High School Athletics Championship Friday

first_imgTwenty high schools in and out of Monrovia are expected to participate in the 2016 High School Athletics Championship set for Friday, April 8, at the UL Fendell Campus. It was rescheduled from March 8, to April 8.The championship begins at 8: am and the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) said the championship would bring about 200 athletes in the one-day event.LAF Vice President for Technical Affairs, Frederick B. Krah told journalists over the weekend in Monrovia that the Liberian government has not supported the program.He stated that two prominent Liberians have donated two golden trophies and despite the financial challenges the championship will be held. Mr. Krah, who is the Secretary General of the LAF pointed out that they would strive and underwrite the championship to make it successful.
 He said the High School Athletic Championship is to encourage students in athletics and scout talents for clubs and the national teams.
”We will in our weak way solicit funds to stage the High School Athletic Championship on Friday and before then we will name and thank those who will contribute to our efforts,” Krah said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Krah has revealed that the LAF has been invited to the West Africa Regional Athletics Championship in Kenemah, Sierra Leone from April 23 – 24 and 20 athletes have been in camp for a month with seven to be selected for the trip.He indicated that Karder Anders, Liberia’s lone local based who qualified for the Brazil Olympics will be part of the team to Sierra Leone to train at the Kenemah facilities.
Meanwhile, this year’s World Athletics Day in May will be celebrated in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and participants will sprint in the 5-meter race.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandit shot dead during attempted robbery on restaurant

first_imgOne bandit was on Friday shot dead while another was injured after they attempted to rob the Zhon Chang Chinese Restaurant at Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The identities of the two bandits were not immediately available but Guyana Times understands that after being shot, they were taken to the Leonora Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead on arrival.Based on information received, the two bandits, who were armed with handguns, stormed the Chinese restaurant but the owner of the building, who resides in the upper flat, realised what was happening and opened fire on the two masked gunmen.Guyana Times understands that the Chinese nationals have been renting the lower flat of the building for quite some time. When contacted, Divisional Commander Simon Mc Bean confirmed that two men were shot during the commissioning of a robbery and were taken to the hospital and could not provide further information at the time.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

BC Hydro provides update on power outage for Cecil Lake and Goodlow areas

first_imgCECIL LAKE, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has provided an update to a power outage that is affecting customers in the Cecil Lake and Goodlow areas.According to B.C. Hydro community Relations Manager, David Conway, the preliminary estimate suggests power could be out five to seven days.Conway says a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed before they can proceed with working on restoring power.- Advertisement -“At this time, we don’t have a restoration time. A preliminary estimate suggests power could be out 5 to 7 days. Before any work can begin, a geotechnical assessment needs to be completed. A geotech is scheduled to have a first look at the site by helicopter tonight. Once the area is cleared safe to work, our crews will assess the damage and restoration work will begin.”Approximately 100 customers continue to be without power service in the Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas since Monday morning due to a landslide.We will provide more updates when they become available.Advertisementlast_img read more

