Changes coming for ‘Champs’

first_imgWhen the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships gets under way in March, a new event will be added to the programme as the Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400 metres hurdles.It was previously an open event, which meant that athletes from any class could compete, but at a special meeting yesterday involving the executive members of the planning committee for the championships, the decision was taken for this change.Several weeks ago, ISSA had sent letters to the respective school principals regarding five new proposals for the upcoming championships, with consultation with coaches and members of the organising committee of Champs also taking place at a meeting at Wolmer’s Girls’ school last month where several recommendations were made by the coaches.Field event athletes will now be able to do three events in this discipline or two field events and two relays. Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events and with a maximum involvement in two relays allowed.Unlike previous years when females used to compete in the heptathlon and up to three other individual events, this will no longer be allowed as heptathlon athletes will now only be allowed to do one other event.Class 3 girls will not be able to compete in the Steeplechase and 3000 metres anymore as this will now be restricted to Classes 1 and 2 only. At the same time the proposal to exclude Class 2 boys from the 5000 metres will not happen as both Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in the Steeplechase and 5000 metres.According to a reliable source, the decisions taken at the special meeting yesterday will be taken to the principals later this month for ratification.last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas get back on track, stop streaking Slingers

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief League-leading Alab, which has been struggling on the road, upped its record to 17-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alab, which took a stunning 116-103 loss to the Macau Black Bears four days ago, went on a 17-7 run to close the third quarter and take control of the game.PJ Ramos added 22 points, including a basket that put the game out of reach, 77-66, with 2:24 left, 17 rebounds and four blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJohn Fields, Jerran Young and Xavier Alexander combined for 58 points but their contributions were still not enough as the Slingers’ winning streak ended at four games.Fields paced Singapore (13-8) in scoring with 21 points while Alexander had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UFC 235: Jon Jones retains light heavyweight belt Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alab Pilipinas. Photo from Asean Basketball LeagueSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas bounced back after beating the Singapore Slingers, 80-70, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman had an efficient night finishing with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field that went with eight rebounds and six assists for the Philippine side.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

