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first_imgHyde signs pro contract with PUMA Jaheel Hyde cemented his pro status by signing a shoe/apparel deal with sports giant PUMA, brokered by his management company, Garfield Coke Management Company (GCMC). This association will directly benefit his pursuits as a student athlete who balances academics and sports, a media release from GCMC said yesterday. The release added: “Jaheel will be pursuing tertiary studies at the University of the West Indies, and will continue training under the watchful eyes of his coaches, who have led him to three global titles, as he aims at Rio 2016. He is looking forward to the continued support of all his sponsors, management team and fans as he commits to excellence on and off the track as a professional athlete.” IAAF denies blocking publication of doping study MONACO (AP): The governing body of track and field has denied accusations that it suppressed the publication of a study in which a third of top athletes surveyed admitted to using banned performance-enhancing techniques. British newspaper The Sunday Times claimed that the authors of the survey say the IAAF blocked publication of the study, conducted at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu, South Korea. The newspaper says the survey concluded that 29 to 34 per cent of 1,800 competitors at the championships had violated anti-doping rules in the previous 12 months. The IAAF says it has “never vetoed publication of this article”, and that it had “serious reservations as to the interpretation of the results made by the research group”, which was from the University of Tubingen in Germany. New Zealand beat South Africa CENTURION, South Africa (AP): Martin Guptill bludgeoned 60 from 35 balls to set up New Zealand’s 32-run victory over South Africa on Sunday to draw the two-match Twenty20 series. Guptill’s half-century at the top of the order sent the New Zealanders to 177-7 in 20 overs, batting first at Supersport Park in Centurion. South Africa could only manage 145-8 in reply, with spinners Nathan McCullum and Ish Sodhi, and quick bowler Mitchell McClenaghan all chipping in with two wickets each for New Zealand. The victory clinched a share of the series for the Black Caps, and gives them a boost ahead of a three-game one-day international series. Opener Guptill struck six fours and three sixes to be the only batsman on either side to really get going. Captain Kane Williamson supported with 25 in their opening partnership of 52, and James Neesham had 28 from 19 balls from the middle order.last_img read more

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‘Our Leaders Have Lost Focus and Fail to Do the People’s Business’

