Basketball wants its own house

first_imgHaving a facility of its own to manage and host national camps, plus getting better financial aid would be on top of the wish list of basketball president, Mark Broomfield, when the new Government takes office.Broomfield says if associations, especially basketball, have a facility to call their own, it would greatly improve preparation for international tournaments and enhance programmes to develop local talent.”We want a facility to manage and operate on our own. For any sport, give them (associations) facilities, so they can develop programmes. As it is now, we don’t own any facilities. The minister of sports for the first time gave the national (basketball) team the opportunity to train indoors when we are preparing for international tournaments, so we can use the indoor centre free of cost.”The next step would be to have our own facility, where we have the keys and can have any training programmes and have access to it. We want also a facility that can be managed by the association, so we can have training when preparing for international tournaments, especially the youth programme.”If you have a home, you can have a camp and have access to courts. We have one that is used for netball, we want one for basketball as a home allows us to do things that you are not able to do if you don’t have a camp, and for basketball, we want our own facility,” he reasoned.Broomfield added that financial assistance could also be improved.”One of the improvements I would like to see is greater financial support for the associations, especially basketball. But I would love to see them continue the improvement of sport as it relates to government intervention,” he said.last_img read more

ONE: Folayang stops Pahrudinov for back to back wins

first_imgPahrudinov managed to connect on some stiff punches late in the fight but Folayang had the bout already in the bag by that point.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Eduard Folayang is slowly getting back up in the division he once ruled after scoring an impressive unanimous decision win over Russian Aziz Pahrudinov in the ONE: Reign of Kings Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The former ONE lightweight champion took his second straight win after his shock loss to Martin Nguyen and bumped his record to 20-6.Although falling victim to Pahrudinov’s takedowns early in the first round, Folayang was quick to turn the tide around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Folayang methodically targeted Pahrudinov’s left leg subsequently taking away the Russian’s takedown ability.By the end of the third round, Pahrudinov (20-1) couldn’t control the match in the ground allowing Folayang to dictate the fight standing up. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Ginebra dumps San Miguel, draws first blood in PBA Finals MOST READlast_img read more

