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McLaughlin-Whilby beaming after Western Relays

first_img STRONG CHALLENGE Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is always smiling, but her countenance was brighter than usual at the Western Relays in Montego Bay last Saturday. The glow came from a fine performance there and the good training she has had so far for the 2017 season. McLaughlin-Whilby, a 2016 Olympic relay silver medal winner, contributed fast legs to Sprintec teams in the 4×100 metres and 4×400 metres relays on a cool evening at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Her team finished second in both events to strong teams from the MVP Track Club, but McLaughlin-Whilby sparkled. In an unaccustomed role of lead-off running in the sprint relay, she jetted from the blocks and gave Sprintec a good start. Her effort showed the speed that won her gold medals in the 100 metres at the 2002 Carifta Games in the under-17 age category and at Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2005. “This was my first race for the season, and I was excited because we have a little makeshift 4×100 team”, she said, “and I hadn’t run a start leg in, like, probably 17 years.” With double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson on the anchor leg, the MVP team won in 43.61 seconds. Missing from the Sprintec line-up was Gayon Evans, who is racing on the European indoor circuit. McLaughlin, now 31, helped the Maurice Wilson-coached Sprintec Club to challenge MVP in the 4×400 with a 51.3 seconds run on the third leg. Shericka Jackson, the Olympic 400 metres bronze medallist, sealed the win – 3 minutes 32.67 seconds for MVP. Sprintec clocked 3 minutes 33.16 seconds. In between those efforts, McLaughlin-Whilby explained that so far, her training for the 2017 season has been going well. “Well, training is going great. I can’t complain, just taking it one day at a time,” was her analysis of her preparations so far. Despite a fifth -place finish in the 200 metres in the World Championships as far back as in 2009, the former Holmwood Technical and University of Technology athlete had worked past injuries to reach the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year. Her fast contribution to the women’s 4×400 relay helped Jamaica to the silver medals. That experience has made her optimistic about this season. “Yes,” she agreed, “and the good synergy that me and Mr Wilson had from high school, that contributed to everything that I achieved last year, and I’m looking forward to great things this season.” Asked if her targets included lowering her 400 metres personal best from 51.03 to something below 50 seconds, she smiled and said, “That’s the plan most naturally.”last_img read more

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To Retrieve Gov’t Vehicles, Prez Weah Constitutes Task Force

first_imgIn early January 2018, ahead of Weah’s inauguration, several government vehicles were arrested from their assignees President George Weah has constituted a Special Presidential Task Force to retrieve all government-owned vehicles still in the possession of former government officials.President Weah has mandated the former officials to submit within two weeks the vehicles to the Special Presidential Task Force, an Executive Mansion release said late last night.Those named to the Task Force are Benedict E.E. Reeves, Chair, with other members including Patrick Sudue, Inspector General of Police, Sam Worzie, Garmondeh Glaydor, Isaiah T. Harris, Fleet Specialist and Robena L. Brown.According to the release, President Weah has also directed that all former officials who had purportedly purchased vehicles from the General Services Agency (GSA) to submit these vehicles to the Special Task Force for verification.President Weah has further directed that the vehicles should be submitted to the Special Presidential Task Force on the Executive Mansion grounds.The submission of the vehicles, the release said took effect immediately after the President made the pronouncement upon his arrival in the country on Friday, February 23, from his first foreign trip that took the President and 23-people delegation to Paris, France.The circular has accordingly mandated that failure on the part of former officials will result in the forwarding of their names to the Minister of Justice for prosecution.The President’s WrathSome former government officials who did not heed the order of President  Weah to return government vehicles that were assigned to them could face his wrath after his two weeks’ ultimatum expires, which took effect as of Monday, February 26.Though President Weah did not indicate how many vehicles are involved, he said some former officials of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration are still in possession of vehicles assigned to them while serving in government.He warned them to turn over those vehicles, an order he had stated prior to his inauguration on January 22.President Weah declared this after he returned home following his three-leg successful visits to Senegal, Morocco, and France.At an intercessory service held for his safe return home at the Dominion Church in Congo Town, Monrovia, President Weah said, “Our government is having a problem and these are just simple problems.”“People who worked with the former government are hiding and scrapping vehicles they used in the past government. They are stealing all the cars leaving this new government with the burden to buy new vehicles. What is a car that you cannot be honorable enough to leave behind?“All of you who took government properties, you have two weeks to bring them back. If not, we will come for them. You have two weeks,” the President threatened.He added: “We have to be true to our government. I am glad that I am saying it in a church. You got two weeks or we will come for them to be used for the benefit of our country.”The ultimatum comes amid efforts by the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mary Broh and her team to retrieve GOL vehicles and other properties from past officials.This is the second of such an ultimatum as the GSA had initially issued a similar caveat for those former officials to turn in government properties. The initial call might have fallen on deaf ears, but the reiteration by the President seems to add some weight, many officials say.Many believe that President Weah is gradually realizing that, in spite of his overwhelming victory, it will take tough decisions and measures, sometimes against his own kith, if his administration is to succeed.Weah’s declaration comes amid speculations about his tenacity, ability and courage to make tough decisions.  Although some have considered him politically strong but ineffective, others say his success would definitely boil down to radical decisions and measures.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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Guyana/India celebrate ITEC day

