Sporting fraternity pays tribute to Solomon

first_imgHighly respected former referee and sport administrator, Clayton Solomon, popularly called ‘Sala’, passed away yesterday morning in hospital in the USA after a prolonged illness. His cause of death has not been revealed.Solomon, a native of St James, was a former FIFA referee and Jamaica’s number one football official for years before he retired. He was also director of the Institute of Sport for a number of years and was regarded as one of the best administrators the institute has known.But Solomon was remembered to be a strong but fair individual who inspired and motivated many people. Sports journalist and former footballer, Stratton Palmer, described him as “a model of efficiency”. “He was always up to date with happening in INSPORTS and was a part of the growth process of sports in this country,” he noted.GREAT ADMINISTRATORDenzil Wilks, the chairman of the Sports Development Foundation, recalled Solomon as a great administrator.”He spoke fluent Spanish so he was a top-of-the-line referee. And compared to what goes on now at INSPORTS, he was a pretty good administrator of INSPORTS. He handled things in a transparent fashion, as is not the case in recent times. He had a pretty good reputation all round,” he stated.Former FIFA referee, Peter Prendergast, said Solomon was a man who got the job done.”He tried to make it happen for everybody. He was always ready to give advice and he really helped a lot of young people. He touched many lives in different areas, not only sport,” he said.A respected humanitarian, Solomon’s impact on the lives of the people around him was evident in the messages on his Facebook page yesterday.”Today, Jamaica lost one of its great sons, ” Martin Lyn, fellow administrator and long-time friend wrote.”RIP Solomon you are one of the most genuine and positive persons I’ve ever known,” wrote Paul Reid. While Judith Newell wrote: “Best liaison officer ever. This gentleman was an inspiration to me.”last_img read more

Grand Mufti Sumaworo Urges Muslims to Work for Unity

first_imgGrand Mufti SumaworoThousands of Liberian Muslims celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the Gurley Street Mosque have been called on to ensure that the Liberian government’s effort to reconcile the country is successful through unity.Delivering the final message yesterday in Monrovia, Grand Mufti Sheik Abubakar Mory D. Sumaworo told his audience  to let unity be their watchword in the building of the Liberian nation.Sheik Sumaworo explained that reconciling the Liberian people demands the total involvement of all segments of the Liberian society. “Our country is moving on a new road of success,” Sheik Sumahoro said. “We must do our part as Muslims and Liberians to make it work.”He noted, amid the declaration of the greatness of Allah, that Liberians cannot and should not prevent the cause of progress that President George Manneh Weah has set in motion to lead the country to another level that will give the country and the people, whether Muslims or Christians, a chance to be proud of their nation.He also reminded Muslims and Christians that both have a shared responsibility to develop the country as brothers and sisters united for a common destiny.Sheilk Sumahoro noted that the month of Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture and the observation of the month is to mark Allah’s provision of the first chapters of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasures and pray to become closer to Allah and it is a time for families to gather and celebrate together. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon.The observance begins the morning after the crescent moon is visibly sighted, marking the beginning of the new month. Traditionally, people search for the slight crescent using the naked eye, which has led to the declaration of different starting times for Ramadan, due to weather or geography. In order to have a more consistent start time for Muslims around the world, however, astronomical calculations are now sometimes used.According to Islamic sources, the observance of Ramadan is very personal and individual and is a time for “sacrifice and renunciation as well as a period of reflection and spiritual growth. Ramadan is also a powerful symbol of unity, bringing family and friends together. During this period, Muslims around the world fast simultaneously.Several Muslims interviewed yesterday said completing Ramadan brings them joy “because our families were stronger together in the presence of Allah, the creator of all things.”Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam and they form the basis of how Muslims practice their religion. According to Islam Guide, the Pillars of Islam are: Shahada: faith in the Islam religion, Salat: pray five times per day facing the direction of Mecca, Zakat: give support to the needy, Sawm: fast during Ramadan, and Hajj: make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during one’s lifetime.At the end of Ramadan, a three-day spiritual celebration known as Eid al-Fitr occurs. During this time, Muslims rejoice in the completion of the fast. Family members and friends gather to share in feasts and prayers. During Eid al-Fitr, it is customary to donate to the poor and disadvantaged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Goldfields suspends operations at Aurora

