AAG has a new treasurer … Stanton says nothing amiss about resignation

first_imgCITING personal reasons and steadfastly denying any possible hidden reasons, treasurer of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Niall Stanton, resigned from the post to which he was elected last January.The resignation has been in effect since February, and according to another AAG executive, Citizens Bank Senior Manager Kwabina Griffith has taken over the post since March.When contacted yesterday, Stanton confirmed the resignation noting, however, that he remains on several committees for the AAG, including the committee organising the upcoming South American Junior Championships set to be held in Guyana in June.“No I am not (the Treasurer). I’m just on the technical committee, the finance committee, I would do a little PR every now and then for them, and I’m on the committee that is planning the South American Championships here, and that’s basically it,” Stanton explained.He went on to resolutely deny any claims that he may have resigned for clandestine reasons. Another section of the media had reported sources who claimed that Stanton’s resignation had been “more than what it seems on the surface” and that the AAG was keeping the resignation on quiet so as to not draw attention that anything was amiss.Stanton, however, says the resignation has never been a secret and he doesn’t know why persons would want to infer that he had other reasons to resign.“Honestly I don’t know where people getting that idea from, and running away with these different things,” Stanton remarked.“I must say, though, that I have left the financial statement in a very good position.”last_img read more

Competitive climbing show to feature USC contestants

first_imgIt began with a post on the USC Climbing Team Facebook group. Two months later they were filming for the reality show Team Ninja Warrior: College Madness. Antonio Ayala, Noelle Crowley and Julian Olea, all members of the Climbing Team at USC, spent a weekend in August competing for the show, which is set to air Nov. 22 on the Esquire Network.Though the contestants could not disclose specifics of the obstacle course, Crowley, a junior majoring in environmental studies, described the competition as a relay with two identical obstacle courses for each team consisting of ropes, nets and bar obstacles. According to Olea, a junior majoring in biological sciences, each run took three to four minutes.Contestants filled out an application online in order to be on the show and sent videos of themselves working out and climbing. Crowley said she “didn’t feel as confident” when she sent in the first half of her application, but was gratified when the show’s producers called her and urged her to submit her application as soon as possible.“The producers called and personally asked me to be on the show,” Crowley said. “What an incredible opportunity, and I was being personally invited to do it.”Since the contestants had only a month to train before filming for the competition began, Crowley said she continued climbing as normal, while Olea said he worked out for 15 to 20 hours a week and “tailored his workouts to endurance ones.”Along with working out on their own, the USC contestants practiced once on an American Ninja Warrior imitation obstacle course owned by Arnold Hernandez, a former contestant on the show.“It was super cool to be able to test out similar type of obstacles before the show,” Crowley said. “They were challenging, but I’m glad I got to practice there and get some tips from [Hernandez] before we filmed.”After practicing, the team faced UCLA in late August. Ayala, a sophomore majoring in psychology and journalism, said the schools’ rivalry added to the pressure. “It was a lot of fun to face UCLA,” Ayala said. “We got to know the UCLA team, and they were some really cool people. We were competitive but friendly, and we bantered back and forth.”Having the show recorded in Los Angeles added to the USC vs. UCLA pressure; however, Olea said that USC had more people supporting them during filming.“It was super awesome because we had a lot of USC people coming out to support us in the crowd,” Olea said.Ayala described the competition as grueling, due to the people rooting them on and the added pressure of being on television, but ultimately enjoyed being on the show.“It was tiring and stressful to have to do the best we could, but it was truly a great experience,” Ayala said. “The people were my favorite part. Everyone was so open and happy to be there, so we all clicked and had a great time just being there.”Crowley was proud to serve as a role model for women and was excited for the opportunity to show young women what they are capable of achieving.“It’s really cool to be a strong inspiration for young women,” Crowley said. “I always hear that girls can’t do pullups, but no, girls can do pullups and have a lot of upper body strength.”Jona Siegel, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering who has been watching American Ninja Warrior for four years, said that this new edition is “very exciting.”“I enjoy watching what people can do in American Ninja Warrior, and it’s really cool they’re doing a collegiate version of it,” Siegel said. “It will be nice to root on the Trojans.”Though the actual competition was filmed two months ago, Crowley said she plans to have a watch party with her group of friends and Olea said he still gets excited thinking about seeing himself on TV.“The more I think about it, I get super psyched knowing that it’s coming up,” Olea said.last_img read more

