The Wright View; Much hope for Rio

first_imgFour years after the London Olympics, the hype regarding the safety of the next venue, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, seems to have died down, particularly where track and field is concerned. The start of the lucrative Diamond League series has heralded the onset of several other meets all over the world, giving fans and indeed athletes an opportunity to discover who are the potential finalists in the many events to be contested this summer. Jamaicans got an opportunity, up close, to witness one such early contest with the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet last Saturday at the National Stadium. The meet was well attended and the usual World leading and personal best performances of some of the athletes on show added to the general satisfaction of those who attended or who watched on television. The late withdrawal of some of the big name stars seemed not to have dampened spectator enthusiasm except when it was announced – just before the start of the women’s 200-metre event – that double Olympic sprint champion and Jamaican sprint queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would not be running. The Jamaican hopefuls who did compete, however, gave fans confidence that the prophesy of Olympian and new Member of Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, would be fulfilled. Mrs Cuthbert-Flynn predicted that the nation would surpass the 12 medals garnered at the event in London in 2012. Elaine Thompson (10.79), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.01) in the 100-metre races, Danielle Williams (12.55) in the sprint hurdles, Janieve Russell (54.61), Jaheel Hyde (49.16) in the 400m hurdles races, Javon Francis (44.85) and Novlene Williams-Mills (50.87) in the flat 400m, all showed signs of being in the finals of their events in Rio. This is not to say that the other Jamaicans who competed last Saturday night have no chance in reaching the finals or even medalling in Rio. Asafa Powell looked very good in the early stages of the men’s 200m and his time of 20.45 is not to be sniffed at. However, with his history of groin and hamstring injuries, I am confident that his handlers will encourage him to concentrate on the 100m and the second or finishing leg of the 4x100m relay, of which the nation seems to be a sure pick for the gold in Rio. There were other very notable performances at the JII last Saturday. Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who ran what seemed to be an easy 22.14 in the women’s 200m, was the standout performance of the night. Miller is better known as a 400m runner, who uses the 200m to sharpen her speed in the first 200m of the race. Her body type is reminiscent of another top world class runner (a male) and if she continues to progress (as it now appears), Marita Koch’s very suspicious world record of 47.60 seconds may be in danger. Well, maybe not this year, but definitely before the following Olympics.last_img read more


