Bolt looking forward to London’s ‘special atmosphere’

first_imgLONDON (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt has confirmed his participation in the London Anniversary Games in July, one of his last outings before he competes at the Rio Olympics in August.The event is set for the Olympic Stadium, which Bolt set alight at the London 2012 Games when he stormed to victories in both the 100 and 200 metres, to repeat as Olympic sprint champion.Bolt will compete in the 100 metres, the marquee event on the opening day of the two-day showpiece on July 22.”The London Anniversary Games will be one of my last races before the Olympic Games in Rio,” the reigning Olympic and World sprint champion said.”It will be good to return to the Olympic Stadium on the Friday night and get more of the special atmosphere that the fans always produce.”I always get great support in the UK, and I expect the stadium to be packed. See you in July.”The 29-year-old Bolt is seeking to become the first sprinter to win both the 100 and 200 metres at three consecutive Olympiads, following on from his success in Beijing eight years ago and at London 2012.While he is yet to confirm retirement, the Jamaican is also widely expected to call time on his career following the Games.British Athletics chief, Niels de Vos, said Bolt’s presence would be a huge delight for fans.”Usain Bolt is a global sporting icon, and this will be one of the last opportunities for families to attend the Anniversary Games and see him compete. I’m sure the British fans will create a special atmosphere under the floodlights in this amazing venue,” he said.”The London Anniversary Games is one of the very best sporting events in Britain and in particular the Friday night will be an incredible exhibition of some of the world’s best athletes, made even more special this year due to its proximity to the Olympic Games.”Last year, Bolt won the 100m at the meet in a time of 9.87 seconds.last_img read more

Restaurant Week sees an increase in participation

first_imgFor the next 10 days, all local foodies will have the opportunity to sample unique cuisine at reduced prices, as the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) kicks off its sixth season of Guyana Restaurant Week (GRW).A total of 18 restaurants are participating in the event and patrons can purchase lunches for $2000 and dinners for $4000 or $5000.OMG Restaurant Manager Andrew James said he is excited to once again have his establishment be part of the event.“It is an excellent initiative and it is an event we feel helps to raise the standards of restaurants in Guyana. We have always seen an increase in patrons coming and we have always tried to do our best to give them quality,” James is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Organising Committee Member of Guyana Restaurant Week, Shaun McGrathSharing the same view, Director of Sales at the Marriott Hotel, Davie Sukdeo, said: “For us, we have had an amazing experience previously and that is why we chose this time to come on board again.”Participating for the first time, Owner of Café Bellvana, Nirvana Mahase, pointed out that the annual event will promote her new business to the public. “I think it is exciting, especially for us new restaurateurs; that we are able to come on board and receive publicity. We are glad we got the opportunity to be part of this event at such a young stage in our business ventures.”Guyana Restaurant Week’s Organising Committee Member, Shaun McGrath explained that participating businesses usually see an increase in traffic during the week.“The reality is when they participate they see the number of covers they are doing growing dramatically. And they actually see increased revenues over the 10 days than they would over a regular ten-day period.”Guyana Restaurant Week began in 2015 with 11 restaurants and numbers have grown annually. This year’s food fiesta will begin from June 22 to July 1.Restaurants participating include Ignite Bar (Pegasus Hotel), Grand Coastal Hotel, Cara Lodge, New Thriving Chinese Restaurant, Herdmanston Lodge, The Vintage, Aagman Restaurant, Antonio’s Grille, Bistro Café and Bar, and Cara Lodge to name a few.last_img read more

Pilot laid to rest in Essequibo Coast

first_imgRegion 8 plane crashThe aviation fraternity turned out in their numbers at the annex of the Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown to bid farewell to the late Captain Imran Khan, latest pilot to have perished in a planeThe late Captain Imran Khan’s mother being consoledcrash in Guyana’s hinterland region.After a public viewing held at the CIOG’s annex, the body was flown to Hampton Court, Essequibo Coast, where Captain Khan was buried according to Islamic rites.Air Services Limited held a memorial service on Tuesday night for their fallenRelatives and friends at Captain Khan’s funeral service on Wednesday prior to the body leaving for the Essequibo Coastcaptain, 41-year-old Imran Khan, resident of the Essequibo Coast, Region Two, who had been attached to Air Services Limited (ASL), and had been flying from Chi-Chi to Mahdia when the Cessna 206 (8R-GFM) aircraft went down on Sunday.Flying solo, Captain Khan had reportedly been expected to arrive at Mahdia at 08:47h, but had been a ‘no show’. An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signalColleagues paying their last respect on Wednesdaybeing emitted from the crashed aircraft and picked up at 09:08h was identified as coming from an area west of Mahdia.A rescue operation involving the Guyana Defence Force’s 31 Special Forces Squadron was immediately mounted, but because of the mountainous terrain, search-and-rescue (SAR) operators had to trek to the crash site, where they found the lifeless body of Captain Imran Khan.Preliminary reports suggest that the aircraft may have crashed into a mountain before diving into the heavy jungle. The aircraft is badly mangled, and it is believedFamily and friends of the late Captain Khan being consoledthat Captain Khan may have been pitched from the plane following the impact.Due to the conditions of the terrain, the rescue team had to trek for approximately 3 hours, cutting through thick vegetation, to reach the crash site from the landing zone.The investigation by the Accident and Incident Investigation Group (AIG) will examine all possible circumstances that could have contributed to the occurrence of this latest accident, including weather conditions, pilot’s flight and duty hours, and the type of operations the pilot was conducting.last_img read more