City seal victory over Monaco

first_imgMeanwhile Atlético returned to Madrid with a 4-2 advantage after their first leg against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany. The French League champions went 3-1 up thanks to a brace from former Man United striker Falcao before City fought back. Two goals from Sergio Aguero and one each for Leroy Sané, John Stones and Raheem Sterling gave City a 5-3 lead to take to the second-leg in Monaco. Manager Pep Guardiola says it’s an important win last_img

Kobe Bryant and 13-Year-Old Daughter, Gianna Maria Killed in Helicopter Crash

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 21: Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, watch an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks on December 21, 2019 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Nets won 122-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Superstar, Kobe Bryant, 41, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles this afternoon.TMZ, who was first to report the story, stated that Kobe and *eight* other people including his daughter, known as “GiGi” had been on their away to basketball practice at Mamba Academy when the helicopter went down in Calabasas, California. A fire broke out and emergency personnel responded, but there were no survivors. All five people were killed.Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.Kobe is survived by his wife of 19 years, Vannessa Bryant, and his three daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri who was born in June 2019.Bryant often spoke about his daughter Gigi and her basketball aspirations, saying that she would be the one to carry on his basketball legacy. Bryant was the coach of Gigi’s middle coach basketball team. She had made it clear that her goal was to play in the WNBA. He affectionally referred to her as “Mambacita” derived from his nickname, “Mamba”.Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, making 18 All-Star teams during his 20-year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in 2008. At age 34, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.He was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and led the league in scoring for two seasons. He ranks fourth in the NBA for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring. He also repped USA in a number of Olympics appearances.After the last game of his career in 2016, the Lakers famously retired both of Kobe’s jerseys, number 8 and 24, the only player in team history to receive that honor.Kobe’s accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an Oscar for his short film, “Dear Basketball,” in 2018.Just last night, LeBron James passed Kobe as third on the all-time NBA scoring list. Kobe’s last social media posts on Instagram and Twitter paid tribute to Lebron. “Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next”, he said.last_img read more

Laryea Kingston warns foreign based players of Premier league return

first_imgHearts of Oak midfielder Laryea Kingston says he will not encourage any Ghanaian player abroad to return and play in the Ghana Premier League.The former Scotland-based player is advising his colleagues who plan to return to the country’s top flight to immediately forget the idea because of what he describes as unprofessional.Kingston has been in the media for all the wrong publicity since joining Hearts of Oak two seasons ago.According to the 33-year-old, with the little experience gained since coming back to play in the Ghana league, he will not advise any of his colleagues to follow suit.“I won’t advice anybody to play at the highest level and come down and play in this league, no,” he told Joy Sports“Going up there to experience a lot of things and coming here for a whole new experience is very difficult, the fans here are not ready to accept things, they always want to pull you down to what is here, they will tarnish your image than to appreciate what you are bringing on board. “For instance in Europe a player is given the opportunity to go on the pitch and access it a day before matches but here in Ghana it is not allowed”“They wouldn’t allow you to go on the pitch because they think you have juju “black magic”, so i won’t advice any of my colleagues to come back after what i have gone through”.last_img read more

Sunday analysis: Was the immediate naming of Shane Shields as city manager a good thing for Wellington?

