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Eurotrend win Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side

first_img TOP AWARDS Eurotrend, with a goal from Kemar Bygrave in the 12th minute, defeated Miles to win the third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce six-a-side football competition, which is held at 451 Spanish Town Road in her native Waterhouse community. Earlier, Varma Rangers defeated defending champions Darkside 9-8 on penalties to claim third place, after playing to a 0-0 scoreline in regulation time. Bygrave, showing good dribbling skills, picked up a clearance from defence, then went by one Miles defender in their half before powering a low, hard shot to beat the other Miles defender at his far left post. For their effort, Eurotrend earned the winners’ prize of $180,000, while second-place Miles earned $80,000. Varma Rangers earned $50,000, while Darkside got $30,000 for fourth place. Choppas earned $10,000 for being the Most Disciplined team and Angola Strikers were presented 15,000 for winning the dress parade at the start of the competition. Bygrave won the leading goalscorer award with four goals, while his teammate Fernando Hunt was voted the competition’s Most Valuable Player. Both players were awarded phones courtesy of Digicel. “It brings me so much joy to see these young men relating to each other on and off the field, especially when former schoolmates talk about the old days, parents and kids sharing family time as the atmosphere fosters friendship,” said Fraser-Pryce, the Olympic and World 100m champion. “The response from the players and the community has been great and I will continue to help them.” Digicel, for whom Fraser-Pryce is an ambassador, is the competition’s title sponsor, while GraceKennedy; Wisynco, through their product Wata; Tank-Weld Metals; Sagicor Bank; and the National Commercial Bank Foundation were the other sponsors.last_img read more

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Bernstein itching to take the wheel

first_imgSix-time champ Kenny Bernstein is back, this time in black. He’ll be driving a Funny Car sponsored by Monster energy drink and Lucas Oil, while Brandon continues to campaign the dragster. It will mark the first time father and son have competed together as pros, although they shared a historic moment of being the first father-son duo to win at the same national event, in 2001 at Las Vegas. The elder Bernstein, one of only two men to win championships in Top Fuel and Funny Car, retired following the 2002 season. An injury to Brandon in 2003 put him back on the circuit for the balance of the season, but he has since served only as a car owner. There was talk in 2005 he might return, but nothing bore fruit. Bernstein’s driving days appeared over until Budweiser and Monster struck an agreement late last year that put him back behind the wheel. “It was the right place, right time program,” said Bernstein on the eve of the season-opening Winternationals at Fairplex. “But I’ll tell you, the thing I enjoy the most is the driving, the competition.” It has not been an easy road for the 62-year-old from Lake Forest. In four months, he put a team together – but trying to catch up to technology was quite the other. “We shake, rattled and did everything but roll, including losing a few battles with the race track cones,” Bernstein said of the testing. “The shake was so severe it was blinding.” Bernstein, crew chief Ray Alley and his assistant Johnny West were perplexed as they tried to get the Funny Car down the track. Then, 14-time Funny Car champion John Force stepped in, and brought along his brain trust, mainly crew chiefs Austin Coil, Bernie Fedderely and John Medlen. “We owe John Force a tremendous amount of gratitude,” Bernstein said. “They helped us out. John Force is a great champion with a big heart and we are very appreciative.” Gary Scelzi, the other NHRA driver with Top Fuel and Funny Car titles, also aided the new team. “We received a lot of support from the drivers that were testing and we are truly humbled by the actions of the members of NHRA drag racing family that lent a helping hand,” Bernstein said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – For the past three years, the competitive fire deep within retired Kenny Bernstein continued to burn, and not very quietly at times. “He definitely told me many times he missed the competition,” said Brandon Bernstein, Kenny’s son who replaced him behind the wheel of the Budweiser Top Fuel dragster. “You could see it, in his mannerisms and his facial expressions. center_img “It didn’t appear he was having fun. He was kind of bored at the track.” Beginning today at Pomona Raceway, boredom will be replaced by all the elements faced by a driver in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. last_img read more

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More warnings requested for anemia drugs

