The Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ) have joined forces to stage the Astra Run (5K run/walk), which will take place on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m at the Police Officers Club on Hope Road, and ending there.The launch took place on Thursday y at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.The Astra Run will be a night event for the first time since the organisations came together last year to stage their 5K Run/Walk.Chavez Foster of the organising committee detailed the route, which will see patrons starting at Police Officers’ Club, then turn left onto Hope Road, left onto Trafalgar Road, across Lady Musgrave Road onto Downer Avenue, onto Old Hope Road, left onto Windsor Avenue, left onto Fairway Avenue, left onto Lady Musgrave Road, then left onto Hope Road and head down to the finish at Police Officers’ Club.Dr. John McFarlane, chairman of the KSFJ, said part proceeds will be used to assist the Kingston Public Hospital to purchase a dialysis machine and to cover the cost of educating the public on the proper kidney health.Also, part proceeds will be used to help purchase a ventilator for the University Hospital of the West Indies, especially in light of the Zika and the health issues associated with the virus.Matthew Williams, who has been living with the end stage kidney disease since age 12, spoke about the difficulty of living with the disease, noting that he tries as best as possible to be positive. He plays sports, especially basketball, and is in his final year of studies as a pharmacy technician.Williams currently attends KPH on Tuesdays and Fridays to be dialysed for four hours each session.Numerous prizes will be on offer, with competitors battling in several categories, including the top three male and female finishers, youngest and oldest finisher, largest group, best dressed group and age groups up to 19, 20-30, 31-50, plus 50 and over).Sponsors include Wata, Wata wid Wow, Tapioca Village, Hot off the Press, CVM, Klas ESPN, Power 106, Music 99, Gleaner, KSAC, NWA, Organo Gold, Palace Amusement Company, Emfatic Disco Hyundai Motors (for pace car) and Spanish Court Hotel.
Australia doubts as Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the range prior to the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on December 3, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods said Friday he’s taken his game to another level, but his 2018 schedule remains unclear as he plots his comeback from injury.The 14-time major champion posted a lengthy blog on his website, reflecting on 2017 and looking ahead to a 2018 that he hopes will see him playing a full schedule and contending on the US PGA Tour.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments LATEST STORIES Woods missed all of the 2015-16 season and his comeback attempt in early 2017 was cut short when back trouble flared again.He underwent yet another back procedure in April and was sidelined until the Hero World Challenge, the unofficial event he hosts for charity.Woods, who said he was finally playing without pain, finished tied for ninth in the field of 18 — and briefly held the lead during the second round.“It was nice to have played well enough to do that after being gone so long,” he said.Woods was pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of the shorter swing that resulted from his spinal fusion surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “My swing is definitely shorter and I can’t turn as far,” he said. “But I was surprised at how explosive I was.“And on top of that,” he added, “how well I putted. I had been rolling it well at home, but it’s totally different when you have adrenalin in your system. I’m more than a full-club longer than when I shut it down.”Even with all those positives, Woods indicated that there will be plenty of unknowns in 2018, particularly as regards his schedule.He did say that “one way or another” he’ll be at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for the Genesis Open from February 15-18 — although that could be as a player or in his role as host of a tournament run by his charitable foundation.Longtime Woods watchers also wonder if he might tee it up three weeks earlier at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near La Jolla, California.Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines — including at the 2008 US Open, the most recent of his 14 major triumphs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Now, I feel I’ve taken it to another level,” Woods said of the strides he’s made since an encouraging return to competition at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in November.“I’m continuing to progress and trying to get strong enough to where I can handle a workload again. I would love to play a full schedule in 2018.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 folk“What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don’t know,” Woods said. “I just have to continue to work on my body and game and see where I pan out.“I wish I knew where I was going to play and when I was going to play –- it’s a lot easier to prep for that -– but we really don’t know. This is all unchartered territory.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
