GAMES EVERY SATURDAY The competition will run from March 18th to May 20th, with games played across the country and broadcast live on SportsMax each Saturday. Each parish team will include the top 25 players, selected by their parish association, with at least 20 players being Under-18 and no more than five players between the ages of 18 and 20. The winning team will take home $500,000, the second place team $200,000 and $100,000 each going to the losing semi-finalists. There will also be awards of $100,000 each for the Fairplay and Most Valuable Player awards. Associate sponsors ScotiaBank will conduct a development clinic, the ScotiaBank Elite Academy, which will reward the play-off teams and selected standout players of the tournament with specialised training conducted by international coaches. Over $1 million in total prizes will be up for grabs at this year’s first staging of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/SportsMax Under-18 Elite League football competition. The tournament, which is Jamaica’s premier youth football competition, comprises of 13 parish teams, with over 325 of the best youth players taking part. Speaking at yesterday’s launch, which was held at the JFF office in New Kingston, general secretary of the federation, Raymond Grant, said the competition is a step in the right direction as they seek to develop the country’s football. “The objective of the competition is to foster an increase in competitive matches at the highest level for our youth footballers as they improve their game and progress to the national senior team and other professional and collegiate opportunities,” said Grant. “The JFF has made a commitment to invest in local football so that it can serve as the foundation of our senior level players in the future,” Grant added. Tanya Lee, head of marketing at SportsMax, said her company is committed to contributing to the development of Jamaica’s football. “SportsMax has been instrumental in ensuring that local and international coverage of youth football continues to receive unprecedented international exposure,” said Lee. “We started with our coverage of the schoolboy football seasons in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and see the SportsMax Elite league as a further opportunity to amass the best players at the high school level,” Lee added.
M owed by E-Networks and Quark IncThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) Chairman Leonard Craig has outlined that plans areGNBA Chairman Leonard Craigafoot to ensure all defaulters clear off their outstanding debts to the entity and noted that the Authority has already begun taking these steps.A forensic audit, conducted by the accounting firm Ram and McRae had found that the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) and the GNBA are owed millions from broadcasters, the most glaring of the defaulters being E-Networks and Quark (Movie Star) Inc. These two cable service providers reportedly owe $60 million in broadcasting fees.The published audit report highlighted that E-Networks owes $31 million while Quark Inc owes $29 million. In light of the revelations, it was recommended that immediate steps be taken to determine and recover the full amount owed.According to Craig, while the NFMU is autonomous from the GNBA, they are sister organisations and he will be speaking to the Managing Director of the NFMU, who also sits on the Broadcast Authority Board to persuade him to “collect all outstanding fees before moving forward because we cannot move forward when all of these outstanding payments are still owed.”As it pertains to the GNBA, which umbrellas Radio, Television and Cable, he said: “All fees however, which are owed to the Broadcast Authority, we will and we have already begun to take steps to collect the outstanding monies from all those who owe the Broadcast Authority from 2013 to this date.”Craig had already stated in the media that every licenced holder will have to reapply to the GNBA and NFMU, and had also cautioned broadcasters that their payment history can affect the decision of the GNBA to grant licences in the future: “That will be something we will have to take into consideration.”He posited in a telephone interview with Guyana Times: “In the issuance of licences we must consider a person’s payment history, because in any case they require both licences to operate, they require an NFMU licence and a Broadcast Authority licence.”Monitoring and ComplianceCraig also spoke of preventing a recurrence of the breaches, and illegalities that were unearthed by the audit, which highlighted that both E-Networks and Quark Communications did not comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).The audit report outlined that since its establishment in April 2004 to provide wireless Internet service, the NFMU had to issue warnings four times to E-Networks during the period April 4, 2004 to February 18, 2007, for operating telecommunications equipment to provide Internet and television service without ownership of the relevant licences.