Four former cricket stars to visit PNG

first_imgThe four are:  former England One Day International (ODI) captain Adam Hollioake, New Zealand Test cricketer /national coach Mark Greatbatch, Australian women’s test cricketer/national coachCathryn Fitzpatrick and former Australian Test cricketer Brad Hodge.They will be here tohelp address the issue of the rising cause of deaths in the country due to driving while under the influence of alcohol.The Big Bash Event will include media conferences, school visits and high performance training programs.The biggest drawcard will be the Legends Big Bash Cricket friendly game where all the four stars will play alongside the Barramundis and Lewas at Amini Park on October 16th.Also supporting the event for the first time is the community based advocacy group, theCoalition For Change (CFC).last_img read more

Olympic voters weigh Trump effect on LA 2024 bid

first_img LAST FEW MONTHS Pound believes Los Angeles leaders will urgently want to meet with Trump to see if he is “an enthusiastic supporter of this venture or not.” “Your most important campaign is at home,” Pound said, suggesting that IOC voters and Olympic sports leaders can be swayed closer to election day. “The roadshow only happens in the last few months.” Before that final stretch of campaigning, the city’s biggest rival – Paris – could have its own domestic politics to explain. In May, France elects a president in a contest many predict will include far-right candidate Marine Le Pen among the two candidates in a second round of voting. LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): Donald Trump’s election as US president has the potential to influence Los Angeles’ chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics. For better or worse. Some International Olympic Committee (IOC) members – who will choose between Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in a vote next September – cited possible pros and cons of Trump’s role in the American bid. As a polarising presidential candidate, Trump’s words on Muslims, Mexicans and other issues could have offended some of the 98 IOC members from around the world who will select the host city. “It may have,” the IOC’s longest-serving member, Dick Pound of Canada, told The Associated Press (AP). At the same time, Pound did not rule out the possibility that Trump could help win votes if he travels to Lima, Peru, in September to pitch the Los Angeles bid in person to the IOC ahead of the secret ballot. South African IOC member Sam Ramsamy, whose country has been described by Trump as a “very dangerous mess,” dismissed any lingering effect with 10 months left before the 2024 Olympic vote. “He has been rude to everybody,” Ramsamy told the AP. “I don’t believe it will affect bidding in any way.” In a statement Wednesday congratulating Trump, the Los Angeles 2024 bid committee said the Olympics can “transcend politics and can help unify our diverse communities and our world.” IOC President Thomas Bach offered a brief statement to the AP on Trump’s election. “Let me congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory and wish him all the best for his term in office for all the people of the United States and of the world,” he said. While Trump has little track record with the Olympic movement, his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was a supporter of New York’s failed bid for the 2012 Games and has attended several Olympics. She was First Lady when the US last hosted the Summer Games – in Atlanta in 1996.last_img read more

Do Not Be Enemy to Progress, Senator Nyonblee Kanga Lawrence

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,Thanks for the offer to allow Liberians share their views with the public through your institution.  I write to let Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kanga Lawrence know that making a research before commenting on a matter is cardinal to doing the work Grand Bassa people elected her to do.  I read in the 29th edition of the Daily Observer suggestion by this Senator to cancel the first Saturday schedule set up by former Mayor Mary Broh to clean the city of Monrovia; something that disappoints a lot.Even the common man or woman, who is not schooled in the academia knows that cleanliness is good and healthy, and despite their differences with former Mayor Mary Broh, the people of Monrovia highly welcome the first Saturday schedule to clean their environment for a few hours.  This is something that no one has ever raised qualm about.  But for the Senator to question its constitutionality and oppose it, basing her argument on difficult economy is quite unfortunate.  This proposal by the Senator to cancel the day only shows that she is an enemy to progress and does not seem to be appreciative to what opposition does, but wants to oppose, reject, and show ingratitude even if there is no need to do so.  I know even prior to this letter Senator Nyonblee Kanga Lawrence had withdrawn this unprogressive suggestion as the rest of her colleagues who are equally bitter with Mary Broh could not buy.Senator Lawrence should know that the City Government is here to govern in accordance with the Municipal Law of the city, and he/she in line with Article 12 of the Constitution can design a plan and enforce it with consent of the citizens to do what is good for them and for the city.  This is not force labor or slavery, but something that every resident of Monrovia is glad about.  Let not the Honorable Senator politicize development for thing she has no reason having interest in.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week – Tom Rennie is joined by the former Tottenham, Southampton & West Brom defender Chris Perry to look at the final week of the 14/15 season. Chris has been tipping Hull to join QPR & Burnley in the Championship for months…does he change his mind in the final week?This weekend the Tigers need a win against Manchester United at the KC, as well as Newcastle failing to beat West Ham. Every single match is live on outside the UK & RoI. Chris also tells us his former club Southampton will miss out on the Europa League this weekend… but qualify after Arsenal win the FA Cup!We’ve also got Tom and Matt Lawrence (former Fulham, Palace, Millwall defender) giving the alternative end of season awards (as Chelsea have won all the good ones), Danny Murphy (Liverpool, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers) gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Alvaro Romeo (talkSPORT’s Spanish Language Editor) plays the final ‘Tom Against The World’ predictor game.last_img read more

