Giving back

first_imgRecently there appeared a story borne of and written by this columnist. It featured a suggestion, albeit a public one, to two of Jamaica’s best ever sprinters, who sat atop the planet during the 2005 to 2007 period. Quoting from the article, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson “had produced positive samples when tested for forbidden substances … Under World body dictates, drugs in the system meant one overarching thing – the performer is ultimately responsible. The verdict was guilty, as charged.” The unfolding of the drama continues. “They copped 18-month bans which were later reduced on appeal to six months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). It was in an attempt to salvage a damaged reputation that the matter was taken to the higher court and following that, the revelation came that the company that sold the substance to the athletes had delivered monetary compensation.” The suggestion was made that the two athletes make a contribution (in cash or kind) to the high schools where their enormous talent was nurtured. This would be a noble deed and not without precedent. Programs across the sport’s firmament need funds to sustain themselves. It is not inconceivable that there are some athletic gifts languishing at either institution that are waiting to be further developed, with lack of sufficient funds being the obstacle. In summary, the bottom line is that both schools, Charlemont High (Powell) and Manchester High (Simpson) could make productive use of gifted funds. This is said in absence of what this columnist thinks would have been an unnecessary verification check. This columnist does not take lightly the denial of a basic human right. However, the words of detractors to the thought of a ‘sharing of the wealth’ continue to rankle. They ignited the revolutionary and repressive thought of applying the muzzle to persons, who, as the saying goes, are entitled to their opinion. Open to question here is how much should such an entitlement be allowed to corrupt the mind of the reasonable and well thinking? A responder to the article, Wayne, and they are to be encouraged, described it as “an improper suggestion”, going on to lambaste by further comment “tek yu eye offa di people dem money, some a unu too damn grudgeful and bad mind”, ending his typed assault with “disgusting’. Another, Raymond, posting under a banner as though associated with Powell’s school, identified the thought as “bad mind active as usual!!!”. Yet, another, a female, Georgia, was equally dismissive, asking some questions. “Share which wealth? Where were the supporters when they were stand accused? “No money can remove the tarnish, but it will help them and their family and who they want to give.” Tony wanted to know if the writer was “petitioning for the athletes (Powell and Simpson) to give up some of their settlement $$,” while wondering how serious was the writer. Foster’s Fairplay is fuming, straining at the bit, to say: “Shoo and leave the studio”. The article spoke to offering assistance in a struggle, to produce similar brilliance that these two outstanding and well-loved athletes have. They both have represented Jamaica with distinction, pocketing major medals at the highest level. Yet, the four posters would like to see some little ones for the future suffer for the lack of well needed funds, than follow in the footsteps of those who came before. Shame on you. Your voices are better not heard on this subject.last_img read more

Fernandez thanks doubters for pushing Red Lions to work harder

first_img10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports But the Red Lions threw the Pirates’ undefeated record down the drain when they swept the best-of-three Finals with a 92-82 victory on Thursday.Fernandez added another hardware to his already gaudy trophy case with his third championship with San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut more than the citation, what meant more to for Fernandez was his triumphant return to the collegiate scene after two years in the pros with NLEX.“A door closes and a big gate of San Beda opened up for me. San Beda welcomed me with open arms, and they really, really tried to adjust to my system,” he said. “It’s tough for me with all the situation that I had in the past. It brought back the trust I had in myself, because what happened to me was so bad that I thought I’d never coach again.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fernandez also said that these criticisms fueled San Beda to work as hard, if not harder, than anyone to show that it is still the defending champion.“We thank the haters and the doubters because they pushed me to work harder and really looked at that point why we’re losing against LPU. They gave us fire and we strived hard to win. They counted us out, they counted me out right away, but in the end, we came back and won a championship,” he said.Fernandez is also hopeful that the NCAA Season 93 trophy will be enough to merit a return ticket for him in Mendiola next year.“I wish I’ll continue to coach San Beda. I know it will be up to the bosses what their decision will be, but if I will be asked if I’ll stay with San Beda, can it be lifetime?,” he asked.At this moment, with a championship to boot, there’s no reason why Fernandez shouldn’t. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the first to admit that no one deserved the NCAA Coach of the Year award more than Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson.“Coach Topex deserves this one. He went 18-0 and I just want to share it to coach Topex,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It was one of the most challenging tasks the outspoken mentor has ever faced in his decorated career in the collegiate scene.Through the course of San Beda’s stronghold of the NCAA throne, it has never been regarded as an underdog. That was until Season 93, when surprise top seed Lyceum rampaged through the field and completed the 18-game sweep of the eliminations.Fernandez knew the odds were stacked against him, and it didn’t help that criticisms were hurled his way when the Red Lions failed to finish on top for the first time in 12 years.Fortunately for him, his players showed their worth and proved that this batch is truly one of the best this decade has ever seen, shunning  doubts with a championship to brag.“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for around 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us. But the circle of this team never doubted each other,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

