Jamaica’s Fernandez signs NBA deal – Former Calabar High star inks signature with Miami Heat

first_imgFormer Calabar High School star basketballer Vashil Fernandez has signed a contract to play for the Miami Heat in this season’s National Basketball Association (NBA) championship in the United States of America. The Heat announced the signing of Fernandez yesterday, but did not disclose the terms of the deal, citing club policy. The 24-year-old Fernandez is the all-time leading shot blocker at Valparaiso University, playing all four seasons with the Crusaders and appearing in 131 games. The 6’10” Fernandez last represented the Jamaica senior team at the Tournament of Americas in Venezuela in 2013. President of the Jamaica Basketball Association, Dr Mark Broomfield, said he is elated with Fernandez’s achievement and expects him to do well in the NBA. “I know where Fernandez is coming from because he has worked hard, and so he deserves to be where he is at now,” said Broomfield. “It’s also good to see a basketball player coming out of our high-school system and signing for a team in the NBA, because it augurs well for the development of basketball in Jamaica,” he said. “This goes to show that we have the talent here in Jamaica, but we just need the support to help our players to get to the next level,” Broomfield said. Fernandez averaged 4.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and two blocks while shooting 54 per cent from the field during his collegiate career. As a senior, he led the National Collegiate Athletic Association in blocks per game and was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Fernandez, who finished his career with 289 blocks, will wear the number 14 jersey for the Heat. Former Jamaica College star Jerome Jordan is the last local player to suit up for an NBA team. Jordan, who plays centre, represented the Brooklyn Nets in 2015.last_img

High School Students Pledge Commitment for Peace

first_imgFirst Place Winner, Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School was awarded LRD $10,000.Student Patrick Korvah (first from right) who received the award urged his fellow peace advocates to do more research, read and pay keen attention to the English language, which he believes will help them in writing constructive articles in the future. Peace Pledge Competition 2018, by Messengers Of Peace Liberia1 of 4 Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson, congratulates second place winner of the national peace pledge awards and presents a price of 6,000 Liberian Dollars to the second place winner, William V.S. Tubman Gray High School. MOP Executive Director, Gwendolyn S. Myers, congratulates one of the representatives of the William V.S. Tubman Gray High School, Faith Tabolo, and second place in the Peace Pledge Competition.Student Faith Tabolo, President of her school Peace Club, told the audience in her winning speech “We never wanted to submit our pledge because we felt it was nothing”, she said with tears in her eyes as her colleague Jacob Kollie looks on. Group photo with the Executive Director, Gwendolyn Myers along first and second place winners of the peace pledge competition after the program. First Place Winner, Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School was awarded LRD $10,000.Student Patrick Korvah (first from right) who received the award urged his fellow peace advocates to do more research, read and pay keen attention to the English language, which he believes will help them in writing constructive articles in the future.After a one-day workshop with peace volunteers and messengers, the Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia, Inc. organized a “Peace Pledge Competition” among various school peace clubs around the country to have them commit to and sustain peace wherever they are, using the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) #s 2250 & 2419 as their platforms for joint action.The competition brought together nine schools who submitted their peace pledges to the evaluating partner of MOP, the Daily Observer newspaper. The pledges were carefully vetted and three schools ascended as winners.“The ultimate goal of the competition was to boost and unite the various schools peace clubs and encourage them to be better youth for tomorrow”, MOP’s Peace Clubs Coordinator, John D. Lawor emphasized.The Executive Director of MOP, Gwendolyn S. Myers, said that the winner’s pledge shall become the standard pledge to be recited by every peace volunteer and messenger of peace at programs and peace events.Participating high schools included the St. Peter’s Lutheran; A.M. Fofana; Charles Henry Dewey; Brilliance Academy; Len Miller High School (Salvation Army); William Booth (Salvation Army); Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial; William V.S. Tubman Gray and John Lewis Morris.Students and peace club representatives later gathered at the Fofana A. Fofana high school in Sinkor, Fish Market to hear the winners being announced and receive their prizes.Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School took first place, clinching the prize of 10,000 LRD; the second-place prize of 6,000 LRD was awarded to William V.S. Tubman Gray High school, while the Charles Henry Dewey Central High School took third place and won 3,000 LRD.Gracing the occasion was the Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson, who congratulated the winners and presented them their prizes.Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School Peace PledgeThe winning pledge, written by students of the Sr. Kathleen McGuire Memorial High School, reads:  As a messenger of peace, I pledge my commitment for the stability of peace; to maintain and sustain peace wherever I may be, with one goal to accomplish we stand together with one aim and objective we’ll work together. With my passion for peace at heart, I’ll stand for peace and live for peace because as a messenger of peace, I ought to achieve harmony and security and security within my school and my community because youth plus peace equals bright future indeed.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Stricter penalties for damage to public property

