Essequibo teen drown during birthday picnic

first_imgA 2nd year student of the Teachers Training College drowned on Saturday, turning a birthday picnic into tragedy.Dead is Kowsal Persaud, 19, called “Jay” of Airy Hall Sands, Essequibo Coast.Kowsal PersaudReports are the future teacher was out with friends at the Aurora seawall for a birthday picnic when they went swimming.Reports reaching Guyana Times are that his friends missed him and began searching for him. Other persons in the area were notified and the search was joined. However, everyone’s worst fears were realised at about 17:00h when the young adult’s body was seen in the ocean.Police from the Aurora Police Station were summoned and launched an investigation. This newspaper was reliably informed that two other friends of the dead youth were found unconscious and were rushed to the Suddie Hospital, where they remain patients.While details of the incident remains sketchy, this newspaper was told that the remaining friends were taken into custody as Police probe the incident.Persaud is the third child of his parents. His body is at the Suddie Mortuary awaiting an autopsy.last_img read more

Huskies could close out series over weekend

first_imgThe Huskies will enter the weekend up 1-0 in the best-of-five series, so a road win Friday evening in Sexsmith could see the Huskies sweep the series on home ice if they can pull out a home win Saturday.In Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Sexsmith, two rookies put their skill on display, as newcomers Dave Marshell and Blair Karasiuk each scored in the win.Another accomplishment the Huskies should be proud of during Wednesday’s game was their penalty kill. Despite the team being served seven different penalties, they managed to kill all seven off.- Advertisement -Saturday’s home game will once again be played at the North Peace Arena, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. Hopefully the Huskies can earn back-to-back weekend wins and close out their first playoff series in front of the Fort St. John faithful.last_img read more

Grigsby, Pellum head for Pac-10

first_imgGrigsby, a 6-foot, 205-pound speedster, began the season at St. Paul, where he rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. He transferred to California and was a key factor in the Condors challenging for the Del Rio League title and making the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Despite missing two games during the transition period, he finished the season with nearly 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing. His 8.2 yards per carry was tops among the area’s rushers. “He has an uncommon ability to read and react,” former St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich said. “We have it on film in a game where on one play not one person made a block and he still found a hole and went 37 yards for a touchdown. He has the potential to be as good as anyone ever from around here.” Pellum, a 5-10, 165-pounder and arguably the area’s most exciting player on both sides of the ball, signed with Washington State as a defensive back, but might have done so as a wide receiver or a return specialist. A trio of area athletes finalized their commitments to Pacific-10 Conference universities by signing letters of intent on Wednesday. California High School running back Nicolas Grigsby signed with the University of Arizona. Santa Fe defensive back Romeo Pellum signed with Washington State University. Whittier Christian soccer standout Megan Jesolva committed officially to UC Berkeley. center_img A first-team All-CIF selection on both offense and defense, Pellum had 55 tackles, three interceptions and 11 knockdowns playing cornerback. He also averaged 22.8 yards a return on eight punts, rushed for 280 yards in Santa Fe’s fly-sweep package and scored 13 touchdowns overall. A ferocious hitter, his biggest impact in the program may have been the impact he made on opposing receivers. “He’ll put on a couple of pounds up there, and with his speed and ability to close (on a receiver) and the way he hits, he’ll fit right into their style of defense,” coach Jack Mahlstede said. Both Grigsby and Pellum were first-team All-Area selections this season. Jesolva is a four-year varsity letter-winner and a three-time All-Area player who has been one of the anchors around whom the Heralds program has functioned. She has played both forward and midfield and saw limited time as a defender early in the season. This season, she has scored 20 goals and had 14 assists in leading the Heralds to first in the Alpha League. She is recognized nationally as a participant in the Junior Olympic Development program. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Brom captain Brunt handed one match ban after accepting misconduct charge

