College system making Jamaica stronger- Davis says rise on international stage coincides with athletes developing at home

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Director of Sports at the University of Technology (UTech), Anthony Davis, says Jamaica’s long-term success in track and field and that of the wider sporting disciplines at the international level depends heavily on the development of a good collegiate system. Davis, who heads one of Jamaica’s most prestigious college sports programmes at UTech, was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s launch of the third staging of the Montego Bay City Run, at the Holiday Inn Resort. “Once upon a time we never had a vibrant collegiate system, but now it’s been growing exponentially and because of the direct link we now have genuine track and field stars on the rise in our universities and colleges,” Davis said. “This can only mean a sustained presence of high quality athletes at the national and international levels for Jamaica,” he noted. Davis has witnessed the rise of many local track and field stars to have benefited from attending US colleges and universities through various scholarships. He believes the system has improved for young stars to be schooled and trained locally. “I have nothing against a student wishing to access higher education and training elsewhere, but we have seen a dramatic drop in the numbers opting to do so. Instead, we see them getting into local universities and colleges, train locally and are now at the top of the world in respective events,” Davis said. “It shows we are on the right path and are doing the right things to educate and elevate our student athletes,” cited Davis. According to Davis, the approximately 21 universities and colleges across Jamaica have been making great investments to upgrade coaches and facilities to meet the growing local demand. “Before this we depended on our talents being developed overseas, primarily in US colleges and while that served its purpose and still does, I am of the view that we have been more than holding our own with the rise, development and upkeep of our own stars. And that is always good for Jamaica,” he stated. Davis is also a committee member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The MoBay City Run is set for May 1, 2016 and projected to attract more than 2,000 local and international marathon runners. It seeks to raise $5 million for tertiary level students in western Jamaica.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgRamgeet wins twin feature at Turf Paradise PHOENIX, Arizona (CMC): Jamaican jockey Andrew Ramgeet made all the headlines here on Saturday when he won both feature races on the day’s eight-race card at Turf Paradise. Ramgeet captured the US$35,000 Queen of the Green Stakes with 22-1 outsider Hip Ninety Three in race three, before returning to steal victory in the Walter R Cluer Memorial Stakes, also worth $35,000, with favourite Az Ridge, in race seven. The victory aboard Az Ridge was made even more memorable after the rider survived two moments of misfortune to battle to the wire and beat the three-year-olds and upward by a neck in a tight three-horse finish. Going off as the punters’ 7-5 choice in a mile trip, Ramgeet and the six-year-old bay gelding stumbled at the start to trail the field as 20-1 outsider Bourbon Sense posted the early fractions while chased by Ride Hard Kowboy. However, Az Ridge made good progress and entered the stretch in contention with the front three. Ramgeet then rallied the gelding and despite losing his whip at the sixteenth pole, still managed to outlast his rivals. Rosberg wins season-ender ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lewis Hamilton trailed home Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the third straight time, as the German controlled the race from start to finish to win the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday. Starting on pole, Rosberg made no mistakes at Yas Marina to coast to his sixth win of the season and finish second in the overall championship with 322 points. Hamilton had wrapped up the title with three races to go when he captured the United States Grand Prix in Texas back in October, to clinch his third World title and second consecutive. The Brit, whose paternal grandparents are Grenadian, finished on 381 points and said afterward he was glad the season was finally over. “It’s been a good year. I’m happy. I’m happy it’s over, for sure. So now we can really enjoy,” Hamilton told media. “I really have to take my hat off to this team who once again did an amazing job in building this car.” Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third, while his teammate, former World champion Sebatien Vettel, clinched third spot overall in the championship with 278 points.last_img read more

Seven goals, six games for Southampton’s bargain striker Austin

first_imgLONDON (AP): As the goals have dried up for Jamie Vardy at Leicester City, another former non-league striker has embarked on a hot scoring streak for a Premier League club. Charlie Austin made it seven goals in six games in all competitions for Southampton with a double in yesterday’s 3-1 victory over Burnley that took the south-coast club up to eighth in the standings. In a career that began outside England’s four professional leagues, Burnley provided the 27-year-old Austin with one of his stepping stones to the world’s richest soccer competition. Austin was a bricklayer working a full day on a building site before playing on a part-time basis for Poole Town in the ninth tier until 2009. It took third-tier club Swindon to pluck Austin from obscurity, for Burnley to take him up another league, and then QPR to give him a shot at the Premier League. The day’s first Premier League game lacked the entertainment provided later by Southampton, with the only memorable moment coming with Jose Holebas’s eye-catching goal. The 32-year-old Greek midfielder sent a shot from the edge of the penalty area soaring into the top of the net in the 54th minute at the Riverside stadium in northeast England. Watford climbed to 10th place as Middlesbrough remained winless at home this season since returning to the Premier League and only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Still, doubts persisted around Austin’s fitness. Southampton were able to snap him up for £4 million (then US$6 million) in January. What a bargain that now seems. Austin’s first goal yesterdaycame in the 52nd minute, Nathan Redmond’s low volley from the edge of the area doubled Southampton’s lead, and Austin was on target from the penalty spot in the 66th minute, following Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s push on Sam McQueen. The one blot on the afternoon for the Saints was Burnley becoming the first team to score against them in 612 minutes when Vokes scored a late penalty. “This team will always create chances, it’s a dream for any striker,” Austin said. “I am in the right place at the right time.” Burnley is only a point above the relegation zone, with seven points from its first eight games back in the Premier League. MIDDLESBROUGH 0,center_img WATFORD 1 PENALTY SPOTlast_img read more

