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United Way Holding Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Drive for School Supplies

first_img“Working directly with local schools, we have been able to identify those items needed most by our area children,” says Timothy Hearne, president and CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “Providing educational supplies helps support a child’s ability to learn while removing some of the financial burden from parents, many of whom are struggling. Many of these children have been further impacted by the effects of Super Storm Sandy, so these donations are needed now more than ever.”In addition to offering an opportunity to donate school supplies, each site offers volunteers a way to give their time to the drive. Volunteers are needed at each of the community events, and also to help sort donations throughout the month of August.Interested volunteers should register by contacting United Way of Monmouth County at 732-938-5988, ext. 2042.More than 20 United Way corporate partners also will be collecting donations for the 2013 Stuff the Bus drive.Area groups and local businesses are welcome to hold their own school supply collections, which will become part of the Stuff the Bus drive.For more information on participating, please contact Kaarina Romero at • Aug. 3 at Target of Middletown• Aug. 9 at Walmart of Freehold• Aug. 10 at Target of Manalapan• Aug. 16 at Target of Howell• Aug. 17 at Target of Ocean United Way of Monmouth County’s annual Stuff the Bus school-supply drive will be held at five locations during the month of August to meet the growing demand for school supplies in the community.The drive is designed to help ensure that all children in Monmouth County begin the school year with the tools they need to succeed.Stuff the Bus events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following stores, where shoppers are invited to purchase and donate new school supplies on site:last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — OK Tire B Division Winners

first_imgThey may have started slow out of the blocks, but OK Tire made a run to the B Division title at the Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championships at the Lakeside Ball Diamonds on the Nelson Waterfront.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the great run by OK Tire with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Brittany Deuling, Tom Trubetskoff, Arlene Anderson, Maurice Penner, Lee Bontje, Ken Anderson, Andy Leathwood, Joseph Germaine, Edi St Arnaud, Stacey Miller and Holly Kerr.last_img read more


