Thompson thrills with sparkling PB

first_imgLONDON, England:A glittering new personal best and another clear message that she is more than ready to tango with the best of them.National 200m champion Elaine Thompson was a nervous wreck as she stood on the line, waiting to compete for the first time in a 200m on the Diamond League circuit. In fact, it was her first time running the 200m outside of Jamaica this season and only the second time doing so in her career.”I was really nervous, I just wanted the gun to go off!” she shared, stooping over and catching her breath after a 22.10-second win in a rocking London Olympic Stadium at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games yesterday.There has been much curiosity around the fast and fast-rising World Championships-bound Jamaican sprinter after a season that has seen her clock 10.84 over 100m and before yesterday’s, run 22.37 in the 200m.It was a timely boost of confidence for the young sprinter, who now has the fourth-fastest time in the world this year, and with the World Championships in Beijing set to be her next assignment, it’s unlikely that too many persons will be doubting her after this.”I am really excited,” she exclaimed. “I came off the corner in first place, I was really determined to execute the rest of the race well and I came out victorious, so I’m really happy for that.”The American pair of Torie Bowie and Candyce McGrone – who is the second fastest woman this year with a 22.08 clocking – tested the Jamaican at the top of the straight but had no answer as the 23-year-old found another gear with Bowie crossing the line in second place in 22.32 ahead of McGrone, 22.70.”It’s a big confidence booster for me and I have to thank God because I have trained really hard for this and wanted to come out here and do my best, so I’m happy about that,” Thompson smiled. “My focus was really to come off the corner as best as possible and taking it from there.”andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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The time is now (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to place on record it’s condemnation of the suffering being endured by the women in the sugar belt where estates have been shut and calls on the Government to immediately introduce comprehensive programmes to alleviate the hardships being endured by these workers, their families and communities.Unemployment since 2015, due to the Government’s incompetence in managing the economy and ill-advised decisions, has reached alarming levels with almost 25,000 workers losing their jobs in both the Private and Public Sectors, a significant percentage are women and single parents.Even the Business Minister acknowledged that the group hardest hit in the small business sector was businesses headed by female single parents. These include those involved with catering, hair and nail craft, sewing and tailoring.The short and long-term socio-economic repercussions of women being removed from the work force, is damaging at many levels:* their personal careers and advancement are stymied;* their families suffer from reduced incomes and access to goods and services, this is particularly devastating for single parent headed households (29 per cent); their children’s access to health and education are also reduced;* their purchasing power has been reduced which impacts negatively on the quality of their lives and on the economy;* psychologically, the levels of depression and anxiety about their future options weigh heavily on them and their families;* contributions to the NIS and Income Tax are reduced;* their dependents, not only in their immediate families but their extended family, are also negatively affected;* loans for their education, or, houses they built through the housing programmes, and or, cars or motorcycles they purchased, are in jeopardy, thereby impacting negatively on the banking system and the quality of their lives;Poverty reduction, maternal and infant mortality, sexual and domestic violence, and suicide continue with little or no priority given to address these ills. The public health sector upon which over 70 per cent of the women depend on for services is in collapse mode and hardships worsen. Yet the Government blindly sings praises to itself.On this 2018 International Women’s Day (yesterday), we condemn the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government for its betrayal of our women and all Guyanese. This overwhelming male-dominated senior citizens and urban middle class men and former military and serving military officers at the highest levels – Government has little room for women, especially for young professional women in their midst. After 30 odd months, we conclude that the APNU/AFC coalition Government holds the record for callous neglect and discrimination against women.Here in Guyana, the silence of those who had held themselves up to be protectors of the women’s rights movement is nothing short of curious. This must change, as it remains true, that were we as a county to invest in our women and in empowering our women, Guyana would grow at a far more advanced pace. Guyana cannot develop unless the inclusion of all women, regardless of their ethnicity, class, geographic location, religion, marital status, etc, are treated as critical, urgent and essential to developing a democratic nation.To spout compliments on IWD in central Georgetown while driving irreversible staves of destruction in the lives of so many of the country’s women makes a mockery of the lofty goals and intentions of International Women’s Day.The “Time is Now” to expose these dangerous retrogressive trends and to renew the long held traditions of activism for women’s rights and women’s rightful place in our nation – to be silent in the face of these reversals in to stand on the wrong side of history.In closing, we support wholeheartedly the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ’s message on 2018 International Women’s Day when he said “Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world… this is not a favour to women.Gender equality is a human rights issue, but it is also in all our interests: men and boys, women and girls. Gender inequality and discrimination against women harms us all”.In 2020, we are certain that the PPP/C will return to office and we shall be able to return, reinstate and advance further the position and rights of women in our nation once again.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MP;Priya Manickchand, MP;Gillian Burton-Persaud, MP;Pauline Sukhai, MPlast_img read more

