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  • Athletes impress in field events

    first_imgWHILE most attention was being focused on track events at last Saturday’s Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium, athletes in the field were making their mark with some strong performances, with Excelsior High’s Shanice Love leading the way.Love, who is conditioned by outstanding throwing coach, Michael Vassell, remained unbeaten this season after a splendid 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus.Former Buff Bay High School top female thrower, Fiona Richards, who is now competing for Edwin Allen High, shared the spotlight as she was a double winner. Richards, who will not be eligible for this year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, captured the Class Two discus with 48.27m, before winning the shot put with 15.46m.Other outstanding female performances came from Kimberly Lugg of Excelsior and Sanique Burgher of Edwin Allen. Lugg captured the girl’s Class Three discus with 35.00m, while Burgher soared 1.75m in winning the Class Three high jump.Field events could play a major role in deciding the title at Champs this year and many of the top athletes were on show.Calabar High’s Class One thrower, Warren Barrett Jr, stayed unbeaten in the discus and shot put. He easily won the shot put with 19.30m, way ahead of second-place finisher, Vashon McCarthy, of Jamaica College (JC), with 14.86m.UPSETThere was an upset in the boys’ triple jump Open, as Campion College’s Jordan Scott surprised JC’s Obrien Wasome. Scott won with 15.81m, while Wasome had to settle for second with 15.44m.Otherwise, JC showed their strength in the jumps with Clayton Brown getting the better of St Jago High’s Lushane Wilson in the Class One high jump. An event which will be worth going miles to see at Champs, Brown cleared the bar at 2.18m to beat Wilson, 2.15m.Other JC athletes, Paketo Dudley (7.25m) in the Class One long jump and John Mark Rainford, (5.79m) in the Class Three long jump, also won.Kingston College’s Zico Campbell was a double winner in the boys’ Class Two throws. Campbell, formerly of Glenmuir High, took the discus with 53.18m and the shot put with an impressive 17.96m.last_img read more

  • Tuesday, Int’l Women’s Day; Wednesday, Decoration Day

    first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Tuesday, March 8, 2016 as International Women’s Day to be observed throughout Liberia as a working holiday.According to a Foreign Ministry release, the women of Liberia will join their counterparts around the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day 2016, under the Global Theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up forGender Equality,” and the National Theme, “Pledge for Parity by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality.”The significance of the day is in recognition of the role women play in social, political and economic spheres as well as to reflect on the challenges and opportunities that will make the world a better place for them.The Proclamation, therefore, requests the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, government agencies, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.The Government of Liberia, cognizant of its obligation to ensure equal status for men and women in society without discrimination, ratified the Convention on “The Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women”, reflecting its commitment to gender equality and equity through its national reconstruction and development program.The observance of the day is in consonance with the General Assembly adopted Resolution 32/142 in 1977, proclaiming March 8 of each year as International Women’s Day to be observed by member states in accordance with their historical and national traditions.In another proclamation, President Sirleaf has by declared Wednesday, March 9, 2016, as “Decoration Day” and is to be observed throughout the country as a national holiday.The President’s Proclamation is in consonance with an Act of the National Legislature approved on October 24,1916, which declared the second Wednesday of March in each year to be known as “Decoration Day” and to be observed as a national holiday.The Proclamation adds that it is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead, who have lived and died in the interest of the Liberian Nation, thereby keeping ever alive their deeds andinvaluable contributions made to society and the state for onward march to progress.The President, in the proclamation, calls on citizens and foreign residents to remember and cherish the love and affection, the joy and constant caring which existed between family members and friends who oncelived so dearly with them before their death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Speaker Chambers Survives Ouster Attempts?

