25 swimmers named for CARIFTA training

first_imgThe Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.last_img read more

Schäfer blames slow start for shock defeat

first_imgBrought back to earth by a 3-2 loss to Central American hopefuls Nicaragua, head coach of Jamaica’s football team Winfried Schäfer has issued a call for concentration, belief, and determination ahead of Tuesday’s return leg of the World Cup qualifying tie. On a high after their recent historic CONCACAF Gold Cup final appearance, the Reggae Boyz were stunned by FIFA’s 139th-ranked Nicaragua at the National Stadium on Friday night. The result left Jamaica, now ranked at 52, in danger of crashing out of the race for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They must win, and by two clear goals, in Nicaragua, to advance to the next round. “The head (intelligent football) is very important when you play a match like this, and we have to change. We have a good team, so we have to change game by game,” Schäfer told reporters at Friday’s post-match press conference. “When you lose, you lose, but we have to fight. The team has to believe we can change, and that is how we will. We play to win,” he continued. This ‘must-win encounter’ will take place at the Estadio Nacional in Managua. Match time is 8:30 p.m. “For the second leg, we can’t start this way. We have to press for the ball, and we have to go to Nicaragua with the motivation to win,” Schäfer stressed. “Like the Gold Cup, I hope all the players will play for the team, and with discipline, so we can win the match. That is what we want,” he added. Goal scorers for Nicaragua were Manuel Rosas from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, Carlos Chavarria in the eighth, and Luis Galeano in the 48th. Darren Mattocks scored his 11th Jamaican goal in the 68th minute, while defender Adrian Mariappa scored in the 78th minute, giving Jamaica some hope of salvaging the tie. “I told players to play with accuracy from the first minute, and that was our problem. We made some mistakes, and they won 3-2. We have to concentrate; we have to believe we can change the match. I believe it,” Schäfer reasoned. He added that improvements and tactical changes in the second half brought Jamaica back into the match, while maintaining: “We lacked a bit of luck. We should have had more goals. We had shots, corners, and free kicks, we just didn’t convert many of them tonight.”last_img read more

VP Taylor Blamed for Confusion in Bong

first_imgVP Taylor (4th from right with hands crossed) poses with local officialsCitizens demand that she apologize and desistSeveral Bong County citizens have blamed Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the confusion in the county because of statements attributed to her. The citizens condemned the Vice President’s statements and called on her to return home to make an open apology to the people.Some of the citizens, who spoke on the community radio station’s Saturday morning phone-in program on June 2, claimed that the VP’s recent statement threatening the dismissal of local officials who will not join the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has the propensity to further divide the locals and stir up confusion in the minds of their leadership.The citizens made the statements on several radio talk shows like the Kwatekeh, “Open Platform, which is Radio Gbarnga Rendezvous and the Super Bongese Morning Show.Recently, VP Taylor, who served as Senator for 12 years, while installing local officials into their respective offices in Gbarnga, said it is impossible for the government to work with people with whom she does not share the same political ideology.“The Bible says how can two walk together if they don’t agree. For us to agree, we must be on the same side, so if you think you can’t make it, tell us and we’ll find somebody else,” the VP warned the local leadership. “If any chief wants to see me, you have to get to Representative Marvin Cole and the Superintendent of Bong County, Madam Esther Walker. If you don’t get to them and approve your problem, please don’t come to me,” the Vice President told the inducted officials.“I am not scared of anybody, only God and the President of Liberia, so if you feel you will not work with us, you’ll be replaced,” Madam Taylor informed the local officials. The Vice President, who is known for making controversial statements, said similar actions were taken during the Unity Party regime when people were made to join the ruling establishment at the time.Barely a week following the VP’s threat, some of the citizens have raised objections to her statements which they said were causing further confusion in the county, adding, “the Vice President is the highest government official there, and should therefore be the one to take the lead to reconcile, but not to make these kinds of declarations. It scares us as citizens,” each of the callers emphasized.The citizens said it was unfortunate that anyone in the county who holds a contrary position to the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC)  were being subjected to intimidation and harassment with the use of the coercive apparatus of the state.“Most of the people who worked with the local government have been removed from their posts by Electoral District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole, and replaced by CDC partisans, a situation that is creating bad blood among the citizens” the talk show callers stated.Jackson Quianbian, a supporter of the former ruling Unity Party, who opposed Rep. Cole’s election in 2017, was replaced by the secretary-general of the CDC in Bong, Sayblee Weyea as Labor Commissioner, while Quianbian’s Deputy, William Summorward, chairman of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), was replaced by C. Tarwoe Walonfa, a fanatic of Rep. Cole.A week ago, on the recommendation of Rep. Cole, the County Education Officer, Samuel Koenig, was replaced by James Zuannah, a staunch supporter of the CDC in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

