Russell aims to rule the World

first_imgAfter she dazzled the track and field world with a number of sub 54-second runs in the 400 metres hurdles and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, Janieve Russell has two desires for year 2019. “I want a medal at the World Championships and I want to finish my degree,” Russell told The Gleaner. The 25-year-old was forced to put her aspirations on hold as she sustained a major injury to her right knee and was reduced to getting around in a wheelchair in 2016. The lack of wheelchairs ramps on the campus of the University of Technology meant that Russell was not able to access classrooms and subsequently obtained permission from officials at UTech to delay her studies. But now that she has overcome the injury, Russell said she is ready to take on the mammoth task of becoming the best in the world in the 400m hurdles while finishing up her degree. “I really want to get my degree and I also want badly to win or get a medal at the world championships next year so I will have to manage my time well and stay focus,” the hotel and resort management major said. According to Russell, her burning desire to complete her degree stems from the fact that there were no plans for her to attend university and at the end of the academic year in 2019 she will become the first person in her family to obtain education up to tertiary level. “I am from very humble beginnings and my family couldn’t afford university so they were no plans for me to go to university,” Russell said. “When I got the scholarship to come to UTech it was a big moment for my family.” She continued: “I am going to be the first one in my family to obtain a degree and I really want that.” Russell admits that it will be challenging pursuing her degree while trying to become the best 400m hurdles runner in the world but according to her Shelly Ann Fraser- Pryce proved that it can be done. “Shelly did it and a number of other athletes who were here at MVP did it and because they did it I know I can do it as well,” She said. The former Holmwood High School athlete broke the 54 second barrier for the first time at the Shanghai Diamond League in May when she stopped the clock at 53.78 seconds. And the effort, which she describes as easy, opened up the floodgates for a spate of 53 seconds runs. “When I ran 53 for the first time, I was surprised. It was my first international race of the season and it didn’t feel like a 53. And so my confidence started to grow because I was saying if I ran 53 seconds that easily I think I can go faster,” Russell said. Russell knows that she will have to break the 53 second barrier to become the best in the event as Americans Dalilah Mohammed, Shamier Little and teenage sensation Sydney McLaughlin have all ran 52 seconds already. “I know the competition is going to be very stiff next year but it is all about what you do on the day and so I will prepare to ensure that they have to run 52 low to beat me,” Russell said.last_img read more

14% VAT on private education has not gone away

first_imgDear Editor,I had very much hoped to be able to move on and not have to write anything more about the imposition of the 14% VAT on private education, but two recent events have prompted this letter.A few days ago, I had a very brief meeting with a member of the Cabinet. That person assured me in front of three other persons that “we are going to remove the 14% VAT.” Then I read in the newspaper over the weekend that the President also alluded to a similar position on the part of his government.I asked the minister when the tax would be removed, as already more than 100 students have left Nations because they are unable to bear this added financial burden. The response was “soon, but not just now, as we need so much money to rebuild the prison.”If the decision exists to make the change, then surely that acknowledges that it was a mistake in the first place. I suggested to the minister that the change should be made very soon — in time for the new school year, as students would simply miss their cut-off dates for enrollment on the various international programmes that we offer.In normal life, when we make a mistake, we are surely obliged to acknowledge the fact, correct the wrong as soon as possible, and move on. A change in the next budget in no way meets these requirements of honest self-reflection and effective leadership.Dr Brian O’TooleDirector, School of Nationslast_img read more

Police issues wanted bulletin for 2 Trinidadians

first_imgFake kidnappingThe two Trinidadians implicated in the fake kidnapping of 33-year-old Sawak Maraj on October 27, 2017 are now being hunted by Police.The men, who have been identified as Anil Antonio Mahabir and Vejhy Ramdass, are wanted for questioning in relation to the “Conspiracy to Commit a Felony”.They reportedly escaped from the Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) moments before the Police arrived and found Maraj relaxing.Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the duo is asked to contact the Police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-1389, 227-2128, 226-7065, 225-2227, 225-0575, 911 or the nearest Police station. All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.Maraj was on Tuesday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.He was charged for giving false information to the Police and conspiring with others to commit a felony.The three Trinidadians reportedly conspired and attempted to extort US$700,000 from relatives of Maraj by faking his kidnapping.last_img read more

