KINGSTON: THE Kingston Waterfront will be transformed for the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) Kingston Criterium today as parts of Orange Street, Port Royal Street and Ocean Boulevard will comprise the closed-circuit road race event. With national and regional champion Marloe Rodman and former national cyclist Oneil Samuels among the entrants cycling fans are in for a real showpiece. Action is scheduled to get under way at 1 p.m., with the featured events slated for a 3:30 p.m. start. Registration will be from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kirk Finnikin, president of the JCF, hopes to use the event as a catalyst to rejuvenate local cycling. “It is going to be a cracker. This form of cycling is one of the most exciting and I believe we have everything in place to execute a professionally done event come Sunday,” said Finnikin. “The riders have been buzzing and are anxiously waiting to get out there as the circuit is one of the best in terms of the quality of the roads. This is our first major event of 2016 and we believe it has all the right ingredients to generate enough excitement and interest to spill over into other cycling events for the remainder of the year and beyond,” he added. The JCF’s mission is to restore cycling as a premier sporting activity and has been using 2014 Commonwealth Games representative, Rodman, as the flag bearer. This year, Maliek Byndloss will be looking to fly the flag in his pursuits to represent Jamaica at the Rio Olympics. Byndloss is the current BMX national champion and is considered to be among the world’s elite in the BMX category. The Kingston Criterium itself is a closed-circuit event that will see cyclists racing several laps to complete an event. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters’ and juniors’. In addition, there will also be a kids’ sprint event, plus an all-comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash-prize race for anyone brave enough to enter. The event is free to the public.
The body of nine-year-old Imani Leech was on Monday retrieved from Kara Kara Creek at Mackenzie, Linden, following a search led by residents of the neighbouring Speightland community.Dead: Nine-year-oldImani LeechThe area where nine-year-old Imani Leech slipped and fell into the creekLeech went missing after he fell into a section of the Kara Kara Creek in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Saturday.His partially decomposed body was discovered floating in a section of the Creek at approximately 12:30h on Monday after residents who formed a search party ventured out by boat on the waterway. Following the discovery, Police visited the location and removed the body, which was then transported to a mortuary in the Linden community.Guyana Times understands that Leech, who recently moved with his mother to the Lower Kara Kara, Speightland area, was sitting on a wooden bridge at the Creek with his mother and other relatives some time after midday on Saturday when he “slipped” into the waterway. Relatives told this publication that the child’s aunt, who was sitting next to him, had grabbed his hand, resulting in both slipping into the creek. However efforts to save the duo only resulted in the child’s aunt being saved.“He was on the bridge and he foot get slip and he aunty hold he and all two of them go out together. Plenty people went in the water (searching), because we shout for people. That’s the reason why the aunty get saved,” a female relative had indicated.Searches were conducted for the child by residents and Police thereafter, but yielded no results until Monday’s tragic discovery.“People came and they searched and they say that when the water settle, they will go back and search. Other than that, nothing. We went back and we ain’t see he,” the child’s aunt had told this newspaper.Following the incident on Saturday, the child’s mother, who is a Police Officer, wept uncontrollably.At the scene on Monday, a resident noted that it was “a very sad day” for the community. The child’s mother travelled to Georgetown on Monday to make funeral arrangements. The now deceased child was a Grade Five student of the Regma Primary School in Linden.
