Hydel’s Hemmings fast in the hurdles

first_imgLargely unseen in a meet with its fair share of big names, Trishauna Hemmings of Hydel High School put on a fine performance at last Saturday’s Western Relays in Montego Bay. First, she skimmed through the Class One 100 metres hurdles in her fastest time ever. Later, she bounded to her best long jump of the season. The display earmarked Hemmings for big things at Boys and Girls’ Championships.She was slick in her first competition inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex, with a speedy run of 13.66 seconds to arrive ahead of the outstanding Wolmerian Janeek Brown. Though there was no official information on the wind conditions, the time exceeds her old personal best of 13.82 and makes her the fourth-fastest Class One girl of the season.Only Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High School, Nicolee Foster of Holmwood Technical, and Amoi Brown of Vere Technical High School have gone faster in 2017. McDonald and Foster both were timed in 13.55 at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic on February 11. Brown of Vere won at the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet in 13.75.EXCITED ABOUT RUNHemmings was very pleased with her run.”Well, I’m feeling very excited,” she said. “I had a PR this morning in the hurdles, a time of 13.66, and also a season’s best, in the long jump, of 5.80,” she summarised. That jump got her second place behind Suzan Francis of Holmwood, who cleared 5.95 metres.The tall Hydel student athlete was third last year at Champs in the heptathlon. However, even with the winner Janell Fullerton and runner-up Zinedine Russell now off on scholarship, she isn’t expected to return to the seven-in-one two-day combo.”Well, the heptathlon is not for me this year,” she revealed before closing her Western Relays endeavours with a strong run in the 4×200 metres.Her speciality has always been the long jump, where she was a finalist and eventually a 2015 Class Two runner-up for Glengoffe High School. Second then to Brown of Wolmer’s in the 100m hurdles, she moved to Hydel and reached the Class One final.McDonald, Foster and the two Browns are the top end of a fine Class One 100m hurdles field for Champs, which starts on March 28; but for now, Hemmings is concentrating on training.”Practice is going good so far,” she reported. “We haven’t completed all the phases, so I’m hoping to better my time at Boys and Girls’ Champs.”last_img read more

TU Clarifies Misinformation

first_imgThe Administration of Tubman University has clarified what it termed as misleading and false information provided by ‘Tubman University Interest Group.’A release yesterday said the ‘Tubman University Interest Group’ asserted that the newly appointed President of Tubman University, Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor was “handpicked” by the outgoing President Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell. The group also mentioned that the current President named and pronounced the newly hired President which it referred to as a “breach of protocol.” However, the TU administration in its releasesaid Mr. Gbalee Gray (a former employee) and Mr. J. Philip Augustus Theoway (an employee who has resigned his position effective May 31, 2016) are spreading some misinformation about the University and its President, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell. In collaboration with others, these two individuals claim to be representing what they refer to as ‘Tubman University Interest Group.”“The entire issue began with the vacancy announcement that was advertised on TLC Africa, the Executive Mansion website, and in some local dailies for a period of five (5) months. “The Board established a Search Committee that included a broad spectrum of representatives from higher education institutions, TC-TU Alumni Association, TU Faculty Senate, NCHE, the local Harper Community, larger Liberian community, TU Foundation Board and selected Board of Trustees members and the Search Committee reviewed several candidates including their application materials and their interview performance following which a detailed assessment report of the candidates, including a shortlist of the best candidates was forwarded to the Board of Trustees,” it said.The Board of Trustees reviewed the Search Committee’s report and concurred by forwarding a recommendation containing more than one candidate through Board Chair- Dr. Emmet A. Dennis to the President of the Republic of Liberia and Visitor to the University. The Visitor reviewed the Board’s recommendation and forwarded the selected candidate (by nomination), in this case Dr. Wonkeryor to the Board for ratification and appointment.The release said the Board then ratified the President’s choice and appointed Dr. Wonkeryor as President of Tubman University, effective July 1, 2016. This process is clearly articulated in Article IV, Section 2 of the Charter which states that “the President of the University shall be appointed by the Board upon the nomination of the Visitor of the University.” The TUI group, according to the administration has presented falsehoods to the public which are in total contrast to facts and realities.“The University characterized this as intended to besmirch the hard-won reputation of the University and its renowned President, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell. Sticking to a principle of operation of the University which has to do with “decisions and actions on the basis of data and evidence,” the administration said it is pleased to provide the public with the facts which contradict and dismiss assertions of Mr. Gray, Mr. Theoway and their counterparts.“The process was open, fair, and transparent for every Liberian who met the eligibility criteria to participate,” the TU release said. Currently, 13 of the 15 ruined buildings have been renovated, reconstructed as well as other newly constructed buildings-faculty housing and offices for faculty and other administrators given the need as a result of the growth of the University with six colleges than the original College of Technology that operated a single college, the release added. The TU release said Mr. Gbalee Gray and his counterparts have no attachment or dealings with the University; their intentions are insincere and bent on misleading the public. “We encourage critics to exercise this right responsibly, and refrain from spreading denigrating and disparaging fabrications about the University and its President. “The University wishes to assure the general public that, in the interest of guarding against the recurrence of such treacherous libel and slander (which are clearly intended to sow seeds of discord in the TU community and derail progress made at the University) we will, through the University’s legal counsel, take appropriate legal course of action where necessary,” the released 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

