In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Manchester youth impress against national team A select Manchester Youth squad, which included both Under-17 and Under-20 players, defeated a Jamaica national preliminary Under-17 team 1-0 at Brooks Park last week Sunday. Geo Rochester grabbed the spotlight, scoring what would turn out to be the only strike of the match. Interestingly, the national Under-17 team fielded Manchester player Daniel Russell in goal for the first half. Another Manchester youth team, which fielded slightly older players than those who participated in the first friendly, also impressed but went down 0-1 to the national under-20 team. According to FA president Dalton Wint the games were organised to keep the Manchester youth motivated as well as to expose others to the national youth set-up. The Manchester FA currently runs sponsored age-group competitions for Under-13, 15, and 17. Judgement Yard win Cumberland six-a-side Brothers Mark and Matthew Newsome both scored goals as Judgement Yard defeated Bread Winners Association 2-0 in the final to lift the Cumberland six-a-side football competition on Labour Day, Monday May 23, at Sector C playing field in Cumberland. Mark Newsome is a former Premier League player for Boys’ Town and Rivoli United. There were other players such as Damarlie Williams, who was also instrumental in their team’s success. The winning trophy was donated and handed over by Renair Benjamin, councillor for the Westchester Division. The winning team also pocketed $15,000, while Tsahai Rose, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the Westchester Division, handed over the second-place trophy to Bread Winners. Christopher Cunningham of Judgement Yard was named the Most Valuable Player and Peter Keyes of Bread Winners copped the top goalscorer award. The sports day also featured various activities, inclusive of netball and running. C4 International offered the musical presentation. While Claim to Fame Promotions, organisers of the event, says their intention is to “drive home a heath and wellness lifestyle in their community”. Villa, Porus in CanCare U-15 final today Villa United and Porus will contest today’s CanCare Pharmacy/Manchester Football Association Under-15 final at the Brooks Park Complex. Match time 4 p.m. Both teams were impressive in their respective semi-finals earlier this week. Villa United defeated 360 Degrees 4-1. Following his exploits in the quarter-finals against Comfort, Mushtaq Christopher has emerged the hat-trick man, netting another after scoring in the 36th, 47th and 52nd minutes. Antonio Ward scored the first goal for Villa in the 24th minute. Despite scoring the first goal of the match, Nicholas Bennett’s effort proved only consolatory for 360 Degrees. Porus FC, the most impressive team of the preliminary round, continued their rampaging ways, handing Belair Academy a 5-0 defeat. Like Christopher did for Villa, Jahmar Bolt scored a hat-trick (31st, 50th, 70th) to set up Porus’ big win. Javel Coley scored a brace, netting in the fifth and 40th minutes. Church football, netball to begin soon Churches desirous of entering this year’s Power of Faith Ministries netball and football competitions are asked to attend a very important meeting at the Power of Faith Multi-Purpose Complex this evening at 6:30 p.m. Last year, first-timers Fair View Open Bible from Spanish Town lifted the football title, while Power of Faith Ministries A copped the netball crown. INSPORTS/Portmore Little League football Defending champions Waterford Infant won their second game of the season as they blanked Harvest Temple Basic 3-0 through goals via Amani Evans (first minute), Aaron McKnight (11th), and Ja’Quan Stewart (30th) in last Thursday’s round of matches in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Portmore Little League football competition at the Ferdie Neita Park Sports Complex. With the win, Waterford Infant are now joint leaders of Zone One alongside Harvest Temple, who also have six points. In another game in the zone, Ascot (five points) drew 1-1 with Greater Portmore (five). In Zone Two, co-leaders Sabina (11) clipped Child Plus 1-0, Waterford Development (11) beat Kensington Basic 1-0, and Gregory Park and Aintree drew 1-1.center_img Mandeville to welcome island’s best shooters The parish of Manchester, in particular the Mandeville-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC), will host its biggest professional practical shooting match at its Lincoln Range tomorrow. The event is endorsed and jointly organised by the Jamaica Rifle Association, which will be employing stages and rules of the international body for practical shooting, IPSC. The hosting of the match at MRPC is considered an important development in the relations with the MRPC and club president Orville Henriques. With the JRA’s involvement, MRPC will welcome its biggest and highest-profiled event. It is believed that the best ranked shooters will make the trip for the one-day event. The anticipated line-up means that for the first time in three years, Henriques, who is ranked number three in the island, will face his biggest competition at the Lincoln Range. The match is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start, but the range will be open for practice from 8:30 a.m. There is an admission fee and food, as well as ammunition, which will be on sale. Davis leads another Jamalco netball triumph The queens of Clarendon netball, Jamalco, asserted their dominance on the Jamalco-sponsored Open League when they defeated long-time rivals Cable Pro (formerly Windalco) 32-25 at the Mineral Heights Sporting Complex on Sunday. Jamalco’s victory was again shepherded by their veteran goalshooter and retired national player Elaine Davis. Davis who, despite being hustled by much younger players, worked her way smartly around the hoop to net 26 of 31 attempts. She played all four quarters as Jamalco led all the way. From a strong 10-3 start at the end of the first quarter, Jamalco’s surge was never in doubt as they led 19-8 at the end of the second quarter and 25-17 at the end of the third. Team R of Mandeville secured third place in the competition after narrowly edging last year’s beaten finalists, Hayes, 32-31. Denbigh beat Holmwood in Jamalco Open In a departure from previous years, this year’s Jamalco Open featured a consolation final, which pitted annual Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Senior League rural rivals Denbigh and Holmwood Technical as the curtain-raiser to the grand final between Jamalco and Cable Pro. Holmwood won the contest when the two last met in an ISSA final, but Denbigh showed they were the most improved team at this stage with an impressive 31-18 win. Both teams featured among their ranks one player each from the Jamaica national team, which was crowned regional champions earlier this year in Barbados. However, it was Denbigh’s national player, Zandria Cohen, playing at goal attack, that made the crucial difference. Cohen provided excellent support and service to goalshooter Moya Manning, who converted 23 of 29 attempts. Following a closely fought first quarter, which ended 9-6 in favour of Denbigh, the next three quarters were lopsided. Denbigh climbed to 15-8 after the second quarter to a decisive 24-13 at the end of the third. Hayes All Stars defeated Glenmuir 37-29 in the consolation third place play-off.last_img read more

