Gymnasts did ‘exceptionally well’ – Grant-Brown

first_imgJamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association President Nicole Grant-Brown said the country’s representatives surpassed expectations at the inaugural Caribbean Gymnastics Championships.”We expected the team to do well but they have done exceptionally well,” Grant-Brown told The Gleaner. “They worked very hard and performed way above their ability.”The young representatives topped the regional competition on the weekend at the National Indoor Sports Centre as they amassed 258 points to finish ahead of the Cayman Islands, 228, and Trinidad and Tobago, 219.Outstanding performancesThere were also outstanding performances from boys Samario Smalling, Atorio Brown, Steven Lewis, Daniel Williams, Thierry Lodge-McKnight, while among the girls Kaela Kai Yen, India Shirley, Jane Horan Taylor and Dijonae Cole were impressive.Lewis, a senior male, was the tournament’s top scorer with a score of 74.600. He had first-place finishes in Level Ten on the floor, vault and parallel bars. Williams was second with victory on the rings and pommel horse.Brown, performing at Level Eight, was the nation’s second top scorer with 62.950. He was perfect in winning all six disciplines (floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars).The tournament’s third top scorer, Smalling, tallied 58.300 points after winning the Level Four men’s pommel and high bars, while placing second in floor exercise, vault and parallel bars, and third on the rings.Best femaleThe best female performance came from Taylor, who scored 38.450 in Level Three junior girls. Taylor won all four events – vault, bars, beam and floor.Shirley was also first in Level Two female events, taking the vault and floor exercise to top the group with 37.250 points.Kimoya Banks followed her closely with 37.000, although she had just one win, on the floor. Jamilla Duffs was the next best scorer with 34.250, although her only win also came on the floor.Yen, in Level Five, followed with 32.375 points. She was first on the vault, bar and floor for a total 32.375 points.Cole scored 9.500 after she claimed firsts on the vault, bar and floor exercise for Level Three junior women.There were also great performances from Trinidad’s Natayla Lewis, Sydell Hines, Serena Burke, Keyara Prince, Rhenece Andrews, Karresa Kirton, Adrianna Houston and Amethyst Cuffy, and Cayman’s Igor Magalhes and Kaleb Woolaver.The tournament was basically a juniors championship, asthe organisers thought that Jamaica’s senior team was too advanced for the other countries, which would have given them an unfair advantage. As a result, the junior scores were used to determine the placing of the teams.”We are really trying to focus a lot on the juniors to get them competing a lot more, as the seniors have a lot more competition and the juniors don’t have those things,” explained Grant-Brown.”We are preparing our athletes for championships, because come next year when we have the Pan Am, the CAC championships and Commonwealth Games we will be included in these tournaments, so we can be in a position where we are included because we were not included last time (year) and we want to make sure we are competing in as many things as we possibly can,” she added.last_img read more

Boyz hunt Honduras win

first_imgReggae Boyz captain Je-vaughn Watson says the new look Jamaica team set to take on Honduras today in an international friendly at BBVA Compass stadium in Texas, USA, at 8:30 p.m. Jamaica time, is on the right path and he expects an improved performance and a win. Watson, who was appointed captain when Theodore Whitmore started as interim coach back in September, told The Gleaner the players are united and enthusiastic and are all willing to ‘fight’ for a win. “It’s (team) on the right path, even though it’s a young team, the chemistry is good and when you have good chemistry you can do lots of good things. If guys are not gelling it’s not going to work. Everyone is born Jamaican, they are willing to fight to make sure we win,” he said from the team’s hotel during a telephone interview yesterday. “Every game, we try to win so we will try to win because the last game we lost and losing is a habit. So we have to try to win this game and step up the ranking,” Watson added. In the team’s last outing against USA, the Boyz spent most of the match defending. But Watson defended his troops’ performance and promised an improve display for tonight’s contest. “The last game, we put out a young team against a strong USA team, and the weather we played in, a lot of the guys weren’t use to it. But it was a good result and although we wanted to win, we came up short. But we are still rebuilding and we only lost 1-0, but we created a lot of chances and did not capitalise, so we are hoping when we go out tomorrow (today), we can capitalise and score some goals,” he commented. RIGHT PATHlast_img read more

