The local track and field season opens this weekend with the 23rd staging of the PUREWATER/JC development meet at the schools’ Old Hope Road campus this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.The event is one of the qualifying meets for the annual Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship and organisers expect the usually well-organised and well-run meet to maintain its high standards.The meet is primarily for high schools, but an open invitation has been extended to teams from all schools, athletic clubs and other institutions across the island.Individual and teams will compete under two categories – schools and mixed clubs and institutions or as unattached competitors.clubs and institutionsSchoolboys will compete in classes one to three, while their female counterparts will compete in classes one to four. Mixed clubs and institutions will compete separately as male and female.Competitors of the various categories will vie for honours in 70m, 80m, 100m, 800m, 3000m (F), 5000m(M), 110m hurdles (M). Field events this year will include long jump, discus, high jump, shot put and pole vault.No more than four contestants per class, per team, per event will be allowed and teams are reminded to wear their regular competition colours.The most outstanding athlete in each class and category at the end of the meet will receive individual trophies. No entries will be accepted on the day of the event.Meanwhile, the school will also honour one of its old boys on the day. They will recognise Andrew McCrae for his tireless efforts, commitment and contribution to the development of track and field at JC.
Bad weather again played a major part in the second-round WICB/Digicel Regional Four-day clash between Jamaica Scorpions and Windward islands Volcanoes at Sabina Park yesterday.After losing close to two sessions on the opening day, it was much of the same on the second day, with Jamaica not taking the field until late into the second session because of a combination of a damp outfield and intermittent rain.Resuming on 83 for six, the Nikita Miller-led unit was then bowled out for a paltry 151, twenty minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. close of play.The Volcanoes, after facing one over, closed the day on one without loss.Opener Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophille, who are both yet to score, will resume batting today at 9 30 a.m.Jamaica, who scored 208 and 147 in their opener last week against title-holders Guyana Jaguars, put in another weak batting effort. Only wicketkeeper-batsman Devon Thomas (51) got among the runs yesterday. Antiguan Thomas, who was unbeaten on 18 overnight, was the ninth man out.He was caught at bat pad off the bowling of off-spinner Shane Shillingford.Thomas hit three fours off 137 balls. He was also the only batsman who appeared capable of standing up to Shillingford, who claimed five for 32 off 15 overs.Thomas was one of three Scorpions batsmen to get into double figures. The others were opener John Campbell, with 32, on the opening day and his overnight partner, Damion Jacobs, who got 23.At Queen’s Park Oval: Pride lead Red Force by 94 runs overall.Barbados Pride 242 (Anthony Alleyne 88, Kenroy Williams 46; Sheldon Cottrell 3-27) and 20 without loss.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 168 (Roshon Primus 65, Imran Khan 35; Kenroy Williams 3-21)At Warner Park: Hurricanes trail Jaguars by 136 runs, with one first-innings wicket intact.Guyana Jaguars 293 (Shiv Chanderpaul 81 not out, Rajendra Chanrika 64; Rahkeem Cornwall 6-87)Leeward Islands Hurricanes 157 for nine (Kieran Powell 79; Gudakesh Motie 3-43).
