Fifteen hundred sports ambassadors across all disciplines, who sweat, toil and push their bodies to the limit for the cause of national representation, are set to benefit from ‘a first of its kind’ Jamaica Athlete Insurance (JAI) plan, to be implemented in December this year.As such, Jamaica’s athletes will now be fitted with health insurance coverage tailored to each – their unique needs – for the first time ever.Appropriation funds in aid of $50 million will go towards providing this insurance coverage.”Following consultations with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), an inter-ministerial committee established by the prime minister to include the Opposition and members of the athletes’ fraternity, it has been agreed that we will forego an elaborate celebration (Jamaica’s IAAF World Championships success in Beijing) to facilitate the provision of additional resources for athlete development and welfare fund,” Minister with responsibility of sports, Natalie Neita Headley, told a press briefing at Jamaica House yesterday.Having identified that funding from the 2013/2014 financial year, the Government said it intends to protect the country’s sports assets.Requests for proposals for the provision of health insurance were made on August 11 and the deadline for bidders’ responses is today.”Our efforts will continue as we seek to create the best environment possible for the health, well-being, security, safety, high-level performance and prosperity of our sportsmen and sportswomen who bring so much glory and fame to Jamaica,” she continued.Neita-Headley stressed: “The Government remains fully committed to assisting our athletes in every way we can.”Contract in DecemberThe next step will be to have those bids tabled, evaluated and have the process completed, following which actuaries will make recommendations to the Government, which will be expected to award a contract by or in December this year.The Government also outlined that it will be looking to support the JAAA, through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).Looking to the future, it assured that a monthly stipend to a pool of approximately 70 athletes going through the developmental process – for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – in 2016 will be nurtured and financed.The Government’s partners are the Tourism Enhancement Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, Education Fund, which joined forces with the hope of making sports investments and its returns a sustained reality.
Cocolife’s Kalei Mau watches as teammates Gyra Barroga (left) and Denden Lazaro dive to keep the ball in play. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton and F2 Logistics brushed off the challenge of their respective rivals to keep their records spotless and on top of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference standings Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Center.The Tornadoes proved that losing their biggest stars before the conference started hardly mattered as they rolled over the Sta. Lucia Lady Realtors, 25-14, 25-21, 19-25, 25-13, for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Earlier, the Cargo Movers opened the day’s hostilities with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-8 rout of the Cocolife Asset Managers to also remain unbeaten after three matches.The Asset Managers and the Lady Realtors both dropped to 0-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe low-key, streamlined lineup worked well for Foton, which counted on unheralded Arriane Layug, who banged in 17 points as the team continued to make do without sisters Jaja antiago and Dindin Manabat, who left to play as imports in Japan.“I tried to work extra hard every day because I know that I’m in the big league now,” said Layug, who played for UAAP champ La Salle in college. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The call for defense is a reminder Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 With Marano, Dy, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz and Ara Galang, F2 totally outgunned Cocolife with 49 attacks against 13 by the losing club.Petron was looking to join the day’s winners as it was locked in battle against Smart late Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F2 Logistics threw the full weight of its talented bench at its opponent, keeping Cocolife guessing all match long where the next attack was going to come from.The Cargo Movers, meanwhile, simply trained their defense on top Asset Managers rookie Kalei Mau, who was limited to six points all afternoon.“We know that 70 percent of their (Cocolife) offense is Kalei; she’s a very powerful and smart player. So we studied how to defend against her,” said F2 Logistics’ middle blocker Aby Marano.Marano, who finished with 16 points, also credited their team’s maturity “which allows us to control the match and read the plays.”Kim Kiana Dy added 12 for F2 Logistics, while setter Kim Fajardo added six aside from tossing 18 excellent sets.ADVERTISEMENT