first_img$112,150 McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS IN THE FIFTH RACE TODAY 7 3 BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM WITH LADY NINJALady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Baltas confirmed Saturday morning.Baltas claimed the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2018, but this would not be his first former claimer to run in a Breeders’ Cup race, having done so previously with Freedom Crest (2001 Classic) and Big Macher (2015 Sprint).Freedom Crest was claimed out of his third start and would earn $648,850 in his career, the vast majority for Baltas and owners Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. Claimed from his first start on July 17, 2013 in which he finished seventh, Big Macher earned $744,288 all under the aegis of Baltas for owners Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables.“She came out of her race good,” Baltas said of Lady Ninja. “She’s the third horse that I’ve claimed that has gone on to the Breeders’ Cup. She’ll be a longshot and it looks like a tough race, but she’s on her home track where she’s won five races.”Among Freedom Crest’s seven victories after the claim was the Grade II Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in 2001, while Big Macher won eight races, including the Grade I Bing Crosby in 2014.McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS TODAYMap Maker, a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite McKinzie, makes her debut in today’s fifth race, which drew a salty field of 10 two-year-old fillies, eight of which will be making their debut.“I think she might take (need) a race or two,” Baffert said of the gray daughter of Liam’s Map-Runway Model owned and bred by Summer Wind Equine. “I haven’t been really hard on her,” he said, adding that McKinzie is “doing great” for the $6 million Classic on Nov. 2.GLENDORA GIRL SCOUTS PRESENT $3,300 TO BENEFIT CARMAWith horse safety and welfare of paramount concern, Glendora Girl Scout Troop 1834 will present the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) with a check totaling $3,300 in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on today at Santa Anita.“Our girls have been out in the community and they have raised $300 for this incredible cause,” said Becky Hazelton, on behalf of Troop 1834. “Our girls are extremely proud to be able to help CARMA find homes for the many retired Thoroughbreds that they adopt out and we also want to thank all of those individual contributors, as well as Santa Anita, for contributing an additional $3,000 in order to make this happen.”CARMA, which is based at Santa Anita Park, assists in retraining and placing retired Thoroughbreds with other after-care organizations as well as families and individuals, who are seeking to adopt these horses for pleasure riding and in some cases, competitive hunter-jumper competition.Santa Anita, which proudly serves as CARMA’s leading funding mechanism, provides office space on-track and encourages fans and horsemen to assist in their efforts to rehabilitate and re-home hundreds of horses annually.For additional information on CARMA, visit or LINES: Higher Power, Ollie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, three of trainer John Sadler‘s major players in the Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2, each worked Saturday morning. Higher Power (Classic) went four furlongs in 47.20; Ollie’s Candy (Distaff) went the same distance in the identical time; and Catalina Cruiser (Dirt Mile) breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.80, fastest of just five drills at the distance. In all, there were 146 recorded workouts on a beautiful Saturday morning at Santa Anita, including 16 on the training track. First post time for the first live race at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, day one of the Breeders’ Cup, is scheduled for 10:45 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup race set for 1:12 p.m. First live race on Nov. 2 is 10:07 a.m., with the first Breeders’ Cup event set for 11:55 a.m. All post times are Pacific Time. The five two-year-old races will be contested on Nov. 1. The nine Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 will be capped by the Classic at a mile and a quarter at 5:44 p.m. . . . Today’s second race at Fresno is the Cheryl White Memorial, named for the late woman who became the first black female jockey on June 15, 1971. She died Sept. 20 at the age of 65. Services will be held Oct. 18 at Thistledown in her native Ohio. One of racing’s pioneers, she also served as a racing official at California tracks, received several awards for her riding career, and on July 29, 1971, her picture appeared on the cover of “Jet” Magazine, sharing that accolade with such  luminaries as Angela Davis, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis Jr. and John Conyers. White said the last winner she rode (of some 750) “was Montfort (at Fresno on Oct. 19, 1983), a 10-year-old making his 100th start.”. . . . Santa Anita offers Dollar Day and holiday racing this Monday, Columbus Day, with first post time 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Fans can gorge on hot dogs for $2 apiece, and beer and soda for just a buck each. 11 $207,959 Flavien Prat32 $233,848 57% BALTAS TRIES BREEDERS’ CUP WITH ANOTHER CLAIM 6 Richard Mandella16 6 2 2 Jorge Velez40 12 4 16% Richard Baltas30 3 3 7 Philip D’Amato25 7 $107,204 25% 30% 48% 6 7 56% $579,882 $499,927 Hector Palma12 Money Won ITM% 2 1 Abel Cedillo51 $122,092 5 56% 3 33% 16% Geovanni Franco28 2 $509,213 3 $177,502 0 40% GIRL SCOUTS  PRESENT A $3,300 CHECK TODAY TO CARMA 19% 0 26% Jeff Mullins20 55% 10% 18% 46% (Current Through Friday, Oct. 11) 0 17% 3 2 3 52% $44,992 10% 27% 40% 5 11% 3 $157,420 Mario Gutierrez18 9% 4 26% Doug O’Neill37 3 41% 17% 47% Win% 7 3 44% $213,788 3rd 16% 33% 6 13% 3rd SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 3 10% 41% 44% Bob Baffert15 3 53% $513,836 4 2 $33,832 Craig Anthony Lewis11 22% $105,994 1st 8 2nd 1 5 31% Simon Callaghan11 3 6 3 4 $334,362 $695,577 $182,938 27% Mark Glatt19 27% $615,740 $323,192 2 42% 2 1 2 $137,255 2 TrainerSts 15% 72% 0 Evin Roman23 2 3 4 1st John Sadler29 Rafael Bejarano31 0 Martin Garcia22 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 12th, 2019XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 13th, 2019FEATURES:A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 1 of 2A Candid Conversation With Jockey Flavien Prat: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 1A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2WORK OUTS:Catalina Cruiser (Sadler) 10/12/19Higher Power (Sadler) 10/12/19Ollie’s Candy (Sadler) 10/12/19American Theorem (Outside) and Knifes Edge (Papaprodromou) 10/11/19Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/11/19Seeking the Soul (Stewart) 10/11/19Draft Pick (Outside) and Storm the Court (Eurton) 10/11/19Roadster (Outside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10/10/19McKinzie (Baffert) 10/10/19S Y Sky (Outside) and Violette Szabo (D’Amato) 10/06/19Gypsy Blu (Glatt) 10/05/19 Tyler Baze12 $250,567 28% ITM% 3 2 5 6 3 45% 1 2 8 1 15% $215,853 25% J.C. Diaz, Jr.24 Mike Smith19 35% 4 JockeyMts 0 Money Won 13% 5 4 $464,788 Win% 2 1 Drayden Van Dyke32 7 1 $125,798 53% 11% 3 2 56% 5 $223,046 10% 4 60% 22% Ruben Fuentes32 $133,396 1 6 2nd Vann Belvoir9 3 2 SADLER THREESOME DRILL FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP 7 Tiago Pereira27 Peter Miller19last_img read more

