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Adams confirmed as new Director of Cricket

first_imgST JOHN’s, Antigua, (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday confirmed the appointment of former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams as its new director of cricket.The 49-year-old, who recently stepped down as head coach of English County side, Kent, after four years in charge, has replaced the controversial Englishman Richard Pybus, who did not seek a renewal of his contract.News of Adams’ appointment had been widely reported last month.The Jamaican, who will be based in Antigua, officially started his new role yesterday on a three-year contract and said he was keen to undertake his duties.”I am very excited to be directly involved in Caribbean cricket once again, and I look forward to working with all those committed to moving the game forward in the West Indies,” he noted.Adams, a gritty left-hander during his playing career, represented West Indies in 54 Tests between 1992 and 2001, scoring, 3012 runs at an average of 41 with six centuries.He led the regional side in 15 Tests, winning four, losing eight and drawing three.Following his retirement, Adams managed the West Indies Under-19s, headed up the international players association (FICA), before overseeing Jamaica’s cricket programme as technical director.According to the WICB, Adams will “oversee and manage all cricket matters, to include development of all teams, all coaching and cricket education and other technical programmes.”Pybus, who was a member of the panel that selected Adams, said the new director of cricket was entering the role at an “exciting time”.EXCITING TIME”I look forward to Jimmy bringing the breadth of his international experience and knowledge of cricket in the Caribbean to continue the work of rebuilding West Indies cricket,” said Pybus.”It is an exciting time for cricket in the region, with the momentum of the World Cup’s success and the professional cricket structures beginning to produce players capable of competing and excelling at international level.”Pybus, who spent three years in the role, reportedly endured a strained relationship with players and was once criticised by West Indies opener Kieran Powell over his controversial exclusion from the regional squad.Former head coach Phil Simmons also hinted at a breakdown in his relationship with Pybus months before he was sacked last September.last_img read more

Traditional Chiefs To Campaign Against Senators’ Reelection, If…

first_imgNational Traditional Council Spokesman Bob Kofi Zar presents the chiefs’ petition to Pro Temp Jallah – Senator Teahjay stands head down in the middle.-Petition Senate on Land Rights ActsTraditional chiefs have threatened to campaign against the re-election of members of the Senate if they should concur with the House of Representatives to pass the same version of the Land Rights Act (LRA) recently passed by members of the Lower House.The Plenary of the House of Representatives in August this year, voted and endorsed the Land Rights Act, and submitted it to the Senate for concurrence.However, many chiefs from towns in Grand Cape Mount, River Cess, Margibi and Bomi counties say the version of the Act passed by the House of Representatives differs completely from what was earlier agreed to by chiefs, traditional leaders, civil society, government representatives, law makers and the cabinet at a national conference convened by President Sirleaf in 2013, called to validate the Land Rights Policy, which was translated into a draft law and presented to the legislature in 2014.The chiefs maintain that “since politicians can easily change any policy in the country, the draft Land Rights Act submitted to the Legislature in 2014, for passage into law was basically converted from the 2013 Land Rights Policy.The traditional chiefs made the statement when they  petitioned the Senate recently. They converged at the Legislature with placards protesting what they claim was alteration of the document to which they had all previously agreed.The National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), under whose auspices  the statement  was presented declared   “We are aware that policy is not as strong as the law. Politicians can easily change policy or refuse to implement it. For this reason, we all agreed to make the Land Rights Policy strong by turning it into n law.”The chiefs disclosed that during a 2013 meeting at the Centennial Pavilion on Ashmun Street in Monrovia, the Land Rights Policy was endorsed by traditional leaders, representatives of non governmental organizations (NGOs), company representatives, government officials, legislators, commissioners and superintendents from the 15 counties. The meeting was attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and other government officials they claim.They told Senate Pro-temp Jallah, who received the Petition on behalf of the Senate, that the Plenary of the House of Representatives, without consulting anyone, hurriedly passed the law last August almost after three years since it was submitted to the Legislature. The chiefs explained that, disappointingly, the lawmakers removed significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provided protection for rural and poor communities.The traditional leaders, through their Speaker, chief Bob Kofi Zar, expressed disappointment over the lawmakers’ removal of significant portions of the Land Rights Policy which provides protection for rural and poor communities. He said some members of the House of Representatives will not be returning to the Capitol because “we told our people not to vote for them.”He said the chiefs’ appeal for the Senate to vote on and pass the original 2014 version of the Land Rights Act was in the interest of every Liberian including individual senators, whom he considered their children. “The 2014 Act is good for every Liberian. You are also included because we consider you to be our children”. He reiterated that the Land Rights Act was tampered with by the House of Representatives and he pleaded with the Senate not to concur with the lower House.Accepting the Chiefs’ petition, Senate Pro Tempore Jallah lauded them for the manner in which they conducted themselves and promised that their concerns would be adequately addressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City extends Wastewater Transfer Station hours