Aguero sends City top, Terry rescues Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000 Manchester City’s striker Sergio Aguero (R) runs with the ball away from Crystal Palace’s midfielder Yohan Cabaye during the English Premier League football match in Manchester, England, on January 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)LONDON, January 16 – Sergio Aguero sank Crystal Palace to send Manchester City top of the Premier League on Saturday, while John Terry’s 98th-minute equaliser earned Chelsea a remarkable 3-3 draw with Everton.Aguero scored twice, with Fabian Delph and David Silva also on target, as City beat Crystal Palace 4-0, and Terry atoned for an earlier own goal to earn Chelsea an improbable point at Stamford Bridge. City provisionally top the standings on goal difference above previous leaders Arsenal, who visit Stoke City on Sunday, and Leicester City, who travel to Aston Villa later on Saturday.City manager Manuel Pellegrini made a bold approach at a snowy Etihad Stadium by aligning Aguero up front with Kelechi Iheanacho in a 4-4-2 formation.After City goalkeeper Joe Hart had parried an early header by Damien Delaney, Delph opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a skidding 30-yard shot that beat Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey at his left-hand post.Aguero made it 2-0 shortly before half-time with an effort from outside the box that was deflected past Hennessey by the head of Scott Dann.The hosts had left-back Aleksandar Kolarov stretchered off in the 52nd minute with an apparent left calf problem, but Aguero struck again 22 minutes from time by tapping in a low cross from Kevin De Bruyne.The Argentine could have had a hat-trick in the 84th minute, but after sprinting clear of the Palace defence he unselfishly squared for Silva to tap in City’s fourth goal.Champions Chelsea remain six points above the bottom three after interim manager Guus Hiddink avoided the first defeat of his second stint at the club by the narrowest of margins.Everton went 2-0 up early in the second half as Terry scored an inelegant 50th-minute own goal and Kevin Mirallas followed up with a slick turn and shot, both goals created by Leighton Baines.– Spurs back in groove –Cesc Fabregas brought Chelsea back into the game, freeing Diego Costa to round Tim Howard and reduce the arrears in the 64th minute before equalising with a deflected shot less than two minutes later.After Costa had limped off injured, centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori put Everton ahead in the 91st minute from Gerard Deulofeu’s cross, only for Terry to flick home a last-gasp equaliser despite an apparent offside.Tottenham Hotspur tasted victory in 2016 at the fourth attempt with a one-sided 4-1 home success over Sunderland in which Christian Eriksen scored twice.Sunderland, chasing a third straight league win, took a 40th-minute lead when Adam Johnson released Patrick van Aanholt to score.But Eriksen equalised 91 seconds later, following up to score after Sunderland league debutant Jordan Pickford had thwarted Harry Kane, and goals from Mousa Dembele, Eriksen and Kane, with a penalty, gave Spurs victory.Spurs, who occupy the fourth Champions League berth, opened up a five-point lead over Manchester United, who visit Liverpool on Sunday, and a four-point lead over West Ham United, who lost 2-1 at Newcastle United.Jonjo Shelvey shone on his Newcastle debut following his £12 million (16 million euros, $17.3 million) move from Swansea City, sparking the moves that led to early goals for Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum.Substitute Nikica Jelavic hit back for West Ham in the 49th minute after intercepting a back-pass from Chancel Mbemba, but Newcastle held on to escape the relegation zone at the expense of Shelvey’s old club Swansea.Bournemouth pulled five points clear of danger by beating fellow strugglers Norwich City 3-0, with Dan Gosling, Charlie Daniels and £10 million record signing Benik Afobe on target.Meanwhile, James Ward-Prowse scored a fine free-kick and a penalty as Southampton, watched by new striker Charlie Austin, won 3-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Serbian winger Dusan Tadic also scoring.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More homeowners gambling without earthquake insurance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After several years of debate, Karen Kokowicz and her husband decided to buy an earthquake policy to cover their Van Nuys home after the California Earthquake Authority announced rate cuts in 2005. Now, they pay about $100 a month for a basic policy that only covers the structure of their 1,300-square-foot home, not the contents of the house, in the event of an earthquake. “It’s a numbers game,” Kokowicz said. “(Reduced rates) are not going to happen right after an earthquake. But then you wait to see if the rates go down.” Insurance coverage rates for multifamily dwellings, such as condominiums and connected townhomes, skyrocketed everywhere after Hurricane Katrina and Rita caused billions in damages and losses for insurance companies. But rates for single-family homes have climbed more gradually, at least on average. From 1996 to 2006, the average premium paid for earthquake insurance in California rose from $326 to $742 per year, according to the California Department of Insurance. California is as famous for its seismic, geological shifts as it is for its sunshine and celebrities. But despite the state’s shaky foundation, fewer than 12percent