Shifting of dates does not augur well

first_imgDear Editor,First, the list could not be completed following H2H registration before November 2019, then at CCJ, we learnt December 2019 was touted, now suddenly, H2H Registration can be completed in three months, October 2019, or shorter.The shifting of dates does not augur well for the image of the electoral body.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

Mother remanded for killing 3-year-old son

first_img…psychiatric evaluation orderedTwenty-six-year-old Pat Brenda Ferriera of Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who murdered her three-year-old son, was on Wednesday arraigned at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court and remanded to prison.Dressed in a skirt and blouse with slippers on her feet, the pregnant woman appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh, who ordered that she be psychologically evaluated.Ferriera appeared in court as the three-year-old boy was being laid to rest by his father and grandmother. She was remanded to prison until September 12.Reports are the woman stabbed her son, Ramdeo Ferreira in his heart after shePat Brenda Ferrierahad a dream that she would have died on August 25.She told Police that if the dream was true and she was to die, she did not want her favourite child to be left behind.The Police stated that on Saturday last, the woman began pursuing the hapless lad in the yard with a knife in her hand.A few minutes later, ranks at the Enmore Police Outpost received a report that the child had been stabbed by his mother; and upon arriving at the scene, they found the child lying unconscious in a pool of blood with suspected stab wounds to his neck and back.He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries about three hours later.Based on reports received, the woman would usually neglect the children when their father was at work and this, neighbours stated, would lead to constant arguments between the couple. The aggrieved father told media operatives that his reputed wife started to act in an abnormal manner days prior to the incident.He recalled lodging a report at the Enmore Police Station about her behaviour, but the ranks never visited the home until Saturday after the child was stabbed.After the incident, neighbours blamed themselves for not intervening in the situation at an earlier stage. It was reported that the woman was reported to the Child Care and Protection Agency for child neglect, but the officers visited once when no one was at home and never returned.This claim was refuted by Director of the Agency, Ann Greene, who told Guyana Times that officers of the Agency revisited the home three times since the initial report but was allegedly told that the woman had moved out.last_img read more


first_imgA young Letterkenny man has been fined €2,500 after pleaded guilty to stealing dozens of beer kegs from two different pubs.Ferry admitting stealing dozens of beer kegs and was fined €2,500.Dean Ferry, 29, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with three different counts of theft. Ferry, of Lisnennan Court, previously pleaded guilty all three charges of stealing the empty beer kegs.Ferry was charged that on July 4th, 2012 at Sister Saras in Letterkenny he stole three beer kegs worth €300.On the same date he was charged with stealing 16 beer kegs worth €1,600, the property of Diageo, from the Cornerhouse Bar at Oldtown, Letterkenny.And on the same date he is also charged with stealing a further eight beer kegs worth €800, the property of Bulmers, from Sister Saras.Judge John O’Hagan ordered a probation and welfare report on the accused and the case was adjourned until today.At today’s sitting, Judge Francis Comerford convicted Ferry on the first count and took the other two charges int consideration.MAN FINED €2,500 FOR STEALING BEER KEGS FROM PUBS was last modified: April 30th, 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:beer kegscourtDean Ferrydonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Invest in South African mining: Zuma

first_img Source: BuaNews 29 September 2010 South Africa offers mining investors huge growth potential and proven economic and political stability, President Jacob Zuma told business people at a gala dinner hosted by the Antwerp World Diamond Center on Tuesday. Zuma, in Belgium for the third annual European Union-South Africa summit, said the successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup had “demonstrated to the world that we are a country that can deliver on its undertakings.” Zuma said the mining industry has been the foundation for economic development in South Africa for well over a century. “Despite considerable diversification of our economy in the recent past, the mining sector remains a key variable in our economic growth equation.” In 2009, the mining industry contributed more than 30 percent to the country’s total export revenue, and employed 9 percent of the country’s economically active population. “That is currently just below half-a-million direct jobs and a further half-a-million indirect jobs,” Zuma said. “As the global economy recovers, and the demand for commodities increases, real opportunities for maximum returns in the mining sector exist.” He said South Africa was well-placed to take full advantage of improving prospects in the sector. “Our country continues to host significant known reserves of mineral commodities, with almost 60 minerals being actively mined,” Zuma said, adding: “A large number of these known reserves were discovered using conventional exploration methodologies and technologies.” South Africa’s mineral assets, excluding energy commodities such as coal, uranium and thorium, are currently valued at around US$2.5-trillion, with estimates suggesting that the country’s mineral resources would be exploitable for over a century to come. This was supported by extensive existing mining infrastructure, enabling investors to obtain maximum value from their investment in South Africa while at the same time contributing to socio-economic development.last_img read more

