Blake expects strong showing at World Relays

first_img NEXT GENERATION President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Dr Warren Blake, is confident that Jamaica’s young athletes will do well at this year’s IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Blake told The Gleaner that despite the absence of the star sprinters Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, he is very optimistic that the athletes will put on a good show in April 22-23 meet in the Bahamas. “We will continue to do well,” Blake predicted. “We have not sent the strongest team that we have because as you know, Bolt and some of the other top athletes won’t be there, but we have sent a fairly strong team.” In the previous two instalments of the IAAF World Relays in 2014 and 2015, which also took place in Nassau, Bahamas, Jamaica finished second behind the United States with 41 and 46 points respectively. Blake said youngsters in the team have a lot of quality. “These youngsters represent the next generation, and so it is time for them to get a real taste of international competition without Bolt because come July, Usain has signalled that he will no longer be competing at the international games,” said Blake. The Jamaicans took gold in the men’s 4x200m and women’s 4x100m in the 2015 event with the men’s 4x100m and women’s 4x200m and 4x400m teams winning silver medals. The veteran administrator noted that he expects the country to retain their sprint titles, but he stated that it is going to be very difficult to win the longer relays. “We have a very strong possibility in the 4x100m to beat the US because we have sent a very strong team, and so they should perform well,” Blake said. “But the 4x400m is going to be very difficult because the US has more depth than us, but I still expect us to do well,” he said. Jamaica’s 41-member team will be led by Olympic sprint champion star Elaine Thompson. The male contingent will be led by former 100m record holder Asafa Powell and 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake.last_img read more

WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test

first_imgThis photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows Mexican challenger Luis Nery (L) fighting against Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (R) during their WBC bantamweight title match at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto.Nery won with a fourth-round knockout. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUTTOKYO — The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch between Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery for the bantamweight title three months after the Mexican failed a drug test.Nery denied Yamanaka a 13th straight title defense on Aug. 15 in Kyoto.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img A week after the bout, the WBC announced that Nery failed a drug test performed in the lead-up to the fight with an amount of the banned substance and stimulant Zilpaterol detected. The findings were from Nery’s“A” sample taken July 27, but additional tests taken in Japan gave negative results.The WBC issued a statement Wednesday saying “Based on the evidence the WBC examined concerning this matter, the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance. All information and facts lead to conclude that the adverse finding was due to consumption of contaminated food products.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Strengthening the Health System, Gov’t to Build Referral Hospital in Each County, Lawmaker Discloses