National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Las Vegas, United States — Two years after retiring from boxing, Floyd Mayweather climbs back into the ring on Saturday chasing history and one last mammoth payday.The 40-year-old former welterweight champion will become the first boxer in history to post a perfect record of 50-0, if as expected, he proves too strong for Conor McGregor, the mixed martial arts star fighting in his first ever boxing contest.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies It is the latest money-spinning stop on a career that has seen Mayweather go from 1996 Olympics bronze medallist to be regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history.Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 4, 1977, Mayweather was destined for the ring.His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was himself a talented former welterweight who once fought 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard. Floyd Sr. taught his son to box almost as soon as he could walk. Floyd Sr. was holding his infant son in his arms when he was shot in the leg during a family dispute, an injury that effectively ended his career.“He was training to be a fighter in the crib,” Mayweather Sr. said of his son.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The 50th bout of Mayweather’s 21-year professional career has been disparaged variously as a freakshow, publicity stunt or simply “bad for boxing.”Mayweather, who has spent years crafting an image as the fighter that fans love to hate, is not even remotely fazed by the catcalls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Because not for the first time, the boxer who delights in displaying the trappings of his wealth across social media, will be laughing all the way to the bank.Mayweather, whose career earnings reportedly topped $700 million following his last bout in 2015, could, according to some estimates, pocket another $200 million this weekend. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It means that the dollars have continued to flow in ever-increasing numbers, from $25 million to fight Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 to around $220 million for his 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao.But while the dollars have rolled in and the bank balances have swollen, Mayweather has struggled to build up a reserve of public goodwill.Multiple convictions for domestic violence point to the fighter’s dark side, while in boxing terms he has faced accusations that he ducked his most dangerous opponents, such as Pacquiao, until they were past their peak.His cagey, cautious style inside the ring, while earning grudging approval from purists, has also frustrated fans hoping to see him take a more aggressive approach.Mayweather, who insists Saturday’s bout with McGregor will be the last time he ever enters a ring, is unapologetic about the tactics that have guided his career, believing his is a template that many rivals would like to emulate. “When a person has been so dominant in his era, I think other fighters are going to pay attention,” he told reporters recently. “The main fighters are going to pay attention because they want to be at my level and they want to do the same thing — they want to dominate with ease.” Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Mayweather, who grew up in a cramped apartment with seven relatives, frames his early life as a battle for survival. ‘Never been easy’ “It’s never been easy for me. Boxing is easy but life has never been easy,” Mayweather says. “I had a father who was a hustler and a mother who was on drugs. I was the man in the house from 16. That’s just the way it was.” When Mayweather fought at the 1996 Olympics, his father was serving a five-year prison sentence for drug-trafficking. In Floyd Sr’s absence, his uncle Roger had taken over the training of the young fighter, overseeing his entry to the professional ranks. Within two years, the skillful, lightning-fast Mayweather had won his first world title, knocking out the WBC superfeatherweight champion Genaro Hernandez in eight rounds.Years of domination followed as Mayweather plowed through the divisions up to welterweight. In 2006, he took the unusual step of buying out his contract with promoter Bob Arum, in order to take greater control of his career. Since then Mayweather has been able to dictate terms for most of his fights, taking a cut of the back-end profit in exchange for upfront risk. 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Foutah Djallon is a historical highland region stretching from Labe in central Guinea to southern Senegal, northern Sierra Leone in Koinadugu and north east of Liberia in Nimba. Its highest peak is 1,515 feet above sea level.My journey was primarily to search for the things that unite us as a people belonging to the same regions with so many similarities, yet we know so little about each other. My mission was to explore possibilities on getting to know each other better through academic and cultural exchange, translating our literature into English and French, and promote civil society interactions.It is a combination of the Fulas and the original inhabitants called Yalunkas who were driven south through conquests by the Fulas to northern Sierra Leone where they live a quiet life. The Yalunkas are cousins of the Susus and can