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Russell sets sights on historic double

first_imgJamaican female sprinter and bobsleigher, Carrie Russell, dreams of becoming the nation’s first medallist at both the winter and summer Olympic Games following Jamaica’s historic performance at the North American Cup Bobsled Championship in Lake Placid in the United States last Monday.With her rapid growth in bobsleigh and continued improvement in the sprints, the 26 year-old, who is using bobsleigh to aid her development as a sprinter on the recommendation of coach Stephen Francis, says her goal now is to win a medal at the two quadrennial games.”I need to be one of the persons that accomplish greatness … so, for me, creating history is all that matters now. To have a winter gold medal and a summer gold medal would be a big thing for me and Mr Francis,” she told the Sunday Gleaner.She revealed she has seen improvement in her sprinting since taking up the bobsleigh challenge.”I went home at Christmas, and in my 30 and 40 metres in training, there was a huge improvement. So for the next three months (in bobsleigh training), I need to get in the zone and do the programme Mr Francis sent me,” she said.AFFECTION GROWINGRussell admits that combining the training for both events is tough, but her affection for bobsleigh is growing and she and team captain Jazmin Fenlator-Victorian are confident they can medal at next year’s Winter Olympics in Korea.”It’s very hectic being a track and field athlete and a bobsleigher, but I am trying to balance it. I am working with the instructions Mr Francis gives me, and it’s working. I do a sprinter’s workout, a gym workout and a bobsleigh workout. It’s hectic trying to do everything, but it is working,’ she reasoned.Meanwhile, Fenlator-Victorian, wants to continue building on what they achieved in the US on Monday.”Carrie has grown … and now our goal is to get to the top of the podium in Korea. We are not satisfied, we want to be winning and dominating, so this is the beginning of our journey to the Olympics,” she saidBoth are presently in Park City, Utah, for a three-week training stint. They will then have a test event in Korea in March, which will be their first time on an Olympic track racing. “Our goal is to make a huge splash on the world stage. So we really want a performance that will give us some momentum going into the Olympic season,” she added.last_img read more

Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. He has scored 32 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The new award — named after French former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d’Or prize. Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award.Mbappe — who was accompanied at the ceremony by his father and his younger brother Ethan — scored four goals at the World Cup, including one in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.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 ChrissIn doing so he became just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Brazilian great Pele, who achieved the feat in 1958.A French champion last season with PSG following a 180 million-euro ($204m) move from Monaco, Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 10 appearances. Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates with the Kopa Trophy during the Golden Ball, “Ballon d’Or” award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, Monday, Dec.3, 2018. Awarded every year by France Football magazine since Stanley Matthews won it in 1956, the Ballon d’Or, Golden Ball for the best player of the year will be given to both a woman and a man. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Kylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday.The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Bulls fire head coach Hoiberg MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Plaza UM Church Donates to the Poor, Disabled

first_imgThe Plaza United Methodist Church of the Western Conference District of the UMC in the United States has donated a variety of Ebola preventive detergents and non-food items to three needy institutionsThe beneficiary establishments are comprised of over 100 needy and abandoned and disabled children and aged persons.This is the first donation of the Church to Liberia.The US b-ased Methodist Church, also known as “The Place to Be,” donated a carton of Ebola preventive materials and a barrel of clothes, bags and footwear to the Oldfolks Refuge Home, located at the intersection of Nelson and Ashmun Streets in Monrovia. This home was founded in 1951 and comprises of aged Liberians, above 60 years old.Others recipients include, the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, which is housing and catering to children and the elderly who are physically challenged, including a 43-year-old Lebanese disabled man. The Cheshire home is located at 10th Street, Sinkor.The Christian Association of the Blind, (CAB) also comprised of children and the elderly that are physically challenged benefited. The CAB houses about 50 persons in their newly reconstructed home in Duazon, on the RIA highway. On Saturday, June 6, a representative of the Plaza United Methodist Church, Momo M. Sandimanie, told the beneficiaries that the items are intended to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) despite the elimination of the virus from the country. He noted the continuing risks Liberia faces, owing to the porous borders with the Republics of Guinea and Sierra Leone, which are still experiencing the scourge of the virus.“These items are not to be seen in the market but to help you in times like these where our neighbors are still experiencing the virus and to put something on your body and feet,” Mr. Sandimanie stressed.The coordinator of the Oldfolks Refuge Home, Albert D. Scott, thanked the Plaza United Methodist Church for the gesture and Mr. Sandimanie who honestly delivered the donation on behalf of the Church.Mr. Scott thanked God Almighty for the pass-over of the virus and said none of them ever contracted the virus.The home supervisor of the Antoinette Tubman Cheshire Home, Ms. Nohn Twayen, also thanked the Church and Mr. Sandimanie. She said every Liberian should consider being responsible to take care ofchildren and the aged with special cases.Mr. Beyan G. Kota, the executive director for the Christian Association of the Blind, termed the donation as timely and said it would be used for the intended purpose.The three institutions urged Mr. Sandimanie also to transmit “God’s blessings to the Plaza United Methodist Church.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major AFC financier cites Guyana’s economic woes as split from party