REJECTED! Chelsea dealt killer blow in their hunt for striker

first_img Griezmann has committed his future to Atletico Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their hunt for a new striker after Antoine Griezmann committed his future to Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side were keen to get the 25-year-old to extend his current contract until the summer of 2021 after he bagged an impressive 32 goals in all competitions for Atletico last season.Speaking exclusively to the club’s website, Griezmann spoke of his happiness to stay at the Vicente Calderon.“I’m very satisfied, very happy to keep belonging to this family and this project. I want to improve every year, and the club, the coaches and my teammates can help me to reach this goal.“The club wants to keep the level as high as possible and we have to give everything to continue growing. I hope we can keep this way and continue with this progression” Following Atletico’s penalty heartbreak in last season’s Champions League final, the France star had been linked with a move away this summer – with Stamford Bridge rumoured to be a possible destination.However, incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte will now have to turn his attention elsewhere in his hunt for a new forward. 1last_img read more

Italy to pull 1,100 troops from Iraq

first_imgROME – Italy will pull 1,100 of its troops from Iraq in June, the new government said Friday, giving its first specific numbers about the planned withdrawal. “In June we will reduce our troops from 2,700 to 1,600,” Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema said during an evening television show. His announcement came hours after he met with Premier Romano Prodi to map Italy’s exit strategy from the U.S.-led coalition. Most Italian troops in Iraq are in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. They are involved in training, security and reconstruction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The decision to withdraw this many troops by June belongs to the previous government of conservative Silvio Berlusconi. The new center-left government of Romano Prodi was merely staying with it for the time being, Foreign Ministry spokesman Pasquale Terracciano said. “The next steps have not been decided yet,” Terracciano said. Prodi had opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq and pledged during his campaign for the elections in April, which brought him and his center-left allies to power, to bring Italian troops home and replace the contingent with a civilian force. He has said the timing of the pullout would be worked out with allies and the Iraqis. In contrast, Berlusconi defied widespread opposition at home and sent about 3,000 soldiers to Iraq to help with reconstruction after the ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003. 160Want 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_imgJason giving some advice to Shauna ahead of her trip to DenmarkSHE’S the rising star in Donegal – and Irish – cycling and Letterkenny girl Shauna McFadden is off later today to pursue another goal.The Loreto Letterkenny teenager is being backed by key sponsors and one of them, Voodoo owner Jason Black, is getting right behind the 15-year-old.Shauna will race in the prestigious tour of Himmelfart as a guest rider for team Rytger – a ladies only amateur junior team that creates platforms for talented athletes like Shauna to springboard into the professional ranks. Said Jason: “Shauna will have it all to do as Danish racing is fierce and aggressive but this gutsy young Irish rider is a powerful pocket rocket – never afraid of no-one or nothing; she has a real winning attitude.Rytger Manager Brian Henriksen said he’s been following Shauna’s progress from Denmark and tried to sign her one year ago but unfortunately that never materialised.“We’re so delighted to guest her to the team for this event,” said Brian.Voodoo venue are delighted for 2016 to be one of Shaunas key sponsors to allow her to follow her cycling dreams. Added Jason: “We’re proud of Shauna’s ambition, determination and self belief and her ethic. Our business is proud to be apart of. We wish her every success. She has worked so hard to get where she is.“All the team at Voodoo will be following her progress.” VOODOO’S JASON GETS BEHIND SHAUNA’S BID FOR CYCLING STARDOM was last modified: May 4th, 2016 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:Jason BlackShauna McFaddenVOODOOlast_img read more


