Unbeatable – St Hugh’s star extends golden streak at Prep/Primary Swim Champs

first_imgTen-year-old Zaneta Alvaranga, the toast of at last Saturday’s 18th annual Mayberry Investments Primary and Prep Schools Swimming Championships, says she will be looking to remain unbeaten for the rest of her Prep school career and continue her rich vein of form at the high school level. The decades-old meet serves as one of the traditional development events for upcoming local swimmers. The St Hugh’s Prep swim star has been unbeaten for the last three years, while emphatically smashing a record per event. On this occasion, she copped four individual meet records and anchored her school to a relay record at the National Aquatics Centre. Her meet records include the 50m backstroke (girls 9-10) in 35:19 seconds; the 50m freestyle in 29:23; the girls 12 and under 100m freestyle in 1:07.08; and the 50m butterfly for girls 9-10 in 31.97. She also anchored her school to a new 200m freestyle relay record of two minutes, 33:71 seconds, for girls 9-10. “I feel good leaving with four individual medals and helping my team win a relay medal in all records. I didn’t get to train as much as I would have wanted to because of GSAT, but I feel good that I could finish victorious,” she told The Gleaner. Alvaranga is hoping to move on to the high school of her choice, Immaculate Conception High and her father/coach, Rory Alvaranga, says Immaculate will be the best choice, not only based on its successful swimming program, but “excellent Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) grades”. “If you give Zaneta a choice of swimming or school, she is going to choose the water,” he added of what he believes will be a natural choice for her to pursue eventually as a career. St Hugh’s Prep finished in fifth place on 109 points, with young Alvaranga earning the high point trophy award for the girls 9-10 age group after amassing 36 points.last_img read more

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Warriors too strong for Mavericks

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson hit his first seven shots and scored 18 of his 20 points in the opening period as the Golden State Warriors cruised past the undermanned Dallas Mavericks 116-95 in the NBA on Wednesday night.”I feel it’s coming every game, honestly,” Thompson said. “I won’t let missed shots dictate how hard I play. As long as I play hard, I know I’ll be successful. It’s that simple.”Kevin Durant led Golden State with 28 points, Stephen Curry added 24 and Draymond Green had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors used their outside shooting to build a 19-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back.Harrison Barnes scored 25 points to lead Dallas in his first game against the Warriors since leaving as a free agent last summer.DeMar DeRozan won a shoot-out with Russell Westbrook, scoring 37 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 112-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.DeRozan, the NBA’s leading scorer with a 34.1 average heading into the game, made 13 of 22 field goals and 11 of 15 free throws.”You know, sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat, and good offence can beat great defence,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He had that happen several times where he made some very, very difficult shots.”Westbrook had 36 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but he made just nine of 26 shots and committed eight turnovers.”I thought everybody that guarded him did a decent job, but it was a five-man job,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Not one guy is going to stop him, and I say that all the time. It’s on the team.”James Harden had a triple-double with 24 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds as Houston made two late defensive stands to hold off San Antonio 101-99.”It was important for us,” Harden said. “The only way we’re going to get to where we want to go is on the defensive end. The game wasn’t pretty at all, but defensively we got stops.”REBOUNDSKawhi Leonard scored 34 points for the Spurs but missed his final two shots, either of which could have tied the game. After Leonard missed a layup in the final seconds, LaMarcus Aldridge missed a tip-in attempt at the buzzer.Blake Griffin had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Chris Paul added 19 points as the Los Angeles Clippers rolled past the Portland Trail Blazers 111-80.”When you play defence the way we have been, it’s a lot of fun,” Griffin said. “We enjoy getting stops and look forward to getting stops. Guys are just flying around, and even if someone makes a mistake, there’s another guy to cover up for them. When you are playing basketball like that, it’s a blast.”The Clippers stunned Portland from the opening tip, shooting 59 percent in the first quarter. They built a 32-point lead in the first half, when Griffin had 17 points. Los Angeles’ bench opened the second quarter on a 14-2 run to go up 50-18 before extending the lead to 61-32 at half-time.Paul George scored seven of Indiana’s 13 points in overtime as the Indiana Pacers beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers 122-115, while Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quarter in New York’s 110-96 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.Eric Bledsoe had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to help the Phoenix Suns rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-100, while Otto Porter scored a career-high 34 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the Boston Celtics 118-93.The Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-107, the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated Orlando Magic 123-107 and the Charlotte Hornets overcame the Utah Jazz 104-98.last_img read more

