first_imgSouthland International launched the “Mr Topper’s” snacks in Guyana on Saturday at the Giftland Mall, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.Distributed by Southland International, some of Mr Topper’s tasty treats will now be in the snack aisle and shelves of all retail and wholesale outlets in Guyana. Some of these snacks include caramel popcorn, a blend of sweet, crunchy caramel wrapped around kernels of freshly popped corn, frosted popcorn with fruity flavours to tickle every sweet taste bud, wigleez with a tangy taste of the ever popular ketchup and fries, cheese balls, and cheese curls.Having been in operation for over three years, Southland International, a locally based company has in its capacity the excess of 40 employees who all contribute in the business’ large scale importation of quality and affordable products that are distributed in Guyana.Caribbean entrepreneur Alain Laquis explained that this brain child – Mr Topper – came into existence through his passion for enjoying tasty, high quality snacks. He stressed that he had no expectations of the brand becoming so popular.last_img read more


first_imgPensioners are being treated with almost no respect when they turn up at post offices to collect their monthly pension. This is according to Region Six Chairman David Armogan, who on Friday said that Government must act now and put measures in place to prevent the long periods the elderly have to wait to collect their monthly pension.Region Six Chairman David Armogan“What I have seen around and people have reported to me is that they go to these post offices on the first or second day of the month, which is the designated day to collect their pensions; and when they go there, sometimes that have to wait until 10 or 11 o’clock. They go there at 6 0’clock in the morning, and hardly any of them would have had anything to eat,” Armogan told this publication.However, that is just the tip of the iceberg, he said, adding that many pensioners need to be accompanied, while others have medical conditions which make it almost impossible for them to be at the post office for five or six hours.The regional chairman explained that post offices are now no longer ready to make payments as soon as they open for business.He noted that the pensioners receive only a small amount of money, and when they are asked to return on a second day, there is an additional cost in terms of transportation.Armogan said the situation is far from being acceptable. He also noted that many of the post offices — not only in Region Six, but countrywide — do not have proper sanitary facilities to accommodate pensioners.“I have seen instances where pensions have virtually soiled themselves because they don’t have access to toilet facilities,” Armogan related. Hunger, he said, also affects many pensioners waiting to collect their pension at post offices, which is assigned to distribute old age pension.The regional chairman said he have received reports of pensioners fainting as they wait to receive their pension at a post office. Many post offices lack seating accommodation, the chairman added.“They have to stand up in a line just for those couple dollars. Even as heart-rending as this may seem, some pensioners are forced to endure that ordeal for two days, and on occasions for a third day,” he said.Armogan has said he is hoping that the authorities responsible for the payment of pension – moreso the Social Protection Ministry and the Guyana Post Office Corporation — would come together and improve the situation.Pensioners, he added, have contributed immensely to Guyana’s development, and should therefore be treated better. “They don’t deserve that kind of treatment. The onus in on the current Administration to fix the situation,” he has declared.last_img read more


first_imgIn 2011, the Carter Center recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the Alliance For Change (AFC) was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after three years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.At a press conference to reflect its third election victory anniversary on Friday, party Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan made another promise to deliver the much-touted piece of legislation.AFC Leader Khemraj RamjattanHe noted that they have begun the campaign to draft the legislation referencing a recent visit by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s General Secretary, Akbar Khan, during which they requested assistance in doing so.“We have started that campaign and I know prior to her passing, Sheila Holder had done a lot of work on that aspect, all that work still remains and we support campaign finance legislation. As again, we have a number of other things and we have to present the legislation now and we have to get the more advanced one from the Commonwealth,” he said.“I have asked for a draft campaign finance legislation (from the Commonwealth). The CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan … met us and indicated where we can get these things, along with source materials for the Consolidated Fund and so on. So, we are going to tap into those resources to come up with a campaign legislation that is modern enough to take care of all the concerns,” Ramjattan added.He reiterated that the party would honour the legacy of Holder. While in Opposition, the AFC had moved a motion in Parliament to set up political financing legislation in 2011.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.“To ensure realisation of the right and opportunity to be elected, legal reform is necessary to improve campaign finance laws. Legislation should be strengthened to routinely require disclosure of contributions and expenditures. Consideration also should be given to establishing reasonable limits on donations and expenditures to ensure that the free choice of voters is not undermined or the democratic process distorted by disproportionate expenditures on behalf of any candidate or party. A monitoring and enforcement body with oversight authority of compliance with campaign finance regulations would also be a positive contribution to Guyanese politics,” the report stated.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties; hence, the reason why legislation is needed to establish clear requirements for the registration and operation of political parties that would support the freedom of association and promote broad multi-ethnic parties that could represent citizen interests in governance.Now that the 2018 Local Government Elections are in sight, it is timely to highlight that the Carter Center had recommended in 2015 that the code of conduct for politicians be signed much earlier to include a clear and strong enforcement mechanism.According to the Transparency Institute of Guyana, political financing laws are about protecting the State from corporate and other interests, and ensuring that incumbents avoid corrupt use of State resources and ensure access to resources for all recognised political parties among other issues.last_img read more