first_imgThe greatest lesson learnt from the devastating impacts of the Ebola crisis is the fragile state of the health sectors of the affected countries. In many communities in these countries, especially Liberia, health facilities and services are non-existent. If the Liberian government has been taught a good lesson by the EVD, it must now begin to take heed, which it seems it is beginning to do.In order not to experience the level of embarrassment faced during the outbreak, the Liberian government has begun to hold talks with international community and other partners to help to build the health sector and not to rebuild because none existed.In this regard, a high profile government official has disclosed that the government is embarking on plans to construct 15 referral hospitals across the country. Representative Saah Joseph, who is the Co-Chair on the House of Representatives’ Committee on Health, Gender and Children’s Affairs, said these hospitals will have to be on par with its regional neighbors in terms of infrastructure, equipment and human resources.The Lawmaker said the level of devastation that the EVD had on the country is a clear manifestation of the sufferings of a majority of the citizens as a result of lack of infrastructure development including health facilities, roads and energy that would cater to their basic needs.The national legislature needs to get more vigilant to ensure that the people’s needs are met. And one of the most convenient ways to begin this vigilance is by ensuring that modern referral hospitals are built in the 15 counties.The Lawmaker spoke recently in Monrovia when he served as one of three panelists at a national conference on Ebola. The panelists who included US Center for Disease Control Deputy Mission head to Liberia, Dr. Desmond Williams, a Women’s group leader from Grand Bassa County, had gone to share their experiences and contributions during the height of the crisis and how their help had led to the impending victory against the virus.He disclosed that the legislature, through his committee, working with the Executive, through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been collaborating to make sure that this goal is achieve. “If any help is coming from the international community for Liberia’s recovery plans, it must be directed to projects like (referral hospitals in each county),” he said.“We must tell our partners what we want. We must tell them our priorities. We are the ones that know the issues affecting us, because if we do not, these people [the partners] will go and do their reports and say we gave Liberia such and such amount, but the impacts will not be seen. So this is the time for us to make tangible worthy investments. We need to love our country,” Rep Joseph admonished.Rep. Joseph, who claims he’s more a humanitarian than a politician, said it does not make sense for Liberians, especially the privileged ones to be trouping to neighboring countries (Ghana and Nigeria) to seek advanced medical treatment. “Why can’t we do it for ourselves here? What are those people doing that we cannot? It just takes patriotism and hard work. OK, the privileged ones are going abroad for treatment, but what about the majority of underprivileged, what becomes of them?” he asked.“The worst affected in this crisis were those from the rural communities in these counties who, at certain points, had to be transported to Monrovia ETUs withholding centers before receiving medical attention. This is one of the worst moments in the history of our country and we must learn from it to right the wrongs of the past. And one of the ways we can do this is to construct these referral hospitals for our people.”He also complained of the limited number of trained health workers in the country. Before building these hospitals, he said, government should be able to recruit locals from the various counties to send abroad for training.“The personnel that are to work in referral hospitals must be locally recruited and sent abroad for training.” He said this will help in empowering the locals. “We cannot afford to continue to take health workers from Monrovia and carry them to those places. Let the sons and daughters of the locals also be empowered because they own the facilities and will know how best to take care of them.”Rep. Joseph is the Founder and Administrator of First Responder, a local medical organization that was in the vanguard of the Ebola fight.After initial success in Liberia, Rep. Joseph led a team of First Responders volunteers along with three of his ambulances into Sierra Leone where the infection rate of the virus was high. He also had considerable success in that country.The Montserrado County lawmaker is now considered the newest prodigy on the block in the health sector as a result of the tremendous efforts he exerted in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease. Many, both locally and internationally, have hailed him for his efforts in bringing relief to the Liberian people.“He is one of the major reasons why the evading killer (the EVD) has been contained,” a lady at the conference said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Georgia Commissioner Donates Land for ‘Carwash’

first_imgThe Commissioner of the township of New Georgia in Montserrado County, Lewis K. Wleh Sr., has donated a parcel of deeded land to a newly established not-for-profit non-governmental organization (NGO), Humble Youth International Incorporated, to construct a modern carwash.Commissioner Wleh made a formal presentation of the land on Tuesday, October 18, to the leadership of Humble Youth International Inc. in New Georgia Community during a mass meeting with community stakeholders and residents, mainly youth, who will benefit from the project.Wleh told the residents to undertake community-based projects that would benefit the residents rather than waiting on the government “to do all.”“Don’t expect all from the government. This is while those of us in local authority often concentrate on community-based development programs, rather than expecting all from the government,” Commissioner Wleh told the jubilant residents. In response, Humble Youth International executive director Ibrahim S.A. Sankoh expressed gratitude to Commissioner Wleh and the people New Georgia for the land.Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Sankoh promised to use the land to construct a modern carwash, which is expected to be the first ever modern carwash in the country, for the benefit and employment of the youth in the community.The carwash would include a cafeteria, gift shop, a dressing room and toilet facility. Sankoh said that the project started September 1 this year and that residents are happy with the progress made so far.The land was donated by Commissioner Wleh after he learnt during an interactive forum that Humble Youth International Inc. was in need of land space to construct the carwash, which is meant to create jobs for youths in the community and beyond. Humble Youth International Inc. with support from the United Nations Peace-building Fund (PBF) concentrates its activities on peace-building, youth and women’s empowerment and rights advocacy. It is located on Peace Land Community, Jah Tondo Town, Brewerville City, outside Monrovia.The organization was established in 2008 to, among other things, spread the message of peace, unity and prayers, ensuring that the consciousness of peace and stability is attained; to protect female youth from genital mutilation and promote gender equality; to address all forms of armed conflicts, violence against women and girls in Liberia, Sierra Leone, La Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea in particular, and the world in general.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patients allegedly infected while being treated at GPHC