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Conduct of NA Hospital CEO “unacceptable”

first_img… “let the doctor make a report to the Police Station” – Health MinisterBy Ramona LuthiAfter it was brought to light that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Berbice has allegedly been physically abusive towards a doctor of the facility, Health Minister, Dr George Norton has advised that the doctor report the matter to Police.“I would advise the doctor to report the matter to the police station, as I would hope that anybody that is abused does. Let him make a report at the station. If the doctor wants, he can address the letter to me and I would investigate. I have no problem with that. We cannot uphold anyone abusing others. It’s totally unacceptable,” Dr Norton said.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonRegion Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Health Committee Chairman Haseef Yusuf, in a letter published in Guyana Times on April 14, 2016, stated that the New Amsterdam Hospital in Berbice has ‘’a matador who intends to ensure that everyone, from administrators to doctors to nurses is not spared of his vicious onslaught’’.  He indicated that the CEO of the medical facility has been using the health institution as a coliseum to target the employees.According to the letter, there have been several complaints issued against the CEO who is reportedly not only verbally abusive, but, of late, physically abusive. He has allegedly said that the facility belonged to him, in the midst of heaving his insults at patients, employees and sundry in a boisterous tone.It was explained that on April 6, 2016, Dr S Alli, who was attending to three patients in the Emergency Unit during the afternoon session, went to the laboratory to uplift lab results for one of the patients. He was then approached by the CEO who reportedly “boorishly” enquired about his business in the room. When Dr Alli stated his reason for being in the lab, the executive hurled abuse at him and took him to the Medical Superintendent. After the issue was heard, the Medical Superintendent explained to the CEO that it was not peculiar for the doctors to collect lab reports in emergency cases. The CEO, not satisfied, stormed out of the office with Dr Alli behind him. The doctor then enquired from the CEO if he had any problem with him, and this reportedly further angered the executive, who allegedly pushed Dr Alli against the wall and waved his fingers in the doctor’s face, before asking if he wanted to know what the problem was.Dr Alli immediately made a verbal report to the Medical Superintendent who advised him to submit a written complaint to her.Yusuf also posited that a formal complaint was made by Dr Alli to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on April 22, during the Ministry of the Presidency Outreach Programme at State House in New Amsterdam. The Minister assured him that the matter would be dealt with accordingly.Yusuf further stated that it was at the said outreach that Alli met with him and relayed the incident, accompanied by many medical staff of the Hospital who felt strongly about the matter and empathised with him since they were recipients of verbal abuse from the CEO, but had not spoken out in fear of victimisation.A complaint was also made by Dr Alli to the Director of Health Services, Jevaughn Stephens, who advised him to send his complaint in writing.In his letter, Yusuf said that he was “calling for a Commission of Inquiry to be held for this incident”.last_img read more

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Business Community Wants Gov’t Withdraw Mutilated Bank Notes

