Wolmer’s ready to defend corporate area crown

first_imgWolmer’s Girls have been corporate area queens for the past eight years but come March 15-19 at the ISSA Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, the Michael Carr-coached team will be under severe pressure to continue their streak.The girls from Heroes Circle have consistently finished ahead of their corporate area rivals at the marquee event. However, the likes of Convent of Mercy (Alpha), Camperdown and Excelsior are eager to knock them off their perch this year.Coach Carr is wary of the fact that his team will be under tremendous pressure but is bracing for the challenge.”To make it nine in a row, it is going to be very challenging as the team does not really have any flag bearer, so to speak, like we did in the past when we had a Shauna Helps and Jonielle Smith, who were real motivators,” said Carr.Unlike former years, his girls have not been dominant at development meets but Carr is not perturbed.”I used these meets to see what we need to improve on going forward, and I am pleased with the progress, as these meets are very beneficial to the athletes,” he said.Asked about his points projections for Champs, his reply was, “I am not a person who thinks about points as, for me, performance is the key, and once they perform the points will come, and I do not believe in predictions.”Although not having a big squad, Carr singled out one athlete who he expects a lot from.”I am very pleased with the performances of our jumpers, especially Danielle Spence, who has been doing well in the triple jump so far.”Asked which teams he sees has threats to dethrone Wolmer’s as Corporate champions, he was philosophical in his reply.”A number of teams are doing well. Camperdown has done very well in recruiting, while Excelsior and Alpha have been doing well, so far, especially Excelsior, who has some great coaches. But, on the day, every team will start at zero points, and only two competitors can compete in an event and, despite all these teams being major threats, I am confident that my girls can rise to the occasion,” said Carr.Carr also stated that not having a playfield for the first four months of training affected his preparation.last_img read more

Rio will host a great Games, says Coe

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Sebastian Coe remains confident that this year’s Olympic Games, slated to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between August 5 and 21, will be a success despite the upheaval currently taking place in the country.It is widely expected that on Wednesday members of the Latin American country’s senate will vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The country is also facing economic challenges and still battling the Zika epidemic.But despite all this, Coe said no consideration is being given to moving the Games.”The Rio Games are going to take place, and I know it will be a success, and our responsibility now, as member federations, international federations and members of the sporting community, is to do everything we can to help the organising committee and make this a great Games,” Coe told The Sunday Gleaner.Coe said that close tabs have been kept on what is going on in the country in terms of preparations for the games and he himself will be journeying there shortly for a firsthand view of things.”Our competition team is regular in Rio,” Coe revealed. “I am going in a couple of weeks’ time to watch the test events in Rio, the Ibero-American Championships in Athletics, so I will get a better feel of how the stadium is working and all those things.”Having been chairman of London’s organising committee for the 2012 Games, Coe says he understands the difficulties involved in planning for one of the world’s biggest events, but believes Brazil will put on a great spectacle.”I know how tough this is and I am sure that Rio will be a good Games and I think they have a spirit that will surprise a lot of people,” Coe said.ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

DEVASTATION AS LARGO FOODS TO CLOSE ITS DONEGAL PLANT

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Largo Foods, which employs 140 people in Co Donegal, is to close its local operation.Local TD Dinny McGinley after government funding was announce for the Largo plant some years back.Shell-shocked workers at the Gaoth Dobhair plant, have just been told of the announcement.The company plans to move all its operations to its main plant in Ashbourne, Co Meath. It is understood that 70 employees will be given the chance to move to work in the Co Meath plant.Údarás na Gaeltachta said it is very disappointed at the announcement.Largo Foods currently employs 110 people on a full-time basis and 30 people on the part-time basis at the company’s manufacturing facility in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, Co. Donegal.Largo say they have made this decision based on a strategic review by the company of its manufacturing sites in Ireland and in the UK which focused on the need to consolidate its operations, reduces its overall costs, and to allow it to operate sustainably in a very competitive snack-food market. Currently, 85% of the products produced in Gaoth Dobhair is exported to the UK and further afield.Competition in the snack-based market has intensified in the last decade, and in past five years the company has been continuously attempting to develop and introduce new high value-added products to Gaoth Dobhair to sustain its operations there, but to limited success.Údarás na Gaeltachta has supported and worked closely with Largo Foods group companies in the last 18 years since they were established in Gaoth Dobhair.“We very much regret the implications that this proposal will have for Largo Foods’ employees in Gaoth Dobhair. An tÚdarás will prioritise its efforts and put in place a strategic marketing drive in a bid to attract new investment and employment opportunities to the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park,” said a spokesman. DEVASTATION AS LARGO FOODS TO CLOSE ITS DONEGAL PLANT was last modified: March 15th, 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:Dinny McGinleyGaoth Dobhairjobslargo foodslast_img read more