first_imgWorkers at the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department…as over 200 workers down tools…planeloads of workers flown out of minesMatters have escalated at Guyana Goldfields to the point where the Canadian-owned mining company has suspended most of its operations on day two of strike action from workers with various grievances with the company.This publication understands that the company spent much of Wednesday transporting most of its personnel, via aircraft, from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to the Eugene F. Correia Airport. This came after workers initiated strike action on Tuesday relating to concerns regarding their severance payments among other things.Earlier in the day, the company issued a statement in which it said that the strike resulted from a misunderstanding. According to the company, the misunderstanding concerned management and certain open-pit contractors.The company said that workers blocked the delivery of ore to its mill. It noted that with the exception of the underground decline, operations were suspended until a resolution could be reached with striking workers.“The company is actively working along with its employees and adhering to applicable laws and regulations and is facilitating communication with the relevant Governmental labour authorities to understand and address employees’ concerns and to resolve the matter as quickly as possible,” it said in the statement.“AGM has been examining options to improve mining performance in order to ensure Aurora’s long-term future.  No decisions have been made concerning any possible changes to the mining operation at this time… The company is making arrangements to have the strikers meet with representatives of the Ministry of Labour to mediate the dispute,” the company added.MeetingWhen this publication arrived at the Eugene F. Correia Airport, workers who were flown from Aurora quickly boarded Goldfields’ minibuses to transport them to their destinations. While some opted to head home, others headed down to the Social Protection Ministry’s Labour Department. This publication spoke to several workers, including one who revealed what concerns drove the workers to strike.“There were certain concerns raised by those who were contract workers for four years and so on, and they haven’t been given any confirmation. There are cases where some workers are truck drivers and others are utility operators. That means they can operate many other equipment. And they’re paid on the same rate as the truck drivers,” the worker said.Another added, “There were safety concerns being raised. And salaries. People have been working with the company for years and they’ve been advancing and working with other equipment and pay wise, they’re paid at a standard rate”.While the company had said that workers “blocked” the delivery of ore to the mills, the workers explained that staff in fact lied on the ground in an effort to prevent the loader from transferring the ore from the stock pile.After the meeting at the Labour Department, one worker explained that they informed the department of the need for a union to represent them. Previously, the company had said that a ‘Grievance Committee’, comprised of workers, dealt with any concerns the workforce had.“The main concern was getting a union to represent the employees. And that was addressed. And we’re happy,” the worker said, adding that their discussions were generalised when he was asked if all locations or just Goldfield’s Buckhall operations were dealt with.Another worker noted that they had requested for the Minister, in this case Junior Social Protection Minister, Keith Scott, to visit the workers on site at Aurora Goldmines in order to hear their concerns.“We already voiced our concern here. Now they’re going to come on the ground and get an actual interaction with each and every individual and see what the actual conditions are,” he said, adding that they are expecting the minister to visit on Monday.Fast trackPresident of the National Mining Workers Union (NMWU) Sherwyn Downer had previously complained that his efforts with the Department of Labour to gain recognition in order to represent Guyana Goldfields workers were being hindered by the company.On the other hand, the company has said that by law, Downer needed the support of 41 per cent of all workers and not just those stationed at Buckhall. The company had also made it plain that it will not allow the union on site to seek that support from workers, but rather, such a pitch must be made away from Aurora.In an interview at the department on Wednesday, Minister Scott acknowledged the workers concern about being unrepresented by a union. He gave the Government’s commitment to ensure workers get their representation.“The issues have been brought to the table. We promise to fast track the recognition for a union of their choice. We’ll also ensure that… (by next week) we’ll have both parties round the table (company and workers),” Scott explained.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman expressed confidence in his junior counterpart’s ability to resolve the issue. According to Trotman, his ministry will nevertheless work alongside the Department of Labour to resolve the matter.“I am expecting that within a reasonable time, the issues will be dealt with. I think the workers were given an opportunity and they have expressed their satisfaction with the way the meeting was conducted. They were given an opportunity to be heard”.Some of the Guyana Goldfields workers at the at the Eugene F. Correia Airportlast_img read more

Send someone to the slammer – Tuesday only

first_imgHe says he has approximately 30 arrest warrants ready but is hoping to have more by Tuesday.Ingham says he would like to at least match last year’s fundraising total of $25,000.Anyone wishing to have someone arrested can call the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-793-9586 to request a form. For one day only, having a friend, family member or colleague arrested will become far easier. The 6th annual Cops for Cancer Jail N’ Bail is taking place.- Advertisement -Anyone can be arrested and the police will go people’s workplaces and Tuesday and arrest them, taking them to a makeshift jail at the Totem Mall.Those who are arrested will have to raise their own bail money, which is often pre-set by whoever nominated the person, says Constable Shawn Ingham who is organizing the event.There is a $300 minimum bail requirement for each “person of interest”, but tax receipts will be issued to anyone who donates to someone’s bail fund.One perk for people nominating someone else is that they can choose on what charges they want the person arrested.Advertisementlast_img read more

