Over 1,400 set for Wesley Powell meet

first_img HEALTHY HEARTS High school and college athletes gearing up for the upcoming track and field season will test their preparation today as the 14th staging of the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean track and field meet gets under way this morning starting at 8:30 at the Excelsior High School ground on Mountain View Avenue. Meet organiser David Riley is pleased with the entries received for today’s staging and is expecting top-quality performances across all events. “We have received over 1,400 entries from some 38 institutions and, although this has not been the biggest entries ever, we expect a high-calibre meet as most of the top boys and girls high school teams have entered and we are anticipating good results all around,” said Riley, who is also president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. Today’s event will be an over distance meet, where athletes will be competing in irregular events like the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 5000m and 4x3000m relays. In the field there will be long jump, high jump, discus, shot put and javelin, and these events will be used as qualifiers for the 2017 ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Leading up to today’s meet, the Heart Institute of the Caribbean (HIC), which is the title sponsor, hosted a workshop at Excelsior High School for student athletes, coaches and parents on the topic, ‘Healthy Hearts and How To Know Your Heart is Healthy’. The attendees interacted with the HIC cardiologists during the session and learned about how they can get screened and some of the signs to look out for. Today’s meet is being staged on the only 9-lane 400 metres track in Jamaica and will see some 76 events for Open athletes as well in all classes for girls and boys contested at Champs.last_img read more

US-Africa Summit Opens Today in Washington

first_imgThe U.S.-Africa Summit aimed at consolidating relations between Africa and the United States begins today, Monday, August 4, in Washington, DC.The summit is the first of its kind, and is expected to bring together 49 sub-Sahara African leaders to meet with President Barack Obama and the Government of the U.S.Countries not expected to form part of the summit include Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Republic of Sudan and Central African Republic, because of their suspension from the African Union for instability and poor human right records.President Obama is expected to orient discussions toward the issues addressed in his 2012 U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa Strategy).The summit, according to an official release, will be divided into three topical sessions — Investing in Africa’s Future, Peace and Regional Stability and Governing for the Next Generation.This first and biggest conference to be hosted by the United States with Africa raises the concern as to why the U.S. has such an interest at this time.Many insinuate that because of China’s presence in Africa, the United States wants to solidify its status with the continent in order to maintain its influence and benefit of its economic resources.However, anofficial statement from the US government about the conference indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to hold the summit, in part, to help define and share U.S-African views on how to achieve common goals.Such goals, the US says, include accountable, transparent, democratic governance; stronger rule of law; greater mutual economic growth, and trade and investment; greater peace and security; and enhanced socio-economic opportunity and development outcomes.The summit signals both continuity in long-standing U.S-African cooperation and increasing U.S. development assistance to Africa since 2000.Some activities expected to characterize the summit include a bi-cameral Congressional reception for African Leaders and senior civil society leaders’ presentations, recommendations, goals, and demands of a series of African civil society thematic working groups.Independent sources have hinted to the media that the U.S. Government may announce an attractive aid package for Africa during the summit.Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, departed the country on Friday, August 1, to join African Heads of State and Government at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.President Sirleaf had announced that she would remain at home to oversee efforts to control the deadly Ebola virus disease that is spreading in Liberia and has killed many Liberians. In that connection, the President on Wednesday, July 30, launched the National Action Plan presented to the National Task Force on Ebola and announced an initial contribution of US$5 million by the government to begin the immediate implementation of the Action Plan.On August 5, Vice President Boakai will participate in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, hosted by American philanthropist Michael  Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. He will later join other African leaders at a White House Dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.Also on the Vice President’s agenda will be the following events, taking place on the margins of the Summit: the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Partner Round Table; Africare/ExxonMobil Breakfast; Mercy Corps Event highlighting Liberian Youth; a Panel, at Georgetown University on “the Future of Business and Development in Africa”; a Power Africa Event, on energy; and more. He will also attend a Congressional Reception for Heads of Delegation.Vice President Boakai will grant interviews to a number of media organizations, all of them keen to pose questions about Liberia’s management of the Ebola virus disease.While in Washington, the Vice President will also participate in a meeting entitled: “Achieving a Successful Post-2015 Development Agenda”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawmakers Frown at Public Works Minister for “Single-Sourcing” 34 Contracts

