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first_imgThe park is located on the Sogeri plateau, lying at 600m above sea level and 46km inland.There are many breathtaking and challenging walks and trails in the Variarata National Park with a network of trails, grassy picnic areas and shelters with barbecues.The baton enjoyed the stunning views of Port Moresby and out to sea at the lookout.The relay also caught up with Japanese tourists who were out birdwatching. Wallabies are common and birdlife is plentiful.last_img

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first_imgThe 2016 renewal of the Jamaica National Building Society (JN) Foundation Heroes in Action Run/Walk will take place on Sunday in Falmouth, Trelawny.Usain Bolt, who, through the Usain Bolt Foundation, was a partner of the inaugural staging of the event in 2015, has again thrown his weight behind the event.”I am a solid supporter of initiatives that benefit and empower the people of my hometown, and I am particularly pleased that this event has at its heart causes that support organisations that work to protect our children and provide needed services in Trelawny,” Bolt said recently.This year, the event, which has been divided into a 4K Fun Run/Walk and an 8K Run, hopes to raise funds for the Victim Services Division of Trelawny and provide additional funds to last year’s refurbishment project at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls, which is also based in the parish.HELPING WITH INTERVENTIONFunds raised will enable the Victim Services Division to acquire materials to support play therapy and art therapy, as well as the design and delivery of group-therapy interventions, benefitting young people in the parish. The completion of a multipurpose resource centre for wards at the Granville Place of Safety for Girls will also be supported.The run is being organised with technical support from the team at Running Events Limited and will take runners on a course through the streets of the historic town of Falmouth.The 8K is designed to target sprint enthusiasts with a strong desire for competition, while the 4K Fun Run will be geared at engaging families and individuals, with various challenge stations, along with a historical aspect to educate participants about Falmouth while en route.last_img read more

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first_imgJamaica’s first-ever male Olympic diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, feels that winning the People’s Choice Performance of the Year award at next month’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year award ceremony would bring a perfect end to what he calls one of the best years of his life. The 21-year-old, who became Jamaica’s first male diver to compete in the Olympic Games, came close to making it all the way to the 3m springboard final in Rio, finishing two places outside of the qualifying spots after a strong preliminary-round showing that sent him splashing into the semi-finals. “It was an amazing experience in Rio, and to be a part of the most successful Jamaican team that ever went to the Olympics is something I can look back on very very proudly. I will always have that as part of my life. (It is the) best year of my life, and to be recognised for that category this year is really fantastic,” he said of the People’s Choice award nomination. The prestigious annual awards ceremony is slated for January 13 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Knight-Wisdom’s series of dives will be going against stellar Olympic and international performers like Alia Atkinson and Elaine Thompson in the popular category. Other performers include Calabar High’s 400m star Christopher Taylor and local footballer Michael Binns. “I was looking through some of the other competitors, and Elaine Thompson, who is up there, did fantastically to win gold in Rio. Her performance and Alia’s are truly phenomenal,” said the diver. Knight-Wisdom is the second Jamaican diver to the Olympics. Retired Olympian Betsy Sullivan made it to the 1972 Munich Games, placing 29th in the first round. “I would have it no other way, and I am so happy I made it through, representing Jamaica, and I thank everyone for their support, and I would love to do it over again in four years,” he told The Gleaner. Knight-Wisdom finished his semi-final with 381.40 points after scoring 75, 48, 45.90, 63, 72, and 77.50 on his six attempts. STELLAR PERFORMERSlast_img read more

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first_imgThe United States (US) Embassy’s Youth Action Network (YAN), in collaboration with the Anti–Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit of the Social Protection Ministry, sponsored its first public forum on TIP.A member of the US Embassy’s Youth Action Network making a presentation during TIP talks with the Social Protection MinistryThe event, which was held at the Georgetown Club, attracted over 40 people and educated participants on the definition of TIP, and how all citizens can actively be involved in the fight against it.Speakers included the Political/Economic Chief of the US Embassy, James Bjorkman, as well as the Head of the Ministry’s Anti-TIP Unit, Tanisha Williams-Corbin.Bjorkman spoke about human trafficking worldwide and further discussed Guyana’s positive strides over the years towards fighting this form of modern day slavery.Meanwhile, Williams-Corbin provided a detailed overview of the actions the Ministry is taking to inform the public, in particular primary and secondary school students, about the types of trafficking and how citizens can help to alleviate the situation.Methods were explained on how to identify plain and hidden cases of trafficking and actions that can be taken to have the relevant law enforcement and government authorities intercept.  Both speakers emphatically made the points, “if you see something, say something,” and that anyone can be a victim of trafficking in persons.Additionally, President of the US Embassy’s Youth Action Network, Kadeem Gordon, applauded the Guyanese Government’s efforts over the years, but strongly suggested there be an increased Police presence in rural areas where trafficking is often viewed as underreported and underinvestigated.Gordon further encouraged the youth in the audience to pursue careers in human and social development and to be active in the design and implementation of more effective strategies in the fight against human trafficking.The Youth Action Network, created in November 2013, under the theme of “Ready to Serve, Ready to Lead,” actively works in the community with Guyanese youths to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills, professionalism, and increase social awareness of issues including, but not limited to, Trafficking In Persons, suicide prevention, the environment, gender-based violence, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights.last_img read more

