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first_imgBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin indicated that the circumstances surrounding the country at this moment may not be conducive to a budding tourism industry with maximum potential to burgeon into a massive sector.Guests and awardees gathered at the Marriott Hotel on Friday night for the Guyana Tourism Authority Awards ceremonyHe was at the time delivering the keynote address during the Guyana Tourism Authority’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.Gaskin underscored the importance of tourism to a country’s development and acknowledged the fact that Guyana boasted the rich natural resources to capitalise on this sector. However, he lamented that current conditions in the country were not favourable to the expansion of the sector.“There are way too many young Guyanese who are out of work and not really getting the feeling that Guyana is working for them; that is the problem, they are losing interest in their own country and that’s not a good thing for them, not for Guyana and not for tourism. Tourism cannot thrive in a place where there is discontent,” he stated.Gaskin emphasised that “you don’t see tourists flocking to countries with problems”.“Given the high rates of unemployment among the youths in Guyana, we cannot afford to not make the right decisions when it comes to how we manage our economy,” the Business Minister said.That aside, Gaskin highlighted that Guyana’s tourism sector had the potential to become a major industry like the gold, bauxite and sugar industries – and the nascent oil and petroleum sector.“I think tourism if we want it to be a major industry, it is only going to happen if we have large investments taking place; big projects taking place,” he added.Gaskin also expressed that each administrative region in Guyana should take up the initiative to promote the tourism hotspots in its geographic area.“We are a country of 10 regions and each one of its regions has its own unique features and each of those regions has a product to develop. I’d like to see tourism become a permanent agenda item on the business of the individual regional councils. That is the way we can get tourism to filter down to the citizens of this country who need to be involved in tourism and who need to understand that tourism is a viable industry and who need to understand also that tourism can be a solution to the problem of unemployment,” he explained.November is Tourism Awareness Month (TAM) every year in Guyana, and is an opportunity used by players in the tourism sector to promote the country’s attractions through various initiatives such as Restaurant Week, the Rupununi Safaris, bird watching tours, among other projects.Tourism Month 2016 is being celebrated under the theme “Tourism for All: Building Partnerships for Tourism Development”.last_img read more

first_img“Members competing from across our province will be vying for a spot on the B.C. Long Track Speed Skating Team that will compete this February in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George,” a press release written by Director of Recreation and Leisure Services, Ross deBoer reads. “Many of our local skaters will be working hard to prove their skills to be a part of the provincial team.”deBoer adds, “This is a great opportunity to see some fast paced races on the oval and cheer on the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club.”For the last three years, the National Long Track Speed Skate Competition was held in Quebec, but this year competitors from across Canada will be coming into Fort St. John to compete November 28 – November 30.- Advertisement -“In order to prepare the oval for this high calibre event all public, family and lap skates will be cancelled from Monday November 24 through to the end of the competition Sunday November 30, 2014.The regular skating schedule will return December 1.Click here if you would like to view a complete skating schedule.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe 24-year-old German threw the ball into Real forward Karim Benzema and it bounced back into the net for the opening goal.He then allowed Gareth Bale’s harmless shot to squirm through his hands for Real’s third goal in the closing minutes.Karius was in tears after the final whistle and has been subjected to death threats and vile abuse on social media since the match.Mignolet has made his share of mistakes during his Liverpool career and lost his place to Karius earlier this season.But he empathises with the 24-year-old German’s plight and has offered to help.The Belgian international believes Karius is mentally equipped to cope and expects him to be fine when Liverpool return to action next season.“I know how it is. You need a bit of time. The good thing about this final is that he will have the summer to take it and go forward,” Mignolet said.“If he wants to talk then of course I will be there. Every goalkeeper can relate to him.“I’ve been in this situation before myself and those kind of things you deal with yourself.“The only thing I told him is that there is a reason we got to this final, and why we played in this final, so think about that.“But of course it is very difficult to say anything to him and to let him grasp it.