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Having secured two new, glistening post-season accolades, Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt says he is fully focused on ending next season like the last: on top. Bolt, like he did in 2008, 2009, and 2012, followed up another triple gold-medal-winning season by topping tennis star Novak Djokovic for his record fourth Champion of Champions award, handed out by French media outlet L’Equipe. The sprinter was also named the Male Athlete of the Year by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Americas (a grouping of Latin American-based sports journalists). This follows the 29-year-old receiving the top award from the Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association. Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. “I am always happy when my hard work is recognised, and so I am pleased to have received these awards. It’s also pleasing to have come out on top over so many other global sporting superstars,” said Bolt, who bettered the likes of Lionel Messi, Steph Curry, and Lewis Hamilton, among others for the L’Equipe award. SERENA WILLIAMS American tennis star Serena Williams won the female Champion of Champions award, while Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva Rodriguez was the AIPS’ Americas Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to thank the organisations for this honour and all the fans for continuing to support me,” Bolt told The Gleaner before going on to underline his ambitions heading into the next season, when he will look to defend his Olympic sprint titles. “Last year was a good year for me, and I am thankful for what I was able to accomplish. However, I am working hard to achieve my goals for the coming season,” said Bolt. “The 2016 Olympic Games represent a major point in my career and ambitions, and I am putting in the work to ensure I will be in top shape in Rio.” Bolt, a six-time Olympic and 11-times World Championships gold medal winner and world record holder in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m, has so far confirmed one appearance in 2016, the Anniversary Games in London, which takes place a couple weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time National Sportsman of the Year, has also won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award (2009, 2010, 2012); the IAAF World Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013); the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year (2008, 2009, 2012); and the Jamaica Gleaner Man of the Year award (2008 and 2009).
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nguyen, who earned the ONE featherweight belt in August, said that when he first got the offered the fight, the first thing he did was reach out to Folayang.“We both came to an agreement that we will set our friendship aside and it will be strictly business. We want to put on an entertaining fight.”Also calling his upcoming foe a friend, Folayang said he admired how Nguyen blemished Marat Gafurov’s record via a stunning knockout to win the title in Macao.But he’s going to make sure that doesn’t happen here.“I respect him as martial artist. You saw how he got his belt against a highly-respect champion. But we need to do our part not only as a martial artist but also as champions.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We’re friends. There’s no trash talk. There’s no pushing or shoving,” Nguyen told the media on Tuesday during their first face off at City Garden Grand Hotel.While the respect will remain, that doesn’t mean they are going to take each other lightly in the cross-divisional showdown with the lightweight title on the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I want to teach him that it’s my kingdom in the lightweight division,” said the soft-spoken Baguio native. “I want my division to be respected so I will do my best to defend the lightweight belt.”The Vietnamese-Australian challenger didn’t think twice about moving up weight for the fight against Folayang, saying “opportunities like these they don’t come too often.” MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Makati skyline provides the perfect backdrop for Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen’s first face off. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaThere’s not going to be a lot of action outside the ring but Filipino bet Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen expect fireworks when they step inside it.The two fighters are setting their friendship aside as they prepare for the main event of the ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny In his first PBA finals, Slaughter faces former coach It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy celebrates his walk off home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi during the 18th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Nathan Eovaldi seemed to have a rubber arm. Maybe that second Tommy John surgery turned him into a bionic pitcher.Until the 97th pitch of an outing that was among the most unusual in World Series history, until the 561st pitch of an epic endurance test that sprawled across the night for 18 innings, he finally got beat.ADVERTISEMENT Jarin remains upbeat after another NU loss New York cut him loose, and Tampa Bay gave him a home for his rehab.“I’m trusting the doctors and the surgeons that they’re going to do their job. And then trusting the trainers,” Eovaldi said. “I never thought that I wouldn’t be here.”He was on the verge of returning for the start of this season when the Rays announced near the end of spring training that he had loose bodies in his elbow and needed surgery. That delayed his return to May 30.After going 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts, he was traded to Boston on July 25 for prospect Jalen Beeks. Eovaldi dropped his ERA to 3.33 in 10 starts and one relief appearance for the Red Sox, his average fastball velocity up to 97-98 mph.He beat the Yankees in his postseason debut, Game 3 of the Division Series, and then defeated Houston in the third game of the AL Championship Series.Will everyday Eovaldi volunteer to pitch Saturday?