Weir excited at progress

first_imgHaving posted a “satisfying” 10.07 seconds in the 100 metres at last weekend’s UTech/MVP Classic inside the National Stadium, 2013 IAAF World Championship silver medallist, Warren Weir, says his eyes are firmly set on competing well this season and having fun.The 200m Racers Track Club star says he is in the process of bouncing back from an injury-plagued 2015.More disappointingly, Weir had to settle for a semi-final finish at the World Athletics Championships that same year.This year, however, he assured he is working patiently to put in some big performances.”I am very, very wonderful. I must say give God thanks (that) I finished another injury-free race and my recovery phase is going very good,” Weir said after running on Saturday.Buoyed by that 10.07 and while hoping to go quicker, the athlete says fast times aren’t his priority.”Not pressuring myself; you know that you are fit, but until you run that race that’s when you know where you really are so after that result I feel really, really good,” he stressed. “Just putting in the work and the time will speak for itself.”Weir reasoned that it is back to the drawing board and more training, and leaving decisions in his coach’s hands.”I Just have to strengthen those areas and put in new techniques and work in training, the at-home training is also important. We put all those into place and so it’s coming on very good,” outlined the Glen Mills- coached athlete.He furthered noted that Mills will decide what events he will do, or if he could possibly do the sprint double this year.”The big man (Glen Mills) will say when it’s time and what to do. We just take the orders. I am just looking forward towards having fun and just competing. I just run and take the orders from coach, so that’s how it works,” he added.last_img read more

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Michigan OKs Nassar-related laws to give victims time to sue

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 NBA Finals lead in ratings, but it was too short for ABC View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nassar survivors attended the bill-signing event and a news conference afterward.Rachael Denhollander, who was 15 when Nassar assaulted her in his campus office in 2000, said she was “deeply disappointed” that the House changed the legislation so it would not retroactively help all childhood sexual abuse victims.“This legislative reform was for every survivor in Michigan. This was not about us and we never wanted it to be about us,” she said. “So my hope as we take this first step forward today is that the assault survivors who’ve watched this unfold know that … this will be the beginning of much-needed reform and that we will move forward together.”More than two dozen other Nassar-related bills are unlikely to win final legislative passage until September at the earliest because the Republican-led Legislature planned to adjourn for the summer Tuesday night. The House and Senate are at odds over expanding who must report suspected child abuse to include paid coaches. However, legislators are in agreement on other bills that would require a second health professional to be in the room when a procedure involving vaginal or anal penetration is performed on a minor, require written parental consent before such a procedure is done and require that related medical records be kept for at least 15 years.Calley credited Nassar’s survivors for spearheading the legislation, taking on “a political system that has a million ways to stop something.”ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears in court for his final sentencing phase in Eaton County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. / AFP PHOTO / RENA LAVERTYLANSING, Mich. — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Tuesday signed two bills inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal, including one giving childhood sexual abuse victims more time to sue.The current cutoff to file a lawsuit in Michigan is generally a minor victim’s 19th birthday, which critics say is out of step with other states and does not account for how many victims are afraid to report abuse or have suppressed it. Starting in three months, people who were sexually abused as children will be able to sue until their 28th birthdays or three years from when they realize they have been abused. Victims of Nassar, the imprisoned former sports doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, will get a 90-day window to sue retroactively.ADVERTISEMENT As part of a $500 million settlement with Michigan State, his hundreds of accusers agreed to withdraw their support for legislation that would have eliminated the immunity defense in lawsuits for entities that are negligent in the hiring, supervision or training of employees, or if the governmental agencies knew or should have known and failed to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement.Calley, who enacted the main bill in a private Capitol ceremony because Snyder was out of the state, also signed a measure giving prosecutors 15 years or until a victim’s 28th birthday to file charges in second- and third-degree sexual conduct cases if the victim was younger than 18. The deadline currently is 10 years or a victim’s 21st birthday, whichever is later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCharges could be filed at any time if there were DNA evidence.There already is no statute of limitations for first-degree sexual misconduct, which can result in life imprisonment and for which Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting nine girls in the Lansing area under the guise of treatment. “It’s something that gives me some confidence that we’re on the right track, that this will be momentum toward a cultural change,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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GAWU complains to IMF about lack of transparency in Sugar Estate divestment

