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Classy Aviator upsets at 9-1 in feature

first_imgCLASSY AVIATOR, running at odds of 9-1 with Aaron Chatrie aboard, scored a mild upset in yesterday’s Titania Trophy feature over 1,100 metres for three-year-old fillies, flooring the odds on 4-5 favourite BIRD CATCHER, who was second.Trained by Gary Subratie for owners Test Pilots, the chestnut filly by Seeking The Glory out of Classy Chanel was held just off the early fractions as POISON GAS and LIKE A LADY carried the pace into the straight ahead of BLUE MOON and BIRD CATCHER.With no fewer than four in with a chance leaving the furlong pole, CLASSY AVIATOR got into top gear midway the last furlong to beat BIRD CATCHER by 11/4 length.disqualifiedThere was a lengthy stewards’ enquiry into the running of the race resulting in third past the post, BLUE MOON, with apprentice Jerome Innis riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, being disqualified, and placed fifth, this for causing interference to LIKE A LADY in the straight. BABY P, who was fourth past the post was promoted to third.CLASSY AVIATOR, who had previously won by a wide margin over 1,200 metres in maiden company on March 12 with Chatrie aboard, has shown a preference for sprints over middle distances and could make her mark in non-winners of three when next at the races.Inform jockey Robert Halledeen and trainer Dwight Chen highlighted the 10-race programme with two winners each.Like he did on the previous Saturday, Halledeen took the first double comprising Peter McMaster’s progressive American 3-y-o filly CHOO CHOO BLUE, who again romped the day’s opening race over 1,200 metres in the smart time of 1:12.1 going wire to wire and 8-1 chance BLUE PEPSI LINKS for trainer Ryan Darby in the 3-y-o maiden special over 1,200 metres. CHOO CHOO BLUE is owned by Elaine McMaster (Miss Suckie), wife of the winning trainer.Chen posted seventh-race winner SONG BIRD at 2-1 with former champion Wesley Henry in the saddle as well as CHIEF PROSPECT at 4-1 in the eighth with Jevanne Erwin aboard.Only two favourites obliged on what was a difficult day for form players, the notable upset coming via the fleet-footed AUNT HILDA at 14-1 with Renaldo McNaughton riding for trainer Patrick Fong in the ninth race over the round-five course.last_img read more

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Giannis, Bucks turn back Celtics to force Game 7

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a dunk during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination.Now it’s on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Bucks: C John Henson (back) missed his fourth straight game, with Thon Maker getting his first start of the series over Tyler Zeller. Maker finished with four points and one block. … Held a 25-4 edge on transition points. … Jabari Parker had another strong game off the bench with nine points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Snell had six points.YOUNG CELTICSVeteran forward Al Horford chalks up Game 6 as another valuable learning experience for his young teammates.No better education than a seventh game in the playoffs on home court.“It’s going to be new for our group. This whole playoff experience has been new, we have a lot of new pieces,” Horford said. “As a basketball player, fan, one of the places that you want to enjoy and be is the TD Garden for a Game 7.”He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.QUOTABLE“We got great looks this whole series. It’s a matter of knocking it down and trusting the pass. … We need to have that same mentality going into Game 7.” — Middleton.UP NEXTGame 7 is Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Just getting to Game 7 is a small but significant step for a young team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors a year ago. The up-and-coming Bucks haven’t played a seventh game in the playoffs since losing to Atlanta in the first round in 2010.“This is what you work for. Embrace that moment. Go out as a team, attack it together … find a way to get a win,” coach Joe Prunty said.The Celtics had their shots to win in it six. They led by nine early, then drew as close as 80-78 with 7:13 left on Marcus Morris’ 3-pointer.The Bucks made the last big push to close out the Celtics.Boston had to settle for perimeter looks down the stretch. They couldn’t hit enough 3s, finishing 10 of 36 (28 percent) on the night, and the Bucks limited Boston on the glass.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.“At the end, it was (all) about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was out there, I was trying to make plays, I was trying to be aggressive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe had plenty of company to help keep the Celtics on their heels down the stretch.Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each added 16 points, with Brogdon hitting a momentum-swinging 3 from the left corner to give the Bucks a two-possession lead with 5:22 left. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Trump threatens countries who don’t back US World Cup bid Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “We got stagnant and we weren’t very good,” coach Brad Stevens saidAt the other end, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks’ charge right at the heart of the Celtics’ defense.After Eric Bledsoe picked off Jayson Tatum’s inbounds pass, Antetokounmpo converted an offensive rebound with a putback off the glass for an 89-81 lead with 3:08 left. It was part of an 11-3 run late to help the Bucks pull away for 10-point advantage.With his team facing elimination, Antetokounmpo vowed to be more aggressive following a five-point loss in Game 5.The two-time All-Star produced in the crunch time, scoring 20 points in the second half on 8-of-14 shooting.“It’s big. We’ve grown as a team,” Antetokounmpo said. “For us to win Game 6 — we have a big opportunity ahead of us.”Tatum finished with 22 points, and Terry Rozier had 18 for the Celtics. After holding the edge on the glass for most of the series, Boston got outrebounded 48-39.“Clearly their speed and length and athleticism affected us,” Stevens said. “They were quicker to the ball all night than us, best probably exemplified by the rebounding numbers.”TIP INSCeltics: Stevens stuck with the same starting five he used for Game 5, with Semi Ojeleye in for Aron Baynes for a quicker frontcourt on defense. … Former President Bill Clinton attended the game and exchanged handshakes with guard Marcus Smart. … Jaylen Brown added 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting. View commentslast_img read more


