Lindelof has the approval of his club, Unitedas well as his coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær, to participate in the training sessions of his old club, the Vasteras SK. The defender, 25 years old, has managed to cope with the UK training ban since, at the moment, in Sweden the sport is not blocked. The Swedish government clings to the common sense of its population to control the spread of COVID-19 and allows football matches to take place, although the Swedish league will not start. At the moment, friendly matches are held for both men’s and women’s football. Victor Lindelof, central of Manchester United, has a small advantage over the rest of his classmates Premier. For a few days, train normally in Sweden, your country of origin. Lindelof takes advantage of being in the Scandinavian country to continue with the training without any problem, against the rest of the Premier League footballers who must settle for small individual sessions, forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lindelof grew up in the Vasteras quarry until jumping in 2012 to Portuguese football, from the hand of Benfica. In 2017, he was transferred to the red devils, at an express request from the then coach, José Mourinho. “The initiative came from his part. We are delighted and happy to be able to count on him,” said Robin Blommé, sports director of the city club of the same name, and which the newspaper reports. Fotbollskanalen.
The other daunting fact is that Champs is a month away and he could improve. That would put him within touch distance of the Class One records. Those belong to Zharnel Hughes at 10.12 seconds in the 100 and to Usain Bolt at 20.25 in the 200. Bolt’s mark was set in 2003 and survived a 2013 assault by Delano Williams by just 0.02. A closer look shows that Bolt had an aiding wind of 1.9 metres per second compared to the 0.9 breeze in Williams’ race. It’s not a done deal until the races are run, however, and Ellis will face worthy competition at Champs. Jhevaughn Matherson of Kingston College has looked good in his outings so far and ran 20.97 seconds to win the Class Two 200m in 2014. Fast-starting Raheem Chambers of St Jago should be in the picture too. He finished behind Ellis in the 100m last year but generally has been great at Champs. He won in both Class Two and Class Three in record times, and while Matherson broke his class 3 mark, his Class Two standard of 10.29 still sparkles. In fact, a win for Chambers would put him in an elite group of sprinters to win the 100 in Classes One, Two and Three. Donald Quarrie and Remaldo Rose of Camperdown, Dexter Lee of Herbert Morrison and Calabar’s Michael O’Hara have done it. Chambers has to beat Ellis to join them. • Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. Could improve If you were worried that the showcase sprint events of the 2016 ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships would be dull, worry no more. Nigel Ellis, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) sprint stylist, changed the landscape last week with brilliant times at Western Championships. Ellis has fans licking their lips in anticipation. Fourth last year in both the Class One 100 and 200 metres, he would have been among this year’s favourites anyway. Now there is no doubt. His Western Champs times – 10.20 and 20.40 seconds – ensure that.
…as miners, GGMC face off ahead of week-long festivitiesAdamantium Holdings has been named the top gold producer of 2015 when the Natural Resources Ministry in concert with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) held an award ceremony at the Guyana Pegasus on Sunday to kick off the week-long festivities of Mining Week 2016.Adamantium declared 13,399 ounces of gold for 2015 making the company the top local producer for the year.The mining company had been prominent in the news this past week when it was discovered that both Adamantium and Atlantic Fuels Inc shared several close connections including Directors – one such being Managing Director of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI,) Dr Richard Van West-Charles.The two companies also share the same Kingston, Georgetown address, with Atlantic Fuels Inc securing an import/wholesale licence for fuel to supply, in part, the mining operations.Ronaldo Alphonso of Adamantium Holdings receives the award from Business Minister Domonic Gaskin for the top gold producer of 2015 (Photo: Marceano Narine)Other top awardees recognised on Sunday evening included Mohamed’s Enterprises, which was the top gold dealer.Bosai and RUSAL—both bauxite mining companies—were also awarded for their stellar performances in that extractive sector, while Toolsie Persaud was recognised as the country’s top quarrying entity .Guyana Goldfields was recognised for its safety track record at its Aurora Mines.Other special awardees included industry pioneers Edward Shields, Dick Manning and Cyrilda De Jesus.Special awards were also handed out to media representatives who would have been providing coverage for the sector, including Clifford Stanley of the Guyana Chronicle, Gaulbert Sutherland of Stabroek News and Jarryl Bryan of Kaieteur News.Face-offThe pleasantries, smiles and recognition were preceded however by a ‘laying down of the gauntlet’ by both industry representatives and GGMC Commissioner (ag), Newell Dennison.There were calls for greater inclusion and drastic changes to be implemented, not just in the extractive fields but in the relationship between the two bodies.Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GWMO) President Ulrica Primus, in her brief remarks to the gathering, said, “Mining is a machine driven by numerous parts; if we only seek to re-organise, enforce and take a firmer stance on just miners, we are only addressing half of the problems.”She submits that in order to create realistic changes, “the input and respect for every player is needed”.Her sentiments were echoed by Andron Alphonso, who, speaking on behalf of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), said he was looking for a greater level of commitment on the part of the GGMC not just in its enforcement measures, but along the lines of actually assisting miners.He spoke of the need for the introduction of greater support services to the mining sector, such as extension services used in the agriculture sector. Mining, he said, needs similar assistance.800,000 ounces possibleAlphonso spoke too of the impending ban on the use of mercury in the mining industry and the impact it could have on an ill-prepared sector.He opined that with the impending ban, efforts at improving recovery techniques needed to be stepped up ten-fold.He spoke to the fact that techniques currently employed in the sector only saw a 20 to 30 per cent recovery rate for gold.Better technology, he said, can more than double this. The GGDMA Vice President suggested that while Guyana saw record gold declarations last year, if better recovery techniques were used, gold declaration could have possibly eclipsed 800,000 ounces as against the 400,000 plus ounces that were declared in 2015.The GGDMA Vice President observed too that while there were high hopes and expectations in the industry, these could only become a reality through continued collaboration.Rome was not built in a day, he recalled, and added that building a world-class mining sector locally would take time.Mammoth contributionTurning his attention to the Mining Week activities, Alphonso used the opportunity to encourage all and sundry to participate.He suggested that the time be used to garner an unbiased knowledge of the industry, since it would have been portrayed negatively in recent times.Gold production, spearheaded mainly by the work of small miners, must be applauded for its mammoth contribution to the economy, according to Alphonso.Acting GGMC Commissioner Dennison sought to impress on the mining representatives the importance of safety and the need for a paradigm shift in the recovery methods employed.Extracting minerals with the application of appropriate techniques and technology, obviating the use of mercury is of utmost importance, according to Dennison.He said those in the industry should consider these changes inevitable since the industry will soon demand more mechanical and chemical collecting methods.Dennison also sought to assure miners that while the GGMC was looking to embrace bringing educational awareness to the sector, it would not let up on its role as an enforcement body.He spoke too to the importance of practising on-site safety at mining operations, saying that there needed to be an attitudinal change where common sense and common decency were common goals for the broader development of the industry.This, he said, requires serious commitment to partnership and collaboration “first with each other as citizens” and with institutions like the GGMC, which, according to Dennison, is “here to serve and guide”.Incentives/penaltiesEspousing the importance of safety and more efficient mining practices, he spoke about the impact of mining on the environment and the role of those who would have caused the damage—miners.He spoke to the unwillingness on the part of some miners to reclaim mined-out areas since some find the exercise too costly or their operations would have been illegal, among a host of other reasons.Dennison said regardless of the excuses, this was an issue that had to be confronted head on both by the mining community and the GGMC. He noted that incentives or penalties were available tools in order to achieve the objective.He used the opportunity to also lament some of the shortcomings of the GGMC itself and pointed to its human resource and other operational constraints.Dennison said while not wanting to make excuses for the GGMC, half of the entity’s staff has about five years’ service with the regulatory body and advocated training as the first approach towards remedying the situation.Restored standardsNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, in his brief contribution to mark the commencement of the annual activity, reminded of Government’s commitment to restoring the standards that it has set for the industry.He too shared his views on the importance of safety. Trotman also used the occasion to announce that in future there will be a greater presence by the GGMC and officials from the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency and other related agencies at several of the larger mining operations locally.Trotman was among a slew of Government representatives at the forum led by Head of State, David Granger, Vice President Carl Greenidge and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin. The Private Sector was also represented through Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairperson Eddie Boyer.
