JOHANNESBURG (AP):With a multibillion-dollar new broadcast rights deal set to kick in from the 2016-17 season, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says “it’s a very good time” for the league right now and, he stressed on Thursday, the players, too.The new agreement with ESPN and TNT, worth nearly $24 billion over nine years, will have a “significant impact on the viability” of teams, Silver said.That will also likely see players seek much more in their next collective bargaining opportunity, possibly in 2017, after they had their guarantees of revenues slashed four years ago when team owners insisted that they needed a new financial structure.The new TV deal, announced in October, came with an indication from players that they would be seeking a bigger slice next time round.new excuse, please”The whole thing that went on with the last negotiation process was the owners were telling us they were losing money. There’s no way they can sit in front of us and tell us that right now,” Cleveland’s LeBron James said last year.James said “That will not fly with us this time.”That was further underlined by Silver’s comments on Thursday, when he said business was much better.”I would say, generally, it’s a very good time for the NBA and its players right now,” Silver said.He was speaking in South Africa where players’ association president Chris Paul is part of a group of 20 NBA stars set to play an exhibition game today, the first by the NBA in Africa.For Silver, who took over as commissioner in 2014, there was an improved relationship between the league, the owners, and the players now, he said.
At a time when the nation’s athletes are being accorded National Honours for their global exploits and the recognition and respect they bring to the country, Foster’s Fairplay calls on the powers that be, to take a serious look at the record of Claude Bryan. He has never been or is it expected will ever be one to draw attention to himself. That is left to those who have the insight and the will to let his tremendous success manifest itself through other channels. Foster’s Fairplay stands ready to sound the trumpet on the achievements of a true servant of Jamaica. Bryan has been through the trenches and manned the ramparts of an area in a sport where no quarter is given. It is sink or swim based on an ability to stay focused on a sworn mantra of which being dedicated and devoted to high principles, forms just a part. With all that in mind, Foster’s Fairplay sums it up. Let Claude Bryan be recognised for his work in Jamaica’s most successful sport. Equally yes, but can there be anyone more deserving who is still to be honoured? – Feedback: Email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Foster’s Fairplay recalls a time when one of the main stakeholders in track and field received little or no recognition in local circles. They were not allowed to have a firm grasp on things as they now enjoy. Officially known as athletes’ representatives or agents, they carry branding by the world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and now play a pivotal role in the management of several aspects of the affairs of the athletes. For well in excess of 20 years, former analyst on local radio, Claude Bryan, whose outfit, the On Track Management group, is based in the state of Georgia, United States of America, has performed the supportive role for a few of Jamaica’s elite athletes. Leading up to the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, this columnist had sought to join the ranks of these professionals. Bryan, at the time, was part of a small group, who would offer advice and guidance in an area where others so qualified were known to keep that type of information very close to their chests. Their modus operandi was more akin to raiding a fledgling barn than to suggest ways to enhance its quality. HUGE LEARNING EXPERIENCE Without hesitation or reserve, Bryan provided the support that encouraged a new participant in the field to stay the course. The fact that other influences halted a positive advance should in no way be laid at his feet. For this new kid, it was a short stint, but proved to be a huge learning experience in the twists and turns of the sport, thankfully enabled by the constant stewardship afforded by a man who embraces the Christian faith. Despite the professional achievements during the Don Quarrie/Merlene Ottey era, Jamaica had not yet transformed itself into the copious talent supply as it emerged at the Beijing Olympics of 2008. However, Bryan had set his sights and was ready to take advantage of the golden breakout of our sons and daughters. Veronica Campbell, as she was then, was his first acquisition of the quality that was his clear mandate. Of the same ilk, Bahamian Shaunae Miller and sprint hurdles king, Omar McLeod, were subsequently to follow. A trend of attracting and accepting excellence and remarkable personality traits – top-drawer material – had been established. Recently, news broke that 100m hurdles world record holder, Kendra (Keni) Harrison had been drawn under the umbrella where some shining lights were already aglow. This undoubtedly places the man who has been giving thankless support to track and field athletes at all levels, among the best of the best in his chosen field. The class, charm and charisma that Harrison brings to the group are compelling and will surely embellish the image of an already outstanding aggregation of the world’s best. There is yet another feather in Bryan’s cap that begs prominent mention. It accentuates his stature among the top performers in his craft. A tally of Agents whose charges copped the most gold medals in Rio recently, sees him very high on the ladder, rubbing shoulders with the most elite of practitioners. When given the well-earned tributes from this columnist for his outstanding work, his response, while steeped in humility, was a mere, “I am just a trying man.” TRUE SERVANT OF JAMAICA
