January 20

St Jago, Edwin Allen take control at Central Champs

first_img There were also some good results in the field with Vere’s Class Three athlete Brittany Anderson leading the way in the long jump. Despite competing in a strong headwind, she produced 5.75m to win the event ahead of the Edwin Allen duo of Lotiva Brown, 5.59m, and Danae Bailey, 5.39m. It was one-two for Hydel in the girls’ triple jump open as Britney Kerr won with 12.25m ahead of teammate Samara Spencer (12.08m), with third going to Cathilee Mullings (Holmwood), 11.92m. St Jago’s Romario Douglas captured the Class One high jump with 2.05m ahead of Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, with 1.95m, with third going to Tony Haughton, also of St Jago, with 1.85m. At press time last night, defending girls’ champion Edwin Allen were in front with 101 points, followed by Hydel (57), Vere Technical (45), Holmwood (35.5) and St Jago (26). On the male side, former champions St Jago (90 points) had a commanding lead. Edwin Allen (33), Clarendon College (25), Old Harbour (14) and Glenmuir (14) completed the top five. The championships will come to an end today. EDWIN Allen’s Shannon Kallawan and St Jago’s Timor Barrett stole the show on yesterday’s opening day of the Digicel-sponsored Central Championships at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, as both recorded lifetime bests in winning the Open 400m hurdles event. After producing two sub-60-second clockings in her two races so far this season, Kallawan was in devastating form in the second section of the girls’ Open 400m hurdles final. In a very competitive race, which included four athletes who have gone sub 60 seconds so far this season, Kallawan, despite pressure most of the way from Vere’s 15-year-old Sanique Walker found extra gear over the final hurdle to record an impressive 57.20-second win. It was also a career best for Walker, as she clocked 58.93 for second, with Shian Salmon (Hydel), who won Section One, third overall in 1:01.30. Barrett clocked his second sub-53-second time this season as he made a late surge in the final 100m to get by early leader Ryan Holmes (Edwin Allen) to clock 52.26 seconds. Holmes ran a personal best of 52.70 seconds for the runner-up spot, with third going to Manchester High’s Nicholas Alexander, who won heat two in 55.19 seconds. “I am very pleased with my time today as I was following the instructions of my coach to execute well,” said Barrett, who stated that he is looking forward to the remainder of the season. GOODRESULTSlast_img read more

January 14

‘No Longer Words, But Actions’