be found in Forecariah, Coyah in Guinea, kabala and Kambia in Sierra Leone.Nomadic Fulani herdsmen settled in Foutah Djallon 200 years ago and have spread their influence in the region farming and herding cattle.Having read and heard so much about the region, I saw the only opportunity to visit during my recent vacation when I was invited to Labe by the founders of both the Guinean PEN Center, a writer’s collective, and the Musee Du Fouta, a museum that captures and displays the customs and traditions of the Fula people. I started my overland journey by crossing the Mano River Bridge at Bo Waterside. My first disappointment on landing at Gendema was that there was fuel shortage in Sierra Leone. This meant that all the Peugeot taxis were grounded and the only available means of transport from Gendema to Bo Town, Sierra Leone’s second capital was by a motorbike. Half of the journey of only 27 miles took us nearly four hours on a bike due to its deplorable nature. It is the worst segment of the road from Liberia to Guinea and very uncomfortable and dangerous even on a bike. I slept soundly in Bo after a tiresome journey from Gendema. The journey from Bo Town to Pamlap was a smooth ride all the way and we changed vehicle at the Pamlap border.Now on Guinean soil, Guinean soldiers demanded every passenger to pay 5,000 Guinean Francs before stamping our passports, otherwise, we won’t be allowed to enter. I asked why we had to pay as ECOWAS and MRU citizens but the unfriendly soldiers were highly irritated by my refusal to pay. We moved on to the last checkpoint into Conakry called Transit in Coyah. Here again, the soldiers asked each passenger for 5000 Franc Guinea before they would allow us to continue our journey. I insisted that I won’t pay but another passenger paid my tax because of the delay. The car had to move on and it is the usual operation for the hungry soldiers, one of whom was already drunk at 6:30 in the evening when we arrived there.We left Coyah where Foutah Djallon starts its rise in the afternoon for the momentous adventure into the land of the spiraling mountains. The scenic view was breath-taking as we started what seemed like a merry-go-round . The road was winding, no sidewalks and deep scary valleys. Coyah, Kindia, the fruit basket of Guinea, Mamou and Pitta have similar features and topography being mountainous with deep valley, but Kindia was the most advanced in terms of infrastructure development. It is a real city with a university, many paved streets, street lights powered by solar panels and boasts of the oldest military camp in the world. During French rule, large fruit plantations were established but all disappeared after independence although the culture of producing fruits remains.On the road to Labe, there are 150 kilometers of highland plateaus from Hafia University to Mamou plains where cows were everywhere. Mamou is still rich in protected forests.We passed by a city called Dalaba, which is reputed for growing the best bananas in Africa. It is also known to be the coldest city in the Foutah Djallon because of its height and large forests. My guide, who was a diplomat and deputy in the Guinean parliament, gave me a lot of history of his large country. A man who is still inspired by Sekou Toure said the late President conserved a lot of mineral and forest areas for Guineans to exploit now. An example is the Segeya forest near Kindia, where Toure planted many foreign species of trees he received from his friends. They are there for all to see.There is a major West African international market center called Linsan near Mamou. This town has a railway project linking Mali and Burkina Faso and it is where so many cultures merge.I arrived in Labe on the third night of my road travel. We were at the highest point in Guinea and it felt like that because I was shivering from the wintry weather. This was another part of the world. I was lucky to call home after many failed attempts on LoneStar and CellCom, although there is a CellCom Guinea telecommunications company. LoneStar’s assurance of its Roaming service did not work once we started climbing the Foutah Djallon. When my daughter asked me where I was, I told her I was closest to God; that was the reality as it was as if I could touch the sky.Although Guinea was one of the first countries to start a national airline service, it does not have one anymore as its last military jet went down with all its passengers and crew near the Robertsfield International Airport in February, 2013. So it takes six hours by road covering 456 kilometers from Conakry to Labe, while flying time is only 45 minutes.Founded by Alpha Mamadou Selho Diallo, Labe is surrounded by three mountains: Limboko, Saala and Kohlima. It has a population of more than 100,000 people of mainly Foulahs, Madingos and Yalunkas, and many other minorities. It is 1000 kilometers away from Dakar. This is the seat of Foulah origin and culture with education starting in 1901 when the first school was built, long before the other three regions of Guinea.Labe was so advanced politically as a nation state that there was a Fouta Djallon embassy in Paris, France by 1882.There are 28 quarters in Labe separated by four rivers: Senegal River, Gambia River, Rio Coulibal and Conqueror River which together produce reliable hydroelectricity for the region. The Foutah Djallon is also the source of