of California households carry earthquake insurance, a number that has been in steady decline since the late 1990s, when nearly a third of homeowners were covered. Now, agents say they are getting more calls from consumers asking about earthquake coverage, perhaps because of some big overseas quakes recently as well as the small temblors that periodically hit the Southland. “I think earthquake insurance is the biggest thing I’m selling right now,” said Sara Cohen, an independent insurance agent in West Hills, just a few miles from the epicenter of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. “We had all those little shakers, and then KCET did a big story about bracing for a quake. Then we had the big Peru quake. The feeling behind it is, we haven’t had one in awhile.” Those averages include both private policies and those written by the California Earthquake Authority, a state-run pool created after the Northridge quake to extend insurance to residents living in areas or homes deemed uninsurable by private companies. Authority policies account for about 70percent of earthquake policies in the state. Those averages sound quite reasonable. But they are misleading because so many variables go into calculating cost. Also, as homeowners poured funds into remodeling and home improvements amid the real estate run-up, many homes have become more expensive to insure. More to insure “The replacement value of the home has gone up,” said Bob Stewart, operations manager at the California Earthquake Authority. “It takes more money to replace your home than it did.” Key factors such as the age, size and location of the home can add or subtract thousands of dollars a year in premium. Sometimes the discrepancies defy logic. For instance, Cohen, the agent in West Hills, just wrote policies for two clients who live within three blocks of each other in the San Fernando Valley. Both homes are about 5,000 square feet in size. But one was built in 2007, and one was built in 1965. For the identical level of coverage, through the same insurer, the older house cost a whopping $5,400 a year, compared with $3,500 a year for the new house. With prices like that, it’s easy for people to put off earthquake insurance . Who needs it? “It’s very difficult to get consumers to purchase something that might impact them once in a lifetime,” said Tim Richison, acting CEO of the California Earthquake Authority. “They feel like if they dodged the bullet from the Loma Prieta Earthquake or Northridge, they can do it again.” And now, with energy rates on the rise and the cost of living high in general, earthquake insurance easily gets pushed to the back burner. “Premiums are very different from what they were pre-Northridge and the types of coverage offered … it’s a very different situation,” said Ralph Severt, who runs an insurance agency in Thousand Oaks. “We’re probably talking about premiums 10 to 15 times higher than pre-Northridge premiums, and that certainly makes it less attractive to buy. But anyone who has lived here a long time knows there are relatively severe earthquakes once every 20 years or so, and we’re on that threshold.” Won’t live without it Plenty of veterans of the Northridge Earthquake have had insurance ever since and wouldn’t consider going without it. Joanna Poppink, a licensed family therapist, said her Westwood home suffered substantial damage from that disaster. “Our street was piled high with brick. It moved like a sine wave, and my house rocked like a ship at sea. “This place was completely trashed; I was ankle deep in glass. I needed a new chimney. … If I were as na ve as I was 20 years ago, I would have thought that’s not worth it, but now I know.” She said her current policy carries a 30percent deductible through State Farm and only covers damage to the house, not the contents. Still, she said it makes sense. “I think I pay more and I get less, but it’s still worth it. I could easily have $150,000 in damage.” But other homeowners don’t worry about it. Joanna Pena manages several properties in the South Bay that carry earthquake insurance because the potential losses on stacked condos and townhomes can be gigantic. But she decided years ago that it didn’t make sense to pay about $1,000 a year for earthquake insurance on her own 1950s-era home in San Pedro. “I just don’t perceive it to be a major risk,” she said. “My concern is crystal or artwork, but they don’t cover that.” Debbi Steinfeld, an office manager for an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, says she does not have insurance on her 1919 mid-Wilshire home because it has withstood so many earthquakes already without damage that she doesn’t think it is at risk. “When Northridge hit, my house shifted one way. There were some foundation cracks, and (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) provided the money.” Selective coverage Meanwhile, Steinfeld and her husband, Marc, do pay about $500 a year to insure a townhome they own in Santa Clarita, which is a whole different ballgame when it comes to risk factors, she said. “Santa Clarita is built on a trash landfill. Yes, they built homes there to sustain an earthquake. But I would be a little leery.” “I think people don’t think it’s that important because lenders don’t require it,” said Cohen, the West Hills agent. “They require homeowners insurance, and homeowners think that will cover some of it, but it won’t.” (818) 713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal up Aubameyang bid, Dortmund star drops hint, more Man United signings?

