KINGSTON: The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has provided $5 million for the staging of the 2017 Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM), which is set for May 20 at the National Stadium in Kingston. The contribution is the final tranche of a $15 million sponsorship package – with equal allocations of $5 million over a three-year period – that the PCJ announced in 2015. The support was given against the background of the schedule of major track and field events over the period, including the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in 2015; the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the upcoming 2017 World Championships scheduled for August in London, England. The JIIM, which is among the biggest sporting events held on local soil, is a critical element in Jamaica’s track and field programme. It serves as a preparatory event for major championships, giving local athletes the chance to experience elite-level competition without leaving the country. In addition, the meet attracts international media coverage, which provides global exposure for Jamaican athletes and the country’s athletics programme. It also enjoys a good level of participation from renowned international sports persons, and this year’s line-up includes American Olympic gold medallists LaShawn Merritt and Allyson Felix as well as Jamaican superstars Elaine Thompson, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis. Camille Taylor, the PCJ’s manager, corporate affairs and communications, said: “The PCJ’s $15 million sponsorship package for the Jamaica Invitational was given to support Jamaica’s preparation for the world’s biggest track and field events between 2015 and 2017, and it has been a worthwhile investment. We were thrilled with Jamaica’s stellar performances in the Beijing World Championships and the Rio Olympics, and we are looking forward to another excellent show this summer in London.” Dr Warren Blake, chairman of the JIIM organising committee, said, “It takes strong financial support to stage a meet like the Jamaica International Invitational each year, and we are extremely grateful to the PCJ for this multiyear sponsorship deal.”
The Supreme Court yesterday ordered a halt with immediate effect to the ongoing demolition exercise led by the Special Presidential Taskforce. The Taskforce was set up with a mandate to beautify the City of Monrovia, but the court ordered that it must stop until a judicial review of its scope of operation can be decided by the court.Yesterday’s decision was taken by Justice Presiding in Chambers, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, following a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed to the High Court by a group under the banner, “Aggrieved Destroyed Properties Owners of Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnersville and the New Georgia Community.” Cllr. Dempster Brown of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights filed the complaint on behalf of the aggrieved residents.The people are celebrating yesterday’s decision by Justice Ja’neh, who in a communication to Taskforce leader Madam Mary Broh, instructed her to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of a conference scheduled for December 7.The Broh committee was in October, constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with a clear mandate to clean up the City of Monrovia from November 15 to December 15, which operation has met legal and other challenges.Further in their complaint, Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that the Presidential Committee does not have judicial power to close down businesses, institutions and demolish private homes because of any violation, ignoring city ordinances and zoning laws.“If they have violated zoning laws and city ordinances, the Presidential Taskforce should have instituted legal proceedings against them, and or any citizen in Monrovia, who violated such law to the Monrovia City Court, “Cllr. Brown’s complaint to Justice Ja’neh stated.Instead, he alleged, “the committee is using police power by brutalizing, intimidating and harassing peaceful citizens under the guise of carrying out their presidential mandate to clean Monrovia.”Cllr. Brown begged the court to issue the writ of prohibition against the Presidential Task Force in order to restrain and prohibit what they consider to be the unlawful acts of destroying the private properties of peaceful citizens , police brutality, harassment and intimidation pending the outcome of the hearing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Draft design of the basketball and track and field portions of the sports complex(photo credit: Dada P. Kpakela) After crafting a proposed plan to rebuild its official campsite, the National Lutheran Youth Fellowship is seeking financial support to construct the facility that includes a sports complex in Bong Mines, Bong County.The sports complex was included in the fellowship’s plan to host sporting events during its annual retreats, summer camps, and other national events.The drafted football pitch of the proposed sports complex (photo credit: Dada P. Kpakela)The fellowship put the targeted amount needed to rebuild the camp to US$300,000.The sports complex will include a football field with an ample sitting capacity, two basketball courts, a track and field, and a playground. There would also be two dressing rooms by the basketball courts.The fellowship’s official campsite was destroyed during the civil war.The camp will also include 18 cabins, divided into two male and female dormitories. The structure, according to the fellowship, will host over 200 participants.The proposed official campsite of the National Lutheran Youth Fellowship (Photo credit: Dada P. Kpakela)According to the president of the Monrovia District Lutheran Youth Fellowship, Jerome Jallah, the construction of the facility will also help reduce huge funds expended by the fellowship to host its annual sporting activities.