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GAA NEWS: TICKETS ON SALE FOR URRIS CLUB FUNDRAISER

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome. Match N Win for 19/9/2013 No’s Drawn 9,17,18,23 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €2,340.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Oonagh McHenry Ballycastle Co Antrim, Eddie Devlin Minaduff, Neil Doherty (JS) Letter, Lorna McEleney Rooskey, Damien Harkin Urrismana. Thank-you to all in the Parish and beyond for your support in the weekly lotto.  CLUB MEETING: Next Meeting This Wednesday 25th September at 8.30pm. Results: Seniors Drew At Home this week end Urris 1-14 Milford 2-11.  Coming Soon – Fundraising Car Wash In Straid On Saturday 5th October So Give Your Car A Treat Come Along And Get It Washed Between 10am and 2pm. IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won, contact any Club Member In Your Area To Get Your Ticket. BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly for further information 0877770639. FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news. Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707. Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie. Any items for the notes please send to [email protected] or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening. GAA NEWS: TICKETS ON SALE FOR URRIS CLUB FUNDRAISER was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 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)last_img read more

Ugandans miss out on Arsenal’s Africa youth coaching programme

first_imgTwo Ugandan coaches Faruk Musema (L) and Douglas Smith(R) this month left to England (Arsenal) for the coaching course. (FILE PHOTO)ENGLAND- A panel of judges from Arsenal Football Club and its official online money transfer partner, World Remit has selected six coaches from across Africa as finalists in their new Future Stars coaching progamme. These final six coaches will now compete in a public vote on FutureStars.WorldRemit.com for the chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Soccer Schools in London – fully sponsored by WorldRemit.The finalists facing a public vote are Adegun Shola John from Lagos, Nigeria, Ahmed Ali from Hargeisa, Somaliland, Hamisi Mohamed from Nairobi, Kenya, Innocents Yeboah-Num from Abease, Ghana,Tersia Davids from Cape Town, South Africa, Titus Tongesai Sanangurai from Harare, ZimbabweThe programme was designed to recognise and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local community and has already granted Arsenal replica shirts to over 500 kids whose coaches were shortlisted for the programme by the judging panel.WorldRemit has filmed the finalists during their coaching sessions and the videos will be shown on the Future Stars website, where members of the public can vote for their preferred candidate. Voting on futurestars.worldremit.com will open on 28th September.A key part of the successful coach’s training at Arsenal will focus on how they will use the opportunity to build a lasting legacy in their home country. The finalists have therefore been selected based on the strength of their existing contribution to the community as well as their plans and ability to pass on their new skills on their return home.The six coaches were chosen from a shortlist of 25 individuals who were selected by the judging panel earlier this month. One in six of the 25 shortlisted coaches were women and, as the programme moves into the final selection phase, Tersia Davids from South Africa becomes the one woman amongst the six finalists to face the public vote.Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said:“Arsenal has the most successful women’s side in England and is actively involved in encouraging greater participation from females in the game regardless of age. We were very impressed by the work that all these coaches were already doing in their community and the work of the women coaches further emphasizes the positive impact that encouraging more women to get involved in coaching can have. We hope that their success will encourage more women to follow their lead.”Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said:“Our business is all about helping our customers’ financial support for their community to go further. We hope that by shining a spotlight on the way these coaches are using football to benefit their community, we can help their efforts to go even further still.“The power of sport to bring communities together and create positive social change was one of the key reasons for entering into a partnership with Arsenal. This programme has highlighted just how powerful sport – and our partnership – can be and the immense potential in this area. This is something we are now looking to build on further.” Tags: AfricaarsenalCOACHES Comments last_img read more

Paddy Harte confirmed as Chair of International Fund for Ireland Board

first_imgPaddy Harte has been confirmed as Chairperson of International Fund for Ireland Board.The announcement was made by the Department of Foreign affairs this afternoon.The Raphoe native, who lives in Letterkenny, is a son of the former TD, the late Paddy Harte. Deputy Paddy the Cope Gallagher, Leas Cheann Comhairle, has welcomed the appointment of Harte.I” have known Paddy all my life, he has an excellent record in community development and community support programmes, he has a vast experience and knowledge of the International Fund for Ireland, having worked with the programme, having served on the board and moreover now being correctly appointed as its new Chairperson,” he said.,“In my days in the European Parliament Imet Willie Mc Carter along with Paddy when lobbying of the EU was necessary in order to obtain funding for the various programmes.“I wish Paddy every success as he brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to his tenure as Chairperson of this most important body for the border counties and Northern Ireland.“I am assured as always with Paddy Harte that he will bring his maximum to the new role and I wish him well and every success in his term.”  Paddy Harte confirmed as Chair of International Fund for Ireland Board was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:IFIINTERNATIONAL FUND FOR IRELANDpaddy hartelast_img read more

