In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Konnexx were recently crowned champions of the INSPORTS/Charles Chocolates-sponsored 5-a-side Portmore Business House Football League after their 4-3 penalty kicks win over LASCO Distributors in the final. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation and extra time. Manchester, St James Teachers in JTA Netball finals The final of the All Island Jamaica Teachers Association Netball competition is expected to be hosted at the St Elizabeth Technical courts next Friday, February 3. Manchester and St James will contest that final following semi-final victories at the same venue two weeks ago. St James defeated Westmoreland, while Manchester beat St Ann. Konnexx win Portmore Business House football League The three-way tie at the top of the standings was broken following last weekend’s sixth round in the 2017 South Central Confed Super League. St Elizabeth’s St Bess United are now the clear leaders following their 1-0 home win against Tru-Juice of St Catherine. They are now on 16 points, two clear of Clarendon’s Sporting Central who were held to a 1-1 result by Dunbeholden of St Catherine. Both St Bess and Sporting Central remain the only unbeaten teams in the league with St Bess posting an impressive record of five wins and a draw from their six matches. Positions three and four are held by the St Catherine pair of Tru-Juice (13 points) and Rivoli (12). Black Star of St Elizabeth round off the top five with eleven points. The best placed Manchester team is Ricam who have six points. The remaining results of the past round saw Rivoli stumping Ricam Academy 4-0 and the Manchester derby between Downs and Hillstars ending 0-0. New route, time for High Mountain Coffee 10K Edgewater on top All set for Greater Portmore Primary road race All is in place for the Greater Portmore Primary’s second annual 3K road race which will take place on their school grounds on Friday, February 3. Health-conscious adults have been especially invited to take part in the event. Proceeds are in aid of the school’s sport programme. Entry fee: $300 children, $500 adults. Warm-up is at 6.30 a.m. Race time is 7 a.m. Medals will be given to the top three in each age group.center_img Edgewater FC moved to the top of the standings in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League with an exciting 3-2 win over Three West last Sunday. The win moved Edgewater to 15 points from six games. Southborough moved to second place on 13 points as they hammered Caymanas Gardens 5-2. In other games, Braeton blanked Racing United 3-0, Cumberland whipped Daytona 4-0 and Waterford clipped Westchester 1-0. St Bess lead in South Central Confed Porus, Alligator Pond lead Manchester Major league Fort outlast Frazsiers Whip Defending champs Fort International were pushed to the limit by newcomers Frazsiers Whip but outlasted their opponents 300-295 in a close encounter in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore / St Catherine League last Sunday. In other games, Spring Village beat Exceptional 300-247; Right Stuff forced Garveymeade to throw in the towel at 263-200; so too Waterhouse over Memory Lane 270-200; Links United humbled Masterpiece 300-255; Passagefort United held on 300-296 over Correctional Services; Eradication defeated Ken’s Wildflower 300-244; Naggo Head shocked Braeton All Stars 300-263; Chedwin Strikers beat Felluchi Strikers 300-267 and Mechanical Strikers cut down Soursop Tree 300-287. The competition continues tomorrow. There will be a new route and a new starting time for tomorrow’s 34th staging of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race in Williamsfield, Manchester. The 10K and 5K and 5K Wheelchair event will now begin at 4 p.m. Athletes will not have to deal with the gruelling uphill Winston Jones Highway as this time around they will be going the opposite route. The 10K run will begin at the Williamsfield roundabout. Runners will go along the main road through the district of Content, past the bauxite plant, the Pickapeppa factory in Shooters Hill, up through Kendal and back back to the Winston Jones Highway and down the hill. Runners from Shore Athletics Club out of New Jersey, USA will be participating in tomorrow’s event along with a large local contingent. Competitors will be hunting over $370,000 in prize money. The male and female 10K winners will collect $30,000. The top male and female teams will get $40,000. Edmund Burke, a past member of Shore Athletics Club, is currently in the island conducting running clinics in high schools in Manchester. Porus and Alligator Pond are joint leaders of the Manchester Football Association Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League as the league enters its third round this weekend. These two have maximum six points from two games. Villa United are the surprising third-placed team at this stage with four points. This was achieved with a hard-fought 1-0 win over promoted Star Zone earlier this week. Devaughn Turner scored the crucial goal in the 37th minute.last_img read more

