OCHO RIOS: The 21st annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament teed off yesterday at the Sandals Golf and Country Club, with over 80 Canadian travel agents and tour operators taking part. The two-day tournament, the third major international staged at the venue in recent times, is expected to deliver a shot in the arm for Jamaica as a golfing destination and also the nation’s tourism industry, as the agents and tour operators are heavily promoting the island. The United States and Latin American travel agents completed their events last month. “Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from hosting these influential travel agents,” said Maureen Barnes-Smith, director of sales and marketing, Unique Vacations, Canada. “Not only will they be here as part of the Sandals tournament, but they will tour the island, experience what Jamaica has to offer and when they go back promote and sell Jamaica,” Barnes-Smith added. She pointed to the significance of the Canadian market which has experienced growth in the past several years and is of vital importance to the island. Organisers were pleased with the large number of entries to the Baxter Event and since its inception each year has always been well attended. Eighteen four-man teams teed off in the scramble format. Yesterday, the 18-hole event was spiced up with the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Closest to the Pin’ contests. Tee off is slated for 8:30 a.m. for today’s second and final day, while the awards ceremony at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, to be followed an hour later by dinner. “Traditionally we have always had some fun and also riveting action on the golf course and this year promises to be no less impressive,” noted Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf & Country Club.
And there is curiosity if James might leave Cleveland again to unite with the best possible talent, potentially doing what Durant did with the Warriors.James could join such talented rivals as Western Conference runner-up Houston with NBA scoring leader James Harden and Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers guided by Magic Johnson or Philadelphia with young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.“If you have a chance to win in this league, you have to go for it,” said Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed the playoffs in Minnesota six consecutive years before joining the Cavaliers.“There has been so much overhaul and so many things have happened this year… there could be something interesting that comes up for this team.”Golden State’s success will spark imitators, Love warns.“Somebody has to try to dethrone these guys,” Love said. “I think you’ll see a number of guys, a lot of movement. That’s going to continue to happen until there’s some sort of parity.”‘Most owners would pay’Three NBA players — Phoenix’s Jared Dudley, Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford and Portland’s C.J. McCollum — put their LeBron speculation on Twitter.Crawford tweeted James needed “another superstar (and more) against this juggernaut” with Dudley saying “my money is on @dmorey” and “Houston! The Warriors done force his hand.”When McCollum mentioned salary cap and luxury tax issues, Dudley responded, “Houston can make room easier then a Ritz Carlton” and “Most owners would pay that for Bron CP and the Beard (James, Paul and Harden) for 3-4 yrs.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This has been one of the most challenging seasons of my career from the standpoint of what’s been going on with our ballclub,” James said.“I can go into more detail once this series is over. But it has been three or four or five seasons wrapped into one.”It’s a situation not unlike 2010 when James departed the Cavaliers to form a superteam in Miami with pals Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, winning two titles and losing two finals in four seasons.He returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 vowing to end Cleveland’s sports title drought, something he did by beating the Warriors in 2016 after 52 seasons since the 1964 NFL Browns won a title.READ: LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning“That was the best team I’ve ever played against,” James said of that Golden State squad. “They go 73-9 and then you add one of the best players the NBA has ever seen.”The Warriors responded to losing to Cleveland by adding superstar Kevin Durant and are now on the verge of back-to-back titles with him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green forming a powerful dynasty core.With free agency upcoming, rivals are looking to unite stars as well.“Every GM and every president and every coaching staff is trying to figure out how they can make up the right matchups to compete for a championship,” James said. Big player moves expected Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James might be playing his “last” game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the NBA superstar ponders becoming a free agent on July 1.James, who could opt out of his contract after the season, said Thursday he was “living the moment now” with Cleveland trailing Golden State 3-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals entering game four on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT A loss in his eighth consecutive finals would leave James 3-6 in career finals, his first being a 2007 sweep loss to San Antonio.READ: LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agencyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I felt like my first stint here I just didn’t have the level of talent to compete versus the best teams in the NBA,” James said.