Rio 2016: Jaguar in Amazon torch relay shot dead

first_imgThe female jaguar escaped its handlers after the ceremony on Monday and attacked a soldier, a spokesman said.Four tranquiliser darts failed to stop it and a soldier shot it with a pistol.Organisers for the Rio Games said it had been a mistake to exhibit the Olympic torch next to a chained wild animal.University of Brasilia animal behaviour scientist Joao Paulo Castro told BBC Brasil that it was likely the animal escaped because it got stressed during the relay.”It’s neither healthy nor advisable to subject an animal to such a situation, with lots of noise and people,” he said.”Often, jaguars already are stressed by being kept in captivity, that’s only compounded when they’re exposed to hubbub.”Animal rights groups have condemned the killing, with some questioning why the animal was involved in the Olympic event.”When will we learn? Wild animals held captive and forced to do things that are frightening, sometimes painful, and always unnatural are ticking time bombs,” Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in a statement.The animal called Juma was being kept at a zoo attached to a military jungle training camp.It was rescued as a cub by soldiers after its mother died in the jungle and was brought up at the camp, the military said.Jaguars seized from hunters are sometimes kept as mascots by jungle battalions and shown at military parades.An investigation into the jaguar’s death will now be carried out by the military.The Olympic torch is relayed through Brazil leading up to the August opening ceremony.last_img read more

Graham for Coach of the Year?

first_imgComing from a respected practitioner in the discipline, Tuesday, November 10 is Coaches Day. Foster’s Fairplay will not contest the revelation, given that it fits squarely in a plan, conceptualised post-Beijing World Championships. No less a person than Jamaica’s technical leader to Beijing, Maurice Wilson, has made a powerful call. The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sport’s track and field boss and former Holmwood Technical High School long-serving title-winning coach has cited Lennox Graham for the title Coach of the Year. Graham has exported himself to the USA collegiate system and continues his life’s trade out of the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), a predominantly black institution in the belly of Charlotte, North Carolina. Given his ambitions, he might well have something even more stunning to roll out, but, to date, his athlete Danielle Williams’ surprise golden success in Beijing, sits supreme Wilson’s choice may not be cast in concrete, but it is embraced and endorsed by this columnist. Graham, who once coached purple-clad athletes, is now in charge of a team where navy blue and white stand out – a point to be noted. Foster’s Fairplay wanted to hear, not necessarily about that statistic which explains itself, but his Beijing experience. He explains: “This was my third assignment as coach on a World Championships team, previously assigned in Daegu (2011) and Moscow (2013). The experiences were awesome, as I consider it a honour to serve one’s country in any capacity. “Prior to my first call, it was never an expectation. It was more staying in a state of readiness. I was more focused on producing athletes who could compete well at the highest level.” About the Williams phenomenon in Beijing: “Danielle’s performance was definitely phenomenal. I firmly believe that God knows the end before the beginning, and all we have to do is have faith supported by actions. “The 100m hurdles field was very strong and we did not set our eyes on a final position. We wanted to make it to the final and get a personal best. The hope was that that approach would keep the focus in our lane and nowhere else.” What made the Queen’s School graduate so special? Special attributes “Danielle is a very willing athlete. She is a fierce competitor and she loves to race and to win. She is not similarly motivated at the thought of practice. From the beginning of the season, we agreed on the technical improvements that were necessary and so it was not difficult to gain buy-in. We had struggles like all other relationships, but I refused to let her quit or become mentally defeated.” Concerning his choice of overseas extension to his role in the sport and the ensuing challenges, Graham said: “I was blessed to be given an opportunity at Johnson C. Smith University to touch young lives in a positive way. “I wanted to continue what I started as a coach at Kingston College and Convent of Mercy Alpha, assisting young men/women achieve their career goals, utilising their God-given talents. JCSU was looking for a coach in 2007 and I interviewed on their campus and loved it. The facilities were great and underutilised, [there was] no recent top-level success in track and field and they needed a head coach. I interviewed with then President Dr Dorothy Cowser-Yancy and was very impressed with her demeanour and her vision.” With regard to recruitment strategy, given the current thrust to professionalism, he opined: “I am able to recruit Jamaican talent, but it is adversely affected by the number of students who are trying to be part of the local club system. Of course, there is also the school of thought that student athletes are overworked and burnt out in all colleges in the USA collegiate system. I will not join a debate on that subject, but prefer to just keep working positively with the student athletes that come under my influence.” Continue your advance, Coach Graham. – For feedback: email lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

