Riders hurt in two spills at the Park

first_imgThree jockeys sustained injuries and had to be rushed to hospital in two separate races, the sixth and seventh, respectively, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Coming out worst was three-time champion Dane Nelson, whose mount, MONTEGONIAN, stumbled and fell approaching the furlong pole in the sixth race over 1300 metres, decking the popular jockey. In the ensuing melee, STRAIGHTFROMUHEART was brought down, throwing jockey Richard Mitchell as well. The horse also stepped on Nelson, who lay motionless on the ground for a while before he was rushed to the First Aid Post in the track ambulance.Nelson regained consciousness shortly after, but was then fitted with a neck brace by the paramedics and taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) for treatment and further observation.Mitchell, on the other hand, escaped injury, but did not ride for the remainder of the day.In the very next race over 1500 metres, won by 7-2 chance DREAMCOMETRUE, both DINNER BY SEVEN and STIR IT UP dislodged their respective riders, Paul ‘Country’ Francis and the veteran Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair in the backstretch.Francis is suspected to have fractured his collar bone, while the 62-year-old Najair was badly shaken up and received an injury to his face. Both were taken to the UHWI for observation.SEVERAL SPILLSAlthough there have been several spills on racedays at Caymanas, only one has claimed the life of a jockey in 56 years of racing at the track. This occurred on November 20, 1999, when popular lightweight jockey, Al Gopie, was thrown by his mount, SAGAR, at the half mile and was trampled by horses in the day’s penultimate race.Meanwhile, firm favourites ROYAL ASSAULT and ETERNAL JOY led from start to finish to win the co-feature races on the card.Ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis for trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, the much-improved 4-y-o colt, ROYAL ASSAULT, romped the overnight allowance sprint as the 3-5 favourite. And 30 minutes later, the Neive Graham-trained ETERNAL JOY, a 2-1 favourite, with apprentice Linton Steadman replacing the injured Paul Francis, did likewise in the closing race over 1200 metres for the Colin Melhado Memorial Cup (claiming $250,000-$210,000).last_img read more

Ginebra replaces Shane Edwards

first_img“We’ve decided to make a change in import,” he said in a text message. “We’re bringing in a 6-foot-10 big man in Charles Garcia who will arrive Saturday evening.”Garcia, 29, last played for the Austin Spurs of the NBA G-League in the 2016-17 season, averaging 13.67 points, 5.22 rebounds, and 1.14 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe will man the paint for the Gin Kings while Greg Slaughter is still recovering from an ankle injury.“He’s a player I have scouted in the past,” said Cone. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast It was an unceremonious end for the returning import Edwards, who was with Ginebra in its preseason buildup.“When we first contracted Shane Edwards, we believed Greg would be healthy and available to play, and Shane could play alongside him,” said Cone. “But with Greg’s injury, we feel that we need someone to replace Greg rather than play alongside him.“The Gin Kings still plan on parading Justin Brownlee later in the conference once he finishes his obligations with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.Ginebra opens its campaign in the second conference against Rain or Shine on April 29.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Celtics’ Terry Rozier making name for himself against Bucks Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra has decided to make an import change days before the start of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Coach Tim Cone said on Friday that the Gin Kings have sent home Shane Edwards for big man Charles Garcia.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Brazil 2014: Hope for Black Stars, Super Eagles

