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Sky’s the limit for Blaise Bicknell

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s impressive victory at the Damion Johnson men’s and women’s Pro Tennis Tournament, Blaise Bicknell is hungry for more success, noting he wants to improve his International Tennis Federation (ITF) ranking.The outstanding 15- year-old is ranked 350 in boys ITF junior tennis, and copped two exciting and important victories over seniors at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, Piccadilly Road in Kingston.Last Saturday, he upset Jamaica’s top ranked men’s player, and tournament organiser Damion Johnson, 6-1, 7-6. He then claimed victory on Sunday over Damion’s older brother Damar (Johnson), who now coaches in Florida, United States.Bicknell lost the first set 0-6, but stormed back to take the next two, 6-4, 6-3. Speaking with The Gleaner yesterday; Bicknell said the game was one of the toughest of his budding career.”I was very focussed and went out and played my best. It was really tough and I pressured back,” he explained.”It was my first time beating a top ranked player, I just went out there very determined to come out with the win,” the player recalled.BOOST TO CONFIDENCEThough Johnson is his coach and tournament organiser, young Bicknell was quick to point out that, that win has given him a lot of confidence, to take his career forward.”It has given me confidence going forward, this is a very good victory going into the Easter Bowl tournament in California, which I would like to do well in, and I will do my best and go for the victory,” he underlined.The ITF Juniors Easter Bowl Championship will take place March 27- April 2 in the USA.Bicknell, who has been playing on the ITF junior circuit, recently reached the round of 16 in a Level Three tournament in Costa Rica.He was praised for his tenacity by coach Damion Johnson.”I never like to lose but it is good to know that I have a hand in coaching this talented young player,” he said.last_img read more

15 Liberians Chosen for MWF 2015

first_imgThe Mandela Washington Fellowship (formerly known as President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative) has chosen 15 Liberians for the Fellowship’s 2015 edition in the United States.2015 finalists include Fombah L. Kanneh, Samuel D. Karya, Rally T. Fallah, Chris Sackie, Fred D. Koilor and Ruth C. Engman, among others.The fellowship will take them to various universities and colleges across the United States where they will undergo weeks of intensive training and in various disciplines, including Business Entrepreneurship, Public Service, Community Service, Governance, amongst others.In her welcoming statement to the 15 successful finalists on April 9, at the US Embassy near Monrovia, Ambassador Deborah Malac expressed her delight and commended the finalists, and urged them to make use of the opportunity to impact themselves and their country.She acknowledged that the fellowship is all about capitalizing on the creativity and talent of Africa’s young leaders by empowering them with the skills, training and technology necessary to bring about lasting change and meaningful progress in their countries.This, she said, has been demonstrated by Liberian participants in previous fellowships.According to Ambassador Malac, when the 2014 fellowship concluded in Washington, D.C., Liberian participants returned and actively got involved in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.She specifically referenced public awareness about self protection and community and family protection as key initiaties undertaken by 2014 Mandela Fellows in their respective communities.She recalled that President Obama launched the YALI program in 2010 to help sharpen skills, improve networks and strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa by investing in the next generation of African leaders.“I am happy to note that we have with us here 15 young Liberians who have been selected to participate in this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for 2015,” urging them to emulate alumni whose activities have impacted their communities and country.Ruth C. Engman, an articulate and joyous finalist, speaking to this newspaper at the U.S. Embassy, stressed that she had been uncertain as to whether the program would have considered Liberians this year since Ebola had been raging here.“I reluctantly applied and now I have been selected. I am very happy for the level of transparency demonstrated in the selection process,” Ruth noted with joy.She will be studying Civil Leadership at a selected university in the United States, hoping to return after her studies in order to begin her advocacy work as required in her area of study.Journalist Fombah Kanneh, is also going to study Business Entrepreneurship.  He said the selection process was very competitive and to triumph as a successful candidate was  unimaginable.  He thanked  God for his success and wished  to return with new knowledge to impact his country by creating job opportunities in sanitation.Like Ruth, Fombah claimed he owed loyalty to his country and would come back with new ideas to help with youth unemployment.  By that, he promises that he will not stay in the United States as some do when they get the opportunity to step on that soil.Samuel D. Karya, for his part,  has a passion for Agro Business  and is desirous of making use of the opportunity.President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in 2010 with the intent of developing young African leaders to assume leadership in their communities by doing what will benefit others.Climaxing the 2014 edition, President Obama renamed YALI to “Mandela Washington Fellowship” for Young African Leaders, in honor of the late South African President and icon, Nelson Mandela.That same year, during a town hall meeting with participants, President Obama urged them to “be the change you want to see in your community.  This program is not meant to challenge your leaders’ positions in your country. “For any country to develop and prosper,” he continued, “its people must fight corruption and put into place good governance and rule of law.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP spent over $2B from sugar levy to keep bauxite industry alive –…

