Brown, after learning of the suspension, seemed (if the JADCO chairman is quoted correctly) to go off on a frolic of his own and instructed the lawyer of JADCO to file the appeal! Lackston Robinson has been the legal luminary tasked with advising JADCO on legal matters from as far back as I can remember, and has maintained his position at JADCO despite the many changes at board level. Thus, the decision to get “another opinion” appears strange and unusual. The chairman of JADCO intimated in his press conference that public outcry pushed the JADCO board to act in the manner that it did. I have often heard that ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God’ and this saying seems to determine the actions of politicians who recognise very early in their political life that without power, very little can be achieved. However, some 2,000 years ago, public outcry at the conclusion of a hearing into accusations against a local preacher resulted in the preacher being sentenced to be crucified in exchange for the freedom of an accused murderer and rapist. Thus, if public perception is that JADCO is against Jamaican sports stars, the life of the board would go on life support in very short order. So, as the chairman of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel stated two Mondays ago, “In view of the file of notices of withdrawal of the appeals served on the anti-doping secretariat, the matters will not proceed.” This means victory for popular sentiment, and a victory for Russell and his legal team. They no longer have to fret on the possibility of a further suspension, if the attorney general’s opinion is correct – a conventional win-win outcome. But “what about Naomi?” What about the executive director and, for that matter, the lawyer contracted to JADCO? Must every decision that they make in pursuance of the often-stated role of “educate and facilitate compliance with the WADA code and to weed out drug cheats and ultimately Jamaica’s reputation worldwide, by acting in the best interest of the athletes and, ultimately, in the best interest of Jamaica”, be okayed by the board before implementation, in case there is a public outcry? The next question would be: What does WADA and other anti-doping organisations worldwide think of our programme “to facilitate compliance and to weed out drug cheats”? We do live in interesting times. File the appeal In what can be described as a rare press conference, the chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) explained the reason behind the withdrawal of an appeal lodged by his commission against the decision by an Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which ruled, after a lengthy hearing into allegations by JADCO, that popular Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell had breached the WADA-inspired Anti-Doping Code by failing to file his whereabouts on three occasions in a one-year period in 2015. At the conclusion of the hearing, the tribunal decided that Russell had indeed breached the code and banned him from cricket for a period of 12 months. My understanding of the reason for the appeal (after listening to the executive director of JADCO, Carey Brown, speaking on a local radio programme) was that the tribunal failed to lodge written reasons for its decision. This was widely surmised to be an appeal against the leniency of the suspension. This perception resulted in a sustained media led campaign that seemed to suggest that JADCO was on a mission to persecute not only Russell, but Jamaican athletes as well. A cross-appeal filed by the legal team of Russell against the suspension also helped to grab the attention of the chairman of the commission and his board of directors. According to reports, a legal opinion of the appeal and counter-appeal by the legal teams involved in the hearing was sought, and the advice from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte was that the tribunal could, in fact, increase the ban from one to two years. Could this have been the herald of panic at the board level, wherein the perception that JADCO was, in fact, on a campaign to persecute Russell?
