Corcho : Make the Rodgers registration details public

first_imgCalabar High School’s principal Albert Corcho has declared that he is not opposed to Kingston College’s Ugandan athlete Ari Rodgers competing at this year’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, but said details of his registration must be provided. Speaking on Hitz 92FM’s Sports Explosion last Friday, Corcho said ISSA has failed to give a proper explanation as to why they have decided to allow Rodgers to compete at this year’s event after the registration deadline had passed. “We have no problems with the decision,” said Corcho. “But all we asked for is an explanation because we realised, based on experience, if you just leave it as how we used to operate, it can set off a whole a lot of things.” “We have no issue with Kingston College. All this started because a top school that is very organised and very responsible wrote to an organisation and all we said was just provide us with (an explanation),” Corcho added. “We have never had a situation like this in Jamaica, and so we took that lead and we want to say to ISSA just provide the information to the public,” he said. Ten of the 15 ISSA executive members, all school principals, attended the meeting a few weeks ago and eight voted in favour of allowing Rodgers to participate. NOT IN ATTENDANCE One voted against, and the other abstained. However, Corcho was not in attendance. Corcho dismissed ISSA president Dr Walton Small’s claims that Calabar benefited a few years ago after their team failed to meet the registration deadline to participate at Champs. “We have not benefited at all from this rule because I know exactly how to run an institution. There are some students here that we organise in terms of the subjects that they do,” he said. “My contention is that the president of such an institution (ISSA) can go on radio and talk things that are not true, and that is basically what is happening,” Corcho said. “We sent a letter to the president now asking (him) to provide that explanation that he presided over a situation where Calabar benefited, because we are proud a institution,” said Corcho. He added that during a meeting on Thursday at ISSA, he handed a letter to ISSA and they are now awaiting a response. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships will take place at the National Stadium in Kingston from March 28 to April 1.last_img read more

Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Russia goalkeeper Andrei Lunyov attends Russia’s official training on the eve of the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MOSCOW — With or without Mohamed Salah in the lineup, Egypt should give Russia an indication if it has any shot at making a mark in this year’s World Cup.Russia dismissed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game of the tournament, but the lopsided victory failed to show if the team is actually good enough to succeed in international competition. The Saudi team did put up much of a fight, so any questions about Russia’s readiness were left unanswered.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Salah hasn’t played a game since May 26 and will have fresh legs if he gets on the field against Russia.The match is at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT; 1800 GMT) at St. Petersburg Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Either way, the Russian team understands that one victory from its next two Group A matches can put the team in the knockout round. A win over Egypt in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, coupled with an Uruguay victory over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, would be enough for Russia to advance.But Egypt understands it is in a must-win situation following its 1-0 loss to Uruguay. Salah, nursing a shoulder injury, did not play in the opening match. The decision not to use him could have centered on protecting him from the physical Uruguayans, but with the tournament on the line, the Liverpool striker will almost certainly play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSalah is Egypt’s star player with 33 of the team’s 57 goals, and he scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool.“Of course he stands out, but obviously we’re not up against a single player,” Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said. “I believe in my players. We are ready to do this and we will do this.” LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Protest Awaits LEC in Caldwell

first_imgFebruary 2018: A protester with placard demanding the utility company provide services to Caldwell. Residents of Caldwell have again resolved to stage another mass protest that would virtually bring normal activities in the township to a standstill.This planned action, according to residents, is intended to once again call government’s attention to what they considered as gross injustice meted against them.This comes after authorities at the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) have practically failed to make true their earlier promise to the residents that their neighborhoods would be electrified before the July 26 Independence Day holiday.Caldwell Residents, in February this year, staged a protest that even turned chaotic and paralyzed normal activities in the township all because they have allegedly been denied access to electricity, which they considered a basic necessity, in their area for the past few years.The residents, who at the time blocked the major road in the area leaving motorists stranded, argued that it was grossly unfair for the Mount Coffee Hydro to be in the vicinity of Caldwell and not supply the township with electricity.Earlier this year: Protesters want their demand addressed or else, “we will continue to barricade the road.”But Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) then called for a roundtable discussion between the leaders of the protest and the LEC management to find a common ground and address the protesters’ demand for power supply.Unfortunately, this is proving to be another failed promised because there is no sign of this happening as we are almost in the July 26 week, a resident told the Daily Observer.According to the protesters, many residents have on previous occasions paid bills for community supply of electricity to owners of generators, which they said is not ‘even dependable.’Morris Karneh, who claims to be one of the leaders of the protest, said if government failed to quickly address their demand this time, they will stage a ‘peaceful demonstration,’ at the office of President.He further accused the LEC of being insensitive to the plight of the residents, because he feels that the power outage in the community has negatively affected commercial activities in the area to the extent that many businesses are being affected.He added, “We have been in total darkness for over a year now, and that the LEC has not responded to our plight.”He said the road through Caldwell is one of the main economic hubs of the government, because it connects the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) plant at White Plains and Mount Coffee Hydro in Louisiana with Monrovia.Another resident said although Caldwell provides the basic utilities that generate revenue for government, people living there cannot access electricity.Meanwhile, Winston Bedell, LEC’s Assistant Communication Director, has called on Caldwell Residents to be patient, as the corporation’s contractors are doing everything possible to electrify the township and some other surroundings.He said the Caldwell electrification project, which is a 10-month program, is being sponsored by the World Bank and within that time frame “I believe that Caldwell will be electrified.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Armed bandits rob Albouystown family

