BOTH LaShawn Merritt of the United States and Grenada’s Kirani James have been dominating the men’s 400 metres for the past three years but Beijing 2015 could see a changing of the guard as South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk is a strong contender and could give that country its first major 400 metres title.Coming into the season all eyes were on the Merritt-James rivalry. James had won two global titles in a row, the Daegu World Championships in 2011 and the Olympic Games in 2012 and Merritt, the defending World champion, looked a cut above their rivals. However, things have changed significantly as this season there is more depth in the event.It is Botswana’s Isaac Makwala who is going into the championships as the number one athlete after his world leading 43.72 seconds at high altitude. Since then he has found the going very tough and it is unlikely he can trouble the top three.Merritt has not looked his usual self his season and has been beaten on a regular basis and if he hopes to retain his title he will have to improve on his season form and run much faster than his season’s best 44.36. He is a big occasion man, however, and could be waiting for the World Championships to show his class.destroying a strong fieldAfter winning his first major senior title four years ago, many experts thought then that the young James would have dominated for a long time to come and he underlined that a year later when he won at the London Olympic Games where an injured Merritt was absent. He started this season in fine style dominating the event with ease before running into Van Niekerk at the Paris Diamond League . The South African had shown at the New York meet earlier that he was on a mission after destroying a strong field to win impressively. Blessed also with good 200 metres speed the South African tracked James for the first 350 metres before running past him easily to win in an impressive personal and season best of 43.96 as James had to settle for second in 44.17.James who has a season best of 43.95 could have taken the South African a bit lightly and will know now that he could be his biggest danger and not Merritt and will want to set matters straight in Beijing. Despite being defeated by Niekerk he will still be the one to beat at the World Championships as, like Merritt, he has the experience of going the rounds at a big meet.While it looks like the medals will be shared among Niekerk, James and Merritt there are several athletes who are knocking on the door and these include the likes of young Stevon Gardener of the Bahamas who has been very consistent in the low 44 seconds, Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos of Dominica Republic who is peaking at the right time, Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Javon Francis who will carry Jamaica’s hopes in the event.MY TOP THREE: 1. Wade Van Niekerk (RSA), 2. Kirani James (Grenada), 3.Lashawn Meritt (USA).
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Former West Indies under-19 player Jeremy Solozano was leading a recovery by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force against Jamaica Scorpions at stumps on the first day of their rain affected third-round match in the Regional First Class Championship at the Queen’s Park oval yesterday.Solozano was unbeaten on 69 as Red Force rebounded from 69 for four to 145 for five at the close of play.His intelligent knock, during which he struck six fours, was the highlight for the hosts on an overcast day in which an entire session of play was lost because of rain.Only 57 overs were possible, 33 overs short of the target as rain which started during the lunch interval did not stop until after the scheduled tea break.Poor battingRed Force found themselves in deep trouble with poor shot selections, plunging to 48 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat.Kyle Hope scored 30 at the top of the order, but he was one of three batsmen who fell victim to Dave Bernard Jr who threatened to destroy the innings, taking three wickets for 25 runs.The Jamaicans dominated the morning session after Red Force lost their first wicket in only the second over of the day when opener Kjorn Ottley was bowled by Jason Dawes.Bernard Jr then teamed up with wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton to have the next three batsmen caught behind, Hope for 30, Narsingh Deonarine for three and Yannic Carriah for two.Yannick Ottley attempted to build a partnership with Solozano, but was interrupted by Marquino Mindley who trapped him lbw for 18.Bad light stopped play with Steven Katwaroo not out on 13 providing support to Solozano.Leeward Islands Hurricanes (24-7 dec) vs Windward Islands Volcanoes 104-5 1stday, 3rd roundWindward Islands Volcanoes, replying to Leeward Islands Hurricanes 24 for seven declared, were 104 for five at the close of the first day of their third round match in the Regional First Class Championship at Windsor Park.Scores:Leewards 24-7 declared (Mervyn Matthews 2-6, Kevin McCLean 2-2, Kenroy Peters 2-12) vs Windwards 104 for five (Tyrone Theophile 54 not out, Andre Fletcher 31; Alzarri Joseph 3-24)Windwards lead by 80 runs.Guyana Jaguars 170-2 vs Barbados Pride 1stday, 3rd roundGuyana Jaguars were 170 for two in their first innings against Barbados Pride at the close of the first day of their third round match in the Regional First Class Championship at the Guyana National Stadium here yesterday.Scores:Jaguars 170-2 (Leon Johnson 73 not out, Assad Fudadin 42, Vishal Singh 30 not out) vs Barbados Pride.ScoreboardRED FORCE 1st InningsK Ottley b Dawes 1J Solozano not out 69K Hope c Walton b Bernard jr 30N Deonarine c Walton b Bernard Jr. 3Y Carriah c Walton b Bernard Jr 2Y Ottley lbw b Mindley 18S Katwaroo not out 13To bat: Imran Khan, Marlon Richards, Kavesh Kantasingh, Daniel St.Clair.Extras (2lb 7nb) 9Total ( 5 wickets, 57 overs) 145Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-39, 3-48,4-62,5-104Bowling: Mindley 12-3-26-1, Dawes9-1-43-1, Bernard Jr. 14-2-25-3,Miller 19-5-43-0, Jacobs 3-1-6-0.Toss: Red Force.Umpires: J.Wilson, Leslie Reifer Jr.