Eureka Municipal Golf Course hosts Ryder Cup style tourney

first_imgIt was beauty before age at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course over the weekend as the 55-and-under team narrowly beat the 55-and-over team by a 13-11 margin to claim the course’s inaugural “Ryder Cup,” Sunday, Sept. 30.The tournament, modeled after Europe’s Ryder Cup, saw the two teams of 12 play three different rounds as each squad fought to be the first to reach 12.5 points. Round one and two were played on Saturday, Sept. 29 and the third, on Sunday. Round one was played on the front-nine …last_img

Origin of Agriculture Defies Evolutionary Long Ages

first_imgEvolutionists are at a loss to explain why agriculture arose suddenly in many regions relatively recently.At the University of Colorado, postdoc Patrick Kavanaugh does his best to tip-toe around an evolutionary conundrum: If modern humans were around for hundreds of thousands of years, why did agriculture arise so quickly just a few thousand years ago? The University press release promises new clues but no credible answers. We’ll see why when we think about their proposal.Vineyard below ancient Lachish (DFC)The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history?Using a new methodological approach, researchers at Colorado State University and Washington University in St. Louis have uncovered evidence that underscores one long-debated theory: that agriculture arose out of moments of surplus, when environmental conditions were improving, and populations lived in greater densities.The first-of-its-kind study, “Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture,” published in Nature Human Behaviour, lends support to existing ideas about the origins of human agriculture. In contrast, they found little support for two other, longstanding theories: One, that during desperate times, when environmental conditions worsened and populations lived at lower densities, agriculture was born out of necessity, as people needed a new way of getting food. And two, that no general pattern exists, but instead the story of agriculture’s origins is tied to unique social and environmental conditions in each place.Senior author Michael Gavin, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, said the findings and the general methodological approach may help explain other watershed events in human history.But it doesn’t explain it. According to evolutionary theory, modern humans identical to us emerged from “antique humans” up to 315,000 years ago, and lived in a variety of climates and habitats. Are we to believe that not a single man or woman had an entrepreneurial thought one day, figuring that life could be simpler by planting seeds?The press release and the paper are both remarkable for dodging that question. We know they are evolutionists, because they refer to natural and artificial selection in the paper (artificial selection, we note, is a form of intelligent design).Agriculture began with a critical innovation: the domestication of plants and animals for food production. Specifically, the pathway to agriculture started with low-level food production, including the cultivation of wild-type species. This cultivation continued for a number of generations, and in some cases thousands of years, before natural and artificial selection resulted in domesticated species used for food production.As Darwinians are in the habit of doing, they attribute everything to the environment. The climate got nicer. Populations got denser. Poof! Instant agriculture! What a shame that nobody thought of that earlier.Orchard, California (DFC)Update 6/08/18: A rare mention of the Garden of Eden made a press release reprinted by Phys.org. It comes from Prof. Achim Walter, professor of agricultural science at ETH Zurich. His article, “A brief history of agriculture,” is remarkable in that it does not mention evolution or long ages, either.The Garden of Eden has long since gone. Somewhere in Mesopotamia in the 8th millennium B.C. a cultural and technical revolution took place that presumably formed the context for the biblical fall of mankind and still today brings sweat to our brow. In a settlement between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, somebody came up with the idea of cultivating collected seeds so that they could produce a grain yield. And so began the domestication of useful plants.Humans changed from hunter-gatherers who, so to speak, helped themselves in the Garden of Eden, to farmers who had committed the sin of behaving rather like God in intervening in the course of nature. It was a transition that bore fruit in the truest sense of the words, yet also created hardship – just as God had ordained.The planned cultivation of useful plants probably didn’t stem from any conscious desire to create a better society, but was born of necessity, as the high population density meant that hunting grounds were depleted. Archaeological findings show that the first arable farmers were smaller and less long-lived than the neighbouring clans of hunter-gatherers. Indeed illness and malnutrition were widespread among the farmers.Dr Walter does not seem to be promoting either Biblical history or evolutionary history, since his emphasis is on the downsides of agriculture (pollution, over-exploitation, wars, diseases etc.). His theology of the Fall and sin is unorthodox as well.We need tolerance and acceptance to appreciate that in one situation one solution offers advantages, and in another situation, another. Diversity in the field requires diversity of thinking and thorough analysis. We have tasted of the Tree of Knowledge and