The race is on as sporting teams, athletes and coaches vie to take out awards on the 24th of this month at the South Pacific Brewery Sports Awards.From the racing arena comes nominees Toea Wisil, Betty Burua and Nelson Stone, to the sporting teams like the eccentric Barramundis and the high flying Pepes.The sport of weightlifting has done extremely well, being given the nod in several different categories with the sports club of the year, male athlete of the year plus the junior male athlete of the year.The nominees and categories:Coach of the year: Rarua Dikana (cricket), Tommy Lui Kila (volleyball) and Laka Nou (rugby union).Sports Administrator of the year: Don Fox (rugby league), Ludwig Peka (soccer/Team Morobe), Konio Vai (squash).Best Sportsperson with disability: Pope Gazave (parasports), Rose Nega (special Olympics), Thomson Ninkama (special Olympics).Distinguished service to sports: Abel Manumanu (athletics/Milne Bay), Graham Osborne (rugby union), Timai Tally (bodybuilding).Sports club of the Year: Hanuabada weightlifting club, Kempa outrigger canoeing club, Telstars netball club.Junior female athlete of the Year: Jenny Albert (athletics), Lorraine Harry (weightlifting), Lynette Vai (squash).Junior Male athlete of the Year: Riley Hekure (cricket), Geoffery Loi (table tennis), Fred Oala (weightlifting)Community Sports Initiative Award: Kempa Outrigger Canoeing Club, NSI judo club, Tubusereia junior basketball club.Team of the year: Amoa men’s volleyball team, Barramundis, Pepes.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Both Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo failed to spark as Melbourne Renegades crashed to a comprehensive seven-wicket defeat to city rivals Melbourne Stars here yesterday.Playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Renegades reached 161 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in, with Cameron White top-scoring with 54 from 39 deliveries and captain Aaron Finch getting 36 from 29 balls.Gayle fell cheaply in the fourth over with the score on 17, scoring just four off 10 balls before giving a simple catch to Kevin Pietersen at mid-on off seamer John Hastings.Bravo, meanwhile, fell in the final over for just seven off eight balls, bowled by Hastings, who finished with four for 29.In reply, Stars got a superb unbeaten 109 off 63 balls from Englishman Luke Wright as they raced to their target off the first ball of the final over.He struck 11 fours and four sixes in a knock that held the innings together as wickets tumbled around him.Bravo finished with one for 28 from four overs of medium pace.
Brilliant free kick Importantly, both winners qualified for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League as two of the three Caribbean slots allowed. The third spot will be filled by the winners of today’s third place playoff between Arnett Gardens and Don Bosco. In Friday’s opening game, W Connection grabbed the lead as early as the second minute when Alvin Jones scored with a brilliant free kick from just outside the box. Arnett Gardens missed a couple of chance to equalise and were made to pay for their wastefulness as Shahdon Winchester doubled W Connection’s lead on the stroke of half-time after being set up by Jamol Williams. The second half was fairly evenly contested but Arnett failed to find the two important goals to keep the semi-final alive. In the second game of the night, neither team could find the decisive goal in regular time, as they battled a heavy downpour, and the contest only came alive early in extra time. Central FC snatched the lead in the 93rd minute through Sean Silva’s free kick but his strike was cancelled out when Don Bosco earned a penalty and Kerlins Georges converted in the 104th minute. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC): Title-holders Central FC and last year’s losing finalists, W Connection, will clash again in today’s final of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship, after posting contrasting wins in the semi-finals here Friday night. Playing at the Stade Sylvio Cator, W Connection blanked Jamaican club Arnett Gardens 2-0 in the opening game and Central FC ensured another all-Trinidadian final when they edged home side Don Bosco 4-2 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out after scores were locked 0-0 after regulation time and 1-1 after extra time.
