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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe victory of Calabar over Kingston College (KC) in the recently concluded ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium reminds me of a quote I read years ago: “An army of deer led by a lion will defeat an army of lions led by a deer”. Let me state also that I mean no disrespect to the many boys who represented their schools so admirably during the five days of competition, but Jamaica (and the world) MUST recognise the absolute genius that coach Michael Clarke is. The pundits (me included) had predicted a KC victory by at least 30 points, but at the close of competition on Friday, the deficit (Calabar to KC) was only a paltry seven points. With Calabar seemingly having a larger number of competitors on “finals Saturday”, their fans and supporters left the stadium that evening very confident of victory on Friday and Saturday night. The expected ‘Fortis’ fighting spirit of KC became evident as the final evening progressed, and it was left to the 4x400m relay to decide the Championships. The big question at that time was, Could KC overcome a major injury setback to finish close enough to the favourites, Calabar, to grab victory from the very jaws of defeat? History will record that they could not, but this championship battle will be remembered for years to come. I have long postulated that these championships are usually won by the team that has the fewer injuries to major stars and the dreaded disqualifications for lane violations, false starts, and dropped batons in the relays. And so it did. Disqualifications did help KC earn (and lose) points, and the management of the injured KC captain (was it a cramp or a tear?) was the difference between winning and losing. However, the tactics employed by Calabar in blunting the threat of KC earning maximum points, in races where they had two finalists, was a master class in the art of assessing rivals and working out a plan to maximise their own point potential. Michael Clarke’s journey from St Jago to Jamaica College to Calabar MUST be a chapter (or two) of any book or university course in “how to win at Champs”. Well done! Working out a way to deny a child from earning a maximum 18 points must have been more rewarding than threatening court action to deny him competing in what is truly the greatest athletics competition for children in the world. Depth and quality On the girls side, the expected one-sided victory of Edwin Allen did materialise, although at one stage, the girls from St Jago did look menacing. However, the depth and quality of the Edwin Allen team prevailed. Coach Dyke, too, deserves praise, but until he is challenged by other schools like Calabar was, and prevails, then what he has done (and is doing) at Edwin Allen, while worthy of special mention, pales in significance to the consistent feats of Michael Clarke. Did someone say national honours? The information coming out of Germany that “many” Jamaicans whose samples were retested after the Beijing Olympics showed traces of the banned substance Clenbuterol, a proven performance enhancer, should bring home quite forcibly to our standard-bearers in international competition the fact that there are very few non-Jamaicans who believe that our stars are drug free. The authorities have already quite correctly pooh-poohed this revelation as the quantity of the drug detected coincides with the possibility of consuming meat in China containing the substance! No sanction was ever contemplated, but this information is not carried in the bulk of the “news flash” that regales international stories. Our athletes who are in the JADCO testing pool MUST educate themselves and be aware of the rules and regulations regarding whereabouts and testing, particularly at home. It must be made mandatory for ALL members of JADCO’s testing pool to attend at least two or three JADCO-led workshops in any 18-month period to be eligible to compete for this nation. Just too much is at stake for the now trite comment “I never knew” to be accepted as an excuse for breaching the WADA code for drug use in sport. He who hath ears to hear, let them hear.last_img read more

January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas couldn’t be stopped as it ran roughshod over Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, for its eighth straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.The hottest team in the league banked on its versatile imports to improve to 11-4 in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Cameron Forte topped Formosa with 29 points and 21 rebounds, Ronnie Aguilar had 20 markers and 11 boards, and local Wu Sung Wei got 18 points and five assists off the bench.The scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 117 — Brownlee 27, Balkman 21, Domingo 16, Parks 15, Hontiveros 11, Sumalinog 11, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 3, Alabanza 2, Javelona 2, Celiz 0.FORMOSA DREAMERS 93 — Forte 29, Aguilar 20, Wu 18, Chen 10, Chien 7, Chou 4, Barratt 3, Yang 2, Cheng 0, Li C 0, Li P 0, Tsai 0.Quarters: 28-19, 52-38, 79-66, 117-93.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra Justin Brownlee was as lethal as ever, firing 27 points and scattering 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals to stuff the stat sheets in the rout.Renaldo Balkman also registered another double-double of 21 markers and 14 boards that went with six dimes, and five rejections, while Lawrence Domingo fired a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBobby Ray Parks Jr. also shone as he helped Alab break away for good in the third quarter, where he unloaded eight of his 15 points that triggered a 19-7 tear for a decisive 79-62 lead. The reigning Local MVP also got three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.The tailspin continued for the Dreamers, who have now lost 12 games in a row and stayed at the cellar with a 1-14 slate. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe County Health Officer for Bong County, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi has confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus at the Phebe Hospital.Addressing journalists recently in Gbarnga, Dr. Azoakoi explained that a nurse working at the Phebe Hospital was confirmed of the virus while four other health workers were suspected of the disease.The County Health Officer informed journalists that statistics has established a total of eight suspected cases, five probable total cases and four confirmed cases reported.Dr. Azoakoi was swift to notify reporters that the confirmed and suspected cases have already being transferred to Monrovia at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare testing and treatment centers.He lamented that the nurse whose name was not disclosed contracted the virus while catering to a patient suspected to have died from the Ebola disease at the Phebe Hospital early this month.The County Health Officer named the lack of chlorine, training for health workers, myth and entrenched disbelief of many people about the existence of Ebola, church and church related organization failure to use the pulpit to preach anti Ebola messages, and limited funding to create more awareness on the disease as some major challenges confronting the county health team in combating the disease.“Can you imagine we have only one ambulance in the county?  So, if a confirmed case is being taken to Monrovia, we have to wait for the ambulance to return before taking any person whether suspected or not” Dr. Azoakoi emphasized.   Commenting on protective equipment for health workers in the county, the health officer said the Ministry of Health and partners have made available some defensive gears for health workers in the county, but was quick to state that equipment were not enough to cover everyone.The Liberian Medical Practitioner told newsmen that the county health team in collaboration with its partners was doing everything possible to ensure that all health facilities will remain functional despite the reported cases of Ebola in the county.At the same time, Dr. Azoakoi has called on nurses and health workers in the county not to turn down patients who are coming to the hospitals for treatment.Meanwhile, Dr. Azoakoi has warned residents of Gbarnga against the doubting of the existence of the deadly Ebola virus.Signs and symptoms of Ebola include, fever, nausea, tiredness, headache, vomiting diarrhea, coughing and bleeding. He told journalists that despite the number of deaths reported in recent times, there are some people in the county who are persistently denying the existence of the virus.The County Health Officer described the act as barbaric and said has the propensity to spread the disease, making it difficult to fight the virus.He then encouraged community residents to join the County Health team to increase the fight against the disease and urged them (residents) not to stay away from the hospital.In March of this year the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the existence of the Ebola virus in the country and advised the public to take preventive measures since there is no cure for it.The Ministry warned the citizens against the consumption of bush meat especially monkey meat, fruit, bats and chimpanzee, and encouraged them to always take the sick to the hospital.The World Health Organization reported that more than 500 people have died from the disease which started from neighboring Guinea and to Sierra Leone and Liberia early this year.This is the largest number of deaths from the Ebola disease since it was discovered in 1976 in former Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWASHINGTON – Consumer prices vaulted higher in April, fueling concerns the Federal Reserve might keep pushing interest rates up to fend off inflation, and discouraged Wall Street investors sent stocks tumbling Wednesday. Soaring prices for gasoline and other energy products have played a major role in the spikes seen over the past two months. And the price tags of lots of other goods and services also are climbing. The closely watched Consumer Price Index rose 0.6 percent, the biggest jump in three months, the Labor Department said Wednesday. That followed an already strong 0.4 percent advance in March. “The whiff of inflation is feeling more like a gust,” observed Richard Yamarone, economist at Argus Research. “The inflation picture is worsening.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsOn Wall Street, stocks plunged. The Dow Jones industrials plummeted 214.28 points to close at 11,205.61 in the biggest single-session loss since falling 307 points on March 24, 2003. Broader stock indicators declined. