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first_imgMembers of the Standpipe community in Liguanea will be staging a 3-on-3 knockout basketball tournament entitled Standpipe Hoop Dreams Basketball Tournament at the Church of St Margaret community playground in the community this Sunday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.The competition is open to community teams, corporate teams and universities. Team members must be males aged 16 years and over.Former national player, Althea Byfield and coach, Nicholas Locke, are part of the organising committee.Standpipe resident, and tournament organiser, Lorna Livingstone, told The Gleaner that the idea behind the event was to reawaken interest in the local courts, which were built in 2003.”The sport of basketball is dying in the area. The space is now mainly used to play scrimmage and futsal or host all-night parties,” Livingstone said.”It’s got great flooring and good hoops and because of bad management and people not knowing how to take care of it, how to use it and people just not being able to get on, no organised sport gets played there,” she added.Local area business, Super Valu, recently repainted the court lines for the tournament, Livingstone said.HOME COURTShe noted that the Jamaica Amateur Basketball Association had intended for the court to be used as a home court for local league play when it was first built, but over time the original plan had been eroded.”The idea is to have an event to remind people that basketball can be played here. The tournament is for 12 teams and it is open so if you are over 16 anyone can play. We have some teams that are registering from the existing Open League which include BOJ, Central Village and in Standpipe, the 39ers and the Liguanea Lions,” Livingstone said.”Support from local businesses and sponsors has been excellent so we are really looking forward to an excellent day of basketball, fun, entertainment, prizes and surprises,” she added.Students of the University of Technology’s Faculty of Science & Sport will also be conducting research on the tournament to help make improvements for future projects.”We have learnt a lot from organising this event and we intend to use this knowledge to make subsequent events even better,” Livingstone said.Sponsors for the tournament include INSIGHT Marketing Strategies Ltd, Emkay Sports & Trophies, Liguanea Liquors & Beverage, Hi-Lyte, Livingstone’s Natural Juice, Super Valu, Sign Craft Ltd, KLAS ESPN, Yardie Sports and JayBones Designs.last_img read more

first_imgMr. Nyneswah and students posed shortly after the LUX Talk on Friday.-Tolbert Nyenswah tells UL’s medical students, professors Tolbert G. Nyenswah, director-general of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL),  says the country is now prepared to respond to any disease outbreak through prevention and testing methods.Mr. Nyenswah made the remarks on Friday during a one-day engagement with students and professors of the University of Liberia’s (UL) A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine and Health Sciences, named and styled LUX Talk.Nyenswah said Liberia has built its laboratory capacity to test more infectious diseases, including Lassa fever, a capacity that did not exist prior to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country.According to him, NPHIL has also trained 250 Liberians, including nurses, physician assistants and others in different programs to handle any outbreak. “There is no fear of outbreak currently in the country,” he said.Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus and many of those infected by the virus do not develop symptoms.According to Mr. Nyenswah, the Lassa fever virus is currently being identified in Liberia, particularly Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties respectively, indicating, “there are specific communities that Lassa fever is discovered.”He said NPHIL is not just collecting data, but also investigating it to ensure there are strong preventives measure in place.Mr. Nyenswah who spoke on the theme: “Liberia’s Health Sector Preparedness and Response to the Spread of Infectious Diseases: The Ebola Experience,” said Liberia is now lacking curative capacity as compared to prevention and testing.“We have a team at the lab that is now prepared and testing for Ebola, Lassa fever, cholera, and yellow fever. We added maladaptive testing,” Mr. Nyenswah said.According to him, a person who is purported to have maladaptive may have one or more symptoms of the disorder, but not necessarily all of them.He said Liberia has secured a machine that can carry out testing of 30 different pathogens, which are microscopic organisms that cause or have the potential to cause disease.“If someone was wrongly diagnosed and treated with malaria or typhoid, we can now take the sample to the lab and the machine will test for about 30 different pathogens that are floating around in our population,” Mr. Nyenswah said.He said there is a need to focus on primary healthcare delivery, as it is the first place where sick people mainly go to be cured. According to him, people who died from other diseases were even more than those who died from Ebola virus.According to him, Liberia has made significant progress on Ebola control and prevention in terms of any outbreak, stating, “we have also established national public health institutes across the country.”Again, Mr. Nyenswah said 72 percent of diseases that affect citizens come from animals and there is a need for a look at what animals are carrying.He said the government of Liberia is only providing 28 percent of the funding for the health sector, while the donors continued to provide 72 percent.Mr. Nyenswah said it will take time for Liberia to graduate from donor funding, indicating that “we need to work with donors and have to be strong to navigate with the donor community to support Liberia’s health sector.”