first_imgCaribbean Foods Limited through its Foska Oats brand continues to show its support for sports after handing over a $1 million cheque to Melbourne Cricket Club towards their 2017 programme. The sponsorship will go towards Melbourne’s cricket academy, camp and 5K road race with the senior cup team now expected to wear Foska Oats branded gear as a part of the agreement. “The academy that started last year (is for) all cricketers, you don’t have to be affiliated with Melbourne. The sponsorship is always good, and we are thankful to Foska Oats for their contribution to the development of Melbourne,” Mark Neita, Melbourne’s club president said during a media launch at Melbourne Oval on Thursday. “We also have a learning centre open to the young cricketers attending the academy and camps. We want to pay attention to the educational aspect of the cricketers. We want fully developed kids,” Neita disclosed. Melbourne is under renovation and Neita pointed out that the brand will attract sponsorship. “In order to attract sponsorship, we have to protect the brand. We spent $7 million to renovate the facility. We want to ensure a first class facility at Melbourne,” he added. Christopher Ramson, a director of Caribbean Foods Limited said that his company is committed to the partnership formed with Melbourne. ‘The Foska Oats brand is pleased to once again be aligned with the Melbourne Cricket Club, and the development of the sport of cricket in Jamaica. Melbourne Cricket Club, like Foska Oats has had a long and successful history in Jamaica, especially in the area of youth development,” Ramson said. “This is one of the reasons that in 2015, when we were approached by Mark Neita, that we did not hesitate on forging a relationship with Melbourne Cricket Club through the Foska Oats/Melbourne Cricket camp. This is a relationship that has not only helped in securing the future of Jamaica’s cricket through the development of young players, but a relationship that will provide so many young people with the opportunity to help themselves out of poverty and difficult circumstances through sports,” he added. President of Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven commended Melbourne for their development programme. “We need to apply educational skill to play the game. For us to read the game, we want to be properly developed in the mind. We want to thank you Mr Ramson,” Heaven said.last_img read more

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Team Caguioa rules Ginebra 3-on-3 Camarines Sur leg Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Orchids Hotel is a stone’s throw away from Arellano University where the team practices twice a day.The highly bankable and explosive spiker said on Thursday that she would at least lend her presence for the Cool Smashers in the ongoing Open Conference.“I’m really hoping to help the team and contribute even by my presence or better yet by playing,” said Valdez, who joined the club practice hours after arriving with the national team from Japan, where they held an extensive training camp.Valdez said she’s focused on the national team as it aspires for a quarterfinal finish in the Asians and a medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.But she said she’s also concerned with Creamline, which has managed to win three matches while she was in Japan to sweep its way to the semifinals as the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez will see action when Creamline starts its best-of-three Premier Volleyball League semifinals against BaliPure on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s not my decision to make (playing for Creamline) but I would really love to play (in the PVL) and help because I have commitments with them too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This after Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, the country’s national federation for the sport, gave her the green light to play with her club team.The approval has one condition, though.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Yes (she’s allowed to play) I already informed Rebisco. But she will stay with NT (quarters),” said LVPI acting president Pete Cayco.The Nationals will be quartered in Orchids Hotel in Manila starting Friday ahead of the Aug. 9 to 17 Asian Senior Women’s Championships in Biñan, Laguna. LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rocketslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith TNT emerging as one of the early contenders this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, coach Nash Racela knows that his team could not afford to drop its third loss in four games when it clashes against Blackwater on Wednesday.But he’s not batting an eyelash knowing how resolute his team is.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve realized that this team has been really good in making comebacks ever since. After a loss, we’re always confident that our team will play better the next time,” he said.The KaTropa are coming off a 76-88 defeat to San Miguel in Iloilo, where the team engaged in a tight battle until the final five minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRacela is aware that TNT lacked the endgame swagger which led to a 1-2 record early on this conference. But he believes that his players are mature enough to see their deficiencies and expects more from his side in the game against the Elite.“I really felt we gave ourselves a good chance in that game. In the last five minutes of the game, the game was tied and then we fielded in supposedly our best five against their best five but the finishing kick was the problem. Hopefully, we end better in this next game,” he said. TNT will be tested against a Blackwater side which is fresh from a confidence-boosting upset over Ginebra, 94-77, last Friday.