With Western Champs out of the way and having no clear challenge in either the 400m, 800m or the 1,500m, Broomfield is setting her sights on conquering new frontiers. “ISSA Girls Champs is my aim right now; I plan on getting three gold medals there, also in the 800m, where I am gunning for a fourth straight win in that event. Also, I hope to win gold in the 400m flat, as well as the 400m hurdles,” declared Bromfield. Bromfield wasn’t alone in the books as multiple record holder, as Cornwall College’s triple jumper Alrick Ottey twice extended the top mark. His first mark came after leaping 15.56 metres to win the boys’ Class One title, eclipsing the previous meet record of 15.37m held by Odaine Lewis. Ottey later extended the record, this time jumping 15.69m. There were other impressive performances, including STETHS’s Winsome Harris’ record run to win the girls’ Class Three 80m hurdles. Harris clocked 11.64 seconds for gold, beating the old mark of 12.07. Nigel Ellis, another star from the STETHS factory, commanded attention as he made light work of the field in landing the boys’ Class One 100m with a new record. Ellis clocked 10.20 seconds, erasing the old standard of 10.32 seconds. Mathew Brown of Cornwall College and Marquis Jones of STETHS grabbed silver and bronze, respectively. Vanessia Pusey won the girls’ Class One equivalent in 11.28. Aberdeen High School, based in St Elizabeth, broke new ground by winning their first ever medal at Western Champs through 12- year-old Jadau Burke, who won the boys’ Open 3000m. Petersfield High’s Antonio Watson ran into the record books, posting 50.82 to win the boys’ Class Three 400m. His time bettered the old record of 50.87. Munro College’s Devante Heywood was equally impressive in the boys’ Class Four 400m, setting a new record of 52.81 seconds. The Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship events include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump and discus. NEW FRONTIERS WESTERN BUREAU: Eight records tumbled as St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) returned as double champions at Saturday’s County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA) Western Championships – part of the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship – at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, but the undoubted star of the show was the champions’ super athlete, Junelle Bromfield. Bromfield used her scintillating form to send a message to all-comers at March’s Girls Champs and the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix Championship by blitzing two records. The STETHS athlete shattered the old mark of 54.49 to easily win the girls’ Class One 400m in a time of 52.43. Kimisha Chambers of STETHS and Segale Brown of Petersfield High took silver and bronze, respectively. Bromfield returned later to obliterate the Class One 800m field in 2:07.37, destroying the old meet record of 3:13.53. Shaniq Summerville of The Manning’s School was second and Shaneice Buchanan of Rusea’s High placed third. It marks a triple gold run at these championships for Bromfield, who had already secured the 1,500m title at last Tuesday’s girls’ eliminations at Rusea’s High School. “The feeling is great, but I think I may have disappointed my coach a little because he wanted me to take it a little easier on the first lap. But I pushed myself harder without anyone giving a serious challenge,” Bromfield said. “I was never challenged by the other athletes today. I thought it was an easy victory, and to get not one, but two records in one day, is fantastic,” the usually shy athlete told The Gleaner.
With the Philippines hosting the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup in June, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio expects a better showing from the men’s team this time out.“We should not be knocked out in the early stages, right?” he said on Sunday, giving his marching orders to the newly-formed 3×3 squad.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Panlilio expects the country to show more grit though, he acknowledges how hard the task will be.“We’re ranked 19th among the 20 countries. Nigeria is the only team worse than us. And as coach Ronnie said, the other teams have been preparing for years. It’s a tall order for us, but I think like in anything, we’ll do our best to perform,” he said.Panlilio is also banking on the crowd support to buoy the Philippine team in reaching new heights in the international 3×3 circuit.“Hopefully with the crowd support, it would help us in the games. I’m sure Ronnie will try his best to compete hard and advance as far as we can in terms of competition,” he said.“It’s hard to promise. The only thing we can say is we will fight.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Rain or Shine downs debuting Ginebra to go 2-0 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario, Stanley Pringle, and Roger Pogoy were named as the members of the men’s team seeing action in the global hoops tilt from June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Ronnie Magsanoc-coached squad has their work cut out for them, with the Philippines failing to advance past the group stages in the last two years.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 crownBack in 2016, the team of Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Glenn Khobuntin, and Karl Dehesa finished third in Group C missed out on a spot in the playoffs in Guangzhou, China.The case was the same in 2017, where the crew of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Kobe Paras finished third in Pool B to exit in the group stages in Nantes, France. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Local Content Policy– to ascertain whether locals really being hired, trainedConcerns have previously been expressed that oil companies’ claims of hiring locals cannot be taken at face value, but must be vetted.Guyana Shore Base is one of the largest employers directly connected with the local oil sectorAccording to the Department of Energy’s recently-released Local Content Policy, half-year and end-of-year reports will be among the vetting measures.According to the policy, these reports will be standardised and delivered by the companies directly to the subject Minister. The information companies put down in these reports will be measured against what commitments for local content they made in their individual local content plans.