The primary funding source for the Resource Center is the springtime operation of the Poppy Reserve gift shop benefiting the nonprofit Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association, which funds local state park educational programs and events, including the Tomo-Kahni Resource Center rental. The silent auction on March 10 was aimed at closing that funding gap. The silent auction featured a variety of local gift items and services, and competition was high for several items. Some highlights: Original Jane S. Pinheiro paintings that went for $450 and $150 (valued at $400 and $100); A hand-made poppy themed quilt that went for $350 (estimated value $300); Four California State Railroad Museum tickets for $60 (valued at $32); Paraffin Hand Treatment from Second Wind for $55 (valued at $20); Two Shambala Preserve Safari Tour tickets for $125 (valued at $70). The event also featured guided tours of the reserve, the appearance of exotic reptiles including an albino Burmese python and hors d’oeuvres provided by Costco and Vons. The Resource Center, located at 112 A East F Street in downtown Tehachapi, actively promotes information, school programs, and community workshops relating to Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park and the Kawaiisu Indians of Tehachapi. By working with the remaining descendents and elders of the Kawaiisu tribe, they have made tremendous contributions to the preservation of the Kawaiisu language and culture, such as publishing a dictionary of the Kawaiisu language. The Tomo-Kahni Resource Center can be visited Fridays & Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Tomo-Kahni was the winter home of the Kawaiisu, and the remnants of their occupation are now preserved at Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park, available for visit by tour only during spring and fall. For more information or to make reservations for a tour, call the Mojave Desert Information Center at (661) 942-0662. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve’s benefit silent auction raised thousands of dollars for the Tomo-Kahni Resource Center of Tehachapi recently. More than $3,000 was raised for the Resource Center as 30 items went on the block, providing enough money for the center to operate through the end of the year. Organizers hope the auction funds, combined with income from the Poppy Reserve gift shop over the upcoming wildflower season, will be able to finance the reserve until the 2008 wildflower season, which supporters hope will be wetter. Last spring produced a disappointing poppy bloom, and this year’s could be even worse due to lack of rain. The resulting shortage of visitors to the reserve means less income.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their four goals against Yanga during a CAF Confederation Cup game at Kasarani on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- A brace from Ephrem Guikan, one from Jacques Tuyisenge, and a Mwinyi Hajji own goal saw Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia outclass Tanzania’s Yanga 4-0 at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday night to move a step closer to qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup quarter finals. The victory which was K’Ogalo’s first in the group stages took them to five points in the standings, remaining second after leaders USM Alger beat Rayon Sport 2-1 in Rwanda. Gor were a class above their Tanzanian counterparts and save for a few instances in the second half, there wasn’t a dime of evidence that this was the same side that was playing its seventh game in less than three weeks.Head coach Dylan Kerr made changes to his team with Shabaan Odhoji starting in goal ahead of Boniface Oluoch, Charles Momanyi slotted into defense in place of the suspended Joash Onyango while Bernard Ondiek partnered Humphrey Mieno in midfield in place of the injured Ernest Wendo.In attack, Guikan started upfront playing out wide in the position usually occupied by the departed Meddie Kagere.George Odhiambo who did not train on Tuesday was replaced in the starting team by Samuel Onyango.A slow start to the match saw the first real chance at goal open up in the 12th minute when Guikan’s shot from distance was parried away by Yanga keeper Rostand Jehu.-Momanyi effortGor Mahia winger Bernard Ondiek attempts to go past Yanga defender Juma Abdul during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe rebound fell on the strike’s path, but on the second bite of the cherry, he was dispossessed by Abdallah Shaibu who poked the ball off for a corner.From the resultant set piece floated in by Godfrey Walusimbi, a rising Momanyi at the back of the heavily packed six yard box saw his looping header cleared off the line frantically by the Yanga backline with the keeper well beaten.Ten minutes later though, Gor had the ball in the back of the net when Tuyisenge met a delightful ball from Onyango after beating the offside trap before finishing calmly past Jehu.The goal injected renewed confidence into the Gor side and they played with more purpose, keeping possession well and being patient to open up the defense. Yanga were playing second fiddle and they were far from convincing, failing to trouble Odhoji in Gor’s goal.Their first real chance at goal had to wait until the 41st minute when they won a freekick from good range after Juma Hassan was fouled, but Ibrahim Ajibu struck the resultant set piece over the bar.Gor continued to attack and in the 43rd minute, they should have done better when Walusimbi’s cross from the left was poorly defended, the ball falling on Ondiek whose shot was however weak, the keeper making an easy pick.