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A 10-member Sunshine Girls team departed the island on Saturday for Melbourne, Australia, where they will compete in the 2016 Fast5 World Netball Series.Althea Byfield, who is in her first-ever role as captain of a Jamaica netball team, says all the players must play at their best if they are to do well at the championship.”I never thought that this (captaincy) would have been possible. I can’t believe I was selected, but I am overwhelmed to lead this wonderful group of females and I am just excited,” Byfield said prior to the team’s departure.”But I have been putting in the hard work and I have gone over and beyond. I have made a lot of sacrifices and I have worked really hard for this tournament and I am really looking forward to it,” she said.”I expect everyone to pull their weight. Everyone has invested their time and they are committed to the task, so it would be a waste of time to go ‘down under’ and everyone not perform to the best of their ability. So I expect everyone to go out and do their best,” she continued.MULTIPLE MATCHUPSJamaica open against South Africa in the two-day tournament this coming Saturday and will also face Australia and Malawi on that same day. The following day, the Sunshine Girls will play another two matches – against New Zealand and England – in their attempt to advance to the play-offs.The squad includes two newcomers in Gezelle Allison and Trishana Hanson, while veterans Byfield and Kacey Evering have been recalled.”We have been training for six months and I know the other top-five countries in the world have been doing the same, so I have to be there to analyse and assess each team. I can’t say much (on winning title) right now,” said Byfield.”But it’s (Fast5) basic netball, the only difference is the speed and level of intensity. You don’t have enough time to catch your breath because as the ball scores, it’s coming right back,” she said.Jamaica’s best finish at a Fast5 tournament was their silver-medal placing in 2009.SQUAD: Althea Byfield (captain), Anna-Kaye Griffiths, Shantel Slater, Vanessa Walker, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock, Kasey Evering, Vangelee Williams, Nicole Dixon, Gezelle Allison and Trishana Hanson. The team is coached by Connie Francis and she is assisted by Elaine Davis. Also accompanying the team are John Campbell (physio) and Netball Jamaica president Paula Daley-Morris, who is the head of delegation.
Only one Hydel High School student-athlete has ever won gold in the 400m at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships.If the results of last Saturday’s St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) Invitational are anything to go by, that number could grow in 2017. The 34th staging of that development meet saw Hydel taking the top spot in each class of the girls 400m.Speaking after the trio of Shian Salmon, Abigail Brooks and Garriel Whyte clocked the fastest times in Classes One, Two and Three, Hydel head coach Corey Bennett said his team’s 400m training is a little different this year.”You know, we’ve tried to take a different approach and, so far, it seems to be paying some dividends,” Bennett said.Salmon, Brooks and Whyte produced times of 56.35, 56.42 and 57.53 seconds, respectively, on the grass track at STETHS by running strongly from the start.”Not to give away too much, but we have trained in a particular way now and we’re able to attack different parts of the race the way we want to,” added Bennett.Bennett, who directed Taquece Duggan to the school’s only 400m Champs gold medal in the 2015 Class Two final, says Hydel’s runner-up finish in last year’s 4x400m was encouraging.BEST CHAMPS RESULT”A very good STETHS team beat us and we can’t complain too much about that”, he recalled of the best-ever Hydel result in the Champs 4x400m relay.”It’s encouraging and the girls have looked at it with a different mindset now and we just want to have more girls able to compete at the 4x400m and to help the team,” Bennett said.Semoy Hemmings, the anchor leg runner on that silver-medal team, is at college in the United States now. Though she never reached the top step of the podium, she is Hydel’s most consistent 400m runner. She finished her Champs career with a silver medal in Class One last year to add to her silver and bronze in Class Two and Class Three.
