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first_imgIt has been a long road back for former world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who continues to lay the blocks for his comeback after two serious injuries in as many years derailed his career.Blake, the second-fastest man in history in both the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.26), suffered a hamstring injury in 2013, forcing him to miss the chance of defending his title at the World Championships that year. He suffered yet another injury a few months later, sending him back on the shelf after a brief return.This time around, Blake, confident that he will eventually get back to his best, says he is exercising much more patience, competing at smaller meets, developing assurance, as he looks to take his conditioning up a few levels before the end of the season.Blake, who recently posted an encouraging season best of 10.12 (the fastest time ever run on Irish soil) in testing conditions at a meet in Dublin, Ireland, will today compete at the Dutch Championships.”I don’t have any doubts in my talent. There is no doubt, I am always confident in my ability,” Blake underlined. “During this comeback, I now know that I have to be patient because injuries take time to heal, and I have to do work to get the muscles strong again, so I have to be really patient with this,” said Blake, who also spoke about his run a week ago.”It was really a good experience running in Ireland. It was my first time competing there. It wasn’t great weather, but I still enjoyed it, and to become the fastest man to ever run in Ireland is really good,” Blake told The Gleaner.REGAINEDCONFIDENCE”Running at these small meets helps me to regain my confidence and also gives me a sense of where I am going because to start back at a high level is not easy, so it’s important to build myself up. This run in Ireland was worthwhile and the same for other smaller meets. This run in Ireland tells me that I am closer to where I want to be. It could have been better, but I am thankful,” Blake added.The 25-year-old competed at the National Senior Champion-ships but failed to make it to the final, missing a spot on Jamaica’s team to next month’s World Championships. While admitting that he was disappointed, Blake is certain his two runs there have not gone to waste.”We are humans, but I wasn’t that disappointed knowing how my training was going and everything, especially knowing I was just coming back. In my camp, the expectation wasn’t that high because they knew where I was, but to get in the runs was really good for me. Overall, everything is falling into place and I just have to take my time and work towards better things,” said Blake, while sharing his struggles in coming back from the injury.”The toughest thing about coming back has been the mental part of it. Knowing that the body has healed but in the back of your mind it was to overcome that you could go out there and perform and not be afraid to run fast,” Blake said.last_img read more


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first_imgHeroics by Tivoli Gardens’ outstanding goalkeeper and captain Edsel Scott led his team to a 2-0 win against Harbour View in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. Scott displayed his usual determination and ensured his team’s first victory of the new season after former Jamaica College schoolboy star Junior Flemmings, handed Tivoli a 34th minute lead when he easily beat Harbour View’s custodian Devon Haughton in goal. Scott however, grabbed the headlines, stepping up to the responsibility after Tivoli Gardens were awarded a penalty with uncertainty as to who should take the kick caused delays. Scott eventually left his goal area and confidently scored in the 71st minute. However, Harbour View were also awarded a penalty 16 minutes later giving the goalkeeper another shot at the bright lights. He duly obliged, extending himself to his right to make a remarkable save against Harbour View’s captain Nicholas Beckett. Beside those highlights, the game was dull for the most part as the players focused on hard tackles and individual plays. “Well coming into the season we needed a win, so although we were in a 1-0 lead at the time, the players wanted me to take the kick. “We had a good talk about the situation having two losses and two drawn results previously. Now we need to move forward,” Scott said. The veteran goalie also revealed that he has been playing in the nation’s top-flight football league for 23 years and that was his first goal. “This is my first goal since I start playing for Hazard in the 1991-92 season,” the 38-year-old said. Coach of Tivoli Christopher Bender was satisfied with his first win of the new season. “It was a sense of relief. We played better in the four previous games but failed to win. Now, we need to continue working hard in training,” Bender pointed out. When quizzed as to why the penalty was taken by the ‘keeper, Bender responded that,” he is the team’s penalty taker. “We wanted to give Flemmings the kick as a young player, but changed.” Losing coach Ludlow Bernard, says Tivoli must be commended for their fighting spirit. “Well, clearly we have to correct the situation. There were players out there who did not show commitment, so we will investigate and try to come up with the right team for the next game.” Bernard said. The win pushed Tivoli to five points, while Harbour remained on six, after five sets of games. FIRST GOALlast_img read more


