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Former SWAL SG Commends Members at Successful Congress

first_imgFormer Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) Secretary General, Mr. Akosa Ike, has commended SWAL members for a successful mini-congress last Saturday at Mr. Mustapha Raji’s Farm, Brewerville, outside Monrovia.Mr. Ike, who was instrumental in the further development of SWAL by bringing in young and progressive journalists under then president, the late John Taweh, said the increasing number of sports writers (75, but 40 were at the congress) has encouraged him.“I’m satisfied that today many young people are in the profession,” Mr. Ike said, “unlike the past when we had a manageable handful of people.”He said the increasing number of people in the association would nevertheless create problems in the quality of their work.“But overall I am satisfied that SWAL is developing faster with aggressive sports writers and broadcasters, which is good for the body,” Mr. Ike, who is presently the publisher of The West African Pilot, said.He called on sports writers to remember their responsibilities, which are: promote athletes, educate fans as well as entertain them.He paid a glowing tribute to his colleagues who are still around and providing support to the association, with specific mention of Omari Jackson, the first secretary general of the association, former SWAL president Malcolm Joseph, and the current administration led by Mr. Roland Mulbah.“I am happy to see my friend OJ (Omari Jackson) who is still with the association, and I think that is the right thing to do,” Mr. Ike said.He regretted that many sports disciplines are not covered as it was done in the past. “What happens to basketball, track and field, taekwondo, table tennis, boxing and others?”Mr. Ike urged sports journalists to widen their coverage since there are a sizeable number of athletes who are playing other sports.He, meanwhile, commended SWAL for the adoption of its constitution, which was the intent of the one-day mini-congress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public feedback sought for spray park reconstruction

first_imgThere will be two meetings – both of them open to all members of the public and being held in the Kids Arena Field House.“All ages are invited to help assist with this project and input for the development of a new spray park,” Director of Facilities & Grounds Craig Stanley writes.The meeting are being held back-to-back – the first on Wednesday February 18, 2015 and the second the following Thursday.- Advertisement -Both meeting will commence in the Kids Arena Field House upstairs Meeting Room, running 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Donegal woman in court after altering price tags

first_imgA DONEGAL woman who was found guilty of altering price tags in a Letterkenny shop has been fined in court.Gloria McCafferty (40) of Driminin, Barnesmore, was before Letterkenny District Court, where she pleaded guilty to the incident at TK Maxx, Letterkenny. McCafferty was found to have changed price tags on a handbag and a pair of tracksuit bottoms. The handbag had been €139.99 and a price tag of €38 was put on while the tracksuit bottoms were changed to €5.McCafferty admitted to the offences and Gardaí say she was ‘extremely co-operatve and apologetic’. The items were returned as re-sellable.Solicitor for McCafferty, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client, a full-time mother, made ‘full and frank admissions’ and had ‘no need to do it’.Judge Paul Kelly said that he would deal with the case by way of a €250 donation and would strike the matter out.Donegal woman in court after altering price tags was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Grainne McCaffertyJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtTK MAXXlast_img read more