A Refined Image of Liberia

first_imgWhen asked to describe Liberia in one word, many people choose to portray Liberia as being “war torn”.But the war is over. Gone are the days where Liberia is seen as a broken structure that was once thrown off the face of the earth and has now been abruptly placed back.Liberia has been seen through the eyes of women, children, men and boys who know the days and nights of poverty, frustrating infrastructure, unseen development and is now seen through the eyes of those who want to make their country a better place.It is upon this vision that Kriterion Monrovia, a student-run project at the University of Liberia, coordinated a 3 day film festival and two day workshop from Feb 21-23, 2014 to some of the film creators in Liberia.Pandora Hodge, project coordinator for Kriterion Monrovia, described how hosting a film festival for 3 days helped encourage film students to come out and show Liberia’s real image through film.“What we are trying to do is show different sides of Liberia. Many times when people show movies and documentaries they mostly focus on the war. We are trying to leave from that part of it and show that the war has been over for almost 11 years now. We want to show the other side of Liberia and what the young people are doing to help make their environment and culture better and to create something more fun and relaxed,” she said.On the first day of the festival and film training workshop, 5 different workshops on culture identity, advanced editing, marketing of your movie and acting were held free of charge in different locations. Some big film related names such as videographer Derrick Snyder, choreographer Dr. Dawn Cooper Barnes, actor Omanza Shaw, iconic Liberian cultural figure Kona Khasu Sr. and Hollywood actor Jared Benjamin Lambert were amongst the trainers.“[What] Kriterion is trying to do is give people the feeling of an outhouse cinema, but in order to do that we want to make people aware of it first. We are also promoting a lot of filmmakers and are offering workshops. We want to improve the works of these local and international facilitators who have good knowledge in these areas as well.  We’ve partnered with the Accountability Lab who gives training to young Liberian film makers,” Pandora added.After the completion of the two days of workshops, Kriterion held screenings of Liberian feature films such as “Smell no taste”, “Cry of the pepper bird”, “A story of Liberia” and “The first grader”.  Students from the workshop were also able to showcase their work.“People are getting aware of Liberian films and putting them on the front page,” says Pandora. “We want people to present their movies not because we want to get money out of it (everything we are doing is free of charge) but we are creating an awareness that, today or tomorrow, people will know the producer and will want to buy your movie.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WBG Launches Youth Essay Competition Today

first_imgThe World Bank Group is to launch a Youth Essay Competition today in Monrovia on the theme, “Youth and Sustainable Development.”The objective of the contest, according to a WBG statement, is to give young Liberians between the ages of 18 and 25 the opportunity to voice their ideas and visions for their country’s development.In line with today’s itinerary, the competition will involve youth from across the 15 counties, and will take place at the World Bank Liberia Country Offices, German Embassy Compound in Congo Town.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img


