Nelson lands double at Northlands

first_imgEDMONTON, Ontario (CMC):Jamaican Dane Nelson and Barbadian Quincy Welch kept up their early season form by riding braces on the eight-race card at Northlands Park here Saturday.Nelson won race one with favourite Centrefire and also captured the day’s final race with another odds-on bet, Seek the Noblest.Welch, meanwhile, found success in race four with favourite Awe C’mon Sweetie and followed up with 2-1 chance Midnite Poppa in race seven.Nelson leads the jockeys’ standings with eight wins with Welch, a six-time former Northlands champion, one behind on seven.Four-time defending champion, Barbadian Rico Walcott, won just once in five outings on the programme and sits third on four win.VICTORY BY LENGTHSNelson opened his account over six furlongs when he steered four-year-old chestnut gelding Centrefire to victory by 11/4 lengths over the three-year-old and upwards who have never won two races.And though he had to wait until the last race of the day to find the winners’ enclosure again, he held his nerve well to carry four-year-old colt Seek the Noblest to a 51/2 lengths trouncing of the three-year-olds over six furlongs.He duelled through the opening quarter with Welch and 10-1 bet Wild Tactics before drawing off in the stretch to win handily.Welch, a Northlands champion in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008, made all the running with three-year-old filly Awe C’mon Sweetie in race four, romping to a 51/2 length win over the three-year-old and upwards maiden fillies and mares over six furlongs.In race seven, over the same distance, he stalked from second with the six-year-old bay Midnite Poppa before reeling in pace-setter Red Red Rose at the top of the stretch and storming to the finish by 41/2 lengths to commandingly dispose of the three-year-old and upwards.last_img read more

‘No Secrecy’

first_imgNational Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership.  He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human   resource capacity building.“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said. “Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”He added: “Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”A female supporter, Ruth Nah,  said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The “Life in Leggings” march for justice

first_img– a grassroots revolution in the makingBy Jarryl BryanThe “Life in Leggings” march is back. This time around, the event dubbed ‘A march for justice’ is expected to receive support from a number of Government and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) as organisers hope to challenge abuse in society.Scenes from the 2017 marchOne such organiser is social activist Akola Thompson, who related to this publication that the march is being organised by the Student Society against Human Rights Violations (SAHRV) in collaboration with the Life in Leggings: Caribbean Alliance against Gender-based Violence.It is understood that the March 10 march will begin at 15:00h at Square of the Revolution. The route heads down Brickdam and ends at Stabroek Market Square. A number of organisations have come together to support the march.According to Thompson, these organisations include Help & Shelter, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), ASPIRE Youth Network, Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), GuyBow, Guyana Trans United, ChildLink, Red Thread, and the Guyana Karate College.Activist Akola ThompsonIn addition, the President’s Youth Award Republic of Guyana and the University of Guyana Student Society will be involved. She further informed that RED Entertainment is currently assisting the SAHRV to coordinate the march.Thompson also addressed any misconceptions that may surround the march. Stressing that the march is not an exclusionist event but rather can benefit from the input of persons regardless of gender, she described it as making a political statement.“Not political in the sense of governmental politics, but political in the sense of challenging dominant ideas and narratives and mobilising to achieve our collective goals of safety, equality and justice,” Thompson clarified. “This year, our march is one against people in positions of trust and power whose acts constitute violence against women and children.”“When we speak about positions of trust, we are speaking about those teachers, pastors, family members who use their positions to sexually groom and violate. When we speak about those in positions of power, we’re speaking about the employers; we’re talking about the big politicians and their children who use their positions of power to send women to psychiatric institutions with no due process.”She also made it clear that marches against gender-based violence are not only for women. Thompson clarified that the men also have a role to play in coming and standing up in solidarity against injustices.“It’s not only women who are victims of [gender-based violence] GBV. We definitely are the targeted sex but GBV is not something that is specific to sex or gender. Our aim is a safer country for all Guyanese. We all have a part to play.”AdvancesSince last year’s march, a number of specific initiatives targeting GBV have been launched. This includes Women’s Wednesdays Guyana; a platform on social media where Thompson invites guests to address misconceptions about violence and harassment.Topics have ranged from preventing the sexual abuse of minors to effective family planning. Some, however, have questioned whether the programme is on a hiatus. According to Thompson, the programme is currently being revamped and she has high expectations for the programme’s future.“With regards to Women’s Wednesdays Guyana [WWG], I’m currently working out plans to make it more sustainable. It really started as a short experiment and was not meant to be long-term,” she said.“Seeing the overwhelming response and interest in it however, I realised that this was something I would need to continue because it was important. Our hope for WWG in five years’ time is for it to become an informational hub not only to Guyanese but across the Region.”In recent times a website, reportabuse.com was launched to receive reports from victims of abuse who may not want to directly approach the authorities. The website has a form that has to be filled with details such as the names of the victim and perpetrator, as well as the desired outcome.The information is reviewed by the site administrators and forwarded to the relevant authorities; the Child Care and Protection Agency if it is a minor and the Guyana Police Force if it is an adult, for action. According to Thompson, also one of the site’s facilitators, there are plans to add counselling services to the website.“With regards to the website, in five years it will be doing exactly what it is doing. That is, it will still be a reporting system platform where crimes of sexual violence can be reported and forwarded to the relevant agencies and support services through our various partners. In five years, it is the hope that we will have partners in every region to handle cases quickly and efficiently when reports come in.”last_img read more

