PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Edwin Allen High’s girls were brilliant on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition at the 122nd renewal of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia yesterday. The Clarendon-based school had two three-peats as they captured the 4x100m and 4x400m for the third consecutive year at the prestigious relay carnival. Unlike Thursday’s opening day when it was very cold, things warmed up yesterday and this lifted the performances. Despite coming into the finals of the 4×100 metres as the second-fastest qualifiers behind Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen had few problems in achieving victory. They shrugged off early pressure from first-time finalists St Catherine High on the first two legs. Then the classy Shellece Clarke on the third leg put her team into the lead. Khamoy Farquharson on anchor then coasted home as Edwin Allen clocked to win in 45.73 seconds. St Catherine finished second in 46.11, with Nansemond River out of Virginia third in 46.26. Holmwood were fifth in 46.66 and Green Island seventh in 47.85. The other members of the winning Edwin Allen team were Kasheika Cameron and Patrice Moodie. Coach Dyke hailed his girls as before the race, he had told them that winning was the main focus. “Based on the preliminary round, we were very confident of victory, and with the type of weather, I told the girls that our main focus was just to win. The time was not important as the objective was for them to get on top of the podium,” said Dyke, who added that his young team could win the event for another three years. UNDERDOGS IN RELAYS After a quiet season, Dyke finally showed his hand in the 4×400 metres. They came to the Relays as underdogs despite retaining three members of last year’s winning team as St Elizabeth Technical, with the hot Junelle Bloomfield on their team, were howling favourites to bring home their first title in the event. However, Dyke silenced the very overconfident St Elizabeth Technical. It was a plucky Holmwood Technical who gave them much to worry about. Holmwood, the record holders in the event, looked like pulling off a win, but their outstanding Ashley Williams fell on the anchor leg and Edwin Allen went on to win in 3:40.88. St Elizabeth Technical was second in 3:41.17, with Union Catholic out of New Jersey third in 3:42.59. Unlucky, Holmwood ended at the back of the field in 4:03.74. Shannon Kalawan, who ran the third leg for her team, was delighted with the win. “We came to Penn Relays as underdogs, but we were very confident that we would have won. I am extremely happy that I played my part by giving the team the lead, and it was good to be on the podium for the second time on the day, and I want to give God thanks for this,” said Kalawan, who finished second in the 400 metres hurdles on Thursday’s opening day. The other members of the team were Joneil Moore and Davia Smith.
… Mayor refuses to commentIn light of the unearthing of four hidden bank accounts at City Hall, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Greene has opted to remain mum on the matter. City Hall is being accused of shrouding corruption in many areas of the Council and so the recent finding of the four bank accounts – which were reflected in its financial statements at the statutory meetings – is causing much tension among the Councillors.Councillor Bishram Kuppen has stated that at the first statutory meeting, he perused the report and found the discrepancy. He related that when he questioned the City Treasurer on the matter, he confirmed the accounts.“After a number of attempts, the City Treasurer just blurted it out that there were four additional accounts, and each subsequent statutory meeting, I keep pushing for those additional accounts to be included in the reconciliation of the financial statement. All those accounts should be included,” Kuppen allegedly.When Guyana Times approached Mayor Chase Greene on the issue and questioned her on where the accounts were, she laughed and said “they are at a bank”. However, shortly after she redirected the question to her Town Clerk.“You know what? I’m not the person that can talk to you about this. You should speak to mister King,” she said.Nevertheless, all attempts to contact Town Clerk Royston King proved futile. When this publication called his office early on Tuesday morning, he was in a meeting. Three hours later, when his office was contacted again, this newspaper was told that he had “stepped out.” Another two hours later, when the publication called again, his cellular phone was turned off.This newspaper also made efforts to contact the Public Relations Officer and the City Treasurer on the matter; however, the Treasurer’s Secretary informed this publication that the treasurer was unable to pronounce on the issue, adding that all authorities were warned not to speak with the media on the matter.“All questions should be directed to the PRO or the Mayor,” the Secretary stated.It is unknown how much monies are being stored in these accounts and for what purpose.“This perception is fuelled by the lack of accountability for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on projects with no public tendering, improper financial reporting, four hidden bank accounts which are not included in any financial reports to Councillors, and financial deficits being reported on a consistent basis every month,” Kuppen said while addressing the issue of skullduggery within the Council.Of recent there have been calls for an audit to be conducted into the financial affairs of the Mayor and City Council, since there has not been any audit reports submitted for the past 10 years.Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran had insisted that 10 years of arrears in terms of financial reporting and auditing was not only a “disturbing trend” but also showed that the Council had no interest in bringing the accounts to order.He stated that as of August 2013, the last set of audited accounts of the Council was for 2004 and the Audit Office had received financial statements for the years 2005 and 2007. There is no evidence to suggest that any financial statements were produced for 2006.According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, within four months of the close of the financial year, the City Treasurer is required to prepare and submit to the auditor, financial statements for that year for audit. If the treasurer fails to comply, he/she will be guilty of an offence. It has been over a decade that the M&CC – dominated by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), a main partner in the governing coalition – has failed to make any public presentation of its financial position.
