PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Olympic javelin gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and defending 400 metres hurdles champion Jehue Gordon are among 21 athletes selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) at the World Championships in Beijing, China, later this month.Gordon is also part of the 4x400m squad, while Walcott recently added the Pan Am title to his list of accomplishments.Keston Bledman will lead the charge for T&T in the men’s 100m dash after triple Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson was ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury.T&T is expected to have strong representation in the men’s 400m with four quarter milers – Machel Cedenio, Deon Lendore, Lalonde Gordon, and Renny Quow – posting sub-45-second times this season. Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Michelle-Lee Ahye will lead T&T’s campaign in the women’s 100m.Quadruple Olympic medallist Ato Boldon will be part of the T&T coaching staff in Beijing.TEAM T&TMen – Keston Bledman (100, 4×100), Rondel Sorrillo (100, 4×100), Kyle Greaux (200, 4×100), Machel Cedenio (400, 4×400), Lalonde Gordon (400, 4×400), Renny Quow (400, 4×400), Jarrin Solomon (400, 4×400), Mikel Thomas (110 hurdles, 4×100), Jehue Gordon (400 hurdles, 4×400), Keshorn Walcott (javelin), Emmanuel Callender (4×100), Dan-Neil Telesford (4×100), Deon Lendore (4×400).Women – Kelly-Ann Baptiste (100, 4×100), Michelle-Lee Ahye (100, 4×100), Semoy Hackett (100, 200, 4×100), Khalifa St Fort (100, 4×100), Reyare Thomas (200, 4×100), Kamaria Durant (200, 4×100), Sparkle McKnight (400 hurdles), Cleopatra Borel (shot put).Officials – Dexter Voisin (manager), Dr Ian Hypolite (head coach), Edwin Skinner (coach), Charlie Joseph (coach), Gunness Persad (coach), Ato Boldon (coach), Ismael Lopez Mastrapa (coach).
January 20, 2020
A trip to Beijing is not complete without a hop over to the world-famous Silk Market – a place of sorts where not too many things are what they say they are; and if you can’t haggle and bargain, Stay Away! I decided to follow some colleagues to the place yesterday to see how much of if it had changed at all since 2008. I had no intentions to buy anything there since I spent what I considered good money seven years ago on a bag that started changing colour the day I left China, as if it were geo-coded or something. It is said that there are high-quality, original stuff at Silk Market, and given its high-profile list of shoppers that include musical and sport stars, as well as heads of state and the likes, I want to believe it’s true. Problem is, I liked that bag and, furthermore, ‘believe’ cannot be a strong word in a place where you can get an iPhone look-a-like that would have Apple boss Tim Cook himself forking out his money. Even the ice cream tasted like a knock-off … Pfffftt; ‘Rum and Raisin’, yea right! You could count the raisins, and not even the slightest smell of rum. Still, it’s very much an experience that will leave an impression, and you just can’t help but marvel at the characters, the animated soliciting and, of course, the ingenuity and skill displayed at every shop in this massive mall. You can pretty much get anything you want at the Silk Market. From tailored suits to traditional Chinese garb; from the latest electronics (conditions apply), food, jewellery, anything. I ran into a couple other Jamaicans who were sharing a story about their first visit a couple days prior, where 2000 Chinese yuan renminbi – about US$30 or over $3,000 – which was the price a seller was quoting for a pair of pants, eventually dropped to 40 Chinese Yuan Renminbi – about US$6 or $700 – after some aggressive bargaining. That should give an idea how high ‘Mr/Mrs Chin’ setting the prices in here. Still, most Jamaicans are used to haggling and ‘bawling dung di price’ anyway, so it’s not too much of a navigational nightmare. In fact, most Jamaicans I know who have been there seem to revel in the challenge of taking ‘Mr Chin’s’ price as far down as possible – to the ground – which is what I did when negotiating the price for a sword – yes! a sword – that I had no intention of buying. ‘Ms Chin’ was tough at first, holding fast to her price. “I give you good price; that is best price.” “No, hold this (handing back sword). you tek me fi idiot. You think a war me ago fight wid the sword? Dem cheaper roun’ desso.” With a little pointing and dramatic facial expressions, everyone understands the language of haggling. You have to be clear when negotiating, no delaying … ‘yes’ or no’ right away. Serious, no smiling “This best quality.” “‘Ms Chin’, tek u sword. (Shakes head and hand) Don’t want it again. Goodbye.” A little later, 5,000RMB became 100RMB. Would have been a good session if I wanted a sword.
