Tributes flow for STGC captain

first_imgSt George’s College’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup football captain Dominic James, whose sudden passing shook the nation, yesterday received larger-than-life tributes from the local football community and beyond.The Holy Trinity Cathedral was packed to capacity, while scores stood outside as the tearful attended the thanksgiving devotion for the life of the fallen St George’s player.James was affectionately called ‘Delly’ by teammates and friends, and ‘Alessandro’, after his middle name, by coach Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell.He died Tuesday while leading his school against Excelsior High at Stadium East. He would have been 19 next Monday, September 26.According to St George’s Head Boy Odane Lalor: “It shakes the schoolboy population. It is the tragic loss of a football hero.”He was seen as somebody who would have made a difference if he was with us,” he outlined. “Delly’s smile was contagious.”He is always smiling, and happy birthday when it comes, Delly. Keep on smiling,” Lalor told The Gleaner.Acting Principal Dave Soares called the school mood “downcast”, noting that “Dominic will always live in our hearts”.”He was … [an] avid footballer, good leader, so he will live in our hearts. Moving forward, we will have to decide whether we have a memorial scholarship in his name, that’s in conjunction with his parents, of course,” he explained.He was backed by old boy, Opposition spokesperson on education, Ronald Thwaites, who acknowledged the unity that “James’ death had brought”.HONOURING JAMES”It would be a good thing to endow a sports scholarship for the most disciplined student or something in his honour. Doing that would be a considerable remembering,” outlined Thwaites.Education Minister and former Jamaica College principal, Ruel Reid, described James as “a standout student and leader in the classroom during his time at JC”, prior to transferring in 2014.”For me, Dominic died as a hero in his own way. May his soul rest in peace,” Reid said.Newly installed Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President, Howard Isaacs paid tribute, while an inconsolable goalkeeper, John Wilson, said “captain Dominic is always smiling, very humble and important to our team. I can’t believe he is gone. The team is going to miss him.”Meanwhile, former Red Stripe Premier League champions, Waterhouse Football Club, of which James was a senior player during the 2014-15 season, paid tribute. He also played for the club’s Under-20 team, winning the championship in 2014.”To his parents and immediate family, our hearts go out to you, and our condolences to the entire St George’s College team and wider school body,” said Donovan White, club president.Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) and its affiliates extended “sincere condolences to the family, schoolmates and friends of the late Dominic James at his sudden and untimely passing.”Students from St George’s, neighbouring Kingston College and Holy Trinity High, Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha, along with Wolmer’s Boys, Excelsior High, Jamaica College, Calabar High and Bridgeport High School turned out yesterday, along with a number of other high school principals.Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing for Manning Cup sponsor FLOW, was also in attendance.”Our thoughts are with Dominic’s family, friends and the wider St Georges College community at this time, and we express our deepest sympathies to them. We are very saddened by the passing of this promising young Jamaican talent,” a release from FLOW said.There was also social-media outpouring on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including past players Gregory Messam Jr, Chevon Stewart, and others.last_img read more

Sen. Prince Johnson Breaks Ground for Modern Computer Lab

first_imgSenator Prince Y. Johnson breaking ground to modern computer lab in GantaNimba County Senator Prince Yormie Johnson has broken ground for the construction of a computer lab, which will be an annex to a multipurpose technical college he is constructing in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County.Senator Johnson told reporters at the groundbreaking ceremony that the computer lab will be second to none in the county for research and other purposes.He said students will use the basement as a dining hall, while the upper part will serve as a modern computer science lab. He didn’t, however, give the cost of the project, but explained that upon the completion of the computer lab and the dining hall, he will be embarking on the construction of dormitories.Senator Johnson also explained that the computer lab will enhance students’ learning process and that many new courses will be introduced and facilitated by professors from abroad.In 2014, he embarked on the construction of a 36-classroom complex for technical and vocational education in Ganta. Currently, the three-story building is almost at a finishing level. The senator has also begun the construction of a modern gym in the premises of the technical school.The gymnasium, if completed, will be one of the biggest in Liberia. He said upon the completion of the polytechnic school, he will hire professors, but more preferences will be given to Liberians. “The first two years, this school will offer “AA” degree, followed by BSc degrees,” he said.The school, which is yet to be named, is expected to be completed by July 2019 and classes will start immediately, Senator Johnson said. It will be the largest private college to be built by an individual and will also be the third college in Nimba County besides LICC and NCCC.In a similar development, Senator Prince Johnson is also embarking on the construction of a public library in an area which many considered as disputed land, given to him by the City Mayor of Ganta.There has been confusion in Ganta over a lot of land given to Senator Johnson by City Mayor Amos Suah, because the land is believed to be a public land. But Senator Johnson said in an interview that the City Mayor has the right to give public land to anybody who would like to carry on meaningful development.He explained that the land in question will be used to construct a modern public library to which everybody will have access.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt fails to expand school feeding plan despite $300M budget

