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Youth parliamentarians exceeded expectations

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 118 Views   no discussions Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights. Photo gallery with students belowSeven young persons who participated in a Youth Parliament to commemorate Commonwealth Day 2012 were on Friday rewarded for a performance which “exceeded expectations”.The students participated in a bi-annual youth parliament organized by the local branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on March 13th, 2012 at the Parliament building.The general theme for the motion debated was “that government allocates more resources for cultural activities, and cultural exchanges with other nations, with a view to furthering the development and economic enhancement for the people of Dominica through the medium of culture”.Speaker of the House of Assembly and President of the Dominica branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Alix Boyd-Knights told the awardees at the prize giving ceremony on Friday that “you all not only rose to those expectations but exceeded them by far”. The winners on the government side were;• Donalie Dailey of the North East Comprehensive School – Best debater• Matthew Auguiste of the North East Comprehensive School – 2nd place• Shakina Moise of the Convent High School – 3rd placeThe winners on the opposition side were;• Michael Reefe of the Dominica State College – Best debater• Kieran Francis of the Saint Mary’s Academy – 2nd place• Sheldon Alfred of the Saint Mary’s Academy– 3rd placePeaches Green of the Dominica Grammar School was adjudged the best speaker received a gift certificate compliments the Fort Young Hotel for lunch for two.Donalie Dailey of the North East Comprehensive School was judged best overall performer. She took home a laptop computer compliments LIME Dominica, a handset compliments Digicel, 2 plaques for being the best speaker on the government side and best overall performer as well as a $350.00 cheque.Dailey described her participation in the youth parliament as “a great experience” which she will never forget. She intends to pursue studies in political science so that she could “one day become the prime minister”.The other students were also awarded cheques in the amount of $350.00 while the schools; North East Comprehensive School, Dominica Grammar School and the Dominica State College whose students won the Best Speaker for both sides and best role player were awarded a cheque of $300.00 each compliments the CPA.Micheal Reefe was awarded a handset compliments Digicel for being the best speaker on the opposition side.Matthew Auguiste, Kieran Francis, Shakina Moise and Sheldon Alfred were awarded gift packages each. Meanwhile Micheal Reefe who is part of the Student Government Association of the Dominica State College called on young people to participate in such activities especially public speaking as there “are several incentives” and he also intends to return to the Parliament as an adult to help make Dominica “a more productive and developed country”. The Speaker also commended the business establishments who contributed to the staging of the youth parliament and urged others to support such activities. [nggallery id =175]Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Youth parliamentarians exceeded expectations by: – May 4, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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Leinster edge past Glasgow

first_img Mark Bennett’s 75th-minute try got the Warriors back within two points of the hosts, but Stuart Hogg missed the difficult right-sided conversion as Leinster hung on to reach their fourth successive league final. The result sets up an all-Irish decider between Leinster and Ulster at the RDS on Saturday, May 25, in what will be Joe Schmidt’s final match in charge before he takes on the Ireland head coach role. Press Association Schmidt’s charges will not have long to get over their bruising clash with Glasgow, as they take on Stade Francais at the same venue in next Friday’s Amlin Challenge Cup final. The province’s enviable record in knockout fare – this was their seventh straight semi-final win in all competitions – helped them overcome a Glasgow side that has been consistently knocking on the door in recent seasons. Their free-flowing approach under Gregor Townsend was evident in the first half as Niko Matawalu’s opportunist try helped them go 10-3 in front. But a try from man-of-the-match Jamie Heaslip and two Jonathan Sexton penalties, the second after Matawalu was yellow carded, edged Leinster in front for half-time. Although two more Sexton penalties put Schmidt’s side 17-10 ahead, they never looked comfortable and Bennett’s score made for a frantic finale which just went Leinster’s way. center_img Leinster’s double dreams are still alive after they came through a gripping RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors with a 17-15 win at the RDS.last_img read more