The World’s First and Second Oldest Living Persons Are Liberians:

first_imgA special souvenir program honoring a distinguished Liberian tailor and country cloth designer of Kolahun District, Lofa County, was held on Sunday June 19, 2016 in Monrovia. The program marked the 132nd birth anniversary of Alhaji Muana Kamara, which means that Alhaji Muana (which in Mende means “We are here) Kamara is the world’s second oldest living human being. The first, according to The Inquirer, a Liberian daily, is Madam Klayonoh Bleorplue of Nimba and Grand Gedeh, Over 150 years old.The Internet records the oldest living person as Madam Misao Okawa of Japan, who turns 117 years old today, June 22, 2016. The world’s fourth oldest person is Madam Susannah Mushaft Jones, an African American from Brooklyn, New York, who is 116 and 311 days. Alhaji Kamara was born on May 27, 1884, during the administration of the 11th President of Liberia, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson. He was President from January 1884-1892. Alhaji Kamara was born four months after President Johnson took the oath office.The old man, Alhaji Kamara, vividly remembers his life under the presidency of the following Liberian heads of state: Hilary Richard Wright Johnson (1884-92), who retired when Alhaji Kamara was only eight years old; Joseph James Cheeseman (1892-96); William David Coleman (1896-1900); Garretson Wilmot Gibson (1900-04); Arthur Barclay (1904-12); Daniel Edward Howard (1912-20); Charles Dunbar Burgess King (1920-30); Edwin J. Barclay (1930-44); William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman (1944-71); William Richard Tolbert Jr. (1971-80); Samuel Kanyon Doe (1980-90); Dr. Amos Sawyer (1990-94); David D. Kpormakpor (1994-95); Wilton G.S. Sankawulo (1995-96); Ruth Perry (1996-97); Charles McArthur Gankhay Taylor (1997-2003); Charles Gyude Bryant (2003-06); and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2006-present).The President that Alhaji Kamara most vividly remembers is President Tubman. Old Man Kamara recalls that President Tubman was the one the President that did more than most “to open up the interior of Liberia.” The official ceremony was held at the Larkpazee residence of the honoree, Alhaji Muana Kamara, who was born in Grand Cape Mount County in the year 1884, during the administration of. Chief organizer and sponsor of the honoring program, Momo Boima Kamara, proprietor of African Country Cloth Tailoring and Design Shop on Camp Johnson Road, said he undertook the initiative as a mark of respect for his mentor and teacher. At the well-attended ceremony, the honoree, the 132 year-old country cloth designer and professional tailor, Alhaji Muana Kamara, urged Liberians that unity and prayers are key recipes for nation building.Alhaji Kamara added that in unity there is strength and in sustained prayers there is a great deal of success stories and splendid achievements.“In doing anything on the planet earth,” Alhaji Kamara cautioned Liberians to, “Pray all times, even if one wants to go do business, office work and work on the farm.”Another successful tenet of life, according to Alhaji Kamara, is to always try hard to be humble and to forgive those who most often hurt or hinder one’s development, growth and progress.He has visited the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia four times and stated, “There is no special medicine there, but prayers and supplication to God for directives and commands.” Alhaji Kamara further urged those who graced the occasion to hold together and tolerate each other every day, no matter what the circumstances may require. Alhaji Kamara also reminded Liberians, his children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren and relatives that for one to attain a long life span, honesty, kindness and sincerity are the hallmarks.Telling his story, Alhaji Kamara narrated that at the age of 15, he moved to Sierra Leone to further his education in design and tailoring; and after many years of studies in Sierra Leone, in 1919 he returned to Popalahun, Lofa County, at the age of 35, where resided for a year.Later, he migrated to Kolahun based on an advice from the late Honorable Jusu Dunor to help mould the minds of the youth in design and tailoring.Alhaji Muana Kamara produced the first country cloth in Kolahun, which he made from cotton, designed with colorful threads. In 1920, the country cloth was manufactured into gowns that attracted everyone who saw his handy work especially, Honorable Jusu Dunor.This became a traditional dress code for chiefs and elders in Lofa County.In 1925, Alhaji Kamara introduced modern sewing machines to his students and people of Lofa County and taught 126 persons in tailoring and design, an initiative that spread the profession to other countries.In 1942, he made his first visit to the Holy City of Mecca, which was a first for a Muslim from Kolahun District.Old man Alhaji Muana Kamara has been blessed with 87 biological children, 174 grandchildren and countless numbers of great grand as well as great, great grandchildren in and outside of Liberia.In a statement delivered on behalf of all children and grandchildren, one of the youngest sons, Moivarney Kamara of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), expressed gratitude to the Almighty God and Allah for the long life given their father, grand, great grand and great, great grandfather.During the program, one of Monrovia’s leading country cloth designers and tailors, Momo Boima Kamara, gowned old man Alhaji Muana Kamara and his wife Haji Meito Kamara in appreciation of the old man’s mentorship and blessings.It was Alhaji Muana Kamara that trained Momo Boima Kamara in tailoring and country cloth design. Momo therefore took the initiative, with the blessings of the children, grand, great, great grandchildren to organize the program in honor of Alhaji Muana Kamara.Alhaji Kamara still has, by the grace and mercy of God, all faculties intact. Alhaji Kamara can still talk, which enabled him to make his speech on Sunday, though very slowly. He was born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Senesee Kamara of Grand Cape Mount County. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Two dead after quadding accident in Taylor