“He’s only young. I’m sure he will bounce back. I think we have all the tools at Liverpool as well to help him with that.”– Find the positives –Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren is certain Jurgen Klopp’s side will make amends for their European heartache next term.Lovren knows Liverpool’s run to the final was unexpected, but he says it underlined their emerging quality under Klopp.“I promise that next year we will come back even stronger because I feel this team is growing every day.“We beat the best teams in Europe. We beat Man City, who had a fantastic season in the Premier League.“We showed again that Real Madrid respected us in some moments – they were defending quite deep.“We need to find the positives. The manager is always positive. At the end, we will grow and I believe in this team that we can do it again next year.”Until Liverpool’s star forward Mohamed Salah went off with a shoulder injury, Real were struggling to cope with the Reds’ incisive attacks.And Lovren acknowledged the loss of their talisman — who scored 44 goals this season — was a hammer blow.“It was also a big point when Mo was injured, it was a big change for us,” he said.“Mo is one of the most important players for us and it’s not the same when you don’t have him on the pitch.“The mindset is totally different when you have him on the pitch.“It was difficult to accept that we, again, had such an unlucky moment with so many injuries.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Loris Karius received backing from Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet after his Champions League misery © AFP / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, May 28 – Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is strong enough to deal with his Champions League final nightmare, according to team-mate Simon Mignolet.Karius was responsible for two of Real’s goals in their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.last_img read more

first_img The message is, I suppose, that a legal holiday is the proverbial freeway penicillin when it comes to potential 405 traffic jams. The press conferences and interviews were held on the Home Depot field but in tents which, if you looked outside Monday, you’ll understand was good planning on the part of Pacific-10 Conference folks (anchored by Jim Muldoon) who are coordinating media events for the game. I went to the Rose Bowl “Media Day” at the Home Depot Center Monday morning. I got from my home in Laguna Niguel to Carson in less than an hour … and while driving in a constant rainfall, no less. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Besides coffee and juice dispensers, there must have been three tables covered with every conceivable donut, bagel or muffin known to man. And that was a bright idea, since the only people more into donuts than Homer Simpson are sports media-types and law enforcement-types. The latter wasn’t present to keep the former from doing anything foolish (and I’m not even including “asking leading questions” in that category … if so, there would have been numerous arrests Monday morning). But I counted at least a half-dozen California Highway Patrol officers on hand. They drew the assignments of serving as escorts for the team buses when players and coaches have to make their way to various functions. “This has got to be a better assignment than riding up and down the 405 Freeway, giving people tickets in the rain,” I commented to one officer, as we tried to keep from hyperventilating and drooling over the sprinkles-covered chocolate donuts. center_img “It sure is,” he exclaimed, explaining that he was assigned the Texas party a year ago, when the Longhorns faced Michigan in the Rose Bowl, “but I’ve got USC this time.” So much for small talk. He departed with the Trojans, and, 30 minutes later, the Longhorns came in for their portion of the interviews. After listening to about eight different versions of “Don’t you think USC is getting all the attention and you guys aren’t getting any respect?” line of questioning to Texas players, I considered the weather and all of those donuts and realized I didn’t want to press that 405 luck, and that it was time to head south home to pound out this column before going north again to Long Beach early Monday evening for the Long Beach State basketball game with UC Davis. It’s a rugged life I lead. No matter how badly the USC Trojans trash the Texas Longhorns, or how completely the Longhorns trample the Trojans (I’m into “T” verbs these days) Wednesday, it’s not going to alter my perspective on one subject: The 1972 variety of the Trojans is the most impressive college football team I’ve ever watched. Mike Rae was the quarterback (and the Lakewood graduate was backed up by sophomore Pat Haden; he wasn’t bad himself). He threw at receivers such as Lynn Swann, Edesel Garrison, J.K. McKay and Charles Young, and he had a multitude of running backs to hand or toss the ball to, including Sam Cunningham, Rod McNeil and Anthony Davis. They had a sophomore linebacker, Richard Wood, who “flew to the ball” like no one else and did it a good two decades before it became such a cool phrase to be used by defensive coordinators and, uh, sports writers, in describing defensive players who get to ball carriers just a tick of a