Tahiti Wins 15km men’s Marathon V1 Va’a race

first_imgSing won gold while 19 year old Tuitouna Puyo from New Caledonia won silver. Joseph Nimorat Amo from Cook Islands won bronze.Host team PNG came sixth.The V6 men’s 25km and women’s 20km marathon will take place tomorrow at Ela beach.So far all the Va’a competition has been completedlast_img

Leicester stun Manchester City

first_imgLONDON (AP):With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why they really could be lifting the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.From 5,000-1 outsiders for the title in August, Leicester became the 7-4 favourites with several British bookmakers yesterday after going five points clear at the top.”I don’t believe in the bookmakers,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “The bookmakers at the beginning said Ranieri would be the first to be sacked. Then?”Then, Leicester went on to lose only two out of 25 league games and to close in on the most astonishing title challenge in the modern English game.City’s home loss to Leicester was compounded by Tottenham edging Watford 1-0 and replacing Manuel Pellegrini’s team in second place.Both games saw defenders scoring rare goals, with Kieran Trippier netting for the first time for Tottenham and Robert Huth claiming a double for Leicester.City conceded after only three minutes to Leicester, with Huth pouncing on the ball after Riyad Mahrez’s free kick bounced through the penalty area. Mahrez started the second half by powering a shot past goalkeeper Joe Hart before Huth netted again on the hour.City, whose Abu Dhabi investment fuelled 2012 and 2014 title triumphs, has now failed at six opportunities to beat any of the top six teams this season.”It was our chance at home to recover the lead in the table,” said Pellegrini, who is being replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season. “We couldn’t do it and now we are six points behind Leicester.”Other results: Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2; Stoke 0 Everton 3; Aston Villa 2 Norwich 0; Newcastle 1 West Brom 0; Swansea 1 Crystal Palace 1; Southampton 1 West Ham 0.last_img read more

Lessons to Learn from Opening the Liberian Telecommunications Market

first_imgIn 2004, the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) embarked upon a great experiment: opening the telecommunications market to competition. The result has been an unmitigated success. We have gone from a landscape of only 5,000 lines when a public corporation called The Liberian Telecommunications Corporation (“Telecom” headquartered on Lynch Street) ruled the roost to a situation where there are almost 2 million GSM subscribers today. The cost to the national treasury has been zero, zilch, nada. But the treasury reaps millions of dollars each year from the GSM companies by way of tax revenue. It’s like belonging to a susu club, to which you contribute nothing but from which you receive thousands of dollars every month. A similar scenario can be brought into being with regard to electricity.According to the folks at Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian company that is managing LEC under a lucrative 5-year contract, financed by the Norwegian government, by which they will have pulled in $8 million in fees by the time their contract ends in a few days’ time, the demand for electricity in Monrovia alone is 120MW. LEC is currently producing only 6MW, just 5 percent of the demand. The rest is coming through self-generation. We are producing our own electricity using everything from small Tiger generators to large Perkins and Caterpillar machines.And why is LEC only producing 6MW of power? Because many of its old generators have reached the end of their useful life. In fact, LEC is producing less electricity today than it did, say, 3-4 years ago. One clever wag has suggested that LEC changes its slogan from “Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow” to “Small Light Today, Even Smaller Light Tomorrow”. LEC simply does not have the resources to get the job done. To bring 120MW of current to Monrovia will cost several hundred million dollars. LEC does not have that kind of money. The Government of Liberia (GOL) operating on a shoestring budget of $500 million does not have the millions to give capitalize LEC to level required for LEC to get the job done.  And if we are waiting for GOL come up with the money, we will be waiting another 100 years.Right now LEC is living on life support—-from donors. In addition to the $8 million that the Norwegian government has spent to finance the Manitoba Hydro contract, this same Norwegian government has shelled out an additional $29 million to enable LEC to expand its network. Well, you cannot build a sustainable business on the basis of handouts from donors. Donor programs typically are short-lived. So, what happens when the donor program comes to an end, as they inevitably do? You are left high and dry. If the Norwegians decide not to renew their aid program, LEC will collapse.So, what are the options for LEC? If LEC wishes to remain in business, it should either seek a long-term partner, a utility with bags of money and know-how, a partner which will inevitably demand a controlling interest in the entity. Or, LEC can simply become a landlord, leasing out its assets to another utility and collecting rent. Alternatively, it could simply sell its assets (and corresponding liabilities).But lest we allow ourselves to become too distracted with trying to solve LEC’s internal problems, let us return to our original premise: how can we apply the lessons we have learned from opening the telecommunications market to competition to electricity?The answer is quite simple: set aside the LEC monopoly and allow private companies to come to Liberia, set up shop and produce and sell electricity to us. This is precisely what an NGO that me and 25 other Liberian citizens established in December last year are advocating. Our NGO, “The Coalition to Bring Plenty Cheap Reliable Stable Electricity to Liberia” (“Brescelco” for short) has drafted a law, the “2015 Liberian Electricity Act” that will be introduced into our national legislature as soon as it returns from its Easter recess. We have mounted a vigorous public awareness campaign, going from community to community, to educate the public about the issues surrounding electricity and offering solutions. The purpose of this grassroots initiative is to get the public involved in making representations to their elected officials to act so that our electricity problem can be solved.Next week we will examine the specifics of what actions are necessary to solve the electricity problem.The writer is a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chef robbed on Princes Street