first_imgMembers of the House of Representatives have expressed shock and disappointment over the sole sourcing of 34 contracts by the Ministry of Public Works. The contracts were mainly sourced out from 2011-2014.Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, William Dakel and Munah Pelham-Young blood frown at the reception of the “No Objection Request” by the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) from the Public Works Ministry under the so-called international permissible method of procuring goods and services.These lawmakers believed that the single-sourcing of the contracts is inarguably the result of the poor quality of roads and infrastructure project across the country.The lawmakers’ frustration triggered during report delivered by Public Works Minister Antoinette Week on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the 35th sitting of the 3rd session of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature.The lawmakers also expressed discontent over the money allotted on the marking of roads, such as the Buchanan Road, which is over US$500,000.During her 4-hour deliberation, Madam Weeks told the lawmakers that about 72 percent of all contracts given by the Public Works were singled-sourced without any form of bidding.“34 out of 34 or one hundred percent of these civil works contracts reviewed were singled-sourced without any bidding, but with a no objection approval received by the Ministry of Public Works from the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC),” Minister Weeks said.The Public Works Minister argued that a “sole-sourcing” is an international permissible method of procuring goods and services.Howbeit, in order to seek detailed and in-depth answers from the single sourcing and the marking of roads and the completion of the 16-page report; the Public Works Minister is expected to reappear on Thursday, June 12, 2014.Meanwhile, critics say former Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods needs to be summoned and asked “Why he can’t be held in contempt for initiating the single-sourcing of 34 contracts.”Mr. Woods, who was known as President Sirleaf’s “loyal servant”—quoting her own words— resigned in May 2013 in quiet mood.Woods, a consummate rights advocate, came to the helm of the Ministry of Public Works in 2009 after serving at the Ministry of Labor for three years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

G/Bissau Prez Seeks Ellen’s Help to End Crisis

first_imgIn an effort to end the political crisis in his country, the President of Guinea Bissau paid a one-day visit to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf beseeching her as the Chairperson of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS to help resolve the crisis.President Jose Mario Vaz arrived on Monday and was met upon arrival by his Liberian counterpart and several top government officials, including Information Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe.President Vaz held a closed-door meeting with President Sirleaf that a government spokesman said was to beseech her – and through her ECOWAS, to increase consultation with the opposition parties to end the 18-month political crisis in his country.Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek M. Piah said on state radio that “There is a political situation in Guinea Bissau that he (Vaz) might have come to convey some information or to consult with President Sirleaf as head of ECOWAS.”Sirleaf was in Guinea Bissau recently where she met with the parties, and urged them for a peaceful end to the conflict.Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on March 11, demanding the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz for sacking Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira in August 2015.There is an ongoing mediation effort led by President Sirleaf along with two other ECOWAS Heads of State.“Currently, there is an ECOWAS Military Force in Guinea Bissau as a result of the crisis but President Vaz has made an appeal for more direct involvement of ECOWAS Heads of State in finding a resolution for the crisis,” he said on state radio.The United Nations has said any breakthrough in the Guinea-Bissau crisis would be short-lived if the structural causes of instability are not addressed.Modibo Touré, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS), called for both sides to demonstrate a more sustained and constitutional manner in their approaches to the situation, while revising both the electoral laws and those governing political parties in preparation for the 2018 legislative elections.Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Lewis G. Brown II, representing President Sirleaf as Head of ECOWAS, said at the UN that the failure to implement the Conakry Agreement and the contentious non-consensual appointment of the Prime Minister were issues of grave concern.To resolve the crisis, Ambassador Brown said President Sirleaf led a mission to Guinea Bissau in November 2016 that resulted in a final communiqué from key stakeholders that focused on the swift and consensual appointment of a Prime Minister and the formation of an all-inclusive government.President Sirleaf, in November last year, lauded the appointment of Prime Minister Umaro El Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo to replace Simoes Pereira.The President reassured Prime Minister Embalo of her commitment to the national reconciliation. “We have been waiting for this appointment and now that it has been made, I told the President he can depend on me as the current Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority for the necessary support to promote the development of his country,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOW! Liverpool v Chelsea trophies BEFORE and AFTER ABRAMOVICH

first_img Liverpool v Chelsea: trophies before and after Abramovich 1 Liverpool v Chelsea in the Capital One Cup is live on talkSPORT on Tuesday 20 January 2015For decades Liverpool and Chelsea had very little rivalry, as the Reds racked up trophy-after-trophy, while the Blues bounced between divisions.But as Liverpool slipped from their position of perennial title challengers, Chelsea began their ascent to becoming one of European football’s modern super powers.And so a great and sometimes bitter rivalry was born, particularly in the Champions League.CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE CLASSIC RIVALRY BETWEEN LIVERPOOL AND CHELSEA IN THE NOUGHTIESWhile Kopites point to their long and illustrious history of collecting trophies (Liverpool had won the same number of league titles by 1923 as Chelsea have in their entire history, at time of writing), the Stamford Bridge faithful often reply that they would rather be winners in the here and now.So which club would you rather support and why? Comment below…last_img read more

