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Wesley Powell meet hailed for its over-distance focus

first_imgDespite being one of just three middle- and over-distance events on the local calendar for the past 14 years, Desmond Shakespeare, committee chairman for the Wesley Powell Heart Institute of the Caribbean Track and Field Meet, is hoping for continued improvements to their Excelsior High School-hosted event.The meet, which began in 1998 to honour late founder Dr Aston Wesley Powell, will take place on Saturday, December 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m.It was launched inside Excelsior’s auditorium yesterday.Veteran track and field coach Maurice Wilson, who was a guest speaker at the event, lauded event organisers for sticking to the over-distance format, which in his view helps with development.While over 1,700 athletes have represented around 53 teams in the last two years, the meet chairman told The Gleaner that they are aiming to have more athletes and more spectators.”It’s been growing, and the participation has been excellent from the other schools. If we get 2,000 athletes this year, it would be good because we have the facilities to house them, our warm-up field is different from where the track is and the whole Excelsior has at least three fields which we utilise,” he outlined.The meet will feature 40 track events and 36 field events for males and females in classes one to four. The events include; the 150m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, 3000m, 500m and 4x300m open, respectively.There will also be long jump, high jump; discus and javelin open competition in the same classes.Clubs, colleges and institutions can also compete.MEASURING STICKMeet director, Olympian Grace Jackson, calls it an important measuring stick for coaches ahead of the new track and field season.Meanwhile, the call for athlete screening prior to participation in competitive sports is high on the agenda of title sponsors Heart Institute of the Caribbean.They will be hosting an important athlete workshop on Healthy Hearts and How to Know Your Heart Is Healthy on the preceding Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the school.Gates will be open to all student-athletes across the island, who will get a chance to interact with cardiologists from the Heart Institute of the Caribbean during the session.There will be three honourees at the meet this year – Allison Peart, from the Excelsior community; sprint coach Glen Mills; and administrator Ian Forbes.last_img read more

‘Political Interferences Cause Riots on Campuses’

first_imgOne of the underlying causes responsible for the constant student unrests on the campuses of the University of Liberia and other higher institutions of learning in the country has been attributed to political interferences, according to Prof. Geegbae A. Geegbae, Dean of the Business College of the University of Liberia.The Economics Professor said political interferences in terms of admissions, mobilization of youth to get involved in politics at the expense of their studies have serious repercussions for education. He also stated that these constant unwholesome actions on the part of student prolong their stay on campuses.Though Prof. Geegbae failed to delve further into the nitty-gritty of the political interferences, our reporter said it has been established in time past that external political factors from some officials of government have led students to stage riots in the so-called name of advocating for social-justice for the ‘voiceless masses.’Prof. Geegbae made the assertions when he served as guest speaker at the graduation of the over 250 participants from the 2014 cycle of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) over weekend.He spoke on the topic, ‘The Challenge of Providing Adequate Professional Training for Public and Private Sector Employees for Efficient Service Delivery in Liberia’s Reform Agenda: The Role of LIPA.’The UL Dean of Business College further stated that once an institution of higher learning, like the UL, shifts from an educational or professional mode to a political mode, it becomes difficult to get it back to its original state.“They set trends that are unhealthy for growth. It is important and necessary to develop norms and values that prevent political interferences in academic matters,” Prof. Geegbae said.For his part, the Executive Director of LIPA, Oblayon Blayon Nyemah, Sr., said from the background of civil service reform, the civil service has been in disarray, while patronage permeated every sector of our public life making it difficult, if not impossible to deliver efficient services to the Liberian people.He said the post-conflict government inherited a moribund civil service; personnel were ill-trained, inadequately compensated and as such de-motivated and therefore the service seized to be the main machinery of the government bureaucracy as far as service delivery is concerned.“However, the plethora of reform initiatives undertaken by the new civil service administration, complemented by the tripartite coordination of the Governance Commission and LIPA, signals a renewed commitment to reinvent the machinery of civil service bureaucracy,” Mr. Nyemah said.The conferral officer of the 2014 First Training Cycle graduates, Amb. Commany Wesseh said Liberian manpower is worrisome because poor foundation and most of them bribe their way through to get degrees.Amb. Wesseh, who is the Minister of State without Portfolio, indicated that most university graduates do not know the different between the pronoun ‘I’ and the plural ‘are.’He urged graduates of the 2014 First Training Cycle to see themselves as new servants but must stop from clerical positions instead of Assistant Ministers.“It is better to start from the foundation in your offices than Director or Assistant Ministers, because if you are sacked you won’t know a damned thing,” Mr. Wesseh said.He added: “Don’t also be a Senator as soon you finished school, it’s better to rise to any position.”Meanwhile, registration for the 2014 2nd Training Cycle is in process and would end on Monday, 4 August 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Citizens Complain MNG-Gold of Chemical Spillage

