Follow the Trace | ‘Flagging’ a dead horse

first_img The few anaemic reasons actually posited have been laughable. One popular sports analyst has argued vehemently that what Rodgers did with the flag was wrong because it is against “Jamaican culture” and that it was strange because it had never been done before at Champs. Other critics of the actions have opined that it was inappropriate and disrespectful to his new school and an insult to Jamaicans generally. I am still trying to extract some sense out of all that nonsense. One conspiracy theorist asked me personally why were other non-Jamaicans such Zharnel Hughes, from Anguilla, Delano Williams from the Turks and Caicos Islands; or Jorel Bellafonte, a Cayman Islands national, who were all prominent and popular champs winners, never given their national flags to display at champs? The conclusion of the theory being that Rodgers was given the flag to use to insult all the locals who were against him competing at champs. Again, the rationality of that theory escapes me. The spectacle of another show-stopping Champs showcase that resonated across the entire globe, with the very best of young Jamaican athletics talent on show, has not been given a fair chance to resonate, as the post-Champs conversation has been dominated by Ari Rodgers’ decision to wrap himself in the Ugandan flag. Jamaicans, from time to time, tend to display a false and exaggerated sense of patriotism when convenient to them. This is yet another such case of overkill. I have been trying now, without success for several days, to find a rational oasis in the vast desert of nothingness behind this issue. I must admit my failings. Here we go again, basking in our new national pastime of majoring in the minor, while continuing to ‘flag’ the a dead horse. LAUGHABLE REASONS It continues to be very surprising and indeed baffling that so many otherwise well thinking Jamaicans have expressed outright disgust, disapproval, and even concern about Kingston College’s Ugandan distance runner Ari Rodgers wrapping himself in the Ugandan flag while celebrating his victory in the 5,000-metre event win at the recently concluded ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. My personal befuddlement knows no bounds as to what the real or credible issue or issues could conceivable, to justify so many persons having a problem with a 16-year-old youngster domiciled many miles away from his African homeland, competing at Jamaica’s epic athletics championships for his new school in his adopted country, and in his moment of triumph, he chooses to parade the flag of the country of his birth. What protocol did he breach? What sensitivities did he offend? Contrast the possible motives behind this flag pushback by some Jamaicans, against the real-life scenario of Jamaican high schools that compete regularly at the annual Penn Relays in the United States, where Jamaican schools and colleges routinely display and parade the Jamaican flag while celebrating success on the track. How is what Ari Rodgers did differently in principle to what the Jamaican schools do every year at Penn Relays?last_img read more

GBTI, Emerge BPO spread Easter cheer during kite distribution

first_imgStaffers of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) on Thursday distributed over 200 kites to students of the Eccles Nursery School on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).Easter will be celebrated in just over one week, and GBTI kick-started the festivities with a kite distribution exercise that brought countless smiles to the faces of these children.Senior Supervisor of the Providence Branch, Devendra Jaggernauth, was present during the exercise. He noted that while it is the first activity, the bank is hoping to make it an annual one.“We’re basically distributing a few kites to the students of the school. It’s the first initiative for our branch, and we’re hoping for it to be something annually done. We have approximately 270 students along with 15 teachers and non-clerical staff. I know it’s something the kids would enjoy, and we’re just brightening their spirits for the Easter season,” Jaggernauth explained.He was assisted by employees who gifted other items after students would have answered a few trivia questions.Kites being distributed to the second year students by GBTI staffersOver the years, GBTI has been active in fulfilling its corporate responsibility through numerous initiatives. Teachers of the school thanked the banking institution for its gesture during this Easter season.Meanwhile, over at the Sophia Care Centre, Emerge BPO distributed a number of kites which were made by their employees. Over 70 youths from age four to 18 reside at the Care Centre, and they were elated with the presentation of kites. Chief Executive Officer of Emerge BPO, Heidi Soloman, said all of the materials used to make these kites were environmentally friendly.“Emerge is a Guyana-founded organisation. We’ve been in business for about 10 years, and one of our primary focuses is wanting to give back to the community. This month, with is being the Easter season, we had our employees join together and come up with handmade kites,” she explained.The company provides a range of customer-care services, and currently employs some 600 persons.Easter signifies the resurrection of the Christ, and will be celebrated on Monday April 22.last_img read more

