BEVERAGE Giant Banks DIH rode alongside the Jumbo Jet team for the Triple Crown event, set for tomorrow at the Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC) in West Coast Berbice.The duo held a simple but significant press briefing at Banks DIH head office at Thirst Park, renewing their support by backing the second leg of the event.Present at the ceremony were Chairman of the race meet’s organising committee; Nasrudeen Mohamed Jr and Outdoor Events Manager of Banks DIH Mortimer Stewart, along with other representatives of the company.Mohamed expressed gratitude on behalf of the organisers, noting that good relationships with sponsors are needed as the Jumbo Jet Thoroughbred Racing Committee (JJTRC) looks to develop horse racing in Guyana significantly in the not-so-distant future.Tomorrow’s Triple Crown second leg will see the invasion of jockeys from Trinidad & Tobago as well as a commentator from the Twin-island Republic and the return of ‘Vera’s Finally’ that is undefeated at the RSTC.In addition, during an invited comment yesterday, Mohamed stated that the 2018 three-year-old horse-of-the-year, Not This Time, from Sophia, will be back in action.Almost 70 horses have been registered and it was disclosed by Mohamed Jr that the track is in good condition and it will maintain its standard once good weather prevails.Over $20M in cash and prizes are up grabs over the three legs of the Triple Crown event with the grand finale scheduled for Easter Sunday, April 21, at the Port Mourant Turf Club.Tomorrow’s feature race will attract a prize purse of almost $2M with the winner of that ‘C’ Class and Lower contest pocketing $1M. The winner of the three-year-old Guyana-bred race will pocket $400 000, ‘F’ Class winner $350 000, ‘H’ Class $300 000, ‘I’ Class $250 000, ‘J’ Class $230 000, ‘K’ Class $220 000, ‘L’ Class $200 000, ‘L’ Class and Lower $140 000.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaOlympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015.Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015, after 33 years of fire service including 16 years of service to the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County at the Olympia Fire Department. Chief Dale intends to pursue fire service teaching and other fun adventures during his retirement. Chief Dale has the opportunity of a lifetime, teaching Fire Ground Command and firefighting techniques, nationally and internationally, with an established training company based in Phoenix Arizona. Prior to coming to Olympia, Chief Dale worked through the ranks to Battalion Chief at the Kent Fire Department. A life-long area resident, Chief Dale began his fire service career as a volunteer at the Tumwater Fire Department after graduating from Tumwater High School.Chief Dale contributed more to the firefighters at Olympia and in Thurston County than can be listed here. A few of his many accomplishments include: developing the Olympia command training center for fire officer training – purchase and deployment of Olympia’s first articulated aerial ladder truck – development of a working and training relationship with Bates Technical College in Tacoma – initiated and managed a joint fire training program for Olympia, Lacey Fire District 3 and City of Tumwater – brought to Olympia, International Association of Fire Fighters, Firefighter Survival training class, this is the only such approved course and teaching location in the State of Washington – and earned a number of personal medals for mountain biking at the World Police and Fire Games.Chief Dale was especially invested in firefighter safety. Along with all of the training programs he developed to Olympia, he worked with one very special safety program that has been seen locally, regionally nationally and internationally by fire service members. Chief Dale was instrumental in producing the Mark Noble safety video for firefighters. Mark Noble, was the first line of duty death in the history of the Olympia Fire Department. Before Noble died of brain cancer from diesel exhaust in fire stations, he sat for a moving video interview in which he talked openly about his cancer, warned firefighters about the risks of firefighting and highlighted measures to assure respiratory safety. Without Chief Dale’s support and subsequent distribution of the video, this incredibly important message might never have been shared.People may remember the big fires in Olympia over the past 16 years but what is more important in Chief Dale’s career are the many house fires that were contained to just one room and the fire extinguishments at Georgia Pacific in 2007 that averted a major catastrophe. The knowledge, vision, training and energy that Chief Dale brought to his job translated to positive outcomes for Olympia.Chief Dale’s extensive knowledge of firefighting and his ability to share that information with new officers and firefighters will be greatly missed in Olympia and Thurston County.