first_imgThere is still hope for the Black Stars of Ghana and the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for Round 16 of the Brazil 2014 World Cup if both teams are able to manage their next games.The Black Stars, who shocked the soccer world by turning the tables against favorites Germany, but conceding a corner goal that saved the Germans, will have a decider against crest fallen Portugal.The Super Eagles, who drew their first game defeated Bosnia & Herzegovina to collect four points which is not enough to clear them for the Round of 16.For the Eagles to clear that hurdle, Argentina, with star player Messi, whose long shot crumbled stubborn Iran, will have to be tamed by the Eagles.Already, former captain Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha in a BBC interview criticized Coach Stephen Keshi when he said, “Keshi did not do enough work on the team. The tactical play was so bad, I hold Keshi responsible for this.”Examining the last two matches Iran has played, one thing is evident is the team’s unexpected attacks, and since they will exert much effort to beat Bosnia on Wednesday which could throw the tally on goal difference.The Super Eagles must avoid the above scenario by winning their match against Argentina, an assignment that from their team’s past games, appear difficult. The Eagles failed failed to apply creative ideas to break the Iranian defense, and against Argentina, the likelihood of making it good does not seem obvious.However, the Super Eagles could rediscover themselves and improve on their chances for Round 16.For the Black Stars, Coach Kwesi Appiah has admitted, their receding chances, after the 2-2 draw with Germany last Saturday.”It’s not going to be easy to qualify. There are other games to be played in our group (that can determine the outcome),” he told reporters after Ghana picked up their first point in Group G.”It was a really good, competitive game. Germany, at the end of the day, is among the best in the world. We had some opportunities but unfortunately playing such a big team, if you don’t take your chances, you always face a problem.”Defending set pieces proved their undoing as he had anticipated.”That was one of the major concerns when we were planning tactics against the Germans,” Appiah said.”Most of them are really tall and defending against them is always a difficult situation. It’s unfortunate that we conceded one goal out of a set piece.”Saying that, I had total confidence and belief in my players and the best way to defend was to attack. That was the strategy we adopted.”Ghana must win their last game against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in Recife on Thursday to stand a chance of progressing to the second round.”Ronaldo’s the best player in the world,” Appiah said. “Everyone recognizes that. But it’s about teamwork, I don’t believe in the individual. We will study Portugal’s game.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Scholarship website launched

first_imgThe Department of Public Service on Wednesday launched a website designated for the administration and monitoring of all Government and donor scholarships.The website is being touted as a hallmark of transparency in the scholarship awarding process following accusations of corruption after it was discovered that Government awarded scholarships to Ministers and other senior functionaries.The website is expected to be online from Friday as the Department of Public Service’s Scholarship Division seeks to make the process of acquiring Government scholarships much easier with the introduction of 21st CenturyGuests at the launching of the websitetechnology. The launching event was held at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) Smart Classroom in Kingston, Georgetown.Public Service Department Permanent Secretary Reginald Brotherson said that Government has awarded over 1300 scholarships in the past three years for students to study both overseas and locally. He added that the awarding of scholarships was part of Government’s commitment to bettering the lives of the Guyanese people.“The priority areas of training are geared to match the intellectual talent of all Guyanese, firstly taking heed to what is best in national interest and, therefore, expanding the pool of resources,” Brotherson said.“The establishment of this website will be a catalyst of transparency as it offers its users a wide range of activities associated with the economy of time. Information sharing, better utilisation of resources, connectivity of scholarship offers, online registration, coordination of travel, linkages to funds, statutory reports for submissions, managing individual scholarships, meeting deadlines and personal data, access to other online services among others. Therefore, it will be an ongoing update of the website as a work in progress,” he added.The website was designed to make available easily accessible scholarships, training and job opportunities for prospective and current students as well as public servants. These programmes can be accessed through the website’s easily navigable interface.Prospective students will be able to register, save and submit their applications via the website while current and past recipients can access all forms necessary for the management of their scholarship.The website is being managed in real time and is being hosted on three different domains, thereby ensuring it never crashes. Dr Marcia Thomas, Head of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at NCERD, facilitated a demonstration of how the website works and related that an all-Guyanese team built it.She added that it was also hosted on the Government’s e-Government network in addition to an outside host so as to ensure that it was always up and running.Additionally, the website also provides public servants with the necessary information pertaining to professional training offered by the Department of Public Service.Meanwhile, Ministerial Adviser Vincent Alexander, who delivered the feature address on behalf of Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, said that the launching of the website was part of the Government’s mandate to provide “the good life”.Additionally, the Department’s Planning and Analysis Manager, Kandasia Kendall, said that they have been actively engaged in making training opportunities available to all Guyanese.“The Department of Public Service remains committed to providing training opportunities to Guyanese throughout the length and breadth. It is, therefore, through this backdrop that we need to make training opportunities available through this department accessible,” she said.“Guyanese are studying all over the world. We want our students to be able to connect with us faster and easier. Through the website, we will be able to better monitor our international students and ensure that they are in compliance with the terms and conditions of their scholarship. It is for this reason that we have integrated the resources necessary for all students to manage their scholarships online,” Kendall added.The website will make available scholarship opportunities rendered by the Government and donor organisations, and prospective awardees will be able to register and apply online.Government has been secretly expending millions of dollars for several of its Ministers to benefit from full-scholarship programmes.Education Minister Nicolette Henry and Junior Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson are among those who received millions of dollars to pursue their studies in the United States and the United Kingdom respectively. Henry is doing her PhD in Public Health to the tune of $3.36 million, while Ferguson benefited from a $3.38 million public policy management scholarship.last_img read more

