Djokovic wins again SHANGHAI (AP): Novak Djokovic has been winning with relative ease over the past week and a half in China. Djokovic defeated 15th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, extending his winning streak to 14 straight matches, dating back to his title run at the US Open. He has also captured 16 straight sets and hasn’t surrendered more than five games in a single match since the start of the China Open last week. On a day when 14 of the world’s top 17 players were playing, Andy Murray saved all seven break points he faced and held on to beat big-serving John Isner 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; Rafael Nadal defeated Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (3); and Stan Wawrinka topped Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-4. Sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, meanwhile, was upset by South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3). Venus Williams in last eight HONG KONG (AP): Venus Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open by beating Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 yesterday. The 35-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month. Another win this week would bring her closer to qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4. Also, seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France beat Anastasiya Komardina of Russia 6-0, 6-2; and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-2. UEFA members back suspended Platini NYON, Switzerland (AP): All 54 European football nations yesterday backed UEFA president Michel Platini’s fight to clear his name and overturn FIFA’s suspension. The support, which was announced through a UEFA statement, did not follow a vote in the meeting of UEFA members at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and offered no view on the case itself. Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were suspended for 90 days last week by the FIFA ethics committee following an investigation into a payment from football’s world-governing body. While Blatter has been replaced at FIFA by acting president Issa Hayatou, Platini retains the UEFA presidency and salary despite officially being banned.
Andre Lowe: They are building a nice little rivalry, and Saturday’s 200m clash between Elaine Thompson and Dafne Schippers should certainly be as exciting as their previous races against each other. KC Graham: I think this rivalry will be the best among female athletes for the next two years as both are kind of fresh on the scene and look likely to be the best over the event. Lowe: Well, their times certainly support that position. Those 21.66 and 21.63 runs by the two at last year’s World Championships are still fresh in the mind and certainly breathe fresh life into the event. Schippers has looked really good already this year – 7.00 in the 60m, 10.83 in the 100m and 22.02 after two 200m races. She has ran a lot this year, which is a discussion on its own. The point, though, is that this will be Thompson’s first 200m this season and maybe this will also come into play. KC Graham: Last year, Thompson was very inexperienced, plus she can also now commit some more time to her career after going pro. Now she will be more relaxed, and after her excellent debut on the world stage last year, I think she is ready to do some damage. Her coach, Stephen Francis, has worked on her start, and based on what I saw at the Jamaica International Invitational meet, she is going to do something special this year, and Eugene could be the start of this. Lowe: Her start has come a long way. It could hardly have been any worse, to be honest, and with this new weapon in her arsenal, she is now better equipped to beat the big Dutch sprinter. This one is going to be a hard call. I expect them to go very close to 22-flat here. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both scrape 21.9 highs. I’m inclined to give Dafne the edge for now, but I really can’t say that it’s a confident pick. KC Graham: Yes, Dafne has got the edge over Elaine the last two times they met, and with a season’s best of 22.02 seconds, which is a world-leading time in the event, the Dutch lady will start as favourite. Elaine is a monster and only lost because of inexperience in Beijing last year and is ready to avenge that defeat. I see both athletes going sub-22 seconds here. We cannot ignore Tori Bowie because, remember at this same track two years ago, she won the event running out of lane one in 22.18 seconds, and with a season’s best of 22.26 seconds in The Bahamas, she cannot be ignored. Lowe: Hmmm … Bowie could spoil the fun, for real. Since that run in Nassau, she has gone 10.80 and 10.91 in the 100m, so she is in good overall form. It’s her best start to a season in a while, and she’ll certainly complete the top three here. Where they each finish is the next question. I have my doubts, but I’ll go with Dafne, slightly over Elaine with Bowie pushing hard for third. KC Graham: I am going to make a bold prediction here, and people might say I am crazy. After her spectacular performance at the same track in 2014 and with her best start to a season, I am going with Bowie at home to surprise the big two here. Lowe: All things considered, it’s not that crazy. It’s a bolder prediction, but one that’s certainly possible. Either way, it’s not a race to be missed!
Weeks of waiting in anticipation will end today for hundreds of students and their parents as the Education Ministry is expected to announce the results of the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).The announcement will be made at a news conference scheduled for 10:00h by Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine. The press conference will be held in the auditorium of the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) and will be streamed live on the Ministry’s website www.education.gov.gy.CSEC uses a six-point grading scheme, which is used to report on the performance of the candidates under six overall and profile grades as follows: Overall grades – I, II, III, IV, V, VI; and Profile grades – A, B, C, D, E, F.CSEC subjects are examined for certification at the General and Technical Proficiencies, which provides students with the foundation for further studies and entry into the workplace.Guyanese students have been performing exceptionally well at these examinations over the years, having produced the top student for the past few years. Last year, 17-year-old Victoria Najab of Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) topped the country with a whopping 20 Grade Ones.The second spot was taken by another SVN student, Vamanadev Hiralall, who obtained 19 Grade Ones and one Grade Two. He was followed in the third spot by Aliyah Rasheed from Queenstown Village on the Essequibo Coast, who secured 19 Grade Ones.Meanwhile, CAPE is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies.Last year CAPE toppers included Cecil Cox, Larissa Whiltshire and Sasha Woodroffe, all of Queen’s College and Shonta Noel of St Rose’s High, who all secured Grade One passes in six units.