first_imgThe Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, being offered by the Government of India to the people of Guyana, is well in place to help in the development of the country’s human capital.Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam MahalingamPermanent Secretary of the Public Service Ministry, Reginald Brotherson on Friday said that the programme has been significant in this regard. He was at the time speaking on behalf of Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, at a luncheon held by the Indian High Commission to commemorate the programme’s 54th anniversary. The event was held at the Aagman Restaurant, in Georgetown.“Human capital can be increased by education and training and ITEC is instrumental in allowing us to enhance our human resource development,” Brotherson told the gathering of Government Ministers and members of the diplomatic community.He underscored the critical role played by the Public Service Ministry in ensuring that training and developmental plans are actualised when offered by the Indian High Commission. He noted that there are some 35 areas that are allotted to Guyana. These are utilised by officers of some 30 public service agencies.The programmes, he said, are in keeping with Government’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the National Development Agenda. As part of the Employee Learning and Development Plan, the ITEC courses are also used to aid in personal and professional programmes.The ITEC programme was initiated by the Government of India and has several components, including training in the fields of hydrology, engineering, cyber technology, management, education, agriculture, horticulture, banking and financial services, environment protection, public and management. The programme has seen over 500 Guyanese benefiting.Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Guyana, Venkatachalam Mahalingam said the ITEC programme is just one of the many collaborations his country has with Guyana.“Guyana is an important partner for India in the area of development partnership cooperation with Guyana it is purely driven by… We may proudly say that more than 500 Guyanese have been trained in the ITEC scheme,” he said.Under the ITEC programme, India has partnered with countries including Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Venezuela, Brazil and Chile among others. It offers over 280 courses in 47 institutions in India, in a diverse range of areas. Its objective of developmental assistance and capacity building is realised through innovative and technical collaboration.last_img read more

