JAMAICA’s female combined martial arts team captain, Sheckema Cunningham, made history on Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, winning gold at the International Sport Kickboxing Association’s (ISKA) International German Open.The Open is a German qualifier for the World Championships to be held in Stuttgart, May 2016.Cunningham, the first Jamaican to medal at the historic tough European tournament, was the sole black female competitor among 1,700 fighters.The toast of the preliminary rounds, Cunningham arrived in Stuttgart Friday night with coach Jason McKay. She shook off jet lag to win gold by beating German champion Kerstin Schmidbauer, 15-13, in an epic final.”It was rough and the fighters were really good, but I was more aggressive and had my coach shouting me on, forcing me to take the fight to her,” the relieved gold medallist told The Gleaner.Victory in Stuttgart qualified Cunningham for the World Championship in Stuttgart next year.An elated McKay said Cunningham’s chances of taking gold at the World Championships were bright.”She was clinical and showed great fighting spirit. She can take gold at the Worlds next year,” he said.Cunningham shone at the ISKA US Open in July, winning her three fights in leading Jamaica to a silver medal in the Gold Cup won by Germany.Among her accolades is a bronze medal in sparring at the International Taekwon-Do Federation 2011 World Championships.
Prepared for tough game Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home. “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Captain Nikita Miller’s 26th five-wicket haul in first-class cricket helped Jamaica Scorpions halt their losing skid with a convincing 87-run victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force inside three days yesterday.Set a modest but tricky 229 for victory at Queen’s Park Oval, the hosts were bundled out for 141 – the second time in the contest they failed to crack 200 after being dismissed for 173 in their first innings.Miller scythed through the innings to finish with five for 45 and claim match figures of nine for 85. In the process, the 34-year-old passed 450 wickets in first-class cricket.Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs provided the support, picking up three for 55 to add to his three from the first innings.Marlon Richards, batting at number eight, top-scored with 47, while captain and opener Kyle Hope chipped in with 35 and Isaiah Rajah, 23.Red Force lost Jeremy Solozano for two, but cruised to 60 for one courtesy of a 51-run, second-wicket stand between Hope and the left-handed Rajah.MULTIPLE WICKETSBut Miller and Jacobs combined to trigger a collapse where five wickets tumbled for eight runs in the space of 53 deliveries.Richards brandished his bat to good effect, cracking three fours and four sixes in a 43-ball cameo, but the damage was already done and Red Force never recovered.Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 201 – the same score as their first innings – after resuming the day on 172 for seven.Left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell picked up two of the three wickets to fall to finish with three for 52 while seamer Rayad Emrit failed to add to his tally from Saturday, ending with three for 30.Scorpions had lost both of their games since the restart of the competition earlier this month.
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments 2 eagles lift Campbell to 2-stroke CAT Open lead There was little going for the Green Archers before the run that preceded that inbound play. In contrast, the Blue Eagles were flying, holding a 21-point lead and looking poised for a sweep. But Montalbo and the rest of the Archers weren’t going away just yet.What the Archers lacked in defensive intensity and shotmaking in a forgettable first quarter was wiped away by a relentless belief that they were built for these moments of adversity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What I wanted to show in that play was for us to believe and to want it more,” said Montalbo. “I think we needed that wake-up call.”La Salle planted the seeds of one of the biggest comebacks in UAAP Finals history late in that second period and nurtured that on the way to a 92-83 victory that might have just swung the momentum in the way of the Archers heading into a winner-take-all showdown for the Season 80 crown on Sunday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Eagles appeared to be on their way to a sweep after taking a 49-28 advantage on Anton Asistio’s split from the foul line with 2:24 left in the second period. Worse, the foul that sent Asistio to the line was Rivero’s fourth—and he trudged back to the bench in tears.But Mbala later zipped through the lane for a dunk to cut the lead, 34-51, triggering the Archers’ big run.“We saw some of our players down, struggling,” said Mbala. “We kept grinding, we kept pushing. Coach (Aldin Ayo) told us to keep believing. I feel like we got used to games like this and we just have to stick together, stick to the game plan, and play defense.”The Archers came out of the break with renewed vigor with Rivero hitting eight of his 18 points in the third period, while Montalbo scored on a couple of fast break layups. The Eagles, on the other hand, lost steam, outscored by their rivals, 26-8, in the period.“We just didn’t stop working,” said Rivero. “That wasn’t the way I was supposed to play in the first half because we got overeager.”With a comeback for the ages, La Salle likes its chances in the deciding game.“We should handle this victory very well,” said Montalbo. “Hopefully we ride this momentum for Game 3.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTheir title-retention bid on the verge of an epic collapse, La Salle skipper Kib Montalbo stood in front of Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena as he defended an inbound play late in the second period Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Twice, Ravena tried to throw off Montalbo with a bump, but the La Salle skipper refused to budge, as if to say he wasn’t giving up his spot on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala, named MVP for the second straight season, before the start of the game, finished with 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while staying away from foul trouble in the second half and Ricci Rivero returned with aplomb after a foul-plagued first half as the Archers completed a 30-point turnaround to even the series at one game apiece.As the Archers went on a tear in the second half, the Eagles, who started the game on a 32-15 burst, suddenly went cold as the defending champions regained control of a highly physical series.