Gor boss Kerr ‘feels betrayed’ by Walusimbi

first_imgEarlier on in the season, the Ugandan missed Gor’s crucial CAF Champions League match against Esperance in Tunisia as he was on a go slow over unpaid dues.“This is the second time it’s happening and both come at a crucial point. Maybe things would have been different at Esperance if he was there. I really feel betrayed by him and as a club we also feel betrayed,” the tactician, angered by the defender’s decision said.He added; “What he has done is 150pc wrong. His agent is lying to him and if this case goes on, he will be in trouble with FIFA. He still has a contract with the club and he is out there trying to get another contract,”“He told me before that he wanted to go and I thought he was joking because he is a player we need.”According to Gor officials, Walusimbi left the country last week after the Bandari game for South Africa and missed the subsequent game against Posta Rangers.“I got an alert from someone that he was traveling, and the next thing was a call from Keizer Chiefs chairman apologizing for that step and requesting if we could talk on a possible move,” Rachier told the club’s official website.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gestures on the touchline during the CAF Confederation Cup match against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I declined to discuss anything and told Chiefs chairman l will hold a meeting with my EC then we will know what step to take. Keizer Chiefs too did something wrong because that’s player tapping which is against stipulated rules yet the player has a running contract. There are clear and accepted procedures if they wanted the player,” he added.The club now says it will take disciplinary action against the player for absconding duty while also expressing their displeasure with the actions of the player.“We have a technical committee which is in charge of player welfare and at the appointed time, we will announce the action to be taken,” said Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda.Kerr who is still agitated with the absence of the player added;“What he did was selfish to the team and to the supporters. CAF and FIFA have to take action especially against Kaizer Chiefs because this is player tapping and it is not allowed,” the tactician offered.It is not yet clear whether the Ugandan whose contract with the club runs till 2020 will return to the country or Chiefs will table an offer to Gor.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi tracks down Simba SC’s Rashid Juma during the SportPesa Super Cup final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Gor Mahia’s Ugandan left back Godfrey Walusimbi is set to miss another very crucial match for the second time this season as the Kenyan champions prepare to face Rayon Sport in a make or break CAF Confederations Cup tie in Nairobi this weekend.Walusimbi has been AWOL at the club from last week and is said to be in South Africa, trying to negotiate a move to Kaizer Chiefs despite still being a contracted Gor Mahia player.last_img read more

Dick Advocaat wants MORE Sunderland signings

first_img1 Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat insists the club’s summer spending is far from over, with the Dutchman eyeing at least two more signings before the end of the transfer window.The Black Cats boss has completed five new deals since making his own role at the Stadium of Light permanent at the end of last season, and he wants a few more additions to ensure his squad fight for their first-team futures.Advocaat believes many of his side’s problems during the last campaign came about because a number of players were able to rest on their laurels with their places in the starting line-up assured.“We have brought in players who improve the squad,” the manager said. “Too many players last season were very sure of their position and that is more difficult this season.“We have brought in five players and Connor Wickham has gone, and we still hope to bring in one or two players more.“The most important thing is that you have competition – that everybody has to fight for their places. You can see now in training that that is improving.”New forward Jeremain Lens is expected to join Jermain Defoe up front in Saturday’s season-opener at Leicester, but there will be no place for fellow new boy Yann M’Vila.The French international is short of match fitness after arriving on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan this week, and is instead expected to start with the reserve squad.Advocaat added: “He is a player who has been very much in form for France. He didn’t do much for the last two years – he went to Russia for a lot of money – but he knows that Sunderland have given him the chance to do well.”The arrival of Lens will raise hopes among home fans that the club’s widely criticised negative approach under former boss Gus Poyet will give way to more permanent examples of the attacking football shown during another last-ditch survival bid.“We had a problem last season making goals and also creating chances, so something was wrong in both midfield and up front and that’s why we bought Lens.” added Advocaat.“He is a very good addition who has pace and can score goals. If we can play attacking football then we have the players who can do that.” Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat last_img read more