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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a communication to the Liberian Senate, requesting that body to consider delay of its closure which was expected today, December 12, 2014. The Senate has been conducting extraordinary sittings for the last five days non-stop.In her communication to the plenary, read by Secretary of the Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh yesterday, President Sirleaf informed the lawmakers that “for the past two months, the National Oil Company (NOCAL) has been concluding negotiations with certain international oil companies for the exploration of the final oil blocks that were initiated under the 2002 Petroleum Law.”The communication continued: “We are nearing completion of the process, but need more time in order to make full submission to you. I therefore request your consideration of a delay in the closure of your Honorable body…”A motion for the communication to be accepted and opened for discussion was accepted by a majority vote, but Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee argued that because the letter may have some sensitive issues to be deliberated, he suggested it be taken into executive session.  That suggestion was unanimously accepted.It may be recalled that the Senate recently extended its regular sittings for an extra ten days after the expiration of the 90-day state of emergency declared by President Sirleaf in the wake of the alarming spread of the Ebola virus.During last Thursday’s plenary, that body agreed to continue regular sittings non-stop for the remaining five days, which would have expired today (December 12), with  the beginning of the Legislature’s much-awaited constituency break.It was not immediately clear what the Senators decided on during their closed door executive session, but authoritative sources believe the lawmakers will give the President at least a week’s delay.In a related Senatorial development, readings of several committee reports on confirmation proceedings were called off following a motion by Montserrado County Senior Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo, who argued that it would be a violation of Article 48 of the Senate Rule, which she said stipulates that reports be circulated among Senators 24 hours before a sitting.However, except for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh, who still needs to clear up issues with the General Auditing Commission, most if not all of those who went through confirmation proceedings are expected to get the green light.Meanwhile, the Justice Minister-designate Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, will appear before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator (Cllr.) Joseph Nagbe, for confirmation hearing this morning. President Sirleaf has already informed the Senate about the nomination of Cllr. Sannoh.  He replaces Cllr. Christina Tah who resigned early August after serving as Justice Minister for close to six years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgTwenty two CAF License B coaches have completed the highest achievement that will enable them improve on Liberian football.They have completed a one-month course of intensive CAF License A coaching seminar that ends today, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.Those who emerge successfully will subsequently receive License A Certificates from CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.According to CAF Education Officer Francis Tamba, the acquisition of CAF License A Certificate gives the holder the opportunity to improve on local football as well as providing him the chance to ply his coaching career elsewhere in Africa.“It is the requirement that CAF has established to enable such coaches to be able to coach elite clubs either at home or elsewhere,” he said.He noted that with the knowledge gained from the one-month course, the coaches are now in the position to assist the Liberian Football Association to improve the quality of football in the country.Nigerian Kasimwo Pius Laloko used one week to assess the coaches’ proficiency in the rudiments of the game, through written, oral and physical training and presentations and a written test and he told the Daily Observer yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium that the coaches have demonstrated great enthusiasm for the vocation.“I wish them well in the pursuit of their career to develop not only Liberian football but African football,” CAF Assessor Laloko said.Laloko added that the 22 coaches went through three weeks preparation, (from June 1) under CAF Instructors Francis Tamba, Henry Brown and Kaetu Smith.“The last one week is being used to assess the coaches, as well as let them take tests and the results will be sent to CAF,” he noted.Lolako said, “It will be up to them to justify their achievement to help Liberia and Africa.”Participant Coach Gabriel Johns (LPRC-Oilers) said: “The one-month seminar gave me the best method to do everything for a team and as a manager and I am grateful to the Liberia Football Association for the course.”Johns said he and his colleagues now have the responsibility to bring life into Liberian football.Coach Kennedy Musu (IE) said, “It’s been a great course because we learnt a lot about elite team preparation.”“License A is the highest and there are few African countries whose coaches have achieved this level,” said Lucretius Togba (LPRC-Oilers), “we learned about physiology, anatomy, food nutrition, among others. We are ready to assume the highest coaching responsibility in Liberia.”Coach Jenkins Doe (Small Town International), said “The course has been educative and we have learned how to better prepare our players to a level that can bring results.”“It was the first of its kind and we are grateful to the LFA for the opportunity. Now Liberia has qualified coaches that can handle top teams as well as national teams and we need the chance to prove ourselves,” said Coach Hazel Gray.Coach Benjamin Seedee said “We are now prepared to coach and develop Liberian football and we need the opportunity.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img “He didn’t even see her,” said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Arlene Hennessey, a supervisor at Valley Traffic Division “She – totally oblivious – hit him in the crosswalk.” The motorist didn’t stop, but two witnesses followed her for about a mile to Glenoaks and Roxford Street, where they boxed her in and called the police. The woman was hysterical and she was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, Hennessey said. Traffic on Glenoaks was backed up for hours as police investigated. Hennessey said police even recruited passersby to help direct traffic. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Detective Jim Deaton at (818) 374-1939. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – Police identified the woman accused of running a red light yesterday and killing a 70-year-old pedestrian as Julia Elena O’Connor of Canyon Country. She is accused of hitting the victim, identified as Jose Ortiz, 70, who was visiting from El Salvador, just before 11 a.m. Thursday as he was in a crosswalk at Glenoaks Boulevard at Polk Street reading a newspaper, police said. The motorist didn’t stop. Witnesses followed the her from the scene, boxed her in about a mile away and called police. She has been booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run. Bail was set at $100,000. The unidentified man was crossing when a car driven by a 24-year-old woman speeding in a blue 1997 Acura north on Glenoaks hit the man, police said. He died at the scene. His name was not immediately available.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMost blood pressure patients need two or three medications. So Italian researchers performed an easy test: They told 32 non-dippers with kidney disease to switch one of those drugs from a morning to a bedtime dose. In two months, nearly 90 percent of these high-risk patients had turned into dippers. Their nighttime blood pressure dropped an average of 7 points, without side effects or increase in daytime blood pressure. Better, a key sign of kidney function improved significantly, too, Dr. Roberto Minutolo of the Second University of Naples reports this month in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. It’s the latest research in the field of chronotherapy: How our bodies’ internal rhythms make certain diseases worse at certain times of the day, and in turn affect how to time treatments. While the Italian study is too small for proof, similar studies from Europe also back a bedtime switch for non-dippers. The work is catching the attention of U.S. hypertension specialists, and now doctors at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University are planning a larger study to see if a bedtime switch really could give certain people healthier hearts and kidneys. WASHINGTON – Taking a blood pressure pill at bedtime instead of in the morning might be healthier for some high-risk people. New research suggests that simple switch may normalize patterns of blood pressure in patients at extra risk from the twin epidemics of heart and kidney disease. Why? When it comes to blood pressure, you want to be a dipper. In healthy people, blood pressure dips at night, by 10 to 20 percent. Scientists don’t know why, but suspect the drop gives arteries a little rest. People with high blood pressure that doesn’t dip at night – the non-dippers – fare worse than other hypertension sufferers, developing more serious heart disease. Moreover, heart and kidney disease fuel each other – and the 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease seem most prone to non-dipping. In addition to heart problems, they’re at extra risk of their kidney damage worsening to the point of dialysis. 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