January 18, 2020
Kovalev-Alvarez rematch set for Feb. 2 in Texas Murtaza’s uncle Asif Ahmedi said the family received at least 10 letters and several phone calls from a variety of criminal gangs threatening to kill Murtaza or kidnap him if they didn’t give them money.“Everyone thinks that because he became famous that we now have lots of money, but we are poor people,” he said. “The gunmen in our area were saying, ‘You got lots of money from Messi and you should give us the money otherwise your son will be kidnapped.’”Criminal gangs roam freely in most of Afghanistan, which has been at war for 17 years. Most of the country’s 38 million people are dirt poor and the country’s police and army have been besieged by Taliban insurgents in near daily attacks.Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan and many local police are in cahoots with criminal gangs. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I wish Murtaza had never become so famous,” she told The Associated Press. “It has created a big problem for us and for him. For the last two years we have not been able to send him to school. I wish none of this had ever happened.”Criminals threatened to kidnap Murtaza after demanding money, assuming the boy’s brush with fame somehow resulted in a windfall of money. Taliban insurgents stopped local school buses asking if anyone knew of Murtaza. They, too, had seen pictures of young Murtaza meeting Messi in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where he received a T-shirt from his hero.Last November, when Taliban fighters launched attacks in their home district of Joguri in violent Ghazni province, the family fled to the relative safety of Bamiyan province in Central Afghanistan.But the threats continued.The move to the Afghan capital three weeks ago has been painful. Murtaza is the youngest of five children and the family is paying the equivalent of about $90 a month for a room in the Afshar neighborhood in northwest Kabul.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum She said the cold and the damp are making Murtaza sick.“He is always cold,” she said. Temperatures in Kabul hover around 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe picture of Murtaza in his plastic Messi shirt playing soccer went viral on social media two years ago. He met his hero in December last year.But his popularity has turned into a nightmare for Murtaza and his family. Murtaza Ahmadi, a Lionel Messi fan, poses with Lionel Messi’s shirt, at his relative’s home in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan — A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday.Since becoming an internet sensation, Shafiqa Ahmedi said her now 7-year-old son Murtaza — a fan of Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi — has not been able to attend school and now they are living in an unheated room in Kabul.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
January 17, 2020
Dear Editor,Regarded by many as one of the finest buildings in the Caribbean, and claimed to be the most beautiful example of Gothic architecture in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana, City Hall is in dire need of extensive repairs and restoration. That is a fact no one can deny.After years of neglect and lack of maintenance, this 128-year-old magnificent structure, built in the 19th century between 1887 and 1889, has been allowed to ‘fall apart’ before our very eyes. Claimed to be the most beautiful example of Gothic architecture, it has become a landmark for tourists visiting Guyana.How could this have happened?Unable to prevent the further deterioration and possible collapse of this historical heritage site, allegedly due to resource constraints coupled with the lack of maintenance over the years, there can be no excuse for further delay. After restoring local democracy in 1994 following its electoral victory in 1992, the PPP/C restored local democracy to its rightful place. Those who try to deceive portray a different story.This is a matter of national importance, and must be given the priority it deserves. The City Hall is not only a National Treasure, but is also regarded as a World Heritage Site.Mr. Francis Maude, a specialist Conservation Architect, conducted a public session at the Regency Hotel last year, where plans for the new design were outlined at a session organised by the National Trust of Guyana.Mr. Raghunandan Krishnanand, a Guyanese anthropologist by profession, and I participated in the discussions, which included Ms. Nirvana Persaud, the CEO of the National Trust; the Head of the Guyana Heritage Society; a representative of the National Archives; students of architecture from the University of Guyana, and their lecturer Mr. Hernandez.Representatives of the University of Florida explored using the latest 3-Dimensional laser technique to investigate how to proceed as accurately as possible with the preservation of this deteriorating structure.A meeting was later held this year at Moray House, located at the corner of Quamina and Camp Street, where they presented and discussed their findings.The final two-day workshop held in May 2018 was aimed at saving the historic but decrepit City Hall, as the final plans were presented to participants.The Guyana National Trust, in collaboration with a team headed by Mr. Francis Maude, and Mr. Ed Morton whose specialty is structural engineering, and including Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Jernej Videtic, were participants; as were the Mayor, Town Clerk and City Engineer, among others.According to the Head of the National Trust, Nirvana Persaud, who launched the session, the aim of this workshop was to focus on preparing a comprehensive restoration and sustainable conservation management plan for the restoration of City