Big help is being provided for some so-called small sports through a thrust from the national sports agency, the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS). The initiative, called the Minor Sports Development Programme, will see the state body partnering with rugby, volleyball, softball, table tennis and basketball in several areas. Leaders of several of the national sporting associations recently met with INSPORTS’ administrative director, Ian Andrews, and discussed ways of improving the growth and development of the respective sports. “All of these organisations say they have these programmes going, but they don’t have the technical capacity,” Andrews noted. “If we can help them with the technical expertise and to get proper venues, then it would go a far way in lifting their sport,” he added, further explaining the need of raising their profile to spark interest and participation. Arising out of the meeting at the agency’s head office, consensus was arrived at with regards to critical areas of need. These are: – Technical support in the form of training coaches and game officials; – Facilities (playing fields and courts); – Equipment; – Primary school age-group competitions; – Meeting facility; – Administrative development capacity. “They’ve been pressuring us for help,” continued Andrews, who outlined that the associations welcomed the Minor Sports Development Programme initiative and pledged their support and cooperation to ensure that maximum benefits to the nation’s youths were forthcoming. Part of the development, he explains, is reciprocal, as they intend to increase the knowledge base to have more persons involved in the training process. “They can train our officers so that they can be certified and help with instituting these programmes,” Andrews said. Calvin Martin, vice-president of the Jamaica Basketball Association and president of the Southern Conference Basketball Association, “thinks the initiative is long overdue” and implored other sporting bodies to work hard at improving their game. “I’m hoping that all the other sports, besides basketball, push for more support,” said Martin. “We don’t have the networking, the resources and personnel and when INSPORTS comes on board, it helps to grow and develop some more. We want to host seminars and learn more about carrying out the day-to-day activities.” He added: “Their youth programmme should benefit mainly. For us, we have mini basketball for the Under-13s, which is our focus this year, and INSPORTS has pledged to support that. We’re starting out in Kingston, St Catherine and Montego Bay. We’re hoping to get into Mandeville as well, but we’re starting out small and see if we can grow. “Mini basketball has two components, one is aimed at the community and the other for prep and primary schools.” Martin, who is also a sports officer at INSPORTS, further noted that “basketball has always gotten support from INSPORTS”, but said they are shooting for increased backing. “We’ll also be looking for additional private partners. What the programme needs cannot be supplied by one entity,” he stated.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Paul Lee slogged his way out of Santa Rosa Multipurpose Complex Tuesday night. His head was slightly down, his gloomy face barely seen as he wore a black cap tilted downward.Star is one game away from getting swept by Meralco, which looked every bit of a top-seeded team, and the Hotshots could likely be without their prized guard as they fight for survival starting Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments How to help the Taal evacuees The playoff schedule also didn’t help the 28-year-old’s health issues with teams playing every other day.READ: Top seed Meralco comes back to beat Star in semis opener“Our games have been in succession so our PT told me that this is expected to happen. There’s a slight meniscus tear,” said Lee, who scored 11 points in Game 1.Lee said his status is “day-to-day” and he offered no assurance on whether he’s going to be available in Game 3 on Thursday.“I didn’t practice yesterday (Monday). I just tried to play today,” he said. “It’s painful. I made a quick move in the first quarter and I felt something.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Lee logged only three minutes and 44 seconds in Game 2 in what could be his season-finale after his nagging knee injury recurred at the worst possible time for the Hotshots.READ: Meralco zaps lackluster Star, nears PBA semis sweepFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s the old injury,” Lee told reporters. “I aggravated it last game. I actually just forced myself to play last game. I tested it but I couldn’t.”He has been bothered by the same knee injury since last year. It was also the reason why he was pulled out of Gilas Pilipinas last March and in May of 2016.
