Junior golfers hitting the sweet spot

first_imgThe efforts of the Junior Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) and the golf coaches over the last few years are now paying dividends. The Junior Golf fraternity is thriving and preparing well for the international stage.Over the past weekend, the Junior JGA’s second tournament in the Junior Series was held at Constant Spring Golf Club. While this is the home course for many of the juniors, the Junior JGA also supported the participation of players from Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. Thirtytwo Junior golfers between the ages of six and 16 played and brought in some very commendable scores.Players were grouped by age, and tees were set according to international standards. In the Boys’ Under-15 category, Radino Lobban, from St Ann, shot 83 on Day 1 and 76 on Day 2 to win the category overall. Elric Li placed second and Wahid Thomas third.In the Boys’ Under-13 section, Tristan Brown and Rocco Lopez had two days of competitive golf. Brown won on Saturday with a score of 74, while Lopez shot 79. Although Rocco gave away hole 9 on Sunday, with a four putt, he still managed to win for the day with a score of 76. Due to Tristan’s outstanding score on Saturday, he managed to win the category overall by two strokes. Matthew Grant placed third, while Justine McKenzie won the Girls’ Under-13.In the Under-11 grouping, there was an amazing performance by 10-year-old Trey Williams. Williams led his age group with an 88 on Day 1, then outdid himself on Day 2 with an 86. Brady Holmes, aged 10, came second with a 94 on Saturday and an excellent 87 on Sunday, marred only by missing a one-foot putt on the final hole 18 to give Trey the outright win on Day 2. Also in this category, Bjorne Dennis and Sebastian Azan fought it out, but Dennis managed to edge Azan out of third place with one stroke.IMPRESSIVE SCORELek Drummond won the Under-9 category with an impressive score of 42 over nine holes. Mattea Issa placed second with a score of 44, followed by Samantha Azan, who shot 48.The Beginners section had players aged six to eight years, who played nine holes from 100 to 150 yards. Seven-year-old Kemari Morris was the clear winner, shooting 46, with Cillian Hall in second place with a score of 54, and Spencer Taylor shooting 58.This second match in the JGA Junior Series was made possible in part by sponsors of the Alliance Buccaneer Memorial Tournament and the Jamaica Golf Association. The third match in the JGA Juniors Series will be held on December 3 at the Constant Spring Golf Club as a part of one of the biggest tournaments of the year for the golfing fraternity of the year – S.A.N.T.A.last_img read more

UNESCO Educates Rural Broadcasters on Anti-Ebola Messages

first_imgThough there are reports confirming a considerable reduction in the spread of the dangerous Ebola virus disease (EVD) at various treatment units ETUs), the government and its international partners are not taking the Ebola fight for granted.To contribute to the fight, UNESCO’s Monrovia office on October 22 and 23, 2014, trained over 40 community-based radio broadcasters.The two-day training, which was conducted in Gbarnga, Bong County, was held under the theme, “Enhancing Broadcasters’ Skills in the Fight against EVD.”The training, which was ‘intensive’ took into consideration several Ebola preventive measures, including the regular hand washing, avoiding over crowdedness, etc.The officer-in-charge (OIC) of Monrovia office, Stevenson Seidi, in his opening remarks on Wednesday underscored opportunities the training provided, because of the basic skills in the Ebola preventive messages relative to the rural communities in Liberia.According to Mr. Seidi, the idea to educate rural broadcasters, who are mainly managers of rural-based community radios, was to customize some of their anti-Ebola messages in their respective localities; how to develop those messages in their [own] languages; more importantly, to vet (scrutinize, evaluate) what sorts of messages they will put out on the radio for the listening audience.The training was held with the objective to enhance rural broadcasters’ skills in the presentation of EVD messages appropriately and professional; to develop EVD messages in common ‘Liberian’ English and local languages;   and to conduct a model presentation of EVD on radios with focus on the rural parts of the country.The training was also designed  to create community awareness and promote behaviorial change about the EVD and the risk factors, prevention and control in the community and to disseminate the risk factors and prevention messages of Ebola in the course of three months.Earlier, in his official opening remark, Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services, Robert W. Kpadeh, expressed gratitude to the crafters of the training, “because the exercise will propel the broadcasters to disseminate messages to prevent the spread of Ebola.He re-echoed government’s call on all to fight the EVD, and also assured the broadcasters that with the collective efforts in the fight, Liberia ill eventually prevail.”He meanwhile challenged the over the 40 participants to go out and serve as ambassadors by spreading their acquired knowledge to their various  audiences in the fight against Ebola.Participants were lectured individually by facilitators from IREX, UNICEF, WHO and facilitators from other professional areas.They learned about the importance of telling the Ebola story, which has now become a global issue.The participants were told to apply all necessary safety rules as they go about visiting some of the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), follow burial teams for interviews, etc.They also learned about the how the virus is transmitted; avoidance of contact with bodily fluids of anyone showing symptoms of the disease, among other things.Participants’ representative, Nyahn Flomo and the president for the Association of Liberia Community Radio (ALICOR) William Quire, expressed gratitude to UNESCO and the facilitators for the level of education they impacted unto the participants during the education training. The two managers called on UNESCO to strengthen the rural radio stations in several other areas, including funding, conducting listeners’ surveys and improving the level of anti-Ebola-related messages.The participants promised to share the acquired acknowledge from the training with their colleagues who did not have the opportunity to be part of the UNESCO training.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister of State breaks silence, brushes aside criticisms

