Campbell looks forward to World Championships

first_imgSTOCKHOLM, Sweden:You don’t see too many Jamaicans competing in the 800m, but Simoya Campbell is one of that number.The Jamaican came home sixth at the BAHAUS Athletics Diamond League meeting in a time of 2:01:57.However, she quite literally did not have the best of starts. Just moments before the gun, she raised her hand, having felt that she and the other competitors were being held too long.The gun did eventually go, but the athletes were recalled.Campbell told The Gleaner: “I didn’t have a problem. It was just that when I got ready to start they took too long.”During the race, she was always off the pace and came in well behind winner Renelle Lamote of France, who recorded 1:59:91.Now, like many athletes, Campbell is looking ahead to the World Championships in Beijing.”My preparation was good and I’m in good shape. I just want to run myself into top shape for the World Championships.”I didn’t get a win, but I’m still happy. At least I got to run before the World Championships and I’m happy with that.”I feel very confident before going to Beijing and feel comfortable in myself. I have been putting in all the work needed”I feel happy. I’m very pleased to represent Jamaica.”The country is known for sprinting and not middle distance, but there are many more middle-distance runners to come.”When asked why the 800m was her choice of event, she added: “It was what God wanted me to do. It is not easy.”last_img read more

Madrid derby highlights Champions League semis – Juve, Monaco to meet for spot in final

first_img CONTINUED FAITH “Every year and every game is different,” said former Madrid player Emilio ButragueÒo, the club’s director of institutional relations. “They will be two very intense games. Atletico never gives you anything, and we will continue to have faith in the players who have gotten us this far.” In its seventh straight semi-final, Madrid are trying to become the first team to repeat as champion since the competition’s new format was created in 1992. It won a record-extending 11th title last season. Atletico are seeking their first title. In addition to the defeats against Madrid, they also lost to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final. The second leg against Madrid will mark the last Champions League game at the Vicente CalderÛn before Atletico moves to their new stadium. “The best stage to bid farewell to the Calderon in the Champions League,” Atletico midfielder Sa?l —Ìguez said. Two-time champions Juventus are trying to return to the final since losing the final to Barcelona in 2015. That year, they eliminated Monaco in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 aggregate score. “It’s a tough opponent. They shouldn’t be underestimated because we know how dangerous they can be,” Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner said. “Having seeing them up close against us two years ago when they had the same coach, I can say they play lovely football. They’re very quick upfront and strong in attack. “They don’t have anything to lose and the pressure will be all on our shoulders. Their weakness could be their lack of experience, as they are a very young group. They might concede a lot of goals, but they score a lot too.” Juventus are looking for their first European title since 1996. Monaco are in the semi-finals for the first time since they lost the 2004 final to FC Porto. The final is in Cardiff on June 3. NYON, Switzerland (AP): Defending champions Real Madrid will meet city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season’s final. The Spanish teams also met in the 2014 final, with Madrid winning both times. The draw yesterday pitted Juventus and Monaco in the other semi-final. Madrid will play the first game at home on May 2. Monaco will host Juventus on May 3. The return legs will be the following week. “The goal is to reach the final, and to do that you have to beat whichever opponent you get,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The goal and the motivation would be the same with any other opponent.” The Madrid clubs have faced each other in the last three Champions Leagues. Madrid also defeated Atletico in the 2015 quarter-finals.last_img read more