Citizens of Garraway Administrative District in Grand Kru County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) for oil palm development.The MOU was signed on Tuesday, April 15, in Garraway district. The signing was attended by nearly 500 citizens of the district, the communication specialist of GVL, Virgil Magee, has disclosed.According to the MOU, GVL will construct schools, clinics, hand pumps, houses, rehabilitate roads, and create employment opportunities among other things, to improve the living conditions of the people.With consultations and community engagements, GVL would operate on approximately 1,870 hectares (or approximately 4,621 acres), according to the MOU.In a brief remark prior to signing the MOU, Elder Moses G. Hne, of Weteken district assured GVL of their commitment to work together.“We the people of this area have worked together with GVL over the past months and have agreed word-for-word to everything included in this MOU that we are signing today. The company did not force us; we decided on our own,” he said.Also speaking at the ceremony was Youth Leader of Garraway, Alex Badio, who said, “The people represented in this paper do not exclude our women, elders, children or the youth. We agreed to this MOU wholeheartedly, because we helped to put most of the things in it,” he said.For his part, GVL Community Affairs and Social Sustainability Manager in Grand Kru County, Ofori Lartey, said, “The MOU meets the consent of both parties. All the items herein were fully discussed by GVL and Garraway citizens. Therefore, GVL is committed to implementing them accordingly. Today’s ceremony affirms all prior discussions we have had with the people of Garraway District in the past,” he confirmed.Augustine Nugba, the Acting Superintendent and Senior Inspector of Grand Kru County, also spoke at the meeting.He expressed joy over the citizens’ decision to invite GVL for oil palm development, which, according to him, will result in the provision of basic social services and employment opportunities. “Several months ago, we as county officials saw this as a good chance to develop this area; so we decided to work with GVL,” Nugba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The executive director of the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA), Mrs. Martha Flanjay Karnga, has cautioned Liberians not to stop adhering to the Ebola preventive measures. Liberians must continue to observe all the measures so as to avoid the reoccurrence of the deadly disease.Mrs. Karnga made the statement recently at the close of four days training on Ebola prevention, organized by BAWODA in Buchanan.She disclosed that during the heat of the Ebola Crisis, BAWODA, with support from the American Jewish World Services(AJWS), trained about 150 persons including Christians, Muslims and community members from Buchanan and Districts #1- 4 in the county.She said the trainees’ capacities were built to educate and sensitize the citizens of the county and members of their churches and mosques about the danger and prevention of the deadly Ebola Virus.She advised Liberians that even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Liberia Ebola-transmission free after nearly 415 days after killing over 4,000 people, the people should not relent and must regularly wash their hands with soap and adhere to other Ebola preventive measures.She pointed out that after the trainees obtained education they were sent into their various communities, churches and mosques to create awareness to eradicate the disease from spreading, something which they did.She commended AJWS and other donors for their commitment to support BAWODA in eradicating, not only Ebola but the implementation of other projects.She also thanked BAWODA personnel for their hard work and cordial working relations which had enabled BAWODA to make significant headway in the county since its establishment in 2003.Speaking on behalf of their fellow trainees, Madam Moniee Gbayou of the African Gospel Leaque Church and Mr. Lamie Gaytaweh of the Vai Town Muslim Community, separately told the Daily Observer at the close of the training that the challenge they faced in their respective communities was that their people did not actually believe that Ebola was a disease that existed in Liberia.“But after we sensitized them about the danger and prevention of the disease, our people recollected their knowledge and accepted that the disease was real,” they said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000An assistant with Belgium during the World Cup, Thierry Henry is being linked with Bordeaux © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONPARIS, France, Aug 24 – Thierry Henry is the name on everybody’s lips in France just now, with the Arsenal legend tipped to return to his home country as the next coach of Bordeaux.The south-western club’s start to the season has been marred by a public row between Uruguayan coach Gustavo Poyet and the board over transfers. Poyet, who took over in January and led Bordeaux to European qualification, was suspended for a week and now looks set to be shown the door.In the meantime, media reports in France say Henry, 41, is keen on the idea of succeeding Poyet at a club who are set to be taken over by American investors.Henry, France’s all-time record goal-scorer, retired as a player in 2014 and has worked as an assistant coach for the last two years with Belgium.Lyon coach Bruno Genesio this week likened Henry’s coaching trajectory to that of his former France teammate Zinedine Zidane, an ex-Bordeaux player.“Henry’s path is similar. He has done his training, taken different jobs where he has had experience of working with a group of players,” said Genesio.If Henry does arrive, he would follow in the footsteps of another 1998 World Cup winner — Patrick Vieira took over at Nice in the close season.Genesio added: “They are former players who have had a big impact on the French game. They bring a lot of media interest and I think it’s good for French football.”Bordeaux have had a terrible start to the campaign, losing their opening two games, including a 2-1 defeat at Toulouse last weekend under interim coach Eric Bedouet.They took on Gent in Belgium in the Europa League on Thursday and on Sunday will face Monaco, Henry’s first club.There is already a familiar name at the top of Ligue 1, with champions Paris Saint-Germain having maximum points after Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score twice in a 3-1 win at Guingamp last weekend.That was Mbappe’s first appearance since starring in France’s World Cup triumph, and the 19-year-old will hope to start alongside Neymar when PSG host Angers.