“Not only do you have to have the talent, you have to have the minds as well. I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn’t succeed getting past a Boston, the San Antonios of the league or whatever.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It’s a similar tale this year, James saying Thursday the Warriors simply have more talent than his Cavaliers.“Obviously from a talent perspective, top five to our top five, they’re stacked better than us, let’s just speak truth,” James said.READ: One more win: Durant lifts Warriors past Cavs for a 3-0 lead “The room for error against a team like this is slim to none. You make mistakes. They make you pay. They’re already more talented than you are. They also have the minds behind it.”With Kyrie Irving traded before the season to Boston, a revamped roster struggled and a second rebuild at the trade deadline has succeeded largely thanks to supreme efforts by James.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Ghana FA dissolved over corruptions allegations, risks FIFA ban View comments
The women, elders, paramount and clan chiefs of Grand Bassa County have distanced themselves from the recent petition of the Aggrieved Bassa Citizens (ABC), calling for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Etweda A. Cooper and Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adonie Z. Greaves. The Aggrieved Citizens want the Superintendent and her Assistant to resign for their alleged misappropriation of the County Ebola Fund (CEF).But the Governors of the county’s five districts, the Traditional Council Chairman and the County Supreme Grand Zoe have distanced themselves from the position of the Aggrieved Citizens. In a petition to the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus dated Monday, October 13, 2014, the Traditional Council Chairman and the County Supreme Grand Zoe argued that there is no substantial proof to the alleged mismanagement of the CEF.The Bassonians, under the name “Traditional Council of Grand Bassa,” also condemned the recent demonstration in Buchanan orchestrated by ABC.The ABC had staged several street protests in the county petitioning the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus to ensure the resignation for the Resignation of the two top officials, the Superintendent and her Assistant for Development on charges of embezzling over L$100,000, intended to be used to buy personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines, thermometers, chloride, buckets and other items for the fight against the deadly Ebola disease.However, the Bassa’s women, elders, paramount and clan chiefs as well as Governors and the Traditional Council Chairman said they are not a part of such plan. They argued that the anti-Ebola fight should supersede all personal or unsubstantiated claims.The Traditional Council of Grand Bassa, represented by Elder Isaac Toe, stated that the ABC’s petition, which called for the resignation of the county’s two top officials, on charges of alleged mismanagement of the County Ebola funds, has no foundation because these officials have not been investigated. The charges against them is, therefore, an unlawful attempt to undermine productivity, Elder Toe asserted.He and the Traditional Council maintained that any act of unlawfulness in the management of County Ebola Fund must be investigated by the General Auditing Commission to prove the alleged offense for appropriate action under the Law. Another county youth group, the Concerned Youth of Grand Bassa, also call on the county’s Legislators to join forces with the county government in the fight against Ebola “Our position is clear. In this Ebola crisis, we do not need any confusion and should be directing our full attention combating this deadly pestilence.Elder Toe further stated, “If there were anyone who has unlawfully mismanaged our County Ebola Funds, we think it is prudent to carry out investigations to ascertain the facts before taking an action against our leaders.”“In this regard, therefore,” he stated, “we do not support the argument of the ‘ABC’ who went against the organic laws and traditions of our county by organizing unauthorized demonstrations and street protests calling for immediate resignation of our County Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Development in the absence of substantial proof which in this case could best provided through an audit report.