Venezuelan sentenced to community service for shoplifting

first_imgOliamith Gonsalves being escorted by PoliceA Venezuelan woman was ordered to do community service after she was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday for shoplifting.Twenty-seven-year-old Oliamith Gonsalves appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly and admitted to the charge which stated that on August 24, 2019, at Regent Street, Georgetown, she stole two deodorants, two razors, beef cuts, and chicken feet – totalling $5490, from Bounty Supermarket.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told the court that On August 24, Gonsalves went to the Bounty Supermarket and was observed by a security guard acting in a suspicious manner. The security guard then approached her and requested to carry out a search. During the search, items were found concealed on her person.The police were summoned and the woman was arrested.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced Gonsalves to three weeks of community service. She will do her community service at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

New policy will guide debt management in Dawson Creek

first_imgThe debt management policy, prepared and submitted by chief financial officer Shelly Woolf, was adopted on Monday at a regular meeting of council. Woolf said while many of the objectives and guidelines included in the policy are already followed, the document serves as a comprehensive and integrated approach to debt management.“This policy is broad in nature to provide guidance, promote objectivity and promote long-term planning,” she said. “It looks at the city’s capacity, as well as looking at affordability and flexibility, and it provides targets and measures.”The objectives of debt financing as laid out in the policy are for long-term capital investment, as a leveraging tool to secure third-party funding for capital investment, and to ensure an equitable distribution of investment cost for ongoing service delivery.- Advertisement -“Long-term borrowing is important for funding assets of a significant amount,” said Woolf. “You want to spread the cost over the lifetime of the asset, but you want to do it in a sustainable manner so that the debt load is stable, not volatile.”The policy also stipulates debt may be taken on, temporarily, for the purposes of ensuring a line of credit pending the receipt of tax revenues, as a bridging instrument pending long-term financing or for unanticipated financial emergencies, but not for operating activities.In terms of repaying debt, Woolf said the policy seeks to take a more comprehensive approach to ensure cost effectiveness. She said traditionally water and sewer projects would be financed over a 20-year term, for example, but the new policy will consider factors such as interest rates, current and future debt load, and the expected lifespan of the asset to determine the most cost-effective term of repayment.Advertisement “When you at long-term borrowing, you want the security of a fixed debenture, but over 20 years you are paying twice as much interest as if you would had you paid it over 10 years,” she said. “Short-term financing in the last five years has been significantly lower than long-term rates, so if use short-term instruments, you can actually gain a little bit by the interest gap.”She added the policy will be complimented by the tangible capital asset policy undertaken last year that puts a lifespan on each asset the city owns.Woolf also submitted a statement of financial condition, which includes financial indicators such as financial assets to liabilities and own-source revenues to taxable assessments for the municipality as of Dec. 31, 2010. The document is meant to serve as a baseline and provide historical data and future trends to guide debt management decisions.”You have to look at the story underlying the numbers to understand what is happening,” said Woolf. “These indicators actually tell a story, and it’s important to consider that story or trend within the context of what we’re planning to do in the future.”Advertisement She added there is still work to be done on indicators such as the depreciation of capital assets over time and demographic data that could further inform that long-term planning.In summing up the policy, chief administrative officer Jim Chute said it represents “a significant change for council.” He said while the debt objectives and provincial mandates outlined in the policy are not new, the guideline for never spending more than 15 per cent of operational expenditures on debt repayment is new and will be a limiting factor when considering future debt.He added regardless of those guidelines, and the limitations imposed by the Community Charter, council will also consider the indicators included in the statement of financial condition when considering taking on more debt, which he said is not common among municipalities.As of 2010, the city’s outstanding debt totaled $25.4 million, and is expected to fall to $23.5 million in 2015. Woolf said the city is carrying 57 per cent of its debt capacity as of this fiscal year, which she said is “a very flexible, affordable, sustainable balance to have at this time.”last_img read more

