JAAA boss wants separate sports ministry

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.last_img read more

Balkman gets ‘chance for ‘redemption’ with Alab stint

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Five years to the day I did something that I regret and I learned a valuable lesson from it.”READ: Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import 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 folkBalkman was banned for life from the PBA after he shoved game officials and teammates Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos when Petron faced Alaska on March 8, 2013.The former New York Knick then choked Santos in a heated display of frustration as the 2013 MVP tried to pacify the situation. Halep, Sharapova off to flying 2018 starts View comments Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel PLAY LIST 00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman reacts during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships group B match Croatia vs Puerto Rico at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla on September 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP PHOTO / CRISTINA QUICLERAs Renaldo Balkman looks to restart his career in Philippine basketball, the Puerto Rican international brings along lessons he learned five years ago when he was still in the PBA.“Thankful for another opportunity to do what I to do,” said Balkman, who will suit up for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, in a message reposted by team owner Charlie Dy on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Always remember to keep your composure and to be the best role model you can be, now I finally have a chance for redemption.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

ANC’s First Primary Goes Nationwide

first_img– Advertisement – Alexander Benedict Cummings, the Alternative National Congress’s (ANC) political leader and former Coca Cola chief administrative officer, has emphasized among other priorities the creation of jobs and wealth for all Liberians.Mr. Cummings, who has been travelling to Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Rivercess and Grand Bassa counties for his party’s national primary and convention, was endorsed for the position of the party’s first standard bearer since it came into formation in 2013. He said Liberians should not accept their current condition, rather, demand transformation of their lives from present and future leaders.According to an ANC release, Mr. Cummings spoke to hundreds of his supporters and members of the party in his home county of Maryland.He outlined the need for Marylanders and the entire southeastern region of the country to support him as their son based on what he has done in the past which, according to Mr. Cummings, will determine what he will do for them as President if he is elected. “It is always said that to determine what someone will do in the future, you should look at his past records. And as a son of Maryland, and the entire southeast, look at what I have done here and then you will know that I can do something for you in the future,” he said.Cummings outlined contributing L$300,000 for preparation of the Maryland County team and providing over 400 tickets to Marylanders in Monrovia to attend the finals during the just-ended National County Sports Meet, contributing US$5,000 for the reopening of the Harper Radio Station and providing air condition for Phoenix Radio, which is operated by the Tubman University (TU) in Maryland County, as few of the things he has done for the county.Mr. Cummings acknowledged the importance of computer laboratory in universities, as such, he promised to revamp the computer lab of TU and open a resource center on the same campus as he has done in other universities including the University of Liberia and the African Methodist Episcopal University.However, the ANC political leader told Marylanders that if they should vote for him, it should not be based on just what he is doing, “because I am not doing it for pay back, rather the decision should based on my qualifications for the presidency.”While in Maryland County, Mr. Cummings met with chiefs, elders, traditional leaders, women and youths groups. He also attended a well-organized dinner held in his honor by the group under the banner, “Citizens United for Cummings.”It can be recalled that the national primary and convention of the ANC started with the people of Montserrado being the first to endorse Mr. Cummings as their standard bearer, followed by Bong, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe, and Maryland counties, with Nimba, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gparpolu and Margibi counties remaining.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Alexander Benedict Cummingslast_img read more

City of Fort St John reporting emergency water shut-off for 104 Ave between 92 & 96 Street

first_imgUPDATE – As of 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Water service has been restored.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, the City of Fort St. John is reporting an emergency water shut-off.According to the City, the emergency shut-off is affecting residents on 104 Avenue between 92 and 96 Street.- Advertisement -The City says there is no estimated time for water to be restored, but we will provide an update at 4:00 p.m.Updates regarding the emergency shut-off can be found by visiting the City of Fort St. John’s Facebook page.last_img read more

A life of service

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the sometimes proud, sometimes sordid history of the Los Angeles Police Department, Ed Davis occupies a key chapter. Davis’ was a life of service, starting with a stint in the Navy and continuing with a career in policing that began in 1940. As chief from 1969 to 1978, Davis led a department that had more than its fair share of challenges: Anti-war protests, airline hijackings, the Manson Family and the Symbionese Liberation Army. All the while, he worked in a city infamous for political corruption and police abuse. In the process, he made some key reforms to the department. It was Davis who launched the Neighborhood Watch program, as well as the SWAT unit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAfter leaving the LAPD, Davis went on to a new career in politics – a failed run for governor, a tarnished U.S. Senate campaign and three terms in the state Senate representing parts of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Though he was at times controversial, Davis’ dedication and service to the people of L.A. won’t be forgotten. He was a man who spoke his mind honestly and earned respect from the whole community.last_img read more