Liberia ECOWAS Biometric PAC Launched in Europe

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has officially launched the Liberian Biometric ECOWAS Passport Application Center (PAC) in the Schengen zone of Europe. The launch took place March 14, at the Liberian Embassy near Brussels, Belgium.Liberia’s Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, Isaac W. Nyenabo II, said the center will ease the hardships, frustration and financial cost of obtaining a passport for Liberian citizens living in the Schengen zone of Europe.Ambassador Nyenabo said that in the past, Liberians had to travel to the United Kingdom, United States or to Monrovia to apply for and obtain a passport.  The Liberian Biometric ECOWAS PAC in the heart of Europe where Liberians in that zone do not require visas to travel, makes it easier and convenient for them.Ambassador Nyenabo called on Liberians to hold and respect their passports as a national document that must be cared for and protected.He challenged members of the Liberian communities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Luxenburg and others to work closely together and play an important role in the development of their country.The Director of Passports and Visas at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Nyanda Finda-Davis, said the center has now finally concluded discussions that had been taking place in the wake of calls made by Liberians living in the Schengen zone to the Liberian government to provide the PAC.Mrs. Finda-Davis said the center has introduced measures that will ensure that genuine Liberians are processed, screened and issued passports, while others who are not Liberians but holding Liberian passports or travel documents will relinquish those documents.She called on members of the Liberian Community to assist and work closely with the center to ensure that its work is done without hinderance.The President of the Liberian Community in Belgium, Kingston Wleh, commended President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan for the opening of the center in Brussels.Mr. Wleh said President Sirleaf and Minister Ngafuan had at different times assured them of the opening of the passport center and Liberians living in  Europe were pleased that the promise had now been fullfilled.Before the PAC was established, he said Liberians living in the Schengen zone had to struggle to obtain visas by travelling to the UK, USA or to Liberia and wait for weeks before their passports were issued. Even with that, he said, there was no assurance that one would even get the passport.He said now with the passport center right in Brussels, Liberians from around Europe will find it very easy and convenient to apply for and get their passports without leaving their families and jobs for weeks.At the official launching program, a Liberian, Ms.  Kathy Dunbar, became the first person to receive her Liberia ECOWAS Biometric passport.  Later 22 other Liberians received their passports amid cheers and jubilation.The Liberian government has already opened Biometric PACs at the Liberian Embassies in Washington, D.C. and London and at the Liberian Consulate in New York.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Serbia’s Kolarov given boxy Lada for World Cup goal

first_img“Kolarov scored a wonderful goal and we gave him a prize — a certificate for a Lada 4×4,” acting governor Dmitry Azarov was quoted as saying by the Izvestia newpaper.“He was very happy and the entire team celebrated the news.”There was no comment from any of the Serbian players about what they thought of the gift.The no-frills brand has been trying to improve its image after spending much of its history being the butt of jokes for its unreliability and outdated design.Lada was called Zhiguli in the Soviet era and is still produced in the Samara region by the VAZ factory.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov scored the winning goal against Costa Rica and got a Russian car as a present © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor.The Roma defender struck a thunderous second-half free-kick that clinched Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.last_img read more

NEW SUMMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS SONS

first_imgOrganisers of the new summer school.A new Summer School is to open to honour the principal of the Four Masters who drafted annals which tell the history of Ireland from the earliest times.A simple Franciscan Friar, Brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, is to be honoured at a school in Rossnowlagh, close to his birthplace about 1590 at Creevy, outside Ballyshannon.Brother O’Cleirigh, is credited with “rescuing the Gaelic past from oblivion.” A committee has been working for several months to set up a summer school to honour him and his partners.The inaugural event will be held on Saturday 17th May this year in the Franciscan Friary Campus at Rossnowlagh.The committee has been supported by the Franciscan Friars in Ireland and by University College Dublin’s Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, where the archives related to the Four Masters and many other priceless documents are held.The first Mícheál Ó Cléirigh School will have talks and discussions on Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s life and times. The day-long event will include discussions on The Franciscans in Donegal; The Plantation in the Ballyshannon Area; and St. Anthony’s College in Louvain.The keynote address on “The Annals of The Four Masters.” will be delivered by Dr. Bernadette Cunningham of the Royal Irish Academy.No identifiable pictorial record of Bro O’Cleirigh exists. So pupils of primary schools will take part in an art competition to paint a picture of what they believe he looked like. The prize-giving for the competition will take place during the Summer School.A tour to Mícheál Ó Cléirigh’s birthplace at Kilbarron Castle in Creevy has also been organised by the committee for May 17th.The day will conclude with a ‘School’ dinner in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh followed by entertainment and the specially-formed ‘School Club’ at the hotel. The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh School Committee welcomes everybody from the local area and from farther afield to all the events of the day which are free, except for meals.They are offering an invitation to all to ‘come and join us.’Information about the School can be found on Facebook Micheal O Cleirigh or from 0873863681.NEW SUMMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE ONE OF DONEGAL’S MOST FAMOUS SONS was last modified: February 13th, 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:CreevyMICHEAL O CLERAIGHSUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’