first_imgLiberian business owners have appealed to the government through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to intervene in the exchange of mutilated (tear-tear) bank notes between consumers and businesses.Some business owners told the Daily Observer in recent interviews that customers’ persistent refusal of mutilated bank notes is seriously hampering trade and commercial activities.For example, some said the situation is getting out of hand to the extent that it is discouraging the economic growth of the country.“I went to buy food at a local cook shop on Wednesday, but I was denied the food because the money I carried had a tear mark,” Sammy Gagy, a petty trader on Johnson Street said.A Fulah businessman at the corner of Water and Mechlin Street’s intersection told this newspaper that business owners are refusing the mutilated banknotes from consumers, who also refuse changes with similar mutilated banknotes. “Even conductors on the various buses refuse tear-tear money,” a lady passenger remarked. This situation, according to some business owners is worrisome and therefore they want the Central Bank of Liberia to find a lasting solution to it. In a related development, Montserrado County District #9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood has raised alarm over the shortage of the L$5 banknotes on the market.The lawmaker observed that the situation is posing economic hardship and suffering to the “poor masses,” noting that when one gives L$20 to purchase an item that costs L$15, he or she does not get change in return due to the shortage of the five dollar banknotes. She has therefore requested the Plenary to mandate the House Committee on Banking and Finance to meet with authorities of the CBL and commercial banks to give reasons for the shortage of the five dollar banknotes on the Liberian market.She has accordingly challenged the House’s Committee on Banking and Finance to use its oversight authority to ensure that the public is protected at all times, even during the period of transaction, adding, “we must ensure that the Central Bank ensures the free-flow and availability of all banknotes on the Liberian market.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CCJ dismisses former MP’s application to defer sitting of National Assembly

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has dismissed a case by former Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, in which he sought an order to defer the sitting of the National Assembly, which reconvenes today.Former Government Member of Parliament Charrandas PersaudThe respondents in this case were Compton Herbert Reid; Speaker of the House, Dr. Barton Scotland; Attorney General Basil Williams; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo; State Minister Joseph Harmon, and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The CCJ’s ruling was made on Thursday following a pre-trial and submission of affidavits by both the applicant and the respondents in this matter.According to a release to the media by the Attorney General’s Chambers, it has been further ordered that the applicant pay costs to the AG of Guyana, and those are to be assessed if not agreed upon.According to a copy of the Court ruling, the CCJ, having considered last month the earlier ruling that the no- confidence motion was not validly passed in the National Assembly on December 21st last year, considers the status of the Government and the National Assembly of Guyana unaffected by the result of that vote taken in December last year.As such, the CCJ, in its consideration of the submissions, stated that it would be imprudent in those circumstances for that Court to take what it deems “the most unusual step” of restraining the National Assembly from sitting, as urged by the applicant.The Caribbean Court of JusticeIn the first week of January last, private citizen Compton Reid had filed an action challenging the validity of former Government Parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud’s election as a Member of Parliament (MP), given his Canadian citizenship – the consequence of which, he contended, is that the no-confidence motion against the APNU+AFC Government could not be regarded as having been passed.On December 21st, a ‘yes’ vote from Persaud to an Opposition PPP/C-sponsored no-confidence motion against the APNU+AFC Government had tipped the scales 33-32 in favour of the motion. Consequently, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, ruled that the motion had been carried.Scotland has refused to reverse his recognition of the December 21 no-confidence motion, which propelled the Government to approach the courts to challenge the validity of Persaud’s vote and to seek an order staying the holding of general elections within the legally stipulated 90 days.Less than a month after Reid had filed his action, Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George ruled on the case, stating that the court has no jurisdiction to hear challenges to Persaud’s petition, since the applicant Compton Reid would have had to file an elections petition within 28 days of those elections.Justice George, however, said the court has jurisdiction to comment on the dual citizenship. She noted that the Constitution was very clear about dual citizenship status. To be qualified to be elected to the National Assembly, one must be 18 years old and Guyanese. It was established that Charrandas is a Guyanese citizen by birth.The evidence is that, in order to be become a Canadian citizen, one has to take an oath and bear allegiance to Canada. Charrandas would have sworn allegiance to Canada to receive a passport.The CJ noted that the holding of a passport has far-reaching consequences, and that by renewing the passport, one is renewing one’s own allegiance to the State.According to the CJ, by swearing allegiance to another state, a dual citizen is not qualified to be elected to serve in the National Assembly.This, she noted, is applicable to the MPs who currently hold dual citizenship in the National Assembly.last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: DES FITZPATRICK TAKES THE HONOURS AT MURVAGH