Things Best Left Forgotten

first_img(An extract from the novel ‘August 1990’)Chapter Thirty-nineLorpu’s parents had welcomed her brother Flomo with lukewarm enthusiasm, even after he had told them about his monthly pay of US$15 and a bag of parboiled rice as ex-gratia. Fear for his safety, along with the failure of government troops to win the war against the NPFL, who were then seizing one town after another and drawing ever closer to Monrovia, made them even more apprehensive. Often, they would call him aside and ask a few questions: what was it the AFL had taught him at Camp Schiefflin since his training had lasted in a matter of days; had he ever been to the front and seen NPFL rebels? They had heard news that government troops were running from the NPFL, but was it true?Laughing and shaking his head, Flomo would tell his parents, along with the neighbors who would gather around whenever he came home to visit from the army barrack, stories that he had heard except that he had himself never seen the rebels before. But sometimes when he would lecture them a sudden look of concern would appear over his face. He would stop in the middle of a sentence and fall silent, as if he were afraid to tell them the truth.Lorpu had come upon him once, weeping next to the corrugated iron bathroom beside their house and smoking a row of cigarette that she thought smelled like marijuana. When she had spoken to him, he had gotten up and shouted angrily at her, before turning away and cursing under his breath.That was two days before he left to go to the front. The NPFL were then nearly in control of Gbarnga. General Bowen’s troops, made largely up of new conscripts who had little or no stomach for fighting, were on the run. Lorpu and her parents had never heard of him again except that a truck, carrying a number of AFL soldiers, had been ambushed. Their escape was thought to have been cut off when rebels fell two big trees along a highway, the one falling only a few yards in front of the army truck crammed full of government troops and the other behind it. The rebels had then shot and killed all the AFL soldiers.Flomo’s death meant there would be no rice and barely enough food. Lorpu and her parents began going in search of whatever they could find. They started around the neighborhood. They would fetch bits of firewood, unripe bananas and pawpaw, along with edible leaves and anything else that could pass for food. But some of the neighbors took notice and began going in search of the same things, too. Soon there was barely anything to be found. People began to look at each other, their eyes full of fear, hunger, and mistrust, as if the lack of food had left everybody in search of somebody on whom they could vent their anger.But with nothing left to salvage from the neighborhood, they had no choice but to go to the forest nearby, in order to cut firewood, to fish in the ponds, and to find snails, crabs and palm cabbage. Sometimes they would go to the swamps, especially the one at Double Bridge, and would find a big crowd, standing knee-deep in the mud in search of kiss-meat.But as the fighting drew ever closer and gunshots, followed by shelling, were heard just in the outskirts of Monrovia, everybody started staying home. Government soldiers were then on the rampage. Their hunger increased with fear for their lives. Soon desperation sets in. Food became like a god. They began to eat nearly everything they could set their eyes on.One day the whole family fell ill. Lorpu’s mother suffered the most. For many days their stomachs ran like a rifle shot. One of their neighbors brought some herbal leaves. With it they were able to cure their runny stomachs. But the mother’s condition did not improve. Finally she was confined to her bed. By then the rebels had reached Monrovia.Then they heard the arrival at the Freeport of Monrovia of ECOMOG peacekeeping troops. Lorpu and her father had left, leaving her ailing mother behind. Together with hundreds of people, they had hoped to reach the peacekeeping troops and leave Liberia on ships that were rumored to have been sent for displaced people.But it had been a difficult journey. Usually they were stopped at the roadblocks. NPFL rebels would ask people to get out of the line. Then they would inquire about their languages. The rebels were then purging the country of the Krahns, the Mandingoes and the aliens. Of the people taken out of the queues, most knew nothing about their languages. Many were beaten severely then shot and killed. As for the foreigners, especially the Ghanaians, Sierra Leoneans and Nigerians, they were betrayed by their accents. Lorpu and her father were fortunate because they could speak Lorma fluently and so got past many of the roadblocks.It was at one of the roadblocks that Lorpu saw the men with the crude weapons. Of the twelve only one of them had an AK-47 rifle. The others were armed with cutlasses, crowbars, hammers and kitchen knives. These they had used to club and hack to death the people they removed out of the queue. There were hundreds of dead bodies lying in the bushes by the roadside. The buzzing of flies, lured by the smell of the corpses, sounded like the droning of a portable generator.But while Lorpu and her father had got past many of the roadblocks, they would tremble and sweat would stream down their bodies each time they reached yet another rebel checkpoint. There was the likelihood that the girl could be abducted or raped. When their fear became more than they could bear they took to the swamps.At last, they came in sight of the ECOMOG headquarters at the Freeport of Monrovia. With them were hundreds of displaced people. Embracing each other, they had fallen to their knees and raised their hands in thanksgiving, tears streaming down their faces. But soon they would realize that all was far from over and that their hopes were only a flame they could not hope to keep alive forever.Lorpu knew that these were things best left forgotten and that thinking about them only brought grief. But because they had become a part of her, without any effort she would often find herself thinking about