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Cause for celebrations and concern

first_imgThe Carifta Games are still as right for the young track and field athletes of the region as they were first staged in 1972. As seen last weekend, Carifta still gives the future stars of Caribbean track and field their first experience of international competition. It’s an invaluable first step on the way to the top.For so many, including the dominant Jamaican teams, it’s a maiden voyage into competition beyond their own shores into airline travel, different cuisine and unfamiliar stadia. It was a master stroke when the Barbadian Austin Sealyformulated the event in 1972. Now, as it was then, it’s like international competition 101.The Carifta Games also presents data for regional track and field administrators to learn from. While the sprints in both the Under-18 and Under-20 age categories had enough entries to require a preliminary round, that wasn’t the case in other events. While that wouldn’t be a surprise in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, there were no heats in the girls’ Under-20 800 metres, the 4x100m and 4x400m for boys and girls in both the Under-18 and Under-20 categories and in most of the hurdling events.Five girls faced the starter in the 400-metre hurdles for Under-18 girls, with four in the Under-20 version. This is startling, given the bright history in a discipline where Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have produced high-class exponents. It was worse among the boys, with the corresponding numbers being five and three. Here the region has recently produced champions like Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Jeffery Gibson.Four girls came to the blocks in the Under-20 100-metre hurdles and five young men came to contest the Under-20 110m hurdles.In the field, only three girls are listed as participants in the Under-20 high jump. This is in contrast to an apparent Caribbean upswing in the event. Just last year, Levern Spencer won this event at the Pan-American Games, with her St Lucian compatriot, Jeanelle Schepper, taking the NCAA title for the University of South Carolina. Earlier in March, the Barbadian Akela Jones cleared 1.98 metres in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) indoors as part of the heptathlon. Jones also won the individual high jump as well.If those numbers represent ongoing trends, and in many cases they do, then the region has lots of work to do.Jamaica may be able to take care of itself. Thanks to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, our high schools pursue excellence in a wide range of athletic disciplines. Even here, there are long running weak spots in the jumps, throws and middle and long distance disciplines. The rest of the region doesn’t have Champs and needs help to spark development. Some, like St Vincent and the Grenadines, don’t even have a synthetic running track.Maybe that’s why Jamaica is becoming attractive to junior athletes from the region. They can’t wait until development comes to their island home. So they instead come to the place where, because of Champs, development is far more advanced. It’s a fair guess that they will keep on coming.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: JRU halts two-game skid, blasts Benilde

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “It’s already in them, they just have to use it properly.”Ranya Musa led Benilde with 12 points while Rachel Austero added 10 as the Lady Blazers lost three of their last four games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Bombers improved to 3-3 and tied the Lady Blazers at the fifth spot after starting off the season on a 2-1 run. Shola Alvarez paced JRU’s offense with 21 points while Dolly Verzosa added 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJRU head coach Mia Tioseco said lack of mental and emotional strength was key to their doom against Arellano and University of Perpetual Help.“I think we lacked the confidence and the composure,” said Tioseco in Filipino. “They already have the skills and they just have to use it in the game, but when we lost our composure and fear takes over they forget about their skills.” 3×3 hoop wars reaches finale at Taguig Jose Rizal University went back to the winning track after stopping College of St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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LGE process was smooth – EU Ambassador

first_imgEuropean Union Ambassador to Guyana, Jernej Videti?, who was an observer at this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE), says the process was a smooth one and all procedures were well-organised.This was related after he visited some of the polling stations across Guyana to check upon the pace at which ballots were being cast. He noted that he stood as an observer two years ago during the previous LGE, but the method was “excellent” this time around.“We went as observers and we had done it two years ago, so I think compared to what was [done] two years ago, it was even better prepared. We went to five local polling stations and in all the polling stations, the procedures were the same,” theAmbassador of the European Union to Guyana, Jernej VidetičAmbassador said.However, Guyana Times inadvertently published that the Ambassador revealed there were no provision for persons with disabilities to vote, but in actuality, he stated that those persons would have come out in their numbers despite challenges.“The control was there, and it was running smoothly like it should work in a normal democracy. We had a good impression and we also see that disabled people came to vote and they’ve done their best to give them an opportunity to vote. I found it excellent.”Monday saw a low turnout of voters throughout the country and the pace of voting was even slower than expected. The polling stations opened to a sluggish start but after a few hours, the number of voters was constant. Villages like Den Amstel, Hague, Blankenburg, La Jalousie, Windsor Forest, Crane, Best and Vreed-en-Hoop recorded a small turnout, and it was the same on the East Bank at Covent Garden, Providence and Peters Hall. In Berbice and the Essequibo Coast, the situation was similar.Other than that, it was heard that many persons were told that they were not allowed to vote, because their names were not on the registered voters’ list.However, upon checking, they were eligible to vote while others were referred to other polling stations.Concerns also surfaced about the quality of ink used. Throughout the day, voters complained about the concentrated substance being easily washed off and that it was difficult to tell if they had voted or not.The matter also caught the attention of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who stated, “I have had numerous reports that it could be easily removed, so what we have asked our polling agents now is to pay particular attention to people who have voted before may attempt to come back in and vote, so that is one safeguard against ink being removed, so we asked our polling agents to look at this.”Upon inquiry, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Public Relations Officer (PRO) Yolanda Ward told media operatives that the Commission had leftover ink from the 2016 LGE and this was reused.last_img read more

