Powell produces early spark

first_imgPORTLAND, USA:Disappointing is the word Kemoy Campbell used to describe his race, and generally disappointing it was for most Jamaicans in the first session on the first day of action at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center yesterday.Asafa Powell was the only bright spark in the morning session as he clocked a world-leading 6.44 seconds to win heat five of the men’s 60m and advance to the semi-finals, which were scheduled for last night.”I was just focusing on my technique, wasn’t focusing on anyone or my time, just focusing on my technique and getting to the finish line,” Powell told The Gleaner.Neither Kevaughn Rattray nor Odean Skeen, though declared among the team, were in the line-up for the 100m.Campbell disappointedCampbell, who ran in the men’s 3000m, never got into a useful rhythm and finished eighth of nine competitors in heat one in a time of 8:00.22. The heat was won by Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in 7:51.01.”I went out there thinking I would do better, but I was sick with flu and I was just flat. I tried my best and I wasn’t making any progress in the race, and all I can say it was a bit disappointing for me because I know I can run a lot faster. I’ve run a lot faster before and the time wasn’t even close to my PR, and I’m just disappointed. That’s all I can say,” Campbell said.Chrisann Gordon had a strange race in the third heat of the 400m. At the start, she stepped out of the block and the track umpire ruled a faulty start.When the race actually got under way, the athlete ran one lap of the two-lap event, and while on the curve, just stepped off the track. It appeared that she had been pushed, but video replays showed a voluntary departure from the track.She was later seen being attended to by medical officials and seemed to indicate that she had an ankle issue.Salcia Slack, who was recovering from a bout of pneumonia, had a poor start running in the women’s 60m hurdles, the first event of the five-discipline pentathlon, and finished last in heat two in a time of 8.72 seconds.She failed to record a score in the high jump after three failed attempts to cross the bar at the opening height of 1.64m.She had the shot put, long jump, and 800m to come later in the day.Earlier, Fitzroy Dunkley and Stephenie-Ann McPherson advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s and women’s 400m.Dunkley advanced running in heat two of the heats. He ran well on the first lap and grabbed the second qualifying spot in a time of 46.83 seconds behind Lalonde Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago in 46.72 seconds.Chambers outRicardo Chambers failed to move past the first round as he struggled to finish third in heat three in 47.07 seconds.McPherson closed well in the final 50m to finish second in heat one of the women’s 400m in a time of 52.56seconds behind Olukawemi Adekoya of Bahrain in 52.27 seconds.Outdoor World champion Danielle Williams was to line up in lane five of heat two of the women’s 60m hurdles last night. Samantha Scarlett was scheduled to compete in heat one of the event.Meanwhile, six Jamaicans are set to bow into action today. Elaine Thompson lines up in heat one of the women’s 60m, while Simone Facey competes in heat three.National champion Natoya Goule will be the first Jamaican in action on the second day as she competes in heat three of the women’s 800m at 1:15 p.m. Jamaica time.Shanieka Thomas is down for action in the triple jump at 1:37 p.m. The men’s 60m hurdles also begins tonight, with Omar McLeod lining up in heat two of that event at 7:05 p.m. Jamaica’s men will compete in heat two of the 4x400m relay at 2:40 p.m.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: JLP victory!

first_img Holness, who defeated the PNP’s Patrick Roberts to retain his St Andrew West Central seat, will be joined in Parliament by his wife Juliet, who defeated Imani Duncan – Price to secure the St Andrew East Rural constituency. PNP’s deputy general secretary Julian Robinson said: “We have clearly lost a number of seats but the overall picture is very close so we will wait on the final figures.” Asked if the PNP has been taken by surprise, Robinson said, “We knew a number of seats were close but we obviously never expected to lose that many.” “We knew there were some marginals but we expected to win some of the marginals,” he added. The PNP leadership is expected to concede shortly in front of a small, somber crowd at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be declared winner of the 2016 General Elections after unseating the People’s National Party (PNP) at today’s polls. JLP party leader Andrew Holness arrived at the party’s Belmont Road headquarters a short while ago, where he was greeted by a large and jubilant crowd of party supporters.last_img read more

