Tributes flow as IAC remembers Dr Cheddi Jagan

first_img100th birth anniversaryAn Indian Action Committee (IAC)-sponsored symposium at the National Library on Tuesday, to reflect on the life of late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan, saw tributes and discussions on the principles of the legendary leader in light of present-day Guyana.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall cited concrete examples where Jagan exercised his vision for a better Guyana – a vision driven by principles the coalition Government was still trying to take up.He pointed to Jagan’s hydropower initiatives during the early years of his time as premier, the building of one of the first native universities in the British colonies and the formation of cooperative farming societies through legislation, a move he saidLate President, Dr Cheddi Jagancoincided with Guyana being labelled as the breadbasket of the Caribbean.Nandlall made it clear that Jagan would never have accepted the oil contract the current Government has “foisted” on the people of Guyana. He stressed that Jagan had established a balance between being anti-poverty and pro-business.“Dr Jagan, whether you wanted to call him a communist, was a communist who was pro people, (anti) poverty, he was pro-business but against exploitation of workers. So, yes, you can have foreign investors,” Nandlall said. “What was his position? You can have foreign investments, but they must not be to the detriment of the local people. Jagan would have never ever tolerated an oil contract like the one foisted upon this nation right now.”Social commentator Ramon Gaskin took pains to stress that had Jagan been alive or his vision continued, the mass firing of sugar workers without severance pay would never have occurred.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP), Collin Croal pointed to Jagan’s emphasis on youth development. He cited the creation of the University of Guyana and his mentoring of the youths as an example.The former President’s son, Dr Joey Jagan, was also present. Reflecting a more personal side of Jagan, he recalled his resolute good humour while incarcerated by the British. He recalled that as a child when peering at his father from the building adjacent to the jail, Dr Jagan would always be seen with a smile on his face.EvolutionAnother MP, Vickram Bharrat, fielded questions as to whether the Party had moved away from Jagan’s founding principles. He refuted suggestions that the Party no longer reflected Jagan’s ideologies, while noting that as time progressed, the PPP has evolved.“…as a young person within the PPP, I want to say the Party is grounded along Cheddi Jagan lines. Sometimes, we tend not to differentiate between Government and Party. Sometimes, we tie the Party and Government actions into each other.”“And we say that the government between 97 and 2015 did not act in this way and that way. But it is a different era. And we often say, maybe if Jagan was alive he would have taken these decisions that our leaders are taking today. One famous comment he made is we must learn to walk within raindrops. It means that as time moves, as people change, it may require different ideological thinking, policies and you must adopt it. As time changes, we have to change with it too.”Cheddi Berret Jagan was born on March 22, 1918, at Plantation Port Mourant, British Guiana. He was a politician and a union activist, who in 1953 became the first popularly-elected Prime Minister of British Guiana (now Guyana). He headed the country’s Government again from 1957 to 1964 and from 1992 to 1997.last_img read more

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Daley Blind to Man United latest: Coach says he’s ‘leaving soon’ but Ajax demand £17m

