MoBay City Run seeks more $$ for students

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Organisers are looking at participation in this year’s MoBay City Run/Walk races to top 4,000. The event last year drew almost 3,000 runners and raised approximately $3 million in the process.”We are doing our best to see how much we can, but we are realistically looking at about $5 million this year,” said chief organiser, Janet Silvera.The event is held to raise funds for assisting students in defraying costs at tertiary institutions.Four institutions will benefit directly from proceeds of the MoBay City Run – the University of the West Indies and University of Technology (western campuses), Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, and Montego Bay Community College.The event, which consist of a 5K Run/Walk and a 10K Run, had its launch on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Resort and indications are that this year’s renewal will be much bigger and better for the runners.RACE ROUTEThe race will get under way on Sunday, May 1 in the vicinity of the Old Hospital Park in Montego Bay and will take the runners and walkers through the city and back to the starting line, where the race will end.Two-time men’s winner, Ronique Williams, will be back defending his title, as will female champion Arieta Martin.Williams have made the MoBay City Run his own, winning the overall title in the event’s inaugural staging in 2014, and return with a bang last year to defend his title, when he completed the race in 36 minutes and 17 seconds. He is among the favourites again this year.Martin took the female first place medal and trophy in a time of 47 minutes and 10 seconds and could repeat as champion.However, with an expected increase in overseas participation, especially among the female runners, Martin will be hard pressed to hold on to her crown.In preparation for the event, organisers have maintained the fitness camp, which will run from March 12 at the Old Hospital Park, on Gloucester Avenue.The team section was one of the most exciting aspects of the City Run last year and will again be a spectacle of colours. Riu Hotel won the team trophy by sending a huge contingent of 521 members in 2015.Scotiabank, FLOW and the Royalton Hotel will feature again this year with big contingents also.last_img read more

Hi-Pro AJ Tennis returns to Eric Bell Centre

first_imgTHIS YEAR’S staging of the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Senior Tennis Championships will serve off next Monday at the newly refurbished Eric Bell Centre at the headquarters of Tennis Jamaica, Piccadilly Road.The championships will run from August 17-22. The men’s champion will pocket $100,000, while the runner-up will collect $50,000. The ladies champion will receive $40,000, and the second place will walk away with $20,000. A total of $260,000 has been budgeted by the organisers for prize money.Categories will include men’s singles, women’s singles, Class II men’s singles, men’s singles 45-year-old and over, men’s doubles and Class II men’s doubles.”The tournament is particularly special for us this year because it will be the first senior tournament to be played on our recently refurbished courts. The venue has a rich history with some of the island’s more memorable Davis Cup battles having been played there, as well as the early display of the talents of many outstanding players,” Aswad Morgan, first vice-president of Tennis Jamaica, said during the launch and official reopening of the Eric Bell Tennis Centre.He said the Hi-Pro All-Jamaica Tennis Championships serves as a critical component in the long term vision of Tennis Jamaica.”We continue to be grateful to Hi-Pro for their sponsorship of our tennis events over the past four years. We also want to thank the other sponsors on board with the tournament this year,” Morgan added.exciting, challenging championshipsDavid Sanguinetti, Tennis Jamaica’s tournament director, said he is expecting an exciting and challenging championships.”We are expecting an exciting championships with competition from some of Jamaica’s top players, so come Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., the competition will serve off,” Sanguinetti said.Hi-Pro’s business development manager, Dayne Patterson, said his company was delighted to be associated with the staging of the 2015 tournament. Hi-Pro, a division of the Jamaica Broilers Group, is the title sponsor for the second year running.”We once again look forward to another exciting year of great plays and spectator interactions as we partner to grow the tournament exponentially each staging,” Patterson pointed out.Other sponsors include Salada Limited, Hi-Lyte, Reggae Jammin’ and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.The draw for the tournament will take place tomorrow.last_img read more

