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Scotia recognises Bernard for contribution to netball

first_imgKINGSTON:Scotiabank made a special presentation to Marva Bernard, former president of the Netball Jamaica (NJ), for her contribution to the development of the sport.”We have seen your dedication and hard work and wanted to personally express our appreciation to you for all that you have done for netball over the years,” said Jacqueline Sharp, president and CEO of Scotia Group, after making the presentation in her office at Scotiabank Centre on Tuesday.”Our netballers have risen to such great international prominence in recent years, and I think it is safe to say that a lot of this success has been attributable to your determination,” Sharp pointed out.Scotiabank has been supporting NJ since 2006 when Bernard first made an appeal to the company for assistance. Since then, the sponsorship has been focused primarily on the development of the Under-16 team and the establishment of a strong core of junior umpires.Her presents included a specially designed tombstone, which reads: ‘Presented to Marva Bernard, Past President Netball Jamaica, for passionate advocacy, dedicated administration, outstanding service and sterling contribution to the development and growth of netball in Jamaica’.Bernard expressed delight at the recognition.”To say I’m overwhelmed would be an understatement,” she said. “I have always felt like a part of the Scotiabank family. My job was made much easier because I have never felt uncomfortable to ask for help,” she continued.HER WORDS OF WISDOMShe also used the opportunity to share her own words of wisdom.”Success,” she said, “is really about relationship building. Persons need to remember that ethics and accountability are important, and sponsors need to know that you are using their money wisely,” she advised.She added: “If you don’t have supportive friends, the road can get lonely, but always remember it’s not what you get, it’s what you become that is important.”In this new phase of her life, Bernard says she is enjoying retirement.”There are days when I wake up and I want to do nothing,” she said.However, for the most part, she admits taking up swimming in the mornings, training for a 5K and assisting her church with a number of projects. She also remains open to organisations that may want to lean on her expertise.last_img read more

Tourism Ministry needs dedicated, standalone Minister – THAG

first_imgFollowing an announcement that Business Minister Dominic Gaskin will now be responsible for the tourism industry and that Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes will relinquish her responsibility of the tourism sector, the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) has voiced their opinion that this decision was taken without much consideration.According to reports, the rationale behind this move is based on the need for greater focus on public telecommunications, even after Minister Hughes managed both sectors effectively. Minister Hughes had amassed a vast knowledge of the telecommunications sector, having graduated from University of the West Indies, with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Mass Communications in addition to her 20 years of on-field knowledge. Minister Hughes will serve as Tourism Minister until the end of June, as Gaskin will take over effective July 1, 2016. Hughes has also previously served as Director of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana.The Tourism and Hospitality Association expressed their disappointment with the change, stating that at the commencement of the new Government’s term in office, the Association welcomed the identification of Hughes as a standalone Tourism Minister. However, the Association stated that over the course of the last 12 months, this portfolio has been drastically diluted to the proposed move being presented.“If the current Minister of Public Communication, with a strong background in and understanding of the industry, is too busy to address the needs of the industry, how could an equally demanding portfolio of the Minister of Business be able to devote attention to the Tourism Sector?” a release from the Association stated.The Association posited that it is critical to the industry’s development to have a Minister who has the time to focus on the sector’s development, understands the needs of the industry and auxiliary sectors; such as transportation, agriculture, culture, arts and craft, and with the depth of knowledge of the key stakeholders’ ability to effect change.The tourism body further stated that 2015 was a productive year for the sector, as the Minister in charge understood the needs and the concerns of the sector and was able to make representation on their behalf, both at the regional and international level, which they said was very well received. As such, they stated that they are hopeful that the decision to have Hughes relinquish responsibility of the sector is given further consideration.The Association also pointed out that they have noted the commitment to foster sector growth in the Government’s manifesto; however; with two budgets presented in the past, this commitment remains largely undelivered. The body further stated that they are of the opinion that the steps taken by Government in the last year in the administration of the sector are regressive and disadvantageous to tourism development.“THAG now believes that the steps taken by Government in the last year in the administration of the sector are regressive and disadvantageous to our development. The tourism sector is keenly focused on answering President Granger’s call for a green economy and believes that tourism is one of the few sustainable pillars in our country’s economy.The Government of Guyana identified that tourism contributes nine per cent of revenue per annum to the [Gross Domestic Product] GDP and the recently produced report from the Tax Advisory Board stated that because the capital and labour ratio is low, tourism is one of the sectors with the greatest job creation potential; however, no allowances have been made to build the industry. Imagine what the industry could achieve with our own dedicated Minister of Tourism,” the Association stated.last_img read more

