National Women’s League revived

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first_imgThe forces behind starting the league are former women soccer players and individuals who are passionate about the sport. The all women board members comprise of Justice Catherine Davani, Jennifer Popat, business woman, Janet Sios; National Gaming Control Board chief executive officer, Imelda Agon, Dakan Doiwa and Richanda Kassman.The concept of the league is to develop a high-level women’s competition and to encourage clubs to develop a professional approach to administrating of the game. So far, preparations are underway behind the scenes to build an elite, amateur, competitive women’s national competition in the country.Papua New Guinea Football Association will provide K100, 000 to kick start the Women’s League while the Board will raise the rest.The board’s emphasis is on women’s football development as an important element not only in PNG, ultimately in the Oceania Region, but to address the many social issues we face.”Domestic violence, health issues, gender bias and access to education are sometimes limited but with increasing numbers of women participating in football we can address some of these challenges.The PNG women’s national soccer team has long held the status of being number one in the Pacific claiming four Gold medals and to compliment that status, we have to sustain the level of competition.”PNGFA president David Chung in his remarks during the meeting said the board should drive football for women in the country with the Premier League as the flagship.“The board is empowered under the regulation approved by the PNGFA Executive Committee and uses the regulations to develop football in all its aspects in administration, coaching and refereeing.”Chung encourages women to manage football themselves by coaching football teams and officiate in women’s league – PNG Football Association will assist within the technical areas but the women must come forward and offer their abilities to progress and promote women’s football.He further offered the availability of the PNG U20 Women Coach Lisa Cole, in her current capacity to offer assistance to the Board in technical capacity building in a way forward after the World Cup.He also stated that Kimbe Technical Centre is earmarked as the centre for women’s football development – from coaching, camps and anything regarding women’s football development.The board will have their formal meeting in the coming weeks to set out a roadmap to getting the League off the ground in 2017.last_img read more

JACK’S CRACKING IDEA HATCHES TOP AWARD AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION

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first_imgFianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin pictured with teacher Rachel McGuiness and Jack McDermott from Moville Community College, Co Donegal with their project titled ‘ To Investigate if the shape of an egg affects the hatch rate in chickens’ at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS. The 2015 Exhibition received its highest ever number of entries, over 2000 projects from more than 360 schools across Ireland. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.AN INISHOWEN student took silver in the BT Young Scientist of the Year awards in Dublin.Jack McDermott, a 4th year student at Moville Community College took second spot in the Biological and Ecological category with his investigation to see if the shape of an egg affects the hatch rate in chickens.The 17-year-old was the only Inishowen student in the finals, held in the RDS. Jack has an incubator at home in Moville and used his own chickens for the project, in order to track genetics.He wanted to know if there were differences between hatches and set about dividing the eggs into two groups – ‘regular-shaped’ eggs with no defects and irregular-shaped eggs with defects.Jack said he hoped his findings – that regular-shaped eggs hatch better – would improve the hatch rate in chickens.He was ‘over the moon’ with his award, he said. “Jack’s project is very interesting and he came up with the idea himself. Looking at the bigger picture, his research findings could aid charities such as Bothar (who supply families with chickens) in ensuring they have a more successful hatch,” said teacher Rachel McGuinness.JACK’S CRACKING IDEA HATCHES TOP AWARD AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION was last modified: January 10th, 2015 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:BT Young ScientistJack McDermottMoville Community Collegelast_img read more

DRUNKEN MAN REFUSED TO GO HOME AND TRIED TO GET GARDAÍ NUMBER

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first_imgA man who was highly intoxicated outside Voodoo – and who refused to heed directions from Gardaí to go home has been fined €150.Patrick Douglas, 44, with an address at 26 Booterstown, Dunmore Road, Waterford was charged with being intoxicated in a public place – and refused to give Gardaí his name and address.Gardaí observed Mr Douglas in a highly intoxicated state outside Voodoo Venue. Gardaí asked Mr Douglas to move on and go home – but Mr Douglas refused and starting to heed any directions from Gardaí.The court heard that all Mr Douglas seemed interested in was getting the Gardaí identification number of Garda Gerard James Fee.His behaviour became more erratic and when he refused to leave the area – Garda Fee had no other option but to the arrest the defendant.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher told the court that Mr Douglas deeply regretted the incident – and was unreservedly apologetic for how he behaved.Patsy Gallagher said, “He had travelled up for his brother’s 40th party – and he consumed a significant amount of alcohol.“His behaviour was totally out of character for him – and he has absolutely no recollection of the night in question.“He has acknowledged his behaviour was unacceptable and realises he should have had more sense.The court also heard that Mr Douglas was a qualified site engineer and owns his own company.He had been in contact regularly with Garda Fee and had travelled up from Waterford for today’s case.Judge Paul Kelly fined him €150 and ordered to pay it to St Vincent De Paul.DRUNKEN MAN REFUSED TO GO HOME AND TRIED TO GET GARDAÍ NUMBER was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsnewslast_img read more