first_imgA 24-year-old chef was on Tuesday evening robbed of his mobile phone and $12,000 in cash by a lone gunman, as he was in the vicinity of South Alley on Princes Street, Lodge, Georgetown.The victim has been identified as Peter Holder of Princes Street, Lodge, Georgetown. According to Police information, the incident occurred at around 20:30h.Guyana Times understands that Holder visited his relative’s home, some distance away from his own on Princes Street at around 19:30h.The relative reportedly has a car rental business. At that time, the suspect, pretending to be a customer, approached Holder’s relative and informed him that he wanted to rent a motor car.However, the perpetrator reportedly informed the businessman that he only had his licence in his possession. As such, Holder reportedly offered to transport the suspect to his home for him to uplift his other documents.The man agreed and as the duo prepared to leave in motorcar PTT 1664, he (suspect) hopped into the back seat, after which he informed Holder that he had to drive to Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara.This publication was informed that while driving East along Princes Street, the suspect then whipped out a small black handgun and pressed it to the Chef’s neck before demanding that he turn over his valuables.The bandit then made good his escape on foot, heading North along South Alley.The matter was subsequently reported. Up to press time, no arrests have been made in this regard. Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Crystal Cup registration in final week

first_imgGames for the pond hockey tournament are scheduled to get underway on Friday evening and will carry on through Saturday and Sunday.The Crystal Cup competition will feature 35 teams taking to the ice and the new Sapphire Cup will have five squads lacing up the skates.Also added to this year’s event is an underage pond hockey challenge for those between 5-18 years old. Registration for the underage challenge is the day of the event on February 8 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. The action will then get underway immediately at 12 p.m. and go until 2 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided on site and participation medals will be distributed at the conclusion of the event.- Advertisement -Those wanting to take part are encouraged to go to the North Peace Leisure Pool for a package. The package must be returned with the entry fee at the pool for entry to be confirmed. The package can also be printed off by visiting the official website of the Crystal Cup.last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: There are still some incredible offers available at the Watson Home and Hardware closing down sale! Watson Home and Hardware are moving to a new location in the forthcoming few weeks – and as a result are having a bumper clearing sale. That is enabling customers to get some top quality products at amazing prices!There was an incredible 3,000 customers through their doors last week – on the hunt for bargains!Some customers were delighted with their purchases at Watson Home and Hardware.Owner John Watson told Donegal Daily, “Our customers are getting some great bargains, many are buying in bulk – while others are buying their christmas goods now at greatly reduced prices.” Below are some fantastic testimonials from customers delighted at their purchases.“I can’t believe the value I got today, all these bags for only €29.00”, Ms Kelly, Creeslough.“I’ve been looking for this teapot for ages, just got it for half price”,  J Doherty, Letterkenny.“These boots were so cheap I bought TWO pairs! Pat, Fanad.WEEKLY DEALS: ASH CARRIER Ash carrier – NOW back in stock!Galvanised ash carrier.Enables safe removal of hot or cold ashes.Galvanised for long life.Just slide the ashpan into the carrier and close the lid.3 sizes availablelarge 29.95 (16.5″ x 4.5″x 15″)extra large 34.95 (16.5″ x 4.5″ x 19″)DEALS OF THE WEEK:DEWALT XR Compact Hammer Drill Driver has an ultra compact.Lightweight design allows it to be used in confined spaces, the intelligent trigger design allows for total control of application. Two speed, all metal gear box for increased run time and a longer tool life.A 14-position, adjustable torque control enables consistent screwdriving into a variety of materials with different screw sizes.Was €299.99 now €199.9914″ CHAINSAWEinhell GH-PC 1535 TC ChaInsaw is ideal for felling, clearing of underbrush and debranching of trees. very easy to start.The chain is easy to tension and change without the need for any tools, comes with bar and chain from Oregon.For safety it features a chain brake and hand guard which stops the chain within a few milliseconds in case of kickback.NOW only €149.00WATSON’S WEEKLY WONDERS – GREAT BARGAINS STILL AVAILABLE AT CLOSING DOWN SALE was last modified: October 20th, 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:Businessnewslast_img read more

