SUBJECT TO APPROVAL Ahead of Jamaica’s 55th Independence celebrations next year, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has revealed that statues of decorated Olympians Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be commissioned as part of the National Stadium Statue Park’s development plans. According to Grange, a total of four statues will be commissioned. The others are for former men’s 100m record holder Asafa Powell and multiple Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown. “The ministry will commission four statues over the next two years for the following athletes – Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell,” said Grange. “The first two statues of Usain and Shelly-Ann will be completed in time for the Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations next year and the other two statues of Veronica Cambell-Brown and Asafa Powell for the following year,” she continued. Grange was speaking during a programme of celebration for Rio Olympians and Paralympians, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, yesterday, adding the statues will be of the athletes’ liking. “Of course, the images will be subject to the approval of each athlete and the sculptor who is commissioned to do the work is the same sculptor who did the work for the Herb McKenley statue,” she pointed out of Basil Watson. The development plan for Independence Stadium Complex, which will include the national sports museum, according to Grange, will be done on a phased basis over a period of two years. “There are other plans that are in the works, but at this time I will hold those announcements for the future,” informed Grange. “I will emphasise that what we are doing is not just about celebrating the achievements of our athletes by having a big party, but we also will ensure that we have legacy projects that will be a lasting tribute to their achievements,” Grange stressed. She was speaking in reference to the Heroes weekend celebrations (October 14-16) for Olympians and Paralympians from the Rio Games, recently .
Who says a hotel heiress known mostly for her ability to smile can’t design? Apparently, no one. On Wednesday, Paris Hilton launched her new juniors clothing line. Cappuccino-armed buyers and junior-wear enthusiasts gathered in the downtown L.A. Fashion District’s California Market Center to get a look at Hilton and her sportswear line, which, (un)surprisingly, is not very sporty. Apparently, that’s a minor detail in the world of Paris, who opened the show with a decidedly rehearsed welcome/thank you to the Dollhouse clothing brand — creators of her line — for allowing her to put her stamp of approval (i.e. her logo) on whatever they ultimately came up with — more or less. What was paraded on the runway turned out to be pretty similar to the current trends of the tween/teen generation. It stayed mostly in the range of bright pinks and greens, with low-cut baby-doll dresses paired with interminable black leggings, and large sequin-adorned tops. Hilton closed the show with a stroll down the runway, wearing metallic white jeans and a gold sequined tank, presumably from her own line. Camera flashes assailed the space around Hilton’s grinning face — a face that said, “Get a good look, because you’ll probably never see me wearing low-end denim again … ever.” Sentiments around the refreshments table? One middle-age buyer described the line as “horrible.” Nevertheless, teen girls around the globe are probably placing early orders for their Paris-approved cotton-blend frocks, like, yesterday. Hilton’s sportswear — for those who care — will be available in department stores this fall.
Representatives from the Donegal Youth Council attended a State Ceremonial for Children in Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday.The State Ceremonial for Children, which was hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, was one of the final events of the official State 1916 programme.Four Youth Councillors Bridget McDyer from Annagry, Megan McGee from Bundoran, Paddy Gallagher from Downings and Emma Egerton from Letterkenny were joined by Donegal County Council Director of Service, Community, Enterprise and Planning Control Liam Ward and Youth Council Co-ordinator Martin Keeney at the event. Chairperson of the Youth Council, Bridget MyDyer also participated in the poignant ceremony, carrying one of 40 lanterns to mark each young life lost during 1916.Some 200 young guests were invited to the event nationally, from Comhairle na nÓg and school groups who participated in a report called “Children: Seen and Heard 2016”, which shared the results of a consultation which captured young people’s children’s vision of Ireland, what they liked and what they would like to change. The Irish language, culture and the warmth of the people stood out as strong positives. Homelessness, alcohol abuse and suicide were some of their chief concerns.Donegal Youth Council is funded by Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated at local level by the Donegal Youth Service. PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL GUESTS AT ÁRAS AN UACHTARÁIN was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by John2Share 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:Aras an UachtarainDonegal Youth CouncilPresident Higgins
Here’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Tuesday’s newspapers and online…Arsenal are set to hold talks with Marouane Fellaini, the Manchester United midfielder, on Wednesday. Fellainis contract with the Old Trafford club expires at the end of the month. (Mirror)Leicester will ask for Patrick Roberts in exchange for Riyad Mahrez, with Manchester City hoping to bring the 27-year-old Algeria winger to the Etihad this summer. (Telegraph)Zinedine Zidanes departure as Real Madrid manager has improved Chelseas chances of keeping hold of Eden Hazard this summer. (Evening Standard)Tottenham Hotspur are not in talks with Manchester United over the transfer of Toby Alderweireld, the Belgium defender, to Old Trafford. (Football.London)Southampton will bid £12m for Xherdan Shaqiri to trigger the release clause in the Switzerland wingers Stoke contract. (Mirror)West Ham have seen their £33m bid for Felipe Anderson, the Brazil midfielder, rejected by Lazio. (Express)Real Madrid had agreed a deal to sign Liverpool forward Sadio Mane prior to Zinedine Zidane resigning as the Bernabeu clubs manager. (France Football)And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories:Everton FC transfer news: Marco Silva eyeing summer swoop for Jamaal Lascelles as future looks uncertain at Newcastle UnitedManchester United FC transfer news: Inter Milan reject the chance to sign Daley Blind – reportsManchester City FC transfer news: Pep Guardiola boosted in bid to sign Joao Cancelo from ValenciaTransfer news: Barcelona and Manchester United to miss out on Antoine Griezmann who will stay at Atletico Madrid this summerChelsea FC transfer news: Blues change tune over Alvaro Morata sale as Juventus lurk 1