However, it wasn’t until Francis, his brother, Paul, the late David Noel and Bruce James formed the MVP and with the consent of the professor of speed, Dennis Johnson, formed an alliance with the University of Technology that has changed the face and the fortunes of Jamaican track and field. Athletes trained by Stephen have set world records and won 56 World Championships and 28 Olympic medals but his contribution is to be measured in more than just medals. On one hand, world records by Asafa Powell and gold medals won by Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Melaine Walker and Brigitte Foster-Hylton have made all Jamaicans proud. On the other, the MVP/UTech model has been copied as well as admired by other ambitious local clubs and institutions. Now, thanks in large part to the example provided by the MVP and UTech, there is a productive Jamaican alternative for those who want to combine athletics with academics. Stephen Francis can be blunt, but those close to him speak as much about his genius as his compassion and his playful sense of humour. At one memorable training session at the National Stadium East field, the coach had the entire training group rolling in laughter. On another, he cracked jokes like a stand-up comic as the group did exercises on the all purpose court in front of the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology. Few will see that side of him but thanks to the National Awards event earlier this week, they can look admiringly at his body of work and say, well done Stephen Francis. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. It’s a sign of how important success in track and field is to Jamaica that the sport’s operatives often get national awards. Just days ago, volunteer official Ian Forbes and coaches Stephen Francis and Maurice Wilson stood in the spotlight on National Heroes Day alongside hundreds who have served the country with distinction. All three deserve to stand in such company. Forbes has continued his family’s record of service in sport. His father, Headley, is a giant, and Ian has carried on brilliantly. In addition to his work at Jamaica College, he has served as a meet official, director of the JC Invitational and manager of national teams at the youth and senior level. Ian and Ray Harvey were especially good as they led the wonderful meet-management team that did Jamaica proud when it staged the 2002 World Junior Championship. Wilson has not only distinguished himself by coaching Holmwood Technical to 10 wins at Girls’ Championships but also by serving as technical leader to Jamaica’s most successful Olympic and World Championship teams and by teaching the next generation of fitness and sport practitioners at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education and Sport. Now, his Sprintec Track Club has produced a 2017 World Championships medal winner in 400-metre hurdler Ristananna Tracey and a 2014 Commonwealth champion in Rasheed Dwyer. His work, both as teacher and coach, will continue to bear fruit. Before Francis arrived with his MVP Track Club family in 1999, 99.9 per cent of our champions were nurtured abroad. Patrick Robinson made the 1964 Olympic team while a student at the University of the West Indies. Generations later, the Jamalco Track Club guided Michael McDonald to world class in the 400 metres. Successful alliance
Following advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), detectives have instituted charges against two men who confessed to the murder of Jagdish Dass, 31, of Chelsea Park, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on April 17, 2012.The suspects – Nankumar Ganesh, 30, of Hill Street, Albouystown, Georgetown and Amarnauth Gopaul, 47, of Section C Chelsea Park, ECD – are expected to make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts today.Based on information gathered, Gopaul reportedly contracted Ganesh and a second person to kill Dass since he was having an affair with his brother’s wife. The third suspect, Guyana Times understands, is presently in prison for allegedly killing his wife a few years ago.A Police source explained that Gopaul paid over $200,000 to the two men and another $300,000 after the job was completed. The Police however, after four years cracked the case after they stumbled upon new evidence which led to the arrest of Gopaul’s sister-in-law. The woman’s husband was also questioned but denied having any involvement in the cold-blooded murder.It was reported that on April 17, 2012, the gunman and others parked a truck on Mahaica New Road with its hazard lights flashing and pretended that the vehicle had broken down.The perpetrators were aware that Dass, also a trucker, would pass that route around the same time on his way to Soesdyke/Linden Highway for sand. Upon seeing the truck, Dass reportedly stopped to render assistance since he knew the men. As he exited his truck, he was shot twice to the head.The men then made good their escape and the man’s body was discovered on the parapet of the Mahaica New Road a few hours later. After the discovery, the dead man’s relatives were holding out that he was killed as a result of the relationship he shared with a woman in the village.Back then, the woman’s husband and two others were arrested but were released on $100,000 bail each. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that the file was set to the DPP who stated that there was enough evidence to charge the duo for murder.The Crime Chief added that although the murder occurred four years ago, detectives would have examined all angles and kept the case alive. Blanhum praised the Police ranks who were instrumental in solving yet another cold case. (Bhisham Mohamed)
– at 175th anniversaryPresident David Granger has pledged Government’s support for ongoing educational programmes being implemented by the Diocese of Guyana, and has noted that religious organisations can play an integral role in the development of communities, and by extension the country.The President made these remarks at a special church service held to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Guyana, on Sunday at the Christ Church Parish on Waterloo Street.President David Granger, First Lady, Sandra Granger at the church service on Sunday. Also in photo is Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeHe has said the Diocese has been making strides in terms of education delivery since its establishment, and this coincides with his goal of improving access to education for all the children of Guyana.“The Diocese, through the foresight of our first Bishop, established Queen’s College as early as 1844, and later the correctly-named Bishops’ High School, both of which still reflect the high standards set by their Anglican founders…“The Diocese can be assured of my Government’s support for the Church’s educational efforts, as I have supported Hindu and Islamic schools through the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST),” the President said.President Granger also said the Diocese has always played a role in the promotion of peace, in assisting the poor and impoverished, and in bringing together people of different backgrounds.