Travel tournaments a hit for golf, tourism sector

first_imgTHE tourism sector is hitting up a lot of positives on the golf course, with tournaments geared towards some of the leading players in the travel industry.The latest instalment took place towards the back-end of last week, with the 21st renewal of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament, also referred to as the Canadian Travel Industry Golf Tournament, at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton District, St Ann.For Miguel Arthurs, the club’s general manager, the long-established endeavour is aptly described thus, “win-win”.”We get the opportunity to sell Jamaica, golf and the Sandals product,” he explains. “The travel industry professionals get to experience Jamaica, particularly as it relates to golf. When the travel pros come it enhances the tourism product, the tourism golf product and after the experience they can go back and offer it to other packages.”Kevin Percy, Jacques Gilbert, Bob Wakeford and Daniel Murray were the leading competitors in the two-day tournament, while Joe Grind DeMarinis, Enzo DeMarinis and Leo Sgovio headed the other contenders.Traditionally, there are added components to the championship, specialised segments that form part of its fundraising drive.”The tournament not just focused on the travel industry, there’s a charitable segment to it,” Arthurs outlined. “There is the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping contests and the competitors pay to enter these contests. The proceeds go to the Sandals Foundation.”The Ladies Closest to the Pin was won by Joanne Fillion, while Joe Grind DeMarinis took the men’s Closest to the Pin contest.Danny Murray won the men’s Longest Drive, while Sherry Scott took the women’s equivalent. Enzo de Marinis won the Putting and Chipping contest.”Those prose proceeds go directly into our junior golf program. It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” Arthurs stated of the Sandals Golf and Country Club youth program.Wesley Brown, now a pro on the United States circuit and Romaine Evans, the current Caribbean amateur champion, were products of the system funded with proceeds from the yearly Travel Golf Tournaments.last_img read more

SVL launches 2-y-o Triple Crown series

first_imgThe Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Triple Crown Series will kick-start an exciting last quarter of racing at Caymanas Park this Saturday with the first of the three races, the $2.95-million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres taking the spotlight. Details for the $11.4-million series, which marks its 12th staging, were outlined by representatives of SVL and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. Denzil Miller Jr, CTL’s racing secretary, expects a field of 12 to face the starter, among them the unbeaten stable companions SHE’S A MAN EATER and ARMAGEDDON from the stables of 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta; MONEY MAGNET, VERY CLASSIC, AWESOME SAUCE and a third DaCosta runner, MR UNIVERSE. Paul Hoo, chairman of SVL, the company that will soon take over Caymanas Park – following approval of their divestment bid by government – said the series will continue on Saturday, November 26 with the $3.6 million Pick-3 Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, culminating on Boxing Day, December 27, with the SVL Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, with a purse of $4 million. Any 2-y-o good enough to win all three races will receive a million-dollar bonus by SVL. Hoo added: “This year the 2-y-o series happens while other exciting things are taking place on the racing landscape, chief among them, for us, our pending new role with Caymanas Track. The work continues in earnest to finalise that negotiation and the final takeover date,” he informed. “It is our intention to continue in the future our investment in the series, as it reinforces our commitment to horse racing in Jamaica. It is our plan to revitalise racing for the benefit of all stakeholders through new marketing and markets, thereby increasing much needed revenues.” He was quick to add that SVL wanted to do something a little different this year, presenting special awards to the top trainer (Wayne DaCosta with 11 wins, including Fatty Bum Bum, Perfect Neighbour, Future King) over the past 11 years; Ruth Hussey (top owner), Shane Ellis (top jockey with five wins, including Miss Ruth, All Correct)) and Byron Murray of Princess Popstar fame (top groom) with all three wins by the outstanding filly when she swept the series in 2013. Also speaking were Simone Clarke-Cooper, SVL’s assistant vice-president, corporate communications, who highlighted a range of promotional activities on the day, and CTL’s managing director, Shane Dalling, who hailed the contribution of SVL as the foremost sponsor in local racing, with five major races, including the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the ultra-rich Diamond Mile to be run in December. OUTSTANDING FILLYlast_img read more

Weekend Editorial: What Took Her So Long?

