Hubert Lawrence | Well done, Grenada

first_imgSince 2004, the Jamaica Invitational has guaranteed local fans an up close and personal look at some of the world best track and field athletes. From Gail Devers and Marion Jones to Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross, from Lashawn Merritt to Justin Gatlin, much of track’s glitterati have come and run inside the National Stadium. The opportunity has doubled with the fast-paced Racers Grand Prix, which appeared with the likes of Wayde van Niekerk last year. Even more importantly, the Invitational and now, the Grand Prix give locals a chance to see their own Jamaican heroes compete at home. It’s a time-honoured tradition that begun with superstars Herb McKenley and George Rhoden and their contemporary rivals, including the American, Mal Whitfield, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic 800 metre champion. The tradition brought famous sprint duels between Don Quarrie and American Steve Williams at the Norman Manley Games. That meet even saw a world record in the mile by Filbert Bayi of Tanzania. The Invitational follows the Mutual Games, host to the likes of Javier Sotomayor and the young Michael Johnson, in that familiar early May slot that so many now punch into their electronic diaries. By contrast, the people of Grenada have never had that luxury … until now. With their first and only Olympic and World Champion Kirani James as the centrepiece, the Spice Isle hosted a fine show at the first Grenada Invitational last Saturday. It was a remarkable show of resolve and ambition. Merritt, who has performed in many countries in the region, dutifully reported for action in the 200m, alongside Asafa Powell, and Veronica Campbell-Brown. The presence of the latter pair is to be praised as a wonderful endorsement. Like the Cayman Invitational, the new meet inspires the hope of a Caribbean track and field circuit. Good scheduling, air-travel coordination, and the right accommodation partners could make it work. It’s a sports-tourism idea worth pursuing. Until then, the people of Grenada deserve a pat on the back for bringing the world home to their new 7,000-seat stadium. It’s a bold step forward. The athletic payback is the inspiration Kirani will be for young Grenadians who saw him run in person for the first time. The bigger, more regional payback could come if a well planned and scheduled Caribbean track and field circuit could arise. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes from trackside since 1980. WONDERFUL ENDORSEMENTlast_img read more

WINTER VOMITING BUG HITS DONEGAL

first_imgDOZENS of children and adults in the county have been hit by the winter vomiting bug which is sweeping other parts of the country.There have been reported outbreaks in Galway and Dublin in recent weeks.But dozens of families here in Co Donegal have also suffered at the hands of the merciless illness. As the name suggests, it has horrible symptoms.And it can last for up to a week and can be dangerous for the very young and the elderly.Doctors are advising families hit by the illness to contact their local GP immediately.There are fears that it could spread, though the closure of schools for the next two weeks may help to contain it. The father of one nine-year-old Letterkenny girl who had the illness contacted donegaldaily.com to say: “I’m just annoyed that there has been no public health warning from the HSE.“My daughter was very ill for five days and it was only afterwards that she told us that some of her classmates at school had also been very ill in recent weeks.“Surely in this day and age, there should be some announcement so that people are aware of it and I thought the best way to get the message out was to at least tell donegaldaily about it.”Hospitals in Galway and Dublin have placed visiting restrictions in recent days.No-one from the HSE was available for comment last night. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWINTER VOMITING BUG HITS DONEGAL was last modified: December 24th, 2011 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)Tags:donegalletterkennywinter vomiting buglast_img read more

ELDERLY WOMAN IN ‘SERIOUS’ CONDITION AFTER ROAD CRASH

first_imgAn elderly woman injured in a car crash near Inver is in a serious condition at Letterkenny General Hospital.Two cars were involved in the incident close to the Milltown Bar on the main Killybegs to Donegal Town Road around 11.30pm last night. Gardai and three ambulances from Donegal Town and Ballyshannon attended the scene. Gardai have confirmed that an elderly lady was taken to Letterkenny Regional Hospital where her condition has been described as ‘serious.’ ELDERLY WOMAN IN ‘SERIOUS’ CONDITION AFTER ROAD CRASH was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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) Tags:ELDERLY WOMAN IN ‘SERIOUS’ CONDITION AFTER ROAD CRASHinverlast_img read more

