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first_imgJGA’s HeroesWeekend ClassicThe Jamaica Golf Association’s (JGA) Heroes Weekend Classic will be held on October 17 and 18 at Sandals Golf and Country Club.Sandals Ocho Rios will be offering a special rate of US$300 per couple per night for golfers who are entered in the JGA event. The entry fee is $8,000 for members and $9,000 for non-members. One day fee is $5,000 while the fee for juniors is $4,000.The cost for shared cart and caddy is US$27.50 per day. For walkers, the caddy fee is US$20.Antigua’s Joseph among winnersEDMONTON, Canada (CMC):Teenaged Antiguan jockey Kwame Joseph was among the winners as Caribbean riders continued to dominate at Northlands Park at midweek.The 17-year-old Joseph, in his first stint on the international circuit, won the final race of the eight-race card with 15-1 outsider Kaitlans Song.He was joined on the winners’ list by four-time defending champion, Barbadian Rico Walcott, who captured race three with favourite Wild Romeo, and Jamaican Trevor Simpson, who won race one with 4-1 bet Im Hott Ur Nott.Veteran Barbadian rider Desmond Bryan took race five with 4-1 choice Montana Skies, while fellow national Damario Bynoe scored an upset in race six with rank 60-1 outsider Gold Kiss.With just over two weeks left in the Northlands Park season, Walcott is coasting towards his fifth consecutive title with 127 wins, with Scott Williams sitting second on 68.Jamaican Tony Maragh is third on 48 but just narrowly ahead of Shannon Beauregard on 46.Switzerland qualify for Euro 2016LONDON (AP):Switzerland will return for the European Championship for the first time since co-hosting the tournament eight years ago after thrashing San Marino 7-0 yesterday with seven different scorers.As the Swiss secured second place, Group E leaders England made it nine wins out of nine in qualifying, with Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling scoring in a 2-0 win over Estonia.With one qualifier remaining, Switzerland have an unassailable five-point advantage over Slovenia, who were held 1-1 by Lithuania.England are the only team with a 100 per cent record in qualifying for next year’s finals and should be top-seeded in the draw.Spain on a cruiseLOGRONO, Spain (AP):Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored two goals each to help Spain beat Luxembourg 4-0 yesterday and secure a spot for the holders in next year’s European Championship.Cazorla scored in the 42nd and 85th minutes, while Alcacer netted in the 67th and 80th to give Spain 24 points in Group C, five more than Slovakia and Ukraine. Slovakia lost 1-0 at home to Belarus, while Ukraine defeated Macedonia 2-0.In the final round, Ukraine host Spain who will be looking for a third consecutive European title in France next year, and Slovakia play at Luxembourg.The top two teams from the nine groups qualify automatically. The best third-place team also advances, while the other eight meet in a playoff.last_img read more

