Presenting the REAL Usain

first_imgLONDON, England: There aren’t too many in the world who know Usain Bolt and his story better than his best friend and manager, Nugent Walker. Bolt’s highly anticipated biopic I am Bolt is set to hit theaters today with a premiere at Odeon Leicester Square cinema, and his life-long ally is hoping that the one hour 47 minutes tell-all will not only show the inner gears behind the Bolt machine, but that it will also inspire movie-goers to push themselves to achieve their objectives. Walker, who figures prominently in the film and who is also credited as an executive producer, in an exclusive interview with The Gleaner, also shared the experience of having a camera crew within the sprinter’s vice-like inner circle. “We hope to inspire the world,” Walker said yesterday. “We want people to push forward in their lives and develop an appreciation of Usain’s journey and to see that they can push forward as well despite challenges. “We wanted the world to see the real story, and my role was to ensure that the real Usain was presented,” Walker added. Walker said, “When you see the 9.5 seconds, you don’t know how he got there, the fears, the struggles. I think we laid a good foundation for an understanding and appreciation of this. This movie will go a long way in positioning his legacy and energise the world in a positive way.” Walker, who has been friends with Bolt since they were six years old, admitted that having the film crew around them for the past couple of years took some getting used to, but he is certain that the objectives were met. “It was a new experience constantly having a camera around, but we knew it was important. Usain wanted to convey that what you see on the track takes hard work. He also wanted to give the world an exclusive view of his life – the fun element, play time, relaxation, concerns, everything. So, yes, it was a new experience. But thankfully, the crew was good. They were not pushy. We didn’t even notice that they were there sometimes.” “What Usain represents is important. The world needs to see this – from a boy from the deep rural Jamaican community of Sherwood Content to what he is today: a world figure. We realised from very early that this movie could convey Usain at a deeper level to Jamaica and the world,” Walker added. “We are very happy we were given this medium to share to the world, the different levels and tiers to Usain – the people around him, his agent, coach, parents – to him speaking openly about any concerns and fears, what this all means to him, to share the whole process,” said Walker. “I know the journey, I know the struggles that he has been through. I know this young man and we thought this was necessary,” he added. “As he moves to another chapter in his life, this season being his last World Championships, this was a good way to celebrate his legacy, the story, the man, the legend, to showcase to the world what makes this man.” POSITIONING HIS LEGACY DEEPER LEVELSlast_img read more

Children who don’t go to School to Support their Families

first_imgTwo 10 year old boys selling straws, a product that hardly sells due to the fact that Liberians perfer drinking directly from a bottle. – “we do not go to school”As cruel as it may sound to force a child to go into the streets of Liberia to look for money, what is more disturbing is the idea that these same children do not go to school before or after they are done.The Liberian government has put on hundreds of street awareness campaigns and the like to make sure that all children go to school, but these warnings have fallen on deaf ears.This embarrassing situation of children on the streets chasing after people to buy their products, something their parents could never be bold enough to do, has to stop.Online reports show that a high percentage of children who go out every day to sell become more and more emotionally challenged. Some are seen abused and even robbed of their goods; and in some instances, their innocence.Our reporter has begun a project that will allow these parents to see the effects their children have on society when they are seen selling, rather than in school. Through pictures and vox pops like on this page, maybe these children will not have to feel the embarrassment being in the streets all day alone. Their parents can join in, too.Parents, let this be a lesson that society is watching those who cause children that are not even old enough to be burdened with the cost of living, to labor all day on the streets of Liberia.These girls stop to talk about the amount of water they have already sold. Not caring that they “did not go to school today,” they say whats more important is selling all their water and buying more to keep selling.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GTT accuses E-Networks of threatening countrywide services with subsea cable project