2016 MLS Primary Kits – ranked from worst to best!

first_img 4. LA Galaxy – The gold and navy sash is a great change for the new season. 19. San Jose Earthquakes – The fading asymmetrical diagonals and plain sponsors logo leave this kit looking quite bland. 2. Vancouver Whitecaps – If Houston got the fade all wrong, Vancouver got it spot on. This jersey is ice cool. 7.Orlando City – This jersey is high on our list just because it brings back brilliant memories of TV programme Dream Team and the mighty Harchester United. 20 5. Montreal Impact – Didier Drogba will be wearing this jersey next but the pinstripes don’t quite go with the prominent blue and black ones. 20 20 11. Toronto FC – Very, very plain. 20 15. Houston Dynamo – Had this been completely orange it would have featured a lot higher on our list but the fade to white doesn’t float our boat. 20 20 9. Philadelphia Union – If we’re honest if it weren’t for the sponsor (a bakery brand), this jersey would be a lot lower in this list. 20 20 1. Portland Timbers – This jersey from the MLS Cup holders is an absolute beauty. It’s the right shade of green and the chevron is unique too. 20 13. Real Salt Lake – It’s better than previous incarnations of this jersey but it’s still got a long way to go to top this table. 6. Sporting Kansas City – This number is a subtle beauty and ticks all the right boxes. The new MLS season is about to get underway and, as well as new signings, it means new kits too.Out go last seasons strips, in comes some fresh clobber for the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Sebastian Giovinco, Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Clint Dempsey and Robbie Keane.There are some decent efforts too, with all kits coming from adidas, but which teams’ threads are the best?Here talkSPORT runs through the top primary jerseys (home kits to you English readers) and ranks them from worst to first.Click the right arrow above to see how we’ve rated each MLS side… 17. FC Dallas – The different hues of red aren’t really doing it for us. 18. New York Red Bulls – The large sponsorship on the shirt makes this jersey a bit too gaudy for our liking. 20 20 20 20. Chicago Fire – Click the right arrow above to see how we rated this season’s home MLS kits – Red with a thick white stripe across the chest is reminiscent of some Middlesbrough kits from years gone by, it’s a decent jersey but nothing special. 20 20 20 14. Colorado Rapids – It’s not that there is something wrong with this Colorado kit, it just fails to excite. 20 10. DC United – The black with red trim is decent enough, but it’s a bit plain on the front. 3. Columbus Crew – Black and yellow is always a great kit choice as far as we’re concerned. It looks great on the Pittsburgh Steelers and does the trick for the Eastern Conference side. 20 20 12. Seattle Sounders – The ‘rave green’ strip is certainly a bit different but overall the jersey is a bit basic. 20 8. New York City FC – It’s basically an adidas version of Manchester City’s current strip and we much prefer the style Nike went for. 20 16. New England Revolution – It feels like a Paris Saint-Germain rip off, it’s almost great but doesn’t quite match up to the French side’s strip. last_img read more

SENATOR HARTE RESPONDS TO FR SWEENEY’S CALL FOR NO VOTE IN CHILDREN’S REFERENDUM

first_imgAs a parent I am voting Yes on Saturday and I ask all voters in Donegal to support the Referendum in the interest’s of our children.  A Yes vote will mean that our Constitution will be amended to include an explicit guarantee in relation to children’s rights.This referendum is our opportunity to state clearly that we value children and childhood. A Yes vote will state clearly that we believe children have a right to be cared for and protected. It will state clearly that young people should not be silenced or side-lined.This referendum is about children’s rights. It is about the right for children to be protected, when they can no longer rely on the natural protection of their family. It is about the right of children to have their best interests at the centre of major decisions about their safety and welfare, and to have their views listened to.The right to equal treatment, whatever their background, or the marital status of their parents.Some of the darkest moments in our history as a nation are a direct consequence of children’s interests, and children’s right to be cared for and protected, being ignored.We have all been shocked at the various reports published in recent years on the abuse suffered by our most vulnerable citizens. We have learned how terrible suffering in childhood can carry on into adult life in the most painful of ways. We have seen how a childhood can last a lifetime. This referendum is about ensuring that this can never happen again. It is about protecting our children, ensuring that they are cared for and valued. It is about time we expressly recognise children in their own right within the Constitution. This referendum will ensure that children are recognised in their own right. Importantly, it provides for a fair balance between the rights of the child and the role of the State.For most children, the best place to be is with their families, and this fact remains unchanged by the proposed amendment. However, for a small number of children, this is not always the case. The wording of the referendum includes a range of changes which include considering the view of the child in matters of family law. It will ensure equal treatment of all children when it comes to adoption, regardless of whether their parents are married or not.For too long, children have been seen but not heard and this proposed change would ensure that children have a say in matters directly concerning them. The protection of children is an issue that is of concern to all of us.This is an extremely important referendum. Childhood only happens once, and on November 10th, we have an opportunity to decide that every childhood is precious, and that every child is deserving of our protection and care.In short, the Children’s Referendum will change the Constitution so it: • Protects children• Supports families• Treats all children equallyVote Yes for Children’s rights on 10 November 2012. SENATOR HARTE RESPONDS TO FR SWEENEY’S CALL FOR NO VOTE IN CHILDREN’S REFERENDUM was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Children’s ReferendumSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more