Kings run wild in beating Lakers

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The good news for the Lakers is that center Kwame Brown’s return from an ankle injury is expected to shore up their defense for the season’s final 24 games, giving them a back-line anchor who might be the NBA’s strongest player. The bad news was that Brown’s return and the Lakers defensive resurgence didn’t exactly coincide Friday night, as the Sacramento Kings shredded their Pacific Division rival in a 116-108 victory at Staples Center. Three days off was all it took to break the Lakers’ rhythm after three impressive wins. The Kings built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and held off the Lakers despite Lamar Odom’s inspired play in the fourth. So ended the Lakers’ hope of matching a season-high with their fourth consecutive win. They also lost for the first time in eight games within the division and fell 31/2 games behind Houston in the race for fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Lakers allowed a season-high 65 points in the first half and trailed by 17 points at halftime. They closed within 11 points in the third quarter before falling apart amid one breakdown after another. If the Lakers choose to watch the tape, it will start with Martin running Bryant off a screen and hitting a 3-pointer. Then there was Artest slipping past Odom to score after Miller grabbed an offensive rebound for the Kings. After that, Bibby connected on a 3-pointer and Miller drained another jumper. Miller’s 19-footer made it 83-62 with 5:20 left. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Brian Cook threw an outlet pass over Smush Parker’s head and out of bounds after pulling down a defensive rebound. The Lakers heard scattered boos in the quarter. The Lakers welcomed back Brown after he missed 27 games with a sprained ankle, but the team also disclosed that Luke Walton will see a specialist Monday about his sore ankle. Walton’s availability for the upcoming four-game road trip is uncertain. Brown played nearly all of the fourth quarter but did not score in 20 minutes. In addition, the Lakers played without Maurice Evans, who had started the previous three games but had been bothered by knee soreness all week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Lakers gave up 10 straight points to start the game, as well as big runs in the second and third quarters. The task won’t get any easier on Sunday, as the Lakers face the Phoenix Suns, the NBA’s top scoring team, to open a four-game road trip. If one play summed up Friday night, it came after the Lakers had closed to 104-96 with 31/2 minutes remaining. They had to get a stop, but miscommunication allowed Kevin Martin to get open for an uncontested dunk off a Brad Miller pass which put the Kings up 10. Kobe Bryant finished with 30 points and 10 assists in 40 minutes while Odom had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Odom totaled 13 points and nine rebounds in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers dug themselves an insurmountable hole. Mike Bibby led Sacramento with 33 points, while Martin had 20 and Ron Artest – who shaved “KINGS” into his head, with a star in the G – added 19 points. Aaron McKie hit his first six shots and had 12 points off the bench for the Lakers. last_img read more

Will Arsenal pip Tottenham to finish second in the Premier League? Coral

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Leicester lifted the Premier League trophy on Saturday after sealing a remarkable title triumph last week and are priced at 25/1 to achieve the impossible again next season.Tottenham, meanwhile, are bidding to fight off rivals Arsenal to finish second this season and are are 1/3 to claim the runners-up spot with the Gunners 9/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Tottenham Hotspur news: Spurs announce new contracts for trio of starlets

