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Breaching security for a selfie

first_imgThere was more drama after Usain Bolt’s 200m victory inside the Bird’s Nest than there was during the actual race!It must be hard being Bolt.First, you have to run to save your sport – if you subscribe to the BBC commentary on his rivalry with Justin Gatlin, who was twice banned for drugs.Then he got run over by a cameraman on a Segway.After that, a kid breaches security, races over to Bolt showing some impressive speed, just so he can get a selfie with the sprinting superstar.I hope for his sake that the selfie was worth it, because what I’m sure was not seen on the international broadcast, was the brute force that was applied when the security personnel finally got hands on him. It was clearly lost on them that this was a child. At least to us in the media tribune, he didn’t look a day over 15.Now I know that these sorts of security breaches must be dealt with seriously, after all, it could have been someone with a far more sinister intent, but there must be some room for discretion and a full understanding of the situation. You wouldn’t be wrong in asking if the kid was a terrorist. At one point, I was expecting to see helicopters hovering above and heavily armed men jumping out of them onto the Bird’s Nest track.Anyway, congratulations to Usain Bolt and Shericka Jackson on their medals. I’ve been writing for weeks that Bolt was back to or near his best so there’s no surprise in what he has done here, but I really only started to look at Shericka as a medal prospect after the semi-finals. She showed tremendous maturity to execute what was an amazing race, especially for someone who doesn’t like the event!Side note.I’ve realised that Jamaican journalists are a perfect microcosm of certain elements of Jamaican society.For instance, they really cannot be anywhere without everybody else knowing. Jamaicans are loud.Jamaicans make fun of everything and love a good laugh. It’s always a trip inside the Mixed Zone when we all gather from our various stations to chat to the athletes.Jamaicans are very territorial. There’s somewhat of a ‘Jamaican corner’ in the Mixed Zone. The Mixed Zone marshals refer to it as such, the other journalists refer to it as such, even when we move, the athletes seem confused and refer to it as such.When people see the Jamaicans in the Mixed Zone, they typically slide over and free up the ‘Jamaican corner.’ You know, a little order goes a far way.last_img read more

Who paid for Sandra Granger’s trip?

first_imgDear Editor,Who paid the expenses of First Lady Sandra Granger, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and accompanying entourage for the visit to attend the commissioning of ExxonMobil’s Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, in Singapore?I could not ascertain from the media reports to date and I would appreciate the information before further comment or speculation.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img

What will GECOM do with $10B?

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) received over $9 billion between April 2019 and November 2019. As provided from the National Budget for 2019, GECOM was allocated $5.546 billion and this sum was further supplemented with an additional $3.482 billion in May 2019 after the Commission indicated to the ‘caretaker President Granger’ that the Commission lacked the financial resources to facilitate early elections. Further, a substantial amount of money ‘rolled’ over from 2018. GECOM must be accountable. The Auditor General had serious questions in respect to the 2014 and 2015 audit that was done for GECOM, it is important that Mr Keith Lowenfield clears all the audit queriesFurther, the audit for the year 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019 are all pending. Our taxpayers must not allow this thieving to continue. There is absolutely no trust, no confidence, no accountability and we depend on these same people to deliver credible elections. We have full confidence in the Chairperson Justice Claudette Singh to restore trust, confidence, and accountability and most of all to deliver free and fair elections.The question of the renewal of Lowenfield’s contract must be carefully looked at and fully discussed. Renewal of any person’s contract must be fully scrutinised and thoroughly discussed at the level of the Commission members.Vincent Alexander, after making all sorts of wicked and slanderous remarks about the ID cards that were not uplifted is now quiet, as GECOM agreed to an indefinite extension for citizens to pick up their ID cards. GECOM is also rethinking the proposed plan to put out a supplemental list. Any supplemental list will be challenged and it will lead to confusion.The truncated House-to-House (H-t-H) Registration is in serious trouble. The cross-matching that was done in Jamaica is highly questionable with over sixty-thousand names being questioned. While GECOM is awaiting the result of the cross-matching data, it is clear that the H-t-H cannot be used and that exercise was a total waste of money and time.More serious is the fact that up to the last statutory meeting of GECOM, on Tuesday, the Commission was still waiting for the cross-matching results from the just-concluded Claims and Objections exercise.GECOM must produce the Revised List of Electors and further, all Guyanese are waiting to see the Official List of Electors. This is very serious; Nomination Day is January 10, 2020. The RLE will have to be out for public and party scrutiny twenty-one days before the CEO has his final say and produces the OLE.Now the ball is in the Illegal President’s court. When will he dissolve Parliament? His recent excuse for not dissolving Parliament as proffered by Harmon was that he wants to ensure that GECOM has enough finances to manage the 2020 Election. GECOM, including the PNC Commissioners, has verbally stated that the Election Body has enough money. So why wait?Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Leadership Deficit, a Virus in Liberia