first_imgCurrently, it’s open 24/7, 365 days a year, but citing issues with disallowed types of waste being brought in hurting the system, City Council decided to shorten its operating hours before closing it completely. Garry Brimacombe of Nor-Vac Industrial Services says the extra hours are “workable”, and at least an improvement over what was originally decided. “8 to 5 wasn’t going to work, as far as I was concerned, especially only five days a week because we didn’t have our Saturday to catch up,” he says. “Most of the truck drivers you talk to in this country don’t work 35 to 40 hours a week, and with the hours shut down to that, that’s what would happen; you’d lose your drivers.” He adds that customers will have to keep a better track of the level of their sewer tanks to avoid the need for service outside of those hours. – Advertisement -Some other changes have been included in an amendment to the City’s sewer bylaw, which will come into effect in 2014, pending final reading on October 28. Among them are a $200 fee for emergency callouts outside of operation hours, and an increase in the rate for receiving domestic wastewater from $4.50 to $7 per cubic metre. Users will also have to enter into a new agreement with the City for November, that will include a truck inspection and $5 million in liability insurance payable to the City. However, Brimacombe points out that all those stipulations come with a cost, and customers will likely be seeing a bigger increase on the bills in the new year. Advertisement “The cost of [liability] will probably be $500 or $600 a month. It’ll have to get passed down to customers,” he admits. “If you only get $100 for dumping a load of sewer, you can’t really eat a $70 dump charge.” Whether the change in November will spell trouble for Nor-Vac and other affected companies should be evident within a month. In the meantime, all eyes are on the Peace River Regional District as it looks into whether it can come up with a viable solution in time for the Fort St. John station closure.last_img read more

Solskjaer targets more signings in search for fast start

first_imgBut a stunning slump in form saw the side finish sixth in the standings, 32 points behind champions Manchester City.Aware that his imbalanced squad needed a major overhaul, Solskjaer has already recruited midfielder Daniel James and fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the club strongly linked to England central defender Harry Maguire and Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes.“We are working on one or two (signings). My objective here though is we have got to get ready for the games and the training sessions,” the Norwegian told reporters in Singapore on the eve of a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan.“We are working on putting a squad together which can compete, we have lots of ways which can play. The Premier League is a very competitive league. Our aim is to focus on ourselves, we have to be better and be our only focus. I am sure we will get closer to the top.”United have already seen midfielder Ander Herrera depart for Paris Saint-Germain and while question marks remain over the futures of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku and the talismanic Paul Pogba, Solskjaer is continuing to prepare for the new season with the Frenchman central to his plans.“I am looking to get everyone to get their form back to when we first came in. It is not just about Pogba, it is about all of us as a team,” he said, adding that Lukaku was not fit to face the Italian side on Saturday.“Everyone has been spot on in pre-season in training and the games. I have been very encouraged.“The start of the season is important, I don’t think many of these players have had a pre-season like this in many years. In the first eight or 10 games, you don’t win anything but you can lose the chance to win anything.”United complete their pre-season programme with matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Kristiansund and AC Milan before opening their Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a stellar start after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, but then experienced a slump © AFP / Roslan RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 19 – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Friday the club is working on one or two more signings as he hopes to hit the ground running in the new campaign after stuttering badly towards the end of last season.Solskjaer enjoyed a stellar start after replacing Jose Mourinho in December, winning 10 and drawing two of his first 12 Premier League fixtures.last_img read more