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SILVER SPRING, Md. – Two months after federal regulators ordered additional warnings be added to the labels of blockbuster anemia drugs, government advisers said Thursday that Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson should be required to add more warnings and conduct additional safety studies. The Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of experts voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding warnings about the risks of death, blood clots and other side effects for Amgen’s Aranesp and Johnson & Johnson’s Procrit. Wall Street analysts said prior to the meeting that the biggest threat to the revenue the companies get from these drugs would be if panelists wanted to add warning labels that would limit prescribing the drugs to certain patients. Shares of Amgen rose 47 cents to $57.80 in after-hours trading after ending the trading session down $5.77, or 9.1 percent, to $57.33. Johnson & Johnson shares rose 40 cents in after-hours trading to $62.90 and ended the trading session down $1.61, or 2.5 percent, to close at $62.50. A drop in anemia drug sales would pose a much larger challenge to biotech maker Amgen than to diversified competitor Johnson & Johnson. Last year Aranesp was Amgen’s best-selling product with sales of $4.1 billion, or nearly 30 percent of full-year revenue. When combined with Epogen, a version of the drug used only in kidney failure patients on dialysis, the medication accounts for more than half of Amgen’s annual sales. The panel of experts, at a meeting in a hotel here, also voted unanimously that the companies should be required to conduct new studies to definitively prove the safety of the two widely prescribed drugs. Anemia drugs accounted for $10 billion in revenue for the two companies last year alone.last_img read more

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Jury panel NOT required for Letterkenny Circuit Court

first_imgThe jury panel due to come to Letterkenny Circuit Court on Tuesday next, March 7th, will NOT now be required.Anybody who was due to attend the court does not now need to attend. Jury panel NOT required for Letterkenny Circuit Court was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 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:donegalJURY PANELLetterkenny Circuit Courtservicelast_img read more

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IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FOR SALLY AFTER SCOOPING SKI HOLIDAY!

first_imgLate Late Show host Ryan Tubridy may have pronounced her name wrong.But there was no doubting there was only one Sally Blake whose name was picked from the audience on last night’s show.The well-known Letterkenny woman and arguably one of Daniel O’Donnell’s fans, had been invited to the show to help the man celebrate his 50th birthday. But little did Sally realise she would be skipping away with a ski holiday and €1,000 in sending money. IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FOR SALLY AFTER SCOOPING SKI HOLIDAY! was last modified: December 9th, 2011 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:Late Late ShowRyan TubridySally Blakeski holidaylast_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A man was shot and killed in what is being reported by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as a gang-related incident.The man remained unidentified Sunday evening, as sheriff’s deputies had yet to locate his family, according to a Sheriff’s Department report. The shooting occurred at 8:38 p.m. Saturday in the 4100 block of Deland Avenue.Deputies said a van stopped in front of a house on Deland Avenue, and those in the van asked people standing in front of the house, “Where are you from?”Those in the van immediately fired several handgun rounds toward the people in front of the house, and one of the people in front of the residence shot back at the van. The van sped off, stopping at San Gabriel River Parkway and Hilton Head Way. Two of those in the van exited, fleeing on foot and leaving another van occupant, who sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso, inside the vehicle.The person left inside the van later died from his injuries. Detectives determined that the shooting was gang-related and are continuing to investigate. Man falls from bus, killed in hit-run LOS ANGELES – A 34-year-old man ejected from a limousine bus onto the Long Beach (710) Freeway when a door suddenly opened Sunday was then struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, the CHP reported.A Downey woman who also fell from the bus was taken to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.There were 17 passengers on the 1999 Ford limousine bus at the time of the accident, which happened north of Whittier Boulevard in unincorporated East Los Angeles, according to CHP.“Several passengers were dancing inside the bus while it was in motion,” according to the statement. “For unknown reasons, the right-side door opened and two of the three passengers who were dancing together fell out of the bus and onto the roadway.”The bus driver stopped on the right shoulder and the 30-year-old Downey woman who fell out was able to crawl to the shoulder, with the assistance of other passengers.The Bell Gardens man who fell out was hit by a vehicle and died of his injuries.Through evidence found at the scene, including a license plate, CHP officers tracked down the alleged hit-and-run driver, who was identified as Albert Deleon, 48, of Los Angeles.Deleon was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Holiday closures announced WHITTIER – Whittier City Hall and both libraries will be closed at noon Friday until Jan. 2. City Hall and the libraries reopen on Jan. 3.Residents can call the regular City Hall number, (562) 945-8200, for an information recording.Building inspections will be conducted Tuesday-Thursday (Dec. 27-29) only. Appointments for inspections can be made by calling (562) 464-3380. No new building permits, public works permits or business licenses will be issued during this period.Trash collection will be on the regular schedule. Following is a list of hours for other facilities Dec. 27, 28 and 29.: City Yard, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., phone (562) 464-3540; Community Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone (562) 464-3430; Landfill, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., phone (562) 698-1223; Palm Park, 8 a.m. to 7:30p.m., phone (562) 908-3666; Police Department, regular hours, phone (562) 945-8250; Senior Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone (562) 464-3370; Transportation Center,8 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., phone (562) 698-2131. From staff and wire reportslast_img read more

