Campbell ready to test the waters

first_imgBEIJING, China: It took him being thrown into a 5K as a youngster at Bellefield High School for Kemoy Campbell to recognise his potential as a distance runner. Who would have thought that a few years later he would be preparing for his first appearance at the IAAF World Championships. “Honestly, I just got thrown into a 5K race at school, and the next thing I realised, I was pretty good at it, so I just continued,” Campbell smiled excitedly as he spoke about his delight as he gets set to compete in the 5000m inside the Birds Nest. “It feels pretty good making my first World Championships team,” said Campbell. “You can’t say that there’s a lot of Jamaican distance runners who have done this before, so I’m just trying to seize the moment and give my all. “I guess you have to start somewhere, and this is my start to see where I am compared to all the best in the world. I’m just going to go out there and put my all into it and see where that takes me,” added Campbell, whose 13:20.39 makes him the fastest ever Jamaican over the distance and a trailblazer at these championships for the Caribbean island. Campbell, who noted that his main focus is gaining experience ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, pointed to an increased mileage of 15 miles per day up from 12 and renewed focus as the main factors behind a season that has seen him establish himself as one of the top competitors on the collegiate scene. “This year there has been a lot of mileage and that has helped me a lot, and when I get back I am going to focus on speed and finishing my races faster because I have realised that’s also a great advantage being able to run fast at the end,” Campbell reasoned. “The Olympics is something I am definitely looking forward to. “I just need the experience for sure, I’ve never been to one of these events, and it will definitely be good experience for me to see where I fall short, how I can improve and try to get better as I compete with the best,” added Campbell, who has now completed his studies at the University of Arkansas and will be going full pro after the championships. “I look up to a lot of people, but I don’t want to think about it too much because my main thing is I don’t want to go into a race and be intimidated by anyone,” said Campbell, looking ahead to his competition here in Beijing. “I just want to go out and run as fast as I can. When you know people you tend to hold back because you know how good they are and I’m trying not to do that, I just want to push throughout the race.” – A.L.last_img read more

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Shot teen still critical

first_imgMechanic shop robberyThe 15-year-old high school student Jamal Lewis, who suffered a gunshot to his face by armed bandits on Sunday afternoon, was yesterday said to be fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH).The mother of Lewis of Wren Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, told Guyana Times that she was informed that an update on her son’s situation would be provided by the doctors in 24 hours.According to the Police, the robbery occurred at approximately 14:00h on Sunday at a mechanic shop where Lewis was employed. The employees were robbed of cellular phones and a small amount of cash.Police spokesman Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan reported that Lewis had a scuffle with one of the bandits during which one round from the suspect’s firearm struck Lewis in the face. The perpetrators then escaped in a silver Spacio.The entire robbery was captured on surveillance cameras of the Green Ice Taxi Service, which is housed on the same property of the mechanic shop.The footage was handed over to Police where it was observed that the Spacio had circled the area twice before committing the robbery.Investigations are continuing into the matter.last_img read more

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Ignoring Justice Undermines Our Fragile Peace

