Former president of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) Robert Richards has sought to clear the air about his offer to return to the local governing body. Richards says that his offer to return to the JBA is not to be president, as was previously reported, but actually to offer assistance and to work with the current executive to grow the sport in Jamaica. He says that the presidency is ‘not on his agenda’. Richards previously told The Gleaner that he is concerned about the state of local badminton, saying the sport’s affairs have been quiet. The former national player said that one of his concerns is that the JBA needs more funding and sponsorship in order to attract more young players and look ahead to future international competitions.
A Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice resident was on Monday freed of a charge of falsely accusing a Police officer of rape.Stephan Philips, 28, initially appeared before Magistrate Annet Singh at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for making false allegations.The man had previously denied the charge, which stated that on October 22 at Brickdam Police Station, he gave to Officer Marilyn Rodney false information alleging that he had been raped by Police Constable Shawn Beharry.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis in the interim told the court that the defendant was known to Police and was before the Providence Magistrate’s Court charged for breaking and entering when he made allegations that he was raped by a Police rank.The Prosecutor revealed an investigation was launched and it was revealed that the defendant fabricated the story. Prosecutor Innis said that advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to the way forward and it was recommended that Philips be charged for the offence.Meanwhile, the Officer against whom the accusation was made told the court that as a result of the false allegation, his name had been tarnished and he had been placed under close arrest for six days.However, after the investigations revealed the truth, officer Beharry was freed of all charges.The Magistrate dismissed the matter on Monday due to issues over the defendant’s attendance.
…even as miners threaten showdown with RomanexSmall miners in Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) are threatening a showdown with the Canadian company Romanex Guyana Exploration Ltd if the Government does not intervene and come up with a viable solution to the ongoing dispute over mining in the Marudi Mountain.However, despite these threats and pleas, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that the issue remained a sectoral one and would be dealt with by the Natural Resources Ministry.Flashback: Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman with the miners during an outreach“Marudi has been in the news for many years. (Natural Resources) Minister (Raphael) Trotman has made some clear statements on the Marudi issue, but I can’t say that it is something that has engaged the level of Central Government as of right now. It is still a sectoral issue within the Ministry of Natural Resources; at this point in time, the statement made by Minister Trotman will be the statements the Government will support,” Harmon said in an invited comment.In a letter to the press, Rupununi Mining Association President Marlon Johnson outlined that mining activities in Marudi Mountain were at a standstill affecting thousands of people. He explained that Romanex had acquired the rights for the concession for decades now, but has not started any mining. Since the apparent abandonment, the small miners in the area started working two mountains that contain gold and that gold is found in the rocks, which means that it has to be processed with crushers.He added that there were currently 70 crushers working, each employing a minimum of five persons. Johnson, in his letter, stated that over two years now, they have been waiting to have the issue addressed with promises from both Minister Trotman and President David Granger.He related that there were several persons who have had their properties sized by the banks because they were unable to pay their loans.“The way I see this situation is that we are at a breaking point now, and everyone is getting desperate. There are talks of rioting against the company in order to recommence working,” he stated.“Romanex owners are calling the small miners ‘savages’ and ‘hungry belly’ and other names to that effect; and as I have mentioned before, these people have really been stretched out, and they are at breaking point now. The miners have decided that if they cannot get the appropriate approval from the Government by the end of the new week, they will go ahead and start back working with or without approval!” he further stated.In April of 2016, Minister Trotman initiated a mediation process among the Amerindian villages of Aishalton, Awariwaunau, Karaudanawa, Achiwuib, Shulinab, Maruranau, Shea and Potarinau; miners and Romanex Guyana Exploration Ltd.Following the mediation, an agreement outlining solutions to the dispute was signed by the overseas mining company, Toshaos of the Amerindian villages, the Rupununi Miners Association and the Guyana Women Miners Organisation. One of the agreed terms of this agreement is that the company, on commencement of exploration and mining, would accommodate miners seeking to mine in the area, provided that they abide by the rules of the company and the laws of Guyana, including the non-use of mercury in their recovery.In September 2016, Trotman formally ordered the reactivation of the mining licence of Romanex Guyana Exploration Ltd, thus paving the way for that company to undertake exploration and mining activities in the Marudi Mountain area.Since July 2016, the residents have been complaining of a breach in the agreement. The concerns were raised by residents with Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes during an outreach to the South Rupununi. Broomes had met with 200 residents and said that the residents informed her that the situation had worsened since they signed an agreement to resolve the issue with Romanex.Further, the residents indicated that aside from the breach in the agreement, there have been increased illicit activities such as trafficking in persons and drugs. Since then, the Government is yet to take any corrective step to remedy the situation.The residents say that they are being forced to close down their shops and other businesses since there are little business opportunities for them.They are reiterating their calls to have the issue addressed. Repeated efforts to contact both Natural Resources Ministers proved futile.
