ASAJ to recruit islandwide for water polo players

first_imgAmateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) vice-president, Lance Rochester, says the body will be looking to recruit talent islandwide, grow in numbers, and, ultimately, have full-scale representation at all levels so the country’s water polo fraternity can keep up with regional counterparts.The association is preparing to host the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Pan American Youth Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Championships from August 25 to September 4 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston.”We have never hosted anything like this, where aquatics is concerned. This is the biggest event that we (Jamaica) has ever held, Rochester told The Gleaner.”This is the Pan American region and this is the qualifier for the World Championships next year for juniors,” he added.Aiming for World ChampsAs hosts, Jamaica will bring together some of the best Junior Water Polo teams in the Pan American region. The top-10 countries from the region will be vying for four spots to next year’s World Champs.”The reality is that to be successful in the long term we have to spread ourselves in the rest of the country. Right now we are selecting from a very small section of our population. That is not good enough. We need to be right across … from Morant Point to Negril point,” he said.Jamaica bagged four bronze medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) in Puerto Rico recently but Rochester notes that a lot is demanded if they are to beat teams like Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico.They finished third in 18 and under categories for male and female respectively, and the same among 15 and under male and female teams.last_img read more

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FIFA punish Africans for World Cup offences

first_img0Shares0000After Gabon fielded suspended midfielder Merlin Tandjigora (front), they were punished with a $6,200 (5,300 euros) fine © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 3 – FIFA have punished numerous African nations for offences during 2018 World Cup qualifiers last month, the world football body said Tuesday.Gabon forfeited by a mandatory 3-0 scoreline a match against Ivory Coast in Libreville for fielding suspended midfielder Merlin Tandjigora. However, the Gabonese lost the match 3-0 so the punishment effectively amounted to a $6,200 (5,300 euros) fine.Fielding ineligible players was a major problem in Africa during 2014 World Cup qualifying, but Portugal-based Tandjigora is the first culprit since.Nigeria were fined $30,000 after spectators invaded the pitch in Uyo during a 4-0 triumph over Cameroon.The Democratic Republic of Congo must pay FIFA $20,000 after the crowd hurled bottles and let off incendiary devices during a 2-2 draw with Tunisia in Kinshasa.Mali were fined $15,000 because fans flung bottles and chairs on the pitch in a 0-0 stalemate with Morocco in Bamako.The earlier qualifier between the same countries in Rabat led to a $3,000 fine for Morocco over whistling while the Malian national anthem was being played.Zambia received a $7,000 fine after the crowd hurled various unspecified objects on the pitch during a 3-1 victory over Algeria in Lusaka.Senegal and Burkina Faso were warned for late kick-offs in the qualifiers between them in Dakar and Ouagadougou.The fines are a serious blow as most African national football associations struggle financially with many relying on government bailouts for survival.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Zoo’s Okoth crowned April’s best KPL Coach

first_img0Shares0000Zoo FC head coach was named the Fidelity Insurance/SJAK Coach of the Month for April. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 – Zoo FC tactician Sammy Okoth was on Tuesday named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month Award for April.Okoth won a unanimous vote having garnered most points in Kenyan Premier League in April. He guided the Kericho based outfit to victories over Posta Rangers, Tusker and Kakamega Homeboy. Zoo also got points from AFC Leopards with whom they drew 2-2 and Bandari fc. The club’s only blemish in April was a loss to newbies Wazito.The fine run in April helped the club climb out of relegation abbys into safety zone and has the team which is only playing it’s second season in top flight dreaming of a top ten finish.Despite their monetary challenges Zoo gave a good account of themselves and Okoth believes his charges are capable of playing better should conditions improve at the Green stadium.“We really started badly this season but somewhere along the way the player players stepped up we moved out of danger. I never imagined that such a performance could be rewarded as everything we did was for the team to get to a better position, without the award in mind,” Okoth said after the ceremony“I’ve never won an award before in my life despite being in football for many years. I’m therefore very excited to get this award. I hope this will motivate the team to continue playing with passion so that we achieve our season target which is a top ten finish,” he added.The players, led by prolific duo of Mike Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui hailed their coach and tipped the team to see greater success with him in charge.“I’m so happy that the coach has won this award because of how he has been good to us. He’s seen us through a lot to an extent that he’s a father figure to me and several other players in the team. The belief he gives us keeps the team strong and I’m happy he has been recognized,” Madoya said.Kipkirui also spoke highly of his coach, attributing his national team call up to greet guidance from the coach.“The coach has been a great leader and mentor to the team and me in particular. The skills and confidence that has seen me perform well and earn national team call up were all imparted by the coach. I’m glad to have him with me and hope we can achieve a lot more together,” Kipkirui noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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MAN TO BE SENTENCED FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES FOLLOWING DEATH OF INISHOWEN PENSIONER