first_img West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has been handed a one match suspension and fined £8,000 after accepting a Football Association misconduct charge.The Baggies skipper is banned with immediate effect and will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to defending champions Manchester City.The 30-year-old had requested a personal hearing after being charged with using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official in or around the tunnel area following the Baggies’ 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Aston Villa this month.It was just one of the incidents that came to light in the fallout of the heated clash, with the FA also launching investigations into crowd trouble after fans invaded the pitch while the game was still in play as well as at the final whistle.Northern Ireland international Brunt faced the threat of a two game ban and Albion’s director of football administration Richard Garlick believes the punishment reflected the circumstances in which the game finished.Referee Anthony Taylor had also sent off Albion’s Claudio Yacob and Villa’s Jack Grealish towards the end of the match.“We had a fair hearing and feel the punishment is an acknowledgement by the Commission that this was an extraordinary case,” said Garlick, after the Independent Regulatory Commission in London on Tuesday.“It was a difficult end to the game for everyone and emotions were running high.“I think Chris’s disciplinary record, which has seen him issued with one red card in more than 400 appearances at the highest levels, was also rightly noted.” 1last_img read more


first_imgST MARY’S Church in Killybegs has finally got the spire its original architects wanted – 170 years later.These dramatic pictures from James McGinley today show the new spire for the chapel being put in place.The spire was fabricated by Henry McGinley & Sons Ltd, Milford for maincontractor McCann Brothers, Omagh. It is a 57-foot high fabricated steel frame which will be clad in timber and slated.Said James: “The steel structure sits on top of a 120foot stone built tower built in the 1850’s.“It is part of the €2.6 million restoration project, this was all part of the original plans of the church in the 1850s but they ran out of money.”First Communions and a number of weddings will be held in the church during the month of May and Bishop Boyce will perform the re-dedication of the building on Friday, June 1 at 7pm.  IN-SPIRED! KILLYBEGS CHAPEL FINALLY GETS SPIRE – 170 YEARS LATER was last modified: March 31st, 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:IN-SPIRED! KILLYBEGS CHAPEL FINALLY GETS SPIRE – 170 YEARS LATERlast_img read more

Teen kills official at school

first_img The 1,400-student school, located about 30 miles northwest of Knoxville, was locked down after the shooting. Students said Seale was able to get to the school intercom and order the lockdown after being shot. “Knowing him, he probably did,” the sheriff said. “He is a tough fellow and a great individual. That sounds like him. Whoever did it (gave the lockdown order), he did the right thing.” Clifford Kohlmeyer, a former assistant principal at the school, said Bruce was as dedicated educator and family men, as are the two wounded men. Both Seale and Pierce have been educators more than 30 years, he said. All three men have children. “Mr. Bruce, the one who got killed, had been a lieutenant colonel in the Army and came back to teach about eight years ago,” Kohlmeyer said. “We shared an office for two years. He was very dedicated to the students.” Pierce was a longtime physical-education teacher and cross-country team coach before moving into administration, Kohlmeyer said. The incident caused a huge traffic jam at the school as bus drivers and parents rushed to remove students from the campus that police closed to the public. “It is scary. It is terrifying,” said Darren Davidson, waiting for his son Justin to come through the school’s gates. “I thought I would have a heart attack before I got here,” added his wife, Kizzie Davidson. Roger Wallace, a driver at a pizza restaurant near the school, said he saw students being evacuated from the high school and loaded onto buses. “They are searching each student as they are getting on the buses,” he said. Bruce was the second school employee fatally shot in Tennessee this year. Stewart County school bus driver Joyce Gregory, 47, was killed as she stopped to pick up a student on her route on March 1. Jason Clinard, 15, is charged with murder in the case and will be tried as an adult. In August, a boy was accidentally shot in the leg in a middle school restroom in Jefferson County, Tennessee. The investigation into that incident led to charges that two students were plotting to kill a teacher at Maury Middle School. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The suspect was the only student injured. Principal Gary Seale was shot in the lower abdomen, and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce was shot in the chest. Seale was in serious condition and Pierce in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, spokeswoman Lisa McNeal said. School will be closed the rest of the week and then, on Monday, counselors will be available to help students and teachers, schools director Judy Blevins said. “This situation could have gotten much worse. It did not because our staff followed the (emergency) plan in place,” said Mark Wells, vice chairman of the Campbell County Board of Education. Authorities were unsure if the suspect would be charged as a juvenile or an adult. He was being held in a juvenile detention facility in nearby Scott County. JACKSBORO, Tenn. – A teenager shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators at a high school on Tuesday, officials said. The student was arrested. “I don’t know what he was thinking or what his motives were,” Sheriff Ron McClellan said. Campbell County High School Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was shot in the chest just after 2 p.m. and died soon after at a hospital, school and sheriff’s officials said. The suspect, Ken Bartley Jr., 15, was grazed in the hand by a bullet fired from his own .22-caliber handgun during a scuffle with the administrators and a teacher who helped wrestle the gun away, the sheriff said. Authorities did not disclose the identity of the teacher, who was not injured. last_img read more