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Williams tops local entries

first_imgSouth Hills High School’s Thomas Williams leads a contingent of 18 wrestlers from the San Gabriel Valley into today’s State Meet in Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arena. The two-day event is California’s Super Bowl of high school wrestling, with most elite grapplers in attendance. Williams, the Huskies’ 112-pound junior, is 47-1 on the season and is coming off a Masters Meet title last Saturday in Rialto. Williams finished second last year at state and is the odds-on favorite to win a state title from the Valley, according to local coaches and his peers. Northview’s Steven De La Fuente (140 pounds) brings a 28-0 record into the meet and is ranked No. 1 in the state. The Vikings’ senior captain is back to full strength after orthoscopic surgery in January and will be making his first state appearance. De La Fuente has won Valle Vista League and CIF-Southern Section Eastern Division and Masters Meet titles in the last three weeks. “I am feeling pretty confident and anxious,” De La Fuente said. “I feel fine physically and want to get out there and win my first match and go from there.” Marcus Johnson (215) is 46-1 for Diamond Bar after dropping his final match at the Masters because of a shoulder injury. The Brahmas standout has recovered well and worked out Thursday evening in Bakersfield and felt no pain or discomfort. “Over the weekend, I was in a lot of pain and pretty frustrated, but as the week went along, I got stronger and stronger,” Johnson said. Johnson was winning his match last Saturday and would likely be unbeaten if not for the shoulder strain. “I am excited and anxious to get out there and try and bring home a state championship,” he said. Sierra Vista’s Adrian Gonzales leads three Valley wrestlers in the 152-pound weight class. Gonzales has just two losses this season, but will have to face the state’s second-ranked wrestler, Joey Wilson of Half Moon Bay. “I’m going to leave it all out on the mat and leave Bakersfield with no regrets,” the senior said. George Munoz finished fourth at Masters, but got a much better draw than Nick Inclan or Gonzales. “This is my third year at state and I feel real good going into this weekend,” the West Covina 152-pounder said. “I need to take advantage of my draw.” Munoz feels his experience with play a huge role. “I’ve been in this environment before, so I won’t have the jitters I’ve had in the past.” Damien’s Aaron Kunihiro is the valley’s top 125-pounder and heads to state after placing sixth at Masters. Kunihiro won the CIF Southern Division final at Chino Hills. West Covina’s Armendariz (112) lost in the semifinals at Masters to South Hills’ Williams after an injury, but had defeated Williams the week before. Armendariz is using his success against the state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight as motivation that he can wrestle with anyone. “I am not ranked in state and I like being the underdog,” he said. “I am going to wrestle with all my heart and do it with passion.” Taylor Louie (West Covina) and Steven Salinas (Northview) are two of the state’s top 103-pound wrestlers and look for a possible third match against the other. “I feel confident going in and anything less than placing at state would be a disappointment,” Louie said. Inclan (152) has two CIF titles under his belt for Northview and drew the state’s top seed, Jordan Abed (Alhambra of Northern California), in the first round. “I am hoping to catch him off-guard, because whomever wrestles best is going to win this,” Inclan said. West Covina’s A.J. Guardado (135) also goes in as an underdog, but is a thinking man’s wrestler. “Its going to be an emotional weekend because I’ve been wrestling with these guys since the sixth grade,” Guardado said of his last state meet with teammates Munoz, Armendariz and Louie. Angel Garcia (119) finished second at Masters in the 119-pound division. The San Dimas junior standout is a three-time CIF champ and will compete with Santa Fe’s Marcus Orona for the top spot. South Hills’ Josh Pearson (189) and Sal Castillo have (140) tough draws, but both Huskies are aiming to place this weekend. Bishop Amat is sending Steven Espindola (112) and Andrew Ortega (119) after both won CIF titles and placed at Masters. Coaches and wrestlers polled think Williams, De La Fuente and Johnson have the best shot of bringing titles back to the valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “This is a whole different ball game this year,” South Hills coach Robb Froh said. “Thomas is more mature both mentally and physically and his experience will be a huge asset for him this time around.” “I started training for the State Meet the day after last year’s ended,” Williams said. Williams’ lone loss of the season came to West Covina’s Chris Armendariz, 4-2, in the CIF-Southern Section Coastal semifinals on Feb. 17. Some questioned the effect the loss would have on the Huskies standout, but Williams proved any doubters wrong by cruising through the Masters draw. Another advantage for Williams is the vast tournaments he’s competed in. Williams has wrestled five of the six wrestlers ranked in the top seven in the state, and has defeated each. last_img read more