“Absolutely,” Eovaldi said.He only seemed to be half-kidding. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Fastballs and cutters. Occasional sliders and splits. Inning after inning.“I felt good the whole time. I told AC, ‘I’m good. I want to stay in,’” Eovaldi said in front of the first base dugout after it was over.He gave a performance for the ages — especially in an era when managers have turned starters and relievers alike into one-batter wonders. It was a throwback to the days when Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale took the Dodger Stadium mound and expected to finish what they started.After pitching the eighth inning to preserve leads in the first two games of the Series, Eovaldi was the scheduled Game 4 starter. Instead he became Boston’s record-tying ninth pitcher when he entered to start the 12th inning.He was on the verge of getting the win when second baseman Ian Kinsler made a throwing error that allowed the Dodgers to retie the game in the 13th.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Eovaldi allowed Max Muncy’s opposite-field homer to left-center on a cutter that hung over the high, outside corner, ending the longest World Series game ever after 7 hours, 20 minutes. The Dodgers’ 3-2 win over Boston on Friday cut Los Angeles’ World Series deficit to 2-1.“After the game was over I started crying,” Red Sox starter Rick Porcello said. “He literally gave everything he had on every single pitch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBefore this week, Eovaldi had never pitched on consecutive days in his major league career.Now the 28-year-old right-hander was sent to the mound by manager Alex Cora for the third time in four days. In the World Series. Throwing 98 mph in his seventh inning of relief. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I feel terrible for Nate,” Kinsler said. “I feel like I let the team down right there.”Eovaldi was understanding.“He apologized to me, and I told him he has nothing to apologize for,” Eovaldi said.Muncy walked leading off the 13th and came home on Kinsler’s error, then nearly won the game in the 15th with a drive over the wall down the right-field line that hooked just foul.Eovaldi fell behind 3-0 to Muncy leading off the 18th, and then got a called strike followed by a pair of fouls. Muncy drove the next pitch 382 feet onto the stairway in front of the pavilion seats.“That was the last inning right there,” Cora said . “When he came in, I asked him, ‘How do you feel?’ He’s like, ‘Let me finish it.’ And I’m like, ‘OK.’ I don’t know if I told him, ‘You’ve got one more.’”Eovaldi threw four more pitches than any member of Boston’s staff had in an outing this postseason. Cora planned to have Drew Pomeranz hit for Eovaldi in the 19th and take the mound in the bottom half.“I felt privileged to be able to watch what Nathan Eovaldi did,” Porcello said. “That was the most incredible pitching performance I’ve even seen.”Eovaldi threw more than one-third of Boston’s 283 pitches, allowing two runs — one earned — and three hits in six innings. Not bad, especially given his past.He had his first elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2007 when he was a junior at Alvin High School in Texas. He had his second in August 2016 after getting hurt while pitching for the New York Yankees. 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Participants getting ready to take part in Friday’s event.The people of Donegal are being urged to take a stand this month and dance to demand an end to violence against women by joining the One Billion Rising day of action on February 14.The Donegal event will take place in front of the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny between 1pm and 2pm on February 14, forming part of a massive global campaign.Local organiser Kate Brown said she is hoping a huge crowd will attend to join forces with people all across the world coming together to rise, release, dance in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end to violence against women and girls. “We hosted the first One Billion Rising event in Donegal on Valentine’s Day last year and we were delighted with the response. A very large crowd came to sing and dance in front of An Grianán Theatre.“It was a celebratory event, in that we celebrated our freedom to dance and to get our voices heard, but the campaign carries with it an important message – that violence against women and girls must end.”Kate says this year’s event does not clash with mid-term break holidays and she is encouraging students and their teachers to come and lend their support to the lunchtime rising campaign. Music, dance, song and poetry will form part of the hour-long event.She explained that the One Billion Rising name for the campaign comes from the fact that one in three women and girls will be beaten and raped in their life time. With a current female global population of three billion, that adds up to the staggering one billion figure. In 2013 activists in 207 different countries came together for the biggest mass action in human history to demand an end to violence against women and girls.“This year, the focus is on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence,” she added.The event though is not just for women and Kate says she would love to see as many women, girls and the men and boys who love them to gather to make their voices heard.“Last year we had people from across the spectrum, young and old, male and female, all prepared to show their support through dance for a campaign that aims to end violence against women and girls and this year we’re hoping for the same broad range of people and hopefully bigger numbers.”Across the world the campaigns will take place outside courthouses, school administration buildings, work places, places of worship, military courts, embassies and in other public gathering spaces. “This year’s campaign is about rising for justice. It is about deepening last year’s campaign and bringing, as so many wonderful agencies in Donegal are doing on a daily basis, information into the public arena about what survivors of gender violence need and deserve.” Kate added.For more information about One Billion Rising you can find details on the One Billion Rising Donegal Facebook page and by logging on to the global campaign website – www.onebillionrising.orgDONEGAL EVENT CALLS ON PEOPLE TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE TO WOMEN was last modified: February 12th, 2014 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:One Billion Rising