BUMBLEance to launch regional initiative for sick children in Donegal

first_imgBUMBLEance, Ireland’s National and the World’s first interactive ambulance service designed specifically for children, has announced its expansion into Donegal and the North West. A regional BUMBLEette vehicle, which will be launched in 2017, will assist children who must travel for medical treatment but do not require a paramedic on board.The BUMBLEette will transport sick children, for free, to appointments, surgery, and treatments in Dublin. BUMBLEance ensures that the journey of a sick child who needs ambulance transportation to and from a treatment centre and their home is the most safe and comfortable journey possible.A spokesperson for the charity said; “We already bring children with Cancer for Chemo with our Childrens Chemo Cab Service and those with many other severe conditions but we want to do more!”The initiative is part of The Saoirse Foundation, which was set up by Tony and Mary Heffernan in 2010. When their daughter Saoirse was diagnosed with Batten’s Disease in 2009, they had no information on the disease and did not know where to turn for help. They vowed to change that, and established The Saoirse Foundation with the aim of enriching the lives of children with Batten’s Disease and their parents.To learn more click here. BUMBLEance to launch regional initiative for sick children in Donegal was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Bumbleancebumbleettechildrens ambulancedonegaldublinsaoirse foundationsick childrenlast_img read more

Former employee sues Bob Hope Airport

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – A former Bob Hope Airport police officer has filed suit against the airport, claiming racial discrimination and wrongful termination. Michael Gomez alleges he was humiliated in front of other officers and discriminated against because he is Latino. “He’s been subjected to unlawful employment practices which have prevented him from working,” said his attorney, Kevin C. Boyle. “They terminated him for unlawful reasons which have prevented him from continuing his career and interrupted his ability to earn a living.” The suit filed April 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks unspecified damages for lost wages and benefits, emotional distress and mental suffering. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAirport spokesman Victor Gill said airport officials do not comment on pending cases. The suit says Gomez was fired Sept. 2, 2005, following a fight with a fellow officer, even though he did not instigate it and had received satisfactory and exemplary marks in annual reviews in 2003 and 2004. The suit also said he was treated differently than his non-Latino colleagues, such as berating only him for duties performed by various officers. jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 546-3306last_img read more

Postman fined €100 for parking in disabled space outside post office

first_imgA postman who parked in a disabled parking bay outside Lifford Post office while collecting letters has been fined €100.The employee appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with parking in the disabled bay without a permit on November 29th, 2016. The postal worker said that the road frontage governed by double yellow lines had cars parked on them and he could not pull in.He told Judge Paul Kelly that he was very sorry for what had happened but that he had no option but to park there.He added that he had only parked outside the post office for about five minutes while he grabbed a sack of letters.The prosecuting Garda said she had waited outside the post office and estimated the post van had been parked there for at least five or ten minutes.Judge Kelly said that disabled people who were entitled to park in the disabled parking space did not know how long the postal worker would have been inside the office.He fined the worker €100 and gave him two months to pay the fine.Postman fined €100 for parking in disabled space outside post office was last modified: February 1st, 2018 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:An Postcourtdisabled parkingdonegalLiffordlast_img read more

