CRASH was last modified: September 11th, 2013 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:crashemergency servicesLoughanurelast_img read more

Dec
25

Traffic study to be conducted for possible school barrier

first_imgPALMDALE – Palmdale School District will do an engineering study after parents at Barrel Springs School expressed concerns about the 65 mph traffic of cars and big-rig trucks passing by on Pearblossom Highway. The district also has written the city of Palmdale requesting that the city look at lowering the speed limit on the heavily traveled thoroughfare, which is up a small hill from the back of the school. “We have a group of parents who are concerned about traffic on Pearblossom Highway, that it’s right behind the school, that there’s no heavy-duty kind of separation between the highway and the school,” Deputy Superintendent Lori Ordway-Peck said. “The concern is that a car could have an accident, or a truck, and potentially veer off onto the school property. There is a chain-link fence. The point is they are concerned that a chain-link fence would not hold a big rig.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The engineer’s report, which is costing the district $15,000, will take about a month to complete and will explore safety issues at the school, which opened this school year at 37th Street East and Pearblossom Highway. The entire back side of the school is adjacent to the highway, a landscaped area and parking lot on one end and a playground on the other. The city has agreed to conduct a traffic study in response to the district’s request for a review of the speed limit, since there is a school there now. By state law, speed limits can’t be lowered arbitrarily but must be based on a radar survey to determine at what speed 85 percent of vehicles are traveling, city officials said. “The rule is we need to post a speed limit at what’s reasonable and what people will obey,” said Bill Padilla, city traffic transportation engineer. There’s a difference of opinion between city and school district officials as to what conditions the city required as far as improvements for Pearblossom Highway. Plan documents from 2001 indicate city officials informed the district to “add street improvements fronting Pearblossom Highway,” but the district’s response was that it would not do the improvements, city records show. No specific improvements were mentioned but would include things like curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping. They could also include a block wall or barrier, depending on the site and project engineer, city officials said. “They made a decision not to do anything,” City Manager Bob Toone said. “I’m not sure why they are talking to us. They are in charge. They knew what the dangers were. They indicated on these plans that they weren’t going to do it.” The city can place requirements on a project, but the district can elect not to comply with them, under state law, city officials said. Ordway-Peck said the district has no record of what city officials are referring to. She said that, at the time the school was developed, there was nothing required in terms of putting up a barrier. “Whatever the city has in their records, they did not communicate that to us,” Ordway-Peck said “There are no approved plans from the city requiring us to make improvements along Pearblossom Highway as related to any safety issues.” Ordway-Peck said the school was a hardship project, meaning it was totally paid for with state funds, so the improvements were not something the district would refuse because it couldn’t afford it. The city also noted a September 2004 letter from then-district facilities manager Mat Havens to the city indicating that the district was going to review the requirements regarding the installation of a guard rail along Pearblossom Highway. Havens, who has since left the Palmdale district for the high school district, said before he left there were discussions to have a traffic study done to determine if a guard rail was required. Ordway-Peck said the area where a barrier could be installed is in a public right-of-way that doesn’t belong to the district. The district could not erect something there without the city granting the district a permit, she said. 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

Dec
25

UN under assault by the United States

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – The United Nations has been embattled and come under assault by the United States, a former UN official said Thursday. “A handful of congressmen took it upon themselves to become professional UN critics. And UN bashing has become a professional sport,” said Gillian Sorensen, senior adviser and national advocate at the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit that supports UN causes. Addressing 225 students and staff at Cal Poly Pomona, Sorensen, who served the UN as , listed the most popular bits of misinformation about the UN, including the misconceptions that the UN is a threat to U.S. sovereignty, is keeping an army and is “out to get us,” and that it somehow is “diminishing, compromising us.” In her lecture, “The United Nations and the Challenges of the 21st Century,” Sorensen said that in order for the United States to succeed internationally, it needs to pay its dues to the UN, honor human rights and the Geneva Convention, recognize the World Health Organization, work diplomatically, and agree to conventions and treaties that relate to land mines, human rights and the environment. “How does it serve us to be outside, a nation apart?” she asked. Sorensen also criticized the war in Iraq, which she said has created a deep divide within the UN. “It’s perceived as an American war. It could have been done differently if the president had more patience,” she said. Instead, the United States launched a preemptive strike without the support of the Security Council, and then came back for the UN’s help in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Iraq. “When the U.S. acts alone, the U.S. will bear all the consequences, and those will be heavy,” Sorensen said. “It is always better to work with and through the UN and to share those responsibilities.” Sorensen also answered questions about John Bolton, the controversial U.S. Ambassador to the UN, the oil for food scandal and how to get a job with the UN. assistant secretary general for external relations from 1997 to 2003 esther.chou@sgvn.com 626-962-8811, Ext. 2513last_img read more