Geall outlasts Jackson to advance to Page Playoff 1-2 game at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgCotter edged Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 Thursday to earn the top seed in the playoff.“I don’t think we’ve played Jim this year but we’ve played against him a lot over the years so we know what to expect,’’ Geall explained.“But they’re playing very well right now so we’re going to have to play our best to have a chance at advancing.”The winner of the game advances directly to Sunday’s 4 p.m. final.The loser gets another chance at the top prize, meeting the winner of the Page Playoff 3-4 contest.Those two teams will be decided in the final draw Friday night as four teams playoff for the two remaining spots.Playing for third seed is Dean Joanisse and Neil Dangerfield while the Glen Jackson rink is up against Jason Montgomery.Joanisse defeated A-event finalist Johnson 8-4 in eight ends while Dangerfield knocked out Kelowna’s Jeff Richard 8-2 in seven ends.Meanwhile Jason Montgomery blasted Creston’s Chris Ducharme 7-1 in six ends.Both semi final and final games are being showed live on Sportsnet Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Sean Geall has already had a great week after seeing first hand the birth of his third child.The Royal City skip added to the excitement after qualifying for the Page Playoff 1-2 game Saturday at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships by outlasting Glen Jackson of Victoria 5-1 in the B-Final Friday at the Nelson Curling Club.Geall, third Andrew Bilesky, second Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen broke open a tightly played contest by scoring two in the ninth before adding a deuce in the tenth after Jackson missed on his final attempt to blast out the a house full of the wrong-coloured rocks.“(Jackson rink) kept it pretty tight but we were able to break it open in the ninth,” Geall said following the contest.“They wanted keep it clean, but we’ve been playing pretty well so it really doesn’t matter what type of game teams play.”Geall now advances to Saturday’s 2 p.m. Page Playoff 1-2 contest against A-event winner and defending BC Champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.last_img read more

Bakambu’s heartbreak

first_imgCédric Bakambu is experiencing a bizarre situation. The 28-year-old Congolese striker, a former Villarreal player, is confined to France, in a Paris apartment with his wife and son. He arrived during the break in the Chinese league, where he plays for Beijing Sinobo Guoan. Later, the pandemic exploded and the battering ram did not return to the Asian country. Now, the crisis there diminishes and one thinks again about returning to activity. Today he received a communication from his team that requires him to appear before March 28. The intention in China is to return to activity and start competing in early May. Bakambu lives the confinement in Paris with his wife one month after leaving accounts. She would not be able to accompany him and, while in Europe the pandemic is at its peak, she would have to travel to a country that is in the last phase of it. It puts the scream in the sky. “It is scary. Now I have to go and leave my family, it is not normal. I have to go alone, leaving my wife pregnant, to leave a country with a pandemic to go to another where this whole issue is still ending,” affirmed the player to the newspaper L’Equipe.The forward does not stop thinking about the situation in Europe and having to leave his partner alone before giving birth again. “My biggest fear is that the virus has reached France, where I am confined with my wife and my son. Having to leave them behind to undertake a journey so far is not pleasant. I have to leave them, they cannot come, and I do not I have no certainty of knowing when I will be able to see them again, with my wife a month after giving birth, it is very difficult, “says the battering ram in L’Equipe. In addition, another circumstance occurs. Upon entering China, he will have to go through an isolated period of quarantine.last_img read more

