Lakers, Bulls star in INSPORTS Mini Basketball

first_imgThe final set of preliminary games in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Mini Basketball Tournament will be played today at the Breezy Castle Sports Complex on Harbour Street in Kingston.Last weekend, there were six matches – four on Saturday and two on Sunday – in round-robin play at the National Stadium Courts. Majesty Lakers and Rae Town Bulls each scored two victories.The Lakers registered the most comprehensive win, a crushing 24-0 margin against Delacree Young Stars. In other matches that day, Majesty Lakers netted a second win, eclipsing Rae Town Bulls 10-8 in one of the most competitive matches.Rae Town Bulls, however, got better results in their other games as they beat Palm Grove 11-7 and turned back Delacree Heats 6-4.Two games were played on Sunday and Palm Grove pulled off a shocker in the first by hammering Majesty Lakers 20-0. In the other Sunday match, Delacree Heats beat Delacree Young Stars 6-2.In today’s matches, the top two teams on points will meet in the final. Games start at 1 p.m.Meanwhile, Selassie FC ran out the biggest winners in the Kingston and St Andrew leg of the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football League last weekend.BIGWINSelassie FC thumped Mandela 8-0, while four other teams recorded wins. Uplink Youth slammed Kingston and St Andrew Strikers 4-0, Sandy Park beat Future FC 2-0, Majesty Gardens beat Conscious United 2-0 and Dallas Castle clipped Whitehall FC 1-0.Meanwhile, Nannyville Youths drew 2-2 with African Gardens and St Albans and Hagley Park played out a similar scoreline.Also, there were four matches in Westmoreland. Rose Street turned back Grotto 2-0 and Shantilly also won 2-0 over Russia. Stratbogie edged Sholin 1-0, while Innswood and Gully Bank played out a goalless draw.A total of 33 teams are participating the Westmoreland League, which kicked off last Sunday with the four matches and an opening ceremony at the Llandilo playing field.Sixteen games will be played tomorrow at four venues – Llandilo, Godfrey Stewart High, Petersfield High and New Market Oval.last_img read more

MOE Suspends Nimba CEO Sailah

first_imgThe Ministry of Education (MOE) has, with immediate effect, suspended for “time indefinite,” Nimba County Chief Education Officer (CEO), who was recently accused of committing fraud in a biometric exercise in Nimba County. The Ministry said it has meanwhile appointed Moses Dologbay as Acting CEO for the county, and also retired the Human Resource Director, S. Othello Hodge. The MOE revealed that it has named its Recruitment Analyst, Gregory A. Stubblefield, as Acting Human Resource Director until the MOE can advertize the position for a “competitive recruitment process.” Though a leaked statement from the MOE, a copy of which is in the possession the Daily Observer, said Mr. Wleh T. Sailah was suspended for “administrative reasons,” two teachers attached to the Nimba County School System (NCSS) had earlier accused the CEO of “biometric fraud.” Earlier on a local radio station in Ganta, the Regional Education Officer, George S. S. Wuo said the suspension of the CEO came from the office of the Deputy Minister of Education for Administration due to some malpractices in regards to the payroll.According Mr. Wuo, CEO Sillah was allegedly accused of fraudulent acts during the verification period in Nimba County.The CEO was accused of conflict of interest by placing his children’s names as well as his girlfriend’s name on the payroll during the verification process. Larlesseh Whapoe Berdeh and Mohammed Saryon, both working in the Sanniquellie System, claimed that CEO Sailah placed the names of two of his children on government’s payroll, thereby denying “legitimate” teachers from going through the biometric exercise. Mr. Berdeh is assigned at the Sanniquellie Central High School, while Mr. Saryon was prior to the exercise assigned in the office of the CEO. The duo informed the Daily Observer that the just ended biometric exercise in Nimba County was characterized by fraudulent activities involving the county’s CEO. According to the two men, the exercise revealed serious “misdeeds” in the county’s school system to the extent that Mr. Sailah allegedly identified his son and daughter as teachers. The two Sailahs were reportedly placed on government’s payroll based on their father’s approval, “whereas the children are not even teaching, neither are they residing in the county.”The two teachers also accused Mr. Sailah of deleting the names of some “legitimate” teachers, thereby denying the affected teachers from going through the biometric exercise. The biometric exercise is one of the newest technologies introduced by the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for all government employees to, among other things, help curtail fraud, as is in the case of illegitimate or ‘ghost’ names on government payroll. The technology is mainly used for identification and or using a person’s unique physical and other traits for the purpose of identification and security, among others. However, during the process in Nimba, a cross-section of teachers, who earlier went through the exercise in the various education districts, had complained of the fraudulent acts allegedly sanctioned by the CEO. Other teachers, who preferred to remain anonymous, said, during the Sanniquellie process, conducted in October and November this year, Mr. Sailah was visibly seen identifying his son, Snotee Sailah, and his daughter (name not disclosed) as teachers assigned in the county. “The CEO brought his son and daughter here to Sanniquellie as teachers under the pretext that they are assigned as teachers at the Sanniquellie Pre-Primary Elementary School, where the son, Snotee, did the biometric,” our sources said.Snotee, according to our sources, was assigned a recent payroll number 21–12–599–0324 as a teacher. His father previously assigned a payroll number, 21–12–588–0248 to him, qualifying him as a driver for the CEO’s county offices in Nimba.“The payroll number assigned to his daughter is meanwhile withheld by him,” our sources allege. “We are yet to uncover that number.” “We as teachers considered this act on the part of a reputable figure like the CEO as gross abuse of public trust that requires thorough investigation,” Mr. Berdeh told the Daily Observer.However, when the Daily Observer contacted CEO Sailah on the alleged fraudulent allegations, he described the reports as “misleading information.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort Nelson power shortage “not dire”

