Lamont blasts Lothian’s JTTA administration

first_img But Lothian refutes the claim and stated that Lamont’s players are given free entry to tournaments, and that players are usually paid for their winnings, albeit sometimes late. “If I didn’t pay for tournaments, don’t you think Jamaica would be talking about that? We pay them over time, because some tournaments are not sponsored, but it’s not true that we do not pay for tournaments. He (Lamont) is trying to drive away sponsors and trying to destroy the sport and I will not allow it to happen,” Lothian insisted. Lamont’s is also not impressed by the governing body’s youth-development policies. Lothian countered that youth development is alive and growing and that with his track record, he expects to be elected for his third straight term at next month’s AGM. “If you are taking about youth development, we just finished a pre-cadet tournament in August … and Jamaica has received the bid to host the tournament again in August of this year, and we have gone all over the country with youth development and development of coaches. “The fact speaks for itself. No other administration in the 71-year history has done the amount of work we have done. So put all the other presidents together and none have achieved what I have,” he added. LOTHIAN REFUTES CLAIMS With the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA) scheduled for next month, current president Godfrey Lothian is confident that his tenure will earn him a third successive term. However, former JTTA vice-president and national player, Samuel Lamont, who has been one of the biggest detractors of the Lothian administration, revealed that he has receive numerous calls to ‘save’ local table tennis, however, he said he is still yet to decide. “I have some serious problems with the Godfrey Lothian administration, and a lot of persons have been asking me to rescue table tennis. I have been getting a lot of requests, but I am not sure,” Lamont said. “If I am going to contest it, I will not make too many people know as yet, but the reason why I would do it is to rescue table tennis. As a person who has invested their hard cash in the sport, I am thinking about it seriously,” he told The Gleaner. Lamont’s main issues with the Lothian administration is its refusal to pay prize monies for tournaments and the lack of youth-development programmes in the country. “Mr Lothian’s is the only administration that has had tournaments and don’t pay players. It is a criminal offence to have tournaments and not pay the winners,” he said. “It cost $600-$700,000 (for Portland parish) to go to the national championship and the prize money is supposed to be declared, and some were not declared and this is the first this has happen. Before Mr Lothian (administration), the prize money was usually declared,” he reasoned.last_img read more

Cannot fool all of the people all of the time

first_imgDear Editor,Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, is reported by sections of the media on April 26, 2018 to have told the workers of Rusal: “The good news, however, is that the US reduced the sanction on RUSAL after realising that it will also affect thousands of workers, such as the 500 working in Region 10”.It seems that Minister Trotman is seeking to outshine his colleague, Minister Ramjattan, who is known to regularly put his foot in his mouth.To say that the US Government was not aware of the thousands of workers employed by Rusal prior to its imposition of sanctions is downright laughable. Certainly, a well-endowed nation as the United States would be aware of the ramifications of its sanctions prior to its imposition. It is because of the harshness of those consequences that sanctions were pursued by the Trump Administration in the first place.Based on several reported instances, it is my view that the re-looking at the sanctions by the US Government has nothing to do with its empathy for Rusal’s workers, whether in Guyana or elsewhere; but has more to do with implications for US businesses.As former US President Abraham Lincoln famously said: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”Yours faithfully,Patricia Persaudlast_img read more

