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Two Tipp men in Munster side for Glasgow trip

first_imgDave Foley from Clonmel is among the replacements for the trip to Scotland.The reds need a win as they currently lie sixth in the league 7 points off the top 4. Back row Tommy O’Donnell has been included in the Munster team for the clash at Rugby park in Kilmarknock.The Cahir man came off the bench for Ireland against France last week and started the week before against Wales.Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan starts in the second row while James Cronin is on the bench.last_img

Okagbare Jumps 6.77m to Secure Berth in London 2017

first_imgThe 2008 Olympics bronze medalist in the event had secured qualification in the 100m and 200m last month and was struggling to hit the 6.75m entry standard set by the IAAF for the long jump.The Sapele-born sprinter cum jumper however banished fears she could be missing in the long jump event at the London Worlds when she leapt two centimetres above the qualification standard set by the IAAF at the meeting where she ran her only sub 11 seconds run (10.92 seconds) in the 100m last season albeit with a massive following wind to render it illegal.Okagbare came to the Hungary with a 6.52m season’s best achieved in Eugene, Oregon, USA last month and as the number two ranked long jumper in Africa so far this term behind compatriot Ese Brume whose 6.64m was, until the evening of Tuesday July 4, 2017 was the best mark by an African in the event.Okagbare who won a silver medal in the event at the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia in 2013 and is one of only two Nigerians to hit the 7m mark is now the African leader in addition to booking a spot in London for the event.Local athletics buffs believe Okagbare’s chances of making the final of an individual event in London and making a podium appearance thereafter are high in the long jump than in the sprints where she struggled for form last season and is yet to run inside 11 seconds and break 22.4 this season.Meanwhile Okagbare-Ighoteguonor also won the 100m event at the meeting with an 11.11 seconds run, her second fastest time of the season.She won ahead of Remona Burchell of Jamaica (11.15) and Nigerian-born American, Morolake Akinosun (11.19) who came second and third respectivelyMeanwhile, Reigning Commonwealth Games long jump champion, Ese Brume and Africa’sundisputed sprint hurdles queen, Tobi Amusan will have their debut at the money-spinning IAAF Diamond League debut after the duo failed to make the list of confirmed athletes for the eighth leg of the meeting, the Athletissima tonight in Lausanne, Switzerland.Both Brume and Amusan made the provisional list of athletes invited for the meeting released by organisers of the event on Tuesday on their website but when the final list and start list for the event was released yesterday, the Nigerians failed to meet the cut.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSBlessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor leapt to a 6.77m second place finish in the long jump at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in the Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár on Tuesday to secure qualification for the event at the 16th IAAF World Championships next month in London.last_img read more

LEC Expansion on GSA Road in Limbo

first_imgA presidential directive ordering the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) to have completed carrying out mass connections of street lights, business entities and homes on General Services’  (GSA) Road in Paynesville by March 2014, has been left unfulfilled.Last year, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited the LEC’s Waterside head office and directed the management heads to ensure the connection of several communities in Monrovia.In response, the LEC’s managers assured President Sirleaf that the appropriate steps would be taken to address the growing demand of Monrovia’s residents through the provision of sustained electricity.The fate of that directive seems to be in limbo with the initiative appearing stagnant.The LEC’s management has given assurances of expanding its services to many parts of Monrovia and its environs for the past several years.These assurances from the LEC management are yet to manifest in the provision of light to the inhabitants of GSA road.Would-be customers have begun complaining about the inability of the LEC’s management to connect the densely populated community to the power supply lines in Paynesville.With the GSA Road recently being paved, connecting it to several communities in Paynesville, the sustained provision of electricity in that part of Paynesville is being seen by community dwellers as the next logical step in terms of development.Besides, the GSA Road Community needs electricity now owing to communities being prone to waves of suspected armed robbery, burglary and other related crimes for the past years.In interviews with residents around the GSA road early this week, Franklin K. Karmo, a businessman, said that he requested for the connection of LEC power lines to his business entity for the past 12 months without any tangible results.Mr. Karmo operates a provisions shop and claimed that he has received threats from criminals.He explained that a successful business outfit could only be maintained when the provision of electricity is sustained; especially in an area infested with suspected criminals.For her part, restaurant operator, Beatrice Hanson Morton, said, “My business entity has on many occasions been attacked by armed criminals who took advantage of the darkness due to the lack of sustained electricity.”She pleaded with LEC’s management to begin designing new strategies to accelerate the restoration of electricity in the GSA Road community.“We are being left in total darkness with no indication from the LEC that they have any plans to continue with the expansion of electricity in our area,” Madam Morton concluded.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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