Big bucks for Rio’s riches

first_img centy Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of culture, gender affairs, entertainment & sport, revealed that the Government will spend over $82 million to honour their Olympic and Parlympic stars this Heroes weekend for their rich medal returns from the Summer Games. The celebrations will run from October 14-16. “The celebration is costing, altogether when totalled up, the amount for the cash award (to the delegation) is Jamaican $42 million, and the remainder in cash and kind would be another $40 million in cash and kind (to stage the three-day event),” Grange told The Gleaner. According to Grange, the hard work and exploits of Jamaican athletes at the Olympics and Parlympics in Rio, Brazil, could not go down without a national celebration. “A special planning committee was convened to discuss how best to demonstrate, in tangible ways, our gratitude to our athletes and their management team. Whatever we do, ladies and gentlemen, we acknowledge that there can be no monetary award that is adequate to demonstrate our appreciation of the achievements of our champions,” she explained. Grange was speaking during the launch of what was titled ‘A Programme of celebration for Rio Olympians and Paralympians’, which was held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday. Jamaica’s 63-member Olympic team finished 16th overall and third in the track and field athletics category behind Kenya and the United States of America. The nation’s Olympic heroes returned 11 medals: six gold, two silver and three bronze, while a three-member Paralympic team represented Jamaica at the Games in the same country. Grange explained that the sporting heroes will be celebrated and rewarded, in keeping with the existing policy, despite the country’s limited resources. “We hope that this, in some way, will give credence to our gratitude, so for the awards, we looked at other countries and we tried our best within our limited resources to provide the monetary reward in keeping with the existing policy,” Grange pointed out. According to the sport minister, it is value for money and “not just having a big party”. There will be an improvement in prize monies for athletes this year, adding the 2012 London Olympics figure. The reward system for athletes will be as follows; for a gold medal, athletes will receive US$10,000, US$7,500 for silver and US$5,000 for bronze. For relay gold medals the equivalent of US$6,000 will be shared by all six squad members, and for relay silver, the amount to be shared is US$4,000. Relay bronze medal squad members will split US$3,500. Also, finalists who did not medal will receive US$3,500 and non-finalists will get US$2,500. Grange said they did not “want to leave anyone out, so managers and the officials will get a touch, and they will, each get the equivalent of US$1,000”. The same pay structure applies to Paralympians. Meanwhile, 17 athletes will be flown in from overseas for the three days of celebrations. The athletes will be the guests of honour at a sports gala and awards ceremony to be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday. Prior to that, on Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will host a reception on the lawns of Jamaica House in their honour. On Sunday, Jamaica National will host a 5K Run/Walk fundraiser for charities in western Jamaica, sponsored by the JN Group and supported by the Usain Bolt Foundation, in Falmouth, Trelawny, as part of the festivities. It will follow with a western Jamaica reception at 7 p.m. at the Braco Melia Hotel, co-hosted by the ministries of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, and Tourism.last_img read more

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Minister Samukai May Sponsor Taekwondo Championship If…

first_imgDefense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., has advised the leadership of the Liberia Taekwondo Association (LTA) to put their administrative structure in order to enable him to sponsor a taekwondo tournament.The former taekwondo practitioner made the assertion over the weekend when he and others were awarded by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) through the recommendation of the LTA in commemoration of its 40th anniversary.Minister Samukai said his desire to support a taekwondo tournament is owing to the enthusiasm, energy and potential of the current taekwondo athletes.He expressed appreciation to the leadership of the Liberia Taekwondo Association (LTA) for the recognition.He attributed his award to former taekwondo masters who practiced before him, naming Thomas Cooper, Zuzu Martin, Bobo Lawrence, Peter Wleh, George Smith, Francis Dolo, Loveton Chea amongst others.“I am happy today that I saw in the eyes of these practitioners energy and potential and this is why I told them that if they can organize themselves in the next several months I can sponsor a taekwondo tournament,” Samukai said.Former Lands and Mines Minister Jonathan Mason, former taekwondo president Retired. Gen. Francis Dolo, LNOC president Philipbert Brown and Master Zuzu Martin also received WTF certificates.The LTA also honored Liberians and Koreans who have supported the promotion and development of taekwondo in the country.They included Montserrado County District # 7 Rep. Solomon George, Alphonso Armah, Thomas Cooper, Rev. Hyung Sub Cho, Master K-Tae Kim and Master Edward Lawrence,Others were Mr. Mohammed Turay, Samuel Zah, Maxwell Zeon, Dennis Wallace and Amos Korvah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt defeated

