Athletes impress in field events

first_imgWHILE most attention was being focused on track events at last Saturday’s Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium, athletes in the field were making their mark with some strong performances, with Excelsior High’s Shanice Love leading the way.Love, who is conditioned by outstanding throwing coach, Michael Vassell, remained unbeaten this season after a splendid 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus.Former Buff Bay High School top female thrower, Fiona Richards, who is now competing for Edwin Allen High, shared the spotlight as she was a double winner. Richards, who will not be eligible for this year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, captured the Class Two discus with 48.27m, before winning the shot put with 15.46m.Other outstanding female performances came from Kimberly Lugg of Excelsior and Sanique Burgher of Edwin Allen. Lugg captured the girl’s Class Three discus with 35.00m, while Burgher soared 1.75m in winning the Class Three high jump.Field events could play a major role in deciding the title at Champs this year and many of the top athletes were on show.Calabar High’s Class One thrower, Warren Barrett Jr, stayed unbeaten in the discus and shot put. He easily won the shot put with 19.30m, way ahead of second-place finisher, Vashon McCarthy, of Jamaica College (JC), with 14.86m.UPSETThere was an upset in the boys’ triple jump Open, as Campion College’s Jordan Scott surprised JC’s Obrien Wasome. Scott won with 15.81m, while Wasome had to settle for second with 15.44m.Otherwise, JC showed their strength in the jumps with Clayton Brown getting the better of St Jago High’s Lushane Wilson in the Class One high jump. An event which will be worth going miles to see at Champs, Brown cleared the bar at 2.18m to beat Wilson, 2.15m.Other JC athletes, Paketo Dudley (7.25m) in the Class One long jump and John Mark Rainford, (5.79m) in the Class Three long jump, also won.Kingston College’s Zico Campbell was a double winner in the boys’ Class Two throws. Campbell, formerly of Glenmuir High, took the discus with 53.18m and the shot put with an impressive 17.96m.last_img read more

Giants Rehire Spagnuolo For Defense

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants are bringing back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator.Spagnuolo was hired Jan. 15, returning to the team he helped win the 2007 NFL championship. New York also hired Tim Walton as secondary/cornerbacks coach.The 55-year-old Spagnuolo, a 34-year coaching veteran who had a failed stint as head coach of the Rams, was a defensive assistant in Baltimore the past two seasons. He replaces Perry Fewell on coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.“This is both new and familiar at the same time,” Spagnuolo said. “I was hoping to take the next step, God willing, and be a coordinator again. I’m ecstatic that it’s with Tom Coughlin. Tom is the highest character guy I know.“The feeling I have is one of excitement. We’re going to work our butts off, and hopefully we will do great things together.”They did before.Hired by the Giants on Jan. 22, 2007 after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Spagnuolo’s first unit at the Meadowlands led the NFL with 53 sacks. The Giants went on the road to win three playoff games, then stunned the unbeaten Patriots in the Super Bowl, allowing an average of 16.3 points per game in that postseason.“That really was a special time,” Spagnuolo said.In 2008, the Giants’ defense allowed 294 points, 57 fewer than the previous season. That helped Spagnuolo get the head coaching job in St. Louis, where he went 10-28.In 2012, he joined the Saints as defensive coordinator, but that was the year of the bounty scandal, with coach Sean Payton suspended.After that season, Spagnuolo went to the Ravens. Now he is back with the Giants.“Steve has so much enthusiasm in front of the room,” Coughlin said. “His defense has changed since he was last here. He worked in Baltimore with John Harbaugh and Dean Pees, and they are outstanding defensive coaches. He has studied defenses. Steve visited colleges and talked to college coaches, including Urban Meyer to learn how to defend the spread offenses that have become so popular.”Walton, 43, will replace Peter Giunta. Walton was the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2013. He is entering his 20th season in coaching.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PM Commissions New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System in Manchester

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Wednesday, March 20, commissioned into service the New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System in Manchester which will provide a consistent and stable water system for some 497 farmers. The Prime Minister also handed out land titles to 20 of 132 farmers for whom titles have been prepared under the irrigation project and also announced the setting up of an Agro-Park in the New Forest/Duff House community. The Prime Minister said that with the new irrigation facility, the farmers of New Forest and Duff House will become part of the exciting, new Agro Park initiative, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture. Five Agro Parks are to be established from the re-allocation of US$4 million from the existing IDB-funded agriculture competitiveness programme, with New Forest/Duff House being one of them. The Prime Minister said the Agro Parks will be equipped with all the facilities required for profitable production with farmers contracted to grow vegetables, tubers, onion and pepper to be marketed via private sector partners either for export, processing, or for the local trade, including the tourism sector. Highlighting the importance agriculture to the national growth and development strategy, the Prime Minister said this went far beyond “its 6 percent contribution to GDP”, given its significant backward and forward linkages, adding: “With soaring prices of agricultural commodities worldwide, the sector has assumed greater significance due to food security concerns,” and the need to increase food production. Jamaica’s food import bill, the Prime Minister noted was at an unsustainable level of almost US one billion dollars per annum. In 1998, the government formulated the National Irrigation Development Plan for expanding irrigation systems to farmers. Under this Plan, some 51 projects were developed to increase the irrigated area in Jamaica by 15,000 hectares, with nearly $2 billion spent on installing new irrigation systems. The New Forest/Duff House Irrigation System was completed with funding assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank which also funded the Colbeck and Yallahs Irrigation Systems.Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

