Olympian Alia Atkinson heads five Jamaicans who will compete in the World Short Course Swimming Championships (25 metres pool) which starts today in Windsor, Canada. Atkinson, Jamaica’s most decorated athlete at these championships, will compete in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke and the 100m individual medley. She is the world’s top ranked swimmer in the short course 50 and 100m breaststroke and 50m backstroke. Her medals at these championships include a gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 championships in Doha clocking a world record 1:02.36. The team also includes Canada-based Dominic Walter, who is making his national debut at the Short Course Championships. He will be contesting the 400 and 200m freestyle. Walter holds the national records, 3:54.26 and 1:49.11 respectively, in these two events. United States-based Justin Plaschka, 19, and Keanan Dols, 17, will be representing Jamaica for the first time at the senior level. Plaschka will compete in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. Dols will swim in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and the 100 and 200m individual medley. United Kingdom-based Kelsie Campbell, 17, will also be making her senior debut at the championships. She will swim in the 50m and 100m freestyle and the 50m and 100m butterfly. Walter, Campbell, Atkinson and Dols will be in action today. Team manager for the Jamaican delegation is Jacky Beckford-Henriques while the coach is Chris Anderson, head coach of South Florida Aquatics. He has also been Atkinson’s coach for more than a decade. Team doctor is Dr Claudia Walter and Claudia Brown, the physiotherapist.
Ravena was on the receiving end of a shove from Pessumal at the 9:50 mark of the fourth quarter. The former ended on the floor while the latter received a flagrant foul penalty one.READ: Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friendsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThis was after Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak attempt and capped it off with a staredown.“I did not expect that at all,” said the second overall pick. “If you watched the game, when that fastbreak happened, which was the same exact possession that I challenged him, I looked at him. After that, everything happened there. But I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Ravena said he didn’t mean any harm with staredown on Pessumal, saying it was just done in the “heat of the moment.”“It’s just two players wanting to battle it out and help their team win. And probably that started all the commotions during the end game,” he said.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEXThe scuffle kicked up the tension between two teams a notch which led to the ejections of NLEX big man Michael Miranda and San Miguel guard Chris Ross in the last five minutes of the game.“With that, the team got fired up and it worked for them. Even though it was a flagrant foul called on Von, it worked for them. Everybody got fired up and that’s when they made their run,” said Ravena moments after the Road Warriors to succumbed to their third straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Despite the emotional ending, the 24-year-old playmaker hopes that Pessumal would hold no grudge on him.“Von and I go way back. Things like this, hopefully, don’t become too personal. I have no intention to shame or hurt anyone, especially him. Win or lose, I have to take it in stride,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friends Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGetting into a skirmish with Von Pessumal had never crossed Kiefer Ravena’s mind ahead NLEX’s meeting against San Miguel on Friday.To everyone’s surprise, things got a little rough between the former longtime teammates in the highly-physical match that ended in the Beermen’s favor, 109-98.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments
A new group, deemed the Venezuela Support Group (VSG), has been established in Guyana to provide advice and assistance to Venezuelans seeking refuge from the deprivations and insecurity currently gripping their homeland.A release from the Human Rights Association on Saturday stated that the VSG, consisting of eight civic and faith-based organizations, was assembled to establish possible partnerships with the Ministry of Citizenship in regard to the above situation.The founding members of the VSG include the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA), Guyana Institute for Transparency Inc (GITI), Moray House Trust, Policy Forum Guyana, Red Thread, Roman Catholic Diocese of Guyana, and the Ursuline Sisters in Guyana.“Member organizations of the VSG have previously publicly expressed their concerns about the humanitarian aspect of the on-going crisis in Venezuela in press releases, panel discussions and in communication with various Ministries,” the release said.The VSG was designed to address concerns, some of which include distinguishing humanitarian obligations to the Venezuelan people from political factors that currently influence both the internal crisis in Venezuela and Caricom Secretariat’s reluctance to date to formulate specific advice to member States on how to respond to that crisis; and to devise a flexible, evidence-based rather than speculative response appropriate to the relatively small numbers of Venezuelans currently in Guyana.In addition, the group has committed to respect the fact that Venezuelans in Guyana have documented their wish not to seek formal refugee status, but to seek temporary renewable visas that allow them to earn money while in Guyana.The initial focus of the VSG would, however, be on ensuring that persons arriving from that neighbouring country receive information and assistance to secure valid visas to remain in Guyana, and are not exploited financially or abused in other ways.The Human Rights Association of Guyana made clear it has learnt that “some consideration has been given to permit Venezuelans in Guyana to regularize their situation on the basis of possession of an ID card, rather than a passport.