“We remain steadfast in our fight against Ebola and will never allow anything to divert our course.”House Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, receiving the Traditional Council’s petition on behalf of the Legislative Caucus, cautioned Bassa citizens to be civil and respectful in their dealings with officials of government.The Grand Bassa District # 1 Representative disclosed that people may disagree on issues of interest but does not in any way warrant gross disrespect to national leaders.District # 4 Representative Byron Brown challenge the Traditional Council to join forces with the Caucus in finding what he considers as common ground for peace and unity among the Bassa People.Representative Brown argued that one of the cardinal responsibilities of the Traditional Council is to initiate programs that will promote peaceful coexistence among the various groups in the county. For his part, Senate President Pro Tempore Gbehzonhgar Findley told the groups that their interventions were timely and lawmakers had no option but to work together for the common good of the citizens.The Grand Bassa Lawmaker said politics should take the back stage for now, while they confront the common enemy, Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Head coach James Salinsa Debbah and his technical team may not be joking these days and therefore national team players abroad wanting to be called to join the team must not be joking either.Examining Lone Star’s chances in the last four games, there is a high possibility that Liberia could qualify for the 2017 Afcon to be held in Gabon.To get closer to qualification, Lone Star must first take care of Djibouti on March 23, next year in Djibouti City. And with the level of commitment that the players exhibited against Tunisian that had beaten Djibouti 8-1, there is a bright chance that Liberia could consolidate its position by beating Djibouti at home.Beating Djibouti would improve Liberia’s chances to qualify, for the next match would be against Togo right here in Monrovia, in a tricky affair on July 3. And like the Djibouti story, the second hurdle must be cleared to consolidate Liberia’s chances than any of the contestants.The Lone Star technical team is saying that with the future looking so bright players that would be asked to make up the Lone Star team would be those who are active and on their first team list abroad.Playing against Togo at home is a tricky affair as I stated earlier. Please recall that in their first encounter in Lome, Liberia took the steam out of Togo when they took a 1-0 lead till their soccer daredevil Adebayor , who had promised victory for his country, proved prophetic, working overtime to bang in two quick goals before the end of the game.So it means that coming for the return-leg away from home, the Togolese are coming with some element of uncertainty and might fight to seek a draw. For if the Liberians could take the lead right in Lome, then it makes sense they could even do some damage before their home fans.True, the Togolese would be coming with Adebayor but if we can maintain the level of performance demonstrated against Tunisia at home, there is a chance that with effective policing of Adebayor on the field he could be made ineffective.So if Liberia could secure victory over Togo, what would remain is to bank the last hope on Djibouti in the return encounter in Monrovia because Liberia would play Tunisia on September 2, next year before the last match against Djibouti.If Lone Star could secure six points from Djibouti and Togo, and add the three points secured from Tunisia, Liberia would wait for the game to play out with Djibouti as the last sacrificial lamb to secure three more points for Gabon 2017.The above painstaking analysis demands Liberia Football Association and the Ministry of Youth & Sports to play their cards carefully and effectively because with such a bright prospect for Gabon 2017, we cannot accept lame excuses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SAN FRANCISCO – Springtime usually means good times in the housing industry, but this year it’s threatening to become a grim season of reckoning. Signs of a sobering slowdown emerged throughout March, ranging from gloomy forecasts among home builders to a growing number of high-risk borrowers struggling to make payments on exotic mortgages they probably couldn’t afford in the first place. The latest flare came this week as Lennar Corp., one of the nation’s largest home builders, reported a 73 percent drop in its first-quarter profit and warned that its results for the remainder of the year won’t live up to previous expectations. The bleak news threatens to weigh on already drooping home prices, a factor that could undermine potential sales: prospective sellers may hold off on selling in hopes of a turnaround, while prospective buyers may procrastinate in hopes of getting an even better deal later in the year. The additional dent in home sales could further undermine the overall economy, eroding demand for home furnishings and materials for renovations. Reflecting the worries about the growing threat to the overall economy, economist Steven Cochrane says the risk of recession beginning later this year is increasing. He estimates there is a 25 percent chance of a recession within six months, up from 20 percent in February. “Things seem to be snowballing very quickly,” said Cochrane, a senior economist with Moody’s Economy.com. “It’s going to be a weak spring.” Investors on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are turning more pessimistic, too. A housing futures index tracking 10 major U.S. cities is now projecting January 2008 prices in