Arnett Gardens Rockers retain SBC League title

first_imgLed by a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds from Kwame Lawrence, the finals’ most valuable player, Arnett Gardens Rockers overcame a determined effort from Upper Room Church to win game three of their WorldNet/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) league championship finals 82-71 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday. The Rockers swept the best-of-five 3-0 and claimed their second successive SBC league title.Needing to win to keep the series alive, Upper Room started well and raced into a 11-3 lead before ending the quarter ahead 28-17. Arnett were having problems stemming Upper Room’s attacks, with Jermaine Brown (20 points) and Dwayne Pottinger (17 points and 14 rebounds) proving very difficult to contain.INCREASEDINTENSITYHowever, the introduction of Fernando Young increased the intensity in Arnett’s defence, and they were able to win the second quarter 21-16 as Upper Room led 44-38 at half-time.With Upper Room now within reach, the home team was expected to overtake their opponents in the third period, but the visitors continued to prove stubborn, and despite losing the quarter 17-11, they went into the final period tied up at 55-55.The effort it took to keep the hosts at bay eventually took its toll, and in the final quarter, Arnett ran riot as Lawrence, Vivian Spence (16 points and seven rebounds), John Brandt Jr (15 points), Arnell Campbell (12 points and 11 rebounds), Delano Mallett (10 points), and Young (12 rebounds) toyed with their opponents before romping to a nine-point victory.Arnett’s player-coach, Mallet, was very pleased to have ended the series at three games and in front of their home fans.”Last year, it was rougher than this one because we had to play hard at Waterhouse to win, so to win in front of our home fans is a great feeling,” he said.Arnett pocketed the $100,000 winners’ cash prize, $50,000 of which was contributed by sponsor World Net. The other $50,000 came from a cash pool contributed to by all the teams. This was established to offset the league’s expenses at the start of the season and prior to WorldNet sponsorship. According to SBC general secretary, Tanya Wright, the runners-up prize money and All Star game were also financed from this pool.last_img read more

Hughes, State not prepared for trial over missing diamonds

first_imgMore than four witnesses are expected to testify in the High Court case involving $54 million worth of diamonds that went missing while in Police custody 24 years ago. The trial is set to commence at the High Court on October 24.This announcement was made by Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes on Thursday before Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln, who has set out timelines for the case.The diamonds at issue were taken in evidence by Police after being recovered following a 1994 robbery investigation. However, the merchandise, which purportedly belongs to businessman Ronald Khan, vanished while allegedly in Police custody.When the matter came up for hearing at the Demerara High Court on Thursday, Solicitor General (SG) Kym Kyte-Thomas, who represented the Attorney General’s Chambers, disclosed that locating certain documents was proving difficult, as the matter has its genesis in Mahdia in 1994.This prompted Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln to remark that the State appeared not prepared to present documents that the plaintiff had requested since May.Hughes, representing businessman Ronald Khan, was similarly upbraided for not filing submissions relating to claims of limitations.Justice Corbin-Lincoln gave the SG until September 14 to produce Khan’s witness statement, and Attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes has to file his submissions at latest by that date.“Both sides appear (to be) on the wrong foot,” Justice Corbin-Lincoln said.Despite announcing that it could not locate the missing diamonds, the State had, earlier this year, stated that it was not settling the suit with Khan, who is now an elderly man. The State is, in fact, contending that Khan has to prove that the items now missing were indeed diamonds. This followed the businessman’s intimation that he would have dropped the suit once his property was returned.Khan had, back in 2011, filed legal action against the State when he moved to recoup his uncut diamonds which the Police had found some time after his Ewang Creek mining camp in Region Eight had been robbed in 1994.The precious merchandise was taken to the Mahdia Police Station and transported to Police in ‘E’ (Linden-Kwakwani) and ‘F’ (Interior locations) Divisions, and Khan is claiming he had been told that the items were exhibits in the case.The filing of Hughes’s submissions is based on the State’s argument that Khan’s decision to wait until 2011 to file his claim was not within the three-year timeframe as outlined in Section 6 and 8 of Chapter 7:02 of the Limitation Act.According to court documents which <> had earlier this year obtained, Khan had, in 2010, written late Police Commissioner Henry Greene requesting the return of his diamonds, but this was never done.The case garnered increased attention after the Attorney General had published notices in the press calling for several Police ranks, including former Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald, to make contact with his Chambers.McDonald, who served as Crime Chief in 1994, has been named in Khan’s lawsuit, in addition to Harley Davidson, Deputy Crime Chief; Eon Sandy, who was stationed at the Supreme Criminal Court’s Police Outpost; and Alwyn Wilson, who was stationed at then ‘E’ and ‘F’ Division headquarters at Eve Leary. Notices were also sent out for Terrence Semple, who was last stationed at Mahdia Police Station; Courtney Ramsey and Desmond Leitch, both last stationed at the Criminal Investigation Department; Constable Fraser (Reg Number: 10881), and ex-Detective Sergeant Carl Wilson (Reg Number: 7797).last_img read more

