The 18th staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run will bring New Kingston alive this morning when more than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair participants will turn out in support of the event’s 2016 charities: Jamaica Cancer Society, Black River Hospital’s Paediatric Unit and children with cancer across the island.The 5K road race has maintained its focus to unite Jamaicans to raise funds for one cause – charity. While numerous child and health-care facilities have benefited from over $160 million raised in its history, the 2016 charities have seen the largest monetary target yet – $50m.”We continue to welcome donations as we must ensure that the beneficiaries receive the necessary and life saving equipment and supplies,” Ingrid Card, vice-president of group marketing at Sagicor, said ahead of today’s event.Competitors will participate in a 6:45 a.m. warm-up session in Emancipation Park with Karelle Ashley of Jamfit, while comedian Elva Ruddock will take the reins on Knutsford Boulevard at the start line. A 7:27 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. start time has been set for wheelchair and run categories, respectively. The walk segment will commence approximately 15 minutes after.Participants have been urged to plan to arrive in New Kingston, well ahead of the 7:30 a.m. start time to avoid road closures as well as to park and warm up for what is now largest road race in the Caribbean.
Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Dudley McKinley Thomas was on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 commissioned as Liberia’s Ambassador accredited near Beijing with a commitment to further strengthening economic and political ties between Liberia and the People’s Republic of China.Speaking at a well attended commissioning ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Thomas said the Peoples Republic of China has emerged on the global stage as an economic and political giant.Ambassador Thomas praised China for engaging Africa, including Liberia, in its development drive through strong partnership and supporting African positions on global issues in various international fora. “My mission is to further strengthen the new foreign policy thrust of economic and development diplomacy during my tour of duty in China”, Ambassador Thomas remarked.He then lauded China’s support in the achievements of Liberia’s developmental goals which are evident by wide spread Chinese establishments and initiatives in Liberia, particularly under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose personal diplomacy has successfully restored the country’s battered image. The Liberian diplomat noted that Liberia is once again regarded as a responsible member of the international community.“Liberia’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China has been fruitful and rewarding…….which President Sirleaf attaches great importance to”, Ambassador Thomas added.Ambassador Thomas expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in his ability to undertake the challenging assignment of serving not only as her personal representative, but also as Ambassador of Liberia to the PRC, a country with approximately 1.4 billion people.While acknowledging his long diplomatic service, Ambassador Thomas expressed his honor and deep humility to take on his new assignment, stating that whatever success he achieved during his over 16 years in the Foreign Service in Brussels, Belgium as Commercial Counselor and Ambassador can be attributed to the Almighty’s favor and gracious mercy which he said had provided him with wisdom during the challenging time of his career. Speaking earlier Acting Foreign Minister Ambassador Sylvester M. Grigsby, who on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administered the oath of office as he acted on behalf of Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, paid special tribute to the honoree, describing him as one of Liberia’s seasoned credible and productive diplomats who represented Liberia’s interest at all levels, especially during his ten years’ assignment as Liberian Ambassador near Paris, France. .“He served in Paris for about ten years very creditably and very productively; that as an ambassador when you have your Head-of-State visit your jurisdiction, it is a crowning moment and Ambassador Thomas had several crowning moments during his tenure in Paris and each time the President visited him, he proved more fruitful and more productive; so due to his excellent performances, it was not by chance that the President decided to transfer him to China as our ambassador in that great country”, Minister Grigsby remarked.The Acting Foreign Minister then expressed his optimism over Ambassador Thomas’ skills that would lead to more fruitful dynamic relations with the People’s Republic of China.“We know that while you were in Paris, you kept a very cordial relationship with your counterpart here in Monrovia, the French Ambassador and I understand that you already started to establish links with the Chinese Embassy here; so that bodes well for coordination and cooperation. So we do expect, I don’t think it is an empty expectation that this relation will become much more enriched by your presence in the mission”, Ambassador. Grigsby averred.The ceremony was attended by high profiled Liberian Government Officials including Dr. Edward McClain, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Acting Chair of the Cabinet, the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Zhang Yue, Amb. George W. Wallace, Sr., Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs, Former Chief of Protocol Ambassador Eddie Dunn and Amb. Marcus Kofa, Senior Ambassador-At-Large, amongst others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Sirleaf breaks ground for a modern clinic in Towon Town, Suehn Mecca DistrictA Promise FulfilledPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken ground for the construction of a modern clinic at the River Bank in Towon Town, Suehn, Mecca District, Bomi County. She commended the River Bank Women for their resilience and commitment in working to bring the clinic project to fulfillment.