Soldiers Break Ground for New ETU in T/burg

first_imgSoldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), in collaboration with their counterparts from the United States Department of Defense, over the weekend broke ground in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, for the construction of a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) for people afflicted by the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The US military delegation was represented by Brigadier/General Peter Corey, while the AFL was led by the Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier/General Daniel Dee Ziankahn at the brief, but well coordinated ceremony on Friday, October 3, 2014. According to AFL COS Ziankahn, the exercise to construct the ETU was a joint operation between the governments of the United States and Liberia, particularly with authorities of the AFL and those from the U S military. He disclosed among other things that construction of the Tubmanburg unit was one of several ETUs to be built jointly by the AFL and U S military in the country, which are expected to be completed with one week time from the date of construction, which was Saturday, October 3. In keeping with the plans of action for the construction, two other units will be built in Lofa with one in Voinjama and another in Zorzor, the second largest district in the county. Bong County for example, is expected to benefit from one of the units, which accordingly, will be constructed in Totota–a centrally located and populated Town in the county.Margibi County will also get one, to be built on Bong Mines Road, while the two for Nimba County will also be constructed, one near the Jackson Fiah Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Lower Nimba and one near the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, located in the commercial hub of the county. For Grand Bassa, two sites are being cleared for construction, with one near in the “Own your Own Community” and the other near the former BRE Compound in the outskirts of Buchanan, the Provincial City. In Grand Cape Mount county, the Sinje construction is expected to begin Wednesday, October 8, 2014. “With those arrangements, the U.S. military has sub-contracted soldiers of the AFL Engineering Company, and all other materials for the works will be purchased locally, Brig/Gen. Corey confirmed.  He said, based on the initial plan, 20 members of the AFL Engineers are already being hired, “but the number may increase to 40 as the construction progresses across the country.” The AFL Engineers are also charged to do the sites’ survey, implement the bill of quantity, as well as draft the design for the construction of each of the selected sites in those seven counties. About few weeks ago, about 1,400 American soldiers arrived in the country to help support the fight against the EVD, which is spreading across West Africa. The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will provide about 700 of those soldiers, while the other 700 will be mostly combat engineers, Defense Department spokesman told reporters.The soldiers are among the total of 3,000 U.S. troops whom the Pentagon had sent into West Africa.About 300 of the troops from the 101st Airborne came from the division headquarters, and they will serve as the Joint Force Command for the Liberia mission.  The soldiers will coordinate all of the Department of Defense resources in Liberia to support United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the government of Liberia to contain the Ebola virus and, ultimately, save lives. Meanwhile, two additional mobile testing labs from the U.S. Government, which were flown into the country recently, have already been installed and are up and running at the Island Clinic ETU and in Bong County.The mobile testing labs are part of the U.S. efforts to help the Government of Liberia and other Ebola-affected countries contain the Ebola virus, save lives and alleviate human suffering. Other U.S. activities include setting up a logistics base to facilitate the flow of U.S. military personnel, supplies, and equipment into the affected region, helping to build 17 Ebola treatment units, and training hundreds of health care workers. USAID is the lead U.S. government agency overseeing the overall U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The U.S. military response, led by Major General Darryl Williams, Commanding General of U.S. Army Africa is acting in support of the USAID-led Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). They are providing expertise in command and control, engineering and logistics, respectively.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cataract surgeries not being offered at ophthalmology centre