first_imgThe Public Infrastructure Ministry is working towards collaborating with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) to institute stricter penalties for vandalism to public property.According to the Manager of Traffic/Safety/Maintenance at the Ministry, Kester Hinds, the Government is forced to expend large sums which could have been otherwise utilised, to service and repair traffic and street lights.The Traffic/Safety/Maintenance Manager told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that vandals are removing cables and lights from conductive pipes. Hence, the department cannot fully install additional traffic signs, guardrails or street lights.“Despite the measures we are taking on the road, the challenge is that we still find recklessness on the road and with the road accidents many of our traffic lights are destroyed and vandalised. We need to address behavioural changes more aggressively and we are working to increase the fines so that when persons are caught, the fine would be so hefty that it will affect their future behaviour,” Hinds explained.For 2018 the Traffic/Safety/Maintenance department work programme oversaw the geometric improvement in the vicinity of Giftland Mall on the railway embankment, the installation of signs and guardrails and crash cushions to reduce the damage to vehicles from collisions and the painting of road markings.Hinds pointed out that the department is currently using thermoplastic materials for the road markings in areas such as New Amsterdam to Number 35 Village, Abary to Mahaica Bridge, Timehri on the East Bank Demerara, West Bank Demerara and the Essequibo Coast. The thermoplastic is durable and lasts longer than the paint used in that past.“As you drive around our roads you will see that most are painted; it’s an ongoing exercise and we will continue in other areas. So, we are asking persons to look out for acts of vandalism of public properties. If the cables are removed, it means no lights. And that would make communities unsafe. We will all benefit from the lights so let us protect them,” Hinds emphasised.Just recently, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had condemned the case of vandalism on the Schoonard Road leading to La Parfaite Harmonie on West Bank Demerara, where seven out of 10 bump traffic signs and metal posts that were installed a few weeks ago went missing.last_img

Linden, Berbice identified as major ganja planting hubs

first_imgThere have been several major cannabis busts and interceptions of individuals transporting the illicit substance from Berbice in Region Six and Linden in Region 10, and this is because this illicit substance is largely cultivated in those areas.This is according to Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon, who told Guyana Times on Thursday that the reality of the situation is that the leading regions for cannabis cultivation have been identified as Linden in Region 10 and the Berbice River locations in Region Six.Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh SimonSimon said that, in the past four months, the Police Narcotics Branch has already completed in excess of 15 eradication exercises in Berbice, and these were done in more than 30 fields where marijuana was being cultivated and harvested.“Since the year started, (the) total eradication exercises totalled in excess of 50 acres of land that cannabis was grown (on). Most of the lands were state-owned, while some were areas with squatters; squatting areas basically…”According to the Senior Superintendent, a lot of work has been done by ranks during the first quarter of 2019, in comparison to what was completed for the entirety of last year.“Last year we had 15 eradication exercises, and of course seizures, but we have upped the ante in this fight. We recognise that the demand for this substance has to be limited, and the main way to do this is to cut off the source of supply. We are being proactive rather than reactive, where instead of seizures we are targeting cutting off the sources.”Meanwhile, in relation to the recent arrests of Berbicians who were nabbed in minibuses with cannabis in their possession, Guyana Times was told that those persons were en route to Georgetown with the illicit substance in their possession most likely to supply persons or a market there. However, investigations into those matters are still ongoing, but the reality of those situations is that the cannabis was obtained from Berbice, Mr. Simon added.On Wednesday, Police in “B” Division finally managed to intercept a Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice resident who was wanted in connection with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Police, a team of ranks, upon information received, swooped down on the suspect’s home at around 11:15h on the day of his arrest. A search conducted on the premises unearthed sixteen taped parcels of compressed cannabis. When weighed, the illegal drugs amounted to 27.2 kilograms. As such, the 27-year-old was arrested.In another case, a young man was taken into custody after he was caught with a quantity of cannabis in his possession while travelling in public transportation.The 24-year-old suspect, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was a passenger in a minibus on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) when the vehicle was stopped by Police.Reports are that at about 15:00h on Friday, Police ranks stopped the minibus on the Vigilance Public Road, ECD, but as they looked at the passengers, the young man appeared nervous. This resulted in his belongings being searched and the drugs being unearthed. The Berbician was taken into custody. The cannabis weighed 1945.5 grams.In February, a duo was also intercepted by Police ranks with a quantity of cannabis in a minibus.The passengers were en route to Georgetown from Berbice when the minibus in which they were travelling was stopped at Weldaad Police Station, West Coast Berbice (WCB).Based on a tipoff, the two passengers were searched, during which 1986 grams of the illegal substance was unearthed.On January 15, another passenger was nabbed by ranks with some 3283 grams of cannabis concealed in seven taped parcels on the Weldaad Public Road, WCB.The suspect, a 28-year-old of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, Berbice, was intercepted at about 14:10h while en route to Georgetown.This publication understands that, acting on information, the ranks stopped the vehicle in which he was traversing and searched him when the discovery was made. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img

