Eyes on Rio… Bolt pulls out of Brussels Diamond League

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP):With three more gold medals in the bag and his superiority proven beyond doubt, Usain Bolt declared his season over yesterday.The Jamaican pulled outof Friday’s Van Damme Memorial, unwilling to risk any injury problems that might compromise his preparations for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, where he will seek a third Olympic sprint treble in a row.”I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” he said in a statement.After winning three gold medals at the World Cham-pionships in Beijing, Bolt was supposed to focus on the season’s top time in the 200m at the Diamond League meet in Brussels. The King Baudouin Stadium has extra-wide curves that half-lap racers love, and Bolt has never profited fully from the track facilities. Friday would have been the ideal opportunity.Bolt has the world record of 19.19 seconds, but his best time at the Van Damme only stands at 19.57. In comparison, his teammate, Yohan Blake, ran the second-fastest half lap there by clocking 19.26.But after two seasons of injuries and a drawn-out recovery, Bolt now knows the preparations for a big event like the Olympics starts a year in advance. The 29-year-old Bolt said in a statement he was “happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016”.And Brussels meet organiser Wilfried Meert said in a statement that “Bolt felt tired after Beijing and also was troubled by his left leg, with a pain radiating from his hip”.Bolt beat Justin Gatlin both in the 100 and 200 metres in Beijing, before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m relay.With Bolt a no-show, Gatlin will now run both sprints in Brussels.last_img read more

