Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says her ministry will be looking to pick up on a feasibility study conducted in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2007 in an effort to make sports a serious foreign-currency earner.In an interview with The Gleaner following welcome home celebrations for the island’s teams to the Carifta swimming and track and field championships, at the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport earlier this week, the minister outlined that she hopes to market Jamaica as a sports tourism destination and training facility.”When I became minister in 2007, I had submitted a proposal to UNESCO to do a pre-feasibility study on Jamaica as a training facility for various sporting disciplines. That pre-feasibility study was funded and was actually done by someone from the University of Technology (UTech). The results were submitted to UNESCO and they were about to fund the feasibility study when we demitted office; and so we are gonna pick up where we left off, because I know that Jamaica is a brand and we should exploit that brand,” she outlined.”We can be that training facility, we can be the centre of sports tourism, the centre of culture tourism and we can be the centre of a creative industry, where Jamaica can say to the world, here we have the facilities. We have the infrastructure and we have the people with the skills to be able to provide what you need. Come to Jamaica,” she pointed out.
The residents of Zeon Town in the ELWA community recently received a visit from Gospel music artist turned politician Kanvee Gains Adams, who told residents she was stepping out of her comfort zone “to meet my people for whom I have been singing all through the years.” She said people with good fortune, including herself, should abandon selfishness and contribute positively to the lives of the underprivileged masses that “need a fair share of life’s benefits but cannot have access to them due to injustice.”The founder and CEO of Kanvee Adams International Ministries established in Liberia and the United States, she has won many awards including Best Gospel Female Artist. Adams has served the Liberian Gospel Musicians Association (LAGMA) as its National Coordinator. She travels extensively around the World on Gospel Musical concerts. Some of her music is in Mandingo, while most are in English. “I can’t keep watching the people in the slum communities languish for the good things they equally deserve that some of us who say we are statesmen and stateswomen have access to,” the popular singer told Zeon Town residents during her visit. Adams recently announced her intention to contest in the 2017 elections as a candidate for District #6 in the National Legislature.Adams gave one year scholarships to two children who needed support with their school fees due to their parents’ financial limitations. The scholarships were awarded to Elvis Wondan Jr., grade one, and Sando Yarbo, kindergarten, both of whom attend the Boulico School of Christ in the ELWA community.Mr. Elvis Wondan, father of Elvis Jr., thanked Mrs. Adams for her kind support to children’s education.Adams also broke ground for the reconstruction of a drain, which has repeatedly caused damage to the homes of Zeon Town residents over several rainy seasons.She presented to the community chairman, Mr. David Brown, several shovels, two 25kg bags of rice and L$12,000 for the young men in the community to clean out the drain. Adams promised to return with other support such as cement in order to properly divert the overflow of water through the drain away from the homes.“This is our way of identifying with you,” she said adding, “During the rainy season we are aware of the many sicknesses that come due to waste and contaminated water flowing through the neighborhoods. Mosquitoes take advantage of poor sanitation and transmit malaria to children and adults alike. We don’t want people to keep falling sick due to the poor drainage system.”Adams maintained that the essence of her community initiatives is not political. “One thing I can tell you is that the motive behind my goodwill is not just tied to politics. I have the passion to serve selflessly and it is that passion that is driving me to serve you at the level of the National Legislature. You need to experience the fair benefits of your constitutional rights to good and affordable health care delivery system; sound, quality and affordable education for your children and yourselves; and many other good things of life,” she told the residents.She promised to extend her community development initiatives to the other 54 communities of District #6 and interact with the people whom she hopes to represent in the National Legislature.Receiving the items, Mr. Brown commended Ms. Adams on behalf of the residents and promised to mobilize men to begin the cleanup and reconstruction of the drain.When asked whether he will solicit the votes of Zeon Town residents for Mrs. Adams in the 2017 elections, Brown said his primary objective is to campaign for a good leader who will contribute to the transformation of people’s lives.