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For service to humanity Calvary Baptist Honors Dr. Logan

first_imgA philosophical statement says “If you would be honored, honor and be honorable.” This is exactly what unfolded in the life of one of Liberia’s few medical doctors, Gorbee Logan, whose efforts, combined with others in different quarters, have led to a decline in Ebola cases in the country.Dr. Logan is assigned at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was among those hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has claimed more than 3000 lives in Liberia.He used the anti-retroviral therapy with other supplements to successfully treat some at least 10 Ebola patients in that county.In a statement of recognition to him in the Calvary Baptist Church on 18th Street, Sinkor, the head pastor, Rev. G. Larque Vaye, emphasized that Dr. Logan and Liberian health workers clearly demonstrated patriotism and ethics during this tough time in Liberian history.Rev. Vaye noted that Dr. Logan, being one of his church members, has made them proud in discharging his duty amidst challenges that many medical practitioners could not withstand, and was pleased to recognize his efforts so that others can emulate his (Dr. Logan’s) good example.He (Rev. Vaye) believes that awards and honors await Dr. Logan, and for the church not to be behind in recognizing their own, they deemed it expedient to take the first turn.Sharing his impression in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on December 21 following the honoring, Dr. Gorbee Logan said he was pleased for Liberians to recognize his and others’ efforts in this health crisis.Recounting ordeals encountered in Bomi, he said cases began emerging from June and in September Ebola cases escalated in the county leading to the death of at least nine of his health workers.According to him, traditional practices including bathing of dead bodies and performing other rituals that require coming in close contact with the sick and dead aided the increase of Ebola in Bomi.He said after months of intense work to convince the people to denounce cultural practices in curing Ebola, they can now boast that Bomi is relieved of Ebola, with only three cases in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).He said the cases are from Grand Cape Mount County where the same traditional practices are still carried out.Dr. Logan lauded UNFPA for its assistance to the health team in Bomi, acknowledging that it has led them to reach community dwellers in various homes and deliver health messages to them.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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Murderers of Journalist Khashoggi must be brought to justice