Read More »

Liberia-Nigeria Tighten Bilateral Relations

first_imgLiberia and the Federal Republic of Nigeria have signed agreements meant to benefit both countries.The agreements include cooperation in education, culture, bilateral trade and training of Liberian Foreign Service officers.The two countries also entered into a memorandum of understanding on mining and geology.One of the significant features of the agreements signed is that Nigeria has committed to grant a soon to be agreed number of scholarships to Liberian diplomats to pursue an 18-month Masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies (MISS) program at the University of Lagos.While pursuing their Masters’ degree, Liberian beneficiaries of the Nigerian scholarships would also take courses at the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy.Speaking ahead of the signing ceremony, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan gave special recognition to experts from both countries that worked behind the scenes to make the signing of the agreements a reality.Minister Ngafuan said the signing of the Joint agreements is a giant step forward in consolidating Liberia-Nigeria relations.“We at Foreign Affairs are the diplomats and have done our part by enhancing the relationship; we are now expecting implementation, which means our sector ministries and experts would coordinate more through direct communication and follow up on issues of mutual concern as it relates to the successful implementation of the various agreements.”He said if the ministries and sectors in both countries forge closer partnerships, it will ensure success while the Foreign Ministry in both countries will continue to nudge their respective ministries and agencies in taking the concrete steps that would ensure the achievement of the objectives laid down in the agreements.He spoke of the huge investment potential in Liberia and urged the Nigerian private sector to take advantage of what he called “the first mover advantages.”The Foreign Minister said both countries deliberated on education related matters and accordingly signed an agreement that will further concretize the already good collaboration of the two countries in the sector.Nigeria agreed to continue the Technical Assistance Cooperation (TAC) Scheme wherein Nigeria regular field teachers render critically needed services in the Liberian school system.An agreement that will facilitate the training of Liberian Foreign Officers in the Nigerian Foreign Service Academy was also signed during the Joint Commission meeting in Abuja with both countries also agreeing to reinforce the subsisting agreement on the Technical Aid Corps Scheme.The Session recognized trade as an essential and indispensable component in the deepening and broadening of relations between Nigeria and Liberia, and resolved to facilitate trade and commerce by removing all impediments that militate against free trade including putting in place measures and structures that would enhance commerce and people to people contact.In order to enhance relations in the Cultural sector and recognize the importance of promoting cultural values in both countries, Nigeria and Liberia signed an Agreement on Cultural Cooperation that will promote cooperation between the public and private cultural institutions in both countries.Mindful of the enormous opportunities that abound in the mining sectors of both countries and the comparative advantage of Liberia in the sector, both countries agreed to explore ways of making positive intervention in the sector.Meanwhile, the two countries agreed on further consultations on the MOUs on Immigration, Drugs, Science and Technology, Agriculture and Sustainable Development, Health and Medical Sciences as well as Transport and Civil Aviation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More »

EnCana gas leak could take a while to stop

first_imgView Location of EnCana Explosions in a larger mapThis map shows the locations of all five EnCana bombings.For more on this story, Click Here For the original story, Click Here Encana’s Rhona DelFrari says it could take some time to stop the sweet gas leak eight kilometres South of Dawson Creek.[asset|aid=1602|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aa1c24f5008ba89139ba4901f3205a92-Rhona- update 2_2_Pub.mp3]The leak was caused by an explosion that happened on July 1st. Police have confirmed that the explosion was intentional and have linked it to the four previous EnCana bombings.- Advertisement -Corporal Dan Moskaluk says there is no immediate danger to the public regarding the gas leak at the site.Shortly after 8am on Wednesday morning, an EnCana staff member was doing a routine check and noticed a well head had been disturbed. After closer inspection he noticed a small leak, and found it had started shortly after 2am Wednesday morning.EnCana hired private security guards last year, and doesn’t plan to increase security after the current explosion.Advertisement DelFrairi says EnCana has yet to understand the motivation for the bombings.[asset|aid=1603|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=aa1c24f5008ba89139ba4901f3205a92-Rhona- update 1_2_Pub.mp3]She says EnCana hasn’t discussed whether or not it will increase the reward which currently stands at 500 thousand dollars.The four bombings between last October and January all targeted EnCana facilities near Toms Lake, BC. No injuries have been reported from any of the bombings so far.Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More »

