Brown, Dixon impress at Burger King ‘Run di road’ 10k

first_imgWITH very cool conditions prevailing for most of the morning due to persistent showers just before the race, defending champion Kirk Brown and last year’s third-place finisher Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical made the most of the chill at yesterday’s staging of the Burger King Portmore ‘Run Di Road’ 10K road race.The pair captured the male and female titles in convincing style, with Brown, who was winning the event for a fifth time and four years in a row, clocking 31 minutes 55 seconds for the win.Like he did a year ago, the in-form Oshane Archibald of G.C. Foster College had to settle for second place in 32 minutes 14 seconds, while former Mavis Bank High School athlete Garfield Gordon took third place in 32 minutes 17 seconds.Brown, who less than 12 hours earlier had captured the Guardian Life Night 5K event in New Kingston, showed no form of tiredness as once again he proved that he is the best in the island on the road taking control of the race from the early stages.”It was not hard for me today (yesterday) because, in the first part of the race, the other runners ran to my advantage as they went out very fast. But that suited me because I know that I have strong endurance and good top-end speed. After taking over at the 6K mark, I just pulled away from the field. Running the night before didn’t affected me as I have done this before and I am used to this, ” said Brown.Dixon, one of the favourites to dominate in the middle distance at Champs next year, was in a no-nonsense mood, dominating her rivals to be the first female to cross the line in 40 minutes 59 seconds, ahead of Church Teachers’ College’s Melissa Tyme, 41:04 seconds, and Edwin Allen’s Kara Grant, who competed for Spalding High last year, finishing third in 41 minutes 14 seconds.”It was a very competitive race, but I was confident in winning as my strategy was to just get out very fast on my rivals, knowing that they would have difficulty in catching me back; and I just increased my speed after every 1K,” said Dixon.MUCH IMPROVEDWith their powerful middle-distance team, Edwin Allen’s girls topped the female team event finishing first with an average of 42 minutes 32 seconds. Vere Technical was second in 43:28, with Holmwood Technical taking third in 44:52.The much-improved Mavis Bank High took the male team award with an average time of 36 minutes 17 seconds, ahead of Bellefield High, 36 minutes 19 and St. Jago High third with 37 minutes 13 seconds.As usual, it was very exciting among teams in the 4×1500 metres relays, where Hydel High, led by Monifa Green, and Kingston College, led by Shane Buchanan captured the female and male titles, while GC Foster College was first in the Institutions and Clubs section.Subrina McDonald-Radcliffe, regional sales and Marketing Manager of Burger King, was very pleased with the event despite a lower turnout from previous years and the absence of a walk race.”We are very pleased of what happened today (yesterday) and despite not doing our usual 5K in Mandeville this year leading up to the event today, due to the weather, and although the turnout is not what we wanted, we are grateful. The interest is still in the product and next year we are hoping to make it much bigger and better, as we are going back to the table to do some serious panning,” said McDonald-Radcliffe.last_img read more

French Gov’t Promises More Support to LNP

first_imgThe Government of France through its Embassy near Monrovia has reemphasized its willingness to continue assisting the Liberia National Police with the necessary trainings and equipment in the coming months, describing the performance of the Police as remarkable.France Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Joel Godeau, said the renewing of his government’s commitment comes as the result of the excellence performance of the Liberia National Police during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections and the police contributions to the ongoing fight against Ebola.The French envoy said the contributions of the police in these two national endeavors were remarkable, promising more support for the up-liftment of the LNP to meet future challenges.The government of France has been supportive in building the capacity of the Police Support Unit (PSU), and the Emergency Response Unite (ERU) of the Liberia National Police.He informed the Director of Police that his government was reviewing more possibilities to have officers of the Liberia National Police get training in France.Amb. Godeau, in his discussion Thursday with LNP Director Chris Massaquoi at the Police Headquarters, requested the beefing up of police presence at various French facilities in the country due to a recent terrorist attack that resulted in the death of an unspecified number of French citizens in their home country.He said such protection will discourage any future attack on French facilities in Liberia.In remarks the Director of the Liberia National Police expressed the police deepest condolence to the government and people of France for the terrorist attack against the French people.He said the Liberia National Police will continue to provide protection for all French citizens and other foreign nationals in the country.Director Massaquoi lauded the French government for the support they continue to render the police, especially the Police Support Unit and the Emergency Response Unit.The Liberian Police Chief said the police performance doing the just ended Senatorial elections was highly predicated on the level of professional training provided to the police by the French government and other foreign governments.The Director assured the French Envoy of the police administration’s willingness to continue the professionalization of the Liberia National Police for the betterment of the Liberian society and its partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Morris Prince freed of 2016 execution-style killing

