CITING 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.”
It 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.
Meanwhile 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
NEW 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.
Hearts 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”.
PHOTOS 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.com
Heung-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.
Financial 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.
Google 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.