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Coach wants to lift ‘average’ fitness levels

first_imgSunshine Girls head coach, Jermaine Allison-McCracken, has described the fitness of the fourth-ranked Sunshine Girls as “average” and has warned that they will have to improve on and off the field to get to the level of their top international rivals. Allison-McCracken, the holder of a United Kingdom level two coaching certificate, said earlier this week that she is looking to toughen up the Sunshine Girls both physically and mentally. “At the moment, their fitness level is average, and they haven’t been training that hard. … . If we are going to compete with them (top rivals), then we will have to have that same sort of approach,” the coach said. The new coach is in the process of starting training regimes like gym work, running, teaching sessions and swimming to her squad over the next six months. Her plan is to have the team near the intensity levels of perennial top three teams; Australia, New Zealand and England. CAN BE NUMBER ONE “I am tough. I know where I want them to be. I think they can be at world number one, and I am gonna do my utmost to get them there, but I can’t do it without them. “They have to have the passion, they have to want it, and have to be able to see that they can get it,” she underlined. According to the head coach, the Sunshine Girls will need to be professional in all aspects. “I know where they are now, and I know where I want to get them to. Some of them may not like the end product, in which case they can choose to leave at anytime, but I am looking for committed athletes,” Allison-McCracken pointed out. She stressed it will be a lot of hard work to become world class athletes, adding that raw talent will not be enough. “Raw talent will get you so far, and it’s got them (Sunshine Girls) to number four. If they want to be competing with one, two, and three, then they have to put in the same amount of work as the Australians, New Zealanders and English, who are all professional athletes,” she told The Gleaner. The coach added that all netballers under her charge will have to begin taking their craft very seriously as athletes.last_img read more

With All Our Might, Liberians, Guineans and Sierra Leoneans Must Fight WHO and CDC…

first_imgEven as reports from throughout Liberia, including some of the epi-centers of the deadly Ebola virus, say it  is rapidly receding, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for  Disease Control are still making alarming and apocalyptic ‘predictions’ that Ebola will continue to spread by massive proportions well into January 2015.The question that readily comes to mind is, What are these two global organizations up to?  After taking a full six months to respond to this deadly emergency in three West African countries where people were dropping dead in their thousands, WHO is still insisting that Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000.Pessimistically worse yet, the Atlanta-based United States government’s CDC says that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people may be infected by January.  And now the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases have just come out with another dreadful prediction, that “unless accelerated efforts to control the disease are made, the virus, by mid-December, will infect 171,000 and kill 90,000 people in Liberia alone.Are these grim predictions real? Are they a ploy to attract more world response against the epidemic, or are they designed for something else?When last week President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Foya in Lofa County, where Ebola first broke out in Liberia from across the border in Guinea, there had been in the past three weeks NO new cases reported in Lofa.  In addition, the Ebola Treatment Center in Foya was practically empty.   In Ganta, Nimba County, which lost over a hundred people, reports are saying that there are no new cases there either, and that the death toll has diminished.Even in Monrovia, reports coming in to this newspaper say the cases are going down, and that most ETUs have limited occupancy.  Our Senior Reporter Omari Jackson visited several communities around Monrovia, many of them badly affected slums, and reported that the people were in a thanksgiving mood because the number of infections and deaths were way down.Reporter Jackson said people were very upset that WHO and others were saying the reason the numbers in ETUs were down was that ‘infected’ people were staying away for fear of Ebola stigma and cremation.   He said he found no one in the several communities visited who held that view.  Many were upset with the WHO and CDC for giving these alarming predictions.  The people interviewed by Reporter Jackson said that just as they were beginning to feel a welcome sense of relief, given the visible decline in the viral infections and deaths, these WHO and CDC predictions were causing them great discomfort and anxiety.Reporter Jackson discovered another highly positive development: people are religiously following all measures of prevention, including washing their hands, not touching one another or dead bodies and insisting that anyone suspected of any kind of infection is immediately sent away from the neighborhood and led to a center where that person can be tested. In other words, the people are no longer hiding their sick, but doing what they know they must do to fight the virus.  So we expect corresponding encouragement from all the partners, including the international bodies.With the virus receding, it will be interesting to see what will happen in the 17 ETUs nearing completion by the American military contingent and by the Chinese and other partners.  Reporter Jackson visited the latest one at the new Defense Ministry premises and found that there were so far no patients there.It is an historical fact that Liberia has never before faced a health crisis like this one.  The WHO and CDC predictions, even as our people are responding robustly to the established preventive measures, have presented us with another very serious challenge:  just as President Ellen Johnson said a week ago, we must REJECT these predictions by fighting with all our might to resist this virus and expel it from ourcountry and the Mano River basin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police arrest prime suspect in Tucville mechanic’s murder

