St Jago boys ready to rise – Hawthorne

first_imgIT has been more than 22 years since St Jago’s boys have seen the winners’ enclosure at the ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships. The Spanish Town-based team won its second title in 1993 under John Cente, six years after winning its first under Michael Clarke. Head coach Danny Hawthorne, who took the reins from Olympian Bertland Cameron in the early 2000s, is hoping for something special this year from his team. With the likes of Calabar, Kingston College and Jamaica College occupying the top three spots on many occasions, Hawthorne is confident his team will make a big move from their fourth-place finish a year ago. “I am extremely pleased with the performances so far from the boys and we are very confident that we will move up from our fourth place finish from a year ago,” said Hawthorne. Hawthorne, considered to be one of the best, if not the best, among high school sprint coaches, has produced the likes of Percival Spencer, Nicole Mitchell, Yohan Blake, Nickeal Ashmeade and Riker Hylton, who have all gone on to represent the country as seniors. He, however, pleased with his team’s balance this time around. “Results, so far, have shown that we are very strong in the middle distance, the throws, and we can hold our own in the sprints, and I think the team winning Champs this year will be the team that has the best middle-distance and field-events athletes, as all the teams have good sprinters and the points will spread here,” he said. Top athletes lost At the start of the season, Hawthorne lost two of his top athletes, 400m runner Martin Manley, who went professional by joining Cameron Blazers, and 200m runner, Chad Walker, overseas on a track scholarship. “Losing both athletes has cost us around 40 points but the show must go on and, yes, they will be missed but the good thing is that other boys who were waiting in the wings have stepped up big time, and this is their opportunity to shine,” said Hawthorne. The likes of Keenon Lawrence, Anthony Cox, Leon Clarke, Thalentino Green and Kyle Morgan have shown, so far, this season that they are ready to score quality points for St Jago at middle and long distance.last_img read more

God answers ‘Tuffy’s’ prayers as Waterhouse pull off great escape in RSPL

first_img NINTH SPOT The results meant that the Anthony Patrick-coached team finished the season in ninth spot on 34 points, one ahead of Rivoli and Cavalier – who both lost their final fixture – and ahead of Reno on goal difference. Anderson, Waterhouse’s leading scorer for the last four seasons, said: “I have to give God thanks because night and day I pray to Him. Even this morning, I woke up and gave Him a nice prayer, asking Him to guide and protect the team this day (Sunday),” he told The Gleaner. “I always believe in the Almighty … and Waterhouse is good now and I thank the Almighty God for keeping us up.” Waterhouse’s coach, Patrick, said they were always confident of winning their game and that other results would go their way based on the other match-ups. “We knew that we were going to get a victory … because of the support we would get from the community. They (fans) really came out today and gave us that extra boost,” he said. “When you look at the fixture and look at the two teams destined for the semi-final, Humble Lion and UWI, playing against the two teams at the bottom, we have to give ourselves a chance. So we knew once we got the maximum points, we would have a very good chance of staying up,” he reasoned. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell was obviously elated with the club’s last-minute dramatics. “I feel like we just won the league,” he said when quizzed by The Gleaner. Despite spending the majority of the season at the bottom of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) standings, Waterhouse pulled off the great escape on the final day of the season, beating Boys’ Town 3-0 to secure their place in the top-flight for next term. Needing a win and other results to go their way, veteran striker Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson rose to the occasion with a goal and an assist and also had a hand in the other. Anderson put the hosts in front after 35 minutes and had a major hand in the own goal in the 52nd. He then set up DeAndre Brown for the final goal on 83 minutes. Boys’ Town went down to 10 men after Wayne Ellis was sent off in the 63rd minute.last_img read more

Turkmenistan wrestler disqualified as doping case hits Asian Games

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nazarov “has been disqualified from the 18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games 2018… and his results during the competition held on the 19th August annulled”, a statement said.The athlete, 24, had competed in the men’s 57kg freestyle event and was defeated in his first match by India’s Sandeep Tomar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Six athletes tested positive at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon including South Korean swimming star Park Tae-hwan, who was stripped of his medals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img A wrestler from Turkmenistan became the Asian Games’ first doping casualty on Friday.Rustem Nazarov was disqualified from the Games in Indonesia after failing a pre-tournament test for the banned masking agent furosemide, the Olympic Council of Asia said.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs A look at the fallout from sports doctor scandallast_img read more

