LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN The absence of Helps, RenÈe Medley, Sashalee Forbes, Carmelita Griffiths and Jeanine Williams, and the possible deployment of St Jago teammate Shanice Reid to the 400m leaves defending girls’ Class One 100m and 200m champion Natalliah Whyte in a league of her own this year. Helps, Reid, Medley and Forbes, Griffiths and Williams were second, third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh in the Class One 100m final last year. Together, those circumstances force fans to look to Class Two for quality depth and mass speed. Calabar’s Dejour Russell and Tyreke Wilson, first and second in the 100m, both return. Wilson will want to add the Class Two title to the Class Three version he won over Russell in 2014, but the big boy will want to repeat. If their starts are better than they were last year, fast times are possible. The best group of speedsters are probably in the girls’ Class Two category. Defending champion Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen has been winning since her Class Four days, but her hand could be full at Champs this year. Not only must she cope with last year’s Class Three winner Kimone Shaw of St Jago, she probably will have company from Sheneil English. In Class Three, English beat both Shaw and Clarke at 200 metres while attending Hydel High. Now she is Shaw’s teammate at St Jago and missed the 2015 season of Champs eligibility because of the switch. Since then, the smooth running English has reached the World Youth 200m final. Recently, she opened her 2016 with a trip over 400 metres. Shaw is the best starter of the three, but the other two are great finishers. The last time they all met in a Champs 100m, the order was Clarke – English – Yanique Dayle of Hydel – Shaw. That was two years ago. All have improved, and a run at Helps’ Class Two record of 11.50 isn’t out of the question. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980 With Michael O’Hara and Shauna Helps gone a year early from Class One, the search for speed might settle in Class Two when ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships arrives in March. That’s where Calabar’s potent sprinters dominated last year on the boys’ side. Edwin Allen did likewise amongst the girls but may have challengers this year. O’Hara, Edward Clarke and Raheem Robinson, the top three from the Class One 100 final are gone. So is Okeen Williams who was fifth. That should leave the way clear for Raheem Chambers, St Jago’s former Class Two and Three 100m winner and Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical who has already shown promise over 200 metres this season. If Jevaughn Matherson of Kingston College bounces back from a wretched 2015 campaign, he could be a threat. He broke Chambers’ Class Three record, and when the St Jago speed merchant set the Class Two record of 10.29 seconds in 2014, Matherson was a splendid second in 10.37, a fine time for a first-year Class Two athlete.
MOST READ And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:02NAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Credible reports reaching the Daily Observer from Tubmanburg, Bomi County, have revealed that the government-run hospital in Bomi County has been shut down.According to our sources, this is largely because Mr. Sando Sirleaf, the County Health Services Administrator (CHSA), and his family of 10 have been tested positive with the deadly Ebola virus, which is ravishing the nation.One of our sources, who is very close to the hospital, the county’s only referral hospital and major health facility, however, clarified that the hospital’s doors have not been totally closed, but that all of the patients, including admitted ones, have fled.Our source also said the Out-Patient Department (OPD) for routine treatments for malaria and other “common sicknesses,” is also empty, as out-patients have stopped coming to the hospital.According to our source, who has asked to remain anonymous, “Even most of the nurses have now left the hospital because they are afraid for their lives. This is why I said the hospital has now closed.”Our source further disclosed that on Sunday, July 27, the only two out-patients that went to the hospital were the last two remaining family members of the county’s Health Service Administrator, Mr. Sirleaf.The Daily Observer learned that Mr. Sirleaf and nine members of his family were brought to Monrovia for screening after his son, Sando Sirleaf, Jr., head of the Gayah Hill Health Center, had tested positive with the Ebola virus, which is taking the lives of people every day.Following the screening, our Health Correspondent was reliably told that eight tested positive, are now isolated and are being given supported treatment by health workers. It was the last two, who were confirmed Sunday, as also having come down with the virus.Another source, who is also a Sirleaf, but no relation to Sando, said he is a very good friend of the Bomi Health Service Administrator’s entire family. This source disclosed to us that it was through the auspices of Mr. Sando Sirleaf that the Ghana-based Multi-TV came to Liberia and opened one of its overseas offices here in Monrovia.Also speaking to the Observer, however, Dr. Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Minister for Health Services, said that the hospital has not been shut down.With what is happening in the country, she explained, people are just afraid to go to the health facility which, the CMO said, is the wrong decision to make.(For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
33,278 runners finished the 2015 Vancouver Sun Run over the weekend, and of those seven were from Fort St. John. The top local finisher was Verna Fairlie as she finished the race in 1:00:35, which was good enough for 10,737th overall.Jeff Fairlie was the next Fort St. John finisher. He completed the run in 1:00:37 which was 10,769th overall.Brad Taylor finished the race in 1:01:16 for a 11,267th place finish. Deborah Gardiner was 18,983 overall with her time of 1:12:03.- Advertisement -Katie Sloan’s time of 1:12:29 earned her the 19,243rd spot. Dave Sloan was just behind in 1:12:30 for 19,247th.The final Fort St. John finisher was Tora Halter. She finished the run in 1:33:01, for 26,609th place.