the River Niger, which connects several West African countries and the venue of many historic African unity meetings chaired by the visionary Sekou Toure, President of Guinea from 1958 to 1984 when he died in Cleveland, United States of America.One of my new findings that would promote better understanding among people of the region is the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, referred to in the book Prince Among Slaves written by Teddy Alford of the United States. Ibrahima, as he is referred to was a Major in his father’s kingdom army and was captured in Foutah Djallon and sold into slavery at 26 years old. He spent 41 years in slavery in America before a visiting Irish businessman recognized him as the son of an African King who helped him while he visited Africa. Ibrahima’s fortune changed and through the Irishman’s influence, he was released from slavery.He set sail for Monrovia which is closest to Foutah, where his sight was, aboard the Harriet from Nofolk in 1829 as a guest of the United States government. He travelled along with J.J. Roberts, who became Liberia’s first President in 1847.Ibrahima died on July 6, 1829, six months after his landing. He was buried in Monrovia but there seems to be no accounts of him so far. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CAIRO — The Confederation of African Football will not support the FIFA presidential bid by Musa Bility of Liberia.CAF says its executive committee heard Bility at his request at a meeting on Thursday and decided against supporting his proposed candidacy.The executive panel “wished him good luck” with his bid, CAF said in a statement.The statement made no mention of possible contenders from Africa or elsewhere it might support.CAF president Issa Hayatou, FIFA’s senior vice president, and South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA’s discrimination task force, have been speculated as candidates to succeed Sepp Blatter on Feb. 26.CAF says its executive committee wants time to study all options.The panel will next meet Oct. 27, the day after FIFA’s deadline for applications.Meanwhile, a fierce critic of the British media’s coverage of the FIFA scandal has been nominated to sit on the task force to oversee reforms of the world governing body.Constant Omari Selemani from DR Congo and fellow FIFA executive member Hani Abo Rida from Egypt have been nominated by CAF to sit on the reform task force, which is to have an independent chairman.Omari has condemned England in the past — in 2011 he criticised former FA chairman David Bernstein for standing up at the Congress to speak against Blatter’s unopposed re-election.He has also opposed calls for age and term limits and at last year’s FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo he labelled the British media “racist” after reports that African football officials had received cash gifts.Abou Rida has also previously said he is opposed to age limits for officials.CAF said in a statement: “The CAF executive committee has unanimously proposed Hani Abo Rida and Constant Omari Selemani, African members on the FIFA executive committee, as CAF’s representatives on the ‘Task Force Reforms’ established by FIFA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail Friday for violating her probation, putting the brakes on the hotel heiress’ famous high life.Hilton, who parlayed her name and relentless partying into worldwide notoriety, must go to jail on June 5 and she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or any electronic monitoring in lieu of jail, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ruled after a hearing.The judge ruled that she was in violation of the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.“I’m very sorry and from now on I’m going to pay complete attention to everything. I’m sorry and I did not do it on purpose at all,” she told the judge before announced the sentence.She was then ordered to report to women’s jail in suburban Lynwood.
TEMPLE CITY – Not even an outbreak of influenza could derail the Temple City High School girls basketball team on Wednesday night. The Rams defeated visiting rival San Marino 38-20 and made an important early statement in their Rio Hondo League opener. “It was our worst performance of the year, maybe the worst performance since I’ve been coaching here,” Gillan said. “I’ll take the blame. We weren’t prepared.” Kim Pan and Jennifer Chiu led the Titans with a team-high six points apiece. Temple City’s Jennifer Duong had seven points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaTemple City senior center Corrine Watkins led the Rams with an outstanding individual effort on both ends of the court. She scored a game-high 19 points and helped shut down the Titans’ offensive attack. “(Corrine) knew today she had to step up big,” Kwan said. “We don’t publicize her a lot, but the people who watch us know how hard she plays.” Temple City improved to 11-5 with the victory. San Marino fell to 13-4. The Titans desperately missed the offensive production from recently injured shooting guard Jessica Wang. San Marino coach Patrick Gillan refused to make excuses. “The girls are sick (with the flu),” Temple City coach Chris Kwan said. “If you look at a bunch of my girls, half of them are keeled over. “I told them I don’t know what to expect coming in. I just asked them to play hard and have fun.”
