Kenya’s former world champ Nicholas Bett killed in car crash

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Kenya’s Nicholas Bett celebrates after winning the men’s 400m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. The ex-hurdles world champion Bett, 28, has been killed in a road accident. Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani says Bett was killed in the car crash early Wednesday morning near Kenya’s high-altitude training region of Eldoret. Bett’s coach Vincent Mumo says the athlete’s SUV hit bumps in a road and rolled. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in the country’s famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said.Bett was 28 and had only just returned home from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nandi County police commander Patrick Wambani said Bett was killed in the crash on the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya’s famed distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley region in the west of the country.Bett’s Toyota Prado SUV hit bumps in the road and rolled, his coach, Vincent Mumo, told The Associated Press. Mumo said the accident happened around 6 a.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Bett won gold in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, a breakthrough victory in that event for Kenya, a powerhouse in middle- and long-distance events.He also won bronze medals at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4×400-meter relay. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Athletics Kenya said it sent condolences to Bett’s family. Bett’s twin brother, Aron, is also an athlete and was part of the Kenyan 4×400 team that won gold at last week’s African championships. Nicholas Bett didn’t run on that team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardcenter_img MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments James Yap nervous, excited for first Asian Games stint Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Teen to serve 4-year jail sentence for robbery

first_imgA teenager was on Monday sentenced to four years’ imprisonment when he appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Teon Williams, 18, of Lot 1 Chapel and Durban Streets, Georgetown, initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of robbery and was granted $125,000 bail.It was alleged that on September 17, 2015 at Sussex Street, Georgetown, he robbed Verma Wilson Thom of two passports along with $145,000 in cash.Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman, in presenting the prosecution’s case, stated that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC), a teacher, was visiting Georgetown for a conference when she was robbed.According to the prosecution, Thom was on her way to the conference when the defendant rode up on a black BMX bicycle and tried to snatch her gold bangle from her hand. He was unsuccessful in doing so, but turned around and snatched her bag which contained the items.Magistrate McGusty said that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Williams was guilty of the offence.After the sentence was handed down, Williams’ mother took to the streets to vent her frustration, screaming that her son was innocent of the offence.last_img read more