SASOD launches LGBT health training project in Linden

first_imgBy Utamu BelleThe Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) has partnered with the Linden Care Foundation (LCF), For the Children Sake Foundation (FCSF) and Peace Corps, to launch the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Sexual Health Training project.From left: SASOD Managing Director Joel Simpson, LCF Prevention Coordinator Yanick Copeland, FCSF Executive Director Vernon Todd, LM&TC Social Development Committee Chairman Keeran Williams and Peace Corps Guyana Health Volunteer Caitlin SullivanThe project was launched in Linden on Friday during a simple ceremony held at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN). It aims at empowering and providing capacity building for LGBT persons in the community, while promoting positive mental and sexual health practices. Also, the project provides the opportunity for promoting basic human rights, as it relates to non- discrimination, and reduction of internal stigma among LGBT people living within the community. Another objective of the project is to identify a support network of LGBT and ally persons to establish a sustainable and ongoing linkage of local support, after the project has concluded. It is set to include a 16-night sex positive HIV prevention training, utilising the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC)/Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV (PANCAP) workshop manual, entitled “Sex positive model for HIV prevention and promotion of sexual health”.During the course of the project, members of the LGBT community will also be provided with HIV testing in a safe, stigma-free environment. The project is expected to serve as the official registration for the sex positive HIV prevention training, with network opportunity for Linden LGBT and community allies (civil society).SASOD Managing Director Joel Simpson, during his address, said the need to work with communities outside of Georgetown was realised about a year ago, with the organisation’s 2020 vision serving as a guide within the next four years. In reaching out, he said it was intended that beneficiaries of the project were empowered to become advocates in their communities, as well as take better care of their mental and sexual health.“Often times, the approach to sexual health tends to be just about giving people information… without looking at some of the underlying issues that prevent the vulnerable population, vulnerable groups in particular, from attaining a higher level of sexual health. One of the issues that prevent those groups from attaining the best sexual health is the discrimination they face,” he outlined.Simpson said while SASOD was a national organisation, owing to limited resources, its work was focused on policy which targeted Government and Parliament to change laws regarding same-sex communities and cross dressing, as well as to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, through the Discrimination Act of 1997.“Through constitutional reform, we’d also like to see sexual orientation and gender identity included,” Simpson said.Homophobic communitySimpson further related that based on data from independent organisation Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), homophobia was said to be more pronounced in Linden when compared to other towns across the country. The reasons for the findings, he suggested, may be limited access to broadcast information, high levels of unemployment, limited access to tertiary education and a direct link between poverty and discrimination.As a result, he said it was discovered that the Linden LGBT community had become more comfortable socialising in Georgetown.“In our work, we found that…of the towns that we have in Guyana, homophobia is probably most pronounced in Linden, of all of those towns…There’s a direct relationship between levels of education, poverty, homophobia and discrimination…because of the socio- economic circumstances of Linden that we find homophobia is more pronounced. With that said, we recognise the dire need to work in Linden.”He added that it was also discovered that a number of suicide cases over the years in the community may be linked to cases regarding sexuality. Circumstances such as these have led to the organisation’s establishment of a physical presence in the community as he stressed the importance of partnership with civil society.In his remarks, LCF Prevention Coordinator Yanick Copeland stated that the organisation supported the work of SASOD. He also outlined the need for LGBT support, increased access to HIV testing, capacity building and improved cohesion to meet psycho-social and sexual health needs, in addition to human rights promotion in a stigma and discrimination free environment.Meanwhile, FCSF Executive Director Vernon Todd related that his organisation has recently begun work with LGBT youths in the community through its “Youths seeking answers programme”. Through the programme, he said, it was realised that young people have many issues and many organisations were not talking about issues affecting the LGBT community.Todd emphasised also that it was important that we treat each other as human beings, noting that his organisation also provided HIV testing for the LGBT community.Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) Social Development Committee Chairman Keeran Williams also stated during his address that the Council was committed to addressing social issues and creating a stigma-free environment. It was noted that a similar project was launched in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) last month.last_img read more

‘Wrapped’ minibuses still on Police radar – acting Traffic Chief

first_imgWeeks after over 30 ‘wrapped’ minibuses were pulled in by officers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) as part of a campaign to tackle buses that breach the traffic laws, it has been revealed that the exercise was still ongoing as part of standard Police procedures.Some of the buses that were pulled over by Police ranks during the campaignSpeaking with Guyana Times, acting Traffic Chief Ramesh Ashram noted that Police ranks would be on the lookout for these minibuses.“The Police [are] working normal as usual, but when we catch people with these wraps and things, we take the necessary actions,” Ashram stated.As per standard procedures, owners of the vehicles will be given a certain period of time to have their buses rectified. The colours of the buses will also be checked to verify whether they correspond with the information on the respective registration forms. Ashram stated that these requirements would determine the span of time that the bus owners are given to make the necessary changes.In an earlier interview, Ashram explained that the ‘wrap’ is a common trend that was somewhat similar to the process of tinting the vehicles and it was very difficult to remove. A machine applies the design in the form of a ‘wrap’.A campaign was implemented in March under which buses were pulled over along their routes and upon inspection, the defaulting vehicles were taken to the Brickdam Police Station. The acting Traffic Chief had estimated that over 30 minibuses were breaching the traffic regulations by possessing these ‘wraps’.Meanwhile, the drivers who were pulled over by the Police Officers have related that this affected their livelihood as they would lose money when their vehicles could not work. Citizens who use the buses as a means of transportation also expressed their concern, noting that when the minibuses were not functioning, it was difficult to get from one place to another.However, the acting Traffic Chief noted that this could be avoided if the traffic rules and regulations are followed. Checks will be made countrywide and drivers will face the necessary consequences if their vehicles are ‘wrapped’ instead of spray-painted.Following the initial protest by minibus owners/drivers, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander, Assistant Commissioner Leslie James had announced that the GPF was easing the clampdown on these buses.last_img read more

