King and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Barton, who had 14 points in 19 minutes before being wheeled off, said he felt something pop when he took off for the basket and was still sore, but in much less pain, after the game.“I’ll just wait for the MRI,” Barton said. “I don’t want to predict anything or get to high or too low, just once I find out, take it from there.”Jokic, who had 11 assists and 12 rebounds, joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history to post a triple-double with 30 or more points without missing a field goal. Chamberlain did it twice, in 1966 and ’67.“He had one of those nights tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He missed one shot tonight, from the foul line. And anytime you’re mentioned in company with Wilt Chamberlain, you’re doing something right.”Jokic made all 11 of his shots from the floor and missed just one of 11 free throws on a night the crowd serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Millsap said Jokic’s play was inspiring on both ends of the court.“It’s great. We all eat off him. He feeds us all (when) the offense is clicking,” Millsap said. “But most importantly, the job he did on the defensive end was important for us.”TIP-INS:Suns: Phoenix was without G Troy Daniels, who sustained a concussion at practice. “It was a contact practice, guys were scrimmaging and it happened right in front of me,” Kokoskov said. “It didn’t look that hard but he didn’t pass the test.”Nuggets: Denver was 31-10 at home last season, fourth-best in the NBA. … Murray tried to get too fancy on a steal and layup and was stripped when he tried to go behind his back before scoring. … Torey Craig’s defensive versatility will be called upon if Barton misses much time.UP NEXTSuns: visit Golden State Warriors on Monday night.Nuggets: host Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. After grandma’s death, Urias helps Dodgers to World Series Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives past Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER — On a historic night in which he was serenaded with “MVP!” chants for his eye-popping triple-double, Nikola Jokic’s thoughts were with the Denver Nuggets’ injured tone-setter.Forward Will Barton will go for an MRI on Sunday morning after injuring his right hip on a reverse layup in the third quarter of Denver’s 119-91 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re going to miss him — a lot,” Jokic said. “Not just on the court, just vocally. He’s a guy who can speak with everybody, with the coach, he can say whatever. He doesn’t have that ‘hair on the tongue’ is how we call it in Serbia.“Hopefully he can be back soon.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPaul Millsap called Barton “the voice of this locker room.”“He’s the one that’s talking before games, he’s the one that’s bringing us together,” Millsap said. “It’s going to be tough to lose that, if we have to. But hopefully, we’re going to pray everything’s OK and he’s back with us soon.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Individually and collectively we got spanked in every aspect of the game,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “Jokic had a monster game.”Jokic also had four steals, zero turnovers and a blocked shot.“It was a perfect night for him,” Jamal Murray said. “He hit every shot today, no turnovers, triple-double. So, it couldn’t get any better.”Save for the one missed free throw.CO-STARSMurray added 26 points as Denver’s starters outscored Phoenix’s 107-58.The Nuggets are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011-12 and will go for their first 3-0 start since 2009-10 when they host the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.NO MATCHDevin Booker’s 25 points led the Suns, who were hoping for another stellar game from top overall draft pick Deandre Ayton, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his po debut against Dallas. But Jokic dominated from the start and Ayton never got going, finishing with 5 points on 2-of-7 shooting.“It was a learning lesson for me,” Ayton said of his matchup with Jokic. “In time I’m going to be doing the same thing.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments
Muslims in Liberia have for the first time since the 1800s elected a ‘Supreme Leader’, who will be the single most powerful person in the country’s Islamic community. Ascending to this lofty, lifetime tenured position is Liberia’s former National Chief Imam, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah Sheriff, who was elected Spiritual Leader by over 150 Imams of the Governing Board of the National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL).The Muslim cleric is currently in Morocco on official duty.Imam Abubakar Massaquoi, the newly elected Deputy Secretary General of the Council, said the selection was done through a unanimous resolution at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, July 15, corresponding to the Shawwal 10, 1437 on the Islamic calendar.Imam Massaquoi read the resolution yesterday at the headquarters of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, in the Central Mosque on Benson Street.“As of Friday, July 15, 2016 or Shawwal 10, 1437, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullah Sheriff shall serve as Chairman of the Governing Board and Head of the Majlis al Fatwah and shall therefore be the Supreme Leader of the National Imam Council of Liberia,” the resolution said.The Governing Board is the supreme decision-making body of the Imam Council and the Majlis al Fatwar is known as Committee of Islamic Jurists, which is charged with the responsibility to give Islamic verdicts and opinions.The resolution also named former Deputy Chief Imam Sheikh Ali Tweh Krayee as the National Chief Imam and Imam Muhammad A. Fahnbulleh as Deputy Chief Imam for National Affairs.Furthermore, Imam Muhammad Konneh shall serve as Secretary General and Imam Massaquoi, Deputy Secretary General.