Warriors’ Alfonzo McKinnie comes up big in rare start

first_imgPORTLAND — Just three years ago Alfonzo McKinnie played on the worst team in Luxembourg’s second division.For those not geographically inclined, Luxembourg would be the second-smallest state in America by population, ahead of only Wyoming. No teams selected McKinnie in the 2015 NBA Draft, so he signed with the East Side Pirates, a semi-professional team in the middle of nowhere.So it’s fair to say McKinnie hardly expected to be wearing a gray flat-brim hat that read “NBA FINALS” in white …last_img

Giants’ late comeback effort ends in controversy, calls for accountability

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Bruce Bochy wants to know what replays Major League Baseball officials have access to in New York.Buster Posey wants more accountability from the umpires making final decisions.Stephen Vogt wants to know how he was called out.“I beat the throw, I went straight into the bag,” Vogt said. Third base umpire Carlos Torres initially ruled that Vogt did not beat Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger’s throw to third base in the top of the ninth inning.The Giants …last_img

Green light for SA’s SKA precursor

first_img19 August 2011 The MeerKAT radio telescope being built by the South African team preparing SA’s bid for hosting the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) has passed its first test with flying colours. Close to 100 young scientists and engineers are working on the MeerKAT, a world-class radio telescope designed to do groundbreaking science. It will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the southern hemisphere until completion of the SKA. An international panel of experts has declared that the MeerKAT has passed its preliminary design review with distinction, SKA South Africa said in a statement this week. “This is a major milestone in the construction of the 64-dish radio telescope in the Karoo Astronomy Reserve, in the Northern Cape, and follows the successful passing of the MeerKAT concept design review, carried out by another top-level international panel in July 2010. “With 64 offset dishes, each 13.5 metres in diameter, the MeerKAT will be one of the largest, most sensitive and scientifically most exciting radio telescopes in the world,” SKA South Africa said. “It has already grabbed the attention of the world and has attracted tremendous international interest from scientists, engineers and industry.” The South African government has already committed funds to build the telescope.Thumbs-up from world’s top radio astronomers The preliminary design review (PDR) was carried out in Cape Town by a panel consisting of some of the world’s leading radio astronomers from India, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Chile and Australia. The panel was convened to evaluate all aspects of the design of the MeerKAT, the system engineering development process, risk potential and satisfaction of user requirements. The panel unanimously concluded that the PDR has been successfully passed and congratulated the project teams. “We note with great appreciation the exceptional openness and transparency of the project management and teams, which is of very great importance also for the SKA telescope,” the panel said. “We are extremely impressed by the quality of the project team, and the continued tremendous progress in realising KAT-7 [a seven-dish engineering test bed] and bringing MeerKAT to its current stage.” The panel noted that the South African team working on the MeerKAT was exceptionally capable and skilled and extremely enthusiastic and committed. It commended the project team for the intelligent approach towards systems engineering, looking after the fundamental technology development while at the same time implementing formal procedures. It highlighted in particular the thorough approach towards the design of the infrastructure for the telescope. The PDR report pointed out some risks that will need to be minimised before deployment of the full system in the Karoo, particularly the need to ensure that mechanical and structural tolerances can be achieved at reasonable cost, and the need for continued care to avoid self-generated radio frequency interference The panel noted the critical role of KAT-7 as an engineering test-bed and science verification system in the risk mitigation for the MeerKAT. It concluded that there were no unacceptably high risks and that the project had a well-defined risk management structure that was well adhered to throughout the project.Tenders for construction of infrastructure According to SKA South Africa, now that the MeerKAT has passed this crucial milestone, tenders will be issued from October 2011 for the construction of the infrastructure for the telescope, including roads, power and optical fibre reticulation, buildings and foundations for the dishes. The telescope subsystems will now also proceed to develop detailed specifications to enable the development and procurement of these systems. Some major components with long lead items, such as the antenna structures, will go out soon as requests for information. “The successful PDR has again confirmed that South Africa has world-class scientists, engineers and industries, which is why global leaders like Intel, IBM and Nokia Siemens Networks want to work with the team,” SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff said in the statement. “The PDR has confirmed that the MeerKAT will be among the most competitive telescopes in the world. It will provide African and international scientists and engineers with a cutting edge instrument for revolutionary science and technology,” Fanaroff said. “It has already strengthened the African bid, led by South Africa, to host the Square Kilometre Array – the “SKA in Africa.” The news follows the earlier announcement that the KAT-7 telescope was reaching engineering completion, that commissioning and learning would be ongoing, and that an operational baseline will be established by the end of the year. “With the completion of KAT-7, the project team will focus on the construction of the bigger MeerKAT,” SKA South Africa said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Oscar shines at IAAF World Champs

