Nigerian Elite Road Runners Urge Governors to Emulate Ambode

first_imgElite marathoners from a cross-section of Nigeria especially the Northern part of the country have called on other states governors to emulate the Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode by initiating marathon and road races in their dormains.Most of the elite athletes who are preparing for the 4th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon said apart from the Lagos Marathon being their own ‘Christmas’ because of the financial gains it avails them, the race is also very important because it has been helping them improve on their timing as they now have the opportunity to compete with the best in the world.Deborah Pam is often described as the Queen of Marathon races in Nigeria and it was not surprising that she finished ahead of all her compatriots at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. The Plateau State-based runner commended Gov. Ambode for doing well with the Lagos Marathon but asked more states to come on board with their races too.“We are very grateful to Governor Ambode for helping us with the Lagos Marathon, it is a very good event and it is really helping us a lot, but if we can get two or three more, it will be very good, and we can benefit more,” she saidIliya Pam, who emerged tops among Nigerian runners at the last two editions of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon also gave kudos to the Lagos governor.“Honestly, he (Ambode) has tried a lot…. there is no other governor that has organized something wonderful like that, now the marathon is moving from Bronze to Silver Label and by God’s grace, it will get to Gold so I am very happy and thank the Lagos governor.The Nigeria marathon champion said he is keen to see other governors especially those in the North to come to the rescue of runners in their region.On his part Coach Stephen Nuhu who is in charge of long-distance running said they are praying that the good works of Ambode are emulated and sustained even after he leaves office.He said: “There is a lot of creativity around the marathon, people are now planning ahead and that is Lagos, the man (Ambode) has a lot of vision. We continue to pray that this thing will continue even after him and others will take a cue.Since its inception, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has made a special concession to Nigerian athletes; carving out a separate reward system outside the general prize monies.With cars and prize monies being won each year by the runners, governors have been advised that crime and other vices can be reduced a great deal with the introduction of sporting events like the Lagos Marathon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jimmy White highlights ‘whirlwind’ charity pool & snooker fundraiser

first_imgVeteran snooker ace Jimmy White was in Pattaya recently where he gave up his time to play against local pool and snooker enthusiasts at different venues, and all for charity. Players paid 1000 baht to take on the ‘Whirlwind’ at four bars across the city for the Father Ray Foundation educational fund. This was hot on the heels of a press conference announcing a high profile snooker event that will take place in August 2015 which will also raise funds for Father Ray.Jimmy has a long affinity with Pattaya and recently purchased a unit at the Palm Condo, so for him Pattaya is like a second home and is a familiar and friendly face around town.Jimmy White plays for the side pocket in one of his many charity games played last week to raise money for the Father Ray Foundation. On Sunday the 7th of September Jimmy first played a number of regulars at the Sportsman Bar where 13,840 baht was raised.The following night Jimmy played at the Kilkenny Bar on LK Metro where a further 20,660 baht went into the pot.On Tuesday he ventured out by Mabprachan Lake to the very popular Brasshouse where things started to get a bit crazy. 68,000 was pledged to play Jimmy, then there was an auction for a signed snooker cue which went for 51,000 baht, which was then doubled by a generous guy making it 102,000 for the cue – so a total of 170,000 baht was raised.Jimmy Deakin from the Brass House and his lovely wife present Jimmy White with flowers as a small token of appreciation.And finally, on Wednesday the 10th Jimmy went to a small bar off of Soi Khao Noi which used to be called the Golden Gate but recently changed hands and has been rebranded as The Dukes Lounge.  26 players took on Jimmy raising 26,000 baht. This was followed by a raffle which made 5,400 baht, which Jamie Saunders from the Dukes Lounge and Jimmy Deakin from the Brasshouse doubled to make it 31,400. An auction followed that raised a further 22,000, and finally, to top it all off, some very generous donations of 42,000 made a total of over 126,000 baht for the night.In an exclusive interview with PMTV Jimmy stated that some of the most competent opponents were Thai women who play a lot of pool and are confident and determined.Jimmy also stated that for him it was a pleasure to be involved in events like this and that he was amazed at the generosity of people.Over the four nights, over 330,000 baht was raised for the Father Ray Foundation, a charity that is well loved here in Pattaya and that takes cares of over 800 children across its various communities. With Jimmy White’s help these children are promised a brighter future.last_img read more

Pet Parade expected to bring 1,000 People and Many Pets to…

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise ServicesThe Washington State Department of Enterprise Services’ Capitol Security and Visitor Services has issued a permit to The Olympian for its annual Pet Parade. The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 18. It includes a parade that will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Park, wind through downtown Olympia and end at Sylvester Park.Organizers estimate that 1,000 people will attend the event, which could affect traffic and parking in the area.The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services manages the historic Capitol Campus in Olympia which includes five parks and Capitol Lake.last_img