“That the Chief Imam shall, in keeping with the Constitution of NICOL, serve as the Chief Administrator and Chief Spokesperson,” the resolution said.The newly elected National Chief Imam, Sheikh Krayee, told journalists that the creation of a position of the Supreme Leader is way of recognizing the efforts of a Muslim Cleric, as well as to share power and promote accountability and transparency.In the past, the National Chief Imam served as Chairman of the Governing Board, Head of the Majlis al Fatwah, Chief Administrator and the Chief Spokesperson of NICOL.Though Imams and executive members of NICOL have been prohibited from active politics; however, reports gathered said the Supreme Leader of Liberian Muslims shall through the Imams advise the Muslim Community on who to vote for on district, county and national levels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A day after five founding members of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) political party broke away, denouncing the standard bearer Dr. J. Mills Jones, the party has reacted by describing them as political lunatics and neophytes. Samuel Philips, Hodo Merriam, Rufus Saydee, Philip Benson and Roland Mathew, all executives of MOVEE’s “Elder Council,” in a statement of resignation, criticized Dr. Jones for the manner in which he has imposed himself as “standard-bearer” of MOVEE, which they argued, has the potential to destroy the party’s image.But, MOVEE’s director of communications, Robert Sammie, denied the existence of a group known as “Elder Council” clarifying that the resignation of the men was based on administrative reasons.Mr. Sammie said an elder council is usually comprised of people with good reputation and distinction in their community and society. According to Mr. Sammie those who defected from the party lack the moral standard to serve in such position in the party.“I wonder if these so called elders are holders of MOVEE’s membership roster, Mr. Sammie asked.He said the party has procedures in place to elect its standard bearer and officials, a process which the party adhered to during its first national convention in March this year when it elected its national officers. MOVEE will hold primaries across the country for the purpose of electing its representative and presidential candidates for the forthcoming 2017 elections, Sammie stated.In the minds of the so called elder council, Dr. Jones is usurping the functions of the party’s national chairman, a thinking he termed as a “blatant lie,” noting that the chairman is the principal and senior administrative officer of the party whose responsibility is to coordinate, supervise and implement the organization’s policies and also serve as chief liaison between registered political parties, the National Elections Commission, civil society and the government.“These functions are in no way being hindered as insinuated by the so called council of elders. The standard bearer of the part has no administrative or operational role to play in the administration and management of the party. The standard bearer is consulted on key issues and decisions, but does not meddle in the day to day activities of the party,” Sammie clarified.Sammie called on partisans, sympathizers and well-wishers not to be deterred by political masqueraders but continue the party’s agenda across the country as they work towards victory in 2017 thereby ensuring that Liberians are empowered to take over the economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following recent newspaper reports that alleged Liberian mercenaries, led by former President Charles Taylor’s elite security commander Benjamin Yeaten, resurfaced in The Gambia, the Freedom newspaper has reported yet another recruitment of rebels by President Yahya Jammeh. Freedom newspaper is Gambia’s premier online newspaper.It has reported that Jammeh has assembled mercenaries from former war-ravaged West African nations—mainly from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, and the Southern Province of Casamance in Senegal. This is the area of Senegal south of The Gambia including the Casamance River that has witnessed years of turmoil as rebels there are seeking for independence from Senegal. Both Liberia and Sierra Leone recorded bitter civil wars, with the Liberian conflict starting as an internal crisis from 1989, and lasting until 2003. The conflict eventually led to the involvement of the ECOWAS and the United Nations Mission to Liberia.In Sierra Leone, the civil war began on March 23, 1991 by the Revolutionary United Front rebels, with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia.However, according to the latest edition of the Freedom newspaper, President Jammeh is currently housing rebels from Casamance and elsewhere across the West African sub-region in preparation for a possible military showdown with the proposed Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) force recently formed to help unseat him from power.The decision follows Jammeh’s refusal to respect the wishes and aspirations of the Gambian people in electing Adama Barrow, a real estate developer, as the country’s next President, the Freedom newspaper has said. The rebels, according to the paper, have been deployed in various security facilities across the country, especially at the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) based in Kanifing. They have reportedly been issued with army uniforms, combat gears, and weapons to gear up for a possible showdown.The paper alleges that General Saul Badjie, the Commander of the Republican Guards, and also a close confidant of Jammeh, yesterday distributed over 1,733 uniforms to the arriving rebels, whose presence are being treated as top secret in Banjul. Some of the rebels can barely speak, or write English, the paper reported, adding that they speak French and other local West African dialects different from the ones spoken in The Gambia. Their mission is to help keep Jammeh in power and to also suppress any military intervention coming from ECOWAS, the paper said quoting highly placed sources.A top security chief close to Jammeh told the Freedom newspaper that the President is determined to wage a war in the country before his inevitable fall. “Jammeh is not going to vacate the presidency without