Local swimmers make big splash in T&T

first_imgJamaica, with one of the smallest contingents to the recently concluded Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago Invitational Swimming Championships, mined a whopping 19 medals at the development meet.The event began last Thursday in Couva, and ended two days later, with Jamaica’s eight budding swimmers making their marks in the event, which featured over 35 teams.There were gold medals for; Jordane Payne in the boys’ 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle, respectively.Zaneta Alvaranga copped three gold medals in the girls’ 50m and 100m freestyle, as well as the 50m butterfly.Alvaranga returned three silver medals in the 100m and 200m butterfly and the 200m individual medley, while Sage Sinclair took silver in the 800m freestyle and Karci Gibson in the 200m backstroke.Kyle Sinclair took the 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 50m freestyle for boys.Bronze went to Karci Gibson in the girls’ 400m individual medley and 100m backstroke, while Alvaranga took the 50m back-stroke bronze.Payne added 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly bronze medals to his tally.The Jamaican teams, led by Y Speedos Swim Club with Kyle Sinclair, Jordane Payne, Zaneta Alvaranga and Samantha Selvon, finished eighth. Marlins Swim Club, represented by lone swimmer Karci Gibson, finished 20th.The Jamaican team manager Georgia Sinclair praised her charges’ brilliant performances, which, according to her, was a vast improvement over last year.”I am extremely elated about the performance of this small but ‘tallawah’ team. To have moved from winning six medals last year to a whopping 19 medals is absolutely fantastic,” she underlined.”The swimmers were focused and results- oriented. Every member of the team achieved personal-best times, and this augers well for Jamaica swimming as we enter the final stages of preparation for CARIFTA,” she added.Next year’s Carifta Swimming Championships will be held in The Bahamas, over the Easter weekend.last_img read more

St. John River Flooding Stalls Businesses in Ganta

first_imgHeavy down pour of rain has left the Ganta Port of entry linking Guinea with Liberia flooded causing businesses and movement of people to come to a standstill.Vehicles plying the borderline have been parked along the banks of the St. John River connecting the two countries due to the flood water.Security personnel manning checkpoints on both the Liberian and the Guinean sides have been evacuated, while commuters have been advised from trading along the border lines in the wake of the rising tide due to the danger the water poses to traders.Ganta border is one of the lucrative ports of entry in Liberia where huge revenue is collected annually.When this reporter visited the port on the September 10, the customs office and other offices were closed while most of the agents were observed to be loitering.“The river has closed the road and we do not have anything to do now,” said one of the customs officers.Flooding is said to have hit several parts of the county this rainy season causing huge loss to rice farmers, as well as damaging several other cash crops including the young cocoa.In the Buu-Yao and Kparblee districts, the Cestor River swept away several rice farms and destroyed some villages that are situated near the river.The Ganta border with Guinea is divided by the St. John River and presently, there is no way to get Guinea easily because the river has overflowed its banks.It is believed that, if the trade link remains flooded for days, Liberia could lose huge revenue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bea Mountain Employees Want Salary Increment, Benefits