first_img shining possible standings huge blow Amos made his Premier League debut in Spurs’ opening game of the season against Newcastle, coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 victory.The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has impressed in loan spells with Southend United and Stevenage and looked good on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States too.Midfielder Skipp, 17, also did well in his pre-season cameos having excelled for Tottenham’s academy sides and hopes are high he can push for a first-team role in the near future. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Tottenham trio Luke Amos, TJ Eyoma, and Oliver Skipp in action Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Latest Premier League News 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Centre-back Eyoma, 18, started for Pochettino’s men against AC Milan on the tour and has the adaptability to play at right-back if needed.The treble signing comes on the back of a worrying succession of starlets leaving Tottenham Hotspur with Keanan Bennetts joining Borussia Monchengladbach, Reo Griffiths moving to Lyon, and Noni Madueke signing for PSV Eindhoven. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Tottenham Hotspur have announced new contract for three of their brightest prospects as they look to put faith in their young players.Luke Amos, Oliver Skipp, and TJ Eyoma have all signed deals with the club until 2021 after further impressing their coaches and manager Mauricio Pochettino. gameday gameday cracker no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ✍️ We are delighted to announce that @Luke_Amos1, TJ Eyoma and Oliver Skipp have agreed new contracts with the Club until 2021. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 29, 2018last_img read more


first_imgArena 7 owner Enda Nicholls has been named Letterkenny Chamber Business Person of the Year.The affable Mr Nicholls was for once left a little specchless when he received the award at a glamorous bash at the Silver Tassie last night.Veteran businessman Michael Gallagher of Gallagher’s Menswear was given a Hall of Fame award. Letterkeny Chamber President Patrick McGinley paid tribute to both men.The award winners who were surrounded by their families and business colleagues accepted the awards from Letterkenny Chamber President, Patrick McGinley.Hall of Fame winner Michael Gallagher was nominated for his contribution to the business life of Letterkenny.Working right in the heart of Letterkenny Main Street, Michael Gallagher of Gallagher for Men has been clothing the men of Letterkenny to the satisfaction of their wives for 27 years. Michael started his retail career by serving his time in the exclusive retailer Brown Thomas at just 18 years old. He soon progressed to setting the very first men’s’ boutique in Brown Thomas.  This up market shop within Brown Thomas it marked a new era in men’s fashion and proved to be a fantastic grounding for Michael as he started out on his career.Michael Gallagher Menswear was always ahead of its time stocking brands that no-one else provided. When the shop opened they catered for that sector of the market between fashion and older men’s wear.  Even Donegal men were becoming more conscious of style and colour and Michael provided just that right up until earlier this year.Michael loved his work, loved being in the middle of everything on the Main Street and loves Letterkenny.  He would say the town has been good to him. Through the years Michael was President of the Chamber and actively served on the Chamber Council until very recently.  He has contributed much to Letterkenny over the years.Never mind that he knew all that was going on in the main street at any given time, he was dedicated to Letterkenny Chamber. He has seen many changes and still has a passion for a much changed Letterkenny. Gallagher for Men was part of the fabric of Letterkenny and while Michael is keeping his cards close to his chest it seems he has plans for something new.Celebrating 7 years in business Arena 7 is well recognised as the premier Family entertainment centre in Letterkenny. Outgoing, personable, risk taker but with his feet firmly on the ground Business Person of the Year, Enda Nicholls, has done a lot and has a lot more to do. Starting out his hospitality career in The Mount Errigal, Enda Nicholls had amassed a great deal of experience before setting up this very successful business. A busy man, married to Claire and with two young children, Enda has a passion for his business and is a hands-on man who clearly loves what he does.Arena 7 now employs 50 people, many of whom have been there from the beginning, and Enda contributes much of the success of the business to his loyal and hard working staff. While the business takes its rightful position in the fabric of Letterkenny Enda also gives a considerable amount back to the community through sponsoring teams such as Bonagee United and supporting Special Olympics.Enda, who was once a Town Councillor, is a true optimist, but more importantly is a man with ambitions and has plans for the future.Patrick McGinley, in this one of his last official duties as President, said on presenting the awards “Letterkenny Chamber on behalf of its members is delighted to honour these two business people and their companies. Letterkenny has benefitted hugely from the contribution that these businesses have made to the local economy. “They are excellent examples for us all in business, inspiring confidence, showing vision and both so committed to the development of Letterkenny.  The recipients of these awards are nominated by their peers and tonight’s winners join a long line of excellent and inspirational business people. ”Closing the event the president said “we should be proud of what we have achieved in Letterkenny over the years. We know that there are many more hurdles to overcome. However, we are a determined community and we have fought our corner over many years.    Together, we are a strong voice that will be heard in 2012. We know that Letterkenny and the North West is a great place to live, work and do business, so let’s continue to work together to deliver on our ambitions for this town, this County and this Region.”ARENA 7 BOSS NAMED LETTERKENNY BUSINESS PERSON OF YEAR – MICHAEL ENTERS HALL OF FAME was last modified: November 19th, 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 7LETTERKENNY CHAMERlast_img read more


