New track up and running at GC Foster

first_imgDelivered under budget and within schedule, the new track at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is expected to continue the institution’s rich heritage of sporting education. But, it was not an easy fix.One of the region’s premier sports education institution was yesterday presented with a newly constructed $170 million IAAF Level Two certified synthetic running track, two years after it was closed for safety concerns.And as the who’s who of the island’s sporting administration turned out yesterday afternoon at the Angels, St Catherine-based institution to get a close-up view of the eight-lane facility – which was entirely funded by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and laid by German company BSW Regupol – the German company’s point man on the project wore one of the brightest smiles.Decades of useExport Director Peter Breuer shared that the project was a rather difficult one, but noted that the new surface can serve the institution for more than 30 years if properly maintained.Breuer, who first saw a badly deteriorated G.C. Foster College track in 2007 during a site visit, explained that the original track, which was laid in 1998 by the MONDO system, was built on unstable soil and was uneven at several spots.”I’m very happy with it; it came out beautifully,” he beamed. “We had to overcome a lot of problems with the ground, but everything is perfect. We were four weeks ahead of time, within the budget, and everybody is happy.”He added: “The soil was very unstable, particularly along the back straight. The track had deformed up to one metre in spots, so it was like sitting on chewing gum. That ground is still under here, so we had to ensure that the new track is stable and will not deform, and it will not deform because we have put a lot of measures in place.”Breuer noted that he expects a 30-year lifespan if properly maintained. BSW Regupol also built the current tracks at the National Stadium and the University of the West Indies.Driving sportMinister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, who was speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, said: “This institution has become a national catalyst for great things in sport.”The achievement of this college goes way beyond merely handing out degrees and diplomas in physical education and coaching. It has been the main driving force behind a new culture of sport in Jamaica.”This culture has emphasised the importance of study, preparation, practice and training, and the immense value of well informed motivation and a highly educated cadre of coaches across all sporting disciplines,” added Neita-Headley.Simpson Miller is recovering from laryngitis.Meanwhile, Principal Dr Joyce Graham Royal, who spoke to the college’s expanded offerings and plans going forward, was clearly thrilled.”With the provision of this new track we can continue to move full speed ahead with the honing of the many athletes that we have in the G.C. Foster family,” she said.last_img read more

Heineken Takes 2 Liberians on UEFA Trophy Tour

first_imgThe lone female winner for the UEFA tour.Like, Josephine Youboty, Heineken-Liberia is again expected to take two Liberians to Nigeria to participate in the 2019 Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League trophy tour. The two winners, Henry Jackson, CEO of Exodus Entertainment Center and Solomon Kabbah, owner of the Miami Beach, were announced on Sunday, April 7, 2019, as part of Heineken-Liberia’s “Talk and Do” promotion.The 2019 UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour to Nigeria, presented by Heineken, will also visit Namibia, Indonesia, Mozambique, China and the United States of America (USA).The tour provides football fans around the world with a chance to get closer to the iconic UEFA Champions League Trophy and to heroes of the game.Football fans in Nigeria will view European club football’s most prestigious prize this week when the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour of Africa presented by Heineken gets under way, a statement has said.According to Desmond George, Heineken’s Liberia Representative, the two Liberians are expected to travel to Nigeria, Sunday, April 14, 2019 to participate in the UEFA Champions League trophy tour.While on the tour, Mr. George said, Jackson and Kabbah will have the opportunity to see and touch the trophy, as well as meet former Barcelona star Ronaldinho.The 2018 Champions League trophy was won by Real Madrid and it has toured around the World with Nigeria selected among countries for this year’s tour.It can be recalled that Ms. Josephine Youboty was selected as proud winner of the Heineken raffle draw in November, 2018, during the launch of the company’s new brands (Star and Sol Beer and Legend Stout) on the Liberian market. Ms. Youboty completed a four-day tour in Paris, France under the sponsorship of Heineken.During the tour, the statement said, Ms. Youboty watched Manchester United seal a 3-1 win against PSG in the opener of the UEFA Champions League.Both Jackson and Kabbah thanked Heineken-Liberia for the opportunity afforded them.As for Ms. Youboty, she classified her travel to Paris, France as an unforgettable moment of her life, and at the same time, expressed excitement for being with other foreign nationals at the stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Roof at Leguan Hospital staff quarters falling apart