first_imgBoth the sugar and bauxite industries were given priority statuses in their times of crises by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) when it was in office amidst claims by the APNU/AFC Government and their supporters that this was not the case.PNC executive Aubrey NortonThis is according to former Attorney General and PPP Member of Parliament, Anil Nandlall, who made his position clear on Saturday during a live broadcast of Globespan24x7.Globespan24x7 hosted a discussion on bridging national unity in Guyana for which Nandlall and People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive, Aubrey Norton were the panellists.“Every country has industries that ails over time. It is the responsibility of the Government depending on the magnitude of that industry, its impact on the economy, its impact on the citizenry to do that which is necessary to ameliorate the situation to aid the industry…the PPP has done that with sugar as we have done with bauxite,” Nandlall said in response to attacks by Norton that it was the PPP who destroyed the sugar industry in Guyana.According to the PPP MP, when former President Desmond Hoyte was giving one of his last speeches shortly before general elections in 1992, he declared that the bauxite industry would be closed but it was the PPP that kept this industry alive for many years. To date, the bauxite industry is active but its workers are facing difficulties with their foreign employers.Nandlall noted that this Government should be able to do much more than it presently is doing and has done for the workers in the bauxite industry as the PPP, during its tenure, never gave up on the same industry despite the challenges it faced.“Over $2 billion was taken from sugar levy and pumped into bauxite industry to keep it alive until the divestment came… the PPP had a whole regime of poverty alleviation programmes designed, not on a racist or a racial basis, but targeting the various communities in Guyana because we did not craft policies or propagate initiatives based on ethnicity and race. We did it based on the economic environment and needs of these various communities.”He further stated that the PPP gave over 1000 small logging concessions to Guyanese because they were affected with the bauxite industry being taken over by Guyana Bauxite Company Inc – owned by RUSAL and the Chinese company, Bosai, in previous years.However, though it is the responsibility of the Government of the day to keep such vital industries alive and protect its workers’ rights, bauxite workers are still encountering major problems with working conditions and measly salaries and wages.Recently, 61 workers were dismissed by the Russian-owned bauxite company, RUSAL, after they led a strike action, objecting to a one per cent salary increase. Subsequently, another 30 employees at that company were dismissed after the company had to temporarily close its operations in that department. The workers are all presently protesting against the company which they say has violated the laws of Guyana.Their protests and picketing, along with those members of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union as well as other unions in Guyana, are geared at having them reinstated with a higher salary increase.These dismissed and displaced bauxite workers have blocked off the access road from the Berbice River leading to the company’s operations and they have no plans of removing the blockages until their voices are heard and the Government takes action against RUSAL.Since the issue arose, Government has been unable to resolve the issue and has even threatened to shut the company down if an amicable solution cannot be reached.last_img read more

Two victims pepper sprayed, one stabbed outside Pomeroy Sport Centre

first_imgCpl. Jodi Shelkie says the RCMP was called to a report of a stabbing on April 27, 2015 a little after 9:30 p.m., and when they arrived, police found a 22-year-old male had been pepper sprayed and had a stab wound to the chest.The victim was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital by ambulance where he received stitches for the non-life threatening injury.The other victim, a 26-year-old male, was also found to have been pepper sprayed.- Advertisement -Cpl. Shelkie says police located and arrested the suspect, a 19-year-old male, at his residence later that evening.The RCMP is recommending charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.Cpl. Shelkie says the men knew each other and were not random victims.Advertisementlast_img read more

Aston Villa boss questions midfielder’s dedication

first_img Charles N’Zogbia 1 Boss Remi Garde has questioned Charles N’Zogbia’s commitment and insisted he must work harder to earn an Aston Villa recall.The midfielder has been left out of Garde’s last three squads and is unlikely to return to face old club Newcastle on Saturday with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League.N’Zogbia came off the bench in Garde’s first game, a 0-0 draw with Manchester City last month and the 4-0 defeat to Everton, but has not played since and is out of contract in June.“Charles could have given more than he has given to the team in the first two or three weeks when I came,” said Garde.“Charles’ story with Aston Villa is a long one, with some difficult stuff, and he is ending his contract soon.“Sometimes it’s not the best way to be fully committed in a football club in the situation we are in.“Charles is not the worst person I have ever met. I am just here to try to pick up the players I feel who are the most committed for this very difficult task we have.“I am not saying Charles is a bad person. Sometimes it doesn’t work between players and clubs, players and managers.”N’Zogbia joined from Wigan for around £9million on a five-year deal in 2011 and is one of Villa’s best paid players and Garde would not rule out allowing him to leave in January.“It’s not only about Charles.“When you are wearing the shirt and defending the club’s colours you need to be peaceful with everyone, the football club, manager, team mates,” he said.“Sometimes it happens where the situation is not like that and there is a possibility, twice in the season, where you can go to the manager and say ‘I’m not happy, I want to leave’.“Then you have to listen and see if we can find a good solution for all parties.“If that’s the case I will listen to all the players.”But Garde admitted he may need to move on some top earners who are not playing.He added: “It’s a situation I need to change and clear.“If you spend a lot of money on players who aren’t playing it will be very bad news for the team and everyone at the football club.“I’m blaming nobody.”last_img read more

