Thompson, McPherson impress indoors

first_imgWorld Championships 200-metre silver medallist Elaine Thompson looked at home on her indoor debut, twice clocking 7.14 on a day that saw her finishing second to her Dutch rival Dafne Schippers in the 60m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena yesterday.Just like she did in the 200m final at the World Championships in Beijing last August, Schippers led Thompson to the line with a time of 7.10, with third place going to Ewa Swoboda (Poland), who clocked 7.15 seconds.Thompson’s run makes her the joint fastest Jamaican in the event so far this year along with Simone Facey, who also ran 7.14 earlier this month.Competing in her first individual indoor 400m race, Stephenie-Ann McPherson became the fastest Jamaican this year after posting 52.05 to win ahead of Seren Bundy-Davies (Great Britain), 52.10 and Lisanne De Witte of The Netherlands, 52.49.In the men’s 60m, Julian Forte ran 6.64 for fourth place in the heats before improving in the final to a personal best 6.63 and a sixth-place finish behind winner Sean Safo-Antwi (Great Britain), 6.56. Another Briton, Richard Kilty, the defending World Indoor champion, finished second in 6.57 with third place going to American Mike Rodgers, 6.60.Rusheen McDonald was sixth in the men’s 400m in 49.38 seconds. The win went to Pavel Maslak, 46.02, of the Czech Republic, who finished ahead of USA’s Calvin Smith, 46.45 and Great Britain’s Jarryd Dunn, 46.67.With the IAAF World Indoor Championships fast approaching and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association set to name their team this week, it’s left to be seen who will be available for the March 17-19 championships which takes place in Portland, USA.last_img read more

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Standhardinger still adjusting to PBA game: ‘This feels like a different sport’

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours However, even his much-improved numbers weren’t enough to stop San Miguel from falling to 0-2 this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after its 123-119 overtime loss to Rain or Shine.Standhardinger rued the free throw disparity with the Elasto Painters shooting 44 free throws against the Beermen’s 16.“It’s always hard to win a game like this,” he rued. “I had the impression that they were the physical team, and not us. But we just got to play through it.“The 28-year-old, though, knows that he has to keep adjusting to the style of play in the pro league.“Now I know why in Gilas, I’m wondering why we’re always in team fouls. Because here is a country that you call so much less, and you let play more things. While in Europe, as soon as you don’t have position anymore as a defender, that’s it. So I need to keep adjusting,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I’m literally making big adjustments. I literally have to lift heavier weights to be stronger, because this feels like a different sport,” he said.“It’s a lot of grabbing, holding. Here, you can kind come from the side, and still run your defender out of his lane which is a new adjustment I have to make. I have to change how I play defense because if you don’t use your hands, you can use your body to bully him out of his lane.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAccounting all of his learnings from the first game, Standhardinger did have a better offensive effort compared to his debut, posting 17 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists on Sunday.“I already made adjustments in the post. I’m not posting up, I’m more facing up, that worked actually fine today,” he said. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — It hasn’t been the smoothest of starts for Christian Standhardinger in the PBA.Even the Fil-German forward admits that at times, he’s learning a different sport altogether.ADVERTISEMENT Barriga outclasses Colombian foe, gains shot at world titlelast_img read more

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Ivorian Refugees Urged to Return Home