Glendora rules in dogs’ favor

first_imgCouncilman Mark Kelly, who voted against bringing dogs into parks, said the city should build a dog park instead. The city’s community services director is requesting money to build two of them, he added. “The compromise is to have a dog park where dogs can roam, and still have parks where people can go and not worry about dogs,” he said. “People are worried about the liability issue of dogs biting people and children, and they are concerned about the sanitation issue.” A staff report looked at how other cities handle the pet issue, and of a dozen cities, only three banned man’s best friend from parks – Covina, La Verne and Arcadia, the last of which welcomed canines to a dog park. Claremont, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas and Upland also offered dog parks, and Azusa, Duarte, Monrovia, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and West Covina all allow dogs in parks. “In today’s society, dogs have become not just extensions of, but true members of the family,” the staff report said. The Glendora ordinance was based largely on what other cities allow. The council will review the issue in a year, and could repeal the ordinance if there are too many complaints, Herman said. The staff report also turned up a few interesting laws in other cities. Covina, the report noted, prohibits pygmy pigs in parks, but Monrovia and West Covina allow pot-bellied pigs in as long as they are on a leash. In Rancho Cucamonga parks, cats are allowed, but only if owners can get a leash on them. Leashed cats are also allowed in San Dimas parks – except golf courses. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Pups who have long been relegated to city sidewalks could be allowed into city parks as soon as June 21, under an ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Glendora City Council. Dogs would be allowed in any park except Manooshian, Sanburg and Louie Pompei parks. Dog owners would have a handful of other requirements to meet – dogs must remain on a leash, supervised by someone more than 18, and owners must clean up after their dogs, who must be more than 4 months old and in good health, among other things. The City Council voted 4-1 to let the city’s 6,000 licensed pooches on the grass. The ordinance must pass a second vote on May 22 before it would take effect after a 30-day waiting period. Mayor Ken Herman said as long as people keep control over and clean up after their dogs, he supported it. “If dogs \ are going to be responsible, not abusive, no aggressiveness or disturbing the peace in terms of barking, I think it’s great idea,” Herman said. last_img read more

Mahrez signs for Manchester City

first_img“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola,” Mahrez told the Manchester City website.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mahrez returned from his self-imposed exile as a substitute at Manchester CityLONDON, United Kingdom, July 10 – Algerian international Riyad Mahrez secured his move to champions Manchester City on Tuesday seven months after his hopes were dashed when Leicester asked for too much.The 27-year-old — pivotal to when Leicester stormed to a shock Premier League title in 2016 — signed a five year contract for an undisclosed fee.last_img

OH DEERE – WE’LL ALL WANT TO CUT THE GRASS NOW!

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Colour coded controls are conveniently located for simple operation and identification. These include mower engagement, deck lift release (together with foot pedal), cruise control, park brake and separate throttle & choke.For more information on the complete John Deere range contact Eamonn Tinney & Sons today on 074 9122374, www.tinneys.ie and remember, John Deere is not as expensive as your neighbour might think!  OH DEERE – WE’LL ALL WANT TO CUT THE GRASS NOW! was last modified: June 6th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Mario Balotelli latest: Italian minnows Pescara end interest in Liverpool misfit

first_img Mario Balotelli is set to leave Liverpool after a disappointing two-year spell 1 Italian club Pescara have ended their pursuit of Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli.The 25-year-old striker is expected to leave Merseyside this summer after being told by manager Jurgen Klopp he has no future at Anfield.Balotelli spent last season on loan at AC Milan but scored just once in 20 Serie A appearances during a forgettable, injury-hampered, spell.However another trip to Italy had been suggested, with newly-promoted Serie A side Pescara, Sampdoria and Inter Milan all linked with a move for Balotelli this summer, as well as Turkish club Besiktas.However Pescara’s club president Daniele Sebastiani has now insisted the forward is no longer among their targets.He told Sport Mediaset: “I know that his is the name that would get the most attention but Mario is a great player and I think that the last thing he would do would be to come and play at Pescara or Crotone.“We don’t need to buy figurines just to make somebody happy. We’re working behind the scenes on finding players with the right profile for Pescara.“We’re running our own transfer market and if we want to do anything, we need to be patient.”last_img read more