Minister Harmon stresses importance of admin professionals

first_img…“they are indispensable in the public service”By Devina SamarooThe public service has a crucial role to play in transforming Guyana, Minister of State Joseph Harmon charged to a roomful of administrative professionals who were eager to begin their training in public service efficacy on Wednesday morning at the Impeccable Banquet Hall, Brickdam.The event, which was organised by Zoywins Consultancy, under the theme “Shine like a Diamond”, coincides with worldwide celebrations of Administrative Professionals’ Day in recognition of the valuable contributions of administrative staff to the success of organisations.Both Private and Public Sector workers from across seven administrative regions gathered to participate in the seminar where they were brief on areas related to the development of cooperative style, strategies to prevent conflict and master cooperation and efficiency; maintenance of healthy lifestyles; among others.In delivering his opening remarks, Minister Harmon underscored the importance of being involving in training programmes of thisMinister of State, Joseph Harmon delivering remarks at the opening of the Administrative Professionals Workshop at the De Impeccable Banquet Hallnature, noting that the knowledge gained may attribute to career advancements and increased earnings.Harmon, who has responsibility for the public service, emphasised that administrative staff are an indispensable part of the delivery of public/ customer care service, and as such, he noted that it is most advantageous for organisations to invest in the proper training and development of these individuals.“Administrative professionals or secretaries are particularly important to this process in a number of ways, specifically, many of you, if not all of you, are the first point of contact between your organisation and the public. You are the face of you department or agencies or companies in which you work,” he explained, highlighting that as a consequence, administrative professionals contribute significantly to the way in which their employers are perceived.Harmon even shared a personal experience to support his assertions.“When we came into office under the coalition Government, I had the responsibility of organisation work of the Ministry of the Presidency, and from day one up to maybe day 40/50, people were coming to see me on a daily basis and sometimes by the time they get to me, they would have gone through sometimes two layers or three layers of persons and sometimes some of them come in vexed because they say “the people give me a hard time before I get to you”; and so I have been at pains to point out to those members in the public service that they are the faces of that administration, these are the people that interact with the public on a daily basis; therefore, if you are not courteous and you do not treat the public well, by time they come to me to deal with their problems, I have to unwind them, I have to spend an extra five or 10 minutes telling them that this is not the kind of administration we will have,” Harmon related.On this note, he charged that administrative professionals ought to be considered the backbones of organisations.“Your day to day work is the foundation of your organisations’ accomplishment. You take care of the details and the success achieved with respect to task undertaken… in reality, it cannot be done without you,” he stated.In further underscoring the importance of the public service in transforming the country, Harmon reminded that in delivering quality service, administrative professionals must strive to look beyond political, racial and religious persuasions.“It does not matter which political party you voted for… public servants should deliver with strict neutrality and integrity,” he noted.In conclusion, Minister Harmon urged the participants to work assiduously both individually and collectively, not only in striving for self-development but to bring about massive changes in the quality of public service being delivered in Guyana.“You are the agents of change,” he charged.last_img read more