first_imgDear Editor,We read of the ghastly murder of well-known Saudi Journalist American resident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. It would seem that the pen is mightier than the bullet or sword. Or is it? Clearly, a journalist has been silenced and only a few countries are speaking out against it. The weak response to murder may send the wrong message – don’t mess with powerful authoritarian leaders? Or will the world act against dictators and send a message that there would be serious consequences for attacking or murdering Journalists?Dictators or strong men rulers hate journalists. We had our own experience in Guyana where reporters were killed or violently attacked as a routine policy during the period of the dictatorship; as is widely reported, the Burnham/Hoyte regimes identified opponents and dealt with them ruthlessly with incredible brutality. We all remember Father Bernard Darke and the many attacks against Father Andrew Morrison, Moses Nagamootoo, Lionel Peters, and Rickey Singh and so many others during the period of the Burnham/Hoyte dictatorships. Burnham openly defied the world in killing opponents, including the great Walter Rodney, and attempted to kidnap Clive Thomas and shot at Yesu Persaud. There was also the attempted murder of Dr Josh Ramsammy and the framing of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Omowale. These were violent acts of defiance, but Burnham knew he could get away with them, because the US and UK were on his side. And most recently, Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds were removed from the State media.Many Journalists are killed every year because they speak out against and expose human rights violations. Dictators see reporters, advocates for democracy, and human rights activists as trouble makers. The Saudi Government is accepting responsibility as an operation that went wrong. Did it? Khashoggi was literally physically liquidated without a trace. His murder was gory and gruesome. Pieces of his body were recently found.Authoritarian regimes know how to send fear to even courageous Journalists and champions of democracy – maim them or terminate their employment or target their families or threaten them. But it does not have to be that way if the democratic world and the great powers stand with Journalists. Dictators will shiver if powerful countries like the US, UK, Canada, Germany and India take measures against rulers who attack Journalists. Had the ABC countries stood with Guyanese, Father Darke would not have been murdered, Dr Josh Ramsammy would not have been shot, Dr Rodney would not have been blown up to pieces, Minister Teekah would not have been murdered, and Ohene Koama, Edward Dublin, etc, would not have been killed.Clearly, the written word scares regimes. But there must be a limit to how far a dictator or even a democrat would go to silence critics. Silencing critics, regardless of the method, is plain unacceptable. Killing or maiming citizens or silencing critics or firing Journalists should have no place in a society. No matter what the writing, a journalist must not be murdered. There must be ongoing Government international condemnation of what happened in Turkey even “if it was an interrogation that went awry” as the Saudis say. No amount of money (not even US$110 billion) should be used as a reason to avoid ostracising killers or holding them to account. But sadly, the world is not coming out against killers of Journalists like Khashoggi (except Turkey) and this kind of silence is sending a wrong message – it is an unambiguous message to all reporters that dictators will get you if you report on the bad things they do.Unless the world comes out against what happened to Khashoggi, dissidents will be discouraged on speaking out against abuses meted out to Journalists like me who are championing human rights. And one should not tie the life of a person on business consequences. Dictators also need business – they have goods to sell. Economic sanctions can be used as a weapon like what was done to South Africa during apartheid.Foreign policy is about promoting national interest, but sanctioning murder or being silent to State murder can never be a foreign policy goal.One cannot stand by and allow people to be murdered. It was this type of view of national interest that inhibited the US, UK and Canada from confronting the dictatorship in Guyana about killing opponents in the 1970s and 1980s and rigging elections.Justice must be served when people are murdered. Whosoever gave the order to kill Jamal Khashoggi and whoever carried out the order must be brought to justice.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Vessel is “modernised fuel boat” – Crime Chief

first_imgThe vessel discovered in a creek at Annbisi River, Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waimi) on Saturday last is not submersible but in fact a “modernised boat”, according to acting Crime Chief, Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Williams.The “modernised” boat that was found in a creek at Port KaitumaLast weekend, acting on intelligence received about a submerged craft being seen at the bank of the creek, Police ranks went to the area and arrested two men, including the Venezuelan owner, and confiscated the vessel.At the time of the discovery, the vessel – about 25 metres long, 2.7 metres wide, and 2.8 metres in depth – was at the time of its discovery and seizure undergoing maintenance work which was being carried out by a Guyanese welder.The craft was subsequently brought to the city and has been lodged at CID Headquarters in Georgetown.However, speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Williams explained that the owner used the boat to transport fuel. He noted that in its original form, the vessel had a capacity to hold approximately 80 to 90 barrels of fuel and as such the owner wanted to “modernise” the boat to expand its capacity so that it can carry a larger quantity of fuel.Nevertheless, the acting Crime Chief noted that the probe is still active as the Police are trying to verify the documents for the boat. He added that they are also checking with the Maritime Administration (MARAD) to find out whether there are any legal requirements to make such changes to a vessel and whether the changes were registered, if required.Further, Williams disclosed that investigators are also working along with the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to ascertain whether the vessel was found in illegal waters, that is, waterways earmarked for non-traversing by vessels.According to the acting Crime Chief, there are no reasons to believe that the vessel was being used for any illegal activities.Over the years, local security agencies have been working on tightening the policing of the country’s vast hinterland regions with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities such as narcotic trafficking, which has found the interior as a safe haven.In fact, the discovery of the vessel initially spurred concerns among law enforcement officials since it was thought to be a submersible craft; the type usually linked to the narco trade.In September 2014, a self-propellant semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel was discovered in the Waini River, Region One during an intelligence-led operation between the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force. The vessel weighed approximately 18 tonnes and was 63 feet long.There were reports of the vessel having links to Colombia however, this was never substantiated.last_img read more