ExxonMobil support in ahead of ‘King of the Strip’

first_imgAs the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMRSC) prepares for the annual King of the Strip (KOTS) international drag meet this Sunday, ExxonMobil came onboard to assist as racers from Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname and Barbados converge at the South Dakota Circuit.Team Mohamed’s Enterprise Nizmo gets the jump on GoliathOn Tuesday, GMRSC representative Sherry Gonsalves was presented with ExxonMobil’s contribution by its rep, Nicholas Yearwood, at the company’s New Market Street office.It is confirmed that the KOTS III expects more than 80 entries, and there since has been much buzz among the local racers along with the overseas contingent.Team Mohamed’s Nissan GTR remains the undisputed ‘King of the Strip’, while in the other classes, Shawn Persaud’s Toyota Caldina reigns in the 8-second, Raj Panday in the 9-second; the 10-second class is currently held by Damian Persaud, son of Shawn Persaud, who also drives a Toyota.Michael Namchand of Suriname, with his Toyota Mark II, took the 11-second class in KOTS 2 last April, with Raymond John joining his countryman on the podium for the 12-second class.The 15-second class was won by Troy Kowlesar, with the Trinidadian bike duo of Shawn Brigs and Ian Atherly also picking up trophies.The scorching action gets underway from 09:00hrs this Sunday, and admission to the venue will cost $1000 for adults and $500 for children.The sponsors for KOTS 3 include Mohamed’s Enterprise, Ansa McAl, B.M. Soat, ExxonMobil, Tropical Shipping, Del Ice Company, Japarts, Palm Court and Trans Pacific Auto Sales and Spares.last_img read more