Donegal people should consider a staycation in 2017 – Minister McHugh

first_imgFine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh said he is encouraging Donegal people to consider a staycation in 2017.The Donegal politician said that 2016 was a record year for Irish tourism, benefitting communities and businesses in Donegal.But as thoughts turn to summer holiday bookings, he wants people to consider holidaying locally. He said “2016 was a record year for Irish tourism, an industry that is absolutely crucial to communities and businesses here in Donegal. The latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showed an increase of 277,000 overseas visits to Ireland for the first eleven months of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015. This represents an increase of 11%.“The largest increase was in visits from North America, up 18.3%. Visits from Mainland Europe grew by 8.8%; and visits from Great Britain were up by 11.1%. We must continue to prioritise our marketing of Irish tourism in Britain this coming year, particularly in the context of Brexit.“Communities across Donegal are so dependent on tourism and we know how it can benefit local businesses here. The CSO figures released in December show that spending in Ireland by overseas visitors (excluding fares) for the first nine months of the year rose by 9.4% compared with the corresponding period of 2015.”Minister for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan, has noted that in addition to the strong performance in overseas tourism, our home holiday market is also growing. Domestic holiday trips and related expenditure were each up by over 3% in the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.And Minister McHugh added “The New Year period is a busy time of year for the holiday market, as people turn their thoughts to booking a summer trip. I strongly encourage Irish people to consider a staycation in 2017.“Donegal is well placed to cater for domestic visitors as well as those from overseas, with the many sites and attractions we have to offer here, including Malin Head, Sliabh Liag, Doe Castle, Fanad Lighthouse and St. John’s Point Lighthouse, Glenveagh National Park, Ards Forest Park, as well as many others.”Donegal people should consider a staycation in 2017 – Minister McHugh was last modified: January 5th, 2017 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:donegalMinister McHughstaycationlast_img read more


first_imgA YOUNG boy had to be rushed to hospital in Derry for treatment after a fall in Portsalon.The Sligo Coast Guard R118 chopper was despatched to the casualty during the weekend incident around 11pm on Saturday night.However the helicopter was then diverted to the island of Inishturk where a man had suffered a heart attack. The Portsalon casualty was subsequently transferred to Altnagelvin by road.The R118 helicopter was later called back to north Donegal at 2.10am on Sunday to pick up a stroke victim.The man was airlifted to Sligo Regional Hospital for treatment.  CHILD TREATED FOR HEAD AND BACK INJURIES AFTER PORTSALON FALL was last modified: August 12th, 2013 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:CHILD TREATED FOR HEAD AND BACK INJURIES AFTER DONEGAL BEACH FALLlast_img read more