“We have to work with the traditional leadersDr. Bernice Dahn, Vice President for Health Sciences at the A. M. Dogliotti Medical College, said plans are currently underway for the university to begin a public health program in September this year.Dr. Dahn said the administration is looking at reforming the college’s curriculum to a seven-year training program and revision of the curriculum of the school of pharmacy, information that was graced by excitement from medical students.Dr. Dahn said the university intends to focus more clinical oriented pharmacy training, as the public is aware of Liberia’s health sector challenges, stating, “it will help to improve the health sector and also help to prepare the students better for the future.”She said the university is contemplating uplifting the post-basic training program for nursing and midwifery at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) to a degree program.Dr. Dahn: “Authorities have started the discussion with the authorities of the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital and hope to conclude soon.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NorthEast B.C. Yukon Trackers had a successful game on Friday night as they hosted the Fort McMurray Barons.In period one, the Trackers were able to take many shots on goal but were unable to bury the puck into the Baron’s net.At 6:15 into the frame, Trackers’ Duncan Ross would receive a two-minute penalty for tripping.- Advertisement -The game would remain scoreless as they headed into the second frame.In the second period, the struggle would continue for the Trackers as they tried to make a goal on the net.Eventually, at 7:57 left in the frame, Justin Brownlee shot one into the net with an assist from Markus Ruehl making the score 1-0 for the Trackers. This goal would be the only score in the period.Advertisement In period three, the winning streak would continue for the Trackers as they put in a lot of effort during this frame.At 1:41 into the frame, Logan Kimmie would make a goal on a power play with a feed from Devan Minard and Tyler Turner making the score 2-0.Then at 8:03 left in the period, Logan Kimmie would make his second goal of the game with an assist from Justin Brownlee sending the score 3-0.At 1:51 left in the game Cayden Frenette would bury one into the net with a feed from Chase London making it a 4-0 lead for the Trackers.Advertisement In the end, the Trackers would shut-out the Barons 4-0.Trackers coach, Gerard Dicaire, says this was one of the first times his team played a full 60 minutes this season.“Right from the puck drop, I thought the boys came out to play. That was probably one of the first times all year that we played a full 60 minutes, where we just didn’t stop with the pressure just shooting pucks, getting traffic to the net. So, overall it was a really good game.”Next up for the Trackers is a home game this Friday, December 21, as they host the Camrose Vikings for the Third Annual Food Bank Game. Puck drop is 12:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

first_imgThe Wildcats (28-2) left the relatively easy American League this season to become a free-lance team, but Wilkes and the Knights (21-11) did the opposite. The Knights, a free-lance team last season, joined the rugged L.A. City Section Coliseum League that features sectional heavyweights Dorsey, Crenshaw and Fremont. Renaissance Academy travels to Crenshaw to take on host View Park tonight at 7. Renaissance picked up its first-ever state playoff win on Thursday against Reedley Immanuel, but it can be argued the Knights have been facing state opponents all season. In beating Palm Springs Desert Chapel 94-63 on Thursday, the City Section Small School champions defeated their third state playoff team in eight attempts. Renaissance, by comparison, has a 3-1 record against four state playoff opponents. The Knights’ rigorous nonleague and league schedules may be paying off, however, as View Park has yet to be challenged in the postseason. It has beaten teams by an average of 40 points. Renaissance Academy boys basketball coach Sid Cooke has made strides over the past few years to improve the quality of opponents on the Wildcats schedule. But perhaps no one has done as much to challenge his team during the same period than Los Angeles View Park Prep coach James Wilkes. center_img 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