MULROY COLLEGE REACH ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgMulroy College“Excitement and delight”, were the words of Mulroy College Principal Fiona Temple when she reported that Mulroy College Senior girls are in their second All Ireland soccer final in three years. The team was victorious against Ramsgrange Community School from Wexford in the All Ireland semi final in The AUL complex in Dublin yesterday.The final score was 2 v 1. Ramsgrange scored in the first minute before Mulroy had even settled into the game. This enticed the Mulroy College girls to lift their heads and show off their skills. The midfield was far the superior with captain Aoife Mc Devitt showing determination and leadership in the centre of mid field supported by Mariosa Friel, Michelle Doherty and Lucy Marie O Flynn. Lucy Marie came close to scoring after 35 mins but unfortunately the ball fell to her wrong foot.It was evident that Mulroy were destined to score with near misses from Michelle Doherty and Caoimhe Walsh. The strength of the defence with Orla Mc Gonigle , Rosheen Mc Ginley, Lianne Boyce and Zoe Greene ensured that Karla Mc Bride had a quite time in nets.A great corner taken by Amanda Callaghan landed to the feet of Michelle Doherty, her long range attempt on goal just before half time went wide but left Mulroy closing the first half with positivity.As Ramsgrange started to show tiredness in the second half, Mulroy substitutions were introduced that showed further determination. Roisin Mc Elwaine replaced Amanda Callaghan and Eimear Gibbons replaced Rosheen Mc Ginley in defence. On the 55th min Lianne Boyce, from the 30 yard line struck a long range power shot that rattled the net and nearly went through it. This lifted the spirits and the excellent passes continued down the wing between Mariosa Friel, Aoife Mc Devitt and Zoe Greene. Greene was moved up front and was superb partnered with Caoimhe Walsh. Both girls winded their way through the Ramsgrange defence.It was looking like extra time when Eimear Gibbons’ height made the difference to put Mulroy ahead with 2 mins remaining.The Mulroy College team held out for a well deserved win and entry into the All Ireland final on the 5th Feb.After the game team manager Pauline Ann Gavigan commented, ” I am delighted for them, the girls work so hard at training and this is reflected in the result today. They never stopped even when we went one down in the first minute. I’ll be hoping for a repeat of this in the final – no pressure girls’.”Pauline Ann also thanked her coaching staff – Aisling Mc Ateer, Maria Ryan and Paul Mc Govern as well as the kit boys Dermot Friel and Owen Deeley. Fiona Temple concluded by congratulating the team and management and commented that” the school has been very successful in soccer, gaelic, rugby and athletics this year so far, and I encourage all young people to get involved.”Team: Carla Mc Bride, Orla Mc Gonigle, Rosheen Mc Ginley, Lianne Boyce, Zoe Green, Mariosa Friel, Lucy Marie O Flynn, Michelle Doherty, Aoife Mc Devitt, Amanda Callaghan, Caoimhe Walsh, subs – Roisin Mc Elwaine ( for Callaghan), Eimear Gibbons (for Mc Ginely), Grainne Friel, Louise Lynch, Orla Sweeney, Claragh Giles, Cora Mc Closkey, Aoife SweeneyMULROY COLLEGE REACH ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALMulroy Collegelast_img read more

Moville campaigners protest following construction drilling pontoon on Lough Foyle

first_imgThe Community For A Clean Estuary (CFCE) in north Inishowen called a protest on short notice on Monday over the construction of a drilling pontoon on Lough Foyle.The protest at Carrickarory Pier in Moville follows years of concern on the proposed Moville sewerage system by Irish Water. A spokesperson for the CFCE said: “A protest was called at short notice by the CFCE to assemble at Carrickarory Pier in Moville to register our concerns over the proposal by Irish Water to continue with their proposal to discharge sewage effluent into Lough Foyle at Carnagarve adjacent to the bathing beaches and shore walk.“The fact that this proposal is a serious threat to Moville and Greencastle’s most valuable asset cuts no ice as they plough on regardless.”“Unanimous decisions by all County and Inishowen Councillors to locate plant and pipe north of Greencastle has fallen on deaf ears as Irish Water behave as if they are a law unto themselves as they bulldoze on.“The fact that the CFCE discovered a hidden map ( produced by Donegal County Cl ) showing raw sewage hugging the coastline from Redcastle to Kinnago Bay in the event of an emergency discharge is being ignored.” Moville campaigners protest following construction drilling pontoon on Lough Foyle was last modified: July 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Anthony Wayne FFA Competes in Parliamentary Procedure

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Maggie Burkett, Anthony Wayne FFA ReporterOn Thursday, December 5th, the chapter sent the officer team, comprised of Reegan Kehres, President, Anna Wright, Secretary, Tayler Common, Patrick Miller, Jacob Zajkowski, and Maggie Burkett, all acting as members, to the District 1 FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event. In the contest, the team members took a test with questions about proper parliamentary procedure and rules. After they took the test the team came together and was judged on how efficiently they run a meeting, in a 12 minute time frame. The president runs the meeting and the secretary keeps a roll of minutes that include what all the group discussed and the abilities that were brought up. The members, as well as the secretary, have to get four different discussions in through the entire meeting as well as two abilities. The abilities need to be performed properly in order to get points. The team waited for results to come later in the day; when they received the results they saw that they got 3rd place! Reegan Kehres was also the highest scored chair, and Anna Wright was tied for the highest scored secretary! The team could not be happier with the results. Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.last_img read more