KO title, return of players boost Portmore

first_img It was welcome relief for Portmore, which had lost three consecutive matches in the Red Stripe Premier League. Hewitt said injuries were partially to blame for those setbacks. “There have been some injuries, so we had about four players who have not played in over six games … . [Injuries] have been contributing to our performances over the last few matches. But we are Portmore United, and whoever we put on the pitch must be ready to play, but we are just glad that we got our [injured] players back and we are just getting ready for the next round [of games],” he said. In Sunday’s parish knockout decider, Portmore controlled the match but found it difficult to score, even though they created a number of openings. Hewitt insists they must improve if they are aiming to win more trophies this season. “I thought the Bodles team was really organised; they must have had some quality to reach the final. They knew us and it was evident that they did their homework. They did not allow us to play our free-flowing football, but we eventually broke through and got two goals. “But I thought we could have done much better in front of goal and separate ourselves with a bigger margin. We created numerous chances, but we were unable to convert most of those. We got two goals and we are thankful, but still we have a lot of work to do in front of goal, and if we can convert half of the chances we create in the Premier League and domestic competition, we will be a force to reckon with,” he said. Bodles’ coach Lenworth Gordon said they were outclassed, but gave up ‘soft’ goals. “We went up against a good,-quality Portmore team, but gave away two soft goals and that was very hard to come back from because they didn’t give us any room to play, and they have quicker players,” he commented. Portmore United’s head coach Jeffrey Hewitt said they are elated to have won their first title of the season after beating Bodles FC 2-0 to win the St Catherine Happy Sutherland Knockout football competition. Hewitt dedicated the victory to the club’s long-serving chairman, Herman Ming, and his family and noted that now that their injured players have recovered, their form should improve in the Red Stripe Premier League. “It’s the first title for the season and we are very happy to have got it, and I want to say thanks to all who have been supporting us, especially the Ming family, and this victory is dedicated to them,” said Hewitt, whose team won Sunday’s title match at Spanish Town Prison Oval courtesy of Tremaine Stewart’s double in the 34th and 69th minutes of a largely one-sided contest. WELCOME WINlast_img read more

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Minister expresses condolences to family after ambulance debacle

first_imgMinister Regina Doherty has expressed condolences in the Dáil to the family of a Letterkenny who died after it took an ambulance 71 minutes to reach her home just 2km away.An inquest at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court yesterday heard that mother-of-eight Margaret Callaghan died in the early hours of January 9, 2018 after waiting for an ambulance at Mountain Top.The coroner hearing the inquest called on the HSE to review their protocols for ambulance turnaround times at hospitals across the country following the tragedy. In the Dáil, Ms Doherty admitted that an increase in the number of patients attending emergency departments has in turn put extra strain on ambulance services.However, Fianna Fáil deputy leader, Dara Calleary, said that blaming increases in patient numbers shows a “complete disconnect between the Government and what’s happening in hospitals”.He said: “The difficulties in our emergency departments are nothing to do with people getting sick and presenting to emergency departments — they are to do with the fact that there were 300 or fewer staff nurses employed in our system in October compared to last December. There’s 350 consultant vacancies.”Mr Calleary said 20 extra beds were promised for Letterkenny University Hospital but only 10 have opened. “That is where the difficulties are — our emergency departments are under-resourced, are understaffed, nursing resources and consulting resources that are absolutely necessary are not in place.”Ms Doherty expressed her condolences to the family and told the Dáil that she hopes no other family has to go through a similar tragedy:“I can’t genuinely begin to probably understand or appreciate how difficult it will be for them to get over her death given that it potentially shouldn’t have happened.”She added: “It’s the case that when the emergency care hospital system is under pressure, there’s going to the potential for delays in the transfer patients from an ambulance into our emergency departments.”She said ambulance turnaround times are currently below target. ‘We cannot say exactly where it is going to end up’ – Chairman on children’s hospital costsBetween January and October this year, 85.5% of ambulances achieved a turnaround time 60 minutes or less, which is below the target of 95%.Ms Doherty told the Dáil that in the first 10 months of 2019, the numbers of patients attending hospital emergency departments increased by 2.7% across the country and the number of emergency department admissions increased by 1% compared to the same period last year.“But I do understand that the trolley numbers at 8am in Letterkenny University Hospital have been persistently high for this entire year,” said Ms Doherty. Minister expresses condolences to family after ambulance debacle was last modified: December 6th, 2019 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:ambulancedaildonegalhospitalMargaret CallaghanMinisteroffload delayslast_img read more