first_imgHalloweve saw the final of the first Comórtas BEO do Amhran Nua Chumatha.Ten acts gathered in the Malton Hotel where they were hosted at the annual Scléip na Hoige. Each act had to perform their origal song as Gaeilge and make a 2 min presentation to judges Cian Mac Cathraigh radio na Life, Traic O Breannain Radio Rí Rá agus Colaiste na bFhiann and Ronan Mac Aodha Bhuí Radio na Gaeltachta.Competition on the night was tight with Fear na Tí commenting “Buíochas le Dia I don’t have to choose” Winners Apollo 6 were announced at 10 10 and preformed their winning song for the second time, Eurovision style.Many of those attending from Scléip na nóg were delighted with the judges choice.Apollo 6’s original song will now feature on the Radio Rí Rá Cd which will be distributed nationally for Seachtain na Gaeilge.BEO were delighted with the success of their first National Competition inviting Teens to write an original song in Irish. BEO would like to thnk Scléip na nOige for hosting the event and Foras na Gaeilge, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Donegal ETB and Donegal for their continued support and making such events possible.DDTV: APOLLO 6 SONG SCOOPS BEO NATIONAL TITLE was last modified: November 7th, 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:Apollo 6BeocompetitionDDTVMUSICwinnerslast_img read more


first_imgVIEWPOINT:A Chara,I refer to an article published on your website on Monday 2nd September and comments made by Ógra Fianna Fáil Gaoth Dobhair regarding the Seanad Referendum Campaign. It would appear that the only reason for the existence of this organisation is to issue statements attacking Sinn Féin, which I suppose in a roundabout way is the greatest compliment to Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin, who continue to lead the way in challenging the cronyism, gombeen politics and status quo which allowed Fianna Fáil to remain in power, leading to the destruction of our economy, the erosion of our sovereignty and the heartbreak of so many people across this state. While I commend any young person who gets involved in politics, I would respectfully suggest that the members of Ógra Fianna Fáil examine their own party’s record on this issue before issuing statements, which frankly do their organisation further discredit. If the young blood of Fianna Fáil want to convince the people of this county that the party has changed, matured and is ready to truly defend the interests of the Irish people, how can they feasibly argue to retain an elite, undemocratic institution – an institution which they campaigned to abolish in the 2011 General Election?In recent years the only time most people will have heard anything about the Seanad was when former Fianna Fáil Senator Ivor Calley was investigated for abusing the expenses regime. Many people – including Michael McDowell and Michael Martin who were part of government during the Ahern years and to whom the Seanad represents a potential political lifeline – now claim to be committed to reforming the Seanad . You should judge these assertions by their actions over recent decades. When they had the opportunity to reform it they did nothing. It really takes the biscuit that as soon as their backsides hit the opposition benches Fianna Fáil suddenly develop an appetite for political reform, which is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to maintain the status quo and defend the political elite.Fianna Fáil is the party which has done the most to reinforce the perception of the Seanad as a hot house of cronyism. The system of Taoiseach’s nominees in particular during the Bertie Ahern era was used to promote close political allies and cronies rather than doing anything to bring more diversity into the political system. It may seem unbelievable but people have been nominated to the Seanad merely to secure parking and access to the Dail bar for life! Examples of these so-called weekend Senators include current Fianna Fáil General Secretary Sean Dorgan.For most people the Seanad is irrelevant. They have never had a vote in a Seanad election, nor has the Seanad had any impact on their daily lives and struggles. With an in-built government majority, because of the number of Taoiseach’s nominees, it rubber stamps government decisions. In the last two-and-a-half years, the Seanad has supported the government on every single occasion, including the introduction of the Property Tax, cuts to Disability Payments and the Promissory Note deal which is costing the tax payer €30 billion. Sinn Féin seeks to build a New Republic on this island based on equality for all citizens. We want to see an end to privilege and elitism, and to the cronyism and influence of vested interests that have so damaged politics in this country. Fairness, democracy and equality of citizenship demand that the current Seanad be abolished and I for one will certainly be voting yes on October 4th.Is mise le meas,Simon GillespieSinn Féin Republican YouthStranacorkra, Derrybeg,Co.DonegalVIEWPOINT: ‘ÓGRA FIANNA FÁIL ARE DEFENDERS OF GOMBEEN POLITICS’ was last modified: September 13th, 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:VIEWPOINT: ‘ÓGRA FIANNA FÁIL ARE DEFENDERS OF GOMBEEN POLITICS’last_img read more


