Azan wants to make shooting more available

first_imgJamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan wants to make clay shooting a less-expensive sport for youngsters, noting plans are under way to make it more inclusive to allow more high schools to compete at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) level over the next two years.Azan is mindful that the sport might not be open and affordable to all young Jamaicans at the moment, but is hoping to help offset those challenges by attracting more sponsorship.”The goal is to get this (clay shooting) under the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) umbrella in 2017 or 2018, and that is going to get the sport to a different level,” he pointed out to The Gleaner in a recent interview.LOWER COSTHe continued; “It’s going to open the sport to total Jamaica, because if we can get corporate sponsorship into this sport where we can lower the cost of shooting, then we can open it to all Jamaican Schools.”Azan lauded the Sports Development Foundation, sponsors, and other local organisations, which have helped to make the sport bigger.”I am going to tell you that with the help of certain associations, the plan is to grow itmore … if you noticed Mr (Denzil) Wilks was here from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the secretary general Christopher Samuda from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was supposed to be here, but extended his apologies,” he said last Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.While praising the showing by the young talents there, the skeet club boss wants to open up the floor for even more girls and boys, who he wants to be on the same quality as overseas talents.”We are achieving a lot from year to year, my dream is where do the boys go from here and where do I view the over-seas tournaments and I think we are getting there, I see us getting closer and closer,” he outlined. “The overall picture is very positive.””The other thing that pleases me is that, we have 12 girls shooting, it’s one of those sports that bring girls into it and girls can do well,” added Azan.More than 70 shooters competed at the annual Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship at the most recent event last weekend.last_img read more

18 Jr. Lone Star Players Suspended

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association has announced the suspension of 18 players of the U-20 Lone Star who lost to the Ivorian U-20.They were suspended for what the LFA described as disorderly conduct exhibited in both Monrovia and Abidjan.The players have also been suspended from all football activities including the National County Meet.An LFA press release signed by Communication Director Henry Flomo the on LFA’s Facebook the decision stemmed from the players’ poor behavior which he claimed has dented the country’s image.Flomo alleged that while in Abidjan, the players, “willfully plunged the country’s image in the mud when they refused to pay ‘people’ they owed.”Flomo also said upon arrival at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Harbel, Margibi County, the players again, led by their captain, among other actions, seized the LFA’s properties including jerseys to demand their perdiem.The players would remain indefinitely suspended pending investigations by the Liberia Football Association.The president of BYC Football, Sekou Konneh expressed shock at the LFA’s decision, terming it unnecessary in the absence of a formal investigation.Konneh said the LFA has not sent any communication to teams whose players are affected and would expect letters of their suspension.“What will become of the teams, those are our players; we are paying them, the boots they played in we bought them,” Mr. Konneh said, “we need answers from the LFA.”However, several stakeholders have said that suspending players before a formal investigation is like putting the cart before the horse.They said the requisite LFA committee should investigate to find out the facts in a fair and reasonable manner before leveling up punishments.The president of LISCR FC, Mustapha Raji said the LFA should deal with the issue than hastily leveling up suspensions.“A situation like this requires delayed actions. Delayed actions to enable the collection of sufficient evidence before making a pronouncement,” Raji said, “what if 50% of those who are suspended now are innocent?”He wondered if the LFA would compensate them.The affected players are Abdullai Koulibaly (Club Beer), Albert Nimely (FC Fassell), Boakai Molu (Ganta Black Star), Fred Fofana (Watanga), Raymond Franciah (Club Beer), Bill Gayflor (FC Fassell), SporoSomah (BYC 1), Adama Massaquoi (FC Fassell), Benjamin Gbamie (BYC 1) and Van Dave Harmon (ELWA United).Others are Prince Saydee (BYC 1), Jeremiah Siekey (FC Fassell),Mervin Blapoh (Club Beer), Sam Jackson (BYC 2), Abu Kamara (Ganta Black Star), Blamo Nimely (BYC1), Solomon Yahweh(BYC 2), and Sunnyboy Dolo( Nimba United). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We Will Always be Friends’