first_imgScreams of joy erupted in Justice Navindra Singh’s courtroom on Monday afternoon when Morris Prince was freed of the murder of O’ Riley Small, who was killed execution-style as he was about to open the gate to his Smyth Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown residence on March 16, 2016.The former defendant declined to speak with reporters after being freed as he was in the midst of embraces from emotional relatives. Moments prior, the jury returned with the unanimous not guilty verdict after nearly three hours of deliberations at the High Court. At one point, the court’s marshal ordered silence when some of the relatives screamed out as the verdict was announced by the jury’s forewoman.Prince was represented by Attorney Mark Waldron, who disputed the Prosecution’s evidence which was led in part by ex-Police Corporal Derwayne Eastman, who said he saw Prince crouched over at the crime scene with a reportedly unlicensed firearm. The discharged rank had also told the court that when revisited the scene to see if Prince was still there; he had left. Corporal Eastman had also testified that he along with other ranks later went to the Rio Night Club where Prince was contacted and was later taken into custody.Morris Prince, in the white shirt, embraced his loved ones after being unanimously freed of murderIt was also stated during the trial that a search of Prince’s car unearthed a hoodie with a marijuana leaf – similar to what the dead man’s sister, Charlene Forde, claimed she saw when the gunman fled the scene. During her testimony, Forde stated that she was about to open the door on that fateful night when she heard rapid gunshots only to discover her brother lying in blood. She testified that it was one day before her birthday.Police Inspector Eon Jackson, a ballistics expert, outlined that he examined ten .40 spent shells and two .40 bullets which were handed over to him by Corporal Radcliff. Jackson reasoned that the weapon used was either a .40 pistol or a 10mm pistol.Police Corporal Radcliff had testified earlier in the trial that gunshot residue was found when he tested Prince while he was in custody but the Defence had argued that a Police Station would have been contaminated by such a material.State Counsels Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Exclusive – Rodgers has delivered a ‘dagger to the heart’ of Liverpool star

first_imgBob Wilson claims Simon Mignolet is paying the price for Liverpool being a poor team.The Belgian goalkeeper has been dropped by Brendan Rodgers following a poor run of form, with the Anfield chief saying his demotion will be for an “indefinite” period.But Wilson, who won the League and FA Cup Double with Arsenal in 1971, admits he is shocked by the way the former Sunderland stopper has been treated.“”I’m really surprised Simon Mignolet has been dropped,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “He is a solid, proven goalkeeper and the one thing you need as a goalkeeper is to know your manager and coaches believe in you.“He’s taken the blame for what has been a very poor [Liverpool] team. That is the thing with being a goalkeeper, you walk a tightrope every game, and if your team is playing badly and letting in bad goals, you will inevitably let in a bad one yourself.“And for him [Rodgers] to say he’s been dropped indefinitely is like a dagger to the heart.”Bob Wilson’s Willow Foundation will host the London Football Awards in 2015. Find out more here… londonfootballawards.orglast_img read more