Officials and representatives at the signing ceremony yesterdayThe National Elections Commission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and international partners yesterday signed off on a work-plan for 2018 that will continue to strengthen the institutional capacity of Liberia’s electoral management body and engage in wider reform in the policy and legislative areas according to a release issued by the electoral body yesterday.The release said the decision followed the 2017 general elections and a lessons learnt exercise held by the National Elections Commission (NEC) in February 2018. During the next year international partners will support reform of the NEC’s asset management system and rehabilitation of warehousing facilities to ensure existing and new equipment purchased in advance of the 2017 elections is catalogued and managed securely.The plan is to renovate all 19 warehousing facilities of the NEC and to modernise the existing systems and automate the control mechanisms for managing these assets.A further set of activities will focus on the post-election period and includes support for the policy and regulatory environment and reforms. As international and national election observers release their final reports and recommendations on the 2017 general elections, the NEC and its stakeholders will have access to resources to review policies and legislation including the legal precedents determined by the Supreme Court in its opinions in 2017 to further improve the electoral framework for the conduct of elections.The European Union Election Observation Mission released its final report at the end of May 2018 and it included 23 recommendations to enhance the electoral system and legal framework. These will provide the basis for policy discussions going forward, together with recommendations from other observer groups.Support to the 2015-2018 Liberia Elections cycle project is a partnership between the National Elections Commission, United Nations Development Programme, European Union, Sweden, Ireland and Canada with a fund of USD16 million to strengthen the conduct of elections in Liberia, the release concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
US$18M oil bonusOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall has filed a legal challenge seeking to have Government transfer the ExxonMobil US$18 million signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund.Nandlall in his legal challenge said the deposit of the signing bonus into a private back account is contrary to, and in violation of, the Constitution and the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).Opposition PPP/C Member of Parliament Anil NandlallIn his application, the MP is also seeking, among other things, an order from the court directing that Finance Minister Winston Jordan transfer and deposit the bonus into the Consolidated Fund forthwith.He argued that Government is in breach of Section 38 of the FMAA, which provides that all public moneys raised or received by the Government shall be credited fully and promptly to the Fund.In accordance with Article 216 of the Constitution and Section 38 of the FMAA, Nandlall said the US$18 million bonus and such other sums collected by the Government under the Petroleum Agreement with ExxonMobil are public moneys and must therefore be paid into and form one consolidated fund.This legal challenge follows a lawsuit that was filed in January by Attorney Christopher Ram, on behalf of anti-corruption activist Troy Thomas who also asked the High Court to order Minister Jordan to immediately deposit the US$18 million received from ExxonMobil as a signing bonus into the Consolidated Fund, while saying his failure to do so is unlawful.When the matter was called, however, the challenge had to be retracted after Chief Justice Roxane George had ruled that the litigation’s format was flawed. It now has to be refiled and served on all parties before the court can proceed. The legal team, headed by Ram, is currently in the process of reframing the documents and plans to file a new application soon.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has repeatedly debunked the Government’s excuse for holding the funds outside of the Consolidated Fund.Government has said that the money was kept in a private account to pay legal fees for Guyana should it have to take its border case with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice.Jagdeo is contending that the Government’s intention was always to hide the money, but they were caught with their hands in the proverbial cookie jar.The bonus in question was paid to the Government’s Central Bank account by US oil giant ExxonMobil in 2016. The existence of this bonus and the renegotiated oil agreement with the company was kept a secret until evidence of the transaction was leaked in December 2017.The correspondence of September 20, 2016, which was leaked to the media was addressed to the Governor of the Bank of Guyana with the subject being, “Signing bonus granted by ExxonMobil – Request to open bank account”.It showed Finance Secretary at the Finance Ministry, Hector Butts, requesting that a foreign currency account be opened at the Bank in order to receive a deposit in the form of a ‘signing bonus’ to be given by the oil company.The letter stated, “This account should not be treated as part of the Bank’s reserves. Instead, the proceeds should be held in the currency of the deposit, that is, United States dollars, and invested in secured interest-bearing securities.”After mounting criticism, President David Granger defended the transaction by saying it was the thing to do at the time. He also noted that the money was placed in an escrow account, though observers have disputed this.After the fact, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman also defended the secrecy by saying the money would be used to defend Guyana’s sovereignty in the legal process.At present, Guyana is awaiting a ruling from the United Nations Secretary General on whether or not the country would have to proceed to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In the meantime, however, this sum of money remains outside of the Consolidated Fund.The proceedings by Nandlall were filed on Monday, and a hearing on his application is fixed before the Chief Justice on March 13.
