Fast and Furious to blaze Woodleigh

first_img KEEN TUSSLE In Standard division, the possible return of Ronald Brown Jr could see a keen tussle between himself and Yapp. Both are coming off good performances at the recent US Nationals. Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s Orville ‘Reds’ Henriques could also show for an interesting matchup as he seeks to regain lost ground. Reds was a couple percentage points behind Yap and Brown at US Nationals. Ever-improving Ellsworth Dixon, Owen Campbell, Thomas ‘Popcorn’ Jones, David Lazarus, and Chris Hart are capable of springing at the trophy table. Entries in the usually popular and competitive Open division have been affected by a shortage of ammunition. However, Kevin ‘Fastfoot’ Cheung could have a possible fight on his hands if Lennie Moulton decides to enter the division. Moulton has not declared his division, Standard or Open, keeping the anxiety high leading up to the championship. Meanwhile, Bernard Lawrence has also thrown his hat into the ring after a recent 10 per cent beating of Cheung at a Monster Match. Range owner Howie Brown, who had a disappointing performance on his last outing at the Emancipation Championships in July, due to poor ammo, will be trying to make amends. Brown, it is said, has since acquired new and better ammo for the Fast and Furious showdown. LOCAL shooters are itching ahead of Sunday’s Woodleigh Fast and Furious Pistol Championship in May Pen, Clarendon, especially with news that a Florida-based Production grand master has expressed an interest to contest that division. The Fast and Furious Championship features wide-open paper targets, at close range, with no penalty or steel plates to slow shooters. It pits the competitor against the timer, negotiating the courses of fire as fast and accurately as possible, but at the risk of dropping points. Participation of the Florida-based grand master has had locals such as high-flying A Class Ryan Bramwell burning to test his skills against the visitor, whose identity the organisers are keeping close to their chests. Bramwell placed third in the Production Nationals three weeks ago at the Jamaica Rifle Association, going down to Lesgar ‘Speedy’ Murdock and the consistent Andrew Yapp. With Murdock’s participation in doubt and Yapp returning to Standard division, Bramwell will be pushing hard to pull out all the stops and has played down the challenge of his former coach, Anthony ‘TJ’ Johnson. The up-and-coming pair of Paul Shoucair and Darin Richards could surprise. With Chris Nunez also in the mix, the normally quiet Production division could be set alight.last_img read more

‘Everything is going well’ – Bolt says preparation on song for Rio Games

first_img UNIQUE ATHLETE As iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt prepares to add to his six Olympic gold medals at the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 29-year-old reveals that this might be the most important year of his career. Bolt said he is “under no pressure”, but wants to entertain his fans, remain fit and compete hard. The 100 and 200m world record holder says he is looking forward to putting on a show for his fans in his Cayman Invitational season-opener on May 14 in the Cayman Islands. “I am in good nick, training hard. My time trials are going well, my coach is happy, so everything is going well, and I am just looking forward to my first meet in Cayman. “I think it’s one of the big years, now that it’s (career) finishing. It’s really a big deal, so I am just trying to refocus and get my mind right and just go out there and just execute. And just to win is always the plan,” continued Bolt. He was speaking in an interview Sunday night following a reception and auction ceremony hosted by Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The reception showcased items of Racers stars’ Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, including medals, memorabilia, kits and spikes, some of which were silently auctioned. Meanwhile, Bolt said he is not like any other athlete. “I am different, I bring a different vibe. I am a performer, not just an athlete, but I am a performer. I bring and I entertain, so that’s what makes me different,” said Bolt. He added that he is looking forward to running here in Jamaica at the Racers Grand Prix, scheduled for the National Stadium on June 11. “I haven’t run in Jamaica for a couple of years now, so for me, I am looking forward to that, so people should definitely come out and support.” He reiterated his intention to close out his illustrious career “definitely unbeaten”. “I won’t be one of those athletes, after you dominate over a couple of years and you decide at the last minute that you want to come back, you start to lose. It doesn’t look good, so I won’t be one of those athletes. When I hang up my spikes, that is it,” he told The Gleaner. Bolt stressed that he is the best of this era when asked how he compares with American great Carl Lewis. “In this era, for sure,” he said, then added with a laugh when pressed further, “Come on, man! Come on!”last_img read more

Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo, for so long the face of the GlobalPort franchise in the PBA, is on the trading block, with Meralco showing keen interest in pursuing the national team point guard who earned a special place in the league’s record books after another sterling season.The Inquirer learned from a highly unimpeachable source that Romeo had asked to be traded during the last Commissioner’s Cup, and that GlobalPort management had opened initial talks with counterparts from Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones ban LATEST STORIES 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Brown finished an eight-year career with a 23.1 clip, while Adornado, who played 12 seasons, had a 20.4 average.During the last Philippine Cup, Romeo poured in 28.2 points a night, the highest scoring average in the last 25 seasons, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.Romeo, whose wish to be traded reportedly stems from his desire to play for a championship-caliber team, also led all locals in scoring in six of the last eight conferences.GlobalPort’s best finish has been a Final Four exit in the Philippine Cup two seasons ago.One of the architects of that batch, Pido Jarencio, is back calling the shots for the Batang Pier starting the 43rd season that opens on Dec. 17.Romeo earned a third straight scoring title in the past season after norming 23.3 points a contest that went with an impressive 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Amer, meanwhile, showed remarkable improvement in transitioning to the point guard spot last season and will be coming off the best year of his young career, averaging close to 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a contest.A different source also bared that TNT KaTropa initially sought Romeo but wasn’t willing to let go of former No. 1 Draft pick Moala Tautuaa, a 6-foot-7 power forward whom the Texters are still waiting to blossom into a true force underneath.That transaction was brought to the table at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, but TNT immediately shot down the proposal, wanting to let go of small men only.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Both parties, though, have yet to strike a deal with GlobalPort reportedly asking for Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, a candidate for Most Improved Player last season and the 2016 Rookie of the Year, respectively.The duo is practically the soul of the Bolts’ backcourt.Coach Norman Black reportedly doesn’t want to part with Newsome, his player in several champion Ateneo squads in the UAAP and one of his best defensive men together with the veteran Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Inquirer tried to get the comment of Meralco officials to no avail at press time.Romeo joined all-time greats Ricky Brown and Bogs Adornado as the only players in league history to average more than 20 points in their first four seasons, with the former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP having a 20.3 average.last_img read more

Fair and free elections is under threat

first_imgDear Editor,As time unfolds the truth, it becomes pellucid that the unilateral appointment of Justice (retired) Patterson as the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) Chairman is cloaked with ulterior designs and if there is one thing that President Granger has inherited from the late LFS Burnham, it is the art of rigging elections and the building of a strong foundation for dictatorial rule.The President miserably failed to address the content and intent Article 161 of the Constitution and the 25 years of precedent created by the Carter-Price Formula. His action in so doing has signalled the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) intention to return to the 28 years of dictatorial rule and thrust this Nation back to the dark era of PNC misrule.The hasty midnight appointment of the GECOM’s Chairman is symbolic of the looming darkness which President Granger intends to enshroud this nation and the tricks and deception which become characteristic of this coalition rule. There are six GECOM Commissioners and three are elected by the Opposition and three by the Government, so if there is a tie in any decision-making then the Chairman breaks that tie. This was the intention of Granger. Will the Chairman of GECOM act against the instructions of the man who appointed him? It is a known and accepted fact that the President never intended that the GECOM Chairman should be impartial but was appointed to do his biddings.Patterson wasted no time in carrying out the wishes of his master. The rejection of the appointment of the top-ranking applicant, Vishnu Persaud for the position of the Deputy CEO of GECOM bears testimony to the racial discrimination and the biasness which has taken a stranglehold on the Elections Commission thereby sending a strong message that free and fair elections in Guyana is under severe threat. This is even more glaring when the second-ranked applicant who is of African descent is appointed by the GECOM Chairman. The statement made by Transparency International Guyana in 2017 that democracy in under threat by the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman is becoming real as GECOM kicks into gear.It is an undeniable fact that all the elections from 1968, 1973, 1980, and 1985 were massively rigged as well as the 1978 referendum and President Granger’s machinations to attempt to rig the LGE and the 2020 General Elections are now set in motion!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor, RegionSixlast_img read more

Ex-cop accused of shooting at Police released on bail

first_imgA former policeman, who is no stranger to the law, was on Monday released on bail for discharging a loaded firearm at an inspector along with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.Police confronted the men at Rahaman’s Park, HoustonTeon Allen, also known as “Spoil Child”, of Lot 567 E Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charges.The first charge stated that on November 26, 2019, at Houston, East Bank Demerara, he had in his possession a 9mm pistol when he was not a holder of a firearm license.It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he had in his possession 16 matching rounds and seven .45 ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm license.The last charge stated that on the same day, he discharged a loaded firearm at Police Inspector Mohan.Allen was represented by Attorney-at-Law Siand Dhurjon, who asked that his client be released on reasonable bail.Reports are Police were conducting a roadblock on November 26 when Allen allegedly drove his car through the roadblock, which resulted in the police giving chase. Realising that the police were in pursuit, shots were fired in the direction of the ranks.Teon AllenAs a result, the police then returned fire and Allen was shot during the exchange. The car then sped off the road and ended up crashing into a nearby ditch.The ranks then approached the vehicle and Allen allegedly had the firearm in his hands. Hence, the man was arrested and taken into custody.Allen was released on $240,000 bail. The case will continue on January 8, 2020.last_img read more

Boxing Etc.