first_imgThe publisher and managing director of the Liberia Observer Corporation (LOC), publishers of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, says Liberian political leaders have lost their focus and are unable to do the people’s business.“The Executive Branch of government, instead of focusing on the people’s business, has focused on family, friends and cronies and has not been faithful to the people’s business,” he told the first graduates of the Brilliant Communication & Leadership School (BCLS) last Friday at the ceremony held at the Church of God at ELWA Junction in Monrovia.Speaking on the theme: ‘Three Principles Media Practitioners Must Embrace: Integrity; A Struggle for Excellence and Hard Work; Focus,’ Mr. Best drew the attention of the new graduates to the sorry state of Liberia and some of the many reasons Liberia is at the bottom of the economic and social ladder in every world development index.As a result, he said despite “all our natural wealth in Liberia, and all the billions of dollars that have since 2006 poured into our country in investments and aid…our education is in a mess, our health and agriculture sectors are in a mess. So where is Liberia today?”“Worst of all, our children, our future, from age five and up, are selling on the streets instead of being in school. Pray tell me, where is any country headed if its children are denied an education? In this very week we have seen our education crisis deepening,” Mr. Best lamented. The graduates are 17 in number, with 13 completing a short term program of nine months in broadcast journalism and four in a short term course of three months in radio production. He told them that “Many of our leaders, even the ones today, have lost their focus and are now finding themselves scrambling for relevance and legacy.“Our legislators have gone after money and power and won only the scorn and disrespect of the people,” he emphasized. Although most Liberian government officials are Christians, Best said they have forgotten the answer Jesus Christ gave when one of his disciples told him “Your mother and your brothers are out here to see you.”“Jesus quickly asked ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ Jesus immediately detected the bewilderment—puzzlement and perplexity—on His disciples’ faces. ‘How can the man ask us who is His own mother?’ they wondered. So he quickly helped them out. He told them, ‘He who does the will of my Father, he is my mother, my sister and my brother.”The Daily Observer publisher said the fact that the basic needs of Liberians are not met by the current administration demonstrates why “our leaders have gone wrong, having focused not on the people’s business, but on their own and on the business of their families and friends.” Mr. Best reminded the new graduates and those present that “you are citizens of Africa’s oldest independent republic. It is therefore your duty, your calling, to be first in everything you undertake, to demonstrate to the world that you are special because you are the first independent citizen in Africa. How I hope all of us Liberians could think and act that way!”He regretted that for over a century “we (Liberians) have fallen behind, and nations far younger than Liberia have come and surpassed us—Why? Because we have been too lackadaisical in our behavior! The Liberian expession for that is ‘don’t- care-fy.’”To fight to change those things that have caused Liberia to lag behind in politics, economics and every aspect of development, Mr. Best told the new journalists to firstly be men and women of integrity and not allow themselves to be bought by anyone. “You are bigger, stronger and more reputable than that. Do not wait around after any press conference for a handout. For once you accept it, you demean yourself and the one who gives immediately loses respect for you because he thinks he can get you to say or do anything for him or her because they can buy you. “You are God’s creation and no one can buy you; in the same way you cannot buy God’s blessings. They are freely given and freely received, and that is because God loves you and wishes the best for you. None of us can repay God for His goodness and mercy towards us. But we are required to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, body and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves,” Mr. Best admonished.“Secondly, as broadcasters, as communicators, strive for excellence and be hard working. Never forget the name of your school that has given you your professional proficiency—it is called Brilliant Communication and Leadership School! You are now called to go out and be brilliant communicators, to go out and be leaders in journalism and broadcasting. You are called to be exemplary in everything you do, and it means: in addition to being people of integrity, you should be hard workers. News and information will hardly come looking for you. You must go looking for them and find them. There are all kinds of news around here, only waiting to be gathered and exposed. “But to be a journalist, whether print or broadcast, you must have initiative. Never be a sitting journalist. Always be on your feet, walking fast in search of news and features.” Continuing, Best said that as the new graduates go out, they should “be determined to cover effectively the coming political season. Look for every political candidate you can find and interview and scrutinize him or her and expose all of them to the people. Let the people know who these candidates really are, so that the people are never again deceived. Help the people to make the right choices in the selection of their leaders. “ You must search for, broadcast and write about the grave problems afflicting our country, most especially in those sectors already mentioned that underscore our failure—the problems with our education, our health and our agriculture. Without a radical improvement in these fundamental sectors, our people will remain ignorant, diseased, poor and hungry. So go find the problems here and write and broadcast them to the world and to Liberia itself,” Mr. Best challenged them.Earlier, the head of the Liberia Media Pathway – operators of the school – Mr. George Stewart, recounted the history of the institute from a year ago, and the decision to adopt new approaches to develop effective communicators and journalists in the broadcast arena to build the country’s capacity in the sector. He said the school provides a hands-on learning approach to ensure learning by practice.Stewart said leadership is a core value that is not yet at its best in all its facets—from the home to the community up to the national level—and that the big gap comes with integrity.He said BCLS is consolidating efforts with national leadership technicians and institutions, like the National Leadership Institute, to soon launch a mass leadership teaching program on radio.“We think public education on leadership virtues and values is the way to go,” he said.In his presentation, Mr. Myer Cooper, head of BCLS, said the leadership training element of the school is designed to contribute to the solution of the efficient and effective leadership gap in our society. “The National Leadership Institute (NLI) in Liberia, headed by Rev. Dr. Samuel B. Reeves of Providence Baptist Church, is willing to support a framework for running this program as a boost to BCLS’s academic plan,” he said.Mr. Cooper said the BCLS now enjoys full accreditation from the Vocational, Technical and Special Education Department of the Ministry of Education. He narrated the school’s brief history and made mention of an aptitude test administered with extreme rigor, so much so that out of 57 students only 23 students qualified to start the program. The next academic program, he said, will include print and electronic media, social work, video shooting and editing, graphic design and comprehensive computer software training.The school’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, stressed to the graduates the need for quality performance and pointed out that integrity must guide them in their endeavors. He recounted his life story where opportunities came knocking at his door because whatever he did was done with commitment.The names of the graduates of the nine-month program are: George A. Harris; Joseph N. Bryant; Linda T. Gleplay; Saa S. Blama, Sr.; Shadrick T. Nyon Jr.; Chiney M. Reeves; Daniel M. Sirleaf, Esther D. Daku; Russ N. Mason; Princess S. Tamba; Esly M. Samah; and Daguwor K. Dennis.The names of the those graduating from the three-month program are Claudius T. Greene, Jr., Clarence S. Wamah, Sr., Oladosu J. Okedara and Telo W. Flayou.Six special honorees who received plaques for their immense contribution to the school are Rev. Emmauel J. Giddings, CEO Liberia-Ghana Mission Inc; Rev. Dr. Samuel & Mrs. Alice Reeves, Providence Baptist Church; Elder Moses T. Nyantee, Media Services Director-Station Manager ELWA. Other honorees were Mr. Edwin M. Fayiah, lll, Senior Reporter, Daily Observer; Rev. A. McGee Jallah, Station Manager, Radio Bethel 103.5 FM; and Rev. Benedict Nagbe, ELWA Eduation/ELWA Academy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“We’re watching you” – Traffic Chief warns