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Encouraging Our Albino Brothers and Sisters

first_imgThe Liberia Albino Society (LAS) on Monday organized an impressive celebration marking World Albino Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.LAS executive director Patricia Logan made an impassioned plea to the Liberian public to reach out in love and compassion to our Albino brothers and sisters, who are in that condition through no fault of their own.  It is a phenomenon found throughout the world.In some societies, such as Tanzania, these people are very badly treated.  Some are even abused in human sacrifice, making life extremely difficult and unbearable for them. Such an extremity is thankfully not found in Liberia.  Still, Liberians need to do more to help them cope with life.  We should all, whenever we come across them, display a positive attitude toward them, treating them just as we treat any other person, without seeming condescending or feeling sorry for them; but displaying love, fellowship and kindness.Executive Director made a broader appeal on behalf of Albinos.  She called on government and the larger society to help provide quality education form these people, in order to equip them with the intellectual preparedness and skills they need to live in society.We call on all people of goodwill, wherever they are–in families, clubs, civic and social groups, educational and religious institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and the business community to think of ways in which they can help Albinos.This is society.  We also appeal to the government of Liberia to think creatively of ways in which its various entities can help these people.  The government runs many educational institutions, including primary, secondary, vocational, technical and tertiary ones.  GOL should challenge each of these institutions to find ways in which they can creatively involve these people and absorb them in the various educational facilities.Students, faculty and staff everywhere should be given special skills in dealing not just with Albinos but all others with special needs, so that there exists an atmosphere of camaraderie, friendship and belonging.GOL and other groups should offer scholarship opportunities to Albinos to give them easier access to schools. We further call on employers to open their doors to Albinos.  This will enable them to feel a normal part of society and help them to integrate more freely amongst their compatriots.All organizations catering specifically to the needs of Albinos should help them with communication skills that will empower them to relate more effectively among themselves and with others. We believe that these ideas will help our Albino compatriots to fit more easily in society and feel a greater sense belonging and citizenship.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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Caribbean agencies meet to build climate change resilience

first_imgThe University of the West Indies and other Caribbean agencies on Thursday joined hands to tackle climate change, focusing on the ways in which countries can build resilience.Professor Michael TaylorOfficials from the University of Guyana, the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Natural Disaster Risk Management were involved in the process of equipping the region to handle the effects of climate change.Climate change is defined as a change in global or regional climate patterns, attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.Professor at the UWI, Michael Taylor, explained that this resilience is also for faster recovery from natural disasters. In many cases, hurricanes prove deadly for the region during the warmer periods. Presently, the expected seasonal climates are changing drastically.“Much of the world is becoming increasingly hotter so we get hot days and we get hot nights. In the span of a year, we are seeing more really hot days and really hot nights. Our whole rainfall regime is changing and rain is not falling like how it used to fall. What we think is supposed to be our wet season, we don’t get it and then suddenly it reappears,” he explained.The Professor added, “When you have wind events or storm events, there is intense flooding. In parts of the Caribbean, that is manifested by more hurricanes…An extreme is also something like drought and what we have seen is that in five of the last 10 years, the region has been in severe region-wide drought”.He also outlined some cases where climate change severely affects various sectors, adding that it might have a ripple effect on other dependable industries.“There is a significant immediate devastating effect of a hurricane or a flood and that has effects right across our society in terms of damage to infrastructure including health infrastructure, security infrastructure, roadways and that kind of thing. It cost your economy quite a lot,” he furthered.With assistance from the CDB, the Caribbean Climate Report which will be released shortly. It was birthed to provide persons with information about the climate in their zone.“Here is a first stop where you can go and get the information that you need. We’re not saying that it is the only report but it will point you to other places where you can find other information”.last_img read more

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CASE OF MAN WITH CHILD PORN IS ADJOURNED AFTER HIS SOLICITOR TAKES ILL

first_imgA man who pleaded guilty to being in possession of child pornography had his case adjourned to the next sitting of Dungloe District Court because his solicitor was ill.Judge Paul Kelly was told at Dungloe District Court that defence solicitor Jacqui Sharkey was ill and unable to be present to represent Neil McBride.McBride, 44, was convicted at an earlier court when he admitted having 43 child pornography images on his Dell lap-top computer. He also admitted having a further 51 images of children under 17 years of age who were either fully or partially clothed. The earlier court that key words used by McBride in google searches included “kids in bath”, “12-year-old boys”, “nude boys”, “nude teens”, and “cute boys.”Unemployed McBride, originally from Gweedore, but with an address at Fortwell Apartments, Letterkenny, pleaded guilty to possession of the child pornography images on his laptop in August 2011.In court today Inspector David Kelly said he reluctantly agreed to a postponement of sentence earlier when Ms Sharkey said she was seeking a medical report for the purpose of arguing for mitigation.He accepted that Ms Sharkey was ill today but if the case was being further adjourned he wanted it to be dealt with peremptorily – finally – at the next sitting;The judge adjourned sentence to January 13.CASE OF MAN WITH CHILD PORN IS ADJOURNED AFTER HIS SOLICITOR TAKES ILL was last modified: December 10th, 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:child pornographycourtdungloeJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