bloodshed. All indications suggest that he is ready for war. The rebels are here. The end game for Jammeh is going to be bloody. He has nowhere to go. He wants to commit genocide before the end of his rule. General Saul Badjie distributed the uniforms to the arriving rebels. They are here,” said our (Freedom newspaper) source at the State House.Meanwhile, the paper reported that Jammeh has issued brand new cars to his team of assassins. Almost every ‘Jungullar,’ as they are called, has been issued with a new car, according to the paper.In another development, a delegation of security chiefs headed by Interior Minister M.A. Bah is expected to leave Banjul on Thursday to tour the country. The delegation includes Inspector-General of Police, Yankuba Sonko; Deputy Inspector of Gerdamarie, Modou Sowe; Landing Bojang, Commissioner of police operations; and NIA DG Yankuba Badjie.Jammeh has reportedly requested the security chiefs to prevail on the local chiefs and regional governors to encourage communities to attend Jammeh’s “inauguration” scheduled for January 19. Jammeh emerged as the loser of the December 1 presidential elections, but he is still determined to hijack Adama Barrow’s electoral victory.In a related development, the Jollof News yesterday reported that Nigeria has deployed its newest warship, the NNS Unity, to The Gambia ahead of a planned military intervention to enforce the outcome of last month’s presidential election results.The warship, which was constructed by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited (CSOIL), will play a vital role in helping a Senegal led force to topple the Gambian regime of Jammeh if he refuses to step down at the end of his term on January 18.Mr. Jammeh, 51, who has governed The Gambia since July 1994, is refusing to relinquish power to opposition candidate Adama Barrow, the surprise winner of last month’s election.He has accused the country’s electoral commission of rigging the election in favor of the opposition.Jammeh’s attempt to overturn the election result at the Supreme Court has been delayed, because of a shortage of judges, as most of the judges come from neighboring countries.The regional group ECOWAS, which tried unsuccessfully to convince Mr. Jammeh to hand over power peacefully, has warned of serious consequences if Mr. Barrow is blocked from re-entering The Gambia.Barrow is currently in Senegal and is due back in Banjul for the swearing-in ceremony tomorrow, Thursday.And ahead of the ceremony, a Nigerian military source told the BBC’s Monitoring Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo that the warship has left the commercial capital, Lagos, and is currently sailing off the coast.Mr. Jammeh has described any military intervention as an act of aggression and has vowed to defend the territorial sovereignty of The Gambia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has rubbished claims that the recent shakeup in the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MoFA) was to professionalise the Foreign Service.Ambassadors Hamley Case, posted in the United Kingdom; Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop, stationed in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Clarissa Riehl, who was posted in Canada; Bayney Karran in China, Cheryl Miles in Venezuela, and JR Deep Ford in Switzerland have all been recalled and fired.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn Wednesday, President David Granger told reporters that this was “just a planned change” to professionalise the Foreign Service by reducing or removing political appointees and make way for new appointments.In addition to recalling the diplomats, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audrey Waddell was also replaced by a Permanent Secretary. She is cited as one of the newest recruits for a diplomatic position outside of Guyana.However, Jagdeo, at his weekly press conference on Thursday, rubbished the Granger-led caretaker administration’s explanation for these actions.“This entire shakeup has nothing to do with professionalising the Ministry. It has to do with a bunch of people who are incompetent, as far as I’m concerned, and who’d sell out national interests for perks…,” he asserted.President David GrangerAccording to the Opposition Leader, it is just a reaction to the disastrous decision of removing Ambassador Waddell from the Ministry.“It came out of, from all I’ve been hearing, a ton of internal disagreements on policy, particularly policy relating to our sovereignty where that should be uncompromising, and they’re a few people who stood up against that and they’re suffering the consequences now,” he posited.This, Jagdeo went on to say, has nothing to do with professionalising the Foreign Ministry, especially since there are still politically-appointed diplomats in the same age group as those fired who are still within Foreign Service.“So to give an explanation like [the President did] shows you’re aloof… They believe that we would believe this nonsense,” the Opposition Leader stated.During an interview on Wednesday, President Granger told reporters that since the beginning of his term, he had made it clear that Guyanese diplomats would be appointed for only three years – something which the Ambassadors were aware of.“It so happened that the contracts of many of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners expired during the time there was some uncertainty about when elections would be held and as a result of that uncertainty, some of the changes were not made. But when it became certain that elections wouldn’t be held until March 2020, a decision was taken to proceed with those changes.So it is not a shakeup. It is a planned change and the Ambassadors and High Commissioners knew that the intention of the Government has always been to professionalise the service,” the Head of State noted.After news of the recall spread last week, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had contended that Government is a caretaker mode, and, therefore, has no authority to make such decisions.But President Granger said on Wednesday that this will have no negative impact on Guyana.