Wauna CDC official urges Govt to deliver on promises

first_img– says roads still deplorable, youth unemployment highBy Samuel SukhnandanResidents of the quiet village of Wauna in Barima/Waini (Region One) are faced with several issues which they hope Government would soon address. Deplorable roads and the lack of jobs seem to be the two major concerns which continue to affect these residents.During a recent visit to the village, residents told Guyana Times that during the campaign for the 2015 elections, the APNU/AFC (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change) coalition had promised to have these issues addressed, but nothing has to date been done to improve the situation.Vice Chairperson for the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Sheleen Thom, told this newspaper she thinks those promises were made only for political purposes, because nothing has been done to improve the road infrastructure, and very few jobs have been created for the people in that village.“We are facing a lot of problems (in) regard to our roads, which are in a deplorableVice Chairperson of Wauna CDC, Sheleen Thomcondition. We have asked for the Government to come and look into it many times, and they are not doing anything towards fixing the roads; and it is difficult for children to travel to and fro, due to the road situation,” she stated.Thom said bus fares have been raised for both adults and children. Whereas adults were required to pay $300, they are now required to pay $500; and children, who paid $100, now have to pay $300.“And that is difficult for us, because we are not in a position — where people are in jobs — to get this kind of money to support our children and people in this community,” the NDC Vice-Chair complained bitterly.These fare increases have not been occasioned by an increase in the cost for vehicle spare parts, nor do they have anything to do with an increase in the cost for fuel. These increases were introduced mainly because of the deplorable condition of the roads in Wauna. This publication was told that passengers travelling from Wauna to Kumaka have to pay $1,000, and those desirous of travelling to White Water, a bit further, have to pay $2,000.“We spoke many times about it, and when the Government officials come in, theirThe main track leading into Wauna community is in a deplorable statepay a blind eye to the road. When they were on the campaign trail, they promised us, the people in Region One, what they will do and that they will build good road for us, and they are yet to fulfill their promise…This is not what we want; we want them to fulfill their promises, because that is what they promised us,” Thom asserted.The NDC Vice-Chair claimed that whenever Government officials visit the village, they always tend to divert from the issues, and instead of engaging the residents in critical matters of concern, they often try to dictate what they want to say; and quite often they leave no room for residents to speak.She said, “They are there (in Government) now, so they forget about us. And the Amerindian people, they are suffering a lot. Some of them — who don’t have money — they have to walk from here (Wauna) to the hospital or the post office. The pensioners have to pay the same passage too. They are charged the same bus fare.”Guyana Times understands that the Regional Administration had written the Communities Ministry requesting some assistance for pensioners in this regard, but there has as yet been no response. Aside from that, Thom complained that whenever engineers from the Central Government visit the region, particularly Wauna, they never visit the CDC or consult with the leadership as to what they are there for.“People in the community, they look on us to represent them, and we have to look into all of these things. They can’t come to our village and do what they want to do. We have some people in authority, especially in Government, that (are) trying to bring back dictatorship in our village,” she opined.Despite these challenges, Thom has made a commitment to work hard to bring about the needed changes that Wauna deserves. She also hinted that operatives or party supporters of the coalition Government who hold high positions have, on some occasions attempted to ‘flex their muscles’. “If we are not strong enough, they will want to push us out and do their own thing,” she added.EmploymentThe CDC official pointed to another situation which she thinks is deliberately being neglected by the coalition Government. According to Thom, while there have been initiatives to create employment for some persons in Wauna, enough is not being done to find employment for the youths.Although Government has replaced the Community Support Officer (CSO) initiative with the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) programme, Thom is of the strong opinion that youths, especially in Wauna, are not being sufficiently encouraged and mentored to join the programme.While youths from Hosororo, Bumbury Hill, Wauna and other nearby villages have been encouraged to get on board, they are tasked with creating business plans before their application is given approval. She claimed that some selective persons affiliated to Government have already received approval.However, Thom said, “It’s really hard for these young people. Some of them are not only school drop-outs, but some of them haven’t even attended school.”The CDC official thinks the young people in these areas are being pressured to drop out, since many of them were asked to resubmit their plans.Thom also raised concerns about the poor medical services that are offered by the health clinics and hospital, and the standard and conditions of classrooms at many of the schools.last_img read more

Anna Regina family robbed

first_img…victims bemoan slothfulness by PoliceAn Anna Regina Housing Scheme, Essequibo family are fearful for their lives after their home was invaded by bandits on Sunday morning who carted off a small quantity of valuables.According to reports, about 07:00h on the day in question, the armed men entered the bottom flat of the Dhanraj home.Guyana Times understands that the men were, however, only able to escape with a gas cylinder, a washing machine cord and a purse which contained an undisclosed sum of cash.However, the victims are complaining about Police ranks of the G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands) who, according to them, showed little interest when theThe Dhanraj homematter was reported.The ranks reportedly turned up at the robbery scene some seven and a half hours after they were summoned. This publication was told that a rank attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) later visited, took a few pictures, and promised to return to the scene, but, to date, he never showed up.“They are treating us like second-class citizens, them ain’t really have time with our problems … the Police is only working in the interest of the big and influential and the poor citizens are being left to suffer their losses … some of the excuses made by the Police are they don’t have enough ranks at the Station or vehicles, but if a big one call, they can come in minutes, arrange a jeep load of well-armed Policemen which shows clearly the double standards of the Police,” one of the victims complained.The family continued to await a response from the Police regarding the investigation into the crime.“It is not about the stuff that was taken, it is about them not showing interest and so they gon come again … so that is what we are afraid of.”Efforts to contact the Divisional Commander proved futile.last_img read more