DC RCMP need help to find Caterpillar

first_imgDawson Creek RCMP are asking for the public’s help in regards to the theft of a “Caterpillar” bulldozer that was taken from the Pouce Coupe Industrial Park on the night of August 13th, 2008.The Bulldozer is described as a yellow model “D6N LGP 6-way Dozer” and was taken sometime between 10pm and 7:30am. Anyone with information in regards to this matter is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS- Advertisement –last_img read more

School year kicks off at the Northern Lights College

first_imgWhile there are no major construction announcements forecasted for the Fort St. John campus, the Northern Lights College sponsoring a visit from an internationally-renowned journalist and historian. Lyon says Dr. Gwynn Dyer will be holding a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 22. [asset|aid=1854|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ab0df015f4432a9dcfbac3d846c96da4-Lyon 2_1_Pub.mp3] Lyon says this school year is looking to be one of the busiest ones -at all campuses.Advertisement The first week of classes at the Northern Lights College in Fort St. John is officially over. Now, student’s have the weekend to kick back and relax. Communications Manager Brad Lyon says this school year; you might notice more new faces around the city. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1853|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ab0df015f4432a9dcfbac3d846c96da4-Lyon 1_1_Pub.mp3] The Fort St. John campus hosted a lunch on Thursday for all students. Dawson Creek welcomed their new students by hosting a barbecue on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Lyon says construction has officially begun for the new Energy House in Dawson Creek. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cutting’s 6 seals epic finish for Patriots at Providence

first_img– Patriots beat Tallawahs by 2 wickets in nail-biterIt was another thriller which ended with a six as Ben Cutting smashed the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots past a spirited Jamaica Tallawahs and Glenn Phillip’s maiden ton, by 2 wickets in the second nail-biting eliminator played at the Providence National Stadium.Not as sold out as previous matches due to the home team Guyana Amazon Warriors having already qualified for the finals in the first eliminator versus Trinbago Knight Riders, the decent-sized crowd was treated to some more tense action as Ben Cutting calmly hit a wayward Rovman Powell into the mid-wicketBen Cutting (C) and Hayden Walsh Jr. (R) of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots celebrate as Rovman Powell (L) of Jamaica Tallawahs look sadregion to seal a breath-taking finish with a ball remaining.The record chase saw the Patriots gun down 191 to end on 193-8 in 19.5 overs with MVP Anton Devcich steering the chase with 50 off 23 including five fours and two sweetly timed sixes. There were good contributions from skipper Chris Gayle with 26, Rassie Van Der Dussen with 20, Fabian Allen (23) and Brandon King (21), who all played a key role in the win.Tallawahs were close to a win especially with pacer Oshane Thomas and New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi grabbing three wickets apiece. Powell who ended with 1-16 had a torrid last over plagued with 4 wides and the losing six, off the penultimate delivery.Devcich was the anchor of the innings as the others played minor roles, but his fifty came at a fast pace and with the contributions from the other batters; the scene was set for Cutting who earlier picked up 2-45, to calmly neglect a deliveryFabian Allen (L) of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots disappointed Glenn Phillips (R) of Jamaica Tallawahs got runsbringing the deficit to 2 from 2, which he then stole the show by punishing a full-toss with a massive heave which was followed by the dugout flocking their hero on the field as a dejected Gayle looked on.Earlier, Tallawahs opener Glenn Phillips was the 8th player to score a CPL century and the 2nd overseas player after Colin Munro. Gayle three times, Andre Russell twice and now Phillips. Account for 6 of the 14 centuries to come from Tallawahs players over the years.His pugnacious knock of 103 from just 63 balls was littered with nine fours and six big sixes and set the tone for the Tallawahs who eventually racked up an imposing total of 191-5 in their 20 overs, the highest T20 total at Providence. Kiwi Ross Taylor struck the ball sweetly in his brisk knock of 33 from 23.Phillips opened his account with a couple of crisp fours before losing his partner Johnson Charles (3) to Allen (1-23). He then smacked a full toss in Devcich’s second over for the Tallawahs first six of the innings, before finishing the over withTabraiz Shamsi (L) of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots celebrates the dismissal of Rovman Powell (R) of Jamaica Tallawahsa four.Tallawahs fifty came up in the 7th over with Taylor joining the set opener to keep the scorecard ticking over. Cutting’s introduction immediately reaped rewards as the Aussie all-rounder knocked over the stumps of a dangerous-looking Taylor who attempted a wild heave across the line.Rovman Powell (15) walked to the middle and hit Cutting for back-to-back fours while Phillips raised his fifty with a six over long-on off the Aussies deliveries later, as his second over went for 20 runs. Shamsi (1-38) then had Powell caught shortly after but Phillips continued the find the ropes and beyond as he crept into the 70’s.Russell joined in on the fun and clobbered the leg-spinner over long-on for a flat six, sadly he failed to carry on and was removed by Brathwaite (1-25). Phillips continued to smack around the bowlers as he crept into the 90s and soon got toChris Gayle of St Kitts & Nevis Patriots hits 6his milestone with a shot square of the wicket which sped to the boundary, to which he celebrated with much elation.The last over saw a few boundaries being hit before Cutting wrecked the stumps of Phillips to end the innings. TKR will now face the Patriots in Friday’s encounter with the winner playing the Warriors in the finals this weekend.last_img read more