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ECD man died from blunt trauma – PME

first_imgAlleged Police brutality…family calls for a complete investigationA post-mortem examination conducted on the body of Kalicharran Sawak of Lot 3 La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara, who died after spending several days in Police custody revealed that he died from multiple injuries due to blunt trauma about the body.Dead: Kallicharran SawakThe autopsy was performed by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh on Wednesday.The injured man succumbed to his injuries on Monday after undergoing treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Reports were that he was misbehaving at home on January 17, which prompted relatives to summon the police.His sister, Shavani Sawak and mother, Ramdai Sawak both posited that the 39-year-old man left the house in perfect health when he was taken into custody.They said that the police transferred him over to the Sparendaam Police Station and he was scheduled to make an appearance at the court but failed to show up. They were later told that he was in the Intensive Care Unit at the GPHC in critical condition.His sister had told Guyana Times that the hospital informed relatives that her brother was suffering from internal bleeding and Police could not give account for what transpired. The Police told family members that the now dead man was placed in a cell alone where he injured himself.“No one could give account what happening to my brother. The police said my brother was making noise in the lockup and they put him in a room by himself and he hurt himself,” said the aggrieved woman.On Wednesday, she said the autopsy proved that these injuries were inflicted by someone and contradict what was being related by Police. The family is calling for a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible for his death.“The post mortem proves that my brother was severely beaten. He suffered from multiple injuries. How did this happen?” said Shavani Sawak questioned.Legal advice sought from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall stated that the police must give account for persons who are under their supervision.“This is a serious matter. The young man is critical and no one can give an explanation as to how these injuries however serious they are, were sustained. Importantly, they were sustained whilst in Police custody. Therefore, the Police Force has to give an account in relation to how these injuries occurred,” said Nandlall.He also called on the police to conduct an independent probe.Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Leslie James on Wednesday told reporters that independent investigations have been launched into the matter.“Even before we obtained the information about his death, an impartial investigation was done. The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has engaged in an investigation and we’ve taken statements from prisoners who were in custody during that time…,” the Top Cop stated.He went onto note, however, that if officers are implicated in the incident then they will be sanctions.“I would be quiet frank, my information is indeed that he was kept, I think, just over the 72 hours period and that is in breach. So of course, wherever the chips fall we will pursue and whoever is responsible will be faced with sanctions…Whenever he have breaches like those, we take immediate action so its expected there would have been some initial reassignments,” Commissioner James stated.last_img read more

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Rain halts Federer’s Indian Wells opener

first_imgThe start of the match had been delayed several minutes by light rain in a precursor of worse weather to come.With the showers expected to continue, organizers eventually suspended play for the night, with the match to resume on Sunday.One women’s match had yet to be completed and another didn’t even make it on court, and those two were also to be completed on Sunday.Federer and Delbonis will be the third match on stadium court on Sunday after 10th seeded Novak Djokovic plays his opener against Japan’s Taro Daniel.Federer is seeking to extend his perfect record this season to 13-0 as he hopes to make history and capture his sixth title.The age-defying Swiss maestro has already won two titles in 2018, claiming his 20th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open in January.In men’s play earlier, world number four Grigor Dimitrov slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.Dimitrov continues to struggle in Indian Wells. The 26-year-old Bulgarian No. 1 has never made it past the third round in seven appearances.Dimitrov reached the final earlier this year in Rotterdam, where he lost to Federer. That came after a breakthrough 2017 which saw him win four titles, including Sofia, Cincinnati, Brisbane and the ATP Finals.Verdasco, 34, is making his 15th straight appearance in Indian Wells and trying to improve on his 2009 quarter-final run.– ‘Amazing feeling’ –“It is an amazing feeling when you come to a tournament like this and in a stadium with a good atmosphere against one of the top players in the world. You know you’re able to do your job and have a good day and win the match,” said Verdasco.“So it was a really good feeling. I am super happy to win and come through this tough opponent and this tough round.“I am just going to enjoy the victory and try to keep it going in the next round and make it as far as possible.”Fifth seeded Dominic Thiem defeated teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a second round match.Thiem moved through to a third round meeting with 30th seed Pablo Cuevas, of Uruguay, who beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.Thiem, 24, is hoping to improve on last year’s quarter-final finish at Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.Other men’s winners on Saturday included American Taylor Fritz, Czech Tomas Berdych and South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000With showers expected to continue at Indian Wells organizers suspended play for the night, with the match between Roger Federer and Federico Delbonis put on hold © GETTY/AFP / KEVORK DJANSEZIANINDIAN WELLS, United States, Mar 11 – Defending champ Roger Federer’s opening match was put on hold Saturday when play at the Indian Wells ATP Masters was suspended after heavy rain swept through the California desert.The 36-year-old Federer had taken a set from Federico Delbonis 6-3 with the second tied at 2-2 when rain stopped play.last_img read more