West Covina 35, Northview 7

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 First, Jeremy Guzman recovered James’ fumble at the West Covina 38. Three plays later, the Bulldogs tied the game on a 34-yard swing pass from George Munoz to Tyler Hockenhull. On the Vikings’ next series, James fumbled and defensive end Brian Mason recovered for the Bulldogs at the Northview 34. Four plays later, Hockenhull scored his second touchdown on an 8-yard run, giving West Covina a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter got even worse for Northview, which lost four fumbles during the quarter. — Bruce Little 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA — After Northview High School quarterback Damian James ran 65 yards for a touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage, it looked like the Vikings were going to give defending Division VII champion West Covina High all it could handle. Instead, the Vikings self- destructed during a 15-minute span in the first half, fumbling the ball away six times, with two of the fumbles being returned for scores, as West Covina rolled to a convincing 35-7 win Friday night. center_img “I was happy that we answered their first play,’ West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore said. “We worked hard on tackling all week. He (James) can make you look silly trying to tackle him.’ Leading 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Vikings used a fake punt to keep a drive alive and was threatening to open up a two-digit lead over the Bulldogs, when disaster struck … and struck … and struck. last_img read more

Rhino care on wheels

first_imgThis beautiful baby may one day find itself in need of the rhino ambulance – a rapid response vehicle that can offer on-site medical treatment and then take small traumatised animals to the Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo for special care. (Image: Luke Harwood) The world’s first baby rhino ambulance. (Image: Rhino Orphanage)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pete Richardson  For the Rhino Orphanage • Allison Thompson  Oscap  +27 74 104 0208 RELATED ARTICLES • Poisoning horns to save rhinos • Sangomas join the rhino force • Special anti-poaching weapon for SA • Using technology to fight poaching • Musos pitch in to save rhinosJabu SimelaneThe Rhino Orphanage, opened in August 2012, has added a new weapon to its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching – the world’s first bespoke baby rhino ambulance.The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre in the world to care for baby rhinos orphaned by the trade in poached rhino horns. It is located at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in Limpopo Province, near the city of Mokopane, about 250km north of Pretoria. The ambulance was donated by the Canadian Medical Association and comes with a trailer to carry vital equipment into the bush and a specialised transporter to carry tiny injured calves back to the orphanage where they can receive medical attention around the clock.The trailer and transporter have been donated by Arnold Chatz Motors. These extra facilities are intended to provide on-site medical care, enabling vets to give specialised care to rhinos attacked by poachers. The vehicles also bring medical supplies to the Rhino Orphanage for the animals in its care.The facilities are supported by donations from Oscap (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching), Platinum Trailers, Practical Publishing and Robbie Fuchs of World Signs. Oscap member Allison Thompson says that the orphanage, which is run by Arrie van Deventer, is doing pioneering work and has already made an impact in just a few months since opening.It is an important element in the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, a group of sanctuaries and a non-profit charity that works to rehabilitate rhino and release them back into the wild. The network aims to put in place a rapid intervention and co-ordinated rescue response system which seeks to raise the success ratio of the rescue of poaching orphans. It aims to do this by implementing appropriate handling, rearing and rehabilitation protocols.Helping the most vulnerable rhinoThe latest moves come after what Oscap has called a sudden boom in so-called “calf rescue” projects that are believed to exploit calves as a way to generate funding without the intention to release them back into the wild. This leads to problems as the animals age, as they become overly tame.There are four calves at the Rhino Orphanage, the most recent of which is Ntombi, rescued in January when it was just two months old. The calf’s mother was killed by poachers. Ntombi had received near fatal head injuries that had penetrated its skull and damaged its sinus cavity. But after constant care, Ntombi has healed and is being rehabilitated to be released back into the wild.This is only one example of the damage caused by poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn. The Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network not only focuses on the rehabilitation of injured rhino, but also on the prevention of poaching. It trains trackers to track and apprehend poachers so that they can be prosecuted.With the orphanage and the ambulance, Van Deventer and his team, including rhino rearing and rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler, manger of the Rhino Orphanage, can now work around the clock to help save the country’s rhino population. The ambulance is part of the response network’s emergency field response team, ensuring immediate medical attention. This gives an injured rhino the best chance of survival.South Africa is home to 90% of the world’s rhino population. It is plagued by poaching, following a steep uptick in the illegal trade of rhino horn. According to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, which tracks poaching, 446 rhino had been poached in South Africa in the year so far to 26 June.The total rhino poaching numbers for 2012 were 668; in 2011, 448 rhino were poached; and in 2010, 333 were poached. By far the most of these were in Kruger National Park.last_img read more