The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.
The Ebola outbreak situation is said to have now improved in Lofa County, Liberia’s Ebola ‘ground zero’. This disclosure was made Thursday by the medical charity group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has been in the forefront of the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).MSF said because the situation has improved in Lofa, which was one of the hardest hit counties, they have decided to withdraw.The group also said that because “new actors” have arrived and ready to take over remaining activities and surveillance in the area, they decided to withdraw from Lofa County and redirect their efforts to areas with greater unmet needs, including supporting the health center so they can reopen.They said that as they prepared for departure from Lofa, their team started reorganizing the Ebola Management Center (EMC), by gradually decreasing bed capacity from 85 to 10 beds and by reducing the number of national and international staff.MSF, which runs a 240-bed Ebola Management Center known as ELWA 3 in Paynesville, disclosed that since October 30th, there have been no more Ebola patients in the EMC in Foya, Lofa County.“The success of MSF’s intervention in northern Liberia can be considered a model of response, benefitting from a comprehensive approach and constant community involvement,” the group said in a release.MSF stated that when they took over the management of the EMC in Foya in August 2014, their teams were not only faced with an overflowing patient load of up to 130 people daily, but also had to deal with the population’s fear, denial and misinformation, as the people had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before.“Soon it became clear that the intervention could not only focus on isolating patients but that MSF needed to take a comprehensive and transparent approach if the virus was to be contained. Hence, the teams started to work on all six pillars of Ebola management, including isolation, outreach, safe burials, health promotion, psycho-social support and contact tracing,” MSF said.Ebola is one of those illnesses, which deeply affect family and community structures, forcing people to stop the most natural gestures like caring for their sick relatives or paying their last respects to the deceased.“We are convinced that our all-encompassing approach, including open and transparent cooperation with communities, local authorities and partners, has led to this impressive reduction in the number of cases in Lofa County,” says Ettore Mazzanti, MSF Project Coordinator in Foya. “Trust and the understanding of the communities have been very important for the acceptance of our medical activities and, ultimately, in successfully containing the virus. Without understanding and adapted coping behaviors, it is impossible to reach zero cases.”MSF said in Lofa County, as in the rest of Liberia, the entire health system collapsed as a result of the epidemic, so to support the local health system, they donated Ebola protection kits to health structures and focused on training health staff in Foya, Kolahun and Vahun districts, in Ebola patient care, including case definition, isolation and supportive care, as well as on protective measures and infection control. “Health workers have been decimated by the epidemic and we must ensure that the remaining staff can return to work with confidence”, says Mazzanti.MSF, which also operates a 10-bed Transit Unit close to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, stated that by December 10, all of its activities in the Lofa areas had ceased, as they had been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Health and its partners.“It is great to see that life has almost returned to normal around here but there are definitely mixed feelings in the Lofa community,” observes Mazzanti. “On the one hand, with MSF moving out, people are confident that the situation has improved. But on the other hand, people are concerned about the situation in bordering Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak is still ongoing. Also, with Christmas coming, people will be travelling a lot and there will be more gatherings, meaning that the risks of contamination will increase. We must definitely not lower our guard and we must remain vigilant.”Since March, MSF has admitted more than 6,500 people, of whom approximately 4,134 tested positive for Ebola and 1,796 have recovered. MSF currently has some 300 international staff working in the region and employs 3,125 locally hired staff.Liberia’s Incident Management System head and Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Att’y Tolbert G. Nyenswah, thanked MSF and other partners for their hard work in Lofa. Min. Nyenswah buttressed MSF that they have withdrawn from Lofa because in over 40 days, the county has not recorded a single EVD case. “They have decided to now focus their attention on other areas. But if anything sparks up in Lofa, MSF would be willing to go back there to help.”According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest situation report on the epidemic in the three hardest hit nations, Liberia has recorded 7,719 cases with reported deaths of 3177; Guinea with 1428 deaths from 2292 recorded cases. Sierra Leone, which has over taken Liberia with highest recorded cases—7897— reported deaths stand at 1768.WHO: “There have been 17942 reported cases of EVD, with 6388 reported deaths. Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guniea, decreasing in Liberia and may be increasing or stable in Sierra Leone.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Clearing of the site for the construction of one of the United States-funded Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) in Nimba County has begun at the Ganta United Methodist Airstrip.Road building equipment was seen at the site several days ago, clearing to commence the construction of an annex to the buildings that were constructed by the Methodists some time ago.The team of U.S. military personnel has paid several visits to Nimba County since their arrival in Liberia to select a suitable place for the ETU.Last week, the U.S. team toured the George W. Harley Hospital Ebola Treatment Unit constructed by ArcelorMittal outlining specific work, including Ebola testing that will be carried out there.It is not clear how many ETUs will be built in Nimba by the U.S. mlitary, but since their arrival in Liberia many trips have been made to several Nimba cities and towns, including Tappita, Sanniquellie and Karnplay.One of the advantages of the Ganta site is that it encompasses some unfinished medical buildings which the Methodists began constructing. It is possible that the Americans will help complete them in order to expand the capacity of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.Another piece of good news, probably the most important of all, is that there has been no new case of anyone infected with Ebola since the 16th of October—that is over a month ago.This was disclosed to our reporter by Dr. Paye Gbramie, head of the Ganta ETU.Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe announced the release of over 50 persons who had been quarantined in Bahn. They were quarantined in mid-October 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 21-year-old was last week fined $8,000 by Magistrate Annette Singh when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on a charge of disorderly behaviour.Linden McCurdy, a porter of Block 22, Wismar, Linden admitted that on July 8, he behaved in a disorderly manner at the Wismar Police Station in Linden.Addressing the Court, he told the presiding Magistrate that he was sorry for his actions.The fine carries a default sentence of a week in prison.
ALCS: Veteran’s off-speed mastery silences Boston’s bats until Cleveland breaks out. By Tom Withers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND – Hang tight, Colorado Rockies. There’s another team roaring through October. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And you just might see them in the World Series. The Cleveland Indians, relying on a throwback pitcher who looks as if he stepped out of their 1948 team photo, moved one win from another crack at winning an elusive championship. Pumping his arms with an old-school windup, Paul Byrd blanked Boston long enough and Casey Blake homered to start Cleveland’s seven-run rampage in the fifth inning as the Indians beat the Red Sox 7-3 Tuesday night for a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series. “We want to put them away here,” Byrd said. “That’s a great team over there. They can easily come back and win three. We’re taking absolutely nothing for granted. We’ll enjoy the win for now, but we want to put them away.” Just like those rockin’-and-rollin’ Rockies, who are awaiting their next opponent, these Indians are soaring like a team of destiny. Everything is falling Cleveland’s way, and with a victory in Game 5 on Thursday night, the Indians will have another chance to bring this title-starved town something it hasn’t seen since the Browns won it all in 1964. The Indians, who knocked out the New York Yankees and their monstrous payroll in the first round of the playoffs, now have the free-spending Red Sox on the ropes. Even three straight homers couldn’t rally Boston. After a day off, the Indians will turn to ace C.C. Sabathia, their left-handed leader. Boston’s Josh Beckett, who beat Cleveland in Game 1 at home, will try to send the series back to Fenway Park. “To be in a position to put us in the World Series is unbelievable,” Sabathia said. “I’m going to go out and have fun.” The Indians haven’t been to the Series since 1997 and haven’t won a title since ’48, when they beat the Boston Braves. Cleveland’s 59-year drought is only eclipsed by