first_imgRefreshIt’s all over. Glenswilly’s dream of an Ulster title has just fallen short. Congratulations to Ballinderry and best wishes to them for the All-Ireland semi-final.3 minutes injury time.Ballinderry add another point. It’s 1-13 to 2-06. Four points ahead. Last minute. Glenswilly need a goal and a point, just to level.6 minutes left: Darren Conway, the Ballinderry sub with a good score. 3 in it again. Glenswilly need another Murphy goal…. 8 Minutes left: Michael Murphy scores again. Just two points behind now. 1-11 to Ballinderry; 2-06 to Glenswilly. Lovely finish from out on the right by Murphy.Keeper O’Donnell pulls off magnificent save to keep Glenswilly in this game. Conor Nevin can’t believe he has missedBallinderry 1-11, Glenswilly 2-05. Derry men lead by three points. A lot of tired legs out there. 12 minutes left. Daniel McKinless and Aaron Devlin with the points.15 minutes gone in second half – Enda Muldoon, the Derry legend, on for Ballinderry.Another chance for Copper, but ball goes wide.Ballinderry go back into the lead. They work the ball from defence..and Collie Devlin scores again for Ballinderry. It’s 1-09 to 2-05. Gary McFadden with a shot….and it is saved on the line. 10 minutes gone in second half.Ballinderry square the match. It’s a battle out there at Healy Park today.GLENSWILLY back in the lead. Ciaran Bonner point: 2-05 to 1-07. Neil Gallagher with superb block and led to point.GOAL for Glenswilly. Followed by a point. 1-02 already in the second half.Match Square. 2-04 to 1-07. Caolan Kelly with the goal, set up by Murphy, followed by a superb point from the Donegal captain himself. Second half: a point each. 1-07 to 1-03.Both sides miss opportunities; Ciaran Bonner miss. But Dermot McGuckin scores at the other end.HALF-TIME 1-06 to 1-02.3 mins injury time at the end of first half29th minute – pushing and shoving out there….no need for this.27th minute GOAL for Ballinderry. McIvor fists to the net. Glenswilly protest but goal stands. It’s Ballinderry 1-05 to 1-02.25th Minute: Conleth Gilligan levels the game from another free. All square: Glenswilly 1-02, Ballinderry 0-05.24th Minute: Back to a point. It’s 1-02 for Glenswilly and 4 points to Ballinderry after a converted free for Derry champs.22nd minute Caolan Kelly scores a great point for Glenswilly after pass from Murphy. 2 in it again20th minute: Dermot McGuckin points for Balinderry. 1 point in it. Getting tight.Ballinderry being forced to shoot from distance and after several missed chances, the Derry champions get another point. Score Glenswilly 1-01, Ballinderry 0-02. James Conway with a good score.Murphy booked. Looked as though the Co Derry player was playing for that.Glenswilly putting in a huge effort to keep Ballinderry out.15th Minute: Murphy goes close…but it’s wide againGlenswilly playing well, closing down the Derry champions at every opportunity.12th minute: Murphy puts free wide.10th minute – Ballinderry get their first score, to reduce the deficit to three. Colly with the score.7th Minute – Murphy again, this time with a point. Donegal men 4 points ahead.FIRST minute goal for Glenswilly. MICHAEL MURPHY!!! Get in.Donegal champions lead 1-00 to no score.ULSTER CLUB SFC LIVE: GLENSWILLY V BALLINDERRY was last modified: December 1st, 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)last_img read more