JUDGE ASKS LEGAL TEAMS TO ‘GET THEIR HEADS TOGETHER’ IN BUNCRANA ROAD CRASH CASE

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first_imgA Judge has asked legal teams to “get their heads together” in an effort to allow one of Ireland’s most serious alleged dangerous driving cases to go ahead.Judge John O’Hagan said he understood that all those involved in the case of eight people killed in a Co Donegal road crash in 2010 were anxious to have the case heard.Shaun Kelly, 23, of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with dangerous driving. Mr Kelly’s barrister Peter Nolan raised the issue and said the Kelly family were anxious for the case to proceed.He said he had requested information from the State on previous occasions but said this had not been completely forthcoming.“I want to put on record that there is a disquiet with Mrs Kelly,” he said.Counsel for the State, Ms Patricia McLaughlin, said all efforts are being made to get the case ready as soon as possible.The court was told that the case will take between four and five days.Judge O’Hagan addressed all members of those affected by the case stating “All the pieces have to be put in place before the trial can proceed and hopefully as quickly as possible.”The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Eamon McDaid, 22 of Ballymagan, Buncrana, Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany; Mark McLaughlin (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.The horrific crash happened at Meenaduff between Buncrana and Clonmany.JUDGE ASKS LEGAL TEAMS TO ‘GET THEIR HEADS TOGETHER’ IN BUNCRANA ROAD CRASH CASE was last modified: April 23rd, 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:Buncrana crasheight deathsJUdge John O’HaganShaun Kellylast_img read more

NOONAN ARTICLE ON BANKS IS A ‘SURRENDER LETTER’ – DOHERTY

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first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has labelled Minister Michael Noonan’s article in today’s press on the future of Ireland’s banks as a “surrender letter”.Deputy Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty said article today from Minister Noonan is an attempt to turn a clear defeat into some sort of victory.“In effect it is a surrender letter. In June 2012 we were told there had been a seismic shift and Ireland was in line for special treatment. Now that lie has been exposed. Ireland will get no break from the EU. The government has surrendered on the issue of the EU, through the ESM paying the Irish people back. “Even the incredible spin today from Minister Noonan does not stand up. In a telling line the Minister admits his plan is subject to “economic and trading conditions continu(ing) to improve over the next decade or so”.“This is a very optimistic take but in any case the true cost to the Irish people of backing and AIB, Bank of Ireland and PTSB goes beyond the up-front cost. It is directly linked to the austerity budgets, to the cuts to our health service and to water charges.“The government was always going to have the option of selling the banks to the market at the whim of the market. Like he has done on mortgage distress, bankers’ pay and the Anglo/IBRC debt Minister Noonan has failed utterly to stand up for the Irish people and demand the people’s money back. He has surrendered to the EU once again. Ireland deserves a better champion.”NOONAN ARTICLE ON BANKS IS A ‘SURRENDER LETTER’ – DOHERTY was last modified: January 12th, 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)last_img read more

UPL: Ibrahim Kiyemba scores own-goal as Wakiso Giants succumb to first home loss

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first_imgAction between Wakiso Giants and Bul FC on Saturday. (PHOTO/Wakiso Giants).Uganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giants 0-1 Bul FCKabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, WakisshaSaturday, 14-09-2019Former SC Villa and Vipers SC defender Ibrahim Kiyemba was the villain as Bul FC stunned Wakiso Giants 1-0 in the Uganda Premier League.Kiyemba scored the only goal of the game but it was in the wrong net, to hand Bul a third victory of the season.With both side preparing for the interval, the Wakiso Giants center-half deflected Charles Sebutinde’s cross past custodian Derrick Emukule and into the back of the net.The loss is Wakiso’s first at home this season having beaten both URA FC and Tooro United at the same venue earlier.This is also their second defeat of the season after losing 1-0 away to KCCA FC in their maiden clash of campaign.Having also drawn with Bright Stars earlier in the week, the Purple Sharks have now dropped eight points from their first 5 games.For Bul, this was a perfect response to losing 3-0 in the Jinja Derby on Wednesday.They looked motivated from the on-set with James Otim pulled an effort wide from just inside the area.Sebutinde was unlucky not to open the scoring as he saw an effort kiss the cross bar after he was teed up by Deogracious Ojok.Bul now climb into 4th on the log with 9 points having also beaten Express FC and Police FC on match-day one and two respectively.In their next fixtures, Wakiso Giants are away to Onduparaka FC on October 2nd, a day after Bul host Maroons at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.How both teams startedWakiso GiantsDerrick Emukule, Muwadda Kateregga, Simon Namwanja, Fahad Kawooya (C), Ibrahim kiyemba, Hakim senkumba, Tom Masiko, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Geoffrey Sserunkuma, Lawrence BukenyaBul FCEric kibowa, Dennis Okot (C), Richard Matovu, Walter Ochora, Musa Walangalira Geoffrey Akol, James Otim, Jimmy Kulaba, Deogracious Ojok, Charles Ssebutinde, Robert MukongotyaThe other results on Saturday-Vipers SC 2-2 Mbarara City FC-Maroons FC 3-2 Bright Stars FC-Busoga United 0-1 Onduparaka FCComments Tags: Bul FCCharles SebutindeIbrahim KiyembaUganda Premier LeagueWakiso Giantslast_img read more

