The headquarters of the country’s two main political parties tell the tale of two cities. Workmen are now putting in place the final touches to a stage, which has been setup in the streets in front the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Old Hope Road headquarters. “This is a facility for the party leader to acknowledge the outcome of the elections,” Alston Stewart, one of the PNP’s campaign team leaders, told The Gleaner. The PNP stage has been set on a massive movable flat truck and is adorned with a banner of PNP president Portia Simpson Miller as the backdrop. The stage at Belmont Road, however, has already been set. Unlike the one at the PNP’s base, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) setup is small and simple. And there is no fancy banner in the background. Belmont Road is the base of the JLP. The JLP’s stage has been placed in the yard of its headquarters, unlike the PNP, which has taken over a section of the street. Jamaicans have been voting in the country’s 17th general election since 7:00 a.m. today. Polls will close at 5:00 pm, after which the counting of ballots will take place.
United Boxing Promotions boss Tyler Buxton, the man responsible for the Canadian team that will be going up against Jamaica’s top junior middleweights in the 2017 season of the ‘Wray and Nephew Contender’ boxing series, says things will not ‘end good’ for Jamaica’s No. 1 ranked boxer, Sakima Mullings, if he uses his usual fighting style against his boxers. Speaking to The Gleaner at the launch of the seventh season at Wray and Nephew on Tuesday night, Buxton says Mullings fights similar to the legendary Floyd Mayweather, but warned the top-rated Jamaican in the series to change his style if he hopes to stand a chance against his fighters. “Sakima is probably the best guy (on Jamaica team). I saw him fight when I was here in November. If he wants to shoulder roll and stand in front of these Canadian guys, he’s going to get knocked out. I know he didn’t fight a good opponent that night, but if that’s his style and if he thinks he is Mayweather, it is not going to end good for him if he doesn’t change his style before the main fight,” Buxton told The Gleaner. “Everyone has their style, but these Canadian guys punch very hard. If you look at their record, they knock guys out,” he added. Mullings, the 2014 winner with 19 professional wins and three losses, will face a rather inexperienced fighter in Winston Matthews, who has one win and a loss after two pro fights, in the opening bout on April 5 at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road. But Mullings was unfazed by the comments. “I don’t think I am Mayweather. I am Sakima Mullings, and I have never been knocked out in a pro or amateur fight in my life,” was his brief response. The seven other boxers representing the Jamaican team are Richard Holmes, Devon Moncriffe, Tsetsi Davis, Ramel Lewis, Meo Yeyo, Ricardo Planter and Gregory Miller. They will go up against Canadians Ryan Young, Frank Cotroni, Dave Leblond, Mike Breton, Larone Whyte, Phil Rose and John Ryan Wagner. This year’s winner will walk away with $2 million, second place will take home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth, $200,000. Fights will be aired live on TVJ. KNOCKOUTS
Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles MOST READ “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Tupas via UD pic.twitter.com/Wt8ixxEtOG— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “He’s a very soft-spoken guy, a happy-go-lucky guy but when it’s crunch time he does what he does,” said Cabagnot of Desiderio who went for 4-of-20 shooting for 16 points. “He’s assertive and he’s not afraid of the ball and he really does want it.”“He’s trying to carry the whole UP community on his shoulders, I think he did a great job today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabagnot has long established himself as one of the best point guards in the PBA with seven titles and six All-Star appearances, but was seen as a second fiddle to national team regulars Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio, and Jimmy Alapag.It took until Cabagnot reached 35-years-old for him to become a national team player and he credited Guiao for believing in him despite his age.“I’m 36 in a couple of weeks so I never thought, I felt that God sent coach Yeng to really make a dream come true for me, to be an ambassador of Philippine basketball,” said Cabagnot, who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 8.As for his job with UP, Cabagnot said he has utmost admiration of senior guard Paul Desiderio.UP’s skipper drilled the game-winning jumper with 6.6 seconds left in the game and it was one field goal that reminded Cabagnot of his many similar clutch baskets in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Atin ‘to: Paul Desiderio etches a legacy of swag in UP Maroons’ lore ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alex Cabagnot had much to celebrate on an eventful Wednesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES He witnessed University of the Philippines, where he works as an assistant coach, break its 32-year finals curse and he was also named as one of the 12 players that will lineup for Gilas in the upcoming Fiba window.Cabagnot will play against Kazakhstan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier on Nov. 30 at Mall of Asia Arena and the San Miguel point guard had nothing but gratitude to Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Thank you for breaking the news. I feel great, I guess double the blessings, I’m still on a UP high right now,” said Cabagnot who only learned of his inclusion after UP’s 89-87 overtime win against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I feel like coach Yeng’s a Godsend, a heaven sent, he’s my guardian angel. I never thought in my 13 years of playing that I would don the colors of the flag.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