Storytelling competition to find South Africa’s “Story Bosso”

first_imgResearch shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement. (Image: Mal’ibali)This September, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first “Story Bosso”.Aimed at reawakening a love of storytelling and reading among South Africans of all ages, the competition will connect the public to ideas on how to tell stories and read aloud to others, showcase a range of local stories (in all South African languages), and identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country.Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), Carole Bloch, said storytelling does not only develop children’s curiosity and imagination, but also their sense of empathy and belonging. “Storytelling and reading aloud allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning.”Research shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement; they create the neural circuits that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning in young children.Children who read for pleasure also perform better in the classroom, not just in vocabulary and spelling, but in maths and science too. Stories get children interested in books and reading – right from birth.According to Nal’ibali campaign driver, Smangele Mathebula, South Africans have a deep and respected history of storytelling that instills morals and values. “Those most fortunate among us will remember being enchanted as young children by the stories told to us by our gogos, parents and other family members. Stories were told to teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories.”During this year’s literacy month in September, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition and showcase the age-old art of story-telling.COMPETITION CAN MAKE EVERYONE BETTER STORYTELLERSWhile we don’t all need to become professional storytellers, being a good storyteller or reader needs work. The ability to captivate and hold your audience while you weave a tale that will appeal to a varied audience and finish with flair takes practice.The Nal’ibali Story Bosso competition aims to not only seek out talented entertainers, but to highlight and share the tips and techniques that can help make everyone a better storyteller and get our children excited about books and reading.Running throughout September, which is Literacy Month, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians – are invited to enter the competition.Participants must send in a video or audio clip of themselves reading or telling a story. Entries can be submitted in any South African language, and can be original stories made up by the participants, retellings of stories heard before, an extract from their favourite book or a sample story provided by Nal’ibali.For those unable to record clips, Nal’ibali Literacy mentors and partner organisations will be running a series of pop-up auditions and events to source stories directly from communities nationwide. Pop-ups will also be taking place as part of National Book Week, the Jozi Book Fair, the Open Book Festival and at select Bargain Books stores.In addition, Nal’ibali will be setting up pop-up libraries at these events where people can collect books to take home with them, as well as story cards in a range of South African languages that have been specially produced by the campaign for parents and caregivers to enjoy with their children long after the pop-up events. A full line up of events will be available from the Nal’ibali web- and mobisite from 1 September 2015.CELEBRITIES JUDGING THE ENTRIESA host of South African celebrities have signed up to help select the shortlisted clips. These include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; founder of the South African Reading Foundation and its division ReadabookSA, Tebogo Ditshego; author, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sizulu; comedian, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and radio personality, Elana Afrika.The winner will not only receive the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso and a visit from a participating celebrity judge, they will also get a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and a home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. Two runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign and the ‘Story Bosso’ competition, visit www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi or search for nalibaliSA on Facebook and Twitter.Source: Nal’ibalilast_img read more

Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

first_imgGinebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help from the locals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross and Cabagnot combined for only 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists.Thompson tallied seven points, team-high 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Terrence Watson scored 30 points but he failed to step up when SMB needed him most. Fajardo, who is tipped to win his fourth straight MVP award, had 19 points and 22 rebounds with five blocks.It was only fitting that the last coach to win the Grand Slam prevented history from repeating itself. Cone won two Grand Slams, the first with Alaska in 1996 and the other with Purefoods in 2014. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double PLAY LIST 01:00Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s never easy. If you look at the score, the only time I felt safe was when we had a 102-72 lead,” Cone said.“I cant tell you how relieved I am that we’re not playing a knockout game with them.”The Kings outscored the Beermen, 23-9, in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter capped by a basket by Brownlee for a 97-70 lead.The game started the way it was expected to be with neither team giving an inch. But Brownlee shifted into high gear and carried Ginebra with him in the second quarter, where he shot 16 points and San Miguel was limited to just nine.“Our defense really stepped up today. Going into this game that was really our battlecry because we all know the kind of firepower San Miguel has,” said Tenorio, who finished with eight points and 10 assists as he and Thompson outplayed the Beermen’s backcourt duo of Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Joe Devance scored 17 points, hitting four triples, while guards LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had near double-double efforts and towering big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar added 13 points each.“Nobody saw that coming. we just played great from start to finish. It was one of those nights for them and it came at a bad time for them,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra, who owned a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 3 seed, dealt San Miguel its worst loss of the season.The Gin Kings made it look easy in knocking off the star-studded Beermen, who have the reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but Cone said he didn’t feel at ease until Thompson buried a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 30 with 2:35 remaining. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