INISHOWEN START-UPS SHOW THE WAY AT BUSINESS AWARDS

first_imgThe recession may still be biting but the Inishowen community showed that it is fighting back. The local business community was out in force to attend the first ever Inishowen Development Partnership’s Business Awards Ceremony last Thursday in Buncrana.The event, organised by the Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), was held to celebrate the success of local entrepreneurs and small business owners who have been supported in their start up by IDP and to showcase the talent and entrepreneurial skills within the Peninsula. Three new local businesses – Hugh Doherty, Iconic Flowers Ltd, Eilish Grant, Grant Apparel (Clubman) Ltd and Jonathan Doherty & Christopher Lynch, (EHP) Efficient Heating & Plumbing Company Ltd all won awards on the night and now go forward to represent Inishowen at the Local Development Companies Regional Finals in Cavan.The businesses, with support from the IDP, the Department of Social Protection, and Solas, successfully managed their transition from unemployment to employment and learned key skills and life lessons on the journey so far.Even better, they have also created job opportunities in an area with limited work possibilities at this time.Speaking at the event, Rosemary Lyons, IDP Enterprise Officer, said that “It must be the worst thing to look back on life and say ‘I would have, I could have, or I should have. “Particularly when there are Agencies out there, like the Inishowen Development Partnership who want to, and can help those taking the journey to self-employment and business start-up.“We want to acknowledge the quality of life benefits that self- employment opportunities bring, to both individuals and the local community.The inaugural Business Awards were organised to recognise IDPs entrepreneurial clients, making every effortto start a new business in difficult times.IDP Manager Shauna McClenaghan explained that the event aimed to “highlight the resulting job creation from these businesses, both full and part-time and other indirect employment opportunities.“We wanted to showcase and celebrate the amazing talent and entrepreneurship which exists in the Inishowen Peninsula. The IDP offers a range of practical supports and for some the best option may be, access the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme.Which currently allows those taking the self-employment option, the opportunity to retain their social welfare payment for a period between 9 months and 2 years, on a reducing basis, while setting up in business.For others it may be knowledge of the Revenue “Start your Own Business Tax Relief initiative”.This scheme provides an exemption from Income Tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum, for a period of two years, to individuals setting up a qualifying business; having been unemployed for a period of at least 12 months prior to starting the business. While this was a positive Event for Inishowen, the one cloud hanging over the Event was the future of the Local Development Company itself.Given the uncertainty around the delivery mechanism of the new Local Development programmes, Rosemary Lyons, pointed out that the Enterprise Officers role combines developmental, vocational and business mentoring roles and stressed the importance of ensuring that this service continues locally and that the benefits to families and individuals is not underestimated.INISHOWEN START-UPS SHOW THE WAY AT BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: May 28th, 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:awardsBusinessBusiness start-upsCavanIDPnewsRegional finalslast_img read more

MADELEINE: POLICE TO RE-QUESTION THREE SUSPECTS

first_imgMadeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.British police from Scotland Yard will return to Portugal next week to question seven suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.Three of those facing questions have been questioned before.Police officers will travel to Praia da Luz to hold meetings with senior Portuguese detectives about the girl who went missing more than seven years ago. The McCanns have strong links to Donegal with relatives in the county. Madeleine visited her in April 2007, a few weeks before she disappeared.Portugese police have granted permission to UK officers interview up to seven suspects – three of whom have already been questioned once before.In June Scotland Yard detectives shadowed three searches of wasteland near the Ocean Club but no obvious clues were found.Some materials gathered in the search were sent for forensic examination but officers were not hopeful of a breakthrough in the investigation.  MADELEINE: POLICE TO RE-QUESTION THREE SUSPECTS was last modified: August 27th, 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:donegalmadeleine mccannportugalScotland Yardlast_img read more