first_imgBOTH governments will spend more than £100M on upgrading parts of the A5 route over the next four years – but it will be a decade before the road is properly upgrade, the North/South Ministerial Council meeting in Armagh has agreed.Administrations in Belfast and Dublin will also explore alternative funding for the project including possible help from Europe.Our government has set aside – as we reported last week – £50M. Deputy Joe McHugh said talks in Armagh were very constructive.“We’ve kept the project alive and that is good,” said the Fine Gael TD.Two civil servants from each jurisdiction will meet next week to discuss taking the issue further.Taoiseach Enda Kenny, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness all reaffirmed their commitment to the road that will run from Derry to Augnacloy, linking Donegal to Dublin. But its future direction will now depend on the fresh round of discussions between officials from north and south. Mr McGuinness said: “I think it is still a work in progress.”He said people were tempted to write off the project when news of the Irish government decision was made known but as a result of discussions the government had now agreed to assign £25 million in 2015 and £25 million in 2016.Mr McGuinness said: “Against the backdrop of the financial difficulties that exist, it’s a matter of how we can take the process forward. It is far, far too soon to write this project off.”Mr Robinson said the Executive was still committed to the A5 and the A8 that runs from the Port of Larne to Belfast.The Taoiseach said the decision to support the A5 was a formal decision of government and he reaffirmed that commitment. He added: “That has sent out the message that the commitment that we have made is against the background of very changed economic circumstances. “We recognise this as being a flagship project for the North West and we want to see that it happens, and given the constraints that are on us financially, we have made that visible, formal decision to allocate in 2015 and 2016.”Mr McGuinness said: “I think it’s fair to say that we are content that officials, as a result of an NSMC decision, have been charged with the responsibility to bring forward a funding and implementation plan.”UPDATED: A5 PROJECT – DECADE BEFORE IT WILL BE BUILT was last modified: November 19th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA WIDESPREAD overnight frost has once again left many roads across Co Donegal dangerous this morning.The AA, Gardai and Road Safety Authority have issued urgent warnings regarding many roads.There is black ice and there are slippery surfaces in Milford, Ramelton, in and around Letterkenny, Convoy, St Johnston, Buncrana, Carndonagh, Pettigo, Donegal Town, Ballyshannon, Ballybofey, Newtowncunningham and Termon. Gardai say motorists should drive with extreme caution and expect long delays in many areas as a result.Temperatures dropped to -2C at Finner by 1am and fell further to -4C in many inland areas of Co Donegal overnight.Meanwhile forecasters are at odds over snow for later this week.Met Eireann says it believes snow will arrive this Thursday as a low front from the west clashes with cold northerly air. It is predicting that it will be cold throughout this week and there could be further snow “accumulations at low levels” on Friday.However the BBC in the North is hedging its bets, saying it’s not just sure yet whether it will snow – but it “might.”The weather website is giving a 60% chance of snow using data from Carndonagh and Finner.WARNING AS ICY ROADS RETURN BUT FORECASTERS AT ODDS OVER SNOW PREDICTION was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ICY ROADS RETURN AS MET EIREANN REPEATS SNOW PREDICTIONlast_img read more