first_imgEducation Minister Nicolette Henry was on Wednesday brought under the microscope by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) when it was found that although some $300 million was requested in the 2018 Budget for students up to Grade Two to benefit from the school feeding programme, it was not expanded.When former Education Minister Priya Manickchand took Henry to task as an increase in ‘Dietary’ provisions were made in the 2019 Budget, the Minister explained that the added amount will be allocated to now expand the breakfast and hot meal programmes.This did not go down well with the unsatisfied former Education Minister, who argued that $2 billion from the 2018 Budget was returned to the Treasury from this Ministry although it could have been used for other important uses.Manickchand asserted, “I did complain in the budget presentation that $2 billion had gone back and I see that the money in 2018 was not utilised. In fact, more than $200 million was not utilised to feed our nursery babies and I’m wondering which schools did not get fed or if it was determined to be enough to feed everybody.”Manickchand went further to question why the Ministry would need an increase for this purpose in the 2019 Budget when it did not use its allocations in Budget 2018, but rather returned it.In her Ministry’s defence, Henry said all the children in the schools which were on the programme were fed. With regard to the expansion, the Minister admitted, “The expansion however had to be curtailed because that programme had to be audited and we had to wait until we got guidance from the auditors, based on what was happening, then to move forward.”She referred to the school feeding programme as being delayed.Meanwhile the Opposition MP questioned Minister Henry whether or not sugar workers’ children were considered when the programme was being executed to which Henry responded in the affirmative.Manickchand highlighted that thousands of these sugar workers lost their jobs, reminding the House that many of them have since said that they cannot afford adequate meals or even send their children to school regularly.Manickchand reiterated that money could have been spent too on uniform grants.last_img read more

“I have not asked for any salary” – former Business Minister

first_img…says he has 40 years of manufacturing experienceFormer Business Minister Dominic GaskinFormer Government Minister, Dominic Gaskin, who was recently appointed as Director of Manufacturing and Marketing in the Business Ministry, has declared that neither did he request to function in that new post nor did he have any discussions to date as to what his new salary and benefits would be.He made this disclosure at a press briefing on Friday where he told reporters that while his resignation was “unconditional”, he did indicate his willingness to serve the Government in any capacity that would further the objectives of the Administration in areas for which he had been responsible for.“Now the position of Director of Manufacturing and Marketing is certainly an area where there is a lot of work that has to be done. I can tell you that because of my involvement over the last four years. I personally believe that a position dedicated to that responsibility, to that particular area, is certainly one that is not a frivolous appointment, and it certainly has a focus and it is certainly in an area where attention is badly needed. I have spent almost 40 years in manufacturing, I understand a thing or two about manufacturing, I understand the challenges faced by manufacturers in Guyana, I understand those challenges very well.”According to the former Business Minister, he is well aware of what needs to be done to address the challenges in the country’s manufacturing sector and to also make it more competitive.“It is not a long-term appointment so it is not something that I am making a career out of,” Gaskin told the press.In light of recent criticisms that he is being paid a mega salary as the Director of Manufacturing and Marketing, he claimed that he commenced the job without knowing if and what he would be given as a salary.“In terms of salary and benefits, I have no idea, we have not even had that discussion. As I said before, my resignation was unconditional, and I have indicated my willingness to serve in any capacity in which I could be useful. I have not asked for any salary, we have not had that discussion yet…I don’t think as a former Minister, accepting an appointment with less responsibilities, that the compensation would or should be the same.”He added that his appointment within the Business Ministry will not affect the current Minister’s roles and responsibilities in any form or manner as they both have different functions in their capacities.On Tuesday, Government announced that it was rehiring former Ministers Dominic Gaskin and Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.Guyana Times understands that both Gaskin and Roopnaraine continue to receive super salaries.Gaskin, Dr Roopnaraine, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge and former Minister Joseph Harmon, all dual citizens, resigned as Ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) effective April 25.On April 30, Harmon, a United States citizen, was appointed Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency.last_img read more

