With the start of the new school term, preparations are underway for the 37th annual Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Primary School Athletics Championship to be held from May 10-13 at the National Stadium. Over 90 primary schools across the island, with the exception of the parishes St Ann, Trelawny, and Westmoreland, are expected to participate. While last year’s championship had close to 4,500 children competing, the state agency expects a six to ten per cent increase in this year’s young athletes. The INSPORTS Primary Championships will be staged across four classes for boys and girls. Portmore-based Naggo Head Primary, which is coached by Floyd Coke, are the reigning champions, having won for four consecutive years. Naggo Head, the second most successful team in the history of the competition, behind 10-time champions Waterford, is expected to face stiff competition from last year’s runners-up, Southborough Primary, whose Brianna Lyston was Top Girl in last year’s competition. Third-place finishers Rousseau Primary will also seek to win the title in the competition. Black River Primary had the Top Boy last year – Bauwahijgie Nkummrie. EARLY PREPARATION Rudolph Barnes, assistant national sports coordinator, said the championship aligns with their objectives. “This competition is in keeping with our mandate to improve sports from the grassroots level. Many champions start here and are discovered through this competition,” he said. Barnes further stated that the INSPORTS-run competition prepares athletes for national competition from a young age. “Our participants are six to 12 years old and are competing at the National Stadium. We host this competition at a national venue so, in this way, our young participants are being primed for competing in increasingly advanced capacities.”
In commemoration of the International Dignity Day at the True Vine Institute in Caldwell on Wednesday 21 October 2015 by Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP), we noticed that our traditional practice of collectivism is eroding as we now practice a culture of Individualism. At our outreach programme in Caldwell, we also noticed that often, very little time is dedicated to skills development.The international donor community is keen to assist with design school curriculum necessary to improve education but few are willing to provide teachers with scholarships that would train them to teach. The need to treat each other with respect and dignity is known but our school curriculum does not include this component in its elective.Our position is that young people are often not given the opportunity to develop the skills needed for a peaceful and violence free environment. In post conflict environments like Liberia, Child friendly school environment that embodies communication, friendship and understanding are important for growth and development. Educating young people on human dignity, of course, goes beyond just repudiating western models. It should tap into local knowledge and getting to understand the social values of our society. What makes us respectful, loving, caring, happy and peaceful people inspite of the limitations of our development?It is also our position that the enthronement of a culture of collectivism among young people should be encouraged and followed by a weaning of the youth off its culture of dependence on others and spirit of entitlement. The Government of Liberia should foster an environment that would pave the way to a functional education programmes for young people in Liberia. Young people must be self-reliant. Above all, for young people to meet the demands of the new world order they must not only be educated to the extent that their potentials could be unleashed, they must be tolerant, respectful and friendly.Last week 24 October was the UN Day and it was celebrated globally to mark the UN 70th anniversary. In his acceptance speech as President of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft said in his new commitment to action: “Today’s decision makers must acknowledge that 2015 is a time to make a new commitment to action for the sake of generations to come….” Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia echoes the sentiments of Mr. Lykketoft and call on everyone to act on behalf of future generations and promote human dignity by investing in human social security. The path out of violence is respect for and tolerance to each other. Until next week when we continue with our dialogue, it’s peace first, peace above all else. May Peace Prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Boxers of the Five Star Boxing Academy are in Richmond for the Pre Nationals Provincial team training camp.Brayden Sims, Lincoln Pomeroy, and Nick Young are participating at the camp from March 18 to the 22.According to Five Star Coach, Justin Donally, the camp consists of sparring, technical training, mental training and athlete performance testing.- Advertisement -Over 50 provincial team athletes and coaches from all over the Province are at the camp.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during their match against Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 25, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 6 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has emphasised the importance of the Reds’ UEFA Champions League Group E clash with Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night.The Merseyside club are sitting top of their group with one game left before the last-16 stage. They lead second-placed Sevilla by one point, while Spartak are three points behind Liverpool. A draw would secure their place in the knockout stage, and a win would see them qualify in first position. However, losing could see Klopp’s men knocked into the Europa League.“We have a very important job to do tonight – and that means all of us connected with Liverpool Football Club. Players of course, but also staff, supporters certainly, and yes me as the manager,” Klopp wrote in This is Anfield.“So much hard work culminates in what happens over this coming 90 minutes, and I don’t say this to make pressure or worry – I say this because it is our situation.“At full-time we will either be able to enjoy and celebrate reaching the knockout stages of this amazing competition or our involvement in the Champions League will be over for another season. This is what is at stake this evening and we all recognise there is a very big task in front of us.“Again: this is not about pressure – this is about opportunity. I want everyone inside Anfield with a beating red heart to embrace this opportunity.“We have done so before. We did it in the final game of last season when we knew we had to beat Middlesbrough to qualify for the Champions League. We did it back in August against Hoffenheim when we needed to reach the actual group stages. And tonight there is another big job to do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Mesut Ozil Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has picked up a slight knee injury and will not feature against Newcastle on Saturday.The World Cup-winning midfielder was one of three changes to Arsene Wenger’s side for the lunchtime trip to St James’ Park, with Callum Chambers and Olivier Giroud also out of the XI which started the goalless draw with Liverpool on Monday.Chambers and Giroud dropped to the bench, with Laurent Koscielny back at the heart of defence after recovering from a back injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott getting the nod from the start.Newcastle boss Steve McClaren also made three changes from the side which began last weekend’s goalless draw at Manchester United.Moussa Sissoko returns after missing the last two games with a groin injury, while Daryl Janmaat is restored after serving a one-game suspension, and new signing Florian Thauvin is handed his full Premier League debut.Ayoze Perez, Gabriel Obertan and Steven Taylor make way, with the trio among the Magpies’ substitutes.Newcastle team: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara, Colback, Anita, Thauvin, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Mitrovic. Subs: Cisse, De Jong, Obertan, Perez, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor.Arsenal team: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Sanchez, Walcott. Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Ospina, Chambers, Campbell.
