Prior to the return of local dart players from what can be deemed Guyana’s most successful Americas and Caribbean Cup Championship tournament (held from July 6-16 in Trinidad and Tobago), the team have been able to identify a few key areas in the darting world that they are hoping to improve.The successful team at this year’s tournamentThe Darts Association of Guyana has noticed that there is an urgent need to have the youths actively involved in darts which is not widely recognised throughout the country. As such, Guyana’s contingent for the tournament has lacked youth participation for the past two tournaments.However, after gaining confidence from their numerous successes, dart player Sudesh Fitzgerald in collaboration with the Guyana Darts Association will be hosting an inaugural Youth Challenge today (Friday, August 3 2018) at the Malteenoes Sports Complex, Thomas lands. This tournament will commence at 18:00h and it is open to both males and females with two categories, Under-15 and Under-18.The registration process will be free for all the youth participants and a set of darts will be given to each player. Parents/guardians who are interested and would like to register their child to be a part of the Guyana Darts Association will also have free registration, compliments of the Association.While snacks and drinks will be provided for all youth players, the children placing first, second and third will receive trophy prizes.Parents are asked to bring out their children to participate in this event as the GDA aspires to capture the next Americas and Caribbean Cup Championship Youth Tournament, which will be held in Jamaica 2020.Sponsorship has been provided by Dr Terence Joseph, Vernon Persaud, Sudesh Fitzgerald, Sheik Vaseen, Brian Valz, Melisa Smartt, Sherwyn Greene and Troy of Malteenoes Sports Complex.
Smith asserted Broca’s decision to wait for stragglers cost he and his teammates, who had arrived at 6:40 a.m., an opportunity to be wrestling Saturday. At least one other league wrestler sympathized with Smith. “If that would have happened to me, I don’t know what I would have done,” Monrovia’s Taylor Hoopes said. “I’m not sure I’d be able to get over it. So I definitely feel sorry for Temple City.” Mark Beeman, Monrovia’s 130-pounder, was scratched from Saturday’s competition because of an injured shoulder. “I think he had a real good chance to advance,” Hoopes (135 pounds) said. “We’ll just have to pick up the slack for him.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – As some of his counterparts prepare for Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Northern Division individual wrestling championships, Temple City’s Cary Smith is left with little more than disgust and disappointment. Smith, who arguably was the Rio Hondo League’s top heavyweight, will not have an opportunity to wrestle again this season after being disqualified from the league finals for showing up late for weigh-ins. “It’s still hard,” said Smith, who was told on Friday his final appeal to wrestle had been denied. “This is what you work hard for all season, to have a chance to compete.” It was discussed at a pre-finals meeting that the host school, San Marino, would close its gym doors promptly at 7 a.m. for weigh-ins, and the Rams did not arrive until sometime around 7:30. League coaches then voted to disqualify Temple City. Little has changed in Smith’s situation since the Feb. 3 finals, but the position he and his teammates have taken has undergone a transformation. “When I was first told about what happened, I was (angry) at the other Rio Hondo League coaches,” Smith said. “I thought they had no (guts). But ultimately, it’s our fault.” What particularly bothered Smith is the sudden change of heart by second-year coach Eric Broca. “From the beginning of the season, he always told us to be on time or the bus will leave without us,” Smith said. “So what happens? At the most important part of the season, coach decides to wait for the other guys who were late.”
Following Ventura County’s lead, Los Angeles City officials want to require developers to test soil and groundwater for contamination before building within a two-mile radius of the Santa Susana Field Lab. The proposal by Councilman Greig Smith would establish the testing requirement and ensure the departments of planning and building and safety require sampling before developers get permission to build. “I just think this is the right thing to do to make sure we don’t make any mistakes and allow someone to build something that could put people at risk,” Smith said. The City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee approved the concept Wednesday and directed city departments to begin developing the regulations. “This is a prudent, conservative step that Los Angeles City can take to make sure additional contamination is not found in future neighborhoods,” she said. Even though the lab is outside city limits, officials said they were concerned after reports of contamination. “Unfortunately, pollution knows no boundaries,” Councilman Eric Garcetti said. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors recently adopted similar restrictions on future development for property within its boundaries. The Los Angeles city task force is expected to report back on proposed regulations in 45 days. email@example.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Located above West Hills and Chatsworth, the field lab was a longtime nuclear research and rocket-engine test facility. Nuclear work ended in the late 1980s, and rocket-engine tests ended in 2005. The work left radioactive and toxic contamination in the soil and groundwater on site, and some pollution has moved off site in creeks. In 2005, a developer about to build luxury homes downhill from the lab found high levels of perchlorate, a rocket-engine fuel ingredient, in the soil. Centex Homes is now cleaning the site. Despite community concern, state regulators have said they cannot prove the contamination comes from the lab. Elizabeth Crawford with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Rocketdynewatch.org said the testing requirement in Los Angeles would help prevent any other last-minute discoveries of contamination.
