All set for hot Gibson/McCook Relays

first_imgALL IS set for today’s 40th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays, which will take place inside the National Stadium at 9:00 a.m. Things will get started with the heats of the high-school boys’ 4x400m relays, with the final set to bring down the curtains on the event. A bumper crowd is expected as usual, with action set to feature competition among primary, prep, junior high, high schools and clubs and institutions, as they all prepare for their upcoming championships. Chairman of the Organising Committee, Professor Rainford Wilks, is very optimistic about today’s staging despite earlier concerns about the possible impact of the general election, which were held on Thursday. “Plans have gone on well. We have been affected by the general election, mainly resulting in the cancellation of the Howard Aris Memorial Lecture,” Wilks shared. Multiple Olympic and World Championships medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was scheduled to speak, but could not facilitate the alternate date. “We regret that and hope to hear from her in the future,” said Wilks. He pointed to a fallout in sponsorship, but was very pleased with the level of entries received for the meet. “Entries are at the robust levels. Our plans to welcome a US College team for the first time after many years have fallen through,” he said. Despite this, he expects the usual quality performances. “The quality will be excellent, as seen from the development meets since January. We are very happy with preparations, and patrons can expect a high quality, efficiently run meet in a safe, fun-filled environment,” he added. As usual, a lot of attention will surround the high-school competition as teams will be using the opportunity to fine-tune ahead of Champs. Defending girls champion Edwin Allen, after five victories a year ago will be hoping for another dominant performance at the Gibson/McCook Relays. Following performances so far this season they look well set to win the Class 2, 3 and 4 4x100m relays along with the 4x200m and 4x800m event. After two sub-45 seconds runs this season, Holmwood look set to maintain this high standard and should go all the way, while defending champions St Jago will be hoping to spoil their party. The most outstanding female high school athlete Junelle Bromfield of STETHS will be on show today as she will be hoping to bring her team to their third victory this season in the 4x400m, after brilliant anchor legs at the Milo Western Relays and Digicel Grand Prix finale, where she made up large deficits to guide her team to victories. CALABAR CLASS TWO BOYS Among the high school boys, all eyes will be on Calabar’s Class 2 4x100m relay team and with Christopher Taylor, in their ranks, they look set to create history by going sub-40 seconds. Last year’s top team, Kingston College, look set to dominate in the lower classes, while St Jago and STETHS should battle it out in a competitive 4x800m relays With this being an Olympic year, several leading senior athletes will be on show and following their outstanding performances at the Milo Western Relays, the Maurice Wilson-coached G.C. Foster College/Sprintec will be looking to Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Sherone Simpson, Gayon Evans and Anastasia Le-roy on the female side. Among the males, Andre Clarke, Colin King, Demar Murray and Rasheed Dwyer should feature prominently. The University of Technology/MVP team will be coming out much stronger this time around after playing second fiddle to Sprintec/GC Foster in Montego Bay and they are expected to parade the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carrie Russell, Elaine Thompson and Stephanie McPherson on the female side, while the male side will have the likes of Nesta Carter, Kimarley Brown and Andrew Fisher.last_img read more

Body recovered from Better Hope drain

first_imgPolice on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) are probing the death of Campbellville, Georgetown resident, Ravin Fowler, whose lifeless body was recovered from a drain at Robert Street, Better Hope North, ECD, on Friday afternoon.Police, along with residents, watch as ranks retrieve Ravin Fowler’s body from a drain in Robert Street, Better Hope North, ECDGuyana Times understands that the 32-year-old man’s body was submerged in the drain near a culvert for almost two hours before it was removed.This newspaper was told that Fowler would often be seen in the area drinking with friends. Reports are the deceased was also imbibing in the area on Friday. Two persons told this publication that he left the company of his drinking buddies and sometime after, he was discovered in the drain.When Guyana Times spoke with the deceased’s friends, they said they had no knowledge of how he ended up in the drain but reasoned that he may have caught a seizure. However, the cause of death will only be drawn from a post-mortem examination which is expected in the coming days.Police ranks in C Division (East Coast Demerara) were on the scene taking statements at the time this newspaper arrived at Better Hope, ECD. Persons in the area and other curious onlookers were standing in disbelief and could be heard saying they recognised the deceased when Police recovered the body from the drain.According to information disclosed, relatives would often argue with the now dead man about the excessive amount of hours he spent in Better Hope rather than being at his Georgetown home where he resided. His brother, Raymond Doorsammy, told Guyana Times that his late sibling was not taking the treatment doctors had prescribed for his seizures.He noted that it was in recent times, that his brother started to consume alcohol heavily. He recalled that he was at work when he received the message of his brother’s demise.Undertakers transported the body to the Lyken Funeral Parlour and an autopsy is expected to be performed on Wednesday. Fowler had no children and leaves to mourn five siblings.last_img read more

Student dies after ‘copter hits wires

first_imgCASTAIC – A helicopter crashed into a creek bed south of state Route 126 Saturday, killing a student pilot and injuring an instructor, county fire officials said. The two-seat Schweizer helicopter, operated by Van Nuys Airport-base Group 3 Aviation, clipped a power line, but it was not clear whether that caused the crash or if the helicopter cut the cable while coming down, officials said. “They do a lot of training out here,” Los Angeles County Fire Department battalion chief Joseph Lindaman said. “When you’re flying, (the wires) are hard to see. Helicopters often run into the wires.” It was not immediately known which of the helicopter’s occupants was piloting. The victims’ names were not immediately released, and the cause of the crash was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The crash was reported about 2:15 p.m. near 28200 Henry Mayo Drive, also known as Route 126, in the wash about three miles west of Interstate 5. Rescue workers arrived at the wreckage to find a 25-year-old man dead and the instructor critically injured. The instructor was airlifted to County/USC Medical Center. John Pinkerton, who was staying at an recreational vehicle park within a half mile from the crash site, recalled hearing a loud noise before his electricity went out. “I thought it was somebody slamming a garbage can,” said Pinkerton, 70, of Omaha, Neb. About 1,465 homes lost power. Power was mostly restored within several hours, Southern California Edison spokesman Gil Alexander said. The crash site is near the former Indian Dunes off-road park, where actor Vic Morrow died in a 1982 helicopter crash during production of “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 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