With more of its supporters and financers being implicated in drug related scandals and activities, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on the Administration to come clean on its campaign finances and financers.Jagdeo was at the time making reference to Lear Goring, the recently hired and fired Guyana Water Inc (GWI) Debt Recovery Manager, and former Health Minister, Dr Noel Blackman.The Opposition Leader has since called on the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, to say how much ‘drug money,’ if any, went into its campaign.Jagdeo made the pronouncement on Wednesday, as he addressed members of the local media corps at his party’s Freedom House headquarters.He suggested that had it been discovered that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had in fact employed someone convicted of drug trafficking, “the newspapers would go wild.”According to Jagdeo, while Goring has been fired since the recent exposé, the Administration still needs to clear the air on whether any of the drug dealings that Dr Blackman has been found guilty of made its way into the APNU/AFC campaign.Additionally, Goring was found guilty on two occasions of drug trafficking and had been deported twice from the United States of America.The Opposition Leader recalled that Dr Blackman was in fact tipped to replace the Chairman at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GHPC), but had been hauled off by agents of the plane by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).Dr Blackman was on his way back to Guyana to assume his post at the GPHC, before being nabbed and convicted of drug trafficking in the US.He has since copped a plea bargain with US authorities in order to face a reduced sentence. Jagdeo said when similar occurrences obtained during his time in office, each of the guilty parties were accused of being close to the Administration. “Everybody used to be Jagdeo friend, whether I knew the people or not.”He drew reference too, to reports that his Administration, while in office, had granted a forestry concession to convicted drug trafficker, Roger Khan, but this turned out to be untrue.Jagdeo said when the investigations were carried out, it was found that the inaccurate information had been passed onto the US Government by members of APNU.On the matter of the former Health Minister being convicted of drug offences in the US, Jagdeo said, “There are no secrets about this that Mr Blackman was a staunch supporter of APNU… he is now being convicted for drug dealing in the United States of America.”According to Jagdeo, former Health Minister, Dr Blackman was central to the APNU’s election campaign and “was brought back by this Government to chair the GPHC, he was on his way back to take up that post in Guyana, he was central in the campaign in 2015, as he was in previous campaigns.”The President has since publicly asked “was some of the (drugs) money spent and how much.”These questions, he said, should be posed to the APNU General Secretary, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, “if they received a donation (from Dr Blackman) and how much.”According to Jagdeo, had it been the PPP/C, “there would be an automatic assumption that he funded our whole campaign” adding that, “the same standards don’t hold for the other two parties.”
BYC Coach Lartey (L) addresses sports journalist Michael Solomon after his team’s defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries(Image Courtesy: Anthony Kokoi) Following BYC FC’s 1-0 defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries over the weekend at the Blue Field, BYC’s head coach Robert Lartey has said he is not under pressure to deliver despite losing his first three points in the 2018 Liberia Football Association First Division league.A lone goal from Breweries’ striker Mitis Mulbah in the 24th minute saw the Bushrod Island-based club bagging home all three points as they moved top of Group B. BYC are seated in the third position after collecting three points in their 2-0 win against Watanga FC in the opening fixture.In the weekend’s encounter, BYC lost control of the midfield after Kertu Jebro was substituted, followed by striker Mustapha Lomell sending off, but the ‘Go Blue Boys’ later regained control of the midfield. Thanks to after forward, Fallah Sheriff, for moving down to the middle.Coch Lartey later introduced striker Robert Taylor who came close to slotting home an equalizer in the 90th minute. Though Taylor was in a better position to head in right-back Darlington Segbe’s cross from the right flank, Breweries goalkeeper Sampson Giddings was in the best position to deny home side from getting a point.“I don’t think I am under pressure, because I spent several years with this club and won lots of trophies, so I am not under pressure. I am a relaxed coach, I know what I am capable of doing,” Coach Lartey said.Lartey, who is a former LISCR coach, said his team played their normal football, but were unfortunate to lose the match because of goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh’s mistake.“That’s the game of football, one team has to win. We played our best today, but Breweries became the better side after they capitalized on our goalkeeper’s mistake to win,” he said.Coach Lartey returned to BYC in May, 2017, replacing former coach Cooper Sannah who was sacked by the club due to what the club termed as ‘poor performance’ during the 2016/2017 national league.During Lartey’s previous spell at BYC, he won triple titles, First division, FA cup and Super Cup in the 2012/2013 league season. He also won the FA Cup with the junior team (BYC II) as head coach, and progressed to the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup during the club’s debut appearance.BYC will be looking to bounce back when they face newly promoted side, Small Town FC, tomorrow at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah is battling to be fit for Egypt’s opening game against Uruguay © AFP / KARIM JAAFARSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – The World Cup group stage will see 48 games crammed into two weeks. AFP Sport picks out the moments to look out for in Russia:– Opening match – How can anyone miss the opening game at the World Cup? It sets the tone for a month-long festival of football, even if in this case it brings together the two lowest-ranked teams in the competition.Hosts Russia will walk out onto the pitch at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium ranked a lowly 70th in the world, three spots below Group A rivals Saudi Arabia, and without a victory in eight months.Will Stanislav Cherchesov’s Russia side do the host nation proud at the World Cup? © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVHowever, Russia has spent more than $13 billion on preparations for the big event, and President Vladimir Putin will be eager for the hosts to get off to the best possible start.In contrast, a defeat against minnows Saudi Arabia would heighten the prospect of Russia becoming just the second host nation to be eliminated in the group stage, after South Africa eight years ago.