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Done deal? Chelsea on verge of sealing transfer of £27m World Cup star attacker

first_img Chelsea transfer news: Juan Cuadrado to leave Stamford Bridge for Juventus 1 Chelsea are on the verge of doing another big transfer deal, but this time it’s a big signing set to depart Stamford Bridge. Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the Italian giants are close to signing Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado on loan from the Premier League champions.Speaking before Juventus’s opening Serie A match of the season on Sunday, Marotta told Sport Mediaset: “Cuadrado will arrive on loan. It could be made official as soon as tomorrow.”Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Serie A side Fiorentina on the final day of the Premier League transfer window in February for a reported £27million. The 27-year-old has failed to settle at Stamford Bridge, making only four league starts last season as the Blues coasted to the title, and the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona appears to have hastened his departure.last_img read more

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MODEL ‘PIPPED’ AT POST FOR PLACE IN CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR FINAL

first_imgThere was heartbreak for Laghey’s Naomh Brid when they were knocked out of RTE’s Celebrity Bainsteoir tonight.The Donegal team gave it their all for model bainisteoir Pippa O’Connor but it simply wasn’t enough.Fellow model Roz Purcell’s Longford side eventually ran out 1-9 to 0-4 winners. Dublin model Pippa, who was helped by hubby Brian Ormond, said she was devastated for her Donegal boys.Roz will now face Calum Best in the final. MODEL ‘PIPPED’ AT POST FOR PLACE IN CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR FINAL was last modified: October 21st, 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:Celebrity BainisteoirPIppa O’Connorlast_img read more

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DRAGON BOATS AND LION DANCING COME TO DONEGAL TOWN THIS SUNDAY

first_imgBY PAUL O’SULLIVAN: Donegal Town will experience for the first time the colour and energy of Chinese Lion Dancing this Sunday for the official Naming Ceremony of the towns’s first two Dragon Boats which ​will take place ​outdoors behind Pier 1​ at 3pm.The 3 times All Ireland winning Donegal Town Community Band will perform live on the Diamond at 2.30 pm beforehand and lead the parade down Quay St. for the ceremony which includes a spectacular Lion Dance in full costume.Disney’s Minnie & Mickey will be attendance for photos. The upper body movement of Dragon boat rowing has been proven to speed up the recovery of and help to prevent breast cancer.The two all new Dragon boats will be a regular feature in the town’s picturesque estuary all through the summer.The organisers are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading experts in breast cancer; Mr. Michael Sugrue from Letterkenny General Hospital who will give the keynote address.After the ceremony, everyone is invited into Pier 1 for food & entertainment. Adm is only €5. Donegal Town’s first Dragon Boat on its’ inaugural voyage in Donegal TownDRAGON BOATS AND LION DANCING COME TO DONEGAL TOWN THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 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:Donegal Towndragon boatsfestivalSundaylast_img read more

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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners forward joins Bundesliga club on loan

first_img Takuma Asano scored four goals for Stuttgart last season Arsenal forward Takuma Asano has re-joined Stuttgart on loan.The Japan international spent the last campaign with the German side and helped them win the second division.That led to Stuttgart gaining promotion to the Bundesliga and now the 22-year-old will join them for the challenge next season.Asano joined Arsenal from Sanfrecce Hiroshima last summer, but was sent to Germany on loan after failing to gain a work permit.The forward bagged four goals for Stuttgart over the course of last season. 1last_img

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Pub owner claims he was attacked with baseball bat after barring regular customer