“We were down by 20,” said Montalbo. “We wanted to take it inch by inch, possession by possession. Never give up. Execute and defend. As a captain of this team, it starts with me if we’re going to play tough.”The last two periods saw La Salle at its finest since the start of the season. Clogging the lane every time the Eagles reached the paint and closing out on shooters at the perimeter, the Archers played with urgency and tenacity, while getting points in transition.“We’ve worked hard for 10 to 11 months,” Montalbo added. “We can’t just throw this away. We had to fight until the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
The Liberian nation was deeply saddened when, amidst the subdued celebration of our 167th Independence Anniversary, we learned in the early afternoon of July 26 that one of our most senior and most distinguished medical practitioners had fallen victim to Ebola.Dr. Samuel Brisbane spent a considerable portion of his career at the Firestone Medical Center where, from 1992 to 2003, he served as medical director. He later transferred to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK), where he rendered services based on his nearly a half century of experience as a general practitioner. He had already begun his medical practice at the JFK when he returned from medical studies in Germany at the turn of the 1970s.In his long career Dr. Brisbane trained hundreds Liberian medical students as well as many from foreign lands, who have gone on themselves to become medical practitioners.In his passing, Liberia has lost an outstanding medical doctor, who was in good health, ready and able to continue for many more years to come serving his country in the vital field of medicine. His unswerving commitment was doggedly maintained when so many of the younger doctors he impacted have since the 1980 coup d’etat and the outbreak of the civil war sought greener pastures abroad. Dr. Brisbane remained on the ground throughout the war making, at great sacrifices to fulfill his invaluable services to his people.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led the nation and people last Saturday in paying tribute to all our health and medical personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice in service to their compatriots since the outbreak of Ebola.And these include the widow and family of Dr. Sam M. Muhumuza, the Ugandan doctor who also lost his life last week treating Ebola patients in Caldwell, Monterrado County. We think it was appropriate for President Sirleaf to honor his widow, Mrs. Muhumuza, during the Independence Day ceremonies last Saturday.Meanwhile, the deadly virus continues to take its toll. Yesterday the Daily Observer Health Correspondent, Alaskai Moore Johnson, reported that Bomi Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County had been shut down because the virus had affected the county’s Health Services Officer and his entire family of 10.The US-based humanitarian group, Samaritan Purse, reported yesterday one of its medical staff, Dr. Kent Brantly, is undergoing intensive medical care after testing positive to the virus. Also, the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), founders of Radio Station ELWA and ELWA Hospital, reported that one of its staff in Liberia, Nancy Write Bol, personnel coordinator at ELWA, is also infected.We at the Daily Observer join in extending our deepest condolences to all the affected families. We wish all who have contracted the virus, by God’s grace, a speedy and complete recovery.The President, in her Independence Day Message last Saturday, declared a state of national emergency in Liberia, and ordered Liberia’s borders closed. Suggestions to this effect had been earlier made, but the government felt that somehow the virus would be contained. Now that it is spreading almost like wild fire, something drastic needed to be done.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has been proactive in putting in place measures to prevent the spread of the disease.Today, many banks and other business houses are requiring all visitors, before entering their premises, to wash their hands with soap, Clorox solution and other detergents. We urge ALL other businesses, public buildings, schools and other educational institutions and even homes throughout the country to do the same. Before one enters a yard, a gate or a building, there should be water, soap or detergents available to enable all to wash hands before entrance.Yesterday, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, one of the nation’s leading and most forward looking public corporations, joined in the battle against Ebola. The LPRC Board of Directors allocated US$75,000 to assist the Health and Social Welfare Ministry to acquire more gloves and other gears to protect the people from Ebola.We applaud the LPRC for this magnanimous gesture and call on all other para-statals as well as all businesses and concessions, such as Firestone, ArcelorMittal, Sime Darby, etc., to pitch in by contributing to the fight against this incurable and deadly virus which, as never before, threatens the entire Liberian landscape and far beyond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Letterkenny AC kicks off its big weekend with a five mile road race tonight.The out-and-back course starts at the roundabout at O’Donnell Park and finishes at the back of the Aura Leisure Centre.The race, which is part of the Donegal grand prix series, has a 7.30 pm start, with registrations being taken from 6.30 pm. The official opening of the Danny McDaid Athletics Track takes place tomorrow evening, with the club’s 40th anniversary dinner taking place in the Station House Hotel at 9 pm. MC for the evening will be Charlie Collins of Highland Radio. A number of tickets are still available for the function.Here’s the timetable for this festival of athletics this weekend:LETTERKENNY sub 4 mile Challenge Event sat 18th May at aura.History in the making 4.15PM 1 Hour Run M/W5.30pm Opening Ceremony Speeches6.00pm 100m M 6.00pm L.J. W6.10pm 3,000M Mixed 6.05pm H.J. M6.25pm 800M W 6.10pm Shot M 6.35pm 400m M 6.40pm Javelin M6.45pm 1 Mile M 7.05pm Shot W7.00pm 200m W7.10pm 800M M 7.20pm 3,000M M7.35pm 4 X 400M Relay MLETTERKENNY KICKS OFF BIG WEEKEND WITH FIVE MILER TONIGHT – FULL TIMETABLE FOR SATURDAY was last modified: May 17th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Five MilerLetterkenny ACLETTERKENNY KICKS OFF BIG WEEKEND WITH FIVE MILER TONIGHT – FULL TIMETABLE FOR SATURDAY