Kings fall short in OT loss to Wings

first_imgSamuelsson had been out since late January with a broken bone in his foot. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and assisted on the game-winner, and Brett Lebda also scored for Detroit. Dominik Hasek, who returned after missing three games with tightness in his thigh, made 24 saves. DETROIT – Mikael Samuelsson made an impact in his first game in more than a month. His goal 3:26 into overtime completed a comeback and gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Kings on Friday night. “I’ve had a few of those chances this year and didn’t capitalize,” said Lebda. “Hopefully, we can get a few more of those before the playoffs.” Hasek, who left the puck for Lebda behind the Detroit net, got the lone assist. The Red Wings outshot the Kings 26-4 in the third period. Los Angeles opened the scoring on Ivanans’ goal with 8:44 left in the first period. He put in the rebound of John Zeiler’s shot after Zeiler had picked the puck up off a turnover by Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Raitis Ivanans and Brian Willsie scored for Los Angeles, and Sean Burke stopped 51 shots. “We worked hard and our goaltender gave us a great effort,” Kings defenseman Aaron Miller said. “We were in our end most of the last two periods.” Samuelsson tipped in a pass from Datsyuk on a 2-on-1 break to end it. “You just have to always be ready for it when Pav has it,” Samuelsson said. “He was wide open. I know how talented he is. He’s more talented than me, so I played the odds … I guess.” Lebda tied the game at 2 with 5:58 left in the third period off an end-to-end rush on which he cut around Kevin Dallman off the left wing, and flipped a shot in off Burke. last_img

Tickets now on sale for Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Silver Jubilee

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks.- Advertisement -There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Advertisement Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at fsjhf@northernhealth.calast_img

Bayern Munich set to rival Manchester United for Torino star?

first_img1 Bayern Munich are ready to rival Manchester United for Italian full-back Matteo Darmian.The 25-year-old caught the eye of several clubs at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil – but elected to stay at Torino despite interest from abroad.Manchester United have been linked with a renewed approach this summer as manager Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen his defensive options.But – according to Sport Mediaset – Bayern Munich are now ready to join United in the race for Darmian.Manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge fan of the defender, who was voted right-back of the year in Serie A last season.Torino have put a price tag of £15m on Darmian and will not entertain bids lower than that amount. Matteo Darmian in action for Italy last_img


first_imgThe brilliant ‘Celtic Feast’ returns to An Grianan Hotel in Burt this Bank Holiday Weekend.Dine with the Gods in one of the hottest Shows in Donegal this Bank Holiday weekend, as the An Grianan Hotel’s famous ‘Celtic Feast’ returns.Arrive to a welcome glass of An Grianan Hotel’s finest Mead to a backdrop of Live traditional Irish music in our Foyer plus exciting photo opportunities to remember the evening.Who would you like to put in the Stocks?!! For 8pm sharp, guests will be asked to take their bench and steady themselves for a magical Celtic Feast.A ‘Hearty local produce four course Meal’ awaits with fine Wine being served throughout the night.Between Courses, the delightful Goddess Danu will tell the story of the Tuatha De Danann Race of Gods & Warriors in Irish mythology through Song, Dance and graphical illustrations.Enjoy the live performances from Arlene McLaughlin’s stunning ‘Siamsa Gael Irish Dance Troupe’ plus, relive the jaw-dropping first Battle of Moytura re-enactment by Eireann Edge between King Nuada of the Tuatha De Danann and Sreng – Fierce Champion of the Fir Bolg. It really is a truly unique experience – best served with Friends & Family!Next Feast: 26th October, From 7 – 10.30pmTickets may be purchased from An Grianan Hotel Reception, online on our website or over the phone.Adult: €40Child 10 – 12: €30 Child 6 -9: €20Child under 6: FreeGroup/family options available – please call us‘A Unique & Magical Night Awaits!’ Contact:+353 74 93 68900 | info@angriananhotel.com | www.angriananhotel.comFacebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Trip AdvisorAN GRIANAN HOTEL’S FANTASTIC ‘CELTIC FEAST’ IS BACK THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An Grianan HotelBURTCeltic FeastEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img