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 21.76, or 1.68 percent, to 1,270.32, its lowest since finishing at 1,262.86 on Feb. 13; the Nasdaq fell 33.33, or 1.5 percent, to 2,195.80, showing a loss for the first time in 2006. “The CPI data really kicked the market in the teeth today,” said Ken Tower, chief market strategist for Schwab’s CyberTrader. “So the question now really is where can we find some support?” As the Dow came within 80 points of its best-ever close of 11,722.98 last week, many analysts felt the market was overbought and would soon see a correction. But Tower said stocks are now oversold after several days of steep losses, suggesting that investors may start looking for positive signs to spur buying. Excluding energy and food prices, “core” prices went up 0.3 percent in April for the second month in a row. The sizable back-to-back increases suggested that rising energy costs may be starting to breed wider inflation throughout the economy. Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group, described the inflation performance as “rotten to the core.” He and other economists said it indicates that more companies are passing along some of their higher costs for energy and other materials to consumers. The latest inflation readings were higher than economists anticipated. They were forecasting a 0.5 percent increase in overall consumer prices and a 0.2-percent rise in core prices. So far this year, consumer prices are rising at an annual rate of 5.1 percent, much faster than the 3.4 percent increase registered for all of 2005. Core prices are advancing at a brisk 3 percent pace, compared with a more moderate 2.2 percent rise for last year. To thwart inflation, the Federal Reserve bumped up interest rates last week to a five-year high of 5 percent. It was the 16th increase in a row since the Fed began to tighten credit in June 2004. Fed policymakers left options for future decisions wide open. They suggested another increase might be possible, or they could take a pause in their rate-raising campaign depending on how inflation and economic activity unfold. A growing number of economists said Wednesday’s inflation report raises the odds for another rate increase at the Fed’s next meeting, June 28-29. “I conclude that higher interest rates are in our future,” said Brandeis University economics professor Stephen Cecchetti. Some, however, still believe the Fed will leave rates alone at the June meeting on the grounds that slower economic growth will eventually ease inflation pressures. The economy in the first quarter of this year grew at a brisk 4.8 percent pace, the fastest in 2 years. Growth is expected to slow to around a 3 percent pace in the April-to-June period, which would still be healthy.160Want 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

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 03.03.14In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreThanks to everyone that helped to make the Donegal game v Monaghan such a huge success on Sunday. Everyone put in a great team effort to ensure the smooth running of the game. Donegal also got a long awaited win in O’Donnell Park. The Presentation Night takes place in the Clubhouse this Friday night, March 7th from 8pm. Contact Elaina for tickets on 087-2901541.The Minor Boys Div. 1 team got off to a winning start on Sunday away to Robert Emmett’s, they are at home to MacCumhaills this Sunday. The Div. 2 team travel to Lifford to face N. Padraig.The U14 Boys begin this week, with the games on Saturday as a once off. The Div. 1 team away to Milford, the div. 2 team home to MacCumhaills and the div. 3 team home to Glenswilly. Keep an eye on social media for any fixture changes.Girls U14 Football training is on Thursdays at 6:50pm in Game On. Cost is €3 per night. They are hoping to have a friendly this weekend. U12 & U14 Camogie is on in Game On on Wednesdays between 6pm and 7pm. New players welcome. Contact Joe Kealy for more details on 087-2446070.Girls U16 Football training is on Wednesday’s in Game On between 6:50pm and 8pm. Cost is €3 per week.The boys U16 Football leagues begin in the first week of May, training will be commencing shortly for both teams.The Child Protection module on Friday night in the Clubhouse had a great attendance, thanks very much to new Minor Board Chairman, Pauric Daly for organising this.Club Member Donnan Harvey is involved in the Save the Church Lane campaign and as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations they are holding a Traditional Irish Music Session between 4pm and 6pm and they are looking for a few stewards to help out, contact Donnan if you can help on 086-3452457. Tickets are also on sale for the Lord of the rings 5 Boxing Event v Letterkenny Rugby Club, see special event Facebook page and contact any of the boxers for a ticket for the big event taking place on March 14th in the Mt. Errigal.This week’s lotto results: 3-9-13-24; 5 x match 3 numbers win €20 each. Charlie Kavanagh, Oaklands Park; Marjorie Morrison, Glebe Cresent; Pat Carlin, Carrigans; Andy Winfield, Rowan Park (all card) and Barbara Kelly, 17 Castlefield Manor, Malahide, Dublin (Adrian). Next week’s jackpot is €1,150.GAA NEWS: PRESENTATION NIGHT FOR ST EUNAN’S was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:newsSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWINNER: MEGHAN IS THE 45TH MARY FROM DUNGLOETHE PHILADELPHIA Mary is this year’s Mary from Dungloe.Meghan Davis, 26, was crowned at a glittering ceremony tonight.She is a graduate of The Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins and The Boyer College of Music at Temple. Meghan holds two degrees, in Harp & Vocal Performance and also a Master’s in Vocal Performance. Meghan has received many pretigious awards for her Vocal Performances!Meghan currently works as a Harpist and Vocalist, Private Music Teacher and Church Musician.This busy lady still finds time for lots of hobbies including; tennis, cycling, baking and of course supporting the