Registration open for Rotary Mother’s Day Walk/Run

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Registration is now open for the upcoming Rotary Mother’s Day Walk/Run.The event is taking place this year on Mother’s Day, which falls on Sunday, May 14th. The race will start at Surerus Fields, and will take participants across the northeast part of the Energetic City. Registration starts that morning at 8:30, with the 10 kilometre walk/run starting at 10:00. The 5 k walk/run starts 15 minutes later, followed by the Kids 1 km Dash, with the Rotary Pancake Breakfast following the presentation of prizes.Participants can pick up their race packages at Ernie’s Sports Experts in the Totem Mall on Saturday, May 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement -Registration costs $15 for the five kilometre walk/run, and $20 for the 10 km run before May 11th. Prices go up by $5 each after May 11th. All proceeds from the event will go to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.For more information, or to register, visit mothersdayrotaryrun.com.last_img read more

GET RID of this lot! How Spurs can fund a summer spending spree

first_img 5 5 Etienne Capoue on his way out? Read all about it, below, then click right to see which Spurs stars could be sold to fund a spending spree – It’s safe to say the French midfielder, who was once courted by Arsenal, has underwhelmed. He started both seasons with the club with some promise but has faded dramatically and looks unlikely to play again for Spurs after making just 36 appearances across all competitions over two years. Paulinho – Tottenham fans had high hopes for the Brazil international when he swapped Sao Paulo for north London in 2013. But despite joining on the back of a brilliant Confederations Cup, where he won the Bronze Ball, Paulinho has looked nothing like the man once labelled the Brazilian Frank Lampard. His performance against Burnley is likely to have sealed his fate. 5 Roberto Soldado – Click right to see which Spurs stars could be sold to fund a spending spree – Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and admit it didn’t work out. Fans at White Hart Lane have always backed the former Valencia man after seeing him hit the back of the net consistently in Spain but he just hasn’t been able to replicate that form. And now ‘Boy Wonder’ Harry Kane has usurped the £26m man, his time seems to be up in north London. Younes Kaboul – Click right to see which Spurs stars could be sold to fund a spending spree – French international Kaboul kicked off the campaign as captain at White Hart Lane but now finds himself marginalised and has made just one appearance since an on-field row with Jan Vertonghen in an FA Cup clash with Burnley. An exit seems inevitable this summer. It looks like Tottenham Hotspur will have to go another season without Champions League football after their 0-0 draw with Burnley.The result leaves Spurs trailing fourth placed Manchester City by seven points in the Premier League and it’s clear if they are to get back into the top four anytime soon they will need to add more quality to their squad.With a new stadium to fund, Daniel Levy will likely tell Mauricio Pochettino he has to sell to make room for any incoming players.But who can the Argentine offload to boost his coffers? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the right arrow above to see which stars could be sold. Emmanuel Adebayor – Click right to see which Spurs stars could be sold to fund a spending spree – Stubborn strike star Adebayor has irked fans all season at White Hart Lane with off-field incidents and apathy evident every time he has taken to the field. His sporadic appearances, despite being named vice captain, have also been greeted by boos and he’s garnered just two Premier League goals – the same as Eric Dier, a departure appears the most sensible resolution for all parties. 5 5last_img read more

Atletico Madrid monitoring long-term Manchester United target

first_img1 Atletico Madrid are interested in long-term Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan.The Benfica midfielder has remained loyal to the Portuguese club over the years, despite reportedly being trailed by United during several transfer windows.Gaitan recently signed a new contract with Benfica, but according to A Bola, Atletico are readying a bid for the Argentinean.Gaitan’s release clause has been set at £34m but the report suggests Benfica would accept a fee of around £27m.Atletico’s manager Diego Simeone has been a long-term admirer of his 27-year-old Argentine compatriot and is confident the Spanish side can agree a deal with Benfica this month, particularly with the club facing the prospect of a transfer ban after the January window closes. Nicolas Gaitan last_img read more

