K.C. Graham: All eyes will be on Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce today in the women’s 100m as there is speculation that she is not yet ready to compete with the big girls due to a toe injury.Lowe: She certainly isn’t ready and has said as much, noting yesterday that this is a test to see where she is. Still, she’s a fighter and will try her best I’m sure. However, after missing as much training as she has, it’s hard to see her winning here.K.C. Graham: And the field is a quality one as there are four sub-10.80 seconds athletes in the field although I do not expect much from Carmelita Jeter and it will be interesting to see how Blessing Okagbare runs here after being easily beaten by Elaine Thompson recently.Lowe: Fraser-Pryce won here last year in 10.81 but I doubt we’ll see that kind of time from anyone in this field today unless helped by wind. Nobody is in particularly great form and it might be an opportunity for another Jamaican, Simone Facey, who has gone 11.00 and 11.05 this year to make a good impression.K.C. Graham: I am really happy for Facey, who is making a big comeback this season and I expect her to improve on her season’s best of 11.00 seconds. However, I think they will all have to chase English Gardner, who likes this track and this is home for her as she has scored several wins in the past here including NCAA titles for Oregon. I think she could go sub-10.90.Lowe: She had a close win last year in the ‘B’ race over Elaine Thompson in 10.84 and like you said, loves to compete here in front of her fans from college days. She has also gone 11.04 this year too and has been bouncing around in the hotel and looking quite eager to step on the track.K.C. Graham: The race is going to be very close though as Barbara Pierre, the Indoor 60 metres champion, is bubbling with confidence while Ahoure and Bartoletta want to do well. I think Fraser-Pryce will just go through the motions here as coach Stephen Francis is a smart guy and is waiting for Rio but you know as a Nike athlete she has to show up for this meet.Lowe: I think she wants to do more than just show up here. She has missed several training sessions and is running out of time before trials. She won’t risk further injury – I don’t think, but she’ll certainly want to give herself and her coach a real opportunity to see just where they are at this point. I think Ahoure has this one covered. She’s been working well so far this season especially on the final phase. She wins a close one ahead of Gardner. A healthy finish will be key for SFP at this stage, a fast time would be a bonus and winning is not her primary focus here.K.C. Graham: You can take this trifecta to the bank my friend. It is Gardner from Ahoure from a fast finishing Okagbare for third.Lowe: Thank you but I’ll pass, my record so far speaks for itself so let me reiterate. Ahoure over Gardner. Third place is up for grabs.
The living conditions of residents in Mocha, East Bank Demerara, are expected to improve as measures to draft a community development plan have been undertaken. Operatives of Ministries and other government agencies met with Minister of State Joseph Harmon to “discuss a multi-stakeholder approach towards the completion of a developmental plan for the Mocha/Arcadia Community”.This meeting comes on the heels of one earlier in this month, where residents of Mocha along with their Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) chairman, complained of the many hardships which they faced. At that time, Minister Harmon promised that a meeting will be held with the aim of coordinating works where the issues affecting residents could be addressed.Minister of State, Joseph HarmonHarmon speaking on the agenda for the draft community plan for Mocha, highlighted that projects should be extracted from plans catered for in the budget. The minister also noted that the community was “challenged by land distribution and land use issues”, electricity, water woes, and dilapidated roads. However, it was pointed out that the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission is currently addressing the issues associated with land distribution.Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Van West Charles said a group from Barnwell, Mocha/Arcadia had approached the company some months ago and raised concerns over potable water. Dr Charles explained that the water company is currently installing new pipelines.“We can take a close look at any resident, who is having difficulty and try to address them because we’re trying to interconnect the system so even the well at Providence would be able to supply them, shortly” the GWI CEO noted.National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) CEO Frederick Flatts, one of the other stakeholders present, opined that the Agriculture Ministry has embarked on a “comprehensive drainage and irrigation plan” for Mocha/Arcadia since July 2015.He noted that 18 miles of dam has been bulldosed and 20 miles of drainage cleared. Flatts commented that there are plans to utilise the Caricom Development Fund and the 2016 National Budget to commence the works from 2017.One resident, Wilson, only name provided, said that he moved into Mocha in 1994 and that the communities north of Barnwell North and at Prosperity currently have no electricity.
Four people were shot during a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus late Wednesday, including one person who was critically injured.The incident sent a flood of police into the area to control the crowd. Police Sgt. Andrew Chao of the Hollywood Station told City News Service that the shooting took place around 10 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard.A 17-year-old boy was critically wounded with gunshot wounds to the chest and a leg.A 14-year-old boy was shot in a foot and a 25-year-old man was struck in the buttocks, he said. All three were transported to local hospitals.The gunmen fled, possibly in a white sport utility vehicle, Chao said.KNBC reported a fourth person injured in a possible assault with a deadly weapon, around 11:20 p.m. Footage shot from KNBC helicopter showed paramedics loading a man into an ambulance.Dozens of police officers were on the scene, some in riot gear and others on horseback and bicycle, to control the crowd and close off the street, one of Los Angeles’ major thoroughfares.Video footage on KNBC’s website showed several hundred people along Hollywood Boulevard and at least three men taken into custody in handcuffs.