Abraham Sheriff, Author at Age 19

first_img19-year-old Author Abraham Soko Sheriff poses with his book at the launch program.Liberian high school student makes historyBy Samuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/0776583266/ the launch of his book, “THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE”, Abraham Soko Sheriff, born on July 20, 1998, started with his refugee background in Ghana. ”I lived in a ghetto with my parents on the Buduburam refugee camp,” he announced to an audience made up of his siblings, former classmates, former teachers, friends, and other invited guests. The number of guests was less than 70, and majority of the seats empty.The venue was the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Noah’s Ark High School, Town Hall Community, Barnesville, outside of Monrovia on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.Most of the Author’s comments were motivational, directed at the young people in the hall.“If Abraham Sheriff, who had lived in the ghetto, can achieve with publishing a book, you, too, can achieve your respective dreams,” the former Speaker and Vice President of the Student Union Government of the Noah’s Ark High School’s Press Club said.The former student of the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School, in Barnesville, derided Liberians for leaving writing of the ‘Liberian story’ in the hands of foreigners. “How long will we allow foreigners to write our books?”He said young Liberians have the desire to write, but “the platform has not been created,” he observed.Speaking earlier, the Guest Speaker, Rev. Robert W. Duo, II, said transmission of one’s imagination into written form is the most difficult task. “By doing this, Abraham Soko Sheriff has crossed the bridge of intellectual barriers,” he said.He likened human mind to a satellite that collects signals from various places. “Abraham Sheriff’s mind collected signals from the imaginary world, which he documented in his book,” he said.He compared Liberia with Ghana in terms of regularity of production of books by citizens. “In Ghana on visit, I saw books by Ghanaian writers surplus on the market. The opposite is in Liberia.”He advised aspiring writers to arrest flying ideas by writing them down on a sheet.The review of the book was done by Samuel Harmon, in his mid-twenties.He said the ‘market place’, in the title of the book, means ‘strange place’, and that the plot of the book alludes to colonialism of Africa by foreign imperialists who stormed the ‘foreign place’ to plunder the natural resources of the people. “The story’s characters killed represented African leaders who opposed colonialism, like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,” he said.The author’s teacher at the nursery level at the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School said the nineteen-year-old has brought pride to his Alma Mata.“The definition of Visionary fits Abraham Soko Sheriff,” said Mr. Augustus B. Abayomi-Cole, the author’s Nursery education teacher, who is also the Founder/Principal of the School, said.  “Visionary means somebody with strong ideas about how things can be improved.”He spoke on the topic, “The Visionary and the Vision”The president of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), Samuel G. Dweh, also a one-time refugee in Ghana, encouraged the author to keep writing and challenged other young people in the audience to emulate what the 19-year-old had done with his talent.“I produced and launched my first novel, The Dyed Star, about our country’s civil war, when I was in high school in Nigeria,” Dweh told the audience. “Now, I have five books to my name.”Mr. Mark Keshen, senatorial candidate for Montserrado County’s Senatorial By-Election, represented by Journalist Cholo Brooks, former BBC correspondent, pledged printing of 10,000 copies of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The major protagonist of the book is Bileyamah, who stands in the way of the ‘stranger’ (Ferton Togba) in collaboration with a foreigners (Misters Johnson and Tennison) who want to control Willedon, the native people’s home (Kingdom)Little, Tennison succeeds in brainwashing King that that he can develop the Kingdom to be economically and political superior above other Kingdoms. But his plan is to overthrow the King and rule Willidon.To succeed in their wicked plan, he has to first remove       from their path Darnell, who knows have knowledge about his scheme of ruling the land.Read the rest of author Abraham Soko Sheriff’s details in THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The book is not stainless in terms of grammatical errors. The author noted that during his speech.Majority of those who officiated in the launch of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE were young people between the ages of 17 and 26.One of them was Ma Tenneh Sheriff, the author’s biological junior sister, who gave a brief history of the author.The author is a native of Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hodgson salutes 100-cap England hero Rooney

