Parchmnent working hard to secure gold in Rio

first_imgDespite the “unpredictable” and highly technical nature of the 110-metre hurdles, 25-year-old Hansle Parchment believes he has enough experience and confidence to upstage his main rivals and win Jamaica’s’ first-ever gold in this event at this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.”Everyone is potentially a medal winner, it (110m hurdles) is a very unpredictable event and anyone can win,” said Parchment, adding “very, very difficult in my discipline. Sometimes you are very relaxed and that’s when you are running faster, sometimes you tense a bit and that’s when you slow down. So it’s unpredictable.”He first crafted his hunt for supremacy with gold at the 2011 World University Games.Parchment is now Jamaica’s most successful hurdler, courtesy of an Olympic bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last year.”You don’t know when you will run fast. You just have to work on your technique and set goals each time, and go with God,” he continued.With regard to this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he said of his target: “Gold. I am aiming for the highest, once I am healthy.”I am working really hard and I feel I can be among the top three,” he told The Gleaner.13-SECOND BARRIERThe former University of the West Indies athlete also holds a place in local history as the first Jamaican to break the magical 13-second barrier.”I am very positive, I feel good, and remaining healthy is the main aim for this season. Once I can keep healthy, I will perform very well and I am really looking towards the Olympics this year, I think it will be great for a lot of people,” Parchment said, while tipping himself to medal.Coached by the legendary Fitz Coleman, Parchment has already achieved what former outstanding Jamaican hurdles giants like Keith Gardner and Maurice Wignall before him did not.He, however, maintains not taking anything for granted.”I work tirelessly on getting my technique better each year. With this hard work that I am putting in, I want to give some really great performances this year.”last_img read more

“ECOWAS Cannot Afford Another Crisis in Liberia”

first_imgGhanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers UL commencement address-Ghanaian President says it’s time to move forwardGhanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphatically said that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is not prepared to intervene in another crisis in Liberia should there be one, urging Liberians to stay true to the tenets of democracy.Ghana is one of the well respected members of the regional body and this strong warning comes at a time when Liberia is yet to reach a conclusion of its electoral process, which was allegedly marred by gross irregularities and probable fraud. Liberia has the unwanted tag of problem-child in the region as neighbors had to intervene on two separate occasions in the civil crises that gripped the nation for nearly 15 years. In these instances, Nigeria and Ghana have always led the intervention processes.But the Ghanaian President indicated that “West Africa is not prepared to contemplate the scenario of Liberia sliding back into instability and conflict.”As the key speaker at the 98th Commencement Convocation exercises of the University of Liberia, President Akufo-Addo said ECOWAS has over the years made a huge investment in promoting peace in Liberia, and “we will do all we can to ensure that democracy is entrenched in the country, but we will not accept any other outcome.”The eloquent Ghanaian leader indicated that the December 7 ruling of the Supreme Court of Liberia is to ensure that the country will have its first peaceful handover of power from one democratically elected leader to another in 73 years.He said Liberians have done a lot to stabilize the country, and there should be no turning back.President Addo: “The work undertaken by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in stabilizing the country after a bitter and protracted civil war, has been very solid and commendable. I am anticipating that at the end of the day, Liberia’s institutions, particularly the Supreme Court and the Electoral Commission, will be up to the task and shepherd the country through a successful transition.”UL’s 2017 Commencement exercises are the last for Pres. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administrationPresident Akufo-Addo said it is not just enough to hold successful elections every six years or to be able to criticize the government and to have a choice of 100 radio stations. Democracy, he noted, “must ensure that we are able to provide our people with a good quality of life.”Colonial Economic Structures Impediment to Africa’s Growth and DevelopmentThe learned Ghanaian leader stated that though the underdeveloped state of the continent can be attributed to many factors, the economic policies and structures bequeathed upon Africans by colonialism stand at the core of the African tragedy.“The structure of economies bequeathed to us by colonialism was dependent on the production and export of raw materials. Even though Liberia was not colonized, the structure of her economy remains very much the same as the others on the continent. Such economies cannot create opportunities, prosperity and wealth for our people,” he said.He said it is no longer time for raw materials to be shipped out of Africa to other parts of the world—a situation that denies the continent better dividends.“It is rather the time for the richest continent, our Africa, to export made products on the world market, rather than exporting raw materials.”Time is long overdue for Africa, President Akufo-Addo stressed, to transform the structure of African economies to serve better the needs of the African peoples. “Too many of our peoples are still kept down by extreme poverty. The promise of prosperity that was to accompany freedom has not materialized for the mass of the African peoples, and has rather been replaced with widespread despondency across the continent. This is not what our forebears promised,” he said.President Akufo-Addo, therefore, urged “the current generation” of African youths to meet today’s challenges by helping to banish the disgraceful specter of young Africans, taking harrowing risks in trekking the Sahara Desert or drowning in the Mediterranean, while seeking greener pastures in Europe.“Your generation has to ensure the fulfillment of the statement, made almost 70 years ago in 1949 to the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly by Joseph Boakye Danquah, the father of modern Ghanaian nationalism, that ‘the two things go together, economic freedom and political freedom. And we must have the two together in this very age, and in the shortest possible time.’”A Need for New Breed of African LeadersPresident Akufo-Addo also stated that there is a need for a paradigm shift in the leadership structure of the continent, therefore “We now need leaders who are committed to governing their peoples according to the rule of law, respect for individual liberties, human rights, the principles of democratic accountability and social justice; leaders who are looking past commodities to position their countries in the global marketplace.”UL Graduate students, Class of 2017The Ghanaian President also called for “leaders who are determined to free their peoples from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs; leaders who are bent on mobilizing Africa’s own immeasurable resources to resolve Africa’s problems; leaders, who recognize the connectivity of their peoples and economies to those of their neighbors.” This new generation of African leaders, Addo added, “Should help bring dignity and prosperity to our continent and its longsuffering peoples.”“Africa needs leaders who are committed to govern their people in accordance with the rule of law, respect for individual liberty, human rights, principle of democratic accountability and social justice.”He said Africans have suffered too much from bad governance; and as such, it is time for a new breed of leaders who have the desire and commitment to provide a life of quality for the people.The Ghanaian President said the people of Africa cannot continue to live in abject poverty, emphasizing the need for more to be done to change their condition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Launches New Project on Access to Justice

