Tole, Daniel, Goetz, And Simpson Earn Whitney’s Auto Group Mid-Season Championship…

first_imgSubmitted by Ben Deatherage for Grays Harbor RacewaySaturday July 6th would mark Mid-Season Championship Night presented by the great people at Whitney’s Auto Group.  A full card of action was on hand which included the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, and Hornets.  Once the night was all said and done a wonder Fireworks Spectacular would take place.Zack Simpson of Hoquiam became the newest victor in the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modified division.  Simpson would take the lead from the J&F Automotive/Bayview Ready-Mix #8 Sidebiter of Jeff Foster, from McCleary, on lap fourteen.  Simpson would lead the rest of the distance and visit victory lane for the first time in his Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #12 Shaw.Scott Miller of Shelton was second in the Blue Bear Park/Blondie’s Restaurant #26 Shaw followed by the Sweatman Trucking/Ewing Engines/D&D Dyno #11 Shaw of Cosmopolis’ Tom Sweatman in third.  The balance of the top five would consist of Jeff Foster in fourth and Rayun McMichael of Vancouver in fifth chauffeuring his Jacobus Carstar/Discount Race Car Parts #05 Hurricane.Jason Tole of Hoquiam is on a terror in the Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks this season.  Last Saturday the driver of the Western Washington Construction/Crowell Brothers Automotive #34 Camaro would earn his fifth win of the season.  After taking the lead from fellow Hoquiam pilot, Jack Parshall on lap seven, Tole would lead the rest of the distance with a few challenges from Parshall.The Jacknut Apparel/CNK Machine #9 Camaro of Parshall would finish a respectable second while third place went to Cory Sweatman from Cosmopolis in his Sweatman Trucking/D&D Dyno #11 mount.  Crossing the line in fourth was Wishkah’s Don Briggs Jr. in the Custom Fiberglass/Conger Racing #13XXX entry while earning fifth was the Eddie’s Automotive/Fusion Graphix #97 Malibu of Eddie Blood from Olympia.Chase Goetz continues to show his dominance in the USAC Ford Focus ranks.  The Snohomish teenager would earn his fourth victory in five starts piloting his Great Western Transport/Elma #91 machine.  Goetz would lead the entire distance of the feature.McCleary’s Garrett Thomas was second in his Olson Landscaping/Martelli Distributing #14 entry followed by Jeremy Miller of Elma in the MASCO Petroleum #44.  Driving the Don Emory owner #11E young Ariel Biggs of Ocasta would score a fourth place finish followed by the #66 of Tyler Anderson from Everett.Jeff Daniel of Ocean Shores would procure his second win of the season for the  Pure Clothing/John L. Scott Real Estate/John’s Plumbing #14 team.  It marked his first victory since picking up his last win in the Season Opener back in April.The #0 of Zach Dalrymple was the second place finisher followed by Chad Norton of Tenino in his Free Junk Removal #75 mount.  The Cranberry Road Winery/Westport Brewing Company #25 of Ocasta’s Chris Pugsley was fourth and earning fifth would be Jeserae Norton of Tenino in her Centralia Pet Resort #27.The Grays Harbor Raceway will host the American Sprint Car Series-National Tour as they take on the ASCS-Northwest Region.  Action will begin on Friday July 12th and will last until Saturday the 13th and will all be presented by the fine folks at Budweiser.  The Northwest Wingless Tour will be the support class on both nights.Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.Tickets prices for both days are $23.00 for Adults, $20.00 for Seniors/Juniors (13-18)/Military, $10.00 for Youths (6-12), and Children 5 and Under are FREE. Premium Seats are $30.00 and Family Passes (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) are $55.00.Two day passes will be offered for Adults ($42.00), Seniors/Juniors/Military ($38.00), Youths ($18.00), or spectators wishing to sit in Premium Seats ($55.00).  Advanced tickets can be purchased atgraysharborraceway.ticketforce.com.  For more information be sure and log on to www.graysharborraceway.com.Race Summary:Whitney’s Auto Group Mid-Season Championship NightSaturday July 6th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks18 EntriesA-Feature: 1. Jason Tole, 2. Jack Parshall, 3. Cory Sweatman, 4. Don Briggs Jr., 5. Eddie Blood, 6. Austin Kerrgian, 7. Shane Kerrigan, 8. Brian Izzi, 9. Kelly Fugate, 10. Ross Watkins, 11. Nick Bramer, 12. Matt Babcock, 13. Mike Clingen, 14. Will Madison, 15. Greg Watkins, 16. Andy Schmidt, 17. Mike Knox, 18. Tom Hecker USAC Ford Focus Midgets9 EntriesA-Feature: 1. Chase Goetz, 2. Garrett Thomas, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Ariel Biggs, 5. Tyler Anderson, 6. Todd Hartman, 7. Annika Johanson, 8. Steven Hughes, 9. Lee St. PaulHornets15 EntriesA-Feature: 1. Jeff Daniel, 2. Zach Dalrymple, 3. Chad Norton, 4. Chris Pugsley, 5. Jeserae Norton, 6. Peggy Harding, 7. Don Briggs Sr., 8. Jason Valentine, 9. Jeff Warner, 10. Judson Willis, 11. Mike Brewster, 12. Eric Watson, 13. Shane Turner, DNS Shane Norton, DQ Willie Wright Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds12 EntriesA-Feature: 1. Zack Simpson, 2. Scott Miller, 3. Tom Sweatman, 4. Jeff Foster, 5. Rayun McMichael, 6. Kris Asche, 7. Carl Larson, 8. Del Schnitzer, 9. Scott Westley, 10. Kevin Keller, 11. James Wolford, 12. Joe German Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