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson lauded Wayne Rooney after the captain marked his 100th Three Lions appearance with a crucial goal to inspire the side to a laboured victory over Slovenia.After Jordan Henderson gave the visitors a shock second-half lead at Wembley, the Manchester United forward sparked the comeback with the equaliser from the penalty spot, before Danny Welbeck struck twice to seal a 3-1 triumph.It was a fourth straight Euro 2016 qualifying win for England, who now sit six points clear at the top of Group E, and Hodgson hailed the skipper’s impact.“It was a wonderful evening for him,” said the England manager of Rooney, who received a commemorative golden cap from World Cup-winning hero Sir Bobby Charlton before kick-off.“He’s very important to me and to English football. It was fitting tonight he was able to really get his reward on the night when it’s all about him. He picks up the cap, but also scores the important first goal and leads England to victory. We’re delighted for him.”The game came to life after the break following a truly dreadful opening half, which saw neither team really come close to breaking the deadlock.But Hodgson refused to criticise his players, who travel to Scotland on Tuesday for what is sure to be a testing friendly at Celtic Park.“I thought in the first half we dominated, but it was a little bit sterile at times because we weren’t getting the penetration we were looking for and we weren’t creating the clear-cut chances,” Hodgson said.“But it would be very churlish to sit here after a 3-1 victory to start criticising the team because in the first half they didn’t reach the heights.“Our goal before this game was to go into the new year with 12 points, unbeaten.“The only disappointment I suppose is that we now can no longer boast about having a clean sheet but I suppose we still can boast that no opponent has scored against us because we put the ball in our own goal for them.”He added: “We went a goal down, I think it was very, very important to break straight back and luckily we did that with the penalty and after that I thought our play was certainly better.“I thought we created a lot more chances and in the end it turned out to be a very good victory because we’ve seen today that Slovenia have been good value for their six points and their two victories so far.“But now in the group we’ve beaten Switzerland away, we’ve beaten Slovenia at home which puts us in a good position.” 1 England captain Wayne Rooney celebrates his equaliser against Slovenia last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man has gone one further with perhaps the biggest ever Ice Bucket Challenge to date.Not only did Donegal Town man Niall Gillespie complete his challenge on top of a partially-built skyscraper above New York. But he also used a construction bucket holding perhaps at least a hundred gallons of freezing water.Niall completed the challenge with his buddy Henrique Almeida and even took off his hard hat for the challenge.The well-known Donegal man can be heard nominating his friends including Mark Sweeney.Another construction worker then throws a bucket of water over the pair. But Niall then suggests “I think we need a bigger bucket”.Suddenly across the skyline of the Big Apple a huge construction bucket appears before lining up to unleash the huge deluge on Niall and his buddy.A drenched Niall is then heard saying “It’s a good cause guys – donate the money.”Niall thanked Henrique for taking the plunge with him, and to Paddy (Hazel) & Billy for organising the bucket(s)!!!“We would like to nominate Juan Padilla, Mark Sweeney, Guta Gt and my wonderful sis Kally Peace. Ye can make the donations when you are waiting for the video to load!!!!” said Niall. DDTV – DONEGAL MAN BEHIND THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE! was last modified: August 24th, 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:donegalIce Bucket Challengenew yorkNiall Gillespielast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Seamus Ó Domhnaill has called on the Government to intervene and put in place emergency legislation to address damage that rates demands are having on Bussiness’s accross Donegal especially in the Hotel Industry.Cllr Seamus O’DomhnaillExplaining his motives Cllr Ó Domhnaill said the current commercial rates system is crippling bussiness’s which require a large floor space for their business.“These places such as large goods stores, car sales rooms & Hotels may not be garnering the same profits as bussiness that are operating in smaller units, this system is archaic in the extreme and one that requires the Government to make changes to the system to urgently address this problem.” “We have seen in the last number of weeks where businesses have been forced to close down due to higher costs associated with running a business including commercial rates with less people coming through the doors due to the Economic downturn. The Government are duping the people into believing that the Country’s economic situation is improving yet bussiness are telling me on a daily basis of the difficulties which they are experiencing. It is time that this Government put in place the reforms which they promised instead of paying lip service to these important issues”The Council are not in a position to reduce the rate which these bussines’s pay as it is a matter for the National Government, Ó Domhnaill argues.“Business rates must be tied into the amount of profits which are made in a bussiness rather than the space needed to run a business” he further explains that ” Rates were to be reviewed with the introduction of the Household Property tax but again this has not taken place, like so many promises which this Government have let the people down on ”In the run up to recent budgets within Donegal the rates issue has proven to be one of the biggest factors which is affecting the business people accross Donegal. He adds that it is unfair to ask businesses in Donegal to pay the equivilent amount as the high street bussiness’s in our Countries Cities when there is a much larger population and effectively a larger footfall and profit margin in Cities than there is in Counties such as Donegal.In Conclusion Cllr. Ó Domhnaill comented ” It is time that the TD’s who represent our County table these issues in the Daíl to bring about positive change for the people that they represent and to allow these businesses such as Jackson’s Hotel and the Seaview Hotel to remain open, assist other business in opening in our County and essentially in assisting in creating employment for the youth of our County and give them opportunities to work and live at home instead of having to emigrate to gain employment. These bussiness that have created employment for the people of our County deserve protection and assistance, something that unfortunately is not being afforded to them by the Current administration”   O DOMHNAILL CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS DONEGAL’S ‘CRIPPLING’ BUSINESS RATES was last modified: January 15th, 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:business ratesdonegalSeamus O Domhnailllast_img read more