first_imgCanadian PM Justin Pierre Trudeau yesterday assured the Liberian student community that he and Canada will always be their friends, regardless of the distance and challenges that may exist. He said he too was impressed that God has afforded him the opportunity to visit Liberia and share with its people all the joy.“I am happy for meeting you, too,” PM Trudeau told the audience as he shook hands with many of the students, assuring them that his country and people will never forget Liberia, even if he should leave office.“My coming is history-making, but remember that the bilateral connection between my country and Liberia, the founding nation of independence on the continent of colonial Africa, will continue to exist. Take my word for this,” he said to loud cheers.He later played a game of handball with the kids, most of them students attending the occasion.For his part, Right to Play (RTP) Country Director for Liberia Timothy Paulus yesterday expressed his organization’s gratefulness for the visit of Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau to one of the schools it is partnering with, Slipway Public School, and interacting with students and staff.RTP is sponsored by the Canadian Government through the office of the Prime Minister, and has been a development partner of Liberia’s since 2001.“The visit of PM Justin Pierre Trudeau is a blessing to Liberia, most especially to the children and women who are at the bottom of societal development,” Mr. Paulus said.He said during the PM’s visit to the Slipway Public School, he revealed that he loves seeing the capacities of females being developed and improved so they can contribute to national development.“The huge presence of Liberians to host such a distinguished guest justifies how we love to see ourselves,” Mr. Paulus said.Since 2015, RTP has implemented Partnership for the Acquisition of Quality Education (PAQE) in Montserrado, Margibi, and Bong counties with funding from the Canadian Government.Mr. Paulus said the program seeks to improve the attainment of quality education and participation of about 12,000 students, of which 5,400 are girls and 6,600 boys, attending several schools across the three counties.He said under the program, RTP has trained over 360 teachers, who are applying the Play Based Learning (PBL) methodology introduced by RTP in their daily contact with over 11,000 children in 40 schools across the three counties.Paulus then commended everyone who has sacrificed precious time to accord PM Trudeau a deserving welcome.For student Jeannette George of grade 2, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues during their interaction with PM Trudeau, the students will ever remain inspired by his presence to do their best to learn their lessons so that they too will become great leaders like him and visit other countries and students in the future.“We say thank you for visiting us. Your presence made us to feel that you have visited all the student community of the country,” student George said with a smile on her face.She said with the PBL methods of teaching, their teachers have made it easy for them to learn difficult subjects, including mathematics.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spring Break up Professional Bull Riding at the EnCana Events Centre

first_img11TH ANNUAL SPRING BREAK UP PARTY & DANCEProfessional Bull RidingFRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010ENCANA EVENTS CENTRE – DAWSON CREEK- Advertisement -Doors 6:00pm       Show 7:00pm You can join the Moose FM Facebook Page and you’ll get the chance to buy tickets starting Tuesday at 10am.  Click here, to join the Facebook GroupTickets available at Tiger Box Office Plus, Dawson Co-op High Performance Ticket Outlet, or call 877-339-TIXX to charge by phone or online at www.dawsonco-optickets.comTickets (incl. GST) $40.00 / $35.00/ $25.00* (additional charges may apply)*$25.00 ticket excludes dance in the dirt. Two pieces of government ID are required to enter the Dance with your ticket +19 event. Advertisement Dawson Creek, British Columbia (February, 22, 2010) Get ready for the best time of the year the 11th Annual Spring Break Up is back with a vengeance as the Bulls return. When the top thirty professional Bull Riders along with the top fifteen Junior Steer Riders storm into the EnCana Events Centre for the 11th Annual Spring Break Up Party Friday, April 23rd, Witness firsthand the non-stop, hard-hitting action, adrenaline-packed evening, as the best bull riders in Canada will battle the rankest bulls in Dawson Creek.Traveling with them will be the baby Bull Riders, the top fifteen Canadian Steer Riders, riding for the richest purse and buckle in Canada, right here on Dawson Creek soil, and if that isn’t enough, you can kick up you heals at the dirtiest dance in the Peace after the grueling ride is over.This is will be best Spring Break Up Party ever, the bull riders are coming…EnCana Event centre, Friday April 23center_img TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 @ 10AM LOCAL TIME OrAdvertisementlast_img read more

