Digicel, MVP host clinic to develop young athletes

first_imgOne hundred promising young athletes in eastern Jamaica were among the first to get first-class training in several competitive events at the start of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Clinic.Now in its fourth year, Digicel has again teamed up with the MVP Track and Field Club to host the series of track and field clinics across Jamaica.The first of the five clinics was held at the Morant Bay High School on Saturday, September 24, where the youngsters from schools in the Surrey county underwent a day of intense training with professionals from the internationally acclaimed athletics club.”Our outstanding success at the Olympics just last month is the reason we see it necessary to continue this programme. Unfortunately, a day will come when these amazing athletes will hang up their spikes. Therefore, development programmes such as the MVP Clinic will help to ensure that Jamaica always has a fresh crop of athletes ready to continue our successes on the world stage,” said Danielia Mclean, sponsorship manager at Digicel.During the day of training, students were taken through six disciplines in track and field, sprinting, hurdling, relays, throws, long distance, and jumps. These sessions were led by stalwart coaches such as Paul Francis, Linval Swaby, and Shanikie Osbourne.”The idea is that through this programme, students and their coaches are introduced to world-class training methods. Additionally, they are introduced to athletic disciplines that they may not have had much exposure to before. Take, for instance, Junelle Bromfield, who competed in hurdles, relays, sprints, and middle distances while at STETHS, she is now focused on the 400m sprint, where she won the IAAF World Under-20 bronze medal this July,” said Bruce James, president of the MVP.The clinic will – in the next two weeks – head to Vere and St Elizabeth Technical High schools after which a number of the top-performing students will be selected to participate in advanced training camps in St James and St Catherine. At the end of the advanced camps, one outstanding athlete will receive a scholarship valued at $1 million to attend the University of Technology and train with the MVP Track & Field Club.Sponsors of the Digicel MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme are Nike, Reggae Jammin, National Commercial Bank, and Gatorade.last_img read more

The primordial role of the sugar industry in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,Whether or not we are inclined to admit it, we cannot deny the fact that British Guiana, now Guyana, is the progenitor of the sugar industry. In this context alone, we need to acknowledge that much respect is due to our forbearers who toiled with sweat and tears to sustain and develop the industry despite the many obstacles that arose from time to time.Even at this stage, centuries later, it is difficult to envision a Guyana without this nodal industry and, therefore, every encouragement and support should be offered to those who are charged with the responsibility of managing the industry. Talk about divestment should not be entertained unless the ‘alternative’ is patently and obviously superior. We should not risk ‘throwing away the baby with the bath-water!’We need to re-commit ourselves to the potential of our sugar industry and to do what it takes to ensure its survival and sustainability.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Students enjoy a storied visit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each year, the Diamond Bar school welcomes an author to visit the school and help promote literacy. Fraser has written and illustrated over 58 books. Among her books are “Where Are the Night Animals?”, “How Animal Babies Stay Safe” and the “IQ” book series. – From staff reports • Photo Gallery: Stories are made Students at Quail Summit Elementary in Diamond Bar on Thursday received some tips on writing from children’s author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser. Kids in grades kindergarten through fifth helped Fraser create a story, as they selected the character, setting and problem. “Your imagination is the best tool to use to get ideas,” the children’s book author told the students. last_img read more