Rivero fights off tears to spark La Salle comeback

first_imgThe 19-year-old Rivero fired eight of his 18 points in the pivotal third period where the Green Archers ended up outscoring Ateneo, 26-8, and taking a 68-59 lead heading into the final frame.“The whole time I was on the bench, I was just praying. My teammates just told me to stay positive, trust my teammates and hope for the best,” Ricci, who also collected five rebounds and four assists, said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PH eyes slot as kiteboarding makes debut in YOG Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle swingman Ricci Rivero couldn’t contain his emotions after he picked up his fourth foul with still 3:23 left in the second quarter.His frustrations came to a head with the Green Archers, whose season was on the line, staring at a seemingly insurmountable lead against Ateneo in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rivero burst into tears after his older brother Prince put some sense into him as he walked toward the bench.READ: La Salle rallies to stun Ateneo, forces UAAP title deciderFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Kuya just told me that wasn’t me [who is playing] and that I need to play my game and play relaxed,” Ricci said.Rivero let loose in the second half, especially in the third quarter, where he led La Salle’s crippling comeback. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Questions for Videomega, Govt

first_imgDear Editor,I have some questions for Videomega and how it obtains contracts from the Government ministries.Was Beverley Alert one of Videomega’s former employees?  Are there other former Videomega employees working with the minister who owns this company?Is the company’s manager saying that having used the contracts from the various ministries to conduct its business as usual, and profiting only in the course of this, there is no issue?Would Videomega then be willing to step aside for other advertising agencies?Can a monetary value be placed on the power to obtain and distribute contracts to its preferred media houses?Aside from the convenient mention of the dailies benefiting from its contracts, which other entities benefited, and how selected or de-selected?Can it say whether it obtained similar contracts from these ministries prior to the Minister taking office, or prior to the assumption of the current coalition Government?A question for the ministries awarding the contracts: Why were other advertising agencies not considered, or an open call made?Sincerely,S P Wrightlast_img read more

Ellen Meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has thanked Pope Francis and the Catholic Church for its commitment to peace and reconciliation, as well as the Church’s contribution in the fields of social welfare and education in Liberia.According to a dispatch from the Vatican in Rome, Italy, the Liberian leader made the comments during a meeting with the Holy Father at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Saturday, April 5.Pope Francis is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State.During the cordial discussion, both the President and the Pontiff discussed the cordial relations between Liberia and the Holy See and expressed satisfaction about the positive progress made in strengthening Liberia’s democratic institutions.President Sirleaf, particularly highlighted Government’s efforts for peace and reconciliation; which he encouraged. She praised the Church for its immense contribution in the fields of social welfare and education.The Liberian leader urged Pope Francis to pray for the country in order to have a sense of holiness, reconciliation, peace and that all Liberians can love one another. She also asked for the Pontiff’s prayers for courage of tolerance.They later exchanged views on current regional and international issues, with particular reference on trouble spots around the world.Later, President Sirleaf met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti.During the meeting, President Sirleaf extended thanks and appreciation to the Holy See for its support to Liberia over time especially during the years of the country’s civil war. They discussed how relations can be strengthened, especially with support to social welfare, health and educational institutions.“I think for us, this is more or less a one time opportunity. I found the Pope very affable,” President Sirleaf said following the meeting, adding that she found him to be a very humble man. President Sirleaf is the first Liberian President to visit a Pope at the Vatican.President Sirleaf was later taken on a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica within the Vatican City, the largest church in the world and one of the holiest Catholic sites.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Recapping Her Return