“I wouldn’t mind campaigning for her if she is the most prepared candidate to bring us the needed change,” he said.Mrs. Adams also visited the motorcyclists at their parking lot and promised to pay school fees for some of them. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Harry Kane wants to win the Nations League for England after Champions League final disappointment © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 3 – England captain Harry Kane insists there will be no hangover from Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool when players from both sides unite forces on international duty this week.Kane made his return from a two-month injury layoff to start Saturday’s final in Madrid, but looked well short of match fitness in a disappointing Spurs display. Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier also featured for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, while Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad.“You don’t have to talk to people about switching off from club football,” said Kane.“Everyone just naturally does it and I think the fact we’ve played with each other in club sides and younger England sides (means) we’re all good friends.“Whether you’re at Spurs or (Manchester) City or Liverpool, we’ve known each other long enough that we’ve become mates.“When you come here, you just look forward to meeting up and being friends.”England have the chance to win a first tournament since 1966 at the inaugural Nations League, as they face a resurgent Netherlands in the second semi-final on Thursday.Kane believes it is important for England to claim silverware as a building block towards next year’s European Championship.“It’s a new tournament, but it’s still a chance to win a trophy in an England shirt, and 1966 was a long time ago,” Kane said.“I think if we go on and win, it will be another stepping stone to go on to achieve big things in the future.“Winning trophies breeds that mentality to go on to do more and more, so it’s a chance for us to start early and try to achieve that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Nathan Ake in action for Watford 1 Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan from Chelsea, the Blues have announced.The Dutchman, who can play at left-back and in midfield, spent last season on loan at Watford.A story on chelseafc.com read: “Nathan Ake will spend the 2016-17 season on loan at Bournemouth.“The 21-year-old moves to the south coast having also spent last season in the Premier League at Watford, where his performances at left-back won the club’s young player of the year award and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-final.”Ake, a Netherlands Under-21 international, signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge last year and has made 12 appearances for his parent club.
Gareth Southgate believes England over-achieved at this summer’s World Cup following their third place play-off defeat to Belgium on Saturday.It’s been a memorable campaign for the Three Lions, who made the last four of the tournament for the first time since 1990. Speaking to talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley after the game, Southgate heaped praise on his England side for their efforts in their final game in Russia and for the tournament as a whole.He said: “The players gave everything. They never stopped and showed pride in the shirt. I don’t think I could have asked any more of them.“It was always a huge task for us. We were playing one of the best three teams in the world.“They’ve had an extra day to prepare from their semi-final game which at this stage of a tournament makes a big difference.“Belgium’s quality on the counter-attack was of the highest order. You’re always wary of the individuals they have. Some of our defending of that was brilliant.“John Stones’ performance was top drawer in particular but there were others as well.“I’m hugely proud of the players because they have gone right to the final whistle.“We were a bit sluggish in the first-half but there was a drive in the second-half. We looked a threat and created chances.“But we recognise where we are. We’ve had a brilliant tournament. To achieve a semi-final is probably above where we are in terms of our standing in the world.” 2 2 Southgate claimed England have performed better than where they stand in the world And following their heartbreaking defeat in the semi-finals to Croatia, England were unable to lift themselves for their final game at these finals.Goals from Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard meant Southgate’s men missed the opportunity to become the second most successful England team at a World Cup.They came close with an effort from Eric Dier in the second-half but were second best for most of the game.Fans rave about Eric Dier’s display against Belgium Belgium were very threatening on the counter-attack and the England boss was quick to point out the depth of quality the Red Devils possess. Hazard sealed the victory for Belgium