Pierce offers bargains in time, cost for summer classes

first_imgSession A will run from June 11 to July 14 and Session B from July 16 to Aug. 18. New students’ appointments to register are between May 29 and June 7. Continuing students can register now through May 26 and use priority registration dates mailed to them. Students can apply and register online on the Pierce home page. View the Pierce summer schedule at http://piercecollege.edu/schedules.asp#summer07 and then register online. Or call the student telephone enrollment lines at (818) 988-2222, (213) 689-8888, (310) 605-0505 or (323) 226-1999. Get back into the groove and accelerate your college career by earning six units in only five weeks or 12 units in just 10 weeks. And parking is free all summer long. Summer at Pierce College – a great opportunity to pick up some classes to keep you on the path to your degree, your goals and your future success. Doreen Clay is the public-information officer for Pierce College. She posted this story May 16 on the Woodland Hills hub on valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This summer, Pierce College offers hundreds of both day and night classes, with two engaging sessions. Each session is only five weeks long, and the cost is the lowest anywhere in the state. Summer at Pierce is a smart investment in your future. Get ready by selecting your classes now. The schedule for summer classes at Pierce is now available online at www.piercecollege.edu. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOVILLE CROWNED U16 INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS

first_imgMoville GAA NotesLOTTO There was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 6, 16, 19, 20. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Margaret Kane. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,400. Thank you for your continued support. We would like to appeal for more Lotto sellers as it is out main source of income. Please support our club lotto.UNDERAGE FOOTBALLUnderage training will take place this Saturday 12th July for the last time before we break up for the sumer. It will resume again in September. However, final days for U8 and U10 will take place in mid July and players will be sent out information in advance.Final call for registration for Cul Camp. It begins in Moville GAA on 14th July. Forms will be available at Saturday morning underage training. Parents can also register online by visiting www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps U16 BOYSMoville had never won an under 16 a title at Inishowen level until Sunday evening in Burt. Credit must go to a gutsy second half when Muff went 6 points up Moville never gave up and cam e back into the game to win by the narrowest of margins. It was a low scoring first half in Muff. Moville had a great opportunity for a goal from throw in but it hit the upright. It took ten minutes before the first point was registered and it was Muff. Moville scored 4 consecutive points from Gareth Foynes, Pauric Gillen, Padhraig Skelly and Patrick Faulkner, before Muff replied with three in a row to level the match once again. Patrick Faulkner slotted over a free on the 29th minute and Muff scored on the 32nd minute to leave it five points each at half time, with plenty of opportunities going begging in the first half for both sides. Muff started brilliantly and shocked the Moville boys by scoring a goal and 3 points within 4 minutes of the restart. Patrick Faulkner scored another from a free after six minutes before Muff scored another 2 points, Moville looked in trouble. Micheal Henry and Darragh Kelly got two poins back for Moville before Muff scored again on the 18th minute of the second half. Patrick Faulkner slotted over another free and this was shortly followed up by a goal from Darragh Kelly. Muff took another two points and on the 26th minute Pauric Gillen was brought down in the Muff box and the referee pointed to the spot. Gillen took the penalty himself coolly slotting it into the corner o the keeper’s left. Muff got one more point on the 29th minute to leave the final score 3-08 to 1-13. There ended a fantastic game of football, if there were seats at the pitch in Burt, the crowd would have been on the edge of them with the excitement of this game. This was a fantastic display of determination, teamwork, skill and effort from a Moville team who were unbeaten in Inishowen this year.  Huge congratulations from all at the club to the players; you did yourselves proud. Huge thanks to Healthwise Pharmacies for sponsoring the team’s smart new jerseys. A massive thanks to all the friends and family who came to support in big numbers, it was great to see. Finally, congratulations to Seamus Hegarty and Danny Murphy who managed the team.SENIOR MENBrilliant second half display gets Moville off to a good start to the championship. Our senior men travelled to Lifford on Saturday evening; our first half display was poor and for team manager Gerald Faulkner half time couldn’t come quickly enough as our tally of wides had amounted to 9. Our men appeared out in the second half much sharper and more determined and pushed on from the start. Some fine scoring came in the second half but the lads will know a tougher test awaits them in this weekend’s game against Letterkenny Gaels. Time to be confirmed but it is a home venue. Scorers for Moville Ciaran Diver 0.5 , Malachy Mc Dermott 0.5 , Joshua Lafferty 0.2 , Nigel Mc Monagle 0.2 ,John Mc Geady 0.1 , Danny Murphy 0.1, Jack Keys 0.1.SENIOR RESERVESReserve championship took place Sunday against Lifford at home and with a full squad to choose from Tony Mc Geady never would have had any anxious moments as they beat their opponents 5-17 to 2-08. Next up is Letterkenny Gaels, Saturday evening at home; details and time to be confirmed. SENIOR LADIESThe Senior ladies earned a well deserved  win over Milford in the Carrick field on Sunday. In a high scoring game Moville fought to the end to come out with a win . Niamh Mc Laughlin was back and made a big difference to the team. Best for Moville was Aoife Mc who put in a tireless display at full back from start to finish; she never gave up. Final Score Moville 9-07 , Milford 7-09.MOVILLE GAA MERCHANDISEThe new club half-zip tops are available; they are priced at €40. Please check out the club’s Facebook page and website for all the latest Moville GAA O’Neills merchandise. All items are currently in stock. Please see Bridget Harkin if you would like to purchase any items. MISCELLANEOUS CLUB NOTESIf you would like to receive the weekly newsletter by email, please send a message to pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ie requesting it.If anyone has any information or photographs that they would like included in the notes, the club website (www.movillegaa.ie) or the club facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MovilleGAA) feel free to e-mail it to the following e-mail address: pro.moville.donegal@gaa.ie. GAA NEWS: MOVILLE CROWNED U16 INISHOWEN CHAMPIONS was last modified: July 9th, 2014 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:GAAmovilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