Eduard Folayang focused on takedown defense for Shinya Aoki rematch

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eduard Folayang just knows exactly what to do to beat Shinya Aoki again in their ONE title rematch later this month.Folayang stopped Aoki in the third round the first time they met back in November 2016 and the Filipino MMA superstar is determined to put up a repeat performance.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Folayang and Aoki headline ONE: A New Era on March 31 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.The inaugural show in Japan is ONE Championship’s biggest card yet with four world titles on the line.The event also marks the promotional debut of Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, two of the brightest fighters today.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college His fight plan? Avoid getting taken down by the Japanese legend, who is known for his superb grappling.“As much as possible, I will not give him the opportunity to bring me down to the mat,” Folayang said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 35-year-old Folayang had a solid takedown defense in their first bout and he aims to even be better in the rematch.“It all boils down to how well I defend myself from his takedowns, knowing how expertly he moves with this sole purpose in mind. Takedown defense is a very important part of my training right now, and I am constantly improving in this area.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title PBA: Even with Yeng Guiao thrown out, NLEX still overpowers Alaska Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sexual Abuse the Hidden Cost of Going to School

first_imgA new report launched by the Government of Liberia and a consortium of NGOs, has exposed the astonishing scale of sexual abuse of students in Liberian schools.‘Passing the Test – the real cost of being a student’ finds that almost one in five students, including both girls and boys, state that they have been abused by teachers or school staff.The Passing the Test report is based on interviews with 1,858 of students in Bong, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh Counties.The report, which reveals an alarming picture of widespread abuse of children and young people, says that nearly a third of students interviewed (32%) state that they are experiencing gender-based violence related to school. Significantly, this is more prevalent for boys (35%) than girls (29%).“Almost 18% of school girls and just over 13% of school boys reported having been asked for sex to get a better grade,” the report further says.‘Passing the Test’ contains specific recommendations for action to tackle the abuse, including, “Enforce the Code of Conduct among teachers and school administration staff; successfully prosecute child abuse cases. Prevent offenders from being reemployed in schools” and “Minimize indirect costs for parents of schooling, an important driver of abuse.”Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister of Education (MoE) for Instruction, Madam Hawa Goll-Kotchi said “It is important that this report has come out at a time when the Education System in Liberia is going through reform. The Ministry is very keen on cleaning up the classrooms for all our children. One thing the MoE is taking on currently is to finalize and disseminate the National Teachers Code of Conduct to all schools across the country jointly with development partners. This will essentially put in place a robust monitoring framework to mitigate gender – based violence in our schools with more practical steps beginning academic 2014/2015.”Save the Children Country Director Ranjan Poudyal said “Today Government and NGOs have published research proving that sexual abuse is extremely widespread in Liberian schools. No child should have to suffer any kind of sexual abuse or violence. Sexual abuse damages children, and undermines their future. It is unacceptable that children need to risk abuse just in order to go to school. Save the Children believes that a school should be a place where children are secure and their rights to education, protection and development promoted. Save the Children hopes that these findings spark new urgency in attempts government, donors, civil societies and communities to put an end to these terrible abuses.”Sheila Donaghy, NRC Country Director in Liberia, too, stated, “The experiences shared by the brave students in the report being launched today, remind all of us of our duty to ensure that the rights of children and young people are promoted and protected. No student should have to suffer any kind of sexual abuse or violence in any environment and more specifically in our schools. It is very concerning that sexual exploitation and abuse of children, has become a norm in schools and communities.  It is unacceptable that a child is asked for sex in exchange for grades. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) who globally promotes “rights respected and people protected” is very hopeful that the report launched today will build a foundation to ignite action that will steer Liberian children to enjoy their right to education and to feel protected in their schools and in their communities”‘Passing the Test’ has been published by a consortium of government and non-governmental agencies working in Liberian schools. The consortium includes Liberia’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender and Development, the Association of Liberian Universities, IBIS, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, and Concern Worldwide.The report is based on a research commissioned by IBIS, Concern Worldwide, Save the Children and NRC and carried out by Cuttington University in Liberia and Rutgers University in USA. This involved 120 group discussions with 1,858 students aged 10 to 20 years in four counties: Bong, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado.It studies gender-based violence perpetrated in Liberian schools by both teachers and students.The experience, or even the threat, of school related gender-based violence has devastating and long-lasting impact on children. This includes irregular attendance, dropout, poor school performance, and low self-esteem, which may follow them into their adult lives.Gender-based violence in school is a serious violation of children’s rights and directly contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Liberia is a signatory. All children, girls and boys, have the right to learn in a safe, protective environment.The Passing the Test report also finds that abuse does not stop at the school gates:96% reported they had experienced at least one form of abuse either at school or elsewhere[1]30% of girls and 22% of boys reported that they had been forced to have sex when they didn’t want to at least onceThe report also provides a startling insight into some of the reasons abuse is so common.Financial hardship and indirect costs appear to be fuelling the problem. At times, children are asked for sex to get a better grade. In other occasions, they are asked for sex in return for money or help.‘Passing the Test’ also examines attitudes that foster abuse:46% of boys and 34% of girls agreed that ‘sexual violence and abuse is a normal part of a man-woman relationship’59% of boys and 63% of girls agreed that ‘men and boys sometimes have a good reason to use violence against women and girls’In some cases families appear to know about abuse, but do not act. One respondent replied that “The child may be sleeping with the teacher. The families are not proud but they may see this as a good connection for the child or a good source of cash. If the family is proud, it’s because they think the teacher will marry their daughter.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) ‘Abuse’ of children here ranges from ‘peeping’, touching breasts or penis, asking for sex in exchange for something, through to rape.last_img read more