CLUB VERSUS COUNTY ROW RETURNS TO THE SURFACE AFTER KILCAR REFUSE TO FIELD

first_imgKilcar decided not to field against Termon on Friday evening, following the request by the county management for no county players to play for their clubs on Friday.The on-going discontent between club managers and the county management has raised its head yet again, following Kilcar’s decision not to field in an All-County League Division One clash with Termon on Friday evening. Kilcar refused to field, when it emerged they would have to play the game without their county stars, who had been informed earlier in the day not to play by the county management.Donegal are currently preparing for an Ulster Final against Monaghan on July 20th. Termon travelled to Towney on Friday night, and were left fuming at the decision by Kilcar not to field.Termon had a number of players travel from different parts of the country to make it back for the match.Those players had to take a half day at work in order to make it back in time for the match, and were furious to find out that no game would be played.Referee Ian Molloy awarded Termon a walkover and it’s expected Termon will be awarded the two points. Those two points could prove to be crucial as Termon battle to avoid relegation.The return of former Finn Harps star James Doherty has boosted the Burn Road men, and he helped them get their first league win of the season against Ardara last week.However, the decision by Kilcar not to field against Termon has again raised the issue of the club versus county debate which has raged over the last number of years.The decision to postpone the club championship until Donegal’s involvement in the All-Ireland series ends was met with widespread criticism in GAA circles.The plight of the club player seems to be continuous and the incident on Friday has only reaffirmed the problem that exists. County players were allowed to play for their clubs yesterday afternoon, Eamon and Neil McGee lined out for Gaoth Dobhair as they defeated Glenswilly 2-12 to 0-11.Gaoth Dobhair’s other county starlet Odhran Mac Niallais sat out the clash after sustaining an ankle injury in training.Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher didn’t play for Glenswilly, while Kilcar with the aid of their county starlets romped to an easy victory against Four Masters.CLUB VERSUS COUNTY ROW RETURNS TO THE SURFACE AFTER KILCAR REFUSE TO FIELD was last modified: July 7th, 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:CountyfixturesGAAkilcarnewsrowSportTermonlast_img read more

GARTAN OEC SET TO HOST THE ULTIMATE 24-HOUR ENDURANCE TEST ‘THE RACE’ THIS WEEKEND

first_imgGartan OEC is the headquarters for THE RACE, the ultimate 24hr test of endurance, and a very busy staff group will work day and night.In addition, we’ll also be attending National Governing Body events with Gartan staff playing key roles.Gartan OETC has been nominated as Irish Sailing Association Training Centre of the Year, and sailing instructor Brona Duddy will attend on our behalf. Mountaineering Ireland hold their annual Spring Gathering and AGM in Westport, with plenty of mountain activity in the ranges of the West.Currently President of MI, our Director Ursula MacPherson will attend this event.The toughest role of all though, falls to instructor John Boyce, who will line up at 6 am on Saturday, with 70 fellow competitors, facing 250kms through the wilds of Donegal, and whatever weather is thrown at them during the following twenty four hours.The race is in its second consecutive year and Donegal was chosen as it provides the perfect blend of beauty and more importantly, difficultly. The race is always held in early March to increase the toughness of the race due to the challenging weather conditions.Gartan provides ideal facilities as race headquarters, acting as central control, feeding station, accommodation, and generally home to organising crew and competitors.To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours.It is aimed at providing the ultimate 24 hour test of endurance.The Race is a not for profit event with all proceeds going towards the work of Self Help Africa. It is organised by Sand2Snow Adventures in conjunction with Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre.Donegal competitors include Arthur McMahon, Cathal Wilson. Gerard Callaghan, John Boyce, Denis Shields, Philip Nicholson, Patrick McLaughlin and Sean McFadden.Testimonial form Una Hall Competitor 2014.“Incredible!! The only word I can think of to describe the Race route. It was perfect! Challenging, breath-taking, beautiful. The volunteers were fantastic. The venue was great. Definitely the best race I’ve participated in.” We wish all competitors good luck, and a great journey.The Irish Sailing Association awards event takes place in The Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin on Friday, with a providers briefing for new training and award structures on Saturday. Gartan OETC is delighted to be nominated for the Training Centre of the Year award, a big honour. Fingers crossed!!Westport Hillwalking Club will host the Mountaineering Ireland Annual General Meeting and the 2015 Spring Gathering. The event will take place over the full weekend, based at the Westport Coast Hotel, and with easy access to the hills and crags of Connemara to Achill.Mountaineering Ireland exists to represent and support the walkers and climbers of Ireland and to be a voice for the sustainable use of Ireland’s mountains and all the places (coastline, crags, forests) we use.GARTAN OEC SET TO HOST THE ULTIMATE 24-HOUR ENDURANCE TEST ‘THE RACE’ THIS WEEKEND was last modified: March 4th, 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:Gartan OECnewsSportthe racelast_img read more