first_imgDead: Orrette WestAlmost four months after 29-year-old Orrette West was stabbed to death at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara, over an old grievance, Police ranks arrested the main suspect on Thursday.West, a mechanic of Tucville Terrace, East La Penitence, was stabbed once to his chest and once to his abdomen on the morning of June 4, while hanging out at the Plaisance Railway Embankment.His attacker, who hails from Guyhoc Park, Greater Georgetown, had fled the scene immediately after injuring the mechanic and had been in hiding since.However, Guyana Times was informed by sources that on Thursday morning the Police received information about his whereabouts and went to Albouystown, Georgetown, where they arrested the suspect.The Police source further indicated the suspect was interrogated about the incident and subsequently confessed to killing the 29-year-old mechanic. He is expected to be charged and brought before the courts as early as today.Eyewitnesses had told this publication that West was dancing with a woman when the suspect walked towards him, hugged him and inflicted the wounds.West collapsed and was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Relatives of the dead man had revealed that the post-mortem confirmed that he died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest.Guyana Times was told that the stabbing might have stemmed from a December 2015 incident involving the two men.However, on the day of the stabbing, the dead man’s mother told this newspaper, her son did not have any issue with anyone, and refuted the claims that he was involved in a fight with the suspect.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP seek public’s assistance in locating missing person

first_imgUPDATE – As of 4 p.m. Monday – Megan Butler has been located.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 30-year-old Megan Butler.According to RCMP, Butler was last seen at her residence in Fort St. John on June 3.- Advertisement -RCMP say they have not been able to get in contact with Butler or determine her whereabouts and consider her a high-risk missing person.Butler is described as:Indigenous female5’2 (157 cm)120 lbs (54kg)Long, dark/black hairBrown eyesPiercing in her lower lipAnyone with information regarding Butler’s whereabouts is being asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Advertisementlast_img read more

250,000 expected to see new Hollywood holiday parade today

first_imgContinuing a holiday tradition, more than 250,000 people are expected to turn out today for the new Hollywood Santa Parade. With the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce abandoning its sponsorship of the annual parade, city government has stepped in to back a scaled-down version of the parade along Hollywood Boulevard. Bob Barker, the longtime host of “The Price is Right,” is serving as grand marshal, and, in addition to traditional holiday greetings, he will be urging residents to spay or neuter their pets. Among others expected to participate are cast members from “Dancing with the Stars,” “Wicked” and “High School Musical.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere is no charge to attend the parade, although grandstand seats cost $35. A number of streets in the area will be closed during the event, and Los Angeles police officials said they will strictly enforce parking restrictions. Today there will be no parking on Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street, Yucca Street between Gower Street and Highland Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard between Formosa Avenue and Western Avenue, and Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue. Also, there will be no parking on Selma Avenue between Gower Street and Highland, Lanewood Avenue between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue, Sunset Boulevard between Western Avenue and Formosa Avenue, De Longpre Avenue between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue between Bronson Avenue and Cahuenga Avenue, Lexington Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard between Hobart Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, and Melrose Avenue between Western Avenue and Highland Avenue. Other streets in the area will also be affected, and drivers are urged to look for street signs limiting parking.last_img read more