    first_imgSpeaker Bhofal Chambers heads delegation to IPU.‘Rebellious lawmakers’ under threat as of Friday’s Special SessionAs of Friday, September 7, 38 lawmakers had already affixed their signatures, with eleven more to acquire a majority vote, to unseat Maryland County District #2 Representative Bhofal Chambers as Speaker of the 54th Legislature. As his fate remained hanging in the balance, Montserrado County District #7 Representative Acarous M. Gray’s announcement of what he called a failed coup attempt against the Speaker has since gone viral on Facebook, a social media platform.Representative Gray declared that Chambers remains the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature, and in a strongly worded statement decried attempts by his colleagues, claiming that they are “on the run” (meaning: they are escaping from being punished), after opting for the removal of the Speaker.“Battles are meant for men,” Representative  Gray declared on his Facebook page.Gray’s announcement came after an executive meeting on Friday, September 7, which sources said was intended for Speaker Bhofal Chambers to make amends with his colleagues in order to  abort threats of impeachment of Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh.The Daily Observer gathered that, on Friday, members of the Lower House convened to, among other things, discuss and allot appropriate funds for the Annual Break (September 16, 2018 – January 14, 2019), but the session was disrupted by Speaker Chambers’ loyalists, who were incensed by threats to oust the Speaker.An irritated lawmaker (name withheld), allegedly quoted Representative Gray as saying: “There will be no money as long as you want to remove the Speaker.”But Gray’s statement appeared to have incensed his colleagues and provoked scathing outbursts from them against the Speaker.“Your can keep your money, we are not small children here to be threatened,” the lawmaker also quoted Representative Beyan Howard as telling his colleagues.“If we do not want him, we have nothing to lose, but the struggle for his removal remains,” Representative Howard said.Representative Gonpu Kangon (Nimba County #4) said, “We still have our Bazooka in our hands.” Bazooka is the common name for a man-portable recoil-less anti-tank rocket launcher.“We know our plan is gaining steam and causing panic, but we know we will get the remaining 11 signatures to remove the lame-duck Speakership,” a source said, quoting Representative Hanson Kiazolu.At least 30 lawmakers were seen on Friday in scattered pockets, discussing amongst themselves when Nimba County District #5 Representative Samuel Kogar informed journalists that “the alleged coup had failed.”“If some of us are not part of certain things, it wouldn’t work in here… like me, Representatives Edwin Snowe, Thomas Fallah, Acarous Gray, Edward Karfiah,” he said.Thursday’s hard jokesPrior to Friday’s Special Session, there were jokes among members of the House of Representatives,  notably between Representatives Snowe and Gray.Gray loudly told Snowe that because he was dethroned from speakership in about year, they too cannot be removed. But Snowe is reported to have told him in return that they are aware that President George Weah wants Speaker Bhofal Chambers to be ousted.Montserrado District # 7 Representative Solomon George interrupted the jokes, debunking Snowe’s statement. He said the President is yet to comment on what is going on at Capitol Hill, and that “even if the President wants Speaker Chambers removed, he will defer to the President on a number of issues.”Furtherance to the jokes, Rep. George started calling names of people, who jokingly want to become Speaker, including Rep. Snowe and Rep. J. Fonati Koffa. Sloh’s birthday party turned to meetingThe Daily Observer has also gathered that the birthday celebration of Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh of District # 2, Sinoe County, on Sunday, September 9, 2018, turned into a meeting where about 40 lawmakers in attendance vowed to maintain their stance to ensure that the Speaker is removed.About 35 of the 40 lawmakers, who were in attendance, were new lawmakers (political freshman).“The battle lines have been drawn, we will not rest until the inept Speaker is ousted,” the source told the Daily Observer. Fourth Shakeup on Capitol HillSince the inception of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s government in 2006, the number of shake-up attempts has increased  as compared to previous years.Former Speaker Edwin M. Snowe was the first to be axed. His leadership lasted for about 14 months (January 2006 – February 2007). He honorably resigned after he lost the numbers.His successor, former Speaker Alex Tyler, served from April 2007 – October 2016. He was removed under controversial circumstances. And then came Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay. Speaker Nuquay served from October 2016 to January 15, 2018.On the other side of the Legislative divide, the Liberian Senate has since experienced one shake-up, in which Sen. Isaac W. Nyenabo was removed, having served as Senate Pro-Tempore from January 2006 – March 2009.The dethronement of Speaker Chambers would have been the fourth coup in 14 years in the Legislature, and the first under President George Weah.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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  • Corsets tied to costume caper

    first_img“They took the guts out of me when they took my entire showcase. That’s more than 30 years of work,” said Zinkan, who opened the store in 1976. The thieves took a pair of gowns Zinkan wore to the Sex Maniacs Ball, an erotic awards show in London, where Zinkan played a queen to Hugh Hefner’s king. “When I saw my gowns taken, my eyes bulged out,” Zinkan said. Zinkan’s corsets have been worn by Madonna and model and burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, and appeared in the movie “Moulin Rouge.” Police hoped the unusual nature of the booty would help them locate the culprits. “This kind of product is not something that you’re going to see every day, especially in this quantity” police Sgt. David Hill told KNBC-TV. “So if somebody were to see someone trying to sell these items out of the back of the car or at a flea market, we need to hear about it.” Zinkan, who lives in Huntington Beach Harbour, said she plans to move the business because of the burglaries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ORANGE – Thieves have twice raided an Orange County store that specializes in corsets and other costumes, making off with an estimated $44,000 in exotic outfits. Jeanette Zinkan, a 69-year-old great grandmother who goes by the name “Miss Antoinette,” owns Versatile Fashions, which does most of its business online. Zinkan designs most of the store’s merchandise herself, and wears much of it too. In June, police say thieves used a master key to get into the business next to Zinkan’s then sawed through the wall and took what she estimated as $15,000 worth of merchandise. Then last month, the business’s back door was pried open, and this time $29,000 in corsets and costumes were snatched. last_img read more