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council could hire Shane Shields to be its next city manager at its meeting Tuesday. At its last meeting in somewhat of a surprise move, the council voted to hire Shields contingent on negotiating a contract. The issue of city manager is not on the agenda that was released Friday, but there is an executive session on the agenda to do the negotiations.Shane ShieldsMayor Shelley Hansel said it is possible they could come out of executive session and vote to hire Shields and make it official. They could also continue the negotiations and make the official move at a later time.At the last regular meeting council member Vince Wetta surprised his fellow council members by making a motion to hire Shields. That came as they were discussing whether to hire the league of municipalities to run a search and help them hire a city manager at a cost of about $6,000.At a work session the week before the council had talked about the issue, and whether they should just go ahead and hire Shields instead of going through the search. Three council members expressed an interest in hiring Shields instead of doing the search, but other members wanted to do the search anyway, even though almost all said they thought Shields might well emerge as the top candidate.Shields is the current interim city manager, and served in that capacity a couple of years ago when the city was searching for city manager that resulted in the hiring of Roy Eckert. The council dismissed Eckert a few months ago and was faced with looking for a manager again.The motion by Wetta passed by a  4-2 vote. Kip Etter and Kelly Hawley voted no. Etter seemed upset and left the meeting abruptly and did not return. He also missed the next work session meeting, but was celebrating his anniversary with his wife. He has not responded to questions about leaving the meeting. Hawley also left, but returned moments later.Hawley said later it was a “huge surprise” that the motion was made to hire Shields, especially when a consensus had been reached at an earlier meeting to go through the process of taking applications with the league of municipalities running the search.Hawley said she had nothing against Shields, but felt going through the process was “the right and best thing to do for Wellington.”Hawley was upset and said later she felt the others had gone against what they had agreed to earlier.“They chose to go behind our backs and not give us one shred of professional courtesy and give us a warning.  We were there that night expecting to simply vote on LKMs contract.  I’ve never been so mad and disappointed in public in my entire life,” she said a couple of days later.Hansel said she was surprised, but not shocked, that Wetta made the motion. She was in favor of going through the process with the league, “and I thought we would see Shane emerge from there as the top candidate.” She felt like it was a good idea to spend the money on the search.Council members Jim Valentine and Jan Korte both said at the previous work session they wanted to hire Shields. Valentine did not agree with going with the league to do the search, but the others did at the work session at least.Wetta said he didn’t know if his motion would pass or not, but wanted to do that because he felt it was the best thing to do. He was the first one to express second thoughts about going with the league and doing the search a couple of weeks ago.Some had questioned whether it was proper to make such a motion while a different question was being discussed, and whether it was proper to have a motion on an issue not on the agenda.According to the State Attorney General’s office, cities do not have to have an agenda, and are not legally bound to follow an agenda. The Attorney General suggests having one and putting what they intend to talk about on the agenda, but they also said they understood that issues come up. They may not take a binding vote in a work session, but in a regular meeting or a special called meeting, they may make a motion at any time, whether it is on the agenda or not.Hansel said while she would have preferred to go through the search, she felt that since there was a motion and a second, she needed to call for a vote, which she did. The Mayor does not vote unless there is a tie.At the work session Etter said it was not a good business move to not go through the process, and wanted to do that.Hawley wanted to open the job up to the general public.“People have tried to turn this into a ‘For Shane, Against Shane’ issue.  It’s not.  This has been about trying to do what’s best for the future of Wellington.  We needed to step back, take out the personal issues, and focus on what Wellington needed.  If at the end of the hiring process, Mr Shields came out as the strongest candidate to lead Wellington, then so be it.  Peace of mind.  No excuses,” Hawley said.Also, when Wetta made his motion to hire Shields, he said Shields would bring a contract proposal to the meeting. That led some to feel he may be writing his own contract, but Wetta said the city would still be negotiating the contract and have final say in the matter.Mayor Hansel said she was surprised at the move, but even after that work session, she said she thought it might happen as it did.“With three people saying they wanted to hire him, I had a feeling a motion might happen,” she said.She said she felt confident Shields would have emerged as the best candidate partly because he has been with the city for many years and has a reputation of doing a good job. He has run the city’s finances for years and is very familiar with the budgeting process.Hansel said she talked with Wetta after the meeting where the vote was made, and she felt better about it after hearing his reasoning.“We have a lot on our plates as a city. We have the raw water issue, we have the budget and a building falling down. We have a lot going on and not a lot of extra time or money. We really don’t have time for another person to come in and have a learning curve. We need someone who can hit the ground running,” she said.She said since she has been mayor, Shields has several times saved the city on financial issues.Hansel said she feels the timing is good and feels good about the possibility of hiring Shields as the city manager.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Golden Para Clause · 208 weeks ago Shane Shields is a great choice, but the manner in which the vote to hire him is questionable when decision had been made to open the process up to other candidates. With that said, it was necessary to hire Shane due to having to pay off former City Manager high amount to fire him. That fact alone makes the decision wise when money to build a water line, razing buildings, and other money could be better spent by city government. Will someone please tell who currently seats on City Council when decision was made to give former City Manager Roy Eckert a “Golden Parachute” clause of such magnitude? That mistake should never happen again and should not be repeated!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down Just me · 208 weeks ago Sometimes your best option is right in front of your face so props to Vince Wetta for realizing that Shane Shields is the best option and saving Wellington money that would have been used for a search. Even the mayor admitted that Shane probably would have been the choice after the search so why spend money that can be used elsewhere????? Just doesn’t add up and lots of other things don’t add up so I will use my votes much more wisely next election. Hope others do, too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down jj little · 208 weeks ago Its time for the life long council members to be replaced, and get some new people to represent the people. Its time for a change in wellington before its too late. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 208 weeks ago I think Shane Shields is the perfect person for the job. He is the one who is having to always step up to the position when the other bad choices for City Manager end up going south. As for Kelly Hawley(Green) and Kip Etter getting up and leaving the meeting like that, really shows how unprofessional they are. Kelly said how she wasn’t expecting that and how they had already talked to go towards the agency deal, well know you know how the citizens here feel, left in the dark until all of the sudden there is a big change with none of us being involved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down redfanx2 · 208 weeks ago Can some of the council members be anymore childish? Really left a meeting? Grow up and no wonder Wellington is struggling! And anniversaries can be celebrated anyday of the week. He agreed to the job, so make those dates a priority also. Let’s be honest though, Wellington isn’t the only city having problems, it’s everywhere because society has allowed people to act the way they do.? Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down notlla · 208 weeks ago IT IS, WHAT IT IS . Right Shelly Why spend money we don`t need to You voted to hire him problem solved . and our tax money saved….You wont find a better person to do the job and certain council members won`t be able to lead him around on a string like they did with Roy Eckert . Report Reply 0 replies · active 208 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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PHOTOS AND B-ROLL AVAILABLE OF SANTA ANITA INSPECTION