first_imgManchester United boss Mourinho led Inter to the treble of Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup titles in 2010, and also won the league title with the club in 2009.“You have to stop it. I’ve been here for two days, and he made Inter history,” said Spalletti, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Italian Cup game against Serie C side Pordenone at the San Siro.“I can’t come close, so do me a favour: don’t put me close to him. Mourinho knows too that it doesn’t stack up,” added Spalletti.Spalletti is in his first season at Inter but won the Italian Cup twice with Roma in 2007 and 2008 and two Russian league titles with Zenit St Petersburg.He said he was expecting a tricky last-16 Cup clash against Pordenone who eliminated Serie A side Cagliari in the last round.“Pordenone represent a real danger. We saw it in their game against Cagliari and we all know how good a side Cagliari are, how difficult it was for us against them.”The Italian Cup last 16 matches will be played throughout December and include six top-flight clashes, including Napoli against Udinese and holders Juventus against Genoa.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luciano Spalletti’s Inter Milan are the only unbeaten team in Serie A this season © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Dec 11 – Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti admitted Monday that he was embarrassed by constant comparisons with the Serie A club’s former treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho.Spalletti’s side are the only unbeaten team in Serie A this season and sit top of the league a point ahead of Napoli with six-time defending champions Juventus two points behind in third.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool are only the third team in the history of the European Cup to recover from such a large semi-final deficit.Barca boss Valverde conceded his players failed to match Liverpool’s intensity and lost their cool after the Reds scored twice in quick succession in the second half to level the tie on aggregate.“Things got on top of us after those two quick goals. We didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet and they rolled us over really,” he said.“It’s a terrible result for our fans and for ourselves. It’s really, really unfortunate, but credit to Liverpool.“They started really well, and they pinned us back. Early goal, we reacted well after that.“We managed to control things a little bit in the second part of the first half. We had half-chances to score.“We tried to sit a little bit deeper, but the tie ended for us with the fourth goal. We couldn’t respond.”It was a second successive Champions League humiliation for Barca after they squandered a 4-1 first-leg lead in the quarter-finals last season, going out on away goals to Roma after losing the return 3-0.Valverde has just led Barca to another Spanish title, but he was asked if the collapse at Anfield would undermine his position at the Camp Nou.“I do not know how it’s going to affect me, here we are, the coach has to take responsibility,” he said.“It’s very painful for us, especially for our people, it’s the second year they’ve come back like that.“When you have a battle like tonight, you’re going to go through some really tough few days, like all our fans as well.“You’re going to suffer. That’s what it is like. You have to go through this penitence and we’ve not got long to go until the end of the league season.“We’ve got the Copa del Rey final (against Valencia) still to fight for and we’ve got to really finish the season well on a high after this.“But at the moment we’re blown away, it’s terrible.”The Catalan club haven’t won the Champions League since 2015.Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets was quick to say sorry for one of the most chastening results in their history.“I apologise to the fans because after the Rome thing, it happens again, it is very hard to fall like that with a good result in the first leg,” Busquets said.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde reacts during his side’s shock defeat at Liverpool © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 8 – Ernesto Valverde admitted Barcelona had only themselves to blame for their “terrible” Champions League semi-final collapse at Liverpool on Tuesday.Barca were blown away on an incredible night at Anfield as Liverpool won 4-0 to overturn a three-goal first-leg defeat.last_img read more

first_imgHowever, unlike most of their competitors who have delved into the arms race for talent in another transfer window where Premier League clubs have spent over £1 billion ($1.2 billion), the European champions have been conspicuously quiet in the transfer market.Teenage talents Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have been snapped up with an eye to the future, while Spanish goalkeeper Adrian will replace Simon Mignolet as back-up to Alisson Becker in three low-key arrivals.Klopp, though, believes the foundations are already in place for another tilt at the title after spending over £230 million in the past two years on the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“That makes no sense, it’s not about that. And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players?”On the evidence of last season, there is precious little for Liverpool to improve on.– Man City set the bar –A Premier League points tally of 97 would have won the title in any season bar the last two as Manchester City have set a new bar under Pep Guardiola.City have further strengthened the squad that won a first ever domestic treble of trophies in England last season with the club record signing of Spanish midfielder Rodri and will be the benchmark for Liverpool to beat.A 1-1 draw between the sides, with City edging a penalty shootout 5-4, in the Community Shield last weekend again highlighted how little there is to separate the English and European champions.Yet, in contrast to last season when Liverpool were the least affected of England’s big six by the late return to pre-season of players at the World Cup, Klopp has a tougher time in ensuring his side hit the ground running.Mohamed Salah had a busy summer on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP / Adrian DENNISThe prolific front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all involved in international tournaments again this summer.Liverpool have decided against investing heavily in back-up for that trio and their presence was missed in a bumpy pre-season that saw an under-strength side beaten by Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli.But Klopp believes the squad he has assembled will be bolstered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Rhian Brewster’s return to fitness, while Naby Keita can have a bigger impact in his second season in English football.