first_imgPaddy WalshPaddy Walsh – sports fan and sports writer is back after a brilliant first column for Donegal Daily last week. The well-known Letterkenny terrace-talker once again puts his unique slant on all things sport in Donegal and further afield. SAM ENCHANTED EVENING Sitting in Hill 16. Not ON it. IN it. The watering hole in Dublin’s Gardiner Street. And this fellow planks himself beside me. Looks familiar but I’ve had a couple and I can’t quite place him even with those bigger than normal ears he has.Murphy talks to a couple of Dublin lads called Maguire!“Evening”, says I. “Evening,” he returns.We get chatting. Asks me where I hail from and when I answer he says: “Ah, been there a couple of times.”“Oh yeah, which part?”. “Every bloody part. Every single nook and cranny of the place. You name it, I’ve been there, mate…”Last visit, he tells me, 2012. “Mad it was. And then even more madder. You’d think they’d never seen me before the way they went on.”But they had seen him before, he tells me. Back in1992. “Mad then too. First time I’d ever been there and I thought I’d never be back again. You’re all fecking crazy, stark raving the whole lot of ye.”Tells me he’s been living in Dublin this past year but fancies a change of scenery.“I’m thinking. Kerry or Donegal. Been in Kerry a fair few times. Thirty-six if I can remember rightly. Nice place. Some quare views…”“Ah, nothing compared to what we have in Donegal,” I reply. “We’ve views that puts Kerry in the half-penny place. Awesome’s too mild for it.” “Aye, true. But they’re not as mad as ye. I was almost damaged property the last time I was in your neck of the woods. Crazy days. And the nights weren’t half mad either…”“Ever been in Leitrim?,” I ask him.“Where?” he asks.“Or Sligo?.” “Might have passed through but never stopped there.”“Here, will you have a drink?”, I enquire.“Hardly touch the stuff. Except once a year when they fill me up with champagne.”Right, says I, climbing off the barstool. “Must go.”“Oh, you heading back to Donegal?.”“That’s right. Be seeing you….”“Aye, you just might, mate. You just might.”Still couldn’t place him but I’m sure I’ll run into him again…WHAT NEXT FOR THE MIDAS MAN?Some speculation on the future of Jim McGuinness should Donegal find themselves in the losers dressing-room come Sunday evening. Or even the winners enclosure.What next for Jim McGuinness?Will he step down? Vacate the post that he was passed over for by the County Board – truly difficult to believe that – a few short years back?A defeat might make his mind up and the likes of Mayo will be looking on from the sidelines with some interest, assuming James Horan doesn’t reverse his recent decision to quit and never minding the fact that a pack of five led by Kevin McStay are in the running to replace him. Or could Glasgow Celtic take a huge gamble and appoint the Glenties man manager in place of current boss, Ronny Deila, who, even at this early stage, doesn’t look up to the task? No sniggering back there, that age old Donegal connection with the Glasgow club could swing a managerial move that would shock both the world of soccer and Gaelic football.Win, lose or draw this Sunday (and I’d be getting odds on the latter if I was a betting man), most Donegal supporters – all of them let’s face it – will be hoping he stays on for another crack at the ultimate title.Even if Declan Bonner – what a job he’s done with the Minors – might be waiting patiently to step up to the plate.GREENE AND BLUEMany moons ago – and a few more manys along with that one – on a family outing to Downings one Sunday afternoon, I was listening eagerly to the car radio waiting for a result from a Finn Harps away trip to Shamrock Rovers.And finally the R.T.E. sports presenter of the time – a time when there was no internet or social media to catch up on these things – passed proceedings along to Milltown where the familiar voice of Philip Greene sat ready to reveal all.He didn’t quite share the masterful vocal intonations of the recently deceased B.B.C. sports announcer, James Alexander Gordon, who could disclose a result and whether your favourite side had won, lost or drawn, just by the way he stressed the name of the home team, but, nevertheless, our Philip on this occasion gave it away as soon as he opened his mouth.For it was like he had just been given the news that his home had been burgled and his prized collection of Shamrock Rovers match programmes had all been dumped in the garden and burnt to a cinder. I was already dancing a jig on Downings beach when he announced, in seriously doleful tones, that Harps had won by a goal to nil, his beloved Hoops undone by the team from the North-West. He still remained one of my favourite broadcasters of that era simply because of his tendency to drift into describing the birds flying over the pitch or the respective colours of the goalkeepers’ jerseys during a match report but also, more specifically, when he provided the good news (for those of us with blue and white blood at least) that Harps had won in his own backyard.I was reminded of that afternoon last Sunday, this time while walking the dog in Ards Forest Park and keeping an ear out for the latest from Avondale United where Harps were attempting to make it into the semi-finals of the F.A.I. Cup.This time the name of the Cork sports reporter who conveyed the news on R.T.E. that Mickey Funston had given the Donegal side the lead escaped me but his tone suggested that he too might have been the victim of a break-in such was his mournful approach to delivering the news.I didn’t hear him on again but, no doubt, there was a bit more joy when the Munster League side drew level with thirteen minutes remaining, resulting in tonight’s scheduled replay at Finn Park.As Ollie Horgan stressed, Harps have still a lot of work to do to reach that semi-final but that draw in Cork might have been for the best given that it will mean some much required gate receipts even if the two sides are up against, not just one another, but the rival attraction of Manchester City and Bayern Munich on the T.V.The die-hard Harps followers will certainly be there and hopefully the fringe fans might also come along in their hundreds as Harps bid to hit the last four.Incidentally, what with all the green and gold fluttering about the place, it was nice to see the Bank of Ireland on Letterkenny’s Main Street lend their backing to the Harps cause with a large cluster of blue and white balloons framing the front entrance this week…!UNITED IN SPORTThe Sky Sports cameras will have caught an element of true sporting unity in Letterkenny last week.Former South African rugby captain, John Smit, was being interviewed along with a couple of the Wallace brothers, on the balcony of the clubrooms at The Glebe shared by both Letterkenny Rugby Club and Letterkenny Gaels, discussing the fund-raising Rugby Legends cycle which ended in Malin and, no doubt, his eye will have been diverted to the activity on the pitches below.In one corner, the local rugby lads were being put through their paces; further up the field, an even younger set of hurlers were competing in a mini-game; and at the same time on the Gaels pitch, the footballers were parading their skills.As was pointed out more than once on the evening, you don’t get that sort of scene everywhere – rugby and the G.A.A. operating in tandem and doing so with none of the bitterness that might have greeted such a scenario away back in the distant dark days of the ban and all that entailed.Smit, who holds the most international caps for his country at 111, may not have appreciated the relevance of it but his Irish rugby colleagues will certainly have.That SKY Sports coverage will, so I’m told, be broadcast during the forthcoming November internationals and credit to all who took part in the charity cycle including a healthy batch of locals.TENNIS REFERENDUMIf I had a vote in tomorrow’s Scottish Referendum, it would certainly go to the ‘yes’ camp.Yeah, says you, important political move… independence…. going it alone…break off from the mothership.Well, no, it would just be to see how Sue Barker and the rest of them at the B.B.C. would be able to cover Andy Murray at Wimbledon without mentioning the “great British hope’ in every second sentence.FINAL THOUGHTSA warning this week from the I.S.P.C.A. on the painting of animals with the Donegal colours ahead of Sunday’s Big Final.Painting sheep doesn’t have to be ba-baric!A bit too late as I’ve already slapped a couple of dabs of green on the old goldfish.Meanwhile, if the residents of Bonagee in Letterkenny could just sound a foghorn or some other noisy instrument every so often during the game on Sunday it might, just might, prevent a certain local man from falling asleep as he did for the entire duration of the semi-final clash against the Dubs. No names mentioned, of course, but he’ll be scratching his beard wondering how this one got in.And finally, the best of luck – though luck alone won’t do it – to both the Minors and Seniors in their respective Finals against the Kingdom.Get those bonfires ready but don’t set a match to them just yet.WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY – THE DONEGAL DAILY SPORTS COLUMN was last modified: September 17th, 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:donegalPaddy WalshSportWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more