first_imgA Judge has expressed his heartfelt sympathy to a family whose mother was killed in an accident in Inishowen.Austin Stewart from Fahan arrives at a previous court in Carndonagh.The distraught family of the late Maura Porter, 71, were in Carndonagh District Court yesterday as a man was charged minor motoring offences in connection with her death. Austin Stewart, 45, pleaded guilty to driving without an NCT on his Peugeot car, having a bald tyre and having a broken headlight on the vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to failing to display an NCT certificate.The case had been adjourned eight times since last October after Mrs Porter’s son Brendan and daughter Davina asked the DPP to review the charges.Ms Porter’s case made national headlines after it took an ambulance almost 50 minutes to reach her after she was knocked down and killed while coming home from mass on December 30th, 2013.The case led to a review of ambulance response times across the country by the HSE.Judge Paul Kelly yesterday (TUES) criticised the delay in reviewing the case by the Director of Public Prosecutions.Judge Paul Kelly remarked that he had last adjourned the case in April as he was told the DPP would conclude its re-examination of the case by yesterday.But Gda Insp David Murphy told him the DPP had decided to go ahead with the prosecution of the minor charges, but had not taken a view as yet on the possibility of further charges.Judge Kelly said the deadline for the review had become “something of a moving target”.He adjourned the case until he afternoon and returned to say that he had decided to go ahead with the case as Stewart could later argue the case would be prejudiced if it was delayed further.He said if the DPP were to bring further charges, they would be heard at the Circuit Court.Judge Kelly said he had every sympathy for the Port family and all they had gone through.“But there is nothing that can be done in this court or any other court to bring back the late Mrs Maura Porter,” he added.“It is entirely unsatisfactory that we find ourselves in this position yet again where the DPP has been unable to come to a conclusion.”Mrs Porter’s daughter Davina sobbed loudly as the tragic details of the incident were read out.Defence solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin said Stewart will have to live with the nightmare of this for the rest of his life.“His health has been badly affected and he has been left badly traumatised by the matter.”Sentencing was adjourned until September 15 as Judge Kelly asked for a probation report on Stewart.MAN TO BE SENTENCED FOR MINOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES FOLLOWING DEATH OF INISHOWEN PENSIONER was last modified: June 17th, 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:Andrew StewartCarndonaghcrashdeathJudge Paul KellyMaura Porterlast_img read more

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HOW ONE DONEGAL MAN ‘ENGINEERED’ HIMSELF THE WORLD’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY JOB!

first_imgFrancis’ self portraitA Donegal man has quit his job as an electronic engineer to coachsurf around the world taking photographs!Francis Cassidy, the son of Hugh and Marie from Old Laghey Road, Donegal Town has become a ‘Stray Photographer’.Francis’s adventure began in Finland in March. Since then he has travelled across Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway to the city of Vladivostok, got the ferry down to South Korea and is currently travelling down through Asia.Many just might consider that Francis has one of the best jobs in the world!People can follow the adventures of the Stray Photographer on his blog –http://www.thestrayphotographer.com/  HOW ONE DONEGAL MAN ‘ENGINEERED’ HIMSELF THE WORLD’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY JOB! was last modified: May 31st, 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:Donegal TownFrancis Cassidystrayphotographerlast_img read more