– Portugal v Spain –The standout fixture in the first round is this Iberian derby in Sochi, as Spain look to make an early statement of intent when they take on Cristiano Ronaldo and the reigning European champions in Group B.Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against plenty of familiar faces as Portugal face Spain © AFP / Francisco LEONGIt is the fourth meeting of the countries at a major tournament in the past 14 years, with the last coming at Euro 2012, when Spain won on penalties in the semi-finals en route to winning the title.Extra spice has been added to Friday’s game after Tuesday’s announcement that Julen Lopetegui will leave the Spain job at the end of the World Cup to become Ronaldo’s coach at Real Madrid.– Salah return? –Mohamed Salah has been in the headlines in the past few days thanks to the photograph of him posing with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov at the Egyptian team’s base in Grozny.However, Egyptians will be more concerned about Salah’s fitness, with the Liverpool forward in a race against time to be ready for their Group A opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg on Friday.The 25-year-old is recovering from the shoulder injury suffered in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, when he was forced off the pitch in tears.Egypt are pinning their hopes on Salah after his prolific season in England, as the Pharaohs prepare for their first appearance at the World Cup since 1990.– England v Belgium –The very last group game will be played in the exclave of Kaliningrad on June 28, and it will be worth the wait, as these sides are expected to be competing for top spot in Group G.Kevin De Bruyne is just one of a host of Premier League stars in the Belgium side © AFP / JOHN THYSThe Belgians are ranked third in the world, and Roberto Martinez’s squad contains some of the best players in the Premier League, so there will be no surprises for Gareth Southgate’s England.The English have a talented young squad, and for once expectations at home are not over the top. It will be fascinating to see how they fare against Belgium’s golden generation, led by Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.– VAR –Will the introduction of Video Assistant Referees cause World Cup chaos, or will it prove to be a welcome addition to the competition?VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A and the German Bundesliga, while FIFA used the system at the Confederations Cup in Russia last year and are confident it will help officials on the field.FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina confirmed that VAR officials will wear full kit while watching matches © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVFIFA director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the tournament, but said: “We are ready, we know we must be ready as there can be no experiments here.”Controversial incidents will be replayed on big screens inside grounds so fans can see why decisions were reached. And, curiously, VAR officials in the Moscow control room will watch games in full kit.“VAR officials sweat with the stress — believe me,” said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s referees committee.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just in time for the Jewish high holidays, two lifetime front-row seats to services at a Miami Beach, Fla., synagogue here are being auctioned off on eBay. The bidding starts at $1.8 million. Besides getting to schmooze up front with the rabbi, the lucky winner’s family name will be engraved on Seats 1 and 2 of Row 1, Section DD, at Temple Emanu-El. The winner also will receive free parking, two custom-made prayer shawls and yarmulkes, and a hefty tax write-off. Plus, the winning bidder can pass the seats down to his or her children. “It’s a gift that goes from one generation to another,” said Rabbi Kliel Rose, who came up with the concept with a little bit of chutzpah and the help of two congregants who work in advertising and marketing. The auction ends Monday evening, but as of Saturday afternoon, no one had made a wager.
Matt Le Tissier has suggested that Harry Kane and Dele Alli’s partnership for Tottenham will aid the latter in playing a key role at Euro 2016.The duo have been in formidable form for Spurs this season, and have become key parts of the most exciting attacking unit in the Premier League.The Alli to Kane assist-to-scorer path is the most prolific in the division, bringing a return of seven goals, with the midfielder himself chipping in with some vital strikes.Kane is almost guaranteed to start for England this summer, when they head to France for the European Championship, but there are still doubts about Alli and whether Roy Hodgson will select the 19-year-old.He has only recently risen to prominence, and Hodgson could revert to his more established options this summer, but Le Tissier believes the youngster will benefit from having built such a prolific partnership with Kane.The Southampton great said: “Kane and Alli are fantastic together. As manager of the national side Roy’s probably looking at that and that will help Alli’s case.“The fact that their relationship this season has gone from strength to strength could tip it in his favour.”Le Tissier also believes England are enjoying a period of great strength in their striking options, claiming that the forward positions are the strongest area of Hodgson’s team.“I like the fact we’ve got some talented forwards in good form this season,” he added.“I think that’s the strongest area of our team, which has not always been said about the England team over the last few years.“It would be nice if we went out and tried to win matches rather than going out trying not to lose.”
