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first_imgSpeaking in yesterday’s sitting of Parliament, Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange noted that her office has initiated discussions with colleague ministers of health and education, as well as youth and information, to review protocols and policy guidelines, to better protect and serve student athletes.The technical team in her ministry has been in discussions with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), which governs the Manning and daCosta Cup football competitions as well as the Boys and Girls Athletics Championships, among other school sporting competitions.According to Grange, there will be the establishment of an inter-ministerial working group/task force on Safeguarding Children in Sport.She explained that this task force will examine the role of Government in the provision of resources and capacity building, as well as in the setting, implementing, monitoring and enforcing of standards related to the participation of children in sports.CHILDREN’S SUITABILITYThe task force will have responsibility for determining the suitability of children to participate in sport, critical-incident management, and reporting procedures.Grange assured protocol on the provision of medical and other services at training and competition, and training and certification in safety and response.Grange spoke about plans to advance the development of a policy for the safeguarding and protection of children in sport.She noted that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the Office of Children’s Registry, the Child the Development Agency and the Children’s Advocate will work to build a partnership for creating a safe environment for children in sport.Importantly, Grange said safeguarding actions should take precedence to ensure that children are protected against abuses, including: overtraining and training and participating in sport without proper nutrition.She said they should not be forced to play while injured or while having a lack of or inadequate health and diagnostic checks or exposure to prohibited substances.She also warned against sexual abuse, and mental and emotional abuse, where, according to Grange, children are made to feel like failures if they do not perform at a certain level.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES But the IOC said that despite its “gesture of goodwill” the reasons for its original suspension remained valid.“This is a world record for government interference in the Olympic movement, no country is like this,” OCA director general Husain Al Musallam told AFP after an executive board meeting discussed the matter in Jakarta on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We are very happy for the Kuwait National Olympic Committee and for the athletes,” he said.“We hope this will not happen in the future and the Kuwait government will respect the road map they have agreed with the IOC to lead to fresh, clean, transparent and democratic elections based on each sport’s statutes approved by their respective international bodies.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sweet 16 for North Korea’s women at Asian Games Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew World sports bodies led by the IOC and FIFA suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for a second time since 2010 for political interference in sport.The IOC said that in reinstating Kuwait provisionally that it “acknowledged the progress” and the “positive discussions with the Government of Kuwait”.Al Musallam said Kuwait did not have much time to prove it was trying to meet IOC requirements.“We are going to review the situation with the IOC on October 3 and 4 to see if any of the agreement has been implemented on the ground, or if there is nothing,” said Al Musallam.“We really hope this thing will be finished.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE — Kuwait’s flagbearer Fehaid Aldeehani leads their delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEKuwait was warned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday to stop its “world record” of government interference in sport or face being exiled for a third time.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week provisionally lifted its ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state’s athletes to march under their own flag at Saturday’s Asian Games opening ceremony in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

first_imgAmidst an outcry by residents of Subryanville, Georgetown because a portion of the Farnum Community Ground, which is for public use, has been barricaded and used by the Mae’s Schools for private activities, it has been revealed at the Commission of Inquiry that no approval in this regard has been given to the school by the City Engineer’s Department of the City Council.This was the position shared by the City Engineer Colvern Venture, who explained that the community ground is for public use, and actions were taken to have the fence erected by Mae’s Schools removed.“There (was) no approval given to [construct] any fence. That’s an open space, and no approval was given by my department to have a fence erected. As such, we would have moved to have that fence demolished,” said the City Engineer.He added that he cannot recall seeing any application for a fence. “It’s considered a public open space which is basically used as a recreational facility for the community,” he explained.From the information provided by Venture, it was indicated that he was aware that the institution was using a section of the ground for “recreational activities.” “It would have divided the ground east and west. I think the intention was to utilise the portion that is on the east…to be used by the school. They were using a section of the ground over the years for recreational activities there,” Venture explained.Subryanville resident Damian Fernandes told the Commission earlier this month that one-third of the public football field was cordoned off with a 12-foot fence erected by the school’s administration, and that portion is being used for students only.Adding to that, waste materials generated from construction work done on the school building, including pieces of board and large chunks of cement, were dumped on this playground.