first_imgWith transfer deadline day slowly coming into focus, the race is on for clubs to make their final purchases of the summer window.Manchester United kicked off their summer of spending in spectacular fashion by landing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for a combined £58m, but the Red Devils have recently gone quiet.Boss Louis van Gaal has commented that he still needs to bring in further additions, but will he have time? The latest player tipped with a move to Old Trafford is Ajax star Daley Blind, but how close is he to a transfer? Here’s the latest…Leaving soonAjax youth coach Richard Witschge has set tongues wagging by commenting that Blind has been training alone and will likely be leaving the club before the end of the transfer window. “I think Daley Blind will be leaving soon. I have a feeling… He has been training by himself. I think he has done that, because there’s something going on,” he is quoted by Heldenonline.nl as saying.Ajax demanding £17mThe Guardian, in their own, unique way, have suggested that Blind will cost Man United in the £17m, with Ajax ‘demanding’ a sizable fee for the 2014 Dutch Footballer of the Year, although with Barcelona thought to be sniffing around the 24-year-old, United will have to move fast.Replacement lined upMan United’s interest in Daley Blind may be in its infancy, but the Red Devils’ chances of landing the defender-cum-midfielder have received a massive shot in the arm after Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported that Ajax are preparing for his departure by lining up a new arrival. They claim that the Amsterdam giants are running the rule over a number of players, with PEC Zwolle’s Kamohelo Mokotjo thought to be top of the list.Double swoopThe Daily Express believe that Van Gaal is looking to land a double swoop for Blind and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen before the end of the summer, and will fund it by selling up to £100m worth of talent. Blind’s versatility is has convinced Van Gaal to bring him to Old Trafford claim the publication, with the Red Devils’ boss likely to play him in his more natural defensive midfield position.Competition from BarcelonaWhile there may be some substance to United’s interest in Blind, they will need to move quickly if they are to land the Dutchman with the Daily Mail reporting that Barcelona are plotting their own move. The Catalan giants are believed to be planning on launching a €22m move for Blind, with new boss Luis Enrique viewing him as the perfect utility player.Man United fans, is Daley Blind the ideal signing? Comment below… Daley Blind has been linked with a move to Man United 1last_img read more

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Substitutes impact sends Gor to KPL summit

first_imgThe win saw Gor Mahia move to 25 points, two ahead of second placed Mathare United who lost 1-0 to Wazito on Saturday. K’Ogalo have three matches at hand due to their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.It was a happy ending for Gor with their afternoon having started off with three of their fans perishing in an accident as they travelled to Machakos to cheer on the team. The fans were allegedly precariously hanging on a bus before they toppled off after the vehicle came into contact with another saloon car.On the field, Gor almost paid for some bit of laxity with Thika taking control with a 2-1 lead on the hour mark, but keeper Allan Owiny took the glimmer off teammates Masakidi Mata’s beauty of a freekick after pushing Jacques Tuyisenge’s shot into his own net four minutes later.Gor Mahia debutant Raphael Asudi tries to dribble past Thika United duo of Baraka Badi and Sosthenes Idah during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia ended the opening half with a collective huge sigh of relief, Ephraim Guikan drawing them level with a well taken first time effort after a sleek through pass from Tuyisenge that split the defense.The visitors had gone ahead early in the fourth minute when Eugene Mukangala curled a well taken shot past Shabaan Odhoji who was starting ahead of the rested Boniface Oluoch.Gor Mahia had lost the ball in midfield and when Mukangula was played through, he set himself up with the first touch before taking a shot.Thika had started the match swift with Gor Mahia yet to settle in and after going ahead, they should have added a second when Baraka Badi’s low cross from the right landed on Edmond Adem’s path, but the forward miscued his shot.Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava beats Thika United’s Edmond Adem to the ball during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaDespite the slippery conditions of the pitch, Gor Mahia started growing into the game and had a chance with a freekick from the edge of the box on the quarter hour mark but Tuyisenge curled the effort over.K’Ogalo continued to raid Thika as they searched for the equalizer and in the 23rd minute, Tuyisenge accidentally blocked what looked like a goal bound shot from Lawrence Juma who had taken a shot from a Guikan cutback.They came closest on the half hour mark when skipper Harun Shakava’s shot from inside the box came against the crossbar after being put through by debutant Raphael Sudi who had dribbled past a forest of legs at the edge of the box.Four minutes from the break, Innocent Wafula charged down from the right and managed to slap in a low cross, but the ball could only go straight into Allan Owiny’s arms with Guikan salivating at the edge of the six yard box.Gor’s pressure finally bore fruit two minutes to the break when Guikan found the back of the net, Sammy Mejja playing him on side and the Ivorian racing to a Tuyisenge through pass before beating Owiny.Gor Mahia’s Kevin Omondi attempts to make a shot under pressure Thika United’s Eugene Mukangala during Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThika were forced into a change at the stroke of half time when Adem was forced out injured with a muscle strain and his place taken by Hansel Ochieng.In the second half, Thika came back with pace again and eight minutes after the restart, Mukangula’s header from a Mata cross went inches over the bar.However, seven minutes later, Mata was wheeling away in celebration after curling a sublime freekick over the wall, the ball bumping in the inside of the post on its way into the net with keeper Odhoji left dumbfounded.But the lead only lasted three minutes as keeper Owiny’s hilarious howler brought Gor back into the game. The keeper first rushed out to cut off an onrushing Tuyisenge but missed the ball completely.As if that was not enough, Tuyisenge’s shot was blocked by Franko Bala, but the keeper rushing back to his line pushed the ball into his own net as he attempted to tip it over.Gor struck the winner in the 74th minute when Innocent Wafula lifted the ball over Owiny on the left and on onrushing Onyango side footed it home unmarked from the right.Kagere then put the game beyond Thika United the job barely 10 minutes after coming on, racing on to a through pass from Kahata before calmly finishing past Owiny.But the best was saved for last as Kahata put the icing on the cake in sublime fashion, noticing keeper Owiny off his line before defly chipping the ball into the net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players celebrate one of their five goals against Thika United during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 22, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Samuel Onyango, Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata stepped off the bench to score as Gor Mahia regained their spot on top of the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 5-2 win over Thika United at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.The game had been tied at 2-2 before Onyango scored the third for Gor in the 74th minute then Kagere took a well taken goal off a counter in the 89th minute. However the cream of the afternoon was left for Kahata who sublimely lifted the ball over Allan Owiny two minutes later for Gor’s fifth.last_img read more