first_imgStaff at the Leguan Cottage Hospital, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are being forced to battle a wood-ant infested, leaking roof and are calling on the regional administration to quickly rectify the situation.Reaching out to Guyana Times on Saturday, an employee reported that the roof in the staff quarters is falling apart due to the damage by the large wood ants’ nests and when it rains then it leaks. Additionally, sections of the ceiling have fallen off.According to the staffers, the issue started over a year ago and they would have reported it to the authorities but very little effort was made to have it addressed in the early stages. During the latter part of 2018, a team from the regional administration met with the staffers on the island where a number of issues were discussed with the staff quarters being the main focus.“When we had the meeting we told the regional team about the issues and they promised to have it rectified in the shortest time possible. But we are still waiting. They have it in the budget but we don’t see them acting because this is a priority. At any time the roof can cave in and fall down on us. We can even get sick with the wood ants them,” a staff related.When contacted, Regional Information Officer Ganesh Mahipaul told this publication that they are aware of the issues at the hospital and corrective measures are being put in place. He acknowledged that they were only aware of the issues after the meeting with the staff at the hospital and took immediate steps to have rehabilitation included in their 2019 work plan.“Budget 2019 has provisions to construct a new (or rehabilitated) staff quarter…they are going to get a good staff quarter. Tendering of works are currently ongoing. We have already sent out tenders for the first set of works and are in the process of sending out tenders for the second and third set. So when those tenders are opened we will have the project beginning,” Mahipaul related.He noted that at this time he could not reveal whether the tender for the rehabilitation of the staff quarters would be out soon but insisted that it is part of their 2019 work plan.Hospital issuesAnother issue raised by the residents as well as the staffers of the hospital was the absence of the X-ray facility despite a building being constructed and an X-ray machine procured. The X-ray department at the hospital was expected to be fully functional before the end of 2017 but it is yet to be functional.According to the residents on the island, they have received numerous promises that the hospital will be upgraded but they have been waiting for over four years for the X-ray department. When asked about the lack of progress in this area, Mahipaul related that they encountered some difficulties but promised to have it up and running by the end of the second quarter.“The X-ray Department, there are some complications which are technical in nature which the Ministry of Public Health is currently looking at in collaboration with the regional administration. We are working towards getting it up and running soonest.The complications were beyond our control for last year considering the budgetary expenses. It is a priority for this year and it should be up and running before the second quarter,” he related.last_img read more

DONEGAL DOLL-MAKER TOPS UK TOY AWARDS

first_imgA Donegal doll-maker has topped the poll in the Independent Toy Awards in the UK.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenArklu Dolls, who are based in the CoLab in Letterkenny, won the dolls section of the prestigious awards for their doll Lottie.The company’s managing director Ian Harkin, from Ballybofey, said he was delighted by the award. The awards, which are judged by toymakers, celebrate the toys they think parents should be buying this Christmas.Mr Harkin said “We are delighted and we are very proud of the Lottie range.“Our doll is a responsible doll and a lot of thought has gone into what she looks like and the message she takes to children.“We are delighted we have been rewarded for this effort.”  DONEGAL DOLL-MAKER TOPS UK TOY AWARDS was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:ARKLUdollsIan HarkinLottieUK Independent Toy Awardslast_img read more