Commodity Classic registration opening soon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Commodity Classic registration and housing reservations will open online at 10 a.m. CST on Wednesday morning, December 7, 2016. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register and make reservations as soon as possible once registration is open.The 2017 Commodity Classic will be held in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Welcome Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.All registration and housing reservations should be made online at  Experient is the official registration and housing provider for Commodity Classic.  In order to stay at an official Commodity Classic hotel, reservations must be made only through Experient to ensure favorable rates, reasonable terms and confirmed hotel rooms.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

Mamata Banerjee moots ‘return black money’ protests

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday directed Trinamool supporters to hold “return black money” demonstrations as a counter to the allegedly BJP-backed “return cut money” protests raging across the State.She was addressing the annual July 21 mega martyrs rally. “I am asking you to raise slogans demanding return of black money. There will be meeting in blocks and at booths demanding that the BJP return black money,” Ms. Banerjee said.During her hour-long speech, she raised several issues, including allegations of Central agencies threatening her party leaders over chit fund scams and the attack on the Vidyasagar statue during the Lok Sabha election. She proposed shunning electronic voting machines (EVMs) and holding polls for all civic bodies and panchayats using ballot papers. However, the BJP State unit called the rally a “flop show”. BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said his party was not involved in the “return cut money” protests. “It is her party people who are gheraoing their own leaders,” he said.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Sanju Samson’s 102, Zaheer Khan’s 3/20 give Delhi 97-run win over Pune

first_imgDelhi Daredevils rode on an all-round effort to thrash Rising Pune Supergiant by 97 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday. (Match Highlights | Scorecard)While Kerala youngster Sanju Samson’s maiden T20 hundred set things on fire in the first innings as Delhi posted a mammoth 204/5, captain Zaheer Khan led from the front with three wickets to bundle the hosts out for a paltry 108 in 16.1 overs.Zaheer (3/20) was complimented well by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who returned with figures of 3/11 and Australian pacer Pat Cummins (2/24) as Pune succumbed to their second defeat in their three matches so far.Chasing a mammoth 205, Pune’s innings derailed in the third over when opener and stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane (10) fell to Zaheer.Zaheer again struck in his very next over with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal, whose poor run with the bat continued.The Karnataka right-hander failed to read a slower one from the veteran left-armer and was beautifully latched on by Chris Morris at mid-off. (IPL’s first centurion McCullum in awe of Samson)Thereafter, it seemed like the Pune batsmen were in a hurry to get back to the dug out as debutant Rahul Tripathi (10), Faf du Plessis (8) and IPL-2017’s million dollar boy Ben Stokes (2) fell in no time.Tripathi started well by hitting two fours before getting a top edge off Morris’ short delivery only to be smartly caught by Shahbaz Nadeem at short fine leg.Playing his first match of the season, South African du Plessis clearly looked out of touch when his attempt to scoop one from left-arm spinner Nadeem, ended up in a faint edge to be beautifully caught by stumper Rishabh Pant.advertisementComing back for his second spell, Cummins then dealt a fiery blow to the hosts with the key wicket of Stokes. (Samson thanks Dravid after maiden hundred)Stokes wasn’t looking too comfortable against the pace of Cummins, and he was undone in his attempt to pull one bowled at 148 kph only resulted in a bottom edge to Pant.Pune’s weakness with the bat in the absence of regular skipper Steve Smith was clearly out when the hosts lost half the side by the eighth over with just 55 runs on the board.Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11) and veteran all-rounder Rajat Bhatia (16) also failed to make any vital contributions.Dhoni, who slammed Nadeem for a six in the previous over, lasted only 14 deliveries before Mishra saw the Ranchi stumper’s back. (Stats: Samson 12th Indian to slam IPL ton)Mishra then dented Pune’s hopes with the wicket of Bhatia in his very next over after the Delhi all-rounder faced 17 balls.Pacer Deepak Chahar (14) raised Pune’s hopes for a short while when he clobbered Cummins for two consecutive sixes before Zaheer got him caught behind on the first ball of his third over.Mishra struck once again in his third over to get rid of Australian leggie Adam Zampa (5) as Pune were reduced to 107/9 before Cummins finished off things with the wicket of Ashoke Dinda (7) without any fuss.Earlier, the 22-year-old Samson took the Pune bowlers to the cleaners from the word go, before converting his first T20 half century to a match-winning hundred.Samson, who got to his century with a straight six off Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, clobbered five sixes and eight fours in his 63-ball 103. (Sanju Samson finds admirers in Zaheer Khan and Rahane)South African all-rounder Chris Morris then added the late order fireworks in the final two overs, with a 9-ball unbeaten 38, that included three sixes and four boundaries, to raise Delhi’s 200.Put in to bat, Delhi were once again off to a poor start losing opener Aditya Tare for nought but Sam Billings (24) andSamson resurrected the innings with a 69-run second wicket stand.Samson raised another half century stand, this time with Rishabh Pant (31) adding 53 runs for the third wicket.Pune leaked as many as 45 runs in the final two overs as Morris went on with his natural game from the very first ball. He slammed Zampa for two fours and a six in the 19th over before clobbering Stokes for two more boundaries and as many maximums in the final over to take Delhi to the massive total.last_img read more