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon says he is not concerned by the current “organised campaign to damage hisMinister of State Joseph Harmon and supporters on Sundayreputation” as this will not affect the way in which he performs his duties.The Minister broke his silence on Sunday after three weeks of sensationalised articles published by the Kaieteur News in an apparent smear campaign against him.In what appears to be a move aimed at tarnishing Harmon’s political career, Kaieteur News has been publishing a series of articles about the Minister’s decision to appoint businessman Brian Tiwari as his personal Adviser on Business Development and instructions he gave to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to halt a seizure of several vehicles from Chinese logging company BaiShanLin. The articles were skilfully designed in a manner to portray the Minister as corrupt.On Sunday, Harmon declared he was not bothered by the criticisms of “one or two newspaper columnists or one or two persons who write newspaper articles”.In a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Malika Ramsey, Harmon said he was not concerned that the current “organised campaign to damage his reputation” would affect the way he performed his duties as Minister.“Minister Harmon says he has always felt that it was the people who elected him, and the people who elected the coalition Government, and it is the people who decide whether or not that Government is performing – not one or two newspaper columnists or one or two persons who write newspaper articles,” the statement said.Harmon said President David Granger had spoken on the matter definitively, and he respected the President’s judgment. As such, Harmon said he would not comment further on the matter.President Granger had described claims of corruption against Harmon and his Government as “outrageous”, and stated that it was difficult for him to accept a blanket criticism of the entire Administration because of one incident.Ramsey posted Harmon’s statement on social media site Facebook.Giving his take on the issue on Sunday, former Government Minister and political commentator, Dr Henry Jeffrey told Guyana Times that Harmon’s decision not to provide an explanation was only leading to more speculation.“It appears to me that what is necessary at this stage is for Minister Harmon to come out and say clearly what has taken place and for us to be able to make some clear judgment of what we believe should happen,” Dr Jeffrey said.To Harmon’s defenceSocial Cohesion Minister Amna Ally told a post-Local Government Elections (LGE)meeting on West Demerara on Sunday that she had pride in Harmon as she played up his “many projects” to better the lives of citizens in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and across the country.Ally said what was uppermost in Harmon’s mind was the development of Guyana. She said President Granger has every confidence in the Minister of State and reassured that “had the Minister of State done wrong, he would have been gone”.Pro-Harmon demonstrationMeanwhile, several A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Councillors in Region Three staged a demonstration on Sunday outside the West Demerara Secondary School in support of Harmon who was meeting with recently-elected APNU/AFC Councillors for post-LGE (discussions.The Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) last week came out swinging at Harmon and the coalition Government, claiming that the Administration was facilitating and proliferating corruption in Guyana.TIGI premised its claims on the circumstances surrounding the “honorary” appointment of CEO of BK Industries, Brian Tiwari, as a Business Advisor to the Government and also Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s alleged actions with regard to his intervention in the work of the GRA.Since taking office, Minister Harmon has been one of the most proactive and competent ministers within the APNU/AFC Administration and has been a target of Kaieteur News’ vendetta.last_img read more

