ISSA’s Small bats for traditional Cups

first_imgPresident of the Inter-secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Dr Walton Small believes that the organisation that oversees schoolboy sports in Jamaica needs to find new ways of keeping the more traditional football competitions relevant or run the risk of having them overshadowed by the increasingly popular ISSA/FLOW Super Cup.Such has been the success of the competition that offers cash incentives to participating schools that even the traditional competitions – the Manning Cup, daCosta Cup, and Olivier Shield – are paling in comparison. The FLOW Super Cup competition was designed to be the true symbol of schoolboy supremacy as it pits the top eight teams from both competitions against each other for $2.5 million in cash and prizes. The money goes towards football-development programmes at the participating schools.the finalAn estimated 15,000 people crammed into Sabina Park last year to watch the final and many more watched on television as Jamaica College won the inaugural competition. The instant success, Dr Small revealed, put pressure on ISSA to improve upon the more traditional tournaments.”In terms of excitement, we are aware that the buzz is about the Super Cup, naturally, because of the competition between the rural and the urban and also because there is cash incentive,” Dr Small said Tuesday following the launch.”We have to do something so as not to let it diminish the Manning and daCosta Cup, therefore, we have to do some more things. We are not sure what they are yet, but we have to do something to make sure (we generate) the same kind of excitement because overall, the quality has risen.”Small revealed that he had discussed the matter with FLOW.”I said to Mr (Carlo) Redwood, FLOW’s vice-president of marketing and content, this is your property (FLOW Super Cup), and we have to make sure that whatever we do with any of the cups it is not to diminish one over the other because it is a property that you have invested heavily in, and you want to get your return, so I am sure that when we put our heads together, we can do something to ensure that the Olivier Shield becomes the real cup of the tournaments.”Redwood is in agreement and said his company would do whatever was necessary to help restore the value of the more traditional tournaments.”The FLOW Super Cup helps ISSA to view football differently. There is a lot of tradition behind the Manning and daCosta Cup. FLOW is the title sponsor of schoolboy football. We don’t want to have a separation of both of them, but we want to move both of them forward for the benefit of the players and the fans, and we believe that there are a lot of opportunities to do that, and we expect that ISSA will be partnering with us in the near future to improve schoolboy football overall as well.”last_img read more

Robust Mental Health Program Needed in Liberia

first_imgParticipants at yesterday’s World Mental Health Day commemoration program held at the Liberia Chamber of CommerceDr. Sampson Arzoaquoi, Assistant Minister for Prevention Services at the Ministry of Health (MOH), has said that considering the 14 years of civil crisis, Liberia must develop a robust mental health program to reduce the number of persons observed with mental disorders.Mental health, according to WHO, is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness, a psychological state of a person who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment.Minister Arzoaquoi made the assertion on Monday October 2, at program commemorating World Mental Health Day, held at the Liberia Chamber of Commerce in Monrovia. He stressed the need to increase awareness and advocacy on mental health and ensuring that the necessary environment is created for all.“We have a serious challenge with the communities to recognize their role in terms of relating to people who have serious mental health problems and treating them as an integral part of the communities,” he said.The commemoration, which was held under the theme “Mental Health in the Work-Place” brought together partners, authority from the Ministry of Health, and people who have recovered from mental illnesses and contributing to the good of society.According to the minister, a lot has been achieved by both the Ministry of Health and partners in terms of supporting some of the programs, including providing treatment for people with mental health issues and training people to cater to them, among others.“We have the abilities to change this current environment and create the environment where people with mental illness can see themselves as part of the society and not being excluded,” he said.He lauded the mental health unit at the MOH its continued commitment to push for more support for people with mental health problems.He also lauded partners for their continued support in ensuring that Liberia has a better environment for people with mental health problems by providing quality healthcare for all mental health people and the health sector.The Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 every year, but due to the Liberian presidential and legislative elections scheduled for the same day, the MOH and its partners decided to celebrate the day a week earlier.Mrs. Vachel Harris Lake, who read a message from Dr. Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative to Liberia, lauded the MOH for its strong leadership and commitment to strengthening mental health services in Liberia.“During our adult lives,” she said, “a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work.”Mrs. Lake, who is the head of health promotion and communications at the WHO, said a negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.She said depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have impacts on an individual’s ability to work productively.She said globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders.According to her, many of these people live with both, and a recent WHO-led study estimated that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year in lost productivity.Mrs. Lake said WHO has also produced the “Protecting Workers’ Health” series, which provides guidance on common issues such as harassment and stress that can affect the health of workers.As part of the mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP), which provides tools for evidence-based healthcare, WHO’s technical instruments for early identification and management of alcohol and drug use disorders and for suicide prevention can also be useful for improving mental health in the workplace.To promote good mental health in the workplace, she said, the mental health action plan outlines addressing the social determinants of mental health, such as living standards and working conditions; activities for prevention and promotion of health and mental health, including activities to reduce stigmatization and discrimination; increasing access to evidence-based care through health service development and access to occupational health services.Rev. Bill Jallah, giving a testimony, called on family members of people with mental health problems to be supportive, which is one of the ways to help them recover.“My wife stood with me during those years, and today I am impacting society. We have been able to train our children and are now working so it’s important for people to look at family support,” Jallah said.Meanwhile, despite the praises heaped on the MOH and partners, a participant said Monrovia, its environs and other cities are filled with Liberians with mental health issues who roam the streets without hope and any assistance from the government and other sectors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