first_imgA two vehicle collision claimed the life of a Dawson Creek resident on Monday night.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek RCMP responded to the accident at around 10:00 p.m, on the Danger Goods Route at the intersection of 219 Road.A car and a tractor trailer unit were involved in the collision.More information will be provided as it becomes available. By Energeticcity.ca stafflast_img


first_imgMany of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Ceferin is not happy.“FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football,” he said in a recent interview.“I know that at least three of the seven clubs don’t agree with the path that FIFA wants to take.”“They have invited only the clubs,” the Slovene said on Friday. “So they think only they count.”Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the “great players” would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.“FIFA itself has highlighted the international match calendar’s congestion and lack of rest periods for players most in demand,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scumadore told“To be presented with FIFA’s ‘solution’ as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance,” Scudamore told The Times in London.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino handed Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo the Club World Cup trophy Abu Dhabi in December, but wants such encounters to be once every four years. © AFP/File / KARIM SAHIBLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 15 – A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda.last_img read more


first_img1 Juan Mata is looking forward to playing his part in West Ham’s farewell to Upton Park – a place the Manchester United man says ‘breathes English football’.Louis van Gaal takes his United side to face the Hammers on Tuesday night in what will be the last-ever official game at Upton Park before their summer relocation into the Olympic Stadium.While it will be an emotional night for all those involved with West Ham, United go there knowing victories in their final two league games will guarantee them a place in the Barclays Premier League top four and a Champions League spot.Last month, United won the last-ever FA Cup match to be played at Upton Park, with a 2-1 sixth-round replay win setting them up for a semi-final victory over Everton.But this time the emotions will run even higher, and Mata – who scored the only goal in Saturday’s gritty win at lowly Norwich – knows it will be no ordinary night in east London.“It’s going to be special,” he wrote in his weekly blog.“The last official game at the Boleyn Ground, where West Ham has been playing for 112 years. With that image of Bobby Moore, it’s a place that breathes English football… it will be an honour to be there and try to get the last win.“West Ham has been a tough opponent this season. We know them well because we’ve played against them in the FA Cup too. They are in the seventh position by a combination of effort and talent, not by chance.“It (the win at Norwich) was a very important win to keep us in the fight for the Champions League, even more after the draw between (Manchester) City and Arsenal.” Juan Mata netted in Manchester United’s weekend win at Norwich last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season to five league games when they make the trip to the UCD Bowl on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).While Harps have got off to a flyer this year, UCD on the other hand have struggled somewhat since their relegation from the top flight last year.Although they won their opening day fixture away to Cobh Ramblers, they have since suffered four straight defeats including three at home to Shelbourne and Athlone Town in the League and Cabinteely in the League Cup. Last weekend, they lost 1-0 at Wexford Youths with Danny Furlong scoring the only goal of the game after just 45 seconds.However, despite the ‘students’ stuttering start to the season, Harps boss Ollie Horgan is expecting a tough encounter at Belfield on Friday.“UCD always play great football”, said Horgan. “They have very talented young players in the squad added to the likes of more experienced lads in Michael Leahy, Chris Mulhall and Robbie Benson who for me is the best player in the First Division.