Thunder sweating as Russell awaits fate

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder have been left sweating on the availability of Andre Russell for this season’s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Thunder training camp bowls off on Saturday, but there is no indication yet whether Russell will be able to suit up or if he will be slapped with a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping whereabouts violation.He missed three drug tests in a 12-month period after failing to inform authorities of his whereabouts.The hearing to determine Russell’s fate concluded recently and Thunder chief executive, Nick Cummins, said they were hopeful of a positive outcome.”Two of the alleged filing failures were while he was playing for West Indies at the World Cup, so he was hardly hiding in a cupboard,” Cummins contended.”He was on international television representing his country. But they’re the rules.”Certainly, from what we’ve followed, we think there’s enough evidence to exonerate him, but it’s not my decision, obviously, and we’ll just have to see how it goes.”IN DEMANDRussell has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in the T20 format, and is one of a plethora of West Indies players who ply their trade in multiple foreign leagues.A big-hitting lower-order batsman and a lively seamer who is also brilliant in the field, the 28-year-old has already played 225 T20s and made over 3,400 runs and taken 202 wickets.Cummins said the fact Russell appeared in person before the anti-doping panel had been a good sign.”I’ve spoken to him a couple of times over the journey. He feels like he’s done everything he can,” said Cummins.A huge fan favourite, Russell was excellent for Thunder last season, grabbing a high 16 wickets and gathering nearly 200 runs as the franchise won their maiden Big Bash title.The Big Bash League bowls off on December 20.last_img read more

Air Cote d’Ivoire Adds Liberia to 19-Nation Route

first_imgRegular travelers between Liberia and la Cote d’Ivoire may be sighing with great relief at the new and only alternative to braving the intense, unpaved terrain between the two countries as they have for nearly a decade, since Air Cote d’Ivoire added Liberia to its 19-nation continental route. Announcing its 19-nation route at a major press conference at the airline’s Abidjan hub over the weekend, CEO Mr. Rene Decurey pledged to make Air Cote d’Ivoire’s the leading airline in West and Central Africa.  Established on May 15, 2012 with the help of current Ivorian President Al Hassan Ouattara, the airliner’s initial capitalization of US$5 million investment has already increased ten-fold to US$50 million and is poised to reach US$130 million by the second half of 2014, Mr. Decurey disclosed.  According to him, Air Cote d’Ivoire is a joint venture between the Government of Cote d’Ivoire (65%), Ivorian private company Golden Rod Investment (15%) and Air France (20%).The CEO said the Ivorian leader made it clear to Ivoirians that the development of their country definitely needed a reliable airline that would be able to take passengers in and out if Ivory Coast.  He said, President Outtara asked the company’s chairman Abdoulaye Coulibaly to work along with him (Decurey) to put the airline together which they did; and the airline is now taking passengers into several countries in Africa.Their major challenge, said Decurey, is to build a lasting and profitable company through the continual quest for customer satisfaction, the cohesion and professionalism of their personnel, the destiny of their hub, re-enforced by solid alliances. The challenge requires the company to be flexible, innovative and to engage in corporate social responsibility.The Air Cote d’Ivoire fleet is composed of two Airbus A-319S (equipped with 12 seats in business class and 96 seats in economy class) and 1 Embraer 170 (equipped with eight seats in business class and 60 seats in economy class). The airplanes are destined for the regional network and company plans is to increase its fleet with seven more aircrafts over the next five years. In 2014, the company foresees the acquisition of two Bombardier Q400s for its domestic network and one additional airbus A-319.The company begins operation with four flights but the CEO promised to increase the number of flights before the end of 2014. Responding to flights flying to Liberia, he said “Liberia is a neighboring country with Ivory Coast and currently there is total peace in the country.” He used the medium to thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, describing her as “a loving President” that cares about other countries. He disclosed that the airline is now flying to Liberia four times weekly and that he hopes to expand his flight weekly in Liberia. Other officials of the company include Patrick Kone, Jean-Pierre Chonavel, Director for finance and Human Resources and Laurent Loukou, Director General for Commercial and Marketing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shelter Afrique Examines NHA Projects to Boost Request for Loan