No quick fix for unemployment: Marcus

first_img21 October 2010 Strong rand dilemma Source: BuaNews She said there was no doubt that the rand was overvalued relative to its fundamentals. South Africa’s biggest internal challenge is unemployment, which currently stands in excess of 25%, and there is no doubt that addressing this must be a national policy priority, says Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus. “However, if we are looking at job creation as a priority to address unemployment, then current labour legislation, which extends wage determination to all firms in a particular sector, needs to be examined regarding its effects on small and medium enterprises, which should be a focus of growth and employment creation,” Marcus said. Marcus warned that excessive focus on the exchange rate could result in the neglect of other factors, which would constrain growth even with a properly valued exchange rate. She said that the response to the financial crisis, when about a million jobs were lost, showed that South Africa has a fair amount of labour market flexibility. “While we clearly recognise the problem, the solution is not clear cut. The costs of intervention are not insignificant and involve serious policy choices,” Marcus said. “Nevertheless the bank is engaging with the National Treasury, and we are examining the effectiveness and appropriateness of what other countries are doing.” She added, however, that unemployment in the country was of a structural nature, and was not something that could be solved simply by cutting interest rates or intervening in the exchange rate. Marcus said the central bank was aware of the disadvantages of a stronger currency and that it was ready to do what it could to alleviate this situation, adding, however, that “we need to recognise the limits to what can be done”. “The various forms of direct intervention on their own will not suffice, as international experience has suggested. Consideration should be given to combining intervention policies with direct special targeted support measures for those sectors of industry that are hardest hit by the exchange rate developments,” Marcus said. Labour market flexibility “It’s incorrect to look at the interest rate or the exchange rate as the silver bullet that will solve the country’s growth problems,” she said in Pretoria on Tuesday. Structural reforms were required in skills development and education, while skilled artisans were also needed.last_img read more

South Indian families fret as crucial Gulf cash dries up

first_imgEvery evening, three generations of worried Angatt family women meet outside a half-built bungalow in this village in India’s southern Kerala state.Nearly six months after the house’s foundation was laid and its two floors raised, construction has slowed to a near halt. The reason is never discussed out loud – only whispered cautiously.Read it at Daily Sabah Related Itemslast_img

Macaraya on loss to Lyceum: We gave them everything we got

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian head coach Egay Macaraya doesn’t regret anything after the Golden Stags’ disappointing 78-73 loss to Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.“That was everything that we could’ve given, and that was the gameplan,” said Macaraya in Filipino. “We let them shoot from outside but they made those shots.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I really can’t say anything bad against my team because they played good defense.”San Sebastian’s scheme worked for the most part as the Pirates attempted just 14 shots at the basket with seven going in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLyceum’s offense came mostly from jumpers with the Pirates converting 19 of their 45 attempts, but the final jump shot was the one that took out the Golden Stags.Jesper Ayaay caught a pass from Reymar Caduyac and hit a gut-wrenching triple from the left corner with 26 seconds left that gave Lyceum a 77-70 lead.center_img Munsayac unsure of severity of ankle sprain MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Despite the loss, Macaraya was still proud of his team’s effort and for sticking to the gameplan he prepared against the Pirates.“I’m very proud of my team because they didn’t give up, they fought until the very end,” said Macaraya whose team slipped to a 1-2 record.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals- CSK win by 8 wkts