–Guikan goalGor Mahia striker Ephraim Guikan has an effort at goal blocked by Yanga defender Abdallah Shaibu during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on July 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the stroke of half time, Gor doubled their lead once again thanks to Mieno’s passing magic, the midfielder slipping through a defense splitting pass that was met by Guikan on the other end, the Ivorian calmly slotting the ball into the bottom left corner, the keeper left in no man’s land.Yanga started better in the second half, probably buoyed by the half time pep talk which inspired them to come back in and fight to reclaim the two goal deficit.Gor’s start in the half was dampened with striker Tuyisenge limping off injured just four minutes in after failing to recover from a knock he picked towards the close of the first half.In his place coach Kerr brought in new signing Francis Mustafa with Gor fans getting the first opportunity of seeing their new Burundian acquisition brought in to replace Kagere.Mustafa had a chance to mark his home debut with a goal after interchanging passes with Guikan but he failed to pull the trigger inside the box, his shot blocked and Guikan picked up the rebound only for it to be saved by the keeper.Another peach of a pass from Mieno in the 63rd minute landed on Onyango at the back post but the former Ulinzi man’s connection was blocked by the keeper at his near post.A minute later, a promising build up from Gor saw Ondiek pick the ball from good shooting range, but his low effort was deflected for a corner.Gor’s building pressure bore fruit in the 65th minute when Hajj headed into his own net as he tried to clear away a cross from Kahata destined for Momanyi inside the box after a short start to a corner.With the game in comfort zone, Gor slowed down the tempo, passed with ease and managed to control the attacks from Yanga.Guikan then finished off the day in emphatic fashion slamming the ball home from the edge of the box after a counter attack with three minutes of play left.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH EL MONTE – Built in 1992, South El Monte High School needs $1million in repairs for dry rot and termite damage.About 70 percent of the open-air corridors connecting the second floors of three buildings have been damaged by standing rainwater in the hallways.The school plans to replace all the flooring in the upstairs corridors, rebuild a stairwell in the northeast corner of campus and rip out the 6-inch ledge blocking water from falling to the ground. Twenty-eight classrooms are affected.The school board of El Monte Union High School District last week approved 10 emergency resolutions authorizing $1 million in construction work to start on the 1,400-student campus. It’s the largest construction project the district has undertaken through emergency resolutions, according to Assistant Superintendent Anthony Ortega.Ortega said the district will recoup the $1 million from the state through a special fund that makes millions of dollars available to California schools for critical repairs.The district’s only cost will be $100,000 to rent 10 portable classrooms through September, Ortega said.Beginning March 1, students and teachers in building E will attend classes in the portables set up in the parking lot. Classes in buildings D and C will follow, and repairs are expected to take two months for each building. All construction should end by Sept. 1.In December, a maintenance worker found a loose railing in a stairwell of building E, which led to the discovery of dry rot and termite damage underneath the floors of the hallways.When it rains, water is trapped by a 6-inch ledge on the outside perimeter of the corridors, officials said.The small drains that filter water to the ground aren’t enough to guard against standing water, and maintenance workers often have to mop water off the floor, school officials said.Principal Sylvia Montero said the second-floor classrooms, which include social studies, foreign language, English and math classes, did not sustain damage and are perfectly safe. But because of concerns about construction inconveniences and noise, the affected classes will move 10 at a time to the portables for two months.“The big thing is ripping out the flooring. It’s too extensive to keep the kids in class,” Ortega said.To prevent dry rot and termites in the future, new materials will be used that are more weather resistant and are designed to make water flow, not sit, Montero said. The sides of the hallways will be sloped so that water runs