first_imgPolice are reporting two young people have died after a quadding accident in Taylor. Officers were called just after 9pm last night to the Big Bam road after a 22-year-old male and a 16-year-old female who set out together on a quad at approximately 7:30pm that night had failed to return. The RCMP found the quad and its two passengers down an embankment next to the Big Bam Road. Both were deceased. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, but say neither of the deceased were wearing helmets at the time of their accident. They also suspect alcohol as a contributing factor in the accident. – Advertisement –last_img

5-man team to represent Guyana at 2019 Caribbean Cycling Championships

first_imgThe newly-elected Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) executive has identified and selected a five-member team for the 2019 Caribbean Cycling Road Race Championships, which is slated to be held in Havana, Cuba, from October 31 to November 3. The Cuba-bound team will consist of Jamual John, Michael Anthony, Paul DeNobrega, Curtis Dey and Christopher Griffith. They will be accompanied by GCF Secretary, Marc Sonaram, who will serve as the Manager while GCF Fundraising Committee Chairman Enzo Matthews will be the Coach.The team were selected by the Racing Committee based on recent performances throughout the past three months. This team are expected to perform well and there is a chance that the cyclists can medal. The event will be Class 1. 2 of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and riders will participate in the Elite and U-23 (Male and Female) categories. The 2019 edition of the Caribbean Cycling Championships is being organised by COPACI and the Cuban Cycling Federation.Official Team for the 2019 Caribbean Cycling Championships in Cuba:CyclistsJamaul JohnMichael AnthonyPaul De NobregaCurtis DeyChristopher GriffithOfficialsManager – Marc SonaramCoach – Enzo Matthewslast_img read more

U.S. delays Persian Gulf arms-sale plans

first_imgWASHINGTON – A major arms-sale package that the Bush administration is planning to offer Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies to deter Iran has been delayed because of objections from Israel, which says that the advanced weaponry would erode its military advantage over its regional rivals, according to senior U.S. officials. Israeli officials, including the former defense minister, Shaul Mofaz, have come to Washington in recent months to argue against elements of the planned sales. In particular, the Israelis are concerned about the possible transfer of precision-guided weapons that would give Saudi warplanes much more accurate ability to strike targets, officials said. The American officials would not provide a dollar figure for the planned sales. But one American defense industry executive said that if all the equipment under discussion with the Saudis and other Persian Gulf countries was eventually sold – including tanks, warships and advanced air defense systems – the deal could run from $5 billion to $10 billion. The Israeli complaints have introduced a new uncertainty into the administration’s plan to beef up Persian Gulf militaries as a bulwark against Iran and as a demonstration that, no matter what happens in Iraq, Washington remains committed to the Sunni Arab governments around the region. 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