Lawmen fight to help kids battle cancer

first_imgDUARTE – Rasheed Martin stood in the doorway of his third-floor room at the City of Hope, taking care not to tangle the cluster of IV tubes snaking down from under his shirt. Rasheed, a 9-year-old cancer patient, was surrounded by Los Angeles police officers showering him with gifts – T-shirts, football cards and, his favorite, a stuffed bear. “It looks like a police officer,” Rasheed said, pointing to the miniature uniform and gold badge. Rasheed didn’t know why he had checked into City of Hope three days earlier. When asked, he shrugged, then slammed his right hand on the hospital bed, trying to catch the attention of his deaf mother. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Then he asked her – in sign language. On a piece of paper, she wrote, “Stem cell transplant.” It’s kids like Rasheed who Los Angeles police, firemen and sheriff’s deputies will be supporting tonight when they participate in Fight for Life, a series of boxing matches to raise money for the renowned cancer center. During a pre-fight visit Thursday to the young patients on the third floor, the officers’ tough exteriors melted away, and trash talk gave way to words of encouragement for sick children. Robert Morales, an anti-gang officer at the LAPD’s Newton Area station, handed 9-year-old Rasheed a T-shirt. Then he put his arm around the boy and snapped a picture with his camera-phone. “This is special,” Morales said. “Regardless of what happens (tonight), this is something special we can do for these kids.” Tonight, Morales will be pitted against a deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. There’s not bad blood between the two organizations, but bragging rights are at stake, and Morales takes that seriously. When he enters the ring, he’ll be going for blood. “That’s what he’s going to be thinking, too,” Morales said. “It’s kind of like the Marine Corps and the Navy.” In the event’s first 11 years, the officers have raised about $350,000 for the City of Hope, money that goes to the hospital’s general fund and is used for cancer treatment, research and education programs. The fighters flock to the event. Officer Rudy Barragan, boxer/coach of the Los Angeles Police Department team, said officers seek him out to join his team. Sheriff’s Cmdr. Gil Jurado said he looks for potential boxers in the training academy, picking out officers who excel in hand-to-hand combat training. “Most of them do it for two, three or four years, and then fall back and become assistant coaches and develop the younger guys,” Jurado said. Tonight’s marquee fight pits Barragan, the 37-year-old veteran, against Jorge Caamal, a 24-year-old deputy who thinks he has the speed and the power to knock out the LAPD’s coach. “Out with the old, in with the new,” Caamal said. “I like to put on a show. I like to be a brawler. I have a little Rocky in me.” Barragan’s not worried. “I’m tired of beating up on these young guys,” he said. Barragan is a veteran at the Fight for Life. When he entered the third floor, he knew what to expect. Others, such as David Cartlidge, a lifeguard for the county Fire Department, weren’t so sure. “I’ve never done a whole lot with kids,” Cartlidge said. He seemed right at home Thursday with 17-year-old Jesse Castro, a leukemia patient awaiting a bone-marrow transplant. “Check out this T-shirt,” Cartlidge said to Jesse, holding up a Fight for Life shirt. “This is from the fight we’re going to have.” Jesse’s answer’s were short – “cool,” and “thank you,” – but the smile on his face spoke for him. As the group filed out of Jesse’s room, Cartlidge wasn’t ready to go. He asked for a hug. Jesse’s smile broadened and he nodded. “When I gave him that hug, I almost lost it,” Cartlidge said. “This is not what I expected.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com IF YOU GO Fight for Life, a fund-raiser for the City of Hope, will start at 6:30 tonight at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, 1801 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets are $10-$50 and are available by calling Ticketmaster, (213) 480-3232; the City of Hope, (213) 241-7249; or at the auditorium box office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

