Windies improving – Charles

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Power hitter Johnson Charles has described the West Indies as an improving side, with less than a week before the start of the ICC T20 World Cup in India. Charles played a brilliant match-winning knock as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to win their two-match T20 Series 2-0 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The powerful opener smashed 92 not out off just 48 balls with six big sixes and 10 boundaries to be named Man-of-the-Match. “Tonight (Monday) I had a good batting pitch. The ball was coming on nice. Not much sideways movement. I just decided to stick to what I know. I am a power hitter so I did just that,” Charles explained. “We have moved from strength to strength. From the first game we have been improving in this game we have improved a lot more. We just look to improve as the games go by and hopefully we can go into the World Cup with everybody in form and we could win this World Cup,” he said. Windies motored to a victory target of 154 without loss after the Zimbaweans made 153-7 off 20 overs. The best bowler was seamer Carlos Brathwaite with 3-23, which helped to restrict the innings after a solid start. Charles’ opening partner, Andre Fletcher, made 56 not out off 35 balls with three sixes and five fours, on a good batting surface. “We are best friends and we come from the same team,” said Charles. “We always speak to each other at the wicket and keep complimenting each other. We just motivated each other to do the best that we can.” The St.Lucian cricketer was a member of the West Indies Cricket team which captured the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka four years ago. He was not named on the original squad, but was called up as a replacement for Darren Bravo, who pulled out citing the need to focus on developing his game in the longer format. “I just see it as me coming back for my place and that’s just how I see it,” said Charles. “With that said everything is left to the Almighty Father and that is what he saw as fit and that’s what happens. So I am just going to do what I have to do now that I am here.”last_img read more

A TRANSITION INTO THE NEW “LIBERIA LAND AUTHORITY”, A PRIORITY THAT REQUIRES COLLECTIVE EFFORTS…

first_imgLiberia’s land administration and management system has negatively impacted the socio-economic and political wellbeing of all Liberians. Property rights in land are characterized by weak governance, including outdated policies, laws and regulations, weak institutions with little institutional coordination, and limited accountability, all of which creates an unstable environment, increasing conflicts over land, and high levels of corruption in the land sector. The institutional framework for land is fragmented among a variety of government agencies, which has led to ineffectiveness, considerable confusion, poor delivery of services, and corrupt practices. Accordingly, in February 2012, the Land Commission constituted a Land Administration Task Force, comprising the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministries of Public Works, Planning and Economic Affairs, among others, to comprehensively review the policy, legal and regulatory as well as the institutional arrangement for land administration and recommend options for reforming and improving the land administration system in Liberia. While the task force was progressing with its work, the Commission held discussion with the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for the speedy enactment of a new land agency Act to allow steps toward the creation of the agency to begin and to reassure donors of the Government’s continued commitment to reforms in the land sector, as well as to allow the Government provide a budget for the new Agency, which will reassure donors and increase prospects of securing multi-year donor funding for the new Agency. Consequently, in her 2012 Annual Message, delivered in January, 2013, the President informed the National Legislature that she would submit a “Bill to separate the lands function from the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy to establish an agency with a focus on land matters”. Consequently, The Land Commission was instructed by the President to draft the establishment Act for such an agency in consultation with relevant agencies of Government, including the Governance and Law Reform Commissions. After several consultations covering a period of more than two years, an Act was drafted and reviewed at a stakeholder’s meeting on December 17, 2014.On June 30th, 2015, the Land Commission and the Governance Commission co-convened a Roundtable Meeting on the draft Act. The meeting brought together heads of relevant government ministries and agencies, including those in the land sector. Institutional stakeholders at the meeting discussed key provisions of the draft Act as it relates to the powers and authority of the proposed new land agency, as well as organizational matters and transitional issues; ways to strengthen ownership of the Act by key institutional stakeholders; and advanced suggestions and recommendations to improve the Act. Suggestions and recommendations relevant to specific provisions of the document were given due consideration in completing the final Draft Liberia Land Authority Act, which was officially submitted to the President in late July, 2015, for her review, approval and subsequent submission to the National Legislature for enactment. It is anticipated that the President will sooner than later submit this document to the Legislature for consideration during this extended session of the Legislature.The new Land Authority is expected to have broad mandates over both land administration and land management. These include a) land policy and planning, b) provision of land survey, registration and mapping services, c) provision of land valuation services, d) creation of a national Land Information System, e) alternative land dispute resolution services, f) coordination of access to government and public land for investment and conservation projects, g) promotion of land use planning and zoning by local governments, and h) demarcation and titling of the customary land rights of local communities.In support of the Government’s Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance, and its implementing law, the draft Local Government Act, there shall be established and mobilized structures of the Authority at the local government levels [for example, county land offices of the Authority, county land boards, governance and management structures for customary land owing communities] as it is deemed necessary for the effective and efficient administration and regulation of land. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hart district touts its ‘losers”