KILLYBEGS DEFENDER SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE WITH DERRY CITY

first_imgDerry City have signed Killybegs defender Shaun Kelly from fellow Airtricity Premier Division side Limerick City.Shaun Kelly form Killybegs has signed with Derry City.Kelly is a right-sided defender who has played for Hearts, Dundalk and Galway.After a period with the Scottish Premiership club, Kelly returned to Ireland to sign for Dundalk in January 2009. On leaving Oriel Park at the end of 2010 he signed for Galway in February the following year.However, financial turmoil led to Westerners placing their entire squad on the transfer list and in July 2011 he signed for Limerick FC and made his debut for the club against Monaghan United at Jackman Park on 22 July, going on to play 11 league games as Limerick finished third in the First Division.He played 24 league games in Limerick’s First Division title winning season of 2012 and re-signed for Limerick’s first season back in the Premier Division in 2013.He made 25 league appearances for the club and scored his first two goals for the club that year. He re-signed for the 2014 season and was handed the captain’s armband after the retirement of former skipper Pat Purcell.KILLYBEGS DEFENDER SIGNS ON DOTTED LINE WITH DERRY CITY was last modified: July 28th, 2014 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:derry citydonegalKillybegsLimerick FCShaun Kellylast_img read more

‘QUEEN’S HANDSHAKE IMPORTANT’ – DOHERTY TELLS DONEGAL REPUBLICANS

first_imgDONEGAL Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty has defended Martin McGuinness’ decision to shake hands with England’s Queen Elizabeth.Speaking at the 31st Anniversary commemoration of the 1981 Hunger Strikers in Drumkeen on Sunday, Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “As we gather here today, let us be mindful of the changes that have been brought about since 1981.“The republican strategy which brought the British, the unionists and the Irish government to the negotiating table has ensured that the totalitarian Orange State, which existed in 1981, is now gone forever. “But more work is yet to be done. Thankfully, there is now an entirely peaceful way to bring about an end to British rule on this island. Our duty is to develop democratic ways and means in order to achieve this.“Like the blanket men we can never take the easy option. We need to continue to seize every initiative and constantly drive our country to a reconciled 32 county republic where our communities live side by side in peace.“There have been many momentous initiatives and indeed historical moments that have marked the years of struggle.“Some have been highly political, others have been highly significant and some have been highly symbolic. “Martin McGuinness’s meeting with the Queen of England this week embraced all of these things.“Martin as a leading member of the republican movement was, in a very pointed, deliberate and symbolic way offering the hand of friendship to unionists through the person of Queen Elizabeth for which many unionists have a deep affinity. It is an offer I hope many will accept in the same spirit it was offered.“The task of building National Reconciliation is as much a part of the Peace Process as anything that has gone before. It will be not easy and the challenges will be great. We are up for the challenge“There are issues that have not been brought to a conclusion, specifically the issue of the legacy of the conflict. The British Government has a big role to play in that.“Sinn Féin is absolutely committed to the achievement of a New Republic in Ireland. We believe that the Good Friday Agreement offers a clear democratic roadmap to get there. “Now is a time for new fresh approach to Irish-British relations. That is a challenge for everyone.“It is also a challenge for the Irish government. In future ending partition and national reunification need to become Irish government policy not merely an aspiration goal.“Our children deserve a better future than those of the past. A future marked by respect and equality in place of conflict and suspicion.Full Text of Oration below I want to welcome you all here to Drumkeen for our annual hunger strike commemoration. The large crowd that assembles here every year is a demonstration of the lasting legacy of the 1981 period and the continued inspiration that the hunger strikers invoke in the people of Donegal.Our commemoration this year will be followed by the inaugural ‘1981 hunger strike memorial cup’. The Drumkeen Commemoration Committee deserves huge credit for organising this match. They have opened our commemorative events to a new initiative, making our commemorations even more family friendly. I believe that it is republican events like this that Bobby Sands, a keen soccer player, envisaged when he said, “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.” Advertisement As we enjoy the sporting activities this afternoon, we should be mindful of the massive change that has taken place since the heroes of 1981 embarked on a hunger strike