those markets will be down 5.1 percent from early 2007. At the end of February, the same futures index put together by Tradition Financial Services had forecast a 3.7 percent drop. “This isn’t going to be over in a year,” predicted Yale University economics professor Robert Shiller, who helped create the housing index. “Housing prices could be declining for years and years.” Other veteran market observers are more sanguine. “We don’t think the market is in that bad of shape,” said John Karevoll, an industry analyst for DataQuick Information Systems. “It’s just not in as good shape as it was two years ago.” Some real estate markets are holding up remarkably well. In Southern California, for instance, a midpriced home sold for a record high of $495,000 in February, a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to DataQuick. Although the numbers haven’t been crunched yet, Karevoll believes Southern California home prices reached another new high during March. Nationally, by contrast, a midpriced existing home sold for $212,800 in February, down 1.3 percent from last year. The good times in California probably won’t last much longer, according to a quarterly index that measures the risk of a real estate downturn. The index, compiled by PMI Mortgage Insurance Co., estimates there’s more than a 50 percent chance that home prices will fall during the next two years in eight California markets, including the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. The somber outlook marks a dramatic shift from the euphoria that prevailed in 2005. Years of steadily rising home prices had spawned a giddy, greed-driven atmosphere that seemed to make people forget about a basic law of economic gravity: what goes up eventually comes down.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The government is reminding those having fires to use caution to ensure no human-made fires are created this Canada Day long weekend.Campfires are permitted in all 6 of the province’s fire centres, but category 2 and category 3 are banned in many parts of BC to help reduce any risk of wildfires as well as protect public safety.Current burning restrictions can be found here.- Advertisement -Local governments may also have their own burning restrictions in place. The government is reminding everyone to check with local authorities before you light a fire of any size. The use of fireworks is also banned in many parts of BC.This season, there has already been 427 wildfires reported. 288 of those were human-caused. The government says human-caused fires are very preventable and unnecessary. They say it takes away from resources that could be being used to fight wildfires that occurred naturally.The government has these tips to help reduce the risk of a wildfire:Advertisement Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.Campfires can not be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.Maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.Never leave a campfire unattended.Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson says there are a few main rules before you walk away from your campfire to remember.“Anyone planning to go camping or head into the backcountry this weekend must be extremely careful with any use of open fire. Campfires must be completely extinguished and the ashes must be cold to the touch before you leave the area.”
Wojciech Szczesny 1 Roma have confirmed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his finger.The Poland international, who is currently on a season-long loan with the Italian club, suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.Szczesny was forced to leave the field after the incident and will now undergo further tests to assess the damage.“Medical tests have revealed Wojciech Szczesny dislocated the ring finger in his left hand during this evening’s Champions League tie with Catalan side Barcelona,” a statement on the Roma website read.“The Polish goalkeeper was forced to leave the field after injuring the finger in a challenge with Luis Suarez in the 50th minute of the game.“He will undergo further tests in the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.”
John Sweeney who was jailed at Letterkenny District Court for ramming a Garda patrol car.A man who rammed a Garda patrol car when driving on a cocktail of alcohol and drugs has been sentenced to 23 months in prison.John Sweeney had the last six months of the sentence suspended at Letterkenny District Court after pleading guilty to up to 30 offences. The court heard that he already had 32 previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly heard that Sweeney caused more than €3,300 damage to a patrol car after a pursuit through Letterkenny.The charges included dangerous driving, drink driving, theft, burglary and causing criminal damage.