Headscarved Malaysian girl wows with freestyle skills

first_img“The headscarf is not an obstacle,” the 18-year-old student told AFP at a park in Klang, a city about 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur.In freestyle football, players use all parts of their body to perform often acrobatic tricks with the ball © AFP / MOHD RASFAN“It’s normal. It’s just how you handle it.”In freestyle football, players use all parts of their body to perform often acrobatic tricks with the ball.More than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 32 million people are Muslims. Many Muslim women in the country don the traditional hijab and loose-fitting clothing in line with Islamic requirements of modesty.Islam does not stop women from playing sports, Qhouirunnisa’ said. The teenager started freestyle football in 2016, training and learning tricks by watching videos on YouTube.She trains four to five days a week, balancing, kicking and juggling the ball for up to three hours in every session © AFP / MOHD RASFAN“With freestyle, you can be free as long as you don’t show (your body),” Qhouirunnisa’ said, adding that she has the full support of her family.Football is one of the most popular sports in Malaysia, despite the national men’s team being ranked a dismal 171st in the world. Fans across the country often watch matches live on TV well past midnight, cheering foreign teams in competitions like the World Cup.“Freestyle in Malaysia is mostly (practised by) men,” Qhouirunnisa’ said, but added that girls in the country were becoming more interested in it.Her Instagram account has more than 72,000 followers © AFP / MOHD RASFANShe trains four to five days a week, balancing, kicking and juggling the ball for up to three hours in every session.Her freestyle tricks have a growing online audience: her Instagram account has more than 72,000 followers.Qhouirunnisa’ hopes to one day meet her idol, teenage French freestyle star Lisa Zimouche.“Being a woman is not an obstacle,” she said. “You can be active in sports.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The teenager started freestyle football in 2016, learning tricks by watching videos on YouTube © AFP / MOHD RASFANKLANG, Malaysia, Jul 13 – The slick freestyle football moves of a Malaysian Muslim girl have boosted her into the spotlight in a country where the sport is dominated by men.Sporting a headscarf, Qhouirunnisa’ Endang Wahyudi executed deft moves, juggling the ball before balancing it on her soles and later on her forehead.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY STRENGTHENS ITS LINKS WITH……..TAIWAN!

first_imgSome of the students in Taiwan.A DELEGATION from Letterkenny recently returned from a major international youth conference in Taiwan which has further strengthened links between the two regions.International Education Manager at LYIT, Ms Jill Murphy led the group comprised of St Eunan’s College students Dylan and Evan McCroary, along with LYIT student David Hegarty who is currently on an education exchange in Taipei and recent graduate Terence Heeney.The Youth Development Association of Taiwan, and the Taipei representative office Ireland invited the Letterkenny delegates to take part in the conference entitled the ‘Seminar on Youth Participation and International Humanitarianism in the Age of Globalisation’ organised by The Taiwanese Ministry of Education. The seminar gathered students from around the world including Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Dominica, Japan and Korea, to discuss youth participation in public affairs and voluntary service.Speaking to the Donegal News Ms Murphy explained that the strong Donegal presence on the eight-person ‘Team Ireland’ was a great reflection of the links which have been created.“The other Irish delegates were from Trinity College and DIT. However, it’s safe to say that LYIT has been at the forefront of forging links with China and Taiwan over recent years.”During the ten day visit Ms Murphy also met with three major universities there to discuss the possibilities of signing Memorandums of Understanding which would open the doors for further collaboration between Ireland and Taiwan. “We are in the process of having these signed with the universities in Taiwan and once completed this will get students moving in both directions.Twins Evan and Dylan McCroary have been learning Chinese for more than three years and recently completed Level 4 evening classes at LYIT.Evan said he found the conference to be an amazing experience. “I learned so much about Taiwan and met people from all over the world. It was particularly impressed by the use of technology for immediate translation which meant that the same speaker could be heard in a number of different languages.”Dylan continued: “While the conference was really interesting, we also got to do a lot of sightseeing. I was amazed at how similar in some ways Taiwan is to Ireland. We left Taipei and travelled to Tainan which would be the same as going from Dublin to Donegal, they were very different.”The recent visit to Taiwan is the most recent development in the ongoing work between LYIT and the Taipei Representative Office in Dublin. Currently a number of LYIT students are studying in Taiwan as part of a scholarship programme offered by the office. LETTERKENNY STRENGTHENS ITS LINKS WITH……..TAIWAN! was last modified: November 8th, 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:donegalletterkennyTaiwanlast_img read more