By John BurtonThe snowstorm that threatened to be a “historic blizzard” didn’t pack the kind of wallop that was initially feared but that was all right with many who were preparing for the worst.With forecasters calling for two or more feet of snow, Monday was a time for preparation and planning, ensuring that Monmouth County and local government, as well as private businesses were ready to respond and life would return to normal as quickly as possible.David Robinson, the state climatologist, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, said on Monday the storm certainly had the potential to be a full-blown blizzard with high winds and steady, heavy snowfall, and being the most severe winter storm since December 2010.But Mother Nature played a fast one on New Jersey, giving the coastal area a mere 8 to 10 inches instead of the original forecast.“It went great!” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone maintained unequivocally about how workers addressed the storm warning and its aftermath.Arnone, who oversees the county public works and engineering, said on Wednesday, workers had pre-treated the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadway with a brine mixture to melt ice and snow. “And that was a really big benefit post storm,” Arnone said. “As you can see most of our roads are down to the payment” cleared of snow and ice.When the storm warning was first announced, it was all hands on deck for Public Works, with other employees from departments like Division of Shade Tree and elsewhere jumping to the ready, according to Arnone.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department increased patrols Monday night to ensure public safety in inclement weather and to enforce the travel ban enacted by Gov. Chris Christie earlier that day, according to Cynthia Scott, the department’s public information officer.Having the roads largely vacant helped county snowplows to move more effectively, Arnone said.“In general, we’ve heard no complaints,” Arnone said, and operations ran “like a machine.”“I think everybody is very pleased,” he said.Certainly Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli seemed pleased with response, preparation and the thankfully less ferocious storm.“By and large we were ready,” Lucarelli said. “If the 3 feet had come, we were ready and the fact that it didn’t come meant the guys had less work and we spent less overtime.”Public Works employees, using some additional part-time licensed workers had been able to keep the plows running during the storm, keeping the roads clear. Like their county counterparts, Lucarelli said, borough workers had pre-treated the roadways with a brine solution to melt ice and snow.In addition, volunteer firefighters and First Aid Squad members were on call, staying at their River Road headquarters throughout the night, in case they were needed. But there were no emergency calls, he said.“We were pretty lucky,” he contended.Red Bank officials had taken a number of steps just in case, said Mayor Pasquale Menna. They included shutting down Broad Street to vehicle traffic as of 1 a.m. Tuesday; closing municipal parking lots by 10 p.m., Monday; and notifying residents who had previously signed up by text and email about moving vehicles off of roadways to allow for snowplowing; and had employees from Red Bank Recycling available to assist Public Works if the storm warranted, Menna said.“We had everything under control. Everybody seemed to cooperate,” he observed.Menna had asked restaurants and bars to voluntarily close by 10 p.m. in hopes of getting parked cars out of the way for plows. Some of those businesses balked about the prospect of losing the night’s business, which usually happens when this occurs, Menna said. “People were upset, thinking they were going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on a storm night,” he countered.For Sea Bright, “From the perspective of having a storm it was excellent,” offered C. Read Murphy, Sea Bright’s Office of Emergency Management manager.There were fears of coastal flooding with this storm. But Murphy said there was the usual amount, what Murphy called “minor,” on side streets for such weather.The only major disruption was having to move fire and emergency equipment to Long Branch for Monday night, in case of flooding, Murphy said.Residents adhered to the no travel ban as well as moved their vehicles off of the narrow side streets allowing the plow trucks to access the road, he said.“The 10 inches of whatever we had, we got rid of it real quick,” Murphy said, calling the storm “another non-event for Sea Bright.”SeaSteak commuter ferry, which operates terminals out of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, starting on Monday “took a cautious approach,” ending service on Monday earlier than usual, said Brett Chamberlain, director of marketing.Ridership was down on Monday, given that some probably stayed home at the prospect of their children’s early school dismissal, he said.Service was canceled on Tuesday. “We were immediately up and back to our regular schedule Wednesday morning with no problems,” he said.Also back on the job by Wednesday morning were Comcast cable television workers. One technician said linemen have the toughest of jobs. “They’re outside and climbing to the tops of poles in this kind of weather,” he noted. “If there are ice buildups or weight on the cables they’re the ones who have to get it done.”Speaking of the weather, “Hopefully, that’ll be the end of it,” for this winter, Menna wished.Muriel Smith, correspondent, contributed to this report.John Burton can be reached at email@example.com.