Frances Tiafoe hoping to keep dream alive as he prepares to face Rafael Nadal

first_imgHaving already changed the lives of his immigrant parents, Frances Tiafoe is hopeful to build on his own stature in the game as he prepares for an Australian Open quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Tuesday.American Tiafoe, the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone, recalled his humble beginnings after stunning Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday to reach the last eight at a major for the first time in his career.”I told my parents 10 years ago I was gonna be a pro tennis player and change their life. Now I’m in the quarter-finals of a Slam. I can’t believe it,” world number 39 Tiafoe said.”The beginning of my career, I was playing for them, trying to do everything for my family. Obviously now I put them in a great place. Now I’m trying to do it for me.”Tiafoe, who turned 21 on Sunday, faces a tough test as he bids to keep the big dream alive, with 2009 champion Nadal in ruthless form coming into the contest at Rod Laver Arena.The Spaniard has not dropped a set so far in the tournament but said after his victory over Tomas Berdych in the last round that he did not expect his first career meeting with Tiafoe to be as smooth.”Going to be a tough one, as you can expect in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam,” Nadal said.”I played some good matches until that round and now is the moment to keep doing steps forward, to keep having chances.”advertisementNadal’s compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut plays Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the conqueror of 20-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, in another quarter-final clash.Among the women, Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova meets fellow unseeded player in Danielle Collins while Czech Petra Kvitova runs into local favourite Ashleigh Barty.last_img read more