Hart decides school issue

first_imgBut the decision was immediately blasted by residents. “We just got hosed,” Castaic resident Flo Lawrence said. “We are more than half of the West Ranch family and it seems like now we are being pushed out. “I just wish the board could have found a way to spend the money, buy the portables, adjust the programs and basically handle the growing population to keep these communities intact.” The board defended its decision as a necessary move to alleviate overcrowding at West Ranch High School with minimal cost to the district. “Our primary goal is to provide the best education opportunities to our children. But another part to that is doing it in a fiscally responsible way,” said Hart board member Dennis King. After weeks of often heated discussion, the Hart high school board has put to rest the issue of overcrowding at West Ranch High School, opting to send incoming Castaic-area freshmen classes to two other high schools. The decision came late Wednesday night as William S. Hart Union High School District board members defied the wishes of many Castaic-area families and voted 4-1 for the plan. The deal means that starting this fall, and for the next two years, incoming Castaic-area freshmen will attend Valencia High School. In 2009, Castaic-area freshmen will attend West Ranch High School. Incoming students at both schools will remain there until graduation. King was the first to push the motion forward. He was backed by Steven Sturgeon and Patricia Hanrion. “I have been spinning, conflicted, nauseous, trying to look for a solution that doesn’t impact student learning,” board President Hanrion said. Officials hope the plan will give them breathing room to develop a permanent solution to crowding at West Ranch High by 2010, when Castaic High School is scheduled to open. Board member Gloria Mercado Fortine cast the lone dissenting vote. “The board and the district made a commitment with Castaic families and the agreement was, beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all Castaic students would go to West Ranch,” Mercado Fortine said. “The Hart district’s trust level with the community is not high, and when (we) do these types of things we only make it worse.” Mercado Fortine said she was upset with having to make such an important decision so close to the start of the new school year. “Those portables should have been started since staff noticed there was a problem,” she said. “Why is it all of a sudden a crisis? We cannot keep operating this school district in a crisis mode.” Robin Pohl, the mother of West Ranch students in the 10th and 11th grades, was one of several Stevenson Ranch parents pleased with the board’s decision. “Parking is already crazy and we still have one more class to go,” Pohl said. Despite Wednesday’s ruling, freshmen students who have older siblings at West Ranch High will still be allowed to enroll at the high school. Transfers will be allowed for Castaic-area students at schools that have capacity – including Hart and Golden Valley high schools. Still, many Castaic residents felt disenfranchised. Castaic resident Lana Rossi said that 20 years ago, when she moved to the Castaic area, she graduated from Saugus High, the second home school given to Castaic-area students after attending Hart High School. Since then, Castaic teens have also attended Valencia and West Ranch. “Why is it always Castaic kids that get shuffled around?” Rossi said. “There is no continuity for my children.” Before Wednesday’s meeting, parent groups from Castaic and Stevenson Ranch furiously called and e-mailed the district in hopes of influencing the board. While some disagreed on whether students should be transferred, no parents wanted it to be their child. Students also voiced dissatisfaction with the decision. West Ranch’s student body president, Sean Herron, a junior, had asked the district to find a way to keep all West Ranch students together. In its decision, the board rejected a plan that would have sent West Ranch High School students across the street to neighboring Rancho Pico Junior High School for some classes. Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos told the board that using the two high schools would be better. “It would provide the best educational opportunity at no cost,” Castellanos said. Added Sturgeon: “I don’t believe high schoolers belong on the same campus as junior high students.” The decision culminates a lengthy debate sparked after enrollment projections showed 3-year-old West Ranch High School – which serves students from Castaic, Westridge, Stevenson Ranch and a corner of Newhall – would exceed its 2,600-student enrollment, reaching an estimated 3,205 students in 2010. Drained after the past month of debate, Lawrence and other parents said they felt it was time to put the issue to rest. Despite being disappointed in the school district and the board’s handling of the matter, Lawrence said future organizing should include all parents in the western region of Santa Clarita. He said the best outcome of the entire ordeal was the political awakening of all the communities involved. “It’s over,” Lawrence said. (661) 257-5254160Want 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