Two drinks included with every CanolaFest ticket

first_imgThis family friendly festival will be held on the island at Peace Island Park and will feature two large stages, VIP tents, food, kids activities, arts vendors and more.  Thank you to our official equipment supplier, Peace Country Rentals for all their help. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Now you can get your tickets at any On the Rocks Liquor Store location in Fort St. John and you’ll get two drink tickets included with every ticket purchased.  Your drink tickets can be redeemed at the Lonestar Nightlife bar at CanolaFest.  The Lonestar Nightlife will be at CanolaFest before they open their new club in Fort St. John!  Lonestar Nightlife, Fort St John’s Premier Nightclub – coming soon.CanolaFest, presented by Thunder Oilfield, will take over Peace Island Park Saturday July 16.  The all day music festival will feature more music than ever with 14 performers including 2014 CCMA Rising Star Award Winner Tim Hicks with opener the Chris Buck Band.This year the festival will feature two stages of music to showcase 12 local artists.  The McIntyre Painting Main Stage will feature local favourites the Montney Coulees, Rose Prairie Romance, Scarlet Sway from Dawson Creek, Last Horse Standing and the Social Bulls.- Advertisement -To help showcase even more local music, we’ve added a second stage sponsored by Peace Country Rentals.  This stage will feature acoustic performances from local performers including 10 year-old Madi Comet-Cooper.  The Peace Country Rentals Acoustic stage will also include performances from The Road Side Distraction, Tom Cole, Mike Strandberg Band, Lorissa Scriven and Joel Primeau.On top of all On the Rocks Liquor Store locations, you can still get tickets at any Encana Events Centre and Tiger Box Office Plus locations.  You can purchase tickets online at tigerboxofficeplus.ca, and by phone at 1-877-339-8499.   Don’t forget, kids under 12 are FREE!Tickets have been moving fast with VIP tickets and VIP camping now SOLD OUT.Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More »

Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin will transform Man United into title contenders, says former star

first_imgManchester United will be right in the hunt for the Premier League title this season after signing Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.That is the view of former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who believes the midfield duo will fit perfectly into Louis van Gaal’s side.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “They are two wonderful signings and I really do think that puts them in the shake-up [for the title], along with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. It is lining up to be a fantastic season in the Premier League.”Schweinsteiger will turn 31 next month and there are plenty who feel the Germany captain could be on the decline, but Bosnich is adamant he still has plenty to offer.“He is a fantastic signing,” continued the ex-Australia international. “A lot of people have said maybe his best years are past him but he has looked after himself so well.“Throughout his career we have seen massive progress in the way he has played and the way he has handled himself and I think he will be a perfect fit for what Van Gaal wants to do at United, along with Schneiderlin.”last_img read more

Read More »

Benteke’s Liverpool switch confirmed? Aston Villa plot move for replacement striker

first_imgAston Villa have made a move for Monaco striker Anthony Martial as boss Tim Sherwood lines up an immediate replacement for Liverpool-bound Christian Benteke.The Villans are desperate to bring in goalscoring reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League campaign and could have lavish funds to spend if Benteke completes his proposed £32.5million switch to Anfield.And now the Midlands club’s scouts have identified the promising 19-year-old striker, who is also reportedly wanted by Tottenham.According to L’Equipe, Villa are expected to make a big-money offer for the France under-21 star, although Monaco are thought to be reluctant to cash in on Martial and hope the lure of Champions League football can persuade him to stay.The other potential stumbling block for Villa is that the former Lyon man only recently signed a new four-year deal with the Stade Louis II side. United signed Martial when he was relatively unknown 1last_img read more

