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Boxing returns with pro-am card

By on January 20, 2020

first_imgBoxing returns to the local scene at 8 o’clock tonight with a seven-bout pro-am card at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road in St Andrew. Five of the bouts will be amateur contests, with Jamaica going up against The Cayman Islands. The other two will be six-round professional bouts featuring Jamaican boxers Sakima Mullings and Jermaine Bowen going up against foreign opponents over six rounds each. The Jamaica Boxing Board is promoting the amateur section of the card, while two new promoters, I-Fight Promotions and Creative Sports, will be in charge of the professional bouts. The sponsors are Usain Bolt Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports, and Stonleigh Coffee. The feature bout will be between Jamaican crowd favourite Sakima Mullings and Courtney McCleave from the United States, while Jamaican Jermaine Bowen goes up against Trinidadian Sheldon Lawrence. Mullings, who is the 2014 Contender Welterweight champion, has an impressive 18-2 record. He should have been fighting a boxer from The Bahamas, but this was cancelled because it was reported that this boxer suffered severe personal losses during Hurricane Matthew and could not keep the fight date. McCleave who agreed to the fight on short notice, has a 1-4 record, but this has not dampened his enthusiasm, and he is hoping to play the role of giant killer. Bowen, who is a dogged fighter, has been inactive for over a year and takes a one win and three losses record into his fight with Lawrence, who has had five fights and won them all inside the distance. The five amateur bouts on the card will see Jamaican boxers going up against their counterparts from Cayman in the first half of an exchange programme. In the first bout, Jamaicans Samuel Grant and Collel Hogg will exchange punches. There will be a female novice bout between Keron Thomas from Jamaica and Cayman’s Chambria Dalhouse. Daniel Hylton will go up against Cayman’s Alexander Smith, and Ricardo Carter, Jamaica’s outstanding lightweight boxer, goes up against promising Eduardo Montalvo. The curtain will come down on the evening with hard-hitting Jamaican Alando Lewis taking on Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks in a light heavyweight contest that is expected to be the highlight of the programme. JAMAICA VS CAYMANlast_img read more

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An election gimmick gone horribly wrong

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,The Board of the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI), led by Dr Surendra Singh, has proposed a hike in the tolls paid to use the Berbice River Bridge. It is a very steep rise in the tolls, which, according to the latest report, is due to commence on November 12, 2018, the very day set for Local Government Elections.Immediately there was a train of events that followed: the pro-People’s National Congress electronic media in Guyana began churning out the propaganda news of the evils of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and their corrupt arrangement in regard to that bridge. I even got a call from my PNC friend, who parroted the same sentiments.My response was: when the PPP/C ran the affairs of that bridge, there was no hue and cry, absolutely no problems whatsoever. However, the problems began only when this PNC-led administration came to power, and no one ever asked that sane question ‘Why?’ I told my PNC friend that that alone should have set the alarm bells ringing in his head, far less the gullible press.But to those who are out to vilify the PPP/C, those questions are of no consequence; only spread the propaganda filth far and wide, sow discord and confusion at a time when elections are due.So the desired effect is already in the air, or at least so they thought: create panic among Berbicians – a place where the Alliance for Change (AFC) gained most of its votes. Put the people on a panic alert, so that they can run back into the arms of a party that fooled them stupid, and when they got into office, hung them out to dry.The AFC is trying its utmost to scare Berbicians stone cold with that steep rise. It is trying another shot at this to scare Berbicians into believing that it is really the PPP/C who is responsible for that steep, precipitous rise in tolls, all because the PPP had engineered a corrupt deal with shareholders of the bridge.The propaganda theory is that Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP had brokered a corrupt transaction with the expressed design to fleece Berbicians of millions of hard earned dollars, and the results of that underhand deal are only at this time materialising.That ruse has backfired on the AFC, in that the Chairman of the BBCI is an AFC supporter, so why sabotage his own Government? It is not a situation that Persaud is an ex-AFC man, no; he is a current member of that party, which Minister Patterson is the Minister in Government.So are we to believe that Dr Persaud wants to embarrass his fellow party buddy? Absolutely not! Persaud is in collusion with the minister, spreading the scare tactic, after which the minister himself would come riding into town like the knight in shining armour to rescue Berbicians.But we are seeing them through and through with that trick, and I can tell them it will not work. Their theory is that the minister comes in and says he would not assent to a rise in tolls; he would have so “earned” the badge of Berbice’s saviour. We will not be fooled into submission again.You would recall Ramjattan and Nagamootoo telling Berbicians at the AFC campaign rallies that categorically it was the PPP/C who was about to close the sugar estates, and they would never do such a terrible thing? Well, that strategy did work, because it had made significant inroads into a major PPP/C stronghold to garner votes. So why not try it again?The scare tactic worked then to cause them to get into Parliament and into bed with the PNC/A Partnership for National Unity, so the logical thing to do is go that route again.But wait, something went wrong with that theory of theirs, because at the assumption of office, the AFC forgot what they told Berbicians of the non-closure of estates and blatantly and unashamedly closed the sugar estates in Berbice, forcing nearly 11,000 workers out of a decent living.That was the naked truth, and Berbicians cannot forget that. In fact, to date, they have not been paid their severance. So the AFC is back into the pandemonium politics game in Berbice to get votes. However, I can assure them it will not work this time around. Go take your foolish sh&@%y game somewhere else, I would advise those AFC comrades.There will be no rise in tolls; and even if there were, the Opposition PPP General Secretary stated emphatically – and he does not lie – the PPP/C will change it.This APNU/AFC cabal thinks Berbicians are stupid. When you can so clumsily put the proposed hike on the same day of Local Government Elections, then it becomes pellucidly clear what your hidden agenda is. The AFC is out to gather votes with another scare tactic, and that stinks to the high heavens. They have just given themselves away.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Veep Boakai to Captain GoL against Civil Society-PUL