“The half-year and end-year reports will be used to continuously review and refine the opportunities and constraints in developing local content in Guyana and to inform how Government and industry collaborate to drive local content development,” the policy also explains.“Notwithstanding legal constraints that may prevent disclosure of reported information on local content to parties beyond the Minister, such as contractual and commercial confidentialities and obligations to anti-trust and anti-bribery legislation, the Minister shall disclose information on local content performance sufficient for Government to be held accountable for implementing this policy and for operators to be accountable for implementation of their local content plans.”The policy also includes formats for how these reports will be prepared. For instance, the format dealing with Guyanese who were hired or trained by operators include tables for them to provide estimates of persons they were supposed to have hired or training hours for positions ranging from senior management and professional to semi and basic skilled, versus how many were actually hired or trained.There are also sections where the operator has to declare how many contracts it awarded to Guyanese suppliers for the preceding half year versus how many it had anticipated awarding. In this way, the policy notes, companies can be measured by their actions.But despite legal requirements for companies to meet local content expectations, the policy stops short of saying exactly how the policy will be enforced against delinquent companies who do not wish to honour their responsibilities. According to one source, a policy with no clear measures to ensure its implementation lets delinquent oil companies off the hook.Section 36 of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Act specifies that a company can only be granted a production licence if its proposal for “employment and training of citizens of Guyana are satisfactory”.The Act goes on to state that in order to be granted a production licence, an oil company’s proposals for procuring goods and services have to be judged as satisfactory by the relevant agency.Last week, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) facilitated a discussion on this policy. There, past GCCI President Deodat Indar lamented the fact that foreign companies, particularly those from the Caribbean region, are coming to Guyana and “mopping up” all of the opportunities coming out from the budding oil and gas industry.In giving his critique, Indar had noted that while this third draft is a “step up” from the previous two, there are still a number of issues with the document. One of which, he explained, has to do with the ‘test of locality’ and the definition of local companies.According to the former GCCI President, a local company cannot be one that is recently established, which is the case with many of what he referred to as ‘shop fronts’, that is, small companies being established with the ‘big guns’ behind them.Indar noted that before the LOC was in the pipeline, the GCCI had drafted a policy on its own which outlined the four ‘test of locality’ components to determine a local company.“A Guyanese company can’t be somebody just off the radar who go and register something at the High Court,” he noted.Indar went on to say that the residency requirement of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Income Tax Act is 183 days in Guyana. This, he noted, is archaic.“It only deals with individuals not institutions so what you have are laws in Guyana that are draconian, and the oil and gas activity and level development is 100 years up. How you gonna work like that? Those things have to change and deal with what you have in the country,” he stressed.
There won’t be any presentations on the pipeline at the information session, however Janet Holder, the Executive Vice President of Western Access, and lead on the Northern Gateway Pipeline will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have.Enbridge hopes to have an answer from the federal government by the middle of next year, and if approved construction would start in early 2015. The company intends to have the pipeline in operation by 2018. The pipeline would deliver 525,000 barrels of petroleum a day to a tanker terminal in Kitimat.- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku got both goals for Manchester United at Turf Moor © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYBURNLEY, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Two goals from Romelu Lukaku brought Jose Mourinho a much-needed 2-0 win at Burnley on Sunday, although it was another eventful and controversial afternoon for his Manchester United side.England international Marcus Rashford, only on the field for 10 minutes as a substitute, was sent off after 70 minutes for a headbutt on Phil Bardsley who had clipped the United man’s ankles in cynical fashion. Just two minutes earlier, Mourinho had also seen Paul Pogba miss a penalty with the chance to put the visitors out of sight.But Lukaku’s first-half double was enough for a well-earned three points as United bounced back from consecutive defeats to Brighton and Tottenham that had put Mourinho under the spotlight.Lukaku opened the scoring on 26 minutes, after a period of bright and direct football from Mourinho’s team.Alexis Sanchez was recalled to Mourinho’s starting line-up and responded by setting up the opener as Lukaku rose impressively between two defenders to head the Chilean’s cross past Joe Hart.A second goal before the break looked inevitable, although it took until the final minute for it to arrive as Luke Shaw chased onto Sanchez’s back heel and into the Burnley area.The ball eventually landed with Jesse Lingard on the edge of the area and, after his shot took deflections off both Charlie Taylor and Ashley Westwood, Lukaku was well positioned to turn and sweep in from six yards.