first_imgThe Sein Creek polluted by the spill-over of chemical in September, 2017It has been nearly a year ago when a reservoir facility containing chemicals belonging to MNG-Gold, overflowed with rainwater and later spilled into the nearby Sein Creek, a major water source for residents in Saywehta Town, Kokoyah Statutory District in Bong County. The creek was one of several water sources polluted by MNG-Gold chemical over-spill.According to Kokoyah Statutory District Superintendent Conde Yallah, since the chemical spillage, some of the citizens have complained of suffering from persistent stomach pain, running stomach, skin disease, rash and bloody stool.Mr. Yallah informed this newspaper that the residents heavily depend on the creek for livelihood.Yallah said authorities of MNG-Gold failed to provide proper medical treatment to those poisonous chemical had made sick.“People who frequently use the creek complain that despite the spillage barely a year ago, during the heavy downpour,  the creek smells like some explosive materials,” Mr. Yallah claimed.When contacted via mobile phone, an environmental health officer at the Phebe Hospital, Young Payegar, said cyanide was one of the three chemicals that spilled into the creek, something he described as “dangerous to human health.”Quoting from a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents, Payegar explained that people exposed to cyanide can develop dizziness, headache, vomiting, rash, rapid heartbeat rate and weakness. Other symptoms, he said include restlessness, convulsions, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, lung injury, respiratory failure leading to death, etc.“Survivors of cyanide poisoning may develop heart, brain and nerve damage, according to the CDC,” Mr. Payegar revealed.Lloyd Ngaway, MNG-Gold’s media relations officer, said the company obtained health certificate from Phebe Hospital. He said that all of those affected as a result of the spill received proper medical treatment and were discharged.“The symptoms people are showing after nearly a year since the spillage in Saywehta is something else, not the chemical spill,” Ngaway said.“We agreed that there were minor illnesses as a result of the chemical spillage, but Phebe Hospital and JFK Hospital said that the victims are well,” he declared.MNG–Gold is a Turkish Mining company working in several parts of Kokoyah District, in Bong County. The company took over from the American-Liberian Mining Company (Amlib) in 2013 following a mutual agreement between the two companies. The company began mining gold in August 28, 2015, with a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Under the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed between AmLib and the Liberian government in 2005, the company is required to ensure that the lives of citizens are  protected from chemicals and to provide care for citizens in case of health problems arising from exposure to chemicals.Under the MDA, MNG contributes US$12,000 a month or US$84,000 a year to Bong County’s Social Development Fund for its mining operations in the district.It can be recalled on September 29, 2017, about 30 persons were admitted at the Phebe Hospital for exposure to a chemical spillover from MNG-Gold reservoir in Saywehta Town. The incident took place at one of the mining sites of MNG-Gold in the Kokoyah Statutory District after a heavy downpour.It has not been established by hospital authorities in the county that people suffering from these sicknesses because of the chemical spillover in the water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hospital to gain $25,000 from Alpha Charter Guild

first_imgAlpha Charter Guild 2006 President Pat Stevenson will present the check to Wong and the Antelope Valley Healthcare District board of directors. Stevenson said, “With this check presentation, the Guild will have fulfilled more than $147,000 of its total pledge made in 2001. “The Alpha Charter Guild has been in existence for 43 years, and we are pleased that we have been able to make a difference for four decades and plan to continue putting our full support behind our community’s hospital.” The Alpha Charter Guild was formed 43 years ago by a small group of women to create a debutante program to prepare young women to enter the Antelope Valley community with a value system based on etiquette, service and volunteerism and to also raise money for Antelope Valley Hospital. Their biggest fund-raising event of the year is the Hour Glass Ball, which is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They have several smaller fund-raisers during the year. Two of the events they are most known for are a fashion show with the debutantes modeling the latest fashions and a reverse opportunity drawing. Celebrating more than 50 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Hospital, a facility of the Antelope Valley Healthcare District, is a 411-bed not-for-profit hospital that was founded in 1955. The hospital is dedicated to providing quality care and services to everyone in the Antelope Valley. The hospital is located at 1600 West Avenue J in Lancaster. For more information, please visit www.avhospital.orghttp://www.avhospital.org/index.html or call 661-949-5000. To post stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Alpha Charter Guild, an organization whose mission is to carry on philanthropic work for Antelope Valley Hospital and raise money in support of special equipment purchases and programs, will present $25,906 to AVH on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The presentation will take place in conference room 1 in the administration department at the hospital. The gift represents an installment toward a $152,500 pledge made in 2001 that will help purchase state-of-the-art equipment for the breast imaging center and a defibrillator for the outpatient treatment center. Funds will also be applied toward the continued operation of the Alpha Charter Guild Family Resource Center. “The many contributions of the Alpha Charter Guild to Antelope Valley Hospital are immeasurable,” said Les Wong, AVH CEO. “They are a dedicated group of individuals who understand our hospital’s vital role in the community. The new equipment purchases and programs made possible with their gifts have benefited countless people over the years.” last_img read more

