FILA Commends LWF for Wrestling Seminar Success

first_imgThe International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA) has extolled the Liberia Wrestling Federation (LWF) for the success of its inaugural free-style wrestling seminar in the country.Mr. Charles Dumont, the head of its International Wrestling Development hailed local wrestling governing body on behalf of FILA.“We are happy to find that the course went very well,” Mr. Dumont wrote to the Liberia Wrestling Federation.The president of LWF, Mr. George B. Gould in an interview said the letter came as a surprise and challenge to the federation to develop and practice what was learnt.He expressed his thanks and appreciation to the FILA for the ‘pat on the back’ and promised to develop and promote wrestling in the country.He said the first-time ever 6-day training, which brought together coaches, referees and wrestlers from schools and universities, is another way to promote the game.The wrestling boss thanked the International Olympic Committee for the sponsorship, which was done in consultation with FILA through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC).Gould said the facilitator, former Nigerian wrestling champion Victor Kodei, was up to the task to impart the necessary but basic free-style wrestling techniques to the participants.The 6-day training ran from the 13th to the 18th of January, 2014 at the Sports Commission and was climaxed with an exhibition and certification program at the SKD gymnasium.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray and Sylvester Williams, Special Assistant to Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe were amongst officials who graced the occasion.Schools that participated in the seminar were Tubman High, G. W. Gibson, J.J. Roberts, D. Twe, E.J. Goodridge, Haywood Mission, Matilda Newport, Paynesville Community School, A. Glenn Tubman Junior High School and the University of Liberia (UL).Expert Kodei is a 14-time Africa champion (undisputed), 5-time Commonwealth champion and 4-time Olympics champion. He was also a champion in Free-Style wrestling.Meanwhile, wrestling has been readmitted in the 2020 Olympic Games.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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Dr. Wheatley Looking to Increase Engagement with Diaspora in STI

first_img “I don’t think we have actively engaged this resource pool. I want to see this change, and I want our talented and experienced scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to make a greater effort to contribute and engage us back on the rock. My Ministry will certainly keep the doors open, as we need your help in our quest to solve our national challenges with home-grown innovation,” he said. Story Highlights He was delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) Third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in New York City on June 9. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Ministry is looking to increase engagement with the diaspora in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI). Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Ministry is looking to increase engagement with the diaspora in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI).“I don’t think we have actively engaged this resource pool. I want to see this change, and I want our talented and experienced scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to make a greater effort to contribute and engage us back on the rock. My Ministry will certainly keep the doors open, as we need your help in our quest to solve our national challenges with home-grown innovation,” he said.He was delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) Third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in New York City on June 9.Dr. Wheatley said that the application of a culture of science and technology throughout the society will bring the greatest prosperity to citizens and make Jamaica more globally competitive.He told the large audience that STI “must be treated with the utmost priority in our country and Jamaica’s brilliant scientific minds, whether at home or in the diaspora, must be accommodated under the umbrella of a modern national policy and strategy”.He noted that the Ministry has crafted a National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy “to take Jamaica well into the future”, and the document will be submitted to Cabinet shortly.During the function, Minister Wheatley was presented with JCOBA’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award in recognition of his stellar work in driving Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in science, energy and technology.The presentation was made by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to four past students – businessmen Gary “Butch” Hendrickson and Drs. William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams.Dr. Robynne Chupkan and Vanessa Nole received the Woman of Distinction Award; while the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award went to Wenford Patrick Simpson.last_img read more

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The Quiet Dominance of Steve Smith

The Carolina Panthers on Thursday released Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, and he was snapped up Friday by the Baltimore Ravens — so it’s a good time to take stock of his career. The numbers say Smith is one of the best, and most underrated, wideouts of all time.As my former colleague Chase Stuart has repeatedly noted, Smith’s raw numbers have always understated his worth because of an unfortunate combination of injuries, a mediocre supporting cast at quarterback and receiver, and the team’s run-heavy strategy. But when Smith was healthy, he was as valuable as any pass-catcher.After the 2012 season — and before the 2013 season, when it became clear Smith had exited his prime years — Stuart found that Smith rated as the sixth-best receiver ever in two important yet under-the-radar stats: individual percentage of team receiving yards and receiving yards per team passing attempt. Neither metric is the final word on a receiver, but both reflect aspects that are central to the position.A player’s share of his team’s receiving yards is important because it represents a receiver’s market share of available statistics. As Pro-Football-Reference.com founder Doug Drinen once pointed out, receivers are the only players in football who directly compete with their own teammates for touches. (Other positions have their skirmishes, but they rarely battle while on the field at the same time.) So it really means something when a team funnels so many of its passes to one guy.Yards per passing attempt is also crucial. It accounts for how much a team throws the ball. Stuart and I conducted research last summer suggesting that when a team increases its passing attempts by 2 percent, its receivers will see about a 1 percent boost in production — a factor that can really add up at the extremes. Smith’s numbers were stunted relative to his peers because he played in rush-focused offenses that passed about 8 percent less than the NFL average over the course of his career.After we account for these handicaps, Smith looks like an all-time great. His 2005 campaign ranks extremely high in the aforementioned metrics, and his performance in 2008 stands out as one of the most commanding ever by a receiver. That year, Smith led the NFL in receiving yards per game despite the Panthers attempting the fewest passes in the league — the only time that’s happened since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.Smith’s numbers have dropped off in recent years (no surprise; he’ll turn 35 in May), so it’s not clear how much production he’ll bring to Baltimore in 2014. But when he was at his peak, few receivers ever dominated their team’s passing game more. read more