LBDI Pledges Housing Boom

first_imgThe Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has begun mobilizing fresh revenue to finance the construction of additional housing estates in the country. The Bank’s Management says it needs US$20 million and above in the next two years to finance housing estates which it has already earmarked, but gave no further details as to where new estates will be built. According to LBDI, the objective of mobilizing fresh resources is to ensure that majority of Liberians own affordable homes. The president & chief executive officer (CEO) of LBDI, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, told our correspondent in an exclusive interview last week at the bank’s 9th Street corporate office that the bank is prepared to fill in the void created as a result of the collapse of the defunct National Housing and Savings Bank (NHSB), which was looted during the civil war. “We are going to attract more funding to continue this mortgage program. LBDI has gone incrementally with its mortgage scheme; we are hoping to increase this package to about US$20 million and more in the next two years,” Mr. Davies said. He made the statements minutes after the official issuance of ownership certificates to National Housing Authority’s (NHA) Browerville Estate residents, under the auspices of the NHA and in collaboration with LBDI, on December 18, noting that mortgage financing is a flagship product by LBDI. He said the flagship mortgage product by LBDI was initiated by the Bank in November, 2012 and was roll-out after approval by LBDI Board of Directors with an initial US$10 million placement by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). More than 180 Liberians from all sector of the Liberian society have already benefited from the LBDI mortgage scheme, which is exclusively for Liberian citizens. About 80 percent of the US$10 million placement by CBL has been disbursed, according to the LBDI CEO. “Only Liberian citizens can benefit from this mortgage product; out of the 80 percent disbursed, 26 percent of the beneficiaries are government employees,” said Mr. Davies.However, he said only 25 percent of the mortgage scheme is outside of Monrovia, assuring the public that LBDI’s desire is to take the program outside of the capital, Monrovia. Under its mortgage scheme, LBDI will finance estate housing, commercial mortgage arrangements, and individual potential house owners. Under its commercial estate arrangement program, LBDI and NHA recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), in which LBDI took responsibility of 16 tenants for NHA’s Browerville Housing Estate. The 16 beneficiaries were on December 18, 2014 issued a temporary certificates of ownership of the property and will ultimately take possession of their homes after settling with LBDI in the next seven to nine years. LBDI’s mortgage product has a flat interest of not more than 8 per cent. The bank finances 70 percent of the total cost of individual and commercial housing, while the owner of the house is required to foot the balance 30 per cent. Speaking last week Friday at the certification ceremony in the presence of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh and Central Bank Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, amongst others, Mr. Davies lauded the government of Liberia for approving and supporting the mortgage product.“We [LBDI] also commend the CBL, whose Executive Governor has maintained that you must put your mouth where your money is,” said Mr. Davies in his welcome remarks. For her part, President Sirleaf recalled how economic difficulties facing the country  as a result of the civil war, as well as the financial constraints encountered with the Ebola outbreak, have made the housing sector virtually dormant over the years. The Liberian leader disclosed that her government had already approached the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), whose Director-General, Dewitt von Ballmoos, was also present at the program, to finance the housing project in Browerville and other parts of the country.“LBDI CEO and others have decided to join the program and make it even better,” she said, expressing her delight at the small steps in the housing sector, but challenging the stakeholders to do more. “We see a small step forward in the revitalization of the housing sector with the support of the CBL, the Minister of Finance and LBDI, but lots more need to be done,” she said. According to President Sirleaf, investment in housing, in conventional economics, is not an investment but enhances the service sector, contributing to gross national product (GNP) through local content and employment generation, amongst others. She thanked the 16 beneficiaries for taking the initiatives to own their individual homes, challenging them to take good care of the property.“You need to take very good care of your homes and make a community for yourselves,” said the President. “Don’t wait for government before you clean your yard.”Finance Minister Amara Konneh said owning a home is very important, but building a community is crucial, adding that the beneficiaries should make Browerville Estate their community. ”It has been a tough year to keep the economy up while at the same time fighting Ebola. But we need to invest in the housing sector,” said Minister Konneh. For his part, CBL Executive Governor, J. Mills Jones, noted that low income housing creates economic opportunity, including employment for the population.“We promised President Sirleaf that we [CBL] would support LBDI, ensuring that the bank made affordable homes available for our people,” adding “All we [CBL] can say is that this is just the beginning; we are standing by to do more.” Present at the indoor ceremony at LBDI’s 9th Street Corporate was NHA Managing Director, Mr. Sam Wlue, NHA Board Chairman, Mr. George D. Harris, and LBDI Board member, Mr. Dewitt von Ballmoos, as well as LBDI General Manager, Ms. Gloria Y. Menjor, and LBDI Comptroller, Mrs. Clavenda Payman, amongst others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramjattan contradicts Granger