NGO donates $40M in medical supplies, equipment to Public Health Ministry

first_imgBy Rennella BourneHope for the Nation Foundation, a new local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), on Thursday donatedThe medical supplies and equipment to the Public Health Ministry$40 million in medical supplies and equipment to the Public Health Ministry.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, expressed her gratitude to the NGO for its generous donation to the health sector, and noted the supplies and equipment would definitely go a long way.The handing-over ceremony was done at the Ministry’s bond at Diamond, East Coast Demerara.According to Cummings, “continuously improving the quality of healthcare services nationally is a task which cannot be undertaken solely by the Government of Guyana. As such, we welcome the support provided by partners such as the Hope for the Nation Foundation.”Among the items donated were beds, support rails, nasoenteric feeding tubes, syringes, paediatric manual resuscitators, commodes and fluid dispensing connectors.“The Ministry of Public Health, under the current Administration, is committed to ensuring that health needs of all its citizens are met. The Guyana Government is eternally grateful for your support and we at the Ministry of Public Health are very enthusiastic about this donation,” Dr Cummings said.She applauded Hope for the Nation Foundation for the efforts towards developing the health sector in Guyana. “I am pleased that the Foundation’s main areas that they choose to focus on are promoting health and fighting diseases.”The Foundation President, Dr Abdel Bari related his optimism to work with the health and other social sectors of Guyana.Dr Bari disclosed that the idea to do something for Guyana was long in mind, but “about a year and something, specifically in May, we had some Guyanese come from North America. Guyanese who came during the [Independence] celebration were met and the idea was finalised of doing something for Guyana here”.He continued: “We get together with the guys from Cross International which is the largest donor foundation in North America. Basic areas that they are willing to work on are the needy, the less fortunate, medical, help of the poor and the disadvantage for women and children.”According to Dr Bari, they had done some research and found Guyana to be one of the top countries which should be receiving help from Cross International. As such, the Hope for the Nation Foundation was formed.The objective of the Foundation is to work with Government and other NGOs along with religious bodies, women’s organisations, organisations for the differently abled and the educational system.It is also aiming to help Amerindian villages. “We plan to take to the Amerindian villages, tarpaulin and shovels also basic things that they can use which would enable them to be independent. The scope is very big for Hope for the Nation Foundation,” Dr Bari said.Public Health Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Colette Adams, noted, “The Hope Foundation is one of the many foundations that have stepped forward and assisted us and we are grateful to them for their assistance.”last_img read more

Kane could face Chelsea, says Pochettino

first_imgHowever Pochettino, whose side last won at Chelsea in 1990 before Kane was born, told a press conference on Thursday that his star striker had made remarkable progress.“We need to assess him. He is very positive and he is doing very well. Every day he is improving,” said Pochettino.“We need to assess in the next few days. It’s difficult now to say yes or no. I cannot say no, but I cannot say yes.“Maybe next weekend. But the most important (thing) is that we are so positive about his recovery, and we are doing fantastic, and we are so happy.“After Bournemouth everybody believed it would be a long period out, but the resolution has been fantastic.”Chelsea desperately need a win as they are five points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, with both clubs having eight matches remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harry Kane could be in line for a surprise return this weekend after missing England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane could face Chelsea in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday after a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle ligament injury, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.The 24-year-old England marksman, who has 31 goals to his credit this term, injured his ankle last month against Bournemouth and wasn’t expected to return to training until April.last_img read more

Late goal denies AFC victory against Zoo

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Zoo Kericho struck a late goal through captain Johnson Ligare to deny AFC Leopards victory as the two sides played to a 2-2 draw in a Kenyan Premier League match played on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.Departing AFC Leopards head coach Dennis Kitambi thought he had won the match when they were leading 2-0 but a dying minute goal thwarted his ambitions of collecting maximum points. On-form Ezekiel Odera sent AFC Leopards ahead through the penalty spot in the 27th minute after Brian Marita was fouled in the by Vincent Misikhu.Zoo were back in the game thanks to a Nicholas Kipkirui powerful low shot to restore parity in the 32nd minute before Ingwe reclaimed the lead in the 76th minute from Whyvonne Isuza.However, Ligare showed a character of a leader when he rose high to nod home the crucial equaliser from a well taken free-kick.In the earlier kick-off, Nakumatt FC who have a new owner held Kariobangi Sharks to a goalless draw.The win saw Leopards remain third on 18 points, four behind their bitter rivals Gor Mahia who are placed second and five points adrift of leaders Mathare United.Despite bagging the point, Zoo are placed at the relegation zone at second from bottom on eight points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Union drops lawsuit against Daily News

