All eyes on Calabar’s Taylor

first_imgATHLETES from the Corporate Area will be hoping to cement their spots for the finals of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship later this month, when they compete in the Digicel/Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet at the Usain Bolt/UWI Stadium today, starting at 10 a.m.There will be seven Grand Prix finals. These are the boys’ Class Two discus, boys’ classes One and Two long jump, girls’ classes One and Two high jump, and the boys’ and girls’ Open 4×400 metres. The other Grand Prix events are Class One boys’ discus final, classes One and Two boys’ high jump finals, boys’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, girls’ long jump, girls’ 800 metres, girls’ discus, along with the 200 and 400 metres.Today’s meet will be the penultimate one for athletes in the Corporate Area to book their individual spots for the grand final, which will culminate next Saturday with the G.C. Foster Classics.They will get their final opportunity on Saturday at the Digicel Camperdown Classics inside the National Stadium.Beside seeking top spot in the Grand Prix events, athletes will be hoping to help their schools gain valuable points, as the top teams overall in the male and female categories will walk away with a cash prize of $250,000, and the top two individuals will carry points towards the finals.BATTLE ROYALThe top-three boys’ teams at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships – defending champions Calabar High, Kingston College (KC) and Jamaica College (JC) – are expected to have another battle royal, while it should also be close among the females, as Corporate Area champions for the past eight years, Wolmer’s Girls, will be severely tested by the likes of a vastly improved Excelsior High, Camperdown High, St Andrew High, Immaculate Conception High, and Convent of Mercy Academy ‘Alpha’, which have all been in terrific form this season.Again, all eyes will be on Calabar High’s Christopher Taylor, who is the leader in the boys’ Under-18 400 metres Grand Prix event. Taylor, despite just going through the motions last Saturday at the Youngster Goldsmith Meet, was still able to clock 47.18 seconds. His teammate, Brandon Heath, who was second overall with 49.66 seconds, will be hoping to maintain that position. Jamaica College’s Romario Mickel and Excelsior High’s Mikel Clarke will also be looking to make an impact.Calabar are also ahead in the Grand Prix Class Two 100 metres, where the outstanding Dejour Russell is the leader in the Under-18 category after winning the event last Saturday in 10.89 seconds. His teammate, Tyreke Wilson, was also under 11 seconds on the day, after finishing second in 10.97. Wolmer’s Boys’ Malik Shepard, who was third in 11.05, and his teammate, Xavier Nairne, who was fourth in 11.07, are also seeking spots among the top two.KC’S JHEVAUGHN MATHERSONKingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson, who won his heat in 10.69 seconds in Class One, will be hoping for a faster time today to move ahead of Calabar High’s Xavier Angus, who was first overall with 10.66.Among the females, Alpha’s Kiara Grant was the fastest Class Three athlete in the 100 metres among Corporate Area athletes last Saturday, winning in 11.74 seconds to lead the Under-17 section. Wolmer’s Girls’ Kellian Kelly is second overall, after finishing fourth overall in Class Two in 12.05 seconds.last_img read more

Lady Maroons go for dream crown vs Lady Tams

first_imgUP hacked out an unexpected 14-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-5 victory late Sunday to move closer to ending a long title drought. UP last won a UAAP volleyball crown in 1982.“I was surprised. They were all cheering, the whole crowd. Everywhere I look around, there were (UP) fans. Where do they come from? I think from Diliman, yeah?” said UP coach Godfrey Okumu in jest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“But it’s great. I really admire the fans. It gives me the drive, the purpose to serve the community and the people who love the game,” he added.UP goes for a sweep on Wednesday against a still-dangerous Far Eastern U side at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Maroons know the title won’t get handed to them on a silver platter. They are expecting a fightback as tenacious as their rally from two sets down in Game 1 when they take on the Lady Tamaraws in Game 2 of their best-of-three series.Gametime is at 6:30 p.m.The Lady Maroons drew a combined 45 points from Molde, Buitre and Rosier and the three are expected to pour on the heat anew even as FEU deals with an injury dilemma with Celine Domingo, who remains a doubtful starter following her late exit in Game 1.Domingo was forced to leave early in the fifth set after sustaining a knee injury. She never returned and the Lady Tams yielded the game, which they were heavily fancied to win after taking the first two sets.Domingo finished with nine hits, four aces and three blocks with her continued absence sure to further bolster the Lady Maroons’ title drive.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Still, the Lady Tams are going all out to force a sudden death with skipper Kyle Negrito guaranteeing a big FEU comeback. FEU coach George Pascua is also confident of his wards’ chances.“I know my team. Like we did against UST (in the semis). I hope we’ll win Games 2 and 3,” said Pascua.Meanwhile, National U also shoots for a sweep of the men’s crown as it tangles with UST at noon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sports Briefs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Marian Buitre is one of the three aces UP will lean on in Game 2. —AUGUST DELA CRUZIt’s been quite a long time since University of the Philippines won a volleyball crown.But with the trio of Isa Molde, Marian Buitre and Roselyn Rosier fired up by a loud crowd that cheered them on in Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals, the Lady Maroons suddenly found themselves on the threshold of a dream finish.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LMHRA Warns Public Against Buying Expired, Counterfeit Drugs