Hockey developmental league continues tomorrow

first_imgFollowing a five-month hiatus — that began in April and was occasioned by a playing field deemed unplayable because of frequent flooding and the excessive presence of slush — the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) on Saturday evening resumed their developmental league at the St. Stanislaus College Ground on Carifesta Avenue with six planned matches.Chalia Webb of Saints has proven to be one of the standouts in the Girls’ Solo Under-19 LeagueIn the Solo Under-19 leagues, the GCC Pitbulls and Bingo Spartans lead the boys’ and girls’ categories respectively. In the Bounty Paper Towel-sponsored second division leagues, Pizza Hut GCC lead the women’s category; while in the men’s competition, Old Fort and GCC The Sequel are tied on 12 points each, with Old Fort holding a one goal advantage on goal difference.These 7-a-side Under-19 and second division leagues are the second and third steps in the GHB’s player development strategy, helping the graduates from the Smalta/iCool Water Under-14 Indoor leagues to make the transition to the outdoor game. Clubs also use these leagues to identify new talent to draft into their first division teams which will compete in the Farfan and Mendes and Woodpecker Products-sponsored leagues, scheduled to commence as soon as venues become available.The action gets underway again today, September 2, from 15hrs at the Saint Stanislaus Ground on Carifesta Avenue.With the yearly May-June inclement weather having come early, the league was put on hold in April of this year while it was around its halfway stage. The GHB has, however, kept its promise to postpone rather than discontinue the league.last_img read more

Norwich City’s search for a forward continues after they miss out on former Arsenal man

first_img1 Benik Afobe Wolves have confirmed Benik Afobe will not be leaving the club this summer – despite reported interest from Norwich City.The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League after scoring 32 goals for MK Dons and Wolves last term.Afobe, 22, has also hit two goals in his opening three games this season, raising speculation he could be on the move to a top-flight club.But in a statement released today, the Championship club said: “Neither Benik nor any of Wolves’ first team forward players will be sold this season.“Benik has developed into a player of key importance to Wolves and the club’s plans for this campaign.“Wolves have previously resisted the opportunity to sell other key first-team players in this and other recent transfer windows.“As far as the club is concerned there is no need for any further comments or speculation about this issue.”last_img read more

Barcelona vs Valencia live stream info for La Liga coverage

first_img1 Read here for details of Barca’s game v Valencia and watch Raul Garcia’s goal for Athletic Bilbao Barcelona have the chance to pull away from Real and Atletico Madrid when they host Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening.Earlier in La Liga, Athletic Bilbao took all three points to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League days after they were eliminated from the competition.Raul Garcia’s header was all that separated the sides in a game, which could be heard live on talkSPORT 2.Bilbao are fifth in La Liga and you can see Garcia’s goal below.For coverage of Barcelona v Valencia, listen to talkSPORT 2 from 7pm for a 7.30pm kick-off (GMT) by clicking here.last_img read more