first_imgA pub owner claims he was beaten up by a regular customer after he had barred him from his premises.Darren McLaughlin claims he was severely beaten with a baseball bat in front of his home in Gleneely, Inishowen. Mr McLaughlin claims the accused, John McGettigan, followed him from the Orchard Bar in Gleneely in October, 2013 and struck him several times with a baseball bat.McGettigan, who denies it was he who assaulted Mr McLaughlin, had been barred some nights earlier from the bar after he argued with the bar-owner.Mr McLaughlin claims he was confronted by McGettigan who accused him of serving late drinks to his family and friends but refused to serve him.The bar-owner, of Foden, Carndonagh, claimed just before 2am on October 8th, 2013, he drove home in his Audi A6 car and was approached in the driveway by McGettigan.Mr McLaughlin told the court “He came down on top of me with the baseball bat and he kept slapping me. I kept shouting “John, John, what are you at?” But he kpet hitting me and he put me on the ground.“Initially I got blows on the hand and I looked to defend myself and he caught me on the head and he split me. He then went for my leg. He said to me “You bastard, you know what this is for.”Mr McLaughlin said he managed to climb back into his car and blew the horn and McGettigan fled the scene.He managed to drive himself a number of miles away to get medical treatment for his wounds at the local NowDoc clinic in Carndonagh.Barrister for McGettigan, Peter Nolan, put it to Mr McLaughlin that he had barred his client because of the slagging in the bar.He put it to him that he had been caught masturbating in front of barmaid Denise McDaid whom he had previously been in a relationship.Mr McLaughlin admitted he had been masturbating in front of Ms McDaid.And Mr Nolan put it to Mr McLaughlin that the word spread around the bar among regulars that he was caught masturbating in front of Ms McDaid.“I put it to you that Mr McGettigan and everyone in the bar was slagging you continuously – calling you things like Tommy Tank, Tommy Tugger and Pat Mustard – a character from TV show Fr Ted.“You did not like it and you set out to get him and shut him up. You didn’t like McGettigan – didn’t have time for him. He was embarrassing you and you decided to get him back.”Former barmaid Denise McDaid told the court that her former boy friend Mr McLaughlin initially claimed that he had been “jumped” by four men but later admitted it was McGettigan.She also told the court that she had witnessed Mr McLaughlin masturbating in the cellar of the bar.“He wen tout to the cellar and the door was ajar. His penis was in hand and he was masturbating. I slammed the door and I told him to cop himself on. It happened three times. I closed door and walked away,” she revealed.She also revealed that Mr McLaughlin texted texted on his phone in the bar.The text read “If you stand there and look pretty I will give you twenty euro while I masturbate.”Ms McDaid said she told fellow barman Jason McElhinney and he told other regulars who all began to call Mr McLaughlin names for several months.“They would call him all sorts of names and would ask ‘are you away in there for a w*** Darren,” she added.The accused man, a 32 year old fisherman from Gemstone Park, Gleneely denied having any involvement in the assault of Mr McLaughlin.He admitted that he had been barred from the premises but said he had been barred before and had returned to the premises.The case, before Judge Martin Nolan, continues tomorrow.Pub owner claims he was attacked with baseball bat after barring regular customer was last modified: February 3rd, 2017 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

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR WAAR EVENT

first_imgA tough day for our club in Glenties on Sunday. It was great to see so much support out for both the Reserves in the semi final and the ladies playing in the Junior final. Special thanks to all supporters. A very brave and spirited performance yesterday. We never gave up and the players and management deserve great credit. Hopefully a great year ahead.This week’s winning numbers: 6,8,10,23. 3 match 3 winners: Margaret Sharkey (pa) Mullaghderg, Owenie Bonner Kerrytown and N Enright Newmills Letterkenny! Next weeks jackpot is €1760, if you’re not in you can’t win!!100+Club April draw Winners: €500:Anne Hanlon Mullachdubh, €200:Margaret Gallagher, Coic Locha, €100 each: JPO Gallagher, Mullachdubh, Owenie McGarvey, Ranna na Feirste, Tom Marry, Rann na Thuthail.
€50each: Anne Boyle (Shuggy) Barneys Brae, Gary Boyle, Bothair an Gleanna.WIN a year’s free entry into the 100+ club, join now to be entered in the special draw for full details see www.naomhmuire.ieIf you are available and willing to help out with WAAR on Saturday 14th of May please text the word WAAR, Your Full Name and mobile number to 0879610934 Our Lotto can now be played online from our website www.naomhmuire.ie. This is aimed at people on the go and people away from home. A great new way for people away from home to support the club!   GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR WAAR EVENT was last modified: May 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANAOMH MUIRESportlast_img read more

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