first_img…Telecommunications Minister says no permission granted by Ministry… E-Networks threatens legal actions against GTTIn light of recent work by local cable television company, E-networks to lay its subsea cable, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) is now claiming that this has posed serious threats to its customers countrywide.E-Networks owner Vishok PersaudThe telephone company has accused E-Networks of not receiving the necessary approvals and more so, license to conduct such an exercise.In a statement to the media, GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd, strongly asserted that the company is not aware of such a license being granted for the purpose of laying a subsea cable by E-Networks, and as such relied on the Telecommunications Ministry’s decision back in 2018.“GTT is very concerned that E-Networks is laying subsea fibre with complete disregard for necessary approvals and international protocols. In 2018, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications stated definitively that E-Networks did not have permission to land or lay a subsea cable. To date, as far as it is publicly known, such a license has not been issued by the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, and by extension, the Government of Guyana. The EPA has also stated that E-Networks is conducting its activities, landing the cable, using an expired environmental and construction permit” He stated.GTT CEO Justin NeddThe activity which the CEO described as “reckless”, threatens the security and integrity of the company’s Suriname-Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS) according to Nedd, and by far will hinder the country’s internet connectivity if the cable receives any damages.“We have attempted to reach out to E-Networks to facilitate the construction in accordance with international protocols, as this reckless activity and disregard for established protocol threatens the security and integrity of our SGSCS subsea cable. As the only reliable method of international connectivity into Guyana, any damage to the SGSCS by [E-Networks] threatens the internet connectivity of the entire country” Nedd pointed out.Meanwhile, in light of these concerns, Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes on Friday stated that the Ministry stands by its previous decision, that is, it has not given any permission for the subsea cable project to E-networks.Nevertheless, the Minister further highlighted that such permission can also be granted by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA).“We have not granted a license for a telecommunication’s cable or for telecommunications services and that’s still the case…from what I understand there’s several agencies, you have MARAD, the broadcasting authority, you have the EPA so you need to go to those agencies and find out if they gave permission and what it was for… We haven’t granted a license for a subsea cable to come to Guyana for telecommunications services” Hughes said.This publication was unable to garner any further information regarding which agency granted permission to the local company when the aforementioned agencies were contacted.But while this remains unknown, E-Networks in a statement to the media has since refuted claims made by GTT’s Chief in relation to its disregard for approvals and international protocols.“We wish to strongly refute the contents of this statement, which include false and libellous allegations against our company… Mr Nedd has been disingenuous in his claim that we are not in receipt of required approvals, particularly in his specific reference to our operation with an expired environmental and construction permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. As a point of fact, E-Networks has never been without a valid EPA permit in relation to our project from May 1, 2018, to present. We are also in possession of all necessary approvals in relation to this project for its intended purpose” the company stated.E-Networks added that it finds GTT’s statement to be intentionally erroneous and deliberately misleading. As such, the company has threatened legal actions against the telephone company in order to protect its reputation and name.last_img read more

Leicester blow as Croatia striker rejects January switch to Premier League strugglers

first_img1 Andrej Kramaric Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric has rejected the opportunity to join Leicester City in January, according to reports in Italy.Kramaric has been in stunning form for his club side Rijeka this season, scoring 26 goals in 23 appearances.The 23-year-old has also been firing for the Croatian national side, netting twice in four Euro 2016 qualifiers since September.That form has attracted several clubs around Europe, including Serie A champions Juventus and Premier League new boys Leicester.However, according to TMW, the Foxes have been snubbed by Kramaric after approaching him about a move to England.Rijeka reportedly accepted Leicester’s £8.5m bid on Monday, but Kramaric has now rejected the Premier League club’s advances in the hope Juventus will follow up their interest.last_img read more

