C’bar has five-year plan to keep winning

first_img Last Saturday, KC went into the last race, the 4x400m relays, on 309 points, smelling victory, courtesy of holding a four-point advantage over Calabar, and needing to finish at least second to become champions. However, Calabar showed that being favourites meant very little, they sped away to victory in a very fast 3:08.76 for 12 invaluable points. Jamaica College was third on 203, St Jago High fourth (157), and St. Elizabeth Technical High School completed the top five on 114.5 points. “That motivated the team so much so we just came out and worked extra hard, we came here at 80 per cent fitness for the most part. “Most of the athletes who garnered points for us on a yearly basis had issues with injuries. We had to be careful of where to run them, how to run them and why to run them,” the assistant coach outlined. Though jubilant in victory, he pointed to other factors that helped to deny KC. “We got some help because we can’t deny the fact that a St Jago team, a St Elizabeth team and Jamaica College team did the work that allowed us to be champions tonight, apart from the addition that we did, so we are glad for that as well,” he said. Hawes called Calabar “the team that never says die”. Hawes revealed to The Gleaner that the school will be throwing an upcoming celebration dinner to express gratitude for its athletes and parents in the near future. SMELLING VICTORY Defending ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Athletics Champions Calabar High might have gone in with five consecutive titles under their belts, yet, for many, they were the underdogs to retain the coveted Mortimer Geddes Trophy, inside the National Stadium. As the curtain came down on the meet last Saturday night, assistant coach Omar Hawes said he was happy ‘sweet victory’ was theirs yet again. But, before the dust even settled, he made it clear that C’bar has a programme in place to hold on to the Mortimer Geddes Trophy for at-least another five years. “Definitely! It’s not about boasting or showing off, but I think Calabar can go on probably another five years with what we have in terms of talent, so once we continue to marshal the troops, harness the talents, and keep the programme like it is now, I don’t see why we can’t continue to win,” a confident sounding Hawes noted. C’bar could be considered the current de-facto of local Boys Champs’ supremacy, overcoming arch-rivals and overall leaders with 31 titles Kingston College (KC), for a sixth consecutive season. “Calabar fraternity, this one is special, this one is for all of you out there who had worries about the analysts who said we were going to be down by 50 points. We did it for all of you across the world and across Jamaica. Big up, six love!,” gushed Hawes.last_img read more

Issues from last year’s championship hampered La Salle, says Ayo

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 But for the Sorsogon native mentor, it all boiled down to the team’s inability to shake off the euphoria from last year’s triumph.“We were not able to handle our championship very well from last season,” he said, refusing to go into details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLa Salle has been regarded as the best team in the collegiate ranks since Ben Mbala’s arrival last season. It wasn’t much of a surprise that the Green Archers almost completed a perfect season last year, with the Cameroonian big man delivering the Season 79 title, the school’s second championship in four years.But with seniors like main man Jeron Teng graduating from the team, La Salle seemingly lost a stabilizing force, leaving much of the workload on the shoulders of Mbala, rising star Ricci Rivero, and Season 79 Rookie of the Year Aljun Melecio for this year’s campaign. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Mbala on UAAP Finals heartbreak: ‘You can also learn by losing’ The 40-year-old coach also couldn’t help but be amused with  apparent pattern on his coaching career which sees him win the championship in his first year just to settle for a bridesmaid finish the following season.“I always win in my first season and I’m always first runner-up in my second season. Filoil, Davao, even in the province, and now here in the UAAP,” he said as he looks forward to a huge bounce back year in Season 81 for the Green Archers. “I haven’t experienced a third season yet and it’s fresh for me. I don’t know what’s up with that.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s hard to get to the top, but it’s harder to stay there.That’s the lesson La Salle coach Aldin Ayo learned the hard way as his Green Archers failed to defend their throne and bowed to archrival Ateneo in a hard-fought 88-86 Game 3 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “There were problems when it comes to our preparation that we were not able to resolve when it came to the championship,” admitted Ayo, who said he was also worried with how they started their season.Still, no one can deny how hard La Salle wanted the back-to-back romp as it refused to give in, even with Ateneo holding a 10-point lead in the final four minutes, 80-70.“Of course, we’re going to compete. We’re going to play and squeeze everything in our capacity. I want to compete because we want to win,” he said.As the dust settled, Ayo reminded his wards to be gracious in defeat.“I told them that we pray very hard to win, but we have to pray harder everytime we lose. We just have to be grateful for the opportunity, the experience, and make sure that we learn from this.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Senate Confirms Dr. Dahn as Health Minister