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Arcata volleyball closes strong, beats St. Bernard’s in four sets

first_imgEureka >> Even when the going got tough, it was never really out the Arcata volleyball team’s hands. The Tigers (11-2) walked out of Crusader Gymnasium with a four-set win at 25-12, 21-25, 25-6 and 25-12 over St. Bernard’s Academy (3-6) on a beautiful Tuesday night.“I was glad (the girls) were able to keep their composure after losing the second game because sometimes it can end up going downhill from there,” Arcata head coach Laurie Griffith said. “But, overall I was happy. Everyone got in …last_img

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49ers 53-man roster projection: Where it’ll go wrong

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Here is how the 49ers 53-man roster could, should and most certainly will not look come Saturday’s deadline:QUARTERBACKS (3)IN: Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, C.J. BeathardOUT: None Where I’ll go wrong: Some team needing a backup quarterback comes calling for Beathard, perhaps the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts or Kansas City Chiefs (but not the Week 1 opponent, Tampa Bay).KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 24: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior …last_img

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Fifa gives Zuma his ref’s certificate

first_img30 June 2009In the unlikely event of an injury to a referee during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, South Africa has a ready replacement – in President Jacob Zuma, who’s just been given a special award by Fifa for refereeing on Robben Island during his years as a political prisoner.Zuma refereed for the Makana Football Association, which ran a soccer league for political prisoners on Robben Island, between 1965 and 1973.Fifa president Sepp Blatter conferred the special award on Zuma on Sunday, the final day of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.“It is a historical moment for Fifa to have a former referee of Robben Island in Mr Jacob Zuma,” Blatter said. “As such, we have decided that you are an International Referee, and that is why we have prepared a special certificate for you.”“Thank you so much, I appreciate it,” Zuma replied. “This brings back memories of my young days, when I could still play and referee!”For years on Robben Island, political prisoners had to fight for the right to play football, with men secretly playing the game in their cells with balls made of pieces of paper, cardboard and rags tied together with string.The island’s authorities finally gave in, granting inmates the right to play football in 1965. The prisoners then built their own goals, and would swap their drab prison garb to play in the colours of their teams on Saturdays.The Makana FA was formed in 1966. It was a football association which adhered strictly to Fifa’s statutes and laws of the game. On 18 July 2007, Makana FA became the first Fifa honorary member association.Among the best players on the island were the likes of Kgalema Motlanthe, currently Deputy President of South Africa. Dikgang Moseneke, now a Constitutional Court judge, was on Makana FA’s disciplinary committee.SAinfo reporter and Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Nigeria invites SA to do business

