Major increase in ‘Champs’ expense

first_imgThe Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) will have to dip deeper into its pockets to stage this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, with the 2016 budget climbing by over $13 million when compared to last year.Speaking at yesterday’s launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, ISSA President, Dr Walton Small, told The Gleaner that it will cost the organisers well over $80 million to stage this year’s showpiece event, an increase on the approximately $67 million that it cost to execute last year’s ‘Champs’.Title sponsors GraceKennedy has certainly thrown their support behind the event, pumping $54 million directly into this year’s event as a part of a wider $100-million investment, with FLOW strengthening their partnership as exclusive telecoms sponsors with an $81-million injection, which covers the next three years.Small underlined security, which has increased from approximately $8 million to over $10 million this year, along with venue rental, food and electrical/information systems as the major expenses being undertaken.COSTS ARE UP”Last year, it was about $67 million in terms of cost to stage Champs, and it has increased to over $80 million,” Small noted. “Just in terms of the appreciation of the whole business of security, we have put in some serious money towards security; rental of the stadium has gone up, the expense of the food has also increased.”The electronic aspect of Champs has really stepped up in terms of cost. We wanted the improvements, for instance, around Stadium East, we are putting in additional systems over there so that the coaches and students can be comfortable,” said Small.Still, Small said he is comfortable with the level of readiness heading into the March 15-19 championships.”We are extremely pleased. Last year with the patrons not being able to come in really had a damper on the entire ISSA organisation, and we have gone all out to change that,” he said.Don Wehby, CEO of GraceKennedy, spoke to the company’s efforts to improve the event and outlined several initiatives.The title sponsors will be awarding $25,000 for each new record to team or individual. The funds will go towards an approved school project to be identified by the record-breaking team or individual.GraceKennedy will also be rolling out a high-school affinity credit card programme through its subsidiary, First Global Bank, which will not only give cardholders special school-branded cards, but will also provide them with an opportunity to give back to their alma mater as well, through its reward set-up. This programme will be launched on March 15.DREAM FUND PROMOTIONHe also spoke on the company’s Dream Fund promotion, which will see $5 million raised to assist three schools – one from each county, with the purchasing of equipment.FLOW’s sponsorship manager, Stephen Miller, noted his company’s wide-ranging sponsorship of sport and its commitment to these championships over the years.”We have provided total commitment for the past 12 years of more than $200 million,” he stated. “I also want to bring to your attention the ongoing efforts to assist some of our top schools to prepare for competing by offsetting some of the cost that they face.”Through our Journey to Champs programme, we have committed an additional $1 million this year in direct donation to the top-performing schools which will be participating in this year’s competition,” added Miller.Chairman of the organising committee, Colleen Montaque, announced that tickets will go on sale on March 12.Entry will be free for the bleachers and grandstand on the opening day of the championships.On Wednesday and Thursday, tickets will cost $100 (children) and $500 adults (for both sections). The price increases to $500 and $350 for students in uniform for bleachers tickets for Friday, with grandstand tickets going for 3,500.Saturday’s marquee day will cost patrons $1,500 for bleachers tickets and $4,500 for a seat in the grandstand. Season tickets will cost $9,000 for Category One and $8,000 for Category Two.last_img read more

Two Girls Mysteriously Found Dead

first_imgTwo little girls, aged six and nine, were last Saturday  mysteriously found dead in the Nimba County town of Lowlay, Gbehlay Geh District.Police sources, who begged anonymity because they had no authority to speak on the matter, told this newspaper that on Friday 20th June, 2014, the two little girls, upon their school closing for the academic year 20013/2014, left for their farm which some kilometers from Lowlay town.After they had left, their parents returned late in the evening from the farm and began asking for their whereabouts, but they were told that the children had  earlier left for the farm upon the closing of school.While in search for the  children, they were mysteriously found dead lying 25 yards apart in the swamp around the location of their village.The two little girls; Jacqueline Wowoah, 9, and Jestina Wowoah, 6, were said to have been children of the same mother and father.The mysterious death of these little girls brought great fear among the citizens of Lowlay Town where the incident occurred.The Police Crime Services Department Commander in Nimba, Detective James Kartoe, confirmed the incident and explained that several persons were picked up as suspects and are undergoing investigation.He said foul play was suspected, and so the police was still investigating the matter.Unconfirmed reports reaching the Daily Observer suggest  that, one of the victims, six year-old Jestina, was found with a broken hand.There is a speculation that the deaths were linked to ritualistic killing, as the 2014 special legislative election approaches, but this is yet to be verified as police continue their investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pensioner discovered hanging in home

