Sharpe happy for VMBS Youth Award

first_imgJamaica’s junior tri-athlete, Llori Sharpe, says her ambition is to represent the nation at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.”My ultimatum is to make the next Olympic Games and represent the country in the triathlon,” Sharpe told The Gleaner after she copped the Victoria Mutual Building Society Youth Award at the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2016 Awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston last Friday.”It was very surprising when I saw my face on the screen. I immediately realised that people are taking notice,” she said in response to being awarded the VMBS Award.Sharpe, who is a 16-year-old St Andrew High School fifth-form student, came to prominence after she finished 18th of 56 competitors in action last September, at the World Junior Championships in Mexico.She completed the 750 metre swim in 10 minutes and 55 seconds, the 20 kilometres bike race in 34 minutes and 38 seconds and the 5K run in 21 minutes and 40 seconds. It was the first time that Jamaica was sending a representative to the event and Sharpe was the only competitor from the Caribbean.Sharpe started in the sport as a 15 year-old in 2015.”I started as a swimmer, also did long-distance running and took on cycling. Now, I am very serious about triathlon,” she said.last_img read more

Rivals F2 Logistics, Petron cross paths in crucial clash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sporting a clean 3-0 win-loss record in Pool A, the Cargo Movers renew their rivalry with Petron in a titanic clash at 7 p.m.The HD Spikers, also holding a perfect 3-0 slate in Pool B, seek to clinch the other outright semifinal ticket as they clash with Cocolife at 4 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Led by resurgent veteran Rachel Anne Daquis, defending champion Cignal tries to make a return trip to the semifinals, which will leave Smart-Army and Sta. Lucia Realty in the crossover quarterfinals against the No. 3 and No. 2 teams in Pool A, respectively.But all eyes will be on the much-anticipated battle between F2 Logistics and Petron, who have been clashing for the past three finals series. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding F2 Logistics is just a win from reaching the Final Four after routing University of the Philippines-United Auctioneers Inc. in straight sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-16, late Wednesday.F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus is confident with the hunger and eagerness of his wards in beating Petron, the squad that dethroned them in the previous Grand Prix.“Every time we have a great matchup like Petron, I don’t have to remind my players because they are preparing hard and eager to win this kind of games,” De Jesus said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It’s going to be an action-packed doubleheader as unscathed teams F2 Logistics and Cignal gun for sweeps in their respective pools to claim the two outright semifinal berths in the last day of the preliminaries of the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference on Saturday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT How new is the New Manny Pacquiao?last_img read more

JFK Harassed by Thieves

first_imgLiberia’s referral hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Health Center, has expressed serious concern about the recent wave of criminal activities affecting the medical facility, authorities of the institution disclosed.In a conversation with newsmen Tuesday, April 22, in Monrovia, the hospital’s Chief Administrator, Dr. Wvannie-Mae Scott-McDonald, said that despite rigid security measures instituted by her administration, stealing still remains an ongoing problem at the compound.She noted that many times, criminals invade the area and in most cases, make away with personal belongings and hospital equipment.Although she did not provide details of said allegations, Madam Scott-McDonald revealed an incident when she came in one day and later realized that a new wall clock recently procured for one of the offices had been stolen.“There are cases of theft at JFK, and this is a problem for which we are greatly concerned,” she said.The JFK boss reiterated her commitment to the modernization of the hospital and its capacity to respond to the growing demand from the general public, adding; “JFK has the ability to address most of the medical needs of the public, and as such, we encourage our people to take interest in their own hospital so that resources will remain here.”Madam Scott-McDonald made the disclosure Tuesday in hospital compound when Montserrado County Representative Edwin M. Snowe made a donation of food items to the hospital.Rep. Snowe, in a show of goodwill, donated several bags of cassava he said were harvested from his farm.According to him, the intent of the donation was to assist in the provision of meals to both in-patients and health workers at the hospital.He applauded the tireless efforts of JFK’s management for their responses to the health concerns of the entire nation, noting; “JFK remains important to all of us.”Responding to the donation, JFK’s Chief Administrator expressed gratitude to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and praised him for his donation to the operations of the medical facility.“I would like to thank Rep. Snowe and recognize that he’s one of the users of this facility. He brings his family here whenever they are sick and he also takes treatment at this hospital,” Dr. Scott-McDonald indicated.She then encouraged other officials of government and other prominent citizens to treat JFK as their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MLME Drafts Act to Ensure National Equity in Mining Sector