Hall.This Plan, funded by the European Union (EU), was intended to guide City’s Hall refurbishment, and its sustained preservation is now ready for implementation. Town Clerk Royston King had reportedly stated this of workshop on Wednesday: “An estimate that was done years ago had put the repair works at more than $400 million, which would have increased significantly over time.” The city, it was reportedly said, will be exploring a public-private partnership to fund the works, and is expected to consult with various stakeholders soon.It is now in the national interest to implement this plan as a matter of national importance.So, where we do go from here needs serious consideration if we are to succeed in a project of this magnitude.The recommendation on the way forward in the form of a motion presented at the statutory meeting of the Council held on Monday 23rd July 2018 was jettisoned by the Mayor, who had chaired a special meeting earlier.The Mayor insisted that the motion was not necessary, as a decision to form a broad-based committee with her as the head had already been made.Issued with the threat of forcible eviction, I decided to leave in protest. Not to be undone, the Mayor, apparently in a fit of anger, ordered the City Police to escort me from the Chambers out of the duly constituted statutory meeting, and also to escort me out of the compound in what I consider unwarranted and highly unprecedented action.This is certainly not the way to achieve unity at the level of the Municipality.It is recommended in the aborted motion that it is essential that this structure be restored and maintained in its original vintage state as far as possible. Steps to be taken to achieve success in the actual rehabilitation of this project should include:1. Establishing a broad-based action committee to plan implementation;2. Efforts to garner needed resources;3. Transparent and accountable mechanisms to ensure efficient and effective monitoring and implementation.It is further proposed that the above process must involve consultation with important stakeholders at all levels and stages of this operation, emphasising integrity and checks and balances be put in place to ensure integrity and proven track records of contractors be first established.It is further recommended that this broad-based action committee be composed of nominees from the Georgetown Municipality; Central Planning and Housing Authority (CHPA); Central Government, including the Parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana National Trust, The European Union, Civil Society, Private Sector, the Guyana Heritage Society, and the Diaspora.This is the Georgetown Municipal Council’s dilemma. Things are falling apart both ‘literally and figuratively’ as it prepares for the upcoming Local Government Elections scheduled for the 12th November 2018. This is not an issue of garnering funds alone, or even votes; much more is involved. As the saying goes, ‘there is more in the mortar than the pestle can pound.’The Kitty Market renovation, which is still incomplete after nearly three years of slothful activity, with little or no accountability of money spent, scope of work undertaken, or a comprehensive work report or plan seen or examined by full Council, is still not available to Councillors, much less citizens.The citizens of the Municipality of Georgetown are anxious for change and development. We can truly make Local Government Reform the catalyst for change and development it is intended to become, once local representative democracy is given a chance to evolve and grow rather than being stymied on almost a daily basis.The Restoration of City Hall is a project of national and international Importance, providing an opportunity for all of us to work together to make this a dream we can realise.The refusal to accept the re-submitted Motion on the Restoration of City Hall, and the futile attempt to silence me as a duly elected Councillor at the last Statutory Meeting from presenting views on how we should proceed with the restoration project is not new.The real issue of why I left the meeting in protest is the view that there should be a decision for a broad-based committee to be established and headed by the Mayor, Her Worship Patricia Chase Green. This does not stand, since the Special Meeting from where this recommendation was made was non quorate.In other words, this decision is not valid, since there was no quorum when it was made (see minutes of Special Meeting held on Thursday July 12th in the Council Chambers. After being silenced again, I left, saying clearly to all present, ‘I am leaving this meeting in protest.’ As a result, the meeting lacked the required quorum. This is the issue being contended. It makes me wonder where we are heading.Yours sincerely,Khame Sharma
January 17, 2020
A Police officer burst into tears on Monday after he was taken before the Georgetown Magistrates Courts slapped with one count of robbery.Carthe Edeu, 33, called “Sticky”, of Lot 53 Lambert Street, Sophia, and Mazaruni, Bartica made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Edeu pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on January 1, 2016 at Baramita, Essequibo, he robbed Michael Elliot of $16,000 and two silver bangles valued $60,000.The defendant told the court that on the day in questioned he was called and told of the offence of which he had no knowledge.However, Elliot told the court that the defendant tied him up and knocked him unconscious after which he made off with the articles.Prosecutor Jones objected to bail due to the gravity of the offence and to the fact that violence was used.The defendant was placed in the custody of the Guyana Police Force and the matter was adjourned to August 15 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.