My refusal to be ‘regimented’ by a silly-looking, anachronistic practice

first_imgDear Editor,Mr E.B. John’s letter in a section of the media on 24/10/19, titled: “Booker Group, Georgetown Club and stuffed pigeon”, included the regimentation of wearing a tie before entering the Georgetown Club during the height of the Booker days in colonial British Guiana.This brought back memories of my unprecedented ‘bucking the system’ then by refusing to wear the ‘mandatory’ tie before entering the Georgetown Club. Interestingly, I am currently a full member (with no tie) of the Georgetown Club.At that time, I was the Assistant Personnel Manager, and was responsible for the personnel function at Rose Hall Estate. It is interesting to note en passant that I had, as a cadet, just returned from successfully completing studies in Personnel Management, and had succeeded an expatriate Personnel Manager; but, up until then, only expatriates were accorded the full title of Personnel Manager. It took a lot of persuasive work by my mentor, Mr E.B. John, to influence the late great Harold B. Davis to correct this ‘colonial anomaly’.At that time, I wore the ‘shirt-jac’ suit for work and official functions.As my colleagues and I wended our way from the Headquarters of the Guyana Sugar Producers Association for lunch at the Georgetown Club next door, a man stood by the entrance with a stack of ties in his hand for the staff from the Estates to wear before entering the club. I refused to wear the tie he handed me, and he blocked my way into the club. This held up the line of colleagues behind me, and to add insult to injury, one of the expatriate Directors in the line shouted: “Come on, Nowrang, wear the darn tie”.I took umbrage at the attempt to impose the wearing of a tie, left the line, and walked across the road to the restaurant run at the time by the ‘nemesis’ of the sugar industry, Mr Richard Ishmael (Head of the labour union, the MPCA). I had a sumptuous lunch, and claimed reimbursement from Bookers Sugar Estates.Those were the days of serious work and fun, proving that Guyanese could run the industry with or without the paraphernalia of colonialism!!!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Sunken “Draga” not hampering vessels along the Mazaruni − MARAD

first_imgFollowing continued concerns over the sunken dredge in the Mazaruni River, a team from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) visited the site to ensure navigation was safe for passenger and cargo vessels; a professional salvager who was acquired by Crown Mining, also assessed the site to see which measures could be taken to have the dredge salvaged.Officials from MARAD met with the Crown Mining on Monday, September 19, 2016 to discuss efforts to remove the sunken dredge at Perimap Falls in the Mazaruni River, a release from the said.It was confirmed by MARAD that passenger and cargo vessels can traverse the area where the dredge is located, using bypass channels available for the smooth manoeuvring of vessels.According to the release, Crown Mining will continue with efforts to remove the dredge with the use of excavators and operators.Over the past few months, Crown Mining assiduously tried to remove the dredge from its current position, unfortunately high tide and the location of the dredge, between rocks in the waterfalls, made it impossible to manoeuvre special equipment to the site, the release noted. MARAD and Crown Mining have been severely criticised over the failure to remove the sunken dredge at Perimap Falls in the Mazaruni.Residents have also complained about the sunken dredge and the government’s failure to have it moved. The channel in which the partially submerged dredge is lodged is the only avenue for transportation to the upper and middle Mazaruni.Only a few days ago, the Ministry of Natural Resources in a statement, assured that between the responsible mining operator and the MARAD, there will be an intensified effort to remove the dredge ‘Draga’ from its location in the Mazaruni River.last_img read more

Reporters Association Holds Dialogue on CBA

first_imgThe Reporters Association of Liberia (RAL) is expected to hold a day-long media dialogue on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between employers and media workers in Liberia.The CBA is a draft document formulated by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) to provide better wages, salaries and working environment for journalists.In a release issued in Monrovia, Thursday, April 17, RAL maintained that Saturday, April 19, event is expected to bring together hundreds of media workers from across the country to “discuss and formulate a joint communiqué” in order to engage media owners and employers to sign up to the document.RAL: “This is intended to foster the efforts of the Union in order to create the awareness for stakeholders to embrace the document and quickly implement all aspect of the CBA.”The Association described the document as “critical and pivotal” to the improvement and development of the Liberian media, and as such, encouraged all media practitioners to be in attendance.According to the release signed by RAL president Keith Z. Morris, the program takes place at the William V. S. Tubman High School in Sinkor. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will serve as keynote speaker while other media developers and rights activists are expected to grace the occasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort Hotel remediation to begin as soon as possible