first_imgA cross-section of some of the partners at the occasion.The European Union (EU) has launched a new project in Margibi, Nimba and Bong counties under the title, “Strengthening the Human Rights of Prisoners within Correctional Facilities and at Grassroots Level,” a release has said.Funded by the EU and implemented by the Serving Humanity for Empowerment and Development (SHED), and Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP) in partnership with FINN CHURCH AID (FCA) in FINLAND, the two-year project seeks to promote respect for the rule of law, human rights and adherence to national and international standards for prisoners, and the strengthening of the capacities of justice actors in the three counties.It also aims at improving access to justice by enhancing local capacities, awareness and resources to provide protection of prisoners’ rights, according to international human rights instruments.Dr. Hans Lambrecht, Head of the Cooperation Section for Governance and Education at the Delegation of the EU to Liberia, said that the project will enhance the knowledge of law enforcement representatives, including police, and correction officers, legal practitioners as well as enlightens community leaders to the rule of law and international human rights standards.Lambrecht spoke recently at a ceremony marking the launch of project in Kakata Prison Facility, Margibi County.He added that the initiative will further increase legal assistance for vulnerable detainees; strengthen dialogue, cohesion building and information sharing between stakeholders and improve attitude and practices through awareness raising and advocacy at national and international level on issues of vulnerable detainees’ rights.“The project is funded by the EU Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in continuation of sustaining the gains made from the just ended EIDHR project in January, 2019, and now being extended to provide continued support to the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation in all four counties.The intention, according to Dr. Lambrecht, is to address the prisoners’ human rights concerns.”Similarly, Sweden Ambassador Ingrid Wetterqvist, lauded the EU and implementing partners’ efforts, but called on officers assigned with the Bureau of Correction to make maximum use of the partners’ support.Both representatives from the EU Delegation in Liberia and the Swedish Embassy, then toured the prison facilities, including the newly established library for prisoners, and the refurbished and equipped record room the partners had put into place.In separate remarks, SHED Project Manager, Godo E. Kolubah and Lorma Baysah of Rural Human Rights Activist Program, said the project has been designed to address some of the many challenges still faced by the country’s justice system, according to the data acquired during the implementation of the current EIDHR and its successes and achievement in the past two years.It addresses several knowledge gaps faced by target groups involved in the administration of justice, such as correctional officers, lawyers, magistrates as well as detainees, religious representatives and community leaders. The aim is to protect detainees whose rights are being at risk of violation through illegal arrests, prolonged detention, inhuman detention practices, SGBV, and no access to legal counseling and representation.The project target some specific gaps that emerged through the current project implementation, such as the necessity to set up semi digitalized filing procedures, according to national and international standards, setting-up prison library, equipping and improving prison record systems that has to do with the setting up and supporting fast track systems to speed up hearings for pre-trial detainees in the project counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen succumbs 2 months after accident