first_img…PPP wins No-confidence Motion in National Assembly…as AFC’s Charandass Persaud votes against GovtBy Jarryl BryanThere was shock in the National Assembly on Friday evening as a no confidence motion brought by the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party against the Government succeeded when Alliance For Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Charandass Persaud broke ranks and voted in favour of the motion.A total of 10 MPs debated the motion, but when the dust was settled and a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 in favour of the motion versus Government’s 32 votes against the motion.A hush fell over the Assembly when Persaud voted in favour of the motion, and his erstwhile colleagues immediately rounded on him to ask that he clarify what he had said. This caused the opposition to verbally complain to the Speaker of theAFC Member of Parliament Charandass Persaud (centre)National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, about the interference.The tension in the chambers only increased when Scotland asked for a recount of the Government’s votes; and it was here that Persaud made it clear he would not change his mind when he repeated his “yes” thrice. And even though the remaining Government MPs voted against the motion, the damage was done.Outside the chambers, Persaud defended his vote against the Government. According to the MP, he voted that way because of the AFC’s subordinate role to the majority A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Persaud cited examples, like Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s recent controversial statement about hiring party faithfuls, and pointed out that the AFC leadership did not condemn, but rather condoned, the statement.“I am an AFC member, and I’m extremely disappointed in the AFC team. My reason for voting in favour of the motion is that I have no confidence in what the AFC team will do,” Persaud said, when questioned by the media.“We are sitting in Parliament as yes men to APNU, and we are AFC. We have not blended with the APNU, the other parties have; we’re not. Why are we doing everything they want (us) to do? We are not opposing, we are not saying no to anything. That is where the problem is. I can’t stand that. This is a conscience vote,” he explained.Persaud denied being affiliated in any way to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Asked if he would switch sides to the PPP, Persaud indicated that he in fact intends to leave the life of politics behind. Asked point blank if he was coerced to vote the way he did, he made it clear he was not.The MP also acknowledged that this act may have put his life in jeopardy. In fact, Persaud mentioned specific threats to his life that he received only minutes after the vote. While he lauded Public Security Minister and fellow AFC member Khemraj Ramjattan for offering him Police protection when leaving the premises, Persaud’s demeanour was of a man without fear.“My conscience is now clear. My life may go, but I’ll die a happy person, and with a clear conscience… This is the one time I had a say, and I said it according to my conscience. Those who are APNU and those who are AFC, I have nothing against you,” he declared.“The AFC team has disappointed me. And I did not work so hard to put them in power so they could run around and enjoy the good life. You destroyed the lives of sugar workers in a village I live in. I can’t live with that. If I die now because people aren’t happy with what I’ve done, I’ll die a happy person,” he reiterated.last_img read more

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Trackers split double-header weekend

first_imgSaturday, the Trackers hosted their first home game of the season in Dawson Creek and handed the Thunder a 5-3 loss.Sunday was a different story, as the teams took to the ice at the Pomeroy Sport Centre and unfortunately, were unable to carry over Saturday’s momentum, suffering a 6-2 home loss.Next on the schedule, it will be another two games in two days for the Trackers, who will begin their double-header weekend Friday, October 26, when they host the SISEC Selects in Dawson Creek.- Advertisement -The following day, Saturday, October 27, the Trackers will once again shift from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John, for an afternoon game against those very same Selects.Saturday’s game in Dawson Creek will start at 7 p.m., while the game in Fort St. John will begin at 3 p.m.last_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT DRIVING HIS HANDSTAND BROTHER HAS CHARGE REDUCED – TO START NEW DRIVING JOB!