first_imgGECOM chairmanship – says past appointments constitutional Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is adamant that the previous appointments of Chairmen of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) were very much constitutional, a position that was previously rejected by President David Granger.President David GrangerRamjattan, addressing Journalists at his party’s first bi-weekly press conference for 2017, was taking a dab at the current fiasco between Government and the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the nomination of a new chairman for the elections body. While the party said it supports the position the Head of State has taken on the matter, Ramjattan when questioned said previous appointments of Chairmen were within the confines of the Constitution.Appointment constitutional“Those were very much constitutional and if I might tell you this, it was very fortuitous or fortunate that the then President and Opposition Leader managed to find favour with a name in the first list.”He said, however, that while it was fortunate in the past that both the serving President and the Opposition Leader were in agreement with the list provided , it does not mean President Granger has to accept one of the names from the first six provided.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident Granger last Wednesday said that he was moving to put an end to the breach of the Constitution, which saw persons without the qualifications of a Judge being appointed to the position of GECOM Chair. He said regardless of what obtained in the past, as current President of Guyana, it is his responsibility to ensure that the provisions of the Constitution will be followed.BreachesHe was at the time responding to Guyana Times when asked about his acceptance of a nomination for the GECOM chairmanship in 2000 by then Opposition Leader Hugh Desmond Hoyte without having the necessary qualifications of a Judge as required under the Constitution.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan“My understanding is that at all material times, a member of the legal profession or several members of the legal profession were on the list, but my acceptance of the nomination or my name being on the list does not necessarily mean that I must accept the six names which are submitted. So it doesn’t follow the law of what you would call the ‘non-sequitur’ (a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement). The point is, even if the Constitution had been breached or if a nomination had been made in breach of the Constitution 10 or 20 years ago, there is no need to repeat it. That is not a precedent, I don’t accept that. I’m accepting now, as President, that the Constitution provisions must be applied,” the President stated.“This is a constitutional matter and I’ve cited the Constitution to (Jagdeo). I’m not playing politics, I’m serious about the appointment of Chairman of GECOM and the Constitution is very clear. Mr Jagdeo did write to me and he asked for some clarification,” the Head of State said.He added, “Well, as I said it has now gone into the legal zone and we are going to ensure that he gets the legal clarification that he needs, but in terms of names, I’m not in the business of naming names at this stage. I’m in the business of satisfying the constitutional requirement for the appointment so that is as much as I can say at this stage. The law will prevail and we will continue to engage the Leader of the Opposition as required under the Constitution. So I’ve not disengaged (him), I’ve examined his letter and a response will be sent.”In response to the President’s rejection of his first list of nominees and his consequent request for a second one, Jagdeo, last Tuesday, wrote the Head of State requesting an urgent meeting, while asking that he elucidate his interpretation of Article 161 of the Constitution of Guyana, which deals with the requirements of the nominees to be submitted by the Opposition Leader.The six nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader in December last year were retired Major General Norman McLean; Attorney and Political Analyst, Christopher Ram; former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Ramesh Dookhoo; Peace and Governance Consultant, Lawrence Lachmansingh; businesswoman, Rhyaan Shah; and Professor James Rose, none of whom President Granger noted has the qualifications of a Judge as required by the law.The Head of State had outlined that the Constitution requires only persons who are Judges, qualified to be Judges, or former Judges of either a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court.However, Jagdeo pointed out that his interpretation of the Constitution is that the requirements go beyond the qualifications of a Judge.Playing politicsJagdeo meanwhile believes that President David Granger is playing politics with the matter and therefore announced his intention to have the issue resolved at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). He said if both parties were unable to resolve their differences regarding the interpretation of the Constitution, he will propose that both the Opposition and the Government approach the CCJ together seeking a resolution.If Government is unwilling to take this route, then he is prepared to take the matter to the CCJ alone, he said.last_img read more

Everton’s most exciting signing and the departure that broke Bluenose hearts revealed by DMA’s Tommy

first_img DMA’s Lead singer of Australian band DMA’s and an Everton fan, this week Tommy O’Dell tackles talkSPORT’s ‘Starting XI’ Q&A…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Lionel Messi. If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? Eiffel 65’s I’m Blue. Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Wembley.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Del Piero.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Premier League trophy.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Duncan Ferguson and The Stone Roses.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Maradona.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?I’d play hip hop. The rhythm and the beat gets you focused.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Lukaku for excitement, Tim Cahill leaving for bad times.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Luis Suarez. What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?The best is Kasbaian’s ‘I’m On Fire’. Worst? [1998 World Cup song] ‘The Cup of Life’, Ricky Martin.The debut album ‘Hills End’ is released 26th February 2016. www.dmasmusic.comcenter_img 1last_img read more

