MoBay City Run eyed as major sports tourism event

first_imgStill in its infancy with only two stagings, the MoBay City Run 5K and 10K walk/run is being viewed as a major sports tourism calendar event in the resort city of Montego Bay.With its growing popularity, the event has been attracting good corporate support and an increasing number of participants.MoBay City Run Three – which is set for May 1, on the 36th anniversary of Montego Bay being declared a city – was launched at the Holiday Inn Resort on March 8 with an impressive line-up of sponsors.Courts and two of its subsidiaries have committed $1 million in support, while Solo Jamaica has pledged $500,000 and the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association gave its endorsement with a donation of $50,000. Also giving strong support to the event are Sandals, ATL, Holiday Inn and Jet Blue, among other sponsors.The Courts million-dollar sponsorship will include gifts of TV sets, exercise equipment and a Sony music system. And with some 3,000 participants expected for the MoBay City Run, JetBlue will be giving four airline tickets to the first male and female winners for both the 10k and 5K runs.Additionally, MoBay City Run will give $10,000 each to the male and female winners of the 10K race, while the respective winners of the 5K run will each collect $7,000 cash.The event targets corporate involvement and there is a trophy for the largest corporate team, plus prizes of JetBlue airline tickets, appliances, vacation at participating hotels and others.Delivering opening remarks at the launch, logistics coordinator, Nicole Allen, said: “The synergy that MoBay City Run engenders must continue the process of integrating all social classes in this powerful and strong growth corridor.”ASSISTING HUNDREDSShe described the two-year-old event as not just good and necessary because the proceeds assist hundreds of tertiary students with their education, “but it unifies us as Montegonians, breaking down the barriers of social class, station or political affiliation”.Noting that Montego Bay has been rated as the ninth most popular destination for American tourists over the last three years, Allen added: “MoBay City Run has become the calendar sporting event in the tourist landscape.”The 2015 staging saw the participation of many overseas runners, which is being encouraged with backing from the Jamaica Tourist Board.Allen said by 2020, the MoBay City Run aims to include on its calendar of events, a half marathon on par with Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon and those of Miami, Chicago or New York.”It is for that reason that MoBay City Run saw it fit and necessary to engage the professionalism of Mr Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis of Running Events Jamaica Ltd to help us achieve our mission,” she disclosed.last_img read more

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Fire Destroys 14-Bedroom House in Redlight

first_imgA midday fire disaster, which struck the Bassa Town Block ‘A’ Community, Redlight, Paynesville, yesterday destroyed a 14-bedroom house. The incident has made several occupants homeless and scattered or totally destroyed personal belongings.No human casualty was reported, but the fire burnt almost everything, including money kept by occupants.The cause of yesterday’s fire up to press time has not been established.Thanks to the quick intervention of fire fighters from the Liberian National Fire Service (LNFS), who arrived on the scene quick enough to quench the fire before it began to spread to other makeshift structures nearby.Alongside the firefighters was a handful of Police officers (LNP), who, too, were with their counterparts from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). They were seen taking notes.“Even though the firefighters arrived very late when the house was already burnt to ashes, they poured enough water that quenched the remaining blaze,” a victim of yesterday’s disaster, Massa Kromah, said as she searched through the charred rubble  for whatever was left of her belongings.Most of the victims are Guineans, who because of their trading activities, were out selling at various market sites in the Paynesville, Redlight Community when the incident occurred.Manyamu Kamara, a mother of four, remembered the exact amount of US$1,000 and L$8,000 that the fire had consumed in her dwelling when she was out selling her market.“I prepare morning ‘kalama’ (a local breakfast produced by most Mandingo women) (to sell) all around the communities, because this is how I earned the money that was burned including my other things,” lamented Ms. Kamara.She had just returned from selling when she saw the house on fire.Two of the house owner’s, brothers John and Alphanso Sarffo, told the Daily Observer that they individually received calls informing them that the house of their brother (not named) was on fire.“We came rushing here to see for ourselves what has happened. For now, we cannot say how much damage the fire has cost, because most of the renters are people who are not accustomed to banking, but rather kept their money in the house,” they said in two separate interviews with this newspaper.Although this paper gathered that the fire was caused by pieces of unquenched charcoal in a coal pot left unattended by a renter who had cooked in the hallway, the police and firefighters are yet to confirm the information as their investigation was ongoing.Several of the renters, mainly the women had video and TV sets in their rooms, but they lost everything in the fire.Meanwhile, the victims have appealed to the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) and the government or any of the humanitarian organizations operating in the country to come to their aide in the shortest possible time to restore their ‘lost hope.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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EBOLA Fear Leaves Sanniquellie Hospital Deserted