first_imgThree heavily armed bandits took off with a quantity of cash and valuables after robbing an Albouystown, Georgetown, family. The incident occurred at about 05:30h at the Lot 916 James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown house. The victims have been identified as 67-year-old pensioner Noel Seepaul; housewife Neesha Seepaul, 59; Nandranie Persaud, 43; Sudourka Goodhand, 20; and 18-year-old Zoveena Khan.According to reports, Khan, Goodhand and Neesha Seepaul were in the yard sitting when three identifiable males, all armed with handguns, entered the gate and held them at gun point.The suspects then took the three females into the lower flat of the two-storey house and relieved them of their valuables. Khan was relieved of a cellphone valued $16,000 and a gold chain valued $18,000; while Goodhand was relieved of her $22,000 cellphone; and Neesha Seepaul of $100,000.Not satisfied, the bandits then escorted the victims to the upper flat, where they pounced on Noel Seepaul, who was robbed of $10,000; and Persaud, of $15,000 along with two cellphones valued at $41,000.The men then escaped on foot in the southern direction along James Street, Albouystown.The matter was reported to the Police and investigators are expected to obtain CCTV footage from a nearby location to ascertain the identities of the three suspects as investigations continue.last_img read more

High Court blocks Duncan’s tribunal from proceeding

first_img– rules Nagamootoo’s advice was “unconstitutional”Trade unionist Carvil DuncanTrade unionist Carvil Duncan succeeded in blocking the presidential tribunal, which was established to determine his removal from his constitutional posts.The High Court ordered the suspension on the grounds that the tribunal was established based upon unconstitutional advice offered by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.According to the court documents seen by Guyana Times, Justice Franklin Holder prohibited Justice Roxanne George (Chairperson); Retired Justice Winston Patterson and Robert Ramcharran from proceeding with the investigation and warned that failure to comply with the order would result in consequences.“If you the within named – the Honourable Prime Minister, Mr Moses Nagamootoo, the Honourable Madam Justice George, Justice (retired) Winston Patterson and Robert Ramcharran, by your servants and/or agents, neglect to obey this order, you will be liable to process of execution for the purpose of compelling you to obey the same order,” the court documents outlined.Justice Holder said too the Prime Minister’s advice ought to be investigated on the grounds that the said advice was tendered unconstitutionally, unlawfully, illegally, prematurely, prejudicially, contrary to the rules of natural justice, arbitrarily, capriciously and in breach of Duncan’s legitimate expectation and was, therefore, null, void and of no effect.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over an alleged theft of monies from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Limited.He was placed on $1 million bail in February after he had appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, charged with larceny to which he pleaded not guilty. Police alleged that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is alleged that he conspired with GPL’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal $984,900 and to commit a felony, namely, steal $27,757,500, property of the utility company.In light of these events, Duncan claimed that President David Granger and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon offered him a “financial package” to vacate his posts as Chairman of the Public Services Commission (PSC) and effectively, as ex-officio member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission as well as the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Board.Duncan rejected their offer and denied reports that Nagamootoo dispatched a letter to him asking him to justify why a tribunal ought not to be established to determine his fate.Government claims that Duncan’s failure to respond to the letter which they insist was dispatched resulted in the decision by the President to set up the tribunal that was tasked with the responsibility of investigating and recommending whether Duncan should continue to serve in his capacity.While the tribunal was ongoing, the President ordered Duncan’s suspension from all of his constitutional posts.This move sparked public outrage and resulted in the parliamentary Opposition boycotting the President’s recent address to the Parliament on the grounds that democracy was being threatened.Duncan’s Attorney, Anil Nandlall had argued that the tribunal was unconstitutional, since there was no lawful basis for its establishment.Nandlall explained that there were criminal proceedings pending in the Magistrates’ Courts and, therefore, the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” should be applied.“To establish a tribunal to investigate his removal from office on the mere institution of a charge before the determination of any guilt is (an) infraction of that constitutional protection, which guarantees him innocent until proven guilty,” Nandlall contended.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Arsenal star scores superb free-kick to end Man City’s home unbeaten run

first_imgManchester City Women suffered their first home defeat in 18 games at the hands of Arsenal Ladies on Sunday.The match ended in a 1-0 win for the Gunners, with England midfielder Jordan Nobbs’ superb free-kick enough to separate the sides.Stepping up to the ball over 30 yards from goal, Nobbs curled an unstoppable strike into the back of the net.You should check out the video of the goal above…last_img