As the discussions on the drawdown plans of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) continue unabated, especially as Liberia prepares for Presidential and Legislative Elections in 2017, Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has weighed in on the discussions suggesting that some form of UNMIL presence remain in the country until after the 2017 elections.According to the Foreign Ministry, Minister Kamara made the assertion when a two-member delegation of the US Foreign Relations Senate Committee paid her a courtesy visit recently at her office. The delegation, comprising Senior Advisor for International Economics and Trade, Mr. Andy Olson and Policy Analyst, Ms. Morgan Lorraine Viña, were accompanied on the visit by the US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Mark Boulware.Minister Kamara told them that Liberians have a little bit of paranoia about UNMIL’s drawdown. In her view, she said, there should be no fear; however, “We have to continuously explain to our people that on June 30th, 2016, UNMIL is not going to disappear, especially as we approach 2017 elections. It’s going to be a transition of security from UNMIL to the Liberian government.”Speaking further, the nation’s top diplomat stated that UNMIL should still be around because Liberia’s security apparatuses have not inspired confidence in the people in terms of the way they have carried themselves. “So, all these factors come together to making a situation where we foresee some difficulties because of perception. Because of that, the government would like to still see some form of UNMIL presence on the ground during the elections. We see that as kind of psychological and a deterrent,” she added.However, she maintained that in reality Liberian security apparatuses are the “first responders” at the moment, not UNMIL, as is the perception from ordinary Liberians.She noted that some Liberians are not aware that in most areas across the country, UNMIL has already withdrawn. “UNMIL is nowhere in Grand Cape Mount, all along the borders and in many other places; but government doesn’t just want to take the risk. We are saying, let them just be there if it is going to contribute to good behavior, fair elections and no problems in order for us to have a smooth transition,” she reasoned.The Foreign Minister told the US delegation that she was glad to share with them what she knows even though the UNMIL drawdown process falls under the authority of the Ministry of Justice. IT was there Minister Kamara referred her visitors for further details on the matter, including how prepared the national security forces are to take over the security of the country when UNMIL hands it over to the Liberian government on June 30th, 2016.Minister Kamara highlighted, however, a serious challenge to the process – donor funding – which she indicated is not forthcoming.The visitors had stated that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate is paying keen attention to developments in Liberia as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) prepares to scale down its operations here.UNMIL was deployed in October 2003 in accordance with Security Council resolution 1509 (2003), after the signing of the August 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement on Liberia. The mission had initial troop strength of up to 15,000, including 250 military observers, 160 staff officers, up to 875 UN police officers and an additional five armed formed units each comprising 120 officers, and a significant civilian component and necessary support staff.The mission is currently implementing a phased drawdown of troops and gradual handover of security responsibilities to the government. The Liberian government will assume full security responsibilities no later than June 30th.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As kids go back to school today, the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers will be getting a bit more ice time this coming season thanks to a new program at the North Peace Secondary School and Energetic Learning Campus.The two NPSS campuses will be bringing the Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program this coming season for the 19-player roster and 10 affiliated players that reside in the Energetic City this coming season. ELC Vice Principal Sheldon Steele says that the program has been officially running at Dr. Kearney Middle School for a few years, and has been unofficially running at NPSS for the past 8-10 years. Steele says that Phil Hiscock has been teaching a hockey class as part of the ELC’s Physical Education Program for some those years. Hiscock proposed formally adding the Skills Academy Program to the Trackers board at the end of last year, who were enthusiastic about the change. Steele explained that the impetus for offering the program was when members of the local hockey community noticed that many high-calibre talent from the Northeast was heading to hockey academies elsewhere.The program will see players on the ice four days a week before their 2nd block class, in lieu of Phys. Ed, with dryland training on the fifth school day. The players will also be training in the weight room after school three days per week. The on-ice class will feature two classes: Steele will be teaching a class for those that aren’t playing for the team and still wish to take hockey as part of P.E., while the Trackers players will be taking instruction from Hiscock as well as Trackers head coach David Johnston. Johnston has been involved with the program for many years, both in an advisory role and as a parent. He says that the program makes a huge difference in player development, having seen results with his kids firsthand.- Advertisement -Steele says that while the emphasis lies on hockey throughout the season, once Spring has arrived the class takes a slightly more athletic turn and will focus more on nutrition, training, nutrition, and mental preparation. Johnston says that that there will be a high emphasis on academics throughout the year, and that players not maintaining a good work ethic would be benched. Steele says that instead of maintaining a set grade point average, students in the program will have their work habit grades looked at. He added that there is often a correlation between work habits and letter grades, saying that “they are student athletes, and the student part comes first.” He did however elaborate, saying that a student wouldn’t be seen to have not done well in, for instance Math, if their GPA was a bit lower than their work ethic grade.