“We just reminded our players that Blackwater is really an elite team. It’s in their name: Blackwater Elite,” he said. “They beat Ginebra, they beat Rain or Shine, and they almost beat Meralco, so they could have been 3-0 at this point.”Though traditionally, TNT has had the upper-hand in its past clashes against Blackwater, Racela reiterated to his wards that this season, no team is a pushover and it can’t underestimate anyone if it wants to come out victorious.“I think Blackwater really deserves a lot of respect and that’s something that we are emphasizing our team: to really give them respect that they deserve,” he said. “We just hope that again, we treat them like San Miguel. Hopefully, we give our best effort.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abu Tratter making most of chance to train with Gilas Pilipinaslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,It is undoubtedly true that the PPP/C has led the battle against the three APNU/AFC-appointed Commissioners of GECOM and their many subjects in the GECOM Secretariat.The battle is ongoing even in this 99th hour to prevent pre-Election Day rigging, Election Day rigging and post-Election Day rigging.Change Guyana Party is in solidarity with all legitimate efforts to avert rigging of Guyana’s National and Regional Elections scheduled for March 2, 2020.However, the two dinosaur parties have created and fostered or festered an election system that leaves a less than 2% functional space for small or new parties to have a meaningful role in the modus operandi of the Guyana Elections from the election of the Commissioners and the GECOM Chairperson to the convoluted system for new parties to participate in Guyana’s General and Regional Elections.Nevertheless, we have written articles condemning the futile, defective and aborted H2H Registration process that was conceived and executed in a treacherous and vacuous manner.The current efforts of the new parties to primarily focus on the need to qualify for the ballot overtook our focus on the H2H Registration sleight of hand that has reconstituted and word twisted non-verification as a synonym for verification and for inclusion on the Revised List of Electors (RLE). GECOM is now upending centuries of accepted grammar and semantics.Yet, the witless pursuit of treating unverified as verified unverified and placing these phantoms on the RLE continue to this day and may well seep into and stain the Official List of Electors.One cannot reconcile the flawed with the unflawed. It’s like trying to mate a hyena with an elephant.The longer Justice Singh takes to discard the unverified, unwarranted an ineffectual H2H defective registration, the deeper we are into pre-rigging of Guyana’s General and Regional Elections set for March 2, 2020.Name withheldlast_img read more

first_imgHawa Jande Golakai, a speculative fiction author and a professional medical immunologist, is the first and only Liberian to win the Morland scholarship prize since its inception.Liberian Author Hawa Jande Golakai has emerged as one of the four joint winners of the prestigious Morland Writing Scholarships for her work Spectral.​​Ms. Golakai, a speculative fiction author and a professional medical immunologist, is the first and only Liberian to win the Morland scholarship prize since its inception in 2013.Ms. Golakai and her co-winners, Gloria M. Odari, Parselelo Kantai, and Nnamdi Oguike will each receive a grant of €18,000 to allow them to take a year off to finish the Spectral novel.“Spectral is a terrifying examination of the tensions between freedom and social order. It will have speculative fiction themes: fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism. I love mixing science with fantastical and unknown,” Ms. Golakai said about the upcoming book.The pitch project of Ms. Golakai, one of the 7,000 stories submitted for this year’s Morland Award, is speculative fiction of dazzling fantasy depicting a tightly controlled underwater glass city in a futuristic mecca for black people in West Africa.“I have been writing since, and it is a highly emotional process. Starting a book makes me edgy, wondering if have done enough plotting, and research. This time I feel electrified and confident – thanks to age and maturity. Writing always comes with surprises, but now I’m better at mastering myself,” she said about her win.According to information on the Miles Morland Foundation website, the awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing.Morland added the scholarship aims to give writers of both fiction and non-fiction the financial freedom to complete an English-language book.Miles Morland, the brainchild of the awards, describes this year’s winners as a brilliant group of people whose proposed books have challenging themes very much in tune with the current world.Mr. Morland said: “I’m happy that all four are living in Africa, not the diaspora, and will be writing books about Africa. Every one of the shortlist of twenty was discussed in depth before they made their decision. We are lucky to have three judges who are so closely in touch with African writing.In remarks also, the awards Chief Judge Muthoni Garland said winners of the 2019 Scholarships impressed them with their ambitious and confident exploration of some key themes troubling and shaping the continent of Africa.