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Vic Darchinyan is expected to have an easy time with Victor Burgos tonight in the main undercard bout to the Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez super bantamweight title fight at Home Depot Center in Carson. Darchinyan, the International Boxing Federation flyweight champion from Australia via Armenia, is 27-0 with 21 knockouts. He is 6-0 with five knockouts in championship fights. Burgos of Mexico is 39-14-3 with 23 knockouts. The former IBF light flyweight champion is confident, however. “I am going to step in the ring and give him the biggest surprise of his life,” said Burgos, 31. To which Darchinyan responded: “I am going to be very happy if he can walk out by himself.” Showtime will televise. … Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico will put his World Boxing Association welterweight belt on the line against Oktay Urkal of Germany tonight at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cotto, 26, is 28-0 with 23 knockouts. Urkal, 37, is 38-3 with 12 knockouts. HBO will televise. … Don’t miss the main undercard fight. Hard-hitting Edison Miranda (27-1, 24 KOs), a top-ranked middleweight from Colombia, will square off with Allan Green (23-0, 16 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla. last_img read more

Matuidi a doubt for Spurs clash due to thigh strain

first_img0Shares0000The combative Matuidi is a vital component in the Juventus midfield © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Feb 5 – France international midfielder Blaise Matuidi could miss next week’s Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur due to a thigh strain, his club said on Monday.The former Paris-Saint Germain player was injured during Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo, leaving the field after just 26 minutes. He underwent tests that found a “slight” strain.“More tests are needed to better evaluate for how long he will be out,” Juve said in a statement.The injury could not have come at a worse time with the Italian champions due to face Tottenham in their Champions League last 16 first leg next Tuesday.Matuidi was replaced by Italy international Claudio Marchisio at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe HSE Public Health Department in the North West has become aware of a number of people with serious illness requiring medical treatment/intervention as a result of taking substances including an ecstasy like substance known as Double Cross and/or Double Black. The Public Health Department is advising that people should not take these substances and if their friends are in possession of these that they should not be consumed.Those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations. It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.HSE ISSUE STATEMENT ON DANGERS OF CONSUMING ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES was last modified: May 26th, 2014 by John2Share 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:healthHSEnewsNoticeslast_img read more

Task force to repress dog trade

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A task force of dozens of Southern California animal control agencies Tuesday outlined ambitious plans to attack the “puppy pipeline” – a network of breeders and smugglers who sneak puppies across the border from Mexico into California.At a news conference in San Clemente, members of the Border Puppy Task force laid out follow-up plans to their just-completed, two-week border operation that tallied hundreds of dogs being smuggled across checkpoints at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.In coming months, task force members said they plan to:conduct follow-up investigations targeting puppy smugglers,look into supporting legislation to fight the problem,consider keeping a presence at the border, andeducate the public about the puppy smuggling trade.“We’re trying to determine whether a law, a (state Department of) Health Services directive, or an executive order would best solve this problem,” said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles.“It’s being researched now. We’re trying to do it relatively quickly, in time for the new legislative season.”The puppy pipeline starts at “puppy mile,” a stretch of road 1 mile from the U.S. border in Tijuana, where dozens of 4- to 6-week old puppies are sold for $125 to $200 each.Vendors claim the puppies are healthy and vaccinated; animal rescue officials say most are unweaned and many are deathly ill.Once in California, the puppies are sold for $600 or more to unsuspecting buyers, said Capt. Aaron Reyes of the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey, one of 14 animal rescue agencies involved in the Border Puppy Task Force.During its two-week effort at the border, the task force counted 1,579 dogs in 1,157 vehicles, including 155 puppies between 3 and 6 months old, and 362 puppies less than 3 months old.“We thought this would be the best time (to focus on the border), because of the holidays and Christmas,” Reyes said. “Nothing will warm your heart like a puppy. However nothing will break your heart like a puppy dying on you.”U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Vince Bond said the seriousness of the problem prompted his agency to work with the task force.“Our primary focus right now after 9/11 is weapons, anti-terrorism, and illegal immigrants,” he said. “But often, our officers will encounter a very nervous motorist and knows something is wrong with this picture. Sometimes it’s Cuban cigars, sometimes it’s steroids, narcotics, people – and sometimes it’s puppy dogs.“Often these dogs are in great distress. They’re either too young or have heat exhaustion or are dehydrated. Sometimes they have parvovirus, distemper or rabies.”Monica Westphaln, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga believes two Maltese puppies she bought through an ad in the PennySaver last month may have been smuggled in from Mexico.After meeting the seller – who said she was from Whittier – at a Denny’s in Hacienda Heights, Westphaln said she paid $450 for a puppy she named Jeremiah.Three days and hundreds of dollars in medical bills later, Jeremiah died of internal bleeding. The seller agreed to replace it with another Maltese puppy, which also died, of parvovirus. Now the seller won’t return her calls, Westphaln said.The deaths saddened her children, she said.“They’ve gone through two deaths in such a short period of time,” she said. 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more