Wine and food tourism experts talk growth

first_imgTrends in tourism – visitors seeking experiences – and ways to market South Africa’s excellent wine and food tourism industries were unpacked at the first annual Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference.Strategies on growing South Africa’s wine and food industries were debated at a conference in Stellenbosch, the epicentre of the country’s winelands, in November 2016. Wine tourism contributes R6-billion annually to South Africa’s GDP. (Images: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Melissa JavanMore tourists were interested in sharing their experiences of South Africa’s wine and food tourism industry, delegates heard at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference. It is planned for the gathering to become an annual event.The two-day conference, which took place on 1 and 2 November 2016 at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, was attended by industry insiders and experts.Research undertaken by the Western Cape’s destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, found that 86% of tourists wanted to sample local wines and food. SABC also reported that more people wanted customised experiences.A million bottles of South African wines were sold daily worldwide. “This is a million opportunities to tell South Africa’s story through wine tourism,” said Mariette du Toit-Helmbold from destination and tourism marketing agency Destinate.Destinate has been commissioned to develop an industry-led wine tourism plan as part of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise. This initiative was introduced to promote a robust, adaptable and competitive industry.“South Africa’s competitive edge is not only our wine, but also our hospitality and passionate people. That matched with unique experiences, exceptional food and breath-taking scenery, all accessible to the visitor,” said Du Toit-Helmbold.Plenty of the ideas were given about ways of enhancing wine and food experiences:“Restaurants are important, as they are the platform for the development & marketing of a nation”, #jprossouw @winefoodconf #wfconf2016— Ian & Lise Manley (@manleycom) November 2, 2016Are our restaurants reflecting our cultural dishes? What’s our national signature dish?Which dish do we defend internationally? #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016You may not have big budgets for marketing campaigns – do one thing well; train your staff, give them knowledge. #winetourism #wfconf2016— Wesgro (@Wesgro) November 2, 2016A strategy being developedWine tourism currently contributes R6-billion annually towards South Africa’s GDP. The aim is to increase that amount to R15-billion by 2025, with the help of the wine tourism strategy.Du Toit-Helmbold said the strategy was being developed as a dynamic industry framework and practical plan. “Our immediate priorities are to get buy-in from role players and to finalise the implementation plan with input from and alignment with the government.”Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said he supported the development of a wine tourism strategy that would unite the industry behind a common vision, brand and aligned plan to take wine tourism forward. “We look forward to working with the industry to help realise the enormous potential wine tourism has in contributing to our country’s overall tourism growth.”Watch Tim Harris, chief executive officer of Wesgro, talk about the different food and wine experiences in the Western Cape:Rico Basson, chief executive officer of VinPro, said the conference would have long-term benefits for wine tourism and related industries: “We need to adapt to international trends, while offering the best authentic, local offerings – best of what is local.”Wine tourism is a major revenue generator for South Africa. It also presents an important opportunity in terms of job creation,” he said.Already 289,000 jobs had been added in the wine value chain to date, said Basson. “The new strategy will pave the way for significant growth in the wine tourism sector over the next 10 years.”VinePro represents South African wine cellars and wine grape producers. It had provided funding to conclude the strategy and implementation plan and enable a number of interventions within the next 12 months, said conference organisers.On the strategy agenda is the development of a national wine tourism brand and message with a wine tourism marketing kit to train the trade and hospitality industry, providing them with the tools, messaging and visual inspiration to promote wine tourism more effectively.Furthermore, the establishment of a neutral wine tourism digital marketing platform with interactive website, activated social media platforms, aligned wine tourism event calendar, and fresh content providing links to all the wine regions and routes for cross- marketing purposes is a priority.Collaboration is keyOne million bottles of South African wine are sold daily worldwide. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)Siobhan Thompson, chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa said: “South Africa exports wine to markets across the world. The bulk of the country’s exports are aligned with South Africa’s key source tourism markets such as the European Union, with exports to markets in the rest of Africa, the US and China growing.“It makes sense for wine and tourism to collaborate and promote our wine tourism offering as a differentiating factor within our broader wine and tourism marketing initiatives.”Hein Koegelenberg, chief executive officer of estates La Motte and Leopard’s Leap, said: “We need each other – not only to create a successful and profitable wine tourism industry, but also to sustainably have a quality offering that will result in job creation and that will make a difference to the lives of our people and communities.”The conference was a wonderful opportunity for the industry to get together and discuss the various facets of wine tourism, which included international best practice and benchmarks; getting to grips with digital aspects; and the importance of service excellence, he added.“What I hope everyone took away from these two days is that wine tourism is a national asset that requires commitment and strategy and very importantly, co- operation between industries, between disciplines and also between Cape Town and the winelands.”Other topics“Relax with Dax” blogger Dax Villanueva is a speaker at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism Conference on 1 and 2 November 2016. (Image: Alfred Thorpe, @Vuurtoring)The importance of marketing, whether face to face with customers or virtually, was another topic discussed at the conference. Other topics included Marketing what’s hot? What’s not?; Maximising direct customer sales; and Eating South Africa: How do we plate ourselves to the world?Asked about the next big thing in marketing, Paula Hulley of digital agency Gloo singled out short form video. She stressed the importance of visual storytelling in a content-cluttered world.Tips were given on Twitter:We need to keep the customer’s journey in mind, and that now includes a digital journey – Roslyn Lavery @PayFast #wfconf2016— | SA Wine (@winecoza) November 2, 2016It is important to have a digital marketing plan, as part of your PR and traditional marketing plan @RelaxWithDax #wfconf2016 #destineering— Annareth Bolton (@yourbubblyness) November 2, 2016The conference ended with an awards ceremony celebrating South Africa’s 2017 Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award winners, with the country’s global and regional winners honoured.The next Business of Wine and Food Tourism conference will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on 19 and 20 September 2017.Sources: Destinate and BrandSouthAfrica reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more