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Perez joins elite list with a 60

first_imgPALM DESERT – Pat Perez shot a 12-under 60 in the opening round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Wednesday, joining some elite company. Perez became only the 20th player in PGA Tour history to shoot 60 or lower. The record is 59, shared by David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger. The 29-year-old Perez, who joined the tour in 2002 and is still looking for his first win, began the opening day of the five-day Hope on the back nine at PGA West. Setting the tone for his round, he hit a 9-iron within 6 feet of the pin and sank the birdie putt. He chipped within 6 inches of the cup on the next green and tapped in for another birdie. After a par on No. 12, he rolled in a 35-footer for birdie on No. 13. “I hadn’t made one of those in a while,” Perez said. “It just kind of snowballed and everything started going in.” He was 6 under by the turn, then made consecutive birdies on his final three holes. Along with the 35-footer, one of his birdie putts was from 12 feet, three were from around 10 feet, and the others were closer to the cup. His round included just 22 putts. But he missed chances to go even lower, Perez said with a chuckle. “I know it’s hard to say, but I left two par 5s with easy shots, right in the middle of the fairway and two-putted there,” he explained. “I missed about an 8-footer on 3. But other than that, it was a great day.” Perez said he worked hard at conditioning over the winter, and feels stronger both physically and mentally. “I feel clearer on the course than I have been. I’m not tired and slouching,” he said. “I just feel a lot better.” He said he’s also learning to control his temper on the golf course. “I’m really trying to work on changing my reputation (for) having a huge attitude and bad temper and the whole thing,” Perez said. He said he began realizing how “stupid and embarrassing” it was to lose his temper. “It was just a sit down, look in the mirror and say, `Quit doing this.’ And that’s it, just stick with it because it’s embarrassing,” Perez said. Campbell shot his 63 at Bermuda Dunes Country Club and was surprised to be three shots off the lead. “You expect low scores out here, but don’t usually expect a 60. That’s a phenomenal round,” Campbell said. “You can’t really get too overwhelmed with the first round. You’ve just got to keep it up throughout the week. “That makes it tough. Five days, it’s tough to keep that pace up. But you have to do it around here.” Elkington was pleased with his play at La Quinta Country Club. “It’s the first round of the year for me, so I’m delighted,” he said. “Obviously, everything that I’ve been working on in the off-season and all that came together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Consistently nestling his fairway shots close to the pin, Perez made 12 birdies and no bogeys over the 6,930-yard Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West for a three-shot lead over Chad Campbell. Duval shot his 59 on the same layout on closing day of the 1999 Hope, rolling in a 6-foot eagle putt on the final hole to win by one shot. He finished with 11 birdies and the eagle. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardSteve Elkington was a stroke behind Campbell. John Huston, Olin Browne and Tom Pernice Jr. were tied for fourth with opening 65s. Phil Mickelson, the Hope champion in 2002 and 2004, shot a 6-under 66 at La Quinta Country Club in his seasonal debut and was in a group six shots off the pace. Mickelson had shot the most recent 60 on tour last year at Scottsdale, Ariz. Defending champion Justin Leonard opened with a 67, as did Mike Weir, the Hope winner in 2003. The first four rounds of the 90-hole tournament are a pro-am, with the players alternating among four different courses. The final day is pros only, with the field trimmed to the low-scoring 70 players and ties. last_img
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LIFESTYLE: SIMPLE STEPS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT

first_imgSIMPLE STEPS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACTA small change in your lifestyle can have a huge impact on your health.You will reap the benefits by slotting 30 minutes of activity into your day – even if you divide it into two 15 minute sessions at different times. It doesn’t have to be about getting super fit or preparing for a marathon. It’s about making time for a little exercise. Take a gradual approach, and build up your activity routine as you become fitter.Obesity is a major public health concern in Ireland, 38% of Irish people are overweight and 23% are obese.One in five Irish children and teenagers is overweight or obese.Remember to always start exercise at a slow pace and build intensity gradually. Build more activity into your day by taking some simple steps:1. Park at the furthest end of the supermarket and walk to the entrance2. Take the stairs instead of the lift at the office or at the shopping centre.3. Park away from the shops.4. When you drop the kids off at karate, GAA or basketball or dancing, don’t sit in the car and read a book or the newspaper, go for a walk. 5. Go walking with a friend.6. Join a group activity such as aerobics or dancing.7. Set yourself weekly exercise goals – short-term goals are easier to stick with and give a quick confidence boost.Check out this website to see what’s happening in your area: www.getactiveireland.ie Lack of time is the biggest reason why people avoid exercise but there are so many health benefits.These include: improves concentration, helps to boost your mood, boosts energy levels and reduces risks of heart disease.Get out there.LIFESTYLE: SIMPLE STEPS CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT was last modified: October 1st, 2013 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:exerciselifestylesimple stepslast_img read more

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Uganda Cubs win Regional qualifiers to book AFCON slot

first_img Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifiersPeter Onenuganda cubs Uganda Cubs players celebrate winning the Regional qualifiers on Sunday (Photo by FUFA Media)AFCON U17 Regional qualifiersEthiopia 1-3 UgandaSunday, 26-07-2018National Stadium Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDar es Salaam – Uganda U17 National team, the Cubs defeated favourites Ethiopia 3-1 in the final of the Regional qualifiers to ensure they qualify for the 2019 AFCON tournament next year.Peter Onen’s boys took an early lead after 15 minutes through Samson Kasozi. They doubled their lead on the hour mark before Iddi Wahid sealed victory with a third, five minutes from time.Ethiopia scored in injury time as Mintesnot Wakjira converted a penalty but it proved to be just a consolation as Uganda won the game 3-1.How the action unfolded:Like it had become the norm for Uganda in the tournament, they attacked from the onset and scored their first goal inside 15 minutes when defender Kasozi Samson’s headed in a Ibrahim Juma corner.On 28 minutes Davis Sekajja had a chance to double Uganda’s lead but his shot went wide of the target with only the keeper to beat.Before the break, Iddi Abdu Wahid’s cross from the right found a well-positioned Juma whose first time shot rattled the upright.At the beginning of the second half Uganda Cubs tactician Peter Onen brought on Vipers SC Junior team midfielder Ivan Asaba for Yiga Najib who had an attempt just after coming on but his shot was inches off the mark.Asaba’s dribbling skills mounted pressure on Ethiopia’s defenders as Uganda searched for a second and on 57 minutes, he was fouled outside the penalty area by Mohammad Mosha but Sekajja’s resulting free-kick was directed straight at the goalie.In the 61st minute Thomas Kakaire fed Iddi Abdu Wahid and the later made no mistake as he buried the chance to give Uganda a priceless 2-0 lead.Ethiopia nearly pulled one back immediately but the ever reliable Delton Oyo in the Cubs goal produced one of his customary saves to deny the reigning CECAFA champions.Juma was substituted for Alou John Kokas eight minutes to the end of the game before Iddi Abdu Wahid scored the third an an Asaba cut-back with five of the 90 to play.In added time Ethiopia were awarded a penalty after Samson Kasozi handled in the area and the resulting kick by Mintesnot Wajkira found the back of the net.Despite the goal, it was too late for Ethiopia as Uganda won the game 3-1 to win the tournament and for the first time, qualify for the U17 AFCON tournament proper.Speaking after the game, Cubs head coach Peter Onen expressed his delight for winning the tournament.“We have been strong since the second game in the tournament, said Onen.“We have revenged against the Ethiopians and i am very proud with the boys. They have been so determined and followed whatever we planned.” I thank my technical team for the work done it was a collective achievement. FUFA thank you for supporting and giving these young players chance to play.Tanzania’s captain Kevin John was named tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Ethiopia’s Mintesnot Wakjira took the top scorer accolade with 8 goals.Uganda and hosts Tanzania will represent the CECAFA Region at the 2019 U17 AFCON.Uganda U17 XI vs Ethiopia.Oyo Delton (GK), Ssekimbegga Kevin, Kasozi Samson, Kizito Mugweri Gavin (C), John Rogers, Ekellot Ibrahim, Ssekajja Davis, Kakaire Thomas, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Yiga Najib, Juma Ibrahim.Subs:Semwogerere Daniel (GK), Alou John Kokas, Owane Yasin Abdul, Mwaka Polycap, Mukisa Owen, Asaba Ivan.Comments last_img read more

