‘Golf in Jamaica’ – Travel agents encouraged to spread the word at Sandals tourney

first_img Share the experience Gary Saddler, senior vice-president, sales, worldwide, Sandals, implored the travel agents to keep selling Jamaica as a top golfing destination when they returned to the United States. “Go back home, sell this hotel and sell golfing. Share with your customers your experience of Jamaica,” he said at Saturday night’s awards ceremony. Young Jamaican golfing talent, 17-year-old Romaine Evans, wowed competitors with his driving prowess from the ladies’ tee at the 14th hole in a Sandals Foundation benefit. Competitors contributed a token US$10 to the foundation to have Edwards and Zandre Roye, two of 23 young players adopted by the programme, tee off from the par-five hole, on their behalf. The contribution will go towards the Sandals Foundation, which continues to nurture young Jamaican golfers such as Roye and Evans, who won the junior title at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships in St Croix, United States Virgin Islands, in July, which led to him being invited to participate in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy, September 9-11, at Prince’s Golf Course in England. Other winners at the tournament included Roland Farrar, putting contest; Sharon Tonti, closest to pin, female; Junior Rodney, closest to pin, male; Paula Mullins Worster, longest drive, female; Nick Middaugh, longest drive, male; Team Four, Larry Field, Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field and Nick Middaugh, best-dressed team; Team 21, Rose and Jeff Stevenson, Catherine Byrne, and Sheila Golden, most honest score. TEAM 23, comprising Junior Rodney, Karen Scantlebury, Albertha Brown, and Jacqueline Bass, won the Travel Weekly US Travel Agents Golf Tournament at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios at the weekend. Team Four, made up of Larry Field Sr, Larry Field Jr, Dennis Field, and Nick Middaugh, were runners-up in the two-day tournament. More than 120 travel agents from the United States competed in the event staged by Sandals Resorts, playing two days of golf over 36 holes. In its 13th year, the tournament is used to familiarise travel agents with the local resorts in the Sandals chain and highlights Sandals Golf and Country Club as a top Caribbean golfing destination.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: A few extra days in Ja just to vote

first_imgJanet Rowe did not fly to Jamaica just to vote. But when she realised her name was on the voters’ list, the US$197.50 fee she paid to change her ticket “was a small price to pay to support her party”, Rowe said. “The ticket was actually US$430 plus what I paid to change it.” But that cost couldn’t keep her from the polling station at the Content Gap Primary School in East Rural St. Andrew. “When my boss wished me a safe travel I didn’t tell her I wasn’t coming back just yet.” Instead, “I called one of my co-workers and asked her to work for me tomorrow and I will work back for her on Saturday,” she said with a satisfied grin, showing her ink-stained index finger. Her ticket was changed from February 23 to 26. The constituency is being contested by the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Juliet Holness (wife of opposition leader Andrew Holness) and the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Imani Duncan Price. Holness went into the elections with a five percentage point lead over her rival.last_img read more

Ceres-Negros faces tough trek in crown retention bid with top striker suspended

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Photo from @AFCCup TwitterYANGON—Playing in searing conditions against a team that refused to quit, Ceres-Negros dug deep Wednesday to keep its title-retention bid on track in the AFC Cup Asean zonal phase.But the task just gets tougher from here for the Busmen with star striker Bienvenido Marañon expected to miss the two-legged final against Home United in August following a straight red card in the second leg against Myanmar National League powerhouse Yangon United at Thuwunna Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Yangon beat Ceres, 3-2, in the second leg after scoring two late goals following Marañon’s dismissal in the 79th minute, but the Bacolod-based side prevailed, 6-5, on the strength of its two-goal victory at Panaad Stadium last week.“We definitely showed that we can play over our limits,” said midfielder Manny Ott, who combined with Stephan Schrock in scoring the equalizer in the ninth minute. “Everyone was tired because this was our third match in a week. The conditions were tough, it wasn’t our best game and we know we can do better, but everyone was fighting to get the result.”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 crownIn his fourth season with the club, Ceres defender Carlie De Murga said the squad’s character came to the fore in front of a hostile crowd and a team that used physicality to rattle them. Yangon scored two goals in the space of four minutes to move within a goal, before the Busmen held on.“The opponent was pushing us high and attacked us all the time,” said De Murga. “But we were mature enough to suffer and that allowed us to be in the finals.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Chinese show Blu Girls exit, reach finalslast_img read more

