Guyana’s four-member team that competed at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships copped two gold medals and a bronze as the competition wrapped up on Sunday night in Mexico.Selvon Bruce Whatley claimed gold in the Masters and middleweight categories while Emmerson Campbell accounted for the bronze in the Men’s Physique.Selvon Whatley celebrates with the Golden Arrowhead after winning gold at the CAC Games Body Building ChampionshipsThe other members of the team, Caerus Cipriani (Men’s Physique) and Alisha Fortune (Body Fitness) were not able to secure podium finishes at the 45th edition of the championships.Cipriani fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth in his class (under 182cm) of six while Fortune was unable to make it to the final six after pre-judging.After the weekend’s outing, Whatley’s medal count doubled, as he added to the gold and silver he won in the 2016 CAC Games in the Dominican Republic.The annual fixture was cancelled last year following the hurricanes that ravaged parts of the Caribbean and the earthquakes in Mexico.Meanwhile, it was the second CAC medal for Campbell, a three-time and reigning national physique champion. At his last outing, he finished with the silver medal in his class.Campbell thanked Fitness Express, the National Sports Commission/Ministry of Social Cohesion, Bounty Farm Ltd, the local bodybuilding federation, and others for making his participation a success.The 46th edition of the event is scheduled for Puerto Rico in 2019.
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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“We either walk out of here free or we die,” Ed Brown said. At a news conference, Monier said officials found booby traps in the woods on the 100-plus-acre property and weapons, ammunition and homemade bombs inside and outside the house. He said more charges are likely. The couple claims the federal income tax is not legitimate. CONCORD, N.H. – U.S. marshals posing as supporters arrested convicted tax-evaders Ed and Elaine Brown at their rural, fortress-like home, the head marshal said Friday. “They invited us in, and we escorted them out,” U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said, releasing the first details of Thursday night’s arrests. A small team of marshals pulled off the ruse, arresting the Browns without incident on the front porch of their Plainfield home in west-central New Hampshire, Monier said. The arrests ended a months-long standoff that began in January, when Brown, 65, a retired exterminator, and his dentist wife, 67, walked out of their federal trial in Concord. She returned to the trial but soon joined her husband at home, where they vowed to resist violently if authorities tried to arrest them.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to build a quality society characterized by excellence noting that “Jamaica cannot maximize its potential for greatness and achieve what we need in the next 50 years without sustained hard work.”Speaking to hundreds of persons gathered at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Sunday (March 24) for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, the Prime Minister said the nation’s youth’s represent our future and “this is the beginning of the next leg of the journey in keeping with the theme, ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062.’” “As I look at the nominees and awardees, I feel a deep sense of pride. Through your actions, you our nominees and awardees have said loudly and distinctly that you have a lot to offer this country. You are among the significant Jamaicans who have been making a valuable contribution at home and abroad. You have imagined a life of achievement, a life of excellence and have refused to accept mediocrity. You have refused to believe that because circumstances were hard and obstacles were in the way that you could not fulfill your dreams to pursue them meaningfully. You have refused to place limits on yourselves” Mrs. Simpson Miller highlighted. Reflecting on the confidence of the nation’s forefathers which saw the overthrowing a system that mocked human decency, Mrs. Simpson Miller said this confidence has a long lineage. She implored the audience to carry it onto 2062 and beyond. The Prime Minister called on the nominees and awardees to let their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to other young persons and the nation emphasizing that “your excellence is not an act, it is a habit, it is a way of life.” The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence was instituted in 1998 to recognize the accomplishments of the Jamaican young people and are presented annually to young persons who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally and internationally. At Sunday’s function, awards were presented in the areas of Sport; International Achievement; Academics; Leadership; Arts and Culture; Journalism; Youth in Service; Entrepreneurship and Agriculture. The 2011 nominees and awardees were also recognized at the function. Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684Email: [email protected]: www.opm.gov.jm
Tuesday’s Tuscaloosa City Council was a packed house in the wake of a controversial rezoning proposal for new student apartments on Rice Mine Road. But developer Stan Pate made a last-minute request and tabled the issue for four weeks.The proposed site is a vacant 7 acre lot between Rice Mine Road Loop and McFarland Boulevard Northeast. Pate proposed an 800-bed student apartment complex in the area, but that plan was rejected by the Tuscaloosa Planning and Zoning Commission because of a 2014 city resolution capping apartment complex bed counts at 200.A new public hearing on the proposed plan will be held Nov. 7.In other Tuscaloosa City Council news:The Tuscaloosa City Council approved the $200 million-plus 2018 operating budget for the general fund, along with the water and sewer fund. The budget includes a 3 percent water rate increase for residents.The budget includes a 5 percent cut to city agencies and city departments.“The 5 percent reduction will have an impact for this year,” said Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Mike Daria. “We can make some adjustments in supplies and materials, but mostly it will be absorbed through reserves. We will have to make a budget correction as we work into the next year.”The Tuscaloosa City Council is purchasing 46 new police cars with funds collected from red-light cameras and departmental savings. The cameras have collected $1.5 million since they went up in 2013, and that money along with $500,000 from salary savings and $124,000 from assets are going toward the new vehicles.Lurleen Wallace Boulevard will be seeing about $25 million in upgrades over the next few years. About $6 million of those funds are coming from the city itself. The project will take about two years, and upgrades begin in December.