Xherdan Shaqiri Roma are ready to rival Liverpool for the signature of Xherdan Shaqiri after joining the race to sign the Switzerland international.Liverpool are already planning for life without Luis Suarez, who is expected to join Barcelona in a £75m deal, and manager Brendan Rodgers wants Bayern Munich ace Shaqiri to bolster his attack ahead of his side’s return to Champions League football next term.The Reds have not yet reached an agreement with Bayern, who are seeking a £16m fee, and Roma could look to take advantage by trying to tempt the playmaker to move to the Italian capital instead.Sources in Italy claim the Serie A giants have already made initial contact with the player’s camp to gauge his interest in a transfer to the Stadio Olimpico.Shaqiri, who has been nicknamed ‘the Alpine Messi’, has scored 10 Bundesliga goals during his time at Bayern and recently bagged a hat-trick in Switzerland’s 3-0 win over Honduras at the World Cup. 1
Allan Wanga, Benjamin Oketch, Noah Wafula and Eston Esiye scored for Homeboyz while Haruna Niyonzima, Erasto Nyoni, Shomari Kapombe and Shiza Kichuya scored for Simba.The game was forced into penalties after a barren draw in regulation time.Among the changes that Simba SC head coach Pierre Lechantre made to his squad included bringing in the ball playing Kichuya, seeking to add some creativity in attack.Homeboyz had the first opportunity of the game in the 19th minute but Wanga’s effort was easily picked out by the keeper.In the 26th min Wafula received a long through ball from the midfield, but he fluffed his shot before his second attempt was deflected for a fruitless corner. Ali Bai was next in line for an opportunity for the home side on the half hour mark, but his shot went over the bar.Simba turned the tide as the half progressed and Smith Ouko had to come to the rescue of his side to block a shot from Niyonzima after the Rwandese picked up the ball from a Moses Chikati blunder in midfield.Keeper Mike Wanyika then made a good save again from Niyonzima before Esiye made a goalline clearance to deny Yassin Muzamiru.-Second Half-Chances were few and far in between in the second half, tired feet from both teams clearly reducing the pace of the game.Kakamega Homeboyz coach Paul Nkata made a change bringing in Opondo for Ali Bai as he sought to add some bit of strength into the attack.Homeboyz had a chance in the 58th minute when Collins Kisuya’s long searching ball found Wafula at the edge of the box but his attempt at heading over keeper Aishi Manula who was already out of his line was futile.Seven minutes later, Opondo had an effort with a low shot from the edge of the box after some quick play from Homeboyz, but keeper Manula was equal to the task making a good save.Ten minutes to the end, Simba would have stolen off the victory but Rwandese skipper Niyonzima missed a header at point blank after Hussein Mohammed’s curling freekick from the right evaded everyone in the box.In the 89th minute, Wanga had a chance to hit a crushing goal but his diving header off a Moses Mudavadi cross was well saved by a full diving Manula.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Simba beat Homeboyz on penalties, into Super Cup finalNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 7- Just like he did in the quarter finals, Jonas Mkude scored the winning penalty once again as Tanzanian giants Simba SC qualified for the final of the SportPesa Super Cup with a 5-4 post-match penalties win over Kakamega Homeboyz at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Thursday.Homeboyz missed their last penalty with Wycliffe Opondo striking high over the bar while Mkude stepped up in confidence scoring Simba’s final kick of the first five.
0Shares0000Standard Chartered Bank CEO Kenya and EA Lamin Manjang (L) with Capital FM Captain Lassie Atrash.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Capital FM football team will be out to reclaim the Standard Chartered Trophy ‘Road to Anfield’ title when the 2019 edition will be staged March 2 at the St Mary’s School in Nairobi.Two-time champions Capital FM won the title in 2017 where they progressed to represent Kenya in the regional tourney in Dar es Salaam but were knocked out by Tanzania’s Azania. In 2016, the Best Mix of Music team wrote history when they went on to lift the Standard Charted Trophy in Anfield, home ground for Liverpool FC to become the first African to win the gong, a bragging right that they hold to date.Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and EA CEO Lamin ManjangMaking the announcement during the launch on Monday, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and EA CEO Lamin Manjang said the Bank is targeting to host 48 teams comprising of Standard Chartered clients and Media partners who will battle for the single slot to represent Kenya in the finals.“At stake is a fully paid up trip to Anfield, the home of Premier League giants Liverpool FC. The winners will travel to the UK for a fully paid 4-day trip to represent Kenya at the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals, which will be played at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC in May 2018,” Manjang said.“In addition, the winning team will attend an English Premier League match at Anfield and will benefit from a professional training session with Liverpool FC legends and coaches to help prepare for the final tournament,” Manjang added.Just like last year, the winner to earn automatic ticket to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC.The winner will earn a direct ticket to Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.Wananchi Group won the local tournament in 2018 after edging out Letshego 3-0 in an entertaining final but were knocked out in the quarters at the global competition, losing 2-1 to Hong Kong in the finals’ tournament at Anfield.Manjang challenged the teams to replicate 2016 performance and bring back the trophy to Kenya.“Through this partnership, the Bank has rolled out several brand awareness activities across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In Kenya, the first 5 aside football tournament -The Road to Anfield- was launched in 2013 to celebrate the sponsorship of Liverpool Football Club and give a once in a life time experience to clients and media partners,” Manjang stated.