… suggests deploying more City Constables, plainclothes ranksThe parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned the decision by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to remove scores of vendors from beneath the canopy of the Stabroek Market after municipal officials said the area is a haven for criminals.The area where the vendors are to be removed fromThese vendors have been plying their trade in that area for decades, but last week Wednesday, City Constabulary officers said a man was in the vicinity with a rifle in his possession but dropped it and fled after Police ranks swooped down on him.This prompted the City Constabulary to recommend that the vendors who have been operating in that area for several decades be removed. This decision was endorsed by City Mayor Patricia Chase-Green; however, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said on Monday that his party strongly rejects the proposal which he said is another move by the municipality to take bread out of the mouths of vendors and “force them into illegal activities who knows where.”He said that City Hall, in its attempt to rid the Stabroek Market of criminal activities, will in effect be creating a wider societal problem by throwing more vendors on to the streets.He said if the argument is that the vendors are being removed as a result of the firearm found in the vicinity, and then the argument must be extended to the situation at Bourda, La Penitence and other market places in the City. Rohee believes the removal of the vendors will not solve the problem.“What is required is the cooperation of the vendors and an increase of foot-patrols by people-friendly, not arrogant members of the Constabulary as well as intelligence gathering efforts through undercover Police operatives working in collaboration with the City Police,” Rohee suggested.The municipality, particularly its Town Clerk Royston King and Mayor Chase-Green are being heavily criticised for what has been consistently described as deliberate attacks on city vendors.It started with a decision to suddenly remove scores of vendors from the Stabroek Square in the name of a clean-up campaign for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations back in May of this year, but with no alternative vending area.That action attracted widespread protests from vendors who have been operating in that area for decades and eventually the municipality managed to temporarily secure a piece of land for the vendors.That was followed by a unilateral decision last month by King to remove vendors from Robb Street, between Alexander and Bourda Streets. Again after protects outside City Hall and the Communities Ministry, the vendors were returned.Rohee believes that all these actions by the Town Clerk and Mayor are appeasing the Granger Administration.
Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, in giving the charge to the 2018 Westfield Prep graduating class, challenged students to reject prejudices that have almost become part of our culture.Westfield Prep produced Guyana’s top student at the 2018 National Grade Six Assessment.Manickchand told the graduants that they will be met daily with outdated views, sometimes from right at home, or from school, or from the community. These outdated views, she said, will insinuate that one ethnicity is superior to another, or people who worship in a particular way are strange, or that children from rich homes are better.She advised the students that at each and every time they encounter those anachronistic views, they must confront them and gently but firmly set the makers of those statements right.She told the students that they have a special responsibility to be educated, inform themselves about the issues affecting Guyana, and dedicate themselves to working to make our country better than it is now. She encouraged them to be fully involved in both the academic and extracurricular life of the high schools they would be attending.On March 28 and 29, grade six students from both public and private primary schools across the country wrote the NGSA examination so as to complete their primary education programme and gain entrance into the secondary education system. They were tested in the areas of Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science.Just one week ago, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) results were announced, with Nalia Rahaman of Westfield Prep securing a perfect score of 529 marks at the examination. According to the Education Ministry, this was the first time ever that a perfect score was achieved by a Guyanese student at the NGSA.Meanwhile, along with the good performance, a gender gap was observed, with females acquiring more spots in the top one percent when compared to males. This year’s examination also saw 14,145 students sitting the examination, with 104 females out of the 174 students being placed within the top one percent.Additionally, a performance gap has also been present between the coastal and hinterland schools.
A Bagotville, West Bank Demerara, man is now dead after he was struck down by an officer of the Guyana Fire Service, who was reportedly speeding on the roadway.Dead: Clement SkeeteDead is Clement Skeete, 60, called ‘Rasta Man’ of Lot 111 Bagotville Public Road, WBD. The accident occurred sometime around 19:30h on the Bagotville Public Road on Friday.According to reports, Skeete was crossing the road on his bicycle in front of his house, while the speeding car was approaching at a fast rate and struck the elderly man down.Guyana Times was told that upon impact, the cyclist was flung from the bike and landed some distance away.Speaking with this newspaper, the dead man’s grieving wife, Shellon Cameron recalled that she was at work when she received the call about the accident and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.“When I go to the hospital, I go in and see he lie down with tubes hook up to his body. Then they tell me they gone send him to Georgetown Hospital,” she related.However, the woman explained that there was no doctor to go along with her husband to GPHC and so he was held up at the West Demerara Hospital for some three hours before he was finally transferred—too late.“The decision was to take him to GPHC but no doctor was there to transport him so I start to behave real bad and by the time we go to Georgetown Hospital, they take him in the Accident and Emergency Ward and a couple minutes after, his brother say he pass away,” the distraught woman recounted.According to Cameron, when she returned home she was told by relatives how the accident occurred:“They say he was over the road crossing, and this car come with a speed. He was coming off the bicycle when the car hook the bike wheel and drag him some distance away.”Meanwhile, one relative who witnessed the accident – a young man – recalled to this publication: “I was standing on the road when I saw ‘Rasta Man’ riding coming over the road and the car was coming speed, and till when he reach close, then he start mash brakes. ‘Rasta Man’ try to come off the bike to come in the corner because there was (another) car parked in front the yard so he couldn’t ride straight over but the car come and knock he and fling he in the air. He land on the windscreen and the car drop he down (two houses away).”The Police said that a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver but no trace of blood alcohol was found. Nevertheless, he was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.
