Run in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), the Commonwealth Secretariat and children’s charity UNICEF, the activities include workshops and “Just Play” fan zones, where young locals, athletes and visitors will be able to participate in interactive games.The workshops will be held on a rotational basis each day for athletes and officials and will be delivered by representatives from the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace, a group of young sports leaders from across the region.It is hoped the initiatives will inspire those who attend the Commonwealth Youth Games, scheduled to take place from September 5 to 11, and will help form new friendships for many of those who come to the event. The announcement was made to coincide with UN International Youth Day and CGF chief executive David Grevemberg praised the partnership ahead of the Games.“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the Commonwealth Secretariat and UNICEF to enable innovative projects at this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games which will engage, inspire and support our young Commonwealth athletes and young Pacific Island hosts,” he said.“In line with our strategic ambitions, we hope the programme will have a lasting impact, recognising our young Commonwealth citizens as essential to achieving sustainable human development.”The “Just Play” scheme, an Oceania Football Confederation programme, promotes sport for children and helps to reduce vulnerability for some youngsters in difficult areas of the Pacific.Young people are given the chance to play sports such as football as well as learning about non-communicable diseases, poor nutrition and gender equality.“Sport is a powerful development tool to engage children and young people across the world,” UNICEF representative Karen Allen added.“Within the Pacific, since the programme’s inception in 2009, Just Play has attracted more than 200,000 girls and boys to engage in physical activity and learn healthy lifestyle habits and self-confidence. “The programme also encourages gender equality, promotes social inclusion and reduces anxiety after natural disasters.“For the Commonwealth Youth Games, UNICEF and Just Play have partnered with CGF to showcase how sport in the Pacific is helping make a positive impact on children’s lives.”The event in Samoa will feature 1000 young athletes aged 14 to 18, who will compete for 107 medals in nine sports across five days of competition.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But Iniong is not looking too far ahead, especially with a seasoned Japanese fighter, one of the top in the atomweight class, standing in her way.“I’m happy that I can get a title shot. I’m not underestimating Mei, of course. I respect her a lot. But I’m also decided to fight a world champion,” the soft-spoken Iniong, who is only 14 days out of her technical knockout win in Manila, said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneA third-straight victory this year could set her up against ONE Atomweight world champion Angela Lee, who was initially Yamaguchi’s opponent for this card.Iniong was a last-minute replacement for Lee, who figured in a car accident two weeks before the fight, but she had no problems accepting the gig in such short notice. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Amid doping scandal, skeleton federation suspends 4 Russians Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I had no injuries so I had no second thoughts in fighting again. I accepted this because I really want to get to the top and face the champion,” the 28-year-old Baguio City native said.“It was a bit of struggle at first cutting weight against, because I was just in another fight. But my body has adjusted and everything is okay.”Iniong and Yamaguchi is part of the main card of ONE: Immortal Pursuit, featuring Ben Askren’s final professional fight against mixed martial arts legend Shinya Aoki.ADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi (L) and Philippines’ Gina Iniong face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonSINGAPORE—Gina Iniong knows beating Mei Yamaguchi could pave way for her dream of being in world title fight.That’s why the Team Lakay bet is going all out in her second match this month in ONE: Immortal Pursuit Friday night at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
From the extravagant exhibitions to the glitz and glamour that engulfed the Duke Lodge last weekend, this year’s Wedding Expo has been deemed as the best one thus far.These sentiments were expressed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry Gouveia during an interview with the Guyana Times. While mentioning that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the exhibition in Guyana, Gouveia highlighted that all aspects of the events turned out to be a success.“It was spectacular. There was an exposure to colours, music, dancers and religion. It was just amazing when you look at the show and the exhibitors,” he stated.In addition to the colossal turnout of spectators, just to get a glimpse of the entertaining manifestations and the display of approximately 45 different booths, the weather also submitted to the evenings’ requirements.While explaining that there is the need for more collaboration among other businesses in the events, Captain Gouveia emphasized on the need for Guyana to understand the importance of wedding tourism. This is light of the fact the Government is initiating to reform the legislation, which allows persons to come to Guyana and get married within three days.“A lot of foreigners will choose Guyana as a wedding destination. They will also bring other people and more revenues will be earned. It will create an enormous economic benefit for Guyana,” he stated.When asked about the plans for the next Wedding Expo, the CEO revealed, “This is the tenth year of our wedding expo and wedding expo is going to continue to be here for the next 100 years”.He also added that the only plan so far for the next exhibition is to make it “bigger and better” for 2019.This years’ wedding expo was a three day event and featured displays of different services that are needed during the wedding season. Patrons, who visited the exhibition free of cost, were exposed to the amenities such as décor, jewelry, clothing, catering, photography and music that can be made available while the exhibitors gained an opportunity to promote their businesses. This year, exhibitors were pleased with the bookings they received from new clients.Gouveia added, “Our exhibitors this year were very enthusiastic about the response of the bookings they got so wedding expo really lived up to all of the expectations that we had”.Additionally, the excitement continued with a presentation of outfits by a number of religions and cultures. However, the main attraction was the “Race to the Altar” competition, in which one lucky couple won an all-expense paid for wedding.Applications for next year’s competition are already available and couples who wish to get married are encouraged to submit their request.
