Can’t stop the rise: SHANIA THOMAS

first_imgVolleyball was invented by men, but it was perfected by women. One young woman, Shania Thomas has perfected her game. Volleyball flows in her genes as Shania grew up watching her mother and sister play volleyball. Born in the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo Region in the lively town of Lethem, the ambitious young woman is a member of Guyana’s female volleyball team.The talented Region Nine resident was born on February 4, 2001. Her volleyball career reached greater heights at the Pure Masters Academy, where she recently completed her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport, Thomas related that her mother has forever motivated her to play to the best of her ability. She added that in the earlier days of her life, she watched her mother and older sister play volleyball. “The onus is on me to continue where my mom and sister left off and make them proud,” Thomas informed this reporter. “I’ve always dreamt of playing competitive volleyball for Brazil, and I’m praying one day I get a chance to,” she added.Although she was not known for too many mind-blowing performances, Thomas, who made her mark in a volleyball tournament played in Cayenne, French Guiana, was recognised at a tender age as a member of the Guyana female volleyball team in the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG).The young woman is focused on her dreams, and is seeking to make great strides in volleyball in the near future.On a more personal note, like many locals, Thomas enjoys eating fried rice and chicken. She also enjoys watching and listening to motivational movies and music. The 17-year-old has a passion for accounts, but is still uncertain at this point whether or not she will become an accountant.“Don’t let people who know what your past was distract or discredit you from what is now,” is her favourite quote. (Brandon Corlette)last_img read more

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Men trained to deal with violence in home

first_img…as activism program continuesAs the annual ‘16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign continues, the Social Protection Ministry hosted a programme that saw men from all walks of life participating, with the aims of eliminating all forms of violence against women.Held under the theme ‘Hear me too: collective voices against gender-based violence’, the programme aims at targeting all males across the length and breadth of Guyana.According to Social Services Director Whentworth Tanner, activities will be conducted in all 10 administrative regions. Tanner noted that, “We are working closely with the Regional Democratic Councils, but where we don’t have those collaborations, we are working through the Regional Women’s Affairs Committee”.Tanner noted that the through the programme, men complained about not being heard in society as it relates to violence. This, he noted, caused the Ministry to set up a forum where men can freely discuss their social issues.“Most men don’t see themselves as perpetrators but because a few men that participate in activities that are condemned by society, all men are painted with the same brush. We don’t want that so the goal of this activism programme is to be able to help the targeted audience which are men to change their mindsets as it relates to violence against women.”Tanner also related that the Ministry is also working to introduce more male-related programmes where they can be trained in particular divisions which will in return be beneficial “not only to women but society also”.Some of the topics discussed during the 16-day programme were sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence, poor health choices, male perpetrators of violence, masculinity and manhood and consequences and corrections.The awareness session will conclude on December 10. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.Currently, more than 3700 organisations from approximately 164 countries participate in the campaign annually.Joining these organisations this year is Voices Against Violence, an umbrella entity comprising non-government organisations, faith-based organisations, community-based organisations and other entities and activists that organise speak outs across Guyana.This effort has been endorsed by the Ministry, which is partnering with Voices Against Violence; the Women and Gender Equality Commission and Help and Shelter.Organisations, groups and communities are urged to bring people together and have them share experiences, personal or otherwise, on gender-based, child and sexual abuse as well as to brainstorm ideas which will address these scourges.The idea is to create scope for victims to speak out since doing so is a form of catharsis that can also motivate and inspire other victims.last_img read more

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Bank robbery suspects hide for hours in garage

