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first_imgBolt, Fraser-Pryce miss out on Laureus awardsBERLIN, Germany (CMC):Three-time winner, Usain Bolt, missed out on a fourth Laureus Sportsman-of-the-Year Award as Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic repeated as winner for a second straight year here yesterday.The 29-year-old Bolt was one of four athletes up for the award but lost out to Djokovic, who won three of the four grand slams last year on the ATP Tour last year, to clinch his third Laureus Award overall.Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi and British Formula One ace, Lewis Hamilton, also missed out.Jamaican Bolt is the reigning World champion in both the 100 and 200 metres, having once again dominated at the Beijing World Championships last August.He is preparing for the defence of his sprint titles at the Rio Summer Olympics.American Serena Williams, meanwhile, captured the Sportswoman-of-the-Year Award, defeating Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American footballer Carli Lloyd.WI snub PCB offerLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):West Indies will play all their games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as scheduled after turning down an offer from the host board to contest the two Twenty20 Internationals here. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan, said they had requested the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) play the two games here, but the Caribbean body had declined on the basis of security concerns.International cricket has not been played here since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus en route to a game, killing seven policemen and injuring several players.”We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort, but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused saying they have security fears, so the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates,” Khan was quoted as saying.The Windies are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-day internationals and the two T20s later this year in September and October.last_img read more

Ramjattan to re-evaluate all gun licence holders

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanTuesday’s fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man in Tucville, Georgetown, has left Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan more determined to control firearm holders.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Ramjattan disclosed that he intends to conduct a yearly review on all licensed firearm holders to ensure that they are still compatible with the criteria for issuance.He explained that this is being done since the personality of people often change as they get older and they might not be as sound as they would have been at the time when they were evaluated before being issued with the firearm licence.In this regard, the Minister said he intends to conduct new evaluation and review of firearm licence holders when they turn-up to renew their licences every year.“I intend to go back and do the checks every year because some of these people get old and they get depressed, who were very valid applicants years ago. So we have to do an ongoing process and if the ongoing process is going to realise a revocation, I think it is good because after getting (the licences) you are not the same persons from age 25 to age 75,” he pointed out.Ramjattan went on to talk about the Tucville shooting, noting that it was a very sad situation thus solidifying his approach to evaluate licence holders.“It’s an extremely sad story; I would not believe that someone, from what I’m being told, just sees a car turn into his driveway and then he come down like a cowboy and start shooting… what is that? We got a lot of people that are not mentally sound in this place and they carry arms,” the Minister remarked.However, another area that the Public Security Minister said needs to be reviewed is the issuance of gun licences to private security firms.“At the time when they (firms) might have applied for the licence, they might have had a good set of guys who may do the work for the firm but during the course of the years, those guys fall off. Some go America, some die, some migrate and then we get some people who we did not make checks on and because the company got the licences, we don’t know of some of these characters,” Ramjattan outlined.The Public Security Minister renewed his position on local gun control following the death of 24-year old Colin Perreira of Barr Street, Kitty, whose body was riddled with bullets by the owner of a Tucville house.Reports revealed that Perreira was in a motor car with a female, 20-year-old Gail Ann Chacon, who was driving and had used the suspect’s parapet to reverse the vehicle. The shooter, a licensed firearm holder, reportedly stormed out of his house with his weapon and opened fire on the vehicle.The young man was killed while the 20-year old female has been listed a critical.This incident comes less than two weeks after a 74-year-old miner, Theodore Adams, committed suicide after injuring his reputed wife with a gunshot wound to her mouth. Reports revealed Adams had been suffering from mental health-related issues and this may have triggered the shooting.last_img read more