first_imgThe Managing Director of the Liberia Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Authority, David Sumo, has warned the general public against buying expired and counterfeit drugs without any medical prescription, saying that “the drugs could breakdown the body and kill you.”Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular Ebola Hour press briefing on Capitol Hill, Mr. Sumo said there were many people importing expired and counterfeit drugs and others of low content, which do not have the capacity to heal anyone from their illness.According to Mr. Sumo, most of the counterfeit and expired drugs are transported overnight by trucks and other small vehicles from neighboring countries, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.  This poses a serious challenge for the LMHRA in their regulating responsibility.“They cross illegally and bring in some of the drugs that are not allowed on our markets or may be questionable in terms of their quality. We have to beef up our surveillance to make sure that we have [honest and credible] people at the various border points,” said Mr. Sumo.He explained that LMHRA is working with importers of drugs to make sure that their products meet regulatory requirements including prolonged effectiveness before expiration date.The Managing Director disclosed: “If you go to other markets, including Red Light, Waterside, Duala and Rally Time,  the drugs sellers are all around selling these drugs without licenses. We have those carrying drugs in the buckets and treating people with some counterfeit and expired medicines,” Mr. Sumo warned.These illegal practices are on the rise in the country, including the expired drugs, counterfeits and the illegal importation of these drugs, he said.  He described the selling of these drugs in market places and in buckets as a serious challenge for LMHRA.He further disclosed that the LMHRA is working closely in collaboration with the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA),  to ensure that these illegal importers of drugs are arrested and proper border security are put in place.“We have confronted the security on several occasions about the illegal practices which are putting peoples’ lives at risk.  We have to continue to do something about it to ensure that Liberia graduates from such bad practices,” said Mr. Sumo.According to him, the issue of selling drugs on the street and in market places was banned in many countries, including East Africa that have developed and are enforcing rules and regulations to ensure that expired and counterfeit drugs are off the markets.“We are in a modern era and should not be selling drugs in buckets to people.   Such practices should be curtailed and contained in Liberia. This will stop them from risking our peoples’ lives, especially when our people are trying to seek treatment during illness. We have to nail it and nail it for good, no matter who gets affected in the process,” he declared.Mr. Sumo continued, “People need to learn to do the right thing and avoid doing things that negatively affect other people. Many people have been [adversely] affected by these expired and counterfeit drugs.”Mr. Sumo called on the public to continue to visit healthcare centers and avoid buying drugs from street sellers as well as self-administering drugs during illness.  He described this practice as a serious risk to recovery that could lead even to 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

$150M spent annually to feed prisoners – Ramjattan

first_img…says prisoners on remand costing the nation a fortunePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has said that reducing the amount of detainees among the general inmate population requires effective functioning of the criminal justice system.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan addressing a workshop that looked at pre-trail alternatives on Thursday at the Grand Coastal HotelThe Minister was speaking against the backdrop of a study on alternatives to incarceration of pre-trail detainees, conducted through the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme.The study was commissioned by the Public Security Ministry, and looked at recommendations for this issue, among other things. The draft final report was discussed at a workshop on Thursday.Ramjattan has said that while the study has stressed the alternative to pre-trial, methods must be utilised to resolve this problem. He said the local law provides for this, but the laws are not being used. He also pointed to another issue highlighted in the report, which is the granting of bail in deserving cases.The Minister, an attorney by profession, pointed to his experience in private practice, saying he is aware of situations where prosecutors, for sometimes no good reason, do not want to recommend bail.Speaking about the slow pace of the criminal justice system, Ramjattan said this often results in the incarceration of persons awaiting trial for long periods.Another issue is insufficient community-based sanctions, and the need for criminal law reform.“We’re somewhat hesitant in doing major criminal law reform, although I must say that we have started the process by having a number of pieces of legislation brought by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Attorney General and myself (Juvenile Justice Bill) being one that will soon be debated,” he stated.Further, the Minister spoke about the heavy price that Government has to pay to support those on pre-trail detention. He noted that it is costing Government way too much even just to feed them.“The current remand population of our prison facilities accounts for 35 percent of all inmates, and the cost of providing meals alone for the remand population is estimated at $150 million annually.”The Minister has said that given this high percentage of remand prisoners, members of the judiciary should be more encouraged and willing to capitalise on the opportunities to utilise alternatives to pre-trial detention.“The current high ratio of remand-to-prison population makes a strong case for stakeholders along the criminal justice chain to seek ways to eliminate inappropriate use of pretrial detention,” he asserted.Addressing prison officials also was consultant for the programme, Peter Pursglove, who noted that one of the major issues found during his assessment of the system is unreliable information.He said that with the lack of reliable information, it will be difficult to reliably develop alternative systems.“We found that we had prisoners with different names but the same facts; different dates of births from the judiciary and the Prison Service; different sentences, and different times that they were committed. Overall. We found that their statistics could not be accurately used because they were unreliable,” Pursglove said. The consultant therefore recommended the establishment of a modern data collection system.“There has to be a proper prisoner database if there is going to be any development of sentencing reforms. You have got to know who is in your prison and why he’s is there,” he added.According to Pursglove, this information is important so as to allow Prison officials to constantly monitor those in the system to make sure they are going through their stages at the right time.last_img read more