“Although, to date, there has been no formal announcement by the Government of Guyana on the matter, we welcome this development in general as protecting Venezuelans against exposure to detention, fines and deportation. Moreover, this step would also align Guyana with the recent appeal made by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for neighbouring countries to adopt flexible arrangements of this nature”.It was highlighted nonetheless that the humanitarian group is in the process of instituting offices which are slated to be situated opposite the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Brickdam, Georgetown.The group has boasted that its service is being supported by the UNHCR, which is in the process of establishing a permanent location in Guyana.According to the release, “The VSG will support the smooth implementation of any new regulations and related policy guidelines through the following activities; ensure the regulations and the accompanying procedures are known to arriving Venezuelans; provide advice and, where necessary, accompaniment, in the process of regularizing their presence in Guyana; Support Venezuelans in need of assistance to contact family or other persons; Make known social and welfare services which may be accessible to Venezuelans with special needs; Contribute to information-gathering initiatives, especially in interior communities; and Provide opportunities for Venezuelans to communicate with other Venezuelans”.The group pointed out that it has taken a decision to prioritize the safeguarding of the humanitarian character, in particular insulating it from attempts to politicize it, or from any association with the border issue. It also committed to stand as a focal point through which displaced persons or families can communicate with each other.Some 25 Venezuelans were recently discovered camping in the open air under very poor conditions in Lethem, Region Nine, and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has given full assurance that Guyana would continue to assist the people of Venezuela, who continue to flee their country to escape its economic, social and political crises.
Not very often does Corporate Guyana walks unannounced into a sports organisation’s office to pledge assistance; but this was the case when Raymond Haniff, Marketing Executive of ‘The Hardware Depot’, stepped into the New Amsterdam office of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) and pledged a donation of twenty raincoats to BCB President, Hilbert Foster.Sarah Singh, daughter of The Hardware Depot’s Managing Director Bonny Singh, hands over the donation to BCB President Hilbert Foster (right) as her dad looks onThe offer was then doubled to forty after Haniff consulted with his Managing Director, Bonny Singh.On Tuesday last, The Hardware Depot handed over the raincoats to Foster at a simple presentation ceremony held at its Charlotte Street head office in Georgetown.In accepting the donation, a delighted Foster expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the company for investing in Berbice Cricket. The raincoats, he said, would be distributed to clubs which play cricket on a regular basis. These include Albion, Port Mourant, Skeldon, Rose Hall Town, Rose Hall Canje Welfare, Blairmont, Bush Lot, Cotton Tree, Kendall’s Union, No.73, Fyrish, Jai Hind, and Tamarind Root.The BCB, Foster disclosed, is currently working on a proposal to obtain at least three pitch covers by the middle of next year. The covers would be used on grounds across Berbice whenever quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches are held.Foster assured the principals at The Hardware Depot that the donation received would be used for its intended purpose, and would be taken care of.The Board, he said, was open to partnership with major companies across Guyana as it strives to make sure Berbice Cricket remains the best on and off the field.A main objective of the Berbice Cricket Board is to make sure that clubs are assisted as much as possible to fulfill their mandates to members.Foster also disclosed that by the end of October, 2018, the Berbice Cricket Board would successfully complete fifteen of the twenty-two tournaments it has committed itself for 2018.The Hardware Depot had indicated an interest in sponsoring a tournament, but Foster politely requested that it be discussed in 2019, because the 2018 season is packed.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hailed goalkeeper David de Gea’s “magnificent” performance in the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday.The Spaniard thwarted Leighton Baines from the penalty spot – the Toffees full-back’s first ever miss from the spot in the Premier League – and later rescued all three points for the hosts with a trio of brilliant saves in a frantic finale at Old Trafford.British record signing Angel di Maria also impressed, netting the opener with a neat finish in a man-of-the-match display, and Van Gaal was full of praise for both stars.“When you save a penalty and in dying seconds you hold three magnificent saves, then you are great, because we won the game because of that,” said the Dutch boss.“And when you give assists but also you score goals, what can you ask more of a player?“Of course we have to improve in a lot of things and also Di Maria has to improve, but when you do that every week – and he does that every week – then we have to be very pleased with him.”It was a win which saw United rise into the Premier League top four for the first time this season, but it wasn’t plain sailing for the 20-time champions who were pressed hard in the closing stages.The Red Devils took a deserved 1-0 lead into half-time but looked a different side in the second-half, as Everton threatened to nick a point with a host of late chances.De Gea’s heroics were the difference, though – ensuring Radamel Falcao’s first United goal sealed a much-needed win – and Van Gaal admitted his men need to learn to learn how to continue their dominance after the break.“I was very pleased with the performance in the first-half but I wasn’t pleased with the second-half,” he added. “We lost our heads and our organisation wasn’t as good.“Everton benefitted from that and could have scored, it was only because of David de Gea that we managed to win the game.“It’s a little bit strange that every time the first half is very good, we start very good.“We have created a lot of chances and I think in the first half we could have been 3-0 at half-time and Everton didn’t create much, but the second half was so different.”
