TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands:Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced yesterday the launch of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics in the Caribbean, which will take place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands.The clinics, which began on Monday and will run continue until September 28, will be run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development and will bring together hundreds of players and coaches from across the Caribbean.Each clinic will bring together the top-40 players, ages 16 and under, from their respective countries for two-day national training camps. The programme also features one-day clinics in each country for local coaches.As with Digicel’s successful football programme, the Digicel Kickstart Clinics, the best athletes in each country will be selected for the intensive ‘Elite Camp’ programme from September 26-28 in Trinidad and Tobago.The top-eight players from the Elite Camp, as determined by a NBA coach and Legend, will have the opportunity to attend an NBA game in the United States.”We applaud the NBA and Digicel for launching this initiative in the British Virgin Islands, as this will, no doubt, bring first-class expertise to the Caribbean, making it easier for the players to take their game to the highest level possible,” said Paul Hewlett, acting assistant director of sport affairs, British Virgin Islands, where the inaugural clinic tipped off on Monday.Tommy Farrell, commercial director, Digicel British Virgin Islands, said: “Digicel is all about developing aspiring young athletes at the grassroots level, having done so in various sports, including cricket and football. Over the years, we have developed and maintained partnerships with big-name sporting organisations such as Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, Sunderland FC, and the WICB to name a few. We are delighted to be adding the NBA to that list and supporting the development of basketball.”The Elite Camp and camper trip to the United States to attend an NBA game will be shared with Digicel customers online, digitally and through mobile and will be broadcast on Digicel Sportsmax, which brings NBA fans closer to their favourite teams through its live coverage of the NBA season, which tips off October 27.Location Programme Dates:British Virgin Islands, Aug 24-26Antigua and Barbuda, Aug 28-30Barbados, Sept 1-3Jamaica, Sept 5-7Bermuda, Sept 9-11Turks and Caicos Islands, Sept 13-15Trinidad and Tobago, Sept 23-28
…teenage pregnancy out of control – ROC reportBy Jeanna PearsonThe Indigenous Village of Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini) was high on the watchlist for having the highest incidences of suicide, alcoholism and violence in the Hinterland regions, a recently concluded Right of the Child (ROC) Report disclosed.The ROC, an arm of the Guyana Human Rights Association, report showed videos of young girls and boys telling stories of their peers being raped, joining the sex trade, and becoming pregnant as early as 13.The Rights of the Child conducted research in three hinterland regions – One, Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), and Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) – all of which are predominantly populated by Indigenous peoples. The aim of the study was to garner understanding on how mining and life in a mining community influences sexual harassment and violence.However, coupled with the soaring rates of sexual harassment and violence, the researchers discovered that there were escalating incidences of alcoholism and teenage pregnancy.“Baramita Region One is the worst affected… escalating levels of sexual violence, high levels of suicide, spiral use of alcohol and drugs, all contribute to this crisis,” an ROC representative said, stressing that other communities are not as badly affectedly, but will become so if mining is not urgently addressed.The representative opined that all of these social issues revolve around the ever growing trend of mining in indigenous communities. Nevertheless, the representative stated that while mining has its perks, the “social chaos” it causes is more than the economic benefits.Suicide and alcoholOne of the commentators in the report indicated that alcohol is so common, parents would just hand their children over to “mature persons just to get a bottle of high wine.” The woman stated that the men would drink until they were highly intoxicated and then there would be fights.“They have a weakness for alcohol and they seem not to have self-control when they begin to drink,” another ROC representative stated.The ROC report revealed that children ages 10 and 11 would drink until they become drunk because there is no supervision by their parents. There is a report that a 10-year-old boy drank himself to death.“It is one of the leading causes of suicide in the village,” the representative said, noting that “High Wine” is the most common liquor used by the Indigenous peoples. So the prevalence of alcohol combined with an absence of recreational facilities and jobs create a sense of hopeless in the community, causing teenagers to give into suicide or prostitution.Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) staff in Guyana, Priti Singh, had stated at the Caribbean Public Health Research Conference, that on average, Guyanese have consumed more than eight litres of pure alcohol in 2010 compared to the global figure of 6.2 litres – indicating consumption to be 8.1 litres per person age 15 or older.“Young people who begin to drink in early teens are more likely to become dependent on alcohol within 10 years, as compared to those who begin to drink in late teens and early 20s,” she stated, highlighting that intentional injuries resulting from violence are another public health hitch that accounts for high loss of life and disability among young people in the region, with a great proportion from effects of drinking.Currently, Guyana has no written policy adopted or revised to fight alcoholism. Singh noted that there are “no legally binding regulations on alcohol advertising and product placement, as well as no legal regulations on alcohol sponsorship sales. A national legal minimum age limit for purchase of alcohol exists, however it is not enforced.”Researchers in the Region have continuously questioned why Guyana always appears on the extreme end of the continuum whenMining in the village of Baramitadiscussions of social issues come up.Junior Minister, Dr Karen Cummings, told Guyana Times that the ministry has adopted a firm approach to tackling the blight of alcoholism and suicide in Baramita. She stated that the ministry has established a mental health unit in the region and they are training people there and counselling them.