“The Diocese came into existence on August 24, 1842 with the consecration of Right Reverend William Austin as the first Bishop of Guiana… The Diocese deserves our gratitude for its service to women, youth, the poor and needy. We applaud the episcopacy, clergy and laity for the propagation of the Gospel in Guyana… The State looks forward to working with the Diocese towards making Guyana a better place, and to providing a good life for all in the years ahead,” the President has said.The Head of State noted that the Diocese occupies a prominent place, and plays a pivotal role in public and private life. He noted that Anglicans constitute almost seven per cent of Guyana’s population. Anglicanism, he said, has transcended race, class and creed, and has deep roots in almost all communities, with churches in every hinterland and coastal region. “Growing up in Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara, I never had to travel more than 30 minutes from my home to reach an Anglican Church, so ubiquitous were they then. The Diocese of Guyana is home to some of Guyana’s most historic churches, the most spectacular of which — the Cathedral of St George — adorns our $100 currency note,” President Granger said.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, December 21- Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his team are finally performing like champions, even though there is no immediate end in sight to their chronic injury problems in attack.City made light of the fact they did not have a recognised fit striker in their squad to beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday and move level on points — for 48 hours at least — with Premier League leaders Chelsea. David Silva scored twice and Yaya Toure added the third as the pair continued their recent return to peak form and helped City record an eighth consecutive victory in all competitions.“I’m delighted this squad is demonstrating why we won the title last year,” said Pellegrini.“I think December is a key month. Maybe it is not the month when you win the title, but you play so many games that if you want to fight for the title, you need to be close to being in the lead.“We’re having a good moment. Nobody believed two months ago that we would be continuing in the Champions League and involved in the title (race). But we kept trusting what we were doing and kept working every day.”City’s Christmas period continues when they visit struggling West Bromwich Albion on Friday.Injured forwards Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic will all be unavailable for that contest, meaning James Milner may have to continue to deputise as an emergency lone striker.“I don’t think any will be available,” said Pellegrini of his injured strikers.“Dzeko and Kun (Aguero) I’m sure will not be fit for Boxing Day, but the first half of January. We will see with Jovetic and the way he improves from now until January.”– ‘Disgraceful decision’ –However, with Silva and Toure in such fine form, City should have few problems with an upcoming schedule that sees them take on not only West Brom, but also Burnley and Sunderland.“Yaya was very criticised at the beginning of the season, but it was not only Yaya who was not performing at his best,” said Pellegrini.“I said that when our midfielders — (Samir) Nasri, Yaya, Fernandinho — returned to their normal performances, we would return to the way we normally play.“All of them are playing regularly at the moment. David has come in from a long injury on his knee and is returning to the way he knows how to play.“I say the same thing about David that I say about Sergio Aguero. This team always needs Sergio Aguero to play because he is a very important player, but I don’t think this team is only Sergio Aguero. David Silva is exactly the same.“These players make a difference, but if for any reason they can’t play, we still have a team who know how to do it. Other players have their moments and are giving important answers, in the way David did today (Saturday).”Palace were ultimately well beaten, but visiting manager Neil Warnock was understandably irritated that his midfielder James McArthur had a header incorrectly ruled out for offside when his side were trailing 2-0.“It was miles onside,” said Warnock, who felt the referee’s assistant who made the call had been at fault.“He’s in a bad position and it’s a disgraceful decision. I’m sure he will be sorry, but at this level you have to get those decisions right. My players deserved better.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Chick said she will take some time to talk with others about her plans and whether to pursue it further. Chick is the second high-profile official to take advantage of voters’ approval of a measure that gives City Council members the opportunity to serve a third four-year term in office. Assemblyman Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, is running to fill out the two years left in the term of former Councilman Alex Padilla. Alarcon said it is the prospect of being able to serve another full term on the council that convinced him to run for the job. Weiss has said in interviews that he plans to run for the city attorney post that Rocky Delgadillo will have to give up in 2009. Delgadillo has not announced his plans, although there have been reports he is interested in running for Chick’s office. If Chick does run for Weiss’ council seat, she would have to move from her Silver Lake home to establish residency in the district. Councilman Dennis Zine, who now holds the 3rd District seat Chick previously had representing the West San Fernando Valley, said he would support Chick if she decides to run. “She did extremely well when she was on the council and has done extremely well as controller,” Zine said. “She is very much attuned to the public and made a mark when she served on the council. “I can see why she’d want to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have the desire to serve the public in this arena of politics on the local level, there aren’t that many opportunities like this out there.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing term limits in two years, City Controller Laura Chick announced Friday she wants to return to the City Council – although not the San Fernando Valley seat she held for eight years. Chick, popular for her audits exposing misdeeds and mismanagement, said she is eyeing the 5th District seat expected to be vacated by Councilman Jack Weiss in 2009. “I have been gratified and encouraged by the countless individuals who have urged me to continue my work in public service by running for a third term on the City Council in 2009,” Chick said in a statement. “I love serving the people of Los Angeles as city controller. My two terms have given me a fresh perspective on the many serious issues and problems that we face as a city.”