first_imgBefore President George Weah left Liberia to attend the United Nations General Assembly, it appeared there were two concerns that Liberians were grappling over — how well he would articulate the country’s economic and political situation to the international community and what commitment he would make to ensure that justice is served for the benefit of war victims in Liberia.Upon commencing his speech, Liberians from all walks of life found themselves virtually glued to their radios and waited, with bated breaths, to hear what the President was going to say.For those whose primary concern was about the eloquence and articulation of the President, he spoke well to their expectation; something that has generated headlines in newspapers and commendations on social media.For those with concerns about justice and an end to impunity, their expectations were dashed repeatedly as the President, in two separate speeches at the UN, mentioned nothing about a commitment to justice but promised instead to engage in a series of national dialogues to restore total peace in our fragile environment.Interestingly, the President admitted to the fragility of Liberia’s peace and the scars of human rights abuses many Liberians are bearing, reiterating his government’s commitment to bringing an end to corruption.How then can President Weah’s acknowledgement of all these human rights abuses, including endemic corruption, and expression of his government’s commitment to fighting corruption be done in the absence of justice and the rule of law?This newspaper, the Daily Observer, recalls that his administration has witnessed a very high wave of killings since he assumed office on January 22 this year. Recounted police reports published in local dailies have shown that in April alone there were 16 killings, including the killing of Journalist Tyron Brown and two police officers.Just about a week ago, a woman was reportedly killed in Gbatala, Bong County, while reports of such an act have also emerged from Nimba, Montserrado and Lofa counties, respectively.Some of these killings, in fact, have occurred as a result of mob action, which can be traced to the general loss of confidence in the country’s justice system and the critical and general lack of access to justice. Liberians have repeatedly complained about what they perceive as the sale of justice and impunity for perpetrators, a factor which can be linked to mob violence, rendering swift and often brutal justice to suspected criminals.This brings us to the verse about justice from one of the books of the Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes, which states in chapter 8:11, “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to commit evil.”What then, Mr. President, can be achieved from national dialogue when a cross section of Liberians are bearing the scars of crimes, including rape and murder, when those committing such evil acts are living luxurious lifestyles without remorse for their actions?  Is this not a call to mob justice and disrespect for the rule of law?The President has also committed to fighting and ending corruption in government.  Against this pronouncement, the first major challenge facing President George Weah is the alleged “Missing L$16 billion” issue on which several government officials have given conflicting accounts.This, coupled with the failure of the Weah Administration to audit the past administration, leaves the public to wonder whether President Weah is serious about what he says or whether his is simply political banter.The Daily Observer agrees with former U.S. President Barack H. Obama (2014) that there is no way a country can achieve development, without justice, good governance and the rule of law.  Further, genuine reconciliation cannot take place without the perpetrators confessing or acknowledging their faults as a precondition for forgiveness and perhaps reparations for victims.Justice is a principle that calls for strict performance of moral obligation, or conformity to the principles of righteousness and rectitude in all things (Cambridge English Dictionary).By this, a commitment to justice simply means setting the pace to do the right thing, such that both victims and perpetrators will settle their differences and reconcile.Therefore, establishing a war and economic crimes court to prosecute cases related to human rights abuses and corruption is in no way an act of undermining peace, but a basis for bringing the equality, peace and unity that President Weah says he wants to usher into being.Ignoring justice on the other hand would mean that impunity is the hallmark of this government as it was with the past administration. It will also serve to further undermine the fragile peace we currently enjoy and heighten the likelihood of a return to the dark days of a violent conflict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Neymar leaving hospital to begin rehab

first_img0Shares0000Neymar is helped to his feet by Adrien Rabiot during PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday, in which he suffered a twisted ankle and a hairline metatarsal fracture © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Mar 4 – Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was to leave hospital Sunday after a successful operation on his broken foot, but it will be six weeks before doctors know when the world’s most expensive player can train again.Neymar was due to be discharged early in the morning from the Mater Dei hospital in Belo Horizonte, 24 hours after surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The operation was declared a complete success.Now the question is whether the 26-year-old can catch any of PSG’s remaining season, and even what kind of shape he’ll be in at the start of Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Russia this June.“The recovery time will depend on the player’s evolution. In six weeks we will make a new evaluation,” Lasmar said after performing the operation.Gerard Saillant, the French doctor representing PSG at the hospital, told journalists that the timing of Neymar’s return to full training could only be given at the six-week mark.“It is absolutely impossible to give you the slightest detail before those six weeks,” he said.On Thursday, Lasmar said the star player — whose transfer from Barcelona cost PSG a record 222 million euros ($264 million) last August — would need at least two and a half months, maybe three, to return.This would put him uncomfortably close to the start of the World Cup on June 14, including missing two friendly warm-up games.– Tensions denied –After his one hour and 15 minute operation, Neymar spent his Saturday afternoon in a hospital bed watching live TV coverage of PSG’s Ligue 1 game against Troyes, Saillant said.PSG won 2-0, but Neymar’s absence will be keenly felt during Tuesday’s Champions League showdown against Real Madrid.The striker has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the club — a prolific tally that came to a halt February 25 when he broke his foot during a 3-0 drubbing of Marseille.Amid reports of tensions between PSG and Brazil’s footballing authorities over Neymar’s medical treatment, PSG insisted that it would be in charge of his recuperation.“The post-operation rehabilitation will begin immediately under the control of the club’s physiotherapist,” PSG said in a statement on their website.Earlier, Paris newspaper L’Equipe reported that PSG believe Lasmar lied about Neymar’s condition.The report said that Neymar was initially found to have suffered a minor fracture at the Marseille game and that PSG were shocked when Lasmar declared it was a serious break requiring longer than expected recuperation time.However, doctors stressed Saturday that there was no friction between PSG and Brazil’s federation, the CBF.“Contrary to what might have been written or said…, decisions already taken and those to come have had the complete agreement of Neymar of course, and of his family, all the staff at PSG, the medical staff, the organization and management of PSG, and the representatives of the CBF,” Saillant said.“There is absolutely no split, despite what was written.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wenger wanted Gunners stay