Fabulous Shandon Spa celebrates fantastic 1st year in business

first_imgBUSINESS: The fabulous Shandon Hotel and Spa are celebrating their first year in business this week. Spa & Leisure Manager Chanelle Da Silva has expressed her delight at the support received from the local community, wider Donegal community and further afield.The demand for the spa has been unprecedented since August 2015, even through the winter, before the hotel opened, the spa still managed a very steady and strong trade. Manager of The Shandon Spa, Chanelle Da Silva has been delighted at their first year in business.The hotel has now opened since Easter and this has really catapulted results, with both facilities complimenting each other allowing for the ultimate relaxation & pampering experience with unrivalled views over sheephaven bay.Shandon Spa provides a totally new perspective on health, beauty and relaxation. The very latest facilities are imaginatively pieced together so that you journey effortlessly from one exquisitely soothing experience to the next, while enjoying the wonderful scenery of one of Ireland’s loveliest coastlines.Tired spirits are invigorated and cares are gently swept away. The Spa has been built to take full advantage of its breathtaking setting. The full-height picture windows ensure that guests on each of the three floors don’t just relax, but also have their inner health restored by the beauty of Sheephaven Bay and its surrounding hills and mountains.The Spa interior is designed and equipped to highest international standards. A pretty water feature sets the scene as you arrive. Enter the marbled hallway and be greeted by the receptionist who will arrange your day and show you around. Complimentary herbal tea or coffee is provided in the ground floor lounge area while you wait for your spa day to begin. In the amazing vitality area you will find a luxurious range of heat and cooling experiences to cleanse and relax the mind, body and soul. The Vitality Pool has carefully positioned water jets to massage different areas of your neck and body.Move on to discover three heated loungers and two state of the art lifestyle showers, where you can experience tropical downpours or gentle mists. There are individual foot spas covered in tiny glass mosaic, offering an intimate and understated ambience that contrasts with the elegant luxury of the Italian marble which predominates elsewhere.The all-encompassing heat of the sauna eliminates toxins from your body before you step over to the Salt Grotto to experience its amazing mist, infused with Sea Salt and Eucalyptus. Outside you will discover the Canadian hot tub. Lie back in the comforting warmth of the water and enjoy the sights and sounds of the area.There are eight spacious treatment rooms, two of them double, so that if you wish, you can be pampered alongside a friend or partner.Finally, we have a relaxation room where you can reflect on your Shandon Spa experience before returning to the realities of everyday life.In summary, what we offer is luxury in a setting of total peace and quiet. Those who know Donegal appreciate its calming effect on the soul. They are drawn by the hauntingly beautiful hills, the rugged cliffs and the seas which constantly change colour from deep greens to the brightest blues. We believe that spending time in our spa enhances the effect of these attractions and we cordially invite you to come along and find out for yourself.General Manager Carolynne Harrison has indicated that the resort will be offering some fantastic overnight and day spa packages throughout the winter months, she encourages guests to book as early as possible to avoid any disappointment.The Shandon Resort is also recruiting for the following positions, Head Grill Chef, Hotel Receptionist, Housekeeping Staff and Kitchen Porters, to apply, please visit Fabulous Shandon Spa celebrates fantastic 1st year in business was last modified: August 5th, 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:BusinessFeaturesLifestyslenewssuccessThe Shandon Spalast_img read more