“Throughout the period…E-Networks ignored the requests for compliance from the NFMU and did not properly apply for a Post and Telegraph Licence until December 2007,” the report stated, while adding: “No action was taken to ensure compliance and no payments were made to the NFMU until December 4, 2007.”It was further highlighted that the company provided wireless Internet services to their customers without being licensed to do so during 2004-2007 and was broadcasting cable TV without ownership of a broadcasting licence during 2006-2012.As it relates to Quark Inc, Ram and McRae disclosed that they discovered the company has outstanding debts to the NFMU dating back to 2004 for spectrum used to provide broadband Internet services, however at the same time it was found that the unit failed to issue any invoice to the company for spectrum usage since May 23, 2007.According to the GNBA Chairman in order to prevent a reoccurrence of what transpired, the Broadcast Authority is putting several measures in place. One of those measures includes an expanded monitoring and compliance department.That department, he noted, would be responsible for ensuring persons comply with the rules and it will also be recommending sanctions to the board, “so all those who do not comply…we will not hesitate to take all necessary action that is within our remit” said Craig. read more
Just last week the Daily Observer called in its editorial on the new Armed Forces Liberia for the training and deployment of AFL soldiers into the fields of agriculture and highway engineering to accelerate nation-building. We argued that the nation is desperately in need of technicians to assist in particular with agriculture and road building. So we were particularly pleased when the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Armed Forces Day celebration, Governance Commission Chair Dr. Amos Sawyer, called in his address for upgrading the academic capacities of the nation’s armed forces. He said this would definitely be part of the implementation of the government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Dr. Sawyer is right. Long gone are the days when most of our men in arms were illiterate or semi-illiterate at best. Up until the 1950s and beyond our men in arms were still saying “Gormen gi me gun; it no gi me Inglae.” Many Liberians took this as a remark uttered in jest (as a joke). It turned out, however, that it was not a joke but a mild rebuke of the government to which the soldiers were devoting the lives, but which offered them no education except military training and instruction in Band Music. Remember also that the 27 enlisted men who staged the 1980 coup d’etat that overthrew the Tolbert government were mostly illiterate or semi-illiterate.It is indeed remarkable that this administration can boast that it has since 2006 produced the most intelligent army in our history. That is since 1908, when President Arthur Barclay created the Frontier Force of Liberia (FFL).Thanks to Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and the American trainers of the newly created AFL, all new recruits for training were required to be of a minimum high school graduate level. That thus makes the army the most educated in history.Now Dr. Sawyer is calling for even more training for our men in arms, and we are proposing that the first step in this new training endeavor should be in Vocational and Technical Education. This proposal is based on the fact that the occupation in which most Liberians are engaged is Agriculture, and there is always a need for people trained in the vocational and technical fields. These include Agriculture, including Poultry and Eggs and Animal Husbandry, Accounting and Business Management, Arts and Crafts, Auto Mechanics, Building Construction, Cabinet Making, Carpentry, Ceramics, Drafting, Electricity, Glass Works, Home Economics, Machine Shop (Machinery), Masonry, Music, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Tailoring, etc.The Todee Military Academy has a strategic advantage: it is off the Kakata Highway, just a few miles down the road from the Booker Washington Agricultural and Industrial Institute (BWI), which administers training in most of these technical and vocational areas.BWI could be a good starting point for the Todee military trainees, which could begin with a program that BWI offered during the war–Accelerated Training in the various vocations. In time, Todee could develop its own vocational and technical training shops.Our friends from the neighboring countries, including Nigeria and Ghana, may have experience in this area of vocational training for the military. But we are sure that our American friends, too, can help, because they, too, have short-term pilot programs for training in high-demand