PBA IMAGESStarting out hot and finishing at boiling point, Alaska mowed down Phoenix Petroleum, 93-75, on Wednesday night as the Aces—who have never looked this good in almost two years—are now staring the PBA Philippine Cup leaders in the face and are making a case for a twice-to-beat privilege.Calvin Abueva didn’t just warm up this time. He came off the bench at Mall of Asia Arena to pump in 21 points that went with 14 rebounds and four steals in 25 minutes and lead a hardnosed defensive stand by Alaska that starved the Fuel Masters to a franchise low total at the half.ADVERTISEMENT JRU boosts Final Four bid The Aces clamped down hard and gave up 24 points in the first two periods, and when the Fuel Masters tried making a game out of it in the fourth quarter by coming to within 14, Alaska scooted away for good on the way to rising to 5-2 and solo third.Only San Miguel Beer and Magnolia are better with 5-1 slates, though the Beermen and the Hotshots are sure to part ways as they still have to face each other later on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPhoenix couldn’t find the same game it dished out in upsetting Barangay Ginebra last week and slipped to 3-4.“We gave up 24 (first half) points. If I can find a way to bottle that, I’d be a millionaire,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said with a smile, marveling at the great job they did on Phoenix’s offense. “It was one of those halves where our defense had a lot of teeth.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meanwhile, Commissioner Willie Marcial suspended the referees who worked the Barangay Ginebra-San Miguel Beer game last Sunday because of the confusion that marred the final 4.6 seconds of a 100-96 Kings victory.Three referees got one-week suspensions each while a fourth one was slapped a three-week ban even as Marcial also suspended the game barker and a table official for failing to spot the error that led to San Miguel’s Chris Ross taking a free throw instead of Chico Lanete.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chris Banchero led the Aces with 22 and three more tossed in 10 each in a balanced scoring attack that Compton counterpart Louie Alas could not find.Matthew Wright was bottled up the whole night and struggled to finish with 16 points—all of them coming from close range—as the Aces never allowed him to settle into a groove from the perimeter. He was 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.Pushed to the wall by an enemy taken lightly by almost everyone, TNT KaTropa did enough to avoid a laughable upset in the other game.“I didn’t see that they gave their best today,” coach Nash Racela said of his Texters, who barely nosed out cellar-dwelling KIA Picanto, 90-85, to climb to the upper half of the 12-team pack.It took two RR Garcia baskets inside the dying minutes for the Texters to pull this one out of the fire and rise to 4-3 for fourth place at the moment, as Racela stayed on target for at least a top-six finish.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year
Deputy Minister of Education Ramses T. Kumbugah has made a call for private school owners to employ committed teachers in order to help Liberian students acquire quality education.He made the call when he spoke at a program marking the dedication of phase one of the newly-constructed Self-Help School Building project in New Kru Town Bushrod Island, Monrovia.The program brought together government officials, parents, community dwellers, and students of the institution.The Juah Sarwee Memorial Welfare Institute was named after President Ellen Johnson Sirleafs’ grandmother.The Minister said if teachers are not committed and willing to actively perform their duties, it becomes dangerous to the students and the country at-large.He pointed out, however, that teachers should not use the profession as a stepping stone to another profession; rather, one must become a teacher because of the love and passion for teaching.“In molding the minds of young people, there are skills required. And teachers should continue adding to their ability of being goods teachers, daily.“It becomes dangerous to our society if we don’t have qualified and willing educators in the sector. Quality education is not the responsibility of the public sector alone but of private institutions as well,” Deputy Minister Kumbugah said.According to him,“Teachers need to make use of training institutions around the country, to enhance their capacities.”He called on parents to help teachers, as it is not the responsibility of teachers alone.“Parents must be ready to make sacrifices for their children in ensuring that they are educated. Bringing up young children is not easy. So we need parents to get involved in the process; when the children leave school they go home. Parents need to serve as guardians to the children, make sure they study their lessons, do their home work, and make it to school on time.With all of these efforts, we know that we are headed somewhere when it comes to the upbringing of qualified and competent youths for tomorrow,” he stressed.“We as the public sector are making sure that quality education remains our priority. The challenges remain high for senior high schools when it comes to getting qualified teachers; however we remain committed to doing all we can to make sure that Liberian children get a good education,” he added.Minister Kumbugah concluded by encouraging students to take their education seriously and avoid too much play. He told the students that if they must achieve their goal of become future leaders and nation builders; they must be ready to pass through the tough times of education.