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UCLA makes easy work of Weber State

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Arron Afflalo put an awful game behind him in UCLA’s impressive NCAA tournament opener. Shaking off a terrible performance in last week’s Pac-10 tournament, Afflalo had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bruins to a 70-42 victory over Weber State on Thursday night in the West Regional. Darren Collison scored 14 points while playing on a sprained ankle, and Josh Shipp added 12 for coach Ben Howland’s second-seeded Bruins (27-5), who reached last season’s national championship game before falling short of their 12th NCAA title. But after spending six weeks of this season ranked No. 1, UCLA lost its previous two games before traveling to Arco Arena – including a humiliating loss to mediocre California in the conference tournament that cost them a chance at a No. 1 seed. Afflalo, the conference player of the year, was particularly stung by the last loss because of the way he played: Scoring a season-low three points on 1-of-7 shooting, and later hanging his head in the locker room. But Afflalo was back on his game as soon as he stepped on the floor where he led his Compton high school to a state title. He scored 15 points in the first half as UCLA rolled to an 18-point halftime lead on the overmatched Wildcats (20-12) of the Big Sky Conference. Dezmon Harris led Weber State with 10 points. One year after reaching the NCAA title game, UCLA again is a No. 2 seed out west – and once again, the Bruins won’t have to leave California to reach the Final Four. They’ll face the winner of Indiana’s game against Gonzaga _ UCLA’s foe in the West Regional final last year – on Saturday. 160Want 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

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Poll: Wayne Rooney or Wayne Ruined?

first_img Wayne Rooney Following his poor start to the season, is the Manchester United captain past his best?The Drive lads want your thoughts – cast your votes below… 1last_img

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LETTERKENNY APARTMENT TO GO UNDER HAMMER FOR JUST €12,000!

first_imgThe Letterkenny apartment for sale is on Lower Main Street with a reserve of 12kAllsop Space have announced the commercial and residential properties that they will sell at public auction at the RDS in Dublin on 15th October next – and it includes a Co Donegal apartment for just €12,000! The properties from Co. Donegal also include a 48 bedroom hotel in Moville with a reserve of €175,000, the long leasehold ground floor two bedroom apartment in Letterkenny with a reserve of €12,000 and a freehold plot of land of 10 hectares in Drumkeen with a reserve of €30,000.The apartment is No3 Westside Apartments, Lower Main Street. The company used the announcement to reaffirm its pledge- in conjunction with several interest groups- not to offer for sale any repossessed family homes at this or any future auction.Speaking at the launch Allsop Space Director of Auctions, Robert Hoban, said “The commercial properties on sale here will house the future businesses and enterprises that will support jobs, growth and investment all across Ireland.“The people who will come here to buy shops, factory units and offices are the people who will work to get Ireland out of its current difficulties. Essentially the purchasers here are buying the cradles of Ireland’s future prosperity. We wish them all well and are happy that we at Allsop Space are aiding this much needed process.“We are also really delighted to be part of what I hope is a new beginning for Irish property and how Irish property isbought and sold here. The published reserve price is key to this system and we believe that will become the gold standard for all auctions in the future. I think the large number of residential properties that are on sale here are an unequivocal vote of confidence by Irish people in our open way of doing business.”  LETTERKENNY APARTMENT TO GO UNDER HAMMER FOR JUST €12,000! was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALLSOP SPACEDonegal Dailyfor auctionfor autionletterkennylast_img read more

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Roy Keane to be player-manager for Man United XI

first_img 2 Keane and Miller were team-mates at United between 2004 and 2005 Roy Keane will be both captain and manager for a Manchester United legends team in a tribute match for Liam Miller.Former midfielder Miller, who played for United, Ireland and Celtic, died earlier this year aged 36 following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. NEW ERA 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Paric Ui Chaoimh will host the charity match between the Red Devils XI and a combined Ireland and Celtic XI in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,000 people.Keane, who played alongside Miller for United and Ireland, will feature as player-manager for a team set to include Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.They will face the likes of Robbie Keane and Neil Lennon in opposition. possible standings gameday Keane will wear the armband for United once more How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? center_img Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener All the proceeds from the game will be used to help Miller’s widow Clare, their three children and the Marymount Hospice where he spent his final days.Michael O’Flynn, chairman of the organising committee, said: “This will be a unique sporting occasion in Cork, not only because of the calibre of the soccer stars who will be taking part, but also because it will feature both soccer and GAA sports at the same time.“It will be a fantastic tribute to Liam Miller who was one of Cork’s sporting heroes and a great celebration of sport in Cork.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS smart causal highlights ALTERED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies wonlast_img read more