Uptown update plans mulled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Inam delivered his report during a public meeting Thursday. The meeting was the kickoff of a process that will culminate in a specific plan for Uptown. “This will be a new plan that will help foster growth for the Uptown area and put in place a blueprint for the next 15 to 20 years,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development for the city. Inam said he heard good and bad about Uptown. “It’s a real downtown,” he said. “It has an excellent grid of streets, blocks and alleys. It has historic buildings, churches and trees. There seems to be a sentiment about these assets and quality of life that should be maintained.” But merchants and residents also spoke about problems with Uptown, Inam said. WHITTIER – Uptown Whittier has historic buildings, churches, and parks. But the same area also has safety concerns, parking problems, no public restrooms, graffiti and not enough activities for families. Those were many of the things learned by representatives from Moule and Polyzoides, a planning and architectural firm that will design a new plan for Uptown Whittier. Its representatives during the last several weeks have talked to merchants, residents and others who have an interest in the Uptown area, said Aseem Inam, project manager for Moule and Polyzoides. “There’s a perception about the lack of safety,” he said. “Some people mentioned being intimidated by youth in Uptown. It seems to be unsafe after work.” People also want more desirable stores, such as a book store or market, he said. “There is a desire to make Uptown more of a destination place where people would come for a few hours and spend time,” he said. But there are no public restrooms, he said. “That seems to be a big issue for retailers and customers, especially for those who want to spend a few hours or the whole day shopping, eating and going to a movie,” Inam said. Parking is another issue. “We heard many times that there’s not enough parking and it’s in the wrong place,” he said. The homeless also were discussed. “We were told there is great Quaker tradition of taking care of the needy and providing social services,” he said. “The flip side is some homeless drink and are belligerent. That discourages families from visiting the Uptown.” With Thursday’s meeting completed, the next public steps in this process will occur the week of June 5. Moule and Polyzoides will conduct public presentations from noon to 1 p.m. June 5-8 and then a review of progress from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the same nights, both at the Crystal Marquis, 13007 Philadelphia St, Whittier. “Every day they will have specific topics they will talk about,” Collier said. “One day they will talk about parking and transportation. Another day they will talk about form-based codes. It’s designed to provide education and then formulate a plan.” The group at 2 p.m. June 9 will present a conceptual plan that should be about 90 percent completed, Collier said. During the summer and fall, the company will complete the plan, prepare an environmental impact report and go through other state-mandated processes to prepare for a public hearing in either December or January, he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want 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

GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY

first_imgThe lotto numbers for 21st November were 2,12,17,22 match 3 winner was Fiona McDaid, Letterkenny. Next weeks jackpot is €3,220.Congratulations to Termon who won the Laurence McGinty Cup beating Glenswilly 2-06 to 2-05 on Saturday.Could team managers and anyone who wants material included in the Donegal GAA yearbook forward it onto the PRO asap to the following address, neilgerardgallagher@gmail.com The Glenswilly dinner dance will take place on January 1st. Our extra special guest is Dr. McGuire and among our special guests will be Liam O Neill who takes over as GAA president next year, Joe Brolly who will be meeting up with his Glenswilly relations and Charlie Collins from Highland Radio. We hope to see all former and current players, club officers and supporters on the night. If you have relations who were involved and who will be down for the holidays why not bring them along and meet up with their former team mates. Get your tickets on Monday next from 8pm to 10pm at the clubhouse they are €25.00 each.Thanks to Seamus, Marie and Mary C and their team of Strictly Come Dancers who entertained everybody at the Silver Tassie on Saturday. Ten weeks of boot camp training all came together on the night. Well done to everybody who helped out and to the Dynamic Wave interval act, MC – Barry, and the four judges Geraldine, Kelda, Brendan and Michael “Flatley” Murphy. Congratulations to Kevin Burke and Anne Marie mc Daid who were crowned the winners.The gym is ladies only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8pm.There will be a skip from Letterkenny Skip Hire at the parish hall in Foxhall this Saturday from 11am to 4pm, anyone who wants to take scrap metal down are welcome to do so, funds will go to the hall, old washing machines, dishwashers, and metal of any kind. There will be Zumba Dance classes in the hall every Thursday @ 8.15pm, all are welcome.There will be a poker classic in Wilkins bar Churchill on Sunday 11th of Dec at 6pm sharp in aid of the Glenswilly GAA club, entry is €20 and €10 top up. Refreshments will be served on the evening, early bird chip before play starts. Any queries contact Joe Gibbons on 086 3492666.There will be Irish classes in the clubhouse on Tuesday 8th at 8pm, all are welcome.Anyone interested in doing a coaching course could they please contact Eddie Crawford.Next monthly meeting is on the 5th of December. GAA NOTES: GLENSWILLY was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DONEGAL FANS’ CLONES PITCH INVASION

