Elliott, Smith top national chess championships

first_imgFIDE Master (FM) Warren Elliott recovered from a poor start to win back-to-back titles and claim a historic eighth hold on the Digicel Absolute National Chess Championships. Elliott, who needed at least a draw against National Master Peter Myers to retain the most prestigious local championships title, he stayed on course to win in 27 moves and topped the 11th and final round a point ahead of the field. Elliott finished on 8.5 points, while second position went to fellow FIDE Master Damion Davy, who ended on 7.5 points. Third was National Master Andrew Mellace with seven points, while the fourth and fifth positions were secured by Candidate Master (CM) Brandon Wilson and CM Malaku Lorne, both with 6.5 points. Rounding off the championships was Shreyas Smith (5.5), Kevin Merritt (five), Deborah Richards-Porter (4.5), Paul Brooks (four), Peter Myers (four), Daren Wisdom (four) and Ian Wilkinson (2.5). Meanwhile, WCM Annesha Smith defeated Sheanel Gardner in the final round to finish on 5.5 points and secure her second hold on the Women’s Championship, which was played simultaneously with the men’s championship. In second position was WCM Melisha Smith on 4.5 points, with third going to Krishna Gray on four points, followed by WCM Ariel Barrett and Sheanel Gardner, respectively. The championships were sponsored by Digicel, the Jamaica Chess Federation, Chrystar Villas and the Jamaica Olympic Association. It selects the national champion and Jamaica’s representatives at the senior level.last_img read more

Jr. NBA team back from china training

first_imgSixteen young cagers return to the country on Monday carrying with them a wealth of memories after participating in the Jr. NBA/WNBA Experience in Shanghai last week.The highlight of the four-day trip of Team Philippines, composed of eight boys, eight girls and coaches Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier-Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern Cebu, was watching the Golden State Warriors-Minnesota Timberwolves preseason match live at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide The players aged 13 and 14 years were among the initial 33,000 aspirants who participated in regional training selection camps, led by Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines, throughout the country.The top 37 advanced to the National Training Camp where the final 16 was selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn Shanghai, the Filipinos trained with other players from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. —VANESSA B. HIDALGO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Mordido seizes Shell youth chess lead Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READlast_img read more

“Fifty” slapped with murder charge

first_imgTravis Hazel, popularly known as “Fifty”, who allegedly murdered a Linden resident was on Friday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The 31-year-old of Silver City, Wismar, Linden stood before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan and had the indictable charge read to him. The prosecution is contending that on September 15, 2018 at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie, he murdered 55-year-old Leron Barron.Hazel, who was unrepresented, was subsequently remanded to prison. The case will continue at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on October 8.Initial investigations revealed that there was an argument between Barron, who was known to do odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market, and the suspect, during which the suspect allegedly armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the now deceased a severe beating before fleeing the scene. The badly wounded man was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that persons who witnessed the incident have indicated that the now deceased man had accused the suspect of being involved in the sale of cocaine, and a confrontation ensued. Reports also indicate that the deceased man was also involved in another confrontation with another man on the fateful day as well.A post-mortem examination conducted gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head.last_img read more

3 nabbed with illegal gun

first_imgA Police Officer has come in for high praise for his bravery after he arrested three suspicious men, one of whom was found with an illegal firearm.The illegal weapon found on the suspectsReports reaching Guyana Times revealed that the officer, who was in plain-clothes at the time, observed four persons on bicycles in Queenstown, Georgetown, about 23:00h on Monday acting in a suspicious manner. He intercepted them, however, one person was able to escape.A search was then conducted on the three apprehended suspects during which an unlicensed Magnum pistol with seven live rounds was found in the possession of one of them.The three suspects, all of whom reside in Sophia, Greater Georgetown, were subsequently taken into custody. They are currently being questioned in relation to several armed robberies.last_img read more

Region 3 Deputy REO busted in US with cocaine

first_imgThe Deputy Regional Executive Officer of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is now in the custody of the Houston, Texas, USA authorities after she was found with three pounds of cocaine in her possession.Region Three Deputy REOAmeena Marlyne HindsThirty-six-year-old Ameena Marlyne Hinds was found with the cocaine lined in her suitcase.According to reports, Hinds was a passenger on United Airlines flight 1250 which was headed from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston.Houston Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) reportedly discovered the substance after inspecting Hinds upon her arrival at the airport.Hinds reportedly told officials there that she is currently in debt and saw her action as the only way out, as she is having difficulty meeting her financial obligations.She also reported that she was approached by an unknown individual who gave her the drugs and offered her US$2500 if the job was completed.She also told officers that she was instructed by the mystery man to travel to a hotel in New York and make contact with him when she arrived. Arrangements would be made for someone to retrieve the suitcase containing the drugs and payment would be made.However, this did not occur and she was caught in the act.last_img read more