Almost science fiction

first_imgThe world watched scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrate some impressive accomplishments a week and a half ago – researchers announced liquid water might exist on a tiny moon of Saturn, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter slipped into orbit around the Red Planet. But not everyone at JPL has their attention focused on far away planets. The big moment for researcher Yoseph Bar-Cohen came last month in a San Diego hotel where he presided over an arm wrestling competition. Of course, in true JPL fashion, this was no ordinary arm wrestling match. For the second year in a row, researchers were squaring off using robotic arms with artificial muscles. Bar-Cohen, though he didn’t enter a limb in the competition, is the sport’s amiable grandfather. In 1999, he threw out the challenge to develop a robotic arm capable of beating humans (inspired by human- computer chess matches). But much like the early days of the chess competitions, humans have the upper hand for now. In last year’s inaugural competition, a high school girl defeated all of the robots. It wasn’t even close. For this year’s match, the human competitor was replaced by an easier-to-manage 1.1-pound weight. But to hear Bar-Cohen tell it, it’s a promising beginning. And listening to him, it’s hard not to get excited. As he explains his work, his enthusiasm is evident. Sometimes he doesn’t even finish a sentence in his eagerness to move on to the next idea. Bar-Cohen is the head of advanced technologies at JPL. He gets to dream up novel ideas that could one day be parlayed into new tools for space exploration, medical diagnoses or national defense. Much of his inspiration comes from biology, he said, as he excitedly turned to his computer to show video clips of an octopus squeezing through a tiny tube and displaying eerily good camouflage. “If we had a robot that can crawl under the door and hide itself like a carpet – imagine for homeland defense!” he said. In his lab, the novel applications of different plastics and ceramics are on display. One table holds a metallic robotic hand and an automated head that can make facial expressions. In a big pool in the opposite corner, a colleague sets a ceramic disc to vibrate so quickly it shoots water and fog into the air. From a stand nearby hangs a paper-thin piece of plastic that bends back and forth when Bar-Cohen flips a switch and sends electricity coursing through it. This is one of the materials that fellow researchers are using for their artificial muscles – but for now it remains no threat to human dominance in the arm wrestling arena. The displays look like a collection of engineer playthings, but Bar-Cohen has great hope that they could be the beginning of a revolution in robotics. With the arm wrestling competition, as well as the conference he organizes, the books he writes and the newsletter he sends out, he hopes to spark the development of even more novel materials and techniques. “Imagine if we had a robot that didn’t have wheels, that could run like a cheetah, climb like a gecko, fly like a bird,” Bar-Cohen said. “Soon, we can turn science fiction ideas into reality.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘This signing is so big… I wish I had John Terry in my time at Aston Villa’

first_imgTim Sherwood has hailed John Terry’s signing as a real statement of intent by Aston Villa and a major boost in their bid to win promotion.After ending his glittering Chelsea career, Terry turned down numerous offers from the Premier League to sign a one-year contract with the Championship side on Monday.Terry made just six league starts last season and will turn 37 later this year, but Sherwood insists the ex-England skipper is still good enough to play at the top level and is expecting him to have a huge impact at Villa Park.The former Villa boss, a co-host on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, said: “I think John Terry could still play in the Premier League, but he has chosen to go to arguably the biggest club in the Championship.“I think it is a great move for both John Terry and Aston Villa. They are certainly showing their intent with the signing of John Terry because they are not looking to the future – it is immediate success they want.“They want promotion this season and John Terry will help them out immensely in that regard.“This signing is so big. He will lift everyone. I wish in my time at Villa there was a John Terry coming to the end of his career at a big club like Chelsea because I would have snapped their hands off.”last_img read more