A female supporter of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, during the Nomination Day proceedings, assaulted a female Police Officer who was on duty. The crowd of coalition supporters was trying to enter the compound, where only select individuals were allowed.This composite photo shows the Police Officer wearing her watch (right) and photo on the left shows the officer’s damaged watchThe female supporter was asked by the cop to step away from the gate; however, she refused. She then began to shove the Police Officer and physically abuse her.When several media houses tried to capture the incident on camera, other supporters used their flags and umbrellas to block the cameras. It was later discovered that the supporter ripped off the Police Officer’s watch and part of her uniform.
Booths and vendors formed a ring around a field and included displays by AT&T, Wells Fargo, Safeco Insurance, Pasadena City College, H&R Block, the Brazilian Cultural Foundation, Miller Brewing Company, AARP and City of Pasadena Water and Power. There were rides and games for children and, for those in need of nourishment, booths selling Louisiana Catfish, Bill’s Chicken, Brother’s Bar-B-Que and Bessie’s Daughters Soulful Tacos were just a few steps away. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The parade started at 10 a.m. at Charles White Park at Ventura Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena and snaked its way down Fair Oaks to Robinson Park at Hammond Street. Celebrity guests included actress, radio and television personality Mother Love, actor James Reynolds from the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” KTLA Morning News anchor Michaela Pereira, KNBC News co-anchor Furnell Chatman and KNBC Weekend Edition co-anchor Beverly White. “I enjoyed it. I had a great time,” said Roy Hayes of Pasadena. “It gets bigger every year, and I hope it just gets bigger, bigger and bigger.” “I thought the parade was nice, especially because my daughters were in the parade,” said Barshana Stillman of Pasadena. “They were in the Devine Diamondettes, so I thought it was nice. The weather was great and it was a nice turnout.” The festival featured performances by pop star Evelyn “Champagne” King and jazz and reggae bands. • Photo Gallery: 25th Annual Black History Parade PASADENA – A mix of barbecue smoke, music, voices and laughter filled the air over Robinson Park at the festival that followed Saturday’s 25th annual Black History Parade. “Uniting Our Community through Pride and Commitment” was the parade theme, which celebrated the achievements and contributions of African Americans to American society. The grand marshal was actress and singer Irene Cara, who appeared in the films “Fame” and “Sparkle.” Community grand marshals were Tecumseh Shackelford and, posthumously, Ed Bryant and Michael Zinzun.
Emiliano Insua in action for Atletico Madrid Atletico Madrid could offer former Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua to Benfica as part of their bid to sign highly rated winger Nicolas Gaitan, who is on Manchester United’s radar.The La Liga champions have already initiated talks with Benfica over a deal to sign Gaitan, who has been monitored by United and Liverpool in recent seasons.Atleti have cash to spend after sanctioning the sales of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis and they want Gaitan at the Vicente Calderon as they prepare to defend their La Liga crown.talkSPORT told you last week that the Spanish capital side are already willing to offer Benfica midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, who has been targeted by Everton, but sources in Spain claim they will now send Insua in the other direction too.Left-back Insua managed only five league starts last term and he is unlikely to have greater first-team involvement anytime soon after manager Diego Simeone snapped up Guilherme Siqueira.Benfica are keen to have the 25-year-old on board and this could help speed up the deal. 1
1 West ham striker Enner Valencia is stretchered off in the Europa League West Ham have suffered a blow ahead of the new Premier League season, with news striker Enner Valencia suffered a “significant” injury to his right knee and right ankle in Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Astra Giurgiu.The Ecuador forward started his first game since returning from the Copa America and opened the scoring in a 2-2 with the Romanian minnows, but was stretchered off before half-time.Manager Slaven Bilic said after the game he feared the injury was serious, and an update from the Hammers on Valencia’s health indicated he was right to be worried.The striker could face a a long stint on the sidelines, but West Ham will wait for him to visit a specialist at the start of next week before forecasting how much of the season he stands to miss.A statement on the club’s official website read: “Enner Valencia sustained what initially appears to be a significant injury to his right knee and right ankle during Thursday’s UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie with Astra Giurgiu.“The Ecuador forward will see a specialist consultant at a clinic in central London on Monday morning and an update will be provided following that meeting.“It is too early to put a timescale on how long Enner’s recovery and rehabilitation period may be.”