first_imgJody BroganTHERE is widespread shock in Co Donegal at the deaths today of the “beautiful” Brogan sisters who died in a house fire in Letterkenny this morning.Jody Brogan and her big sister Anngeline perished in the blaze at their home at Ceannan View in the town.A man in the house managed to escape without injury and raise the alarm. Donegal fire service crews rushed to the scene just after 11.10am today and found the house ablaze.One of the sisters was pronounced dead at the scene whilst the other died a short time later at Letterkenny General Hospital.Gardai believe the fire began in the front living room of the house and spread to the bedroom upstairs where the girls were.Letterkenny Mayor Paschal Blake said the town was in mourning. “This is the most terrible tragedy and the community will rally around the family in the coming days and weeks as they come to terms with what happened,” said Cllr Blake.Social media sites tonight are carrying heartfelt tributes to the sisters.“You were two beautiful people and heaven has two more angels,” said one friend.Another wrote: “Can’t believe you are gone. We’ll miss you both so much.”AnngelineTRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL BROGAN SISTERS KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE was last modified: January 4th, 2014 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:anngeline broganhouse firejody broganletterkennylast_img read more

OPA accepting nominations for American Egg Board

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) is now accepting suggestions for nominations to serve on the 2017-2018 American Egg Board (AEB), which is U.S. egg farmer’s link to consumers in communicating the value of the incredible egg. Members serve two-year terms on the national board.“Board members serve a vital role in overseeing and carrying out AEB’s mission to increase demand for egg and egg products on behalf of U.S. egg farmers,” said Jim Chakeres, OPA executive vice president. “I encourage Ohio egg farmers to consider nominating themselves or another producer to serve in this important role to help guide the egg community and further our commitment to provide safe, wholesome, affordable eggs to Ohioans and the world.”To be eligible for nomination, persons must be producers or representatives of producers and they must own 75,000 or more laying hens. Producers who own less than 75,000 hens are eligible provided they have not applied for exemption and are paying assessments to AEB. Minorities and underserved populations, who meet the requirements, are encouraged to participate.The Board is appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and consists of 18 members and 18 alternates from all regions of the country who are egg farmers nominated by certified state and regional organizations representing egg farmers. Members and alternates may not serve more than three consecutive two-year terms in their current position.All nominations are due by 5 p.m. on June 3, 2016, to OPA at read more

Sensible Plumbing

first_img“We have very low pressure at the master-bathroom shower, and if any other plumbing is used, we literally have no water coming out of the showerhead.” The frustration in my new customer’s voice was palpable, and during the drive to his country estate, thoughts about the root causes of his home’s water-pressure woes ran through my head. I pulled into the driveway of what had to be a multimillion-dollar home. How could a house that looked this great be suffering so much internally?I saw the problem almost as soon as I descended the stairs to the basement: a single pair of ½-in. PEX lines—one hot and one cold—running 75 ft. along the ceiling, with T-fittings spliced in at intervals to serve fixtures on the three floors above. The master bath’s lines were last along this undersize flow-through system, and as you might guess, the master bath was on the third floor.What were they thinking? Simply put, they weren’t. Good plumbing isn’t rocket science; it’s applied science. Boil it down and you’ve got about 25% knowledge and 75% common sense. The problem is that most rough-plumbing jobs are won or lost by a bid process that emphasizes cost-cutting over performance. But doing things right and controlling costs are not mutually exclusive ideas. Both of them need to be engaged in designing and installing a plumbing system that makes sense.At its most basic, plumbing is simply the practical application of hydraulics and physics to bring clean, healthy water from a municipal water main or a well to the places in the house where it’s needed—and when we’re finished with it, to remove the waste via the sanitary-sewer system to the municipal… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more