Ohio State Senator Sean J. O’Brien has announced the release of over $4.8 million for a Lake Erie wetland restoration project in Ashtabula County. The project is expected to create additional recreational opportunities in the area and will support continued maintenance and operation of the Ashtabula Harbor.“I have always cared deeply about environmental issues, so I was glad to learn about the investment of these important funds,” said O’Brien. “I have worked for years with my colleagues in the Ohio legislature on initiatives to benefit our Great Lake and I am confident this money will help improve water quality throughout the region.”The funds were released by the Ohio Controlling Board, and the project will be located behind the “East Breakwater” within Ashtabula Harbor.According to O’Brien, the investment is intended to improve Lake Erie water quality by eliminating the open-lake disposal of dredge material into the lake in support of the newly announced H2Ohio water quality initiative.Through the creation of an in-water aquatic ecosystem and new habitats using dredged material, the project will result in needed wetland, fish and wildlife habitats and water quality benefits within the Ashtabula Harbor. The site encompasses an area of approximately 25 acres.“While we still have a long way to go until we reach our goal of a pristine Lake Erie, funding and projects such as this are all steps along the way toward the finish line,” added O’Brien. “I will continue my work with the Governor’s office and legislative leaders to ensure funding opportunities such as this one, which will be so beneficial for folks in my district far into the future.”The Ashtabula Wetland project will be led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and will directly address the intent of House Bill 529, passed in 2018, to promote the beneficial use of dredge material in Lake Erie.The $4.8 million released today will cover the non-federal share of project costs, with the federal government providing an additional $8.99 million.
Batesville, In. — Batesville police made two drug arrests at the same business last week according to chief Stan Holt.On Thursday around 2:30 p.m. police began an investigation based on a tip at the Keep it Kleen Car Wash on State Road 229. When police responded they found Kevin Michael Zigelmier, 24, of Cincinnati, in a car that smelled like marijuana. During a search, police found marijuana and paraphernalia.Zigelmier has been charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.On Sunday around 8:30 p.m. police were called to conduct a welfare check on a male passed out in a vehicle at the Keep it Kleen Car Wash. Police found Zachary James Floyd, 39, of Brookville unconscious. During a search, police found methamphetamine, paraphernalia and evidence consistent with dealing in methamphetamine.Floyd has been charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Theo Walcott is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite helping Arsenal head into 2014 in pole position to claim the Barclays Premier League title. “He works really hard for us up front all the time. He’s had a massive role to make us stay at the top of the league, so hopefully he can stay fit now and hopefully that’s not too much of a bad scar on his foot.” Arsenal’s win on Tyneside was all the more pleasing for Wenger and his players because it was earned with a gritty performance which saw them having to defend for their lives amid a late onslaught. The manager later paid tribute to a resilience his side has been accused of lacking in recent years, but one which has increasingly become a feature of their play having come from behind to win at West Ham 3-1 on Boxing Day. Walcott said: “We have had two tough away matches in this festive period, so I think a lot of people probably doubted us that we were going to get results. “But it just shows that we have got great characters in that dressing room and we are getting stronger and stronger every week. “Everyone trusts each other, which is so important in the dressing room now, so going into the new year, we are very excited now. “You could see from the 10 games last year when we had that run that it was coming and we had it in ourselves. “It was an absolute battle. Newcastle, it was always going to be tough here. We knew from the start it wasn’t going to be the prettiest game. “But when you want to win the title, you have got to come to places like here and try to get a result, and we managed to keep a clean sheet, which is important.” Press Association A hard-fought 1-0 victory at Newcastle on Sunday saw the Gunners leapfrog Manchester City into top spot once again with the campaign now at the halfway stage. Manager Arsene Wenger is cautiously optimistic, but knows there is too far to go to make any bold predictions, and England international Walcott is remaining equally level-headed. He told Arsenal Player: “Every game that goes and we get wins, it’s more belief that we are going to win the league. “But we won’t get ahead of ourselves. We know how crucial every game is and we have got to make sure we look after ourselves, really, and hopefully teams will start to slip up. “But as long as we keep on believing, which everyone is there, and which we have been doing from the start of the season… “Hopefully everyone can stay fit, which is important, to have a nice run towards the end of this season now.” There was little to choose between the sides at St James’ Park and a tight contest was eventually settled by Olivier Giroud’s 65th-minute header, a glancing effort from Walcott’s inviting free-kick. It was the Frenchman’s 11th goal of the season, but his first since November 23, and it came after he had picked up a foot injury in a rugged challenge by Magpies defender Mike Williamson. Walcott said: “When you play up front, you want to score goals. He hasn’t scored for a few games now, so that goal will give him a lot of confidence. “You need your main striker to be scoring up front throughout. I didn’t think he touched it, to be fair, when I free-kicked it in, but I am happy for him because he deserved it.