“Varied in approach and style, they include a grand social history, a futuristic epic, an immigrant story, and a nuanced family portrait,” he said. “What they promise in common is persuasive storytelling, coherent world-building and insightful characters,” Garland added.Golakai’s author career Ms. Golakai’s first novel, The Lazarus Effect (Kwela Books), was published in 2016 by Cassava Republic Press in the UK and was shortlisted for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize. The novel and was longlisted for the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. On the strength of the book, in 2012 Zukiswa Wanner in The Guardian rated Golakai as one of the “top five African writers”.It received the nomination for the prestigious Wole Soyinka African fiction award and South Africa’s Sunday Times prize.The Lazarus Effect tells the story of Vee Johnson, an investigative journalist working in Cape Town who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of a young woman.Her search leads her into a world haunted by hallucinations, forcing her to relive the traumas she experienced during the Liberian civil war. In 2014, Golakai became an Africa 39 laureate – one of the top 39 writers under 40 and the only Liberian.The Lazarus Effect tells the story of Vee Johnson, an investigative journalist working in Cape Town who becomes obsessed with the disappearance of a young woman. Her search leads her into a world haunted by hallucinations, forcing her to relive the traumas she experienced during the Liberian civil war.In 2014, Golakai became an Africa39 laureate – one of the top 39 writers under age 40 and the only Liberian. Two years later in 2016, she won the Brittle Paper Award for nonfiction for the article “Fugee”—which was about the Ebola epidemic that terrorized Liberia. And in 2018, she was also longlisted for the NOMMO Awards for the story Lee-ah (Sister).“My career has been colourful and blessed. I’ve been writing since age 8 or 9 – I love my calling. I’m also a medical immunologist by profession; I’ve seen some crazy stuff as a scientist which gives me plenty of inspiration! I encourage young Liberians to experiment with writing as a form of self-expression. It truly feeds your soul and creativity,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Huskies have owned the Blades all season winning the four previous matchups handily. Fort St. John enters the game coming off of a 3-0 win over the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks on Wednesday and are 7-3 in their last ten games overall.Beaverlodge sits in last place in the standings. They’ve lost their last four in a row and have one win in their last nine games.- Advertisement -After tonight’s game the Huskies will conclude their regular season with a game against Slave Lake on Monday at 8:30.last_img

first_imgMeanwhile, the United Way of Northern British Columbia announced that it will be partnering with the UNBC to collect socio-demographic information on the area.Jonsson says this will be important study for the area.[asset|aid=1574|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=103e3bb6dfaa934c5aec2efe9f656a96-Corey Jonsson 1_1_Pub.mp3]For more information on the United Way, visit www.pguw.bc.caAdvertisement Photo: Representatives from several businesses and groups laugh at the reversed numbers that display how much was raised through the 2008 Mission Possible Campaign. The grand total was: $97,054.00 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe local United Way held its annual Campaign and Community Impact Celebration on Wednesday afternoon at the Whole Wheat ‘n’ Honey Cafe.- Advertisement -Chair of the Fort St. John Campaign Cabinet Russ Beerling hosted the ceremonies. He says despite the ailing economy, businesses of Fort St. John remain generous in their donations.The celebrations kicked off with an awards ceremony to honor businesses and groups who donated to United Way throughout the year.In an interactive display, it was announced that the 2008 Mission Possible Campaign raised more than 97 thousand dollars alone.The money will go towards supporting local community programs.Advertisement Photo: James Wickstrom hands Lori Ackerman a ‘Thank You’ award. She received it on behalf of the City of Fort St. John. Numerous awards were handed out to honor those that donated throughout the year – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

first_imgNew LED lights will be introduced in Fort St. John.The city has announced it will be changing 2,000 streetlights over the next 5 years from High Pressure Sodium lights to LED lights, reducing energy and costs up to 60 per cent.The new standards were adopted into the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw.- Advertisement -Any new city developments will be required to use LED lights as set out by the bylaw.The city has budgeted $300,000 a year over the next four years to pay to have the lights replaced.Future plans for the lights include being put at the new hospital site and the Enerplex parking lot.Advertisement LED lights have already been installed on the walking trail along 100th street.last_img

first_imgIT was the third win in three outings for Donegal’s Senior Ladies today as they travelled to Clare and came home tonight with an excellent 5-12 to 1-03 victory.All pictures by Gabrielle Gallagher. PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL LADIES V CLARE LADIES was last modified: February 22nd, 2015 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:ClaredonegalGabrielle Gallagherpicture speciallast_img

first_imgThe new ISPCA Donegal Animal Rehabilitation Centre (ARC) is celebrating its first birthday this week.Located outside Letterkenny, the centre has already cared for 233 animals over the past 12 months.There’s never a dull moment at the centre, and there’s never an average day in the life of ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley. Kevin joined the ISPCA team 19 years ago. In 2003 he became an Animal Welfare Inspector and was promoted to Senior Inspector in 2017.  Kevin covers the North West region of the country which includes Donegal, North Sligo and North Leitrim. Here, Kevin shares an insight into his job helping animals across the North West, and has some key advice for animal owners: Describing an average day rescuing Ireland’s most cruelly treated, neglected and abused animals in the Donegal area, Kevin said: “I enjoy my job as a senior Inspector but it can also be challenging at times. What I find rewarding is seeing the animals that I have helped go on to live happier lives.  