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas militiamen and Palestinian police attacked each other with assault rifles and grenades in a chaotic firefight Monday that turned downtown Gaza City into a battlefield and killed an aide to the Jordanian ambassador. The shootout near the parliament building, which also wounded 11 people, was the worst fighting since the Hamas-led government sent its militia into the streets last week and increased fears the Palestinians were careening toward civil war. The violence, which has killed eight people in two weeks, was fueled by a bitter power struggle between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate from the Fatah Party, and Hamas militants who won January parliamentary elections and gained control of the Palestinian Cabinet. Late Monday, a six-hour meeting between Hamas and Fatah representatives ended with agreement to try to defuse the conflict. The meetings are to continue daily, participants said. The tension has played out on street corners throughout the Gaza Strip, where the bearded members of the 3,000-member militia – wearing their trademark camouflage pants, black shirts and black caps – stand guard a feet away from the Palestinian police, many of whom are Fatah loyalists. Some of the Hamas militants appeared jumpy Monday, holding their rifles at the ready with their fingers hovering near the triggers. A rumor circulated through one group of fighters that it was in the cross-hairs of police snipers. There are those on both sides who believe they can benefit from the fighting. Some Fatah officials are confident they will emerge victorious and be returned to power, or at least cause enough chaos to bring down Hamas. Abbas, who has railed against the violence, told the Palestinian daily Al Quds that he has the power to disband the government and call elections. “But such a decision would not be justified unless Hamas gets a full opportunity (to rule),” he said. “If it fails, then we can talk about disbanding the government.” Hamas officials believe the new force is the only way they can assert power and gain respect after Abbas seized control of the Palestinian security branches. In Washington, State Department spokesman Tom Casey condemned the violence and criticized the Hamas-led government for failing to protect its people. “We’re troubled by this kind of escalation in intra-Palestinian violence,” Casey said. The nearly hourlong shootout Monday sent Palestinians fleeing and left a wide swath of Gaza City deserted. The Preventive Security Service, a branch loyal to Abbas, said the fighting started when Hamas militiamen stopped one of its vehicles and fired on it. Hamas said the trouble began when some of its members came under fire during a patrol, sought cover and fired back. A running battle ensued, with Hamas gunmen sealing off streets between the parliament and police headquarters and taking up positions behind trees, walls and cars. Some Hamas gunmen holed up in two buildings under construction hurled grenades and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at police. Palestinian police responded with rifle fire. A small group of black-clad women marching with signs protesting the chaos ran for cover when gunfire erupted behind them. Elsewhere, a car raced down a street and screeched to a halt after the driver was wounded. Hamas fighters accidentally shot at another car, which was carrying their comrades. Khaled Radaida, 55, an aide to the Jordanian ambassador in Gaza, was killed as he drove past the gunfight in his Audi, which had a red diplomatic license plate. Three bullets hit the car’s front windshield. TV footage showed a Hamas gunman pressed against a wall firing a burst of gunfire across the road before a comrade fiercely gestured for him to stop. A few moments later, the Jordanian vehicle, with a bullet hole in the windshield, was seen slowly moving down the road before stopping and rolling backward. The ambassador, Yehiya Qarallah, was not in the vehicle. He was taken under police escort to the morgue to identify Radaida and sobbed as he left the building. Jordan demanded an immediate inquiry into the shooting, which came amid increased tensions between Hamas and the Jordanian government. Jordan has accused Hamas of smuggling weapons into the kingdom for use in attacks against public institutions and officials. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called the Jordanian ambassador, offering condolence and pledging an inquiry. Fatah held Hamas responsible for the killing. Maher Maqdad, a Fatah spokesman, said the existence of the new militia violated the law, and it had no business patrolling near police headquarters. “When are they (Hamas leaders) going to realize that this unit is illegal and when are they going to dismantle it?” he said in a text message to The Associated Press. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the fighting was triggered by “suspicious figures” whom he said fired on both Hamas and police to stir trouble. In all, 11 people were hurt, including a paramedic sent to tend to the wounded, hospital officials said. The fighting followed two weekend assassination attempts against security commanders loyal to Abbas. Fatah officials hinted they believed Hamas was behind the incidents but stopped short of making an open accusation. Early Monday, a gunman linked to Fatah was killed near the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis. Fatah said two of its fighters were ambushed in their car, while Hamas said the firefight was triggered by a Fatah attempt to kidnap a Hamas member. A second Fatah gunman was wounded. Associated Press Correspondent Ibrahim Barzak contributed to this report from Gaza City. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GARDAI have confirmed that a file has now been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions after the investigation was completed into last year’s horror road crash in Clonmany which left eight people dead.It will be a year next Monday since Ireland’s worst road traffic accident.Seven of the eight young men in a Passat died along with a pensioner driving home from an evening at bingo. The friends who died were James McEleney (23), of Minaduff, Clonmany; Eamon McDaid (22), of Ballymagan, Buncrana and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.Mark McLaughlin (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot.Hughie Friel, who was 66, who was driving home to Dunaff, Urris, from the bingo in Buncrana in his Toyota car, was also killed.Gardai have now completed interviews with the sole survivor of the tradegy, though the force is refusing to make further comment.“A full garda investigation file was forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions at the end of June and we are awaiting his directions on the matter,” said Supt Kevin English. CLONMANY ROAD TRAGEDY: FILE SENT TO THE DPP was last modified: July 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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:car crashclonmany