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Valley falls short in share of services

first_imgUpon taking over as mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa began with a miles-long list of promises to fulfill. For commuters, reduce traffic. For parents, save the schools. For local communities, empower neighborhood councils. And for the San Fernando Valley, deliver a more equitable share of city resources. During his campaign, Villaraigosa reached out to Valley voters, noting that “for too long, the San Fernando Valley has been treated as the neglected stepchild of Los Angeles.” It was a radically different approach from that of former Mayor James Hahn, who maintained throughout his tenure that City Hall served the Valley just as well as the other areas of Los Angeles. Valley residents never bought into that line of argument and doubted whether Hahn really cared enough to investigate the issue. Even now, the question still remains whether the city actually knows the extent to which city services are distributed among neighborhoods in an equitable or inequitable manner. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week To address this issue, I undertook at Stanford University a study to examine and compare the level of city services in the Valley and the remaining portion of the city. (The study is available online at www.stanford.edu/~aisen.) My purpose was to focus empirically on the question: Does the Valley get its fair share? The answer, in a word: No. Social scientists differ on how to best measure “equity” in public services, so I opted for using different measurements tailored to best account for the nature of each service in question. The data used in the study came mainly from correspondence with employees of the city of Los Angeles concerning fiscal years 2002 and 2003. Only city departments that provide tangible services to the public were analyzed. My findings demonstrate that for some departments, although not all, the Valley – which contains approximately 36.8 percent of the city population – appears to not be receiving an equitable share of services. The findings of the study are as follows. Fire Department: Although the Valley possesses more uniformed personnel per fire and/or ambulatory-related incident (.965 uniformed personnel per incident citywide versus 1.2 in the Valley), response times for every type of incident are higher in the Valley, though no more than 45 seconds. This disparity can be explained by the fact that because the Valley is less densely populated, the number of fire stations per square mile is almost half as high. In short, the fire stations in the Valley are too far away from each other, and so Valley residents don’t get the same protection as the rest of the city. Department of Public Works: In the Bureau of Street Lighting, the number of repairs made per repair person in the Valley is almost twice as many, which seems to indicate that the service level in the Valley is substantially lower (494.6 repairs per repair person versus 885.6 in the Valley). That’s because every streetlight that needs repair is at some point repaired by the city, so because the workload is much higher for employees assigned to the Valley, it presumably takes longer for a streetlight to be repaired in the Valley than it does elsewhere. The Bureau of Street Services does slightly less resurfacing in the Valley relative to the miles of street the Valley contains (44.3 percent of all L.A. streets are in the Valley, but the Valley gets only 40.3 percent of total resurfacing). The bureau possesses no traffic counts, which makes it impossible to determine which streets suffer from the most wear. In the street tree division of the Bureau of Street Services, resources are allocated on the basis of City Council districts, which leads to an inequitable distribution of services as the larger number of trees in the Valley are trimmed less frequently (51.6 percent of total trees are in the Valley, but the Valley gets only 42.4 percent of total tree trimming). Department of Transportation: In the Bureau of Parking Enforcement and Intersection Control, the number of preferential parking district and preferential parking blocks per preferential parking officer is higher in the Valley, which suggests the Valley is not receiving an equitable share of services (2.1 officers per district versus .895 in the Valley and 10.35 blocks per officer, versus 12.647 in the Valley). In the Bureau of Transit Program and Franchise Regulations, ridership is higher for the non-Valley city bus lines, which is evidence that the Valley is receiving a more than equitable share of transit services (35.1 median passenger revenue hour of service versus 21.2 in the Valley). Department of Recreation and Parks: The Valley is receiving a less than equitable share in all of the measures of the department’s service levels, except for park acreage (44.6 percent of acreage, 33 percent of facilities, 26.6 percent of employees, 23.4 percent of pools, and 0 percent of museums in the Valley, which contains 36.8 percent of the city’s population). Library Department: The Valley contains fewer libraries per capita (31.3 percent of total libraries in the Valley). Furthermore, based on data prior to the recent re-openings of many libraries, the collections sizes in the Valley were smaller relative to the percent of total materials in circulation in the Valley (37.4 percent of total circulation in the Valley but only 23.2 percent of total collection). Department of Animals Services: Of the six animal shelters in the city, two are located in the Valley. Based on the geographic distribution of employees, the Valley receives an equitable share of services (36.3 percent of animal services personnel are in the Valley). Department of Cultural Affairs: There are fewer community art centers and theater complexes as well as employees per capita in the Valley (12.5 percent of city-owned facilities, 14.7 percent of employees, and 22.7 percent of city-owned or partnered facilities in the Valley). Neighborhood City Halls: The percent of neighborhood city halls is another inequity. Only 28.6 percent of neighborhood city halls and 30.43 percent of their employees are in the Valley, meaning that Valley residents must travel farther to reach a city hall. Department of Neighborhood Empowerment: The percent of neighborhood councils located in the Valley is comparable per capita (33.33 percent of total neighborhood councils in the Valley), but the populations served by each neighborhood council vary widely, from less than 8,000 residents to more than 85,000 residents. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this variance in size, the city’s policy of appropriating $50,000 a year to each certified neighborhood council is inequitable. In fact, many of the poorer areas of the city have large neighborhood council districts. A much more equitable policy would be to allocate funds on the basis of population. Police Department: The Valley receives response times almost one minute longer than the remaining portion of the city (8.93 minutes versus 9.84 in the Valley). Patrol persons in the Valley respond to more calls and offenses per patrol person (119.19 units dispatched per patrol person versus 141.36 in the Valley). However, the percent of offenses cleared by arrest is higher in the Valley (12.86 percent versus 13.85 percent in the Valley). This is likely due to a higher percentage of violent crimes committed in the remaining portion of the city, and that violent crimes require more time and resources to be cleared. It therefore cannot be concluded that the Valley is receiving an inequitable share of police services, although disparate response times have long been a source of contention. While the disparities in city services are generally not that large, there are no legitimate reasons for them to persist. Villaraigosa should instruct the heads of each department and his new city commissioners to review the distribution of city services in more detail and to take measures to achieve as much equity as possible. Adam Isen, a graduate of Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, is a senior majoring in Economics at Stanford University. Write to him by e-mail at aisen@stanford.edu. 160Want 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