WOW! 33% OFF L’OREAL PARIS AND MAYBELLINE COSMETICS AT MCFADDENS PHARMACY

first_imgChristmas is coming early this year at McFaddens Pharmacy as they launch a whole host of fantastic reductions on a series of top-class products in the run-up to the festive season.L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline Cosmetics are now 33% OFF for the rest of November and December!The reductions are available both in-store and online at www.mcfaddenspharmacy.com Fabulous NYX Make-up Kits and Pallettes are also now available in store.Scholl Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Gift Set is an AMAZING price now only €49.50 was €99.00.http://mcfaddenspharmacy.com/p/scholl_velvet_smooth__essential_pedicare_collectionAnd the offer “Buy On-line and enter a draw for a FULL refund of your order” is still on till end of December! Finally, McFaddens Pharmacy have announced that their Christmas club is now open.Their offering customers the chance to reserve as many gifts as they like with a small deposit, and then pay it off in small easy instalments.They’ll keep their gifts aside for them until they need them at Christmas.CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY AT MCFADDENS PHARMACY! 🙂  WOW! 33% OFF L’OREAL PARIS AND MAYBELLINE COSMETICS AT MCFADDENS PHARMACY was last modified: November 19th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesMcFADDENS PHARMACYnewslast_img read more

Real Madrid appoint Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as Zinedine Zidane replacement

first_imgThe former France international left the LaLiga side in a stunning sequence of events earlier this month which very few saw coming.Just three days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy, Zidane quit to take a sabbatical.Speculation over his replacement has been intense to say the least.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was linked with the post, as well as Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. 2 Comunicado oficial: Julen Lopetegui será el entrenador del #RealMadrid tras la celebración del Mundial de Rusia 2018.https://t.co/4bTZwbBTMv pic.twitter.com/DZz5i3ijUn— #CHAMP13NS 🏆⚽️ (@realmadrid) June 12, 2018 Real Madrid have confirmed Julen Lopetegui will become their new head coach after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia this summer.The current Spain boss, who was a part of the senior Los Blancos squad between 1988-1991, will replace Zinedine Zidane after the conclusion of the tournament on July 15. However, President Florentino Perez has opted to appoint Lopetegui on a three-year deal.Despite retaining the Champions League, Real allowed their domestic form to slip – finishing third behind rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.center_img Zidane’s decision to leave Real shocked the world and saw a host of managers linked to the post 2 Lopetegui is currently in charge of the Spanish national side last_img read more

RUNNING IN HEELS: THE LATEST MEDIABOX BLOG!

first_imgWith another busy week ahead we have to admit that this week we are ‘Running in Flats’, with a new client on board and a photo shoot to take place we had to pack away the heels and attempt our flats but we promise it won’t be for long!At Media Box it’s not always all work and no play so the requested song for this week on the Media Box Facebook Page has to be a number from Take That after their wonderful performances at the weekend at Croke Park, were one of our own had the privilege to attend.Well what is happening in the Media Box world this week? Last week saw the launch of the Gallagher’s Bakery ‘Grab a Grand’ Competition, the competition is well under way now so don’t forget to Grab yourself a Gallagher’s White Sliced Pan and you could be in with the chance to win a Grand, The Gallagher’s Bakery White Sliced Pan has 20 weekly golden tickets with one weekly 1,000 euro winner! The first winner is to be announced next week, So get grabbing…..it could be you!Next on the agenda is an update on the success of the Kavanagh’s SuperValu “Help us to help Others” campaign. The stores in Ballybofey, Donegal Town and Buncrana took part in a car wash on Saturday 11th of June, the group collectively raised an impressive €2,716 washing cars from 10am-6pm. Kavanagh’s SuperValu Dungloe looks forward to hosting their car wash day on 1st of July.This campaign was launched in May in association with the Donegal Hospice and aims to raise €30,000 for the Hospice by participating in a series of fundraising events. The group will also give a 5c donation to the Donegal Hospice with every Real Rewards transaction made throughout each store from May 5th 2011 until October 22nd 2011. So you can enjoy the benefits of your SuperValu Real Rewards Cards as well as helping out your local Hospice.We also have the launch of yet another website and a few more exciting campaigns to focus on this week to keep our clients at the top of their game but here at Media Box we enjoy a challenge so back to it we go. Until next week….keep running in heels!The Media Box Team… xRUNNING IN HEELS: THE LATEST MEDIABOX BLOG! was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more