first_imgA man caught driving his identical twin brother while he was doing a handstand inside his car had his charge reduced – after a judge heard he had a new driving job!Peter HeaneyPeter Heaney had been charged with dangerous driving when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday. The 21 year old had been spotted by Gardai driving his twin brother Shane on June 22nd last between the villages of Ramelton and Milford.Gardai revealed how Shane’s entire body including his legs were sticking out of the sunroof of the car while his head was inside.Peter Heaney appeared in court on a charge of dangerous driving.Even his solicitor Frank Dorrian described the manoeuvre as “ridiculous and bizarre behaviour.”“It was an extraordinary picture if you can imagine it,” admitted Mr Dorrian.However he said his client was the driver and it was his brother who had put him in jeopardy because of his behaviour on the night.The court heard that Heaney, of Carrownagonnagh, Milford, was due to start a new job – as a driver for an amusement arcade.Judge Paul Kelly said he was reducing the case from dangerous driving to careless driving in light of the act that Heaney had the promise of employment.He fined him €300 on the careless driving charge and warned him that he was “on a short lead.”MAN CAUGHT DRIVING HIS HANDSTAND BROTHER HAS CHARGE REDUCED – TO START NEW DRIVING JOB! was last modified: March 11th, 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:careless drivingdangerous drivingdonegalhandstandJudge Peter KellyletterkennyMilfordPeter Heaneylast_img read more

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PSNI SAY DONEGAL MAN STILL ‘CRITICAL’ AFTER MYSTERY INCIDENT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: This is the young Donegal man fighting for his life following an unexplained incident in Derry last night.The man, 19 year old Caolan Page from Killea, was found in an unconscious state with serious head injuries on Magazine Street in the city centre.Caolan had been drinking with friends in a bar before the incident happened. The man was found by passers-by around 2am.Earlier reports had suggested the victim had passed away but the PSNI say he is still in a critical condition and is being visited by his family.It is understood the emergency services initially thought he had fallen from Derry’s walls in what was believed to be a tragic accident.But it is now believed the PSNI are now examining the possibility that he may have been set upon. The victim was a pupil of St Columb’s College in Derry and had repeated his A LevelsA PSNI spokesman confirmed a man was found outside a licensed premises but said “At this stage, it is still not known how the man received his injuries.”They have also appealed to anybody who may have witnessed anything to come forward and contact Strand Road police.EndsPSNI SAY DONEGAL MAN STILL ‘CRITICAL’ AFTER MYSTERY INCIDENT was last modified: October 16th, 2011 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:Caolan PageDerryKillealast_img read more

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GAA: NOTICE TO STEWARDS FOR LAOIS GAME

first_imgThe Donegal v Laois  Allianz NFL Div. 1 Game at O’Donnell Park on Sunday will now throw-in at 2:30pm. Can all available Stewards please reply to this e-mail with your name so we can check out numbers and we can sort arrangements and assign areas. Stewards are asked to be in the Park no later than 1pm and to get dropped off if possible to allow for more parking within the grounds. Stewards are also reminded that they also must help with the clean-up afterwards. GAA: NOTICE TO STEWARDS FOR LAOIS GAME was last modified: February 8th, 2012 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:GAA: NOTICE TO STEWARDS FOR LAOIS GAMElast_img read more

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REVEALED: SENEGAL JIMMY BEHIND DONEGAL GAA SONG SAYS ANCESTORS FROM HERE!

first_imgBOTH parts of the duet behind an internet have Donegal roots – or so they claim!Senegal Jimmy and Rory Gallagher from Kilcar struck up a song supporting Jimmy McGuinness and the Donegal GAA team while sitting on a beach in Lanzarote.A few hits on YouTube last week soon escalated after an appearance on donegaldaily.com – and last night passed the 50,000 views.‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ is certainly catching the imagination of our readers worldwide with views coming in from 58 different countries including the USA, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand and of course Senegal. Speaking to donegaldaily, Kilcar man Rory told us: “Jimmy is super. He sells the best fake rolex in Lanzarote.“Incredibly he knows 1,000 towns on the map of ireland, he speaks six languages, he sings ‘Molly Malone’ and ‘The Fields of Athenry’ in Irish pubs everynight.“He says his father is the ambassador for Senegal to France! And he now claims his great great grandfather comes from Donegal.. not Moneygall. Priceless!”It certainly is!REVEALED: SENEGAL JIMMY BEHIND DONEGAL GAA SONG SAYS ANCESTORS FROM HERE! was last modified: August 13th, 2012 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