first_imgMinister of Internal Affairs Varney Sirleaf, Chief Zanzan Karwor, and community residents during the dialogue.Aggrieved workers of the Liberty Gold Mine operated by the Bea Mountain Corporation in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount are appealing to the government through the Ministry of Labor and other agencies to immediately order the company to increase their salaries and settle their claims.Bea Mountain Corporation, which is a subsidiary of Aureus Mining Company, is operating under an 8-year concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. Details of the concession agreement remain scanty but according to sources, the company is expected to produce a billion dollars worth of gold over the 8-year period.It also remains unclear just how much the people of Kinjor as well as the Government of Liberia stand to receive from the production of a billion dollars worth of gold. It is also unclear how much the World Bank through its offspring, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), stands to benefit from the operation as the largest shareholder.But one thing which experts in the industry seem to agree on is that the people of Kinjor as well as the government of Liberia are being shortchanged.The distressed workers said the lack of due process in job dismissals, the disparity in amenities and salaries for expatriate versus local workers, the demand for improved services, and fulfillment of overdue obligations lie at the heart of the current problem at Kinjor.They further alleged that they have on several occasions called on the county leadership to address the matter before the onset of the rainy season – well before the matter got out of hand – but felt that their concerns went virtually ignored. “These people, Cape Mount Caucus, you are seeing here today are very wicked; we have called several times but they have refused to come to our call. Or is it because they have heard about the ‘country devil’ is why they came? That’s just the beginning,” said an aggrieved resident.Partial view of residents at the dialogue.Varney Kromah, a local resident, said that over the past months and years, they have been complaining about problems that include unemployment and unfair labor practices, including the issue of resettlement benefits, cooperative farming, and the planting of cornerstones among others.And because management had allegedly paid deaf ears to their concerns, on February 5, 2018 residents requested the intervention of the ‘country devil,’ which paralyzed the entire operations of Aureus Gold, according to Varney Kromah.The intervention of the ‘country devil’ stalled the free movement of non-members and shut down other businesses. The situation led to the shooting and wounding of two persons, namely Zina Dassin and Francis Benson, by officers of the Emergency Response Unit of the Liberia National Police. The wounded persons are still undergoing treatment at the J.F.K Memorial Hospital.Emmanuel Kamara, spokesperson of the group, said Bea Mountain is “using us like tools,” without providing any incentives for services rendered. He declared, “We have held several meetings with them including management and the Board Chairman, who assured us that we will receive our due benefits, but to no avail up to present.”But one of the workers, Miatta Paul, told the Daily Observer in Kinjor over the weekend that they are yet to receive anything regarding the payment of the benefits the company owes them, including money they promised to be given for their children’s school fees. According to Miatta, the Bea Mountain management promised each worker US$200 for their children’s fees.Ms. Paul, who is one of the contractors on the gold mine, revealed to our reporter that in order for the New Liberty Gold to operate in the area, about 325 families in two villages, Kinjor and Larjor, were forced to leave their homes, farms, and artisanal mines that had provided income for them.Construction began on the mine in 2014, and the first gold sales came a year later. Even though the company describes the operation as a ‘key asset,’ the promised better amenities are yet to materialize years later, and there has already been one major chemical spill that has polluted the environment, Miatta Paul said.In return for their relocation to a new village, also named Kinjor, which was carved out of the forest near the mine, the company promised to make life better: new houses, a school, hand pumps, which could have made all the difference for them.For their part, Traditional Council of Liberia chairman Chief Zanzan Karwor and Cape Mount District #2 Representative Mambu Sonii said from the investigation conducted, they see no conflict between the residents and Bea Mountain managers in Kinjor.They observed that what is stalling progress in the area is the people themselves and not the company. They warned that until the inhabitants of Kinjor including the youth and elders of that area stop the internal wrangling, development will continue to elude them. They further declared that the company continues to exploit them because of their disunity.Chief Zanzan Karwor, who spoke on behalf of the Traditional Council, called for a revisit of the Resettlement Action Plan and Concessional Agreement, and used the occasion to order a halt to all Poro activities in the area.He blamed community and government relations manager, Sando Wayne, for hastily calling in the Liberia National Police’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU), whose intervention led to the shooting and wounding of two civilians. Chief Karwor said Wayne should understand that he is a Liberian and should also consider himself as a ‘twin father,’ meaning he should work for both sides.For his part, Representative Mambu Sonii of District #2 lauded Chief Karwor for his sound analysis in the Kinjor case, adding that he believes that the problem in Kinjor is the people themselves, and called on the Minister of Internal Affairs to have another meeting to settle the internal problems between the elders, youth, and the landowners, or else ‘they will always continue to cry.’In remarks, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf thanked all of the speakers for their participation and said several meetings will be called in order to find a lasting solution to the Kinjor problem.Minister Sirleaf vowed to constructively engage the landowners including the elders so they can all sit down to a dialogue on the Kinjor issue. The Internal Affairs Minister in his remarks appealed to the Bea Mountain management to install varnished ceilings in all of the housing units under construction for the residents, all part of promises made to residents.He also encouraged the company to have the clinic effectively running. The minister further called on the company to consider the agriculture program that forms part of the Resettlement Action Plan so the uneducated can take advantage of it. Minister Sirleaf then imposed a US$1,500 fine on the management of the Bea Mountain Mining Company.Clarifying the fine, Minister Sirleaf said the it does not imply guilt, but was intended to cement the broken relationships between the company and the residents of Kinjor and Lajor.In conclusion, Sando Wayne, community and government relations manager of Bea Mountain, acknowledged the plight of the workers and residents, and promised to get back to them very soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pochettino definitely WON’T do this against MLS All-Stars (video)

first_imgTottenham are in Colorado preparing to take on the MLS All-Stars in a pre-season friendly.Last year, the same opposition beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in a match where some tough tackles angered manager Pep Guardiola so much he refused to shake the hand of opposite number Caleb Porter in a post-match strop.But Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said he will not repeat the snub with this year’s manager, Pablo Mastroeni, when the match finishes. “I watched the game. It was a very tough game for Bayern Munich,” he said, referring to the 2014 clash.“I think we need to understand that for the All-Stars it’s a very important game. For us it’s the same. We need to compete. I would never deny a handshake to the opposing coach.”last_img read more


