All about enjoyment for discus champ Stona

first_img Stona, who suffered from a painful knee, said the competition was close throughout but he was just focused on winning the event. “It was tight, because I know I have an injury … and the other throwers were doing well, so you didn’t know who was going to win. My knee is injured but it was just mind over matter, as the championship is more important,” he added Two years ago, Stoner fell out at the preliminary round in Class Two, so claiming the Class One title this year, under the circumstances, gives him a feeling of redemption. “It makes me feel great,” he stated. The big thrower is also down to compete in the shot-put event and although his expectations remain in check he is still looking to contribute to his school’s ambitions of finishing fifth “I hope to contribute more in other competitions. I just hope to go out and execute, I am not sure what will happen but when you do your best anything is possible,” he said. – L.S. Despite carrying an injury and up against a top-class field in the Class One discus final, St Jago High’s Roje Stona, was all about enjoying himself and doing his best in his pet event at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships and it proved to be a winning combination for the gold medallist. “To win the discus Class One is a blessing. It’s my personal event and I just came out to execute and that’s what I did,” he said. “The plan was to come out and start well and then go for it in the early round, but I went behind and people might think I was under pressure, but I wasn’t, I was enjoying myself,” he insisted. CLOSE COMPETITIONlast_img read more

UG boost security measures following bomb threats

first_img…“We are not going to let efforts to destabilise us lead us into panic” – UG VCFollowing two consecutive days of bombing threats at the nation’s tertiary educational institution, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith on Monday assured that the institution will not allow efforts made to destabilise the University lead them into panic.In fact, Griffith informed the media that improved security measures are being put in place at the educational facility.Griffith was at the time speaking at a news conference hosted at the University’s Turkeyen Campus.“We are not going to let efforts to destabilise us lead us into panic. We are going toVice Chancellor and Principal of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffithbe steadfast and methodical, mindful of what our responsibilities to our students and our staff and the community (are) and we know that some of what we are introducing may cause some discomfort. We will just have to manage that discomfort but we are not gonna be destabilised,” he said.Among the added security measures, the VC said that all persons and vehicles entering the campus will now require some form of identification, beginning on Wednesday.According to the Vice Chancellor, from tomorrow the new protocol will be conducted for a two-week span, which will be trailed by an evaluation to trigger modifications if necessary.He admitted that the University’s approach to use and display identification (ID) badges is very lacklustre among both students and staffers and this is one area which will require immediate change.Come Wednesday persons will not be allowed to enter the campus without their ID badges. If any student or staffer does not have their badge in their possession, they will be required to present some other form of identification before they are allowed entrance.Additionally, all vehicles entering will be checked for the University’s sticker. “We are going to be taking a stronger approach ensuring that vehicles that don’t have a UG sticker have a way of identifying at least who the driver and passengers in those vehicles are,” Griffith posited.The Vice Chancellor added that a significant amount of traffic uses the south gate, again with very little identification checks being conducted.He said the University will be restricting access through the south gate unless an identification badge or sticker is provided.When it comes to the minibuses and taxis dropping students off, the VC noted that the existing protocol will be maintained with a few variations. He explained that those minibuses with UG stickers will be allowed to enter the compound to drop off passengers at the security checkpoint and proceed to the Education Lecture Theatre (ELT) building to turn around.Additionally, random vehicle and other searches are expected to be conducted.According to the VC, he is aware that bag checks would be appropriate at this time, however, the University is not equipped with the manpower to conduct it. He, however, noted that the University is seeking to implement an electronic verification program for students using their badges in the future.In relation to the students who were affected and missed classes, he assured that the University will make up for that.InvestigationsMeanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Linden Alves, made it clear that the GPF, although it has never dealt with such bomb threats before, is well prepared and ready to pursue such cases.“The Guyana Police Force is adequately equipped and ready to deal with situations of the present nature,” he said.The Deputy Commissioner told members of the press that someone was taken into custody and charged for improper use of the public telecommunications system while contravening Section 33 1 (B) of the Telecommunication Act under Chapter 4702.“Based on statements that we have obtained so far that is what is taking us further and we will go as far as we practically can deal with this issue…There are other persons that they are looking at…” the Deputy Commissioner said.Alves clarified that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is not working in isolation on this case and is, in fact, seeking the aid of regional and international expertise.Last week the University was evacuated, which led to classes being suspended because of two consecutive days of bombing threats to the institution.last_img read more