Secretary of the Senate, Nanbolor Singbeh – Advertisement – Aggrieved workers at a Czech majority owned company, MHM Eko-Liberia, a legally registered company that deals in crushed rocks, has petitioned the Debt Court at the Temple of Justice to compel Nanborlor F. Singbeh, the company’s president and chairman of the board of directors, to pay their just salaries and benefits for 15 months in the amount of US$82,560.Singbeh, also secretary of the senate, jointly owned the company with two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky, who hold 35 percent each, while Singbeh is a 30-percent shareholder.Through their lawyer, Jimmy Saah Bombo, the workers filed the lawsuit against Singbeh on April 22, 2019, accusing him for “breaching the terms and conditions of the contractual agreement entered between the parties in 2013. Singbeh is the company only representative in the country.“In Seekie Town, Margibi County District #4 in 2013, the parties entered into a contractual agreement where the workers were to work for nine hours and above, which the company reportedly agreed to pay them their overtime in accordance with the labor law of Liberia,” the lawsuit claimed.Bombo’s suit continues, “in April, 2017, the employees received the last salary, and since then, Singbeh had refused to pay them from May, and including the filing of the lawsuit; Singbeh has remained indebted to the workers.”In trying to resolve the matter outside of the court, Cllr. Bombo claimed that his office wrote a letter, inviting Singbeh on April 17, through his lawyer to attend a conference on April 20, 2019 at their offices in Zayzay Community, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.“But defendant Singbeh has failed to honor the invitation, a situation that gives rise o the lawsuit,” Cllr. Bombo added.“Award the workers statutory interest per annual on the entire judgment commencing as of the date the defendant was indebted to the employees; and up to the settlement of the judgment, and award them 2 percent successful attorney fees as provided for by law,” the lawsuit declared.In the suit, the lawyer requested the court to rule “all the costs of these proceedings against defendant Singbeh, and grant unto the workers any other, and further relief, which the court may deem legal, just and equitable.”However, the Czech’s brothers had left the country on accusation that Singbeh misappropriated more than US$1 million, as well as several trucks, machines and equipment valued over US$1,500,000, and which the company’s majority shareholders had invested in its operations.That matter is pending before the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice, after the Czech brothers, the majority shareholders through their then lawyer, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean (now Minister of Justice) on October 18, 2017, instituted a lawsuit for “Derivative Suit for Audit and Accounting, and to turn-over the Affairs of the Corporation and Corporate Assets to the new management against defendant Singbeh.”He has denied the allegation as well as refused the majority shareholders appointed representative, Hans Armstrong, a British national.Flash back: Aggrieved workers stage protest against Singbeh at Capitol buildingIt can be recalled that on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the aggrieved employees, about 50 in number, staged a mini demonstration at the crowded entrance of the capitol building offices in demand of their alleged unpaid salaries.The protesters were claiming from Singbeh their 15 months unpaid salaries to the tone of US$US$82,560. At the protest, the aggrieved employees submitted two separate communications to Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie, and Senator Oscar A. Cooper of Margibi County, calling on them to intervene by prevailing on Singbeh to pay their just benefits.Up to present, however, the lawmakers are yet to respond to the communications. The April 2, 2019 protest was also joined by Mrs. Gartee G. Lorwoe, who claimed that Singbeh was indebted to her in the amount of US$20,000 as final payment of her five years ‘land rental fees.’Mrs. Lorwoe by then alleged that since 2013 when her late, husband James Lorwoe, was alive, Singbeh, serving as liaison for the company, paid US$5,000 to him as initial payment. Since 2013, according to Mrs. Lorwoe, Mr. Singbeh has not paid any other money to the family.Mrs. Lorwoe alleged that the Mr. Singbeh, acting as liaison between the family and the Corporation, told the family that the management of the Corporation agreed to pay the amount of US$5,000 annually to the late Lorwoe.Since his death, she said, Singbeh and the Corporation have reneged to implement the lease agreement that put her land rental debt to US$20,000 of which Singbeh has refused to settle.