SANTA goes back to the green again for charity

first_img IMPORTANT ELEMENT The 15th anniversary SANTA Amateur Charity Golf Tournament was launched last Friday at a transformed 18th hole of the Constant Spring Golf and Country Club. The event coincided with the presentation of the newly renovated course and clubhouse for the tournament, which started yesterday and ends today. SANTA, which is an acronym for ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action’, was conceived as a means of raising funds to support a variety of charitable causes. Since 2001, some $30 million in cash, time, materials and equipment has been contributed. Approximately $3million is expected to be raised in support of this year’s charities: The Wortley Home, Boys’ Town Infant & Primary School, Sickle Cell Trust, and Laws Street Trade Training Centre. During the launch, cheques in the amount of $1 million were presented to the Wortley Home and $300,000 to the Sickle Cell Foundation, respectively. Addressing the launch, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill praised the organisers and the principals of the club in staging the tournament. “Not only is golf an important element of the tourism mix, the development of a nation is measured by the presence of green areas and recreation spaces such as this one,” the minister said. He also spoke of the ongoing development of Kingston as a visitor destination, with the opening of new properties as the Mariott, and the work now proceeding to renovate the former Hilton Kingston. President of the Constant Spring Golf Club Nigel Davy thanked the sponsors for their dedication, as well as the participants. Addressing the work done on the property, he said, “This is only the beginning. We aim to complete the renovation work by the first quarter of 2016.” The SANTA Charity Golfing event is presented with the support of the CB Facey Foundation (the charity arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust), the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Heineken, Jamaica Broilers, Jamaica National, RJR Group, Proven Investments, ICWI, BCIC, JMMB, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog, Power 106, The Gleaner, and other sponsors. Heineken provided a welcome hospitality bar to complement Friday evening’s putting contest on the green of the 18th hole.last_img read more

Mitigating Coach James Debbah’s Anger

first_img– Advertisement – The loss of the national soccer team, Lone Star, to Zimbabwe’s Warriors (3-0) and its negative response by sports journalists have angered national coach James Salinsa Debbah.That Debbah felt some criticisms by the media unjustified compelled him to say the worst against sports journalist on a radio interview.Debbah’s contention is that when the favorite players of sports journalists are not selected for Lone Star games, they are angry and particularly so when the results go against the Lone Star, as it did against Zimbabwe, they would then (sports journalists) rain insults on him.In this situation who is to blame? After all, both parties, Coach Debbah on one hand and the sports journalists on the other hand, want victory for the national team. The trouble begins when the team fails to perform and clear victory is missed.Evidently, Coach Debbah is very troubled about the team’s failure against Zimbabwe and equally so the sports journalists are also troubled by the defeat. How then do we solve this puzzle?I have a suggestion as the basis for this article. Please check on this page a story about Ghana’s Black Stars (Black Stars Regroup for Mexico, US Friendlies) and you will realize that though the Black Stars won 5-0 against Ethiopia, they are going for two international friendly matches in the United States. (Please read that story before you continue with this article).After winning 5-0 the Black Stars are on their way to the United States with two friendlies? Is it not what we should be doing for the national soccer team? Let me put the question another way: After losing 3-0 to Zimbabwe, the national soccer team, Lone Star should be doing what? (Answer the question, please).We will do well if sports journalists and the technical team of the national soccer team can join together to exert pressure on the Liberian government to secure international friendly matches for the national team to prepare against DC Congo for their next match in Monrovia in March 2018.And if we are successful together, we will be able to mitigate our own anger and find the way forward for Lone Star’s success in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Until we know what we all want and prepare for it, we can only resolve to hurt each other in anger and in the end, instead of preparation, we will be asking God to “Give US A New Day,” in our churches and mosques.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pomeroon farmer remanded for 2kg cocaine bust

first_imgA Pomeroon, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) farmer was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Wayne Correria appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charge which stated that on November 20 at his Pomeroon River Landing home, he had 2.2 kilograms of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution is contending that the 37-year-old man was nabbed after Police ranks, acting on information, swooped down at his home and discovered the cocaine worth $1.5 million hidden in a wooden box in his workshop.According to the prosecution, a quantity of cocaine was also found hidden in a cooler under his bed. The illicit substance was later weighed.Magistrate McLennan remanded him to prison. The case will continue at the Charity Magistrate’s Court on December 10, 2018.last_img read more