2014 Thurston County Spring Sports Playoff Schedule

first_img4A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)SinglesSydney Pham (Olympia) vs. Claire Behoskey (Eisenhower)All Topp (Olympia) vs. Sabrina Demerath (Inglemoor)DoublesRachel Kellson / Catty Zhang (Olympia) vs. Jill Louthlan / Kelsey Lenhart (Ferris (Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle)SinglesLauren Brandt (Tumwater) vs. Llezel Villanueva (Lindbergh)3A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri Cities)DoublesAinsley WInterrowd / Sidney Smith (North Thurston) vs. Caroline Dillion / Caroline Hamilton (Mercer Island) 3A Boys State TournamentFriday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)DoublesJason Rush / Gabriel Agtarap (North Thurston) vs. Stuart Schachle / Cameron McDowell (Shorewood) Facebook1Tweet0Pin0BaseballThe T-Birds begin play in the 2A state tournament on May 24. Tennis 1A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30(West Valley High School, Yakima)SinglesAll Jo Vena (Tenino) vs. Samantha Weeks (Annie Wright)DoublesErin Engebreth / Natalie Hall (Tenino) vs. Tess Radlach / Amella Weeks (South Whidbey)2A Girls State TournamentFriday, May 30 North Thurston High School senior Sidney Smith plays in the State 3A Doubles Tournament on May 30. Boys Soccer2A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalCapital vs. Sedro Wooley @ Sunset Chevrolet Stadium (Sumner), 8 p.m, 4A Boys State TournamentStanding at 5’2″, Olympia High School sophomore Ryan Adams (left) is one of the top players in the area and the number two singles player on the Bears tennis team. The number one player is freshmen Jamie Bautista.  Both play in in the State 4A Singles competition Friday May 30.Friday, May 30(Columbia Basin Racquet Club and Richland High School, Tri-Cities)SinglesJamie Bautista (Olympia) vs. Niko Convento (Graham-Kapowsin)Ryan Adams (Olympia) vs. Jason Lul (Newport)DoublesWill Berghoff / Wooten (Olympia) vs. Lawson / Jarvis (Gig Harbor) 1A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalRochester vs. Naches Valley @ County Field (Yakima) 7 p.m.2A State TournamentFriday, May 30State semi-finalTumwater vs. Lake Washington @ County Stadium (Yakima), 1 p.m. 2A Boys State TournamentFriday, May 30(Nordstrom Tennis Center, Seattle)SinglesTy Gentry (Capital) vs. Michael Manlon (East Valley)Jason Trinh (River Ridge) vs. Alan Kwiatowski (Lindbergh)David Granero (Tumwater) vs. Ehan Romney (Sammamish)DoublesTravis Miller / Doug Doenges (Capital) vs. Gabe Harris / Michael Carlton (Othello)Jimmy Do / Noah Durette (Black Hills) vs. Max Shmolotohka / Reece Gilbert (Sehome)Ryan Gudbranson / Nathan Eliason (Tumwater) vs. Sam Banya / ___ Banya (Lindbergh) Softball2A State TournamentFriday, May 30Tumwater vs. Fife @ Carlon Park (Selah) 10 a.m.Capital vs. Sequim @ Carlon Park (Selah) 12 p.m. Golf1B/2B Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29 (Oakbrook Golf Course, Lakewood)GirlsMackenzie Reeves (Northwest Christian)BoysAaron Fox (Northwest Christian)1A BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29(Lake Spanaway Golf Course)Deric Hawes (Rochester)Brock Hawes (Rochester)2A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28 – Thursday, May 29Girls(The Classic, Puyallup)Kayla Monroe (Tumwater)Kelsey Wilder (Capital)Naomi Yamamoto (Capital)Alison Kwieciak (Capital)Mica Livingston (Capital)BoysBrent Chaplin competes Thursday May 29 in State Tournament Play.  Photo credit: Steve Hamilton(Chambers Bay, University Place)Jake Shier (Black Hills)Gabriel Barnes (Capital)Brent Chapin (Capital)Joel Christopher (Capital)Ryan Waldron (Black Hills)3A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28-Thursday, May 29Girls(Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland)Audrey Marlatt (North Thurston)Mikayla Blumer (Timberline)Michaela Smith (Timberline)Rilee Vilanueva (Shelton)Amy Martin (Timberline)Kerry Johnson (Shelton)Boys  (Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield)Grant Cation (Shelton)Mitchell DeAndre (Shelton)Dallas McClellen (North Thurston)Nick Guyer (Shelton)4A Girls/BoysWednesday, May 28-Thurstday, May 29Girls(Club Green Meadows, Vancouver)Tianna Ford (Yelm)Boys(Camas Meadows Golf Course, Camas)Nolan Backman (Olympia)last_img read more