the Chicago Cubs, those lovable losers whose futility now extends to 99 years this fall after an early-October flame out. While these Indians are burning brightly, the Red Sox are on the verge of being extinguished. “The scene switched in a blink,” Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “Everything is kind of slipping away, but we’re still playing. If we don’t win, we go home. We’ve got to get to the ballpark and get a win.” Blake homered leading off the fifth against Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, whose now-you-see- it-now-you-don’t pitch had Cleveland’s hitters flailing at air for nearly four innings. But in the fifth, helped by a dropped foul pop and a ball seemingly headed for an inning-ending double play that tipped off Wakefield’s glove, the Indians blew it open by hanging a seven spot on the scoreboard – just as they did in the 11th inning at Fenway Park to win Game 2. “It’s one of those innings that everybody exploded,” Blake said. Cleveland batted for 35 minutes in the fifth, and the down time seemed to hurt Byrd, who gave up back-to-back homers in a seven-pitch span to Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz to open the sixth before Indians manager Eric Wedge rescued him. As Byrd walked to the dugout in favor of rookie Jensen Lewis, Cleveland’s towel-twirling fans saluted the 36-year-old, who instead of trying to blow pitches past hitters, uses off-speed stuff to fool them. “My goal was to move the ball in and out,” said Byrd, who used the same strategy to beat the Yankees in the Bronx last week. “I really didn’t strike anybody out. I was hoping to jam some people.” Byrd even found an extra mile or two on his fastball. “I hit 90 mph,” he joked. “That happens a few times a year.” Lewis replaced Byrd and gave up a homer to Manny Ramirez, who posed to admire his 451-foot shot, as the Red Sox became the first team in ALCS history to hit three straight homers. They came too late as the Red Sox missed a chance to even the series. “We’ve definitely got our work cut out for us,” third baseman Mike Lowell said. “But I don’t think we should look at it as we’ve got to win three games in a row. We’ve just got to win two days from now.” Rafael Betancourt needed just six pitches to get through Youkilis, Ortiz and Ramirez in the eighth, then the righty finished off the Red Sox in the ninth. Blake’s leadoff homer in the fifth must have stirred painful memories across Red Sox Nation. It was on the same date that New York’s Aaron Boone opened the 11th inning of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS with a series-clinching homer – off Wakefield. Blake, Cleveland’s clutch third baseman, drilled an 0-and-1 pitch over the wall in left. Franklin Gutierrez followed with a single and Wakefield plunked Kelly Shoppach. A groundout moved up Gutierrez, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a foul pop toward the photographer’s pit next to Boston’s dugout. Youkilis, the first baseman, seemed to have it under control, but the ball squirted from his glove. Cabrera then hit a liner – a possible double-play ball – that Wakefield deflected and trickled behind the mound. “It was hit right at me, but Wake stuck out his glove,” Pedroia said. “Things like that kind of happened all night. But we’re still alive and still playing. The opportunity is there.” Wakefield was pulled after 4
From Santa Clarita or the San Fernando Valley, worshippers can get off the freeway at Agua Dulce Canyon Road and drive north 1.5 miles to Escondido Canyon Road, then turn right. From the Antelope Valley, worshippers can get off the freeway at Escondido Canyon Road, then drive west three miles to the park entrance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe pageant mixes live music with a re-enactment of the Biblical story of Jesus’ last hours. Because parking is limited, organizers suggest worshippers arrive early. Special parking is available for elderly and handicapped persons. Eight hundred chairs will be set out for worshippers on a first-come, first-served basis. Organizers suggest worshippers bring blankets. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken. The park is located at 10700 Escondido Canyon Road, north of the Antelope Valley Freeway. AGUA DULCE – Acton and Agua Dulce churches will host the annual Easter sunrise service using Vasquez Rocks as a backdrop for a pageant of Roman soldiers, apostles and Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion and resurrection. For the first time, a matinee Saturday afternoon will accomodate some of the 2,500 to 3,000 worshippers who crowd the county park every Easter morning. “We actually overflow the park,” said Pastor Mike Sheridan of Family Community Church, one of the host congregations. Hosted by the Alliance of Churches of Agua Dulce and Acton, the matinee Saturday is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday’s service starts at 5 a.m.