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Ki unlocks Rangers’ defence

first_img Rangers defended resiliently for 78 minutes before Swansea’s top goalscorer Wilfried Bony turned provider and set up the South Korean midfielder for his first Liberty goal, a sweet strike past the previously unbeatable Rob Green. The goalkeeper had made several excellent stops to keep the scores level but he was beaten again four minutes later when substitute Nathan Dyer set up Rangers old boy Wayne Routledge from just outside the area. Harry Redknapp showed all his vast experience to set up a Rangers side to frustrate confident Swansea and as the game went into the final quarter it looked as if they might collect the point necessary to escape the bottom three. But Ki’s angled drive off Green’s far post and Routledge’s third goal of the season added to Rangers’ travel sickness which has failed to see them acquire an away point since their promotion. Rangers had conceded nine goals in their previous two games against Swansea and they might have feared another beating after Niko Krancjar had failed to keep his inviting first-minute free-kick down. Swansea were slick in possession and determined to stretch the Rangers defence by getting their widemen Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero into the game. Bony’s obvious confidence was also reflected in third minute when he slipped Steven Caulker and put Routledge through on goal but Green was quick off his line to smother. Green made another superb stop when Kyle Bartley was left unmarked from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s eighth-minute corner and Bony fired over when a poor Rangers clearance fell at his feet. Rangers were almost the architects of their own downfall again when Karl Henry lost possession for Montero to cross and Routledge to volley, Yun Suk-young bravely blocking the goalbound effort. Montero was keen to test his Rangers marker Nedum Onuoha at every opportunity and he started another free-flowing move which ended with Neil Taylor squaring to Sigurdsson and the Icelandic international’s shot squirming wide courtesy of a Joey Barton deflection. Press Association Swansea moved into the top six of the Barclays Premier League after Ki Sung-yueng finally unlocked QPR’s defence to win 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea came closest to breaking the deadlock after 37 minutes when Barton was booked for bringing down Routledge and Sigurdsson curled the free-kick around the Rangers wall. Green dived to his left to keep the shot out with television replays showing how close the ball was to crossing the line, only fractions preventing Swansea from taking the lead. But having dominated the first half there was almost a nasty sting in the tail for Swansea when Krancjar crossed for Leroy Fer to steal into the box, but his header was sent straight at Lukasz Fabianski on his goal-line. The first-half pattern of Swansea creating chances but failing to take them continued within three minutes of the restart when Sigurdsson slipped Bony through, but Dunne raced back to block and the ball ended up on the roof of the Rangers’ net. Ashley Williams had to react smartly to stop Eduardo Vargas reaching a loose ball on the edge of the area and Swansea had to stay patient to work their way through a committed Rangers rearguard. Rangers were relieved when Green flapped at Montero’s cross and no Swansea player gambled in the six-yard box, Yun allowed to scramble the ball to safety. Swansea were really pushing forward now and Bony should have scored when Leon Britton and Routledge combined, but his finish was weak and straight at Green. Moments later Bony connected far better with Montero’s centre but Green made an excellent stop low at his near post. Rangers got some brief respite when Fer found some space in a crowded penalty area but Bony, of all people, was back in his own six-yard box to deflect the shot over bar. But their resolute defending was to count for nothing as Swansea finally broke through in the final 12 minutes and Bony was close to adding a third in stoppage time when he struck a post. last_img read more

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The inexplicable resurrection of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career