JC drub Clan Carthy

first_imgBilled as champions versus football minnows, title holders Jamaica College (JC) showed no mercy with Clan Carthy High, as they controlled, and bossed the game from start to finish, and strode to an easy 4-0 win in their ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match, at the Jamaica College football field on Old Hope Road, yesterday.Leading forward Ronaldo Brown stepped up with a brace in the 24th and 86th minutes.Brown’s double puts him at three, so far, and he looks set to go past 20 for the season.Prior to that, Khori Edmond sent JC ahead in the 22nd minute. Captain Allando Brown proved his reliability and versatility as a centre back to head home their third goal in the 27th minute.”It is an amazing feeling to score two goals today,” Brown said, while noting that he idolises Junior Flemmings, who led JC’s scoring charge last season.”I idolise Flemmings, and coach has called on me to step up and get goals like he did for our school. We are a championship team, and I am trying to build my legacy without being under pressure of living up to his name,” (Flemmings’) Brown assured.The start of the game was delayed for close to an hour due to rain, but the home still went at their rivals from the first whistle.Coach Miguel Coley said: “We were happy that we could win the game with a clean sheet. The killer instinct is not there yet, but that’s something that we have to instil. When you get teams like this, you want as many goals as possible; 10 if possible,” he told The Gleaner.”Going forward, we are looking better and better, and that will be good for us,” he continued, adding “we have a good team, just that the killer instinct needs to be there.”Meanwhile, Clan Carthy coach Mallawe Blake said his players didn’t follow instructions.”We had chalkboard work at school and we knew that we couldn’t give JC too much space to play but the game just went away from us.”We just have to regroup and face St Catherine at home on Friday,” he assessed.YESTERDAY’S RESULTSGroup AJamaica College 4, Clan Carthy 0Calabar 4, Tivoli 0Group DHoly Trinity 1, Charlie Smith 2St Mary’s College 3, Penwood 1Group EWolmer’s 2, Bridgeport 0St Jago 8, Kingston High 1Group GKingston College 6 Campion 0Camperdown 2, JosÈ MartÌ 0TODAY’S GAMESPapine vs DunoonHydel vs CumberlandGreater Portmore vs Haile SelassieKingston Technical vs ElthamInnswood vs St George’s CollegeArdenne vs Denham TownAscot vs Spanish TownJonathan Grant vs ExcelsiorNorman Manley vs Vauxhalllast_img read more