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Concerns are rising re Charges against minors

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppConcerns have been expressed about the Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police Force laying what has been referred to as ‘adult charges’ against minors. The most recent being a 15 year old girl charged with burglary. In response to this concern the Commissioner of Police, Colin Farquar has informed that the proper procedure was followed where a parent/guardian is present along with a representative from the Social Welfare Department during the interview and the charging process. Commissioner Farquar also added that when taken before the Court, the juvenile will be considered as a juvenile and if found guilty, the punishment could be under the Juveniles Ordinance or under the Probation of Offenders Ordinance. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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PM announces 4 billion oil refinery project in Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 15, 2018 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis announced that his government has approved Oban Energies to commence an oil refinery and oil storage facility in Grand Bahama.  The project is expected to create 600 direct jobs, 1,000 indirect jobs during construction and an estimated project cost of over $4 billion.  The Prime Minister’s announcement came at the start of the sitting of Parliament on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.“My Government has recently completed negotiating the Heads of Agreement which paves the way for the commencement of this important project,” said Prime Minister Minnis.   “This Heads of Agreement articulates how this development can proceed.”The Prime Minister said the Heads of Agreement will be signed on Monday, and that over the following two weeks, two additional Heads of Agreements will be signed.“We are on the road to revitalizing both Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas,” added Prime Minister Minnis.“I am advised that Oban Energies Management team has been involved in large energy infrastructure projects around the world and brings over 30 years of large, complex construction experience.   Oban Energies has further advised that the first phase of the project will consist of four million barrels of fuel storage, a harbour, and deep-sea loading docks to service large vessels; and the construction of a 50,000 barrels per day refinery.“In addition, Oban will build [an] up to 20 million barrel liquid bulk storage facility and a 250,000 barrel per day refinery.   The oil refinery has an estimated project cost of up to US$4 billion and the terminal has an estimated cost of US$1.5 billion.  This is a very significant development for Grand Bahama.”Pointing specifically to some of the aspects of the Heads of Agreement, Prime Minister Minnis noted that the developer will contribute funds in the sum of $100,000 per annum to be used for community projects and development of East Grand Bahama.  The Agreement also calls for the establishment of a local Advisory Board who will determine the use of those funds and shall be comprised of four mutually agreed persons to both the government and the developer.The Prime Minister further noted that the Developer has acknowledged the importance of the marine environment to the government and therefore has agreed to provide $150,000 to accredited research institute, as may be mutually selected by the government and the Developer.“Such payment shall be made by the date – that is 12 months after the commencement of construction of the terminal and/or oil refinery,” said Prime Minister Minnis.“The Developer will use commercially reasonable efforts to use Bahamian materials, Bahamian professional services and other Bahamian services in connection with the implementation of the development plan.”Another aspect of the Agreement stipulates that the Developer shall operate with the Government to put in place and sustain during the course of the development multi-disciplinary on-the-job technical skills training and apprenticeship programs, designed to equip the developers’ Bahamian employees with a level of technical proficiency, reasonably necessary for the promotion and advancement.   And shall render reasonable, periodic assistance towards curriculum development at the University of The Bahamas.“I think that this is great news for The Bahamas and the country will see more to come in the coming weeks,” added Prime Minister Minnis.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)last_img read more

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Zola hails Ross Barkley as one of the best in England

first_imgChelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has praised Ross Barkley as on the best midfielders in the Premier League as he prepares to face his former club Everton on Sunday.Barkley barely featured under Antonio Conte after joining Chelsea in January, but has been phenomenal under Maurizio Sarri and established himself as a regular at Stamford Bridge while also earning a recall to the England squad.Chelsea legend and current assistant manager, Zola is full of praise for his development and has tipped him to get even better.“He had a big injury that stopped him from playing at his best in the last few years. That’s something that has to be said.” Zola told Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s been important for him the way we play because it’s making him a little bit more complete.“We always knew he had the ability – physical ability, technical ability. But to play the midfield position, he was lacking a little bit of tactical awareness and defensive awareness.“He’s doing very well right now and it’s making him a better player. All these things, added to what he already had, is making him one of the best midfielders in the country.”last_img read more

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Hitandrun driver crashes with mortuary van at East Village intersection

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Several people were reportedly injured overnight after a woman involved in an earlier hit-and-run collision ran a red light in downtown San Diego and was struck by two vehicles.The crash happened around 11 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of G street and 14th street in San Diego’s East Village neighborhood, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.Police told reporters at the scene that a man driving a mortuary van transporting a body to the morgue was originally struck by the woman driving a pickup truck in Lemon Grove.The man called 911 to report the hit-and-run collision then followed the pickup truck until it crashed at the intersection in East Village, Delimitros said.Reports say at least two people were transported to the hospital following the three-car collision. Their conditions were not immediately known. Information about the other vehicles involved in the crash was not immediately available. Police temporarily shut down the intersection to allow crews to replace a traffic light that was damaged in the crash. Posted: July 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, July 6, 2018 Hit-and-run driver crashes with mortuary van at East Village intersectionlast_img read more

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