No repercussions for Jamaica – IAAF CEO

first_imgIAAF CEO Olivier Gers said the body holds no hard feelings towards the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for its decision to abstain from votes towards reforms in the sport. Gers, who is currently in the island as a guest speaker for tonight’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony, said that the association has nothing to fear regarding sanctions for its decision. “There’s no change (in the relationship), there won’t be any repercussions and there won’t be any impact,” Gers said. “Don’t get me wrong, we were disappointed because of the amazing ranking and amazing weight that Jamaica has in our sport so I think President Coe and all of us on the council were disappointed not to get the full support of Jamaica but it doesn’t mean that there will be any repercussions. We’re working together already, we’ve been talking since then and we’ll be working to hear Dr. (Warren) Blake’s (JAAA’s President) concerns.” Gers’ visit will not just be delivering tonight’s main address at the awards ceremony, but also to assess the growth of Track and Field in Jamaica and this suggests that the working relationship he mentions with Dr. Warren Blake has already started. He said he is also here to have a look at two developmental meets taking place tomorrow – the JAAA/Puma Development meet at the Kirkvine Sports Club, in Manchester, and the Douglas Forrest Invitational Meet at the GC Foster College in St. Catherine. There, he said, he hopes to have a good conversation with Blake regarding the state of affairs in the sport. “One of my objectives is to learn from what you’re doing so that we can figure out what you do so well and hopefully do it in other countries as well,” Gers said. “With Dr. Blake, I hope we can have a general catch up and understand his concerns. I’m sure he has things that he wants to share with me and we want to work together and collaborate. We (the IAAF) want to hear his ideas on improving our constitution and improving our sport.”last_img read more

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Schoolgirl robbed on way home from school

first_imgA student attached to a school on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) was attacked and robbed on Monday evening while making her way home from school.According to a report, the student had just exited a minibus in Stewartville, WCD, at approximately 21:00h when she was attacked.The young woman relayed that the perpetrator accosted and choked her from behind before demanding that she hand over her valuables.The frightened teen handed over her backpack which contained her valuables, including money and her cellphone.The attacker then quickly made good his escape before an alarm could be sounded. The matter has since been reported to the Police, who are said to be investigating.Only recently, two University of Guyana students were robbed at gunpoint at the UG minibus park.It was reported in other sections of the media that two suspects, one of them wielding a knife –attacked the students.One of the young ladies was relieved of her earrings, cellphone, money, and other valuables. Her spectacles were damaged during the attack. The other student, a male, was struck to the face and also robbed of his valuables.That matter has also been reported to the Police and has been under investigation.In July of this year, yet another UG student was robbed at gunpoint by a trio of bandits. The student was reportedly robbed of his valuables which included two cellphones valued $145,000, along with US$115.One person has since been arrested and charged for the incident.last_img read more

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DD RELIGION: PAPAL NUNCIO IN DONEGAL FOR FIRST LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE OF 2016

first_imgArchbishop BrownPapal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown will be in Co Donegal tomorrow (Sunday) for first Lough Derg pilgrimage of 2016.Archbishop Brown will open the Holy Door of Mercy at Saint Patrick’s Basilica, Lough Derg, to inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage Season 2016The Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Bishop Liam MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher and Father Owen McEneaney, the Prior of Lough Derg will join five hundred pilgrims. ‘The Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage Season’ commences on Sunday and ‘One Day Retreats’ continue on certain days until 30 May.‘The Three Day Pilgrimage Season’ commences on Wednesday 1 June until 15 August. Pilgrims can begin their pilgrimage on any day up to and including 13 August, with One Day Retreats recommencing after this on Sunday 21 August.During the Three Day Pilgrimage, pilgrims make ‘Stations’: they walk barefoot, kneel on the hallowed beds, fast, pray and keep vigil.On One Day Retreats, pilgrims enter into a day of prayer and reflection and keep footwear on. 14,000 pilgrims visit Lough Derg every year, and since 1861 the number is estimated to be two million. On average, 70% of pilgrims have been female and 30% male. Eight out of ten pilgrims return to the island and each year a growing number of new younger people come to experience the sacred island.Speaking ahead of the start of the 2016 pilgrimage season Archbishop Charles Brown, said: “I am looking forward to Sunday as Lough Derg is a very special for me, as it is for all pilgrims.“It is really wonderful that during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, pilgrims have the opportunity to pass through a specially dedicated Holy Door on this holy island. By doing so we, the pilgrims to Lough Derg – in the words of Pope Francis himself – ask, “the Father to forgive our sins and to bathe us in his merciful ‘indulgence’” (cf. Misericordiae Vultus, 22).Bishop Liam MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher, said: “The faithful of the diocese are honoured that the Papal Nuncio will open a ‘Holy Door of Mercy’ on Lough Derg, on Sunday.“Having a Door of Mercy, in this extraordinary Jubilee Year, puts Lough Derg on a par with the major shrines and holy places of pilgrimage and retreat throughout the world. We are deeply grateful to His Holiness Pope Francis for his thoughtfulness and we warmly welcome again to Lough Derg his representative, the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Brown.” Lough Derg Prior, Father Owen McEneaney, told Donegal Daily: “The island shrine is a sacred space of mercy and everyone is invited to ‘Come and let God’s mercy find you on Lough Derg’. It is a special sanctuary of peace and personal challenge.“There are no outsiders here: everyone is equal. During 2016, I invite pilgrims into a new a commitment: if you are seeking time out from the daily grind of the everyday to come and walk in the footsteps of our forebears.“Lough Derg reaches out to those in need: whatever your creed, background, personal circumstances or religious practice, everyone is most welcome.”DD RELIGION: PAPAL NUNCIO IN DONEGAL FOR FIRST LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE OF 2016 was last modified: April 29th, 2016 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:donegalLough DergPapal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brownpilgrimagelast_img read more

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