first_imgTwo patients who were both discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) on Thursday are alleging that they were infected by doctors at the hospital, and have even accused the doctors of being ignorant.Businessman Jummal Pinder, a 22-year-old East Bank Demerara resident, told Guyana Times he had been involved in an accident on April 15 last, after a blow-out caused him to lose control of the car in which he was travelling; and it swerved off the road and eventually flipped, causing him to sustain a broken hip and leg, along with several bruises to his face and body.Pinder said he was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), and was hospitalised for about three weeks. Doctors at the GPHC inserted steel in his leg inThe condition of Jummal Pinder before he was discharged from GPHCa surgery.According to him, the pin which kept the steel in place was inside of his foot for about three weeks, during which time he was under severe pain but thought it was normal. However, a few days after the pin was detached from his leg, the leg became swollen and started to ooze.Alerted by this, he revisited the GPHC about two weeks ago, and was told that his leg was infected.“When I came here, my foot was so bad that they had to hold it up. It was swollen, and one of them people end up dropping my foot, and the thing burst and started oozing a set of blood, and inflammation was just running out quick, quick, quick,” Pinder reklated.He said he was treated with antibiotics and sent away. He returned last Wednesday for a checkup, but was again sent away.Last Saturday, while experiencing excruciating pain, a high temperature and vomiting, he revisited the GPHC and was hospitalised.The young man said he was again forced to undergo yet another surgery to rectify the condition. He said his condition has since been improving and is currently healing, but he is upset at the way the doctors had handled his matter, since he believes he could have lost his leg because of their negligence.Another patient, who requested that his name not be published, told <> he had experienced the almost exact situation. This 34-year-old who hails from North Ruimveldt, Georgetown related that he had been involved in an accident on March 10 last, when he was struck off his motorcycle by a car that made a sudden turn.The father of one said he was taken to the hospital by the driver, and was treated and sent away. He explained, “They did an external fixation. They put in four screws (in my leg), and one of those four screws was sent in way over to the other side (of my foot). So while it was there, it was irritating my skin all de time and causing infection”.He said while he was at home his foot was developing an infection, which caused him to visit the GPHC on Monday. He claims that the nurses sent him away, telling him they had a lot of work to do, and his clinic day was on Wednesday.The man complained that his foot had already developed an abscess, which had burst on Tuesday and was bleeding. “The abscess burst at home, and it was bleeding (badly); but I couldn’t come (then), I had to come Wednesday. So when I came on Wednesday, they admit me to the hospital and they cut meh foot, remove the steel that was on the other side…”He said that before the doctors had inserted the screws into his foot, his bones were together in the X-ray test, but after they operated on it again, the bone separated. He said the doctors did the surgery, but his condition worsened.“Like they don’t know what they doing,” he cried.Efforts to get a comment from an official from the medical facility proved futile.last_img read more

Real to play Al Jazira in Club World Cup semis

first_img0Shares0000Al Jazira forward Ali Mabkhout (C, front) embraces his teammates as they celebrate his goal against Urawa Reds during their FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final match at Zayed Sports City Stadium in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on December 9, 2017 © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 9 – Al Jazira set up a Club World Cup semi-final against Real Madrid after an Ali Mabkhout goal saw the Emiratis past Japan’s Urawa Reds 1-0 on Saturday.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will take on the local side on Wednesday. The other semi-final, on Tuesday, will pitch Pachuca from Mexico against Copa Libertadores winners Gremio of Brazil.Pachuca, the club champion of the Caribbean and North and Central American region, reached the last four with a hard-won 1-0 victory over Wydad Casablanca after extra time.The only goal was scored by Victor Guzman in the 112th minute. Wydad played with 10 men from the 69th minute after Brahim Nakach was sent off following a second yellow card.Gremio, like European champions Real Madrid, have a bye straight to the last four.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aguero to the rescue against valiant Bristol

