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Wright, Perry set sights on Olympics

first_img Jamaica’s female beach volleyballer, Kai Wright, said their fifth place finish at the Norceca Beach Volleyball tour in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on the weekend resulted from their passion and determination and believes she and partner, Danielle Perry, will make it to Rio this summer. Wright noted that Perry lives abroad so regular practice is not possible and tournament like these play an important role in their preparation. However, the main reason they went to the Dominica Republic was to gain experience and practice. “The main purpose was to prepare for the third round of Olympic qualifiers, get selected for the Pan Am Games, get practice, see other teams and get some experience going into the third round. “The tournament was very challenging. Every team played us competitively because we were the underdogs. Nobody expected anything from us, much less to get a big placing, so they came at us really hard. But we played real hard, worked together and achieved fifth place and it shows the passion we have for the sport,” said Wright. “My partner is from Florida so we don’t get to practice together much, but she is very passionate, she is very determined, she goes hard and plays really hard, she is very motivating, so I have a tremendous partner. Over the weekend we learnt a lot about each other playing wise and we are just working as a team,” she told The Gleaner. She thinks they are strong enough to seriously compete for a spot in the Rio Olympics when they travel to the Casova Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic third round qualifiers in El Salvador next week. “The more we go and represent and play the more the results are coming, it means our performance is getting better every time and that is what we aim to achieve,” she surmised. “We are very prepared, we have camp where the overseas players come down and we train every day, two times for the day. Hopefully we’ll go to the third round and be ready mentally and physically and I am very confident we can reach the Olympics,” said Wright. “We have one week before we leave for the third round and we’re looking to qualify and put Jamaica on top. We want to pave the way for the younger volleyball players, so we will work hard, play hard and qualify for the Olympics,” she promised. VOLLEYBALL:last_img read more

Gov’t Tightens Grip on Foreign Funding

first_imgThe government last Monday announced that all international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOS) receiving foreign funds would now be disclosing details of such funding, including the source, purpose and how the funds were spent.Making the announcement during her Annual Message to Legislature, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said the decision was in line with her government’s “compliance and regulatory environment” policy.Interestingly, people may consider the policy as government suppression of NGOs,’ but President Sirleaf clarified that it is intended to strengthen the NGOs by encouraging them to be transparent and accountable in their stewardship.“Last year, I announced several policy measures on the operations of NGOs that are intended under a compliance and regulatory environment, to strengthen them for proper transparency and accountability of the resources they receive and the results that they produce,” she emphasized.  Instructing the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to enforce her administration’s policy, President Sirleaf declared, “The Ministry is to ensure implementation of those measures by finalizing the NGO’s policy guidelines and re-registration process to be announced by the end of the first half of 2015.”She said the new plan will transition NGOs’ registration from a manual computer based system to an online registration process.According to her, it would enable the international and local non-governmental organizations properly to  account for their operations at the local level where they work, allowing local government to have real time information on which NGOs is doing what and where.“This is consistent with our new drive to de-concentrate and decentralize the delivery of services and to foster greater accountability to local government and citizens’ structure by the NGOs operating at the local level.At the same time, she applauded them for what she described as their “speed and effectiveness during the Ebola outbreak.”“NGOs operating in Liberia continue to be very strong partners in our development work. The speed and effectiveness of their response during the Ebola outbreak made tremendous contribution to our national effort,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remax wins several sales awards

first_img– Advertisement -Remax Action Realty and Trevor Bolin had quite the honour filled weekend.At a Real Estate award ceremony which took place in Vancouver over the weekend, Fort St. John’s Trevor Bolin, took home two very impressive awards.Councilor Bolin won number one salesman in B.C. for Remax and the local agency was named number one in sales for a small office market.While the agency is no stranger to the Remax small market award, winning number one salesman in B.C. is a new honour to Bolin.He said it’s quite an accomplishment, considering how many markets and agent are present in B.C.Advertisement Photo:  Trevor Bolin and Rich Petersen accept the awards in Vancouver – Photo from Twitter  Bolin also expressed how he feels grateful that the hard work by the local agency is being recognized through the presentation of both the awards.last_img read more

