Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh heads GFA Club Licensing Board

first_imgThe Executive Council of the GFA, exercising its powers under Article 52 of the GFA Statutes, has appointed a seven-member Club Licensing Board of the GFA.The Board will be chaired by economist and former sports journalist, Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, who is also the General Manager, Sustainability at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).Other members of the Club Licensing Board are: George Ankomah Mensah (Vice Chairman), Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah, Mike Bonsu, Mavis Amanor, Rev. Emmanuel Addotey and Joseph Addo.The GFA’s Club Licensing Manager, Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi will act as Secretary to the Board.The Club Licensing Board has the responsibility of vetting the license application of clubs to ensure compliance with legal, administrative, finance, technical, medical and security requirements of the provisions of the GFA Statutes and the GFA Club Licensing Regulations before issuing licences to clubs. Source: Ghana FAlast_img read more

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Five memorable races featuring Usain Bolt

first_imgAug 5, 2017. 100m LondonBolt opted to compete solely in the 100m at the London worlds in his swansong season. But the dream of a fourth title was broken by American arch rival Justin Gatlin, who has served two bans for doping. Gatlin’s teammate Christian Coleman snatched silver, with Bolt taking bronze. But it was Bolt who was received like a hero at the London Stadium while Gatlin was roundly booed and jeered. “It’s not the perfect script,” admitted IAAF president Sebastian Coe. Bolt was incredibly gracious in defeat, which saw Gatlin bow down on one knee before him after the race. “The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration,” Gatlin said of Bolt.Share on: WhatsApp After winning two more world golds in the blue riband event, Bolt raced through to an unprecedented treble of three consecutive Olympic 100m golds, an astonishing achievement in an event where injury often puts pay to a long string of victories. After winning the opening 100m in Rio, Bolt said: “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.” Needless to say, he bagged two more golds. London, United Kingdom | AFP | AFP Sports list five of the most memorable track races featuring Jamaican Usain Bolt, who brought down the curtain on his glittering career on Saturday.Aug 20, 2008. Beijing 200mBolt’s arrival on the global stage was confirmed with a sensational run in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics. Just days after winning the 100m in a then-world record 9.69sec, the Jamaican won over legions of new fans by sprinting to victory in 19.30sec, beating American Michael Johnson’s long-standing world record. “I worked so hard to become champion and I will work harder to stay at the top,” Bolt said.Aug 16, 2009. Berlin 100mAfter overcoming a false start in the semi-final, Bolt delivered his best-ever performance in the 100m. Covering the first 60 metres in an unprecedented 6.31 seconds, Bolt did not ease up and in 41 strides streaked through the finish line in an amazing world record of 9.58sec, a mark that will likely be unchallenged for many years to come. He followed that up by bettering his 200m to 19.19sec just days later. “For me, anything is possible,” Bolt said.Aug 28, 2011. 100m DaeguThe defining moment of the world championships in South Korea was a false start by Bolt, gifting the 100m title to teammate Yohan Blake. The non-result is Bolt’s sole hiccup on the world stage. “Looking for tears?” Bolt asked. “Not going to happen, I’m okay.”Aug 14, 2016. 100m Rio de Janeirolast_img read more

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Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet celebrates 31st year

first_imgThe 31st annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet which takes place Saturday, January 17, 2015.The Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet  is part of the Kal-West Interior Loppet Series races with both recreational and competitive distances for all ages.Included in registration is a beautiful ski along the picturesque trails of the Larch Hills, post race hot lunch, free pool pass, appy hour followed by an award ceremony and a family dance with pizza and beverages available.On-line registration is at www.SkiLarchHills.ca or entry forms are available through local ski shops.The final deadline for registration is Friday, January 16, 2015 at the SASCU Recreation Centre. One of the major races on the loppet circuit happens in the New Year at Ski Larch Hills 15 kilometers east of Salmon Arm off Highway 97Blast_img read more

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New Granite Pointe GM pumped to start golfing season

