20 Jan

Jamaica to host 2018 ISKA World Championship – Government ready to assist organisers

first_imgKINGSTON: Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says a meeting will be convened with members of the organising committee – headed by Jason McKay (at the earliest possible date) – with a view to seeing how best the Government of Jamaica can assist in successfully hosting the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships (ISKA). “I am very delighted and excited by the fact that we have won the rights to host the 2018 International Sport Kickboxing Association World Championships,” said Grange. “It is an indication that the world of karate and kickboxing believes that our people have the ability and capacity to execute at a very high level.” Since the announcement, Grange has alerted technocrats within the ministry to the endless possibilities of hosting the championships, all in an effort to ensure that the sport and the country is positioned to maximise on the gains to be derived. “This is a massive boost to Brand Jamaica and is a challenge all of us must embrace. It is another opportunity to promote and raise awareness about our rich cultural heritage and generate revenue to the economy,” she said. “Coupled with our world-class hospitality industry, I am confident that many of our guests who will attend this event in 2018 will happily return to our shores thereafter.” Jamaica was announced as the chosen destination for the 2018 edition of the championships during the just-concluded ISKA World Championships in Germany, which was held from May 18-22. “Special commendations to the martial arts community and all other stakeholders for the role they have played so far, but rest assured that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is committed to ensuring that the 2018 ISKA World Championships will be a huge success in all areas,” she added. The sports minister also commended the entire combined martial arts team that went to the World Championships in Germany.last_img read more

18 Jan

Griezmann pleads case for Ballon d’Or after FIFA snub

first_imgLATEST STORIES France’s forward Antoine Griezmann looks on as he takes part in a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, on the outskirts of Paris, on September 3, 2018, as part of the team’s preparation for the UEFA Nations League football match against Germany and Netherlands. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFrance star Antoine Griezmann insists he deserves to be on the podium for this year’s Ballon d’Or after winning the World Cup and major silverware with Atletico Madrid.Griezmann came third in 2016 in the voting behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the most prestigious individual award in football, despite not winning anything.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That year was agonizing for the forward as he lost the Euro 2016 final with France and the Champions League final with Atletico. But this season fortune has smiled on Griezmann, who starred in France’s triumphant World Cup winning campaign in Russia after an impressive year at Atletico, who won the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Comparing 2016 and this year, for me I have to be in the top three,” the 27-year-old told French sports daily L’Equipe.“In 2016, I lost two finals and was in the top three. This time I have won three finals.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Asked if not winning it would be unfair, Griezmann replied: “Not unfair, but I would wonder what more I could do. I have won three trophies, stood out at decisive moments, but it is not me who votes.”Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or over the last decade and the Portuguese superstar will be a contender again this year after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.But Griezmann, who rejected a move to join Messi at Barcelona in the close season, admits ending their stranglehold over the award would be special.“I think about it, especially the closer I get to it. The Ballon d’Or is a prestigious award, and it is the highest you can go as a player. There are trophies in your league, in the World Cup, the Euro, but it’s not the same,” he said.However, there are signs that Griezmann’s glorious 2018 on the field might not be enough.ADVERTISEMENT Nigeria bans national team coach for accepting money Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UEFA gave their award for the best player of last season to Luka Modric, skipper of the Croatia side that reached the World Cup final and a Champions League winner with Real.And Griezmann was omitted, along with the rest of his France team-mates, from the final three nominees for FIFA’s player of the year award.The finalists for that prize are Modric, Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, the same three who made up the podium for UEFA’s award.Asked about the FIFA snub, Griezmann replied that “it’s bizarre, and a shame. It is a trophy given out by FIFA, isn’t it?“And the World Cup is organized by FIFA, right? We win the World Cup, and there is no French player there. That is their choice but it is surprising that there is no world champion.”The Ballon d’Or award was run jointly by FIFA and magazine France Football until the end of 2016, since when world football’s governing body has reverted to giving out their own prize.While a panel of supporters, national team captains, coaches and journalists vote for the FIFA award, only journalists vote for the Ballon d’Or.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