Donegal County Council is reminding householders and businesses that the burning of waste often known as “Backyard Burning’ is illegal.Backyard burning is the uncontrolled burning of waste, which is frequently carried out in backyards in a barrel or open pile, or even waste burned in open fires, ranges or other solid fuel appliances.It also applies to burning waste in a ‘home or garden incinerator’ that are frequently advertised. This activity in any of these situations is illegal. Backyard Burning is illegal and is an offence under the Waste Management Act 1996-2008, the Air Pollution Act 1987, and the Waste Management (Prohibitions of Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009.BonfiresIt is also an offence for householders or businesses to supply waste materials to parties collecting materials for ‘Bonfire Night’, and, it is illegal to give waste to a person that does not have a waste collection permit.Donegal County Council is currently undertaking an audit of certain businesses to ensure that there is compliance under the relevant legislation and to ensure that waste materials are not supplied for the practice of burning on bonfires. While traditionally wood and straw were used on bonfires in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, metal etc are burned on bonfires. Providing waste material for burning on a bonfire is a committing a criminal offence.The burning of waste is not only harmful to the environment but it is also harmful to our health. When waste materials are burned on a bonfire or in a backyard environment harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe. ExemptionsThere are some exemptions under the regulations where burning is permissible. These are only in the case of some agricultural wastes namely uncontaminated (free of dangerous substances, preservations, or other artificial impregnation or coating) wood, trees, tree trimmings, leaves, brush, or other similar waste generated by agricultural practices. The disposal of these permitted wastes by burning are permitted provided the farmer looks at all other reasonable options before burning and gives advance notice to the Local Authority before burning. COUNCIL WARN PEOPLE NOT TO BURN IN BACKYARDS was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BACKYARD BURNINGDonegal County Council
DONEGAL have achieved another podium finish at Athletics Ireland!The organisation named their management team for the next two years with Donegal on top.Patsy Mc Gonagle, from Finn Valley AC, who recently headed up team prep for London Olympics has once again been named Senior team leader while under 23 manager is Letterkenny coach Teresa McDaid. Neil Martin who in addition to his coaching involvement at Finn Valley is again returned as junior team manager.National Youth Manager is Gary Ryan a double Olympian from the Atlanta and Sydney Games and a native of Tipperary.The next action challenge for the grouping involves McGonagle with a walks squad which includes Milford Olympian Brendan Boyce for European Walks in Slovakia next weekend. PATSY, TERESA AND NEIL ARE ALL RE-APPOINTED TO IRELAND ATHLETICS ROLES was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PATSYTERESA AND NEIL ALL RE-APPOINTED TO IRELAND ATHLETICS ROLES
Donal and Joe: Both doing wellA CO DONEGAL man who donated one if his kidneys to his brother in a successful operation says both of them are “doing well” and hopes it will help other people consider becoming donors.Donal Ó Cnáimhsí (43) is back home in Gaoth Dobhair after the 12-hour operation in which one of his kidneys was transplanted into his 44-year-old brother Joe.The operation was the same as that involving Derry GAA star Joe Brolly. And whilst the RTE pundit’s donation ultimately failed, the O Cnáimhsi transplant has so far worked.“We’re both out of hospital and we are slowly recovering,” said Donal.“It’s a major operation so we won’t recover overnight but we are getting there.”Brother Joe is making regular trips back to the Beaumont Hospital for check-ups and so far doctors are happy with his progress. “Donal has given me the chance to live again,” said taxi driver Joe.“Words can’t really describe how I feel.”The transplant issue has been highlighted recently by Joe Brolly.Donal told Donegal Daily today that there were arguments for and against the Opt For Life scheme, but he believed highlighting the issue would help families who have lost loved ones seriously consider donating organs for transplant.But he says unless Health Minister James Reilly funds a proper organ transplant network that includes properly trained nursing staff, then more people will die waiting for an organ. “What Joe Brolly has done has been incredible. It has really put the issue of organ donation at the top of the political agenda,” said Donal.“The problem is that Dr Reilly has been asked to put funding in place so there is an actual structure on the ground with properly trained nurses and counsellors dealing with families of donors and potential donors.“I believe the cost of this would outweigh the massive costs of kidney dialysis. Joe Brolly has pressed him for a decision and it needs to be taken now.”Donal, a gardener at Glenveagh National Park, hopes to return to work in the Spring. “I’m missing it,” he said.“But I’ll have to wait until I’m fit and ready to go back. The operation was a success and that’s the main thing.”DONEGAL BROTHERS DOING WELL AFTER KIDNEY DONATION was last modified: November 28th, 2013 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:Donal Ó CnáimhsíJoe BonnerJOE BROLLYkidney transplant