first_img…driver to be charged shortlyAfter battling for his life for two months following a hit-and-run accident, 18-year-old Bariel Hall succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Dead: Bariel HallHall was rushed to the medical institution on May 25 after being struck down while journeying home from a J’ouvert party. He was struck by a silver-coloured motor car while attempting to cross the road at the corner of Regent Street and Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.Reports indicate that after being struck, the teen was tossed into the air before falling to the road. He was picked up and rushed to Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state where he remained, never regaining consciousness.The teen sustained severe injuries to his leg and only breathed with the use of a machine.The driver of the motor car was arrested days after as he was attempting to damage the motor car at Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD).He was later released on $100,000 station bail. The Traffic Chief, however, confirmed that the man was expected to be charged following an autopsy, which is expected to be conducted shortly on the body of the dead teenager.last_img read more

FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS AND FIXTURES

first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTS Downtown Cup Group ACranford United Reserves 2 v 7 Erne WanderersMilford United Reserves 1 v 2 Glenea United Reserves Downtown Cup Group BFintown Harps AFC 3 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesDowntown Cup Group CGweedore United Reserves 3 v 2 Glenree United ReservesDowntown Cup Group DMulroy Celtic 1 v 1 Castlefin Celtic ReservesWatson Hire Division One Cappry Rovers 8 v 1 Arranmore UnitedCranford United 6 v 2 Drumoghill FCBallybofey United 2 v 1 Donegal TownCT Ball Division Two Drumbar United 0 v 4 Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Convoy Arsenal P v P Gweedore UnitedBonagee United P v P Dunlewy CelticWhitestrand United 5 v 1 Copany RoversGlenree United 2 v 0 Letterbarrow CelticUlster Junior CupMilford United 4 v 0 Gleneely ColtsCarndonagh F.C. 4 v 0 Keadue RoversKilmacrennan Celtic 3 v 2 Glengad F.C.Lifford Celtic P v P Greencastle F.C.Clonmany Shamrocks 2 v 3 Curragh AthleticFAI Junior CupSheriff F.C. 6 v 0 Glenea UnitedDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 2-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Old Orchard Inn Division OneErne Wanderers v Ramelton MarinersGlenea United v Glencar CelticCastlefin Celtic Reserves v Mulroy CelticGlencar Inn Division TwoCranford United Reserves v Downtown UnitedDowntown Cup Group ATullyvinney Rovers v Milford United ReservesDowntown Cup Group BKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves v Fintown Harps AFCDowntown Cup Group CDeele Harps v Gweedore United ReservesSUNDAY 3-2-2013 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionRathmullan Celtic v Kilmacrennan CelticCastlefin Celtic v Glenea UnitedGweedore Celtic v Lagan HarpsSt. Catherines v Lifford CelticWatson Hire Division OneEany Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1 p.m.)Raphoe Town v Keadue RoversCranford United v Ballybofey UnitedCappry Rovers v Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoGweedore United v Dunlewy CelticFOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 27th, 2013 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:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUE RESULTS AND FIXTURESlast_img read more