Report: World faces droughts, floods, starvation

first_imgThe draft document by the authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on global warming’s effects and is the second in a series of four being issued this year. Written and reviewed by more than 1,000 scientists from dozens of countries, it still must be edited by government officials. But some scientists said the overall message is not likely to change when it’s issued in early April in Brussels, the same city where European Union leaders agreed this past week to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Their plan will be presented to President George W. Bush and other world leaders at a summit in June. The report offers some hope if nations slow and then reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but it notes that what’s happening now isn’t encouraging. “Changes in climate are now affecting physical and biological systems on every continent,” the report says, in marked contrast to a 2001 report by the same international group that said the effects of global warming were coming. But that report only mentioned scattered regional effects. “Things are happening and happening faster than we expected,” said Patricia Romero Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., one of the many co-authors of the new report. WASHINGTON – The harmful effects of global warming on daily life are already showing up, and within a couple of decades hundreds of millions of people won’t have enough water, top scientists will say next month at a meeting in Belgium. At the same time, tens of millions of others will be flooded out of their homes each year as the Earth reels from rising temperatures and sea levels, according to portions of a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press. Tropical diseases like malaria will spread. By 2050, polar bears will mostly be found in zoos, their habitats gone. Pests like fire ants will thrive. For a time, food will be plentiful because of the longer growing season in northern regions. But by 2080, hundreds of millions of people could face starvation, according to the report. The draft document says scientists are highly confident that many current problems – change in species’ habits and habitats, more acidified oceans, loss of wetlands, bleaching of coral reefs and increases in allergy-inducing pollen – can be blamed on global warming. For example, the report says North America “has already experienced substantial ecosystem, social and cultural disruption from recent climate extremes,” such as hurricanes and wildfires. But the present is nothing compared to the future. “Global warming soon will “affect everyone’s life … It’s the poor sectors that will be most affected,” Romero Lankao said. And co-author Terry Root of Stanford University said: “We truly are standing at the edge of mass extinction” of species. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Joey Buttafuoco’s wife files for divorce

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joey Buttafuoco just got out of the pen. Now, his wife wants out of their two-year marriage. Evanka Buttafuoco, 45, filed a divorce petition on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. On the petition form, where she was asked to declare the couple’s community assets and debts, Mrs. Buttafuoco wrote: “consumer debt only.” Joey Buttafuoco could not be reached for comment. There was no Los Angeles telephone listing for him and an attorney or other representative could not immediately be located. Buttafuoco was running an auto body shop on New York’s Long Island in 1992 when his 17-year-old lover, Amy Fisher, shot his first wife in the face as she answered the door at the couple’s home. Mary Jo Buttafuoco recovered and the couple remained together but divorced after moving to California. Fisher, nicknamed the “Long Island Lolita,” served seven years in prison. Buttafuoco pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape and served four months in jail. Last month, Buttafuoco walked out of Los Angeles County Jail after serving three months of a one-year sentence for illegally possessing ammunition. The case stemmed from a search of his San Fernando Valley home in 2005 by the county Probation Department. At the time, Buttafuoco was on probation for a felony insurance fraud conviction. Prosecutors said Buttafuoco, who co-owned a San Fernando Valley auto body shop, told undercover investigators how to file false claims and cheat insurance companies.last_img read more

Some cell phones interfere with Altima, Infiniti I-keys

first_img“I have ordered extra keys in case,” Hunt said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nissan said it is developing a modified I-Key to prevent the problem and will provide customers with the new keys in the early fall. Nissan did not return telephone messages seeking additional comment. Brent Adams, vice president and general manager at Action Nissan in Nashville, said the problem involves only a “certain type of phone and this particular service,” which he declined to specify. He described the number of complaints as “minute.” Ken Hunt, owner of Hunt Nissan in Chattanooga, said the dealership was including a warning in the vehicle packet for purchasers. He said no retail customers have complained. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cell phones rub some of Nissan’s “intelligent keys” the wrong way, the automaker is warning car owners. Complaints about some cell phones erasing Nissan’s I-keys for the 2007 Altima sedan and 2007 Infiniti G35 have the automaker advising customers to keep cell phones and the plastic fobs containing the starters “at least 1inch apart at all times.” A statement Nissan North America Inc. released Wednesday says some cell phones, if allowed to touch the I-Key while sending or receiving a call, may alter it’s electronic code. “When this happens, the I-Key will not start the vehicle and cannot be reprogrammed,” the statement said. last_img read more