Read More »

St. Eunan’s to host Family Fun and Health Day this Saturday

first_imgSt. Eunan’s have organised a Family Fun and Health Day this Saturday between 2 and 6, at St. Eunan’s GAA pitch.Representatives from Pieta House, Mental Health Ireland, Jigsaw, and Living Links with Donegal Youth Services will be in attendance to highlight the importance of positive mental health.They will also have paramedics and nurses doing blood pressures, diabetic screening, ear checks, and BMI monitoring. Slimming World will also be there to give people advice on weight loss!Music will play throughout the event with lots of activities for kids, arts and crafts, face painting, sack races, and egg and spoon races.There will also be an obstacle course, hurling, camogie, and gaelic with great prizes on offer!Old Foundry are providing paintball guns for target shooting, bridge guns, and Tackle Strabane providing a fishing simulator, tossing a sheaf and horse shoe pitching, and lots, lots more! Everyone welcome to attend this great event!St. Eunan’s to host Family Fun and Health Day this Saturday was last modified: August 24th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Family Fun Dayhealthmental healthSt Eunanslast_img read more

Read More »

Gung-ho Web site questioned

first_imgGLENDALE – City officials are curious about a Web site advertising a massive condo and hotel high-rise project for downtown – because they haven’t approved the project yet. The idea behind the Web site, which is connected to the real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, is to attract potential developers or investors. But city officials say the online marketing campaign gives the wrong impression: that the proposed Gateway to Glendale project has the go-ahead from City Hall. And they made it clear that their approval for the 1.4-million-square-foot project is anything but a done deal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I don’t have any problems with private transactions, but my issue was the way it was advertised,” said City Councilman Bob Yousefian. “It gave the illusion of (city) approval of this project, and they haven’t even walked in through the first gate yet.” The project, presented at www.gatewaytoglendale.com, includes three towers at Brand Boulevard next to the on-ramp to the 134 (Ventura) Freeway. Each tower could be 22 stories tall, according to the Web site, and the project as a whole would have 750-900 condos, a hotel and retail space. Yousefian said a note on the Web site from Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird to the private team behind the effort could give the impression the city backs the project. One line from Starbird posted online states, “A mixed use project of the proposed caliber would add presence on the freeway and to the skyline.” Starbird sent the letter after seeing drawings for the proposed project months ago, along with City Council members. “I was asked for some general views, and I think my views as they’ve been indicated are accurate,” Starbird said. “But I guess I’m a little concerned that maybe someone reading (the Web site) might take away a little bit more than was my intent.” The team behind the project, which is looking for an experienced residential development company, said whatever gets built will be up to city officials. “The pictures that we have there, that could all change,” said Laurie Lustig-Bower, a real estate broker involved in the project. “It could look like something completely different.” The idea behind the project is to put more condos downtown so residents can walk to nearby shops and even to work. Ralph Cimmarusti, who has an ownership stake in the project, said it would give the city bookends. “Americana (at Brand) at one end and this project at the other end, which we think would really enhance the small businesses along Brand Boulevard.” Americana at Brand, also known as the Town Center, will cover about 900,000 square feet and should open in 2008. Gateway to Glendale still needs an environmental impact report, which could take more than six months, Starbird said. It’s unclear when the group behind the project will submit a formal proposal to the city. As envisioned, it could dump too much traffic onto city streets, City Councilman Ara Najarian said. “If you didn’t know any better,” he said, “it would sound as if this project or whatever they have pictured is fully entitled and the city is fully behind it and all you have to do is start digging.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Read More »