Tottenham defender expected to seal move away this month

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings Rose was Tottenham’s first-choice left-back before a knee injury suffered in January 2017 put him on the sidelines for eight months.His relationship with Mauricio Pochettino soured when Rose publicly criticised the club’s recruitment policy last summer.He returned from his knee problem in October 2017 but suffered a few other niggling injuries and made just 10 league appearances last season.Pochettino is now willing to let Rose, who was named in the England squad for the World Cup, leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.That is despite the fact the Tottenham manager will not be able to bring in a replacement.The transfer window in England is closed, but remains open across Europe and Rose is being eyed by Schalke and Paris Saint-Germain.Schalke have held talks over a season-long loan deal but the former Leeds youngster is understood to favour a switch to PSG. possible xi Danny Rose is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA Danny Rose is expected to leave Tottenham by the end of this month.The England defender has lost his place to Ben Davies and was not included in the squad for the opening game of the Premier League season, against Newcastle United on Saturday. Latest Transfer News Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED 1 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact highlights gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

LOCAL SCOUTERS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION

first_imgErrigal Scout County members Dessie Taylor from Derry and Dympna Whoriskey from Newtoncunningham got a jubilant surprise when they attended the National Council of Scouting Ireland which was held in the RDS at the weekend.Dympna and Dessie.They both were bestowed with the Order of Cu Chulainn which is the highest honour confered on a volunteer within Scouting.Dessie and Dympna were equally shocked when during the presentation members of their immediate families appeared on stage, unknown to them both families has travelled to Dublin to celebrate their achievements with them. The Order of Cu Chulainn is awarded to volunteers in recognition for their commitment and dedication to Scouting over their lifetime.Dessie has been a member of his group in Derry for over 40 years, while Dympna has been an active member of 9th Donegal (Newtoncunningham) for the past 26 years.All their Scouting friends wish to congratulate both on receiving this honour.  LOCAL SCOUTERS RECEIVE NATIONAL RECOGNITION was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:DerrydonegalScoutslast_img read more

News in brief: Fulham youngsters out of Cup, Finn washed out

first_imgFA Youth CupFulham, last season’s finalists, were beaten 2-1 by Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Wednesday evening.The hosts went in front midway through the first half when Whites keeper Magnus Norman saved Andre Brown’s shot, but George Cooper snapped up the rebound.Brown doubled Crewe’s lead not long after the break and although Stephen Humphrys pulled a goal back in the 90th minute, Fulham couldn’t muster an equaliser.Hampton & Richmond BoroughDefender Matt Drage will train with the club on Thursday ahead of a planned move from Kingstonian. On-loan centre-back Kieran Murphy has been recalled by Hemel Hempstead Town.London Senior CupHarrow Borough’s 9-8 penalty shoot-out win over Hanwell Town on Tuesday has earned them a quarter-final visit to Beckenham Town. The tie will be played on 27 January.Hendon, who beat London Bari last week, will host one of Bromley, Corinthian-Casuals or AFC Wimbledon the following evening.Hampton SchoolTwo local youngsters have been selected in the Independent Schools England squad for two matches at St. George’s Park this month.Hampton School pupils Tom Phillipson and Matt Wisdom will be part of an 18-strong party, drawn from independent schools across the country, to play against Welsh Colleges on Wednesday 17 December and an unannounced opponent on Thursday 18 December.Harrow School will play host to the ISFA’s first fixture of 2015, against Australia Schools, on 1 February.Steven FinnThe Middlesex bowler took 1-28 in six overs as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 239 in the fifth one-day international in Pallakele.Persistent rain meant England were unable to start their reply, so Finn’s county team-mate Eoin Morgan will hope to guide the tourists to victory on Thursday’s reserve day.Martin GouldThe Pinner snooker star has been drawn to play world number 89 Chris Melling in the first qualifying round for the German Masters.If Gould, ranked 27, comes through that match next Thursday (18 December), he will play either Jamie Cope or Ross Muir the next day for a place in the main draw. The tournament proper takes place in early February.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African men: Lean in for women’s rights