“If you check, you will see that the metal rods are still sticking out of the ground. The form boards that were used to cast the base were thrown with nails, and you can see the nails sticking up; and that’s how it is left for many months. The construction crew from the school (has been) dumping builder’s waste on the ground,” Fernandes told the commission.Residents of the community also accused the schools’ administration of padlocking the gates of the ground.The concerned Fernandes, along with other members of the community, would have shared his concerns, since all the aggrieved residents feel it is a “full time-job” to handle these issues.Presently, it is very difficult to weed the vegetation, since machinery is being damaged by materials that were dumped on the ground, and the ground was recently resurfaced to the tune of $2.7 million, the commission heard.The commission also heard that the schools’ administration had submitted an application to City Hall in regard to constructing a school on the ground. However, this application was denied.last_img read more

first_imgThe coalition Government is no stranger to revising growth figures, having done so several times last year. But the poor state of interior roads, coupled with high fuel prices and other factors, could see Guyana’s economy further declining.This is according to Opposition parliamentarian Irfaan Ali, who has said that Government’s projection of 3.8 per cent growth may fall short. Ali on Saturday debunked the Government’s optimistic outlook while referencing the Bank of Guyana’s statistical abstract.Opposition MP Irfaan Ali“High fuel prices and deplorable interior roads will place added burdens on loggers, miners, rice farmers. We have heard of the downsizing of sawmills, closure of small and medium-scale mining activities, increased construction cost due to the increased cost of sand,” Ali pointed out.On the other hand, the Government’s projected inflation rate of 2.4 per cent for 2018 is also not likely to be borne out, Ali said, adding “high fuel prices coupled with the introduction of more than 200 tax measures will likely stoke inflation above the projected amount”.The fact that Guyana’s balance of payments is projected to record a deficit of US$79.7 million was also zeroed in on by Ali, who noted that a deficit of US$94 million has already been recorded, surpassing the year’s projection in three months. Nor do Guyana’s international reserves look positive.“Within the first quarter of 2018, to satisfy the huge balance-of-payments deficit, US$99 million was used. As of May, international reserve held by Bank of Guyana was at its lowest in 10 years at US$485 million. Moreover, external debt service to export ratio has increased from 4.8 per cent to 7.4 per cent.”Ali also noted that during the first quarter of 2018, Central Government recorded a deficit of $1.6 billion. He explained that poor Public Sector Improvement Plan (PSIP) implementation rates, the fuel prices and the retraction of traditional sectors like sugar, rice, gold and timber are all contributing factors.Meanwhile, he was unsurprised that domestic debt was projected to grow by this year-end. In fact, he reminded that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) had warned of this recently.DebtWhen it comes to debt, the Public Debt Annual Report released by the Finance Ministry last year had highlighted that since 2015, there has been a 4.1 per cent rise in Guyana’s indebtedness to creditors.The report details that Guyana’s total debt, inclusive of external and domestic debt, increased to $330 billion as of December 2016. The Ministry attributed this to disbursements from the Export Import Bank of China towards the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) expansion project, as well as monies from multilateral creditors.A breakdown of the figures shows that total external debt amounted to $240 billion, a 72.6 per cent bite out of the total public debt. On the other hand, domestic debt stood at $90.6 billion, or 27.4 per cent of the total.Board of Governors meetingAt the recent 48th annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in Grenada, Minister Jordan had made an address to the gathering. There, he announced that the previous 3.8 per cent growth projection he had announced at the last budget reading would be revised downwards.Guyana’s last best growth rate was 5.2 per cent in 2013. World Bank records show Guyana’s growth rate in 2014 was 3.8 per cent; in 2015, 3.2 per cent, and in 2016, 3.3 per cent. For 2017, initial projections of 3.8 per cent were revised to 3.1.This figure then went to 2.9 per cent, before the final figure of 2.1 per cent was announced. Jordan had claimed that the poor performance was linked to the dismal figures for sectors including sugar – a sector the Government itself radically downsized when it came to office.last_img read more