Oh Canada, we party on for thee

first_imgDon’t miss the firework display taking place tonight at 11:00 p.m. inside their new location, Surrerus Fields. The day kicked off with the Classic Car Show and Shine, followed by a community driven parade and a party inside Centennial Park.There were plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy including live music, a carnival, face painting, crafts, farmers market, games and a line of food trucks.In the midst of the crowd was Councillor Dan Davies, enjoying the day with his children close at hand. He says being a life-long Fort St. John local, the Canada Day parade is something he looks forward to every year.- Advertisement -“It’s just nice to bring the family out, watch the parade, see what’s new,” Davies explained with a smile on his face. “Each year it’s something different. It’s just fun for the family, it’s just awesome.”The winning floats for this year’s parade were the North Peace Filipino-Canadian Association, The District of Taylor and The Spirit of the Peace.Yet it was clear that each participant had worked hard to ensure they turned heads, such as the Knights of Columbus, with their music pumping, or the North Peace 4-H Club, a fun combination of children and animals to bring out the spirit of their organization.Advertisementlast_img read more

West Ham vs Bournemouth: Premier League preview and predicted line-ups

first_imgWest Ham United will be aiming to secure their first victory of the season when they take on Bournemouth in east London this weekend.After a tough opening weekend to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, succumbing to a 4-0 thumping at Liverpool, the home fixture against the Cherries represents the perfect time for Manuel Pellegrini’s men to bounce back and register all three points. Manuel Pellegrini lost his first game in charge of West Ham as they were thumped 4-0 at Liverpool 3 What the managers are saying…Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham United): “I was very disappointed about the result, I don’t think it was a result that we deserved. I don’t think that game will change our minds.“After we lose a game we continue exactly the same. Try to play as well as we can, try to win as much points as we can, play every game in a different way but not thinking about our final target.“We try to have a solid team and I hope we can do it as soon as we can.”Eddie Howe (Bournemouth): “It’s going to be a very tough game for us. They have a very experienced manager, a very good manager who has won the league (with Manchester City).“They have recruited some really good payers and they had a good squad already. It will be a good examination for us and a good marker for us for where we stand. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side started the season with a 2-0 win over newly-promoted Cardiff 3center_img How can I listen?Click here to listen to live commentary of West Ham vs Bournemouth on talkSPORT 2.Team news…The Hammers are still without Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini. Elsewhere, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has no fresh injury problems ahead of Saturday’s game.Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma, the club’s record signing, could be in line for his debut after building up his match fitness during a full week of training.Fellow new recruit Diego Rico is still suspended, while Junior Stanislas (knee) remains sidelined and midfielder Kyle Taylor continues his recovery from a muscular problem.Predicted teamsPredicted West Ham XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Anderson, Noble, Wilshere, Antonio, Arnautovic, Perez.Predicted Bournemouth XI: Begovic, Smith, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Brooks, Cook, Gosling, Fraser, Wilson, Defoe. Eddie Howe’s men will head into the encounter full of confidence after opening their account for the new season with a 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Cardiff City last Saturday.The game at the London Stadium kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 18 and you can listen to it live on talkSPORT 2. 3 Javier Hernandez found the net for the Hammers in a 1-1 draw in the same fixture last season last_img read more

DIRECTORS OF IRISH COLLEGE WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED IN MICHAEL FERRY CASE

first_imgThe Director of Public Prosecutions has decided that no prosecutions will be taken against the directors of Colaiste Cholmcille.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.The Gaoth Dobhair college was at the centre of numerous child sex abuse allegations.Its caretaker, Michael Ferry, is currently in prison serving fourteen years in prison as a result of abusing boys at the college. The company’s directors were listed at that time as Donal O Loinsigh, Seosamh O Gallachoir and Eileen Ni Fhrighil.The DPP has confirmed that no directors will be prosecuted as a result of the incidentFerry had been allowed to stay on in employment despite being convicted in the courts of child sex abuse.A spokesman for the Garda Press Office confirmed the DPP will not seek prosecutions in the case.  DIRECTORS OF IRISH COLLEGE WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED IN MICHAEL FERRY CASE was last modified: March 24th, 2014 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:colaiste cholmcilleDirectorsdonegalGaoth DobhairMichael Ferrylast_img read more