FOXCROFT — The George Stevens Academy girls’ outdoor track team placed third of 32 teams in the Class C state championship on Saturday at Foxcroft Academy.GSA finished with 43.75 points. Morgan Dauk earned the team its only state title by taking first in the javelin with a distance of 116 feet and 5 inches. The runner-up in that event, Mavis Taungatu’a of Bucksport, followed with a distance of 108 feet and 11 inches. Taungatu’a also won a state title in the shot put (36 feet and 6 inches) to lead Bucksport to a seventh-place finish (22 points).Orono won with 168.75 points; Sacopee Valley took second with 62; Lisbon, fourth with 38.75; Monmouth, fifth with 33; Telstar, sixth with 26; Central and Traip Academy, eighth with 21; and Caribou, 10th with 19.75.The following Hancock County athletes also placed in events.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text4×800-meter relay: GSA’s Zeya Lorio, Hanna Gutow, Mary Richardson and Eliza Broughton, second in 10:11.81.4×400-meter relay: GSA’s Mazie Smallidge, Zeya Lorio, Bella Cimeno and Morgan Dauk, second in 4:19.08.3,200-meter run double pole: Mary Richardson of GSA, third in 12:21.82.Discus throw: Mavis Taungatu’a of Bucksport, fourth with 93-00.300-meter hurdles: Eliza Broughton of GSA, fourth in 50.27; and Bella Cimeno of GSA, fifth in 50.71.Pole vault: Ava Sealander of GSA, sixth in 6-09.400-meter dash: Hanna Jordan of GSA, sixth in 1:03.14.100-meter hurdles: Mazie Smallidge of GSA, seventh in 17.91.High jump: Tess Williamson of GSA, seventh in 4-06.CLASS B RESULTSThe Mount Desert Island girls placed 12th of 27 teams with 22 points in the Class B state championship on Saturday at Mount Desert Island High School.York won with 68 points, Belfast took second with 60; and Greely finished third with 57.The following MDI athletes placed in events:100-meter dash: Ashley Anderson of MDI, second in 12.78.4×100-meter relay: MDI’s Ashley Anderson, Lily Turner, Adrianna Novella and Paige Mason, second in 51.30.200-meter dash: Ashley Anderson of MDI, third in 26.28.
