LONDON, England: How does a girl from the banks of the Mississippi River come to be on the verge of representing Jamaica – of all events, in the 3,000 metres steeplechase at next month’s IAAF World Championships? A Jamaican in the steeplechase isn’t a totally unusual occurrence, but the bright-eyed Aisha Praught likens her Hollywood-style twist of fate to one of her favourite movies. “It’s like you grew up watching the movie Cool Runnings and I’m here now doing my own weird thing,” she laughed. The 25-year-old Oregon-based distance runner told The Gleaner that meeting her Jamaican father for the first time, two years ago in Berlin, played a big role in her decision to represent the Caribbean island that she has always felt deeply connected to. “I’m really excited, this will be my first appearance at the World Championships and I’m looking forward to having a spot on the line. Anybody on the line has a shot at doing something great so I’m excited about that,” said Praught, who was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Illinois, USA. Now, with a few weeks to go before Jamaica, known for its sprinters, enters athletes in the men’s 5,000m and women’s 800m in Beijing, Praught, who started out a sprinter, is hoping that she can help to drive new interest in the middle-to-long distances. “I think there is a wealth of distance-running talent that Jamaica has not realised yet. When I was in Jamaica at the trials, I was looking at the body types … it’s (distance running) probably not the cool thing to do, but I was really encouraged at the championships,” said Praught. “I spoke to a lot of them and I hope that more people will get involved and maybe that we can put it on a bigger level and some of the young Jamaicans can be inspired and try it.” “I think that I could potentially make a bigger impact that way and I hope to inspire someone, even just to get another pair of eyes on the event, get maybe a couple of kids curious. Maybe they have been running around and they are not the fastest, but they can outlast everyone else, maybe they will turn to the sport and distance running,” added Praught, who is already planning to return to Jamaica after the World Championships. The athlete who made her first trip to the island to compete at the National Senior Championships a few weeks ago, where she won the 1,500m in 4 :15.92, admitted that she never really considered representing the island until meeting her father a couple years ago. “I grew up knowing I was Jamaican, but I really didn’t know my father until I was an adult. I sort of just grew up with the knowledge that he was there, but I didn’t meet him until the summer of 2013 when I was in Europe, and he lives in Berlin. Our meeting was really life-changing; just looking into his eyes for the first time was really incredible,” Praught shared. “It’s like there was no time, like we always knew each other.” “It sort of felt serendipitous, it was like, all of a sudden, that was my identity. It was such a warm and welcoming feeling; it felt real and genuine and I felt like a part of myself that had been missing was suddenly there, and it just felt right,” she said of her subsequent decision to represent Jamaica. excited Now, Praught, who competed at the recent IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco where she was the pace-setter for the women’s 3000m steeplechase, can hardly contain her excitement at the chance of wearing Jamaica’s gold singlet in Beijing next month. “I am so excited and a lot of my friends – I am pretty close with a lot of the American female steeplechasers and it has been the big topic. They are like ‘As soon as you get the kit, you have to send us some pictures,” Praught exclaimed. “Everyone is a little jealous, Jamaica is the coolest team in athletics and putting on that vest is going to feel amazing. I picture it every day and I can’t wait to see it.” Praught will be the first Jamaican entrant in the 3,000m steeplechase at the World Championships since Mardrea Hyman at the 2011 edition in Daegu. Hyman failed to finish in Daegu, as well as the 2008 Olympic Games, her last two major championships. Korine Hinds also represented Jamaica in the event up to the Daegu World Championships. – Andre Lowe
Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each had 30 points for Miami. The Heat have a five-game losing streak, their longest slide of the season.Harden eclipsed the 40-point mark for the eighth time this season. He was 13 of 25 shots from the field, going 5 of 12 from 3-point, and hit 10 of 12 free frees. He also had six assists and rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHarden scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat were unable to get any closer than 94-90 with five minutes left.Clint Capela added 13 points for the Rockets, who are 24-1 when Harden, Paul, and Capela play. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — James Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat 109-101 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.Chris Paul added 24 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds for the Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Harden scored 16 points in the opening quarter to help the Rockets take a 35-24 lead.The Rockets led by as many as 17 points in the first half at 53-36, but Dragic scored Miami’s final 10 points of the half to help cut it to 61-57 lead at the break. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ
Sen. Jewel Howard TaylorThe National Elections Commission (NEC) at the weekend launched the Voters’ Roll Update ahead of the ensuing 2014 Special Senatorial Election in Liberia.The intent, NEC said, is to incorporate Liberians who have attained the age of 18 and above since the last elections in 2011, when the voters’ registration exercise was last held.According to NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, eligible Liberians who, for one reason or the other did not register in 2011; voters, who have changed locations since the last voters’ registration exercise and wish to be registered at their current location are those that will be covered under said exercise.This process runs from January 13 to March 5, 2014.Speaking at NEC Headquarters during the launch, Cllr. Korkoya indicated that the success of the voters’ roll update is largely dependent on the conduct of a sustained civic and voters’ education exercise. He described the process as an integral part of a democratic establishment.Chairman Korkoya: “Civic and voter education in a democratic process is particularly important because it deals with broader concepts underpinning a democratic society such as the respective roles and responsibilities of citizens, governments, political and special interests, the mass media, the business and non-profit sectors as well as the significance of periodic and competitive elections. It emphasizes not only citizens’ awareness but participation in all aspects of the democratic process. NEC is aware that there can be no free, fair and participatory elections in the absence of adequate information.”Cllr. Korkoya maintained that in order to successfully educate voters about the election, the Commission has partnered with 50 civil society organizations currently carrying out school-based information dissemination campaign on the voters’ roll update exercise.Accordingly, said campaign is being conducted in secondary and tertiary learning institutions in the 15 counties under the supervision of NEC. The Commission furthered that the aim of said awareness among the youth is to encourage young people, mostly “first time voters” to overwhelmingly participate in the process.On the issue of women participation, the NEC boss announced that with funding from UNDP, NEC is engaged with gender, specific project aimed at enhancing and increasing women’s participation in the Voters’ Roll Update process.The Commission has deployed 219 civic and voter educators in the 15 counties to carry out door-to-door education and awareness. 51 are deployed in Montserrado, while the remaining 168 take mission in the other 14 counties.Also speaking, Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president Abdullai Kamara lauded NEC for the update exercise but added that “there remain many unanswered questions about the process.”He called on government’s functionaries responsible for collecting data to collaborate in order to have a proper and updated data of Liberians.The PUL’s position was also buttressed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who also thinks that there’s a need to support an integrated data system. She praised the Commission for the positive initiative and called on voters to participate at all level.The Bong County Senator further encouraged local and international partners to adequately support NEC with every necessary budgetary requirement to ensure that a well-organized and credible Senatorial election is held.Launch of the Voters’ Roll Update could mean that the quest for entering the Senate by many politicians in January 2015 has begun.The Special Senatorial Election is the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into force. Many see it as the beginning stage for the bigger political contest in 2017. Some presidential candidates, including Peace Ambassador George M. Weah, in previous elections have vowed to place their names on the ballot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The high cost of farming materials is causing great concern among our farmers, threatening their continued farming activities.Mr. Momolu Bass, National Coordinator of Farming Union Network (FUN), recently expressed this concern to our Farm Correspondent, Judoemue Kollie. Mr. Bass noted that the price of fertilizer on the local market had risen to US$60 from US$40 per 50lb bag; while a liter of agro-chemical had escalated from US$20 to US$35.15. The cost of vegetable seeds had also increased from US$10 to US$25.The FUN National Coordinator further said he suspected that these price increases were due to increased taxes imposed on agricultural supplies. He offered two key solutions to the government of Liberia.First, that it should give more support to the agriculture sector than it is currently giving. He mentioned the US$9 million which GOL recently allocated to the agriculture sector, but lamented that this amount was far too small, especially since most of it might very well go toward salaries and other administrative costs in the Agriculture Ministry.Secondly, Mr. Bass suggested a substantial reduction in taxes levied on farm materials.Well, it was admittedly just around the end of the Liberian civil war, in 2003, that African leaders, at a meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, adopted a Resolution on Agriculture and Food Security. It called on all African nations to set aside at least 10 percent of their annual budgets for agriculture and food security. The 14-year war in Liberia was ending and no economic planning had been done in a very long time, and certainly not since 1997 when Charles G. Taylor became the elected President of Liberia. Taylor had no interest whatsoever in any kind of national planning. His objective, and that of his administrators was to loot the public treasury and spend recklessly, dishing out tons of money to his women and close associates, while they, too, were allowed to do their own looting where they were able—such as at the Finance Ministry, Maritime, Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), the National Port Authority (NPA) and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP). In such an environment of public thievery, what money was left for any kind of development? That is why in his seven years as Liberia’s elected leader, Taylor never bothered to fix any of the infrastructures that he and other warlords—Alhaji Kromah, George Boley, Roosevelt Johnson and Damateh Corneh, to name a few—destroyed—not the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant, nor the water system, or the roads or bridges—no, nothing did he repair!Thank God, the peace-loving Liberians, led especially by Liberian women and the international community, ended the war in 2003. Thanks to the direct intervention of United States President George W. Bush, Taylor was forced to leave the country, paving the way for new elections in 2005. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a woman of substantial education and vast experience in government, international banking and United Nations-led development initiatives, was elected Liberia’s new President.Admittedly again, this was a time to fix many, many things in Liberia, agriculture definitely being one of them. There were also the roads and bridges, water, electricity and tackling the enormous debt burden left by the Tolbert, Doe and Taylor administrations, totaling US$4 billion.Faced with all these competing priorities, President Sirleaf did not prioritize agriculture. This was most especially because of the bad luck she encountered in the selection of her first two Agriculture Ministers, Doctors Chris Toe and Florence Chenoweth, neither of whom made a serious impact on the nation’s agriculture. So they were certainly not the ones to insist that this compelling and life-saving sector was prioritized.The new Agriculture Minister, Dr. Moses Zinnah, appointed in the twilight of the Ellen administration, could be seen as a lame duck Minister, although the Daily Observer, governed by its dogged optimism, did not think so. Yes, it may be late in this time of economic slump, given the fall in commodity prices, to set aside 10 percent of the budget for agriculture. Yet as we, since his appointment, have always insisted, there are definitely some serious and positive things he could do. He could find buyers for the locally produced rice; intensify agricultural training and ensure that those trained are employed; deploy agriculture extension agents to farmers throughout the country; seriously encourage cocoa and coffee farmers; effectively implement the fisheries projects, including encouraging fish farmers like Estelle Liberty, who grows a lot of fish in fishponds in her native Bong and other counties.Minister Zinnah could also jumpstart meat production by promoting cattle breeding, especially in Grand Kru, Lofa and Nimba counties and elsewhere.Now Minister Zinnah has one new challenge: to take measures to mitigate (ease) the high cost of farm supplies, including seeds and fertilizers. How? He could persuade the Cabinet, which meets every Wednesday, to reduce the taxes on farm supplies. This would immediately lower the cost to farmers and help them enormously. Alas, that is not the end of the matter for without good roads, storage facilities and buyers/markets, their produce dies in these struggling farmers’ hands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini), have accused the coalition Government of neglect, noting that prior to the elections, it made countless promises to them in return for their votes but four years after, they are yet to see any of those promises fulfilled.The community of Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini)Following the Local Government Elections (LGE), a representative from the Pakera/Heaven Hill Constituency in Matthews Ridge is yet to be sworn in on the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).The representative, Wayne Williams, was expected to be sworn in since December 12 last but this was not done.Guyana Times understands that Williams did not show up at the swearing-in ceremony and has never shown interest. As a result, residents have inquired the reason for not replacing Williams but they have not received a response.“They aren’t responding to our concerns. We asking all the time because the residents are suffering. No one remembers Matthews Ridge. It appears that we don’t even exist. When we see Ministers and so visiting Region One, it’s always Mabaruma, Moruca or Port Kaituma and those places but never here. This is unacceptable. The residents are very dissatisfied because we give them a fair chance. We know what we have to do in the upcoming elections,” a resident told Guyana Times.Residents of Matthews Ridge outlined a number of issues that continue to affect them on a daily basis. The high unemployment rate, land titling issues, lack of access to potable water for some residents, lack of proper electricity and discrimination by APNU officials if complaints are levied against them are among the issues the residents complained of.Some of the residents who reached out to <<
Accident at Wallers DelightPolice say they are investigating a fatal accident which occurred around 21:00h on Tuesday night on the Wallers Delight Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD) that resulted in the death of pedestrian Mohamed Nazim, age 44.Felicia Persaud, 30, the daughter-in-law of the deceased, was injured in theMohamed Nazimaccident. The vehicle involved in the accident, a Jeep bearing registration plates PTT 779, was driven by a 43-year-old resident of Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD.According to the Police, the vehicle was proceeding East along the northern carriageway, allegedly at a fast rate. It struck the pedestrians who, along with other family members, were crossing the road from South to North.In an unconscious state, Nazim and Persaud were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.However, Nazim died while receiving medical attention and Persaud was treated and admitted in a stable and now conscious condition. The driver who was administered a breathalyser test and found to have negative alcohol readings in his breath, has since been detained and is assisting with the investigation.The dead man was reportedly struck down by the vehicle as he was walking with his son and daughter-in-law to a nearby shop to purchase a loaf of bread.The deceased, who resided at Wallers Delight, leaves to mourn five children who at the time of his death, were all in his care since their mother passed away three years ago.
