first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Sir Andy Roberts said the government in his native Antigua & Barbuda should have purchased the Sticky Wicket Ground on its own. The West Indies fast bowling legend said the government made a mistake when it purchased the venue – formerly owned by convicted American fraudster Allen Stanford – jointly with the West Indies Cricket Board. Sir Andy said the government should have bought the property solely and leased it to the regional governing body, while using it as a key plank in the development of the game in the two-island state through its national academy programme. “That would have been the best place to house the Four Knights Academy,” said Sir Andy. “If the WICB wants to use the facilities, then so be it, but I do not think that the WICB should have owned that place because we need somewhere to develop our players. “We have nowhere to develop our players at the moment. You can’t overuse the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground where you have three practise pitches and you can’t use them for more than a week hence, you need other areas with practise facilities.” The Gaston Browne-led administration announced that it would underwrite 50 per cent of the estimated US$6 million purchase price for the property.last_img read more

first_imgThe tournament will feature seven teams from cities such as Grande Prairie, Prince George, Fairview and Grimshaw.The first game of the tournament will take place on Friday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m., with the finals being played at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan.15.The tournament opening game will feature host Fort St. John taking Grimshaw.- Advertisement -The tournament will also pay homage to VE Brandl, who will be celebrating 50 years in business. As part of the celebration, Vic Brandl or one of his sons will be dropping the puck at the tournament’s opening game.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, eight non-profit groups made a request to Council for a total of $548,000 in Base Budget Grants for 2020.Funding from the Base Budget Grants helps ease the financial strain that non-profit organizations face such as operating costs and facility improvements.The eight non-profit groups to request for grants include the Fort St. John Curling Club, the Fort St. John Public Library, NEAT, the Women’s Resource Society, Tourism Fort St. John, the Community Arts Council, the North Peace Historical Society, and the North Peace Justice Society.- Advertisement -The largest amount to be requested is from the Library for $425,000. The amount requested is to hire technical support staff in order to assist patrons with their technological needs.All requests for Base Budget Grants can be found on the City’s website.last_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal are not expecting to sign a striker on deadline day, with a defender the priority for Arsene Wenger.Supporters have been calling for the club to sign a forward after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the New Year with a fractured tibia.But it seems unlikely they will bring in a frontman, with Arsene Wenger putting his faith in Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and the returning Theo Walcott.There were reports Arsenal had made a late bid for Falcao but club sources insist that was not the case due to the high prices involved in a potential deal.And instead they are focussed on finding cover in defence and defensive midfield.The club has just six front-line defenders in their squad, and are keen to bring in reinforcements there rather than up front.Ignasi Miquel is expected to join Norwich and one or two youngsters will leave on loan over the next week or so – although Chuba Akpom, who scored a hat-trick for Arsenal’s Under-21 side last week, has been told by Wenger that he will stay at the club. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER — The Whittier Area Macintosh Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Temple Beth Shalom, 14579 Mulberry Drive. Parking is at the rear entrance. The group answers questions and has demonstrations. This month it will demonstrate inexpensive and free programs. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (562) 943-4919. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The gunman is described as a Latino male in his 20s, who was driving a small red car, Hall said. Accident pins man underneath vehicle WHITTIER — Three police officers and several citizens lifted a car off a man pinned under the car’s tires, Whittier police said Monday. The man was riding a bike on Whittier Boulevard at 5 p.m. Saturday when he suddenly changed lanes and was struck by a car, said Whittier police Officer Alan dela Pena. Officers arrived and quickly recruited the help of people standing nearby, who lifted the car off of the man, dela Pena said. He was then taken to USC-Medical Center in a helicopter. The man was not identified, but is expected to live, dela Pena said. East Whittier robbery may be gang-related WEST WHITTIER — Two suspected gang members robbed a convenience store customer Monday, initiating a police chase, but they got away, authorities said. Deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station responded to the 12:30 p.m. call at a convenience store near Pioneer Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, assisted by Whittier Police Department officers, deputies said. Although numerous deputies and officers were helped by a helicopter in the search, the robbers evaded arrest, possibly by running across the freeway, officials said. Pico