Bahamas to host Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017

first_imgIt is the first time in over 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean, the last being in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica.The Youth Games aims to unite 1000 young athletes aged 14-18 in a Caribbean carnival of impactful competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.“It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce that the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation has unanimously voted to award the upcoming edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games to the Bahamas,” said Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin CBE, speaking after announcement of the decision.“The Commonwealth Youth Games are a unique and empowering opportunity to celebrate and engage young people on the level playing field of sport. I congratulate and commend the Bahamas Bid Committee for their passion, commitment and expertise and look forward to helping realise their dream of an impactful and inspiring Games for the Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth.”The sixth edition of the Games – now just over 500 days away – will take place from 19-23 July 2017 in the capital of The Bahamas, Nassau.The Bahamas is a former host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 1985 and the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 2015.Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has congratulated the hosts of the next two Commonwealth Youth Games: The Bahamas in 2017 and Northern Ireland in 2021.Describing sport as a powerful catalyst for the empowerment of young people across the Commonwealth, Sharma said he expected each host nation to build on the success of previous Youth Games to inspire young people to participate in sports, stay healthy, and contribute to building an inclusive Commonwealth.Commenting after the announcements of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Sharma said: “The Commonwealth Youth Games are a practical expression of Commonwealth inclusiveness, and a reminder of how sport and physical activity can bring people together and inspire positive social action.”“I was honoured to attend the opening ceremony of the last Commonwealth Youth Games in Apia, Samoa, in September 2015 and immensely enjoyed meeting the many inspirational young athletes who participated. This international sporting event is growing from strength to strength, and demonstrates a distinctive Commonwealth ethos.”The Secretary-General welcomed the choice of The Bahamas as the host of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, saying: “I congratulate the Government of the Bahamas on its successful bid to host the next Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017. The Bahamas shows exemplary commitment to the development of young people in the Commonwealth, as was seen when the conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers assembled last year. I am confident they will put on a spectacular showcase for sport.”Responding to the announcement of Northern Ireland as host of the 2021 Youth Games, Sharma commented: “I am confident that the people of Northern Ireland will extend a warm welcome to all who participate and attend the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. This will enable all to experience our continuing Commonwealth commitment to the positive role of young people and the role of sport in bringing communities together.”At a special event at Belfast City Hall , attended by athletes from previous editions of the Commonwealth Games and Youth Games, Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said: “The Commonwealth Youth Games are an important and inspiring demonstration of the connecting and life-changing power of sport to bring people and different communities together.“As Samoa showed us last year, hosting a special sporting occasion like the Youth Games empowers even the smallest nations to have a profound and distinctive impact – not just on their own young people or their own communities – but on an international scale.”The Commonwealth Games Federation is the organisation responsible for the governance, direction and organisation of the Commonwealth Sports Movement, including the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. The Commonwealth Secretariat, led by the Secretary-General, provides policy advice and technical assistance to member governments to adopt sport as a tool for development and peace. This complements its broader work to support youth development and empowerment.Each Olympic year the Commonwealth Secretariat brings together Ministers responsible for sport for the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting. The next meeting is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games.last_img

ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgVILLA (5-3-2)GUZAN,HUTTON, RICHARDS, LESCOTT, CLARK,DISSOKHO,VERETOUT, WESTWOOD, GANA,AGBONLAHOR, AYEWKANE,LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,DIER, DEMBELE,ROSE, WIMMER, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Aston Villa have just 16 points from 29 games. Only two teams in Barclays Premier League history have had fewer than 16 points after 29 games (Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08 – both 10).Villa have lost six of their last seven league games, including the last four. In that quartet of defeats, they have conceded 15 goals. Indeed, at Villa Park, they have won two and eight, both worse records in the division. Their goals for, 11, is the lowest, while their goals conceded, 23, is the highest. By contrast, Spurs have won seven away games, the joint second highest, and lost just twice.After winning six games in a row in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have taken one point from their last two games, the defeat at West Ham and last Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to neighbours and arch-enemies Arsenal.They remain in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester City, and can reduce that gap to two points as their rivals do not play until Monday night.Spurs would be top now had they not drawn so many games; no fewer than 10 of their 29 games have ended in stalemates.They beat Villa 3-1 in November at White Hart Lane but in this game last season Villa won 1-0 despite finishing with 10 men.Villa test Jack Grealish but are still without Libor Kozak, Jordan Amavi, Carlos Sanchez and Adama Traore. Spurs, meanwhile, test Danny Rose but Jan Vertonghen is out.last_img

Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game MOST READ READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img

WACN Donates Medical Equipment to Redemption Hospital

first_imgThe West African College of Nursing Liberia Chapter Friday, July 18, donated assorted medical equipment valued at US$500 to Redemption Hospital. This to help the hospital prevents health workers and others from contracting the deadly Ebola virus.The items included hand sanitizers, gloves, cotton of chloral, liquid and medicated soap, amongst others.Presenting the items, Prof. Angela Juaka Sawyer, president and Chapter Chair, said the gesture was to show love and care for all patients and health workers at the Redemption Hospital.Prof. Sawyer indicated that though the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) is making numerous efforts in combatting the deadly virus, her organization also thought to assist and improve the wellbeing of health practitioners and others, especially in line with infection control.“As a health organization in West Africa, we contribute to the improvement of health care delivery within the Sub-region,” Prof. Sawyer said.Receiving the items, Dr. Mohammed Sankoh, Medical Director of Redemption, expressed gratitude to all members of WACN for the gesture and said Redemption belongs to the people of Liberia.According to Dr. Sankoh, the gesture signifies the collaboration they need as health workers in Liberia to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. “This is what we were looking for as health practitioners in fighting this disease that is ravaging the lives of our people,” he said.He further stated that when they work together as health practitioners, they will prevent the further spread of the virus within Liberia and the Mano River Union basin, including Guinea and Sierra Leone.“You see, WACN did well, this is the time that one knows who is a true friend, especially in time of needs and at such time, it is a great need that these things that you have provided us will be used by the hospital,” he assured.In addition, the Redemption Hospital’s Medical Director lamented that people still doubt that the virus is in the country. However, he added: “I can assure you that as the MD of Redemption Hospital the sickness is real, nobody should take this Ebola lightly.”For his part, the Acting General Administrator of Redemption Hospital, Dominic W. Rennie, thanked the West African College of Nursing for the gesture and called on other humanitarian organizations to emulate the good example of WACN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Guyanese support the establishment of sex offenders’ registry

first_imgDear Editor,An opinion survey commissioned by The Caribbean Voice (TCV) and conducted during the last week of January revealed that 73% of those surveyed felt that social problems like depression, anxiety, alcoholism and suicide would increase because of the closure of the sugar estates.The survey also showed that 75% felt the Government is not doing enough to address suicide, while 69% felt the Government is not doing enough to address domestic abuse.Of the respondents interviewed, 79% support the call for the age of consent to be raised from 16 to 18, while 86% believe that sexual exploitation against young people is on the rise, and that Government needs to take action to deter such occurrences. Notably, 80% support the call for a sex registry for offenders. The survey also found that Guyanese were generally not aware of entities involved in suicide and abuse prevention, but there was more awareness of the work of The Caribbean Voice, most likely because TCV’s work is not centralized in Georgetown and environs, but extends to various regions, and is often a collaborative effort with other NGOs, special interests, and mass-based organizations.Conducted by experienced pollster Dr. Vishnu Bisram, the survey interviewed 490 individuals, representing Guyana’s ethnic makeup (41% Indians, 30% Africans, 18% Mixed, 10% Amerindians, 1% others) of the population. The findings, analysed at a significance level of 95%, has a margin of error of 4%. This is the third survey commissioned by The Caribbean Voice since we launched our anti-violence campaign in 2014. The first survey, done in November 2014 found that 92% of respondents believed suicide is preventable and 96% were willing to help in suicide prevention if given the relevant training. That survey also found that 66% of those interviewed were willing to intervene in domestic abuse if provided with the requisite training, although 19% were not willing to get involved, pointing out that the ‘peacemaker’ usually ends up being the enemy, an age old perspective that still seems to hold currency both in Guyana and the diaspora. And this is why TCV has been continually calling for a return of the Gatekeeper’s Program and piggybacking mental health on other government training programs.A subsequent survey done in March 2016 found that 92% felt that government was not doing enough to address mental health, while 78% believed that people with mental illnesses could live normal lives. And this is why TCV has been engaged in continual lobbying on a basket of measures, including counsellors in schools, mental health care integrated into the physical health care system, and relevant training for all Police officers. In any case, the most recent survey clearly indicates that not only is it time for a registry of sex offenders, but provides evidentiary support for reported plans to that effect by the Child Care and Prevention Agency and another Government agency. As well, the survey makes it clear that those who resist the call for raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 are in the small minority, and thus the Government should not allow the outmoded views of a vociferous few to override the desire of the vast majority of Guyanese. In fact, we urge the Government to commission its own survey, perhaps through the University of Guyana. Last year, neighbouring Trinidad & Tobago, with ethnic and cultural similarities to Guyana, raised the age of consent to 18. Haiti and the Dominican Republic also have the age of consent at 18, while there are ongoing calls for a similar measure in Jamaica, Barbados and a number of other Caribbean nations.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img