Lionel Messi was great against Man City but which player has put on the greatest individual display? 1 Lionel Messi and Joe Hart were in great form in Man City’s Champions League loss to Barcelona, but were they the greatest individual performances?That’s what talkSPORT asked followers on Twitter using #OneManShow.DAVID MARSHALL V BARCELONA: BETTER THAN HART?From Mark Viduka against Liverpool, Robbie Fowler against Arsenal and Cristiano Ronaldo against Sweden, there was a variety of suggestions from football fans.Scroll down to see some of the tweets and let us know if anyone has been missed out. Get involved by tweeting us @talkSPORT.
Comharchumann Thoraí together with the local Christmas lights/decorations committee would like to raise €2000 to put towards their “Light up Tory Island Christmas 2016 campaign”.They are hoping to put up street lights on the East Town and West Town, along with wall decorations, wreathes, and a crib.Comharchumann Thoraí say; “It’s almost 30 years since we have had this many children living on the island. We would like to make this Christmas as magical and memorable as possible for them.” Santa will be making a special visit to Tory in his helicopter to meet all of the good girls and boys in advance of his visit on Christmas Eve.Sheets will be put into the local shop and post office and lines can be bought for €2 to be in with a chance of winning hampers, vouchers, and other goodies!The draw will take place on December 23rd.Comharchumann Thoraí add that they are extremely grateful for any donations, and would like to sincerely thank everyone for taking part. To donate you can follow this link:https://www.gofundme.com/help-light-up-toryisland-xmas-2016-2utr5y34Can you help light up Tory Island this Christmas? was last modified: November 12th, 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:charityCHristmasChristmas lightsdrawgofundmeSANTATory Island
All-Ireland Schools League Finals 2011 RESULTS (All games taking place at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght)Wednesday, March 23rdU16B BoysColaiste Choilmcille, Ballyshannon (Donegal) 55 (31) (E McGrath 12, B McGowan 10, P Patton 10) Marian College (Dublin) 53 (24) (R Nedzveckas 11, K De Vera 10, W Garcia 9)MVP; B McGowan (Colaiste Choilmcille)There were scenes of wild celebration as Donegal side Colaiste Choilmcille edged out Marian College Dublin in a phenomenal contest on a scoreline of 55-53. ‘MVP’ Brion McGowen hit ten points and the games winning basket in the dying seconds of a pulsating encounter, which neither team really deserved to lose.BASKETBALL: THRILLING WIN FOR BALLYSHANNON was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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)
After 13 weeks of development training and 4 weeks of trials the following players have been selected for the Ladies under 14 County panel for 2012.They are – Erica wilson,Zoe mc Glynn(Convoy) Lauren mc elwaine,Meabh mc Daid(Termon) Sarah Doherty,Katie o Donnell,Sadhbha Boyle,Aiobhan o Donnell(Niamh Mhuire) Emma Doherty,Realtin mc Elhinney(Moville) Lara Sweeney,Natasha Cole(Ardara) Megan mc Gee(Bundoran) Denise Breslin(St Nauls) Orlaieh Gillespie(Aodh Ruadh) Niamh mc Daid(Carndonagh) Racheal Gavigan,Courtney o Brein(Mc Cools) Aisling Jones(Naomh Columba) Mairead Coll,Aisling Howe,Caoimhe Walsh(Fanad Gaels) Grace Nolan,Chloe Masterson,Eimear mc Grory(Four Masters) Aisling mc Hugh,Lianne Boyce(Milford) Vannessa mc Hugh(Lifford) Niamh mc Granaghan(Robert Emmetts) Sinead mc Ginty(Glenfin) Mary T Doherty(Buncrana) Roisin mc Monagle,Vaukan Hassin(St Eunans)Training continues weekly at Aura in Letterkenny. LADIES UNDER 14 GAA PANEL ANNOUNCED was last modified: January 29th, 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) Tags:Ladies Under 14 GAA Panel