Höegh LNG Optimistic on FSRU Demand

first_imgzoom Floating energy solutions provider Höegh LNG posted a profit after tax of USD 0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, returning to black when compared to the same period from 2015 when a loss of USD 33 million was reported.EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 amounted to USD 31.2 million, compared with USD 25 million for the corresponding period in 2015.According to the group, the increase in EBITDA reflects the start-up of Höegh Grace under the long-term floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) contract with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao S.A. E.S.P. (SPEC) in December 2016. The rise in EBITDA was also due to reduced operating expenses and the fact that all units were operated in accordance with their long-term contracts in 4Q 2016.During the fourth quarter of 2016, Höegh LNG signed a contract with Quantum Power Ghana Gas Limited to provide an FSRU for the Tema LNG import terminal located close to Accra in Ghana. Following this, the company’s capital was freed up by the partial sale of Höegh Grace to Höegh LNG Partners.Höegh LNG subsequently entered into a letter of intent for a new FSRU with Samsung Heavy Industries, before a new 20-year contract was inked with Global Energy Infrastructure Limited (GEIL) in Pakistan and an additional FSRU shipbuilding contract was placed at Hyundai Heavy Industries.Furthermore, Höegh LNG placed NOK 1,500 million (USD 179 million) in the Nordic bond market, with the proceeds being partially used to refinance a NOK 750 million bond which matures in October 2017.The company said it continues to operate in a positive market environment, since accelerating LNG exports are being mirrored by an increase in the number of FSRU contract awards.“With a solid operational and financial platform in place, and backed by a positive market environment, Höegh LNG continues to pursue additional business opportunities,” Höegh LNG said in its outlook for 2017.By placing new orders in 4Q 2016, the company moves forward towards its goal of 12 FSRUs by 2019. Currently, the firm has 10 FSRUs in operation or under construction.last_img read more

Defence tells court woman had consensual relationship with BC exMountie

first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for a retired RCMP inspector accused of sexually assaulting a civilian employee says the complainant consented to a relationship with his client.David Butcher told provincial court there is no basis for the Crown’s argument that Tim Shields abused his position of authority to coerce the woman when she said he kissed and groped her in a unisex washroom at the RCMP’s British Columbia headquarters in 2009.“Mr. Shields says she’s a fraud, a liar and a perjurer,” Butcher said Tuesday during closing submissions. “Mr. Shields asks the court to positively find there was actual consent in this case.”The complainant, who cannot be identified under a publication ban, has testified Shields told her he had something important to tell her when she followed him down a flight of stairs and into a ground-floor washroom but she was “frozen and confused” when he locked the door behind them.She testified that Shields undid her bra, touched her breasts, unbuttoned her pants and put her hand on his genitals.Shields, who is 52, joined the RCMP in 1996 and was promoted to inspector in 2009. He was charged with one count of sexual assault in May 2016 and has pleaded not guilty.Butcher said Tuesday it’s ridiculous that the woman believed Shields had any work-related matter to discuss with her in a washroom, suggesting a friendly relationship turned sexual as both people sent each other flirtatious emails.“We say there was substantial agreement on what happened here, but equally some significant differences.”He outlined evidence from the woman, when she said she’d met with Shields in his office “maybe 20 times,” sometimes with the door closed, and that she often hugged him when she walked in.Shields has said their hugs became intimate and the complainant once pushed him into a corner in his office as their embraces and conversation turned sexual.He said after the washroom incident, the woman referred to Shields in a performance review as one of three “superb leaders,” suggesting her allegations could be questioned.Justice Patrick Doherty said it wouldn’t be unusual for someone to write such comments in a performance review if they wanted to keep their job.The Crown is scheduled to begin closing arguments on Wednesday.Butcher said while Crown counsel may say some issues raised by the defence rely on myths and stereotypes about sexual assault complainants, including whether they maintain a friendly relationship with an alleged abuser, some facts must be used to assess credibility and the “factual mosaic” of a case.Shields, who was the Mounties’ media spokesman in B.C., was suspended with pay in May 2015 in the middle of a code of conduct investigation. He left the force in December of that year.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Tim Shields was charged last May.last_img read more

How Torontos film and TV production has surged past 2 billion

first_img Login/Register With: He also has a lot to crow about: Not only is Pinewood the site of the most anticipated television show currently being filmed, sources told the Star it will also be the site of the first big Toronto blockbuster film produced in 2017: Fantastic Voyage, from the titanic team-up of Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron.It is a remarkable coup, considering that not too many years ago a high Canadian dollar and a mortgage-related global financial collapse had all seemingly conspired to put the brakes on the Toronto film industry. And the studio, owned by developer Romano, film mogul Paul Bronfman, pension fund investor ROI Capital, and the city of Toronto was seen as the most visible white elephant. Alfredo Romano’s spacious second-floor office in Toronto’s Port Lands overlooks a science fiction fan’s lust-worthy fantasy: The set of the new Star Trek: Discovery television series.“This is pretty cool, right?” says Romano, taking a peek outside his window at a film production crew loading sets onto the mammoth 46,000-square-foot sound stage, the largest such purpose-built facility in North America.Romano, tall, gregarious and given to thoughtful, winding answers, is a former academic turned developer who studied religion and philosophy at Harvard. He is a shareholder in Toronto’s Pinewood Studios and his family is the largest private sector stakeholder in the Toronto waterfront area. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In 2008, when Pinewood first opened, production in the city descended to an ominous low of $499 million. Contrast that to 2016 where film and television production soared to a remarkable $2.01 billion. It is the third record-setting year in a row, up from $1.5 billion in 2015. And this year, based on interviews with producers, studio owners, unions and the city, that figure is on track to be eclipsed.center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more