MLB puts cool into baseballs

first_imgThe decision was made following debate generated by the Colorado Rockies’ use of a humidor at Coors Field. The ballpark ranked first in the major leagues in scoring in its first eight seasons, starting in 1995, but dropped to second in three of the last four years behind Arlington’s Ameriquest Field (2003), Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park (2005) and Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium (2006). Colorado said in 2002 that it had installed the humidor. The Coors Field scoring average, which peaked at 15.0 runs per game in 1996, dropped to 10.7 last season, the lowest ever, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. “I guess you could say this is the first time that we were pro-active in reaching out to the teams,” Garagiola said. “The vast majority of teams were already doing this. Everybody was taking good care of their baseballs.” In recent years, fluctuations in home runs and scoring have led to greater scrutiny of baseballs. Since 2000, the commissioner’s office has arranged annual tests at UMass-Lowell Baseball Research Center. Major League Baseball also told teams they may only use balls manufactured in the current year. Baseballs will keep their cool this summer. The commissioner’s office is telling teams for the first time that balls must be stored at a uniform temperature after they are delivered from the manufacturer. “The specifications that Rawlings recommends are a 70-degree temperature and 50-percent humidity,” baseball senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. said Friday. “We have contacted all 30 of the clubs, and they have all confirmed to us that they will all be storing their baseballs in a temperature-controlled facility. We’re not going to have humidors every place, but every place will be temperature controlled, and so I think there will be a very high degree of uniformity.” center_img “It’s the first year that we’re mandating this,” Garagiola said. “We just felt it kind of made some logical sense that everybody start the year using the current year’s baseballs.” Mets add Park Chan Ho Park is joining the expanding list of pitchers trying to earn spots in the New York Mets’ rotation. Park and the Mets agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract, giving the team another option for its starting rotation heading into spring training. In addition to his base salary, Park could earn $2.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings. “We’re happy to add a veteran pitcher like Chan Ho to our staff as we approach spring training,” Mets GM Omar Minaya said. Park will compete with John Maine, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, Philip Humber and Aaron Sele for jobs in the Mets rotation behind Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernandez. Pedro Martinez is expected to be sidelined for the first half of the season. A 33-year-old right-hander, Park was 7-7 with a 4.81 ERA in 21 starts and three relief appearances last season for the San Diego Padres. An All-Star in 2001 with the Dodgers, Park has a 113-87 record in 13 major league seasons Fassero retiring Jeff Fassero is retiring from baseball after winning 121 games over 16 major league seasons. The 44-year-old lefty, cut by the San Francisco Giants in May, worked out for the Dodgers on Feb. 2. “I thought I threw really well. I guess they didn’t think so,” Fassero said. Fassero finishes at 121-124 with a 4.11 ERA and 25 saves in 242 starts and 478 relief appearances for Montreal, Seattle, Texas, Boston, the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis, Colorado, Arizona and San Francisco. “You’re never going to be satisfied. I can live with it,” Fassero said. “I got to do what I wanted to do growing up for 20 years, counting minor leagues and big leagues.” Around the horn Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and his wife, Dylan, have mutually agreed to a divorce after some 16 years of marriage. Center fielder Corey Patterson avoided arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing to a $4.3 million, one-year contract. Patterson had a career-high 45 stolen bases last season and batted .276 with 16 homers, 53 RBI and 75 runs. 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