Official Neglect Leaves Hundreds of Children Out of School in Zoe-Gbao

first_imgOne of the several unsanitary classrooms at Bahn High with damaged ceiling that is not spacious enough to hold 35 students per class, and have a shortage of chairs.– Students say theirs is a “living hell”Every year, hundreds of junior high school graduates are denied access to secondary education in Zoe Gbao district, Nimba county.According to local education authorities, this is because the only government high school in the district, Bahn High School, lacks sufficient classroom space to accommodate the large number of students matriculating to secondary school each year. This has created a situation that sees hundreds of students being denied access to secondary education simply because of the lack of classroom space to accommodate them. The students have described their situation as a ‘living hell’ due to official government neglect.Zoe Gbao (frequently referred to as Zoe–Geh), like many other districts around the country, is undeveloped and poor. It has a population of 28,675 – according to the 2008 National Population and Housing Census report – but is said to have increased in recent years due to a  high birth rate (6.2 2008 estimates), according to the Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo- Information Services (LISGIS).The District Education Officer (DEO), Aaron B. Zoleglee, who is also a former principal of Bahn High School, has described the situation of denying secondary school age children access to the school as ‘a difficult one.’“It is a difficult decision because I know the importance of education, but our hands are tied; there is nothing we can do. We just have to turn away many students every year because the Bahn High School lacks adequate chairs and classrooms to accommodate the huge influx of students who are leaving  junior high.The main building of the dilapidated Bahn High.“The classrooms are so small that they cannot hold up to 35 persons per class. Right now, the school is overcrowded because we tried to take 30 persons per class, thereby creating a difficult learning environment. The school’s  current population exceeds 400, which should have not been the case.“But we are managing and doing our best. This is a serious problem that this new government needs to address. The old government was aware and they did nothing to redeem the situation. Every Liberian child has a right to education and they don’t need to be denied that right. I think the number is more than 500 per year—looking at the number of junior high school graduates,” narrated DEO Zoleglee.The Zoe-Geh district currently has 60 schools, out of which 55 are government run. Out of the 60 schools, there are 14 junior high schools and two high schools – the second high school is owned by the Inland Church, with the rest being elementary schools.Three affected parents, *Mary, *Annie, and *Martha, lamented that the situation is seriously affecting poor parents, since they do not have money to send their children to Bahn Catawba Mission High School, which is run by the Inland Church.“This kind of situation puts our children’s future under threat because they have to sit down the whole year without being in school. This is making most of our children to be high school dropouts, and it is frustrating,” the parents said. “We cannot blame the school administration but the government for creating such a problem. If the district had at least three high schools, such a situation was not going to occur.”Bahn High School was constructed in the 1956 as a self-help project by the people of the district to educate their children, under the reign of late Paramount Chief Alhaji Tuazama. After the country’s 14 years of civil wars, the building was reconditioned by NGOs, and has since then undergone minor repairs when it showed signs of collapse. The school runs from kindergarten to the 12th grade.Currently, the school building is at the point of collapse with huge cracks visible in every wall; ceilings that are falling off in every classroom; with no doors or windows (the few remaining ones are badly damaged); visibly broken floors everywhere; and no science and computer labs for students, in this 21st century age of science and technology.The back of the school building with no windows, a damaged door, and visibly cracked and patched walls.The school also lacks adequate supply of clean water for drinking and hand washing and lacks a conducive and sanitary environment and well-ventilated classrooms.Zoleglee added: “We need urgent help because the Bahn High School building is breaking down every day, which makes it a death trap. We need this building to be demolished and rebuilt to accommodate the influx of students. The education system in the district needs total overhaul starting first with infrastructure and the provision of better learning materials to educate children of this district. We also need more high schools in the district to end the problem once and for all.“It is sad and heartbreaking that we have a computer lab, but it does not function because the computers are dead and the government does not care to repair them despite years of appeal. As for a science lab, we don’t have it; therefore, we have encouraged the students to adapt to this poor environment, just to have education. This should not be the case. However, we have a library, but the students are lazy when it comes to reading and many of them do not visit the library.”*Princess, an 11th grade student at Bahn High, described the school’s learning environment as a ‘complete hell.’“We are actually suffering to get quality education here. Every day, we have to fight like animals for a common chair just to have a seat since the ones in the school are not enough. If you are unlucky, you will have to stand or sit on the floor during the entire period. For females, it is terrible and the school’s lack of an encouraging and healthy environment and clean classrooms poses a serious problem for us. It is not that we do not want to go to the library, the situation there is worse off, and no student wants to risk his or her life going there,” she said.Another student, *Richard, added that although the school does not look like a place for learning, they are compelled to go there just to acquire an education.“When your parents are poor, you have to bear many things—just like the one we are going through at Bahn High. We are learning under harsh conditions. No computer and science  labs are clear proof that we are being left behind. Also, whenever it rains, we miss class because rain water leaks through the roof and water splash through the open windows in the building.  And the classes we miss during these times are not rescheduled.“The building we are in is like a death trap lying in wait for its victim. With this bad learning environment without computer and practical science knowledge, I don’t think we are adequately prepared for the job market,” he said.The damaged back door The back entrance of the school, with DEO Zoleglee in the foreground.However, both students lauded DEO Zoleglee and the teaching staff for their hard work, saying that despite the difficulties they try to ensure that the students are educated.“He is actually fighting the situation and doing everything possible to make sure that we are educated. Since he took over as District Education Officer, he makes sure teachers are in class on time and teach according to the lesson plan,” declared both students.Meanwhile, Zoleglee explained that another problem facing the district is the need of enough teachers with a bachelor of science (B.Sc) degree.“We have teachers, but need more qualified teachers to help impart knowledge in our children. The lack of more B.Sc holding teachers is hampering our students’ performances. Still, I’m certain that they will do well in the upcoming WASSCE national exam,” he said.However, the problems facing the Zoe-Geh school district are, according to official statistics, not unlike those in other school districts in the leeward counties.(Editor’s Note: Names with asterisks were changed to protect the identity of the speakers.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Strathspey accident victim succumbs

first_imgTwo weeks after a pedestrian was struck down on the Strathspey Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD) has succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Monday.Rishi Bhagwandin while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public HospitalThe man, who was only recently identified as Rishi Bhagwandin, 28, of Lot 286 Enmore Hope, ECD, reportedly succumbed about 17:30h without regaining consciousness.Bhagwandin was struck down on October 30, 2018 by a motor car bearing registration number PVV 9941, which was at the time being driven by a 33-year-old Friendship, ECD resident.Guyana Times had previously reported that the car was proceeding west along the Railway Embankment when the unidentified man allegedly ran from north to south into the vehicle’s path.He was struck and fell onto the road’s surface suffering severe neck and head injuries. Public-spirited individuals rushed him to Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted to the hospital’s emergency unit. After spending two weeks in hospital, he was identified by relatives a few days before his demise.The driver of the vehicle was arrested and released on bail, but in light of the death of the pedestrian, he would be rearrested and charges were likely to be instituted.last_img read more