NBA brings its party to Vegas

first_imgMaloof has had a big hand in it. He said he and his brother, Joe, were talking about the idea of a neutral-site All-Star Game and pitched the thought of it being in their city to commissioner David Stern, who told them to bring it to Mayor Oscar Goodman on one condition: No betting on the game in the sports books. Being an exhibition that doesn’t get heavy action anyway, that was no problem. “If you bet the NBA All-Star Game, you might as well get a life,” Gavin Maloof said. Besides, after all those parties – Maloof said his casino will play host to about a dozen, featuring everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Dwyane Wade to Diddy – who can predict which players will have energy left to play well Sunday night? “There ain’t going to be no sleep, I’ll tell you that,” Wade said. “There’s going to be a lot going on.” The timing of this experiment couldn’t be better. After an occasionally rocky first half that featured headaches from the ball to the brawl, the NBA could use a few days away to blow off some steam. “This is the biggest event that ever hit Las Vegas,” said Gavin Maloof, whose family owns the Sacramento Kings and the Palms, where the players are staying. “No question about it, bigger than any fight. Let me tell you why. The tickets, they’re brokering the tickets 10 rows up, five rows up for $27,000 a ticket. “There’s never been an event that I know of in the history of the world that goes for $27,000. I don’t care if it’s World Cup, I don’t care if it’s the (Rolling) Stones, Super Bowl. There’s never been an event that a broker has charged that kind of an amount for any ticket, not that I know of. It’s just incredible.” LAS VEGAS – Even a city that spares no expense for a good time has never seen anything like this. Tonight’s NBA All-Star Game might be meaningless and, after three nights of parties, might be sloppy. But try telling that to people paying top dollar for a chance to see it. center_img Is there a better place for that than Sin City? “I got married in Vegas a couple of summers ago and it was pretty crazy, so I can only imagine what it is going to be like with all the celebrities and an event this big,” said Washington’s Caron Butler, a first-time all-star. The predictions for the weekend are staggering. Besides the prices for a ticket at the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas officials estimate there will be 25,000 visitors who will generate more than $26million in non-gaming economic impact, as the NBA shares the holiday weekend crowd with a fashion industry convention and the Chinese New Year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stoke reject second Norwich bid for Jonathan Walters, who thinks the Potters haven’t ‘valued’ him

first_img1 Stoke have rejected a fresh £2million bid from Norwich for forward Jonathan Walters.The Canaries have been knocked back once again a week on from having an initial £1.5million offer for Walters turned down. Speaking at a press conference on Friday before the news of Norwich’s second bid emerged, Potters boss Mark Hughes remained optimistic Stoke could reach agreement with Walters over a new contract.The player, currently on a deal that runs out next summer, was this week quoted as saying he wanted to stay with the Staffordshire outfit but felt they were yet to show they truly valued him in recent contract negotiations.Reports suggest the main sticking point is the duration of extension being offered to Republic of Ireland international Walters, who turns 32 next month.And when asked about the contract situation on Friday, Hughes said ahead of Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom: “Jon knows our feeling and my feeling – I’d like him to stay.“He has his view in terms of the negotiations. We haven’t closed the door and we still think we will be able to get somewhere with it, but it has not been concluded yet.”Asked if he was disappointed Walters had aired his view, Hughes said: “No – I think they are honest comments.“Maybe it is borne out of a little bit of frustration. But I have told him my thoughts about what he offers us and the value he gives to the squad.“Jon is looking for security and a little bit longer maybe than the club feels they can give him.“But hopefully there is some common ground we can discuss and move it forward.”Stoke have consistently said they want Walters to stay since rejecting Norwich’s original bid. Jonathan Walters last_img read more