Westbrook’s 3-pointer lifts Thunder past Hawks Gary Harris scored 17 points for Denver.C.J. McCollum led Portland with 15 points, while Shabazz Napier had 14. Rookie Zach Collins scored a career-high 10 points, but fouled out after playing 18 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 folkPortland played without Damian Lillard, who strained a hamstring strain in Wednesday’s game against San Antonio. Lillard is the Blazers’ leading scorer at 25.2 points a game.The Blazers, who lost their sixth consecutive home game, heard scattered boos from the crowd during the fourth quarter. Denver, establishing its offense in the paint, shot nearly 50 percent (42 of 85) from the floor. Portland couldn’t get untracked offensively, particularly from 3-point range, where it was just 5 of 21.The Nuggets led 52-41 at halftime as Jokic scored 18 first-half points. They separated themselves from Portland late in the second quarter with a 10-0 run.Denver continued to punish Portland inside during the third quarter, as Chandler scored eight points and Jokic seven in taking an 80-66 lead. The Nuggets led by as many as 19 points during the third quarter.Portland was unable to get closer than 10 in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, shoots past Portland Trail Blazers center Zach Collins, left, and forward Ed Davis, center, during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPORTLAND, Oregon — Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and the Denver Nuggets won for the first time in Portland since 2013, beating the Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Jokic hit 12 of 21 shots and grabbed eight rebounds as the Nuggets ended a nine-game losing streak to the Blazers in Portland. Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina
Ernerst D. Jallah A child right advocate has said that there is a need for the Government of Liberia to put the well-being of children on the top of its priority lists.Ernest Duku Jallah, 21, who is an activist for quality education said that child labor and abuse, equal and quality education for every Liberian child are some challenges affecting Liberian children that citizens must demand from the Government of Liberia to address.Some participants at the Day of African Child program“It is our right to demand the government to enact actions to defeat child labor and abuse. It is our right to demand that children of our country receive the quality education needed to make their lives successful,” said Jallah. “Our girls should not have reasons to trade their womanhood for survival. They must have an opportunity to choose between options for livelihood. We must present all of our children the same and equal opportunities to make their lives better.”Jallah served as a keynote speaker at a one-day commemoration program of the Day of African Child. The one-day event took place in Paynesville and it was organized by the Youth for Sustainable Development Initiative.Earlier, Ekies Divine who made a special statement on behalf of Liberian children recommended that the Government of Liberia engage its partners and local organizations to conduct combined actions to ensure the realization of child rights at all times.“I encourage African leaders to take the situation surrounding the violation of child rights seriously and take appropriate measures to ensure their well-being. It is important to know that creating awareness on children’s rights is essential,” Ekies stressed. “There is a need to draw attention to the situation of those who are particularly vulnerable to every form of violence.”The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity, now African Union. The day honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There submerged ‘Rival’ is expected to be removed from Ramelton.As the 90 feet mussel dredger, ‘Rival’ became submerged again at Ramelton pier at the weekend, Donegal County Council is now expected to have it removed and sold for scrap as public concerns about public safety and pollution intensify.The Tirconail Tribune report that council staff have been working to refloat the boat this week and the task is proving difficult since it is believed the bulkheads of the vessel are not functioning and water is continuing to pour into the holds.‘Rival’ is registered in Westport under ‘Inch Island Shellfish Company’ and is owned by the Brown family. It had a former value in the region of €300,000. It is now believed it is worth around £4000 in scrappage value. Cllr. Ian McGarvey said that the Council was now actively engaged in a process to resolve the problem.He says that when the issues of ownership are worked out the Council will hire a tug to bring the vessel to Derry where it will be broken up and sold for scrap.The ninety feet mussel dredger has been anchored permanently at the Quay in Ramelton for the past three years amid denials from a leading bank that they were effectively in ownership of the vessel.It is understood the Council is also concerned about the status of another vessel that has remained grounded across the river for a number of years.It is believed the legal status of this boat’s ownership is now being investigated before any further action can be taken. The process to scrap the boat is well underway, says Cllr.McGarvey and he expects the formalities of the transfer of ownership to be resolved in the New Year.