Man executed outside Bartica bar

first_imgDead: Antonio Dos SantosA 21-year-old resident of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) lost his life on Monday after he was shot in front of a bar by a man, who later fled the scene and was later handed over to the Police.Dead is Antonio Dos Santos of Lot 22, Second Avenue, Bartica.According to information received, the incident occurred in front of an entertainment bar at First Avenue Bartica at about 02:25h.Dos Santos was said to be imbibing at the said location when he was approached by the suspect and shot twice in the left region of his chest. The shooter then quickly fled the scene.The injured man was rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital, where he was treated and referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. However, Dos Santos succumbed to his injuries at about 07:05h at the Bartica Airstrip while being medivaced.Police were on the hunt for a 29-year-old carpenter of First Avenue, Bartica who was listed as the suspect in the incident. The manhunt ended when the suspect was handed over to the police by his mother at about 17:15h on Monday.Meanwhile, Dos Santos’ body is at the Bartica Hospital Mortuary, where a post mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Treaty 8 laments demise of BCUC

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca staff Treaty 8 First Nations are livid with the Provincial Government, for its decision to go ahead with the Site ‘C’ Dam project without regulatory oversight.On Monday, April 19th, Premier Gordon Campbell announced that the province was approving B.C. Hydro’s plan to move into ‘Phase 3’ of the site-C planning process. – Advertisement -This Wednesday (April 28th), the Province also introduced its new ‘Clean Energy Act’, which re-united BC hydro with the BC Transmission Corporation. While setting higher goals for energy conservation in BC, the act also effectively gutted the power of the BC Utilities Commission to review new power projects, leaving those decisions up to cabinet.In a statement from the Council of British Columbia Treaty 8 Chiefs on Friday, Cheif Liz Logan argues the BCUC had been the one venue where First Nations had been involved in consultations before. With Site-C now exempt from BCUC oversight, Logan joins other Treaty 8 Chiefs in wondering if the government will allow for adequate consultation with First Nations partners.last_img read more

Poll: Who’s got the best chance of winning the Rugby World Cup?

first_img George North of Wales 1 With all three remaining home nations facing tough southern hemisphere opposition in the quarter finals, the Drivetime team want to know who have got the best chance of winning the World Cup?Is it Ireland, who topped their pool and now face Argentina? Is it Wales, who escaped the ‘Pool of Death’ only to face South Africa? Or is it Scotland, who face England’s conquerors Australia?Or do they all have about as much chance of winning it as already departed England?last_img

‘Tim Sherwood and I would have kept Aston Villa in the Premier League’ – Wilkins

first_img1 Former Aston Villa assistant Ray Wilkins is confident he and Tim Sherwood would have kept the club in the Premier League this season.Sherwood and Wilkins were sacked just ten games into the campaign after a run of six successive defeats, despite successfully steering Villa clear of the drop and leading them to the FA Cup final just months before.Their biggest loss of that period was a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.Relatively unknown Frenchman Remi Garde was appointed as Sherwood’s successor, but the gamble didn’t pay off for the Villa. He claimed only three wins in charge of the side, and was himself sacked in March, leaving the club on the brink of relegation.It means the club are now hunting for their third new manager in the space for a year, but Wilkins has told talkSPORT they might not be in their current situation if they put their trust in Sherwood.Asked if he and the former Tottenham coach could have saved Villa, Wilkins told talkSPORT: “Yes, I believe we could have done.“We never got trounced. We never got badly beaten. I think we were just on the brink of doing really well.“We played some very tough opponents in the early stages of the season and we’re probably one of the only teams who had the opportunity to beat Leicester.“I honestly feel that with the staff and the players we had that we could have staved off relegation.” Tim Sherwood was sacked by Aston Villa just ten games into the season last_img read more