first_img…as CCTV cameras operationalAll of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at key city intersections are functioning, Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden Isles confirmed while warning that drivers will continue to be prosecuted.Isles, during a recent interview at Eve Leary, said despite some misconceptions, “all the cameras are working” and are constantly monitored and the subsequent images stored.Traffic Chief, Superintendent Linden IslesHe also confirmed that there were, and continues to be, successful prosecutions of errant motorists, who commit traffic offences.“Footage from some of these cameras has led to convictions of hundreds of careless driving and dangerous driving cases,” Isles is quoted by the Departmentof Public Information as saying. The CCTV usage has also boosted crime-fighting efforts by enabling law enforcement ranks to track and intercept criminals, he added. Installed over seven years ago and constantly upgraded, the closed-circuit camera system was initiated under the previous Administration. At least 130 cameras were installed initially.The Government has also started a Citizens Security Programme (CSP), funded with support from the Inter-American Development Bank. Phase Two of the CSP will see an “emergency smart street safe city proposal” that will see the installation of over 100 CCTV cameras in and around the city, where over 50 per cent of crimes are committed. The proposal also includes the construction of a command centre, where the footage would be monitored day and night.last_img read more

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Small fire breaks out at the Country Side Apartments in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department was called to a fire Sunday afternoon at the Country Side Apartments on 86 street.Firefighters were called after residents saw smoke on the third floor of the building.  Upon arrival, firefighters cleared the building. They found light smoke in one apartment and discovered the smoke was coming from a bathroom fan.  Once firefighters opened the roof, they were able to quickly knock down the fire in the attic of the building.- Advertisement -No one was home in the unit at the time.  There was minimal damage done to the unit, but residents will need to find another place to stay while repairs are made.The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.last_img read more

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ESB THREATENS TO CUT HOUSING ESTATE’S POWER IN SEWAGE PAY ROW

first_imgThe ESB has threatened to cut off the power supply to the sewage system of a well-known Letterkenny housing estate because it is owed a substantial amount of cash.Residents of College Park in Glencar are at their wits end after they received the notice in recent days.A letter from the ESB  (right) says that unless the outstanding bill is paid by November 21st, then the power supply will be cut off. The developer of the estate has gone into liquidation.Donegaldaily.com understands that local residents believed it was up to the receiver to look after such matters.However the ESB has landed residents with the bombshell and told them that unless they pay up, their connection will be cut.A warning letter from ESB – Electric Ireland – seen by Doneagldaily.com warns that it could take up to 48 hours to reconnect if the supply is cut. It also warns that “public safety, health and sanitation issues that may arise as a result of disconnection are solely the responsibility of the account holder.”One resident told us “We’re literally in the s*** if our sewage power supply is cut.“This is another charge that is nothing to do with us but the ESB has now put this threat over us. It’s just not on.”The residents of College Park as well as surrounding estates including Glenoughty, Willowbrook and The Elms have now arranged a pubic meeting for tomorrow night to discuss the crisis.All Letterkenny Town Councillors have been invited to the meeting which takes place at the Ard Ri Bar in Killylastin at 8pm. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ESB THREATENS TO CUT HOUSING ESTATE’S POWER IN SEWAGE PAY ROW was last modified: November 7th, 2011 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:COLLEGE PARKESBGLENOUGHTYLetterkenny Town CouncilTHE ELMSWILLOWBROOKlast_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Defender commits long-term future to Reds