“Following concerns about spillage of oil based products and waste materials from the submerged boat the vessel has been refloated and made ready for removal at the earliest possible convenience,” he said.In mid April the boat became deeply submerged on the high tides giving rise to serious concerns about pollution from diesel and lubricants on board.The boat was then refloated but this was not seen as a permanent solution because it was reported that the damage beneath the water line was beyond repair.At the weekend the boat sank again and local community leaders in Ramelton expressed their anger and frustration that the picturesque landscape was being visually destroyed by ‘half sunken wrecks’. One source said that the landscape at the Quay in Ramelton was one of it’s most precious heritage inheritances and they could not allow the place to become a dumping ground for half submerged fishing boats and rusting wrecks.Last April a spokesman for the Brown family said the situation is out of their hands. They say the boat is deeply indebted: is prevented from fishing to earn its keep and unable to pay off very substantial debts because it has been forced out of action for a number of years.It has also emerged that there were outstanding bank loans the family is unable to meet.Vandals have caused serious damage on board the boat and it has come under attack on a number of occasions: windows and mooring ropes have been wrecked and in the past couple of weeks more serious damage has taken place. The Brown family told the Tribune that the boat had been boarded by vandals, pumps, engines and generators were either stolen or put out of action and the vessel is now effectively worthless.Adding to the complexity of the issue is the fact that the vessel is so deeply indebted to the bank that the owners are unable toget any further funding to make it seaworthy.In its current state ‘Rival’ cannot get a fishery licence and is nowhere close to being seaworthyAt one point the boat was worth €300,000… but not now. Cecil Brown told us that in its present condition the boat is ‘worthless’.He said that it could cost in excess of €100,000 to bring it back up to comply with the Dept of the Marine regulations.“AIB is not the owner of the vessel in question and any question or queries relating to its upkeep and maintenance should be directed to the vessel’s owners,’’ was their response of the Bank to our queries.At the same time the Brown’s say they are powerless to do anything about the situation since they are effectively mortgaged to the hilt and are locked into a position that until the boat can go back fishing they cannot pay the costs of essential repairs.‘We might be the registered owners but in effect we do not have any control of the situation because the matter is out of our hands due to financial reasons,’ admitted Cecil Brown.The vessel was registered in Ireland in 2007. The boat which was originally Dutch built is over 29 metres in length with a weight of 122 tonnes. It has been based in Ramelton for a number of years where catches were landed.It is believed the vessel was purchased by the Brown family who then spent €200,000 to bring it up to the safety standards recognised by the Dept of the Marine and to comply with fishery regulations in Ireland.SUBMERGED BOATS TO BE REMOVED FROM RAMELTON was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boatsRameltonRival
If you are reading this, it might simply be a sign that Armageddon did not happen this morning – or it did and the rapture left you behind. Or maybe this marks the birth of the Antichrist, and the end is still seven years away. But, most likely, today – June 6, 2006, or digitally 06/06/06 – was simply a clear day to release the remake of the 1970s horror film “The Omen,” in which a family is terrorized after giving birth to the Antichrist. So far, few seem to be suffering from hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – an intense aversion to the numerical sequence 666. The only biblical reference to 666 comes from the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation, an apocalyptic writing of the apostle John to Christians suffering heavily under Roman rule. Scholars have understood six as an imperfect number. Man was created on the sixth day, and six is one less than seven, which is ascribed to God throughout Scripture. If 777 represents God and the height of perfection, the triplicate six would be the mark of sheer wickedness and human sinfulness. The Antichrist. “It’s really a satanic trinity,” said Eddie Gibbs, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Nero and Hitler are two tyrants whose names can be transnumerated as 666. Stalin, too. Others have tried to avoid such condemnation. In 1996, a rumor spread through Colombia that unless children had been baptized by June 6, they would become the property of the devil. The Catholic Church tried to assuage such fears but couldn’t defeat the images of “Rosemary’s Baby” and the original “Omen” that were being broadcast. When President and Nancy Reagan retired to Bel Air in 1989, they forced the city to change their new address to 668 St. Cloud Road – from 666. On Monday, the Web site of Radio Free Satan carried a “countdown to your damnation” ticker