…shocked church members flock scene in mourningBy Ashraf DabieScores of church members and curious onlookers flocked to the building at the corner of Albert Street and South Road, Georgetown on Tuesday morning following the shocking discovery of the bodies of two elderly women of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church, who were believed to have been strangled during a suspected robbery.Dead: 87-year-old Constance FraserDead: 75-year-old Phyllis CaesarThe dead women have been identified as 87-year-old Constance Fraser, also known as “Mother Fraser,” and her niece, 75-year-old Phyllis Caesar.According to information relayed by the distraught gathering, the duo was found in the upper flat of the Lot 243 Central Georgetown home, lying motionlessly in their respective bedrooms. Caesar’s hands and legs were said to have been bound and her mouth stuffed with cloth.One of the bodies being removed from the homeSpeculations are that the defenseless duo were ambushed by robbers who, in an attempt to cart off their valuables, constrained the women as they ransacked their home in the wee hours of Tuesday.Police investigations have also revealed that the perpetrators gained access through the western entrance of the building, and it has been confirmed that items have gone missing from the house.The elderly women were last seen while attending church on Monday evening. However, an alarm was raised after Caesar failed to report to her place of worship the following morning, as customary, prompting several attempts to contact the duo, all of which were to no avail. Acting on suspicion, a member of the congregation then alerted the Police, and together they ventured into the home, where they discovered the two women dead.Scores of church members and loved ones flocked the crime scene on Tuesday morning“Sister Phyllis does normally be the one to open the church and disable the alarms. So when she didn’t go in today, the church administrator tried to call her but her phone wasn’t answered. Then he went by her, and no one answered; so he became worried and (called) the Police,” one church member explained.Meanwhile, given the brutal attack which led to the demise of the senior, well-loved church members, the congregation is calling for the ‘heads’ of those involved in this heinous crime. Among those mourning the death of the well-loved elders of the church was Devon Ragubir, who outlined the extent of this loss to the Full Gospel Assembly of God.In doing so, he stated, “We call them Aunty Phyllis and Mother Fraser. She (Caesar) taught me as a boy growing up at the church. She (also) taught my daughter and my son.”Ragubir pointed out that he was informed of the incident by his wife, but found it hard to believe. The man then rushed to the home of the two women and was greeted by the crowd, confirming the dreadful news.The aggrieved man went on to say, “It is really sad to know that somebody could do something as cruel and weak as this: to tie these two elderly women up as though they are animals. I am really disappointed. To kill elderly women is just not right; could never be right.”As such, he noted, “I am hoping that when they do find these people, capital punishment is used. I really hope that the people pay truly for this.”Ragubir was backed by a number of members attached to his church, all of whom are of the belief that stringent measures should be employed in ensuring that justice is served to the perpetrators of this attack.On man even told this publication, “They need the rope to come back for these robbers and murderers, to ease with these things. These are two people that can hardly help themselves.”Guyana Times understands that, on multiple occasions, bandits had broken into the home of the two defenceless women. During a recent attack just about a month ago, the criminals took off with a cellular phone as well as a quantity of cash.Moreover, loved ones of the deceased pointed out that they had received their pensions just yesterday (Monday), and in light of this coincidence, they are convinced that the attack had been carried out by persons close to the victims.The now dead Constance Fraser and Phyllis Caesar were both described as “kind, caring and God- fearing women,” known to frequent the church. Fraser is said to be a widow and mother of several overseas-based children, while Caesar functions as a Sunday School teacher at the Full Gospel Assembly of God.The bodies of the duo were taken to the Lyken Funeral Home, leaving behind scores of church members and loved ones inconsolable in their grief.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa embraced the plans, developed by architect David Jay Flood over the past several months. “The Coliseum has been the site of incredible events for more than 80 years, but it never shines brighter than during an Olympic Games,” Villaraigosa said. U.S. Olympic Committee officials are scheduled to start a two-day tour of Los Angeles next week and review plans that include an Olympic village at UCLA and use of established, new and proposed facilities such as Staples Center, the Galen Center at USC and the l.a.live project under construction downtown. L.A.’s effort to host the games this time has won wide support, mainly because of the success of the 1984 Summer Games. Those games poured millions of dollars into the local economy and realized a $235 million profit that was used to create an endowment