first_imgStudents raise the healthy flag!Students and staff at Gairmscoil Chú Uladh celebrated being the first secondary school in the County to be awarded the ‘Healthy Schools Flag’ (Brat na Scoileanna Sláintiúil )and ‘Active Schools Flag’ (Brat Ghníomhach).These flags were awarded as a result of a culmination of work by the schools Coiste Sláinte over the last two years.Fitness expert Danny Ryan puts the students through their paces.In attendance at the flag raising was Aire na Gaeltachta Joe Mc Hugh, Anne Mc Ateer & Lynda Mc Guinness Health Promotion Hse, Ciarán Thompson Foireann Sinsear Dún na nGall, Karen Guthrie & Yvonne Mac Monagail Foireann Peil na mBan an Chondae.Students at the Fintown school were kept active on the day by ‘Boxfits’ Danny and Cian Ryan along with Bridget Robins of ‘Zumba Fitness’. Tá ‘comhghairdeas Mór’ tuillte ag Choiste Sláinte G.C.U. as an éacht seo. ‘Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte”The students get their health and fitness certificates.FIRST DONEGAL SCHOOL GETS ITS ‘HEALTHY SCHOOL FLAG’  was last modified: October 19th, 2015 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:Gairmscoil Chú UladhHealthy School Flaglast_img read more

Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’

first_imgA MILFORD man who consumed ’somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka’ has been fined for a public order incident.Lee McLaughlin (24) of 4 Moyle Road, Milford, was before Letterkenny District Court over an incident at Port Road, Letterkenny on September 15 last. Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Gardaí observed McLaughlin stepping into a fight between two females and pushing one of them.McLaughlin became abusive shouting ‘f*** off’ to members of the public and was arrested by Gardaí.Solicitor for McLaughlin, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client had no recollection of the night in question due to his ‘high level of inebriation’.“He had a complete and utter black out,” Mr O’Brien said. “He drank a ridiculous amount, somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka. It was remarkable that he was standing.”Mr O’Brien said that McLaughlin, accompanied in Court by family members, wanted to apologise for his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly warned McLaughlin that he was in a downward spiral and needed to ‘get a grip’.McLaughlin was fined €150 and given four months to pay.Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’ was last modified: November 10th, 2019 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) Tags:Judge Paul KellyLee McLaughlinLetterkenny District CourtMilfordlast_img read more

GAELIC GAMES: ALLIANZ NATIONAL SCHOOLS NEWS

first_imgAllianz Handball Finals:The county finals of the handball took place on Tuesday last in the Glenfin Handball Alley. The standard of competition in all sections was high throughout. For a list of the winners, please go to the website- cumanndonegal.com.   Allianz Football Competitions:Fixtures for the 2012/13 season are now on the website. Teachers are encouraged to play as many blitzes as possible in their section in order to give the pupils as much game time as possible. Results should be recorded and the school with the most wins will qualify for the knockout stages in April.    Mouth Guards:Teachers please note that from Jan. 1st 2013, it is compulsory for all players to wear mouthguards during Cumann na mBunscol football competitions. Players will not be allowed on to the field of play without one after this date. This is a directive from the National Committee of the GAA and will also be implemented at club level.   Allianz Indoor Football:The deadline for entry into the boys & girls indoor football competitions has passed. A competition will be held in each of the five divisions with each of the winners progressing to the county finals. Schools will be sent an email soon with dates, times and venues of each competition. It is hoped to run the competitions in late February. Teachers please note that all children must be U-12 on 1st July 2012 to be eligible for these competitions. It is a 5-a-side competition with a panel of 8 players.  GAELIC GAMES: ALLIANZ NATIONAL SCHOOLS NEWS was last modified: February 17th, 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:GAELIC GAMES: ALLIANZ NATIONAL SCHOOLS NEWSlast_img read more

CAR CHASE SUSPECT REMANDED IN CUSTODY AGAIN

first_imgA SUSPECT in a 30km chase by Gardai has been remanded in custody again for two more weeks.Cathal Dunleavy appeared at Letterkenny District Court today.He has already been charged with 16 offences, including 15 charges of dangerous driving and one charge of failing to provide a specimen of breath to Gardai. The 23-year-old from Glenvar, Fanad, was arrested in the early hours of last Thursday and appeared at Letterkenny District court later that day.In court today Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Judge Paul Kelly that gardai are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions and would be asking the DPP to prefer more charges.Dunleavy’s solicitor Donagh Cleary asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks.He also complained about some of the media coverage of the case, saying he planned to raise that issue at future hearings.CAR CHASE SUSPECT REMANDED IN CUSTODY AGAIN was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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:CAR CHASE SUSPECT REMANDED IN CUSTODY AGAINlast_img read more