14 Jan

Cartoon: May 25, 2016

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12 Jan

Construction worker relieved of gold ring while visiting friend

first_imgConstruction worker Kelvin James of Costello Housing Scheme, East La Penitence Georgetown was on Wednesday relieved of an 8-pennyweight gold ring by two armed men in the vicinity of Thomas Street, Georgetown.The 37-year-old had reportedly gone to visit a friend at Thomas Street at about 21:45h. He had parked his motorcycle at the side of the road and had walked onto his friend’s bridge, where they sat and talked. Suddenly they were confronted by the two armed men, one of whom reportedly held James at gunpoint and demanded that he hand over the ring and key to his motorcycle.When he refused to comply, the men forcefully took away the items and left, but James raised an alarm and the Police were summoned. According to the victim, one of the suspects is known as Spanner.Although the Police invested some time in combing the area, they came up empty handed, but they have taken statements, and investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

6 Jan

Cardiff rejected in approach for Leyton Orient manager

first_img Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade 1 Leyton Orient have rejected an approach from Championship strugglers Cardiff City to sign O’s boss Russell Slade.The Bluebirds have been without a manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the hotseat last week.Slade, 53, emerged as a surprise favourite to fill the vacant position, but the League One side revealed on Monday evening that they refused the Welsh outfit’s advances.A club statement read: “On Friday morning we were contacted by a lawyer close to Cardiff City and Russell Slade, who asked us to give permission for Cardiff to talk to Russell.“That evening Russell asked the club for permission to talk to Cardiff. On Saturday the general manager of Cardiff approached us in order to again ask permission to talk to Russell.“In all cases, we denied Cardiff the permission and we did not authorise Russell to talk to Cardiff.”Slade, who met with Orient owner Francesco Becchetti regarding his own position last week, has been in charge at Brisbane Road since 2010 and on Saturday said he was “proud” to be linked with Cardiff.last_img read more

6 Jan

Ronaldo turns to Juve challenge after FIFA best player snub

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus to Juventus’ treble bid after losing out in the FIFA best player award. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Sep 25 – Cristiano Ronaldo turns his focus back to Juventus’s quest for a treble this season on Wednesday after losing out in the FIFA’s best player of the year award.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo skipped the awards ceremony in London on Monday as his former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric beat him for the award. The 33-year-old Portuguese star also lost out to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the Puskas Award for the best goal.He had been nominated for his superb overhead bicycle kick for Real Madrid against Juventus in last season’s Champions League quarter-final, which even drew a standing ovation from Juventus supporters in Turin.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had backed Ronaldo — who has scored three goals in his last two league games — for the award, as he led the way in the Champions League with 15 goals to help Real to a third straight title.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.The Italian champions face a heavy week in Turin with three games in their Allianz Stadium in the space of seven days.After Wednesday’s game against 18th-placed Bologna, who shocked Roma 2-0 at the weekend, Juventus play Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli in a top-of-the table clash on Saturday.Juventus have had a perfect start to the season with five wins and 15 points — three points ahead of Napoli.Allegri’s side also play Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League a week on Tuesday, a game which Ronaldo will miss after his controversial sending off against Valencia in Spain.– Roma crisis –Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are three points behind Juventus. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLINapoli host promoted Parma, before their trip to Turin, with an eye on their Champions League game against Liverpool in Naples.“We won there (Juventus) last season and still finished second,” said Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne.“If we don’t win the midweek game with Parma, then the result with Juve is irrelevant, so we have to take it one at a time.”Under-pressure Roma host promoted Frosinone looking for a boost after slipping to 14th with their weekend defeat in Bologna.Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has reportedly been given a week to save his job, starting against the newcomers from outside Rome, before the city derby against Lazio at the weekend.Frosinone are second from the bottom of the table with 12 goals conceded, including two to Juventus last weekend.“At the end of the year when the points are counted the matches like the one in Frosinone you don’t remember immediately, but you know how important they were,” said Allegri.Roma then host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.Meanwhile, Inter Milan face a tough task against Fiorentina in the San Siro Tuesday with coach Luciano Spalletti serving a touchline ban for his over-exuberant goal celebration against Sampdoria.Inter have been struggling but their last-gasp win against the Genoa side followed their come-from-behind 2-1 win in the Champions League against Tottenham.Spalletti’s side travel to the Netherlands to play PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League next week.Fiorentina are third in the table five points adrift of Juventus, with Inter in ninth.Fixtures:TuesdayInter Milan v Fiorentina (10pm)WednesdayUdinese v Lazio (8pm), Cagliari v Sampdoria, Genoa v Chievo, Juventus v Bologna, Napoli v Parma, Roma v Frosinone, Atalanta v Torino (all 10pm)ThursdaySPAL v Sassuolo (8pm), Empoli v AC Milan (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

