Local equestrians gearing up for the 2016 season started their preparation at the Kingston Polo Club, Caymanas Estates, over the weekend, with showjumpers in particular introduced to a new discipline – vaulting. Since last Friday, visiting FEI representative Emma Seely from California in the United States conducted a three-day workshop to familarise showjumpers with vaulting, one of seven disciplines in international competitions except the Olympics. Vaulting, she explained, is akin to gymnastics on horseback, but it requires intense training (initially on a barrell) to develop the skill. Seely said the workshop started last Friday with the older and more experienced showjumpers such as Jason Walter, Susan Wates, Lexie Wates, Denise Cole, Nabila Khouri, and Maelle Johnston, then moving to the children on Saturday and finally back with the older participants yesterday. “The response was good,” disclosed Seely. “Being introduced to vaulting for the first time, the participants were curious at first, but they soon got the hang of it, regarding basic movements on a horse, as well as get-fit exercises, and in the end they were quite keen and receptive,” added Seely, who has had vast experience in this area of the sport spanning 35 years. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of national coach Betty Wates, who is also president of the Equestrian Federation of Jamaica. “Jamaicans being natural athletes, I believe we will adopt to vaulting pretty fast, and in a few years, could impact internationally in much the same way Samantha Albert did in showjumping and Alia Atkinson in swimming”, she said. Meanwhile, the polo players started their preparation over the weekend with practice matches on Saturday and yesterday ahead of the Doc Masterton Tournament on January 31 at the Caymanas Estates, traditionally the first polo match each season. According to Rachel Turner and Mitta Rousseau, two of the island’s top polo players, the action should increase this season following a lull in activities last year. Turner said the Doc Masterton will be followed by the Burger King Kids tournament on February 20, as well as the annual tour of the visiting team from Newport from March 3-6. They will play matches at the St Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall, Chukka Blue in Hanover and the Kingston Polo Club. Rousseau disclosed that later in the year there will be the club tournaments – the Hurlingham Cup and Senior Cup – for which Kingston Polo Club are defending champions, with players such as James Robertson, Paul Lalor, Mark Wates, Jorge Donovan, and Turner, as well as the Hi-Pro Family tournament, Dennis Lalor Polo tournament, and one of the big ones – the Scotia-sponsored tournament in mid-year.
The Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) has named 25 swimmers to commence training ahead of the 31st Carifta, Water Polo, Open Water and Synchronised Swimming Championships, to be held in Martinique later this month.The championships will take place over four days, from March 22-26.At the Carifta Champs last year in Barbados, Jamaica picked up 25 medals – two gold, nine silver and 14 bronze – placing fifth overall with 458 points.The Jamaicans will be looking to improve last year’s tally and will have training sessions at the National Aquatic Centre on March 6, March 13, and March 19.The team will be under the supervision of coaches Gillian Millwood and Miguel Jonas; manager, Georgia Sinclair Dr Jacqueline James, and physiotherapist, Sophia Brown.The championships are a FINA-approved qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They also serve as the top junior amateur swim meet for the Caribbean.SQUAD: Boys 11-12 – Rajiv Redhi; Girls 11-12 – Emily MacDonald and Simone Vale.Boys 13-14: Chester Adams, Cameron Brown, Jordane Payne and Nicholas Vale. Girls 13-14: Gabrianna Banks, Naomi Eaton, Brittney Williams and Laura Lim Sang.Boys 15-17: Joseph Black, Mattheau Bonner, Keanan Dols, Sean-Douglas Gooden, Barak Goren, Jesse Marsh and Xavier Phillips.Girls 15-17: Anjuii Barrett, Kelsie Campbell, Shaun Johnson, Annabella Lyn, Bryanna Renuart and Angara Sinclair.The Open Water swimmers are Johnathan Lyn and Annabella Lyn.
The Anna Regina Town Council is doing general desilting on all clogged trenches in the township. Speaking with Guyana Times, Deputy Mayor Darshan Persaud said as a result of the inclement weather conditions, the Council decided to conduct general desilting exercises on the town’s main drainage system. He added that construction of new culverts, where needed, for a more improved and better managed drainage system has also been undertaken.According to Persaud, residents within the township will also see improvements of those streets, which are in deplorable conditions.One of the main complaints the Council has received, he said, was the none functioning of street lights within the township.According to Persaud, this matter will be addressed since Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson said in her independence speech at Anna Regina that the Essequibo Coast will benefit from a total of 10,000 LED lights from Japan that will be imported to replace the existing street lights in Guyana.