first_imgStaring at a scene she had never seen before, the realization of what was happening and about to happen in her life hit her like a blow.”Oh God, I can’t handle this. I want to go home,” Tina Swen mourned.On November 2014, Tina landed on the soil of Liberia after spending19 years of her life in America. Now 20 years-old and in total ignorance to Africa and its culture; Tina knew that her life was now over.According to the tall and athletic basketball player, when she was 14 years of age, she had a friend she had known for a very short period that would change her life forever. Because of that friend she says she has left her comfort zone and now finds herself back in Africa.”I told her that I’d always have her back, so she used me into getting even with old enemies, which led me into doing time and eventually getting sent back,” Tina said, shrugging her shoulders.It seems as if Tina’s memory of her childhood friend still haunts her. You can see the tears catching in the corner of her eyes when she has to recall her story.”She ruined my life eternally. Now I am here in the middle of nowhere, around people I don’t know nor understand,” she says in confusion.Tina spent 10 years in jail for assault, she says; and though she learned her lesson behind bars, she thinks there’s still another lesson to learn.” I spent too much time behind bars to know if I’ve truly changed. The real lesson at hand is being back here in the middle of nowhere. What will I do, who will look out for me; how will I survive,” she asked.A challenge that many deportees face when returning back home is not having stability. Some become so fruastrated with their siuation that they relapse and fall victim to crime, violence and drugs.”I don’t know what’s going to happen to me tomorrow, let alone after this interview is done. When you’re gone and I’m faced with loneliness, I guess I have to do what I gotta do to survive out here,” she suggested.As of now, there aren’t any safe homes for deportees or returnees who return back to Liberia. According to Tina, she was not given any money by Homeland security upon her release at the airport.”I don’t have anything, only a few bar’s of soap, lotion and the clothes I wore to go to court following 10 years of jail term. I’m depending on you to help me find a home cause without you, I’m done; lost,” she said, tears streaming down her face.Meanwhile, Tina says after going through what she has been through in the past 10 years of her life, she has a lot of psychological difficulties.”I was 14 years-old when I went to prison and it was in there that I got raped, turned out and inititated into lesbianism. I left my girl back home who took care of me and even brought me the things that I came back here with,” Tina added, ” People saw me at the airport and called me all kinds of names because of how I look and act. It’s disturbing being out here, I’ll need help to cope with this,” she said.Tina’s future is unclear and knowing how to trace her relatives has become a problem. In 1990 she says, her mother was reported missing after she stopped communicating with her relatives abroad.”When we came to America in the 80s, my mom used to call us all the time, along with my older brother. But around 1990, the calls stopped coming and we never heard from them again,” she said, adding that “…when I got locked up, well, my father turned his back on me because he was scared immagration would deport him because of my behavior.”Tina stands alone, dressed in a pair of baggy jeans, a prison t-shirt and a head full of braided hair, Tina needs help.” I’m looking all around this place hoping that someone will look into my eyes and see the good in me and take me in. For the past week, I’ve been sleeping around the airport in a shed with this old lady. I pay her but this is’nt life. I paid for the crime I committed and did 10 years of my life behind bars. Why am I doing time all over again? Why am I back here?” she wailed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sunni insurgents resilient

first_imgDefense Secretary Robert Gates said the success of the mission, which was starting well, could not be measured for months and that it was designed to give the Iraqis more time to settle political and sectarian differences. “The issue that we’re all trying to figure out is how best do you get the Iraqis to reconcile their differences – because after all, this is not going to be solved by the military. It has to involve political reconciliation in Iraq, among Iraqis,” Gates said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’re basically buying them time,” he said. The latest deaths raised the U.S. military death toll in Iraq to 3,217 since the war began in March2003, according to an Associated Press count. In Shiite-controlled eastern Baghdad, a U.S. Bradley fighting vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday evening, set afire and destroyed, spokesman Maj. Steven F. Lamb said. There were no casualties. Across Iraq, at least 20 people died Sunday, a sign that violence continued to abate as U.S. and Iraqi forces press ahead with what many view as a last-chance bid to quell the sectarian violence in Baghdad and central regions of the country. Police said the bodies of 16 people, most shot in the head and showing signs of torture, were found dumped nationwide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Sunni insurgents, resilient despite the five-week security crackdown in the capital, killed at least six more U.S. troops over the weekend. A Sunni car bomber hit a largely Shiite district in the capital Sunday, killing at least eight people. The U.S. military said four U.S. soldiers died and one was wounded when the unit was hit by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad. During the ongoing security sweep in the capital and surrounding regions, the soldiers’ battalion had found eight weapons caches and two roadside bombs and helped rescue a kidnap victim, the military said. A fifth soldier was killed in an explosion in Diyala, an increasingly volatile province just northeast of the capital. A Marine died in fighting the same day in Anbar province, the vast, largely desert region that sprawls west of Baghdad to the Saudi Arabian, Jordanian and Syrian borders. The Sunni insurgency controls the regions. All of the U.S. victims were killed on Saturday, the military said in a series of statements that also reported that a seventh soldier died from noncombat injuries but gave no other details. While U.S. and Iraqi troops have flooded the Baghdad streets and a heavily armored U.S. column was sent north to adjacent Diyala province, attacks on American and Iraqi forces have been robust. last_img read more