first_imgOn Friday, the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) ushered its new leadership into office during a ceremony held at the association’s head office on Broad Street in Monrovia.The keynote speaker, former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods, expressed gratitude to the female lawyers’ leadership for the peaceful manner in which they conducted the affairs of the association. He spoke on the theme, “Leadership Deficit in the Country.’’ The former Works Minister sees AFELL as a leadership that is championing the cause of justice for women and children.Atty. Woods observed that some Liberians who came to the country under the guise of contributing and leaving their ‘lucrative jobs’ abroad are now leaving the country during these challenging periods.“When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was first elected in 2005,” said Atty. Woods, several Liberians returned home and took up jobs in government with many claiming that they left lucrative jobs abroad to come home and sacrifice. During the early days of the Sirleaf regime when the country was not experiencing difficult financial situations, many of the Liberians came home but are now leaving government because things have gone bad.”“This deficit is a virus that is eating our country,” declared Woods.According to him male dominance in every decision making process in the country has paralysed the visions that bring concrete and lasting developments.He called on the female legal practitioners to be more united than ever if they are to overcome the many challenges facing the Liberian society.Those inducted into office are: Attorneys Vivian Doe-Neal, president; Nadia Sartus-Kamara, vice president; Irene Saie, general secretary; Naomie Gray, chaplain; and Cllr. Dedded J. Wilson, treasurer.Atty. Woods admonished the officers to remain humble, sincere, honest and trustworthy in demonstrating their leadership skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Small fire in garbage can at Ridgeview Village Apartments

first_img“When we arrived on scene, it looked like we had heavy black smoke showing,” he explains. “Once the crews got in, there was a small little fire based inside a garbage can. We were able to extinguish it quickly.” Nearby tenants were evacuated from their suites, but now that the smoke has been cleared from the building, all but the affected suite have been allowed back in. The resident of the suite wasn’t home at the time of the fire, but a cat inside was affected by the smoke, who will reportedly be alright. At this point the cause of the flame is still undetermined, and the involvement of the garbage can is the only known factor. – Advertisement -The fire was only one apartment row over from the fire that heavily damaged multiple suites at the Hampton Green Townhouses in May, which are now being repaired.last_img read more

2013 Year in Review: Suspect identified in Abigail Andrews’ 2010 disappearance

first_imgAndrews was 28 years old and approximately three months pregnant at the time of her disappearance, and was reportedly excited for the birth of her first child. RCMP said this fall it had a suspect in the case, and appealed to anyone with any information about Andrews’ disappearance. Police publicly released a video re-enactment of the last time she was seen on April 7, 2010 leaving her home on 99 Avenue on foot, with a renewed call for information from the public. In the video, Corporal Bill Robinson of the RCMP E Division Serious Crime Unit says a neighbour said Andrews had mentioned she was going to visit a male friend. She hasn’t been seen or spoken with since. Police have not ruled out foul play in her disappearance, and are treating her case as a homicide. Abigail Andrews is described as six feet tall, 200 pounds, with brown hair. She has hazel eyes and a tattoo of tribal art on her lower back. As the time of her disappearance, she’s believed to have been wearing black pants and a white shirt with a dark blue or black vest and jacket.- Advertisement -Anyone who may have information about Andrews’ whereabouts or her disappearance is asked to contact the E Division Serious Crime Unit at 778-290-3900 or contact their local police department. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Is this Arsenal’s strongest possible starting XI?

first_img 1 Arsenal players celebrate Olivier Giroud’s goal against Swansea in last month’s 3-0 win Is this the team that could see Arsenal sustain their Premier League title challenge?Though Arsene Wenger looks to have avoided an injury crisis, with recent casualties Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin back in contention for selection at West Brom on Saturday, Arsenal still have Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky out for extended periods of time.Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, is carrying a calf problem following international duty with Chile, meaning Wenger will be hoping that injuries don’t derail what looks like being a promising Premier League season for Arsenal.The Gunners manager has been forced to field former outcast Joel Campbell in recent games against Tottenham and Bayern Munich, and knows how crucial fitness issues could be if his team are to sustain a title challenge.With a clean bill of health, are these Arsenal starting XIs good enough to win the Premier League? Take a look at three possible Gunners line ups… 1center_img 1 1last_img read more