This year’s race will feature three different events for racers to participate in. The first is a 10 km run road race, available for those 17 years of age and older. There will also be a 5 km walk or run race available to anyone interested in that distance, and finally, a 1 km race for participants 10 years old and under.The event is fundraising for a great cause, as proceeds will go towards the IronTeam 2012 COPS for Cancer.Registration for the event will be held the day of the race at 9 a.m., with racers starting their journeys at 10 a.m.- Advertisement -Fees to take part in the day’s event include $10 for anyone 19 or older, and only $5 for those 18 and younger.For more information about the race, contact either Barb or Floyd at 250-787-0977 or email T.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello, I’m Áine. I’m 26, Donegal born and bred and a first time mum to my 7 month old daughter Ava – I’ve been living in London for the past 4 years, working as a Diagnostic Radiographer in a major trauma centre. I love adventuring & dislike negativity! I have a fear of the gym & a fondness of chocolate. Being a mum is the hardest, but most rewarding job I have ever done. This fortnightly column will be an account of my experiences so far.My highs and lows, some tips and tricks, and an honest overview of my life as a first time mum.Unfortunately, parenting doesn’t have a job description and there is no right or wrong way to do it. I am no expert, but I hope you can relate, in some way, to what I write.The following are a few points that I believe will make your pregnancy a happy one. Don’t worry yourself:We all learn about the birds and the bees, but no one ever teaches you about pregnancy. What do you do when you find out? What are the stages? What do I need to know? Your mind will be overloaded with questions, feelings and worries.I got great comfort from online articles and mum blogs. Especially in the early stages when it was all still a secret between my partner and I. By all means read them but try not to become too obsessed with what you read. You will drive yourself crazy.You’ll find yourself on Google every other day. We’re all guilty of consulting Dr Google. I was the worst culprit for this and would then spend days worrying something serious was wrong. If you’re genuinely worried, speak to your GP or midwife.They know best. Sometimes things happen slightly differently than anticipated. Symptoms vary, gestation periods vary, and no two pregnancies are the same. This doesn’t always mean something is wrong so sit back and relax! Don’t let it change you:Being pregnant for the first time is a daunting experience. From the minute I found out, I started questioning all the normal things I use to do. Will people think I’m irresponsible if I stay out late with friends? Will people frown at me eating this triple chocolate cake? Can I still go on that holiday? Yes, your little one is your priority now, however, don’t let it change who you are or what you’d normally do.Do not worry what other people think. This is your pregnancy. People are always going to judge or have different opinions about what you should be doing. As long as you are responsible and safe in what you choose to do, why stop having fun?Document the journey:I’m definitely not the most organised person, and the thought of keeping a pregnancy diary seemed like too much work at first. But I’m so glad I did it. Pregnancy comes with a lot of randomness. Dreams, cravings, moods, the list goes on. You will forget bits so write them all down. You’ll get a good laugh out of them in years to come. Also, get yourself in front of that mirror and start taking bump photos.I cringed every time I went to do this. I didn’t notice the weekly differences but when you have them all together it will fill you with pride.A piece of advice: Save these photos onto a desktop or private folder before you go to Boots to get photos printed off your phone. To me these photos were cute, but I don’t think the passing public appreciated them as much as they were accidently enlarged onto the printing screenTreat Yourself:You may be glowing on the outside but between morning sickness, heartburn, swollen ankles and a tight stomach you’ll need some pick me ups along the way. Pedicures, pre-natal massages and eating out with friends were some of my favourites. Go shopping! There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and frumpy when you are pregnant. With the right clothes you can look and feel like that sexy mum-to-be that you are. New Look, H&M and Topshop were my go to shops when pregnant. Yes, this all costs money. You will be more conscious about money during pregnancy than you ever have been. Don’t let that stop you. It’s important you don’t forget about yourself through this journey. A happy mum = A happy baby after all.Enjoy it!!Pregnancy is such a unique experience and an emotional roller coaster. Just remember to enjoy each moment as much as you can. Don’t be too tough on yourself. Every day of pregnancy won’t be glorious and that’s okay. Embrace any emotion you feel at the time, and be ok with having both good days and bad days.Take this opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy some ‘you time’. It may not feel like it, but time will fly and your bundle of joy will be here before you know it.Thanks for reading. Now, go and book yourself a treat!Happy pregnancy!Áine xDD FAMILY: ‘BABY STEPS WITH ÁINE’ – A GUIDE TO BEING A NEW MUM was last modified: April 1st, 2016 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:Áine LaffertyBaby BlogdonegalGuideLondonmumTips
DDTV: Donegal Ladies manager Davy McLaughlin is optimistic that star forward Geraldine McLaughlin will be fit for his side’s crucial clash with Armagh on Sunday.Donegal face their Ulster rivals in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Clones but have been sweating on the fitness of McLaughlin since last weekend. She sustained a knee injury while playing for her club Termon in the Donegal Ladies Championship against St Eunan’s last Sunday.Davy McLaughlin believes she has injured her kneecap and she hasn’t trained all week but he says that’s precautionary and she should be ready to go come Sunday.To hear the full interview by Charlie Collins and Donegal TV simply click play on the video above.DDTV: DAVY MCLAUGHLIN – ‘WE’RE OPTIMISTIC GERALDINE WILL BE OK FOR THE WEEKEND’ was last modified: August 18th, 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:newsSport