2018 CHAN Qualifier : Preps in high gear ahead of South Sudan trip

first_imgFOOTBALL – Uganda Cranes1-0 defeat at the hands of Western Select side in the Cranes Namutima regional tour in Kabale last Saturday was a reality check to Multin “Micho” Sredojovic. The Serbian claimed to have taken positives from the Kabale loss but it was pertinent for him to keenly assess his squad options with the trip to Juba to face-off with South Sudan in the 2018 CHAN Qualifier on Friday around the corner.Training resumed on Monday at Namboole National Stadium with morning and evening sessions following a break off on Sunday as 26 players were put through their paces.Micho had initially dropped five players from the squad that travelled to Kabale (Simon Sserunkuma Julius Malingumu Solomon Okwalinga, Erisa Ssekisambu and Methodius Bassey)  and subsequently, in efforts to hedge his bets, summoned more seven KCCA players, who were initially overlooked because of their CAF Confederations Cup obligations.Defenders Timothy Awany, Iaasc Muleme, Paul Musamali were added to the team, alongside upfield players Paul Mucureezi, Muzamir Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi and  Geoffrey Sserunkuma.Micho is expected to trim down the squad to 18 travelling party in the coming days.Sserunkuma named team captainVeteran Striker Geoffrey Sserunkuma will be the man on whose bicep the armband will rest for the entire qualifying 2018 CHAN campaign.  Cranes Coach Micho earmarked the KCCA striker who will assisted by Vipers captain Nicholas Wadada and SC Villa’s Bernard MuwangaUganda will be away for the first leg against South Sudan this Friday. The return leg will be played on July 22 at Lugogo in Kampala.Team in trainingGoalkeepers: Isma Watenga, Tom Ikara and Ken Saidi.Defenders: Wadada Nico, Timothy Awanyi, Muwanga Bernard, Kabugo Savio, Toha Rashid, Musamali Paul and Adiriko John.Midfielders: Deus Bukenya, Nicholas Kasozi,  Muzamil Mutyaba, Tom Masiko, Moses Waiswa, Paul Mucurezi, Muleme Isaac, Kizza Martin, Majwega Brian and Kagimu Shafiq.Strikers: Geoffrey Serunkuma, Derrick Nsibambi, Nelson Sekantuka, Shaban Muhammad and Karisa Milton.Commentslast_img read more

Watch: Fans make tribute video for Karl Lacey as he steps down from inter-county football

first_imgAll Sports have created a tribute video to Karl Lacey following his announcement that he will retire from inter-county football on Thursday.The video shows highlights from Lacey’s career with the music “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor.All Sports uploaded the video after the news broke of his retirement, saying it’s a “tribute to Donegal GAA’s most decorated player”. Since its publication, it has been viewed over 1,500 times. The four-time All-Star and former GAA Player of the Year stepped down from inter-county football after 14 seasons, playing a record-equalling 65 championship matches with Donegal (a record he shares with Christy Toye).Making his championship debut in 2004 as a sub in a clash against Antrim, he has since played 148 times for the Donegal senior football team.Dozens of former teammates, opponents, and supporters paid tribute to Karl on Twitter, with Rory Kavanagh saying it was a “pleasure to share the field with you!” Watch: Fans make tribute video for Karl Lacey as he steps down from inter-county football was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:allsportdonegalGAAkarl laceyretirementvideolast_img read more