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) is now furnished with surveillance equipment to analyse video evidence, compliments of the Justice Education Society (JES), a Canada-based Non-GovernmentalA representative from JES handing over one piece of the forensic video equipment to Head of the Forensic Lab, Delon France on Thursday at the Public Security Ministry as other officials, including subject Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, look onOrganisation (NGO).The equipment and software were handed over to the Public Security Ministry on Thursday by officials from JES, which is funded by the Canadian Government through its Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said the equipment is crucial not only in solving serious crimes, but also in traffic matters. He disclosed that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is already using the equipment, which has been instrumental in the probe of last Saturday’s grenade attack on Kaieteur News Publisher, Glenn Lall.The Minister pointed out that the use of the equipment would not have been effective without the training which was conducted by JES.“A lot of people don’t understand that what is required is analysis and competent people to understand how to do the analysis of these video clippings that we find whenever crimes are committed, and how you go through the process of magnifying that and what to look for,” he stated.Ramjattan noted that such acquired expertise was used in relation to the Kaieteur News probe, hence the arrest of the six suspects and one car being detained.Furthermore, the Public Security Minister outlined that these pieces of equipment will also prove to be beneficial to the Force as Guyana is working on rolling out its ‘Smart City’ project, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Chargé d’Affaires of the Canadian High Commission, Daniel Joly, noted that the donation is being made as part of the Canada’s efforts to strengthen the criminal justice system in Guyana.“The forensic video equipment that we are handing over to you today, Minister, used specialist appropriately trained by the JES programme, will enable officers to hone in and better analyse video footage being gathered all around Georgetown and that will certainly aid in Police investigations,” he stated.He noted that his Government is committed to promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law by strengthening the professionalism and accountability of law enforcement agencies.“Our capacity building efforts in Guyana, and elsewhere, are helping criminal justice systems to be responsive, both to the needs and concerns of citizens… already, we are seeing results. Techniques learned on JES training courses have contributed to the successful investigation of several cases; in some instances, in cases that have been opened for years,” he stated.Meanwhile, Police Commission (Ag), David Ramnarine in brief remarks recognised the impact the JES project has had thus far on the Force’s ability to carry out its duties.“The contributions of the Justice Education Society – a wonderful, pleasant, approachable, dedicated group of individuals with their Guyanese counterparts – would have impacted significantly on our ability to investigate serious crimes, there is no doubt about it,” he stated.Ramnarine stressed too that recent successes in solving crimes is also credited to the current batch of dedicated and academically qualified ranks in the Force’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who takes pride in their work.In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Forensic Lab, JES will be monitoring the proper use of the equipment and will provide a report to the financiers as required.This inventory will be done every six months and at the closure of the project.The goal of the JES project is to develop the technical capacity of local Police, Police Prosecutors, State Prosecutors and Magistrates to collect, analyse and present forensic evidence as a means of decreasing impunity rates.