Rivera offers free firewood, mulch PICO RIVERA — Residents can pick up free mulch and firewood, depending on availability, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Whittier Fertilizer Co., 9441 Kruse Road. Bring your own container to receive up to 33 gallons of free cover mulch for your lawn and garden. For more information, call the city’s Anytime Line at (562) 801-2489, Ext. 3522. Internet safety topic of church program PICO RIVERA — Parents are encouraged to attend a seminar on Internet safety and drug awareness at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pico Rivera Bible Church, 4945 Deland Ave. The free educational presentation will provide parents with tips for monitoring and securing their children’s online viewing, as well as strategies to keep children safe from drugs. For more information, call Deputy Armando Alvarado at (562) 946-7995, Ext. 3027. Fall festival nears in La Mirada LA MIRADA — La Mirada will host its annual fall festival from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The festival will feature entertainment by the Country Plus Band, a pumpkin ring toss, seed spitting, a scavenger hunt, and hog-calling and pumpkin-decorating contests. A barbecue lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for a $2 donation. Reservations should be made by Oct. 18 by calling (562) 947-8787. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Detectives seeking witnesses to killing WEST WHITTIER — Sheriff’s homicide detectives were seeking leads Monday into a homicide in West Whittier that occurred at about 3 p.m. Sept. 22 on Vicki Drive. Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier was confronted by another man while Rubio was driving north on Vicki Drive, said Detective Barry Hall. The two men argued, and the other driver shot Rubio in the upper body before speeding away. Rubio continued driving and stopped in the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School, 8140 Vicki Drive, where he was discovered by authorities.last_img read more

first_imgSC Villa have lost just a single game this season. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueOnduparaka FC vs SC VillaGreen Light Stadium, AruaMonday, 18-11-2019 @4pmSC Villa will be hoping to consolidate third spot when they take on Onduparaka FC at the Green Light Stadium in Arua on Monday afternoon.The Jogoos have been one of the surprises of the season having just about escaped relegation last season.They have managed 24 points from their first 13 games and a win over Onduparaka on Monday will see them move to within 2 points of second-placed BUL FC.Having played two games less than the Jinja based side, Villa have a chance of ending the first round in second, something that will be taken an achievement, especially after a troubled pre-season.With things falling in place on the pitch, there is however some bad news off it.It is understood that the players have not been paid fr over four months and were threatening not to travel to Arua on Sunday. After a meeting amongst themselves, they agreed to play the remaining two games and then execute their sit-down.For Onduparaka, they have blown hot and cold in the last 9 games.In that period, they have won just three games and their dreams of mounting a serious title challenge has faded away.However, they sit just a point behind Villa at the start of the day and a victory on Monday will see them climb into second.Match FactsThis will be the 7th meeting between the two sides since they first met in October 2016.None of the past six meetings between them has ended in a draw with either side winning on three occasions.Last season, Onduparaka defeated Villa home and away, including a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture.Onduparaka enters the contest having won just two of their past 8 games (D2 L4).The Caterpillers have lost only one of their 7 home games this season (W4 D2).SC Villa has been in good form lately and enter the contest without losing a game in their last 12 fixtures (W6 D6).Away from home, Edward Kaziba’s side has lost only one of their six games this campaign (W3 D2).Comments Tags: Edward Kazibaonduparaka fcSC VillaUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgA number of Donegal people were left terrified last night after two gunmen opened fire outside the National Stadium in Dublin.Just before 10pm last night, the gunmen got out of a car on the South Circular Road and fired shots, causing fear among those who were attending the National U22 and U18 Championships in the stadium.The IABA has strongly condemned the attack which it says has nothing to do with the sport and boxing continues today at the stadium. “It was so scary, people were just running around screaming and we hard there were shots fired,” one Donegal boxing fan, who was at the Stadium said. “It’s not something you expect when you go to watch the boxing.”The shooting has been linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud, which has claimed 14 lives.One person was taken to St James’ Hospital and another was treated at the scene.A Garda spokesperson said: “A car pulled up and two people got out and fired shots. “One person was treated at the scene while the other was taken to James’ Hospital.“Neither suffered life threatening injuries – one was shot in the hand and the other in the leg or foot.”Donegal boxers Labhaoise Clarke and Matthew McCole are due in U22 final action today at the National Stadium.Donegal people caught up in shooting near National Stadium in Dublin was last modified: January 28th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgChelsea’s defeat at Leicester in December ended Jose Mourinho’s second spell in chargeKick-off: 3pm, Sunday 15 May 2016Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)Match in a nutshell: Twelve years after being sacked by Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri returns to Stamford Bridge to a guard of honour for his Premier League champions – while Guus Hiddink takes charge of the Blues for the final time.Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin), Diego Costa (hamstring), John Terry (suspended).Fitness test: Branislav Ivanovic (groin).LEICESTER CITYRuled out: Robert Huth (suspended). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Mikel, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Tomori, Ivanovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Palmer, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Falcao, Pato, Abraham.Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.Subs from: Schwarzer, Hamer, Chilwell, Moore, Inler, King, Amartey, James, Gray, Schlupp, Dyer, Ulloa, Dodoo. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D L D W L (5 points)Home: D L D D W (6 points)Leicester total: W D W D W (11 points)Away: D W W W L (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 16; Willian 11; Oscar 8, Pedro 8; Hazard 6; Fabregas 5; Cahill 4, Traore 4; Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Matic 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Leicester: Vardy 24; Mahrez 18; Okazaki 6, Ulloa 6; Dodoo 4; Huth 3, King 3; Albrighton 2, Morgan 2; De Laet 1, Drinkwater 1, Dyer 1, Kante 1, Kramaric 1, Schlupp 1, Wasilewski 1.Last five meetings14 December 2015: Leicester 2 Chelsea 129 April 2015: Leicester 1 Chelsea 323 August 2014: Chelsea 2 Leicester 018 March 2012: Chelsea 5 Leicester 231 October 2007: Chelsea 4 Leicester 3Chelsea 4 wins, Leicester 1 win, 0 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors, sunny climate, cultural diversity and reputation for delivering value for money have made it one of the world’s fastest growing leisure – and business – travel destinations.South Africa’s spectacular scenery, friendly people, world-class infrastructure make it one of the most desired destinations in the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe country is highly diverse in terms of its climate, culture, tourist activities and infrastructure, catering for every tourism niche, from business, eco- and cultural tourism through to adventure, sport and paleo-tourism.Tourism and the economyBusiness tourismCultural tourismEco-tourismPaleo-tourismAdventure tourismSports tourismDeveloping sectors Tourism and the economyTourism is regarded as a modern-day engine of growth and is one of the largest industries globally. In 2012, G20 heads of state recognised tourism as a driver of growth and development, as well as a sector that has the potential to spur global economic recovery.South Africa has earmarked tourism as a key sector with excellent potential for growth: the government aims to increase tourism’s contribution, both direct and indirectly, to the economy from the 2009 baseline of R189,4-billion (7.9% of GDP) to R499-billion by 2020 (National Department of Tourism, 2012). Tourism supports one in every 12 jobs in South Africa.South Africa’s spectacular scenery, friendly people, world-class infrastructure make it one of the most desired destinations in the world. The sector was given a massive boost by the successful hosting of the World Cup in 2010, when the country received a record-breaking 8.1-million foreign visitors. Despite tough global economic conditions, tourism grew in 2011, with 8.3-million international tourists.The regional African tourist market is South Africa’s important tourist markets, contributing more than 73% of total tourist arrivals and more than R50-billion in revenue in 2011.Domestic tourism is also an important source of revenue and employment, contributing 52% of total tourism consumption. Cruise and rural tourism are focus growth areas.A labour-intensive sector, with a supply chain that links across sectors, tourism is a priority sector in the government’s planning and policy frameworks – it is one of the six job drivers of the New Growth Path framework.The National Tourism Sector Strategy, launched in 2011, aims to ensure the sector realises its full potential in terms of job creation, social inclusion, services exports and foreign exchange earnings, fostering a better understanding between peoples and cultures, and green transformation.South Africa plans to grow tourism by allowing travellers to move more freely and efficiently. Measures would include e-visas, regional visa schemes, and visa waiver programmes between key source markets.Tourism service excellence standards have been devised and implemented by the SA Bureau of Standards and the National Department of Tourism.Business tourismSouth Africa is a popular destination for business travellers, who spend on average three times more than their leisure counterparts while crossing over significantly into leisure travel themselves, through tours before or after their business activities and through return trips in subsequent years.With its first-world infrastructure, balmy climate and breathtaking scenery – not to mention acres of golf courses – South Africa is an ideal location for international congresses and conventions.The country has well over 1 000 world-class conference and exhibition venues, ranging from intimate bush hideaways to large-scale, hi-tech convention centres. All of these offer a wealth of leisure activities, side-tours and events: from walking with elephants to first-hand experiences of African culture to luxury shopping and