North Peace Alumni Hockey School not slowing down after ten years

first_imgThe camp got off to a great start yesterday according to Fast, even if it took a little while for everyone to get their skating legs back under them.“It was a fun first day. I think a lot of people were happy to get back on the ice after a long break off for the majority of the kids. It took a session, session and a half to get the rust off but we got some things going by the end of the day,” he said.The positive feedback and great attendance play a big role in giving back to the home town kids and coming back every year to put on the camp. It also gives Fort St. John’s most successful hockey players a chance to get re-acquainted with each other.- Advertisement -“This is our tenth year of the camp and every year we’re full or close to full so that’s a great sign we should keep doing this for the community. We love coming back. It gets a bunch of buddies back every year. We’ve got players like Dennis Robertson, Braden Pimm that are brand new pro players. Scott Ford who has been a pro now for eleven years so we have guys that want to give back to the community and I think it’s a great thing for these kids to learn from them as well,” Fast explained.Fast says it’s important that the instructors be local products because it gives the young ones something to aspire to he adds he wouldn’t be interested in doing the camp with instructors that don’t have ties to Fort St. John.“That was our main focus from day one of the camp. We put together a camp that’s called the North Peace Alumni for a reason. It’s made up of guys who grew up, played here, lived here, and coached here. It’s really important to me; I love coming back here and doing this. I wouldn’t come back and do this and bring in a bunch of out of town hands. I think that this is the way to do this. We have the resources here hockey wise, and skill wise,” he stated.Advertisement Those taking part will be learning skills such as skating, passing, shooting, stick handling, and hockey IQ. The camp runs through Friday.last_img read more

Japan may nix pacifism

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TOKYO – Japan’s parliament approved a plan Monday for a referendum on the country’s pacifist constitution, a move that boosts Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to give the armed forces a larger global role. The country’s 1947 constitution was drafted by U.S. occupation officials after World War II, and it has never been amended. Many Japanese credit the charter’s pacifist clause, Article 9, with keeping the country out of war since 1945. Under the proposal approved Monday, the referendum to revise the constitution could be held as early as 2010. last_img read more

Almost 70% of NAMA debtors paid less than half their debt – Doherty

first_imgPearse Doherty TD has said figures released to him show that 68% of debtors who have exited NAMA did so having paid off less than half their debts.Deputy Doherty said new figures he received from the Minister for Finance show that nearly 70% of the 505 debtors who have exited NAMA have done so having had more than half their debt still owed.These debtors originally owed €27.3bn although NAMA would not have paid significantly less than that price. Of that debt only €14.9bn has been recovered. He said “NAMA’s mandate is to recoup as much money as possible from its debtors for the Irish people. Shockingly 51 debtors exited having paid 10% or less of their debts while 225 debtors paid off less than 30%.“That is a far cry from the Brian Lenihan commitment that debtors would pursued ‘to the ends of the Earth’. The NAMA strategy, under direction from the Minister, to offload assets earlier than originally planned means that, in many cases, it has been the vulture funds that have benefitted from repayments from these debtors in a recovering property market.“That strategy is now in question more than ever before. Sinn Féin is calling for a freezing of NAMA sales until a new policy is developed which will make sure the taxpayer receives the maximum value from what is left on NAMA’s book and which mandates NAMA to play a serious role in solving our housing problem.”Almost 70% of NAMA debtors paid less than half their debt – Doherty was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Half-time: Brighton 2 Fulham 0

first_imgFulham’s three-match winning run looked to be coming to an end after they conceded twice in five minutes to the promotion contenders.The Whites had been the better side in the first 25 minutes, keeping the ball well on a slippery surface and having the game’s first effort on goal when Ross McCormack’s low drive was claimed low down by former Fulham keeper David Stockdale.Brighton, in third, had not got going until they were given a penalty on 28 minutes.Manchester United loanee James Wilson got goal side of Richard Stearman in the left-hand channel and went down fairly easily as the Fulham defender’s arms met his shoulders.Tomer Hemed put the visitors’ protests out of his mind to coolly convert the penalty.And the Israeli was on target again shortly afterwards, stretching his neck muscles to enable him to meet Anthony Knockaert’s free-kick and guide it beyond Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli.Only last-ditch defending prevented Brighton from stretching their lead, on one such occasion Connor Goldson headed at Bettinelli after Fulham had failed to properly clear.Brighton: Stockdale; Bruno, Dunk, Goldson, Rosenior; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Skalak; Hemed, Wilson.Subs: Maenpaa, Greer, Bong, Sidwell, LuaLua, Murphy, Baldock. Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker; Tunnicliffe, O’Hara; Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Richards, Garbutt, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Report: Raiders signing Lamarcus Joyner, potential starting safety

first_imgThe Raiders continued their tear through the NFL offseason Monday night, reaching an agreement with former Rams safety and impending free agent Lamarcus Joyner, NFL Network first reported.Joyner’s deal is for four years at around $10.5 million per year, according to ESPN.The Raiders now have a strong contender to start at safety, something they badly needed with 35-year-old Reggie Nelson’s future up in the air and Marcus Gilchrist set to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday.Joyner most …last_img read more