first_imgThe body of a pensioner was on Tuesday discovered by his son, hanging in his Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home in an apparent suicide.Seventy-four-year-old Kemraj Ramadar of Lot 3 South, Cove and John, was last seen alive on Monday.According to reports, the man who suffers from stroke-like illnesses lived alone. He was reportedly last seen when he visited his doctor.Guyana Times understands that the dead man’s son, 54-year-old Negnadeo Ramadar, however reported that he visited his father on Monday afternoon and returned on Tuesday morning where he found his father hanging in the patio.His body was discovered in a standing position with a yellow rope around his neck.Checks made showed no signs of foul play, however blood was found on the man’s cabinet.The Police are investigating the matter.last_img read more

Berbice contractor accuses NDC Chairman of corruption

first_imgRejected for substandard road workA Berbice contractor is accusing a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) official of trying to solicit a bribe from him in order to pass a road contract. However, the Chairman of the Number 52-74 NDC Works Committee has since denied the allegation.The contractor, Annirud Ramchaitar, of AR Construction firm, is accusing the NDCContractorAnnirud RamchaitarWorks Committee Chairman of asking for a $200,000 bribe. According to Ramcharitar, his firm was approached on three occasions by the Works Committee Chairman for the bribe which was to come from the $380,000 which the company was expected to receive from Government for sand on a road stretching three villages.However, the NDC has reportedly written to the contractor claiming that the work carried out was of a substandard quality.In the letter, the NDC claims that the contractor placed two canter loads of sand on the street and then covered it with ‘crusher run’. Making mention of the contract which says that 80 cubic yards of sand were to be used, the NDC says that the contractor did not use the 60 cubic yards that he is claiming.The contractor is claiming that under the contract he is only to be paid forForeman Derick Khublallmeasured work and based on the work he was required to do, he did not need all of the sand which was mentioned on the Bill of Quantities. He says this was discussed with the Regional Engineer prior to the commencement of the project and it was agreed that he will be paid only for what was used.The contractor is contending that the NDC is now finding fault with him because heThe NDC has written to the contractor claiming that the works carried out on these streets were of a substandard qualitydid not pay the bribe. It was the company’s Foreman, Derrick Khublall, who said he was approached. “Thompson came up to me while we were working and he said he is the Works Committee Chairman and that lemme don’t put all the sand on that road that lemme give he $200,000. So me tell he me nah Anirudh and I call Anirudh on the spot and tell he,” Khublall related.Ramcharitar told Guyana Times that after the Foreman contacted him, contact was made with the Regional Chairman and the Office of The Prime Minister at Port Mourant.He explained that he was advised by the Regional Chairman to document his concerns in writing. That letter which was sent to the Regional Democratic Council, states that the works were done under the guidance of the Regional Engineer, Newland France. It also said the Works Committee Chairman demanded $200,000 and said that the contractor would not need to mix white sand and reef sand as the contract stipulated.In an invited comment, the Chairman of the Number 52-74 NDC, David Thompson, in a telephone conversation said the allegations were “untrue”.The NDC’s letter was sent to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkhan and Minister of State Joseph Harmon.Ramcharitar also copied his letter to Prime Ministerial Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, who visited the project on Tuesday.“He called my office sometime last week and he highlighted to me that the Works Committee Chairman, David Thompson, had approached his foreman on site and demanded $200,000 to put less sand. I asked them to document it and send to the Regional Chairman and he told me that he is already sending an engineer to the site. I checked with the Regional Chairman and he said that the Engineer and Vice Chairman went and said the work is up to standard and then I received a letter yesterday from the NDC claiming the work was substandard,” Harbhajan related.In an invited comment, Regional Chairman David Armogan said the contractor had informed him by way of a telephone call of the bribe request even before the NDC made the claim that the work was not up to standard. Regional Engineer and Regional Vice Chairman, Dennis DeRoop, who also heads the regional works programme was instructed to visit the site and check on the works.The contract awarded to Ramcharitar was to the tune of $12.1 million.Meanwhile, following the formal letter of complaint which was issued on Tuesday, an investigation has been launched into the bribery allegation. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Do you have a romantic story from Donegal’s showband days?