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0Shares0000The Dutch centre-half was a long-term target for Liverpool after failing in their bid to land him last summer, but he has been worth the wait for Klopp.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 10 – Jurgen Klopp says Sh10.4bn (£75mn) January signing Virgil van Dijk has proved to be even better than he imagined.Van Dijk returns to former club Southampton on Sunday after quickly settling into life under Klopp, following his record-breaking move to Anfield. The Dutch centre-half was a long-term target for Liverpool after failing in their bid to land him last summer, but he has been worth the wait for Klopp.“I’m not surprised that he is really, really fantastic and exactly like what we would have expected,” Klopp said.“He has all the football tools, he is getting better and better. He was not 100 per cent fit when he arrived here for different reasons but he’s getting better and better. Everything will be even better in a few weeks.“He is a football playing centre half. That’s what he is. He is good and I’m absolutely happy having him around.”Klopp believes that van Dijk will get even better next season too, once he comes to grips with the size of his new club.“It is a completely different way of working here. We can beat Southampton, they can beat us. We play in the same league but everything is different here. Each player will tell you exactly the same,” added the Liverpool boss.“It’s not only the football thing. Liverpool is an outstanding big club and the boys have to do a lot of things around training, much more than the other clubs but it is all good.“You have to adapt to all these things and then there is the football. We had much more time to train but it is still not exactly like you would do it in the pre-season.“That’s the truth. That’s why I said you will see the best Virgil Van Dijk after pre-season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tis the season — to be mindful, according to Donegal Crime Prevention officer Sgt Paul Wallace.Sgt Wallace has compiled a list of tips for ensuring that our festive season is not turned into a festive nightmare. The lead in to the busy Christmas period is identified as an ideal opportunity to promote crime prevention and encourage awareness. Although it is the time of the year where the majority of us will practice the tradition of giving gifts, unfortunately the majority of burglars view it very differently and see the festive season as an opportune time to break into a home.To help prevent burglaries from happening over the festive season the Garda Community Relations Bureau would like to share the following tips.Going Away For the Festive Holiday• Avoid discussing any holiday plans or planned Christmas outings on any types of social media or in public where strangers may hear or view details of your absence from home. • Make your home look like someone is living in it.• Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries.• Trusted neighbours and friends may be able to help you by collecting your post, opening and closing curtains and they could park their car in your driveway.• Leave important documents and valuable items with other family members or a bank. Alternatively lock them in a safe.• Do not put your home address on your luggage when you are traveling to your holiday destination. A work address will suffice if you want to label your luggage. • If you normally leave valuable bicycles or similar items in your shed, consider putting them in the house.• Check the locks on any gates or sheds and upgrade/replace if necessary. Make sure anything that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your property i.e. garden tools are safely locked away.• Make sure that you lock all outside doors and windows and set your house alarm if you have one.At Home • Lock and bolt your doors and windows.• If you used a ladder to put up outside decorations remember to put it away after, preferably in a locked shed. Remember bins and ladders could be used to access first floor windows by a potential burglar.• Remember never leave any presents or valuables where they can be seen by a burglar i.e. in view of a window! Consider putting presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning.• Keep out any unwanted visitors ‐ it is always a good idea to have a door viewer or chain fitted to your front door especially in the holiday season where you are likely to receive more visitors to your home.• Consider fitting exterior lights with sensors in the garden and front of your house. This will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident when working in the dark.• If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the door step.• Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked away out of sight.• Don’t leave your keys in the door at any time.• Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.• Once you’ve opened all your gifts, don’t leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.DONEGAL GARDAI HELP PUBLIC TO HAVE A SAFE AND CRIME-FREE CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 19th, 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:CHristmascrime preventiondonegalSgt Paul Wallace