– Seebarran dominates easy cupKristian Jeffrey ran untroubled in the shifter-kart class, while Raymond Seebarran picked up two champion driver awards during the second installment of the GT motorsports Grand Prix on Friday evening.Jeffey had no troubles in holding off his cousin Stefan Jeffrey,and Matthew Phang in Race oneRaymond Seebarran collects one of his many trophies on the night. (GT Motorsports Photo)and put on an enterprising show in the second race when he outsmarted former coach Darryl Timmers and Stefan in races two and three.His aggressive style meant that there was little competition on the night that was able to withstand the Jeffrey force and it forms the perfect tune-up before he departs for England later this month to compete in the Radical series.Meanwhile, Seebarran picked up two champion driver awards on the night, one each in the Easy Cup Light and the Easy Cup Heavy classes.In the Easy Cup Light class, he finished the first race in second behind Haniff Mohammed and ahead of Stephen Vieira before taking two chequered flags ahead of Ravi Singh on the final two occasions.In the Easy Cup Heavy category, Seebarran picked up the first race ahead of Shan Seejattan, but finished third in race two behind Seejattan and Marcel Proffit,respectively. He,however, recovered well to take the final chequered flag in the last race ahead of Seejattan.In the Easy Cup Rookie, Ralph Persaud showed his driving prowess to take the Champion Driver award.Race one was won by Raymond Baksh, with Dani Narine and Mark Morgan finishing second and third,but Persaud beat off Baksh and Mahendra Boodhoo in race two before returning to stake his claim in race three head of Narine and Baksh.In other races, Jeremy Ten Pow was able to defend his 60 CC Sunburst Kids cup title after close battles with Jeremy Ten Pow, Nathan Rahman and Paige Mendonca.He won the first race ahead of Mendonca and Rahaman and then took the second in front of Justin and Mendonca, with Nathan turning the tables on him and Justin in the final race.In the 125CC junior class, it was a Mikhail Persaud-show as he made a clean sweep of the category,forcing Elan Rahaman into second on all three occasions and John Phang third on two occasions, with Rayden Persaud taking third in the last race.On the senior end of things, two wins and a third place finish for Bridget Singh meant that she picked up the champion driver trophy. Singh brought third in race one behind Matthew Phang and race winner Denzel Hopkinson but joined Emma Vieira to turn the tables on the boys, winning the next two races ahead of Vieira and Hopkinson.
Published on May 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Brian Megill sprinted over to Dominic Lamolinara and catapulted into his arms.The game was over. The unthinkable was no longer a possibility. The season was still alive.Barely.No. 1-seed Syracuse (15-3) bounced back from a two-goal deficit with three minutes remaining to stun Yale (12-5) 7-6 in Saturday’s NCAA tournament quarterfinals at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. SU advances to its first final four since 2009.The Bulldogs held the Orange scoreless for a season-long 43:18 span and were three minutes away from their first national semifinal appearance since 1990 before the SU offense broke through. Syracuse scored three goals in the final 3:04 – including Dylan Donahue’s game-winner with 13 seconds left – to seize a game that nearly slipped through its fingers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As we all know, any win this time of year is a great win,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.For a while, though, it looked like the Orange wouldn’t get that win. Yale’s staunch defense held Syracuse scoreless from the 1:22 mark in the first quarter to the 3:04 mark in the fourth quarter.SU trailed 6-4 as its final four hopes grew dimmer.Chris Daddio and Ryan Barber anxiously paced the sideline, their posture sullen and their sticks draped against the ground.But the Orange had been there before. It was there against Princeton, Rutgers and Cornell. Down in the fourth quarter and in need of a comeback.Megill, JoJo Marasco and Co. almost became the first Syracuse senior class since 1979 to not make the final four. They almost went to the tailgate their family members set up after the game in somber spirits. They almost got an early start on their summer vacations, failing to crack the plateau they knew they could surmount.Instead, the Orange came back once again.“At the end we just bared down and took some very, very good shots and some smart shots and we pulled it out,” Marasco said.Kevin Rice scored with 3:04 remaining, chopping the two-goal deficit in half. Luke Cometti tied the score at 6 less than a minute later, catching a pass from Marasco and whizzing a shot past Yale goalie Eric Natale’s waist.Then came Donahue’s strike. Marasco toyed with the ball, watching the game clock dwindle. He found Donahue wide open just outside the crease, and Donahue delivered.