The notes appeared to show the Three Lions, who kicked off their World Cup campaign with victory over Tunisia, are preparing to start Ruben Loftus-Cheek in place of the injured Dele Alli and pair Marcus Rashford alongside captain Harry Kane in attack at the expense of Raheem Sterling. 1 Gareth Southgate has told the English media to decide whether they want to help or hinder the England team after the XI to face Panama was ‘leaked’.The England manager’s assistant Steve Holland was pictured holding training notes at a session in Repino on Thursday ahead of the second Group G clash. England boss Gareth Southgate conducts a training session England team for Panama #WorldCup clash ‘leaked in training notes’ https://t.co/onopaMIW6D pic.twitter.com/7QMmf5tNh2— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) June 21, 2018Speaking to talkSPORT on Friday, Southgate insisted it was NOT the team to face Panama written down on Holland’s pad but issued a rebuke to the media for publishing the photographs.He said: “There is a squad of 23 names on the sheet. The next sheet has different players in different positions because we swap people in and swap people out.“The stories are then run as they are. For me, it’s no drama.“Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it’s a disadvantage to us so of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not. But given that it was just a squad list, it doesn’t really make any difference to us really.”Southgate went on to reveal he had not yet named his team for Sunday’s match, live on talkSPORT.Dele Alli is major a doubt due to a thigh problem, although he has been progressing well and has not been completely ruled out of selection.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Tamara O’ReillyCalling the events of the last two weeks “an absolute disgrace”, President Thabo Mbeki has publicly condemned the recent spate of violent attacks on foreigners by South Africans.Speaking to the nation via a radio and television broadcast on Sunday 25 May – it also being Africa Day or the day when the African Union was formed – Mbeki said the nation should mark the day with their heads bowed.“Never since the birth of our democracy, have we witnessed such callousness. As part of the reflection that Africa Day requires of all of us, we must acknowledge the events of the past two weeks as an absolute disgrace.”Attacks on foreigners have gained momentum since they began two weeks ago, starting in Johannesburg and spreading to Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town. Media reports around the world have featured shocking images of violence against foreigners, including cold-blooded acts of murder, brutal assault, looting and destruction of their property.Attackers are claiming that foreigners provide cheap labour, robbing South Africans of jobs and that they are responsible for crime. But whatever the reasons, says Mbeki, these attacks are unacceptable and senseless. “Whatever concerns exist, including those about housing, jobs and so on, these can and must be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the dignified, humane and caring characteristics that define the majority of our people – not through criminal means. They must be addressed through the structures of our democratic system.”According to police reports, so far 50 foreigners have been killed, about 35 000 have been displaced and thousands who are here legally, illegally or as asylum seekers are leaving the country. It is believed that about three million foreigners live in South Africa.The president’s broadcast came amid accusations from political leaders and analysts that Mbeki has not done enough to deal with the attacks. “It was a very good speech but belated,” said analyst Sipho Seepe of the South African Institute of Race Relations on public radio SABC on Monday. “The challenge is not about condemnation it’s about taking steps immediately when there is mayhem in the country.”Last week Mbeki called in the South African National Defence Force to quell the outbreak of violence in provinces around the country and citizens and various organisations have rallied together to provide shelter and food for those displaced by the attacks. Mbeki added that although these attacks taint the country’s image, not all South Africans should be painted with the same brush.“Many of our people, black and white, have come out to condemn this barbarity, offering food, shelter and clothing to those affected,” said Mbeki. “We commend and thank all these patriots and appeal to them to continue their good work, to reject and isolate the criminals in our midst and extend a hand of friendship to our foreign guests who are nothing more than our fellow human beings.”Mbeki said that South Africans should not forget that the county’s democracy was achieved through support from other African countries. “We must never forget that our economy was built by the combined labour of Africans drawn from all countries of our region, many of whom died in our mines together with their fellow South African workers.“Neither should we forget that many people from other African countries helped to build our liberation movement, while many in our region died because of apartheid aggression as they supported us in the struggle to defeat apartheid.”Tutu apologises for inhumanityArchbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, well known as an outspoken champion of human rights, last week expressed his sorrow over the violence. “I want to apologise, to ask for forgiveness on behalf of our people,” said Tutu. “I am deeply, deeply sorry. I want to apologise that we could be so inhuman. Please, please, I call on our people, don’t let us dehumanise ourselves. We are acting contrary to our best nature. We are acting contrary to those we should be showing gratitude to who helped us become what we are, a free nation.”Kgalema Motlanthe, Member of Parliament and deputy president of the ruling African National Congress, told local and international journalists and media players at the International Media Forum that the ANC unequivocally condemns such acts.“It becomes the natural obligation of all South Africans to condemn these barbaric acts and we call on all South Africans to take a stand against such acts and condemn them as hate crimes,” said Mothlante. “They can only take our society backwards … these attacks across our townships are not only an attack on foreigners, but an attack on the values of our civil society. We call on all our leaders to unite to call a halt to these senseless attacks.”Useful linksSouth African Government InformationBua NewsRelated articlesTutu condemns attacks Hate violence must end: Mbeki