“This is the top community we are targeting,” she said, highlighting that the ministry, along with a team from PAHO, had visited the village and identified the underlying issues causing suicide and alcoholism and that “it is on the forefront of our mandate”.She added that the ministry is presently focused on getting the tobacco legislation passed in Parliament before it begins to bombard the problem of alcoholism.Violence and teenage pregnancyIn the report, a young boy recalled that one of his close relatives was raped by an uncle in Matthew’s Ridge. He stated that the girl, who was just seven years old, bled so much that she was air dashed from the regional hospital to the Georgetown Public Hospital for medical attention.There was another case where an eight-year-old girl was dragged into a clump of bushes, raped and left there bleeding. No proper investigation was carried out.Most of these young girls, the representative from ROC said, would find themselves in the prostitution trade after being raped; of which most of them would be school drop outs. One teenaged girl recalled that there were three cases of underage pregnancy in her school – all three of the girls being younger than 13 years.The report revealed that 70 per cent of people in the village have marks of violence on their skin—marks placed there by someone under the influence of alcohol.CARPHA representative, Dr Sara Crooks stated that Guyana is one of the countries which exceed the average injury-death rate, along with Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Dr Crooks revealed that intentional injuries, including violence and self-inflicted injuries are significant contributors to injury-related deaths for many countries in the region, with deaths resulting from self-inflicted injuries accounting for over 25 per cent of injury-related deaths in Guyana. Crooks had gathered her data using the CARPHA regional mortality database for the period of 2007-2013.The ROC recommended that recreational facilities should be established in the community and teachers should adopt a more pro-active approach is spotting cases of sexual harassment and violence in schools.“The ROC hopes that with establishment of its clubs in these schools would identify and address the issues of sexual violence in each region… students would become more empowered and come up with solutions,” the ROC representative said.
Following numerous reports of higher-than- normal levels of mercury being found in interior waterways, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has issued a call on its members to utilise mercury in a much more responsible and safer way.The GGDMA has said it is committed to the responsible use of mercury in small and medium scale gold mining, while reaffirming its commitment to the Minimata Convention on Mercury. Additionally, the GGDMA has said it is still waiting on Government to provide the technical and financial assistance to miners under the Convention.The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland on January 19, 2013, and was later adopted on October 10, 2013.The Convention draws attention to a global and ubiquitous metal that, while naturally occurring, has broad uses in everyday objects and is released to the atmosphere, soil and water from a variety of sources. Controlling the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle has been a key factor in shaping the obligations under the Convention.Major highlights of the Convention include a ban on new mercury mines, the phasing out of existing ones, the phasing out and phasing down of mercury use in a number of products and processes, control measures on emissions to air and on releases to land and water, and regulation of the informal sector of artisanal and small-scale gold mining. The Convention also addresses interim storage of mercury, and its disposal once it becomes waste, sites contaminated by mercury as well as health issues.Over the last few months, there have been reports on increased levels of mercury in several waterways in interior regions. Additionally, the Guyana Water Inc. was forced to temporarily close its Port Kaituma well after it discovered high mercury content in the Kaituma River. High levels of mercury were also found in a number of Guyana Geology and Mines Commission employees.The GGDMA notes it is aware of these instances of unsafe mercury exposure as well as the challenges in finding a solution. The Association said that while the GGMC’s workers’ exposure to mercury was unfortunate, it did in some way convince the Government that addressing the issue of mercury requires more than just compliance enforcers.“GGDMA is perplexed that Government has neither published a credible national action plan for mercury use in small scale gold mining in Guyana, nor provided the requisite technical assistance or financial assistance to the small-scale gold mining sector. We once again note that such assistance is contemplated and encouraged by the Minamata Convention to which Guyana is a signatory,” The GGDMA stated.“In the circumstances we continue to call upon our local gold miners to use mercury responsibly: using gloves, respirators, retorts, and by refraining from putting mercury in the mining pit. We encourage miners to seek advice from the relevant GGMC technical staff on the safe use of mercury. The GGDMA is committed to working with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the GGMC, the EPA, the OSH Department of the Ministry of Social Protection, as well as with Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, and others to find feasible solutions to the challenge presented by the necessary use of mercury in small scale gold mining in Guyana,” it added.The association said it intends to seek partnership with the large-scale foreign mining and petroleum companies with the goals of finding feasible solutions to the mercury challenge, and support for health and safety and environmental management in small scale mining in general.