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USAID/FED on New Education for Agri Program

first_imgUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food & Enterprise Development (FED) program for Liberia said its New Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) curriculum is technically very sound and cutting-edge for the study of Agriculture across the West African sub-region.USAID FED’s Technical Education Specialist, Cristina Caltagirone of Louisiana State University in America, says the curriculum for agriculture education is one of the strongest curricula she has ever seen, describing it as ‘significantly better than the original. “I say so because it (NDA) expanded the curriculum to emphasize leadership, communications and entrepreneurship, which is specific to the Liberian context,” Madam Caltagirone said in an exclusive interview over the weekend.  According to her, the curriculum fulfils the need for productive skills for Liberians.The curriculum, developed with huge technical support from FED, was done in collaboration with the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Youth & Sports.  It is a customized version of the one developed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS.) The diploma is recognized as an authentic education credential in all West African states.For two years, FED and MOE used Nigeria’s vocational agriculture curriculum as a foundation; adapting it to the Liberian context, market demands and needs of Liberia’s youth. In addition to core courses like Crop Cultivation, Irrigation, Soil Science and Animal Husbandry, the Liberian diploma program includes essential knowledge and skills-building in key areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communications.For USAID FED’s Communications Specialist, Nicholas Pakinson, “USAID FED is really excited and proud to showcase Liberia’s first ECOWAS-integrated Vocational Training Program in Agriculture;’” describing it as a critical step in the development of a successful agriculture sector in Liberia. He noted that building the agriculture workforce will result in better farmers and higher production of food for the Liberian consumer.Mr. Albert N. Bass is FED’s Vocational Education Specialist. He emphasized that though NDA is a laudable success, stakeholders in Liberia’s technical and vocational education training sector must ensure that curriculums are developed in other technical vocational and education training (TVET) disciplines to complete the TVET package. “This curriculum is a milestone, but we need curriculums in other areas like electronics, electricity, mechanics, masonry, carpentry,” he said.The NDA is Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture and will in September 2014 go into effect at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Excellence in Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County.Up to 2012, Liberia had no curriculum in agriculture. The NDA is its first fully-approved ECOWAS curriculum and represents an important step towards regional integration. It is an innovative, skills-focused two-year vocational diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.  Students will graduate with marketable, in-demand skills that will give them expanded employment options tied to the country’s growing agricultural market and industry needs. USAID FED’s Centers of Excellence in agriculture will lead the practical training program through demonstration farms, extension services and showcasing of best practices and innovations in agri-business.“The agriculture diploma is perhaps most important for Liberia’s workforce.  The new diploma will be a valuable part of the process to equip Liberian farmers with practical skills in order to support the growing agricultural sector and improve long-term sustainability of farming,” a USAID FED press release last week quoted MOE’s Director of TVET, Saku Dukuly.USAID FED’s Chief of Party Agnes Luz: “These skills are critical to the needs of a post-conflict Liberia in the process of rebuilding its agricultural markets and connecting them to the region. The National Diploma for Agriculture will improve overall capacity of future farmers; the added bonus is that Liberian youth will also acquire the skills, such as record keeping and financial management, needed to create a business.“These skills play a key role in addressing not only the immediate employment needs of graduates, but also the development and growth of the agricultural and food production sectors of the country.”Curriculum piloting is underway at the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) where students are testing a total of eight courses including Agri-business and Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition. After the two-year program is rolled-out at the Centers of Excellence, lessons learned and best practices will be consolidated to guide the expansion of the curriculum to four more vocational training centers in Liberia under the MOE in 2016.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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Having fun in Santa Clarita