25 Dec

MET EIREANN ISSUES SNOW AND ICE WARNING FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMET Eireann has issued a snow and ice warning for Co Donegal.There have been some snow showers in Milford, Newtowncunningham, Lifford and on the back Errigal road.The Yellow Status warning also applies for Cavan, Monaghan, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo “Occasional showers of sleet and snow are expected overnight and early Tuesday morning in Ulster and parts of Connacht and Kerry. Possible accumulations of 1 to 3cm below 250m with icy stretches also,” says Met Eireann.Valid:Monday 18 November 2013 18:00 to Tuesday 19 November 2013 10:00.Donegal County Council, Gardai and AA RoadWatch have all warned motorists to slow down, especially on untreated roads.Ice, including black ice, is likely to effect many inland areas.  MET EIREANN ISSUES SNOW AND ICE WARNING FOR DONEGAL was last modified: November 18th, 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 weather warningicesnowlast_img read more

22 Dec

Donegal Women in Business to host AGM next week

first_imgBUSINESS: The Donegal Women in Business Network is a voluntary led networking channel for women who wish to enhance and expand their business contacts and grow their businesses and there are currently over 200 members spread throughout the entire county from a wide industry sector.Formed in 1998, the network has now evolved, 18 years later into a dynamic and growing membership of women with diverse backgrounds, industries and careers who meet to share their knowledge and experience and promote their businesses.Outgoing President, Grace Ann McGarvey is extending on behalf of the network committee, an invite to  all Women who work in, own or run a Business in Donegal to attend their upcoming Networking event & AGM on October 25th. Grace Ann herself, has been a member of the Donegal Women in Business for a long number of years, Public Relations Offer for the past 5 years & Network President for the past 2 years. Commenting on the upcoming AGM Grace Ann said;“The network is an invaluable resource for business women in the county to meet and learn about best practice in running a small business, from experts in various fields and from experts within the network. It is open to all women with an interest in business. Whether you are the owner of the business or involved in running the business either as a partner, family member or manager, any woman can join! We encourage the promoting and supporting of each others products and services and encourage learning from the experiences of others.”“The networking events held discussed topics such as, marketing yourself, following up with contacts, building relationships, using social media as a networking tool, accessing finance and time management, to name but a few!”“ I would like to personally thank the ladies of the network for attending our workshops & events, the great hard working voluntary ladies that we have working in the network. Rachel Wasson, Rosemary Lyons, Shona Chambers, Denise McClintock, Karen Murphy, Fiona O’Reilly, Fiona Higgins, Maureen Walsh & Catherine Lyster and I wish the new committee every success for the future”.“If you would like to join us for our upcoming networking event & AGM, on Tuesday October 25th, 7pm at Gallaghers Hotel, Letterkenny. On the night we will be electing a new committee, so if you would like to become part of the network or would like to join the network committee, send  an RSVP to donegalwomeninbusinessnetwork@gmail.com, to confirm your attendance for numbers on the night and feel free to share with anyone whom you might think would like to come, look forward to seeing you there.”Donegal Women in Business to host AGM next week was last modified: October 18th, 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)last_img read more

22 Dec

Make Donegal Airport the No1 Most Scenic Airport of 2018

first_imgDonegal Airport has been short-listed as one of the most scenic airports in the world again – and you can help them top the poll!An independent panel of travel industry experts and influencers have chosen this year’s shortlist, and Donegal airport was nominated. The poll in previous years has generated a considerable amount of global PR value for the airports and destinations in the Top 10, with last year’s media coverage including Travel + Leisure, Forbes, USA Today, and the Telegraph. This year the only way is up as Donegal Airport was awarded second Most Scenic in last year’s poll. Voting is now open!Vote now for the top #ScenicAirports today – voting closes February 28th! Click on this link to vote: https://buff.ly/2EubeXx Make Donegal Airport the No1 Most Scenic Airport of 2018 was last modified: February 20th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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 Airportlast_img read more