to the death.Thirty years ago the north was embroiled in war. British troops were dug into our hilltops; citizens were dying in their scores; nationalist areas in the North were under military occupation and unionists were entrenched in sectarian politics. Advertisement A totalitarian Orange State existed in 1981 and many young republicans had no other option but to engage in armed struggle.But the republican strategy which brought the British, the unionists and the Irish government to the negotiating table has ensured that the Orange State is now gone, forever.But more work is yet to be done.We republicans are from the democratic tradition which believes that the British government never had any right to be in Ireland; does not have any right to be in Ireland and never will have any right to be in Ireland.Thankfully there is now an entirely peaceful way to bring about an end to British rule on this island. Our duty is to develop democratic ways and means in order to achieve this.We need to be courageous in our thinking and we need to mend the wounds that war has had on our society.Like the blanketmen we can never take the easy option. We can have never sit back and hope that someone else will do the heavy lifting. We need to continue to seize every initiative and constantly drive our country to a reconciled 32 county republic where our communities live side by side in peace.There have been many momentous initiatives and indeed historical moments that have marked the years of struggle.Some have been highly political, others have been highly significant and some have been highly symbolic.Martin McGuinness’s meeting with the Queen of England this week embraced all of these things.It was a meeting which can have huge effects on defining a new relationship between Britain and Ireland and between the Irish people themselves.Martin reached out the hand of friendship, mindful of the history of Britain’s involvement in Irish affairs.Martin as a leading member of the republican movement was, in a very pointed, deliberate and symbolic way offering the hand of friendship to unionists through the person of Queen Elizabeth for which many unionists have a deep affinity. It is an offer I hope many will accept in the same spirit it was offered.Massive progress has been made. We have transformed society in the north. But that transformation has come at a heavy price on all sides. Over 3,000 people lost their lives in the course of the conflict. Many more suffered injury and loss. Every single loss of life was evidence of a failure of politics and a failure of British policy in Ireland.The task of building National Reconciliation is as much a part of the Peace Process as anything that has gone before. It will be not easy and the challenges will be great. We are up for the challengeUnfortunately to date the British State has refused to even acknowledge its role as a combatant in the conflict. That position is no longer tenable as we move forward. It is insulting to victims of events like Bloody Sunday it is insulting to people’s intelligence. It is also excluding the British state from assisting a genuine process of national reconciliation in Ireland.There are issues that have not been brought to a conclusion, specifically the issue of the legacy of the conflict. The British Government has a big role to play in that.It includes facing up to the issues that surround the Ballymurphy Massacre, the Pat Finucane murder and the countless other state sponsored deaths that took place during the conflict.In Donegal we continue to fight for a full enquiry into the murder of Sinn Fein councillor Eddie Fullerton.Sinn Féin is absolutely committed to the achievement of a New Republic in Ireland. We believe that the Good Friday Agreement offers a clear democratic roadmap to get there. Under that agreement the Government of Ireland Act was repealed and the British government have committed to legislating for Irish unity in the event of a 50% plus one result in a border poll.The partition of Ireland is an outdated relic of the past. — a symbol of political failure.Now is a time for new fresh approach to Irish-British relations. That is a challenge for everyone.It is also a challenge for the Irish government. For too long, successive Irish governments have paid lip service to partition. They have tolerated the division of our country and people which has resulted in Ireland as a nation not reaching our full potential. In future ending partition and national reunification need to become Irish government policy not merely an aspiration goal.Our children deserve a better future than those of the past. A future marked by respect and equality in place of conflict and suspicion.Let us leave Drumkeen today as confident republicans, committed to the reunification of our country and to the Ireland that was dreamt of in Long Kesh 31 years ago.‘QUEEN’S HANDSHAKE IMPORTANT’ – DOHERTY TELLS DONEGAL REPUBLICANS was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:’QUEEN’S HANDSHAKE IMPORTANT’ – DOHERTY TELLS DONEGAL REPUBLICANSlast_img read more