first_imgKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman is celebrating today after being named Everton’s young player of the year.The 22-year-old Donegal man will make an incredible 40th appearance of the season when his side entertain Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday.He has started 30 of those games – and scored six goals for his club. And last night in Liverpool, Seamus picked up two gongs – young player of the year – and shareholders’ player of the year.Manager David Moyes said “Seamus did tremendously well at Blackpool last season and he’s given us something fresh and new this year.“He’s been great and, with what we’ve seen, we hope he’ll be able to step up again.”The former St Catherine’s and Sligo Rovers player won’t end his season against Chelsea however. He is expected to feature for Ireland when they play the North in the Carling Nations Cup next Tuesday – and Scotland on Sunday week.Said Seamus after the ceremony: “I’m trying to pick up different things but I don’t want to lose that natural ability.“I just like being able to get it and go. It’s done me well so far, so hopefully that can continue to be the case. I haven’t had a whole load of coaching. I just go for it. I want to get past my full-back. If I don’t do it the first time, I’ll keep trying.“It’s still there a little bit, that feeling that it’s all a bit surreal. I’ve said to myself that I’ve got to get rid of that because you can’t always think that way. At the same time, I don’t want to get used to it. I still want to have that little feeling of being in awe because you can never take your place for granted.”COLEMAN NAMED EVERTON YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR was last modified: May 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:evertonKillybegsseamus colemanlast_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA News:SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams travelled to play Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday night. Final score in senior game Urris 3-09 Letterkenny Gaels 0-10. Senior team: Johny Noone, Kieran Kelly, Sean Mc Daid, Gary Doherty, Mickey Grant (0-01) James Cooke, James Griffin), John Mc Carron (0-01), Kevin Mc Laughlin (0-04), Conor Bradley, Dean Kelly (2-0), Ryan Doherty (J) (0-01), Peter Devlin, Alan Friel (0-02), Declan Grant. Subs: Mark Mc Laughlin (1-0) for Dean Kelly, Niall Mc Laughlin for Declan Grant, Ryan Doherty (R) for Peter Devlin. Final score in reserve game Letterkenny Gaels 2-08 Urris 2-04. Next matches are home to Burt on Saturday night at 6pm and 7.30pm. MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win June 4th. No Jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 2,12, 14 & 15. €15 winners: Mary Mc Gonigle, Malin Head, Cathal Toland, 6 Gaddyduff, Mickey Doherty, Rooskey, Lorna Doherty, Urrismanagh and Denise Doherty, Roxtown. Jackpot next week €1,260. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.SUICIDE AWARENESS COURSE: There is a Positive Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Course being held in the Clonmany Community Centre on Saturday 13th June starting at 2pm. Any club coaches or club members interested in doing this training please contact David Hession on 0860538537 to book a place.U14: Our U14 played Burt last week and had won by 3-12 to 2-04. Next game is home to Moville on Friday night at 7.00pmU12 GERRY O’NEILL MEMORIAL CUP: Urris are away to Carndonagh at 6.30pm. U6, U8 and U10 training every Friday evening in Straid from 4-5pm util further notice.KELLOGG’S CUL CAMP: GAA Cul Camp in Straid from Monday July 6th – 10th. Anyone wishing to book a place contact John Friel on 08605223550.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off at all Under-age training/matches now.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.GAA NEWS: RAMPANT URRIS PUT LETTERKENNY GAELS TO THE SWORD IN SUPER DISPLAY was last modified: June 8th, 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

Oleksandr Usyk meets Man City players after derby victory over Man United

first_img huge blow REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL Latest Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Undisputed cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk attended the Manchester Derby, fresh off the back of his win over Tony Bellew at the weekendThe Ukrainian king supported the Citizens as they ran out 3-1 winners against their rivals and visited the victorious side in the dressing room. REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? deals tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker Champ meets the Champs! 🏆@usykaa joined us in the dressing room for our derby victory celebrations! 🙌#mancity pic.twitter.com/LpkGtCKaAG— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 11, 2018Usyk was seen posing for pictures with many of the playing staff, including a cheeky Benjamin Mendy who attempted to start a fight with him before swiftly running away.On Saturday, the 31-year-old faced a seemingly tough bout against Britain’s Bellew, however turned up at the match looking as if he barely had a scratch on his face.Usyk ultimately knocked out his opponent in the eighth and will now seemingly look to move up to heavyweight and target Anthony Joshua.City meanwhile face West Ham at home after the international break.Take a look at Oleksandr Usyk meeting the Manchester City team in the video above.last_img read more