relaxation.The country has set up the National Conventions Bureau to help it secure more international conferences, an excellent source of foreign tourists and revenue. The conference industry is in 37th place in the International Congress and Convention Association’s top-100 list of leading destinations in the world, released in 2012.Conferences and expos in South AfricaCultural tourismSouth Africa is home to diverse cultures, ranging from the Zulus who resisted European conquest to the nomadic San of the Karoo desert. Each culture has evolved its own distinctive art forms, music and traditional rituals, while the descendants of colonial settlers have evolved variations of their European roots.South Africa’s history has been one of confrontation, but is now also known as one of reconciliation. World-class sites have been established to commemorate the country’s past and celebrate its new-found unity, while the number and quality of cultural villages, community and township tours has grown dramatically.World HeritageWe’re home to eight World Heritage sites, places of “outstanding value to humanity”.Four of South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites are cultural sites, while one is a mixed cultural/natural site. These are: Robben Island, the Cradle of Humankind, the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.South African cultural experiencesEco-tourismSouth Africa’s diverse climates range from tropical in the south-east to desert in the central region. The scenery runs the gamut from spectacular mountain ranges to vast grass plains, from coastline to meandering rivers to desert dunes. The country’s wildlife is far more varied than just the celebrated “Big Five”, and is supported by an extraordinary biological diversity.Three of South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites are natural sites, while one is a mixed cultural/natural site. These are the Cape Floral Region, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Vredefort Dome, and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.South Africa is leading the way in one of the boldest cross-border initiatives currently unfolding in southern Africa, the development of transfrontier parks.There are 19 national parks, including the world-famous 20 000km2 Kruger National Park. The country’s terrestrial protected areas stand at around 6.9%, according to a World Bank report published in 2012. Marine protected areas make up around 11%.The country’s private game lodges range in standard from middle to very upmarket, with ultra-luxury lodges catering almost exclusively to foreign tourists.South African wildlife experiencesPaleo-tourismSouth Africa boasts numerous sites of great archaeological significance. The best known of these are the Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai sites that make up the Cradle of Humankind, one of the world’s richest concentrations of hominid fossils.Others include the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, host to the largest and most concentrated series of rock art paintings in Africa, and the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, site of an ancient and sophisticated African kingdom that long predated European colonisation. These are all Unesco World Heritage sites.World heritage in South AfricaAdventure tourismBeing at the southern tip of a large continent, South Africa offers 3 000 kilometres of coastline along with breathtaking mountains – often side by side. The country’s diverse terrain, together with a climate suited to outdoor activities, make it an ideal hunting ground for adrenaline seekers.South Africa offers world-class climbing, surfing, diving, hiking, horseback safaris, mountain biking, river rafting – and just about any other extreme activity you can name, all supported by dedicated operators.Adventure experiences in South AfricaSports tourismWorld-class venues and supporting infrastructure, top international events, and South Africans’ passion for sport combine to make the country a huge drawcard for sports fans.More than 10% of foreign tourists come to South Africa to watch or participate in sport events, with spectators accounting for 60% to 80% of these arrivals.There are numerous world-class sporting events on South Africa’s calendar every year, such as the Cape Argus Cycle Race and the 89km Comrades marathon. The country has proved that it can successfully pull off the really big events, which have included the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the 2003 Cricket World Cup, and the biggest of them all, the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Developing sectorsWine tourism is one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market. In 2009, wine tourism contributed an estimated R4,3 billion to South Africa’s tourism revenue.Wine and gourmet tourism could help the wine industry offset the international volatility it experiences, as well as play a role in terms of South Africa’s goal of increasing the geographic spread of tourism.Medical tourism, where people seek medical treatment in another country, is a fast-growing sector. Most medical tourists come to South Africa for cosmetic surgery, but the country’s skilled surgeons can also provide organ transplants; cardiac, orthopaedic and obesity surgery; and dentistry.Rural tourism is a priority area for government. The departments of Tourism and Rural Development and Land Reform have developed strategic interventions to allow poor communities better access to revenues generated by the tourism market.Source: South African YearbookReviewed 7 December 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more