SANTA Golf raises more than $3m for charities

first_imgThe 15th annual SANTA Charity Amateur Golf tournament culminated on Sunday, December 6, following two days of robust competition.This year’s event raised more than $3 million for a variety of charitable causes, fulfilling the spirit of the acronym, ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action (SANTA)’.The SANTA charity golfing event, Jamaica’s premier and largest amateur golf charity tournament, continues to be a winning combination of sport, charity, fun, and celebration.The organisers of this year’s event were committed to raising at least $1 million for the Wortley Home, which was, unfortunately, gutted by fire. Friday’s Chip and Putt competition and an on-the-spot appeal to Buy-A-Block for $10K each ensured that the target was met.More than $400,000 was raised from that effort, all of which will go to the Wortley Home. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of a new building. Work is expected to start next year. The Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School received $600,000, while the Laws Street Trade and Training Centre got $400,000 and the Sickle Cell Foundation, $300,000.Speaking on behalf of the CB Facey Foundation, Robert Facey said the SANTA tournament was making a positive contribution.”I’m especially heartened by the participation of the young people as they are truly the future of this country,” he said.The SANTA Charity Golfing Event truly embodied the spirit of the season with well over 200 participants golfing for a good cause last weekend. The captain of the Constant Spring Golf Club, Raymond Campbell, thanked the corporations and organisations represented for their support. Tournament director David Mais underscored the fact that the continued growth of the tournament was not only beneficial for the sport in Jamaica, but a vital social-development tool.The overall tournament winner of the coveted Facey Cup was Frank Jackson, the founder of SANTA.In the senior category, Everton McDonald scored 36 points for second and Vivian Daley was third with 35.In the 0-12 handicap category, Sherold Philbert, Theodore Richards, and Peter Chin took third, second and first place, respectively. Bruce Levy, Jim Stitzel, Edward Alexander, and Dave Cameron rounded out the men’s 10-17 handicap category.In the Ladies 0-12 handicap category, Michelle Gabay was the winner. The 13-17 handicap category went to Rowena Coe, with Diane Hudson in second.In the ladies 18 and above handicap category, Aditi Dhiman won; Jennifer Davy was second; and Sharon Smith, third.In addition to the aforementioned companies, the SANTA tournament was made possible with support from the Jamaica National Building Society, Proven Wealth, The Gleaner, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Broilers, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog Agency, Wisynco, Coldfield Manufacturing, Pepsi, and Heineken, which provided refreshments and hospitality through the duration of the tournament.last_img read more

Armed bandits storm NA nurse’s home

first_img– escape with cash, jewelleryArmed bandits on Friday morning broke into a home at New Amsterdam and carted off cash, jewellery and valuables.According to reports, the robbery took place at Lot 309 Smithfield, New Amsterdam, at about 02:00h. Reports are Rashanna White, a nurse attached to the New Amsterdam Hospital, was alone at home when the incident occurred.The house the armed bandits enteredWhite told Guyana Times that she was awoken by strange sounds coming from a section of the house and upon investigating, she was confronted by one of the bandits who took her back into the bedroom, demanding cash and valuables. She said she then saw three other men; one of whom was armed with a gun and the two others had cutlasses.Initially, White was reluctant to cooperate but was hit once with a crowbar. She related that she immediately handed over $20,000 and some jewellery. The men also took cellular phones and other articles from the house.According to White, the bandits said they did not want to hurt her and kept asking her if she was “okay”. Meanwhile, the victim’s husband, who is overseas, reportedly watched the entire episode as it unfolded using a live feed via the Iinternet.The bandits also removed a DVR recorder with the recording of them entering and moving around in the house.Neighbours say the four men escaped on foot and went into Angoys Avenue.Police are investigating.last_img read more

Prez Sirleaf in Dallas for Megafest

first_imgPresident Sirleaf – Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is in Dallas, Texas, USA, as special guest at the 2017 Megafest, the world’s largest family-friendly festival hosted by The Potter’s House June 28 to July 1.The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship, officially called Christian Fellowship Ministries (CFM), was founded by Wayman Mitchell, a Pentecostal pastor, in 1970. On their official website, CFM claims to have 2,100 churches in 43 states and 114 nations worldwide. Potter’s House is headquartered in Prescott, Arizona.A dispatch from the U.S. said President Sirleaf and delegation were received upon arrival at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport by a high-level delegation from the Potter’s House and the office of the Mayor of the City of Dallas, as well as officials from the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D.C., led by Mr. Jeff Gongoer Dowana, Charge’ d’Affaires.President Sirleaf began her activities on Tuesday, June 27, with a working lunch with Mr. Derrick Williams, Executive Vice President of the T.D. Jakes Films and Entertainment Division of the T.D. Jakes Enterprises.Mayor Mike Rawlings of the City of Dallas paid a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her hotel. Mayor Rawlings, on behalf of the City of Dallas, said he was very delighted to welcome President Sirleaf, who he described as a great role model on the world stage.Mayor Rawlings lauded President Sirleaf’s leadership of Liberia through challenges, including the Ebola epidemic, during which the President reached out to him after a Liberian with the disease died in Dallas while a nurse treating that patient also contracted the disease.Mayor Rawlings noted that Dallas, which is the fourth largest market in the United States, looks forward to establishing strong ties with Liberia in economic and other areas.President Sirleaf thanked Mayor Rawlings and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their constructive engagement and support during the Ebola crisis, and also indicated that Liberia looks forward to closer ties and partnership with the City of Dallas.Later on Tuesday, President Sirleaf and her delegation visited Potter’s House, where they were given a tour and briefed of the Ministry’s impressive state-of-the art facilities by Potter’s House administrators.Following the tour, President Sirleaf and her delegation attended a dinner at the residence of Bishop and First Lady T.D. Jakes.The Megafest, featuring an all-star line-up of speakers and performers from around the world, began yesterday with the “Women’s Economic Empowerment” breakfast attended by state and local officials.President Sirleaf is accompanied by the Rev. Sando Townsend, Religious Advisor to the President; Rev. Decontee Johnson, Associate Pastor, United Methodist Church; and Rev. Foday Karpeh, Senior Pastor, Life Center Church.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fairview completes comeback over Huskies with three in the third