Seniors to get help in fight against scams

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Wily con artists often fleece trusting and vulnerable seniors in scams but authorities are arming the elderly of Santa Clarita to fight back. Sheriff’s deputies steeped in fraud schemes plan two seminars next week to teach potential victims how not to get stung. “We know, unfortunately, the senior population is targeted as victims because of their age, their trustworthiness and less day-to-day observances of their financial matters,” said Brad Berens, who heads the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging. Officials plan to provide tips on fighting identity theft and other scams. The Santa Clarita Valley is home to roughly 33,000 seniors – ages 60 and older – and by 2016 the number is expected to climb to 56,000, he said. The projection is conservative and the actual number of seniors could be 20 percent more, he added. Statistics on fraud crimes committed on the elderly were not available from local authorities or the FBI, but identity theft is a problem nationwide, the agency says. “The FBI understands that identity theft has become the fastest growing crime in America, and perhaps the fastest growing crime of any kind in our society,” said FBI spokesman Kenneth Smith. “Seniors are vulnerable a lot of times, they’re home alone, many times they live alone, have lost a spouse; they are easy prey.” Con artists may take advantage of their isolation. Many seniors live on fixed incomes but have amassed substantial home equity or lifetime savings. They may have ailments or financial troubles and unwittingly jump at scammers’ quick-fix offers designed to seize their wealth. The schemes and perpetrators can change every few months, making it tough for even wary elders to be on guard. A critical mass is reached when people in their 70s and 80s – who came of age in an era when manners and politeness were highly valued – become the bull’s-eye for burgeoning fraud networks aimed their way. The scams range from an in-person lottery swindle to bogus phone pitches. Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Lewison said thieves often approach victims in grocery store parking lots or near banks, showing off a lottery ticket allegedly worth $20,000 and claiming they don’t have proper identification to claim it. “They say `If you give me $5,000 I will give you the lottery ticket and you can turn it in and make a $15,000 profit,”‘ he said. “The bad guy convinces the victim to go the bank or ATM, and the victim withdraws $5,000.” The forged lottery ticket later proves worthless. Unscrupulous telemarketers try to persuade victims to send money or provide bank account, credit card, Social Security, birth date, medical insurance or Medicare information over the phone – and despite their better judgment, many share the prized digits. Claims about anti-aging products or nutritional supplements promising miraculous results may seem dubious – even when endorsed by celebrities – but a high-pressure pitch often clinches the sale, the FBI says. The Better Business Bureau can provide information about complaints lodged against products. Those shopping online for medications may avoid counterfeits by patronizing only licensed vendors with a seal of approval from the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site, the agency says. People should disclose private information only to legitimate sources they’ve dealt with in the past or should be certain who they’re talking to, Lewison said. Some crimes go unreported because victims are embarrassed, unfamiliar with the legal system or don’t realize they’ve been duped until much time has elapsed. “The more the delay, it makes the investigation harder to follow up on,” Lewison said. Though they may forget telling details in the interim, he urges victims to step forward. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 If you go Meetings to provide information on how to avoid being targeted by scam artists will be held at 2 p.m. March 7 at the Santa Clarita Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall; at 10 a.m. March 8 at the Canterbury Village Senior Center, 23420 Avenida Rotella, Valencia.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Liverpool’s Flanagan sentenced for assault

first_imgLiverpool Crown Court heard that he kicked his partner Rachael Wall in a central street in the northwest English city in the early hours of December 22.District judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced Flanagan to a 12-month community order, which includes 15 rehabilitation activity days, 40 hours of unpaid work, £85 court costs ($117, 96 euros) and an £85 victim surcharge.“You are, of course, a young man of previous good character and therefore it’s undoubtedly sad that you have brought yourself here by your behaviour,” she said.“It was a matter of this lady going to the floor twice and you used your foot on her on one occasion.”The court saw security camera footage which showed Flanagan hitting his girlfriend before pushing her against a wall twice and then kicking her.His lawyer Lionel Grieg told the court: “He deeply regrets his behaviour and there is genuine remorse.“They are back together and working very hard at the relationship.”Liverpool-born Flanagan has made more than 50 first-team appearances for the Reds since making his debut aged 18.He has captained Liverpool and made an appearance for England as a substitute in 2014.Flanagan spent last season on loan at Burnley after 20 months out due to knee surgery.He has featured only once for Liverpool this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000TLiverpool Crown Court heard that he kicked his partner Rachael Wall in a central street in the northwest English city in the early hours of December 22.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 17 – Liverpool defender John Flanagan was sentenced to rehabilitation and 40 hours of unpaid work on Wednesday, having pleaded guilty to attacking his girlfriend.The 25-year-old full-back admitted an offence of common assault by beating at a hearing on January 2.last_img read more

Engagement ring found – is it yours?

first_imgA woman in the Letterkenny area approached Donegal Daily after she found a ring in Letterkenny. Although the ring did not match any of our outstanding appeals, she is determined to get the ring back to its rightful owner.The lady found the ring while going through the lost and found box while at work.It was reported as found on the 26th of July. The ring was not in a box, so it seemed it may have slipped off someone’s hand.It had been found the public bathrooms in The Four Lanterns in the Port Road area.If you are missing a ring, you can contact Donegal Daily on Facebook or email info@donegaldaily.comWe are withholding a description of the ring as we hope the owner will be able to describe it accurately. Engagement ring found – is it yours? was last modified: August 9th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:engagement ringfoundletterkennymissinglast_img read more