Less than 24 hours after senior management of the State broadcaster National Communications Network (NCN) was forced to rescind its decision to remove journalist and News Anchor Natasha Smith from her anchoring duties because of pregnancy, President David Granger has weighed in on the situation, saying that pregnancy should be celebrated and accepted in the workplace.The Head of State told reporters on Wednesday that while Government was yet to articulate a position on the issue, he personally believed that pregnancy was natural and normal for women.News Anchor Natasha Smith“How can you get children without being pregnant? So, we should start to accept pregnancy as something as very normal and don’t regard it as something strange or a unusual occurrence,” President Granger said to reporters when asked for a comment on the ongoing controversy involving the NCN News Anchor, who was pulled from anchoring the newscast because of her pregnancy.To this end, the Head of State is of the view that there is nothing wrong with having a pregnant woman anchoring the newscast. He said, “I don’t mind seeing a pregnant air stewardess or a waitress in the restaurant. Pregnancy is normal, so let’s celebrate it and let’s be grateful we have pregnant women. That’s my position, and I don’t mind if she is on the screen or on the radio. Why not?”In a statement last week, Smith said last month (August 12) she was informed by a senior manager of the State-owned entity that she would be relieved of her duties as anchor. The broadcast journalist pointed out that it was shortly after this revelation that she was made aware that the reason for the decision was because she was unmarried and pregnant.This issue has caused much public outrage, especially within the media fraternity and particularly from the Guyana Press Association (GPA). However, NCN has since denied claims that Smith was pulled from the set due to her pregnancy. In fact, it appears as though Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lennox Cornette was misrepresented by management.The GPA managed to procure a copy of the minutes from the August 8, 2016 management meeting, which centred on the production of a new montage. The document reads, “With regards to this, the CEO stated that the anchor and wardrobe should coincide with the montage. However, given the present condition of Ms Natasha Smith, the CEO asked that a tight shot be done to remedy the view.”According to all of the senior executives of NCN who spoke to the GPA, they understood the CEO to be speaking of Smith’s pregnancy, hence the decision was communicated to her.Prior to the meeting with NCN’s management on Tuesday, executive members of the GPA, along with other members of the media fraternity, union representatives and rights activists, staged a protest in front of the State network’s Homestretch Avenue head office, calling on the company to reverse its decision on Smith.At the meeting later on, the request was upheld.In addition, Cornette was instructed by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has responsibility for State media, to tender an unqualified apology to Smith.According to the Prime Minister, he found the journalist’s removal from anchoring duties as an attack on her as a woman and as a professional journalist. Nagamootoo outlined that the coalition government stood for full equality of women; hence their right to work or association must not be denied or in any way trampled by their free choice to be married or to remain single, or to bear or not to bear children.“I do not condone any such act and disassociate myself from the action in this matter by NCN…It agonises me to get involved in what is an NCN management matter, but, as a journalist and as a parent, I refuse to be silent on this occasion,” the Prime Minister said.Of recent, the State-run company has come under much criticism after it was also brought to light that Sports Editor Jocelle Archibald-Hawke was suspended for one month without pay after she took to Facebook to criticise another NCN employee for asking President Granger about Pokémon Go – a trending mobile game.However, NCN management maintained that its decision on the single mother of two was justified. These incidents have caused calls to be made for Cornette to be sent packing. (Vahnu Manikchand) NCN News Anchor saga…CEO asked to apologise
Two more LNG facilities have received approval for export licenses from the National Energy Board.AltaGas DCLNG was authorized to export up to a gas equivalent of 1 Bcf per day for 25 years and Kitsault Energy up to 3 Bcf per day of gas, for 20 years.President of Kitsault Energy Krish Suthanthiran purchased the town in 2005, and it currently is home to only a caretaker. The current proposed LNG project is estimated to cost $20 to $30 billion and was planned to come online in 2018. According to an article from Argus Media, Suthanthiran was unable to provide an update on if the project would still meet that start date.- Advertisement -The future of the AltaGas facility also remains unclear. The plan is to build a floating facility built in China, but the Canadian Boarder Services Agency told AltaGas in the fall that would have to pay a import duty on the floating facility.The tax would be 25 per cent on the $300 million dollar facility.AltaGas is currently appealing the decision. The AltaGas DCLNG project is a joint venture between AltaGas, Japanese energy company Idemitsu, Belgian shipping company Exmar and France’s EDF Trading.Advertisement