Chelsea starlet making big impact at Bundesliga club

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach are already hoping to open talks with Chelsea about a permanent move for on-loan defender Andreas Christensen.The 19-year-old joined the German club on a two-year loan spell during the summer and has impressed during his 17 Bundesliga appearances so far.Monchengladbach’s sporting director Max Eberl has now revealed that he wants to discuss a permanent switch as soon as this summer.He told German magazine Kicker: “Our intention is to try and get into talks with Chelsea in the summer.“Andreas fulfils everything we’ve seen in him. And we are delighted that we were able to take him on loan without any ifs and buts.” Andreas Christensen last_img

USB drive with TV playback to debut

first_imgCBS Corp. found in its consumer research of the TakeTV product that people liked its simplicity, compact size and price. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TECHNOLOGY: The flash device made by SanDisk can transport shows from Internet. By May Wong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – Flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. today will debut an online video service and a USB flash drive that can carry television programs and videos from a computer for playback on TVs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Sansa TakeTV video player – an ensemble of an oversized USB drive, remote control and a small dock that connects to a TV – and its accompanying video service, Fanfare, marks the latest attempt by a company looking to bridge content between the PC and the television. Similar to using a USB drive to store and move data files, users of TakeTV can drag-and-drop video files stored on their computer – Fanfare downloads, home videos or other unrestricted video content from the Web – onto the device. Users can then plug it into the cradle connected to a TV. A simple menu appears on the TV to scroll through the files for playback. The TakeTV player is $99.99 for a 4 gigabyte model and $149.99 for an 8 GB one that can hold up to 10 hours of video. Fanfare, in a test stage, offers premium TV shows for $1.99 per download – roughly the same price as rival services, but SanDisk says it hopes to ultimately provide a broad mixture of free and ad-supported content as well as pay-per-download videos. Fanfare’s catalog at launch is small, with about 85 titles. It features TV shows from CBS, including “CSI” and “Survivor”; Showtime; TV Guide; and Smithsonian Networks. Dozens of titles are being added each week, SanDisk said. The online video service is a new venture for Milpitas-based SanDisk, which is the leading maker of flash memory cards and holds a distant but steady second-place position behind Apple Inc. in the portable media player market with a 10percent share in the U.S., according to market researcher IDC. last_img

JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF MAN ON BURGLARY CHARGES

first_imgA JUDGE has issued a warrant for the arrest of a man accused of being behind a spate of burglaries.A Garda Inspector also expressed concern at the failure of the man’s co-accused to appear in court this week.Seamus Harkin (49) and Teresa Campbell (43) both from 32 Ard Na Glas, Kilmacrennan, face numerous burglary charges. They are accused of burglaries at homes in Glenmenagh, between September 2010 and October 2010.They are also accused of burglaries at two caravans and Eelburn Caravan Park between November 1 and November 4 that year.They also face one charge of theft at Glen on October 30.Harkin also faces one charge of theft at Craoghcross in July 2011.Frank Dorrian, solicitor for Ms Campbell, told Letterkenny District Court that his client had handed in another €500 towards recompensing victims. The total was more than €2,200.He said his client wasn’t in court as she had been ill.However Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly that Ms Campbell had consistently failed to appear before the court.“I see her in Letterkenny all the time,” said Inspector Sheridan.“She’s always in the café Bread & Butter in the town. I see her there.”Harkin’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher confirmed his client was also not in court.Inspector Sheridan applied for a bench warrant for his arrest, saying he hadn’t appeared on a number of occasions.Judge Kelly issued the bench warrant. The case was adjourned until next week.JUDGE ORDERS ARREST OF MAN ON BURGLARY CHARGES was last modified: February 11th, 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:burgaryFanadkilmacrennanPortsalonrobberieslast_img

Prison sentence for ‘aggressive and agitated’ Dublin man following Ballybofey incident

first_imgA 25-year-old Dublin man was sentenced to a month in prison after becoming ‘very aggressive and highly agitated’ during a public order incident in Ballybofey.Dermot Dowd, 4 Allenton Gardens, Tallaght, is currently serving a prison sentence at Wheatfield Prison, and appeared via video link at Falcarragh District Court. Garda Inspector Sean Grant said Dowd was in a group who had been abusive in the Navenny Street area of Ballybofey on December 27, 2016.When Gardai asked Dowd to leave the scene, he became ‘very aggressive and highly agitated’, the court was told.Dowd, who has a number of previous convictions, was charged with threatening and abusive behaviour and intoxication in a public place.Solicitor for Dowd, Patsy Gallagher, said his client had alcohol issues.“He moved to Donegal to get away from a certain regime in Dublin,” the solicitor said.Dowd, who is due for release from Wheatfield on November 23, was given a one-month sentence by Judge Paul Kelly on each of the charges. The sentence is to run concurrently.Prison sentence for ‘aggressive and agitated’ Dublin man following Ballybofey incident was last modified: October 21st, 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:Dermot DowdFalcarragh District CourtPatsy Gallagherlast_img

Tottenham linked with shock move for prolific Chinese Super League ace

first_img REVEALED Latest transfer news RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Bakambu made his name by impressing in La Liga with Villarreal Tottenham are interested in signing Beijing Guoan forward Cedric Bakambu, according to reports.Bakambu, the DR Congo international, has enjoyed a prolific spell in the Chinese Super League since swapping Villarreal for Beijing earlier this year, going on to net 19 times for the club in just 23 appearances. Bakambu has enjoyed a successful stay in China since moving to Beijing Guoan in February He’s helped Beijing Guoan into fourth in the CSL, and currently sits fifth in the competition’s scoring charts.However, Bakambu’s Chinese adventure could be coming to an end when the European transfer window reopens in January.According to L’Est Republican, Tottenham have already ‘laid the groundwork’ to secure a deal for Bakambu in the ‘very near future’. 2 IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM moving on 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Earlier this year, Spurs became the first team to not sign a single player in the summer since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, but there are suggestions Mauricio Pochettino could dip into the market in the winter.The reported interest in Bakambu comes as Spurs are linked with signing a new centre-forward to play back-up to Harry Kane, following the struggles endured in north London by the players previously and presently tasked with playing that role, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente. 27-year-old Bakambu started his career with Sochaux in his native France, before playing in Turkey then Spain, where he enjoyed a productive two-and-a-half year spell with Villarreal.Beijing Guoan completed the signing of Bakambu for a reported £35.4million on February 28, one day before the 2018 CSL season got under way.last_img