first_imgLocal people with memories of the halcyon days and nights of dancing to showbands are being sought to retell their tales as part of a new publication due out later this year.From The Candy Store to the Galtymore will chronicle this unique time in rural and urban Ireland through the stories of the young men and women who religiously went to their local Ballroom of Romance each weekend.The book will be co-edited by PJ Cunningham and Dr Joe Kearney who are seeking memorable stories from that golden era which saw the beginnings of thousands of romances. “What we want are the stories of romance, of chance meetings or tales that are funny and maybe even mischievous,” said PJ.“All human life gathered for the weekly dances in what was a cultural shift away from the more formal céilís which held sway up until then.“The showband dances were modern and slightly more brash occasions than the country had been used to but, if anything, the number of stories of love and loss, rows and ructions, fun and games grew in the new environment. “We are seeking particular stories rather than people just remembering the night that Joe Dolan, Brendan Bowyer or Dickie Rock played their local hall.“Ideally there should be a bit of tension or drama, humour, love or loss involved in what people send in to us.“With 200 or 300 bands traversing the country every weekend, and dancehalls sprouting up all over the place, everyone has a favourite story from that era.”Co-author Dr Kearney remembers the influence that showbands had on his own youth working in London.“In the sixties, many of us spent our time in poor accommodation in Cricklewood, Kilburn, Manchester or Liverpool,” said Joe.“We lived for the visits of the Irish showbands to provide a flavour of the life we had left behind and an escape from the humdrum of ordinary living. “The Galtymore, The 32 Club, The Gresham and the Hibernian in London were meccas for us.“They were packed to the rafters every time the showbands came to town.”Readers are invited to submit stories for inclusion in From The Candy Store to the Galtymore to ballpointpress1@gmail.com before June 30.(Featured photo by William Murphy) Do you have a romantic story from Donegal’s showband days? was last modified: June 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bookCulturehistoryMUSICshowbandstorieslast_img read more

Carabao Cup 2018/19 odds: 10 favourites to win EFL Cup revealed

first_imgThe third round of the Carabao Cup begins on Tuesday evening with the remaining Premier League teams finally entering the competition.Manchester City get their campaign to retain the trophy under way with a trip to League One Oxford United, but the undeniable tie of the round is Wednesday’s heavyweight clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Chelsea. Could the Carabao Cup be Liverpool’s first silverware under Jurgen Klopp? 8. Leicester – 22/17. Everton – 16/16. Chelsea – 9/15. Liverpool – 8/1 This domination by the ‘big six’ is expected to continue this season, but who is being backed to claim the trophy?You can see the 10 favourites to win the 2018/19 Carabao Cup below, based on odds from SkyBet…10. Wolves – 28/19. West Ham – 25/1 4 Man City are hoping to become the first team to retain the EFL Cup since Man United in 2010 That match will kick one of the favourites out the competition at the earliest stage, potentially widening the field for an unlikely winner.The last time a team outside the Premier League’s ‘big six’ won the Carabao Cup was when Swansea thrashed Bradford in 2013, and there’s only been one final in the last four years to feature a so-called ‘lesser’ side – Southampton in 2017. Carabao Cup commentaries LIVE on talkSPORT Manchester United vs Derby (Tuesday, September 25) – LISTEN LIVEOxford United vs Manchester City (Tuesday, September 25) – LISTEN LIVELiverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVETottenham vs Watford (Wednesday, September 26) – LISTEN LIVEcenter_img Getty Manuel Pellegrini is being backed to do well in the Carabao Cup with West Ham Man City are being backed to retain the Carabao Cup =3. Tottenham – 7/1=3. Arsenal – 7/12. Manchester United – 6/11. Manchester City – 4/1 4 4 4last_img read more