first_imgFort Nelson Mayor Chris Morey also assures her constituents that all local infrastructure—including hydro—is currently adequate, and that the city is currently working with the future in mind. [asset|aid=272|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Chris Morey – Future_1_Pub.mp3] Morey added that the city hopes to host another Horn River stakeholder symposium next year to continue addressing these issues as they arise. BC Hydro is urging calm in the wake of recent media reports that suggest looming electricity shortages in Fort Nelson threaten to leave customers without power.The reports have largely centered on a document Hydro presented to the BC Utilities commission earlier this year. The document, which outlined Hydro’s long term plans for electricity acquisition, identified the possibility of insufficient electricity supply for Fort Nelson in light of a potential boom caused by oil and gas development in the area. – Advertisement -However, BC Hydro spokesperson Dag Sharman insists that the situation is “not dire”. He says that the concerns identified in the report are only speculative at this point, and that Hydro is being proactive in looking ahead to address potential needs in the future. [asset|aid=271|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Dag Sharman – Long Timelines_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisementlast_img read more

Tullow strikes oil offshore Guyana

first_img…share prices, interest in Guyana jumpsBy Jarryl BryanUnited Kingdom-based oil company Tullow has announced the discovery of oil in commercial quantities at the Jethro-1 exploration well in the Orinduik Block, becoming the second oil company to announce an oil find offshore Guyana.This is the first discovery in the Orinduik Block, which is located in close proximity to the Stabroek Block – where United States oil giant ExxonMobil has already made 13 lucrative oil discoveries.Tullow Head of Communications,George CazenoveIt is understood that the Jethro-1 well was drilled by the Stena Forth drillship to a total depth of 4400 metres in approximately 1350 metres of water. According to a statement from the company, evaluation of the logging data confirmed that Jethro-1 comprises high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs of Lower Tertiary age, which simply means they date back to millions of years ago.According to the statement, the well encountered 55m of net oil pay, which indicates a recoverable oil resource estimate that exceeds Tullow’s pre-drill forecast of 100 million barrels of oil.Tullow CEO Paul McDadeShares jumpedNews of the find created waves in financial centres around the world, as well as international news outlets. Up to press time, Tullow’s shares had jumped by over 19 per cent on the London Stock Exchange. In fact, it was the biggest gainer on the index.In the company’s press release, Tullow’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul McDade, was quoted as praising the oil discovery as a great start to their drilling campaign in Guyana. He noted the significant technical work that went into their exploration activities.“This substantial and high-value oil discovery in Guyana is an outcome of the significant technical and commercial focus which has underpinned the reset of our exploration portfolio. It is an excellent start to our drilling campaign in the highly prolific Guyana oil province.”“We look forward to drilling both the Joe and Carapa prospects in our 2019 drilling campaign and the material follow-up exploration potential in both the Orinduik and Kanuku licenses,” McDade was quoted as saying in the release.Exploration licenceMeanwhile, Tullow’s Head of Communications, George Cazenove explained in an interview with this publication that while Tullow currently has an exploration licence, the company first needs to fully determine the potential commerciality of the block and put plans in place before they seek a production licence.“After one exploration well, we are some way from that despite the success we have had. The focus, for now, remains exploration with the Joe well [Orinduik] and Carapa well [Kanuku] coming up and we will do more exploration in 2020.”Major developmentIn a statement on Monday, Director of the Department of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe said that the discovery was a major development for the country as it adds to the further de-risking of the deep and ultra-deep zone.London Stock Exchange showing how Tullow’s share price jumped on the heels of their oil find“The Department of Energy is encouraged by the prolific rate of discovery in the CRG and will continue to work assiduously and conscientiously to extract optimum value from these resources for all the peoples of our country,” Bynoe said.He noted that it also offers significant potential for the