first_imgIt happened ever since September 12, 2013 when Police Inspector General Chris Massaquoi deployed   over 200 police on the grounds ofvthe Capitol Building while the Liberian Senate was deliberating in formal session. The very next day, September 13, the Senate wrote to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a letter calling on her “to deal with said mutiny by the LNP, against a democratically elected Legislature.” The  Senate asked that Director Massaquoi be immediately disrobed and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice.”The Senate’s swift reaction and communication with to  President underscored the seriousness with which the Senators took Commissioner Massaquoi’s act, which  was clearly in violation of the constitutional separation of powers enshrined in the  Liberian Constitution.We are not privy to any communication, whether written or verbal, between the  President and the Liberian Senate in the intervening weeks since its  September 13, 2013 letter.Now, as she is about to appear before the joint Session of the Legislature on Monday, January 27 to deliver her ninth Annual Message, the President has written a letter to that august body dated January 20, 2014 indicating that she had “reprimanded” her Police Commisioner and suspended him for two days and ordered him “to write a letter of apology for personal presentation at a plenary sitting of the Senate.”It is hard to understand why the President took the matter so lightly and took several weeks, on the eve of her Annual Message, to respond and to act.Her letter immediately sent the Senate into what our Senate Correspondent, Burgess Carter called “one of their longest executive sessions.”We trust that by now Commissioner Massaquoi has apologized to the Senate, even in this belated hour.This newspaper wrote an editorial immediately following the incident warning the Police Commissioner of the unconstitutional nature of his action. It is difficult to understand why he had to wait until the President asked him several weeks later to do what he knew he had to do.The President’s lieutenants must realize that they are not above the law. We in this country need to take the Americans seriously when they refer to the USA as “a country of laws, not of men.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arcelor Mittal Mine Workers on Strike

first_imgMovement locomotives have sine been grounded Over bad labor practicesNormal mining activities in Yekepa, Nimba County have come to a standstill for the past few days, after mine workers assigned at Mounts Gangra and Torkadeh staged a strike action in demand of fair labor practices.According to some of the aggrieved workers, ArcelorMittal Liberia management does not care to address their plight but, rather continue to suppress them, while they continue working.The aggrieved workers are henceforth demanding the removal of the “Zero Week” in their work schedule; that the company improve their feeding aspect while at work; as well as provide good housing facilities and healthcare for they and their dependents.For the “Zero Week,” the workers complained that in some weeks, they will work for 12 hours, but the management will record only 8 hours with no overtime.“They are giving US$0.50 per day as lunch, but we will not receive the money in some cases, for three months at a time,” said one of the caterpillar operators, who spoke on condition of anonymity.“If you are unfortunate to begin work from Wednesday, then you fall in the Zero Week, meaning time what the employee worked for will not be marked,” said another worker.“Working conditions are not favorable here, no good housing facilities and no drugs for the workers at the hospital,” they said.The part of Area “O” where most of the striking workers live. The workers are demanding better housing facilities.Up to yesterday, the mine workers’ strike action was obstructing every activity of the company, because since Friday, movement of locomotives have stopped altogether, something over which residents along the rail have expressed concern.When contacted, an ArcelorMittal Liberia official declined to comment, saying that “the situation is fluid.” The official said the company would have an official response by today, July 23.The workers also claimed that any driver or operator involved in accident is fired by the management without any hesitation or warning, not even taking into consideration whether the driver is wounded or not.They said conditions became bad when an Indian expatriate, only identified as Soshee, took assignment at the mine as Mining Superintendent, “because it was Soshee who introduced the Zero Week.”According to information, the workers anger rose when another manager, identified as Christo was forced to resign, because of his advocacy to improve working conditions.“The few days Christo spent with us, was very fine and we saw lot of changes coming, but he resigned suddenly because of pressure from the management,” one of the aggrieved employees said.However, Nimba County Superintendent Dorr Cooper, confirmed the incident, and has therefore dispatched a team headed by the county inspector Reginald Mehn. However, their intervention on Sunday, July 22, did not yield fruit because the team failed to address the workers plight.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Phone cards theft lands Cummings Lodge man in court

first_imgA 27-year-old man, of Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, found himself before the courts on Wednesday after he reportedly stole a cellphone along with $20,000 worth of phone cards.In the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday morning, Mohammed Hamid denied that he robbed Jean Semple of the phone cards along with her cellphone. The items were valued at $22,000 and $52,000 respectively.The facts of the case were not presented in court; however, Hamid was granted $20,000 bail. The case will be called again on February 28.last_img read more