The north west is set to feel the effects of an incoming Atlantic storm this Thursday. Met Eireann have issued a status yellow wind warning for Thursday due to the arrival of Storm Caroline.Storm Caroline will bring severe wind gusts to Ireland and the UK, with north Scotland to be the worst affected. Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry are faced with the Met Eireann weather alert from Thursday 3am-8pm, when winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h. Strongest winds will be in coastal areas and over high ground. Daytime temperatures will range from 3 to 8 degrees, dropping to as low as -2 on Thursday night.There is a risk of sleet and snow from Thursday afternoon onwards, with freezing temperatures forecast for Ireland and the UK on Friday and Saturday. Widespread frost and icy patches are expected on Friday as temperatures fall to between -2 and plus 3 degrees.Ireland is in for a cold and wintry weekend, with snow showers on the way right into next week.Donegal faces weather warning as Storm Caroline approaches was last modified: December 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:snowstorm carolineweatherwind
Dynamic trio Tanjier has announced their final gig of 2017 at the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey which will raise vital funds for Pieta House.Fresh from their packed Other Voices show in Dingle, the indie electro-pop trio have had an busy twelve months. It saw them support the likes of The Strypes in Cork, play Electric Picnic, record live sessions with RTÉ 2FM, and embark on a nationwide tour. Tanjier are inspired by the likes of London Grammar, Coldplay, LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Bon Iver.Their latest releases ‘Yu’ and ‘Hymn’ have garnered national radio play and have been featured on a number of ‘Best Tracks of 2017’ articles. Although Tanjier are mainly Dublin based, Michael Killen and Ronan Lynch are from Castlefinn.“We are delighted to be back at the Balor this Christmas,” said Ronan. “Our gig last year was very special. To be helping a charity like Pieta House gives us an even bigger drive to put on the best show possible.”“The home support over the last year has been phenomenal so it’s great to actually play here,” Michael added.Their most recent single, Hymn was released in September and can be found on all major streaming sites. With support from two local acts, Tommy Callaghan (Our Native State) and TWOS, this promises to be a great night of music. The band has also taken part in Pieta House’s Christmas charity album alongside the likes of Villagers, Jack O’Rourke and Maria Doyle Kennedy, recording an ethereal cover of Slade’s classic ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’.A copy of the album can be picked up on the night or you can grab a digital copy on Bandcamp. All of the album proceeds and €2 from ticket sales will be donated to the charity.Tickets cost €10. Doors open at 20:00. Tickets for the show can be bought online or by phone: https://balorartscentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581201 or (074) 91 31 840Pieta House offers a specialist counselling programme for people who have attempted to take their own lives, people with suicidal ideation, people who have engaged in self-harm and people who have been bereaved by suicide. They also provide a 24-hour helpline (1800 247 247). This service is free of charge. To donate €2 text PIETA to 50300.Castlefinn musicians tune up for Balor charity gig was last modified: December 15th, 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:CHristmasDecembermusicansPIeta Housetanjier
1 August 2013It was a night that belonged to South Africa as Olympic champions Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh both struck gold at the 15th Fina World Swimming Championships in Barcelona on Wednesday.Although Le Clos was the favourite for the men’s 200 metres butterfly after his epic victory against American Michael Phelps in London last year, the Durbanite was not expecting the easy race that everyone was predicting.But the 21-year-old set the pace and tone for the rest of the South Africans, outswimming his opposition to touch in 1:54.32 – while doing his characteristic look to either side as he approached the finish, to the amazement of all the coaches.“It was on exactly the same day a year ago that Le Clos won Olympic gold,” said coach Graham Hill. “His win tonight means he has added the World Championship long course title to his titles as the Commonwealth Champion, World Short Course Champion and Olympic Champion.”Le Clos finished ahead of Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski in 1:55.01 and China’s Wu Peng in 1:55.09.Just as Le Clos was re-writing the history books, Van der Burgh was doing the same thing a few events later in the 50 metres breastroke. The Olympic champion and world record holder, despite battling with a dose of flu, managed to edge out arch-rival Christiaan Sprenger of Australia by just 0.01 seconds to clock 26.77 seconds.But his excitement was more for his training partner, Giulio Zorzi, who from lane 8 raced in to snatch the bronze medal in a personal best of 27.04 seconds.“We have trained together all our lives,” Van der Burgh said afterwards. “First with Francois Boshoff, then Lionel Durandt – and this was for Lionel [who passed away recently]. From there we both joined Dirk Lange. Giulio’s bronze almost means more to me than my gold! I won my first bronze at the World Championships in 2007 from lane 8.”Van der Burgh is re-writing his own history as the only breaststroker to have won medals over four championships – third in 2007, winning in 2009, third in 2011 and now another gold.Leading South African coach Wayne Riddin coached the SA team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He is currently in Barcelona for the Fina Swimming World Championships.