Thompson pleased, McLeod’s confidence boosted after Shanghai wins

first_img Veronica Campbell-Brown was unable to improve on her 11.06 season best after finishing sixth in 11.23, while Christania Williams, 11.33, got her season off with an eight placed finish. McLeod and Ortega are expected to do battle all season in the sprint hurdles and the pair provided an exciting finish, carrying each other to the line before the Jamaican’s on-the-ground speed made the difference after they cleared the final hurdle. McLeod, who returned to an eight step approach pulled away from his rival with his final four strides and continued his dominance of the event with Ortega taking second in 13.15. China’s Xie Wenjun, 13.31 giving the home crowd something to cheer about with his third place run. “I didn’t get out that great and that did not allow me to control the race. I didn’t execute that well and it turned into a bit of scrap. I know Orlando (Ortega in second) is a great competitor, so I’m pleased to win. Every time you go out to the track and win, it is a confidence booster. You don’t want to be defeated as that throws your confidence off,” said McLeod. Andre Lowe, Sports Editor Elaine Thompson says she is happy with her preparation after another big win, this time in the 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League, where she ran a world leading 10.78 seconds in slightly negative wind on Saturday. Omar McLeod held off a determined Orlando Ortega in the 110m hurdles, and later called the victory a confidence booster, after crossing the line in 13.09 seconds for his latest triumph over the Cuban-turned-Spanish hurdler at the meet, which saw nine Jamaicans facing the starter. In the women’s 100m event, Thompson exploded out of the blocks before taking over midway the race and increasing her lead with every stride, eventually winning with some three metres or so of daylight between herself and Olympic silver medal winner Tori Bowie, 11.04 and Ivory Coast’s Josee-Marie Ta Lou, 11.07. The double Olympic sprint champion and defending Diamond Race winner in the event said she was pleased with the way her season has been going and is looking forward to the World Championships in London later this year. Thompson pointed to her start as a key in the win. “I was happy with my preparation and the way I executed the race today. I made a great start and I was able to bring it home. I am pleased with the time. My aim now is to go back home and compete in the Jamaica Invitational (next Saturday). From there it is all about preparing for the rest of the season and the World Championships,” Thompson said. Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment will be fairly pleased with his 13.35 fourth place finish after his injury issues at the back-end of last season. The Jamaican women finished outside of the top spots in the 400m with Novelene Williams-Mills, 51.45 and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, 51.63 running fourth and fifth, while Stephenie-Ann McPherson, 51.97 took seventh behind Olympic champion Shaunae Miller – Uibo, who dropped a massive 49.77 seconds in her commanding win. The Jamaica International Invitational – bound Natasha Hastings, 50.74 was second. Annsert White lowered his season best to 50.18 but finished seventh in the 400m hurdles, which was won by Bershawn Jackson, who will also compete at JIIM next Saturday. Jackson manhandled the field to win in 48.63.last_img read more

Donaire Sr. now in Pacman corner

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Pacquiao will name his strength and conditioning coach soon. Justine Fortune held that job in the last Pacquiao fights.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tamaraws remain unbeaten; Bulldogs finally score Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nonito Donaire Sr. has been named to the team of Manny Pacquiao to help the Filipino ring icon wrest Argentine Lucas Matthysse’s WBA welterweight title in their clash at Axiata Arena in Malaysia on July 15.“Donaire will serve as one of the assistant coaches,” said Pacquiao, who did two trial rounds with the mitts with the father of former world champion Nonito Jr. It was Donaire Sr. who trained and honed his son, who won world championships in three weight divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentcenter_img “So far, so good. I am happy with my current team,” said Pacquiao, who took the weekend off to rest and relax.This will be the first time in ages that the 39-year-old Pacquiao will not be handled by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPacquiao wants an all-Filipino lineup in his bid to win his 11th world title against an opponent who has recorded stoppages in 36 of 39 wins and has lost only four times in his career.Longtime friend and confidant Buboy Fernandez would still act as head coach along with assistant trainer Nonoy Neri. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READlast_img read more