first_imgThe fear of Ebola has left the George Way Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie vandalized as nurses and patients fled after a man suspected of having Ebola when to the hospital for treatment.Reports reaching the Daily Observer said on Thursday, July 17, the man who was believed to have come from Monrovia went to the hospital to be treated after coming down with suspected Ebola symptoms.Sources said upon noticing that the case was Ebola, the nurses on the ward and admitted patients took up to their heels and fled, leaving the hospital deserted.The hospital is yet to resume normal duty since last week as citizens, as well as the nurses and doctors are still afraid to return.According to a local radio station, the suspected Ebola patient later fled Sanniquellie and headed for Gbehlay Geh, where he was pursued and brought back to; but his whereabouts are presently unknown.Some of the nurses who fled the hospital told this paper that they fled because there are no protective gears to handle anyone presenting Ebola symptoms.Prior to the alarming news of Ebola, the Nurses’ Services Director at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Mrs. Nora K. Sandi, told this paper in an exclusive interview that the hospital doesn’t have any protective materials to cater to anyone who may come down with Ebola.“The news about nurses deserting hospital makes many to feel vulnerable to any sickness which might appear like Ebola,” a man, who had also gone to the hospital with another sickness but was not treated, said.“If anyone comes down with any fever regardless of it not being Ebola, you are likely to die because nobody will be there to cater to you,” most residents of the county are saying.There is careful movement of people around the streets of Ganta and other places in Nimba over the alarming news of this deadly disease.Normal operations are ongoing at the Ganta Hospital and other hospitals including Jackson F. Doe Referral Hospital, as well as clinics around Nimba; but they, too, may desert their posts when a suspected case presents itself, because of the lack of protective materials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘I wouldn’t be happy either’: Scholes writes off joyless United

first_imgThe former England midfielder pointed to a gulf in class — and playing styles — with Pep Guardiola’s free-flowing Manchester City, who won the title 19 points ahead of their neighbours last season.United begin their campaign against Leicester City on Friday, after a downbeat pre-season when they lost 4-1 to Liverpool and Mourinho voiced his frustration over a lack of new signings.“It doesn’t really look like the players enjoy… playing the way they do,” Scholes told AFP in Hong Kong, where he was promoting 433 Token, a blockchain-based system aimed at nurturing young talent.“If I was there playing… in that style of play, I wouldn’t be happy either,” said Scholes, who won 11 titles and two European cups at United under Alex Ferguson.“As a manager, you want your team to entertain… That very, very rarely happens at United these days.”The latest salvo from the TV analyst follows a highly publicised run-in with Mourinho last season, when the Portuguese thundered: “If Paul one day decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 percent as successful as myself.”– ‘Difficult position’ –Scholes said the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss, whose sour demeanour in recent weeks has triggered speculation over his future, now finds himself in a “difficult position”.“If his team don’t do well, if they’re not playing well, they’re not entertaining people, not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go, yeah,” Scholes told reporters.“But he’s got great experience, he’s been at top clubs. He’s been in difficult positions before. He’s in a difficult position now, I think, but he needs to try and find a way out of it.”He added: “It just doesn’t look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league.”Manchester United have had a difficult pre-season under Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. © AFP / Christof STACHEScholes also urged French World Cup-winner Paul Pogba, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona and is said to have a difficult relationship with Mourinho, to stay put.“What his relationship with Mourinho is like, I don’t know from the outside. The one thing that does surprise me is Barcelona: I don’t see him as a Barcelona player,” said Scholes.“He’s (got) a different style to them. But Paul’s a really talented player. I want him to stay at United.”Scholes is not the only one from United’s famous “Class of 92” to have questioned Mourinho’s management. Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have also been less than enthusiastic in their assessment.And Scholes said United may have missed a trick in not appointing Giggs, now manager of Wales, when Ferguson retired in 2013, pointing to Barcelona and Real Madrid’s shrewd gambles on Guardiola and Zinedine Zidane.“We don’t seem to be brave enough in England to do that. I think United had a great chance to do that with Ryan Giggs. They didn’t take it,” he said.“For some reason, they wanted to go down the safe route. And you’d have to say, was that the right thing to do? You’re five years down the line, not really.“Okay, they’ve won the Europa League, they’ve won the League Cup (both in 2017). But look, they’re not the trophies United want. They need the big ones.“So you’d have to say taking a risk with someone like Ryan or somebody else, a young up-and-coming manager would’ve been a safer bet.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says manager Jose Mourinho is in a “difficult position”. © AFP / Anthony WALLACEHONG KONG, China, Aug 9 – Manchester United legend Paul Scholes said the team look unhappy and have little chance of winning this season’s Premier League, warning that Jose Mourinho needs to quickly turn their fortunes around.Scholes said “I wouldn’t be happy either” playing Mourinho’s pragmatic brand of football, in comments that threaten to reignite his feud with the Portuguese manager.last_img read more