Letterkenny General HospitalA Donegal woman today spoke on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta of her family’s distress after their elderly mother, a cancer patient, spent 14 hours on a trolley in Letterkenny Hospital A&E.Speaking of her mother’s experience, Bríd Nic Suibhne told the Barrscéalta programme on Raidió na Gaeltachta today that her mother ‘was just a number’.Máire Uí Dhomhnaill from Gaoth Dobhair was brought to hospital at 5 pm on Monday evening, and had to wait overnight on a trolley until 7 am the following morning before getting a bed. “My mother had blood taken, and had to answer personal questions, sitting on trolley in a hallway in A&E. She had no privacy at all.“She was just a number. I asked where she was on the list to be seen and I was told she was fifth. Two and a half hours later, she was fourth.’“We were told that if my mother got sick, she was to come straight to the hospital to oncology. Everyone knows that cancer patients undergoing treatment need to be protected from picking up other illnesses. It’s very dangerous. We have been told that an illness like a cold or pneumonia could kill her.’“This is our story today, but tomorrow it will be somebody else’s.” Bríd praised the work of doctors and nurses who do their very best in very difficult circumstances, but questioned the management of the hospital.“There is something very wrong with the system. Why does my mother have to go through A&E when she gets sick? She should be able to go directly to oncology where her own doctors can look after her. What do the politicians and the health service managers have to say on this?’Bríd Nic Suibhne was speaking today on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.A short time ago Donegal Sinn Féin TDs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty said they are urgently attempting to raise the renewed crisis at the Accident and Emergency Ward of Letterkenny General Hospital with the Minister for Health, James Reilly.They have expressed their serious concern at news that emergency patients from the southern half of the county are being diverted to Sligo Regional Hospital and that there was an attempt to divert emergency patients from Inishowen to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry. They said: “There is clearly a staffing crisis at Letterkenny General Hospital that has now inevitably impacted on patients across Donegal. We are calling on the Minister to remove the moratorium on the hiring of nurses and other medical professionals at the hospital.“The team at Letterkenny General Hospital have been heroic in their response to the flooding crisis last year and it is frankly disgraceful that the moratorium enforced by this Government has increased the hugely stressful circumstances they have to work in.“We are also seriously concerned at the impact on other Departments throughout the hospital due to the shortage of nurses and other medical professionals up to consultant level. Many staff are working long hours that saps their morale”.“There is also the issue of how Specialist Registrars, so crucial to hospitals, are allocated to Letterkenny General. As we revealed last year, based on the number of inpatients being served by the hospital every year, Letterkenny General receives the lowest budget allocation in the state and is allocated the lowest number of medical professionals from the system in the state. “This injustice has to stop and we intend to raise this matter urgently with the Minister and confront this injustice head on again”.HORROR AS ELDERLY CANCER PATIENT WAITS 14 HOURS ON A LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TROLLEY was last modified: January 15th, 2014 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:hospitalletterkennytrolleyswaiting time
The World Economic Forum annual meeting takes place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from 17 to 20 January. South Africa’s delegation includes people from the government, media and respected business leaders.South Africa is sending a top team of representatives to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, starting on 17 January 2017. (Image: South African Government, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporter South Africans from the government, business, and civil society will be attending the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, taking place from 17 to 20 January under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.The WEF annual meeting gathers leaders from all sectors of society to discuss the global economy and look for solutions to challenges through public-private co-operation.“Leaders have to be responsive and responsible; they must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes,” said Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF.People were living in precarious situations, he said, and were searching for identity, meaning and a sense of purpose.