American Airlines’ inaugural NY-bound flight delayed for 12 hours

first_imgThe first direct flight from Guyana to New York offered by American Airlines left scores of Guyanese stranded for several hours at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, on Thursday morning.The American Airlines plane at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), TimehriThe passengers who were scheduled to depart Guyana at 01:35h on the day in question on the inaugural American Airlines flight to the John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, New York, were stuck at the airport for many hours as a result of multiple factors.Guyana Times understands that those passengers were forced to remain at the CJIA after their direct flight encountered the delay as a result of bad weather. Other issues that compounded the matter also resulted in almost four hours of delay by the incoming flight arriving from the JFK airport.The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, GuyanaShortly after the situation occurred, Justin Franco, a spokesman for American Airlines, in response to the delay, stated that due to weight restrictions, the aircraft had to make a stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU).“The stop was required to put additional fuel to get to Georgetown,” he said.Once the flight arrived in Guyana, scores of passengers at the CJIA were told that the crew required rest, hence their flight was rescheduled to depart at about 13:30h.American Airlines began operations in Guyana last year, with direct flights to Miami. This is the first time they are introducing direct flights to New York.American Airlines’ daily flights were scheduled to leave JFK at 18:00h and arrive at CJIA at 12:40h the following day. The return flight is scheduled to leave CJIA, Timehri at 01:35h and arrive at JFK at 06:29h.On August 21, another American Airlines flight was delayed after the aircraft suffered a blowout from a raised runway light at the CJIA, leaving over 100 passengers stranded.The incident occurred just after midnight as American Airlines flight AA1512 was taxiing down the runway for take-off to Miami.Guyana Times understands that the aircraft had run over the temporary runway lighting, which damaged the wheels of the plane.The temporary lighting system was installed to facilitate extension works at the CJIA runway.All 128 passengers and five crew members aboard that American Airlines aircraft were transported via buses from the aircraft back to the terminal building.This was the second incident involving an American Airlines flight in a two-week period in the month of August. When the first incident took place, passengers on another American Airlines flight faced delays after the plane experienced compression issues while in air, forcing it to return to Guyana. Those passengers were transported the following day.These issues came when American Airlines was gearing up to expand services here in Guyana with the commencement of non-stop flights from Georgetown to New York City.last_img read more