to fund amateur athletic events citywide. Officials say they think the 2016 Games, using the same model as the 1984 event, could bring in more than $1 billion to the local economy. Main part untouched Under the plans, a series of columns holding a steel frame would be built around the rim of the Coliseum, excluding the peristyle end and the press-box area. The columns would support 204 luxury boxes, each capable of holding 10 to 15 people, which would be sold as separate packages. Designs of the suites were not released, but officials said plans call for construction of separate bathrooms and other amenities. The main part of the Coliseum would not be affected by the work to avoid problems with the Los Angeles Conservancy and other preservationists. “This is a state and national historic landmark now, and it will be after the games,” Sanders said. “But it is also a working stadium, and we want to take advantage of that.” Plans also call for a temporary fill to raise the field and accommodate track-and-field events as well as opening and closing ceremonies, Sanders said. To do that, 13,000 of the Coliseum’s 92,000 seats would be removed. The estimated cost to rent a luxury box will not be released until USOC officials decide whether to nominate Los Angeles or Chicago as the U.S. city that will vie with international sites to host the games. “Obviously, these will be our most expensive tickets, but we will be having a number of low-cost events and several free events,” Sanders said. “Our hope is to spread the Olympic spirit throughout the region with events to be held everywhere.” All costs for the work would be covered by an Olympic Organizing Committee that would have to be formed to oversee planning for the event. Sanders said the work is needed to accommodate the IOC, which wants a showcase center for the games. The frame for the Coliseum would be built off-site and assembled in the six months before the games, Flood said. He estimated it would take three months to disassemble after the games. The Coliseum was built in the 1920s and hosted its first football game – USC against Pomona College – in 1921. It became a symbol of the city and the then-struggling Olympic movement when L.A. hosted its first games in 1932 and, again, when it served as the principal venue for the 1984 edition. It was named a historic landmark in 1984. In between, in addition to USC, it has served as home for UCLA football, the Los Angeles Dodgers in their first season in the city and several professional football teams – from the Rams, Raiders and Chargers in the National Football League to the Los Angeles Express from the now-defunct U.S. Football League. Site with many uses It has served as the site for evangelical rallies by the Rev. Billy Graham and for events by Pope John Paul II and the Rev. Bishop Tutu of South Africa. “It was an honor for us to work on a project in such a historic building,” Flood said. “Rarely in architecture do we begin a design with an already historic structure. Our job in this case was to enhance, and we are enthusiastic about the result.” In recent years, there has been a renewed effort to bring the NFL back to L.A., and several proposals to remodel the Coliseum – some with price tags in the $500 million to $700 million range – have been proposed. Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks said the plans proposed for the Coliseum’s Olympic bid will not affect his efforts to negotiate with the NFL to bring a professional team back to the site. Sanders said Olympic organizers would work with the NFL if the league does decide to return to L.A. The Los Angeles Conservancy has threatened lawsuits over the years to block any major changes to the outside of the facility – which is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks – and has been working with the Coliseum on the new designs. Officials with the conservancy said they have reviewed the plans proposed for the Olympics and see no problem with them. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 Revitalizing the Coliseum Highlights of the plan to help lure the 2016 Olympic Games to Los Angeles: $112 million in privately funded temporary enhancements 204 10- to 15-person luxury suites, pricing yet to be set Removal of 13,000 of the Coliseum’s 92,000 seats Sun-shading around the Coliseum’s perimeter The structure of the venue listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks would not be permanently altered Installation of a track around the field and guest amenities160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Escalating their bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, organizers of the effort to bring the event back to Los Angeles unveiled plans Thursday for a $112 million temporary face-lift for L.A.’s Memorial Coliseum. The plans call for private financing of enhancements that include 204 luxury boxes around the top rim of the historic stadium, guest amenities, sun shading and a track around the field. The unveiling comes just days before L.A. is scheduled to host U.S. Olympic officials reviewing the city in its bid. The changes are needed to meet International Olympic Committee requirements for a host facility. “This will be the crown jewel of the Olympics, as it was twice before,” said Barry Sanders, chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games. “The Olympic torch is burning bright today, just as we hope it will in 2016.”