School Buses in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek Cancelled for the day

first_imgSchools are still open.  The only buses running in the region is the The Tremblay Parkhill Shuttle will run as usual.Call your local school district if you’d like more information.- Advertisement –last_img

Site C Construction Schedule for Sept 19 to Oct 2

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has released the construction schedule for the Site C Dam for Sept. 19 to Oct. 2.  From the Dam site, logging crews will begin hauling timber from the site, excavation on the north and south banks will continue and work will continue on roads in the area of the dam.See the full construction schedule below.The following construction activities are scheduled to occur September 19 – October 2:- Advertisement -Dam site area – north (left) bank and south (right) bankThe main civil works contractor will continue to mobilize crews, material and equipment.Logging trucks will be hauling timber from the site.Construction of the worker accommodation lodge will continue, including final landscaping.Security fencing will be installed.Excavation will continue on the north and south banks.Drilling and the installation of geotechnical instrumentation will continue on the south bank.Work will continue on the south bank drainage tunnel.Work will continue on the south bank cofferdam and the approach channel.The placement of riprap may continue along sections of the south bank shore.Aggregate will be crushed on the south bank and work will continue to construct concrete batch plants.Work will continue to construct a storage site for excavated surplus material on the south bank, to the east of the confluence of the Moberly and Peace rivers. A storage site is also being constructed on the north bank of the Peace River, to the west of the temporary Peace River construction bridge.Road maintenance activities will continue as required.Work will continue on the new rail siding on the south bank.Work will continue to construct the Moberly River construction bridge. This will include pile driving.Other work areasWork will commence to construct the viewpoint on the north bank of the Peace River, above the dam site.The main civil works contractor is mobilizing to the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands. Initial work will include surveying and staking.The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s contractor will continue working on 240 Road and Old Fort Road. The construction on Old Fort Road required the pavement to be removed between the bottom of the curve and the access to Myca Pit, resulting in a temporary gravel surface.BC Hydro’s contractor will continue work on 271 Road.Operations will continue in Wuthrich Quarry and trucks will haul material from the quarry to the dam site.Work may begin to construct an access road into Portage Mountain Quarry.Geotechnical investigations and heritage work will continue for the Highway 29 realignment at Cache Creek/Bear Flat.Clearing may be required at Peace Canyon to prepare for switchyard expansion work.Survey work and staking will occur along the transmission line right-of-way between the dam site and Peace Canyon. Some clearing may be required.Upgrade work may begin on existing access roads that connect to the transmission line right-of-way. Work will include clearing.Please note that all activities listed in this construction bulletin are based on the latest information in our construction plan and are subject to change.Advertisement What to ExpectWhile this work takes place, local residents can expect the following:There will be truck traffic on public roads as construction crews mobilize and the hauling of rock and timber continues. This will include increased industrial traffic on resource roads and public roads from Chetwynd leading to thesite on the south bank.Some noise and vibration will result from the periodic blasting that is occurring in Wuthrich Quarry. Material hauling may occur at night.Some noise may result when access road construction begins in the vicinity of Portage Mountain Quarry.Some noise will occur in the vicinity of the dam site and along public roads as a result of the scheduled construction activities, including pile driving for the Moberly River construction bridge.Some noise will occur in and around the transmission line right-of-way as a result of clearing and access road upgrades. There may be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on the access roads.Early morning and night shifts may be scheduled, as well as shifts on the weekends.For boater and worker safety, boats will need to stay clear of active in-river work areas. These areas are clearly identified with signage and markings.There will be minor traffic delays while upgrades are completed on 240 Road, Old Fort Road and 271 Road.Note: In BC Hydro’s technical documents, the north bank may be referred to as the left bank and the south bank may be referred to as the right bank.last_img read more