first_imgAfter years of stay in refugee life in Liberia, Ivorian refugees at various camps are contemplating returning home to re-establish their lives.The desire to return home was disclosed to heads of the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) through Ivorian Refugee Chairperson, Patrice Gnombie on June 20 during observance of World Refugee Day.According to Gnombie, the need to go back home is in response to an earlier call by their President, Allasane Ouattara to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country gravely affected by war.In his remark during the occasion, Refugee Chairman Patrice Gnombie said “Today we have answered our President’s call to return home.” His statement was greeted with loud applause. The observance of World Refugees Day was climaxed at Liberia’s largest PTP Refugee Camp which hosts more than 15,000 Ivorian refugees.President Ouattara, during his visit to Liberia last year, appealed to his compatriots to return home.  He stressed that their country needed them. Reemphasizing the Ivorian leader’s plea, Mr. Gnombie told his compatriots, “It is now time to return to Côte d’Ivoire.”The Ivorian refugees poured into Liberia in 2011 as a result of a bloody civil war that destroyed lives and properties.  The war  began in September 2002 following the killing of former Military leader Gaye Robert.  The northern city of Bouke was attacked.The war intensified when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to turn over power to the declared winner of the presidential election,   Alassane Ouattara.The war became tribal, with supporters of former President Gbagbo’s ethnic group pitted   against those of Ouattara’s, and there were indiscriminate killings from both ends.Survivors that were close to the Liberian border fled to Liberia where their Liberian brothers and sisters wholeheartedly welcomed them.  In many instances there were close marriage or or genealogical links between the Liberians and the Ivorians.To have the assurance of surviving upon returning, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Khassim Diagne, informed refugees about reintegration activities in Côte d’Ivoire. He noted, “We will continue to work with the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to assist Ivorian refugees to return home and to ensure that their return is sustainable.”Also speaking, the keynote speaker, Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on refugee matters in Liberia, Hon. Alex C. Grant, said he was a refugee in Nigeria for 8 years before returning home. “I returned from Nigeria in 1998. I came back home to contribute to the development of my country. Take advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme and return home to improve your lives,” he urged.Receiving a warm reception from his compatriots, Ivorian Ambassador, His Excellency Kapieletien Soro thanked the Government and people of Liberia for hosting Ivorian refugees, but stressed that peace and stability have been restored to Côte d’Ivoire and that it was now time they went back home. “There are more opportunities awaiting you and your children at home than in refugee camps,” he said.The Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla G. Williams, and Lonestar MTN Communication Executive Director, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, also attended the ceremony.The UN Mission in Liberia, Lonestar MTN and Kenya Airways supported this year’s celebration. They donated items such as books, trophies and T-shirts were presented to refugees. UNHCR also donated a television set and its accessories to enable refugees watch the 2014 Football World Cup, via satellite, in which Côte d’Ivoire is competing.    World Refugee Day was also marked at Brewerville in Monrovia, Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba and Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County. Liberia currently hosts 44,172 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern, including 41, 111 Ivorian refugees.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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GOL Gets $5M for Decentralization

first_imgThe government of Liberia has received US$5 million from the Swedish government for support to Liberia’s Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) for 2016 and 2017.The amount was announced at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, December 9, at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which along with the Governance Commission (GC) manages the nation’s decentralization program.Included in Liberia’s decentralization program is a plan to bring public services closer to the people. People’s participation in some forms is an essential part of a successful decentralization process. After the signing ceremony, the Ambassador of Sweden, Lena Nordström, underlined the importance of bringing the public services closer to the people: “The passing of the Local Government Bill is another important milestone to develop democratic and inclusive governance in Liberia.” She disclosed that her country’s embassy is the second largest bilateral embassy in country. “Sweden and Liberia’s ties have been broadened, and today they include both political, commercial and development cooperation relations,” she added.The Swedish diplomat named security, peace and rule of law, governance and public institutions and economic transformation as areas of concern for their support to the government and people of Liberia. She also stated that their focus is on women’s empowerment and gender equality.“Sweden supports the building of feeder roads; developing markets for smallholder agriculture businesses; supports the Ministry of Gender through the UN Women in the fight against rape and sexual and gender-based violence; the Liberia National Police to improve its investigative capacity,” she added.Amb. Nordström stated that Sweden is also providing support to the Justice and Security Trust Fund, the Public Financial Management Reform – to manage public funds effectively – and the Civil Service Reform, among others. “In summary, the bilateral relations between Sweden and Liberia are long and strong,” she emphasized.The Swedish Ambassador praised the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration for “showing leadership” in the drive to decentralization. “Sweden will continue to be a partner to Liberia when you continue to strengthen peace and build a more inclusive society where all parts of the country can and will prosper,” Amb. Nordström promised. Representing the Liberian government, Acting Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, promised the government’s full commitment to taking public services closer to the people. He thanked the Embassy of Sweden and other partners of the government for supporting development initiatives of the people of Liberia. Also representing the government were the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Governance Commission (GC). The Liberian government has said that the participation of communities is needed to enhance the effective use of public funds and the resilience of the Liberian society. According to the UNDP, which will be the custodian of the US$5million, “People’s participation will empower the communities themselves – women, men, girls and boys – to take leadership of the local development and contribute to national development with the full human potential.” The LDSP is aimed at the development of a responsive, capable and accountable county administration for effective and equitable service delivery in counties. According to the government, it supports the implementation of the National Decentralization Platform of 2015 in cooperation with all involved ministries and government agencies.The UNDP further stated that the envisaged partnership between the government and the people can increase people’s confidence and the trust in state institutions, and vice versa. “This is needed for sustainable and peaceful development in Liberia in the coming years.”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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Mary Boyle – The Untold Story selected for Barcelona Film Festival