career fields called “Voc-Tech”. This program equips soldiers not only to serve when disaster strikes various parts of the United States; it also prepares Army retirees find employment after they transition out of the Force. According to Wikipedia, Army Education is working with technical and community colleges throughout the United States to build upon existing programs and develop new pilot re-training programs in high demand career occupations, such as rehabilitation, nursing, medical technology, and other health care occupations. We suggest that the Defense Ministry should draw up a comprehensive plan for training in these areas at Todee, which can be started in close collaboration with BWI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Photo: Fire Crews were called to City Furniture Sunday Afternoon – Russ Beerling/Energeticcity.caNot much information is known at this time, what appeared to be smoke was seen coming from the roof of City Furniture. Crews were called during the lunch hour on Sunday to the scene and quickly delt with the problem.- Advertisement -Motorists did experience traffic delays along 100th ave as crews worked at the scene.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In last minute negotiations, executives for the Tribune Co. pushed Sam Zell, the Chicago real estate tycoon, to increase his bid for the company by late Sunday night. If Zell made a higher offer, the company seemed prepared to announce him as the winner of the bidding war, according to people close to the process. If Zell walked away, it was not clear whether the Tribune board members would accept a rival bid from Ronald W. Burkle and Eli Broad, two Los Angeles billionaires, or whether they would decide to restructure the company themselves. Last week, Zell’s bid of $33 per share, which he had already increased once, was $1 less than the Burkle-Broad bid. On Friday afternoon, Tribune executives told Zell that he would have to offer them more money if he wanted to buy the company, the people said. Zell came back with a new bid of close to $34 per share, but not quite. The Tribune board met on Sunday morning and rejected Zell’s latest offer, and told him he would have to increase it yet again, giving him 12 hours to do so. People close to the situation said the board planned to meet late Sunday night but it was not clear how much Zell planned to offer or if he would even come back with a new offer at all. The Tribune board has favored Zell over Burkle and Broad, in part because Zell’s offer is more detailed and could be finished more quickly, these people said. Zell, who has said his sole interest in buying Tribune is economic, not editorial, has made billions in real estate and has boasted that the best deals he has made are those he has walked away from. Tribune, which owns the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, nine other papers and 23 broadcast outlets, has been on the auction block since September. There was little interest in it, although Broad and Burkle combined in January to offer $27 per share. The board dismissed that and began concentrating on a plan to have management restructure the company itself, including spinning off the television properties. But Zell entered the picture in February and has been negotiating back and forth over the past several weeks. The board has seesawed on his bid, perceiving it as still too low and also concerned that he would be putting in only $300 million of his own money and taking on too much debt. He centered his proposal on an employee stock ownership plan. Then last week, Broad and Burkle complained that in order for Zell to offer a stock ownership plan, he must have received financial information that they had not received earlier. They revived their plan, offering $34 per share and $500 million of their own money, and also basing it on a stock ownership plan. read more
Burnley manager Sean Dyche 1 Bolton 1-1 QPRThe Trotters were handed a small boost in their bid to escape the Championship relegation zone as they drew 1-1 with their mid-table opponents at the Macron.Zach Clough had opened the scoring for Bolton as he bent home a strike after 68 minutes but Matt Phillips levelled in added time to ensure the Super Hoops earned a share of the spoils from the match.Brentford 1-3 DerbyThe Bees saw their play-off hopes dented as Derby came from behind to claim victory and boost their automatic promotion hopes.Alan Judge put the hosts ahead as he ran from his own half before burying the ball beyond Scott Carson after 52 minutes.But goals from Jeff Hendrick, Cyrus Christie and Chris Martin helped the Rams turn the match around and send them above Sheffield Wednesday into fifth spot.Burnley 2-0 RotherhamA first-half penalty from Sam Vokes and a late Scott Arfield effort were all it took for the Clarets to defeat the Millers and send themselves up to second place.Fulham 3-0 CharltonThe Addicks drop