first_imgFrom history buff to nature lover to thrill seeker, everyone can find plenty to do in the Santa Clarita Valley, which boasts sprawling parks, bicycle trails, three amusement parks and other attractions. Here’s a sampling of some of the places to go and things to do across the valley. AMUSEMENT PARKS Six Flags Magic Mountain, one of two parks at Six Flags California, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and on weekends and holidays during the winter. Admission is $59.99; $29.99 for children under 48 inches tall and adults ages 55 and older. Hurricane Harbor, the water park next door to Magic Mountain, is open seasonally and is scheduled to open May 5 this year. Admission is $29.99; $20.99 for children under 48 inches tall and adults 55 and older. Admission at both parks is free for children age 2 and under. Call (661) 255-4111 or visit www.sixflags.com/parks/magicmountain. Mountasia Family Fun Center, 21516 Golden Triangle Road, includes arcades, go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, laser tag and an indoor play area. Call (661) 253-4386. FESTIVALS Cowboy Festival begins April 25, featuring country-western musicians and poets, as well as on-stage stage performances. For tickets, call (661) 286-4021 or see www.cowboyfestival.org. The Santa Clarita Street Art Festival, the first weekend in October in downtown Newhall. Activities include chalk drawings, a carnival and an arts-and-crafts marketplace. See www.StreetArtFest.com. THEATERS AND CLUBS Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, community theater for adults and children. Call (661) 799-2702 or see www.canyontheatre.org. Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road. Call (661) 288-0000 or visit www.repeastplayhouse.org. J.R.’s Comedy Club, operated by comedian Randy Lubas inside Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 258-2291 or see www.comedyinvalencia.com. GOLF COURSES: Robinson Ranch Golf Course, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country: two 18-hole championship courses, a clubhouse, a bar and a pro shop. Call (661) 252-8484 or see www.robinsonranchgolf.com. Vista Valencia Golf Course, 25700 Trevino Drive, Valencia: midlength and par-three courses and a night-lighted driving range. Call (661) 253-1870. Tournament Players Club at Valencia, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia: 18-hole championship course, clubhouse, restaurant, bar and pro shop. Call (661) 288-1024 or visit www.tpc.com. The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia: miniature golf and simulator. Call (661) 222-2900. SKATING RINKS AND PAINTBALL Ice Station Valencia, 27745 N. Smyth Drive in Valencia. Call (661) 775-8686. Santa Clarita Skatepark, 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-3758. Paintball USA, 3840 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 255-5332 or see www.paintballusa.org. PARKS Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus: eight multiuse ball fields, a playground, jogging paths, shade trees and ample parking. Santa Clarita Sports Complex, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. William S. Hart Regional Park and Museum, 24151 N. San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-4584. Heritage Junction Historical Park, 24101 N. San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275 or visit www.scvhistory.com. Mentryville, located inside a state park at 27201 Pico Canyon Road. Open 9 a.m. to sundown daily. Call (661) 259-2701 or visit www.mentryville.org. Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721 or visit www.placerita.org. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Santa Clarita Woodlands, The Old Road, south of Calgrove Boulevard in Newhall, offers hiking in Rice, East and Towsley canyons. Call (661) 255-3606. Castaic Lake Recreation Area, Interstate 5, Castaic. The upper reservoir offers fishing, boating and water skiing, with personal watercraft and boat rentals. The lower lake has swim beaches, fishing, sailing and nongas-powered boat use. Call (661) 257-4050 or visit www.castaiclake.com. 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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Ex-star Kanu tells Nigeria to get over Abraham England call-up