first_imgThe documentary about Mary Boyle has been viewed over 170,000 times on YouTube and has now been selected for inclusion at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival.Director of the documentary Gemma O’Doherty announced today that Mary Boyle – The Untold Story was selected for inclusion at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival.She announced the news via her Facebook page. “Delighted to announce that ‘Mary Boyle: The Untold Story’ has been selected for inclusion at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival.”The Barcelona Planet Film Festival is a monthly international event meant to showcase innovative independent cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists.The festival hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.Each month film industry specialists watch and vote for The Best of The Festival in each category. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent. Mary Boyle – The Untold Story selected for Barcelona Film Festival was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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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MAN KICKED IN GIRLFRIEND’S FRONT DOOR AND SPAT IN HER FACE

first_imgA Letterkenny man kicked in the front door of his ex-girlfriend’s house and then spat in her face after thinking she had another man in her bed.Letterkenny court.Shane Cullen, 23, called to the home of Aishling Kirwin at Glendale Manor at 3.30am on October 9th last year. He had been out drinking and was extremely intoxicated.Cullen, of 17 Glendale Manor, had earlier passed Ms Kirwin’s house and spotted her ex-boyfriend’s car outside.He arrived at the house and demanded to be allowed in.He kicked the door in and climbed the stairs and confronted Ms Kirwin asking who was in her bed with her.She denied there was anybody in the bed but he then spat in her face.Solicitor for Cullen, Kieran Dillon, said there was a large amount of alcohol consumed by the accused and he was deeply sorry for what had happened.“He is very sorry for what happened but there was a large amount of alcohol consumed and the situation he had seen earlier had been festering with him,” said Mr Dillon.He said the couple were back in a relationship and now had a child together.There was a total of €1,124 worth of damage caused and Cullen had €400 in court to pay as part of that compensation.“They have weathered the storm and are together and focusing on the future,” added Mr Dillon.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for a probation report until September.MAN KICKED IN GIRLFRIEND’S FRONT DOOR AND SPAT IN HER FACE was last modified: June 17th, 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:donegalGlendale ManorJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtShane Cullenlast_img read more

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BRIAN MCENIFF JOINS GAA HALL OF FAME

first_imgBrian McEniff has joined the ranks of Gaelic Football greats as he was inducted into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame at a special presentation ceremony in Croke Park.The 1992 All Ireland winning manager was joined in Croke Park for the announcement by former winners Billy Morgan, Frank McGuigan, Jimmy Keaveney, Donie O’Sullivan, Paddy Doherty and Peter Nolan.A legend across the GAA community, Brian has enjoyed an outstanding career both as a player and manager for over forty years. An All-Star in 1972, he featured in the first Donegal team to win an Ulster Championship that year.Brian has also had an illustrious managerial career including leading Ulster to ten Railway Cups as well as leading the Irish Compromise Rules Teams in 2000 and 2001.Commenting at the presentation, Suzanne Holmes communications director, MBNA said Brian’s achievements were matched only by his love of the game.“Brian’s achievements as both a player and a manager are matched only by his love and commitment to Gaelic Football and to the GAA as a whole. “We are delighted and honoured to recognise Brian’s achievements and welcome him into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame. We have no doubt that Brian will continue to play an influential role within the GAA in the years ahead and we wish him every success.”Now in its tenth year the MBNA Hall of Fame Award has recognised many of the greats of Gaelic Football.EndsBRIAN MCENIFF JOINS GAA HALL OF FAME was last modified: August 24th, 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:Brian McEniffGAA Hall of Famelast_img read more