first_imgFollowing weeks of uncertainty, the Senate yesterday voted unanimously in plenary to accept the report of its Committee on Health and confirm Dr. Bernice Dahn as Minister of Health. The long awaited vote was taken during the Senate’s executive session, which is in compliance with Article 54 of the Liberian Constitution and in line with the Senate’s Standing Rules.Prior to their executive session, however, Bong County Senator Henry Willie Yallah announced a motion for reconsideration, which according to sources, was not in place. Yet his second motion which is a privilege motion will be disposed of in subsequent sessions.Dr. Dahn, who has been embroiled in a war of words with the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL), specifically the leadership of that body, now replaces outgoing Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, who has officially retired.In their report read during plenary, the Senate’s Committee on Health, chaired by Senator (Dr.) Peter S. Coleman, recommended Dr. Dahn’s confirmation “following a thorough examination of the statement made by the nominee on her record and services in other institutions of government.” According to Dr. Coleman, Dr. Dahn served “eight years as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Liberia, [during which she exhibited] caring, leadership and managerial skills and . . . commitment to excellence, efficiency, effectiveness and excellent communication, with skill in leadership and gender, setting in the basic health program development, strategic planning and program implementation.”The Committee further noted in its recommendation that “with the ability to find solutions and resolutions to challenging problems, and her quality resilience to impact positively and effectively the MOH as relates to building a resilient health care sector, the Senate Committee on Health, Women, Social Welfare and Children Protection is convinced that the nominee has the requisite qualifications, backgrounds and working experience to effectively manage the affairs of the Ministry as Minister. With the foregoing, the committee is without reservation [recommending] to plenary to unanimously confirm Dr. Bernice Dahn as Minister, Ministry of Health.”The recommendation was signed by Senator Matthew N. Jaye, River Gee County; James Tornolah, Margibi; J. Bleh-bo Brown, Maryland; Daniel F. Naatehn, Gbarpolu, and Dr. Peter S. Coleman as Chair; while those who did not sign were Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and George Manneh Weah of Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties, respectively.On the eve of her confirmation, Dr. Dahn, reacting to the recent barrage of accusations from NAHWAL over her nomination, told this newspaper that for over nine years as CMO, the two dismissed leaders of that association, Messrs Joseph Tamba and George T. Williams, had never entered her office to discuss health issues.She recalled that for over nine years when she worked with health professional organizations, she never heard of people under an organization called NAHWAL, and disclosed that over 90 percent of health workers do not have contact with the two dismissed leaders.Dr. Dahn, however, recalled meeting with the NAHWAL president and secretary general, Tamba and Williams, in the presence of civil society organizations, and the next day they went on strike.Both leaders of NAHWAL could not be reached for their reactions to the Senate’s decision to confirm Dr. Dahn.A 1986 graduate of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Dahn, 56, obtained her medical degree from the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in 1996.She later matriculated to the University of Washington in Seattle, State of Washington, United States of America, where she took the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.A native of Maryland County, Dr. Dahn, who grew up in Harper, Cape Palmas, is married to Counselor Roland Dahn, to which union a daughter, Yonah Dahn, was born. The couple has raised several foster children.Asked when she might assume her duties as Minister, Dr. Dahn said she understands that the Senate has first to hear Bong County Senator Henry Willie Yallah’s motion for reconsideration. The motion will be given two sittings, before yesterday’s vote for confirmation is reconfirmed. It is after that process that she will take over as Minister of Health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tyler Removal on Ice