first_img– as IMF team in Guyana for Article IV consultationThe two sides meeting on MondayA team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is in Guyana for its annual consultations, and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was given a chance to express its concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding the divestment of the sugar estates.In a statement, GAWU revealed that it met with the IMF on Monday and aired its concerns about the divestment process. A major concern of the Union was the lack of transparency, with GAWU complaining that its repeated requests for information, including a divestment plan being constantly alluded to by policymakers, has been met by deafening silence.“We pointed out that the divestment would possibly be the largest in the nation’s history yet the Guyanese people were none the wiser about the value of the assets being put up for sale,” GAWU stated.“Turning to the plans to recapitalise the operable estates, the GAWU reiterated its concerns about the apparent absence of a plan to guide the large sum secured. We shared that on several occasions, we asked the GuySuCo about its plan only to receive deafening silence.”According to GAWU, it shared its worries with the IMF team that despite its good- intentioned best efforts, GuySuCo and the Government at large continue to shut it out from being knowledgeable about the Corporation’s plans.“The GAWU expressed that it recognised President David Granger just last week referring to a plan. We noted that the President had said, according to media reports we saw, that the Corporation was not operating by guesswork or hunches.”Other concerns GAWU shared had to do with the welfare of sugar workers. According to GAWU, the State has rendered no assistance to workers and communities affected by the closure of the sugar estates, other than the severance payouts. The Union reminded that even with that, it had to approach the courts to get Government to honour its legal obligation of paying severance.“We reminded the IMF that its 2017 Article IV report on Guyana had urged the Government to ensure that displaced sugar workers be protected by appropriate safety nets. We pointed out that since the estate closures, many affected remain hard-pressed and finding themselves in difficult and miserable situations.“We shared that in some instances, children’s schooling has been truncated and families have disintegrated. Moreover, the opportunities for employment remain almost non-existent,” GAWU revealed of its meeting with the IMF.GAWU noted that during the engagement with the six-member IMF team, its views were sought about what was taking place in other areas of the agricultural sector. The Union noted that it expressed its views on the rice, poultry and fishing industries and the oil and gas sector.“On that matter, the GAWU shared its view that it appeared we were least prepared at this time to effectively deal with the (oil) industry and what it could bring to the proverbial table. We also shared view about the possibility of inequality between the oil and non-oil sectors of the economy and its ramifications for wider societal issues.“The team welcomed our forthright expressions and committed to examining our suggestions in finer detail. The GAWU, for many years now, has been interacting with the IMF during its annual country visits. We have found those interactions as worthwhile and provide us yet another opportunity to represent our members and the workers of Guyana generally,” the Union said.The IMF usually holds bilateral discussions with members every year under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. During these discussions, a staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies.Upon returning to headquarters, the staff prepares a report that forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board.last_img read more

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Wildlife Commission warns of hefty fines, jail time for illegal hunting