to the bottom of the table after being beaten 3-0 by their London rivals at Craven Cottage.Midfielder Tom Crainey netted two superb strikes which sandwiched a Michael Madl header from a corner.Huddersfield 1-0 WolvesNakhi Wells’ goal 11 minutes from time sent the Terriers further away from trouble as their opponents’ promotion hopes fade.The 25-year-old powered home a cross from ten yards and moved his team up to 15th in the division.MK Dons 0-2 Bristol CityJonathan Kodjia’s 10th and 11th league goals of the season gave the Robins a vital victory in their hunt for Championship survival.The Frenchman tucked home a Lee Tomlin cross at the back post on the stroke of half-time and then guided home a Joe Bryan cross in the second period.Preston 1-0 Sheffield WednesdayNorth End star Joe Garner’s back post header was enough to see them defeat the Owls at Deepdale.After Wednesday saw Fernando Forestieri sent off for two dives, the 27-year-old nodded home with 73 minutes on the clock.The win keeps Preston in the hunt for a spot in the play-offs, while Carlos Carvalhal’s side drop a place to sixth. read more
A 62 year old Letterkenny man who urinated in the waiting area of Milford Garda Station has been fined €150.Letterkenny court.Anthony McMenamin appeared before Letterkenny District Court this morning. The court heard that on May 31st, 2013, McMenamin arrived at Milford Garda station in an intoxicated state.He began to shout and roar and demanded that Gardai give him a lift home.He was told to quiet down but continued to make a nuisance of himself and was eventually arrested.Defending solicitor Kieran O’Gorman told the court that Mr McMenamin had appeared in the courts as often as himself.He said that when he was sober he was a gentleman but it was a different story when he had drink taken.However, he said that Mr McMenamin had never ben involved in any serious criminality.Judge Paul Kelly told McMenamin that the Gardai were not a taxi service.“Your behaviour in the Garda station is not something you should be proud of,” he said.He fined McMenamin €150 and gave him three months to pay the fine.MAN FINED AFTER URINATING IN GARDA STATION was last modified: June 9th, 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) read more
SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: The Seniors & Reserves played their first home game on Sunday past against Naomh Colmcille. Seniors lost to a better Newton side on the day 0-15 to 1-07. The Reserves won their match by 4-08 to 2-08. At time of these notes going to press weekend fixtures confirmed for Seniors & Reserves are both teams are away to N Brid but please check our Facebook page for any change to this fixture.Easter Draw Winners in aid of Under-age football in the Club:1st Prize-€100 Easter Hamper: Sonia, The Glen House. 2nd Prize-€50 Easter Hamper: Norman Stewart, Straths.3rd Prize- Box Chocolates: James Doherty, Claggin.4th Prize- Easter Egg: Margaret Toland, Tornabratley.5th Prize- Box Biscuits: Patricia Bradley, Gort, Fahan. CLG Iorras wish to thank all who bought tickets, sold tickets and supported this draw in any way. Thanks to the Square Bar for use of the premises to do this draw. UNDER-AGE FOOTBALL FIXTURES: Well done to our U14 girls who defeated Carndonagh in Straid last week, final score Iorras 3-11 Carndonagh 1-03. U14 boys lost to Moville in the B semi-final of the Joe Mc Geady cup on Sunday past, final score Urris 2-05 Moville 4-11.Ladies Football: Our Ladies open their season on Sunday April 27th at home to N Columba.MATCH “N” WIN APRIL 17th: No Jackpot winner -numbers drawn: 1, 2, 5, & 14. €15 winners: ,Conn Doherty, Golf Club Road, Kevin Devlin, Straid, Fiona Doherty, Hawthorn Cottages, Cloontagh, Corney Doherty, Lewis Pienaar, Cloontagh. Jackpot next week €1,340.Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and all who support this weekly draw. Thanks also to the Square Bar for use of premises to do our draw last week.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players- In these times of financial constraints CLG IORRAS/URRIS GAA are hoping to introduce-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . Boots can now be dropped at the Clubhouse at all under-age training. Training for the U16 continues on Thursday at 5pm in Straid.Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: URRIS ANNOUNCE EASTER DRAW WINNERS was last modified: April 22nd, 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:URRIS GAA read more