DONEGAL has been given a massive ‘thumbs up’ by a writer with Britain’s Daily Telegraph.Journalist Judith Woods and her children stayed at the Rathmullan House Hotel and took in a day trip to Glenveagh National Park.It’s a great read. And you can read it by clicking the link below:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/ireland/8781433/Half-term-holidays-the-delights-of-Donegal.htmlTOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS WRITER GIVES RAVE REVIEW was last modified: September 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
Paul Clement Paul Clement insists he will be at Swansea next season irrespective of what division the club are in. Swansea enter the final three matches of the Premier League season two points adrift of safety, with home games against Everton and West Brom and a trip to already relegated Sunderland to come.When Clement was appointed Swansea head coach at the start of the year, the Welsh club were bottom of the league with only 12 points from 19 games.“When I came in January I signed a contract for the remainder of this season, plus two more,” former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant manager Clement said.“I am really enjoying my time working here at the club with all the great people behind the scenes.“There’s also a really good group of players and a fantastic set of fans as well.“I’m very happy here and I look forward to staying here for the remainder of my contract, irrespective of the outcome this season.”Swansea host Everton on Saturday evening hoping to cut the gap on 17th-placed Hull, who host Sunderland in an earlier kick-off.The game marks the first return of former club captain Ashley Williams to the Liberty Stadium since his £12million switch to Merseyside at the start of the season.Williams played over 350 games in eight years as Swansea rose through the divisions and into the Premier League.The Wales captain also led the club to League Cup glory and a place in Europe in 2013, but some Swansea supporters have suggested on social media this week that Williams should be granted an unfriendly reception on Saturday.“I know he (Williams) was a very good player here, as was Joe Allen, and people speak highly of him for leadership and character,” Clement said.“We hope he has a good welcome, but that is as far as it goes. We want our fans to get behind us.“We want the crowd to make it difficult for Everton where they can, but not for any one specific player who had played here.“He left here on good terms having done so well over a number of years and made this club successful in getting to the Premier League.“But now he plays for an opponent and we are desperate to win and play well.”Williams’ place had been taken by the increasingly impressive Alfie Mawson, who has progressed into the England Under-21 set-up since completing his £5m move from Barnsley last August.“It’s exciting for him, the journey he has had playing at all the different levels and then stepping up to play regular Premier League football,” Clement said.“I have picked him in every league game since I’ve been here and his performances have been good.“He has a lot to improve on still, but he is the kind of player who applies himself every day.“If he keeps his feet on the ground he is going to get better and better.” 1
u-14 County Final – Ardara v Four Masters. Well done to both teamsDonegal U14 Ladies B Championship County Final ReportBy Michael MastersonArdara v’s Four MastersScore 5-04 to 4-0411 July 2012Referee – Andrew Mullin, Killybegs.A big crowd gathered at the Old Pitch in Fintra, Killybegs for the Donegal U14 Ladies B Championship County Final with both sides well supported at the beachfront venue.Ardara started the better with an early long range goal followed up by a closer shot and a point giving them the dream start without any reply from the Masters.The Ardara girls were dominant and despite the Masters girls coming into the game with a goal and a point and having a goal coming from a rebound from the bar disallowed due to a square ball, Ardara went in 9 points up at half time. Ardara picked up where the left off with another early goal in the second half and it looked like a landslide, but the Donegal Town Girls were not prepared to give up their excellent season without a fight and had not read that script. The Masters came into the game and linked their play and started to show their potential, they pressurised Ardara, developed their chances and took their scores also hitting the woodwork twice and missing a penalty leaving the score 5-04 to 3-03 with 10 minutes to go, the Masters pressed on with another goal and a point leaving the margin of 1 goal in the last 3 minutes but a relieved Ardara hung on for victory with a final score of 5-04 to 4-04 from a thrilling, exciting and excellent final.Ardara Team List – Natasha Mc Cole (c), Lara Sweeney (c), Rosa Kelly, Emer Sweeney, Emma Sweeney, Orna Gallagher, Niamh Gallagher, Leanne Sweeney, Roisin Maguire, Emma Gallagher, Hannah Sweeney, Fiona Mc Loughlin, Sarah Harkin, Eimear Gallagher, Edel Mc Hugh, Courtney Mc Connell, Ellen Bennett, Rachel Mc Neilis, Shauna Mc Neilis, Denise Deveanny, Dearbhla TraversFour Masters Team List – Chloe Masterson & Grace Nolan (Joint Captains) Kate Shovlin, Amika Weir, Casey Harvey, Aife Regan, Eva Diver, Damaris Scott, Kate Smith, Rebecca Pearson, Catherine Early, Niamh Byrne, Emir McGrory, Eabha Reid, Nessa Gorrell, Molly Keane, Fiona Shovlin, Niamh Doherty, Briana Hanna, Emma J Mitchel, Aine G Gillespie, Rebecca Faulkner, Jenny Greene, Chloe Pearson, Aine S Gillespie.LADIES GAA: ARDARA SEE OFF FOUR MASTERS IN U-14 B COUNTY FINAL was last modified: July 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LADIES GAA: ARDARA SEE OFF FOUR MASTERS IN U-14 B COUNTY FINAL