Far Eastern University stunned a seemingly invincible Ateneo side with a commanding three-set sweep, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Tamaraws dealt the Blue Eagles’ their first loss in the UAAP since falling to Adamson in a five-setter in the first round of Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT In the first game, University of the Philippines whipped University of the East, 25-22, 25-15, 25-13, to start its campaign.Jerry San Pedro had 12 points to lead the Fighting Maroons while Wendel Miguel and John Millette put up 11 points apiece.Geric Ortega and Noel Alba led the Red Warriors with seven points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “This is a big win for us because this will give a very big boost in our confidence, I just hope that we won’t relax after this,” said FEU head coach Rey Diaz in Filipino.“I hope the players won’t be contented with this one win, because if you won’t excel if you’re already satisfied with this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJohn Paul Bugaoan led the Tamaraws with 13 points while Jude Garcia and Richard Solis had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Reigning four-time MVP Marck Espejo had 12 points for Ateneo. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Rickie Fowler birdies last 3 holes to take Phoenix Open lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A band of bighorn rams was seen Wednesday afternoon at a creek in San Antonio Canyon near Mount Baldy Village, north of Upland. The sight of the wild animals in this environment is common during this season, a local expert said. The group will spend time grazing during warmer months in the lower part of the canyon. “There is a bachelor herd that hangs out in that area,” said Steve Segreto, U.S. Forest Service educator and naturalist. The sheep continue to make themselves known, based on the number of people who have reported their presence to the Mount Baldy Visitor Center. “In the last three years, there have been as many as 10 rams, But come October, their presence will lessen as the rams move higher into the mountains and look for females. “Then they will meander back,” Segreto said. – From staff reports
1 Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard West Ham have emerged as favourites to land Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard.There was a Europe-wide chase on for the teenage schemer in 2015 while he was still at Stromsgodset, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United all vying to sign him.Real Madrid won the race for his signature, but the midfielder has managed just 32 minutes of action since his arrival at the Bernabeu in January 2015.Now, according to reports in Spain, he is available on loan and is attracting much interest.Liverpool are among a host of clubs who have been linked with a move for the 17-year-old Norway international, who is said to favour a switch to Anfield.But now AS have claimed that it is West Ham who are currently at the head of the queue because it is thought they would be best placed to offer him first-team opportunities.Should they complete the move, Odegaard would link up with another precocious Norwegian, Martin Samuelsen, 19, at the London Stadium.
Coláiste Chineál Eoghain, Buncrana are very excited to be celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge this year, possibly more than any other year. Actor Art Parkinson, a third year pupil in CCE, has been named as one of the Ambassadors for Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia 2017. He has been travelling far and wide with the campaign to promote An Ghaeilge and the Irish culture.To celebrate this occasion, CCE are excited to be welcoming ‘Seo Linn’ to the school on the 15th of March next. They are coming to do a workshop with students and students from other schools in the locality are invited to attend the workshops also. Coláiste Chineál Eoghain, Gaelscoil Bhun Cranncha, Gaelscoil Cois Feabhail, Naíonra Bhun Chranncha and Naíscoil Dhomhnach Óg are also hosting a Seo Linn concert in the Plaza, Buncrana on that same night, 15 March @ 7.30. Tickets are available locally and from the above mentioned schools.The following day a cohort of students from CCE are traveling to Dublin to visit Facebook HQ and to attend a lecture on how to use social media as Gaeilge!There are lots of other fun activities happening in CCE throughout Seachtain na Gaeilge and beyond, such as Foróige club running a bilingual club in CCE Thursdays @ 5.30 for youths looking to improve their Irish in a fun youth led environment. They have also commenced spoken Irish class for adults in the school on Wednesday evenings @ 7.00. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more updates!Beatha Teanga í a labhairt!Big excitement at Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017 was last modified: March 9th, 2017 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:Art ParkinsonbuncranaColáiste Chineál EoghainSeachtain na Gaeilge
The following results are from the Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Clubs recent grading which was held in the Aura on Wednesday 30th November. Students from White to Brown Black took part in a test to obtain their next belt, which included one student, Christopher O’Donnell (pictured with Sensei John Wilkie) going for his 1st Dan Black Belt.The following students were successful in obtaining their next belts.9th kyu/Orange belt: Kiera Feeney8th kyu/Red belt: Aoife Gallagher, Jennifer Neely and Charlene Neely6th kyu/Green belt: Oisin Quinn5th kyu/Purple Belt : Zoe Lynch, Hannah Patterson, Katie Patterson and Eimear McDermott4th kyu/Purple white belt :Alanna Patterson and Athira Prasanth3rd kyu/Brown belt: Ronan Padmore and Cormac Quinn1st kyu/Brown double white: Lucy Parke The club would also like to congratulate student Christopher O’Donnell on getting his 1st Dan (shodan) Black Belt.Christopher O’Donnell gets black belt at Letterkenny Shotokan Karate Club was last modified: December 2nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The mayor downplays all the differences as temporary disagreements over specific proposals and says, hopefully, that his long record as a unionist will overcome those differences. With the expected vote this week to name Councilman Eric Garcetti as City Council president, there might be some shake-ups in how the normally staid body does business. Garcetti, seeking to build consensus behind his move to quietly oust current Council President Alex Padilla, has taken several steps to build support among veteran council members as well as the newest members, Herb Wesson and Jose Huizar. First, in a message of support, Garcetti moved to delay the vote on his presidency until Wesson and Huizar take office this week. Second, he has said he plans to look at ways to pass around the power of the council. Among the first things he said he wants to do is review the council’s committee structure, which concentrates power in a few panels. In particular, Garcetti is looking at moving authority for the Department of Water and Power to the council’s environmental quality panel. He also is considering a proposal from Councilman Greig Smith to have the council hire its own attorney. While it would still receive legal opinions from the City Attorney’s Office, Garcetti said Smith and others believe that the council – much like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has done with hiring his own attorney – should have an independent legal voice to guide it. As far as taking office this week, Huizar and Wesson are planning to be sworn in as quickly as they can. Both are planning to take the oath as soon as the City Council certifies the election results – they hope on Tuesday, allowing them to get to work immediately. Wesson, who has been serving as caretaker of his 10th District office for the past two weeks, is planning a community celebration with an open house Thursday at his field office at 1819 Western Ave. Huizar, who has been finishing his duties on the Los Angeles Unified School District board while making appearances as the councilman-elect, is planning his own community celebration Friday night at the Los Angeles Theater in the downtown part of his district. If the mayor looked a little tired in last night’s Hollywood Christmas Parade, where he served as grand marshal, blame it on jet lag. Villaraigosa was in Hawaii barely long enough to enjoy a mai tai while fulfilling a promise to be part of the wedding ceremony for Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuez. The mayor then had to hop on a red-eye to make it back for the parade. MEDIA WATCH: From all outward appearances, the scheduled visit by Villaraigosa to the “McIntyre in the Morning” show on KABC radio today would seem to be just another media appearance. However, it is the result of several months of sometimes on-air pleadings and behind-the-scenes negotiations between the staffs of Villaraigosa and the popular radio talk show host. Villaraigosa decided to avoid the show as the result of an on-air debate during the mayoral primary election last year over constant questioning regarding illegal immigration. The mayor agreed to appear on the show when it was decided to talk about the issues facing the city as well as his school reform efforts. Rick Orlov, (213) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If there is one thing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has learned in his first five months in office, it’s that his friends can cause him more problems than his enemies. First, it was the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, one of the first city unions to endorse him and give him financial support in his campaign, and its controversial contract with Department of Water and Power workers. Last week, it was the Engineers and Architects Association, which also broke with other city unions to endorse Villaraigosa in the election, but is now confronting him with new wage demands. And as the mayor stumps across the city for education reform, it is United Teachers Los Angeles – where he once worked and which also backed his election – which is proving to be the main obstacle to his various proposals.
Naomh Conail have squeezed past Ardara to book a place in the Senior Championship semi-final this Sunday.The Glenties side went in ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-2 and looked to be in cruise control.When Leon Thompson made it 0-8 to 0-2 after the restart, it could have been curtains for Ardara. However a spirited comeback in the second half culminating in a goal from Ryan Melly gave them a chance.However, Naomh Conail managed to hold their composure to squeeze home on the slimmest of margins on a final scoreline of 0-9 to 1-5.Glenties meet Glenswilly at O’Donnell Park on Sunday in what promises to be a war of attrition. GLENTIES OVERCOME ARDARA CHALLENGE TO MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 22nd, 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) Tags:ArdarachampionshipNaomh Conail