first_imgTHURSDAY Thirteenth annual 50+ Fitness and Jamboree Expo, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Griffith Park Ranger Station, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles. Free. Call (323) 224-3518. Palm Springs Trip for Seniors, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Canoga Park Senior Citizens Center, 7326 Jordan Ave. Cost $62. Call (818) 340-2633. Council Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunland Senior Citizens Center, 8640 Fenwick St. Call (818) 353-9571. Women Artists of the West annual Art Exhibit and Sale, 2-8 p.m., William S. Hart Park & Museum, Hart Hall, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 254-4584. “Five Centuries of Hand Bookbinding” exhibit, 6 p.m., Oviatt Library’s C.K. and Teresa Tseng Gallery, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. Call (818) 677-2638. Panorama City Neighborhood Council will meet, 6:30 p.m., Mission Community Hospital medical building, second floor, 14860 Roscoe Blvd. Call (818) 374-9895. How to slash college costs workshop for college-bound seniors, 7 p.m., Crescenta Branch Library, 2465 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. Free, but reservations required. Call (800) 211-0207. 38th Assembly District candidates forum/debate, 7 p.m., Beckford Avenue Elementary School Auditorium, 19130 Tulsa St., Northridge. Call (818) 271-1810. Native and non-native plant and animal species restoration discussion, 7 p.m., Encino Comunity Center, 4935 Balboa Blvd. Call (818) 360-1438. Mail Datebook entries including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHot on the heels of Conor O’Grady’s signing last weekend, Finn Harps Manager James Gallagher continues to add new blood to his squad ahead of the new season which is now just four weeks away.Paddy McLaughlin, who played eighteen games for the club during the 2007 Promotion winning season, makes a return to Finn Park, along with his former Coleraine team-mate Gareth Harkin. Harps boss James Gallagher was delighted to get the two players.“This year the First Division looks like been a very competitive affair again, so it was important that we have added players of Paddy and Gareth’s calibre to the squad.  I played in the 2007 promotion winning side alongside Paddy so I know his qualities very well. “He will give us that extra bit of experience in the dressing room which never hurts.  Everyone in football regards Gareth as one of the outstanding prospects to come out of the County in recent years so it will be up to both us and Gareth himself to make sure he realises his full potential.  I think he could prove to be an excellant signing for us.” Thirty two year old Paddy McLaughlin can play in defence or midfield.  He initially signed for Harps during the July Transfer Window in 2007 from Irish League side Institute.  A former Derry City player, he spent eight years with the Candystripes and played in the centre of midfield where he picked up two League Cup and an FAI Cup winners medal.  Left Harps at the end of the 2007 season and signed for Coleraine where he spent the last three years. “Its great to be going back to Finn Park because I really enjoyed playing my part in the Harps side that got promotion a few years back,” said McLaughlin about his return.  “The Manager is bringing quality players into the squad and combined with the younger talent that’s at the Club and I think we could well surprise a few people this season.” Harps Chairman Joey O Leary said: “I would like to welcome both Paddy and Gareth on board for the forthcoming League campaign.  I think both signings will prove to be very popular with supporters and I think people are seeing we are making every effort possible to deliver a competitive side.“James has again had to work of a modest budget but I feel he has made some very astute signings.  Hopefully our support base and the County at large will now row in behind their club and give us their backing.” Both players will be hoping to make their first appearances for the club in Sunday’s JJ Reid Motors Trophy game against Derry City at Finn Park (kick-off 3.00pm). Pic: Gareth Harkin and Paddy McLaughlin sign for Finn Harps, watched by Chairman Joey O’Leary and Manager James Gallagher.  Pic: Gerard McHugh.REVEALED: HARKIN & McLAUGHLIN SIGN FOR FINN HARPS was last modified: February 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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) “Obviously I’m a Donegal man, so when James Gallagher called and said he was interested in me signing for Harps, naturally I was delighted,” said Harkin.“I enjoyed my time at Coleraine and learned a lot there, but now I’m really looking forward to linking up with the rest of the Harps Squad and getting a good pre-season under my belt.” Gareth Harkin is the son of former Harps player, Kenny Harkin, who had two spells with the club in the 1980’s and 90’s.  Like McLaughlin, he is a former Derry City and Coleraine player who has also played with Limavady United in the Irish League.Like his Dad, Gareth has also played for Fanad United in the Ulster Senior League.  A wide midfielder, he joined Limavady United in January 2007 from Derry City.  Debuted as a sub for the Roesiders in an Irish Cup victory v Carrick Rangers. His instant impact resulted in two goals for his side from excellent crosses by the youngster.  He  returned to the Candystripes in 2007, and debuted as a late sub v Shamrock Rovers in August of that year.Signed for Coleraine in July 2008 before linking up with Harps this week.  Gareth was a member of the Irish Colleges Squad which played at the World University Games in Belgrade in 2009 – a squad which also contained Harps players Mark Forker and Oisin McMenamin.last_img read more