first_imgLough Anna in Glenties.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has said that he is hopeful that a resolution can be found to the on-going controversy surrounding plans by Irish Water to decommission Lough Anna.Deputy Doherty, who has urged both the Minister and the utility company to reconsider the proposals, made his comments ahead of a planned meeting today in Lifford at which Irish Water is expected to make an announcement over the future of the Glenties water supply – including plans for Lough Anna.Deputy Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said “The local community here felt that Irish water’s proposals to reconfigure the area’s public water supply and service the region using an alternative public water source – which they felt would be of an inferior quality – was not in the best interest of the people here and therefore launched an impressive campaign against the plans.” “Back in July when I first became aware of this matter I immediately wrote to Minister Alan Kelly in which I urged him to intervene in Irish Water’s plans which would have seen the closure of the much beloved natural spring lake, Lough Anna.”“Following this correspondence, and given the huge level of public opposition to these proposals, the Minister agreed to re-exam the plans and requested that the company report back to him and provide updates to myself before any formal decision to proceed be made.”The Donegal TD said he now understood that Irish Water has since revisited their original proposals and that a review of the plan has been carried out by the company.“I have now received confirmation from Irish Water that they are to hold a briefing session concerning the Glenties water supply this Monday in Donegal County Council offices and that an update on the future of Lough Anna will also be given at this meeting.” “I of course welcome this development and I am very hopeful that an appropriate solution will be announced on Monday which I would expect will see the retention and upgrading of Lough Anna as a public water source.”“My party colleague Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher, who has been working alongside myself and the local community regarding this issue, is to attend tomorrow’s briefing session where we will also be calling for Irish Water to give a commitment that any plans to improve water quality in the region will also include the upgrading of the water supply to Fintown which has unfairly experienced poor quality supply for years now.”“While I reiterate that I am very hopeful that we will hear good news tomorrow regarding the future of the region’s water network, I cannot praise enough local communities around Glenties who’ve stood up and fought a very impressive campaign to save Lough Anna.”DECISION ON GLENTIES WATER SUPPLY DUE TODAY was last modified: November 30th, 2015 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyGlentiesLough Annalast_img read more

Red Bluff girl named finalist for Wrangler National Finals national anthem contest

first_imgRed Bluff >> At 16, Red Bluff’s Ellie Fletcher swam the Alcatraz Invitational and now at 17 she’s taking the singing world by storm in a contest for the chance to sing the national anthem at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.Fletcher, the daughter of Greg Fletcher and Linda O’Sullivan, competed against hundreds for the opportunity and was chosen Sept. 27 as one of six finalists for the open category. The youth category has three finalists.“I sang at the Red Bluff …last_img read more

There’s a big, costly problem with the 49ers and Raiders’ rebuilds

first_imgThursday night’s game between the Raiders and 49ers in Santa Clara is perhaps the worst primetime game in the history of the NFL — a true Toilet Bowl between two teams with a combined two wins at the halfway point of the season.This has truly been a lost fall for Bay Area pro football — Jon Gruden decided to spectacularly rebuild the Raiders just before the start of the season, and the 49ers, in year two of their rebuild, lost any chance of relevancy the moment Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in …last_img read more

ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, Hyderabad FC vs Kerala Blasters FC: Marcelinho, Stankovic Give Hyderabad 2-1 Win

first_imgKerala Blasters return to action after a week and they will hope to take advantage of their long break. After their loss against Mumbai City FC, Kerala will be hoping for a win against Hyderabad. Kerala Blasters’ captain Bartholomew Ogbeche will be key to his side, as he has found the back of the net twice this season.Kerala Blasters head coach Eelco Schattorie will also be hoping for a much-improved defensive display from his team, especially from set-pieces. Their weakness from set-pieces was repeatedly exposed in their game against ATK in the season opener. The creativity of Marcelo Pereira will also need to be contained by the likes of Jairo Rodrigues and Gianni Zuiverloon, who have mostly looked solid at the back for Kerala so far. Hyderabad FC’s head coach Phil Brown, plagued with injuries, will face a task when choosing his starting XI. Hyderabad will have to make some drastic changes in defense, after conceding eight goals in two matches. Moreover, with Bobo, Giles Barnes, Nestor Benitez and Rafael Lopez, all injured or unavailable, Hyderabad are left with just three foreigners. Sahil Panwar is also set to miss out with injury.As for their attack, Hyderabad need Marcelo Pereira and Robin Singh to click soon if they want to make more of an impact. Hyderabad have scored only one goal so far (Marcelo Pereira).last_img read more