diversification of Guyana’s hydrocarbon production base. With this significant find, it is expected that Tullow will now evaluate the data from the Jethro-1 discovery and consequentially carry out an appraisal.Other projectsIt is understood that the UK-based company also has plans to drill two more wells offshore Guyana. These plans include the Joe prospect in the Orinduik Block, while the Carapa 1 will be drilled later this year on the adjacent Kanuku Block.The Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and costs approximately US$3 million to drill. A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates had estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success.The Orinduik oil block is just a few kilometres from Exxon’s discoveries in the Liza and Payara fields. It is under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, who signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Guyana in 2016. French firm Total E&P Activities Petrolieres entered the fray in 2017, partnering with Eco with the option to get a 25 per cent share in the block.Tullow had announced since February that it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.On the other hand, it was announced that its Carapa prospect in Kanuku would be drilled in the third quarter of 2019. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow Guyana BV is the operator of the Orinduik Block, with a 60 per cent stake. Total E&P Guyana BV holds 25 per cent with the remaining 15 per cent being held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Inc.This configuration can all change, however, as it was recently announced that Qatar’s state oil company is looking to enter into Guyana’s oil market with a farm-in deal through Total that could see them obtaining stakes in both the Orinduik and Kanuku Blocks.last_img read more

Letting in the sunshine

first_imgSunshine Week is a national event promoting the idea that transparent government is every bit as vital as the freedoms of speech and press. Examples of this are campaign contribution and lobbyist disclosure laws like California’s Political Reform Act. A tyranny can and does govern by fear, warning its subjects: Do as we say or we will take your livelihood, your property, your freedom or even your life. But a democracy governs by the consent of those governed. Persuasion is key. A democracy can persuade its people’s consent with the truth or it can persuade the people to consent with something less than the truth. But because secretive government can not only protect legitimate public and private interests but also provide cover for political deception and manipulation, secrecy laws need to be controlled by certain principles. A secrecy law should be well defined. Its justification should be clearly spelled out in the legislative process, with clear examples of what harms it is intended to avoid, and why other protections or measures are insufficient to the task. The law should cover no more information nor keep it secret for any longer a duration than necessary, and should allow for sunsets or reviews to determine if that point has passed with respect to particular information. Perhaps above all, any secrecy simply left up to the discretion of a particular person or agency should not extend beyond the incumbency of that official or beyond a brief span of years, whichever comes sooner. Finally, let’s acknowledge for Sunshine Week that governmental transparency not only supports effective speech and press but also, as a companion value to personal privacy, provides one touchstone of our wider liberties. As one of CalAware’s slogans state, “want to be free again? Know more about the Powers That Be than they know about you.” For more information about Sunshine Week, go to www.sunshineweek.org Terry Francke is general counsel for Californians Aware, an open-government advocacy group. He can be reached by e-mail at: terry@calaware.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Speech and press are “free” only to the extent they are free to be informed as well as to communicate. For the first half of our Constitution’s history, the First Amendment was in place but simply ignored. The notion of real liberty to speak and report was not a legally enforceable right until the courts began overruling censorship in the 1920s. Since then, pre-emptive government gag orders have all but disappeared, especially in the realm of politics and public affairs. Most secrecy laws have plausible rationales, for example protecting the privacy of sensitive disclosures people have made to the government. The 9/11 attacks have led to other concerns for national security, prompting further secrecy. The California Public Records Act has a list of exceptions to the rule that government documents should be open to public exception. last_img read more