first_imgThe 68-year-old has since received widespread acclaim for the impact he has had on the Premier League, following the announcement, but now admits he would rather have delayed his departure.Wenger still has one year left on his current contract.Speaking ahead of the Europa League semi-final first leg clash with Atletico Madrid, he said: “The timing was not my decision. The rest I have spoken about it already.“I focus on what I have to do every day.“At the moment, I work like ever.”Wenger added that he intends to carry on working in the future “for sure”.The former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus coach built on previous comments that the decision was made in the best interest of the club when he added: “Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger has been tipped to coach FranceLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26- Arsene Wenger has revealed that it was not his decision to depart Arsenal at the end of the season.The Gunners boss announced his imminent exit from the club after 22 years of service on Friday amid ongoing and repeated calls for his sacking.last_img read more

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Juventus close in on £10.5m deal for Manchester City target

first_img Alex Sandro in action for Porto Juventus are closing in on a £10.5m raid for Manchester City target Alex Sandro.The Porto left-back has attracted interest from many of Europe’s top clubs this summer but Juve look to have won the race to clinch the 24-year-old’s signature.It has been revealed by Portuguese news outlet A Bola that Porto are mulling over the Italian side’s first offer for the Brazil international and will make a decision whether or not to cash in now on the defender – given Sandro’s contract expires at the end of next season.City scouted the former Santos man throughout the course of the previous campaign and are waiting in the wings if Sandro fails to agree a deal with the Serie A champions. 1last_img read more

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YOUNG DONEGAL WOMAN IS HOPING TO BE IRELAND’S MODEL NEXT DOOR

first_imgA young Donegal woman is hoping to come out on top in one of Ireland’s top modelling competitions.Eva looks stunning.Eva Ni Dhoibhlinn is in the final of Ireland’s Model Next Door which takes place in Dublin this weekend.She has been chosen from hundreds of entries and is down to just twelve remaining contestants. The winner will be announced this Saturday at Dublin’s Wright Venue.Eva is Ireland’s Model Next Door’s very own musical maestro and aspiring actress.The Donegal woman has toured nationally and internationally with the trad band An Crann Og and can play more instruments than Mary Poppins could squeeze into her bottomless bag!Having spent her school-going days on stage, the happy-go-lucky 18-year-old is in her element in front of an audience. Eva’s cheerful bounce has kept her contestants in step as she sets her sights on a golden acting career.But of course, she has a back-up plan – she’s studying to become a teacher, too.Vote for Eva and help her her modelling career off to a flyer!YOUNG DONEGAL WOMAN IS HOPING TO BE IRELAND’S MODEL NEXT DOOR was last modified: March 26th, 2015 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:donegalIreland’s Model Next Doorlast_img read more

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Castle Grove prepares for its Wedding Fayre