Mexico tries to get Arellano back into U.S.

first_imgArellano’s U.S.-born 8-year-old son, Saul, is a U.S. citizen. He flew to Mexico on Friday to be reunited with his mother, and plans to stay here indefinitely, although he was expected to return briefly to the United States this month to participate in an immigrant rights march. Mexico has yet to receive an answer from U.S. officials, Espinosa said at a news conference Tuesday. “The government in the receiving country has to authorize diplomatic posts. It has to grant the visa,” Espinosa said. “It is not something that is within the power of the Mexican government alone.” A U.S. embassy spokeswoman in Mexico who was not authorized to give her name said she could not confirm whether the talks had taken place. She noted that privacy laws bar embassy officials from discussing specific cases. Arellano said she would not back down from her request and was angered that Mexico was seeking a U.S. visa, adding that the Mexican government should not have to ask permission to send her north of the border. MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government said Tuesday it is talking with U.S. officials about whether a deported illegal migrant and activist could return to the United States. The migrant, Elvira Arellano, was arrested and sent back to her native Mexico last month after taking refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid a deportation order. Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa said she approached U.S. authorities on Arellano’s behalf after the 32-year-old activist asked Mexican President Felipe Calderon to help her return to the United States legally as a “peace and justice” ambassador. Espinosa did not say whether Mexico planned to give Arellano the diplomatic post, but said officials were trying to determine if there was any way she could go back to Chicago. “I’m not asking for any visa,” she said. “I want a diplomatic post as ambassador of peace and justice, and I won’t accept anything less.”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

Thousands lose power due to winds fires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In Simi Valley, 1,100 customers were powerless, as well as 780 in Oxnard, 535 in Thousand Oaks, 250 in Camarillo 240 in Ventura and 235 in Moorpark. In Orange County, electrical service was disrupted in Garden Grove, Brea, Santa Ana, Orange, Fullerton, Yorba Linda and Villa Park, according to SCE officials. Outages also were reported in SCE service areas in Ojai, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Lake Arrowhead, Rialto, Fontana, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Mira Loma, Hesperia, Corona, Bloomington, Calimesa and Rubidoux. Residents who see a downed power line should not try to move or touch the line. Instead, contact SCE officials at (800) 611-1191. About 3,250 customers in the city of Los Angeles were without service as of 1 p.m. due to wind-related outages, according to DWP spokeswoman Gale Harris. Wildfires and high winds are being blamed for power outages affecting about 24,000 Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles, Orange and other counties, the utility reported today. Power has been restored to most of the customers in SCE’s 50,000-square-mile territory, but 23,660 customers remain without electrical service as of 3:15 p.m., according to the utility. Some could be without electricity for as long as 24 hours. In Malibu, where a brush fire scorched more than 2,400 acres and destroyed at least five houses and a church, 380 customers were without power. In Santa Clarita and Saugus, where fires had burned 27,500 acres as of this afternoon, about 900 households were without power. In the Harbor Gateway area, 1,300 customers lost power just before 12:30 p.m., and in Sylmar, 1,200 customers were without electricity. Another 216 customers in North Hills and 300 in Tujunga were without power. DWP crews worked to restore service, but it was unclear when the repairs would be completed. 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