Three Cuban Trained Medical Specialists Return Home

first_imgThree Cuban-trained Liberian medical specialists have returned to Liberia after successfully completing their studies in various medical fields including Clinical Engineering, Clinical Bio-analysis, and Radiology & X-Ray respectively. The three young medical professionals left the country in 2008 under a Cuba-Liberia Bilateral Scholarship Program to pursue advanced medical studies in that part of the world.According to a Foreign Ministry release, the three have acquired B.Sc Degrees from top Cuban medical institutions of learning. They include   Mr. William Wesseh, B.Sc  in Clinical Engineering,  Mr. Michael Mator,  B. Sc in Clinical  Bio-analysis,  and  Varnjah  Quincy  Quiah,  BSc  in  Radiology & X-Ray respectively.The release indicated that the three specialists are trained and back in Liberia with the requisite skills and knowledge to join other Liberian professional health experts who are impacting the country’s health sector, which is facing serious post Ebola technical and human resource challenges. Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the spokesman and head of the Liberian Foreign Students studying in Cuba, Mr. William Wesseh lauded the Cuban Government for the opportunity and the hospitality accorded them while undergoing their studies in Cuba.Mr. Wesseh said despite the major challenges faced while undergoing studies in Cuba, they were three out of 12 candidates from Liberia who successfully completed the studies while one female Liberian candidate is left behind with one semester to complete her studies.Wesseh paid special tribute to Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and the Assistant Minister for American Affairs, Hon. Sie-Teba Neufville whom he emphasized, had been very supportive and instrumental in ensuring their return home.The release added that the field of Clinical Engineering basically deals with the purchase, installation, maintenance and repair of medical equipment or generally the regulation of medical equipment.Clinical Bio-analysis is concerned with laboratory diagnosis of different types of diseases within the human body; while Radiology and X-Ray (medical Radiography and medical radio-physics) deals with the use of ionizing radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases using CT-scan, MRI, ultra-sound, Mammogram and Radio-therapy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spurs keeper Lloris charged with drink-driving