LADIES GAA U-16s: ST NAUL’S 3-10, NAOMH MUIRE 5-05

first_imgUnder 16 A league,2nd Round.St’Nauls 3-10 Naomh Muire 5-05.In a thriller finish tonight in Mountcharles the girls from Naomh Muire came from behind to score 1-01 in the last two minutes of the game to win this match. Two very good sides very evenly matched and playing ladies football at its best. Nail biting finish with Naomh Muire just shading it in the end. Maith Sibh. LADIES GAA U-16s: ST NAUL’S 3-10, NAOMH MUIRE 5-05 was last modified: April 24th, 2013 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:LADIES GAA U-16s: ST NAUL’S 3-10NAOMH MUIRE 5-05last_img read more

BEEF REGULATOR NEEDED TO ENSURE FAIRNESS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue is calling for the establishment of a Beef Regulator to deal with the ongoing beef crisis.Charlie McConalogueHe claims the current situation is jeopardising the livelihoods of some 100,000 farms across the country, with almost 5,500 beef farmers in Donegal alone.Speaking in the Dáil last night in support of a Fianna Fáil motion to establish a Beef Regulator Deputy McConalogue said beef farmers in Donegal have become increasingly squeezed over the past year. This has come about with the collapse in bull beef prices, stringent labeling requirements and changes to age and weight specifications by processors, he claimed.“In the past six months beef prices have plummeted by as much as 20% and are now well below an economically viable standard.“The fall in Irish beef prices comes at a time when retail prices in the UK are rising, leading to questions about retailers margins here. Many farm organisations claim the larger multiples are increasing their margins at the expense of the producer, and threatening the industry’s future.“Farmers in Donegal are already struggling on low incomes. A Teagasc income survey revealed that the average beef producer earned €9,469 in 2013 compared to the overall farming average of €25,000. For many, this crisis could spell the end of their business.” He said the Fianna Fáil has been calling for a beef regulator in a bid to create a fairer system for farmers and retailers.“A regulator for the market would increase transparency and create a more level playing field for farmers and retailers instead of allowing large supermarket chains and processors dominate the market. However, any regulator would need to be given proper powers and resources to oversee the industry and make direct recommendations to the Government.“We need to see decisive action from Minister Coveney instead of the lacklustre detached approach which has been forthcoming. He seems more interested in moving to a new portfolio rather than addressing the crisis that is under his nose”. BEEF REGULATOR NEEDED TO ENSURE FAIRNESS FOR DONEGAL FARMERS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: June 26th, 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:beef farmersCharlie McConaloguedonegallast_img read more

RUGBY: LETTERKENNY LADS SHINE FOR ULSTER U18s

first_imgThree Letterkenny RFC players started for the Ulster u18 team and played Connaught in their opening intro provincial match at Rainey RFC in Magherafelt yesterday. Joseph Dunleavy started at blindside wing forward, Daniel Faulkner lined out at inside centre and Peter Scott was entrusted with the full back duties. Eunan Henry is also on the u18 development panel but was unlucky not to make the match day 23.“This is a great achievement for these young players and is just reward for their dedication and hard work over the last two years” according to Gordon Curley, club u18 coach. However they suffered a home defeat to Connact on a 15 to 8 scoreline. The home team went in at half time leading 8 – 5 after playing their way back into the game with a very well taken try by Peter Scott. This was a try made in Letterkenny when Joe Dunleavy sent a ball off the top from a line out with Daniel Faulkner beating the western defence with a great outside break. With the line at his mercy he unselfishly off loaded to Scott who made no mistake from 5 meters out.The second half was a forward battle where the Ulster pack seemed determined not to use their strong back line. Connact were more committed at the breakdown and made fewer mistakes which yielded them two unanswered tries. This was a game that the home team should have won but the Connact team deserve credit for absorbing all that Ulster could throw at them in the final 10 minutes. Next week Ulster play Leinster and a big improvement by the pack and at the breakdown will be required to get a result against the strongest u18 province.The Letterkenny Rugby Club would like to thank their main sponsor Brendan Kelly from Kelly’s Toyota for giving these young lads the opportunity to develop their skills to this level.Well done lads from everyone at Letterkenny Rugby Club. RUGBY: LETTERKENNY LADS SHINE FOR ULSTER U18s was last modified: September 6th, 2015 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBU18sUlsterlast_img read more