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West Ham boss delighted after Everton win: ‘We never lost our composure’

first_img1 Slaven Bilic’s Hammers hit three goals in the final 12 minutes West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admits even he did not know what to do when Dimitri Payet’s last-minute winner went in to keep their Champions League dreams on track.Trailing 2-0 to 10-men Everton – who had Kevin Mirallas sent off in the first half – after goals from Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon the Hammers responded with three goals in the final 12 minutes.Michail Antonio and substitute Diafra Sakho struck within four minutes of each other before Payet popped up in the six-yard area to send the travelling support – and Bilic – into rapture.“I didn’t know what to do. I went down [the tunnel] to calm down and came back straight away,” he said.“It was a great comeback, a great game. To do it like this is unbelievable.“Of course they are going to cause you problems with Lukaku, Lennon, (Ross) Barkley but when we had the ball I always had the feeling we could do it.“I said at half-time ‘We are one down but we are going to do it. We have to be less sexy and more lethal in front of the box’.“We knew it was not going to be one-sided match when you have a player like Lukaku.“When they had the ball, he makes that one-player loss less visible. He creates mayhem.“To come back like this nobody can deny we didn’t deserve it. We showed our quality, we showed our stubbornness and we got a great win.”The turning point was when goalkeeper Adrian saved Lukaku’s 69th-minute penalty which would have put the result beyond West Ham.But from that moment they were resurgent and Everton failed to deal with everything their opponents threw at them.“If they had scored that penalty they would have won the game maybe 3-0 or 4-0,” added Bilic.“What I am pleased the most about – apart from three points – is we never lost our composure, our patience.”last_img read more

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Suduva vs Celtic: Europa League match preview, predicted teams, plus more

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Most Popular Football Stories After the disappointment of last week’s Champions League exit, Celtic must dust themselves down and get ready for a new challenge.Up next they face Lithuanian side Suduva as they attempt to qualify for the Europa League group stages. gameday cracker 3 Rodgers persuaded Arzani to join possible standings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Team news:Celtic could still be without £9million summer signing Odsonne Edouard with the knock that has kept him out of their last two matches since the defeat to Hearts on August 11.Dedryck Boyata could return after his dispute with the club over his failed transfer away from the club, while new loan signing Daniel Arzani could make an appearance too.Suduva will be without Alassane N’Diaye who ruptured a knee ligament earlier this year. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? What are the managers saying?Brendan Rodgers (Celtic): “Our identity is very much around aggression and intensity in our press and we were nowhere near that. It’s been a brilliant couple of seasons here and we can still have that this season, but on the back of a long week, it’s something that can prey on the players’ minds but this [win over Partick Thistle] will be good for their confidence.” 3 smart causal BEST OF How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Celtic players celebrate their win over Partick Thistle at the weekend. center_img revealed England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won predicted latest 3 silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Brendan Rodgers’ side crashed out of the Champions League to AEK Athens Brendan Rodgers’ side are back to winning ways after successive defeats thanks to a 3-1 Betfred Cup victory over Partick Thistle.But will they be able to get a first leg advantage in Marijampolė?Fans will certainly hope it will be a similar tie to the UEFA Cup clash which saw them win 10-1 on aggregate in 2002 with the same opponents. impact whoops Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Predicted XISuduva: Kardum; Leimonas, Gajduchik, Jankauskas; Slavickas, Svrljuga, Cadjenovic, Verbickas, Finkler; Vezvicious, Cicilia.Celtic: Gordon; Gamboa, Simunovic, Lustig, Tierney; Brown, Rogic, Ntcham; McGregor, Forrest, Griffiths.last_img read more