first_imgAoife Porter who represented Junk Kouture in Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival. Aoife is from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana.Popular recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture hit the French Rivera with a bang during this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival. Three winners who proved they could bring junk back to life with their designs were selected to travel to the South of France to enjoy the atmosphere during the Cannes Film Festival.One of the teams to win the ‘Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize’, which saw them jet off to Cannes, was ‘Skin Deep’ – a plastic fantastic design, which uses plastic packaging and welded chain metal. This was designed and constructed by Orla O’Hagan and modelled by Aoife Porter, both from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. They were accompanied to the French Riviera by their proud teacher Mrs Veronica Buchanan. The team took part in numerous photo shoots whilst in Cannes and made appearances in the playground of the rich and famous – Monte Carlo! They weren’t the only celebrities in Cannes this week! They were joined by the Hollywood elite, including Leonardo DeCaprio, Stephen Spielberg and Nicole Kidman to name a few, who were in town for the annual Cannes Film Festival.Junk Kouture, which is famed for transforming everyday waste and junk into pieces of high fashion art, has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2010. It has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks, as well as the red carpet at the Royal Première of ‘The Hobbit’ in London. Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for second level school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative. The other designs which made their way to Cannes included ‘Pre-Madonna Girl’ from Monaghan – a white, lace creation crafted from broken pearls and discarded lace curtains; Bold as Brass – a creation inspired by the topical Great Gatsby and made with spend bullet cases from Clonmel and the overall winner of this year’s competition, ‘UltraVioletWash’ from Limerick, which is constructed from hundreds of clothes pegs and a tin of UV paint. All designers are second level students from across Ireland (exact details in editors’ notes).Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell from Buncrana had this to say about Junk Kouture’s appearance in Cannes: “Our ethos at Junk Kouture is to inspire and motivate all our entrants. We decided that following the success of Junk Kouture at the Royal Première last year we wanted to give our entrants another opportunity to showcase their designs at a high-scale event and also on an international level. This was our first time in Cannes and we loved every minute!”Damien Daly, Director of Marketing had this to say about Bank of Ireland’s involvement with the Glamour Prize saying, “‘Bank of Ireland are delighted to sponsor the Junk Kouture Glamour Prize. The drive and passion shown by the students can be seen in their fantastic creations. A trip to the Cannes Film Festival is a once in a lifetime experience that no doubt will inspire more creative outfits from these young talented designers. This will be a big stepping stone to great careers in the fashion world.’’   BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVAL was last modified: May 21st, 2013 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:BUNCRANA STUDENT AOIFE TAKES HER JUNK KOUTURE TO CANNES FILM FESTIVALlast_img read more

Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will both get chance to impress for England v France

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed Tom Heaton and Jack Butland will share goalkeeping duties against France on Tuesday, while Harry Kane will captain the side.Burnley keeper Heaton will take over from Joe Hart at the start in Paris with Stoke’s Butland also set for playing time in the friendly.Southgate told a press conference: “I said on Saturday it was never my intention to play Joe in this game.“Tom Heaton will start the game and Jack Butland will play the second half.”Hart came under criticism for both goals as he conceded two Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in quick succession towards the end of the game against Scotland before Harry Kane netted a stoppage-time equaliser.But the Manchester City keeper, who spent last season on loan with Torino in Serie A, has not been dropped because of his form.Southgate insisted he had always intended to share game time between Heaton and Butland against France.The manager added: “(That’s) for different reasons. Tom’s had an outstanding season.“We’ve got to maintain the squad environment that people feel involved. That goalkeeping situation, we need to give players an opportunity, game time.“I think in the past one or two goalkeepers have sort of given up international football because they’ve not had that chance, so I’m conscious of keeping people involved.”Butland has been sidelined since he fractured his ankle while on England duty in 2015, forcing him to miss Euro 2016 and most of the domestic campaigns since, although he did return towards the end of the Premier League season.Southgate said: “Jack is coming back from a long lay-off, was the number two before that but hasn’t had the amount of game time perhaps up to now, but we think he can challenge for the number one slot moving forward.”Southgate also confirmed Kane will lead out the side after he wore the armband against Scotland. Joe Hart, Jack Butland and Tom Heaton look on during an England training session 1last_img read more

