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first_imgBEIJING, China:Seven years ago, Jamaican 800 metres athlete Natoya Goule, then a student at Manchester High School, was invited to the 2008 Olympic Games as an Olympic youth ambassador.Goule has returned to the Chinese city – this time as national champion and as Jamaica’s leading athlete in the event at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.Goule, who relived her experiences during the 2008 Olympic Games as she witnessed dominating performance after dominating performance from her countrymen, says she was influenced to get more focused in her event and is now eager to make her own mark in the Bird’s Nest.”After coming here and seeing all the Jamaicans doing so well here in the Bird’s Nest at the Olympics in 2008, I was really driven to try and qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. That didn’t happen, but I know with God’s help, I will make it next year. But coming back to the same place, I’m just looking forward to running on the track. I’m looking forward to it,” an elated Goule told The Gleaner.”I’m physically fit and I feel like I’m ready to go out there and run. I just need to focus and run my race and not focus on others,” added Goule, whose winning time of 1:59.63 at the National Senior Championships was the fastest she had ever registered.She credits her improvements to the added international exposure she enjoyed competing at the IAAF World Relays in the 4x800m in The Bahamas, as well as at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.ADDED CONFIDENCE”I think competing with other 800m runners at that level has given me added confidence, so it’s really exciting, and all these international meets and championships have been preparing me for times like these. I have been praying really hard about it and my training will speak for itself on the track,” said Goule, who has won six of her nine races this year, even though she has only broken the two-minute mark once. “I know that a lot of persons won’t expect much from me, but I’m hoping to prove them wrong.”Her coach, Mark Elliott, a Jamaican who also coaches at Clemson University, believes she will do well once she paces herself well during her competition, while noting that the objective is to get her into the final.”Honestly, her progress is good, but expectation-wise I’d say she is still trying to learn to run at this level. It’s a process, but I’m more comfortable with her preparation now than in the past,” Elliott said.”She just needs to distribute her race. I think she is in shape to run at the top level. [I think] 1:59 is great, but I also think she is in better shape than that, honestly. It shows in practice; it’s now about applying that in the race,” added Elliott. “Take each round and do whatever it takes to make the final. That’s our objective.”andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

first_imgJamaica’s Under-17 footballers secured their place in the CONCACAF Finals and a place in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Championship semi-finals after beating hosts Trinidad and Tobago 3-2 in their final CFU Group A match at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Tuesday night.The Andrew Edwards-coached team went 2-0 up in the first half with strikes from Raewin Senior (13th) and Nicque Daley (35th).However, the young Reggae Boyz allowed their eternal rivals back into the contest with second-half goals from Niom Lamy (47th) and Jayden Prowell (57th). But Senior secured all three points for the Jamaicans and broke Trinidadian hearts with his second of the evening after 74 minutes.The result means Jamaica finished their group with seven points from three games, the same as Haiti, who brushed aside Bermuda 5-0 to top the group with a better goal difference.Jamaica beat Bermuda 6-2 in their opening game, then drew 0-0 with the Haitians in their second match, before ending the preliminaries with their narrow 3-2 win over the hosts.The Jamaicans will face Group B winners Cuba in one semi-final tomorrow, while Haiti take on Curacao in the other game.last_img read more

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing its appreciation for the men in uniform, the PBA will honor the valiant soldiers who fought in the Marawi insurgency on Wednesday.Twenty-five soldiers were invited to watch Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at Philippine Arena on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments LATEST STORIES Ravena-led crew rules Draft Combine mini-tournament Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The league will honor the heroes, who brought back peace to the war-torn town, at  halftime.The troops are expected to be part of another capacity crowd in Bocaue, Bulacan where the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSunday’s Game 5 set the biggest crowd in PBA Finals history, attracting 36,445 fans in the world’s largest indoor arena. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rivalry paused as Perez joins Bolick’s trek to pro league After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Game 5 was played in spurts with both teams falling to droughts, and Magnolia survived a long spell in the third quarter that had the Hotshots losing a 13-point halftime lead.After opening up a 74-66 lead with 4:55 left and looking like clear winners, the Hotshots fell into another scoring drought because of the unforgiving Alaska defense as the Aces came roaring back to take a 76-74 advantage going into the final 1:15 after a Kevin Racal floater.And just when the Aces had the chance to put it away with a 3-on-1 break and Lee the only Hotshot on the defensive end, the former Rookie of the Year somehow forced the 6-foot-6 Jake Pascual to miss the layup before finding Ian Sangalang in transition for a three-point play that gave Magnolia a 77-76 lead with 18.7 left.Mike Harris, who carried the Aces in the third quarter rally together with Simon Enciso, gave Alaska the lead for the last time at 78-77 with two free throws off Rafi Reavis.“What a basketball game,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “They beat us to loose balls and that is something that cannot happen. Had we gotten to some of those loose balls, we could have won that game.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Magnolia’s Mark Barroca drives past Alaska’s Kevin Racal in their game Friday night. —AUGUST DELA CRUZIt came a game late, but Paul Lee’s valedictory speech of a performance got Magnolia back in the groove and put the PBA Governors’ Cup title within reach of the Hotshots.Lee literally did everything in the waning seconds of Game 5 on Friday night—including shedding tears of joy on center court—after leading Magnolia to a 79-78 victory over Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven title series.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Struggling the entire Finals, Lee knocked down the marginal corner jumper with 1.3 seconds left that capped a string of heroic plays inside the last 30 seconds for the Hotshots, who also snapped a two-game losing streak and can close it all out on Wednesday when play goes to Ynares Center in Antipolo.And Lee, who was named the Best Player of the Conference a game ago where he played sloppily, was emotional on the way back to the bench after Alaska called for time to try and salvage the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“[It’s because] I have been struggling [offensively] the whole series,” Lee said in Filipino. “The Lord is very good. I can’t ask for anything more.”“I am very happy but not contented,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero said. “We have to stay humble.” 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe oldest referral hospital in Nimba County, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH) is said to be on the brink of collapse, due to what the management claimed is the shortage of drugs and other supplies.The associate administrator of the Hospital, Mr. Patrick Martor, told this paper that presently, the hospital is facing an acute shortage of drugs and neither has a vehicle—nor an ambulance to enhance operations at the hospital.He disclosed that the government had stopped all subsidies to the hospital since last June, as the hospital was a faith-based organization.He added that what the hospital is currently receiving from the government is what is referred to as “Legislative Support:” about US$100,000 annually. One-half of this was given last year; the other is yet to come.“The monthly budget for running this hospital is about US$90,000, which includes, salary, fuel, drugs, among others things,” he said.Due to the shortage of drugs at the hospital, people are seen around in pharmacies and drug stores, buying drug to be taken to the hospital to treat their sick relatives.“I am going to find drug stores around Ganta for my sick daughter; she has been hospitalized in this hospital for the past week,” said a young lady.“We were given slips with a listing of medicines to buy so I have to rush,” she added.What happens when it is a holiday or hours during which all of the drug stores are closed? “We then leave everything to God or wait until daybreak or when the stores open.”There had been no film for the x–ray machine in the hospital for the past two weeks.Mr. Patrick Martor: “We used to buy film for cheap, but now the price has gone up and we do not have enough funding. So when we finish the few we have left in stock, we have to look for funding to get some more.”The salary payment is the key problem the management of GUMH has been faced with since October last year. This is something that brought a ‘go-slow’ among workers after their salaries had not been paid up to mid-November.The Ganta United Methodist Hospital is one of the busiest referral hospitals in Nimba where patients from all around Nimba and even beyond are brought, despite the shortage of drugs and other needed facilities.When health workers strike last year, most of the critical patients in Bong County were referred to Ganta for treatment.The financial constraint the hospital faces is creating hardship for citizens who have their loved one at the hospital where all fees have gone up.