January 12, 2020
Cassava factory…says workers being laid offThe $10 million Cassava Flour Processing Factory in Kwebanna Village, Moruca District, Region One (Barima-Waini) is presently being constructed. It is intended to bring multiple benefits to residents in the area, one of which is employment opportunities.Region One Chairman Brentnol AshleyHowever, residents are now complaining that persons who were employed to assist in the execution of this project have been laid off, and instead workers are being outsourced from their region.Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley, in a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Friday, stated that he has received numerous complaints from residents of the Moruca district about the process the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and the contractor identified to execute the project.He said that residents, inclusive of Councillors in that District of Region One, have brought to his attention that there appears to be a lack of transparency in the construction process of the factory, and that there is an unavailability of job opportunities for them, contrary to what the Government had promised.Initially, at the commencement of this multi-million-dollar project, Government had stated that employment was created for several villagers who supplied most of the materials being used, with jobs being created for actual construction.However, according to the Regional Chairman, the complaints about the project vary, and one disturbing issue is that residents who were employed as part of the workforce for the factory’s construction are claiming that they have been fired, only to have persons from outside of the region being contracted to perform duties which they are capable of doing.“Several residents, even Councillors of that area, have contacted me about the construction of that cassava factory, and their issues are mainly related to the residents there not benefiting from employment, workers being laid off, and of course workers being outsourced. They are saying that the engineer and contractor for the project (are) only discussing the process with two individuals, as against all of the persons who should be included. They have also raised concerns about financial transactions, payments also,” Ashley told this publication.He added that he is expecting this issue to be resolved in a timely manner, but if need be, a visit by his office to the site would be made soon.When the project was initiated, Government had said that works on the facility began in December 2018, at the cost of $10 million. The funds also catered for the clearing and preparation of 30 acres of land, and the purchasing of cassava sticks for planting. An additional $16 million was allocated this year for equipping the facility, making the total invested by Government $26 million.
January 6, 2020
But City manager Guardiola, who was then on a sabbatical, has played down the idea Ferguson proposed the United job to him.“My English is not perfect now, but it’s a little bit better. But in that period my English was not good and maybe I didn’t understand him,” Guardiola said on the eve of Sunday’s Manchester derby.“But I don’t remember, when we were in a magnificent restaurant having dinner, that he suggested to me that I should go to Old Trafford. I don’t remember. I know he said that, but I don’t remember.“We spoke about life, about football of course, about the Premier League, but he never sent me a message under the table to say: ‘Maybe, you know, United will be involved,’ or something like that.“I don’t remember that. It was just two friends, two colleagues in football, talking about many, many things.“When he spoke really fast, it was difficult to understand him. But it was nice because he chose an amazing restaurant and of course he paid.”Ferguson stepped down at United at the end of the 2012-13 season, but by then Guardiola had already committed to join Bayern Munich.In any case, Guardiola said he wanted to join City and link up again with director of football Txiki Begiristain, with whom he had previously worked at Barcelona.– Ferguson achievements ‘magnificent’ –“I had already spoken to Bayern,” Guardiola told reporters in Manchester this week.“And in my mind, I was clear that I wanted to live that amazing experience in Germany.“Bayern Munich were the first to call me, alongside Manchester City. But I decided to go to Germany, to learn German and to live that experience.Pep Guardiola is pictured with Alex Ferguson during the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 © AFP/File / CARL DE SOUZA“From the moment Manchester City approached, I decided that if I were to go to the Premier League, I would go with them, because I know Txiki.“I met Khaldoon (al Mubarak, the City chairman) there in my last period in Munich and they showed more interest than any other club to pick me up and that was so important for me.“They said: ‘We want you, not just for the hypothetical titles you are going to win, or won in the past. We want you.’“That’s why I decided to come here. And believe me, I don’t have any regrets about that.”Guardiola retains plenty of admiration for Ferguson, who won 49 trophies in 26 and a half glittering years as United manager.“Definitely. Definitely,” said Guardiola. “Just imagine, 13 Premier Leagues. That’s why he’s ‘Sir’.“It’s magnificent, what he’s done. I said many times that sometimes you are lucky to be manager for one period when you have a group or generation of amazing players and you win a lot of titles.“He had a generation, out. A new one and win again, out. New one and win again. That is so complicated.“To maintain that for a long time and be there winning with attractive football, scoring lot of goals and not just in ‘Fergie time’, but during the games… I respect his long career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pep Guardiola said he wanted to join Manchester City and link up again with director of football Txiki Begiristain, with whom he had previously worked at Barcelona © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 10 – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City were always his first-choice club when he decided to come to the Premier League, despite Alex Ferguson’s attempt to lure him to Manchester United.Former United manager Ferguson wrote in his 2015 book ‘Leading’ that he asked Guardiola to contact him before accepting his next job during a dinner in New York in 2012.
