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first_imgCabinet has approved the Government’s athletes insurance plan to provide group health, as well as life and personal accident insurance, for more than 1,000 athletes across all sports.Information Minister Sandrea Falconer made the announcement during yesterday’s Jamaica House press briefing.”Cabinet has approved the selection of the Guardian Life Insurance and Allied Insurance Brokers as the providers of insurance of our athletes,” said Falconer.”Guardian Life will provide group health, while Allied will provide group life and personal life and personal life accident coverage,” she said.Falconer added that all national sporting associations and federations have also committed to supporting the Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan by contributing five per cent of the cost for their participating member athletes.”The Jamaican Athletes’ Insurance Plan has received funding support from the Sports Development Foundation, Tourism Enhancement Fund, the National Health Fund, and Culture, Health, Arts, Sport and Education (CHASE) fund.Falconer noted that one must be a current athlete in order to qualify for the insurance scheme.”They have to be in a programme representing Jamaica and so once you are not active in a programme then you will not qualify,” Falconer stated.Falconer said Minister with Responsibility for Sports Natalie Neita-Headley, will provide further details on the schemes at a later date.Meanwhile, newly appointed president of Netball Jamaica, Paula Daley-Morris, said her association welcomes the move by Cabinet.”We spend a lot of money on our players in terms of taking care of their medical issues,” said Daley-Morris.”This is going to help to keep a little bit more money in our coffers and so I wish to thank the Government for being so considerate at this time and supporting athletes in general,” she said.last_img read more

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrandon Vera is headed back to the ONE Championship after almost two years of being idle.The promotion’s reigning World heavyweight champion will take on Italian challenger Mauro Cerrili in the main event of ONE: Conquest of Champions on Nov. 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Preceding Vera’s title defense is Eduard Folayang’s bid to become a two-time ONE World lightweight champion when he takes on Singapore’s Amir Khan in the co-main event of the card.Folayang (20-6) was the ONE’s lightweight champion for 364 days starting in Nov. 11, 2016 when he scored a technical knockout win over Shinya Aoki and lost to Martin Nguyen in 2017 via knockout.Khan (11-3) has lost his last two fights including the one against Folayang’s Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES This will be Vera’s first fight since he defeating Hideki Sekine on Dec. 2, 2016 via technical knockout in ONE: Age of Domination at the same venue of his next bout.“The Philippines is a country extremely passionate about sports, especially martial arts,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “We have some of the greatest martial artists in Asia that call the Philippines home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVera (15-7) holds a three-fight winning streak, all of which never reached the second round. His quickest one ended in just 26 seconds after The Truth knocked out Paul Cheng in December of 2015.Cerilli (12-2), meanwhile, has won five of his last fights with just one fight needing the judges’ scoring. Stephen Curry dazzles for 51 points in sensational start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READlast_img read more

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first_img…persons to be prosecuted for illegal dumpingDirector of Solid Waste at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown, Walter Narine on Friday took on a new challenge to clear illegal dumpsites around the city.In an interview with Guyana Times, the director noted that most of the 27 illegal dumpsites reported were cleared.Narine noted that a crew from the M&CC have been working tirelessly to ensure the city is clean, especially with Mashramani just around the corner.He warned that persons who continue to dump their waste illegally will face the fullOne of the illegal dump sites which were clearedwrath of the law.According to him, City Hall plans to reinforce the laws, which will see persons being prosecuted for illegally dumping their garbage.This enforcement, he said, will be done by City Constables who will be looking out for such persons.The illegal sites according to Narine were all reported by public-spirited persons. He said, “I solicited locations from citizens on Facebook and they would have given me 10 sites and we had in our possession another 18 so we ventured out to clear those today (Friday)”.A few of the areas which required cleaning were Lamaha Gardens, Sandy-Babb Street, Kitty, Blyzeight and the Railway Embankment. Narine noted that while some of the sites required a lot of man power, others required less labour.Since the two major garbage collectors Puran Brothers and Cevons Waste Management withdrew their services in November of last year owing to City Hall’s inability to pay the collectors, persons have been dumping their garbage at illegal sites.However, five small garbage contractors have since expressed willingness to work with the Council.According to the governing body in the Capital City, it expends approximately $30 million monthly for the removal of waste from the Georgetown environs. This solid waste management bill, it added, accounts for 38 per cent of the Council’s monthly income, which is some $89 million.last_img read more