first_imgDDTV: DONEGAL fan (and donegaldaily.com fan) Ciara Hennigan had the perfect view at Clones on Sunday – to film the green and gold invasion of the pitch at the final whistle.The GAA tried to ban fans from enjoying the presentation of the Anglo-Celt.But Donegal fans were having none of that – and it’s a policy the GAA needs to review.Otherwise the only people getting a good view of such proceedings with be those lucky enough to get tickets for the main stand. And, oh, the politicians….TDs and county councillors had the best seats in the house.As one fan put it on the pitch yesterday: “The GAA needs to wise up. Politicians are no more deserving of  those seats than the genuine fans who follow Donegal through thick and thin all-year round. Just because you are elected, you have some sort of divine right to seat at the top table.”With thanks to Ciara for the video. DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DONEGAL FANS’ CLONES PITCH INVASION was last modified: July 23rd, 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:DDTV: VIDEO FOOTAGE OF DONEGAL FANS’ CLONES PITCH INVASIONlast_img read more

Drake Wins More Weekly PFL Awards

first_imgFor the second-consecutive week, members of the Drake University football team have been named the Pioneer Football League’s Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.Sophomore defensive back Alex Rogers (Racine, Wis.) was named the PFL Defensive Player of the Week following his breakout performance in the 43-6 win at Morehead State. Kieran Severa earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his scoop-and-score of a blocked PAT attempt.Rogers’ honor marks the sixth PFL Defensive Player of the Week award for the Bulldogs’ nationally ranked defense. At Morehead State, Rogers led a defensive effort that surrendered just six points with a career-high 16 tackles. Eleven of his stops were solo tackles and he also added a team-high four tackles for loss. Severa, who earlier this season earned the PFL Defensive Player of the Week award, garnered Special Team Player of the Week honors for corralling Nathan Clayberg’s (Pella, Iowa) block of a PAT attempt and returning it the length of the field for two points. His scamper was the Bulldogs’ second PAT return for a score of the season and the block was the Bulldogs’ eighth this season. As a team, Drake ranks third nationally in blocked kicks this season. All told, the Bulldogs earned nine weekly PFL honors and finished the season with a 7-3 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the PFL to finish in a tie for second in the league. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Police seek return to winning ways at home to Paidha

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruPaidha Black Angelspolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir League Police are currently 10th on the standings (file photos)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Police FC vs Paidha Black Angels FCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Wednesday, 13-03-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – Police FC will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host relegation-bound Paidha at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon.Police whose season has been mired by inconsistency, have not won in any of their last 5 league games.The unwelcome form has seen Abdallah Mubiru’s side drop into 10th on the log, 10 points above the relegation spot.Against Paidha, Police cannot have an easier chance of win again as they come up against a rock bottom side.However, Mubiru is taking no chances especially after his side was a few months ago humiliated at home by Nyamityobora, another side occupying the bottom two.“We have not been winning games lately so we have no provision of slippin up again, said Mubiru ahead of the game.“However, we have to be on guard as their are no easy games in the League.“Paidha are currently fighting for their lives and will offer resistance but we hope to do whats necessary to win the game.For Paidha, they are indeed fighting for their lives in the top tier.Currently, they are bottom of the pile with only 12 points accumulated since the start of the season.Paidha has only accumulated 12 points all seasonThree losses in as many games sums up their showing this season and a fourth on the trot would all but see them relegated.Match Facts:This will only be the second time that Police and Paidha face off in the top tier.In the first one, Paidha defeated Police 2-1 in Arua, their only victory in the firat round.Going into the game, Police are winless in their last 5 games (D2 L3). Their last victory in the league was the 1-0 win at home to Ndejje University on 9th February.At home, the Cops have been in good form lately, winning 5 of their last 9 games (D3 L1).For Paidha, they have won only one of their last 21 League games (D6 L14). That only win in that period was the 2-0 victory over Nyamityobora on the 21st of February.Away from home, they are still winless this season, collecting only one point from a posible 33.The other games on Wednesday @4:30pm:-Bright Stars FC vs Nyamityobora FC-Mbarara City FC vs Ndejje University FCComments last_img read more

Mailbag: How can Warriors keep Ky Bowman? Could they bring back Harrison Barnes?

first_imgThanks as always to everyone who submitted questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to wgoldberg@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg.Q: In the beginning of the season, the discussion was always about the depth of big men or the wings, but now we only have Ky Bowman as our true healthy point guard. I can’t even think of a question, we’re so injured, but it’s fun to watch these young players develop from game to game. – @GSW_Poole_PartySince you can’t think of a …last_img read more