GOP rivals woo social conservatives by noting differences with Giuliani

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Without mentioning Giuliani by name, the trio each made pitches to be the main alternative to the former New York mayor’s candidacy. Giuliani’s success so far in the GOP nomination race has prompted talk among leading conservatives of possibly backing a third-party candidate. The thrice-married Republican leads in national popularity polls and has sought common ground with social conservatives despite his support for abortion rights and gay rights. He argues that whether or not people agree with him on the issues, he has the best chance to beat Clinton, the Democratic front-runner. Campaigning in Florida on Friday, Giuliani said, “What I’ve found among what you call social conservatives is a great respect for the fact that I’m honest with them and I’m not trying to change all my positions just to fit what somebody wants. What I am able to do is to say to them, `On the very big issues, on the important issues, we’re together. On nine out of 10 issues we agree with each other.”‘ Giuliani speaks to the group today, as does former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister who is favored by Christian evangelicals but whose campaign has made little headway. As the conference convened, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, another favorite of the religious right, bowed out of the race. Of social conservatives, Brownback said: “I came to them with the cause, but I don’t have the resources and the name.” WASHINGTON – Republican rivals Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney and John McCain sought on Friday to become the favorite of anxious social conservatives, each suggesting he offered the best chance of thwarting abortion-rights supporter Rudy Giuliani. “This is not the time to turn our back on the progress we’ve made on the issues that matter most,” McCain, the Arizona senator, told a receptive gathering of “values voters.” “I have a record that can be trusted.” Drawing whistles and applause, Mitt Romney said: “We’re not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton.” The former Massachusetts governor added: “I’m pro-family on every level from personal to political.” Thompson, who acknowledged last month that he wasn’t a regular churchgoer, earned a standing ovation and cheers when he said what he would do immediately after being inaugurated: “I would go into the Oval Office and close the door and pray for the wisdom to know what was right, and I would pray for the strength to do what is right.” Religious and cultural conservatives make up a significant part of the GOP base but have not yet coalesced around any one candidate. Recent Associated Press-Ipsos polls found roughly one in five conservatives, churchgoers and Christian evangelicals still undecided. Their leaders have largely rejected Giuliani because of his moderate-to-liberal positions on social issues and view the other three leading candidates as flawed for various reasons. Romney, a Mormon from Massachusetts, once backed abortion rights but has reversed himself on that issue and shifted to the right on others during his presidential run. McCain angered social conservatives when he called their leaders “agents of intolerance” in 2000. He hasn’t been a vocal champion of their core issues even though he has a solidly right-flank voting record. Thompson has drawn criticism for conflicting statements on abortion in his Senate races, his lobbying work on behalf of an abortion-rights organization and his opposition to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Thompson, McCain and Romney are urging social conservatives to put those concerns aside and rally around one of them – or risk a Giuliani nomination. Thus, all three filled their speeches with frequent references to God as they emphasized their opposition to abortion, their support for marriage between men and women only and their commitment to appoint judges who would not legislate from the bench. Romney, whose Mormon faith has made some evangelical Christians wary, tried to dismiss the notion that his religion was repelling voters. “I imagine that one or two of you may have heard that I’m Mormon,” he said, drawing chuckles from the friendly crowd. “I understand that some people think that they couldn’t support someone of my faith. But I think that’s just because they’ve listened to Harry Reid,” he said, referring to the Senate Democratic leader from Nevada, who also is of the same faith.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: Local people were applauded for their contribution to a major Letterkenny Event at the recent award presentations for the St.Patrick’s Day Parade.Representatives of the winners of the eight categories gathered together to receive their plaques.Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber thanked all those who took part in the parade making it one of the best in recent years, she said “The St.Patrick’s Day Parade in Letterkenny is an important event in the town’s calendar and it only works because of the enthusiasm of local groups, sporting clubs, businesses and individuals.“The parade is run by Letterkenny Chamber and is paid for through the contributions of large and small businesses and the kind donations of spectators on the day.“It is a huge voluntary effort by our Chamber board, members and others who provide stewarding, bucket collection and much more besides.”Toni also paid tribute to Anne Condon from Letterkenny Chamber and her staff who really bring the parade together.“We all play out part in the parade but without Anne it certainly would be a much more difficult task and Anne really gets into the spirit of the parade.Toni continued, “We were delighted this year to see so many young people taking part and over the past few years we have seen a great increase in sporting clubs taking part.