  • Transfer spotlight: The £5m defensive midfielder on the brink of joining Arsenal

    first_imgArsenal are on the brink of finalising a deal to sign defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel, according to widespread reports in the Sunday newspapers.The Egyptian international is expected to complete a £5m move in January and will be the sole Gunners’ acquisition in the upcoming transfer window.Despite Elneny’s imminent arrival, Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama still remains very much part of Arsenal’s summer plans.Elneny is viewed as more than just a short-term fix for the sidelined Francis Coquelin, with the Egyptian far more adept going forward than his French counterpart.But who is Elneny? Here are some facts you might not know about the midfielder:Age: 23Height: 1.8mClub: BaselInternational appearances: 39International goals: 3Did you know?– He played at the 2012 Olympics in London with Egypt Under-23s– His 2011/12 season was cut short in February after the Port Said riots. 74 people lost their lives and over 500 were injured in the clashes, leading to the rest of the Egyptian League season to be cancelled.– He was part of the Basel team that beat Tottenham but lost to Chelsea on their way to the Europa League semi-finals in 2013.Video evidence: 1 Mohamed Elneny last_img read more

  • HOW STUDENTS AND LOCAL BUSINESS CAME TOGETHER TO IMPROVE LIFE AT ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE

    first_imgSt Eunan’s College.Students and Local Businesses Collaborate to Improve Facilities at Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny.BY EVAN McCROARY, CHAIR, STUDENT COUNCIL: Over the past few months the Student Council of Saint Eunan’s College have been working on improvements to the school’s environment which they hope will, in turn, have a positive impact on student life.The Committee prioritised a number of projects this year with the first being the installation of bike racks to cater for any students who cycle to the College. These bike racks have been located on two different sides of the school which are the two main entry routes for students each morning. The Students Council were delighted to secure the support of Cllr James Pat McDaid through the Members Development Fund, Letterkenny Municipal District, and Evan McCroary, Chairperson of the Student Council, outlined that the project would not have been feasible without Cllr McDaid coming on board and expressed sincere thanks for all his support.Over Easter, new football nets were installed on the all-weather pitch where students play football at lunch. This project included adding new steel fixtures to six different goal posts.   All this work was sponsored and carried out by PJ Designs and the work has already been very much appreciated by the whole student body.Since February the Student Council have established the Century Cinemas Student of the Month Award which is awarded to one student from each of the Junior House years as well as Transition Year. This is not an academic award – students are nominated by staff members for setting a good example among their peers in class and around the school. The Student of the Month Award is being supported by Century Cinemas, a collaboration which all students, especially the Award Recipients are delighted with!A further project which the Student Council embarked upon was the upgrading of the gym facility. This involved the painting, re-carpeting and addition of some new equipment to the gym. With Carpet Interiors generously agreeing to supply the carpet, Pete from the Donegal Flooring Company giving of his time and expertise to put it down, and Fit-Hub Letterkenny donating much needed equipment, the gym project advanced at a fast pace.Several Student Council members and their teacher, Ms. Dawn Costello, were busy painting and moving equipment over the Easter Holidays to ensure that this project was completed and the refurbished gym fully operational before the student body returned to school.Thanks to the support of the aforementioned businesses, the College’s gym is now much improved for student use. Evan is keen to highlight that ‘this is a work in progress and if other gyms in the area have equipment that is surplus to their requirements, the Student Council will be delighted to give it a new home so as to further enhance the gym for students’.The Student Council took on these projects as a direct result of student body suggestions, and as their funding streams were limited, they approached Cllr McDaid, a past pupil of the College, and local businesses to help with their endeavours. The Student Council Committee were involved in the co-ordination of each of these projects and are very grateful to the individuals and businesses who showed their support and generosity to help improve the school environment for all of its students.Written by Evan McCroary HOW STUDENTS AND LOCAL BUSINESS CAME TOGETHER TO IMPROVE LIFE AT ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE was last modified: May 17th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL AGES WILL BE TAKEN THIS WEEK