George North hopes his best form can lead Wales to first World Cup final

first_imgGatland is in his last campaign as Wales head coach and only a giant Springbok outfit stand between him and a first final for Wales. To get past the Springboks, Gatland’s battered and bruised side will have to produce their best performance of the tournament and get the best out of their key men.One such man is North. With 39 Wales tries in 90 Tests – at the age of 27 – you cannot really argue with his record, yet there remains a feeling he could do more to help his team.“My form has been mixed,” he said. “This is the biggest stage and where you want to be playing your best rugby. I’ve not been playing badly, but not to where I want to be. We are now in a semi-final and to be part of it is something special.”North featured in Wales’s last World Cup semi-final – 2011’s 9-8 defeat by France at Auckland’s Eden Park – following the dismissal of Sam Warburton.“This one has got a better feeling about it. We’re chuffed to be here and thrilled to be one of the last four standing,” said North. “In 2011, we went into it as a bit of an unknown and got there by sheer determination and belief. This time we’ve earned our place. We’ve got to push on now.“These are the games you do all the hard graft for. They are the ones you’d give anything and everything to be a part of. Everyone in the squad is ready for that challenge.”This Wales team is more experienced, boasts greater depth, and has had more success than the one of 2011 and this is the best shot Wales will have at global glory.Whoever comes out on top in Yokohama on Sunday morning will meet England in the final after Eddie Jones’ side produced a performance for the ages to beat New Zealand 19-7.Wales have won their past four meetings with South Africa. The two sides often meet outside of World Rugby’s designated Test window with the Springboks without a number of their leading players as a result. This time their only big absentee is the injured wing Cheslin Kolbe.Wales are also without the crocked Liam Williams and Josh Navidi. On Saturday, Wales insisted Jonathan Davies is 100% fit to start the game despite the centre’s troublesome knee injury.Davies and his midfield partner, Hadleigh Parkes, have recovered from knocks but there must be a concern their injuries will count against them in what will a brutal battle. Reuse this content Topics Rugby union Share on Pinterest North attacks during Wales’ victory against the Springboks last year. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images Pinterest Share on Facebook North will win his 91st Wales cap at the International Stadium in Yokohama. He marked his 2010 debut with two tries against the Springboks as an 18-year-old and is now one behind Wales’s second-highest scorer, Gareth Thomas.“It was a dream come true to get a cap for my country. To get two tries on my debut was huge for me. From there I haven’t really stopped and it’s been an amazing journey to get here.“I’ve got an opportunity to face South Africa again, but on a huge stage. We’ve come a long way since 2011, but being able to play in a World Cup semi-final now is huge motivation as it is. It’s something I couldn’t be more excited about.”South Africa’s Siya Kolisi – his country’s first black captain – wants to follow in the footsteps of François Pienaar and John Smit and unite the Rainbow Nation. Their 1995 World Cup success came with Pienaar as captain and he received the Webb Ellis Cup from Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black president, a year after apartheid had ended.It was a seismic moment in the country’s rugby history and more global glory followed in 2007. Now Kolisi wants a final meeting with England, the side beaten in the 2007 showpiece. Rugby World Cup 2019 Read more Support The Guardian Read more Share on Messenger “We have many different races in our country and 11 different languages,” Kolisi said. “It is one of the positives of our country – it’s really beautiful. That’s why we are called the ‘Rainbow Nation’. When we decide to work together for one goal or as a team and as a country, we can make anything happen and achieve all our dreams.“That’s why we want to give our best and hopefully play in the final. It would be huge as I’ve seen what it [a World Cup win] has done for the country before.“I am old enough to remember the 2007 World Cup. I remember what it did for the country then and I know what it would do now.“We all know Wales kick a lot of ball so their forwards are quite important. It is going to be a battle.” Share on Twitter England dethrone New Zealand to reach Rugby World Cup final Share on WhatsApp Rugby World Cup Wales rugby union team Share via Email Twitter features Share on LinkedIn South Africa rugby team Erasmus has reunited Springboks but Gatland’s time may be at hand Since you’re here… Facebook By his own admission George North is yet to fire in Japan but with Wales in a World Cup semi-final with South Africa on Sunday morning Warren Gatland will hope his best is yet to come. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Report: PSG 3-0 Nimes

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s attacking talents stepped up in the absence of Neymar as the champions began their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.Neymar was left out amid ongoing speculation over his future, but Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria were all on target at the Parc des Princes.Champions in six of the last seven seasons, Cavani got the ball rolling for PSG with a contentious first-half penalty that was followed by a well-taken strike from Mbappe. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Mbappe then turned provider by setting up substitute Di Maria for the third as Thomas Tuchel’s men made a serene start to their latest title defence.21 – Kylian Mbappe has scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 in 2019, no player has scored more in that spell in the Top 5 European leagues (level with Lionel Messi). Habit. @PSG_English #PSGNO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 11, 2019A calf injury prevented Ander Herrera from making his home debut, but fellow new signings Pablo Sarabia and Abdou Diallo were both handed starts.The hosts’ breakthrough arrived 24 minutes in through Cavani’s penalty, awarded for a handball against Pablo Martinez.Sarabia’s whipped corner hit Martinez on the hand, but PSG’s appeals were muted and play was allowed to continue for a further minute before the referee pulled play back for a VAR check.Nimes goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni produced a flying save to keep out Sarabia’s left-footed volley at the back post 10 minutes later, while Cavani failed to convert an Mbappe cutback from close range shortly before half-time.But PSG gave themselves breathing space 56 minutes in thanks to Mbappe’s sweet strike into the top left corner after being teed up by Juan Bernat.And Di Maria rounded off the scoring four minutes after being introduced from the bench, picking out the bottom right-hand corner once played in by Mbappe.FULL TIME: First points in the bag! #PSGNO#ICICESTPARIS— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 11, 2019What does it mean? Neymar saga turns sourNeymar has not featured for PSG since last season and he was not part of the squad today, with sporting director Leonardo hinting this week a move away from the club – either to Real Madrid or Barcelona – could be close.Certain sections of the Parc des Princes aimed derogatory chants towards Neymar before and during the match, but on the field Tuchel’s men showed they can cope without the Brazil forward as Cavani, Mbappe and Di Maria all registered.Mbappe up and runningThe path is clear for Mbappe to become the undisputed star of this PSG side should Neymar depart, and he took just 56 minutes of the new campaign to get off the mark. He also linked up well with Cavani and teed up Di Maria for the third goal.Verratti and Draxler let off the hookDespite already being on yellow cards, Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler both produced strong challenges in the final 25 minutes of the game that could have led to their dismissal on another day.What’s next?PSG have an away game against a familiar foe next Sunday as they travel to Rennes, who they beat in the Trophee des Champions last week, while Nimes host Nice the day before. read morelast_img read more