Weigh ins for tomorrow’s Fivestar Fight League 14 card will take place tonight at Overtime Sports Bar at 5:30. The event is headlined by three championship fights, including local talent Duncan Wilson putting his welterweight title on the line in the main event against Aaron Shmyr.Other championships up for grabs will be the amateur featherweight title as Dylan Lielke squares off against Laine Keyes, and Brent Auger and Shad Potts will do battle for the amateur middleweight crown.Brad Stewart is hungry for a better showing, and a better result than his last fight in Fort St. John. He’ll be in the cage against Micah Brakefield.- Advertisement -On the women’s side of things, Jamie Herrington will be looking for the second win of her young MMA career as she’ll throw down with Mary Martin.Fivestar Fight League 14 will be held at the Fort St. John Curling Club tomorrow night. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by prelims at 6:30, and the main card at 7:30.For ticket information you can contact Fivestar at 250-785-2736.Advertisement
– Advertisement -Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm has checked off a “No” on his HST referendum ballot, referring to the referendum as a critical time for the B.C. government.Residents will be making probably the biggest tax decision in a long time, says Pimm.He says despite the fact that the HST was poorly rolled out in B.C., he still believes it is good tax policy, which benefits both small and large businesses.This was Pimm’s first official duty as an independent MLA after resigning from the Liberal caucus and from his post as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Energy and Mines on June 27. His resignation came after he announced he had spent a night in jail after a domestic dispute involving his wife.Although Pimm would not comment on the ongoing case, which has now been assigned to a special prosecutor, he did indicate he may try and rejoin the Liberal caucus, depending on the outcome of the case.Advertisement Photo: Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm prepares his ballot for mailing, after marking a “No” to extinguishing the HST./Kimberley Molina He also says he chose to stay on as an MLA because he believes there’s still work to be done, but felt he should resign from the Liberal caucus to deal with his personal issues in his own way.As MLA, Pimm is still urging all residents to vote, whether they are in favour of the HST or not.The Liberal government has promised to reduce the HST to 10 per cent, if residents vote in favour of keeping the controversial tax. It would remove one per cent from the tax on July 1, 2012 and an additional one per cent two years later on July 1, 2014.
Justin Timberlake has been ordered to rest his voice. Timberlake’s strained voice is the result of his performance Sunday at MTV’s Video Music Awards in Las Vegas and months of touring, Jive Records said in a statement Tuesday. A doctor ordered several days of vocal rest for Timberlake, forcing the 26-year-old singer to miss shows in Sacramento on Monday and San Jose on Wednesday. Tour promoter AEG Live has rescheduled the shows for Sept. 23 in San Jose and Sept. 25 in Sacramento. Timberlake wraps up his FutureSex/LoveShow tour this month. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Cliodhna HarveyFEATURES: A Car boot sale has been organised to raise vital funds for the Paul Holian Recovery Fund. The fundraising event will take place this Saturday from 9am – 12am at Letterkenny Community Centre. Paul was seriously injured in a devastating accident on July 9th which turned not only his life but his family’s life upside down.Due to this, his extended family and friends have established the Paul Holian Recovery Fund to help him, his partner Nicola and their two children on this challenging long and tiring journey.They’ve organised a car boot sale in order to raise much needed funds for the Paul Holian Recovery Fund and everyone is invited and welcome to attend.At 39 years of age, Ballyare man Paul Holian should, had fate not cruelly intervened, been continuing in his work as a block layer of solid reputation.He should be, literally, indulging in that hobby horse of his – the equine world of which he has always been so passionate. But a devastating accident on July 9th last has removed him from work and leisure activities for the foreseeable future as the long road to recovery stretches ahead and his immediate family count the days and the cost.Paul was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital following the accident before being transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. He is currently back in Letterkenny waiting for the call that will bring him to the Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.The journey to rehabilitation will be a lengthy one and consequently the support of his family and friends and the local community is key.Among the fund-raising efforts being organised is a ticket draw – the top prize for which is a week for two trip to Dubai including flights and hotel.Tickets cost ten euro each and are available from Gary Holian 086 2158420 at the Dry Arch Complex in Letterkenny, from Pat Hegerty at Ballyare (086-8904850) and from Carr’s of The Diamond. The draw will take place on Friday night, October 21st, at a special function in the Clanree Hotel where music will be by the Ryan Turner Band along with a number of local artists all getting together in support of the charity.Other events lined up include a tractor run on September 18th a bicycle run (date to be confirmed), and a charity night in Carr’s of The Diamond on September 30th.Proceeds from the Northwest Truck Fest in Letterkenny will be divided between the Paul Holian Recovery Fund and the M.S. Donegal branch.Your support will be gratefully received and appreciated by Paul and his family who are facing up to that lengthy journey and require the community to help them through it. Car boot sale to raise vital funds for Paul Holian Recovery fund was last modified: September 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Car Boot saleFeaturesLETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTREnewsPaul HolihanRecovery Fund