first_imgFort St. John City Council voted today to obtain services to proceed with the Fort Hotel site remediation as soon as possible.The City has allocated $250,000 in its 2010 budget for the Fort Hotel site remediation. City officials have investigated grant opportunities to reduce the cost. The Provincial Government has a Brownfield fund that allows for 50% in grant money for site clean up. This fund will not be open until Jan. 2011 and funds would not be released until April 2011. City Manager Dianne Hunter feels its important the site gets dealt with immediately.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3250|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3f7b4c3b5001a04c0081c6c6c40b70cd-Dianne Hunter 2_2_Pub.mp3] It is hoped that the site can be cleaned up by the end of 2010, but council notes with the winter months coming that may be difficult. It is estimated that the project will take 4-6 weeks to complete after it is started.The Fort Hotel’s land transfer to the City is currently in waiting at the Land Title office and until this is resolved the city cannot proceed with the project. The site became the City’s as a result of a 2009 tax sale due to three years in unpaid taxes on the property. The remediation is needed because of a 2009 fire that destroyed the building.After remediation is completed there will be a downtown study to help assess what should be done with the land. City Manager Hunter hopes the community can be involved in the process.Advertisement [asset|aid=3251|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3f7b4c3b5001a04c0081c6c6c40b70cd-Diane Hunter 1_2_Pub.mp3] The estimated cost of the remediation is $201,000last_img read more

Regal Masters extend winning streak

first_imgWith an eye on the fast-approaching New York Independence Softball Cup tournament, Regal Masters whipped Albion Masters by 9 wickets with 50 balls to spare on Sunday at the Everest Cricket Club ground.This is the latest development in the Ink Plus, Crown Mining Enterprise and Elegance Jewellery Softball Tournament which has been organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GSCL Inc).The outfield was wet because of early morning showers, and this made batting and fielding more challenging, but the teams still served up a good contest.The Berbicians had first knock, but faced with tough bowling from Regal Masters and attrition from the heavy outfield, they managed to score only 85 for 3 from their 20 overs with the white ball. Rickey Deonarain, who batted for most of the Albion Masters innings, top scored with a patient 35 (2×4; 1×6), while skipper John Sumair contributed 24 (1×4).Regal Masters opener Mahesh Chunilall on the go against Albion Masters on Sunday at Everest (Photo courtesy of Freelancer Media)Opposing captain Mahendra Hardyal, architect of the initial breakthrough, was economical, conceding only 10 runs from his four overs, while Troy Kippins (1/14) and Parsram “Pacer” Persaud (1/15) were also among the wickets.Regal openers Mahesh Chunilall and Eon Abel then went to work on the soggy wicket, and put on 60 runs in just over eight overs to take the wind out of the sails of the Albion Masters. The lone casualty in an otherwise well composed run-chase was Abel, who missed a full ball from Sahadeo Kissoon and was bowled after posting 19 (2×4); but by then the writing was on the wall for the Berbicians.Chunilall and Fazleen Mohamed then saw the city side to their target of 86 runs, scored in 11.4 overs for the loss of only 1 wicket and with lots of time to spare.Regal Masters have now extended their winning streak to five games after an opening round upset. Mohamed hit a six in his cameo of 17, while Chunilall finished on 43 (4×4; 1×6). Kissoon, who bowled his four overs on the trot, ended with 1/12.In an invited comment after the game, Hardyal said, “We [Regal Masters] are happy for the little practice, and with the winning momentum in the tournament as we head to New York. The conditions prevented a much better game, but we are still thankful that Albion came down.”The New York Independence Cup takes place in Queens, New York from June 29 to July 1, and Regal Masters and Regal All-Stars will be looking to recapture the coveted ‘double’ again this year. In their quest for supremacy, the teams have so far received support from the National Sports Commission, Fly Jamaica Airways, Ink Plus, and Regal Stationery and Computer Centre.last_img read more

China Could Be New Leader For Natural Gas

first_imgWhat interesting, though, is that China could become of the biggest customers in the future.  Right now, Japan and South Korea lead the Far East in the demand for natural gas. Bloom says, with the Chinese population moving more to the middle class, demand for electricity is on the rise.  He’s quick to point out that what’s needed for the country, though, is ‘clean’ energy, like natural gas.Spectra Energy is proposing the construction of a 6-8 (b) billion dollar pipeline that would carry product from the Cypress area, southwest of Pink Mountain, to a terminal near Prince Rupert.- Advertisement –last_img