Futsal Super League: Park in must win situation as Yeak hope to seal title

first_imgPark (Yellow and Black) are six points behind leaders Yeak Kabowa. (PHOTOS/FILE)Futsal Super League 2018/19International Futsal Courts, Mengo Thursday, 16-05-2019-Equator vs Parakeets @6pm-Dream vs Bajim @7pm-Typhoon vs Aidenal @7pm-Nomad vs Elephants @8pm-Park vs Kabowa United @8pm-Yeak Kabowa vs Yap Stars @9pm-Mengo City vs Crown @9pmMENGO – The Futsal Super League returns on Thursday afternoon with 7 games at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.With the league winding down, second placed Park have it all to do if they are to stay in contention for the title.Currently, they sit six points behind leaders Yeak and with three games to play, their is no room for error.“The league is soon ending but the bottom line is that we still have a shot at winning it, says Park captain Iddi Babu ahead of the game.“Six points is a huge margin in Futsal but one which is catchable if result go your way.“Our role is to win all our remaining games and pray that Yeak messes up big time.“However, even if we don’t win it, it will be no problem as we have had a good season.Park will be in action at 8pm against troubled Kabowa United.Kabowa have been in terrible form lately, losing all of their last four games.For Thursday’s game, they have captain Mahad Mugerwa returning from suspension and will be hoping he can inspire them to unlikely three points.In their last games, Yeak defeated Yap Stars 3-2 while Kabowa who are second from bottom, lost 5-1 against Dream.At 9pm leaders Yeak Kabowa will be in action against Yap Stars.The Kabowa based side know that a win coupled by Park’s inability to defeat Kabowa United, will see then crowned champions.On 57 points, they hold a healthy six point caution at the top of the standings.Currently in scintillating form, Yeak will be expected to take care of bottom side, Yap Stars.Elsewhere, Dream will be hoping to continue their late season form when they take on stubborn Bajim at 7pm.The defending champions have won all their last three games and are fancying their chances of making it four.Dream are on a three match winning streak.“We are targeting victory in all our remaining games so that we end the season on a high, said Dream captain Jamal Muyingo ahead of the game.“We know we cannot win the League but finishing as high as we can on the table would be ok.“So starting with Bajim, we very much want to defeat them along with the other two remaining teams and see where we finish at the end of it all.However, the game will not be easy as they face a spirited Bajim side.Bajim are a side that possess a ‘never say die’ attitude, winning more points from losing positions than any other, this season.Coming off a hard fought 2-1 win against Nomad last week, Bajim will also feel they can win the game.Dream start the day in 4th with 41 points while Bajim are 5th, two points behind the defending champions.In the other games, Equator takes on Parakeets, Typhoon entertains Aidenal, Nomad locks horns with Elephants while Mengo City and Crown do battle.Shaffic Avemah now tops the scoring charts with 38 goals, two ahead of teammate Enock Ssebagala.Comments Tags: DreamFutsal Super LeagueParkYeak Kabowalast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Well-established motor dealership seeks Parts Advisor

first_imgHighland Motors are now recruiting for an experienced Full-Time Parts Advisor to join their professional team at Mountain Top Letterkenny. Highland Motors is a dynamic extremely well established Motor Dealership in Donegal and is the Main dealer for Renault, Dacia, Citroen and Honda.Highland MotorsWe currently have a vacancy for an experienced Full-Time Parts Advisor The ideal candidate will:Have a minimum of one years’ experience in a similar role within the Motor IndustryVehicle knowledge and technical background/experience an advantageAbility to deal with customer product requirements and enquiriesAbility to manage stock controlData entry and order processingStrong PC skills/computer experience essentialExceptional customer service and support skills essentialExcellent communication and interpersonal skillsAbility to work independently or part of a teamAbility to stay focused on targets/deadlinesWork well under pressureGood problem solving abilityHave strong organisational and planning skillsBe efficient, with good attention to detailBe flexible in their approach to workTraining: Training will be given on the systems and parts on an ongoing basis.This is a full-time position for an immediate start. If you are interested please email a cover letter and CV stating your experience to michele@highlandmotors.ieCLOSING DATE: 6th July 2018Job Vacancy: Well-established motor dealership seeks Parts Advisor was last modified: June 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Highland MotorsMountain Top LetterkennyParts Advisorlast_img read more