“I trust (Donahue) every time,” Marasco said. “He just puts the ball the whole year in the back of the net, and look what he did now in a quarterfinal game. It’s just huge for us.”The scoring drought was a distant memory. So was SU’s trio of disappointing defeats: its 2010 first-round loss to Army, 2011 quarterfinal overtime heartbreaker against Maryland and 2012 first-round exit against Duke.The bitter disappointment that left Megill and Marasco in despair was yesterday’s news. This year Yale was the team draped with disappointment, not Syracuse.“It was a tough pill to swallow for us,” Yale head coach Andy Shay said, his head sinking downward.In the opening minutes, the game looked like it would be a laugher. Early goals by Marasco and Cometti gave Syracuse a 2-0 advantage. Then Derek Maltz scored off a pinpoint pass from Rice and again later in the opening frame when Donahue found him straight away. Syracuse was up 4-0. A final four berth seemed inevitable.But Yale bounced back, as it’s done all season. Brandon Mangan scored three goals, Conrad Oberbeck added two and Michael Lipin pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 6-4 with 13 minutes remaining in the game.“The more film we watched, the more we realized what a good lacrosse team they were,” Desko said. “They don’t have any weaknesses.”Yale’s defense – which ranked seventh nationally during the season – buckled down and left the nation’s ninth-best offensive team offensively inept and utterly confused.Early in the fourth quarter, Rice attempted to replicate his feed to Maltz in the first half. This time the pass was broken up before it reached Maltz’ stick.The minutes ticked down. The feet on the sideline shuffled. The fans squirmed.Then came the furious comeback.After Donahue’s eventual game-winner, Megill sprinted toward Lamolinara, who held up his right hand, urging Megill to wait 13 seconds to celebrate. Their work wasn’t finished yet. Almost.Thirteen seconds later, when Yale came up empty, Megill flung his body in Lamolinara’s direction. He finally hurdled the final four road block.Megill isn’t done yet, though. He won’t be satisfied without a national championship.“There can’t be any letdowns,” Megill said. “We have to keep going.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Nigeria Association of Shotokan Karate (NASK) is set to host the 3rd edition of Training with the Champions scheduled for August 29th, 2017 with Sensei Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan as workshop and seminar coordinator and Instructor.NASK is the most practised karate style in the world and also the most respected karate association in Nigeria.According to the associationâ€™s chief, Mr John Ogwo: “The 3rd edition is being put together to create opportunities for thousand of karate practitioners in Nigeria and neighbouring West African countries to participate in. â€œIt is also a way of saving members and other practitioners the cost of travelling abroad for the workshop and seminar.Mr Ogwo further said that NASKâ€™s desire is to see to the development of karate technically in Nigeria and neighbouring African countries was the reason for bringing the two world re-known karate instructors from England here for the programme.â€œSensei (Masters) Andy Sherry 9th Dan and Sensei Frank Brennan 8th Dan are in Nigeria to run the four-days international training programme in Lagos on the 29th of August, 2017.”Participants are expected from all the states of the federation as well as from some other Anglophone and Francophone African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Share Paul Witten – SISUpdating its greyhound racing streaming portfolio, industry racing content provider SIS has announced that additional fixtures from Ireland’s Tralee Greyhound Stadium will be added to its client program,In partnership withe Irish Greyhound Board, Tralee fixtures will be available to UK and Irish betting shops, and online operators as part of SIS’s exclusive streaming portfolio.Commencing on March 4th 2017, the meeting will consist of eight races with the first starting at 9.11am. Later races will dovetail the SIS existing retail shop greyhound coverage from Crayford and Romford.SIS already own exclusive rights to broadcast three fixtures in Ireland, with current offerings from Youghal on Monday evenings, Mullingar on Sunday afternoons and a second fixture at Tralee on Tuesday evenings.Paul Witten, Commercial Director at SIS said: “We have added a second fixture from Tralee to our retail and online programs, following customer demand for greater coverage at suitable times and we see the Saturday morning slot as one of those times.“SIS endeavour to offer premium content and streaming provision across all bookmaker channels and the new deal will complement this, thanks to the help of the IGB.Joe Lewins at IGB commented on SIS provisions “This gives us a further opportunity to showcase our racing product to the SIS audience and to build on the success of the three meetings currently being broadcast throughout Ireland and the UK.”The extra meeting will add to SIS’ exclusive coverage across the UK and Ireland including horse racing and greyhounds, all facilitated by their market leading low latency streaming platform, SIS Stream.SIS’ greyhound offering currently includes 30,000 races a year, making it the most comprehensive in the market. Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon
Cristiano Ronaldo could recover from injury in time to take part in Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday evening after all, El Mundo Deportivo reports.Madrid coach Jose Mourinho told the press last Friday that the Portugal international wouldn’t return to match action before the league game against Athletic Bilbao next weekend, due to a hamstring problem. However, the forward has reportedly claimed that he’s ready to feature against Spurs, against the advice of los Blancos’ club doctors.Mourinho asked the winger on Sunday whether he would be available for the match at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the former Manchester United star responded by saying that he’s ready to take an injection in order to play versus the London club.Madrid’s medical staff are against Mourinho’s plans to field Ronaldo on Tuesday evening and they have stated that the attacker’s injury could worsen if he takes part in the match, and that he could well miss the rest of the season as a result.Nevertheless, Mourinho could decide to give Ronaldo the nod on Tuesday as he looks to establish a first-leg lead to take to England.Source: Goal.com
JOHNSTON — Sending $1,200 checks to most every American is part of the stimulus package Congress has devised and Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says those checks will help the overall economy.“It’s a good idea in the sense of stimulating demand and that’s what we’re talking about here,” Goss says. “…Ultimately, it we will get a spring back in the economy and that would be part of it.”Goss does have concerns about the ballooning federal deficit, but he is predicting the U.S. economy will bounce back once the coronavirus-caused closures are lifted. Iowa State University economist Peter Orazem says given economic conditions, policymakers should have been reducing the deficit over the past few years.“But once you get to this particular state where a bunch of firms and a lot of people do not have savings to withstand that problem, I think doing some sort of government transfer payment program to try to help out the population is a very good idea,” Orazem says.According to Orazem, about 22% of the jobs in Iowa are in the service sector — in restaurants, bars, and other hospitality industry businesses.“A lot of firms that are mom-and-pop establishments,” Orazem says. “It’s hard for them to get by with one or two months of no revenue.”Orazem says some other sectors of the economy can easily shift to a work-from-home format and keep people employed. Goss, from Creighton, regularly surveys rural bank managers in the Midwest. He compared the most recent results with surveys taken during the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009.“This is a far bigger hit, but I expect the duration to be shorter,” Goss says. “But I expect the duration to be shorter. We are, in my judgment, likely to see a rebound — perhaps rebound is too strong a word, but see things improve in the third quarter of this year.”Goss says the current economic disruption will have some positive, long-term consequences.“For example, universities are going to begin offering more and more online,” Goss says. “We’ll become cost-effective, which we need to do”And Goss says a shift to online instruction is likely to help rural K-through-12 school districts that are financially-strapped and sparsely-populated.The two economists made their comments on the “Iowa Press” program on Iowa PBS.
The health director for Palm Beach County said the large gatherings in the city have been the cause for a spike in coronavirus cases.Dr. Alina Alonso, the health director for Palm Beach County, said there have been some large gatherings in western communities and other parts of Palm Beach County that are contributing to the spread of the virus.“In the areas of the Lake Worth corridor where there is a significant amount of parties resulting from birthdays, weddings, get-together barbecues, whatever you have that brings folks together,” Alonso said. “We see that after these events, we have spikes in the number of cases.”However, Alonso also said that the county’s daily lab positivity rate is going down in Palm Beach County, and she added that’s a sign we’re going in the right direction because it indicates how much virus is in the community.Alonso said masks and social distancing are working to slow the spread of the virus.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 34,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 861 deaths.