Fort St. John Real Estate Market Numbers

first_imgFort St. John sold fewer properties in the first 6 months compared to last year at this time. The Northern BC Real Estate Board released its sales figures today for the first 6 months of this year. So far here in Fort St. John 388 properties have been sold worth 101 million dollars, compared to last year when 399 properties were sold for 100 million dollars. Dave Eaton is a local realtor with Remax Action Realty and is a board member of the Northern Real Estate Board, he believes it’s a buyers market now in Fort St. John[asset|aid=81|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dave Eaton – Buyers Market_1_Pub.mp3] For the rest of the Northern BC it’s a different story as 2,500 properties were sold this year compared to last year’s 3,400 properties. In total 533 million dollars worth of property has been sold in Northern BC in first six months of the year- Advertisement –last_img read more

Weekend fire in Anaheim Hills fully contained

first_imgANAHEIM – Firefighters on Tuesday declared full containment of a wildfire that forced 1,200 residents to flee Anaheim Hills neighborhoods and damaged a house during the weekend. Investigators examining a torched car that sparked the wildfire early Sunday found that both the vehicle and its license plates were stolen in the city of Riverside last month, officials said. The license plates did not match the 2004 white Honda Civic, which was set ablaze by an arsonist along Highway 241 in Orange County, said John Nicoletti, a city spokesman. “We believe that the suspect or suspects drove the vehicle to that location and may have been picked up by an associate or other associates, which allowed them to leave the scene quickly,” he said. Jennifer Seaton, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Corridor Agencies, said that agency turned over a CD of toll station surveillance video and data to fire investigators on Monday. She said the footage was from the Windy Ridge toll station on Highway 241. “We don’t have any video footage of where the fire actually started, because it was actually a half-mile south” of the station, Seaton said. The blaze spread rapidly Sunday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds blew across parched Southern California. In all, more than 2,000 acres, equal to about three square miles, were scorched. In addition to the damaged house, two outbuildings were destroyed. Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries. A third, who was accidentally cut in the face by an ax, was hospitalized in moderate condition, said Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority. A red-flag alert for fire danger had been issued going into the weekend and the forecast of winds, extremely low humidity and heat proved true as Southern California stayed on pace to have the driest winter in decades. The last time it was this dry was in 1923-24 season, when 2.50 inches of rain was recorded through March 22, 1924. Only about 2.4 inches of rain has fallen in downtown Los Angeles since the July 1 start of the rain year, and forecasters said it is unlikely there will be any rain in March. Normal annual rainfall in Los Angeles is 11.43 inches. Santa Ana, Orange County’s seat, received only 1.81 inches of rain between July 1 and March 11 – about one-fifth of normal. 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

Escaped convict arrested near Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — Peace River RCMP has confirmed the prisoner who got loose yesterday, Harley John Lay, is back in police custody.RCMP arrested Lay and two other people near Fort Nelson this morning around 11:30 a.m.Photo by Peace River RCMPEscaped prisoner Harvey John Lay. Photo by Peace River RCMP- Advertisement -The 29-year-old prisoner was taken from police custody by a masked man yesterday morning, on route to the local hospital. He was taken into a van, which headed from Peace River toward Highway 2.More information, including charges, will be available soon.last_img