What’s wrong with the Warriors? Steve Kerr shares his thoughts

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors did not hold a long film session or an intense scrimmage.Unlike after their 33-point loss last week to an Eastern Conference contender (Boston Celtics), Warriors coach Steve Kerr decided against punishing his team with that workload following their defeat on Sunday to the Western Conference’s worst team (Phoenix Suns). Therefore, …last_img read more

Council to monitor finance charter

first_img7 October 2004Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has announced the establishment of a 21-member council that will review and monitor the implementation of the black economic empowerment (BEE) goals set out in the financial services charter.The council, made up of representatives of various organisations in the financial sector, was formed in September following behind-the-scenes horse-trading.The Financial Services Charter Council will consist of 21 representatives, six from industry associations, three from the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, and four each from the government, community associations, and labour.Two of the four government representatives in the council will be drawn from the National Treasury, while the Department of Trade and Industry and the Presidency will each have one representative.The announcement follows a meeting between the government and representatives from the different constituencies to resolve the council’s composition.The council is the first of its kind to be established since the government launched its BEE strategy, which encourages different economic sectors to voluntarily draw up their own charters to measure BEE targets.The financial services charter was launched in October last year, and the sector has since been grappling with the establishment of an independent body to oversee the charter’s implementation.Manuel said the council would meet four times a year, with its first session scheduled for 11 October.Manuel noted that though the council’s composition would not please everybody, its formation was “an achievement”. The formation of the council was in the best interest of the country, he said, and the process needed to be nurtured.Derek Muller of the Banking Council said the model was not ideal considering the large number of people involved in the industry. He added, however: “I don’t think you can experience an ideal model … I think all of us collectively agree this is a workable model, though there are concerns.”Kenny Bungane, representing the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, said the council was a starting point and would provide much-needed energy “to test ourselves on how the sector is transforming”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Dream Riders cycle for kids