first_imgThe Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy (LME) has drafted a new Act of the minerals and mining sector that seeks to prioritize the interest of the Liberian people and the country at large.The Act is aimed as establishing a framework for granting and regulating mineral titles that authorizes reconnaissance, exploration and processing of minerals in an attractive way for investors while simultaneously ensuring they contribute to the development of Liberia.The Act, if passed, could encourage mining operations that are financially profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible to benefit the Liberian people.Speaking to our reporter in an exclusive interview on Wednesday, January 29, at a one-day consultation on the update of the Liberian Mineral Mining Act held at a local hotel in Monrovia, Deputy LME Minister, Sam Ross, said the new Act has been carefully reviewed. Mr. Ross explained review of the Act would ensure harmony and beneficial relationships are created between mining companies and the communities that are affected by minerals operations. He explained that the government of Liberia, through the LME, aims to provide economic and social opportunities for communities with mineral resources.Mr. Ross further stated the new mining act would allow communities that explore resources to get additional benefits from mining operations in the sector.He noted that most mining companies in the country lacked the capacity to create harmonious relationships with the people of their operations’ various communities. This lack of a mutual understanding causes failure to develop these communities.Mr. Ross said the LME seeks the opinions, views and participation of civil society organizations, the private sector, government agencies and government ministries in order to safeguard the new Act.He stressed the need for strengthening the country’s mining sector and providing a reliable posture for communities concerning the way forward.Mr. Ross concluded by expressing his belief that Liberia was endowed with bountiful resources which should be used to create an international standard of living for it citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bill aims to curb metal thieves

first_imgA bipartisan bill proposed by two Central Valley Assembly members to crack down on metal theft – a crime that disproportionately affects relatively rural areas such as the Antelope Valley – has garnered support from farming groups, utility companies and law enforcement groups throughout the state. The Metal Theft Prevention Act aims to make it more difficult for thieves to cash out stolen merchandise such as copper wire, placing greater restrictions on metal dealers and recyclers. Statistics show metal theft to be growing at an alarming rate throughout the state as thieves working at night find easy targets in unguarded copper wire. The Central Valley-based Agricultural Crime Technology Information and Operations Network reported that metal theft crimes increased fourfold in 2006 from the previous year. That followed a doubling of such crimes the year before. The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto, and Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, passed the Assembly Business and Professions Committee unanimously on April 25. Antelope Valley farmers have been hit hard by metal theft, Los Angeles County Farm Bureau Executive Director Laura Black said, noting that thieves are targeting GPS-linked pivot systems that use copper wire and are designed to reduce water usage. Copper wire thieves typically cause thousands of dollars in damage to equipment in order to steal a few hundred dollars in metal, a California Farm Bureau Federation spokesman said. “This crime is rampant up and down the state,” Black said. “With this bill, at least there’s going to be accountability for where these people are turning in the metal.” The bill calls for dealers and recyclers to pay sellers by check 10 days after the sale. Additionally, merchants would be required to videotape metal sellers, or keep merchandise in the condition in which it was purchased for 15 days. “We support legislation that addresses the growing problem of utility metal theft, which poses a safety risk to our customers, our employees, and to the thieves themselves,” Southern California Edison spokesman Tom Boyd said. Boyd said metal thieves have caused service disruptions for thousands of customers, and have cost Edison thousands of dollars in repairs. “Ultimately, the repair and replacement costs are borne by customers,” Boyd said. (661) 267-7802 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