first_img Jon Flanagan’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has signed a new three-year contract to signal the end of a two-year injury nightmare.talkSPORT told you earlier this week a deal was close to completion with the 23-year-old’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season.Following 20 months out with a knee problem, he made his comeback in the FA Cup third-round replay at home to Exeter in January after an absence of 619 days and has impressed in his four appearances since.It is understood Flanagan’s new contract is for an initial two years with a 12-month extension option.“I’ve been through a lot in the last two years with the injury, and maybe a few people thought my future was in doubt but I’ve worked hard and this is a bonus at the end of it,” he told liverpoolfc.com.“I think this is my third professional contract with Liverpool now, so I’m really happy.“It’s brilliant – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child.“Any doubters who have said I was finished and stuff like that, it has made me come back stronger.”Earlier in the day manager Jurgen Klopp revealed how he had been the one to push for a new deal for the academy graduate.“I was a little bit involved in these negotiations,” said Klopp, who was always keen to retain the services of the Liverpool-born right-back.“It is good for us but I think in this special case, with his long injury, it is better for Flanno.“There are a few other full-backs in the world but not so many Scousers and not so many came back after a difficult injury.“He is our boy and we are really happy to have him here.” 1last_img read more

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NBA notes: Spurs’ Ginobili suffers serious ankle injury

first_img Ginobili drove the lane and tumbled awkwardly with 8:59 left in the period, then rolled over and immediately began grabbing the ankle. X-rays were taken and the team said he’d be re-evaluated today. Fan asks for apology: The fan accused of harassing the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis will drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple says it’s sorry, the man’s attorney said Friday. “Why would I donate some money in his behalf?” said Davis, already active with various community charities. Kendra Davis said, “I’ll apologize to Michael Axelrod when he apologizes to my son and to me. We can apologize to each other, but there’s no way on earth I would apologize.” Sonics hire Schrempf: Former Seattle All-Star Detlef Schrempf was hired by the Sonics to fill a spot on new coach Bob Hill’s staff. Hoiberg unsure of a comeback: Fred Hoiberg met with doctors on to discuss his recovery from open-heart surgery, but still is uncertain about trying to become the first man to play in the NBA with a pacemaker. Hoiberg, who had surgery in the offseason to repair an aneurysm in his aortic root, said that his heart specialist laid out all the information for him, but stopped short of clearing him to play again in the NBA. That leaves three possibilities, Hoiberg said. He can return to play this season, take the rest of the season off and try to make a comeback next year, or retire to avoid further health risks. “The good thing now is I’ve done all my testing, I’ve seen all the doctors I need to see,” Hoiberg said. “Now it’s up to my family and myself to try to make the right decision on what’s best for us. It’s going to be a very tough decision.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card No way, the Davises said. “I’m not apologizing to anybody for anything,” Antonio Davis said on a conference call. “I don’t think that my wife did anything wrong, I don’t think that I did anything wrong.” Kendra Davis said in an interview with WSCR-AM in Chicago on Friday, “I was just trying to tell the guy to chill out.” Antonio Davis was suspended five games by the NBA after he went into the stands during a game earlier this week at the United Center in Chicago to confront 22-year-old Michael Axelrod. Attorney Jay Paul Deratany planned to send a letter to the couple on Friday, also asking the Davises to make a donation to a charity that tries to prevent violence against women and children. Deratany e-mailed a copy of the letter to The Associated Press. center_img San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili was carried into the locker room by teammates after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter of the Spurs’ game against Miami on Friday night. “He’ll be out a while, that’s for sure,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after his team beat Miami 101-94. “He sprained it pretty good. It’s not broken, but it’s sprained pretty good.” last_img read more