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SEVEN COUPLES APPLY FOR SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS IN DONEGAL SINCE REFERENDUM

first_imgSeven people have applied for civil partnerships since the referendum voteSEVEN same-sex couples have applied for civil partnerships in Donegal since the marriage referendum was passed, new figures show.That’s the joint second-highest application level in the state, said the Department of Social Protection.Cork has also had seven civil partnership applications by gay and lesbian couples. In total, 138 couples from 17 counties across the country have made applications for same-sex civil partnerships.The partnerships will be replaced by recognised marriages once the Dail passes the legislation.Tiernan Brady, policy director with the Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, said that civil partnership applications will automatically be changed to civil marriage applications once the legislation is passed before the Dail.“Couples who are currently in a civil partnership can continue with it, or they can apply for a civil marriage, but there will be no new same-sex civil partnership applications,” Mr Brady said.SEVEN COUPLES APPLY FOR SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS IN DONEGAL SINCE REFERENDUM was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:civil partnershipsreferendumSame-Sexlast_img read more

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Mandela Rhodes Trust turns five

first_imgNelson Mandela shares a light moment with Zimbabwean born Nyasha Chigwamba, a 2006 recipient of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. (Image: Mandela Rhodes Foundation)Tamara O’ReillyThe Mandela Rhodes Foundation recently celebrated its fifth year, marking the festivity with achievements that its namesakes would be proud of.  The Rhodes Foundation is an educational charity, which provides University of Oxford scholarships to deserving scholars.  The Trust was established in 1904 and is funded through the estate of Cecil John Rhodes, founder of the state of Rhodesia (today independently known as Zimbabwe and Zambia) which was named after him.  In 2003, in anticipation of the centenary since the establishment of the foundation and to honour Rhodes’ legacy, the trustees of the foundation formed an equal partnership between the philanthropic Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Rhodes Trust. This partnership united the legacy of the two protagonists Mandela and Rhodes, who are both revered for their fighting spirits – Mandela for his leadership and Rhodes for his entrepreneurship.The partnership, which saw an initial $17.6-million (R142-million) donation from the Rhodes Trust, selects students from across Africa to study at a southern African University in a discipline of their choice.This year, in honour of Mandela’s 90th birthday, the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Trust announced the purchasing of Mandela’s Bishopscourt property in Cape Town, to preserve it for future generations of African leaders. The Western Cape government, as well as the US-based Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, will undertake to restore the home.Two organisations have pledged to finance a total of 13 new Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in honour of Mandela’s 90th birthday. The Leverhulme Trust, a research and education association based in England, has committed R40-million ($340 000) toward the scholarships, the biggest single donation the Mandela Rhodes Trust has received, while South Africa’s ABSA bank will fund three scholarships annually.  “Mandela Rhodes Scholarships are designed to support academically meritorious postgraduate students while simultaneously developing their significant leadership potential. Each recipient participates in leadership development retreats, and enjoys personal mentoring. All scholars are schooled in the four principles underpinning the Foundation: reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership,” reads a statement from the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.In his address announcing the establishing of the foundation in July 2003, Mandela said, “We have agreed to and support this joint initiative believing that the bringing together of these two names represents a symbolic moment in the closing of the historic circle. We know with confidence that the work of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation will substantively contribute to a better life for the people of South Africa and further abroad on the African continent. It speaks of a growing sense of global responsibility that in this second century of its operation the Rhodes Trust finds it appropriate to redirect some of its attention and resources back to the origins of its wealth.”Mandela himself has had indirect connections with the Rhodes Trust. The mission school he attended at the beginning of his education received a grant from the Rhodes Trust and his later education at Fort Hare is also a recipient of funding from the Trust. During his treason trial he was defended by former Rhodes Scholar, Bram Fischer.So far, 82 youngsters have received Mandela Rhodes Foundation scholarships. The first batch of recipients in 2005 numbered only eight. The following year this number more than doubled to 18, in 2007 there were 25 recipients and this year 30 people have been awarded scholarships. There are 35 bursaries available for next year and the Foundation aims to have 100 scholars in residence by the year 2012. According to the Foundation, approximately R350-million ($43-million) will be required to fund this many scholars on a sustainable basis.The Rhodes ScholarshipRhodes Scholarships are awarded for one, two, or three years for scholars from 14 stipulated regions to Oxford. Initially, only 52 learners were eligible for this scholarship each year but that has grown to 90 students annually during the past century. There have been more than 7 000 beneficiaries since the inception of the scholarship.University fees of the chosen recipients are paid in by the Rhodes Trust, and in addition, a scholar receives a monthly maintenance stipend to cover accommodation and living costs.Among the criteria listed by Rhodes in his Will, candidates will be selected “without regard to marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, sexual orientation, social background, or disability”. In addition, Rhodes stipulated that his scholars “shall not be merely bookworms” and wanted people interested in leadership.Candidates are chosen from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica and Commonwealth Caribbean, the United States of America, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, southern Africa which covers South Africa and neighbours Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The Rhodes Scholarships were initially reserved for men with the first woman being elected in 1977. The first South African woman elected was Sheila Niven. The first non-white South African recipients were Ramachandran Govender in 1977 followed by Loyiso Nongxa in 1978.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly on tamarao@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articles Long Walk immortalised in bronze  Mandela’s legacy Soweto to Oxford and beyondUseful linksMandela Rhodes FoundationLeverhulme Trust  ABSA The Rhodes Trustlast_img read more