January 3, 2020
John Terry says he would love to see former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti back in the Premier League.The Italian, who was sacked by Real Madrid on Monday afternoon, has been linked with a move to Manchester City.The former Blues chief’s agent Ernesto Bronzetti claims the 55-year-old will take a year’s sabbatical.But Terry hopes to see the ex-AC Milan and Juventus boss back in the top-flight soon.“It’s very sad [Ancelotti’s sacking],” he told talkSPORT. “I was very close with Carlo both on and off the pitch.“He’s a close second to Jose, in terms of my favourite manager. With what I’ve won under Jose, he just edges it.“Carlo is a fantastic manager and an unbelievable man-manager. I’d love to see him back in the Premier League and winning things.”
December 29, 2019
Hummels follows Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in leaving Dortmund for Bayern Borussia Dortmund have confirmed defender Mats Hummels will join Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in the summer.The 27-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s best central defenders, and has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United over the past 12 months.Specilation has surrounded the German international for weeks after reports claimed he was ready to hand in a transfer request to force an exit from the eight-time German champions.Liverpool, managed by Hummel’s former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, were also linked with a move, as were fellow Premier League clubs Manchester City and Arsenal.But a move back to Bayern, where he started his career as a youth player, was his chosen destination, with Dortmund revealing on Tuesday the deal has been finalised.Hummels has signed a five-year deal, subject to a medical, with reports claiming the clubs have agreed €38million (£30m) fee.A statement by Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke read: ‘Mats Hummels has decided after long, intense reflections to return to his native Munich, eight and a half years after his move to BVB.”Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on his club’s website: “We’re delighted that Mats Hummels has decided to join Bayern. Mats is one of the best central defenders in the world and we’re able to improve the quality of our team even further with him.”Hummels follows Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze in leaving Dortmund for Bayern in recent seasons.The centre-back won two Bundesliga titles, one German Cup and a World Cup with Germany during his time at Dortmund, and was also a key member of the team which progressed to the 2013 Champions League final.Despite his honours with the club, however, he has been the target of abuse from Dormund fans in recent weeks after news emerged of his wish to re-join fierce rivals Bayern.Hummels has the chance to end his Dortmund career with silverware, as the side take on his future employers in the German Cup final on May 21, and Watzke urged fans to support the player as he prepares for his final games in a yellow and black shirt.“I want to emphasize that he has at any time behaved openly and fairly towards us,” the Dortmund chief added.“We respect Mats’ decision and wish that he gets the recognition he deserves during his last weeks and he leaves Dortmund with the DFB Cup in his hands.”Hummels added: “I have not made my decision after eight and a half successful years at BVB easily. I was always proud and still am, to wear the BVB jersey and to be part of this exceptional team. “Before I return to my hometown in the summer, we have a large, common goal: to once again to bring the DFB Cup to Dortmund and with the BVB fans to celebrate a huge festival of football. “For that I will give everything just like my teammates. I wholeheartedly thank my teammates, all the staff and fans for this long and wonderful time in black and yellow.” 1
December 28, 2019
Scoil Chróine Parents’ Association have organised a Father Ted themed night in aid of Scoil Chróine.Ten local girls will enter the Lovely Girls Competition and will be tested on their sandwich making abilities! The event takes place tonight from 9:30pm at the Waterfront Hotel in Dungloe, followed by a late bar and music by JD Disco!Thinking of joining? Sure go on, go on, go on, go on! DDTV: Careful now! Father Ted night in aid of Scoil Chróine taking place in Dungloe was last modified: March 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloelovely girls competitionscoil chroineWaterfront Hotel