€10,000 CEADAITHE AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH CHUN COMÓRTAS PEILE FAOI 17

first_img€10,000 ceadaithe ag an Aire Stáit McHugh chun comórtas peile faoi 17 mbliana d’aois a reáchtáil i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGallD’fhógair an tAire Stáit do Ghnóthaí Gaeltachta, Joe McHugh, T.D., inniu go bhfuil deontas de €10,000 ceadaithe aige do Choiste F17 7 an Taobh, Casla chun go mbeidh ar a gcumas comórtas peile faoi 17 mbliana d’aois a reáchtáil i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall go luath.“Is i nGaeltacht na Gaillimhe a reáchtáladh an comórtas seo le 6 bliana anuas agus tá áthas orm a rá go mbeidh sé á reáchtáil i dTír Chonaill den chéad uair i mbliana,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit. Glacann foirne ó na Gaeltachtaí éagsúla páirt sa chomórtas bliantúil seo. Dúirt an t-Aire Stáit go raibh áthas air a bheith in ann a leithéid de dheontas a chur ar fáil agus go bhfuil tionchar fíorthábhachtach ag tograí den chineál seo ar bhuanú agus cur chun cinn na Gaeilge i measc an aosa óig.€10,000 sanctioned by Minister of State McHugh for an under-17s football competition in the Donegal GaeltachtMinister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., today announced that he has sanctioned a grant of €10,000 for Coiste F17 7 an Taobh, Casla, to enable them to run an under 17s football competition in the Donegal Gaeltacht shortly.“This competition has taken place in the Galway Gaeltacht for the past 6 years and I’m pleased to say that it will take place in Donegal for the first time this year,” the Minister of State said. Teams from the various Gaeltacht areas take part in this annual competition. The Minister of State said that he is pleased to be able to provide such a grant and that such projects are hugely important in influencing the preservation and promotion of the Irish language among young people. €10,000 CEADAITHE AG AN AIRE STÁIT McHUGH CHUN COMÓRTAS PEILE FAOI 17 was last modified: September 16th, 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:Gaeltacht AffairsJoe McHughlast_img read more

Play Your Part Cube makes its way to North West

first_imgBrand South Africa is inviting young and old in North West to engage with the Play Your Part Cube in the latest edition of its roadshow. The aim is for people to become active citizens within their communities.The Play Your Part Cube will be in Potchefstroom this week, and it will encourage people of North West to help their fellow South Africans. (Image source: Brand South Africa, Youtube)Ray MaotaBrand South Africa will be hosting the North West leg of the Play Your Part (PYP) Roadshow at North West University’s (NWU) Potchefstroom campus on Thursday, 16 February.Attendees are invited to interact with the PYP Cube and will be encouraged to participate in education and skills development within their communities.The initiative is a partnership between Brand South Africa and One Day Leader, a TV programme on the South African Broadcasting Corporation which promotes leadership and entrepreneurship within society.Corporates involvedPrivate enterprise has always been involved with the PYP Roadshow and the North West edition will not be any different.Volkswagen general manager in Klerksdorp, Clinton Bezuidenhout, is part of a panel discussion. Other businesspeople involved are entrepreneur and chief executive of the Wesvaal Chamber of Business, Sanele Makinane; Professor Du Plessis from the NWU School of Governance; Delmarie Van Zyl of the Potch Business Chamber; and social entrepreneur, Neeta Morar.The event is a continuation of the PYP Roadshow from last year where actor and singer Zola7; businesswoman Phindi Gule and her partner, Kevin Burley; businesswoman Carol Bouwer; One Day Leader ambassadors, and DJ Sbu’s Leadership 2020 inspired people across six provinces.The Cube connected citizens to social media platforms, encouraged conversations on active citizenship and got people to pledge their time and skills to make a difference.A mining provinceNorth West is a mining province with more than half of its gross domestic product generated from the sector. It also provides jobs for a quarter of the province’s workforce. The main minerals mined are gold, uranium, platinum and diamonds.The province also has a healthy agricultural sector. Farmers in the north-western parts of the province predominantly raise livestock while the south-eastern farmers grow crops such as maize, sunflowers, tobacco, cotton and citrus fruits.The province views increasing employment opportunities, accelerating housing delivery and combating crime, substance abuse and violence against woman and children as its main priorities.People can engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on Twitter using #PYPCube during the session.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more