first_imgMurvagh Golf NewsLadies & Men’s Golf Committee AGM’sReminder to members that the Ladies’ Golf Committee AGM takes place at 8 pm on Monday the 24th of November and the Men’s AGM is on Friday the 28th November also at 8pm. Ladies CompetitionsLadies Links – 10th November1. Vida Given (Newtownstewart ) (26) 37pts2. Margaret Buckley (28) 34pts 3. Dolores Devenny (B & S) (12) 33pts4. Therese Mullen (Newtownstewart) (15) 32pts5. Geraldine Gorman (17) 31Pts (BOT)Front 9 Deirdre Kelly (B & S) (24) 18pts (BOT)Back 9 Margaret Hynes (B & S) (18) 15pts.(BOT) Men’s CompetitionsChristmas Cracker – Sponsored by M. McGettigan & SonsThis year’s Christmas Cracker is on Sunday the 7th of December. The entry sheet is in the Men’s locker room.Friday 14th of November. Des Fitzpatrick took the honours in the Friday Open on the 14th Nov holding off Francis McGranaghan and Liam Currums.Kevin Connolly kept his recent good form going with the Gross.1. Des Fitzpatrick (10) 37pts2. Francis McGranaghan (18) 36pts (bot)3. Liam Currums (13) 36ptsGross. Kevin Connolly (5) 28ptsSunday 16th NovemberJohn McNamara was the winner of the Sunday competition played in beautiful sunshine. John’s 42pts kept him ahead of Denis Kelly in 2nd place.The previous Sunday’s winner Darren Williamson picked up 3rd this time out and Player of the year Jason Conway continued his impressive form with the Gross.1. John McNamara (22) 42pts2. Denis Kelly (13) 41pts3. Darren Williamson (14) 40ptsGross. Jason Conway (4) 32ptsOpen DaysOpen Days continue every Friday.GOLF NEWS: DES FITZPATRICK TAKES THE HONOURS AT MURVAGH was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfMurvaghNoticesSportlast_img read more

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Steelers spoil Chargers’ comeback bid

first_imgSAN DIEGO – It might not have been a traditional AFL Wild West shootout, but true to their powder-blue uniforms, one rule from those long ago days still applied for the San Diego Chargers – the last team with the ball wins. The Chargers scored on their last four possessions, but Pittsburgh had the ball last and kicker Jeff Reed made it count, booting a 40-yard field goal with six seconds left to lift the Steelers to a 24-22 victory Monday night before a record crowd of 68,537 at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers had taken a 23-22 lead on LaDainian Tomlinson’s 2-yard touchdown run with 4:42 left that capped an 11-play drive in which the running back converted a pair of third downs. But the Steelers stopped Tomlinson on the 2-point conversion attempt when he ran over left guard. Pittsburgh responded behind 33-year-old tailback Jerome Bettis, who bulled his way to first downs on a pair of third-and-1s. Instead of the Steelers having the ball at the San Diego 22 with a chance to restore a two-touchdown lead, the Chargers gained life. Helped by a personal foul penalty on Troy Polamalu, San Diego drove for a 34-yard field goal by Nate Kaeding with 9:42 left in the third quarter to close the gap to 14-10. Buoyed by the crowd, the defense stiffened, the Chargers drove deep again – this time keyed by Drew Brees’ scramble and dump off to Antonio Gates, who broke two tackles and rambled 21 yards. Still, the Chargers, who had scored touchdowns on an NFL-best 80 percent of their trips into the red zone this season, settled for another Kaeding field goal, this from 32 yards. San Diego took its first lead on Kaeding’s third field goal of the half, a 41-yarder with 11:41 left in the game. Then the Chargers defense, which had harassed Roethlisberger in the second half, took a series off. The Pittsburgh quarterback completed passes of 33 and 13 yards to a wide open Hines Ward before hitting tight end Heath Miller for a 16-yard score and just like that, the Steelers reclaimed the lead with 10:30 to play. Billy Witz, (818) 713-3621 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has won 16 of his 17 career regular-season starts, completed a 9-yard pass to Antwan Randle-El to put Reed in position for the kick at the Chargers 29-yard line. But Roethlisberger’s left knee buckled as nose tackle Luis Castillo rolled onto it. Charlie Batch came on and handed off twice to Bettis to set up Reed’s kick. “We just didn’t make enough plays to get the thing done,” Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said. What looked like a potential blowout appeared to turn on a fumbled punt that was overturned by the officials. San Diego’s Darren Sproles, after calling for a fair catch, had the ball bounce off his shoulder pads and up into the air, where Pittsburgh’s Chidi Uwuoma grabbed it as he collided with Sproles. As the Steelers offense and the Chargers defense ran onto the field, the officials huddled and referee Jeff Triplette ruled that Sproles, because he had signaled for the fair catch, was interefered with by Uwuoma. last_img read more