those dark and terrible days when the war was at its worst.Chapter FortyLorpu was given as wife to a rebel of about fifty and who went by the name Saturday. He was a short, dark man, with broad shoulders that stooped heavily. Saturday was fond of joking with the civilian women who lived on the base. He would even on occasions help them with their cooking, pounding dumboy and geigba. But he was never once seen with them in ways which might have suggested anything beyond mutual relationship. Whenever one of his fellow fighters would ask why he would not find a woman for himself, especially since the women were so available that one only had to point in order choose which one would suit him best, he would just shrug his shoulders and smile. And so one morning when the women woke up to the news that he had been given a wife they simply could not believe their own ears. But soon enough Saturday came out of his house with Lorpu, one of his arms wrapped around her waist. Smiling, he set off with her for the big kitchen where all the women had gathered, standing with arms akimbo and smiles on their faces. Soon they were embracing Saturday and Lorpu. Then somebody broke into song.As for Lorpu, she did not know whether to feel sad or happy in the presence of these women whose faces showed suffering but were still able to smile at her. Indeed, there were terrible scars on a few of the women’s faces and on parts of their bodies. Even as they laughed, clapped and sang, Lorpu could see that a few of the younger women had almost completely lost their front teeth. One of the older women had lost her right ear. Another one had a deep scar in her forehead, and a third had only one eye. And despite their smiling faces, one could see that their eyes were vacant, like the empty gazes of commuters barely interested in themselves than in their destination. But soon Lorpu found she was singing and dancing with them, these women who seemed but a crust and shell of their former selves.And so it was that Lorpu came to be the wife of the rebel Saturday. At first all went well between them. Often, she would be seen cooking with the women. The rebel Saturday’s meals she would cook herself because, as one of the women told her, “he marry na an peopo mun show deh man respect, yah.”And so with a wife to do his cooking, Saturday no longer went to the kitchen. He began to take his meals in private, expressing surprise that Lorpu had a magic of turning everything into a mouth-watering dish. Besides, she would do his laundry, pressed his army uniforms in the evenings and have his boots polished until they shone. During the days when he would leave the Caldwell base for a rebel post somewhere in the suburbs of Monrovia, she would sit for long hours with the other women. Many had children for the fighters. They would try to sympathize with each other and some of the women, especially those who had lightness of heart, would tell jokes that would make the others laugh. Finally Saturday would come home. Lorpu would leave to go home with him, telling the others goodbye. Sometimes Lorpu and Saturday would be seen sitting in front of his house while he told her jokes that made her laugh. Saturday looked a good man. Many of the women told Lorpu to be grateful because some of the rebels were known to beat their women. But then the storm burst.Nobody knew how it happened. But on a particular evening a brief scuffle was heard in Saturday’s house. Suddenly, Lorpu began screaming. The sounds of still more struggle followed. Cooking utensils were dashed to the floor, and a door was slammed violently. Saturday could be heard yelling and cussing at the top of his voice. At last Lorpu came running out of the house, soon followed by Saturday shouting: “You dog! I swear if you come back here I’ll kill you!”As she ran towards the big kitchen stripped to her underclothes, where a group of women had gathered to talk among themselves and wonder what had happened between Lorpu and Saturday, everybody on the base turned to look at her. A few fighters standing sentry in the yard burst out laughing while others shouted abuses at Lorpu. One of the women from the kitchen came running to meet Lorpu, and wrapped the lappa she was wearing around her so that she was left only in a pair of undershorts. She took Lorpu into the kitchen and the others came in, exclaiming and whispering.Her face streaming with tears and blood, Lorpu sat down on one of the small wooden stools. One of the women who kept a first aid kit brought alcohol and cotton to stop the blood. Another brought aspirin tablets to give Lorpu. They all gathered around, trying to console her. But nobody asked any questions because all of them had had the same experience or worse. But why would Saturday beat the girl, they wondered. He had seemed such a good man.Lorpu did not go back to live with Saturday because he swore to have nothing further to do with her. He refused to greet the women and was seldom seen on the base. He was believed to be involved in the sale of used cars and assorted goods the rebels would loot from the Freeport and sell to ECOMOG troops. For some reason none of the other fighters seemed interested in Lorpu. Thus a fortnight after Saturday had thrown her out of his house she began living with Ma Fatu.Ma Fatu was one of the elderly women who helped prepare meals for the fighters and was reputed to be a big woman in the kitchen. “Don’t worry,” she had told Lorpu the day after Saturday had beaten her, leaving a few front teeth missing. “Deh open teeth make you fine sef. But leh me show you sumthin.” And she pulled up her blouse to reveal a deep gash in her right breast. “Da NPFL rebels do dis to me so,” she said. “When dey tear my clothes and knack me to deh ground I fight them. But dey naked me and beat me up. An wen dey wuh fini with me one of dem cut me here with his knife. He called it his signature. But supposin he was goin to cut me on my face? Jes imagin wat I was goin to look like, Lorpu. So my daughter, you see, so long de rebels dem nor kill you, you mun thank God for life.”To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

