CONFIDENT “We have the national record in mind and I’m always a person who have confidence in my teammates no matter who we are up against. I’m always confident,” Jackson said. “We know it won’t be as easy as it was here in the heats, but we will do our best and we can hope that it’s good enough.” Jamaica’s lone win in the women’s 4x400m at the World Championships came in Edmonton in 2001. They were disqualified in the heats at the last World Championships in Moscow. BEIJING, China: Jamaica’s women’s 4×400 metres team will be hunting the national record when they line up in today’s final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. That was the word following their qualification yesterday as the team of Christine Day, Chrisann Gordon, Shericka Jackson and Anastasia Le-Roy easily secured their spot in the final with a 3:23.62 finish for second place in their heat. With Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills expected to come in to replace Le-Roy and Gordon for the final, which faces the starter at 7:05 a.m. (Jamaica time), the Jamaicans are liking their chances of testing the 3:18.71 national record mark, which was registered at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. “God is good. We made it to the final and we are really happy that we get another chance to prove ourselves and we are trying to put up a show tomorrow (today) to show how great we can be on the relay,” said Day after the run. “We are going after the national record, so we know that we will have to be very fast because Jamaica has a pretty fast time already and so once we can go below that we know that we have a pretty good chance to compete with anyone here and get a medal,” Day continued. Individual 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson said she was confident in the team’s ability to meet its targets and improve the record and get on the podium.
– Coordinator deflects questions, maintains no change in policy– OPM defends moveThe Guyana Learning Channel (TGLC) is now broadcasting a number of Government Information AgencyCoordinator of the TGLC, Dr Seeta Roath(GINA) programmes, including activities of Cabinet Ministers, the President’s Diary, The President’s weekly telecast, “The Public Interest” among others, despite no public disclosure of this move to place such programmes on a television station established exclusively to broadcast educational materials, without having any political influence.After Guyana Times learnt of the programmes being broadcasted, Coordinator of the TGLC, Dr Seeta Roath was contacted, but she dodged the question on whether or not the Channel is now airing such programmes, but confirmed that there was no change in the Channel’s mandate.“The Guyana Learning Channel Trust has not changed its mandate. All broadcasts are supposed to be educational – apolitical and non-commercial. Public education is still education. No politics should be shown and definitely no commercials should be included. Public Service Announcements take the place of commercials,” she told this publication in an email exchange, adding that “programmes from GINA, shown on the Guyana Learning Channel Trust, should reflect this mandate.”When ask specifically if developmental programmes and activities of government ministers were being aired by the TGLC, DrRoath again skirted over the issue and said she was on vacation, but trusted the judgment of her staff.“As long as developmental programmes are educational and are free of advertisements, then there is no problem in broadcasting them. I am on leave at the moment. I trust my officers’ judgment during the review process,” she stated.Meanwhile, later on Wednesday, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) sought to defend the decision to broadcast the programmes on TGLC, whose mandate is the proliferation of educational content exclusively.In a statement, the OPM said the decision to use the Learning Channel in this regard was as a result of constant complaints from residents of several hinterland villages about not being able to access public information and reports on the work of the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive. The statement added that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo met with Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine and Dr Roath and negotiated for broadcast time on the educational channel, which led to an agreement for the programmes to be aired “during non-primetime, late night hours during weekdays and on midday and afternoon hours at weekends.”It said that the time slots being used are 22:30h to midnight on weekdays and 12:00h to 13:00h and 18:30h to 19:30h on weekends.“These timeslots, in no way disrupt TLC’s core educational programming designed for schoolchildren. During weekdays, the late night time slot is after traditional bedtime hours for children. At the weekends, many children are engaged in sports and recreational activities during the day and early evening. These time slots represent a small fraction of the full programme time and amount to less than seven per cent of the total weekly programme time of 168 hours,” the OPM statement said.It said that some of the video content which was being aired on the channel was “mistakenly branded” but, have since been recalled and promised that the video content provided will be of “a national nature and properly and appropriately titled.”According to the OPM, the Community Radio Project which has already been rolled out in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) and Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) as well as a community television station’s programme will eventually air this content.“In the interim, however, programmes of national interest such as His Excellency President David Granger’s weekly ‘Public Interest’ television programme and Government Information Agency’s magazine news briefs, along with other national programming, will be broadcast via TLC, to the 16 locations to which it broadcasts via satellite as facilitated by the National Communications Network (NCN),” the statement explained.According to the OPM, it treats the constitutional right of access to information for all citizens most seriously and will continue to pursue arrangements and endeavours which will ensure that all citizens have improved access to information and are not left isolated and uninformed on national issues.The Guyana Learning Channel was launched on April 1, 2011 by the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government with the sole mandate of broadcasting educational content. In fact, the PPP had said that the channel would not be used for politicking, when those concerns were raised at its inception.The Learning Channel was modelled after similar public broadcasting services in India, Mexico, the UK and US.It targets preschoolers, kindergarteners, primary, secondary, university and technical and vocational education students.The Guyana Learning Channel also caters for teachers, early school leavers, lifelong learners, parents, educators, farmers, and others interested in instructional/info-educational programmes in different areas of interest.