Jadon Sancho and the other youngest English goalscorers in Champions League

first_imgThe landmark strike was another step in Sancho’s rapid rise, having made the England debut during the last international break.It made him the first English teenager to score for a foreign team in the Champions League and first English player to score for a non-British side in the competition since David Beckham for Real Madrid in November 2005.And it also placed him in a very select group of only FIVE English 18-year-old’s to score in the Champions League.Find out who they were below…Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (September 2011, 18 years and 44 days) 7 7 Theo Walcott Jadon Sancho continued to impress for Borussia Dortmund as he became the second-youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The 18-year-old came off the bench to score his first European goal as the German side thumped Atletico Madrid 4-0 at the Westfalenstadion. Jadon Sancho 7 Having joined Arsenal from Southampton that summer summer, ‘The Ox’ made it two goals in two starts for the Gunners when he marked his Champions League debut by netting an early opener in the 2-1 home victory over Olympiakos.The midfielder made the most of a ricochet off Ivan Marcano as he drove a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net.Jadon Sancho (October 2018, 18 years and 213 days) Jack Wilshere Sancho’s superb start to the season continued as he put Dortmund 3-0 up against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.The winger, who signed from Manchester City last year, has two goals and six assists in the Bundesliga this term and scored his first Champions League goal by slotting in from six yards in the 83rd minute, four minutes after coming off the bench.Theo Walcott (October 2007, 18 years and 221 days) 7 Oxlade-Chamberlain is the youngest English player to score in the Champions League center_img Walcott went to the top of the list 11 years ago when Arsenal thrashed Slavia Prague 7-0 at the Emirates Stadium.He scored a brace, with the landmark first goal coming shortly before the break, the forward intercepting an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Martin Vaniak, going around the goalkeeper and striking home from just outside the box.Jack Wilshere (October 2010, 18 years and 291 days) 7 Arsenal academy product Wilshere netted in another thumping home win for the north London club, a 5-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.The midfielder made it 4-0 in the 66th minute as he lifted the ball over Andriy Pyatov after exchanging passes with Tomas Rosicky.Wayne Rooney (September 2004, 18 years and and 340 days) Wayne Rooney 7 7 Rooney became the Champions League’s youngest English scorer on his first appearance in the competition.His unforgettable Manchester United debut, which saw him net a hat-trick as Fenerbahce were trounced 6-2 at Old Trafford.The forward’s first goal in his fantastic treble came in the 17th minute when he latched on to a Ruud van Nistelrooy pass and fired in from the edge of the box.…and Trent Alexander-Arnold? Sancho has three goals and eight assists in 12 appearances for Dortmund this season Trent Alexander-Arnold The Liverpool and England full-back was aged 18 years and 312 days when he scored in the 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in August 2017.But as that game was a qualifying play-off, it isn’t counted towards the above record.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal woman Carol Fitzgerald was surrounded by family and friends when she published her novel ‘Sometimes It Just Happens’ in Letterkenny.The novel, which Carol assures us is not autobiographical, is a real page-turner.However those who have jumped into the world of Claire Kennedy have assured us it they can’t put it down. So why does life challenge us in a way we least expect?For Claire Kennedy, life was full of surprises – some good, some not so good.Married at an early age to James, a top surgeon and the love of her life, she experienced all the trappings that came with his success. She realised she was lucky. She had everything: a fabulous husband, two beautiful children and the brightest of futures.And then it happened; an event so sudden, so horrific, so cruel. It left her battling to regain control of her life. Her previously charmed existence offers no tools to help her survive the years that lie ahead. How can she live with such terrible loss? Why should she accept that Sometimes It Just HappensAn ideal Christmas stocking filler while supporting one of our own?A NOVEL IDEA INSPIRED BY A CHRISTMAS ‘CAROL’! was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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:Carol Fitzgeraldnovellast_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Burglars are operating in the Ballyshannon area.Two homes in the Lawne Park area were raided in the early hours of this morning whilst families slept upstairs.One family has been left so traumatised by the incident, they have refused to stay at their home tonight. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Ballyshannon. COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS OPERATING IN BALLYSHANNON AREA was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ballyshannonburglarlast_img read more