first_img16 November 2012 As two of the strongest economies in Africa, co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria is pivotal to the growth of the continent – this is the message that came out of a dialogue co-hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Nigerian High Commission and supported by Brand South Africa. There was keen interest in the high-level event, and guests included the Nigerian High Commissioner Sunday Samuel Yusuf; director-general of South Africa’s tourism ministry Kingsley Makhubela; South Africa’s minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile; Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya, chairperson of Brand South Africa; and Lindiwe Maseko, speaker of the Gauteng legislature. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss current and future trade and investment relations between the two countries, and to identify areas of opportunity for South African companies in Nigeria. Guests stood for a moment in respectful silence to honour victims of the heavy floods which have killed 363 Nigerians and displaced over two-million, before proceeding with the evening’s agenda. “South African companies first moved into Nigeria about 12 years ago,” said Nigerian Consul-General Okey Emuchay, “and they have thrived.” He named food manufacturer Tiger Brands, the Protea hospitality group, mobile provider MTN and retailer Shoprite as a few of those who have prospered. But there are many more opportunities available today, in four main markets – agriculture, oil and gas, infrastructure and power, and solid minerals or mining. The country is looking for creative ways to build its economy, said Emuchay, and South African companies should explore opportunities in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially. “Tonight is the beginning of a mutually beneficial co-operation for South African companies and their Nigerian counterparts,” said Emuchay. “The Financial Times and Brand South Africa have given us this platform to start thinking afresh, and I envision this as becoming an annual event.”Growth hotspot “At a time when many developed countries are being downgraded,” said keynote speaker Olusegun Aganga, the Nigerian minister of trade and investment, “our country is being upgraded. We are seeing generally low growth and returns in the developed world, but the opposite tends to be true in developing nations. There has been a shift in the global economy.” Africa’s time has come, he said, and South Africa and Nigeria must work together to help the continent seize the moment. As one of the world’s fast-growing economies, Nigeria is an investor’s dream, with policies such as 100% repatriation of profits, 100% foreign ownership in all ventures except for oil and gas, and a liberal visa regime all designed to make it as easy as possible to do business. Aganga encouraged all African countries to look closer to home for trade and growth. “For more than 50 years Africa has exported its minerals and other precious resources to the developed world – those days should be over.” But there is more to be done – the continent must develop its industries. “Africa contributes just 3% to global trade, and 1% to manufacturing value-added services,” he said. “We are not industrialised, but we should be. Aid won’t get us very far in the global arena.” He described the financial crisis that has gripped many developed countries, including the Eurozone, as a “window of opportunity” for Africa.Areas of opportunity There are four important factors that investors consider – money, technical knowledge, a market, and raw materials. Capital and technology can be taken anywhere in the world, but raw materials and a market are immovable – and Nigeria has these two in abundance, said Aganga. “We have a vibrant population of 167-million people and estimates show that by 2070 we will be the third largest nation in the world, after China and India. The average age at the moment is 18.6 years, and there is a fast-growing middle class.” The country has sought-after minerals in commercially viable quantities, is the seventh largest crude oil producer in the world and is in the top 10 in terms of gas reserves. All these factors serve to make Nigeria a country that South African companies should buy into before the rest of the world knocks on the door, said Aganga. He named several specific areas of potential – they include agriculture and food processing, such as maize production and the processing of sugar cane to sugar. “Nigeria produces just 2% of all the sugar it consumes,” he said, “but South Africa is a renowned grower of sugar cane.” The textiles industry is another potentially lucrative area, with opportunities existing in the processing of leather to leather products, and cotton to fashionable designs. Such operations would boost job creation too. Mining and associated services such as the processing of iron ore into iron and steel, and bauxite into aluminium, hold good prospects, as does petrochemicals and its related industries of plastics, textiles and chemicals. “Nigeria has the potential to become the continent’s petrochemical hub,” Aganga said. South Africa is internationally known for its motor industry, which produces goods in vast quantities for domestic and international consumption, and Nigeria aspires to an equally healthy motor industry, said Aganga. Another area where South Africa leads is in its services sector, and Aganga lauded the country for its progress in this area, saying that Nigeria can learn from its southern counterpart. And as for the all-important