…secures help from former AG who requested inquestThe relatives of a six-year-old child of Abrams Creek Primary School pupil who fell into the Pomeroon River, Region Two and drowned is calling for a thorough investigation into the incident.The grieving parents of Ramesh Khanai, a Grade One is receiving legal assistance of former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.The aggrieved father, Doodnauth Khanai, claimed that his son was at school when the incident occurred and as such, he received a message notifying him of the incident.When he showed up, his son was nowhere to be found but was told that someone had made a few attempts to dive into the river to search for the missing lad. HisDEAD: Ramesh Khanaibody was recovered later.But the father said he wants justice for his child, because he feels that the drowning may have resulted due to negligence on the part of the teachers at the school entrusted with his care.“My son was the first to down at the school, but before they had a few incidents…students at the school fell at the stelling but they would have parents who are close by would render assistance,” he explained. The man claims that the teachers would often leave the children unattended and would also leave the gate open, even though the stelling is close by to the school building.He said, “When I tell the teacher that they don’t have interest with the children at this time, they turn and crying and that’s all…they only thing they said was he was a good student.”The distraught father visited the former AG’s office on Tuesday, who was able to get a letter dispatched to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack seeking an inquest.The letter was also copied to Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine, Crime Chief Paul Williams, ‘E’ Division Commander Khali Parshram, Education Minister Nicolette Henry, and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally to inform them and invite assistance or input they can give to the matter.The attorney said that based on the facts that were presented to him, the incident happened as a result of negligence. He also noted that so far, the Education Ministry has not engaged in the matter, neither has the Social Protection Ministry, although this incident requires more attention.“Both ministries should have gotten involved in the matter. And an investigation ought to have been launched. We have not heard from either of the ministries and the parents are completely dissatisfied with the pace at which the investigation is going at the level of the police,” Nandall added.Nandall told this newspaper that at a later stage, the possibility of suing the teachers for negligence could be explored. “When I say that suing the teachers’ I mean suing the state and that is not an option that I would be overruling at this time. But I’ll have to discuss that with the parents.” In relation to compensation for the parents, Nandall said that option could also be pursued with the parents’ permission.Reports are that the lad fell into the river about 11:45h on Thursday, July 12, 2018 when he went to wash his feet in the company of another student. The river runs along the front of his school.The boy and an eight-year-old female student were playing at the health post building, which is also housed in the school’s compound. The girl reported that about 11:40h she and the now-deceased student were playing when he told her that he was going to wash his feet. She told investigators that shortly afterwards she saw his upraised two hands in the water and she began to scream.Guyana Times was told that upon hearing the child’s screams, teachers rushed out and ran to the landing, but the child was not seen. Two men from the area then jumped overboard in search of the boy, but their efforts proved futile. The Police were called, and an investigation has been launched. Meanwhile, another search party has been combing the area for the child’s body.Efforts to contact officials from both ministries for a comment has proved futile.
MT. SAC SOFTBALL The Mounties split a pair of games at the Green & Gold Tournament, defeating Santiago 11-1 before falling to Golden West, 2-1. Michael Strawberry scored 19 points, while Chris Massengale added 11 points to lead the Chaffey Panthers to an 82-62 win over visiting Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday. The Panthers (27-5, 11-1 league) led 41-34 at halftime. Junior driver Sabrina Marquez scored five goals to lead Cal State San Bernardino to a 14-7 win over the Athenas. Marquez had help from All-America junior Freyja Berg, who had three goals, and freshman two-meter player Kaitlin Hartman, who tallied four goals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mandy Pongs was 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three runs against Santiago. Francesca Gonzalez drove in the only run for Mt. SAC (7-2) against Golden West. SBVC BASEBALL The Wolverines lost a pair of games at the Mt. SAC Tournament, falling 6-5 in 10 innings to Ventura and losing 6-2 to Glendale. Thomas Amidon recovered from a shaky beginning to throw 10 innings against Venturea. Robert Ibarra had three hits and an RBI and Jonathan Garcia had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for SBVC. Against Glendale, Dallas McDaniels came in in relief with an impressive four-inning effort, striking out four and only giving up two hits for SBVC (3-5). Gary Carillo went 2-for-3 with a double. CMS WATER POLO