first_imgA 47 year old man, who has been “drinking heavily”, has been fined €100 for stealing a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin from Tesco in Letterkenny.Letterkenny courthouse.Philip Donkar admitting taking the alcohol on October 1st last. The court heard Donkar, of 20 Fortwell, Letterkenny, had purchased a number of items but left without paying for the gin.He was observed on CCTV taking the gin and was apprehended by security staff.Solicitor Gordon Curley said his client was “contrite and ashamed” of his actions and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.However, he co-operated and the property was recovered.The court heard he has previous convictions for using a false instrument, larceny and also having unlawful carnal knowledge.Judge Kelly fined the man €100 and allowed him three months to pay.GIN MAKES MAN SIN AS HE FINED €100 FOR THEFT was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcoholdonegalLETETRKENNYPhilip Donkartescotheftlast_img


first_imgMulroy Winter LinksOver the months the popular Mulroy Links Competition will be re-introduced. Following a brief lapse the Mulroy Links will be staged over two of the major golfing links courses in the North Wests Rosapenna and Portsalon Golf Courses. The competition will be staged at alternative dates on either Rosapenna and Portsalon courses. The Mulroy Links is an open competition with the usual prizes on offer. The event will tee off on Saturday 28th September at Portsalon Golf Club. As this event will attract a large turnout from members and visitors a time sheet will be in operation on each course for each event. The Mulroy Links will tee off on Saturday 28th September at Portsalon Golf Ccorse, Saturday 12th October Portsalon Golf Club, Saturday 26th October 2013: Portsalon Golf Club, Sauturday 9th November 2013: Old Tom Morris Links 23rd November 2013: Rosapenna Golf Resort Old Tom Morris Links, Saturday 18th January 2014: Portsalon Golf Club, Saturday 8th February 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Sandy Hills Links, Saturday 22nd February 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Sandy Hills Links, Saturday 15th March 2014: Rosapenna Golf Resort Old Tom Morris Links. The competitions conclude with the Mulroy Links Captains Day on Saturday 29th March 2014: Portsalon Golf Club. Entry fee into this premier event will be a joining fee of €15 and on the day of competitions €10 for members of both Rosapenna and Portsalon golf clubs and €20 for visitors. Both members of Rosapenna, Portsalon and visitors should note that if you unable to play on the day please ensure that your name is removed for the time sheet, thus allowing someone else a place in this prestigious event. Due to demand a reserve list will be in operation So make sure that you do not miss out on this new and exciting golfing event over the winter months for further details contact Rosapenna Golf Club at 0749155000 or Portsalon Golf Club 07491 59459 Team News.On Sunday 15th John Fitzgerald will lead his team in the return leg of the Dfinal of the Donegal Minor League. Following the first leg match the Portsalon team lead Buncrana Municipal by three matches to two matches. According to the team captain the match is only at half time and the Portsalon team will still have to deliver on the day to claim the Donegal title. On Friday evening last Portsalon entertained our neighbours Rosapenna golf club in the first leg semi final match. The match ended all squre with the Rosapenna men heading over the bridge with two and half matches. The return leg will be a played on Sunday at the Rosapenna Golf resort.Results The winner of the open competition played on Wednesday 4th was Frank Mc Carthy (13) with 39 points,runner up John mc Ginley (21) 37 points, gross Sam Faulkner (9) 25 points, third Donal Mc Cafferty (12) 37 points. The CSS was 34 points. With the adverse weather on Saturday the scheduled open was cancelled. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Eamon Mc Dermott (50 38 points, runner up John Shields (6) 38 points, gross D P Logue (4) 31 points third Joe Harkin (21) 37 points. The CSS was 34 points.Captains OutingOne of the onerous tasks bestowed on the vice captain is to organise the captains outing. The vice captain Dermot Boyce has this year arrange a remarkable golfing feast with golf to take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2013. The event will be staged at our twinned partner Headford Golf Course Kells Co Meath .With hotel accommodation arranged at the Headford Arms Hotel one night bed & breakfast and one evening meal and lunch on Sunday. Golf has been arranged on the Old course on Saturday and on the new course on Sunday. The all in price for accommodation and golf is €100. As places are limited and the list is filling up for further details contact the clubhouse on 0749259459 or contact the vice captain Dermot Boyce. Please forward your name and deposit of €50 to either Dermot Boyce or to the office staff. Remember if no deposit is paid there will be no reservation made.EventsOn Saturday 14th September there is an open gents stableford competition and on Sunday 15th September it’s a members competition. On Wednesday18th September an 18 hole open gents competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.A New Look for Portsalon Golf ShopMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club will see the major upgrade which has taken place to the club shop area, The new layout has a much needed shop where both members and visitors can purchase many golf requirements not forgetting the Portsalon Continuing Story. It may also be the place to purchase the next birthday present or just the perfect gift for your golfing partner. On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS – PORTSALON TO REINTRODUCE read more