first_imgPHOTOS AND B-ROLL AVAILABLE OF SANTA ANITA INSPECTION    Arcadia, CA – March 7, 2019 – Highly respected California-based trackman Dennis Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson of Racing Services Testing Lab were at Santa Anita today to begin extensive testing of the one-mile main track.Before the formal process of testing the one-mile track can begin, at the request of the consultants, Santa Anita personnel began harrowing and aerating the track which has been saturated due to recent rains.  Mr. Moore and Dr Mick Peterson from the University of Kentucky’s Racing Services Testing Lab have informed Santa Anita that they do not have a timetable for completion of the testing and evaluation. Officials representing the California Horse Racing Board were present to observe the process. To view video and photos of the inspection process for broadcast and download, please see below:PhotosVideo via VimeoVideo via YouTubePress Contacts:Tiffani Steer, Tiffani.Steer@stronachgroup.comMike Willman, Mike.Willman@santaanita.comlast_img read more

Son will serve a mandatory three-week military service

first_imgHeung-min Son will have to meet a little three-week compulsory military service in South Korea, as reported by various media in his native country and what has been echoed in England. Since the Premier will not be restarted until at least April 30, Son is expected to comply with the obligatory short military service, which will start in the next days in Jeju Island. Then he can return to the ranks of Tottenham and put himself under Mourinho’s command. The attacker is now fully recovered from his broken arm and will be ready to play the remainder of the Premier. The Tottenham attacker is found during the Premier League stoppage by the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea, with permission from his club. Are managed to exempt himself from compulsory military service for 21 months, after getting the Gold medal with South Korea in the Asian olympic games In 2018, however, he must still serve his country and perform a brief three-week military service, which he had scheduled after this season and will now move forward.last_img read more