Victory sent Portugal top of Group B on four points ahead of Spain’s game against Iran in Kazan, as a second straight defeat for Morocco condemned the African nation to an early exit in their first World Cup appearance since 1998.Morocco coach Herve Renard opted for a back four, with Manuel Da Costa and Nabil Dirar coming into the side, to provide added protection against the “absolutely exceptional” Ronaldo after his hat-trick against Spain.But his plans were torn apart within minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium as Ronaldo wriggled free of the imposing Da Costa to bury an unstoppable header past a helpless Monir El Kajoui.It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the tournament, more than his combined tally at three previous finals, and left him trailing just Iran’s Ali Daei (109) on the list of top international goalscorers.The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro.Mehdi Benatia forced a smart low save from Rui Patricio at a corner for Morocco, before Hakim Ziyach skipped his way into the Portugal area, his goal-bound effort blocked by an outstretched leg.Joao Moutinho then nipped in ahead of Mbark Boussoufa to get a vital clearing touch in the six-yard box as Morocco consistently targeted the right side of the Portuguese defence.– Moroccan penalty appeals –A crude lunge from Benatia on Ronaldo left the Portugal skipper writhing around in pain, while Morocco felt aggrieved when Nordin Amrabat was hauled down by Guerreiro as he muscled his way into the area.Khalid Boutaib was flattened by Jose Fonte in an aerial challenge that again had the Moroccans up in arms, with Renard warned for gesturing for the video assistant referee.Morocco goalkeeper El Kajoui kept his side in the game when he stuck out a strong left palm to repel a Goncalo Guedes effort following Ronaldo’s lofted pass over the top.Ronaldo blazed over from 15 yards after a quick free-kick caught Morocco out, Guedes’s miscued attempt rolling invitingly to the five-time world player of the year.Morocco continued to carve out opportunities as Patricio clung on well to a curling Belhanda shot, and the Portugal keeper pulled off an even better save minutes later.Another dangerous delivery from Ziyach was flicked on by Belhanda, with new Wolves signing Patricio flinging himself to his right to magnificently claw the ball to safety.A further opening fell to Benatia, the Juventus defender neatly shifting the ball onto his left boot only to lash over the bar as Morocco’s frustrations mounted.The lively Ziyach nipped past Fonte in the closing minutes but found Pepe standing in his way, with Benatia hammering over one final chance to seal Morocco’s fate.Portugal will meet Iran in their final group game on June 25, with Morocco set to bow out after their match against Spain in Kaliningrad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal in the World Cup to lead the chase for the Golden Boot. Photo/APMOSCOW, Russia, June 20 – Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16.The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe’s all-time leading scorer with 85 international goals.
As Donegal’s young people continue to flock to foreign shores, donegaldaily.com reporter Marie Duffy presents the fourth of a series of interviews speaking to those who are creating a new life abroad.Emmet Griffin, 23 from Ballybofey is currently living in South Shields in Newcastle-Upon- Tyne.He emigrated for work almost five years ago after being offered not one but two jobs, something he says he could only dream of in Ballybofey. “I emigrated to South Shields as I was offered two jobs here in the north east. One was as a steward at Newcastle United football club and the other was working in the local Tesco.“I chose South Shields as the jobs were here and I also have family in this town too, so I never felt too alone as they were just on my doorstep.”Emmet was not content to stay at home in Donegal and claim unemployment benefits, and now manages to work both jobs to support his family.“I’m happy to work as many hours as I can. At the minute its close season in the English Premier League, so I’m doing more hours at Tesco.” Although he has made a life for himself in Newcastle over the past few years, Emmet’s heart lies in Donegal and he would love to return but knows it is not possible in the current economic climate.“My friends and family in Donegal mean the world to me and one day I hope to move home again to be beside them.“But the way things are now that won’t be happening any time soon.“I miss the people so much, over in England everyone is a lot more stand-offish, where as in Ireland everyone is your friend and will talk to you, even if they don’t know you.”DONEGAL ABROAD….LETTER FROM NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE was last modified: June 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BallybofeyDONEGAL ABROADdonegaldaily.comEmmett Griffinletter from newcastle upon tyneNewcastle UnitedSt James Park
A warm welcome, plenty of useful career advice and a jam-packed An Dánlann full of companies looking to recruit, is what’s on offer at the LYIT Careers Fair 21 October, 12-3pm. Admission is free. L-R: Registrar Billy Bennett, Catherine Lyster Careers Officer/ organiser with Paul Hannigan President LYIT. Pic by Clive Wasson.Letterkenny Institute of Technology is hosting a Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall from 12 noon to 3 pm. Admission is free.The fair offers a one-off opportunity to meet employers, review postgrad options and get plenty of free advice, all in one day and under one roof.The Careers and Postgrad Fair is an unmissable event for anyone who wishes to find out about job opportunities across a various industry sectors and also to explore postgraduate study options. A large number of national and local employers as well as, other colleges and voluntary organisations attend.