first_imgAsked by Jacaranda FM DJ Darren Scott whether he would like to participate in both the London Olympics and Paralympics, Pistorius said: “I would like to. I’ve run one qualification time for the Olympics and I need to run another time next year, I think between January and June, but I’ve first got to qualify for the Paralympics. After making history by becoming the first athlete with a disablity to qualify for an able-bodied World Championships, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius left a huge impression in Daegu, South Korea. Running in the outside lane in his heat, he turned in the second-best time of his career, clocking 45.39 seconds to secure a spot in the semi-finals. “I’m extremely excited about that and I think I’ll be running the 100, 200, 400 and then for the first time the 4 by 100 in the Paralympics, so I’m extremely excited about that. The 400 metre runner had qualified for the event at the last possible opportunity by running a personal best time of 45.07 seconds in Italy in June. 31 August 2011 “I think we’ve got a great year coming up and there’s a lot of hard work [ahead] to prepare for both of those [events] next year.” With the 14th-fastest qualifying time out of 16 for the semi-finals, the “Blade Runner”, as Pistorius is known, was given lane seven in his semi-final. Unfortunately for him, a poor start set him back and he failed to get into his stride, finishing last in the event, but making a massive stride for athletes with disabilities. After the race, Pistorius was somewhat disappointed, but spoke with his customary humility, saying: “I would really like to have performed better tonight. My goal was to make the semi-final when I came out here, and that I did, and it’s just been a great experience. Wenda Theron, running in the women’s 400 metres hurdles, bowed out in the semi-finals, but managed a personal best time of 56.13 seconds in the heats. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Ruben Ramolefi, competing in the 3 000 metres steeplechase, turned in the second fastest time in the qualifying rounds of the event. His time of 8:11.50 was also a national record. However, despite his fine performance in achieving the A-qualifying standard, Pistorius was not expected to progress beyond the heats, but, as he has done so often before, he proved his doubters wrong. “I think even if I had run faster tonight, I wouldn’t have made it to the final. It would have taken a miracle for that to happen and I’ve got a lot of respect for the guys that made the final. ‘A great oportunity’“It’s just been a great opportunity to come out here and I’ve learnt a lot from this experience,” he added. “The IAAFs is a phenomenal event and being one of the athletes to be able to come out here has just been a huge blessing.” Already a popular figure among Korean fans, Pistorius was loudly cheered by the locals, who had taken him on as one of their own. Even before the start of the event, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak paid a visit to the athletes’ village and met Pistorius. LJ van Zyl and Cornel Fredericks continued the rich tradition of South African 400 metres hurdlers by qualifying for the final of the event after both claimed second places in their semi-finals. South Korean support Top South African performersWhile South Africans have failed to land any medals in Daegu, there were other promising and excellent performances by Team South Africa athletes during the first three days of competition.last_img read more