HARDEST THING OF CANCER BATTLE WAS TELLING MY KIDS – MAJELLA

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has revealed the hardest thing about her cancer battle was revealing it to her children.Majella signs copies of her book in Easons, Letterkenny tomorrow (Mon) at 12.30pm.Majella reveals her torment in her new book ‘It’s all In The Head’ which she will sign copies of in Easons in Letterkenny tomorrow.She said “That night, when I went to bed, all I could think about was telling my children. “I new that if I heard that about my mother, I would have been distraught. They would probably think I was going to die.“I started to cry. Daniel put his arms around me and held me and said nothing. There was nothing he could say and I’m glad he realised that was all I needed at the time,” she said.The mum of two said that was the only time she allowed herself to cry – “the only time that I allowed myself to give in to feeling sorry for myself.”Son and daughter Michael and Siobhan were in London at the time and herself and Daniel traveled to see them. And despite preparing herself to tell them, Majella said the words just wouldn’t come to her.“The words just wouldn’t come out. I could feel the tears well up inside me and thankfully Daniel realised what was happening and he told them.” *Majella will sign copies of her book in Easons in Letterkenny tomorrow (Mon) at 12.30pm. HARDEST THING OF CANCER BATTLE WAS TELLING MY KIDS – MAJELLA was last modified: October 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:cancerdaniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

Letterkenny Loreto class of ’69 celebrates 50th reunion

first_imgThe Letterkenny Loreto class of 1969 celebrated their 50th school reunion this weekend. Festivities began yesterday (Saturday) at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.More than 30 former pupils of the convent class attended the celebration on Saturday night. Clive Wasson attended the celebration and captured the special moment of the class. (pictured above).Letterkenny Loreto class of ’69 celebrates 50th reunion was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Laureus honour for Blade Runner

first_imgSouth African Paralympic sprint runner Oscar Pistorius is the winner of the 2012 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. (Image: sportlive.co.za) Oscar Pistorius runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs, which is why he has come to be known as South Africa’s blade runner. (Image: zimbio.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gerald Meier   Head of Global Communications  +44 (0) 207 514 2749RELATED ARTICLES • UK sculpture honour for Pistorius • Natalie wins Human Values award • Supporting SA’s sport stars • Exploring bicycle culture in SA • Local athletics brand for Kenya stars Wilma den HartighSouth African Paralympic sprint runner Oscar Pistorius is the winner of the 2012 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award.The Laureus World Sports Awards, regarded as the Oscars of the sporting industry, are awarded annually to sportspeople with outstanding achievements.Pistorius was presented with the prestigious accolade after becoming the first amputee to win a track medal, a silver in the 4 x 400 metres relay team, in the 2011 non-disabled World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.After receiving the honour at the awards ceremony in London, he thanked his supporters for the nomination.“This is just a great privilege to be nominated; it is really humbling to be here,” he said.South Africa’s blade runnerHis athletic ability has earned him the international reputation as the “fastest man on no legs”. He runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs, which is why Pistorius has come to be known as South Africa’s blade runner.His participation and outstanding performance in the non-disabled World Championships has helped to further his goal to bridge the gap between disabled and non-disabled sport.But he is not one to rest on his achievements. Next he plans to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.Laureus chairman Edwin Moses said in a statement that he holds Pistorius in high regard. “Oscar is a remarkable human being – one of the most impressive people I have ever met,” Moses said.Victory in sportLaureus is the Latin word for laurel, the universal symbol for victory in sport. The award is a fitting honour for the top athlete, who was born without a fibula in either leg.On the recommendation of leading medical specialists, his parents decided to have his legs amputated below the knee, as this would give him the best chance at learning to walk later in life.Six months after the operation, Pistorius received his first pair of prosthetic legs and within days he learnt to walk with them.Years later, he went on to become a world champion sprint runner and the first Paralympian to win gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints in Beijing in 2008.Laureus Academy member and chairman of the London Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe told South African sport broadcaster supersport that Pistorius has made a major contribution to Olympic and Paralympic sport.“I think what Oscar has done is to really make us challenge our own orthodoxies, our own views about disability,” Coe said.The Laureus AwardsWinners of the Laureus Awards are selected on the basis of a two-part voting process. A selection panel of the world’s leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters from almost 100 countries cast their votes to create a shortlist of six nominations in each category.There are five categories voted for by the Laureus media selection panel, namely: the World Sportsman of the Year; World Sportswoman of the Year; World Team of the Year; World Breakthrough of the Year and World Comeback of the Year.The voting process is monitored by independent auditors and members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, who select the award winners by secret ballot.Two categories are voted for by specialist panels: the World Action Sportsperson of the Year, which is chosen by a panel of the world’s leading action sports journalists, and the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, which is overseen by the executive committee of the International Paralympic Committee.Each winner receives a Laureus statuette, produced by French jeweller and watchmaker Cartier. The statuettes are 30cm high and weigh 2.5kg. Each figure contains 670g of solid silver with a 650g gold finish base.Sport for Good FoundationThe Laureus World Sports Awards is not only about honouring the world’s best sportspeople.Laureus is composed of three core elements – the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards – which collectively celebrate sporting excellence and use sport to promote social change.The high profile awards are a platform to showcase and generate support for the social programmes of Laureus’s Sport for Good Foundation, and the work of the Academy.Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit the Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 91 community sports projects in 34 countries around the world.Since its inception, Laureus has raised US$52-million (R397-million) for projects which have improved the lives of more than one-and-a-half million young people.As a recipient of the award, Pistorius also becomes a Laureus ambassador.“He has shown his determination to support the cause of sport for good. I congratulate him on this well-deserved award,” Moses said.More winners from AfricaThe Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award went to Kenya’s distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot, who won both the 5 000 and 10 000 metres gold medals at the World Championships in Daegu.Past winnersIn 2001 Johannesburg-born adventurer and explorer Mike Horn, now a sought-after motivational speaker, won the Action Sportperson of the Year Award for his sailing accomplishments.In 2003 golfing legend Gary Player won the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.South Africa’s champion wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk was honoured with the award for disabled athletes in 2006.The Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, took the World Team of the Year Award in 2008, a year after becoming world champions for the second time.In 2010, South African swimmer Natalie du Toit was the winner of the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award.Du Toit has become one of the most successful disabled athletes of all time, and an inspiration to many.last_img read more