first_imgAs we prepare for hosting our annual Wedding Fayre at Castle Grove Country House, we decided to feature this week’s column on some helpful factors to consider when choosing a wedding venue.Selecting a wedding venue is one of the first (and biggest) decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple — it will influence your vendors, budget, décor, and even attire Some valuable things to consider are:1. Decide how many guests will be at your wedding, as most wedding venues suit a certain number of guests best. Also, ask if your venue charges for a minimum of guest or plates (industry term) and if so aim low in your numbers, as it easier to add numbers than deduct and pay a charge.2. Decide your budget – what you are willing to pay for your venue. Do your homework and know the going rates. Most wedding experts recommend approx. 50% of total wedding budget going to venue.3. Contracts- Read the wedding contracts before signing. Couples often sign the contract to lock in the date and do not read the contract to fully understand all that is included in the venue’s wedding contract. 4. Theme – Are you having a wedding theme – if so choose a venue that will complement the theme, whether it is an overall event theme like Hollywood Glamour or Country Chic to a simple color theme.5. Ambience – The venue becomes a third character of the day, and what kind of ambience and service with the venue is important. Choose a place that fits your personality, a place that feels like coming home for the bride and groom and makes the guests feel a connection.6. Food – Decide what is most important to you in your venue budget allocation, arrival reception, main meal or evening supper. Discuss this with your venue and work with them to get best value for your budget. Is it important that food is cooked to order? If so, check that this is a feature of your venue. Have a tasting meal once final menu is selected, so that you are happy with choices.7. Food Trends – Fun food trends can make arrival receptions or evening suppers more fun and memorable, for example on arrival serve canapes on theme if you have a theme.Evening supper trends we have noted: a cheese stack in the form of a cake, bacon butties, mini burgers and mini fish and chips, essentially all fun and mini takes on comfort food which also help absorb any alcohol.Dessert Stations are a cute emerging trend also. Again, a station of mini favorites so that your guest can pick and match and nibble as the evening progresses.8. Use the venue to tell your love story – so choose a venue that you can create personalized moments throughout the day and share your love story with your guests, making it a day to cherish for all.9. Next Day Brunch – Choose a venue that will be perfect for a next day brunch – this is always a great time to relive the fabulous memories of the day before and spend time with guest that have travelled, now the pressure is off, have a few mimosas and kick back. Ask your venue to quote a price for a brunch when booking wedding to negotiate best price. 10. Lastly an insiders tip! check the venue’s real wedding gallery photos – you can get some great inspirational tips for décor and ask the wedding planner for some of the things they have liked at previous weddings.We hope these tips are valuable and we look forward to meeting you at our Wedding Fayre on Sunday, March 19th from 2pm-5pm at our wedding Fayre.Castle Grove prepares for its Wedding Fayre was last modified: May 25th, 2017 by Castle GroveShare 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:castle Grove country housewedding fayrelast_img read more

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JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: BRUSH UP ON YOUR LYRICS FOR CROKER

first_imgJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESIT has become an internet sensation since Donegal Daily told you about a superb tribute to the Donegal GAA team by Kilcar singer/songwriter Rory Gallagher – accompanied by Senegal Jimmy on a beach in Lanzarote.More than 140,000 people have now watched it on YouTube – making it one of the biggest Donegal hits ever.Last night Rory told us from Lanzarote: “The reaction has been incredible. I’ll be watching the game here. I can’t wait. “It would be awesome if it is played at Croke Park.”Thanks again to the Donegal WaterBus for the graphic.So get learning those lyrics!Believe.  JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: BRUSH UP ON YOUR LYRICS FOR CROKER was last modified: August 26th, 2012 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:JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES HEADS FOR IRISH NO1: YOU’VE HEARD THE SONGJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES: BRUSH UP ON YOUR LYRICS FOR CROKERSEEN THE VIDEO – NOW LEARN THE LYRICSlast_img read more

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE – VIOLENT BURGLAR RETURNS TO BURTONPORT

first_imgCASEY MORGAN: ‘EXTREMELY VIOLENT’ – SAYS PSNIA VIOLENT burglar described by police as a ‘dangerous high risk offender’ has returned to west Donegal just hours after his rapist friend handed himself in.Thug Casey Morgan, 18, and pictured right has set up home back in a caravan in Burtonport.The news came just a few hours after on the run rapist Joe McCabe, 29, walked into a police station in Derry. McCabe had breached the conditions of his release from prison after serving half of a 14-year sentence for raping a 64-year-old woman.There is also a licence recall order out for the arrest of Morgan and the PSNI said this week that he “poses a high risk of causing serious harm” to others.He has been missing in contravention of his licence conditions since mid-March.Residents in Burtonport and Dungloe have learned of this latest development in the last few hours. And one of them told Donegal Daily: “I know this sounds crazy but I’m more afraid of Morgan than I was of McCabe.“He was supposed to have gone to Dublin but he was walking around Burtonport again on Tuesday evening with a woman with him.“He’s back in the caravan and I’d say he’s either very brave and violent as the PSNI have said or he is very stupid because there are a lot of very unhappy people around here and anything could happen.”McCabe meanwhile was being questioned by the PSNI last night and could be returned to prison to serve more of his sentence.Share on https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily  Morgan is back staying in this caravanJUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE – VIOLENT BURGLAR RETURNS TO BURTONPORT was last modified: May 8th, 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:casey morganjoseph mccabeJUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE – VIOLENT BURGLAR RETURNS TO BURTONPORTlast_img read more

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