L.A. needs more than promises

first_imgVillaraigosa ultimately will be judged a success or failure based on his willingness to be open and accessible to residents, and on his ability to fix the things that can be fixed. Right now, that means putting the finishing touch on police reform and LAX expansion. It means providing greater funding and power for neighborhood councils, pouring more resources into services for the homeless, and promoting greater economic development in South L.A., which is still the city’s most under-served community. It means making substantial and visible improvements in neighborhood services, and implementing better traffic control in the city. These are doable goals. Villaraigosa would be well-served to spend his time and still considerable political currency trying to attain them. If he makes any headway in tackling these problems, he’ll have something tangible to boast about in his next State of the City speech. That beats making big promises any day. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst and social issues commentator, as well as a frequent contributor to the Daily News.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAYOR Antonio Villaraigosa must have a red S underneath his suit. In his first State of the City address Tuesday, he promised to bend heaven and earth to remake Los Angeles. Villaraigosa said he would hire the hundreds of new cops that former Mayors James Hahn and Richard Riordan promised but never could quite deliver. He’ll get the money to do it by raising user fees on residential trash collection. Never mind that Hahn tried to squeeze money from taxpayers to hire more police, and got nowhere, or that Riordan didn’t even bother. Taxpayers have mightily resisted higher taxes whether in the form of a property tax or user fee hike. But somehow, Villaraigosa is convinced that he can pull it off. At the same time he’s arm-twisting residents to pony up more cash for cops, Villaraigosa promises to unlock the gridlock that’s made L.A. streets and freeways into parking lots. But traffic is not a city problem, it’s a regional problem, and there is absolutely no political will on the part of the L.A. County supervisors and the dozens of charter cities in L.A. County to sit down with city officials and pound out a comprehensive regional plan. Yet somehow, Antonio believes he can make it happen. Putting more police on the streets and solving the city’s transportation woes takes money. But the city has a projected budget shortfall of more than a quarter-billion dollars. No matter – Villaraigosa says he’ll order city departments to tighten their belts. Presumably that means less spending and less hiring. But most city agencies have been paring back for some time anyway. That hasn’t done much to slice the deficit. Villaraigosa specifically fingered about $60 million in savings he says he’ll make by cutting waste. But even that’s only a small fraction of the savings needed to crack the debt wall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNo concern. Antonio is sure he can do it. And he isn’t stopping there. On top of these Herculean tasks, he’s got his eye firmly fixed on the biggest prize of all – the Los Angeles Unified School District. Villaraigosa plans to forge ahead with his plan to take over the LAUSD. In his Tuesday night speech, he fleshed out some of the details. He’ll give the more than two dozen charter cities that feed into the LAUSD more voice in running the district’s affairs through something called a “council of mayors,” and he’ll rope the Legislature into approving the necessary legislation. He’ll also increase the number of charter schools and bolster the power of teachers and principals. The drive to overhaul the LAUSD, of course, is hardly new. But that doesn’t seem to faze Antonio. There is no sign that the ample honeymoon period that L.A. voters have given Villaraigosa is anywhere near ending. The mayor’s trademark charisma, charm and political acumen, as well as his willingness to go anywhere and everywhere to meet with community groups, are still his strengths. But those qualities alone don’t make great mayors, and neither does a penchant for making big promises that are difficult, if not impossible, to keep. last_img read more


first_imgLABOUR’S Michael D Higgins will be the next President of Ireland after topping the first count tonight.The other candidates have already accepted the result and congratulated the veteran politician on winning the race to the Aras.The first count result was as follows: Higgins 39.6% (701,101), Gallagher 28.5% (504,964); McGuinness 13.7% (243,030); Mitchell 6.4% (113,321); Norris 6.2% (109,469); Scallon 2.9% (51,220); Davis 2.7% (48,657). Mr Higgins said afterwards: “I want to pay tribute to all the other candidates and I promise to be a President for all of the people.”Dana and Mary Davis have now been eliminated and their votes are now being re-distributed.But no-one can catch Higgins who is expected to pick up transfers from all the other parties.Sean Gallagher still managed to bag more than half a million votes, with evidence of widespread support from the Fianna Fail grassroots. And Sinn Fein are said to be delighted with a quarter of a million first preference votes.But it was a poor election result for Fine Gael, with Gay Mitchell finishing the first count in fourth place – 130,000 behind Martin McGuinness, and just slightly ahead of David Norris.The count will continue into the night.IT’S PRESIDENT HIGGINS AS MICHAEL D TOPS FIRST COUNT NATIONALLY was last modified: October 29th, 2011 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:MICHAEL D HIGGINSnew presidentlast_img read more