BYC Seeks New Coach

first_imgCoach Cooper Sannah speaks recently following one of his biggest victories, a 6-0 score line against Invincible Eleven The management of Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) has sacked Coach Cooper Sannah following the team’s 2-1 loss to Nimba United on Saturday at the Blue Field.BYC president Sekou Konneh posted on social media “We thank Coach Sannah for the time and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Meanwhile, Director Kojo will run the affair until a new person is appointed.”President Konneh added that “Coach Sannah is one of the best young coaches in the country and that is why we went for him, but in the game of football coaches are fired not because they are not good; but if the results are not coming, the coach takes the blame. We will forever remember him for our third championship.”Coach Sannah, 45, led the Go Blue Boys to three major competitions, including the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and the Knockout Cup, but failed to get the needed results after the team was booted out of those competitions.During his time with the club Coach Sannah always acknowledged the high level of support he received from the team’s management.“The club’s management has done its part and the weight is now on the technical department of the team to get the needed results,” Coach Sannah said during a pre-match press conference before their return match against Ferroviario De Beria in the CAF Champions’ League group stage qualification.Coach Sannah only managed to secure a win and a draw out of his last five matches for the club, but some sports followers believe that the decision to sack the coach was abrupt, because the players might have experienced fatigue due to the many matches they have played, while others welcomed the decision adding that the coach lacks the managerial skills to manage the huge number of talented players on the team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Miners, Others to Get National Identification Cards

first_imgMinister of Mines and Energy Gesler E. Murray and NIR executive director, J. Tiah Nagbe are leading their respective agencies in an effort to eliminate the presence of undocumented individuals in the mining sector.Efforts to curtail or to eliminate the presence of undocumented individuals in the mining sector across the country are underway as authorities of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and the National Identification Registry (NIR) on Tuesday, July 23, 2029, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at issuing identification cards to all miners and other actors involved in the business.At a joint press conference held by the MME and the NIR at the MME’s office in Monrovia, authorities outlined not only the measure of issuing the identification cards, but also announced the setup of a monitoring team to ensure that the mining sector is not undermined by the multiplicity of “illegal miners,” as well as people who are involved in the business of purchasing minerals on expired licenses or no license at all.“The NIR will issue to each miner a national identification card and a special ID card for miners, which we called the ASM ID card. ASM represents Artisanal and Small-Scale Miners. As part of the MOU, the NIR will also collect additional information on behalf of the MME to support our work in regulating and fixing the messy ASM sector,” said NIR executive director, J. Tiah Nagbe.He said NIR’s issuance of the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Identification Cards (ASM ID) to all miners and other actors involved in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) activities across the country, is to establish a comprehensive database of all actors in the sector beginning Monday, July 29, 2019, and it is the Registry’s expectation that this project  is completed by the end of October, this year.“Under this arrangement, we are requesting all miners and anyone who operates within our designated mining areas to make sure he or she is registered with the NIR and obtain an ASM ID card,” Nagbe warned.He added that NIR in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Energy wants all miners and people who conduct business in the country’s designated mining areas to know that the ASM ID card will serve as the permit or authorization to enter the mining areas.He said anyone who does not carry the ASM ID card will not be allowed to work in any of the designated mining areas.He named mining claim holders, diggers, divers, brokers, dealers, equipment operators, equipment owners or leasers, as well as managers, and people who conduct business within mining sites as people targeted for the NIR’s issuance of the ASM ID cards.Minister of Mines and Energy Gesler E. Murray welcomed the joint effort the ministry and the NIR have agreed to embarked on and urged all miners and other actors in the mining sector to comply with the Registry and the ministry to have sanity at all mining sites across the country.Murray said considering the many challenges the country has faced over the years, mainly with the increment in the number of miners and other actors, some of whom he said are not “even Liberians or documented immigrants, now is time to handle the challenges.”“We have lost the lives of people at mining areas, and some of these people we had no records on,” he said, adding that the issue of security not only for people dwelling within the mining zones, but the very minerals that are mined remain a serious national challenge.“For us at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, this will allow us to operate a database of mining actors, which will help us regulate the ASM sector. We need to know who works in the sector, what type of work the person is doing, where is the individual working,” Murray added.He said national security institutions also need information on the mining actors to be able to protect workers, and also ensure that mining activities do not pose security risks to the larger society, and that there are also policies and programs that the ministry needs to consider for the safety, health and future financial well being of some of the miners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Calls for “balance” re-emphasised at Linden’s Women’s Day observance