first_imgThe jaguar that was recently captured at Lima Sands, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam)…calls on public to respect wildlife, territoryThe Guyana Wildlife Conservation Management Commission (GWCMC) is urging members of the public and more specifically miners and those that encroach on the habitat of wildlife species to have respect for their territory.The Wildlife Commission on Tuesday noted the importance of these wildlife species to the country’s ecosystem and highlighted the important role they play in Guyana being an eco-tourism destination.The Commission made calls for those persons coming into contact with these species to ensure it is done in keeping with regulations governing our wild animals.The Commission in collaboration with Assistant Professor of the University of Texas, Dr Anthony Cummings, hosted a sensitisation session for media operatives on Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, discussing the “Human-Wildlife conflict”.Legal officer and Attorney-at-Law Samuel Glasgow of the GWCMC during the sensitisation session, cautioned persons of the penalties for illegal hunting and capturing of these wildlife species. He stressed the need for the public to realise that these creatures play an important role in our ecosystem and we continuously encroach on their habitat. “These species have a right to life. They have a right to live in their habitat and the GWCMC and Government found it important to put laws in place for the protection, the proper conservation and management of these wildlife species,” he said. Further, Glasgow pointed out that the Commission has a monitoring committee working to sensitise the public on how to treat the wildlife species.Glasgow highlighted that there is a hefty fine and jail time attached to the reckless hunting and any type of unlawful interaction with these species, starting from $75000.He pointed out that although there is no definitive figure available for reports received by the Commission in this regard, there are daily reports of interaction of either these wild cats wandering out of their habitat in search of food or those of persons encroaching into their territory.Meanwhile, the Commission’s Communications Officer, Deuel Hughes, encouraged persons to “think like a jaguar” as this is necessary in order to coexist with them.He urged the public to take into consideration the habitat of these wild cats and other endangered or protected species and be cautious when interacting or entering into their territory. As such, they are being encouraged to secure livestock and cattle to avoid them being hunted by these species. “The mentality of jaguars is to hunt and once food is easily available to them they are going to go after that source of food,” he said.Only recently, the capturing of a jaguar at Lima Sands in Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), created much controversy, after the animal was trapped and a fee was being charged to persons who wanted to view the animal.In light of that incident, the Wildlife Commission reminded that persons who violate Section 69 of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, which speaks to the protection of these animals, are liable to pay a fine and up to three years’ imprisonment time.last_img read more

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Kettle Campaign nets thousands more than ’08

first_imgLippers says while there has been an increase in donations since ’08, demand for the organization’s resources have spiked last year in the Energetic City.Meanwhile, volunteer stats (such as number of hours worked and number of volunteers) are still being collected and will be released in the upcoming weeks. Citizens in the North Peace were a bit more generous to the local Salvation Army in 2009. Fort St. John’s Captain Ben Lippers reports a $7,000 increase in kettle donations since ’08. Lippers says the 2009 kettle campaign raked in $177,000, which is slightly short of its $200,000 goal. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=2328|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b721451b3b60e55ef7e918f94f3db435-Ben Lippers 1_2_Pub.mp3] The annual kettle drive kicked off early December, and officially ended on Christmas Eve. But Lippers says donations can still be dropped off at the Salvation Army, located at 10116 100th Avenue.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Monaco makes offer for Russia’s Golovin

first_img0Shares0000Monaco of French Ligue 1 say they want Russian World Cup midfielder Alexander Golovin. © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 16 – French club Monaco have made an offer for CSKA Moscow’s Alexander Golovin who shone in the home side’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals, Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev said Monday.“We made an offer to CSKA Moscow for Golovin,” he told Russia’s Sports Express. “I can’t say how much but it is a respectable figure.” Specialist website Transfermarkt puts Golovin’s price at 18 million euros,while Vasilyev, who is from Russia, said the club were offering a five-year contract to the 22-year-old who played in all five of Russia’s World Cup Games, scoring once and providing two assists.Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the hunt for the midfielder as well as Italian champions Juventus, according to Russian reports.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FODDER CRISIS – MacLOCHLAINN SEEKS EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR DONEGAL FARMERS

