Head of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron, is hoping that the creation of a new commercial entity for the regional body will over time transform its economic fortunes. The entity, which, according to Cameron, is to be filled with suitable and qualified individuals, will, among other things, seek to implement income-generating activities, including the acquisition of sponsorships and the striking of television broadcast deals. “We have just created a new commercial arm of the WICB and have hired Pitch International,” says Cameron. “The real aim of this is to ensure that we move away from the sociopolitical issues we have at the WICB and have a company that is fully geared at commercialising West Indies cricket.” He added: “We have also changed the name of the WICB – again, too much (negative) history, and baggage – to Cricket West Indies.” Cricket West Indies, Cameron said, is to largely focus on governance and management-related issues. The organisation’s commercial arm, Cameron highlighted, will be similar to that of the International Cricket Council (ICC) which, in recent years, instituted the ICC Business Corporation to carry out its corporate functions. The Jamaican business executive, in expressing confidence about the new ventures, also said that the compilation and duties of the commercial entity will be revealed shortly. “We will not release the names at the moment, but I am sure you will hear very, very soon,” he said. Meanwhile, reporting on the financial state of the WICB, Cameron said the organisation, for the first time in a while, has realised a US$3.5m surplus, and the hope is that this trend will continue. “As of September 30, 2015, the WICB has recorded a surplus in excess of three-and-a-half million US dollars, unaudited,” he said. “This is the first time, I can remember, that we have ever done that.”
The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BG&LC), the regulatory arm of gaming in Jamaica, has contributed $2 million to purses for its 11th annual raceday at Caymanas Park on Saturday, August 1 (Emancipation Day).The programme will feature a number of trophy races, including the 3-y-o and up open allowance feature over 1100 metres for the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission Trophy. This offers a total purse of $1 million, inclusive of $500,000 from the BG&LC.Details for the meet were outlined by representatives of the BG&LC and Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) at yesterday’s launch in the Trainers’ Room at Caymanas Park.Denzil Miller Jr., CTL’s racing secretary, said the race is “all about speed, and it will be speed and more speed, which makes for an intriguing contest”.The likely starters are the fleet-footed TALENTED TONY K, TRADITIONAL PRINCE, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, PHINEAS, RIO COBRE, UNCLE TAF, BORDER LINE, JANIBOUTICE, EDISON as well as this year’s 1000 Guineas winner PUDDY POOH and the Oaks winner MOM’S STUDENT.In addition, the card will facilitate the annual renewal of the Emancipation Day Trophy (claiming $600,000 – $500,000) over 1300 metres for a purse of $570,000 inclusive of $100,000 from the BGLC; the Charles Randle Cup over 1200 metres for a purse of $765,000 with $200,000 from the sponsor, the Albert Rose Memorial Trophy over 1820 metres for a purse of $566,000 ($200,000 from sponsor); along with the Josseth Grey Memorial Trophy race 1820 metres; the Carl Hill Memorial Trophy over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers; and the Charles Hayles Memorial Trophy over 1300 metres for maiden four-year-olds and up.Speaking at the launch, Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited, said:”We at Caymanas Park are particularly pleased to once again thank the commission for the work they have done over the years to support and develop our racing product in an effort to make it more viable to the wider audience.”Jack Shirley, executive director of the BG&LC, was also at yesterday’s function.- O.C.