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OH S***! Ó DOMHNAILL CHALLENGES MCHUGH TO PUBLIC DEBATE ON SEPTIC TANK BILL

first_imgFianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has challenged Donegal North East Fine Gael TD Joe McHugh to a public debate on the Government’s Septic Tank Bill.Senator Ó Domhnaill, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture, was reacting to claims from Deputy McHugh that “untrue” information has been put into the public domain about the impact of this legislation on septic tank owners.Now the Gortahork Senator even told the Fine Gael Deputy that he could name the time and place for the septic tank showdown! “There is certainly nothing untrue about the fact that Minister Phil Hogan’s Septic Tank Bill will result in multiple charges for thousands of septic tank owners,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.“Deputy McHugh is right in saying that there is a lot of fear among homeowners about how much they will have to pay for registering and upgrading their septic tank.“However, Deputy McHugh has made a number of misleading claims about what is contained in the Septic Tank Bill.“There is nothing in this legislation that says septic tank inspections will only be carried out near waterways and that only one-in-ten tanks will be inspected. “Deputy McHugh has also claimed that the inspections will be carried out directly by local authorities – another measure that is not included in the legislation.“It is important that we bring some clarity to this important issue. As Deputy McHugh and I disagree about how septic tank owners will be affected by his Government’s Bill, I would like to invite him to a public debate before Christmas so we can clear this up once and for all and address people’s concerns. Deputy McHugh can name the date and venue and I will be there,” he said.OH S***! Ó DOMHNAILL CHALLENGES MCHUGH TO PUBLIC DEBATE ON SEPTIC TANK BILL was last modified: December 6th, 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:Brian Ó DomhnaillJoe McHughseptic tankslast_img read more

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SNOW WARNING UPDATE: RAIN TURNING TO SNOW THROUGHOUT DAY, SAYS FORECASTER

first_imgTHE Meteo Times weather channel has issued a latest update on snow across the North West.After a stormy night, rain is slowly turned to sleet and snow, says forecaster Peter O’Donnell.Snow has already fallen on the mountains and many hills. Here’s the latest update from Peter:The front that swept through Ireland overnight has stalled and colder air is mixing into the moisture, changing rain to sleet. Some accumulating snow will begin later this morning over higher parts of Ulster. Gradually, from this afternoon to mid-day Saturday, low pressure will develop over Ireland organizing this mixed bag of precipitation while temperatures continue to fall slowly everywhere, and this will continue to shift the balance between rain and snow both in terms of elevation and from north to south. By Saturday night it will probably become cold enough to snow just about anywhere but moisture may then begin to break into less organized patterns, so snowfall later in the weekend will be hit or miss. The east coast will be favoured because of sea effect but as the Irish Sea is quite warm compared to the air mass, sea level areas in Dublin and Wicklow could see sleety or mixed showers. The potential for heavy snow in all of this remains highest, I believe, in two places, hills of Donegal and Derry and some other parts of the north, and from about 150m to near summit levels on the east side of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. Eventually about half to two-thirds of Ireland’s land mass should be covered in at least 2-4 cm of snow and a few places will see more, perhaps 15-25 cm on higher ground in some isolated instances. This period will bring widespread mixed sleety precipitation before snow and coatings of ice or half-frozen slush will make walking and driving difficult at best. Plan for delays and perhaps one or two closed roads in hilly areas.   SNOW WARNING UPDATE: RAIN TURNING TO SNOW THROUGHOUT DAY, SAYS FORECASTER was last modified: January 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weather forecastSNOW WARNING UPDATE: RAIN TURNING TO SNOW THROUGHOUT DAYlast_img read more

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