‘Organic’ beef a hot commodity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Estimated at $500 million to $550 million a year, the market for natural and organic beef accounts for less than 1 percent of overall U.S. beef production, but is growing at about 20 percent annually, while overall beef production of 24.6 billion pounds this year is down from 25.1 billion in 1995, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture definition, almost anyone can slap a “natural” label on minimally processed beef. But through the efforts of ranchers and natural beef marketers, natural beef has come to be defined as raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, and never fed the meat byproducts that can carry mad cow disease. Organic beef must meet strict regulations, including the requirement that cattle eat only organic feed. One of the pioneers and industry leaders is Coleman Purely Natural in Golden, Colo. Chairman Mel Coleman, Jr. said the company will be pressing the USDA to make the “natural” label for beef more definitive. “The trend has changed,” Coleman said. “Consumers today have become much more aware.” The growing demand has moved natural beef into mainstream stores. For example, Laura’s Lean meats are sold in Albertson’s and Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, and shoppers on Fresh Direct, a New York-based Internet grocer, can choose from USDA choice top sirloin steak for $4.99 a pound and Creekstone Farms antibiotic-free choice top sirloin for $5.99. BROTHERS, Ore. – Back in 1986, with red meat becoming a dirty word in a more health-conscious United States, a group of cattle ranchers gathered in Doc and Connie Hatfield’s barn to talk about finding a new market for their beef. After hearing from a trainer at a health club, they chose what has come to be known as natural beef – produced without growth hormones or antibiotics, and fed exclusively vegetable feeds – and market it directly to natural food stores, where they could get a premium price. “We were going broke. We were whining about how tough things were,” said Connie Hatfield, one of the founders of the co-op Country Natural Beef, widely sold as Oregon Country Beef. Then “we found out about the market for antibiotic- and hormone-free beef.” Thanks to concerns about mad cow disease, the success of natural foods stores and Americans’ growing desire to know where their food comes from, natural meat is one of the beef industry’s fastest-growing sectors. Over the past 10 years, Oregon Country Beef has gone from processing 3,400 head a year to 40,000. Since the mad cow scare in 2003, production has more than doubled, with a 73 percent increase over the past year. At the Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Ore., where all the beef sold is Oregon Country Beef, most customers are looking for taste and tenderness, meat manager Randy Yochum said. But many are also like swim instructor Ulani Levy, whose father is a toxicologist, and who’s concerned about antibiotics in her food and hormones given to cattle to make them grow faster. “I’ll be eating this the rest of my life,” she said, packages of natural T-bone steaks in her hand. Still, Coleman said he can count on the fingers of both hands the outfits doing more than $1 million a year in sales. Michael Boland, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, figures the higher prices paid for natural beef – around 20 percent – are eaten up by the higher costs of raising them. A sick animal that has to be treated with antibiotics drops out of the program and no growth hormone means cattle gain weight slower. And while it’s easy to get as much as a 70 percent premium for steaks, it is tough to get any more for the end meats – briskets, chuck and rounds, Boland said. Oregon Country Beef made a key move last year when it made a deal with Burgerville, a Vancouver, Wash., chain dedicated to locally produced and sustainable foods, to produce all their hamburger. Jack Graves, chief cultural officer for Burgerville, said the chain was looking for a safe source of beef after the mad cow scare in 2003, and held back sales to give Oregon Country Beef time to meet Burgerville’s demand of 35,000 pounds a week. Oregon Country Beef’s growth has also been tied to getting into dozens of Whole Foods Markets, a chain with 176 stores in the United States, Britain and Canada, and 65 more in development. The main thing keeping natural beef from going mainstream is distribution, said Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appetit Management Co., in Palo Alto, Calif., which serves only natural beef at cafes on college and corporate campuses in 26 states. “These guys are up against the Monsantos of the world – genetically modified products, big agriculture,” said Bauccio. “I think Whole Foods is growing faster than Wal-Mart. I don’t know if they will ever catch them. But there is a huge population that cares about what they put in their bodies.” 160Want 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