question of whether such initiatives would succeed – “Just ask MTN,” said Aganga. “Ask Protea, ask Shoprite.” To make it even easier for South African businesses to set up shop in Nigeria, the visa process for businesspeople has been streamlined, and a company can be registered in 24 hours, said Aganga. “We extend the hand of friendship to South Africa – together let us transform our continent.” To finish off the evening, there was a panel discussion moderated by FT Southern Africa bureau chief Andrew England, and featuring Brand South Africa’s research manager Petrus de Kock, as well as Nigerian businessmen. “All 54 African countries together are a force to be reckoned with,” said Chichi Maponya, introducing the panel, “and we should be setting our own agenda.” Maponya felt that the two countries’ futures are “inextricably entwined”. The panel discussed the perceptions people from each country have about the other side, agreeing that South Africans should not be suspicious of Nigerians, and vice versa. Intra-African trade stands at 10% at the moment, they said – but getting it to even 20% within a reasonable amount of time will have a huge impact on continental growth. The panel also advised local businesses to stake their claim in the West African country before the rest of the world takes an interest, and expressed their commitment to doing business in a corruption-free-manner, to the applause of the audience. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Ohio Beef Expo enjoyed success in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) hosted more than 30,000 participants and attendees at the Ohio Expo Center in March for the 2018 Ohio Beef Expo.The Expo provides an annual opportunity for those in the cattle industry in Ohio, and across the nation, to learn and enhance their operations through a three-day trade show, cattle sales, youth events and educational seminars.Five breed shows and two breed parades were featured Friday, as well as numerous breed displays representing the Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Miniature Hereford, Murray Grey, Red Angus, Simmental and Shorthorn breeds. The Genetic Pathway, located in the Showbloom breed’s barn, had the industry’s most popular sires and donor prospects on display throughout the weekend. Six breed sales brought in large crowds on Saturday, March 17, selling 374 lots with an average price of $2,864 and a gross of $1,197,125.Two recipients were honored with the Friend of the Expo Award for their contribution to the Expo’s annual success. Linde Sutherly, New Carlisle, and Nancy Snook, Caldwell, were both honored. Sutherly is the owner of Linde’s Livestock Photos and a huge supporter of OCA youth programs. She has been the official Expo photographer since 2014. Snook has been actively involved in the Expo since her family participated in the first Ohio Beef Expo in 1988. Since then, Snook has served on the junior show committee, facilitated the judging contest and most recently taught youth beef quality assurance.Friday was Youth Day, sponsored by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. The day began with the judging contest where over 450 youth participated. First place winners included: Beau Johnson, Gallia County (Junior Division); Wally Minges, Butler County (Senior Division); Brooke Simon, Hannah Lang, Ethan Davies and Samantha VanVorhis, Wood County (Junior Team); and Katelyn Cowdrey, Adrianne Moran and Amber Storey, Brown County (Senior Team).In addition, nearly 500 youth participated in beef quality assurance training. Junior exhibitors could also take advantage of two fitting and clipping demonstrations and a welcome pizza party.Events continued Saturday with over 500 exhibitors in the showmanship competition, sponsored by Cattle Visions, LLC and ShowBloom. The top finishers in showmanship included first place in Novice Showmanship: Caroline Winter from Pickaway County, Beginner Showmanship: Carly Sanders from Highland County, Junior Showmanship: Beau Johnson from Gallia County, Intermediate Showmanship: Allison Davis from Carroll County, and Senior Showmanship: Kyle Piscione from Medina County.The junior portion wrapped up Sunday with the market animal show and heifer show with a combined total of nearly 900 head from across the state. During the junior show, Natalie Wagner, Brown County, was awarded the $1,000 Saltwell Expo scholarship, funded by the Saltwell Western Store and Ohio Beef Expo.During the event, OCA volunteers signed up and renewed nearly 200 memberships including NCBA members. Any current or new OCA member had the opportunity to win some great prizes. The OCA County Affiliate of Darke County won the County Affiliate Recruitment Contest drawing and received their choice of a grill or set of Tru-Test Scales sponsored by the Ohio Corn Marketing Program.The Expo featured a trade show featuring more than 130 vendors from 17 states. Cashman’s Equipment was selected as the premier large booth exhibitor, Weaver Leather Livestock was selected as the premier small booth exhibitor and Lance’s Trailer Sales was selected as the premier outdoor exhibitor. An educational seminar, Accessing Current and Future Cattle Markets, jointly sponsored by AllFlex USA, Inc. and United Producers, Inc. took place on Saturday, March 17.A complete list of the event’s sponsors can be found at www.ohiobeefexpo.com. The dates for the 2019 Ohio Beef Expo are March 15-17. Visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com for more information as well as complete coverage of the 2018 event.last_img read more