first_imgLiberian women say actions from national duty bearers will ensure that women are given the protection from SGBV that they deserve. Women Hold Vigil for SGBV VictimsMonday was another November 25, a date that brings unkind reflections to the minds of millions of women across the world, who fall prey to the brutality of their male counterparts.The day officially begins the 16-Days of Activism Against Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), an international campaign to challenge and bring an an end to violence against women and girls.The 16-Days of Activism campaign, which runs every year from November 25 to December 10, is being held under the national theme, “Stay Blue.”Liberia’s case with regard to SGBV is not getting any better, because the more awareness that is created, the more vicious perpetrators become—preying on women and girls, especially children, some as young as three months, to pour out their wickedness in the name of satisfying their perverted tastes and desires.Women’s rights advocates say they are tired speaking as there seems to be no tangible actions from major stakeholders.This does not however mean that the women are short of options and would look on hopelessly. They have designed a new strategy that will not only ensure that women are protected, but predators also face the full weight of the law.“It is no longer words but actions,” they say—actions from national duty bearers that will ensure that women are given the safe haven they deserve.It was against this backdrop that the women converged in their numbers at the Fish Market grounds in Sinkor, outside Monrovia at a vigil to commemorate the lives of women, girls and children, who perished in sexual and gender-based violence.The women spoke of other victims, who are bearing the brunt and scars of this societal menace to announce that enough is enough, and they must be provided the needed protection by their government.The venue of the vigil reverberated with “Together, together, We Shall Over SGBV,” a solidarity song that rally all women to stand together as a unified force to combat the menace.Clad in all black, the women sealed their mouths with black cloths—a sign that they are tired speaking, now determined for action.Medica Liberia Country Director, Caroline Bowah Brown, said Liberian women and girls do not deserve the violence that is being meted against them.She said the vigil is also meant to show that women and girls are angry about the unfortunate situation in the country.As one of several Women leaders under the Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls Network, Madam Brown, urged the public to break the culture of silence which protects perpetrators. She said point of the vigil is to declare that there is absolutely something wrong with a society whose women constantly live in fear of being the next victims of rape.The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection recorded a whopping 2025 SGBV cases from January to September this year. Seventy percent of these are rape cases, majority of which are against minors—some as young as three months old.Madam Brown condemned the violence that women face daily, including instances in which some women have lost their lives. She said the vigil was being held due to the increased media reports on women and girls who have been killed.“Given this trend, I don’t think as a country we can go on like this. Therefore, we need to know what is the root cause of the violence against women. We also need to demand tougher actions against those perpetrators,” she said.As part of the vigil, the women marched with lit candles as they read the names of some of the victims, and the releasing of balloons into the air—all of which was meant to identify with those, who lost their lives as a result of SGBV.The high point of the night was when the mother of the late Odell Sherman took the podium and narrated her experiences with the justice system, while trying to seek justice for her 21 year-old daughter, who lost her life on the night she concluded a month-long national examination.With tears, she recounted how she searched everywhere in vain to bring her daughter’s killers to book.Women assembled in their numbers at the vigilIn its 2019 first quarter (January-March) SGBV statistics, the ministry disclosed that there were over 700 reported SGBV cases across the country during the period under review. But there has been a surge in cases since then.At an Information Ministry press briefing, Deputy Minister for Gender, Alice Johnson Howard, said that out of the total number of reported SGBV cases, 513 constitutes rape and sodomy (507 females and six males), 25 gang raped (females), 122 physical assaults (115 females and seven males), and 119 sexual assaults (females).Forty-four rape victims are children below five years; 185 between six to 12 years of age; victims from 13 to 17 years of age constitute 376 cases; 18 to 25 years of age, 94 cases; and 25 years and above constitute 98 cases.A significant majority of these cases, 630, occurred in Montserrado County, 41 in Grand Gedeh County, 26 in Nimba County, 22 in Bong, 19 in Margibi, 17 in Sinoe, 12 in Grand Bassa, 10 in Grand Kru, nine in Maryland, Lofa County four, five in River Cess, three in Gbapolu, one in Bomi, and River Gee County one.The report, however, indicated that of the GBV cases reported, 19 have been resolved, 76 sent to court, 370 pending in court, 656 medical reports provided, 121 medical reports pending, 656 medical care provided, 646 medical reports issued, 216 arrested, 578 pending arrest, and five convicted.Ms. Tarlee Dahn, 22, a volunteer with ActionAid, called on the judiciary to review the bail terms on domestic violence, and reduce the hearing time of cases of domestic violence to give victims speedy justice.“Our sisters are being raped on a daily basis and there is a need for justice. Our justice system must provide the space for perpetrators to be brought to book,” she said, but added that the system is too frustrating to seek redress.The Gender Advisor at Plan International, Elizabeth G. Johnson, said that the network’s advocacy will not stop “until our daughters stop dying from rape.” She added that though a lot of awareness is created, the narrative is not changing. “So for this year, we have come together to engage national duty bearers to take meaningful actions against perpetrators, because you are accountable to us, and you must therefore act on our behalf,” Mrs. Johnson said.Men were also present at the vigil in solidarity with the womenShe expressed frustration that the government has signed on to numerous international instruments that seek to protect human rights, especially the rights of women and girls.“Unfortunately,” she said, “our government is not living up to those agreements.”ActionAid Country Director, Lashmi Moore, said that SGBV has become a chronic issue for women and girls in our society. This, she said, should not be happening, no matter what.The Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls Network is an international platform that is working to bring an end to SGBV in Liberia. Members of the network include Kvinna Til Kvinna (KTK), ActionAid, Medica Liberia, Plan International, International Rescue Committee and OXFAM.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12

