Reggae Marathon weekend December 1-3

first_img One of the highlights of this year’s event will be the participation of the 2016 winners of the Tottori Prefecture Marathon, in Japan, as part of a twinning agreement between the Westmoreland Parish Council and its counterpart in Japan, the Tottori Prefeture. Leading up to the December event in Negril, a Burger King-sponsored ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day will be held on Sunday, November 6, starting from the Burger King store at the Portmore Mall, beginning 7 a.m. Participants will be allowed to run or walk the race. In addition, the popular 4x1500m relay for students will also be opened to tertiary institutions and members of running clubs. Participants in ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day can register at or pick up registration forms at Burger King’s head office, 18 Hope Road, as well as the Burger King stores at Portmore Mall and Braeton. “We are very proud of the fact that we will, again, be using hi-tech scoring systems for the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K,” Francis said. Scoring for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will be provided by MYLAPS Bib Tag timing system, with live on-line tracking of runners along the course available on and interim results posted during the race. There will be over US$10,000 in total prize money this year, together with finisher certificates, as well as Bob Marley and Rita Marley trophies to the male and female winners of the Reggae Marathon. In addition, there will be a special prize category for high school boys and girls in the 10K and special prize categories for teams in the Half Marathon and 10K. Last year, no local prize winner broke the Reggae Marathon course records in any of the three events, so this year the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston will continue to offer a special prize purse to any local who will break any of these course records. Major sponsors of the 2016 Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K are: Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston; PUMA Running; Jamaica Tourist Board; Couples Resorts Jamaica; JHTA – Negril Chapter and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. TWINNING AGREEMENT The 16th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be held from December 1-3 in Negril. The run-off will begin on the IAAF-certified course at the Long Bay Beach Park, located along Negril’s famed seven-mile beach, then loop into the town of Negril, before heading north towards the town of Green Island. The main event will start at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, and the course will remain open for six hours. New for 2016 will be that marathoners must reach the half-way mark in three hours to stay in the event. “We are expecting a minimum of 2,500 participants from more than the 35 countries which participated last year,” said Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K event. Francis said a number of groups and individuals have already registered their attendance. In fact, he said, one participant has timed his honeymoon in Jamaica to coincide with his participation in the sport event.last_img read more

2 more Venezuelans deported

first_imgTwo Venezuelans were ordered deported when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman.Tandy Ramos and Levenie DeSantos both pleaded guilty to the offence of entering Guyana by sea on July 9, 2016 at Eterinbang, Cuyuni River, and disembarking without the consent of an immigration officer.They were both fined $30,000 and deported.Just about two weeks ago, 14 Venezuelans were deported from Guyana and a source disclosed that over 100 more are to be deported.All of the deportees decried the hardship that they are faced with in their home country which contributed to them seeking refuge in Guyana.Venezuela is currently facing its most devastating economic crisis caused in part by the decline in oil prices on the world market and its people have been suffering.The people are calling for assistance as they claim that there is no food or jobs for them to provide for their families.However, President David Granger explained that while the situation in the neighbouring country was cause for concern, Venezuelans are welcome in Guyana once they enter through legal means and abide by the laws.last_img read more

Govt’s crime fighting strategy a “deception” – Rohee

first_imgMore than a year after a new crime fighting strategy was introduced by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Administration, there is yet to be seen any amount of changes and/or reduction in the incidences of crime in Guyana.According to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee, the crime plan implemented by President David Granger over a year ago was nothing more than a deception.Weeks into office last year, President Granger had summoned his top security officials, including Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Brigadier Mark Phillips, Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and had laid out a five-point action plan that the security sector would use to battle the crime wave, which at that time, had been rising at an alarming rate. The plan, however, was more of a strategic nature than immediate actions to address the crime wave.Together, the group had suggested the beefing up of security at borders across the country. Coupled with that move was the resuscitation of the Police’s marine wing to provide Police officers with flexibility and greater access to inland waterways along with the use of animals, including horses and dogs, to go after criminals.Focus was also to be placed on the Police administration itself and the requirement to identify criminal activities across all 10 regions of Guyana, to determine where the activities are being committed and to decide on the strategy to deal with them on a national basis.The next element of that plan was to involve Police organisation and training and the way in which the Police Force is organised.  A directive was given by the Public Security Minister that more Police officers needed to be put on the streets to carry out patrols to get out of the offices, where they were performing non-core functions.Speaking on Monday at his party’s weekly Press Conference, Clement Rohee said the plans announced by government to tackle crime never really existed, but actually was being used to fool the public.“First Granger called for a crime plan. Then we were told the plan is with Ramjattan, then we were told that it was with the National Security Council which is chaired by President Granger, then later we were told that it was with the Commissioner of Police, then we were later told that there was no plan,” Rohee told the media.He said while that plan has seemingly failed, Government is again now announcing that there will soon be a security sector action plan.According to him, there are more questions than answers about this new plan, including its financing, whether it would be coming from the Government coffers; the length of time for the plan and key components, and whether or not the plan will be made public.last_img read more

