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Jamaica ends level in USA vs World

first_img THE LEAD USA took a 2-1 lead in the next event, the Women’s Sprint Medley, as their Red team won in 1:35.59, as Jamaica was second in 1:36.67, and the USA Blue third in 1:37.22. Members of the Jamaica team were Audra Segree, Natasha Morrison, Anastasia Leroy and Verone Chambers. The United States Red team extended their lead to 3-1 after winning the men’s Sprint Medley in 3:11.45. The United States Blue were second in 3:13.12 and Nigeria third in 3:16.27. However, Jamaica captured the next two events, the Women’s and Men’s 4x400m relays to draw even. A gallant anchor leg from Olympian Fitzroy Dunkley which saw him making up a 10m gap to overtake the United States’ Calvin Smith, inches from the finishing line, gave Jamaican their first win in this event since 2005, in 3:03.14. The United States was second in 3:03.25 with third going to the Bahamas in 3:06.20. Other members of the winning team were Martin Manley, Leford Green and Jermaine Gayle. Jamaica closed off with a good win in the Women’s event as the team included Olympians Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell and Stephenie Ann McPherson and rookie Dawnalee Loney, as they won in 3:28.32 ahead of the United States second in 3:29.30, as both Bahamas and Nigeria failed to finish. JAMAICA shared the spotlight with their United States counterparts at Saturday’s USA vs the World Relays segment of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, winning three relays.Victories for Jamaica came in the Women’s 4x100m and the Men’s and Women’s 4x400m relays. It was the quartet of Christania Williams, Kerron Stewart, Gayon Evans and Elaine Thompson who drew first blood. Despite the United States’ Morolake Akinosun having a slight lead on anchor, she could not hold on as Olympic champion Elaine Thompson brought loud cheers from the Jamaican fans by overtaking her opponent very early to give Jamaica a win in 42.25 seconds as USA finished second in 42.42 seconds with USA Blue taking third on 42.90 secomds. Thompson was happy for her team winning the event. “Going to the World Relays in the Bahamas last weekend was a good motivation for me as that gave me a big boost for the season and knowing that I came here to anchor for Jamaica I was ready to do well,” said Thompson, who stated that she is looking forward to the Doha leg of the IAAF Diamond League meet next weekend. The United States drew level in the next race as their men’s Red team won the 4x100m in 38.87 seconds with Jamaica finishing second in 39.01 seconds with the Dominican Republic getting third in 40.32 seconds. Members of the Jamaica team were Kevaun Rattray, Oshane Bailey, Kavean Smith and Jevaughn Minzie.last_img read more

PBA D-League: UST overcomes AMA, Josh Munzon’s 46

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments University of Santo Tomas rose from a double-digit deficit to beat AMA Online Education, 113-108, to stay undefeated in the 2019 PBA D-League at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Mark Nonoy sparked the Growling Tigers’ rally in the fourth quarter where UST exploded for 44 points.Soulemane Chabi Yo led the way for UST with 25 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks while Sherwin Concepcion also posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Tigers overcame Josh Munzon’s 46-point explosion for AMA Education that went with 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists.Franky Johnson added 21 points and seven rebounds, while Troy Rike had 13 and nine for the Titans, who dropped to 1-1. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief US is Popovich’s team now, but he won’t lobby players for it Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