Several villages along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) were underwater following a heavy downpour between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Residents were awakened to high levels of water in their homes and surroundings. The heavy downpours have forced residents to seek higher grounds as the water continued to rise during the course of Thursday. Residents have since blamed the poor drainage systems in the region.Since there was no place for the water to recede, homes, schools, businesses and others were affected.Due to the flooding, Anna Regina Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall, along with his deputy, Rudolph Williams, Town Clerk, Superintendent of Works, Councillors and the Public Health Inspector, was on the ground assessing the situation.The Mayor, while meeting with residents, noted that while some of the pumps are in operation, one in Walton Hall-Devonshire Castle is down, thus, causing the entire area to be flooded. He explained that as a result of the flash flooding, residents have lost millions of dollars and as such, would need immediate assistance from the Government.Due to the level of the floodwaters, families who live in flat houses will have to be relocated to a dry area. In addition, businesses have also suffered tremendously, especially vendors in the Anna Regina and Cotton Field Markets.Rice farmers are also counting their losses as the water has completely flooded their crops. The Mayor has made an emergency call for the installation of more pumps to assist in getting the water off the land in a timely manner. Up to press time, the water continues to rise with no sign of it receding soon. Meanwhile, Head of the Civil Defence Commission, Kester Craig, stated that they have received reports of flooding in Region 2 (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and Region 3 (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and as such, he has advised the Regional Democratic Councils to activate their Regional Disaster Management Systems and to commence immediate response.The Commission is monitoring the situation through its 24-hour National Emergency Monitoring System (NEMS) and is on standby to support the Regional Administration. However, a team from the Commission was deployed to the affected area.
A mother of four went on a stealing spree from her employer after her husband hurt his shoulder and couldn’t return to work.Marks and Spencer in Letterkenny.Sinead Harkin, 37, was a highly-regarded member of staff with Marks and Spencer in Letterkenny. However, when her husband dislocated his shoulder and couldn’t return to work, her family experienced financial difficulties.Ms Harkin, from 13 Park View, Raphoe, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with stealing a total of €1,785 from the store on a total of eight different occasions.Garda Stephen Moyles said management at Marks and Spencer noticed the till accounts did not tally up and viewed CCTV.Upon viewing CCTV, Ms Harkin was observed taking various sums of money.She was arrested and admitted what she had done.The amounts of cash varied between €90 and €355.Solicitor Donagh Cleary said his client was very remorseful and described it as a very unfortunate situation.However Judge Paul Kelly said “There are many people who have difficulty in their lives but it does not justify stealing – particularly from an employer.”The court also heard that the accused woman had the full amount , €1,785, in court which she had received for her family to be forwarded to her former employer.Judge Kelly said he would like a probation and community service report on Ms Harkin and adjourned the case until February 2nd next.WOMAN STOLE €1,785 FROM M&S AFTER HER HUSBAND INJURED HIMSELF AT WORK was last modified: December 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalletterkennyMarks and SpencerRaphoeSinead Harkintheft
Letterkenny Golf NotesMonday 18th Cat.4. competition, of which members’ scoring has been showing a vast improvement of late, was played over 11 holes and it was Albert Strain who took top honours with 25pts.In second position was Philip Doherty on 23pts.Members are reminded of the John J. Doherty Memorial Cup on Sunday 28th Sept. Members would like to congratulate Paul Doherty, a great supporter of Cat 4 competitions, and his wife, on the birth of their baby girl Ava Grace on Sunday 17th August.Wednesday 20th Open, sponsored by Kellys Toyota, saw another increase in entries and it was Cat. 3 member Eddie Margey  who took top prize with a score of 41pts.Eddie’s birdie at first was a stepping stone and, despite a “blank” at 7th, another birdie at 18th gave him 22pts on back nine to secure the win.Just one point behind on 40pts. was visitor Sean Clancy  who, with the help of birdies at 3rd, 7th and 15th, recorded a gross 