JIM AND DONEGAL HAVE MADE TOO MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON US ALL TO GO OUT ON A “WHIMPER”

first_img“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince LombardiPeople who love sport recognise that sport is the epitome of hard work, sacrifice and dedication, and that even the most naturally-gifted of athletes have to work as hard as anyone else to reach the pinnacle of their careers. It’s easy to see why successful athletes and managers are seen as motivational figures to aspire and look up to. In Donegal, Jim McGuinness and his squad of players have shown the people of this county that with the correct attitude, focus, desire, dedication and hard work you can achieve anything you want.They’re motivational icons for grown men and women and heroes to a generation of young children who run around the back garden pretending to be Michael Murphy scoring a crucial goal in an All-Ireland final in Croke Park.It has been well documented that Donegal GAA was at rock bottom when Jim McGuinness took over in 2010.The job was a poisoned chalice and nobody wanted to look after a team that was going nowhere. McGuinness had applied for the job twice previously without success but he never gave up, he saw something in this group of players and knew they could be successful.The remarkable turnaround in Donegal’s fortunes has made McGuinness a household name all over Ireland.It has been one of the great sports stories in Ireland of the last decade or more, taking over a team of loveable losers that had been ridiculed and written off as many times as we’d heard that the England soccer team would win a major competition.In a short period of time he turned them into double Ulster Champions and All-Ireland champions.The manner in which they did it was also remarkable. There has been a lot written and said since Sunday’s crushing defeat to Mayo about Donegal and McGuinness.Many believe he will walk away but given the type of character he is it would be very surprising to see him walk away on the back of such a defeat.This group of players are winners, they’re not the loveable losers they once were, they’re not the nice Donegal lads that play nice football and are nice to play against.They’ve tasted success and are greedy for more, I don’t believe the theory that some of the  players will be happy with their lot and opt out due to the commitments demanded at inter-county level. Football careers are short and every player will want to play and win as much as he can at the highest level.Donegal like so many other All-Ireland champions before them failed to hit the heights of the previous year.They were beaten by a hungrier side and Mayo deserved their win, but it is premature to write the obituary on this team and this manager.This manager and squad of players have given the people of Donegal some great days over the last few years and the same group will continue to do so over the next few years.They have restored pride back in our county and they deserve our support now more than they ever did.Nobody will be hurting more than that group of players and Jim McGuinness.The demands of the previous two years meant they have came up short in their attempts to recapture the Anglo Celt and the Sam Maguire in 2013.Jim never gave up on getting the job despite getting rejected twice, he also declined offers from other counties such was his passion for the Donegal job.So let’s not give up on him and his squad – they have given us too much over the past 3 years and as people have rightly pointed out they owe us nothing.Donegal and Jim McGuinness will be back in 2014 bigger and better than ever, he arrived with a bang he’s not going to go out on a whimper.Donegal ABU!!!JIM AND DONEGAL HAVE MADE TOO MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON US ALL TO GO OUT ON A “WHIMPER” was last modified: August 6th, 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)Tags:AttitudeBeliefChampionsdonegalFocusGreat daysJim McGuinnesswinnerslast_img read more

12 year old Donegal girl set for stardom

first_imgMulti-talented Letterkenny lady Frankie has gotten through to the final stages of not one prestigious talent competition; but two!Frankie sailed through the semi-final of Ireland’s Talent Search at Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin at the beginning of October, and is now set to perform at the grand final in the lavish Hilton Hotel this November.On Thursday, she got word that she made it through to Teenstars Ireland’s prestigious singing competition, where the next round will be taking place at the end of November. She is planning on singing Fight Song by Rachel Platten and Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine.A busy girl, Frankie is also currently working very hard to perfect her Irish dancing for the Ulster Championship this weekend, and then must set her sights on focusing on her Jiu Jitsu grades next month.She will also be taking pat in the Derry Carnival Halloween Parade this Monday.Frankie’s mum Joanne says; “She is a busy wee lady! She is taking it in her stride, she is a wee performer through and through.” Donegal will be very well represented in the final of Ireland’s Talent Search, with Burtonport magician Dylan Murray and Ramelton vocalist Lauren Friel Gormley to make the journey to Dublin for the final.Good luck Frankie – watch this space!12 year old Donegal girl set for stardom was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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