Fantasy Premier League tips: Top ten most transferred in players after gameweek 1

first_img 11 11 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware 82,982 bosses have gone for Pereyra’s partner in crime having witnessed his two assists after being selected ahead of summer signing Adam Masina. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest 11 Already bosses are tinkering with their teams and fiddling their formations.There have already been huge swathes of transfers made by some of the 4.8million players.But who are the superstars being transferred in the most? Find out who FPL managers are favouring below. 113,745 managers have signed the midfielder who scored twice against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 90,515 managers have signed the midfielder after watching his double against Brighton, the first was an absolute rocket of a volley off the back of a short corner. 120,262 managers have signed the midfielder after he hit two goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers and it might have been more had there not been an injury doubt hanging over him. 157,588 managers have signed the defender who is potentially the bargain of the season already given he’s set to remain first choice at Selhurst Park. An assist and a clean sheet against Fulham helped his cause too. Have you snapped up one of these stars? 130,461 managers have signed the defender following his goal against Leicester City, despite the fortunate first touch. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures revealed 120,975 managers have signed the midfielder following his penalty against Leicester City, despite the fortunate first touch. 11 SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) £4.0m Jorginho (Chelsea) £5.0m 11 Roberto Pereyra (Watford) £6.0mcenter_img Sadio Mane (Liverpool) £9.5m 11 Paul Pogba (Manchester United) £8.0m smart causal 132,881 managers have signed the defender after a rampaging display against Arsenal. He set up Raheem Sterling’s goal and looked a threat throughout. Jose Holebas (Watford) £4.5m Fantasy Premier League is back and already managers across the globe are reacting to the opening weekend of fixtures.The average points haul for teams in gameweek 1 was 53, while one top gaffer got 137 as he smartly played his bench boost. gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Luke Shaw (Manchester United) £5.0m whoops Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) £6.0m 11 Richarlison (Everton) £6.5m possible standings 82,018 FPL managers have decided the summer signing from Napoli is just the ticket despite him being set to hand over penalty duties to Eden Hazard. 11 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted 191,487 managers have signed the midfielder after his goal and assist against Everton. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 11 Most Popular Premier League News Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) £5.0m 11 11 *All figures correct as of 3:45pm on Monday, August 13last_img read more

SA mulls mine drainage solutions

first_imgThe government’s current strategy is to only begin the more expensive route of desalination in 2014. The partnership would treat polluted underground water at Grootvlei Mine and the Witwatersrand Basin, as well as develop and fund a long-term solution to tackling acid-mine drainage. De Lange said neutralisation, coupled with a private-public partnership, was a solution if the treated water could be sold to and used by mines and industries, rather than being channelled back into the river. Feasibility study In line with the findings of the inter-ministerial commission’s report, de Lange also cautioned that the government’s current approach to treating acid mine drainage by diluting polluted rivers with fresh water was problematic, as the high salt content could still kill a river even while bringing the problem of acid mine drainage under control. Enforcement of National Water Act Acid mine drainage contaminates groundwater and leads to increased seismic activity, among other things. Outside of the Witwatersrand, acid mine drainage has been reported from a number of other areas in South Africa as well, including coalfields in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape’s Okiep copper district. In his presentation, Matji said his department’s idea was to fund the cleanup of acid-mine drainage through the enforcement of the National Water Act and other Acts and measures. Briefing Parliament’s committee on water affairs in Cape Town last week, the National Treasury’s director of public finance, Maselaganye Matji, said a private-public partnership could include the Departments of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs, adding that businesses, including mines, were interested in funding a long-term solution. South Africa’s National Treasury is looking at setting up a private-public partnership to tackle acid mine drainage, and is also considering implementing an environmental levy to fund the rehabilitation of affected groundwater. Such a tour would help officials to gain insight into how the US’s “super fund” tackles environmental management, while providing for an opportunity for South Africa to assess various technical resources in the US. The government has allocated a total of R553-million over the next three years to treat the acid mine drainage problem.center_img The various measures proposed include: an acid mine drainage levy on mines; a penalty for water sources levied on industries and water treatment works; a penalty for water pollution from non-point sources such as agriculture; fines on general environmental pollution and penalties levied on businesses and organisations for non-compliance at various levels. 27 June 2011 Matji said National Treasury had also recently met with the US Trade and Development Agency to discuss the possibly of the agency financing a study and tour of the USA by South African officials. The idea of an environmental levy and a management process to mitigate long-term effects of acid mine drainage was mooted in the inter-ministerial committee’s report on acid mine drainage, released in December last year. Matji said to date, private institutions had committed R78-million, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) R5-million and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) a further R10-million to tackle long-term acid mine drainage. The Department of Mineral Resources has allocated R328-million to combat acid mine drainage (which includes R200-million in transfers to the Council for Geo-Science and Mintek) and R225-million to the Department of Water Affairs. The idea was that whatever income was generated by the public-private partnership would be used to fund the necessary water and technical infrastructure, he said. The committee’s chairman, Johnny de Lange, welcomed the idea of a private-public partnership, but cautioned that it was necessary for the three departments, state-owned companies and the private sector, to work together to create an institutional arrangement that could award clear responsibilities to each partner. Clear responsibilities needed De Lange said a long-term strategy to tackle acid mine drainage is expected to be released next month after the conclusion of a feasibility study by the Department of Water Affairs on treating acid mine drainage. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Teacher mentor programme wins international award