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Monaco v Juventus live stream and confirmed line ups

first_img1 CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE COMMENTARY OF MONACO V JUVENTUS ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 19:45Monaco will be looking to take a step closer to playing in only their second ever European Cup final when they take on Juventus in the semi-finals of the Champions League.The Ligue 1 leaders have established themselves as one of the continent’s most exciting outfits and will hope to secure a first-leg advantage against their glamorous opponents.This is the second time the two clubs have faced each other in a Champions League semi-final, with Juventus triumphing 19 years ago, before losing to Real Madrid in the final.The Stade Louis II plays host to tonight’s match, and you can follow all the action via talkSPORT’s live commentary – which you can listen to by clicking here.Confirmed line ups:Monaco XI: Subasic, Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe, Dirar, Bakayoko, Fabinho, Silva, Lemar, Mbappe, FalcaoSubstitutes: De Sanctis, Jorge, Raggi, Touré, Moutinho, Cardona, GermainJuventus XI: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Marchisio, Dani Alves, Dybala, Mandzukic, HiguainSubstitutes: Neto, Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Asamoah, Lemina, Rincon, Cuadrado Monaco v Juventus is LIVE on talkSPORT last_img read more

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BRENDAN RODGERS: ‘I FELL IN LOVE WITH CELTIC AT FINN HARPS MATCH’

first_imgNEW Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken of his love affair with the Glasgow giants.And in a press conference this afternoon, Rodgers revealed how he first began following Celtic – when he was taken to watch the Hoops play Finn Harps in a friendly in Donegal.“It was in 1984 and I was 11 at the time and it started from there,” said Rodgers. “I was taken to a game against Finn Harps over in Ireland. I remember it well.“I’ve had Celtic in my life for a long time and I understand the values and expectations here. This is one of the great clubs of the world so it’s a huge honour and privilege to come here.“I’ve been a Celtic supporter all my life and we’ll do everything we can to meet the challenges set for us.”Celtic beat Harps 3-0 in that friendly and today Rodgers cousins, uncles and other relatives were in Glasgow for his press conference. He said his relatives “all over the world” follow Celtic.And he says he has no regrets leaving English football behind.“The Premier League is the most competitive in world football but Celtic is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said. BRENDAN RODGERS: ‘I FELL IN LOVE WITH CELTIC AT FINN HARPS MATCH’ was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:Brendan RodgersCelticfinn harpslast_img read more

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IT’S LIGHTS, CAMERA AND ACTION FOR THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS TODAY

first_imgIt’s lights, camera, action for Donegal Pens brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey later today (Tuesday) when they appear on the RTE2 ‘Two Tube’ programme.The Mc Garvey brothers from Loughanure will appear on the popular youth-aimed programme between 5.30 and 6pm to chat about their Dragons Den experience earlier this year. The boys emerged from the Junior Dragons Den series with the most money out of the twenty participants.Successful Donegal businesswoman Ramona Nicholas of the Cara Pharmacy group awarded them a €2,000 bursary, while businessman Peter Casey placed a €2,000 order with them on the show. Ramona will also appear on the show with them.The boys will speak on the live show about how much their participation in Dragons Den helped their business and how they’d encourage any budding young entrepreneurs to apply for the 2014 series.Despite no assistance from state agencies, Donegal Pens has gone from strength to strength to become a successful business run by two teenage schoolboys. Their enquiry about funding from the Donegal Enterprise Board was shot down because they were told they are “too young”. They are currently “flat out” dealing with Christmas orders and shipping pens worldwide. Orders for the Christmas season are recommended to be with them by December 15th through their website www.donegalpens.com“It’s been very busy in recent weeks and we’re doing our best to fulfil all the Christmas orders. The latest recommended shipping date for Ireland is December 20th, UK and Europe is 19th, and the USA is the 11th, but we’ll continue to ship up until Monday, 23rd December,” said Conor. IT’S LIGHTS, CAMERA AND ACTION FOR THE DONEGAL PEN BOYS TODAY was last modified: December 10th, 2013 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:DONEGAL PENSRTE 2Two Tubelast_img read more