TEMPE, Ariz. “The Catch” will no doubt follow Gary Matthews Jr. forever but what nobody saw was the preparation it took to create a mere 10 seconds of baseball immortality. Matthews said there was much more that went into his July 1 catch of a drive off the bat of the Houston Astros’ Mike Lamb than just a guy who got a good jump. “They’ve already acclimated themselves in some drills and what they’ve done with defensive work,” Scioscia said. “The amount of playing time they’ll get during the spring will be fine for understanding range and positioning. “Those guys will integrate pretty quickly.” Said Matthews: “Every spring training is big in order to get your timing down but there will be a little bit more to this spring and playing with Garret and Vlady. They have their own thing. I heard they don’t like to play a whole lot during spring training but we’ll go out and make plays. That’s what we do.” Matthews’ presence is expected to help the Angels cut down on the 23 outfield errors they made last season. “There were some breakdowns and part of it was getting an understanding of range in center with (Chone Figgins) really being inexperienced to Vlad’s knees starting to bother him a little bit toward the latter portion of the year, which affected his range,” Scioscia said. Rotation newsJohn Lackey and Kelvim Escobar each will pitch Tuesday when the Angels conduct an intrasquad game. Ervin Santana is in line to start the Cactus League opener Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. The schedule gives an inside peek at the regular-season rotation, something Scioscia has refused to disclose. If Lackey starts on Opening Day, as expected, it appears as if he will be followed by Escobar and then Santana. Joe Saunders and Jered Weaver would assume the final two spots of the rotation. With Weaver behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis, it is likely he would take the No. 5 spot in the rotation to give him more recovery time. Colon updateBartolo Colon’s progress on flat ground would put him on schedule for throwing at least live batting practice or pitching in a simulated game before spring training ends. His return, though, still would be sometime in May at the earliest and more likely June. “I think it’s unlikely that he pitches in a Cactus League game but it wouldn’t surprise me; there is a possibility,” Scioscia said. “He might be at the early end of his stepping up where he leaves the rehab scene and now he’s getting ready for the season.” Santana on sliderSantana said the addition of a dependable slider will help him get even better this season. Having two years of experience in the major leagues also will play a role. Santana had 12 victories in 2005 and 16 last season, while his ERA fell from 4.65 as a rookie to 4.28 a year ago. Santana, who turned just 24 in December, said he has set even loftier goals for this year but won’t discuss them publicly. Santana said he still has the same grip on his slider but he is working on finishing the pitch better than he did last season when it had a tendency to act like a hanging curveball. “It will help a lot because last year my slider was not that good and I think this year it will be a lot better,” Santana said. “I’ll have more experience and I know a little bit more about the hitters. I think my stuff gets better and better every year.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To make such a play in an Angels uniform, Matthews isn’t worried so much about getting used to the dimensions of Angel Stadium. There are other more pressing concerns. “It’s important to know the places you play in but it’s probably more important to know your own pitching staff and to know your two corner outfielders,” Matthews said about being a Gold Glove-caliber center fielder. “We have scouting reports on all the hitters that come up but I have to have an idea of the velocity our pitcher has and the scouting report on a specific hitter. “The field comes into play but not as much as knowing your pitchers and the scouting reports of the different hitters and knowing your corner outfielders.” That would mean that playing with Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero this spring will be paramount, but manager Mike Scioscia isn’t going to overwork his veteran corner outfielders. In his third year as an outfielder for the Texas Rangers it certainly helped Matthews that he knew his own ballpark well. Matthews raced back to the center field wall and leaped against the padding while putting his right hand on top of the wall for support. While propping his body well above the yellow stripe, Matthews made the catch with his back to home plate. He then spun around, landing on the warning track with the ball held aloft.