Louis van Gaal’s men were well beaten at Anfield 1 Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday. The result represents ANOTHER defeat for Louis van Gaal’s men this season and ANOTHER poor showing, which suggests their recent winning run just papered over the cracks. Daniel Sturridge scored from the spot before Roberto Firmino made it two, giving Jurgen Klopp’s side a two-goal lead heading to Old Trafford next week. From Marouane Fellaini to Louis van Gaal, see some of the best fan reaction below!
DOZENS of prosecutions for drink driving in Donegal are set to be thrown out of court because print-outs of alcohol readings were not given out in Irish AND English.A High Court judge had ruled defendants should have been given the breath test print outs in both languages.It means high profile cases like the one against Senator Brian O Domhnaill are likely to be dismissed. The issue arose earlier during a prosecution of Romanian man Mihai Avadenei, 29, from Lioscianan, Swords for a drink-driving offence last July.His lawyers argued that he should have been given a read-out of his breath test from the intoxilyser machine in both Irish and English. He had failed the breath test.They argued that the print-out submitted to the court was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act as it was only in English.It was submitted that the rules required it to be in both English and Irish and that the document was therefore not a duly completed statement and not admissible in evidence.In a submission to the High Court, Judge Conal Gibbons said he sided with the accused on the case, but asked for a ruling from the higher court.In his judgment today Mr Justice Seamus Noonan said a breath alcohol test statement is not a valid piece of evidence if it is in English only.Judge Noonan said that in April last year, a first breath test had been performed on Mr Avadenei after he had been stopped by Garda Francis McMahon for driving at 80km/h in a 50km/h zone.The judge said that Garda McMahon had got a strong smell of alcohol from Mr Avadenei’s breath and had performed an Alcotest which result had been “fail.”Garda McMahon arrested Mr Avadenei and brought him to Store Street Garda Station where a further test, Evidenzer Irl, performed by another garda, revealed a concentration of 54mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Judge Noonan said there was no ambiguity in the Act that when performing the Evidenzer test, the garda must supply statements in Irish and in English.“Once the breath specimen has been given which indicates a possible contravention, the person providing the specimen shall be supplied immediately by a member of the Garda Síochána with two identical statements in the prescribed form,” the judge said.“In my view, what arises in this case, being a failure to reproduce an entire half of the prescribed form, could not be regarded as ‘mere deviation’ from the form prescribed.“It is not evidence at all and cannot be admitted,” Judge Noonan said.A spokesperson for the Department of Justice said tonight the terms of the judgment were now being considered by An Garda Síochána in consultation with all relevant agencies.Dozens of Donegal cases have been hold pending the High Court ruling, the latest involving a Lithuanian national.BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL DRINK-DRIVE CASES TO BE THROWN OUT AFTER COURT RULING was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 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:Casedrink driveenglishirishTest
North West Truck Fest 2019 has raised a fantastic €3,600 for BUMBLEance, it was revealed this week.The annual event took place in Milford Mart Grounds at the end of August, with a large crowd turning out to support the competitions.BUMBLEance ambassador Jack Beattie from Raphoe was delighted to accept a cheque on behalf of the charity from the North West Truck Fest committee. Well done to all involved.Members of the North West Truck Fest presenting a cheque for €3600 raised at this years Truck Fest for the Bumbleance Service from left are Rober Browne, Catriona Browne, Jack Beattie, Noel McGeever, Bumbleance, Anna Marie Brogan and Kenneth Beattie. Photo Clive WassonBUMBLEance to benefit from €3,600 NW Truck Fest proceeds was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