Guardiola keen to solve Sterling contract saga

first_imgThe 23-year-old has two years left to run on the five-year deal he signed when he moved to City from Liverpool in July 2015.But Sterling and his club are yet to agree an extension amid reports he wants in the region of £300,000-a-week to remain at Eastlands.That would make Sterling one of the highest paid players in the Premier League, but Guardiola insists his player is highly valued at City regardless of the contract impasse.“We are delighted with him and would like Raheem to stay,” Guardiola said.“We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him. And we count on him.“We arrived after a difficult season and I told him I want to help him and would like him to be happy.“In the end, the agents may not have agreements and that may not happen.“But he knows and his agent knows we like him and want him a lot.”On Sterling’s quick return to the City line-up following his post-World Cup holiday, Guardiola said: “His mum and dad gave him a special body shape.“He’s small, tiny, so these kind of guys in one week are ready. He was good in training.“We needed that guy in that position, and he did it well except the last 25 minutes when he was very tired.”Sterling’s finishing with England has been under the microscope in the past — it is almost three years since he scored for his country — and he marked his goal with a cupped ear celebration aimed at the critics.“There’s been a lot of talking…it’s just one of those things I get judged on. I’ve got to keep improving and getting more goals,” Sterling said.Guardiola defended Sterling’s goalscoring record, saying: “If you judge the players in the World Cup if they score a goal or not. Raheem had this ‘special’ relationship with English football, but he’s so loved in the locker room.“He made some very good things in the World Cup, how he moved and created space for others.“He likes to score goals and he tried, but I’m sure in the European qualifiers he will score goals for his country, England.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling silenced his critics with a goal against Arsenal © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Pep Guardiola has told Raheem Sterling he wants to keep the England winger at Manchester City as his contract saga drags on.Sterling bagged his 50th Premier League goal on Sunday with a cool first half strike as the champions marked the start of the Premier League season with a 2-0 win at Arsenal.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000A first Premier League crown is Guardiola’s seventh league title as a coach having won three with each of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Manchester City are English champions for a fifth time after Manchester United’s shock 1-0 home defeat to West Brom handed their local rivals an unexpected early title party.City put themselves in position to win the league by bouncing back from a bitterly disappointing week to ease past Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday to remind everyone why they have been the best side in the country by a distance this season. Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Just champion: Guardiola marks his presence feltWith the title wrapped up without kicking a ball thanks to United’s shock defeat, City can reflect on a success crafted completely in the image of boss Pep Guardiola.A two-goal lead was in peril at Wembley against opponents starting to take advantage of the soft centre at the heart of City’s defence.It was a familiar problem for Guardiola, who had watched United come from two goals down to beat City and deny them the title last weekend.After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong.But the Catalan produced the perfect counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second half substitute to tighten up the City defence.The move allowed City a foundation to bag the decisive third goal that all but sealed the title. Just 24 hours later, with Guardiola claiming he would be on the golf course, City were teeing off for a title party.United ‘moon’ men anger MourinhoA week after spoiling City’s title party, United duly handed the league to their local rivals.West Brom hadn’t won in the Premier League since January, losing nine of their last 10 league games to slip to the brink of relegation.However, United boss Jose Mourinho lambasted his players for basking in the glory of coming from 2-0 down to beat City 3-2 last weekend.“I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week,” said the Portuguese coach.“We deserve top be punished, but the defeat was too heavy.”Chelsea collapse sinks SaintsWith 20 minutes remaining at St. Mary’s on Saturday, Southampton looked set to move out of the bottom three thanks to a first home league win since November.However, in just eight minutes a 2-0 lead over Chelsea evaporated into a 3-2 defeat.To make matters worse for Saints, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace secured vital wins later in the day to leave Southampton five points adrift of safety with just five games left to save themselves.Salah in a Rush for recordFour days on from reaching the Champions League last four for the first time in a decade, Liverpool moved ever closer to sealing their place back in the competition next season with a top-four finish thanks to a routine 3-0 win over Bournemouth.All of their prolific front three were on target as Mohamed Salah took his tally for the season to 40 – becoming only the third Liverpool player ever to reach that mark.Ian Rush and Roger Hunt were the others with Rush’s single season record of 47 goals now well within reach for the prolific Egyptian.Sorry seventh beckons for ArsenalArsenal have long since given up hope of making the top four, instead prioritising their chances of making the Champions League next season on winning the Europa League.However, the Gunners now risk the ignominy of finishing the season seventh behind Burnley after a fifth consecutive away league defeat as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle on Sunday.“It’s been the story of our season, 70 percent possession, 1-0, lots of chances and then you wonder how you lose the game,” said manager Arsene Wenger afterwards.A bad weekend for Arsenal began by being paired against Europa League favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-final draw on Friday.Whether Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge continues beyond this season now seems to hang on if Arsenal can get past a side that have reached two Champions League finals in the past four seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man will appear again in court on Friday after being charged with 84 counts of rape and sexual assault.The man, who is in his 50s, cannot be named for legal reasons.The allegations against the man relate to alleged incidents between July 1990 and January 2005. He appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday and will now be sent forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court.The man was also charged with illegally possessing a fire arm on June 6th, 2010.Garda Denise Cassidy told Judge Seamus Hughes the accused was charged at Glenties Garda station yesterday morning.Inspector Sylvie Henry sought an adjournment to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence after revealing the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented for the man to go forward for trial.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher did not seek bail in the case but did seek legal aid.The accused will appear again this Friday, January 21st.EndsMAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON FRIDAY ON 84 SEX CHARGES was last modified: January 18th, 2011 by StephenShare 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