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement at the ground breaking which she chose to attend instead of the Unity Party’s formal launching in Monrovia last Saturday.The President thanked the legislature for the cooperation in support of development projects in Liberia. She noted the persistence of the River Bank Women in ensuring the realization of the project. She termed the project as a great relief to the people, especially of River Bank and adjoining communities in the district.Paying tribute to former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf who accompanied her for the grounding-breaking ceremony, she described him as an honest and trustworthy person who anyone can rely on.The head of the River Bank Women’s Association, Madam Maimi Dargbeh, commended President Sirleaf for a promise fulfilled.In separate remarks, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown and Senator Sando Johnson praised President Sirleaf for her continued development initiatives and engagement with the people of Bomi County.The ceremony was attended by Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin; Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis N. Kateh; former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf – also a son of Bomi; J E. Goll, District Superintendent; citizens and well-wishers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Juventus fans waited to get their first glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo in the flesh at Villar Perosa, on August 12, 2018. © AFP / Isabella BonottoVILLAR PEROSA, Italy, Aug 12 – Juventus fans will get their first look at superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the famous black and white stripes when he makes his debut on Sunday in an intimate alpine setting.Juventus fans have been waiting just over a month to see Ronaldo in action since he shocked the world by leaving European champions Real Madrid, where he had just won his third straight Champions League, and signing for the Italian champions in a 100 million euro ($117 million) deal. After arriving in Italy at the end of his post-World Cup holidays, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner trained at Juve’s Continassa facility while the majority of the team took part in the International Champions Cup in the United States.Ronaldo will make his first appearance for the Serie A champions at 1700 (1500 GMT), when he takes part of one of Italian football’s most curious traditions.Villar Perosa, 50 kilometres southwest of Turin and at the foot of the Italian Alps, has been swamped with Juve supporters desperate to try and catch a glimpse of their new idol, with chants of “Ronaldo, bring us the Champions” (League) ringing out around the town.The approximately 5,000 tickets available at the tiny Gaetano Scirea ground for the annual match between Juve’s first XI and a “B” team have long-since sold out and the town’s bars and restaurants were heaving with fans, while at the packed ground those lucky enough to have tickets roared themselves hoarse as Ronaldo made his way into the rudimentary dressing rooms.Massimo Savelli from near Siena, some 450 kilometres to the south east, got up at 0600 to be in Villar Perosa for this match with three friends.He was at both the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, when Ronaldo scored a brace as Real Madrid hammered Juve 4-1, and in Madrid last season when the Portuguese slotted the last-gasp penalty that knocked Juve out in the quarter finals.“With the arrival of Ronaldo our expectations are higher for the Champions League. He’s won the last three,” said Savelli.– ‘Global interest’ –Around 600 police officers and 200 hundred stewards have been employed for the match and the town is ringed by roadblocks making sure those who enter are either locals or have match tickets.Meanwhile major daily Corriere Della Sera says that such is the global media interest that there will be a journalist for every 80 of the town’s inhabitants.Set in a valley at the foot of the Italian Alps, Villar Perosa (population: roughly 4,100) is the home of the family estate and summer retreat of the powerful Agnelli family, who bought what is nicknamed “The Castle” in the mid-19th century and established the annual alpine curtain raiser in the town.Such was the dominance of the family — founders of Fiat and owners of Juventus since 1923, give or take a few years around the Second World War — over Villar Perosa that deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was mayor between 1945 and 1980.Cesare Bertoncello, from Turin, was pointed out to AFP by security as being the first person to get to the barriers separating Via Nazionale from the ground, at 0900 (0700 GMT).“I’ve been coming here since I was 12 years old back in the 1960s, when (Gianni) Agnelli would arrive here in a helicopter,” he said.“I’m always happy to come here and I hope it brings us good luck like it has in the past.– Euro glory –Established custom dictates that five minutes after half-time fans invade the pitch, bringing the game to a halt as supporters charge after and greet their heroes, and people are keen to get up close and personal with their new idol Ronaldo, who looked in typically good shape upon his arrival.“I’d like to get on the pitch and greet him, but just seeing him live in a Juve kit is enough for me,” added Savelli.Italian and Spanish media report that Real Madrid and Juventus’ club doctors found that the 33-year-old’s strict training and diet routine — the subject of many of his Instagram posts — mean he still has the physical capability of someone 10 years his junior.His monk-like devotion to his body has kept it in the sort of condition that Juve fans hope will bring them European glory.“For me the Champions League remains the dream and I hope that Ronaldo can help us with that objective,” said Luca Del Vecchio, who is in his “mid-20s”.“But at the end of the day it’s a whole team that wins you that trophy, not one player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