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA — There are a bunch of losers working for the Hart high school district. In fact, employees there dumped a total of 3,275.5 pounds in three months. The biggest losers are at Rio Norte Junior High School, where the 10-member Team Aqua lost 269 pounds, 12.37 percent of the team’s starting weight. The feat won the group a $2,500 cash price to divide among members plus $2,500 for their school. Another prize went to Les Hershberger, a counselor at Arroyo Seco Junior High, who lost more than 24 percent of his starting body weight — the top loser in the district. Alison Schmidt, the school district’s nurse, is behind the Big Loser District Challenge, a contest she came up with before the winter holidays. While she expected 40 or 50 employees to sign up, 260 did, each contributing $20 toward the prize funds. “The concept was to encourage teachers and staff participants to lose weight, reduce health risk behaviors, lower stress and improve moral,” Schmidt said. Dividing the losers into teams seemed to help motivate individuals, she said. Team members walked together, ate better and supported one another — and weighed in every Monday to keep things honest. Schmidt now plans to hold another Big Loser Challenge after Labor Day to ready employees for the holidays.last_img read more

FIFA reform taskforce leader to be ‘from outside of the world of football’

first_imgFIFA have confirmed the chairman of their reform taskforce will come “from outside of the world of football”, following a meeting of confederation chiefs at the weekend.In a press conference interrupted by a British comedian’s stunt last week, outgoing president Sepp Blatter announced that an initiative will be launched to help clean up the governing body following their global corruption scandal.Pressure had grown for the leader of the 11-man taskforce to be a fully-independent figure from outside of Europe.The decision on the task force chairman will be taken by the six confederation presidents and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is standing down in February.And, following discussions between those men, a statement released on Monday read: “At this meeting, it was decided that the Task Force “Reforms” should be chaired by an independent person from outside of the world of football.”However, the man viewed as the favourite to be appointed, Swiss businessman Domenico Scala, has ruled himself out of the job.It is understood it comes after UEFA president Michel Platini and the Asian Football Confederation pushed for a figurehead who is completely independent of FIFA.FIFA sponsors Visa and Coca-Cola have also both called for a wholly independent process to look at how the world governing body can bring in changes.Scala is seen as being too close to FIFA as he is already deeply involved with the world governing body, as independent chairman of the audit and compliance committee. He has also developed a number of the reform proposals that were put to FIFA’s executive committee last week.A spokesman for Scala said in an email: “Domenico Scala never applied for such a chairmanship. He would consider to chair such a task force anyway under the strict condition only, that independence was guaranteed.”Meanwhile, campaign group New FIFA Now has labelled the suggestion that Scala was wholly independent of FIFA as “laughable”. FIFA reform task force leader to be ‘from outside of the world of football’ 1last_img read more