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) connects with this header to score their late winning goal past Bristol City’s goalkeeper Frank Fielding during the English League Cup on January 9, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – A goal in stoppage time by Sergio Aguero saved Manchester City’s blushes as it was enough to secure a 2-1 win over second-tier Bristol City in their League Cup semi-final first leg clash on Tuesday.The Argentinian’s 19th goal of the season and a fine effort by Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne cancelled out Bobby Reid’s first-half penalty to give the hosts a club record-equalling 16th successive home win. However Bristol City, this season’s giantkillers who have eliminated four Premier League sides including holders Manchester United, gave their 8,000 travelling fans — the highest away attendance at the Etihad Stadum in its 15-year history — much to cheer.Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sportingly congratulated his Bristol City counterpart Lee Johnson at the end.“We created a lot of chances and that’s why we win in the end, but today we knew we are not going to finish our job — that will have to happen away in Bristol when we travel there,” the Spaniard told the BBC.Manchester City’s midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates after scoring against Bristol City on January 9, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“They were really good, so we tried so hard, all the players tried and we’re really happy,” added the 46-year-old, who has lost five of his last six semi-finals including City’s last domestic loss to Arsenal in last season’s FA Cup.Johnson, who last season received a death threat and had to move house as a result after Bristol City lost eight matches in a row, said he was proud of his players.“They can’t be disappointed as we are still in the tie,” he told Sky Sports.“They have shown the world we are good footballers.”Manchester City went close to breaking the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark when a flowing move concluded with Bernardo Silva’s goal-bound shot taking a deflection off a Bristol City defender.– Stones upends Reid –The visitors, though, were not in the least intimidated and went close themselves immediately afterwards, Claudio Bravo saving Joe Bryan’s long-range shot.Bristol City’s striker Bobby Reid scores from the penalty spot against Manchester City on January 9, 2018 © AFP / PAUL ELLISBristol City — appearing in their first major semi-final in 29 years — were more than holding their own but a poor clearance saw De Bruyne force a good one-handed save from Frank Fielding as the hosts pressed for the opener.The hosts turned the screw as the half progressed forcing a series of corners but without the end reward.However, it was Manchester City who cracked in the 43rd minute as the shaky Eliaquim Mangala was dispossessed and John Stones made a rash challenge on Reid to concede a penalty.Reid dusted himself off and although Bravo guessed the right way and got his fingers to the penalty, he was unable to prevent it going into the net for the scorer’s 14th goal of the season.Aden Flint ensured the Championship side went into the break 1-0 up when he produced a superb header to clear over his own bar as Raheem Sterling’s shot looked destined to bring the sides level.However, there was nothing the visitors could do about the equaliser in the 55th minute.De Bruyne surged forward playing it to Sterling who laid it back to him and the Belgian rifled the ball into the net to provoke a sigh of relief from players and home fans alike.Guardiola decided to send on his only out-and-out striker Aguero for Yaya Toure with 20 minutes remaining and the club’s record goalscorer did not disappoint, firing in the winner for a barely deserved victory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh MhuireThe U12’s season starts on Thursday 24th January with Training in Dungloe Gym from 6 to 7pm. All players born in 2001 and 2002 qualify to play in this age group. Mouth Guards are now compulsory for all underage players and must be worn for this indoor training. As with last year there is a hall fee of €2 and all players are asked to wear runners and bring water.The club had five Coaches on a foundation course in Gaoth Dobhair at the weekend. Mary Doherty, Michael Kavanagh, Martin Bonner, Seamus O’Ferraigh and Aidan McGinley completed the course. There will be another course in February in Dunfanaghy and we hope to get more people on this. Mouthguards – please note this is a requirement for all now for training and games as passed by GAA headquarters. This is a requirement for all senior and underage players. The Bord na nÓg request all parents to purchase the mouthguards which are available locally in any sport shop. No mouthguard – no training or playing.Peil na mBan Naomh Mhuire AGM with an excellent crowd were in attendance. Committee elected were:Chair; Shaun Rodgers, V.Chair; Robbie O’Donnell. Secretary; Mary Doherty. Ass.Sec; Lauren Rodgers. Treasurer; Marion O’Donnell. Ass.Treasurer; Eileen McGarvey. Registerar; Marie Martin. Pro + Dev.; Dónal O’Séarcaigh. Players Rep; Lauren Rodgers. Cultural Officer; TBC. Childrens Officer; Dónal O’Séarcaigh. Club Ref; Robbie O’Donnell.Dónal O’Searcaigh. Co,Board Rep; Shaun Rodgers. Managers; u12-13. Dónal O’Searcaigh, ShaunRodgers agus Christina McGarvey. u14; Eugene O’Donnell, Mary Sweeney agus Emma O’Donnell. u16; Robbie O’Donnell, John McGarvey agus Eileen McGarvey. Minor; Robbie O’Donnell, John McGarvey, Dónal O’Searcaigh agus Eileen McGarvey.Junior; Dónal O’Searcaigh. Membership; Under 18 @ €15. Adult €30. Registeration date will be announced in the coming week.Note that the Annual Club Dinner Dance will take place on Saturday the 2nd February in the Caisleain Óir. Tickets will be available from the Thursday the 10th of January from any club committee member. Prices to be confirmed. Comhghairdas dó Jamie Boyle, Tuberkeen nephew of Anne Marie and cousin of the Yanks, on his award of Donegal News Sports Personality Special achievement award and to Noel O’Donnell, Carrigan, son of Bridget Peggy Bán, Baile mhaineas who was a runner up in this section. Comhghairdeas dó Sarah Doherty on her Donegal athletics award and to Louise Gillespie on her Hall of Fame award from Lifford AC.Lotto details for week 9th January. Jackpot 1160 euro. No jackpot winner. There were eleven match 3 winners: Kyle Wilson – Anagaire, Anne Theresa Boyle – Bún na mean, Maria Kavanagh – Rann na Feirste, Ronan McDevitt – Rann na Feirste, Roisha Byrne – Anagaire, Charlie Doherty – Carraig a Choill, Hugh Sharkey – Coilceim, Charles Doogan – Loch an Iuir, Margaret Boyle – Mullachdubh, Liam O’Maoinigh – Co.Cope agus Dom O’Donnell – Loch an Iuir. Check out details on www.naomhmhuire.ie.    GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 15th, 2013 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:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Council schedules emergency meeting on Waste Management