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related stories and other football headlines in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsenal have increased their offer for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a potential club record of £50million. (Bild)It’s still less than Dortmund’s £60m valuation, but the Gunners have reportedly told the German club they have 48 hours to conclude the deal. (The Times)It is claimed French striker Olivier Giroud, 31, has also been part of the negotiations as part of a potential player swap. (Daily Mail)Meanwhile, Aubameyang sent Arsenal fans into a spin with a tweet on Tuesday that was perceived to hint at a deal. Along with a waving emoji the post was signed off “xxxxxxL” – suspected by some to say Arsenal with most of the letters removed. Arsenal are now also the frontrunners to sign West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans after Manchester City grew disinterested. The Gunners are seeking a deal of around £20million for the 30-year-old. (Daily Telegraph)Man City have turned their attention to signing Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte instead, although they may have to cough up £57million to satisfy a buyout clause. (Daily Mirror)With Alexis Sanchez in the bag, Jose Mourinho is plotting another Manchester United signing before the transfer window closes. Nice’s Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, 26, is said to be the United boss’ top pick, with Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian playmaker Fred, 24, also targets – FULL STORY HEREWest Ham have had further talks with Inter Milan over the transfer of midfielder Joao Mario. The Hammers are looking for emergency replacements for injured duo Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini. Inter are reportedly demanding a loan fee and obligation to buy at the end of the loan, while West Ham will also have to pay the 25-year-old’s wages in full. (Daily Mail)Meanwhile, West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, 29, is open to leaving the club, despite manager David Moyes saying the opposite. (ESPN)West Brom are interested in signing former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, 27, on loan, with Borussia Dortmund willing to cover part of the Germany international’s £140,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mail)Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are among the clubs tracking 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. (Daily Mirror)Atletico Madrid and Argentina attacker Nicolas Gaitan, 29, will be offered £120,000 a week to join Swansea. (The Sun)The Swans have also played down reports that 28-year-old midfielder Roque Mesa wants to return to Spain and join Sevilla.Newcastle are ready to break their transfer record to sign Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 29, from Leicester. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest headlines:Ray Parlour believes Arsenal can finally celebrate ‘a decent transfer window’ if they sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and has urged the club to do everything on their power to wrap up a deal for the Borussia Dortmund strikerThe signing of Alexis Sanchez will give Jose Mourinho a selection headache, but it could be less welcome news for Manchester United’s burgeoning young players, believes former coach Rene Meulensteen Gordon Strachan has told talkSPORT he wants his successor as Scotland boss to be Scottish Roma are waiting for Chelsea to make an official offer for star duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri, according to reports in ItalyChelsea midfielder Kenedy was undergoing a medical on Tyneside on Tuesday morning as he closed in on a loan move to NewcastleParis Saint-Germain’s out-of-favour midfielder Lucas Moura has admitted he would be open to a move to Spain this month, amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has dismissed a move for former Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli as a “fantasy story”Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta admits their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can may not be as straightforward as they hopedSerie A giants Roma are ‘unconvinced’ Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge can fill the void left by Chelsea-bound forward Edin Dzeko @Zagad2_ c’ sa le défaut du bay t’aime trop Me mettre des xxxxxxL— Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) January 23, 2018last_img read more