– Mourinho backed –Victory for Manchester United at Burnley eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYIt was a rewarding first period for Mourinho and his team, not to mention the 2,400 visiting supporters at Turf Moor who showed their backing for Mourinho.In contrast, there was a demonstration by fans against the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward with a plane flown over the Lancashire ground towing a banner that read: “Ed Woodward, a specialist in failure.”It was a poignant comment from supporters who clearly blame Woodward’s lack of action in the transfer market for the club’s poor start to the season – rather than their high-profile manager.That lacklustre opening to the campaign saw United in danger of losing three of their first four league games for the first time since 1986.Mourinho, though, had looked relaxed even before kick-off, joking with officials in the tunnel and shaking hands with players from both teams as they exited the dressing rooms.And within minutes of kick-off, that confidence looked well placed as United dominated.Lingard, alone, was presented with three decent chances inside the opening nine minutes, one of which drew a slightly panicked save from Hart.Hart also saved well from Lukaku, as he and Sanchez looked to convert a three-on-two break, while his opposite number David De Gea remained a virtual spectator.The Spanish keeper was finally forced into action after 63 minutes, comfortably stopping Chris Wood’s header at the foot of his post.But that was a rare respite for Burnley who needed Hart to save from a Sanchez half-volley and to parry a fierce shot from Shaw before the late controversies.Lukaku should have claimed a hat-trick, being denied again by Hart, when clean through on goal, then actually rounding the keeper only to miss an open net under pressure from Ben Mee.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate expects his side to bounce back against Bulgaria © AFP / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOVLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Gareth Southgate refused to be embroiled in a war of words with Krasimir Balakov after the Bulgaria manager said England has more problems with racism than his country.England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria on Monday has been overshadowed by fears that racist abuse will be directed at Southgate’s players in Sofia. After several of England’s stars endured racist taunts during a qualifier in Montenegro last season, the trip to Bulgaria is a concern for Southgate and company.England players were also victims of racism on their last visit to Bulgaria in 2011 and Southgate briefed the squad about the UEFA protocol on dealing with such issues at the start of the international break.But Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mikhaylov had already complained that his country was being unfairly criticised by England players.And Bulgaria manager Balakov said in his press conference on Sunday that English football had a bigger problem with racism.“What I can say is that I don’t think we have a problem. In the Bulgarian championship, we have a lot of players of different ethnicities and skin colour,” he said.“I don’t think that we have this big problem like, for example, England do.”Amid suggestions England will walk off the pitch if there is any racism in Bulgaria, the team held a meeting last week to discuss how they will react at the Vasil Levski stadium.However, Southgate, who has repeatedly said England need to get their own house in order over racism, was keen to focus on the match rather than get dragged into more mud-throwing.“Well I say the same as I said the other night in Prague. We are guests in another country and I have always said we have as many issues in own country to resolve than anywhere else,” Southgate said in a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News.“Everyone wants us to talk about football, for the players and both teams the same.“We had to prepare our players for what happened in Montenegro, so that was a process that we needed to go through before our next away fixtures.“Outside of that, we trust the authorities to make sure everything is in place and everybody involved in the game from both countries is wanting to talk about the match.”– ‘Self-reflective’ –England lost their first European or World Cup qualifier in a decade in a 2-1 defeat against the Czech Republic last week.A win in Prague would have booked England’s place at Euro 2020 and Southgate said his Group A leaders are keen to make amends for that missed opportunity.“We have a very honest group and are very self-reflective. They don’t need me to tell them when they haven’t played at the level they can,” he said.“The key is always to recover from the result. We have to move forward and focus on tomorrow.“I don’t think defeats harm teams if the reaction is good. Then what you learn from defeats and the resilience from defeats are important parts of a player’s career.“I have always maintained that we have to qualify, and we haven’t secured that qualification yet and our focus tomorrow is to get the performance and result.”Southgate is reported to be considering using the three-man defensive formation which he favoured during last year’s run to the World Cup semi-finals.But the England manager would only say “We are always looking at every aspect. We train and have meetings specifically on every area of the performance. There is always particular focus when an area is not going too well.“In terms of tactical adjustments, we are always thinking about the best way to get the best players on the field, be the most dangerous, to get the best of our strengths but hide our weaknesses.”0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)
THEY’RE a clever lot in Rathmullan.And they always come up with something special at Christmas.So here’s the latest offering…..there’s even some snow and Santa.Click Play to Watch. DDTV: SPECIAL VIDEO CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM RATHMULLAN was last modified: December 23rd, 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:DDTV: SPECIAL VIDEO CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM RATHMULLAN