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How Grainne took a step ahead with a Masters in Accounting at LYIT

first_imgDo you feel that your career needs a boost? Are you a Business Studies or Commerce graduate, with a major in Accounting, keen to undertake Postgraduate study? Why not consider the MA in Accounting at LYIT. This programme has had hundreds of success stories and is available for FREE, in 2017, through Springboard.  The programme has been developed in close collaboration with Professional Accounting Bodies and has generous exemptions from CAI, ACCA, CPA and CIMA. The programme also offers a two-month industry work placement and graduates from this programme have had very successful careers, following completion of their studies. One such success story, and graduate from this programme is Grainne Boland. Grainne successfully graduated from the MA in Accounting with a first-class honours award. Having returned to education in 2008, through hard-work, commitment and dedication she successfully completed her Accounting degree, followed by the MA in Accounting.Grainne Boland, 1st Class Honours graduate from the Masters of Arts in Accounting at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Grainne currently works for Optum and also, part-time lectures in Accounting at LYIT. (Picture: North West Newspix)Grainne commented, “I knew that in order for me to progress my career opportunities, I had to return to education. I had been working in an office environment, in an accounting based role, and accountancy was very much where my skills lay. “I was keen to focus on developing my accounting skills and through commitment, an ability to balance my workload, and also a positive outlook, I completed the MA in Accounting with first-class honours. “The MA in Accounting gives amazing professional accounting exemptions.  I went down the ACCA route after my Masters and the work I had completed through the MA really helped prepare me for my professional exams.”Grainne further added, “The MA in Accounting has helped me stand out from the crowd, this programme is so highly respected by employers and industry, and the programme offers maximum exemptions from professional accounting exams even compared to other universities and colleges in the country. To have this highly respected programme on your doorstep is amazing and such a benefit to the region. “If I had to do it again, I would. It requires dedication and commitment but it pays off in the end. I am currently working with Optum and part-time lecturing in Accounting at LYIT. All-in-all the MA in Accounting will serve you well, and leave you a step ahead of the rest.” Accounting practices in the North West are very supportive of the programme. One practice has offered training contracts to every student they have had on placement from the MA. Another practice commented that they would “give this programme our highest recommendation as a route to becoming a competent chartered accountant”.If you feel that this programme is what you need to boost your career path, and that you are ready to take on a Masters that is sure to secure your future, then contact Head of Department of Business Studies Patricia Doherty today on patricia.doherty@lyit.ieWhy wait another year, boost your career in 2017, by choosing the MA in Accounting at LYIT.How Grainne took a step ahead with a Masters in Accounting at LYIT was last modified: September 5th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:LYITlast_img read more