Murray fine with splitting goalie time

first_img With so many games bunched closely together over the next two weeks, Murray expects to continue alternating goalies from game to game. “We’ve got two goalies who are fresh and both are playing well,” Murray said. “Why wouldn’t you play both when that’s the case? I think if you’ve got two guys playing well it makes the most sense to play the one who is physically freshest.” The Kings will have to make a roster move if they activate Norstrom. Cowan likely no-go Right winger Jeff Cowan, who left Thursday’s game against Minnesota with a groin injury, is not expected to play tonight. It’s possible Cowan could land on the injured list, although the Kings will evaluate the situation over the next day or two before making a decision. LaBarbera seeing stars LaBarbera admitted he was a bit starstruck during Thursday’s home game against Phoenix. The 25-year-old LaBarbera has played most of his career in front of small crowds in the AHL, so one can imagine his reaction when he saw more than 18,000 fans at Staples Center on Thursday in his first start with the Kings. “A whole lot different than playing in front of the 2,000 or so fans I’m used to,” LaBarbera said. “And I guess I shouldn’t have been looking up at the scoreboard, but it was hard not peeking up there when they were showing all those (movie stars) in the crowd. That was pretty cool.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kings coach Andy Murray insists his team’s goalie situation will eventually sort itself out. He’s just in no hurry to rush things along by naming either Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera as the primary starter. The two newcomers alternated starts over the first two games Garon the season opener Wednesday in Dallas and LaBarbera the following night against Phoenix and even though LaBarbera was more effective in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes, it will be Garon back in net tonight when the Kings host Minnesota at Staples Center. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garon isn’t focusing too far beyond tonight. “I think that’s the best way to do it,” Garon said. “You don’t have to be focused two weeks from now, you just want to be focused on the next game. We’re both going to get to play every two days, so that will be good.” Norstrom expected back Captain Mattias Norstrom is expected to be activated from the injured list in time for tonight’s game. Norstrom missed the first two games while recovering from the flu and a strained hamstring. After following a brisk one-hour skate Friday with a rigorous practice Saturday morning, Norstrom reported himself fit to play tonight. “I feel good, I’m ready to go,” Norstrom said. “That flu just threw me for a loop. I’m not sure the last time I had a fever like I that. I was probably a kid. But I’m finally back eating some good meals and feeling stronger.” last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has secured €1.5M from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under the Special Resolution Fund Initiative for unfinished housing estates.The total amount of funding received in respect of the eight developments is €851,101 and this will in turn leverage additional private investment of €680,288, resulting in a total investment in these Unfinished Estates of €1,531,389.These funds will be targeted to principally address infrastructural deficiencies within the developments such as roads and footpaths, water and sewer services, public lighting and amenity or open space areas, which will provide for the improvement of conditions for residents. All works funded under this initiative must be fully completed and all monies drawn down from the Department before the end of 2014. Details of the approvals are as follows.Development Location Approved FundingProjected Leveraged Private SpendArd na Greine Ardara €86,980 €35,546 Cathedral Hill Raphoe €178,215 €70,000Cois na hAbhainn Malin €59,372 €39,645Crest of the Wave Bundoran €194,400 €129,000Doran Close Bundoran €97,000 €97,000Gerards Way Carndonagh €31,366 €55,858 Monreagh Burnfoot €150,000 €147,239Radharc an Chuian Ramelton €53,768 €106,000COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVES €1.5M FOR EIGHT UNFINISHED HOUSING ESTATES was last modified: May 6th, 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:Donegal County Councilhousinglast_img read more

A point good enough for us says Mike Mutebi

first_img Tags: allan okelloAshraf MandelaMike MutebiUganda Premier LeagueURA FC Mike Mutebi says a point was good enough against URA FC. (PHOTO/File)Mike Mutebi admitted KCCA were far from their best on Wednesday during their one-all draw with URA at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.The defending champions were forced to settle for a draw after URA proved a hard nut to crack ending their five game winning streak.Mutebi had prior the game said ‘we are going to treat every game like a final because we are playing catch up’ but on Wednesday, it didn’t seem like his charges had received the memo as they let their visitors dominate play especially in the first half.The Tax Collectors took an early lead through Ashraf Mandela before KCCA coming live in the second half eventually levelling matters through teenager Allan Okello.“It is a competitive league and today we played one of the best sides in the league, so a point for us was good enough,” Mutebi said.“We would have like three points, but we couldn’t because of some careless mistakes. But overall I think it was a good game and for us, it is an important point because like I told you, we are playing catch up.“So every point we gain adds to the number we require in our quest to defend the league.”KCCA had won all their last five games in the league. They did themselves a great deal of favour over the weekend by beating a direct rival in Vipers, but against Sam Ssimbwa’s side, couldn’t quite find the mojo.The result is one that indeed renders KCCA’s remaining games ‘must wins’ if they are to retain the trophy. Four games are left, and if table leaders Vipers overcome Maroons in their last game in the first round on Friday, KCCA will need to win all those four matches to keep within the touching distance of the leaders.If that happens, Mutebi and his boys will finish the first half of the season placed second with 35 points, two adrift of Vipers.KCCA’s next engagement is a home game against debutants Kyetume.Comments last_img read more