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History of Bonagee United shared following launch of new floodlights

first_imgTwo and a half acre acre site at Dry Arch on the outskirts of Letterkenny purchased for £1,000 in 1970 is now the site for a €1.25 million development that could rival any of its kind in Ireland.In the early days, a team called Arcade Athletic was founded by a committee led by Paddy McFadden and based at that two-and- a-half acre plot.Arcade Athletic evolved into the Bonagee United we know today and there was surely a nostalgia feel for Katie McFadden, widow of the late Paddy McFadden, as she cut the tape on the latest phase of works at Dry Arch Park. Lights of any sort were in the future for the club in those early days, but six, 18-metre tall floodlights now standing over Bonagee United’s home.On Friday night, the latest part of the development – the floodlights, the relaying of one of the astroturf pitches and the installation of a wheelchair access area, at a total cost of €150,000 – was launched by Katie McFadden.“He’d have been so proud of this,” she said, referencing her late husband, as she put scissors to tape.Larry Maguire and Eric Funston were at the first meeting of the club in 1970 and remain instrumental now. Donal Coyle, the Club Chairman, referenced deceased members such as Hughie McKay, Barnie Crampsie, Billy Baird, Hughie McGuinness and Paddy McFadden.Mr Coyle said: “It’s a great night for the club and it’s a development started away back in the 70s. Those men had the foresight and the vision.“There has been a lot of hard work and a lot of fundraising put in over the years. The great thing about this club is the support we have received in the community.“From small beginnings, we have a community hall and some of the finest facilities in the country.”In 1998, the club – backed by grant aid from then Minister for Sport Dr James McDaid – started a massive re-development which went on to incorporate a general purpose hall, two astroturf pitches, a spectator stand, new playing pitch, additional dressing rooms and ancillary facilities. From the 2015 Sports Capital Programme, Bonagee United received funding of €90,000 while they obtained €7,250 from the Development Funding of Councillors in the Letterkenny Municipal District – and a unique piece of politics.“What happened this year was unprecedented,” Coyle explained. “We got €7,250 from the Council Development Fund Inititative and all tenCouncillors contributed. That hasn’t happened before and I would like to thank all ten Councillors for their contribution.”You get the feeling Bonagee United won’t rest on their laurels for long. Coyle said: “We are always looking to develop. You have to keep building and you have to keep developing.”Photography by Evan Logan History of Bonagee United shared following launch of new floodlights was last modified: November 5th, 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:BONAGEE UNITEDDevelopmentDry ArchFootballhistoryletterkennylast_img read more

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Justin Kluivert signs for Roma in £15.8m deal

first_imgJustin Kluivert has completed his switch from Ajax to Roma, according to reports.The 19-year-old has been courted by several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham, following his breakthrough at the Amsterdam Arena.Kluivert has been superb for AjaxBut Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed the star has completed a £15.8million move to the Stadio Olimpico.Kluivert, the son of Ajax and Dutch legend Patrick, is one of the most promising young talents in Europe.He was one of the club’s top performers last season as he grabbed ten goals and five assists. The winger’s father has been trying to persuade him to stay put in Holland for another season.However, it looks like the youngster has ignored that advice and opted for a move to Rome.Kluivert senior told ESPN over the weekend: “I personally said to him maybe it’s better to stay one more year at Ajax, to make some kilometres, to be important for the team. Kluivert Senior trains for Soccer Aid 2center_img “He’s 19 years old. He’s still young, but he makes his own decisions, and as a dad, I have to stand behind all the decisions that he makes.“It looks like he’s going to leave Ajax. I think it’s 90 per cent sure that he’s going away.“If he’s got the feeling to leave then he’s got to do that, but he needs to know what things are coming on his way.“It will be difficult because if you’re 19 and you’re going to another country, it’s not easy.“You have to pick wisely what club and also talk really deeply about how his progress will be.”Neither club have confirmed the deal, but it is widely believed to have been completed.last_img read more

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