first_imgMadam Johnson and Shelter Afrique’s Ogonegbu after their meetingA representative of Shelter Afrique, Madam Elizabeth Ogonegbu has completed a two-day (Feb. 28-March 1, 2019) feasibility studies on activities of the National Housing Authority (NHA) for its request for a loan to build affordable houses for Liberians who are affected by erosion in the Township of West Point.Madam Ogonegbu is a senior Regional Operations Officer for Central and West Africa, for Shelter Afrique, a South Africa-based financial institution that finances affordable housing in Africa.At the meeting on Thursday, February 28 in the conference room of the NHA on Capitol Hill, Madam Tonia D. Johnson, NHA’s Officer-in-Charge, welcomed Madam Ogonegbu to Liberia and expressed the government’s delight through the NHA for her visit to examine activities of the NHA.She informed her that the NHA has the statutory mandate to provide low-cost housing for Liberian families and therefore the government welcomed her visit to Liberia since it is clear that her visit indicated her organization is willing to work with the Liberian government’s pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development.Madam Johnson described the relationship between the Government of Liberia (through the NHA) and Shelter Afrique as very cordial and assured Madam Ogonegbu that the government (through the NHA) is in readiness to deepen their partnership in the realization of the NHA’s mandate.Responding, Madam Ogonegbu, extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia through the National Housing Authority for the warm reception accorded her during the visit and promised her organization’s support to the Government of Liberia through the NHA for its slum upgrading and resettlement programs.She said the main focus of her visit is to look over the activities of the NHA to be able to provide a positive assessment of what her organization can do to realize the objectives of the NHA.“It is also to gain insight about the country’s objectives in the real estate sector that could inform our decision to provide the needed funding for Liberia’s slum upgrading by the NHA,” she said.She said the overview from her visit to Liberia will help her to develop a comprehensive agenda and a road-map for a holistic slum upgrading programs in the country.Meanwhile, during her two-day stay in Liberia, Madam Ogonegbu was led on a tour of the Township of West Point and the VOA Community, site of where 65 family heads from West Point are settled, and the NASSACORP Village in Brewersville, outside Monrovia. Madame Ogonegbu paid a brief visit to some vacant land areas belonging to the NHA along the Roberts International Airport before her departure.She expressed appreciation for the jobs being done in Liberia by the Liberian government, through the NHA, and said she has no doubt of a successful partnership between Shelter Afrique and the Liberian government (through the NHA).Madam Ogonegbu said her stay in Liberia was rewarding as she had the opportunity to meet with several officials, including Mr. Nathaniel F. McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and executives of the NHA. She departed Liberia on Friday, March 1, 2019, for South Africa, an NHA press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four B.C. LNG players form alliance to push for Asia exports: The Globe and Mail