Man United outcast shows Falcao how to score

first_imgThe rate at which Radamel Falcao’s Manchester United career seems to be unravelling is astounding, and the Colombian seemed to hit a new low on Tuesday night during a run-out for the Red Devils’ U21s.The on-loan striker endured a torrid 72 minutes against Tottenham’s U21 side, before being hauled off for Josh Harrop. Falcao’s fitness reportedly continues to be an issue, but almost as worrying has been his lack of potency in front of goal. His return of just four goals and four assists in 20 games is nowhere near the sort of form United are looking for, so we hope for his sake he was watching when team-mate Rafael showed him the route to goal with a sublime effort.The Brazilian has been in and out of the first team owing to a string of injuries, but he looked sharp on Tuesday night, rounding off his performance with this sumptuous chip from distance.Take a look below… 1 Rafael was on target for Manchester United U21s last_img read more


first_imgRosses ACIt was a busy weekend for the club with athletes competing in competitions in Birmingham, Ardara, Gortahork and Maghery. Prode of place must go to our young athletes who were representing Donegal in Birmingham at the UK Aviva Sportshall Athletic Finals. Tara Harley, Bridget McDyer, Ailbhe O’Donnell and Sarah Doherty were competing with the u15 relay team finishing second and and u13 relay team finishing third. The outstanding Donegal performance came from Sarah Doherty who claiming two gold medals representing the best points return ever by a Donegal athlete at this event. Very well done to all.On Saturday last a number of athletes competed in the Ardara 10k which has over 1000 people competing with Sean McShane winning the mens in 36:36, while there was good performances from others competing in a great event. On Sunday there was a 5 mile road race in Gortahork with Michael Logue coming out on top in the mens and Nicola Doherty winning the womens. In Maghery at the same time there was a 5k race where John Paul Wilson came home second behind Mark McCole with Helen McCready winning the ladies followed by Carleen Walsh. It is great to see so many athletes from the area competing in races. One thing to note however is that we do need to have everybody registered with the club (20 euro) and also we would encourage people to start wearing the club vests – contact Ita for details. The northwest 10k is coming up on Sunday week and many athletes are planning to complete in this event – due to he large numbers in recent times it is worth considering registering on line. It would be great to see all club members wearing the club colours at this event. ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rosses Athletic Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgFINN HARPS have lost again in the League – going down 3-2 to Longford Town on Saturday afternoon.And for the small Harps following it was a huge disappointment as the Donegal side gave a good account of themselves and certainly deserved a draw.Harps in fact led at half-time thanks to a Keith Cowen goal in the third minute. Mark Salmon would go on to write all the headlines in the second half, the Longford Town man scoring twice and then being sent off.He levelled the game from the penalty spot in the 57th minute before team-mate Don Cowan put the home side ahead in the 72nd minute.Harps came storming back into the game and grabbed a superb equaliser through Kevin McHugh just three minutes later.But that man Salmon popped up another three minutes later in the 78th minute to seal the points for the home side. His role in the game was not over however – he was sent off for a cynical challenge deep into injury time as Harps pressed for an equaliser.HARPS CRASH TO DEFEAT AT LONGFORD was last modified: July 9th, 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:finn harpslast_img read more


first_imgHOUSEHOLD CHARGE ROW LATEST: Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray has accused Mayor Noel McBride of facilitating Fine Gael Councillors in stalling Monday’s Council meeting so that it would not debate two emergency motions on the household charge.Cllr Murray had submitted an emergency motion which called for the council not to collect information from utility companies in pursuance of those who have not paid the regressive household charge.And Cllr John Campbell, an independent, had tabled a motion calling on the council officials not to carry out door to door collections of the €100 bills. Cllr Murry accused Fine Gael Councillors of blatantly stalling the meeting despite an all-party agreement that each member would only speak once on each issue.Commenting after the meeting, Councillor Murray said: “Yet again, Mayor McBride has overseen a shambolic meeting of Donegal County Council. This time however, he has deliberately allowed his party colleagues to block a debate on an issue which affects thousands of families in this county.“All councillors had been given due warning that I intended to submit a motion calling for the council not to collect information from utility companies for the purpose of pursuing those who have not paid the household charge.“I emailed every councillor on Friday and spoke to representatives of all parties throughout the meeting. It became clear however that no party was willing to indicate whether or not they would support the motion. “The reason for this later became clear – they did not intend to have the debate.“Despite requesting that this urgent motion was dealt with – and with an apparent agreement from the mayor – Fine Gael councillors were allowed to speak repeatedly throughout the day in order to try and run down the clock. Despite this, I read my motion into the council minutes before the 6.15pm deadline. At this point, the mayor took a unilateral decision not to accept it and adjourned the meeting.“Many meetings have run on until 8 or 9 at night to allow a debate to continue. This is the norm. This week however, as the motion did not politically suit the mayor, the meeting was brought to an end.“It seems that unless you endorse Thatcherite policies, you will have an uphill battle in doing your democratic duty.”Our report of what happened yesterday is here: adjourned February meeting took up most of yesterday, meaning the March meeting will not be completed until Monday, April 16.HOUSEHOLD TAX DEBATE DEBACLE: SINN FEIN SLAM MAYOR was last modified: March 27th, 2012 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:HOUSEHOLD TAX DEBATE DEBACLE: SINN FEIN SLAM MAYORlast_img read more