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ULSTER IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHTFOOTS ITS WAY TO LETTERKENNY

first_imgMore than 14,000 people are to descend on Letterkenny for the Oireachtas Rince Uladh 2013 / Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from 20th November until 24th November 2013.This event is being held in the Mount Errigal Hotel for five whole days in the form of high class competitive entertainment.It is estimated that in excess of 14,000 people will attend the championships from all over Ulster and some bordering counties during this five-day major cultural event. Irish dancing is becoming more popular than ever before and it is a mecca showcase for those young (4yrs – 21yrs) performing and competing in the traditional art of Irish dancing at national and world level and for the impassioned audience it attracts from all over the global Celtic community.It adds a festival dimension to the gateway town as an out-of-season event and will benefit the neighbouring towns as well.Letterkenny Town Mayor, Paschal Blake, said “It is an honour for Letterkenny to host the Ulster Dancing Championships once more in 2013. I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to everyone who wishes to view and experience Irish Dancing at its ultimate best and to explore what the Ulster Dancing Championships event holds in store for the avid Irish dancing enthusiasts and local communities. Letterkenny has a great range of facilities to cater for everyone and I hope that everyone will enjoy their stay in the area”.Seamus Neely, County Manager said that he welcomes Oireachtas Rince Uladh back to Letterkenny for 2013 after Buncrana’s successful hosting for 2011 and 2012. He also said Donegal County Council is fully aware of the cultural, social and economic benefits that an event such as Oireachtas Rince Uladh brings to the community of Letterkenny and County Donegal. He wishes the organisers and all concerned every success. This is a Donegal County Development Board lead initiative, under the auspices of Donegal County Council, and is supported and funded by the Letterkenny Town Council. ULSTER IRISH DANCING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHTFOOTS ITS WAY TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 2013 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:Irish DancingletterkennyUlster Championshipslast_img read more

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HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AGAINST SALTHILL DEVON