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe sport journalist who told the Daily Observer sports desk yesterday that the Ministry of Health’s Emergency Ambulance Service (if there is one) should be gearing up for its greatest assignment was looking at the impending soccer and kickball games at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium this Saturday and Sunday.The reason could be that oldtimers and others would be in action to sell to the fans what they are capable of doing on the soccer and kickball field. And in the course of the games there can be no argument that some bones would demand urgent attention and Dr. Bernice Dahn could supervise a rescue operation.The games, involving soccer and kickball will see the presence of Arsenal’s premier Liberia supporter, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai leading the soccer side and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf leading the kickball side.While Veep Boakai will descend on the field wearing the captain’s band, President Sirleaf would play a dual role as coach and player, which will no way threaten National Coach James Salinsa Debbah’s job, since the President is involved in kickball.Besides the hilarious nature of the two games, Assistant Minister for Sports Murvee Gray told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are other games as part of Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary.So who are the rest of the soccer players for GOL? Here they are: deputy captain Armah Jallah (Pro Tempore), Finance Minister Boima Kamara, (who is described as supersonic) Rep. Saah Joseph, Neto Z. Lighe (Labor Minister), Rep. Lester Paye (Bong County District #4), and Rep. Eugene F. Kparkar (District #1 Lofa County) and Justice Francis Korkpor.The rest are Henry B. Yonton, (Deputy Minister of Sports), Cole Bangalu (GSA), Nyan Twayan (National Social Security) and Saar N’tow (Minister of Sports).Who are on the line-up for the kickball game? Besides the coach player, the captain is Julia Duncan Cassell (Gender Ministry), deputy skipper Geraldine Doe Sherrif (Senator) who was a star striker for the erstwhile Sinkor Lioness FC, assistant captain is Jackie Capehart, and Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood is part of the selection. Many kickball fans want to see how the former beauty queen would run to first, second and third bases during the match.Others are Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie, Justice Sienneh Youh, Marthaline Dagoseh, Rep. Mariama Fofana, LTA’s Angelique Weeks, LRA’s Elfreida Tamba, Dorothy Smith (Youth & Sports), among others.On Sunday, July 25, Minister Gray said there will be a street soccer match between At Risk Youth (Sogos) on Mechlin and Randall Streets in Monrovia that will involve twelve players each with six players each on the field.Minister Gray added that there will also be Amputee Team A versus Amputee Team B.He also said the objective of the games, besides the independence ceremony, is to enhance peace and reconciliation. The GOL team is a combination of members of the Legislature, Judiciary and the Executive branches of government.Until press time yesterday, the line-up of Civil-Society/PUL was not available but information indicates that they would be honoring the games with the best old timer players available, with PUL president Abdulai Kamara playing at the defense to deny Veep Boakai any chance to experiment any of his Arsenal’s tactics on Civil Society-PUL.“We encourage all to come and see action and what is missing in good football and kickball,” Minister Gray said.FixtureGame 1: Amputee Team A vs. Amputee Team B 11am ATSGame 2: GOL vs. Civil Society/PUL in kickball at 1pmGame 3: GOL vs. Civil Society/PUL in soccer at 3pmSunday FixtureAt Risk Youth (Zokos) Team A vs. At Risk Youth (Zokos) Team B on Mechlin and Randall Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Early Childhood Development Centre commissioned