first_imgMichael Hussey and Suresh Raina put on 137 runs for the second wicket as Chennai beat Rajasthan by 8 wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Wednesday. Score | PhotosBatting second Chennai crossed a good 148-run target with eight balls and an equal number of wickets remaining.The onus for the win was jointly shared by Michael Hussey (79 not out) and Suresh Raina (61), who nullified Rajasthan opener Rahul Dravid’s impressive 66.Chennai lost their opener Murali Vijay early. On the fifth ball of the second Johan Botha trapped opener Murali Vijay on five to reduce Chennai to 8/1.Post Vijay’s fall, Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina batted steadily. Gradually the two upped the scoring rate and started dealing in boundaries. After 10 overs, Chennai were well on course with 73/1 on board.In the 13th over both batsmen scored their half-centuries and by the end of the over the team total was 109/1.Soon the two were seen pounding opposition bowlers even as Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne was struggling for an answer to their batting blitzkrieg.Suresh Raina fell on the third ball of the 19th over when Chennai were just three runs away for a victory. He mistimed a pull shot of Siddharth Trivedi and ended up getting caught by Johan Botha on 61. His 51-ball innings was decorated with three fours and one six.However, Hussey finished the job for Chennai hitting a four on the next ball to help Chennai win by 8 wickets and maintain their 100 per cent victory record at home in IPL season 4.advertisementHussey’s 79 came off 55 balls and included eight four and one six.Rajasthan inningsRajasthan opener Rahul Dravid scored 66 as Chennai restricted Rajasthan to 147/6 in 20 overs during their IPL match.Earlier, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bat in the 43rd IPL match of the IPL season 4.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got on with a good partnership for the first wicket putting on 86 runs on board and that too with ease. The two carried on till the 10 overs frustrating the opposition bowlers.It wasn’t until the 11th over that Chennai bowlers managed to break the Dravid-Watson stand.On the first ball of the 11th over Shadab Jakati got the better of Aussie Shane Watson with a caught and bowled decision on 32.Later, in the 13th over new man in the middle, Ashok Menaria fell off R Ashwin when the team total was 92. Then Rajasthan’s South African recruit Johan Botha, who has been having a good run this season, became Jakati’s second victim. An edge off his ball got carried away towards Suresh Raina in the covers when he took an easy catch to dismiss Botha on 8. Rajasthan were 109/3 post his fall.Unfortunately for Rajasthan, Rahul Dravid, who was batting with determination could not score a ton and fell in the 16th over off Sri Lankan Suraj Randiv.The Rajasthan opener made room for a pull and went for it but Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket ensured that his shot did not travel any further and caught him nice and easy on 66. His 51-ball innings was punctuated with 10 fours. Surprisingly the pull he got out on, proved to be the only big aerial shot in his innings. Rajasthan were 117/4 post his fall.Post Dravid’s fall, Rajasthan lost the plot a little and Chennai bowlers started striking with renewed vigour.  In the 19th over Albie Morkel got rid of Ajinkya Rahane and Ross Taylor in a row to reduce Rajasthan to 139/6.Dishant Yagnik and Stuart Binny remained unbeaten as Rajasthan scored 147/6.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A5, A7 2017 price cut make them quite a steal deal under Rs 30,000