Govt to hire overseas experts to staff energy dept

first_imgGovernment will be moving to hire overseas experts in the oil and gas industry to staff the department of energy, which falls under the Ministry of the Presidency, President David Granger has revealed.While admitting that there might be some challenges in getting the right skillset of people, he thinks if Guyana attracts the best, then it stands to benefit tremendously from this sector.Guyana’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Thailand, Surasak Suparat, presenting his Letters of Credence to President David Granger as Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and the Ministry’s Director General Audrey Waddell look on“It is bound to be a challenge because this is an international industry and we are aiming at a world-class industry. So, we are aiming to get the best persons,” he explained.According to the Head of State, Guyana has no experience in the field and because there is only a small petroleum unit which is now in the Natural Resources Ministry, there is need for expansion.“And we obviously have to attract the best people from around the world. So we are not attempting to avoid that responsibility. We will ensure that those things happen,” he added.In providing an update on the setting up of this department, the Head of State said a road map is being developed so as to attract the best in the business to work for the local oil sector.“We have to identify personnel, we have to identify buildings, and we have to start advertising to attract the quality personnel that can lead this important department into the future,” he explained.The President said his Government is being very careful about its approach because it wants the best outcome for this new industry. He said by the end of May there will be some further announcements.Cabinet in March officially approved the creation of an energy department that would now oversee Guyana’s oil and gas sector. Ministerial responsibility for the sector was stripped from Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and given to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Government said the reason for this change was mainly to bring some organisational structure to the sector that will look at legislation to be introduced, negotiation with potential investors, exploration and production licences, public communication, and the engagement of experts, among others.They also assured that energy-related responsibilities lying with Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson would remain untouched for now, especially responsibility for the Guyana Power and Light.Trotman, and indeed the Government, has received much criticism for the way the budding oil sector is being handled. There have, in the past, even been calls to have Trotman removed from his position.The main reason for this was because of the discovery that Government had stashed in a private account in the Central Bank, US$18 million it had received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus.Though this discovery was made since last year, the Government has made no attempt to have the money placed into the Consolidated Fund. Many have argued that Article 216 of the Guyana Constitution dictates that all public revenue be placed in the Consolidated Fund.Trotman was also criticised for his handling of the oil contracts between Government and ExxonMobil. Even the Government’s own adviser on petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal, has been sceptical of Guyana’s two per cent royalty on earnings from oil sales, which he said is low compared to global standards.While Dr Mangal has not objected to the 50 per cent profit share Guyana will receive, he does believe that the generous tax concessions and two per cent royalty is nothing to boast about. Others have also come out criticising Trotman, including outspoken Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, who believes Trotman’s handling of the oil sector could lead to future disaster.last_img read more

January 12

Police search for convenience store robber in Grande Prairie

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the person responsible for a convenience store robbery.The robbery occurred at 3:30 a.m. Friday when police say a single male entered the store on 96 St. and 100 Ave. waving around a weapon. They say he demanded money from the female employee, which he received and then left the store heading north on 96 St.- Advertisement -The male is described as being 6’4” tall. He was wearing a balaclava, glasses, a black, thin jacket with small white stripes and an emblem on the front left side, along with jeans, white running shoes and leather gloves at the time of the incident.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 250-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

January 11

Bush has two moles taken off temple for cancer tests

first_img“The doctors expect that both moles are benign,” Stanzel said. Bush has had several lesions removed before: a precancerous lesion on his left arm in August, a noncancerous skin growth on his neck in July 2005, small lesions from his left shoulder and face in 2004, and others from his face in December 2001. None has been cancerous, but the president has regular checkups to guard against any lesions advancing to a more dangerous stage. The procedure came about at the president’s initiation. On Monday, he showed one mole he noticed to Tubb, who noticed another and recommended that both be removed, Stanzel said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush had two moles removed from his left temple Friday. His doctors expect tests on the skin growths to show that they are noncancerous. The five-minute procedure called a shave biopsy was performed in the White House office of Bush’s official physician, Richard Tubb. Dr. Steve Krivda, a dermatologist from Walter Reed Army Medical Center, did the procedure, for which only a local anesthetic was required. Bush will have a one-inch scab on his temple, spokesman Scott Stanzel said. Test results will be available by the middle of next week. last_img read more