Ivory Coast take on ice bucket challenge helps fight Ebola

first_imgIce-cold, soapy water … Ivorian Twitter celebrity Edith Brou’s Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the soap bucket challenge, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash. • Mobile phone boost to African internet • #BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa • How Africa tweets • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Africa refocused: images of GhanaNdaba DlaminiIvory Coast is giving the global sensation of the ice bucket challenge a new – and educational – meaning as a way to spread the need for hygiene in the face of the deadly Ebola epidemic affecting its neighbours.A brainchild of one of Ivory Coast’s most prominent Twitter users, Edith Brou, the Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the “soap bucket challenge”, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash.The original ice bucket challenge was a hugely successful viral campaign in which people challenged their friends to film themselves pouring ice water over their heads. It has raised millions of dollars worldwide to fund research into a fatal degenerative nervous disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The Lather Against Ebola campaign, with the French hashtag #MousserContreEbola, has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook in the West African region, helping raise awareness about a disease that has claimed thousands of lives in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.With 1.4-million Facebook users in Ivory Coast, the internet has played an increasingly important role in politics and society in the country.Brou kicked off the campaign in August this year, posting a video of herself standing on a balcony at her workplace in Abidjan. “Against Ebola, you need good hygiene,” she says in the video before a bucket of soapy, ice-cold water is dunked on her head by a friend.For her efforts, Brou’s video was an instant hit on social networks, garnering 4 000 hits. She then challenged three fellow bloggers including Nouho Bamba, who goes by the pseudonym La Rigueur Bino. Bamba claims to have 150 000 followers on social media.Subsequently, Bamba came up with his own soap bucket challenge video. In it, Bamba gets a little quirkier in his approach and throws himself – fully dressed in a business suit complete with suitcase in hand – in a swimming pool. The video got more than 52 000 hits.“I knew that jumping into a pool would create a buzz,” said Bamba. “Today, even children need to understand what Ebola is.”Besides being a critical tool to educate and raise awareness of Ebola, the soap bucket campaign is a good example of the power of social media to bring people together for a just cause, and also an opportunity for bloggers to showcase their popularity. One blogger, Israel Yoroba, has composed a song entitled “Stop Ebola” that is being used a waiting tune by a local phone operator.Bloggers have been able to put key issues onto the public domain, and good examples include highlighting the negligent death of a young model at a hospital in Abidjan earlier this year and keeping people informed about the New Year’s stampede which led to the death of 61 people outside Abidjan Stadium in 2013. Social networks also proved to be a powerful tool during the violence that followed the disputed election in 2010, when more than 3 000 people were killed in five months. A hashtag #CIVsocial was used on Twitter to help coordinate relief efforts and share information.last_img read more

Broadband Speeds Increase Around the World – But Not in the U.S.

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… IP Addresses: U.S. Leads but China is Catching UpAkamai’s quarterly report also notes that the number of unique IP addresses increased by about 4.5% globally since the second quarter of 2009. The U.S. is still home to the largest number of unique IP addresses, but China is catching up quickly. In total, the U.S. was home to just over 119 million unique IP addresses in Q3 2009. With 49 million IP addresses, China is currently a distant second, but the number of Chinese IP addresses increased by 30% compared to Q2 2009, while U.S. addresses on increased by 9%.Attack TrafficAkamai also looked at where most of the traffic from botnets and other attack traffic originated from. Russia (13%) is currently the source of most of this traffic, followed by Brazil (8.6%) and the U.S. (6.9%). On a positive note, it’s important to note that attack traffic from the U.S. declined from 15% compared to Q2 2009. Attack traffic from China declined even more. In Q2 2009, 31% of all of this traffic originated in China. Now, China is only responsible for about 6.5% of all attack traffic. Most of these attacks (78%) target port 445. On Windows systems, port 445 handles local printer and file sharing traffic. Looking at data from the third quarter of 2009, content delivery network Akamai just announced that the average broadband speed in the U.S. declined by 2.4% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the same quarter in 2008.In the U.S., Delaware currently leads with 7.2 Mbps, though it remains far behind South Korea, where the average speed is almost 15 Mpbs. Currently, the U.S. is in 18th place, far behind Japan, Hong Kong, Romania and Sweden. The average U.S. broadband speed is currently 3.9 Mbps. If you are looking for a fast Internet connection in the U.S., Sandy, UT and Iowa City currently offer the fastest connections. Delaware (7.2 Mbps), New Hampshire (5.9 Mbps) and Massachusetts (5.9 Mbps) are the top 3 states on Akamai’s list. The states with the fastest average broadband speeds can all be found on the East Coast. It is interesting to speculate why average speed in the U.S. declined over the last year. Chances are that a lot of people downsized their connections during the economic downturn. If you have a theory, let us know in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#news#web last_img read more