GOL’s Public Debt Stock Rises

first_imgThe government of Liberia’s (GOL) public debt stock stood at US$77.7 million at end-June, 2013, the Central Bank of Liberia has disclosed. According to the CBL, public debt grew by US$12.2 million (2.2 percent) and US$25.3 million (4.6 percent), respectively, when matched against the level recorded at end-March, 2013 and the corresponding period of 2012.Of the total debt stock, domestic debt accounted for 49.9 percent, while external debt constituted 50.1 percent, the CBL declared.According to the Bank’s Financial &Economic Bulletin covering April-June, 2013, the growth was largely attributed to an increase in domestic debt to financial institutions, mainly the CBL, arising from legacy debt obligations.Total external debt stock for the reporting quarter amounted to US$289.3 million. When matched against the level recorded at end-March, 2013, total external debt stock, however, declined by 0.4 percent or US$1.2 million, but grew by US$20.0 million or 7.4 percent, compared with the corresponding period of 2012, the CBL stated.According to the Bank, of the total external debt stock, multilateral and bilateral debt constituted US$156.1 million or 54.0 percent and US$133.2 million (46.0 percent), respectively. Compared with the preceding quarter, the Bulletin notes, multilateral debt  stock decreased by US$1.1 million or 0.7 percent, while bilateral debt remained the same (at US$133.2) at end-June, 2013.Domestic Debt StockThe total domestic debt stock, the CBL disclosed, stood at US$288.5 million. According to the Bank, domestic debt stock rose by US$13.5 million (4.9 percent) and US$5.4 million (1.9 percent), respectively, when matched against the level recorded at end-March, 2013 and the corresponding period of 2012.“Debt to financial institutions grew by US$14.3 million (5.4 percent) at end-June, 2013 compared with the previous quarter; constituted US$281.5 million (97.6 percent) of the total domestic stock, the CBL said.The Bank, however, reported that debt to suppliers, salary and allowances, and the US$1.3 million pre-National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) salary arrears remained unchanged during the period under review.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coyotes move on to semis

first_imgBut Cal State made just enough plays down the stretch to narrowly avoid the upset, escaping with a 71-68 victory in the first round on Friday. “They did a tremendous job the whole game,” Cal State coach Jeff Oliver said. “I thought we played well defensively pretty much the entire game. … We’re very fortunate to have come out on top.” The Coyotes play Seattle University in the semifinals today. All-West Region guard Prentice Harris, who led the Coyotes with 18 points, hit a pull-up 3-pointer in transition with 1:46 remaining to give the Coyotes a 69-67 lead they would never relinquish. “That was a big shot, but I was just lucky to be in that position,” Harris said. “CJ (Chet Johnson) got me the ball at the right moment.” It looked as if Harris may have shuffled his feet before the shot, but when Harris was questioned about the non-call, he charismatically said: “I plead the fifth.” Good enough. ARCATA – The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team survived a scare. The Coyotes, who many feel are the odds-on favorites to advance to the NCAA Division II West Regional championship game ran into a BYU-Hawaii team that had a different agenda. center_img Following Harris’ clutch shot, Hawaii – which shot 62 percent from the field – had its 58.3 percent free-throw shooting and turnover-prone offense catch up with them. Wu Tai-hao missed two consecutive free throws with an opportunity to tie or take back the lead. Still, Hawaii had possession with 18 seconds remaining, the shot clock turned off, and trailing by one. BYU-Hawaii got only a desperation 3-point attempt as time ran out. “I tried to call a timeout before that turnover,” BYU-Hawaii head coach Ken Wagner said. “Unfortunately they couldn’t hear me. But you can always look back after a game and find five or six things (you’d like to change).” In the end, it was simply Cal State’s superior athleticism, namely Harris and Ivan Johnson, who scored 16 points and had five rebounds. “Our ball pressure created some turnovers and our execution was better down the stretch,” Oliver said. For BYU-Hawaii, Eric Boyce finished with four 3-pointers among his 18 points; Tai-hao and Lucas Alves each had 13. “If anybody thought they were going to come in here and have an easy game, they were sorely mistaken,” Oliver said. “Everyone is here for a reason.” 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