first_imgGame of Thrones actor Ian Beattie pictured in Lizzie’s Diner, Dunfanaghy with Siubhan Ní Raghallaigh.Game of Thrones villain Meryn Trant, played by Northern Irish actor Ian Beattie, is enjoying his time off from the hit TV show – by holidaying with his family in the picturesque village of Dunfanaghy.The actor holidays frequently in the town and is understood to absolutely love the scenery and beaches in Dunfanaghy.It’s believed Beattie owns a holiday home in nearby Marble Hill. He is pictured above in Lizzie’s Diner where he ate lunch yesterday afternoon with his family and was spotted by locals who love the show. HBO programme Game of Thrones has captivated audiences all over the world and is regarded by many as one the best TV shows ever made.Beattie hasn’t featured a lot in Season Five of the show but he did reappear on our screens on Monday night.He plays the ghastly knight Meryn Trant, who is best known for helping Joffrey torture Sansa Stark and pretty much everybody else in King’s Landing.He was also the knight who showed up to take Arya Stark prisoner when Ned Stark was arrested. Her Braavosi sword instructor, the great Sirio Forel, saved her life then, but died at Trant’s hand.He returned to the show by visiting the city of Braavos in the show on Monday night and was as cruel and sadistic as ever.However, he was spotted by Arya Stark who has had him on her list of people to kill since she fled King’s Landing.The final episode of the Game of Thrones hits our screens next week so we won’t know Beattie’s fate until next week.When asked by locals does karma finally catch up with him he declined to answer and said you’ll just have to tune in and see. For now Beattie is enjoying his holidays in Dunfanaghy, but in the mythical land of Braavos the actor is in grave danger. 🙂‘SUMMER IS COMING’ – GAME OF THRONES STAR ON HOLIDAY IN SCENIC DONEGAL SEASIDE VILLAGE was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DunfanaghyEntertainmentFeaturesGame Of ThronesIan BeattieMeryn Trantnewslast_img read more

Arcata downs Ferndale in season-opening softball win

first_imgArcata>> As the sun decided to grace Humboldt County with its presence this week after a full winter of gray skies and relentless rain, local prep baseball and softball teams, which had multiple games cancelled and postponed to start the season, were able to finally get underway when the skies cleared on Tuesday. Boy, were they glad to be back.“To finally be able to get out here in the sunshine and get a game in was an awesome feeling,” said Arcata head coach Kristen Nouzovsky, whose team …last_img

NHL: San Jose Sharks-Colorado Avalanche series schedule

first_imgFollowing arguably the most exhilarating win in franchise history, the Sharks will start their second round playoff matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday at 7 p.m. at SAP Center, with games continuing every other day for however long the best-of-7 series lasts.Game 2 is Sunday in San Jose at 4:30 p.m. and games 3 and 4 will both be at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in Denver on April 30 and May 2, respectively. Start times for games 5, 6 and 7 will be determined at a later date if the …last_img

Coega secures R1.8bn investments in 2013/14

first_img16 May 2014The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape secured just over R1.8-billion in investments from 10 clients across a range of industries in 2013/14, it was reported on Thursday.Christopher Mashigo, business development executive manager at the Coega Development Corporation, said the IDZ’s growth over the past three years had been “beyond remarkable”, given the current investment climate.The 10 investors are:SAMRT (automotive) – R400-million invested.Qtech Moulding (automotive) – R23-million invested.Digistics SA (procurement and food) – R20-million pledged.ID Logistics (logistics) – R35-million invested.Afrox SA (chemicals) – R300-million invested.No. 1 Corporation (agro-processing) – R40-million pledged.ITPASA (manufacturing) – R30-million invested.Ulba Tantalum Africa (chemicals) – R200-million invested.Poweway/Sungrow JV – Inverters (renewable energy) – R127-million invested.Powerway/JA Solar JV (renewable energy) – R666.6-million invested.ITPASA and Powerway/JA Solar JV are already operational in the IDZ.“About 60% of these investments will be at some point of commencing or commissioning within this calendar year,” Mashigo said.“This means we are establishing a trend in the IDZ that new investors sign in one year and are on the ground in the next, as is case with some new IDZ investors, such as DCD Wind Towers, Famous Brands and Air Products.”The 10 new investors are expected to create over 900 jobs in the future, having already created 16 444 jobs in the last year.“The IDZ is becoming a springboard into the local and international retail sector, and talks to why we actually have IDZs in the first place,” Mashigo said.Source: read more