“It’s a wonderful chance to talk to potential employers, regardless whether you’ve recently graduated or not,” suggests organiser Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer at LYIT.“The event is a valuable resource not just for job positions but also to get advice on securing employment or considering a career change.”Catherine outlines what will be available. “We will be running free seminars from experts on topics like interview tips, studying abroad, how to dress to impress, as well as running our CV clinic with a panel of 5 experts. People can bring their CVs on the day and get free one-to-one guidance. Of course, we’ll have the Jobs Wall with current jobs listed. Many professional bodies are coming too such as Engineers Ireland and the Accountancy bodies.” Over 50 local and national organisations will attend from the IT, Food, Business and Science sectors. Some well- known companies taking part include: Pramerica, Allergan, Allstate Northern Ireland, Ecoventi NI, United Health, specialist recruitment agencies and many more. Smaller businesses looking to recruit top quality staff for permanent, temporary and part-time opportunities will be there too such as, Safetech based in Letterkenny. For those thinking about setting up a business, government agencies will be there and the Donegal Business Boot Camp for young people (18-25) with big business ideas.Referring to the mix of exhibitors this year Catherine says, “I believe there is definitely more optimism, we’re seeing a wider spread of employers who are actively recruiting in areas such as, IT, renewable energy, food sectors, medical and agriculture. This event offers people the chance to talk directly to potential employers, professional bodies and to postgraduate education providers. Anyone who is looking to find employment, change career or is considering further study should definitely come along. All are welcome.”For those considering postgraduate study, representatives from prominent universities and colleges throughout Ireland will be attending to offer advice on their range of postgraduate study options.In addition to full-time study, many courses can now be completed on a part-time or distance learning basis. Universities taking part include Queens, University of Ulster, as well as universities from the UK and IrelandSome of the professional associations attending include Engineers Ireland, the accountancy bodies in Ireland and Nursing Careers, as well as voluntary organisations such as The Donegal Volunteer Centre. Voluntary work is a useful way for job seekers to develop valuable skills and many well known voluntary associations will be there. The free seminars line up is as follows: 10.30 – 11.30 am: Careers in Accountancy, and Applying to Postgraduate Teaching Courses in UK; 12 – 12.45 pm: Issues You Need to Consider if you Intend Working Abroad; 12.45 – 1.30 pm: How to Make an Effective Presentation – Essential Tips for Interviews and Presentations; 1.30 – 2.15 pm: Using LinkedIn in your Job Search; and 2.15 – 3 pm: Dress to Impress for Success.Seminars are on a first-come first-served basis. If you’d like to attend, please register with Brenda Hamilton, email@example.com, or call 074 9186855.The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair will be held at LYIT on Monday, 21 October, in An Dánlann sports hall, from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’t miss it.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LYIT CAREER AND POSTGRAD FAIR was last modified: October 9th, 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:CAREERS FAIRLYIT
4 April 2003Hugh Lewin’s “Bandiet” (bandit) was a classic during apartheid – the story of a white activist, a member of the largely forgotten African Resistence Movement, who spent seven years in Pretoria Central Prison.Banned in South Africa, where writing about prison conditions was illegal, the book made the rounds clandestinely, and many of its images have become part of the national consciousness: the Death Row prisoners singing hymns through the night before a hanging, for example, keeping the A-grade prisoners awake; or the politicals sitting on stools in a circle in a freezing yard day after day sewing rotten mailbags with tarred string, then trying to rub the tar off their hands with cold water.“Bandiet Out of Jail”, published in late 2002 by Random House, includes the earlier text, and more.“He writes like a journalist who is a poet”, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a forward. “Or should that be the other way around? And his gentle wry humour is a bonus.”Bonuses in the new book include a number of poems, and drawings by fellow bandiet Jock Stratchen. There are also accounts, including a contemporary smuggled diary, of the last days of lawyer Bram Fischer, who led the defence in the Rivonia Treason Trial.Jailed soon after under the Suppression of Communism Act, Fischer was treated even worse than the other political prisoners, presumably because, as an Afrikaner lawyer, he was considered by prison officials the worst of turncoats. (See more on Fischer below.)Lewin left the country for London after he’d served his seven years, then moved to Zimbabwe, where, among other things, he founded a publishing firm.After 1990 he returned to South Africa where he has continued to make a mark, as former director of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, as a member of the Truth Commission’s Human Rights Violations Committee and now as a media trainer, travelling to countries that have only recently emerged from violence, merging the need for reconciliation with the necessity of a free and effective press.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material