‘We charge America with … neglect’

first_imgWASHINGTON – Railing against the delayed relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Saturday that the federal government should be charged with “criminal neglect of the people of New Orleans.” “For five days, the government did not act. Lives were lost,” Farrakhan said at the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March. “We charge America with criminal neglect.” A crowd of thousands cheered as dozens of prominent speakers – academics, activists, artists and media pundits – spoke, recited poetry and sang songs in the 12-hour program on the National Mall. Pointing to the broad spectrum of participants, Farrakhan said the march included an “unprecedented” array of black leaders of organizations “coming together to speak to America and the world with one voice.” Still, participants said they were inspired by the gathering. Farrakhan “is the only one who can pull this magnitude of people together,” said Michael Warren, 41, a Washington resident who attended for about five hours with three youths that he mentors. “No other leader since Martin and Malcolm have done this.” Many said the day held echoes of earlier gatherings. Kelly Callahan, 65, of Newark said he had attended the 1995 march and Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. The movement, he said, is “more universal now.” Mouchettee Muhummad, 38, drove through the night from Detroit with four companions. “We have to show that the spirit from 10 years ago did not die – it’s still alive,” he said. “We have to show that we didn’t forget and we’re actually carrying out what we pledged” a decade ago. He added that Farrakhan “is asking us to organize beyond political boundaries, religious differences, cultural differences.” Some speakers paid tribute to victims of the hurricanes in prayers and pledges of support, and many participants said the storm helped inspire them to come. Katrina “brought the issues to the surface to some who were asleep,” said Jason 2X, a Nation of Islam member who attended the march with several family members from Chicago. During his speech, Farrakhan announced a Millions More Movement disaster relief fund, urging participants to give one dollar each week for victims. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This tells us that a new day is dawning in America,” he said. Ten years ago, Farrakhan urged black men to improve their families and communities – women, whites and other minorities had not been invited. On Saturday, all were welcome at the Millions More Movement, which organizers said would build on the principles of 1995 and push people to build a movement for change locally and nationally. Neither Farrakhan, who spoke for 75 minutes, nor police would not offer a crowd estimate. Associated Press photos showed the gathering was significantly smaller than that of 1995, when Boston University researchers estimated between 600,000 and 1 million participants. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said subway ridership by 7 p.m. was just under 368,000, compared with a Saturday average of nearly 220,000. On the day of the march 10 years ago – a weekday, when regular commuters drove up overall ridership – that number was just over 804,000, the third-highest ever recorded. last_img read more