first_imgAfter a week’s break without league action, Finn Harps will be hoping to continue their recent run of good form when they make the trip to Galway to take on Salthill Devon on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.00pm). Harps have picked up six points in their last three games.The Donegal outfit will have to make a number of changes to the side which beat Waterford United 1-0 at Finn Park two weeks ago. Packie Mailey is out with a fractured toe, an injury that is likely to see him sidelined for the best part of two months, while Paddy McLaughlin and Aaron McElwee are suspended.Manager Peter Hutton will have to reshuffle the pack and who will partner Keith Cowan in the centre of defence causing him the most headaches. Looking back two weeks ago, Harps recorded their second win in a row at home. Having beaten Athlone Town 1-0 with a Kevin McHugh goal, the same player scored again against Waterford to return a victory by the same scoreline.“We were delighted with the win, particularly in the first half,” said Hutton. “I thought we were more than deserving to take a half-time lead. In the second half we didn’t really keep the same tempo as the first half and we sort of invited them on to us a bit. The last two minutes was too nervy.“It’s human nature to try and take what’s on the board and there was times when we did sit back. Not just the back four but defensively all over the park we fell back, almost trying to consolidate what we have.“We invited them on and it’s something that we’ll need to work on, ball retention and things like that. I’m delighted for the players. I spoke to them after and we mentioned the wee bit of luck but I just said that if we continue to work hard that bit of luck will turn in our favour. “At the start of the season Waterford were one of the title favourites and they have a squad full of seasoned campaigners, they’re a highly regarded squad. They are very difficult to manage from set-pieces as we seen near the end with some of their big physical players. I thought we coped quite well with them, though the last five minutes was nerve-wrecking but we got there in the end and I think it’s down to the hard work of the players.”Harps didn’t let their free weekend go to waste last week, and played two friendlies against Irish league opposition who are preparing for the Europa League qualifiers. On Saturday, Harps played out a 1-1 draw with Glentoran at Finn Park and followed it up with a 4-2 defeat against Cliftonville in Solitude on Tuesday night.The games saw run-outs for JP Gallagher, Peter Hutton and Stephen O’Donnell – all of whom are set to join the Harps playing squad when the transfer window opens on 1st July.Harps have only made one visit to Drom in senior football in the past, that coming last season when a Tommy Bonner goal was enough to give Harps a 1-0 victory.Suspended: Paddy McLaughlin, Aaron McElwee. Doubtful: None.Injured: Packie Mailey (fractured toe)Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-W-L-W (6 pts) Salthill Devon: W-D-L-L-L-L (4 pts)Recent games away to Salthill Devon21-May-10 – Won 1-0 (First Division)Finn Harps Goalscorers 2011Kevin McHugh – 5Marc Brolly – 2Gareth Harkin – 1Finn Harps Results 2011 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)11th June 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-0 Waterford United (McHugh)6th June 2011 – FAI – Finn Harps 0-1 Longford Town3rd June 2011 – FAI – Longford Town 0-0 Finn Harps30th May 2011 – FD – Monaghan United 1-0 Finn Harps26th May 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-0 Athlone Town (McHugh)20th May 2011 – FD – Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps13th May 2011 – FD – Mervue United 2-1 Finn Harps (Brolly)5th May 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths29th April 2011 – FD – Shelbourne 1-0 Finn Harps22nd April 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 1-2 Longford Town (Brolly)19th April 2011 – FD – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps15th April 2011 – FD – Cork City 5-0 Finn Harps8th April 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 0-0 Salthill Devon28th March 2011 – EA – Mervue United 1-0 Finn Harps25th March 2011 – FD – Waterford United 1-0 Finn Harps18th March 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 2-2 Monaghan United (McHugh 2)4th March 2011 – FD – Finn Harps 2-2 Limerick (McHugh, Harkin)HARPS HOPING TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AGAINST SALTHILL DEVON was last modified: June 23rd, 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:finn harpsSalthill Devonlast_img read more

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City sends homeless back home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The city has spent about $80,000 on bus tickets so far, but managers said it was a good investment. Many of those sent back home were using services like shelters and medical care that cost the city more. SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of homeless from the streets of San Francisco are now home, thanks to a city-supported program that gives them a one-way ticket out of town. Mayor Gavin Newsom was inspired to start Homeward Bound 10 months ago when he heard the story of a woman who was rescued from the streets by her sister and taken home to Florida. Since then, the program has sent 814 men and women to every state in the country except North and South Dakota and Vermont, officials said. About 25 have returned to California, but most have found family and friends and don’t come back, program officials said. “We get people all the time who call and cry and say, ‘Thank you for sending our brother or dad or daughter home,”‘ said Ben Amyes, a counselor with the program. 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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