L.A. Fashion Week offers 5 days of flair

first_imgA cult favorite among celebrities such as Chloe Sevigny and Scarlett Johansson, Subkoff held her first show in June 2000 at a New York funeral parlor. Guests watched her spring 2007 show from recliners as waiters circulated with icy buckets full of Budweiser. GenArt L.A. got the week’s festivities rolling Friday night with a “New Garde 2007” party featuring three emerging designers in themed installations at Ivar Studios in Hollywood. French-born Isabelle Carter stole the show with her Alms collection of modern high-waisted shorts and architectural silk tops. Mintee Kalra, who cut her teeth with famed British designer Alexander McQueen, sent out an army of spindly models wearing delicate ruffled mini-dresses with mile-high patent leather stilettos. Read more about the latest Fashion Week trends and star sightings in the U section this week, or go online to dailynews.com/fashion and the fashion blog at LA.com. COMPLETE FASHION WEEK COVERAGEGet ready for a week of high style and front-row celebrity drama as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today at Smashbox Studios in Culver City. Five days of theatrical runway shows will present the fall 2007 collections of more than 20 designers, including veteran Tinseltown tailors Kevin Hall and Sue Wong. Tonight’s “Imitation of Christ” show is widely considered the hottest ticket, with everyone wondering what risk-taking designer Tara Subkoff will pull out of her high-concept sleeve. – Nancy Dillon 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: CHECK OUT THE STUNNING NEW GOLF SV AT J.J REID MOTORS

first_imgThe stunning new Golf SV has arrived at J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny.This spacious new model is now available with 0% Finance on a PCP deal for the month of July.There’s never been a better time to visit J.J. Reid Motors in Letterkenny. J.J Reid has established a stellar reputation over the years for providing quality products at a great price.It’s commitment to its customers has made the Garage one of the most popular in the North West.To avail of the amazing offers and bonus options across the range get down to J.J Reid Motors, Canal Road, Letterkenny.PICTURE SPECIAL: CHECK OUT THE STUNNING NEW GOLF SV AT J.J REID MOTORS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesgaragegolfJ.J Reid Motorsnewslast_img read more

Pundits slam McGuinness over attacks on Gallagher and his team

first_imgGAA PUNDITS have turned on former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness over his public attacks on the current Donegal team and its manager Rory Gallagher.And one pundit went as far to point out that McGuinness mentioned Gallagher just four times in his recent book – but refers to him indirectly 44 times in recent comments in his Irish Times column.Will Slattery from the Irish Independent said: “If a Donegal footballer ever comes across one of Jim McGuinness’ columns on a morning when the team is mentioned it probably makes for uncomfortable reading – like watching divorced parents bicker while one of the kids is within earshot. “The former Donegal manager is one of the authoritative voices on Gaelic football and since he started writing in the Irish Times over a year ago he has tackled a number of topics – championship structures, punditry in the GAA, defensive systems – in an interesting and thought provoking way.“But when the man who led Donegal to All-Ireland glory in 2012 writes about his old team, something feels amiss.”And Joe Brolly said: “Since leaving the Donegal job he [McGuinness] has heaped pressure on Rory Gallagher without ever mentioning his name. Jim is extremely Machiavellian make no mistake about that.”After Donegal lost to Tyrone in last Sunday’s Ulster final, McGuinness used his subsequent column to criticise the game plan. Again, Gallagher’s name was missing from most these paragraphs but they were obviously directed at him. Newstalk pundit David Brady said: “You are entitled to write what you want as a columnist but I do think it is sad.“It is two men who led Donegal to victory and it is not a nice thing to see. There is without a doubt a certain degree of innuendo with regards to Rory [Gallagher]. Rory does have a certain amount of responsibility but so do the players.“It has gotten very personal against one of his old comrades.”Brady said the underperformance of a number of Donegal stars was a major factor in their loss to Tyrone, rather than some “awful sideline blunder” from Gallagher.“Some past county managers don’t want to say one bad word about their players and there was every reason for Jimmy [McGuinness] to do it after last Sunday,” Brady said. “It [his criticism] was solely directed at Rory Gallagher.“If players don’t kick any long balls in, who have been there for ten years, they should have the ability and experience to change things. They’re not robots.“If you read Jim McGuinness’ book, he mentions Rory Gallagher about four times.“If you read his columns, he mentions him about 44 times. He should have done this and he should have done that. “Last Sunday was an Ulster final that Donegal might have won – if they had won would Jim McGuinness have been overjoyed for Rory Gallagher? My honest opinion is no.”The highly respected commentator Jerome Quinn took to Twitter to criticise McGuinness.“Is anyone else uncomfortable with Jim’s shameless & constant digs at Rory Gallagher, a man who was crucial In 2012?” he tweeted.Pundits slam McGuinness over attacks on Gallagher and his team was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by John2Share 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:Jim McGuinnessRory Gallagherlast_img read more