Bereaved parents offered support ahead of festive season

first_imgAnam Cara is hosting an event in Donegal to support bereaved parents as they face one of the most difficult times of the year after the death of a child.Anam Cara Donegal is an organisation who, through their established 12 groups in 32 counties, offers information and support to all bereaved parents. They will be hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town 19th November at 6.50pm.As the dark evenings draw in and the festive season starts to make its presence felt, this is one time of the year most bereaved parents wish they could forget about. Many will say they want to bury their heads until it’s all over or go to bed and get up in January. Sadly, over 2,000 families will have lost a child this year and will face many firsts without them, including their first Christmas. During the Anam Cara Bereavement Evening, mothers and fathers will have the opportunity to hear a bereavement specialist speak about different challenges that will face them on their journey after the loss of their precious son or daughter. They will also have the opportunity to meet other bereaved parents who understand the intense grief, pain and devastation they are experiencing after the death of a child.Anam Cara will provide a safe and comfortable space for you to remember your child with other bereaved parents.One bereaved mother recently commented:“When I met other parents the sheer isolation lifted. For the first time I understood that what I was experiencing was normal”. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age of your child or the circumstances of their death.Bereaved parents can also visit their website www.anamcara.ie, where in their own time they can watch short videos with testimonies from bereaved parents and couples who have attended Anam Cara events. The videos, which are just four minutes long, show parents interviewed on topics like ‘A Dad’s Grief’, ‘Sudden and Traumatic Death’ and ‘The Grieving Family’.On their website, you can also access information about other events in your area and Anam Cara resources. These include the Anam Cara Information Pack (eight leaflets) developed by bereaved parents and the Anam Cara videos on ‘A Dad’s Grief’, ‘Sudden and Traumatic Death’ and ‘The Grieving Family’.All Anam Cara events are provided free of charge for as long as necessary.Bereaved parents offered support ahead of festive season was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:Anam Caralast_img read more

Absa trials payments via mobile phone

first_img10 January 2012Banking group Absa conducted South Africa’s first live user trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on mobile phones in December, with 500 of the bank’s staff members using the technology in a commercial environment.The bank partnered with global financial services provider Mastercard to embed the Paypass Tap and Go payment chip on cellular handsets for the trial, enabling participants to load funds onto their phones through the Absa website or ATMs.They can then pay for goods or services by merely holding their phone in front of a NFC-enabled pay point, with the value of the transaction being instantly debited from their stored value.The trial enabled participants to pay for goods at coffee shops, canteens, and later, at other service providers that are located at Absa’s head office buildings in central Johannesburg.“Absa is the first institution in South Africa to bring Near Field Communication capabilities with an EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) card payment application to a handset,” said Absa retail markets head Arrie Rautenbach in a statement last month.Paving the way for consumer utilisationRautenbach explained that the trial paved the way for consumer market utilisation of the mobile phone as a payment device using revolutionary NFC technology.“While this trial will facilitate low value payments in retail and transit in early stages, we envision many more exciting new forms of mobile payment in the future,” he said.The mobile payment system also contains the National Department of Transport data structure which will, in future, facilitate more advanced payments in transit.The application on the phone will store details of the commuter, the day and time, where they entered and exited the transit system – and use this information to calculate the fares.From the customer’s perspective, the benefits of NFC will include faster transactions, shorter queues, increased levels of security and the ability to electronically track their spending habits.Trial to provide key insightsResearch In Motion’s Blackberry phones were used as the initial handset for mobile payment trials. The Blackberry devices are equipped with an NFC wireless chip, making it well-suited for mobile payments.All payment and NFC services that are available on the handset can then be accessed from the mobile phone’s main menu, in addition to information about services available, and customer support.“This trial is going to provide key insights which will prove crucial to refining the customer experience as we bring NFC on mobile to market,” said Absa Digital Banking deputy managing executive Adrian Vermooten. “In time to come, consumers will store any type of payment cards in their mobile wallet on their handsets, and either pay online by tapping the phone on a merchant’s reader or on a person-to-person basis.“This new technology is paving the way and building acceptance networks for mobile payments in future.”Close cooperation requiredAbsa has worked extensively over the past few years with its global parent company Barclays, through its card division Barclaycard, who are among the global leaders in contactless and this form of mobile payment.“Our relationship with Barclaycard has provided our Absa team with both the inspiration and the expertise that is necessary to make this new payment form a reality,” said Rautenbach.He added that international experience and various research papers showed that for close cooperation of major players in the “NFC ecosystem” such as banks, network operators, retailers, cellular handset manufacturers and information technology partners was required for NFC to become a reality.“As we learn from the practical, hands-on experiences of the trial, we will continue our discussions and deepen our relationships with the major players in the ‘NFC ecosystem’ to develop the commercial models, and extend the variety of payments instruments made available by the wallet.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more