first_imgNedbank Dream Catchers – riders who raised more than R15 000 in 2012 – from left to right: Bastiaan Smit, finance executive at Nedbank Retail; Veronique Breugelmans, a Reach For A Dream volunteer; Bronwyn du Preez, Business IT Strategist at Nedbank Retail; and, Louise Davies, from Nedbank Wealth.(Image: Nedbank Dream Riders)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nkosinathi MsizaNedbank: Communications+27 11 295 3560Ray MaotaOver 200 youngsters will benefit after a team of passionate and dedicated cyclists raised over R1-million for the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which helps youngsters with life-threatening ailments fulfil their life dreams. A growing teamA team of 488 cyclists took part in the 2012 94.7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg and collectively raised R1 050-million (US$118 801) for various projects. Dream Riders began in 2007 when eight employees at Nedbank, one of South Africa’s big four banks, collected sponsorships from friends and family for every kilometre of the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge they completed.By joining the team, each cyclist commits to raising at least R1 200 ($135) in sponsorships and donations, while riders can ride either the 40km, mountain bike or road race as a Dream Rider. The annual 94.7 Cycle Challenge is the world’s second-largest timed cycle race, after the Cape Argus Cycle Race, which takes place each year in Cape Town.Between 20 000 and 30 000 riders complete the challenging 94.7km course every year. The event’s main sponsors are radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Momentum, the life insurance company. Volunteering to helpKone Gugushe, the divisional executive of corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, explains: “We encourage our employees and clients to volunteer in support of our corporate service initiatives objectives to develop and grow volunteerism in the workplace as a logical extension of our vision-led, values-driven ethos, as well as our deep green aspiration of being highly involved in the community and environment.”Nedbank’s staff members are encouraged to play their part in uplifting and empowering communities through volunteering for such initiatives. Some of those for which they volunteer are: the Local Hero Programme, which encourages and honours individuals who participate in volunteer work by supporting their projects financially; and the Team Challenge Programme, a 10-month staff volunteerism programme in which staff form teams that support various non-profit organisations. Reaching for the dreamGugushe said: “Reach for a Dream gives hope and fulfils dreams of over 200 children with life-threatening ailments in our society and we believe that this contribution will enable them to help more children … Additionally, through such initiatives, we are able to extend our reach and make a meaningful difference where we might not have been able to reach ourselves.”Bronwyn Feldwick-Davis, Reach for a Dream’s projects and marketing manager, said it was a landmark year for the foundation as the number of riders doubled, and together they raised R1-million ($113 147).“This makes the Dream Riders one of our biggest fundraising events of the year and enables us to distribute the funds to all of our seven branches. Nedbank once again sponsored all the costs for the team, for which we are so grateful,” she said. “This allows all the money raised by the cyclists to go directly to dreams and projects and not expenses.” How the money helpsReach for a Dream helps youngsters aged from three to 18. According to Dream Riders, to fulfil a dream for a child who has a life-threatening illness, on average costs R3 500. The diseases that the youngsters who benefit from this project have include cystic fibrosis, HIV/Aids, renal failure, type 1 diabetes, and leukaemia.They have varying wishes, among them going scuba diving, going shopping, going to the airport, going on a steam train ride, meeting the president, and going on a submarine ride.Reach for a Dream says that for children with life-threatening illnesses, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their disease. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness.last_img read more