first_imgSPORT: Donegal swimmers have enjoyed a massive weekend in Athlone at the national finals of the community games.Representing Donegal were Stephen Hegarty, Eoin Bonar, Cian Mulligan,Rory Boyce, Shay Maloney, Jonathan Martin, Thomas Coyle, Thomas Coyle,Cody Dunnion, Conor Shiels, Sean Pascaul, Oisin Sheridan, Conal Bonar,Emma Bonar, Grainne Russell, Eva Mc Ginley, Molly Nulty, BronaghSheridan, Cara Nulty, Aoibheann O Grady, Sinead O Kane and EllenRussell all from the Swilly Seals of Letterkenny and from Marlins ofBallyshannon were Darragh Summerville, Conor Foy, Cian Rooney, CaoimheMc Cauley, Maeve O Connor, Cora Rooney. Aishling Gallagher. UnaBritton, Ciara Gallagher Bridin Maguire, Lauren McHugh and KatieMcMullin and from Buncranna Lucy Devlin and Aadaoin O Raw. There were lots of final appearances throughout the weekend with allswimmers setting new personal best times.Medal winners were Jonathan Martin silver u16 backstroke, Aadaoin ORaw 4th u16 freestyle, Cora Rooney 4th u12 backstroke, Molly Nultybronze u12 breaststroke, Roisin Maguire Gold u16 butterfly and in thelast race of the weekend Emma Bonar lifted Gold in the u8 freestyle.It was in the relays that Donegal were most dominant.On Saturday Cody Dunnion, Oisin Sheridan, Eoin Bonar, Sean Pascaul with subs ConorShiels and Cian Mulligan lifted 4th place medals in the u13 freestylerelay and in the next race Jonathan Martin, Thomas Coyle, Thomas Keys,Rory Boyce and Sub Conal Bonar won gold for the second year in a rowin the u16 Medley relay. On Sunday the u13 girls squad Cora Rooney, Caoimhe McCauley, CiaraGallagher Bridin Maguire, Lauren McHugh and Katie McMullin lifted Goldin the freestyle relay and in the next event the u16 Medley relay teamof Cara Nulty, Bronagh Sheridan, Aoibheann O Grady, Sinead O Kane andsub Ellen Russell took bronze medals.A massive success for all individual swimmers and a possiblefirst-time for all relays from one county to secure medals.It was a brilliant weekend thanks to the Community Games, parents andcoaches and of course the swimmers for making it a very memorable one.DONEGAL SWIMMERS PERFORM SUPERBLY AT NATIONAL FINALS IN ATHLONE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgFOUR Masters Ladies have been crowned Donegal Intermediate Champions.The ladies team were togged out and ready to go in what should have been a showpiece final on Friday night.But Ardara failed to show up for the game in Convoy even though Friday’s date was set for the final on August 20. So Emer Carr pointed for the victory.It was a real shame for this competition to end in this way; however nothing should taken from the Four Master Ladies who worked hard all season to get there.They are deserved champions.Ardara on the other hand have some explaining to do.  FOUR MASTERS LADIES LIFT INTERMEDIATE TITLE – AFTER ARDARA FAIL TO SHOW was last modified: August 30th, 2014 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:Ardaraconvoyfour mastersLadieslast_img read more


first_imgCRIME ALERT: Gardaí are appealing for information following the theft of machinery worth over 50,000 at the weekend.A Hitachi ZX130 digger was stolen from McGrory’s Brae at the road-works just outside Ballybofey. Workers at the construction site made the discovery when they returned to work this morning after the Bank Holiday weekend.At the moment they are unsure as to when the theft took place as it could’ve occurred anytime between Friday night and this morning.Gardaí are surveying the scene now as they begin their investigations into the crime.A Hitachi ZX130, a rock hammer and FOUR buckets were all taken during the raid. The digger which was stolen had Lynch Bros and North-West plant hire stickers on it.Workers at the site estimate the machinery taken was worth around €50,000.If anyone has any information and seen any suspicious or suspect behaviour in and around the area over the weekend then please contact 086 831 1766 or go to your nearest Garda station.  CRIME ALERT: GARDAÍ APPEAL FOR INFORMATION AFTER THEFT OF MACHINERY WORTH €50,000 was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:000crimeDIGGERGardainewstheft€50last_img read more