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first_imgThings have surely improved for women in Liberia. Gone are the days when a woman sits at home all day waiting for her breadwinner to come home while spending those long waiting hours cleaning, cooking, ironing, minding the children climaxed with massaging her spouse’s feet when he finally does arrive.Contrast this scenario to today’s women. They study, raise families, and run organizations. They even drive taxis and motorcycles. In Liberia, they ride motorcycles with a singular objective, and that is to make money, while feeling the wind blow through their hair.Some say they plan on doing it for life.Cairo, Egypt was one of the first countries to begin putting pink colored uniforms on their female drivers, a service marketed as a safe way for women to travel on their own or in rented vehicles. Safety was an issue for Egyptian women and the pink uniforms helped civilians to identify the female drivers and also help look out for them.Liberia has also picked up on the same idea, but with pink helmets and jackets for female motorbike riders, christening them ‘Pink Panthers.” It all started with donations from Henrietta Tolbert of the Angie Brooks International Center for Women Empowerment (whom we have contacted or an interview but still await her response). Since her donations, the Pink Panthers are now able to identify with and be on the lookout for one another, as all motorcyclists do.According to a recent BBC story, tired of being robbed and harassed, Liberian female motorcyclists formed the Pink Panthers collective to make sure that they were easy to spot.David Johnson, a motorcyclist who lost his brother to a motorcycle accident last month, says he has been impressed with the way the women, though only a handful, have come together.“You know, as a woman, you should know your place in terms of knowing how to act and fit in. Sometimes these women try to act like men and can get very aggressive with people. I don’t know, but we are used to seeing women. The President made it easy for everyone to get used to seeing women working, too. But they are so aggressive at times, and that can lead to people wanting to take advantage of them,” Johnson stated.But according to Michael, an arresting motorcycle union officer who runs traffic to make sure that motorcyclists are under control, he sometimes comes across these women. He feels that they are doing a great job by making money from their interest in riding motorcycles.“I like to see women, especially those who look focused and don’t allow anyone to interfere with their purpose out here. With some more training and a little more sensitizing of the public about them being out here, too, they will be okay. Every motorbike rider is robbed and harassed, not just them; though I haven’t seen it. People need to just respect the fact that driving motorcycles for a living is not easy and they should give us a chance for taking the risk that comes with it,” he shared.For now, safety is a prime concern for women considering commercial motorcycling or being taxi drivers, which carry the risks of assault, harassment and theft. What measures can be put in place other than having them wear pink to further protect them?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgFarhat Carew Board chairman, David M. Farhat, flanked by members of the firm.One of Liberia’s certified public accounting firms, Farhat Carew, a joint venture entity, is expected to officially brand its name to ‘Moore,’ the 8th largest accountancy firm in the world.This is part of a wider rebrand of the Moore Stephens global accountancy and consultancy network, of which Farhat Carew is a member.”The unveiling of a new logo, visual identity and brand positioning marks the continued evolution of a network of more than 260 independent firms in 112 countries and a client-focused professional community of more than 30,000 people.“The change from Moore Stephens to Moore marks a point of change in our global community,” Moore said in a statement. “It encapsulates the traditional core strengths of Moore Stephens, while positioning a more modern, internationally relevant brand, supporting the future success of a globally connected accounting and consultancy network.”David M. Farhat, who is the Board Chairman of Farhat Carew says, “I believe that this brand relaunch positions our firm perfectly for our existing and potential clients.“Helping you thrive in a changing world’ is the new brand position, and this is the mindset we bring every day to what we do for our clients, as we help them to succeed today and tomorrow. We build relationships based on trust, quality and clear advice, ensuring those we advise have time to focus on what they do best.”Farhat Carew accountancy firm becomes MooreMoore Global CEO, Anton Colella, captures what the new brand means for clients. “In our changing world,” he says, “business is increasingly conducted internationally and digitally. Everyone must adapt.