1 April 2014For many, the events of 27 April 1994 will forever live in their memories. On this day, millions cast their vote for the very first time to make us a free nation.Every year since then, we have celebrated Freedom Month in April to commemorate the historic occasion. This year it is of even greater significance as we celebrate 20 Years of Freedom.Since the birth of our democracy, we have worked to build a society based on unity and togetherness. While there are still many challenges and more to be done, conditions have fundamentally improved.The government invites all citizens to join the celebrations this month by relating their stories on how, through working together, we have changed the lives for the better.Health careChange is evident wherever we look and advances that directly affect the lives of our people are often the most palpable. Strides made in ensuring quality health care have been immense.Before 1994, the health system was highly fragmented and structured to serve only a small portion of the population. Public health services for the majority were inadequate and health care in rural areas was neglected.We prioritised universal access to basic health care and our people are starting to live longer and healthier lives.One area that has drastically changed the lives of many in our success in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and tuberculosis (TB).Longer livesSpeaking at the launch of the Twenty Year Review 1994-2014, President Jacob Zuma said: “The country’s improved response to HIV and AIDS and TB has resulted in dramatic improvements in health outcomes, such as increased life expectancy, reduced infant and child mortality rates and TB treatment outcomes.”We have expanded access to HIV and TB-related health services and implemented the largest HIV Counselling and Testing programme in the world.Our roll-out of antiretroviral drugs has given hope to millions as they live healthy and productive lives.Game-changing technologyOur fight against TB has moved us towards active case-finding and rapid diagnosis using the latest GeneXpert technology. We are the first on the continent to roll out this technology which reduces diagnosis time from five days to two hours.Of the 4.2-million tests conducted since the introduction of the GeneXpert test, more than half were done in South Africa.The review notes that community health workers have visited more than 100 000 households with known TB patients between April 2011 and March 2012. Furthermore, 160 000 people were screened; 3 000 people were diagnosed with TB and 3 200 with HIV.Premature deaths as a result of TB were significantly reduced as cure rates improved from 57.7% in 2005 to 73.8% in 2012. Defaulter rates have also decreased from 8.5% in 2007 to 6.1% in 2012.TB in the mining sectorDespite these inroads, TB remains the leading cause of death. According to Statistics South Africa’s Mortality and Causes of Death in 2011 report, 18% of people who died between the ages of 15 and 49 died of TB.The government is working with the mining sector where TB has a three times higher infection rate than in the general population. The migratory movement of mineworkers increases its spread.Last week, South Africa hosted a TB in the Mining Sector Regional Ministerial Meeting to develop a co-ordinated response to TB among mineworkers in Southern Africa.Urgent action is needed as Africa is the only continent unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goals target of halving TB-related mortality by the end of 2015.TB affects productivity and operational costs in an industry that contributes almost 20% to our gross domestic product.Local mining companies are required to X-ray workers when hired, once a year thereafter, and when they leave their employment.Health facilities at mines are now equipped with GeneXpert technology for rapid testing and have also been upgraded to provide treatment for multidrug-resistant and extremely multidrug-resistant TB.FightOur fight is further boosted by an announcement of a R500-million allocation by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to screen 150 000 prisoners and 500 000 mine workers.TB can be cured if detected early and uninterrupted treatment is completed. Early diagnosis also means a reduction in chance of others becoming infected.Government encourages all to be tested every year. We need every South African healthy and ready to take our country towards Vision 2030.Phumla Williams is Acting CEO of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)Source: SAnews.gov
8 October 2014The official launch of the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone (DTP IDZ) reaffirms its role as an important investment destination not only for KwaZulu-Natal but for South Africa as a whole.Located 30 kilometres north of Durban, the DTP IDZ is a business entity of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government aimed at attracting investment in the province. Considered one of South Africa’s top 10 investment opportunities, the DTP IDZ prides itself as the only facility in Africa combining an international airport, dedicated cargo terminal, warehousing, offices, retail, hotels and agriculture.Speaking at the official launch of the IDZ attended by top national and provincial government leaders on Tuesday, 7 October, chairperson of the DTP IDZ board Dr Zanele Bridgette Gasa said the IDZ has attracted plenty of private sector interest since it was designated an industrial development zone in July this year.Local and international investment“Against the backdrop of exceptionally pleasing private sector interest in and uptake of investment opportunities at Dube TradePort, we are excited by the designation of Dube TradePort as an Industrial Development Zone which will allow us to further target local and foreign investment. Work on this front is ongoing and we anticipate forging synergistic relationships with other identified industrial economic hubs for the benefit of the entire Province and its business community,’ she said.Adding, Gasa said the DTP IDZ is Africa’s first purpose-built aerotropolis with an international airport as its core.