ECOWAS’ HEADACHE: THE PLAUSIBILITY OF REPLICABILITY

first_imgThe authorBy David K. Dahndaviddahn63@yahoo.comdgrugbaye@gmail.com                      +231-886-568-666+231-775-546-683The attempt of this paper is threefold: first, to mull through the question of military professionalism vis-a-vis the conduct of Yahya Jammeh as a military officer (retired Colonel) in The Gambia. Second, to tout the valor demonstrated by the Gambian Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairman, Mr. Alieu Mamar Njai – in actualizing the much publicized rhetoric of speaking “truth to power.” And lastly, to highlight the timely intervention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in mitigating the political issue which many had thought was on the brinkmanship of military intervention.Attention in this article is drawn to the recent political development in The Gambia. The spontaneous response of ECOWAS delivered the people of Gambia from the dungeon of tyranny thereby bringing to an inglorious end on January 21, 2017, the 22 year-reign of Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh. Jammeh’s political role in The Gambia points to him as a bloodless coup maker who toppled Sir David Dawda Jawara on July 22, 1994, and declared himself as the chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC). He later became President of The Gambia on September 29, 1996. Following, Jammeh won intermittent elections in 2001, 2006 and 2011 but lost to Adama Burrow in the December 7, 2016 election. Jammeh dramatized the election result by firstly conceding defeat and secondly reneging on his words. Interestingly, he took flight to the Gambian Supreme Court to annul the election result due to what he described as fraud in the electoral process. Jammeh’s action brought him under the reflection of military professionalism, since indeed he is a retired Colonel. According to Doctor Emile Ouedraogo’s piece, Advancing Military Professionalism in Africa, “there are values that distinguish the action of a professional soldier such as discipline, honor, commitment, service, sacrifice and duty.” Samuel E. Finer, as quoted by Doctor Ouedraogo (2014), argued that “The level of democratic political culture in a country is determined by the extent to which there exists broad approval within society for the procedures of succession of political power and recognition that citizens represent the ultimate sovereign authority.” Jammeh faltered as a military man to take cognizance of the incontestable fact that citizens (in this case the Gambians) represent the ultimate sovereign authority (of the Republic of Gambia). Inconceivably, Jammeh presented himself as a reflective image that characterizes African entrenched and creeping dictators who have flagrantly bastardized presidential term limits, personalized power, wrecked state institutions, failed on planning exit strategy, and shunned building a cream of trustable successors. Analogically, this was the same faulty course trekked by Blaise Camporare whose 27-year rule in Burkina Faso crumbled under the weight of violent popular uprising on November 1, 2014. African dictators have left in their trails references of fragile states, incalculable human misery and excruciating genre of political tragedy. Following over two decades each of dictatorship, Camporare and Jammeh have their paths crossed and theirs was a woeful end. These issues, being flagged, it is hoped, will serve as lofty exploratory treatments for fractured political infrastructures and failed leadership by dictators and would-be dictators. The action of African military dictators has further steeled Plato’s assertion over some 2500 years ago in his book, “The Republic” and recently amplified by Dr. Ouedraogo (2014) that the meddling of soldiers into other professions will “bring the city to ruin.”The decade of the 60s was marked by liberation struggles in Africa. The decades of the 70’s and 80’s recorded military foray into politics through coups and counter coups. The decade of the 90’s witnessed sharp contradictions that faded out rampant bloody coup d’état in Africa but marked the birth of “constitutional coup d’état.” With the advent of this new form of ‘coup,’ dictators trampled on and abrogated national constitutions thereby allocating onto themselves unlimited presidential terms never granted by the consent of the people, who are the true custodians of constitutional power.While deference is paid to all actors for their gingerly role in the Gambian political crisis, it took a courageous Alieu Mamar Njai to break the jinx of blinking ‘constitutional terrorism.’ The wheels of dictatorship in Gambia crumbled because the IEC chairman refused to bury his conscience in the dustbin of history. Implicitly, the initiative by chairman Njai and the collective will of Gambians combined, has helped to once again inculcate a shared sense of Gambian identity. Speaking to the international media following his declaration of the elections’ result, Mr. Njai articulated clearly by interpretation that the role of the Gambian IEC was not to manufacture results but to convey the expressed will of the people as reflected by evidence based data. He quipped the caveat that “this should serve as a warning to Africa and to all dictators.” In this 21st century, one can reasonably ask the question, why would anyone occupying the presidency ever refuse to leave power and submit to the genuine will of the electorate? It would seem the second wave of liberation bell is tolling, whimpering on the continent that Africans must demonstrate their collective intelligence by uprightly rejecting the rein of dictators in any portion of the continent.The sub-regional grouping ECOWAS has over the years marshaled up the courage in dealing with a litany of security and political issues ranging from human security, militarization of politics, politicization of the military, the restoration of constitutional democracy, among others. ECOWAS faces the challenge of unfurling the shackles that dictators have used, in sundry instances, in insulating themselves from electoral defeat even where the results are unquestionably obvious. One notable African dictator is historicized for sadly saying, “We don’t organize elections to lose.” This statement amounts to a clear solicitation of what Dauvergne and Lebron (2015) referred to as “corporatization” of vote rigging on the continent. By parity of reasoning, how does such ‘paradox of wisdom’ from a ‘sage’ mentor young cadre of leaders and edify democratization on the African continent? The time has come for repressive and retrograde ideas to be banked off for fresh and penetrating thinking so that attitudinal change can berth political opportunity on the continent.ECOWAS deserves a lavished ovation for mitigating Gambia’s political imbroglio on grounds that it closed the political window for engagement with Jammeh without discharging a single bullet. This has demonstrated to other regions of the continent and other continental partners that regional collaboration capped by good neighborliness remains the panacea in tackling regional issues. However, the key take away of this paper is, should the Gambian scenario play out hypothetically in other powerful West African states, say like Nigeria, Ghana or Senegal, wheeling preponderance of military power, is the replication of the method used by ECOWAS not highly plausible? Granted the unsolicited happens, who bells the ‘metaphorical cat’? It’s about time that early warning goes hands in gloves with early strategic thinking so as to better situate regional actors for eventual early response.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reports – Man City starlet signs for Marseille