Football playoffs: Los Molinos travels to Bieber; Red Bluff, Corning on the road

first_imgPalo Cedro >> The Red Bluff Spartans last battled Foothill to a narrow 32-30 loss more than two months ago in Palo Cedro. On Friday, Red Bluff and Foothill will meet again in the quarterfinals of the Northern Section Division II playoffs in Palo Cedro. The Spartans (4-6), seeded fifth, will look to repeat a solid night offensively after accruing 345 yards of total offense the first time around against the Cougars (5-5). Quarterback Marshal Brose completed 9 of 21 passes for 214 yards and …last_img read more

How to Avoid a Bad Strategic Partnership for Your Startup

first_imgchris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The Good & the BadFor startups, strategic partnerships boil down to pretty clear pros and cons.The Good: Strategic partners can provide much needed capital, especially at a time when financial investors may be balking at the company. They can also provide resources and exposure for the startup than can be invaluable to its success.The Bad: Strategic partners aren’t as focused on the interests of your company, and in most cases aren’t even in it for the money. Companies take on smaller partners to help promote their own brand or to leverage new technologies. While a strategic partner could lead to an eventual acquisition, it could also prevent the startup from being acquired elsewhere.The Solution: Be wise. Carefully inspect the details of the partnership and be sure it doesn’t forfeit too much power to the partner. If need be, use merit-based rewards or other incentives to ensure the partner holds up its end of the bargain.For startups, a strategic partner is a careful endeavor to consider, but if done right it can be beneficial. If you have any other reasons why a startup should or should not take on strategic partners, please share your thoughts in the comments below! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In the world of the investing in and acquiring of companies, strategic investments sit on the fence between these two camps. When an established company sees a smaller one making progress in a field that it is interested in, it may make an investment in the company for one of several reasons. Doing so can give the company a bit of leverage in terms of helping steer the startup while not dropping a big acquisition investment. That said, it is important for startups to understand both sides of the coin before taking on strategic investors.center_img “One way I’ve seen a startup navigate [the right of first refusal] clause is by narrowing the timing of such a blocking right to 6 months or 12 months. I’m not a fan of that either.”– Bijan Sabet, Spark CapitalSpark Capital partner Bijan Sabet wrote on this very topic today, pointing out the potential pitfalls for startups with strategic investors. He says that in his experience, relationships with strategic investors are usually not positive ones for startups because of the misalignment of incentives. A venture capitalist is incentivized to see the startup succeed; the better the startup does, the greater the VC’s return on investment. Strategic partners, on the other hand, obviously care more about protecting themselves than the success of a smaller company. As Sabet adds, this can lead to bad deal terms for the startup, including giving the partner the ability to block an acquisition.“They don’t want to see your company being sold to a competitor,” writes Sabet, referencing a “right of first refusal” agreement. “One way I’ve seen a startup navigate this clause is by narrowing the timing of such a blocking right to 6 months or 12 months. I’m not a fan of that either.”Another way that Sabet suggests startups can avoid bad strategic partnerships is to introduce incentives for the partner to turn the tables a bit. Startups can set goals or quotas that will incentivize the partner to provide for the startup in order to receive its equity. With this safeguard, if the startup doesn’t significantly benefit from the relationship in the way that it needs, the partner goes home empty handed. Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more