first_imgLloris was pulled over in a routine stop at 2:20 am (0120 GMT) in Gloucester Place, central London.The 31-year-old was reported to have failed a roadside breathalyser test and has been released on bail to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court next month.After spending seven hours in a cell, Lloris, a married father of two, returned home on foot and refused to answer questions from reporters.“A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told AFP.“Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August.“He has been bailed to return to Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 11 September.”France won their second World Cup with a 4-2 final win over Croatia, although Lloris was guilty of a bad mistake that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score in the Moscow title match.He had kept clean-sheets in France’s semi-final win over Belgium and their quarter-final success against Uruguay.Lloris signed a new Sh19mn (£150,000)-per-week deal at Tottenham during the summer as he was rewarded for another fine season.After leading France to their World Cup triumph, Lloris returned to domestic action with Tottenham.He featured in their opening two Premier League matches as Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Newcastle and Fulham.Lloris is due to play for Tottenham in their league match at Manchester United on Monday.He has been with Tottenham since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the north London club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charged with drink-drivingLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink-driving after the Tottenham keeper was stopped by police in the early hours of Friday morning.Just weeks after playing a key role in France’s World Cup glory, Lloris’s reputation has been tarnished by his late-night antics.last_img read more

Arsenal star has undergone minor ankle surgery, confirms Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Jack Wilshere has undergone minor ankle surgery – as the midfielder’s prolonged first-team absence continues.The Gunners star has been out of action since the Premier League defeat to Manchester United on November 22.Wilshere has been on the bench for the league victory over Crystal Palace last weekend, but speaking to the media ahead of the match with Everton, Wenger admitted the 23-year-old will miss the showdown with the Toffees.“Jack had a little surgery on his ankle because it was irritating him a bit, but it’s a very minor procedure so he will be out for a few days,” Wenger told reporters.“It was planned to be done at the end of the season and because he had an irritation with it we decided to do it now and it’s just a few days. Next weekend will be quick but I don’t know exactly when he will be back but it will be days not weeks.” 1 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere last_img read more


first_imgCan you sing? Can you play an instrument? Are you an amazing mimic or do you have a very special talent?Then Arena 7 is the place for you to be later this month.Donegal’s hottest entertainment venue is sending one person (and a friend of their choice!!) to Dubai to have the time of their lives and to take part in the Destination Dubai Talent Competition. What have you to do to qualify?All you have to do is to read the poster below and get working on your act!ARENA 7 LAUNCHES DESTINATION DUBAI TALENT CONTEST was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Arena 7Destination Dubailast_img read more