Captains Galore in DunfanaghyLast Saturday in Dunfanaghy Golf Club saw the past Captains gather once again for their yearly get-together and Competition. It was a stunning day with little wind and much better than some of our summer days. The Trophy that is played for was designed and made by another Past Captain Lua Breen and is in the form of an ‘egg timer’. When I asked Lua why so quirky a trophy it was explained to me that it represents the sands of time running out for the Past Captains. Really quite sensible if you think about it.There were 6 groups of 3 Captains who played on the day and there were the usual various tales of woe when the round ended as all retired to the bar.For such a good day weather wise, the scoring was quite low but the struggle for the top slot was still intense. There was only 2 points separating 4th and 1st place.In 4th place was James McCorkell with 34pts. Third and Second place were decided on BOT with Paul Burton getting the better of Michael McGinley each with 35pts. Michael missed a short putt on 18 for a par and a first place on BOT and Paul also messed up 18 after a super drive. It was however the smiling, laughing, Patrick Hunter who took top honours with 36 points and won the prestigious trophy.Front nine was won by Nigel Doherty and Neil McGinley took the back nine.Results:1st Patrick Hunter 36pts2nd Paul Burton 35pts BOT3rd Michael McGinley 35 pts 4th James McCorkell 34 pts1st Nine Nigel Doherty 18 pts BOT2nd Nine Neil McGinley 19 ptsAfter the competition all of the Captains were given a super meal in the Clubhouse and the drink flowed for a good few hours later. A great day was had by all involved but alas we now have to wait another year for the next one.GOLF NEWS: CAPTAIN’S GET-TOGETHER AT DUNFANAGHY DRAWS A BIG CROWD was last modified: September 21st, 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:GAASport read more
Paul McVeigh in action for Letterkenny Rovers against Killester. Pic by North-West Newspix.Letterkenny Rovers have some massive games down for the decision in the next few weeks, but star man Paul McVeigh insists that the group are just focusing on one game at a time.Letterkenny face local rivals Bonagee United in a crunch league cup semi-final on Easter Sunday at Dry Arch Park.Then next week, Eamon McConigley’s side travel to Cork for the FAI Intermediate Cup semi-final against Ringmahon Rangers. Then the following week, they face fellow FAI Intermediate Cup semi-finalists Portmarnock AFC in the first-round of the FAI Senior cup.However, the affable Portsalon man admitted that while he’s relishing the challenge in the next few weeks, he said the management and players are focusing solely on this Sunday.McVeigh told Donegal Daily, “Bonagee are a very good side, they play good football and have some excellent players.“I play with Anthony Appiah on the LYIT side, so I know just how good a player he is, and how much of a threat he’ll be on Sunday. “But as a team, they’re well organised and we know how difficult it’s going to be for us.“We obviously got a massive cup semi-final in the FAI Intermediate Cup on the horizon, but we focus our attentions on that next week, for now we’re just thinking about Bonagee on Sunday.The former Finn Harps and Institute striker has been a revelation all season for Rovers, but he has been deployed as a left-winger this season and so far it has worked to great effect.McVeigh has scored twelve goals in all competitions, and has been a constant threat to defences not only in the USL, but also in the FAI Intermediate Cup.“It took me a while to get adjusted to it, I always preferred playing through the middle, but Eamon wanted me to play left-wing, and it was there he felt he could get the best out of me. “I love playing out there now and I’ve really enjoyed it all season and I’m scoring and creating goals, so Eamon has been proved right, despite my initial trepidation.McVeigh has admitted the Rovers camp is buzzing and that everybody in the squad is relishing the prospect of vital games every week.He also said the competition for places is fierce and that has ensured that the tempo in training is always high.“Everybody around the club is buzzing, we’re in four competitions and that’s a great place to be at this stage in the season. “We’ve got two cup semi-finals now on the trot, and then we play in the FAI Senior Cup which is just huge for the club.“Then we’ve got the USL run-in too, and we play Cockhill twice so they’re going to massive, massive games.“But look as I said we can’t look too far ahead, all we can do is focus the heads for Bonagee this week, and hopefully book a place in the final.“Then focus on Ringmahon and meet that challenge head on, and then the same applies for Portmarnock.“Look it’s a great place to be at the minute, competition for places is fierce and you see that with the quality we’re taking off the bench.“If you’re not doing the business, you could find yourself out of the team very quickly.Letterkenny Rovers face Bonagee United on Sunday at 2pm at Dry Arch Park, in the other semi-final Cockhill Celtic face Derry City Reserves.PAUL MCVEIGH – WE’VE A MASSIVE MONTH COMING UP, BUT WE’RE JUST FOCUSING ON ONE GAME AT A TIME” was last modified: March 25th, 2016 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:BONAGEE UNITEDfai cupLetterkenny RoversPaul McVeighsoccerUSL read more