UMU Clarifies Report of Over Crowdedness

first_imgThe Administration of the United Methodist University (UMU) yesterday reacted to a recent news report, which highlighted over crowdedness in the class rooms of the university.In a release, UMU said it is taken aback by the report, because the institution has and continued to provide an enabling environment for learning, thereby improving the learning experience for the over 4,000 students currently enrolled in its various “enriching and robust academic disciplines.”Recently, it was reported in a local daily (not this newspaper) that the UMU is overcrowded and lacks adequate facilities to improve their learning skills.The UMU release signed by its Public Relations Department categorically denied and refuted the report, which was also based on an unnamed source.The Administration noted that while it is cognizant of infrastructural challenges on its main campus on Ashmun Street in Monrovia, it is also keen on developing strategic actions and working in partnership with the student leadership to resolve some of the challenges by providing a learning environment that respects the rights of the students to education without compromising the quality of the country’s educational standards. See inside page for full details.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FIFA boss says Saudi-Iran spat should keep out of football

first_img“It’s very clear that politics should stay out of football and football should stay out of politics,” Infantino said at a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Sport Minister Massoud Soltanifar.“There are of course political issues between countries all over the world but this should not have an impact on the football tournament.“The solution is always just to play home and away like in every competition in every country.”The FIFA chief acknowledged that Saudi Arabia had voiced security concerns after protesters angry at its execution of a top Shiite cleric attacked its embassy and a consulate in Iran, prompting it to cut ties.“Obviously the guarantees must be there, the safety must be there,” he said.The Iranian minister denied there were any legitimate security concerns.“Iran is a totally safe country,” he said, while welcoming “FIFA’s non-political approach”.“We asked (Infantino) to insist on that so we can host games in the normal way from the next round and our clubs will not be forced to go to third countries to be able to play,” Soltanifar said.Later on Thursday, Infantino also met President Hassan Rouhani who urged FIFA to ensure “questions not related to sport do not influence sport and that people are not deprived of watching competitions in their own stadiums”.The FIFA president then went to watch a derby match between Tehran rivals Persepolis and Esteghlal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and FIFA president Gianni Infantino hold a football shirt with Rouhani’s name during Infantino’s visit to the capital Tehran on March 1, 2018 © IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP / HOTEHRAN, Iran, Mar 1 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday that a two-year diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran should not be allowed to get in the way of football.Saudi clubs have refused to play in Iran since the kingdom broke off relations in January 2016 forcing AFC Champions League fixtures with Iranian clubs to be played in neutral Oman.last_img read more

Chelsea line up v Leicester: Table toppers to recall club legend?

first_imgChelsea welcome newly promoted Leicester to Stamford Bridge after an impressive 3-1 win away at Burnley in their opening game of the 2014/15 season.The Blues got the better of Leicester 2-1 when the sides last met in the top flight, way back in 2003, while the Foxes held Everton to a creditable 2-2 draw on their return to the big time last weekend.Manager Jose Mourinho is fully aware of the threat promoted teams pose, but in his pre-match press conference stressed the importance of the club and team above individual players.Chelsea have no new injury concerns and Mourinho’s biggest problem is keeping his team of superstars happy, at least until transfer deadline day on 1 September.Here is how the Blues could line up:GoalkeeperThe early goal Thibaut Courtois conceded in the Burnley win was the only blot on a fine team performance and he is favourite to start, but Jose Mourinho has suggested he may roate the Belgian with Blues legend Petr Cech… but in September, when Chelsea face more then one game a week, if the Czech isn’t sold by the transfer deadline.DefenceLeft back summer signing Felipe Luis may get his first start of the season at goal-scorer Branislav Ivanovic’s expense, with Cesar Azpilicueta on the right. Skipper John Terry and Gary Cahill will have to do better in central defence to keep a clean sheet against another newly promoted side.MidfieldMourinho will want more of the same from his midfield and can leave them largely unchanged. Cesc Fabregas was a revelation at Turf Moor, and left rival fans casting envious looks at his breathtaking pass which created Schurrle’s goal after a 25 pass move. The playmaker has already got the Blues playing more attractive football and he controlled the midfield well with Matic to set up Ivanovic’s goal. Hazard was quiet but should keep his place, while ineffective Oscar might make way for pacy Willian.AttackDidier Drogba’s late cameo won’t displace Diego Costa from the starting line up. The Spain striker showed both sides of his game: a clinical, poacher’s instinct to score his first Premier League goal, but also his tendency to attract cards. Costa’s link up play with his midfielders is getting better and better, so goals could be in the offing against the Foxes.Listen to Premier League games live on talkSPORT Thibaut Courtois – picked ahead of Petr Cech? 1last_img read more