A LETTERMACAWARD man has admitted growing cannabis at his home.Donal Duddy pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Duddy, of The Hill House, Dirlaught, Lettermacaward, admitting the cultivation of cannabis on January 11 last year. The case was adjourned for a probation report.LETTERMACAWARD MAN ADMITS GROWING CANNABIS AT HIS HOME was last modified: April 24th, 2013 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:LETTERMACAWARD MAN ADMITS GROWING CANNABIS AT HIS HOME
An Inishowen mum, who found herself in the middle of a Customs ‘ambush’ over non-payment of her VRT, has been fined for careless driving after she panicked and drove her car at a Revenue officer.Lorraine Bradley, 42, of The Glen, Garvey, Burnfoot, was charged with careless driving at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, on May 15, 2015, when he appeared before a special sitting of Buncrana District Court. Another charge of assault was dismissed prior to the start of the case. Ms. Bradley admitted the charge of careless driving.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that Revenue Officials Officer Flynn and Officer McIntyre were on duty at Burnfoot when they saw a UK registered Ford Galaxy parked at the side of the road. Officer Flynn was familiar with the car and recognised the female driver as he had seen her waiting on the school bus on previous occasions, the court was told.Insp. Doyle said Officer McIntyre went to speak with Ms. Bradley about the VRT on her car. He said both officers were in full uniform.“She alleges that Ms. Bradley pushed passed her and tried to get into her car but Officer McIntyre prevented her. Officer Flynn then stood in front of the car to prevent her from pulling off,” outlined Insp. Doyle.“Officer McIntyre was standing holding Ms. Bradley’s car door open when she started the engine. She was asked to stop but instead moved forward on two occasions while the door was open. Officer Flynn was forced to move out of the way. There was a child in the back of the car.”The court heard that Gardaí were called and Ms. Bradley gave them a name of Lorraine Thompson with an address in Derry but the Garda believed that she was Lorraine Bradley of Garvey Burnfoot.“The Garda attempted to seize her car but she refused. She said she needed to take her child to the doctors and the Customs officers agreed to let her go,” added Insp. Doyle.“The Customs officers made official statements to Gardaí and Garda Canning called to Ms. Bradley’s house in September and took a recorded statement from her.“In her statement she said she was driving her two children to get the bus to school when her third child who was one and a half at the time was in the back seat. The next thing she knew she seen a woman running towards your car and opened the door – the woman kept shouting at her saying ‘you nearly took my arm off’,” read Insp. Doyle.Further more the statement read “I didn’t know who the woman was and I didn’t know what she was wearing. She just kept shouting at me and was really aggressive. Then a man jumped out of the same car she was in and stood in front to me. I told them that I needed to take my child to the doctors because she was sick but the female officer kept saying it was all my fault – I was in floods of tears and kept apologising.“I didn’t move my car forward but I might have panicked when she opened the car door as I didn’t know who she was.“In the panic I give them my maiden name and address but in hindsight I know I should have given them my present name and address.”Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client didn’t know who the Customs officers were and felt like it was part of an ambush.He said the independent witness, the bus driver, said it was ‘like something you would see on TV’.“He said he never saw anything like it in his life,” said Mr. Dorrian. “He said the navy car, which the Customs officials were travelling in, came up behind him, then out of nowhere came up along his right hand side and cut him off. He said it was like something on the TV.”Reading directly from the bus driver’s statement, Mr. Dorrian said: “The car, which I now know to be a Customs car came to a halt in front of me, but before it fully stopped the female passenger jumped out and opened the door of Ms. Bradley’s car.“At this point I noticed the lapels on her uniform and realised that they were Customs Officers.”Mr. Dorrian said the bus driver said he believed that it was a very dramatic scene and Ms. Bradley felt the same.“My client got a fright and she panicked,” said Mr. Dorrian.“This whole incident lasted 30 or 40 seconds it looked like an ambush but it turns out it was completely lawful. Ms. Bradley apologised and has confessed, she has no ill will towards the Customs Officers. She was tearful and apparently moved her car forward – she didn’t drive off – there was no intent here at all.“She moved her car in the panic, it’s difficult to see where the crime is as there were no injuries and the car only moved a matter of inches.”Mr. Dorrian said his client was a mother of three children and worked as a classroom assistant, with no previous convictions. He said this incident would bring with it its own consequences.Judge Paul Kelly said people who live in border areas and drive foreign registered cars in Donegal should be well aware of the risks.“These cases come up repeatedly in court,” said Judge Kelly. “You must know you are quite likely to be stopped by the Customs or the Gardaí if you are driving one of these cars so you have to take the consequences that go with that.”Judge Kelly said Customs officers are just doing their duties when they are met with a lack of co-operation and people who feel that they are not entitled to enforce the law.“Their uniforms are clearly identifiable,” he added. “I accept there might have been a degree of panic but she [Mrs. Bradley] should not have attempted to drive off. If she had of engaged with a discussion with them the incident may have been resolved.”He fined her €400 for careless driving, while also noting that the Burnfoot woman did not produce her licence. He warned her that she could be liable to further prosecution by Gardaí for producing the licence.Mum panicked and drove car at officer during Customs ‘ambush’ was last modified: July 6th, 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:ambushBurnfootcourtcustoms checkpointdonegalInishowen