Dems vie for chance to take on GOP stronghold

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – For the four Democratic challengers in the 38th Assembly District race, beating a path to Sacramento means navigating through this GOP stronghold few have survived. Still, some banking on the uncertainty of a wide-open race and low approval ratings for a Republican president believe they could finally paint this red district blue. “I believe a Democrat can win this race,” said Jim Alger, 36, of Northridge, who is running for the seat currently held by Assemblyman Keith Richman and has been campaigning in Santa Clarita for the past six months. “We have to be campaigning early to get any message out that we can.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2It won’t be easy. In 2004, Richman, R-Granada Hills, defeated Democratic challenger Brian Davis by more than 20 points to win a third term. Registration in the district, which includes Santa Clarita, Simi Valley and the northern San Fernando Valley was 44 percent GOP, 35 percent Democrat. Little has changed in last 17 months – voter registration is now roughly 43 percent Republican, 34 percent Democrat. And the perceived GOP front-runner, two-term Santa Clarita City Councilman Cameron Smyth, has a campaign war chest of some $200,000, more money than all the other candidates combined. Bruce McFarland, president of the Santa Clarita Democratic Alliance for Action, expects the real campaign to begin after the June 6 primary. “We haven’t seen the real campaign from Cameron Smyth yet,” he said. “His campaign, as far as I can tell, is laying the groundwork for November. … And he’ll be tough to beat. He doesn’t seem to have really any visible weaknesses. “It’s only when you go below the surface, there’s not much there.” Alger, Sid Gold, Jane Lowenthal and Lyn Shaw are battling for the Democratic nomination, while Maria Barrientos will face off against Smyth for the right to represent the GOP. Granada Hills educator Peggy Christensen is running unopposed under the Libertarian Party. Democrats believe they have a shot. Richman, a moderate Republican, is termed out and running for state treasurer, and Smyth, who opposes gay marriage and illegal immigration and supports the death penalty, is seen as right of the popular assemblyman, though he has his endorsement. Also, the general ill-ease for President George W. Bush – his approval rating is in the mid-30s – could have an impact. “We don’t know how safe Republican seats are with the anti-Bush feeling throughout the country,” said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a Los Angeles-based think tank. Still, it’s the numbers game that will likely prevail. “There may be a few more Democrats, but if it’s 43-34, that’s safe Republican,” he said. “It would take a tsunami to bring in a Democrat.” Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, senior scholar at University of Southern California’s School of Planning and Public Policy, said Smyth seems to have the upper hand, but he still has one more hurdle to overcome. “He’s got the money, he has the good campaign,” Jeffe said. “The big question mark all over the state is the `decline to state’ voter. It’s about 17 percent registration in that district, which is pretty significant. Are they going to say, `hand me a Republican ballot, hand me a nonpartisan ballot or hand me a Democratic ballot?”‘ The four Democratic challengers all hail from the San Fernando Valley, and some have made Santa Clarita a key battleground. Alger, who has raised about $32,000, said he has looked beyond the June 6 primary, painting Smyth as an arch conservative. “He’s no Keith Richman,” said Alger, president of the Northridge West Neighborhood Council. “He’s no bridge builder. In Sacramento, he’s going to have to work with the people he lambastes all day long.” Alger believes in more responsive community planning, and lower-cost health care – issues he believe crosses party lines and would galvanize voters of all stripes to hit the polls. “It’s bringing the issues home. … There are too many people, even in Santa Clarita, who have to decide between cutting their drugs in half to pay the rent.” Gold, 62, is a Granada Hills psychiatrist and a vice chairman of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council. He has raised about $4,000 on his campaign and touts taxpayer-financed elections – so-called “clean money.” But he also supports the death penalty and abortion rights, provided there’s room for parental notification for minors – positions deviating from Democratic platform. “There is a clear difference between myself and the other three candidates,” he said. “If (Democrats) stick to the party line, they have no chance of winning. … I always think I would have a better chance winning the regular election than the primary.” Jane Lowenthal, 51, of Northridge is a professional mediator and arbitrator. She said she is expected to raise under $20,000, and touts good rapport with both Richman and Smyth. Lowenthal said her training in conflict settlement can help relief gridlock in Sacramento, which resonates even with Republicans. “We have to look to the issues,” she said. “It’s talking about improving the issues and taking care of the work that people need. I can bring a seasoned, cool, calm and collected perspective. “I want to make sure the 38th is a business-friendly district – bringing both labor and management together on business issues as both their financial lives depended on it.” Lyn Shaw, 48, of Sun Valley has raised about $11,000. She is married to a labor union official, and enjoys support from the state and county labor federations and the Teamsters. Shaw said winning the area means back-to-basics campaigning. “I’ll put a card in a person’s living room if I can get elected,” she said. “It’s really running a campaign of integrity. In districts that favor the Republicans, it goes back to that.” But it’s also about compromise, Shaw said. “There are going to be some difference in ideology,” she said. “But to get things accomplished, we have to work with both Democrats and Republicans.” (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgBuncrana Cllr Ciaran McLaughlin has raised concerns over traffic lights at Kearneys pass, Cockhill.Cllr Ciaran McLaughlinHe said “When the lights are red, some motorists are driving through without stopping. Listening to the concerns of local residents at the doors, they are saying that an accident is not far away and if drivers don’t have a little patience or stop, when the lights are red then we could have a serious collision at Kearneys pass.”The Sinn Fein councillor added that long ago these same lights were not functioning properly at all. “The red lights took an age to change but I am calling on all motorists to have paitence and stop at the junction when the lights are red and in so to prevent a serious accident,” he added. ELECTION 2014: McLAUGHLIN WARNS TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN was last modified: May 12th, 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:buncranaCllr Ciaran cLaughlindonegaltrafic lightslast_img read more