Govt flagged for ‘double dipping’ money for SARA

first_imgFinancial Paper No. 2– as PPP highlights breaches of Fiscal Accountability ActLast Thursday, Government pushed financial paper No. 2 through the National Assembly, seeking more than $2.5B in supplemental funding. In that process, however, it breached the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).Former Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill, speaking at a press conference on Saturday, disclosed that the FMAA had been breached, and referred specifically to the $89.8 million sought for the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) under the Ministry of Legal Affairs.“I asked the Minister of Legal Affairs on what authority are appropriations being made, when no appropriation had been made in the original budget of 2017,” Edghill related. “He couldn’t answer! The Minister of Finance tried to offer some arguments, even asking me if I’m suggesting something illegal was done.”Edghill continued: “I want to read from the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA), (specifically the part dealing with) authority to vary annual appropriations. The law says that when you vary the budget (submit an appropriations bill), new appropriations shall not be created.Section 22 (1) of the FMAA states: “The Minister may reallocate spending authority among annual appropriations during the fiscal year to which the appropriations relate, subject to the following restrictions”Minister of Finance, Winston JordanA perusal of the Act shows that appropriations can only be varied across programmes within the related budget agency. It also states that an appropriation for any programme cannot be varied by more than 10 per cent of the total sum. And subsection ‘D’ adds that “new appropriations shall not be created.”SARA was known as the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) before passage of the State Assets Recovery Bill 2017 in April. SARU had previously received allocations from budget 2017, and questions are being raised over the need to seek more money.According to Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, the unit fell under his ministerial responsibility and, as such, the Ministry would be making the purchase of the two pick-ups and furniture and other accessories to be turned over to SARA.Questioned on the allocations that had been made to SARU, the Legal Affairs Minister was unable to provide any answers since, according to him, the Unit fell under his remit only from May, 2017.“Do you know what this means, ladies and gentlemen and tax payers?” Edghill asked. “This is double-dipping. SARU has already received appropriations for the entire year under the Ministry of the Presidency. You now have SARA, the same thing as SARU, now under the Ministry of Legal Affairs,” he explained.“They are appropriating $89 million for current expenditure for an entity that has already had money appropriated towards it. They broke the law by creating a new appropriation rather than transferring the money. So that money will remain in the Ministry of the Presidency, and God knows where it will go,” Edghill detailed.A total of $89.9 million was voted as current expenditure, to cater for salaries, rental, utilities and other such recurring expenditure. These sums of money were represented as Line Item 52-521: Subsidy and Contribution to Local Organisations from the Legal Affairs Ministry, under Current Estimates.Under Capital Estimates, $13 million were approved for the purchase of two pick-up vehicles for the unit, because the agency “does not currently have any vehicles”.Another $13.4 million were approved for the purchase of furnishing and other equipment for the property being rented to house the agency.By the end of the session related to the Legal Affairs Ministry and SARA, in excess of $115 million had been approved by the coalition Government to operationalise SARA, despite the protestations of the Opposition.last_img read more

Google has new site for sore eyes

first_imgGoogle wanted to jazz up its site without making things too busy or commercial, Mayer said. Reflecting its cautious approach, Google’s first set of decorations consist of just six themes revolving mostly around landscapes. The settings include a Japanese tea garden, a beach, a city skyline and a bus stop. Google plans to introduce a few more themes each month and eventually might accept outside submissions, Mayer said. Google has programmed its decorations to reflect what’s happening in the outside world. Users are asked to enter their ZIP code so the digital drawings change from day to night and fluctuate with the weather. The designs also will contain hidden surprises known as “Easter eggs” that will open up with an opportune click at the right time of the day, Mayer said. She wouldn’t reveal any of the surprises, but indicated they will delight high-tech geeks with a sense of humor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Sprucing up its famously plain Web site, Google Inc. is offering a new option that plants its Internet search box in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the outside weather. The colorful graphics to be unveiled today represent the latest bit of pizazz to be served up on Google’s home page as the Mountain View-based company caters to the digerati who want to customize everything from their cell phones to their computers. While most of Google’s users remain satisfied seeing little more than the company logo and the search box that has anchored its home page for nearly a decade, millions of others have created log-ins that enable them to select from a variety of features that appear with each visit. These additional bells and whistles – introduced nearly two years ago – include stock quotes, local weather and news headlines. Google’s new package of decorations, also known as “skins,” are designed to make the home page feel even more homey, said Marissa Mayer, the company’s vice president of search products and user experience. “Google has become the doorway to the Internet for a lot of people, so we want to make (the site) feel more like an online living room,” Mayer said. “We feel we are personalizing things in a very tasteful and usable way.” Rival Yahoo Inc. already has been experimenting with a broader selection of decorative themes as part of an upgrade of its “MyYahoo” service. “This is a much bigger step for Google because they have always prided themselves on their plain white pages,” said Dan Cohen, who worked on the personalization efforts at both Google and Yahoo before recently becoming chief executive of Pageflakes Ltd., a startup that customizes Web pages. The use of more graphics illustrates Google’s evolution from a once-pure Internet search engine into an all-purpose Web site that offers e-mail, news, photo sharing, instant messaging, shopping and mapping services. The diversification over the past five years has raised worries that Google might be overextending itself, but the expansion hasn’t hurt so far. As its lead in the lucrative Internet search market continued to widen, Google more than doubled its profit to $3.1 billion last year. last_img read more