Mikey Garcia, Easter to unify lightweight belts July 28

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) grew up in nearby Oxnard, but he hasn’t fought in California since 2011. He is moving back down to 135 pounds after defeating light welterweight Sergey Lipinets in March to win a belt in his fourth weight class.“I wanted to get a fight here at home, and it happens to be the biggest fight of my career,” Garcia said. “Right now at lightweight, there’s no bigger challenge than Robert Easter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGarcia is considered one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters despite taking a 2 1/2-year break from competition between January 2014 and July 2016 while engaging in a dispute with his former promoter, Top Rank.He is 4-0 since returning to regular competition, including a unanimous decision over Adrien Broner last July. With his subsequent victory over Lipinets, Garcia joined Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only boxers to win titles at 126, 130, 135 and 140 pounds. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial ‘A little hope’: Nadal vs Thiem in French Open final Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “I’ve been waiting on this for so long,” Easter said. “The best fighting the best. This is what boxing is all about.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Mikey Garcia, center, smiles and poses for photos after defeating Adrien Broner during a boxing bout Saturday, July 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)LOS ANGELES — Lightweight champions Mikey Garcia and Robert Easter Jr. will meet in a title unification bout July 28 at Staples Center.The unbeaten champs announced their upcoming fight Saturday before Leo Santa Cruz’s rematch with Abner Mares in downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT For all of his accomplishments in his 12-year professional career, the 30-year-old Garcia has never held multiple major championship belts in a weight class.“I could have taken an easier fight than Easter, but that wouldn’t help my legacy,” Garcia said. “This is my first chance to unify a division and to fight another champion.”While Garcia is seeking another career superlative, Easter (21-0, 14 KOs) is looking for a career breakthrough.The Toledo, Ohio, native has held the IBF belt since September 2016. Easter earned a rocky split decision over Javier Fortuna in January after Fortuna came in overweight.Garcia represents a major step forward in competition for the 27-year-old Easter, who will have significant advantages in height and reach.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Duo charged for robbing traffic rank

first_imgTwo men on Thursday appeared in a Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of robbery committed on a traffic rank.Twenty-four-year-old Yullacie Price and 19-year-old Shaheed Hollingsworth, both of Sophia, pleaded not guilty to the joint charge, which stated that on March 31 they robbed Orlando Persaud of a cellular phone valued $50,000 and $3,000 in cash.Price, a vendor, and Hollingsworth, who is unemployed, were accused of robbing the victim, a traffic rank, along Longden Street, Georgetown.The duo reportedly choked Persaud until he lost consciousness, before relieving him of the items and making good their escape. The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station and the men were arrested.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds that the victim positively identified the perpetrators. The prosecutor’s submission was upheld, and both Price and Hollingsworth were remanded to prison until April 12.last_img read more

Chris Ram resigns from Govt post

first_img…says Granger’s blatant violations must be of grave concern to allAttorney-at-Law, eminent Chartered Accountant and vocal social activist Christopher Ram has resigned from his position on Government’s negotiating team for the establishment of a Law School in Guyana.The move by Ram comes a day after another distinguished Guyanese, Major General (rtd) Joseph Singh also resigned from all of his Government posts.Many have since speculated that the move was in retaliation to President David Granger’s snobbish rejection of the nominees for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Major General (rtd) Singh confirmed his resignation on Wednesday and on Thursday, Ram in a public missive said his resignation was “in support of the heroic and exemplary decision by Major General (Ret’d) Joe Singh to resign from all Government-related posts.”According to Ram, “I am today (Thursday) informing the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams of my withdrawal from membership of the Planning Committee and de facto leader of the Guyana negotiating team for the establishment of the JOF Haynes Law School.The outspoken activist – critical of both the People’s Progressive Party/Civic and now the coalition Government – Ram in his strongly worded statement said, “While I remain committed to serving my country, I make the clear distinction between Guyana and the Government.”He is of the conviction “the blatant disregard by the Granger Administration for the Constitution, the courts, the principles of good governance and for social cohesion, is a matter which should be of grave concern to all of us who claim respect and love of country.”According to Ram, “Given that the Constitution deems me a fit and proper person makes President Granger’s assessment of me of no import… Indeed, I am fortified in my conviction that his decision is entirely wrong and unconstitutional.”He used the occasion to quip also, “If the truth be told, Mr Williams has been so impressed with my contribution that he asked for my CV to recommend me for a national award… I declined, saying my service was for country, for neither award nor reward.”Ram’s resignation from his Government position is seen as another crippling blow to the David Granger Administration as the fallout continues over the unilateral appointment of Justice (rtd) James Patterson on Thursday last, by the Head of State – in the process ignoring the 18 nominees that were submitted by the Opposition Leader.Singh, a former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), at the time of tendering his resignation was serving as a Special Adviser to President David Granger.Singh, when contacted by <<>>, declined to detail the exact reasons behind his resignation, but noted that he did not wish to continue in the position.“I submitted my request to the Ministry of the Presidency. I told them that I do not wish to continue my contract beyond the one-month mandatory notice that I have to give,” he related, when contacted.“So I’ve given that notice, that one-month notice, during which time I will ensure my portfolio responsibilities are properly handed over,” Singh, also a former Chairman of GECOM and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, said.Since the resignation of Dr Steve Surujbally last year, there has been an intense search for the next GECOM Chairman. As per the Constitution, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had submitted three lists of six nominees each to the President.Major General Singh, who has held several positions over the years, including Guyana Telephone Telegraph Chief Executive Officer (CEO), was included on the third list of nominees submitted on August 25. The other nominees were Attorneys Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin, vocal conservationist Annette Arjune-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.But that list was ultimately rejected by President Granger and on Thursday, October 19, retired Justice James Patterson was sworn in as GECOM Chairman. Patterson was not nominated on any of the three lists and since his unilateral appointment; there has been a crescendo of criticism.A number of individuals and organisations spanning a wide cross-section of society have soundly criticised and condemned the President’s unilateral decision, including the Guyana Bar Association; the Berbice Bar Association; the Private Sector Commission; the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Criticism has also come from the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and members of the Diaspora. In addition, the political Opposition filed a legal challenge in the courts on Monday, seeking to revoke Patterson’s appointment.last_img read more