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who said a recession in the U.S. was “possible” later this year, may have been the catalyst for the global sell-off. On Monday, Greenspan said, “It is possible we can get a recession in the latter months of 2007.” On Tuesday, one day after sending Shanghai’s benchmark index to a record, investors dumped stocks to lock in profits amid speculation about a fresh round of austerity measures from Beijing to slow the nation’s sizzling economy. The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 8.8 percent, or 268.81 points, to close at 2,771.79, its largest decline since it fell 8.9 percent Feb. 18, 1997, at the time of the death of Communist Party elder Deng Xiaoping. “The (rumors) that China is going to impose a capital-gains tax resulted in regional markets falling,” said S. Sharath, an analyst with MIDF-Amanah Investment Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the benchmark index tumbled 2.8 percent. Chinese regulators shifted into damage control today, with a government-run newspaper denying rumors of plans for a 20 percent capital-gains tax on stock investments. SHANGHAI, China – Like an explosion that starts an avalanche, a plunge in Chinese stocks Tuesday set off a cascade of losses in exchanges around the globe, culminating in Wall Street’s most dismal trading day since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. By the end of the trading day in New York, about $632 billion of market value had been lost in the United States alone, according to Standard and Poor’s, as investors large and small – fretting that the Chinese and U.S. economies might be cooling – unloaded shares. Chinese stocks fell almost 9 percent, their biggest drop in a decade. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 416.02, or 3.3 percent, to 12,216.24. The main indexes on European exchanges also fell about 3 percent. The bloodletting continued when trading began in Asia today. Australia’s benchmark S&P/ASX200 index slumped 3.45 percent in the first 30 minutes of trading. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 stock index fell 693.50 points, or 3.83 percent, to 17,426.42 points on the Tokyo Stock Exchange about 20 minutes after the start of trade. New Zealand’s stock market fell more than 3 percent in hectic trading early today. But Greenspan’s comments also took a heavy toll on Asian markets. “Our economy is also dependent on the U.S. economy, if there is adverse news, exports from our country is going to drop,” Sharath said. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index tumbled 1.8 percent, while Singapore’s Straits Times index sank 2.3 percent. Markets in Japan and Taiwan, however, registered only modest declines. Chinese share prices doubled last year as investors piled into the market following the completion of share-holding reforms that helped to reduce worries over a potential flood of shares entering the market. But stocks have been extremely volatile this year, with the Shanghai index notching one-day drops of 4.9 percent and 3.7 percent in January – before recovering to hit new highs. On Monday, it closed at a record 3,040.60. Tuesday, market heavyweights plunged on heavy selling by institutional investors, which in turn spooked retail investors who decided to cash in their recent gains rather than risk losing them in a severe market decline. “The most important reason for today’s decline was pressure for profit-taking,” said Peng Yunliang, a senior analyst at Shanghai Securities. “People viewed 3,000 as a psychological benchmark. It’s understandable they might want to pull back after the market hit that peak.” China’s economy grew 10.7 percent last year – the fastest rise since 1995 – and a central bank report at the beginning of the year estimated it would expand 9.8 this year. On Monday, Chinese banks were required to raise the amount of money they must hold in reserve to 10 percent from 9.5 percent, reducing the amount available for lending. Authorities had last raised the reserve ratio Jan. 15. The government, worried that excessive borrowing could trigger a debt crisis, also raised interest rates twice last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THE larger lesson of Richard Sperber’s park-in-a-day experiment will largely be missed by the city’s politicians. They will hail the volunteer spirit that led Sperber to donate a day’s time from his entire executive team at ValleyCrest Landscaping to turn an empty lot in Sylmar into a pocket park for the community. Indeed, that is a notable act of kindness for a community that needs it. But what they will fail to grasp about this wonderfully generous gift is that Sperber and his team of 150 managers and executives did in one day what would take an army of bureaucrats years – if they ever got it done – and cost about $600,000 in public money to accomplish. It’s a lesson that Angelenos, however, would do well to take to heart. Sperber’s example is hard proof that people with a little bit of motivation, shovels and a spare day can measurably improve the city’s quality of life without the aid of the government. And if the people want to make their streets, their neighborhoods, their communities or their city a better place, they can’t afford to wait for the creaky wheels of L.A.’s clunky government to churn. They have to do it themselves. This city is filled with vacant lots and unused space and buildings that have sat untouched for years, projecting ugliness and despair into the neighboring community. Why shouldn’t neighbors seize the power from the city to transform those eyesores the way Sperber did to that lot in Sylmar? Got an empty lot on your street that collects nothing but trash and empty shopping carts? Why couldn’t an army of neighbors turn it into an urban oasis one day? Why, for that matter, couldn’t a coordinated effort of volunteers take over other parts of the run-down civic assets that no one seems to be caring for and turn them into usable spaces – starter homes for the working poor, community gardens, parks? This doesn’t have to be a public insurrection. City officials can and should help guide this approach to civic improvement by creating a nonprofit agency – separate from the city – that would oversee and encourage volunteerism across the city, from neighborhood cleanups to coordinated rehabbing of run-down property. It would be like Habitat for Humanity, but one that focuses solely on making Los Angeles a better place for everyone to live. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As first-round play begins tonight with two games, there are seven teams that enter with legitimate hopes of taking home the title. “I think a minimum of seven teams could win it,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “I really believe that. I just think it’s a great league, the best league in the country.” In some regions, conference tournaments are a formality with one or two teams that win every year. The Pac-10 Tournament breaks the mold. In its five years since being reinvented at Staples Center, the tournament has produced five different champions. A lot of national pundits were echoing that last statement from Floyd early in the season. The tide has since changed, which could have an effect on this tournament. The way Pac-10 programs beat up on each other lessened the opinion of once highly ranked teams in Arizona, Oregon and Washington. That combined with a couple midseason nonconference losses – such as UCLA at West Virginia – damaged the overall reputation of the conference. Never mind that the Bruins were playing without point guard Darren Collison. “Starting the year, all I heard out here was the Pac-10 is the best conference in the country,” Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. “Then, it seemed as we got closer to March, they said the Pac-10 was slipping.” Most coaches still think the conference will get six teams in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA coach Ben Howland going as far as to say he thought it was a lock. But with the national reputation of the Pac-10 in doubt, there are questions as to what impact tournament results will have on the NCAA selection committee. Does UCLA need a victory to get a No. 1 seed? Will Stanford get in even with a loss to USC? Does Washington need to win the whole thing and get the tournament’s automatic NCAA berth? Floyd defends Stanford. “They’ve beaten a team that’s a No. 1 seed in UCLA,” Floyd said. “They go to Virginia and beat a Virginia team that was leading the ACC. People say the ACC is getting seven teams in, though I can’t believe they have a seventh-place team that is better than Stanford. … And if these other leagues are getting seven, I believe Washington is the best (seventh place) team in the country.” Even with USC, there is some uncertainty if the Trojans would be a lock with a loss to Stanford that would have them heading into Selection Sunday with a low RPI, three consecutive losses and a split of their final 10 games. “We kind of feel like we’re in and playing for seeding but anything can happen,” USC guard Gabe Pruitt said. “It’s not set. We’re looking to do our best to win a lot of games and, if we do go to the tournament, try to go with momentum.” Then again, perhaps the committee isn’t even paying attention this week. “I think last year, when the pairings were announced, they indicated that the league tournaments weren’t considered really strongly in any of the decisions,” Arizona coach Lute Olson said. In conference RPI, the Pac-10 ranks third behind the ACC and the SEC. The streak of having a different Pac-10 Tournament champion each year bodes well for second-seeded Washington State and third-seeded USC, both of which have their highest seeds in the tournament’s 10-year history. The other schools that have a shot at winning – Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA – took the title in that order beginning in 2002. “It’s as tough a conference as it’s been since I’ve been in it,” Kent said. “If we don’t get six or seven teams in the tournament, I don’t know.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I played well again,” said Haas, the tour’s player of the year last season. “I seemed to putt better. I felt comfortable over the ball.” Jacobsen, who had laser back surgery last week to repair disk damage caused from a hip replacement last year, followed his opening 66 with a 64. Meaghan Francella shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the MasterCard Classic. The 24-year-old Francella had five birdies and a bogey on the Bosque Real Country Club course in the round marred by sporadic rain that prevented 87 players from completing the round. She had an 8-under 136 total. Stacy Prammanasudh, the first-round leader after a 67, and South Korea’s Seon-Hwa Lee were tied for second at 6 under. Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields Open in Hawaii, played only two holes Saturday, while Lee shot a 69. Mark Calcavecchia felt confident about his game and fell in love with his putter. That’s a rare combination for him, so he had a hunch that Saturday would bring him a good round in the PODS Championship. He never could have imagined this. The 46-year-old Calcavecchia made 10 birdies and tied the Copperhead course record at Innisbrook with a 9-under 62, going from the middle of the pack to a share of the lead with Heath Slocum, who birdied the last hole for a 67. K.J. Choi shot 67 and was another shot behind. PGA TourLPGA TourEuropean PGAEnglishman Gary Lockerbie shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to share the lead with China’s Liang Wenchong after three rounds at the Singapore Masters. Lockerbie, who had seven birdies, is at 12-under 204 in the $1.1 million tournament, played on the Laguna National Golf and Country Club’s Masters course. Liang (68) finished the round with a birdie putt from 20 feet. Overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa of India was one stroke off the lead after an even-par round in which he shot four birdies and four bogeys. Malaysia’s Iain Steel (71) and Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (70) were two strokes back. Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee (69) and Englishman Simon Dyson (67) both had eagles on the par-5 8th hole and were tied for sixth at 9-under. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jay Haas shot a 7-under 64 on Saturday to match the Toshiba Classic’s 36-hole scoring record and take a one-stroke lead over Peter Jacobsen into the final round of the Champions Tour event. Haas, who opened with a 65, had a 13-under 129 total on the Newport Beach Country Club course. He matched the 36-hole record set by Rodger Davis in his 2003 victory. R.W. Eaks (66) two strokes back at 11 under, and Ben Crenshaw (67) and Joe Ozaki (64) followed at 10 under. Haas broke out from the pack early, birdieing three of his first four holes en route to a 5-under 30 on the front nine. Haas, a four-time winner last year on the 50-and-over tour, has four top-fives in six tournaments this season, including three second-place finishes. “I really played well at our first tournament this year,” Haas said. “I won’t say I should have won by now, but I am playing well and that is a carryover from last year. If Haas is going to win he’ll have to hold off Jacobsen, as well as seven other golfers who are within four strokes of the lead.
“But we’re giving them something to pull themselves up so they can stand up on their own,” Pfau said. Natalie Harrison is a social science teacher and the group’s adviser. MSWR has about 10 regular members and 30 more who contribute, she said. She said the students hoped to raise $500 Friday. “They wanted to help children who don’t have an opportunity to go to school,” she said. “They felt it would be important to contribute to the kids’ education so that the Roma could get ahead in life.” MSWR members passed out fliers at school. Anyone dining at Baja Fresh between 3 and 9 p.m. Friday who showed a flier would have 20 percent of the cost of the meal donated to MSWR. Miguel Gonzales, the restaurant’s assistant manager, said it sponsors two or three fundraisers every month. “We have to help the community,” he said, “and anything we can do, we do our best.” Hannah Owens, a senior, said MSWR’s “passion for foreign relief” drew here to the organization. “I appreciate that we focus on specific projects, things that are personal and small, and not so general,” she said. “It’s nice to be informed about social issues, especially having to do with real people, and making a difference in their lives is important to me.” “I just thought it was something really great for high school students to do to be really, actively involved in this world-relief thing,” said Tasha Chu, 16, a senior. “I feel like I’m making an impact even though I’m here in high school still.” Jamieson said MSWR’s other project last year raised $3,000 to buy medicine for neglected and orphaned children in Kathmandu, Nepal. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – Their lives couldn’t be more dissimilar, but something about the plight of Roma – another, kinder word for Gypsy – children in Romania struck a chord with some Monrovia High School students. The handful of students, members of Monrovia Students for World Relief, held a fundraiser Friday at Monrovia’s Baja Fresh restaurant to raise money to help educate Roma children. The group will make a March20 presentation to the City Council that will raise awareness and more money to help the children. “Eastern Europe is a neglected part of the world,” said Rachel Jamieson, an 11th-grader and MSWR leader. “It’s not usually thought of as being poor, but there’s lots of poverty there. And there’s lots of discrimination against the Roma. “They’re stereotyped. People say they steal, they take money, they’re poor, mean, ruthless and eat weird food. They’re not allowed to hold certain jobs or go to certain schools.” Jamieson said MSWR members hope that by helping educate Roma children, they can break the cycle of poverty that traps the Roma people. Student Sarah Pfau, another MSWR member, said she was attracted to the project because it involves education. “It’s helping a persecuted people, it’s helping them get up and get on their feet. Lots of people see world relief help, or any sort of help, as giving people a crutch to lean on.