Kilcar ease to landslide win at Glenswilly

first_imgDIVISION ONE winners Kilcar eased to a comprehensive 16-point away win at Glensiwlly this afternoon.Glenswilly 2-4 Kilcar 2-20By Charlie Collins at Pairc Naomh Columba Goals in either half by Matthew McClean and Eoin McHugh on top of seven Patrick McBrearty points saw Barry Doherty’s men comfortable victors.Kilcar were already seven-points up when the Towney men hit the back of the net on 16 minutes. Glenswilly lost possession around the middle and McClean raced clear to blast home.That came just a minute after Gerard McGrenra, the Glenswilly goalkeeper, denied Barry Shovelin with a fine save.McBrearty hit three points in that early flurry for Kilcar. Mark McHugh and McBrearty tacked on points before Shane McDevitt broke the Glenswilly duck.After McGrenra saved brilliantly from Mark Sweeney, Glenswilly bagged two goals in the closing stages of the first period.Oisin Crawford finished well after a good Glenswilly moved and Mark McAteer riffled home just two minutes later.At the break, Kilcar led 1-15 to 2-1 with McBrearty and Ryan McHugh adding points for the visitors.Brian Farrelly hit the post for Glenswilly early in the second half, while McGrenra made another brilliant stop to deny Eoin McHugh a second Kilcar goal. Five minutes from the end, Eoin McHugh rattled the net after sweeping home following a move that began with Ryan McHugh.Glenswilly: Gerard McGrenra; Stephen O’Donnell, Eamonn Ward, Paddy Diver; Mark McAteer (1-0), Ruairi Crawford, Caolan Kelly; Neil Gallagher, Leon Kelly; Caoimhin Marley, (0-1) Joe Gibbons, Shane McDevitt (0-1); Brian Farrelly (0-1), Donnacha Gallagher, Oisin Crawford (1-1). Subs: Ciaran Bonner for O’Donnell (15), Darren McGinley for Farrelly (45), Sean Wogan for N.Gallagher (47), Shane McDaid for D.Gallagher (47).Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Barry Shovelin, Barry McGinley. Pauric Carr; Ryan McHugh (0-1), Brian O’Donnell, Conor Doherty; Ciaran McGinley (0-2), Mark McHugh (0-3, 1f); Matthew McClean (1-3), Paddy McShane, Mark Sweeney (0-1); Eoin McHugh (1-2), Patrick McBrearty (0-7, 6f), Andrew McClean (0-1). Subs: Oran Doogan for Doherty (53), Dara O’Donnell for B.McGinley (53), Pauric McShane for P.McShane (58)Referee: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh) Kilcar ease to landslide win at Glenswilly was last modified: August 18th, 2019 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:2019 All-County Football LeagueCiaran McGinleyEoin McHughglenswillykilcarMark McHughMatthew McCleanpatrick mcbreartyRyan McHughlast_img read more