first_imgThe union representing most Department of Water and Power workers has dropped its lawsuit against the Daily News over publishing employees’ names, positions and salaries online and has agreed to pay $17,213 in attorney fees and costs. The settlement between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, and the Daily News Publishing Company was reached Monday. The union filed in court Nov. 15 to have its lawsuit dismissed. The union representing nearly 8,500 DWP workers twice failed in Superior Court to persuade a judge to bar the newspaper from continuing to post workers’ salary information obtained under the California Public Records Act. In rejecting the union’s claims, Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs said Nov. 1 that the union had failed to show either a need to exempt all employees’ salaries from disclosure or to identify and show a need to exempt particular groups’ information from disclosure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Daily News reported earlier this year that DWP employees’ salaries average $76,949 a year or nearly 20percent more than the average Los Angeles municipal worker. Two years ago, IBEW Local 18 won a five-year contract guaranteeing worker raises of 16.8percent – and up to 28percent, depending on inflation. That contract helped drive a recent five-year contract with raises of about 23percent for most of the city’s 22,000 municipal workers. The Daily News first posted the DWP workers’ salary information online Sept. 30 at www.dailynews.com. The California Supreme Court recently upheld that such information is not exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act and that disclosure does not constitute an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” “The fact that the union dismissed its lawsuit says that they recognized it didn’t have any merit,” said James Chadwick, a media and entertainment-industry attorney representing the Daily News. The union’s agreement to pay $17,213 in fees and costs settled a lawsuit by the newspaper that alleged that the union’s action was a SLAPP case – a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, intended to prevent citizens from exercising their political rights or to punish those who have done so. “The California anti-SLAPP (statute) is designed for just this purpose, to make sure that when you’re sued in a meritless lawsuit you’re not forced to bear the costs. That’s why we filed an anti-SLAPP to dismiss the lawsuit, and that’s why they’re agreeing to pay our fees,” Chadwick said. Robert Dohrmann, the attorney representing the union, did not return calls Thursday. Brian D’Arcy, IBEW Local 18’s business manager, also did not return calls for comment. D’Arcy – who was paid $248,435 out of the nearly $6.5million in membership dues and assessments collected in 2006, according to IRS records – has been the driving political force behind the union, which historically has won some of the most lucrative contracts in the city. beth.barrett@dailynews.com 818-713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GAA NEWS – NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES

first_imgWeekly NotesThe seniors and reserves suffered narrow defeats in their away fixtures against Downings on Saturday evening.Naomh Colmcille seniors travelled to Downings seeking to avenge their opening-day defeat; however they came up short by the narrowest of margins. Final score Downings 2-10 1-12 Naomh Colmcille. The second leg of the preliminary round of the Intermediate championship against Fanad Gaels is next up for the seniors at home next Sunday (tbc). A home win is needed to take the tie to a play-off. The reserves went down to a narrow 3 point defeat away to Downings on Saturday. Final score Downings 2-10 2-7 Naomh Colmcille. The reserves take on Fanad Gaels in the second leg of the preliminary round of the Intermediate reserve championship next Sunday (tbc), needing to avoid defeat to progress to the next round.Well done to the u8s who competed in their Northern board blitz at Glenswilly on Saturday; St. Eunans also took part. A special well done to the girls and younger players that took part. Great turn out by all. Thanks to Glenswilly for hosting.The u12s hosted Red Hughs in Newtown on Monday evening. The green and yellow teams both recorded great victories. The next match for both teams is at St. Eunans on Monday (3rd) at 7:00 pm.The u14 championship had to be re-drawn last week, so the scheduled game against Termon did not take place. The teams are now due to meet in Newtown later this month. See website and Facebook for more details and updates. The club’s Run for Funds 2013 took place on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported it; a special thanks to the underage kids for their help with this fundraiser. Thanks also to Kernans Eurospar for letting us have the treadmill at their shop.A quiz night for the Feile team is being held at the clubhouse on Thursday (6th) at 9:00 pm. Everyone welcome, especially the Feile players and parents. Please support this vital fundraiser for the team.U10s have a blitz this Saturday (8th) – more details during the week by text and on Facebook/website.The Naomh Colmcille Cul Camp is due to take place on 8-12 July.You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow. The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.Training and Match ScheduleThe use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.New players most welcome for all teams. Come along to the session scheduled below, or contact the team coach/manager (contact details on the training schedule section of the club website) for details.U8. Training continues Saturday 8th June at 11:00 am sharp for one hour. U10 girls can also come to this session.U10. Training continues Friday 7th June at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour. Blitz on Saturday (8th); details during the weekU12. Training continues Friday 7th June at 6:30 pm sharp for one hour. Away match on Monday (3rd) at 7:00 pm against St. Eunans.U14. Training continues on Sunday (9th June) at 1 pm sharp for one hour (TBC).U16. Training continues on Monday (3rd) and Wednesday (5th) at 6:30 pm sharp for one hourMinors. See Facebook page and website for training updates during the week.Seniors / Reserves. Training on Tuesday (4th) and Thursday (6th) at 7 pm sharp. The session will run for 1.5 hours. Both teams are then home to Fanad Gaels in the championship next Sunday (times TBC). See Facebook and website during the week for updates.Naomh Colmcille Weekly LottoLast week’s numbers were 1, 7, 13, 18, 21. Columba O’Donnell matched 4 numbers and won €75. Lotto results and winners for this week will be included in next week’s notes. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS – NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 3rd, 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Rhine Named MVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the Sixth Time