LA VERNE – The University of La Verne surpassed its’ $16 million fund-raising challenge to build the new Sarah & Michael Abraham Campus Center ahead of schedule, officials said Friday.Designed by Pasadena-based Gonzalez/Goodale architects, the campus center will house a food court and recreational space, as well as the offices of student organizations and the university’s student affairs department in a three-story, 40,000 square feet building.“It will act as the family room of our campus,” said University President Steve Morgan, describing the center as a place for students and faculty to interact.The project also includes the renovation of the Sports Science & Athletics Pavilion and the construction of the Nadine Johnson Family Plaza, which will serve as an outdoor meeting place for the university community.“Even though our campus is small, we still need a central location for everything,” said senior Dana McJunkin, student body president. “This new center shows how our school is growing. It will be nice for us to have a place to hang out.”The challenge was put forth by Trustee Michael Abraham in February 2004, when he donated a record-breaking $4 million to build a new student center in the middle of campus. “When I went to school, the student center was an important part of campus life,and I knew the University of La Verne did not have such a facility.” said Abraham, who said he made the large contribution because he wanted to see the center built while he was alive.Abraham delivered an ultimatum to the board, asking them to match his contribution. He encouraged the school to raise the additional funds within 18 months.“When Michael came up with the plan to make the student center happen, I thought the challenge of raising the funds in such a short time was an impossibility,” said Ben Harris, board chairman.The 18-month deadline was Friday and Morgan announced at a board meeting Friday morning that the $16 million mark had been reachedOct. 25. The school has raised a total of $16,555,941 to date.The bulk of the funds were raised by contributions by the trustees themselves, which totaled over $8 million. The faculty and staff of the university raised $1 million, while remaining funds were collected through donations by alumni and friends of the university.The contribution that pushed the total amount raised over the goal was made by trustee and former chair Jim Long and his wife, Marie.An additional $4 million must be raised to fully outfit the costs of the new student facilities. Abraham said that he had no doubts that the money could be collected.“It’s like a snowball rolling down a hill, sooner of later it ends up as an avalanche, and we ended up with an avalanche,” said Abraham.Construction should begin in about 1
A Circuit Court Judge has applied the probation act in the case of a 48-year-old Donegal man charged with assault and discharging a firearm, saying he hopes the two neighbours will be able to ‘live happily ever after’.Patrick J Friel (48) of Ballynakillew, Churchill, was charged with the offences against farmer Gerard Sweeney on January 3, 2015. The two men became embroiled in a row over a right of way and the pair came to an agreement at Buncrana Circuit Court over the right of way.Friel was given the benefit of the probation act by Judge John O’Hagan on the charges of assault and the discharge of a firearm.The DPP had recommended that Friel be trialled by jury.Judge O’Hagan said he was applying the probation act ‘in the hope that it diffuses the situation’. The Judge ordered that three firearms belonging to Friel be seized and disposed of.Judge O’Hagan said: “As they say in Alice In Wonderland, hopefully they will all live happily ever after.“In light of what has happened, the poison is out of the chalice. In my view, this is the fairest way to discharge the matter.“It was a very unfortunate affair, brought about in the heat of the moment. A pellet went into Mr Sweeney’s eye and he has had difficulty with that.”Friel faced a possible five years imprisonment for the two charges.The first was a Section 3 assault under the Non Fatal Offenses Against The Persons Act.The second was that he did discharge a firearm being reckless as to whether any person was injured or not contrary to Sec 8 of the Firearms Offenses Weapons Act 1990.Judge O’Hagan said: “Mr Sweeney brought a digger into the land and was preparing what he considered a right of way to which he thought he was entitled.“He was seen by Mr Friel and Mr Friel saw red. He thought: ‘This is my land. He has no right to do that’. There had been a disagreement before and this led to the final straw. Mr Friel took the law into his own hands. He had a shotgun and discharged a cartridge past the digger and Mr Sweeney was injured.”Judge hopes neighbours can ‘live happily ever after’ after shooting incident was last modified: July 15th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Buncrana Circuit CourtChurchillGerard SweeneyJUdge John O’HaganPatrick J Friel