“All of these add so much to the event and help to create a fun and family atmosphere to the day.”The prizes were sponsored by Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and celebrated all aspects for the parade.The overall winner and recipient of the Danny Doherty Memorial Shield was Errigal College who had a float celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary.The shield that was first presented in 1994 recognises the contribution made by Danny Doherty in having a Letterkenny Parade. It was presented to Janet McGeever and Stephen Sweeney by Rosemary Cassidy, representing the Doherty Family.Other prizes:Best Band – Letterkenny Senior Accordion BandSport – St Eunans GAA Youth – Errigal CollegeCommunity – Letterkenny CDPNovelty – Funky MonkeyCarnival – Blue RibbonTraditions – Letterkenny ReunionBusiness – Millie Walker Professional Pet Services.For more information contact Toni Forrester on 074 9124866 / 0872130495 or email toni@letterkennychamber.comPICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE LETTERKENNY CHAMBER ST PATRICK’S DAY PRESENTATIONS was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Chambernewspicture specialSt Patrick’s Day Presentationslast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Winter LinksThe first outing of the Portsalon Winter Links teed off on Saturday last. The popularity of the event was indeed evident with almost a full time sheet. Playing in ideal weather the scoring was reflected in the excellent conditions. The results the winner of the nett section was Seamus Patton (5) 41 points, 2nd Paddy Sheridan (9) 40 points, 3rd John Birney (23) 38 points, 4th Damian Mc Clafferty (17) 36 points BOT. In the gross section the winner was Eamon mc Dermott (4) 35 points, 2nd Seamus Clinton (0) 34 points, 3rd Stephen Connolly (5) 32 points 4th John Shields (4) 31 points. The next Portsalon Winter Links event is scheduled for Saturday 29th October. All Winter Links members should note that if a member misses two consecutive events without notifying the clubhouse, their name will be removed from the time sheet and replaced with one of the reserves.Team News Donegal League FinalThe return leg of the Donegal League final against Rosapenna was staged at Portsalon golf club on Sunday last. Going into this second leg match the Portsalon team trailed by four matches to one match. Playing in ideal weather conditions the Rosapenna team emerged victorious. Having won the opening match on the 16th green and the third match three up with three to play the result was confirmed. The Captain Donal Callaghan congratulated Francie Boyce and the Rosapenna team on their League success and thank the Portsalon team captain John Logue and all who represented Portsalon Golf Club during this season Donegal League campaign.Gaeltacht LeagueDetails for this seasons Gaeltacht League season has been announced and the Portsalon provisional fixtures are as follows; Nairn/Portnoo at home on 15th October, away to Cruit Island on 12th Nov, away to Cloughaneeley 26th Nov, home to Gweedore 10th Dec away to Dunfanaghy 25th Jan , home to Rosapenna 18th Feb. The Gaeltacht League captains day will be staged at Nairn Portnoo on 22nd April. After a successful term as captain of the Gaeltacht League team Wmillie Mc Clearyhas decided to stand down. The Captain Donal Callaghan would like to thank Willie for all his work over the years in the Gaeltacht League campaigns. Following his successful tenure as captain of over 50’s team club Captain Donal Callaghan will be leading this season’s campaign in the Gaeltacht League as team captain. EventsOn Saturday 8th October there is a members competition .It must be getting close to christmas as the Portsalon club will commence their turkey members competition from Sunday 9th October. On Wednesday 12th October Portsalon will stage gents open stableford competition. The Wednesday open event will be played from the shorter green markers. Time sheets are in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to winner of the open staged on Wednesday 28th was Paddy Sheridan (9) 40 points, 2nd,Daniel Shields (14)35 points Gross Eamon mc Dermott (4) 32 points, On Sunday the winner of the members competition was James Durning (23) 41 points, 2nd Rory Kenny (10) 40 points, 3rd Odhran mc Gowan (17) 32 pointsDrop Off In order to carry out essential maintenance on the 2nd, 7th and 9th fairways from this week until further notice all golfers are asked to drop off the fairways 2,7 & 9. The fairways will be clearly identified. Please ensure that you drop off on either side of the fairway. The captain Donal Callaghan,council and green keeping staff would appreciate your assistance during this repair work.New MembersTime is running out for the special offer of three months free golf for new members to join Portsalon Golf Club and enjoy three months free golf. All you have to do is make your application pay your fees for 2012 and get October, November and December 2011 free. For further information please contact 074 9159459.Placing As from Wednesday 28th September six inch placing on all fairways only was introduced at Portsalon Golf Club.SympathyThe captain Donal Callaghan and the members of Portsalon Golf Club would like ot extend their deepest sympathy to Gerard Mc Gettigan on the sudden death of his brother Paul. May he rest in peace.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comDivot BagsMembers and visitors please note that divot bags are now available on entry to the first tee box. Please ensure that you pick up a bag and assist with the course maintenancePORTSALON GOLF CLUB NEWS was last modified: October 5th, 2011 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:PORTSALON GOLF CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Insurance impasse is over – 2017 Donegal Rally is good to go!

