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McKinnon retains El Dorado Steel Challenge Cup title

first_imgVeteran deadeye Ryan McKinnon’s form at the range for 2018 continued, and saw him copping the prestigious El Dorado Trading Cup is a Challenge Trophy following last Saturday’s 4th Anniversary Steel Challenge.Some of the GSSF members commemorate its Fourth AnniversaryThe Guyana Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) President outclassed a number of top shooters to successfully defend his title during the Foundation’s Anniversary commemoration shoot.The first match tournament in 2015 saw McKinnon winning the title, and after three tough stages this past weekend at the Timehri Rifle Ranges, the top gun again delivered, as he mastered Outer Limits, Speed Option, and Pendulum categories.With safety and efficiency in mind, the match administrators placed the shooters into two squads, thereby shooting two separate stages simultaneously. The first stage, named “Outer Limits”, was shot for the first time in Guyana, and involved the shooters moving from one box to another.The remaining stages were all shot from a stationary position. The second stage, named “Pendulum,” saw targets set at closer distances but in somewhat of a tricky arrangement, which caused shooters to engage them in random order as they each felt was best.Stage three, named “Speed Option,” caused both the shooter’s trigger finger action and their heartbeat to accelerate as they engaged the various targets set in a challenging layout.Shooters competed in two divisions: Production and Limited; and as shooters completed each stage, their score sheets were submitted to the Stats Officer, Dr Pravesh Harry, who computed scores in specialised software designed for the sport.Mr. Andrew Phang, GSSF’s Board Director, presented the trophies for the match. After putting up a fleeting total time for all three stages in the match, which amounted to 70.32 seconds, undefeated Challenge Cup winner and Guyana’s top handgun shooter McKinnon left the range with more bragging rights, as he emerged victorious.The Foundation head managed to ward off some stiff competition from the likes of seasoned shooter Rajiv Latchana, who finished second, and the consistent John Phang, who came in third place.Also present at the Range was Captain of the Handgun Section of the Guyana NRA, Mr. Dale Hing, and other Guyana NRA participants. McKinnon acknowledged the attendance of the Guyana NRA participants, and indicated that he looks forward to continued increased participation and collaboration.Match Director Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon conveyed thanks to El Dorado Trading for the continuous sponsorship of this Annual Steel Challenge Match. She commended the Range Master, Range Officers, Stats Officer and shooters for ensuring the efficiency and safety standard with which the match was run.The GSSF further extended gratitude to the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Acting Commissioner Ramnarine, the OC, TSU and the ranks of the GPF Armoury and TSU. Additional thanks are extended to Brigadier Patrick West and the GDF for the use of their range facility at Timehri.Limited Division Results:1st – Ryan McKinnon (Time: 70.32)2nd – Rajiv Latchana (Time: 76.86)3rd – John Phang (Time: 80.90)Production Division:1st – Michael Blake (Time: 107.49)2nd – Aleemul Ali (Time: 116.90)3rd – Bhageshwar Murli (Time: 169.80)last_img read more

Perchlorate study sought

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPerchlorate is a rocket fuel chemical that in large doses has been linked to thyroid problems. It’s a known contaminant at the Whittaker-Bermite site south of Soledad Canyon Road, where the explosives and rocket testing occurred more decades until operations ceased in 1987. The chemical migrated into the local aquifer, which led to the capping of six wells since 1997. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is overseeing cleanup of the land, while water agencies led by the Castaic Lake Water Agency has prepared a water decontamination plan. Though not a federal defense site, Levin said the amendment may have some impact on the Bermite property. “Under the language of the amendment, the Department of Defense would be required to identify all potential parties who stored perchlorate on their sites,” he said. “It affects not only military installations, but also contractors.” Baca’s 43rd Congressional District also is hit with severe perchlorate contamination – the chemical has migrated from defense sites and has been found in large concentrations in both the Rialto-Colton and Chino groundwater basins, Levin said. A San Bernardino congressman is pushing legislation that would require the Department of Defense to study perchlorate contamination at former defense sites, but it’s uncertain if private defense contractors such as the former Bermite operation would benefit. The House passed an amendment Friday calling for the study. The 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite property in Santa Clarita – linked to perchlorate contamination in groundwater – is not a federally designated Formerly Utilized Defense Site. But Rep. Joe Baca, D-Rialto, author of the amendment, believes federal resources should help remedy contamination cleanups now handled by state and local authorities. “It’s important and helpful, at least to uncover the full scope of the problem and assign responsibility, and therefore create more of an impetus for funding of federal cleanup,” Michael Levin, a Baca spokesman, said Friday. “The congressman believes the federal government has responsibility for cleanup because defense is a national and federal issue.” One Rialto well found perchlorate levels of 1,000 parts per billion, compared to the state standard of 6 parts per billion. Municipal wells in Santa Clarita showed concentrations of about 45 parts per billion. In California, perchlorate has impacted 319 wells. The amendment is part of the House of Representatives’ National Defense Authorization Act, which allocates $512.9 billion in defense and national security programs at the Department of Energy. It includes $50 million toward the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is under debate on the House floor. Baca also proposed another amendment to the defense bill granting funds for local communities involved in perchlorate cleanup, but it failed to pass. “I will continue working on federal funding for perchlorate cleanup,” Baca said in a statement. “Most of the contamination resulted from the federal government, so local communities should not get stuck paying the bill.” [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more