April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week and was first designated as such on a national level in 1974 when President Nixon signed an executive order establishing the third week in April as an annual celebration of volunteering. Today’s volunteer opportunity: Pasadena Museum of History. The Pasadena Museum of History was founded in 1924 as the Pasadena Historical Society, with goals of preserving and educating the public about the history of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Since 1970, the museum has been headquartered on 2.1 acres of the Fenyes Estate, a cultural landmark listed on both the National and California Registers of Historic Places. That was the year that Mrs. Fenyes’ daughter, Leonora Muse Curtin, and her family donated the mansion and gardens, complete with original furnishings and artwork, to the museum. The mansion was built in 1906 by Robert D. Farquhar with a two-story addition in 1911 by Sylvanus Marston. The mansion was the site of the Finnish Consulate during Y.A. “George” Paloheimo’s 17-year tenure in that post (1947-1964). The other historic structures are the Curtin House, a French-style residence designed in 1915 by Marston, and the Finnish Folk Art Museum, designed by Frederick Roehrig and adapted by Consul Paloheimo for use as a sauna/guest house. The Web site says of volunteerism at the museum: “We offer our volunteers a unique opportunity to utilize their skills, interests and enthusiasm. We match assignments with the volunteer’s available time and interests. Many of our volunteers are professionals in their own fields, others are anxious to explore new fields and learn new skills. Volunteers also enjoy the opportunity to make new friends who share their interests.” Jeannette Bovard, media consultant, spoke of the opportunities offered to volunteers. “Our mission is to teach by hands-on experience,” she said. Possible volunteer choices are in the research library and archives, in the various collections (including everything from textiles to vintage photos, with school programs or tours, in the speakers’ bureau, with special events, docent tours, or even participating in the upkeep of the garden and grounds. There is a “Junior Docent” program where seventh- and eighth-graders are trained to lead an interactive tour of the Fenyes Mansion for fourth-graders. There will be a quilt exhibition in May. Planning for such seasonal activities starts a year in advance and often involves vintage reproductions. There will be a prospective volunteers information reception from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. The meeting will spotlight the varied opportunities available for those interested in volunteering. For information and reservations, call Diane Siegel, (626) 577-1660, Ext. 20. There is a paperwork application and some duties, such a being a docent, have fairly lengthy training classes. Other volunteer choices are directly trained by their selected departments. www.pasadenahistory.org. Send information about your organization to email@example.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THIS is the ‘crazy’ pastime at a Donegal resort which has been branded ‘stupid’ by water safety experts.A teenage boy runs to the edge of a cliff in Portsalon – and then jumps in. And those behind the new craze were so happy about it, they posted it on YouTube (video above).Last night the RNLI condemned the practice, saying those behind it are putting their lives at risk.The incident comes just over a week after a teenage boy from Derry – Sean McNair – drowned after jumping into the water off Rathmullan.DDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL CLIFF DIVING BRANDED ‘STUPID’ was last modified: July 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:cliff divingPortsalon
MOTORISTS are being told to slow down due to sleet and snow falling in parts of Donegal.Tonight in Ballybofey, Stranorlar and Letterkenny there as been heavy showers of sleet and snow – most falling as sleet. There have been reports of it lying on roads in places leading to slippery roads.Drivers are being warned to slow down and keep their distance from other vehicles on the road between Derry and Letterkenny N13 and on the Barnesmore gap. The N15 tonight has been described as been treacherous after heavy showers of sleet.* Kenneth McDonagh, Donegal Weather Channel. DRIVERS WARNED AS WINTRY SHOWERS LEAVE ROADS SLIPPY was last modified: January 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegal weatherroads warningssleetsnow
Former Republic of Ireland star Shay Given will be offering his experience and advice, when he attends Donegal’s training session in Ballybofey tonight. Shay Given will be on hand, to offer his experience to the Donegal senior team when he attends their training session in Ballybofey tonight.The Aston Villa shot-stopper has been invited to attend the training session, at the request of Donegal boss Jim McGuinness.Given, 38, is currently on holidays back home in Lifford, he will return to Birmingham next month for pre-season training with Aston Villa. Given was an interested spectator at the Ulster SFC quarter-final between Donegal and Celtic Park last Sunday afternoon, and took to twitter to express his delight at the victory.Given posted a picture of the scoreboard at the final whistle, and told his followers “Great win, well done Donegal.”Given and McGuinness have met several times before and have struck up a good rapport with each other.Given said, “I have spoken to Jim McGuinness a few times and he wanted me to go up training this week, so I think I will go tonight. “I’ll not really to do any coaching or hard work with the Donegal keepers, it’s really just a case of mingling with the players, having a chat and seeing if there is anything I can help with.“They’re training tonight in MacCumhaill Park and Jim has asked me to go, so hopefully it will happen.