New Inconnu club records set at Grande Prairie swim meet

first_imgMembers of Fort St. John’s Inconnu Swim Club were in Grande Prairie for a swim meet May 22-24. The local swimmers represented Fort St. John well at the meet as they finished in second place in the overall standings behind Grande Prairie.Brooklyn Brown and Owen Lang set new club benchmarks in the 200 metre butterfly in the 10 and under category. Nicolas Eyles established a new club record of his own in the 11-12 boys 50 metre backstroke.Below are the aggregate award winners by age group for the club:- Advertisement -8 and under women1. Rihanna Arnold 134 points3. Frankie Woods 95 pointsAdvertisement 1. Joshua DeBruyn 137 points10 year old women1. Brooklyn Brown 128 points2. Emily Begg 125 points10 year old menAdvertisement 2. Owen Lang 122 points3. Kade Schwarz 114 points12 year old women2. Sarah Webster 126 points12 year old menAdvertisement 8 and under men1. Julien Kemp 140 points2. Maverick Arnold 119 points9 year old menAdvertisement 2. Nicolas Eyles 131 points3. Cole Crook 118 points13 year old women1. Alexandria Hedges 140 points13 year old men1. Eric Louie 140 points2. David Shipalesky 128 points14 year old women1. Jayden Forster 134 points2. Jordan Eyles 127 points14 year old men1. Tate Haugan 140 points15 and over women2. Chelsea Kerr 129 points15 and over men1. Skyeler Kerr 140 pointslast_img read more

Reborn Agwanda named KPL’s July best

first_imgOn the war to claiming the prestigious gong that comes with a cash reward of Sh100,000 and a 49-inch LG Television as well as Sh50,000 for the team, Agwanda beat teammate Tobias Otieno and Bandari FC keeper Farouk Shikhalo.“I am very happy to get this award. I didn’t expect it and it is such a pleasant surprise. The month of July was good for us as a team and it marked my continuous improvement. In June I scored one goal, then two in July and now in May I am on three already,” Agwanda said.The forward christened ‘Jowi’, loosely translating to ‘buffalo’ in the local Luo dialect becomes the first Sony Sugar player to bag the award since its inception four years ago.Agwanda left Sony Sugar in 2011 for Sofapaka and between that period and his return to the club In June has played for Gor Mahia, Bandari and lately Ushuru where he stayed for six months before taking the decision to re-join his boyhood club.Enock Agwanda receives his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAK“It was a very tough decision to come back to Sony but I got much encouragement from my wife and extended family. My wife especially convinced me to come back and play football because she told me no matter how much you go down, with hard work you can always come back up,” the forward noted.“Things became difficult at bandari when I picked a hamstring injury and getting playing time was tough. I am happy that I can now go back to the field and score goals,” explained Agwanda.He further says; “I came and found a coach who really trusts me and I am happy with him. I owe where I am today to him because he has really worked on me.”Sony have had a rejuvenated spell and have won five matches on the trot to climb to eighth in the standings and Agwanda believes they can push to finish within the top five.The forward has disclosed there is immense competition for places in the team and that’s the reason they have improved rapidly, saying every player is working hard to guard his place jealously.Sony’s performance has been top notch and have picked wins against teams ranked higher than them including Ulinzi Stars, Mathare United, Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Enock Agwanda poses with his July SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya player of the month accolades. PHOTO/SJAKAWENDO, Kenya, Aug 21 – Sony Sugar forward Enock Agwanda has won the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Kenyan Premier League players of the month FOR July after rejuvenating his snoozing career following a return to his boyhood club.Agwanda scored twice for Sony and provided a similar number of assists as the Sugar belt side rose from the ruins of a disastrous first leg to move into the top half of the league.last_img read more