first_imgJOE NASH WITH HIS 14llb SPURDOGBy all accounts – including those about the ones that got away – retired fishing tackle dealer Joe Nash has something of a reputation for landing big fish.So it was no surprise to his friends when the Kilmacrennan man added to his long tally of saltwater fish records again last week when he landed a cracking 14 lbs Spurdog.He was on board the “Bonito” skippered by Trevor Ryder from Downings. The fish is a dogfish shark – the biggest ever caught in Ireland was off Kenmare in 1998, weighing in at 21lbs.Apparently they’re a favourite dish for the Spanish and French, who fry them in garlic butter! ANGLER JOE LANDS ANOTHER MONSTER FISH! was last modified: July 25th, 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:ANGLER JOE LANDS ANOTHER MONSTER FISH!last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball team’s season ends with loss to UC San Diego in CCAA tourney

first_imgA season that started with hopes of competing for a conference title and getting into the West Regionals for the second straight year came to an end Tuesday night.The Humboldt State men’s basketball team fell victim to UC San Diego’s red-hot first-half 3-point shooting for the second time within the last two weeks and the No. 8 seed Jacks’ comeback bid fell just short against the top-seeded Tritons in a 78-72 loss in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Postseason …last_img read more

Grammy for Black Mambazo

first_img14 February 2005In a career spanning 40 years they’ve entertained audiences across the globe, sold over six million albums, performed for the likes of Nelson Mandela and the Queen of England, and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. Now traditional Zulu musicians Ladysmith Black Mambazo have added a second Grammy award to their collection.The 10-member group scooped the traditional world music album award – for their 2004 album “Raise Your Spirit Higher” – at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night,The album’s release, coinciding with South Africa’s 10 years of freedom celebrations, held the number one spot on Billboard’s world music chart for several months.Their first Grammy came in 1987, for the album “Shaka Zulu” in the category of best traditional folk recording.“The Grammy Award that has been so spectacularly won by the isicaphamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes us all proud to be South Africans”, President Thabo Mbeki said in a statement on Monday.“This is the epitome of success for a group which had entertained our country and millions abroad for more than four decades”, Mbeki said.“Each time we have been so honoured, my heart fills with such pride for my country and people”, the group’s leader, Joseph Shabalala, said in a message on their website. “This recognition by the Grammy organisation is very important for our people and country.”Shabalala formed the group in 1964 after hearing a harmony in a dream. For many years he had been trying to form a group, but always felt that something was not quite right.This time he recruited members of his family, his brothers Headman and Jockey, and cousins Albert and Abednego Mazibuko.The group entered the local singing competitions that are a part of South African cultural life and soon won every one – each time walking away with the goat that was the traditional prize. It wasn’t long before the group was banned from entering the competitions – although they were welcome to provide entertainment!Their name reflects their success in these competitions. Ladysmith is Joseph’s hometown, “Black” was the colour of the prize goat, and “mambazo” is isiZulu for “axe” – a reference to the way the group would “chop down” the opposition.Ladysmith Black Mambazo now consists of 10 members: Joseph Shabalala, Msizi Shabalala, Russel Mthembu, Albert Mazibuko, Jabulani Dubazana, Thulani Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala, Sibongiseni Shabalala, Jockey Shabalala, and Abednego Mazibuko.The group performs in a traditional isicathamiya style similar to a cappela. Their first recording contract was awarded in 1970, after a radio broadcast.Ladysmith Black Mambazo first received international acclaim in 1986 with the release of Paul Simon’s “Graceland”. Mambazo were contacted by Simon after a DJ friend passed on a cassette of their music. With their first international release, 1987’s “Shaka Zulu”, the group won a Grammy.The group have recorded more than 40 albums and have fans around the world. They have collaborated with many of the biggest names in music, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, The Wynans, George Clinton, and Ben Harper.The group have also contributed to the soundtracks of films such as “The Lion King Part II”, “A Dry White Season” and “Cry, The Beloved Country”.Apart from their Grammy awards, the group has been honoured with Tony awards and have contributed to Clio award-winning adverts.Ladysmith Black Mamabazo have performed at numerous international events, including South Africa’s own presidential inaugurations as well as two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.“Over 40 years ago I decided to promote my tradition and country with our singing, and to this day we continue this journey”, says Shabalala. “It is quite a dream for a Zulu South African to dream.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more