first_imgGRANADA HILLS — For 90 minutes Friday, James Stichter knew two suspected bank robbers were holed up inside his detached garage, but couldn’t reach police to tell them. Shortly after 9 a.m., the gunmen had hit a Washington Mutual Bank in Stevenson Ranch. After a 13-mile high-speed chase, they ditched their car and ended up in the 50-year-old’s backyard. So Stichter called 911 — over and over again. And couldn’t get through. Finally, when a dispatcher answered, he tried to tell her the robbers were right there in his garage, but she cut him off and told him everything was “under control.” Then, a dial tone. Knowing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were scouring his neighborhood for the duo, Stichter waited for authorities to make their way to his house on Index Street and Monogram Avenue. Meanwhile, he took a nap. “They didn’t want to be found,” said Stichter, explaining his coolness under pressure. “What could I do about it?” Eventually deputies showed up about 11 a.m. and by 1 p.m. had arrested Bobby Black, 46, of Los Angeles and Leroy Johnson, believed to be a transient. Both were bitten by sheriff’s dogs during the garage search and were treated for minor injuries. Originally, authorities were unsure if Black was a man or a woman, since he has breasts, said Lt. Larry Gump of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita station. An unnamed woman suspected of driving the getaway car was arrested earlier at Hayvenhurst Avenue and Simonds Street, where the trio abandoned the car. The drama began about 9:15 a.m. just after the bank opened in the Valencia Marketplace shopping center. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy walking by saw patrons inside with their arms in the air and a man pointing a gun, Sgt. Darren Harris said. The deputy called for backup. Nobody was injured in the bank, and police later spotted the getaway car heading south on the Golden State (5) Freeway. The chase was on. It reached up to 85 mph across the 405 and 118 freeways. Along the way, the suspects threw items from the car, which police at first believed were bags of money. “I wish I was there,” said Steve Curran, 19, who woke up to the heavy sound of sheriff’s helicopters in his neighborhood. “I could use some of that money.” Unfortunately for Curran, the discarded items were not cash but pieces of the men’s disguises: a tool belt and some clothing. Authorities also recovered a fake beard. One suspect had dressed as a construction worker. The other wore a windbreaker and a baseball cap. The area around the Hayvenhurst exit off the 118 — where they ditched the getaway car and one of them was caught — sat wrapped in yellow police tape as sheriff’s helicopters darted overhead and a calvary of squad cars filed in. Bewildered residents stepped outside, learned that armed men were on the run and locked their doors. Kennedy High, Danube Street Elementary and Tulsa Street Elementary schools went into lockdown as authorities combed the neighborhoods for the two remaining suspects after the female suspect was caught. Granada Hills resident Vera Rabadi peered over the police tape and shook her head. With a 9-year-old boy in lockdown at nearby Tulsa Street Elementary, Rabadi was anxious for authorities to quickly find the robbers. — Sue Doyle,(818) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool striker Suarez and Uruguay Football Federation fail in Chiellini bite appeal

first_imgFIFA has rejected an appeal by Luis Suarez and the Uruguay Football Federation (AUF) against his four-month ban from all football activities for biting an opponent.The appeal was lodged against the sanctions imposed on the Liverpool striker by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini. They included a nine-match international ban plus a 100,000 Swiss frand (£66,000) fine.FIFA head of media Delia Fischer told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro: “The FIFA appeal committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by both the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan FA, and to confirm the decision rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee on June 25 2014 in its entirety.“The terms of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee were communicated to the player and the Uruguayan FA today.”Both the player and the AUF can make a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Luis Suarez 1last_img read more

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Klopp insists Man City are Premier League favourites

first_img“Only City can stop City, to be honest,” Klopp said to reporters on Tuesday. “We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.”With Liverpool and City playing at different times in recent weeks, one side has known the other’s result going into a game.Last weekend City played first but this week it will be Liverpool. The Merseysiders face Wolverhampton on Friday before the champions take on Crystal Palace the following day.Klopp insists the schedule is of little relevance.He said: “I would say we are always motivated at the highest level so where could we put this extra portion, saying if City lost then it makes us more motivated? That doesn’t work. We are really concentrating on our situation.“But we are in December. Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal — they are so close. I shouldn’t think about one opponent or we are the only one that can stop City.”Liverpool face City at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 but, with three other fixtures first, that is not yet on Klopp’s mind.Liverpool learned on Monday they will face Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, with Klopp calling it a “big, big challenge”.“The good thing is a couple of years ago if we’d have had Bayern Munich it would be like, ‘Wow, no chance’. The thing is we have a chance. That is enough to know.“We know it is difficult, they know it is difficult and that’s how it should be. Two big games, 100 percent.”Klopp also said that right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is making progress in his recovery from the ankle injury sustained against Napoli last week, and is hopeful the 20-year-old could still play a part in Liverpool’s festive programme.“It actually looks surprisingly good,” he said. “I think Wolves will still be a bit too early but after that, they told me we can think about him.“So far he didn’t train but the pain goes down second by second, which is good. The moment when he can deal with it, he is on the pitch, and the moment he is on the pitch we’ll make a decision. But it looks good for Trent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool, managed by Jurgen Klopp (left) are one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 18 – Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are still firm favourites to be crowned Premier League champions even though his Liverpool side are in top spot with nearly half the season gone.Liverpool have a one-point lead over City after 17 games following last weekend’s victory over Manchester United but the German is in no doubt Pep Guardiola’s men are in the driving seat.last_img read more