first_img Manchester City youngster Jason Denayer Manchester City youngster Jason Denayer has agreed to join Marseille, according to reports in France.The defender had been tipped for a role in the first-team squad this season after impressing on loan at Celtic last year.However, City’s £32m move for Nicolas Otamendi has forced the Belgian to reconsider and he’s not set to leave.Marseille, according to L’Equipe, have agreed personal terms with the player and it is now up for the two clubs to discuss a fee.Talks are scheduled to take place over the weekend with both parties keen to tie up a deal quickly. 1last_img

Top 30 football clubs in Britain ranked by average attendance this season

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 30. Huddersfield – 22,61629. Middlesbrough – 22,72128. Sheffield Wednesday – 23,38127. West Brom – 23,84926. Stoke – 24,32925. Fulham – 24,459 Elland Road is packed every time Leeds are playing at home Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Anfield hosts the first Merseyside derby of the season this weekend Premier League: Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool, 80,188 (Wembley, September 15)Championship: Aston Villa 1-0 Swansea, 41,326 (Villa Park, October 20)League One: Sunderland 1-1 Oxford United, 32,193 (Stadium of Light, September 1)League Two: MK Dons 1-0 Northampton Town, 9,618 (Stadium MK, October 20)Scottish Premiership: Celtic 1-0 Aberdeen, 59,143 (Celtic Park, September 29) Latest Football News Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF But which club pulls in the most fans on matchday, on average, during 2018/19?talkSPORT.com have dug through the data, and rank the top 30 British clubs based on their average matchday attendance this season.You can see the results below… Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 12. Aston Villa – 33,48411. Everton – 38,15610. Chelsea – 40,4679. Rangers – 49,5628. Newcastle – 50,8547. Liverpool – 52,6856. Manchester City – 53,9655. West Ham – 56,9024. Celtic – 58,178 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED RANKED no dice center_img Highest attendances in 2018/19 3. Tottenham – 58,8142. Arsenal – 59,9511. Manchester United – 74.481 We are almost guaranteed to see some of the best stadium atmospheres when domestic football returns this weekend.Arsenal and Tottenham clash in the always lively north London derby on Sunday, with the similarly crazy Merseyside derby taking place later that day. Newcastle and West Ham also meet at St James’ Park, which is always an amazing ground on matchday, while the Championship clash between Sheffield United and Leeds should get the crowds going as well.Fans flock to football matches every weekend in serious numbers, with almost 10million people watching Premier League matches already this season. 4 24. Sheffield United – 25,15923. Norwich – 25,25722. Crystal Palace – 25,67421. Derby – 26,25520. Nottingham Forest – 27,64719. Southampton – 29,24818. Sunderland – 30,01517. Brighton – 30,56716. Cardiff – 30,82315. Wolves – 30,93814. Leicester – 31,98513. Leeds – 32,318 4 4 huge blow shining Fans have flocked to Craven Cottage following Fulham’s return to the Premier League REVEALED Celtic beat out Old Firm rivals Rangers to top Scotland’s rankings 4 MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