first_imgThe theme of this year’s observance of International Women’s Day, “Balance for better” was re-emphasised on Friday, as the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) hosted a celebration to honour women.The event, which was hosted at the Watuka club lawns in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) saw officials reflecting on the struggles and achievements of women in the workplace and elsewhere in the quest to achieve balance.This was done against the backdrop of live entertainment performances. Speaking at the event, Minister within the Communities Ministry, Valerie Adams-Yearwood emphasised the need for all of society to work together in achieving this “balance”.“If we’re going to have balance, it would take each and every one of us, not only the women, not only the men but all of us to be involved in this process…Achieving balance will take action on every part. It will take the removal of barriers that are set up,” she stated.Noting that it is not going to be easy, she encouraged women to take up the challenge and men to be more understanding.The Minister further stated that while some women are afraid to venture out and fulfil their potential, there are some who are bold, as she pointed out that women can offer much more than just being caregivers.She said women can be submissive while still fulfilling their potentials. The Minister also made calls for women to be more involved in decision-making.“We must have the opportunity to excel like the man…to be equal, if we’re equally qualified, we must have the equal pay…Men, give us a chance…Women must be decision makers and we must be present to make decisions that affect us”, Adams-Yearwood said.Managing Director of GWI, Dr Van West-Charles in his remarks also spoke of the importance of recognising the approach of “balance” and working towards it to achieve a better society.“Recognising that if we embrace this approach of balance, we’d have better homes, and to have better homes as a country we have as a society to deal with one of the major scourges of domestic violence; we’d have better workplaces; we’d have better communities; we’d have better regions, we’d have better countries and we’d have a better world”, he added.The GWI boss added that the road to gender equality still requires a collective vision to provide us with a sustainable future. He said the company, in playing its part, has embarked on ensuring that its programmes are strategically organised to bring balance.In understanding balance, he said it is important to understand the determinants of imbalance as he pointed to the difficulties faced by women in accessing water.Linden Mayor, Waneka Arrindell in her remarks reflected on the evolution and challenges of women in taking up places in the workplace, noting that “Each time a woman stands for herself, she stands for all women”.“I have always been taught that our men should be there to protect us. When and what caused this trend to change is not the issue today. The issue today is the fact that when women realised that they were unable to depend fully on men to provide for their basic needs they willingly stepped up and started to infiltrate the workforces,” Arrindell said.She also commended women, noting that though they are taking up places in the workplace, they still find time to take care of their children. Arrindell said the theme could not be more fitting, as the soil is now ripe for women to expand, excel and create change.“I believe that the women of yesteryear could not deny that their world was not going to survive if they did not step in…Just imagine what the world would be like if they did not rise to the challenges, and I thank God that they did because I would not have been here if it was not for those women.”GWI also presented a number of women with bouquets, hampers and tokens as a symbol of appreciation.last_img read more

Bear Mountain Wind Park gets large investment

first_imgThe Bear Mountain Wind Park project will be receiving up to $20.5 million over the next ten years through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.Prince George-Peace River M.P. Jay Hill made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, after touring the project grounds in Dawson Creek.The Bear Mountain Wind Park will have 34 turbines with a total capacity of 102 megawatts and will cover approximately 25 hectares of land on top of Bear Mountain.- Advertisement -Minister Hill says the investment will help create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve the environment.The project is owned by Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of AltaGas Income Trust. The electricity generated will be sold to BC Hydro.The $1.5-billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program provides a one cent per kilowatt-hour incentive, with the goal of increasing Canada’s renewable electricity capacity by more than 4,000 megawatts – enough to power a million homes.Advertisementlast_img read more