Jordan Lyden 1 Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden has revealed how surprised he was to be named in the most recent first-team squad.The Australian Under-20s star was called up by Remi Garde for the defeat to Arsenal last weekend – despite the struggling side making a raft of expensive signings in the summer.“I was speechless when I found out I was in the 18-man squad. I didn’t know what to think,” he continued.“I’d initially been with the Under-21s – playing the games and training with them. All of a sudden I was called in to train with the first team so that was obviously great.“I have trained with them every day for the last two weeks. I still didn’t feel I was in contention to be involved in a game – that was the last thing on my mind. I was focused on working hard.“But then once the squad got named and I was in there, I couldn’t believe it.“It wasn’t the best result but it was a proud moment for me. It felt surreal. To walk out at Villa Park and look around at all the faces was incredible. It didn’t feel real.“When I warmed up on the touchlines the fans gave me a lot of encouragement and support which really helped me.“The players have welcomed me in, too. I have felt comfortable, which is the main thing because it is quite daunting for a young player moving up into the seniors.“It’s been a real adventure for me. I have moved over from Australia and left my family – but ever since I was young I’ve wanted to a footballer and play in the Premier League.”
A Donegal butcher has been prosecuted by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.Millbridge Meats at 3A Millbridge Court in Kilmacrennan was one of two successful prosecutions taken by the HSE during January.One closure order and one prohibition order were served on separate food businesses in January, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported today. The orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive for breaches of food safety legislation.FSAI chief executive Dr Pamela Byrne stated that food businesses need to be vigilant at all times in relation to food safety to ensure full compliance with food legislation.“Food businesses must recognise that the legal onus is on them to make sure that the food they sell or serve is safe to eat,” she said.“This requires ongoing compliance with food safety and hygiene standards. “Food businesses should take full advantage of the information and support provided by the inspectorate and the FSAI.”Closure orders remain listed on the FSAI website for three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with prohibition orders being listed for a period of one month.DONEGAL BUTCHER PROSECUTED BY THE HSE was last modified: February 10th, 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) Tags:butcherdonegalHSE
RORY Gallagher is expected to mix the old with the new for a charity football match at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny this Saturday.The game against Derry is a fundraiser for the school – with captain Michael Murphy set to lead out Donegal for the game (throw-in 1pm).Entrance is by pre-sold ticket or €10 on the gate. Donegal is supporting the Irish language college as the school has provided training facilities over the past year to the county senior team.Senior players and more recent arrivals to the squad are expected to get a run-out against Derry. NEW FACES SET TO BE ON SHOW AS DONEGAL TAKE ON DERRY THIS SATURDAY AT COLÁISTE AILIGH was last modified: December 1st, 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:Colaiste AilighDerrydonegal
A Donegal man was fined €250 and banned from driving for being under the influence of cannabis while driving last year.Letterkenny court.Inspector John O’Toole told Letterkenny District Court that Damian Campbell, Killynure, Convoy was detected by Garda Patrick Geraghty at Raphoe Demesne on July 4 last year. Campbell was also banned from driving for a period of four years.The defendant had charges of possession of drugs and having drugs for sale and supply at Killynure Convoy on the same date, adjourned until September 2015 as long as he co-operated with the Probation Service.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client would be a suitable candidate for a community service orderGarda McNally discovered the drugs at the defendant’s home at Killynure, the court heard.A second charge of having drugs for sale and supply was struck out.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been no accident as a result of his client’s driving.The 21 year-old was also pleading guilty to all charges.Judge Paul Kelly made an order for the destruction of the drugs.MAN FINED FOR BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF CANNABIS WHILE DRIVING was last modified: September 13th, 2014 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:cannabisconvoydonegalJudge Paul KellyPATRICK GERATHY