first_imgSome snow may remain on the fairways, but Granite Pointe at Nelson has already hit the ground running with the hiring of new General Manager David Belling.Belling arrives in the Heritage City after more than 35 years of experience in the golfing business, with stops in both Canada and the United States including Arizona and most recently Prince Rupert Golf Club.“In truth, Granite Pointe did not anticipate being able to attract a golf professional with David’s qualifications and experience spanning a period of 35 years,” said board member Barry Auliffe.Belling, winning the competition against 25 other applicants to replace Golf Professional Denny McArthur, comes to the 6,209 yard, par 72 track having experienced life on both sides of the game.Belling played professionally on the Web.com and Canadian PGA tours, as well as working as a golf professional, holding down positions of Head Golf Professional, Director of Instruction and General Manager at a variety of top-flight courses.Belling also has an International PGA Class A professional, is a Certified Golf Course Manager and a Canadian Golf Teachers Federation (CGTF)/USGTF Master Teaching Professional.“David has two guiding principles for running a successful golf operation – give customers value for their dollar and do so with a consistent high quality product,” Auliffe explained.“He is determined to deliver on those principles from the moment a customer drops off their clubs till they have played their round and are enjoying a refreshment on the deck.” Competitively, Belling is a two-time winner of the US Golf Teachers Cup in 2004 and 2014; winner of the World Golf Teachers Cup in 2003 as well as a five-time runner-up in the Canadian Golf Teachers Cup.“My role within the club is to manage the day-to-day operations but more importantly to meet and exceed expectations and create seamless guest experiences for all,” explained Belling.“From tournament organization, golf shop sales and club fitting to lessons, junior programs and member functions, I am here for the golfer at Granite Pointe.”The season is already lining up to be a great one at Granite Pointe.Some of the highlight tournaments include the Save-on-Foods Children’s Hospital event, Nelson Rotary Cup and Granite Pointe Corporate Cup.This season Granite Pointe, already blessed with a vibrant Junior program, is hosting more than 140 elite golfers under the age of 16 years at the BC Amateur Golf 2017 BC Juvenile Championships August 15-18.“We hope the public takes the opportunity to explore memberships at the Granite Pointe Golf Club, the quality of golf, amenities and our exceptional services that are second to none,” Belling said.“We look forward to you joining us as we build the foundation of a truly exceptional golf experience.”“So let’s get 2017 off to a great start,” Belling adds.“Come in and introduce yourself as I look forward to meeting you.”Belling optimistically predicts that Course Superintendent Ryan Holliday, will have Granite Pointe to be open for play in early April.last_img read more

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SAA set for inaugural Beijing flight

first_img12 January 2012 South African Airways is gearing up for its inaugural non-stop flight to China. An SAA Airbus A340-600, specially branded in honour of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, will leave Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on 31 January, arriving in Beijing on 1 February. SAA – named Africa’s best airline for the ninth year running in the 2011 Skytrax World Airline Awards – will operate the Johannesburg-Beijing route non-stop three times a week using its Airbus A340-600 long-haul aircraft. Flights between Johannesburg and Beijing take on average 15 hours, and flyers will be able to make use of the Air China Lounges in Beijing. Bookings are open through travel agencies and www.flyssa.com. “SAA is most pleased to introduce non-stop flights to Beijing, China,” SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela said in December. “This new route is in line with SAA’s strategy to expand its network to Asia, the fastest growing market in the world.”Strategic partnership China and South Africa established a comprehensive strategic partnership in August last year, entering into agreements for cooperation in infrastructure construction, transportation, water resource use, housing, health and education. The introduction of non-stop flights between the two destinations promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries. “Introducing direct flights between China and South Africa will promote tourism and trade, not only to South Africa, but also to all Southern African Development Community and other African countries,” Mzimela said. “South Africa and neighbouring destinations such as Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe are already popular destinations for Chinese tourists.”Star Alliance partner Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. Beijing Capital International, located 32 kilometres north-east of the city centre, is the main airport serving Beijing, and one of the busiest in the world. There are three terminals at the airport, and South African Airways will operate in and out of terminal three, the designated terminal for Star Alliance partners. SAA’s operations at the Beijing airport will be handled by Air China which, like SAA, also belongs to the Star Alliance. “Air China will also be code-sharing on the flight between Johannesburg and Beijing,” SAA said. “SAA in turn will code-share with Air China to and from Shanghai, with further destinations in China to follow in the near future.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Oppn. ‘marak shakti’ to blame for Swaraj, Jaitley deaths: Pragya

first_imgBJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ (killing power) to harm BJP leaders, adding the ‘evil power’ was behind the recent deaths of former Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. BJP veteran Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Sushma Swaraj on August 6. Taking umbrage at the BJP MP’s remarks, the Madhya Pradesh Congress said she has lost her mental balance and advised her to undergo treatment in a mental asylum. “While I was contesting the [Lok Sabha] elections, a Maharaj ji told me that bad times are upon us and the Opposition is up to something using some ‘marak shakti’ against the BJP. I later forgot what he said but now when I see our top leaders leaving us one by one, I am forced to think, wasn’t Maharaj ji right?” she said. Ms. Thakur was addressing a condolence meeting at the State BJP office to pay tributes to Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur. The latter had died on August 20. She refused to talk on the issue when reporters asked about her remarks. “Sadhvi Pragya’s statement is extremely objectionable. It shows that she has lost her mental balance,” said Shobha Oza, State Congress Media Cell chief.‘Abusive words’ “Sometimes she uses abusive words for Gandhiji or for Nehruji. Now she said so about the Congress. She needs to be treated as soon as possible. A mental asylum is the right place for her,” Ms. Oza told reporters. Ms. Thakur, who defeated Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, has made many such controversial remarks and had to apologise for some of them. She was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.last_img read more