Red and Yellow investment reaps rewards

first_imgRed and Yellow’s mission is to counter the increasing income gap by arming underprivileged people with the knowledge and skills they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground. This is done through facilitating this learnership. (Image: Red & Yellow)It started almost a year ago, when 30 promising, young and hungry people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds were chosen to take part in the first advertising certificate course run by Red & Yellow School in Johannesburg.The first course run by the advertising and marketing college took place at the institution’s main campus in Cape Town in 2015.Chosen from some 3 000 applicants, the 30 students were given a chance to prove themselves and become part of the future of South Africa’s marketing and advertising industry through the Red &Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute (RYSMI).The RYSMI learnership involves six months of training at the school, after which the students are placed in various companies in the industry for a further six months. There they get on-the-job experience and training, giving them a proper taste of life in advertising and marketing.Today, almost a year later, the students are in their last days of their course and their time at their respective companies and agencies. When their learnerships do end, the students will go back to Red & Yellow, where they will prepare to write their final exams.Putting on paper what they learned in the classroom and in the industry, this last step will reveal whether they have what it takes to break into the sector successfully.Red and Yellow’s mission is to counter the increasing income gap by arming underprivileged people with the knowledge and skills they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground. This is done through facilitating this learnership.Commenting on what it took to be successful in advertising and marketing, Matome Malatji (pictured above) said that “most importantly it is centred on how you think.”A PERSONAL ACCOUNTMatome Malatji, one of the 30 students, was placed at Avatar Agency. Speaking of his experiences over the better part of the last six months, he said: “At Avatar Agency, for the first time, I was in a place where I understood people and they understood me right back.“At Avatar I learned about the agency and the industry as a whole; how the departments and the different people and personalities in those departments worked as a unit. This experience helped me put all that I had learned during the first six months of the learnership into practice.”His time at the agency gave him a chance to get to grips with what exactly went on in the day-to-day running of an agency and how individual agencies existed in the competitive field of advertising.“Everybody wants to be heard. With the hands-on experience I had at Avatar and the lessons I was taught at Red & Yellow, I believe I have found my voice to have my say in this ever-changing industry, which has its own culture and lifestyle.”Commenting on what it took to be successful in advertising and marketing, Malatji said that “most importantly it is centred on how you think. I will carry with me everything I have learned and my now not-so-little black book.”GET INVOLVEDThe Red & Yellow certificate course accepts a new group of ambitious students each year to continue the school’s search for promising talent and those who will help to take the South African advertising and marketing industry to new heights.If you want to be considered for the programme, more details are available on the Red &Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute website. You can also get in touch with Melissa Maguire via email on springboard@redandyellow.co.za or call 011 067 3400.“All’s well that ends well,” said Malatji. “You never know what you’re capable of until you try.”last_img read more