MGH&FC CEO Eric Moll Honored as Chamber Health Care Champion

first_imgFacebook167Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, has named Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll as one of its 2019 Health Care Champions. Moll will be presented with the Innovation in Rural Medicine Award at the chamber’s 13th annual Health Care Champions awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at the Olympia Country & Golf Club in Olympia.Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics’ CEO Eric Moll was named a 2019 Health Care Champion. Photo courtesy: Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics“Even though this is an individual award, I want to honor the special people and team that makes this recognition possible through the amazing care and work being done every day by our Mason team,” Moll said. “I deeply respect the legacy of past Health Care Champions. They continually inspire me to grow and improve to help our patients, employees and community.”The Health Care Champion awards were established to recognize heroic acts, steadfast dedication, extraordinary service and professionalism that are seen every day in our community’s medical offices, clinics, hospitals, emergency services and related organizations, according to the Thurston chamber.Past award winners from Mason County include the Karen Hilburn Cancer Fund, which was awarded the Community Impact Award at last year’s Health Care Champions ceremony, and longtime Mason County Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner Nancy Trucksess, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 after she retired from the board.The awards committee honored Dr. Mark Schlauderaff of Mason General Hospital’s Olympic Physicians Clinic with the Innovation in Rural Medicine award in 2015.“Mason is innovative in that we are not afraid to fail in pursuing the improvement care delivery for our patients,” Moll said. “We value learning and improving. This has allowed us continuously to improve our approach to integrated, team-based care.”Moll joins other 2019 honorees Dr. Lucinda Grande of Pioneer Family Practice in Lacey (Innovative Community Service Award), Dr. Chelsea Unruh of Olympia (Health Care Pioneer Award), and Eileen McKenzie Sullivan with Senior Services of South Sound (Safety Net Award).Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia Country & Golf Club and will include honoree recognition, videos, hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at http://thurstonchamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/health-care-champions-7129.MGH&FC is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7.  For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit www.MasonGeneral.com.last_img read more

Welterweights to battle for Contender payday

first_img (SUB DECK) Popular series gets under way on March 9 Welterweight boxers will be in the spotlight this year when the very popular Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender boxing series kicks off on Wednesday, March 9, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Hope Road in St Andrew. The series, which started in 2011 and alternates between middleweight and welterweight boxers each year, is a made-for-television production that is sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board.  It will be broadcast live each week on Television Jamaica (TVJ) at 9 p.m. and will see 16 boxers drawn from the Caribbean and the United States vying for top honours. The first prize is one million dollars. The team concept will again be used this year, with one team of eight boxers being designated Green and the other eight-man team Yellow. One boxer from each team will go up against a boxer from the opposing team every week in the preliminary rounds. At the quarter final stage, the eight boxers left in the competition will be seeded and a draw will take place to decide on the matchup each week. There will be eight preliminary bouts, four quarter-final fights, the two semi-finals and then the finals. There will also be two amateur bouts each night. There will be an official launch on Thursday this week, at which the promoters will give the details of the format that will be followed this year, the names of the boxers on the two teams and the total prize money that will be paid out to the boxers. The Caribbean team will have boxers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Barbados and will be a mixture of new talent and tried and proven crowd favourites. Previous winners were in 2011, middleweight boxer Ricardo Smith; 2012, welterweight Donovan “Police” Campbell; 2013 middleweight Devon Moncriffe; 2014 welterweight Sakima Mullings; and 2015 middleweight Kemahl Russell. BOXING: Wray & Nephewlast_img read more