“Fees here are so hard, it takes a lot of money to keep someone here for days; there is no blood, the fees for drips and blood bags have all gone up. We need help,” said a caretaker from the adult ward.The hospital, with employees of about 256, is struggling to cope with the many challenges it faces serving the people.Meanwhile, Mr. Patrick Martor is calling on the citizens, including, the government to support the hospital fully in every sector saying, “This hospital is no different from Tappita or  Sanniquellie’s hospitals that are receiving adequate funding from government; if they are forced to close because of funding it would be to the detriment of all Ganta’s  citizens.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSHARM El-SHEIK, Egypt – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Thursday with her Syrian counterpart in the first high-level diplomatic contact between Washington and Damascus in more than two years. The 30-minute meeting with Syria’s foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, came in the middle of two days of international talks on Iraq in which the Bush administration is seeking the help of Iraq’s neighbors, and countries around the world, to quell the violence there and relieve Iraq’s enormous debt. To that end, Rice also tried to speak with her counterpart from Iran, a country that the United States has no diplomatic relations with and that it has sought to isolate and contain. Rice had planned to approach Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki of Iran at dinner to ask that Iran stop providing Shiite militias in Iraq with weaponry to attack U.S. troops, State Department officials said. But he left the dinner, held by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt, before Rice arrived – and apparently before eating. At the day’s luncheon, attended by diplomats from 60 countries, Rice and Mottaki did exchange pleasantries. Rice’s decision to meet with the Syrian foreign minister and seek out the Iranian seemed to confirm a significant, if unstated, change in approach for the Bush White House to handling relations in the Middle East, analysts throughout the region said. Washington is asking for help, even from foes it has spurned in the past. Under pressure from its Arab allies, the Bush administration has slowly edged away from its position that talking can only be a reward for what it considers good behavior. Rice’s talk with Moallem, though short, was substantive. She asked that Syria, with its porous border with Iraq, do more to restrict the flow of foreign fighters. Bush administration officials noted afterward that Syrian intercession may already be happening; in the past month, they said, there has been a drop in the number of foreign fighters traveling over the Syrian border into Iraq. Rice characterized her meeting with Moallem as “professional,” adding, “I didn’t lecture him, and he didn’t lecture me.” Moallem, for his part, said he hoped that the meeting was the start of something more. He asked that the United States return its ambassador to Syria; the most recent ambassador, Margaret Scobey, was withdrawn in 2005 after the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Syria, which had troops in Lebanon at the time, has been implicated in the assassination but has denied involvement. What was also telling was what was not discussed. Syrian officials said Rice did not raise the issue of the Hariri killing or the plans to form an international tribunal to hear evidence in the case, which Syria strongly opposes. “We hope the Americans are serious because we in Damascus are serious about improving relations with America,” Moallem said. Rice gave him a noncommittal reply. The United States, which considers Syria a state sponsor of terrorism, has struggled to isolate Syria as a strategy to change it. The White House in April sharply criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria’s capital, Damascus, and meeting with President Bashar Assad, even going so far as calling the trip “bad behavior,” in the words of Vice President Dick Cheney. Less than a month later, Rice walked through the cavernous hallways of a conference center in this desert resort town and into the “Sun” room to sit down with Moallem. After the meeting, Moallem was mobbed by reporters and camera crews, while Rice quickly escaped to her hotel.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

first_imgThe weekly food fair at the Letterkenny Craft and Design Studio has already become a huge success despite being open only a few weeks.And today there is a sweet end to the week for all visitors.That’s because the studio’s artisan food fair has a chocolate theme. The design studio will have all its usual items on display from 10am until 5.30pm but from 11am to 2pm, the emphasis will be on food!Chef Martin Anderson will be showing shoppers how to bake the perfect Christmas Biscuit Cake and lots more.For those of you who haven’t been to the studio, it’s on Joe Bonnar Road which is just off the Polestar Roundabout on the way into Letterkenny.See you there for a ‘sweet’ start to the weekend.  A CRAFTY END TO THE WEEK FOR THE SWEET-TOOTHED! was last modified: November 8th, 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:Letterkenny Craft and Design Studiolast_img read more