The NSW Waratahs announced on Tuesday they would not table an offer to Hayne.But Hayne’s manager Wayne Beavis said on Wednesday his client was still interested in playing rugby.One major sticking point with the move is the fact Hayne can’t play for the Wallabies as he has played sevens for Fiji.That prevents the Australian Rugby Union topping up his contract with any Super Rugby franchise.But a possible Test against Fiji next year, that could come just matches into Hayne’s rugby career, would provide a marketing dream for the ARU and significantly swell its coffers.The ARU hasn’t confirmed its schedule for next year, but a Test against Fiji, likely in Melbourne, is sure to garner plenty of interest if Hayne is in the visiting side.However, such a blockbuster remains only a possibility with the NRL’s Parramatta the favourites to sign Hayne.But Beavis said rugby wasn’t out of the picture.“We never talked to the Waratahs, we only talked with the ARU and we remain open to all offers,” he told AAP.“When the time comes, I will sit down with Jarryd, put all the offers in front of him and he will make a decision then.”Parramatta, who is undergoing significant governance reform following NSW government intervention, is in no rush to sign their former superstar.Off-contract playmaker Corey Norman is a priority for the Eels.But the club is also in no rush to secure Norman’s signature, given he has been suspended for the remainder of the NRL season due to his off-field indiscretions and has indicated he won’t take up a big money move to St George Illawarra.The Eels are yet to release Kieran Foran from his million-dollar-a-year contract, which would open up the money to sign Hayne.That release is a formality but the Kiwi international is likely to receive less than the $200,000 severance package he is seeking.Coach Trent Robinson on Wednesday again ruled the Sydney Roosters out of the running for Hayne.That leaves Gold Coast and Parramatta as possibly Hayne’s only NRL destinations.Hayne had previously said he would only rejoin the Eels in any return to the NRL.“There has been no formal offer from Parramatta,” Beavis said.Hayne and Beavis met ARU boss Bill Pulver, who said he believed the ex-Eels fullback had a genuine desire to play rugby.However, many within rugby circles believe the code is being played by Hayne in a bid to drive up his asking price.Hayne could earn considerably more money in union than league, with a third-party deal of around $200,000 possibly added to his salary of about $300,000.Hayne could also earn about $1 million a season in Japanese rugby.But he would have to renege on his formerly stated desire to stay in Sydney and possibly move to Brisbane, Melbourne or Canberra.
Title favourites Kingston College (KC) have taken the early lead going into today’s third day of the 107th ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships. KC, who are aiming to win the boys’ title for the first time since 2009, captured two gold medals on yesterday’s second day of competition at the National Stadium. The Purples lead the way with 27 points after two finals, with Jamaica College next best on 12. Defending champs Calabar are on 11, while Green Island, St Jago and Wolmer’s Boys are on 7 each. KC’s Shacquille Lowe won the first gold medal when he captured the boys’ Class Two long jump with a season best leap of 7.23m. Green Island’s David Tomlinson was second with a mark of 6.86m, while Jamaica College’s Jowayne Harrison was third with a leap of 6.76m. The 15-year-old Lowe said he was happy with his performance despite his poor execution of the event. “I am very grateful that I won the first gold medal at the Champs this year,” said Lowe. “My execution was not very good because I didn’t follow some instructions as my drive was too long and the middle part of the run up wasn’t correct,” he said. KC completed the double when Carey McLeod, the Class One long jumper leaped to a best mark of 7.72m. Wolmer’s Dameon Creary was second in the event with a leap of 7.31m, while third went to Rashaun Dawkins of St Jago with 7.24m. KC’s Ugandan athlete Arymanya Rodgers opened his account at the championships when he easily won his heat in the boys Class Two 800m in 4:03.79 to advance to the final. Rodgers’ rival Kimar Farquharson of Calabar, who broke the 800m record in the heat on Tuesday’s opening day, also advanced to the final after finishing third in 4:08.14. Rodgers returned a few hours later to win heat two of the boys’ 5000m Open in 16:17.08. Tajshae Wilson from Bellefield won heat two in 16:30.61. BROKEN RECORD Petersfield’s Kevin Nedrick, who broke the national junior record in the boys’ Javelin on Tuesday, advance to the final of the boys’ discus with a throw of 53.73m. Also making it through discus final are Jamaica College’s Douglas Cyrus, 52.95m, Roje Stona from St Jago, 50.65m, Calabar’s Kyle Mitchell, 49.44m, Kai Chang from Titchfield, 47.07m, and Calabar’s Savion Burke , 46.61m. Calabar’s Christopher Taylor advanced to Friday’s semi finals of the boys Class One 400m after winning his heat in 48.42. Earlier, Taylor’s teammate Evaldo Whitehorne clocked an impressive 47.55 to advance to the semi finals of the boys Class Two 400m. Zidane Brown from Glenmuir, 49.01, Petersfield’s Antonio Watson, 49.05, and Kobe Simpson from Manchester, 49.14, were the other leading qualifiers.