Opening statement: Sharks hold off bruising Blues for Game 1 win

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/12/bang_a0c58571-a7c9-47fb-933b-bd0a9fd42d4f”]SAN JOSE — Remember the hits, animosity and general bad blood the Sharks had in their first round series in these playoffs?Well, it’s all back, and it seems to suit the Sharks just fine.Kevin Labanc snapped a six-game goal drought and Timo Meier scored his fourth and fifth of the playoffs in the second period to help the Sharks earn a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday in Game 1 of the Western Conference …last_img read more

‘Brand South Africa’: is 2010 the key?

first_img‘Place branding’ – the branding of a nation, town or even a continent – is an area of branding that has undergone huge growth in the past five years. In the case of Africa, branding its nations is currently a popular topic. Many, including the rock star Bono, argue that perceptions need to start changing about Africa – moving away from the charity image to, instead, portraying its various cultures, economic strength and highlighting the positive stories about Africa. Yet it seems that South Africa, as a leading African nation, has always managed to sidestep the downtrodden image that other African nations are burdened with. South Africa, since its transition from apartheid in 1994, has created a strong identity for itself. Figures like Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are practically international celebrities; South Africa’s sporting teams are internationally recognised, and successful country exports, like its wine, have all contributed to build a positive side to South Africa’s ‘brand’.However, years of poor leadership under President Mbeki (a leader who started with great potential); the country’s HIV crisis; increasing disparities in wealth and subsequent high crime rates, along with recent political upheavals have weakened South Africa’s brand internationally. To many an outside observer, South Africa looks like a nation in disarray – one that had been full of promise but has yet to deliver.But next year South Africa will be hosting football’s World Cup – an international sporting event that, executed well, could turn around perceptions of the country. The World Cup in 2010 has already led to a surge in infrastructure and development, creating jobs during a recession that has hit South Africa hard. The event, many South Africans believe, offers the country a chance to demonstrate its strengths and a new face – under a new political leadership – to the rest of the world. “2010 is the platform for a gear change for South Africa – it is the launch into the next phase of growth,” says John Battersby, UK country manager for South Africa’s International Marketing Council. “All focus is on the World Cup. South Africa is gripped by 2010 fever.”Sport for a nationInternational sporting events, if planned and executed well, can have the potential to boost a country’s image and economy. Generally, the upswing lasts for a year after the event has taken place. The key for countries (or cities) is to ensure that there is a long-term communications strategy in place to build on the surge of national pride and growth. In some cases – like China’s hosting of the Olympics – the hosting of an international event has the potential to transform existing perceptions. China’s goal was to demonstrate its progress to the world. It succeeded.South Africa’s goal, through its hosting of the World Cup, should be to demonstrate its unity as well as its potential in areas such as economic growth – after all, football is a uniting sport in South Africa, played across all sections of society. To date, the most memorable international sporting event for South Africa was the Rugby World Cup in 1995 that followed Mandela’s election as leader. While that is a hard act to follow, the 2010 FIFA World Cup could tap into that history – to show that the ‘Rainbow Nation’ proclaimed by Mandela in 1994 is still a possibility, or even a growing reality. As Battersby says, “We can use sport as a way to unite people – to recapture the unity of 1994. Football in South Africa is bigger than anything else and unifying people around ‘feel good’ factors is an important legacy. It can lead to a more united country that has shared this experience and has a shared future.” Demonstrating this unity will need to be made tangible during 2010, for example, by making matches accessible to all South Africans and not just to international visitors.South Africa also has the opportunity to confront misleading perceptions about Africa as a continent, by opening people’s eyes to the rich culture of the African continent as well as celebrating its own culture. But if South Africa as a nation is on the cusp of a transformation for the better, then it needs to tell its story beyond the World Cup. The country has already made history by being the first African country to host a football World Cup – an event which many believed would not happen. From a nation brand perspective, its hosting of the World Cup is timed well, following a strong leadership change and offering an ideal opportunity to challenge current international perceptions of the country. The key is to ensure that positive transformation continues beyond the FIFA World Cup.Melissa DavisDirectorTruebrandingShort biog: Melissa advises global companies on brand strategy. She is author of two books –‘More than a Name: an introduction to branding’ (AVA Books, 2005) and ‘The Fundamentals of Branding’, (AVA Books, 2009).Courtesy: Designdb.comlast_img read more