Liam Doherty (SF) has been elected in the Stranorlar EA following the eighth count. ELECTED (STRANORLAR EA) LIAM DOHERTY (SF) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:newsPolitics
Express FC players and staff modeling the new kit on Tuesday (Photo by Shaban Lubega)KAMPALA – Betting giants Betway have signed a partnership with Express FC that will see them become the Red Eagles’ main shirt sponsors among others.The partnership was unveiled at a press conference held at Hotel Africana on Tuesday 6th November 2018.Speaking at the press conference, Betway’s country manager, Agaba Adela expressed her delight to be partnering with Express FC.“As Betway, we are delighted to announce that we are continuing our support for local football with the drive to make Express FC great again this season 2018/19, Said Adela.“The Red Eagles have won the top flight six times and are ten-time winners of the Uganda Cup, but being close followers of local football, we noticed a decline last season as there was a relegation scare for the team that is loved by many.“For a club that was always in the top 4, this was a revelation.“Betway’s strength as a sponsor comes through enhanced Sports development.“The fostering of love for the game and critical support in helping a team realise their potential as can be seen in Betway’s previous sponsorship endeavors in the league.“Betway is happy to announce that we will be Express FC’s headline sponsor for the 2018/19 season to a tune of Shs 400 Million.This partnership includes shirt sponsorship and Stadium Naming rights, packaged with a leveraging budget as development partners for the team and management of Express FC.Speaking on behalf of Express, club chairperson Kenneth Kiryowa Kiwanuka thanked Betway for sticking with the club even after all that has happened during the three months of negotiations.“I would like to thank Betway for coming on board, said Kiwanuka.“These negotiations started three months ago and despite all that has happened in that period, they have stuck with us.“They are a company that wants to ensure growth of the club and football as a whole but that can only be achieved if we as Express maintain good discipline which in turn will see us move forward.“We at Express will not tolerate any form of indiscipline that may involve throwing of stones and other objects.Kiwanuka also assured the Express fans that his Executive will continue scouting for more partnerships.“The Executive will continue trying to bring other partners on board as we continue to do our job off the field.“Finally, i would like to welcome Betway to Express and Wankulukuku as our headline sponsors.Betway becomes the fourth partner of Express Football Club after Equity Bank, Buganda Land Board and Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL).Betway is Express’s fourth sponsor this seasonThe partnership has been broken down into four sections:1. Kit Sponsorship. All Express Kit and Merchandise that includes Game Day Kits, Training Kit, Travel Kit and gear will be provided by Betway.2. Stadium Naming Rights. The Express FC stadium will now be known as ‘BetWay-Mutessa II Wankulukuku stadium’.The Betting company will ensure that the stadium is improved and renovated to look presentable for the club and all people that use it.3. Players and technical team welfare. Betway’s main focus is to make sure players, who are the biggest asset for the club and sponsors are well taken care of and are motivated to go out on the pitch and look for results every single game.This partnership will make players and technical team welfare a priority.4. Skills Development Partner. Express FC players and management will receive support from Betway’s international football management partner, ‘Forward Zone’ to enable the players have a chance to grow further and for the management team to get training on Sports management at a higher level.Express are currently 5th on the StarTimes Uganda Premier League table with 11 points accumulated from their first six games.Their next match will be at home to Vipers SC on Wednesday, 07-11-2018 at 4 pm.Comments Tags: BetWayExpress FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Near record production and higher beginning stocks