first_imgThe National Ophthalmology Centre at Port Mourant, Berbice, has the capacity to perform hundreds of cataract surgeries but currently because of poor budgeting, the Centre had not conducted any for the past three years.The $140 million facility at Port Mourant was commissioned in July 2009 and was the first specialised Ophthalmology centre in the Caribbean and Latin America.Head of the Regional Health Committee Zamal Husain admits that the institution is operating way below its capacity. In fact, there are no cataract surgeries done over the past three years.In May, Public Health Minister Volda Laurence announced that shortly the Centre will recommence cataract surgeries. Five months after, nothing has happened.Hussain, who was addressing the issue at the RDC said the institution has the capacity to carry out hundreds of cataract surgeries.Relating to figures, Hussain noted after its first 10 months of operation, there were 21,074 persons seen at the Centre.He noted that 8932 were seen for refractive errors of the eye. One thousand five hundred and thirty-six surgeries were done, of which 316 were cataract surgeries.“This hospital had the capacity to do about 10,000 surgeries and if we leave this very important Ophthalmology hospital nonfunctional, imagine what will happen to the people of Guyana.”The National Ophthalmology Centre has been out of kits to perform cataract surgeries for more than two years. Region Six Chairman David Armogan says that is so because of poor budgeting.However, Director of Regional Health Services, Jevaughn throws the blame on Central Government, saying it does not fall under the regional administration. He added that it is the Public Health Ministry that is tasked with providing drugs and medical supplies and also to ensure that the national ophthalmology hospital is up and running.The Cuban Government had funded the facility for nationals of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Armogan, who was at that time the head of the Regional Health Committee and also the President of the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam which was instrumental in arranging and facilitating some of the surgeries of the Centre, says the National Ophthalmology Centre at Port Mourant should be up and running.He recalled that an Indian national was brought to the Ophthalmology hospital and was performing 40 surgeries per day.Armogan also noted that another surgeon, who is currently attached to the New Amsterdam Hospital, performs 10 cataract surgeries per day. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Fire Hall rezoning draws criticism

first_imgThe land is currently zoned as general commercial (C4) and would have to be re-zoned as public and institutional (P2) before the Hall can be built.The amendments to the two bylaws will be subject to a third reading which will take place next council meeting.The land where construction of the new Fire Hall is proposed was purchased for over $1 million and the project is expected to cost around $10.5 million. The proposal to rezone the land where the new fire hall will be built has drawn criticism from a member of the public.At Monday’s public hearing during the council meeting, Margaret Fenton spoke against the proposal. She said her main reason for not wanting the Fire Hall in that area is because her dog is sensitive to sirens and howls whenever it hears them.Before purchasing a nearby property, she said she checked the zoning of the land. She added that she only received notice of the potential rezoning 10 days ago.- Advertisement -Councillor Don Irwin said the city had been considering building a new Fire Hall for some time and asked Fenton if she had checked with the city prior to purchasing her property. Fenton said she had checked the online city zoning map.The construction of the new fire hall is planned on 93rd Avenue behind Sobeys.The city wants to amend the Official Community Plan Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw to build the new Fire Hall in that area.Advertisementlast_img read more