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Scoil Colmcille Coffee Morning raises a sweet €2,500

first_imgScoil Cholmcille in Letterkenny had a lovely busy morning last Friday at their annual coffee morning.Many parents and visitors, including Letterkenny MD Mayor Jimmy Kavanagh, attended the event. Pupils welcomed guests to the school, where they were treated to some delicious homemade bakes and biscuits and some great conversation.The event was organised to raise funds for the school and it was a brilliant success – raising €2,500. Scoil Colmcille Coffee Morning raises a sweet €2,500 was last modified: May 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:coffee morningScoil Colmcillelast_img read more

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Hughes is a worthy contender to replace Moyes, insists Redknapp

first_imgHarry Redknapp has insisted that Mark Hughes is a worthy contender to replace David Moyes at Everton.Hughes, sacked as QPR boss last year after a dismal run of results, has been touted as a possible successor to the Manchester United-bound Moyes.Joey Barton, who was frozen out by him at Loftus Road  has warned that Everton appointing Hughes would be “suicide”.But Redknapp, who took over from Hughes at relegated Rangers, believes the Welshman deserves to be considered.He said: “Why not? Mark is a good manager, so why shouldn’t he be linked with the job?“He had a little spell at Everton [as a player] although he’s a Man United man really. Good luck to him. If that’s what he wants I wish him well.”See also:Everton appointing Mark Hughes would be ‘suicide’ warns BartonRedknapp backs Bircham for Millwall 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Eureka High running back Sergio Manzo wins CIF Spirit of Sport award for 2017 fall season

first_imgEureka >> Eureka head football coach Jason White has been in the game for a quite a while.But when it comes to him describing senior running back Sergio Manzo as “one of the classiest kids” he’s ever coached and “somebody any parent would want their daughter to marry,” he’s got some clout behind it.White isn’t the only one to recognize Manzo’s character, either.The Loggers’ senior running back has been award the 2017 fall season’s CIF Spirit of Sport Award, a distinction that is given to one …last_img read more

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A thousand South African voices against gender violence