PIX: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: It sure was a busy weekend and club officials were extended throughout.Highlights included medal success for the younger set in Templemore, schools success for Shaun Woods and John Kellly in Tailteann Games hence international selection (both are students at Royal and Prior), relay gold under 23, silver for Noel Collins in steeple with James Speight bronze junior steeple.Again Dempsey McGuigan had collected bronze AAA champs Bedford Saturday and jumped on a plane to Dublin being involved in a really exciting record breaking competition hammer in Tullamore. It all began Friday evening in Aghyaran with the 5k and despite being seriously rained on close to 200 turned out Teresa McGloin winning the women’s event and David Wilson the men’s race and a great night had by all which is no surprise in this most hospitable of venues.Schools is a vital competition as a gauge and the Raphoe school pair of Shaun Woods 51.00 400m got him up for 2nd spot, a personal best, an Irish spot in the 400m and 4 x 4 and needless to remark coach Bernie Alcorn was delighted.John Kelly chasing 15m his seasonal target with the 5kg ball got out to 46.59m and will hit the mark in due course. It was sufficient now to be included in international team and he medalled in javelin at 46m plus needed 50m to improve the colour of the medal.In recent times Valley athletes that gained schools selection included Pauric McLaughlin, Ian Ward and the late Shane Bonner. Tullamore Sunday continued to be a hive of activity.Noel Collins 9.23 in steeple for silver not able to maintain momentum over last 6oom with Flynn which will dissapoint the dedicated man that he is.In the junior equivalent James Speight Irish senior schools steeple champion finished 3rd 10.09.Later in the day the 4 x 4 lads Collins ,O Connor ,Bonner and Hoye struck gold 4 x 4 great exciting race involving Leevale.Finally from this meet Dempsey in hammer and he led through 3 rounds 65.43 then went over the european q mark once again recording 66.71 close to his Irish record with Barry on 66.43m but a massive 68m plus from Barry ended the story but it has to be underlined that this by any standards is quality throwing from both these lads. An enjoyable day in sunny conditions and Valley team leaders on the day Mark Connolly and Kieran Carlin delighted with the contribution of the lads.Neil Martin now will lead the Irish junior team to Tallinn next month and with Mark English a 800m winner here having completed his Leaving Cert exams he will have a strong Donegal interest and we wish him success.Saturday Templemore ,Co. Tipperary an enthusiastic group of our younger set – 11 in total – travelled with their parents to whom we are most grateful and 9 came back up the road having medalled and when you are 10 years old you can understand exactly how excited they were.Top of the list Aine Kerr, St Bridgets NS and Sinead Gallagher, St Marys Stranorlar NS won the long jump. Lauren Callaghan and Daniella Jansen both Dromore N S silver in the 60m team as is the case at this age level and then later in the evening joined with classmates from the Killygordon school Lauren Lafferty and Aine Wilkinson and Sessiaghoneill NS Caitlin Mc Gonagle to medal in relay.Dromore N S were again in the frame when Zoe Kelly was fastest 600m winning her race and in the team joined by Lauren Mc Daid St Muras to collect medals.Ann Marie Mc Geehin closely involved with this group was walking tall and of course the hard work put in over many months by Christine Feely paid off.A memorable few days for this talented group!Finally a big thank you to all the support people who contributed in every which way to enabling a busy schedule happen.Check out www.kcathletics.com for comprehensive photo coverage of Aghyaran and Tullamore great coverage the best in the land from Kieran.PIX: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: June 27th, 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:PIX: PATSY McGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORTlast_img read more

Heavy flooding strikes Donegal Town after Storm Lorenzo

first_imgParts of Donegal Town are underwater this morning after heavy flooding occurred during Storm Lorenzo.Emergency services are battling to pump water from homes and properties in areas around the New Row and the route from Laghey into the town. Up to 40 homes are believed to be affected.Donegal Civil Defence was activated at 7am to assist the local fire service with management of the flooding. The flooding began after 5am as heavy rain brought more than 13mm of rainfall to South Donegal in one hour. Up to 50mm fell in the area through the storm.Flooding in Donegal TownPhoto: Christina J IrwinThere are fears that the flooding will worsen as the River Eske has not yet reached full tide. High tide is expected at 10.30am.Water has subsided from the Donegal Town car park after earlier flooding, but there are fears that more flooding will come into the area later.Some nearby roads are also affected. Motorists are being urged to take care as some roads are almost impassable. Surface water is reportedly an issue between Lidl roundabout and Clar. Fallen trees and branches are causing obstructions on other local routes.The flooding has also affected roads in and around Bundoran.Heavy flooding strikes Donegal Town after Storm Lorenzo was last modified: October 7th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Previous Campaigns

first_imgBrowse through some of the material Brand South Africa created for specific projects such as South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and eye-catching promotions of the country via London Taxi Cabs to name just two.  SA StoryInteresting facts and figures, business opportunities, the heart-stopping action of the 2010 Fifa World Cup … here you’ll find it all. As you discover the people, passions and ideas that shape South Africa, we know you’ll feel inspired. So read, enjoy – and make plans to write your own chapter in the South African Story.  Fly the flag football toolkitFor the first time in history, the biggest soccer tournament on the planet will be hosted in Africa. This is a unique chance to welcome the world and show how proud we are to be South African.  Stakeholder Summit 2011Through May and June 2011 Brand South Africa traversed the country, sharing its vision with all of the people of South Africa: a country enriched by its diversity, innovation, possibility, sustainability and ubuntu.!   Draw our flagIt’s a potent symbol of unity and progress. It’s the only six-coloured national flag in the world. It’s also one of the youngest, yet whatever shape it takes – and it’s taken more than any other national symbol – it’s instantly recognisable to South Africans everywhere. Learn how to draw our flag!   London Taxi CabsBrand South Africa runs an ambitious campaign to raise awareness about South Africa in London by branding traditional British taxis with “South Africa Alive with Possibility” logos and headlines about the country.last_img read more