“I am quite good friends with Pat Shovelin, the goalkeeping coach, so I have an idea of what’s going on in the Donegal squad.Given expressed his admiration for McGuinness, who has delivered two Ulster SFC titles and an All-Ireland title with a county that was starved of success before he took over in 2011.“What Jim has done with Donegal is only phenomenal and it was great to be there at the Derry game on Sunday. “Jim gave the players a great team talk as they came out for the second half all fired up and won the game well, a great start to the Championship.“Jim has had some stick from certain quarters, especially in parts of the media, but what he has done for Gaelic in Donegal is exceptional, stressed Given.“The fitness levels, the commitment, the way the players look after themselves off the pitch, the way they can play different systems, so much of that is down to Jim and coaches across the country are looking up to him.Second choice Donegal goalkeeper Michael Boyle played Senior football with Finn Harps a few years back, while current Donegal U21 goalkeeper Joe Coll is a former Manchester United trainee. SHAY GIVEN TO OFFER HIS EXPERIENCE TO THE DONEGAL SENIOR COUNTY SQUAD was last modified: May 28th, 2014 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:Aston VilladonegalHome-page SportJim McGuinnessnewsShay GivenTrainign
Donegal TD and Government Minister Joe McHugh has announced €884,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes for the County.The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.The scheme will also support improvements in private roads that lead to public amenities such as beaches and lakes and will see 4,841 square kilometres of road improvements in Donegal. Government Chief Whip McHugh said: “I am delighted to announce that €884,000 funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Donegal.“I have been in constant communication with my Ministerial colleagues on the importance of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Ireland.“The Government hasn’t been in a position to adequately fund the LIS scheme for the last number of years, but we made a commitment in the Programme for a Partnership Government that we would reinstate the scheme.“I am delighted to now be in a positon to honour that commitment. The scheme will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and will be delivered through Donegal County Council. “For people who live in rural areas like Donegal road connectivity is hugely important.“The ability of people to access their own premises, a farmyard or a neighbour’s house is compromised when roads are in a bad state of repair.For emergency services, too, bad road surfaces can lead to delays in accessing sites and can damage their vehicles.“An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring have announced the Government is providing a total of €10 million to fund this scheme across the country. I want to thank the Taoiseach and Minister Ring for the allocation being made to Donegal.“This will be combined with a small contribution from householders (10-15% of total costs) and Local Authorities, and will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many local roads all over Ireland. “The re-introduction of the LIS is an important part of the delivery of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. One of the Pillars of the Action Plan focuses on improving rural infrastructure and connectivity.“The Government’s vision for rural Ireland is very simple when it comes down to it – We want rural Ireland to be a better place in which to live and work by creating new opportunities, improving connectivity between rural and urban areas, and by protecting and enhancing services in the community.“We want to offer the opportunity for young people to have access to good-quality jobs so that they can continue to live in rural Ireland if they so choose. And the Action Plan for Rural Development provides the framework to achieve this.”· The Local Improvement Scheme will be funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development and will be delivered through the Local Authorities. · Donegal County Council submitted a funding request of €1,000,000. The Government has committed today to €884,000 – more than 88 per cent of the funding requested.· In terms of funding being provided, Donegal received the third highest, behind Galway (€1,000,000 funding against a request for €1,300,000) and Cork (€942,000 against a request for €1.1M)McHugh announces €884,000 for local improvement schemes for Donegal was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 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:donegalimprovement grantsMinister McHugh
An alert has been raised after a giant Lion’s Mane jellyfish was spotted in the water near a popular Donegal beach. The dangerous jellyfish appeared near sea caves today at Marble Hill, which is a busy beach area for families and recreational watersports.There has been a rise in local sightings of the creatures this summer, while several swimmers were hospitalised in Galway after being stung. Lion’s Mane Jellyfish at Marble Hill caves, 19th July 2018The lion’s mane has a powerful sting in its tentacles which can cause severe pain and anaphylactic shock.A sting from a Lion’s Mane jellyfish can cause nausea, sweating, cramps, headaches and other symptoms.If you have been stung, the HSE advice is to remove yourself from the water / vicinity of the jellyfish and seek help and advice from lifeguards if you are on a lifeguarded beach.Try to carefully remove any attached tentacles by flushing the sting area with sea water and removing tentacles with gloved hands, clean stick, tweezers, or scraping gently with the edge of a credit card. Don’t try to rub them off. If serious symptoms occur, seek medical attention. More informaton is available at : https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/water/bathing/jellyfish-in-irish-coastal-waters.html Dangerous Lion’s Mane jellyfish spotted near Donegal beach was last modified: July 19th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:beachjellyfishLion’s ManeMarble Hill