first_imgDonegal star Martin McElhinney will undergo surgery on a troublesome groin injury in the next few weeks.The influential midfielder enjoyed a fine season last year for Rory Gallagher’s side – but medical personnel feel it’s time he underwent surgery to alleviate a niggling groin complaint. The operation is believed to be a minor procedure, and McElhinney is expected to back in training for Donegal in January.McElhinney was playing soccer in the USL for Fanad United in recent weeks – but he isn’t expected to play again for Arthur Lynch’s side as he gets ready for the operation.The McKenna Cup competition gets underway in January – and Donegal are expected to train collectively again in December ahead of the 2016 campaign.Question marks still surround a number of senior players who haven’t committed their futures to Donegal for another season as of yet. Neil Gallagher is expected to remain on – but it is unclear if Karl Lacey, Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee will return to the Donegal set-up next year. DONEGAL STAR SET TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE AHEAD OF 2016 SEASON was last modified: October 28th, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more


first_imgA Kerry-born school principal has told her husband to go to the All-Ireland Final alone – because she believes Donegal are going to be given a lesson in football.Fiona Farry, who is principal at Cloughfin National School, is a staunch fan of The Kingdom having been born in Castleisland.And because Kerry have won the Sam Maguire so many times, she thinks it’s only right that her husband Gerry Farry should attend Croke Park tomorrow. Ms Farry isn’t getting away easily! Pics copyright of Northwest Newspix“I told him to run along but he is wasting his time as Kerry are going to bring back Sam.“He wouldn’t listen to me but he’ll be the one on a wasted journey come Sunday afternoon,” laughed Fiona.The popular teacher proudly wore her Kerry jersey into school yesterday but was hugely outnumbered by her Donegal pupils as well as staff Maria McGinley, Shauna Kirk and Sandra Stewart.“We had great craic. The kids really got into it and we had great fun. “I hope they’re still smiling when Kerry goes home to The Kingdom on Sunday,” laughed Fiona.Some of the pupils’ handy artwork. KERRY PRINCIPAL THINKS THE KINGDOM WILL TEACH DONEGAL A LESSON! was last modified: September 20th, 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:CLOUGHFIN NATIONAL SCHOOLdonegalFiona FarryGAAlast_img read more


first_imgAn emergency meeting to support the community-led Donegal Local Development Company is to be held this evening. Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. (DLDC) is a well-established Local Development Company with a proven track record in the delivery of major funding programmes:• Rural Development Programme LEADER • Local Community and Development Programme• Volunteer Programme, Donegal Volunteer Centre• Countryside Recreation Scheme• Traveller Job Coach Initiative Scheme • Rural Social Scheme • Tús Programme• CE Childcare Scheme• Jobs Initiative Scheme• The Job ClubDonegal Local Development Company Ltd. is an independent, not for profit, community-led Local Development Company and its services to you are now under threat. The government plans to put DLDC’s work under the control of a Donegal County Council-led committee or to private contractors with profit rather than community driven aims.The meeting, which takes place in the Finn Valley Centre at 7pm is expected to be attended by a number of local politicians and lction candidates.Election candidates are expected to be asked the following questions at the meeting:1. Do you support the government’s Alignment plans to deprive DLDC of community programme delivery? 2. What will you do to make sure that the 415 jobs in DLDC are not lost because of these plans?3. What will you do to make sure that DLDC continues to deliver independent community-led local development in Donegal?DLDC Mission Statement: “Working in Donegal towards a better future for all”Please show your support @PUBLIC MEETING INFINN VALLEY CENTRE, STRANORLAR ON TUESDAY 13TH MAY 2014 @7PMHEAD OFFICE: DLDC Ltd., Letterkenny, 1 Millennium Court, Pearse Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal074 91 27056 www.dldc.org www.facebook.com/DLDC.LtdEMERGENCY MEETING TO BE HELD TONIGHT TO SUPPORT DONEGAL LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY was last modified: May 13th, 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:Donegal Local Development Companylast_img read more