that added to a comfortable level of world wheat supplies, got the lion’s share of attention in USDA’s first estimate of wheat supply and demand for marketing year 2015/16. Looking beyond the snapshot of today’s situation, however, there are trends and other information that could present unseen challenges — and demand new solutions.Over the past few years, good conditions blessed the majority of the world’s wheat farmers. They produced record yields of 717 million metric tons (MMT) in 2013/14 and increased that to 726 MMT in 2014/15. USDA’s initial forecast for 2015/16 is down, but only to 719 MMT. The International Grains Council forecast is even less optimistic, with production at 708 MMT for 2015/16. The global stocks-to-use ratio of a 28% forecast by USDA matches the five-year average and adds comfort for buyers.However, the trend in world demand is even more impressive. If USDA’s forecast of 717 MMT holds, 2015/16 will be the eighth year in a row of record-setting use. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said annual average per capita wheat consumption is stable at 67.0 kilograms, indicating that demand is growing with population. For 4 billion of the world’s poorest people, wheat provides 20% of their protein. Most of these people live in developing countries with fast growing populations that rely on world wheat trade to source this valuable food ingredient.It will take continued record production every year and increased market access to meet future wheat demand. The “Wheat Initiative,” created by G20 agricultural ministers, expects wheat demand to increase 60 percent as world population nears 9 billion in 2050, and to meet that demand annual wheat yield improvement must grow from its current level of less than 1% to at least 1.6%. U.S. Wheat Associates has argued that global trade volume will have to double to move wheat to where it is needed most.Considering that for 30 years farmers everywhere have been replacing wheat planted area with crops that offer more potential income, the global wheat industry ignores longer-term threats at their peril. That is why farm organizations from Canada, Australia and the United States published a joint statement in 20141 supporting responsible innovation in wheat.As demand for wheat increases, they said, “we must find ways to ensure it remains abundant while meeting the highest quality and nutrition standards.” They noted the value of advanced breeding techniques and research in biotechnology traits aimed at growing “more and better quality wheat safely, responsibly and in a more sustainable manner through the use of less water, fertilizer, fuel and pesticides.”U.S. wheat farmer organizations support the ability of our wheat customers to choose the specific traits they want and need. We are also certain that to continue providing high-quality wheat at affordable prices, we must support research and development in all innovations.
As the mercury rises, the only way to beat the heat is to get wet. And wild, did you say? Swim and sun bathe by day; party the nights away at beachclubs. Travelocity India presents six sexy sea-and-sand combos to shake off the summer blues.MykonosOne big beach partyLocation: GreeceMykonos can safely be called the Mecca of all beach parties. The Paradise Beach is the most beautiful beach of the land, well- known for its riotous parties and beauty alike. It is also famous for its lively bars, young crowd and dazzling parties. Since this is a flat beach is ideal for water sports, and attracts surfers and scuba divers. But the highlight of the beach remain the innumerable bars it contains. The most famous of these is the Cavo Paradiso – a lavish club complete with a pool, restaurant and a beach bar. The serene beach transforms into a party zone at night with twinkling lights, music and the soft sand as the dance floor. The party here – proverbially and literally – never ends!Tip: Delos, an island close to Mykonos, is famous for its ancient temples. Delos was the most important Pan- Hellenic sanctuary, and according to mythology it was the birth- place of the gods Apollo and Artemis. Daily excursions to the island can be booked in Mykonos.AntiguaAt a-beach-a-day, it’ll take a year to explore the islandLocation: West IndiesSome say if you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all. Well, those who said it, obviously have never been to Antigua. Antigua has 365 unique beaches, of which Dickenson Bay, in the northwest corner of the island, and Half Moon Bay, along the eastern coast, have been voted as the best.But