Man United have already met Zidane for talks, reveals talkSPORT host

first_img Zidane has been out of management since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season United have won only three of their opening seven league games this season and there have been numerous revelations of discontent behind the scenes, including a very public bust-up with £89million midfielder Paul Pogba.According to Cascarino, the former Chelsea striker and Weekend Sports Breakfast co-host, the players are simply not playing for Mourinho and Zidane could now be poised to take over.He said: “Looking at a manager who is getting so little out his team, he has to be responsible for how his team are playing. I see a lack of energy and desire in that team at the moment.“If I’m brutally honest, I think he’ll be gone very soon. I think the talks have already happened and I was led to believe Zidane has already met United from a source that has told me many things over the years that have come true.“I think that will happen, and I think it should happen now because United are 10th in the league.“Yes, only seven games have gone, but United have served up tripe in the sort of football we have witnessed!” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester United have already sounded out Zinedine Zidane about the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho as manager.That’s the claim from talkSPORT presenter and Times columnist Tony Cascarino, with Mourinho’s United future in the balance after his side were defeated by West Ham to leave them 10th in the Premier League table. Is this the end of the line for Mourinho at Man United? It’s crisis time for the former perennial winners of silverware after the 3-1 reverse at West Ham, and Cascarino went into a six-minute rant about the club on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast show.As well as pointing the finger at Mourinho, he also criticised the make up of United’s squad, saying they are nothing more than a bunch of brutes rather than the technically gifted talents of years gone by.Cascarino said: “I was never good enough to play for Man United by a country mile, there was a certain standard at that football club. But I could be in that team now!“I mean that because I’m six foot three and I’m a big lad who can get on the end of crosses. That’s what [Marouane] Fellaini is to me.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update You can hear the full must-listen rant from Tony Cascarino above… 2 silverware 2 tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker Most read in Premier League Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 SORRY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? REVEALED last_img read more

DONEGAL FIANNA FAIL SPLIT AS O’CUIV RESIGNS

first_imgMEMBERS of Fianna Fail in Co Donegal are split tonight after deputy leader Éamon Ó Cuív resigned.Donegaldaily.com spoke to four different senior members of the party – two said they supported the stance taken by Éamon Ó Cuív, while two said they were backing party leader Micheál Martin.Éamon Ó Cuív has also resigned as Communications Spokesperson. Party leader Micheál Martin in a statement said he had accepted Mr Ó Cuív’s resignation from these positions.Mr Martin said “Éamon’s refusal to support the Parliamentary Party’s position on the Fiscal Compact meant that it was no longer feasible for him to occupy these roles.”Speaking on RTE’s SixOne News Mr Ó Cuív said that Micheál Martin rang him at 4pm today, saying he was to resign and was no longer a member of the front bench.Mr Ó Cuív said the Taoiseach should “go back” to Brussels to get concessions for Ireland before the treaty could be passed, including a “writedown of banking debt.” One of those here who supports Ó Cuív here in the county told us: “This is the end of Martin as far as I am concerned. Eamon knows the people and knows what they are thinking – Martin doesn’t.”However another senior party member in the county said “most supporters” in Co Donegal backed the party leader.“It’s a very sad day for the party but it is bigger than any one man and Michael Martin is the only one capable of taking us forward,” he said. DONEGAL FIANNA FAIL SPLIT AS O’CUIV RESIGNS was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FIANNA FAIL SPLIT AS O’CUIV RESIGNSlast_img read more

MAN ‘ABANDONED’ BY FRIENDS AT WEDDING CRASHED INTO ROUNDABOUT

first_imgA man who was abandoned by his friends at a wedding in Letterkenny got into his car after drinking and then crashed it into a roundabout.Letterkenny District Court.Rodney Tighe, 35, had been the designated driver while they were attending a wedding at the Radisson Hotel in the town. However he fell out with his friends and decided to drive.A Garda told Letterkenny District Court that on September 21st last at 2.30am they were on patrol on Pearse Road.They noticed a man taking off at the lights and then he suddenly crashed into an island.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station and failed a breath test.A taxi-driver also approached Gardai after the crash and said he had witnessed Tighe of 30 Melmount Road, Strabane, driving on the wrong side of the road at Neil T Blaney Road before doing a u-turn.Gardai said 35 year old Tighe was very co-operative when he was brought to the Garda station.The court heard he was a single man with a four year old daughter who earned £70 a week.He was unemployed but had worked as a chef.The court heard that €180 worth of damage had been caused to the roundabout and that Tighe had the money to pay for it in court.Judge Paul Kelly fined Tighe €200 and ordered the money go to the local council and also fined him a further €100 and banned him fro driving for two years on the drink-driving charge.MAN ‘ABANDONED’ BY FRIENDS AT WEDDING CRASHED INTO ROUNDABOUT was last modified: January 21st, 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:drink drivingJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtRodney Tighelast_img read more

DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS LOOKS BACK AT ST EUNAN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

first_imgSt.Eunans are the 2014 Donegal G.A.A senior football champions after defeating last year’s winners, Glenswilly, Donegal G.A.A in association with @jacksonsmediatv & @ccollinsOffAir got the views of the winning team.CLICK PLAY TO WATCH  DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS LOOKS BACK AT ST EUNAN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: November 5th, 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:county finalglenswillySt Eunan’s GAA clubvideolast_img read more