Thomas welcomes learning experience

first_imgBEIJING, China:Things didn’t exactly go to plan for Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas in the women’s shot put during yesterday’s opening day of the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.Already playing her role in history as Jamaica’s first female representative in the shot put at the World Championships, the former Edwin Allen student, now at Kent State University, says she that all she has gained from the experience has far outweighed her disappointment, after her 16.62m only gave her 12th place in Group A qualifying as she missed out on a spot in the final.”For the first time, I would say it was a great experience for me,” said Thomas. “It has boosted my confidence. “I’m the first female shot putter for Jamaica to ever compete at the World Championships, so it’s a privilege for me.””It has given me an eye-opener and it’s going to give me the motivation to train harder to ensure that I qualify for the Olympics next year,” she added.Thomas, who also competed at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, says she is hoping to continue flying the flag for Jamaica’s female throwers and is hoping that she can become an influence for youngsters who are looking to get involved with throwing events.”What I have taken away is even though you see a lot of these girls who are professionals, it’s what you go out there on the day and do that really matters. What they have done in the past sometimes it doesn’t always count, you as the individual have to go out there on the day and perform,” said Thomas.The 22 year-old only registered one legal mark after fouling on her first and third throws.last_img read more

Draft cybercrime legislation ready to be presented to Cabine

first_imgThe cybercrime draft legislation is ready for presentation to Cabinet now that consultations and adjustments on the bill have been completed.Attorney General Basil Williams noted that he would make a special appeal to Cabinet for the legislation to be sent to a select committee when it is presented in Parliament. Once the draft legislation is cleared by Cabinet, it will be laid in Parliament.Government has recognised the need for cybercrime legislation given the growth of Information and Communications Technology.The draft bill was initially presented to stakeholders at a consultation session held in March. Williams said the Bill underwent changes following the consultation. “As a result of that consultation, we had to make several adjustments to the draft bill,” he explained.The draft cybercrime legislation will address cyber threats such as identity theft, cyberbullying and child pornography.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force has been preparing its ranks to effectively address this kind of crime with a series of training sessions. An Assistant Superintendent and a Sergeant attended a just-concluded Interpol-sponsored cybercrime training session in the Dominican Republic.The Legal Affairs Ministry has also been exposing its staff to cybercrime training, and the Director of Public Prosecutions and Justice of Appeal attended similar seminars in Brazil, Williams pointed out.last_img read more

TEF to Host Largest Gathering of African Entrepreneurship

first_imgFlashback: Fellows of the 3rd edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will host its 5th Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs – on July 26 – 27, 2019. The two-day event will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.The Forum is the culmination of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants.The event provides a unique opportunity for young women and men, from all 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem.It is also a critical opportunity for political leaders and policymakers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.Keynote speakers at the highly anticipated Forum include Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Macky Sall, President of Senegal, who will join Tony O. Elumelu, CON, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in an intimate open house discussion.The Presidential Convening is a highlight of the Forum,  allowing the African entrepreneurs in attendance to closely engage with political leaders, to give first-hand testimony of the important role government can play in catalyzing growth and encouraging business ambition.The Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and globally, who will engage attendees in specialized training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills.The Forum will also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs will deliver exciting presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel. For the first time, the Forum will be hosted in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria and will bring together leading policymakers, business leaders, development agencies and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem including alumni of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme.Last year, a significant highlight was the launch of TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, which provides a unique digital hub for the African entrepreneurship, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly business beyond borders.Previous Forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africapitalism, created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — the continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.In 2015, the Foundation committed US$100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.“The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of our entrepreneurs if we are to accelerate the development of the continent,” TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said.She added: “We are constantly inspired by the stories we receive from our entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, employing people and impacting their local communities and ultimately, the continent. We believe that these entrepreneurs are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Alternative Liberia Deserves