– Balotelli staying, but banned –Newly-promoted outfits Reims and Nimes have also won both games so far, as have Dijon, who go to Vieira’s Nice.Nice are still without the suspended Mario Balotelli, but at least the Italian striker is staying with the club after the collapse of a move to Marseille.Balotelli had been keen to leave, but Nice claimed Marseille refused to meet their asking price of five million euros ($5.8m).Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere then revealed that the former Manchester City and Liverpool player informed the club of a change of heart this week.“Mario told us he wanted to stay for another season. We never forced Mario to stay. In his mind he is 100 percent with us,” Rivere told L’Equipe.For Marseille, losing out on Balotelli followed a chastening 3-1 defeat at Nimes. The news that Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjic is set to join from Red Star Belgrade is a boost ahead of their game against Rennes, however.Player to watch: Nabil FekirNabil Fekir is set to feature for Lyon for the first time since the World Cup © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEAfter winning the World Cup with France, the 25-year-old Fekir was given time off by Lyon and so did not play in their opening two league games.But after a summer also marked by the collapse of a transfer to Liverpool, the Lyon skipper is back and set to play against Strasbourg on Friday.“What happened was difficult for him to digest,” coach Genesio said of his aborted transfer.“But he is at Lyon, his home, and in the Champions League. It could be worse.”Fixtures (GMT)FridayLyon v Strasbourg (1845)SaturdayParis Saint-Germain v Angers (1500), Amiens v Reims, Montpellier v Saint-Etienne, Nantes v Caen, Nice v Dijon, Toulouse v Nimes (all 1800)SundayLille v Guingamp (1300), Bordeaux v Monaco (1500), Marseille v Rennes (1900)0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Former Chelsea defender John Terry has rejected the chance to join Spartak Moscow© AFP OLLY GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Former Chelsea and England star John Terry has rejected the chance to make a shock move to Russian club Spartak Moscow.Terry was reported to be on the verge of signing for Spartak after being flown by private jet to Rome on Friday for a medical. The 37-year-old defender was believed to have been offered a wages in the region of £3 million ($3.9 million) for a one-year deal.Spartak appeared confident of securing the high-profile signing, announcing on social media that they were preparing for “a very important guest”.But after weighing up the move with his family, Terry, who has two children with his wife Toni, has opted against making the switch to Moscow.“After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season,” Terry wrote on his official Instagram account.“They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.“But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time. Good luck Spartak.”Terry spent last season with Championship side Aston Villa, but left after they failed to win promotion to the Premier League.Following Villa’s play-off final loss to Fulham, Terry had considered retiring, but he told the Daily Mail on Saturday that he is keen to keep playing as long as possible.Terry was one of Chelsea’s most decorated players, winning five Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.He also won 78 caps for England and captained his country on numerous occasions before being stripped of the armband after the Football Association ruled he had racially abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
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Serenity Hair & Beauty, Gaoth Dobhair are proud to announce that they will launch their new Day Spa with a ‘Girl’s Day Out’ on Wednesday the 15th of July from 12.00pm-8.00pm!‘Serenity’ will also launch their new Elemis BIOTEC facial at the ‘Girls Day Out’ on the 15th of July. BIOTEC Facial, exclusive to ‘Serenity Hair & Beauty’ in Donegal, is a unique fusion of active formulas, hands on touch and state of the art technology.100% of women who experienced the Elemis BIOTEC Facial agreed that they saw dramatic instant result, including, the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and dryness.With 7 stunning facials to choose from you will leave Serenity with the skin of your dreams.Experience the BIOTEC Facial on our open day for a special price of only €30, this €30 can then be redeemed against future Elemis BIOTEC Facials, Elemis Treatments and Elemis Products in the salon. All clients who avail of the BIOTEC Facial special on our Girl’s pamper day will be treated to a mini make over by serenity’s professional team in the Hair and Make up studio.Call Serenity Hair & Beauty on 0749560700 to book your slot for the Girl’s Pamper Day!SERENITY HAIR AND BEAUTY LAUNCH NEW SPA WITH ‘GIRL’S PAMPER DAY’ was last modified: July 13th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnews
Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Santa Clarita Youth Grove dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, 10-11 a.m. today at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4965. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Murder Mystery Dinner Train will depart, 6:30 p.m. today, Sunday and Tuesday from Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore. Tickets: $89. Call (800) 773-8724. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Don McMillan and Amy Anderson will perform, 9 p.m. today at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $15, or $25.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Sierra Club hike to Slide Mountain, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Matthew Lax at (661) 252-2393 or Geraldine Lorme at (661) 296-0246. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Comedy Club Night with God will feature comedian Anthony Griffith, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission is free, but a donation will be taken for the Hurricane Katrina Victim Family sponsored by Comics4Christ. Call (661) 297-3783. “Love, Gershwin Style” will feature musical creations of George Gershwin, 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call (661) 362-5304. Valentine’s Day show will feature John DiResta and Frances DiLorenza, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $76 per couple includes dinner, show and champagne. Call (661) 259-2291. Moonlight Hike, 6-7 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. John DiResta and Frances DiLorenza will perform, 9 p.m. Friday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!