first_imgThe first period began slowly, but as it progressed, the intensity grew between the two teams, who have already played three times this season and have developed a very physical rivalry.As the pace began to pick up, so did the sharp blow of the referee’s whistle, with penalty minutes wracking up on both ends of the ice.Usually when penalties are a plenty, goalies are the busiest players on the ice and Friday, that was no exception. Both Ty Gullickson and Jackson Winkler, making his debut for the Flyers in net, were both busy and played phenomenally, both making huge saves to keep the score at 0-0 concluding the first.- Advertisement -The zeroes didn’t last forever, as the Huskies struck first halfway through the second. Robbie Sidhu used his speed to enter the offensive zone, drawing two Flyer defenders towards him. Sidhu made a nice pass to line-mate Cody Hildebrand who was skating in the slot, and wristed the puck low five-hole for a 1-0 Huskies lead.The second period got better for Fort St. John, as near the conclusion of the middle frame, Cody Hildebrand stationed himself behind the Flyers’ net, finding Sidhu alone in front, and made a nice pass to get the puck to him. Like Robbie does, he made no mistake with the puck that close to a goalie, snapping the puck low-blocker for a 2-0.  The perfect road game for the Huskies didn’t last, as Flyers head coach Ryan Zilla must have fired his players up in the second intermission. The Flyers shifted their play to a whole new gear, while the Huskies were unable match the intensity, as Fairview scored three unanswered goals in the third, completing a 3-2 comeback, and winning their first game at home.Advertisement The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Huskies, as Saturday, they welcome the league’s top, and most offensively dangerous team in the NWJHL, the Grande Prairie JDA Kings.Saturday’s game begins at 8 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Landfill in Simi could double

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. applied Wednesday to Ventura County to double the size of the Simi Valley Landfill, which would expand the dump site to 371 acres from 185 acres. Under the plan, an additional 516 acres would be set aside as a buffer area and wildlife habitat, and Waste Management officials said they are in discussions with the Nature Conservancy to preserve Alamos Canyon, a wildlife area west of the landfill and east of Moorpark College. “We are proposing several improvements to ensure that the needs of our customers are met well into the future,” said Mike Smith, market area general manager for Waste Management. Without the expansion, Ventura County’s two landfills will reach capacity in about 20 years, officials said, adding that under current dumping permits the county will be generating more trash than it is permitted to receive in three to five years. Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson was in the process of forming a citizens committee on her own to gather information regarding potential landfill expansion, and said she was surprised by the announcement Wednesday. “They have a long way to go under their current permit,” Williamson said, adding she could not comment specifically on the expansion proposal because she had not seen a copy of the permit application yet. Williamson said that like other local government leaders her primary concerns included the potential for increasing truck traffic and filling up the landfill with waste from other counties. “I don’t want Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino bringing their waste here. If this landfill is in Ventura County, it should be for Ventura County trash,” she said. Waste Management officials say about 75 percent of the trash deposited at the Simi Valley Landfill comes from Ventura County, with the remainder coming from other counties. The Simi Valley Landfill is located in the hills at the northwestern end of Simi Valley, north of Madera Road and the 118 Freeway. People who want more information about the proposal may telephone Waste Management at (805) 579-7267, extension 239 or visit (805) 583-7602160Want 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

BC Oil & Gas Commission provides update to PRRD Board on Orphan Site Restoration

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Representatives from the B.C. Oil & Gas Commision provided the Peace River Regional District Board with an update on Orphan Site Restoration.Brian Murphy, Executive Director of Orphans & Liabilities, says the OGC has produced a Comprehensive Liability Management Plan, released on May 31, that aims to improve the rate of inactive site restoration and modernize liability management.According to Murphy, as part of improving the rate of site restorations, there are about 7,000 dormant sites on the list that will be moving to closure.- Advertisement -As for well populations in B.C., currently, 30 percent are inactive, 13 percent are abandoned, and 17 percent have a certificate of restoration.The total number of wells in B.C. is 25,451, with orphan wells just making up 1.4 percent of the well population.Murphy says the closure of orphan sites is a multi-year process and the OGC has plans of having the majority of orphan sites closed within the next decade.Advertisementlast_img read more