Five Star Backdam killing…Police investigating death threatMarlon Marion Freeman, who was for the past several weeks on trial for murder, walked out of court a free man after a 12-member jury unanimously found him not guilty on Monday.Freeman was accused of murdering miner Timothy Adams at Turtle Creek, Five Star Backdam, North West District (NWD) on December 22, 2013. The jury considered evidence presented by the prosecution on the allegation that FreemanDeceased miner: Timothy Adamskilled Adams before stealing his gold, following a confrontation between the two.Despite several weeks of trial and many witnesses, the jury contended otherwise, returning its verdict after some two hours of deliberations. After the accused was freed, he embraced his relatives at the High Court in Georgetown.<<
… regional administration says NDC ‘assists’ in maintenanceWater, sanitation, hygiene services and safe healthcare waste management in healthcare facilities are fundamental for the provision of quality and people-centred care according to the World Health Organisation. However, that is not the case atThe bushy La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centrethe La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre.Such services also reduce healthcare associated infections, chemical hazards and risks to the community. They also increase trust and uptake of health services, increase efficiency and decrease cost of service delivery and improve staff morale.The residents and patients accessing services at the La Parfaite Harmonie Health Centre are complaining bitterly about the condition of the washroom facilities, water access and the general bushy compound. In addition, patients are complaining about the level of healthcare they receive, saying the staff at the facility are never on time and when they do arrive to work, they take at least oneThe washroom facility without a doorhour before they begin attending to patients.When this publication visited the health-care facility on Tuesday, it was observed that the grass in the yard was overgrown, measuring as high as approximately three feet in some areas. The washroom stall has no door, the toilet does not flush and overgrown grass is slowly creeping into the stall.In addition to a bushy compound, there is garbage at the back of the yard that was poorly disposed of – an attempt to burn the garbage was visible but most of it was not destroyed by the fire. Also, there are no rubbish bins in the compound of the facility. The water tank and trestle is surrounded by bushy vegetation, with no water flowing through the standpipe in the front of the yard.“I am coming here for six months now with my baby and for that time, this yard has not been cleaned, the bush is too much and then we don’t have proper washroom and mosquitoes is full here,” one of the residents related.The standpipe at the front of the health centre surrounded by tall grassThe woman, who asked to remain anonymous, lambasted the authorities for allowing the only health centre in the housing scheme to degrade to such a degree.Nearby resident, Jennifer Singh, told Guyana Times that the current situation at the health centre is better than it previously was. She said the authorities would allow the grass to grow, often times completely covering the walkway, and noted that the door of the washroom facility fell off over a year ago.She also took a jab at the nurses, stating that quite often, they would have pregnant mothers, as well as those with their infants, waiting for hours before the nurses would begin tending to them.The facility provides antenatal and post-natal care, infant clinic, outpatient clinic and family planning services.When contacted, Regional Executive Officer Dennis Jaikarran said the region is not responsible for the La Parfaite Harmonie Housing Scheme, since it is still under the control of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA). However, he stated that the Malgre Tout/Meer-Zorgen Neighbourhood DemocraticA section of the Health Centre taken over by bushCouncil (NDC) would assist in clearing the compound of the health-care facility, adding that he is unaware of the present condition of the facility.Repeated called to the Malgre Tout/Meer-Zorgen NDC went unanswered.RoadsIn addition to the poor state of the health centre, residents have to deal with the rapidly deteriorating roads in the housing settlement. In some streets, there are potholes as deep as four feet. Several residents say they are tired of Government making promises and not acting on them.They noted that they are the ones suffering since whenever it rains, the potholes are filled with water and taxis refuse to traverse the areas and if they do, then they charge double or even triple the regular fare.Earlier this year, Junior Communities Minister Valarie Adams-Yearwood had promised that the roads in the area would be upgraded.“We are doing road upgrades at Parfaite Harmonie and West Minster and those works will commence in about two weeks, and through the reformulated [Inter-Development Bank] IDB loan in 2018 we are going to spend over $500 million to do upgrade works in Parfaite,” the Minister had said.“I know they (residents) have been complaining about the state of the roads. We are paying attention and we are listening to people and while we can’t deal with everything immediately, we are paying attention to the ones that are more critical,” she added.