Phillies!She is very proud of her Irish roots, mum is from Cork and Dad is from Mayo. She is delighted and honoured to be representing Phillidelphia, and is looking forward to the whole experience. We hope she doesn’t mind then when Donegal beat Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final – and dispose of Mayo in the final! DELIGHTED: MEGHAN (pic Brid Sweeney) MEGHAN FROM PHILADELPHIA IS MARY FROM DUNGLOE 2012! was last modified: August 6th, 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) Tags:MEGHAN FROM PHILADELPHIA IS MARY FROM DUNGLOE 2012!last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGERRY ADAMS, the Sinn Fein President, threatened to hit his brother with a hammer during a row over claims Liam Adams abused his own daughter, a court has heard.A prosecution witness in the trial of Liam Adams has also claimed she thought she would be seen as a police informer in 1987 after claims of sexual abuse were made to the authorities.Liam Adams, 57, of Bernagh Drive, west Belfast, is accused of ten counts of child sex abuse including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter, Aine, between 1977 and 1983. Mr Adams denies all the charges against him.This morning Sarah Campbell told Belfast Crown Court of her dealings with the police and social services in early 1987, when she and her daughter Aine had made statements to the police.She said she felt in her contact with the RUC she was being made into a police tout to get information.Ms Campbell also claimed a young social worker had advised her to not meet the police “in the town”.She was living in the west Belfast estate, New Barnsley, at the time.The complaints by Aine Adams and her mother were made to the police in January 1987, but they were withdrawn the following month.The court this afternoon heard a claim that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams threatened to hit his brother, Liam, with a hammer during a heated conversation in a cottage in Buncrana in 1987.Ms Campbell told of going with Aine, her brother-in-law Gerry and another family member to confront Liam Adams.She gave evidence of what she claimed was a heated conversation during which Gerry said to his brother: “If you are not telling the truth, I will hit you with a hammer.”The trial continues.‘GERRY ADAMS THREATENED TO HIT BROTHER WITH HAMMER AT BUNCRANA COTTAGE’ – WITNESS TELLS COURT was last modified: April 16th, 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:’GERRY ADAMS THREATENED TO HIT BROTHER WITH HAMMER AT BUNCRANA COTTAGE’ – WITNESS TELLS COURTlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJason Haughey. Pic by Northwest Newspix.A DONEGAL man behind bars after 38 previous conviction has been given another month in jail.Jason Haughey, (25), and from Letterkenny admitted obstructing gardai, making threats against them and being drunk in the town on March 13, 2012. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Haughey had been the victim of circumstances and had been in trouble since the age of 13 but appeared to be benefitting from services provided to him in jail.“Anything that could happen to a young man has happened to this young man,” said Mr Gallagher.“He was in a situation where he loses it when he comes across authority.”Judge Kelly was told that Haughey was due to complete a current prison sentence in late October.The judge jailed Haughey for a further month and fined him €150.JASON HAUGHEY JAILED FOR A MONTH OVER GARDA THREATS was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:GardaijailJason Haugheyletterkennythreatslast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFive young men have been hospitalised after a serious road crash in West Donegal overnight.The five friends were traveling in a car which struck a wall on the Meenamaragh Road at Upper Loughanure just after midnight.A major emergency operation was launched including ambulance, fire and Garda personnel. Five ambulances rushed all five men to Letterkenny University Hospital.Some have been kept in overnight but it is understood that none of their injuries are life-threatening.A full invetsigation into the cause of the single vehicle crash has been launched by Gardai.One local man who was at the scene said “This could have been so much worse. We have seen too much tragedy in West Donegal in recent months and we just didn’t need any more. Thankfully they’re all okay.” On January 27th last four friends were killed when their car left the road near Gaoth Dobhair.Five young men hospitalised after overnight crash in West Donegal was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:accidentcrashLoughanureWest Donegallast_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgReading have signed Kaspars Gorkss from QPR in a deal worth around £900,000.Rangers recently made the Latvian defender available for transfer and were keen for him to join Southampton, with winger Jason Puncheon possibly moving the other way.The Saints wanted Gorkss regardless of whether Neil Warnock remained interested in Puncheon following the Tony Fernandes-led takeover that increased the Rangers manager’s options in the transfer market.But Reading moved for Gorkss after having a bid for centre-back Paul Robinson rejected by Millwall.Gorkss, who has agreed a three-year contract at the Madejski Stadium, made 124 appearances during his three-year spell at Loftus Road.He was desperate to be given a chance in the Premier League, but fell out of favour with Warnock and was then pushed further down the pecking order by the signings of Bruno Perone and Dan Shittu.last_img read more