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgThe Finance Ministry on Saturday handed over the Early Childhood Development Centre located at Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD), to the Social Protection Ministry.The building, which was constructed through a partnership with the Finance Ministry and the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), is intended to provide the children in Leonora and other neighbouring communities with learning spaces.As part of the project, a total of 64 youths were also trained in relation to the standards that are set out by childcare facilities before the building was handed over. Some of these persons will be employed at the facility to manage and take care of the children.Representative of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA), Zalaika Williams, who was present at the commissioning ceremony, related that the building and other aspects of the project were successfully completed via collaborative efforts between the Agency and the organisations involved.“The Early Childhood Development Services Unit has supported BNTF from the initial stage of this project through our personnel, who provide the necessary guidance and training of potential staff, in order to achieve standards outlined in the regulations which govern all childcare facilities,” she said.Williams further addressed the trainees, who were participants of the training programme, urging them to utilise the skills that they would have acquired to assist in the management of the new Centre.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who commissioned the Centre, noted that it was a structure geared towards a sustainable approach towards the continuation of quality development at an early age.“This project was conceived with two goals in mind; to create comprehensive learning spaces for children of the community from infancy to the age of five and secondly, to train and generate job opportunities for youth,” the Minister indicated.“We’re trying to ensure that children from zero to five get the kind of attention, get the kind of care and they’re exposed to the kind of early education that will feed their minds and that they will grow up to be excellent sons and daughters of this soil,” he further stated.The introduction of the new building and its facilities will provide quality resources for early childcare development, as well as employment for those who were engaged in the training exercises. Two other centres were recently commissioned – one in Ithaca, Berbice and another in Anns Grove, East Coast Demerara.last_img read more

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Snowfall warning issued for B.C. Peace

By on January 11, 2020

first_img5:23 AM PDT Friday 20 March 2015Snowfall warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverSnowfall, with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.Snow will begin falling this afternoon with the heaviest snowfall rates overnight. Total accumulated snowfall amounts are expected to reach 15 cm near the mountains and slightly lesser amounts near Fort St. John. Snow should ease early Saturday morning.- Advertisement -Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/Snowfall Warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected.Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Seeing double as identical twins play football for Russia