BREAKING NEWS: The Army Bomb Disposal Team are on their way to Tullyarvan Mill in Buncrana after the discovery of a suspected pipe bomb.A tube wrapped in silver tape has been left on a wall at the car park of the centre.Gardai are at the scene of the find. A number of people have been forced to stay inside the building.Some people have suggested there could be nails inside the cylinder.The suspicious object was first spotted by centre manager Michael Diver at around 10.30am and they contacted the Gardai.The bomb disposal team are expected to arrive to deal with the object shortly. One passer by said “The entire area is cordoned off and nobody knows if is real or not.“It could be harmless bit we can’t take the chance.”The centre is home to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain secondary school, a hostel and a number of community groups and social enterprises.Students were collecting their Leaving Certificate results when the suspicious device was spotted.The centre, which has a 51 bedroom hostel, is also busy with a number of tourists staying for the Fleadh Ceoil in Derry. Gardai keep the public away from the incident at Tullyarvan Mill.BOMB DISPOSAL TEAM ON WAY TO BUNCRANA AFTER DISCOVERY OF SUSPICIOUS OBJECT was last modified: August 14th, 2013 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:bombbuncranaTullyarvan Mill
Donegal County Councillor Niamh Kennedy has thrown her hat in the ring and announced she is to run in the next general election.The Killybegs politician was unveiled as a member of the Independent Alliance at an announcement Leinster House.The group will see TDs, Senators and Councillors contest the next general election with a view to becoming part of a coalition Government.Ms Kennedy said she has been considering the move for a number of months. CLLR NIAMH KENNEDY TO STAND IN NEXT GENERAL ELECTION was last modified: June 29th, 2015 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:donegalelectionNiamh Kennedy
FUFA president Moses Magogo says Uganda is not yet ready for World Cup. Courtesy photo.By Moses MagogoI write this from one of my lowest moments ever. It comes from the frustration we are getting in trying to realise a dream for our country and generation but standing lonely in the wilderness as FUFA, the players and coaches.Whereas we have demonstrated the ability to win the remaining 2 matches;Whereas our dear sponsors have fulfilled their financial obligations to FUFA;Whereas a section of our dear fans have paid to access matches and;Whereas President Yoweri Museveni has on earlier occasions offered financial support.the cost to qualify for the FIFA World Cup is enormous.Our competitors in Egypt and Ghana have had full government funding despite other sources of income. Ironically, we stand in the middle of their aspirations despite the disparity in resources invested and the quality of their teams.As we take the final ultimate bend of the last 2 matches with our dream alive, FUFA has exhausted its internal means to finance the campaign. We cannot perform miracles. We cannot prepare well and we cannot motivate the players enough, we cannot post the results we need to qualify. It is the bitter truth.It is the biggest dream for every football athlete and official to play at the World Cup but we are a country that does not comprehend the socio-economic value that comes to countries that qualifies for the World Cup.With two matches to go, only 13 countries still have a chance to grab the 5 places for Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Many a country would pay a dollar to be in our position.Whenever we have accessed President Museveni, we have been financed and we have produced the sporting results. Of the 3 away matches we have played in this campaign, it is only against Egypt that the Ministry of Education took over the management of the finances to the national team and nothing was received and also consequently lost the match away in Egypt. You cannot win without money at this level.Unfortunately the situation is not helped by the fact that for selfish reasons, there exists a group of people that have worked tirelessly to confuse the unsuspecting public and government to ensure that FUFA does not receive the funding for the team because the credit will go to the individuals in charge. They will finance schemes to discourage the fans to go to the stadium and also work with government agents to frustrate efforts of funding.The technocrats at the Ministry of Education and Sports have failed to advise government on the value of qualifying for the World Cup. They even don’t know what is going on. They don’t understand the aspirations of these young men throwing in their bodies for our country and their future. These boys would turn into instant millionaires and that economic spin would take certain families out of the vicious cycle of poverty.As a nation, we don’t know the price and value of the opportunity we have at our hands. For example has any one thought of the fact that every football club in Uganda that has a player in the national team stands to earn millions of dollars for appearance fees if we qualify for the World Cup?In the current circumstances, there is no better gift that our government can give our nation than qualification to the World Cup.It is Our Game, It is Our CountryMoses Magogo is the president of the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA)Comments Tags: top