LAUSD report card: All F’s

first_imgLos Angeles Unified is disorganized, lacks financial controls and suffers from a “pervasive” lack of accountability, says a highly anticipated management audit of the nation’s second-largest school district. The $350,000 report, commissioned by Superintendent David Brewer III shortly after he was hired last fall, lays out a scathing litany of organizational, financial and administrative shortcomings in the 707,000-student district. “The lack of accountability is pervasive throughout the organization at all levels,” says the report compiled by Evergreen Solutions of Tallahassee, Fla. “The current culture in LAUSD is one typified by not responding to priorities and deadlines, and there is no sense of urgency among managers.” Brewer immediately vowed to overhaul the district, beginning with a five-year strategic plan he is scheduled to unveil in June. “This will not be easy,” said Brewer, a retired Navy admiral. “The first thing I’m going to focus on is instruction because that’s our core mission. The next thing is obviously … the budget. We have to make sure that we get our finances and instruction properly aligned.” Brewer’s comments were reminiscent of those he made after he was appointed Oct. 12. At that time, he said he needed six months to gauge the scope of the problems, which is the reason for the audit. Consultants said they found a district run by a school board that is too involved in management, but that also operates with nonexistent or outdated policies. At the upper levels of the administration, the superintendents of the eight local districts have not been given the authority, responsibility or human and fiscal resources to accomplish their goals, the audit says. There’s no link between planning and budgeting, auditors said, no benchmarks to measure whether programs are effective, no consequences for noncompliance with administrative directives. And the instructional organization is “fractured,” with individual units setting their own goals and action plans, the audit said. After analyzing the report, Brewer said, he plans to appoint a transformation team — including a chief academic officer and chief professional learning officer — to restructure business operations and develop a comprehensive instructional plan. “Real transformation will require us to change the way we do business,” Brewer said. “My priority is to ensure every student graduates high school, college prepared and career ready.” He also plans to make changes to increase communication among the district staff, downsize the administrative staff through attrition and refocus the school board’s energy on setting policy. He also plans to give local superintendents, principals and teachers the resources they need to effectively do their jobs. “We have great people working in a system that, frankly speaking, is not giving them the tools and capacity in order to work in a 21st-century organization,” Brewer said. Saying it for years Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is embroiled in his own effort to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District, said the report highlights the long-standing difficulty in overhauling the district. “This report makes clear what teachers and parents have been telling us for years — that the massive central bureaucracy is keeping dollars out of the classroom and stopping any real reform effort,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. “Mayor Villaraigosa has made clear that he is in the school-reform business to stay and will aggressively partner with the school district to eliminate the bureaucratic barriers that are stopping fundamental reform.” In the first phase of its audit — based on a review of 300 previous reports and documents and interviews with more than 100 employees — Evergreen examined the LAUSD’s infrastructure, instruction, operations and processes. Phase 2 begins The second phase of the review, estimated to cost more than $1 million, will begin April 30 and be completed in early fall. It will include deeper evaluations of instruction, finance, organizational structure and school safety and security. In the initial audit, the most critical aspects dealt with instruction — a topic that auditors noted had not been addressed by any of the numerous studies or analyses conducted over the previous decade. “The most apparent and inhibiting deficit standing in the way of instructional coherence in LAUSD today is a lack of accountability,” the auditors said. They recommend creating strategic plans for boosting the high school graduation rate, increasing parent and community involvement and improving special-education programs. Know the history School board member Julie Korenstein said she’s seen countless analyses since she was elected in 1987, and that the district should focus on recommendations that are realistic to implement. It’s also important, she said, to understand the steps the previous administration took and why. “Every time a new superintendent comes on and they do an analysis of the system; then the next step is what can you implement. There are things that can be done very easily; some are more difficult and others are very costly,” said Korenstein, the most senior member of the board. “When I look at these reports, I look for constructive advice, for areas that can help to improve the district, move the district,” Korenstein said. “Certainly you want to see the connection with student achievement and you don’t want to just have another piece of fluff that doesn’t have really any credible meaning to it. “I am never opposed to change if it helps benefit children.” — Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@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 read more

Kane challenges Salah to prove he’s no one-season wonder

first_img0Shares000030 up: Kane’s best ever Premier League return still wasn’t enough to beat Mohamed Salah to the Golden Boot © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 14 – Harry Kane has challenged Mohamed Salah to beat him to the Golden Boot for the Premier League’s top scorer again next season.The Egyptian’s record 32 goals for a 38-game campaign denied Kane a third consecutive Golden Boot despite the English international’s best ever campaign as his double in a thrilling 5-4 defeat of Leicester on Sunday took Kane onto 30 league goals. “Mo has done great this year, he deserves it, he deserves the Golden Boot. I am looking forward to the competition again next year,” said Kane, who was pilloried on social media for claiming a goal off team-mate Christian Eriksen at Stoke last month in his quest to catch Salah.“For me it is about doing it year after year. This is my fourth year now and the first time I have got to 30 goals in the Premier League. Now it’s about getting to 30 goals for the next two or three years, that’s the aim.“Any player wants to do it on a consistent basis and that’s what defines a good player from a great player. He has done amazing this year and he looks like a great player, and we’ll see if we can both continue it next season.”Kane’s goals were good enough, though, for Spurs to edge past Champions League finalists Liverpool to finish third behind Manchester City and Manchester United.“The top six now is so strong, everyone’s really competitive, so for us to finish in the top three for a third year in a row is brilliant,” added Kane.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LAUSD payroll cheats students, enriches “experts”