Debate over council elections isn’t DONE

first_imgVAN NUYS – A long-festering dispute over election delays among neighborhood councils escalated Friday, with the Los Angeles City Council questioning whether the groups’ oversight agency is having a “chilling effect” on the grass-roots system. In the City Council’s third monthly meeting in the Valley, councilmembers said complaints about delays by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment are raising doubts. Those complaints include delays of a planned June 20 election by the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council. “What concerns me is that it isn’t just Woodland Hills, but there are something like 20 neighborhood council elections that have been delayed,” Councilman Dennis Zine said. “The longer the elections are delayed, the less participation we’ll have. What I’m concerned about is we are creating a situation with nitpicking the procedures and sending a chilling effect that will lead to the entire neighborhood council system falling apart.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The issue comes even as DONE seeks a new director following longtime leader Greg Nelson’s retirement in April. The neighborhood council system faces a crossroads five years after L.A.’s first neighborhood council was created in San Pedro. The mayor and City Council are putting together a commission to review the entire 87-member neighborhood council system and many community leaders hope it can address long-standing issues that scare off some potential neighborhood council participants – bureaucracy, infighting and, depending on who is commenting, too few or too many rules. And virtually every neighborhood council has chafed under DONE oversight, with its former chief a lightning rod for a department often criticized for bureaucracy and poor communication. Acting DONE General Manager Lisa Sarno said any election delays have occurred because the agency is trying to ensure neighborhood councils follow election procedures developed by a working group of the councils. “We want to make sure we have elections that meet the guidelines and will stand up to a challenge,” Sarno said. But Jill Banks Barad, president of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and chairwoman of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, said the problems are longstanding. “We have not gotten responses from DONE in a timely manner so we can make changes to respond to the rules,” Barad said. “I hope that what we’re going through is just a transition. “A lot of us feel there are just too many rules and regulations for volunteers to have to go through. There are too many elections being delayed and it causes disruptions when we try to get things done.” And Zine said much of the problem in the Woodland Hills case was due to delays in getting information. Zine said the group notified the department in January of its plans to hold a June election. In February, the department notified the group of two problems, which were remedied, Zine said. “Then, in May, they got a list of 20 other problems,” Zine said. “It shouldn’t take that long to deal with this when we have people who are volunteering their time to get involved with the neighborhood councils.” Sarno said she would meet with Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council representatives next week to try to resolve the dispute and allow the election to proceed. But Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she also had received complaints from neighborhood councils about delays and believes the department may be trying to impose too many regulations on the volunteer panels. “Most of the problems I see listed can be fixed easily enough and we should allow theses elections to go forward,” Hahn said. Sarno said DONE has been concerned with ensuring neighborhood councils have done the proper public outreach in notifying candidates and have proper procedures in place to guarantee fair elections. Council members said they want DONE to provide a more complete report on the causes of the election delays. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Read More »

EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELICOPTER SCHEME FOR DONEGAL AFTER HOSPITAL FLOODING

first_imgThe Emergency Medical Helicopter Service is to be extended to the North West Region in light of Letterkenny Hospital’s recent flooding disaster.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope Gallagher MEP has received confirmation from the Minister for Heath, Dr. James Reilly, T.D. that the Emergency Aeromedical Support (EAS) service will now cover this region.Mr. Gallagher wrote to the Minister for Health in the aftermath of the devastating flooding urging him to extend this emergency service to the North West. For the past year the service has been used on a pilot basis mainly in the West of Ireland.Mr Gallagher said the agreement will last for up to three months.“Firstly, I am pleased that the Minister for Health has agreed to my suggestion,” he told Donegal Daily.“In reply to my letter, the Minister stated that in relation to the continuation of the service, that he has agreed along with his colleague, the Minister for Defence, to an extension of aeromedical support by the Air Corps to the EAS service for a period of up to three months, pending receipt and consideration of the report on the review of the pilot. “The north western area including Letterkenny General Hospital will be covered by the aeromedical support service during this period.”“The Minister also stated that a review of the pilot EAS service has been completed and is being examined. Both immediate and longer term issues will be considered in the course of this examination, including the possibility of an all-Ireland service.”Pat the Cope has thanked both Ministers for their immediate response to his request. EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELICOPTER SCHEME FOR DONEGAL AFTER HOSPITAL FLOODING was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Emergency Medical HelicopterFLOODINGLetterkenny General HospitalPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Read More »