Clippers go on the defensive to win

first_imgHeck, the numbers said it was not only the best defensive performance of the season, but in franchise history. The 64 points allowed were the lowest in franchise history, supplanting the 65 the team held in Seattle on Nov. 18, 1990. The Clippers led by 19 points in the third quarter and by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter and handed the Pacers a fifth consecutive loss. Indiana was held to 35.7 percent shooting, and in season in which everything seems unpredictable, the Clippers had a surprisingly easy victory with Daniel Ewing and Will Conroy running the offense. “Hey, everybody’s going to have issues,” coach Mike Dunleavy said. “Everybody’s going to have injuries. Some will get them more than others. It’s just how you take them. Your mindset has got to be that I can get the job done.” At times, the Clippers look destined to go nowhere, but not on Saturday. Not only did they have the blow-out win, but they moved into the seventh playoff spot in the Western Conference past Denver, but that is just by tiny percentage points. Both teams are one game under .500. Corey Maggette scored 20 points with a ridiculously efficient statistical line, 5 of 6 shooting from the field and 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Elton Brand 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Kaman added 16 points and seven rebounds. The Clippers led 43-30 at halftime and held the Pacers to 35.3 percent shooting in the half. Whether it was the Clippers’ smothering defense or inept play by the Pacers is up for debate, but either way, the 30 points were a season low in a half for a Clippers’ opponent. Indiana played the previous night in Phoenix and looked travel-weary. Jermaine O’Neal had a horrible shooting night, going 3 of 13 (.231) from the field for nine points. Jamaal Tinsley led the Pacers with 16 points, but hardly exploited the Clippers’ lack of experience at point guard. Joe Stevens can be reached at joe.stevens@presstelegram.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – The Clippers could have wallowed in their injuries and given up because both of their point guards Shaun Livingston and Sam Cassell were out. But instead of folding without an experienced floor leader, the Clippers turned in one of their best defensive performances of the season and blew out the Indiana Pacers 87-62 Saturday night at Staples Center. last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Fort St. John and Fort Nelson

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. The forecast for Fort St. John says the community could see thunderstorms at around 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. Sunday.  In Fort Nelson, the forecast says the region could see thunderstorms between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.See the full warning below:Severe Thunderstorm WATCH issued for Northern BC including #DeaseLake, #FortNelson, #FortStJohn, #AlaskaHighway https://t.co/ksPoT5uxC3 #BCStorm— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) June 30, 2019Advertisement Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. North Peace River, B.C. (087320)Muncho Lake Park – Stone Mountain Park, B.C. (088200)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Widespread thunderstorms are expected today and there is the potential for some of these storms to become severe with strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Advertisementcenter_img UPDATE as of 6pm – At 5:59 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.At 18:00 MST the cluster is approximately 80 km northwest of Fort St John near Wonowon and tracking southeastward along Highway 97 at approximately 50 km/h.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!- Advertisement -Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Another day, another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the North Peace.On top of the North Peace, the watch is also in place for Fort Nelson and Muncho Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

YOUNG BOXER AWARDED €15,000 AFTER GRAVEYARD SLAB FALLS ON WRIST

first_imgA promising young boxer has been awarded €15,000 after a stone slab in a graveyard fell on his wrist.Letterkenny Court.The young Co Donegal boy appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today as part of a hearing for damages. The boy, who is now 11 years old, was playing in the graveyard at Gortahork when he fractured his right wrist on May 1st, 2012.The boy was in plaster for six weeks and has made a full recovery.Barrister for the boy, Mr James O’Donnell, said his client was a member of a local boxing club and was known for having a very good right hook.Mr O’Donnell said he initially thought the offer of compensation could have been bettered but that the boy’s mother said she was satisfied with the offer.Judge John O’Hagan noted that there were now special inserts for boxing gloves which could be used to prevent further injuries.Mr O’Donnell asked if some of the award could be released now so a punch-bag could be bought for the boy.“His mother would like to buy a boxing bag for the boy and hang it on the back door for him to use,” he said.Judge O’Hagan said he had no problem releasing the money for the punch-bag.He also awarded the boy €275 for special damages.YOUNG BOXER AWARDED €15,000 AFTER GRAVEYARD SLAB FALLS ON WRIST was last modified: January 27th, 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)last_img read more