Starlets’ second Cup of Nations hopes dashed

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players line up before their African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, June 9 – Harambee Starlets’ hopes of qualifying for a second consecutive Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) were dashed after the Kenyan team lost 2-0 away to Equatorial Guinea in the return leg hosted in Malabo.Starlets had put themselves on an advantage point after having a slim lead thanks to their 2-1 win in the first leg played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Kenya on Wednesday. Kenya will now hope the appeal they filed against Equatorial Guinea falls on their favour for them to head to Ghana for a back-to-back participation in the largest competition in Africa when this year’s edition will be held in November.Football Kenya Federation (FKF) filed a case to the continental football body CAF against Equatorial Guinea for fielding ineligible players during their 2018 AWCON qualification first leg second round clash staged at the Kenyatta Stadium.In a letter addressed to the continental body, FKF claims the visiting team fielding two ineligible players in Celestine Basecu and Annette Msomo both who are Cameroonians with another player in Luz Obono having not been registered for the match.Should the team be found guilty of the said allegations, stiff punishment might follow from the continental body after the team was expelled from the 2019 World Cup qualification process for fielding 10 ineligible players.As well as missing the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the following year’s Olympic Games qualifiers, Equatorial Guinea were due to be banned from the next two Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in 2018 and 2020 but the ban was lifted at a CAF emergency committee meeting in Morocco late last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThis is the Churchill man whose last movements Gardai want to trace.The late Kieran CallaghanGardai in Letterkenny this afternoon issued an appeal for witnesses who may have seen Kieran Callaghan alive last weekend.The 50 year old father of four was found dead at his home in Roshin, Churchill at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon. At first it was thought he died of natural causes but the scene was preserved for an investigation.However an examination on the body by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy forced Gardai to upgrade the death to being ‘suspicious.”Inspector Michael Harrison told reporters today that they are very anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Callaghan after he was last spotted in Churchill at about 6pm last Friday.Accompanied by Letterkenny-based Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan, Inspector Harrison said he could not answer questions on the death for operations reason. Inspector Michael Harrison told reporters they are very anxious to speak to anyone who may have seen Mr Callaghan after he was last spotted in Churchill at about 6pm last Friday.“For operational reasons we are not releasing the details of the post mortem.“The reason we are here is to launch a media appeal for witnesses. We are appealing to anyone who may have met, seen or spoken to Kieran Callaghan between the 4th and the 8th of July to make contact with us.“We are also appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around his home at Rosheen in Churchill to contact us at Milford Garda station,” he said.The father-of-four was a part-time farmer who also worked at Glenveagh National Park. He was 5’10”, of thin build and had grey hair as our picture shows.It is understood Mr Callaghan may have suffered a head injury before he was found dead at his home.Further tests are to be carried out on the body.GARDAI ISSUE PICTURE AND APPEAL FOR WITNESSES IN CHURCHILL DEATH was last modified: July 9th, 2013 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:ChurchilldeathKieran CallaghanRoshinsuspiciouslast_img read more


first_imgWhen Henry McLoughlin collapsed at a funeral in Burt earlier this year, he genuinely thought his time had come.Henry presents the defibrillator to Fr Sweeney at St. Aengus’, Burt.Henry was attending a funeral at St Aengus’ Church in January when he began to feel unwell before suffering serious cardiac arrest.But a mercy dash to Burt GAA Club for a life-saving defibrillator certainly kept Henry here today. Now kind-hearted Henry has donated a defibrillator to St Aengus’ as an extraordinary gesture if someone should suffer the same misfortune as him.Henry received a Samaritan PAD500 defibrillator donated as part of the ‘Forward Hearts’ campaign by Northern Irish Defibrillator manufacturer Heartsine Technologies.The Forward Hearts Campaign donates a defibrillator to cardiac arrest survivors so they in turn can donate the defibrillator on.Henry made the donation of the vital piece of medical equipment to Fr Sweeney at St Aengus’ in Burt this week. Medical experts say to have such a defibrillator on hand can help save a life with research showing that for every one minute that passes after cardiac arrest, a person has 10% less chance of survival. BIG-HEARTED HENRY PAYS BACK THE COMMUNITY WHICH SAVED HIS LIFE was last modified: April 9th, 2013 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:BURTdefibrillatorheartHenry McLoughlinSt Aengus’ Churchlast_img read more