first_imgAnd, somehow, they don’t seem to mind spending a fortune on all the consultants, one after the next, who can’t seem to put the LAUSD’s Humpty Dumpty back together again. “I keep questioning all of these costs,” says new school board member Tamar Galatzan. “I’ve never seen a plan that included all of the consultants, all of the costs, who’s responsible for what, where the money’s coming from, how long it’s going to take. “Nothing exists that resembles a transparent, cohesive plan.” Unchecked costs. No plan. No transparency. Sound familiar? In all likelihood, this scandal is nothing more than one of incompetence. But given the LAUSD’s history of shady contracting – think of the Belmont Learning Center – it’s hard not to get conspiratorial-minded about a botched scheme that has benefited no one except for the people paid large sums of money paid to fix it. Think about the costs – $115 million wasted. For a district that recently started charging kids to use its athletic facilities so it could save a piddly $3.8 million, that’s a lot of money that could be doing a lot of good to educate children. Richard Vladovic, another new school board member, has rightly called for a thorough audit of exactly how much has been spent, what’s gone wrong, and why. “It’s bigger than we all believe. We need to look at it totally. I want an accounting of everything – every nook and cranny,” Vladovic says. Vladovic predicts that “when all of this is over” – soon, we hope – “there’s going to be a Judgment Day.” There had better be.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By most accounts, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s woeful payment system has been a disaster. But, really, it all just depends on your point of view. In some ways, the $95 million system has been an unalloyed success. At least for consultants, anyway. Even though the payroll system has underpaid and overpaid thousands of teachers by tens of millions of dollars, it has paid consultants fabulously and right on time. Indeed, certain “experts” in the region scarcely could do better if the malfunctioning machines did nothing but print out $1,000 bills for their personal use. L.A. school board members now warn that the total cost of implementing the system – which has included hiring armies of consultants – could top $210 million. That’s more than double the original price tag, with “fixes” costing $115 million alone. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTo get a sense of perspective, imagine walking into a car dealership, and spending $35,000 for a brand-new, supposedly top-of-the-line car. Then imagine spending $42,000 on top of that in mechanic’s fees just to get the vehicle to drive properly. Chances are, you’d be talking to your lawyer, right? But the LAUSD says there’s no need to sue Deloitte Consulting, the high-priced firm it paid handsomely to roll out a functional and accurate payroll system – and which never did. Somehow, district bureaucrats seem to be at peace with this incredible failure. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho’s bottle-smashing celebration was ‘totally wrong’, says former star

first_img 2 “And then he’s questioning the people in the studio and saying they don’t understand it – they’re ex-players!“They’ve had those moments when they want to win a game, they’re chasing that big bonuses, to get something that hasn’t materialised in 90 minutes and in the first minute of added time you get it – they’ve had those massive highs.“But they wouldn’t run to the touchline and start bashing around bottles to show it – you just don’t do that.”Listen to a clip of Paul Parker on talkSPORT above! Jose Mourinho endured a frustrating 90 minutes from the Man United dugout However, his violent celebration hasn’t gone down well with a number of former players and pundits, with Parker branding it ‘embarrassing’ and ‘totally wrong’.EXCLUSIVE: Mourinho showing signs of ‘anxiety and over-arousal’ – Sports psychotherapist on Man United boss’ body languageAsked for his reaction to Mourinho’s behaviour, the former Red Devil told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Shock and embarrassment to be perfectly honest.“To react like that as a manager, it’s wrong. It’s totally, totally wrong.“There’s no excuse for that. Former Manchester United star Paul Parker has blasted manager Jose Mourinho for his bottle-smashing celebration during Tuesday night’s Champions League victory over Young Boys.The Red Devils boss celebrated Marouane Fellaini’s match winning injury-time goal by picking up a water bottle carrier and hurling it to the floor.Mourinho said following the game he lost it on the touchline through sheer relief, having squirmed through 90 minutes watching his team waste chance after chance. 2 Mourinho was animated on the touchline throughout the Champions League clash last_img read more