first_imgGardai have issued a direct appeal to more than 600 people who attended a nightclub on the night a young woman died in unexplained circumstances.Tragic Tory Johnston.Tory Johnston, 17, died after a night out with friends at the Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning last.Garda believe more than 630 people attended the nightclub that night and have now appealed to anybody with any information on Tory’s movements to come forward. They have set up a specific email address for anyone with information to come forward with.A statement said “Gardai in Letterkenny investigating the sudden death of  17 year old Tory Johnston who passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on the 15/07/15 wish to seek the public’s assistance.“Gardai are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was socialising in Voodoo nightclub in the early hours of the 15th of July and who may be in possession of information that would assist with the investigation.“Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station in confidence at ” Tory died after collapsing inside the nightclub before being taken outside by security staff for some air.She collapsed again while outside and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but died just after 6.30am.A post mortem into the cause of death of the Leaving Cert pupil held on Thursday afternoon has proved ‘undetermined.”Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell said they will now have to rely on toxicology reports to determine a cause of death.This could take up to three weeks as the reports have to be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Tory’s funeral will take place this Sunday following mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.Her heartbroken parents Helen and Sammy and only sister Amy are being comforted by family and friends.GARDAI ISSUE DIRECT APPEAL TO NIGHTCLUB PATRONS OVER TORY’S DEATH was last modified: July 18th, 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)last_img read more

Sharks coach discusses Haley’s role: “we’re going to play him”

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Micheal Haley’s “vacation” is over. On Thursday, he’ll get back at work, rejoining the Sharks lineup after a two-year sabbatical with the Florida Panthers.In a span of just 72 hours, Haley went from being the castaway of a non-playoff team to landing a spot in the lineup of a squad that’s a top contender for the Stanley Cup.  After getting waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, Haley got picked up by his former-team on Wednesday, getting inserted into the lineup immediately for …last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards five grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded five Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants that will help individuals and groups make a difference in their communities.The grants focused on four core areas: economic development, education, environment and the human-animal bond. Supported by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, public, charitable organization registered in Ohio.This year’s grant recipients and projects:• Canine Companions for Independence received $3,000 for its Canine Companions’ Programs. The organization’s assistance dogs increase the independence of their human partners through the task-based commands they are trained to complete. The dogs also improve the quality of life of their human partner by increasing their confidence, social interaction and emotional well-being.• Northwestern Local School District in Wayne County received $3,000 for the construction of a greenhouse for educational purposes that will include hanging plants, tabled plants and hydroponics that will incorporate clean/renewable energy through solar lighting, a bio-fuel area and in the future a geothermal HVAC system and wind turbine.• Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program received $3,000 for two participant scholarships. The purpose of AgriPOWER is to develop and train Ohio farmers and agribusiness professionals to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for Ohio agriculture.• Ohio Pork Council received $3,000 for its Virtual Field Trip to a Pig Farm program. Thousands of students will have the opportunity to see what happens on real Ohio farms without leaving their classroom. Through a video chat platform, students will be given the opportunity to see the farmer and pigs, ask questions and have them answered live on air by the farmer hosting the virtual tour.• Scipio-Republic Fire Department in Seneca County received a $2,700 grant for grain bin rescue equipment.Since 1985, the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has provided funding across the state for both small and large projects, including the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University campus. It also endowed Ohio State’s C. William Swank Chair for Agricultural Economics and Rural Development.Applications are now being accepted for the foundation’s fall funding grant cycle. Deadline to apply is Oct. 3. For more information about the foundation and its scholarship programs, visit read more