JC sprinters targeted sub 39

first_imgFollowing Jamaica College’s scintillating 40.01 clocking to capture the Class One Boys’ 4x100m at the Gibson McCook Relays last Saturday, Devaughn Baker believes his school’s sprint cadre will be the ones to watch at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships next month.”It was a fine run. We knew that we were going to come out here and win this quite easily. We wanted to break Calabar’s 39.30 seconds, but we are still happy with the win,” Baker said.Baker is a former Class Two record holder in the 400m, winning the finals in 46.64 in 2013. He was a beaten World Junior Championships semi-finalist that same year but had seen a dip in form since due to injuries.This year, however, he believes he will be big for himself and his Old Hope Road institution, hoping to medal at Champs and help them to victory.”I am a person always in the mix, so I will medal,” he added, while dismissing the assertion that JC is just about field events, jumps, and so on.He explained that JC’s class one is not to be taken lightly.”We were going for sub-39, so we will see how that goes,” he said. “Yes, we are going to cause upsets, and the next two weeks, we will prove a point. We have a point to prove.”JC were the second winners of the championships in 1911 and have been among the top five finishers since then, winning the trophy for schoolboy athletics supremacy an overall 21 times, the last in 2011.”Every year, we go in as underdogs, and even seeing that we came out here and produced, they are still going to have us as underdogs. But we are going to prove them wrong,” warned Baker.last_img read more

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All set for JII 2016

first_img PEFORMANCES EXPECTED Meet director and athlete liaison Donald Quarrie, in giving an overview at the JII launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston yesterday, said he is expecting high-level performances at this year’s meet. “We are not going anywhere. We will continue to be a power house meet. We have a few (athletes) who have dropped out, but we are looking forward to some great performances,” Quarrie said. Chairman of the organising committee and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake said the one-day event has grown to world championship status. “The event started in 2004 and has grown to be one of the better rated one-day events in the world,” Blake announced. “We have more than half the athletes taking part coming from overseas. This year, we look to the Olympics, so we expect some good performances from the athletes,” he added. Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia Grange said the event is a well-established brand locally. “With the Rio Olympic Games this year, the event is of great interest. We must ensure that our guests leave our shores pleased,” Grange said, “I’m excited by the galaxy of stars who will be performing on Saturday. The Government fully supports this world-class meet,” she added. POWERFULcenter_img Jamaica’s Olympic 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, her training partner and World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, and outstanding American Tyson Gay are three of the global stars who will be on show at tomorrow’s 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational meet (JII) at the National Stadium. Gates are scheduled to open at 3:30 p.m., with the first event, the men’s javelin, set to start at 4:15. Also down to compete tomorrow are Shaunae Miller, who set a Bahamian 200m record of 22.14 seconds in winning the event last year ahead of Fraser-Pryce; Jamaica’s World Championships 4x400m gold medallists Stephenie Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson, and Christine Day; and American 400m specialist Francena McCorory. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter are two of the top men for the sprints. However, World bronze medallist AndrÈ De Grasse of Canada, American hurdler Jasmin Stowers, and Jamaica-born 400m runner Sanya Richards-Ross have pulled out of the IAAF World Challenge meet. Richards-Ross opted out because she is not physically ready, while De Grasse and Stowers are injured.last_img read more

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Sen. Taylor Emphasizes Agriculture for Women’s Empowerment

first_imgThe chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Jewel Howard Taylor, has emphasized on agriculture as a key issue to   rural women‘s empowerment in the country.Senator Taylor challenged rural women to revisit their farms and actively engage in food production to add more value to Liberia’s agriculture sector.She made the call yesterday during a program marking the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection three-day National Rural Women’s Conference in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The National Rural Women‘s conference was aimed at accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.She urged the rural women of the fifteen counties to work tirelessly on their farms to compete with their counterparts in other countries.“We the women must work hard in making sure we have more food in our country than for us to be in our neighboring countries (buying) food that our soil can grow.“The farm work is important because if we had all the good food in our country, Ebola would not have come to Liberia. But it was a single woman who went to buy pepper and bitter balls from our neighboring country that brought the outbreak of Ebola here,” Senator Taylor explained.    She called on women to add politics to their empowerment as they seek to strengthen their economic skills.She disclosed that it would be a disappointment to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after 2017 if women’s participation in politics decreases.  She encouraged women to unite so that much of the gains achieved can be sustained.“It is a serious problem that women’s participation in the country has reduced and this is a problem that can be dealt with now if women support each other,” she said.For her part, Gender Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell encouraged rural women to participate in the ongoing constitution review so that their voices can be heard.  She urged them to consider the conference as a time for reflection on activities of past years and focus on what women have done, achieved and want in the future.FAO’s Country Director Marc Abdala reaffirmed his organization’s support to rural women’s projects and economic development in the counties. Mr. Abdala said the Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment (JP RWEE) is a platform that brings women together to work along with their counterparts for their economic empowerment.Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia, the World Food Program Representative Adama Diop Faye said the empowerment of women, through economic independence is critical to the eradication of poverty, adding that rural women are central to developing successful economies and stable societies.“Truly, by focusing on the needs and potentials of women entrepreneurs, we can maximize their contributions to the national growth,” Mrs. Faye said. Deputy Minister for Gender Children and Social Protection, Madam Sieane Abdul-Baki indicated that Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy and Agenda for Transformation emphasizes the vital role that revitalizing the rural economy will play in poverty reduction and highlights the role of rural women in the process.   “Following the recognition of these efforts the Ministry of Gender established a National Rural Women’s Program to ensure that all rural women are given the chance to partake in and benefit from new projects,” she added.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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Elizabeth Davis-Russell’s Rejection by the Senate Politically Motivated