a month agoFiorentina boss Montella left frustrated by Atalanta collapse

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella left frustrated by Atalanta collapseby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella was left frustrated with their 2-2 draw against Atalanta.The Viola were 2-0 up against Atalanta, but allowed a comeback to 2-2 in the final seconds of the match.“We played against Napoli, Juventus and Atalanta, so the top three from last season, and we played very well against all of them,” Montella told Sky Sport Italia.“We deserved something more from all of those games, so we should be given credit for an incredibly tough opening few rounds.“If we are able to force a side like Atalanta to score at the last second for an equaliser, it means we are not doing badly. I won’t sleep tonight, but at the same time I have to look at the overall journey of this Fiorentina team and say we are on the right track.“It’s very complicated once it gets to the final seconds and I was forced into some substitutions by fitness problems. We know Atalanta are so good at comebacks.“I have to look at the positives, as the team was solid for most of the game.” last_img read more

Cong questions EC for suspending its Odisha official asks what was in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday questioned the Election Commission order suspending a high-ranking poll official deputed to Odisha for allegedly checking the prime minister’s chopper and said EC rules “do not exempt” PM’s vehicle from being checked. The opposition party accused the EC of “bias” after it suspended Karnataka cadre IAS officer Mohammed Mohsin for what the poll panel said was “dereliction of duty” with regard to “SPG protectees”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Congress also wondered what Modi was carrying in his helicopter that he did not want India to see. “An official was suspended by ECI for doing his job of inspecting vehicles. The rule cited governs the use of official vehicles for campaigning. It DOES NOT exempt PM’s vehicle from being searched,” the Congress said on its official Twitter handle. “What is Modi carrying in the helicopter that he doesn’t want India to see?” it added. The Congress said instead of checking all flights of leaders, the EC was acting against its officials. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “After the case of the mysterious box being moved from Modi’s chopper, we’d have expected the Election Commission of India to investigate every flight. “But suspending an official who did this reeks of bias,” the party said in another tweet. According to an EC order, IAS officer Mohsin was suspended for “actions contrary to the instructions of the Commission concerning SPG protectees” on April 16 the day SPG-protectee Prime Minister Modi visited Sambalpur in Odisha to address an election rally. “There have been instances where during polls EC was allowed to check convoys of both current & the former Congress President. SPG protectees can’t be frisked personally. Why suspend an officer for checking PM’s chopper? What message is being sent? Law is special for some?” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel tweeted.last_img read more

Handicrafts exporters to get benefits under MEIS scheme for exports to Iran

first_imgNEW DELHI: Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH informed that the exporters especially from Moradabad were facing problem with respect to export shipment made to countries which are in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list and e-BRC could not be generated by the concerned banks for exports to listed countries including Iran. As a result, the exporters were unable to get MEIS benefits. Kumar further said that EPCH took up the matter regarding non-issuance of e-BRC at the highest level in the Minister of Textiles, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Ministry of Finance and DGFT and with the constant follow-up, the DGFT has issued Public Notice No. 8/2015-20 dated 14th March 2019 in the matter that a declaration by the exporter along with a self-attested copy of the proof of payment such as Foreign Inward Remittance Certificates/Statements etc. can be given to the DGFT for claiming MEIS benefits. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRK Passi, Chairman – EPCH said that it had been a long pending demand of handicrafts exporters and solution provided by DGFT is a very welcome step and would certainly boost the morale of the exporters for their future endeavors. Rakesh Kumar, DG – EPCH said that with this initiative the exporters are going to get a much needed MEIS benefits for their exports and it will energize them to continue their efforts towards enhancing exports from the country. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2018 -19 is Rs 26590.25 crores registering a growth of 15.46% during the same period last year, however, the exports of handicrafts to Iran is around Rs. 500.00 crores, informed Kumar.last_img read more

PDP activist succumbs to injures after militant attack

first_imgSrinagar: A Peoples Democratic Party activist, who was shot at by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, succumbed to injuries at a hospital here on Monday, an official said. Mohammad Jamal, who was shot at inside his residence at Zungalpora village on Sunday night, succumbed to injuries at the SKIMS hospital, the official said. PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the killing of her party worker. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Heartbreaking. Party workers in Kashmir put their neck on the line & have to suffer for their beliefs,” Mufti tweeted. “Ironic that such mindless violence is justified in the name of Islam in the month of Ramzan. Shame on these cowards who call themselves Muslims.” Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal and CPI(M) leader M Y Tarigami also condemned the killing. “The reckless killing of civilians at the hands of both the parties involved in the conflict continues unabated. Whether a civilian is killed by the bullet from one side or the other side, it is loss of precious human life,” Tarigami said in a statement. “Whose ’cause’ is fulfilled by the killings of civilians? Unfortunately, it is a Kashmiri who is getting killed every day,” the CPI(M) leader added.last_img read more