first_imgThe Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings.Op-ed by ANC’s Communication TeamThe Political Leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Mr. Alexander B. Cummings.He is the “Alternative” Liberia deserves The Nigerians reckon that “All lizards lie prostrate, but how can one tell which one suffers from bellyache.” Liberians have severally litmus-tested somewhat little known or pseudo political actors; some imposed while others emerged through quasi-electioneering processes.Arguably, the quest for a ‘Messiah’ has been rife amid a fathoming population eager to see a group of Liberians truly dedicated to bring about a better Liberia. A country in which the people will undoubtedly be real owners of the wealth, resources and political direction of their future.As the search edges on, a group of Liberians have congregated themselves into what has become known as the Alternative National Congress (ANC). These patriotic Liberians believe that the crucial issues of health, education, agriculture and importantly the economy need complete overhaul. Politics and economics are twin sisters or better still inseparable.The ANC’s political path these men and women proposed envisions a new partnership for development of all the potentials of the nation, where the various pillars of the society will all work in harmony to put the country on a new development path. In this collation of viable forces, the government will create and maintain an atmosphere conducive to progress, creativity, peace and one that allows all potentials to bloom. The civil society and the private sector then become engines of progress. This new paradigm will lead to national renaissance and development and put an end to Liberia’s anguish. The ANC wows to end the dependency of Liberia, in every area, from agriculture to education to health.We all know that the vicissitudes of Ebola reckon an ardent call to action aimed at building a robust and resilient basic health care system for our people. In the doctrine of the ‘Alternative Liberia deserves’, all Liberians irrespective of their status, creed and belief are entitled to better and improved health care no matter where they live. The ‘Alternative’ postulates that no Liberian should die because healthcare is inaccessible let alone health worker unavailable.As a vision, the ‘ANC’ concedes that life-saving drugs must be readily available at every health facility; we must ensure a commitment to reduce infant mortality; have the capacity to respond appropriately to any outbreak and that our healthcare delivery system will not be based on ‘cash and carry’ especially for those desperately in need. Training and capacity building for health care professional would ultimately inform our vision in order to deliver nothing short of the best.It is about an ‘ANC’ that reconfigures our national education system based on a practical and scientific diversification model. An education system that makes students to become inspired, incisive and thought-provoking. A system that will explore ‘life skills’ to give young boys and girls a promising future. The ‘Alternative’ that prospects an education system that will prioritize vocational technical education that will groom middle-level technical and entrepreneurs.This ‘ANC’ will encapsulate the infusion of enormous resources into “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” (STEM). We cannot lose sight of the teachers on account of quality. If our teachers are adequately trained and capacitated, we should evidently expect the best out of the students. Prior to our devastating conflict, institutions and entities such as ‘Bong County Agriculture Development Project (BCADP), Nimba County Agriculture Development Project (NCADP) and the Lofa County Agriculture Development Project (LCADP) became the breeding grounds for Liberia’s agricultural productivity. They empowered farmers and provided the technical support for our people to till the land. The yields were blossoming and farmers were able to invest into their children’s education and meet other basic needs for their households.It is the determination of the ANC to chart and re-engineer the dawn of a new day for the agriculture sector. The vision calls for repositions Agriculture Extension Specialists to the District and Counties to lead the charge.The ‘Alternative or Vision’ recognizes the fertility of our soil and believes that by employing the right technological methods and best practices – our dream for an agriculturally sustainable country is at our doorsteps. The ANC Liberia deserves is just more than words but anchored on genuine call to action for the greater good of all Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Green-face egret made up for love

first_imgMakeup – it’s a rite of passage for girls 10 through 12 years old. The actual colors go in and out of favor, and the names change every season, but some things never seem to change. One day your tender young daughter enters the family bathroom, and later she emerges looking like a cross between a circus clown and a bird of paradise. This time of year the same thing happens to great egrets. As mating season approaches, the patch of skin between the eye and the bill – called the lores – changes color from yellow to bright green. This color change happens to both males and females and lasts about a month. “So what does she see in him?” we might find ourselves asking. After all, to our eyes, both males and females look alike. But what we see may not be exactly what the egret sees. Many birds see in ultraviolet light, and those plain white feathers might not actually appear white to another egret. This is currently an open area of scientific research. But in the meantime, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I can’t just sit around and wait for the research to be completed. I may be forced to dig out that old green eyeshadow tucked away somewhere in our daughter’s bathroom. Our next bird hike is scheduled at Towsley Canyon from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Towsley Canyon is located on the Old Road, west of the Golden State Freeway and about a quarter mile south of the Calgrove Boulevard exit. You can listen to stories like this every Friday morning at 7:10 a.m. on “The Hike Report,” brought to you by your hometown radio station KHTS (AM-1220) and by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. For our complete hike and activity schedule and for trail maps, go to www.LAMountains.com. To see what’s playing on radio station KHTS, go to http://www.hometownstation.com/ or tune in to AM-1220. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com 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