Back to a School with a Flash

first_imgPhoto entries of your outfit, or lit-up house, or your whole class and a description of why safety is important must be submitted to recreation@fortstjohn.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recreation department of Fort St. John is promoting ‘Back to School with a Flash’ an incentive to encourage safety amongst students, citizens and classrooms.September 3rd through 27th, 2019, staff from the city’s recreation team want to see back to school safe for students by getting involved and possibly winning a prize.- Advertisement -Students are being encouraged to be as bright and visible as they can with the use of reflectors and high visibility, take a picture and email with a description of why safety is important.Citizens that live on a direct school route are being encouraged to brighten their home for mornings as children travel to school. Take a picture and email your submission for a chance to win a prize.Teachers/ Classrooms are encouraged to take a group picture of their students in their safety wear and share why safety is so important and email your submission for a chance to win a bouncy party a the field house.The staff of the recreation department share prizes will be determined depending on entries and the ages of selected winners.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pochettino rues Foyth omission ‘mistake’

first_img0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino is frustrated by the absence of Juan Foyth for the Inter Milan showdown © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s transfer market mistakes forced him to make the painful decision to leave promising defender Juan Foyth out of his Champions League squad.Foyth has broken into Pochettino’s side in recent weeks, starting the last three Premier League games and scoring the winner at Crystal Palace. But the 20-year-old Argentine will miss Wednesday’s do or die Champions League clash with Inter Milan as he was not included in the club’s 25-man squad for the tournament.Foyth was omitted as Tottenham have 20 “non-locally trained” players in their squad and are only allowed to name 17, so he was one to be sacrificed.Tottenham boss Pochettino concedes that decision was a consequence of the club’s inability to sell any of their foreign players or sign any English replacements in the close-season.Tottenham become the first team in Premier League history not to sign anyone during the summer transfer window.“I’m so disappointed from the beginning because it’s not only him but Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen are out of the squad in the Champions League and that’s so painful,” Pochettino told reporters on Tuesday.“It’s a mistake that we made that at this level of football we cannot repeat again. For different reasons we need to find solutions before the start of the season.“I told you we need English players, but it was impossible. Of course now that is the problem and it’s so painful to have players out of the list.“Now we’re going to finish the group stage and then we hope in March we can do a new list and include him in the list for the Champions League.”Tottenham will have to keep alive their bid to reach the Champions League last 16 without Foyth.That won’t be easy as the Italians have already beaten Tottenham in the group stage at the San Siro.– Difficult situation –Pochettino’s team will go out if they fail to beat Inter at Wembley and he has called for a big performance from Dele Alli to take the qualification battle to the final group game in Barcelona next month.Alli scored in Tottenham’s impressive win against Chelsea on Saturday and Pochettino admits the England midfielder performs as his best when the stakes are highest.“You know Dele, he loves a challenge, every single game,” he said.“He is a winner, his mentality is that he gets bored quick when he doesn’t feel the pressure and challenge.“But when he is with opposition and with pressure he is unbelievable. He is a competitor, he loves this type of game, he loves to compete in a difficult situation.”Tottenham were 12 minutes away from being knocked out before their late comeback against PSV Eindhoven in their previous Champions League game.Dele Alli ‘loves this type of game,’ said his manager as Tottenham prepared for a must-win Champions League game against Inter © AFP / Glyn KIRKPochettino, whose side are three points behind second placed Inter, acknowledges there is no margin for error.“It is going to give us hope or give us a different reality that we cannot fight to get through,” he said.“It is a decisive game, it is a must-win game.“When people say something is going to be difficult, I am so excited to show it is possible to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ex-PR execs convicted for overbilling DWP