“With our new brand – Moore – we choose a new identity fit for a world defined by global decision-making, data-driven insight and the need for agility in all that we do. The brand captures our ability to connect to you locally and globally as we help you realise your ambitions. That is why our brand position is ‘Helping you thrive in a changing world.”“We never lose sight of what makes us strong, and why our network has grown and continues to grow – our commitment to ever-stronger relationships with our clients.“So as we look to the future, our brand honours our Moore Stephens heritage, reflecting the strengths that clients have, and can always expect from us: straightforward advice, high quality, and the passion we bring every day to our belief that relationships with clients are about much more than simply a job.”According to a statement from the Moore company, “trust, confidentiality and responsible delivery are our watchword as we strive to deliver quality service.”Moore is a global accounting and advisory company of over 30,000 people across more than 260 independent firms and 110 countries, connecting and collaborating to meet clients’ needs – local, national and international.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgAnd, though not for a lack of chances, the Huskies could not fight back, and they watched as the clock slowly ticked away, and left them with a 5-4 loss. The Huskies got exactly the start they wanted, with a goal from the third line just two minutes into the game. After Owen MacKinnon poked the puck ahead on defensive-zone face-off, Brian Gilbert raced down the right wing, and fed Cody Hildebrand, who one-timed it past Vipers goalie Caleb McGuire.  Nolan Trudeau got Sexsmith onto the board five minutes later, but the Huskies had a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes, thanks to goals from Tyson Pederson and Cam MacKinnon.  Sexmith outscored their guests 2-1 in the second. The Vipers got goals from Calvin Schlemp and Carson Ewing, while Dan Pappin deflected a Kyle Porter point-shot for the lone FSJ marker. Both Porter and Coach Kalb admitted that the missing players were a big factor in the loss, though they both felt the Huskies should have been able to muster a win. “Obviously it has impact when you’re missing guys like that, but it’s no excuse” said Kalb. “As far as I’m concerned, we had more talent on the ice than they had tonight, but we just gave it to them.” The Huskies blew a lead in Sexsmith on Friday night, and dropped their second straight game. The Huskies were missing a fleet of players on Friday, with leading scorer Cody Kalb and Captain Payden Wongstedt just two of those missing in action. Fort St. John was also without Linden Apsassin, Ryan Stickel, and Darcy Bell on defence, as well as Brighton Campbell and Brennan Billey up front.   They dressed only ten forwards and five defenceman, and the absences quickly showed. “We have not been a good hockey team as far as I’m concerned” said a disappointed Bob Kalb after the game. Kalb suggested the losses in the past two games are symptomatic of much bigger problems in the Huskies dressing room. “We’ve got too many guys who are just not putting in an honest effort” he said, adding “we’re getting what we deserve right now, and it’s not pretty.” “We’re not working as a team” said Kyle Porter after the game. Porter played as a defenceman on Friday night, but says it was a lack of chemistry and effort, rather than a lack of numbers and skill, that cost the team in Sexsmith. “Everyone knows that Payden and Cody are a big part of our team. We all had to step it up tonight, we said that to each other in the intermissions … but there were a lot of individuals out there.” Trailing 4-3 heading into the third, Sexsmith got a goal just five seconds in, when Brendan Deveaux fired a long knuckleball that eluded Garrett Muir, to tie the game. Six minutes later, the Vipers took their first lead of the game, on Nolan Trudeau’s second of the game, and 16th of the season. On Saturday night, the Huskies get a chance for redemption, when they play on home ice against Beaverlodge. Kalb hinted that there will be some changes coming on Saturday. “Our best players, guys in our own zone, are our third and fourth liners, and so those guys are going to be getting more ice time, and are going to be on different lines.”- Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgThe Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) selectors will be announcing the final squad to represent Guyana at the Americas Rugby Challenge in Colombia within the new week. This was disclosed by Head Coach Grant Stuarte at a training session on Wednesday afternoon.With just days to go before the team depart for the Challenge series, the training squad has stepped up its preparations with a trial session among the players at Parade Ground in the city, as a playing venue remains a big challenge for the Union.According to the Head Coach, the players’ fitness is not the question at the moment, but getting them to gel and understand the system is the focus.He, however, is confident the players will get it right in time.The Green Machine, Guyana’s national rugby team, will participate in the Americas Rugby Challenge series for the first time and will be competing against countries such as Mexico, Colombia, and Paraguay in the 15s format of the game.This will be a great test for the Caribbean side who are yet to dominate at this format regionally.last_img read more