DONEGAL ANTIQUES BURGLAR LOSES APPEAL AGAINST NINE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE

first_imgA burglar from Co Donegal who targeted posh country houses in Cumbria, Sussex and Shropshire has had an appeal against his sentence turned down.Graham Harkin was jailed for nine years in March 2011 after admitting the theft of antiques worth more than Stg£1.2m.The 59-year-old, who had been living in West Yorkshire, was caught when he tried to claim a reward for a stolen clock. Mr Justice Parker told London’s Criminal Appeal Court the sentence was “not manifestly excessive”.The court was told Harkin, from Chestnut Walk in Wakefield, had pleaded guilty to two burglaries and one count of handling stolen goods.The National Trust member had taken a nationally important collection of porcelain from Firle Place in East Sussex which has never been recovered. He also stole porcelain valued at £27,000 from Longnor Hall near Shrewsbury in Shropshire.He was arrested after meeting undercover police officers at services on the M62 near Rochdale in Greater Manchester to claim a £20,000 reward for a Thomas Tompion clock valued at £200,000 which had been stolen from Levens Hall near Kendal in Cumbria.Dismissing the appeal, Judge Parker said Harker had deliberately targeted high value items.“He did guided tours first, posing as an ordinary visitor. These items were cherished not just by their owners, but by members of the public.“He could have given police information that would have led to the recovery of the stolen items, but he chose not to do so. He was playing for high stakes and he lost,” he said.DONEGAL ANTIQUES BURGLAR LOSES APPEAL AGAINST NINE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE was last modified: October 31st, 2011 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:crookGraham Harkin]harkinthiefthoeflast_img read more

Man helped down from pub roof by Gardai after failed break-in

first_imgA would-be burglar had to be helped down from the roof of a pub after he got stuck.Kevin Doherty was caught by Gardai when he tried to gain entry to the Tramore Inn in Downings. Gardai arrived on the scene after being called at 5am on July 17th, 2017 to say a drunk man was on the roof of the building and could not get down.Doherty, 23, then attempted to flee the scene when Gardai managed to get him down from the roof.However, he was caught and arrested.He appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with two attempts of criminal damage and one of being drunk in public.The court was told that hotel worker Doherty, of Glenceo, Carrigart, and another man had tried to get into the pub after they had been drinking.Both men told their solicitor they had been taking pictures of the building and were not trying to break in.They said they had been returning from a house party when they came across the pub.Doherty and another man, Stephen Mitchell, of Mulroy View, Milford, said they were extremely drunk during the escapade.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said it was lucky that Doherty had not been killed because he was that drunk when he scaled onto the roof.Judge Paul Kelly asked why Doherty had been trying to get into the pub through the roof and was told by Mr Gallagehr that they claimed they were simply taking pictures.Judge Kelly ordered both men to pay €200 to the local Carrigart Tidy Towns Association.Man helped down from pub roof by Gardai after failed break-in was last modified: October 21st, 2018 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)last_img read more

ATHLETICS: BRILLIANT ENGLISH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD

first_imgA new Irish junior record for Mark English Letterkenny in Belgium tonight winning in 1. 47.09 erasing the old mark set in 1996 in Sydney by James Nolan a time of 1.47.55, writes Patsy McGonalge.It is also a new Donegal senior record.Elsewhere earlier today John Kelly Finn Valley set a new Celtic record winning the Celtic Games shot at 17.56 a record that had stood to Sean Breathnach ,Galway for 17 years . Victories in the Celtic games also for Kate Mc Gowan ,Tirconnaill, hurdles,; Fellan Mc Guigan ,Finn Valley, hammer; and Blaithnaid Patton Finn Valley in high jump. ATHLETICS: BRILLIANT ENGLISH SETS NEW IRISH JUNIOR RECORD was last modified: August 13th, 2011 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)last_img read more

JUDGE ASKS IF FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN HELP MAN PAY BACK €5K IN STOLEN CASH

first_imgA Judge has asked a solicitor to examine if family and friends can help a man pay back more than €3,600 which he obtained illegally from AIB bank in Letterkenny.Letterkenny court.Kieran Cunningham has already paid back more than €2,200 to the bank which he admitted obtaining cash from using a false instrument in 2008. In total Cunningham obtained more than €5,800 from the bank.The kitchen porter, with an address at 67 Meadowbank, Letterkenny paid another €100 to the bank at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client was trying his best as he was unemployed and of limited means.He added that Cunningham was on jobseeker’s allowance and was hoping something would come along on the job front.However Judge Paul Kelly said “This is going to go on forever unless something happens.”He adjourned the case until September 18th to allow further payments to be made.He also urged Mr Dillon to explore if family and friends could help with the repayments but was told that they were also of limited means.JUDGE ASKS IF FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN HELP MAN PAY BACK €5K IN STOLEN CASH was last modified: June 20th, 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:AIB bankcourtdonegalJudge Paul KellyKieran Cunninghamletterkennylast_img read more