first_imgI read about Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell’s rejection by the Senate on the grounds that she is an American citizen, and was immediately concerned. Even though I have reservations about dual citizenship for Liberia, I was stunned that a woman of Davis-Russell’s credentials, competence, and track record could be cast aside so easily for the sake of political expediency.While I recognise the need to maintain the rule of law in Liberia, I am worried that this latest rebuff was more politically motivated than based on any deep, abiding adherence to constitutionality.As a case in point, there is a fundamental contradiction between Article 27 of Liberia’s 1986 Constitution, which states, “All persons, who, on the coming into force of this Constitution, were lawfully citizens of Liberia shall continue to be Liberian citizens,” and Section 22.1 of the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, which automatically revokes the legal citizenship status of Liberia-born nationals of ‘Negro descent’ who naturalise in, declare formal allegiance to, enter into the armed forces of, vote in the elections of, or formally renounce their Liberian citizenship in a foreign state.Until this contradiction is resolved, the Senate has the wherewithal to use its own discretion to confirm nominees like Davis-Russell who are more than qualified for particular cabinet positions. I have seen too many unsuitable people breeze through the confirmation process, so can’t understand the Senate’s hardball stance this time around.But I was reminded recently that this is election season, so politics rules supreme.Lest we forget, however, the Senate has a record of botched confirmations. During the course of my doctoral research on the historical and contemporary factors that have influenced both the introduction and postponement in passage of Liberia’s dual citizenship bill, I encountered a number of anomalies in the legislative confirmation process and Davis-Russell is the first case of a barred confirmation based on citizenship status. For instance, Luseni Dunzo, former minister of public works, was questioned about his US citizenship, but later confirmed on a technicality. And I know a number of former and current cabinet officials, based on anecdotal evidence and personal knowledge, whose other citizenships did not stop them from passing through the same Senate that rejected Davis-Russell.  If we say we are a country of laws, then we need to uphold those laws consistently without fear or favour. As far as I’m concerned the Senate has two options: recall all the confirmations of those who have other citizenships to maintain legality or issue a moratorium on senate confirmations based on citizenship status until after the Constitution Review process is complete and the matter of dual citizenship officially resolved.A precedent has already been set on suspending decisions based on constitutional matters. For instance, when the Liberian people voted ‘No’ in the National Referendum of 2011, it was clear that the 10-year residency clause for presidential candidates should have been upheld. Instead, that particular Referendum item was forwarded to the Supreme Court and they decided it would be tabled until the 2017 elections.Why not overturn Davis-Russell’s rejection in a similar fashion and enable her to serve until 2017, on the grounds that she is capable of reviving an education system that is clearly challenged?But alas, I understand that Davis-Russell has done the honourable thing and asked the president to withdraw her nomination. I can’t help mourning this loss, especially since many with less integrity are in positions of authority across all three branches of government and failing the Liberian people in the process.Come next elections, whenever that will be, I hope we will choose wisely.Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author based at SOAS, University of London. 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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NIS unveils jubilee commemorative stamp

first_imgTo mark its 50 years of service to the citizens of Guyana, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on Tuesday celebrated the jubilee anniversary with the unveiling of its commemorative stamp.The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) commemorative stampThis achievement was observed during opening remarks at a simple ceremony at the Umana Yana.The agency’s long-standing service to Guyana and the significance of its existence for the past years was recognised by Deputy Postmaster Jessemy Lynch of the Guyana Post Office Cooperation (GPOC) during opening remarks at the ceremony.“NIS plays a pivotal role in all of our lives whether private sector employees, public sector employees, whether we benefit directly or indirectly. It plays in a pivotal role in providing social security to the citizens of Guyana,” she stated.To this, Lynch added that the commissioning of the anniversary stamp is timely, as it reflects the agency’s history within the country.“Postage stamps are used by nations to portray their history, their culture, as well as other historical subjects. It is a major way in which subjects are noticed and re-promoted. In this manner, today NIS has been immortalized,” the Deputy Postmaster noted.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan told the gathering that there is need to review the social security agency’s financial sustainability plan.Jordan was at the time referring to a 2016 International Monetary Fund (IMF) report which was conducted on social security schemes in the Caribbean and found that challenges are faced with regards to the maintenance of the sustainability plan, inclusive of Guyana.last_img read more