first_imgA case of alleged drink-driving against Donegal Senator Brian O Domhnaill has been adjourned again until July.Senator O’DomhnaillSenator O Domhnaill, 38, from Killult, Falcarragh, did not appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning. The court heard the case cannot be heard until the outcome of another similar case is heard before the High Court.Judge Paul Kelly said the State have yet to file a defence in that case.The charges against Senator O Domhnaill include drink-driving as well as hit and run failing to report an occurrence, hit and run failing to remain at the scene and hit and run failing to give appropriate information.The incident is alleged to have happened at Tullygay outside Letterkenny on September 2nd, 2013.Senator O Domhnaill’s solicitor John Canon addressed the court in Irish as did Judge Paul Kelly.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said she did not have full Irish and would not be involved in the case when it is hard.The case was adjourned until July 20th next.CASE AGAINST SENATOR O DOMHNAILL CANNOT GO AHEAD UNTIL HIGH COURT CASE IS HEARD was last modified: May 18th, 2015 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:alleged hit and rundonegalSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

Power sector ripe for innovation

first_imgThe Bramhoek Dam and neighbouring Bedford Dam are part of the Ingula pumped storage scheme, taking shape in KwaZulu-Natal When complete, Medupi power station will be the largest dry-cooled coal-fired plant in the world.(Images: Eskom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Joffe  Eskom spokesperson  +27 79 697 9374 RELATED ARTICLES • Power from South Africa’s wind • First CT homes to feed power to grid • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Portable plant makes fuel from waste • SA’s future renewable energy meccaJanine ErasmusThere are huge opportunities for investment and innovation in South Africa’s power sector – so says Dr Steve Lennon, power utility Eskom’s group executive for sustainability.Lennon was speaking at the fifth edition of the Innovation Summit in Johannesburg, a two-day annual event that seeks to bring together entrepreneurs and creative thinkers from academia, private companies and the government to network, share ideas, and pitch concepts to potential funders.“The power sector has been on a roller coaster for many decades,” said Lennon, “and there’s a big gap in access to advanced forms of energy across the African continent. So – do we accept or address the situation?”South Africa’s power sector presents a number of challenges and opportunities, he said. Since 1994 the economy has grown by 70% while the power supply has not kept pace, growing by just 17% in comparison.In addition, the world has to adapt to a changing climate, and companies, big and small, are under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint and impact on the environment.Then there is the challenge of bringing power to every citizen of South Africa. “There are 2.5-million people who have no access at all to any form of electricity – we need to bridge that gap, because poverty holds people back from success.”At the same time, that electricity supply has to be affordable and competitive, and accommodate power production off the grid.Using resources wiselyThis is where the integrated resource plan (IRP) comes in, said Lennon. This is a long-term strategy drawn up by the Department of Energy to manage South Africa’s energy resources in a sustainable way, and covers the period from 2010 to 2030. It may be downloaded from the department’s website (PDF, 3.7MB).“By 2030, we aim to have reduced our dependency on coal to 60%,” said Lennon, “while the rest of our power comes from low-emitting sources such as solar, hydro and nuclear.”If successfully implemented, the IRP will see South Africa diversify its mix of power sources away from coal, which is currently where the country gets 90% of its power, and at the same time double its energy output.Despite the increase in output, the decrease in coal burning will result in a net reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to less than 275-million tons a year, and a 60% reduction in water usage.