first_imgFor the first time in a long time, boxing fans from all over believe in Pacquiao again. He’s no longer being viewed as a politician who moonlights as a boxer in his spare time. All signs point toward Pacquiao being fully committed to the sport that granted him access to riches and a career outside of boxing. Now it’s time for him to pay it back.    “Beating an undefeated champion at 40 years old means that I can still fight,” he said. “This is an opportunity to add to my legacy.“I’m not finished yet.” LAS VEGAS — Almost a year ago to the day, this writer penned a column titled “Manny Pacquiao is fighting again and nobody cares.” It was published the day before Pacquiao was set to fight Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia on the relatively new ESPN+ streaming platform. He was a year removed from losing a controversial decision to a fighter he would have run laps around in his heyday when he lost to Jeff Horn in Australia. The prevailing thought was that boxing’s only eight-division champion was preparing to take a farewell tour around the globe and beat up on lesser opponents with his diminishing skill set. After all, he had looked like a shell of his former self and the man that ransacked multiple divisions needed to focus on his senatorial duties while leveraging high-reward, low-risk fights to pad his bank account on the way out.  Watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman on FITE.TVThe idea that a 40-year-old Pacquiao would be facing the undefeated 30-year-old Keith “One Time” Thurman would have been a joke a year or two ago. But the roles have reversed. One year since that column ran, the one who was supposed to be washed up has been reborn; while the hungry young lion has seemingly become full while nursing an injury on the sidelines. It’s the perfect time for these trains collide as Pacquiao will challenge Thurman for the WBA (Super) welterweight title on July 20 in a fascinating showdown where we will find out how much of their respective narratives is true, and how much happens to be smoke and mirrors.   It all started when Pacquiao scored his first knockout in just shy of a decade by flattening Matthysse in the seventh round. It was a far cry from the Filipino fighter who was uninterested in inflicting damage upon his opponents as he took his foot off the gas in fights against the likes of Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Chris Algieri and Brandon Rios. Something changed. Freddie Roach told Sporting News that his dwindling return on pay-per-view sales was a catalyst for Pacquiao finding his killer instinct. But he also pointed at two fights that began shifting his mindset. “I’m happy that he lost to Floyd Mayweather and Jeff Horn,” Roach revealed about his star pupil. “Those performances were disappointing, but they made a difference in him. He wants to be better.” After blitzing Matthysse, Pacquiao was paired with the brash Adrien Broner for a January showdown. It didn’t take long for Pacquiao to impose his will on “The Problem” and spark an idea that maybe the old Manny Pacquiao was truly back. A huge left hand in the 9th round sent Broner into the ropes. Unlike his previous fights, Pacquiao stormed in for the kill and hurt Broner badly before the sound of the bell rescued him from unconsciousness. Was Pacquiao really back or did he look good against fading opponents? We’ll get to find out when he faces Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I could say this fight is the most important fight in my career,” Pacquaio said earlier in the week. “At the age of 40 I have to prove something and my opponent is very good at talking.”The latter part is interesting. Although he’s been all smiles, a particular line from Thurman’s bag of barbs has clearly rubbed Pacquaio the wrong way. “I know he likes to quote Bible verses so I’ll let you know – he’s getting crucified,” Thurman said at a press conference in Beverly Hills when the fight was announced.  Fast forward to fight week where Pacquiao has gleefully relished the opportunity to be back in the spotlight. It’s his second pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than a year and the boxer-slash-politician is fielding questions in a room full of select media.Pacquiao has never been one to show a lot of emotion outside of the boxing ring but when that quote is brought back up, he pauses. “I think the thing he said to motivate me more than anything else is that he’s going to crucify me,” Pacquiao said before pausing again as he pondered his next verbal offering. “I want to teach him a lesson.”Although he would reinforce the idea that it was all business, Roach suggested that there is certainly some underlying anger that his pupil plans to unleash in Las Vegas. “Keith has talked it up to make Manny angry and now he’s going to get a more aggressive Manny,” Roach said. “Whenever Manny is upset or dislikes an opponent, he fights much better. And when he’s more aggressive he’s a much better fighter.”While Roach wouldn’t go as far to guarantee a knockout, he does believe that Pacquiao’s aggression could force Thurman into a shell — much like Broner — where the goal is survival. “I do think he’ll go into a shell after he feels Manny’s power,” Roach said. “I’m kind of counting on that because I know his trainer very well and I think he’s going to send his guy out there to show us that he’s the bigger and stronger guy. I would do the same. But the thing is, once he feels Manny’s power and speed and that will change everything, the fight will change.”Pacquiao told Sporting News that he hopes that Thurman comes to fight, but wouldn’t be surprised if he turtles up either. “I want to make a good fight for the fans with good action,” Pacquiao said. “I think I can handle him because he’s not fast like Broner. But if I hurt him, I don’t know what his reaction will be. We’ll see.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe fact remains in that there hasn’t been this much excitement surrounding a Manny Pacquiao fight since he faced Floyd Mayweather just over four years ago. Few, if any, fighters find a second wind in their boxing career as they enter 40. Most fighters are chewed up and spat out by the sport when the exit their prime years. But Pacquiao isn’t like most fighters. According to Roach, the issue with Pacquiao was never physical ability.; it was all mental. And it’s a hurdle that he’s seemingly overcome in the past 12 months. “He hasn’t lost his killer punch but because of his religion he didn’t want to hurt anybody,” Roach explains. “I told him that if he doesn’t want to hurt anybody these decisions will keep happening to him. When you knock them out there are no questions asked.”last_img read more

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