HEROIC SOLDIERS – ‘WE WERE JUST IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME’

first_imgIrish soldiers Stephen Healy and Davy Leech who with two other colleagues rescued a family after their car had veered off the road and into a ditch outside Ballybofey. (NW Newspix)The heroic Donegal soldiers who rescued a trapped family from their car after it went off the road and flipped onto its roof said they were simply “in the right place at the right time.” Modest soldiers Stephen Healy, David Leech, Lee McFadden and Conor Doherty were all playing down their part in the rescue last night.The lads, who are all based at Finner Camp, were returning from work when the drama unfolded on the outskirts of Ballybofey. The car on front of them suddenly went out of control and crashed into a field flipping onto its roof.The Faulkner girls who were rescued by the Donegal soldiers.The mother-of-three who was a front seat passenger in the stricken car told how she thought she was going after becoming trapped inside the car.Laura Faulkner, her husband Neil and the couple’s three children, Mia (3 months), Alyssa (18 months) and Amber, 4 years, were traveling back after a night away at the Gap Lodge in Barnesmore to celebrate Neil’s birthday.But at around 9.30am on Sunday morning last, disaster struck when their car veered violently off the road and into a field. The terrified family could not get out of the car after its doors became embedded between an embankment and a barbed wire-fence on the outskirts of the town of Ballybofey.Laura revealed “One minute we were traveling along and the next minute the car went out of control. Neil pulled out of the way of oncoming traffic and then he steered left and we ended up upside down in the field.”Laura said she had visions that the car was going to explode into flames.“I managed to climb into the back to help the children who were screaming with fear.The dangerous corner near Ballybofey where a young family were rescued by four passing irish soldiers.“I honestly thought “I am going to die, I am going to die.” I didn’t know what was going to happen as we lay there. I thought the engine could explode at any minute and we would be all killed,” she said. However just seconds later as they lay helpless and with their children screaming in the car, help arrived.The soldiers calmly parked their own car and set about rushed to the stricken family’s aid.Last night the four soldiers said they only did what anybody would have done.David Leech said “We were just in the right place at the right time – it’s as simply as that. We were just happy we could help.” His colleague Stephen Healy, who has completed a Military First Responder’s Course, said things went very smoothly.“As soldiers we are trained for such situations and it all went very smoothly.“We kept talking to eachother and talking with the family. They were frightened but we tried to put them at their ease.“It wasn’t to long before we had them out and thankfully there was no real injuries apart from the shock of it all,” said Stephen.David it was lucky in many ways that they witnessed the Faulkner’s car going off the road and into the field.“It was early in the morning and you could not have told from driving on the road if there were people inside.“Very often drivers will pass by an abandoned car in a field thinking people have got out and simply left it there.“In a way it’s a lesson to us al that you should check abandoned cars because you never know when they have left the road,” he said.Once the soldiers managed to rescue the family, who hail from Co Antrim from the car, the emergency services including two ambulances and Gardai arrived on the scene.The family were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for check-ups but were released later that night.Laura said she simply cannot thank the soldiers enough.“All I can say is thank you. I can never put into words how much they did for us and how grateful we are.“They went above and beyond the call of duty. Even after they rescued us from being trapped in the car, they went back and got the children’s things out of the car for us.“They are a credit to their families and to the Irish Army,” she said.Laura added that her family are now more or less over their trauma and their eventful stay in Co Donegal.“It was Neil’s birthday present going away with the family for the night. I Don’t think we’ll regret it too quickly.“The younger girls have gotten over it already. But Amber, who is four, has been playing with toy cars and turning them upside down.“It’s probably stuck in her mind but she’ll get over it. The main thing is that none of us were physically hurt,” she said.HEROIC SOLDIERS – ‘WE WERE JUST IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME’ was last modified: April 12th, 2014 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:BallybofeycrashdonegalFinner CampheroesLaura Faulknersoldierslast_img read more

Champions named in annual National Bullriding Championship New Year’s Eve event

first_imgRed Bluff >> Will Morris was named the 26th annual National Bullriding Champion at the New Year’s Eve event at the Tehama District Fairground. Following him in second place was Levi Quillian with 79 points and in third and fourth place Sterling Ward and Jake Peterson were tied with 78 points.A custom belt buckle, designed by David Halimi, executive producer of Diamond W Production, was given to Morris for his performance. Morris won with a score of 81.The event had more than 20 bull riders …last_img