South Africa entrepreneurs get online access to 200 lenders

first_imgDid you know that there is a website where small business owners who are looking for funding are connected to 200 lenders? They can also access government grants through the site.The Finfind Easy website was created to meet the needs of small business owners who are looking for funding and the 200 lenders who are looking for entrepreneurs to whom they can lend money. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere were 200 lenders in South Africa and the majority of people who were looking for funding did not even know this, said Darlene Menzies, CEO of Finfind Easy. Menzies was one of the speakers at the ninth annual National Small Business Chamber Summit.The summit was held on 15 and 16 February 2017. Menzies’ topic was “How to access more than 200 lenders for start-up and growth finance for your small business”.“Fast track your business”Topics discussed in summit sessions included “Rethink marketing for the digital age” and “Go global and grow your business”.Attendees showed much interest in sessions such as “Fast-track your business with social media”, filling the conference rooms to overflowing. Many sat on the floor to listen to speakers such as Leanne Rhodes. She talked about marketing your business on social media.According to the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), 32,127 people had registered for the two-day conference by 7 February. Of them, 14,806 were existing business owners and 17,321 were about to start a business. Attendees also had access for example to the a business expo hosted at the summit.Perseverance, Passion and Persistence are the basis of success@MikeAnderson#nsbcsummit#flamBOYantSA— FlamBOYant_SA (@FlamBOYant_SA) February 16, 2017In less than 2 hours, a website was built for an SME! Want to know how? Visit our stand to find out. #DigitalIdeas #NSBCSummit #BYBO— MTN Business SA (@MTNBusinessZA) February 15, 2017Mobile is the fastest growing technology … @Linah Maigurira #nsbcsummit— Angela Dudu Buthelez (@Angela_Buthelez) February 15, 2017Access to funding wantedMenzies talked about the NSBC’s survey released last year, in which more than 10,000 business owners took part. It asked entrepreneurs what the NSBC could focus on more. “The number one answer (was) access to finance. The survey also said that the majority of the people who applied for funding last year went to banks and the government.”The challenge of most entrepreneurs was that they did not know about other lenders, she said.Hundreds of lending products availableAccording to Menzies, there are 350 lending products in South Africa. “A lot of these lenders do not meet their KPIs (key performance indicators) because they are struggling to find SMMEs to whom they can lend.“They receive large volumes of loan applications, but only find a small percentage to lend to. They have a shortage of viable ideas. They’re lending to get a return,” she said. “They need to finance ready and bankable businesses.”Finfind Easy, she explained, was a website that connected entrepreneurs who were looking for funding with lenders. It was free and easy to use. The initiative is sponsored by USAid, the Small Enterprise Development Agency and the Department of Small Business Development. The site was updated daily, and included government grants and loan offerings.“It’s the only website of its kind in the country. We already have 5,000 users.”There were 64 funds available for starting a business, 109 funds available for growing a start-up, 26 funds available for completing a contract, 73 funds available for buying equipment, and 180 funds available for expanding a business, Menzies said.It meets your needsThe site asked questions of the user such as “How much do you need, how long have you run your business, what is the funding for, and what is your average turnover?”And there were no right or wrong answers. “If you are not profitable, there are funds for you. If you don’t have all the documents, the system will help you,” Menzies said. “Your company number is needed.”Small business owners could also learn about finance on the website, for example the different types of lenders and the different types of finance available.You can access the website, here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

NAB 2018: The Wescott Solix LED Light Will Keep Up With You On the Run

first_imgWestcott’s brand-new Solix LED light is perfect for any filmmaker who needs a powerhouse light on the go. Here’s a quick look.Top image via Newsshooter.To challenge the Aputure 120d, Westcott has finally graced us with their new Solix LED light. The new light is easily customizable (which could be its main selling point) with magnetic barn doors. NAB‘s light releases have been somewhat tame this year, but this is a welcome addition to the list of “lights we might buy this year.” Let’s take a look at what this thing can do.One of the key features of this light is the speed ring that rotates a full 360 degrees, allowing you to attach softboxes, umbrella mounts — basically anything you can fit. As you can see in the video, this light is for shooters on the go — you can set up the light in no time and alter the power from 100-0 (about 15%, according to the video).The light has a CRI of about 96-97, and if you buy the kit, you’ll also get barn doors, a diffusion cap, a bag, and a stand. Here are the specs straight from Westcott:Versatile daylight LED light for photographers and filmmakers.Hassle-free design with magnetic mounting system and integrated speedring.Impressive light quality with high color accuracy.Dual-purpose dial controls power and dimming up to 2,125 lux at 1m.3.4 lb monolight is compact, lightweight, and AC/DC operable.Consistent flicker-free performance and quiet operation.Engineered to be compatible with most circular 8mm umbrella shafts.The price is about $450, so you might have to crack open the ole piggy bank for this one.Looking for more NAB coverage? Check out these announcements.NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows Off The EVA1’s Low-Light PerformanceNAB 2018: The New Zeiss CP.3 Lens Line Is HereNAB 2018: Edelkrone Pushes The Dolly So You Don’t Have ToNAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers FreeNAB 2018: Aputure Upgrades Their Beloved 120d LEDlast_img read more