Miscreants Desecrate Graves at Palm Grove Cemetery

first_imgThe afternoon wind blew across central Monrovia yesterday as the living struggled to get their businesses in order, while at the nearby Palm Grove Cemetery, the pungent smell of feces dishonor Liberia’s dead.A sprawling cemetery spanning Center and Gurley Streets, Palm Grove, Monrovia’s oldest cemetery, is where ordinary and prominent Liberian dead have been buried for generations.   They are committed to the ground to await the Lord’s return, said a local pastor on Center Street.  Except for those who own family plots in this cemetery, it is now closed for any further burials.On the outskirts of the cemetery is the unmarked mass grave bearing the remains of the late President William R. Tolbert assassinated in the 1980 coup and many other Liberian leaders and prominent citizens who shared his fate.But a visit to the cemetery yesterday revealed a sorrowful sight that drew more questions than answers.  In the end, the stench and other evidences of vandalism indicate how dishonorably and shamefully the Liberian society has allowed its dead to lie.Said a bewildered young mechanic, who works at a nearby shop, “This is not how to honor the dead.”At the Center Street entrance sat several workers from the Monrovia City Corporation, the custodian of memorial grounds of the Liberian dead.A worker who spoke to the Daily Observer said, “The way we Liberians honor our dead is a disgrace.” His concern became quite evident when closer survey of the burial grounds revealed what he described as the “downright disrespect to our loved ones who have left us.” The Daily Observer saw that several graves were open or as the worker explained, “Were broken into by criminals who have no respect for the dead.” And the living have shown no concern or respect for their dead either.Though all sides of the cemetery are enclosed by a high fence, yet residents in the area and other people have found it expedient to respond to nature’s call as well as throw trash inside the fence.Though MCC workers provide some security to ward off those who have no business there, a worker said, “It’s been difficult to stop people from throwing all kinds of garbage inside here.” There are locks, of course, but when the workers are gone for the day, the miscreants and deviants then take over the cemetery grounds, the Daily Observer learned.“You see the empty grave over there?” a worker pointed out to the Daily Observer. “They took everything that could be stolen.” A closer look showed that the only remains was a skull lying in the trash.The worker who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak for the MCC continued, “Look at these graves that are broken. Who would do a thing like that?” Though that question was hard to answer, he admitted that there are people who live in the cemetery.Tomorrow, March 11 is National Decoration Day, and Liberians from all walks of life are expected to visit the burial places of their loved ones. Although the recent Ebola disaster has contributed to the frustration of Liberians, many interviewed by the Daily Observer suggested that a new direction to ensure that the dead repose in honor and dignity was needed and it should be led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.“We want her to help direct our actions,” said a resident on Center Street. “We may lose our sense of duty due to the many deaths, but this is not how to honor our dead.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Raising food allergy awareness