first_imgRhine, who has won nine player of the week awards, is the first Bulldog since former standout Rachel Hackbarth (2011-12) to win the weekly award six times in one season. Her career total is already tied for fifth all-time in MVC history. Rhine leads the league in scoring (19.3) and field goal percentage (59.6) and ranks third in rebounding (8.3). Rhine helped Drake win road games at Indiana State and Evansville this past weekend. She averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal per game while shooting a blistering 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the floor. Rhine scored a game-high 19 points, including knocking down the winning free throws in the 70-68 comeback win over the Sycamores. She added six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes. Rhine followed that great performance with her seventh double-double of the season in the victory over the Purple Aces. She scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and added a game-high 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes. ST. LOUIS – Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team is the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the sixth time this season, the MVC office announced Monday, Jan. 28.center_img Rhine and her teammates host Missouri State Friday night in a battle of the last two MVC teams undefeated in league action at 7-0 heading into their game. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

HDN tennis tournament highlights busy day

first_imgWith the weather expected to cooperate, several local teams will be back in action today, on several different sporting fronts.In prep tennis, Del Norte High is scheduled to host the Humboldt-Del Norte League doubles tournament, with Arcata looking to close out a near perfect season.The Tigers, who are undefeated as a team this spring with 13 wins, took four of the six singles league titles two weeks ago, and will be looking to carry that momentum into today’s action.Elsewhere in prep …last_img

SADC: 30 years of regional cooperation

first_imgThe Heads of State Summit will be followed by a SADC Infrastructure Investment Summit. Ntsaluba said SADC also remained concerned about the political situation in Madagascar and SADC leaders were expected to pronounce themselves on the matter; Lesotho was another area where the political situation warranted crucial intervention from SADC as well the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The SADCC was formed in Lusaka, Zambia, on 1 April 1980, following the adoption of the Lusaka Declaration – Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation. Addressing regional hotspots The SADC has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine states in southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC). Its main aim was to coordinate development projects in order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa. The founding member states are Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At the end of the summit, Namibia will take over as the chairmanship of SADC, with Minister of Trade and Industry Hage Geingob as the chairperson of the SADC council of ministers, and President Hifikepunye Pohamba as the SADC chairperson. Today, the SADC’s vision is one of economic well-being, improved standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice and peace and security for the people of southern Africa. 13 August 2010 Among others, a report on regional infrastructure projects will be tabled at the summit and an infrastructure development plan of action is expected to be approved. President Jacob Zuma, who is the bloc’s official mediator, is expected to brief the summit on the problems overshadowing the unity government. Ntsaluba, however, declined to divulge on the report that Zuma will table, saying only that there had been progress in this regard. The SADC Heads of State Summit is scheduled to take place from 16 to 17 August. Despite the positive developments since its inception, next week’s summit will have to address some of the sub-region’s “hotspots”. Department of International Relations and Cooperation director-general Ayanda Ntsaluba said the Heads of State would try to find a way forward on Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe and his Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, have remained deadlocked on certain parts of the Global Political Agreement. DRC President Joseph Kabila is the current chairman, having taken over the position from Zuma at the 2009 summit in Kinshasa. “The summit is also expected to propel the region closer to regional integration through the adoption of various recommendations expected from the regional body’s structures and task forces,” said Ntsaluba. Last week, Zuma sent a special envoy on a mission to that country, lead by former Transport Minister Mac Maharaj. Infrastructure investment, development The transformation of the organisation from a coordinating conference into a development community (SADC) took place on 17 August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia when the Declaration and Treaty was signed at the Summit of Heads of State and Government thereby giving the organisation a legal character. The SADC common agenda is based on various principles, such as development orientation, subsidisation, market integration and development, facilitation and promotion of trade and investment and variable geometry. Coordinating development, improving lives The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary when it meets in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, next week. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more