Exhausted but elated, the team arrived atthe South Pole on 21 January and proudlyhoisted the South African flag. Celebrating the best day of his life,19-year old Nzuzo Mnikathi clutches themirror beacon, the official marker forthe South Pole.(Images: The Unlimited)MEDIA CONTACTS • Aletta LouwThe Unlimited+27 31 716 9600 or +27 83 410 3000RELATED ARTICLES• SA prioritises quality education• Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top• Tackling SA education challenges• First Polaris climate centre for Cape Town• Preserving memories of AntarcticaEmily van RijswijckA group of South Africans reached the South Pole on 21 January as part of an expedition to create awareness for The Unlimited Child, a project aimed at improving the learning environment at early childhood development centres and crèches.The eight-member team, of whom six were South Africans, traversed the snow-covered Antarctica over 111 kilometres on skis, and took 14 days to reach their final destination.Among the adventurers was 19-year-old Nzuzo Mnikathi, the youngest black person to reach the Antarctic.Also with the team was South African explorer Sean Wisedale, the first African to achieve the Seven Summits title – earned by reaching the summit of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.Based in Durban, The Unlimited Child highlights the importance of child development and stimulation in the formative years of a child’s life – from birth to 6 years – and has touched the lives of over 13 500 children in 228 crèches since 2008.The project aims to reach 1.25-million children by 2016.No child’s play Crossing the Antarctic snow desert is a gruelling journey in anyone’s books, but one which the young, inexperienced Mnikathi took in his stride. He joined the expedition as ambassador for Unlimited Child, hoping to raise funds.“I want to use this opportunity to show the world that all things are possible, that difficulties can be overcome with determination and the right attitude,” he said before the group set out.“Yes, this is about setting a new record as the youngest black person to reach the South Pole, but more importantly, it’s about the challenge of trying to achieve something of value against the backdrop of an unpredictable and unforgiving environment.”Suffering from frostbite to his toes, fingers and nose, Mnikathi’s dream almost ended when, early into the excursion, team doctor Peter Berning decided that Mnikathi could not risk skiing, for fear that it would aggravate his condition.Fortunately the young adventurer was able to join the back-up team to rest his feet, and on the final day got back on his skis to complete the stretch to the destination point. He later said it was the best day of his life.Skills needed just to surviveNo stranger to life’s hard punches, this KwaZulu-Natal resident lost both his parents at the age of nine. With understated simplicity he related a typical day during the excursion:“I want to say that down here, you need a whole new set of skills just to survive. It is cold, really cold – and everything you do has to be done with this in mind.”Skiing for seven to eight hours a day and pulling a 40kg sled in conditions which can drop to -30 degrees in summer, depending on the wind chill factor, is a tough challenge. The team did on average about 20km per day.Mnikathi’s journey is even more remarkable if one considers that previously he hardly set foot outside his home province, had never camped before, and didn’t know how to ski. He took his first plane trip in October 2011 when he was flown to Johannesburg to be interviewed on television.But no amount of training with truck tyres and sitting in cold-rooms could quite prepare him for this adventure, he admitted. His sleeping bag kept him warm enough for just two layers of clothes, but normal daily activities required five layers.All clothes had to be kept inside the sleeping bag, otherwise they would become so cold and stiff as to be unusable. And trying to stuff a puffy sleeping bag into its bag while wearing five layers of gloves was certainly not something Mnikathi ever practised while growing up with his grandmother.Unlimited founder and director Iain Buchan also made the tough journey and had high praise for the youngster.“Nzuzo is a living example that people have unlimited potential,” he said. “Here is a young man who has had a tough life, but is changing his future and has taken up our challenge to be an ambassador for The Unlimited Child and to become the youngest black person to ever walk to the South Pole”Mnikathi also received the blessing and support of Unlimited patron Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.The team described their experiences in a daily blog – sometimes the temperature dropped to -36 degrees. Wisedale’s “brutally cold” could hardly describe conditions which sometimes allowed a pace of less than two kilometres per hour.This is Wisedale’s second successful Arctic expedition after completing the first in 2010.Securing children’s futureWhile Buchan has been fascinated by the South Pole all his life, the end destination was more about giving all of South Africa’s 6-million children under the age of seven a chance.The idea for the project first came to him after a casual conversation with his domestic worker, who mentioned that her grandchild had just failed Grade 2, and he realised then the importance of early childhood development and its influence on a child’s future.More importantly, he became aware of the important role that early childhood development centres play in providing the right environment and stimulation for young minds.Toys that many children take for granted, which teach the important but basic skills of colours and shapes, are not always available at crèches in South Africa’s less affluent areas. It is believed that this situation can have a severe impact on the child’s brain going into the future.So far,TheUnlimited Child is involved in 228 crèches in KwaZulu-Natal, providing educational toys specifically designed to develop cognitive and fine motor skills in pre-school children. At the same time, care-givers are taught how to use the toys effectively and to create a stimulating environment.Antarctic TreatySouth Africa is a signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, an agreement signed in December 1959 to ensure that the frozen continent will be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and in the pursuit of scientific discovery.Thirty-seven countries have acceded to the treaty. South Africa became a consultative member in 1961, a status that allows the country to embark on substantial research activities here.