Motorists have been warned to expect delays following a crash on the main Letterkenny to Kilmacrennan Road at Mountain Top.The two-car collision happened just after 12.35pm and Gardai are at the scene.It is not understood that any of those involved in the crash have suffered serious injuries. Traffic delays expected after two car crash was last modified: August 7th, 2018 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)
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani raised a Twitter storm on Tuesday with her statement that women everywhere have the right to pray, but not the right to desecrate.Chipping in on the raging debate around women’s entry to the Sabarimala Temple, the Minister said this difference between right to pray and right to desecrate must be “recognised and respected.” She was speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by the British High Commission and the Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai.“I have no right as a current serving Cabinet Minister to comment on the Supreme Court verdict, but it is plain common sense: Would you take a sanitary napkin soaked in menstrual blood and walk into a friend’s home? You would not. And would you think it is respectful to do the same when you walk into a house of God? That is the difference. I have a right to pray and I don’t have a right to desecrate, and this must be recognised and respected. That is my personal opinion,” the BJP leader said talking at the Young Thinkers’ Conference.Ms. Irani explained that she had personally experienced this. As someone married to a Parsi and practising Zoroastrian faith, there were restrictions to praying at the city’s fire temples. “Since I have ensured both my children are practising Zoroastrians and have completed their Navjote, they can pray in a fire temple. But I have to personally stand on the road or sit in my car outside the temple. When I took my newborn son to a temple, I had to give him up my husband at the gate. I was shooed away and told not to stand there. But even then I understand, I have a right to pray but I don’t have a right to desecrate,” Ms. Irani said, when asked what was her opinion and the government’s on the Sabarimala judgement.Clarifying that the Narendra Modi government has been the “most progressive” in the history of India on social issues, such as those related to the debates around Section 377 and Privacy, she said: “The government’s position has been clear… it will not interfere in this matter. This is the most progressive stand a government has ever taken in the history of this country.”Bold stepsBacking Prime Minister Modi to deliver on his economic promises, Ms. Irani said the Prime Minister would not succumb to populist pressures, unlike the former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. “The bold steps our prime minister has taken in implementing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Insolvency Code give no indication he is a populist leader. Like I said earlier, our government is here to serve even those who did not vote for us,” the Minister said in response to a question whether the party would use “religious polarisation” as a means to secure votes in the 2019 General Elections. “When this government constructs roads, it does not put up a board saying the path should lead to a Muslim or a Hindu’s house. When we give electricity connections, we do not announce it should light up only a Hindu or a Muslim home. So where is the question of party using religion as a plank?”Smart economicsThe Minister said any populist scheme from just the announcement perspective was a way to get votes. But if the policy was well studied or sketched out in an effort to empower people, it must be termed “smart economics.” Calling the Food Security Act of the UPA government a populist move, she said: “In a country of a billion-plus, according to the previous government’s own record, only 7 million tonnes of food was distributed in only 10 to 11 States… The same measure in our government was not only implemented across all States, but we distributed about 34 million tonnes of food grains.”‘Used as a bait’Later in the day, Ms. Irani tweeted her clarification on the comment saying her words were being used to launch a propaganda using her as a “bait”. “As far as those who jump the gun regarding women visiting a friend’s place with a sanitary napkin dipped in menstrual blood — I am yet to find a person who ‘takes’ a blood soaked napkin to ‘offer’ to any one let alone a friend. But what fascinates me, though does not surprise me, is that as a woman I am not free to have my own point of view. As long as I conform to the ‘liberal’ point of view I’m acceptable. How Liberal is that ?”The Minister further added that as a practising Hindu married to a practising Zoroastrian she is not allowed to enter a fire temple to pray. “I respect that stand by the Zoroastrian community/priests and do not approach any court for a right to pray as a mother of 2 Zoroastrian children. Similarly Parsi or non Parsi menstruating women irrespective of age DO NOT go to a Fire Temple.These are 2 factual statements. Rest of the propaganda/agenda being launched using me as bait is well just that… bait.”