That created an opportunity for Griffen, who became the first USC true freshman to start an opener on the defensive line since Tim Ryan in 1986 against Illinois. He was the first true freshman to start on the defensive line since Shaun Cody did so in 2001 against Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Also not mentioned was the fact that Griffen did not record a tackle, while Moore had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and a deflected pass. Thomas redshirts Cornerback Kevin Thomas’ season is over before it started. Thomas said Monday night he will redshirt because his shoulder feels “tight” following offseason surgery and is not strong enough to play. “I’m just trying to get it better,” Thomas said. The move probably helps USC from a depth standpoint because Thomas will have two years of eligibility left and he no longer will be in the same class as cornerbacks Josh Pinkard and Cary Harris. Keep it simple There’s been plenty of fan criticism over USC’s play calling against Idaho, but offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said he intentionally ran a simplified offense against Idaho. But his motivation was not to confuse future opponent Nebraska. “We had a game plan where a lot of young guys needed to play and we didn’t want them to have to think a whole lot,” Sarkisian said. “(Center) Kris O’Dowd, (wide receiver) David Ausberry, (tailback) Joe McKnight, (fullback) Stanley Havili, (tailback) Stafon Johnson, just to name a few. All those guys played their first games or got their first significant playing time. “We just wanted to give the young guys a chance. We got to see guys in front of live bullets.” Sarkisian said the play calling will be more complex for Nebraska. “We’ll have a nice game plan,” he said. Injury report Pinkard participated in a light practice but said he is day-to-day because of a bone bruise in his knee. It is not the same knee which underwent reconstructive surgery last season. He does not know if he will play against Nebraska. Linebacker Brian Cushing (sprained ankle) said he is able to put pressure on his ankle and thinks he can return to practice next week. “I definitely think I can play,” he said. Wide receiver Patrick Turner (shoulder stinger) said he will be able to play against Nebraska. Tailback Marc Tyler (ankle) was cleared to practice and said he should be able to participate in full contact this week. “My footwork was rusty,” Tyler said. “But I felt real good. It better feel good.” Tyler said USC coaches have not spoken to him about redshirting. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC announced Tuesday that defensive end Everson Griffen became the first true freshman in 21 years to start at the position in a season opener. What was not announced was the reason Griffen started. According to sources, junior defensive end Kyle Moore was late to a team meeting, and thus, scratched from the starting lineup.
Check out this stunning solo strike from Justin Kluivert, the son of Champions League winner Patrick, for Ajax’s B1 side.The 16-year-old shows that class is perhaps hereditary with this wonderful finish against PSV, and he even pulled off a familiar celebration at the end of the clip.Check out the goal in the video above!
Mario Gotze has compared his experiences with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, claiming the Manchester City boss lacks empathy while Klopp was like a ‘footballing father’ to him.The winger emerged as a star playing under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund before he moved to Bayern Munich in 2013. 1 Gotze suffered mixed fortunes under Guardiola at Bayern and returned to Dortmund three years later, admitting he regretted leaving the club in the first place.And now, in the in the DANZ documentary ‘Being Mario Gotze’, it is clear which manager ranks higher in his estimation.He said: “I had the feeling that [Guardiola] thinks only the pitch and leaves out the people and the outside. The empathy was not that big.“It was not easy for me [under Pep], just because I came from Kloppo, who was like a footballing father.“Pep was completely different. A world-class coach needs empathy, every athlete is also human and you should combine both.“I’m still in touch with Jurgen. He taught me everything about professional football.“At that time, I was just 17 and coming up from the youth team. He introduced me to everything. He let me play.”Gotze even hinted that a possible reunion with the Liverpool manager could be on the cards after revealing the Reds tried to sign him in 2016.The 26-year-old was left out of the Germany squad for the World Cup, despite scoring the winner in the 2014 final, and could be looking for a fresh start after an injury-plagued last two years.He added: “Klopp was interested in getting me to Liverpool. And I was also interested in working with him again.“It’s still existing. He is a world-class coach and that’s why it’s always an option. I decided to join Dortmund, but it was not a decision against Liverpool or Klopp. But on the contrary.”