B.C. Premier to begin fifth international trade mission Friday

first_imgIn a release Clark says, “B.C. is on the right path to bring home the generational opportunity of LNG – an industry that will create 100,000 jobs and enough revenue to eliminate our debt. To take the last crucial steps towards final investment decisions, we’re meeting with key Asian investors and governments.”Clark and Minister Coleman will be be meeting with companies that are moving forward with LNG proposals in the province. The meetings will be used as a method to reiterate the competitive advantages British Columbia provides to new investors and to deliver clean and dependable energy solutions to expanding Asian economies.Currently there are 13 proposed LNG projects in the province. Eight of those have received approved export licences from the National Energy Board. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Enbridge faces new environmental challenges

first_imgThis is in reference to the Manitoba Municipality of Pipestone in the southwest corner of the province on the Saskatchewan border.The Sun story says, in a little noticed deficiency report last month on an oil pipeline upgrade project, a National Energy Board inspector noted several environment violations by Calgary based Enbridge Incorporated along the construction corridor.The $7.5 billion project involves replacing a half century old pipeline, which carries Alberta crude to Wisconsin. Once completed, Enbridge hopes to win approval to double its capacity to 760,000 barrels a day.- Advertisement -The NEB inspectors reportedly found the line itself was safe and solid, but their concern went to sloppy practices around wetlands construction sites, near the community of Cromer.None of the damage was deemed outrageous or irreparable, but the newspaper says, cumulatively, it was a mess.The story also claims Dave Core of the Canadian Association of Energy and Pipeline Landowner Association, blames the federal government as much as Enbridge.Advertisement The conclusion, to what is listed as originally a Reuters News Agency File, is if Ottawa and Enbridge stand any chance of getting the Northern Gateway Project accepted in B.C., both of them will have to tighten up their respect for property rights and property owners.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, January 1

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United hope to sign Seamus Coleman in the January window in a deal that would be worth at least £20m to Everton. United believe it is more likely the right-back can be bought in the summer but are exploring what would represent the considerable coup of acquiring the 26-year-old immediately. (The Guardian)Alan Pardew wants at least three new players to join him in Crystal Palace’s survival fight. The incoming Eagles boss has earmarked Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis as his his top target, but Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent is also under consideration. (Daily Star)Tony Pulis has been promised a January transfer fund by West Brom – and is weighing up a move for Peter Crouch. Pulis is set to be announced as Albion’s new head coach on Thursday, to succeed the sacked Alan Irvine, and wants to be reunited with the Stoke striker. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are poised to complete the £7m signing of Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric and will send him straight on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. (Daily Telegraph)Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insists the club have received no bids for Chelsea and Manchester City target Wilfried Bony. (Daily Star)Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their attempts to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window after Legia Warsaw rejected their opening bid for the highly-rated youngster Krystian Bielik. (Metro)And here’s the latest headlines…Exclusive – Boost for Liverpool and Tottenham! West Brom starlet available for just £14mExclusive – Klopp perfect replacement for Pardew at Newcastle, claims former managerExclusive – Pardew a poor man-manager, claims former playerI’m staying at AC Milan! Liverpool target rubbishes transfer talkLiverpool transfer report: PSG will NOT allow Lavezzi to leave in JanuaryMove on Man United! Bale joins Perez in rubbishing Real Madrid exit talkAC Milan tell defensive star to forget about Manchester United moveShelvey staying put at Swansea, insists Monk, as Pardew lines up Palace bidUruguayan starlet ready to snub Man United for Arsenal moveArsenal and Liverpool transfer target to stay at Lyon, says club presidentEverton transfer boost? PSG midfielder hints at January moveNewcastle outcast set for Genoa switchlast_img read more