Ethiopia, Rwanda get second CHAN chance

first_imgThe Egyptians were eliminated in the qualifying competition by Morocco, who then replaced unready Kenya as hosts, creating a vacancy in the 16-team field.Egypt were reinstated only to pull out, leaving Ethiopia and Rwanda to play each other on November 5 and 12 for a finals place.Ethiopia and Rwanda were eliminated during the final qualifying round and the organisers said they were given a second chance as “part of a concern for fairness”.Qualification is regional and the east will now have three representatives along with the centre and south while the west has five and the north two.Morocco will host the Nations Championship draw in Rabat on November 17, and the tournament in Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier between January 12 and February 4.Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia are the other qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two female Walia Ibex fans roar their team to victory during their Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarterfinal clash against Tanzania on Monday, November 30, 2015 at Addis Ababa International Stadium. PHOTO/SportPichaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 30-Ethiopia and Rwanda will meet during November to fill the place at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) vacated by Egypt, the organisers confirmed Monday.Egypt withdrew after clubs refused to release players as the tournament for home-based footballers is not staged during a FIFA international window.last_img read more

Listen: ‘You’re a has-been!’ – Jason Cundy gets rinsed by brutal caller

first_img 1 It all got a bit personal, then, and not even Georgie Bingham was safe from the firing line!Listen to the hilarious clip from Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast show, above! Someone call the burns unit!The Weekend Sports Breakfast team received an angry message on Sunday. The topic? Jason Cundy.Leeds United fan Francesca told us that every time she heard the former Chelsea man’s dulcet tones on her radio, she’s switches it off.talkSPORT regulars will know Cundy is never one to shy away from his critics, so he invited the peeved ‘Franny’ on the show – and he was put firmly in his place!last_img read more