first_imgAN IMPASSE over insurance that threatened to wipe out the entire 2017 motorsport season – including the Donegal International Rally – has ended, it has been confirmed.The season had been in jeopardy due to a massive hike in insurance costs.The crux of the issue was a 25 per cent increase on the premium and a 50 per cent hike on levies. However, the 34 clubs under Motorsport Ireland’s watch have unanimously agreed to what was the only insurance proposal before them. Clubs had a deadline of noon today to come to an agreement.“We are pleased to announce that all clubs have now accepted the insurance arrangements for 2017,” said MI Chief Executive Alex Sinclair.“Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during a very difficult time.”MI had already postponed four events in January. Time was at a premum with the Galway International Rally to take place at the beginning of February. Confirmation of the acceptance means that the 2017 Irish Tarmac Championship season is good to go, while the news ensures that the Donegal International Rally will go ahead in June.Insurance impasse is over – 2017 Donegal Rally is good to go! was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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


first_imgStudents at Letterkenny Institute of Technology are giving something back.The Tea, Tuition and Technology is an intergenerational programme in basic computers for the over 55’s at LYIT in association with Age Action. The aim of the ‘Getting Started’ programme is to introduce older people, with little or no previous computer skills to the basics of computers, email and the internet.Learners will be taught onsite at LYIT on a one to one basis by student volunteers from the Friends in Time Community Outreach Scheme which was established by the LYIT Health and Social Society.This one to one tuition will intilally run over a three week period – Thursday March 14 and 21 and Thursday 11 April 2013 from 12.30pm for a two hour duration.Twelve places are offered on the opening phase of this pilot programme and are free of charge. If the interest is there, it is hoped to impliment the course on an ongoing basis within the college and to bigger numbers. Age Action’s Development Manager Pauline Power was contacted by LYIT student, Aaron Nepgen of 4th year Graphic Design, with his proposal of setting up this basic computer skills course for the elderly at LYIT.Pauline says “In Ireland, approximately 300,000 older people over the age of 65 don’t use the computer or the internet. 1 in 4 use computers, but 75% don’t use computers because of a fear of technology. This initiative is a wonderful contribution to helping older people get connected online”Age Action are very appreciative of the support from LYIT president Paul Hannigan and John Andy Bonar, Head of Development of LYIT for facilitating basic computer skills for older people at LYIT, thereby recognizing the need for positive aging campaigns in Ireland.John Andy Bonar says “LYIT are happy to be holding a course of this nature in association with Age Action, where the learning interests of older people will be facilitated at a pace that suits them. Participants will benefit greatly in the capable hands of our student led tuition in the user friendly environment of LYIT.” SU president, David Heraty has also welcomed the initiative and will provide collection and drop off of participants if required. All bookings for participation will also be taken by LYIT Student Union.With technology being prominent to our way of communicating, more and more information is being shared online, with the result that older people are being socially excluded. There is huge demand for computer courses initiatives such as the one starting in LYIT, to bridge these generation gaps as well as to reduce isolation. Older people benefit greatly from being computer literate.It can assist them to stay actively in touch with family at home and abroad via Skype or email. It can be beneficial to keeping an active mind with online card playing or watching videos just a click away. Learning is lifelong and it’s never too late to learn. A local resident, Peter Toner, a retired gentleman from Letterkenny says “It’s great that young students are not only taking it upon themselves to educate older people on basic computer skills, but also taking their civic responsibility towards and having respect for the elderly.”Aaron Nepgen says “he was inspired to initiate such a programme after coming into contact with older people who struggle with technology.”Aaron is amazed at how quick his support network grew to facilitate the launch of the initiative. He is thankful that LYIT president Paul Hannigan and John Andy Bonnar, Head of Development of LYIT are fully committed to the cause.If you are 55 or over, living in the Letterkenny area, and are interested in availing of this free course of one to one tuition in basic computer skills, please contact SU president David Heraty on 074 9186820. Or if you wish to contact Age Action about the initiative, phone Pauline Power, Age Action Development Manager on 01 475 6989. TEA, TUITION AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE LYIT was last modified: March 5th, 2013 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:LYITlast_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls basketball leads quartet of local teams to make CIF NorCal playoffs

first_imgFor four local high school basketball teams, their 2016-17 seasons haven’t ended with the recent conclusion of the North Coast Section playoffs.Led by newly-minted Division V champions St. Bernard’s, three girls teams and one boys team from the Humboldt-Del Norte League have been selected to participate in the CIF state playoffs, which had its brackets released on Sunday.The Crusaders, who captured their third straight section title this past Saturday, earned the best possible seed head coach …last_img