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first_imgDonations for Joshua and Brandon can be sent c/o C. Rowley to P.O. Box 10883, Burbank, CA 91505. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A memorial service is scheduled for Friday for Roxanne Toof Paul, a single mother of two who was killed when her stalker, armed with an assault rifle, broke into her home last week. The memorial service is at 6 p.m. Friday at Village Church, 3216 W. Victory Blvd. in Burbank. Paul, 28, a Burbank native, died May 4 when Garret Miao, who was under a restraining order to stay away from her, kicked down the back door of her apartment and shot her before killing himself. Paul was born Sept. 13, 1978, and is survived by sons Joshua, 10, and Brandon, 4, mother Frances Hernandez and sisters Cathy Rowley and Lisa Hernandez. last_img read more


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first_imgFidget Feet Aerial Dance Company spent two days in Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny giving workshops to six groups of very enthusiastic students.This was a great opportunity for them to do something completely different and they had a wonderful experience.   PICTURE SPECIAL: FIDGET FEET AERIAL DANCE COMPANY AT LORETO LETTERKENNY was last modified: February 19th, 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:Aerial Dance CompanyFidget FeetLoreto Letterkennylast_img read more


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first_img At the time, prosecutor William Cole said Durrani was the mastermind of the exports while Budenz facilitated getting the products out of the United States. A third man, Richard Tobey, pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to violate U.S. arms export control laws. Tobey said Durrani instructed him to send a T-38 cockpit canopy to the United Arab Emirates. 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 He is scheduled to be sentenced June 5 and faces up to 45 years in prison. Telephone calls made Friday to Durrani’s lawyer, Moe Nadim, were not immediately returned. Durrani had served five years in prison after being convicted in 1987 of selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s. He said his actions were part of the Iran-Contra scandal in which the United States exchanged arms to gain release of U.S. hostages held in Lebanon. Last year, former Navy intelligence officer George Charles Budenz II pleaded guilty to illegally exporting military aircraft parts overseas. In court, Budenz said he made the air freight shipments in December 2004 and January 2005 at the direction of Durrani. SAN DIEGO – A Pakistani man who spent five years in prison for selling missile parts to Iran in the 1980s and was deported from the United States has been convicted of illegally exporting military aircraft parts ultimately destined for Iran. Authorities say Arif Ali Durrani, coordinated the movement of the parts to Belgium, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates from his home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. The ultimate destination was Iran, said Jennifer Silliman, assistant special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego. Durrani was convicted Friday on four counts of exporting engine parts and other components for the F-5 fighter jet and the Chinook helicopter. He was also convicted on one count of conspiracy to export parts, Silliman said. last_img read more


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first_imgAs dress rehearsals go this was pretty close to the real thing as regards Championship preparation; there is an intense rivalry between the neighbouring counties of Donegal and Tyrone and yesterday served to further highlight this. In 12 weeks they will do it all again but the prize will be much more than two league points.Tyrone took the spoils this time and did the damage in a devastating third quarter when they pushed home their numerical advantage from the field to the scoreboard.The size of the crowd at Healy Park conveyed the importance attached to this fixture and how both sets of supporters are eagerly awaiting the showdown in May. Unfortunately the organisation was somewhat lacking at the Omagh venue with hundreds of people still queuing up outside as the match threw in. Tyrone GAA in general is a shining example of how to do things right so it’s a shame that their premier ground is not setup to cater for a such a large crowd. Much of the pre-match build up focused on how the managers would setup their sides and whether or not they would try to keep their cards close to their chests. Jim McGuinness opted to station Neil Gallagher on the edge of the square, only coming deep for kick-outs; he wouldn’t be unfamiliar with the role having fulfilled this with his club during their County title winning charge but you’d imagine there’ll be no repeat come May.His influence and organisation was missing around the middle third with several instances of Tyrone men winning kick outs uncontested and it gave the home side a platform from which to launch their attacks. Even