“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years” – President Granger

first_img…recognises contributions of past Presidents, previous AdministrationsGuyana today celebrates its 50th Independence Anniversary after centuries of being colonised, and as the country moves on, President David Granger said focus would have to be placed on ensuring that a sustainable path was paved for future generations.In his Independence address to the nation, the Head of State noted that the country’s foreparents laid the foundation for creating this unique new nation. He stated that Guyanese were paying homage to their ancestors, whose rebellion and yearning for freedom would have empowered them to confront the greatest of adversities and to overcome the most dangerous adversaries. The President added that the empowerment of the disenfranchised masses through the advocacy of mass-based organisations, the attainment of universal adult suffrage and the achievement of constitutional reforms combined to intensify the demand for self-determination and independence. He stated that Guyanese were paying tribute to men and women who were part of this historic and heroic struggle for self-determination.“We can enjoy freedom today because of their consciousness, their courage and their commitment to the cause of freedom,” he stressed as he recalled those martyrs who struggled and made sacrifices that eventuated into national independence.“Our people’s ardent aspiration and arduous struggle for political independence moulded our national identity,” Granger said. “Independence infused the qualities of audacity and tenacity in our people. It fortified our determination to be masters of our own destiny. It created new institutions on which to erect the pillars of a new nation.”Moreover, he pointed out that Independence allowed the country to adopt its own symbols of nationhood, which Guyanese were proud of as they boosted national pride. According to Granger, Independence created the need for new institutions to preserve the country’s achievements, promote the development of the nation and protect the rights of its citizens.The Head of State went on to recognise the contributions of the past Presidents and the previous Administrations all of whom played a significant part in adding to the country’s development.“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years. We are proud of efforts to deliver our people from dreary logies, shanties and tenement yards and to open the doors to family homes,” Granger said. He also acknowledged the works of artists, composers, dancers, dramatists, writers, the talents of sportsmen and women, the brilliance of scholars and the labours of working people, stating that their contributions too over the past decades will never be forgotten.Furthermore, President Granger outlined that Guyana has made headway in its development while facing threats to its territorial integrity over the past 50 years from two of its neighbours. Granger praised the past leaders for their vision to guide and ability to sustain the country over the past 50 years against these adversities.On this note, the Head of State posited that Guyana’s Golden Jubilee was an opportunity to strategise and plan ahead in order to fulfil obligations to future generations. “We look ahead to our next 50 years and to the challenge of realising the good life for all of our citizens. Independence is our birthright. Independence vested in us the duty to protect our nation and to purse the best interest for all generations,” he remarked.According to the Head of State, the good life entails the absence of poverty, presence of equity, creation of an enlightened citizenry through education, effective stewardship of natural resources and creation of employment for the people.“Our mission for the next 50 years must be to expand the economy to ensure equality, to improve education, to protect the environment and to provide employment for all,” he stated, adding that Guyana has bountiful resources, both human and natural, to achieve this vision.Granger said that while the country has made headway in uniting its people, efforts in this vein would continue to be pursued especially in the area of geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped, plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” he stated as he outlined a massive developmental plan for the hinterland region.Granger reiterated the desire of his Administration to have inclusive governance. He also reiterated his commitment to the green economy initiative, which he said would be the guiding principle for sustainable development, as he mentioned plans to capitalise on the country’s resources.“Guyana’s future is green. A green economy will protect us from the most adverse effects of climate change. It will ensure a clean environment and reduce pollution. It will preserve our valuable biodiversity. It will ensure that all of our energy needs eventually will be met from sustainable sources. It will catalyse investments in eco-tourism,” the President stated.last_img read more