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Job Vacancy: New dental surgery requires Dental Nurse/Receptionist

first_imgA new dental surgery in the Ballybofey/Stranorlar area requires a Dental Nurse/Receptionist.The position is part-time to full-time.Experience or qualifications will be an advantage but training can be provided. The surgery, Stranorlar Dental Surgery, is located at Lifford Road, Mullindrait, Stranorlar (opposite St Joseph’s Hospital).Email your CV and details to Stranorlardental@gmail.comJob Vacancy: New dental surgery requires Dental Nurse/Receptionist was last modified: October 19th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Loreto students’ board game wows judges at Donegal Student Enterprise competition

first_imgA group of bright young students from Loreto in Letterkenny were named the overall champions at the recent finals of the Donegal Student Enterprise Programme.22 teams from 10 schools across the county took part in the competition, which aims to nurture students’ ambitions and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship.Winners of the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Hotspots Board Game from Loreto Letterkenny: Jade McCollum, Alanna Sweeney, Aifric ni Fhearraigh and Emma Howard. Also pictured are Michael Tunney and Grace Korbel (LEO), Mayor Gerry McGonagle, Gareth McGlynn (Niche SSP).The programme allows students to understand the potential of being self-employed as a career choice, while educating them on the principles of business. Loreto students Aifric Ni Fhearraigh, Alanna Sweeney, Emma Howard and Jade McCollum impressed the judges with their board game called ‘Hotspots,’ aimed at highlighting and celebrating the beauty of Donegal.Winners of the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Hotspots Board Game from Loreto Letterkenny: Jade McCollum, Alanna Sweeney, Aifric ni Fhearraigh and Emma Howard.The junior category was won by Molly Boyd, a student from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana who uses a range of recyclable materials found in Inishowen to make her range of Inishowen pens.In Donegal the programme started in September with an idea generation workshop delivered at several locations across the county. Students in the participating schools then progressed to develop a business idea and began trading ahead of the county final in the Silver Tassie last week.The high standard of all the entries meant the judges had a difficult task when they met the young entrepreneurs last Wednesday.Mícheál Ó Mianáin, Aimee Nic Laifeartaigh, Brendan Lee Ó Rodain and William Ó Ruanaidh from Tory were awarded second place in the junior section for their business “Cóstaeirí Thoraí” that incorporated old Irish sayings and puzzles onto slate coasters.Runner Up in the Intermediate Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Costaeiri Thorai from Colaiste Phobail Cholmcille: Brendan See Rodden, Michael O Mianain, William Rooney and Aimee McClafferty. Also pictured are Grace Korbel (LEO), Mayor Gerry McGonagle, Ciara McGlynn (Niche SSP).In the senior section Molly Patton, Zara Cassidy and Siobhan Doyle from St. Columba’s in Stranorlar were runners-up with their business ‘Buideal Bake,’ a range of quick mixes for chocolate chip cookies, brownies and funfetti cakes.Buideal Bake from St. Columba’s College: Zara Cassidy, Siobhan Doyle and Molly Patton.Joint third in the senior section went to Deele College students Caitlin Sheridan, Katie Allan, Andrea McNamee and Neve Scanlan with their clock-making business ‘Minute Details’ and to Finn Valley College student Molly Browne for her business KCS Perfumes.Minute Details from Deele College: Katie Allan, Neve Scanlan and Andrea McNamee.KCS Perfumes from Finn Valley College, run by Molly Browne.Teams in the competition came from Loreto Letterkenny, St. Columba’s, Stranorlar; Royal and Prior; Toraigh; Loreto Milford; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Mulroy College; Deele College and Finn Valley College. Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney praised the students for the standard of their entries.“The Local Enterprise Office is geared towards promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Donegal and it is tremendous to see the enthusiasm and dedication the participating teams have demonstrated,” he said.The winners of each category will now go onto the National Final in Coke Park Dublin on 2nd May to represent Donegal.Loreto students’ board game wows judges at Donegal Student Enterprise competition was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegaldonegal student enterprise programmehotspotsLoreto Letterkennylast_img read more

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Donegal soccer legend Con McLaughlin toasts 60th birthday!

first_imgDONEGAL soccer legend Con McLaughlin celebrated his 60th birthday with a big bash at the weekend.The legendary former Finn Harps striker was joined by family and friends at Arena 7, Letterkenny, to toast his latest milestone.McLaughlin marked many milestones during a stellar career and he was the first Donegal player ever to score 100 goals in the League of Ireland. Con McLaughlin with his motherMcLaughlin was first signed as a 16-year-old by Eunan ‘Busty’ Blake in the 1970s and scored on his Harps debut against Cork Alberts at Flower Lodge.McLaughlin was courted by a number of clubs during his career, but he stayed loyal to Harps. He was capped three times by the Republic of Ireland youth team and scored against Finland, while he scored twice for the Irish junior team in a 2-1 win over Scotland. Now a popular referee in Donegal, McLaughlin continues to contribute to the game.He is the uncle of current senior footballers Barry McNamee (Derry City), Tony McNamee (Finn Harps) and Shane McNamee (Institute).Donegal soccer legend Con McLaughlin toasts 60th birthday! was last modified: December 17th, 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)last_img read more

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