Officials negotiating on San Fernando complex

first_imgSAN FERNANDO – Faced with a critical shortage of housing, officials are negotiating with developers who want to build nearly 400 condominiums over retail shops on city-owned land near downtown. The mixed-use project proposed by developer Enrique Fainchtein and Gangi Development Co. of Glendale would help boost the number of homes in San Fernando by roughly 8 percent, increase the stock of below-market housing and spur development in downtown, officials said. Although officials are still negotiating the final price for the land, some of the region’s housing shortage has forced cities to become players in the red-hot real estate market. “The need for affordable housing is outrageous. We do not have anywhere near the amount of units that we need for the population we have,” said Jan Breidenbach, executive director of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing. “Now local jurisdictions are stepping up.” Plans call for the 400-unit mission-style condominium complex to be built on the site where four city parking lots now sit. Fainchtein said he is now negotiating with a national pharmacy chain and two restaurants to anchor the two- and three-story condos. “We are going to change downtown San Fernando,” said Fainchtein, who also owns retail space along Truman Street and the San Fernando Mission Plaza. “We are going to improve the quality of life, increase the values of real estate and bring commercial activity to downtown.” Although the plans are still being drawn and it’s unclear how much the houses will sell for, 20 percent will be reserved for families making 120 percent of the region’s median income or $66,000 for a family of four. The condos will also have two and three bedrooms – ideal for families. San Fernando is not unlike dozens of suburban cities that have poured redevelopment funds into the city center in a bid to increase its value and use precious land. Housing is erected near transportation lines and offices are built near retailers. Environmentalist and urban developers call the developments “smart growth” and praise them for conserving energy and cutting down on transportation dependency. “You are seeing more suburban cities pay attention (to) centers that in some cases really slid downhill,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. A decade ago, Pasadena, Santa Monica and Long Beach changed the tide, resurrecting their downtowns and championing urban centers like those seen on the East Coast. “A lot of things that used to be exotic and confined to an urban core are now cropping up in suburban areas,” said Rick Cole, Ventura’s city manager and former city manager of Pasadena. “People started thinking: There is a different style that I will start taking a look at. And in a town like San Fernando, for a lot of immigrants, this is a lifestyle that is not exotic. It’s the way their parents lived and their grandparents lived in the country of origin.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Demand for below-market housing is a regionwide problem. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has fully funded the city’s $100 million affordable housing trust fund for the first time, and about 3,300 units are now in the planning stages. In San Fernando, officials say they hope Fainchtein’s project will not only provide housing, but lure more retailers and improve the image of the largely Latino city of 24,000. “The need is substantial,” said Paul Diebel, head of the redevelopment agency for the city. “There are people that have grown up in the community that want to live here … but they don’t necessarily want a single-family house.” Others, he said, simply can’t afford the market rate. The project will include about 80 affordable units built on land currently owned by the city and used as parking lots. By harnessing its history as the San Fernando Valley’s oldest city, officials say, it is also promoting historical buildings and designs. last_img read more