WATCH: Teen singing star records music video in sunny Donegal

first_imgA young country singer who has made waves online is back with a new release and video, filmed against the backdrop of the waves of the Atlantic.Leanne Rowlette (aged 13) has released a new video to the song ‘Caledonia’. Filming took place in one of Donegal’s most beautiful and dramatic locations – Sliabh Liag.The Sligo girl is best known for her ‘Tractor Factor’ viral video in 2017. Footage of Leanne working on her dad’s farm singing Will Ye Go Lassie Go made national headlines when it was shared online. Now, the Caledonia video by Brian Kerrigan and Videotek Media Productions is gaining similar traction with almost 1,000 shares on Facebook alone.The young songstress started singing following the sad passing of her mother after childbirth. Leanne was seven years old.Leanne’s proud dad Sean tells Donegal Daily: “Leanne started singing after her mum died 5 years ago.“We were on the farm one day and Leanne was singing on the tractor and I recorded her and put it on Facebook and it went viral.” Leanne, who started secondary school in August, has recorded 6 songs in last year and a half. She has recently appeared on stage at the Kilcar Festival, the Sligo Festival, and other country music shows.The star-in-the-making counts Lisa McHugh and Philomena Begley as big influences and often enjoys getting airplay on Donegal radio.Watch this space!WATCH: Teen singing star records music video in sunny Donegal was last modified: September 14th, 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:leanne rowletteMUSICvideolast_img read more

Crusaders edged out by Bulls

first_imgThe No. 2 seeded St. Bernard’s baseball team came up a run short in the North Coast Section D-V semifinals, falling 4-3 to visiting No. 7 Branson (Ross), Friday evening in Eureka.Caleb Ruiz made his final high school start at pitcher for St. Bernard’s in the loss. The senior went three-and-a-third innings, during which he threw 80 pitches as the Bulls’ batters frequently pushed him to seven-plus pitch at-bats.He ended his final game for St. Bernard’s with three earned runs on four hits, five …last_img read more

Cape Town libraries go online

first_img25 October 2005Cape Town is on its way to becoming the first city in South Africa to offer free internet access at every public library.Already, three years since the launch of the city’s groundbreaking Smart Cape access project, the number of residents who have signed on to use this service has topped 26 000.Five hundred access stationsSmart Cape, which aims to provide computing facilities with free internet access to all the citizens of Cape Town, was launched in July 2002 as a pilot project at six libraries: Wesfleur, Brooklyn, Delft, Grassy Park, Guguletu and Lwandle.The following year Smart Cape won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s $1-million Access to Learning award, which has contributed to extending the project.By the end of 2005, people will be able to connect to the internet at all 99 of the city’s libraries. Each library will have five computers installed, which means there will soon be 500 access stations around Cape Town.Making a differenceAnyone can use one of the Smart Cape computers; all you need is to be a member of one of the city’s public library. And to be a member of a library you need only be a resident of the city.Mymoena Sharif, the city’s e-governance manager, says people are using the computers for a variety of tasks – not just to surf the web. They type letters, write up their CVs, work on admin for their businesses and do research for school projects. And, of course, they send e-mail: all users are given an “@smartcape.org.za” address.She says the PCs have made a real difference to each library’s community and that the impact is still being monitored.Ultimately, one of the aims is to close the “digital divide” that separates people who have access to computers, technology and the internet, and all the benefits and opportunities that go with that, from those who have no such access.That’s quite a challenge, given the size of the gap that exists in South Africa and in other developing countries. In 2002 the city undertook an assessment of the digital divide in Cape Town, which revealed that 67% of the people who were interviewed had never used a computer.Open sourceAs Sharif says: “If the city wants to succeed in offering people internet access, it must be offered free. Citizens, especially previously disadvantaged citizens, are not going to spend R10 for 30 minutes at an internet cafe when that money is needed to put bread on the table.”She says the city is determined to close the gap and bring information technology to all. This is a quest that makes her particularly enthusiastic about Smart Cape’s use of open source software, a remarkable feature of the project and one that is allowing the city to reach many more people.Open source software brings many benefits – one of them being that it is free or at least much cheaper than commercial, proprietary software. For example, the Smart Cape access stations use a Linux-based operating system as opposed to proprietary software, which would have come with costly licensing fees.The city’s use of open source software has saved it a lot of money. But, unfortunately, the most frustrating expense – and one that lies outside the city’s control – is that of connectivity; in other words, Telkom charges.This is one of the challenges facing Cape Town in its quest to become a truly “smart city”. But it is already the home of a rapidly growing technology industry, and there has been a conscious decision to position the city as South Africa’s IT hub.Source: CITYWORKS Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mbeki to reach out to African diaspora