Comings and goings mooted

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first_imgBlackburn are looking to sign Andrew Johnson from Fulham, the Daily Mirror say.QPR are also interested in the striker, whose contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire at the end of the season.Johnson has been tipped to leave Fulham in January.The Mirror also suggest that a second Chinese club are keen on Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.The Ivorian has been linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua, who recently signed Nicolas Anelka from the Blues. But Guangzhou Evergrande are also now believed to be interested.And the Daily Express say Florent Malouda is ready to leave Chelsea for Paris St Germain.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim that QPR are among a number of clubs that have been offered the chance to sign former Newcastle defender Jean Alain Boumsong. The 32-year-old is currently with Greek side Panathinikos but is apparently keen to return to England.The Mail also suggest that Bolton will beat Aston Villa to the loan signing of highly-rated Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The global reputation and competitiveness of South African cities

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first_imgSouth Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace and its major cities are taking the most strain. They may be affordable and possess a healthy job market, but numerous challenges keep them from competing with the world’s megacities. Brand South Africa presents its findings on South Africa’s cities based on the 2015 City Brands Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index.By Dr Petrus de Kock & Ms Leigh-Gail PetersenThis research note update focuses on findings from recent studies that provide insight into the profile of South African cities from both a global reputation/awareness, and competitiveness point of view. The studies analysed include the 2015 City Brand Index and the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index. Read the full research note.The first section briefly outlines the critical role cities and metro’s play in not only national, but also the global economy.According to data from Statistics South Africa, as well as the World Bank, it is safe to say that South Africa’s population is urbanised at a rate of anywhere between 60 and 64%. From a demographic and economic point of view, cities therefore play a crucial role in the country’s human, economic and social development. From a reputation point of view the table below presents the rankings of South African cities in the 2015 City Brand Index.From a city profile point of view, the following associations with South African cities emerge from the City Brand Index (CBI). All three South African cities are most associated with:Natural beauty, followed byCultural diversity.It is also positive that the People of South Africa’s cities are described most prominently as:Hard working,Respectful of traditions, andTo a lesser extent “happy” and “easy-going.”People from Cape Town are seen as “energetic”.In terms of city competitiveness, the 2015 African City Growth Index shows that the South African cities measured in the index have strong infrastructural and governance features that make them attractive. However, some challenges faced by South African cities are noted below.Key African Cities Growth Index findings on SA cities Some reasons offered for the above scenario by ACGI include:Decreasing economic growth;Low household consumption;Labor inefficiency and low productivity;Decreasing competitiveness; andChallenges with education.The top five African cities according to the ACGI are:Lessons learnt from City Branding:Lesson 1 Due to the increasingly critical role cities are playing in the global economy, more emphasis has to be put on how these cities contribute to the national economy;Lesson 2South Africa has become a ‘young urban nation’;Lesson 3Perceptions of South African cities reflect on the Nation Brand and its reputation as well. Meaning that what cities offer residents and the world play a major role in shaping the reputation and competitiveness of the country as a whole;Lesson 4Need to interrogate reasons for lowering inclusive growth potential of South African cities as seen in the ACGI;Lesson 5Work on profiling the business, trade and investment offerings of South African cities more and to increase familiarity with the cities in key international audiences.last_img read more

See Ohio Crop Progress reports each week at ocj.com

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Crop Progress updates are getting ready to be released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Each Monday afternoon, we will post these updates on www.ocj.com. Information covered includes weather recaps for the past week, current growing conditions, and general progress during planting, growing, and harvest seasons. This information is gathered from producers around Ohio and compiled by USDA NASS, led in Ohio by Cheryl Turner.last_img

Abhijit arrest not because of remark on rasagolla: Odisha police

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first_imgOdisha police clarified on Saturday that defence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was not arrested for his Twitter comment on rasagolla, but for his “derogatory, mischievous and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and the Odia community as a whole”.“There have been reports in some sections of media that Abhijit Iyer-Mitra has been arrested by Odisha Police due to his Twitter comment on rasagolla. This is absolutely false and mischievous. His frivolous comment on rasagolla is not at all a ground for legal action against him,” said a press note issued by the office of the State Director General of Police.“The fact remains that Mr. Iyer-Mitra has been arrested on FIRs registered on his derogatory, mischievous and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and the Odia community as a whole. He has also made objectionable comments hurting sentiments of different religious communities,” police said.Citing some of Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s comments, the police said that his “malicious and objectionable comments have outraged feelings of people of different religions. The remarks have also promoted enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and are prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.”Odisha police further alleged that Mr. Iyer-Mitra “uttered words with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings” and his comments have hurt the religious feelings of people who believe in Lord Jagannath. “These comments are also detrimental and prejudicial to the peaceful and harmonious communal environment of the State.”Odisha police said it was but natural that after the Supreme Court’s rejection of Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s application seeking extension of the time period of protection the law would take its course. Accordingly, Mr. Iyer-Mitra was arrested and produced before court which sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. Subsequently, on a petition by the investigating officer the court has granted two days police remand for his custodial examination, the police added.last_img read more