But, Vihiga did themselves a world of favor beating Nakumatt with Posta Rangers who occupied the play-off slot heading into the final match day playing to a 0-0 draw with Kakamega Homeboyz in Kakamega.In the other matches, Chemelil Sugar played to a 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks at the Camp Toyoyo as Nzoia Sugar produced a 2-0 win over AFC Leopards in Mumias.With the result, Nzoia moved to 13th, with 41 points, Chemelil 14th with 39 while Posta Rangers finished with 38 points at 15th, just one above Nakumatt who slumped to the dreaded position 16.Vihiga United’s Michael Kigadi attempts to find a way past Nakumatt FC’s Clinton Kisiavuki during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe relegation battle of the weekend though was at the Ruaraka Complex where Vihiga and Nakumatt, separated by three points in the standings faced off. While Nakumatt needed a win at all costs, even a point would have sufficed for Vihiga.Within the opening quarter hour of the game, not wanting to take anything to chance, Vihiga had already put one foot into survival grabbing a quick 2-0 lead thanks to some schoolboy play from Nakumatt.Amos Kigadi broke the deadlock in the fourth minute thanks to a well-executed counter from the visitors. Nakumatt winger Timonah Wanyonyi attempted to pass a freekick low from a good scoring range and it instead was intercepted at the wall.Kigadi was sent through and he raced away, skipping past keeper Philip Odhiambo before slotting into an empty net.Nothing was going right for Nakumatt. Their passing was awful and they lost ball after ball, the bumpy nature of the Ruaraka pitch not helping matters for them.They found themselves 2-0 down after 11 minutes, Vihiga hitting the second through Michael Isabwa.The visitors doubled their tally in text-book route one football. With only three touches of the ball from deep in their half, they were on the second goal.Vihiga United’s Bernard Ochieng heads the ball away under pressure from Nakumatt FC’s Jack Bruno during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSkipper Bernard Ochieng struck a freekick from the edge of their own box to the right of the opponent’s box, Kigadi rising to knock down the ball and Isabwa finishing off with a sweeping volley that left keeper Odhiambo dazed.With danger looming and the possibility of the play-off now more real than ever, Nakumatt started getting into the game and pressing Vihiga in their own half.In the 25th minute, skipper Kevin Thairu’s shot from distance after being teed up by Joe Waithira but the Nakumatt keeper made a good save. The shot stopper was on top of his game once again on the half hour mark when he leaped well to his left to parry away a Kyata Amani freekick.Nakumatt kept punching in the Vihiga backline to get a goal back and some adrenaline to get all the points, but they could not get a goal.Five minutes to the break, they came close once again when Amani’s cross from the right was met by Waithira’s header, but it deflected behind for a corner.Nakumatt FC players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Vihiga United at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half Nakumatt came in with some bit of increased pressure, the half time pep-talkby their American coach Melis Medo seemingly doing some magic.They chased from the onset and came close in the 70th minute when impressive John Avire’s shot from the left went inches wide.But, Vihiga were sitting back and waiting for the opportune time to strike. They almost did that in the 73rd minute when a long ball landed on Kigadi at the edge of the Nakumatt box but his shot was turned behind by Nakumatt keeper Odhiambo.Minutes later, Chris Masinza broke the offside trap well on the right, squared the ball to Kigadi who was at the edge of the six yard box, but the striker could not hit the ball on target under pressure from Faina Jacobs.Nakumatt dug deeper in the final minutes of the game, but their finishing was not up to par. They sunk their heads in the ground at the sound of the referee’s final whistle, knowing only too well the play-off is a lottery they need to play with utmost care.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vihiga United players celebrate one of their two goals against Nakumatt FC during their Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Nakumatt FC will contend the promotion and relegation play-off with either Nairobi Stima or Ushuru FC after losing 2-0 to Vihiga United on Sunday evening at the Ruaraka Complex.Heading into the final day of the season, there were up to five teams who were in danger of dropping to the play off slot. Vihiga, Nzoia Sugar, Chemelil Sugar, Posta Rangers and Nakumatt were all staring at the possibility of dropping off the top tier.