Champs Wydad, Ahly reach CAF Champions League last eight

first_img0Shares0000Eyes for goal: Al Ahly’s Walid Azaro celebrates his goal © AFP / SALAH HABIBIJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 18 – Title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and Al Ahly of Egypt ground out 1-0 victories Friday to reach the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.A sizzling Anas el Asbahi shot on 56 minutes earned Wydad maximum points against Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in a cagey Casablanca clash of few scoring opportunities. Walid Azaro struck after 32 minutes as Ahly made it three away Champions League victories in a row over Esperance of Tunisia in Rades.Elsewhere, Horoya of Guinea beat Port of Togo 2-1 in Conakry and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo fought back to force a 1-1 draw at Entente Setif of Algeria.Wydad, who beat Ahly 2-1 on aggregate in the 2017 final, also clinched first place in Group C, which means they will face a group runner-up away and at home in the quarter-finals.The defending champions barely tested Sundowns’ Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango until El Asbahi unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the box that flew into the corner of the net.Sundowns were equally ineffective in attack until the closing stages when they forced a number of corners and Venezuelan Jose Ali Meza wasted a good chance by shooting weakly.The South African side must now defeat second-place Horoya in Pretoria on August 28 to finish runners-up on the head-to-head rule having drawn 2-2 in Conakry during May.Mandela Ocansey gave the Guinean outfit an early lead over Port, Ablamvi Djadja levelled soon after half-time and Bolaji Sakin netted the 58th-minute winner.Ahly continued their Champions League dominance of Esperance in Tunisia thanks to Moroccan Azaro, whose goal continued a turnaround under recently hired coach Patrice Carteron.When the Frenchman took charge, the ‘Cairo Red Devils’ were bottom of Group A with just one point following a shock loss in Uganda against Kampala Capital City Authority.But back-to-back victories over Township Rollers of Botswana and the triumph at already-qualified Esperance have lifted Ahly to the top of the table.If Ahly beat Kampala in Egypt this month, they are guaranteed to win the group while seeking a record-extending ninth Champions League (formerly African Cup of Champions Clubs) title.A second successive away match in Algeria brought another draw for five-time champions Mazembe, who appear the strongest title contenders this season from outside north Africa.Mohamed Islam Bakir put twice African title-holders Setif ahead just before the hour and Zambian Kabaso Chongo equalised 14 minutes from time.Mazembe are sure to win Group B and 1976 African champions Mouloudia Alger are likely to join them in the September 3 quarter-finals draw.Mouloudia, away to winless Difaa el Jadida of Morocco, are among eight clubs who will be in action Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eriksen’s future indicator of Spurs ambitions to not copy Ajax

first_img0Shares0000Will he stay or go? Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen is coveted by Europe’s top clubs © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Christian Eriksen’s present meets the Danish midfielder’s past when his former side Ajax travel to Tottenham for the first leg of an unexpected Champions League semi-final for both sides on Tuesday.But where Eriksen’s future lies will give a good indication of whether times have truly have changed at Spurs. Ajax arrive in London already in the knowledge that despite reaching a first Champions League semi-final since 1997, they will sell a number of their shining lights this summer and start again.Frenkie de Jong has already sealed a 75 million euro ($85 million) move to Barcelona for next season, captain Matthis de Ligt is expected to command a similar fee, while Hakim Ziyech, Donny van der Beek, David Neres and Nicolas Tagliafico could also go.Spurs have benefited themselves from the conveyer belt of talent that rolls through the academy at the Dutch giants.As well as Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez will come up against their former club in the last four.Champions League semi-final match between Tottenham vs Ajax, April 30 © AFPTottenham have long since had a similar, if less prolific strategy.Luka Modric and Gareth Bale eventually outgrew Spurs’ status to join Real Madrid, where they went onto win four Champions League titles together.However, having moved into now the biggest club ground in London and edging ever closer to a fourth consecutive season of Champions League football, manager Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to truly belong among the European elite.“We need to start to think about the new chapter, the new era, to ensure Tottenham is a real contender for the big things,” said Pochettino as the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was opened last month.“We have to behave like a big club for sure. We need to be a realistic contender for big things.”Ajax’s Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has already sealed a 75 million euro ($85 million) move to Barcelona for next season © AFP/File / Marco BertorelloBehaving like a big club means keeping hold of their best players.Pochettino has not yet won a trophy, but the Argentine has worked wonders in making Tottenham top-four regulars in the Premier League despite far more limited resources.The club’s accounts published earlier this month revealed a world record £113 million net profit thanks to a wage bill half that of Manchester United.Unlike Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, who have committed to long-term deals, Eriksen has just over a year left on his contract and is in no rush to renew with rumoured interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.“The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player,” said Pochettino, after Eriksen scored the only goal in a vital 1-0 win over Brighton last week.“I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future but I think Christian and us we are so open to talk and we will see what happens.”By getting Tottenham to the last four of the European Cup for the first time since 1962 on a short and at times injury-ravaged squad having not signed a single player since January 2018, Pochettino has done his bit to herald a new era for the club.Manager Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to truly belong among the European elite © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLNow the pressure is on chairman Daniel Levy to ensure such nights are commonplace, and that starts with using some of those profits to tie down Eriksen.“We just have to trust that the people upstairs are going to do whatever they see fit to make that next step,” said Spurs full-back Danny Rose.“If you look over the five years the manager has been here, I think Christian has played the most games and that says a lot.“When Christian does not play, people do question whether we look the same. He links everything up for us and it is a pleasure to play with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more