first_imgA major Alliance For Change (AFC) financier, who has backed the party for years, has parted ways with the party to found a party of his own, citing Guyana’s economic woes and the business acumen he can contribute.Pegasus Hotel owner Robert Badal has been behind the AFC since 2011 and actively campaigned with them during General and Regional Elections. He has, in turn, been appointed to head State boards, such as the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), when A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the AFC came to power.But after reports abounded that he had split with the AFC and formed a new party alongside former AFC member and auditor Nigel Hinds, Badal confirmed on Saturday that he had indeed parted ways with the party.He noted the current economic woes caused by the inability of Government to lay out a comprehensive strategy.Moses Nagamootoo“In the midst of abundant natural resources, our country remains among the poorest in the region in terms of per capita income. We remain stuck in time while other neighbouring countries continue to accelerate,” Badal said.According to Badal, the State has “failed to address the challenges of the day and provide the opportunities for growth and economic upliftment of Guyanese, which has triggered spiralling crime, domestic violence, mass migration and utter hopelessness among our youths”.He noted the business experience he and Hinds have, which, he said, would be put to work in the various sectors. He also promised accountability and transparency and noted that the party’s official launch is scheduled for October 29, 2019.The defection of two of its prominent civil society members will not be welcome by the AFC, which is at a sensitive juncture as it is in negotiation with APNU on a revision of the Cummingsburg Accord and the selection of a Prime Ministerial candidate for the coalition.AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan was elected as his party’s preferred Prime Ministerial candidate earlier this year, but members of APNU have shown a preference for the incumbent PM, Moses Nagamootoo. There have even been reports that APNU might ditch the formula altogether and choose a candidate from within its own ranks.While Ramjattan has publicly expressed confidence that he will be picked, President David Granger himself earlier this month noted that he has not decided on his Public Security Minister as his running mate and had noted that it will have to be discussed.The fact that AFC’s electoral returns have diminished over the years has also been repeatedly cited by analysts in arguing that the party’s standing in the coalition has weakened. At last year’s Local Government Elections (LGE), the AFC failed to win a single Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).Prior to the General and Regional Elections of 2015, APNU and the AFC signed the Cummingsburg Accord that stipulated conditions for the two parties to contest the elections as one.But throughout this marriage, the AFC was criticised, especially by the parliamentary Opposition, for what many describe as the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with APNU.Decisions such as the closure of sugar estates, putting thousands of sugar workers out of jobs have gone unchallenged and even been supported by the AFC. This is despite the fact that the Ministry of Agriculture is held by a party member, Noel Holder.In addition, there has been the strategic re-allocation of responsibilities away from Ministries headed by AFC officials, to other Ministries. There is also the fact that despite the Cummingsburg Accord stipulating the Prime Minister, in this case Moses Nagamootoo, have responsibility for chairing Cabinet and domestic issues, this was not followed through.last_img read more

Lakers notes: Radmanovic fined $500,000

first_img“I was prepared for everything,” Radmanovic said. “They came up with a number. I think it’s fair for what I did. I just want to move forward and try to get healthy and get back on the court.” Radmanovic initially lied about how he was hurt, claiming he slipped on an icy sidewalk while on a trip for coffee, before coming clean to coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak. Jackson was skeptical of Radmanovic’s account from the beginning. The Lakers opted not to void the five-year, $30.2 million contract Radmanovic signed last July and wound up cutting the 26-year-old forward a break for coming forward with the truth and showing contrition. Had the Lakers not paid Radmanovic for the 25 games he is expected to miss, the lost pay would have amounted to nearly $1.2 million. Even subtracting the fine, Radmanovic will make $685,000 while recovering from the injury. Brown back? Jackson lamented that he was unable to field a full complement of players for any of the three practice days this week. Andrew Bynum was sick again Thursday and Aaron McKie went home with an upper respiratory infection. “I made a mistake,” Radmanovic said, “and obviously there’s a price for that mistake.” After much internal debate, that was the punishment the Lakers agreed was appropriate for Radmanovic, who is expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the injury. Radmanovic said he won’t appeal the fine. EL SEGUNDO – For his one-day ticket to go snowboarding at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah over the All-Star break, Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $64. For the separated shoulder he suffered while snowboarding on that ill-fated trip, violating the terms of his contract, Radmanovic will pay a $500,000 fine. center_img Maurice Evans was still experiencing soreness in his right knee while Bryant practiced, but not before first undergoing an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow. The exam showed no further damage. On the bright side, both Kwame Brown and Luke Walton tested their injured ankles in practice. Brown said he expects to return tonight against Sacramento after missing 27 games since suffering a severe sprain on Dec. 31. Brown said he would only play three or four minutes at a time. Jackson added that Walton “pulled up” on his ankle in practice, which caused the coach some concern. (818) 713-3610 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