DONEGAL DONKEYS TO BEGIN NEW LIVES IN SWEDEN TO HELP AUTISTIC CHILDREN

first_imgDonegal Doneky Sanctuary owner Danny Curran (centre) with Daniel and Ingela Reinholdsson, Patrike Sármens and Monica Andersson from Sweden when they arrived in Ireland to choose a few donkeys to take back to their 300 acre farm in Sweden. Also in photo are Sandra Curran and Elsa Curran. (North West Newspix)A Swedish businesswoman’s plan to help children with autism has saved three abandoned Donegal donkeys and could result in many more being rehomed.Monika Andersson owns a 300 acre equestrian centre in Nykoping on the outskirts of Stockholm.They came up with the idea of opening a specialist area at the centre to work with children with autism. However, they were worried that horses may not be suitable for the children with special needs.Monika and her family opted to use donkeys instead but with just 400 or so donkeys in all of Sweden, they didn’t have a lot of choice.Indeed Monika revealed she had only ever seen one donkey in her entire life.In stepped ex-pat Charles McSweeney-O’Rourke, who is originally from Ardara, but now lives in Sweden and is friendly with the Andersson family. He contacted the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary and a visit was arranged.On Monday last Ms Andersson and some other family members including centre manager Ingela Reinholdsson took a plane to Ireland with the intention of choosing two donkeys to ship to Sweden from Donegal.The group spent three days deciding which animals to take back home with them.But they were so impressed by their visit that they chose three donkeys and the paperwork is now being filled in to send the animals abroad.The three lucky donkeys are named Reuben, Hans and Eeyore. Monika and her company have even agreed to pay all the costs in shipping the donkeys back to their new heated home in Sweden where they will form part of the animal therapy treatment programme.The move to Sweden is a real rags to riches story especially for Reuben who had been stabbed with a pitchfork and suffered various types of cruelty before being rescued.Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, which cares for more than 60 donkeys at its centre in Raphoe, said he hopes it is the start of a wonderful relationship.“Things have moved very quickly but the bottom line is that three donkeys are now moving to a wonderful new home. “The lovely thing about it is that one of the donkeys was a victim of cruelty, another was found wandering on a road and the other came from a good home.“Donkeys have a lovely nature and I have often seen children with autism hugging them and building up a special bond with them.“It is early days yet but our Swedish friends have said they may be interested in taking more donkeys again next year if things work out,” he said.Danny revealed that their Swedish counterparts are now even planning an open day at their equestrian centre for the Donegal donkeys.“It will be a bit of a journey getting them there and we are still filling out all the necessary paperwork but we’re delighted.“We have more than 60 donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary and that’s a lot of work on a daily basis.“Hopefully we can build up a nice working relationship with these people and can give these lovely animals a good life for the rest of their days,” said Danny.The donkeys will not leave Ireland for another month but fans of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary can keep up with their new lives in Sweden on the centre’s Facebook page.DONEGAL DONKEYS TO BEGIN NEW LIVES IN SWEDEN TO HELP AUTISTIC CHILDREN was last modified: July 25th, 2014 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

Half-time: QPR 1 Charlton 0

first_imgMatt Phillips’ fortuitous goal on the stroke of half-time put the home side ahead at Loftus-Road, where Jack Robinson is making his QPR debut.Left-back Robinson, who was signed from Liverpool in the summer of 2014 and suffered a long-term knee injury last March while on loan at Huddersfield, had an encouraging first half.Both teams struggled to create chances before Phillips swung in a cross from the right towards Junior Hoilett. The Canadian failed to make contact and the ball crept into the net at the far post.The best opportunity before that fell to Rangers, but after James Perch collected Phillips’ clever pass and crossed from the right, Sebastian Polter was unable to apply the finishing touch.Troubled Charlton had another let-off when Tjaronn Chery’s left-wing free-kick ricocheted off Perch into the arms of keeper Nick Pope.At the other end, Alex Smithies pushed away a shot from Callum Harriott before Rod Fanni headed wide from Harriott’s free-kick.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Robinson; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Ingram, Kpekawa, Faurlin, Petrasso, El Khayati, Gladwin, Washington.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Football Friday rocks the Union Buildings

first_img30 October 2009Scenes of diski dancing and sounds of vuvuzelas rocked the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday as Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of Cabinet ministers joined 2010 ambassador Lucas Radebe, mascot Zakumi and a host of other VIPs in a colourful endorsement of the Football Fridays initiative.It was an extraordinary occasion at the seat of government, where strict protocol is usually the order of the day.Click arrow to play slideshowView the full photoset on FlickrVideo: Football Friday hits TshwaneVideo: Diski Dancing in the Capital CityCabinet ministers wearing Bafana Bafana jerseys, including Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, as well as the Deputy President himself, blew their vuvuzelas and danced South Africa’s own diski dance.The western lawn of the Union Buildings was painted the colours of the South African flag as government officials, 2010 Fifa World Cup™ stakeholders and senior government officials gathered to show support for the national football team and to join in mobilising South Africans to adopt Football Fridays.The initiative aims to build support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa’s first World Cup gains momentum, by getting South Africans to wear a football jersey – first choice being a Bafana Bafana jersey – every Friday until the start of the World Cup in June 2010.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear a football jersey every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year,” Motlanthe told the gathered crowd.He also urged South Africans to learn the diski dance as part of being a good host and preparing to welcome the world in a celebratory style. Doing the dance, he quipped, would also have long-term health benefits.Former Bafana Bafana captain and 2010 World Cup ambassador Lucas Radebe urged South Africans to participate in the Football Fridays campaign.“By wearing our shirt every Friday, we will not only show a sense of patriotism but also encourage the national team to do well,” Radebe said. “Let’s all support this campaign and rally behind Bafana Bafana, because they need us as a nation.”Also in attendance were 2010 Organising Committee (OC) chief executive Danny Jordaan and chairman Irvin Khoza, SA Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani, and members of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa.Football Fridays is a joint initiative of the country’s major 2010 partners, namely the OC, the IMC, the Government Communication and Information System, South African Tourism and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.Source: BuaNews, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