For the record

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Due to an editing error, a story Tuesday incorrectly reported that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority added a North Hollywood stop to its Commuter Express service. In fact, the line is operated by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. last_img

Liverpool to land Lavezzi? Argentine ace eyeing PSG exit

first_img1 Ezequiel Lavezzi in action for Paris Saint-Germain Liverpool will have to beat off competition from Inter Milan and Napoli if they wish to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Italy.Lavezzi is reportedly unsettled at the Parc des Princes after failing to secure a regular spot in the first-team.This has alerted the attention of several clubs across Europe, most notably Liverpool, who are said to be eager to increase their attacking options following the sale of Luis Suarez.However, according to Sport Mediaset, both Inter Milan and Napoli are interested in bringing Lavezzi back to Serie A.The Argentina international spent five years with Napoli in Italy, before joining PSG in 2012 for £21million.Atletico Madrid and Fenerbache are also thought to be monitoring the situation, but Liverpool and Napoli remain the favourites for Lavezzi’s signature.last_img read more

AC Milan to reward Gattuso with new contract

first_img“When we open our eggs this Easter, we’re going to find Gennaro Gattuso’s renewal inside,” the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told journalists.“I’ve been telling you for some time, although perhaps you only know him as a player, that Rino (Gattuso) is already an important coach and in the future will be one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that Milan keep hold of him.“We are working to start a new era with Gattuso, because we believe he is the right coach for a Milan that must be a protagonist over the next few years.”Gattuso — an AC Milan player from 1999-2012 — has guided the northern Italian side on a 10-game unbeaten streak in Serie A, including eight wins, ahead of Saturday’s game against champions Juventus in Turin.Italian media reports suggest he could sign the new deal prior to the city derby against Inter Milan on April 4.“We all want it (contract), Rino like all of us, we just need to find the right time to do what we have to do,” added Mirabelli.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gattuso took over at AC Milan on a caretaker basis last November and has rekindled the club’s season © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Mar 29 – AC Milan have confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will be rewarded with a new contract this Easter.Gattuso, the club’s former youth team coach, took over the seven-time European champions from Vincenzo Montella on a caretaker basis last November and has rekindled the club’s season as they sit within the Europa League spots and with hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.last_img read more

Disgrace! Champions Burt out in Ulster less than 24 hours after landing historic title

first_imgThe decision by Ulster Council executives to force Intermediate champions Burt to play in the Ulster IFC today has been labelled a disgrace! Burt and Milford played out two titanic clashes in their quest to land the Donegal IFC, and yesterday’s replay went to extra-time in search of a winner.Burt eventual prevailed to land a historic title which will see them play in the Donegal SFC for the first time in the club’s history. The Donegal County Board submitted a request last week to the Ulster Council to have the game put back a week, but that was denied by the Ulster Council.It now means Burt will play in the first-round of the Ulster IFC just hours after winning the Donegal IFC.The decision has appalled GAA fans across the county.Sam Hegarty posted, “Fair played to Burt winning the intermediate championship in extra time this evening but Jesus christ, how are they meant to do themselves or the county justice in Ulster championship tomorrow? “Both sides emptied the tanks and to ask the winners to swap pints for ice baths and swap celebrations for another big match preperation is a disgrace.“The players should come first, simple as that.”However, this isn’t the first time this has happened, in 2014, Cloughaneely won the IFC title, and the following day faced Castledawson and incredibly earned victory.Hopefully Burt can repeat that today, but it will be incredible tough for them and let’s hope none of their players suffer an injury as a result of this ridiculous decision.Disgrace! Champions Burt out in Ulster less than 24 hours after landing historic title was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTdonegalGAAIFCnewsSportUlsterlast_img read more