An Clochan Liath GAA News:B’iad 6, 9, 16 & 18 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €1300 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann:Noreen Bonner – Keadue Strand. K Edwards – Quay Rd. Rose Boyle – Acres. Lorraine Gallagher – Glenties. Conor Johnson – Chapel Rd. The seniors had their first game of 2016 in Rosses Park on Saturday afternoon. Dungloe edged past Naomh Columba in Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta in a game that was very close throughout, with the goal coming from Luke Neely. It was a team mixed with plenty of youth & experience which aided the first win of they season. Final score 1-10 to 1-09.This weekend at Rosses Park Scoil Chróine Parents Association are proud to introduce the Inaugural Brid Gallagher Memorial Cup on Sunday 6th March between An Clochán Liath and Na Rossa. It promises to be a great day in memory of a very special lady, please come along and support. Time is still yet to be confirmed. Please come along & support.Final registration night for 2016 membership of Dungloe GAA will be held on Saturday the 5th of March @ 7.30pm in the clubhouse. New members welcome!Well done to Càtriona Solan & her sister Brid who sang at the Donegal V Mayo game on Sunday. Dungloe u16s hurlers were in Magherafelt for the Ulster 9 a side indoor competition on Saturday. They played 6 games against Antrim, Derry and Tyrone club teams. Winning two, drawing two and losing two. Dungloe were the only Donegal team involved in the competition. Well done to all involved.DUNGLOE U16 HURLERS PERFORM SUPERBLY AT BLITZ IN MAGHERAFELT was last modified: March 1st, 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:dungloeGAASport
GAA Fundraiser Proves Huge DrawA fundraising draw being held by Four Masters GAA Club in Donegal Town is gathering huge interest as a result of the main prize which consists of two tickets for the All Ireland Final between Dublin and Mayo and if that’s not enough it includes €250 spending money!The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise badly needed funds to pay for the further development of the brand new training pitch. Eamonn Gorrell, Club Chairman commented: “The draw is extremely necessary to pay-off our financial obligations in respect of the €330,000 bank loan that facilitated the purchase of the site and the development of the training pitch.“This development which began in July 2010 is up and running for teams to train on in the last month. It is part of an overall development programme to ensure that the Club can continue to provide state of the art facilities for the community.”Mr Gorrell added: “The interest in the tickets has certainly gathered momentum recently, we are getting people from across the country and in the diaspora abroad visiting the website to get tickets in the hope of winning tickets to what many are hoping will be a classic footballing encounter. There is great demand by footballing fans to be there and this is driving the fierce interest in our fundraiser”.Tickets are priced at €5 each or book of 5 for €20, books are on sale from committee members and on the Club’s website, www.fourmastersgaa.com. For further information telephone Club Secretary Deborah on 087 986 0192. The draw will take place on Thursday 19th September 2013 in Dom’s Pier One at 9.00pm GAA: FOUR MASTERS ALL-IRELAND FINAL TICKETS FUNDRAISER PROVES A HUGE DRAW was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 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:FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUBwin all-ireland final tickets
1- Manchester City: I have seen nothing to suggest champions City are going to slow down. Algerian wing wizard Riyad Mahrez’s arrival from Leicester City increases manager Josep Guardiola’s attacking options. Yaya Toure is the only significant departure, but he wasn’t a mainstay.Although I don’t expect City to break the 100 point barrier like last season, their young squad has matured enough to be able to outlast their rivals.2- Liverpool: If the title was to be decided in a face-off with Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s Kop would prevail. They have now beaten City in four consecutive matches (4-3, 3-0, 2-1, 2-1 (ICC)).No other Premier League side is capable of beating a Guardiola coached team that often. The recruitment of Alisson Becker, Nabil Keita, Xherdhan Shaqiri and Fabinho means they will cope with run of the mill opponents better. A top two finish portends.3- Manchester United: Manchester United and Jose Mourinho’s problem is that the Red Devils keep spending astronomical sums on transfer fees without improving. Brazilian recruit Fred’s dead ball expertise and Colombian target Yerry Mina are meant to improve United’s goal return from set pieces.Otherwise, the negative vibes coming out of Old Trafford and Mourinho point to a season of difficulty. I really can’t see United in the title picture.4- Chelsea: I am positively