first_imgLotto Results:Numbers drawn were 7, 8, 9, 16, 18. Bonus 10. There was no jackpot winner. €100, John White, Stockport. €50 K. Shiels, Portsalon. Our jackpot now stands at €7500. Get your lotto from any committee member or in local shops to be in with a chance of winning.Championsip: Gaeil Fhánada seniors and reserves face Naomh Mhuire in the playoff of the Intermediate Championship this Saturday evening, 10th August in O’Donnell Park, with reserves throw-in at 6.00pm and seniors at 7.30pm.Come along and show your support for your local team.Under 6, 8 and 10:Under 6, 8 and 10 training will start up again this Friday 9th August @6.30pm sharp in Portsalon. It is important that you bring your own gum shield, water bottle and €2 for training.Three of the clubs senior team will be coaching the boys and girls for the next five Friday evenings.Any parents willing to help out are more than welcome to do so. Under 6’s training will last for 45 minutes, while the under 8’s and under 10’s will last for one hour.Under 12’s:Under 12 training every Tuesday evening at 5.30pm sharp in Portsalon. For further information contact Jerry @ 0863345583.Under 14 Girls:Training on Monday evenings at 7.00pm in Trialough.Please bring your own water bottle and €2 for training. Also, any under 12 girls who wish to attend the training session may do so.Scrap Saturday:Remember to gather up any scrap metal you may have laying around, as Gaeil Fhánada will hold another Scrap Saturday at the end of the summer.Good Luck:Best wishes are extended to all in Fanad Curragh Building as they take part in the official opening of the All Ireland Fleadh in Derry this Sunday.Hard Luck:We in Gaeil Fhánada would like to express how proud we are of our County players and management, they have lifted the spirits in Donegal over the last three years, taken home two Ulster Titles and took the Sam Maguire home after twenty long years.We may not be taking Sam back to the hills again this year, but we have no doubt that we will be back next year bigger, better and stronger than before. Hold your heads high boys, you’ve done your county proud. Dún na nGall Abú.GAA NEWS: FANAD MEET NAOMH MUIRE IN DO OR DIE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF was last modified: August 7th, 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)Tags:championshipfanad gaelsGAAlottonewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Mourinho’s training ground preference means Pogba’s diamond earring is gone