first_imgDonegal North East TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is seeking emergency financial assistance for Donegal farmers affected by the fodder shortage crisis.He made the call following a meeting between local Sinn Féin representatives, Deputy Mac Lochlainn, Cllrs Jack Murray and Mick Quinn and a delegation from Donegal IFA led by Development Officer, Davie Keith.He has submitted a range of parliamentary questions and called on the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney to seek financial aid from the EU Crisis Fund and to further outline how the Government intends to compensate the affected farmers.  Deputy Mac Lochlainn said farmers in Donegal had barely got their heads above water as it was.“This fodder shortage crisis has now caused widespread hardship and the Government needs to step up to the mark. I and my party colleagues have heard from farming families across the county and we are seriously concerned.“For the last while, the focus has been on getting desperately needed fodder into the county. Now the full financial impact is becoming clearer”. He continued that he, along with party colleagues, will be continuing to pursue the fairer distribution of European CAP funding.“We believe that across Pillars 1 and 2, there is scope to protect and encourage the productivity of most farmers while also compensating farmers for the loss of vital REPS funding and cuts to Disadvantaged Area Payments. Of course, the Governments sneaky cuts to farm assist have only made matters worse. The bottom line is that farmers must not be squeezed further if the current rhetoric of Harvest 2020 is to be turned into a reality”. FODDER CRISIS – MacLOCHLAINN SEEKS EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR DONEGAL FARMERS was last modified: June 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:fodder crisisPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

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Colin draws on the world of politics for stunning portrait of Neil T

first_imgAn amateur artist’s interest in political figures has seen him complete a stunning portrait of the late Neil T Blaney.Colin Farrell (not that one) may be originally from Dublin.But he has lived in Co Donegal for a number of years and works with local Letterkenny company 3D Issue. That has given him enough time to appreciate the huge esteem in which his chosen subject is still held.Colin spends a lot of time around the Fanad area where he admits the name Neil Blaney still enjoys legendary status.Having completed previous portraits of Michael Collins and Bobby Sands, Colin is delighted with how his latest offering has turned out.He now plans to offer it to local galleries to see what kind of interest there is in it. Colin draws on the world of politics for stunning portrait of Neil T was last modified: March 19th, 2018 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:artistColin FarrelldonegalFanadNeil T Blaneylast_img read more

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Gardai say no foul play in death of woman in Milford

first_imgGardai have confirmed that they no longer are treating the sudden death of a woman in Milford as suspicious.The body of Julie Harvey was found at her home near Lough Road in the town around 7am on Saturday morning.The area was sealed off and the scene was preserved for forensic examination. A post mortem was held yesterday and Gardai have now confirmed that Ms Harvey died from natural causes.Tributes have flowed in on social media for Ms Harvey who was well-known in the county.She was a mother and a grandmother and was a keen bingo player.She is survived by her husband Anthony and extended family and friends. Gardai say no foul play in death of woman in Milford was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:deathJulie HarveyMilfordlast_img read more

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Donegal Youth Councillors get behind HPV vaccination programme

first_imgDonegal’s Youth Councillors are encouraging young people to ‘get the facts’ about the HSE’s HPV vaccine in order to increase uptake.The HPV vaccine schools programme is underway for all first year students in secondary school, including girls and, for the first time, boys.Back in 2008, the Donegal Youth Council of the time campaigned for the rollout of the HPV Vaccination for girls. The current Donegal Youth Council is keen to support this important work and are campaigning to influence their peers to get informed and get vaccinated. Members of the Donegal Youth Council with key messages of the HPV campaignIn preparation for this, a sub-group of youth councillors met with the HSE Area Medical Officer for a briefing on the virus, the importance of the HPV vaccination and the schools programme.  The sub-group were able to ask questions so they are well informed. When asked what messages they took from the session, one Youth Councillor said, “know where your information is coming from and get the facts” while another commented, “the vaccine is free and it can change your life.”Donegal Youth Councillors finding out about HPV and the importance of vaccination from Pauline Gallagher – Area Medical Officer HSEThe next steps will be for the Youth Council to promote the key messages, to their followers via their Instagram and Twitter accounts, throughout the rollout of the school’s programme, and also through discussions with their families and friends. The Donegal Youth Council is one of 31 Comhairle na nÓg’s throughout the country, so their message will be wide-reaching.The sub group will report back to the wider Youth Council at their next county-wide meeting.  However, in the meantime, all youth councillors have received information on the campaign. HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer, and other cancers in both women and men. The uptake of the HPV vaccine has a participation rate of approximately 70%, which is an increase of 20% points since 2017.  Donegal Youth Councillors get behind HPV vaccination programme was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal Youth Councilhpv vaccinelast_img read more

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