“Annually, we spend a huge sum of money to rent sports facilities and lodging areas, which we believe is not helpful to us.“We are therefore calling on Lutherans in and out of Liberia and well-meaning Liberians to assist us in the rebuilding of our campsite and sports complex,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…no valuation in 2 decades The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) on Thursday revealed that the reason it is cash-strapped is because of the large amount of debt it is owed by large businesses.According to Town Clerk Royston King, this totals over $4 billion. He informed media operatives that many large business enterprises are guilty of undervaluing their properties and assets, thus ensuring they pay less than they are legally required to.King stated that, in many instances, the business owners are paying a standard domestic rate when in fact they should be paying the commercial rate.“We have an amount outstanding of over $4B owed to this Council by mainly big businesses. Those who neglect to pay their rates and those who are undervaluing their properties so they are paying, for example, the commercial rates of 250 per cent, they’re paying the domestic rate of 40 percent,” the Town Clerk said.King explained that as long as a building is completely constructed, the proprietors would have to contact the Valuation Department, and thereafter the Council would calculate the correct amount of money that has to be paid. Those who do not adhere to these regulations would be hauled before the courts.“The property owners know that once they complete building, that they have to approach the Valuation Department for revaluation, and they have to approach the City Council so that we can calculate the correct amount of taxes or rates that they are expected to pay, and that they go ahead and pay it. In the event that they neglect and refuse to pay it, the matter is taken to the court.”Additionally, King noted that as it relates to a valuation procedure, the council has not had one in some two decades, which leaves a window open for these business owners to continue paying smaller amounts of monies.“The trouble we have (with) the process to recover outstanding sums from defaulters is [that] it is so cumbersome that it serves as a disincentive to the Council, (which) actually collects this money.Instead, it should be a deterrent, instead of serving as a disincentive. By the time you go through the process to actually collect the money and to actually have a judgment, so many years would have passed and so many things would’ve changed,” he said.As such, the M&CC is still required to supply the same quality of services for a lesser quantity of revenue. This, as a result, affects some of the projects which the Council should’ve embarked on, which includes the restoration of City Hall, which is currently in a deplorable state.The Town Clerk further explained, “So we are in a vicious circle, having to supply vital municipal services with very limited money, and we go on and on as the years goes by. We have not had valuation in over two decades, and as a result of that, we are really, really strapped for cash, and that is why some of the things you see, like the physical condition of the City Hall building.It is because the council doesn’t have the money to prepare, restore and preserve the building.”In March of this year, it was reported that the cost of the restoration exercise was estimated at some $400 million, and the project is a collaborative effort between the European Union (EU) and the National Trust of Guyana.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is expected to undergo some major shake-ups in 2019 aimed at enhancing the performance of the country’s premier law enforcement agency so as to better serve citizens.According to newly appointed Police Commissioner Leslie James, a reformed Police Force can be expected in the first quarter of 2019 as they work on implementing a series of recommendations that were made as part of the United Kingdom (UK)-funded Security Sector Reform Project (SSRP).“The Guyana Police is at a very important juncture where we are, in a deliberate way, rolling out a plan which flowed from recommendations and by March 2019, it is expected that there will be a much-reformed Guyana Police Force,” he stated.Without going into detail about the reforms, the Top Cop on Thursday told reporters at his first media conference since becoming Commissioner, that some of the broad areas the Force will be focusing on going forward includes human resources management, training and infrastructure.The latter, James noted, will see several Police stations being remodelled and modernised.