DEBBIE TO BE DUNGLOE MARY

first_imgColleen Davitt (left) who is the 2011 Rosses Mary and Debbie Rodgers, Burtonport who is the new Dungloe Mary for this year’s festival. (Photo: Eoin Mc Garvey).The girls were picked at a function on Saturday night as excitement builds to the big event.Follow Mary From Dungloe with donegaldaily.com. DEBBIE TO BE DUNGLOE MARY was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Mary From Dungloelast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDA TRAFFIC BOSS ‘HAPPIER’ AFTER EASTER CRACK DOWN ON DRINK DRIVERS

first_imgInspector HarrisonTHE HEAD of the Garda Traffic Corps in County Donegal says he is ‘happier’ with safer driving on our roads, but warned: “Our operations are continuing.”Inspector Michael Harrison was speaking as he revealed that all 368 people breath-tested at mandatory checkpoints in Donegal over the weekend passed the tests.However four other motorists were separately caught drinking and driving by other Gardaí on patrol in the county. The number of people caught drinking and driving in the three months until the end of March in Donegal was up 6.4% on the same three months of 2013.Inspector Harrison said he was ‘happier’ with the safer driving over the Easter weekend with no fatal or serious injury road collisions.Gardaí attended the scene of just three traffic accidents. No-one was seriously hurt in any of them.A number of people were caught driving whilst using mobile phones. “We didn’t have any loss of life or serious injury over the bank holiday weekend and I am always happy when this is the case, especially with the good weather and the increased traffic volumes,” Insp Harrison said today.“We are hoping that the message on drinking and driving is getting through, with everyone stopped during the special operation in Donegal Town giving clear results from breath tests.“I am mindful that the number of people detected drinking and driving is up on last year and four motorists were arrested since last Friday for suspected drink-driving.“Our operations involving both traffic corps gardaí and regular gardaí are continuing across Donegal this week.“I want to thank all those who have been driving safely and urge them to continue to do so during the rest of Easter and on into the future. I’m happier with what we have seen this weekend but we will continue our work to make Donegal’s roads safer for everyone who uses them.” DONEGAL GARDA TRAFFIC BOSS ‘HAPPIER’ AFTER EASTER CRACK DOWN ON DRINK DRIVERS was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Donegal Traffic Corpsdrink driversGardaInspector Michael Harrisonroad trafficlast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision to Michigan State

first_img 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Michael Dube (MSU) 6-4, 6-0 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Michigan State Friday night at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs regrouped and took a 2-1 lead with singles wins by juniors Tom Hands and Ben Clark. Hands took his first set 6-4 and was in complete control in the second set, winning 6-0 over Michael Dube at No. 2 singles. Clark cruised to a straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, win over Josh Mukherjee at No. 3. 3. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) def. Billy Shisler/Jack Winkler (MSU) 6-2 Michigan State 4, Drake 3Feb 02, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Singles competition 3. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Davis Wong (MSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 1. Brett Forman (MSU) def. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) The decisive match point came down to No. 1 singles, between Drake’s Vinny Gillespie and MSU’s Brett Forman. The two split the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 and pushed the third set into a tiebreaker. Forman managed to come up on top in the tiebreaker, 8-6, clinching the hard fought 4-3 Spartan victory.The Bulldog will have a quick turnaround as they host New Mexico on Sunday at 11 a.m. and then will travel to Omaha for a nightcap at 6 p.m. Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,6,5,3,1) Doubles competition 4. Ben Clark (DU) def. Josh Mukherjee (MSU) 6-2, 6-1 5. Jasper Koenen (MSU) def. Ben Wood (DU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 1. Brett Forman/Jasper Koenen (MSU) def. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 6-4 The Spartans tied it up at two with a win at No. 6 and then took a 3-2 lead with a three-set victory by Jasper Koenen at No. 5. Drake’s Barney Thorold knotted the match up 3-3 with a three-set victory of his own, beating Davis Wong 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 at No. 3. Match Notes “It was a very tough loss. Credit to Michigan State, they played fantastic. We have gotten to them the last couples of years and they came in with a different attitude tonight. They were very competitive and I think that took our guys off a little bit in the doubles,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski.The Spartans managed to win the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead, winning on courts No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. 2. Josh Mukherjee/Michael Dube (MSU) def. Ben Clark/Ben Wood (DU) 7-6 (7-5) 6. John Carlin (MSU) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-4, 7-6  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more