“We will have our work cut out to get possession of the ball – let alone get something out of the game,” continued the Harps boss. For the third game in a row, Harps recorded a 2-0 victory last weekend with Cobh Ramblers the team on the wrong side of that scoreline last Friday. However, the result was nowhere near as comfortable as the scoreline suggested.“We struggled for long periods in the second half, even against ten men, and we wouldn’t be complaining too much had Cobh got an equaliser with their second half performance,” said Horgan of the game.“It was great to pick up a win, regardless of the performance, although it came at a cost with Gareth Harkin suffering a worrying knee injury. We were lucky to win with our second half performance but we started the game well and might have scored a second before hal-time.“Cobh though put in a brilliant second half performance with ten men and probably deserved a point with that display.”Harps have yet to concede a goal in this season’s First Division, but Horgan said that much of this is down to good luck on his sides part, and not courtesy of great defending. “As regards the clean sheet, Cobh had a goal disallowed where we should have defended better – and a number of other occasions in the match as well.”Packie Mailey remains sidelined, while he will be joined by Gareth Harkin and Ruairi Keating who will also miss Friday’s game through injury.Wilfried Tagbo, who scored his first goal for the club against Cobh last Friday is likely to get the nod again in place of Keating, while Kevin McHugh will also be pushing for a start after he scored from the bench against Cobh.It’s six years since Harps last met UCD in any competition. The most recent meeting was in September 2009 when the students ran out 5-0 winners at Finn Park on their way to gaining promotion to the Premier Division. Harps’ don’t have the best of records at the Belfield venue with their last victory coming courtesy of Shane Bradley’s goal in the FAI Cup Quarter-Final in March 1998. Since then, the 10 games at Belfield have seen Friday’s hosts hold the upper hand – winning five and drawing five of the games.TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: Packie Mailey, Ruairi Keating, Gareth Harkin.FORM GUIDE (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-D-W-W-W (10 pts)UCD: W-W-W-L-L-L (9 pts)RECORD AGAINST UCD (All competitions)Friday’s game will be the 69th meeting of the two clubs, and the 36th to be played at UCD.Total Games: 68 (35 at UCD)Harps Wins: 23 (7 at UCD)UCD Wins: 24 (14 at UCD)Draws: 21 (14 at UCD)Harps Goals: 75 (31 at UCD)UCD Goals: 85 (52 at UCD)LAST 10 GAMES v UCD14-May-05 Finn Harps 1-0 UCD (Premier Division)05-Aug-05 UCD 1-1 Finn Harps (Premier Division)05-Nov-05 Finn Harps 1-2 UCD (Premier Division)02-Jul-07 UCD 2-1 Finn Harps (League Cup)21-Mar-08 Finn Harps 1-0 UCD (Premier Division)30-May-08 UCD 1-0 Finn Harps (Premier Division)05-Sep-08 Finn Harps 2-0 UCD (Premier Division)27-Mar-09 Finn Harps 1-2 UCD (First Division)19-Jun-09 UCD 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)19-Sep-09 Finn Harps 0-5 UCD (First Division)LAST TIME v UCD at UCD Bowl19th June 2009.FINN HARPS 1 Marc Mukendi 22UCD 1 Timmy Purcell 31UCD: Billy Brennan, Ciaran Nangle (David McMillan 45), Andrew Boyle, Evan McMillan, Sean Harding; Chris Mulhall, Robbie Creevy, James Timmons (Keith Ward 45), John Reilly; Timmy Purcell, Ciaran Kilduff (Gavin Falconer 74). Unused Subs: Ger Barron, Gareth Matthews.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher, Johnny Havlin, Marc Mukendi, Packie Mailey, Ciaran Coll; Gary Whoriskey (Marc Brolly 69), Shaun Houston, Shaun McGowan, Christy Conaghan; Davy McDaid, Oisin McMenamin (Ruairi Harkin 62). Unused Subs: Mark Forker, Fintan Bonner.FINN HARPS GOALSCORERS 2015 (All competitions)Ruairi Keating 2Gareth Harkin 1Damien McNulty 1Kevin McHugh 1Wilfried Tagbo 1Brian McGrory 1 (in League Cup)Keith Cowan 1 (in League Cup)FINN HARPS RESULTS 2015Mar Fri 06 Shelbourne 0-0 Finn HarpsMon 09 Galway Utd 3-2 Finn Harps (League Cup)Fri 13 Finn Harps 2-0 CabinteelyFri 20 Waterford United 0-2 Finn HarpsFri 27 Finn Harps 2-0 Cobh RamblersHARPS HOPING TO MAKE IT FIVE UNBEATEN AGAINST STUDENTS was last modified: April 1st, 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:donegalfinn harpsUCDlast_img read more