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Brand Manager Sithembile Ntombela believes that South Africans need to work together to deal with the crux of society’s issues.Ayanda Dlodlo, Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration calls for activism to never end.(Images: Melissa Jane Cook)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sthembile NtombelaBrand and Marketing Manager BrandSA+27 (0) 11 483 0122Melissa Jane CookBrand South Africa attended the A Thousand Voices Against Abuse conference held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Friday, 18 October. The day embraced South African women, who have played an essential role in the country’s democracy.The almost 1 000-strong audience, mostly women with a few men, came from across the country, and dancing, singing, clapping, ululations, and poignant reflections were the order of the day as emotions ran high at the event.As the conference celebrated the feminine and acknowledged mothers and gogos (grandmothers and older or elderly women), sisters and aunties, wives, girlfriends and daughters, the prominent message was that South Africa needs drastic change to stop violence against women and children.Ordinary South AfricansThe conference saw ordinary South Africans, academics and representatives from the Department of Public Service and Administration and NGOs attend.“In 1994 there was a powerful, positive shift in South Africa and the country embraced freedom. Twenty years on society is encouraged to reflect on the present; to shape conversations; to commit to dialogue and raise its voice. It needs to bring ubuntu and humanity back into South African culture,” says Khumo Mohlamme, co-founder of A Thousand Voices.“It is a conversation that we have started as South Africans to make sure that we celebrate women that have contributed to our democracy for the past 20 years. We also are increasing the awareness on the plight of gender violence.”Brand South Africa’s brand manager, Sithembile Ntombela, insists that South Africans need to work together to fight crime and deal with the root of the society’s problems.“We need to encourage the importance of social cohesion in nation building. We see it in sport, the feeling of ubuntu and togetherness. We need to adopt this same attitude into society.”She adds, “We must stay true to our identity. SA is inspiring new, creative ways through our values. We need to stand strong by our pillars; these define our fortress, our pillars of ubuntu, creating innovation, sustainability, diversity and possibility. We are a proud nation and we need to all play our part.”Channels of engagementThe A Thousand Voices movement aims to open the channels of engagement between government, academics, the private and public sectors, faith-based organisations and citizens from all walks of life, to profile and eradicate gender-based violence. It is an initiative by the South African envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which aims to secure commitments from governments to promote transparency and empower citizens.Mohlamme says the main issue is that the justice system is not doing enough to implement government policies as far as women abuse is concerned. She says that there are great policies; however government needs a partner to make sure that people on the ground speak up against abuse.“Last year we had 64 515 cases reported cases of rape and of course statistics do show that only one out of nine cases are actually reported, because there’s a lot of stigma that is associated with rape. There’s a lot of fear and intimidation. So we have not seen great progress, the stats are going higher and we have polices and we have talked about it but it is time we do more than talk,” Women Against Rape director, Pearl Kupe said.She says that the country has been sweeping woman abuse under the table, and even though there has been more discussion about it, there doesn’t seem to be any progress.“We have lovely polices and I think if you were to interrogate you [would] find that we have lovely strategies on national crime prevention and everything but we are not seeing the benefits of it translate. So we need to interrogate those strategies, we need to see if they have been implemented. If they have not been implemented we need to ask why,” Kupe said, adding that South Africans need to pick themselves up and redefine themselves.Everyone’s responsibilityOutcomes from the conference were that South Africans need to ask themselves how they can stem the tide of abuse and to step up, as it’s all South Africans’ responsibility.Brand South Africa also said that the widespread abuse hampered the country’s reputation abroad.Ayanda Dlodlo, deputy minister for Public Service and Administration proudly said: “This is a momentous occasion as this open partnership with government is encouraging power back to the people. We need to make sure that activism never ends. People and government must have a relationship of value, not politicking, but one of value. We need openness, transparency and good governance. Let’s not walk in the dark, let’s become beacons of hope and make it a priority to meet the basic needs of people.”Ntombela believes that, together, the country can build pride and patriotism, drive mass mobilisation, lift the spirit of the nation and achieve widespread support. She believes that united, SA must incite a strong call to action.Brand SA’s main aim is to inspire, and believes that South Africans can work together to promote optimism and never lose sight of hope.last_img read more

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