second after the ball does. They went 12-0 and beat just one team by fewer than 17 points (Stanford, 30-21), knocking off six nationally ranked clubs including No. 3 Ohio State, 42-17, in the Rose Bowl by an average margin of 20.2 points. OK, time to cool the nostalgia. BASKETBALL BANTER Those were huge Pac-10 season-opening road sweeps by Arizona and Cal Thursday and Saturday. The Wildcats beat Washington State, which had won three nonconference games in a row by an average margin of 17 points, by 18 points, then went into Seattle and handed Washington its first loss, snapping its 32-game home win streak in the process. And the Golden Bears beat USC and UCLA teams that had won nine and eight games in a row, respectively. Cal, with its imposing post players, Leon Powe, Devon Hardin and Rod Benson, can win the conference if it gets the kind of guard play it got Saturday against the Bruins. But, as someone in Tucson, Ariz., mentioned to me Monday “the road to the Pac 10 championship still goes through Tucson.” Darn straight. Hassan Adams of Arizona and Brandon Roy of Washington were equally stunning in their play last week. They are prime examples of why some players’ NBA futures are best served by staying in college, as long as they’re playing for coaches who know what they’re doing, for four years. Roy’s second overtime-forcing 3-pointer Saturday (the Wildcats eventually won in the second overtime, 96-95, after Roy and three other Huskies fouled out), in which he split defenders Adams and Chris Rodgers to get the one-handed attempt up with perfect arc and touch, was sheer Larry Bird-like in its style, execution and drama. Landry Fields, the 6-foot-5 second-team Best in the West selection from Los Alamitos High, is scheduled to make an official visit to Arizona on Jan. 21-22. 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 ETB launched its third annual Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres from across the county yesterday. The aim of the day is to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship in a fun way to young people with the support of Donegal entrepreneurs.This exciting event takes place in LYIT on Wednesday 19 October with a total of twenty-two teams from seventeen schools and three Youthreach centres from across the county registered to participate. This is almost double last year’s number of teams. The day involves each team developing a product on which they are judged in a Dragon’s Den-type set up, including pitching their product to panels of business judges.Teams are given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. They will hear from guest speakers Jenni Timoney on entrepreneurship success and failure and Gerard Grant, Vice President, Pramerica, while Ian Harkin of Lottie Dolls, based in LYIT’s CoLab, will provide tips on how to pitch a business idea.The day will also include fun activities, ice breakers and team building games with staff from Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre. MC for the morning is Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.Last year’s winner of the Enterprise Day was Deele College, Raphoe. Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Loreto Letterkenny came second and third. The participating schools and Youthreach centres are Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Carndonagh Community School; Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; Colaiste Chineal Eoghan, Buncrana; Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Loreto Community School, Milford; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Mulroy College, Milford; Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair; Rosses Community School; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Youthreach Buncrana and Glengad; Youthreach Letterkenny and Youthreach Gortahork.Keep an eye on Twitter (@DonegalETB) for updates on the day.Donegal ETB launches third annual County Enterprise Day was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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

first_imgThe HSE’s National Ambulance Service (NAS) has introduced eight new Intermediate Care Ambulances in the North West as part of its commitment to develop and improve response times to life threatening emergency calls in the region. The introduction of the Intermediate Care Ambulance service is a central part of the improvement of response times for the ambulance service in the North West region. The eight new Intermediate Care Ambulances, costing approximately €200,000 each, will take over roles that were previously carried out by the Emergency Ambulances in the area.These roles include inter-hospital transfers and transporting patients from acute hospitals such as Letterkenny Hospital and Sligo Regional Hospital to set-down facilities, particularly nursing homes.The staff that crew the new Intermediate Care Ambulances are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and also have been trained in emergency blue light driving.They will form the backbone of the NAS in the North West region, freeing up Emergency Ambulances crewed by paramedics who have up until now been carrying out this work. It is also envisaged that the crew of this service may at times be required to attend a life threatening call if the Control Centre identifies the vehicle as the nearest available resource.Ambulance Control will task them as a first responder to the emergency until the arrival of an Emergency Ambulance that will be crewed by either Advanced Paramedics or Paramedics. They will also play a central role in the event of a Major Emergency in the region.Welcoming the introduction of the Intermediate Care Ambulances, Bill Forbes, Operations Performance Manager for the North West region said, “These new ambulances will look after patients already within the healthcare system, which means that the emergency ambulances will be able to focus on services delivered by the Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics on Pre-Hospital Emergency Care calls.