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first_imgJob Vacancy: Doherty’s Costcutter in Ballybofey are now hiring for a Post Office clerk to join their award-winning team.This is a full-time position at the new Post Office counter in the popular supermarket.The successful candidate must be able to work flexible hours and have a good focus on sales and customer service. To apply, please send CVs and references to: ccballybofey@gmail.com Job Vacancy: Post office clerk required was last modified: July 15th, 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:BallybofeyCostcutterJob Vacancypost office clerklast_img read more

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first_imgA man charged in connection with a Letterkenny fire that caused damaged estimated at €500,000 has been served with a book of evidence to appear before Letterkenny Circuit Court, which begins tomorrow, Tuesday.Nine cars were destroyed and a number of businesses damaged in the fire at a carpark under an apartment complex at Rosemount Lane in September last. Paul McGinley of Glenhola, aged 30, of Gortahork appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court today.Following a successful application from the defendant’s solicitor, Frank Dorrian, bail was granted on a number of conditions: the defendant must reside with his mother at Meenacladdy, that he sign on three days a week at a local Garda station, that he remain sober and of good behaviour and not apply for a passport.McGinley was ordered to stay out of Letterkenny by Judge Paul Kelly.The court heard that the accused may attend only legitimate appointments in the town.The defendant’s brother, Thomas McGinley, Glenhola, Gortahork posted €300 bail. Independent surity was fixed at €500.Man charged with €500,000 Letterkenny fire gets bail was last modified: January 23rd, 2017 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)last_img read more

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