As Facebook Ages, Gen Y Turns to Twitter

first_imgsarah perez Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is getting old. No, people aren’t getting tired of it, it’s actually getting old, as in its population is aging. In May of 2008, the median age for Facebook was 26. Today, it’s 33, a good seven years older. That’s an interesting turn of events for a site once built for the exclusive use of college students. So where are today’s college students hanging out now? Well, to some extent, they’re still on Facebook, despite having to share the space with moms, dads, grandparents, and bosses. Surprisingly though, they’re also headed to another network you may have heard of: Twitter.As it turns out, Gen Y likes Twitter…Well, maybe not, but they are using itOver the course of the year, there have been countless reports – some more substantial than others – but all with the same message: Generation Y is just not interested in Twitter. The reports generally cited members of this demographic as saying Twitter was “pointless” and “narcissistic.” Apparently, that’s beginning to change. Well, maybe not their perception of Twitter, but certainly their use of it. Today, Twitter is now the second-youngest of the top four social networking sites. Its median age is 31. MySpace’s is 26, LinkedIn is 39, and, as noted above, Facebook is 33.When looking at specific younger demographic segments, and not just Gen Y, you can see strong Twitter uptake over the past year. For example, 37% of those 18-24 now use Twitter when only 19% did back in December 2008. And in the slightly older 25-34 bracket, a portion of which could still be considered Gen Y, 31% are now using the service compared to only 20% in December of last year. Combined, these two groups account for more than half of Twitter’s network. Why is Gen Y Now Flocking to Twitter?So what gives? Why has Gen Y seemingly changed their minds about the social microblogging network that only months ago they avoided? A recent AP article offered up some ideas including the influx of celebrity tweeters, pressure from teachers or bosses, and it even hinted that Gen Y’ers entering the workplace have found value in the network for business-related purposes. That same sentiment was shared by Meredith Sires of Gen Y trend-watching site, YPulse. She theorizes that the rapid growth in the 18-24 demographic has to do more with the recent college graduates segment of that group finding ways to build entirely new online contact lists and create new identities more closely tied to information-sharing. However, there have not been any in-depth studies that detail all the various reasons that Gen Y has chosen to adopt the microblogging network. To date, everything cited consists of just theories and speculations based on anecdotal evidence. But while all the ideas have merit, the theory that rings truest to our ears is the one put forth by Craig Watkins, a University of Texas professor and author of the book “The Young and the Digital.” He says that what we’re seeing is “…a kind of closing of that generational gap as it relates to technology.” In other words, young and old alike are joining the same networks and socializing in the same spaces. At this point, we would have to agree. After all, Gen Y (or Gen Z for that matter), hasn’t all of a sudden flocked to some new social networking site where the majority of the online user base mostly consists of their peers. Although some niche sites like FML, Failblog, TextsFromLastNight, and Sporcle have apparently attracted this young crowd, their numbers are dwarfed by those of Facebook, Twitter, and the like. It seems as if Gen Y is simply content to join the older adults on the top social networks of today and not strike out on their own…and vice versa. The older social networking users, in turn, never really set up shop on networks designed just for them like the (now “hibernating”) Boomj, a social network for baby boomers, or the online old folks home eons.com. They, too, have gravitated towards Facebook and Twitter. Will this ever change? Will there ever be another network dominated by the digital youth? Of course no one can know for sure, but odds are that unless it’s a closed-off network where entry is barred to those over a certain age, any new social network will have trouble keeping the grown-ups out these days. And even if some such network ever sprang into existence, it may struggle to attract the Gen Y members it desires – especially since they’re so content to socialize on the sites they already use. And now that they’ve added Twitter to that list, the challenge to draw them away to yet another social networking site may prove even more difficult than before.Note: statistics in this article are from Pew Internet’s Recent Report on Twitter for Fall 2009 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more