FROM Our Belfast Daily staff: PARAMEDICS have declared a major incident at the the Odyssey Area in east Belfast at a concert.Dance music fans from Donegal and Derry are at the venue.The NI Ambulance Service says crews have dealt with 60 young people attending the Hardwell dance concert at the venue became ill. The latest information is that 20 young people have now been taken to hospital while attending the gig.They are being treated for the effects of overdosing on drugs and alcohol.According to sources, paramedic crews called in a doctor and a number of ambulances to deal with the emergency.Scores of police officers, who were on duty in north Belfast at the Twaddell Avenue loyalist protest, have been diverted to the Odyssey. Police are concerned a public order situation could develop after the concert is over.All bars have now been shut at the Odyssey.The Ulster Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital have now put extra staff on standby to help cope with the situation.Former Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O’Donnghaile tweeted: “From what I understand the event is carrying on inside and in terms of the overall number attending those affected are still small.” FEARS FOR DONEGAL TEENS AS 60 FALL ILL FROM DRINK AND DRUGS AT CONCERT was last modified: February 6th, 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:Belfastconcerthardwell
A well-known doorman who was blinded in one eye after being glassed has asked a judge not to hand down a severe sentence to the man who attacked him.Sean Gallagher forgave the man who glassed him in the face. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pics.Sean Gallagher lost the sight in his right eye when he was glassed by Ian Balfour in the Central Bar in February last year. Balfour, a father-of-four from Enniskillen, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Judge Matthew Deery adjourned the case until today after hearing that Balfour was offering Mr Gallagher €5,000 in compensation.He suggested that the offer would need to be increased to allow for Mr Gallagher to get on with his life after hearing he was no longer able to work at the Central Bar.Before Judge Deery passed sentence today, Mr Gallagher took to the stand and addressed the court.He said “I want to inform you that I don’t want to see Mr Balfour getting a severe sentence. I fully accept his apology and I want the matter closed.”Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, informed the court that the offer of compensation from Mr Balfour was now €51,000 which he had gather from family and friends.The court was told that this did not affect a separate High Court case being pursued by Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery said that he was happy to see that Mr Balfour’s family had “put their best foot forward” on the matter.He said that considering all the circumstances he was sentencing Balfour to three years in prison but suspended the sentence for three years.Mr Balfour’s family wept at the back of the court as the sentence was passed.Judge Deery told Balfour “You are lucky to escape a custodial sentence and it is due to the good will of Mr Gallagher.”The men met outside and shook hands with eachother.DOORMAN SHOWS REMARKABLE COURAGE TO FORGIVE MAN WHO BLINDED HIM was last modified: July 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:BlindCentral BardonegaldoormanglassIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagher
“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”, was the message at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival which took place on the 8th of May at the Donegal Waterbus on the Donegal Town Pier.Bealtaine Festival which is in its 22nd year celebrates art and creativity. It is a unique collaboration across generations and features older people as artists, performers, organisers and audience members.“Be our guest” is the theme for this year’s festival and this was certainly on show at the launch as the audience enjoyed the scenery of Donegal bay from the Donegal Waterbus and were entertained by the comedy storytelling of the Makey Uppers. Waiting to set sail on the Donegal Waterbus for the launch of Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday 8th May.The ‘Makey Uppers’ entertaining the audience on the Donegal Waterbus during the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday evening.When speaking about Bealtaine, Festival co-ordinator Rita Chapman said “The events taking place throughout the county during May will have something for everybody including; Image therapy in Central library; a showing of the film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny; Artist Workshops with artist Ann Quinn at Habinteg Housing Association in Lifford and a drumming and percussion workshop in Milford Library”.The festival is also highlighting getting active this year by partnering with Ballyshannon, Aura and Finn Valley leisure centres to give discounted activities to the over 55’s.Donegal County Council’s Library staff with Pauric Kennedy at the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Arts Festival on Wednesday evening on the Donegal Waterbus. Photo includes Kevin McCaul, Rita Chapman, Donna Cavanagh, Frances Crampsie and Rory Gallagher.“The Donegal Bealtaine festival is proudly organised by Donegal County Council Culture Division and is one of our most important events of the year. It’s just one part of our ongoing work towards providing an Age Friendly service to this growing section of our community” said County Librarian Eileen Burgess at the launch.This year’s festival has 95 events taking place all over the county and brochures are available from local libraries, Theatres and cultural venues. For more information or to book a place at an event contact your local library at 074 91 53900 or go to www.donegalibrary.ie for more details. Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years” was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Bealtaine