5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts I was stumbling through life aimlessly, but not inside City of Heroes. I knew where to go, what to do, and how to do it. When I say City of Heroes saved my life, it’s because I don’t think I could have survived that particular bout of depression without it. That fake city and its superhero way of life was my crutch, the place I turned to in times of trouble.How It All Ended For MeAfter a little over a year, I got my life in order: I learned to stop caring about my level of wealth and grew comfortable with my past and my broken family. I left my oblivious boyfriend and my dead-end job and I started writing. When things got too much for me, I always had the game to fall back on, but I found myself turning to it less and less out of need and more out of boredom and MMO addiction. I stopped playing in 2008 when my gaming PC refused to turn on, and I got a laptop instead without much thought other than, “I guess it’s time to stop playing City of Heroes now.”I never got a chance to play again. I’ve actually cried over City of Heroes’ sunset four times to date, the worst bawling session happened right after I installed the game again only to learn the patch servers (required for me to update the game) were no longer running. This was back in October.Have you ever chewed gum so furiously that you forgot to breathe and when you finally do, you are gasping for breath? That was me. I had a panic attack in the shower over not being able to play City of Heroes one last time. Unlike other diehard CoH players, I couldn’t even access the game to play it until the end, and I certainly couldn’t take any video or pictures of all the characters on whom I spent literally a year or more of my life on. I couldn’t even contact my old friends. I was locked completely out. fruzsina eordogh How City of Heroes Saved MeWhen I couldn’t deal with my financial issues as a poor girl mistakenly attending a very expensive university, I stayed home in my shithole of a studio apartment and logged on.When I craved family, lonely and hurt over my parents’ divorce, I hung out with members of my “supergroup” – WoW plays would call this a guild, or community of players with the same colors sharing a base.When I was working fulltime as a barista and being treated like crap by bosses and customers, I comforted myself with the knowledge that people in City of Heroes respected me and didn’t judge me over something as trivial as my latte foam skills.Teachers may have hated me for snoozing during their classes, but at least the hostages I saved nightly thanked me for showing up.On nights when I was too distraught to sleep from inner demons, there was always someone doing something heroic in the wee hours to soothe me. (My therapist at the time politely pointed out I was getting the support I needed to stay alive from a digital community of strangers and a machine, which she found unusual in 2005.) I may have felt worthless in real life, but inside City of Heroes, I was a god. I was a saucy pirate wench throwing fireballs and touting a flaming sword, or a mutated sexy scientist who could control radiation and gravity. I had dozens of characters, but my favorite was my Greek muse who had white and gold angel wings and amazing healing abilities. I would like to take this moment to mourn the loss of a very good friend of mine, the video game City of Heroes. For all intents and purposes, the massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game (RPG) died over the weekend, when its creator studio NCSoft turned off the servers.Yes, I realize my emotional attachment to a digital pastime may seem absurd, but my connection to the game was oh-so-very real. I honestly believe City of Heroes saved my life as it gave me a purpose, even if that purpose was as ridiculously trite as leveling a character or saving a fantasy bank from being robbed.At its most tangible, City of Heroes existed physically in the form of code. At its most ephemeral and visceral, City of Heroes showed up in my dreams and gave me a reason to get out of bed. I lived and breathed this game from 2004 to early 2008 – and when I say I lived and breathed it, I mean I spent at least three hours a day inside Paragon City. Basically, I did the stereotypical gamer thing- used the fantasy to avoid problems in my real life. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#entertainment#gaming So what remains of my mentor, my therapist, my savior, my best friend and helping hand of a video game? Nothing except the two gaming disks pictured above, and some old screenshots. Oh, and, of course, memories that will eventually fade away. What gives me solace is the fact that my misery is shared by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people across the globe that play MMOs. Even famed graphic novelist Neil Gaiman knows my pain, with the best-selling author at one point championing the efforts to save City of Heroes.It’s Not FairPerhaps this is just the anger talking, but I feel that as a consumer, I should have some rights to a working product. When I purchase a movie, I can still watch the film if that studio goes out of business. I can do this with books, and with music too. The product still works. I realize a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a little trickier, but why can’t I at least access the game in a limited capacity hosted on my computer? Even if it is only missions I run myself, or to look at the characters I built?There is a real need for this kind of capsule, considering that MMOs are shut down all the time. Besides City of Heroes, five other MMOS were closed down this year, and once Glitch closes next week, seven gaming communities will have come to an end. World of Warcraft will one day come to an end too, and then the world will be full of virtually homeless and emotionally distraught MMO players. What happens then? I don’t know.I couldn’t save City of Heroes like City of Heroes saved me, and all I have to show for the years of my life spent inside the game are two now useless, CDs. City of Heroes taught me many life lessons though, so maybe that is enough. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…