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first_imgPASADENA – Despite neighbors’ concerns, NASA has selected a lot in a residential corner of Northwest Pasadena for its newest water treatment plant to remove JPL Superfund site toxins. The $3.1 million plant at 2696 Windsor Ave. would extract perchlorate and volatile organic compounds from four Pasadena city wells. The water would then be added to the city’s drinking water supply. At meetings last summer and during public comment sessions, many complained the plant’s construction and day-to-day operation would bring noise, traffic and health hazards to the middle of the residential neighborhood. The latest plans for the site, though, will take those concerns into consideration, said Merrilee Fellows, the project’s outreach manager. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which is responsible for the groundwater cleanup, has hired landscape architects to propose ways beautify the project, she said. NASA would also work to control traffic, add noise abatement measures and keep construction dust to a minimum with watering and tarps, Fellows said. The contaminated water would be contained at all times within the treatment facility and therefore pose no safety threat, she said. The land, near the corner of Windsor Avenue and Mountain View Street, is owned by the city of Pasadena but surrounded on three sides by Altadena. Adjoining Windsor Reservoir, it is already connected with pipes to the four source wells, three of which were closed since 2001 and one since 1997. The project will now be reviewed by the city. Steve Slaten, the project’s manager, expects construction would begin “no earlier than early 2008,” with the goal of providing cleaned water by the end of that year. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “(After being up) we were playing tentative, but from that point on we picked up the intensity,” Cal State coach Jeff Oliver said. “It was definitely going to be a battle to the end. At this level, it’s always exciting.” Harris paced the Coyotes with 22 points, hitting his first four 3-pointers on the way to a 5-of-10 performance from beyond the arc. Ivan Johnson added 18 points for Cal State, which improved to 24-5 overall. Kirby had 21 points to lead four Redhawks in double figures. Leigh Swanson added 11 while David White and Chris Gweth both contributed 10, their season ending with a 20-9 record. “The game was a microcosm of our entire season,” Seattle coach Joe Callero said. “There’s no quit in this team. They have the character and the willingness to be coachable.” center_img ARCATA – Prentice Harris came up with a big steal after Seattle University had cut the lead to two points, helping the Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team advance to the NCAA Division II West Regional finals with a 72-66 victory on Saturday. Seattle charged back from an early 16-point deficit, as Sam Kirby’s three-pointer with 1:57 remaining to trim Cal State’s lead to 67-65. But Harris grabbed a Redhawk pass with 52 seconds remaining and took the ball the length of the court for a lay-in and free throw to seal the victory. last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Dejected PSG players at the end of Tuesday’s defeat against Real Madrid © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Mar 7 – After an honourable defeat to Barcelona on away goals in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2013, Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi stated the club’s objective was to win the competition “in the next five years”.That deadline expired with Tuesday’s limp defeat to holders Real Madrid in the last 16, leaving the French side as far away from being European champions as at any point since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) bought the club in 2011. For all their lavish spending, PSG have still not made it past the quarter-finals of the competition this decade, and there have now been consecutive exits in the last 16, the 5-2 aggregate loss to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real coming after a spectacular collapse saw them crash out in Barcelona a year ago.The strategy after that defeat was to commit to paying the two biggest transfer fees in football history last August to sign Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for a combined 402 million euros ($499 million), an attempt to buy immediate success on the biggest stage.It has not worked, with Neymar left watching Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at the Parc des Princes that sealed PSG’s fate from Brazil, where he is recovering from a foot operation.“All that for that”, was the headline on the front of sports daily L’Equipe on Wednesday, a reference mainly to the bold transfer strategy.“We believe in our players. We want to continue the project, with the two of them because they are the future of the club,” said Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday when asked if the club’s investment should be called into question.Seven years after QSI’s arrival, PSG have still managed to beat just three teams in the Champions League knockout stage: Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea.That is a damning statistic for a club with their means and ambitions.“We will continue, as much as patience allows, to build a team which can win in the future,” said coach Unai Emery on Tuesday.