One of the strongest earthquakes to occur in the world this year has been recorded by a seismometer in Co Donegal.The quake in Pakistan was felt throughout Ireland, according to the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN).Tom Blake, INSN Director confirmed that a earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck at 12.29PM (Irish time) today (Tuesday, 24 September 2013), 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan. “This potentially damaging earthquake occurred in a remote region of Pakistan but was felt throughout the region, as far away as New Delhi in India,” stated Mr. Blake, who is also Head of the National Data Centre at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).The earthquake was also recorded by INSN seismometers at Inch in Donegal as well as Dublin, Kerry, Wexford and Galway.Mr. Blake explained that seismometers are so sensitive that they can easily pick up strong seismic activity on the other side of the world.“The Earth is a dynamic planet and susceptible to behaving in a more elastic fashion that one might think. An earthquake has the same effect on the Earth as a pebble does when dropped into a pool,” he added. The DIAS began modern seismic recordings in 1978. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) now features six permanent stations in Dublin, Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Wexford. 2013 marks 20 years since the beginning of digital seismic recording of the INSN. For more see www.dias.ie. HUGE PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 24th, 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:donegalearthquakeInchPakistan
“She’s like a wall,” Griffith said of Dydek. “She sits right there in the paint, so when you get a jump shot, you’ve got to have confidence and knock the shot down.” Nykesha Sales led the Sun with 23 points. Her 3-pointer with 1:26 left in the game pulled Connecticut to within three, 66-63. The Sun had a chance to tie it on its next possession, but Whalen missed a wide-open 3-point attempt from the right wing and the Monarchs hit 3 of 4 from the line to ice the game. “I think we lost our composure,” Douglas said. “Their defensive intensity is tremendous the entire 40 minutes. They never really relax. It’s something that we’re going to face the rest of the series, so we better get used to it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Monarchs outscored Connecticut 38-26 in the paint. Griffith’s 25 points are the fifth-highest single-game total in WNBA Finals history. “She’s got that will right now to go and try to win a championship like everybody else and you can see how possessed she is at playing,” Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. The home crowd got into it early when Lindsay Whalen was announced for the starting lineup for Connecticut. The star point guard broke a bone in her left knee during the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday and was questionable for this series. The 8,200 fans erupted when Whalen ran onto the floor through bright orange jets of fire. However, Griffith had the strong shooting touch in the end. The league’s leading offensive rebounder, Griffith shot 11 for 17, mostly on inside and second-chance buckets, and finished with a team-high nine rebounds. The Monarchs’ defensive pressure forced the Sun into 15 turnovers. Matched up most of the game against Connecticut’s 7-foot-2 center Margo Dydek, Griffith time and again shot over Dydek’s long reach or beat her on the baseline. UNCASVILLE, Conn. — It’s taken Yolanda Griffith seven years to reach the WNBA Finals, and her debut was a splashy one. Griffith scored 25 points and dominated inside as the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Connecticut Sun 69-65 in the opener of the best-of-five series. With her career winding down, the 35-year-old forward knows this could be her last shot at the title. “Nothing in life is guaranteed and I’ve been preaching that from day one,” Griffith said. “We’re here this year, but we can finish last next year.” The Monarchs lost both regular-season meetings but used a strong inside game, anchored by Griffith, and relentless defense to hand Connecticut a rare home loss. The Sun, making its second consecutive appearance in the finals, had lost only three games this season at the Mohegan Sun Arena coming in. Game 2 is tonight in Connecticut.
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 44th-ranked Drake men’s tennis team came back from an early deficit to pull off the upset over No. 26 Oregon, 4-3, on Monday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.After having a 10 day break from competition, the Bulldogs came out slow and the Ducks took advantage of the sluggish start and won the doubles point.Drake got back into a rhythm in singles as, sophomore Ben Stride cruised past Ethan Young-Smith, winning 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot to tie the match up at one. The Ducks regained the lead with a victory on court three. Senior Ben Lott earned a big break before holding his serve to defeat No. 96 Daan Maasland, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot, and tied the match up at two.”What a great effort from Ben (Lott) today, picking up a nationally ranked win. He is a guy that the team looks too and when he is winning and playing well the guys know we are in good shape,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski said.Oregon took the lead for the final time of the day by earning a win on court five, but sophomore Calum MacGeoch tied the match up at three with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Jayson Amos at No. 4.The decisive match point came down to court two between a pair of freshmen, DU’s Vinny Gillespie and UO’s Thomas Laurent. Laurent managed to take the first set 7-5, but Gillespie bounced back and dominated the second set, winning 6-1. In the third set, Gillespie earned a break early but Laurent broke back to take a 5-4 lead. Gillespie came right back and broke Laurent’s serve and then served out for the match, winning 7-5 and clinched the match for the Bulldogs.Drake heads to the Lone Star State on Saturday and will square off against No. 40 Rice and No. 9 Texas Tech in Houston. The Bulldogs wrap up their weekend on Sunday against No. 74 William & Mary at noon.#44 Drake 4, #26 Oregon 3Mar 22, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. #94 Maasland, Daan (UO) 6-4, 6-42. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Laurent, Thomas (UO) 5-7, 6-1, 7-53. Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Philips, Bayo (DU) 6-4, 6-34. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Amos, Jayson (UO) 6-3, 7-55. Clissold, Cormac (UO) def. Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6, 6-16. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Young-Smith, Ethan (UO) 6-2, 6-1 Doubles competition1. Lott, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) vs. #20 Amos, Jayson/Soemarno, Armando (UO) 2-5, unfinished2. Maasland, Daan/Stevens, Simon (UO) def. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 6-23. Clissold, Cormac/Laurent, Thomas (UO) def. Philips, Bayo/Stride, Ben (DU) 6-2 Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,1,5,4,2)Print Friendly Version