@TrevonGrimes7Trevon Grimes, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, took to Twitter to ask fans where he should commit to. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound prospect out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is down to six schools – Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State – and plans on committing in August. Grimes, the No. 4 WR and No. 28 player in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, created Twitter polls asking his followers which of the six schools he should attend. Ohio State dominated the poll. @TrevonGrimes7 @TrevonGrimes7Ohio State is believed to be the favorite to land the St. Thomas Aquinas product. The Buckeyes’ 2017 class is the No. 1 class in the country. MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has advanced to her first career Grand Slam final with a 7-6, 7-5 semifinal win over Belinda Bencic at the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., is the first ever Canadian, male or female, to reach the finals of the U.S. Open. Coming into this event, she had never advanced past the second round at a major. She is just the second Canadian woman to reach the finals of a Grand Slam, joining Eugenie Bouchard who made the finals of Wimbledon in 2014.In the opening set Andreescu overcame a set point while trailing 5-4, then rallied to win the first five points in the tiebreaker. In the second set, the 15th seed trailed Bencic 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set before taking the last five games. “If someone told me a year ago that I’d be in the finals of the US Open this year, I’d tell them you’re crazy,” Andreescu said in an on-court interview following the match.She now sets up a Rogers Cup final rematch against Serena Williams, who is hoping to pull off a little history of her own.Williams overcame a slightly shaky start and quickly took control, turning in an impressive performance for a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No. 5-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in their semifinal.If she wins Saturday’s final, Williams will equal Margaret Court with 24 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in tennis history. Court, though, won more than half of hers against amateur competition before professionals were allowed to play in majors starting in 1968. This will be Williams’ fourth final in the past six major tournaments. She was the runner-up at Wimbledon each of the past two years, losing to Angelique Kerber in 2018 and to Simona Halep in July. And she was also the runner-up, of course, a year ago at Flushing Meadows, losing to Naomi Osaka.That final was, and forever will be, overshadowed by Williams’ extended argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who docked her a point, then a game – and was barred by the U.S. Tennis Association from officiating any matches in this year’s tournament involving her or her older sister, Venus.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in Deadpool 2. (Twentieth Century Fox) It caught the real Deadpool’s attention and Reynolds responded: “Um… @tylerperry, if you could film six more minutes of this, we’d have Deadpool 3. Or @nobodysfool part 2.”Thrilled to get feedback from the actor, Tyler returned to social media early on Thursday and wrote: “You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.”You have no idea what a huge Deadpool fan I am!! You’re amazing my friend. All the best to you and your family.— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) November 1, 2018Tyler isn’t the only star who has heaped praise on Reynolds in recent weeks – the actor’s Life co-star Jake Gyllenhaal wrote a touching Variety essay in honour of the publication’s New Power of New York list last month.“What we all want for our friends in this business is for the world to see what we see, and as actors, that only happens in a perfect storm of timing and the full luck,” Jake wrote. “After years of waiting and struggling to fit his unfortunate, pear-shaped physique into the skinny jeans of a conventional romantic lead, Ryan made his own luck with Deadpool.”He added: “For all of the effortlessness that Ryan projects, the man works tirelessly. He writes all night so he can be present for his kids and wife all day… So often – too often – the wildly talented people of our world funnel the lion’s share of their energy into their work, but as good a writer and comedian as Ryan is, he is a better friend and father and husband. And that, for me, is the true mark of power.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Ryan Reynolds enjoyed a Halloween hoot when Tyler Perry dressed up as his movie superhero Deadpool to promote his new movie Nobody’s Fool.The actor and director added his beloved cross-dressing character Madea’s grey wig and carried a handbag as he pretended he was the movie matriarch behind the Deadpool mask in the online video, trying to hide from Tyler Perry, who earlier this week revealed he was killing off the grandmother following one more film.“MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY,” Tyler captioned the video he posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.MA-DEA-D Pool!! Hiding from Tyler Perry. #NOBODYSFOOL EVERYWHERE THIS FRIDAY. @nobodysfool @TiffanyHaddish @VancityReynolds pic.twitter.com/U0YB66R9mn— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) October 31, 2018