MCHUGH SLAMS SINN FEIN’S ‘NEGATIVITY’ ON INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL

first_imgJoe McHugh TD has said that Sinn Féin’s persistent negativity about the work of the IDA in Donegal does not help efforts to attract investment to the county.Deputy McHughAnd he has said that a positive approach by political parties would be more useful to the Donegal workforce during this time of economic crisis.Responding to criticism of the IDA by Donegal Sinn Féin today, Deputy McHugh said Sinn Féin’s statement about the IDA’s work in Donegal comes just 15 days after Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD & the IDA announced that the early stage technology company KeyedIn Solutions will establish its new European Software Research and Development Centre at CoLab on the LYIT campus in Letterkenny, initially creating 20 new jobs, with plans for significant expansion in the short-term. “Sinn Féin’s criticism of the IDA also comes just a short few weeks after the IDA’s biggest client company in Donegal, Pramerica Systems Ltd, started hiring 100 new additional employees at its premises in Letterkenny.“I have expressed concern in the past about the contribution of job creation agencies in Donegal. However, it must be pointed out that IDA client companies created 274 new jobs in Donegal in 2011 and 245 new jobs in Donegal in 2010; whereas IDA client companies in Donegal created 81 new jobs in 2009 and just 41 new jobs in 2008.“Businesses in Donegal are struggling to survive at present, and accessing credit is a key challenge. Today, as small-to-medium enterprises prepare for the Christmas season, what the Irish economy requires is money flowing through it. The Government is doing its utmost to address the banking crisis and to improve credit flow.“The Government launched its Credit Guarantee Scheme last week; this will provide an additional €150m in lending per year for small Irish businesses over the next three years. Bank of Ireland, AIB and Ulster Bank are the participating lenders in this scheme, and applications should be made to the participating banks in the normal way. The MicroFinance Fund has been in operation since October 1st 2012: it provides loans of up to €25,000 for viable businesses with less than 10 employees. Information on this scheme is available from Enterprise Boards. “This swipe by Sinn Féin at the IDA today may be a tactic to take attention away from the fundamental contradiction at the heart of Sinn Féin’s bogus new jobs strategy. Sinn Féin proposes to create new jobs nationally on the strength of a €1.534bn loan from the European Investment Bank, and the Party’s policy document also commits to stopping the funding of bondholders. The EU has said that European Investment Bank funds will not be available to countries that default on bondholders.“Sinn Féin’s bogus strategy also commits to investing €300m in new schools in the Republic of Ireland, even though the Party is closing schools in Northern Ireland, where it holds the Education Ministry.“I encourage Sinn Féin to stop playing politics with people’s futures and to stop undermining the sincerity of public debate by publishing bogus policy documents during a time of real crisis. I also encourage Donegal Sinn Féin to be more positive about our county instead of trying to score cynical points.”MCHUGH SLAMS SINN FEIN’S ‘NEGATIVITY’ ON INVESTMENT IN DONEGAL was last modified: October 31st, 2012 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:Joe McHughSinn Feinlast_img read more

DONEGAL WATERING HOLE TO FEATURE IN NEW FILM ‘THE IRISH PUB’

first_imgA Donegal pub is to feature in a feature film called The Irish Pub.The film is available to stream or download nationwide from volta.ie from tomorrow.The film includes an interview with Nan and Patricia Brennan of Brennan’s in Bundoran, two sisters who were born in a bedroom above the bar that their grandparents opened on St. Patrick’s Day 1900 and who continue to run the pub now. Featuring pubs and publicans from across the country, the film can now be streamed or downloaded to enjoy at home (even if your home isn’t close to an independent cinema).The film is a tribute to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub, or more specifically, the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this wonderful film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of THE IRISH PUB.After a successful run in cinemas, audiences nationwide can now rent the film to watch at home. By logging on to www.volta.ie, users can decide to rent or purchase the film by streaming or downloading.For further Information, interview requests with publicans, videos or images please contact Tom Lawlor on 01 618 5032 or tomlawlor@elementpictures.ie For Production Notes, images, trailers, posters, audio and video clips and more visit: http://irishpubfilm.com/media/  DONEGAL WATERING HOLE TO FEATURE IN NEW FILM ‘THE IRISH PUB’ was last modified: October 30th, 2013 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:BRENNANSbundoranfilmlast_img read more

Which major sports star gave Warehouse a ‘try’ last weekend?