Outrageous! Top 10 best players who have never won the Ballon d’Or

first_img 2. Ferenc Puskas – Puskas is one of football’s greatest ever attackers, scoring four in the 1960 European Cup final and a first half hat-trick for Real Madrid in the 1962 finale. He was also the star man in Hungary’s great team of the 1950s. He scored 84 goals in 85 games for his country and, had he not been injured during the 1954 World Cup finals, would probably have led his nation to victory. In 2009, the Puskas Award for the year’s most stunning goal was introduced in his honour. 5. Alan Shearer – When he finished playing in 2006, Shearer had scored 260 Premier League goals and scored 30 times for England. He top scored at Euro ’96 and earned a then world record £15m transfer, but finished third behind Ronaldo and Matthias Sammer in the Ballon d’Or award ceremony. For Blackburn he hit more than 30 league goals in three successive seasons between 1994 and 1996. 10 Let’s start off by saying Diego Maradona and Pele have never won the Ballon d’Or because they were never eligible.They were too late for the FIFA World Player of the Year, which was devised in 1991, while between 1956 when the Ballon d’Or was created and 1995, only European players playing in Europe could win. After that all nationalities were included but only those who were playing on the Continent could collect (Liberia and Milan striker George Weah won in ’95).The award was up for grabs to anyone in 2007 and three years later the Ballon d’Or and World Player of the Year merged.Here, talkSPORT looks at those players who were eligible, so click the arrow to see 10 great players never recognised with the gong. 10 10 3. Xavi – Xavi was the heartbeat of Spain’s European Championship success in 2008 and was quite rightly named as Player of the Tournament. He took third place in the Ballon d’Or in 2010 and 2011 and has formed a devastating partnership with Iniesta in the Barcelona midfield, but like his team-mate couldn’t quite budge Messi from the top of the Ballon d’Or tree. 8. Thierry Henry – Henry is the greatest player in Arsenal’s history and has won every major award in football. Well, almost. He helped France reach the 2006 World Cup final – he won it in 1998 – and also guided the Gunners into the year’s Champions League final. Italy’s Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro beat him to the 2006 Ballon d’Or and in 2003, Pavel Nedved edged him to the award. But Henry is in good French company. Compatriot Just Fontaine never won the award, either despite scoring 13 goals for France at the 1958 World Cup – Raymond Kopa took home the gong instead. 7. Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool were untouchable during Dalglish’s time up front. Sadly for King Kenny, he played in the Michel Platini era and in 1983, when the Scotland ace came second, Platini won the first of three successive Ballon d’Or trophies. During his time on Merseyside, Dalglish won six league titles, three European Cups, the FA Cup and four League Cups to go along with the nine trophies he won in Scotland at Celtic. 10 6. Gianluigi Buffon – Goalkeepers don’t seem to get the recognition other players get, do they? The Italy legend won the World Cup in 2006, but Fabio Cannavaro won the Ballon d’Or. Add Peter Schmeichel to that list, too, who was a vital part of Man United’s formidable defence during the 90s. 4. Andres Iniesta – “I love the sport and don’t play to win individual awards. If at the end of the day people value my work, then great.” Spain may not have enjoyed their enormous success without Iniesta, the creative hub during his country’s triumphs at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup – his goal settled the final – and Euro 2012 where he won Player of the Tournament. Lionel Messi was also playing football, though. 10 10 9. Andrea Pirlo – Pirlo’s best chance of claiming the award was probably the 2012 Ballon d’Or, after his graceful play took Italy to the European Championship final. He sparkled then, as England along with a few other nations were torn apart by his cultured play, but there was to be no individual award. At club level Pirlo has enjoyed great success at Milan and now Juventus, winning two Champions Leagues and five Serie A titles. A true master with the ball at his feet. 10 10 1. Frank Rijkaard – Like today’s players competing with Messi, Dutch ace Rijkaard had compatriots Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit playing at the same time as him, though luckily they were on the same side for club (Milan) and country (Netherlands). In 1988 and 1989 he finished third in the Ballon d’Or voting, with Van Basten collecting the honour. Rijkaard did have the consolation of scoring Milan’s winner in the 1990 European Cup final. 10 10 10. Paolo Maldini – Click the arrow to see nine more brilliant players who have NEVER won the Ballon d’Or award – He won the Serie A title seven times and European Cup five times, but one of the greatest defenders world football has ever seen missed out on the top individual award, though he was shortlisted for the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995 and the Ballon d’Or in 1994 and 2003. Brazil great Ronaldo says Maldini is the best defender he ever faced, yet still the Italian legend never claimed the top individual gong. A special mention must also go to Maldini’s long-time team-mate Franco Baresi, another Milan hero who had Marco van Basten blocking his path to individual glory. last_img read more