first_imgWell-known Donegal company, the Swilly Group, has been chosen to find Ireland’s Coach Driver of the Year.The company’s latest project follows just days after it scooped the Excellence in Marketing award 2012 at last week’s Letterkenny Chamber awards.As Ireland’s leading Transport Training company The Swilly Group were something of an obvious choice to run the inaugural Irish Coach Driver of the Year competition at the Campion Insurance Coach and Bus Show at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November. The show is a biannual event setup and run by the Coach Tourism & Transport Council (CTTC) a body representing Ireland’s leading Bus & Coach Operators.The event will identify Ireland’s most professional Bus/Coach Driver and crown them with the Martin Guilfoyle Memorial Trophy as sponsored by Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Ltd of Urlingford, Co Kilkenny.Martin was one of Ireland’s leading coach tour drivers, winning a special award from Failte Ireland for his professionalism. Martin died tragically a year ago this week in a work place accident.Despite delivering training and consultancy services on a daily basis to bus and truck operators throughout Ireland and the UK on a daily basis, it is still a daunting task to run such a prestigious event. Damian Kerin, Sales & Operations Manager at The Swilly Group, remarked “We have been working on this event closely with the CTTC over the last few months and hopefully all that work will be justified this weekend”.Entrants will take part in a Theory Test and a short interview before completing a gruelling driver skills test.The Swilly Group have enlisted the help of Davy Jackson, Senior Driving Examiner with global road safety organisation RoSPA to assist on the interview panel.Pat D’Arcy, Senior Driving Test Supervisor with the RSA will act as Head Scorekeeper on the event. Damian added, “The fact such respected figures as Pat and Davy were willing to help out goes to show just how big this event is!”For more information on the Coach Driver of the Year competition contact The Swilly Group on LoCall 1890 63 63 63, check out the website at or find SwillyGroup on Facebook. SWILLY GROUP DON’T NEED ANY ‘COACHING’ FOR LATEST CHALLENGE was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 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:Coach Driver of the YearSwilly Grouplast_img read more

Here’s why Man City decided to pay £37m for him – top five Leroy Sane goals

first_imgHe only turned 20 in January, but Man City have clearly seen enough in Leroy Sane to spend £37m on him.The winger made his professional debut at Schalke in 2014 and was part of the Germany team at Euro 2016.Man City manager Pep Guardiola is a definite fan and was full of praise for the player. “Sane is a huge talent and I can only congratulate Germany to have a talent like him,” he said in November when he was in charge of Bundesliga club Bayern.Here, courtesy of the Bundesliga YouTube channel, are Sane’s top five goals in the German top flight.last_img read more


first_imgAnother raft of fines issued by the new Go Safe speed camera company have been put on hold.The summonses came before Letterkenny District Court this morning relating to fines for across Donegal.However Judge Paul Kelly was forced to adjourn the cases after solicitors objected to the summonses. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher and a number of other legal eagles will claim the summonses are not valid because they are being brought to court by An Garda Siochana.However they will claim the summonses are not valid because they were initially processed by Go Safe operators who they claim are not legally entitled to do so.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately said the summonses were perfectly legitimate as the Gardai were acting on information given to them by members of the public – the Go Safe operators.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned all the cases until November 17th to hear submissions from the Gardai and defendants. The latest issue with speeding fines comes less than a week after Judge Kelly was forced to throw out a number of summonses at Buncrana Court.A number of people told the court that they had simply not received speeding fines to their home addresses.Judge Kelly was left with no option but to dismiss the cases.A subsequent investigation by discovered that letters sent by the Go Safe operators are not sent by registered post and cannot be accounted for.Ends JUDGE FORCED TO ADJOURN MORE SPEEDING FINES BECAUSE OF COURT CHALLENGE was last modified: September 15th, 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:donegalGO SAFEspeedinglast_img read more