DONEGAL LADIES GAA NEWS: Tesco Ulster Championship Semi-Final Result – Donaghamoyne 5-15 Milford 2-6 and so Milford bow out of the Ulster series. Still County Champions so well done on your achievements this year.BATTLE OF THE SAINTS… St Eunans will play St Michaels in the County Minor Final after beating Four Masters today. St Eunans 4-5 Four Masters 2-3.SAINTS MARCH ON… St Michaels have secured a place in the County Minor Final after beating Naomh Mhuire. St Michaels 3-7 Naomh Mhuire 2-6 LADIES GAA: MILFORD BOW OUT OF ULSTER, EUNAN’S AND MICHAEL’S TO MEET IN FINALS was last modified: October 21st, 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)
ULSTER Champions: BuncranaThe wonderful kids from Buncrana CLG have won the Ulster final of Scór Na nÓg in Armagh.The team was the sole representatives of Donegal left in the competition and they did themselves, the town and indeed the country proud!The Buncrana team were competing in the Léiriú section of the competition with their drama, Iona, based on Saint Columba’s arrival on the island. They will now go forward to the All-Ireland finals, which are being held in Castlebar in March. Club Scor Officer, Sinead McLaughlin was delighted with the result. “The acting on the night was excellent throughout, with great music, song and dance. The judges said ‘it was entertaining from start to finish’ and I totally agree with their judgement. The kids and Patricia put in a great deal of work preparing for this competition and I’m so proud of them.”The play was written and directed by Patricia Doherty Tinney and the judges commended her on a truly original and quality presentation. Mention was also given in the adjudication to the tin whistle playing of Noeleen Doherty which helped portray the dramatic effect in the story.This is a great achievement for Buncrana GAA as the club is relatively new to participating in Scór Na nÓg. The club and the team are looking forward now to the national final and hope to take an All-Ireland of a different kind back home to Donegal!The winning team are pictured here with Ulster GAA president, Martin McAviney. Front row L to R: Shannon Doherty, Annie Powell, Martin McAviney, President Ulster GAA, Emer Grant, and Naomi Mc Laughlin. Back row L to R: Liam Coyle, Aoife Lennon, Dylan Cuffe and Adrian McMyler. BUNCRANA GAA CLUB LANDS ULSTER SCOR NA nOG TITLE! was last modified: January 26th, 2014 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:buncranaScor na nOgUlster title
RESIDENTS in Drumkeen have joined the national chorus of discontent over water charges – for water which looks like this!Michelle Buchanan is asking a simple question of the Taoiseach: “Would you pay to drink or bathe in this?”She says residents are fed up with their supply. And from the New Year Irish Water will be responsible for delivering clean water to residents in Co Donegal.Said Michelle: “It’s bad enough that we are expected to use this water without having to pay for it. It’s a joke.“My question is simple – would Mr Kenny of Phil Hogan pay for this?”She spoke out after a row in the Dail yesterday. Luke Ming Flanagan gave a Minister a glass of dirty water which he described as “glorified piss”, during a debate on the Water Services Bill.The Roscommon-South Leitrim deputy was criticising the decision to charge for water provision pointing out that constituents of his outside Castlerea are being “forced” to use tap water which is contaminated with cryptosporidium.“The people in my area are expected to drink glorified piss and you’re going to charge them for it, but the reality is we’re not going to pay for it,” he said.Flanagan then challenged the Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd to drink the water before marching across the chamber and placing it beside him and walking out.Donegal TD Thomas Pringle lashed out at how the government has dealt with the Water Services Bill following a mass opposition walkout on the Bill, describing it as a ‘farce’. “This Bill which is the backbone of how Irish Water is going to work, including how they will set water charges, was given a measly 3 hours to go through all stages in the Dáil which is an absolute disgrace and an affront to democracy, something which has become a common feature of this current Fine Gael/Labour government. Today myself and fellow opposition TDs staged a mass walkout in the Dáil in response to the government’s insistence on rushing through this important legislation.“There are many parts of this Bill that causes great concern, not least that there are no protections for consumers, allowing Irish Water to apply for price hikes whenever they wish. It has even been said that they may seek a hike in charges if households become more efficient and use less water making them less profit, which is utterly bizarre.“If that wasn’t bad enough there are no protections for local authority staff at the end of service level agreement after 12 years which could leave them in a very difficult situation, particularly if the government decides to sell off Irish Water then. This also leads to legacy pensions of Irish Water staff with the local authorities, leaving the local authorities without any means to recoup the cost.“I had proposed amendments to deal with all of these issues, but unfortunately they won’t be heard now; all we wanted was adequate time to debate this Bill, but the government denied us that. It’s unlikely that the government will see the error of their ways, but it is the responsibility of public representatives to continue to fight against any wrongs made against the Irish people, and that is what we have done today,” stated Pringle. ‘WOULD YOU PAY FOR THIS WATER MR KENNY?’ BLASTS DRUMKEEN RESIDENT was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daildirty waterIrish WaterLuke Ming FlanaganpissThomas Pringlewalk out