2nd GPL submarine cable down; more blackouts expected

first_imgThe barge involved in the incidentA second Guyana Power and Light Inc. submarine cable was disrupted on Thursday due to another maritime accident that occurred four days after the disruption of the 69kV submarine cable.This 13.8kV submarine cable, which rests along the upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River at around 04:23h on Thursday.As a result of this incident, West Demerara customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity until 07:46h, while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.According to a release from the GPL, the dislodged cable was located on Thursday afternoon by deep-water divers, and efforts are being made to hoist and examine it for damages.“Repairs were effected to the onshore transmission and distribution infrastructure that connects to the cable, as this was also damaged during the incident”, the release stated.This is the second cable to have developed faults, triggering widespread and prolonged blackouts in the country.However, GPL has concluded its examination of the 69kV submarine cable laid on the river bed along the channel of the Demerara River, and connecting its Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston Power Stations. This was the first cable to be damaged.The examination revealed no further damage on the cable.As previously reported, investigations conducted on Wednesday, June 5, revealed a compromised section of the cable approximately 0.7 km offshore from its Kingston operations.Officials from the China Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) were a part of the GPL efforts to retrieve and examine the submarine cable, and are at present preparing a curative plan of action.In the interim, the utility company is continuing to engage MARAD in indentifying an alternative route to lay a 13.8kV submarine cable along the Demerara River, in an effort to reconnect the Vreed-en-Hoop operations to the eastern sections of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System. Both entities are also engaged in discussions regarding establishing improved maritime conduct within proximity of the submarine cables.Further updates will be provided as efforts progress, the GPL has promised.Compromised section of the 69 kV submarine Cablelast_img read more

NEBC Yukon Trackers shut out at home by Peace River Royals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers were home on Sunday as they were host to the Peace River Royals.Despite having last weekend off to rest and prepare, the Trackers were not in it to play the game.By the end of the first period, the Trackers were 1-0 under the Royals.- Advertisement -The Trackers continued to be behind throughout the second period as Peace River would score two more goals, making the score 3-0 over the Trackers.Then, after 60 minutes of play, the Royals would end up shutting out the Trackers with a final score of 5-0.Despite falling to Peace River, Trackers’ goalie Dakota Olson was given props for standing tall in the net.Advertisement Up the next, the Midget Trackers are on the road to Delta, from November 8 to the 11, for some tournament action in the Tim Jardine Showcase.last_img read more

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Stars beat Zanzibar, finish top of Group B

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa celebrates his goal against Zanzibar during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 14 – Oscar Wamalwa scored the lone goal in the second half asHaranbee Stars beat Zanzibar 1-0 to finish the group stages of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup with an unbeaten record.Wamalwa slapped the ball home from inside the box three minutes after the restart after Musa Masika’s shot was blocked. The victory sees Kenya finish with nine points and will face whoever finishes second from Group B.Going into the tie, Zanzibar were in a must win situation while Stars had already qualified to the last four and only needed to avoid defeat to the islanders to progress top of the pile.Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno had made six changes to the squad that started against Sudan. Andrew Juma was handed a debut in defense in the place of Johnstone Omurwa while Musa Masika, Daniel Sakari and Roy Okal were all handed a starting role.Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan is tackled by Zanzibar’s Mwinyi Mngwali during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAbdallah Hassan was drafted back into the starting team playing out wide while Masika played the number 10 role while Anthony Wambani came back into the team to play the midfield role alongside Okal.Just as expected, Zanzibar were faster off the blocks as they searched for an early goal to settle their nerves. A mistake at the back by Stars gifted Haruna Abdullah of the ball in the 13th minute inside the box, but Juma was quick to race back and shield him off a scoring chance.Ten minutes later, Zanzibar had another chance when Omar Abubakar swung in a volley from the right and keeper Samwel Odhiambo had to be alert to tip it behind for a corner.Stars were good on the ball, but the pressing and urgency of the Zanzibar side with Abdul Aziz Makame’s prowess in the middle of the pack being a constant pain.Harambee Stars forward Musa Masika takes a shot under pressure from Zanzibar’s Abdulmalik Zakaria during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 14, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHowever, in the second half, Stars were more alert and just three minutes in, they had gone ahead. Wamalwa picked up a lose ball after Masika’s shot off a cross from Hassan was blocked and the lanky Ulinzi man did the rest to sweep the ball home.The goal lifted Stars’ spirits and they were more affluent moving forward. Masika had twin chances, first with a stinging shot from close range that was saved by the keeper while almost immediately, he tried his luck with a shot from range that was also well gathered.Wamalwa almost made two for himself when the keeper spilled a cross from Masika, but he was unlucky as the effort was blocked at the edge of the six yard box.With the clock ticking and an exit looking likely, Zanzibar pushed more bodies forward, but they couldn’t get that one goal to revive their hopes.0Shares0000(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Robbie Keane’s response to Roy Keane was fantastic