Ellen Places Women Farmers on the Spotlight

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has long been a proponent for women’s advancement in various spheres of Liberian society. She has put a specific emphasis on market women taking a bigger role in many of the government’s development initiatives. Although other Liberian women have benefited from the President’s drive to empower females, market women enjoy most of that focus. Market women were the chief beneficiaries of projects commemorating her 75th birth anniversary.In a change from these recent trends, last week President Sirleaf publicly committed herself to the empowerment of women involved in farming. The President intends to solicit support from Liberia’s development partners so these women can transition from subsistence to large scale farming.At a meeting held last weekend at her Foreign Affairs office with Assistant Director General for the African Division of the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA), Mr. Georg Andrén, and Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Sofia Strand, President Sirleaf requested that the partnership between the Swedish government and Liberia should concentrate on rural women, most of whom are engaged in subsistence farming.President Sirleaf praised Sweden’s role in Liberia’s recovery, especially in the areas of women’s empowerment. She expressed hope the partnership would take this focal point to another level by enabling women to learn more advanced farming techniques.Sweden, through SIDA, has been supporting various projects in Liberia, most notably on women’s empowerment, agriculture and road rehabilitation in Liberia.The Liberian leader also spoke of the need for stronger technical and vocational institutions. She invited SIDA to work with the Ministries of Agriculture and Gender to ensure that women in small scale agriculture receive adequate support enabling them to transitions from ‘hand-to-mouth’ farming to more lucrative agricultural practices.She thanked Sweden for its development partnership, which she said is a manifestation of the long relationship between the two countries dating back to the operation of the Nimba mines by the Liberian-American-Swedish Minerals Company (LAMCO). She indicated that the recent posting of an Ambassador with residence in Liberia had further strengthened the ties.The Liberian President used the occasion to thank the Government and people of Sweden for their support to her national secretariat for the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which she co-chaired. She expressed further hope Sweden would continue to support the voice of the people as contained in the Panel’s Report to the Secretary-General.Speaking after the President, Mr. Andrén said that Sweden’s renewed commitment to Liberia’s development is based on responsible leadership exemplified by President Sirleaf.The SIDA Assistant Director General for Africa said that the Swedish people have seen their taxes at work in Liberia and are encouraged by the level of development in the country. “Sweden promises to do more in support of the President’s development agenda through SIDA, we will remain a dependable partner,” he said.Mr. Andrén said that his organization was equally ready to help in capacity building and promised to help fund such activities.SIDA, he informed the President, was working with USAID and ExxonMobil in a tripartite arrangement for development in Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa, and hoped a similar engagement would work in Liberia.The President promised to raise the subject during the upcoming Liberia-U.S. Partnership Dialogue slated for early February. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wismar Hospital gravely affected by dysfunctional X-ray, lack of ultrasound and ECG machines