37, [21pts] on front nine to run a close second. In third place was Charles Mc Laughlin  who, with a great score on the turn of 22pts., could blame that “blank” at 17th for a 39pt. finish.In 4th place was Mark Howard  on a 4-way BOT with 38pts, gross was taken by “player-in-form” Eamonn Mc Dermott  with 33 gross pts and best visitor was Pat Bonner  with 36pts.Friday 22nd Open Stroke, which showed another upsurge in entries and a great welcome to our many visitors from our neighbouring Portsalon G.C., was won by LK member John Doran , on a 3-way BOT with a return of 80 gross shots.The Global Tiles & Bathroom Open, played on Sat. 23rd, had the cat.4. members warming up for the President’s Prize to their category and coming to the fore was Michael Gibbons scoring 20pts and 22pts each nine respectively for a return of 42pts which included a “blank” at 6th. In runner-up spot was “King” Kenny [King] who, with the help of birdies at 2nd and 12th and despite a double bogey at 14th, recorded 39pts to relegate Oisin Mc Avinney  to third on BOT. Despite a birdie at 13th, Oisin’s “blanks” at 14th & 17th saw him lose out. In 4th place was Patrick Keeney  with 38pts which included a birdie at 5th and an unfortunate double bogey at 15th. Cat 4. Prize was won by Emmett O’Donnell  with 37pts., Gross was collected by Eamonn Mc Dermott  scoring one under gross on front nine with birdies at 4th, 8th and, with a blank at 16th, followed that with another birdie at 18th. Visitors prize was won by Bryan Manley  with 38pts.Sunday 24th confined competition, played in blustery winds and sunshowers, saw Michael O’Donnell stretch the field by a four point margin when he returned 41pts with the help of 21pts on front nine, followed in second place by single figure handicapper Brendan Mc Grath  who’s three hole score of birdie, bogey, birdie at 5th, 6th and 7th gave him 20pts on front nine and an overall return of 38pts.In third place was Darragh Mc Menamin  with a great back nine in worsening conditions of a one under gross, 35 shots [21 pts] to win a 3-way BOT on 36pts. Juniors: Congratulations to Cian Harkin on winning the Ton-Up Cup in Portsalon on Friday last. Cian returned the winning score of 38 pts and is now playing of 11 handicap at the age of 12. Club junior Liam Kenny also deserves mention for winning through to the Semi Final of the Kernaghan Cup on the same day. Well done lads. Monday last was the final major competition of the summer, the President’s prize to the juniors, and good luck to all those going back to school. There will be a fun Scramble on Sunday 7th September at 3-30 sharp,shotgun start. All prize-giving will commence afterwards in the clubhouse with food and soft drinks. The course will be closed on the Sunday from 1-30pm.A big “thank you “from captain Gerard Duffy to all those who played in the Donegal League team and gave their best for the club while giving their time and commitment to play and reached the semi final before going down to a really strong Buncrana team. We wish them well in the final.Club members would like to offer congratulations to club President Barry Ramsay and his wife Ailish on the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary and wish Barry every success on his President’s Day on Saturday 30th. Congratulations also to club member Clive Davidson and his wife Hayley on the birth of their baby girl.Competition secretary would like to point out that their has been a notable increase in the number of  unsigned competition cards;  unentered handicaps;  unreturned cards [nr]; please note these “disqualification” errors! GOLF NEWS: EDDIE MARGEY IN GREAT FORM AT BARNHILL was last modified: August 26th, 2014 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:BarnhillgolfNoticesSport
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 10, 2016) — The seventh annual Grand Blue Mile on April 26 will welcome thousands of runners and walkers to downtown Des Moines. This community street run kicks off the 107thDrake Relays. It is an annual tradition for many of America’s best professional runners as well as individuals and families at all fitness stages. “Grand Blue Mile was created to encourage healthy habits and empower positive change,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark sponsorship manager. “This event is unique in that all categories of participants — from recreational to competitive to elite — are equally represented. Grand Blue Mile is engaging Iowans at all levels of fitness, which is an excellent start to improving the overall health of our state.” New this year, Grand Blue Mile is a Healthiest State Initiative endorsed event. The Healthiest State Initiative endorses events whose primary purpose is to contribute to Iowa’s well-being. “The Healthiest State Initiative is proud to endorse the Grand Blue Mile,” said Jami Haberl, Healthiest