“When I came here I said I was sure this team can win the Champions League. But it’s a process.”– Neymar to stay, Emery out –Soon to be out of contract, Emery will not be given another crack at the competition in Paris. The club will look for a new coach, and they will be tempted to go for a big name after the failure of the Emery experiment — the Spaniard won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla but has never won a Champions League knockout tie in six seasons of trying.The club will fight to keep hold of world-record signing Neymar © AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTThey also need to revamp their squad again, and replace the likes of Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta, Dani Alves and Angel Di Maria, all in their 30s.The club insist they are not worried about falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, even if a premature European exit will mean a shortfall of millions of euros.“We are relaxed about it. It is more of an issue outside the club than inside. It is March and we have until the end of June. There are no worries,” sporting director Antero Henrique told L’Equipe last weekend.One thing that is unlikely to happen is Neymar leaving, despite ongoing speculation that the Brazilian has not settled in France.Al-Khelaifi’s beIN Sports owns the exclusive international distribution rights for television coverage of the French league, and the network is currently in the process of negotiating new deals around the world. In that context, PSG selling a star such as Neymar this year is unthinkable.But in the meantime another period of soul-searching will begin for PSG and their Qatari owners.“Now is not the time to talk about change, everyone is upset. We want to calm down before working out what needs to be changed. We have time to think about that,” said Al-Khelaifi on Tuesday.PSG still have three domestic trophies to go and win before the end of the season, but that seems instantly less appealing once the big prize of the Champions League is no longer up for grabs.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Patrick Kluivert starred as a player at Barcelona © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Jul 25 – Former Netherlands international Patrick Kluivert rejoined Barcelona on Thursday as director of their youth system.Kluivert, 43, signed a two-year contract, the club announced in a statement. Kluivert had been assistant coach of Cameroon under fellow Dutchman Clarence Seedorf, but the pair were fired earlier this month after the defending champions were eliminated in the round of 16 at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.Kluivert played six seasons at the Camp Nou, from 1998 to 2004, scoring 145 goals in 308 appearances and winning one La Liga title.“I am very happy to be back home and looking forward to this new era, with the challenge of keeping Barca among the top teams in the world,” he told the Catalans’ website after the announcement confirming he would be taking over at ‘La Masia’, as the Barcelona youth academy is known.Kluivert started his career at Ajax where he became the youngest scorer in a Champions League final as an 18-year-old. He played 79 times for the Netherlands, scoring 40 goals.He has been an assistant coach for the Dutch national team and at several clubs in his home country, including a youth coach at Ajax. He was also briefly director of football at Paris Saint-Germain. His son Justin, 20, is a Netherlands international and plays for Roma.“I grew up at the Ajax academy, which is very similar to La Masia, and I think I can do a lot for the development of young Barca players,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgYou may not have heard, but the world of work is changing and, in Donegal, the CoLab, at Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology, is leading the way with its first class co-working space.The CoLab’s Centre Manager, Patsy Donaghy, says “I first came across the concept in Boston and, after researching it, I found that all the large cities across the globe were embracing the virtues of co-working and the mobile workforce.“Co-working allows companies and individuals to enjoy the perks of being in an office whilst paying considerably less for them. These aren’t the only perks though as co-working spaces also create networking opportunities, inspire creativity and improve work-life balance.” CoLab co-working space at Letterkenny’s Institute of TechnologyThe co-working space is also a fantastic place to network as you get to hear about what else is going on within the CoLab business community, which often leads to commercial collaboration.Chris Quinn, of Chris Quinn Design, an independent graphic designer who specialises in brand marketing within the hotel and tourism industry commented, “as I work online, I often send large files to my clients and the high-speed internet facility at the CoLab is essential to my business.”As one of the full-timers at the co-working space for the past year, Chris ruled out hot-desking as he wanted a space where he could leave his equipment and start work straight away, every day.Chris also enjoys coming in to an office daily as it gives him the structure that he needs to run his business successfully and says, “a major benefit of being here is that as the CoLab and co-working space has grown, so has my business as you naturally network with other businesses in the corridors”. Another co-worker, Nuala Carr, didn’t want to spend all her time travelling to and from her job with Jennings O’Donovan & Partners, an international company headquartered in Sligo. Nuala now commutes two days a week to the company’s Sligo office, and four days a week in the co-working space, which is only five minutes from her home.As an environmental scientist, Nuala carries out environmental impact assessments and project manages the planning phase of renewable energy projects and says, “although we work in teams and I work remotely, we keep in touch by emails and we will soon be using Skype as well.”One of the key attractions of the co-working space for Nuala is “the fantastic internet connection – as I get a lot done when I’m here as I have very little interruption and I can concentrate much better on doing my work”.Nuala has been at the co-working space for just over a year and was the first employee in her company to work remotely. Clearly, Nuala’s employers have recognised the benefit of this way of working and now two more employees have been given the green light to work remotely and are working at co-working spaces in other counties in Ireland.Working for a large Dublin-based, American multinational, Damien Blake spends most of working week in Dublin and, since moving back to Donegal with his young family, he needed to find a work-life balance. He’d heard about the co-working space and spoke to his employer about using the facility for part of the week, which they agreed to. Damien says that the “co-working space is vital as I live in a rural location where the broadband is poor.” Typically, his one day a week at the space is different to the rest of the week as he can put his headphones on and get more things done.That said, Damien also commented, “one of the great things about the co-working space is that there’s a strong network here and a good vibe where people come here to do work which is infectious – but there’s also a nice balance and everyone is very collegial.”Janet Harkin, a marketing professional, works at the co-working space four days a week for Policy in Practice, a UK social software consultancy business which helps people understand the UK welfare policies.As well the usual online communication tools, such as email, Janet also uses Skype and Slack technologies to keep in touch with her colleagues and clients and says, “it’s fantastic that I am based in Donegal, but work for a company in Westminster”. Originally, Janet worked from home, but her broadband wasn’t fast enough. She then found out through someone she knew at the CoLab that the co-working space was opening and said, “it’s absolutely brilliant to have these facilities so close to home, but still feel like you’re going to work in an office.”What you’ll get at the co-working spaceThe co-working space at the CoLab is a modern complex with an open floor plan design. Facilities include high-speed broadband connection, coffee room and meeting rooms, car park and a gym – all in a city centre location, plus we’re working towards operating 24-hour access in the near future.Currently, the CoLab is offering two months’ free for anyone who wants to try out the shared workspace and get a feel for this great working environment.Whether you need a space short term or long term, CoLab can offer great flexibility with their co-working space tariffs.For further information, get in touch with Patsy Donaghy on 074 9186703, or email him at patrick.donaghy@lyit.ie.Innovative working space works at the CoLab was last modified: October 25th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:co-working spaceCoLabletterkennyLYITlast_img read more

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first_imgSean Dyche has told talkSPORT the inflated modern transfer market means clubs are not paying the ‘true value’ of players anymore.The Burnley manager joined talkSPORT on Thursday to discuss his transfer plans at Turf Moor, losing top defender Micheal Keane to Everton and much more.Keane’s move to Goodison Park is just one of the bigger-money deals to have gone through over the last few weeks since the summer window opened.The 24-year-old, who joined the Clarets from Manchester United for around £2million only in 2015, moved to Goodison Park in a £30m deal earlier in July.While a good deal for Everton, landing a player proven at Premier League level and still room to improve, it was also a big financial boot for Burnley, who have struggled to complete with their closest rivals for big signings in recent seasons.The Clarets have managed to strengthen already this summer, so far bringing Stoke forward Jon Walters, Swansea defender Jack Cork and Leeds youngster Charlie Taylor to the club.But the money available to many of the bigger clubs means the top flight’s lesser sides are struggling to keep up.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Dyche said: “Last summer there seemed to be a real shift in the market, it seemed to just jump forward.“There’s no sort of true value of worth anymore, if just seems like a number gets put on someone and you either pay it or you don’t.“It’s become really loose in that sense, but we just have to get on with it.“We all know the real top end of the market, those clubs can all go out and make it happen by putting these huge figures on players, and they’ll pay it.“It makes it difficult for clubs like us, but it’s not impossible – we still think we can work in the market and we’ll continue to try and do that.”Listen to talkSPORT interview with Burnley boss Sean Dyche, as he talks transfers, Micheal Keane and more IN FULL above!last_img read more

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