first_imgFor the past eight years, Diaz has worked at Boeing Co. in Huntington Beach, supporting the Space Exploration Division. He recently began work in a different division – the Space and Intelligent Systems. “Ever since I was a child in Peru, I have been interested in space,” said Diaz. Diaz came to California when he was 10. After high school he attended UCLA, where he studied aerospace engineering. Diaz said in participating in the Mars project, he wants to bring back more than technical knowledge and hands-on experience. “I want to bring back a greater appreciation for the intricacies involved in developing planetary procedures,” he said. In the next 20 to 30 years, Diaz said he expects that humans will be sent to Mars. Muscatello said The Mars Society was founded on that belief, and that the first step after the approximate six-month mission would be called a settlement, where humans would live a year and a half on the planet. It might not be too far out in his future when the day comes, and Diaz said he would love to be part in helping develop those missions. As for the daily living in Utah’s desert, Diaz said, “Once you’re there – you’re there.” No cell phones, television or fast food will be accompanying the crew, although they will have access to e-mail (which on Mars will not be instant but have a five-minute delay). The day begins with personal time and breakfast, then the crew reviews what they will be doing outside the habitat. “Every time you go out of your habitat you have to wear your spacesuit,” he said, which can take up to an hour to prepare for because they even go through an airlock after they are suited. On a lighter note, but not a lesser one, Diaz hopes to be an inspiration to children. “I want to motivate kids to continue studying, and \ that with determination you can accomplish many things,” he said. (909)483-8555 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’ll simulate being hit by a solar storm,” he said. “You can die if you can’t get into a shelter,” Diaz said. “We’ll have a gauge, and before it even hits, satellites would tell us a flare is going to hit.” It’s his second foray to the research station. “Alex has already served on a crew,” said Tony Muscatello, director of MDRS for the Mars Society. “He did a good job and helped improve the realism of our simulated spacesuits by putting duct tape around the fingers of the gloves. “A space suit is essentially a balloon,” he said. “The pressure inside is 14 pounds per square inch, making it tough to bend your fingers.” In 10 days, Alejandro Diaz will be making his second trip to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where the 1993 Walnut High School graduate will be part of a crew that spends two weeks simulating life and work on Mars. The barren landscape of Canyonlands desert is similar to Mars-like terrain and appearance, where a two-story, 30-foot-wide cylinder mimics a space habitat complete with sleeping quarters, a kitchen, bathrooms and airlocks. Six crew members ranging from a biologist, geologist and engineers will be participating on the central theme of emergency preparedness for work on Mars. Diaz, 32, of Chino Hills, was chosen to lead the crew’s outdoor experiments. last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have made an offer for Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, according to reports.Mina, the centre-back, was one of the stars of the summer’s World Cup, with his three goals in the tournament helping Colombia reach the round-of-16. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January three-way race 2 Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on LATEST Premier League trio Everton, Liverpool and Wolves are said to be interested in the centre-back, while Lyon of France emerged as a potential destination earlier this week.And Spanish publication Sport say Mina’s representative has received numerous offers from clubs across Europe in recent weeks – including Manchester United. targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Mina caught the eye with some fine showings at the World Cup Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing RANKED Jose Mourinho, the United manager, wants to bring a new central defender to Old Trafford this summer, with the likes of Harry Maguire, of Leicester, and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld linked with the Red Devils.No previous reports have claimed Mina to be a target of United’s, but he is on the market and if the reported bid is true, there is a good chance Mourinho will get his man, with Barca looking to sell him. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TOP WORK Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Barcelona will let Mina leave to free up a non-EU spot in Ernesto Valverde’s squad Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Despite his fine performances in Russia, Mina is expected to leave Barcelona this summer having failed to establish himself at Camp Nou since his arrival from Palmeiras in January.The 23-year-old made just six appearances in all competitions across the second half of 2017/18, and Ernesto Valverde wants to get rid of Mina to free up one of the valuable non-EU spots in Barcelona’s first-team squad. IN DEMAND REVEALED 2last_img read more

first_img Yakutat’s waves are the progeny of storms brewing in the North Pacific. The faces of water can rear up at heights of 25 feet or more, especially in the spring and fall when the storms are most fierce. The waves are decent, surf pros say, but they visit mostly because Alaska is an exotic change from the sunny surfing sites in California, Australia and the Pacific Islands. “These waves are a little bit difficult to surf because there’s no real hollowness to them until they get to a bigger size,” said Layne Beachley, who has won six straight women’s world surfing titles. “But it’s just beautiful. You have staredowns with seals. There are bald eagles. It’s just like you see in the postcards.” Surfing culture is spreading from Yakutat slowly along the southeast and south-central Alaska coast. Scott Liska, who operates Anchorage-based Alaska Surf Adventures, ferries increasing numbers of surfers out to waves lapping islands and coastlines in south-central Alaska. Surfers, along with kayakers and windsurfers, also have ridden waves formed by the incoming bore tide as it races up Turnagain Arm near Anchorage. “More and more people are surfing each year,” Liska said. “Five years ago people thought you should be locked up. People thought you were crazy.” Shops stocked with surf gear have opened in Anchorage and the island of Kodiak to serve Alaska’s