State executive director. “Whether you walk, jog, or run the mile, all that matters is you are adding a little more movement in a way that fits easily into your lifestyle.” Returning to the Grand Blue Mile is defending men’s invitational champion and two-time World Championship medalist Matthew Centrowitz. He will be joined by the 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano. Heather Kampf will also be defending her women’s invitational championship title. The three-time USA 1 Mile Road Champion will return to Des Moines for her sixth-consecutive appearance at the Grand Blue Mile. The Minnesota native and crowd favorite will attempt to beat her own course record of 4:32:62, set in 2014.This year’s race features a top prize of $5,000 each for the men’s and women’s champions, with the potential to earn an additional $2,500 for setting a new course record. Overall, $30,000 in prize money will be contested across the men’s and women’s invitational championship divisions. Also back by popular demand is the Mascot Madness Charity Challenge. Mascot Madness will pit area mascots against each other in a friendly competition as they run the backstretch of the Grand Blue Mile race course. Divided into two categories — the fast and the furriest — the winning mascots will be awarded a $1,000 prize each for their school/organization’s charitable foundation. Register todayEarly bird registration fees are $10 for youth (ages 17 and under) and $15 for adults until March 13. On March 14, registration increases to $15 for youth and $25 for adults. As part of Wellmark’s commitment to improving the health of Iowans, event proceeds benefit Iowa Kidstrong school fitness programs and the Drake Relays. Visit grandbluemile.com to register for the race, view the course map, find training tips, and get spectator information. ### About the Grand Blue MileThe Grand Blue Mile is an annual one-mile fitness run/walk sponsored by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in partnership with Nationwide and the Drake Relays, to engage individuals at all stages of fitness, encourage healthy habits and empower positive change. The annual wellness event includes recreational, competitive and invitational events featuring a field of elite male and female track and field athletes from around the world. Proceeds from the event benefit Iowa Kidstrong, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles among youth. For more information about the Grand Blue Mile, visit www.grandbluemile.com.About WellmarkWellmark, Inc. (www.wellmark.com) does business as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. Wellmark and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc., insure or pay health benefit claims for more than 2 million members in Iowa and South Dakota. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Dakota, and Wellmark Health Plan of Iowa, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Print Friendly Version
Smeared: Letterkenny Garda StationA STUDENT smeared his own excrement all over the walls of a Co Donegal Garda station after he was arrested four weeks ago, a court has heard.But Robert O’Connor told a judge in Letterkenny that he was “mortified and embarrassed” by his actions and was seeing a counsellor to stop drinking. Garda Sgt Joe Keeley told the court that officers came across O’Connor, a 23-year-old from Ballymacool, in the early hours of October 6th.Sgt Keeley said a foot patrol in Letterkenny saw a number of men fighting on the main street.“Mr O’Connor was ordered to leave the area but he refused to do so. He wanted to fight again and he was arrested,” said the officer in evidence.“He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station where damaged the walls of the cells and the floor.“He smeared his own faeces over the walls and urinated over the floor.”The court heard the clean-up cost almost €200.O’Connor’s solicitor Ciaran Dillon said his client was very embarrassed by the incident.O’Connor had two previous convictions for public order offences, the last in 2009, but he had not been before the courts since.“He was very embarrassed. He was heavily intoxicated on the occasion. He has gone back to college and is now a full time student,” said Mr DillonO’Connor stood up in court and told Judge Paul Kelly: “I am deeply ashamed by what I have done and I want to apologise.”Judge Kelly adjourned sentencing until February to give O’Connor time to come up with the cash to pay for the clean-up.STUDENT WHO SMEARED EXCREMENT ON WALLS OF GARDA STATION CELL TOLD TO PAY FOR CLEAN-UP was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by John2Share 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:excrementLetterkenny Garda stationsmeared