first_imgThe four members are: Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG, Shell Canada Energy, Prince Rupert LNG and Kitimat LNG project, which is co-owned by Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp.The ‘B.C. LNG Developers Alliance’ hopes to promote the LNG industry and engage in public consultation, which in turn they hope will win the hearts of First Nations and other affected communities. Part of that plan is to participate in community outreach and labour training.There’s also a plan to build “an LNG literacy program designed to inform B.C residents about the industry.”- Advertisement -“British Columbia is struggling to ensure that LNG projects deliver benefits to taxpayers, minimize environmental impacts, and address concerns of First Nations and other local communities, while ensuring proponents see a rate of return that justifies the massive investment required,” said a KPMG report on global LNG competition, released to The Globe and Mail.The Globe and Mail is reporting three smaller LNG projects are considering the alliance, “which would get help from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on issues related to drilling for natural gas.” The alliance is reportedly entertaining the idea of sharing gas pipeline infrastructure instead of competing lines with the 14 LNG proposals in the works, although they would remain competitors during export process.Advertisement International competition is also a priority for the alliance.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera Soroptimist will host a clothing sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at the Pico Park Community Center, 9528 Beverly Blvd. Admission is free. The fundraiser will sell overstocked women’s, men’s, and children’s designer apparel from leading national department stores at 90 percent off the original retail price. The clothing is all new with hang tags, and there will be more than 3,500 items to choose from. The event is designed to promote scholarships, breast cancer research and heart disease awareness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2For more information, call (626) 224-1681. Aquatics Center begins fundraiser LA MIRADA – The “Make a Splash” fundraising campaign for the La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center is accepting donations from local residents and businesses. The Aquatics Center will offer more than 40 unique naming opportunities for those who contribute $10,000 or more. The name opportunities include three slides, a flowing river channel, 50-meter and 25-yard pools, a play structure, spray area, pavilion, scoreboard, fitness room, and swimming lanes. Early contributors donating $100 and above will be recognized on a Founder’s Wall inside of the Aquatics Center. For more information about other donor recognition packages or other information about the “Make a Splash Campaign,” call (562)943-7277. June events slated at kids’ museum LA HABRA – The Children’s Museum at La Habra will hold several family fun events in June, including “Critter Days” at 2 p.m. June11 and a bamboo flute workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. June 21 at the museum, 301S. Euclid St. General admission is $5 per person; children under 2 are free. For more information, call (562) 905-9793. Optimists planning fundraising trip WHITTIER – Whittier Optimist is sponsoring a fundraising bus trip to Stateline. The group leaves at 6 a.m. June 17 from 12820 S. Pioneer Blvd. The cost is $25 per person, with $5 refunded when boarding the bus. Bingo, raffle games, food and drinks will be available on the bus. To make a reservation or for more information, call (562) 412-8093. Free water classes for professionals CERRITOS – In an effort to promote water conservation, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California will sponsor free classes next month aimed at professional gardeners and maintenance workers. The classes, aimed at training ecofriendly gardeners, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 20, June 22, June 27 and June 29 at Rio Hondo College in Whittier. The classes will be offered in Spanish and English. For more information, call (562) 407-1934. Library gift funds literacy programs WHITTIER – The Assistance League of Whittier has given $27,000 to the Whittier Public Library to help fund the library’s summer reading program and adult programming and to purchase new shelving. The gift will also be used to purchase books in Spanish and English, as well as books on tape, and to provide literacy resources for adults. Whittier Librarian Paymaneh Maghsoudi said: “On behalf of all of us at the library and the community in general, we would like to thank ALW for its generosity. “What would Whittier do without such a fine group of community volunteers?” – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA huge gorse fire across Inishowen may have been sparked by a charity tractor drive.More than 20 firefighters had to battle for three hours to bring the fire under control as it swept across Drumfries on the Inishowen Peninsula.The blaze, which started around noon, destroyed acres of gorse in its path between Buncrana and Carndonagh. Fire brigades from Buncrana and Carndonagh were dispatched to the scene to stop the fire from spreading to nearby houses.Fire chiefs are now investigating the possibility that a spark from a steam-powered tractor, which was on a charity drive from Mizen to Malin Head, may have caused the blaze.A source said “That is one possibility but that is something that will have to be verified by the Gardai during their investigation.“Three units of the fire service did respond to the call and thankfully they prevented the blaze spreading to some forestry which could have been a real disaster.” There have been other smaller gorse fires in both Stranorlar and Dungloe but there has been no reports of extensive damage.However a spokesman for the Donegal Fire Service appealed for people to be vigilant considering the current dry spell and not to dispose of cigarettes or light fires in the open.EndsHUGE INISHOWEN GORSE FIRE MAY HAVE BEEN STARTED BY SPARK FROM CHARITY TRACTOR DRIVE was last modified: April 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:gorse fireInishowentractorlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Tuesday, August 15. Bridget ROSSThe death has occurred of Bridget Ross, Redcastle, Donegal. Removal at 5pm today, Tuesday 15th, August, to her late residence. Removal on Thursday, 17th August, at 10.30am to St. Columba’s Church, Drung, Quigley’s Point, for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in Carndonagh Cemetery. Family time from 10pm to 11am. Daniel (Danny) Mc NultyThe death has occurred of Danny Mc Nulty, Mullindrait, Stranorlar, in his 92nd year. Much loved brother of Agnes and the late Johnny, Paddy, Seamus, Noel and Katie. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by his sister, sister-in-law Eileen, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.His remains will repose at his home from 6pm on Tuesday, August 15th, until rosary at 10pm. Funeral leaving his home on Thursday, August 17th, at 10.30am for Requiem Mass in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar at 11am with interment afterwards in Stranorlar Cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 10am and on the morning of the funeral. Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: August 15th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:obituarieslast_img read more