LETTERKENNY By Pauric O’DonnellTHERE are celebrations in Co Donegal – and in Dublin – today after Letterkenny was named Ireland’s Tidiest Town for 2015The town beat off competition from 862 towns and villages throughout the country that entered this year’s SuperValu National TidyTowns competition.The announcement was greeted by great celebration at today’s awards ceremony at The Helix in Dublin. On hand to present the prizes was Enviroment Minister Alan Kelly, and Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, the competition’s main sponsor for the 24th year.The Helix was packed with representatives of TidyTowns groups, from all over the country, eagerly anticipating the announcement of the winners.Clonegal Co. Carlow claimed the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Village. Other winners included Listowel, Co Kerry receiving the award for Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town, Westport Co. Mayo received the award of Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town, while Letterkenny was also declared as Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre.Speaking after the awards ceremony Minister Kelly said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Letterkenny; a really worthy winner. This is the 8th time a town in Donegal has won the overall prize, but the first time for Letterkenny. “Letterkenny have entered the competition every year since 1959 and their win today is testament to them consistently achieving high standards in the competition at local and regional level.“It is recognition of a town that embraces all aspects of the SuperValu TidyTowns Competition, builds strong community links and has grown each year in the competition. So my congratulations to Letterkenny and all of the other deserving prize-winners announced today.“The enthusiasm of all those involved in the TidyTowns effort results in the attractive, well cared-for towns and villages we see throughout the country. How a community lives together, strives to involve all of its members and makes the most of their abilities and interests is integral to the ethos of TidyTowns. In 2015 this spirit was recognised by the introduction of two new Special Awards sponsored by SuperValu, the Youth Award and the Diversity Award. It is clear that working together and getting things done increases peoples’ pride in where they live and helps to build vibrant communities.”He added: “This is why I am delighted to see this competition continues to sustain great interest, even after 57 years.”The Minister also thanked SuperValu, the competition’s sponsor. He said: “I would like to thank SuperValu for their continued sponsorship for the past 24 years. SuperValu has been integral to sustaining and developing the competition, not only through their financial sponsorship but also through the support provided to local TidyTowns groups by their network of local retailers.” Martin Kelleher, Managing Director, SuperValu said: “At SuperValu we believe in building vibrant local communities and the SuperValu TidyTowns competition goes to the heart of what community is all about. The incredible dedication shown by the volunteers involved is truly admirable and continues to amaze us year after year. Their relentless commitment to working for the good of their local community is what makes this competition the success it is today.This year marks the introduction of two new awards which demonstrate the breadth of the competition – the SuperValu Diversity Award and the SuperValu Youth Award.The addition of these accolades is a real endorsement of the competition and its capacity to grow, attracting all age groups and embracing all cultures within our communities.As Ireland’s leading community retailer, with 223 stores across Ireland and retailers embedded in communities around the country, SuperValu is extremely proud to have sponsored TidyTowns for the past 24 years, one of the longest running sponsorships in Ireland. I am delighted to congratulate this year’s winners and to recognise the dedication of all TidyTowns committees nationwide who make a real difference in towns and villages across Ireland.” Interest in the SuperValu TidyTowns competition has been consistently high in recent times with the number of entries exceeding 800 each year for the last five years.The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu. The TidyTowns competition has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992.BREAKING NEWS: CELEBRATIONS AS LETTERKENNY NAMED IRELAND’S TIDIEST TOWN 2015! was last modified: September 28th, 2015 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:alan kellyawardsdonegalletterkennySuperValuTidiestwin
He may be long gone from his native Ballyshannon, but actor and film star Sean McGinley will always be a proud Donegal man.The star of numerous TV dramas and feature films, McGinley is an active backer of The Gathering. Here he reveals what he loves about Donegal and why people should try their best to come home to their native shores this year.The clip is part of an overall feature which will be shown on DonegalTV on March 21st.With thanks to our friends at Wallace Media for the video.Simply click to play. DDTV – DONEGAL ACTOR SEAN McGINLEY ON HIS REASONS TO BACK THE GATHERING was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Sean McGinleyThe Gathering
The original Celtic FCA special graveside commemoration will take place in Donegal to honour one of Celtic FC’s founding fathers.The ceremony will mark the grave of Joseph McGroary who was part of the committee responsible for setting up the famous Glasgow side 125 years ago.Members of Mr McGroary’s family will gather in Frosses on September 7th next for the ceremony. A celebration will follow in Mountcharles, the town where Joseph lived his final years and died in 1937.Family members from Donegal and Glasgow will be attending on the day as well as other family and Celtic supporters from throughout Scotland and Ireland.An open invitation has been extended to all Celtic supporters or indeed anyone with an interest in Scottish/Irish genealogy or sport to attend and make this a special day.GRAVE OF ONE OF CELTIC FC’S FOUNDING FATHERS TO BE COMMEMORATED IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcJoseph McGroary