first_imgWhat’s better than a cup of tea and a slice of your favourite cake?What about a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a visit by Santa with a gift thrown in for the kids?That’s exactly what you can do today in O’Hehirs famous bakery and cafés in Letterkenny and Donegal Town. The Big Man will drop into O’Hehirs between 11.30am and 5pm.For just €4.50 all children can have their picture taken with Santa and will even receive a free gift.And the very decent people in O’Hehirs are donating all the proceeds from today to St Vincent De Paul.So why not put aside an hour today and get into the Christmas spirit. O’Hehirs can’t guarantee a white Christmas.But they can guarantee fine food, great craic and all the while helping people less fortunate than ourselves. MEET SANTA TODAY AT O’HEHIRS BAKERY – AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR ST VINCENT DE PAUL was last modified: December 16th, 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:O’Hehir’s Bakery and CafeSANTAlast_img read more


first_imgA LETTERKENNY family is appealing for help in finding their missing pup, now missing for more than 10 days.The Spaniel pup has missing from noon on Feb 5 from Glencar area.He is 4 months old, black with white patch on chest and back paws, name Rexx, and was wearing a reflective collar. If found please contact Marie urgently 087 6886582 or 087 7598597.A reward is offered for his safe return. FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER PUPPY MISSING FOR TEN DAYS was last modified: February 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CAN YOU HELP FIND MISSING PUP REX?last_img read more

Space Travel Too Hazardous for Humans

first_imgAstronomy magazine’s March 2006 issue contains a couple of sobering articles for those who like to dream of humans mastering the universe.  Asking “Will moon dust stop NASA?”, Trudy E. Bell described the dangers of space dust: “it sticks to spacesuits, wreaks havoc on equipment, and may be physically harmful,” she wrote, citing the experiences of Apollo astronauts who spent mere hours with the stuff.  Moon dust is as abrasive as sandpaper, annoying, and irritating.  Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan became intimately familiar with it when a broken fender on the rover sent plumes of lunar dust onto him and his partner.  In the lunar module, it smelled like gunpowder, irritated the eyes and took three months to grow out from under his fingernails.  He commented, “There’s got to be a point where the dust just overtakes you, and everything mechanical quits working.”     Things biological might quit working, too.  Bell describes silicosis, a lung disease that has caused death in miners and dust-bowl victims during the Great Depression.  The razor-sharp silica crystals, if inhaled, cannot be removed, and our immune systems are powerless against them.  Furthermore, Bell warns that Mars dust may be even worse.  The strongly oxidized Martian dust may “burn things like plastics, rubber, or human flesh as viciously as laundry bleach.”  It probably smells terrible, too, because there is no forest to purify the environment (see USDA press release).     In this double-whammy issue of Astronomy that challenges our cherished science-fiction ideals with heavy doses of reality, Jacqueline Garget asked, like The Shadow, “Who knows what dangers lurk in space?”  Beyond just dust, she warned that “Radiation can damage DNA and even kill – and space is filled with it.”  X-ray flares from the sun, which occur unpredictably even during quiet times of the solar minimum, can send lethal showers of particles toward astronauts.  High-energy galactic cosmic rays, largely shielded by our atmosphere, are also dangerous to humans.     It’s very difficult to protect astronauts from these hazards, because shields typically produce secondary showers of particles that can wreak even more widespread damage than the initial incoming ray.  Maybe engineers will some day figure out how to produce effective and low-mass shielding, but Garget didn’t end her article much more optimistically than did Trudy Bell.  “Years ago, scientists didn’t fully understand space radiation,” she concluded, “and while they know more now, it’s not enough to send astronauts on a 3-year mission safely.  We must learn the long-term effects of space travel on the human body, and how to protect voyagers, before we can boldly and safely go where no one has gone before.”  Apparently the screenwriters for Star Trek conveniently overlooked these hazards.  See also the 09/14/2000, 05/02/2001, 11/06/2003 and 12/08/2003 entries on space radiation hazards. Update 02/02/2006: New Scientist published an article about the risk of proton radiation in space.  It says that protons, the most abundant particles in space, cause twice as much DNA damage as expected. This little entry is provided for your appreciation of all you have down here, under our atmosphere, under our magnetic shield, on this lovely and Privileged Planet.  As you safely watch science fiction on TV, enjoy the fact you are not out there with the characters in the cosmic shooting gallery.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more