Blow for Chelsea’s rivals as Hazard announces he has no desire to join PSG

first_imgChelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has no desire to return to France and join Paris Saint-Germain.The 23-year-old spent five years in Ligue 1 with Lille, before joining Chelsea in 2012 for £32m.Since then Hazard has gone on to score over 30 goals for Chelsea, while also being named the PFA Young Player of the Year last season.It has led to Hazard being linked with a big-money move to PSG, but the Belgium international claims he is enjoying life at Stamford Bridge.“I do not want to return to France because I have won everything there,” Hazard told Sport Voetbal Magazine.“I’m not saying that going to PSG would be a step backwards, but it would be to go back to something I already know.“There are the same rumours every week concerning PSG, but I feel good at Chelsea.” 1 Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea last_img read more

Van Gaal will bury the hatchet with De Gea ahead of Liverpool clash, insists Dutch legend

first_imgLouis van Gaal will select David de Gea for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool this weekend, as long as the player is in the right frame of mind, insists Ronald de Boer. De Gea, whose move to Real Madrid collapsed at the start of the month, has not featured for United so far this season. However, the Spanish goalkeeper is expected to be reintegrated into Van Gaal’s squad and could start against United’s bitter rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday – a game you can hear exclusively live on talkSPORT. De Boer backed his compatriot to make the right call, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He [Van Gaal] will sit down with De Gea and try to solve this problem. “If he sees that De Gea is willing to play for Manchester United he will bury the hatchet and continue together with him.“He communicates very clearly with his players and will make a decision. He’s always honest and you can’t betray him on honesty.”last_img read more

A wild soccer league

first_imgIt wasn’t long ago that Pasadena Poly dominated Prep League girls soccer and ruled the small schools in the CIF-Southern Section. But with Prep League foes Mayfield, Flintridge Prep, Westridge and 2005 league and CIF-SS Division IV champion Chadwick all capable of knocking off one another on any given afternoon, the race for the league title and the three precious playoff spots is heated. Chadwick (5-1-1), ranked No. 2 in Division IV, is still the league favorite, but Westridge (2-0-2) and No. 7 Flintridge Prep (3-0-1) are in the mix along with Mayfield (2-2-1) and Pasadena Poly (1-3-1). The Panthers, who won four consecutive CIF divisional titles from 1991-94 and three straight again from 2001-03, are now in danger of missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThat shows how competitive the league has become, but the Panthers are showing signs of life after rallying from a 4-0 deficit to tie Westridge 4-4 on Tuesday behind three goals by Rose Parade princess Eliza Walper. It was a good tie for Poly considering that Westridge upset Chadwick 2-1 last week. Westridge, under first-year coach Jason Windass, took Chadwick to the wire last year, losing in a double-overtime quarterfinal to the eventual champion Dolphins. After beating the Dolphins last week, Windass likes his team’s chances. The Tigers have a talented freshman in Grace Birkenbeul to go along with sisters Annie and Kate Thorne and senior Imaan Issa. “Blowing a four-goal lead against Poly was disappointing, but we have high expectations for this team,” Windass said. “We finished second in league last year and Chadwick isn’t nearly as strong as it was. center_img “At the same time, you have to be prepared for every game because the league is so wide open. But if we can win it and get to the playoffs, I like our chances after reaching the quarters last year.” Another team to keep close tabs on is Mayfield, under first-year coach Calum Torrie. The Cubs lost a 2-1 decision to South Pasadena, the Division IV’s top-ranked team, in a nonleague game. But they turned around and tied Westridge 2-2 and defeated Pasadena Poly on the road last week, 2-1. Senior midfielder Giena Korth and goalkeeper Devin Tanigewa have played well for the Cubs, but Torrie knows they need to keep improving if they want to make the playoffs. “You have five teams in this league playing for three playoff spots,” Torrie said. “You know it’s tough when the CIF champions (Chadwick) are taken to the wire in just about every league game. It’s like that for all of us.” Pasadena is looking for varsity and junior varsity softball coaches for the 2006 season. Those interested should contact athletic director Bob Beran at 626-798-8901, Ext. 355. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 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

Arsenal want to hire Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta as replacement for Ivan Gazidis

first_img 1 Marotta revealed last month that his contract with Juve expires on October 25 and has agreed to leave the club when it ends.The general manager is reportedly planning to take a break from football for a year before joining a new club next season.And, according to Tuttosport, that club could well be Arsenal.The Premier League side are said to be tracking the experienced chief, with the Gunners looking to add a senior figure to their backroom staff after chief executive Ivan Gazidis left to join AC Milan.Marotta comes with a huge pedigree from Juventus and it is understood he would be interested in working in England. Giuseppe Marotta will leave Juventus later this month center_img Arsenal are trying to secure the services of Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta, according to reports.The 61-year-old is set to leave the Italian champions later in October after being with the club since 2010.last_img read more