first_imgWhen Robbie Keane was asked if he’d heard Roy Keane discussing his availability for the Germany game, the striker’s response was direct and to the point.‘UNLESS HE’S BREASTFEEDING’ – ROY KEANE EXPECTS ROBBIE KEANE TO BE AVAILABLEKeane the player was with his wife on Monday night as she gave birth in Los Angeles, and Keane the assistant manager explained he expected the player to be ready for the Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin ‘unless he was breastfeeding’.For those who can’t quite understand Ireland’s top scorer, he explained his boss would know more about those matter because “he’s got bigger tits than me”.Germany top Group D, with Ireland in third place, four points ahead of Scotland and two behind second-placed Poland. So Robbie, what did you make of Roy Keane’s breastfeeding comment?https://t.co/ZzccIS2qdr— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) October 7, 2015 1center_img Robbie Keane with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill last_img read more

ARNOU CAFÉ LAUNCH THEIR FABULOUS NEW GOURMET BURGER BAR!

first_imgBUSINESS: The hugely popular Arnou Café, located in the beautiful seaside village of Dunfanaghy have launched their delicious new Gourmet Burger Bar! Management and staff are celebrating the launch of their tasty new Gourmet Burger Menu which is now available at the much-loved Dunfanaghy eatery. The menu caters for all tastes, from classic steak and chicken burgers to a range of unique speciality burgers, there is something for everyone!And you definitely won’t leave without trying their range of super‐indulgent desserts, including retro Banana Splits, Fudge Brownie Sundaes and Cookie Sandwiches.Dining on the Wild Atlantic Way this Summer never tasted so good!Make sure and drop in to the fabulous new Gourmet Burger Bar the next time you’re in Dunfanaghy! ARNOU CAFÉ LAUNCH THEIR FABULOUS NEW GOURMET BURGER BAR! was last modified: June 2nd, 2016 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:ArnoldsBusinessCafe ArnouDunfanaghyGourmet Burger BarlaunchNewnewslast_img read more

Excerpts from bin Laden tape

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following is the text of the excerpts aired by Al-Jazeera television of a new audiotape purportedly from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The excerpts were translated from Arabic by The Associated Press. The speaker appears to be addressing the American people: My message to you is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end them. I did not intend to speak to you about this because this issue has already been decided. Only metal breaks metal, and our situation, thank God, is only getting better and better, while your situation is the opposite of that. But I plan to speak about the repeated errors your President Bush has committed in comments on the results of your polls that show an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. But he (Bush) has opposed this wish and said that withdrawing troops sends the wrong message to opponents, that it is better to fight them (bin Laden’s followers) on their land than their fighting us (Americans) on our land. I can reply to these errors by saying that war in Iraq is raging with no let-up, and operations in Afghanistan are escalating in our favor, thank God, and Pentagon figures show the number of your dead and wounded is increasing, not to mention the massive material losses. …. And so to return to the issue, I say that results of polls please those who are sensible, and Bush’s opposition to them is a mistake. The reality shows that the war against America and its allies has not been limited to Iraq as he (Bush) claims. Iraq has become a point of attraction and restorer of (our) energies. At the same time, the mujahedeen (holy warriors), with God’s grace, have managed repeatedly to penetrate all security measures adopted by the unjust allied countries. The proof of that is the explosions you have seen in the capitals of the European nations who are in this aggressive coalition. The delay in similar operations happening in America has not been because of failure to break through your security measures. The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your homes the minute they are through (with preparations), with God’s permission. Based on what has been said, this shows the errors of Bush’s statement – the one that slipped from him – which is at the heart of polls calling for withdrawing the troops. It is better that we (Americans) don’t fight Muslims on their lands and that they don’t fight us on ours. We don’t mind offering you a long-term truce on fair conditions that we adhere to. We are a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat. So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war. There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America who have supported Bush’s election campaign with billions of dollars.last_img read more