“This freight-orientated Aerotropolis coupled with IDZ designation will certainly quicken the pace of development at Dube TradePort and, I would confidently add, increase demand for greater levels of airlift out of Durban to domestic, regional and international markets. This would, in turn, augment efforts to grow our strategically influential location – together with two of Africa’s major seaports – to become a truly viable and sustainable alternative gateway to South Africa, Africa and the world.’Over the past five years, the DTP IDZ has grown in size to 2 840 hectares and has managed to attract over R 900 million in private investment. During this time it has managed to create an estimated 16 527 new job opportunities across the country and it is envisaged this number will increase with new development opportunities.Benefits for enterprisesThe DTP IDZ carries with it a range of benefits for enterprises, according to Saxen van Coller, DTP IDZ’s chief executive officer. These benefits include both fiscal and customs incentives which are specifically geared towards agri-processing and manufacturing enterprises located within Dube TradeZone and Dube AgriZone.“This represents the first phase of Dube TradePort Corporation’s roll-out and will cover some 300 hectares of agri- processing and industrial activities, growing to more than 700 hectares into the future,’ said Van Coller.The Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone will have a set of priority sectors that will comprise the core of its clustering approach, through which it will drive growth.These sectors include:Aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing and related servicesAgriculture and agro-processing, inclusive of horticulture, aquaculture and floricultureElectronics manufacturing and assemblyMedical and pharmaceutical production and distributionClothing and textilesHowever, supplementary sectors will form part of the IDZ’s approach and include freight-forwarding and aviation services; warehousing and storage; logistics and distribution, light manufacturing and assembly; high-tech and automotive industries; and aquaculture and cold storage, among other supplementary sectors.Support from national governmentThe IDZ enjoys support from national government by forming part of South Africa’s National Infrastructure Plan, as outlined in the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC) under Strategic Infrastructure Programme 2, according to Michael Mabuyakhulu, MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs in KwaZulu-Natal. “Government’s backing and our bold vision of a 60-year master plan, gives investors the security of sustained growth and development,’ he said.Officially launching the DTP IDZ, President Jacob Zuma said the DTP IDZ takes forward South Africa’s industrialisation and development goals. He said the IDZ has enormous potential for economic growth in KwaZulu-Natal. “With everything going well as planned, it is expected that the contribution of the Dube Trade Port to the Gross Domestic Product would amount to R5.6 billion by 2060,’ he said.Since the announcement of the new support package for IDZs, there has been a significant interest by foreign and domestic investors, according to Zuma.“This year alone the COEGA Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth has attracted over R1.8 billion in investments.“The East London Industrial Development Zone has attracted over R500 million in investments. The Saldanha Industrial Development Zone, though new and not fully developed, has already attracted interest of 19 potential investors who would like to be located there,’ Zuma said.South Africa’s IDZs have made crucial contributions to the economic success of many developing nations including China which has emerge as a global economic powerhouse. South African policy makers have worked tirelessly to successfully test the market economy business and have created these Industrial Development Zone designations in line with the country’s industrial development strategy, according to a statement from the DTP IDZ.“The aim [is] to bring in new institutions that will contribute significantly to gross domestic product, employment, exports, and attraction of foreign investment, as well as the adoption of new technologies and management practices helping to create a model for the rest of the country to follow,’ affirms the statement.– SAinfo reporter