“The Intermediate Care Service is an essential part of how the NAS is modernising, organising and delivering ambulance services by using available resources to their full potential. This is done to ensure the most effective service for patients moving through the healthcare system.” EIGHT NEW AMBULANCES INTRODUCED FOR DONEGAL AND NORTH WEST was last modified: December 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMBULANCESdonegalHSElast_img read more

first_imgPico Rivera next month will receive nine ARC workers, who will be supervised by three ARC managers. The workers will pick up trash for a few hours in the morning at Smith, Pico, Rivera, Rio Vista, Rio Hondo and Streamland parks. The city will provide safety vests and tools; ARC will be responsible for paying workers’ salaries, workers’ compensation and liability insurance, and for transporting workers to and from job sites. “It’s a wonderful experience all around, because our workers want to get out of sheltered workshops and be out in the community working with other people,” said Robison. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“For one, it gives much needed employment to these individuals, who are not capable of more challenging work,” he said. “On the other hand, it will be a huge cost-savings to the city, because we are not paying for their salaries or benefits.” The contract frees up Public Works Department staffers, who will now be able to focus on other projects, such as landscaping, repairing playground equipment, renovating ball fields and upgrading irrigation systems, Beilke said. City officials contacted Los Angeles-based ARC after learning the agency had successfully put clients to work in cities such as Long Beach and Riverside. Outdoor jobs such as park maintenance are ideal for some of ARC’s 350 clients, “because some of our clients are not ready for work indoors,” said said Rick Robison, a job developer for the agency. Crews supplied by the agency have helped Long Beach keep clean beaches, park bathrooms and the Shoreline Village area, he said. PICO RIVERA – Parks are expected to be cleaner this summer, after officials and a local agency reached an agreement to hire disabled workers to clean the grounds. The city’s contract, awarded earlier this month to ARC-Mid-Cities, means the nonprofit agency that provides job training for mentally disabled adults will put crews of its clients in parks daily for cleanup work, officials said. The workers will receive $192 per month, which is paid by ARC-Mid-Cities and is far less than what the city would have to pay its own workers to pick up trash at parks. Councilman Ron Beilke called it a win-win situation for the city and the workers, many of whom could not otherwise find paying jobs. last_img read more

first_imgTODAY’S bad weather and high seas has forced the cancellation of the 5.30pm Arranmore Fast Ferry.Driving conditions are also very poor in many areas due to continued high winds and surface water on many roads.Readers are reporting flooded roads in and around Ramelton, Milford, Donegal Town, Convoy, Ballybofey and Raphoe areas. Forecasters say winds will pick up again later this evening, hitting 120km/h in some exposed areas.“Strong to gale force, southerly winds will veer southwest to west and will gust to between 90 and 120 km/hr until early night,” said a Met Eireann spokesman.Rain will die out overnight before a new storm hits Donegal at dawn tomorrow.   WEATHER UPDATE: STORM FORCES CANCELLATION OF ARRANMORE FERRY was last modified: January 28th, 2013 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:donegal daily weatherWEATHER UPDATE: STORM FORCES CANCELLATION OF ARRANMORE FERRYlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The study would look at the costs the city could face and the type of reform measure that would be submitted to voters for their consideration, Greuel said. “The time has come for public financing,” she said. “Obviously, we will still have to deal with the priorities of the city, but we need to restore the integrity and confidence of our electorate.” In this year’s municipal elections – which included a hotly contested race for mayor – the city spent $5.2 million under a system that provides matching funds for qualifying candidates. Total spending by all candidates, even with several uncontested council races or only light opposition, was more than $26.3 million. In addition, independent expenditure committees spent millions more – spending that would not be controlled under any public financing system. Trying to counter the public