on limited primary possession Donegal looked incisive when they went forward and McGuinness will be happy with how they were able to open up the Tyrone rearguard. Primary possession of course isn’t hugely important to Donegal such is their ability to turn the ball over and win it back when opponents foray into the hungry tacklers lined up along Donegal’s 45 metre line but even still, the amount of pressure-free ball Tyrone players were allowed to win needs to be worked on.Donegal didn’t yield too much from the Gallagher at full forward ploy but their running game was working and they also had a certain magician in the No 14 jersey. An outrageous point from Michael Murphy showed his glorious run of form shows no sign of stopping. Receiving possession on the right wing he took a hop, soloed with his right and came inside onto his left foot; then in feigning to shoot, he dummy soloed and in one movement turned 180 degrees and stroked it over from a tight angle without barely a glance at the posts. Not many players in Ireland could execute such a piece of skill but its just another magic trick from The Maestro’s ever-growing repertoire.The great players, in any field sport, always have an ability to create time and space for themselves. Whether it’s a side step from Brian O’Driscoll or close control from Lionel Messi, these skills result in a player having more time than they had when they first received possession. Murphy’s marker Conor Clarke, who a super game in last year’s Championship clash, was within a half yard of his man but with the dummy and turn Murphy was in a few yards of space. It’s the art of forward play and artists like Murphy aren’t made, they’re born. He scored another from play soon after but just before half time the game was turned on its head. A missed penalty from Murphy, a second booking for a sliding tackle on Joe McMahon and also a first yellow for Neil Gallagher which would be followed up by another in the second half . Michael normally throttles his penalty shots but he didn’t get that correct strike through the ball and Niall Morgan was off his line quickly to get his hands to the effort. As for the red card, it was a silly attempt to retrieve the ball by Donegal’s captain and could be deemed dangerous but he can feel hard done by for a challenge that was clumsy rather than malicious.While that was undoubtedly a huge moment in the game, the real sucker punch came courtesy of Stephen O’Neill’s goal. A hesitant Neil McGee let a long ball drop in behind him and while he made a heroic effort to block the follow-up shot he couldn’t prevent it from finding the net. McGee and O’Neill had quite a battle on the edge of the square and they continued to exchange pleasantries after the final whistle – that’s certainly a confrontation brewing ahead of May.Donegal had got a couple of scores on the bounce at this stage and were within a point of the home side so the goal couldn’t have come at a worse time. The hosts pushed on after that and even though Donegal stuck to their task and were helped by substitute Patrick McBrearty’s contribution they could never get to within striking distance of the Red Hand men.There were encouraging signs from some of the players who’d been missing until now though with Paddy McGrath and Frank McGlynn both getting a valuable 70 minutes under their belts.Leo McLoone ran well from deep, often sitting in front of centre-back McGlynn. Leo had one of his finest ever displays in a Donegal jersey in the same fixture two years ago when he produced a master class and gave the great Sean Cavanagh the run around. Both McLoone and Cavanagh have endured injury nightmares since that fixture and Tyrone fans are delighted with the Moy clubman’s performances to date in 2013. He’s keen to make up for the amount games he’s missed through successive shoulder injuries and he was certainly fired up for yesterday’s encounter. A fine long range point in the second half and the salute to the crowd which followed it illustrated how pumped up he and his team-mates were in facing the All-Ireland Champions.The atmosphere on the field of play spilled over on numerous occasions and losing a physical, heated battle such as this will generally give a team a sense that they’ve been bullied – this will give Donegal huge motivation for when the sides meet again.Mickey Harte said in his autobiography a few years ago how annoyed he and his players were by what they saw as showboating on Donegal’s part in a league victory in 2007. He noted the lack of humility from those in green and gold but was well aware that “there’s always another day.” That day came a few months later when his Tyrone team blitzed Donegal in the Ulster semi-final at Clones.While the home team enjoyed their victory and revelled in the nasty undercurrent on show, Donegal know that there will be another day – and, assuming the Ulster Council make the right call on the venue, you wont want to be anywhere other than Ballybofey on May 26th. CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: BATTLE LOST BUT WAR STILL TO COME was last modified: March 4th, 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:CATHAL MacSUIBNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: BATTLE LOST BUT WAR STILL TO COMElast_img read more