first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University senior Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Track & Field Elite 18 Award winner, the conference announced at the conclusion of the recent 2016 Indoor Championship.The Elite 18 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s 18 team championships. The selection process varies for each sport, and winners are chosen from a list of nominations submitted by MVC institutions. Bell, who owns a 3.92 GPA as a psychology major, finished third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump at last weekend’s MVC Indoor Championship. Her triple jump mark of 40-9.5 was just a quarter of an inch shy of her own school record in the event.Bell’s Elite 18 honor continues the Drake track & field and cross country program’s tradition of earning the prestigious award. Bulldogs have claimed seven of the last 16 Elite 18 Awards given in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. Current team members Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) are two-time Elite 18 Award winners.As an athletic department, Drake has now won 12 Elite 18 Awards since the start of the 2014 season.Bell, who is also the outdoor record holder in the triple jump, begins the outdoor season with the rest of the track and field team on March 18-19 at the Alabama Relays.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgStory Links Box Score (HTML) DAYTON, Ohio – The Drake University football team’s running game had its best showing of the season while the Bulldogs’ defense continued its dominance in a 28-17 road win at Pioneer Football League Rival Dayton Saturday, Oct. 20, afternoon.Drake (4-2, 3-1 PFL) rushed for a season-high 176 yards with Drew Lauer (St. Peter’s Mo.) running for a career-high 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a breakout performance. The PFL’s top-ranked defense lived up to its billing by holding Dayton to 297 total yards. Dayton quarterback Jack Cook, who threw for a school-record 432 yards in Dayton’s last game, was limited to 194 yards passing. Additionally, one of the Flyers’ three scores on the day came after an interception was returned to the 2-yard line. “If you take away that score where they had the ball on the 2-yard line, our defense gave up 10 points today,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “To do that against an offense like Dayton says a lot about how awesome our defense was today.”The defensive performance was a team effort as eight Bulldogs recorded four or more tackles with Kieran Severa (Lawrence, Kan.) and Zac Rujawitz (Edwardsville, Ill.) leading the way with six each. Safety Will Warner (Pella, Iowa) knocked away three passes while making three solo stops. Dayton (3-5, 1-3 PFL) took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Jack Albers picked off a deflected Grant Kraemer pass on the 16-yard line and returned it to the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Richie Warfield darted in from the 1-yard line with 12 minutes left in the opening quarter. Drake went to the ground to answer back with Lauer carrying three times for 25 yards to start the drive before quarterback Grant Kraemer (Northridge, Calif.) connected with Steven Doran (Germantown, Wis.) for a 42-yard completion to the 2-yard line. Lauer carried the ball in on the next play for his first of two scores of the day.Dayton retook the lead to start the second quarter on a 22-yard field goal, but Drake answered the bell again with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Kraemer finding Doran in the back of the endzone for a 6-yard touchdown pass. “When you’re playing a great team like Dayton, you’re going to have adversity,” Fox said of Dayton’s early scores. “But we kept battling and kept playing hard.”The defense ratcheted up the pressure on the next two drives, forcing Dayton punts to close the first half with a 14-10 lead.A defensive stop to open the third quarter fueled the offense to start another long drive that went 77 yards and ended with Kraemer connecting with Doran again from two yards out to put Drake up, 21-10.Drake’s defense held the Flyers to just five total yards of offense in the third quarter and allowed only 3:18 of possession in the quarter.”I am so proud of our guys and the way they battled,” Fox added of the team pulling away in the third quarter. “It was great football. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a great gritty and scrappy effort from beginning to end.”Drake extended its lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when Dayton’s quarterback lost the ball in the backfield and Drake defensive lineman Nathan Clayberg (Pella, Iowa) recovered on the Dayton 12-yard line. The Bulldogs put the ball back in the hands of Lauer on the next play for a 12-yard touchdown run and his second score of the day. “We’ve been working a lot on our running game,” Fox said of Lauer’s day and the running game. “It was really starting to click in practice this week and you saw that today. But, that doesn’t happen without the offensive line dominating up front like they did today.”The Flyers tacked on a touchdown on their next drive after a goalline stand by the Bulldogs was negated by a penalty to draw within two scores at 28-17 with 11 minutes remaining. Drake committed two potentially costly turnovers on its next two possessions as it tried to seal the victory. However, the defense continued to dominate and prevented the Flyers from getting inside the Drake 40-yard line to preserve the hard-fought road win. The Bulldogs’ next contest is also on the road as the team travels to Valparaiso next Saturday, Oct. 27, to face the Crusaders at 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version at Valparaiso 10/27/2018 – 1 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 KRNT ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Livecenter_img Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) last_img read more


first_imgGaudium Chamber Choir is proud to be performing as part of Culture Night 2014 this Friday in the beautiful setting of the newly-refurbished Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny.The performance features the young soprano, Riana Lynch, in a program that has a strong Irish element and centres around the important themes of love, death and life.The program will include Stanford’s well-loved The Blue Bird, Michael McGlynn’s arrangement of Siúil Arún for Anúna, plus the first of Hubert Parry’s beautiful Songs of Farewell. There will also be pieces by Sullivan, Brahms, Bach, Buxtehude and Vivaldi, along with arrangements of other Irish traditional songs.Gaudium (“Joy”) was formed last year to give more experienced singers the chance to enjoy performing more challenging music in a variety of contexts.Based in the Letterkenny area, its members come from around the county as well as Derry and Fermanagh.It has a growing repertoire of a wide variety of both sacred and non-religious pieces, and as well as concerts it has provided high-quality music for enthusiastically-received choral liturgies featuring music from among the best of the treasure-trove of gems written for these across the centuries. Conwal Church of Ireland, Letterkenny – 6.45-8pm (as part of Culture Night 2014)Gaudium Chamber Choir (director/organ: Daniel Braddell)Riana Lynch, soprano soloistAdmission is free and no booking is required – just turn up at any time during our ‘slot’   GAUDIUM CHAMBER CHOIR TO PERFORM AT CULTURE NIGHT IN CONWAL CHURCH was last modified: September 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more