learned that there are no simple solutions. And so, some 10,000 years ago, we initiated a process that forces us time and again, by the sweat of our brow, to take good care of what is happening next with our nutrition.Undoubtedly Dr Walter is employing these Biblical references only as metaphors. Nevertheless, his only mention of evolution is “co-evolution” of crops and humans, presumably by artificial selection—a form of intelligent design as humans select the breeds they prefer.Except for Dr Walter’s very rare exception in the media, readers only get a choice of evolutionary theories embedded in long-age Darwin Years. It’s like having only three choices on the menu: fish sticks, fish balls, or fish cubes. What if you want salad, steak or chicken? Why must we always be offered three bad choices, none of which makes any sense?The reason is evolutionists’ hatred of Biblical chronology. All the problems evaporate if you accept the Genesis time frame: people have not been on the planet for hundreds of thousands of years or millions of years, but just for a few thousand. Our ancestors were smart. They didn’t need millions of years to learn how to make tools and plant seeds. They were agronomists from the beginning. Even after being cast out of Eden, they knew what to do, but it was harder work after sin entered the world. In just a generation or two they were building cities, using metals, and making music. Agriculture was all in a day’s work from the beginning. Noah’s family knew what to do again after leaving the Ark. He planted a vineyard.We know that evolutionists love to mock the Genesis account. Let them mock. We have some counter-mocking to do. To accept the evolutionary story, you have to dramatically underestimate human intelligence. Do you think for a minute that over 300,000 years, human beings who knew how to hunt, migrate, make tools and even travel on boats never ever, once in their lives, figured out that plants grow from seeds? Surely they gathered plants and saw the seeds in fruits and vegetables they favored. Surely they saw seedlings sprout from the ground. Who can possibly believe that they were so dumb that they never put two and two together? ‘Say, if I put this seed in a hole, and water it, my favorite food will come up!’ Nobody ever thought, ‘Say, if I hitch a pointed stick to this horse, it can carve a furrow to put the seeds in.’ Nobody thought, ‘Hey, maybe I could hop on this horse and let it take me longer distances! I think I’ll build a corral and keep several of them handy.’ Agriculture could have been born in one person’s lifetime. To accept the evolutionists’ theory, you also have to believe that the weather was terrible until just about 10,000 years ago (plus or minus). Humans, social though they are, had to live in small isolated populations as they hunted and gathered in the gloom of storms or drought. The sun didn’t smile on them till roughly 10,000 years ago. (We know that isn’t true from Neanderthal evidence alone, which stretches from southern Africa all the way to Asia.) Once the climate improved, then—and only then—human societies grew, and finally, finally, after all those hundreds of thousands of years, somebody thought of agriculture. What absolute lamebrains evolutionists make our ancestors out to be! The Bible teaches that humans were fully human, smart and creative from the beginning. They were probably better endowed with physical and mental powers than we are. Our only advantage is the collective learning over generations, and the ability to store it in writing. In just 6,000 years, we went from huts made of sticks to flying spacecraft to Pluto. Who can possibly believe that the invention of agriculture took 50 times that long? Absurd!The evolutionary story gets worse when you consider that their so-called archaic human species (Homo erectus, Neanderthal man and the lot) essentially had the same capabilities as Homo sapiens— tool making, controlled use of fire, long-distance migration, and more, even further back in their mythical time. This makes the long fuse before agriculture’s big bang even longer. How can anyone believe their tale? Long, long ages. Same old, same old. Every day the same diet. Boredom. Mammoth stew again. Jimmy wants his own cave bedroom. One day, not that long ago, instant agriculture! Maybe little Jimmy got hit by a cosmic ray and got the Farmer mutation. ‘Woo-hoo! Now we can feast!’ Why aren’t we all laughing at the University of Colorado’s ‘scholarship’ that presents such ideas under the guise of science? This stuff propagates around the web, regurgitated by reporters around the world. Ooo. Aah. Such wisdom. Science. Like terrified North Koreans, the peasants don’t want to be the first to stop clapping, even when their hands are bleeding and calloused. Dear Leader Charlie might be watching.The only motivation to believe these absurd notions is to glorify Darwin and Lyell (Charlie & Charlie) and their beloved millions of years. Charlie worshipers cannot ignore the fact that agriculture is recent, but they need a long time period to collect enough random mutations to get an ape to evolve a brain big enough to figure out farming. Do YOU need the long time period? We’re turning the lights on, folks! Read the paper. Read the press release. Evolutionists have NO ANSWERS. We give you the whole menu. With them, you only get the putrid, spoiled fish cubes. Spit them out and feast on the Biblical chronology, which has verifiable archaeological evidence.(Visited 632 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stone Appendix – GCR8N3 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 23, 2012