By on January 10, 2020

first_img“We gave the new players a chance to show their worth in matches with teams that have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals,” Cherchesov told journalists after friendlies with South Korea and Iran.“(Mario) Fernandes, (Konstantin) Rausch and the Miranchuk twins looked impressive with their club sides this season and we needed to test them in the national squad.“That helped us to finalise the pool of the candidates into our World Cup squad.”The country’s football chief Vitaly Mutko hailed the brothers from the southern Krasnodar region as part of a new generation of dedicated players, a much welcome boost after a dreadful Euro 2016 campaign.Players such as the Miranchuks are “highly motivated” and “have a completely different attitude to football”, Mutko stressed. “It’s a generation of professionals.”The twins meanwhile said their invitation to the national side had done wonders for their confidence.“It was incredibly motivating for us when we got the call up to the national squad,” Anton Miranchuk, who made his senior Russia debut in October’s 4-2 win over South Korea, told AFP.The 22-year-old Miranchuk siblings appeared together in the national squad for the first time last month after manager Stanislav Cherchesov rewarded their solid performances for Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV“I just couldn’t put my feelings into words.”“Of course it’s a great responsibility,” his brother Alexei, who earned the first of his 12 international caps in 2015, added.“When you join the national squad, it’s a new experience, new feelings and new opportunities. It’s cool.”– Cossack character –The players’ mother Yelena Miranchuk said the family traces its origins back to the Cossacks, independent horsemen forces who guarded Tsarist Russia’s borders.She told Russian television she believes this gave her sons their active and uncompromising nature.The brothers started out training with the Olympus club of their native town of Slavyansk-on-Kuban in their home region.After a couple of years, Spartak Moscow invited the boys to join their football academy.They came to Moscow with their mother, a trained teacher who got a job at their school’s boarding house.“It was non-negotiable that our mum came with us,” Anton said.“She’s the head of our family — she has always been with us, she has watched and supported us the whole time,” Alexei added.“Things might have gone differently without her keeping an eye on us.”After the Miranchuk brothers turned 16, Spartak released them for not being physically strong enough, forcing them to join Lokomotiv’s academy.Their natural talent soon shone through and they became integral members of Lokomotiv’s youth squad, winning three consecutive Russian titles.Alexei then made his debut in the Russian Premier League in 2013 but Anton was made to wait before getting his chance.Anton was sent on loan to Estonian high-flyers Levadia Tallinn for the 2016 campaign, during which he scored 15 goals in 33 matches.That form abroad earned him a brief cameo alongside his brother for Lokomotiv at the end of the last season, before thrusting him into a regular role this term.– ‘Spiritual connection’ –But the separation was hard, Anton admitted.“We’ve been together since we were born. I feel a constant spiritual connection with my brother and I feel I miss him after just a couple of days apart.“But I don’t regret my secondment to Estonia. It was very useful to get regular match practice and experience. It helped me a lot to win a place in Lokomotiv’s line-up when I came back.”His brother Alexei naturally agreed.“For me it was really hard to play and to progress without my brother,” he added. “But now I feel that this parting was for the best.“Now everything has got back to normal and I feel we’re both ready to go up to the next level.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lokomotiv Moscow’s midfielders Anton Miranchuk (L) and Aleksey Miranchuk © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 7 – Opponents of Russia’s national side can be forgiven for confusion as they face two identical players: twin brothers Anton and Alexei Miranchuk.The 22-year-old Miranchuk siblings appeared together in the national squad for the first time last month after manager Stanislav Cherchesov rewarded their solid performances for Russian league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow.last_img read more

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wary of ‘wounded’ Chelsea ahead of Premier League clash

By on December 30, 2019

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side not to underestimate a ‘wounded’ Chelsea, insisting the Blues’ recent troubles will not make the clash any easier for the Reds.The defending Premier League champions are currently 15th in the table, having lost five of their opening ten matches of the season.Their dreadful form has seen manager Jose Mourinho come under increasing pressure with some erratic behaviour to match his team’s inconsistent results.But Klopp is not falling for the ‘club in crisis’ talk and is wary of the threat they face in Saturday’s visit to Stamford Bridge.“Chelsea is not easy,” the German said. “Do the Chelsea players not know any more how to play football? No, of course not.“They had brilliant moments in the games before, but they didn’t win often enough.“Like last year you know how Chelsea play: very good defence, very good structure and then big individual quality to finish individual situations.“You can talk about Diego Costa, Willian, Oscar, Ramires, Nemanja Matic – all these guys are great players with Gary Cahill and John Terry.“I am not sure it is easier to play Chelsea now than last year – why should it be?“Okay, being full of self-confidence maybe makes some things different, but to be wounded can make you stronger too.“They don’t feel life is as good as it could be and now they want to change it and that is big motivation.“But we are motivated too. We have to try something, we have to play – that is what I am looking forward to as it is my first time in the stadium.“We have to respect the quality of what Chelsea do. It is difficult to play against them but it is not impossible to win.” 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