January 11

Kings’ captain shipped

first_imgAt the end of a long day, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi found himself with a heavy heart, a depleted roster and a team without a captain – and also with major optimism for the future. The Kings made three deals in the waning moments before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline, the most notable of which sent defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom to the Dallas Stars. The Norstrom deal took several days. Lombardi began talking to teams about Norstrom during last week’s GM meetings and, out of respect, told Norstrom that a deal might be in the works. Lombardi had a tentative deal in place Monday night and finalized it about a half hour before the noon deadline. “We weren’t going to just move him for anything,” Lombardi said. “Sometimes you just see guys getting moved for a bag of baseballs, but that wasn’t the case here. … We needed to get that (first-round) pick.” But Lombardi’s late moves put a dent in the Kings’ defense, one that will need to be addressed this summer. In dealing Norstrom and Brent Sopel (on Monday), Lombardi sent away two of the Kings’ top five defensemen, and another, Aaron Miller, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Modry, 36, scored a career-high 13goals in 2002-03 during his first stint with the Kings, which lasted seven-plus seasons. But Modry has just one goal and nine assists in 57games this season. Add to that Rob Blake is 37, and the Kings have defensive issues. Highly touted prospect Jack Johnson will step into the lineup if he leaves college early, but more help will be needed. Beyond that, there are leadership issues. Norstrom, acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1996, was by far the longest-tenured King and played 780games, the most among any defenseman in Kings history. He took over as team captain during the 2001-02 season when Blake was traded to Colorado. “Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, I had so much respect for the guy,” Lombardi said of Norstrom. “Sometimes you admire a guy from afar and he doesn’t turn out to be quite the same guy you thought he was. Matty was every bit and more of what I perceived him to be.” It is believed Blake will take over Norstrom’s team-captain responsibilities, but regardless, the Kings will have a much different look when they face the Ducks on Thursday. Heward, 35, is a veteran of 362 career NHL games and has 16 points in 52games this season. Fransson, Dallas’ second-round pick in 2004, has spent this season in the Swedish Elite League. Pushkarev, 22, played 22games with the Kings this season but did not make an impact. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kings also acquired veteran defenseman Jamie Heward from Washington for a 2008 fifth-round pick and traded forward Jason Ward to Tampa Bay for a 2007 fifth-round pick. When the dust settled, the Kings were left without Norstrom, their captain since 2001-02, a rock-steady presence on the ice and in the dressing room but also a defenseman with a burdensome contract. Norstrom, 35, is due $4.25million next season as part of the two-year extension he signed last March. By trading Norstrom, Lombardi accomplished his two primary goals: He cleared roster space – Modry will be a free agent this summer – and stockpiled more draft picks. With the Kings long since out of the playoff race, Lombardi has focused on the future. In the past four weeks he has traded Craig Conroy, Sean Avery, Brent Sopel and Norstrom. Since his hiring last April, Lombardi has made a net gain of five draft picks in 2007 and 2008. The Kings have committed roughly $22.5 million to 11 players for next season, giving them significant cap room. center_img In the centerpiece deal of a busy day, the Kings sent Norstrom, winger Konstantin Pushkarev and 2007 third- and fourth- round draft picks to Dallas for defenseman Jaroslav Modry, a first-round pick in 2008, second- and third-round picks in 2007 and the rights to defenseman Johan Fransson. “This is my hardest day, other than the day I was fired (by San Jose),” Lombardi said. “Emotionally it rips your heart out, but this was something I thought we needed to do.” last_img read more

January 6

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, February 1

first_imgThis is the gossip from Sunday’s newspapers and you can also keep up to date with the talkSPORT LIVE transfer blog.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has £60m to spend and is planning to make a deadline day bid for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25. (The Sun on Sunday)Crystal Palace and fellow Premier League strugglers Hull are among several top-flight clubs looking at a potential loan move for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert, 32. (Sunday People)Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, 25, has turned down a move to Roma in order to join either Liverpool or Tottenham this summer.(Sunday Express)Manchester United will have to include an escape clause if they are to persuade goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, to sign a new contract. (Sunday Mirror)Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 26, is due to sign for Brazilian side Internacional on Monday after being offered a four-year contract worth about £25,000 a week after tax plus a £650,000 annual bonus.(Mail on Sunday)Borussia Dortmund’s attacking midfielder Marco Reus is set to move to Arsenal as the 25-year-old midfielder wants to work with manager Arsene Wenger. (Daily Star) Newcastle head coach John Carver has shrugged off the fact he will have no say on matters on transfer deadline day and insists he already has quality players to work with at the club. (Newcastle Chronicle)Arsenal and Liverpool have both been offered Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, 26, after United dropped their interest, but neither club appear to want to sign the Portuguese international. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Bruce discusses deal for Tottenham wingerNO DEAL! Flecher to West Ham is offPochettino coy on striker speculation Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, February 1 1last_img read more