first_imgWarehouse Bar + Kitchen in Letterkenny had some very familiar faces in on Saturday, 14th October.Rugby International Tommy Bowe and a few of his Ulster teammates popped into the venue for lunch and decided to stay the night. There was much excitement among locals as they partied alongside the top sports stars.The award-winning Warehouse team were delighted to welcome the special guests: “Bowe was guest chef in “The Restaurant” a few years ago, so we were honoured to have him spend the day and sample some of our dishes with his team mates,” a spokesperson said.Bowe, originally from Monaghan now lives in Belfast with his wife Lucy and daughter Emma. Since returning to the pitch after his ankle injury, Bowe is working on his clothing and shoe line as well as a Sports For Schools project with Subway.Warehouse quickly become a top destination for fans once this photo went online!Team lunch at Warehouse B+K LetterkennyWhich major sports star gave Warehouse a ‘try’ last weekend? was last modified: October 17th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Tommy BoweUlster Rugbywarehouse bar + kitchenlast_img read more

Age of Modern Humans Revised, “Depending on Whom You Believe”

first_imgThe official age of the oldest anatomically modern humans is now 195,000 years, some 65,000 years older than previously thought.  This announcement was made in Nature1 by Ian McDougall, Francis H. Brown and John F. Fleagle, based on revised radiometric dates calculated from sediments surrounding two human skeletons in Ethiopia.  These specimens, named Omo I and Omo II, were found in the 1967 by Richard Leakey, and were then dated at 130,000 years old.  The authors believe these are “the earliest well-dated anatomically modern humans yet described.”  The earlier record was about 160,000 years.    Revisions sometimes have unintended consequences.  Timelines are tied with other events, so moving one date by a third is bound to shake up other calibration points.  A summary on EurekAlert explains,Brown says that pushing the emergence of Homo sapiens from about 160,000 years ago back to about 195,000 years ago “is significant because the cultural aspects of humanity in most cases appear much later in the record – only 50,000 years ago – which would mean 150,000 years of Homo sapiens without cultural stuff, such as evidence of eating fish, of harpoons, anything to do with music (flutes and that sort of thing), needles, even tools.  This stuff all comes in very late, except for stone knife blades, which appeared between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago, depending on whom you believe.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Fleagle agrees that there is a “huge debate” in the archaeological literature about the dating of the first cultural artifacts, though the accepted date hovers around 50,000 years.  “As modern human anatomy is documented at earlier and earlier sites,” it becomes evident that there was a great time gap between the appearance of the modern skeleton and ‘modern behavior.’”    Another consequence is that inferences about modernity from appearance are more subjective.  Omo II was supposed to be a more primitive form, but appears from the newest dates to be nearly contemporaneous with Omo I.  The team interpreted the history of rock and ash layers to arrive at the dates of the fossils, and selected feldspar crystals for potassium-argon analysis.  Science Now has pictures of the skull caps.1McDougall, Brown and Fleagle, “Stratigraphic placement and age of modern humans from Kibish, Ethiopia,” Nature 433, 733 – 736 (17 February 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03258.We already knew that judgments about who is primitive and who is not are highly subjective (see 01/01/2005 entry).  The labeling game amounts to a kind of paleoanthropological racism.  Primitive is in the eye of the beholder.  Since Mr. Omo II can’t show off his intellect, the Darwin Party racists are free to categorize him as “less highly evolved,” like the early Darwinians used to classify non-Englishmen.  Even with the new dates that make him a contemporary of Mr. Modern Omo I, Fleagle says, in effect, “well, what do you know; primitives and moderns lived at the same time.”    The other inference about the culture gap is so incredible, so absurd, it calls into question the intelligence, if not the sanity, of anyone who would accept it.  They are claiming that human beings, virtually indistinguishable from us, went for up to 150,000 years without learning how to make a tool, catch a fish, harpoon a mammoth, ride a horse, plant a farm or drill holes in a reed to make even a simple flute.  What did these brethren do for amusement?  Look how much humans have accomplished in the 6,000 years of recorded history, from cuneiform to Saturn spaceships.  To think that fully-endowed humans could not think of even the simplest cultural advances for 25 times that length of time is patently ridiculous.  Even crows and chimps show more capability than these humans who are supposed to have walked the earth for eons without leaving a trace.  Pile this absurdity on top of that: “Brown says the fossil record of humans is poor from 100,000 to 500,000 years ago….”  Let’s build conclusions on evidence, not the other way around, OK?    If it were not for the Darwin Party’s total commitment to millions of years of evolution, and their totalitarian control over the media, this claim would be laughed off the stage as the funniest thing since the Dean scream.  This is another one of the aspects of evolutionary theory that will some day make history students wag their heads in disbelief that so many educated people could be duped for so long by the teachings of a primitive-looking guru named Charlie.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more