first_imgStaff attached to the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) at Wismar have renewed their complaints about the absence of an ultrasound and electrocardiogram (ECG) machine and the presence of a dysfunctional X-ray machine, which makes attending to patients more difficult and frustrating.Medical Superintendent (MS) of the hospital, Dr Steve MarkThe hospital which recently rebranded itself by re-commissioning several of its units, is currently making strides towards the advancement of health-care delivery in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), but it has not been without its share of issues.In an invited comment on some of the issues affecting the staff, Medical Superintendent (MS) of the hospital, Dr Steve Mark highlighted several challenges faced by the hospital, as he pleaded with the relevant authorities to work towards having the issues resolved.“The X-ray machine is down probably about two months… since about March and I’m not hearing anything much. Nobody is saying anything, patients are suffering. People don’t have money to cross over (to the Linden Hospital Complex on the Mackenzie shore). There are poor people, people are struggling and they got a functioning hospital. All they’re doing is building a roof, painting and doing some minor things but what about the other structures? What about what is going on in the hospital? What about the service? You can’t get a simple ECG (test)… Wismar hospital is urgently in need of an ECG machine, it’s urgently in need of an ultrasound machine. Currently the X-ray machine is broken…”, the doctor pointed out.Mark said he has been informed that three parts are broken from the hospital’s X-Ray machine, however, he said he does not think that the machine should be down for such a long time, since patients are majorly affected.“The Government should have spare parts or have somebody to fix these machines very quickly. If the Operating Machine is down, what we gonna do? Stop doing surgery? They need to have systems in place to rectify these problems in a shortest possible time, not two months, three months, four months and these things,” a clearly frustrated Mark told this publication.He also pointed to other issues which he noted have been affecting the hospital such as, the need for supervisory staff and work equipment.“There’s an urgent need for a supervisor on the 4 to 12 shift and the 12 to 8- Nursing Supervisor, because what has been happening is that when myself and the Supervisor goes home there is nobody to watch the hospital. And the nurses locking the hospital up,” he explained.Mark said he has been at the hospital for 14 months and has since not acquired an office chair and what he termed as “simple items” such as a printer, noting that these items were budgeted for. According to Mark, there are a lot of loopholes within the hospital system in the region.“Right now I’m getting burned out in trying to fight for the hospitals; both Mackenzie and Wismar… For instance, between the regional administration and the Wismar Hospital administration, they don’t even see eye to eye. They don’t even communicate; a lot of crazy things are happening. Who is really running the hospital? Who is in charge? Who is doing this? Who is doing that? But everybody wants the region to look good. It’s not really good. Maybe because of its political nature that people are keeping things under the wrap…and I think that is one of the major reasons why the issues for Region 10 don’t be highlighted,” he stated.last_img read more

