BOYS Class 3 100m Hurdles 1. Simon Roberts JC 15.15 secs. 2. Robert Graham JC 15.29 3. Nicholas Blossom JC 15.30 Class 2 110m hurdles 1. Trezequet James JC 14.60 secs 2. Tajimar Miller JC 15.20 3. Qwayne Johnson JC 15.66 Class 1 800m 1. Damon Boyd KC 1:59.12 2. Colin Rowe KC 1:59.80 3. Davarine Eauchope JC 2:00.00 Class 2 800m 1. Tarese Rhoden KC 2:02.39 2. Jaharie Taylor Wol 2:06.65 3. Christopher Humphrey EdA 2:08.18 GIRLS Class 1 discus 1. Gabrielle Bailey St Jago 44.25m 2. Avery Pryce Vere 43.97m 3. Shakera Stennett St Jago 41.70m KINGSTON College’s Aryamana Rodgers and Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High produced the outstanding results on the track at yesterday’s 24th staging of the JC-Danny Williams Purewater Development meet at Jamaica College. Running in the second track event of the day, the boys’ open 5000 metres, Rodgers won in a very fast 15 minutes 25.96 seconds. His teammate, Shane Buchanan, clocked 15:33.04 for second while Jamaica College’s Dethroy Stewart was third in 17:06.72. Davis who took the sprint double in Class Three at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, gave an early indication that she would be the one to beat once again with a fast 11.84 seconds to win her 100 metres heat. It was, overall, a good day for Edwin Allen’s girls. Tiana Clayton topped the Class Four 100m in 12.12 ahead of St Jago High’s Brianna Lyston, 12.27. Clayton’s teammate, Serena Cole, was third overall in 12.40. Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald had a double victory in Class One. She was fastest in the 100m in 11.78 and also topped the 100m hurdles with 14.37 seconds. Holmwood Technical’s Shaunette Allison, Michae Harriott, and Britney Campbell also had good wins. Allison won the Class Two 100m hurdles in an impressive 13.83 seconds. Harriot was best in Class Two 100m in 11.79, and Campbell led the way in the Class Two 800m in 2:18.60. Selected results
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began in 1975 as an organization with the aim of fostering economic activities in the areas of trade and agriculture in the sub-region.It started with less strength and without much control over member states in terms of security, justice and the enforcement of peace. In fact, during the 1970s and 80s people only studied the historical background of ECOWAS in Social Studies but could not feel its impact as they do today.Beginning in 1990, ECOWAS has proven its strength beyond expectations. In August of 1990 ECOWAS organized forces and tested its military might in the Liberian civil conflict under the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group, ECOMOG. It remained in Liberia and monitored the conduct of the 1997 election that led former President Charles Taylor to the presidency. ECOWAS was also proactive in intervening in the 10-year civil conflict in Sierra Leone.In 2003 ECOWAS returned to Liberia with another peace mission, this time under ECOMIL, when the war continued following the presidential victory of Charles Taylor. Here in Liberia, forces of ECOMIL stayed until September when more forces under the United Nations joined and UNMIL took over its peacekeeping mission.In Mali in 2013, the regional grouping quickly intervened in the assassination attempt on the Malian Government and restored democratic governance to that country.Continuous instability in Guinea Bissau has impeded the growth of that tiny West African country, but with the intervention of ECOWAS, using sanctions and peace enforcement, stability is gradually returning there.Early this year ECOWAS scored a major victory when it pressured former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power for a democratically elected President to take over. A political commentator during this period of ECOWAS’ intervention in The Gambia said the West Africa group was growing in strength even more than the mother organization, the African Union. We acknowledge Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal for the frontline roles they have played in the military interventions of ECOWAS.Besides these major military interventions, ECOWAS has gone further to establish a justice system that has led to the setting up of its high court in Nigeria.It is also making strides in unifying the sub-region by creating a regional passport for all West Africans. The ECOWAS Passport, strengthened with biometric qualities, is internationally recognized.In March this year, the ECOWAS Commission on Infrastructure held a meeting in Monrovia where member countries reached a consensus to construct the Dakar-Abidjan Highway Corridor that will connect the region’s coastal countries.Now ECOWAS is undertaking another major initiative which could very well prove to be the crowning regional unification jewel of them all—the introduction of a single currency through which all member countries may trade.ECOWAS is also embarking on visa waiver for all citizens of member countries.It is these achievements that caused the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Benin’s Marcel Alaine de Souza, to declare in a major address last week that ECOWAS, through its interventions, is transforming the West African Sub-Region from instability to stability, from perennial dictatorships into sustainable democracies. He told the 38th Ordinary Ministerial Meeting of ECOWAS held at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County that the regional group is indeed exerting its presence in the region, even pushing for more reasons to unite the people of West Africa