Last week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized an event where it awarded Liberian nationals and institutions for doing exceptionally well in their various fields of endeavor.The individuals and institutions included Dr. Mosoka Fallah, “Health Care Worker of the Year” and “Development Hero of the Year”; Theophilous Frankyu, “Teacher of the Year”; Mohammed Kamara, “Farmer of the Year”; Edwina Vakun, “Entrepreneur of the Year”; and Accountability Lab, “Civil Society of the Year.”Held as the “Liberia Development Awards 2017,” USAID Mission Director Dr. Anthony Chan said the award celebrates Liberians whose work is impacting others.US Ambassador Christine Elder, giving a synopsis of the event, told the Daily Observer in an interview that, “We have the pleasure of meeting so many people in their work that are doing something on a small scale, but has great impact. And because they work in the county or outside, they don’t get good attention. Because they have a great impact on their communities, we decided to recognize them.”She noted that the areas, including healthcare, farming, teaching and entrepreneurship, covered in the award are critical to Liberia’s development, and people do not have to own a very large organization or come from the government before being recognized.“Any individual or group can make a difference, and these people have really made the difference. Every time people do something, they learn; and we are getting feedback of what happened tonight. So maybe in the next one we are going to have more nominations and will be considering other sectors, and will involve many of our development partners to nominate people and groups not only in Monrovia but outside in order to recognize their works that are impacting the society,” she said, adding that the idea is about sharing the works of people who are working hard and celebrating them for impacting their communities. “We are contemplating organizing experts to evaluate nominees in time to come to celebrate them as well for their hard work.”With this being USAID’s first award ceremony, the euphoria among recipients was high at the event.Dr. Fallah, recipient of Healthcare and Development Hero Award said, “It takes a deep sense of compassion and care for the poor people. It took a lot of hard work to win these awards. When I returned to Liberia in 2013 I was working as a consultant for USAID sleeping on a US$35 mattress even though I was making a lot of money. But because I was moved by compassion for the poor people, I did not regret being among them and under that condition.”Dr. Fallah, who was also awarded for being one of the country’s heroes during Ebola, also emphasized that it is better to celebrate Liberians, regardless of where they are, for their good work, stressing that there are many good people in Liberia whose actions are impacting the lives of others.He said because most of these people are not heading top positions in government or higher institutions, their works are ignored. He dedicated his two awards to healthcare delivery workers, saying that their cooperation led to his recognition.“I have received so many awards, but the most important one I always count on is that which I receive from people who stand to say thank you for saving me,” Dr. Fallah said.Edwina Vakun, recipient of the Entrepreneur Award attributed her success to commitment, passion and hard work. She also dedicated her award to the many market women and her employees at Business Link, which she heads as the Chief Executive Officer. Lawrence Yealue, head of the Accountability Lab, expressed gratitude to the young men and women working with him to disseminate information to recognize Liberians whose works are impacting others. His organization also provides training for amateur journalists to gain capacity, and uses Liberian musicians to encourage voters to evaluate candidates well before voting.Expressing his gratitude, Mr. Yealue said he would not have succeeded if his compatriots were not honest in working to ensure that the assistance they get from donors is used properly for the benefit of the project.The Farmer of the Year, Mohammed Kamara, came to be recognized for the hundreds of tons of rice he produces in Lofa County.Kamara also produces cocoa, cow pea, sugarcane among others, and the World Food Program relies on his products to feed schools with locally produced rice.Theophilous Frankyu, recipient of Teacher of the Year Award, is regarded for liaising with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to erect annexes to the Kpanay Town Public School in Grand Bssa without government intervention.His teaching has impacted students, including little Albertine Morgan, who is under 10 years of age. Albertine explained in a video how rich Liberia is and the need for Liberians to realize what they have and appreciate it by working hard and eschewing corruption and other social vices.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fire reportedly electrical in origin erupted at about 15:30h on Friday in the storeroom of D. Singh and Sons haberdashery store on Regent Street, Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that the business place is owned by 75-year-old Deodat Singh, who was in the store at the time of the incident.Staff of the business place, reportedly becoming aware of the fire when they saw smoke emanating from the storeroom, raised an alarm and Singh’s son, Bissoondial Singh, who owns a business opposite his father’s, ran out and formed a bucket brigade with staff.The scene outside the store on Friday afternoonWith assistance from other businesses, the fire was contained until the Guyana Fire Service arrived. Their fire fighters managed to save a large portion of the store, and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby businesses. Only the eastern section of the store was destroyed by the blaze.Speaking with this publication, the younger Singh explained that the losses were very significant, although he could not give an estimation. He noted that the fire, combined with water damage, saw millions being lost.“What was not destroyed by the fire was destroyed by the water. Right now in there have a lot of (stuff), so we just have to wait to get clearance from the Fire Department, and then we’ll clean up,” Singh explained.When contacted, Fire Prevention Officer Andrew Holder said an electrical malfunction had occurred where combustible materials are being stored in the store. He said the fire was ignited on a carpet and then spread.The officer is pleading with store owners to adhere to fire safety requirements as, according to him, D. Singh and Sons and other businesses in the area did not have fire extinguishers. He also highlighted that there was no Fire Certificate visible to him at the scene.Confronted with this allegation, the younger Singh refuted those claims and noted that his father’s business has three fire extinguishers. However, he could not say whether the business had received a Fire Certificate, or if it had been cleared by the Guyana Fire Service to operate.Following the Gafoors Complex fire at Houston, EBD last year, Deputy Fire Chief Compton Sparman had called for the Building Code to be observed. According to Sparman, the Building Code is stronger, and “has more meat than the Fire Prevention Act”.The National Building Code of Guyana recommends the observance of various loads and resistance factors to ensure safety in structural designs and construction of buildings, while the Fire Prevention Act provides for the inspection of premises in Guyana for the purpose of eliminating fire hazards and connected purposes.No one was injured in the blaze. Further investigations are ongoing.