that hit zero at midnight. Tonight, the priests and priestesses of darkness from across the globe will descend upon the Steve Allen Theater – coincidently, reachable at (323) 666-4268 – for a sold-old pagan party to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Church of Satan. “Sorry to disappoint the legion of Satan fans, but they are barking up the wrong tree,” said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. They have not received calls from terrified parishioners, he said. In the book of Mark, Jesus said men would claim to know when the apocalypse would occur. “But about the day or hour, no one knows,” he said. Still, there were the 11th Century Christians who believed Christ would return on the 1,000th anniversary of his crucifixion; the Millerites, a Christian sect that predicted the world would end Oct. 22, 1844; and those who thought Y2K spelled more than trouble for the world’s banks. “The next time I guess we are going to come upon it is June 6, 2066,” James, of raptureready.com, said. If so, 6-6-66 might be a day of supreme evil, for four is certainly greater than three. But, according to James’ Web site, we might not get there. The site’s Rapture Index, which James said is “more or less along the lines of the Dow Jones,” is based on 45 apocalyptic predictors, including the presence of floods, anti-Semitism and antichrists. The world scored a 157 Monday, matching 2003’s high but below the all-time high of 182 set in September 2001. When there is a score above 145, Rapture Ready recommends, “fasten your seat belt.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“The mark of the beast has never been interpreted as a calendrical sign,” said Stephen O’Leary, an associate professor at the University of Southern California who specializes in apocalyptic religious predictions. Even Christians who believe a seven-year period of tribulation will precede the Second Coming aren’t making much of the date with its three sixes strung together. “There is nothing in the Bible that indicates a date has anything to do with it. It’s just a marketing tool,” said Terry James, general editor of raptureready.com. “The Rapture,” the 15th installment of the bestselling “Left Behind” series of Christian films, also will be released today. “It’s a shameless marketing technique,” said co-writer Jerry B. Jenkins, who emphasized that he does not believe the date has any significance. “Scripture makes it clear that the Antichrist will be so convincing and deceptive and attractive that most people are not going to see him for who he is until the gloves come off. He is going to be smart enough to not show up with 666 on his airplane.”
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Letterkenny IT company, Gartan Technologies, has announced a major expansion into markets in the USA and Canada after forming a new partnership with US firm, Adashi Systems, based in Baltimore.The announcement was made in Boston on Tuesday by Gartan CEO Malachi Eastwood, who is in the USA this week as part of the Ireland Northwest Trade Mission.Mr Eastwood is also taking part in a multi-city promotional tour that includes New York and Philadelphia. He first visited the Boston area in March 2015 as part of the Donegal County Council’s trade links initiative. Gartan Technologies specialise in rostering solutions for the Emergency Services sector and they already work with some of the largest Fire Departments in Ireland, the UK, Australia and Northern Europe.Baltimore-based Adashi Systems, will act as resellers for Gartan solutions in the USA and Canada. The partnership between the firms is the culmination of two years hard work to find what Malachi Eastwood describes as, ‘the perfect partner.’“A business relationship is like any other relationship. The very best partnerships work when the participants share a similar view of the world, so to speak. Adashi are like us in that they’re a very customer focused organisation. The client is at the epicentre of everything they do. Our companies share the same values and we share a determination to innovate and to bring genuine value to the sector.”Donegal firm Gartan, know all about the challenges of breaking into new overseas markets. They have worked in the UK since 2007 and in 2014 they moved into Australia. Most recently, they were awarded a contract by Copenhagen Fire Department which was their first breakthough into mainland Europe.There were challenges involved in breaking into all of those markets and the company took their experience of the last 10 years and applied it to their US project.“The US market is massive. It’s so vast and it just wouldn’t have been practical for us to manage the sales, system deployment and support processes in the US in the same way we do in, say, the UK or Australia. Ironically, distance is not actually the main issue. When it comes to North America there are tens of thousands of Fire Departments and that’s what makes it truly unique. In the UK, for example, there are 70 departments.”Gartan’s partnership with Adashi, is now set to help the Letterkenny firm gain a foothold in the North American market.