through a robust integration agenda.This newspaper, the Daily Observer, holds the view that because of these many constructive and wholesome interventions and integrative programs, ECOWAS deserves praises and needs the collective, full and unflinching support of all member states, to ensure that the Organization continues to grow from strength to strength.It is because of ECOWAS’ bold and measured interventions in the sub-region that we now see an end to the terrible and debilitating syndrome of African leaders perpetuating themselves in power by tampering with constitutions and using a country’s military against the citizens. We may assume that it was a lesson learnt from ECOWAS’ strength of character and power that former Burkina Faso President Blaise Campaorè could not use his loyalists against citizens of that country, but rather, bowed out peacefully to live in Cote d’Ivoire.We hope and pray that the on-going meetings in Liberia, under the astute leadership of ECOWAS Commission President de Souza and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State, will yield the best of fruits that will unify West Africans to foster collectively their development agenda and engender a decisive end to all activities of terrorism and violence in the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Pontiac used the GM Kappa platform for the Solstice, and it also supports the Saturn Sky and Opel GT. Other drivetrain and exterior parts come from a variety of GM products, including Cadillac (interior storage bin) and the GMC Envoy (backup lights.) And while it’s not the fastest sports car on the road, speed isn’t its main purpose. The Solstice is best suited as a cruiser that relishes gobbling up curves and sunshine. The cockpit is comfortable and surprisingly quiet with the top down. Passengers don’t have to shout at each other even while zipping up the 101 in convertible mode. And it’s a car a minimalist would love. Tuck away the top and a small duffle is all that will fit into the trunk. So if you take it on vacation, the top will probably have to remain up until you reach your destination. And be careful putting stuff in the trunk. I leaned over to put something at the middle of the rear and came away with tread marks on my pants, courtesy of those big wheels. A large, easy-to-read speedometer and tach dominate the dash with a small, almost shot-glass-size gas gauge tucked in between. The comfortable steering wheel includes controls for the cruise control and audio system. But there is no center console storage. The glove box accommodates the owner’s manual and not much else. A small storage bin is tucked in between the driver and passenger seats and is awkward to access, especially while driving. And the master controls that operate the automatic windows are a tad too far back on the driver’s door armrest for comfort. Those are minor annoyances, though. Overall, the Solstice cockpit is surprisingly comfortable (even for someone over 6 feet tall) and the seats present good driving and riding positions. The convertible top is a breeze to operate and can be folded back into the trunk with one hand. And the car is also surprisingly quiet with the top up. Overall, this is a nice ride, especially for sunny Southern California. Or, as my wife put it as we headed out for a short road trip with the top down on a recent sunny day, “Honey, we’re young again.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743 Pontiac Solstice TOP SPEED: 140 mph ENGINE: 2.4 liter DOCH Ecotec TRANSMISSION: 5-speed manual SUSPENSION: 4-wheel independent with Bilstein monotube shocks BRAKES: 4-wheel disc FUEL ECONOMY: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway PRICE: $20,395 base, $26,814 as tested TRIVIA: The Solstice was featured in a challenge on the third season of “The Apprentice.” Winner Kendra Todd developed a sales brochure for the car and Pontiac used her color descriptions (“aggressive” red, “cool” silver, etc. THE MANUAL SAYS: Your vehicle has a tire inflator kit. There is no spare tire, no tire-changing equipment and no place to store a tire. THE WIFE SAYS: “Honey, we’re young again.” Source: Daily News Research160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Top’s down, Ventura’s fading in the rearview mirror with Big Blue a placid presence on the left. An uncongested Highway 101 unwinds ahead of us. It’s a perfect setting to indulge the essence of Pontiac’s Solstice, a relatively new entry in the rag-top competition. Asphalt below, open sky above and wind whistling in our ears. It’s a car that almost demands you drive sans top. The curvy, sporty two-seater got lots of attention when it was introduced in concept form in 2004 and then as a production model at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. That eye-candy factor – think a character from “Cars,” the animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, sprung to life – shows no signs of waning. This roadster averages dozens of smiles per mile and its looks even impressed the owners of two new Mercedes models. That’s due to some aggressive styling at the General Motors Corp. design center in North Hollywood, and 18-inch chrome wheels that came on the test model. It’s a low-slung road hugger with a wide footprint, equipped with a five-speed manual transmission. It can negotiate two-lane canyon roads with gear changes and little use of the brakes. This model had a 2.4-liter dual overhead cam engine turning out 177 horsepower that had no problem zipping up to freeway speeds or keeping up with traffic.