Ex-Chelsea goalkeeper angry after club reveal depression battle against wishes

first_img 2 Pidgeley, who says he has suffered with mental health issues for a decade, wished to keep the matter private.But Southern League outfit Farnborough released a statement on social media earlier this week explaining their lack of options in goal for an FA Cup tie by revealing Pidgeley had a “significant long-term personal medical condition”.They added: “This is the first the club that has heard of this. Although the timing is shocking, we wish Lenny and his family all the best in his retirement.”The club attempted to clarify the matter in a follow-up statement but Pidgeley felt he should have decided if he went public about his depression, revealing some of his family were unaware of his plans to retire.“At the other clubs I was at, it never came out in the open,” Pidgeley told BBC Sport. “Recently my depression has been with me quite a lot.“In the last couple of weeks I tried to play through it, but it became too much for me. By midweek, when the cup game was, I could barely get out of bed… I was almost at the point of panic attacks. Lenny Pidgeley started out at Chelsea and has gone on to play for a number of clubs 2 Lenny Pidgeley says he has struggled with depression for a decade “When the statement came out, it put me in a dark place. The way the club have conducted themselves is not right.“They mentioned my illness, which I have never been comfortable talking about. For 10 years I’ve tried to keep it undercover.“I have never wanted this to come out, never ever.”Pidgeley, whose other former clubs include Watford, Millwall and Carlisle, continued: “My mum is worried sick, she found out because my auntie saw it on social media. I hadn’t had time to speak to her and tell her.“She said, ‘What is going on? You are retiring from football?’“The situation has made me livid, I am so angry and that’s not helpful when you aren’t in a good place.” Former Chelsea goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley has been left angry and hurt after he was forced to reveal his battle with depression.The 34-year-old claims a statement by non-league club Farnborough announcing his retirement left him with no choice but to admit the illness.last_img read more

BUNDORAN RNLI LAUNCH TO RESCUE OF ‘MISSING BOAT’

first_imgWhat started as a routine training exercise for the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat turned into a 90 minute search for a sailing boat thought to be missing off Mullaghmore Head last night.A member of the public who had been watching the passage of the boat lost sight of it when a sudden squall obscured it from view. He became concerned once he couldn’t see it when the shower had cleared and made the call to the Coast Guard.The crew of the lifeboat were just about to launch on exercise when the alert was raised and quickly made their way to the Mullaghmore area to commence a search. They also requested that the Killybegs Coast Guard boat join them so a wider area could be covered. Covering an area from Mullaghmore Head to Streedagh to Inishmurray, the crews were subsequently informed that the boat had docked safely in Sligo.Speaking on their return to the station, helm on the Bundoran Lifeboat James Cassidy said: “This was a call with good intent. We would rather be launched to something someone was unsure about than not at all. If anyone thinks they see somebody in trouble on the coast dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.” BUNDORAN RNLI LAUNCH TO RESCUE OF ‘MISSING BOAT’ was last modified: August 8th, 2014 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)last_img read more

Donegal County Council to boycott Israel after Gaza violence

first_imgDonegal County Councillors have agreed to boycott economic trade with Israel and call for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador following the killing of protesters in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli military.Councillors have agreed that the council will take direct action against the conflict in Gaza by ending the purchase of any Israeli products by council departments. Sixty Palestinian protesters were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli Defence Forces on May 14th, one of Gaza’s bloodiest days in years.Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig raised a motion at the May sitting of the Donegal County Council today to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and commit to implementing a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until there is freedom for the Palestinian people. Dublin City Council recently endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights, and Cllr Mac Giolla Easpaig called on Donegal to follow suit. He asked for the motion to be circulated to all local authorities that said Donegal County Council “deplores the slaughter of more that 60 Palestinians and the wounding of thousands of others in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces. We call on the government to immediately expel the Israeli ambassador in protest at this massacre of unarmed civilians.”Cllr John Campbell said: “What we are witnessing is an ongoing genocide in Palestine and I am suggesting that the council makes a symbolic gesture.”Cllr Jack Murray said that international support would be beneficial for the Palestinian people, as it had been for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Cllr Murray suggested that the council would take direct action to show solidarity with the Palestinian victims with a boycott of Israeli products.Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle also supported the motion and said: “It is it not right what is happening to the Palestinian people. It is not just the recent attacks but it is the ongoing attacks in relation human rights, embargoes, health, running water and medical supplies. “I know we get upset when a large number are killed, but this a daily occurrence that has to stop. We have a role in the council in helping to build that boycott. We as a council will not buy material coming from Israel. We have to stand up for those people in Palestine that cannot stand up for their rights,” Cllr McMonagle said.Cllr Mac Giolla Easpaig compared the attacks by Israeli Defence Forces to the events of Bloody Sunday in Ireland. He called on the Council to commit to the boycott and for the Roads and Finance departments to examine how the policy can be followed.Donegal County Council to boycott Israel after Gaza violence was last modified: May 28th, 2018 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)last_img read more