City goes high-profile
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week City officials have gone into overdrive planning everything from traffic control to security issues as they prepare to celebrate two historic events in one week. “Simi Valley has arrived as a first-rate, beautiful place to live, work and play,” Becerra said. “We are not second to anybody anymore.” The Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum pays tribute to Reagan’s journeys in his quest to spread peace and democracy around the globe. Known as “The Spirit of `76,” the plane flew 445 missions, 211 for Reagan, from 1973 to 2001. That, coupled with the opening of the first new mall in more than 25 years in Ventura County, is causing some anxiety along with the celebration. “It’s certainly creating a great deal of organizational stress in terms of making these events work smoothly for the public,” said City Manager Mike Sedell. “However, this is the culmination of a lot of work and effort. We’re very proud of the fact that the quality of both facilities is one that will impress the world.” Mayor Paul Miller said the two events, while different, make this east Ventura County city of about 120,000 residents an attractive destination for outsiders. “We have two events coming together at the same time that will put us on the map,” said the city’s former chief of police, adding that the mall has been on officials’ radar screen for a long time. The wait is over and city officials are starting to relax. Last week construction workers were putting finishing touches on the 600,000-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment center between First Street and Erringer Road north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway. Thousands were on-site preparing for the grand opening, which will have the theme Carnivale Grande. “It’s busy and it’s frantic, but it’s a lot of fun,” said Vickie Sherman, director of marketing for the Town Center. “It’s adrenaline. It’s exciting. But we’ve got it together. Simi Valley has been waiting for this for quite some time.” Said Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, who lives within walking distance of the center, “It’s going to blow our socks off. It (the mall) has been a very long time in coming. I’m a 33-year resident and I’ve been waiting at least 33 years. This is quite the moment for Simi Valley. This mall is going to kick you-know-what.” For years, says former mayor Greg Stratton, the city of Simi Valley fought hard to lure a regional mall. Setback after setback made the task difficult. In the 1970s, the city was passed on by developers who opted to build a mall in Thousand Oaks because of its freeway access. In the `80s, Simi leaders worked to convince developers that the city’s population could support another regional mall. And just when the city appeared poised to gain a long-awaited mall in the mid-`90s, recession hit, said Stratton, who served on the council from 1979 to 1998. “It was frustrating, but the team kept it going,” he said. “They went back and resurrected it. It’s been a continuing saga. It was something we worked on from the minute we got elected.” More than just a shopping experience, the mall is expected to ring up more than $3.6 million in sales tax revenue annually, a share of which will go to the city general fund to finance services such as police and fire protection. “This signifies the maturation of the community’s economy,” Sedell said. “We don’t have to rely on growth revenues. The sales tax and property tax make up for the leveling off and stabilizes our future.” When it opens, the shopping mall will be anchored by a Macy’s and Robinsons-May. The mixed-use project includes more than 120 stores, a home improvement component and 500 apartments on 129 acres. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – This week will be the biggest week in the city’s history as two monuments open – one to America’s modern-day leaders and one to good old-fashioned capitalism. On Monday, the spectacular Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will open to the public. The $31 million 87,000-square-foot, three-story landmark showcases the retired Boeing 707 that served seven presidents. Then Thursday, after three decades of plans and dreams, the city’s first regional shopping mall, the Simi Valley Town Center, will open. The open-air center is geared toward the upscale shopper in Simi Valley, where the average household income is around $100,000. “Just the scope of what these events represent,” Councilman Glen Becerra said. “One turns Simi Valley into a destination location for people around the world. The second will provide an upscale shopping experience for the residents of the city and Ventura County.” last_img
Burbank sinks program to save on pool energy