AFC unsure of Nagamootoo’s return as PM candidate

first_imgAs political parties kick into campaign mode, the Alliance For Change (AFC) is unsure whether Executive Member Moses Nagamootoo will return as its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming General and Regional Elections, constitutionally due in March.This is according to AFC’s Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, at a press conference on Wednesday, when he told reporters that the party would be discussing this, among other issues, at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend.“We’re not there at this stage in relation to that. All of that will have to be decided at national congress,” Ramjattan said when he was asked whether NagamootooPrime Minister and AFC Executive Member Moses Nagamootoowould return alongside the presidential candidate of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/AFC coalition at the upcoming polls.In accordance with the 2015 ‘sweetheart deal’ in the form of the Cummingsburg Accord between the two parties, the AFC will have the prime ministerial position while the presidential post goes to APNU if elected.On Monday, President Granger was endorsed by his party, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), to run for a second term. In fact, the PNCR – the larger partner in the five-party APNU – officially threw its support behind its leader via a letter from General Secretary Amna Ally.In the letter, Ally noted that Granger was elected unopposed at the last congress as the party’s leader and he remained “capable, fit and proper” for a second term and on that basis the party endorsed his candidature.Last week, however, AFC Vice Chair Cathy Hughes had said that it was too soon for the party to say whether it would support Granger’s presidential candidateship.But Ramjattan told <<>> last Sunday that while this matter would be discussed at the upcoming NEC meeting, it was “likely” that the party would support Granger as presidential candidate.“I support him fully as presidential candidate, personally… [but] we haven’t gone there as a collective,” Ramjattan said. “We’re having our national executive [meeting] and certainly you’ll have me supporting him there… But, of course, I anticipate [there will be support for President Granger]. I don’t think of anybody else with the quality of statesmanship as him,” the AFC Chairman, also Public Security Minister, had asserted.President Granger was diagnosed in October with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and was receiving treatment in Cuba, which requires him to travel back and forth between the two countries. In fact, he returned to Guyana on Saturday evening after undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.Despite this, the Head of State has assured the Guyanese citizenry that he was getting better and a medical briefing from his doctors in Havana described his progress as “satisfactory and in conformity with their expectations”.Come February 14, the APNU and AFC will celebrate the fourth anniversary since signing the “lovers’ deal” that eventually got them into office back in 2015. However, the AFC, in recent years, has come under fire for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with APNU.In fact, the top leadership of the AFC had decided back in 2017 to revise its governing agreement with its majority coalition partner. The Cummingsburg Accord has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections. As such, the minority party in the coalition had contested the November 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) separate from APNU after planned negotiations to craft another accord on local government fell through.At Wednesday’s press conference, however, Ramjattan said that while the 60-month Accord was still valid, it would, nevertheless, come up for discussion this weekend ahead of any further negotiation talks with its coalition partner.“…Indeed there might be need for further fine-tuning and in view of certain developments recently, I suppose there would be need for both sides to deal with major issues, especially in relation to preparations for the next elections,” AFC’s Chairman noted.Since the December 21, 2018 passage of the No-confidence motion with support from AFC’s former Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, several political commentators and stakeholders, including the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition, have been calling on the APNU/AFC Government to resign and call elections, which, according to Article 106 (7), should be held within three months. This means elections should be held by March 21 this year.last_img read more