BUNBEG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SHOTGUN AND AMMUNITION

first_imgA Donegal man has been charged with possession of a shotgun and ammunition when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court earlier today.Maurice Boyle, 22, of Dore, Bunbeg pleaded guilty of having the materials which included a 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun on March 1st, 2009 in Dore, Bunbeg.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned the case until the next sitting of the circuit court in Letterkenny in January. BUNBEG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HAVING SHOTGUN AND AMMUNITION was last modified: November 1st, 2011 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:BunbegLETETRKENNY CIRCUIT COURTMAURICE BOYLElast_img read more

Woman left almost half a million in husband’s will claimed social welfare

first_imgA woman who was left almost half a million euro by her late husband continued to claim social welfare benefits.Margaret Friel claimed the social welfare benefits while she worked part-time between periods in 2011 and 2016. Garda Harvey Maughan of the Special Investigations Unit of the Department of Social Protection gave evidence to Letterkenny District Court.He said a total of €16,812 had been overpaid to Ms Friel although the charges, brought by the Minister for Social Protection, referred to half of that or €8,072.Garda Maughan said Ms Friel, 61, had been left a total of £394,597 (STG) by her late husband in his will.Although she did not have a bank card relating to the account into which the money was lodged, she was the only named person on the account and she regularly made manual withdrawals.When interviewed by Gardai, Ms Friel was very co-operative and said the cash was merely “resting in her account.”Garda Maughan said “The money has now been given to the sons and maybe that was the intention of the deceased but she should have told us the money was in her account.”Solicitor for Ms Friel, of 37 Windmill View, Letterkenny, Mr Frank Dorrian, said the money was always intended to be given to the two adult sons of the couple upon Mr Friel’s death.He said the cash had since been divided amongst the couple’s two sons.Mr Dorrian told the court that Mr and Mrs Friel had been separated for 32 years but that Ms Friel nursed her late husband before his death.He said his client had no previous convictions whatsoever and that the ultimate destination of the money left in the will to Ms Friel was for the couple’s sons.He added that it was unfortunate she did not seek advice on the situation but stressed that she did not profit “enormously” from it.Judge Paul Kelly said that he would apply the Probation Act.Woman left almost half a million in husband’s will claimed social welfare was last modified: June 7th, 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

SHE DID IT! LETTERKENNY WOMAN REACHES EVEREST BASE CAMP

first_imgEmer HendersonA young Letterkenny woman has successfully reached Everest Base Camp in a fundraising trek for charity.Emer Henderson, 24, from the Glebe in Letterkenny, was among just three of her comrades to reach the camp.She was part of a group of 9 volunteers trekking for the Suas Educational Development charity. Struck by altitude sickness, her fellow trekkers had to return down the mountain.But brave Emer reached the massive 18000ft height point two days ago, and is now on her way back down. She began her 120km round trip a fortnight ago.Emer raised €1,551 for Suas, an Irish-based charity that supports education projects in Indian and Kenyan communities.by Rachel McLaughlin.  SHE DID IT! LETTERKENNY WOMAN REACHES EVEREST BASE CAMP was last modified: September 27th, 2013 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:charityemer hendersoneverest base camplast_img read more

Lukwago named new KCCA FC captain

first_imgLukwago replaces Timothy Awanyi as captain. (File Photo)LUGOGO – Could it be that Timothy Awanyi is leaving KCCA!Well not yet confirmed but the player has been stripped of being team captain and replaced by skipper Charles Lukwago.KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi has announced that goalkeeper Lukwago will be the new club captain for the 2019/2020 season.Lukwago will be assisted by Julius Poloto and Mustafa Kizza.The development was confirmed by the head coach at the club’s congratulatory party and awards ceremony which was held at StarTimes Stadium on Tuesday 14th May.Speaking at the ceremony, Mutebi the club’s skipper to be exemplary and disciplined both on and off the pitch.“I ask that Lukwago should be disciplined both on and off the pitch so that other players can look up to him, he’s also going to be assisted by Julius Poloto and  Mustafa Kiiza. ”Lukwago said he feels delighted and honored to be made the new team captain.“I feel delighted and honored to be made the new team captain and I welcome it.”On the same night, Timothy Denis Awanyi was named the club MVP of the season and the fans players of the year.Meanwhile, Mustafa Kizza was named the Jimmy Kirunda player’s player of the year and Patrick Kaddu who netted 17 goals across all competition was the club’s top scorer.Youngster Ibrahim Juma was named the Jackson Mayanja young player of the year and Charles Lukwago as the Tom Lwanga most disciplined player of the year.Each received a token of appreciation from MTN Uganda.Comments Tags: charles lukwagoJulius polotoKCCA FCMike MutebiMustafa Kiizatimothy awanyitoplast_img read more