    first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA News:Registration for all ages will be taken at the clubhouse from 7-8 pm on Monday 16th and Friday 20th February.Registrations are now open to all senior players (€50), junior players (€10), adult members (€25) and families (€50). Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559). The seniors lost out to Owen Roe O’Neills (Tyrone) in their second Section E match of the Ulster Intermediate Club league on Sunday.The Last Person Standing competition has seen additional casualties after the third week, with a small number still with two lives intact. See website for latest updates.The club will be holding a Come Dine with Me event on Saturday April 11th. Contact Alison Ferry (0879154559) if you’re interested in hosting. There will be a social night at the clubhouse to round off the event.The club Constitution is now available to view on the website. The SGM has been re-scheduled to February 23rd at 8:00 pm in the clubhouse. Anyone with any amendments must have them in writing to the Secretary 14 days prior to the meeting. The only amendment changes dealt with on the night will be the ones that have been received in writing. Any person currently coaching or intending to coach any age group are asked to make an effort to attend a coaching course this year. Courses run from the end of January up to March. Everyone must have a minimum of the Foundation and child protection courses. Please let Barry O’Hagan or Gerard McFadden know if you will participate as soon as possible.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule. Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th at 7:00 pm. Bring boots and runners. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Minors. See Facebook page for latest update. U12s. Training starts next Sunday (22nd) at 12:00 noon. Bring boots and runners and appropriate gear for the weather. Check the Facebook page for latest update.U10s. Training starts next Sunday (22nd) at 12:00 noon. Bring boots and runners and appropriate gear for the weather. Check the Facebook page for latest update.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 23, 9, 14, 20, 4 and the winner is Michael McHugh (Alice’s bar) who matched four numbers and wins €75. Next week’s jackpot €1,150.Naomh Colmcille CLG are in need of more lotto sellers. The lotto is the bread and butter of our club. If you don’t drive we can set up on a team with a driver. Please contact Breda Friel (0876393503) if anyone is willing to help. Thanks.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastimeGAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL AGES WILL BE TAKEN THIS WEEK was last modified: February 16th, 2015 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 ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

  • Whittier Chr. 45, Western Chr. 6

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Taylor Redmond stepped in front of Jordan Doolittle’s pass and returned the ball 49 yards for a TD and 20-0 lead after one quarter. Gersch scored on a 7-yard run and Joe Villa had a 2-yard quarterback keeper for a TD in the second quarter. Camarillo had scoring runs of 16 and 27 yards in the third quarter. Gersch also had an interception and linebacker Michael Sabido made several impressive tackles. The Heralds sacked Western quarterback Luke Fernandez four times. The Lancers broke the shutout with 3:19 left on a 1-yard run by Doolittle. The score was set up by a 32-yard pass from Doolittle to Fernandez. Western Christian dropped to 1-4 with the defeat. — Richard Montez 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Whittier Christian High School’s football team capped an impressive nonleague schedule with a homecoming win over Western Christian High at Whittier College on Friday night. Esteban Camarillo rushed 11 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns as the Heralds (4-0) outgained the visitors 367-128 in total offense. Derek Gersch had 17 carries for 119 yards and two touchdowns. center_img The Heralds opened with a three-play, 41-yard scoring drive, capped by a 31-yard dash by Camarillo. Gersch added a 44-yard scoring run and Zack Metzner’s PAT made it 14-0. last_img read more

  • Petrosian leads Pierce women

    first_imgElia Petrosian scored a late goal as Pierce College’s women’s soccer team bounced back Friday from its first loss this season to beat host Bakersfield 1-0 in a Western State Conference game. Petrosian, a freshman forward from Montclair Prep of Panorama City, scored in the 88th minute to lift the Brahmas (16-1 overall, 5-1 WSC). The loss was the second this year for Bakersfield (9-2, 4-2). 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Moorpark 1, Santa Barbara 0: Brooke Albert scored in the 80th minute as the Raiders (10-2-2, 4-1-1) pulled out a WSC victory. Moorpark held 23-9 shot and 15-1 corner kick advantages. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Pierce 3, Glendale 0: Ashley Boss had 16 digs to lead the Brahmas (11-2) to a 30-12, 30-16, 30-12 Western State Conference romp over visiting Glendale (0-10). Ashley Murray added eight kills, Jackie Tomas had 34 assists, and Kristin Gorman contributed three aces. center_img Pierce was coming off a 1-0 loss a week earlier to College of the Canyons. In other women’s soccer: last_img read more