Get a Life with Nature

first_imgFeeling bored, low on energy, exhausted?  Don’t reach for a cup of coffee.  Get out into nature.  Researchers at the University of Rochester ran some controlled experiments on college students and found that those who spent a little time outdoors felt happier and more energetic.  “Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive,” the article on PhysOrg announced.  “Being outside in nature for just 20 minutes in a day is enough to significantly boost vitality levels, according to new University of Rochester psychology research.”    The findings, published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, appear to be distinguished from merely exercising or socializing.  Four different experiments were run in an attempt to isolate the effect of nature alone – including some tests with just photographs, looking out windows, and visualizing oneself outdoors with and without companions.  In each case, the students who participated in either actually being outdoors or visualizing themselves outdoors recorded an increase in vitality.  The authors concluded that it was the presence of nature, not just the companionship or exercise, that contributed to the vitalizing and energizing effect.  Furthermore, this result appears robust in that it correlates with earlier studies that show people gaining a better sense of well-being, generosity and caring when relating to nature.    “Nature is fuel for the soul,” said Richard Ryan, the lead author of the study.  “….Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built environments.”  He believes that access to parks and natural surroundings in our cities is an important consequence of these studies.We leave it as an exercise to figure out in what sense nature is being used here.  Nature is a very slippery word that can refer to all kinds of things, even opposite things.  Presumably we all are thinking together that here it refers to trees, grass, birds – nice outdoorsy things.    What can you do in your situation to take advantage of the lessons of this entry?  Here are some easy suggestions.  Take a walk outside every day – either at work, or before or after work.  Decorate your house with plants and nature photographs.  Build more windows in your house or office.  Take more vacations to national parks or scenic locations.  Learn an outdoor hobby like nature photography, birdwatching, tidepooling, astronomy, camping, backpacking, sailing, river rafting or canoeing, bicycling, or whatever is appropriate to your age and skill.  This is a good habit to build into your life.  Think of it as an investment: put some assets into your bank of vitality.    One of our sister ministries is called Creation Safaris – a Christian camping and hiking ministry with a variety of outings in the southern California area.  It’s just one of many like-minded educational and recreational ministries that combine creation information with fun, fellowship and adventure.  Take a look at our photo gallery as an experiment in how visualizing nature brings vitality and see if it works for you.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soweto tourist info centre opens

first_img23 February 2006The Soweto Tourism and Information Centre is set to provide a comprehensive service to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit South Africa’s world-famous township every year.The one-stop tourist information shop was opened this week at the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted 50 years ago.“Soweto is the most visited township in South Africa,” Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo said at the launch. “Its heritage and history, its culture and unique position in the liberation struggle, make it a must-see destination for foreign as well as local visitors.”Masondo said some 250 000 local and international tourists visit the township every year.From its place on the historic site, the centre will provide comprehensive and integrated help and information to tourists. Visitors will be able to book accommodation in Soweto, and plan and book tours and site guides.The centre, developed by the Johannesburg Tourism Company in partnership with the private sector, has a visitors’ area, a fully equipped conference and meeting room, a curio shop, a call centre, an internet cafe and a cafeteria.It will also have a training facility for aspirant young entrepreneurs wanting to establish small businesses in the hospitality and other related sectors.The centre will be operated and managed by the Johannesburg Tourism Company. For more information, call +27 (0)11 214-0700.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Competing With Good Enough

first_imgYou have the more expensive solution. Your competitors sell what you sell, but at a lower price. But you have the superior offer. The way you compete with “good enough,” is to make it “not good enough.”Justifying the DeltaTo compete with “good enough,” you must contrast your “best” offer with your competitors “good enough” offer.The difference that makes you different from competitors who sell “good enough” has to be in the value that is worth paying more to obtain. If the differences do not create enough value to justify the delta between your offer and the “good enough” offer, you make it easy for your prospective client to choose “good enough.”Your prospect has to agree that that value is worth paying for. So how do you make “best” a must for your potential customers?Outcomes and RisksIt is critical that you focus on your prospective client’s most strategic outcomes and how your solution ensures they achieve the results they need.If you don’t have a thorough understanding of your potential client’s strategic outcomes, then you’re going to struggle to beat “good enough,” whether it’s the status quo or a competitive offer. If you can’t speak to exactly how “good enough” increases the prospective client’s risk in obtaining those outcomes, then “good enough” wins. Better still is the ability to prove that “good enough” won’t allow your prospective client to obtain the results they need.Without hanging your justification on your client’s most important needs, you risk losing to an inferior offer.SettlersEven when you can justify the delta between your higher-priced, higher value-creating offer and “good enough,” some of your prospective client’s will still choose “good enough.” This is a sad reality.Some of your prospective clients will hold the belief that they can get by with something less than they need. (There is a strategy for this, but that’s for another post). Some mistakenly believe they can have better, faster, and cheaper. Other prospects will choose “good enough” because they have post-traumatic recessionary stress disorder and are fearful to spend more money.There are buyers, however, who recognize value and will easily pay the higher price to avoid a solution that is merely “good enough.” They understand the need to invest in a solution that is in line with their goals.Succeeding with a higher price in a category is a question create enough value to justify the delta between your product and one that is “good enough.”last_img read more