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals Prosecutors had called 15 witnesses to bolster e-mails and billing records that they claimed showed a conspiracy to defraud the DWP, Port of Los Angeles, Worldwide Church of God and architect Frank Gehry’s firm. The charges grew out of a sweeping federal-state investigation into accusations that former Mayor James Hahn’s administration engaged in “pay-to-play” practices, although no public officials have been charged in connection with any of the allegations of squeezing political money from city contractors. Dowie, a former managing editor at the Los Angeles Daily News and ex-chief of staff to former state Assemblyman Richard Katz, advised Hahn’s top aides after he joined the public relations firm. Dowie and Stodder had both pleaded not guilty. A sentencing date has not yet been set. A federal jury today convicted two former Fleishman-Hillard executives on numerous counts of conspiracy and wire fraud for bilking the city’s Department of Water and Power out of more than $300,000 and overcharging other public and private clients. The jury found Doug Dowie, 58, former head of the public relations firm’s Los Angeles office, guilty on all 14 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. John Stodder Jr., 50, the former right-hand man of Dowie at the firm, was found guilty on all 11 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy. The jury deliberated four days before issuing its verdict this afternoon against Dowie and Stodder, neither of whom took the stand in their five-week trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hector Bellerin set to be recalled by Arsene Wenger ahead of Stoke clash

first_imgArsene Wenger is ready to put his faith back in Hector Bellerin as the Spanish full-back is set for a recall against Stoke on Saturday.The 22-year-old has been relegated to the bench in recent weeks as the Gunners look to salvage their Premier League season by gatecrashing the top four.Bellerin has started just one of the last six games despite his style appearing to suit Wenger’s change in formation.He was singled out for criticism by Arsenal fans during the 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace last month and now the former Barcelona youngster, who has been linked with a return to Catalonia this summer, is likely to come into the team for a vital game at the bet365 Stadium.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been operating as Wenger’s right-sided wing-back but limped out of Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Southampton with a hamstring issue.And Wenger insists he has no concerns with calling on Bellerin as they look for their first win at Stoke since 2010.“He’s an offensive player,” the Arsenal boss explained.“He started as a right midfielder and was transformed into a full-back.“Look, he’s a player who has a fantastic mentality. He went through a difficult period when he came back from his ankle injury, but I never questioned his attitude. He has great spirit.”Victory against the Potters would keep Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive as they look to reel in either Liverpool or Manchester City.Wenger saw his side win at St Mary’s for the first time since their ‘Invincibles’ title-winning season of 2003/04 and wants them to continue that run at Stoke.“We have to show the character again,” he said.“We have to play to win the games. Let’s keep the focus on the way we want to play, on our team spirit. The team is together and fights and is ready for it.“We have to recover now physically and see how everyone recovers for Saturday. I may need to make some changes: does Laurent Koscielny come back or not? How bad is Chamberlain? Bellerin is quite fresh, Koscielny has a small chance, he is not far. He trained on Tuesday.”The Gunners have only scored on one of their previous four trips to Stoke, with home games against relegated Sunderland and out-of-form Everton to come to finish the league campaign before an FA Cup final date with Chelsea. Hector Bellerin could come in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1last_img read more

FOUND! CYCLIST RECOVERS EXPENSIVE BIKE THANKS TO FACEBOOK AND DONEGAL DAILY

first_imgA Donegal triathlete whose €3,000 bikes were stolen from his home has tracked them down – thanks to Donegal Daily and Facebook!Mark Nicholas, a member of the Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club, had his expensive race time trial bike and a Boardman training road bike stolen from his home in Burtonport last Thursday night.He put the details on Facebook and we followed up on the story on Friday morning which was shared by hundreds of people across the social network. Just a few hours later Mark located his bike at a cash converters in the North.The 40 year old father-of-three said “I posted some photos on Facebook more in hope than in any expectation of it actually working out.“I’ve around 180 friends on Facebook and a lot of them would be triathletes. Most of them shared the photos and so a huge number of people involved in the sport would have seen the notice and the photos.“A friend of mine on Facebook messaged me to say that a friend of his on the site had seen the bikes being taken out of a motor home and into a cash converters shop; he recognised the wheels, which are quite distinctive.” A friend told Mark that he had spotted the bikes for sale in a cash converters shop.Mark then rang around all the shops in that area and one of them confirmed that he had the bikes in the shop after they came in on Thursday.Mark then rang the PSNI and they called to the shop to collect the bikes and then reunited them with their grateful owner this morning, Saturday. FOUND! CYCLIST RECOVERS EXPENSIVE BIKE THANKS TO FACEBOOK AND DONEGAL DAILY was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more