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Centre ‘to improve police response times’

first_img14 December 2012South African Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa opened the Mangaung 10111 Command Centre in Heidedal in the Free State on Wednesday in a bid to bridge the gap between victims of crime and the police.Mthethwa said one of the more prominent complaints from communities was the slow police response time on calls logged with 10111 centres.The opening of the 10111 Command Centre aimed to support the department’s “triple-C approach”: better command and control within the police, better co-ordination, and better communication, both externally and within the South African Police Service (SAPS).“An effective station commander must be on the ground, overseeing a station daily; being in touch with the communities, community policing forums and importantly, leading by example,” Mthethwa said.Communicating with communities“Police must ensure that once they arrest criminals, [they] communicate to society that such scoundrels are now behind bars. Failure to do so leads to anxiety, strained relations and perceptions that police are ineffective, when in fact they are effective.”He also noted positive results on the piloted flagship 10111 project launched two years ago in Midrand in Gauteng in partnership with Business against Crime South Africa, explaining that the idea at the time was to ensure that as they build 10111 command centres anywhere in the country, they benchmark their centres with a clear blueprint plan.Some of the outcomes resulting from the intervention included assessments and quicker turn-around response calls, effective monitoring systems and significant financial savings to the department.“Lessons learnt have assisted in improved efficiency, timeous and better management of calls when society reports crimes to the police,” Mthethwa said.‘Protecting citizens’ fundamental rights’“Through qualitative management of the 10111 centres, we can improve performance putting in place a human resource complement that is well-capacitated and evaluated on a regular basis,” he said.The department is also currently in the process of reviewing the White Paper on Safety and Security, primarily to ensure that the SAPS turns into functional machinery that is continuously improving on its deliverables.Mthethwa said this speaks to a transformation process that is results-driven, effective and responsive to the safety needs of society.“As we emphasised in the draft White Paper, transformation within the SAPS in the broader sense must be aimed at changing the internal police environment and culture into a professional, representative, efficient, effective, transparent and accountable service,” he said.“It must be a service which upholds and protects the fundamental rights of citizens while executing its mandate in accordance with the Constitution and the needs of the community.“Community-orientated policing must speak to the manner in which police operate and how they understand and engage with the communities they serve. Equally this philosophy must recognise that policing is not something done to people but rather policing is something that is done with people, and to achieve these, systems such as 10111 centres are important,” Mthethwa said.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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