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Wesson can do all but cast votes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Councilman-elect Herb Wesson took responsibility Wednesday as caretaker of his new 10th District council office, allowing him to begin putting staff in place before his formal swearing-in next month. Wesson asked Council President Alex Padilla for the designation, letting Wesson begin the job that has been done since July 1 by the Chief Legislative Analyst’s Office after the resignation of former Councilman Martin Ludlow, who went to work for the Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. In the caretaker role, Wesson is allowed to perform all council member duties except vote at meetings. Councilman-elect Jose Huizar, who was elected to fill out the term for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the 14th District, is not able to take a similar role because of his final work as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, spokeswoman Monica Garcia said. last_img read more

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GLENREE UNITED GIRLS SET FOR ALL-IRELAND BID

first_imgGlenree girls are headed to the All-Ireland blitzGLENREE U12 GIRLS HEADING FOR ALL IRELAND BIDMcGinn football grounds in Buncrana was the setting on Saturday last for the next round of U12 girls blitz.Glenree utd along with Swilly Rovers, Kilmacrennan, Moville, Greencastle and Buncrana arrived in high spirits on a beautiful sunny day to compete for a pathway to the next level, all Ireland finals in Dublin. After obtaining the Donegal title a number of weeks earlier Glenree utd were eager to go the distance and some five games later and superb showing of football skills from all teams Glenree U12 girls secured their place in this year’s blitz final in Dublin in three weeks time. Good luck to all the team that will be travelling to Dublin.  Many thanks to all who travelled to McGinn park on the day to support the teams. It is your support and encouragement that keeps the dream alive! A big word of thanks goes to our coach Cathal for all his hard work and dedication for this team. Thanks Cathal!Sincere thanks for Danielle Doherty for all her time, help and support during these past months.A special word also for Michelle, a vital part of the team for all her help and support over the year. GLENREE UNITED GIRLS SET FOR ALL-IRELAND BID was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 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:All-Ireland bidGlenree United girlssoccerU-12slast_img read more

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SINN FÉIN DEPUTY TO SEEK VIEWS OF HOTEL INDUSTRY ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnDonegal North East TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has written to the managers and owners of all hotels across Donegal North East seeking their views on the development of tourism in the county and to establish what diificulties or challenges their business is facing. His initiative follows recent news that two more hotels in the county are facing closure or receivership.The Sinn Féin Deputy said, “Our hotels across this county are vital to our local economies and to our tourism offering. Therefore the loss of any hotel is a real blow. “I am inviting the managers and owners of hotels in my constituency to outline to me the needs of their hotel business and their observations on tourism in this county.Particular questions that I would have are:What are their thoughts on the Wild Atlantic Way initiative from Fáilte Ireland? Have they noticed an upturn in tourists visiting their hotel due to the initiative?What could Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council or the Government improve upon to attract tourists to the county and to their hotel business? What could be done to reasonably reduce their costs as a business?What special interventions could be made by Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council or the Government to assist their hotel business?The responses I receive will inform a detailed submission I will then pass on to Fáilte Ireland, Donegal County Council and the Minister for Tourism, Paschal Donohue. SINN FÉIN DEPUTY TO SEEK VIEWS OF HOTEL INDUSTRY ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

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