Former Minister calls for full-fledged probe

first_imgCJIA expansion project…questions how a fixed-price contract could change in scope, intentFormer Public Works Minister under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Robeson Benn, has supported calls for “a full-fledged public investigation” into the controversial Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, particular the fixed-price contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) which the coalition Government has “tremendously modified”.Former Public Works Minister Robeson Benn“I support calls for a full-fledged public investigation into how a fixed-price contract could be subject to changes in scope and intent,” Benn said in a statement on Tuesday in response to comments made by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Monday.Minister Patterson, in a statement posted to his social media account, threw the blame for the delays of the CJIA expansion project at the feet of the former Administration, despite taking control of the project almost four years ago.However, in a subsequent missive on Tuesday, Benn explained that Guyana entered into the design and build fixed-price contract with CHEC for the expansion of the CJIA to address issues such as congestion and ageing facilities. He noted that the payment was made on the usual 30 per cent mobilisation advance to the Chinese company, which was bonded.“Initial delays in project start-up occurred as CHEC sought to extract an increase in the project sum by US$30 million. Their effort was refused based on international contracting rules for fixed-price contracts and the considered view that they sought increase was not warranted, anyway,” he stated.Impairing project’s integrityPublic Infrastructure Minister David PattersonAccording to the former Public Works Minister, by the time the coalition Government took over the project in 2015, the performance schedules of many national contracts were in difficulty because of budgetary cuts imposed by the then APNU and AFC parliamentary opposition.“It is now evident that the scope of this project seems to have been tremendously modified with the effect of impairing the project’s original intended validity and integrity… It is obvious that the Minister is making an attempt, utilising his Facebook page and friends, to assign blame elsewhere for failings on the project after being responsible for the project for almost four years,” Benn posited.He went on to clear the air on “assertions” made by Patterson, starting with the project supervision. The Minister had said that CHEC worked for over 18 months without any independent supervision. But according to Benn, before the supervising consultants – MMM Group Limited in association with Caribbean Engineering and Management Consultants (CEMCO) – came on stream in July 2014, the Ministry’s Works Services Group (WSG) undertook supervisory responsibility of the project from its commencement in January 2013.This WSG resort, he noted, was not unusual and natural and necessary in the circumstances to maintain project schedules. “Awaiting project start-up until the process of obtaining a consultancy would have imposed additional time delays on the project. I stand by the integrity of the supervision undertaken then by the Ministry’s engineers who did daily visits and had weekly project meetings in order to ensure timely initiation of the project,” the former Public Works Minister contended.Furthermore, in addressing the allegations of allowing extra sand filling and determining the cost of the sand made by the Public Infrastructure Minister, Benn pointed out that the sand had to be provided free of royalties, which are costs that would have been charged back to the project, anyway. He added too that the sand provided was designed to allow for placement of an engineered fill, at levels of compaction and stability to provide for a safe, stable runway extension.He posited that CHEC had examined the project site before entering into the design and build fixed-price contract and advised that changes be made to the initial runway extension.“On detailed geotechnical examination of the planned northern extension by CHEC resulted in their advice that the entire length of fill to the north would be excessive and a decision was made to share the 1000 metres extension between the north and south of the runway – 50:50.”This was taken as the optimised solution to the issue as an extension of 1000 metres to the south would have, indeed, required more fill based on elevation and deepen of the swamp sediments – pegasse and soft Demerara clay as the river was approached beyond 500 metres of extension. In fact, the soil conditions beyond 500 metres on direction of the extension were unsuitable because of volume of excavation and fill required,” Benn clarified.In 2012, the then PPP/C Administration secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which Guyana was slated to inject some US$12 million.However, even though Patterson said the airport specifications were downgraded to limit cost overruns, the coalition Government went to the National Assembly last year for $346.5 million in supplementary funds towards the purchase and installation of two additional air bridges. In 2019, taxpayers are expected to hand out even more funds as the project remains in an incomplete state.The extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government where it committed that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018.Initially, the project was scheduled to be completed within 32 months of its commencement in 2013. Later on, officials were optimistic of the project being completed by 2017. But having missed that deadline, Minister Patterson had assured a December 2018 completion.During a press conference back in January following a media tour of the facility where works were still ongoing, the Public Infrastructure Minister gave a new deadline of March 31.But according to Benn, with this new deadline having also passed, “we are, apparently, now being asked to prepare ourselves, via Facebook, to accept less for more in the result along with experiencing excessive and prolong delays related to this project”.last_img read more