perception that politicians are beholden to their contributors, the Los Angeles City Council took steps Tuesday to study a taxpayer-funded campaign-financing system. The proposal, approved 11-0, calls for a review of public financing systems across the country – notably in Arizona and Maine – their impact on elections and campaign spending. “Elections shouldn’t be about who can write a $500 check,” said Councilman Eric Garcetti, who with Councilwoman Wendy Greuel proposed the study. “We have a system now where people no longer feel represented. The system gives a perception that special interests have disproportionate power.” Garcetti said he believes mistrust has contributed to the decline in voter participation in all elections. Also, wealthy candidates and others could decide not to participate in the program and would be allowed to spend their own funds or raise it from other sources. Under the city’s current campaign-financing system, contributors are limited to giving $500 to council members and $1,000 to citywide offices per election. To be eligible for matching funds, a candidate must raise $25,000 in contributions of $250 or less, agree to spending limits and spend no more than $25,000 in their own funds on a race. Each office has a cap on how much will be spent. This past year, it was $4.5 million for the mayor’s contest and $500,000 for council races. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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_img Tags: Brian Enzemabright stars fcEric KambaleExpress FCFrank TumwesigyeFred KajobaFUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19George SsemwogererIsaac Mutangapaul kiwanukaTony odurtop Express last won the Uganda Cup in 2007 (file photos)FUFA Uganda Cup 2018/19-First LegBright Stars vs Express FCChampion Stadium, MwerereSunday, 28-04-2019 @4pmMWERERE – Express FC will be hoping for early advantage when they take on Bright Stars in first leg of the 2018/19 Uganda Cup semi finals at the Champions Stadium in Mwerere.The Red Eagles who are without a major trophy since winning the Uganda Premier League in 2012, are the only side still in the competition, that have ever won it.Despite their last triumph coming in 2007, the Red Eagles are the joint record winners of the Cup, winning it 10 times (level with KCCA FC).Going into the contest on Sunday, Express will know that they are favourites for the competition and anything short of winning it, will not be welcome at Wankulukuku.For Bright Stars, they go into it knowing that this is their best chance at winning a first ever major crown in the club’s brief history.Bright Stars have never won a major trophy before.They have been a mid table time all their stay in the top flight with a handful of exceptional players.Them being one of two top flight teams still in the competition, Fred Kajoba’s side will be fancying their chances.What they are saying ahead of the gameGeorge Ssemwogerere, Expresa FC head coach“We are favourites because we have played this tournament over the years. In fact, we are the record winners. For all the clubs remaining in this competition, Express has the best advantage to win it. The mere fact that we kick off away from home is another advantage to us because we are confident of finishing the job at home in Wankulukuku.”Paul Kiwanuka, Bright Stars assistant coach“Bright Stars has collectively played the previous matches in the Uganda Cup with determination. We are not scared of anyone and shall approach the match with aggressiveness because we are aware of what is at stake.”Team NewsExpress are expected to still be without Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye who went AWOL and is believed to have returned to Kitende. The Red Eagles will also be without the trio of Eric Kambale, Tony Odur and Isaac Mutanga who are still nursing injuries. The trio also missed the last league game in the 2-1 win over Kirinya JSS.For Bright Stars, they have only one major injury concern as Brian Enzema is struggling with a knock. Aside from Enzema, Kajoba and his technical team will have a full strength squad to choose from on Sunday.How the two teams got hereBright Stars eliminated Kazo Exom, Bumate, URA FC and Nebbi Central.Express eliminated Paidha Black Angels, Water FC, Police and Bul.Match FactsThis will be the 12th meeting between the two sides since November 2013.In the first 11, Bright Stars have won only two, Express 3 with the other 6 all ending in draws.This will be the second of four meeting between the two sides this season. The first meeting of the season ended in a 1-1 draw back in November.These two sides will again meet twice next week, starting with the league game on Wednesday and then the cup second leg.Going into the game on Sunday, Bright Stars have lost only one of their last 6 games in all competitions (W4 D1).At home, Kajoba’s side have not lost any of their last 9 fixtures (W3 D6).For Express, they go into the game having won three of theor last 7 games in all competitions (D2 L2).Away from home, the Red Eagles have won only two of their last 7 games, losing the other five including all the last 3 on the trot.The other semi final gameMonday, 29-04-2019 @4pm-Proline FC vs Kyetume FC @StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Comments last_img read more