A Co Donegal man was fined €50 for having a pub smoking shelter that didn’t comply with law.Paul McClure, 38, of Church Road, Carndonagh, was accused of a number of breaches of the Tobacco Act when he appeared before Carndonagh District court.The court heard that Mr. McClure was the former licensee of The Carman’s Inn pub at Ture, Muff, and that he leased it from Mr. John Ryan. Mr. McClure was accused of having a smoking shelter which was too enclosed, having possession of a self-service cigarette machine without a licence, and also not having the cigarette machine in sight of the staff working in the pub.The Carndonagh man pleaded guilty to all charges before him at the sitting of the District Court.The court heard from Mary Costello, an environmental health officer with the HSE, who said she visited the Carman’s Inn in Muff on January 15 this year. She said she entered the pub through the smoking shelter at the rear where she immediately noticed a self serving cigarette vending machine, which was on and working.Miss Costello said she spoke to Mr McClure, who had recognised her when she came in, about the smoking shelter and the vending machine. “He confirmed to me that he was selling cigarettes, however he was not registered to sell them, “ said Ms. Costello.“He said he was trying to negotiate with the company over the fee. He also admitted that he allowed people to smoke in the shelter at the rear but there was no one in there when I called. I got measurements and took photographs and left. When I returned later there were two people in the shelter and both were smoking cigarettes.”The court heard that the smoking shelter was a basic wooden structure and that 89 per cent of the structure was covered by walls.Ms. Costello described the shelter as being “very enclosed”.She told the judge that she had attended the premises that morning before the court sitting in Carn. She said the pub was closed but she was able to access the shelter from the car park at the back. She noted that “some modifications and improvements” had taken place. The environmental health inspector also noted that there were no ‘no smoking’ signs in the shelter, and regarding the cigarette machine she said it was not positioned in the correct place. She said these must be in line of sight for staff working in the bar in order to ensure that no one under the age of 18 years was able to buy cigarettes from it.The court heard that the cigarette machine in the Carman’s was located down a back hall and definitely not in line of sight of the staff working on the premises.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said his client, Mr. McClure, had been in dispute with the landlord Mr. Ryan. He claimed the landlord had refused to put the smoking area in order.Mr. MacLochlainn said Mr. McClure was the tenant from June 2011, and remained there for more than four years. However he said that he parted company with the landlord ‘on bad terms’ and they were still in dispute. Mr. MacLochlainn said his client was now unemployed and in ‘dire circumstances’. He asked the judge for leniency in the case as he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was co-operative.Judge Paul Kelly said he would take note of Mr. McClure’s circumstances and situation. However, he said as Mr. McClure was the occupier for four and a half years the onus was on him to be compliant with the tobacco law.Judge Kelly fined Mr McClure €50 on the first charge and applied the Probation Act on the remaining charges. He also ordered Mr. McClure to pay €700 in prosecution costs.Man fined for not complying with smoking laws in pub he ran was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Environment groups across Donegal are being asked to display their work at a showcase later this year in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.This event will take place as part of the annual Social Inclusion Week and is being hosted by the Environmental Pillar of the Public Participation Network.“The overall aim of the showcase event is to highlight some of the great work being done by voluntary groups across the county” says Mary Clyde, Public Participation Network Facilitator. “This showcase will be about promoting the positive environmental actions that are being done and will allow us to share ideas, find out what works and in some cases what doesn’t work and most importantly how we can build on the great work already being done.”“We are keen to hear from all types of groups including schools, tidy town groups, local environmental groups, development committees, resident associations and of course special interest groups. This is a real opportunity for the environment sector to shine and for people to get involved in positive action”.The showcase event is planned for the 14 October and in addition to the showcase there will be guest speakers and presentations on the day and refreshments will also be provided.For more information contact Mary Clyde on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 7932196 or find the Environmental Networks Facebook page @DonegalEN. Donegal environment groups urged to shine at 2017 showcase was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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)