Government Targeting 50,000 BPO Jobs

first_img Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17, the Minister  noted that the BPO sector has been growing “very aggressively” and has generated 26,000 jobs. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is targeting the creation 50,000 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs in a “pretty short time.” Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is targeting the creation 50,000 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs in a “pretty short time.”Speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 17, the Minister  noted that the BPO sector has been growing “very aggressively” and has generated 26,000 jobs.He said that the Jamaica Promotions Corporation, through its market research, has projected that nearly 11,000 new BPO jobs will be created by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on March 31.Minister Shaw pointed out that ensuring that Jamaica has the requisite skills set to support growing industries like BPO remains a priority adding that “we have to focus more on training people.”He noted that 17,000 persons are expected to be trained by the end of this year, many of whom will go into the BPO sector.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw informed that the Administration has created over 60,000 jobs since assuming office in February 2016. Of the number, nearly 40,000 were created in 2017.“While we have created those jobs, the labour force has actually been expanding as well. More people have seen the signs of growth and have removed themselves from the unemployment and inactive line and are now actively seeking jobs,” he pointed out.Mr. Shaw said the signs of growth are particularly evident in the construction industry. He said that the Jamaica Promotions Corporation, through its market research, has projected that nearly 11,000 new BPO jobs will be created by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on March 31.center_img Story Highlights “We see a lot of new buildings going up when you drive around the city (of Kingston). Two major high rise buildings are going up in downtown, and new (commercial) and apartment buildings all over New Kingston. The construction industry is booming in Jamaica right now,” he added.last_img read more