A resident of Farm, East Bank Demerara was on Tuesday found guilt for causing the death of 43-year-old Franklyn Dover by dangerous driving on August 8, 2018, and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.Jailed: Jamal LoweThe sentence was handed down by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to 32-year-old Jamal Lowe who was previously granted bail on the charge.It was alleged that on August 8, 2018, at Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), he drove minibus BVV 2848 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Franklyn Dover.According to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question, the defendant was heading in a southern direction when the deceased attempted to cross the road, and the bus reportedly collided with him causing him to fall and receiving injuries.He was rushed to the East Bank Demerara Regional Hospital (Diamond Diagnostic Centre) where he succumbed to his injuries. The defendant was later arrested and charged for the offence.His defence attorney, in a plea of mitigation for his client, told the Chief Magistrate that his client is a father of two and is the sole breadwinner of his family.However, after Lowe was found guilty of the charge, the Chief Magistrate handed down a sentence of two-year sentence.
That led to a shortened bidding contest that came down to a race for British government funding between Birmingham and Liverpool, which was won by the central English city in September.Despite being the only city to submit a bid by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) deadline of the end of September, Birmingham has had to wait nearly three months to have its victory confirmed.The city’s initial proposal was judged to be not “fully compliant” with a further delay as the CGF sought further guarantees over funding from Birmingham and the British government.Confirmation of Birmingham as 2022 hosts is due to be made at a press conference in the city on Thursday morning.The Games are open to countries that are members of the Commonwealth, a collection of nations and territories that were mainly once part of the British empire.The 2018 Games will be staged on Australia’s Gold Coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Flagbearers of the Commonwealth Games Federation display the flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow on July 23, 2014 © AFP/File / ANDREJ ISAKOVICLondon, United Kingdom, Dec 20 – Birmingham is set to be announced as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Durban was stripped of the event in March, according to reports Wednesday.The Games were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 but the South African city had the event taken away for financial reasons.
A Donegal-based undercover FBI agent foiled a rocket attack in Derry on the day after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, a new book claims. David Rupert, a New Yorker who spent seven years spying for the FBI and MI5, insisted to his FBI handlers that Bundoran publican, Joe O’Neill, should be spared arrest, even though Rupert had implicated him in weapon importation and the attempted rocket attack in Derry.The rocket launcher was hidden in a Donegal funeral home and was to be used to blow up a police Landrover as hundreds of journalists were gathered in Northern Ireland for the signing of the historic agreement. Rupert argued with the FBI that O’Neill was old, had diabetes and ‘had no business being in prison’ when it came time for the gardai to PSNI to arrest people he implicated.O’Neill had led Rupert into the Donegal republican scene – even finding him a pub to lease outside Bundoran. The two became very close friends and Rupert kept a desk at O’Neill’s real estate business in Ballyshannon.Unknown to O’Neill, who was vice president of the dissident political party, Republican Sinn Fein, Rupert was working for the FBI as an undercover agent.It was secretly the FBI who paid the $8,600 so that Rupert could take over the lease on the Drowes pub in Tullahane, Co Leitrim, just outside Bundoran. There, Rupert got to know republicans and passed on the information every day to the FBI and, later, MI5.The story of Rupert’s spying is recounted in a new book, The Accidental Spy, by journalist Sean O’Driscoll, who interviewed Rupert and many republicans, and reviewed over 2,000 emails sent between Rupert and his handlers in the FBI and MI5.The book reveals that Rupert thought his cover had been blown after he was confronted by one Bundoran man who accused him of being a spy for the US government.The man, a ballad singer in pubs in the town, read a newspaper account of a new book about Hillary Clinton, in which it was revealed that his first boyfriend was named David Rupert from upstate New York, who was close to the same age as the David Rupert in Bundoran.He had a noisy confrontation with him before Rupert convinced him that it was a different David Rupert who dated Hillary Clinton. Rupert, who had no Irish links, first began a life of spying after meeting a woman named Linda Vaughan in a Florida bar in 1992.Vaughan was a Democratic party insider and also a lobbyist for the Irish American republican group, Noraid. She invited him to Sligo and Donegal, where he first met republicans Vincent Murray, in Murrays bar in Sligo, and Joe O’Neill, in O’Neill’s bar in Bundoran.His frequent visits came to the attention of the garda special branch, who photographed Rupert meeting O’Neill and Murray and passed on the photos to the FBI, who was eager to investigate Irish republicans in America as the peace process progressed.Agent Ed Buckley visited Rupert’s trucking business in Chicago several times, confronting him with the photos, but Rupert refused to talk. Eventually, he agreed to take FBI-funded trips to Ireland with his new girlfriend, Maureen, in exchange for small pieces of information. He passed on information that O’Neill was planning a rocket launch in Derry on the day after the Good Friday Agreement was signed and had asked Rupert to send him some fireworks from American, to