A fond farewell as John Ryan retires from Donegal County Council

first_imgThere were tears, laughter and great memories shared when Cllr John Ryan had his final meeting today before his retirement from Donegal County Council.The Inishowen MD Councillor and Fine Gael party member has served a local representative for nine years. The Burnfoot businessman will leave the council to focus on his milk delivery business, a decision he said was made with a heavy heart.John was joined by his family at the Lifford Council Offices today, where many tributes were made to the popular councillor. Cllr Ryan said a heartfelt thank you to all his fellow Councillors and the senior management panel for their support and friendship over the years. He said he enjoyed every day of his time in the council and will miss public life, but he was assured that he made the right decision.Cllr Ryan said: “It is with a heavy heart, it’s been difficult but I know I’ve made the right decision. I feel you cannot be serving to two masters. I know I’ve made a good business that I have worked hard to build over the years and unfortunately I need to devote my entire time to that as all businesses do in today’s economic environment.“To be an effective and efficient County Councillor one must also devote their time to the role that one is honoured to hold.“It is an immense honour to hold this position and without support of the many people who put their trust in me, and for whom I am eternally grateful for, I wouldn’t be here.” Cllr Ryan shared his pride in his three children, Michael, Sara and Eimear, and thanked his wife Siobhan and mother Pauline for their support.Sara, John, Siobhan, Éimear and Pauline RyanCllr Ryan gave a special thanks to his friend and mentor Cllr Bernard McGuinness.“He made my journey a lot easier over the years,” Cllr Ryan said. “I suppose especially in my early days in here, when the confidence wasn’t there and I was like a mouse sitting in that old chamber.”Cllr Ryan spoke of his first days in the council when he would not turn on the microphone out of a lack of confidence. As a teenager, he suffered a traumatic experience following a serious accident, which had a lasting effect on him, he explained:“I think that issue stemmed from something, maybe something subconsciously happened inside my brain at that stage. From that day to this I suffered with speech issues and speech stoppages. “As time went on I was able to get around it and deal with it. A lot of people wouldn’t even know I have it today,” he said.Cllr Ryan added: “Everybody has their issues in life to deal with, and this is one thing that I can say that the whole aspect of public life has made me a better person.”As he overcame challenges in politics, he acknowledged that problems remain for Donegal people in business after the recession, Cllr Ryan said:“As far as the business sector is concerned, I urge caution. I think our economy is experiencing a slight correction at present. We don’t have the same place to fall as we were before but certainly things have tightened again this year.” Cllr Ryan shared a positive outlook for Ireland’s political future, saying: “I am convinced that this is the best little country in the world.“Friday’s result in the referendum and the previous marriage referendum are indicators that we have an extremely educated young generation who are well placed to continue the growth in this country and we have a bright future.”Bernard McGuinness, on behalf of the Fine Gael party, thanked John for his loyalty and support down through the years.Cllr McGuinness spoke of the 2009 Local Elections, when support for the party was at an all time low as the country went into a serious recession.Cllr McGuinness said: “It is a measure of the man who survived that election, because there were many others from Malin Head to Mizen head did not in our party.“John is a great Councillor, and that is a view that is shared by everybody, cross-party divides, all people in all directions.”Cllr McGuinness paid tribute to Cllr Ryan’s honesty, business acumen and respect for his family when he made his decision to leave the council.“I don’t think anybody has a slight idea of the commitment and difficulty is it to be a public representative and also be involved in business.“John gave his all for nine years, he had a full commitment to the people he represented and to be of aid to others who came to him for advice,” he said.Cllr McGuinness, Councillors representing all parties and Independents praised Cllr Ryan’s hard work and his decision to retire. He was fondly celebrated as a great colleague across all parties.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Gerry McMonagle said: “Thank you for your contribution to politics in the county.”Cllr McMonagle commended Cllr Ryan on the brave decision he made for his business, adding, “I hope it goes from strength to strength.”A fond farewell as John Ryan retires from Donegal County Council was last modified: May 30th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Celebrating Women Who Are Playing Their Part

first_imgCelebrating Women’s month and commemorating the national march of women to the Union Buildings on the 9th August 1956, to petition against legislation that required African persons to carry the ‘pass’.Brand South Africa’s Play your Part will host a women’s month breakfast on Wednesday, 08 August 2018 to say celebrate Play Your Part women ambassadors and use the platform to inspire others to join this wonderful movement. These are women who’ve carried on living the legacy left behind by Albertina Sisulu, Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruy and the many more women of 1956.Speaking on the planned women’s breakfast, Brand South Africa’s GM: Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said; “We call on women to join us as we bring exemplary South African women together to recognise and celebrate the contribution they make to society.”.As announced early in the year that 2018 is the centenary of Albertina Sisulu, it is appropriate that women take a page out of Mama Sisulu’s life and aspire to be ‘a woman of fortitude’.“We are in an era where women of 1956 are being reincarnated by the generation of today. These women are raising their voices and standing up against gender-based violence we face on a daily. They epitomize the true essence of Play Your Part and continue to inspire a lasting legacy of women”, further adds Ms Ntombelalast_img read more