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court gardaí were forced to pursue Sweeney, 21, through Letterkenny at 5.30am on October 14th last.Sweeney reached speeds of more than 120kph and drove the wrong way around roundabouts before he burst a tyre and travelled on bare rims.He overtook an ambulance and rammed the Garda car on at least two occasions.He was eventually stopped by gardaí after he crashed into a ditch and gardaí were forced to use their pepper spray on him.He later told gardaí he had taken vodka and valium tablets on the night in question.The court also heard how he stole a handbag, phone and a car from a house on College Road in Letterkenny.He also admitted smashing a window at a Subway restaurant in Letterkenny on August 23rd last causing €840 worth of damage.Defence solicitor Patrick Gallagher said Sweeney had a very difficult upbringing and has been using drugs and alcohol since the age of 12.He said his client accepts that the dangerous driving on October 14th “was lunacy”.Sentencing Sweeney, Judge Kelly said the most recent offences had been committed while he was on bail.He said the driving on the night of October 14th was “one of the most outrageous examples of dangerous, reckless and utterly reprehensible driving that I have witnessed”.The judge said that despite efforts by Sweeney to improve his situation the driving charges could only be met with a custodial sentence.Judge Kelly sentenced Sweeney to a total of 23 months in prison, with the last six months suspended. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.MAN JAILED AFTER RAMMING GARDAI WHILE HIGH ON DRUGS was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 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:courtdrugsGardaJohn Sweeneypatrol carramming
Mayo 3.14 Donegal 1.12Goals win matches and that certainly was the case today in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny as a brace of goals for Mayo in a couple of minutes early in the second half effectively killed this game off as a contest.Donegal showed signs of early season rustiness in their first outing in this National League Division 2B encounter. In the first half it was only the excellent free taking of Mc Cumhaills Lee Henderson that kept them in touch. Mayo led at half time 1.7 to 0.8.Donegal started the second half brightly and another long range free from Henderson reduced the gap to a single point, but all was to change in the next few minutes as Mayo rattled home two goals.Midway through the second half the Connacht men led 3.09 to 0.10 but credit to Donegal they never gave up and battled gamely to the end.With less than 5 minutes to go Aodh Ruadh’s Eddie Lynch drilled the ball to the net but unfortunately it was a case of too little too late. Mayo finished the scoring with a last minute point to run out comfortable winners by 8 points. It was a big step up in standard but Donegal more than held their own, those couple of minutes lack of concentration cost them dearly.It was an encouraging start to the season considering Donegal lined out without regulars Danny Cullen, Sean Mc Veigh and Paddy Hannigan they also lost captain Joe Boyle mid way through the 1st half due to a recurring groin injury.Best for Donegal were Paul Sheridan, Lee Henderson and Ciaran Matthewson.Next up for Donegal is a trip to the Athletic Grounds in Armagh next Sunday to play the Orchard men. MAYO GOALS PROVE DECISIVE AGAINST DONEGAL HURLERS was last modified: February 15th, 2015 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:donegalHURLINGMayo
RESIDENTS of a small East Donegal village have won their battle with Donegal County Council to have their potholed roads fixed once and for all.Motorists and walkers in and around St.Johnston have been driven crazy by more than 300 craters which have made their lives hell for the past two years.Some of the holes are as deep as a foot leading parents to keep their children locked indoors because it was not safe to play outside or walk to friend’s houses. A delegation of residents from the Drumatoland/Castledooey area decided they had enough recently and threatened to sue the council if action was not taken.The fed-up residents had gone to a number of local public representatives who made representations on their behalf.And a recent investigation by donegaldail.com made national headlines when our story was featured on RTE, the BBC and Newstalk radio.Now it has been revealed that the residents battle may soon be over after engineers called to a number of local homes to hear the plight of residents and to examine the roads. And the Donegal County Council employees have promised that action WILL be taken to do away with the ‘road from hell.’As well as many potholes being filled, various stretches of the road are to be completely resurfaced because they are that bad.Chairman of the local resident’s committee Joe Boland said he was delighted the matter looked like it was now being sorted.“We are very happy that the council engineers have called out and it looks like the matter is being addressed once and for all.“We were only looking for what we thought we were entitled to and that was a decent road. “The pictures didn’t lie – we simply couldn’t go on using a road like this. It wasn’t fair on anybody including motorists and young children.“We would like to thank the various public representatives who bothered to try and help us. Hopefully the matter will be sorted soon and our children can enjoy decent roads as the summer arrives,” he said.EndsRESIDENTS WIN POTHOLE WAR WITH DONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL AS NEW ROAD UPGRADE IS PROMISED was last modified: April 24th, 2011 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:potholesSt Johnston