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Centenarians celebrate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They both smiled and nodded when the crowd of about 60 well-wishers sang “Las Mananitas,” Mexico’s version of “Happy Birthday.” “I feel like I’m not even 100,” said Larriva. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Duran and Larriva are among 420 people in Pico Rivera who are older than 85. Julia Estrada, El Rancho’s activity director, said the two centenarians are very active. “They are both active here, Maria Duran especially. She participates in all our activities and always shows up for bingo,” she said. PICO RIVERA — – On her 104th birthday last year, Maria Duran told friends she hoped to live to be 105. She made it. On Friday, she and Maria Larriva, a sprightly 100-year-old, celebrated their birthdays together with friends, family and the staff of the El Rancho Vista HealthCare Center in Pico Rivera, where they live. “I’m happy. Everything about today is exciting,” said Duran, who along with Larriva was decked out in a silver tiara and a rose corsage. The two women dined on a traditional Mexican-style birthday cake, sang along with Michael Sinatra, an entertainer hired for the event, and received proclamations from President Bush, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. Duran who has lived at El Rancho Vista since 2002, credits her longevity to a vegetarian diet. She also has walked 3 or 4 miles a day for most of her life. Duran grew up in Mexico before moving to El Paso with her sister when she was about 15. She moved to South Los Angeles in 1924, later lived in East Los Angeles, worked as a migrant field hand and had five children. After her husband died in 1986, she lived in her own home until she was 100. Larriva’s said cooking with chili peppers was her secret to a long life. She lived in East Los Angeles until about a year ago, when she started having trouble walking and taking care of herself. Originally from Arizona, Larriva later moved to Downey and then to East Los Angeles, where she lived most of her life. Maria Ruano, one of Larriva’s two surviving children, recalled that her mother worked as a seamstress when Larriva’s five children were young. “I feel very lucky to still have her with us,” said Ruano. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com.160Want 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

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Major drop in trolley numbers at LUH

first_imgThere has been a significant drop in the number of patients awaiting admission at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning.This afternoon 2 people wait on trolleys, and 2 people wait on ward overflow areas.On Wednesday LUH was the fourth most overcrowded hospital nationally, as 29 patients awaited admission; 16 of whom were on trolleys, with 13 waiting in ward overflow areas. Across Ireland on Wednesday, 409 patients are waiting for a bed, 307 of whom were on trolleys.This figure has decreased nationally also this afternoon, as 307 await admission, with 224 of these patients on trolleys.Despite the welcome news that the numbers have dropped this morning, figures announced by the INMO yesterday reveal that the number of patients waiting on trolleys for admission to LUH has risen by a massive 400% since this time last year.Between January and July this year, 2,813 patients waited on trolleys and overflow wards in LUH – a huge increase from the 707 patients in the same period during 2016. Shockingly, this is the highest Trolley Waiting List figure at LUH since INMO records began in 2006.Major drop in trolley numbers at LUH was last modified: August 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:inmoLetterkenny University Hospitalluhlast_img read more