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STRANORLAR TO HONOUR ONE OF ITS MOST FAMOUS DAUGHTERS

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgFrances BrowneStranorlar is to honour one of its most famous daughters this year. It’s the bicentennial of the birth of claimed poet and novelist, Frances Browne who is perhaps best remembered for her collection of short stories for children Granny’s Wonderful Chair.A meeting will now be held in the Balor Arts Centre tonight (SAT), January 16 at 7pm to look at ways of marking the occasion. Interest in her work and life has been growing steadily and indeed a number of short years ago the local Stranorlar Town Action Group (STAG) erected a bronze statue in her honour when it developed ‘The Pound’ amenity park at the edge of town.But just who was Frances Browne? She was born in Stranorlar on January 16, 1816 the seventh child in a family of twelve children. She was born to the first Postmaster in the town Stranorlar Samuel Browne. He was also the local emigration agent for some of the shipping lines to Australia and America.She was blind from infancy as a consequence of an attack of smallpox when she was only 18 months old. In 1841, her first poems were published in the Irish Penny Journal and in the London Athenauem. One of those included in the Irish Penny Journal was the beautiful lyric, ‘Songs of Our Land’ which can be found in many anthologies of Irish patriotic verse.She published a complete volume of poems in 1844, and a second volume in 1847. The provincial newspapers, especially the Belfast-based Northern Whig reprinted many of her poems and she became widely known as ‘The Blind Poetess of Ulster’. In 1845 she made her first contribution to the popular magazine Chambers’s Journal and she wrote for this journal for the next 25 years. The first short story that she had published in the Journal was entitled, ‘The Lost New Year’s Gift’. It appeared in March 1845 and tells the tragic tale of a poor dressmaker in London. It displays Frances Browne’s fine abilities as a storyteller. She also contributed many short stories to magazines that had a largely female readership. For example, in the 1850s she made a number of contributions to the ‘Ladies’ Companion’, a magazine read by many well-to-do women of the Victorian era. Stories contributed to this magazine included the very amusing ‘Mrs Sloper’s Swan’ and an eerie tale set in Co.Fermanagh called ‘The Botheration of Ballymore’.The Stranorlar Town Action Group (STAG) with a statue of Frances Browne which was unveiled in the town.In 1847, she left Donegal for Edinburgh with one of her sisters as her reader and amanuensis. She quickly established herself in literary circles, and wrote essays, reviews, stories, and poems, in spite of health problems. In 1852, she moved to London, where she wrote her first novel, My Share of the World (1861). Her most famous work, Granny’s Wonderful Chair, was published in 1856 and it is still in print to this day. It is a richly imaginative book of fairy stories and has been translated into many languages.It was also in 1856 that her third volume of poetry appeared – Pictures and Songs of Home. It is a slim volume of poems directed at very young children and contains beautiful illustrations. As the title suggests the poems focus on her childhood experiences in County Donegal and they are very evocative of the Donegal countryside. After her move to London she wrote for the Religious Tract Society making many contributions to their periodicals The Leisure Hour and The Sunday at Home.One of these was ‘1776: a tale of the American War of Independence’ which was printed in The Leisure Hour on the centenary of that event in 1876. As well as describing some of the revolutionary events it is also a touching love story and is beautifully illustrated. Her last piece of writing was a poem called ‘The Children’s Day’ which appeared in ‘The Sunday at Home’ in 1879. She died on August 21, 1879, at 19 St John’s Grove in Richmond-upon-Thames, and was buried in the town cemetery on 25 August 1879.STRANORLAR TO HONOUR ONE OF ITS MOST FAMOUS DAUGHTERS was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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:donegalFrances browneStranorlarlast_img read more

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QUIZ: WIN TWO TICKETS TO TOMORROW’S ULSTER CLASH BETWEEN DONEGAL & MONAGHAN

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgDonegal Daily are giving away two match tickets to the Ulster semi-final clash between Donegal and Monaghan.Last week, the two teams battled for 70+ minutes but they couldn’t be separated when the referee blew the full time whistle after a late equailiser from in form Conor McManus.The ball throws in between these two giants of Ulster football at 7pm in Breffni Park, Cavan in what will be another classic and Donegal Daily are giving you the chance to be there. Simply like our Facebook page, comment your score and share to be in with a chance of winning these 2 match tickets i.e. you don’t need to get all the questions correct to win the prize.Have a go at Donegal Daily’s quiz about Donegal GAA and you could be heading for Cavan on Saturday to hopefully see Donegal overcome rivals Monaghan.[os-widget path=”/dd92/how-well-do-you-know-donegal-gaa” of=”dd92″ comments=”false” width=”600″]QUIZ: WIN TWO TICKETS TO TOMORROW’S ULSTER CLASH BETWEEN DONEGAL & MONAGHAN was last modified: June 30th, 2016 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:2 match ticketsdonegal daily quizDonegal GAAgiveawaylast_img read more

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