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Dear Richard: Letter from Ron Burkle responding to former mayor’s lawsuit

first_imgIt is not a material amount of money, but I would be remiss if I did not advise you that this is a bad time to sell. Call Bob and we will wrap this up. I hope this letter finds you in good health.” Ron Burkle, after learning he’d been sued by Richard Riordan, responded to the former mayor in a brief letter. “I was shocked and surprised when I received a call from a reporter saying that you had sued me over your investment in Alliance. When you came to me over eight years ago and asked that I invest $20 million of your money, I accepted that request from a friend who I very much admired. I could not at the time recommend investing the full $20 million but did feel a $5 million investment in Alliance Entertainment was justified because I was investing much much more. The investment was accepted because of our friendship and I have never charged you any management or similar fees–which you acknowledged in our meeting last year. Alliance has had its ups and downs and the technical side never met expectations but its core distribution business has continued to grow and improve. I think it is a world class logistics company. It has always been my principle that partners go into an investment together and get out together. Having said that, and because I know you’ve had a rough year with many challenges, I am willing to take you up on the offer you made through Bob Bermingham that we buy your partnership interest in Alliance (now Source Interlink) based on Source’s closing price today of $4.07 per share. A final calculation will be sent to you promptly. You have agreed that you will donate the net proceeds to the charities we discussed on September 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgPermission has been granted for a new hotel in Lifford.LiffordDonegal County Council gave the go-ahead for what will be the town’s only hotel on the site of the old ‘Inter County Hotel.’A previous application for a 21 bedroom hotel had been rejected by county planners on a number of different grounds.It is understood that well-known local businessman Austin Daly is behind the venture.PLANNING GRANTED FOR NEW HOTEL IN LIFFORD was last modified: July 3rd, 2015 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:donegalhotelLiffordlast_img read more

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first_imgEbb & Flow waiting hard on the final at Michael & Anne Watters house in Tullycleave, Ardara!!THE wacky things Donegal fans get up to never cease to amaze.Here’s all your pix for today – thanks to everyone who sent in pictures as the clock ticks to All-Ireland Final Sunday.Send yours to Sara and Lea Keelan whose mum comes from Glenswilly but now lives in Monaghan show there true colours for DonegalCarndonagh’s Obama-style makeover of Jim McGuinnessPicture of Conal Hunter and Daniel ‘Don’t like getting wet’ Gallagher from Maghery, Dungloe. Both lads love their sailing so thought what better way to fly the Donegal flag than dying some of their sails in the county colours. They can be seen out in Dungloe Bay with these flying most evenings although the bottom of the boat is seen as often as the top!!! Pic Siobhan HunterCathair Browne (6), son of Eugene and Kate Browne from the Crossroads, Killygordon. Unfortunately the wee fella won’t get to go to the All Ireland even though he was at every other game this year (apart from the Tyrone game as Mum and Dad were on their honeymoon!!!). I know he would love this to be published, a fine young man and hopefully he will have other chances at going to see Donegal play in an All Ireland. Sending the wee man big love from Brisbane (I went home after 5 years away from Donegal to his Mum and Dads wedding this June) — thanks, Érin O’Ruain (Best Friend of Eugene Browne) Done!In the photo with John 3:7 at Houston Station on the morning of the Cork match, from left to right; Laura Ferry (Sweeney) – Gweedore, Yvonne Sweeney (Burtonport girl, turned Laois girl), Mr. John 3:7 himself, Seamus O Connor and Maureen Scully (2 Laois natives up in Dublin giving support to Donegal for the day) and Ciaran Ferry – Gweedore…Brid Sweeney produced another memorable pic from the Rosses  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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The Press Pass – Sunday, August 14

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Tuesday about Robert Blake’s motion for a new trial incorrectly reported that the attorney for the children of Blake’s late wife referred to “undisputed acts.” He actually said: “What the Blake lawyers tried to do is piece together a bunch of irrelevant and disputed acts and label it misconduct.”last_img read more

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