“Those stations are outfitted with modern type units dealing with the one-way mirror, units to deal with forensic-type interviews, domestic violence among others. This is expected to have a better interaction with members by the Policemen and women who will be stationed there. They will be in a much more comfortable environment and it will bolster our efforts to give better service to the citizenry,” he added.One such station has already been commissioned at Mackenzie, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) while another at Aurora, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), as well as an additional 16 such stations are to be rolled out in the coming weeks, the Police Commissioner noted.Furthermore, the Top Cop stated that efforts are also on the way to ensure that Police stations across the country are fully-equipped to serve their respective communities with the allotment of not only vehicular resources but adequate Police presence as well.In fact, Commissioner James explained that among the constraints the GPF faces in crime fighting is the ability to patrol the six Police divisions and the response time to crime reports. These, he added however, will be addressed as part of the Force’s reform.The Police Commission went on to note that all the policing divisions are outfitted with an Operations Room and if persons do not get a favourable response from their community stations or outposts, then they should contact this unit which is at all times equipped with officers as well as vehicles.Moreover, as the Force moves forward with its reform, plans are also afoot to enhance its marine capacity. In fact, only Wednesday a meeting was held with a stakeholder who made a presentation on boosting the Force’s marine capability.In addition, the Force is also looking to establish an aviation wing. “This is very important because if this country is a serious investment destination, it means that we have to engage in best practices, which includes aviation capability,” the Top Cop told reporters.On the issue of weeding out corruption within the Police Force, James asserted that this plague must be a “thing of the past” and as such, they have been encouraging senior officers, especially Divisional Commanders, to engage ranks and remind them of their professionalism so as to keep them on track.However, the Top Cop pointed out that corruption, especially bribery at roadblocks, is an individual decision which is being encouraged by members of the public who make the offer first.“Corruption is a decision made by an individual, it’s not for the want of training ranks would get involved in corruption; it’s a [personal] decision… [But I want to say] without an offer, there can’t be an acceptance… We don’t hear reports of Policemen going into anybody’s pockets which is highly suggestive that when the rank might have list the charges to the offender, they themselves might have put things to the Police, who unprofessionally would engage in corruption. So it’s not that corruption will be wished away, we’re fully aware of it and it will be minimised because we are addressing it in a deliberate manner,” the Police Commissioner stated, while adding that since assuming his post in August, he has not had any reports of corruption at road blocks before him.In ensure that these reforms are being implemented, Commissioner James is currently on a tour of the various policing divisions where he is sensitising ranks as well as the public on the new path the Force is heading on.Visits were already made in A (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), B (Berbice), C (East Coast Demerara), D (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and E Divisions (Linden-Kwakwani), while the new Top Cop along with a team of senior officers will soon be visiting F (Bartica-Interior locations) and G (Essequibo Coasts-Islands).
“We needed that win,” said head coach Todd Alexander. “Even though we were playing a team that was short benched and lower in the standings the boys needed to stick to the gameplan and play a full sixty minutes which I thought we did, especially after the letdown on Friday night. The team plays the majority of the remaining games in January on the road and we can build some good momentum off this one.”“I thought we controlled play from start to finish,” said goaltender Brody Greggain. “The boys really dug in and we outworked them in all facets of the game. I couldn’t be happier with the shutout, the boy s really made life easy for me in this one.”With the win, the boys improve their record to 18-6, three points behind the first place Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks in the NWJHL standings.Next up for the Huskies is a date with the Fairview Flyers on January 13th at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:00 p.m.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies snapped their three-game losing skid with an empathic win over the Sexsmith Vipers on Saturday night.The first period remained scoreless until the Huskies potted the icebreaker with 6:55 to play in the opening stanza thanks to hard work from the grinder line as Alex Hartman buried a rebound to put the Pups up 1-0, assisted by Teagan McMullen and Shawn Wilson. Two minutes later Jacob Lang beat a screened Vipers goaltender for the 2-0 marker after taking a pass from Gary Loewen and Matthew Apsassin. A minute and thirty-six seconds later Gary Loewen scored the first of two goals within a thirteen-second span. The first was assisted by Jarod Lang on the powerplay, the second was a beauty of a solo effort by Gary Loewen. The Huskies skated into the dressing room after twenty minutes with a 4-0 lead.The Huskies kept the pedal to the medal in the middle stanza with another goal at 15:44 when Jared Loewen fired a slapper from the point that beat a screened Vipers netminder on the powerplay, assisted by Apsassin and Powsey. Just under five minutes following that goal, Apsassin accepted a stretch pass from Dane Bateman at the Vipers blueline and pulled a ‘Charlie Conway’ triple deck from The Mighty Ducks movie franchise, beating the goalie just off the ice to the blocker side. The home side made it 7-0 when McMullen fired a shot from the left hashmark past a well-screened goalie after some great perimeter passing between Wilson, Jarod Lang and McMullen.