first_imgRory Gallagher will be happy with how an experimental Donegal side played against Galway on Monday night.Rory Gallagher quickly got Sunday’s disappointing showing against Monaghan out of the system when an experimental Donegal side defeated Galway on Monday night.Donegal were utterly underwhelming at O’Donnell Park on Sunday afternoon and were caught cold by an ultra-defensive Monaghan side.With teams adopting defensive systems it wasn’t a game for the purist and many of 6,000 strong attendance were left feeling short changed after a dour affair. Monaghan prevailed and earned two precious league points and Donegal’s game versus Kerry now takes on added significance.However, Gallagher took a Donegal side to Galway on Monday evening and will be delighted with the performance of several of his players.Eoin McHugh, Darrach O’Connor, Ryan Malley, Colm McFadden, Martin McElhinney and Hugh McFadden all featured for Donegal.The game was the complete opposite of Sunday’s Allianz National League clash as a rampant Donegal notched up 3-17. Colm McFadden was particularly impressive and reminded Gallagher he still has plenty to offer at inter-county level.It gives Gallagher plenty of food for thought ahead of their long sojourn to Kerry this weekend.Some of the players that impressed in Monday’s clash will be hoping they can force their way into Gallagher’s plans on Sunday.DONEGAL HEAD TO KERRY BUOYANT AFTER CHALLENGE GAME VICTORY OVER TRIBESMEN was last modified: March 12th, 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:GAAnewsSportlast_img read more

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland star Shay Given officially opened the superb new facilities at Drumoghill FC.A Finn Harps XI defeated Drumoghill FC 3-1 in an entertaining clash at The Moss. Nathan Boyle, Garbhan Friel and Gary McGuigan scored the goals for Harps.Given was full of praise for the club volunteers who have worked tirelessly for years to ensure the superb facilities came to fruition at Drumoghill.Given said, “Everybody involved in this project deserves great credit and the facilities are superb.“It takes a huge amount of work and effort to ensure a project like this gets completed and it must be satisfying to all of those who have worked for years to make sure the club got these new facilities. “I wish the club every success in the future, and I hope they do well in the league but not when they’re playing Lifford Celtic.Pictures by North-West Newspix. IRELAND STAR SHAY GIVEN OFFICIALLY OPENS SUPERB NEW PITCH AT DRUMOGHILL FC – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: July 6th, 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:Drumoghill FCFinn Harps FCnewspicture specialsoccerSportlast_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government will this year take help from the Special Task Force and local intelligence agencies to keep an eye on the ‘education mafia’ in a bid to clamp down on cheating in the State Board examinations.The objective is “copying-free examinations” and preventing the education mafia from doing mischief, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said. “The police are on the job and those taking contracts for ensuring copying in examinations centres will land in jail,” he said.The U.P. Board examination for Classes X and XII starts on February 6 and will continue till March 12. A total of 66,37,018 students have registered to appear in this year’s exam — 36,55,691 for Class X and 29,81,327 for Class XII.Last year, 1,862 students were caught cheating; the overall pass percentage for Class X was recorded at 81.18 and 82.62 for Class XII.Mr. Sharma said the government has taken the help of the STF and local intelligence agents in doing away with education centres infamous for mass cheating. Examinations centres have come down from over 12,000 to 8,500.It has also been ensured that the centres have enough space to accommodate students and adequate facilities. “Copying mafias have been identified. Local education officers have also been asked to take help of help of local intelligence during examinations to keep an eye on their activities,” Mr. Sharma said.The government has made it mandatory for examination centres to have CCTV cameras, he said.The Deputy Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolio of the Secondary Education Department, said the government has made its stand clear — no unfair means would be tolerated and anyone found copying or promoting it would be dealt with strictly.“We have studied all the possible ways and means of unfair means during the examinations. Those appearing in an exam impersonating someone else or involved in changing answer sheets before they reach evaluation centres will not be able to do so. Effective measures have been taken,” Mr. Sharma said.The measures to prevent cheating include frisking students before they enter the examination halls, dividing centres in sectors, appointing administrative officers as sector magistrates and issuing prohibitory orders within 100 metres of the centre.last_img read more