Putting malaria to sleep, for good

first_imgA Namibian family with their new bed net. (Image: Malaria No More) MEDIA CONTACTS • Collins Boakye-Agyemang  WHO regional office for Africa  +47 241 39420 RELATED ARTICLES • Defeating malaria “within reach” • SA’s mortality rates on the decline • Malaria cases halved in SA • Top WEF award for SA singer • Holgate’s goodwill drive to JubaEmily van RijswijckEvery night at 9pm, in certain African communities, the NightWatch communications campaign reminds people, via radio, television and text messages, to get under their mosquito nets as part of the the fight against malaria.It’s a simple idea, yet one which is starting to bear fruit on a continent where about 81% of the world’s malaria incidences and 95% of all malaria deaths occur, according to the World Health Organisation.The disease, which is preventable and curable, affects the lives of almost half of the world’s population, with pregnant women and children under five most at risk.The 30-second NightWatch message is broadcast with the help of various corporate partners.Adding their voicesIn one of the messages, the familiar, soothing voice of Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour asks: “It’s 9pm. Are you and your family safe under your mosquito nets tonight?”In other voice clips and visuals, well-known personalities such as Akon, R Kelly and soccer legend Alexandre Song are featured, adding weight to the life-saving importance of using mosquito nets.More than 20 top musicians, community leaders and athletes have so far participated in the programme, which aims to tackle the pandemic head on with simple, yet pithy messages.An initiative of Malaria No More and South Africa’s Lalela Project, it was launched in Senegal in 2010 but has since rolled out in Chad, Tanzania and Cameroon.On a continent where a child still dies from the disease every 45 seconds, NightWatch hopes to act as a consistent reminder to take action.The goal of the programme is to increase mosquito net usage, minimise the incidence of malaria and thereby bring down malaria deaths in Africa.Malaria No More aims to put a stop to all malaria deaths by 2015.The main thing is to change people’s mindsets and convince them to use the bed nets, says Richard Bona, Cameroonian musician. It is estimated that about 50% of households in sub-Saharan Africa now have at least one bed net.Since its inception in 2010, NightWatch has reached more than nine-million people.In August 2011 NightWatch-Cameroon was launched, along with a campaign which saw 8.6-million bed nets distributed throughout the country. It is Cameroon’s first-ever universal mosquito net campaign in partnership with various large corporations.One of these, ExxonMobil Corporation, is also sponsoring the Nightwatch-Cameroon broadcast.International recognitionLast year the NightWatch programme was recognised by the World Petroleum Council as the most outstanding project and innovation in the oil and gas sector in the Social Responsibility category. ExxonMobil received the award, which is only given every three years, at the 20th World Petroleum Congress in Doha, Qatar, on 5 December 2011.Considered to be one of the most prestigious in the petroleum sector, the award recognises private and public companies and institutions for outstanding projects or innovations. The organisation received over 100 submissions vying for recognition.Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation, said the programme serves as a healthy reminder every night to millions of Africans that malaria is a preventable and treatable disease.The company has channelled more than $100-million (R776-million) into the global fight since 2000.Elsewhere on the continentA number of other organisations and individuals are taking the malaria epidemic on.Africa’s leading telecommunications provider MTN, has also entered the fray, targeting five-million of its subscribers with regular bed net reminders via a text message system.And in Ghana, confectionary giant Hershey’s is using its cocoa link mobile phone network to reach cocoa farmers in the country. Some 2 500 farmers receive regular malaria prevention messages warning them of the dangers of the disease and the related decrease in productivity which results from the illness.In Cameroon the Muna Foundation, working with several renowned African artists and Malaria No More, created a catchy anthem under the K.O. PALU (knock out malaria) campaign. The song is sung in a mix of English, French and ethnic dialects, urging urge locals to fight the disease by taking their medication, going to the hospital and sleeping under the treated mosquito nets.Since the beginning of 2011 more than 16-million Cameroonians have received the encouraging message.K.O.PALU started in August 2011 and aims to increase public awareness against malaria, especially through the distribution of impregnated bed-nets, a strategy with which South Africa’s own adventurer-explorer Kingsley Holgate has become synonymous.Holgate and his family have traversed the continent in their trusty Land-Rovers, handing out impregnated nets to hundreds of families. He is a staunch activist of the global United Against Malaria campaign.last_img read more

5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 # 3: Loggly

first_imgAs 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteCloud.Loggly is a cloud-based log management service for system administrators, application developers and data analysts. Loggly can collect logs from multiple servers and aggregate them into one searchable location. The San Francisco based company was founded in 2009 and is funded by Trinity Ventures and True Ventures. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts Like Netuitive, which we profiled yesterday, Loggly is using the cloud to simplify IT management. Most large IT environments have reached the point that monitoring all necessary logs isn’t humanly possible, making solutions like Loggly and Netuitive are extremely useful.Logs are transmitted to Loggly through an HTTPS connection and stored on Loggly’s servers. According to Green Data Center Blog Loggly uses Hadoop and Amazon Web Services to power its service. It’s free while in beta, but will have pricing starting at $99 a month when it graduates from beta.Logs can also be accessed through an API so enterprises can create custom uses for the service or conduct backups. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweep

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “We did a good job at sustaining our effort from start to finish. We executed on both ends very well,” Meralco head coach Norman Black told reporters.“Total team effort. Everybody stepped up led by AD (Durham) and JD (Dillinger) also hit some big shots,” Black said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFive players scored in double-digits with Allen Durham, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo tallying 18 points each.Durham, the reigning Best Import, also hauled down 25 rebounds while Dillinger and de Ocampo combined for nine triples. PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 2016 PLAY LIST 35:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201635:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201603:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Meralco dominated Star from start to finish, 98-74, to gain a 2-0 lead in their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts showed no signs of slowing down after racing to splitting start, 36-13, early in the second quarter and even led by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Prince Eze out of the NCAA MVP race View comments Dillinger went 6-of-8 from downtown as he and de Ocampo teamed up with Durham to create a lethal inside and out game that had the Hotshots’ defense guessing.The Bolts go for the sweep on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We gave to play our best basketball to beat them.”Mark Barroca had 16 points for Star, which blew a big lead late in Game 1.The Hotshots shot just 32% from the field while the Bolts displayed a potent offense, hitting 53% of their attempts with 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoEmerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues. last_img

25 days ago​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeks

first_img​West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img