Plastic bags? Not so fast

first_imgRalphs, 99 Cents Only stores and three Bed, Bath & Beyond locations are offering either double rebates for those who bring in their own plastic, paper or canvas sacks, free bags with a certain purchase price, or first-come, first-served giveaways. The Ralphs on Sepulveda Boulevard in El Segundo will hand out free bags to the first 500 customers, and a booth will also be set up from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fox Hills Mall and the Culver City Downtown Plaza. For an up-to-date list of participants and more locations, link to www.healthebay.org. Gold said the organization pitched the event during the busy holiday season as a way to engage retailers and heighten public awareness about the importance of reusing. But it also raises the curtain on a discussion set for early next year before the county Board of Supervisors, which will be asked to consider different options for banning or limiting the distribution of plastic bags. The supervisors in April instructed staff members to investigate the bag litter problem and weigh the impacts of a ban. Just a month earlier, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to do so, outlawing the distribution of all non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags at large supermarkets. But Paul Alva, a senior civil engineer with the county Department of Public Works, said it’s important to consider the fact that Los Angeles County has no composting facility capable of collecting those biodegradable sacks. Other countries, such as Ireland, impose a tax on plastic bags, according to the county report. But Alva points out that AB 2449, the state law that went into effect in July and requires all large supermarkets to provide bag recycling bins, prohibits local governments from imposing plastic bag fees, increasing reporting requirements and interfering in store recycling programs. The first report detailing the bag problem and potential solutions was released in August, Alva said, but it has since been revised after staff members spoke with industry leaders and environmental groups. Alva, who served as the project manager, said the supervisors on Jan. 22 will be asked to consider one of five alternatives for easing the bag problem. Two new options involve voluntary bag reduction programs for large supermarkets and retail stores, yet they would also either impose an automatic ban or give the supervisors the chance to weigh a ban after a certain time period. At least for now, some retailers seem to favor the voluntary, educational approach. Ralphs spokesman Terry O’Neil said the company has yet to take a position on a potential plastic shopping bag ban. “At this point, we’re promoting environmental education, conservation, recycling,” he said. On Thursday, the chain’s 180 Ralphs stores countywide will offer double rebates to consumers who bring their own sacks from home – 6 cents for plastic and 10 cents for paper or reusable bags. Similarly, all 75 county 99 Cents Only stores will shave off the price of a 99-cent blue and purple fabric tote for customers who spend more than $49.99. Bed, Bath & Beyond stores at the Beverly Center, Hollywood and in West L.A. will do so for purchases above $50 from 11 a.m. to 1p.m., according to Heal the Bay. “It will take time for everybody to get used to the idea of not using a plastic shopping bag. It’s a part of the American culture,” said Henry Chu, a spokesman for 99 Cents Only stores. “We’re not there yet,” he added, “but I think it’s important to start the discussion.” kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When you reach the checkout Thursday, holiday gifts, groceries and party loot in hand, think about passing on paper and plastic. And if not, don’t expect to leave without a warning to recycle. Retailers, cities, environmental groups and government agencies across Los Angeles County have declared Thursday “A Day Without a Bag” – with the goal of increasing the use of reusable totes. At the height of the holiday shopping rush – when bags are handed out in record numbers – consumers who don’t come carrying their own canvas sacks will be urged to consider purchasing some. And in many places they’ll be available for free, first-come, first-served, so excuses will be hard to come by. The environmental group Heal the Bay is leading the charge, but dozens of other organizations, public agencies and retailers have signed on to alert people about the environmental hazards of plastic carryalls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champRecyclable plastic bags were introduced in the 1970s as an alternative to paper sacks because they don’t come from trees and could be produced with less energy. But when the wind picks up, littered plastic bags can blow easily into streams and creeks, endangering fish and wildlife and creating a daunting job for public works crews. A county report estimates 6 billion of the plastic bags are used each year countywide. And despite the fact that they’re recyclable, 48,000 tons of them land each year in county landfills. “After mulling it over right before Thanksgiving, as crazy as it is, we just decided, let’s go for it. It’s been amazing, the public response,” said Mark Gold, executive director of Heal the Bay. “This is a great way to promote awareness on this day.” So far, Gold said 21 cities throughout Los Angeles County have passed resolutions supporting the event, including Los Angeles, Carson, Culver City, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lomita and Redondo Beach. last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH HOW GENTLEMAN JOSEPH DUFFY TREATS HIS OPPONENTS

first_imgThere were no threats, no shouting and no disrespect for his opponent.This is how gentleman Joseph Duffy does his pre-fight ‘stare-offs’ with his upcoming opponents. That’s unlike a certain other fighter who doesn’t know what is going to hit him when he finally meets the Burtonport man – again!And we all know  what happened the last time that happened. Boom!DDTV: WATCH HOW GENTLEMAN JOSEPH DUFFY TREATS HIS OPPONENTS was last modified: September 6th, 2015 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:donegalJoseph DuffyUFClast_img read more

LAC NOTES: TEAM TAKES BRONZE

first_imgCongratulations to our senior men’s road relay team who took a bronze medal in the National Championship’s in Raheny at the weekend.The team consisted of Darren McBrearty, Paddy Brennan, Ciaran Doherty and Danny Mooney. The team were just pipped for second place by Joe Sweeney who posted the fastest two mile time of the day on the last leg.We also had a ‘B’ team at the race and consisted of Garvin Walker, Christy Johnston, Darren King and James McFadden.This weekend its all systems go for the Easter 3 k run.  The race begins at 11.15 from the LYIT and entries will be taken from 10am at Aura Leisure Centre.The following weekend is the North West 10k and organisers are appealing to as many people as possible to enter online. They can do this by going to the North West 10k website.LAC NOTES: TEAM TAKES BRONZE was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Athletic Clublast_img read more