18 Dec

Imbizo boost for entrepreneurs

first_imgRay Maota The only women graduate, Elizabeth Mokoena (second left), with Imbizo mentor Gideon Selopyane (left); Cedric Buffler, founder of Trident Institute (right); and Debra Marsden, head of business transformation and public affairs at Wiphold. Graduate Ibrahim Baku praised the credibility of the programme saying it wasn’t just corporates trying to look good, and it brought value to his business. Oosthuizen said that Nedbank viewed the small and micro business sector as the lifeblood of the country’s economy. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza  Nedbank: Communications  +27 11 295 5360 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s competitiveness consistent • Investment incentives portal launched • Insights into doing business in SA • Citizens in charge of their destinyTen small business owners from Kliptown, Soweto – part of 48 selected in three provinces – have graduated from an eight-month pilot business programme aimed at helping them improve their business skills and sustain their livelihoods.The inaugural Imbizo Business Acumen Programme is sponsored by long-term insurance company Old Mutual, along with affiliates Nedbank and Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Wiphold), an investment company focused on the empowerment of black businesswomen.Sixteen graduates received their programme certificates in Mpumalanga on 11 October, while earlier in the month, on 5 October, the Eastern Cape village of Centane saw five of its own graduate from the course, which began in March. The Kliptown ceremony was held on 13 October.Training focused on management skills for income and bank accounts, establishing a market for their specific business and understanding input costs to ensure the growth of their enterprises.A random selection of business owners from Kliptown and the neighbouring areas of Pimville and Eldorado Park took part. Tutorials were held at the Soweto Kliptown Youth centre and a local church alternately. The two criteria, according to the organisers, were that candidates have to be literate as the course involved a lot of writing, and that their businesses are at least six months old.Nedbank’s head of black business partnerships and alternative segments, Jake Oosthuizen, said his company believes in the small and micro business sector, viewing it as the lifeblood of the country’s economy.“Through the Imbizo programme,” he said, “we affirm that belief and our commitment towards building a sustainable economy by supporting the sector, which has the potential to create jobs.”Old Mutual’s support of the programme is made possible through its Masisizane Fund, formed in 2007 from unclaimed shares left over from the company’s demutualisation process.The fund operates as a non-profit company in consultation with the national treasury, and has a mandate that includes developing disadvantaged businesses with the potential of creating jobs, while also ensuring its own sustainability and growth.“We are excited about the success of this programme,” said Masisizane CEO Simphiwe Somdala. “We are hopeful that it will really assist these small businesses to increase their contribution to the country’s economy in the long run.”Retaining Kliptown’s pulseThe Kliptown graduates all run businesses in and around the township. These range from small spazas (small, makeshift shops for daily amenities, usually run from the owner’s home) and taverns to general dealers who supply the township’s catering and retail sector, tourism-orientated operations like tour guides, and those providing IT solutions to the general public and other businesses.Jabu Masuku runs a general dealership, and at the end of the programme committed himself to resisting the urge to help himself to money in the cash register, a habit he had developed to cover living costs not related to the business.“During the programme, we talked about how people from other neighbourhoods own shops in our area, capitalising on the needs of their market,” he reflected.“They take money out of the region, which is not good for its development.”Businesses in the area should benefit the people of Kliptown, he added.Ibrahim Baku, who also runs the same kind of business, praised the credibility of the programme.“We had to submit three months’ worth of data pertaining to our businesses,” he said, “and the improvement the course has made shows that it’s not just for the companies involved to look good.”Success start inwardsKarabo Songo, MD of Olive Communications, was the keynote speaker at the Kliptown event, and he encouraged the graduates to use the tool they had just earned to succeed.“I have always believed that success starts inwards and flows outwards,” he said. “We all have dreams but what is funny is that they diminish as we grow older.”Songo added that the business owners needed to own their success. “If you own a spaza, you need to be able to say it’s the best spaza in your area or region.”Investing in travelling, he said, would expose the graduates to how other businesses similar to theirs are run, which could have an indirect impact on how they run theirs.“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” said Songo. “Seeing what others do outside your environment opens up your mind and makes you a lateral thinker.”The graduates were also told to always have positive thoughts for themselves and their business as they are only confined by the walls they build themselves by having negative thoughts.last_img read more