first_img14 August 2015It is believed that Africa’s brain gain is an important step to achieving an African renaissance and there is no bigger supporter of this notion than former South African president, Thabo Mbeki.Mbeki will be the keynote speaker at Speed Meet Jozi, which will bring together influential professionals and entrepreneurs from across Africa.The event, hosted by brain gain company Homecoming Revolution in association with Brand South Africa, takes place on Friday, 14 August at the Hilton Sandton. It is a prelude to Homecoming’s Speed Meet New York that will be held on 24 September.“Bringing Africa’s diaspora home is a critical part of achieving the vision of an African renaissance,” says Max Boqwana, the chief executive of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. “We are proud to be associated with Homecoming Revolution and share their vision of getting the continent’s brightest sons and daughters home.”Another highlight of the event will be the release of the Homecoming Insights 2015 report. The report examines a broad range of issues including the core reasons why people move abroad, the key trigger factors that encourage people to return home, what people miss most and least about home and what links people still retain with their home countries.Angel Jones, chief executive of Homecoming Revolution, says the report offers an exciting snapshot of African immigration patterns and yielded surprising results. “Our survey has yielded some invaluable insights on both Africans in the diaspora and returnees. The results offer fantastic snippets into thoughts of both these groups and has provided us with an accurate snapshot of how strong the pull of home remains for so many Africans abroad.”Bringing together movers and shakersAccording to Jones, Speed Meet Jozi is a great opportunity for pan-African corporates and captains of industry, ambassadors, diaspora professionals and other “homecomers” to meet and discuss the brain gain issue.“The speed networking format enables African movers and shakers from all corners of the continent to meet in an interactive and relaxed setting. Homecoming Revolution shares Mr Mbeki’s vision of an African Renaissance and aims to fulfil that goal by connecting influential Africans across many different borders.”Brand South Africa’s acting chief marketing officer, Sithembile Ntombela, says that “those who want to play their part and contribute to our country and continent’s growth and development are enabled to do so”.Other guests include singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Mail & Guardian owner Trevor Ncube, and Nigerian television presenter and writer Moky Makura.Click here for more information on Speed Meet Jozi.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

For the First Time In Years, New Homes Are Shrinking

first_imgThe McMansion Era May Be EndingWASHINGTON, DC — For the first time in at least ten years, the average size of new homes sold in the U.S. is shrinking. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the average new home measured 2,342 square feet — significantly less than in the second quarter of 2008, when new homes averaged 2,629 square feet.Reporting on the trend, USA Today interviewed Gopal Ahluwalia, vice president of research for the National Association of Home Builders. “This will remain a trend. I don’t expect this (home size) to come back up,” said Ahluwalia. “We don’t need big homes. Family size has been declining for the past 35 years.” According to an NAHB survey, 9 out of 10 builders say they’re planning to build smaller, lower-priced homes than in the past.A Novel Idea: A Home Is A Place To LiveUSA Today also quoted Kermit Baker, chief economist of the American Institute of Architects, who said that plummeting home values “have caused many people to stop seeing houses as an investment but rather as a place to live.”Recognizing the trend, home builder KB Home is selling tiny new 880-square-foot homes in three Houston subdivisions for $64,000. According to BusinessWeek.com, “If the houses sell, KB will build them in other cities, targeting renters in all markets. The houses will yield higher-than-usual margins, KB says, because they have [fiber-cement] siding instead of brick and Formica countertops rather than stone. Bathrooms are lined up vertically to save copper pipe. … KB chief Jeffrey Mezger says the mini-houses are a return to his industry’s roots in post-World War II communities such as Levittown, N.Y., where 800 square feet was a typical home size. ‘Any time there’s been an age of exuberance and then the economy turns,’ he says, ‘people get back to “What do I need?” rather than “What could I buy?” ’ ”last_img read more