Man United interested in signing Alf-Inge Haaland’s son

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets Manchester United are monitoring Molde teenager, Erling Braut Haaland, son of Alf-Inge, who Roy Keane famously floored during a 2001 Manchester derby.The 17-year-old Haaland scored four goals in 21 minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in a 4-0 win against Norwegian league-leaders Brann on Sunday. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 LATEST LIVING THE DREAM targets The aftermath of Keane’s infamous horror tackle RANKED And according to ESPN, United’s Scandinavian scout Tommy Moller Nielsen was in attendance to watch Haaland, who has played for Norway’s various age groups and at the time of writing has scored nine goals in six U19 games.The Old Trafford link, though, will bring back painful memories for his father, who is remembered for his feud with Keane.In 1997, Keane injured his anterior cruciate ligament trying to tackle Haaland, then of Leeds United. As Keane lay on the ground, Haaland leaned over and shouted at him, suggesting he was feigning injury. The United captain was stretchered off and out of action for nearly a year afterwards. Then, when the pair met in the 2001 Manchester derby, Keane was sent off for a vicious, bone-crunching assault on Haaland’s knee and later admitted in his autobiography that it was a premeditated act of vengeance.“I’d waited long enough. I fucking hit him hard,” he wrote in his 2002 autobiography, Keane. “The ball was there (I think). Take that you cunt. And don’t ever stand over me sneering about fake injuries. Even in the dressing room afterwards, I had no remorse. My attitude was, fuck him. What goes around, comes around. He got his just rewards. He fucks me over and my attitude is an eye for an eye.”It caused a furore at the time and the midfielder was fined £150,000 by the FA, though Keane has tried to clear up the comments by claiming he never set out to injure Haaland.He wanted to nail him, but as he wrote in his book, The Second Half: “There’s a difference between kicking somebody and injuring somebody. Any experienced player will tell you that.”In 2017, Haaland’s son revealed he harbours dreams of following in his father’s footsteps and playing for Leeds.“I think I can develop myself to be even better and more professional at Molde,” he told Norwegian news outlet Aftenposten.“I know they are good at it. They have developed many players to become good. I want to be the best possible.“The dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds. In addition, the goal is to become a better player than my dad was. I hope to get more [Norway] caps than he did.”last_img read more

Motlanthe firm on government policy

first_img“These policies are the property of a collective; they do not belong to any one individual,” Motlanthe told Members of Parliament, adding: “Mine is not the desire to deviate from what is working. It is not for me to reinvent policy, nor do I intend to reshape either Cabinet or the public service. South Africa’s government will continue to implement its policies unchanged, says President-elect Kgalema Motlanthe. These policies were clear, he said, and were based on the 2004 manifesto of the African National Congress (ANC), enhanced by the decisions of both the ANC’s policy conference as well as its 52nd National Conference held in Polokwane in December. Parliament on Thursday elected Motlanthe President of South Africa, a position he will hold until the country’s next elections in 2009. Thabo Mbeki resigned as President on Sunday after being asked to do so by the national executive committee of the African National Congress (ANC). “We are able to make such pronouncements with neither hesitation nor doubt, precisely because the policies we are charged to implement are the policies of the African National Congress.” Delivering his acceptance speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday after being elected and sworn in as President of the South Africa, Motlanthe said the government’s policies were the product of an extensive consultation and decision-making process. Source: BuaNews On the contrary, the 59-year-old President said, the pace of implementation would only quicken and the fulfilment of the government’s mandate only draw closer under his leadership. 26 September 2008 As the country stood poised to make further advances towards a better life for all its citizens, it was “as important as ever that we retain our faith in the resilience of our constitutional order and the vibrancy of our democracy. Although there were still challenges, he said, South Africa had both the will and the means to rise above these. “We therefore stand here to send out a message that government remains on course to deliver on its commitments to the poor.” “We will not allow the work of government to be interrupted … We will not allow the stability of our democratic order to be compromised. And we will not allow the confidence that our people have in the ability of the state to respond to their needs to be undermined.”last_img read more