first_imgADVERTISING FEATUREThe ‘Sky’ literally fell in on top of us with the storms of recent days.One of the biggest problems with gale force winds is the number of Sky dishes which fell from their moorings on the walls and gables of houses across Donegal. Northwest Sky Installation has been at the forefront of the Sky revolution in Donegal.And they report that they are working flat-out to repair and reinstall these damaged dishes.It comes as the number of Donegal TV viewers getting Sky Television in recent months has continued to climb. Sky not only gives a whole new range of stations, it also gives a sharper picture and much more choice for the viewer.Northwest Sky Instillations are also about to advise its army of customers on the change to Digital TV in the coming months.Northwest Sky Instillation has some of the most experienced technicians and salespeople in the field of digital television and they are now at your disposal.From getting advice on what package suits you to what you can expect from Sky television, they can answer all your questions.They have something for everyone – and they’re cheaper than you think.If your dish has been damaged or needs to be overhauled, give them a call today on 087 6601777 or see their website advertised on COMPANY WORKING ‘ROUND THE CLOCK AFTER ‘SKY’ FALLS IN ON TV VIEWERS was last modified: January 5th, 2012 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:Northwest Sky Instillationslast_img read more

Appeal victory upsets victim

first_imgPICO RIVERA – The mental health of Monica Diaz became the focus of the successful appeal of her sentence for the murders of four members of her adoptive Pico Rivera family, officials said Friday. On Thursday, a court of appeals changed Diaz’s April 2004 sentence of life in prison without parole to a maximum punishment of 25 years to 100 years in prison. Diaz, who was 16 at the time of the murders, was accused of letting her boyfriend, Michael Naranjo, then 17, into her adoptive mother’s home on July 21, 2000, and assisting him while he used a knife to kill her adoptive father, Richard Flores, 42, and his children, Richard, 17, Sylvia, 13, and Matthew, 10. Reached by telephone Friday, Diaz’s adoptive mother, Sylvia Flores, who survived the attack, was distraught over the news. She said she believes Diaz’s original sentence was fair. She had no other comment. In her appeal, Diaz’s attorney claimed the judge in the case incorrectly excluded testimony from her psychologist, who had concluded that Diaz suffered from mental illness that clouded her judgement when it came to Naranjo. “She idolized \; she couldn’t see anything wrong with him,” psychologist Dr. Gregory Doane testified at her trial, according to court papers. “She just couldn’t put two and two together when she saw what happened.” Doane, who was Diaz’s psychologist for more than a year after her arrest, testified that his initial diagnosis of Diaz was of persistent depression. Then, he revised that to include major depression with psychotic features. He then changed the diagnosis to include borderline personality disorder. The appeals court agreed that Doane’s testimony and Diaz’s gullibility defense should have been considered during the trial. Diaz’s attorneys had contended that Diaz believed Naranjo was only going to bind her family and stage a robbery. She hoped that the robbery would bring the family closer together. Instead, Naranjo stabbed and slashed to death four family members before running out the back door when Diaz’s adoptive mother, Sylvia Flores, survived the attack and fought back. Doane testified that he believed that Diaz’s mental state could have rendered her sufficiently gullible to believe Naranjo’s robbery plan, court papers show. However, because the judge refused to admit Doane’s testimony, the appeals court reversed Diaz’s convictions on the special circumstances tied to her murder convictions. The special circumstances included multiple murders, lying in wait to commit murder and premeditated murder. The court also reversed Diaz’s conviction of attempted premeditated murder against her adoptive mother. The sentencing phase has not yet occurred in Diaz’s appeal. But Deputy State Attorney General Michael R. Johnsen said he may file for a rehearing with the state Supreme Court. “The practical effect is that she remains convicted of four counts of first-degree murder,” said Johnsen. “She essentially has 100 years to life.” If given the minimum sentence, however, Diaz could leave prison on parole after 25 years, Johnsen said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes

first_img€61m of interest to customers who topped up personal and small business loans between 1999 and 2019 is to be paid out by AIB. The bank said customers affected were not overcharged, but that the bank’s paperwork should have been clearer in setting out interest terms.According to the Irish Independent, the bank has begun contacting customers. All personal loan customers are expected to be written to in July and small businesses will be contacted in September.AIB chief executive Colin Hunt said the issue had been “self identified” by the bank and customers were not overcharged.“The money was owed to us on the facilities,” he said.However, because the standard of documentation was not at the level it should have been the bank had decided to return the money involved to customers. The Central Bank had been informed, he said.€61m of interest to paid out to AIB customers following loan mistakes was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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