first_imgSonke activists at a mobilisation in Delft organised to remember Queen, a 9-year-old girl who died on March 18th 2014, two months after being raped and set on fire. Although Queen identified her attacker, who was apprehended by police with fresh burn wounds and visible scratch marks, the case is not being prosecuted due to the failure of police to collect and present sufficient evidence. Sonke is working with community members and the police to ensure that Queen’s murder is properly prosecuted, and organises mobilisations to engage our community action team (CAT) and the Delft community to raise awareness around gender-based violence. (Image: Sonke Gender Justice)There’s no doubt masculinity is an important part of the identity of South African men. This is often not their choice. Ours is a country in which there is frequently enormous pressure on men, from all sides, to be men – to be manly.This is both a positive and a negative. The negative is that some men may wish to assert their masculinity by abusing those physically weaker than them – women and children. The positive is others embrace their masculinity in the spirit of Ubuntu. For them being a man is to be strong, protective, nurturing and supportive of others.Today Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launches a new global campaign as part of her established LeanIn initiative, which fights for the rights of women across the world. This time, Sandberg is asking men to join the fight. In this country, her call has been taken up by Brand South Africa. To mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, we urge our men to demonstrate how they celebrate and support South African women. This can be at home – creating stronger marriages and healthier, happier, more successful kids – and at work, for better team outcomes.Sandberg’s global campaign will be supported leaders ranging from top NBA athletes to influential CEOs and public figures such as Richard Branson, Warren Buffett, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Condoleezza Rice and Mark Zuckerberg.SOUTH AFRICAN MEN FIGHTING FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTSIn South Africa men need to reclaim their manhood as supporters of women, not abusers. There have been too many incidents where men have used their culture, physical strength and ability to earn more than their women counterparts to keep women in subservient positions.South African men must become role models to future generations of men by committing to being uplifting, caring, present and emotionally stable, for women to fully take their place, as equals, in our homes, communities and society.An example South African men leaning in for the rights of women is Sonke Gender Justice, a gender-rights civil society organisation set up and run by men.The organisation’s work includes initiatives such as the One Man Can, which encourages men to become actively involved in advocating for gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and responding to HIV and Aids.Dumisani Rebombo runs the One Man Can project at Sonke’s new satellite office in the rural settlement of Bushbuckridge in Limpopo. The project forms part of a four-year randomised control trial being undertaken by Wits University, University of California, San Francisco and University of North Carolina, both in the US.It seeks to show how Sonke’s the project’s community mobilisation model can reduce levels of violence in this and other communities and ultimately reduce the levels of HIV infection in young women.According to Sonke, research conducted in 2009 by Chris Colvin indicated significant changes in short-term behaviour in the weeks following One Man Can activities. Twenty-five percent of respondents had accessed voluntary counselling and testing, 50% reported an act of gender-based violence, 61% increased their use of condoms, and over 80% talked to friends or family members about HIV, gender and human rights issues.New research by Shari Dworkin and colleagues shows further clear evidence that men taking part in these programmes change their attitude and behaviour in line with the objectives of One Man Can.This new qualitative research assessed OMC participants’ changes in masculine ideologies and health beliefs and behaviours. The study was conducted in two provinces, Limpopo and Eastern Cape, where the researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 60 OMC participants. Questions covered issues of gender relations and women’s rights, violence, relationships and sex, masculinity, fatherhood, gender and HIV risks, HIV prevention and testing, and community action teams.The research clearly shows that men who have participated in OMC activities afterwards embrace trends towards equality for women, understand their male identity differently and are more involved in household labour and child care.“A lot has changed in my life,” said one man who took part in the programme. “My childhood observations of a man as boss was wrong and before I attended OMC sessions; I continued to believe that it is the same wrong things that need to be done. But after some sessions and engagement in discussions with various people with various points of view, I then realised that it is wrong to treat women like they do not exist.”WOMEN HAVE BEEN WRONGEDThis year International Women’s Day on 8 March will highlight the UN Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realising women’s rights.The Beijing initiative focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as taking part in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in his message for International Women’s Day 2015, said: “When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all.”last_img read more