first_imgThe quest by some members of the House of Representatives to remove Speaker Alex J. Tyler as chief administrator of the Lower House seems fruitless, as the ringleaders are said to be after “lucrative positions at the moment.”The rules of the House give the Speaker the power to appoint committee members and chairpersons respectively with a mandate to reshuffle them after three years.Since the news broke of an imminent reshuffle during the 4th Session of the 53rd National Legislature, there have been several political maneuvers by individual Representatives to join the clique of those in lucrative positions or struggle to retain their respective committee jobs.At the closing stages of the 3rd Session last year, the clique inclusive of Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, Emmanuel Nuquay and Bill Twehway threatened Speaker Tyler with removal after sensing that they might be replaced.That threat was short lived, thereby reenergizing Speaker Tyler to proceed with his planned reshuffle.Snowe and Nuquay head the Committees on Rules, Order and Administration and Ways, Means and Finance, respectively, the two positions considered “highly lucrative.”Snowe was accused of “stealing” over US$40,000 intended to procure a vehicle for Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, an allegation that led to his being sidelined during the Nationwide Oil Consultation, leaving Representative Barchue in charge of managing US$900,000 for the consultation.Rep. Snowe, a Montserrado County lawmaker, is also aggrieved because Speaker Tyler appointed Deputy Speaker Barchue to manage US$5 million that was placed in the National Budget for district development purposes under the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) projects in the counties.As for Margibi County Representative Nuquay, he was accused of linking with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to divert US$2 million to his personal projects in his district.  Both Snowe and Nuquay have remained tightlipped about the allegations against them.After realizing their failure in the first quest, the clique again rearmed and submitted a communication to the secretariat of the House calling for Speaker Tyler to recuse himself from presiding until his corruption allegation with the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is addressed.The letter to the Secretariat was not placed on yesterday’s agenda, forcing the ringleaders to disrupt the holding of session.According to their rules, the Chief Clerk is under obligation to prepare the agenda of the House with the approval of the Speaker.In keeping with that order, Speaker Tyler seized the bill noting; “Leadership does not see it fit to place the item on the agenda.”That action caused serious contention among lawmakers both for and against, stoking a heated debate that lasted for hours.The first Session in the New Year was called off and a called immediately following the disorder.According to reports, the number wanting to unseat the Speaker is far less than what is required, and sources believe that the likes of Representatives Henry Farnhbulleh, Edward Karfiah and Snowe among others are seeking Tyler’s removal for “personal reasons not for the House’s interest.”Interestingly, only 12 representatives are keen on removing the Speaker and signatories to the communication as presented to the Chief Clerk are all non-influential and perhaps afraid to fully support the move to unseat Tyler.For instance Representatives Robertson N. Siaway, Mary Karwor and Roland Opee Cooper of Grand Bassa and Margibi Counties respectively, could not defend their signatures when debate opened yesterday. Asked why she affixed her signature to the document but declined to participate in the debate, Madam Karwor could not say a word about her action. “I don’t know what’s going here, but I know that there are procedures for things like this,” she said dodging the question.Contacted for comment, the Speaker’s office considered yesterday’s drama as an attempt to create tension for political reasons. “They don’t have the numbers to proceed with their action, but they just want to make noise,” the Bomi County Representative’s spokesperson said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Children benefit from social cohesion camp in Region 6

first_img“Two is better than one,” and “We cannot do it alone,” were two of the many phrases echoed by the social cohesion officer of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Shurla Scott, as she addressed close to 100 children at the Cumberland Primary School, East Canje, Berbice, on Thursday last.Participants of the social cohesion camp in Canje, BerbiceThe children were part of a one-week literacy camp, which aimed at improving the literacy standard of youths in the region.Scott pointed out that the initiative is one which is being organised by the Canje chapter of the social cohesion ambassadors. Those ambassadors, she added, were trained at the Ministry’s Diversity, Education and Inclusion Workshop.At the workshop, the participants were tasked to come up with projects which allowed them to exhibit their understanding of social cohesion. The regional social cohesion officer encouraged the members to work together since it will provide healthier communities, families and friends.She also mentioned that as a unit they can accomplish anything.“We are better together and there is strength in unity,” she said, while explaining the importance of having a good relationship.“Social cohesion is nurturing individuals and community relationship, in building a unified Guyana,” she added.Scott engaged the children in games which practically demonstrated ways in which activities can be accomplished when people work together.She thanked the teachers and parents for their time dedicated, and their efforts made to be part of the training. The camp targeted children between the ages of four to 12.last_img read more