first_imgPaul Pogba lost his pricey diamond earring and is never getting it back.Manchester United‘s £89m man lost the expensive piece of jewellery at the club’s training ground and, now the grass has been cut on Jose Mourinho’s orders, there is virtually no hope of finding it.Pogba lost the stud – said to be worth £10,000 – last Tuesday, and even offered a cash reward to anyone who found it at Carrington.The France World Cup winner has been desperate to recover it, with up to 25 members of staff said to be on the search for it last week. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? But ground staff have moved in for the trim and an Old Trafford source told The Sun: “There’s little chance of him finding it now thanks to the training pitches being cut.“Jose likes them to be cut every couple of days and after one last look they finally got the snip.“Pog offered a load of money to whoever found it and since then there’s been whispers it was worth at least £10,000.” REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Most popular football news Pogba was one of France’s best players as they won the World Cup this summer England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Pogba lost his diamond stud during training at Carrington center_img MONEY BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE silverware 2 REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Pogba ended up replacing his earring with an emoji one which he showed off on Instagram while on his way out of training.The 25-year-old has had a tough few months since starring for France during the World Cup final against Croatia.He has fallen out with United boss Jose Mourinho, with the pair involved in a number of high profile bust-ups, including one captured on television.It is understood he wants out and some reports claim he will leave in the January transfer window, with Barcelona among the interested clubs.last_img read more

East Cape entrepreneurs define nation brand

first_imgFrom left, Sybert Liebenberg and Vuyo Zitumane of the Eastern Cape Tourism Agency, Dr Garth Cambray, Brand South Africa trustee Neela Hoosain, Ben Nyaumwe and Iggy Sathekge at the Port Elizabeth stakeholder summit.The second Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit kicked off in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape on 12 July 2011 with a host of representatives from government, business and civil society gathering to discuss ways to grow the nation’s reputation and competitive spirit.Initiated by the Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.The first session was held in Johannesburg in May, with similar events taking place soon in the remaining seven provinces.“The South African brand is about the promise we are making,” said Iggy Sathekge, Brand South Africa director for stakeholder relations.“If investment communities come here are see that we do not have what we promised, there will be a gap. There’s a gap because we are not being brand ambassadors ourselves – we have to start creating these internally before we can expect other people to see us in a particular way.”Brand South Africa believes that by getting South Africans to become passionate about what the country represents, each citizen becomes an embodiment of the brand promise.“If each South African becomes excited about this, we will have 49-million ambassadors who are pushing for this particular brand,” Sathekge added.Each summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.‘If you do it, you’ve got to do it right’Having brought the world-class Radisson hotel group to South Africa, Port Elizabeth property mogul Ben Nyaumwe is one such man.“I believe that if we have entrepreneurs in this country, we will attract investors. Here’s an example: the Radisson didn’t come and choose Port Elizabeth … there was a local entrepreneur, Ben Nyaumwe, who went to group’s operators in Brussels and said ‘hey, come and look at this amazing city of Port Elizabeth’. And they came and saw and they said ‘yes, we will partner with you’.”Nyaumwe believes this approach is an example of thinking globally, acting local. “Our products cannot be inferior, if you do it, you’ve got to do it right – or stay home.“When I started talking about establishing a five-star hotel in Port Elizabeth about six years ago, many people were sceptical. But look where we are now: we’re sitting with a hotel group in the city that operates with 80% occupancy levels right throughout the week.”Although the Radisson is now the biggest international hotel group in South Africa with branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, there wasn’t a single establishment in the country before Nyaumwe stepped in.“We were the pioneers. Through local innovation coming out of Port Elizabeth, and growing out of this investment, we managed to ensure that the Radisson came to Johannesburg and got a presence right opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Gautrain in Sandton. That says a lot about Port Elizabeth and the potential we have. The Radisson group came here before it went to Sandton – that’s important.”Local effort leads to top global brand Dr Garth Cambray, managing director of Makana Meadery in Grahamstown, is another brand ambassador in the Eastern Cape with a local approach and global vision.Like the name suggests, his company makes wine from fermented honey, also known as mead, which is the oldest known fermented beverage on earth having been invented in Africa 20 000 years ago.Founded in 2001 with only 15 employees, the meadery now produces up to 15 000 bottles of the drink a year, as well as stocks of mead vinegar, honey mead mustard, conventional honey and honey-based jams and marmalades.Cambray has also established a similar facility in the US, which produces 66 000 bottles of award-winning mead a year that’s sold across 38 states.But he’s making sure that the benefits of the innovation remain right where mead first came from.Through several empowerment initiatives, Makana Meadery has trained over 400 unemployed people – some as far away as the Congo – to keep bees, without which mead would never exist, and sell their honey for profit.The meadery has also helped develop the local economy of Grahamstown by ensuring that previously disadvantaged residents have a 50% stake in the venture.“In terms of the global growth of the mead industry, we’re seeing that more and more brands are available – so with that, there is an increased availability of the mead product. This is growing our local brand too. We just have to help other people make mead – like we do in the US – and they grow our brand for us. It’s a very non-aggressive marketing style, but it works. It’s all about ubuntu.”Gold was the first resource in South Africa which made the country globally competitive – the next will be the “gold in our biodiversity”, Cambray said, “and the things that symbolise this are our bees and the beverage they hep produce”.last_img read more