Paprika farming boosts economy

first_imgThe paprika bush, a relative of the chilli, is about to transform the fortunes of Keiskammahoek farmers. (Image: Flickr)Janine ErasmusInternational food and home care manufacturer Unilever and the Development Bank of Southern Africa have teamed up to launch a multimillion-rand paprika farming project in the small farming community of Keiskammahoek, one of the poorest corners of the Eastern Cape in South Africa.Situated about 80km inland from East London, the community numbers about 150 000. Some 80% of them are unemployment – an appalling 120 000 impoverished people are desperate for hope. Now the paprika project, called Sidalukukhanya (isiXhosa, meaning “create light and hope”) is living up to its name by providing sustenance for 200 families already.Only 60 hectares of paprika (Capsicum annuum) have been planted so far, and expectations are high that as the acreage expands so will the number of people that are able to eke out a realistic living from the soil. Around two-million seedlings took root during the first phase and there are plans to increase this within three years to four-million, which is expected to bear a bounty of 300 tons of paprika.Harvesting began in February 2009 and processing of the spicy chilli relative will continue until May. The paprika project is soon due to take delivery of three driers, which will be fuelled by the burning of alien plants in the vicinity. Once ready for further preparation, the herbs will be taken to Unilever’s Robertsons Spices plant in Durban.The Development Bank (DBSA) has invested the substantial sum of R11.4-million ($20-million), to be disbursed over three years, mostly for training in both agricultural and business matters. Sidalukukhanya is just one of several short-, medium- and long-term projects initiated by the DBSA to provide poor communities, particularly in rural areas, with income-generating opportunities.Strategic partnershipDBSA CEO Paul Baloyi remarked that the long-term capacity of municipalities in agricultural areas depends largely on the success of the rural sector. “The role of agriculture and related industries is central to local economic development within rural South Africa,” he said, adding that giving emerging farmers the support to successfully grow high-value crops will enable them to cross the divide between subsistence and commercial farming.Unilever has not only supplied the seedlings but has made a commitment to buy all the paprika Sidalukukhanya can produce, provided it meets quality standards. This will protect the harvest from market fluctuations, thereby securing a sustainable income for the farmers.Unilever chairman Gail Klintworth said that multinationals have an important role to play in growth and development, as they are important generators of local income and jobs. Big companies introduce new technology and best business practices into areas where they operate. “But we also recognise that we can have broader social, economic and environmental impacts, both positive and negative,” said Klintworth.Bringing tourism to the regionThe project is managed by the Siyakholwa Development Foundation, which will also facilitate the community involvement. Siyakholwa director Brian du Plessis said he hoped that there would be more spin-offs for the region in terms of tourism.“Our hope is that Keiskammahoek could become a tourist hub,” he commented. “Visitors to Hogsback, which is just 15km up the mountain, could break their journey here and samples of soaps and various other products from our existing essential oils project, as well as paprika, could be made available for purchase.”Other partners include the Eastern Cape agriculture department which has supplied irrigation infrastructure, and the Amahlathi municipality.In addition, the Fort Cox Agricultural College and Fort Hare University‘s agricultural department have both provided technical support. Agricultural interns from the two institutions have joined the project and work side-by-side with farmers in the fields, resulting in a two-way skills and knowledge transfer. So far the project has created jobs for 218 people in the community (97 women and 121 men), including 45 farmers and 11 interns.A model for land reformIf successful, Sidalukukhanya will hold important implications for South Africa’s struggling land reform programme. The programme has seen the country’s formerly thriving agricultural sector slump as new farmers, struggling with inadequate skills and little support, allow fertile land to lay idle. However, minister of agriculture Lulu Xingwana said early in March that the government will address this situation by reclaiming any unproductive land allocated under the programme.According to Klintworth, the land reform programme might benefit from the model rolled out at Sidalukukhanya, should it be as successful as hoped. “One of the issues we’ve got is that very often when farms are transferred, they’re transferred in a space where there are no skills. A commercially viable concern doesn’t automatically continue being commercially viable.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesEastern Cape – essential oils hubSouth Africa’s economy – agricultureUseful linksUnilever South AfricaDevelopment Bank of Southern AfricaEastern Cape department of agricultureAmahlathi municipalitylast_img read more