first_imgInside the caveStone Appendix (GCR8N3) takes geocachers on an adventure inside a deep, dark, rocky cave in the outskirts of Turku, Finland. The difficulty 3.5, terrain 4 cache tests geocachers’ bravery and challenges them physically.Tuskaretket ry placed this regular-sized traditional cache in November of 2005, inviting fellow geocachers to leave their suits at home and check out the cache that’s guaranteed to get them dirty.Over 335 geocachers have dared to step into the cave and crawl in the dust to log this cache. Many of them managed to take fantastic photos inside the dark, hollow cave.Tuskaretket ry explains on the cache page that, “to find the cache you have to forget the claustrophobia and dare to step deep into darkness.” While a flashlight is required, the cache page recommends bringing “a helmet and a partner” on this journey.Coffee break outside the caveStone Appendix has earned 77 Favorite Points so far. One cacher who dared to crawl in to get to this cache writes, “The idea of exploring the essence of a deeper cave had been running in my mind for a long time. I decided to step into the dark and the unknown, while in the company of a friend. Claustrophobia struck mid-stream. Fortunately, the fear was in vain. It was not at all difficult and overwhelming in the cave. It was surprisingly spacious. Have fun!”If you plan on attending the Geocaching in Turku Mega-Event the weekend of August 3 and are up for the challenge, be sure to check out this Geocache of the Week!Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] the cache in the darkShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedWhere Bats Dare — Geocache of the WeekMarch 15, 2017In “Community”Cova Tancada – GC1ZW11 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 15, 2012November 15, 2012In “Community”Lair GC5D2D GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – May 21, 2012May 21, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

The Hard(ware) Realities Keeping Us From The Ideal Smartwatch

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#smartwatch#wearable Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski One fine day, we might all ditch our smartphones in favor of smartwatches or other wrist-worn devices that do everything that a smartphone can do, but better. That day is not coming any time soon.The ideal smartwatch would be able to stand by itself without requiring help from a smartphone to perform its mojo. It would not need to be tethered to a smartphone, so companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft would not be able to tie you into a closed-looped ecosystem where to use their smartwatch, you would have to own their smartphones too.Unfortunately, there are practical limitations to building this ideal smartwatch. It all comes down to components – the hardware inside the watch – and an industry playing “wait and see” to learn if this next fad in wearable computing will be a consumer hit.(See also: The Smartwatch Arm Race: Don’t Lock Us Into A Closed Loop.)Google smartwatch patent Battery Life, Heat & EfficiencyThe problem is that the components to create the ideal smartwatch – device-independent but small enough to be practical – do not really exist yet. The biggest technical challenges to creating such a smartwatch are related to power consumption. Surprisingly, that does not necessarily have much to do with the battery inside.Power usage in mobile devices is more about the operating system the device runs (iOS, Android, BlackBerry etc.), how the device’s processor (CPU) manages energy efficiency and the size and capability of the cellular modem. Loading and running a smartphone-style operating system on a watch-sized device would require significant processing and modem power.Robert Thompson, the director of smart devices, consumer segment, at component maker Freescale, laid out three distinct challenges to creating a cellular modem for the ideal smartwatch:Size of the die for the modem chip.Power consumption.Cost: the amount of research, development and change to manufacturing processes needed to achieve the required size and power-consumption.“Even if Qualcomm today could reduce the die size or the size of their cellular modem that might fit into a smartphwatch… and therefore reduce the power consumption and the heat dissipation to a level that would allow it to be used as a wearable device, there is no silver bullet on the power management [integrated circuit] front,” Thompson warned.The modem makers would need to see significant consumer interest in wearable devices to feel safe making the investment needed to create components that could fit in smartwatches, Thompson said. He adds that companies like Apple, Google or Samsung could foot the bill for such improvements, but that is not likely to happen in time for the first wave of smartwatches. “That cost structure, for obvious reasons would make the margins extremely high and make it almost impossible for any of the major players apart from maybe an Apple, Google or Samsung, that have the purchasing power in the millions of units, to have any cost structure that would make this smartwatch appealing to the majority of people,” Thompson predicted. For now, Thompson said, none of the major potential smartwatch makers are really considering the use case for the “ideal” smartwatch. Most are still trying to figure out how to make the device as low-power as possible while tethering the device to a smartphone. The Art Of The Possible Consumers have a kind of blind faith that tech manufacturers will, eventually, be able to create the technology of their dreams. They may have a general notion of Moore’s Law (where the capability of chips “doubles” every two years) and a rudimentary knowledge of what the hardware specifications in their smartphones actually mean.Apple smartwatch patentTurning that faith into reality doesn’t get any easier as expectations continue to ratchet up. Technological innovation does not happen overnight. More than a decade of research, development and evolution of manufacturing processes was required to create workable smartphones. Gadget makers live in a world constrained by the art of the possible – and they constantly strive to expand those constraints.Based on the current component state-of-the-art, Thompson said he sees two ways that gadgets like smartwatches can evolve: as “hub” devices for other wearable computers and as data-collection devices that can connect to your home network.“I think the next evolution that smart watches can take is that they don’t have to talk just to your smartphone or tablet, but can also talk to your home gateway,” Thompson said. “I think that in the home network that we are going to have Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) added to the many protocols a home gateway will connect to. So your smart watch doesn’t just have to be a companion device to your smartphone, it can pass data directly to the gateway and then to the cloud where it can be analyzed and then pushed down back to your hub device.”As hub devices, smartwatches would manage power by only on turning its power-consuming features (CPU, sensors, modem, Bluetooth) when needed. For instance, if a smartwatch wearer was exercising or checking messages, the device would turn on, collect the data needed, allow the user to perform the desired action then go back to sleep. It would turn on to connect to a network (through a smartphone or Wi-Fi network) to send that data to the cloud and back.  Thompson expected that type of functionality to dominate smartwatches in the short term.“From a technological perspective, all the components are there, from a cost perspective you could argue that it is achievable today because a multi-combo chip of Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth Low Energy can be used and then incorporated into a smart watch today,” Thompson said.That’s great, and many people will be thrilled to get a smartwatch tethered to their smartphone. But the ideal, independent smartwatch will have to wait for a new generation of hardware components. Lead image by Aaron Muszalski. Black-and-white images from Google’s smartwatch patent filing.last_img read more

Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad meets Uddhav Thackeray

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Partial knee replacement- series

first_imgNormal anatomyCartilage covers the end of bones in joints to provide shock absorption during movement.IndicationNormal cartilage on the end of the femur is compared to worn, damaged femoral cartilage.IncisionA small cut (incision), typically about three inches, is made over the area of the knee that is damaged.ProcedureThe damaged bone is removed and replaced with an implant (prosthetic) made of plastic and metal.AftercareMost patients have a rapid recovery and have considerably less pain than they did before surgery and go home the day after surgery (unlike the 3 or 4 days required by a total knee replacement).Review Date:9/23/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Queen’s Baton Presented to G-G

first_img Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, was on Wednesday (July 5) presented with the Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.A five-member team comprised of representatives of the Commonwealth Games Federation made the presentation during a courtesy call at King’s House. Members of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) were also in attendance.The baton, which carries the message of Her Majesty, the Queen, will travel across 70 nations in Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.It arrived in Jamaica earlier in the day and was welcomed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.It was then escorted by a 10-member team from the Jamaica Cycling Federation to King’s House.The Governor-General said he was pleased to be a part of the symbolic passing of the baton.“We share the pride and pleasure of all 52 member states of the Commonwealth as we look forward to the Games in 2018. I am confident that the event will prove to be another spectacle of keen and friendly rivalry, showcasing exciting new talent as well as enduring skills of established competitors,” he said.Honorary Legal Advisor to the Commonwealth Games Federation, Sandra Osbourne, said the Queen’s Baton Relay is a Commonwealth Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity while promoting world-class sports and culture.“The Games celebrate the three core values of humanity, equality and destiny. This relay will share the excitement of the Games with millions of people around the world, both the young and old, and as the baton passes between people, it will increase our connection and understanding of each other,” she noted.Jamaica is the 12th Caribbean nation and 31st country to welcome the baton on its global relay, which will cover 230,000 kilometres on a journey of 388 days.It will travel across the country before heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands on July 11.More than 6,600 athletes and team officials are slated to participate in next year’s Commonwealth Games.Held every four years, the 11-day sporting event will see athletes competing in 18 sports and seven para-sports. These include athletics, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, diving, netball, para powerlifting and triathlon.The Queen’s Baton Relay started on Commonwealth Day, March 13, 2017 during a commencement ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. The baton, which carries the message of Her Majesty, the Queen, will travel across 70 nations in Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. Story Highlights The Queens Baton Relay started on Commonwealth Day, March 13, 2017 during a commencement ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, was on Wednesday (July 5) presented with the Queen’s Baton for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.last_img read more