- Advertisement -Gary Loewen scored his hat-trick tally nearly five minutes into the final frame after Bateman and Jacod Lang worked the puck along the boards before firing a shot on goal where Loewen deposited the rebound. The Dogs scored their ninth marker of the game at 9:17 shorthanded when Hartman won a race for the loose puck, fired a shot that snuck through and lay behind the Vipers goalie before McMullen tapped in the easiest goal of his career. The Huskies ended the onslaught with their tenth goal with forty-six seconds to play when Jeridyn Loewen riffled a shot top shelf where grandma hides the peanut butter on the powerplay, assisted by Jared Loewen and Sebastian Powsey. That would be all the scoring in this contest as the Huskies won by the score of 10-0.Brody Greggain ate-up all 25 rubber biscuits fired in his direction for the shutout, while the Huskies fired 59 shots on the visitor’s goaltender.Gary Loewen led the way with three goals and an assist, while eleven skaters chipped in with at least a point for the Energetic City boys.Advertisement
Tuesday’s win over Genk, which saw Napoli finish second in Group E, one point behind Liverpool, broke a nine-match winless run that came amid dressing room unrest and friction between the club, Ancelotti and the players.Former AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso is the favourite to take over at Napoli, who finished second behind champions Juventus last season but are miles off the pace this year.They sit seventh in the Italian top flight on 21 points, a whopping 17 points behind league leaders Inter Milan and more worryingly eight behind fourth-placed Cagliari, who hold the final spot for next season’s Champions League.On Monday Ancelotti told reporters that “a coach’s suitcase is always ready” ahead of Tuesday’s match, and as speculation ramped up over the 60-year-old’s future at the southern club he ruled out stepping down after Tuesday’s win.“Resignation? I have never resigned in my life and I never will,” he said. “My future? The team management will make its assessment.The club has been in turmoil this season as club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis sank into a bitter row with his players following a series of disappointing results.The squad refused to bow to De Laurentiis’ demand they be confined to a week-long training camp in November, reportedly receiving a collective deduction to their wages of 2.5 million euros (Sh270mn) for their disobedience.Union FIFPro said they would back the players against “further abuse and intimidation”, calling De Laurentiis’ decision to fine his squad “unjustified”.Ancelotti, who won three Champions League titles as a coach, twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, replaced Maurizio Sarri in July 2018.He guided the team to a runners-up finish in Serie A last season, when they missed out on the Champions League last 16 on goal difference to eventual winners Liverpool.“I can’t pretend, the team doesn’t give what it could give,” Ancelotti said on Monday.“In Europe, we have seen another Napoli, the one I would like to see in the league as well. I am looking for solutions to get out of this difficult period,” he added.They are without a win in seven Serie A games since October 19 and next play Parma on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlo Ancelotti had spent less than a season and a half at Napoli before his sacking on Tuesday © AFP / Tiziana FABINAPLES, Italy, Dec 11 – Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Napoli despite taking the Serie A side to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Genk.“Napoli has decided to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his role as first team coach,” the Italian side said in a statement.
DONEGAL fans travelling to the All-Ireland Quarter-Final clash with Mayo at Croke Park have been warned to travel early.Dublin Bus drivers strike is going ahead and all buses in the city have been cancelled.This is likely to increase the number of cars on the way into the city and in and around Dublin’s main thoroughfares and add to the parking problems. Fans using the N5/M5 are also being warned that Cavan fans are travelling in large numbers for their match with Kerry.Further north, there’s a Republican Hunger Strike commemoration in Monaghan and diversions in and around Emyvale.Fans normally using this route are being advised to travel via Armagh/Newry – with some fans planning to use the M2 and M1 in the North to travel via Belfast.Meanwhile those staying in Donegal to watch the match on Tv3 will get the best of the match day weather. Met Eireann has warned that Dublin could be hit by thunderstorms on Sunday evening.Believe….. BUS STRIKE, THUNDERSTORMS AND DIVERSIONS ON THE ROAD TO CROKER was last modified: August 3rd, 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:Donegal GAADublin Bus Strikematch day weathermayo gaaweather