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Huge response for TUSLA’S appeal for new foster carers

first_imgTusla, the Child and Family Agency has received 350 enquiries from the public following the agency’s first-ever national public awareness and recruitment drive for new foster carers.The organisation’s National Fostering Week took place from the 14th – 20th October last.Since then the agency has received dozens of calls, emails, and online applications on a daily basis from people who are interested in becoming foster carers. The campaign aimed to challenge common misconceptions about foster care eligibility, and encouraged people from all walks of life to consider providing a loving, stable home environment to a vulnerable child.Patricia Finlay, Service Director and national lead for fostering, Tusla said they are deeply grateful that such a large number of people have got in touch with Tusla requesting information on how to become a foster carer.She said “We have also been overwhelmed with the support from a range of other stakeholders too. I urge anyone who has an interest in becoming a foster carer to contact us, and we will provide them with details and advice about what fostering entails.“Our need for carers is particularly acute in the greater Dublin area, and in larger urban communities. “There are currently 4,254 foster carers in the Republic of Ireland. We are mindful, that in the course of family life, emergencies and incidents happen that require out-of-hours support. To assist foster carers in these situations Tusla now offers emergency out-of-hours phone line support 365 days a year for Tusla foster carers (1890 800 511).“In addition, the Government recently announced that foster carers will now be entitled to insurance cover from the State in their role as foster carers.Tusla is very keen to ensure that existing, and a new generation of foster carers feel rewarded and valued for the hugely important and positive influence they have on the lives of children in their care.“It is essential that we provide them with optimum support, guidance, training and encouragement in the course of their family life.”Members of the public wishing to contact Tusla about fostering can call freephone 1800 226 771, email tusla.fostering@tusla.ie or visit fostering.ie. Huge response for TUSLA’S appeal for new foster carers was last modified: November 22nd, 2019 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

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Local Roundup: Humboldt State softball coaching staff honored for second straight season

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. >> A second straight West Region title, a second straight trip to Nationals and a second straight major honor for Shelli Sarchett and her coaching staff because of it.For the second time in as many seasons, the Humboldt State softball coaching staff was selected as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.After leading the Lumberjacks on back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division II National Championships and making …last_img

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2010 boost for property values

first_img11 August 2009With the 2010 Fifa World Cup just over a year away, it’s perhaps too early to be addressing the legacies of the biggest sporting event in African history.However, it’s safe to say that the tournament will be remembered for the extraordinary stadiums which have risen from the dust in host cities across South Africa. Millions of man hours and billions of rands have been ploughed into the construction of these facilities, which will accommodate spectators for a wide variety of events long after the tournament has left these shores.And for people who found themselves in the vicinity of yesterday’s ageing facilities which have been upgraded, or those that have been built from scratch, there’s plenty to celebrate.Following South Africa’s successful bid to host the tournament, investors saw potential in properties within the immediate vicinity of the stadiums, and this helped drive demand. Many of these investors who bought and sold properties have seen significant returns, while other homeowners are enjoying the rejuvenation of their neighbourhoods.A new report by the SA Property Transfer Guide on the impact that 2010 stadiums have had on surrounding properties reveals that most areas showed relatively consistent growth in property values.Properties within two kilometres of Johannesburg’s Ellis Park and Soccer City, which have the added benefit of being close to the soon-to-be-operational Gautrain rapid rail link, were the star performers.They showed a 111% and 85% increase between 2005 and 2008 respectively.Properties near Bloemfontein’s Vodacom Park stadium showed a 56% increase, while those outside Polokwane’s Peter Mokaba Stadium experienced a 57% growth. Pretoria and Port Elizabeth also performed well.However, there is a word of caution. Some countries have been left with a number of “white elephants” after investing billions in renovating and building stadiums for large international sporting events.Whether our stadiums will prove to be sustainable in the medium to long term remains to be seen but, of course, this is likely to be influenced by the levels of success of the World Cup.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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