first_imgAnaphylactic shock is a “systemwide” allergic reaction in which the rush of histamines to the whole body cause blood vessels everywhere to expand and blood pressure to drop dangerously low. It’s a frightening proposition for those with severe food allergies, who spend their lives dodging meals with any unknown ingredients. Most reactions Goldweber said he sees in the emergency room occurred when people with a known allergy ate food that used their off-limits ingredient in an unexpected way. And to make matters worse, food allergies can be incredibly inconsistent. They can arise at any time, and can cause a wide range of symptoms. “They can get worse and worse with each reaction; they can go up and down, they can get better,” said Ron Ferdman, a USC physician. “There’s no way to predict it.” There are also no known cures, only treatments for the symptoms they cause. (Antihistamines such as Benedryl can ease mild symptoms; for strong reactions an Epipen, which injects adrenaline, is needed.) Some research looks promising, though. At Duke University, a scientist has had success desensitizing children to their peanut allergies by having them take slowly increasing amounts of powdered peanuts. “It still is risky, it’s not something that’s ready for prime time,” Riedl said, but “he does have some encouraging results that over time this may work, and it may allow children to tolerate small amounts of peanuts without a big reaction.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Every week at the Huntington Hospital emergency room, doctors see patients sickened by allergies to common foods. Last year at Huntington, 125 of those visits were severe enough to need inpatient care. And every few years, said Robert Goldweber, assistant director of the hospital’s emergency room, someone has a reaction so bad they die. “It’s horrible when that happens – it’s so unfortunate because it’s something that is preventable,” Goldweber said. This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Food Allergy Awareness Week, an effort of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network to spread awareness of the dangers that even commonly used ingredients can pose for some. AAN estimates one of every 25 Americans has a food allergy, of which 90 percent are caused by eight foods: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, almonds and pistachios), shellfish, soy, fish and wheat. Around the world, the number is on the rise. Nobody is exactly sure why, said Marc Riedl, an assistant professor of medicine at UCLA, but one leading theory is that modern living has lead to children growing up in a more sterile environment, meaning that the immune system isn’t as preoccupied with protecting from bacteria and instead starts to overreact to common foods. When someone has a food allergy, the immune system has built up warrior antibodies that recognize the foods and latch on. That causes a release of histamines in the body, which can lead to traditional allergic symptoms such as itchy skin and redness. Athough food allergies are just an annoying inconvenience for most, Riedl said, for some the reaction is much stronger and can including severe nausea or anaphylactic shock. last_img read more

Fallout runs deep as Salah, Egypt flop at AFCON

first_img0Shares0000Salah and Egypt suffered an early end to their Africa Cup of Nations campaign © AFP / OZAN KOSECAIRO, Egypt, Jul 7 – After his tale of redemption with Liverpool this season, Mohamed Salah was instead left in disbelief once more as Egypt crashed out of their own Africa Cup of Nations, an exit that triggered an immediate clearout within the country’s football association.While Salah helped lead his club to a sixth European Cup triumph in June, a year on from an injury forcing him out of the final, he was powerless to stop the Pharaohs suffering humiliation on the international stage for the second time in 12 months. The forward arrived here full of promise — his mood and fitness in sharp contrast to this time last June when his shoulder was injured as he was wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in the 3-1 loss in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.He scored twice in four matches in Cairo, both goals struck with unerring precision, but rarely looked at his peak surrounded by an Egyptian supporting cast far more limited than he is accustomed to at club level.But Salah also, uncharacteristically, made headlines off the pitch after offering a degree of support for disgraced team-mate Amr Warda, who was banished from the squad over sexual harassment allegations only to later be recalled — with Salah at the forefront of appeals for his reinstatement.One of the most popular Twitter hashtags in the wake of Salah and others defending the midfielder was “National team of sexual harassers”.Salah faced a backlash from many users after saying Warda deserved a “second chance” and that “shunning is not the answer”.Many of Salah’s fans noted his hypocritical line of argument. He has made a point of speaking up for women in the Muslim world, and in an April interview with Time magazine he vehemently defended their rights in the region.Shouldering the weight of expectation of nearly 100 million Egyptians, hoping for a fourth title in five editions as hosts, Salah found himself a capable ally in Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, the team’s standout performer in the group stage.But he too wilted as the pressure intensified once the tournament moved into the knockout phase, spurning Egypt’s best chance in a bitter defeat that provoked widespread dismay throughout the football-mad nation.– ‘No tactics or strategy’ –Egypt coach Javier Aguirre failed to inspire the hosts © AFP / Khaled DESOUKI“I’m really sad. Nobody expected we would go out at this stage. We thought for sure our team would reach the final,” said Mohamed Alaa, a 17-year-old fan from Cairo.Amr Kamel, 23, said he was “disgusted” by the team’s abject failure.“We expected better than that, that we would win, especially given the competition is being played in our country. We are really disgusted.”The sense of shame prompted Egyptian FA president Hani Abou Rida to sack coach Javier Aguirre and announce his own resignation out of “moral obligation” just hours after the defeat, paving the way for a vast shake-up within the organisation.Aguirre came in for criticism for his management of the side during the Cup of Nations, with Egypt legend Wael Gomaa accusing the Mexican of having “no tactics or strategy”.But Gomaa did not point the finger at Salah, saying the team’s failure was due to a lack of strength in depth.“Counting on just two or three players? That’s impossible in football,” he told BeIN Sports.“I will not blame Salah. Salah has played at the highest level throughout the season for more than 60 matches, and honestly, he provided what he is capable of doing with the national team.”Following Saturday’s defeat, Aguirre said he alone took the blame for the host nation’s disastrous campaign, with his departure coming after less than a year in the job.Abou Rida also called on board members to quit after “disappointing Egypt’s supporters” and bringing an end to his three-year reign marked by controversy, including a 2018 World Cup fiasco that saw the Pharaohs fail to get out of the group stage after losing all of their matches.The location of the team’s training base in Grozny, the capital of Muslim-majority Chechnya, spurred widespread criticism — especially from human rights groups — over concerns of abuses by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, supported by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgAll those years of hard work and study has paid off for Letterkenny woman Dr Eimear Gibbons when she graduated in Medicine from NUI Galway on Friday. Eimear Gibbons, from 62 Hawthorn Heights, Letterkenny is pictured above with her parents following her graduation in Honours Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstretics from NUI Galway. Dr Gibbons will now complete her twelve month internship in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.She is the daughter of Michael Gibbons, who is the principal of Coláiste Ailigh Secondary school in Letterkenny and Mary Gibbons who is an assistant principal in Deele College Raphoe.WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY WOMAN GRADUATES IN MEDICINE was last modified: June 24th, 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:DR Eimear GibbonsFeaturesHonoursMedicinenewsNUI Galwaylast_img read more