McCarney makes fresh start

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event He admits he began drinking heavily, and this was coupled with the discovery of a dark family secret. McCarney imploded. He never made it to Cal Poly, blowing an important opportunity. “The whole situation just happened too fast. I was really depressed,” McCarney said. “It was very tough for me. I moved in with my biological mom in Pismo Beach, and a bunch of things came up that I’d rather not talk about. Basically, I learned that I’d been lied to for the last eight years.” McCarney, 19, today is piecing his life back together. Clean and sober, he has returned to Vasquez as a junior-varsity coach and, after a four-month break, has begun throwing a baseball again with renewed dreams of reaching the big leagues. “It’s been important to take a year off to mature mentally and physically,” he said. “It’s been tough coming back because this is a small town, and everyone gossips and knows everyone’s business. But I’m not listening to any of that. I’m more concerned about being healthy and happy.” Vasquez coach Bob James and McCarney’s private coach, Jim Wagner, both Santa Clarita residents, have helped McCarney pull through a difficult adjustment into adulthood. ACTON – The greatest pitching arm in the world doesn’t mean a thing if your head isn’t in the right place. That’s a lesson China McCarney has learned the hard way. A small-town baseball hero at Vasquez High last season, thanks to a 94-mph fastball and terrific hitting skills, McCarney was coveted by Major League scouts and NCAA Division I college programs – a rare gem at an otherwise nondescript desert school of just 500 students. Projected as a 10th-round draft choice – which could have meant a signing bonus of $200,000 – McCarney, figuring education always would be important, instead declared his intention to accept a scholarship to Cal Poly, so he wasn’t drafted. McCarney moved to San Luis Obispo last summer to become acclimated, and he soon realized he wasn’t ready to be on his own. Both can relate to being prized prospects. James was a first-round draft choice from Verdugo Hills High of Tujunga who made it to the majors, and Wagner was a small-schools phenom at tiny Providence High of Burbank who signed with Arizona before transferring to Cal State Northridge. “We all know that teenagers go through different problems, and China had a heck of a lot rushing at him so fast,” James said. “I can empathize with him because I know what it’s like to be a kid on a roller coaster and you can’t get off. That’s what happened to him.” Wagner believes McCarney couldn’t recover from the small-town hero syndrome. “China definitely had some issues he went through, and being who he is in a small town like Acton isn’t easy,” Wagner said. “He’s got all the God-given talent in the world but needed some time to grow up. Baseball-wise, he’s the same today as he was last year, but I think he’s more mature now and able to handle everything.” McCarney’s fastball was clocked at 91 mph last week despite all the slack time. The 6-foot-2 right-hander has filled out a bit in the chest and shoulders, and he soon could be throwing faster than ever. Will there be another breakdown or a relapse? It’s a fair question, and McCarney must realize he’ll be under the microscope no matter where he goes or what he does. Being a JV coach has afforded McCarney an opportunity to be of service and to return to a team environment – and he can think of no better therapy. “Mentally, I’m in the best shape of my life,” McCarney said. “Yes, I’ve gone through a bunch of things, but I think I’ve finally come to terms with my family situation. And I love coaching, too.” Wagner said McCarney’s “unique way of working with kids” makes him a good coach, but there are more ambitious plans. They’re working regularly to get McCarney back to peak form. The new plan is for McCarney to showcase for major-league scouts to prove he’s worthy of being drafted again this June. He also might play a season at College of the Canyons, then re-evaluate his options. “He’s got all the potential in the world if he keeps his head on straight,” James said. “I still say China McCarney is one of the 10 best athletes I’ve ever seen. His pitching ability speaks for itself, but what’s really great about him is he can hit and flat-out fly. Plus, what the coaches from Cal State Fullerton (which also recruited McCarney) liked about (him) more than anything was his competitiveness and his support of his teammates.” The door also is open for McCarney to return to Cal Poly. “He had some problems, but as soon as he gets his head on straight, we’d love to have him back,” Cal Poly coach Jerry Weinstein said. McCarney, who struck out 104 batters in just 56 innings at Vasquez last season, has two strikes against him in the game of life. The last thing he wants is to be tabbed another Matt Harrington, a former prep star at nearby Palmdale High who turned down a $5.3 million contract as a 2000 first-round draft choice by the Colorado Rockies – and never made it to the majors. Bad judgment. Bad decisions. Bad circumstances. Bad timing. Whatever you call it, McCarney declares such trials are behind him. He has rededicated his life to baseball, and he’s hoping his golden arm can carry him. “You know what? I just put new license-plate holders on my car that read `baseball forever,”‘ McCarney said. “I want baseball to be as much a part of my life as possible.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img