first_imgSamsung has slashed the prices of its 2017 A-series line-up in India by up to a massive Rs 5,000 ahead of the start of the festive season. While the Galaxy A5 was launched at Rs 28,990, the Galaxy A7 2017 was available for Rs 33,490 on launch. Well until recently, these phones were retailing at an MOP of Rs 26,900 and Rs 30,900 respectively. After the newly announced price cut, the Galaxy A5 will sell for an MOP of Rs 22,900 while the Galaxy A7 2017 will sell for an MOP of Rs 25,900.FYI: MOP and MRP are different terms. While MOP stands for market operating price: the price at which the product was made available to a retailer by the manufacturer and therefore the lowest price at which the retailer can sell the product; MRP stands for maximum retail price and is therefore the maximum price at which the retailer can charge for a product inclusive of all taxes. While MOP is set by the manufacturer (Samsung in this case), the MRP is set by the Government.It must be understood that Samsung has slashed the MOPs in the case of the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 which means not every retailer will necessarily pass over the benefit to the consumer which means there would be instances where these phones would be available at slightly different – read higher – prices. But that is more likely for offline or physical stores. You can expect these phones to be available for Rs 22,900 and Rs 25,900 – or at least close to it – respectively on online sales channels. Flipkart and Amazon India, for instance, are now selling Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 at their new MOPs.Premium looks and water-proofingNow that we are through with the financial technicalities, let’s just get on to the fact, that the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 are pretty amazing phones, and how the new price cut makes quite a steal deal under Rs 30,000.advertisementThe A-series, ever since its inception, has been geared towards consumers who are looking for a flagship kind of experience at relatively more mainstream and affordable prices. Phones under Samsung’s Galaxy A-series try to replicate the looks and features of the company’s premium Galaxy S-series. But while Samsung’s Galaxy S-series phones cost close to Rs 50,000, its Galaxy A-series phones usually hover around the Rs 30,000 price tag. In the case of this year’s Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7, they’re even cheaper now. To recall, these phones were first announced in March earlier this year.Successors to last year’s A5 and A7 2016, the A5 and A7 2017 have been designed from grounds up to offer a flagship Galaxy S7-kind of experience at a not so flagship Galaxy S7-kind of pricing.The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 2017 are pretty amazing phones, and how the new price cut makes quite a steal deal under Rs 30,000 The A5, in particular, looks ridiculously like the S7 owing to its 5.2-inch compact form factor. If that wasn’t enough, it is almost as thin (7.9 mm) and as light-weight (157 gram) as Samsung’s top-tier phone. It shares its build materials, meaning, you get a healthy dose of 3D glass — Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on the front — and metal on the sides. Not to mention, the kind of curves — a la the S7 — that only a certain Samsung could have conjured.Last year’s A5 came dangerously close to replicating the then flagship, S6. There were some very subtle yet useful changes though. In the A5 2017, however, the only visible change that Samsung has brought about is in the positioning of the speaker grille. It lies on the right above the power button now. The new positioning ensures you don’t accidentally cover it with your hand — to muffle the sound — while watching videos and/or playing games in landscape mode.The A5 also borrows two of the biggest highlights of the S7. It is IP68 certified for one, which makes it dust and water-resistant and also it comes with Samsung’s characteristic Always-on display that’s essentially a mobile screensaver housing time/calendar and notification alerts in a dimly-lit state at all times.Capable harwdare and expandable storageIn terms of hardware specs, the A5 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that metes out exceptionally bright and punchy colours, as also some excellent viewing angles. It is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos 7880 (8-core ARM Cortex-A53) processor clubbed with Mali-T830MP3 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. The Exynos 7880 is Samsung’s in-house mobile chipset in line with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 processor. “With advanced 14nm FinFET process technology, Exynos 7880 consumes up to 36 per cent less power than its predecessor built on 28nm HKMG process at the same performance level,” claims Samsung. The emphasis therefore lies on achieving greater thermal efficiency and longer battery life.advertisementMoving on, the A5 is a dual-SIM phone that runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI and will be upgradable to Android Nougat. It supports 4G LTE and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The user interface is a lot different (read, slick) from say last year’s version atop the A5 2016 and /or the S7. It is a lot less cluttered and a lot more user friendly now.Samsung PayThe A5 is also MST-enabled which makes it Samsung Pay-ready out-of-the-box, a service that is now widely available for use in India. Samsung Pay works with both NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). It works with any payment terminal: card swiping or reading machine accepting either a traditional swipe or contactless payments.Owners of compatible phones, after they have linked their bank account and card to the Samsung App, can simply wave/tap their phone over an NFC-enabled point-of-sale (POS) machine to initiate payments. Authentication is done via fingerprint or a four digit pin entered on the Samsung Pay app. The service is further available with the following banks/ issuers: Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered. Citibank and American Express have also been added to the list. The service works with both debit and credit cards and ropes in Paytm as well. The service supports Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as well which will allow Samsung Pay users to make payments using their bank accounts.Capable camerasOn the camera front, the A5 comes with a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording. On the front, it (again) sports a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 1080p video recording. The camera app now comes with a very convenient Swipe UI that allows you to simply swipe up or down to switch between the front and rear cameras. Also, there’s an option to drag (and drop) the camera shutter button anywhere on the screen which is quite useful.If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t touched the Galaxy A7 2017 till now, well, it’s because it is practically the same phone. The A7 is an exact replica of the A5, in terms of looks as well as paper specs differing only in screen size and battery capacity. The A7 has a 5.7-inch screen and a larger 3,600mAh (as opposed to 3,000mAh in case of the A5) battery inside. Ideally, it should appeal to those looking for a phablet form factor.The Galaxy A7 2017, in particular, was deemed as an overpriced phone at launch – something that we mentioned in our full review as well – but, at its new price, it certainly makes a lot more sense. The A5 2015, similarly, is for someone who prefers a more compact form factor. Either ways, you get a phone that’s high on style as well as substance somewhat. At the same time, features like water-proofing and Samsung Pay go a long way in making them stand out from the crowd.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 review: Ticks almost all the right boxeslast_img read more