Liverpool midfielder Keita in hospital with back problem

first_img“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Naby Keita was taken to hospital in Naples on Wednesday evening during the first half of the Champions League fixture with SSC Napoli,” read a club statement.“The midfielder started the game at the Stadio San Paolo, but was substituted inside the opening 20 minutes and replaced by Jordan Henderson after alerting the team’s medical staff to back pain.“Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where — with the midfielder’s agreement — he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.“No decision has yet been taken on when the 23-year-old will be discharged.”pi/jd0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s Guinean midfielder Naby Keita is in hospital in Naples after complaining of back pain leading to his being taken off early in their Champions League clash with Napoli © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLILONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 4 – Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is in hospital in Naples after complaining of back pain when he came off early in Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday, his club said.The 23-year-old — who Liverpool paid German side RB Leipzig £52million ($67million) for last year — underwent tests after being taken off inside the opening 20 minutes of the match — which Liverpool lost 1-0.last_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS PERFORMANCE AT RCC

first_imgDDTV: Watch as young musicians enjoy the closing concert of a two week Chamber Music for Strings programme held at the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny.The course was facilitated by the Donegal Music Education Partnership with Violin Resource Tutor Orslya Szabó-Yélamo and Cello/Chamber Music Tutor Victor Yélamo. The summer programme was an opportunity for the young string players to perform in a chamber group and develop sight reading and performance skills.Click Play to watch DDTV: DONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC FOR STRINGS PERFORMANCE AT RCC was last modified: June 13th, 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:DDTVDonegal Chamber MusicStringslast_img read more

2 Dems challenge Sanchez

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the past two years, Rep. Linda Sanchez has had to fend off two well-financed campaigns from Republican Tim Escobar. This year, Sanchez, D-Lakewood, will have opposition from her own Democratic party, including one candidate who ran for the seat four years ago when there was no incumbent. Kenneth Graham, 52, of Lynwood, a constitutional law professor at Cal State Long Beach and USC, placed fifth out of six candidates in the 2002 primary election that Sanchez won. Frank Amador, 46, of Los Angeles is an attorney who can’t vote for himself because he doesn’t live in the district. Candidates only have to live in the state in order to run for Congress. Bill Wachob, campaign consultant for Sanchez, who was unavailable for comment on Friday because she was traveling, said she’s not worried about her opposition. “It’s anybody’s opportunity to run,” Wachob said. “She really looks forward to putting her record out there and talking to voters about what she’s done in the district.” The two challengers come at Sanchez from the left and right. Citing his experience of 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Graham said he would be a better voice to speak out against the Bush administration’s foreign policy. “It’s come time to end” the Iraq war, Graham said. “When I’m elected, I will be a force of reckoning, a voice that advocates the interests of military against the war. She hasn’t done anything.” He also criticizes Congress and Sanchez for not doing enough to protect Social Security and health care and for not doing enough in terms of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Wachob said that Sanchez has done as much as she can to oppose the Bush administration. “She has been a very outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s handling of Medicare, Social Security and the war on Iraq,” he said. “She was ranked by National Journal as one of the five most liberal members in all of Congress.” Amador disagrees with both Graham and Sanchez on issues like the Iraq War and Social Security and said he also has more experience in life. “We’re in a situation we have to see through. We can’t just get up and go,” Amador said of Iraq. “We need to be in until the country is stabilized.” He also said that privatization of Social Security is something that needs to be considered. Wachob said Sanchez won’t take Amador seriously because he doesn’t live in the district. “Until he does that, he doesn’t know what the people of this district need or want,” Wachob said. Amador said he plans to move into the district, but the fact that he does not live there now is not a big deal. “Why wouldn’t I be able to represent the district because I don’t live there?” he asked. “In Congress you make the laws for the entire nation.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U14’S HIT FINN VALLEY FOR FIVE

first_imgLagan Harps NotesOur ladies B team suffered a heavy defeat to Bonagee Utd on Thursday night.Our u/14 girls had a 5-1 win over Finn Valley with Bronagh Gallagher(4) and Rihenna Devenney scoring. We held our schollboy’s presentation night on Friday last. Thanks to everyone who helped with the food and getting the hall ready.Managers have been selected for all the age groups and they will be in contact with the players re training for the new season.We hope to restart an u/16 team this season with Gabriel Crawford as manager.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 2,8,12 and 24. Noel Bonner had three numbers and won E50. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS U14’S HIT FINN VALLEY FOR FIVE was last modified: July 7th, 2014 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more