“People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven’t played here,” he said.“It means whoever wants to start has to be at his top level. We have proper competition and that’s exactly what you need.”Winning the Champions League also booked Liverpool’s place in next week’s UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in December, meaning they have five trophies to play for this season.However, it is ending 30 years of hurt by winning a 19th league title come May that will determine whether Liverpool’s season has been a success or failure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is aiming to end a 30-year wait for the Reds to win the Premier League title © AFP / Adrian DENNISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – Missing out on the Premier League title despite a record-breaking campaign was eased by winning a sixth European Cup for Liverpool last season, but ending a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions is now more important than ever on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp’s men are expected to strike first blood in the title race when they kick off the Premier League season against newly-promoted Norwich under the Friday night lights of Anfield.last_img read more

first_img 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Miralem Pjanic – The Bosnian has been linked with a move to Old Trafford and the Roma president failed to rule it out this week, admitting if United pay the release clause Pjanic will leave. This is significant because he did rule out the departures of Radja Naiggola and Antonio Rudiger. 11 Right back: Matteo Darmian – The Italian struggled in his first Premier League season but Mourinho knows how to organise a defence and Darmian will be one of the main beneficiaries from that. Centre back: Eric Bailly – United look set to sign 22-year-old Bailly from Villarreal for £30m as he fits the quick and strong prototype that Mourinho looks for in a centre back. 11 Left back: Luke Shaw – Shaw’s return from a broken leg will be like a new signing and if he is able to recapture his form prior to his injury, he could be one of the players of the season. 11 11 Centre back: Chris Smalling – One of the few shining lights for the Red Devils last season and will look to continue that after establishing himself as a senior member of the squad. 11 11 Centre midfield: Andre Gomes – Gomes is valued at £35.2m by Valencia and reports in Italy suggest United have made a bid for the Portuguese, with Jorge Mendes – agent of both the player and Mourinho – playing a key role in the move. Left forward: Anthony Martial – Martial’s development will continue from the left next season and expect even more goals than he managed last term as he gets accustomed to the Premier League. 11 Right forward: Marcus Rashford – Mourinho is keen to keep Rashford in the first team picture and that could be done with the England forward as part of a front three. Jose Mourinho made his first trip to Old Trafford since becoming Manchester United manager to watch the UNICEF Soccer Aid game.Next time he is there watching a match however, he will be in the dugout rather than the stands and the make up of the home side will be very different.It will also be very different from the side predecessor Louis van Gaal fielded in his last home game as boss of the Red Devils.No new names have been brought in yet but there have been plenty of rumours regarding who could be there next season, while you can also expect a number of departures with the likes of Juan Mata and Daly Blind likely to be disposed of.Based on these rumours, talkSPORT have put together a potential Mourinho XI which could be gracing the Premier League once the transfer window has closed at the start of the season.Click the arrow above, right, to see the XI in a 4-2-3-1 formation! Centre attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – Rooney will remain United captain but likely in a more withdrawn role as he looks to complete his transition into a midfielder. Goalkeeper: David De Gea – Click the arrow, right, to see the potential Manchester United XI for next season – De Gea looks set to stay at Old Trafford and avoid the Real Madrid saga of last season after stating he and Mourinho are winners who want to reclaim titles for United. 11 Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ibrahimovic has reportedly agreed a one-year deal with the club and is expecting to play a key role. The move could be announced as early as this week, prior to the start of the European Championships.last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL Captain Michael Murphy isn’t just a talented footballer – he’s pretty handy on the golf course too.And on Friday week, May 20, he and three other top county stars (and decent golfers) are taking part in the annual Donegal Ladies Gaelic Football golf classic.Murphy has put together a formidable team – as he takes on the Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club course. So he will be joined by Rory Kavanagh, Neil Gallagher and Éamon McGee.There are still some slots available for the fundraiser which helps the Donegal Ladies teams in their efforts this year.The number to call to play on the day is 07491 31093.There are loads of prizes on offer throughout the day – including a signed golf club used on tour last year by Major winner Padraig Harrington.  DONEGAL CAPTAIN MICHAEL MURPHY GETS BEHIND DONEGAL LADIES GOLF CLASSIC was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalGolf classicLadies gaelic footballlast_img read more