cold-climate clientele. In Yakutat, Icy Waves surf shop sells hooded sweat shirts, fleece vests and wetsuits, but there’s no sign of the drawstring board shorts or skin-baring swimsuits found in surf shops at lower latitudes. There’s even a board designed specially for local surf conditions. The yellow- and white-striped longboard by California shaper Jed Noll has been dubbed the “Yakutat model” because it’s thicker and more buoyant than a normal board. That’s to compensate for the extra weight of a wetsuit and the reduced flotation caused by the lower-than-normal salt content in Yakutat’s waters, said store owner Jack Endicott. City finance director Connie Klushkan is one of a few dozen Yakutat residents who have picked up the sport in the past few years. “With Endicott opening his shop and making all the equipment available to us, that’s what opened up the sport,” she said. “It’s good exercise and it’s relaxing, challenging and mostly it’s fun.” Sam Demmert, who rented his first equipment from Icy Waves, now owns three boards. He’s confident enough to surf alone off beaches with no lifeguards, but still likes checking out the techniques of visiting pros. “It kind of legitimizes the place, that they’re willing to come up here and surf,” Demmert said. “You and your friends want to get better. Well, there’s the pinnacle of the sport right there.” For more information on surfing in Alaska online, see 160Want 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Alaska’s waters had remained largely untested by surfers until the early 1990s. Just before Mulcoy’s arrival in Yakutat, a few locals scrounged up some used wetsuits along with old surfboards from the town dump and the rear of someone’s garage, and started sampling their backyard breaks. “Then the place got discovered by Outside surfers,” said Mayor Casey Mapes, a lifelong Yakutat resident. “We wound up getting together with those guys and learned some tricks from them.” Yakutat is a commercial fishing town that sits on a peninsula yielded by a receding glacier in southeast Alaska. Its roads end near the city limits along Yakutat Bay and Tongass National Forest. Two flights a day roll in on the local tarmac, making it more difficult and expensive to reach than most warm-weather surfing spots. Driving out to Yakutat’s beaches can take up to 40 minutes on a packed dirt road pocked with potholes. The road muscles through a thick undergrowth of alder, large-leafed devil’s club and bushes of red salmonberries. A canopy of Sitka spruce and hemlock towers overhead. “It’s so opposite of any other place I go,” Mulcoy said. “It’s nice to go someplace where there’s not a whole bunch of surfers.” YAKUTAT, Alaska – The chill of seawater mixed with glacial melt does little to faze pro surfer Josh Mulcoy as he launches his board off a beach piled high with whole spruce logs and multihued rocks smoothed by the grinding of ice. “Right now it’s not that bad,” Mulcoy said. “It probably gets worse in the winter.” center_img Mulcoy, from Santa Cruz, became one of the first people to surf Alaskan waves in 1992. His appearance on a Surfer Magazine cover the next year helped establish Yakutat as the state’s main surf stop. Since then, a mom-and-pop surf shop has become a community landmark, Outside magazine named Yakutat one of the top five U.S. surf towns, and riding the chilly waves has gone from fringe to mainstream leisure sport in this seaside hamlet of fewer than 700 people. last_img read more

first_imgMARK English has produced another world class performance – on the international stage.Despite facing a superb field in the 800M B race in the Stockholm International Grand Prix this evening, the Donegal athlete came in first.And it was another superb time – 1.47:69…just ahead of a Moroccan athlete. It was also faster than the new Irish record he set just a week ago.“It was an incredible run,” said Irish athletics manager Patsy McGonagle. WORLD CLASS! MARK ENGLISH STORMS TO 800M WIN IN STOCKHOLM was last modified: February 6th, 2014 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:800m recordathleticsdonegalmark englishlast_img read more

first_imgA Donegal woman was on cloud nine after her boyfriend proposed to her on a hot air balloon trip.Romantic Troy Devaney made the most of the good weather to whisk Eloise Gillespie up in the air of Trim in Co Meath.She thought it was simply a lovely birthday present as they took off. But Eloise, 38, didn’t realise that classical guitarist Troy was planning to ask her to marry him.When the couple were airborne Troy, 42, suddenly turned around to Eloise and proposed.A stunned Eloise said yes to her long-term partner.“I really had no clue. I initially thought he was going to bring me golfing,” she laughed.  LOVE IS IN THE AIR FOR DONEGAL WOMAN AFTER HOT AIR BALLOON PROPOSAL was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eloise Gillespiehot air balloonmarriage proposalMeathlast_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ have arrested one man and are continuing investigations after a drugs bust in Letterkenny.One apartment was searched and ecstasy tablets, speed and cannabis seized.The suspect was taken to Letterkenny Garda station for questioning. The seized drugs will be analysed by experts but it’s understood the arrest is being seen as ‘significant’.Gardaí had been trying to trace the source of ecstasy tablets which had been offered for sale in Letterkenny in recent weeks amid fears they were potentially deadly.The seizure will give forensic officers the chance to examine the make-up of this batch of so-called E tabs.Speed – or amphetamines – has also been widely available in the town recently. It’s understood investigations are continuing into the illegal drug trade and the main dealers behind it. MAN ARRESTED AND DRUGS SEIZED IN LETTERKENNY GARDA OPERATION was last modified: April 5th, 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:drugs raidGardaletterkennyseizurelast_img read more