“More than ever, leadership means taking responsibility,” Schwab said. “It requires courage and commitment to listen and honestly explain the breadth and complexity of issues, to proactively generate solutions and to take action based on core values.”Watch his message:South Africa’s delegation includes:GovernmentCyril Ramaphosa, deputy presidentJeff Radebe, minister in the presidencyEbrahim Patel, minister of economic developmentPravin Gordhan, minister of financeRob Davies, minister of trade and industryState-run organisationsKingsley Makhubela, CEO, Brand South AfricaGeoffrey Qhena, CEO, Industrial Development Corporation of South AfricaBusisiwe Mabuza, chairperson, Industrial Development CorporationDaniel Matjila, CEO, Public Investment CorporationBongani Nqwababa, CEO, Sasol LimitedLesetja Kganyago, governor, South African Reserve BankDaniel Mminele, deputy governor, South African Reserve BankJabulane Mabuza, chairman, TelkomSiyabonga Gama, CEO, TransnetShulami Qalinge, group executive of strategy, TransnetLinda Mabaso, chairperson of the board, TransnetFinance and investmentMaria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa Group LimitedDavid Hodnett, deputy CEO operations, Barclays Africa Group LimitedJabulani Moleketi, chair of the board, Development Bank of Southern AfricaPatrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO, Development Bank of Southern AfricaLaurie Dippenaar, chairman, FirstRand LimitedHendrik du Toit, CEO, Investec Asset Management LimitedStephen Koseff, CEO, Investec LimitedNonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange LimitedThabo Dloti, CEO, Liberty HoldingsNicolaas Kruger, CEO, MMI Holdings LimitedMike Brown, CEO, Nedbank GroupTrevor Manuel, chairman, Old MutualAnisha Archary, human resources director, Old Mutual Emerging MarketsRex Tomlinson, chief of staff, Old MutualIqbal Survé, executive chairman, Sekunjalo Investment HoldingsSimpiwe Tshabalala, joint CEO, Standard Bank Group LimitedBusiness leadersBrian Dames, CEO, African Rainbow Energy and PowerPatrice Motsepe, founder and executive chairman, African Rainbow MineralsAndries Jacobus Wilkens, executive director, African Rainbow MineralsSipho Pityana, chairman, AngloGold AshantiStewart Bailey, senior vice-president, AngloGold AshantiThoba Grenville-Grey, senior associate of investments, Awethu ProjectAdrian Gore, group chief executive, Discovery LimitedMokena Makeka, creative and managing director, Makeka Design LabPhuthuma Nhleko, executive chairman, MTN GroupStephen van Coller, vice-president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions, MTN GroupPeter Staude, CEO, Tongaat HulettDave Duarte, CEO, TreeshakeMediaAlec Hogg, editor, Biznews.comBronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief and executive director, CNBC AfricaChristina Adriana de Wet, executive editor, Independent MediaImtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers Video Entertainment, Naspers LimitedAnant Singh, producer, Videovision EntertainmentOtherTrevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Programme, Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationLindiwe Mazibuko, former opposition leader in Parliament for the DAPrecious Moloi-Motsepe, CEO, Motsepe FoundationNozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, Permanent Mission of South AfricaPeter Draper, senior research fellow in the Economic Diplomacy Programme, the South African Institute of International AffairsCobus de Swardt, managing director, Transparency InternationalMax Price, vice-chancellor, University of Cape TownAndrew Muir, CEO, Wilderness Foundation AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The South African government is delighted to spearhead an affiliate centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR), under the World Economic Forum (WEF) banner. Members of the media and CSIR partners gathered in Pretoria on Tuesday for the C4IR Business Breakfast Consultation ahead of the centre launch, set to take place on the sidelines of WEF Africa, 4 – 6 September 2019.The event created an opportunity for all stakeholders to probe conversation on SA’s state of readiness for the 4IR and also take stock of implementations that need to be put in place. Affiliate centres have already been established in China, Japan and India, with South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Israel next in line.In her address, Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane elaborated on how widespread the impact of the 4IR will be: “The technologies associated with the phenomenon of the Fourth Industrial Revolution have already begun reshaping the way we produce goods and services; how we communicate and interact; how we administer health; how we educate the young; and how we do many other things that determine how we live. It is no longer possible to discuss economic development without factoring in the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the economy as whole. Any effort we make as a country to grow our economy will now largely be shaped by how quickly we are able to embrace and master the technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”Minister Kubayi-Ngubane further said that as a country, we were spectators of the second and third Industrial Revolutions, but this time around government would like to position South Africa as a forerunner.Head of the WEF 4th Industrial Revolution Network, Dr Murat Sönmez presented a talk on WEF C4IR, highlighting aspects of machine learning and artificial intelligence, the internet of things, robotics, digital trading, data policies and smart cities. “Who gets to benefit from the #4IR? Through affiliate centres like these, we need to come up with policies and protocols that will ensure that the 4IR doesn’t only benefit a select few”, he said.Dr Sönmez also announced that South Africa will have a seat on the WEF C4IR global advisory board.The realisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is highly dependent on a reinforced collaboration as the world gears up for global transformation.