Demerara Bank records 20.6% increase in after-tax profit for 2017

first_imgDemerara Bank Limited (DBL) has again ended another financial year on a high note with outstanding performance recorded in all areas of the Bank during its financial year ended September 30, 2017.Demerara BankThe Bank’s profit before taxation is GY$2.4 billion, an increase of 19 per cent over the previous year, while Net Profit rose by 20.6 per cent. DBL, being the only Indigenous Guyanese Bank and the youngest bank among all the commercial banks in Guyana, continues to excel despite the challenges of the banking environment.According to the bank, the outstanding performances are reflected in the Deposit Base which stands at its highest of GY$57.0 billion, registering a rise of 7.3 per cent when compared to 2016; this compares favourably to the Banking Sector Deposits which declined by 2.49 per cent at the end of August 2017 y/y. Total Loans and Advances increased from GY$24.7 billion to GY$25.5 billion, showing a rise of 3.2 per cent over the previous year. Loans and Advances in the banking sector for the period September 2016-August 2017, recorded a marginal increase of just 0.30 per cent. The investments of the bank have remained constant at $23.2 billion.Demerara Bank’s listing of its assets at the close of financial year 2017 totals GY$70.0 billion compared with GY$64.0 billion at the end of September 2016. Interest Income on Investments went up from GY$1.56 billion to GY$1.66 billion; an increase of 6.3 per cent over the previous year while Interest Income on Loans and Advances marginally increased from GY$2.15 billion to GY$2.19 billion; a rise of 1.8 per cent over the previous year. Other Income expanded from $422 million to $988 million during the year, showing a rise of 133.8 per cent. Total Interest Income rose to GY$3.9 billion; 3.7 per cent higher than 2016.As a result of the bank’s solid performance over the past financial year shareholders’ earnings per share has increased by 20.3 per cent to GY$3.55 per share. The net worth of the Bank has increased from GY$9.3 billion to GY$11.0 billion, an increase of 19 per cent over the previous year.The bank noted that it continues to be an environmentally friendly bank and a catalyst for green and clean energy. After the successful implementation of solar panels to its corporate office which allowed the building to be fully powered by solar energy, the bank ventured to install solar panels to its main branch location and is in the process of installing the solar panels at its Diamond branch. The installation of the solar panels has significantly reduced the electricity cost of the bank.The solid performance over the last financial year was also significantly due to the continued commitment and dedication of the Chairman, Directors of the Board, management and staff of the bank, the financial institution said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Peace River Regional District to discuss support for farmers at next Board Meeting

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Poor weather conditions are making it difficult for local farmers and producers as they look to finish harvesting their crops.Since the weather is making it difficult for farmers to harvest their crops, Director for Electoral Area B, Karen Goodings, will be making a recommendation on Thursday, November 14, at the Peace River Regional District board meeting that the Board advocates for more support for farmers affected by the weather.Currently, Goodings is waiting for the Ministry of Agriculture with the statistics for our region but says this year has been an “extreme challenge” for farmers and that they will be in need of support.- Advertisement -Goodings also says it will be an opportunity for the Regional Board to discuss support requests and possible options for support that will be directed to the Province.last_img read more

Van Nuys? Lake Balboa? Where/what do folks west of 405 Freeway call home?

first_imgAnd when West Van Nuys residents petitioned to join Lake Balboa, the City Clerk’s Office threw into doubt the existence of the 4,000-person community. “I can find no indication that the City Council has previously recognized the Lake Balboa area as a community,” said a city memo written Oct. 16, 2006. Councilman Dennis Zine proposed the original name change, but the paperwork was not finalized. Then, the city changed the community name-change procedure, ensuring that Lake Balboa remained Van Nuys on city books. Councilman Greig Smith stepped in to resolve doubts and introduced a motion to confirm Lake Balboa as a neighborhood and make it legitimate. And that was approved Friday. “We do exist,” Lake Balboa resident Paul Fabre emphatically told the City Council. “Again, we’re just affirming here today that we already exist.” While Lake Balboa might exist now, some Valley residents question whether it should. Don Schultz, president of the Van Nuys Homeowners Association, complained that community name changes are divisive and are slowly carving up historic Van Nuys. But other residents want to escape the gritty image conveyed by the name Van Nuys in favor of the single-family home, Smalltown U.S.A. flavor of Lake Balboa. Under the proposed name change, the 40,000 Van Nuys residents west of the 405 Freeway would join Lake Balboa. The City Council is considering that name-change proposal. So for now, Lake Balboa residents can rest assured they exist. But West Van Nuys residents are continuing to ponder: Who am I? kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They are some of the questions pondered by great thinkers: Who am I? Why am I here? Do I exist? Well, the San Fernando Valley community of Lake Balboa got the answer Friday to at least one of those questions. It exists. Nearly a year ago, city functionaries discovered that – despite the unveiling of Lake Balboa’s blue neighborhood signs in 2002 – the community was never made official at City Hall. last_img read more