Vandals flatten school bus tires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The item was discovered by a bus driver about 5:30 a.m. at the bus yard in the 32000 block of Crown Valley Road. Acton School, which is adjacent to the bus yard and serves distance-learning and home-schooled students and those making up course work, was closed because of the incident. The valve stems were pulled from the tires of nine buses and four special-education vehicles, deflating them and grounding the district’s fleet. The 2,000-student district used its automatic messaging system about 6 a.m. to alert parents whose children rely on school buses that they would have to find their own way to school. “We were able to divert the issue and get a majority of students to school,” Halperin said. School officials and deputies surveyed the district’s four other schools and found nothing suspicious. Officials said the investigation is ongoing. “The Sheriff’s Department has some evidence. They will follow up and let us know,” Halperin said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – Vandals flattened tires on 13 buses at a school district bus yard and a suspicious package was left by the facility’s front gate Friday, prompting a call to authorities. About a quarter-mile of Crown Valley Road was closed for about two hours as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s arson-explosives detail investigated, then blew up the item. “It was a large tin can with tape around it and some cardboard on top,” Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District Superintendent Stan Halperin said. “It looked like it could be something that could be a bomb.” last_img read more


first_imgRANKINThe death has taken place of Jim Rankin of Clooncarney, Trentagh, Letterkenny at St.Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar. Removal tomorrow Thursday, January 26th at 2pm to his late residence. The funeral service will be to Trentagh Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 28th at 2pm will burial in the adjoining cemetery afterwards. The house is private please from 11pm until 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Donations in lieu of flowers to St Joseph’s Hospital or to Charlie McClafferty, Undertaker.GALLAGHER The death has taken place at Killybegs Community Hospital of John “The Tae” Gallagher, Westend, Ardara. Reposing at St Shanahan House, Ardara. Funeral from there tomorrow, Thursday, for Mass at 11am in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Wake until 11pm tonight only. Donations if desired to St Shanahan House, c/o Derek Mc Cabe, Funeral Director, Ardara.MOONEYThe death has taken place of Maggie Mooney, Bridgend, Ramelton. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Requiem Mass tomorrow,Thurs, at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Ramelton with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 was last modified: January 25th, 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR WEDNESDAYJANUARY 25last_img read more


first_imgMeet Sinead Stevenson, this year’s 2012 Glasgow Representative for The 45th Mary From Dungloe Festival.Sinead was chosen by the Glasgow Committee on St Patrick’s Day at the Fabulous Family Day in Merchant Square.Sinead, 21, was born in Glasgow but Donegal is a second home for her as both her grandparents on her mother’s side are well known Donegal families. Her grandmother’s family are McGarvey from Gaoth Dobhair and her grandfather’s family are Gallagher from Meenamara, Dungloe.“I am excited and honoured is to represent Glasgow this year as it has always been her dream to be A Glasgow Mary,” said Sinead.“I have known and attended the festival my whole life and I look forward to it every year but more so this year,” she said.Sinead was presented with her Sash & Tiara on stage in front of a packed crowd of 2,500 people  by Mrs Angela Medford (previous Glasgow representative) Mrs Breeda Ojo  & Mr Dinny McGinley Minister of State who was involved in the Irish festival in Glasgow this year. He congratulated her and wished her a safe trip to Dungloe for  the festival in July.   THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE GLASGOW MARY… was last modified: March 25th, 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:THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE GLASGOW MARY…last_img read more


first_imgA man has been injured after his car went out of control and hit a number of other cars outside Buncrana this afternoon.The crash happened on the Lisfannon Road just after 3.30pm.The car clipped a number of other cars and then ploughed head-on in another vehicle coming in the opposite direction. The driver of the car, who is understood to be from Derry, was rushed to hospital with a number of injuries.It is not known yet if those injuries are life-threatening.The occupants of the other car were not believed to be seriously injured.Gardai and the emergency services were on the scene within minutes.   MAN HOSPITALISED AND SEVERAL CARS DAMAGED AFTER BUNCRANA SMASH was last modified: February 17th, 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:accidentbuncranadonegalGardaiman injuredlast_img read more