“Becoming big people in society is done through education. Without education, you cannot make a serious contribution the country. So if all of you students want to become a part of Liberia’s transformation process, you must be educated”, he pointed out.The first phase of the newly-constructed school building consists of 17 class rooms, a laboratory and a library.Giving a short speech, the school principal, Mr. Robert B. Teah, said the school has a total of 2,080 students for this academic 2014/2014.He added that the school is still in need of a generator and 740 arm chairs.“The school is almost tuition free; students only pay LRD$800.00 per school year. We are able to pay our teachers and run the affairs of the school through what we raise from partners, friend, and other good will ambassadors.For the completion of this school, we still needUS$23,803.00 because the total cost of the project was a little over US$100.000”, he said.“We need both materials or cash contributions and support from philanthropic individuals, charitable and humanitarian institutions, to enable us complete the entire two-storey modern building project to help bring to our students the quality education they deserve—and will get, should they apply themselves,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The country director of Mercy Corps, Madam Penelope Anderson, has disclosed that it was due to the strong efforts exerted by the Liberian Government and people that led Mercy Corps to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country.Madam Anderson made the remark yesterday at the beginning of a two-day Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP) held at Paynesville City Hall.During the Ebola crisis, said Madam Anderson, other partners saw the great efforts that Liberians were making. Despite the financial problems Liberians faced, they remained committed to the challenges. This gave the partners hope to join Liberians in the fight.“More and more Liberians were committed to join the fight and that was what prompted USAID to organize the ECAP platform to target communities within the 15 counties to provide better education about Ebola and the way forward to prevent it,” Madam Anderson said.The Mercy Corps CD asserted that following the establishment of ECAP, they began to work with organizations within the 15 counties, to ensure that citizens were sufficiently educated to tackle the virus.“Our combined efforts with civil society led us to achieve our success stories and now Liberia is on the verge of getting a certificate indicating that the country is free of Ebola,” Madam Anderson said with elation.She pledged ECAP support to continuing the community engagement because it remains crucial to ensure that people in all corners of the country remain vigilant and know what to do in the case of an outbreak.“Past experience has shown that even one case of the virus can have catastrophic impacts if appropriate measures are not taken to contain the virus.”The social mobilization chair, Rev. John Sumo, said at the beginning of the EVD crisis, there were many challenges including financial and other support facing the Health Ministry. At the peak of the EVD, strategies used to tackle the virus included what he described as ‘inter-personal communication, advocacy, reframing messages and total community engagement.He cautioned Liberians to continue the preventive measures and urged them not to be complacent. Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister, Lewis Brown, who served as the keynote speaker, attributed the cause of the virus spread to what he termed as “skepticism on the part of the citizens that such a virus existed.”This skepticism was among the government’s greatest challenges faced in combating the spread of the virus.He praised national and international partners for their great support, describing it as “excellent partnership in the fight.”“Despite efforts by the government to contain the spread of the virus, there were so many criticisms that the government wanted money, but we accepted all of that and today we are on the verge of winning the fight.“Critics must continue to speak out because it’s their right,” said Minister Brown.He thanked the USAID through the ECAP project and other partners for their continued support which has enabled the public to believe strongly that one day soon Liberia will be declared Ebola-free.ECAP is a US$12 million social mobilization project, funded by USAID and developed by Mercy Corps together with Population Services International (PSI) to support the government’s Ebola response.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) are on the hunt for the prime suspect in the murder of a man known only as “Overdose”.The now deceased man was found lying on Hadfield Street, Georgetown, on Saturday, bleeding from a suspected stab wound in the stomach. He was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he died shortly after while receiving medical attention.According to the Police, the prime suspect, who goes by the alias “Nick-Knock”, of Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown is being sought. Further information relating to the stabbing incident was not provided.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force is seeking the assistance of family members or relatives, to come forward and identify the victim so as to allow for an autopsy to be conducted.The body is presently at Lyken’s Funeral Home.