Datebook 5/30

first_imgDATEBOOK TODAY Hike, 9:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Zuma/Trancas Canyons Park, Malibu. Pacific Coast Highway to Busch Drive. Meet at Lower Zuma trailhead. Call (310) 822-6848. Filipino Women Writers Symposium, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Fowler Museum, Room 139A, (located next to Royce Hall), UCLA. Free. Call (310) 206-9163. 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Honors Convocation, 6 p.m., University Club lawn, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Los Angeles Adult School Community Resource Fair, 6-9 p.m., 4650 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Free. Call (323) 931-1026. Panorama City Neighborhood Watch Meeting, 7-8 p.m., 8600 Hazeltine Ave. Call (818) 893-3401. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

Lennon hails Rodgers’ incredible season at Celtic and issues warning to Rangers

first_imgNeil Lennon says Brendan Rodgers has taken Celtic to another level – and warned Rangers it will take them many years to catch their Old Firm rivals.The Hoops are unbeaten in 44 domestic games under Rodgers and will complete a treble if they defeat Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final later this month.“What they have done this year is tremendous, absolutely tremendous,” said former Celtic boss Lennon, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be an incredible achievement [to go unbeaten], not just in the league but in all the cup competitions as well.“He could win a treble and go the season undefeated – that would be pretty special.”Celtic are a staggering 39 points ahead of Rangers going into the final fixture of the season.Lennon, who will come up against both teams next season after leading Hibernian to the Scottish Championship title, said: “Celtic have really upped the ante this season with bringing Brendan in and they have thrown a bit of money at it but, saying that, they have been exceptional – an absolute juggernaut. The football and goals they are scoring have been at a real high level.“Rangers are in their first year back after their troubles and they will get stronger as the seasons go on, but I can’t see them catching Celtic for a considerable time.“Celtic are so far ahead of the rest – off the pitch as well as on the pitch.”last_img read more

McCauley scores on his debut to give Bonagee crucial win over Fanad

first_imgUSL: Peter Moran’s marquee signing Aidan McCauley showed his worth on his debut, as his decisive strike ensure Bonagee got a crucial opening win over Fanad United. The new season got under way at Dry Arch Park, when two sides who have made changes to personnel throughout the summer, locked horns in a fiery match played in glorious sunshine.Early chances were very scarce, with neither keeper troubled much in the opening twenty minutes.The first real opportunity of the contest fell the way of Fanads Davitt Walsh. Keelin McElwaine raced into the Bonagee box and his cross to the back post was somehow blazed over by the Fanad captain.Next up was their player manager, Arthur Lynch, who in the 42nd minute, sidefooted over from close range after an excellent delivery from Marty McAteer.Bonagee started the second period much brighter, and took the lead in the 66th minute. Francesco Crisco, one of Peter Morans summer aquisitions, crossed to Aidan McLaughlin in the box.  His header was parried by Shane Graham, but another new signing, Aidan McCauley, reacted first, to hammer the ball into the roof of the net.Fanad pushed for an equaliser, but the the home sides back four were resilient against anything thrown at them.The men in yellow and green almost got a second with nine minutes to go who Dean Larkin dispossessed John McGarvey on the edge of the box, but his lob went just over.Best for Fanad Utd were Davitt Walsh and Kieran Gorman with a team effort from Bonagee.McCauley scores on his debut to give Bonagee crucial win over Fanad was last modified: August 29th, 2016 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:Aidan McCauleyBonageeFanadsoccerSportUSLlast_img read more