it’s not all about beaches here. Antigua is also home to hundreds of stone windmills, bars, shops and restaurants which make it an ideal place to just laze. If sloth is not one of your vices, enjoy the island’s warm, steady winds, a complex coastline and a nearly unbroken wall of coral reef; the elements make Antigua an ideal spot for snorkelling, sea diving and surfing. Sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving or just plain, good ol’ lounging – whatever your heart desires, the compass always points to Antigua.Tip: One of the biggest maritime events, The Sailing Week, is held here. It is one of the top five regattas in the world and the biggest in the Caribbean. Don’t miss this one if you love the sails.PalawanThe not so lonely islandLocation: The PhilippinesEver wanted to play Robinson Crusoe and have an entire island to yourself, just for a few days? Well, at Palawan you can do just that. Often described as The Philippines’ last frontier, the Palawan archipelago is a masterpiece of nature. The limestone landscape is coloured in with tropical rainforests, underground rivers, rocky coves and sugar-white sandy beaches. Beaches such as Honda Bay, Cannon Island, Bat Island and Starfish Island offer vacation pleasures like snorkelling, scuba diving, wildlife walks. On the other hand areas such as Pandan and Meara Marina appeal to those with more reclusive tastes. Or you can simply go island-hopping.Tip: If it’s wildlife that excites you, take a dive into the Tubbataha Reef. A protected marine sanctuary, the atoll is home to over a thousand species of marine life, including endangered ones such as manta rays, lionfish and more.HavelockHobnobbing with the dolphinsLocation: Andaman & Nicobar IslandsImagine living in an underwater world, architecture created from coral reefs, with dolphins and turtles for neighbours. The Havelock Island lies 55 km northeast of Port Blair. A serene and sandy stretch of land surrounded by crystal clear water, it is home to some of the most interesting coral reefs in the world. The island offers fabulous snorkelling opportunities where you can mingle with dolphins and turtles. Rated as the best beach in Asia by Time magazine in 2004, Radhanagar creates a picture perfect image of white sands and blue seas with a green background of deep forests. Getting around is not a problem: simply hop on to a bicycle or a scooter. Or you could always ask one of the friendly dolphins for a lift!Tip: Interestingly, the villages here have no names; they are distinguished by numbers. So while the jetty is at village #1, to shop you have to pay a visit to village #3 and so on.PhuketThe best of both worldsLocation: ThailandIf you have always wanted both a serene and a hectic getaway, then Phuket is the perfect destination for you. The island offers the best of both worlds on a single plate. And that of course, saves a whole lot of your resources. Patong calls out to the party animals, the wild at heart to let their hair down, while the north seduces the peaceful one with its serenity. By day, Patong entertains the tourist with activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing and by night the town bustles with activity as the crowds visit hundreds of restaurants, chic lounge and beer bars and the intensely famous discos.The other side beckons with near deserted beaches and hidden beaches such as Laem Singh. By day and night, the beaches up north offer serenity on a platter – with great food served as a side dish.Tip: Although Phuket natives speak some English, being able to speak a few words of Thai helps smooth the way.PalolemParadise is hereLocation: GoaAlong stretch of white, surrounded by various shades of blue and speckled with green – that’s Palolem, the place its native residents know as ‘paradise beach’. When you stay at the shacks on the beach, you wake up to the sounds of the gulls and sleep to the sounds of the waves. The time between the two can be spent in a multitude of activities.Take a boat and go spot the dolphins or swim in one of the most serene waters on this coast, if you like. If you are looking for a more rigorous activity, strap on a helmet and go kayaking. Relax with some great food and then bathe in the sun. As the sun sets, the beach lights up with stars twinkling above and the candles flickering in the shacks. Now look up and sigh: if this is not paradise, then what is?TIP: Stay in the temporary coco huts that dot Palolem from the end of October to May. Plenty of options are available from budget to high-end huts.advertisementadvertisement