A young man who is said to be a prime suspect in a fatal hit and run accident which occurred on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway on January 19 has reportedly fled the country.Twenty-one-year-old Brian Basdeo was killed in the accident while another was injured.A source close to the investigation told this publication that the suspect’s father and brother were questioned by the police while a white Toyota RunX, suspected to be the car involved in the accident, was impounded. It was reported that the suspect left Guyana on Monday last, two days after the accident. According to the source, the car was found at the suspect’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara home. At the time of the discovery, the source revealed that the car’s bumper had already been changed but there were indentations on the side of the vehicle.The source added that the relatives of the suspect have since told Police that the driver of the car was not on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway when the fatal accident occurred since he and his father had an argument and he had left home, leaving the car parked. But according to the source, surveillance footage shows that the young man was imbibing at a bar at Soesdyke and later left in the same car to drop off his girlfriend who lives on the Soesdyke Highway. The source added that surveillance footage from another business showed the RunX passing from the Soesdyke Highway direction shortly after the accident.However, relatives of the now dead man as well as the injured man are accusing the police of turning a blind eye to the evidence.When contacted, the Traffic Chief and Divisional Commander were both unable to confirm these claims and were unable to provide an update on the investigation.Basdeo, an auto body technician of Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, had travelled to the Linden-Soesdyke Highway to tow another car to his home to get it repaired.The car with the mechanical issue was being towed by another car driven by a friend of the now deceased man. As they moved off, the car that was being towed and steered by Basdeo started to make a loud noise.At that time, Basdeo shouted to his friend ordering him to stop. They both exited their vehicles to make checks.Another car then pulled up to render assistance and in doing so, they saw the white Toyota RunX approaching at a fast rate.Guyana Times understands that the man who stopped to help shouted for Basdeo and the other man to move out of the way as he ran to safety.Basdeo was reportedly stooping down to conduct checks on the vehicle when he was struck and tossed by the speeding car.He landed onto the roadway and died almost immediately.His friend, who attempted to run, was also struck by the speeding car, which did not stop to render assistance. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was examined and it was discovered that his left leg was broken in several places.He was treated while Basdeo was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Hospital.
Amanda Rathburn is one of the members of the Killbillies. She says it was great to have the squad play as a team throughout the contest.“We had a great game; the team pulled together as a team. Everyone did as they were supposed to do. We had a strong game and a strong finish which was awesome,” she says.Rathburn points to the difference between the two games as the team’s ability to simply show up and take care of the business at hand.- Advertisement -“I think hosting the game, and having to put the whole thing together puts a lot more stress on the girls than we realized,” she explains. “Being able to show up, and just put in what we do in practice, [and] put it on the floor, it really seemed to make a difference.”She adds that the game was good news all around on a number of levels, including injuries and the debut of new players.“We had no major injuries. We had two girls on the floor who it was their first real bout, and they did fantastic. It was just a happy win across the board,” Rathburn says.Advertisement Next up for the Killbillies is a return to the North Peace Arena on August 10 against the Grimshaw Reapers, a team Fort St. John handily defeated earlier in the season, 300-145.
The Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice is scheduled to host a horse race meet this Sunday, September 23.With more than 40 entries already confirmed for the card, which consists of six categories, the day promises to be an exciting one.Speaking with Guyana Times Sport, Organizing Secretary Compton Sancho said, “We are focusing heavily on the preparation in terms of the track and the infrastructure.” He said he has taken a look at the track and is very impressed at what he has seen, as parts of the track have been refurbished, such as the 5-furlong area, and the track has been rolled and compressed to bring out the best in its surface.Asked what races fans should be on the lookout for, Sancho delightfully responded, “The H class and Lower will be the feature event on the card, and I can safely say off-hand that it’s going to be a real race that will be long remembered; because, for a very long time, we haven’t had a line-up in this class as compared to what we have now.”Some of the horses that will be in action on Sunday are the in-form Seven Dust, which is set to battle it out with defending champion Lucky Star; Orion, a really impressive animal hailing from the Crawford Stables; Not This Time, recent winner of the race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses in the Guyana Cup 2018; Slim Shady and Kentucky Woman.Sancho also said this Crawford horse racing meet is going to be a big event, not only because of the sponsors, but simply because some of the horses that didn’t make it in the frame for the Guyana Cup will have a chance to compete on the small track; thus some will redeem their budding reputations while others will prove themselves.For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary, Compton Sancho, on 691-1175.The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-Law Poonai.