Man questions MLA Samuel Sangma, gets beaten up

first_imgOne person was seriously injured in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya after an MLA allegedly attacked him for asking “uncomfortable” questions in public on development works in his constituency, officials said on Saturday.According to the FIR filed at the Baghmara station, Freedom Marak sought answers from MLA Samuel Sangma about the tardy progress of development works. In a fit of rage, the MLA started beating up Mr. Marak, who was left with a swollen face and blackened eyes. Another resident was also allegedly beaten up though he did not file a complaint.South Garo Hills SP Abraham T. Sangma said, “We have received the complaint from one person who was allegedly beaten up by the MLA himself for questioning him.”He added, “The matter is currently under investigation and the person who was beaten up has been sent for a medical test.”Mr. Samuel was elected as an independent candidate from Baghmara constituency in the 2013 Assembly elections.A third-time MLA, Mr. Samuel is supporting the Congress government in the State.The incident and the photo of Mr. Marak went viral in the social network sites.“We condemn the attack on an innocent victim who sought to know as a voter. He [MLA] has no right to beat him up,” Civil Society Women Organisation president Agnes Kharshiing said.“A failed MLA should be taken to task and he should be arrested,” A. Rangad, convener, Thma U Rangli-Juki TUR), a progressive people’s group, said.last_img read more

Lenders extend Jet Airways sale deadline by a week to August 10

first_imgMumbai: The lenders to the defunct Jet Airways Saturday decided to extend the deadline for submitting expression of interest by a week to August 10. Late last month, the resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia had floated EoIs for selling stake in the airline that stopped flying mid-April. Today was the deadline putting in the EoIs and have so far received preliminary interest from four parties. “On the basis of the requests received from credible interested resolution applicants for some additional time, the deadline for submission of EoI is been provisionally extended by a week to August 10,” the lenders said in a regulatory filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe extension is to ensure the objectives of the IBC are achieved and also to maximise the value of assets of the debtor, it said. “The revised deadline for submission stands at 4 pm, August 10,” it added. Earlier this week, the lead banker to the airline State Bank of India had approved a Rs 10 crore interim funding and other banks are also in the process of approving the same. This was after the NCLT had on July 23 asked the RP to discuss the salary concerns with the lenders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe tribunal said even if 100 percent cannot be paid to the employees a portion of the salary has to keeping the human interest in mind. The lenders, who own the airline since March 25 with 51 percent stake, had on June 17 sent the airline, which stopped flying on April 17, to the NCLT as they could not get a buyer. As of July 4, the RP had received claims worth over Rs 25,500 crore, including over Rs 200 crore from founder Naresh Goyal, submitted by the holding company of the airline JetAir, but was rejected. State Bank has made a claim of Rs 1,644 crore, including cash credit inclusive of interest, term loans and bank guarantees, followed by Yes Bank with a claim of Rs 1,084 crore, PNB at Rs 963 crore and IDBI Bank at Rs 594 crore.last_img read more

The Bahamas Expression Of Support 11 September

first_img Related Items:september 11 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – The Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through the ministry of foreign affairs has sent expressions of support to the United States on the anniversary of the attack on 11 September. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp This Day in History: September 11th Recommended for youlast_img

Quader urges party men not to make irresponsible remarks

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoRuling Awami League secretary general Obaidul Quader has requested party leaders to refrain from making irresponsible comments that may embarrass the government, reports UNB.Addressing a meeting organised by Shecchasebok League at the Bangabandhu Museum in Dhanmandi, he urged the party leaders not to deliver irresponsible statements that can cross limits and embarrass the government.Suggesting party insiders to conquer the hearts of the people to get nomination for the impending national election, Quader warned their men of not depending on merely framing their photos along with Bangabandhu and Sheikh Hasina for getting the nominations.”Those who are busy doing their publicity using the name of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina have no political commitment,” he said.last_img read more

Gazipur road crash kills truck driver helper

first_imgRoad Accident LogoA truck driver and his helper were killed as the vehicle collided head-on with a covered van on Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Naotana area in Kaliganj upazila of Gazipur on Saturday night.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Naojar highway police outpost officer-in-charge Ohiduzzaman said the accident took place when a Tangail-bound covered van knocked the truck around 10pm, leaving its driver dead on the spot.The helper also sustained severe injuries during the collision.The injured helper was rushed to Shahid Taz Uddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.last_img read more