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‘A day to celebrate’ – DACC welcomes second breast surgeon post for LUH

first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care has warmly welcomed news that the second breast surgeon post has been made permanent for Letterkenny University Hospital. The reaction comes following yesterday’s confirmation from Minister Joe McHugh that recruitment is underway to deliver the much-needed post.Local cancer care campaign group members have greeted the announcement as a ‘A day to celebrate’, while promising to continue their efforts for the improvement of all care services. “This is great news and for us in DACC we have worked so very hard to secure this permanent post,” said campaigner Betty Holmes. “When the Locum post was announced in 2017 we were very upset as at that time we felt it should have been permanent.  The needs of patients in Donegal must always be to the fore and we are glad that the recruitment process is underway.”The primary aim of DACC is to ensure the people of Donegal have access to world-class cancer services whilst ensuring the retention and development of all cancer services at Letterkenny University Hospital.Ms Holmes explained: “We initially started to campaign for a 2nd Breast Surgeon back in Sept. 2009 when we met with Prof. Tom Keane. Prof. Keane at that time said that it needed to meet the National Guidelines. “Indeed DACC had this permanent post as one of our 5 list of priorities in 2009 and have kept this actively on our agenda right through till March this year 2019 when we met with the Minister for Health and key health officials at Leinster House on the 6th March. “10 years we have kept the pressure on, that’s how long it has taken and we are proud of our ongoing work.” Ms Holmes said that the campaign group will now focus their attention on another top priority – men’s healthcare.She said: “Our work will continue as there is still much to do with particular attention to the importance of having a prostate rapid access clinic at Letterkenny University Hospital so Donegal men don’t have to travel to Galway.”“DACC are in existence 14 years now, are all voluntary and unpaid for all the work we do. And we are proud of that work.” Ms Holmes said that the group will hold onto this valuable quote from Margaret Mead:“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”‘A day to celebrate’ – DACC welcomes second breast surgeon post for LUH was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 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)Tags:DACClast_img read more

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Brand South Africa, churches work together

first_imgLeo Makgamathe, Brand South Africa’s Programme Manager: Civil Society, and Archbishop Dr Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, at the National Church Leader’s Consultation conferenceAt the recent National Church Leaders’ Consultation Programme, Brand South Africa’s Leo Makgamathe presented the organisation’s goals, highlighting church leaders’ roles in building a better country.Leo Makgamathe, Brand South Africa’s Programme Manager: Civil Society, recently addressed a group of South Africa’s religious leaders on the importance of active citizenship and creative collaboration.Makgamathe had been invited to present at the recent National Church Leaders’ Consultation Programme, put together by The National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD). The programme was held on 15–16 October at the Southern Sun Hotel at O.R. Tambo International Airport.The religious leaders spent two days tackling issues facing South Africa; these  included religion and public health; religion and education; economic and welfare policy; and gender violence and human rights.On day one of the programme, speakers included Dr Thabo Makgoba – Archbishop of Cape Town – Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana and Brand South Africa’s Leo Makgamathe.Makgamathe introduced his presentation by saying there were definite synergies between the various aspects of the National Church Leaders’ Consultation Programme and Brand South Africa’s aims.He pointed out that Brand South Africa sees engagement across all levels of leadership and society as key to its success and that, in essence, each and every South African is an ambassador for the country.He further explained Brand South Africa’s role in marketing the country and managing its brand reputation. He pointed out that building pride among South Africans is key and highlighted the importance of encouraging all citizens to be proactive in tackling, among others, poverty, job creation and economic development.The presentation also touched on the South African Competitiveness Forum, with Makgamathe saying: “Brand South Africa will be able to mobilise government, business and civil society to track a new trajectory for the country.”He also talked about the Play Your Part programme, a nationwide Brand South Africa campaign to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship “for the desired outcome of creating positive social change”.Makgamathe said that he sincerely believes that faith-based organisations have a role to play in changing the country’s narrative, to make the National Planning Commission’s Vision 2030 a reality.“People must be active citizens who have creative and noble ideas within their sphere of influence, and who are able to take action on these ideas.”He believes the church can play a leading role in dealing with the country’s challenges and says it is essential that “we get our story out there more positively”.“Faith leaders have a critical role in entrenching positive norms and values in society which are important in realising the NDP (National Development Plan). Entrenching these values is in line with the nation-building project.”He says Brand South Africa and the church leaders have much in common in terms of a vision of a brighter future for all South Africans.“Both faith leaders and Brand South Africa believe that active citizenship has a key role to play in nation-building and contributing to the realisation of the National Development Plan.”Makgamathe says he received much positive feedback at the dinner held after the formal presentations, with “the leaders keen to explore a partnership on promoting active citizenship amongst people living in South Africa”.He hopes that the Brand South Africa presentation will have positive long-term effects.“It’s part of the process of creating awareness of Brand South Africa among key stakeholders and engaging them in driving a social compact that will support the realisation of the NDP.”The following day included a discussion on the way forward and included a report from Archbishop Makgoba followed by a presentation on the National Development Plan for 2030 from Pascal Paul Moloi, a member of the National Planning Commission.last_img read more

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