Alvaro Negredo poses with the Premier League trophy alongside Fernandinho Alvaro Negredo insists he is happy at Manchester City and is not planning to leave the club this summer.The Spanish striker has been heavily linked with a return to his homeland just a year after leaving Sevilla for City.Atletico Madrid have been mooted as a possible destination for the 28-year-old after they sold Diego Costa to Chelsea.Negredo enjoyed a stunning start to his City career, but his form tailed off in the second half of the season amid speculation he was homesick.However, Negredo assured City’s supporters in a Q&A on the club’s website on Wednesday that he is not looking to exit the Etihad.“I don’t want to leave City,” he said.“I’m very happy and very settled here. I had a difficult end to the season and that’s why there has been a lot of talking, but I’ve been very happy here from the first day I arrived.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS — A man drove helter-skelter across the San Fernando Valley on this morning, intentionally ramming up to five cars before he was caught, Los Angeles police said. The driver of a white 1984 Mitsubishi coupe led officers on a high-speed chase on city streets and freeways between Encino and Sherman Oaks before he surrendered on foot at 10:45 a.m. “The suspect has rammed at least four or five vehicles,” said an officer in pursuit over a police radio, to the sound of squealing tires. The officer said he might be a wanted robbery suspect. Los Angeles police said the motorist exceeded speeds of 70 mph on surface streets and the 101 (Ventura) Freeway as he caromed off other cars. In a final crash at Hazeltine Avenue and Ventura Boulevard, he rammed a car, which spun wildly out of control in a large cloud of smoke. The man leaped from his vehicle about two blocks east of Hazeltine, racing into a nearby business before surrendering.
Beth Les, who was one of the boarders evicted, called the experience “heart breaking.” What’s worse, she said, is that she hasn’t seen any progress or change to the property since they moved away. Mike Popovec, a member of the Rowland Heights Coordinating Council, said he will be disappointed if the land does not remain as it is. “Residents purchased their properties with the idea they would be looking at open space,” Popovec said. “Up until this point, we have been successful in convincing the county that reversing open space is not a good trend to set.” The land was designated as open space, which allows for passive recreation, in 1984. But Councilman Wen Chang said nothing has been decided. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIAMOND BAR – Ken Gates lived on an undeveloped parcel in unincorporated Los Angeles County for almost 20 years. He called it the Circle G Ranch. There, he provided a home for more than 100 horses. But a year ago, he received an eviction notice from property owner Robert Reed that forced Gates and the horses to find new homes. “We had a very nice family going,” said Rowland Heights resident Susan Shaver, who housed a horse at the ranch. “Since then, I know others have sold horses, moved great distances and have basically scattered to the winds.” The Circle G Ranch was located on 150 acres of open space. An application for a 43-home development on Hastings Street in Rowland Heights drew attention to the ranch, which was operating without a permit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeDespite the opposition from the boarders and nearby residents, everyone was moved out of the ranch by April. Just three months later, Reed and the city of Diamond Bar struck up a land deal. Diamond Bar approved a $64,000 down payment in July for the Robert Reed Family Trust property, 150 acres located located west of the Orange (57) Freeway near Pathfinder Road in Rowland Heights, an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County. The city agreed to pay $3.2 million for 150 acres of land owned by a family trust once escrow closes. City officials said they are not sure what the land will be used for, but a golf course and preserving it as open and other recreational spaces are possibilities.