No two days are the same and I enjoy the variety but at the same time some days can be distressing and upsetting when I am removing an animal from a terrible situation.  I try not to dwell on it because I know there will be more animals that will need help tomorrow. I am lucky to be in a job where I can make a real difference, to help animals that are suffering and giving them a second chance of a happier life.ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley“A typical day for me would be reviewing the calls allocated from the helpline first thing to prioritise them and map out my route. This can change depending on the urgency of the calls I receive throughout the day for example, my first call was to investigate a complaint about two Shetland ponies. The caller was concerned about their hooves that appeared to be overgrown and one pony looked lame.“On arrival at the property, I could see that both ponies were in need of farrier treatment. They had access to clean drinking water and they appeared to be well fed. I scanned both ponies but unfortunately they were not microchipped which, is a legal requirement enabling identification of an owner. I left a notice requesting the owner to contact me and I also proceeded to make some local inquiries and called into the local Gardaí station.  I planned on returning to the property again to follow up. “Most of the calls I investigate are not deliberate acts of cruelty and the majority of cases are neglect as a result of a pet owner not fully understanding animal welfare and their responsibilities as a pet owner.  I offer practical advice and try to help resolve any welfare issues that arise. My first priority is always the welfare of the animals concerned and initiating prosecutions is the last resort.“My next call was to meet the owner of a collie dog who contacted us for help.  The dog’s owner was suffering from a sudden illness and was struggling to care for his dog called Poppy. He asked for help and we both agreed that the best outcome for Poppy was to surrender her into the care of the ISPCA. Poppy spent two months at the ISPCA Donegal ARC and received some training to help prepare her for a new home.  She was the first dog to be rehomed from the centre.“The next port of call was to investigate a complaint about a large number of cats, described as thin and some heavily pregnant. On arrival at the property, I counted at least ten cats gathering at the front door. I approached the owner and I explained my reasons for visiting. The owner told me she had been feeding about twenty two cats but most of them were shy to human approach. It transpired the majority of the cats were female and none of them were spayed.“We agreed that she would surrender twenty of the cats into ISPCA care and that she would keep two cats once they were spayed/neutered.“I made arrangements to return with cat traps and once space was available to remove the cats and transport them at the Centre.  I explained that once she started feeding the cats, she took on responsibility for them and the kindest thing to do is to spay or neuter them so they don’t continue to breed uncontrollably causing unnecessary suffering. “After a quick sandwich, I make my way to a local secondary school where I gave a talk to students there about the work of the ISPCA and to promote responsible pet ownership. The students were very enthusiastic and asked lots of questions.  They plan to organise a fundraiser later in the year to support our work at the centre.“On my way home I received a call informing me that the cat trap I set the evening prior, to capture an injured cat was successful. I collected the cat took him to a local veterinary practice for examination as its right hind leg was injured and required treatment.“I return to the centre to finalise some paperwork and return some calls and emails.  The last call of the day was to release a hedgehog that was injured and following veterinary treatment, he made a full recovery and was ready to go back to nature where he belongs.“The vast majority of my day is spent in the van investigating animal cruelty complaints in Donegal, North Sligo and North Leitrim.  I take my job seriously and work hard to prevent animal cruelty. I aim to educate pet owners on their legal responsibilities and to promote high standards of animal welfare both locally and nationally. “The public are less tolerant of what they perceive to be animal cruelty and more and more people are contacting the ISPCA to highlight their concerns.“I am grateful to the people of Donegal and the surrounding area who take the time and effort to report cruelty so we can investigate them and take action if necessary. By making that call, you are helping to make a difference to that animal’s life. None of this would be possible without the continued support of the public.”Kevin’s one bit of advice to anyone thinking of getting a pet is to think carefully to ensure adequate time and financial resources are available to properly care of any new pet.  It is a life-long commitment and a decision that should not be made on a whim.  Owning a pet can be a lot of fun and is very rewarding but it is also a big responsibility.Funding is vital for the ISPCA to continue our work caring for all animals and to be able to expand and provide more Inspectors to cover more areas.  Together we are achieving great results that will have a lasting impact for so many animals in Donegal and the surrounding area well into the future.For more information about the ISPCA Inspectorate Team and to download the latest Inspectorate Report, please visit https://www.ispca.ie/ispca_inspectorate_reportsTo support the ISPCA’s work by making a kind donation, please visit https://www.ispca.ie/donate/once_offGiving animals a second chance: A day in the life of an ISPCA Inspector was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:ISPCAKevin McGinleylast_img read more