Whittier woman nets cool $1 million lottery win

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER — After finding out she’s $1.2 million richer from Friday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing, a Whittier woman already is making big plans for her whopping windfall. Terry Zuniga, 57, who works as a home-care provider, said Tuesday she’ll take her pals on vacation and provide college money for two of her foster grandchildren. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I’m taking four of my friends on vacation with me, and I’m going to pay for two of my foster grandchildren’s college education.” What Zuniga is not planning on doing is making any major expenditures to benefit herself. Asked whether she would at least buy a new car to replace a Honda with 80,000-plus miles on it that one of her clients recently gave her, Zuniga said no, but she might spring for a new paint job for her used car.last_img read more

Video: He’s still got it! Why Liverpool should sign this England striker

first_imgAs the January transfer window opens, Toronto striker Jermain Defoe has been offered to Liverpool in a £6million deal, according to the The Telegraph.The Reds might baulk at the reported asking price and a loan deal could in the offing as the 32-year-old seeks a way back to the Premier League.With Brendan Rodgers’ strikers misfiring there is a chance he could gamble on the former Tottenham star, but how has Defoe been faring in the MLS? Check out some of his goals below… 1 Jermain Defoe last_img read more

Airport shelves baggage proposal

first_imgDespite five years of study and $25 million in design costs, airport commissioners on Monday scrapped most of the plans for a massive LAX baggage-handling system as projected construction costs have soared. Commissioners said the baggage-screening system planned for five terminals had become too technologically complicated and was part of an overall project budget that mushroomed from $341 million four years ago to more than $900 million. “It’s an unhappy situation I think that we have gotten as far as we have,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, which oversees the airport. “Would we do it this way again? No.” In 2003, the TSA agreed to pay three-quarters – or $256 million – of the cost to install new baggage-screening systems at Los Angeles International Airport’s nine terminals and two terminals at L.A./Ontario International Airport. Since then, however, costs have skyrocketed and the TSA has declined to offer further funding for the project. As a backup, LAX officials had hoped to dip into passenger facility fees to pay for the baggage-screening system. But the Federal Aviation Administration has said such funds cannot be used for work on Terminals 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 because they operate on exclusive leases with individual airlines. It was unclear Monday whether the airlines would choose to develop their own design for the baggage-screening system or if they would follow the airport’s $25 million concept, which was funded by LAWA’s budget and the TSA. But Commissioner Fernando Torres-Gil said he was concerned about reversing the decision so late in the process. “We were concerned about the lack of bids on previous projects and here we have two and are rejecting them,” Torres-Gil said. “I’m concerned about us maintaining credibility with the business community.” Airport commission President Alan Rothenberg suggested that the project’s designs and a $312 million bid submitted by Austin Commercial be forwarded to the airlines for consideration. “The reason we are changing direction here is because the airlines have agreed, though not necessarily happily, but they have agreed to shoulder their responsibility to do their own baggage system,” Lindsey said. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the TSA required that all passenger baggage be screened by the end of 2002. To meet the deadline, LAX temporarily installed baggage-screening equipment and explosives-detection devices in the ticketing lobby areas of the terminals. But the truck-size bag-screening machines that clutter the lobbies often create crowds that could be vulnerable to attack. The plan for a new baggage system calls for moving the huge screening systems out of the terminals and into quarters where passengers would not see them. Along with a new screening system, plans call for building inspection rooms, modifying computer systems, and installing an explosives-detection system and closed-circuit televisions. Commissioner Sylvia Patsaouras also voiced concern over the amount already spent on the project. “After spending so much, I’m concerned we are going to say we will start all over again,” Patsaouras said. “I would hope the airlines are able to use part of the work we have done.”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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champInstead, members of the airport commission decided to turn the project over to airlines to pursue after construction bids came in higher than expected. Lindsey said the terminals that would be affected on the south side of the facility are all airline-operated and the board felt the airlines could absorb the costs. “They agreed, not happily, to do so,” Lindsey said. The baggage system is part of a massive LAX modernization program and was developed with federal officials as part of overall security measures at the airport. But part of the problem is Transportation Security Administration funding. last_img read more