1 Days after being lambasted by fans, Mario Balotelli starts for Liverpool against Hull.The striker was hauled off at half-time during the Reds’ 3-0 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid and was criticised for swapping shirts with Real defender Pepe as he walked to the tunnel.Manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Balotelli is “genuinely trying very hard,” but did add “as long as he’s doing his best that’s all I can ask for. Whether his best will be good enough remains to be seen.”Starting line-up: Mignolet, Manquillo, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno, Gerrard, Allen, Can, Lallana, Sterling, BalotelliTrying to swap a Balotelli Liverpool shirt in public Balotelli starts for Liverpool against Hull
0Shares0000A tearful Andres Iniesta has announced he is leaving Barcelona after 22 years associated with the club© AFP Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Apr 27 – Andres Iniesta has confirmed he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season after 22 years associated with the club.In a press conference attended by members of the first team and the club’s board on Friday, Iniesta said he wanted to finish at Barca “feeling useful, feeling important and still winning titles”. Iniesta is expected to continue his career in China but says his next move is yet to be finalised. The 33-year-old reiterated, however, he would never play against Barcelona.After joining Barca’s academy, La Masia, aged 12, Iniesta blossomed into one of the Catalans’ greatest ever players, winning four Champions League and eight La Liga titles, and lifting the World Cup with Spain.Struggling to hold back the tears, Iniesta said: “I understand that in the near future I will not be able to give the best of myself in all senses, both physically and mentally.“If I had imagined finishing my career here, it would have been like this, feeling useful, feeling important and still winning titles.“It’s a very difficult day for me because I’ve been here all my life and to say goodbye to my home and my life here is very hard.”Iniesta’s short speech was greeted by applause and the congratulations are likely to continue on Sunday, when he can collect his ninth La Liga title. Barcelona need only a point against Deportivo La Coruna to be crowned champions.It would secure a domestic double in Iniesta´s farewell campaign, after a thumping win over Sevilla clinched the Copa del Rey last weekend.In what was his last cup final with Barca, Iniesta capped a typically elegant performance at the Wanda Metropolitano with a wonderful finish, shimmying past goalkeeper David Soria and tapping in his 57th club goal, on his 669th appearance.He would not be short of offers this summer from the world’s elite clubs but Iniesta said that to avoid facing Barca, he will not be staying in Europe.“There are things to talk about, things to finalise,” Iniesta said.“The only thing I have always said is I would never compete against my club so all scenarios that are not in Europe are possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
ONE of Ireland’s leading sports writers has launched a scathing attack on Athletics Ireland – over the exclusion of Letterkenny AC athlete Mark English from the Olympic Games.Writing in the Sunday Independent Eamonn Sweeney hit out at the performance of Ireland’s track and field athletes.And he said he failed to understand why English wasn’t included. “Less than a month before the Games, Mark English finished a competitive fifth in a high-quality world 800m junior final. The first and second runners that day were Botswana’s Nijel Amos and Timothy Kitum of Kenya who finished second and third behind David Rudisha in the most memorable track final of the London Games,” wrote Sweeney.“In the world juniors, English was less than a second and a half down on Kitum who went on to run 1.42.53. in the Olympics. The Letterkenny runner’s absence was the most galling of all.“The refusal to treat each qualification case on its own merits meant Athletics Ireland sent runners who weren’t fit to the Games while leaving at home a trio who could have provided a welcome good news story for the sport and showcased young talent on the way up. And God knows Irish athletics needed a good news story this past week.“Athletics Ireland and Kevin Ankrom can either take comfort in deluded and defensive self-justification or admit that right now Irish athletics has reached rock bottom. The sport can’t go on like this. If it does, it runs the risk of becoming an irrelevance at Olympic level with all the funding consequences this implies. “During the Mills/Cuddihy affair the amount of athletes who tweeted their disapproval of Athletics Ireland, and the harsh nature of that criticism, was astounding. If the runners themselves are losing faith in the sport’s governing body why should the rest of us feel differently?”His full piece is here:http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/on-a-fast-track-to-irrelevance-3197116.html WRITER’S SCATHING ATTACK ON ATHLETICS IRELAND OVER EXCLUSION OF DONEGAL ATHLETE FROM OLYMPICS was last modified: August 13th, 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)