first_imgBURBANK – In 2001, Burbank city officials introduced “Splash into Savings” as a way to cut pool-related energy use, increase conservation awareness and showcase “green” alternatives after the California energy crisis. Pool owners would pledge to set their pumps between 10 p.m. and noon. In return, they’d get a $5 break on their utility bills. But four years later, about one-third of the 784 participating residents had their timers set during the hottest times of the day – thanks to the pool guy – disqualifying them from the program. “Savings” didn’t save a whole lot of energy either. The program represented one-fifth of 1 percent of the city’s peak demand for electricity. Councilman Dave Golonski, who was enrolled in the program, said he hopes the BWP comes up with better alternatives to conserving power. “It was a good idea going in … but apparently it didn’t work out,” he said. “I would have liked it to work. But I’m sure the BWP has a number of other ideas behind it.” Officials found many residents out of compliance after several months of random inspections of pool pumps. After letters were issued to those residents informing them they were being cut from the program, City Hall felt the heat. “Customers were literally incensed that, through no perceived fault of their own, they were being removed,” Davis wrote in his report. City officials refused to provide a list of the participants, citing privacy issues. Jeanette Meyer, the BWP’s marketing manager, said officials had a hard time contacting pool cleaners to coordinate schedules. To make the program more effective, more time and effort would be needed to police it. “We don’t want to do a lot of policing,” she said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals As a result, the City Council sank the program last week, voting unanimously to end it. “It was expected that this program would marginally, yet positively, reduce peak requirements,” Ron Davis, the head of Burbank Water and Power, wrote in his report to the council. “It has failed to do so.” Officials said many pool owners in the program hired cleaners to maintain their pools, and that the settings were frequently changed to coincide with the pool-cleaning schedules but weren’t reset. Bill Thuesen, owner of Burbank Pool Supply, said most cleaners run the pumps during the hottest part of the day because “you want your pump running when all the bad things are happening to your pool.” “Hot sun, a lot of swimmers, airborne bacteria,” he said. “I don’t think that it’s worth the small refund to take a chance on something bad happening to the pool. You have a much better chance of growing algae or having unsanitary water when the pump isn’t running.” last_img read more

Hughes happy with attacking options

first_imgManager Mark Hughes believes QPR have enough attacking talent to pull away from trouble – as Fulham did under his stewardship last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Swan Lake: the South African adaptation

first_imgAfter wowing South African audiences in 2010, Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake is enthralling the rest of the world. Combining traditional ballet with African dance, the performance has been described as fresh, upbeat, innovative, and diverse. It sensitively deals with issues such as homophobia and apartheid’s legacy. Dudu Masilo’s unique take on Swan Lake deals with social issues such as homophobia and apartheid’s legacy. (Dansens Hus, photos by John Hogg)• From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show• Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Oppikoppi at 21: it’s always been about the music • Libraries: integral to democracies Compiled by Priya PitamberA troupe of South African ballet dancers has given a local twist to the Swan Lake story. It was commissioned by, and premièred at the National Arts Festival in South Africa in 2010. Now, the 13-strong dance company is touring the rest of the world, captivating audiences.Choreographed by Dada Masilo, the ballet combines classical movements with African dance. In Masilo’s take, Prince Siegfried doesn’t fall in love with Odette, who is under a sorcerer’s curse and transforms into a white swan at sunrise every day. He falls for a male black swan, Odile, an attraction that has fatal consequences.“Homophobia, forced marriages, the legacy of apartheid and the ravages of Aids are evoked with humour, sensitivity and lucid intelligence in a vigorous work of astounding beauty,” reads the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website.Masilo studied at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (Parts) in Brussels from 2005 to 2006. She also trained at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg, and established her reputation as one of South Africa’s most renowned choreographers.Watch a snippet of the performance here:Masilo’s Swan Lake is currently touring the US, after touring the UK, to rave reviews.“Dada Masilo’s new version stands apart from so many others not only for the fresh and fast-paced style that comes with the addition of African dance, comic theatre and carnival, but for her wit and seriousness in handling the original ballet’s themes.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian“The ballet boasts incredible energy, attitude, innovation and diversity rarely seen in a typical ballet, all without sacrificing an engaging story and superb technique. One can’t help but offer a standing ovation to the bravery and ingenuity of a true artist and her incredible team.” – Olga El, Broadway World “Its politics are simple — against homophobia — and its manner is friendly, even near the start, when it makes fun of ballet conventions with broad narration about ‘surplus girls in the moonlight.’” – Brian Seibert, New York Times“Masilo’s brilliance lies in her ability to effortlessly weave the threads of so many themes — gender politics, art and artifice, the universality of the broken heart — into such strong and vibrant cloth.” – Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen(Images: Dansens Hus, photos by John Hogg)last_img read more