Congress members Bono, Mack tie the knot

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe 45-year-old Bono replaced Sonny Bono in Congress in a special election in 1998. The 40-year-old Mack, who is divorced, is the son of the Florida senator of the same name and great-grandson of baseball manager Connie Mack. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Mary Bono, who was married to late singer-turned-politician Sonny Bono and replaced him in Congress after his death, has married U.S. Rep. Connie Mack. Bono’s sister, Katherine Whitaker, told The Associated Press the couple were married Saturday in a private ceremony attended by 35 family members. “It was fantastic,” Whitaker said. “It was a very quiet ceremony. A spokeswoman for Mack had said in November that Asheville was selected because it is Whitaker’s home. Mack, a GOP representative from Florida, and Bono, R-Palm Springs, had been dating for two years. Bono’s chief of staff, Frank Cullen Jr., said Mack proposed in August while the couple were on a camping trip in Arches National Park in Utah. last_img read more

Senior Menu

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread; salad; yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick; fruit and fat-free milk. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Linguine and meatballs, baby lima beans, cauliflower. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Tuesday: Beef pepper steak, carrots, peas. Wednesday: Chicken primavera, cauliflower, Italian vegetable blend. Thursday: Stuffed cheese shells, baby lima beans, carrots. Friday: Cook’s choice. last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS KEEP PROMOTION HOPES ALIVE WITH CRUCIAL WIN OVER CASTLEFIN CELTIC

first_imgLagan Harps FC News: Our men’s team brought themselves back in to contention for promotion with a hard fought 2-1 win over league leaders Castlefin Celtic, at Orchard Park.After trailing 1-0 at the break, a Kevin Kelly penalty and a super header from Kenny Doran ensured the points stayed in Manor. Next Sunday they are home to Kerrykeel ’71 club at 2.00pm. Our u/16’s put up a spirited performance before losing 2-0 to league leaders Cappry Rovers. Our u/14’s had their best performance of the season when they beat Convoy Arsenal 7-0 in the cup. Scorers were Enda Gallagher(2), Jack Parke(2), Keelan Collier, Ciaran Quinn and Oran Downey. Our u/12’s kept their good run going with a 4-0 win over Ballybofey Utd. Ethan Gallagher, Tiernan Brown, Mark Bonner and Oisin Toye were the scorers. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 5,8,18 and 19. James Mc Daid had 3 numbers and won E50. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS KEEP PROMOTION HOPES ALIVE WITH CRUCIAL WIN OVER CASTLEFIN CELTIC was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Colombia v England: Preview, team news and live radio commentary

first_imgEngland face Colombia for a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday evening, live on talkSPORT.The Three Lions’ defeat to Belgium in Group G left them in second place, meaning they must navigate their way past the 2014 quarter-finalists. Colombia topped their group 3 England’s line-up for the game against Colombia in 1998 What is the team news?Colombia: Ospina, Arias, Mina, Mojica, D.Sanchez, Barrios, C.Sanchez, Cuadrado, Lerma, Quintero, FalcaoEngland: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Young, Henderson, Lingard, Sterling, Alli, KaneWhat are the other last 16 games?France v Argentina (30 June, 2018 at 15:00)Uruguay Portugal (30 June at 19:00)Spain v Russia (1 July at 15:00)Croatia v Denmark (1 July at 19:00)Brazil v Mexico (2 July at 19:00)Belgium v Japan (2 July at 19:00)Sweden v Switzerland (3 July at 15:00)talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with more than 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Rodriguez is on the bench center_img 3 Have England and Colombia played each other before?Yes, on five previous occasions, though the only World Cup meeting was in 1998. Back then Darren Anderton and David Beckham scored the goals in a 2-0 group stage win. 3 When is Colombia vs England?The match kicks off at 19:00 (UK time) on Tuesday 3 July.How can I stream live commentary?On talkSPORT. The broadcast team will bringing you live coverage from the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.Listen to our live commentary of all the action through talkSPORT.com here.You can also listen via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM, on the talkSPORT app, or through the following TV channels: Sky – Channel 0108, Virgin Media -Channel 927, Freeview – Channel 723, Freesat – Channel 731.What’s the latest with James Rodriguez’s injury?Colombia manager Jose Pekerman was not optimistic about Ridriguez’s situation: “What I can say is I’m extremely concerned, it’s a very tough situation for my team,” he said.And it seems Pekerman has not taken any chances as the no.10 has not made the Colombia XI.last_img read more