0Shares0000New Arsenal manager Unai Emery is yet to pick a win in the Premier LeagueLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists he has the upmost respect for Jack Wilshere’s ability and expects the midfielder will receive a warm welcome when he returns with West Ham on Saturday.Wilshere, 26, spent 17 years with the Gunners, 10 with the first team. But despite prolonged negotiations, the England international couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal with Arsenal before leaving as a free agent.“I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney before he left,” said Emery on Wednesday.“The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future. It’s for that, on Saturday, I know that here, the supporters like him and have this respect also.“I think there is a good reception for him here.”Both sides will be searching for their first points of the season at the Emirates after difficult starts for Emery and new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.Emery has been criticised for a lack of pragmatism in trying to implement a patient, passing approach from the back straight away in defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea.But the Spaniard insists he will continue with the style and is desperate to get off the mark this weekend.“In our process, we are going 38 matches against all the teams. Whether you are playing against Manchester City, it’s the same as if you’re playing against West Ham,” added Emery.“It’s clear that every game demands different things tactically. After the first two matches, we have two defeats and we need to win this match against West Ham.”A loss at home to Bournemouth last weekend punctured the optimism around West Ham’s summer overhaul when the club spent nearly £100 million on nine players following Pellegrini’s appointment.However, the Argentine believes the Hammers also need a change of mentality to improve results this season.“When we conceded, we had a lot of fear about losing the game,” said Pellegrini after his side surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Bournemouth.“I have said before that we have to change that and I think that will improve.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
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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 Firefighters and CHP officers carried the youngsters one by one – on backboards or in their arms – to the helicopter that waited in freeway lanes. “This is the worst to get a call like this, especially for those of us who have kids,” Esposito said. “The parents should be responsible to see that their kids are riding safely. The kids aren’t old enough to be responsible.” One of the children suffered major injuries, and the others’ injuries were termed moderate, Esposito said. Detrick Hollinquest, 35, the driver of the Explorer, and his adult passenger Lisa Nebert, 34, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Hollinquest had worn a seat belt; Nebert did not, Esposito said. The Nissan Driver, Erika Mercado, 36 of Castaic, was not injured. The southbound lanes were closed at Rye Canyon near Six Flags California for nearly an hour to allow a helicopter to land to transport the children. The closure resulted in heavy traffic along The Old Road, which parallels the freeway. Information on the safe installation of car seats is available at any California Highway Patrol office. The CHP also has access to organizations that supply child car seats for motorists who cannot afford them. In the Santa Clarita Valley, call (661) 294-5540; Antelope Valley: (661) 948-8541.By Patricia Farrell Aidem, Staff Writer VALENCIA – Five children riding unrestrained in an SUV were seriously injured Monday when they were thrown from the vehicle as it overturned on Interstate 5, causing backups on both sides of the freeway for several miles, authorities said. The children, 8, 5, 4, 3 and a 9-month-old, were airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Their parents, also hospitalized, walked about the freeway as emergency crews hurriedly helped the youngsters. “It’s heartbreaking,” said Officer Michelle Esposito of the California Highway Patrol. “There’s no excuse not to have children in seat belts, babies in car seats.” Two of the children were sleeping in the rear of the Ford Explorer, two were in the back seat and the infant in its mother’s arms as the carload from Bakersfield headed south on the I-5, Esposito said. Shortly after 1 p.m., the Explorer went to change lanes, clipped a Nissan Altima, then overturned in the center divider near Rye Canyon Road. 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 Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Agriculture Department at Canoga Park High School, 6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Free admission. (818) 340-3221. Pumpkin Locomotion, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. Event is free with gardens admission. Call (818) 949-4200 or see www.descansogardens.org. Haunted Hike Tour, 7-9:30 p.m., Stough Canyon Park, 1335 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank. Admission: $5. Children 6-12 must be accompanied by an adult; children under 6 not admitted. Call (818) 238-5440. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. TODAY: Public hearing on the Los Angeles River master plan, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Goodwill Worksource Center, 342 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. See www.lariver.org, www.folar.org or www.theriverproject.org. Health and safety fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark St., Canoga Park, with free immunizations, dental care and blood-pressure screening. Call (213) 978-1891. Point Mugu Air Show, featuring aircraft from the Air Force, Navy and Marines; civilian performers; and an aerial demonstration by the Blue Angels, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday, Naval Base Ventura County. Free admission. Call (805) 989-8786 or see www.nbvc.navy.mil. Edwards Air Force Base Open House and Air Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday, featuring aerial and static displays. Call (661) 277-3510 or see www.edwards.af.mil. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!