December 27


first_imgThere was no queue for tickets for Cavan, Derry or Tyrone. It was simply ‘pay at the gate’.The queue for tickets at the St Eunan’s clubhouse for tickets for the Ulster final against Down threw up a delay of just five seconds.The queue for tickets for the All-Ireland quarter-final against Kerry lasted just 60 seconds. And the queue for tickets for the next game – the semi-final against Cork – was just a few seconds more.But tonight in Letterkenny, it took two hours from the back of that queue to the very front.This time there would be no tickets for the children who’d accompanied you to all those other games. Adults only this time – with a draw for those aged over-14 for some other tickets. And it was strictly for the over-14s, we were told.So many of us were nervous wrecks by the time we reached the top table to claim our two adult member tickets. First there was the €5 draw for the county board. No problems there. Happy to pay it.Then it was a check to make sure your name was on the club database (it is, thank God we filled that form out properly!!!)The palpitations subside for a few moments.Then came the Lucky Dip – this was not expected. What the hell is the Lucky Dip?You had to reach into a box and pick out an envelope. There would be no guarantees about sitting or standing together. The guy in front goes for it – and lands two seats together in the Cusack.We wouldn’t be that lucky, could we?Hands shaking, I reach for a brown envelope, and slowly open one end.“That guy in front stole my tickets,” I wanted to shout, for I wouldn’t be so lucky. A terrace ticket for the Nally Terrace and an Upper Tier Davin Stand seat with a Restricted View!The Great Master Plan to get two seats or terrace tickets together was gone.No chance of an adult to stay at home, so one of the kids could go.Mustn’t complain though.There’s two tickets sitting here to the greatest show on earth – the All-Ireland Football Final.Just one decision left – who gets to sit behind a post in the Davin, and who gets to stand away down at the other end?This ticket stuff would put years on you!Roll on Sunday…….AFTER A TWO HOUR WAIT, AT LAST TICKETS FOR THE FINAL was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 27


first_imgIT WAS A disappointing result for the Donegal Ladies senior team in Bundoran on Sunday.In what were tough playing conditions plenty of optimism should remain for the players as some terrific periods of play showed great dominance in the game.Laois however collected maximum points from their trip to Donegal as the Leinster outfit claimed a 1-16 to 1-9 victory. Karen Guthrie scored 1-1 for Donegal early in the second half but Ciara Burke responded with a goal for Laois and that proved to be the pivotal score.The Donegal girls can take great heart from the match ahead of next weekend’s clash with Dublin.Meanwhile ‘Maith Sibh’ to Loreto Milford on their Ulster quarter final win over Castleblayney on a score line of 2.07 to 1.08.In a very tense game the girls put in a great performance. The girls will face Carrickmacross in the Semi Final.  LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LADIES PIPPED BY LAOIS was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LADIES GAA: DONEGAL LADIES PIPPED BY LAOISlast_img read more

December 22

Brave couple begin ‘walk of death’ to finish Wild Atlantic Relay in Donegal

first_imgAn inspirational couple are at the final stages of a 1,000km Wild Atlantic Relay from Mizen to Malin Head.Paul and Karen McGovern are leading the walk to raise funds and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland. Paul, aged 37, has secondary progressive MS, which makes this all the more challenging.Paul and his wife Karen today began their so-called “walk of death” in Donegal as they take on 28 mile stretches before they reach their end goal at Malin Head next week. Paul and Karen’s first route planPaul is from Dunleer County Louth and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MS eight years ago. He and Karen walked from Ireland west to east coast in 10 days two years ago, but as Paul’s condition progresses they say that this will be their last big adventure. They set off from Mizen Head on June 4th with a huge goal of covering an average of 20 miles a day to make up 990km (615 miles).Paul and Karen’s walk is being supported by Centra and they have been making pit stops at Centra stores all along the Wild Atlantic Way. They have been warmly welcomed by communities across the west coast who have been hosting fundraising days for MS Ireland.Centra BallyshannonPaul and Karen crossed into Donegal on July 10th to arrive in Ballyshannon. On Tuesday 11th July they walked from Ballyshannon to Donegal Town for a rest day and a coffee day at Centra. On Thursday Paul and Karen trekked from Donegal to Killybegs, where they were greeted by the triumphant Killybegs Marching Band at Hegartys Centra. This morning they embarked on their first gruelling 28 mile walk, which is expected to take them 12 hours to get to Dungloe.Hegarty’s Centra KillybegsCentra KillybegsThis is the start of 4 days for the couple in which they have to 120 miles to cover to get to Ireland’s most northerly point.“If you see Paul hitching on the road today, please just pass by, don’t pick him up,” Karen warned supporters in a video update this morning.“No, give me a lift!,” said Paul.“It’s going to be brutally tough, but that’s the plan that was put together and that’s the plan we have to do,” Paul said.The couple are welcoming everyone to join them for a mile or two and show their support by donating to them along the route. On Sunday they will walk to Letterkenny, then on to Buncrana and finally Malin Head, with rest days in between.Donations can be left into local participating Centra shops and donations can also be made on-line here: give.everydayhero.com/ie/team-paul-karen-nanook-walk-4-ms-ireland-2017Brave couple begin ‘walk of death’ to finish Wild Atlantic Relay in Donegal was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more