first_imgDonegal County Council’s Environment & Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee is to convene for an emergency meeting on the recent dumping controversy revelations.The special meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th June to discuss the findings of Monday night’s RTE Investigates programme. Much of the programme focused on specific cases of large-scale alleged illegal activity in various sites across Donegal.Chairperson of the SPC Cllr Jack Murray called the emergency meeting after the programme aired, saying that many angry constituents had been contacting him demanding decisive action. The meeting will aim to analyse the scope of waste management and regulation issues in Co Donegal.The RTE investigation labelled Donegal as the poorest performing local authority for regulation of waste services. It found that Donegal council had just two members of staff to regulate the 44 waste permits in the county between 2014 and 2016.In calling the special meeting, Cllr Murray said: “We are lucky to live in the most beautiful county in Ireland. With that, we as a council, have a responsibility to ensure that our scenic countryside is kept pristine for future generations.“Illegal dumping cannot be tolerated. We have to act and the council has to be to the fore in that regard.” Council schedules emergency meeting on Waste Management was last modified: June 24th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Stephen Curry will be the subject of the next Facebook Watch series

first_imgBy Ben Strauss | The Washington PostA year after the most famous quarterback on the planet starred in his own Facebook documentary series, the world’s most recognizable point guard is getting the same treatment.Facebook plans to announce Monday — in conjunction with Stephen Curry’s production company, Unanimous Media, and director Gotham Chopra — a new six-episode docuseries entitled “Stephen vs The Game.” The series will air this spring on Facebook Watch, the company’s on-demand video …last_img read more