first_imgFormer Arsenal favourite Kanu insisted Nigeria should “move on” and still had enough top players to cope with missing out on the two Premier League stars.“That’s football and I think we have enough quality and we can win matches without them,” he said.“We can’t continue to beg one player to play for us. Nigeria cannot beg, players have to beg Nigeria.”Abraham, 22, who has won two caps for the Three Lions in friendlies against Brazil and Germany in 2017, had flirted with switching his international allegiance to the country who he qualifies for through his father.Centre-back Tomori, 21, is also eligible to represent Nigeria and Canada at international level.Nigeria Football Federation officials had repeatedly tried to convince Abraham to change his international allegiance but he looks set to slip through their grasp by playing a competitive match for England.In the past the Super Eagles have convinced players like Victor Moses and Sone Aluko, who played for England at youth level, to represent the West African nation.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tammy Abraham has been called up to the England squad after scoring eight goals in 10 games so far this season for Chelsea © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 4 – Former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu has told the Super Eagles to shrug off the disappointment of seeing Chelsea stars Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori called up by England.Gareth Southgate rewarded the pair for their fine start to the season by naming them in his squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria later this month.last_img read more


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Man City star Aguero in Guardiola plea, Klopp tells Liverpool his January targets and Rodgers set for management return? – paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool chiefs he wants to sign 19-year-old Porto starlet Ruben Neves. The midfielder has also been strongly linked with moves to Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Metro)Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has expressed a desire to play under Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona coach is widely tipped to take over from Manuel Pellegrini as the Blues’ new manager if he if he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea forward Pedro has been told by former Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves that heshould have stayed at the Nou Camp rather than join the Blues in the summer. (Daily Express) Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller has hinted the Premier League’s money might eventually lure him to Manchester United. The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford over the summer, but the German champions insisted he was not for sale. (Manchester Evening News) Tottenham are monitoring the progress of Gent duo Moses Simon, 20, and Laurent Depoitre. 26-year-old Belgium international forward Depoitre started and scored against Andorra on Saturday. (Daily Mirror) Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been linked with a rapid return to management, by replacing Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa. (The Sun) New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is planning a return to one of his former clubs to sign West Ham centre-back James Tomkins. (Daily Star) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Klopp can take Liverpool to the next level, but he needs more ‘special players’, claims John BarnesNewcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for season after injury on Netherlands dutyExclusive – ‘Flattered’ Southend United boss Phil Brown plays down Sunderland linksReports – Roma reignite interest in Liverpool defender Mamadou SakhoThe next Henrik Larsson? Barcelona linked with move for Liverpool cult hero Dirk KuytBarcelona preparing bid for Liverpool and Manchester United target Marco ReusAnd finally…?Video: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba produces sublime free kick for Montreal Impact Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, October 12 1last_img read more


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Wounding teller nets 28-year sentence

first_imgLANCASTER – A Quartz Hill man was sentenced Thursday to more than 28 years in prison for a March 2002 attempted bank robbery in which a teller was shot and wounded. On Oct. 4, midway through jury selection for a trial, Ryan Layton, 24, had pleaded no contest to charges of attempted murder and attempted robbery. Layton also admitted he discharged a firearm and caused the teller great bodily injury. Layton was arrested after the attempted robbery at the Quartz Hill branch of Antelope Valley Bank, but charges weren’t filed for two years because tests to indicate whether he had fired a gun before he was taken into custody came back negative. Meanwhile, he was sentenced in July 2002 to a year in jail for having a stolen check in his possession after pleading no contest to a count of receiving stolen property. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The stolen check was found in a bag inside Layton’s car, which was parked in a carwash near the bank. Layton was arrested at the carwash. Then tests in 2004 found that Layton’s DNA matched DNA found on a methamphetamine pipe authorities believe was dropped by the masked gunman at the bank. So charges were filed in that case. The victim testified at a preliminary hearing last November that the robber jumped over the counter, demanded money and shot her. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com last_img read more