Warring Senate Factions Punt Cybersecurity Bill Until After the Election

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today’s failure in the Senate to end debate on the latest cybersecurity bill and bring it to a final vote will likely mean no action on the issue until next year. And the debate over how government agencies should share critical security information with private software and services firms has resulted in splits in allegiance on both sides of the aisle: bill sponsor Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – Conn.) from the presidential candidate he supported, Sen. John McCain (R – Ariz.); and outspoken personal rights advocate Sen. Al Franken (D – Minn.) from the president he supported, Barack Obama.A “cloture” vote requires a three-fifths majority of Senators for support, and is necessary to close debate on a bill and bring a motion for a vote to the floor. Last week, Sen. Franken introduced a major amendment to the bill that would have removed even more of Sen. Lieberman’s original language, specifically on the subject of empowering ISPs to take their own countermeasures in response to assessed threats. Franken argued that the bill’s current language would let ISPs act in any way they saw fit in countering a perceived threat, under the same blanket protections from prosecution as the rest of the public/private partnership. “If a company uses that power negligently to snoop in on your e-mail or damage your computer, they will be immune from any lawsuit,” Franken warned.Still, Franken voiced his support for the bill in principle, calling it “the only game in town.” But apparently early this week, as the National Journal first reported, two Republican amendments to the bill that could best be described as poison pills were filed, forcing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.)  to call the cloture vote – perhaps prematurely.One amendment would have effectively repealed the Affordable Care Act (often called ObamaCare). Another would have declared abortion unconstitutional in the District of Columbia – both obvious non-starters for Democrats. The filing of those amendments signaled a likely stalemate of the debate process, perhaps setting aside the topic of cybersecurity itself for the next month. That’s long enough for Republicans to have stalled debate on the actual bill, without the use of a filibuster, until Congress’ August recess.Perhaps sensing no other alternative, Leader Reid Tuesday called for a cloture vote. With the poison pills, Franken’s amendment and a reported 47 others waiting in the wings, the vote failed 52-48, with 60 votes required for passage.Divided OppositionIn an even clearer sign of the extent to which hairs have been split on this issue, two major privacy rights organizations – which had been united in opposition against the original Lieberman bill – took opposite sides in response to the failed cloture vote. Demand Progress hailed Sen. Franken, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D – Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) for what it characterized as having acted to kill the bill. “Alongside us stands a newly strengthened corps of pro-privacy senators,” stated the group’s executive director, David Segal, Thursday afternoon, “whom we look forward to working with to fight any future attacks on the Internet… We’ll surely need their help again.”But Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), lamented that Franken’s amendment did not go through, and that a bill had not been passed giving individuals the right to sue the government if their private information is misused in the event of a cybersecurity incident. “When Congress inevitably picks up this issue again, the privacy amendments in this bill should remain the vanguard for any future bills,” Richardson said. “Cybersecurity and our online privacy should not be a zero-sum game.”“Inevitable” is not an adjective that may describe any actual congressional action on the matter, and many experts don’t believe debate on the bill will resume during the lame-duck session (between the elections and next January). One other possibility, pointed out Thursday by former DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Paul Rosenzweig, is that the Obama administration may execute an executive order to implement as many of the bill’s principles as possible, “much as they have in other areas where Congressional inaction has frustrated them,” Rosenzweig writes. If and when that happens, the resulting order may not satisfy any single senator – not Lieberman, not Reid, not Franken, certainly not McCain. But such is the case when the executive branch is made the de facto legislative branch of the country.U.S. Capitol photo by Scott Fulton. scott fultonlast_img read more