World deaf congress comes to South Africa

first_imgSouth African sign language trainingcourses help to bridge the dividebetween deaf and hearing citizens.(Image: National Institute for the Deaf)The use of South African sign languageis enshrined in the Constitution.(Image: Deafsa)MEDIA CONTACTS • Bruno DruchenDeafsa national director+27 82 333 4442 (SMS only)RELATED ARTICLES• New hope for the deaf in SA• Using theatre to educate• African languages in SA courts• Talk 11 languages on your phoneMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe Deaf Federation of South Africa (Deafsa) will host two international events in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in July 2011. The 16th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, as well as the fifth International World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camp, take place for the first time on African soil.The World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf takes place every four years at different locations around the world, and in 2011 it comes to Africa under the theme Global Deaf Renaissance.The event takes place at Durban’s acclaimed International Convention Centres from 18 to 24 July.The congress aims to bring people together to exchange information and information, and to promote equality and wellbeing for deaf people.It’s also a cultural event which allows people from all over the world to discuss ideas that affect them as part of the global deaf community. These conversations allow them to identify with similar problems experienced by deaf people, wherever they are.The congress’s opening coincides with International Mandela Day, and on that day deaf people around the world will receive a call to take responsibility for improving their surroundings and communities.The seven-day programme includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, presentations, and a number of film and theatre productions.Topics up for discussion include bilingual learning; achieving legal recognition of sign language; social and economic empowerment; mentoring of sign language interpreters; and many others.Besides the general deaf community, special deaf groups such as the elderly, gays and lesbians, and deaf-blind people also have topics devoted to their interests.The youth camp takes place at the Protea Hotel Karridene, south of Durban, from 6 to 14 July. With the theme Deaf Youth Renaissance, its main objectives are similar to those of the congress – to give young deaf people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to discuss areas of concern; network and build relationships; and develop their leadership skills.Equal rights for allThe World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) was established as an NGO in Italy in 1951. The organisation currently has member associations from 130 countries, as well as a number of individual members.WFD holds a general assembly every four years in conjunction with the world congress.South Africa’s Deaf Federation is a national organisation that represents the country’s roughly 600 000-strong deaf community and the 1.4-million who are hard of hearing.The organisation is committed to promoting and preserving South African sign language as the language of the deaf community in South Africa.Although South African sign language is not yet recognised as an official language, it is accepted as the official medium of instruction for deaf pupils under a number of legal instruments including the 1996 Bill of Rights and the South African Schools Act of the same year. Its importance is recognised by the country’s Constitution.Among its goals, Deafsa upholds the rights of deaf people, especially in dealings with government departments and decision-making bodies. It also conducts research and shares relevant information and as well as raising awareness amongst the general community of issues relating to deaf people, the organisation  educates the deaf about their own rights.Formerly known as the South African National Council for the Deaf, Deafsa was founded in 1929 and changed to its new name in 1995. According to the organisation, about 80% of its national executive committee is deaf.New hope for the deaf in SA – MediaClubSouthAfrica.comlast_img read more

The Friend Zone in Sales

first_imgHere is how you know you are in the friend zone in sales:“I have a great relationship with my main contact.”“I’ve been nurturing this relationship for seven years.”“They really like me, and we have great communication.”These quotes—and more like them—are what salespeople say when they are engaged with a single stakeholder, invariably one who has the power to say “no” without the equal ability to say “yes,” or one who has no real interest in changing.However, that fact that the contact is receptive to meeting you, engaged in conversation and sharing information, and genial and complimentary, is not proof of a strong relationship. One of the ways you measure the strength of your relationship is in revenue. The connection is not what it should be if it isn’t enough to cause your prospective client to buy from you.All things being equal, relationships win. All things being unequal, relationships still win. Your job in sales is to make all things unequal, creating a preference to work with you, your company, and your solution above all others. We used to say that one needed to be known, liked, and trusted. Over time, another factor made it onto this esteemed list of prerequisites to a deal; winning now requires you add “and you create value.”The purpose of nurturing and developing relationships over time is to remove your dream client’s reticence to work with you—and likely, remove your competitor.Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchThe relationship you have is valuable, but it is no consolation for not having a relationship in which you are your dream client’s partner and helping them improve their results. When the contact you have likes you, engages with you, and communicates with you, that access is an advantage because it provides you with an opportunity to spend time improving the relationship by sharing your insights and ideas, helping them acquire a vision of the better results available to them, as well as the reasons they should change.In sales, there are no right or wrong strategies. Instead, there are choices, some more effective than others, none so good that they work under any and all conditions. At some point, it may be necessary to develop additional relationships with other stakeholders, those more inclined to change, even if it means risking the relationship you have now. It might also be necessary to push for the change you believe your contact needs to make.Given a choice between having a relationship that creates an opportunity or being deprived of that possibility, you are better off with the relationship. But when it becomes clear what you are doing isn’t moving you closer to an opportunity, it’s time to change your strategy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more