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Town launches plan to help 200,000 passing tourists stop off and visit

first_imgAn action committee has been formed in Killybegs to revitalise the town centre and promote activities and services to attract visitors to the town.The group was formed at a crowded public meeting in the Bay View Hotel last night which was convened by Independent County Councillor, Niamh Kennedy.Cllr Kennedy told the meeting that 200,000 visitors are passing through Killybegs each year to visit Sliabh Liag and Glencolmcille but very few of them are stopping even for a meal. She stressed that Killybegs is a thriving town with about 110 companies working, about half of them involved in the services and retail sectors.This is a great town”, she said. “It’s just that we are not experiencing the life of the town.” She said Killybegs was on the cusp of a wave as regards tourism and that County Donegal had been named “coolest place on the planet” by National Geographic.She said that work is going ahead to develop a “blue-way”, a marine-based trail similar to the greenway developments on land. The “blue-way” would stretch along the whole coast of Donegal Bay and could be travelled by kayak, canoe or yacht.Mr Sean Duffy, Head of Tourism at the LYIT College in Killybegs, said that work is progressing with the institutes of technology in Sligo, Galway and Mayo towards the formation of a technological university in the northwest and that would have huge implications for Killybegs. “Many towns of this size would give their eye teeth to have a third level college”, he said, “and now we are looking at having a university campus here in five or ten years’ time.”Town launches plan to help 200,000 passing tourists stop off and visit was last modified: October 26th, 2017 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:Action PlandonegalKillybegstouristslast_img read more

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Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners

first_imgRepresentatives from both Mica Action Donegal and the Mica Action Group have called on the government to engage with banks to support mica affected homeowners with the required 10% contribution.The two groups met yesterday met with Joe Mc Hugh to get an update on progress on the Mica scheme.Joe Morgan from Mica Action Donegal also gave Minister Mc Hugh an update on his ongoing engagement with key mortgage lenders across the county and received assurance from Minister Mc Hugh of his support on this issue. Joe Morgan, Chairperson of the MAD, said: “Councillor Liam Blaney and I have been lobbying lenders in Donegal over the past four to five months on behalf of homeowners who are affected by the defective blocks issue to try to get them to support homeowners in some way towards their 10% contribution.“We have made representation to the major lenders (i.e. AIB, Bank of Ireland, Permanent TSB, and Ulster bank) and have pointed out the benefits to each of the lenders of supporting homeowners in this scheme.“Specifically we have asked each lender to offer a range of supports to homeowners, namely: 0% interest loans for fixing homes, restructuring existing mortgages to support zero increase in monthly repayments and importantly in the case of those homeowners who don’t have sufficient money to contribute towards fixing their home, a request to the bank to make up any shortfall in the 10% contribution.“Reinstating market valuation to Mica properties is of equal benefit to both the homeowner and the lender and secures the investment on behalf of both parties,” he said. “We are approaching the lenders, based on the principle of dual interest in order to guarantee that all homes can be fixed. The alternative, where homeowners do not have access to funding, is mortgage default and repossession.“Given the current market valuations of Mica properties, this cannot make fiscal sense.“Whilst the major lenders have been willing to participate and have been engaged in our meetings with them, they have highlighted Central Bank regulation as a stumbling block towards flexibility in the options they can offer to their customers.Therefore in the meeting yesterday, we asked Minister McHugh to engage with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to start a dialogue with the Central Bank with an aim of publishing a joint statement supporting unique and extraordinary measures to ensure mortgage defaults and associated repossessions are avoided.“A recent social media poll indicates almost 60% of existing secured finance on Mica properties is held with lenders where the Irish Government still have a significant shareholding. “This means that the Government have a responsibility and the necessary influence to support us in this,” he added.“Indeed, agreement on proposals will not only facilitate the homeowner and the lender but will also avoid a noteworthy impact on the exchequer finances brought about by a significant level of mortgage default.“The proposed Mica scheme is described as almost operationally ready.  However, in my opinion, the scheme will be out of reach of many homeowners who will struggle to find the necessary funding to make up the 10% private contribution.“Delays in realising the necessary funding will only serve to escalate the funding requirement and therefore increase the likelihood of the homeowner losing their home and the lender and state interest being reduced to next to nothing. Time is of the essence” “I am delighted that Minister McHugh has committed to a discussion with Minister Donohoe to further this request. Confirmation of a joint communication from The Department of Finance and The Central Bank supporting proposals will significantly influence the level of participation we can expect from lenders in Donegal.”Mica groups seek government intervention with banks to support homeowners was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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