Mourinho, Conte make peace

first_imgThis season Conte used the Italian phrase “demenza senile” in relation to the United manager, which translates as senile dementia with Mourinho responding by alluding to Conte’s match-fixing suspension at his former club Siena, which he was later acquitted of.But the United boss claims the pair are now at peace and fans should not expect wounds to be re-opened at Wembley on Saturday.Asked about his relationship with Conte, Mourinho told Portuguese newspaper Record: “It’s okay. It’s okay. He stretched out [to shake hands], I stretched out. We got bored.“After the game in Manchester, I invited him to come to my office. We talked. Nothing’s wrong.”Mourinho also revealed he plans to replace departing assistant manager Rui Faria with a new coach whom he has worked with before.He said: “It’s a person coming who worked with me before but I can’t say the name because he’s still linked to another club.“Good coaches there are many, but I like to make my assistants. I do not like trained coaches, I like to shape them in my way of thinking and they grow with me and I also grow with them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shakes hands with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, May 18 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his war of words with Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is over ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.The pair have been involved in a long-running feud which started last season when Mourinho clashed with Conte after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over United at Stamford Bridge and later said the Italian’s celebrations were “humiliating”.last_img read more

BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT THE FOUR LANTERNS

first_imgTHE management and staff of the Four Lanterns would like to wish Jim McGuinness, his players and all the staff best wishes for the All-Ireland Football Final.The Four Lanterns have made a €100 donation to the Donegal players Training Fund.All monies for these adverts on Donegal Daily go to the Training Fund. If you want to send your support and give a donation, email ga@graceannconsultancy.com. BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT THE FOUR LANTERNS was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT THE FOUR LANTERNSlast_img read more

CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL CROWNED CHAMPIONS AFTER THRILLING WIN OVER PCC

first_imgSOCCER: Carndonagh Community School defeated PCC in a thrilling Donegal Senior Boys Schools A final this afternoon.The Carn lads won 5-3 in the end although it could’ve gone either way on the excellent playing surface in Drumoghill.After a quiet opening 20 minutes, Michael Langan fired home from close range for PCC after a scramble in the Carndonagh box. Carndonagh squandered a number of chances but finally equalised when Fionn McClure tapped home from close range. Within minutes, CCS went ahead with a stunning 40 yard effort from Brian McEleney.PCC replied strongly, firing cross after cross into the CCS box, and the pressure finally told with Jason McGee jumping to head beyond Daniel Houghton.A high ball into the box was CCS’s undoing again, with Lee McColgan heading home at the back post past a despairing Houghton, who seemed to slip on the wet surface. Carndonagh almost levelled matters on the stroke of half time with McEleney skying over from 6 yards.Half-Time CCS 2-3 PCC CCS came racing out of the blocks after half time, with two quick-fire tap-ins from Cathal Farren turning the final on its head.The blistering pace of CCS substitutes Declan McLaughlin and Christopher McLaughlin stretched the game, which gave CCS the upper hand throughout the second half. PCC came close to equalising with a clever Lee McColgan free-kick which was expertly tipped around the post by Houghton.CCS extended their advantage through James McKinney, his deflected effort sealing CCS’s status as Donegal champions for the second successive year. Both sides will hold much hope for their upcoming Ulster Cup campaigns judging by this performanceFull Time CCS 5-3 PCC CARNDONAGH COMMUNITY SCHOOL CROWNED CHAMPIONS AFTER THRILLING WIN OVER PCC was last modified: November 12th, 2015 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:Carndonagh Community SchoolPCC FALCARRAGHsoccer finallast_img read more

IT’S A WRAP: TOWN COUNCILS PASS BUDGETS

first_imgTOWN councils in the county have got their budgets all wrapped up in time for Christmas – unlike their counterparts at county level.Letterkenny town council is the latest to rubber stamp its budget, with a slight increase on last year to €7.6M. Rates will remain unchanged in 2012 and extra money will be spent on marketing the town.Buncrana town council has taken €100k off its budget and will spend €3.27M next year. Again more money will be spent on promoting tourism to the seaside town. Bundoran town council has cut 3% off commercial rates.  IT’S A WRAP: TOWN COUNCILS PASS BUDGETS was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:buncranabundoranletterkennylast_img read more