first_imgA man has been arrested in connection with the murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr – just hours after the funeral of the Co Tyrone policeman.PSNI officers and members of the GAA stood side-by-side today as almost 1,000 mourners turned up in the tiny Tyrone village of Beragh to say a final farewell to the 25 year old.As the funeral was taking place a 26 year old man was arrested in Scotland and is to be extradited back to Northern Ireland for questioning about the bomb which killed Constable Kerr last Saturday afternoon. In a united show of strength, sympathisers from different religious and cultural backgrounds stood united in remembering the short life of Ronan at today’s funeral mass.Many mourners had to stand outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception as people came from across the region to show their determination that Northern Ireland is not about to be cast back into its darkest days.Members of the dead policeman’s local GAA club The Beragh Red Knights took it in turns with PSNI officers to carry Ronan’s coffin the short distance to the church on the edge of this small rural village.Tragic Ronan’s heartbroken family including his mother Nuala, bothers Cathair and Aaron and sister Dairine walked directly behind the coffin. The late policeman’s father Brian died 18 months ago from cancer.A huge churchbell in the grounds of the church was the only noise to break the deadly silence of the April air.Inside the church Fr.John Skinnader, a second cousin of the dead officer, recalled only meeting him a few days earlier and thought what a fine young man he had become.“Seeing him behind the wheel of the police car, I thought to myself, there is the symbol of the new Northern Ireland – a young man living out his childhood dream to be of service to others – to help, protect and to make life safer for others. To be a peace builder in communities and between communities.“Ronan loved life – he loved others – and that is the legacy he left us – not to hate but to love,” he said. He recalled when Ronan was a young boy and that he and his brother Cathair and Aaron were always mucking about and getting into boyhood mischief.“I told him it wasn’t so long ago that he and his brothers were calling me Fr.Ted or Fr.Jack,” he laughed.In his address to mourners, Cardinal Daly appealed to people never to glamourise terrorism.“Parents and grandparents, I beg you – plead with your children and with your grandchildren not to get involved with violence. “Never let them be deceived by those who say that Ireland will be united or the union made more secure by war.“They are wrong. It’s an illusion. Violence has nothing, absolutely nothing to offer except misery and destruction,” he said.“Choose life, I say, choose goodness, choose peace. That is what God is asking of you. That is what the people of all traditions have been saying to all of us, loud and clear, since the moment of Ronan’s tragic death on Saturday last – “We do not want this. You do not act in our name.’ In God’s name stop – and stop now,” he said.To mark Ronan’s life various offertory gifts were brought to the alter. They included a toy car to remember his love of cars, a GAA jersey to remember his love of the GAA and his PSNI hat to remember his love of his career.Tears flowed as those gathered heard how Ronan lived life to the full and had a passion for both Tyrone GAA team and also Manchester United.Among those in the congregation were political leaders from both Northern Ireland and the Republic were also there to mourn the young man who always wanted to be a police officer.They included Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, the North’s First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. It was Mr Robinson’s first time at a Requiem Mass.The various political leaders arrived at the church together having met earlier at Kelly’s Hotel just a few miles away.Also present was Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte who helped to carry Ronan’s coffin, the President of the GAA Christy Cooney and Michael Gallagher whose son Aidan was killed in the Omagh bombing in 1998 just six miles away.A strong national and international media presence kept a dignified distance from the funeral ceremony which was marshalled by both the PSNI and the GAA.Members of the Beragh Red Knights, the PSNI, and local schoolchildren from Drumduff Primary School formed a guard of honour as the body of PSNI number 23536 was carried into the church.Taoiseach Enda Kenny ordered the tricolour to be flown at half-mast for two hours today as a mark of respect to the young officer killed by a car bomb in Omagh on Saturday afternoon last.Investigators hunting down those responsible for placing the booby-trap bomb beneath Constable Kerr’s car have already joined forces with Crime-stoppers who are offering a €57,000 reward for information leading to the killer’s capture.After his funeral mass, the body of Constable Kerr was taken to St.Patrick’s graveyard in nearby Drumduff where he was buried.Overhead grey skies looked down on the mourners who had hoped that the last sad chapter in Northern Ireland’s history had already been written before last Saturday’s brutal murder.They can now just pray that Ronan Kerr’s was the last. EndsMAN ARRESTED AS PSNI AND GAA STAND UNITED TO SAY FINAL FAREWELL TO TRAGIC RONAN was last modified: April 6th, 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:arrestbombmurderPSNIRonan Kerrlast_img read more