The next monthly meeting will take place in the Clubhouse on Monday May 26th at 9pm. The Lotto winner this week is Roger Mc Daid with winning nimbers 6,8,10,12. The jackpot now stands at an inviting €4400.Congratulations to our under14 boys who won the League final last Wednesday evening with an impressive win over a much fancied Downings Team. There was fantastic scenes at the Club house when the boys brought the first Club Trophy of the year back to the Glen. Congratulations to all the boys and girls who made their Holy Communion at the Clubhouse last Saturday morning. A special thanks to all those who helped get the hall ready for such a joyous occasion. Last Sunday the the 11th was a busy day at home with Termon the visitors, First up was the ladies who recorded a fine victory in their first league outing with a score of 6-8 to 2-4, The Reserves beat Termon by 2-12 to 1-10 and finally The Seniors overcame a good Termon team with four points to spare. Next up for the Seniors and Reserves is an away fixture to Malin on Sunday May 18th at 1.30 and 3pm. The Thirds are away this Saturday the 17th to our neighbours St. Eunans with a throw in at 7.30pm.The under 16s also face St.Eunans at home this Friday the 16th with throw in at 7pm. The Manager has asked all players to be at the Clunhouse at 6pm. sharp.The U12 boys enjoyed good wins in the league against neighbours Letterkenny Gaels in what were two very sporting games. GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY U14s WIN LEAGUE FINAL was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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) Tags:Glenswilly notes
CAPPRY ROVERS U13’sULSTER CHAMPIONSCappry Rovers under 13’s made the journey to Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon in a match that was off and on from Friday evening to Saturday morning. Their opponents were Bonagee Utd and the prize was the Ulster Champion title and a place in the next round of the SFAI National Cup.Cappry were depleted with a number of players missing due to illness and the lads had to call on a few reserves to bolster up the team. It wasn’t the ideal preparation for a cup final but they had to make the best of it. With the odds stacked against them Luke McGlynn got them of to the perfect start when he netted in the 5th minute to put Cappry 1 up. Bonagee held firm after this and the rest of the half was well balanced with both sides battling well. 3 minutes from the break Bonagee got back on level terms and that’s how they ended out the 1st half, 1-1.Early in the 2nd half Cappry lost another player to injury when Jack Long received a bad tackle which ended up with him in A&E. Martin Mbuli came on in his place and had a fine game. 2 quick goals, 1 from Andrew Murray and a great goal from Conor McGinty had the lads cruising and from here on there really only looked like 1 winner. Further goals from Luke McGlynn, his 2nd of the match, and another from the impressive Martin Mbuli sealed the victory and booked the place in the next round, last 32 in Ireland.It was hard on an impressive Bonagee team who competed well for 40-45 minutes and on another day could have easily have won. However, the Cappry lads who were drafted in were immense as were the regulars. Special mention to Conor McGinty, Eoin McGonagle and Martin Mbuli who are not regular starters but played a very important role.On behalf of the club i would like to extend our congratulations to this very special team and wish you all continued success. CAPPRY ROVERSCappry Rovers 4-0 Glenree UnitedA Calvin Bradley hatrick for Cappry Rovers in this game played in Cappry Park along with a Patrick McNulty goal secured the points for the home team. Cappry took the game to Glenree from the start and they went in front in the 31st minute when Calvin Bradley was fouled in the area and the referee pointed to the spot and Calvin Bradley scored the resulting penalty.Half time 1-0.Cappry increased their lead in the 47th minute when Patrick McNulty scored with a shot following a cross from Gerald Melaugh. Glenree created a few chances after that but the home defence and keeper Conor McBride kept them from scoring. Calvin Bradley got his second and Capprys third in the 54th minute when he received a cross from Gerald Melaugh and he scored to the bottom corner of the net. Calvin Bradley completed his hatrick and Capprys fourth in the 75th minute following cross from Gerald Melaugh when he controlled the ball, beat the defence and shot to the net.Glenree had a few shots on goal but to no avail.Calvin Bradley, Darren O’Leary and Gavin Reilly were best for Cappry.Best for Glenree United were Liam Paul Ferry, Kevin Doherty and Patrick McGeever.CAPPRY ROVERS MEGA DRAW Cappry are holding a mega draw where you could win a Skoda Octavia Ambition along with some more great prizes. Also included with each ticket is a 20% off voucher for McElhinney’s Store which should come in handy coming up to Christmas. The draw will take place 29th December. Tickets are priced at €20 and all funds raised will go towards an Astro turf pitch. If you’re interested in a ticket contact Danny 087 7797581.Photo Caption: U13 Ulster Champions, Cappry RoversCappry U13’s crowned Ulster champions after win over Bonagee was last modified: November 30th, 2016 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:Cappry RoverssoccerSport