‘It’s very dangerous, this espionage’ – Roy Hodgson tells talkSPORT he is unhappy with training ground ‘spies’

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has slammed the actions of snooping photographers after pictures emerged of a suspected team line-up which suggests he plans to start Harry Kane in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier.Joint Premier League top scorer Kane was rewarded for his fine goalscoring form with his first call-up to the Three Lions squad last week, and his chances of earning his senior debut were boosted when Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge withdrew from the team through injury.The England side, who face Lithuania at Wembley on Friday ahead of a friendly against Italy next week, took to the St George’s Park training pitch for the first time on Tuesday afternoon and social media was soon abuzz after images of Hodgson’s tactics surfaced online.Long-lens shots uncovered what appears to be the boss’ intended team formation, with Kane and Rooney paired together up front, but the manager – who spoke with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough on a Drivetime special from the FA’s training complex – warned against the press “spying” on his side.“It’s dangerous to do that”, he told talkSPORT.“It’s dangerous to spy on those types of things at a training session. That piece of paper is something we take out with us to training because he have to select teams.“I don’t think it’s right to suggest that, in order to avoid this espionage, I have to remember everything that I have thought about.“We change players around quite often, so if that’s what people want to read from the espionage, that’s up to them.“I just hope they don’t all come and blame me if I don’t start with Kane and Rooney, just because they saw it on my piece of paper, because they shouldn’t have been looking at it in the first place.”Listen to Drivetime’s exclusive interview with England manager Roy Hodgson in full above!last_img read more

WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL DOCTOR AND FATHER OF GAA STAR PASSES AWAY

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known doctors has passed away in Dublin.Dr. Michael MacAuley, who was originally from Lettermacaward, passed away last night.Dr MacAuley was the father of Dublin’s star footballer Michael Darragh MacAuley.  WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL DOCTOR AND FATHER OF GAA STAR PASSES AWAY was last modified: December 2nd, 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)last_img read more

ST EUNAN’S U13s BEAT TERMON TO LAND NORTHERN DIVISION TITLE

first_imgSt. Eunan’s Win Northern Division U-13 Final 2014St. Eunan’s: 1-13Termon 0-15 The Northern Division U-13 Final played on Sunday last was won by St. Eunan’s who defeated Termon in a keenly contested match on a score line of 1-13 to 0-15.Played before a good crowd at Pairc Naomh Columba, Glenswilly, this closely contested 13-aside final had an abundance of football skills on display from both sides.The Cathedral Town side was composed of players who won both County Go-Games titles in 2013; while the Termon team consisted of players from their 2013 Go-Games county finalists as well as players from their Go-Games county title sides of 2014.So a match of quality was in store and the young players from both teams did not disappoint as a titanic match played with huge commitment ensued. At half-time, following a high octane first half, a single point separated the sides with the advantage being to St. Eunan’s.However, they had it all to do in the second half as they faced into a strong breeze having being reduced to 12 men on 25 minutes. A decisive goal on 40 minutes by St. Eunan’s player Pauric McGettigan who fielded a high ball and drove the ball to the roof of the Termon net just kept the Eunan’s team ahead as Termon attempted a comeback with their numerical advantage.The Eunan’s defence succeeded in not conceding a goal and stood strong as the team showed a steely character in winning by the narrowest margin of one point to become Northern Board Champions 2014.St. Eunan’s scorers: Pauric McGettigan 1-2; Darragh Ellison 0-4; Peadar Devenney 0-2; Dylan Doogan 0-3; Shane O’Donnell 0-1; Oran Barrett-Winston 0-1.Congratulating the winners; Northern Board Treasurer, Conor Mc Dermott commended both teams for the high standard of football on view before presenting the Cup to St. Eunan’s captain Darragh Ellison. Both teams now progress to the County Semi-Final stage of the U-13 Championship. St. Eunan’s will meet N. Conaill and Termon will take on Southern Board winners Killybegs this Saturday, Oct. 11th at 2pm with venues tbc. ST EUNAN’S U13s BEAT TERMON TO LAND NORTHERN DIVISION TITLE was last modified: October 8th, 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:St EunansTermonU13 northern finallast_img read more