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Man who obstructed security guard at The Cube is bound to peace

first_imgA man who obstructed a security guard during a protest at a business premises in Letterkenny has been bound to the peace.John Gavigan, from Portnoo, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. 54-year-old Mr Gavigan was outside The Cube at Thorn Road, Magherennan at 9.30pm on November 26th, 2016.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court there was an ongoing civil issue at the building at the time.Gavigan admitted holding his arms aloft and preventing a vehicle from Orbit Security from going down the road.It was also alleged that he told the driver to turn off the engine and come out of the car.Garda Enda Brady told the court the incident lasted about 15 seconds.The accused said he would like to apologise over the matter saying it should not have happened.“It was a spur of the moment thing and I should have known better at my age,” he said.He told the court that he was working and did a bit of farming and some stonework.Judge Paul Kelly bound the accused to the peace for 12 months.Man who obstructed security guard at The Cube is bound to peace was last modified: November 1st, 2018 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:donegalJohn GaviganletterkennyPortnoothe cubelast_img read more

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BRENDAN HOPING HE CAN WIN MATCHES WITH DONEGAL GAA TEAM IN SAUDI ARABIA

first_imgHow Brendan might look in a managerial capacity next week.Former Dungloe GAA player Brendan ‘The Butcher’ Boyle will turn his attentions to management in an attempt to land the coveted GAA 7’s tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The tournament gets underway next weekend and Boyle has managed to convince his Donegal work colleagues to dust down their boots and get playing again in the prestigious 7’s tournament which takes place every year in Riyadh.Boyle, is a former goalkeeper for Dungloe and he will manage a side that contains several players that hail from Donegal. Former Donegal and Finn Harps player John Paul Boyle will captain the side and Boyle will hoping he can recapture the form of old as they plot to take silverware back to the hills.Also lining out for the team will be former Dungloe GAA underage star Michael Boyle.Boyle was an incredible talent at underage level for Dungloe but he was forced to emigrate in search of work and as a result his GAA career stalled.However, along with Rosses neighbour John Paul Boyle he’ll be hoping he can fire the team to glory. Former Mayor of the Lower Rosses Shaun Rodgers will also be participating and the former Naomh Muire man will hoping he features in Boyle’s plans next week.Former All-Ireland champion Boxer Denis O’Donnell will add some steel to the side.The talented boxer won multiple Ulster and All-Ireland crowns during his boxing career and the Na Rossa defender was an accomplished GAA player in his time.His cousin Shaun ‘Fintown’ O’Donnell and Brendan Friel from Termon make up the Donegal contingent looking for success.Friel is a towering figure and Boyle will be hoping he can lord it at midfield for his side and the Termon native now stationed in Falcarragh will be a key player for the team. Boyle told Donegal Daily, “I managed to convince the boys to tog out and play in the tournament after being approached to enter a team.“It’s going to be some experience for these boys to play GAA in Saudi Arabia, but we’re all looking forward to it.“We’ve players that were great players back in the day, well they claim they were good anyway so they have the opportunity to show it now next Friday.“It’s supposed to be a brilliant tournament and a great weekend and it gets all the Irish diaspora over here together and that’s great. “All the lads playing are from Donegal and the majority of the team are boys from the Rosses so we’ll have the right mix of quality and a bit of badness that you need.“We’re taking plenty of silver back home as it is, but it’d be nice to bring some actual silverware home.“We’ve got together and trained for the last couple of weeks and hopefully we give a good account of ourselves and do Donegal proud.The tournament starts next Friday at Salwa Garden Village Playing Fields.We wish Brendan and the boys well in their quest for global GAA domination.BRENDAN HOPING HE CAN WIN MATCHES WITH DONEGAL GAA TEAM IN SAUDI ARABIA was last modified: February 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:7’s.Brendan BoyledonegalGAAnewsrossesSaudi ArabiaSportlast_img read more

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