surprised by how quickly Maurizio Sarri’s FA Cup winners are adopting to his stylish approach.Sarri’s main problem is mounting speculation over star trio Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Ngolo Kante. Should any of them leave, the Londoners will be cooked.Playing Europa League football on Thursday nights will further complicate their title challenge. In the circumstances, fourth place would represent a successful season.5- Tottenham Hotspur: White Hart Lane supremo Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to deliver silverware of some description to augment Spurs’ progress during his three-year tenure.Operating under a strict wage structure is a serious impediment to Pochettino’s long term vision. For how long can Spurs hold onto Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose when they are aware England colleagues at title rivals earn twice or thrice as much?6- Arsenal: £8m pound signing Matteo Guendouzi is proof transfer bargains still exist in today’s inflated market. Ugandan Arsenal fans haven’t been as excited about a signing for some time. Guendouzi’s partnership with Torreira is certain to add midfield steel to Arsenal’s soft underbelly but success in manager Unai Emery’s speciality – cup competitions – is the likeliest route to silverware this year.Comments Tags: arsenalChelsealiverpoolmanchester citymanchester unitedpremier leaguetoptottenham hotspurs
Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet Group, which provides cargo- handling services at terminals situated across seven South African ports – Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura and East London. SAinfo reporter 25 July 2012 The arrival of a massive, custom-built pneumatic ship unloader at South Africa’s largest exporting port in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday marked the start of port operator Transnet Port Terminals’ seven-year equipment renewal project. “The unloader is only the seventh of its kind in the world, and its arrival signals the start of the Richards Bay Terminal’s ambitious R3-billion equipment replacement programme to improve capacity, equipment reliability and service delivery,” Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said in a statement. The programme represents the biggest slice of the TPT’s R33-billion budget for the next seven years and the R3-billion earmarked for equipment replacement falls within R12.1-billion allocated for the plant over seven years. This forms part of state-owned Transnet Group’s R300-billion expenditure on port and rail capital projects until 2018/19 as part of the company’s market demand strategy.‘An important milestone to be proud of’ “This investment in Richards Bay shows TPT’s sound commitment to the terminal and will make a remarkable difference in enabling the plant to achieve improved operating efficiencies and deliver on customer expectations,” said Richards Bay Terminal Head Victor Mkhize. “A number of tasks will be executed when the new unloader arrives. This includes assembling, operator training, endurance testing, hot and cold commissioning and handover. This is an historic moment for TPT and an important milestone we can be proud of.” The custom-built unloader – produced by Swiss shipping manufacturer Rio Tinto Alcan Alesa Engineering Ltd – is now one of the terminal’s largest assets. It has the capacity to unload 1 000 tons per hour by design, making it a valuable acquisition in improving the terminal’s operational efficiency. “The offloader will significantly improve the efficiency of BHP Billiton’s operation and will undoubtedly make a positive impact in reducing spillages,” said Lucas Msimanga, Asset President of BHP Billiton Aluminium SA – a client of Transnet Port Terminals.Market Demand Strategy to support growth Transnet’s market demand strategy (MDS) will see the company invest R300-billion on capital projects aimed at building freight capacity to support South Africa’s economic growth. “The MDS has major implications for our division’s responsibility to facilitate unconstrained growth, unlock demand and create world-class port operations through improved efficiencies,” said TPT chief executive officer, Karl Socikwa. “Acquiring the unloader in Richards Bay is certainly a significant step towards us achieving our MDS objectives and huge thanks must go to the project team for many months of intensive work involved in getting us to this milestone.” Transnet Port Terminals has prioritised several major MDS projects to be carried out in Richards Bay over the next seven years which include:R3.7-billion on capital sustaining investments including mobile equipment, quayside equipment and weighbridges. Also included are safety critical projects as well as environmental and legal compliance projects.Approximately R1.2-billion to be spent on capacity creation, such as new or upgraded storage areas and re-engineering of the port to create additional capacity.