“We first met Adashi through a shared client in Sydney. They’re in the software development business and they’re in the Fire Department sector, too. They already have a big presence in North America. Our respective solutions complement each other very well and they will now leverage their position in the US and Canada to sell and support our solutions.” The expansion into the USA and Canada is a timely one for Gartan who have been working with Fire Departments for over 20 years.The company moved into the UK in 2007 and in 2013 began a programme of expansion to leverage their growing positive reputation within the sector.They started with Australia and then spent two years focusing on mainland Europe and the US. The timing of their latest expansions has coincided with Brexit and the importance of that has not gone unnoticed.“We do a lot of business in the UK and there’s no doubt that Brexit will be a challenge. That said, our job is to build a robust, sustainable business and our partnership with Adashi means we’re now operating on three continents and in four separate currency areas. That, of course, reduces the risk of being overexposed to one marketplace but it also helps manage the impact of currency fluctuations. In 2013 we appointed a Chief Operations Officer and that helped give us the space to start a strategic market expansion. We sat down with the staff that year, too, and explained our thinking behind the strategy. They immediately bought into it and that was even more crucial because you need a supportive team behind you to make any plan work and our guys have been fantastic,” Malachi Eastwood added.Gartan has an office in Sydney which focuses on business development and client support in Australia and they plan to open a similar facility in the US.The company’s product development teams and the bulk of their support operation will continue to operate out of Letterkenny.DD Business: Letterkenny firm announces major expansion into US was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
It’s advice I’ve heard myself multiple times throughout my life: Get a haircut.I must have heard this tough-love approach to parenting from my mother and father hundreds of times while I was a young man, particularly when I was about to embark on the journey of responsible adulthood. This age-old caveat, along with other gems such as, ‘Dress for the job you want, not the one you have,’ and, ‘Give a firm handshake and look people in the eyes,” were passed down to me by my parents, and their …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Propane Education & Research Council partnered with three different agricultural companies to develop new fuel-efficient grain drying technologies that will help agricultural operations save money.PERC invested in the research and development of GSI’s heat reclamation system, Mathews Company’s redesigned Legacy Series grain dryers, and Sukup Manufacturing Co.’s new burner design. PERC provided industry expertise and financial support through the research, development, and testing process for the new technologies.“PERC prioritizes the development of new technology that advances energy efficiency,” said Cinch Munson, director of agriculture business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. “By working with leading agricultural manufacturers to advance efficient grain drying technologies, we can help ensure that farmers operate as cost-effectively as possible.”Energy savings were the driving force behind PERC and GSI’s development of a new heat reclamation system for tower dryers. The reclaimer was engineered to capture air from the lower part of the drying portion, above the cooling section. It separates out the hot dry air from wet air, and carries very little chaff or other debris back into the dryer. The result is a system that saves up to 30% of propane at 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the drying season. The system is available now and can be installed on any new tower dryer or retrofitted to any Zimmerman-style dryer that has been built since 2001.PERC also worked with Mathews Company to achieve energy savings through innovation. Mathews Company completely redesigned the fan, burner, and control system found in its profile-style Legacy Series product line. The newly redesigned profile-style dryer now offers many of the same technological advantages and operational efficiencies associated with a tower dryer. By introducing tower dryer elements to a profile-style dryer, Mathews Company has created a more efficient dryer with lower operating costs.Sukup and PERC partnered to increase energy savings by redesigning a grain dryer burner. The new highly efficient Octagon Burner uses less propane to achieve the temperature rise needed to dry grain. The result is increased fuel savings and lowered CO2 emissions. An added benefit is the burner’s aluminum manifold, which increases the durability and longevity of the burner. All Sukup 2017 axial-fan dryers will utilize the new Octagon Burner, and they are also available as replacement burners for older dryers.“These new technologies result in a highly efficient, cost-effective grain drying process,” Munson said. “Drying your own grain is more viable than ever. With propane prices remaining low, now is an excellent time to take more control of your harvest with a new grain dryer.”For more information about propane use on the farm and the 2017 Propane Farm Incentive Program, visit propane.com/farmincentive.