“Even our coal plants will use less water because of advanced technology such as dry cooling. It’s a big challenge, but a huge opportunity which calls for a lot of investment.”Lennon added that the Southern African region’s long-distance transmission capacity must also be increased, which is another investment opportunity.The progress so farIn terms of turning this ambitious plan into action, the country has already come a long way to boost its electricity output and implement new technology, said Lennon.Two new coal power stations are under construction – the 4 800MW Medupi near Lephalale in Limpopo province, and Kusile in Mpumalanga, which is also expected to have an output of 4 800MW. Medupi is scheduled for full commercial operation by 2015 and Kusile by 2018, although individual units will be brought online earlier as they are completed.When complete, Medupi will be the world’s largest dry-cooled coal-fired plant. It will incorporate super-critical machinery, which can operate at higher temperatures and pressures than older-generation equipment, and is also more efficient, resulting in better use of natural resources and lowered impact on the environment. The super-critical design is Eskom’s first.Kusile, on the other hand, will be the first power plant in South Africa to have cutting-edge flue gas desulphurisation technology installed. This means that its exhaust gases will be processed to remove all traces of sulphur oxides before being released into the atmosphere. Excess sulphur dioxide in the air is one of the causes of acid rain.Lennon also spoke about the 100MW Sere Wind Farm in the Western Cape, Eskom’s flagship renewable project, and the 1 333MW Ingula pumped storage scheme in KwaZulu-Natal. This plant comprises two dams which are connected via an underground powerhouse with four pump turbines. Water will flow from the upper dam to the lower in peak time, generating power as it passes through the turbines, and when the demand is low the turbines will pump the water back to the upper dam.The Bramhoek and Bedford dams are both complete and according to Eskom, Ingula will be commissioned during 2013/2014. Sere will go into commercial operation towards the end of 2013.“To date 2 400MW of capacity has been awarded to renewable projects,” said Lennon, “with more to come.”He enthusiastically mentioned Eskom’s underground coal gasification (UCG) project, which is in the pilot stage with a test plant next to Majuba power station in Mpumalanga. The gas produced is co-fired with coal in Majuba’s Unit Four, and contributes 3MW to the station’s output.When the pilot plant delivered its first batch of gas to Majuba in October 2010, Eskom made history because the event marked the first production of commercial electricity from UCG gas outside the former Soviet Union.“Eskom is the world leader in this technology,” Lennon said, “and we’ve been working on it for 10 years already.”With the region’s substantial coal reserves, there is “enormous potential” in this source of power, said Lennon. It uses coal seams that can’t be mined for various reasons – they may be too deep, or fractured, or of poor quality – and turns the coal into clean gas on site.“This project is going strong, and will play a role in our future plans. It’s a great technology.”However, it is one thing to plan for power generation, but another to get it to the customers, so Eskom has developed a 10-year transmission development plan which includes renewable energy integration.Opportunities in the regionThe Southern African region is energy-rich,” said Lennon, “but under-exploited.”There are massive coal resources in South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana and Zimbabwe, he said, and natural gas in Mozambique and the Mozambique/Tanzania border region, as well as off the region’s west coast, while there are opportunities for wind all along the coastline.“Central Southern Africa has the best hydro resources in the world,” said Lennon, “and this is another great opportunity for investment and innovation.”Finally, the Northern Cape province is one of the best areas on earth in terms of the intensity and consistency of solar radiation.“If we connect all of these areas with a super grid, we can make maximum use of our wealth of renewables.”The smart grid concept, which is gaining ground around the world, uses ICT to analyse supply and demand of power and adjust its operation accordingly. This will bring about an energy revolution across the entire value chain, said Lennon, from long transmission to end user management.“The smart grid is wide open for innovation,” he said, “but we need to create an enabling environment so that everybody from universities and science councils to small businesses can get involved.”last_img read more