The running season is officially upon us.As the days get longer and the weather gets (a bit) better, you will see countless runners, walkers and joggers out on the roads, putting the miles in.You will pass solo runners, groups of joggers and people out walking for health and some weight loss. There are numerous “Couch to 5K” groups that are a great way for beginners to get active and take up a bit of running.Top physiotherapist Gerard Hartmann warned that; “Running on hard surfaces is brutal on the body: it leads to multiple injuries such as shin splints, patella tendonitis, stress fractures, lower back damage and disc problems.”He advised people to do; “80% of your running on grass. I can’t overestimate the damage on your body that running on hard surfaces causes.”This is not to say that he doesn’t want people out running. He simply believes that people take on too much too quickly and that their bodies are not able for the amount of impact that they are subjected to. With each foot strike you are putting 3 times your body weight through your joints, which is 30 stone for a 10 stone person.If you are running downhill this increases to 7 times your bodyweight.For someone who is not an experienced runner this is a huge amount of impact, especially if they have been inactive up until taking up jogging or running.I actually covered a similar topic in an article from last year called; ‘Weight loss, to run or not to run’.Hartmann also said many runners are making the error of not conditioning their bodies to be fit for running. Running is free, convenient and it needs little to no equipment, so it’s hugely popular and easy to get started on.“It is exhilarating to be out running in the open air, and some people get ‘runner’s high’, which is a sense of euphoria after bouts of long running.“There is a great cardiovascular benefit, and runners are aerobically fit, but overdoing it is extremely bad for your body.”Hartmann’s emphasises that people have to condition their bodies to be fit for running. The old adage that ‘If you want to be a better runner, you have to run more’ is outdated and the importance of core strength, flexibility and total body strength is of huge importance to, not only recreational runners, but to runners of all levels.“They might run for hours but ask them to do a simple plank exercise, and they fall flat on their faces. Building up core strength is crucial.”“I advise maybe 40 minutes of jogging a week, two hours of strength and conditioning circuit training and a yoga class or at least 15 minutes of stretching every week.”“When you combine this with someone who doesn’t do any flexibility training and doesn’t do any strength exercising, then you are looking at guaranteed injuries.”You might ask what experience Hartmann has that he can make such bold statements regarding jogging and running.As it turns out, he has huge experience; Hartmann has treated 61 Olympic medal winners and 47 world champions.He has worked with Sonia O’Sullivan and Paula Radcliffe, Australian 400-metre champion Cathy Freeman, Kenyan Khalid Kanouchi, as well as Colin Jackson and Linford Christie.So it is safe to say that he might know a thing or two about running injuries.Personally, I have worked with runners preparing for everything up to half marathons.I work on getting them stronger, more stable and improving their core strength and I have yet to see any downside to having this alongside a structured running training program. Clients have actually improved their run times.What is the take home message form this?Is the advice to stop jogging and running?No.The main advice is to walk before you run.Get yourself stronger, more flexible and give your joints a break by doing frequent runs on softer, grass based surfaces.Build yourself up to longer events like marathons and give yourself plenty of time to prepare for them.Most of all stay fit and stay healthy and always.#TrainSmart.For further information on Personal Training or to get a structured training program, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: Are you ready to run? was last modified: May 7th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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:emmet rusheRunningrushe fitness