With the Super Bowl less than a week away, I am reminded of 2002 and the New England Patriots, which defeated the St. Louis Rams and won the NFL title that year despite being labeled a clear underdog. During the player introductions, each Rams starter soaked up the limelight one after another. The Patriots however chose to enter the stadium as a team, waiving their rights to player-by-player introductions. The Patriots went on to shock the world by upsetting the talented Rams team, and ever since, Super Bowl teams have followed in their footsteps by entering the field as a team.But what does football have to do with startups? According to Zynga’s Mark Pincus, football of a different sort helps enables him to identify which people will be successful in business and management. Recounting a story from his days of playing soccer in school, Pincus says teamwork, not talent, helped his school reach the state quarterfinals – a lesson he has carried with him to the boardroom.“The one thing I learned from that was that I actually could tell what someone would be like in business, based on how they played on the soccer field,” Pincus said in an interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times. “So even today when I play in Sunday-morning soccer games, I can literally spot the people who’d probably be good managers and good people to hire.” With smaller companies, it’s easier to communicate with each employee and make sure they’re all on task and contributing to the game plan, says Pincus. But when companies expand to hundreds of employees, this becomes impossible for one CEO to manage – so why not make more CEOs? That’s exactly what Pincus did.“I said, ‘By the end of the week, everybody needs to write what you’re C.E.O. of, and it needs to be something really meaningful’,” says Pincus. “And that way, everyone knows who’s C.E.O. of what and they know whom to ask instead of me. And it was really effective. People liked it. And there was nowhere to hide.”Pincus says this management style has allowed Zynga to achieve more without his direct involvement in every decision. By placing more trust in his employees and empowering them to take control of their piece of the puzzle, Pincus has been able to focus on doing his job – being a CEO.Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb is a syndication partner of the New York Times.Photo credit: dearbarbie and Crunchies2009. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts chris cameron Tags:#start#startups
India on Monday brought back the mortal remains of the men, working at a construction site in Iraq, who were kidnapped by fighters of the Islamic State in 2014.The physical remains of 38 men, packed in wooden coffins, were transported on a C17 aircraft from Baghdad, under the supervision of Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) V.K. Singh.First stopAddressing a press conference at the cargo terminal of the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport here, the first stop of the mission to return the remains of the men to their families, the Minister said a total of 38 victims were identified and released by the Martyrs Foundation of Iraq.Tough taskThe Foundation has carried out the difficult task of exhumation and identification of the bodies from a mud mound on the outskirts of Mosul.Also Read All hopes dashed and full of tears In a statement made in the Rajya Sabha on March 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the men were killed by militants of the Islamic State.Remains of the 39th victim, Raju Yadav of Bihar, however, was not sent back as the process of matching his DNA was not yet complete, Mr. Singh said.“It is a moment of grief for the nation as we have returned with the mortal remains of the loved ones. Iraq continues to be a in a difficult condition. But we are thankful to the Martyrs Foundation which has worked day and night to identify the remains with the help of DNA matching. IED explosions are still common in Mosul, yet they have accomplished the process,” said Mr. Singh in his remarks at the airport.“It was an arduous process and we took help of the local people and broadcast appeals in local TV and FM channels about the Indians who were missing. Finally someone informed us about the location in Badush where the remains were located with the help of ground-penetrating radar,” Mr Singh said..Out of the 38 men, 27 were from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, five from Bihar and two from West Bengal. Four ambulances carrying the remains of the men from Himachal Pradesh left by road soon after the C17 aircraft landed. The rest of the coffins will be sent to Patna and Kolkata respectively. The airport witnessed heart-rending scenes as family members broke down on receiving the coffins. Government officials from Punjab and in most instances MPs of various parties accompanied the ambulances that carried the coffins to their respective final destinations.