Stoke for the top four? Mark Hughes certainly thinks so…

first_img Mark Hughes The unpredictable nature of this year’s Barclays Premier League means Mark Hughes is adjusting Stoke’s targets this season, with a top-four finish now not out of the question.Hughes’ side face league leaders Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday currently occupying seventh spot and they are only four points off Tottenham, who sit in the final qualifying berth for a place in next year’s Champions League.With Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace all also in touching distance of one of those four spots, England could be represented by a surprise team in Europe’s premier competition next season.And while such a feat seemed improbable before the start of the campaign, Hughes is beginning to think a historic season might be possible for Stoke.“It wasn’t what we were aiming for at the beginning of the season but, as the season progresses and the league takes shape, your realistic targets change,” the Welshman said when asked if a top-four finish was achievable.“It’s fair to say we’ve changed our targets in terms of what we think we can achieve this year. I’m not necessarily saying we’re going for the Champions League at all, but you never know? It’s one of those seasons. We could get to a point in March, April where we’re very much in the mix and we’ll have a go.“For our part, we’re really pleased where we find ourselves at the moment, it’s higher than we anticipated before the beginning of the season.“At the end of the season we hope we can look back and pat ourselves on the back by virtue of the fact we’ve beaten our previous total over the last two seasons. If we do that, it’s fair to say we’re progressing.”The Potters are yet to wade into the January transfer window and Hughes is happy with the strength of a squad that is still competing in both the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.That is why if he does make an acquisition to bolster a Champions League charge this month, it will likely be a marquee name to rival the likes of previous recruits Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri.“I think it’s fair to say that,” Hughes noted.“The squad is strong, we’ve proved over the last couple of years that the depth that we have should be able to maintain us. It certainly did last year and it’s looking like it will again this year.“If we’re going to improve then we need to get those players that can make a difference. It’s key players who can make a difference, those are the ones we’re looking for.”Switzerland international Shaqiri will not face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners after suffering a hamstring injury while Geoff Cameron is highly unlikely to return because of an ankle problem. 1last_img read more

GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB!

first_imgThe visiting European teachers pictured with some of the staff and pupils from St. Baithin’s N.S.St. Baithin’s N.S in St Johnston was buzzing with excitement last week as it welcomed 20 teachers from 7 European primary schools to their school as part of the Comenius School Partnership.This initiative is part of the European Commissions Life Long learning Programme and focuses on the first phase of education in Primary and Secondary schools. Schools create partners with other schools throughout Europe to work on projects which are pedagogically relevant and encourage intercultural exchange.European teachers are taught to set dance by Ms. Mc Kenna Clarke and the pupils from 4th and 5th classes.St. Baithin’s N.S. paired up with primary schools in Greece, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark and Spain.The 20 teachers arrived on Tuesday and spent two very enjoyable days visiting the school, sampling the Irish education system in the classrooms and being entertained by the children with irish music and culture. All the pupils interacted with the visiting teachers and also communicated with the European children via Skype over the two days.The teachers were also taught set dancing and left experts in St. Brigid cross making. The project will run over two years with close communication between the pupils and staff of St. Baithin’s N.S. and their linked European primary schools.European teachers learning the art of making St. Brigid crosses at St. Baithin’s N.S., St. Johnston. GREECE, GERMANY, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, DENMARK AND SPAIN JOIN ST.BAITHIN’S CULTURE CLUB! was last modified: February 5th, 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:St Baithin’s NSSt Johnstonlast_img read more

No Bale, no problem? Real’s possible XI vs Atletico for tonight’s CPL semi-final

first_img 22. Isco (right attack) 4. Sergio Ramos (centre back) 8. Toni Kroos (centre midfield) 12. Marcelo (left back) 11 11 11 14. Carlos Casemiro (centre midfield) 6. Nacho (right back) 11 11 11 11 19. Luka Modric (centre midfield) 9. Karim Benzema (centre forward) 11 1. Keylor Navas (goalkeeper) – check out the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 11 5. Raphael Varane (centre back) 7. Cristiano Ronaldo (left attack) Real Madrid are the favourites to book their place in the Champions League final with Juventus tonight, with Atletico Madrid trailing 3-0 from the first leg of the semi-final.TUNE INTO LIVE COMMENTARY OF ATLETICO MADRID VS REAL MADRID ON TALKSPORT FROM 19:45 BSTZinedine Zidane, the Los Blancos manager, will be wary of Atleti’s intimidating home form and will demand his team pick up from where they left off at the Santiago Bernabeu.Gareth Bale remains sidelined for the away side, but Pepe and Raphael Varane have returned to training and could feature.So who can we expect to see named on Real’s team sheet later today?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Real line-up.last_img read more