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12 in fray for Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgTwelve candidates are in the fray for the October 21 byelections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan after the withdrawal of nominations on Thursday. A keen contest is on the cards between the ruling Congress and the BJP-Rashtriya Loktantrik Party alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.Elected to LSThe Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by the BJP, won from Nagaur.Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said here on Friday that three candidates were in fray in Khinvsar and nine in Mandawa. There are four independents contesting from Mandawa and one from Khinvsar.Nagaur MP Mr. Hanuman Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal has filed his nomination as RLP candidate, supported by the BJP, in Khinvsar, while the Congress has fielded former Minister Harendra Mirdha. The BJP has fielded Sushila Sigra, who has crossed over from the Congress, in Mandawa, and the Congress’ candidate at the seat is Rita Chaudhary, daughter of veteran party leader, the late Ram Narayan Chaudhary.While Ankur Sharma will contest as an independent from Khinvsar, the candidates for the Mandawa seat include Ambedkarite Party of India’s Durga Prasad Meena, Rashtriya Swarna Dal’s Beni Prasad Kaushik and Independents Ganesh Kumar Joshi, Pratap Singh Khyali, Satyaveer Singh Krishnia, Subhash Khareshiya and Altif.Star campaigners Both the Congress and the BJP have released the lists of their star campaigners. The Congress’s list included former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad were conspicuous by their absence.The BJP’s list of 40 leaders, included the party’s working president J.P. Nadda, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Gurdaspur MP Sunny Deol.last_img read more

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England’s Anthony defeats Vijender

first_imgIndia had a mixed day at the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games as three of their boxers reached the finals, while the World No.1 boxer Vijender Kumar suffered a shock defeat to settle for bronze.Suranjoy Singh (52kg), Manoj Kumar (60kg) and Paramajeet Samota (+91kg) assured India of at least three silver medals by beating Pakistan’s Haroon Iqbal, Bahamas’s Valentino Knowles and Tonga’s F.A. Junior, respectively.But middleweight boxer Vijender’s defeat stunned the crowd at the Talkatora Stadium as he lost to England’s Anthony Ogogo 3-4 after being handed two warnings. Vijender was first warned for hitting his opponent on the back of his head and then for holding the Englishman.Interestingly, the England boxer defeated his Indian counterpart despite not landing even a single scoring punch. In fact, Vijender was undone by the warnings, each of which cost him two points.The decision created a huge furore as the Indian Boxing Federation lodged a protest to the jury but it upheld Canadian referee Michael Summers’ decision. “The jury reviewed the bout and decided that Vijender was holding his opponent and the referee was right in warning him.The Indian team pointed out that even Ogogo was holding Vijender, but the jury didn’t agree and gave the England boxer a clean chit,” Indian Boxing Federation secretary-general P.K. Muralidharan Raja said.He said he had no problems with the jury’s decision. Vijender was furious. “It is unfair. Even he (Ogogo) held me but wasn’t warned,” he said. Vijender was leading 1-0 after the first round.advertisementIn the next round, none of them scored any points. In the third round, Vijender hit two scoring blows and extended his lead to 3-0, but then the Canadian referee Michael Summers handed the warning twice to Indians which resulted to an unexpected ouster of the brightest Indian contender for gold medal.Ogogo, exulting after perhaps the biggest win of his career, said, “a boxer of Vijender’s stature should not have acted the way he did in the ring”. “Critics will say that Vijender lost because he was handed a warning twice but the reality is that I was not given scores even after clear punches.Had those points been given to me, I would have been an outright winner.” Earlier, Commonwealth Championships gold medallist Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and nine-time national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing their semi-final bouts.Jai lost to Thomas Stalker of England 5-10 after he was also warned twice. In the evening session, Suranjoy crushed Iqbal, the younger brother of professional star Amir Khan, 9-3.Manoj played a mixed game of attack and defence to register a 2-1 win over Knowles. In the final on Wednesday, Suranjoy will face Benson Njangiri of Kenya, while Manoj is pitted against Bradley Saunders of England who beat Louis Colin of Mauritius 10-7. Samota will play Abdul Haqq Tariq of Trinidad.last_img read more

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