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Knee injury ruined Krishna’s chances

first_imgEvery dark cloud has a silver lining and Krishna Poonia believes that although she failed to clinch a gold at the Asian Games, her bronze winning effort – injury notwithstanding – proves that she is good enough to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics.Rather than lamenting after a bronze medal – she made headlines after winning a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games – Krishna is happy that she could put a ligament tear and back pain behind her and give it her best shot in Guangzhou.”I know a few of my well-wishers are disappointed that I couldn’t give a performance worth a gold medal, but I feel the fact that I could endure the pain and throw to a distance of 61.94m proves that I have it in me to achieve greater distances once I am back to full fitness,’ Krishna told MAIL TODAY.”I seriously believe that if I didn’t have the injury going into the Asian Games, I would have been a serious threat to both Li Yanfeng (gold medal) and Song Aimin (silver medal). My overall fitness level had gone down due to the injuries.”Elaborating further on her bad knee, Krishna said: “I have had mixed reports so far and while a few doctors have suggested surgery, others have said that I should take medicines and work with physiotherapists so as to avoid surgery. “I also have to ensure that I keep training to a minimum and don’t overwork my knee.advertisement”Now with the Olympics coming up in two years’ time, I don’t want to keep the surgery for too late a date. If a surgery has to be done, it should be done and dusted with as soon as possible. A stage shouldn’t arrive where I need to undergo surgery just months before the Olympics.”That would be disastrous. I will be consulting a few more doctors in the next few days and take a final call on this matter.” The injury also means that the muchtouted duel with Australia’s Dani Samuels will also have to take a backseat.But Krishna assured that she is definitely game for the contest sometime in the future.”Having competed in two high-voltage events this year, I will not be able to sustain my peak and throw well if I competed with Dani at this stage. “Also, now that I have sustained the injury, it makes things even more difficult for me as it will take a while not only to recuperate but also to get back to full fitness.To be honest, the duel can’t take place as of now. But I am definitely game for it in the future,” she said. Krishna also admitted that she will be giving the World Championships a miss this year as she wants to prepare for the London Olympics.”I will be missing the World Championships to be held in South Korea in August as I have to rest a bit and ensure that I plan properly so that I can peak at the 2012 Olympics. I can’t aggravate my injury at this stage,” she added.last_img read more

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Nats Whack Harvey, Mets, 7-2

first_imgWASHINGTON — With two men on, Washington Nationals center fielder Michael A. Taylor made a long run for a nice grab of a deep fly ball before bumping into the out-of-town video scoreboard to end the fifth inning.“I was thinking ‘triple’ right out of the box,” Mets batter Eric Campbell would say later.Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez sure appreciated the effort, raising his index finger to point in Taylor’s direction.“You’ve got to show love,” Gonzalez said, “when love is due.”Gonzalez got plenty of defensive help, Clint Robinson’s two-run double provided the biggest blow as the Nationals jumped on Matt Harvey for five runs in the first three innings July 21, and NL East-leading Washington beat second-place New York 7-2.“He went a long way,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said about Taylor’s play. “And that wall comes up quick. But it was a perfect read, perfect angle.”Third baseman Yunel Escobar made a diving stop, right fielder Bryce Harper made a sliding catch, and catcher Jose Lobaton made a stumbling grab in foul territory to back Gonzalez (7-4), who allowed two runs in six innings.A day after leaving 25 men on base and going 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position in an 18-inning victory at St. Louis, the Mets’ troubled offense left 10 men on and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.Indeed, it was Harvey (8-7) who drove in New York’s runs with a bases-loaded single in the fourth.Dialing up his fastball to 99 mph, Harvey retired the last 14 batters he faced after his rocky beginning. He wound up going seven innings, charged with five runs — four earned.“When you can’t find it, maybe you try a little bit too hard to find it right away, instead of toning it down a little bit,” Harvey said.Williams pointed to one particular key: staying away from Harvey’s high fastballs.Robinson, starting at first base for the injured Ryan Zimmerman, drove the ball over the head of center fielder Juan Lagares in a three-run third that also included Mets third baseman Daniel Murphy’s bad throw for his second error of the game.Zimmerman is one of four everyday Nationals on the disabled list, along with Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Denard Span.Mets Manager Terry Collins aligned his rotation to have his top pitchers face Washington, and he didn’t try to hide how important he believes this match-up is. The Nationals opened the series two games ahead of the Mets.“We’re trying to catch these guys, so it’s big,” Collins said. “It’s big for us.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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9 days ago​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenal

first_img​Liverpool hero Hamann: I wanted to join Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of the Reds!The German defensive midfielder played over 200 games for the club in the early 2000s.But when he left Newcastle in 1999, Hamann has revealed that his first choice was to go to Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.It is understandable, given the Gunners were competing for Premier League titles in those years.However, Hamann told The Athletic that he never got any serious interest from Arsenal, which meant that Liverpool was his best option for a step up from Newcastle.He signed for the club in an £8 million deal under Gerard Houiller and became a mainstay in the team for the next seven years. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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