Labourer charged for murdering friend during drinking spree

first_imgThe 28-year-old labourer who fatally stabbed his drinking buddy during an argument on Saturday last was arraigned for murder at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.Micheal Culpeper of Lower Pomeroon River was not required to plea to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Esther Sam.Police stated that on April 6, he murdered 48-year-old Micheal Chu called “Chuman” of Charity Housing Scheme Essequibo Coast, Region Two.Culpeper was remanded to prison and will reappear on May 5, 2019, at the Charity Magistrate’s Court.It was reported that Chu had been reportedly consuming alcohol with Culpeper at Lower Pomeroon River when a heated argument broke out between them.Reports are that the younger labourer, in the midst of the argument, armed himself with a knife and stabbed Chu several times about the body.A Coast Guard responded to a request for assistance and Chu was transported to the Charity Hospital in Essequibo where he was admitted.However, he was later transferred to the Suddie Hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The accused was later arrested and charged with the capital offence.last_img read more

Miner stabbed to death in Cuyuni River

first_imgA miner was on Sunday evening fatally stabbed during an argument at Sand Hills, Puruni Area, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The name of the deceased was not immediately available, but Guyana Times understands that he hailed from Bartica. Information reaching this newspaper stated that the deceased and another man were consuming alcohol and an argument ensued. The argument quickly escalated into an altercation during which the suspect, armed with a sharp object, dealt the man several blows to the body.The injured man collapsed and died immediately. The suspect reportedly fled the scene, but persons in the area went in pursuit of him. When contacted, Senior Superintendent Ravindradat Budhram, Commander of F Division (Lethem-Interior Locations) told Guyana Times that a team of investigators was deployed to the area on Monday morning.However, up to late Monday evening, the body was being transported to Bartica. As a result of the mountainous landscape of the area, telephone contact was quite difficult and as such, he could not confirm if the suspect was apprehended.The Commander added that the suspect was a well-known individual in the area and he was confident that the Police would track him down.last_img read more

Update – Tembec Chetwynd fire still burning

first_imgPhoto:  Several log and chip piles burn at Tembec’s Chetwynd facility Wednesday evening – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Fire crews hope to have the fire out at Tembec’s Chetwynd Pulp Mill by the end of the day Friday or at the latest Saturday.The fire started late Wednesday afternoon at the mill outside of Chetwynd, BC.   The fire started inside the mill and quickly spread through the mill and into chip and log piles outside the facility.Fire crews from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, which are under contract to provide services to the mill, were called in at 5:20pm Wednesday and have been on scene ever since.Loaders are currently moving the large chip and log piles away from nearby structures to prevent any further damage. Fire crews also believe this will help to extinguish the fire in those piles.Advertisement At the height of the fire, crews from the Ministry of Forests were called in as the fire had spread into near by brush.  Two helicopters and one water bomber were used to put out that part of the fire.At the moment Tembec has not returned any of our calls, but fire crews have stated they are looking into the total amount of damage to the mill.Tembec recommissioned the mill on January 1st, 2010 after been shut down in February of 2009 because of poor market conditions. To read an earlier story on this fire, click hereAdvertisementcenter_img – Advertisement -**Update – Fire crews now say it could be Sunday before they are able to fully extinguish the fire.  The log and chip piles are still burning and they are using heavy equipment to help bring the fire under control.last_img read more

Generators reported stolen following Relay For Life event

first_img“That’s $5,000 from money that we raised. People don’t think of that unfortunately,” said Baumeister, who has called local pawn shops in her search to get the generators back.“We’re in the process of figuring how we want to proceed.”Baumeister has filed a report with police.Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100.Advertisement Organizers of the Fort St. John Relay For Life are facing a hefty bill if they’re unable to locate a pair of generators they say were stolen from the group over the weekend.Organizer Brenda Baumeister said two red and black 3000-watt Honda Inverter generators were stolen from the back of trailer sometime between noon on June 14 and the morning of June 15, as crews were cleaning up and tearing down the event.“Somebody… just decided they needed generators,” Baumeister said.- Advertisement -“Which is sad because it is from a non-profit and we have to pay them back.”The Relay For Life event was held at Dr. Kearney Middle School on June 14, and organizers had rented the generators from Peace Country Rentals for the event.But they could now be on the hook for some $5,000 if they can’t find them, money that will have to be taken from the pot of $50,000 raised at the event for the Canadian Cancer Society.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Warm Up – Sunday, June 21

first_imgA lighthearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning.Guests include Ipswich winger Stephen Hunt and top DJ Roni Size.last_img