cover up a blotched bombing in Belfast in which a Continuity IRA man had blown three of his own fingers off.Rupert recalls being in O’Neill’s bar in Bundoran. O’Neill was on stage singing when he was called away suddenly. He took a man named Gerard ‘Hucker’ Moyna had blown his fingers off in Belfast. He took him to a doctor in Bundoran who immediately referred him to Sligo general hospital.O’Neill, who was arrested, was released the next morning and told Rupert to immediately get fireworks shipping from America so they could claim that Moyna lost his fingers setting off the fireworks on Bundoran beach.Eventually, Rupert gave evidence in the Special Criminal Court against Real IRA leader, Mickey McKevitt, who was jailed for 20 years.He is now living under FBI protection in the US and has never previously spoken about his experiences.The Accidental Spy is published by Mirror Books and is available in bookshops across Ireland.Donegal-based spy foiled rocket attack in Derry, claims new book was last modified: January 28th, 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:bookbundoranDavid RupertdonegalThe Accidental Spy
The Bank Holiday weekend is getting off to a hot and sunny start, but more unsettled conditions are forecast for the next few days in Donegal.This Friday morning will see the best of the sunshine with a dry day in store. Top temperatures in the north west could reach 23C.There is a risk of a few scattered showers later in the day, according to Met Eireann forecasters. The outlook for the weekend is a mix of warm weather, sunshine and scattered showers – some turning heavy and thundery at times.Saturday 3rd August will start dry but some showers are on the way during the day. Temperatures will remain warm, ranging from 19-21C and there is a risk of thunder in the evening.Sunday 4th August is set to be a similar day, with sunny spells, scattered showers and a slight risk of thunder with rain in the north west later in the day. Maximum afternoon temperatures will be 19-23C.The Met Eireann forecast for the weekend and next week is mixed:”Unsettled weather continuing up to and including Wednesday next, with a risk of heavy, thundery downpours at times. Temperatures around normal, or a little above. Early indications suggest that conditions will improve for Thursday and Friday. “ Weather: Sunny start to warm Bank Holiday weekend was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
In a surprising reversal of stories told for decades, it appears the dinosaurs did not die from the impact of a large meteor near the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. According to a press release from the Geological Society of America, the Chicxulub Impact occurred too early – 300,000 years too early – to have killed the dinosaurs and many other species. Researchers found that spherules in the layers estimated to be from the impact do not line up with the iridium layer that marks the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary. Apparently, no “nuclear winter” occurred, because many sun-loving species like crocodiles and turtles survived just fine. “Even giant impacts aren’t necessarily global catastrophes,” admitted the press release. This means the leading contender for the Cretaceous extinction is going extinct itself.It was such a fun story while it lasted. It really made for dramatic pseudoscience documentaries on the Discovery Channel and provided animators with a usable motif. Now, back to the drawing board – or how about this time, as Henry Morris advised, back to Genesis.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
15 September 2003Africa’s globally threatened bird species – almost 10% of the continent’s 2 313 species – are on the brink of extinction, as new research shows that 43% of Africa’s most critically important places for birds and biodiversity conservation have no legal designation, leaving them open to a variety of threats.A study by BirdLife International has found that of the 1 230 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in 58 African countries and their associated Islands, only 57% enjoy any form of official recognition or protection.Only 33% of them are fully covered by a protected area, and only 13% are recognised under international law such as World Heritage or Ramsar conventions.The IBA programme aims to identify and protect a network of critical sites for the world’s birds using standardised, internationally agreed criteria. These sites shelter bird species that are globally threatened, have restricted ranges or congregate in large numbers.The research was detailed in Durban on Friday at the fifth World Parks Congress, where delegates are thrashing out a detailed plan to conserve protected areas.The study shows that in total almost 10% of Africa’s 2 313 bird species are now recognised as globally threatened.Michael Rands, director of BirdLife International, appealed to African governments to work with communities to protect their endangered and most treasured bird species.“IBAs are increasingly recognised worldwide as an international currency for site protection. If governments, legislators and decision-makers across Africa act now to work with local communities and protect these internationally important places, the future of Africa’s birds and other biodiversity will be more secure”, Rands said.The main threats affecting IBAs in 20 African countries are agricultural encroachment and habitat clearance (threatening 51% of sites), over-exploitation such as hunting and clearance for fuel wood (threatening 47% of sites), and commercial logging (threatening 20%).John Hanks, director of Transfrontier Conservation in Southern Africa, said that civil wars in Africa had severely threatened wildlife on the continent, as displaced people had occupied conservation sites, decimating all animal and bird species around them.“It’s not that countries don’t have capacity”, Hanks said. “Governments don’t see conservation as a priority, and we must make sure that we put conservation on the agendas of governments.”Source: BuaNews