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The City of Fort St. John will be welcoming a group of women leaders from Peru and Columbia as part of an international study tour on gender equality and women’s empowerment this weekend. The delegation, which will be visiting the Energetic City from May 6th – 13th, will tour local resource facilities, educational institutions, and visit non-profit organizations. The women, who are sponsored through a program with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, will also meet with local First Nations, business and community leaders to discuss inclusivity and gender diversity. “We are delighted to welcome these women to the City of Fort St. John and share our community’s expertise,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “As a resource-based city, we have worked hard to create a sustainable and inclusive community through collaborative partnerships, and hope to share this knowledge with these remarkable community leaders who are making a difference in Peru and Columbia.” In 2017, City Council passed a resolution to sign an agreement with the mayors of Chumbivilcas province in the Cusco region of Peru to work on strengthening the planning of local economic development and the inclusion of women in municipal development. The program had a delegation including Mayor Ackerman visit the Cusco region last year to help local governments with sustainable economic development planning, government transparency and accountability in mining areas, and share best practices in effective local government operation. The goal of the program is to help build more sustainable and inclusive communities in resource-based regions of Columbia and Peru through learning opportunities from their Canadian counterparts. The Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America is a five-year program and funded through grants from Global Affairs Canada. A number of other municipalities from B.C. and across Canada that have successfully diversified their local communities from single-employer and/or resource-based economies have also participated in the program.
Rabat – The editorialists of the daily newspapers, published on Wednesday, focused on the Finance Bill 2014 draft, which outlines will be presented today by the Minister of Economy and Finance before the Chamber of Representatives.Under the title a “project with no perspective,” the columnist of Rissalat Al Oumma says that the Finance Bill 2014 contains numerous indications announcing more austerity at the expense of the purchasing power of citizens under the pretext of the need to cope with the impact of the financial crisis, lethargy of economy and lack of investment.For its part Annahar Al Maghribia writes that it is possible to understand the regional and international situation surrounding the drafting of the Finance bill 2014 without, for all, conceiving the way in which the government has interacted with the environment. L’Economiste says that, despite affronts and neglects, considering the Finance bill 2014 can take place in the standards. “This return to the standards of governance should be highlighted and praised,” said the editorialist.
Metta World Peace is headed back to where it all started for him as a basketball player, New York City. The Queens native, who was recently amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers, has reached an agreement to play with the New York Knicks.“I don’t care if I’m starting, or sweeping the floors. You hear me? I want to win,” World Peace said.Officials from the Knicks reported that they have agreed to terms with the NBA player, but a contract has not yet been signed.According to reports, on the table is a two-year contract with the first year guaranteed. World Peace would get $1.6 million per season, with a player option for year 2.World Peace’s agent Marc Cornstein confirmed the team that his client will be playing for next season.“Yes, this is going to happen,” Cornstein said. “He’s just thrilled to be joining the New York Knicks. He’s really excited to be joining his hometown team. That’s obviously been something that’s been a dream of his since growing up in Queensbridge.”