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OGC staying put

first_imgDespite moving its engineering base to Kelowna, the Oil and Gas Commission has committed to keeping its key operations in Fort St. John.In December, it was revealed that the OGC was moving four members of its engineering department from Fort St. John to Kelowna and that another two will be hired for the new office. The Commission stated at the time the office needed to be moved because of how difficult it was to recruit qualified personnel in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -During a January meeting, local and provincial government officials, including Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm, met with OGC Commissioner Alex Ferguson. After the meeting, the OGC agreed that no more staff would be moved from Fort St. John or the rest of the northeast to Kelowna.The OGC has also agreed to increase staffing levels at its engineering department in Fort St. John over the next few years and will develop recruitment and retention programs.Fort St. John will also remain as the headquarters and main operations base for the Commission.Pimm says, “Our efforts at the community level have resulted in a clearer understanding that the oil and gas resources of this province are primarily located in northeast B.C. and that we expect the offices and employees of the Oil and Gas Commission to remain in northeast B.C. where their work sites are located”.Advertisement There has been significant public outcry from the local business community in Fort St. John about the OGC decision to move its engineering base to Kelowna, which has caused other provincial MLAs to get involved.Provincial NDP leadership candidate Adrian Dix has spoken out against the Oil and Gas Commission decision to move its engineering base to Kelowna. In a release put out by Dix’s campaign, it stated these jobs should be moved to the Prince George area, where there are greater ties to the oil and gas industry over Kelowna. Dix now says that what was meant is that the jobs should be kept within the Peace River region.last_img read more

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Liverpool penalty winner at Crystal Palace was a ‘clear’ decision says Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s late penalty at Crystal Palace was ‘clear’.Asked by talkSPORT if he believed the decision to penalise Palace’s Damien Delaney for a challenge in the box on Christian Benteke was fortunate for the Reds, Klopp was unequivocal.“No, do you think [it was]?” the German responded. “It was fortunate because the ref didn’t want to give it, but the assistant was sure.“I saw on television, it was clear. It was unlucky for the Crystal Palace player, but he touched [Benteke] with the knee.”Klopp also explained that he thought Delaney invited trouble by going to ground with his challenge.“That’s how it is in the box; you’re not allowed to go down early, because then everything can happen.”last_img

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WOW! YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES FROM ACROSS OUR COUNTY

first_imgDONEGALDAILY.COM loves to feature the work of amateur photographers.If you are out and about and snap a great picture, then share it on Donegal’s biggest website.Just email them to info@donegaldaily.com The pictures above and just below were taken by Donal Dunn at Pollan Beach, Ballyliffen yesterday Michael Boyle took the picture below at Keadue beach near Burtonport:  Aoife Doherty took this scene below:Caroline McGonagle took this incredible picture at Carrickbraghy Castle in Inishowen. All we can say is WOW CAROLINE!ROBERT MCCLEAN TOOK THIS BLOOD RED SKY PIC AT DERRYREEL, FALCARRAGH BELOW:Michelle Kavanagh took this lovely picture below at Kinnegar Beach in Rathmullan.Mary Slevin captured this wonderful bird of prey near Burt this weekWOW! YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES FROM ACROSS OUR COUNTY was last modified: March 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SEND US YOUR GREAT PICTURES!last_img read more

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MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER BURGLARIES

first_imgOne man will appear at Letterkenny District Court today following a pate of burglaries in the Cathedral Town.The burglaries took place at a number of houses in the Wolfe Tone and Ard Lonan areas. Among the items taken was laptop computers, DVDS, jewelery and other items.MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER BURGLARIES was last modified: February 6th, 2012 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:burglaryletterkennylast_img read more

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Eureka, St. Bernard’s moving on in NorCals

first_imgA memorable postseason run will continue for two local high school teams this weekend, while a third gets to reflect on its remarkable achievements.Both the Eureka and St. Bernard’s girls won their first-round NorCal Tournament matchups on Wednesday, moving into the elite eight of their respective brackets.In Division 2, No. 2 seed Eureka comfortably took care of Granite Bay 63-43 and will now play No. 10 Del Oro at Eureka High on Saturday at 6 p.m.While in Division 4, No. 8 St. Bernard’s …last_img

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