Pentagons stratagem

first_imgStrangely, days after the meeting between the American President Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pentagon informed the US Congress of its decision to approve military sales worth 125 million to Pakistan. The US government claims that it is being given under the Foreign Military Sales programme to be disbursed to 60 US contactors as salaries and is only for around the clock monitoring of the use of F-16 aircraft in Pakistan as spelt out in the end-user agreement between US and Pakistan. But what exactly is strange? Firstly, why is it that the Pentagon cannot pay its inspectors directly for the work being done on their behalf? And secondly, what about the US admission that it is in response to Pakistan’s request for continuation of technical and logistical support services? Also Read – A special kind of bondApparently, a game is being played. I suspect that these US contractors will be engineers of the Lockheed Martin, manufactures of the F-16 aircraft, and they would upgrade the necessary infrastructure of the F-16 aircraft to be able to carry advanced versions of Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missiles as compared to the current variant, which was not adequately successful in Balakot and post-Balakot aerial combat. Modern air-wars are seen as BVR missile-wars where targets as far as 150 kms could be easily engaged using aircraft’s own radar. Obviously, Pakistan has taken serious note of the development of Astra BVR missile by India’s DRDO being fit on SU 30 Mki and Mig 29 combat planes apart from longer reach being inducted from Russia, the existing equally potent missiles on Mirage 2000 and most dangerous of all, the Meteor on the Rafale being inducted. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn fact, after the shooting down of the F-16 aircraft by the much older Indian Mig-Bison, there was not only inevitable consternation in the Pakistani Camp but also in the Lockheed Martin group who were extremely fearful of the adverse publicity. At that time the US magazine Foreign Policy had risen in their support and brought out a story by Lara Seligman in which she had quoted two senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation that US personnel recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing. She, apparently, was saying this at the bidding of Pentagon. This correspondent for many years covered Military Aviation and was very close to the Pentagon and thus to Lockheed Martin, who have deep inroads into Pentagon. In fact, the Pentagon, away from public gaze, supports US arms manufacturers. The stoppage of US arms aid to Pakistan itself is full of paradoxes. The US government just invented a ruse to deliver weapon systems. They provided F-16 aircraft to Pakistan seemingly for fighting terrorists. This logic itself is full of holes. How can a fighter plane be effectively used against a few terrorists on the move or hiding in the mountain-side? This falsehood truly surfaced when post-Balakot the Indian Government raised the point about Pakistan using F-16s and produced a crashed AMRAAM missile used on F-16 as evidence. At the same, they brought to the notice of the US Government the clear violation of the end-user agreement with them. The US government chose to respond several months later, only to say, that since the agreement between the US and Pakistan is strictly confidential they would neither comment on nor divulge the nature of agreements. It is sad to admit that we were living in a fools’ paradise. We must acknowledge that since the very beginning of the emergence of Pakistan, the US considered Pakistan a frontline state. We would recall CENTO. The Central Treaty Organisation was one of the Cold War’s weirdest alliances. This was largely the result of the improbable quintet of nations making up the Organisation: Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The United States was integral in setting-up the alliance in 1955, yet never became a member itself. Then came the Reagan Doctrine. This doctrine was a centrepiece of United States foreign policy from the early 1980s until the end of the Cold War in 1991. Under this Doctrine, the United States provided overt and covert aid to anti-communist guerrillas and resistance movements in an effort to “roll back” Soviet-backed pro-communist governments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The doctrine was designed to diminish Soviet influence in these regions as part of the administration’s overall strategy to win the Cold War. And in Afghanistan, Pakistan was its principal ally which spearheaded in raising a force of Mujahideen fighters trained by CIA in collusion with Pakistan’s ISI. It broke the Soviet back. Let me reiterate. Pakistan will continue to be useful to the US despite its present alleged anathema on terrorist linkages. Although, the US-India relationship is globally being described as a strategic centrepiece but is it mere business or more? Defence acquisition from the US has crossed over $13 billion (2017) and they included 13 C 130 J Hercules aircraft, 10 C -17 Globemaster, 12 P-8 Poseidon aircraft from Boeing, 22 AH 64 Apache helicopters, 15 CH 47 Chinook helicopters and 145 M777 Howitzers. (The author is a retired Air Commodore and strategic-affairs commentator. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Drew Barrymore Joins St Jude Childrens Research Hospital For Childhood Cancer Awareness

first_imgSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is calling upon people across the country to unite under the shared goal to end childhood cancer.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Helping to raise awareness for the mission is St. Jude ambassador Drew Barrymore.“St. Jude, it’s just an unparalleled place,” said Barrymore. “They don’t charge families, and they take all the burdens and worry of daily life off the table for them.”Since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent, and it won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.“While there is much to celebrate in terms of the progress St. Jude has made in the fight against childhood cancer, cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in U.S. children today and we must keep up the fight until no child dies from cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We appreciate Drew Barrymore being our St. Jude ambassador and are thankful for our partners and the tens of thousands of supporters who are raising awareness and support our lifesaving mission through the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer nationwide.”The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place on Sept. 16 and 23, in 63 cities across the country. Individuals can register to participate in this family friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.Individuals can also get involved this September by donating to walk/run participants or volunteering at one of the events. Learn more or find a St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer in your area by visiting year, more than 50 national partners are supporting St. Jude through various Childhood Cancer Awareness Month activities throughout the month of September. Partners include Kmart, Carnival Cruise Line, PayPal, Varsity Brands, Lancôme, CBS Sports, Brizo, Party City, Publishers Clearing House, Touchdowns Against Cancer, Coton Colors, BurgerFi, Smartwater, LINE-X, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Smocked Auctions. National Series Sponsors of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events include Target, Thrivent Mutual Funds and American Airlines. Chili’s Grill and Bar has committed to be our first Platinum national team, and our Gold national teams are Tri Delta, New York & Company, Brooks Brothers, Domino’s, Cox Automotive, Westfield, DXL Group, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.last_img read more