Quique Sanchez Flores 1 Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores insists he is not afraid of the speculation which continues to cast doubt over his future at the club.A 2-0 defeat at Liverpool only added to the feeling the Hornets are drifting towards the end of the campaign having won just twice in the Premier League in 10 matches since securing their top-flight status.And despite guiding the promoted side to an FA Cup semi-final, Sanchez Flores is seemingly not guaranteed to stay on for next season.“The rumours are normal. You need to learn to live with these kind of things,” said the Spaniard.“Sometimes life is ridiculous but it is out of my control. I am not afraid of anything.“It is not time to talk about me, it is time to talk about the match.“It is important to be a realist and try to enjoy the moment we are living with Watford.“Sometimes I could be sad about the people around me who are not enjoying this experience but not for me.“I understand life is very hard, football is very hard and is normally more bad situations than good situations.“When you get promotion it is usual to live with pressure but we have avoided that – if people are not able to enjoy this I am sad for that.“I am completely happy. I want to enjoy the last month of the competition.”
PIC caption: Joseph Sweeney (18) of Dungloe outside St Enda’s, Rathfarnham, 20 April 1916Donegal County Council is to hold an open meeting for anyone interested in taking part in events to commemorate the 1916 Rising.The meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. Local groups, individuals or organisations had to register in advance for the meeting to discuss Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.In a statement, the council said: “Ireland 2016 is a year-long programme of activity, in which everyone is invited to participate, to reflect on our achievements as a democratic state over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future.” The national programme, which was announced by the government on March 31, includes seven strands; State Ceremonial; Historical Reflection; An Teanga Bheo/The Living Language; Youth and Imagination; Cultural Expression; Community Participation; Global and Diaspora.The Community Participation strand is being led by local authorities across the country and Donegal County Council has appointed Michael O’hEanaigh, Director of Community, Culture and Development Planning as local coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating the local programme.Whether you are a member of a local historical society, sports club, amateur drama club or community group, or even if this is something that is purely a personal interest, this is an opportunity to share ideas, pool resources and be part of the creation of a unique and distinctive local programme to mark Ireland 2016.Speaking at the announcement of the local meeting, Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive, Seamus Neely said: “Ireland 2016, as a year of reflection and engagement for everyone on this island, goes far beyond the formal marking of a key historical moment. “It is a once-in-a-century invitation to people of all ages, at home and overseas, to shape and take part in a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities, all designed to nurture reflection, commemoration, celebration and debate.“There is a wealth of imagination, energy and vision available to us in Donegal and I want to encourage everyone to get involved in their own way so we can make Ireland 2016 a truly national event.”This Monday 18 May 2015 – International Museum Day 2015 – Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, will host an event entitled ‘The search for 16′.Members of the public are invited to bring in items that are associated with 1916.Staff will be on hand to assist with identification, and tophotograph or scan items suitable for inclusion in Donegal County Council’s forthcoming education pack and exhibition to commemorate the centenary of 1916. The event begins at 7pm. All welcome. For further information contact Donegal County Museum: email@example.comThe 1916 education pack and exhibition are part of Donegal County Council’s Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.For further information email firstname.lastname@example.orgPLANS FOR DONEGAL AND 2016 CENTENARY PROGRAMME was last modified: May 16th, 2015 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:1916commemorationsdonegaldungloeIrelandSweeney
Fianna Fail Cllr. Ciaran Brogan has accused the Government of putting politics before people by refusing to disclose the extent of water charges facing Donegal households.The Fianna Fáil politician claims the Government is delaying the announcement on water charge amounts in order to salvage votes in the upcoming local and European elections.“It is disgraceful that households, who are trying to manage their budgets, are still being left in the dark about the water charges that will kick in from October. This secrecy is completely unnecessary. The only logic for refusing to be upfront with households is that Fine Gael and Labour are afraid it will lose them more votes in May,” said Cllr Brogan. “This has become about the Government parties trying to save their own skin and avoid having to answer more questions ahead of polling day on May 23rd. Meanwhile, families across Co Donegal are left unable to work out their household budgets.Cllr Brogan“It’s an added insult to donegal households who will soon be clocking up charges for a completely inadequate water service. Many communities across this county have been plagued by poor water quality and are regularly subjected to boil water notices. How are they expected to pay hefty charges for this poor service?“Approximately €800 million of taxpayers’ money has been spent on setting up the Government’s new Super Quango Irish Water, paying for exorbitant consultancy fees, staff bonuses and perks, and on installing water meters. Not one cent has been spent on the water system. It’s proof that the Government’s claim about this being all about an improved service is completely bogus.“Far from upgrading our water supply, the entire focus of the Government and Irish Water has been on setting up a corporate entity to charge people. The only thing that donegal households are getting in return is charges – not any improvement in service.” He added that he was now calling on Fine Gael and Labour representatives across Co Donegal to start being upfront with people about the charges that are coming down the line.“I am also calling on them to ensure that any significant problems with the local water supply are fixed before people are expected to pay for their water.” GOVT PUTS POLITICS OVER PEOPLE AS HOUSEHOLDS REMAIN IN DARK ON WATER CHARGES – BROGAN was last modified: April 16th, 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:Cllr Ciaran Brogandonegalwater