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Quantity Surveyor Dearbhla swapping hard hats for heels in Miss Universe Final

first_imgAn ambitious Donegal woman has set out to inspire women in construction as she competes in this year’s Miss Universe Ireland competition.Dearbhla Walsh from Kerrykeel is a Top 30 finalist in Miss Universe Ireland 2019. An experienced pageant titleholder, she will be hoping to do Donegal proud once more as she takes to the stage of The Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday night.All eyes will be on Facebook Live on August 1st to find out who will win reigning queen Grainne Gallanagh’s crown. The Buncrana woman placed in the Top 20 of the 2018 world final in Thailand last December. But there has to be a new queen, and Dearbhla is hoping to be that new role model.The 26-year-old has a strong message to share about her career. With a BSc Hons degree in Quantity Surveying, Dearbhla shows that you can be a ‘girly girl’ and succeed in the male-dominated construction industry.She has set out to encourage more women to enter the industry. “Many females are put off thinking it’s manual labour, but that’s not the case. I feel it’s time for a change,” Dearbhla told Donegal Woman. Dearbhla has been working in London for the past two years and is currently studying for her chartership. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she describes herself as ‘like legally blonde, but more like construction blonde!’She said: “For me, I am feminine and a girly girl. But there’s no heavy lifting or physical work. I’m a professional, I’m in my office, I’m dealing with all the costs and projects. Once a month I’m out assessing the site.“It’s an amazing job and no day is the same. You don’t know what type of building you’re going to get. I love the diversity, you learn so much every single day.”Dearbhla’s ultimate ambition is to be a TV Presenter for a construction related show like ‘Room to Improve’ or ‘Grand Designs’, offering expert advice on builds.Dearbhla WalshDearbhla previously held the title of Miss Earth Northern Ireland in 2015 and was crowned Miss Derry in 2014, as her mum Siobhán is from the county.This time, she is looking forward to wearing the Miss Donegal sash. “I’m so proud to be representing Donegal. It’s my home and I try to come back as much as I can because I am really close with my family,” she said.Applying for MUI, Dearbhla said, enables her to share her passion for being a female Quantity Surveyor. She is also promoting a unique initiative she is developing through work.“I am part of a team working on an initiative for supporting a tutoring programme to help underprivileged children improve their mathematical ability in the boroughs of London.“We hope to help children with mathematics and hopefully from a young age, we are opening up their eyes to that world,” she said. Dearbhla has also adopted a social cause as part of her campaign and plans to organise a charity run in aid of the ISPCC.Dearbhla has a strong passion for pageants and the platform they give to young women.It’s an all-round good experience, she says: “Pageants are an awful lot more than beauty. A lot of people look dimly upon it, especially males, who look at it in that light. Miss Universe Ireland is about empowering females. It’s about giving women a voice and letting them know they have a network of people around that will support them. It also builds your confidence.”The Miss Universe Ireland Final Show kicks off at 7.30pm this Thursday. The winner gains a once in a lifetime role as a goodwill Ambassador of Ireland at Miss Universe 2019, along with modelling opportunities and up to €70,000 in prizes.Quantity Surveyor Dearbhla swapping hard hats for heels in Miss Universe Final was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:constructionDearbhla Walshmiss universe irelandlast_img read more


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How to use our free photo library

first_imgAll you need to know about locating and downloading high-resolution images from Media Club South Africa’s free photo library.One of Media Club South Africa’s offerings is a free photo library containing over 3 000 images of people and places across South Africa.The photos are available in low resolution (50KB to 200KB in size) and in high, print-ready resolution (1MB to over 10MB in size) – free of any charge.The photos are organised into 12 categories.PeopleCitiesInfrastructureBusiness and industrySouth Africa at workArts and cultureTourism and leisureNatureCountrysideDevelopmentBuildings and structuresSoccer fans and stadiumsTo download the high-resolution version, right-click on “Download high-res image” below the thumbnail and select “Save … as” (wording varies by browser) to save a copy of the photo onto your computer.If you republish the photos on the web or in print you are obliged to credit both the photographer and Media Club South Africa.On the web, this credit must include a link to Media Club South Africa.See also:Photo library terms and conditions of usePhoto library previewIf you have any further queries, or need help, email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more


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Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more