Jasmine Dixon dominated in the paint in the first half against a Lancer team that started off the game in man-to-man defense, and then tried to implement a zone which failed to slow down Poly. Dixon, a junior adidas All-American, scored 14 of her game-high 16 points by intermission, and coach Carl Buggs rested her much of the final two quarters. LONG BEACH – The road to the CIF Southern California Regional finals could get a little tougher for the Poly High girls basketball team when it matches up against the Stockdale Mustangs (30-4) in the quarterfinals tonight at 7. The defending state champion Jackrabbits (32-1) are coming off a strong performance against L.A. Grant in a first-round game of the tournament. Taja Edwards scored 10 points, and Brittany Wilson came in off the bench to add 13 points in the 79-22 rout. Jameia McDuffie, Candice Nichols and Brittany Brumfield are steal specialists who can outsprint most on the break and have the court savvy to give it up to trailers. Even though Poly, the No. 1 team in the state by Cal High and the No. 2 team in the country by USA Today, has shown that it can score from the perimeter, the bulk of the damage will come off Dixon and Edwards putbacks and post moves in the paint. If Nichols, April Cook and Kelli Thompson have their stroke going, the game could be over early. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The May 15 runoff election for control of the Los Angeles Unified School District is fast approaching, with the future of the educational system at stake. The candidates and power brokers have yet to come clean on what they intend to do to dramatically turn the district around, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep silent. So speak your mind by going to dailynews.com and clicking on Education Revolution or go directly to insidesocal.com/education, where we will post our editorials, information from our reporters and your comments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Juventus have become the latest European heavyweight to express an interest in signing Arsenal and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani.The Uruguayan looks destined to leave Paris Saint-Germain in the close season and has a number of elite clubs across Europe chasing his signature.According to Italian website Sport Mediaset, the forward has agreed personal terms with the Italian champions and a deal could even be reached by the end of the week.The Champions League finalists are keen to capture a proven goalscorer, especially if top marksman Carlos Tevez opts to leave when his contract expires in 2016. Edinson Cavani 1
Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman brings us the latest odds in the managerial merry-go-round, with David Moyes the latest man looking for a new job following his axe at Real Sociedad.Ex-Everton and Man United boss Moyes is 2/1 to be back in the Premier League with any club this season, and with Garry Monk under pressure at Swansea, overseeing just two wins in ten Premier League games, the Welsh side are 4/1 favourites to be the Scot’s next destination.Meanwhile, a return to his homeland with Celtic is priced at 7/1, a switch to struggling Newcastle is 8/1, while a move down to the Championship with QPR or Fulham is 8/1 and 12/1 respectively.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Jermaine Pennant is to have a trial in Singapore in an attempt to prolong his career.The former Premier League ace, who played for Arsenal, Liverpool and Stoke in the top-flight, has been without a club since leaving Wigan at the end of last season.Now, according to Red Card Radio in Singapore, the 32-year-old has agreed to spend at least a trial spell with S.League club Tampines Rovers.Tampines begin their season at the end of the month and the hope is to sign Pennant for a year.A deal for Pennant, who recently had a trial in Thailand too, is part of an ambitious plan by Stags new chairman Krishna Ramachandra.The Nottingham-born player will join a host of domestic internationals and the club have also announced plans for a youth academy with Brazilian legend Ronaldinho. Jermaine Pennant