Huawei launches first call centre in SA

first_img26 March 2013 Chinese mobile technology company Huawei has announced the launch of its first South African call centre to provide Huawei Device customers with local support. “The creation of this call centre is a result of Huawei’s growth in the South African market and is part of our entry strategy into the consumer space with our new smartphone offerings,” Huawei Device South Africa general manager Larking Huang said in a statement on Tuesday. The call centre, which can be contacted on 0860 861 111, will handle queries regarding Huawei smartphones, home gateways, tablets and mobile broadband “to provide customers with user-friendly mobile device experiences”, the company said. Huawei Device customers will still have the support facility available through their network service providers where the warranty for their products sit, the company said; the call centre will offer additional technical support over and above what is offered through the operators. “We have an ongoing commitment to put great technology within reach for more people around the world,” Huang said. “Having our own local call centre now enables users to receive direct feedback from Huawei on any queries they may have. This reduces the amount of time in which queries are processed, resulting in increased customer satisfaction.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgJOHANNESBURG, 16 JANUARY 2019 – President Cyril Ramaphosa will be leading South Africa’s delegation to the world’s most important meeting of global CEOs at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland next week. The primary objective of the South African delegation will be to strengthen partnerships and collaboration for inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa, with particular emphasis on increasing international investment into the country.“We are going to Davos to interact with potential investors”. We are competing with other emerging markets where there is an oasis of investment opportunities for global investors and it’s where we want to be seen to be investing. We have a place of pride at Davos. We are recognised and accepted as being serious players. Some of our countrymen and women even play a role in the structures of WEF in Davos and we are going to speak with one language and the same message: South Africa is like a plane that is getting ready to take off,” the President said at a pre-WEF breakfast in Rosebank today. He was addressing Team South Africa, comprising Government Ministers and business leaders who will be accompanying him as part of the Team SA delegation.One of the focus areas for the team will be to showcase South Africa’s preparedness for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in line with this year’s WEF theme: “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.The Forum will enable South Africa to build on the success of the President’s Investment Conference in October last year where R290 billion was raised for future investments.“We are on the right track. We had to deal with very difficult challenges in the past but those are challenges we are finding solutions to. We must put our best foot forward, we must go and engage the world with great confidence knowing we are representing this great country. We are going to start seeing improved growth in our economy and I think we can go with our heads held high, without arrogance, to tell our story, what we have done and how we have made progress.”The President together with Team SA will participate in a WEF Country Strategy Dialogue on South Africa on Wednesday, 23 January. This will focus on deepening understanding of current investment opportunities and challenges, as well as exploring new avenues to help enable the country to achieve the President’s investment target of $100 billion in the next five years. The session will be attended by investors, leading business leaders and experts.“We have turned the corner, it’s a new Dawn. We can confidently go back and say, remember what we told you, this is what we have done. As I often say, we are like a plane about to take off.”On Thursday, 24 January, Brand South Africa together with ABSA and Invest SA will host a South Africa Investment Seminar with a goal to support and initiate the next phase of the country’s investment drive. Potential investors will have the opportunity to hear from – and engage with – South Africa government and business representatives.Lastly, Team South Africa will entertain guests at a Brand South Africa Night Dinner with investors and potential investors where the best of South Africa’s cuisine will be showcased with Chef Benny.The President has confirmed the following ministers will be joining him to participate at WEF this year:• Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni;• Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu;• Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies;• Minister of Public Enterprise Pravin Gordhan;• Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel;• Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and;• Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.last_img read more

Omnibus bill addressed milk labeling concerns

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The massive congressional spending bill signed into law last week  expresses Congress’ concern that many plant-based foods and beverages are not properly labeled. It builds on language from the DAIRY PRIDE Act (DPA), a bipartisan bill introduced last year in both chambers of Congress, to compel the Food and Drug Administration to act against misbranded imitations.Given the existing definition of milk as a product of a dairy animal, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said that Congress’ instructions to FDA in the omnibus bill should restrict the ability of beverages made from plant foods from using the term “milk” on their labels. This will also affect products misusing other dairy food names such as “cheese” and “yogurt” that are defined in the Code of Federal Regulations and cited in the congressional bill.Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF, expressed appreciation for the support of congressional members in both parties to ensure the spending bill included these and other priority issues of importance to dairy producers.“It’s shaping up to be a difficult year economically for many dairy farmers, and the passage of these provisions is a bright spot for our members,” Mulhern said.  “We will continue to work with the House and Senate on other priorities, such as additional improvements to the dairy safety net, and changes to our immigration policies that address the labor needs of our farmers.”last_img read more