Ohio State footballs Bradley Roby accepts being broke with decision to wait

Ohio State rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby could have declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. After a season in which he ranked No. 7 in the nation in passes defended per game with 19 over 11 games played, Roby was a potential first-round draft pick. Instead, Roby put his NFL dreams on hold to return to Columbus and lead the Buckeyes’ secondary this season. Roby said the decision was not easy. He said he felt physically and mentally ready to play professionally, and was “50-50” on whether to declare before ultimately deciding to return. “I made my decision, I’m happy with it and I’m glad I took that step because it’s just going to make me better,” Roby said. “It’s going to make our team better as well … NFL can wait.” Roby said he plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, and expects to be a top-10 draft pick. “I feel like after another year, I’ll be even more ready, so that next year I can start right in and start right away for a team,” Roby said. Roby said he received advice from his coaches and talked to NFL players, but had to make his own decision. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said he was honest with Roby throughout the decision process, and tried to make it a “business decision” for Roby although he wanted him to come back. “It’s very hard in a situation like this to not be selfish, because we’re better if he’s at Ohio State,” Coombs said. “He’s a grown man. He’s got to make a grown-man decision. And he can’t make it to please me, he can’t make it to please Coach Meyer and he can’t make it to please the Buckeye nation. He’s got to make it to please Bradley Roby. I think that he did.” Coombs said he believes Roby made an “outstanding decision,” and thinks Roby can meet his draft expectations next year. “I think his stock does nothing but go up, and I think it helps him down the road,” Coombs said. “I think next year, or whenever he decides to come out, he’s going to be a first-round pick, a top-10 pick, if he really wants to work. He’s not there yet … I’m going to help him get there.” Coombs said he has seen significant improvement in Roby this spring from where he was last spring. “What I’ve learned about Bradley through the course of the season … is how hard he works at studying the game,” Coombs said. “He is a very intelligent player. He’s gifted athletically, but that’s not where it ends, that’s where it begins. He has a great understanding of offense, he studies his opponent, he understand split rules, he knows what’s going on, he looks at formations and he’s making a plan. I don’t think he had that thought process last year at this time. Now he does.” Coombs added, however, that his expectation for the cornerback to be a first-round pick is not exclusive to Roby. “That’s the standard in our room,” Coombs said. “Be a first-round draft pick. If you’re not, figure out why not, and get to that point.” Asked about passing up the money that comes with playing professional football for another year, Roby said his plan for his career was more important. “Everybody struggles in college, but at the end of the day, I have a vision for the future and I see what’s coming to me in the future,” Roby said. “So I’ll be broke for a little bit longer, it’s OK. “I told a guy a long time ago I was going to be one of the best corners to ever be here. I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished that yet.” Roby added that he needs to become a better leader in order to accomplish that. Roby said he felt he deserved to be a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive back, last season. He said one of his goals this year is to win the Bednarik Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best defensive player, but that the team’s success is more important than individual awards. “It starts with leadership,” Roby said. “I have to have leadership to make our whole defense better, ’cause you can’t be a Bednarik winner on a bad defense. I just want our defense to be one of the top in the country, and that’s all I’m worried about, I’m worried about everybody else first and all my accolades, they’re going to fall in place. “I was so worried about myself the first couple years … I was kind of a selfish player,” he added. “I already have leadership traits, a lot of people have told me that … I would go talk to guys one-on-one off the field but I have to have that leadership on the field. That’s what’s going to make other people better, and that’s what I’ve been working on.” Rising junior cornerback Doran Grant, who is expected to start across from Roby this season, said Roby has already provided him with leadership “like a big brother.” “He like another coach out there, for real,” Grant said. “It’s crazy, the knowledge of the game he has, and that’s why I try to always be around him.” With the Buckeyes replacing six starters in their defensive front seven, Roby said he and the other two returning starters in the secondary, rising senior Christian Bryant and rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett, have to be the leaders of their defense. “We’ve got a lot of new guys up front and some people are hurt, so we’ve just got to be a leader and show them to play Silver Bullet defense,” Roby said. read more