AT LAST! LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL GETS BUDGET INCREASE

first_imgAFTER years of penny-pinching bureaucrats are finally giving Letterkenny General Hospital an INCREASE in funding.As part of sweeping changes to how the HSE funds the health service, the county’s only major hospital will get 7% more to spend on patients in 2013.It is still less than half the allocation per person given to regional and city hospitals elsewhere, but management say it is a “step in the right direction.” Sligo hospital is getting a 5.2% increase in its budget for the year“It is heartening to see that the good work of the management and staff in LGH has been recognised by the HSE and this comes after the opening of the new A&E last year in addition to the new Psychiatric Unit completed in 2011,” said Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte.“I congratulate the hospital and look forward to working with them to highlight the important services that must be maintained in the hospital.“We have a fine hospital that we should be proud of and the continued support of the government is crucial to the future development of more services.” Under the HSE plans many hospitals have had their budgets cut, whilst others have seen moderate increases.However the Government has still failed to give Letterkenny a ‘regional’ status which would automatically trigger extra funding, despite the fact the Co Donegal facility treats more patients that several of the regional hospitals, including Sligo.Follow us on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DonegalDaily AT LAST! LETTERKENNY GENERAL HOSPITAL GETS BUDGET INCREASE was last modified: February 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny General Hospitalsligo regional hospitallast_img read more

LETTERKENNY’S HALLOWEEN SURPRISE TO BE A ‘THRILLER’

first_imgRumour has it that the Letterkenny Chamber and Shop LK have a surprise for those who attend the Halloween Fest on the 31st of October on the Main Street. Close to 4pm something evil could be lurking in the dark.Not quite under moonlight, (although with time going back it could seem that way) you may see a sight that almost stops your heart. John Watson, Chamber President, commented; We have gone all out this year with the help of Letterkenny Town Council, to organise Halloween in Letterkenny and we feel the surprise is the icing on the cake.“Secret rehearsals have taken place over the last six weeks and costumes are being put together as we speak. We hope there will be a great turn out for it, it’s something you won’t want to miss”.As well as the surprise there will be music from 1pm piped up and down Main Street, we are encouraging families to come out dressed in their best costumes to trick or treat in participating shops.They might get a chance to meet Dracula, have their face painted and hear some ghostly stories. It’s all going to be good family fun. To find out what the surprise is, and to join in all other activities come down to the Main Street from 12pm on Thursday the 31st, there’s sure to be a thrill in the air.Rumour has it that the Letterkenny Chamber and Shop LK have a surprise for those who attend the Halloween Fest today (Oct 31st) on the Main Street .Come along with your pets (on leads) at 3.50 pm assembling at The Courthouse to parade down the street at 4.00 pm followed by Fox n Crew or thriller Zombies immediately after who will dance to Thriller to round off the afternoon fun.Details of the event can be found on http://www.shoplk.ie/sp/article_manager/detail/come_to_letterkenny_this_halloween__if_you_dare LETTERKENNY’S HALLOWEEN SURPRISE TO BE A ‘THRILLER’ was last modified: October 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HALLOWEEN FESTLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

DONEGAL MAN DENIES MURDERING FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS

first_imgA Donegal man has denied murdering four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in July 1982.John DowneyJohn Downey, 62, from Creeslough is accused of killing Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young. The Household Cavalry members were killed as they rode from their barracks in Knightsbridge to Buckingham Palace.The BBC reports that Mr Downey also denied intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.The bomb that Mr Downey is charged with planting was the first of two that caused carnage in London on 20 July 1982.In the first incident, a nail bomb in a blue Austin car was detonated as the Household Cavalry members made their way through the park to the Changing of the Guard parade at Buckingham Palace.As well as the four men, seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.In the second explosion, less than two hours later, seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen in a Regent’s Park bandstand were killed.Mr Downey, who was arrested at Gatwick Airport last May, entered the pleas at the Old Bailey. He remains on conditional bail.DONEGAL MAN DENIES MURDERING FOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS was last modified: January 24th, 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:CreesloughHYDE PARK BOMBINGJohn Downeymurderlast_img read more