first_imgA man who was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman while she slept beside her boyfriend has been found not guilty.Letterkenny Court.The man put his head in his hands as the verdict was read out at Letterkenny Circuit Court this evening. The jury took more than two hours to reach their majority verdict.The young woman claimed she awoke to find her boyfriend’s friend in her bed touching her intimately.She alleged she found the man touching her breasts and bum and raising her leg after he slipped into her bed while she and her partner slept.The woman, who cannot be named, appeared by video-link from Australia where she now lives.The alleged assault took place at a house in Letterkenny on May 17th, 2010.The accused, a man in his 30s, pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault.The court heard that the woman, her partner and the accused had all met at the Golden Grill Nightclub in Letterkenny.They all got a taxi home.The woman revealed how the man was given the spare room in their house and she went to bed with her partner and they had sex.However she awoke some time later claiming to have found the man in their bed touching her breasts and bum and trying to lift her leg.“He told me to shush and everything would be okay. I told him to get out but he wouldn’t get out of the bed,” said the woman.The woman then screamed at the man and told him to get out of the room as she woke her boyfriend.Her boyfriend also shouted at the man and he left the room to go back to the spare room.The woman then said she went into another spare room and barricaded herself into the room with a chest of drawers and cried herself to sleep.The next morning the woman told her partner to ask the man to leave the house.He did so and after some time the accused and the woman’s partner left the house to go to the pub.Defence barrister Peter Nolan put it to the woman that because she had had so much to drink on the night that most of her memory was a daze.He put it to her that the incident did not happen at all and did she not find it unusual that her partner left with the accused to go to the pub.The woman said she was angry with her partner for doing this and she had actually broken up with him for a while because of this.She declared “I know exactly what happened when XXXXX came into my bed.“I would never bring this case four years later and then allegedly make something up.“We are a family but I will never forgive (her partner) for walking out the door with XXXX,” she said.The woman’s partner also gave video-link evidence from Australia.He revealed how he had been playing two football matches on the day before the alleged incident took place.He said he awoke to find his partner kicking him and claiming she had been assaulted by the man.The woman’s partner said he roared at the other man to get out, gave the woman a hug and then went back to sleep.He said the next morning his partner told him to get the accused out of the house.The woman’s partner and the accused left and went to go to the pub.He said the reason why he went out with the accused was to get him out of the house and also to get his brother some money.The woman’s partner said he was not in the company of the accused in the pub but was with lots of other football players.He said he drank up to seven pints and continued to get texts from his partner and then went home.Barrister Peter Nolan said there was more holes in the woman’s story than in a sieve.He said the problem with her claims was that she simply didn’t know exactly what happened because of the amount of drink taken.“She now believes that something happened in the bed. I’m not saying she was not right to believe it but there was no evidence to believe it.“We have drink running through this like a river – drink is the causation of al the social problems in rural Ireland today.“The amount of drink taken in this case would make a lot of publicans happy in Co Donegal today.“All they can say is “if it happened it happened.”He added that the woman was in a quandary as to what actually happened in the bed but said “that is not enough’ “There is no evidence of what actually happened, This has converted that belief into a fact. Stories are invented and slowly but surely belief turns to fact.”He added that the woman’s partner’s evidence was “tainted and corrupted” because of his loyalty to his partner.“He said he was a home bird and didn’t even want to be in Australia but for his partner and their child. I don’t blame him but that leaves his evidence tainted and corrupted,” added Mr Nolan.MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN WHILE SHE SLEPT FOUND NOT GUILTY was last modified: February 6th, 2014 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