Eduard Folayang on brutal loss: My journey doesn’t end here

first_imgEduard Folayang vows he will bounce back. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMANILA, Philippines—Eduard Folayang is no stranger to bouncing back from bad losses.He’s done it twice before with both occasions he wound up winning the ONE lightweight world title.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I’ve experienced it all and I’ve learned a lot. But the journey doesn’t end here,” Folayang said.“What’s good about this setback is it will make me feel more motivated to train and improve and someday be a specialist like Shinya. We have the opportunity to do it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Eduard Folayang says he’s not done yet. | @MarkGiongcoINQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) April 3, 2019 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And the Filipino star has no doubt he would be able to redeem himself and reign once again.“I know I’m not done yet. This is just the beginning of a third chapter that will be written and I’m excited to write one again,” Folayang told Filipino scribes at his hotel room hours after losing the lightweight crown to Shinya Aoki Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles In 2014, Folayang took a brutal first round loss to Timofey Nastyukhin, who hit him with a flying knee.But that loss only paved way for Folayang’s journey to winning the lightweight belt for the first time in 2016 when he stopped Aoki in the third round of their first title bout.Folayang won four straight fights after losing to Nastyukhin but he stumbled upon another road block in 2017 when he got knocked out by Martin Nguyen to yield the lightweight title.Then, he went on another streak and recaptured the belt to become a two-time lightweight world champion.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Isa Molde could return sooner than expected as UP fights for Final 4 spot SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Ranji Trophy 2017: The art of Gautam Gambhir’s leadership

first_imgGautam Gambhir’s return to the Indian team in late 2016 raised hopes of the opener regaining his place in the squad. But an inconsistent run along with the emergence of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan meant that India’s most experienced active Test opener had to return to domestic cricket once again.Gambhir has since been working hard on his batting and fitness. The diminutive left-hander went back to the domestic circuit and is grinding it out in the Ranji Trophy this season. His hard work paid off recently with Delhi making it to the Ranji final as they beat Bengal by an innings and 26 runs in the semi-final on Tuesday.Gambhir top-scored in the match with 127, his 42nd first-class hundred, to guide his team to a big win over Bengal. But it was not just his batting which helped Delhi, his experience in international cricket and leading the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League was also hugely beneficial.Gambhir’s impact in the Delhi team was best summed up by Navdeep Saini after the semi-final triumph over Bengal. The young right-arm pacer picked up three wickets in the first innings and four in the third to finish with a career-best 7 for 79 in the match.Saini was full of gratitude for the veteran opener and said that he “owes his life and success” to Gambhir.”I owe this life and my success to Gautam Gambhir. I was a nobody and Gautam bhaiyaa did everything for me,” Saini said.Saini was supposed to go to South Africa as a net bowler for the Indian team, but Ankit Rajpoot of UP is being sent instead.advertisement”I was happy that I would go to South Africa but I called up Gautam bhaiyya. He said Delhi needs you now for the semi-final and if you do well, you will be automatically in that Indian dressing room. I didn’t think twice,” said Saini.Gambhir recognised Saini’s talent during the 2013-14 season when he saw the wiry pacer at the nets and even got into a heated argument with DDCA vice president Chetan Chauhan, to get the player from Haryana into the Delhi team.”Gautam bhaiya, Ashish bhaiya (Nehra), Mithun Manhas rallied around me. They said what’s happening in the periphery shouldn’t be my concern. We will take care of that, you only bowl,” he said, recalling the time when DDCA officials were distributing pamphlets to keep him out of the team.Even though he is not captaining the Delhi side, Gambhir makes sure to inspire his teammates and lead by example. He is a master at spotting talent and giving opportunities to youngsters be it in the IPL or in domestic cricket.The 36-year-old completely transformed KKR’s fortunes ever since he came on board in 2011 and immediately led the team to two IPL titles in the span of three seasons.From languishing at the bottom of the table for the first three seasons, KKR is now among the top-four teams in the IPL under Gambhir. The former Delhi captain believes in providing chances to young players and has always stuck by that policy even when he’s not captaining a side.last_img read more