Planning permission granted for new Primary Care Centre in Donegal

first_imgThe new Primary Care Centre is one step closer to construction after planning permission was confirmed for the building at Drumlonagher, Donegal Town.A four storey Primary Care Centre and Ambulance Station is set to provide state of the art facilities for a wide range of services including GP Services, Public Health Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy. Children and Adult Mental Health Services, Early Intervention Services, TUSLA, Dental Services and a new Ambulance base will also be available. The planning application was made by DHM Developments and Remcoll Ltd, and the centre will be constructed under public private partnership under agreement from the HSE. Pat the Cope Gallagher TD has welcomed the announcement that the centre has been given the go-ahead by Donegal County Council.Deputy Gallagher said: “The Primary Care Centre formed part of the previous programme for Government and is already committed to by the HSE; a great deal of preparatory work in terms of this development has already been carried out. I would expect construction works to commence as soon as possible as I do not anticipate any further delays in this project. It is important for Donegal Town and the surrounding areas that facilities such as this Primary Care Centre are provided. “This new state of the art health facility will be able to provide the highest possible health care services and provision which are required nowadays, it is an extremely worthwhile investment as such primary care centres elsewhere in Ireland have proven to be a massive success,” he concluded.Planning permission granted for new Primary Care Centre in Donegal was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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:Donegal TownDrumlonagherPrimary Care Centrelast_img read more

Spartans, Lady Spartans named to all league teams

first_imgRed Bluff >> Three softball and five baseball players were selected by league coaches to be members of the Eastern Athletic and Sacramento River All League teams.Senior Allyson Drury was selected at second base for the softball team. On the baseball team, Spartans second baseman Payton Edwards was selected as an infielder, Austin Youngblood as an outfielder, Tanner Tweedt at catcher and Kolby Button at pitcher. Button, Edwards and Youngblood are seniors, Tweedt a junior.Honorable mentions …last_img

South Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands

first_imgSouth Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands have been revealed and the competitiveness of the business sphere highlights a key component of a strong nation brand.Jeremy Sampson, newly appointed director of Brand Finance (Far left) with the representative of FNB, who came 6th in this year’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands, along with Thebe Ikalafeng,chairman of Brand Finance, and Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa.  (Image: Brand South Africa)Ray MaotaAfter a year of indepth analysis and tough calculations, South Africa’s Top 50 Most Valuable Brands have been announced. Together they are the leading brands that make the nation proud.The announcement was made at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton in Johannesburg on 15 September 2016, through a partnership between Brand South Africa and Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation and strategy consultancy.The total value of the Top 50 brands increased 3% from R373-billion to R384-billion compared with 2015. Excluding MTN’s drop in brand value of R17-billion, the remaining 49 brands had a total value of R347-billion in 2016, growing 9% from R319-billion in 2015.“South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by both domestic and international audiences,” said Kingsley Makhubela, CEO of Brand South Africa. “As such commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.“At the same time, we express our appreciation to all other corporate brands in the country for your contribution to the growth and development of South Africa. We thank you for playing your part and look forward to honouring you among the Top 50 in years to come.”Cellphone service provider MTN retains its number one spot this year, remaining the most valuable brand despite losing 32% of its brand value as a result of some of its reputational challenges. Woolworths holds the strongest brand position with an increase of 21% in brand value.Telkom posted the greatest increase in brand value following the integration of Business Connexion and improved performance on its retail side, with good ratings on value for money and customer satisfaction, according to the South African Customer Satisfaction Index. The increase in brand value caused Telkom to move from 23rd position in 2015 to 17th in 2016.“The more competitive the market, the more important it is to have a strong brand, leverage it to its full potential and measured and monitored at all times,” said Jeremy Sampson, newly appointed director of Brand Finance. “Brands are increasingly the major assets of companies, yet does anyone have an idea of their true value? Marketing is no longer a nice-to-have, it can be the difference between success and failure.”The Top 50The story of the Top 50 corporate brands was a good story for the South Africa nation brand as well as the continental story, said Thebe Ikalafeng, chairman of Brand Finance. “Many of these brands have footprints on the continent and this bodes well for perceptions about business on the continent, their ethics, governance and commitment to social upliftment.“Brand Finance salutes the Top 50 corporate brands for their excellence in flying the South Africa and African flags.”Many of the Top 10 brands from 2015 retained their positions in 2016. Exceptions were retailer Woolworths, which moved to fifth place, and bank Absa, which moved to seventh place.The top 10 brands, from one to 10, are: MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank, Woolworths, FNB, Absa, Nedbank, Investec and Mediclinic.Brands with a significant increase in value include Investec (27%) and WesBank (27%). Two new brands entered the Top 50. Clothing label Country Road, now owned by Woolworths, entered at 31st place with a value of R4.64-billion, and listed real estate investment trustGrowthpoint Properties entered at 50 with a value of R1.47-billion.SABMiller holds the most valuable portfolio, amounting to R29.67-billion, with four of its brands standing among the country’s top 50: Castle, Carling Black Label, Hansa Pilsner and SABMiller.SABMiller is followed by FirstRand, with its three brands – FNB, WesBank and Rand Merchant Bank – collectively valued at R23.12-billion.The rest of the brands in the Top 50, from 11 to 50 are: Multichoice, Shoprite; Castle, Mondi, Spar, Carling Black Label, Telkom, Old Mutual, Pick n Pay, Netcare, Sanlam, Discovery, Hansa Pilsner, MrP, Sappi, WesBank, Media 24, Liberty Holdings, Truworths, Bidvest, Country Road, Capitec, SABMiller, Steinhoff, Clicks, Huletts, Momentum, Makro, Checkers, Rainbow; Rand Merchant Bank, Santam, SAA, Life Healthcare, Imperial, Foschini, Cell C, Game, Nampak, and Growthpoint Properties.MethodologyBrand Finance calculates the values of the brands in its league tables using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand, i.e. what the owner would have to pay for the use of the brand – assuming it was not already owned.The steps in this process are:• Calculate brand strength on a scale of 0 to 100 based on a number of attributes, such as emotional connection, financial performance and sustainability, among others. This score is known as the Brand Strength Index.• Determine the royalty rate range for the respective brand sectors. This is done by reviewing comparable licensing agreements sourced from Brand Finance’s extensive database of licence agreements and other online databases.• Calculate royalty rate. The brand strength score is applied to the royalty rate range to arrive at a royalty rate. For example, if the royalty rate range in a brand’s sector is 0-5% and a brand has a brand strength score of 80 out of 100, then an appropriate royalty rate for the use of this brand in the given sector will be 4%.• Determine brand specific revenues estimating a proportion of parent company revenues attributable to a specific brand.• Determine forecast brand specific revenues using a function of historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts and economic growth rates.• Apply the royalty rate to the forecast revenues to derive brand revenues.• Brand revenues are discounted after tax to a net present value that equals the brand value.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

CourseSmart Brings Textbooks to Android

first_imgTags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web The future of textbooks is digital and a growing part of the digital economy resides with Android. CourseSmart, one of the largest providers of digital learning material, released an Android application April 19 to make e-textbooks more ubiquitous in the market.CourseSmart for Android 1.0 brings access to 90% of all core higher education textbooks in use in colleges and universities to Android users. Users can search for topics within a single book or by collection, add and edit notes and can be read in portrait or landscape modes. The Android version of CourseSmart comes a year-and-a-half after the iPhone version of the app came out and a year after the iPad version. The company looks to expand and add graduate degrees. It has been certified by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider.CourseSmart is one of the biggest digital textbook providers in the game, but it is by no means alone. Inkling, a digital textbook startup, received a round of funding in late March with backing coming from legacy publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Inkling is currently only available on the iPad.The elephant on the doorstep in anything e-publishing related though is Amazon. The online commerce giant announced today that users will soon be able to check out e-books from their local libraries and take notes in the margins. If Amazon, with its platform ubiquity across iOS, Android and Kindle devices, were to turn its full strength on the topic of digital textbooks and electronic inter-library loans it could be very disruptive to the model of any up-and-coming digital textbook suppliers.A recent study said that currently only 3% of all textbooks are digital but that the number is increasing, up to a possible 25% by 2015. dan rowinski Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more