This weekend once again sees the staging of the Peadar O’Donnell Weekend in Dungloe.The event, which is now in its thirteenth year, has a been a great success through those years and the 2013 event which will run from Friday 18th October to Sunday 20th October in Ionad Teampaill Chroine Library, Dungloe, is expected to be as popular as ever.This years theme will be ‘Ireland 2013 – Two Failed States?’ with a series of discussions, debates on the subject and will also see tours as well entertainment featuring music and readings befitting the memory of the man who the weekend commemorates. Peadar O’Donnell was a native of the Rosses, born in 1893 and following his training in Dublin as a teacher, he took a teaching post on Arranmore Island.An accomplished writer and poet, O’Donnell was also a political radical and committed socialist and joined the Irish Republican Army and went on to become a member of its executive army council in 1924. He was also a founding member of the Republican Congress. He passed away in 1986 having spent a lifetime involved in political activism and having many of his books and writings published.One of the organisers of the 2013 Peadar O’Donnell Weekend, Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig explained the title theme and said that more than ever people would be taking part in the weekends discussions considering the state of the county’s economy.“This year the theme will be looking at the issue of the failure of the states both north and south” Mr Mac Giolla Easbuig said. “Currently we have massive unemployment and emigration in Ireland due to the failed economy and the influence the IMF and ECB have on our country and we still have a portion of the north of Ireland under the control of a imperialist British government. Both situations have led to what can only be described as failed states and the reasons for it happening would have been something Peadar O’Donnell would have been actively opposed to.“So we will be discussing the failed stated issue along with other interesting subjects such as the kind of Ireland we would like to see and the life of Peadar O’Donnell, with speakers such as John Douglas, General Sec. of Mandate, journalist Jim Campbell, activist and author Tommy McKearney with other leading academics, authors and politicians such as Mary Cullen, Pam Brighton, Angela Nelson, Bill O’Brien and Jennifer McCann discussing other topics.“Another interesting talk will be given by Cllr Angela Nelson and Mandy Duffy on internment and human rights abuses, one close to the memory of Peadar O’Donnell as he himself was once a political prisoner. Bill O’Brien and Rev.David Frazer will also discuss ‘The Alternative Ulster Covenant – pages from our hidden history’.There will also be a book fair, a book launch, a historical walking tour of the area and musical and recital evenings with artists such as Jinx Lennon, Kevin Glackin and Aussie Bryson. So there will be something for all tastes over the weekend and given its the 120th anniversary of Peadar O’Donnell’s birth it would be great to see as many local people out along with those who travel to the area to enjoy the events. The weekend brings a great boost to the local area and we look forward to seeing many new faces joining us and taking part.”The weekend will begin at 8pm in Ionad Teampaill Chroine, Dungloe, this Friday and more information on the weekends events can be read at www.peadarodonnell.com. PEADAR O’DONNELL WEEKEND TO BE A HOTBED OF DEBATE AND DISCUSSION was last modified: October 17th, 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:dungloePeadar O’Donnell Weekendrosses
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has arrived in Donegal to assess the damage caused by this week’s flooding in Inishowen, Donegal Daily can reveal.Mr Varadkar will survey for himself first hand the wave of destruction and devastation cause by Tuesday night’s unprecedented flooding.Mr Varadkar is in Carndonagh, where he will speak to a number of people affected before going to Buncrana to meet with public representatives. 150 homes and 50 businesses were affected and it has been described as a ‘miracle’ that there were no fatalities caused by the flooding that has left 17 families in Inishowen homeless.Also today, Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty were in Donegal.Earlier this week, Transport Minister Shane Ross and Minister of State for the OPW Kevin Boxer Moran traveled to Inishowen.Taoiseach @campaignforleo extends sympathies to all effected by Donegal flooding, outlines Government response @donegalcouncil @welfare_ie pic.twitter.com/dT3W4w5v6q— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) August 24, 2017 Breaking: Taoiseach in Donegal to assess Inishowen flood damage was last modified: August 26th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:An TaoiseachfloodsInishowenInishowen floodsLEO VARADKAR