The 2015 Overall Donegal Sports Star winner Mark English finally received his award from Patrick McLaughlin on the behalf of the exclusive sponsor Donegal County Council.The formal presentation was made to Mark on Saturday in Letterkenny as he had been unable to attend the 40th awards function in the Mount Errigal Hotel at the end of January.He became the first person to win the overall award in successive years and is only the fourth Donegal sports person to be honoured twice after Billy Bourne (weightlifting 1990, 1991) Sharon Foley (1989, 1993) and Sinead Jennings (2001, 2006) ENGLISH FINALLY GETS HIS HANDS ON SPORTSTAR AWARD was last modified: April 11th, 2016 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:mark englishSportstar Award
A Donegal man who lost a gut-busting 10 stone in weight is to feature on hit American television health show The Doctors.Paddy Bond (right – as he was!) from Ramelton tipped the scales at a frightening 26 stone.But now the one-time swimming champ (see inside for new-look Paddy!) has shed a staggering 10 stone and looks quite the athlete again. So much so that producers of the American health show asked electrician Paddy, 33, to share his top tip with millions of viewers.Now ‘before and after’ pictures of Paddy are to be broadcast on the CBS show across America.Father of four Paddy will appear on the show next week to give his tip to people looking to lose weight.Paddy’s tip will be “You control food – don’t let food control you.” Paddy puts his huge weight gain down to being beaten in a swimming race which saw him leave the water for a few months.“I was just fed up and started to eat and eat. I couldn’t stop.“The pounds piled on and before I knew it I was more than 26 stone. I was even finding it hard to walk,” he said.Paddy’s wife Catherine joined Slimming World in 2010 and Paddy didn’t want to be left behind.“Catherine lost 3 stone and looks amazing. I said what she can do then I could do as well. So I did. “The weight started to come off and I was always onto sport so I got back into it again,” he said.The Donegal man has dropped from size 46 to 34 waist trousers and from 19 and a half to 16 and a half inch shirt neck.Asked how he did it Paddy says he simply thought about what he was eating.“I have never stopped eating. I just gave myself rewards. If I wanted a chocolate bar I would make a time that I was going to have one but I would look after myself in between. “I would make myself bigger than the food and make the choices. If I thought I was going to have a chocolate bar I would replace it with an apple and move on – end of story,” he said.Paddy said his four children love their new look daddy and he did it as much for them and his wife as he did for himself.“It will sound mad but I was thinking that I didn’t want to have to have a reinforced coffin if I died.“I feel great these days. I still have to work on watching what I’m eating every day but as long as I know I have to and recognize that then that’s half the battle,” he said.Paddy was asked to tell The Doctors television show his story but was shocked when he received a reply just two days later.“I Facebooked them and told them my story. I couldn’t believe it when they called two days later.“I can’t believe my story will be seen by 300 million people across America. I hope it can help and encourage some people,” he said.DOCTOR DOCTOR – I’VE LOST A WHOPPING 10 STONE was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal DailyPaddy BondRameltonSlimming WorldThe DoctorsTV show
BREAKING NEWS: GARDAÍ are out in force after a ‘car cruise’ craze arrived in Donegal for the first time.Hundreds of young car enthusiasts arrived in Letterkenny around 7pm for a “Car Cruise” and have been circling the town and surrounding areas since.Dozens of the vehicles have come from the North, with car cruise supporters from Tyrone and Armagh in Donegal. Gardaí have set up a number of checkpoints to check tax, NCT and insurance – with an emphasis on modified vehicles which haven’t been properly covered by insurance.At least one vehicle has been seized.The ‘cruise’ began at 7pm at the Retail Park after it was organised on Facebook and advertised as “The First Southern Ireland Cruise”.There were long tailbacks in the town right through the evening and into the early hours. GARDAÍ TRAFFIC CORPS IN CLAMPDOWN AS ‘CAR CRUISE’ CRAZE HITS DONEGAL was last modified: February 24th, 2014 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:armaghCar CruiseGardailetterkennyOmaghTyrone
A Donegal takeaway was served with a closure order this month for breaches of food safety legislation.Saffron Takeaway and Restaurant in Creeslough was sanctioned under the FSAI Act, 1998. The Closure Order was served on October 19th and lifted on October 27th 2017.Saffron in Creeslough was one of four food premises across Ireland hit with Closure Orders in October 2017. Closure orders are issued on businesses if Food Safety officers find there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at/or in the food premises.Enforcement Orders are issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive.Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of the food premises, or all or some of its activities. The Orders may be lifted when the premises has improved to the satisfaction of the authorised officer. Indian takeaway in Donegal closed under food safety breaches was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Closure Ordersfood safetyFSAISaffron creeslough