first_imgWith over 30-years in the field, the Western Cape Primary Science Programme develops the professional competence and expertise of primary (or elementary) school teachers (Image: PSP Facebook)A non-profit organisation that works with teachers in the Western Cape’s poorest areas to improve the quality of teaching and learning in maths and science is getting international recognition.The Western Cape Primary Science Programme (PSP), with over 30-years’ experience in the field, received the Global Best award for science, technology, engineering and maths in Africa from the International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN).It was the second consecutive year PSP received the award, given for its professional development work with teachers. The organisation presented its work at the 12th IPN Conference, held in Brussels in September with the theme, Youth Employability. Delegates from around the world shared their ideas, experiences, and efforts to improve youth employability through partnerships between business and education.Brimstone Investment Corporation helped to fund PSP’s presence at the conference.PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCEPSP develops the professional competence and expertise of primary (or elementary) school teachers. It focuses primarily on teacher development in the subjects of natural sciences, mathematics, languages, social sciences and environment. It works with over 1 000 teachers a year, using what it calls a Joint Mentorship Programme.This model gives a two-year cycle of support for first-time teachers. The main components of the programme are: training to build novice teachers’ content and concept knowledge, intensive classroom mentoring and coaching to strengthen their teaching practice, and the supply of resources to enrich their teaching and learning in the classroom.Zorina Dharsey, PSP’s director, said: “The Joint Mentorship Programme model of specific, targeted support sparked much interest at the conference, and we received many positive comments regarding future roll-out. There was also great enthusiasm about the TeachSmart handbook. It was most gratifying and encouraging.”TeachSmart grew out of the work of the JMP, capturing and disseminating key points to a wider audience of novice teachers and schools. “We observed that critical support provided to new teachers made all the difference, helping them connect pre-service theory with the context of practice more efficiently. The process helps to fast-track their professional adjustment in schools. This way positive teaching and learning in classrooms is maximised in the long term for pupils.”While in Brussels, PSP officials noted that challenges around youth employability were not unique to South Africa; many other countries, including France and Canada, face similar challenges.TEACHSMART HANDBOOKPSP launched its TeachSmart handbook earlier this year to emphasize the importance and value of mentorship for first-time teachers. The handbook is packed with practical information and handy tips designed to help first-time teachers succeed from the start.Teacher retention is a growing problem – both in South Africa and around the world – the causes of which are complex. PSP has found, however, that access to the right support and resources for novices during this crucial period in a teacher’s career can make a big difference.“New teachers need the right professional and personal support, but in our experience, too many do not receive it,” Dharsey said. “Faced with the realities of the classroom, early enthusiasm can rapidly turn to demoralisation and frustration. But we believe that resources like TeachSmart and universally available mentoring programmes can prevent this from happening and provide a platform for success.”The handbook contains a range of tested, hands-on resources, such as sample teaching aids, model lesson plans and school policy templates. It also offers practical advice for school senior management teams on how to deliver effective induction and support programmes for novice teachers.last_img read more