The Rovers Review podcast 02/06/2019

first_imgThe Rovers Review podcast this week with Mark Rossiter and Johnny Dunleavy sifts through the high of last week’s 2-1 against Bohs in Dublin, and the low of that 4-0 loss to champions Dundalk at Oriel Park. But, trust us, the glass is half full… play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Rovers Review 02/06/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. To contact The Rovers Review, email Rovers Review is broadcast on Ocean FM every Sunday evening at 6:25pm-ish.last_img read more

Team South Africa profile: Austin Smith

first_img11 May 2012“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary”. That’s the motto that drives the captain of the South African men’s hockey team, Austin Smith.Under coach Gregg Clark, Smith recently led South Africa to a stirring 2-1 victory over Japan in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara to claim the last available hockey place at the London Olympic Games.That victory brought to an end a tough qualifying road for the South African men’s team. They were guaranteed a place at the Olympics after being crowned African champions in September 2011, but the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) ruled that they would have to prove themselves against tougher competition to secure a place in London.Narrow missSascoc tasked the South Africa team with finishing at least runner-up in the Champions Challenge. They narrowly missed out on achieving that finish; a 3-1 win over world number eight Argentina left South Africa in third place.That left Smith and company with the option of winning the qualifying tournament in Kakamigahara, or staying at home while the South African women’s team, which won an Olympic qualifying tournament in New Delhi, went to London. Thankfully for the men’s team, they did what was necessary.Smith will be playing in his second Olympics. Previously, in 2008 in Beijing, he finished as the team’s top scorer, netting four times as the side finished a disappointing twelfth, without a win. Four years on from Beijing, Smith will lead a much better team in London.Sacrifices and commitmentIt has been quite a journey to the top for Smith, and it has required some sacrifices and huge commitment to his chosen sport.The youngest of four children, he began playing the game at the age of five. With the guidance of his siblings and of parents who played competitive hockey in South Africa and the United Kingdom, the game came to him quickly.He found a mentor at school in speedy former national striker Murray Anderson, who encouraged Smith to focus his energy on hockey. Anderson believed that his young protege had it in him to become an international player, and Smith was just 12 years of age at the time!National coloursIn high school, he represented his province at under-13 level and then earned national colours in the under-16 and under-18 age groups, and captained both teams.In March 2004, aged only 18, he earned his first call-up for South Africa in a three-test series against Canada. “It was an incredible feeling walking onto the field to play my first match for South Africa, and it remains a special moment every time I wear the green and gold,” he said in a recent interview with the South African Hockey Association.Smith, though, later admitted that he wasn’t quite ready for the big step up and said he felt out of his depth. Once he had the opportunity to train regularly with the national team, he began to feel more comfortable.ReadingThe following year, Smith played for South Africa at the Under-21 World Cup in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He also joined top English club Reading, where he remained for four years.“Playing in the English Premier League made the biggest difference in my game. The standard of the training sessions was what I enjoyed the most. Although we only trained for two hours twice a week, with a game on the weekend, the quality of what we did, and with the players I had around me, made it top quality,” he said.“I chose Reading Hockey Club because of the level of players that were already there. It meant that every time I trained I needed to be at my best, and my game rapidly developed in all aspects.”During his time with Reading, the club won the English Premier League twice and made the last eight of the European League in consecutive years.Olympic dreamIn 2008, Smith realised a lifelong dream when he took part in the Olympic Games. He was named the South African men’s Player of the Year, as well as Reading Hockey Club Player of the Year.The following year, he was appointed captain of South Africa. He also made a move from the UK to The Netherlands, joining Den Bosch to play in the Dutch League, regarded as possibly the best league in the world.That same year, 2009, Smith was named in the World All Star Team, proof that he had elevated his game to among the elite of the hockey world.World CupHe helped South Africa qualify for the 2010 World Cup by leading the team to victory in the African Championships.They finished tenth in the World Cup and placed fifth at the Commonwealth Games. Smith was once again named South Africa’s Player of the Year.In 2011, he led South Africa to the title of African champions once more.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more